Friday, November 27, 2020

Spread Happiness with McDonald’s Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1 that Lets you Donate a Book or Toy to Another Child

McDonalds Happy Meal

PHILIPPINES - November 27, 2020 - Get ready to double the happiness with a feel-good holiday treat for two through the McDonald’s Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1 program! With every Happy Meal purchased from November 27 to December 17, McDonald’s matches this with a book or toy to be donated to another child from partner beneficiaries in areas affected by the recent typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. Through this initiative, McDonald’s invites Filipinos to join in on the fun of working together to put a smile on children’s faces, and with everyone’s help, McDonald’s aims to share toys or books to one million Filipino children.

Celebrate the season of giving with Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1

It goes without saying that Filipinos love the holidays, with the excitement and buzz filling the air as December closes in. The thought of resting and spending time with loved ones with gifts passed around and stories shared over good food fuels the anticipation. But beyond the feast and gifts, what truly brings warmth to the holiday celebration is the spirit of giving.

This year may be a little bit different after all the challenges faced, but the spirit of giving has never been more alive than ever, and nothing is more fulfilling than being able to make someone happy this holiday season. With this, McDonald’s launches its Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1 program for a convenient way for everyone to spread happiness.

Bringing smiles to children all over the Philippines

McDonald’s delivers double the happiness this holiday season with its Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1 Program. As this season is all about sharing and giving, every Happy Meal purchase that goes for as low as Php90 can make not just one, but two children happier as McDonald’s matches each purchase by gifting a toy or a book to kids from partner beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries of the Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1 program includes children from areas affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses such as those in Albay, Quezon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Pampanga, and Sorsogon, as well as all Bahay Bulilit communities and other select LGUs.

“We have been through difficult times and we want to find a way to help spread the holiday cheer this season. Through this initiative, we continue to foster the Filipino spirit of giving even in the smallest of ways that still leaves a lasting impact to the community,” shares Oliver Rabatan, Marketing Director, McDonald’s Philippines.

A small amount can go a long way in making someone’s holiday a little bit brighter. For more details about McDonald’s Happy Meal Buy 1 Share 1 Program, follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (

Thursday, November 26, 2020

More Than You Expect: POCO Launches the All-New Entertainment Beast POCO M3


Manila, THE PHILIPPINES, November 24, 2020 – Building on its renowned smartphone lineup, POCO Global today announced its independence, as well as its brand-new entry-level smartphone, POCO M3. Boasting a 48MP triple camera setup, 6,000 mAh battery, a beautiful FHD+ smartphone display, and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 chipset, POCO M3 is the next “it” device for young entertainment-on-the-move enthusiasts.

POCO M3 marks the debut of POCO Global’s M-series: the brand’s foray into an entirely new category. The new product line builds on POCO Global’s success competing with top-of-the line flagships with its F-series, as well as the impact of its X series in the mid-range category, opening the brand up to a new set of global tech lovers.

POCO Brand Independence

With this latest launch, POCO Global is ushering in a new era as an independent brand. This significant milestone was enabled by the overwhelming support of its global fan base, which helped the brand accomplish several notable achievements since its initial POCO F1 device debuted in 2018:
  • The brand entered more than 35 global markets within three years;
  • POCO F1 reached over 2.2 million shipments*;
  • Overall, the brand has sold over 6 million* POCO phones globally.
“These tremendous results underscore consumers’ overwhelming endorsement of POCO’s brand philosophy – ‘everything you need, nothing you don’t – and we remain focused on bringing innovative technology to consumers without all the unnecessary frills.” said Kevin Qiu, Head of POCO Global.

“The POCO philosophy embodies an attitude we all strive for - to be different and confident. As a newly-established independent brand, we’re looking forward to continuing to deliver technology that matters in an ever-evolving world.”

Xiaomi POCO M3

POCO M3 - More than you expect

Superb battery life without compromises
Equipped with the largest battery capacity in its class, POCO M3 guarantees even the most avid gamers will be fully powered to browse, connect, and stream throughout the day with its mighty 6,000mAh high charge cycle battery. The phone is expected to last over 5 days under light usage, and slightly below 3 days under moderate usage. It takes roughly 1.5 days** for the battery to be fully drained under heavy usage. Meanwhile, POCO M3 packs a punch with its specially-designed battery, built to withstand high temperatures and nearly 2.5 years** of usage without notable degradation, ensuring a long-lasting experience.
In addition to its durability, POCO M3 provides a faster and more consistent charging speed for users on the go with its MIUI ultra battery saving mode and 18W fast charge. The device comes with a 22.5W in-box charger and supports reverse wired charging, offering enhanced convenience.

“POCO M3 brings a truly elevated experience to our users, offering one of the largest batteries in the industry for long-lasting security,” said Angus Ng, Head of Product Marketing, POCO Global. “This massive battery allows you to spend more time doing the things you love, including streaming, listening to music, and recording videos using the triple camera setup. We’re flipping the device category on its head with POCO M3, providing more than you expect at every level.”

Stunning display for endless entertainment
A true entertainment beast, POCO M3 sports a 6.53” FHD+ Dot Drop display with 2340x1080 high resolution, along with an impressive 1,500:1 contrast ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio for a dazzling edge-to-edge viewing experience. Its Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 front screen offers ample protection against drops and scratches, while its anti-fingerprint textured back cover provides a secure grip and superior light-weight feel. POCO M3 is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that enables a minimalistic front screen design without compromising user accessibility.

POCO M3 is easy on the eyes in more ways than one – it’s TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certified, meaning users can watch hours of content with minimal eye strain. Boasting a dual speaker system with dust blaster, POCO M3 provides superior sound with powerful bass for an immersive indoor entertainment experience.

48MP triple camera set-up with bonus photography features
Ready to take your photography skills to the next level, POCO M3 flaunts an attractively priced 48MP triple camera on the smartphone market, supported by a 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, your selfie game is sure to stay strong thanks to the device’s 8MP selfie camera.

And the fun only continues with POCO M3’s creative new software offerings. Movie frame gives photos a cinematic flavor, while Time-lapse leverages various speed values to capture different scenes. Night Mode enhances photos taken in dark environments by boosting the color contrast, while Color focus can make specific tones pop so you can stand out like a stud. Capturing killer moments and upping your social game has never been easier!

Delivering brilliant mobile performance without breaking the bank
Featuring a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 processor, POCO M3 delivers a brilliant experience never seen before in this price tier. With Qualcomm® Adreno™ 610 GPU, you’ll get a smooth gaming and video experience – and the opportunity to store high-quality photos at half the size. POCO M3’s 11nm processor delivers higher performance, less heat production and lower power consumption, making it a must-have device in its category. With its UFS storage promising higher performance, speed, and multitasking, you will edge out the competition when it comes to opening apps and games quicker than your opponent.

Experience effortless entertainment from the palm of your hand with the smooth operating system. The MIUI Game Booster allows you to track CPU and GPU usage in real time, while the voice changer brings a little spice to your gaming experience. What’s more is you can cast your screen onto an external monitor, making sure your friends can join in on the fun.

POCO M3 Design

Distinguish yourself from the others with a unique design

At less than 200g, POCO M3 delivers a stylish design that won’t weigh you down. The device comes in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, and Power Black, and in a material that ensures you won’t lose your grip. The redesigned side-mounted fingerprint scanner is easily accessible allowing you to unlock your phone in a jiffy, and includes a smaller groove and rounded corners to minimize sharp edges. POCO M3 also offers 20% more battery life with its 6,000 mAh battery weighing less than competitors.

Pricing and Availability

POCO M3 will be available in The Philippines in two variants – 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB, in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow and Power Black. From November 27, both variants will be available for purchase online exclusively on Xiaomi Official Store Global on Lazada at a price of PHP 6,990 and PHP 7,990 respectively.

As part of the first sale in The Philippines, a 48-hour deal for both variants will be available on November 27 and 28 at early bird prices of PHP 5,990 (4GB+64GB) and PHP 6,990 (4GB+128GB), a PHP 1,000 price drop from their recommended retail prices.

In addition, those who purchase POCO M3 on November 27 from 00:00 to 02:00 will receive a free gift, Mi In-Ear Headphones Basic Piston Earphone, while stocks last.

POCO M3 Quick Specs:


Battery & Charging

6,000mAh (typ) battery

18W fast charge

In-box 22.5W charger


Reverse wired charging

(No reverse wired charging cable included in the box)


6.53" FHD+ Dot Drop display

Contrast ratio: 1500:1

Brightness: 400 nits (typ)

Color temperature adjustment

Sunlight mode, standard mode, reading mode 2.0

TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification

L1 Widevine certified


Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, Power Black

Dimensions & Weight

162.3mm x 77.3mm x 9.6mm, 198g


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662

11nm energy-efficient manufacturing process

Qualcomm® Kryo™ 260, Octa-core CPU, up to 2.0GHz

Qualcomm® Adreno™ 610 GPU

3rd gen Qualcomm® AI Engine


LPDDR4X RAM + UFS 2.1/2.2 storage

4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB

UFS 2.2 is only available on 4GB+128GB variant

Rear Camera

48MP+2MP+2MP AI triple rear camera

48MP main camera

      1/2" sensor size

1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 0.8μm pixel size

f/1.79, 6P lens, AF

2MP macro camera

1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4, FF

2MP depth sensor

1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4

Night mode, Movie frame, Time-lapse, 120fps slow motion video

Front Camera

8MP front camera

1.12μm pixel size, f/2.05


Dual SIM slots + 1 microSD

Expandable storage up to 512GB

2.4GHz/5GHz WIFI

Bluetooth 5.0

IR Blaster

FM radio (with headphones)


Side-mounted fingerprint sensor

AI Face Unlock


Dual speakers

Hi-Res Audio certified

3.5mm headphone jack


MIUI 12 for POCO, based on Android 10    

*Data from Canalys and internal sales team   

**All data regarding charging and battery are obtained from the lab. Results may vary based on individual conditions.

About POCO

POCO is an independent brand born out of Xiaomi Corporation. As of now, POCO has entered more than 35 global markets within three years. Overall, the brand has sold over 6 million POCO phones globally.

Its initial product release in 2018 – POCO F1 – swiftly propelled the brand in popularity among technology enthusiasts and media, all thanks to its incredible performance, reaching over 2.2 million shipments. Currently, POCO has an independent product, sales and marketing team, and shares resources from Xiaomi in manufacturing and after-sales.

POCO is a consumer technology brand, based on the philosophy of 'Everything you need, nothing you don't' with a key focus on its POCO fans’ requirements. It's built on relentless pursuit of technology which its fans truly need, thus democratizing decision making and continuous product updates to ensure relevance.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

First Precious Pages Bookfest Opens in December 2020

Precious Pages Bookfest

Precious Pages Corp. (PPC) is hosting the first-ever PRECIOUS PAGES BOOKFEST on December 4–6, 2020 as part of its continuing efforts to produce and publish stories for all Filipinos. Also, PPC recognizes that despite the presence of so many types of entertainment and other distractions, Filipinos still enjoy the experience of reading.

When asked why PPC chose to call the event a bookfest, founder Segundo Matias, Jr. said that it’s because this event is not just about selling books, more importantly, Precious Pages Bookfest is also about promoting reading, specifically reading progressive and impactful books.

Discounts, Webinars, and Workshops
During the bookfest, PPC will offer discounts on all its available books. At the same time, there will be free online webinars and workshops featuring some of the bestselling authors and writers under PPC’s various brands.

Two webinars, “Pagsulat ng Tungkol sa Coronavirus” and “Pagsasalaysay ng mga Kuwentong-bayan,” will be presented by Eugene Y. Evasco, author of a number of coronavirus-themed books and translator of the widely popular book “Si Dr. Li at ang Nakakoronang Virus.” Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, author of the viral and bestselling book “Ako ay may Titi,” will present the webinar “Ang Pagsulat ng mga Sensitibong Paksa Para sa mga Bata.” Illustrators Mike Banting, Regine Lim, and Alvin Bragais of PPC’s BlackInk Comics will show webinar participants how to draw manga.

The online workshops will focus more on how to write popular literature with the following themes: romance fiction, erotic fiction, and Pinoy BL. During the workshop, PPC’s senior editors and brand managers, Edith Garcia, Abet Cruz, and Toni Velasco will be joined by bestselling writers Rose Tan, CD De Guzman, Sonia Francesca, Alexandra Javier, Maki De Luna, Race Darwin, C.C., Albert Lang, and Leonna.

Interested participants can join the free webinars and workshops by registering at PPC will give e-certificate to all registered participants of the webinar.

PRECIOUS PAGES BOOKFEST 2020 is part of PPC’s Christmas campaign tuloy-tuloy ang bigayan ngayong kapaskuhan.

For more information and latest updates, visit the Precious Pages Corp. official Facebook page ( or e-mail


ASUS Share 2020

PASIG CITY, PHILIPPINES (November 25, 2020)
 – The holidays are not complete without the renowned ASUS Share promos from ASUS Philippines, which starts officially on November 25. This year, ASUS, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), and ASUS for Business are teaming up once more to bring forth an unforgettable Christmas season with exclusive holiday bundles and prizes to share with the fans and their loved ones.

Check out the official ASUS Share 2020 microsite at


ASUS December

For this year’s Christmas campaign, make it a December to remember as ASUS Philippines is generous to package its featured laptops with up to PHP 27,490 worth of bundled items. Starting November 25 until December 31, 2020, buyers of select ASUS laptops from all ASUS Concept Stores, ROG Concept Stores, and ASUS Authorized Resellers nationwide can finally get either the ASUS ZenScreen Portable Monitor, ASUS ZenBeam S2 Projector, or the ASUS TUF H3 Headset together with the notebooks of their choice:

·                ASUS Laptops worth PHP 30,000-PHP 59,000 will receive ASUS TUF H3 Headset worth PHP 2,100

·                ASUS Laptops worth PHP 60,000- PHP 99,000 will receive an ASUS ZenScreen Portable Monitor worth PHP 13,390

·                ASUS Laptops worth PHP 100,000 and up will get the ASUS ZenBeam S2 Projector worth PHP 27,490

To know more about the promo mechanics of ASUS Share 2020 campaign, visit its official microsite at

To redeem your bundle item, register here:



Republic of Gamers

ROG is also joining the holiday festivities! In celebration of being crowned as the World’s #1 Gaming Laptop this past September, ROG notebooks and TUF Gaming laptops will come with exclusive bundles from November 25, 2020 to January 26, 2021!

Leading the pack is the innovative ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 which is powered by up to the latest Intel Core i9 10th generation processor while equipped with a one-of-a-kind ScreenPad Plus secondary display. This very special gaming notebook will come in with the ROG Chariot Core gaming chair worth more than PHP 18,000 just for the holiday season. Add on the usual out of the box items, the entire holiday bundle set sums up to PHP 53,000! Of course, that is only the tip of the story. Other gaming laptops will be coming with holiday exclusives that range from Steam Credits to even a new TUF Gaming monitor.

To know more about the ROG Share 2020, visit its official microsite at, where the official mechanics and list of participating products and stores can be found.

To redeem the exclusive bundles that will be shipped out, refer to this link:


ASUS Republic of Gamers

ASUS For Business offers an exclusive Share 2020 promo in the ASUS Expert Series official store in Shopee. The ASUS Expert Series official store promises laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, and All-in-One PCs for work, school, and business needs. Front-lining the ASUS commercial line-up of products for work and learn are the best-selling ASUS AiO Desktop V222 (V222UAK--BA022T) and ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-AI0079), trusted for their premium build and functionality. 

Up to PHP 196,000-worth of prizes will be at stake for buyers of the ASUS Expert Series official store from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. That is right, even previous purchases starting 2020 will get a chance to win a brand-new ASUS All-in-One PC, ASUS ExpertBook laptops, and ASUS ZenWifi routers.

To make it more exciting, the first 30 customers who will purchase in the ASUS Expert Series official store from November 25 to December 31, 2020 will also get the chance to receive an ASUS Wi-Fi Router worth PHP 4,250.

To know more and to join the ASUS For Business Share 2020, visit will be open from November 25 to February 28, 2021.


In this season of giving and sharing, ASUS continues to give back to the community through its corporate social responsibility projects. This December 2020, ASUS PHILIPPINES & ASUS Foundation are slated to donate 20 pieces of ASUSPRO Business Laptops P1440FA-FA1001R to PLDT-SMART FOUNDATION, INC. as well as 44 pieces of ASUS All-in-One PCs V222FAK-BA019TS to FIL-CHI LOVE & CARE FOUNDATION. This is in hopes of supporting educators who are affected by Covid-19 as well as the recent typhoons. The donation is said to amount to PHP 3,212,260.65.

Nothing is going to stop ASUS Philippines from bringing the holiday cheer to its fans this year. With specialized promos for each product segment as well as a cause to move to support the educational sector during these trying times, the industry-leading tech brand promises that there is something for its fans, their loved ones, and the community to enjoy in this cycle of ASUS Share 2020!

To get complete information on ASUS Share 2020, visit the official website at For more information on ASUS Philippines and its incredible products, follow the official social media pages below:

•          ASUS Philippines:

•          ASUS Republic of Gamers:

•          ASUS for Business:




About ASUS

ASUS is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards, PCs, monitors, graphics cards and routers, and driven to become the most-admired innovative leading technology enterprise. With a global workforce that includes more than 5,000 R&D professionals, ASUS leads the industry through cutting-edge design and innovations made to create the most ubiquitous, intelligent, heartfelt and joyful smart life for everyone. Inspired by the In Search of Incredible brand spirit, ASUS won more than 11 prestigious awards every day in 2018 and ranked as one of Forbes’ Global 2000 Top Regarded Companies, Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global Tech Leaders and Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies. 



Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Canva Launches #DesignForACause to Support UNHCR's Refugee Education Program


People who believe in creativity know that design can make a difference, whether it’s for a school report, a client presentation, or even a personal post on social media. Design platform Canva, which offers tools for eye-catching graphics through its awesome suite of features, is encouraging everyone to get creative for a good cause.

Canva has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch #DesignForACause — an initiative that encourages creators from around the world, to submit drawings of one thing that makes them smile.

Canva will select 200 winning designs and convert them into Canva elements for sale. When the digital elements are purchased by any of Canva’s users (for $1USD), this will be donated to UNHCRs refugee education projects around the world.


With many Filipinos spending most of their time at home, Canva and UNHCR are inspiring people to get in-touch with their creative side, and empower at-risk children. The raised funds will help to enroll refugee children into quality, primary education across 14 countries, as part of its Refugee Education Program.

To join, here are three simple steps on the Canva website under Design for a Cause:

1. Draw anything that makes you smile, on any medium.
2. Upload your image by taking a photo or scanning your drawing and saving it as a PDF or JPEG.
3. Submit your details using the online form. Drawings by children under the age of 13 will need to be submitted by their parents or guardians. If the child’s drawing is selected, the parent/legal guardian will be contacted for permission to share the child’s name as a winner.

Maisie Littaua, Head of Growth for Canva Philippines says, “Filipinos are innately creative and we’re known to have the value of malasakit in our DNA. With #DesignForACause, your creativity has the power to help school-age refugee children receive an education – which is something that every child deserves. We believe that this simple act of designing can go a long way in making a difference to the lives of the children, who hold the key to the future.”

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Ben Stiller says, “Design for a Cause invites people to be creative while showing their support for refugee children and helping them access education. Working together we can make a difference and aim to put smiles on the faces of refugee youth around the world.”