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Globe #PlayItRight Piracy Against Piracy campaign shortlisted at Kidlat Awards

To combat the rampant piracy happening online, Globe undertook “Piracy vs. Piracy,” a unique approach to strengthen #PlayItRight. #PlayItRight is the company’s homegrown advocacy to encourage Filipinos to download or stream content from legitimate sources.

The idea behind Piracy vs. Piracy is to use channels where piracy happens to effectively reach and deliver the message to the target audience. Thus, during the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival, Globe uploaded copies of the participating films and other blockbuster Filipino movies on torrent and streaming websites. After showing the opening credits and scenes, the films were abruptly cut to feature the crew recounting the hours of work they put in creating the films. The clips ended with the crew appealing to viewers to #PlayItRight and watch from legitimate sources.

“Piracy Against Piracy sends a strong message to everyone on the effects and realities of piracy in the industry and the people who work hard to keep it alive. That every illegal download affects hundreds of cast and crew members whose jobs support their families,” says Globe Studios Director Quark Henares.

“There is usually no guilt when it comes to the crime of piracy because it feels like a crime that robs no one of nothing. But the truth is, pirating local films robs fellow Filipinos of livelihood and the possibility of making more films. This campaign has forced people who illegally stream or download to meet the people they rob from,” continues Marielle Nones, art director of Publicis JimenezBasic.

The campaign has been so effective, Piracy vs. Piracy, has been shortlisted for three accolades at the Kidlat Awards.

The Kidlat Awards is an annual creative competition led by the 4A’s Philippines’ Creative Guild, and celebrates and recognizes the country’s best advertising work of the past year. This year’s awarding will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Ad Summit Pilipinas 2018 in Subic.

For its efforts, Globe, its partner agency Publicis JimenezBasic, and Globe Studios were shortlisted for the Creative Use of Media, Branded Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and Digital Activation and Campaigns categories.

This year’s judges include some of the industry’s best from the top advertising agencies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The Piracy vs. Piracy campaign likewise received international recognition last month. BestAdsOnTV.com, an international website showcasing the best ads around the world, featured the campaign in their Direct Marketing category.

“As we continue to grow our Content Business, it is our responsibility to protect our partners and educate our customers on how to properly consume their favorite entertainment content. This campaign allows us to connect with Filipinos who are in the act of trying to look for content from illegitimate sources and share with them the effects of their actions,” says Globe Senior Vice President for Content Business Nikko Acosta.

Globe launched #PlayItRight in 2017 to highlight the impact of piracy to the people in the industry and their families. The advocacy encourages customers and the public to play content from legal sources and protect the copyright of its content partners, while ensuring that its network, products and services are not used in illegal activities.

 

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.

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.

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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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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/.

Transfer Funds in Minutes with GCash Fund Transfer

Just until recently, it was still true to say that doing fund transfers were simple in idea but relatively time-consuming to do and fulfill. Customers used to – and in most cases still are – falling in line in banks to do bank to bank or even interbank fund transfers, spending precious hours to do so. Now, this could all be history thanks to a new GCash feature: free fund transfers.

The nation’s leading mobile money service GCash have fully rolled out its fund transfers service, allowing customers to transfer funds from their GCash App to any of the over 30 banks supported nationwide. Thanks to this feature, fund transfer times have been virtually reduced to zero and paper wastes eliminated, as it will only take less than 3 minutes to complete a transfer transaction digitally.

Philippine fund transfer services are notorious for having exorbitant fees and antiquated paper processes, the former of which depends on a certain percentage of the money you’re transferring or a fixed fee, with a turnaround time depending on the volume of people per bank or money transfer service branch.

With GCash, all a customer needs are smartphone, funds in their GCash account, and the bank details of the account they’re transferring funds to. Once these are inputted, they can just sit tight and relax as the confirmation message arrives on their device. This service also allows for transfers anywhere in the Philippines where there is data connectivity present. The app also is open to use for all networks, be it Globe, Smart, Sun, Talk n’ Text, or TM.

Fund transfers are an integral part of the Philippine financial ecosystem. It’s widely used for sending money for personal purposes such as for family needs, bills payments, or even paying online sellers for products ordered on social media platforms. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expects the nation to have at least 20% of its financial transactions to be made electronically by the year 2020. This includes banks and Electronic Money Issuers (EMIs) which GCash is classified under.

“Fund transfers used to be a long, bogging process where customers will just wait for their turn on the cashier just to have money delivered onto another account. With GCash’s new feature, over 15 million customers can now transfers funds to more than 30 banks for free, and without taking hours,” said Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of Mynt. “This convenience, combined with all the services available in the GCash App, makes for a perfect all-in-one financial tool for all Filipinos. It also ties back to GCash’s mission of financial inclusion in the Philippines,” he added. Mynt is the operating company of GCash.

GCash, for its fund transfer service, utilizes the InstaPay platform initiated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. It is an “Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) service that allows customers to transfer funds almost instantly between accounts of participating BSP-supervised banks and non-bank e-money issuers in the Philippines.”

Getting a GCash account is easy. Just download the GCash App for free from the App Store or from Google Play and sign up for an account. Alternatively, you can look for @gcashofficial on Messenger and sign up.

To fund their GCash account, a user can visit over 16,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide, like 7-Eleven, SM Business Centers, Robinsons Business Centers, Puregold branches, and Villarica Pawnshop branches, and tell the cashier to cash-in to their GCash account. Cashing-in to a GCash account is free.

 

 

Access FOX+ for 3 months with your Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered

Catch the latest Hollywood movies, TV series and live sports from FOX Networks Group

Globe at Home has committed itself to transforming home entertainment from strict schedules to making primetime your time through its high-speed internet and partnerships with world class content partners.

“The entertainment landscape has changed. Video content on demand has empowered Filipinos to watch their favorite movies and TV shows at their convenience and we’re giving our customers more options through the new Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered,” shares Martha Sazon, senior vice president for Globe At Home.

From today, customers can experience a wider variety of content with Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered’s collaboration with FOX+, home to thousands of the latest Hollywood movies, TV shows, live sports and more.

FOX+ is a video-streaming service in Asia promising an unrivalled combination of the latest TV series, first-run Hollywood blockbusters, hit Asian series and movies, live sports, thrilling documentaries and a big library of content all in one place in stunning high-definition.

With over 10,000 hours of programming across multiple genres on FOX+, customers will have an unparalleled viewing experience as they embrace the most popular content from global movie studios and television channels, as well as original FOX programming such as National Geographic original series, The Long Road Home, Titanic: 20 Years with James Cameron in December, and The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman in January. They can also enjoy blockbuster movies including Logan, Hacksaw Ridge and Hidden Figures.

In addition to The Walking Dead, customers can also catch the latest episodes of popular series such as The Gifted, S.W.A.T., Homeland, Fresh Off the Boat as well as the latest U.S. number one series, The Good Doctor, and Trusted in early 2018. Sports fans can also catch their favourite live sporting events including the NBA and the first tennis grand slam of the year, the Australian Open in January.

“Viewers are always looking out for great content and we endeavour in bringing the best to them always. We are excited with extending the reach of FOX+ in the Philippines in our partnership with Globe At Home and bring to viewers a host of entertaining genres from movies to sports and series to documentaries all in one app,” said Jude Turcuato, SVP and General Manager, FOX Networks Group Philippines.

Customers now have access to FOX+ for 3 months using Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered device. It’s easy to use and activate: simply plug the device on an HDMI-ready television, connect to your Globe At Home plan, and stream to enjoy hours of endless films and TV.

Get Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered by adding P50 for 24 months to a Globe At Home plan or a one-time payment of P999. To know more and avail of this latest streaming device, visit www.shop.globe.com.ph/streamwatch.

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