Thursday, September 16, 2021

100 Days to Go until a Perfect Shopee Christmas with Jose Mari Chan


MANILA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 - Once the -ber months set in, we all await the official start of the holiday season with the comeback of a Christmas icon—aside from Santa Claus, that is— Jose Mari Chan! The Filipino artist has been a holiday fixture for years, and this coming Christmas season, you can expect to see more of long-time Shopee Christmas ambassador Jose Mari Chan as he joins the exciting year-end shopping festivities along with the latest Shopee superstar, Jackie Chan.

Whatever your idea of a perfect Christmas may look like, you’ll definitely enjoy Shopee’s lineup of Jose Mari Chan-themed games, activities, and giveaways during the holidays:

ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko

This December, Jose Mari Chan and several other celebrities and influencers will give away pamasko via ShopeePay. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits. You can also use ShopeePay to send pamasko to all your pamangkins and loved ones, with a variety of holiday-themed virtual cards to spread the love. Don’t forget to activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN

Christmas in our Carts holiday gift guides

Let Shopee’s Christmas in our Carts gift guides inspire you as you shop for all your loved ones. Start your holiday shopping on a festive note with discounts up to 90% off on Shopee Mall and exclusive gift bundles with the latest gaming consoles, holy grail beauty items, skincare must-haves, and more. Remember to check out Christmas in our Carts until Christmas for exciting new deals. 

Jose Mari Chan-themed in-app games

From September to December, catch Jose Mari Chan on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles. Catch and collect aguinaldos and Christmas decors exclusively in-app for a chance to win exciting prizes such as coins, discount & cashback vouchers, product giveaways, and ShopeePay credits. 

#MyShopeeWish Christmas contest

This season of giving, Shopee will grant 10 lucky users’ wishes. From November to December, submit a letter via the comments section on Shopee’s official Facebook page for a chance to make your Christmas wish come true. 

Christmas countdown on Shopee Live

Can’t wait for Christmas? Tune in to the Merry-Galo Countdown for the 100-day, 60-day, and 30-day countdowns to Christmas this September 16, October 26, and November 25, all at 7:30 PM. Drum up some holiday excitement with mini-games, exclusive discounts for Christmas deals, and special vouchers. 

Jose Mari Chan’s special Christmas party

Nothing says Christmas quite like a serenade from Jose Mari Chan himself. Enjoy some tunes from the artist by tuning in to the Merry-Galo Party on Shopee Live this December. Get a chance to have Jose Mari Chan grant one item from your wishlist during the show by entering Shopee’s #DearNinong contest this November. During the live stream, Jose Mari Chan will also welcome viewers to his home and host a Q&A. 

Start the 100-day countdown to Christmas with more holiday deals alongside other exciting sales at Enjoy the Christmas festivities with Jose Mari Chan and watch his latest Shopee video via Facebook at or YouTube at

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands, and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time. 

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.

About Shopee Mall

Shopee Mall is the region’s leading online mall offering one-stop access to a wide range of international and local brands and retailers. Shoppers can enjoy three guarantees delivered by Shopee Mall -- 100% authentic products, free returns and free shipping. With always-on deals, entertainment and a robust loyalty programme, Shopee Mall offers an unparalleled online shopping experience and best value all year round.

About ShopeePay

ShopeePay is an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services. Launched in the Philippines in 2019, ShopeePay enables a seamless shopping experience by allowing users to make online payments on Shopee, top-up their wallets, and transfer and withdraw funds.

ShopeePay makes it easier to shop and do business. It provides users with a convenient, secure, and rewarding payment option; it empowers businesses and helps them capture new opportunities. 

ShopeePay is part of SeaMoney, the digital financial services arm of Sea Group. A leading digital payments and financial services provider in Southeast Asia, SeaMoney’s mission is to better the lives of individuals and businesses in the region with financial services through technology.

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Yeng Constantino's Newest Music video for MLBB x Transformers’ Collaboration


MANILA, Philippines – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, the most popular mobile MOBA game in Southeast Asia, officially introduced their newest skins in partnership with Transformers.

To commemorate the most exciting Mobile Legends collaboration to date, singer, actress, and highly-respected Mobile Legends streamer Yeng Constantino released a music video set in the middle of Bumblebee's installation created by Jerry Santos and Rumble Royale in partnership with Moonton.


Yeng Constantino was initially kidnapped by Joross Gamboa now known as "Megamboa” in order to use her popularity and prowess in his master plan: Death Sonata. Luckily, she was rescued in a fast-paced-action-packed mission by MLBB Streamers Hypebit$, Roadfill of Moymoy Palaboy, Lhea Bernardino, Eric "Eruption" Tai, and ChooxTV.


Megamboa's evil plan to spread 100% negative vibes and 100% win-rate-top-one-global-Granger was thwarted, and now the singer is ready to show the world what really happened. Watch the rest of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang x Transformers newest music video by Yeng Constantino here:


Additionally, the release of the brand-new Transformers skins on MLBB showcases a life-like 17ft tall installation of the Autobots’ very own Bumblebee, the beloved character from the franchise, for Filipino fans to meet soon.


The Transformers' most iconic characters, Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumbleee can be used for Granger, Johnson, and X.Borg. These skins can be unlocked through MLBB's special in-game events until November 22, 2021.


For more updates, don’t forget to check Mobile Legends: Bang Bang's social media pages: Facebook: @MobileLegendsOnlinePH | YouTube: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Official




Established in 2014, Moonton is a global video game company dedicated to gaming development, publication and esports. With more than 900 employees worldwide, the company operates offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China. It has successfully launched a number of high-profile mobile games globally and has built long-term relationships with governments and esports organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is its current star game and the leading mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game worldwide.


About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game worldwide that brings communities together through teamwork and strategy. With over one billion installations and 100 million active monthly users, the award-winning game is among the top 10 most played in over 80 countries. With an extensive reach across the Asia Pacific region, the multiplayer is available in 139 countries with an expansive global esports presence.


Released in 2016, the game has become popular in Southeast Asia and was among the games chosen for the first medal event esports competition at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.


About Transformers

TRANSFORMERS is a global blockbuster franchise with millions of fans around the world. Since 1984, the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons has come to life in movies, TV shows, comic books, innovative toys, and digital media, bringing incredible…MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE…experiences to fans. The brand’s enduring connection with fans is made possible by its rich storytelling and characters: the heroic Autobots who seek to protect all life, and the evil Decepticons who seek to conquer the universe. Transformers is a Hasbro franchise.


About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to making the world a better place for all children, fans and families. Hasbro delivers immersive brand experiences for global audiences through consumer products, including toys and games; entertainment through eOne, its independent studio; and gaming, led by the team at Wizards of the Coast, an award-winning developer of tabletop and digital games best known for fantasy franchises MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS.


The company’s unparalleled portfolio of approximately 1,500 brands includes MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, POWER RANGERS, PEPPA PIG and PJ MASKS, as well as premier partner brands. For the past decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media and one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute. Important business and brand updates are routinely shared on our Investor Relations website, Newsroom and social channels (@Hasbro on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

G pa rin sa Buhay Ngayong Lockdown Kasama ang GCash

GCash sa Lockdown

Maraming pagsubok ang hinaharap natin ngayong pandemya pero kung papanatilihin natin ang pagtutulungan at positibong pananaw sa kabila ng lahat, unti-unti ay makakabangon ang bawat Pilipino. At dahil prayoridad natin na masiguro ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng bawat isa, patuloy nating sundin ang health protocols tulad ng social distancing sa tuwing lalabas tayo ng ating mga bahay at higit sa lahat, ang mabakunahan sa lalong madaling panahon bilang matibay na proteksiyon laban sa COVID-19.

Sa kabila ng lockdown, tuloy pa rin ang buhay at responsibilidad natin tulad ng pagbabayad ng bills, pagbili ng groceries at essential products at siyempre, mahalaga rin na maglaan tayo ng oras para sa ating sarili at mga mahal sa buhay at huwag nating kalimutang magbigay tulong sa mga nangangailangan ngayong pandemya.
Sa tulong ng ligtas at mabilis na transaksiyon at serbisyong hatid ng GCash, narito ang ilan sa mga paraan upang mapanatiling ligtas iwas stress ang iyong pang araw-araw na buhay gamit ang GCash app.

I-organisa ang bawat araw na gawain. Mahalaga na masiguro natin na maayos at nababayaran natin ang ating mga bills para maiwasan ang anumang problema sa subscriptions o disconnection service sa cable services, insurance premiums, o tubig at kuryente, Ngayong ECQ, G pa rin magbayad ng bills gamit ang GCash Pay Bills. Higit sa lahat, ligtas mong magagawa ang iyong #adultinglife dahil pwede kang magbayad gamit lamang ang iyong mobile phone habang nasa bahay o saan man. Mayroong higit 600 partner billers nationwide para G na G kang makakabayad ng bills mapa-utilities, insurance, telco, o school fees! Pwede ka ring magbayad gamit ang iyong GCredit at i-scan ang Pay Bill QR Code para G maitawid ang araw araw!

Sagot na rin ng GCash ang cravings at pag-stock mo ng essentials ngayong quarantine gamit ang GLIfe kung saan pwede kang mag-order ng groceries, pagkain, gadgets, at iba pa. Pindutin lamang ang “GLife'' icon sa GCash app at mag-order sa partner merchants ng GCash. Kung mahilig ka sa milktea tulad ng nakararami, pwede kang makakuha ng 20% sa iyong order sa Tokyo Bubble Tea mula August 10-24 at higit sa lahat, kung first time user ka ng GCash at nag-order ka sa Lazada, libre na ang iyong shipping at may P30 off ka pa kapag binayaran mo ang iyong order gamit ang iyong GCash wallet!

Chillax at manatiling konektado. Gamit ang Buy Load feature ng GCash app, hindi mo kailangan pang lumabas para magpa-load sa iyong prepaid SIM. G na G ka nang magpa-load ng prepaid combo load tulad ng GO50 For Students kung saan mayroon kang 1GB load para sa school apps tulad Zoom, 1GB WiFi access, at unli text hanggang 3 days. At hindi lang ‘yan, pwede ka ring makakuha ng P10 discount voucher sa kahit anong Telco network or P20 discount voucher sa Globe Products at TM Promos mula August 1-31. At kung kailangan ng iyong pamilya o kaibigan ng prepaid credits, G na G ang pagpasa ng load gamit ang Share-A-Load, siguraduhin lamang ang iyong PIN para sa ligtas at mabilis na transaksiyon.

Hindi rin natin dapat kalimutang mag-relax at ipahinga ang ating isip para maiwasan ang anumang stress ngayong pandemiya. Pwedeng pwede kang maglaro sa GCash! Pindutin lamang ang “Goama Games” sa dashboard ng app at mamili ng laro o tournament na 24 hours mong pwedeng ma-enjoy. Pwede ka ring sumali sa mga team tuwing paid tournament at manalo ng mga pa-premyo galing GCash.

Tumulong sa nangangailangan. Isa ang GCash for Good sa halimbawa ng bayanihan at pagkakapit-bisig ng mga Pilipino lalo sa panahon ng mga pagsubok at sakuna. Layunin ng GCash for Good na padaliin ang pag-abot ng tulong at donasyon sa mga charities at indigenous group gamit lamang ang GCash app. Kaisa rin ng GCash for Good ang ilang non-government organizations (NGOs) na mayroong magandang layunin at advocacy sa edukasyon, kalikasan, kalusugan, animal welfare, people empowerment at marami pang iba.

G na G din ang pagpapadala ng pera sa iyong kapamilya dahil libre lang ito gamit ang GCash app. Kung nais mo namang magbigay ng good vibes sa iyong mahal sa buhay ngayong ECQ, pindutin lamang ang Send with a Clip sa app at pwede kang mag-send ng pictures para maparamdam ang iyong pagmamahal sa kanila kahit magkakalayo tayo ngayong quarantine.

Maging handa at ligtas. Gamit ang GInsure sa GCash app at sa halagang P39 kada-buwan para sa health insurance package na hatid nito, abot kaya mo nang mapanatling ligtas ang iyong pamilya lalo sa panahon ngayon. Para mapanitili ang seguridad ng iyong pamilya, extended na ang redemption ng libreng COVID-19 and dengue insurance hanggang Aug 31. At hindi lang iyan, magbibigay din ang GCash Konsulta MD voucher para sa personal na health checkup mula August 15-31. Kung interasado ka namang mag-invest, kayang kaya mo na ring palaguin ang iyong ipon para sa’yo at sa’yong pamilya ngayong pandemic gamit kasama Ginvest sa halagang P50.

Anumang pagsubok ang hatid ng pandemic at sunod-sunod na lockdown, G ka pa ring maging ligtas, protektado, at ipagpatuloy ang bawat araw mo kasama ang GCash!

Bisitahin lamang ang para sa karagdagang impormasyon.


About GCash

GCash is the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines. Through the GCash app, customers can easily buy load; pay bills at over 600 partner billers in the app; pay at more than 7,000 online partners; send and receive money anywhere in the Philippines; pay using QR codes at over 130,000 partner merchants nationwide; save money while earning interest; and invest money at local and global funds -- all through the convenience of their smartphones.

GCash is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom, Inc. GCash was recognized by The Asian Banker (TAB) in 2021 for its outstanding digital financial inclusion programs impacting more than 40 million Filipinos in the country today.

Cisco Certification Training Organization


You may have known some information about the new Cisco certification system in 2020. In the new system, CCNA certification is no longer divided into multiple directions and all directions are uniformly called CCNA. CCDA certification has been renamed CCNA Devnet. Passing CCNA certification is no longer required for applying for CCNP certification. CCNP certification exam has changed from the previous three exams to the 1 + 1 mode, that is, one core exam (300-401, which is also the written exam of CCIE EI certification) + one optional exam. CCIE RS certification becomes CCIE enterprise infrastructure certification. CCIE wireless certification is changed to CCIE enterprise wireless certification. The mode of CCIE exam is changed into written exam (300-401, which is also the CCNP core exam) + design (3 hours) + deployment optimization (5 hours). CCIE re-certification goes once every three years.The above is the main content of the new Cisco certification system in 2020. The new CCIE certificate will be more than valuable. It requires engineers to achieve professional level in one direction and become proficient in multiple directions at the same time. This requires the network engineer to have the traditional technical ability to conduct after-sales implementation as well as certain network programming and script language ability, which also brings some enlightenment to the industry practitioners.

First of all, only learning traditional routing and switching knowledge is far from enough to make one competitive. Network engineers need to learn more new technologies to improve their competitiveness. In addition, CCIE engineers in the future have more comprehensive knowledge. They can not only master the traditional network and SDN, but also carry out automatic operation and maintenance as well as network programming as auxiliary means to help engineers deal with the increasingly complex network environment. Finally, because the content upgrade rate is as high as 40%, engineers who have studied the network in a complete system will not be limited to after-sales and pre-sales, but be able to carry out R & D and design in the future.

No matter how much emphasis is put on learning, if you only get a paper by rote, it will take a long time of practical engineering experience to completely understand what you have learned and reflect the value of the certificate. Certificate is a stepping stone to play a supporting role. Only through flexible use and more study can you become successful.

Of course, in your learning process of SPOTO Cisco certification courses, what you can learn is not only knowledge, but also how to apply it to practice. In addition, there are some notes of transition around February 24, 2020. For more details, please contact us directly. Everyone's situation is different and SPOTO can give you a specific answer.

Welfare time: free audition opportunities of CCIE EI certification courses are ready for you to seize!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Celebrities and Community Advocates Share Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lessons and Experiences at Manulife Webinar


Manila ― The Philippine arm of global life insurer Manulife recently organized a free webinar titled, “Becoming Better Allies to Each Other,” which highlighted the importance of fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), through the real-life stories and experiences of staunch advocates and members of diverse communities. 

The webinar featured actress Angel Locsin, who is a champion for women empowerment and other causes; actor Ian Veneracion, who is an ally for positive parenting; Brina Kei Maxino, a UNESCO Global Champion for Inclusive Education and Special Olympics Ambassador & International Global Messenger; Dr. RJ Naguit, Board President of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition; and G3 San Diego, journalist and LGBTQIA+ member, who also served as moderator.

“Now more than ever, each of us has a role to play in ensuring that we help create more safe spaces in our communities. At Manulife, we are committed to cultivating an environment where people can be their true selves, and they are heard, valued, supported, and respected, no matter our differences,” shared Richard Bates, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Philippines. “To stay true to our commitment to make every day better for Filipinos, Manulife extends its DEI learning journey to our broader community, so we can all come together, have meaningful conversations and lift each other up."

“We likewise extend our DEI initiatives to the way we serve our customers, which is why Manulife Philippines honors domestic LGBTQIA+ partners as beneficiaries and offers insurance solutions that cater to gender-inclusive needs. This enables us to embed DEI across our business, and help drive greater inclusion in our communities,” Bates added.

“In this webinar, we focused on becoming better allies to one another. Being an ally means listening to, learning from, and seeking to understand one another, so that we can reach out, build bridges, and grow together. For us at Manulife, allyship is about shared responsibility and accountability, and being proactive in building strong, inclusive communities,” Melissa Henson, Chief Marketing Officer and DEI lead of Manulife Philippines, also shared. "We need better allies, because this is one way by which we can ensure and create safe spaces for each other and foster true inclusion."

Embracing our differences to build a better world with safe spaces

At the webinar, Locsin shared what it means to be an empowered woman, and what she learned throughout her career and life journey. She also shared how women can explore and express their authentic selves. “Women should always be true to themselves. A successful woman, for me, is capable of choosing her own path. We only have one chance, one life, and one shot. Sayang naman kung sasayangin lang sa kung anong opinyon ng ibang tao. Do what is right and what is best for you.” 

Locsin also said women can be like Darna. “Always remember that Darna won’t exist without Narda’s selflessness. If you put others before yourself, may pagmamalasakit ka sa kapwa, may kapasidad ka to be selfless, at tumutulong ka sa mga naaapi, then you are a hero.”

When asked what makes her proud to be an ally, Locsin said: “To be an ally to a community driven by love is an honor. It is about being one with others, and making them feel na hindi sila nag-iisa.”

Meanwhile, Veneracion also shared his lessons as a father of an LGBTQIA+ member, and how parents like him can become more encouraging allies to their children. “I see my daughter as a human being, just as she sees herself. We have to avoid judging and putting each other in boxes. We have the capacity as human beings to expand our consciousness and progress forward – to see with fresh eyes the beauty and uniqueness of everyone.” 

He added that parents should help prepare their children in dealing with the challenges of life. “The best way I can keep them safe as a parent is to help them become strong amid adversities. We have to teach our children to be responsible for their thoughts, words, and action. Their self-respect must have good foundation, and must not depend on external validation.”

San Diego also shared her own coming-out story and how she found the courage and resolve to champion for and represent her community. “Having a supportive environment matters for people like me. Before, when you were a transwoman, people thought you either worked in a salon or beauty pageants. While there is nothing wrong with that, and there are many distinguished women in these industries, we can occupy other spaces and be successful there, too.” 

San Diego added: “Growing up, and until now, I have yet to watch accurate representation of transgenders in the media, so I try to be more visible in the spaces I occupy. We may love or look differently, but at the core of all of us, is the same humanity.”

Moreover, Maxino highlighted how being born with Down Syndrome did not deter her from fulfilling her ambitions. “I have had Down Syndrome since I was a baby. I was told I wouldn’t live long. But my parents did everything they could so that I’d be able to extend my life. Now, I am already 25 years old -- fulfilling my dreams and empowering others like me to do the same.” Maxino said that people with special needs are capable of so much more, “Bullying is very discouraging. My role is to remind people to treat people like us with dignity. We can do more and be more.” Aside from graduating from a regular high school as class valedictorian, Maxino also finished three degrees in college. As the first Filipina teenager among the 10 Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers, she also dined with former US President Barack Obama at the White House. 

Lastly, Dr. Naguit emphasized the importance of having DEI conversations and initiatives to promote mental health and overall wellbeing, whether at home or in the workplace. “Stigma, discrimination and stereotypes create barriers, and create division among people. Mas lalong lumalala, as it creates a general sense of “othering” -- treating others as less because they are different, or discriminating against them. These walls affect our ability to seek support around us.” 

Dr. Naguit added: “The first step to become a better ally is to recognize that we are all connected. This way, we become more empathetic. Empathy is a muscle that grows with exercise. The more we learn to listen and understand others' stories, struggles, and pains, the more we cultivate our empathy.”

Across its various markets around the world, Manulife’s Professionals Reaching Out for Unity and Diversity (PROUD) promotes an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees to encourage their full and unencumbered contributions at work and educate the wider community about the importance of equality, acceptance, and allyship. Manulife also has the Ability group, which is a community of employees committed to building a positive and inclusive environment for employees of all abilities, and the Global Women’s Alliance (GWA) that supports and encourages the recruitment, development, and advancement of women throughout the organization across countries it operates in. 

Last year, the United Nations (UN) Women 2020 Asia-Pacific Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards honored Manulife as one of the Philippines' most gender-inclusive workplaces, and the only insurance brand to have been recognized in the awards.

For those who missed the webinar, you may watch this on Manulife’s Facebook page or visit


About Manulife Philippines 

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company opened its doors for business in the Philippines in 1907. Since then, Manulife’s Philippine Branch and later The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Phils.), Inc. (Manulife Philippines) has grown to become one of the country’s leading life insurance companies. Manulife Philippines is a wholly-owned domestic subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, among the world’s largest life insurance companies by market capitalization. Learn more about Manulife Philippines by visiting their website and following them on Facebook (, Twitter (@ManulifePH), and Instagram (@manulifeph).

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services provider that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and our global wealth and asset management segment, Manulife Investment Management, serves individuals, institutions and retirement plan members worldwide. At the end of 2020, we had more than 37,000 employees, over 118,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 30 million customers. As of June 30, 2021, we had CAD$1.3 trillion (US$1.1 trillion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $31.3 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Healthy Living Amid Nature is Possible in the City


The pandemic has completely changed the ways of the world—from the way people live to how companies handle their business. But as everyone continues to experience the many changes in the new normal, one of the industries that have managed to remain resilient, and enduring is real estate. Even more so, it remains to be a stable and tangible asset that only appreciates over time. 

One developer, in particular, continues to be valuable even amid the pandemic and beyond: luxury real estate brand, Filigree, who continues to lead the way in building investment-worthy homes with focus on living experience and wellness. Showcasing these qualities is its flagship development, Botanika Nature Residences in Filinvest City, Alabang.

Going beyond green

The pandemic has put sustainability and access to nature at the forefront. Now, more and more homeowners are opting to have homes that are healthy and as close to nature as possible. 

At Botanika, aesthetic, functionality, and sustainability are seamlessly integrated into the building features to become more efficient, especially in the time of crisis. For one, the building utilizes energy and water-efficient fixtures to cut down on utility building costs. This can be seen in the glass sun-roofed atrium, low flow faucets, dual flush toilets, to name a few. Likewise, all over the development, residents can also enjoy a better circulation of airflow, thanks to the lush and landscaped areas all over the development, from the atrium landscape, central gardens, and plant boxes along the hallways. In the time of social distancing, the building’s single-loaded hallways ensure lesser chances for residents to come across each other. To encourage sustainable means of transportation, the building provides bike racks and shower rooms, made specifically for cyclists.  


It is because of these unique condominium living features that Botanika was awarded a 4-star BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence Certification) rating. At least 70 percent of its total land area is dedicated to open space, resembling village living that usually features abundant spaces. 


Further cementing its position as a frontrunner in green living, Botanika is strategically located at the most exclusive portion of Filinvest City, Alabang, the first and only township with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold in Neighborhood Development certification in the Philippines. As a self-sustaining community, Botanika residents don’t need to travel far to enjoy abundant open spaces. Likewise, being in a walkable garden city, residents can thrive in a healthy, green and walkable community with easy access to all of life’s essentials like world-class medical facilities, major business establishments, shopping and commercial centers, and prestigious educational institutions. 

A comfortable home 


A collaborative project of renowned designers Architecture International, Leandro V. Locsin Partners, AECOM Singapore, Miaja Design Group, and Periquet Galicia Inc. for unit space planning of the second tower, Botanika offers generous living spaces and well-curated amenities made to promote comfort, good health, and excellent quality of life for its current and future residents. 

Meanwhile, its spacious units were designed to anticipate the owners’ distinctive lifestyle. The move-in ready Tower 1 ranges from ±125-221 sqm with 2BR to 3BR, while Tower 2, which is now on pre-selling, widens the variety, bringing into the mix, one-bedroom units at a generous size of ±72 sqm, and four-bedroom bi-level units ranging from ±265-322 sqm, complete with grand lanais that blur the lines between units and outdoors. One of the significant features of Tower 2 is that each unit offers deeper lanais at 2.6 meters to allow a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. This is especially important during the pandemic where residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. 

A rewarding investment


With Filinvest City, enjoying a compounded annual growth rate of more than 20 percent in the last 10 years, Botanika is also experiencing this advantage with its increase in capital value at 112% since its launch. In addition, the prevailing lease rate for Tower 1 starts from P135,000 and P200,000 for 2BR and 3BR units respectively.

With Tower 1 units already ready for occupancy, Tower 2 units are now on pre-selling. By the time of its completion, the unit’s value will increase considerably, making it a winning proposition for investors or end-users looking for a nature-inspired and future-ready home. 

Botanika Nature Residences is a top-end residential development in Filinvest City, Alabang that offers a unique approach to condominium living with its wide-open spaces and its green and sustainable features that resemble village living. It has all the makings of a smart investment: tasteful and stylish finishes, desirable features, great location, security, and exclusivity. 

Amid this pandemic, Botanika really provides its residents with a relaxed, healthy environment that goes beyond just the implementation of minimum safety protocols. More than half of its total land area is dedicated to lush, open spaces where families will experience a more revitalizing ambiance daily, significantly improving their overall well-being. This is taking residents to a whole new level of zen even in the comforts of their home right here in the garden city of the south, Filinvest City.” says Daphne Sanchez, Filigree Deputy Head. 

To know more about Botanika’s newest offerings, log onto or visit the Filigree Showsuites to view Botanika’s model units.  

Friday, September 10, 2021

Shopee Brings Joy to Shoppers and Sellers this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, 45 Million Items Sold within First 99 Minutes


MANILA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, saw great excitement for 9.9 Super Shopping Day, signaling a robust start to the year-end shopping season. Over 45 million items were sold within the first 99 minutes. Shoppers saved more with 60 million vouchers claimed in the first two hours of September 9 at the Mega Midnight Sale. With the widest variety of products from local sellers as well as trusted brand partners, shoppers found all they needed on Shopee. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are extremely heartened by the strong enthusiasm for 9.9 Super Shopping Day. As many communities still grapple with the ongoing pandemic, we are humbled to play a part in providing shoppers more value, choices, and entertainment from the convenience of their homes, while helping more sellers and brands connect with their customers. We have even more exciting deals and activities lined up for this year-end shopping season, and we look forward to helping more businesses capture new growth opportunities and bringing joy to consumers with personalized, engaging, and social shopping experiences.” 

Shopee brings joy to more shoppers, drives growth for more sellers

Every year, Shopee continues to delight more shoppers and sellers with its year-end shopping festivals. 9.9 was no exception as shoppers were treated to the biggest deals, with 1.5 million items available at flash sales for shoppers to meet all their needs at the best prices, along with unlimited entertainment.  

9.9 Super Shopping Day also brought more businesses online and provided a boost to local MSMEs who have been impacted by the pandemic. Through Shopee’s integrated ecosystem and marketing support, sellers participating in 9.9 for the first time saw 8X more orders compared to an average day.

Shopee continues to delight shoppers with exciting activities 

Shopee created engaging and unique experiences for shoppers this 9.9 Super Shopping Day with non-stop entertainment featuring popular international and local celebrities, exciting games, and attractive rewards. 

Live streaming continued to be a key part of the online shopping experience and was the entertainment channel of choice for many shoppers. In the three weeks leading up to 9 September, shoppers spent over 24 million hours watching a series of different livestreams on Shopee Live, including an exclusive interview with Jackie Chan and exciting performances by leading K-Pop group TWICE. 

Shoppers also spent more time playing their favorite games on Shopee Prizes. One of Shopee’s signature games, Shopee Shake, had a unique Jackie Chan-themed twist, making it a crowd favorite with 440 million shakes recorded. Other games such as Spin & Win and Shopee Farm continued to be well-received with a total of 4.5 billion gameplays recorded on Shopee Prizes across the campaign period.

In addition to Shopee’s in-app features, shoppers were also highly engaged and participated in a variety of fun challenges and exciting giveaways on Shopee’s social media channels with a total of 70 million engagements across the region. 

9.9 Super Shopping Day highlights in the Philippines

Filipinos welcomed the start of the year-end shopping season with enthusiasm. At its peak, over 9.5 million items were sold in just an hour in Metro Manila alone. The Mega Midnight Sale, held from 12 AM to 2 AM, also saw a 3X uplift in shoppers compared to an average day as Filipinos snapped up many unbeatable deals. 

  • FIlipinos are purchasing a wide variety of products, ranging from health essentials to home improvement products - This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, consumers primarily shopped for Home & Living items to spruce up their homes and Health & Personal Care essentials to keep them safe and healthy. Shoppers prioritized stocking up on a variety of face masks with over 1.9 million items sold. Products such as wallpaper decor also saw over 300,000 items sold. Consumers preferred to shop for home and fashion finds locally, with Filipino sellers WILLET, grocerysale.no1, and ABUBOT_PH selling the most number of items. 

  • Shoppers enjoyed the biggest deals from personal care and tech brands - Uni-Care, Xiaomi, and NIVEA emerged as the top brands with the most number of orders. Filipinos enjoyed flash deals, discounts up to 50% off, and freebies from these brands.

  • ShopeePay provides seamless service to Filipinos, online and offline - Shopee saw an increase in Filipinos embracing digital payment methods for greater convenience, security, and value, both online and offline. In fact, more offline merchants  in the country such as Puregold, Potato Corner, Jollibee, BonChon, Gong Cha, and CoCo have adopted ShopeePay to provide a seamless payment experience. The Philippines saw a 57X uplift in the number of offline merchants at 9.9 Super Shopping Day, compared to the previous year.

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About Shopee


Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time. 


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.