Sunday, July 31, 2022

UBX partners with WomenBizPH, SeedIn to boost women-led enterprises in PH


UBX, the leading open finance platform in the Philippines, cemented its role in empowering women in business by signing a groundbreaking partnership agreement with Women’s Business Council Philippines (WomenBizPH), the leading voice of women in Commerce, and mobile financing powerhouse SeedIn.

Under the memorandum of agreement, the three groups will collaborate to build a Women-to-Women (W2W) Investment and Lending Portfolio, a basket of financial assets that will help empower Filipino women to become successful entrepreneurs. The W2W Investment and Lending Portfolio will provide beneficiaries with financial tools such as investment products and credit lines to empower them in their journey to become entrepreneurs.

Women in SME businesses will have the opportunity to borrow using AI credit scoring fintech platforms starting with Seedin Philippines Inc. Qualified borrowers can be chosen by women investors. The network of top women business leaders and entrepreneurs of WomenbizPH will have priority to choose and act as investors for their chosen portfolio.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Viva Films releases controversial film "Maid in Malacañang" by director Daryll Yap


Cesar Montano and Ruffa Guttierez play former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and its first lady, Imelda Marcos respectively.

Before I get bashed here (just in case I'd get any), let me just say that I was just doing my job. The grand media press conference for the latest Viva Film entitled "Maid in Malacañang" was held at the Maynila Ballroom of the hotel I am working at. So it was normal that I had to cover the said starstudded press conference attended by the celebrity cast themselves along with invited media and online entertainment sites. This is not the first time I had encountered Sen. Imee Marcos. Back in 2018, I had the privilege of meeting her in Ilocos where I was able to write about the Palace Guard Brotherhood Association. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Mang Inasal and Selecta join forces to share ‘HapPinas’


The country's "Ihaw-Sarap"  expert, Mang Inasal partners with Selecta Philippines in

celebration of "Mang Inasal HapPinas Treat" days this July 29 to 31.
As part of Selecta's ongoing #ShareHapPinas campaign, Mang Inasal customers nationwide
will get a FREE one scoop of Ube Ice Cream for every purchase Mang Inasal Extra Creamy
Halo-Halo. This offer is available for dine-in and takeout across all Mang Inasal branches

Monday, July 18, 2022

Home Credit names Moira dela Torre as the official ambassador for Para sa Life campaign


Home Credit Philippines (HCPH), the country’s leading consumer finance company, introduced singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre as the brand’s ambassador for its “Para sa Life” campaign that aims to share a message of hope for a better
life for Filipinos. 

Moira, the most-streamed Filipina artist for bigness, performed the theme song “Para Sa Life” of Home Credit campaign video. 

“I loved it. It was so special to me,” Moira said, pertaining to the song.  “I’m glad that Home
Credit gives me the opportunity to be their ambassador so I can give voice to that wonderful
song to inspire more Filipinos,” she added.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

UnionBank discusses how Open Banking will drive the digital economy


Open banking and open finance are two models that are now slowly taking over the financial sector, with the promise of revolutionizing banking and financial services like never before and acting as a  "catalyst for the new wave in financial innovation."

This was the main point of discussion during the 14th edition of Union Bank of the Philippines
(UnionBank) virtual roundtable series E-TalkTales, which took place last June 28 via Zoom. The event was led by UnionBank's Fintech Business Group Head Erika Dizon as its main speaker.

In her presentation, Dizon explained that while open banking and open finance may differ slightly from each other—the former promotes data sharing on banking services, while the latter promotes data and capability sharing across the financial sector—the goal is the same, which is the creation of an open ecosystem.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Xiaomi × Leica Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology

 Xiaomi officially unveiled the new Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica”. This outstanding imaging product series is the first culmination of the Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology between Xiaomi and Leica. The entire series features different imaging systems jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, containing Leica Summicron lenses, and supports Leica imaging profiles, all of which aim to empower individual creators to express their creativity, while retaining the authentic style of Leica imagery.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Mang Inasal celebrates July as “Ihaw-Sarap Month” with meals for only P99


Mang Inasal, declares July as “Ihaw-Sarap Month” with back-to-back treats for its customers starting off with a brand new offering beginning July 1 – the “Ihaw-Sarap Savers.”

"The world celebrates July as International Grilling Month, Mang Inasal brings this global festivity closer to the hearts of the Filipino families by serving them their char-grilled favorites and more,” said Mang Inasal’s business unit head, Mike V. Castro. “And to make our Ihaw-Sarap Month extra special, we are kicking it off with the ‘Ihaw-Sarap Savers’ that aim to delight our customers with complete meals that are filling and satisfying, yet also fit their budget.”

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Save Philippine Seas, Coca-Cola Philippines team up again to support community-based solutions on plastic waste


Reimagine Recycling, an annual program that aims to scale plastic waste solutions and promote a circular economy, is calling on individuals and groups that currently implement community-based plastic waste solution programs to submit proposals that it can support with up to PhP 500,000 grant funding. The deadline for submission of entries is on July 15, 2022.

Now in its fourth year, Reimagine Recycling is a project of Save Philippine Seas and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines that aims to help those with existing projects on preventing waste leakage in rivers and seas, mainstreaming gender sensitivity in waste management and improving the welfare of informal waste sector expand their projects through capacity building workshops on stakeholder management, communications, and business models, mentoring and financial grant funding.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

SM Cares and DENR-NCR celebrate World Oceans Day with special plastic waste collection program


In observance of World Oceans Day, SM Cares held a special version of its Plastic Waste Collection Program in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) to underscore the importance of adopting sustainable habits such as reducing plastic consumption and planting trees.

Conducted simultaneously in the following SM malls: Megamall, Mall of Asia, North EDSA, Fairview, Southmall, East Ortigas, Marikina, and Marilao, the activity supported DENR-NCR& Community PanTREE, a program that was launched in 2021 with the aim of providing free fruit-bearing seedlings to encourage urban and backyard gardening.

Participants who brought at least 1 kg of plastic waste each got a free seedling from the Community PanTREE. More than 700 kg of plastic was collected through the activity and has distributed 700 pcs of seedlings across the 8 collection venues.

“The goal of this activity is to help divert plastic waste from ending up in landfills and bodies of water while also giving the participants the opportunity to grow their own trees,” said Director of SM Cares &  Program on Environment Engr. Liza Silerio.

SM’s Plastic Waste Collection program has gathered over 16,000 kg of plastic for re-processing since it began in 2021. Currently available in 12 SM malls, it is just one of SM Cares' numerous sustainability projects. The pioneering Trash to Cash recycling market and the E-Waste Collection Programs round up the initiatives on solid waste management. Other projects include the annual Green Film Festival, which promotes environmental awareness; the AweSMSeas project in partnership with the USAID and PRRCI, which promotes responsible plastic waste management; and the International Coastal Cleanup which gathers thousands of volunteers every year, among others.

Through these efforts, SM Cares supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),particularly "SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation," "SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities," & "SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production,"& "SDG 13: Climate Action," "SDG 14: Life Below Water." & "SDG 15: Life on Land".
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