Press Release

GCash dominates Philippine Retail E-Payment Landscape


GCash dominated the Philippine retail e-payment landscape in 2017 with over 4,000 QRs deployed nationwide, a testament to the growing number of merchants who believe in the capability of GCash to usher in cashless payments in the country.

A mobile wallet service offered by Mynt, a financial technology company owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial and Ayala Corp, GCash has been relentless in helping Filipinos get used to a cashless lifestyle and has been bullish in its vision to create an inclusive cashless environment in the Philippines. E-payments provide safety and convenience when shopping for goods and services as people need not carry around loads of cash anymore.

In August this year, GCash introduced the scan to pay feature in the GCash App that allowed customers to pay by simply scanning QR (quick response) codes of merchants.

“With the GCash scan to pay feature, we bring in technology that lowers the cost of transactions. By enabling merchants to accept payments at virtually no cost, we are actually creating convenience for the merchants and translating that benefit back to the customers and that’s how it becomes more accessible for everyone” said Anthony Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.

“Before, you need a POS or a reader for the cards acceptance. But today, we eliminate all that.  With GCash, you can pay without cash.  That’s the convenience that we bring to our customers,” he added.

To date, QR payments across different merchants all over the country have been deployed successfully, transforming the local retail scene into a cashless landscape.

More than 4,000 GCash QRs are now being accepted in various merchants nationwide, including the biggest players in the retail industry such as Ayala Malls, Robinsons Department Store, SM Malls, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Cinema, Puregold, Ministop, and NCCC Malls.

Other merchants where customers can pay using the GCash QRs are:

*SSI Group, which carries an extensive portfolio of established international brands such as Banana Republic, Beauty Bar, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Gap, Bally, Calvin Klein, Clinique;

*Max’s Group, the largest casual dining restaurant company in the country.  It includes Max’s Restaurant, Krispy Kreme, Kabisera, Pancake House, Yellow Cab, Teriyaki Boy, Jamba Juice, Dencio’s, Sizzling Steak; and,

*Bench Group, which includes Bench, Human, Kashieca, Aldo, Charles & Keith, Cotton On, American Eagle.

Smaller sellers located at celebrity bazaar destination Noel Bazaar and food haven Mercato Centrale have also adopted the cashless payment option.

Over the next few months, GCash will continue to lead the way in promoting a cashless ecosystem in the country by aggressively rolling out the use of the scan to pay feature in other locations nationwide. This is aimed at encouraging more people to use it in day-to-day shopping, dining, entertainment, and other activities.

To start enjoying the benefits of the GCash scan to pay feature, customers must download the app for free from the App Store or Google Playstore and register an account. Once installed, customers can cash-in or reload at any GCash kiosk and digital payment booth in Globe Stores, and in over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets such as Robinson’s Business Centers, SM Business Centers, Puregold branches, 7-Eleven Cliqq kiosks, and TouchPay kiosks, among others.

Through the QR-based mobile payment system, customers can shop by just scanning the QR codes displayed by partner merchants and establishments. With the new smartphone application, there will be no need for customers to carry around wads of cash. It makes purchasing the latest fashion items or paying services more convenient and secure while eliminating the chance of having misunderstandings over payments and getting the wrong change.  With GCash, shoppers can skip long lines, keep track of their expenses and minimize the risk of theft, all through the use of their smartphones.

EVO Nature Camp, Cebu’s Newest Adventure-Based Camp

In today’s world of modern technology, people need to take a break from all their hectic work schedules and the energy-consuming high demands of city living to enjoy and find adventure in the outdoors. And where else is the best place to unwind, relax, meditate and experience laid-back life even just for a few hours?

Sleepaway camps, parks, nature-centered recreational facilities are today’s favorite destinations for Cebuanos. Many of us even consider going through all the hassle of travelling outside Cebu City—all in the name of peace and tranquility. Some even go as far north like Baguio or Tagaytay.

But Cebuanos now need not travel far from home just to be close to nature since Cebu’s newest adventure-based nature camp, Evo Nature Camp, has already opened their doors to the public last January 11, 2020, with the goal of bringing people and nature together through their plethora of outdoor activities which everyone can enjoy.

The newly-opened 4.5-hectare nature camp, located in the picturesque countryside setting of Gaas, Balamban, is the best place to satisfy one’s growing need of escaping the stress and anxiety of city living. Only 32 kilometers away from Cebu City and with travel time estimated at 45 minutes, you’ll finally get to experience nature at its finest in this latest escapade!

During their soft opening last Saturday, Evo Nature Camp owner Edwin Ortiz, disclosed the upcoming activities and future plans they have at hand for the developing camp.

“We came up with this kind of recreational venue to promote Gaas and one day, put in the map as a top destination for nature-enthusiasts at the same time, we are helping the locals get employed,” he stated in a sitdown interview with the media.

Evo Nature Camp is a great venue for outdoor sports activities. In fact, the place is designed for trekking, rapelling, camping and glamping or glamorous camping—another prospect addition to its offerings wherein big tents will be put up together with nice beds, food and some snacks to go with it,” he added.

While the market for glamping are millennials, young professionals and families, the target for Evo Nature Camp’s future big camping site are elementary and high school students.

Ortiz shared that they are eyeing educational institutions as their target market since schools conduct camping activities such as summer camp for the students and the place is a great camping site.

As of the time being, the area for camping is still on developmental status and what is offered are camping in the gazebos.

The Grill House offers bbq, grilled specialties, corn soup, pumpkin soup, fruit shakes, etc.

Around 40,000 flower plants and 2,509 Pine Trees and Giant Ferns have been planted in the property.

The traditional ribbon cutting to officially open Evo Nature Camp last January 11 was spearheaded by Owner Edwin Ortiz and family, together with Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay, Congressman Pablo John Garcia, and Gaas Barangay Captain William Genel. The event was also witnessed by the senior high school students from the University of San Jose-Recoletos Balamban Campus, guests and friends from the local media.

McDonald’s Stripes Run 2017: You Run, They Learn How to Read


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Whether you have little ones or just want to share the happiness of running with the people that matter the most, the annual McDonald’s Stripes Run is the ultimate family bonding experience. More than just a day of active lifestyle and fun, you are also able to help grades 1 and 2 public school children learn how to read.

Now on its 8th year, the highly anticipated run returns to Cebu City and will be held on November 25, 2017 at Garden Bloc, Cebu IT Park.

Proceeds will be used to help public school children learn to read through the Ronald McDonald House Charity’s (RMHC) Read to Learn program.

To date, Ronald McDonald Read To Learn has reached over 8,000 partner schools, trained 28,000 educators, and helped close to 12 million students all over the Philippines. This initiative, in partnership with the Department of Education, aims to raise the literacy level among Grade 1 and 2 public school students.

Register yourself and your family for the McDonald’s Stripes Run from October 13 to November 23. Registration is simple with these three options:

  1. Fill out the registration form and pay at select McDonald’s stores.
  2. Download the form on, and settle the registration fee at select McDonald’s stores.
  3. Register and pay online at

Each registrant will receive a race kit, which includes a pair of the iconic red and white striped socks, a singlet, a race bib, and a stub for a free McDonald’s breakfast meal at the venue.

This year’s fun run opens 7 categories including the 5K Squad Stripes, the newest division that’s perfect for the whole gang. Categories for this year’s run are as follows:

Kiddie Stripes 1 kilometer run for ages 8 years old and below
Young Stripes 3 kilometer run for ages 8-15 years old
3K Stripes 3 kilometer run for ages 16 years and up
Family Stripes 3 kilometer run for teams with 2 adults (aged 16 and up) and 2 kids (aged 15 and under)
5K Stripes 5 kilometer run for ages 16 years and up
5K Squad Stripes 5 kilometer run for teams with 4 adults (ages 16 and up)
10K Stripes 10 kilometer run for ages 16 years old and up

Exciting game booths and activities await the entire family and barkada at McDonald’s Stripes Run 2017 in Cebu. Sign-up today and tell your family and friends all about it! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #McDoStripesRun and tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram. For more information and to view the list of McDo stores you can register in, visit or follow McDonald’s Philippines’ Facebook page,


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Pre-order the new SAMSUNG Galaxy S9 and S9+ NOW!

Get the full-scale experience of how everyday moments become more epic with the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Set to deliver more meaning in taking photos and videos, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ take a step further by introducing the Super Slow-mo feature that can capture up to 960 frames per second and low light cameras that possess Dual Aperture (F1.5/F2.4). Both smartphones feature an 8MP front camera (F1.7) and a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP rear camera with autofocus sensor and optical image stabilization making sure all your photos are instagram-ready at any time of the day! The Galaxy S9+ also adds a Telephoto 12MP rear camera that will let you zoom in, literally, on the littlest and most memorable moments!

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also allows you to express yourself in a fun and unique way with the Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji that feature facial recognition technology which allows you to create personalized 3D avatars and emojis. Morever, its newest Bixby technology takes your exploration in to a whole new level with its AR technology that provides you useful information via real-time object detection and recognition. Bixby also can help you translate foreign languages and currency with Live Translation.

What are you waiting for, Pre-order now until March 6 to get the newest Samsung flagship smartphone. With a suggested retail price of PHP 45,990 and PHP 52,990, respectively, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in 64GB are available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and a new chic and stylish shade: Lilac Purple. Samsung is also offering the Galaxy S9+ in 256GB in Midnight Black and Coral Blue for PHP 60,990 available during pre-order period only.

Pre-order to get an exclusive gift: choice of AKG S30 Bluetooth Speaker or Wireless Charger Convertible or a Samsung voucher worth PHP 3,500 which may be used on any Samsung mobile product in the same store on the same day of purchase. Additional complimentary giveaways include a 6-month Screen Warranty voucher, Zalora and honestbee vouchers, and 10% off on selected Samsung wearables.

Pre-order via or you may visit your nearest Samsung experience store or select Abenson’s or SM Appliance stores nationwide. For more details, log on to the Samsung website or visit the Samsung Philippines Facebook page at .


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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at .

Meet Team Lakay with Globe Postpaid and ONE Championship

Get the chance to fly to Japan and watch the upcoming historic event in Tokyo, ONE: A NEW ERA!

16Plus, you might even win a trip for 2 to Tokyo, Japan and watch the historic ONE: A NEW ERA event this March, courtesy of Globe Postpaid and ONE Championship!

Simply head to the Globe Store in SM Baguio on February 22, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. to sign up for the Meet & Greet, and download the ONE Super App to qualify for the promo. See your favorite Team Lakay heroes, led by its stalwarts, ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, and Coach Mark Sangiao!

Aside from the Team Lakay Meet & Greet session, there will be exciting games and activities that will give Globe Postpaid customers a chance to witness them in action at ONE: A NEW ERA! Lucky customers have a chance to win round-trip tickets for 2, a 3-day accommodation in Tokyo, Japan, and a pair of tickets to the ONE: A NEW ERA event — all from Globe Postpaid and ONE Championship, along with its official travel partners, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Traveloka.

ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019 is ONE Championship’s biggest event yet and will banner a total of 4 ONE title fights, with Folayang and Belingon defending their titles.

The ONE Super App has been included in the company’s roster of apps that aim to enrich the digital lifestyle of many Filipinos. This allows Globe to rally support for the country’s exceptional MMA athletes who have brought honor to the country by making a name in the global martial arts stage through ONE Championship.

Globe Postpaid customers can watch the historic ONE: A NEW ERA along with other fights live right on their mobile devices anytime and anywhere with the ONE Super App, powered by their reliable Globe mobile data. Just download the ONE Super App at and subscribe to GoWATCH. Choose from two GoWATCH options to suit your needs — GoWATCH 29 with 2GB of streaming data for 3 days, or GoWATCH 399 with 10GB of streaming data valid for 30 days. It’s never been this easy to #PlayItRight and stream the best entertainment from legitimate sources only.

For more about Globe Telecom, visit or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


Kizuna Aesthetic Center Brings Advance Japanese Technology on Skincare to Cebu

With so many skincare and beauty clinics popping everywhere, it is getting harder for people to find one they can actually trust in terms of quality and authenticity.

It is this kind of guarantee that Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select is bringing to Cebuanos as they open their first ever clinic at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select is offering new and advance Japanese technology in its machines and services and that’s what sets them apart from all the other beauty clinics.

Dr. Kentaro Ono, a plastic surgeon from Fujieda, Japan, has partnered with Dr. Hope Valerie Solano, a certified dermatologist and a diplomate of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) in establishing Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select.

“Cebuanos can expect that our ingredients and medical solutions are of high quality and advance technology from Japan. We hired a Japanese aesthetician to give everyone the same techniques used by our sister company, Fujieda Skin Clinic,” Dr. Solano shared.

Dr. Solano, dermatologist, and Moie Fujimoto, who is a certified aesthetician in Japan, are the mainstays at Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select. Both of them have been sent to Japan for formal training on the technologies they use in the center.

The Mediline Radiofrequency is the most advanced multipolar, non-surgical wrinkle reduction, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring of Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select. This machine melts fats and cellulites, stimulates collagen, and tightens loose skin.

On the other hand, the Ultimate Facial Aqua Medication consists of different features that include water peeling which cleans the pores and removes blackheads; carbonic acid facial which exfoliates skin and improves skin oxygen levels, and makes skin brighter with a more uniform tone.

The radiofrequency contours and firms the face for glowing and tight skin while the electroporation infuses serum with the choice of anti-aging, whitening, and anti-acne.

Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select’s other services include laser hair removal; botox; hyaluronic acid fillers; mesotherapy; injectables of glutathione, placenta and Vitamin C; chemical peels; cauterization of warts; acne scar treatments; pimple treatments; skin cancer detection; and consultation for skin, hair, scalp, hair fall and nail problems.

“The Cebuano market is very discriminating and value-conscious of the services and the quality of treatments. They are more conscious that it is important to seek advice from a certified doctor under the Philippine Dermatological Society,” Dr. Solano said about the local market.


Dr. Solano and Dr. Ono first met in 2016 through a common friend. Since then, they started sharing techniques and Dr. Ono and his consultants also introduced Dr. Select Beauty Products.

Dr. Select prides itself in always discovering the most advance technology that makes healthy skin in the medical beauty industry.

As of now, more than 10,000 beauty salons, clinics, and companies are using Dr. Select products in Japan alone.

But aside from that, they also have customers in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Russia, USA, and Australia, among others.

Last April 2019, Dr. Solano was invited to see all the aesthetic clinics in Japan that was associated with the Japanese consultants, and that was when they proposed to open one in Cebu.

It was a no-brainer for them to choose Cebu since Dr. Ono’s personal advocacy is to reach out to Cebuanos and share his knowledge and expertise.

Back in the 1980s, Dr. Ono was an exchange student at the Sacred Heart for Boys High School and stayed for a year in Cebu.

In fact, the word “Kizuna” actually means “connection” or “bond between the Japanese and Filipino.”

With their tagline “Kizuna: Your Bond with Beauty,” Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select will be on soft opening starting this Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Their 200-square meter clinic is located at the Basement 2 of Robinsons Galleria Cebu. The clinic will have eight staff.

Kizuna Aesthetic Center By Dr. Select is also the exclusive distributor of Dr. Select Products which can be purchased at the Center with advice from their dermatologist.

Samsung Merrier Christmas Deals

Samsung kicks off the holiday season with Merrier Christmas Deals for the whole family

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Manila, Philippines – A Filipino Christmas is marked by back-to-back house gatherings and family members coming over from different parts of the world. With more loved ones to entertain, the modern homemaker needs reliable appliances and innovative entertainment solutions for a hassle-free and memorable holiday celebration.

Samsung Philippines gives Filipinos more reasons to enjoy the holiday season with Merrier Christmas Deals. Generous discounts and freebies await customers for every purchase of a Samsung TV and smart digital appliances to make the season more comfortable, convenient, and time-efficient. Here are the exciting deals to choose from:

‘Tis the season to upgrade to a Samsung Curved TV

  1. FREE 12 months of iflix subscription – Switch to select 2016 Samsung Full HD, Curved Full HD, UHD, or Curved UHD TVs and enjoy 1 year of free iflix subscription. Get ready for all-day TV marathons via iflix, a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service featuring complete seasons of hundreds of top TV shows and a large collection of international movies. This is the only VOD that allows downloading your favorite shows and watching them offline.
  2. FREE Christmas Package from Del Monte to complete the holiday feast – For every purchase of select Samsung Full HD TV, HD TV or Giga Sound System, customers will receive a free Del Monte Christmas basket with delicious and high-quality ingredients to add to the Christmas fare.

Exciting deals for Samsung Digital Appliances

  1. Save up to P36,000 – For growing households with growing needs, now is the best time to upgrade the family’s home appliances. Samsung offers up to 25% off or P36,000 in savings for its latest refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, and microwave ovens for straight payments. Discounts of up to 15% are also available for instalment purchases.
  2. Indulge in a family dining treat when using your Citibank credit card – Enjoy a free meal with your loved ones at House of Wagyu or Garden Café at Marriot Hotel–Cebu when you avail of select Samsung Digital Appliance models at 0% Citi PayLite for 12 months.

Make the holiday season merrier and more comfortable for the whole family with a new Samsung TV and Samsung Digital Appliances.

The Samsung Merrier Christmas Deals promo is available at Samsung authorized dealers starting October 1. For more information, visit


About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

Megaworld opens The Mactan Newtown Beachfront

The 11.5-hectare beachfront property area of The Mactan Newtown, Megaworld’s 30-hectare township in Mactan Island, is now open to the public.

The beachfront area lets you enjoy water activities such as Stand Up Paddling, Jet Skis, Banana Boat and more, or relax with family and friends while appreciating the white sand shores and unparalleled views of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay.

Open from 7AM to 7PM, you can already have a fun day under the sun for only Php 150 on weekdays and Php 199 on weekends.

Formerly known as the Portofino Beach Resort, The Mactan Newtown’s beachfront area will soon feature an exclusive, world-class beach club and more sports facilities that will further promote an active lifestyle by the beach.

For more information, visit

Make your Life More Vibrant with the SAMSUNG Galaxy J2 Pro

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Adding a touch of vibrancy in your life may sound like a difficult task to achieve – especially when you’re living in a world where everything is fast-paced. But looking at it closely, simply adding color to the world you surround yourself in can help you add vibrancy in your own personality as well! The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro, with its superior display, allows you to see life in full color with its screen that lets you watch your favorite videos in a vibrant and strikingly clear quality. For you to maximize the way you enjoy your Galaxy J2 Pro, here are five more ways you can add more touches of color to your life!

1. Live by your favorite sayings

Allowing yourself to be inspired by your favorite poetry or short quotes also allows for more positivity in your life. Browsing through inspirational websites, binge-reading motivational books, or even just exchanging stories with your favorite people will help you seize each moment and make it worth-capturing!

2. Eat happy and healthy food

Filling yourself with color – literally – will also affect your mood and energize you throughout each day. Eat food that your body will thank you for, and let it prep you for each day ahead. Plus, colorful food looks Instagram-worthy too!

3. Bring color around you

Allow yourself to be an inspiration to others by bringing color to your surroundings as well. Simply keeping a positive attitude and wearing clothes that are splashed with happy shades can already do so much to brighten someone else’s day!

4. Celebrate art

Discover various artworks that portray different messages through bright hues, which you can find in the most accessible of places such as your local park or at a nearby café. Just make sure to bring your Galaxy J2 Pro with you so you can capture everything and view it all in vibrant colors!

5. Indulge yourself with clear and colorful visuals

Lastly, make sure to use your Galaxy J2 Pro in watching all types of videos – from TV series, to films, to cooking tutorials, to inspirational videos, to workout lessons, and more – in awesome quality. It’s equipped with an HD Super AMOLED Display that showcases vivid TV-like colors and deeper contrasts right before your very eyes, ensuring that each viewing experience is one that you’ll never forget!

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro is now available in the Philippines for PHP 7,490. To know more, you can visit the Samsung Galaxy Studio located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig or visit our websites, or log on to .



About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at


Filipino-owned Emperador Buys Mexico’s No. 1 Brandy

After two landmark purchases of European liquor brands last year, the world’s largest brandy company is now expanding to the Americas

As part of its aggressive global expansion, Filipino liquor company Emperador, which is now considered to be the world’s largest brandy company, through its Spanish subsidiary Bodegas Las Copas, is purchasing the Domecq brandies and wines of Pernod Ricard in Mexico. The landmark buyout includes Mexican brandy brands Presidente, known to be Mexico’s No. 1 selling brandy, Azteca de Oro and Don Pedro.

This gives Emperador access to the brandy market in Latin America, particularly Mexico where the Domecq brandies take half of the entire brandy market. Latin American countries have over 600-million population to date.

“This recent acquisition fits perfectly with our strategy to fortify Emperador’s status as the no.1 brandy company in the world,” says Winston Co, president, Emperador, Inc.

“The entry into Mexico will strengthen Emperador brandy global position through Presidente brandy, which is Mexico’s no. 1 locally produced brandy,” adds Richard Lañeda, senior analyst, COL Financial Group.

Just in February this year, Emperador also completed the purchase of the brandy and sherry businesses of Beam Spain, S.L., which include four iconic brands – Fundador, the oldest and largest Spanish brandy in the world; Terry Centenario, the No. 1 brandy in Spain; Tres Cepas, the largest selling brandy in Equatorial Guinea; and Harveys, the no. 1 selling sherry wine in the world.

Emperador also operates a global Scotch whisky business, which Emperador bought in 2014. Whyte and Mackay has a rich heritage of a Scottish spirits, which is the fifth largest Scotch whisky manufacturer in the United Kingdom with prestigious brands like The Dalmore, Jura Single Malt Whisky, Mackinlay’s Shackleton Malt Whisky, Whyte & Mackay Scotch Whisky, Vladivar Vodka, among others.

Emperador brands are available in 100 countries around the world. ###

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