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.”

Thursday, November 19, 2020

MyPhone Ready to Accommodate e-Learners with New Offer

MyPhone myT8

The first Filipino phone brand is set to release myT8 this week, a new Android tablet that is perfectly built for the new way of learning.

Following the announcement of blended learning early this year, MyPhone instantly worked on creating gadgets that are fit for students and their educational needs.

With the release of a new tablet this week, another is on its way to release before the end of this year.

According to MyPhone’s Vice President Kevin Tan, the new MyPhone tablets are unique than the other tablets the phone brand offers.

“These tablets to be released are built for the Filipino students and we made sure that these tablets can support all the online needs of the students”, he said.

When asked about the affordability of the gadgets, he assured that it is the number one criteria of the phone brand and has always been loyal to its market by offering affordable and quality products.

“The market do not need to worry as we will continue to offer what we’ve been offering to them ever since,” VP Tan said

“Although we’ve been continuously giving affordable gadgets for the past years, we do not let quality suffer as the price goes down,” he added.

With myT8 specifications of 32GB ROM and 2GB RAM, 4,000mAh, and 4G/LTE SIM slot, it is offered and labeled as ‘online learning capable’

myT8 will retail for only P3,999 and will be available at select MyPhone outlets nationwide and on Lazada within this week.

For Luzon and Visayas, here is the list of MyPhone stores where you can score myT8 over the weekend:

Apalit, Pampanga
SM Pampanga
SM Downtown
SM Baguio
SM Fairview
SM Manila
SM Mall of Asia
Ali Mall
SM Cebu

For more information and updates, like and follow MyPhone’s official social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.myphone.com.ph.

Philippine Craft Kings, JuggiesPH put Local Craft Beer on Centerstage


Filipinos are among the best beer drinkers in the world. Not only do they consume a whole lot of the golden brew, they are also beer connoisseurs and adventure-seekers when it comes to what fills up their beer mugs.

Underneath the world of flowing commercial beer is a sub-universe of very impressive, locally brewed craft beer. Small, usually independent craft breweries aim both for variety and quality, tickling the fancy of young-and-slightly-older discerning drinkers at bars, parties, hotels and watering holes. Philippine Craft Kings (PCK) started bringing the craft beers into the mainstream in 2013, penetrating the Philippine beer scene with just one brand, then growing to more than 20 partner breweries serving more than 100 beer variants at present.

From non-alcoholic drinks like ginger ale, butter beer and soon, club soda, PCK and JuggiesPH have the works: light and sweet beers, lager, pilsner, pale ale, dark beer, stout, wheat beers and lagers, from 4.8% to 10.5% alcohol content.

Now that most bars are closed and social interaction is limited, Philippine Craft Kings lets its market still enjoy the beers like before in Juggies -- insulated, tap-equipped containers with a freshness valve and comes with a key to unlock the easy-pour function. Juggies come in 2-liter and 5-liter options and can keep the drinks ice cold and fresh for up to three days.

PCK/JuggiesPH CEO Jazel Justiniani Paraiso said they have responded to the limitations and challenges imposed by existing protocols by creating party packages and out of town packages made up of beer choices and their best pica pairs. “People can place their orders online and we deliver the Juggies along with the party packages. That way families and small groups can enjoy drinking beer and munching on tapas, snacks, cheeses and other food pairings in the privacy and safety of home.”

“Beers and drinks served in a Juggy are freshly brewed and kegged the same day they are ordered. They arrive cold and the Juggies -- which are reusable and recyclable -- are easy to use,” Paraiso added.

PCK/JuggiesPH meets and works together with the brewers and listen to the unique stories behind the beers. “Filipino beer brewers are amazing because they are adventurous, creative and true masters of their craft. Every time there’s a new beer we let our customers know so they get the chance to taste new and limited releases. We bring the story of the beers and the brewers out to the market. And that’s how we help support the local craft beer industry,” Paraiso said.

In October, PCK/JuggiesPH opened up a Juggies Filling Station at Brick and Mortar in BGC and one in Quezon City so beer drinkers can have their fill and continue to enjoy good times at home.

The craft beer industry is growing not just in the Philippines but in Southeast Asia. Currently valued at $134 million, it is projected to grow to $400 million by end 2021.

For more information and to have a Juggies experience, visit juggies.ph or contact JuggiesPH through info@juggie.ph or 0917 514 8118.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Five Filipinos Who May Compete At BRAVE CF's First Event In Russia


Since its inception in late 2016, BRAVE Combat Federation has grown from a mere upstart with dreams of bringing its own brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) to the mainstream, into a combat sports powerhouse taking key markets by storm.

The Bahrain-headquartered promotion has staged nearly 50 live events and has visited 20 different countries, including United Arab Emirates, India, Mexico, Sweden, Brazil, South Africa, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

To further cement its position as the fastest-growing MMA organization in the world, the prominent BRAVE Arena will land in the beautiful city of Sochi to host the company’s first-ever event in Russia on January 16 next year.

In spite of the public confirmation of BRAVE CF’s maiden venture on Russian shores, no matches were announced. Questions arose as mystery shrouds the identities of the athletes who will strut their wares on the aforementioned card.

BRAVE CF president Mohammed Shahid hinted at the possibility that Filipino fight fans may see the best and brightest talents from the Philippines as part of the landmark affair.

“The Philippines has been a focus for BRAVE Combat Federation from the very beginning,” he stated. “From time to time, warriors from the Philippines prove that they have not only the skill to compete at the international level but also the heart that matters when it comes to combat sports.”

Here are the five Filipino fighters who may end up donning the country’s colors in BRAVE CF’s inaugural trip to Russia.

Stephen Loman

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman (14-2) seems to be the best choice to be one of the feature attractions, if not the extravaganza’s main event. The 25-year-old Baguio City resident has been a top draw for BRAVE CF, headlining three high-profile cards that included the outfit’s first foray into the Philippines in March 2019.

Stephen Loman

Since becoming the first BRAVE CF Bantamweight world champion, Loman has been on a tear, beating opposition after opposition. Now, he is the longest-reigning titleholder in the promotion’s fledgling history.

Loman was last seen in action when he routed Canadian challenger Louie Sanoudakis at BRAVE CF 30 in November 2019 by way of unanimous decision.

Shahid believes that Loman has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao as the next great Filipino sports hero.

“I really believe that he (Loman) will take the sport of MMA to another level in the Philippines. He keeps on proving that he is a deserving champion," he said. "He is the biggest combat athlete in the Philippine along with Manny Pacquiao. I said it before and I'll say it again.”

“People say we gave him the opportunity, but it's actually the opposite. He gave us the honor of fighting in our organization. I was sad that not a lot of Filipinos knew him, but now I'm the happiest man because the country found a new hero, a fighter who proudly represents the country.”

Rolando Dy

Rolando Dy (14-9), the son of Filipino boxing legend Rolando Navarrete, has been a household name in Philippine MMA for almost a decade. The 29-year-old has competed in several notable international organizations and has been a member of the BRAVE CF roster as early as 2017.

Rolando Dy

Dy is best remembered for his promotional return at BRAVE CF 22 when he scored a highlight-reel knockout victory over Mehmosh Raza. There, he sent the Pakistani’s mouthguard flying with a left hook-right straight combination in the first round.

Most recently, Dy eked out a unanimous decision win against John Brewin in a Lightweight title eliminator at BRAVE CF 44 last November 5, earning a future date with newly-minted division kingpin Amin Ayoub.

With both men making a gentlemen’s agreement to face each other for the belt a few weeks ago, matchmakers will definitely consider booking the championship showdown between Dy and Ayoub in Sochi next year.

Jeremy Pacatiw

Another Team Lakay standout in the form of Jeremy Pacatiw (10-4) has been turning heads lately. He owns the record of most bouts under the BRAVE CF banner and holds exciting victories over the likes of Thiago Dela Coleta, Keith Lee, Uloomi Karim and compatriot Mark Alcoba.

Jeremy Pacatiw

In his last BRAVE Arena outing, the 24-year-old Baguio City native thwarted former title contender Felipe Efrain in the very first round at BRAVE CF 33 in December 2019.

Pacatiw is a well-traveled competitor, having undercard bouts held in nations such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, Brazil, Bahrain, India and Indonesia. It will be no surprise if “The Juggernaut” gets a plane ticket to Sochi on January 16.

Harold Banario

Harold Banario (5-2), the young brother of former world champion Honorio Banario, took a four-year hiatus from the sport in order to earn a college degree at the University of the Cordilleras.

Harold Banario

But when he made his return to active competition, it was nothing short of spectacular. Banario compelled fellow Filipino Ariel Oliveros to wave the white flag with a kneebar submission in the opening salvo of their BRAVE CF 22 clash.

Though Banario failed to author the perfect follow-up to his scintillating promotional debut as he bowed to Gamzat Magomedov at BRAVE CF 33, he vowed to redeem himself in the eyes of the die-hard Team Lakay supporters. His road to redemption may likely lead him to Sochi.

Jomar Pa-ac

Jomar Pa-ac (6-2) has been a diamond in the rough among Team Lakay representatives in BRAVE CF, acing three of his four assignments since arriving in December 2016.

Jomar Pa-ac

He has yet to re-enter the BRAVE Arena after outpointing Satya Behuria via unanimous decision at BRAVE CF 22.

Despite the pandemic, Pa-ac has found ways to keep himself in tip-top shape, training with his teammates like Joshua Pacio and Danny Kingad at Team Lakay’s state-of-the-art facility in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Having Team Lakay’s loyal fanbase behind him when he fights, there is a huge chance that Pa-ac will get a call to wear the stable’s signature bright red trunks in Sochi.

Up to 35% off on Electric Guitar and Percussion Series at RJ Guitars on Shopee

RJ Guitars Shopee

Shopping for an acoustic guitar can be an overwhelming experience. Guitar makers use a wide range of woods, hardware, and design elements, so there are many factors, features and specifications to consider. guitars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from small travel size to classic to jumbo to dreadnought. This being said, let me recommend one of the best shops that sells good quality guitars, no other than RJ Guitars, owned by RJ Jacinto., for those that doesn't know him yet, he best known by his initials RJ , is a Filipino businessman, musician and radio TV personality. He is also the founder and chairman of Philippine rock-and-roll radio station DZRJ and the Rajah Broadcasting Network. Some call him the "Dick Clark of the Philippines.” Others refer to him as the "Richard Branson of the Philippines.” Many call him "Mr. Rock ‘n' Roll," "The Main Man," or "The Guitarman." Most of us know him, though, as "RJ.

RJ Guitars has been manufacturing guitars in the Philippines since 1988 & is a custom guitar builder,they have several branches all over the country most of them are located inside the malls but RJ Guitars also have an online store iin Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Take advantage of the best deals in this great shopping app. Here are some of the guitars and other musical instruments that you can check.

RJ Guitars Deluxe Ukulele Boracay - Sunburst (Soprano)

RJ Guitars Deluxe Ukulele Boracay - Sunburst (Soprano)

RJ Deluxe Ukulele Boracay is one of the best selling ukulele of RJ Guitar Center, this series of ukulele is specially made from laminated linden wood with rosewood finger board and bridge.

This series is already reinvented from its first line to provide you better and quality experience at reasonable price. Check out RJ Guitars Deluxe Ukulele Boracay - Sunburst (Soprano) directly in Shopee.

RJ Guitars Basics Electric Amplifier - 15 Watts

RJ Guitars Basics Electric Amplifier - 15 Watts

Connectors: Input Jack, Headphone Jack and with Controls: Gain on/off, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass and of course the Power is 15 watts

Check RJ Guitars Basics Electric Amplifier - 15 Watts in Shopee.

RJ Guitars - RJ Basics Ukulele Concert Assorted Color

RJ Basics Ukulele Concert

With TOP WOOD: Mahogany Ply, from  Neck to finger board and bridge. Have 14 Frets and a flat or matte finish is perfect for those who prize the look of natural wood.

Check RJ Guitars - RJ Basics Ukulele Concert directly in Shopee

RJ Guitars - RJ Les Pu Acoustic Electric Guitar (Assorted Color)

RJ Les Pu Acoustic Electric Guitar

Mahogany Ply material, it is a Les Paul shape Acoustic Electric Guitar, can be plugged into an Amplifier with High quality  Volume Control. This guitar have  22 frets.

Check RJ Les Pu Acoustic Electric Guitar directly in Shopee.

The above RJ Guitars instruments are available in Shopee and you can go directly to the Official RJ Guitars store in Shopeemall by going to https://shopee.ph/rjguitarcenter

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About Shopee

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.

About RJ Guitars

Maker of world-class, affordable Philippine-made guitars & instruments since 1988 with 17 stores, online store & 100 dealers nationwide.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Shopee Accelerates the Region’s Digital Economy at the 11.11 Big Sale, with 200 million Items Sold on November 11

Shopee 11.11

MANILA, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, successfully creates a big impact at 11.11 Big Sale, building its vision to make e-commerce for everyone. Across the region, 200 million items were sold in 24 hours on November 11.

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The success of the 11.11 Big Sale reflects the continued growth of e-commerce in the region and the many opportunities it presents for businesses and shoppers. When the business landscape is transforming, we are committed to helping sellers and brands capture new growth opportunities while making online shopping more engaging and rewarding for consumers. We are humbled by the strong support this 11.11, and we will continue building on our vision of making e-commerce for everyone.”

Shopee creates new milestones for businesses, excites consumers at the 11.11 Big Sale

Shopee set new records on November 11, powered by tremendous support from consumers and businesses in each of its seven markets. It saw robust sales momentum throughout the whole of the day, uplifting businesses in the region. Sellers participating in the 11.11 Big Sale for the first time saw ten times more orders than an average day, as Shopee unlocked new opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMEs. 

Consumers gathered at Shopee across the 11.11 Big Sale period to shop, play, and forge meaningful interactions. More than 20 million hours of live streams were watched on Shopee Live, while Shopee’s in-app games were played more than 2.5 billion times.

11.11 Big Christmas Sale is a huge success in the Philippines

In the Philippines, the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale created a spike in shopping activity as people turned to Shopee for the best deals from their favorite brands and sellers, while enjoying greater convenience through Shopee’s ecosystem. 

Key shopping trends include:

  • A surge in demand for skin care products: Over 800,000 skincare products such as Korean face masks, jade rollers, moisturizers, and serums were sold as people upgraded their skincare routine at the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.

  • Filipinos turn to Shopee for household needs: Home & Living continued to be the best selling category at the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale. In particular, Filipino shoppers went to Shopee to spruce up their homes, with over 1.4 million home decoration items such as 3D wallpapers and window curtains sold on November 11. 

  • Strong demand in major cities: 1.6 million items were sold in an hour in Metro Manila at the peak of November 11.

The surge in shopping activity on November 11 created tangible growth for brands, with orders for leading brands on Shopee Mall increasing 20 times. Top brands include Xiaomi, realme, Pampers, Abbott, and Samsung.

Yu closed, “We are thankful for the continuous support shown by our users, sellers, and brand partners. We look forward to wrapping up the year on a high note at the finale of 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale in the month ahead.”

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About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.