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Leading Service Network USSC Launches Their Own Superhero Circle Movement

August 29, 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES— After a successful run for the USSC 360° SuperHero Photo Booth, one of the country’s leading financial service networks takes their advocacy online. As a follow-through to their month-long ‘USSC SuperHeroes’ Day’ campaign in honor of National Heroes’ Day, USSC sets forth another milestone as they launch their #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo movement.  The #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo movement encourages everyone to nominate their “everyday hero” and share their stories of extraordinary encounters with them. “Through this movement, we get to celebrate the lives of these everyday heroes and make them stars. Their stories matter and we, at USSC, take these real life experiences into heart so we can also improve our services,” Becca Ramirez, USSC Brand and Product Manager, says. “Our previous National Heroes’ Day run also helped us understand our consumers more—what they want and the quality of service that they need. Which is why we want to extend this monthlong campaign into a more sustainable digital activation because we believe that everyone can be a superhero. We want to take it online from offline, and hopefully, a lot of people will participate,” Ziggie Gonzales, USSC Director for Brand and Product Management, adds. Join the #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo movement and nominate your USSC SuperHero! Simply post a photo of your everyday superhero with a caption about their super story. Use #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo #USSCSuperHeroesDay2019 and tag USSC on social media. All nominees will then be transformed into USSC SuperHeroes and featured on our pages! For more information, visit https://www.ussc.com.ph/. Follow USSC Super Service Stores on Facebook and @ussc.ph on Instagram.

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12 years of environmental advocacy: Born to be Wild hosts renew contract with GMA Network

August 23, 2019

Born to be Wild hosts and expert veterinarians Doc Ferds Recio and Doc Nielsen Donato recently renewed their commitment to GMA Network and to the environment in a contract signing held last August 14.      Present during the signing were GMA Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Felipe L. Gozon, Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa L. Flores, and Senior Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Arlene Carnay.  Corporate Affairs and Communications Vice President Angela Javier Cruz, Corporate Communications Assistant Vice President Jojo Aquio, and Born to be Wild Senior Program Manager Angeli Atienza were also at the event.      Atty. Gozon lauded the program’s dedication to the environment, commending Doc Ferds and Doc Nielsen’s expertise as well. “Si Doc Ferds at si Doc Nielsen [ay] hindi lamang beterinaryo, kundi beteranong TV personalities. Sila lang ang merong ganitong program sa television sa atin at ang maka-labindalawang taon sila ay nagpapatunay na talagang top-rating ang kanilang program at maraming awards ang dalawang ‘yan,” he said.      The Born to be Wild hosts greatly appreciated having no less than Atty. Gozon gracing their contract signing with the Network.      “Born to Be Wild is a specialized show and there’s a niche for this type of show. There’s a need also for a program like this and ‘yun ang advocacy [namin]. Nagpapasalamat kami na binigyan [kami] ng pagkakataon na gumawa ng ganitong palabas na nagfo-focus sa environment natin,” Doc Nielsen shared.      “We’re very honored and very thankful,” said Doc Ferds. “12 years na ang Born to Be Wild. We want to keep on doing what we love to do. We are very happy that we are the ones chosen to represent ’yung advocacy ng GMA for the environment and wildlife, and to share our learnings with the people. The thrust of the program is to make it more palatable or mas madaling maintindihan ng mga kababayan natin,” he added.      The country’s pioneer environmental program, Born to be Wild premiered on the Kapuso Network in 2007 to provide environmental awareness to viewers of all ages. It tackles various topics on nature, wildlife, and the critical issues facing the environment in line with the network’s “Kapuso ng Kalikasan” advocacy. The GMA Public Affairs-produced show is also contributing to thousands of life-saving animal treatments and wildlife rescues over the years.      “When we started 12 years ago, ang mga hayop na nare-rescue namin at nako-cover namin [ay ‘yung mga] hinampas, pinalo or pinatay kasi they [people] don’t know what to do. Hindi nila alam kung ano ang gagawin kung sakaling may ahas na naligaw sa bahay nila or wildlife. Nowadays, sinasabi nila na hindi nila sinaktan kasi napanood daw nila sa Born to Be Wild na ganito pala ang dapat gawin. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nakatulong kami at nakapagbigay kami ng kaalaman at tumatak sa kaisipan ng tao at audience,” Doc Ferds shared.      Born to be Wild has been a consistent choice of the viewers that resulted to various local and international awards. It was named ASEAN Champion of Biodiversity and New York Festivals Finalist, among other accolades. Doc Ferds and Doc Nielsen were also awarded with the Gandingan ng Kalikasan citation by the University of the Philippines – Los Baños.      As it begins another year on air, Born to be Wild is committed to feature more stories about the environment and wild life.      “Maraming aabangan,” shares Doc Nielsen. “The stories and the advocacy about wildlife are never-ending. Kahit na paulit ulit namin itong pini-feature, yung hayop lang ang pare-pareho [pero] ‘yung stories nila iba-iba lalo na [dahil] the times are changing. Hindi lang scientific people ang dapat nakakaalam kundi pati na rin ang mga common na nanonood.”      Watch more stories on the environment and continued public service from the country’s leading nature and wildlife show Born to be Wild every Sunday, 9 am on GMA -7.

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Globe myBusiness joins hands with AFFI to promote franchising among Filipino employees

August 20, 2019

In an effort to promote entrepreneurship in the Philippines, Globe myBusiness has joined hands with the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) in bringing franchising opportunities to employees who desire to become business owners.      Franchising is a growing trend in the Philippines, thus, Globe myBusiness is upbeat on the numerous opportunities that the franchising industry brings. Cleo Santos, Globe myBusiness sales head, pointed out that franchising is especially beneficial to those who need independence and flexibility such as company employees who are often stuck in the typical 8 am - 5 pm job. It is also a good start for those without any business experience since trainings and support are provided by the franchisor.  Likewise, franchisees could bank on an established product and do not have to engage in advertising to promote the brand.      Globe myBusiness also sees franchising as a means to provide employment and increase the rate of job opportunities.      “As the trusted advisor and partner of MSMEs, we want to inspire and educate our entrepreneurs, especially those who are venturing into their initial foray in business, on the potential and promise of franchising.  Franchisees can be assured that they can rely on Globe myBusiness on the technology front while at the same time, AFFI can provide them with the skills and business know-how in order to address any challenge that they may face,” said Santos.      Starting at its home turf, Globe myBusiness and AFFI conducted a one-day franchising seminar and exhibition called “Be Wise, Franchise!” for over 7,000 employees of Globe which was participated in by 26 franchising brands such as Aquabest | Laundrybest, Ate Rica's Bacsilog, Big Apple Express Spa, Cold Layers Cafe, Ecosteam, El Bonito's Pizza, G-Spot Burger Bar, Galileo, iFranchise, Kerrimo, Lucky Lulu, Maxi Mango, Mr. Softy Ice Cream, Nitro 7, Over Mango, Pomodoro Pizza, Ritea, Shanghai Siomai, Suds Laundry, Takeaway Sisig, Tokyo Tempura, Trueblends, Ahead, Adobo Connection, Zen Zest, Cyclehouse, and EC Gas.      AFFI President and Tokyo Tempura Founder Jorge Wieneke was joined by JC Martinez of EC Gas Michelle Velasquez of Maxi Mango, and Victor Fernando of Big Apple Express Spa in sharing tips and experiences to the employees to guide them in their franchising decisions.      The event is part of Globe myBusiness Saludo SMEs campaign which recognizes the important role that small and medium-size enterprises play in nation-building.       As the SME arm of Globe, it is the goal of Globe myBusiness to help every enterprise reach its full potential through industry-specific tips, lessons from experts in the field, and business solutions tailored to answer every business owner's needs. The brand launch events all over the country via Globe myBusiness Academy to offer business solutions and workshops, and work with experienced entrepreneurs to inspire newer business owners in honing their craft and making the most out of digital technology.  Learn more about Globe myBusiness by visitinghttps://mybusinessacademy.ph/.

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Bongao island learners receive School-in-a-Bag, Infocast from PLDT-Smart, PayMaya Philippines

August 20, 2019

The coastal municipality of Bongao of the island province of Tawi-Tawi received School-in-a-Bag portable digital classrooms, as well as an Infocast SMS solution, as incentives for bagging the prestigious Seal of Good Education Governance presented by Synergeia Foundation and USAID Philippines.      During a turnover ceremony held in Zamboanga City last August 1, 2019, Bongao Mayor Jimuel Que emphasized how their local government recognizes education’s crucial role in their community, which is why they uphold good governance in education.      “We hope for continuous sustainable partnerships to strengthen more educational programs in our area,” Mayor Que said.      For Bongao, one School-in-a-Bag unit was jointly donated by digital services provider PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart). A second learning package was funded by PayMaya Philippines through their #PayMayaItForward corporate social responsibility initiative.      The municipality also received an Infocast web-based SMS solution for sending out important announcements.      Intended for remote schools and communities such as Bongao and other islands in Tawi-Tawi, specifically areas with limited electricity and internet connection, a School-in-a-Bag comes in a water-resistant backpack that generally contains a solar panel and battery, teacher's laptop and tablet, Smart pocket WiFi, projector, DVD player, TV, and student tablets.      “We are very much thankful for the continuous support of USAID Philippines, Synergeia Foundation, Smart Communications, Inc. and PayMaya," the mayor said.      The devices carried in every School-in-a-Bag backpack are pre-installed with educational content that include award-winning Learn Smart literacy apps developed by Smart in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and academic institutions nationwide. To-date, Smart has launched nine #LearnSmart literacy applications: Bahay Kubo (Filipino), Kaalam (Cebuano), Ta’allam and Tahderiyyah (Arabic), Matisalug (Matigsalug indigenous peoples Tribe of Davao and Bukidnon), Kaaram (Waray), Katao (Inabaknon), Singsing (Kapampangan), and Sanut (Ilokano).      Since the program’s launch in 2016, over 160 School-in-a-Bag packages have been donated to various learning institutions nationwide. To date, the Program has benefitted more than thirty thousand students and over a thousand teachers in communities all over the Philippines.      Those interested in School-in-a-Bag may send an email to learnsmart@smart.com.ph.

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Escape boredom, ditch the pressure with easy, affordable travel courtesy of RedDoorz

August 20, 2019

It’s that season between vacay-happy Summer and the coming ‘Ber months. Traffic, too much work, piled up tasks and pressure can likely get you down.      There’s one word that will lift you up. Escape. The very thought of it is the ultimate adventure, whether just around the city or in destinations around the Philippines. According to the still ongoing Framingham Heart Study, men and women who travel often are less likely to get heart disease. It also found that because travel relieves stress, it improves mental health, boosts the immune system and promotes fitness.      The good news is, it’s so easy to travel these days. Affordable hotels with quality accommodations like RedDoorz have 150+ properties in 10+ cities all over the Philippines. The RedDoorz travel app, downloadable from the Apple store or Google Play Store, puts staycations or out of town trips literally at one’s fingertips.      You can escape anytime you want and find an affordable RedDoorz hotel from north to south. Here are 6 Escape ideas you can easily pull off when the spirit moves you:      1.  Do a Staycation. Treat the family to a fun weekend. Or just disappear for a day or two watching streamed movies all day. You can choose from boutique hotels, inns, apartels or condotels that are part of the RedDoorz partner chain. It won’t cost much, but the experience is priceless.      2.   Go Out of Town. You can easily book a room using the RedDoorz app and find your desired accommodation in Baguio, Pampanga, Metro Manila, Tagaytay, Palawan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod or  Davao. Just leave the world behind even for just a weekend. Even for just a day.      3.  Try a Couple Getaway. The pressure of work and the day to day grind of housekeeping can really be straining. Grab some time off with your special someone for some peace and quiet and rediscover the joy of each other’s company.      4.   Reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back for that promotion or the exam that you just passed. Celebrate your accomplishments and be kind to No. 1. Effortless travel is the best gift you can give yourself. A weekend in Palawan or Davao would be a really good choice!      5.  Celebrate a Special Occasion. Blow your birthday candles in the private cocoon of a RedDoorz hotel room. Toast one another on your special anniversary. You can even invent holidays and celebrate the victory of your winning team. It all feels extra good when you don’t have to wash the dishes yourself.      6.  Get some Me Time. Ultimately, the most important person is you. Discover the fun and adventure of solo travel and feel relaxed, recharged and rejuvenated.      This August, RedDoorz released its biggest sale ever! Just P499 per night on rooms anywhere in the Philippines till August 31. You can paint the town red. In any RedDoorz town you want.

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BIMP-wide Kumbira underway

August 16, 2019

KUMBIRA Masters – the 2019 edition of the longest running culinary event in the Philippines – kicked off last Wednesday at Limketkai Atrium in Cagayan de Oro City for a three-day spectacle of cooking contests, seminars and sponsors’ roadshows.      The highlights of the event this year are a Kumbira Chef Master, Bar Master and Latte Art competitons, Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition regional elimination, Del Monte set menu competition, Master Class by chef experts and Kumbira judges and an exhibit on food products, equipment supplies and utensils, educational and employment leads throughout the duration of the show.      Initiated by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) since 1996, Kumbira has been a staple fiesta event of Cagayan de Oro City every August visited not just by Kagay-anons but by gourmands all over the country.      COHARA intends to elevate the Kumbira edition this year by highlighting it as a BIMP food baskets event – meaning cuisine from neighboring Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia are featured. Participating chefs are Chef Datu Shariff Pendatun of Indonesia and Chef Tatung Sarthou II of Malaysia.      Kumbira aims to showcase the best culinary creations of the region while incorporating the latest culinary trends.

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