Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Shopee Debuts Kim Chiu as Brand Ambassador to Kick Off the 10.10 Brands Festival

“Shopee Philippines is happy to welcome one of the country's top entertainers into the Shopee family, Kim Chiu. Kim's bubbly, charming personality and love for online shopping both resonate with millions of Filipinos who find joy and excitement on Shopee. This 10.10 Brands Festival, we hope to bring the best brand deals and so much more with our valued and trusted brand partners.” ~Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines

Are you as excited as I am to do early shopping for gifts and Christmas decorations for Christmas at Shopee for the coming Shopee 10.10 Brand Festival? At the same time Shopee Debuts Kim Chiu as Brand Ambassador to Kick Off the 10.10 Brands Festival. Catch the Filipino actress’ new Shopee TV commercial and enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, big brand giveaways, and up to ₱1,000 off brand vouchers at Shopee’s biggest brands sale of the year

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces its newest brand ambassador, Kim Chiu, alongside the launch of the 10.10 Brands Festival, its biggest brands sale of the year. The famous actress, dubbed the Princess of Philippine Movies and TV, will feature in Shopee’s new TV commercial and many exciting in-app activities. 

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Users can look forward to these from Shopee brand ambassador Kim Chiu:
  • Kim Chiu’s new Shopee TV commercial: Kim Chiu gives the viral “Proof of Delivery” trend her own spin. Fans can look out for the TV commercial on local TV networks and on Shopee’s official Facebook and YouTube accounts.
  • Kim Chiu for Shopee Prizes: Users can find Kim Chiu on in-app games such as Spin & Win and Guess It Right, which they can play to win rewards such as coins and vouchers. 
  • Mini-games and contests with Kim Chiu: This October, users can join the #10BrandFaves contest featuring Kim Chiu for a chance to win 1,000 Shopee coins.

Fans can look forward to more Kim Chiu content such as behind-the-scenes videos on Shopee’s official YouTube and TikTok channels, and Kim Chiu-themed Instagram stickers. Users can also interact with the actress herself during her Twitter takeover on Shopee's official Twitter account this October 9.

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Until October 10, shoppers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, big brand giveaways, and up to ₱1,000 off brand vouchers at Shopee’s 10.10 Brands Festival. 

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Lucky shoppers can win ₱430,000 worth of prizes, such as vouchers, bundles, newly launched items, and even a lifetime supply of products, from over 30 participating brands. 

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Leading up to 10.10, shoppers can also look forward to Nestle, Deerma, GoMO!, Lactum, Colgate Palmolive, Shigetsu, P&G Beauty, Garnier, and Belo Brand Days on Shopee Mall, where they can get discounts up to 80% off, branded items as low as ₱179, and a free gift with every purchase.

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Starting October 1, shoppers can check out different themed sales on Shopee including the Groceries Fair on October 1, Fashion Fair on October 2-3, Mom & Baby Fair on October 4, Work From Home Fair on October 5, Gadgets and Gizmo Fair on October 6-7, and Beauty and Wellness Fair on October 8-9.

At the 10.10 Brands Festival, shoppers can use ShopeePay to buy load, pay bills, and scan to pay. They can activate their ShopeePay wallet and top up through online banking, debit card, and over-the-counter partners to get up to 50% discount on load from Globe, Smart, Sun, and TNT; 50% cashback from Maynilad, PLDT, and a growing list of partner billers; and ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Ultramega Supermarket, Potato Corner, and other partner merchants.

For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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

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

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

About Shopee Mall
Shopee Mall is the region’s leading online mall offering one-stop access to a wide range of international and local brands and retailers. Shoppers can enjoy three guarantees delivered by Shopee Mall -- 100% authentic products, free returns and free shipping. With always-on deals, entertainment and a robust loyalty programme, Shopee Mall offers an unparalleled online shopping experience and best value all year round.

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

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

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

Saturday, September 25, 2021

G pa rin sa buhay ngayong lockdown kasama ang GCash

G pa rin sa buhay ngayong lockdown kasama ang GCash

Maraming pagsubok ang hinaharap natin ngayong pandemya pero kung papanatilihin natin ang pagtutulungan at positibong pananaw sa kabila ng lahat, unti-unti ay makakabangon ang bawat Pilipino. At dahil prayoridad natin na masiguro ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng bawat isa, patuloy nating sundin ang health protocols tulad ng social distancing sa tuwing lalabas tayo ng ating mga bahay at higit sa lahat, ang mabakunahan sa lalong madaling panahon bilang matibay na proteksiyon laban sa COVID-19.

Sa kabila ng lockdown, tuloy pa rin ang buhay at responsibilidad natin tulad ng pagbabayad ng bills, pagbili ng groceries at essential products at siyempre, mahalaga rin na maglaan tayo ng oras para sa ating sarili at mga mahal sa buhay at huwag nating kalimutang magbigay tulong sa mga nangangailangan ngayong pandemya. 

Sa tulong ng ligtas at mabilis na transaksiyon at serbisyong hatid ng GCash, narito ang ilan sa mga paraan upang mapanatiling ligtas iwas stress ang iyong pang araw-araw na buhay gamit ang GCash app.

I-organisa ang bawat araw na gawain. Mahalaga na masiguro natin na maayos at nababayaran natin ang ating mga bills para maiwasan ang anumang problema sa subscriptions o disconnection service sa cable services, insurance premiums, o tubig at kuryente, Ngayong ECQ, G pa rin magbayad ng bills gamit ang GCash Pay Bills. Higit sa lahat, ligtas mong magagawa ang iyong #adultinglife dahil pwede kang magbayad gamit lamang ang iyong mobile phone habang nasa bahay o saan man. Mayroong higit 600 partner billers nationwide para G na G kang makakabayad ng bills mapa-utilities, insurance, telco, o school fees! Pwede ka ring magbayad gamit ang iyong GCredit at i-scan ang Pay Bill QR Code para G maitawid ang araw araw!

Sagot na rin ng GCash ang cravings at pag-stock mo ng essentials ngayong quarantine gamit ang GLIfe kung saan pwede kang mag-order ng groceries, pagkain, gadgets, at iba pa. Pindutin lamang ang “GLife'' icon sa GCash app at mag-order sa partner merchants ng GCash. Kung mahilig ka sa milktea tulad ng nakararami, pwede kang makakuha ng 20% sa iyong order sa Tokyo Bubble Tea mula August 10-24 at higit sa lahat, kung first time user ka ng GCash at nag-order ka sa Lazada, libre na ang iyong shipping at may P30 off ka pa kapag binayaran mo ang iyong order gamit ang iyong GCash wallet!

Chillax at manatiling konektado. Gamit ang Buy Load feature ng GCash app, hindi mo kailangan pang lumabas para magpa-load sa iyong prepaid SIM. G na G ka nang magpa-load ng prepaid combo load tulad ng GO50 For Students kung saan mayroon kang 1GB load para sa school apps tulad Zoom, 1GB WiFi access, at unli text hanggang 3 days. At hindi lang ‘yan, pwede ka ring makakuha ng P10 discount voucher sa kahit anong Telco network or P20 discount voucher sa Globe Products at TM Promos mula August 1-31. At kung kailangan ng iyong pamilya o kaibigan ng prepaid credits, G na G ang pagpasa ng load gamit ang Share-A-Load, siguraduhin lamang ang iyong PIN para sa ligtas at mabilis na transaksiyon.

Hindi rin natin dapat kalimutang mag-relax at ipahinga ang ating isip para maiwasan ang anumang stress ngayong pandemiya. Pwedeng pwede kang maglaro sa GCash! Pindutin lamang ang “Goama Games” sa dashboard ng app at mamili ng laro o tournament na 24 hours mong pwedeng ma-enjoy. Pwede ka ring sumali sa mga team tuwing paid tournament at manalo ng mga pa-premyo galing GCash.

Tumulong sa nangangailangan. Isa ang GCash for Good sa halimbawa ng bayanihan at pagkakapit-bisig ng mga Pilipino lalo sa panahon ng mga pagsubok at sakuna. Layunin ng GCash for Good na padaliin ang pag-abot ng tulong at donasyon sa mga charities at indigenous group gamit lamang ang GCash app. Kaisa rin ng GCash for Good ang ilang non-government organizations (NGOs) na mayroong magandang layunin at advocacy sa edukasyon, kalikasan, kalusugan, animal welfare, people empowerment at marami pang iba.

G na G din ang pagpapadala ng pera sa iyong kapamilya dahil libre lang ito gamit ang GCash app. Kung nais mo namang magbigay ng good vibes sa iyong mahal sa buhay ngayong ECQ, pindutin lamang ang Send with a Clip sa app at pwede kang mag-send ng pictures para maparamdam ang iyong pagmamahal sa kanila kahit magkakalayo tayo ngayong quarantine. 

Maging handa at ligtas. Gamit ang GInsure sa GCash app at sa halagang P39 kada-buwan para sa health insurance package na hatid nito, abot kaya mo nang mapanatling ligtas ang iyong pamilya lalo sa panahon ngayon. Para mapanitili ang seguridad ng iyong pamilya, extended na ang redemption ng libreng COVID-19 and dengue insurance hanggang Aug 31. At hindi lang iyan, magbibigay din ang GCash Konsulta MD voucher para sa personal na health checkup mula August 15-31. Kung interasado ka namang mag-invest, kayang kaya mo na ring palaguin ang iyong ipon para sa’yo at sa’yong pamilya ngayong pandemic gamit kasama Ginvest sa halagang P50.

Anumang pagsubok ang hatid ng pandemic at sunod-sunod na lockdown, G ka pa ring maging ligtas, protektado, at ipagpatuloy ang bawat araw mo kasama ang GCash!

Bisitahin lamang ang www.gcash.com para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

About GCash
GCash is the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines. Through the GCash app, customers can easily buy load; pay bills at over 600 partner billers in the app; pay at more than 7,000 online partners; send and receive money anywhere in the Philippines; pay using QR codes at over 130,000 partner merchants nationwide; save money while earning interest; and invest money at local and global funds -- all through the convenience of their smartphones.

GCash is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom, Inc. GCash was recognized by The Asian Banker (TAB) in 2021 for its outstanding digital financial inclusion programs impacting more than 40 million Filipinos in the country today.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Learn Easy-to-Prepare Dishes in Hanabishi & Mega Prime’s LazLive Cooking Demos on Sept. 26 & 30

“Hanabishi and Mega Prime Global along with The Bailiwick Academy are holding these cooking demonstrations so our audiences can learn how to prepare simple meals using Hanabishi cooking appliances. We made sure that they are easy to follow so that even those who don’t know how to cook and operate basic kitchen appliances can do the dishes at home.” ~Cherish Ong-Chua, Vice President, Finance and Marketing at Hanabishi Appliances

Hanabishi Appliances and Mega Prime Global team up once more for a LazLive cooking demonstration on September 26 at 6:00 PM and September 30 at 5:30 PM. Learn how to prepare beef pares using an electric pressure cooker and homemade pizza with an air fryer oven. Both events will be live streamed on Hanabishi’s official Facebook account.

“From these simple dishes, we hope more people would be encouraged to cook their own meals at home. Both Hanabishi and Mega Prime are here to help our customers make their cooking easier and healthier.” ~Chris Fernandez, head of marketing at Mega Prime Global Corporation

Grace Parazo, CEO of The Bailiwick Academy, added that chefs will be preparing the dishes, they made sure that the cooking procedures are easy to follow.

“It will be a fun and educational event, and we hope we could encourage more people to take up cooking.” ~Grace Parazo, CEO of The Bailiwick Academy

Vouchers and Amazing Deals

All throughout the livestreams, Hanabishi and Mega Prime Global will be giving away discounts and vouchers. Exclusive bundles will also be up for grabs. 

Those who will purchase a Hanabishi electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, and fryer during live events will receive free bundles of Mega Prime products.

Products to Be Used During the Cooking Demos

Hanabishi’s electric pressure cooker and air fryers are two of its most popular product lines.

The Hanabishi HDIGPC10in1 that will be used during the event has a 5.7L capacity. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, stir fry pan, steamer, yogurt maker, cake maker, warmer, searing pan, and sterilizer.

It has a 10-program cooking selection: rice, multi-grain, soup, meat/stew, poultry, fish, steam beans/chill, yogurt, porridge. It comes with a digital display and an intelligent no-pot sensor.

Hanabishi air fryers, meanwhile, come in two variations: the standard air fryer and the air fryer oven, which comes in two sizes.

The Hanabishi HAFRYER70 has a 7-liter capacity and a 1 to 30 minutes cooking time setting. Its cooking temperature ranges from 100 to 200°C. It comes with a non-slip base and an air fryer basket.

The Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven HAFEO23SS, meanwhile, has a 23-liter capacity and adjustable thermostat. It has six functions: air fry, boil, bake, toast, convection broil, and convection bake. It also comes with a rotisserie. It has a pure stainless steel housing, and includes an air fryer basket, baking pan, and oven rack.

For more information about Hanabishi products, visit www.myhanabishi.com. and its official flagship store on LazMall : https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/hanabishi/.

*For updates on the upcoming cooking demonstration schedules, please follow Hanabishi’s official 
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances. Also follow its 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/myhanabishi for the latest product news and promotions.

*For more information about Mega Prime products, visit:

*For more information on Bailiwick Academy, visit their website and social media pages: www.thebailiwickacademy.com 

About Hanabishi:
Spanning more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products that lasts, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner from Start to Forever.” Hanabishi Home Appliances are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.

Scholastic & Its Reading Partners Steadfastly Champion Reading Amidst the Pandemic

Scholastic & Its Reading Partners Steadfastly Champion Reading Amidst the Pandemic

In Scholastic’s 101 years of partnering with schools and homes worldwide, it is a love of reading and a belief in its power that is at the heart of everything Scholastic has done and continues to do.  Scholastic’s mission is to make reading a central part of children’s lives.  

Scholastic, a trusted leader in education, honored its partner schools and educators in the 2021 Scholastic Readers Cup, streamed on Scholastic Asia Teachers Facebook page on the 23rd of September.

In 2012, Scholastic Philippines started the nationwide Readers Cup to excite and motivate its partners in its literacy programs to transform their schools into reading communities.  And every year, more and more schools would hit their reading target and take pride in how their libraries have become one of the busiest and most productive places in school.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the sudden shift to distance learning, Scholastic and its partner schools did not waver in their reading advocacy.  They understood how books and reading are fundamental, and how reading is necessary not just for the continuity of learning, but also for the readers’ delight and personal well-being.  

Through the PR1ME English Program, Scholastic’s partner schools had access to Literacy Pro Library –  a growing digital library of 1,600+ eBooks that enriched learning and that motivated pleasure reading. To aid teachers, PR1ME English also made available instructional resources (both print and digital) and lesson videos for synchronous and asynchronous distance learning.  
“The LitPro Library is the coolest!  Learners can access books whenever and wherever they want to, as long as they have Internet connection.  One of our learners read more than 500 books because she just loves to read.” ~Mr. Joven Sierra Llabore, PR1ME English Coordinator of Assumption Iloilo has this to say about the Literacy Pro Library

Some school libraries, like that of Early Christian College of Arts and Technology (1st place winner in the 2021 Readers Cup Diamond Category), also resumed their lending services through curbside pick-up or bookmobiles.  The books in their Scholastic Reading Centers found their way to children’s homes to provide children comfort and hope, and to take them to adventures in the wonderful world of books.

With Scholastic’s support, many schools continued with their reading campaigns.  Rookie of the Year Awardee, Maria Ferrari School Inc., for example, had regular read aloud sessions with their students, and the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day to encourage independent reading.

Scholastic’s General Manager, Jane Tiongco-Aguirre, proudly reported that the learners in Scholastic’s partner schools even increased their reading rate in SY 2020-2021 by 36% from their readership in SY 2019-2020.  A fantastic achievement during a challenging “pandemic” school year, when many expected that pleasure reading might be put aside.

Scholastic & Its Reading Partners Steadfastly Champion Reading Amidst the Pandemic

Steadfast Reading Champions
Scholastic is grateful to find in many Philippine schools dedicated and loyal partners in their reading advocacy.  And, with great pride and admiration, they announced that 80 of their partner schools have reached their reading target, with many far-exceeding the goal of 30-books-read per child.

The top winners of the 2021 Readers Cup and their average number of books-read per child are:

DIAMOND CATEGORY:  Early Christian College of Arts & Technology, Inc. (67 books); Our Lady of Peace School Antipolo (66 books); and Philippine Cultural College, Caloocan (64 books)

RUBY CATEGORY:  Iloilo Scholastic Academy (332 books); Stonyhurst Southville International School, Malarayat (103 books); and Saint Mary’s Angels College of Valenzuela (99 books) 

EMERALD CATEGORY:  Casa Del Niño Montessori School Ciudad de Calamba (326 books); University of Batangas Lipa City (168 books); and Virtudes de la Academia, Inc. (157 books) 

SYNERGY AWARDS:  Stonyhurst Southville International School, Batangas City and Malarayat (108 books); Casa Del Niño Montessori School System (93 books); and Saint Mary’s Angels College of Pampanga and Valenzuela (84 books) 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Maria Ferrari School, Inc. (92 books) 

Scholastic & Its Reading Partners Steadfastly Champion Reading Amidst the Pandemic

Reading is Transformational.  Read On.
The 2021 Readers Cup theme - “Soar into Possibility” - builds on Scholastic’s centennial theme – Reading is Transformational.  Read On.

Celebrity readers and authors joyfully shared their personal ‘reading stories’. Kakie Pangilinan shared how she was a voracious reader as a child, and how reading has fueled her passion to write.  Martin Del Rosario proudly described himself as a “book lover”, and so did Andrea Torres, who also shared how reading has nurtured her sense of wonder and discovery, imagination, and eloquence.

Filipino authors, Catherine Rose Torres and Joel Donato Ching Jacob, talked about how reading can be our refuge, comfort, and joy during trying times like this pandemic, and proceeded to encourage the youth to write and tell their own stories.

The winning schools shared their journey to becoming a community of readers and the fruits that their learners are reaping from their reading habit.

Mr. Peter Chan, Executive Director of Iloilo Scholastic Academy revealed that their school was guided by these 5Cs in their effort to become a community of readers – Collective efforts, Convincing skills, Conviction, Collaboration, and Consistency.

Ms. Donnabelle Atienza, Principal of Stonyhurst Southville International School – Malarayat, who shared the top Synergy Award with sister school Stonyhurst Southville International School, Batangas City, expressed her delight in how Scholastic’s Reading Program has excited their young learners to read and equipped them to become skilled and confident readers.

“The Scholastic Reading Program and the Readers Cup Award has made our young CASAns voracious readers, and transformed them to be competitive in ways more than we can imagine.  Declared as national champion in this aspect has made our students feel that reading can make them superior and special.”  ~Dr. Farah G. Acierto, School Directress of Casa Del Niño Montessori School Ciudad de Calamba

The 2021 Readers Cup was indeed a great celebration – a celebration of books and reading, of writers and storytellers, and of readers and those who champion reading to open for all children a world of greater possibilities, opportunities, and joy.

For more information on Scholastic’s education initiatives, visit www.scholastic.asia or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScholasticAsia.  Please feel free to send a message, too, to Scholastic Philippines at educteam_ph@scholastic.asia.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

5 Best Solitaire Games during lockdown

Solitaire, in its original form, emerged in the 1700s in northern Europe and was widely known as “Patience”. The game didn't make its way across the Atlantic to the USA until 1870 where it became known as “Klondike Solitaire”, then just “Solitaire”. A variation of the game was released by Microsoft called Tut's Tomb. The cards were arranged as a pyramid, differing from Classic Solitaire where they are laid out in rows and columns.  The game is now more widely known as Pyramid Solitaire. 

I grew up playing Solitaire game, I first encounter it during college on our programming class wherein we get to experience playing it much like the classic Microsoft Solitaire collection. While a lot has changed since those desktop days back then, the gameplay for solitaire itself has not.

As we approach the 2nd year of pandemic for being locked in, inside our homes with our family we get to enjoy playing it since we all have our own mobile phones. But there are also other Free Online Classic Games that you can play online which are very much recommendable to enjoy solo or with the whole family other than binge watching movies. Here are some of the suggestive games You can play and enjoy.  

1. Klondi Solitaire

Klondike Solitaire is a challenging card game that can be played alone.

“American Patience”? “Klondike”? “Solitaire”? 

In the U.S. and Canada, Klondike is the best-known version of the Solitaire card game. When someone refers to “Klondike Solitaire” or “Patience”, it is just another way of saying “Solitaire”. Klondike Solitaire may have been named after the Canadian region of the same name after the game arrived in the region from Europe during the 19th century. 

Over the years, “Klondike” has mostly been dropped. 

The most famous version of Klondike Solitaire is the Microsoft Windows version that came bundled with the operating system up until Windows Version 10. 

How To Play Klondike Solitaire
The goal of the game is to stack cards into sequences. These sequences are based on suits and rank.  For example, the cards will be stacked K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A with no mixed suits. 

You move cards around the gamespace following a set of rules. It's possible to follow all the rules and still get blocked if you lack strategy and some luck. Blocking yourself in means you lose the game. 

Starting Your Game
Click the red and white play button inside of the above game to start a game. This will bring up the game type select mode. Turning 3 cards at a time from the stock pile is normal and turning 1 card at a time is easy. The cards will then be automatically dealt. The game is timed and the time starts as soon as the deal is done.

Game Controls
The game offers four control buttons in the upper right corner: restart game, how to play, turn sound on, and close game.

The game does not have a pause button, but if you click open the how to play menu (as indicated by [?]) it will pause the game until you exit out of the menu.

Some solitaire games allow you to double click a card to automatically lay it in another position. This game requires you to manually click and drag the card to place it where you want to.

This game also does not have an undo button, so be careful when moving cards.

Scoring is as follows:
  • lay a card on the foundation for the first time +15 points
  • add a new card to the tableau or turn one over +5 points
  • every 30 seconds -8 points

If you've played traditional Classic Solitaire, and looking to play one of the fun variations, you might want to take a look at Pyramid Solitaire.

Pyramid Solitaire  differs from Classic Solitaire in that the cards are arranged in a pyramid layout. The object of the game is to remove pairs of cards that add up to a total of thirteen from a pyramid arrangement of twenty eight cards.

How To Play 
The defining feature of this version of the game is the pyramid layout. 

Deal cards to form a pyramid, starting with a row of one card, followed by a row of two cards, and so on, down to a final row of seven cards. The pyramid will consist of twenty eight cards in total shown face-up. Each row should overlap the previous one. 

The remaining cards are set down at the bottom of the pyramid. This is the draw pile. These cards are arranged face-down. There is also a waste pile for cards that are passed from the draw pile. 

Pyramid Solitaire is “open” in that the cards are dealt face up at the start of the game. 

The object of the game is to remove all cards from the pyramid. Cards are removed in pairs and these pairs must add up to thirteen. For example, a ten and a three can be removed together, as they add up to a total of thirteen. 

The rules of Pyramid Solitaire  are:
  • The game is played with one 52 card deck.
  • Deal cards to form a pyramid, starting with a row of one card, followed by a row of two cards, and so on, down to a final row of seven cards.
  • The pyramid will consist of twenty eight cards in total shown face-up.
  • Pair cards to total thirteen. These pairs are moved from play. 
  • Kings can be removed without pairing, as Kings are worth thirteen points. 
  • Only open cards can be paired. 
  • When you can't make another move, from the pyramid or from the draw and waste pile, and you have no more deals left, the game is lost. 
  • The game is won when all cards are removed from the pyramid. 

If you've played traditional Classic Solitaire, and looking for more of a challenge, you might want to take a look at some of the variations.  One difficult and challenging variation, Spider Solitaire, is a very popular two-deck version of the game. 

After the game has loaded click on the green and white button in the bottom center of the game's welcome screen to start playing. This will bring up the game mode select, where you can choose:

Easy: 1 suit
Medium: 2 suits
Hard: 4 suits

Game Features
After you choose your suit count our Spider Solitaire game automatically deals your cards to the Tableau. If you do not like a deal, or you are stuck on a game, you can click the new deal button near the top center of the screen. This game allows you to shuffle through the reserve pile an unlimited number of times. 

Your current score and number of moves is shown at the top left of the screen. This game has a control menu on the top right. Replay hand, help, turn sound on or off and re-start game. 

Game Design
The playing field is organized with ten columns on the Tableau. Fifty four cards are dealt, with 4 columns having 6 cards each and 6 columns having 5 cards each.

The remaining 50 cards are in the Reserve, which is dealt atop the columns in the Tableau across 5 deals.

Game Scoring
  • You start with 500 points. 
  • Every move is -1 points. 
  • You get 100 points for each Royal Flush 

Playing in four suits mode is significantly harder than playing in one suit mode. Practice in one suit mode and work your way up. Four suit Spider Solitaire is arguably the hardest Solitaire version for a player to master. 

How To Play Spider Solitaire
Assemble thirteen cards of a suit, in descending sequence from King to Ace.

Once a full suit of thirteen cards is assembled, it is discarded. 

The goal of the game is to stack cards into sequences. These sequences are based on suits and rank.  For example, the cards will be stacked K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A with no mixed suits. 

You move cards around the gamespace following a set of rules. It's possible to follow all the rules and still get blocked if you lack strategy and some luck. Blocking yourself in means you lose the game. 

How Do You Deal? 
Ten piles of five cards each are dealt, then an additional four on the first four columns. All top cards are then turned face up. 

How Do You Move Cards? 
The top card in a pile can be moved. It can be moved onto another card if it is in sequence. You can also move a sequence of cards all at once - provided they are suited. 

If moving a sequence of cards, they may be placed either in a space or on a card of the next-higher rank to the bottom card of the unit. You must maintain suits. A King can only be moved onto a space. 

In the online game, if you try to make an illegal move, the computer won't allow you to place the card. 

Mahjong Solitaire became very successful with over 10 million copies being sold in the 80s, on a variety of platforms. 

If you've played traditional Classic Solitaire, and looking to play one of the fun variations, you might want to take a look at Mahjong Solitaire. 

Mahjong Solitaire differs from Classic Solitaire in that Mahjong Solitaire uses a set of Mahjong tiles rather than cards.

Mahjong Solitaire Rules
The rules of Mahjong Solitaire are:
  • The game is played with 144 tiles. These are all laid out before the start of play. 
  • The aim is to match patterns into pairs and remove them from play. 
  • You can't remove a tile that is beneath another tile. 
  • You can't move a tile if it is locked. A tile is locked if there is another tile right next to it on both sides. 
  • The game is lost if no more moves are possible. Hint: hit the redo to retrace your steps! 
  • The game is won when all tiles are removed from play. 

Mahjong Solitaire Strategy
Is Mahjong Solitaire an easy game to play? 

At first glance, it looks simple. Just match free tiles. However, if you remove matched pairs without thinking a few moves ahead, you will soon run out of options and lose the game. 

Here are a few strategy tips you can use. 
Always think a few moves ahead. An obvious match may not be the best option to play. It depends what other tiles are available to you.

For example, look for four tiles that can be played at the same time. Remove these tiles. As there are no other matching tiles in the layout, removing them won't leave other tiles unplayable. 

Remove the two non-blocking tiles. You will get more tiles unblocked by removing the matching tiles from the top line. There is also no way a bottom tiles can be blocking another tile. It's possible the top tiles might be blocking another matching tile, in which case you'll uncover it. 

Players should always pair the tiles that unlock the most possibilities. Stacks and rows are problematic areas in Mahjong Solitaire because your visibility and moves are limited. Look to break up these areas as soon as you can. 

At the very least, try and unlock a tile with every move you make. This reduces the chances that you'll be left with no options later on. 

Game Scoring
Try to complete the game as fast as possible to obtain the highest score.

Some games are coded to provide bonuses for making multiple moves in rapid succession. If you are playing one of those & your bonus time runs down to zero it can make sense to plan out multiple moves in a row before making your next move to ensure you capture bonus points.

5. Tripeaks Solitaire

If you've played traditional Classic Solitaire, and looking to play one of the fun variations, you might want to take a look at Tripeaks Solitaire.

The object of the game is to clear all the cards from the three peaks. The game is played with one standard deck. 

The Tripeaks variation was created by Robert Hogue in 1989. The game became widely popular after it was included in the Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Tripeaks is also known as Three Peaks, Tri Towers and Triple Peaks. 

How To Play 
The defining feature of this version of the game is the three peaks layout. Eighteen cards are dealt face-down to form three “pyramids”. Each pyramid has six cards each with a row of ten cards beneath connecting the three pyramids at the base. 

To create the pyramids, deal three cards face down. Next, deal two cards face-down onto each card, offset, so they form a pyramid. Next, deal three cards on top of the two cards, offset by the same degree. Finally, lay ten cards face up in a row across the bottom, each card overlapping the previous face-down card. The stock is made up of the remaining twenty-four cards. 

Place the first card from the stock in the waste pile. 

To move a card from the Table (also known as the Tableau, meaning the game space) to the waste pile, it must be a rank higher or lower sequentially, though suit does not matter. This card then becomes the new top card. This process is repeated until the sequence ends. 

An Ace can be placed on a King, and a King can be played on an Ace. 

Any face-down cards that are no longer overlapped by cards can be turned up. If no further card can be played onto the waste pile, a card is placed on the waste pile from the stock. 

The game is won when all three peaks are cleared into the waste pile. The game is lost if there are still cards that cannot be placed on the waste pile after the stock has run out. 

Tripeaks Solitaire Game Rules 
The rules of Tripeaks Solitaire are:
  • The game is played with one 52 card deck.
  • Deal cards, face-down, to form three pyramids, starting with a row of three cards, followed by a row of two cards covering each “peak” card to form a pyramid shape. The final row of ten cards which connects the 3 peaks is placed face-up.
  • Pair cards, one at a time, to remove them from play and place them on top of the discard pile. 
  • Only open cards can be paired. 
  • When you can't make another move, the top card of the deck is flipped onto the waste pile.  When there are no more cards that can be flipped from the deck and no matches from the Table, the game is lost. 
  • The game is won when all cards are removed from the three pyramids.  
  • Over 90% of Tripeaks games are winnable. This was determined by computer models worked out by the games inventor, Robert Hogue.

Tripeaks Solitaire Strategy
This doesn't apply to the online version, but you can use a scoring system in Tripeaks Solitaire. You get points for clearing each peak and by forming long sequences.

The first way to score is to clear peaks. You get fifteen points for clearing the first peak, fifteen points for clearing the second peak and thirty points for clearing the last peak. 

The second way to score is to form long sequences. A sequence is formed when you don't need to deal another card from the waste pile.

The first card you move earns one point, the next card earns two points, the next card earns three points and so on. The sequence ends when you deal from the waste pile at which point the sequence starts again. Due to the way the points keep adding, a long sequence is worth considerably more than a shorter sequence. For example, adding two cards extra on a twelve card sequence almost results in as many points as two six card sequences!

Game Scoring
  • Most matches are worth five points. When you clear a row you get the row bonus score instead of the 5 points.
  • Clearing fourth row: 100 points.
  • Clearing third row: 150 points.
  • Clearing second row: 250 points.
  • Clearing top row: 500 points.
Players earn a time bonus for completing the game quickly. The time bonus starts off at 1,000 points and counts down a point each second. If you finished the game in a minute and 18 seconds then it would be 922 bonus points.

The time bonus is added to your row bonus and card removal score to create your total score.

The theoretical maximum score is 2,120, which is comprised of:
  • card removal: 120 points
  • row bonus: 1,000 points
  • time bonus: 1,000 points

It is hard to score more than 2,060 points as doing so requires you clearing 28 cards off the board in under a minute, with 5 seconds used up by the initial deal.

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First Jollibee in Spain Opens with thousands queuing!

"Our entry into Spain is a major milestone in Jollibee's history and our international expansion. The heartwarming reception to our opening in Spain inspires us in our journey to bring our much-loved Chickenjoy to more countries in Europe, and is in line with our vision to become among the top five restaurant companies in the world." ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, CEO of Jollibee Group
WELCOME TO SPAIN, JOLLIBEE! Long lines stretching around the block greeted the Jollibee's debut in Spain. Thousands of customers patiently queued for a taste of Jollibee's world-famous Chickenjoy, with the line starting as early as 10 pm the previous day.

Jollibee's Jollibee Group as Homegrown restaurant brand Jollibee opened its first store in Spain at the heart of Madrid at Puerta del Sol, Calle Arenal nº4 last September 23, 2021. As the brand continues to expand its current network of more than 1,400 restaurants worldwide, including cities such as New York, Rome, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This is one of Jollibee's biggest openings in Europe, with thousands of customers greeting the opening and the queue starting at 10 pm the previous day. Jollibee Madrid is the brand's largest restaurant in Europe, with a capacity of about 200 diners, and showcases new design features, including a full-size indoor palm tree in a large two-storey dining room. 

"Our first restaurant in Madrid is an important step in our European expansion, especially as we grow Spain into one of our core markets in the region. With our delicious food, friendly prices, and warm service, we hope to continue enticing more locals to love our food just as we see in other countries across EMEAA." ~Dennis Flores, President of Jollibee Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia (EMEAA)

Inaugurating Jollibee's first store in Spain was Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier (middle-left), together with Jollibee Europe Business Head Adam Parkinson (right) and Jollibee Spain General Manager Clara Breda (left).

For the first time in Madrid, customers were able to try Jollibee's fan favorites: including its world-famous Chickenjoy that is delicately hand-breaded for a crispy exterior, cooked hotter and faster for maximum juiciness, and marinated to the bone for next-level flavor. Fans were also excited to try Jollibee Europe's emerging bestsellers, such as the new Spicy Chicken Burger, Sriracha Chicken Loaded Fries, and the popular Tropical Chicken Burger - delicately crafted with a breaded chicken breast topped with cheese, lettuce, slightly spicy Chili Ginger sauce, and a slice of pineapple for a unique twist. 

"We have worked hard to ensure we were ready to introduce the Spanish people to Jollibee, and to see it come to fruition today was a very humbling moment and a reminder of the opportunity Jollibee has in Spain and throughout Europe. To see both our loyal fans and the local community come together and enjoy the experience over some great food was amazing – it's what we are all about!" ~Adam Parkinson, Business Head of Jollibee Europe

The local Spanish community joined the celebration of Jollibee's first store in Spain. "To see both our loyal fans and the local community come together and enjoy the experience over some great food was amazing – it's what we are all about!" shared Adam Parkinson, Jollibee Europe Business Head.

The Madrid restaurant introduces Jollibee's brand redesign for European customers to Spain, aiming to create a memorable experience with bright graphics, bold wall murals, and tiles inspired by woven fabrics. Unique to the Madrid restaurant is a life-sized palm tree adorning its double-height central dining space – something not seen in any other Jollibee restaurant in the region. 

"After seeing the reception to the opening, I can say that all the work we have been doing for over a year to bring Jollibee to Spain has been worth it. We are confident that Jollibee will become a meeting point for different generations who want to try new experiences and taste our menu with unique flavors". ~Clara Breda, General Manager of Jollibee Spain
To ensure a safe experience for customers, the restaurant features take-out pick-up areas, digital kiosks to facilitate transactions, and hand-washing stations. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com.

About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Group is one of the fastest-growing Asian restaurant companies in the world. It operates in 33 countries, with over 5,800 stores globally with branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Italy, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, India, and now Spain.  

Jollibee Group has eight wholly-owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); five franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24 in the Philippines; Dunkin' and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24; and 50% ownership in a joint venture established to operate and expand Yoshinoya in the Philippines. Yoshinoya is one of the largest and most recognized Japanese restaurant brands globally and is the company's first-ever Japanese food chain.  

Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 100% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that ultimately owns the Tim Ho Wan brand.  It also has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Jollibee Group also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.  

Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers by Forbes. In 2020, Gallup awarded the Jollibee Group with the Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.  

 Jollibee Group has grown brands that bring delightful dining experiences to its customers worldwide, in line with its mission of serving great tasting food and spreading the joy of eating to everyone. 

Best Casino Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines are a hot gambling destination, not only in South East Asia but worldwide. The industry started its steep rise in the mid-'70s when the government legalized gambling. Nowadays, it is a fully regulated sector, and you can visit dozens of casinos in this country and enjoy luxury and glamour. Stay with us, as we will guide you to the top three destinations in the Philippines that gamblers love!

Manila, as the Philippines' capital, is the flagship of the casino industry in the country. However, besides that, it is a vibrant metropolis that offers different entertaining content. It is a must-see destination when you visit the Philippines. You can have a lot of action in the city, which is well-known for its museums, history, art, and nightlife. Tourists shouldn't miss going to Intramuros City, visiting the National Museum, taking a walk in the Rizal Park, or meeting the marine life in the Ocean Park. 

On the other hand, if you want to spin the reels and try out your luck, you'll have plenty of choices in Manila. Players have several luxury casino resorts at their disposal, and perhaps, the most famous one is the Solaire Casino & Resort. It is one of the largest gaming facilities in Manila and the country, equipped with more than 1,200 slot machines and featuring over 300 gaming tables. Players will be happy to hear that this casino is open 24/7.

We should mention another brick-and-mortar casino – Okada Manila Resort and Casino. It is a massive gambling facility with more than 3,000 slot machines available. Table games lovers can enjoy more than 500 editions. Players can try to hit some of the huge jackpots, and this casino is a real threat for all gamblers. However, if you prefer to play your favorite casino games online, try some of these legal and licensed sites.

Cebu City
If you are searching for another popular tourist destination in the Philippines, then head to Cebu City. It is the capital of Cebu province, and it is the oldest large settlement in the Philippines. The entire region has a huge historical heritage, and you can enjoy places that can take you back in time. You shouldn't miss the Basilica del Santo Nino, Fort San Pedro, or the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Visitors can go to many history-inspired events like the Sinulog parade.

Cebu City is full of tourist attractions, so you shouldn't miss to check out Museo Sugbo or visit the Cebu Taoist Temple. For seeing all these places, you would need to spend a couple of days in the city. And you shouldn't plan your visit without a stay in the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. While you are there, you can try out your luck in the Waterfront Casino, which is the biggest gambling facility in the region. 

Players can count on having the chance to play at more than 400 slot machines and more than 60 table games. Some of the games are pretty rewarding, as they have high RTP percentages and huge jackpots. Who knows, the Cebu City visit might reward you with some big winnings if you are lucky enough at the gaming table.

Angeles City
Like the two destinations we have already mentioned, Angeles City is a place with a rich history. You can enjoy many 19th-century buildings in this city located in Pampanga province. Tourists shouldn't miss the colonial Holy Rosary Church, while other attractions worth mentioning are the Pamintuan Mansion and Museo Ning Angeles. 

Besides the historical heritage, Angeles City is also famous for its nightlife. Therefore, you shouldn't be surprised to see a few casinos. Casino Filipino is perhaps the most popular one, and all kinds of players can enjoy a lot of fun. It boasts more than 30 table games and almost 300 slot machines. Players can also visit the Casino Filipino Mimosa and try out more than 450 slots and two dozens of gaming tables. 

The Philippines are an exciting country that has a lot to offer to its visitors. You can enjoy a lot of action, from art and history to lively nightlife. This beautiful country should be on your bucket list, and if you visit it, you shouldn't miss the chance to win huge jackpots in some of its famous casinos!