Thursday, April 30, 2020
MANILA, April 30, 2020 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announced today that it will resume full operations and fulfillment of all orders nationwide -- including non-essential goods like beauty products, fashion, and many more. Cash on Delivery will also be available for all items.
Martin Yu, Associate Director of Shopee Philippines, said: “We’re glad to announce that Shopee will be resuming full operations and nationwide fulfillment for all goods and services. Aside from essential goods, our Filipino users can now have access to non-essential goods from different categories like fashion, beauty, and many more. We are also working closely with our brands, sellers, and partners to ensure that we continue to provide our users with greater convenience and value during this period and beyond Covid-19.”
Shopee will also continue to serve its users with their essential needs with the recently launched 5.5 Shopee Mart Sale. Running until May 5, Shopee offers deals as low as ₱5 and a Free Shipping with P0 minimum spend on essential products including food, personal hygiene, health supplies, and many more.
In addition, Shopee will be offering discounts up to 90% off on fashion items with the Shopee Bazaar Sale.
Visit https://shopee.ph/5-5 for more information.
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.
Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.
Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
With the whole world reeling from the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important things to take care of is one’s physical and mental health.
Amidst the uncertainty however, members of the famed Team Lakay stable in Baguio City, Philippines have managed to keep themselves and their families strong, safe, and above all else, sound of mind. And they owe a lot of it to their Igorot heritage.
Proudly representing their roots, the Team Lakay stars share what they’ve been up to during the lockdown and how their Igorot traits have helped them greatly during this time of crisis.
“I’ve mostly been occupying myself with home training with my eldest son Jhanlo and playing with my youngest son Marko,” shared Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. “I’m also giving online training lessons, and the rest of the day, I spend it working on Team Lakay’s social media page, as well as the athletes’ social media pages.”
Sangiao says that simple living is the root of the Igorot culture’s survival.
“The Igorot people are known to be resilient, self-sustaining, village-oriented, and we are used to simple living,” Sangiao explained. “Even in times like these, people don’t get hungry because we take care of each other. You go out and you’ll see free vegetables stocked out on the road, and we don’t hoard them, we only get what we need so that everyone has something on their tables.
“Remember that during the war, Cordillera was able to sustain themselves because of the strong ties that we have here, coupled with the patience and the resiliency that we have,” he added.
“Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family, especially my two daughters,” shared former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. “I’ve been doing a lot of home-made training programs. I’ve also done a lot of crossfit workouts and I’ve been shadowboxing just so I can keep my striking on point.”
Knowing how to follow the rules and being helpful are the key Igorot traits that Folayang highlighted.
“The Igorot people are obedient, we make sure to follow our figures of higher authority, especially our elders,” Folayang stated.
“We also practice what we call ‘binadang,’ which means helping those in need, which is very important during times like this,” he added.
Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon has been pretty innovative in finding ways to train hard, and he’s documented a lot of his methods on his social media.
“Aside from spending most of my time with my family, I continue to look for ways to be able to train,” Belingon said. “Since I can’t go to the gym, I brought the gym to me and improvised some equipment so that I can do my home workouts.”
The Igorot people, Belingon says, know how to fend for themselves.
“As a proud Igorot, we are taught to be self-reliant and fend for ourselves during trying times. We are also very obedient and respectful to our leaders,” he added.
For featherweight contender Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, this quarantine period has allowed him to spend more time with his in-laws and help around their house as well.
“I’m staying with my parents-in-law, so I’ve been busy with improving their house by fixing stuff and doing some landscaping,” Kelly shared. “I’m still training once a day, and I like to think of my work here as part of my training. For example, I simulate lifting weights by carrying soil and transferring them into a pit.”
Kelly believes that because of the Igorot people’s way of life, they’ve grown to become naturally healthy and strong.
“We’ve managed to stay strong throughout this period because I believe that the Igorot people are naturally healthy people,” he said.
”The Igorots are physically strong because we are very hard workers, and that helps make our immune system strong as well. Having a strong immune system is very important nowadays so that we don’t get sick with the virus,” Kelly added.
ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny “The King” Kingad sees this as an opportunity to spend more time with his family.
“I’m using this time to stay with my family and play with my son here at home,” he shared. “This is my chance to make up for all the time I’ve spent away and be able to be with them while there aren’t any fights scheduled.”
Kingad adds that being helpful and being obedient is something that has helped Igorots stay safe and healthy during the quarantine period.
“I’m happy and I’m blessed because we make sure that we help each other, and we also make sure that we follow the government’s orders of strictly staying at home and not going out,” said Kingad.
“I’m very proud that we are well-disciplined about this matter, and we don’t have a lot of confirmed cases here, unlike in other parts of the country, so for me, it’s very important that we continue to follow the guidelines, and that’s what we Igorots are doing,” he continued.
Fast-rising ONE Strawweight contender Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is taking advantage of this time at home to enjoy time with his family as well as making sure that things around the house are ready for the upcoming rainy season in the Philippines.
“During this quarantine, I’ve kept myself busy by working out at home, catching up with my brothers by giving advice and planning how to make tomorrow better, and by fixing whatever it is that is needed to be fixed at home so that it’s in good shape, especially with the rainy season approaching,” says Adiwang.
“Being a proud Igorot, I can say that our traits and beliefs have greatly helped us combat this dangerous disease.”
For former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio staying stress-free is an important part of staying healthy and virus-free.
“I still find ways to train, but it’s more of home workouts and running,” Eustaquio shared. “We stay at home and maintain a healthy lifestyle. No stress and panic, just exercise, and of course the right diet.”
“Gravity” says that genes and lifestyle are a big part of how the Igorot people have kept strong through this time of crisis.
“Being an Igorot, most especially the genes and the lifestyle that we live has really helped us during this pandemic,” said Eustaquio. “We are very resilient people, we hold our pride high.
“We can survive and we can adapt on our own,” Eustaquio added.
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario has gotten to use the time at home to babysit and also get some workouts in.
“Well, I’m at the province right now, babysitting,” Banario said. “I’ve also kept myself fit by skipping rope, shadowboxing, and carrying stones to have a light exercise.”
“Sometimes, I go and run on the trail near the farm,” “The Rock” added.
Banario shared that a certain native Igorot dish might be a key factor in keeping safe during the pandemic.
“Well, the things that normal Igorots do during this time of crisis is simply staying at home and following the rules,” shared Banario.
“We also cook a native chicken dish known as Pinikpikan,” Banario added jokingly. “I think these are the things that are helping keep us safe and away from this dangerous virus.”
Fresh off a successful title-defense against Alex Silva, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio is fortunate to have a world champion training partner at arm’s length during this quarantine period.
“As an athlete, I need to find ways to train and keep myself busy during this quarantine. Luckily, Kuya Kevin [Belingon] and I live in the same barangay, that’s why we can train together,” Pacio shared.
Pacio notes that the Igorot discipline has helped keep the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Benguet and Baguio area at a minimum.
“The Baguio-Benguet area is somehow one of the places with the least amounts of cases of people that have tested positive for the coronavirus, and I believe that it’s because of how disciplined the Igorot people are,” explained Pacio.
“We listen and we take seriously what the government says. We stay at home and we don’t go out, and we make sure that our health and safety is a must,” Pacio added.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
With most of the population working from home, the country’s workforce is relying on fast internet connection and efficient productivity tools. That is why fastest growing internet service provider Converge ICT is resuming their operations in Metro Manila and select areas in North Luzon to power hundreds of Filipino households relying on their broadband service.
To protect both their employees and consumers, installer personnel will be covered with protective masks and all paraphernalia and vehicles will be fully sanitized before being taken out for service.
On their part, employees are given temporary lodging near their office, sanitation kits with alcohol, gloves, and masks, and vitamins to boost their immune system. They are also provided with food to minimize their mobility and undergo daily temperature checks.
“We, at Converge, are a firm believer in acting together in these challenging times to provide the best service for Filipinos. As we all adapt into the new normal homes and select businesses should get the extensive resources and support to be online. We will do what we can to provide strong connectivity because more than ever now, we need to stay connected with loved ones, friends and colleagues that we can only see virtually,” said Dennis Uy, Founder of Converge ICT Solutions.
“The health and safety of our people is paramount, so we are implementing necessary measures to keep them from harm’s way. We know that through this we are able to extend outstanding service to our customers too,” he added.
The processing of applications for new users has already resumed and will operate during weekends to fast track the need for Converge’s service. In addition to the installation service, customer service and repair services will also resume. The services may take within 3 to 10 days in compliance with travel restrictions, checkpoints, and essential manpower that may restrict the operations.
As a company resolute in being one with the front-liners, Converge has also previously given more than a thousand units of personal protective equipment to Angeles City Hospital.
For inquiries and the list of open branches visit https://www.convergeict.com/
About Converge ICT Solutions
Converge ICT Solutions is the leading fiber internet and digital consumer-centric services provider in the country. It is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge ICT Solutions is ISO and CE2.0 Certified.
Being quarantined at home may have limited us from doing what we’re used to do, but it also presents a perfect opportunity to learn new skills and develop good habits such as eating healthy and exercising daily. Not only will these habits help you get fit and put you in a good mood but it will also boost your immune system to help fight off the ongoing virus.
Fortunately, Century Tuna, the country’s leading canned tuna, makes it all possible to achieve as it brings the workout in the comfort of your home and even offers a chance to win Php 50,000 with Century Tuna Superbods At Home.
The Century Tuna Superbods At Home is a 60-day fitness activity where Century Tuna will serve fitness challenges and tips to participants. Every week, participants will get a chance to win a participation prize of Php 5,000, and at the end of 60 days, take home the grand prize of Php 50,000.
To get started, click on Century Tuna’s Facebook Messenger chatbot (found on the top right corner of Century Tuna’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/centurytuna/) where the participant will be prompted to join the Century Tuna Superbods at Home. Users will need to provide the following details: Agreement of Privacy Act, full name, contact number, and email.
Participants will be given one workout every Wednesday for 60 days led by celebrity coaches Nadine Lustre and Alden Richards who will guide them with endurance, cardio, legs, abs and core exercises. Participants will also be served with additional fitness content every day for the whole duration of the challenge, which include healthy recipes, inspirational quotes, fitness tips, and many more!
Each time a content is served, participants are encouraged to submit one photo or more of themselves per week. Photos must also be related to the challenge like performing the given exercise, Century Tuna recipes, or progress photos. One (1) submitted photo will be randomly chosen every Wednesdays to win the participation prize. Previous winners are eligible to win again the following week. To qualify for the grand prize, participants must submit a total of four (4) photos from different weeks.
However, only those who signed up for the challenge during the sign-up period from April 13 to April 23, 2020 will be eligible to win the Grand Prize at the end of the 60-day program. Those who were unable to opt-in during the sign-up period may still join the program activities, but will not be eligible to win the Grand Prize. Winner of the grand prize will be announced on Century Tuna’s Facebook page on June 17, 2020.
Make the most out of your freetime and get a chance to take home Php 50,000 by participating in Century Tuna Superbods At Home now. For full mechanics or to know more about the challenge, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/centurytuna/notes/.
Monday, April 27, 2020
When you hear the song “Don’t Start Now” by English singer/songwriter Dua Lipa, what initially comes to mind? Do you imagine the visually stunning music video tied to it, or is your mind flooded with mental images of a plethora of dance covers on TikTok?
Indeed, TikTok has become a global phenomenon and, lately, has sort of become a therapy for most people especially in light of the community quarantines enforced worldwide. And with millions of active users on the platform, coming up with fresh and unique videos may seem like a daunting task.
Fear not because collecting plenty of views, likes, and followers on this rapidly growing platform is not impossible. Here are 8 tips on how to make Tik-Toks that stand out:
Immerse yourself in the “For You” page
Developing ideas and crafting them into your latest TikTok might be difficult due to the sea of clips already out there. But who says you can’t draw inspiration from these clips? Binge watch videos on the “For You” page to get a sense of what’s hot, what’s not, and what hasn’t been created yet.
Use your own audio clips
While TikTok has a vast library of songs and audio clips, they are only offered in segments lasting no more than a minute. Got a favorite? Why not use a separate device to play audio clips of your choice. Be wary of copyright infringement though.
Make every second count
To get a higher viewership count, make sure that the first few seconds of your TikTok has an impact that will easily reel people in. Try baked-in captions or brief and creative intros on your videos to entice viewers to watch your clips entirely.
Showcase your “talent,” but be yourself
TikTok is considered a safe space for people who want to explore and broadcast their skills and talents. Whether it’s dancing, singing, acting, cooking, or showing how talented you are at being talentless--that actually garners a lot of engagement--show the world what makes you, you. Just make sure to maintain authenticity because that is what the audience likes.
Go all out
While you’re at it, make sure to give it your all and showcase the best version of you. Don’t be ashamed of being a bit “extra”. Put on your best outfits, apply makeup, and unleash a burst of energy--it’ll only be a few seconds anyway.
Another way to make your TikToks stand out is to make them as relatable as possible. Try kickstarting ideas with a few unique questions like “How do I react during monumental scenes in a certain renowned movie?” or “How do I look when I wake up on different days of the week?”
Add in multiple hashtags
Maybe you’re thinking: “...but having a ‘gazillion’ hashtags is so 2013.” While that may be true for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, there is certainly zero judgement on the use of hashtags by the TikTok community. In fact, using a ton of hashtags like #fyp and #tiktokph, increases your chances of landing on the “For You” page.
Engage in a “Duet”
Joining forces with fellow “TikTokers” not only allows for wider audience engagement, but ensures a fun and interactive experience. Plus, you get to make new friends in the process.
Bonus tip: Follow influential profiles
Much like in fashion and design, it’s always good to have pegs that are consistent with your style and taste. Follow your favorite TikTokers and celebrities to be in the loop for latest trends. And while you’re at it, follow the brand on TikTok at @vivophilippines to get fresh and creative updates on products and services.
vivo is a leading global technology company that is product-driven with core businesses including smart terminals and intelligent services. vivo is committed to connecting users to the digital world by designing exciting and trendsetting smart mobile products and services which integrate technology and fashion in unique and creative ways. Adhering to its core values, which include "Benfen”, “innovation” and “consumer orientation”, vivo has implemented a sustainable development strategy to achieve its vision of becoming a leading, long-lasting, world-class enterprise.
vivo’s headquarters is located in Dongguan, China, with 9 R&D centers in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and San Diego. These centers focus on the development of cutting-edge consumer technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence, photography, design and other emerging fields. vivo has also set up five production hubs across China, South Asia and Southeast Asia, which manufacture over 200 million smartphones every year. As of 2019, vivo has developed its sales network across more than 30 countries and regions, attracting more than 300 million active users worldwide.
Manila, Philippines — The impact of COVID-19 left many businesses navigating the digital space. Some are caught off guard while others utilize their expertise in technology. Take it from Filipino startups who have been stepping up to help combat COVID-19 in their own ways. To provide tips on how they’re doing it, startup founders gathered for a QLITAN, a bi-weekly networking event hosted by QBO Philippines since 2016.
But this time, QLITAN was held online. In this virtual event, founders shared how they are responding to the crisis. Headlining the session titled “Startup Survival Guide — Adapting to the New Norm” are Moritz Gastl, vice-president of Growth of First Circle, a startup which provides business financing and access to credit; Shahab Shabibi, co-founder of MyKuya, an app that allows on-demand services such as grocery deliveries; Gabby Dizon, CEO and cofounder of mobile and blockchain game studio Altitude Games; Stefano Fazzini, CEO of online grocery delivery service MetroMart; and Bonnie Factor, founder of Leading with Success.
These startups are now using this opportunity to create a lasting difference — banding together and using technology not only to ease people’s burdens but even potentially save lives.
“Startups are called to do what they do best — they are rising up to this challenge by deploying innovative solutions, moving quickly, and showing us how we can harness the power of technology for the greater good. We are seeing startups from different industries working hard at this time, from logistics to ecommerce to fintech and edutech,” said Katrina Chan, director of QBO.
Startups aiding the government on the battle against COVID-19
Now more than ever, the tech capability of startups can help the government in a number of ways. The Department of Science and Technology with Developers Connect helped launch the RapidPass system where frontliners manning checkpoints can easily inspect vehicles and individuals by scanning QR codes.
Senti, a startup specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning, provides the knowledge-base for the chatbots that the Department of Health deploys in different channels to address COVID-19-related inquiries. Local tech company Multisys, on the other hand, developed the online and mobile platform StaySafe.ph which aims to help the government in conducting efficient contact tracing.
To enable faster response from local government units (LGUs) in the fight against COVID-19, Limitless Lab, in partnership with The Asia Foundation, developed LGU vs COVID PH. The platform is an easy-to-use, updated, and reliable dashboard of all COVID-19 related information which LGUs can use and refer to
Startups offering convenience, on-demand services
Unknown to many, some of the essential needs met at this time are also powered by startups. MetroMart enables people who are stuck at home to have their goods delivered right at their doorstep. To further harness its capability, MetroMart launched MetroMart Cares, a special online store for grocery donations in partnership with World Vision and Gawad Kalinga. Another startup, Zagana, helps bridge the gap for local farmers and consumers in need of fresh fruits and vegetables.
MyKuya also provides convenience during the quarantine by helping run errands for those stuck at home and vulnerable to COVID-19. Some of its services include meal delivery, bills payment, and pharmacy and grocery runs. AIDE, a home healthcare platform, connects patients and medical professionals straight from their smartphones.
Even outside the Metro, startups continue to thrive. Pandalivery, an on-demand food delivery service available in Camarines Sur and Albay, expanded its service by including groceries and medicines to help amidst the quarantine. Streetby, an app that allows different merchants to continue to reach households in areas in Mindanao including Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Davao, General Santos, and Iligan
Startups connecting the world, bringing communities together
Aside from providing essentials, startups are also mobilizing their resources and skills to aid in addressing challenges brought about by COVID-19. QBO incubatees Container Living and Kumu are harnessing the power of their community.
Container Living, a startup which converts containers to buildings in its effort to lower carbon footprint and costs, saw the opportunity to pivot their innovation to address the overcrowding of medical facilities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Container Living CEO Mac Evangelista spearheaded Rapid Deployment (RAD) Hospitals alongside its team of local architects, professionals and engineers to build scalable, easy-to-deploy, isolation and intensive care facilities for COVID-19 patients.
Livestreaming app Kumu launched Kumu Lives Streaming Service which conducts private live streams for free in an effort to enable Filipino communities, here and around the world, to hold events and gatherings online amid the quarantine, and Social DistanSING, a livestreaming initiative for a cause which brought together artists and celebrities online to share their talents and help raise funds for families affected by COVID-19. To date, Kumu’s cause has raised an estimate of Php1.2 million pesos for charity.
“At a time when most of us are relying on technology to stay connected and keep working, these startups are showing us how it can be done. They are, in a way, frontliners in their own rights, taking initiative to tackle this crisis by leveraging their strengths in technology to help our country move forward despite the challenges brought by this pandemic,” added Chan. “Our mantra at QBO is ‘Filipino Startups Changing the World’. We have always believed that our homegrown ventures and innovators can make a meaningful contribution to solving critical challenges and create impact. Now, our startups are showing what they’re capable of, and we hope that everyone will take notice, and recognize the crucial role that Filipino startups can play in bringing fresh ideas into action and will continue to support them in future.”
For its part, QBO also harnesses the power of tech by continuously providing support and learning opportunities to Filipino startups, making sure they are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to push forward despite the threat of COVID-19. For more information, visit facebook.com/QBOphilippines/ and qbo.com.ph/
QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provides startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent. QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.
Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.
OPPO Find X2 Pro Supports HDR on YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video to bring First-Class Viewing Experience
April 2020 – PHILIPPINES – OPPO is proud to announce that its latest flagship Find X2 Pro, equipped with a stunning 120Hz QHD+ Ultra Vision Screen which fully supports HDR videos across YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video, brings first-class video streaming experience in countries where each service is available by portraying rich colors, sharp contrasts, and refined details.
OPPO believes the ultimate visual experience encompasses three facets: a ground-breaking performance for hardware, software, and content. These are qualities embodied by the Find X2 Pro.
All three video-streaming services have strict HDR smartphone screen requirements. The Find X2 Pro passes the test, with a screen that is the most advanced one OPPO has developed to date. OPPO Find X2 Pro’s 120Hz ultra high refresh rate ensures smooth and clear display. The screen，covering 100% film industry-grade P3 WCG, also supports QHD+ and is capable of displaying over 1 billion colors, with HDR 10+ certification. The high-quality screen has been well received by the industry, receiving A+ score from DisplayMate, and Eye Comfort certification from TÜV Rheinland.
Besides the excellent screen display quality, the Find X2 Pro is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 flagship chip and a chip that supports Widevine L1 hardware encryption and HDCP2.2. The OPPO Find X2 Pro ensures that users are provided with the technical backing required to enjoy high-quality HDR content while protecting the video copyright. And to complete the package, Find X2 Pro is also equipped with a dual Dolby Atmos speaker system ensuring the best immersive viewing experience unlike any other.
The OPPO Find X2 series signifies the brand’s firm step into the high-end market. Besides bringing users a better screen experience, the OPPO Find X2 Pro also promotes the HDR screen in the smartphone industry, bringing forth a brighter tech future for all.
OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since launching its first smartphone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology, Today, OPPO provides customers with a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series, ColorOS operating system, as well as internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 research institutes and 4 R&D centers worldwide and an international design center in London, OPPO’s more than 40,000 employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.