Wednesday, June 12, 2024

SM Little Stars 2024 highlights young talent and promotes a brighter future.

“Starting from its humble beginnings in SM China malls, thanks to my dad, Mr. Hans Sy, in 2003, this journey has brought joy, inspiration, and countless opportunities to our young participants.” ~Carinna Sy, SM Supermalls Assistant Vice President for Marketing and SM Little Stars Project Head
Seize the chance to be a part of the SM family and be like SM Little Stars alumni. In the photo are Nhikzy Calma, Lance Lucido, Haley Magtoto, Esang de Torres, Jourdanne Baldonido, Aljon Christoff Banaira, Eduardo Joson II, Chun Sa Angela Jung, Haley Magtoto, Gaea Salipot, Sheena Bentoy, and Aleynah Redillas – all of whom are welcomed home at SM.

Get ready, children and parents! SM Little Stars 2024 has arrived, bigger and brighter than ever before! It's your child's chance to shine on a national stage, potentially changing their life. SM Little Stars allows children to express themselves through the performing arts, developing young talent and enriching our communities. If you're between the ages of 4 and 7 and have a talent that will take the world by storm, SM Supermalls is looking for you!

This isn't just any talent show; it's the Philippines' largest mall-based kiddie talent search, held annually at SM Malls including SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag, and SM Center Pulilan. Now in its 15th year, SM Little Stars is a beloved tradition that brings communities together to showcase their best and brightest. In 2023 alone, 33,722 participants auditioned at 70 malls! This year, SM will bring the talent showdown to its 71 participating malls for preliminary screenings, and we can't wait to see what talent you'll bring!

Registration for the Preliminary Screenings is via SM Malls Online app. In SM Center Pulilan, at least 197 talented kids joined the Preliminary Screening last June 8 and will continue on June 22. SM City Baliwag leg is on June 16 and July 14, while SM City Marilao’s schedule is on July 6 and 13. The competition journey includes Preliminary Screenings, Regional Finals, and the Grand Finals. Mark your calendars for the Grand Finals on September 7 at SM Mall of Asia, where 28 grand finalists will shine bright on the big stage.

And the prizes? They’re out of this world! The grand winners will receive:
  • Php 100,000 worth of cash and SM gift certificates
  • Php 30,000 worth of Toy Kingdom gift cards
  • A Brand-New Suzuki Dzire GL MT
  • 100% scholarship on tuition and miscellaneous fees at National University
  • A one-year talent management contract from Sparkle – GMA Artist Center
  • A trip to South Korea for two people for five days and four nights
  • An annual pass certificate for unlimited bowling and skating at SM malls
  • 30 regular ride tickets at SM by the BAY Amusement Park / Sky Ranch
  • Gift vouchers for a two-night stay at Radisson Blu Cebu

Past contestants have gone on to achieve incredible things! Chun Sa Angela Jung, the 2014 Girl Grand Winner, has appeared on both television and film. Nhikzy Calma, the 2013 Boy Grand Winner, became the 2017 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World. Marcus Cabais and Sheena Bentoy, 2016 Grand Winners, appeared in the Manila run of the musical "The Lion King," and many others have achieved success in show business, modeling, singing, and dancing. Once you join the SM family, the possibilities are endless! 

Every talented boy or girl aged 4 to 7 is welcome to join. We want to see your unique talent, whether it's singing, dancing, acting, playing an instrument, acrobatics, or something else! Each contestant will have just one minute to impress the judges during the Preliminary Screening. Make sure to bring your A-game! 

For more information and to stay updated, visit or follow SM Bulacan malls on Facebook. Don’t miss your chance to be part of SM Little Stars 2024 – where young talents shine the brightest!

Let’s make this the most exciting year yet! See you at the auditions!

Scan the QR code for more information on registration and audition dates for SM Little Stars 2024!

Jollibee Group and QC LGU's Inclusive Jobs Program to Benefit Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities

“We support the local government of Quezon City in advancing the welfare of our elderly and persons with disabilities. Through this partnership, we honor their invaluable role in our society. We aim to give those who have the capacity and desire to work the opportunity to help spread joy to customers. This partnership is consistent with Jollibee Group’s commitment to providing equal employment opportunities to different sectors and promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We are looking forward to partnering with other LGUs so we can find qualified individuals to join us in our mission of spreading the joy of eating to everyone.” ~Ruth Angeles, Vice President and Head, Global Organization, Leadership, and Culture, and Head for Philippines HR, Jollibee Group
Partners for Equal Employment Opportunity. The Jollibee Group and the Quezon City (QC) Local Government Unit signed a Memorandum of Agreement to provide employment opportunity to qualified senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Q.C. Mayor Joy Belmonte (4th from L) led the signatories from the QC LGU, while Jollibee Group signatories was led by Ruth Angeles, Head for Philippines HR (3rd from R). 

The Jollibee Group and the Quezon City local government have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to provide inclusive employment opportunities for over 200 senior citizens (SC) and people with disabilities (PWDs) in over 50 Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King stores in the city. 

Advancing the Welfare of SCs and PWDs. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte underscores the importance of partnerships with institutions like the Jollibee Group in promoting the well-being and dignity of SCs and PWDs through equal employment opportunities. 

In her message during the signing ceremony, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte underscored the importance of partnerships with institutions like the Jollibee Group in promoting the well-being and dignity of SCs and PWDs through equal employment opportunities. 

“We thank the Jollibee Group for this gesture, which is a sign that they are with us in our crusade towards inclusivity. For us in Quezon City, progress must be inclusive; everyone must be part of our progress. Age is just a number and a mindset, and we should not allow our age or our disability to be an obstacle to what we can contribute to our nation-building. I thank the Jollibee Group for taking away the obstacles that are preventing our SCs and PWDs from being active members of our workforce.” ~Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Mayor

Interested SCs and PWDs should go to the Quezon City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for assistance with the requirements. They must also obtain fit-to-work certification from the Quezon City Health Department before beginning the initial job screening by the City's Social Services Department and the Persons with Disability Affairs Office. 

Promoting an Inclusive Workplace. Since 2019, the Jollibee Group has partnered with various local government units in promoting an inclusive workplace where qualified SCs and PWDs can have the opportunity to join the Jollibee Group in its mission to serve great-tasting food, bringing the joy of eating to everyone.

Once qualified, SCs and PWDs will be recommended by the LGU to the Jollibee Group for positions in select company-owned stores in Quezon City. Qualified SC and PWDs can work as guest relations representatives, assisting store teams with customer service at the counter and dining areas.

Aside from Quezon City, the Jollibee Group has collaborated with the local governments of Manila, Antipolo, Muntinlupa, Pasig, and the provincial government of Rizal to implement this inclusive employment program. 

About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, 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 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. The Company also established a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. Recently, the Jollibee Group signed agreements to own 10% ownership in Botrista, a leader in the beverage technology space.  The Company also owns a 90% participating interest in Titan Dining Partners II Ltd to further grow Asia Pacific food service brands and/or bring strong global food service brands to Asia Pacific.

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the Company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The 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 and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The Company is also a three-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award and was recently cited in TIME’s List of the World’s Best Companies.  

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit

TCL's 115" X955 Max: The TV That Redefines Home Entertainment

“There’s no stopping us now! We’re finally introducing the TCL 115" X955 Max Premium QD-Mini LED TV! It’s the most anticipated moment among TV fanatics, and it’s finally here.” ~Joseph Cernitchez, TCL Brand Manager
A Titan Emerges! Why the TCL's 115_ X955 Max Premium QD-Mini LED TV Redefines TV Domination2.

TCL, the Philippines' No. 1 Panel TV Brand, the massive TCL 115" X955 Max Premium QD-Mini LED TV has finally been unveiled, much to the excitement of fans. Boasting the largest screen size from TCL to date, this technological marvel offers an immersive viewing experience that will revolutionize the way you watch movies, shows, and games at home. Get ready to be enthralled by the exquisite detail, brilliant colors, and all-new level of home entertainment!

The TCL 115" X955 Max Premium QD-Mini LED TV reigns supreme as the titan of Mini LED screens. Boasting an unrivaled size that sets a new standard for home entertainment, this TV isn't just big—it's a feast for the senses. From the moment you turn it on, you'll be captivated by a world of stunning visuals, breathtaking detail, and vibrant colors.

The Ultra Realistic TV Screen

A Titan Emerges! Why the TCL's 115_ X955 Max Premium QD-Mini LED TV Redefines TV Domination2.

The TCL 115" X955 Max isn't just a TV; it's a gateway to a luxurious viewing experience unlike any other. It's also the world's first consumer-available 115" TV.

Prepare to be transported to another world with the TCL 115" X955 Max. This stunning television has over 20,000 local dimming zones, resulting in breathtaking picture quality. 

Imagine yourself completely immersed in the action, captivated by the sharp details and realistic contrast. To achieve pixel-level light control, the microscopic Mini LED lights work in tandem with high-precision lenses and local dimming zones. Every scene, from dark, suspenseful thrillers to vibrant action films, is portrayed with stunning detail and depth. 

The TCL 115" X955 Max immerses you in a world of dazzling color. This incredible TV uses QLED Pro technology to produce an astonishing 10 billion colors. Envision each scene brimming with vitality, with minutiae so striking they seem genuine. 

Consider each scene to be full of life, with details that are so vivid that they appear real. But QLED Pro is more than just creating a stunning screen display. TCL prioritizes long-lasting performance, using advanced materials to ensure color stays true and Vibrant for up to 100,000 hours. QLED Pro also has a professional-grade color palette that covers 98% of the DCI-P3 standard, and a 25% increase in brightness makes everything on the screen look stunning. QLED Pro transforms your home cinema experience into a celebration of color, detail, and professional-grade quality.

With a peak brightness of 5,000 nits and a 50 million-to-one contrast ratio, the TCL 115" X955 Max sets new standards for picture quality. This cutting-edge technology, combined with precise light control, results in stunning visuals with deep blacks, vibrant highlights, and detail that rivals reality.

The AiPQ Pro Processor in the TCL 115" X955 Max is a game changer. This advanced AI chip functions as a smart brain, constantly analyzing and learning from real-world data. It saves this data and uses it to optimize the image on the fly, producing stunning visuals with vibrant colors, excellent contrast, and crystal clarity that rival the natural world.

Sound that draws you into the action! The TCL 115" X955 Max isn't just about the picture; it has a top-of-the-line ONKYO 6.2.2 Hi-Fi System, which is known for its immersive sound. With 12 speakers and 240W of super peak power, this system creates a captivating soundscape that puts you right in the middle of the action.

The TCL 115" X955 Max boasts a stylish, ultra-slim design that complements any decor. This versatile TV can be mounted on the wall, placed on a TV stand, or used with a floor stand, allowing you to position it to your liking.

For more updates on the TCL 115" X955 Max Premium QD-Mini LED TV, log on to

About TCL Philippines:
TCL Electronics (HKG:1070) is a fast-growing consumer electronics company and a leading player in the global TV industry. Founded in 1981, it now operates in over 160 markets globally. TCL specializes in the research, development, and manufacturing of consumer electronics products ranging from TVs, audio, and smart home appliances. Visit the TCL home page at

Father's Day Off Visit Blue Bay Walk and Met Live to celebrate Father's Day Weekend!

Spend quality time with the whole family this Father’s Day weekend with a double celebration at Blue Bay Walk and Met Live Mall! 

Dads will also receive free swag in exchange for a minimum single-receipt transaction or accumulated receipts worth P1,000 at any MET Live Mall or Blue Bay Walk establishment between June 14 and June 16, 2024. 

In the evening, families can relax in the Met Live Mall's Center Atrium or Blue Bay Walk's The Spine while listening to live music.

Interested? The event is open to the public and free of charge. Visit the official Facebook page of Blue Bay Walk at and MET Live Mall at for more details.

Monday, June 10, 2024

OPPO Releases 2023 Sustainability Report on the World Environment Day

2023 OPPO Sustainability Report

On World Environment Day, OPPO, a leading global technology company, released its 2023 Sustainability Report. In its fourth annual report, the company details its progress and long-term strategy for sustainability. OPPO is guided by the mission "Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World" and focuses on five key areas for sustainable development: virtuous innovation, environmental protection, ecosystem engagement, operation and compliance, and employee care. 

As a corporate global citizen, OPPO collaborates with communities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutes, and its users worldwide to promote corporate social responsibility. In 2023, OPPO donated more than RMB 23.21 million to education foundations and charitable organizations to support environmental protection, youth empowerment, digital inclusion, and health and wellness initiatives. 

Over the last year, OPPO has continued to innovate and drive technological adoption in areas such as artificial intelligence, accessibility, and health. To date, OPPO has filed over 101,000 patent applications worldwide, 91% of which are invention patents. According to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) data, OPPO ranked 9th in the number of International Patent Treaty (PCT) applications in 2023, the fifth consecutive year it has been in the top ten globally. In December 2023, OPPO unveiled AndesGPT, its first self-trained large language model, which was quickly followed by its official entry into the Era of AI Phone and commitment to making AI Phone accessible to all. Furthermore, OPPO strives to collaborate with global entrepreneurs and technology professionals to shape. Furthermore, OPPO seeks to collaborate with global entrepreneurs and technology professionals to shape the future of sustainability. OPPO hopes to bring these innovations to life by launching the OPPO Inspiration Challenge, which invited innovative solutions in the "Inspiration for People" and "Inspiration for the Planet" categories. 

Through its vision of becoming a healthier and more sustainable company, OPPO will continue to use technology and innovation to drive sustainable development, ultimately creating a better world with the help of its partners and stakeholders. 

Learn more about OPPO’s sustainability journey, please read the 2023 OPPO Sustainability Report: 

About OPPO
OPPO is not just a smartphone company but a technology company that serves global users and integrates software, hardware, and service. Established in 2004, OPPO launches its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO also provides its users with ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO has footprints in more than 60 countries and regions, with more than 40,000 employees dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

In Her most recent InLife Dreamweaver Stories vlog, Sharon Cuneta Opens Up About Sensible Investing

“I was recently asked how I manage to stay relevant in showbiz considering that it’s been more than four decades since I started. The answer is to evolve, to change, to grow with the times. How do you do that? For me, I had to keep learning, to keep studying, to constantly reinvent myself. I also need the right motivation, which is to leave a legacy for my fans, my loyal followers, and most of all, my family. As an InLife Dreamweaver, I learned that a great way to a better life is through making sound and secure financial investments.” ~Sharon Cuneta, Megastar, a Philippine Entertainment Icon, Multi-awarded actress, singer, and TV Host

Sharon Cuneta, a Philippine Entertainment Icon, has made wise investment decisions her entire life and shares the lessons she's learned along the way in her most recent vlog on YouTube.

Focused on providing a secure future for her family, she stated that she is doing everything she can right now to help her children achieve their goals and live happy lives.

She then went on to explain the importance of savings and financial investments.

Steps to making good investments

1. Identify your reasons for investing.
“Is It retirement? Is it for your child’s education? Bagay dapat ang gagawin mong investment sa short-term and long-term goals mo (Your investments should be aligned with your short-term and long-term goals).”

Cuneta advised that it is best to know why you’re making an investment. Ask yourself what you’re preparing for.

2. Know when you need the results of your investment.
“Kung kailangan mo na ang pera next year (If you need the money next year), you should invest in something that will produce accessible dividends within that period. If you have a substantial amount of resources…, invest in long-term products that will also have a higher yield or profit.” 

Cuneta pointed out that knowing when you would need the income for your investments helps you narrow down which investments to make.

3. Let a financial adviser guide you.

“When you’re clear on why you’re investing and when you need the income from your investment, you now look for what to invest in. And that is where financial advisers come in. They are the people who can guide you and find an investment that is just right for your needs and your resources.”
She went on to compare a financial adviser to her manager who helps her choose the right movie projects, albums, and concerts.

4. Diversify your portfolio.

“All investments involve risks. The more risks an investment has, the higher the potential return. However, there is also a higher potential for loss. Kaya it is important to diversify your portfolio, which means investing in a variety of different assets. Gaya nga ng kasabihan na don’t put your eggs in one basket kasi baka mabasag silang lahat (Like they say in the aphorism, “Don’t put your eggs in one basket because they might all break at the same time.”).”
There are many types of investments, including stocks, bonds, real estate, and mutual funds -- each with its own risk and returns.

5. Having an insurance can help protect your investments.
“If you have health insurance, that will cover your medical and other expenses while your money continues to earn in your investments. Once you’re protected, you can already save, invest for wealth accumulation, which eventually will lead to wealth distribution or leaving a legacy to your family.”

When investing, having an insurance policy can serve as a safety net or backup plan to mitigate unforeseen problems.

Cuneta’s latest vlog is part of her InLife Dreamweaver Stories.

The Megastar, along with her daughter, Miel Pangilinan, became InLife Dreamweavers last year to help amplify the Company’s mission of helping Filipinos lead A Lifetime for Good.

All her InLife Dreamweaver Stories vlogs are now up at

Edgepoint Infrastructure announces regional milestone of 15,000 towers across Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

“This achievement is not just a number but a testament to EdgePoint’s commitment to building a more connected, digital ASEAN. In just three and a half years since our inception, we have established 15,000 towers across three countries, significantly enhancing the region's connectivity landscape. This reflects our dedication to providing the best infrastructure throughout ASEAN and creating equitable access to connectivity for all. In today’s digital age, connectivity is a vital catalyst for a country’s growth and development. EdgePoint will continue to support the region’s growth by providing the best infrastructure every step of the way, ensuring equitable access to connectivity. We are excited about the future and look forward to working with all stakeholders to further advance ASEAN's digital landscape.” ~Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer of EdgePoint Infrastructure

EdgePoint Infrastructure ("EdgePoint"), an ASEAN-based independent telecommunications infrastructure company, has achieved a new milestone by reaching 15,000 towers in its three key markets: Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. This milestone was met when EdgePoint completed the deployment of its 15,000th site in Karang Wareng, a district in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia.

Founded in 2020, EdgePoint Infrastructure began its journey in Malaysia, subsequently expanding its presence to Indonesia a year later followed by the Philippines in 2022. Since inception, EdgePoint has worked with all the leading Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)in these countries and extended connectivity reach through partnerships with non-MNO customers, deploying future ready infrastructure for seamless, reliable connectivity.

“Connectivity is an integral part of nation-building, and this milestone commemorates EdgePoint's ongoing efforts to ensure everyone has access to reliable connectivity, including those living in remote parts of the country. We will continue our efforts to expand access to connectivity to every Filipino and are ramping up our operations to ensure the right solutions are deployed, optimizing our operations towards delivering the best outcomes for our customers.” ~William Walters, Chief Executive Officer of EdgePoint Philippines

In the past year, EdgePoint has reinforced their position as nation building partners in the countries in which they operate by expanding their geographical reach and enhancing connectivity in under-served regions including, Sabah in Malaysia, Visayas and Pahlawan in the Philippines and Papua, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia.

EdgePoint has also integrated sustainability as a core focus, recently completing the deployment of five solar sites in the Philippines and is committed to actively working towards achieving net zero emissions across the portfolio.

The company’s achievements have garnered acclaimed recognition across the region, with awards for innovation, customer centricity and service delivery, and most recently walked away with the Tower Company Of The Year award at the Twimbit Telecom Awards 2024.

For more information on EdgePoint, please visit





EdgePoint Infrastructure is a telecommunications infrastructure company that aspires to power Digital ASEAN via Next Generation Infrastructure. Headquartered in Singapore with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, through EdgePoint Towers Sdn Bhd, PT Centratama Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk and EdgePoint Towers Inc., respectively, the company is focused on providing sharable and leading-edge telecom structures, small cells and in-building systems. EdgePoint aims to be an industry leader through scale and innovation, driving operational efficiencies through the adoption of analytics and digital technologies. 

Amazing Treats and Surprises Are in Store for Dads on Father’s Day at Century Park Hotel

“Daddies or father figures from all ages are welcome to celebrate their special day at Century Park Hotel where our staff will surely treat them like a king.  We look forward to giving tribute to these special men who love and work tirelessly to raise their families. Dads truly make our lives extra wonderful.” ~Anna Dimagiba, Century Park Hotel’s OIC for Operations

Century Park Hotel, one of Manila's finest hotels, has prepared an incredible lineup of Father's Day treats!

Begin with a Dapper Dad' Staycation, and surprise the man of the house with a luxurious vacation in the city for as little as P6,100 net per night.  The booking period runs from today until June 16, with applicable stay dates from June 13-17, 2024.

The room package includes a daily buffet breakfast for two at Café in the Park, a one-hour massage treatment for one person, P1,000 in food and beverage credits at the Palm Grove Bar, and access to the newly renovated Palm Grove Pool and Bar. Check-in is at 12:00NN, with late checkout at 2:00PM (subject to room availability).

If Dad is looking for a hearty and delicious meal, bring him to Café in the Park's SUPER DAD Lunch (11:00AM to 2:30PM) or Dinner Buffet (6:00PM to 10:00PM) on Sunday, June 16, 2024 for only P1,999net!  Your fourth companion can dine for free if you have three paying guests! Café in the Park serves a diverse international buffet with unlimited seafood options, dim sums, desserts, and more.  This offer cannot be combined with other promotions.

Dads who enjoy Japanese cuisine are also in for a Father's Day treat!  On June 16, 2024, celebrate this momentous occasion for only P1,999net per person at lunchtime (11:00AM to 2:00PM) or dinnertime (5:00PM to 7:00PM for the first batch and 7:30PM to 9:30PM for the second batch).  Dads will receive a special token courtesy of Century Park Hotel when they dine at Century Tsukiji!
A Father's Day celebration would be incomplete without a Father's Day Cake from Deli Snack!  From June 14-16, 2024, guests can enjoy the hotel's Tropical Tuxedo Delight for only P1,990 net.  This decadent dessert combines vanilla sponge, coconut mousse, pineapple jelly and compote, and butter cream. 
To know more about the hotel’s Father’s Day offers, visit or check out the hotel’s social media accounts at Instagram or Facebook.  You may also call +632 85288888 or +63 917 528 58888.


Launched in 1976, the Century Park Hotel remains as one of the finest hotels in Manila. It is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation and enjoys a mix of local and international patrons. The renowned establishment has over 500 rooms in varied types and facilities for a complete dining and leisure experience. To know more about Century Park Hotel, visit or contact and telephone number: (632) 8528-8888.

GHL and Alipay+ Partner to Facilitate Cross-Border Digital Payments in the Philippines

“This partnership signifies a significant leap forward in our mission to enhance the digital payment landscape in the Philippines. Besides enabling local businesses to tap into a broader customer base, we are also reinforcing our commitment to provide innovative solutions that cater to the evolving needs of both merchants and consumers. We are excited about the possibilities this partnership brings and the positive impact it will have on facilitating seamless cross-border transactions in the country.” ~Jay Tirona, GHL Philippines’ CEO

GHL Systems Philippines Inc. (GHL Philippines), a wholly owned subsidiary of GHL Systems Berhad, has enabled Alipay+ for local businesses in the Philippines to accept cross-border digital face-to-face and e-commerce payments from leading Asian mobile wallet providers. This integration enables merchants to accept cross-border digital payments from popular Asian mobile wallets such as AlipayHK (Hong Kong SAR), Kakao Pay (South Korea), Touch 'n Go eWallet (Malaysia), and Alipay (Chinese mainland), which account for the majority of inbound travelers to the Philippines. Travelers from these regions can now use their local mobile wallets to make payments in the Philippines at even more merchants, providing a wider range of payment options than cash or foreign-issued credit or debit cards.   

Travelers to the Philippines can now use their home e-wallets at GHL-powered retail outlets thanks to a partnership with Alipay+, Ant International's cross-border mobile payment and digitalization technology solutions. This collaboration aims to improve travelers' payment experiences while also benefiting a diverse range of local businesses in retail, food and beverage, hospitality, and attractions across the country.   

Tourist arrivals in the Philippines are expected to reach 8.21 million this year, surpassing both 5.4 million in 2023 and 7.1 million in 2019, the latter being the last full year before the pandemic. This increase highlights the significant rebound in tourism, as well as a growing demand for efficient and accessible payment options.

“We are excited about our partnership with GHL Philippines and the opportunities it presents to transform cross-border payments in the Philippines. This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing innovative and seamless payment solutions to users worldwide. As tourists return to explore the beauty of the Philippines, we aim to empower more local merchants to benefit from the growth in tourism and engage with global users more easily.” ~Michael Hao, Ant International Country Manager for the Philippines

Alipay+, launched by Ant International in 2020, now connects over 88 million merchants in 57 countries and regions to users of over 25 e-wallets and bank apps, allowing consumers to travel and pay with ease around the world and merchants to expand cross-border consumer engagement and digital marketing. Aside from the Philippines, Alipay+ is widely accepted in popular travel destinations such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Europe, and the Middle East.

Protect your home and dreams with Home Credit

“Three or four days pagkatapos kaming masunugan, nag-email ako sa BPI MS Claims. Mabilis silang nag-respond sa akin at nagbigay ng requirements na kailangan kong ipasa para ma-avail ang coverage, katulad ng claim forms, fire certification, inventory of damaged appliances, barangay clearance, valid identification card, at pictures ng damaged items at bahay. Two weeks after kong maipasa ang requirements ay hindi ko inasahan na matatanggap ko na agad ang PhP50,000 coverage. (Three or four days after our house burned down, I emailed BPI MS Claims. They quickly responded to me and provided the requirements I needed to submit to avail the coverage, such as claim forms, fire certification, inventory of damaged appliances, barangay clearance, valid identification card, and pictures of damaged items and the house. Two weeks after I submitted all the requirements, I didn't expect to receive the PhP50,000 coverage immediately). Lubos kaming nagpapasalamat kay Home Credit sa tulong na ipinagkaloob niya sa amin. Kung tao si Home Credit, mahigpit na yakap ang ipagkakaloob ko sa kanya dahil kahit sa hirap ng buhay ay kasama namin siya. Hindi niya kami pinabayaan. Nairaos ko po ang mga pangangailangan namin sa pang-araw-araw at sa edukasyon ng aming anak. Dahil sa malaking tulong sa amin ng Home Credit, hindi ko ipagpapalit ang tiwalang ibinigay nila sa akin. Sisikapin ko na mabayaran ang aming mga loan dahil malaking bagay na mayroon kang maasahan sa oras ng pangangailangan, maging ito ay para sa appliances, gadgets, o kahit cash. (We are sincerely grateful to Home Credit for the assistance they have provided us. If Home Credit were a person, I would give them a tight embrace because even during our life's challenges, they were with us. They never abandoned us. I was able to have additional funds for our daily needs and our son's education.) Dahil sa Home Credit, nakapag-ipon ako ng mga kagamitan sa bahay bago ito nasunog. Nakakuha rin ako ng cash loan na ginamit ko sa pagbili ng paninda sa dati naming sari-sari store at sa mga pangangailangan ng aming anak sa pag-aaral tulad ng laptop, na kailangan niya para sa kanilang mga research sa paaralan. (Because of Home Credit, I managed to acquire household items before our house burned down. I also got a cash loan, which I used to buy goods for our former sari-sari store. Later, I utilized it for our child’s educational needs, such as buying a laptop required for their school research). ~Jeann Rose Orongan, from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

A journey of resilience, hope, and achieving dreams

The heat of the summer season pushes most to overuse cooling appliances, causing them to overheat and catch fire. With the recent El Nino hitting most parts of the Philippines with intense heat waves and increasing the need to use cooling appliances, many houses, especially those made of lighter materials, are in danger of going up in flames. 

This potential tragedy can cause people to lose everything they have in the blink of an eye, a tough blow that can turn their world upside down. 

Such is what happened to Jeann Rose Orongan and her family from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. She and her family faced this unfortunate obstacle when a fire wiped out everything, they owned in February this year. With their belongings turned to ashes, they now have the challenge of rebuilding their lives from the ground up. 

Hope in times of crisis 
The situation began around 2 A.M. when a fire broke out in a neighboring barangay. Fueled by strong sea winds, the flames spread quickly, engulfing houses along the way until they reached Jeann’s area. Despite the valiant efforts of first responders, the fire raged on, affecting hundreds of families, including Jeann’s before it was finally brought under control after six grueling hours.  

The fire consumed her family’s belongings and their sari-sari store, their main source of income then, that provides their everyday household expenses and covers her child’s school needs.  

With everything lost, Jeann and her family were starting over once again. Fortunately, she is covered by Home Credit’s Home Content Protection, Home Credit Philippines’ (HCPH) home belongings protection that provides coverage for appliances, electronics, furniture, and other belongings, bought via Home Credit or not, in the event of robberies or natural disasters. As a long-time customer of the leading consumer finance company, Jeann filed a hassle-free claim through BPI MS, with the service provider handling the coverage and releasing claim payment within two weeks after she submitted requirements. 

Upon receiving the coverage, Jeann felt relief and gratitude, knowing they now had funds to kickstart rebuilding what was lost in the fire. The money also helped them in sending their son to college, especially as he is a graduating senior high school student. In addition to covering their daily expenses and their son’s schooling, she also allocated some of the money to purchase items for their new sari-sari store, while the remainder was set aside to repay their ongoing loans with Home Credit. 

“It is essential for Filipinos to know they have someone they can rely on to assist in rebuilding their lives when unexpected events arise. This is why we, at Home Credit, always strive to provide innovative offerings to Filipinos to support them in every situation, especially during tough times. We’re thankful that our Home Content Protection has made a positive impact on the lives of Filipinos like Jeann, offering them peace of mind and hope.” ~Sheila Paul, Chief Marketing Officer of Home Credit Philippines

Jeann expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Home Credit for their support during her family’s time of need. 

Home Credit: The reliable partner para sa life 
Jeann first encountered Home Credit while browsing on her phone. Intrigued by the company’s offerings, she conducted an online search and found out about its quick processing time and the convenience of needing only one valid ID to avail herself of installment deals or cash loan offers. 

As a result, Jeann began using Home Credit's services in 2021, finding it to be her dependable lifestyle partner ever since. With its diverse range of offers and services, she was able to purchase furniture, appliances, and gadgets, and even obtain cash loans. 

Recognizing Jeann's loyalty as a valued customer, Home Credit awarded her PhP30,000 to assist her family in rebuilding after the fire and to help cover her son's upcoming college expenses. This gesture not only demonstrates Home Credit's commitment to supporting its customers in times of need but also serves as a token of appreciation for Jeann's unwavering loyalty. 

To know more about Jeann’s story, watch here

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Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). 

About Home Credit 
Home Credit Philippines is the lifestyle partner of every Filipino, providing access to credit through fast, convenient, and affordable financing in more than 15,000 partner stores nationwide. The brand offers a wide range of products from smartphones and laptops, home appliances and furniture, bicycles, and motorcycle accessories to electronics and hardware, sports equipment, and many more – offered at low or 0% interest rates in easy monthly installments.  

In its 10th year in the Philippines, Home Credit has served over 10 million Filipinos. Beyond installment financing and related insurance services, Home Credit also offers cash loans, a virtual spending limit named Qwarta, and a credit card for its existing qualified customers. With the My Home Credit app, Filipino customers are just a click away to get the products they want for an elevated lifestyle. 

More information on HCPH is available at   

Palawan goes cashless: PalawanPay and Pay&Go collaborate to simplify payments

"We at Palawan always look for ways to make things easier for our customers. With Pay&Go, we are expanding our reach, and at the same time, we are giving our clients more options and access to our services." Mariel Medina, Chief Commercial Officer for Pay&Go, recognizes the partnership as a big step in the right direction for their companies and their clients. She said, "We have always been pushing for digital finance literacy among Filipinos. I believe this partnership will bring our products closer to the masses. More people will now be more familiar with the services and features of both the PalawanPay app, and our Pay&Go kiosks. Our target in the next five years is to expand our network of kiosks to 5,000 across the country." ~Third Librea, the Head of PalawanPay
From left to right: Mariel Medina, Chief Commercial Officer of Pay & Go;  Dan Ibarra, CEO of BTI Payments Philippines; Third Librea, President of PalawanPay; Lisa Lou Castro-Sabado, Chief Development Officer of Palawan Group of Companies.

The Palawan Group of Companies, the country's most trusted name in money remittance (Palawan Express Padala) and pawning services (Palawan Pawnshop), has reached another significant milestone by forming a partnership with Pay&Go, the 24-hour self-service payments kiosks that allow consumers to conveniently pay their bills and top up their mobile phones and e-wallets in real time. 

Pay&Go team together with the Palawan Group of Company stands in solidarity for a more efficient cash-in solutions to PalawanPay users

This development means that users of PalawanPay, the Palawan Group of Companies' digital wallet, can now conveniently cash in their accounts at any of Pay&Go's over 2,000 kiosks nationwide. This collaboration could not have come at a better time, given that the majority of Filipinos now use digital wallets to make payments.

Users who have yet to experience the "mura, mabilis, at walang kuskos balungos" (affordable, fast, and convenient) services and features of PalawanPay are encouraged to download the app from the Google Play Store. PalawanPay, which has already reached more than 18 million downloads, promises a win-win situation for its users, making bills payment, mobile load purchasing, or pawn renewal easy with just a few taps on their mobile phones. They also continue to create partnerships that can provide  their consumers with ease and accessibility. The Palawan Group of Companies continues to improve and grow their products and services to ensure win-win solutions for its sukis. 

Download PalawanPay App now and be a verified user to enjoy an increased monthly transaction limit of up to P250,000, seamless and instant fund transfers to other banks and e-wallets, and no account expiration. 

The Palawan Group of Companies is composed of products and services such as Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, Palawan ProtekTODO, Palawan Credit, and PalawanPay. A brand trusted by Filipinos for 38 years, PGC  is one of the fastest-growing financial institutions in the country.  With its strength in remittance and pawning services, the company is the market leader in the industry and has over 25,000 branches, Pera Padala outlets, and PalawanPay Money Shops nationwide.

Palawan Group of Companies offers pawnbroking services, domestic and international remittances, microinsurance, bills payment, electronic mobile phone loading, cash-in of e-wallets, money exchange, ATM withdrawal, and cash disbursements. 
Palawan Group of Companies introduced PalawanPay, an e-wallet app that lets you send and receive remittances anytime, anywhere. PalawanPay app is the company’s latest digital solution for faster, safer, and easier transactions and gives users access to other financial services such as bills payment, e-cellphone load top-ups,  and scan-to-pay QRPH codes. The app now features integrated functionality for pawn renewal and claiming of international remittances.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites. 

BPI alerts businesses to a phishing scheme that targets their staff

“Cyberattacks against organizations do happen and it could cost millions in terms of data loss, financial impact, and operational disruption. Line managers, particularly those with access to critical data or tasked with critical transactions, face the biggest risk of whaling, that is why it’s important to conduct regular cybersecurity awareness training and attack simulations within the company. We must get everyone to understand that cybersecurity is a responsibility we all share and that it takes a collective effort to fight cyberthreats. Doing so will allow us to safely navigate the digital world while ensuring the company and employees are protected.” ~Jonathan John Paz, BPI Enterprise Information Security and Data Protection Officer

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has issued a warning to businesses and the general public about the spread of executive phishing attacks, also known as whaling, which is a sophisticated social engineering scam that targets members of an organization. 

According to Jonathan John Paz, BPI Enterprise Information Security and Data Protection Officer, executive phishing or whaling can occur via emails and messaging apps such as Viber and WhatsApp, in which unscrupulous individuals pose as a senior management figure to induce employees to carry out fraudulent transactions or to divulge sensitive or confidential information. 

Paz urged the public to be alert and exercise caution with emails and attachments to protect themselves from this type of social engineering scams. He advised to follow these tips:
  • Verify the sender. Before taking any action, make sure that the sender’s name, email address, and contact number are correct. If you don’t normally receive an email or message from the sender, ask a person in authority to verify their legitimacy. 
  • Don’t engage. Don’t click on links or download attachments from suspicious senders. Don’t respond to their message either. 
  • Check for viruses. Take an extra step by scanning attachments for viruses before opening them. 
  • Report immediately. If you receive a message from a sender who you suspect is impersonating an executive of your company, report immediately to your company’s cybersecurity team. 

Furthermore, Paz urged companies to take a proactive approach to promoting cybersecurity awareness, instilling in their employees the mindset that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, regardless of position, title, or tenure. 

According to a report by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, cyber incidents in the country increased by 62% in 2023, indicating the need for a more aggressive cybersecurity awareness campaign to safeguard Filipinos.