Press Release

AOC Masters Promo: Bring Home the Ace with AOC G2 Gaming Monitors

 

AOC Philippines is back with more surprises for esports and gaming fans. Introducing the AOC Masters Valorant Tournament, AOC Monitors continues its support for the industry. To add more value to the tournament, AOC Philippines will run a limited-time promotion while AOC Masters is ongoing.

Bring Home the Ace with G2 Gaming Monitors

AOC is not new to the gaming scene. The brand has consistently provided gamers with a smooth and seamless experience when playing with AOC Gaming Monitors. With G2 Gaming Monitors, AOC Double Ups.

AOC G2 Gaming Monitors are equipped with AMD Freesync Premium Technology for the highest framerate and smoothest display possible, allowing players to render their opponents to dust. It’s also extra beneficial for VALORANT players thanks to its quick 1ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate. Apart from the screen display, G2 have minimal bezels, allowing players to see a wider peripheral to spot hidden opponents.

The G2 line have the 272G2 and the 272G2E for the 27” displays, and 242G2, 242G2E, and 242G2E5 for the 24” displays. All models offer the same premium gaming experience for players with their wonderful graphics and responsiveness. Whichever you get will surely help you score more aces for the team.

AOC Masters Promo

AOC Masters is going to be AOC’s first VALORANT tournament comprising the whole Asia-Pacific region. The tournament features Riot Games’ newest esports title, which has quickly become one of the most popular First-Person Shooter games on Twitch with over 1.73 million viewers.

To provide fans with more value for the tournament, AOC Philippines will be running a promotion side-by-side AOC Masters. During the AOC Masters Philippines tournament, which will have its exciting Grand Finals on November 7-8, fans may avail of the special promotion. For every purchase of AOC G2 Gaming Monitors, fans are entitled to exciting loot that will spice up their gaming stations.

Those who purchase any of the 24” G2 Monitors will be entitled for a FREE RGB Gaming Mousepad. Meanwhile, those who get the 27” G2 Monitors will receive not only a FREE RGB Gaming Mousepad, but also a FREE Agon Esports Lite Bag.

Getting these monitors will buff your game station. Go get that ace!

About AOC Masters

The AOC Masters Philippines tournament will pit VALORANT hopefuls in a chance to represent the Philippines in the regional finals. There will be four qualifying tournaments on October 10, 17, 24, and 31, with the winners facing each other in one final standoff on the November 7-8 Grand Finals. The winners of the tournament will receive prizes from AOC Monitors, TeamGroup, and AMD, including brand-new AOC 24G2E Gaming Monitors and TeamGroup CX 1 SSD Cards along with a PHP85,000 prize pool.

Watch the matches live on AOC Philippines Facebook page, or get into the battlefield with your team by registering here.

AOC G2 Gaming Monitors Suggested Retail Price:

24G2 PHP 11,938
24G2E PHP 10,438
24G2E5 PHP 9,465
27G2 PHP 17,438
27G2E PHP 16,100

List of Participating Dealers:

Metro Manila:

  • PC Express
  • PC Hub
  • Dynaquest
  • Easy PC
  • PC Quarter
  • CKY
  • Proton
  • Complink
  • Vivocom
  • Digicom
  • Pcworx
  • Zenith Era

Visayas and Mindanao:

  • Thinking Tools Inc
  • Ultrium Corporation
  • Jargon Computer Parts and Services
  • Nutech Marketing
  • MF Computer
  • G-Force Computer Enterprises
  • Concept Computer Center
  • Computer World Marketing
  • Lenin Computer Systems Inc
  • Tech Express IT Solutions

About Agon:

To match the increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC launched Agon – AOC’s specialist gaming monitor brand. Named after the Ancient Greek word for “struggle” or “contest”, the Agon brand represents AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming. In addition to embracing new technologies, we’ve put our money where our mouth is by sponsoring many leading esports events and teams – actively driving the emergence of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Whether you’re an esports professional or an aspiring home gamer, Agon’s performance-driven specifications and convenient features will eliminate any obstacle encountered on the path to glory.

About AOC:

Sold in over 107 countries, AOC is a market leader in electronic displays and is positioned to be one of the top global brands in providing the best display technology to users worldwide. With nearly 50 years of experience in market analysis and consumer feedback, AOC is dedicated to designing products that address rising technological trends, as well as the diverse and changing needs of different consumers. Our commitment is emphasized through AOC’s slogan: ‘Vision at Heart.’ – at AOC, we’ve kept the hearts of our users in our vision, and we’ve kept their vision in our heart. Find out more about AOC at: www.aocmonitorap.com.

About AMD:

Founded in 1969 as a Silicon Valley start-up, the AMD journey began with dozens of employees focused on leading-edge semiconductor products. From those modest beginnings, AMD has grown into a global company of 10,000 people, achieving many important industry firsts along the way. AMD today develops high-performance computing and visualization products to solve some of the world’s toughest and most interesting challenges. There has never been a better time to be in the semiconductor industry, and we are ready to tackle the next 50 years with high-performance computing and graphics solutions that transform all of our lives.

About TeamGroup:

Team Group Inc. was founded in 1997 in Taiwan. To aim at the global layout of R&D technology and manufacturing in memory products, the chairman of the board, Mr. Danny Hsia established the headquarter in 1997 in Taipei. Team Group Inc. possesses professional research and development capabilities, high quality products, rapid productivity, a tightly-knit global sales network and complete customer services. In addition to ranking among CommonWealth Magazine’s top 1000 enterprises, it has also become one of the fastest growing 3C product manufacturer and a world’s leading brand in recent years. Team Group Inc. has been publicly listed on the Emerging Stock Market since October 2010. Team Group Inc. also listed company at stock exchange market in January 2019. (Stock code: 4967)

 

Pumped Viral Rapper Fred D’ Germ Leaves Filipinos Shocked with Newest Single on Filipino Dirty Habits

Safeguard responds to Fred D’ Germ in the most satisfying way possible.

Just days after the 2020 Philippines Handwashing Habits Survey* revealed that only 50% of Filipinos are washing their hands properly, an online ‘influenza’ named Fred D’ Germ has been making rounds on social media — promoting improper handwashing, or the lack thereof of proper safe wash habits.

Acting like an online ‘influenzaaa’, Fred D’ Germ’s online presence started out with him posting memes within the context of improper handwashing. His social media accounts were seen leaving comments, and trolling local celebrities and influencers like Anne Curtis, Jolina Magdangal, Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros-Francisco, and Rufa Mae Quinto to not bother washing their hands and just wipe it off. Fred D’ Germ also hacked Safeguard Philippines’ social media accounts and posted a photo of him holding a newspaper with the headline ’50% of Filipinos Don’t Know How to Wash Hands’, expressing approval of this alarming survey result. Not only this, but his video introduction on Facebook where he can be seen doing a dance trend popularized by Mimiyuuuh has already amassed a total of forty-five thousand reactions

with 2.6 million views.

*The PH Handwashing Habits Survey was conducted by Brandworks Market Intelligence and Consulting with a sample size of 240 Filipino men and women, aged 18 to 50, based in Metro Manila from SEC ABCD. The study was a series of face-to-face interviews within the period of September 4 – 7,

2020.

Fred D’ Germ seems to be just getting started.

At a crucial time when safety through handwashing should be a priority, this concept comes as a surprise to Filipinos with many left wondering — ‘who is Fred D’ Germ?’, ‘What are his intentions?’, and what’s his next move?’

Well, Fred D’ Germ is staying true to his roots like the ‘influenzaaa’ that he is. Just after his online trolling and hijacking frenzy he takes it up a notch and releases a short video teaser for his newest single rap track. With built-up hype, Fred D’ Germ drops his very first rap single “Hugas na Rin ‘Yan!” paired with a music video patronizing Filipinos’ bad handwashing habits through a variety of handwasher characters namely, “Wisik-wisik Man”, “Punas-punas Gang”, “Mister Tissue Boy”, and “Miss Hugas-Bilis” — all of which Filipinos are very familiar with.

While Fred D’ Germ’s “Hugas na Rin ‘Yan!” music video is a glossy blend of different art styles that accentuates the different types of handwashers — or lack thereof — in the Philippines, the song itself plays and hooks you easily. The track has a distinct addictive sound that you’re surely not going to get off of your

head that easily, and with a hook that goes “P’wede na ‘yang, p’wede na hugas. ‘Di mo alam ako ay hudas!”.

It might not seem too much, but Fred D’ Germ is definitely hooking you with his sick flow and rhymes.

With this track, sky’s the limit for Fred D’ Germ to influence more Filipinos on improper handwashing, and he’s pumped more than ever to start gaining more supporters.

Who’s stopping Fred D’ Germ?

It felt as if no one is going to stop this ‘influenzaaa’ and his motives anytime soon. His newest single is now out on Spotify for streaming, and Fred D’ Germ has been guesting on radio shows for promotion. You’re also most likely going to see him on the road with billboards across EDSA.

Fred D’ Germ’s message has been spreading rapidly at an alarming rate, and Safeguard isn’t going to just let him be. Safeguard rebuts Fred D’ Germ’s claims through a new music video, aiming to shut him down and strengthen the education on safe wash practices. Safeguard’s stance in protecting the Filipino households was brought by the concern that Fred might cause a ripple effect on how Filipinos submit to “pwede na” handwashing practices, and thus the need to further reinforce that Safe Wash is Filipinos’ first line of defense against common illnesses.

What’s next for the Fred D’ Germ and Safeguard feud?

Eradicating ‘influenzaaas’ like Fred D’ Germ is Safeguard’s goal, and this can be achieved through a collective effort. That’s why they urge all Filipinos to practice proper #SafeWash for a safer, and healthier Philippines. As for Fred D’ Germ, we’re all on the lookout for his next move. Let’s all keep our eyes peeled and watch out for what’s to unfold.

Philips Monitors Enters Gaming Market with Brand-New Models

After years of being a trusted brand for multimedia displays and consumer monitors, Philips Monitors is finally entering the gaming monitor market with two brand-new models.

Philips Gaming is the new product line of Philips Monitors which will be catered towards video game enthusiasts. Perfect for either PC or consoles, Philips Gaming models are designed to give players an edge in any game they play.

Heralding a new age in Philips Monitors’ lineage of high-quality displays are Philips Gaming 242E1GSJ and Philips Gaming 272E1GSJ. Available in 24” and 27” screen sizes, respectively, both models feature top-class amenities that gamers will truly appreciate.

The Philips Momentum line will also now be under the Philips Monitors banner. As part of this new designation, Philips Gaming will be releasing two new Momentum Monitors: the Philips Momentum 242M8 and 272M8. The Philips Momentum line has been used by many consumers for gaming before, and it’s not until now that the Momentum line will be embracing its calling as a monitor for the gaming community.

For Philips Gaming 272E1GSJ and 242E1GSJ, check out these awesome features:

VA display delivers awesome images with wide viewing angles. See more and do more with Philips VA LED display which will give you super-high static contrast ratios for extra vivid and bright images. You won’t be blindsided just because you were viewing your monitor at an odd angle – this will help you prevent sneak attacks and backstabs.

144Hz refresh rates for ultra-smooth, brilliant images. Never miss ever again. See everything move on your screen smoothly without stutters or jumps, helping you get a better shot at your targets.

1ms (MPRT) fast response for crisp image and smooth gameplay. Be one with your game. Philips console gaming monitor with 1 ms MPRT effectively eliminates smearing and motion blur, delivers shaper and precise visuals to enhance gaming experience. Best choice for playing thrilling and twitch-sensitive games.

SmartImage game mode optimized for gamers. Explore different image modes with “FPS” mode, “Racing” mode, and “RTS” mode. FPS improves dark themes, allowing you to see your opponents in the dark. Racing will increase response time, high color, along with image adjustments. RTS mode has a special SmartFrame mode that enables highlighting of specific areas on the screen and allows for size and image adjustments. Choose the mode that fits your needs.

Ultra Wide-Color wider range of colors for a vivid picture. Enjoy video game graphics in the exact same way the developers intended you to experience them. With a wider array of colors available in Philips Gaming monitors, this definitely brings all your games to life.

Less eye fatigue with Flicker-free technology. Play longer and last longer during game time with Philips Flicker-free technology, giving you a more comfortable viewing experience.

LowBlue Mode for easy on-the-eyes productivity. Protect your eyes with LowBlue Mode, reducing the harmful shortwave length blue light rays from your screen that damage your eyes.

16:9 Full HD display for crisp detailed images. See everything in a better picture quality. Enjoy watching cutscenes in Full HD 1080p resolution.

SmartContrast for rich black details. SmartContrast is a Philips technology that analyzes the contents you are displaying, automatically adjusting colors and controlling backlight intensity to dynamically enhance contrast for the best digital images and videos or when playing games where dark hues are displayed.

Philips Gaming 242E1GSJ and 272E1GSJ are arriving to your favorite retailers this September. Call your dealers and pre-order your own Philips Gaming monitor today. Meanwhile, check out the full Philips Gaming monitor line on our Facebook store here.

People can also purchase these gaming monitors on our official Lazada store www.lazada.com.ph/shop/philipsmonitors/ , or directly contact one of our partner dealers to order a Philips Monitor product. The method of ordering may be different with every partner dealer, below are the list:

Metro Manila

  • Dynaquest PC
  • CKY Planet PC Inc.
  • PC Quarter
  • PC Corner Gilmore
  • PCHUB
  • Machine and Computer
  • Vivocom
  • Digiserve
  • PCWorx
  • Zenith
  • PC Express
  • Softbox
  • EasyPC
  • QLT

Provincial Luzon

  • Hypertech
  • Benerson
  • Xymbolic
  • Albay Computer
  • Visayas
  • TTI
  • Nutech

Mindanao

  • Computerworld
  • PC Gate
  • Biologic

SRP

  • 242M8 – ₱10,265.00
  • 272M8 – ₱16,140.00
  • 242E1GSJ – ₱9,540.00
  • 272E1GSJ – ₱15,400.00

Follow us on

  • facebook.com/philipsmonitorsPH
  • instagram.com/philipsmonitorsph
  • lazada.com.ph/shop/philipsmonitors

Philips Monitors

Philips was founded as far back as 1891 in the Netherlands, and has since engaged in more than a century of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thanks to the company developing timeless business values, Philips has become one of the most highly recognized and trusted brands in the world today. This comes from a tradition of caring about people’s needs, innovating based on ever-changing insights, and working to make a positive change in people’s lives – traditions as meaningful now as they were in the company’s beginnings.

Philips monitors stand for excellent picture quality, and providing innovative solutions to problems people really care about. To reflect this Philips commitment, Philips has created the slogan: ‘Innovation and You’. – See more at www.philips.com.ph

The Great Cebu Sales Sees Growing Online Traffic

Consumers urged to take advantage of the industry-wide virtual sale

CEBU CITY – The Great Cebu Sale (GCS) 2020, Cebu’s first ever industry-wide virtual sale event, has noted a growing online traffic, as organizers urged consumers to take advantage of the best deals they could get from their favorite merchants.

Camille Aldeguer, the chairperson of GCS, shared that for the first week of the virtual sale, which started on Sept. 15, they have recorded over 3,000 visitors on the GCS’s official website www.thegreatcebusale.com.

“We expect this to increase moving forward especially if more people will be aware that some of Cebu’s famous brands are offering great deals and promos this time,” she said.

Most of the site visitors come from the Philippines, followed by the US, Japan, Singapore and Qatar. On a city basis, top visitors come from Ceby City, followed by Iloilo City, Davao City, Quezon City and Makati City.

“Based on the feedback we’ve received, people are eager to go out and relax, many have therefore purchased overnight stay promos offered by our resorts and hotels,” Aldeguer said.

In fact, the sites of tourism-related companies are the most accessed by GCS visitors. They are followed by electronics, lifestyle, home essentials, and food and beverage (F&B).

“The promos offered by our resorts, hotels and F&B establishments are our top deals,” she said.

Aldeguer said they seek to further raise awareness on the ongoing online sale event among shoppers.

The GCS official website is up and running to promote the promos offered by the participating merchants.

“The website does not have a payment platform. The fulfillment of the order or purchase lies directly under the responsibility of the participating company,” she said.

Webinars 

GCS organizers have also scheduled various webinars throughout the sale period to stimulate interest from the public, said Raki Urbina, co-chairperson of the GCS.

“Apart from the industry-wide virtual sale, the GCS will also be hosting various webinars to help guide businesses, retailers and consumers on the new normal,” he said.

On Sept. 28 and 29, GCS has scheduled a two-part webinar series entitled “Rethinking our Business and Repurposing our Facilities for Survival and Sustenance #Diskarte” on Sept. 28 and 29 (for the first part) and on Oct. 5 and 6 (for the second part).

On Oct. 12 and 13, another webinar dubbed as “Redefining and Optimizing the Essential Components of Retail in these Most Challenging Times” will also be conducted.

On Oct. 19 and 20, GCS will also host a webinar on “Leading by Emotional Intelligence with Stressed-out Workforce and Anxious Guests and Customers.”

 

According to Chester Lim, president of the Philippine Retailers Association in Cebu, the main organizer of the GCS, they are planning to extend the conduct of webinars through the holiday season.

“Extending the webinar towards the holiday season is a good idea. In fact the initial plan is to do a monthly sale per industry. We will just probably wait for the outcome of this one before deciding to proceed with the next sale,” Lim said.

If the virtual sale will be extended, there will be a different set of offers and promos for the Christmas season, Lim added.

Raffles

GCS organizers also announced they are raffling off prizes every week to stimulate participation from the public.

There are three ways for you to join the raffle, namely through Facebook, by joining the webinars and through submission of proof of purchase of at least P1,000 and above from any of the participating merchants between Sept. 15 to Oct. 31, 2020.

Submit your entries by messaging the official FB page of GCS or email via info@thegreatcebusale.com the receipt with complete name, address, mobile number and email of the customer.

“We will be announcing the weekly winners every Monday starting Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 12, Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2,” Aldeguer said.

“Our official delivery partners Lalamove will deliver the prizes to the address you officially registered,” she added.

She said a person can submit multiple transactions per week for greater chances of receiving prizes. Please visit the FB Page of Great Cebu Sale for more detailed mechanics.

The GCS introduces Cebu’s top brands in the hospitality, wellness, travel, automotive, fashion, hardware, electronics, and food industries.

Participating in the sale are wellness facilities such as Maayo Well Cebu, Prosel Pharma Inc., and UV Care; food and beverage merchants such as Cafe Laguna, Dessert Factory, Margets Deli, Nanays Best, The Lemon Co., Fujinoya Café and Bakery, Amarillo, Lighthouse Restaurant, Freshco Cebu Brand Dried Fruits, Uy Masuy Wine Factory, Bubble Tea Station, Casa Verde, Bricklane Doughnuts, Bon Chon, Asian Wave Seafood Corp.,Lemon Grass and  D+B Wines, Global Pacific, and 10 Dove Street; travel and tourism brands such as Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Marco Polo Plaza, Bai Hotel, J Park Island Resort & Waterpark Cebu, Crimson Resort & Spa, Ano World, Seda Hotel, Cebu Grand Hotel, Kasai Village, Mezzo Hotel, Cebu White Sands, Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown, Radisson Blu, Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Citadines, Summit Galleria Cebu, Southwind Travel & Tours, The Henry, Solea Mactan Cebu Resort, Quest Hotel, Destination Specialists Cebu, Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites, Residencia Isabella, Goldberry Suites and Hotels, San Remigio Beach Club, Tambuli Seaside Resort & Spa, Mystical Rose Flower Farm & Lemon Orchard, The Hotel Elizabeth and Yello Hotel; hardware establishments such as Belmont Hardware Depot, Cebu Home and Builders Centre, Living N Style, Worldwide Home Depot and Worldwide Tile Depot; lifestyle brands such as ATE by Tatah, Mi Dept. Store, Island Souvenirs, My Jewels, %Outlets at Pueblo Verde and Loalde; home essentials merchants such as Ayala Centre Cebu, Ayala Central Bloc, SM City Cebu, SM City Consolacion, Belmont One, Gaisano, Gaisano Grand Malls, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, Prince Hypermart, Oakridge Business Park, SM Seaside City and Uratex Foam the Sleep Specialist; electronics merchants such as Aerophone, Junrex, NGenius, RC Goldline and Family Appliance; automotive companies such as Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation, Global Star, Hyundai and JMC;  and other services such as DMC Busa Printers, Peel Uniform Printing Services and Architectural Interior Source.

The Great Cebu Sale 2020 is organized in collaboration with the Resort & Restaurant Association of Cebu, Inc. (HRRACI); Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Cebu Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CFCCC); Hardware Consolidated, Inc. (HCI); Cebu Alliance of Tour Operation Specialists, Inc. (CATOS); Cebu Business Club (CBC) and the Mactan Export Processing Zone Chamber of Exporters and Manufacturers (MEPZCEM).

The organizers of GCS 2020 would like to thank the following sponsors: Anjo World, Island Souvenirs, Ng Khai, Alcordo Advertising, Twin Bee Print Ads, Wee Doo, Lalamove, Angkas, Expree, Mober, Foodpanda, GlobeMyBusiness, RD Pawnshop, Aerophone and Uratex.

AOC is Philippines’ #1 PC Monitor brand

AOC continues to be the most sought-after PC Monitor brand in the Philippines. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the world’s premiere global marketing intelligence firm, AOC ranked #1 in the PC monitor market in terms of unit shipments in the Philippines for the second quarter of 2020. This strong performance in the market is evidence to the brand of quality that AOC has long been known for.

AOC Monitors have achieved the distinction multiple times in the past, which shows how AOC Monitors are of high quality that can stand the test of time. AOC Monitors’ innovative technology that they introduce into their new models continuously address the needs and wants of its consumers, allowing it to maintain its high performance in terms of sales.

To further demonstrate the quality of AOC Monitors, it supports local esports tournaments and bring a competitive edge to the esports athletes who use their monitors. Having been involved in many esports events in the past few years, AOC Monitors has become the monitor of choice for many esports practitioners and fans.

This year, as part of a broader tournament encompassing the whole of the Asia-Pacific region, AOC Monitors in the Philippines will be holding the AGON Valorant Cup. Valorant, developed and published by Riot Games, is a new multiplayer team-based First-Person Shooter (FPS) that has attracted the attention of countless players around the world. With the growing popularity of the game, AOC Monitors wants to help in the nascent stages of the local Valorant esports community. With AOC Monitors, Valorant fans will be able to enjoy the game to the fullest, allowing them to unleash their full potential using its products.

To continue its dominance in the market, AOC Monitors continue to expand its portfolio of products. Most recently, AOC Monitors released the AGON G2 line. These monitors were met with favorable reviews from critics, and as a result, received high demand from the market. The favorable response from the gaming community can be seen as a testament to the kind of value that AOC Monitors bring to the gaming table.

While currently #1 in the market, AOC Monitors will continue finding ways to improve their product lines. They want to bring the best experience for consumers, and it has become AOC Monitors’ goal to improve the entertainment lifestyle of everyone who uses their products. Being number 1 will not stop them from delivering its promise of visually stunning displays. Instead, it serves as motivation to do even better.

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About Agon:

To match the increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC launched Agon – AOC’s specialist gaming monitor brand. Named after the Ancient Greek word for “struggle” or “contest”, the Agon brand represents AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming. In addition to embracing new technologies, we’ve put our money where our mouth is by sponsoring many leading eSports events and teams – actively driving the emergence of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Whether you’re an eSports professional or an aspiring home gamer, Agon’s performance-driven specifications and convenient features will eliminate any obstacle encountered on the path to glory.

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About AOC:

Sold in over 107 countries, AOC is a market leader in electronic displays and is positioned to be one of the top global brands in providing the best display technology to users worldwide. With nearly 50 years of experience in market analysis and consumer feedback, AOC is dedicated to designing products that address rising technological trends, as well as the diverse and changing needs of different consumers. Our commitment is emphasized through AOC’s slogan: ‘Vision at Heart.’ – at AOC, we’ve kept the hearts of our users in our vision, and we’ve kept their vision in our heart. Find out more about AOC at: https://au.aoc.com.

 

JobStreet Empowers Displaced Workers Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses in many aspects, including their workforce. Unemployment is expected to increase as local companies lay off their employees, not to mention the repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and job-hunting fresh graduates.

To provide valuable support and opportunities among jobseekers and hirers amid the challenging situation, online job portal leader JobStreet.com launched its #TogetherAhead initiative with its commitment to be at the forefront in rebuilding businesses and careers.
Through the #TogetherAhead initiative, JobStreet’s COVID-19 Jobs and Resources Hub provides job opportunities fit for the condition nowadays such as home-based or freelance. The microsite presents information on financial assistance available from the government to guide employees and companies in their applications. It also publishes critical information resources from JobStreet’s extensive network to motivate jobseekers for their next career path and to guide employers in adapting their business through the challenging times.

#TogetherAhead also houses the current job report, available roles, assistance for candidates to get jobs more conveniently, and special aid for hirers.

“The pandemic has greatly impacted businesses and the workforce on a global scale. More than ever, JobStreet strengthens its commitment to rebuild businesses, careers, and people’s lives,” shared Ramesh Rajandran, Chief Marketing Officer of SEEK Asia, JobStreet’s parent company.

Livelihood for Filipino displaced workers

Over two million Filipino workers were reportedly displaced by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), with Metro Manila as the region with the highest displacement figure. The quarantine measures also caused companies to halt their recruitment processes.

“Some companies have paused accepting applications, but many of them remain actively recruiting, so we’d like to encourage jobseekers that there’s a way for them to signal hirers that they are up for urgent hiring,” shared JobStreet Philippines Country Head Philip Gioca.

Candidates can explore other opportunities by industries that are still hiring during this time such as Call Center / IT-Enabled Services / BPO (41%), Government Jobs (15%), Education (9%), Banking / Financial Services (4%), Computer / IT (Software) (4%) among others based on JobStreet Internal Data.

Meanwhile, the following job roles remain widely available on JobStreet: Call Center Agent (10%), Teacher (7%), Nurse (5%), Engineer (4%) and many more.
Fresh graduates who would like to work and earn this time can grab opportunities as Call Center Agent (Php 22,000), Teacher (Php 22,316), Customer Representative (Php 20,500), Admin Assistant (Php 13,319), Nurse (Php 20,745), among others.
Work from home opportunities that are fit for today’s condition are also available via #SanaOL jobs by JobStreet, listing 15,000+ online teaching jobs, 14,000+ job vacancies that require no experience from job seekers, 1,600+ opportunities with work from home setup, and 180+ job opportunities for undergraduates. Under #TogetherAhead initiative, #SanaOL is Jobstreet Philippines’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, supported by YesPinoy Foundation led by actor and youth empowerment advocate Dingdong Dantes. The partnership was able to roll out #SanaOL program by facilitating online career coaching to Filipinos in need of livelihood.

Connecting candidates and hirers

The current situation has shifted the demands of jobseekers. Candidates are now looking for work from home opportunities, home-based, jobs with no work experience, part-time, or freelance.

Also under the #TogetherAhead initiative, JobStreet introduced #WorkNow, its latest feature on the platform to support jobseekers further and get them closer with opportunities. #WorkNow allows ready-to-work candidates to stand out and connect them conveniently to potential employers. Likewise, this lets companies identify which candidates are available for urgent employment. To use this function, jobseekers only need to log in their JobStreet profile, edit ‘Additional Info’, go to ‘Other Information’ and type in #WorkNow then click ‘Save’.
Free-of-charge job posting on JobStreet is also offered to small-to-medium enterprises that offer opportunities for college and K-12 graduates, work from home, and no experience jobs, which gives businesses the opportunity to rebuild themselves and reestablish their workforce.

“The COVID-19 has introduced a new normal to us and it will continue to exist for quite some time, and JobStreet is continuously stimulating the job market as part of our commitment to empower jobseekers and hirers during this trying time,” said Gioca.
To learn more about #TogetherAhead and other JobStreet initiatives, visit https://bit.ly/JobStreetTogetherAhead.

Zonta Club of Cebu II Women’s Month Celebration

Zonta Club of Cebu II, led by President Marilou Cañizares, celebrated Women’s Month last March with activities highlighting some of the club’s advocacies.

Salute to Empowered Women. At its March General Membership Meeting,  Zonta Cebu II  honored three Women of Inspiration awardess, Rosie Abenasa, Maria Rosario Canet Chua and Joy Lam, for their acts of extraordinary courage, innovative work and commitment to community service.

End Violence Against Women and Children.  At  the finale of Vagina Monologues, presented at SEDA Hotel,  Zonta Club of Cebu II joined the  cast and crew in performing Break the Chain, choreographed by Debbie Allen, as part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against women. The “billion” refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime or about one billion. Zonta Club of Cebu II is in solidarity with the global community in its campaign to end abuse of women.

In partnership with Fight Like a Girl PH, Zonta Cebu II launched the Raise The Vibration – Rise for Revolution at the Ayala Malls Central Bloc. This event aimed to raise awareness through action, art, connection, imagination and love. 180 victims of violence and human trafficking under the protection of the Bidlisiw Foundation were present at the activity, which attracted about 500 mall goers. Highlights of this event were poetry reading of The Women’s Prayer and I God Flowers Today by club members, Zn Mary Rose Villacasin dance creative dance interpretation and culminating the event with One Billion Rising, Break the Chain performance with enthusiastic audience participation. Yellow roses were distributed to the audience, as a sign of Zonta’s commitment to end violence against women and girls.

Gender Equity. At the Mandaue City Hall flag raising ceremony Zonta Club of Cebu II members also joined  the entire workforce of Mandaue city hall and its women’s group in promoting equality among men and women in the community.The activity was attended by 3,000 participants including the Mayor, Vice Mayor and the councilors of Mandaue City.

Campaign Against Teenage Pregnancy.  In partnership with the University of the Philippines Foundation and the Golden Z Club of USPF, the Club invited Dr. Hans Matthew Lua of  Cebu Velez General Hospital, Department of Family and Community Medicine, to talk about adverse effects of teenage pregnancy.

Dr. Lua . presented an actual case of a 15-year old pregnant girl, which jumpstarted the discussion into the medical and psychosocial issues of teenage pregnancy in general. A learning point from the presentation was the intervention module created by the CVGH entitled CRESCENZA, which gave much importance to Values Formation.

The program ended with the powerful explanation by Zontian Petite Garcia about the significance of ONE BILLION RISING movement.  Zontians, again, performend on stage Break the Chain to the rousing applause of the students.

Wedding Gallery at Robinsons Galleria Cebu

The road to saying the sweetest “I Do” in your life is one that any couple have to be ready for. It is not just a simple decision, but something that needs a lot of preparations.

Luckily, for those who are currently working hard for their dream weddings to come true, Robinsons Galleria Cebu is holding a Wedding Gallery this February 13 to 15 — while all the love from Valentine’s Day is still in the air.

From gowns and tuxedos, reception venues, photography and videography services, down to wedding cakes, the Wedding Gallery has it all for soon to be married couples.

According to Joanna Salazar, Group Marcomm Manager of Robinsons Land Corp., they chose to hold the Wedding Gallery on February in time for Valentine’s Day.

“It is the perfect time to celebrate the culmination of love this love month,” she said.

Wedding suppliers at the exhibit include Bernardo Flores, Carlo Abaquita, CDI Designs, City Cakes Cebu, Danny Boom, Dino Lloren Edward, James Castro, Edwin Alba, Forever Young Spa, GAC Wedding Errands, Helium Hearts, JF Touch by Janna Fernando, Lane of Cakes, and Macaron 5.

March Tan-Geson, Michel’s Wine, MW Studios Photography and Media Services, Onesimus, Protacio, Providore, Rei Escario, Ren Manabat, Robinsons Department Store, Summit Galleria Cebu, Valerie Alvez, Wendell Quisido, and Yoko Sato complete the wedding exhibit which is held at the Atrium of Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

While most wedding exhibits usually always highlight wedding gowns in a fashion show, the Wedding Gallery is doing things differently.

Instead, there will be a Groom’s Fashion Show on February 15 at 4 P.M. in the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Atrium.

Designs by the like of Edwin Alba, Danny Booc, Rei Escario, Bernardo Flores, Marichu Tan-Geson, Dino Lloren, Onesimus, Protacio, and Wendell Quisido will be feature during the Groom’s Fashion Show.

Century Tuna Superbod 2020 Go-See Cebu

The Century Tuna Superbods is considered to be the hottest and sought-after event this summer with over 1 Million Prizes at stake.

One male and one female will be declared this year’s Superbods and Century Tuna’s next image models, winning ₱ 500,000 each plus other exciting perks.

The Cebu leg of the Century Tuna Superbods wrapped up successfully at the Seda Hotel Cebu. It was attended by Century Tuna Marketing Director Carlo Endaya along with Century Tuna Superbod 2012 Grand winner John Spainhour, PC&V Associate Creative Director Ms. Soc Fajardo and local Cebuano bloggers and media.

Over 20 participants auditioned for the Cebu Century Tuna Superbods 2020 go-see and they are all vying for the ultimate crown. Here are some of the Cebuano hopefuls during the Cebu Go-See.

Are you healthy? Are you sexy? Are you a Superbod? You can still catch up with the Manila-leg of Century Tuna Go-see on Feb 22-23 at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Check the mechanics below.

Qualifications:

  1. Open to males and females with Filipino Heritage;
  2. Age limit: 18 to 60 Years Old
  3. With valid Philippines tax identification number (TIN)
  4. Physically fit
  5. Pleasing personality
  6. No prior endorsements from any competing brand
  7. Participant must reside in the Philippines from February 1, 2020 to May 1, 2020
  8. No prior record of public misdemeanor.

Requirements:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Most recent photo (1 Head Shot and 1 Full Body Shot)
  3. Valid ID and TIN #
  4. Filled out application form
  5. Swimwear (2pc for female & board shorts for male)

Zonta Club of Cebu II Reaps Awards at District Conference

As an organization that seeks to empower women through service and advocacy, Zonta International believes it is important to recognize its clubs and districts for their outstanding service projects that benefit women in their communities. These awards serve to highlight the incredible service work that Zontians perform to improve the lives of women and girls in communities across the globe. The District Awards are given at the end of each biennium at the District Conference and recognizes significant contributions to the empowerment of women and gender equality. Awards are presented to clubs who have accomplished district goals in such areas as advocacy, service, public relations. Zonta Club of Cebu II is an active member of District 17 composed of as 76 clubs with 2,461 members from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Macau.

Members of Zonta Club of Cebu II participated in the District 17 Conference held in Hong Kong in last October 2019 where the club reaped honors for innovative and trailblazing service endeavors for women and children in the community. The club received recognition for the Best Centennial Local Service Project for “Breakthrough behind the Cells”, a series of medical missions that benefited female inmates at the Mandaue City BJMP. It also received an award for the Best Centennial Advocacy Award for the package of activities that marked the annual “18-days of Activism” where different stakeholders took part in symposia and empowering workshops on effective strategies to eliminate Violence against Women (VAW) to encourage broad participation by emphasizing that everyone has a role to play, engaging not just duty-bearers but also other stakeholders especially at the local level.

Since the organizations founding in 1919, Zontians have dedicated the last century to empowering women, both in and outside of Zonta. To celebrate these achievements, Zonta Clubs all over the globe were encouraged to undertake Zonta Centennial projects and Zonta Club of Cebu II was recognized with the Centennial Anniversary – Honour 100 years of Zonta Award for their “100 books for 100 families project and for the Giant Photo Tarp that was displayed at the Ayala Center where 100 women from various sectors in the community called with one voice to “Say No to Violence Against Women and to Say Yes to Gender Equality”.

Not stopping there, Zonta Club of Cebu II garnered the Centennial Leadership Development Award and the top award that recognized the club’s overall contribution to the ideals of Zonta International in Service, Advocacy, Education and Leadership Development, the Centennial Star Club in Excellence Achievement Award – Diamond       Category.           

 

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