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Philam Life gears on millennial approach to recruitment program


 Almost all things have moved to digital. Most brands have accepted the fact that in order to keep up in the race is to either embrace social media or go digital and modernize the structure of traditional marketing systems employed in a certain organization. And there are still lot of rooms for companies whoa re willing to make that transformation. Philam Life is one of the company that is embarking on this new journey, with their Genesis program, a change that will reflect the company’s diversity when it comes to protecting and securing investment products which will work for both […]


MoneyGram donates P1M to Black Pencil Project’s “School-in-A-Box Program”


 “Our Php1 million will go a long way. The School-in-A-Box program will provide complete study packs, teacher’s kits, and relevant learning resource materials for the marginalized children from the indigenous communities,” says Andrea Maramotti, MoneyGram International Head of Marketing for Emerging Markets. Definitely, any amount, and the larger the better, will do something great for projects that will benefit the young and helping them to get schooled as they are our future leaders in the making. Black Pencil Project is an independent civilian volunteer organization that assists select schools from far-flung areas all over the country. Founded in June 2008, […]


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 […]


Robin Padilla and MoneyGram help to bring OFWs closer to their families


 Robin Padilla is known in Philippines Showbiz as the Action Prince and has been a popular figure both charitable works and campaigns entertaining Filipino workers abroad, aka OFWs. MoneyGram is a money remittance US based company in Dallas, known globally in 200 countries, including Philippines which has over 13,000 locations by the end of July 2016. MoneyGram has 375,000 locations worldwide. Robin and MoneyGram’s relationship started four years ago in 2012 and continuously strengthens within the succeeding years. The first endorsement by Robin as Global Brand Ambassador for MoneyGram was to bring awareness on what the brand was all about, according to […]


Smart Padala welcomes Angel Locsin as their newest brand ambassador


 Smart Padala welcomes actress Angel Locsin as their newest brand endorser. Smart Padala started in 2004 using the Filipino word ‘padala’ to remain true to the service of being close to the heart of Filipinos and is the world’s first international cash remittance service linked into a mobile phone. In 2005, Smart Padala launched its domestic cash remittance service. Smart Padala continues to be the leading domestic remittance service in the Philippines in approximately 15,000 Smart padala centers being used by 4-5 million Filipinos every month. Angel Locsin is also promoting Smart Padala’s “Smart PadaLapit” TVC further strengthening its brand’s […]


Cebuana Lhuillier announces National Pilipino Protektado Day


 Today, Cebuana Lhuillier launches National Pilipino Protektado Day, to give away free microinsurance to one million Filipinos. Michael Sena, Integrated Marketing Communications, Group Head, Cebuana Lhuillier, opens wthe floor with his welocme remarks in front of guests and media Further strengthening its campaign to protect Filipinos from the onslaught of calamities and other unforeseen events, Cebuana Lhuillier, the country’s largest microfinancial institution, launched the National Pilipino Protektado Day, an initiative that promises to provide more security to different communities in the Philippines. Cebuana Lhuillier, in partnership with Pioneer Insurance, announced that it will be giving away free microinsurance covers to […]


Gringo Honasan Transcribed (Part 2): “I looked at him (Marcos) like a god”


 As promised, here is the second part of our conversation with Senator Gringo Honasan. In continuation of his platforms and agenda, he speaks of tax-exemptions, government funding, his first order of business if elected as vice president, and how he looked at Marcos during his time as a soldier, pre-EDSA People Power days. Tax-exempt for below PHP 30,000 earners “Nasa platform namin yan. Any income below P30,000 tax-free. The only sure things in life are death and taxes. Hirap na hirap na nga pahihirapan mo pa? It’s unfair. Tax na natin yung top 1,000 corporations na walang ginawa kung hindi […]


Lucky charms to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey 2016


 We are only few hours away as we celebrate the Lunar New Year as we usher in the Year of the Fire Monkey. And what better ways to celebrate is to be inside where it happens. In Binondo. We are checked-in at Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel today to greet the Chinese New Year and revel with the people of Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world. And here are 5 lucky charms that you must ready as you welcome in the Year of the Monkey 2016. 1. Pineapple Known as ong lai meaning lucky and come, put them together you […]


10 Financial Hacks That Will Help You Save More Money


 What can you say about your financial state last 2015? The answer to this question can help you get an overview of what you want to achieve financially this 2016 based on actual personal instances and figures. Did you hit your savings goals? Did you decrease your credit card debt or loan payments? Did you wish that you achieved more last year? Reflecting on the past year and taking action can help you reach your financial goals for 2016 with more objectivity and effectiveness. Make “planned” impulse buys. Seat sales? Sales on every corner of the mall  at all months of […]


iflix welcomes Celebrity Investors


 Filipino celebs like siblings Richard, Raymond, and Ruffa Gutierrez, Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon, Iza Calzado, JM Rodriguez, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith made a wise decision of putting their money where it matters most to them. These Pinoy showbiz personalities just become the Celebrity Investors or shareholders of iflix, Southeast Asia‘s  leading movie and TV on-demand mobile application with 10,000 movie hours to its sleeves. Patrick Grove, COO and Co-founder of iflix Group, welcomed Raymond, Ruffa, Iza, Karylle, JM, and Jasmine and introduced them as the new investors during the iflix event at Peninsula Manila hosted by Issa Litton last November 16, which follows a succession of landmark […]


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 […]


Saving Mother Earth by changing the ways we use energy today


 Seeing the Philippines as perfect business venture for solar-powered products, Oasis Powerhouse CEO Archie Guvi envisioned the country fit for sustainable, independent, and clear energy that are alternative to conventional power generation. Guvi almost quit with that mission when for almost 2 years of trying to put up the business, he met quite a few bumps and humps along the way. Thanks to Filipino hospitality, Guvi realized that he must continue his plan to introduce renewable energy solutions to the people of the Philippines. Oasis Powerhouse is Canada‘s fastest growing provider of renewable energy solutions. The company was established in 2009 […]


Western Union PH now holds Guinness World Records’ Largest Coin Mosaic title


 Today, September 30, Western Union created Guinness World Records World’s Largest Coin Mosaic as they successfully top UK and United States recent world records. Guinness World Records judge Jack Brockbank personally check and carefully supervised Western Union‘s attempt on the record-breaking coin mosaic as the company celebrates 25th year of service in the Philippines. The preparation to build the coin mosaic lasted overnight and displayed at The Elements in Centris, Quezon City before it was presented to Guinness World Records representative. The image of a Philippine Flag with a dove and logo marking Western Union’s 25th year was formed by 500,000 pieces […]


Weighing the Pros and Cons of GrabTaxi V3.0


 With the recent update of GrabTaxi mobile app to v3.0, different reactions and comments have surfaced on the mobile app’s review page and on various social media pages. The update last August 26  gave its subscribers a look at what to expect as changes and improvements are on its way for GrabTaxi. Since its inception, GrabTaxi made it clear that they are here to revolutionize the taxi industry in countries they’ve chosen to launch the now $700 million funded app in Southeast Asia. READ: GrabTaxi raises US$350M bringing total funding to US$700M With a total 6.1 million mobile downloads (according to latest data), GrabTaxi has become […]


Born2Invest, business and finance news in 80 words or less, launches in PH


 With a business model to curate quality finance and business news in concise and intelligible format, Born2Invest, a handy smartphone application, aims to deliver contents from the world’s most trusted sources and condenses them into 80-word summaries. Born2Invest enables the reader to get his daily news fix by sifting through all the insignificant content on the Internet and focusing only on the best finance and business news sourced from channels like CNBC, Forbes, and Financial Times. The app is updated throughout the business day, even on weekends, providing a fresh reading experience that never gets old amid a simple and […]


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 […]


Globe acquires 54% majority shareholder in Bayantel


 If you were experiencing poor signal subscription services in the past from your Bayantel-hosted landline or broadband connections, listen to this. Those days will soon be over now that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) approved the green light for the conversion of Lopez-owned Bayan Telecommunication‘s debt-to-equity to Globe Telecom. “The company (Bayan) can now concentrate on delivering better service to its customers,” said Salvador Tirona, president and CEO, Lopez Holdings. Records show that Bayan has been under a court-assisted corporate rehabilitation for nearly 23 years. In August 2013, “the regional trial court Branch 158 in Pasig City confirmed the amendment […]


Meralco electricity rates goes down for the second straight month


 For the second time around and after registering a reduction of PhP 0.70 per kilowatthour (kWh) in overall rates last month, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said that electricity rates will go down again this month by PhP 0.58 per kWh. This brings the total reduction to PhP 1.28 per kWh over the past two months. This is another great news for all the rising weather temperature that we have experienced for the past two months. This month’s reduction marks the fourth time this year that rates have gone down. For a typical household consuming 200 kWh, the overall electricity […]

One of Globe's booths during 12th Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention

Globe shows support to Filipino entrepreneurs through 12th Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention


 By being a major participant in Puregold Price Club’s 12th Tindahan ni Aling Puring (TNAP) Sari-Sari Store Convention, Globe Telecom, Philippine number one mobile brand fortify its support for local entrepreneurs and sari-sari store owners last May 20-24, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Globe has been known as a consistent supporter of the annual event where sari-sari store owners were gathered, extending exclusive services and offers to members that will drove the growth of their respective enterprises. “The partnership between Globe and Puregold remained strong since 2010 and we want to continue this through exciting exclusive […]

Lower spot market charges and cheaper fuel prices lead to generation charge reduction.

Good news, Meralco power rates down this month!


 If you are concern that your electricity bill(s) might jack up this month because, as we all know,  the heat temperature is badly rising this summer time and the solutions like going to malls, increase the air conditioner cooling, double the household electric fan, all of these are not easy-on-the-pocket. What’s new? Right? Good thing that today, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) released a statement that overall rates went down by PhP 0.70 per kilowatthour (kWh) this May. Said decrease is due to lower generation costs from all power suppliers of Meralco. Wow! This is absolutely amazing! For this report, they are saying […]

BPI Best List Congress 2015. The BPI Family Bank Ka-Negosyo Franchising Loan

BPI ka-Negosyo Franchising Loan extends nationwide with ‘Best List’


 Encouraging Filipinos not to hesitate in putting up a business, BPI Family Savings Bank with its Ka-Negosyo Franchising Loan is off for ‘Franchise Road shows’ nationwide, offering the ‘Best List’ of brands to franchise ‘Franchise Road Shows’ are set to reach the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) or the ‘Filipino Negosyantes’ across the country and help them interact with the franchisors, enabling them to chose which to franchise. “In those road shows, we, when we go there, it would be a forum composed of prospective investors, you know, those who would like to go into business,” said Noel Altamirano, Consumer […]


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. square off for the biggest Pay-Per-View fight on May 2


 No trash talking. Watching the livestream via Rappler earlier this morning, we saw how the Mayweather vs Pacquiao Pay-Per-View May 2 Press Conference happened to be. Relax. Calm. Both opponents, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., their teams, handlers, representatives, rival channels, and Bob Arum, spoke of how grateful everyone for making the Mayweather vs Pacquiao boxing match to finally happen. “Thank you, Bob, and I would like to thank God for giving us, providing us a wonderful day, a beautiful day and giving us strength. And I want to give thanks to Showtime and HBO for helping to make this fight […]


5 Simple money tips to get your accounts in shape


 It’s not all about the physical fitness we should care about. We pledge to lose weight, eat less, exercise more, gain muscle, and what else? We eat the right food, we take the almost perfect road to being physically fit but while we are on it, why are some still hitting the bank real hard? Perhaps we are more concern of getting physically fit and less on becoming financially fit. Financial fitness is just as important if we want to secure our well-being, quality of life, and of course, our future. Think it’s hard to get financially fit? Take note […]


Dragonpay is the new alternative payment solution


 How do you pay online? What payment solution do you use when paying for example, airfare tickets or paying your electric bills? The rise of online shops around the globe are evident. Retail stores, boutiques, gadgetry, and a lot more are shifting to the digital platform, which effectively acknowledges the lifestyle of the market today. It is almost inevitable for businesses in today’s era not to engage their brand through technology. And happy to say, most brands in various sectors and industries have adapted to the fast pace world of online shopping. Take for example our previous article for that matter. […]