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Get Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie invites when you subscribe to a Globe Streamwatch Bundle!



Star Wars fans are in for a treat this Christmas, as Globe At Home gives away invites to the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In the latest chapter of the beloved film franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees Luke Skywalker’s return as he guides Rey develop her newly discovered powers, while the war between The First Order and The Resistance wages on.

From November 30, 2017 all new Globe At Home subscribers who also purchase a Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered device through Globe website, hotline, mall activations, and Globe stores in select locations will automatically receive two Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie tickets through GMovies. Passes may be redeemed starting December 13, 2017. They can also catch up on previous Star Wars titles with their new Globe At Home Plan & Streamwatch device through free access to HOOQ and Disney channel apps.

Globe Streamwatch is the telco’s newest streaming device that allows customers to watch a variety of content across free and paid channels in different categories including sports, lifestyle, fashion, and more. It comes with three months access to top streaming content partners such as Netflix, Disney Channel Apps, and HOOQ. Globe Streamwatch is available as an add-on for Globe At Home plans,month for 24 months, or for a one-time cash out of P 999.

Promo runs until January 20, 2018, PER DTI-FTEB PERMIT NO. 14094 Series of 2017. For more information about the promo, please visit To subscribe to a Globe At Home plan, visit the website at, call the Globe hotline at 730-1010, or visit any Globe Store.

Megaworld Maps Out ‘Visayas BPO Triangle’

MANILA, Philippines, August 4, 2016 – Megaworld, the country’s largest developer and lessor of office spaces, is mapping out the so-called ‘Visayas BPO triangle’ with its three huge township developments in Iloilo, Cebu and Bacolod.

“We are targeting around 175,000 square meters of office spaces for the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in these three key cities in the next three years to form the so-called ‘Visayas BPO Triangle.’ By 2020, our target is to bring it up to 225,000 square meters depending on market demand. So far, the demand goes up, so we see this as a big possibility,” reveals Jericho Go, senior vice president, Megaworld, who is at the helm of the company’s office property business.

Once completed, Megaworld expects to generate around 50,000 full-time direct jobs in the BPO sector in these Visayan cities.

“If we talk about direct and indirect jobs, we see around 300,000 for Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod by end-2019. These include jobs that can be generated within our townships such as those from transport and retail,” explains Go.

In its ongoing 30-hectare development in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu called The Mactan Newtown, inventory of office spaces will be around 80,000 square meters by next year as the company is set to open two more office towers. These two new office towers are Tower One Plaza Magellan (to be completed this year) and Pacific World Tower (to be completed in 2017), offering an additional 34,000 square meters of fresh office spaces in The Mactan Newtown. Other towers that have been previously launched are One World Center, Manulife Center and 8 Newtown Boulevard.

“In Cebu, there is a growing preference for BPO locators to be in Mactan Island because of the traffic problem and congestion in Cebu City. We see Lapu-Lapu City as a big alternative location for BPOs in Central Visayas especially that the new and bigger Mactan-Cebu International Airport will be completed soon. The Mactan Newtown is only 15 minutes away from the airport while going to Cebu City takes you around 1 ½ hours in today’s traffic condition,” says Go.

In the company’s 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park township, inventory of office spaces will reach around 33,000 square meters by the end of this year with the expected completion of one more office tower, Three Techno Place, offering around 8,700 square meters of fresh office spaces. The first four office towers, namely Richmonde Tower (5,800 sqm), One Global Center (9,400 sqm), Two Global Center (9,100 sqm) hand One Techno Place (8,700 sqm) have already been fully leased.

Two more office towers are up for completion next year up to 2018. These are Two Techno Place (10,000 sqm) and Festive Walk Office Tower (12,000 sqm).

“By end-2018, we will have around 65,000 square meters of office spaces in Iloilo Business Park and we will have more first time locators lined up for Iloilo,” reveals Go.

In Bacolod, the company plans to build office towers in its 34-hectare The Upper East township with an initial inventory of 30,000 square meters. To date, the company has already started the land development of the area, which was formerly the site of the Bacolod-Murcia Milling Company (BMMC).

Unionbank Hackathon and Convention (U:HAC)

The Unionbank Hackathon and Convention (U:HAC) is UnionBank’s latest project to look for the most creative and innovative solutions in the digital arena that can be developed during the event.

Unionbank Hackathon and Convention

U:HAC will first be held in Cebu on August 6 & 7, 2016 with about 200 participants consisting of college students and professionals. A Space Cebu will be the venue partner for the 24-hour coding marathon or hackathon.

The second leg will be held on August 27 & 28, 2016 at the Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

UnionBank has been at the forefront of the digital revolution being experienced in the local banking sector. It is one of the first Banks in the country that embraced digital early on in its operations given its goal of becoming a fully digitized Bank that provides SmartBanking to all of its customers.

Innovation is a key component of the Bank’s business as it is continuously searching for solutions to challenge convetions.

Unionbank Hackathon and Convention

“We want to discover talented individuals, be it college students or professionals, that have superior knowledge on information technology, and software applications, who can contribute in making the digital arena more progressive and advanced based on their digital solutions,” UnionBank Senior Vice President and Human Resource Director Michelle Rubio emphasized.

Registration for those interested to join (Junior and Senior College Students, Professionals) is still open. Just visit the UHAC website or check its Facebook page for updates. You may also contact Econnext Ideas and Media at 0917-9048777 or 0920-9734926.

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

Food from Cebu towns, cooking battle at the Capitol

Eleven Cebu towns vying for cooking glory clashed last 18 to 19 at the Cebu Provincial Capitol for the 2017 “Eats Meets West”, an annual cooking event organized by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Tourism Office.

Eats Meets West is the output of the Cebu Community-based Ecotourism Project of the Provincial Government that was started in 2015. It was intended to help develop authenticity and pride of place highlighting the value of local cuisine

The grand opening took place on November 16 in Tuburan town, which showcased its homegrown coffee.

On November 17, a whole-day “Food Forum” was held at the Capitol Social Hall, with seven experts taking on topics like the ancient diets of Cebuanos, what Cebuano cooking really is, healing with food, organic farming, and design for food. The speakers were Dr. Ame Garong of the National Museum, Mike “Chef Tatung” Sarthou, Teresa Ruelas, Eleonor Rivera, Vince Cinches, Cristino Villamor, and Manila’s Ige Ramos. The forum, which was open to the public, was attended by 265 guests.

The “Food Festival” also started on the same day, November 17, with different stalls located at the back of the main Capitol building offering different foods from several Cebu towns. The 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. food festival lasted up to November 19.

The culinary competition took take place in the next two days, or on November 18-19, with the towns competing for the honor to be adjudged as having the best appetizer, welcome drink, dessert, main course, welcome lei, pasalubong, table set-up, and packaging.

The towns also competed to come up with the “best interpretation” of a Cebuano recipe from a 1923 cookbook of Maria “Señora Inday” Fadullon Rallos.

One special highlight of the event was the cooking demo by Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, who prepared her version of the leche flan.

She said the dessert holds a special place in her heart as it was the dessert she prepared for her husband right after their honeymoon .

Her tip on how to come up with the best leche flan? “Always, you put love into your cooking,” she said.


How Safeguard’s #SafeWash Campaign Encouraged Millions of Filipinos to Practice Proper Handwashing

After weeks of rebuttal against Fred D’ Germ, an online ‘influenzah’ and rapper spreading misinformation on the importance of proper handwashing, thousands of Filipinos have tuned in to show massive support for Safeguard at the #SafeWash Raprapan sa Global Handwashing Day that went live online last October 15, 2020. In the event, Fred D’ Germ bitterly accepted his defeat with the outpouring of comments from Safeguard fans.

It was in late September when the Philippine Handwashing Survey results showed that only 50% of Filipinos wash their hands properly. This “puwede na” mentality in handwashing is a big problem especially during this pandemic. This prompted Safeguard to create the #SafeWash Movement by calling out all the ways Filipinos are not properly washing their hands, and by presenting the message in pop culture themes that would stick with Filipinos of all ages.

The mass education music video, now with more than 10 million views, was done by Filipinos for Filipinos. Safeguard collaborated with five of the top animation houses in the Philippines in a span of three weeks that brought out the best in Filipino animation talent. The catchy rap song was also voiced by Gloc-9, the nation’s #1 rapper. Watch the video here.

In recent times, the major force that have greatly influenced trend culture is music, so powerful that it has gathered large numbers of people to support significant and impactful causes. Through Gloc-9’s addictive rhythm and witty rap lines, Safeguard hopes to reach Filipinos of all ages to join the #SafeWash movement and realize the importance of practicing proper hand hygiene.

Safeguard was also invited by the Department of Health and UNICEF to share the #SafeWash movement at the recent Global Handwashing Day Symposium on October 16, 2020. The brand shared the roots of the #SafeWash movement and how the brand is also partnering with institutions to ensure that the push on handwashing education is enabled by ensuring there is access to hand washing facilities.

With the #SafeWash movement, millions of Filipinos are now convinced that there are no other ways of washing hands except for the safe and proper method. The #SafeWash Movement starts with every Filipino family in their own homes, keeping their loved ones from committing the improper handwashing habits as promoted by Fred D’ Germ.

Filipinos Pledge to Practice #SafeWash Habits

Continuing what started as a battle cry against hand hygiene misinformation, celebrities, online personalities, and numerous communities have shared and posted videos — spreading support for the #SafeWash movement.

This is just the start for Safeguard’s #SafeWash Movement, and it’s here to stay with the brand’s commitment to strengthen proper handwashing education.

After being presented the repercussions of improper handwashing, we must all do our part to keep ourselves and our families from germs. The safe wash way doesn’t stop within our homes but should be done even when we are in public spaces. Let us keep reminding our loved ones, share videos, and post online to help spread the word on the safe wash way of handwashing.

With the #SafeWash movement, millions of Filipinos are now convinced that there are no other ways of washing hands except for the safe and proper method. The #SafeWash Movement starts with every Filipino family in their own homes, keeping their loved ones from committing the improper handwashing habits as promoted by Fred D’ Germ. Through Safeguard’s power to eliminate 99.9% of germs, and correct handwashing practices, every trip to the sink is a guaranteed #SafeWash for a #SAFEPhilippines.

To continue your #SafeWash journey, look for your favorite Safeguard hand soaps here.


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 .


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 .

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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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.


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


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

New Date, New Place, and a Bigger Party: Plus63 Music and Arts Festival 2020

Let your hair down and sway to the flow of the music as the biggest and most anticipated international music fest, Plus63 Music and Arts Festival comes back to Cebu!

Plus63 Music and Arts Festival at a glance:

Plus63 Music and Arts Festival started in 2016 with the goal of supporting local talents and musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform alongside the world’s top performers. “Plus63 Music & Arts Festival began as a fun project between childhood friends to create an international music festival for the city of Cebu. We brought Steve Angello from the Swedish House Mafia to kick off the inaugural event on Sinulog, Saturday of 2016.”, says Peter Delantar, head of Plus63 Music and Arts Festival.

Plus63 since then has become an annual music event that never fails to leave partygoers awestruck – with its spot-on premium sound quality, impressive digitally-programmed fireworks and eclectic mix of international and local performers. It has brought in international DJs and performers like Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Kid Ink and Dada Life in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Plus63 always brings the best to give out a true music festival experience while adding a local twist, enhancing it even more with the best of the Philippines’ hospitality and cuisine. “The goal is for Plus63 to be a staple event in Cebu, highlighting great music, great food and an unforgettable experience.”, saysDelantar.

New date. This year’s Plus63 is set on February 2, breaking away from the Sinulog festivities for the first time. “We believe the time is right for Plus63 Music & Arts Festival to establish its own weekend where it becomes the main event of the city. We have bigger and grander plans for the years to come.”Delantar added.

New place. Attracting thousands each year, Plus63 is set to happen at the SM Seaside Complex Cebu Concert Grounds, a location apt to host such a grand event and accommodate a big crowd. With over 7,000+ fans since it was first introduced, the festivalhas grown over the years and is expected to double to over 15,000+ this year. Plus63 persistently grows into a destination festival in Cebu attracting international and local tourists.

Bigger party. Now on its 5th installment, Paul Klein, Charles Leslie Priest and Jake Clifford of LANY headlines the music fest.

LANY is an acronym for Los Angeles New York as their desire is to spread music from coast to coast. Now, they have come to the Philippine music fest scene alongside some of Cebu’s best – Lourdes, Three Legged Men, Mandaue Nights, Sepia Times and DJ Short. In addition, LANY will be bringing special merchandise up for grabs and Plus63 Festival will have limited edition items for sale

What’s your Legacy?

Everyone lives. Everyone dies. However, not everyone leaves a legacy or lives a life that will leave a legacy which is sad because when they are gone, they are easily forgotten. To not be forgotten, you need to live a life that makes a difference in the life of others … to live a life that will be remembered by many with positivity because you did something to inspire them or change their life for the better.

Doc Paolo Bellosillo knows this and believes that people need to live life the best way they possibly can and one of the ways to do this is by living a healthy life coz when you are healthy, you can do more and be more. Doc Pao is an advocate of this because he has seen many people die young or not able to do what they want with life due to health limitations. To Doc Pao, this is worse than death because you are alive but not able to live fully.

To help you out, we asked Doc Pao Bellosillo to give us not 1, not 2, not 3 but 8 tips to help you start living a life that will leave a legacy.

  1. First, know your limits, live within it and then gauge where you can grow in increments.  Do more with a passion.
  2. In health whether spiritual, physiological or emotional and psychological, know your toxins and get rid of them. Determine your deficiencies and supplement them.
  3. Next serve with a heart of charity.
  4. Give with generosity.
  5. Value life at any crossroad, and protect it, preserve it. From the foods you eat or making sure babies are born into our reality.
  6. Live each day and moment as if it were the last day of your life and do so by creating moments with people you love or even you don’t know for God and country.
  7. Just say thank you. It means a lot and goes a long way.
  8. Start listening and then wait for your turn to speak and arrive at a solution.

If you were in a show and God is your audience, make him proud, sing the song and make him feel goosebumps. Play that music and take away His stress.  Smile at Him and smile at others too. For today it’s your show so live a life of legacy.

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