Friday, July 23, 2021

Lumina Homes starts 9th anniversary celebration with Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

Lumina Homes, the fastest-growing affordable housing brand under Vista Land, marks another milestone in the country’s online market as it generously gives away a house-and-lot unit on Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Being the first house and lot developer to launch a Shopee PH online store, as part of the early celebration of Lumina Homes’ 9th year anniversary this August, from July 21 to August 8, avail yourself of 10% discount on Shopee for selected Lumina home models! These include 2-storey house-and-lot packages which can either be loft-type, townhouse, or single-firewall units.

Lumina Homes Shopee PH online store, has consistently teamed up with Shopee in making home reservation discounts as well as giving away a brand new house and lot as a raffle prize on Shopee9.9 Super Shopping Day.

Shopee lets you choose a Lumina home model and reserve it with e-vouchers or digital vouchers equivalent to reservation fees. An e-voucher is assigned to a particular Lumina home model, which can be used to reserve that home model in the Lumina Homes project of your choice.

For instance, if you purchase a P4,500* Angelique Townhouse e-voucher, you may only use it to reserve one Angelique Townhouse unit in any Lumina Homes project nationwide that features the home model.

To own your Lumina house and lot, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:
  1. Follow Lumina Homes on Shopee Mall at
  2. Browse through the available or featured home reservation e-vouchers
  3. Read the product description or 'Chat Seller' to inquire about the different Lumina Homes project locations where you can use the e-voucher.
  4. Click "Add to Cart" or "Buy Now" and pay for the e-voucher through credit card, GCash, or Shopee Pay.
  5. Once paid, a Lumina Representative will contact you to set an online appointment for a marketing briefing and completion of documents.

Lumina has 50 projects in key cities and municipalities nationwide, including:
  • Rizal
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • Zambales
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Pangasinan
  • La Union
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Quezon
  • Camarines Norte
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Iloilo
  • Capiz
  • Cebu
  • Negros Occidental
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Bukidnon
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • South Cotabato

Furthermore, Lumina Homes offers an affordable condominium, Prima Tanza in Cavite, which is now available in Shopee with a 10% discount on the reservation fee (now P9,000).

Watch out for more exciting promos and surprises to celebrate Lumina Homes’ 9th anniversary!

For virtual tours and inquiries about your future Lumina home, visit

Visit Lumina Homes Shopee Mall store at for virtual tours and inquiries about your future Lumina home, and check out the best-selling home models which you can purchase.

Why do accounts become dormant and how to avoid it

Why do accounts become dormant and how to avoid

A dormant savings account is one with a low balance that has had no deposits in a while. You should always know where all your money is.  This way, you’ll never risk dormancy by forgetting about an account.  An account can’t go dormant if it’s getting transactions regularly. BANK clients are reminded that accounts without any activity for a long time can become dormant.   

A bank account is considered dormant when there is no financial activity -- deposit or withdrawal -- for a period of two years for a savings account and one year for a checking account. 

Dormant accounts are subject to dormancy fee, under the regulations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Charges will be collected by banks if an account has no activity for five years and falls below the minimum monthly average daily balance (MADB). 

To prevent the account from being dormant and keep it active, clients are advised to regularly make deposits or withdrawals even in small amounts. 

Meanwhile, BDO Unibank said clients can still reactivate dormant accounts -- even if left with a small amount – by just visiting their branch of account and depositing any amount even as low as Php1. 

For additional information, clients may visit

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Maxicare provides COVID-19 testing for Bb Pilipinas 2021 Beauties

“We are honored to partner with Binibining Pilipinas to help ensure the safety of the candidates and the production crew of the most prestigious beauty competition in the country. Through Lab On Wheels, Maxicare was able to provide convenient, fast, reliable, and most importantly, safe testing for the candidates. We are happy to extend our services to this pageant which definitely provides Filipinos with a much-needed spark of hope and beauty amidst these challenging times.” ~Archie Rillo, Maxicare Chief Marketing Officer
Maxicare Lab on Wheels successfully conducted RT-PCR testing for  Bb. Pilipinas 2021 candidates, guests, production staff and crew.

Thanks to Maxicare’s Lab on Wheels, the Binibining Pilipinas candidates were able to avail of the gold standard in Covid-19 testing safely and conveniently. To ensure a safe and COVID-19-free coronation night for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas, the leading HMO in the Philippines, Maxicare, along with its mobile clinic, Lab on Wheels, came to the Araneta Coliseum to conduct RT-PCR testing for the 34 Bb. Pilipinas candidates, as well as the event staff, guests, and crew. 

Maxicare’s Lab on Wheels is a mobile clinic that provides members with easier access to reliable health services, offering COVID-19 testing, routine blood testing, plus Telemedicine video consultations with Maxicare doctors, among others. 

Maxicare provides COVID-19 testing for Bb Pilipinas 2021 Beauties

Maxicare continuously innovates to deliver convenient and quality healthcare to Filipinos to constantly ensure their health, wellbeing, and peace of mind. With Maxicare’s Lab on Wheels, companies, groups, and teams planning gatherings within Metro Manila or Cebu can easily get the safe and convenient care they need. 

If you'd like to book Maxicare’s Lab on Wheels for your company, contact your Maxicare Health Benefit Executive or Maxicare Business Development Manager today.

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021 goes digital with diverse and inclusive programming

“In an ideal situation, we would have wanted to have live shows and concerts so that fans of Filipino Music will get to have that real-life concert experience once again. But of course, there are a lot of considerations that we have to make. Our priority is to mount this festival safely and responsibly for everyone. For the time being, the social media platforms are a suitable alternative to allow artists to perform without the health risks brought about by the pandemic.” ~Noel Cabangon, OPM Icon and OPM Board Member 
Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021

The upcoming series of virtual events continues its commitment to holding multiple shows with diverse and inclusive music programming. Going digital for the second time, LMP will feature performances from top and emerging OPM acts, as well as talks and workshops aimed at championing homegrown music in a time that needs it.

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) marks its second digital edition this year with a commitment to promoting awareness and appreciation of OPM artists from all over the world through multiple social media platforms.

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021

The weeklong celebration promises a wide variety of music programs that not only cater to a specific format, but also encompasses concerts and gigs, open mic challenges, exclusive premieres, workshops, and a lecture series.
The series of virtual events will run from July 23 to August 1, and will be streamed live via Facebook and KUMU.

Aside from a diverse set of homegrown talents performing online, LMP also partners with key and emerging stakeholders in the music industry such as:
  • AmiananPop
  • MinPop
  • Kadasig & Artist Ko
  • Soupstar Music
  • Warner Music Philippines

To ensure that artists with different backgrounds, and from different regions, are given equal opportunities to perform and engage with the community. 

“We wanted there to be a balance between independent artists and mainstream/signed artists from all over the country and to try to cover as many styles and genres as possible. OPM already has a large roster of artists and we wanted to be able to feature as many as we can from the organization. We took into consideration their music and styles as well as the platforms that they are active in for the artists performing the LMP DigiGigs.” ~Christian Bautista 

Aside from the music shows and online concerts featuring the roster of PhilPop’s past champions and finalists, LMP is partnering with PETA for a special online showcase featuring the songs from Rak Of Aegis, as well as songwriting and learning opportunities that are spearheaded by the institution’s other partners, FILSCAP and PhilPop.

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021

Even as the music industry is struggling to get back to its former glory and a lot of plans are derailed by the pandemic, LMP refuses to back down in its efforts to persevere and push through with mounting an online celebration that champions Filipino musicians not just from Metro Manila, but also from other parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, and the rest of the globe.

“Desire to just challenge the situation that we are in. We wanted to highlight how Filipino Music is here to stay and will continue to be a part of our lives and a sense of hope despite the challenges in these trying times. The creation and support of Filipino music should never stop because our songs are able to reflect the story and the culture of the Filipino people.” ~Gab Cabangon, LMP Project Manager 

OPM Icon and OPM Board Member Noel Cabangon maintains that nothing can stop this important milestone in the history of Philippine music from happening. 

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021

Organized and produced by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), LMP has been around since 2014, and has established itself as the premiere annual music festival of Filipino music. 

This year’s edition will be headlined by some of the biggest and most promising artists in local music such as:
  • Noel Cabangon
  • Christian Bautista
  • Sandwich
  • 6cyclemind
  • Gracenote
  • Bayang Barrios
  • Cookie Chua
  • PhilPop Grand Champions Reon and Chud Festejo
  • Miss Ramonne
  • Artists from Warner Music Philippines like Ferdinand Aragon and Y ARA
  • and many many more!

This event is also supported by private companies such as Max’s Restaurant, KUMU and KUMUSIKA, The Medical City and Shopee among others.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Paolo Avelino and Charlie Dizon reunite on the music video of Zack Tabudlo’s “Hindi Ko Kaya”

“It was such an honor working with another legend. Direk Dan Villegas which is the director of Binibini and also her boyfriend, works with the same production team so the similarity of the environment is there.” ~Zack Tabudlo

Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) best actress Charlie Dizon and 4th EDDYS best actor Paolo Avelino reunite with acclaimed filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone on the music video of Zack Tabudlo’s “Hindi Ko Kaya.”

Poised to be another smash in the vein of “Binibini” music video, which has amassed more than 20 million views on YouTube and was directed by Jadaone’s partner Dan Villegas, “Hindi Ko Kaya.” follows the tradition of Zack Tabudlo’s songs being hailed as modern-day anthems that reflect this generation’s collective sentiments through visual and emotional terms.

The two have worked with Jadaone on the breakout drama, Fan Girl, which premiered in Japan at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival last year, and swept the awards of last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival 2020, including Best Picture and Best Director, and acting nods for both of its leads.

As experts in helming coming-of-age narratives that feature realistic portrayal of romantic relationships, Jadaone and her team Project 8, deliver a contemplative material that speaks as much to the mind as to the heart. The end result is a lovely but melancholic piece of work that not only complements the song’s lyrical foundations, but also arrives as a stand-alone achievement in filmmaking, partly because of its captivating storytelling and heartfelt sentimentality.

About Zack Tabudlo
Zack Tabudlo is an alternative-pop RnB artist from Manila Philippines, signed under Island Records Philippines. He hit the ground running when he began his music career, becoming a finalist for reality talent show Talentadong Pinoy at the age of 10 but he is very well known as a contestant under Team Bamboo in The Voice Kids Season 1.
Among his influences are contemporary pop chart-toppers Charlie Puth, Harry Styles, and Island Records label-mate Shawn Mendes. But with all these influences, Zack approaches the genre of pop with his own distinct approach. His artistry can be characterized as a tasteful blend of R&B, soft rock, funk and vocally driven pop.
With a slew of catchy singles under his belt, all leading up to what’s looking to be a promising full-length in the future, the young musician is gaining momentum. His hustle may have been riding below the radar, but one can expect 2021 to be Zack’s year. To date, Zack’s latest single ‘Binibini’ has topped both the Spotify and YouTube trending charts for more than a month, and also breaking through Spotify Global Viral, several Spotify viral charts in Asia-Pacific countries including Canada and New Zealand - making Binibini one of the biggest songs of 2021 so far. His other track ‘Nangangamba,’ which was released in 2020, also peaked at No.1 on both Spotify Global Viral 50 and Philippines Viral 50

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BDO to job seekers: “Beware of recruitment scams!”

If you experience something that doesn’t feel quite right, if something feels “phishy,” it probably is. It has come to BDO Unibank’s attention that scammers are posing as recruiters of the Bank and tricking applicants into paying for their pre-employment medical tests. The Bank however, underscores that it will never ask its candidates to pay for any part of its application process.

The recruitment modus starts by enticing victims with a job posting on a social media page that looks like BDO’s official page. Victims are asked to send their CV to an email address that does not end with, which is the bank’s legitimate email domain.

Next, victims are asked to submit pre-employment documents, such as a certificate of employment, transcript of records, and government account numbers. They are also asked to sign off on job acceptance forms, which include a health waiver that requires payment for a medical insurance policy. Victims are urged to deposit money before a specific date.

Instead of emailing, scammers may also call victims and ask for payment to start pre-employment processing.

Outsmart fake recruiters

BDO shares tips to spot recruitment scams:
  • BDO will never ask candidates to pay to be interviewed, take aptitude tests, or undergo medical tests. The bank’s application process is conducted for free by BDO’s Human Resources for qualified applicants.
  • Official BDO email addresses all end with Email addresses that do not end with said domain are created and used by scammers. An example of a legitimate BDO email address is
  • BDO only posts job openings on the BDO Careers page of its website as well as its official social media pages. Never trust career opportunities on other websites or social media pages besides the following:
             o BDO Careers:
             o Facebook:
             o LinkedIn:
SCAM ALERT! Be smarter than a scammer. BDO will never ask applicants to pay for any part of the job application process.

Kain Tayo Pilipinas launched to help address hunger and malnutrition

“The first 1,000 days of life are the most crucial to every child’s growth. We want to have nutritional intervention at the earliest stage because it’s not enough that Filipinos don’t go hungry, we also have to ensure that each individual is getting the right amount of nutrients to set them up for a healthy life. Walang magugutom pag lahat tutulong”’ captures the big role that the public plays in ensuring that we meet our goals for Kain Tayo Pilipinas. The group behind this undertaking comes from different leanings and backgrounds and are united by a common purpose: to help alleviate hunger and the nutritional gap among Filipino children. “We encourage the public to join us by helping us spread the word and by providing monetary support.~Kristine Go, KAIN TAYO PILIPINAS lead of Unilever Philippines
CEO of Publicis Groupe Philippines, Mr. Ken Lingan officially launched the Kain Tayo Pilipinas film.

KAIN TAYO PILIPINAS is a flagship program under the Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (PKG) movement, led by private corporations, media, NGOs together with the Department of Education, DOST-FNRI, and the National Nutrition Council. Kain Tayo Pilipinas launched to help address hunger and malnutrition. Private sector-led initiative intends to aid nutritional gaps among Filipino children through feeding and education. Launched during Nutrition month, this is a new milestone in the journey of the multi-sectoral movement which aims to uplift Filipino lives and help achieve Zero Hunger.

Kain Tayo Pilipinas Lead Kristine Go shared the value and relevance of education in addressing the country’s hunger and malnutrition issue.

The private sector, in collaboration with non-government organizations (NGOs) and government partners, launches Kain Tayo Pilipinas the flagship program of Pilipinas Kontra Gutom which invites everyone including the public to help feed more Filipino children and equip families with nutrition information to help alleviate malnutrition especially amongst children 5 years and below.

National Nutrition Council Executive Director, Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang further stressed how learning plays a vital role  in uplifting millions of Filipinos from hunger.  

Malnutrition could cause irreversible damages which can affect them for the rest of their lives. One in three Filipino children experience undernourishment, and more children are at risk due to the impact of the pandemic. The initiative aims to complement feeding initiatives with education on nutrition.

Partners from NGOs, private companies, digital and media organizations join together for Kain Tayo Pilipinas to help feed and equip Filipino families with nutrition education. In photo: KAIN TAYO PILIPINAS Corporate Sponsors (L-R) Ginggay Hontiveros of Aboitiz, Carlo Endaya of Century Tuna, Judith Tubil of Foodpanda, Grace Vera-Cruz of Grab, Raghu Krishnan of Johnson and Johnson, Keila Garcia of Lazada, Margot Torres of McDonald’s, Arlene Tan Bantoto of Nestle, Cris Tagle of Paymaya, Jie Combalicer of Standard Insurance, Kristine Go of Unilever, and Laurent Levan of Universal Robina Corporation

The initiative is a collaboration of NGOS: ABS-CBN Foundation, GMA Kapuso Foundation, Kabisig ng Kalahi, Kusina ng Kalinga, Project Pearls, Rise Against Hunger, World Food Programme Philippines and Philippine Business for Social Progress; private sector companies: Aboitiz, Century Tuna, foodpanda, Grab, Johnson and Johnson, Lazada, McDonald’s, Nestle, PayMaya, SUN Business Network, Unilever, Universal Robina Corporation; media and digital partners: ABS-CBN, Academ-E, Facebook, GCash and GMA and communications and production partners: Publicis Groupe Philippines, Slingshot Manila, Film Pabrika and Greenbulb Communications

Partners from NGOs, private companies, digital and media organizations join together for Kain Tayo Pilipinas to help feed and equip Filipino families with nutrition education. In photo: KAIN TAYO PILIPINAS NGO Partners (L-R) Vicky Wieneke of Kabisig ng Kalahi, Mark Cruz of Kusina ng Kalinga, and Elvin Uy of Philippine Business for Social Progress

The three-fold approach of feeding, education and collaboration guides the movement in being able to holistically address the issue of hunger and malnutrition in the country. The feeding programs of the various organizations will be complemented by an education program to ensure that families are equipped to sustainably provide nutritious meals for everyone in the household. An analytics map will be utilized during the rollout to maintain zero overlap in the efforts of all participating partners of the movement. Another aspect is the call for the public’s participation to help reach more Filipino communities nationwide.

“It is very Filipino to use “Kain Tayo” as a greeting, and it is more often pleasantry rather than a real invitation to eat. We wanted to give a deeper meaning to this phrase, and it is our hope that by coming together and rallying all to help, we will be able to say “Kain Tayo” to millions of our hungry countrymen.” ~Ken Lingan, Publicis Groupe Philippines CEO

Partners from NGOs, private companies, digital and media organizations join together for Kain Tayo Pilipinas to help feed and equip Filipino families with nutrition education. In photo: KAIN TAYO PILIPINAS Media and Digital Partners (L-R) Mabelle del Mundo of ABS-CBN, Carlo Aguas of GCash, Gillian Largoon of GMA, and John Rubio of Facebook Philippines

  • Educating parents for sustained impact
Aside from providing meals, the initiative also covers teaching sessions and distribution of educational materials on breastfeeding, maternal and child supplementation, dietary diversity, low-cost fortified food, and sanitation to arm parents with knowledge they can apply everyday.

Partners from NGOs, private companies, digital and media organizations join together for Kain Tayo Pilipinas to help feed and equip Filipino families with nutrition education. In photo: KAIN TAYO PILIPINAS Workstream 2 Members (L-R)  From Unilever: Kristine Go, Brian Chanyungco, Meyrick Principe, and Jerika Vilan; Crismer Tiria of Johnson and Johnson, Jie Combalicer of Standard Insurance, Rommel Gonzales of Philippine Business for Social Progress, Ken Lingan of Publicis Groupe Philippines, and Margot Torres of McDonald’s

These educational efforts are aligned with the ongoing community and national nutrition programs developed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Health’s National Nutrition Council (NNC) and Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). Kain Tayo Pilipinas will produce NNC and FNRI-approved materials such as a Mother’s Book for self-care and proper dietary planning in the child’s first 1,000 days as well as educational videos to complement the discussions on-site.

“We are grateful for the unwavering commitment of the private sector to join the zero hunger movement. The Kain Tayo Pilipinas program will go a long way in addressing the hunger and malnutrition problems especially among mothers and children who are 5 years and below.” ~Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Task Force Zero Hunger (TZFH) Chairman

  • Call for Public Participation

Any individual can donate as low as P25 to help bring meals and educate more Filipinos.

The launch was graced by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles who chairs Task Force Zero Hunger, National Nutrition Council Executive Director Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, Private Sector Lead of Pilipinas Kontra Gutom Margot Torres, Kain Tayo Pilipinas Lead Kristine Go, and Mark Lawrence Cruz of Gawad Kalinga. Other guests included representatives from Aboitiz, ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Foundation, Century Tuna, Facebook, foodpanda, GMA Kapuso Foundation, Grab, Johnson and Johnson, Kabisig ng Kalahi, Kusina ng Kalinga, Lazada, McDonald’s, Nestle, PayMaya, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Project Pearls, Rise Against Hunger, SUN Business Network, Unilever, Universal Robina Corporation (URC), World Food Programme Philippines.

If you are a company or organization that wishes to contribute to eradicating hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines, contact us at