Friday, August 31, 2018

MoneyGram and GCash Mobile Wallet Partnership in the Philippines

“With the growing number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) looking for a reliable way to send money back home, the collaboration with GCash aligns with our strategy to provide user-friendly, rapid-response and low-cost channels to send money across borders. The expansion of digital channels combined with a strong network of agent locations enables MoneyGram to offer a differentiated customer experience that allows consumers to transact with us their way.” ~Alex Holmes, MoneyGram’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The collaboration of new technologies and amid money transfers convenient and best expensive this has been in response to the customers need for compelling only chance services that would allow us to transact anyway and anywhere they want. Now brands like GCash and also MoneyGram are enhancing the compliance processes and systems to provide the customers with the best experience and the highest standard for the MoneyGram and GCash. Now there's a lot of compliance processes now that allow security to the customers both the recipient and senders so that's an amazing great news. And in the Philippines OFW and their families have a lot to celebrate as the largest partner of MoneyGrams customer group they have just been offered additional services a new direct send via GCash app recipients now will be able to receive money directly out heir mobile wallet and use funds immediately.

After the successful launch of direct receive service, MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) and GCash announced today that customers worldwide can now also send money to over 10 million GCash mobile wallets in the Philippines, 24/7. This partnership supports further growth of MoneyGram’s digital channels in the world’s third-largest remittances receive market.

Funds can be sent via MoneyGram online or at any one of MoneyGram’s thousands of locations in 200 countries and territories around the world to reach a GCash mobile wallet in minutes. Money will be deposited into the mobile wallet in the Philippine Peso. The receiver will get an SMS notification of every incoming money transfer and will be able to use funds instantly for purchasing goods and services online or paying bills.

“We are delighted to partner with MoneyGram once more to improve the way remittances are processed in the Philippines. GCash is committed to making the experience of sending money more convenient for both the sender and receiver. The OFWs and their families are a big segment of the remittance business as well as a key contributor to the country’s economy. We need to do more for them and we think this partnership with MoneyGram leads us in that direction.” ~Anthony Thomas, President, and CEO of Mynt, the operator of GCash

The launch of the new service was followed by a presentation of an OFW Family Card which allows customers to withdraw their money for free twice a month at any BancNet ATM in the Philippines. The OFW Family Card will be awarded to each registered and verified GCash user who receives a minimum of PHP 500.00 via MoneyGram between September 15 and December 30.

For more information about the service, please visit

About MoneyGram International
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at

About GCash
GCash is an internationally-acclaimed micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer. GCash can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, shop online, and even purchase goods without the need to bring any cash. For more information, please visit

About Mynt
Mynt is a partnership between Globe Telecom, the Ayala Corporation, and Ant Financial, that provides innovative and first-in-world fintech solutions to consumers, merchants, and organizations. Its vision is to enable financial access for consumers and merchants by disrupting traditional channels through digital financial technology services. It operates two fintech companies: GCash, a micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer, and Fuse, a tech-based lending company that enables Filipinos to get microloans to business loans without the traditional requirements set by banks and other lending institutions. For more information, visit

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day The Biggest Annual Shopping Event in Southeast Asia and Taiwan!

“Shopee has grown tremendously in the past year. We now boast around 160 million users across the region, including over 16 million in the Philippines. At the same time, the number of sellers on Shopee has more than doubled to over 500,000 in less than a year, showing how we are quickly becoming the online shopping destination of choice for both shoppers and sellers in the region. To thank all our users for their continued support, we extended this year’s Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day to feature almost two weeks of non-stop promotions across all product categories. We have also continued to strengthen our ties with leading brands and partners to bring our users even more exclusive deals and promotions on Shopee. We have packed Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day with a comprehensive suite of deals and promotions tailored to our users’ varying needs and preferences. With the strong support of our sellers, brands and partners, we are confident that shoppers will enjoy an unmatched online shopping experience at our largest annual regional shopping event. ~Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will be holding the year’s biggest mobile shopping sale on September 9, 2018. 9.9 Super Shopping Day will feature discounts of up to 90% off on thousands of products, with everyday deals and flash sales. 

To ring in the upcoming shopping festivities, Shopee had a throw back kick-off party last August 29, 2018, for a taste for what’s in store on 9.9 Super Shopping Day. The party was also attended by Anne Curtis, Shopee’s very first PH brand ambassador. 

TVC Parody contest of Shopee and win PHP 100,000.00 cash and more!

In line with Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping day, Shopee will also be launching a nationwide Shopee Dance competition called Shopee Dance to Win with prizes including an Ace 50” TV and up to ₱100,000 in cash to be won. The dance is featured in Shopee’s second television commercial starring Shopee Philippines’ brand ambassador, Anne Curtis.

Take part in the nationwide Shopee Dance competition to win super giveaways

To qualify, users will need to post a video of themselves doing the Shopee Dance on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ShopeeDancePH. The competition will run from 31 August till the end of Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Winners will be announced on Shopee’s social media pages on 9 September.

  1. Post a video on your Facebook or Instagram account of you and your friends dancing the Shopee Dance with the ff. hashtags: #ShopeePH99 #ShopeeDancePH
  2. The most energetic, creative and unique interpretation will be one of the lucky winners!
  • Grand Prize: P100K cash (1 winner)
  • Second Prize: 1 Ace 50 inch TV (1 winner)
  • Consolation Prize: P20k cash (5 winners)
  1. Participants may submit their entry any time between August 30, 2018, to September 9, 2018, 11:59 PM
  2. Participants must do all the steps indicated in the "How to Join" section
  3. There will be 1 (one) winner of 100k cash, 1 (one) winner of an Ace 50 inch TV and 5 (five) winners of 20k cash each.
  4. The winners will be chosen solely at Shopee's discretion from among the combined entries on Facebook and Instagram
  5. The winners will be contacted by the Shopee team via social media
The fun starts early as all kinds of exclusive promotions and deals will be happening every day leading up to 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day. Prior to September 9, shoppers should keep an eye out for daily flash sales, unlock sales, and voucher giveaways.

Starting 30 August, users can participate in an 11-day shopping marathon, featuring different back-to-back themed days every 24 hours in the lead up to the peak of Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day on 9 September. Users can also look forward to free shipping with lowered minimum spend every day during this period. Key highlights include Super Flash Sale Day on August 30 featuring flash deals as low as ₱99 happening nine times over the course of the day; and Super Vouchers Day on 3 September with a total of over ₱900,000 worth of vouchers to be redeemed.

On 5 September, Shopee will also be teaming up with hundreds of leading brands including giants P&G, Maybelline, Samsung, Colgate - Palmolive, Oppo, Asus, and more to launch the first-ever Super Brand Festival, comprising the largest collection of deals from major brands on Shopee Mall. Users will get first-hand access to thousands of products sold by their favorite brands across all product categories including Electronics, Mobile and Gadgets, and Health and Beauty.

Shopee Shake, the highly popular in-app game that has since clocked over 70 million plays by users across the region, is making a comeback, this time with a new group mode where users can invite others to play at the same time to earn bonus coins, and a supersized coins pool of over 9 million Shopee Coins up for grabs. On Super Shopee Shake Day and Super Shopping Day on 8 and 9 September respectively, users can play up to 18 times in 48 hours for a chance to win Shopee coins, vouchers and prizes.

This year’s Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day is supported by more than 60 partners, including Grab, Cebu Pacific, BPI, SM Advantage, ABS-CBN Publishing, and ABS-CBN Store. Joining Shopee in its biggest sale of the year, Grab will be giving ₱9,000 worth of Grab rides each to 99 Shopee users; while Cebu Pacific will be giving round trip tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, and Siem Reap.

Shop the biggest sale of the year, Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Visit from August 30 to September 9.

For more information on Shopee Dance competition, check out Shopee’s Facebook page at Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Look out for super deals in
fashion, food, travel, lifestyle, fitness and more!
Exclusively on September 9, 2018.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored to the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion, and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015 and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce, and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

6th Global Youth Summit a celebration of youth leadership!

Global Youth Summit (GYS) is a 1-day celebration of youth leadership that aims to engage and inspire the world’s future experts. GYS is a space for young people to share their ideas and utilize their diverse skill-sets, knowledge, and networks to effectively address persistent problems of today it is co-organized by Global Peace Foundation and SM Cares, and supported by Commission on Higher Education, and National Youth Commission.

The 2018 summit was held at the Mall of Asia Arena last August 25, 2018, with 15,000 young leaders from the Philippines and abroad in attendance. Global Youth Summit (GYS), the largest gathering of youth In the Philippines, is a space for young people to share their ideas and utilize their diverse skill—sets, knowledge, and networks to effectively address persistent problems of today.

Mr. Royston Cabunag, Program Director, SM Cares

Networking is an important part of the preparatory stage. The online preparatory stage helps the representatives to be ready for the Global Youth Summit 2018, to shape the outcome.

Mr. Jinsoo Kim, Regional Representative GPF Asia Pacific

Sustainable Development Goals and the Youth

Mr. Titon MItra, United Nations Development Programme Country Director

Through the policy recommendations, Global Youth Summit 2018 aims to promote youth's engagement in contributing to the 2030 Agenda through innovative ideas that can provide long-term solutions to real-life problems and challenges in the last Century. 

The GYS 2018 Pre-event begins with the online preparatory stage. Good Health and Well Being (65.3%) GYS is also convening selected youth leaders who will create policy recommendations that will address these five issues and youth entrepreneurship.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Launch of AZpire Growth Prime made for the rising millennials, Allianz PNB Life's newest product Innovation!

Allianz Life Generations Ahead Study finds parents’ bad experiences also impact millennials’ financial behaviors

Do you label yourself as a "Millennial" if so you might be one of those who are aggressive, independent, ambitious and career seeker of this generation? In my days well not so old, we take everything as step by step or a ladderway in achieving our dreams we always make sure that everything is taken good care of in perfect time. But in today's generation as far as my observation is a concern along with having millennial sisters I find them very aggressive in terms of doing what they want to do without even analyzing everything though they think in advance. They are career oriented minded and to my surprise financially interested at an early age but the question is are they on the right track? Allianz Life Generations Ahead Study finds parents’ bad experiences also impact millennials’ financial behaviors. Millennials are often labeled as being financially irresponsible, spending too much on frivolous things or experiences, but they are actually positioning themselves to be in better financial shape than other generations, according to the Generations Ahead Study from Allianz. The study found that 77% of millennials feel financially confident (compared to only 64% of Gen Xers).

Further supporting this financial progress, 41% of millennials reported they always set aside money each month for saving (compared to only 36% of Gen Xers) and 58% believe saving for retirement is a basic necessity, like food or housing. Many millennials (71%) also use “tricks” to make saving money easier. For example, the majority of them use several different accounts to automatically save their money for specific purposes (one for everyday expenses, one for a particular loan, one for a special trip, etc.).

Social media dangers
As their financial strength builds, however, social media has become the millennials’ financial Achilles’ heel. More than half (55%) reported experiencing a fear of missing out (FOMO) and 57% spent money they hadn’t planned to because of what they saw on their social media feeds. The vast majority (88%) of millennial respondents also believe social media creates more of a tendency to compare one’s wealth/lifestyle with others (versus 71% of Gen Xers and 54% of boomers). Sixty-one percent feel inadequate about their own life and what they have because of social media. And perhaps due to this FOMO, half also claim they spend more money going out than they do on rent or mortgage.

Learning from the past, seeking help for the future
Recent financial traumas witnessed by millennials have also had a profound effect. Nearly a quarter (24%) of millennials saw their parents suffer a major financial setback during the recession of 2008-2009 and possibly because of this, 57% said they are unlikely to ever invest in the stock market. Additionally, 65% are uncomfortable with too much debt because they saw their parents struggle with it.

The study also found that this generation is the most open to getting help. While the vast majority of millennials (70%) use online apps or tools to help them manage their money, human support is still very valuable to them. In fact, 40% of millennials said they have a financial professional and work closely with them (compared to only 25% of Gen Xers). They also prefer to communicate in person with a financial professional (42% ranked it as their first choice with phone communication coming in second at 19%). Many millennials believe having a financial professional would give them some relief from the pressure of trying to plan for their family’s future, as 70% are overwhelmed by the thought of how they could provide for themselves and their family in the long term.

AZpire Growth Prime Made for the
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Complete Your Health Routine with Cetaphil #MyCetaphilSkin

Complete Your Health Routine with Cetaphil |What This Year's Cetaphil 7 Days are all about Cetaphil. 

Cetaphil marks the first day of its anticipated event celebrating healthy and beautiful #MyCetaphilSkin

Don’t miss out on these promos:
  • Get a free sling bag when you buy Php 1,000.00 worth of Cetaphil products.
  • Get a free pouch when you buy 1 Cetaphil PRO wash and 1 PRO Moisturizer.
  • Get a free swaddle when you buy Php 700.00 worth of Cetaphil Baby Products.
  • Save with 2+1 Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser!
A good reason to visit SM Makati this whole week! Get promos and discounts on Cetaphil Philippines products, and learn some skin care tips! 

Cetaphil 7 Days runs until August 26, 2018, in SM Makati and highlights the three prongs of holistic health. Aside from the hottest discounts and promos for all Cetaphil products, skincare discussions and activities take place from 3:00 PM 4:00 PM with a different topic for each day. 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Day 1:
  • Complete Your Health Routine with #MyCetaphilSkin share their thoughts on regular exercise, a healthy diet, and a skincare routine with Cetaphil. They also gave tips on having healthy skin to match your healthy body. 
With Ms. Joy Mendoza

Guest influencers Nikki Tiu and Rowena Lei

Mindful Breathing Practice with Ms. Dinah Salonga of Yoga+

Diet Diva with Ms. Kakki Teodoro

Dr. Teresita Gabriel
"Challenges are what makes life interesting overcoming them is what makes life meaningful"

All this time I was looking for ways to manage my oily and sometimes dry skin only to find out I was doin' the wrong thing when it comes to my beauty routine. Removing the oil in our skin is not a good habit, I learned from Ms. Wendy that using a facial wash that tightens your skin isn't doing good at all for your skin when I thought it was good all along. I also learned from Ms. Joy that having a good relationship with your husband makes you a better parents in taking good care of your children if you both start with yourselves helping in nourishing and making sure the family is healthy in every aspect. Being honest in every review makes one good beauty blogger from Ms. Nikki Tiu who believes in a No Filter when it comes to emphasizing a certain beauty makeup. It is a practice to do mental yoga in just a few minutes sometimes because it makes you do certain movements if you breathe properly and accordingly an advice by Ms. Dinah Salonga of Yoga+. A healthy Yogurt Granola Parfait from Diet Diva Ms. Kakki Teodoro is a healthy meal that anyone one can do at home if you have extra left over such as fruits, nuts, raisins, etc you can simply create something so healthy that whenever you feel hungry you can just make one for yourself. Always remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body, and taking care of it requires the right nutrients, the right vitamins as well as the right food and exercise. 

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