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Thursday, March 31, 2022

ShopeePay empowers Filipinos to embrace digital payments through cost-saving features such as ‘send money for free’ and ‘cheapest load up to 5GB for ₱10’

This 4.4 ShopeePay Sale, Filipinos can maximize Shopee’s mobile wallet and its wide array of features for their everyday digital transactions

Since its launch in 2019, ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, has been providing convenience, security, and rewards and it continues to introduce features that impact the lives of FIlipinos. With the lifting of restrictions and individuals and businesses adjusting to the new normal, the preference for digital payments is here to stay. Recognizing this need and shift in consumer behavior, ShopeePay provides useful features such as ‘send money for free' and the cheapest load up to 5GB for ₱10 this 4.4 ShopeePay Sale.

ShopeePay offers greater convenience and cost-saving rewards at the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale

From March 27 until April 6, consumers can look forward to even more rewarding perks at the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale such as zero transaction fees when sending money and the cheapest load offers. ShopeePay is also giving instant savings with exclusive free shipping vouchers and cashback promotions.

● Send money for free

To make the payments experience more rewarding, ShopeePay users can send money for free. This feature allows users to send money from their ShopeePay wallet to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user with zero transfer fees.

As an additional treat, new users can get up to free ₱200 when they fully verify their ShopeePay account and make their first transfer (at least P50) to any bank, e-wallet or Shopee user via ShopeePay from March 27 to April 4. Their transfer also qualifies them for the “Send, Scratch & Win” raffle promo where they can get a chance to win coins, vouchers, and earn an entry for the raffle draw of ₱100,000 weekly. For more info, visit

To send money for free from the ShopeePay Wallet to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user, users’ ShopeePay account must be verified.

Click here to watch the video on how to send money.

● Cheapest load offer

ShopeePay users can avail of affordable load and data packages from major telcos. Get ShopeePay’s cheapest load offer to get up to 5GB data for only ₱10 at the 4.4. ShopeePay Sale.

On top of this offer, all users can enjoy up to 50% off on load at the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale. New users can also avail of ₱75 load for only ₱1 when they purchase for the first time via ShopeePay from March 27 to April 4.

Click here to watch the video on how to buy discounted load and data in just a few taps using the Shopee app.

ShopeePay also partnered with various brands to offer an alternative payment in stores. Through ShopeePay’s Scan To Pay feature, users can do contactless payment via QR code and receive 20% cashback for products and services purchased at partner merchants such as Potato Corner, Papa John’s, Gong cha, Puregold, and more. In addition, users can also get big savings when they visit “ShopeePay Near Me” on the Shopee app and purchase ₱1 Deals.

Starting March 27, users can also get up to 100% cashback on participating billers such as Meralco, Maynilad, Globe, Smart, PLDT, Cignal, RCBC, and Metrobank when they settle their bills with ShopeePay.

For more information on the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale and other attractive deals on Shopee, visit:

ShopeePay sets milestones in digital financial services

Shopee aims to give consumers a valuable and seamless digital experience. It continues to innovate and explore new opportunities to help more consumers and merchants benefit within the ecosystem through ShopeePay.

According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), digital payments made up 20.1% of all transactions in 2020—one in five payments or a total of 910 million transactions were done online1. This gives a better understanding of Filipinos' growing acceptance of digital payments, accelerated by the pandemic.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Consumer lifestyles have become more digital-first; with a preference to meet their needs online not just for shopping but also for other financial transactions such as sending money, buying load, paying bills, and more. Consumers have a wide range of payment needs and ShopeePay's features aim to cater to a variety of different habits and preferences. With ShopeePay, we aim to continue helping more Filipinos access the benefits of digital payments and fulfill our mission to better the lives of individuals and businesses with financial services through technology.”

Since its launch, ShopeePay's has continued to support more consumers and merchants in their digital payment needs.

● 95% increase in ShopeePay adoption in Visayas and Mindanao

● 93% increase in overall transactions

● 165% increase in load orders

● 104% increase in ‘send money’ transactions

● 550% increase in bills payment

● More than 1 million foot traffic created for merchants with ShopeePay Near Me

"We are heartened by the confidence and trust consumers and merchants have placed in ShopeePay. We will continue to improve and innovate so we can meet their evolving needs,” adds Yu.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Gamers' choice: The Galaxy S21 FE 5G exhibits smooth, fast, and powerful features perfect for gaming

Mobile gaming has been the biggest trend with its continuous upgrades in graphics, virtual reality features, live play technology, and many more. Gamers are not only playing video games, they are bringing the real world to the virtual world. The Galaxy S21 FE 5G is the perfect teammate to create an epic gaming experience through its long-lasting battery life, immersive screen, and state-of-the-art core power. Here’s how gamers can level up their content creation and gaming experience like no other:

Fuel booster for epic fans

Young gamers have more power than the world has ever seen. They are clearly not just following the bandwagon – they are creating it, shaping it, living every bit of it, all in their mobile.

Samsung has unleashed the Galaxy S21 FE 5G with its all-day, intelligent 4500mAh battery designed for overnight battle royales, even on 5G. This device also supports 25W Super-Fast Charging that can get hours of charging in only minutes.

Intense gaming performance for epic champs

Mobile gaming is popular because of its accessibility. Unlike massive PCs, smartphones allow gamers to stream and play anytime, anywhere. Thanks to the Galaxy S21 FE 5G’s powerful processor, gamers get a chance to experience faster frame rates for smoother graphics and almost zero lag with its 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor. And it’s only right to pair a fast processor with the fastest network. No more staring at loading bars or wheels. With 5G connectivity, gamers won’t need to waste time wishing they could stream faster and download quicker.

Immersive gaming screen for gamers

It’s no secret that every fan wants a bigger screen when gaming or streaming. The benefit of an immersive screen is that the images are bigger, vivid, and sharper. The Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes with a Super Smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a 6.4-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, making the screen wider while still delivering a smooth high-resolution experience, even under bright daylight. Gamers can play for hours in comfort with Eye Comfort Shield which significantly reduces eye-straight and fatigue by automatically cutting down harmful blue light. This device also sports the Gorilla® Glass Victus™, Samsung’s toughest glass, designed to protect against nicks and scratches.

Fans can now fuel their passion for mobile gaming anytime, anywhere with the Galaxy S21 FE 5G, starting at Php 38,990 SRP in fun hues such as Graphite, White, Lavender, and Olive.

Get it now via, Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Stores, Lazada, Shopee,, and MemoXpress Online.

For flexible payment terms, pay as low as Php 1,624.58/mo at 0% interest for up to 24 months in participating Authorized Samsung Stores. Get the first-month installment for FREE at 0% for 24 months using a PNB credit card in select Samsung Experience Stores.

Fans can experience epic with Php 3,000 off when they purchase the Galaxy S21 FE 5G on and Authorized Stores, until April 30 only.

Know more about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G at

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

To find the nearest Samsung Experience Store, visit

Monday, March 28, 2022

THE WORLD DESERVES OUR STORIES | Filipino Books take center stage at the London Book Fair 2022

The Philippines has great stories to tell and the world is just waiting for them. The country’s wealth of legends and folklore in the form of graphic novels, young adult and children’s literature, and contemporary fiction will be featured in this year’s London Book Fair (LBF), which will be held from April 5 to 7, 2022 in Olympia at Kensington, London. 

Through the National Book Development Board (NBDB), the Philippines will participate in this event for the very first time.

The London Book Fair is one of the largest international rights trade fairs in the world. International publications and producers in the film, television, theater arts and music industries seeking compelling works for global adaptation will get to catch the best works of Filipino authors and publishers.


As the lead agency in the research and development of books, the NBDB will highlight the broad spectrum of Philippine works, including these titles:

Doll Eyes, written by Eline Santos and illustrated by Joy Mallari (published by CANVAS)
This beautifully illustrated children’s book is set in Quiapo—a place where myth, marketplace, and church mingle. In this busy district, the old doll-maker Manang Bolabola runs her shop. Inside is a room filled with the most exquisite dolls, their eyes made of precious gemstones. Curious children enter her store but never come out.

Mga Batang Poz by Segundo Matias, Jr. (published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc.)
“Mga Batang Poz” centers around four online friends who embark on a two-day road trip. Three of them–Gab, Enzo, and Luis–are discreet gays, while Chuchay is the proudly effeminate character. Despite coming from different walks of life, they learn that they share a common truth: they are People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

Tales from the Southern Kingdom by Virginia Villanueva (published by Ateneo de Manila University Press)

This collection of legends, folklore, and children’s stories reflect the culture and the environment of the Sama and Tausug people. Hence, it abounds with tales of seas and oceans, mermaids, boat-people, warriors, and religious characters from the distant past imbued with magical overtones through decades of telling and retelling.


Attending the London Book Fair will be NBDB Executive Director Charisse Aquino-Tugade, NBDB Project Lead of the National Book Database Kevin Ansel Dy, and Komiket founder Paolo Herras. They will be engaging with publishers and literary agents.

“We are thrilled to finally travel and meet with international publishers. The world deserves our stories and the London Book Fair opens a great opportunity for works of our authors, illustrators, and publishers to gain a wider audience. This fair is the best place to start,” shared Tugade.

Komiks publisher Paolo Herras revealed, “Filipino Comics is one of the most underrepresented and exploited genres. We're not studied in colleges or universities, we're not found in the K-12 curriculum, national writer's workshops, or most national awards. But we are already crossing territories, getting picked up by international publishers around the world, and venturing forth into live-action films, animation, content platforms, video games, toys, and other merchandise. So we're mighty proud to be representing the Philippines in the London Book Fair. It's about time.”


The Filipino community in the United Kingdom is in full support of this distinguished book event. Acclaimed writers like Candy Gourlay (author of the award-winning Tall Story) who are also based in the UK will be visiting the Philippine stand.
The Philippine Embassy in London will host a lecture by the NBDB on April 8, 2022 at the Sentro Rizal, a platform sharing Philippine culture, history, and art. Executive Director Charisse Aquino-Tugade will lead the conversation on decolonizing the reading landscape in the Philippines.


As travel restrictions relax, the publishing world finally reconnects to produce more works to be enjoyed by readers worldwide. The Philippines is on track to be one of the content powerhouses that will enrich not only the literary scene but other forms of media as well. The NBDB is at the forefront of paving the way for Filipino works to reach a global audience because the world deserves our stories.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Scholastic Books on HUGE SALE! 80% off on Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Geronimo Stilton

Here's a treat for Potterheads all over the country as Scholastic Flagship Store goes on sale too! Get as much as 90% off from March 27-29, 2022. 

Click here to order and check available books

Harry Potter Cinematic Guides are available for Php 87 only from the original price of Php 435. The best part? As of writing, they are complete so you can get all of them: Harry Potter, Hermoine, Ron, Dumbledore even Newt Scamander. 

The Fantastic Beasts series are also on sale for only Php240 from its original price of Php 1,200. This is surely a treat for Potterheads and collectors as this is the hardbound version. This will run out fast so order now. 

Click this link to order the Fantastic Beast (Hardbound)

Aside from Harry Potter books, Geronimo Stilton's books are also on sale at 80% off. 

So, what are you waiting for! Check out Scholastic's Flagship Store here:

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Shopee launches Career Jumpstart Series to help accelerate tech careers of students, young Filipinos

By 2025, the Philippine internet economy is expected to grow by 30% annually to reach USD28 billion. In order to sustain such sizable growth, developing young, tech-driven talents will be key. In fact, the DTI has recognized the increasing need to upskill and reskill Philippine talent as one of the main priorities for the 2022 Philippine E-commerce Roadmap. As a means to support the digital economy boom, this April 2022, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is launching its first-ever Career Jumpstart Series, a curation of virtual open houses designed to train young tech leaders with career-building skills.

The Shopee Career Jumpstart Series aims to equip leaders of tomorrow with the necessary skills to find success in the tech industry’s workplace setting. The open house learning series will be spaced out across three seminars scheduled on April 5, 7, and 9. 

Who can join? 
  • Penultimate and graduating students
  • Young professionals with less than two years of work experience
What can you expect? 

Each seminar will be held virtually and focuses on relevant career-building topics:
  • Effective resume writing
  • Essential interview skills
  • Case interview mastery
This presents the perfect opportunity for students and budding professionals to polish their skillsets before immersing themselves in a tech company setting.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said “We are committed to developing young talent - from the initial interview stage, all the way up to securing a job and furthering one’s career. Through the Shopee Career Jumpstart Series, we believe that we can not only help young talent fulfill their potential, but also help contribute to the Philippines’ growing digital economy. We look forward to creating even more opportunities to hone the skills of young Filipinos and support local digital growth.”

Apart from the Career Jumpstart Series, Shopee also offers other programs and initiatives centered on polishing the skills of young talent. Shopee’s Global Leaders Program, for example, is a 2-year graduate program consisting of four 6-month local and overseas rotations that is open to final-year students or young professionals with up to two years of working experience. On the other hand, the Shopee Apprentice Program is an internship program designed to expose interns to the e-commerce and digital finance industry and allow them to participate in the different end-to-end processes of large-scale projects and initiatives.

Registration for the Career Jumpstart Series will be open to all interested individuals. Registrants are not required to be applicants for Shopee’s other key talent programs such as the Shopee Apprentice Program or the Global Leaders Program.

Those interested in learning how to stand out among other applicants may apply for the Shopee Career Jumpstart Series here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Try this ultimate makeup hack from KIMUSE featuring its Eyeliner Cosmetic Seal Stamp Wings Eye Beauty Kit

Struggling with your eyeliner? Try this ultimate makeup hack from KIMUSE! 

With over 125,000 pcs sold and a 4.9-star rating on Shopee, the KIMUSE Eyeliner Cosmetic Seal Stamp Wings Eye Beauty Kit is a must-try. It is waterproof (which is a non-negotiable for me.) It also is very handy that you'll have no problem adding this to your make-up kit inside your bag. 

The best part? This International Women's Month, KIMUSE is treating you to up to 80% off discounts exclusively available on Shopee Beauty. So, you don't want to miss this. 

What do they say about the product?
  • Easy to apply and has a nice tip to make a thin wing. The stamp is effective.
  • Perfect for beginners who want to practice since it's easy to remove and erase.
  • No harsh or strong smell.
And that's not all. In case you are interested to order, the KIMUSE Eyeliner Cosmetic Seal Stamp Wings Eye Beauty Kit will be on a FLASH SALE on March 23 (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM) where you can enjoy it at a much lower price. 

Indeed, from skincare to makeup, Shopee Beauty has all your needs! 

Enjoy the most exclusive deals up to 90% off, new launches and exciting offers from your most-loved brands, and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱499! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Discover exclusive deals on Filipino beauty products, baby essentials, and more during Shopee's #TatakPinoy: Virtual Trade Fair

Looking for Proudly Filipino products on Shopee, but don't know where to start? Support Local by checking out Shopee’s #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair happening until March 24!

Currently in full swing, the virtual trade fair features a variety of items from over 200 local sellers and brands with discounts of up to 90%. The week-long fair in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will put a spotlight on local sellers and their products to provide users with an easier way to support local businesses.

Overwhelmed with the wide array of choices? Here are some items you can explore from local brands that offer quality products at affordable prices:

 For skincare and personal care aficionados: 

Maxi-peel Rejuvenating Set Day and Night Face Care Regimen

Skincare routines continue to be a rising trend among Filipinos. Complete your daily regimen with this Maxi-peel rejuvenating set from Splash Personal Care. A full set contains an exfoliant solution, face wash, sun protection cream, and moisturizing cream which, used together frequently, will help you achieve pimple-free and glowing skin.

EB Advance Cleanse Off Makeup Remover Balm

To make sure your face stays clean and fresh especially after applying makeup and retouching throughout the hot summer days, check out this makeup remover from Ever Bilena. This balm glides smoothly across your skin–removing makeup, impurities, and dirt with ease.

Curls by Zenutrients Avocado & Tea Tree Protein-Free Conditioner

Your skin may need lots of TLC, but don't forget to take care of those tresses as well! Proudly Pinoy brand Zenutrients has a wide selection of hair care products free of sulfates, proteins, and parabens, ensuring you only get the good stuff for your hair. Check them out at deals up to 20% off throughout the fair.

Turmericap Plus

Meanwhile for the young at heart, keep looking and feeling youthful with Go Natural’s Turmericap Plus, which contains vitamins and minerals that can support your immune system and joints.


For the mommies and daddies:

Nursery New Born Kit Set (Free Organizer)

For mommies and daddies who love buying in bulk to get freebies, add to cart this Nursery Newborn Kit from Sweet Baby. It comes with diapers, premium wipes, and a free organizer to store all of your baby’s essentials–making it easier for you to head out with your family for a quick summer getaway.

Magnolia Cheezee Spread Milky White

Kids going back to face-to-face schooling? Stock up on baon essentials such as this Magnolia Cheezee Spread from San Miguel Foods. This milky and cheesy spread with a resealable spout is also perfect for a good afternoon merienda or a snack during family trips this summer.

On top of these sweet deals coming from multiple brands and sellers, you can also use the promo code TATAKPINOY20OFF to get 20% off of participating #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair items when you purchase via ShopeePay.

Vouchers are limited in quantity so hurry and check out Shopee’s #TatakPinoy: Virtual Trade Fair today through!

Achieve that winning gaming streak with the all-new Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, powered by the Exynos 1280

Life hits differently when people can do the awesome things they love. Samsung turns every moment awesome with the Galaxy A Series, its lineup of mid-range smartphones packed ​​with premium features at a great value.  

Its latest offering is the
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, powered by the Exynos 1280 processor. This marks the first time that Samsung has included its own processor in its affordable range of smartphones.

The powerful 5nm chipset elevates the smartphone’s gaming performance by making load times faster, the gameplay is smoother, and graphics more powerful and life-like. This makes the Galaxy A53 5G the perfect partner for everyone’s gaming journey. With its upgraded processor, gamers can always stay ahead and keep their winning streak.

Gamers can now get their hands on the new awesome device when they pre-order the Galaxy A53 5G until March 31 and enjoy gifts worth up to PHP 3,000. They may choose between a PHP 3,000 Samsung e-store voucher or 3,000 Diamonds for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

The Galaxy A53 5G comes in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Peach and will be available in the Philippines starting April 1, 2022, in all authorized Samsung Stores and online at the following prices:


     Galaxy A53 5G (8+256GB) - PHP 25,490 SRP

     Galaxy A53 5G (8+128GB) - PHP 23,490 SRP

     Galaxy A53 5G (6+128GB) - PHP 22,990 SRP (Online Exclusive)


Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

 To know more about the Galaxy A53 5G, visit

Friday, March 18, 2022

Shopee Launches First #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair of the Year

While MSMEs still comprise the majority of registered businesses in the country, a survey conducted by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) - Ecommerce Office in September 2020 showed that 73% of MSMEs still require assistance in digitizing their operations. Shopee remains committed to help MSMEs transition to digital easily and seamlessly as it once again partners with the DTI to launch the #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair from March 18-24. This initiative is in line with Shopee’s goal to provide local MSMEs with the support that they need to grow their businesses online.

Through the week-long virtual trade fair, Shopee users will be able to discover and purchase Filipino-made essentials from a variety of shops ranging from snack food, health & beauty, groceries & pet stores, fashion, and more, at discounted rates. This year’s #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair will feature a diverse range of local sellers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. This is among Shopee’s many initiatives to empower local businesses to shift online and encourage users to support them. Alongside these virtual trade fairs, sellers are also provided with different marketing tools, training, and initiatives to help them maximize their businesses’ growth on the platform such as Shopee University Summit, where local MSMEs can learn ways to drive their business growth from industry speakers and leaders.

The virtual trade fair will also feature products from beloved Filipino brands such as Splash Personal Care, Zenutrients, Go Natural, Ever Bilena, San Miguel Foods, EQ, Lifeline Clothing, Sweetbaby, and Tala by Kyla.

DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion Director Marievic Bonoan says, “Being able to provide our local MSMEs with opportunities for growth and development is one of our top priorities at the DTI. We understand the important role e-commerce platforms, like Shopee, play in creating a seamless digital transition for MSMEs. Through initiatives like the #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair, we believe that we can help these businesses maximize their full potential and make the digital transition smoother.”

Shopee Philippines Director Martin Yu says, “Supporting MSMEs is at the very core of what we do. We are deeply committed to creating more opportunities to help our local businesses adapt and thrive in the e-commerce industry through initiatives like our #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair. We look forward to this opportunity to once again help our sellers in their e-commerce journey, and also allow our users to support these community-owned businesses.”

Aside from the wide range of products available at the #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair, Shopee users will also enjoy ShopeePay vouchers for 20% off with a minimum purchase of Php 300, valid on all #TatakPinoy: Virtual Trade Fair items this March 18-24.

For more information about the #TatakPinoy: Virtual Trade Fair, visit

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Eastern Communication expands footprint in Negros

Bringing to life its continued commitment to helping businesses emerge stronger in 2022, premier Philippine telecommunications company Eastern Communications has officially announced its footprint expansion in Western Visayas.

In their “Via Eastern: Forging True Connections” virtual launch, Eastern Communications aims to service the locals in Bacolod City and Dumaguete City with its “High Tech” products and solutions paired with award-winning “High Touch” service.

The launch was graced by members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Region 7 (PCCI), Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), and Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce of Industry (NOCCI). For the event proper, invited speaker Christina Marie Gaston, President of Association of Negros Producers (ANP), spoke about strengthening competence among MSMEs through leveraging social.

The expansion is part of the telco’s goal of democratizing technology in the country by becoming a one-stop-shop for all connectivity and ICT demands across the country, as companies continue to strive in emerging stronger in 2022.

“Our goal this year is to make digital technology as accessible as possible, especially to serve the underserved and unserved area in the country,” shared Eastern Communications Sales Head Michael Castaneda.

“We are pleased to announce that Eastern is now ready to strengthen our strong connection with our kababayans in Negros through our best-in-class solutions and personalized service. It is our mission to always have the happiest customers in the business, and we’re looking forward to helping them harness technology to the best of our abilities, so we can emerge stronger together,” added Castaneda.

Aiming to be the one-stop-shop partner of businesses in the area, Eastern Communications’ comprehensive suite of products and services is designed to help address the digital needs of companies as they move into the next normal.

Among the solutions launched were its wide array of connectivity solutions, such as Internet Direct Service (IDS) a premium and dedicated high-speed business-grade connectivity, and other borderless solutions such as Eastern Cloud, their business-grade cloud service that offers efficiency and collaboration, and Eastern Cyber Defense, a suite of premium cybersecurity solutions equipped by global partners.

In its over 140 years of service in the country, Eastern Communications has evolved into a world-class telecommunications and ICT solutions company providing an extensive portfolio of services that include Data,

Internet, Voice, Managed Services, Data Center & Cloud Services, and Cyber Security Services. The telco continues to be the solutions partner of choice for the biggest industry players in the country.

"We’re grateful for Eastern Communications for choosing Negros as one of their first locations to expand into this year. This will definitely give businesses in Negros the opportunity to grow further with Eastern’s strong connection," shared Area Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Visayas and CEO of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Franklin Carbon.

“For many years, we have seen how technology is able to transform businesses, and it’s high time for small to large enterprises in Negros to have a tech-savvy and reliable solutions partner like Eastern Communications,” added Immediate Past Governor of PCCI Region 7, Edward Cu.

To learn more about Eastern Communications’ products and services, visit


As one of the premier Philippine telecommunications companies, Eastern Communications has evolved into a world-class telecommunications and ICT solutions company providing an extensive portfolio of services that include Connectivity Solutions, Network Solutions, Security Solutions, Cloud and Data Center Solutions, and Business Applications. It continues to be the solutions partner of choice for the biggest industry players in the country through its unique brand of "High Tech" and its "High Touch" service. Eastern Communications was awarded Telco of the Year in the 2020 Asia Leaders Awards and has received accolades from prestigious award-giving bodies such as The Stevie Awards program, Best Employer Brand Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, the Anvil Awards, among others.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

IVORY: You know it's real when it floats!

Did you know that Shopee Supermarket carries Procter and Gamble USA products? 

Well, I just found out and I am happy that now,  I can easily order authentic imported Ivory soap with no hassle. I have been a lot of sellers online but I am a bit hesitant since there are also a lot of fakes. 

Why Ivory Soap? 
Ivory Clean is 99% pure and is free from harmful chemicals (dyes and perfumes) that are common in most commercial bath soaps. This has been trusted for many generations. Personally, I have been using these for years and it is also recommended by my dermatologist. 

Even without the fragrances, it smells really nice. It has the same distinct smell of ivory soap over the years.

It's so gentle and mild that you can use this for your face or your body. It is a soap that you can trust for the whole family. 

Are you sure it's authentic? 

Aside from the guarantee that Shopee Supermarket provides, one way to know if your ivory soap is legit is to test it. You know it's real when it floats! 

So, I did the test and yes, it floats! 

Anyway, here's the link if you want to order ->

It's currently at 40% off today! So, don't miss this chance to hoard. 

Shop at the 3.3 - 3.15 Shopee Consumer Day where you can enjoy Free Shipping with zero minimum spend, Piso deals, and 10% off daily. 

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane through the Batang 90s Favorite Snacks on Shopee

"Nothing beats the original."

I totally agree with it because no matter how many new ones are available. I would also go back to the original and this applies to almost everything. 

For an instance, I still miss the old chocolates, candies, and snacks that I had when I was a kid. I mean there are a lot of great options today but there is such joy whenever you see the old ones. There is just a special connection that makes it impossible for most of us to really can't get over with. Sometimes I think it's not really about the taste but it's the wonderful memories we had during our childhood. :) 

Do you remember Pritos Ring? I remember putting it on my fingers before eating it. 

How about Pom-poms. It was so cheap that I would prefer to buy the whole package and share it with my friends. 

Let us not forget about Ovalteenies? How I wish all medicines and tablets would taste like that. 

Sadly, it has been years that I was not able to see these in groceries stores. All this time I taught they were out of the market or the companies simply stopped making them. 

But I was so wrong! They're back and are here to stay! 

Imagine my excitement when I found them on Shopee. I did not realize that our Batang 90s favorites can be readily ordered online. I hurriedly added them to my Shopee cart. 

Is this still the same? I noticed some slight difference (perhaps my preference has changed) but one thing that I am certain is that it still brought me joy just like when I was a little kid. 

Thus, if you are feeling nostalgic, take a trip down memory lane through these favorite snacks we had in the 90s. Here's what I found so far. :)
They even have the popular orange juice drink. Do you still remember the song? 
🎶 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒏𝒚 𝑶𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆, 𝑰 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖! 𝑳𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒏, 𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒘𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒚...
That's it for now. Enjoy! 
Will update this list once I find more. :)

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Common Business Risks Faced by SMEs and Startups

Having a business is not as easy as you can imagine. Though it may sound very exciting, running and ensuring that it stays sustainable is another story. According to recent studies, the failure rate of startups is around 90% where 20% fail in their first year, 30% in the second year, and around half or 50% only remain operational after 5 years. 

This is because of the several factors that affect our businesses. In reality, there are just so many things that you need to consider in order to make one's business successful. It's doesn't end by simply making a sale or coming up with a great marketing strategy. 

Now, let me make it clear that we are NOT trying to discourage you from taking that leap in starting your own business because just like what Mark Zuckerberg said, "The biggest risk is not taking any risk." 

Instead, this is to inspire business owners and aspiring business owners how we can be smart about the risks that we are taking. As business owners, it is our responsibility to help minimize or make it safe to take the said risks. 

What are the common business risks faced by SMEs and Startups in the Philippines? 

1. Business Interruption - According to the 2020 Allianz Risk Barometer, 42% percent of the respondents mentioned business interruption as a major risk factor for Philippine-based businesses. Indeed, the pandemic has provided us a clear insight into what can happen during business interruptions and its possible causes. 

For one, government regulation and mandate can trigger business interruptions (e.g. quarantine lockdowns where offices and stores are asked to temporarily close or manpower is prevented from reporting to the workplace. 

There are also supply chain distribution and logistics issues that can also halt the daily operations. 

What can we do about it? 

Having a risk management plan which includes alternative solutions (a.k.a Plan B) can help. Taking immediate action to cut back the risks as soon as they present themselves is the key. 

For example, in supply chain issues, businesses can readily prepare a list of alternative suppliers/ sources or identify substitute materials. Prioritize local suppliers if possible in that way challenges in logistics can be minimized. 

For manpower concerns, check for alternative work arrangements. You can even opt to outsource if needed. 

2. Fire and Natural Disasters - The Philippines is considered to be one of the most vulnerable countries in the world subject to calamities and climate change. The country gets hit by at least 20 typhoons annually and no matter how frequent it happens, this is something that we should not take lightly.  We have seen the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and the most recent Typhoon Odette in December 2021. 

Aside from typhoons, we are also prone to earthquakes, floods, and even fire. With 5 active major fault lines in the country, the possibility of the "big one" is not impossible. In 2020, the Bureau of Fire Protection reported more than 14,000 fire incidents that destroyed billions worth of property. 

Sadly, these types of incidents can happen at any time. 

What can we do about it? 

To avoid financial losses with things beyond our control, getting insurance for property damage caused by typhoons, fire, lightning, flood, and earthquake helps minimize risks.

Initially, I thought that acts of God or damages caused by natural phenomena are not insurable but I was wrong. There are actually insurance products such as the CL Microbiz Protek Jr. that can help protect our properties. The best part? It's actually affordable and the coverage is quite comprehensive. 

Aside from its coverage of property damage, it also offers Personal Accidental coverage, Burglary, and Robbery.  

3. Cyber incidents - As we transition to more online services and digital platforms, the threat of cyber incidents, which include cybercrime, IT failure/outage, data breaches, fines, and penalties is a primary concern for many businesses. 

What can we do about it? 

In order to protect your business, you need to invest in both your infrastructure and human resource. Install a firewall. Make sure to keep your software and system up to date.

It is also important that you train and educate your team on how to avoid and handle cyberattacks and data breaches. Ensure implementation access management and security (e.g. usage of passwords)  as this helps safeguard your cybersecurity. 

Lastly, back up your data to avoid major downtime and loss of important data. Businesses should realize that data is actually a major asset of the company even if it's not reflected the financial statements. 

Despite all of these risks, don't be discouraged to make that big idea come to life. Start your business. You have the power to minimize the risks and keep in mind that the world is rooting for you.