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McDonald’s Welcome Change Day

Mark your calendar: July 4 is McDonald’s Welcome Change Day, celebrate with free Burger McDo in select stores

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Every day is an opportunity to embrace change, experience new things, and explore new grounds.

Anyone who is ready to welcome change is invited to enjoy Burger McDo on Monday, July 4, from 2:30 to 3:30pm at select McDonald’s stores nationwide, for free! Coined as McDonald’s ‘Welcome Change Day,’ you can bite into change and savor the new and improved Burger McDo. It’s one delicious hour that you definitely do not want to miss!

Burger McDo is now made with a beefier and juicier patty, tastier and sweeter sauce, all sandwiched in the same soft bun.

As an added treat, you can also get limited edition stickers that will surely motivate and inspire you to welcome change everyday. So mark your calendar and welcome change with the new Burger McDo at McDonald’s on July 4!

Share your photos enjoying the new Burger McDo via facebook.com/mcdo.ph or tag @McDo_PH on
Twitter or Instagram with #WelcomeChange.

For the complete list of participating stores, visit facebook.com/mcdo.ph

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.

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Hack The Climate: CleanTech-Loban

 

In the 3rd anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Hack the Climate will stage its first ever Clean Technology Hackathon and Training happening in Palo, Leyte and Tacloban City. It is part of the 8th NICP ICT Summit 2016, in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), DOST Region 8, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus, Seed4com, Move.ph, Millenia Suites, ThinkLab and Unionbank of the Philippines.

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Hack the Climate is a climate change themed Hackathon that is formed out of the desire of a two Princeton University College Students, named Michael Lanchanski and Jacob Scheer to help the Philippines in their battle for climate change through Technology and Innovation. With the help of their Filipno counterparts, Elaine Cedillo, Diego Jose Ramos and Rizzel Jill Dy, Hack the Climate was born on June 2013.

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“Hack the Climate in Leyte is our 5th since we started and we hope that we can bring this project across the country” said Elaine Cedillo, the lead project coordinator for this leg. “ Hack the Climate is more than just a hackathon, it is our advocacy. Educating the students and young professionals about the adverse effects of climate change while challenging the developers to create a solution for climate change adaptation or mitigation, and through that, the participants are empowered to do something to help our environment “ she added

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THE CLEAN TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS AND THE HACKATHON

This year’s Hackathon is dubbed as “Hack the Climate Cleantech-Loban” and it will be a a three-part event. They will be launching their first solar e-Learning facility for Alternative Learning System and a Solar Night Lamp assembly livelihood training program for the out-of-the school youth and partner NGO’s, plus a conference – hackathon about Climate Change Mitigation and CleanTech

Philippine Toy Library located at Palo District 1, District 1 of Barugo Leyte with more than 100 learners and at Pambujan, Samar with more than 90 learners will be the beneficiaries of an e-Learning set-up consisting of laptops from Huawei Philippines powered by solar panels which will be donated by Unionbank of the Philippines through their Go Beyond CSR. While the Solar Night Lamp that will be produced during the training will be donated to a fishing community in and around Tacloban.

The hackathon, a coding marathon, happening on November 9-10, 2016 at Philippine Science High School in Palo, Leyte, involves a specific theme which participants will be creating web or mobile applications, or hardware solutions. The conference happening simultaneously with the hackathon, features speakers to educate and enlighten the audience to what is happening with our environment and how it affects each and every one of us, and different technologies which can be used to help in creating solutions.

Clean Techloban is also supported by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. and the OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. and organized by Redwizard Events Management. For more information you may log on to : http://hacktheclimate.com/ or like their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/HackTheClimate

UnionBank Hosts The First Ever U:HAC!

Union Bank of the Philippines recently organized its first ever U:HAC or UnionBank Hackathon and Convention at Cebu City during the weekend of August 6 & 7, 2016.

Some of the participants of U:HAC listening to the pitches
Welcome to U:HAC Cebu Leg

Held at A Space Cebu, Kasambangan, Cebu City, many of the participants who have already registered trooped to the venue to join the hackathon as they showcased their innovative digital solutions to UnionBank executives and officers who served as judges and mentors at the event.

More than a hundred of mostly students and professionals were present at U:HAC Cebu. The event was opened by UnionBank executives Senior EVP for Retail and Corporate Banking and CitySavings Bank Chairman Eugene Acevedo and SVP and Head of Digital Transformation Group Paolo Baltao with SVP and HR Director Michelle Rubio welcoming the participants.

Mr. Paolo Baltao, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Transformation Group, UnionBank of the Philippines
Ms. Michelle Rubio, Senior Vice President, Human Resource Group, UnionBank of the Philippines

There were a total of 30 teams at the event with some group members meeting for the first time at the venue. Nevertheless, all were full of enthusiasm and excitement in bringing up the most creative solutions to the 10 wicked challenges presented to them by the organizers.

The challenges ranged on coming up with potential solutions on problems centered on education, unemployment, banking in the future, pollution, climate change, healthcare, poverty, community building, disaster resilience and building sustainability.

The teams selected the challenge they were interested to resolve. With just their laptops and creative juices and a very resilient and strong internet connection, they did an all-nighter to develop their digital solutions and coding to the challenges.

The next day, all 30 teams pitched their projects to the UBP judges and mentors. Based on the criteria of novelty, product creativity, functionality and impact to customers, the top 10 were selected. These top 10 teams again presented their projects. And from that select group, the champion was crowned.

Preliminary Pitching

The judges listening attentively to the pitches

The project LAURELEYE developed by Team LaurelEye composed of students from University of San Carlos was declared first placer for developing an Uber-type web-based platform for tutorials. The project helps individuals find other individuals who are willing to educate them in various topics that both interests them such as arts, culture, academic subjects, etc. The team received P50,000, a trophy and cloud credit from IPC.

Team LaurelEye is composed of Cris Militante, Gabriel Pineda, Patrick Woogue, Ian Escoton and Anthony Mondoy
Awarding the P50,000 cash by the UnionBank’s Human Resource Group

The project CITYSIREN developed by the group HatchITSolutions also won a special prize. Their web application uses data mining and data analytics to inform LGU and businesses on the issues that the public are facing day-to-day. The team received a cash prize of P30,000.

The judges together with the members of HatchIT Solutions composed of , Charles Yu, Arjay Osma, Pete Matthew Revales, Clifford Lawas and Matthew Rapes
The organizing team of U:HAC 2016

The event gave the participants the knowledge that UnionBank welcomes and supports digital innovations to further embrace Digital Banking. They saw that UnionBank has its own brand of providing unique customer experience through the integration of digital solutions in its operations as it transforms itself in becoming the leading Digital Bank in the Philippines.

U:HAC Cebu was organized in partnership with A Space Cebu, PLDT Innolab and IPC.

U:HAC’s next leg will be held on August 27-28, 2016 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall. For more details, you may check www.uhacph.com or like them on facebook.com/UHac2016/.

Reward Yourself with Samsung’s Big Score in 11 Stores promo

Time to check this year’s resolutions – have you kept your promises, even over-delivered on your goals? Your accomplishments, both small and big victories, should be rewarded.

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Get the home entertainment upgrade you’ve always desired and be rewarded for it, as Samsung brings the “Big Score in 11 Stores” promo. From November 30 to December 4, score big savings and premium rewards when you buy select Samsung TVs, such as Samsung Curved SUHD, SUHD, and UHD, in 11 Samsung dealers nationwide.

More than uncovering a new dimension viewing experience with Samsung TVs, here are other treats Samsung has in store for you after a year of hard work:

  • Take home a free Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy A7, Galaxy Tab A or Samsung Soundbar. Select Samsung TVs will let you own powerful gadgets, such as Samsung Galaxy S7, A7, or Tab A that can help you work smarter, or a Samsung Soundbar to complete the upgraded entertainment experience.
  • Enjoy up to 60% discount on Samsung Soundbars. This year, transforming your entertainment room to a cinema-like zone can become a reality. Pair your Samsung SUHD TV with a Samsung Soundbar, Curved Soundbar, or Dolby Atmos Soundbar to bring home the cinema experience. Beautiful inside and out, these Samsung Soundbars will prove why they are better than typical home theater systems and perfect pair to your Samsung TVs.
  • Win other premium surprises. Lastly, Samsung SUHD TV buyers will get a chance to win other Samsung premium items. This includes the Samsung Wireless Audio 360 R1 to enjoy a 360 perfectly balanced sound or Del Monte Christmas Packages to add to the Christmas fare.

The participating dealers are SM Appliance in SM Megamall; Abenson in Ascott Bonifacio Global City; Automatic Center in SM North EDSA; Anson’s The Link in Makati; Robinsons Appliance in Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City; Savers Mall in Balibago, Pampanga; Addessa Galleria in Urdaneta, Pangasinan; First Family Appliance in Parkmall, Cebu; Metro Plaza in Gaisano Mall, Davao; Imperial Mega Showroom in Iloilo; and Solidmark in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro.

End the year strong on a happier note and inspire the family to do bigger things next year with these rewards. For more details, visit the Samsung Facebook page or log on to samsung.com/ph/offers.

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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, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

OPPO Unveils F1s Limited, Alden Richards as New Endorser

Selfie expert’s limited edition unit, new endorser revealed

The guessing game is finally over. After several days of waiting and speculation on social media, mobile technology brand OPPO finally unveiled the ‘new face of the selfie expert’—the special edition F1s Limited that sports a metallic grey color.

But the F1s Limited is not only OPPO’s new face. The smartphone brand also confirmed today that Kapuso heartthrob Alden Richards is joining the OPPO family as one of its new brand ambassadors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alden Richards to our growing OPPO family,” Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Chengsaid. “We can’t wait to see how Alden will help us redefine our selfie-taking experiences.”

The F1s first made waves among Filipino smartphone users last August. The new smartphone was such a hit that more than 19,000 units across the country sold out in just three days after its debut.

National sweetheart

Alden Richards expressed his excitement to work with OPPO, the Philippine’s second bestselling smartphone brand according to a report by German-based market research firm GfK.

“Selfies capture life’s most unforgettable moments in a very spontaneous way. I’m proud to be part of a family that celebrates those special moments,” Richards shared.

Richards is the other half of the phenomenal power couple AlDub, who stars in a segment of long-running noontime show Eat Bulaga. The love team generated a record-breaking number of tweets last March in one of their episodes, a feat recognized by the Guinness World Records during the tenth anniversary of micro-blogging site Twitter.

The selfie expert

Nicknamed the ‘selfie expert’, the OPPO F1s has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera that can snap bright selfies even in dim light thanks to its large aperture. It also helps users achieve a flawless look through its upgraded beautifying app, Beautify 4.0.

Apart from static selfies, the F1s can create moving images using its Super GIF feature, as well as double-exposure shots that juxtapose two images in one photo to create a sense of motion.

Lightning-fast fingerprint recognition also unlocks the phone in 0.22 seconds. Five fingerprints can be assigned to five contacts or applications for quick access.

The F1s is currently available in gold and rose gold. Concept and dealer stores nationwide will take pre-orders of F1s Limited starting today until November 11. Pre-orders can also be placed through the online shop Lazada. Customers who pre-order will also receive anexclusive set of VR and selfie stick for free.

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About OPPO
OPPO is a global electronics and technology service provider that provides customers with the latest and most exquisite electronic devices and mobile Internet service. OPPO delivers customers with the most delightful electronic experience that is full of surprises, through meticulous designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit http://global.oppo.com.

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 http://themactannewtown.com.ph/.

The Sharp Date Night for the Single

 

Manila, Philippines—February is the love month. Celebrated worldwide through different traditions, practices, and events, February gives lovers and romantics the opportunity to splurge and bond with their partners. For the unattached, it is the season they can either remain indifferent or, ironically, be involved as much as possible.

Especially evident in contemporary Filipino culture, the unattached, or the “single”, willingly participate and hype-up Valentine’s Day with social media antics and comic reliefs. But these single men and women, despite their self-mockery, are also proof that even in solitude, there is still a way to spend February 14 enjoyably—if only one is equipped with confidence, independence, and a solid home entertainment system.

No single person should have a reason to feel alone or sad this Valentine’s Day as Sharp Philippines, with a range of models from its audio and visual category, offers more than just the flowers or the chocolates.

Sharp includes in its roster the 4K Powered by Android TV filled with varying entertainment and viewing options that cater to whichever mood you are in. With apps like Netflix, YouTube, Google Cast, and Google Play, you can browse, play, and download non-stop and from the comforts of your home. Be in the company of your favorite TV series or films and a freshly popped bowl of popcorn as you simply enjoy the night away.

If you want to make some noise, you’ll clearly make a great statement with Sharp’s Bluetooth Boombox. It has the X-Bass Audio Enhancer plus an additional USB playback compatible with any device for a fast and effective connection. You can blast your favorite songs or dance to disco or hip-hop music and just feel the flowing vibe of positivity.

For better and probably more effective partying, let SAMM help you celebrate—or un-celebrate—the season. The Sharp Active Multimedia System is an all-in-one entertainment hub fit to cure any heart’s day boredom or woes. It’s your ultimate videoke machine built in with a movie and music player, TV tuner, multiple input and output terminals, 2 microphone inputs, and a 3-way speaker system. SAMM lets you sing your heart and heartbreaks out whether to the tune of a hit pop song or a classic, timeless ballad.Valentine’s Day might be an overwhelming reminder of partnerships and commitments but truly, there is still so much more to it than what it normally signifies.

Valentine’s Day, and all the days that lead to it, is also a single person’s special day to celebrate his ability to feel love for others as a reflection of how he also cares and loves himself.

Enjoy the single life with Sharp’s entertainment offerings.

Visit www.sharp.ph, Sharp Philippines on Facebook, or @sharp.ph on Instagram to know more about the Sharp Television and Audio category. You can also go to an authorized Sharp dealer near you to see more of Sharp’s products and offerings.

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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 mcdostripesrun.com.ph, and settle the registration fee at select McDonald’s stores.
  3. Register and pay online at mcdostripesrun.com.ph.

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 mcdostripesrun.com.ph or follow McDonald’s Philippines’ Facebook page, facebook.com/mcdo.ph.

 

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Experience Asia with SM Supermalls Mobile App

Exciting offers are up for grabs!

Cebuanos can now have a chance turn their travel plans into a reality when they join SM’s latest promo in Cebu – SM Seaside City Cebu DOWNLOAD, SHOP & FLY – as SM continues to offer new and exciting ways to make shopping more fun and rewarding!

From February 1 to March 31, mallgoers can avail an instant P100 discount from participating brands and a chance to win a trip for 2 to one of five Asian destinations, like Japan South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or China. Here’s how:

Step 1: Download the SM Supermalls Mobile App and register.

Step 2: Click on the Coupons Tab to see the list of participating brands.

Step 3: With a minimum single receipt purchase of P1,000, get a P100 discount instantly!

Step 4: Redeemed e-coupon becomes the e-raffle entry for the Asian country trip for two.

In partnership with Philippine Airlines and PAL Mabuhay Miles, winners will also be getting additional mileage points when they fly via this promo.

Over 250,000 Filipinos have subscribed to the SM Supermalls Mobile App because of chances like this. Download it now to get yours!

iTunes: http://bit.ly/SMMobileApp-iTunes
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SMMobileApp-GooglePlay

Visit www.smsupermalls.com for more details.

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