Samsung Philippines unveils latest generation of foldables and wearables with a grand launch

Samsung Electronics Philippines Co. (SEPCO) representatives and partners toast to a momentous evening.

After its Galaxy Unpacked in New York, Samsung Philippines celebrated the launch of the latest Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Watch5 Series and Buds2 Pro with a live event, “The Greater Galaxy”, held at the Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Manila last August 19, 2022.
Attendees of the event were treated to a special program and witnessed the reveal of themed experiential zones centered around the latest innovations and passions the devices aimed to capture.

The new Galaxy Z Flip4 is unveiled at the FlexCam booth alongside #TeamGalaxy ambassador Nicole Andersson and Product Marketing Manager of the Galaxy Z Series, Mik Manalastas

Meanwhile, the new Galaxy Z Fold4 was introduced at the Productivity Zone, which highlighted the multitasking capabilities of the phone with its multi-window feature and upgraded taskbar.
The new Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 impressed attendees with its upgraded features, including a new improved chipset, stronger aluminum frames and corning glass, making the latest foldables the most powerful and most durable yet.
Those who were able to experience Samsung’s latest ecosystem devices were also pleased to find new upgrades. The Galaxy Watch5 Series improved on its health and sleep tracking, while the Galaxy Buds2 Pro’s Intelligent Active Noise Cancellation was a feature that stood out.

Samsung Philippines President Min Su Chu addresses the attendees of the Greater Galaxy Event with his opening remarks.

Official Pre-order Bundles and Offers

The latest Galaxy Z series is available for pre-order until September 1, 2022 via samsung.com. Customers can enjoy a Galaxy Z Fold4 FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 or a Galaxy Z Flip4 FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a FREE Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599, 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro, 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year FULL PROTECTION Screen & Device worth PHP 9,499 with Samsung Care+.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online and a FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 and a Super Fast Wireless Charger worth PHP 3,099 when they pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold4. Customers to pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip4 can get a FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599. In addition, customers can enjoy 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro, 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year SCREEN PROTECTION worth up to PHP 7,880 with Samsung Care+.

Starting September 2, 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 will be available starting at PHP 58,990 in Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue and Phantom Black, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 will start at PHP 98,990 in Gray Green and Phantom Black. Customers can also avail of the 256GB variant in Beige, exclusively released in samsung.com.

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro is also available for pre-order until September 1, 2022. Customers can choose from a PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products or 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4.

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Watch5 Series can get a FREE Galaxy Buds Live worth PHP 7,990 and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. When purchased with the new Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4, they can also get 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. The Galaxy Buds2 Pro will be available starting September 2, 2022 at PHP 12,990 in Bora Purple, Graphite and White.

To learn more about the new Galaxy devices, visit samsung.com/ph.

View more photos from the Greater Galaxy event below:

Samsung Philippines President Min Su Chu greeted valued members of the media.

Samsung Philippines Product Marketing Head for Mobile Experience Jun Guevara shares the rich story behind the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Watch5 Series and Buds2 Pro

Isabella Concepcion, Marketing Communications Head for Mobile Experience, gives a tour of the Samsung Galaxy | BTS Zone with #TeamGalaxy Ambassador Nicole Andersson and host Laura Lehmann.

Product Category Head for Ecosystem, Jeli King, and #TeamGalaxy Ambassador Erwan Heussaff introduced attendees to the ecosystem zone.

Marketing Communications Manager of Flagship Smartphones, Patricia Cui, introduces the mechanics for the Clack Flex Challenge as well as exciting events to happen in the coming months.

Official Photos of the latest devices by Samsung (Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch5

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

Pru Life UK named International Life Insurer of the Year for the second consecutive year

Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Eng Teng Wong thanks the employees, agency workforce and other distribution partners who tirelessly work and innovate to fulfill the Company’s purpose of helping more Filipinos get the most out of life

Pru Life UK bagged the International Life Insurer of the Year-Philippines recognition in the Insurance Asia Awards for the second consecutive year. The company’s innovations, new products and partnerships, including its community investment initiatives were recognized by the organization as it stood out among its peers who were nominated in the same category in the Philippines.

Insurance Asia Awards is a prestigious awards program that recognizes the most outstanding insurance companies in Asia for their remarkable innovations.

“We are truly grateful and inspired by this honor from the Insurance Asia Awards. I attribute this recognition to our employees, agency workforce and other distribution partners who tirelessly work and innovate to fulfill our purpose of helping many more Filipinos get the most out of life,” said Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Eng Teng Wong.

The award is another milestone for Pru Life UK as it leads the life insurance industry in terms of New Business Annual Premium Equivalent based on the Insurance Commission’s official ranking in 2020 and 2021.

Over the past year, the Company strengthened its efforts to promote financial inclusion through providing simple, accessible, and affordable life and health insurance products on its pioneering AI-powered app, Pulse. It also offered free COVID-19 protection with vaccine side effects coverage in the health and wealth management app Pulse in 2021.

Pru Life UK also formed strategic partnerships to expand its reach and offer insurance protection to more Filipinos in the country. With the customers’ safety and convenience in mind, the Company renewed its partnership with Robinsons Bank and partnered with CIMB Bank to develop more innovative digital financial products and services, which are even more essential amid the pandemic. It also expanded its sales agency offices in Metro Manila, and several provinces in the country.

Outside the country, a notable partnership with Prudential Cambodia allowed more than 7,000 Filipinos in Cambodia and their families to have access to PRUMySafety, a digital protection product covering customers against the risk of road accidents which is available on Pulse.

“We are further motivated to drive up financial inclusion even more across the Philippines, including Overseas Filipino Workers. As one Pru Life UK family with all our distribution partners, we continue to expand our reach and protect more lives, especially the underserved and unserved Filipinos,” said Wong.

This year, the Company has onboarded on popular ecommerce platforms GCash and Shopee and made more bite-sized protection products available on Pulse.

It also opened PRUHouse, its agile and dynamic workplace in Ortigas early in the year, to create adaptable workspaces fit to the different workstyles of its growing sales force.

To know more about Pru Life UK, please visit its website at www.prulifeuk.com.ph or its official facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/prulifeukofficial/.

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 2021 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. (a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America), 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

World Vision Philippines relaunches women empowerment campaign #GirlsCan

Now on its third year, World Vision is once again launching #GirlsCan to support and help vulnerable girls achieve their dreams and potential. Aside from providing long-term and sustainable solutions for life transformation, the campaign aims to promote the significance of empowering girls and women which are key components of World Vision programs and advocacies, especially in the Philippines.
There are various issues surrounding girls in the country and violence against children remains one of the major concerns. In fact, the Department of Justice reported an increase of 264% cases in online sexual exploitation in 2020.
“Though this is a huge increase, we know that it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Most cases go undetected, unreported and unresponded. Online sexual exploitation of children or OSEC is a hidden, layered and complex crime that robs Filipina girls off of their childhood,” says Jezreel Hannah Domingo, World Vision Philippines Child Protection Manager.
“Girls should be empowered through positive life skills and asset building for them to know their rights and build their personal safety. When they are empowered, they learn to speak up, seek help and become positive instruments of change for younger girls,” Domingo added.
She also stressed the importance of strengthening the families to nurture and protect their children and reinforcing community-based mechanisms for identifying and protecting child victims of OSEC through stronger detection and investigation procedures.
Meanwhile, in education, over 2 million girls drop out from school while more adolescent girls get pregnant and give birth every day. While poverty remains the leading cause of these alarming problems, there are always ways on how to empower girls to break free.
With #GirlsCan, girls are given the opportunity to be empowered through various World Vision programs that address the needs of girls and women like the Savings Groups and Livelihood programs for Women entrepreneurs such as the Sustaining Women’s Economic Empowerment Thrust (SWEET project), Project ACE that combats exploitation of children, Maternal and Child Health Programs, Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines Project and the Menstrual Hygiene Campaign.
Over the years, the campaign has successfully supported thousands of young girls. It aims to support 1000 more this year, in celebration of the International Day of the Girl on October 11.
To know how you can support #GirlsCan, visit https://t.co/RAUn2HPxP7 or follow World Vision’s official social media pages /worldvisionph on Facebook, @worldvisionphl on Instagram, and @worldvisionph on Twitter.

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.

#GirlsCan Campaign Official Poster

Samsung Leads Holistic Health Innovation with Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro

New Galaxy Watch5 series is packed with insightful sleep tracking, personalized design,
plus enhanced durability that shape everyday health and wellness habits

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro –shaping health and wellness habits with intuitive insights, advanced features, and even more powerful capabilities. The Galaxy Watch5 enhances the features that consumers rely on every day, while the Galaxy Watch5 Pro – the newest addition to the Galaxy Watch lineup – is Samsung’s most durable and feature-packed watch yet. These new devices are a commitment to users that their goals and milestones can be met, and Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro are there to help.

“We’re dedicated to giving our Galaxy Watch community the tools, data and resources needed to not only understand their overall health and wellness better, but to coach them on their journey,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “With Samsung’s groundbreaking BioActive Sensor, we’re empowering users with the most complete picture of their health-related insights yet.”

Cutting-edge Sensor Technology to Better Understand You

With a growing desire to better understand and act on individual health goals, Samsung has set out to provide in-depth monitoring and practical data offering users the information they need to help them along their health and wellness journey. Galaxy Watch5 is equipped with Samsung’s unique BioActive Sensor that drives the next era of digital health monitoring. First introduced on the Galaxy Watch4 series, the BioActive Sensor uses a single unique chip that combines three powerful health sensors – Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis – to deliver extensive readings that include heart rate, blood oxygen level, and even stress level.

With an increased surface area and more direct contact with your wrist, Galaxy Watch5 tracks health metrics now with even greater accuracy than Galaxy Watch4. Plus, its powerful 3-in-1 BioActive Sensor works in combination with the other sensors of Galaxy Watch5 series, including the newly introduced temperature sensor, to provide users with an in-depth understanding of their wellness. The temperature sensor uses infrared technology for more accurate readings, even if the temperature of your surroundings changes. This opens new possibilities for developers to expand their health and wellness options and for users to take advantage of all-new experiences.

Holistic Health Insights to Enhance Everyone’s Wellness Journey

Designed for everyday wins, Galaxy Watch5 offers a comprehensive end-to-end experience that goes beyond fitness activities and into the post-workout, rest, and recovery process. The Body Composition measurement tool provides a complete snapshot of the user’s overall health, providing them with a tailored approach to set goals, guide them through personalized workouts, and track progress. And when it’s time to rest, the Galaxy Watch5 series empowers users with recovery data, including post-cardio heart rate after an intense workout, and customized recommendations on water consumption based on sweat loss.

A good night’s rest is important in wellness, and that’s why we’re helping users have a better night’s sleep. Understand sleep patterns through Sleep Scores that monitor stages of sleep, along with snore detection and blood oxygen levels. Achieve improved sleep habits with advanced Sleep Coaching that gives a tailored month-long guided program. Through SmartThings integration, Galaxy Watch5 automatically sets connected lights, AC units, and TVs to predetermined settings that make for an ideal sleep environment. Users can sleep safe and sound knowing that the enhanced fall detection ensures an emergency contact is notified if you or your loved one stumbles at home or falls out of bed.

No need to worry that your watch may run out of power or get damaged in rough terrain; Galaxy Watch5 comes with 13% larger battery and provides eight hours of sleep tracking with just eight minutes of charging, which is 30% faster than Galaxy Watch4. An extra layer of durability protects the Galaxy Watch5. This year, we’ve included our first smartwatch display featuring a Sapphire Crystal display, which offers a 60% harder outer layer, so your watch remains reliable in day-to-day use. Cue up your favorite song on Spotify with just your voice using Google Assistant. And coming soon, find your way using Google Maps from your wrist without a smartphone connection. Additionally, One UI Watch4.5 offers a fuller typing experience, an easier way to make calls, and a host of new accessibility features that make the Galaxy Watch more intuitive.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro, More Features and Greater Durability for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Created for those that love the great outdoors, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is the newest addition to the Galaxy Watch portfolio. From hiking to cycling and beyond, Watch5 Pro is ready for the challenge thanks to its premium materials. It features enhanced Sapphire Crystal that better resists any wear and tear and a durable titanium casing that protects the display with a protruded bezel design. Galaxy Watch5 Pro also comes with an all-new D-Buckle Sport Band that offers rugged durability with a sleek and clean fit.

Built strong, and built to last, Galaxy Watch5 Pro has the largest battery in a Galaxy Watch. It’s 60% larger than Galaxy Watch4, which is key to keeping up with you while you conquer a new route. Take advantage of GPX, that’s available for the first time on a Galaxy Watch. Head out on a hike and record and share it with fellow trail-lovers on the Samsung Health app with Route Workout. You can also download hiking and cycling routes as you practice for your next race or look to mix up your routine. As you hike or cycle, keep your eyes on the path and away from the map with intuitive Turn-by-turn directions. When you’re ready to head home, Galaxy Watch5 Pro will get you there easily with the Track back feature that takes you back the way you came.

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Watch5 offers a modern and minimalist design, and features that help you achieve more every day. It comes with all-new neutral color options that will turn heads, with the Large 44mm option available in Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver and the Small 40mm option available in Graphite, Pink Gold, and Silver which features a Bora Purple strap that pairs perfectly with the Galaxy Z Flip4. The Galaxy Watch5 40mm will start at PHP 16,990 for the Bluetooth version and PHP 19,990 for the LTE version. Meanwhile, the 44mm option will retail for P18,990 for the Bluetooth version, and PHP 21,990 for the LTE version.

For adventure seekers looking for durability, performance and style, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is for you. It will be available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium, with a 45mm display, starting at PHP 26,990 for the Bluetooth version and PHP29,990 for the LTE version.

The Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro are available for pre-order starting August 10, 10:00 PM via samsung.com, and August 11 through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online. Customers who pre-order until September 1 can enjoy freebies and discounts worth up to PHP 14,500.

During the pre-order period, customers will enjoy a FREE Galaxy Buds Live worth PHP 7,990 and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro with every purchase of the Galaxy Watch5 or the Watch5 Pro. When purchased with the new Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4, they can enjoy a discount of 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro.

The Galaxy Watch5 Series will be available on samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online starting September 2, 2022,

To learn more about the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro, please visit:
Galaxy Watch5: www.samsung.com/ph/watches/galaxy-watch/galaxy-watch5-40mm-silver-bluetooth-sm-r900nzsaasa/
Galaxy Watch5 Pro: www.samsung.com/ph/watches/galaxy-watch/galaxy-watch5-pro-black-titanium-bluetooth-sm-r920nzkaasa/

Galaxy Watch5 & Galaxy Watch5 Pro Product Specifications

Galaxy Watch5
Galaxy Watch5 Pro
Material & Color
Armor Aluminum case with Sport Band
– 44mm: Graphite, Sapphire, Sliver
– 40mm: Graphite, Pink Gold, Sliver
Titanium case with D-Buckle Sport Band
– Black Titanium, Gray Titanium
Dimensions
& Weight
– 44mm: 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm, 33.5g
– 40mm: 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm, 28.7g
– 44mm: 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm, 33.5g
– 40mm: 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm, 28.7g
Display
Sapphire Crystal
– 44mm: 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display
– 40mm: 1.2″ (30.4mm) 396×396 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display
Sapphire Crystal
– 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display
Processor
Exynos W920 Dual-Core 1.18GHz
Memory
1.5GB RAM + 16GB internal storage
Battery (typical)
– 44mm: 410mAh
– 40mm: 284mAh
590mAh
Charging
Faster Charging (WPC-based wireless charging)
OS
Wear OS Powered by Samsung (Wear OS 3.5)
UI
One UI Watch4.5
Sensors
Samsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
Connectivity
LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Durability
5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810H
Compatibility
Android 8.0 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of RAM

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.

Clinical Test Shows Real World Effectiveness of Difflam-C® vs COVID-19 Sore Throat

Dr. Jennifer Nailes, MD 9 (leftmost), and Dr. Roberto Salvino, MD, the doctors who spearheaded the recent study done to evaluate the effectivity of the Difflam-C gargle against COVID 19-related throat pain were at a media roundtable held recently in Makati City, to reveal their findings. iNova Pharma Philippines Inc.

The in-vivo study focused on establishing whether the combination of Benzydamine HCl and Chlorhexidine gluconate in Difflam-C® are effective in a real-world setting and was conducted on 219 COVID-19 patients from November 2021 until February 2022. This combination of active ingredients found in Difflam-C® solution have been gaining popularity in the Philippines particularly among doctors and healthcare professionals, with the synergistic action of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anesthetic, and antiseptic properties in relieving sore throat, as well as other symptoms of throat and mouth infection.

Clinically-tested Efficacy in COVID-19 Patients

Lead investigators of the study have found that Difflam-C® significantly relieves the COVID-19 patients’ sore throat and alleviated throat discomfort associated with difficulty and/or pain in swallowing. Results also show that it helps shorten the duration of the said condition of COVID-19 patients, with the VAS scores of participants significantly decreased during course of treatment with Difflam-C®. “At specified time intervals, median VAS scores showed a decreasing trend from baseline until after 12 hours of Day 1 and is significantly different from baseline values (p<0.001). There were some participants whose sore throat pain were relieved within 30 minutes of first use of the solution which persisted even until after 12 hours,” said lead investigator Dr. Jennifer M. Nailes, MD, MSPH, Vice-President for Research of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. Gargle Against COVID-19 Sore Throat “There was a noticeable shortening of the course of the sore throat in the study subjects, with their use of Difflam-C® during treatment. This gargle solution could be viewed as an effective treatment for patients with odynophagia (painful swallowing) or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), conditions associated with severe sore throat among COVID-19 patients,” said Dr. Nailes. Though yet to be published by Acta Medica Philippina, a peer-reviewed general medical and health science journal, these results are extremely encouraging and present a positive step in addressing the COVID-19 sore throat, using a widely available medicated gargle solution such as Difflam-C® in the study. As cases rise and new Omicron variants are discovered, the results of this study could be valuable information in making the public more aware of clinically tested remedies to help address key symptoms like the COVID-19 sore throat. While Benzydamine HCl + Chlorhexidine gluconate (Difflam-C®) could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 sore throat, getting vaccinated with boosters, the observance of standard health protocols, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the current mainstays for the prevention of COVID-19 infection.

“Your Song of Excellence” is back for a much bigger and better Season 2

LAST year, three musical hopefuls who have dreamt of making it big in the music industry in the Philippines accomplished their goal of achieving musical excellence through “Your Song of Excellence,” a virtual singing competition that took the country by storm.
For Grand Champions Edel Quibol, Renz Robosa, and music groujp Monzterjam, it was a dream come true that changed their lives forever.
And now, this year, from hordes of auditionees, a new set of individuals who value musical excellence will be crowned as music royalty in the Philippines as “Your Song of Excellence,” organized by Taiwan Excellence, is back for its second season, and promises to be bigger, fresher and more innovative.
With a total prize pool amounting to a whopping P1,000,000 worth of cash and products up for grabs, plus a recording deal with major recording company Ivory Music, one of the biggest independent record labels in the country, “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 will be the perfect platform for those who dream of becoming a real-life recording artist.
For this year, “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 will have a fresh set of judges who will once again meticulously assess the performances of each of the contestants. Tasked to do this are #YourSongOfExcellence2022 jurors led by pop-rock royalty and singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, music producer and songwriter Paulo Zarate, multi-awarded vocalist of local rock band Wolfgang and singer-songwriter Basti Artadi, and award-winning singer and composer Noel Cabangon. They will be joined by acclaimed TV, film and theater actress Bituin Escalante, one of last season’s judges.
And also, a new set of musical categories will be introduced for “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2. The categories include #EpicRock for singers who love to belt out rock and pop rock music, #HeartsAtHome for those who love going ballad in their performance, and #FreshVibes for those whose singing talents cover acoustic music.
“Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 is open to all male, female, and group amateur and professional singers. They must be Filipino citizens and residing in the Philippines, must be 18 years old and above upon submitting their audition video, must present a valid government or school I.D. and must not have an existing recording contract.
Is that dream of becoming a musical star still alive? Here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. Register for “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 via https://bit.ly/YSOE2022Auditionor email your audition video at yoursongofexcellence2022@gmail.com.
Deadline for submission of audition entries is on August 10, 2022. To know more of contest mechanics, visit https://bit.ly/YSOE2CONTESTMECHANICS.
“Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 is organized by Taiwan Excellence, with premier brands Aromase PH, Asus PH, and Predator Gaming as sponsors, with Ivory Music as music partner and Far Eastern University as performing arts partner.
Major brand partners include Acer Philippines, Annie’s Way 安妮絲薇果凍面膜第一品牌, FECA PH, Johnson Fitness Philippines, LUFTQI空氣淨化專家, Transcend Philippines, Zyxel.ph, Dacian, and Tatung.

Great tech and gaming deals are coming your way this August!

Here are 5 things you can do at SM this Cyber Month

SM Supermalls is celebrating tech and innovation this August at the #SMCyberMonth2022. It’s going to be an #AweSM, action-packed month at SM with these activities and offerings that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Experience the Great Gadget Sale

Truly, there is no place like SM Cyberzone when it comes to the hottest tech deals and the lowest price guaranteed gadgets. Get your hands on the best deals, special promos, and bundles on select items with up to 60% off in participating stores at the Great Gadget Sale. Delightful, tech-citing deals are up for grabs at SM Cyberzone, SM Appliance, and The SM Store Gadgets!

Hop on the Gadget Lab

From fun, entertaining displays and touch & try product exhibits, to interactive product guides and the latest gadgets available in the Philippines, go crazy over all things tech at the Gadget Lab. See for yourself all the best smart home devices, gaming, productivity devices, and smartphones on display in the activity areas.

See what the future of tech and gaming looks like

Aside from the epic battles, you can also see what the future of tech and gaming looks like at the PlayZone. Immerse yourself in the live demonstrations of the newest gaming technology there is! You can also check out the gaming pods, gaming set-ups, and PC rig displays in the activity area.

Witness some action at the PlayZone

SM Supermalls is bringing together e-sports players and mobile gamers for some intense and epic battles. Tag along with your gaming squad and watch the gamers outplay each other at the special exhibition matches.

Grab the special deals exclusive via the SM Online App

But if you can’t go to any SM Cyberzone branches in the Philippines, there’s still a way for you to score these offerings and discounts. All you have to do is download the SM Malls Online App, add to your cart all your tech must-haves, use the voucher deals in-app, and just pick up the items at the SM mall near you.

For first time shoppers, SM Malls Online is offering a P200 OFF when you use voucher code SMGOESONLINE upon checkout. Shop for your favorite tech brands and gadget needs! Download now the SM Malls Online app here – https://click.smmallsonline.com/DFqS/btxb3s1w

“The #SMCyberMonth2022 is a celebration of tech and gadgets that can definitely make our lives more fun, easier, and convenient. And no matter what your interest is– may it be gaming, virtual reality, smart home, music, or smartphone photography – there will be something for you at Cyberzone!” said SM Supermalls President, Steven Tan.

Experience all these and more this August at the #SMCyberMonth2022! Visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM Supermalls’ official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you won’t miss out on all the cool happenings in your favorite SM mall.

RLC Residences is heading to Ironman 70.3 in Cebu this August2022

Witness RLC Residences raise the bar yet again as it joins this year’s most awaited global triathlon event in Cebu as part of the run leg.

“We are thrilled to be part of this year’s event, as this symbolizes how RLC Residences has come full circle in the game of elevating the lives of people whom we build condominiums for,” RLC Residences Head of Marketing and Chief Integration Officer, Karen Cesario shares.

Not many know, but RLC Residences has been part of the first Ironman held in Cebu in 2012, through its project AmiSa Private Residences. AmiSa Private Residences, a destination home located in Mactan, Cebu has since then been part of this three-part race, welcoming triathletes as they take on the course’s run phase along the breathtaking views of the Punta Engano coastline.

The Amisa Private Residences has been part of the run course of the IRONMAN 70.3 since it moved to Cebu in 2012.

This year, RLC Residences has taken a more active part in Ironman 70.3 as it lines up a number of activities for participants and spectators alike. Visitors of Ironman’s 4-day expo are in for a treat, with exclusive RLC Residences merchandise up for grabs designed to beat the heat and much ideal for sports fans & enthusiasts.

Exclusive condo deals are also on offer for those wanting to own a piece of Cebu. Expo attendees, locales, and tourists are invited to drop by Dusit Thani Mactan a day before the race to join RLC Residences for a Property Preview of AmiSa Private Residences. “There can’t be a more perfect time for us to showcase AmiSa,” beams Cesario with pride.

“This home is most ideal for those pursuing these types of endeavors,” Cesario adds. “Built for the well-traveled, hyper-focused, and purpose-driven individuals who yearn for a refreshing lifestyle, AmiSa’s spectacular sun, sea, and most importantly -sights are a thing to behold.” Every unit at AmiSa’s latest tower is crafted to let you experience awe-inspiring views, a perfect backdrop to start or end one’s busy day. Future residents will also enjoy modern-day conveniences brought by smart-home features backed up by fiber optic capabilities within the development. These are further complemented by services and amenities that befit resort-like living.

“Participants of this year’s Ironman 70.3 coming from various parts of the globe, will surely find the run interesting”. We hope to continue to be able to showcase this wonderful home and the many possibilities it presents to investors,” Cesario shares. Moreso now as Tower D comes with all the upgrades in the living spaces and amenities.

And to cap off RLC Residences’ participation in this year’s Ironman is the creation of its Triathlon team composed of athletic enthusiasts from Robinsons Land Corporation’s various business units. Headlined by RLC Residences’ Brand Management Head, Dan Carlo Torres, the team hopes to inspire the RLC Residences community to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle.

Torres recounts, “When I first saw AmiSa Private Residences when I joined Ironman a few years back, I was not yet part of the RLC Residences team, but I was already amazed by the property and its potential. Now that we are selling Tower D and Dusit Thani Mactan has been a welcome addition to the AmiSa complex, we are happy to cheer on Ironman participants in this year’s run course as they head on to the finish line.”

For the best RLC Residences condo deals, make sure to drop by the RLC Residences booth in the Ironman 70.3 Cebu Expo from August 4 – 7 or at the Dusit Thani Mactan at the AmiSa Private Residences Property Preview on August 6, happening from 1 to 5pm. For more details on other RLC Residences properties, log on to rlcresidences.com.

About RLC Residences

RAISE, LIVE, CONNECT
Embracing the future with the RLC Residences Brand

For three decades, Robinsons Land Corporation’s Residential Division has been committed to improving the lives of Filipinos. Vital to its success is its understanding of and responsiveness to emerging residential trends like urbanisation, digital lifestyles and work-life imbalance.

RLC presents RLC Residences, a new brand that every modern family and young urban professional will be proud of. This brand integrates Robinsons Luxuria, Robinsons Residences and Robinsons Communities into a singular brand. With the merging of resources and a simplified structure in place, RLC Residences is more empowered to deliver a seamless customer journey for its clients. Equally, RLC Residences has redefined its core product offering encapsulated into its tagline ‘Raise, Live, Connect’.

‘Raise’ is about ‘raising the game’ by elevating the design and quality standards of new residential developments by RLC Residences, with the engagement of globally recognized firms in the design and property sector resulting in standout developments that every homeowner would be proud to showcase and own. Embracing the future with the RLC Residences brand

‘Live’ stands for smart and productive living. It promises to deliver innovation with the provision of smart home features and storage solutions to address the lifestyle needs of start-up to growing families as well as the highly driven and career-oriented young professionals. It also provides venues for day-care centres or study halls and incorporates work-from-home spaces in the developments making work-life integration possible.

‘Connect’ is all about allowing homeowners to connect with their loved ones in a convenient manner. RLC Residences projects are smartly placed in destination estates or the bustling or emerging CBDs. Developments are also transit-oriented and boast of rest and recreational amenities suited for bonding and relaxation. These elements combined provide time and energy savings for homeowners so that they can swiftly be in places and with people that matter to them most.

RLC Residences embraces the future with much optimism. It brings with it experience and credibility in delivering an impressive and growing portfolio of projects over the last 30 years and its redefined purpose of building beautiful and well-designed residential projects that all of its stakeholders will be proud of.

Pru Life UK taps Ben&Ben as an ally to help Filipino families get the most out of life

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK officially introduced Ben&Ben as its new brand ambassador to help more Filipino families get the most out of life at a fun-filled family day event held at The Island in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

At the launch, the company talked about how the band perfectly aligns with the company’s progressive and inclusive approach in defining a family. Testament to this is the insurer’s recently announced product called PRUHealth FamLove, a first-of-its-kind yearly renewable life insurance and critical illness plan that protects up to four family members under one policy. Under this plan, family members also include same-sex or common-law partners, parents, and adoptive children.

“Like many Filipino families, Ben&Ben is diverse, inclusive, and warmhearted. They resonate with the strong family ties that Filipinos are known for representing both the traditional and modern Filipino families. We are delighted to welcome Ben&Ben into our Pru Life UK family as our new brand ambassador and ally in helping more Filipino families get the most of life,” said Pru Life UK General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer Gilbert Simpao.

The top-rating Original Pilipino Music band who serenaded the crowd with its top hits such as Paninindigan Kita, Kathang Isip and Pagtingin, is a perfect example of both traditional and progressive Filipino families who are doing great things together, recognizing their differences, and celebrating diversity and inclusivity.

The event is Ben&Ben’s first public performance as Pru Life UK’s ally to help Filipino families of different types and sizes get the most out of their lives through PRUHealth FamLove, and its unique and game changing features. The product is designed for customers to share their critical illness protection coverage with different types of family members, including single parents, cohabiting partners, LGBTQ+ partners, and adoptive family members.

The product is also the first in the country as it provides coverage should any major organs require surgery, without the need to remember the long list of critical illnesses. This is a new generation of solutions designed to provide customers with simple, flexible and future-proof protection benefits against unknown diseases. It also provides long-term coverage until age 85.

“Strengthening Filipino families through financial wellness is one of our biggest advocacies at Pru Life UK. We want every Filipino household to have peace of mind by bringing protection closer to everyone. PRUHealth Famlove, with its shareability feature, is a step forward in achieving that as it gives families an affordable and accessible life protection option,” Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga said.

In celebration of family diversity and championing individuality, Pru Life UK launched Famvatar, a unique digital experience that lets anyone create a personalized group avatar starring one’s family. Users can then use their unique, fun-filled chat stickers in group chats and more.

To make a Famvatar and know more about Pru Life UK’s PRUHealth FamLove, please visit www.prulifeuk.com.ph.

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 2021 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. (a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America), 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

Teleperformance Philippines receives 5th consecutive Great Place to Work® Certification

Teleperformance (TP) Philippines, a leading global group in digitally integrated business services, is once again Great Place to Work-Certified™ in 2022. This makes TP Philippines the first, the largest, and the only company in the country to be Great Place to Work-Certified™ for five straight years.

The Great Place to Work® Institute recorded 85% responses from TP Philippines in the Trust Index® Survey, which is part of the rigorous certification process conducted annually by the institute and a definitive global standard of what it means to be a great workplace. The survey evaluates companies based on their employees’ perception of them in terms of credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie, among others. Only companies who have achieved at least 65% in the survey are qualified to receive the certification.

Teleperformance Philippines Chief Executive Officer Francisco Lara y Padilla commented, “I congratulate the TP Philippines team for the phenomenal 5-peat Great Place to Work® certification. This milestone achievement is so much sweeter with the company’s impressive growth over the past years. Fueled by our passion, innovative spirit, and culture of excellence, TP Philippines is poised to be even stronger in the future.”

Joey Marquez, Teleperformance Philippines Chief Operations Officer, shared, “Being recertified by the Great Place to Work® Institute for the fifth year in a row is another milestone for TP and a testament to our vibrant, high-trust and people-centric culture, which we witness every day in the workplace. We are definitely honored to be a place of opportunity and growth for over 55,000 Filipinos. Surely, this will contribute to further our success in reaching our goals for our people, the business, and the community.”

Teleperformance Philippines has made it its mission to promote the safety and wellbeing of their employees at all times – institutionalizing people welfare and development programs that benefit both work onsite and work-at-home employees. In 2021, the company launched the Cloud Campus solution, an innovative long-term remote work solution that allows home-based interaction experts to remain connected to their Teleperformance team through the Cloud Campus hubs. Moreover, the first Cloud Campus microsite was launched recently in Ilocos Norte, their first site operating in a remote work model.

Majority of TP Philippines’ 23 business sites nationwide have also received a safety seal from their respective local government units. More recently, the company received the ISO 45001: 2018 certification for excellent occupational health and safety programs. They underwent intensive training and design, as well as implemented health and safety precautions in their business sites and later passed the audits conducted by Standard Global Services (SGS).

In addition, Teleperformance is a huge proponent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace. This is evident in their various year-long initiatives such as TP Women, which is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women at Teleperformance; TP Pride, which seeks to raise awareness and educate their employees about the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals; and a partnership with Project Inclusion Network to provide assistance and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Teleperformance Philippines is the largest employer in the county to be certified this year. Teleperformance is also one of the 25 Best Workplaces in 2022 among nearly 100 companies in the Philippines.

To learn more about Teleperformance visit their website at www.teleperformance.com.

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ABOUT TELEPERFORMANCE

Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: TEPRF.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), the global leader in outsourced customer and citizen experience management and advanced related services, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in many industries. It offers a One Office support services model including end-to-end digital solutions, which guarantee successful customer interaction and optimized business processes, anchored in a unique, comprehensive high touch, high tech approach.

Nearly 420,000 employees, based in 88 countries, support billions of connections every year in over 265 languages and around 170 markets, in a shared commitment to excellence as part of the “Simpler, Faster, Safer” process. This mission is supported by the use of reliable, flexible, intelligent technological solutions and compliance with the industry’s highest security and quality standards, based on Corporate Social Responsibility excellence. In 2021, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €7,115 million (US$8.4 billion, based on €1 = $1.18) and net profit of €557 million.

Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs more than 56,000 people in the country and operates over 40,000 workstations in 23 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Cavite, Baguio, Metro Laoag, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

Teleperformance Philippines offers offshore solutions and serves the North American, Australia, Asia and European markets, as well as the Domestic market, managing all aspects of the customer relations cycle for brands aiming to deliver excellent customer experiences.

From 2012 to 2021, Teleperformance has received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Circle of Excellence at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority.

In 2022, Teleperformance Philippines has received its fifth certification as a Great Place to Work® and is the only organization in the country to be certified by the Great Place to Work® Institute for five years in a row. Earlier in the year, the company was also awarded as one of the Philippines Best Workplaces™. This 2022, Teleperformance Philippines celebrates its 26th year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the progress of the nation’s IT-BPM sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.

For further information, visit the Teleperformance website at teleperformance.ph