Essentials with a Point of View Uniqlo U 2022 Fall/Winter Collection Launching September 23

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO announces the launch of the Uniqlo U 2022 Fall/Winter collection starting September 23. Designed by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his UNIQLO R&D team in Paris under the theme the Essentials with a Point of View, the new collection offers an even more considered take on minimalism.

Uniqlo U 2022 Fall/Winter began with the idea of a capsule wardrobe that could fit into a single suitcase, adaptable enough to take you through an entire season with essentials that pay special attention to functionality and versatility.

A New Genderless Offering

The men’s and women’s design teams worked together to create a concise collection of genderless essentials such as the practical pocketable long coat and workwear-inspired utility short blouson jacket, varied in size but not design, that reflect a modern approach to dressing. Boxy silhouettes and roomy proportions are suited to many body types and layer effortlessly with both the men’s and women’s garments.

Essentials for our Lifestyles

The women’s collection features carefully considered essentials that provide practicality, comfort, and versatility in our daily lives. Utilitarian, layered silhouettes are both beautiful and functional: coats made for commuting, soft wool knits, menswear-inspired shirts, classic high-waisted jeans with a modern, rounded leg. The men’s lineup is a thoughtfully curated, versatile collection of pieces designed for city life and outdoor pursuits. Generous, boxy layers made of soft wool, flannel and cotton jersey bring a sense of warmth and comfort. The perfect chino pants modernize the classic workwear style with a wide, tapered leg.

A range of sophisticated new colors – bright ochre yellow, purple, washed red and warm white – complement rich neutrals, grounded in nature.

Stylings

Collection
The lineup includes 25 items for women, 22 items for men, and 1 items for kids.

Lineup and Pricing
Items
Prices
Items
Prices
Outerwear
Php 3,990 – Php 6,990
Knits
Php 1,990 – Php 2,490
Pants & Skirts
Php 1,990 – Php 2,490
Dresses
Php 2,490
Shirts
Php 1,490 – Php 1,990
Goods
Php 990 – Php 1,490
Cut & Sewn items
Php 790 – Php 1,990

Note: The above prices are provisional and subject to change

Special Website: https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/contents/collaboration/uniqlo-u/22fw/

UNIQLO R&D Centers

Uniqlo U is a collection of “Future LifeWear Essentials.” The world-class designers and patternmakers in the Paris design team reimagine everyday clothing using innovative materials and new, contemporary silhouettes. Each season is designed with the highest precision and in pursuit of a simplified, modern wardrobe.

UNIQLO R&D Centers are places for experimentation, spaces to try new ideas, innovate and create. The Paris R&D Center complements other UNIQLO R&D Centers in Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, and Los Angeles.

Christophe Lemaire
Christophe Lemaire has been designing his namesake collection since 1991. He has also served as Artistic Director of Lacoste and Artistic Director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès. In 2015, he partnered with UNIQLO, resulting in the UNIQLO AND LEMAIRE collaboration collections for Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016. Christophe Lemaire was appointed Artistic Director of the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center in 2016, where he and his handpicked team of designers create the Uniqlo U collection.

About UNIQLO LifeWear

Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST (Plus T), Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2021 fiscal year ending August 31, 2021 (US $19.4 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2021 rate of $1 = 109.9 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,300 stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. In 2010 UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank and currently there are more than 15 Grameen-UNIQLO stores, mostly located in Dhaka.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

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9.9 Super Shopping Day

Shopee delivers bigger, more rewarding experiences for all Filipinos.

Filipinos can count on Shopee to bring more exciting deals, exclusive vouchers, entertainment for all,
and its newest community-building project.

Driven by its goal of serving Filipinos wherever they may be, Shopee continues to deliver ease and convenience for all through its highly-anticipated double day sales. With the upcoming 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the start of its year-end shopping season, Shopee gives everyone much to look forward to with a new community-building project, the greatest selection of deals, entertaining activities, and exciting prizes.

Win a Shopee-sponsored Community Project for your Barangay
Beyond offering the best deals through its double day sales, Shopee continues to work towards utilizing its resources and technology to help underserved communities across the Philippines. Especially crafted to welcome the start of the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee has launched Barangay Shopee, the newest initiative under its Shopee Bayanihan CSR program, where users can win a sponsored community project for their barangay, such as a new basketball court, multi-purpose hall renovation, and public school supplies.

From August 25 up to September 9, Shopee users from all over the Philippines can nominate their barangay for a chance to win a community project of their choice that addresses their barangay’s needs. To join the initiative, users simply need to post their video entries on Facebook and submit the link via the Barangay Shopee page in the app.

“Mas Mura sa Shopee” deals and upsized brand promos at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day
From August 26 up to September 11, users can enjoy unbeatable “Mas Mura sa Shopee*” offers on a wide variety of essentials, sitewide free shipping with no minimum spend, and exciting ₱1 Deals at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Shoppers also get to enjoy discounts from leading brands such as INSPI, Garnier, Dreame, Sabbat, OPPO, GameXtreme, Huawei, Colgate-Palmolive, Crocs PH, Uni-Care, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Philippines, Pedigree and Whiskas, Belo Essentials, P&G Beauty, Unilever, Ace Hardware, Adidas, Xiaomi, POCO, Bosch, Chef’s Classics, Enfagrow, and Lactum.

Shop & Win up to ₱1 million and more exciting prizes
Big rewards await lucky shoppers with Shopee’s newest game, 9.9 ShopeePay Shop & Win Up to ₱1 million. To join, users need to purchase on the Shopee app and claim their code from September 1 to 9 for a chance to win up to ₱1 million at our draw. Viewers of the draws from September 2 to 9 also stand a chance to win exciting prizes with Guess to Win, a daily in-app game that rewards one lucky viewer with thousands of cash via ShopeePay when they guess the winning bag.

Non-stop fun and entertainment at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special
Filipinos can also look forward to big giveaways, fun, and entertainment when they tune in this September 9 at 9:35PM on Shopee Live and GMA 7 for the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. Exciting performances are lined up for the event with Shopee’s own Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, Michael V, Carla Abellana, and more Kapuso stars.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, shared “We are thrilled to be welcoming the busiest sale season of the year with our users, sellers, and communities from all over the Philippines. We aim to be a platform that harnesses the power of technology to help all of our stakeholders and the community — whether it’s through our impactful CSR initiatives or exciting double day sales. We invite everyone to join us in making this our most meaningful 9.9 Super Shopping Day celebration yet.”

To learn more about the 9.9 Super Shopping Day andw Barangay Shopee, visit the 9.9 Super Shopping Day page and the Barangay Shopee page on the app. 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 promotes an inclusive and sustainable digital ecosystem by enabling businesses to digitalize and grow their online presence, helping more people access and benefit from digital services, and uplifting local communities.
Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping homegrown brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is part of Sea Limited (NYSE: SE), a leading global consumer internet company. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology through its three core businesses: Shopee, Garena and SeaMoney.

SM Prime and AboitizPower Secure Long-Term Cleanergy Deal

(From left to right) SM Prime Energy Consultant Jaime Patinio, AboitizPower Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations Sandro Aboitiz, SM Engineering, Design and Development President Hans Sy, Jr., SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim, AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rubio, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. Vice President for Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Engagement David Aboitiz, AboitizPower Vice President for Retail – Commercial Operations Business Unit James Byron Yu, and SM Prime Chief Finance Officer John Nai Peng Ong gather for a luncheon on Thursday, August 4, after sealing a long-term partnership with the commitment to helping build a cleaner and brighter future.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, secures a long-term deal with AboitizPower for Cleanergy supply, realizing its goal of increasing its renewable energy portfolio to more than 50%. This is in support of the Department of Energy’s program of moving up the renewable energy supply component of the country to 35% by year 2030.

Under the agreement, AboitizPower is poised to supply reliable and responsibly-sourced energy from Tiwi and MakBan Geothermal Power Plants, and PV Sinag’s Power Plants, operated and managed by AboitizPower subsidiary, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI). This long-term contract will power SM Prime properties, including malls, leisure homes, offices, hotels, and other establishments under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) by the end of 2022.

“This partnership with AboitizPower is aligned with our unwavering commitment to being a catalyst for economic growth and steward of nature. We will continue providing world-class amenities within our sustainable lifestyle cities that have been beneficial and inspirational to millions of Filipinos,” said Jeffrey Lim, SM Prime Holdings Inc.’s President.

SM Prime builds legacy communities based on its core sustainable pillars: Economy, People, Environment, and Community. It is dedicated to generating value sustainably through its diverse business segments.

“AboitizPower is thrilled to be SM Prime’s partner in building sustainable lifestyle cities. We thank SM Prime for trusting us to be their partner in their transition to clean and renewable energy. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to power various SM Prime properties with our renewable assets”, said Sandro Aboitiz, Senior Vice President of the Commercial Operations Business Unit.

“We consider it a great milestone for our group to be in support of SM’s transition to renewable energy and are working to rapidly expand our renewable portfolio as the demand for Cleanergy grows. We have supported a growing number of corporations transitioning to clean and renewable energy and we are excited at the prospect of seeing a future where Cleanergy is the norm.” said David Aboitiz, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI) Vice President for Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Engagement.

The leading renewable energy provider plans to expand its Cleanergy portfolio in the next 10 years to support the government’s plans of boosting the renewable energy industry in the country. AboitizPower is targeting approximately 50:50 Cleanergy and thermal capacity mix by 2030.

About SM Prime

SM Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, is committed to providing safe and sustainable spaces for its stakeholders. Its development strategy is anchored on the responsible use of resources. In the communities it serves, it is able to promote resource conservation, environmental protection, and disaster resiliency by implementing solutions for water, waste, and energy management.

SM Prime is a key player in the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.

Find out more about SM Prime and the SM Green Movement

Stay on top and on track of your retirement goals with AXA

The way we spend and save affects our financial stability, not only in the present but also in the future. As retirement is inevitable for most of us, to live comfortably and worry-free in the days to come, we need to plan ahead while we are still in our prime earning years.

To help Filipinos plan for their retirement, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, introduces their latest offerings: MyLifeChoice’s Retirement variant, AXA Global Assets Income Paying Fund (AXA GAIN Fund) available for selected single-pay products, and the new Goal Planner and Investment Tracker tools. The aim is to provide its customers the ideal financial solutions and tools so they are empowered to take charge of their retirement goals, no matter what stage in life they are in.

Throughout the journey of planning for retirement, AXA is there in every step of the way to help keep you on track and on top of your goals: from the accumulation stage, which is the time when your earning potential is at the highest and savings are in full swing, to the decumulation stage, which is the time when you start enjoying the benefits of your life-long efforts along with the opportunity to reinvest for further coverage.

In the Philippines, there is a need for a self-funded retirement plan, as the state pension system can only provide 20% of the income needed to live a decent retired life. Filipinos are also currently living through challenging times – rising inflation, soaring prices, and increasing unemployment – making retirement planning more difficult. The latest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) labor force survey (LFS) even showed that the number of Filipinos aged 65 and above who are still working or looking for a job increased from 34.9% last May to 38.2% in June 2022.
MyLifeChoice Retirement variant provides the protection needed to prepare for the uncertainties that may come later in life. This product helps you build your retirement plan with AXA’s Target Date Fund, which follows a unique strategy that allows your savings to maximize growth potential at the onset and minimize risk by the time you need your money for retirement.

Furthering the growth potential of your savings, you can also diversify your portfolio in a mix of different assets, which gives you the flexibility in better managing your investment. MyLifeChoice also features a Start-Up Bonus, where you get an equivalent of 70% of your first year annual premium invested into your selected AXA fund, starting day one of your policy.

In the decumulation stage, you can also invest in a fund that matches your needs during this crucial stage of your retirement with the new AXA GAIN Fund, an income-paying fund that provides a semi-annual cash payout. This fund is accessible via the AXA Asset Master product, helping provide a source of regular income during retirement.

Finally, to allow convenient tracking of your retirement goals, AXA Philippines also introduces the Goal Planner and Investment Tracker features on Emma by AXA, and will be available soon in both mobile app and web versions. As a dedicated partner in your journey towards financial wellness, Emma by AXA gives access to tools that help provide timely monitoring of your progress. These tools also allow you to know if there are necessary adjustments needed to stay on track of your goals.
“At AXA, we are committed to help our customers protect what matters to them in all stages of their lives. With our new products and tools for retirement planning, we hope we can help Filipinos be secure and able to retire on their own terms,” said Nandy Villar, AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer.
Know more about MyLifeChoice for retirement planning, by visiting axa.com.ph/mylifechoice/retirement. Know more about other AXA offers by visiting https://www.axa.com.ph/.

Photo Caption
AXA Philippines launch event held at Dusit Thani Manila.

(L-R): Moderator and host RJ Ledesma; AXA Philippines Segment Director Lyzen Zapanta; AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Nandy Villar; AXA Philippines Segment Director Dex Agcaoili; Chief Executive Officer of Stock Smarts Marvin Germo; and Founder of fintech company Taxumo Ginger Arboleda.
AXA Philippines and guest speakers discuss the benefits of retirement planning for every life stage.

(L-R): Moderator and host RJ Ledesma; AXA Philippines Segment Director Lyzen Zapanta; AXA Philippines Segment Director Dex Agcaoili; Chief Executive Officer of Stock Smarts Marvin Germo; and Founder of fintech company Taxumo Ginger Arboleda.

ABOUT AXA PHILIPPINES
Established in 1999, AXA Philippines is one of the largest and fastest growing insurance companies in the country. It offers financial security to close to 2 million individuals through its group and individual life insurance as well as general insurance products through its wholly-owned subsidiary Charter Ping An.
AXA Philippines is one of the first to introduce bancassurance operations in the country, and is among the pioneers in the investment-linked insurance sector.
AXA now offers a complete range of products for all its customers’ insurance and financial protection needs, including savings and investments, health plans, income protection; and fire, car, personal accident, and more.
AXA Philippines is a joint venture between the AXA Group, headquartered in France, GT Capital Holdings, Inc. (GT Capital), a leading listed conglomerate in the Philippines, and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank), one of the Philippines’ largest financial institutions. It is duly recognized by the Insurance Commission and has following licenses to operate: 2019/37-R for AXA and 2019/40-R for Charter Ping An. FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Sinag Schools program powers up school in Batangas

SM Supermalls employee volunteers led the distribution of donations from SM Foundation to the students of Lemery Pilot Elementary School.

SM Foundation (SMFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group, together with Maxeon Solar Technologies, recently powered up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School (LPES) in Batangas through the Sinag Schools program.

This social good collaboration between SMFI and Maxeon aims to provide clean and renewable energy to schools in grassroot communities by installing solar panels on an SM school building, especially to those that have low operating expenses.

In addition to the solar panel installation which intends to power positive change in the way energy is consumed in public schools, the program also aims to enhance the understanding of students in terms of energy management and the need to transition to cleaner energy alternatives with lower environmental impacts.

“Through this program, we want to power up the learning and development of young people. We want to help teach young people about solar energy, about renewable energy. We want to power up the next generation to help save our planet,” Maxeon Fab4 General Manager Glenn Everett said.

The SM school building at the LPES, which was donated by SMFI in partnership with SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) in 2017, now boasts 21 solar panels—estimated to produce 6510 watt-p. With the savings on electricity, the school may realign their budget to more efforts and other innovations that will give the students an environment more conducive to learning.

It takes a village to raise a child
SMFI executive director Debbie Sy underscored the importance of collective efforts in advancing the learning experience of every student in the country: “We believe that collaboration can drive growth and become a force for good in addressing societal challenges. CSR partnerships can create solutions that improve society by fostering learning, promoting innovation and gaining access to new technologies, such as the Sinag schools program. CSR collaboration can pool resources, both financial and human resources – between multiple organizations which can amplify social good impact.”

“The establishment of an ever-evolving CSR strategy and partnerships will help companies and non-government organizations in developing and implementing crucial social good programs over decades while having procedures in place that integrate social and environmental priorities into CSR core strategy – all in close collaboration with stakeholders,” she further added.
Moreover, Everett mentioned how SMFI and Maxeon share the similar set of values and interest when it comes to helping Filipino learners: “We have this concept of powering positive change in the world. We are happy to be working together with SM Foundation to power up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School.”

“Individually, we can do so much. But together we can do actually more. For us to bring our solar technology and SMFI to bring in their schools, these things are much better together than they would be apart,” he concluded.

Spreading social good all the way
SM Foundation made sure to truly touch the lives of the learners and teachers of LPES as it donated eight desktop computers, 200 bags with school supplies, and more than 160 pcs brand new kinder and elementary books to further promote the love for reading among the students. Clothing items for parents were also distributed.

For more information about this initiative, follow SM Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube: @SMFoundationInc.

Maxeon is headquartered in Singapore. The company designs, manufactures, and sells Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels. Maxeon has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. Maxeon is a leader in solar innovation with products that span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,700 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a +35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.

SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program. This social good initiative aims to promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities.

For more information, please contact:

Victor Persius F. Chan
Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs
Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
(632) 8857-0100 local 0117
victor.chan@sminvestments.com

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.

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.

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