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Megaworld’s 9-mo rental income surges 15%; pulls net profit up to P9.27-B

MANILA, Philippines, November 09, 2016 ‐ Property giant Megaworld’s rental income soared 15% in the first three quarters of the year, pulling up the company’s 9-month income. Rental income, which comes from the company’s expanded office and commercial retail portfolio, reached P7.41-billion in the first nine months of 2016 from P6.44-billion during the same period last year.

During the past months, Megaworld has opened new malls and commercial centers in its various integrated urban townships, particularly Uptown Bonifacio, McKinley Hill, Forbes Town Center, Iloilo Business Park, The Mactan Newtown, and Twin Lakes; and new office towers in McKinley West, Uptown Bonifacio, The Mactan Newtown, and Iloilo Business Park.

It also expanded its hotel portfolio with the introduction of another local hotel brand, Belmont Hotel, which launched its first hotel in Newport City late last year, in addition to its homegrown Richmonde Hotels in Eastwood City, Ortigas, and Iloilo.

The Philippines’ biggest developer of integrated urban townships and the largest lessor of office spaces, achieved a net income of P9.27-billion during the first nine months of 2016, 11% higher than P8.35-billion during the same period last year.

Consolidated revenues grew 5% during the first three quarters of 2016 on a year-on-year basis. The growth is an increase from last year’s P33.53-billion to P35.26-billion this year.

“Our fundamentals remain strong and we are happy to see that our anticipated aggressive growth in our rental businesses continues. What we are now witnessing is the transition of Megaworld from being just a builder into becoming a landlord. This means that the company will be insulated from any cyclicality from the residential business while having steady or even higher growth moving forward,“ says Francis Canuto, treasurer, Megaworld.

Earlier this year, Megaworld unveiled its 21st integrated urban township, the 140-hectare Maple Grove in General Trias, Cavite. The development’s masterplan is to have an eclectic mix of residential, office, retail, and institutional components in an environment friendly community. Another vast township is scheduled to be launched before year-end, bringing the company’s number of townships across the Philippines to 22 this year.

Megaworld’s township developments started with Eastwood City in Quezon City, (18 hectares); and was replicated onwards with Newport City in Pasay City (25 hectares); McKinley Hill (50 hectares), McKinley West (34.5 hectares), Uptown Bonifacio (15.4 hectares) and Forbes Town Center (5 hectares), all in Fort Bonifacio; The Mactan Newtown in Cebu (30 hectares); Iloilo Business Park (72 hectares) and Sta. Barbara Heights (173 hectares), both in Iloilo; Boracay Newcoast in Boracay Island (150 hectares); Twin Lakes in Tagaytay (1,200 hectares); ArcoVia City in Pasig City (12.3 hectares); Southwoods City in the boundaries of Cavite and Laguna (561 hectares); Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City (11 hectares); Alabang West in Las Piñas City (62 hectares); Suntrust Ecotown (350 hectares) and Maple Grove (140 hectares) both in Cavite; The Upper East (34 hectares) and Northill Gateway (50 hectares) both in Negros Occidental; Capital Town Pampanga (35.6-hectares); and Westside City in the Entertainment City in Paranaque (31 hectares.)


A Refinery Celebrates its Anniversary Sizzling at One!

July 12 2016, Castle Peak Hotel, Cebu—A. Refinery is proud to celebrate its first year of existence in Ayala Cebu Center through pre event media conference at as one of the most innovative and newest companies in audio and lifestyle industry.

A Refinery was founded by group of friends with same passion in music in 2015, as a concept store features products under the slogan Lifestyle – Music – Technology serving as an experience hub for premium audio and lifestyle. A. Refienry celebrates an official event anniversary on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

In one year, their passion and dedication to produce high quality products among customers is really imperative competency making its users be in the moment with their music experience and the innovation to create immersive forward thinking of home entertainment, HIFI concepts and portable media. Offering complete showcased products and services as well the creative setting for customers, bringing central misison to life in a new way.

A refinery is truly the home of the iconic and world – class such as longtime German headphone powerhouse Beyerdynamic, and two of Britain’s leading audio innovators Chord Electronics Ltd. and Q Acoustics. The store will also be an ideal setting for non-audio brands such as Booq Cases & fashionable bags, Lineaflux Hyperchargers, as well as one of the newest innovations of the 21st Century – Home Automation by Control 4.

To kick off the Anniversary celebration, A. Refinery will host a pre-event media conference and a cocktail event. The products of A. Refinery will be used and displayed throughout these events to feature the brands’ newest innovations and quality products to a wider network and thanks all media partners who join their sizzling existense in one year both offline and online community. Aside the PR and presentation of new SKU’s; dignitaries and partners are giving away of gift packs and gift certificate during the said conference.

For further details, please visit and connect with us at instagram @arefineryph and twitter @arefineryPH or reach the official organizers A. Refinery Marketing Officer Mark Frias Embino and Jhunnie de Guzman at


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Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, 1105 Quezon City, Philippines
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Refinery Ayala Center Cebu
Level 3, Ayala Center, Cebu Center Park, Barrio Luz,
Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Contact No: +63 (32) 987 0172

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Space 2114, 2nd Floor, Abreeza, Ayala Mall, JP Laurel Avenue Davao City
Contact No: +63 (82) 296 7849

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 .



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The Future of TV: Sony Bravia OLED A8F


Televisions have evolved swiftly over the years. This evolution in effect has immensely upgraded the viewing experience of the audience. The new golden age of television brings OLED, which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, a type of display technology considered as a major leap in the history of TV.

For most viewers, they no longer just watch, TV watching has become a whole new experience of bringing entertainment to a certain level of reality at the comfort of your own home. Streaming your favorite movies, series, documentaries, or sports with a good TV system allows you to relive these moments right before your eyes. This new and improved level of entertainment pumps up your senses to fully enjoy your watching. That is why in choosing the right TV for your household, one must consider several factors that would satisfy your senses.

Step ever closer to reality

The SONY BRAVIA OLED A8F series brings new meaning to watching movies, sports, and gaming with the breathtaking 4K HDR TV experience with the latest OLED screen, processor and, advanced sound technologies that is ideal for your binge watching.

Everything else pales in contrast

With over 8 million self-illuminating pixels that are precisely and individually controlled by X1 Extreme Processor, reality comes to life with deep black and natural color. The OLED technology which lights up each pixel lights individually, allows you to see more accurate detail, color, and shades. Sony’s 4K OLED TV creates exquisite and unprecedented contrast that takes your viewing experience up a notch.

The greatest sound you’ve never seen

Enjoy movie theater experience at the comfort of your own homes as the SONY BRAVIA OLED A8F immerses you in an innovative TV breakthrough as picture and sound blends in perfect harmony because unlike most TV speakers, sound comes to you from the entire screen with the Acoustic Surface™ technology.

Life’s brilliance, revealed with extra colors

A TRILUMINOS Display maps colors from a wider palette, faithfully reproducing every shade and hue for a more realistic display. This feature provides a sense of depth into images, showcasing improved colors that immerses the viewers into a whole new experience.

Discover thrilling 4K HDR entertainment

Movies and TV shows in HDR are closer to the original recording and the director’s vision with more brightness, contrast, and color for a truly lifelike viewing. Immerse yourself in the pure creative vision of filmmakers exactly how they want you to experience.

Just talk, a fun way to explore new worlds

The advanced voice control of the SONY BRAVIA OLED A8F’s 4K HDR TV with Android TV™ brings movies and TV shows from apps or broadcast in an instant. Voice search lets you easily find good content on streaming services by using just your voice. Get a better streaming experience with high performance, cutting edge smart features, and easy app access.

Discreetly designed for the screen

This 4K HDR OLED TV has a clean, minimalist design that keeps you focused on what’s important—the picture. Its sophisticated look would fit right into your home.

A new world is now within your reach with a push of a button. Bring cutting edge viewing technology from picture, sound, design, and beyond into your home with the BRAVIA OLED A8F.


Indonesian talent sweep awards at Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”

Singapore – Indonesian talent swept the awards at Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge” Regional Finals in Singapore last evening. Chick Chick directed by Mr Kevin Anderson beat a host of entries to be named the Grand Winner while Sowan by Mr Destian Rendra was the runner-up.

Chick Chick tells the story of a young girl who befriends a chicken. Her attempts to communicate with the chicken, inspires her to try and reconnect her fighting parents with a tin-can phone. As the grand winner, Mr Anderson received a cash prize of US$30,000 and a Sony camera and lens set worth more than US$5,000. Reacting to the win, he said, “We wanted to tell a story about connecting lives that goes back to basics without gadgets and social media. It’s been a great experience for us to connect with the finalists and judges from the region through this video challenge. We thank Singtel, Telkomsel and the judges.”

The runner-up Sowan follows a man who travels to various places on his motorbike. He hears about recent agricultural issues and discovers the conflicts among farmers, middlemen and sellers. Mr Rendra, who also competed in and won the inaugural video challenge last year, received a cash prize of US$15,000 and Sony products worth more than US$4,000. “We appreciate this video challenge for bringing our vision to a bigger audience. We’re back again this year because it’s been a priceless experience for us,” he said.

The entries impressed the regional judging panel headed by award-winning Singapore filmmaker Mr Eric Khoo and comprising Mr Aaron Lea (Australia), Mr Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Mr Serge Abessolo (Gabon), Mr Quark Henares (the Philippines) and Mr Thitipong Kerdtongtawee (Thailand).

Mr Khoo, who returned as a judge for the second year, said, “We were wowed by the great improvement in the short videos this year. The winning works really spoke to us and we look forward to working with some these talented filmmakers.” He advised aspiring filmmakers to hone their craft by continuously filming and finding new ways to tell a story even with their smart phones.

“The 5-Min Video Challenge” is both a celebration of the filmmaking talent in Asia and a content push by the Group. Centred on the theme “Connecting Lives” this year, it attracted hundreds of video submissions from Australia, Gabon, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The videos submitted spanned a range of genres from comedy, romance to drama and slice of life.

Two finalists from each of the six countries were chosen by local judges to compete in the Regional Finals. The Grand Winner and runner-up were then selected by the regional judging panel.

Mr Arthur Lang, Chief Executive Officer, International Group, Singtel, said, “We’re impressed by the different perspectives presented in the short videos that inspired, challenged and entertained us. As Asia’s leading communications technology group and a long-time supporter of the arts, we want to support the creative talent in the region and quality original content that our customers enjoy. Many of us today look for content that is mobile-friendly, authentic and connects with the heart. I strongly believe the finalist entries have all achieved these. We’re honoured to recognise them.”

Besides impressing the regional judging panel, Sowan and Chick Chick also captured the hearts of audiences who voted the videos as their favourites for the People’s Choice Awards. Mr Rendra received US$3,000 as the winner while Mr Anderson received US$2,000 as the runner-up.

Additionally, Chick Chick won the newly-created Sony’s Emerging Talent Award for outstanding technical skills and inspirational story-telling, and received prizes worth over US$5,000.

The grand winner, runner-up and finalists will have the opportunity to promote their videos on each Singtel Group member’s mobile and video platforms, allowing them to reach a 670-million strong audience across Asia, Australia, and Africa.


About Singtel

Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches 670 million mobile customers in 22 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.

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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, Sharp Philippines on Facebook, or 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.


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


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GCash ‘Scan to Pay’ feature now at The SM Store nationwide

Manila, Philippines, December 1 – GCash mobile wallet service announced today that its scan to pay feature is now available at all SM Store nationwide and at the information booths of SM malls.

This development makes it more convenient for customers to do their shopping, especially this holiday season as shoppers can already easily pay for their purchases without the need to bring cash.

Using GCash scan to pay method is like a walk in the park. A customer with a smartphone only needs to either download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, create an account and fund the GCash wallet through cash-in centers located across the country. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR and point the phone’s camera at the item’s QR code to pay.

The SM Store is the latest addition in a growing list of merchants which have embraced the GCash App scan to pay feature. Among the early adopters are Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City and Ayala Malls, particularly Glorietta.

Anthony Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mynt, the financial technology company owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial, and Ayala Corp., said they have already begun the rollout of the QR code acceptance.

“We’re not installing a device but just a sticker with a QR code. The customer simply scans that sticker so no need for additional machines for transactions and there’s no cost to the machine but more benefits to the merchants. Cash is still convenient but there’s also the issue of security and handling. With GCash scan to pay feature, we’re bringing that down to the level where merchants can adapt,” Thomas explained.

With the addition of The SM Store, the use of the GCash scan to pay feature continues to gain support among the top malls and merchants in the country.

Other well-known merchants currently using the feature are the Max’s Group of restaurants, apparel brand Bench, and international brands specialty retailer Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI). Smaller sellers located at celebrity bazaar destination Noel Bazaar and in Mercato have also adopted this new cashless payment option.

Over the next few months, GCash will continue to aggressively roll out the use of the scan to pay feature in other locations nationwide to encourage more people to use it and enjoy its benefits.

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Win P300k Shopping Spree, P1M Journey When you Deposit in Maybank

Would you like to go on a trip to the US worth P1million or any other destination in the world? Or how about spending P300,000 in a shopping spree in any place or shop of your preference?

“Maybank clients can experience these adventures of a lifetime with the iSave. iShop. iFly Promo. By simply turning deposits into a chance to win wonderful adventures, saving becomes delightful,” said Donna Michelle Barroga, Head of Marketing of Maybank Philippines.

In addition, she said, winners of the iSave.iShop.iFly promo can customize how they want to enjoy their prize, giving them the flexibility to create their own travel or shopping package. All these are made possible simply by opening an iSave account. All Maybank iSave Accounts will earn one raffle entry for every Php 10,000 month-to-date average daily balance maintained in their accounts from February 1 to July 31, 2019.

They will be automatically registered for the draw and will be informed through SMS. All iSave Accounts will continue to earn raffle entries until the end of the promo, Barroga said.

There will be three preliminary draws with three winners each of a shopping spree worth Php 300,000, Php 200,000, and Php 100,000, and there will be one (1) grand draw winner who will win a trip to the U.S.A. or any preferred destination worth Php 1,000,000, TAX FREE.  iSave depositors can join in all raffle draws, but can only win once per draw.

Vincent Dexter Go, Head of Virtual Banking of Maybank, explained “Opening an iSave savings account in the Maybank2U PH app makes it easier for every Filipino to get a bank account.”  iSave as an online only savings account that can be applied through the Maybank2U PH App. The Maybank account is convenient and hassle-free because one can open it without going to a branch.

Moreover, the account is affordable.

Go explained that there is no initial deposit and zero maintaining balance. The client earns interest of 0.25% per annum at PHP 20,000 balance. He or she can withdraw from any BancNet ATM in the Philippines for free.  The account is accessible via any Maybank ATM in Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia with no charge and can enjoy better conversion rates. It comes with an EMV Enabled ATM, thus very secure. The client enjoys banking transactions online via the Maybank2U PH App.

So iSave now and get to create delightful memories with Maybank.

Senator Grace Poe keynotes Globe Telecom’s AttyATBP

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Senator Grace Poe keynotes Globe Telecom’s AttyATBP, an annual event organized by the company’s Corporate and Legal Services Group (CLSG) where various government services from the Land Transportation Office, Philippine Statistics Office, Social Security System, National Bureau of Investigation, as well as free legal consultations, are provided to employees of the leading telecommunications provider.

In her keynote address, Poe emphasized the need to fast track infrastructure permitting as a key to sustainable economic development in the country. She is joined in above photo by top company executives and employees that included Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe Chief Information and Technology Officer Gil Genio and Rep. Geraldine Roman, (1st District, Bataan), who also spoke at the event.


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