Thursday, May 30, 2019

New American drama series "THE INBETWEEN"


PARANORMAL MEETS CRIME IN BLUE ANT ENTERTAINMENT’S NEWEST THRILLER - Premiering May 31 at 10:35PM express from the U.S

In the upcoming crime series, The InBetween, the unhappy dead provide clues to help unravel the mystery of their demise and even help solve the most challenging cases through supernatural means.

Justice can be painfully slow in a cold-case murder, but what if the victim can reach out from beyond the grave? 

Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer) was born with a rare gift—or curse—that allows her to see ghastly visions and communicate with the dead. With her “sixth sense,” she often contends with restless spirits seeking help in resolving their untimely deaths.

The dead aren’t the only ones that appear at her door for assistance, however. Detective Tom Hacket (Paul Blackthorne), and his new partner, former FBI Agent Justin Cornwell (Damien Asante), race against time to solve some of Seattle’s worst felonies. And when the tracks run cold, the two sleuths turn to Cassie. Will she hesitate to use her abilities, or will she risk her own sanity to crack the city’s darkest cases?


Former FBI Agent Justin Cornwell, played by Damien Asante, joins Detective Hacket in tracking the clues behind seemingly unsolvable cases.


Paul Blackthorne as Detective Tom Hacket will do whatever it takes to crack Seattle’s most bizarre cases before the tracks run cold.



Catch The InBetween every Friday, 10:35PM, starting May 31, express from the U.S., on Blue Ant Entertainment, available on SKYcable channels 53 (SD) and 196 (HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Cignal channel 120, and Cablelink channel 37.

Bringing the series closer to viewers, Blue Ant Entertainment has partnered with Breakout Philippines for a puzzle game that will run from May 30 to June 19, 2019, at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Unlock the secrets of Missing: An Escape Room Based on the TV Show The InBetween in a one-of-a-kind suspense that will let the most daring teams experience the show’s paranormal, crime-solving thrills in the flesh. The first 100 participants to break out within the time limit will take home a special prize from Blue Ant Entertainment.

For more thrilling updates, follow Blue Ant Entertainment on Instagram @BlueAntEntertainment, @BlueAntEnt on Twitter, and at www.facebook.com/BlueAntEntertainment/ on Facebook.


Blue Ant Entertainment
Blue Ant Entertainment is a general entertainment channel with the best mix of reality, drama, comedy, and daily programmes. Featuring hit series and late-night television, airing day-and-date with the U.S. and U.K. markets, including: competition series The X Factor UK; dailies Entertainment Tonight, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The channel also ‘LIVE’ broadcasts some biggest award shows in the world, including The Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music












Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale and unveil Sarah Geronimo as new brand ambassador

Filipinos can stay tuned for Shopee and Sarah Geronimo’s first television commercial airing on June 1

MANILA, 31 MAY, 2019 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo as their new brand ambassador in time for the Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale, happening from June 3 to July 7. On June 1, Filipinos can stay tuned for the first-ever television commercial of Shopee with Sarah Geronimo.

Happening from June 3 to July 7, the Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale promises five weeks of unbeatable deals with up to 90% off from leading brands including P&G Hair, Huawei, Colourette, Colgate, Silverworks, Maybelline, Unilever Personal Care, Watsons, and Olay. Users can enjoy free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend on selected brands or categories daily as well as one million Lowest Price Deals, daily 100% cashback vouchers, and ₱1 Deals.

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “We are very happy with how Shopee performed in 2019 and to ramp up our efforts, we are following this up with a big campaign featuring our new brand ambassador, Sarah Geronimo. We believe that Sarah’s approachable and bubbly personality is a perfect representation of the Shopee brand and we are thrilled to have her become part of the family. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale.”

Bigger and better surprises in store for users


Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale will feature 35 days of themed promotions happening from June 3 to July 7. Key highlights include:
  • Category days such as TV, Audio, & Gaming Sale on June 28, Mobile Sale on June 30, and Korean Skincare Sale on July 4.
  • Mechanic days including:
    • Vouchers Sale on June 3, featuring seller, category, and sitewide vouchers up for grabs
    • Free Shipping Sale on June 4, featuring free shipping with ₱0 min spend across the platform
    • Flash Sale on June 12, with an upsized Flash session happening 10 times across 24 hours.
  • Super Brand Days from June 17 to June 21 featuring leading brands across categories including Huawei, Maybelline, Hanford, Unilever Homecare, and Unilever Personal Care.
  • Exclusive deals from partners including BDO, Cebu Pacific, and the official store launch of iWant.


For more information on the Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale, please visit https://shopee.ph/m/double-double.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.
Visit https://shopee.ph for more information.


About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for 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.





Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Biggest Drone Competition in the Philippines Now on its Third Year


Dubbed as Game of Drones, the country’s biggest drone competition returns after its success for two consecutive years, this year for the third flight which took off on May 25, 2019 in Industria at the Circulo Verde. 


Drones have become phenomenal this day because of its great functionality, even the appearance has been evolving and conceptualizes to the point it can be used for entertainment like this Drone Competition. It's a fun experience also to learn how to drive a drone which is my first time to hold and maneuver it the sky. By the way, we use the professional drone that is very easy to operate that even a small child can do. You can compare it to RC toys with a similar game controller. 



You will be amazed also with the gallery of photos taken in some of the beautiful spots in the Philippines using their drone.



The contest covered three categories – Time Trial, and the Rotocross finals, all of which allowed participants to battle in various contests for supremacy of the skies.

Time Trial is a spec/open class category, where individual competitors raced to fly their drone across the 300-meter track for one lap with up to four pilots per race. With up to four pilots per race, the winner Gabriel Villaver, flew his drone within the shortest time took home a cash prize of P30,000. Runners-up were Jerico Taleon and August Gatchalian Jr.


Rotocross is a spec class game. For this, participants were again grouped into batches of four for the elimination round. They flew their drones through a marked course, and the racers who finished first per batch moved up the ladder of eliminations. For the third year in a row, champion Jerico Taleon received a P20,000, a trophy, and a LowePro bag. Runners-up were Gabriel Villaver and August Gatchalian Jr.

Lastly, a Drone Photography also took place as an opportunity for photography enthusiasts to take breathtaking aerial shots within the Circulo Verde vicinity. This gave them the freedom to unleash their creativity using their drones. The top submitted entries were shown at the venue for judging, and the winner who took home P5,000 was Lawrence Samaco.


Game of Drones: 3rd Flight is one such event, which provided FPV (First-Person View) pilots and drone enthusiasts an opportunity to show off their flying skills without having to wander far from the city, thanks to Industria’s wide open spaces which is ideal for those who love to fly drones. 

Drone hobbyists, enthusiasts, novice racers, and those who just want a taste of some outdoor fun were present to experience and watch as the drones battled for supremacy of the skies.

Adventures, of course, should be complemented by other lifestyle pleasures and that’s why on ground, there was as much excitement as that in the skies. Tintin Babao, among many other celebrities, held the Celebrity Bazaar to be enjoyed by everyone. Food merchants were present to ensure that everyone was revved up for a whole day of fun.



Industria is located within Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Quezon City, an active lifestyle and entertainment destination that has become a haven for those who love one-of-a-kind adventures. It has an interesting mix of tenants composed of a neighborhood grocery, unique gastronomic concepts, a fitness center, weekend markets and envisioned to be a venue for street art shows, and music festivals.

For more information, check out the Game of Drones social media pages and Ortigas Malls website:

4th Regional Travel Fair pushes for domestic tourism

(L-R) DOT Region 10 director Marie Elaine Unchuan, TPB Domestic Department OIC Nerissa Juan, Philippine Airlines Luzon Station area head Christopher Lebumfacil, TPB Corporate Affairs Sector acting deputy chief operating officer Joselito Gregorio, Cebu Pacific sales director Agnes Gupalor, and TPB Domestic Promotions – Sales Division OIC Cesar Villanueva.


Spearheaded by the revitalized Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the 4th Regional Travel Fair in Clark, Pampanga recently concluded with a wide range of activities such as business-to-business sessions, a two-day business-to-consumer exhibit, forums and pre-event tours to further increase nationwide domestic tourist arrivals while promoting sustainable tourism in private-public initiatives and programs. The four-day travel fair highlighted two main events: business-to-consumer exposition attended by hundreds of travel enthusiasts, and participated in by the biggest tour operators and local tourism officers in the country to market their special travel deals and promos; and the business-to-business travel exchange that enabled participating buyers and sellers to network and discuss investment opportunities to generate leads and sales. Present during the opening ceremony were 

Traveloka Honors Manila Hotels at the Recent Metro Manila Partners Event

From Left to Right) Miguel Capistrano III, Country Market Manager of Traveloka Philippines; Issa Delos Ama, Director of Revenue Management and Marketing of Go Hotels Ermita, Janice Tiambeng, Director of Sales and Marketing of Discovery Suites Manila Philippines, Julie Ann De Vera, Sales Manager of Lub D Philippines Makati; Joy De Castro, Hotel Manager of Casa Bocobo Hotel; RT Paler, Reservations Officer of I’M Hotel Makati; and Jojo Naag - Property Manager of Skyloft Hotel



Traveloka Philippines recently gave out the first Traveloka Philippines Hotel Awards 2019 to recognize the efforts of its hotel partners in helping the online platform's continuous success in the country.

This year's gathering at the Diamond Hotel, Traveloka handed out four awards that acknowledged their contribution to the company’s growth in the Philippines in the previous year.
Currently, Traveloka has an inventory of over 4,300 hotel partners in the country, which can be accessed through web or mobile app.

Here are the awards and the respective winners and nominees:

Best Rookie
This award recognizes the new partner hotels of Traveloka Philippines that shows high potential in terms of production performance.

Nominees:
1. Mella Hotel
2. U Hotels Makati
3. Skyloft Hotel
Winner: Skyloft Hotel

Best Content
Quality content of a hotel page helps in good conversion of bookings. The recipient of this award has consistently ensured that the photos of the property highlights the experience that awaits each guest—from the hotel rooms to the various amenities. The winner of the award has also been consistent in providing updated data that would help guests decide on their bookings and further appreciation of the property.

Nominees:
1. Hotel H2O
2. Diamond Hotel Philippines
3. Discovery Suites Manila Philippines
Winner: Discovery Suites Manila Philippines

Best Reviews
Hotel guest review scores can greatly influence a guest's decision to book a hotel as these reviews are from actual Traveloka guests and are about their stay experience. A good average score of 8.50 and up, together with an average of 40 reviews, often brings higher conversion.

The award recognizes three hotels that have received great feedback from their guests. Each of the three winners were selected from their respective categories.

Hostels and Backpacker Accommodations
Nominees:
1. Makati Riverside Inn
2. Sulit Dormitel
3. Lub d Philippines Makati
Winner: Lub d Philippines Makati

Hotels and Serviced Apartments
Nominees:
1. City Garden Hotel Makati
2. Jinjiang Inn Ortigas
3. Casa Bocobo Hotel
Winner: Casa Bocobo Hotel

Luxury Hotels
Nominees:
1. Vivere Hotel
2. The Manila Hotel
3. I'M Hotel
Winner: I'M Hotel

Most Engaged
This award recognizes the most cooperative hotel partner of Traveloka who finds time to consistently provide updates and plans on how to further grow the business—primarily by ensuring room availability and competitive price points. Together with Traveloka, the hotel partner develops and implements suggested rate plan discounts and participates in scheduled promotional campaigns to boost demand.

Nominees:
1. Siglo Suites @ The Azure Urban Resort Residences
2. The Hotel at Green Sun
3. Go Hotels Ermita
Winner: Go Hotels Ermita

To entertain guests during the event, Traveloka hosted exciting games dubbed as "Games of Our Time." The fun-filled activity was composed of traditional Pinoy and other familiar games inspired by Family Feud and Guess the Logo, among others.

"For Traveloka, this awards ceremony is our own little way of acknowledging and appreciating strong and reliable partnerships we have developed through the years. Let's all continue to work together to provide each guest and traveler the best hotel experience," said Miguel Capistrano III, Traveloka's Country Market Manager, during a speech.

Traveloka is present in eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region, namely the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, and Australia. Customers in the Philippines can conveniently book Flights, Hotels, Flight + Hotel Packages, and Xperience (attractions and activities) via Traveloka's website and app. More products and services will be made available soon.

Get the best deals and book your hotels with Traveloka!


Monday, May 27, 2019

Gcash For Good Launching

GCash launches CSR arm GCash for Good forges partnership with NGOS to make it easier for them to receive donations made via the GCash app.


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, May 24, 2019 - GCash, operated by Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), today introduces GCash for Good, its corporate social responsibility arm, to further develop the GCash app into a more socially relevant and sustainable platform that will help address issues across different levels of society.

Great news for everyone with the kind heart that is willing to extend their hands to reach those who are in needs but don't have time to participate or involve themselves in action due to a different situation like having work, studying, or no time at all because of a busy life. With the help of technology and innovations, Gcash for Good came out to make our charitable acts made possible even without our physical presence. You can now send your donations to your chosen institutions conveniently at the click of your hands using your smartphones.


Cash for Good users can use the GCash app to donate to various groups to create an impact on society. This allows GCash to be a more inclusive and open platform that will help create better opportunities for millions of Filipinos.

GCash is well-equipped to become a springboard for donations to non-government organizations (NGOS) that champion various advocacies, thanks to its scale and innovative digital platform.

"We have always strived to build a better financial ecosystem in the Philippines, and as a socially responsible corporate citizen, we want to leverage on our strength as a digital platform to help others create a better country moving forward," Mynt president Anthony Thomas said.

GCash for Good aims to create a community where doing good and giving back is open to all. Any amount will create huge opportunities for organizations that forward different issues. With GCash for Good, users will also have direct access to where their donations go. It showcases a more transparent and user-friendly interface for anyone to access.

Platform for generosity

GCash is mindful that people now prefer to donate online, as this removes the hassle of having to go through long queues and processes, and gives them more time to focus on their daily
lives.

According to a study by Global Trends in Giving, 54 percent of individuals prefer to donate online, while the total volume of donations made online grew by a strong 12.1 percent in 2017. Along with this, various research shows a growing trend in micro-donations and crowdfunding, with sites like Patreon and Kofi gaining massive support. According to Tech's Good, micro- donations range between $0.25 and $10. This kind of donations, albeit small at a time, can make a huge difference once added up.

With innovative mobile money technology like GCash, people who want to do good are now empowered with a more efficient experience.

Platform for volunteerism
Aside from this, GCash for Good aims to create a space for Mynt employees to practice their advocacies and become partners for the change that it envisions. "We want to be able to make a difference, and we recognize that doing good is not a one-man job. We believe that we should be working together for the better. With GCash for Good, we're making change accessible and easier for everyone," Thomas said.

Platform for the green agenda
For its initial launch, GCash for Good has partnered with Bantay Kalikasan, Haribon Foundation, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, and the Forest Foundation Philippines.

Through its e-money platform GCash, Mynt aims to develop financial sustainability mechanisms that would strengthen biodiversity conservation efforts for these partner organizations. It also plans to proactively join campaigns that call for a ban on waste imports, deforestation, and
waste incineration.

Together with these organizations, GCash is pushing for a greener Philippines, recognizing the huge impact that the environment has in the daily lives of Filipinos.

We have a shared vision of creating a lasting, long-term positive impact on the environment. With joined hands, we promise to be strong government partners in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations," Thomas said

GCash for Good is talking to other NGOS to push other pressing issues into the limelight with the hopes of generating more support for the fight for a better Philippines.

"Our purpose for creating GCash for Good lies in our ardent desire to encourage generosity among Filipinos. We want to create more opportunities to allow people to give to and give back to the communities," Thomas said.




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, 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 mynt.xyz

For the latest updates, visit GCash's social media pages:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Game of Drones 3rd Flight


A stratospheric high took over everyone as Game of Drones: 3rd Flight, the country’s biggest and only drone competition, will take off on May 25, 2019. 

High-flying teams will come together at Industria in Circulo Verde, the city’s active lifestyle destination that has become a haven for those who love one-of-a-kind adventures. Game of Drones: 3rd Flight is one such event, which will provide FPV (First-Person View) pilots and drone enthusiasts an opportunity to show off their flying skills without having to wander far from the city, thanks to Industria's wide open spaces which is ideal for those who love to fly drones.

On ground, there will be as much excitement as that in the skies. The Industria Celebrity Trunk Bazaa, led by Tintin Babao, will also be happening where you can find unique goods and treats for the summer.

Drone Photographers who would like to join the drone photography contest, this is your time to shoot. For more details feel free to check out mechanics and register for free through this link: http://bit.do/GameofDrones

Why multi-faceted mom Keri Zamora sparkles like MyDiamond

Keri Zamora with daughter Amanda

Undeniably, fashion is one of Keri’s serious passions and serves as another self-care outlet for her.She describes her personal style asclassic with a twist. “Matching the right accessories is essential too”, she says, “and that includes diamond jewelry from MyDiamond’s Signature Collection”.

For her, the must-have piece of jewelry for every woman is a pair of diamond stud earrings, “I think it’s the most classic and elegant go-to earring which you can wear every day at any occasion.”Keri also shares that one should choose jewelry that is attuned to one’s individuality.

And just like MyDiamond, multi-faceted Keri Zamora clearly sparkles in everything that she does, most especially as a mother. “Motherhood has taught me to be selfless and to be more patient. I may have a lot on my plate right now, but I know my priorities. And that is why I always put my children’s needs before mine.”

As we celebrate Mother’s day, Keri shares some practical advice for working moms on how to balance their time between career and family, while allowing breathing space to pursue personal hobbies and goals.

Raising four lovely kids in ages seventeen, fourteen, eight, and six, Keri makes sure she is involved in their various activities and interests –attending daughter Amanda’s fashion shows and son Rocco’s basketball games; waking up early for Noah’s soccer practices; and joining Nic in his golf lessons. 

The incredibly stylish Keri Zamora is the epitome of a modern mom: goal-oriented, multi-faceted, yet in every way caring, doting, and hands-on.

Keri’s other persona is that of an entrepreneur. Together with two other friends, she founded Style Trio, an online clothing business. “Having my good friends as partners in my business makes things easier. We divide our tasks so I can work from home and have more quality time with the family.” 

As if that weren’t enough, Keri is also a lifestyle blogger with her site Flats & Stilettos, which caters to young and passionate moms who, like her, are ‘”always out and about – be it for our family or for our own personal growth and interests.”

Keri wants to make it known to other moms that they need not give-up pursuing their own personal passions even as they raise a growing family. She also stresses the importance of ‘me time’—the chance to relax, unwind, and pamper one’s self.

In Keri’s case, she turns to gym sessions, online shopping, Netflix, and answering messages on her blog. “Allow yourself to relax, enjoy, and recharge—take that trip with your girlfriends, go to the spa, or gift yourself with something you’ve always wanted.”

This Mother’s Day, Toshiba pays homage to exceptional moms

Margarita Fores and Christine Jacob-Sandejas

This Mother’s Day, Toshiba appliances pay homage to two extraordinary moms, both an inspiration to many, who graced the launch of Toshiba’s latest line of state-of-the-art home appliances: Margarita Fores and Christine Jacob Sandejas. Fores, mother to son Amado, was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2016 and is the moving force behind Cibo, a modern Italian caffĂ© concept, and Cibo di Marghi Signature Caterer, her highly-successful catering arm. Meanwhile, Jacob, mother to five kids, is a former athlete and is co-anchor of the popular show New Day on CNN Philippines.

These outstanding moms prove that even with kids to raise, it is possible to wear many hats while giving their all in everything that they do. And with home appliances like Toshiba, each one imbued with the distinctive “takumi” spirit, life is made easier for busy moms with the ease and convenience they bring. Toshiba’s line of home appliances include the signature Washers and Dryers, Refrigerators, and top-loading water dispensers.

To deliver fastest internet speed in the Philippines Converge , ICT rolls out 400Gbps backbone


Converge ICT Solutions deploys its first 400Gbps backbone, a first in the Philippines, to further augment existing domestic network capacity. This rollout gives way to 400G per channel at 64 channels or the equivalent of 25.6 Terabps at full capacity.  This is in line with the company's thrust to deliver fast and high-quality service and connection.

The backbone ensures that links going to international gateways, data centers and Content Delivery Network (CDNs) will have very high capacity which are relevant to enterprise customers like business processing outsourcing companies. Given this, financial institutions are the first beneficiaries of the deployment of the 400Gbps backbone because they require high capacity connectivity or bandwidth to disaster recovery sites and internet service providers.

With its rollout, Converge ICT broadband customers will also enjoy faster connection without any data cap for very high bandwidth capacity and best quality experience. The removal of the routing function in transport layer also makes the connection simpler and more reliable. The rollout of the 400Gbs backbone is the highest capacity technology in the Philippine market.

"This network upgrade will allow us to continuously boost or enhance our domestic service delivery. In preparation for the exponential expansion that is currently being rolled out, this will be able to help us in keeping up with the growing demand of subscribers," said Converge ICT Chief Technology Officer Ronald Brusola.

In 2018, Converge ICT strengthened its strategic international Point-of-Presence (PoP) by adding Taiwan to its then-roster countries Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. In securing its own international PoP lines, Converge ICT aims to be one of the strongest network providers in the Philippines. 

"We offer a big capacity package that customers and enterprises want and need. There will be enough room to plan and avoid congestion in the network," Brusola said.

Converge ICT is a major telecommunication and cable television services provider and operates fiber-optic broadband networks, cable television, and cable internet in the country.

About Converge ICT Solutions
Converge ICT Solutions is the leading fiber internet and digital consumer-centric services provider in the country. Established in Angeles, Pampanga in 2015, it is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge ICT Solutions is ISO and CE2.0 Certified.

QBO’s Startup Roadshow The multi-city roadshow aims to level up tech startups, small businesses all over the country


Facilitated by highly experienced QBO members and startup founders, the workshops are designed to be fun and engaging to spark the participants’ creativity as they kickoff their startup journey. The event also features panel discussions and networking opportunities for those wanting to connect with fellow tech leaders. 

The roadshow aims to inspire innovators and enable communities throughout the country through sessions on startup business concepts and tools, ideation, design thinking, business model canvas, and local ecosystem mapping. To continue this momentum, QBO Innovation Hub, the Philippines’ first public-private sector initiative which aims to connect, transform, and empower Filipino startups, holds the Startup Roadshow starting this May.

The future of Philippine startups looks bright with the Philippines national ranking up by 16 positions, according to the recently released StartupBlink Ecosystem Ranking Report. 

This is the second time that QBO Innovation Hub is holding the roadshow across major cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In 2018, 13 cities and over 1,300 participants joined the first run of the roadshow. Government organizations signed partnerships with QBO to contribute to countryside development efforts. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was among the first to get on board, sponsoring programs in 7 cities last year.

QBO hopes to make this year’s roadshow bigger through the support of more partners, communities, and business owners. Interested partners who want to bring the workshop to their respective communities, schools, or cities can host an introductory workshop using QBO’s set module. Partners wanting to learn specific skills or learn more about certain topics can have custom-made workshops as well.

Who knows? The next big thing may be in your school, your community, or your city. “We saw the impact of last year’s roadshow in answering what most aspiring startup founders want to know: ‘Where do we start? “We’d also like for more partners to come on board with us to help discover the next wave of homegrown startups that will put our country on the global innovation map. We want to help them figure out the answer,” adds Chan.  

“The local startup ecosystem continues to grow due to sustained confidence in the country’s economy, technological advancements, and newly-introduced regulations such as the ‘Innovative Startup Act’ which seeks to promote ease of doing business in the Philippines,” says Katrina Chan, Director of QBO Innovation Hub. “While it’s all helpful in creating a healthy business environment for Filipino entrepreneurs, there are more opportunities to bring cutting-edge ideas to life.” 

To learn more about the Startup Roadshow, visit http://www.qbo.com.ph/ and https://www.facebook.com/QBOphilippines/ or email karla@qbo.com.ph.


About QBO
QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provides startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent. QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.
Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Beko Philippines acknowledge Filipino Mom's through Mother's Day Out


Last May 10, 2019 Robinson's Magnolia - Beko the Official Partner of the Everyday, prepared an exciting program for all the Filipino Mom's recognizing their hard work, compassion, and dedication for their families. To promote the importance of personal time, the program also showcases Beko home appliances’ advanced technologies designed to assist mothers by optimizing time spent on house duties. 

In celebration of Mother’s Day, fun activities have provided by Beko including free make-up sessions and tutorials, cooking demos, food tasting, coffee, and pastries. Mothers joining the three-day program have a chance to win special prizes for participating in a contest, which would ask them to take a video of themselves explaining the value of having longer “me” time.




The best gift we can give to our mother is to ease their burden in everyday household chores and to make it happen they need a partner to accomplish these task. Beko’s innovative features, carried by their washers, refrigerators, and ovens, not only offer solutions that boost productivity and efficiency but also, pays tribute to the incomparable qualities of mothers.

By cutting the hours spent on dealing with everyday challenges, moms can focus on more important things, like having time for themselves or spending more quality bonding time with their family and loved ones. 

Beko acknowledges the different roles mothers provide to their families, acting as the light of Filipino home, the gentle manager, the provider of healthy and delicious meals, and the director of proper compartmentalizing. As the Official Partner of The Everyday, Beko has installed features to partner with mothers to complete everyday household responsibilities, so that they may have longer meaningful time for themselves and their loved ones.

“We believe that missing out on valuable family moments to tackle everyday challenges at home is to waste away precious memories. That is why we developed these features to assist them in managing personal time and chores.” “Filipino moms deserve a day out and we at Beko, aim to deliver that. Aside from the fun activities of the program, we would also be introducing our technologies to mothers so that they may have the better option of owning intelligent appliances in washing, cooking, and storing,” said Dyeun

Ovens

Mothers can look forward to an exciting cooking appliance that Beko would soon be launching in the Philippines in the coming months.  This will help save their time spent in cooking and give them more “me” time.

With its technology, “Split and Cook,” the ovens mimic the multitasking capabilities of mothers by providing more spaces to cook two different meals with different temperature needs and durations at the same time in one single cavity oven. This Free Standing Cooker’s top stove uses gas while the bottom oven is electric, with two fans at the back to provide accurate cooking results.

While multiple dishes are being cooked at the same time, moms can find time to chat with other family members about daily matters. Once their signature recipes are done and about to be served, the conversations can continue into the right atmosphere for family dialogue - the kitchen table.

Refrigerators

Meanwhile, the technologies of Beko refrigerators manage the right conditions to maintain the qualities of fresh food for longer period, similar to how a mother upholds the sanctuary of her household.

Beko’s “Everfresh+®” in their refrigerators’ special crisper compartment preserves the storage life of fruits and vegetables by controlling the precise humidity, reducing condensation and minimizing temperature variations inside so fruit and vegetables stay crisp and fresher up to 30days; while “Active Fresh Blue Light™” technologies protects the Vitamin C intensity keeping its natural flavor and nutrition intact.  It is almost like having a greenhouse inside the fridge which continues the process of photosynthesis on fruit and vegetables which preserves it 30% better compared to a standard crisper.   


The refrigerator also has the benefit of “NeoFrost Dual Cooling System” that ensures even cooling inside the fridge compartment and no air transfers between fridge and freezer compartments, thus prevents cross contamination of food causing spoilage and foul odor.

Increasing the storage time of fresh produce giving them the freedom to store more to lessens the frequency of their travel to fresh market.  This also releases them from pressure of immediately using all the available ingredients for dishes. This way, mothers can enjoy using their natural culinary creativity to spin new versions of favorite dishes.

Washers

Some mothers prefer hand washing their clothes than rely on washers during laundry days – which most often fall on weekends. However, the hours spent on individual treatment of clothes cost too much time and energy.

This is the reason why Beko innovated technologies in their washers that can closely match a mother’s perseverance and dedication to tackle a large pile of laundries quickly, while still providing comfort.

Mothers can diminish the time it takes to finish a week’s worth of dirty clothes by properly sorting it and washing it with Beko Frontload Washers. It has “Xpress Super Short” a 14-minute cycle that is suitable for lightly soiled small load of laundry up to 2kg. With a full load of laundry, “Daily Express” will finish the job in just 28 minutes cycle at 30⁰C; while the “GentleCare 20⁰™” copies the tender hands of a mother to lightly yet effectively wash delicate clothes; all of this special wash programs and more in just one machine.

This is also the perfect time to buy a special gift for mom as a Special Mother’s Day promotion can be availed from May 10 to 12, 2019.  Hurry and visit your nearest Robinsons Appliances branch and inquire about this limited offer.

To learn more about Beko and the technologies in their appliances, visit their website at http://www.beko.ph/ or follow them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bekoph/


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