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Pay your bills with GCash and get a chance to win a Bose Soundlink Speaker and a 2016 Nissan Juke


 Merry Christmas! Holiday Season is fast approaching and we only have 66 days left before Christmas day. Aint that sweet? And what’s more sweeter is the latest GCash 12 Weeks of Christmas Raffle Promo. But wait. Here are the things you should know first about GCash. GCash is also a faster, safer, and convenient way to pay your telecom, utilities, credit card bills and more anytime, anywhere. Just turn your mobile phone into a virtual wallet by using GCash, an internationally acclaimed micropayment service backed by Globe Telecom. To register: I. Dial *143# for FREE using your Globe/TM SIM Step 1. […]


Citi rolls out Voice Biometrics in the Philippines


 To give its clients and customers a better service when it comes to account authentication and protection, the country’s largest foreign bank recently launched Voice Biometrics. This groundbeaking authentication Voice Biometrics enables bank clients without the need to remember passwords, or personal identification numbers, or answer a series of questions to verify their identities. A brief demonstration were shown to the media when it was launched last October 4 inside Isabela A of Makati Shangri-La Hotel by Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed and Consumer Banking Head Bea Tan as they announced the introduction of this technology to the Philippines. With […]


Bancassurance Month launched as BPI-Philam Life building unveiled in Makati


 The Ayala Life FGU will now be known as BPI-Philam Life Makati starting this October coinciding with the launch of Bancassurance Month by BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp. It will be a month-long celebration led by BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp. (BPLAC) CEO Surenda Menon with the aim to educate Filipinos on the existence of bancassurance and importance of life insurance to help people with their long-term protection needs and to assist and support them throughout different stages of life’s journey. “First thing we do is to create awareness, and that is what we do in our (Win The Moment) campaign to […]


Why Payoneer matters for Filipino freelancers


 While the Philippines peso plunges on a seven-year low, as reported from the stock market this week, US dollar shoots with $1 = Php48.25 which made financial market bled again. Initial reports blame the noise in politics as the reason to why the peso hits this downfall anew. But that’s a different story. Still, many from the business sector are optimistic that after the noise dies down, everything will be back to normal. The said financial crisis did not affect foreign players to invest and open up offices here in the country, just as like what Payoneer just did a couple […]


BPI extends deadline for customers to update their information by September 30


 Depositors and ATM cardholders panicked on a Monday afternoon – the last day of the long weekend and celebration of National Heroes Day, when an official news advisory from the Bank of the Philippine Islands came out asking their account holders to fill up and submit Customer Information Sheet (CIS) and (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) Form to the nearest branch or else lose their access to automated teller machines (ATMs), online and mobile banking. This advisory was in accordance to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Circular 706 provision where all banks are required to update their customer information records and […]


PayMaya #NowNation Go Shopping


 When we travel, it’s not only the transportation, accommodation, and food that matters. Especially when you’re in a different place, the first thing (or should we say, the last thing before you leave) on your itinerary is shopping. Shopping for items that you’ll be needing during the course of your trip or shopping for souvenirs before going back home.     Okay, shopping could be anytime. Not just when you travel. You go shopping after Sunday church. You go shopping when you want to reward yourself for that great achievement you’ve accomplished. You go out shopping to buy things you […]


Train and bus rides to and from the airport is conveniently easy with PayMaya #NowNation


 If you’re coming to and from the airport, it is best you download and install PayMaya app on your mobile device and get your PayMaya card right away because having this will be very helpful and convenient for you especially when taking the metro train and bus to NAIA terminal airport. Download 1. Go to Google Play or Apple Store and search for PayMaya. 2. Download and install the free app. 3. Register 4. Log-in your account. 5. Purchase your PayMaya physical card and link it with your virtual card. 6. Upgrade your PayMaya physical card through the app to […]


Enjoy every day rewards with CLiQQ app from 7-Eleven


 Just Cliqq It As soon as you finished installing the 7-Eleven CLiQQ app on your mobile phones, you can now start earning and redeem every day reward points and items from any 7-Eleven stores in the Philippines. The every day rewards is a special gift from 7-Eleven for their loyal customers through the CLiQQ app, formerly known as Every Day! Rewards Card. The app includes a loyalty barcode that lets 7-Eleven customers earn points every time they visit and make purchases worth P50 or more. P50 is equivalent to 1 point and can be earned even on separate purchases. These points […]


Singapore Airlines and MasterCard Travel Madness Alert: Singapore USD180; Japan, Korea USD 450; Brazil USD1500 and more!


 Remember our January article about our travel tips to Brazil for this year’s Summer Olympics? We know that a lot of people will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro to catch the Olympics in action to cover the event and to be there as spectators. But the high cost of travel expense deters a person and even those well-seasoned travelers to decide whether to pursue or not their Brazil trip. Fret no more. Singapore Airlines is offering a round-trip all-in airfare travel fare to Brazil for as low as $1500 only for individual booking of two passengers. Or if you’re traveling solo, it’s […]

The Rise of #NowNation. PayMaya launched today its new campaign #NowNation to empower the Filipino millennials to seize the day, pursue their passions and live in the here and now. (L-R) Paolo Azzola, Managing Director and co-COO of PayMaya Philippines; Ram Cortez, PayMaya's Student Ambassador; Carlo Atendido, DJ Champion; Seph Cham, Lifestyle Guru; Camille Co, Style Maven; Orlando Vea, President and CEO of Voyager Innovations; Chichi Tullao, Foodie Extraordinaire; Alyssa Valdez, Phenom of Philippine Volleyball; Jonas Roque, Weekend Wandering Warrior; and Benjie Fernandez, co-COO of PayMaya Philippines and COO of Voyager Innovations.

PayMaya launches new brand campaign to empower millennials


 For everyone’s information, PayMaya Philippines is formerly Smart e-Money, Inc, which is the financial services arm of Smart and PLDT and carries the PayMaya, a leading payment app and prepaid card in the Philippines, that can be used today in many establishments, online shopping, transportation, and recently, highlighting sports, music, fashion, gaming, and travel under the #NowNation campaign that aims to inspire and enable the millennials to seize the day and pursue their passions. It’s in the digital world where most of us are spending more time nowadays. However, the challenge of financial inclusion in the country hinders the 69% of the population with no bank […]


Your Robinsons Department Store shopping could be your passport to New York City via Philippine Airlines


 How many times have you wished to go to the city that never sleeps, New York City, and still ended up daydreaming about it? Daydream no more because your Robinsons Department Store shopping could be your passport to New York City via Philippine Airlines! That’s right. And not just that, tons of amazing prizes will be given away to lucky shoppers, including the all-expense-paid trip to the Big Apple via Philippine Airlines. How? When you shop at any Robinsons Department Store using your MasterCard credit, debit, or prepaid cards, with a single receipt purchase of P3,000, you are entitled for […]


Swipe left and right to enjoy cashless payments with PayMaya


 Recently, and after the successful Kampo@BGC event, young and hip Manila millennials experienced one more time the convenience of cashless payments during the two-day Spectrum Fair Manila 2016 partnered with PayMaya that equipped its merchants with digital payment solutions so they can accept cards payment from consumers for a secure, fast, and hassle-free transaction and shopping experience.   We went there on its first day run and enjoyed cashless payments from purchasing foods and mobile accessories that we bought that day. For those in the know, Spectrum Fair Manila is a quarterly event that gathers established and emerging lifestyle brands to offer wide array […]


Important things you need to know before you pack your bags for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro


 From the list of 60 countries where you can travel visa-free from the Philippines, Brazil pops out as one of them. And if you are planning of visiting the country sometime soon, either to see the majestic Christ the Redeemer statue or be there when the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro happens, a careful study of the budget and documents is to be considered first before embarking on this journey. According to articles from Travel Book, GMA Network, and When In Manila, a Filipino (Philippine resident), who wants to visit Brazil can enter the country visa-free for 90 days […]


Black Friday Deals Week shopping via GCash American Express Virtual Pay


 Black Friday has began in the US and there are many cool catches from that we’ve seen this time. Oh yeah! Lowest prices and sales on everything from electronics, video games, fashion hunt collections, smartphone units and accessories, home, etc. It’s like getting premium items for 10% – 70% off. And you have to be fast because some items are for a limited time only. Just make sure you already have your GCash American Express Virtual Pay so you can start shopping around the Black Friday Deals Week. Shop online without a credit card. Easily get a GCash American Express Virtual Pay […]


GCash beep MasterCard, one step forward to safe, fast, and secure payment solutions


 People will no longer carry wallets with different payment cards and with no more loose change in their pockets. That and more are what Globe and MasterCard‘s visions through the network’s GCash mobile payment service, to provide safe, fast, and secure way of mobile spending and people to store their hard-earned cash. The partnership of Globe GCash and MasterCard also allow the integration of beep card, a reloadable electric payment platform, into its system providing an everyday all-in-one tap, swipe, and shopping experience for those who will avail of GCash beep MasterCard. For only PhP 150, people can avail the GCash […]


BPI makes financial planning easy through Make The Best Happen campaign


 People love to spend and when it comes to basic needs and material goals, saving money is the first thing and foremost that needs to be addressed. Be it short-term or long-term goals, savings plays a major part in our wants in having a good life, for ourselves or for our loved ones. This is where Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) comes in. BPI, the first bank in the Philippines and in Southeast Asian region, has a wide range of consumer, corporate, and investment banking products and services. With Make The Best Happen campaign, BPI is setting  a trend of […]


Shop at Robinsons Supermarket and earn GetGo points for your next Cebu Pacific flight


 Plan your next travel and Robinsons Supermarket, P&G, and GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific will take care of the rest. All you have to do is shop at Robinsons Supermarket and for every PhP 500 purchase of at least four participating P&G brands, you’ll get to earn one travel sticker. Collect 12 stickers and you will be given a GetGo Card worth PhP 150 for free. The card upon activation will be loaded with 2,600 GetGo points. To give you an idea, the 2,600 GetGo points can actually take you to a one-way base fare trip to Cebu. So, continue […]


SM continues shoppers tradition to Cherry Foodarama


 SM Investments Corporation continues the family tradition of grocery shopping with the opening of the modernized Cherry stores in Metro Manila. With only 1 day apart, Cherry Shaw and Cherry Congressional reopened to stay in the game as one of the most loved supermarkets, a classic favorite since the 1950s. Cherry Shaw opened last Tuesday, Oct. 13 while Cherry Congressional on Thursday, Oct. 15, with actress Isabel Oli and Miss Philippines Earth 2015 Angelia Ong as guests during the ribbon cutting. The reopening of the supermarket was just the first phase for Cherry Congressional. A bigger Cherry will be opening soon to the public once […]


Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria last-minute booking made possible via HotelQuickly


 “Consider it a lucky day, Dennise surprised me when she told me that I have a room upgrade to Executive Suite…“ I recently booked a last-minute best available room in Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria for an overnight stay during the last long weekend of the month through HotelQuickly app using the Free Nights booking reward. It was my first time spending overnight at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and this wouldn’t be made possible without the HotelQuickly app. Executive Suite Front desk officer Dennise Gallardo was simply accommodating from the start of our conversation. I showed her the booking confirmation on my device and she asked for my identification […]


Nag-beep ka na ba?


 This is the hanging question for all of you guys riding the Light Railway Transit commonly known as the LRT. We’ve experience first-hand the newly implemented e-ticketing system via the beep card when we rode the LRT Line 1 at the Munoz Station going to Vito Cruz Station today. We can say that this is a good move from the LRT management while in fact it has been long-awaited and the machines were installed nearly a year before it can be used. But as we have seen, the e-ticketing system is not yet fully implemented as far as rides going […]


Do you want to create your own e-commerce website? TackThis! Concierge is the solution


 TackThis! Concierge offers small and medium businesses (SMBs) of creating their own e-commerce platform for their online business supported by 3 services: Effortless Store Creation Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. TackThis! Concierge have experts to help entrepreneurs from taking beautiful photos of their products to designing their own brand website. TackThis! Concierge have a dedicated team of Store Creation Specialists to help create fully functional store. Hassle-free Store Management Once your online store is ready, TackThis! Concierge will help process your orders through a group of Order Management Specialists. The service includes payment consolidation, delivery coordination, and customer inquiries management. On […]

IdeaSpace-backed startup TheKard Inc., makers of Mobkard, seals the deal for P17 million in additional funding led by digital advertising leader Globaltronics Inc. In photo are (from left) IdeaSpace President Earl Martin Valencia, Globaltronics CEO William T. Guido, and TheKard co-founders Francis Uy and Carlo Calimon.

MobKard App announces P17 million in additional funding


 IdeaSpace-backed Mobkard App, a location-based mobile loyalty solutions provider and part of the first batch of startups of IdeaSpace, the First Pacific-led tech incubator and accelerator for emerging markets, announced that it has successfully concluded a new 17 million-peso round of funding led by Globaltronics Inc., the country’s leader in digital signage advertising in the Philippines. The new round of funding allows the company to expand its location-based loyalty solutions particularly through the launch of the official Mobkard app, which provides users with the best and the latest deals from the biggest brands that are near their current location using […]


Sister Secrets now accepts Payprogent Bitcoin, an active community of online shoppers exchanging beauty and fashion secrets, has teamed up with experts from the IT field and the BPO industry to improve the shopping and payment experience of all its members. Since its launch in June 2013, Sister Secrets has grown to be the “Biggest Online Girl Community,” as cited by Solar TV. The Entrepreneur & Franchise Expo also awarded the exclusive online community the title of “Best New E-Commerce Lifestyle Website” in 2014. Sister Secrets was founded by Karen Bordador, Charisse Abalos, and Kristen Morados—three amazing women who have remained true to their life’s […]


Be P3 million richer in less than 2 months while enjoying your favorite cup of coffee


 Sounds both unbelievable and interesting, ‘no? Oh and you’ll probably tell yourself, this is just another one of the business schemes you’ve heard from people who wanted to earn instant money. “Kape tayo, (Let’s have coffee) and I’ll show you how to double or triple your money in less than one or two months time.” A friend calls you up and invite you for coffee and introduce you to this new found opportunity and promises you five folds from your investment; then you can build your dreams, buy your own home and car, travel the world, etc. Well, in many cases, these are […]


#ProTECH101 (Part 3)! Think Before You Click


 As the online saying goes, ‘Think Before You Click‘ when you share vital information on the world wide web. On the first and second part of #ProTECH101 (Part 1 and 2), we shared with you the risks of disseminating personal information to the public, how to strengthen your passcodes, and secure accounts by disabling the autofill feature decreasing the risks of hacking and online fraud. This time, #ProTECH Part 3 focuses on online sharing discrepancies, what information we should avoid and what is safe for public sharing. Information such as birthdates, education and current location are things we should avoid sharing […]