The SAMSUNG Galaxy A03s should be on every fresh grad’s to-buy list

Graduating and getting a first job can be one of the most awesome and fulfilling experiences. Although this transition can be tough for fresh graduates, an all-around smartphone can significantly help them. The Galaxy A03s is the perfect smartphone for first jobbers. Its awesome features come at an affordable price, making it easy to buy with their first paycheck.

Here’s how Samsung’s smartphone can help them succeed at work:

Tick off every item on the to-do list
Deadlines may pile up but young professionals can do it all with ease with the Galaxy A03’s long battery life. Designed to last all day on a single charge, it has 5,000mAh of power. That’s enough power to respond to emails, complete work tasks, attend meetings, and even wind down through streaming or gaming.

Bond with teammates
A new job is an opportunity to make friends and the Galaxy A03s can help with that. Its Triple Rear Camera headlined by a 13MP Main Lens is useful to capture memories with teammates. They can also use its 2MP Depth Lens for artistic portraits and the 2MP Macro Camera to capture fine details.

Those who work from home can also use the 5MP Front Camera, perfect for online meetings and face-to-face bonding with teammates. Photos are always clear and can be enhanced with built-in stickers, stamps, and filters.

Stay on top of the workload
The Galaxy A03s can keep up with a heavy workload with its 64GB of internal storage. This can be expanded to 1TB, so there’s no need to delete important work files. That’s enough space for documents, photos, games, movies, and entire seasons of the latest series.

Give time for yourself
A long day at work should be rewarded with “me time” to avoid work fatigue. The Galaxy A03s has a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V Display for sharp and clear content. This elevates the viewing experience when streaming videos and playing games.

Make a good impression on the job with the Galaxy A03s. The smartphone is available nationwide for PHP 6,490 SRP in Blue, Black, and White.

For more information about the Galaxy A03s, visit samsung.com/ph.

Safe Samsung Shopping
Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has limited the number of its customers to only 50%, implemented the mandatory use of masks and shields, and performs frequent cleaning in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

Find the nearest Samsung Experience store via samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations/.

ShopeePay Brings Users an Exciting Line-up of Rewards and Deals at Shopee’s Biggest Festival of the Year, 11.11 Big Christmas Sale ShopeePay users can look forward to the most rewarding deals at the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale: up to 50% cashback on bills, 50% off on load, and exclusive ₱1 Deals.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, kicks the year-end season into full gear with the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, the most anticipated shopping festival in the region. Shoppers can expect an exciting line-up of the biggest deals, promotions, and vouchers from their favorite brands and sellers on Shopee. Shoppers can also look forward to greater savings and rewards when they use ShopeePay for their purchases.

As consumers and businesses continue to become more digital-first, ShopeePay strives to support this move, in line with local government objectives. In Southeast Asia, digital payment adoption rates in 2020 reached levels originally estimated for 2025 – indicating that the region achieved five years’ worth of adoption in a single year. Today, consumers continue to readily embrace digital payments for greater convenience, security, and value. According to an online survey Shopee conducted with Kantar, consumers across the region use e-wallets about 2 to 6 times a week. In the Philippines, over 70% of users use e-wallets for all their online shopping needs.

Through Shopee’s year-end campaigns, ShopeePay will continue to drive greater adoption of digital payments amongst shoppers and merchants, bringing ShopeePay users greater convenience and value while helping businesses access more opportunities in the digital economy. At our recent 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee saw a 5.5X uplift in orders paid via ShopeePay as compared to a regular day. More offline merchants are also going cashless, with a 57X uplift in the number of offline merchants in the Philippines at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day compared to this year’s 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of ShopeePay Online, Philippines, said, “As the region’s e-commerce market grows steadily, user adoption of digital payment methods continues to accelerate. We are committed to providing our users with easy access to digital payment services such as ShopeePay, through an integrated and secure ecosystem. At the same time, we hope to continue supporting more businesses, connecting them to new customers, and empowering them to further grow and scale on our platform. The year-end shopping season is an exciting time and we look forward to working closely with all our partner merchants to provide greater value to shoppers.”

This 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, ShopeePay users can enjoy a rewarding experience when they shop, buy load and pay bills from the comfort of their homes. Users can also use ShopeePay QR to pay at partner merchants.

1. Shop more, save more with ShopeePay
ShopeePay users can look forward to a highly rewarding and integrated payment experience through unbeatable deals, and exclusive promotions both online and offline.

To get more savings on November 11, users can checkout with ShopeePay to enjoy all-day Free Shipping with 0 min spend and 30% cashback.

2. Serving more payment needs with ShopeePay
As digital payments become more integrated into the daily lives of consumers, ShopeePay serves as a multi-functional tool for all their payment needs while providing great rewards and seamless transactions.

ShopeePay makes it easier for users to stay connected with their loved ones with up to 50% off on load and data from all networks at 11.11 Big Christmas Sale. Additionally, ShopeePay enables cashless and secure bill payments, while rewarding users with up to 50% bills cashback from over 60 partner billers. Users can pay their monthly bills for the following through ShopeePay:

Utility Bills for electricity and water including Meralco, Maynilad, Prime Water
Landline & Internet Bills for PLDT, Globe, Smart, Converge, and Bayantel
Credit Card Bills for BPI, Metrobank, and RCBC
Loan Bills for Dragon Loans, Cashalo, Sky Pay, and Home Credit
Insurance Bills for Manulife, Sun Life, Pru Life UK, and Cocolife
TV Cable Bills for Cignal and Sky Cable

Additionally, users can also get ₱100 off vouchers for key billers such as Meralco, Maynilad, Globe, and more.

3. Convenience wherever shoppers go
With Deals Near Me, Shopee’s location-based, online-to-offline feature, shoppers can discover great deals offered by merchants in their area and show their support for the sellers and brands they love.

Users can enjoy exclusive ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from crowd-favorites such as BonChon, Puregold, Potato Corner, Goldilocks, Tiger Sugar, National Bookstore, and Tapa King at the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale. They can purchase these via ‘Deals Near Me’ on the Shopee app and redeem their discounts when they pay via ShopeePay in stores. New brands such as Fruitas, Siomai House, Candy Corner, and Wendy’s also join ShopeePay’s growing lineup of partner merchants.
ShopeePay also enables users to fully embrace the convenience of digital payments by making cashless QR transactions available for in-store purchases at ShopeePay partner merchants.

To get these exclusive promos and more, make sure to activate and cash in your ShopeePay wallet in time for the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale! You can cash in through online banking, debit card, and our over-the-counter partners; and even enjoy free and instant cash-ins via InstaPay! Get up to ₱25 off on your InstaPay fee until Nov 21, 2021. Cash in now so you can Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay with ShopeePay!

For more information about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/m/christmas-sale.

Download Shopee for free on App Store or Google Play Store.

About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

About ShopeePay
ShopeePay is an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services. Launched in the Philippines in 2019, ShopeePay enables a seamless shopping experience by allowing users to make online payments on Shopee, top-up their wallets, and transfer and withdraw funds.

ShopeePay makes it easier to shop and do business. It provides users with a convenient, secure, and rewarding payment option; it empowers businesses and helps them capture new opportunities.

ShopeePay is part of SeaMoney, the digital financial services arm of Sea Group. A leading digital payments and financial services provider in Southeast Asia, SeaMoney’s mission is to better the lives of individuals and businesses in the region with financial services through technology.

DOT puts a spotlight on the Pampanga-Clark-Cebu City

Interregional TourThe newly built Clark International Airport Terminal 2. With the easing of restrictions on leisure travel, the Department of Tourism (DOT) hasstarted to promote the various tourism circuits that it had been developing throughoutthe year. One of these is the Pampanga-Clark-Cebu City interregional tour that involvesa diverse set of tourism attractions and experiences and their respective award-winninginternational airports.“We have been ramping up our efforts to vaccinate our tourism workers so that werestore confidence in people to travel again. Now, with the resumption of leisure travel,we are encouraging tourists to visit destinations that have a high number of fullyvaccinated tourism workers,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.For Pampanga, including Clark Freeport Zone, 92.08% of its tourism workers havealready been vaccinated. Tourists can now safely visit the restaurants of Pampanga, thecountry’s culinary capital, and explore the province’s sites, such as the Bacolor Church,

PRSP Launches First-Ever Virtual, Interactive and Nationwide Students’ PR Con

The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) is inviting public relations, communication, marketing and advertising students all over the country to learn more about decoding the content we consume and preparing in the journey to PR for Good through an informative virtual adventure to the different stages of the content journey in the PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021.
The PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021 is the first-ever virtual, interactive, and nationwide edition of the Students’ PR Congress, the organization’s annual event for students to learn more about the public relations industry from leading practitioners in the field. With the theme “Decoding Content: The Journey to PR for Good”, this year’s Students’ PR Con aims to help participants navigate the new media landscape and tackle the three different stages of the content journey, which are: (1) Capture and Consume, (2) Curate and Converse, and (3) Create and Care.
The first segment, Capture and Consume, aims to address how we contextualize the content that we come across in everyday life to mindfully capture and consume information from different media platforms. The second segment, Curate and Converse, will discuss curating content from reliable sources and starting conscientious and fruitful conversations about topics that matter as a way to fight misinformation and become responsible communicators. The third and final segment, Create and Care, collates all the learnings gained from the previous segments by talking about why creating our own PR for good can show that we care, not only to communicate our messages for self-serving purposes, but to push forward ideas, advocacies and causes that benefit society.
Ferdinand Bondoy, Chairman of PRSP Students’ PR Con and Grand Prix 2021, Board Trustee of PRSP and Regional Integration & Chief Executive Director of COMCO Southeast Asia said, “With shifts in mainstream media and social channels and the emergence of game-changing digital platforms rapidly affecting the behavior of various publics, we could say that the PR landscape has also drastically changed. And with this change, our next gen practitioners must be well-equipped with the necessary new knowledge as they eventually enter the field and the workforce. And PRSP is bringing this groundbreaking virtual conference to Filipino students from all over the country to serve as one of the biggest venues available for them to gear up for the challenge.”
Joining the PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021 are thought leaders and renowned professionals from the communications industry who are set to share their expertise as speakers for the online event. For the Capture and Consume segment, Lynda Jumilla-Abalos of ABS-CBN News Digital will tackle “The News and Information Media” while Peach Natividad of Google, Neil Trinidad of Lazada, and Toff Rada of Tiktok will talk about “Social Media and the Emerging Platforms”.
The Curate and Converse segment will include Yvonne Chua of Vera Files and Luz Rimban of Asian Center for Journalism to discuss “Dissecting Fake News, Trolling, Propaganda and Demolition”, and Dr. Randy Dellosa of Pinoy Big Brother and Carlo Ople of PLDT and Unbox for “Being Digitally Ready and Responsible”. Finally, joining our “Create and Care” segment will be Caroline Veronilla of World Vision, Anna Meloto-Wilk of Human Nature and Cat Trivino of MindNation for the “Forwarding Your Advocacy and Giving Voice for Social Good” discussion. Next set of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Norman Agatep, President of PRSP and President and Managing Director of Grupo Agatep shared, “Students of Communication have always been a significant sector that the PRSP has been reaching out to over the years. As such, we have designed pillar programs that aim to supplement their classroom learning, fuel their interest in public relations, and ignite their desire to pursue careers in our industry, This year’s PR Con will give all participants an exclusive glimpse of what their lives as PR professionals could be like.”
Students’ PR Con 2021 is also set to kick-off the upcoming Students’ Grand Prix in January 2022. The upcoming Students’ Grand Prix will be PRSP’s first hack sprint edition of the annual student event and competition. More details will be announced during its launch in the upcoming PR Con.
The PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021 is supported by Jobstreet as platinum sponsor; Maynilad Water Services as gold sponsor; Converge ICT Solutions as silver sponsor; and Jollibee Foods Corporation, McDonald’s Philippines (Golden Arches Development Corporation), Meralco and SM Supermalls as bronze sponsors. Staging and creative partner is COMCO Southeast Asia while media partners are Adobo Magazine, Class A Magazine, ClickTheCity.com and When in Manila. Entertainment partners are Warner Music Philippines and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation.
Student organization partners are PRSSP (Public Relations Student Society of the Philippines) from University of the Philippines – Manila, ADPROS from Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila, Mass Communication Students’ League from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila), Journalism Guild from Cavite State University, HAU Communicators’ League from Holy Angel University in Pampanga, SWU Junior Communication Designers Guild from Southwestern University in Cebu, Kapunungan sa mga Mass Communicators from Siliman University in Dumaguete, Josenian AdComm Guild and Josenian Communication Society from San Jose Recoletos University in Cebu and The Society of Student Communicators from Negros Oriental State University in Bacolod.
The PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021 will be happening this November 20, 2021 and students are encouraged to take part in the timely issues and conversations to be discussed in the event. Everyone can register by going to www.prspstudentsprcon.com/register until November 8, 2021 to secure their slots. PRSP’s Students’ PR Con is free but registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, based on allocation per location (NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) and per school, so register early and don’t miss out on the biggest virtual event for students this year. Confirmed registrants will receive an email with a link to access the virtual platform for the event.
To learn more about the PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021, follow www.facebook.com/studentsprcongress or linkedin.com/company/prsp-students-pr-con-and-grand-prix. For inquiries, please email studentsprcongress@prsp.ph.

About PRSP
The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) is the country’s premier organization for communication and PR professionals. In its roster are practitioners who represent business and industry, the academe, government, non-profit organizations, and professional services, among others.

PH cited Asia’s top beach and dive destination anew in 2021 World Travel Awards

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) announced today that the Philippines is, once again, Asia’s leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination at the 28th World Travel Awards (WTA).

“We are elated that the country’s pristine beaches and mesmerizing dive spots have once again been cited as the best in Asia by the prestigious 2021 World Travel Awards. We share this recognition with our tourism stakeholders, local government units, partner agencies, and all Filipinos who have been helping us promote our country’s attractions, products, and culture,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.

Panglao Island, located in Bohol Sea in Central Visayas, is a famous tourist destination known for its
white sand beaches and world-class diving sites. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
This is the Philippines’ fifth time to win Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and the third time in a row since 2019 to win the Asia’s Leading Dive Destination award.

The Philippines is still in the running for the following World categories of the 28th World Travel Awards:
World’s Leading Beach Destination 2021: Philippines
World’s Leading Dive Destination 2021: Philippines
World’s Leading Island Destination 2021: Siargao, Philippines
World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2021: Intramuros, Philippines
World’s Leading Tourist Board 2021: Philippines, Department of Tourism

Voting runs until midnight of October 25, 2021 via https://www.worldtravelawards.com/.

Siargao Island, a popular surfing destination, is home to unspoiled white sand beaches. Photo by Beautiful Destinations, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The WTA aims to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

“This will boost our efforts to keep the Philippines as a top-of-mind destination for foreign tourists as we await the resumption of international leisure travel to the country, consistent with our “More Fun Awaits” global campaign,” said Puyat..

Some of the country’s top beach destinations, such as Boracay in Aklan, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, and El Nido and Amanpulo in Palawan, have already opened to domestic tourists and are ready to welcome foreign tourists once international borders reopen.

El Nido is a Philippine municipality on Palawan Island. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines for its absolutely stunning islands and beaches. Photo by Erwin Lim, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Moreover, the PDOT has developed many of the country’s beach destinations, as well as new and existing dive circuits and is constantly identifying potential destinations that may be developed for dive tourism. Top diving spots in the country include the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Anilao in Batangas, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu, Balicasag, Panglao and Anda in Bohol, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

Tubbataha Reef is known for its extraordinary biodiversity, abundant marine life, and breathtaking drop-offs into the open ocean. Photos by Robert Yin.

Anilao in Batangas has some of the best scuba diving for underwater photography in the world, particularly for rare underwater critters and new species of fish. Photo by Evelyn Go, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Sombrero Reef in Batangas is a diving site where gorgonians, black coral, shells, rays, grunts, jacks, snappers, and a great variety of soft corals are scattered all over the place. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The Department also ensures that the safety of visitors remain is prioritized with the strict implementation of health protocols in destinations that have opened their doors to guests. Meanwhile, more than half or about 65.53% of tourism workers in the country have already received their Covid-19 jabs as of October 16.

For more updates and information on the DOT’s campaigns and programs, please visit www.morefunawaits.com.

Don’t have a banking app yet?! Here are top 5 must-haves of a mobile banking app

Not too long ago, the only way to get hold of a savings account was to physically visit a bank. Today, with lots of technological advancement, opening a savings account with just a couple of clicks on your mobile device is fast becoming the new norm.

Leading the change on this front is PSBank, which recently launched the Online Account Opening feature of its mobile banking app. The bank’s primary reason for this feature is simple — to make banking hassle-free and safe for Filipinos by bringing the first step of digital banking right at their fingertips.

In choosing a banking app, here are the top five must-haves:

ADVANCED/CUTTING-EDGE FEATURES. Suffice it to say, times have changed. With online banking, you get to do a variety of financial transactions while at the safety of your home. What’s cool about the PSBank Mobile app is you can now open a peso savings or prepaid account via the app with just one valid ID and a selfie. It also offers a wealth of built-in money management features and powerful functionalities which lets you do your banking requirements such as pay bills, transfer funds using account number or QR code, monitor your accounts in real-time, P2P payment using PayMe, grow your money through time deposit placement, apply for a loan, even deposit checks 24/7 and a lot more in between watching your favorite shows on Netflix or while sipping a cup of coffee at home.

CONVENIENCE. Let’s face it—who has time to wait in line and accomplish transactions within limited banking hours? There’s a lot you can do with the time you’ll spend visiting a bank. The simple, intuitive design and navigation of the PSBank Mobile app allows you to complete banking tasks with just a few taps on your smartphone and the app wherever you are, whenever you want. Yup, that’s as quick and easy as it gets.

SECURITY. With the rise in cyber fraud and financial scams, you would definitely need assurance that your hard-earned savings or accounts are secure. What’s great about the PSBank Mobile app is you can securely log in to the app using either face or fingerprint ID and transactions are authenticated by an OTP (One-Time Password) sent to your registered mobile phone. Moreover, the app has an ATM Lock feature which allows you to lock/unlock your ATM card account/s to prevent it from unauthorized use.

CONTROL. Nothing beats being able to access, manage, and move money as you see fit – from anywhere at any time. In addition to being able to perform banking tasks, you can also schedule transactions with the all-around PSBank Mobile banking app so you will not fall behind on your bills, forget to send money or reload your mobile phones. It also has and allows you to manage alert notifications for things like loan due date, withdrawal and other debits, and account balances.

24/7 ACCESS TO CUSTOMER SERVICE. Well-designed mobile banking apps make it clear how to get help fast. Assistance via the PSBank Mobile app come with a simple tap and in the form of LiveChat, phone, email or filling out an online form.
The PSBank Mobile banking app truly packed with powerful functionalities and more. It’s one of the most complete, reliable, and user-friendly banking apps in the market today.

“Our commitment to innovation, convenience, and safety is what drives us to keep adding new features in our mobile banking app that we know would be of great help to Filipinos who live in an ever-increasing digital world. And we’re just getting started. There’s so much more to look forward to in the coming months,” said Noel Tuazon, PSBank Senior Vice President & Marketing Group Head.

Download the PSBank app from Apple Store or Google Play Store today. For more information, please visit psbank.com.ph/other-products-and-services/other-products-and-services/product-lists/psbank-online-account-opening/

About PSBank

Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) is an industry trailblazer in innovative and future-ready banking, and is the country’s consumer and retail bank of choice for almost 60 years. Its primary objective of delivering quality customer service, simplified processes, quick credit decisions, and consumer-focused products are underscored by a clear promise: Simple Lang, Maaasahan.
It is the retail banking arm and a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company. To date, PSBank’s nationwide network has already reached 250 branches and 557 in-branch and offsite ATMs – ready to serve its ever-growing client base.

Winning Entries of Ajinomoto’s first-ever ‘Sustainabilidad Challenge’ 10 most creative, inventive and fun!

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) Group recently concluded it’s first-ever #AjinomotoSustainAbilidadChallenge, an initiative that enjoined Filipinos to share their do-it-yourself (DIY) sustainability projects. The online challenge garnered a total of 243 entries. Five Facebook and five Tiktok participants with the most creative application of the 3Rs of conservation—reduce, reuse, recycle—
were hailed as winners.

“Filipinos are resourceful and innovative. This campaign proves just how invested we are when it comes to taking better care of our environment. We hope this campaign further inspires individuals to live a more sustainable lifestyle at home,” said Roann Co, Ajinomoto General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.

Winning DIY Projects to Try at Home

The five winning entries from Facebook include a project that turned used sachets of Ajinomoto products into a beautiful plastic curtain, as well as one that turned what would have been trash into a fully functioning and fashionable apron. Used cartons were also popular among participants, one turned into a doll house and another into a DIY toy kitchen for kids. Meanwhile, tabs collected from soft drink cans were transformed into a soda tabs gown.

Moreover, the entries submitted via Tiktok were equally inventive. One of the winning entries turned an old electronic cartridge into a mini amplifier, while another transformed old throw pillows into new, upcycled ones. On the other hand, those working from home may be inspired by the following DIY office organizers: plastic bottle pencil holders, carton storage box and tissue box turned facemask container.

Each of the 10 winners will receive P2,000 worth of gift certificate and other special items from APC Group. Special awards will also be given to entries that garnered the most number of “likes.”

“It makes me glad and proud to see that the SustainAbilidad Challenge was a success. Seeing all the creative DIY projects is truly inspiring because it shows us how big of an impact small acts can do. It also shows us that environmental sustainability really does begin at home,” said Guia Cebrero, Ajinomoto Brand Manager, one of the contest judges.

The #AjinomotoSustainAbilildadChallenge is part of APC’s Ilabas ang SustainAbilidad environment education campaign that was launched last year to help consumers incorporate sustainable practices in their daily lives.

Moreover, showing its serious commitment to sustainability, APC Group had earlier pledged to reduce its plastic waste to zero by 2030. The organization has already reduced the size and thickness of its packaging that led to lessening its plastic waste by 70-100 tons per year. The company has also made use of waste water treatment facilities and technologies to convert some of its factory materials to reusable fuel.

“The #AjinomotoSustainabilidadChallenge together with our other green initiatives are all part of our company’s commitment to resolving social issues through the Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Value (ASV). We aim to contribute greater health and environmental wellness for people around the world.” Co remarked.

Visit COOKMUNITY by Ajinomoto Philippines Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH/ for more SustainAbilidad ideas and inspirations in support of Global Sustainability.

The Ajinomoto Group is a global company with specialties in the business of food and amino acids, guided by our leading-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies.

Based on the corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well.”, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids in supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. We aim for future growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness by creating value through sustainable and innovative solutions for communities and society.

The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. In fiscal 2018, sales were 1.1274 trillion yen (10.1 billion U.S. dollars). To learn more, visit www.ajinomoto.com.

MidCentury Manila Exhibits their 10 days of Modernism

To Celebrate, we are kicking off 10 DAYS OF MODERNISM — we will be posting 200 exciting furniture objects spanning the different eras of modernism from Bauhaus to Mid Century Modern to Postmodern & Memphis Era Design!

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In the mix are iconic & exotic pieces with a range of chairs, lamps, credenzas, tables and accessories — priced well so there’s something for everyone, helping us make space for a coming container.

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There will be Giveaways too in between! So, for those looking for a range of furnishings, keep watch, will work to keep it exciting!

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Thanks again for the support everyone!

#midcenturymanila #mcmplay #midcenturymodernfurniture

World Vision helps empower more children with Chosen, through partnership with PascualLab

Brithanie Urquico writing a letter

Six months after international non-profit organization World Vision joined hands with
Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (PascualLalb), the organization has been able to help 77 more children to enable themselves to choose their future via the program Chosen™

Chosen™ the campaign which was launched last year in various World Vision offices, has been changing lives around the world by empowering children to contribute to the course of their future by giving them the power to choose their sponsors.

PascualLab, one of the top-of-mind pharma companies for health and wellness products and manufacturing services, known for its unwavering passion for health and life, shares in World Vision’s belief that every child deserves access to healthcare, nutrition, and quality education.

Roy Gerona from PascualLab’s manufacturing plant shares. “It is emotionally rewarding. We feel so blessed that we are given a chance to sponsor a child. We were created by God for a mission,” Wife Almerlyn who also works for PascualLab affirms that one of these missions is charity work: “It is a great feeling to be able to help others”. As parents, they are also happy to show their kids the value of education through Child Sponsorship.

Corporate social responsibility has always been a part of PascualLab’s values and the partnership with World Vision allows employees to live out this value.

“It is an honor for me to be a part of a company that is able to hold on to its commitment for social responsibility despite the pandemic,” testifies Juan dela Cruz (not his real name), one of the employees of PascualLab’s subsidiary Leonie Agri Corp.

Although the pandemic has affected Chosen’s™ launch in early 2020, World Vision was still able to help 255 children find sponsors. The Chosen™ Campaign created a venue for PascualLab staff to help change the lives of children, even at the height of the spread and challenges of COVID-19.

“When the pandemic broke out, it unveiled the great divide between rich and poor in our country. Many have struggled and many are still struggling. Being able to assist someone in our own little way could impact their lives more than we could ever know,” Brithanie Urquico from PascualLab’s corporate office agrees. “I am content and happy to be able to make a difference, especially now that even the smallest of efforts truly counts,” she adds.

The partnership is also part of PascualLab’s 75th anniversary celebration, wherein the Pascual family and employees were inspired to share some #PascualLove by giving back and doing something meaningful for their hometown, Malabon. Through the partnership with World Vision, PascualLab’s employees experienced being chosen by children from the child-focused, assisted community in Malabon.

The partnership was sealed in a Memorandum of Agreement signed last April, where 125 PascualLab employees committed to sponsoring children. This new and effective way in child sponsorship through Chosen™ is not only transforming the lives of the sponsored children but also of the sponsors.

“Giving a child the power to choose is like allowing them to create the future that they want. It’s a critical part of our self-development, and each one of the choices that we make shapes our experiences and brings us to where we want to be in our life,” says Angelie Paje of
Pascual Consumer HealthCare, Corp.

Currently, both World Vision and PascualLab are also endeavoring to make the holiday season more meaningful for the children through letter-writing and other initiatives in the pipeline.

“We at World Vision are grateful to PascualLab for becoming a part of the Chosen™ child sponsorship campaign. This collaboration is a blessing as we achieve hope, joy and justice for all children,” says World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte.

To know how you can change a child’s life by signing up to be Chosen™, you may visit https://www.worldvision.org.ph/chosen/.

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Stay fit and healthy on your way to P2.5 million with Pru Life UK’s raffle draw

Taking care of one’s health by carefully watching food intake, diet, and exercise has become a top priority especially as Filipinos continue to live in the middle of the pandemic and with stricter quarantine protocols being implemented again.

For some, making sure that the body and mind are at their healthiest state at all times can be a challenge. Thankfully with Pulse, an all-in-one AI-powered health monitoring app by leading life insurer Pru Life UK, staying in tip-top shape gets easier and even rewarding. Users can even earn a chance to win exciting weekly prizes such as e-gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos and iPhone 12 mini 64GB, and 2.5 million pesos in the grand raffle this September as the company culminates their 25th anniversary in the Philippines.

“Now more than ever, it is important to put greater importance on health and wellness. This inspires us at Pru Life UK to boost our Pulse app with helpful features and a rewarding user experience, as a way to support Filipinos to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. We continue to motivate them to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they use the app and join the ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration,” says Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

Among Pulse’ primary features is Healthcheck, an AI-driven health assessment powered by Babylon, a healthcare technology and services company based in the United Kingdom. Healthcheck gives users insight on their wellness including a look at risks of developing diseases and how to prevent or postpone them.

For those who actively engage in daily exercises, Pulse also enables users to connect their fitness device and use the Fitness Tracker feature to monitor their body’s activities including the amount of calories burned, steps and distance taken, heart rate, and sleep.

Equally important to people having regular exercise is making sure that the routines they do are correct. The Exercise Buddy feature of Pulse Fit is the perfect companion to ensure that the right posture and movement is implemented to avoid any injuries and that the workout is optimized.

People who are keen on taking their fitness to another level can keep track of their daily calorie intake with My Food Journal and My Meal Planner which recommends recipes, provides detailed nutritional values, and curates meal plans based on their food preferences.

Users also have an unlimited chat access and one video-call consultation with a licensed dietitian through Pulse Gold, a full-suite subscription program which gives subscribers 24/7 access to exclusive AI-powered features of the app.

Pulse’s user-friendly features help people monitor the level of their fitness and nutrition every day, anywhere, and allow them to understand what is needed to further improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information on how you can join the raffle and check if you are one of the lucky winners, visit here.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

About Pulse

Pulse is an all-in-one digital health app and the first of its kind in the region to offer holistic health management to consumers. Using AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information, the app serves as a 24/7 health and wellness partner to users, helping them prevent, postpone, and protect against the onset of diseases. Pulse is part of Prudential’s region-wide strategy to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to everyone across Asia by leveraging digital technologies and best-in-class partnerships.

Following the regional launch of Pulse in Malaysia in August 2019, Pulse is now available in a total of 11 markets in Asia and includes a growing suite of value-add services, such as a symptom checker and health assessment, personal wellness services, and video consultations with certified doctors and specialists.

Since its launch, Pulse has been downloaded more than 26 million times* in Asia. Pulse is currently available on the Apple/Google Play stores in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For more information, and to download Pulse, log onto www.wedopulse.com