Thursday, April 18, 2024

Smooth Beyond Belief: OnePlus 12R launches in the Philippines

Global technology brand OnePlus announced today the launch and arrival of the OnePlus 12R in the Philippines which is set to deliver its users a seamless combination of speed and performance as well a flagship experience like no other. 

The OnePlus 12R redefines “Smooth Beyond Belief” and promises to bring an unparalleled user experience with nothing but the best features at your fingertips. 


Extreme Fast and Smooth Technology 

The OnePlus 12R features a cutting edge screen  – a fourth generation LTPO 120Hz ProXDR display that is definitely an upgrade on the phone screen’s brightness and color levels compared to its predecessor. It also has an improved responsiveness and an intelligent dynamic refresh rate system which allows the OnePlus 12R to switch anywhere between 1Hz and 120Hz refresh rates quicker and smarter than ever, saving you battery life and giving you a smoother overall experience


It is equipped with groundbreaking battery technology with the largest battery in OnePlus history -  a massive 5,500mAh designed to deliver extended usage without compromising the size or weight of the device. This is paired with the lightning-fast 100W SUPERVOOC™ charging, allowing the OnePlus 12R to go from 1-100% in just 26 minutes. 



At the core of the OnePlus 12R is the OxygenOS that carries the  Trinity Engine, a revolutionary platform created by OnePlus designed to optimize every aspect of the phone’s performance. 


The Trinity Engine includes advancements like RAM-Vita, which comes with AI RAM acceleration that lets your phone choose, release, and reallocate RAM quicker so apps can open faster; CPU-Vita which works with the Snapdragon CPU to ensure it constantly strikes a balance between high performance and high system stress, reducing power when it can during high intensity tasks like gaming, shooting, and editing video; and ROM-Vita which uses industry leading technology and algorithms to reduce fragmentation and always keep your phone running smoothly by constantly deleting unneeded data like cache and temporary and duplicate files.


Flagship Worthy Camera

The OnePlus 12R is equipped with the Sony IMX890, a 50-megapixel flagship sensor renowned for its consistency and image quality. Enhanced with advanced software optimizations, this sensor ensures every shot you take is bursting with vibrancy and clarity. It also has Optical Image Stabilization and lightning-fast processing speeds, which won’t dampen the brilliance of your photos even in low-light environments.


Meanwhile, the front camera of OnePlus 12R is a 16 megapixel front-facing camera that takes vibrancy shots ideal for  video calls and super selfies.


OnePlus Flagship Worthy Experience 

The OnePlus 12R is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8 Gen 2 chipset which gives it up to 35% better CPU and GPU performance compared to the OnePlus 11. 


It also has storage configurations offering up to 16GB RAM and 256GB which lets you run and keep more than 40 apps, photos, videos, and more in the device. 


Despite the powerful software of the OnePlus 12R, it continues to remain cool under pressure thanks to its Cryo-Velocity cooling system which ensures smooth and continuous functionality that doesn’t compromise the temperature of the device and its battery life. 


The OnePlus 12R is also equipped with an improved screen that’s brighter, has more color levels, and is more responsive for an immersive viewing experience. It boasts Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection and an IP64 rating for water and dust resistance, which allows it to withstand the rigors of daily use or even during a heavy rain.



Get a Flagship Experience that’s Smooth Beyond Belief Today

The OnePlus 12R is now available in the Philippines for PHP 43,990 and comes in two colorways - Cool Blue and Iron Grey. 


Pre-order your OnePlus 12R now until April 26 from all authorized OnePlus and OPPO stores nationwide or via Shopee and Lazada where you can enjoy 0% interest installment via Shoppee’s SPay Later and Lazada’s LazPayLater. 


You may also purchase the OnePlus 12R exclusively via Shopee from April 18 to 24 and get a PHP 1,000 off OnePlus voucher, PHP 200 Good Review Cashback, and S39 Bluetooth speakers freebie. 


For more information on the OnePlus 12R, its features, and its availability, check out https://www.oneplus.com/ph or OnePlus Philippines’ official Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Fujifilm Philippines Supports Campaign to End TB

Fujifilm Philippines Supports Campaign to End TB

Fujifilm Philippines, a global leader in imaging and healthcare technology, has expressed support for the Department of Health (DOH) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in their campaign to end tuberculosis (TB) in the country. 2022 data from the DOH show that around 106 Filipinos die every day from TB, a severe lung infection caused by bacteria.

Fujifilm Philippines is dedicated to the fight to end TB by introducing cutting-edge technologies and innovations. One of the critical contributions Fujifilm has made is providing FDR Xair, a portable X-ray system. This innovative device plays a crucial role in early TB detection by enabling healthcare professionals to conduct rapid and accurate screenings in diverse settings. By deploying portable X-ray systems in areas across the country, Fujifilm is helping bridge healthcare access gaps and improve diagnostic capabilities.

The FDR Xair, well-known for its portability and high image quality, plays a pivotal role in enhancing TB screening efforts, particularly in remote and underserved communities where access to healthcare infrastructure is limited. The FDR Xair, with its portable design and advanced imaging technology, revolutionizes TB screening in remote areas by providing reliable performance, ease of use, and data- driven approaches to TB control.

Fujifilm’s innovative solutions align with the efforts of USAID’s TB Innovations and Health Systems Strengthening project, implemented by FHI 360, to reach, cure, and prevent TB in the country using a whole-of-government approach.

Fujifilm Philippines conducted their first Medical Mission and TB screening using their x-ray systems (FDR nano and FDR Go PLUS) in Majayjay Laguna in 2023. The company plans to continue this program annually and utilize FDR Xair. By working closely with affected communities, local healthcare providers, and grassroots organizations, the company ensures that TB interventions are culturally sensitive, equitable, and sustainable.

In light of the global challenge posed by TB, Fujifilm recognizes the necessity of a coordinated, multi-sectoral approach. The company stands in solidarity with governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to tackle TB head-on, with the shared goal of building a healthier, TB-free future.

Fujifilm Philippines recognizes the urgent need to enhance TB detection capabilities as cases of this infecti
ous disease continue to surge across the country, according to the DOH.As of December 31, 2023, DOH recorded over 600,000 cases of TB, or 549 cases per 100,000 people. This figure is higher than that of 2022, with 439 cases per 100,000 people. Despite its lethality, TB can be cured through free medication provided at TB DOTS clinics nationwide, where patients undergo a six-month treatment regimen without interruption.

Monday, April 15, 2024

The World’s Thinnest Foldable Phone, HONOR Magic V2 Now Available via Globe Plan 2499!

The World’s Thinnest Foldable Phone, HONOR Magic V2 Now Available via Globe Plan 2499!

Manila, Philippines, April 15, 2024 – The leading global smart devices provider, HONOR, has yet another exciting offer for HONOR Magic V2 enthusiasts. The HONOR Magic V2 is now available with a Globe Postpaid Plan priced at Php 2,499 at Globe Stores online and in exclusive stores nationwide.

"We're thrilled to share that through our partnership with Globe, you can now get your hands on the world's thinnest foldable phone at convenient payment rates. Together, we're making cutting-edge technology accessible to more people, so you can enjoy a touch of luxury without breaking the bank. It's all about bringing you exciting choices and making top-notch tech more affordable and within reach for everyone," said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.


The HONOR Magic V2 can be purchased through Globe with a one-time cash out of Php 31,600 with GPlan 2499, which includes 25GB of surfing data, unlimited all-net calls and texts, and landline calls. It can also be purchased through installment for only Php 1,317 monthly with GPlan 2499.


Launched last January, the HONOR Magic V2 remains the World’s Thinnest Foldable Phone with only 9.9mm (about 0.39 in) thickness equivalent to only four stacked banking cards or three stacked 5-peso coins. The thinnest foldable is equipped with the revolutionary HONOR Super-light Titanium Hinge that contributes to the device's lightweight and durable construction, delivering a smooth and stable folding experience of up to 400,000 folds, a relatively high folding capacity compared to other foldable phones.


Get your hands on The World’s Thinnest Foldable Phone, HONOR Magic V2 and don’t miss this offer with Globe. Head on to Ayala Malls Glorietta, Ayala Malls Trinoma, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, or Globe Store Online at https://bit.ly/GPLAN_HONORMagicV2 for easy access.


To know more about the complete lineup of HONOR devices available, you may visit HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok Shop: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

Manila's Streetball Showdown: Red Bull Half Court Manila Qualifiers Recap

Red Bull Half Court Manila Qualifiers

Manila, Philippines – The City of Manila witnessed a heart-pumping and jaw-dropping showcase last April 13, 2024 with the Red Bull Half Court Manila Qualifiers. As the event took place in Gameville BallPark and Activate Hoop Arena in Mandaluyong, locals and basketball enthusiasts alike attended to see the excitement unfold.

In a highly-competitive showdown that kept watchers on the edge of their seats, the event showcased an array of electrifying plays, from buzzer-beaters that sent the crowd into a frenzy to shocking crossovers that left viewers in awe. The court became a stage for the finest streetballers in Manila to exhibit their skills, and they did not disappoint.


Emerging victorious in a fiercely contested match in the men’s category was the Far Eastern University (FEU) against Team Elite with a hard-fought 12-11 win in overtime, showcasing their exceptional skills and unwavering determination. 


Upon winning, Coach Mau of FEU said the event was a testament to the undeniable passion and skill that defines Manila's streetball scene. “We poured our hearts into every play, and to come out on top amidst such fierce competition just shows our hard work and dedication. We're thrilled to represent our city on the national stage and take another step closer to the ultimate prize in New York."



Photo Provided by Mags Reyes


Meanwhile, the New Zealand Creamery showcased their dominance In the women's category with a commanding performance against Falcons Blue securing a resounding 13-6 victory.


New Zealand Creamery highlighted that teamwork is what helped them win the Finals. “Teamwork is the most important factor during the qualifiers especially during the Finals earlier, during the finals is where we showed our team's chemistry. Teamwork is what brings a team together, that’s why we focused and constantly practiced our team work again.,” they stated. 


After their big win at the Manila Qualifiers, FEU and New Zealand Creamery will now advance to the National Finals on April 27, alongside Team Elite, Coach J Hoops Academy (CJHA-B), Kamacayan, and Falcons Blue. The eventual winners will secure their spot in the highly anticipated Red Bull Half Court World Finals in New York City, which will take place from October 16-21. This prestigious event brings together the best streetball teams from around the globe for a showdown of skill, athleticism, and sheer passion for the game.



Photo Provided by Mags Reyes


To keep up with team FEU, Team Elite, CJHA-B , Kamacayan, New Zealand Creamery, and Falcons Blue and their journey to greatness, follow them along at the official Red Bull website and social media pages (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tiktok).

Thursday, April 11, 2024

SM CITY VALENZUELA’S OVERSEAS JOB FAIR OFFERS 2,977 GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

SM VALENZUELA JOB FAIR

As the heat index in the Philippines continues to reach unprecedented levels, SM City Valenzuela has served as a beacon of hope for job seekers. Drawing a substantial crowd in the early hours of the morning, the mall transformed into a bustling sanctuary as eager individuals flocked to its atrium in search of employment. 

2,977 job opportunities were made available to eager applicants, all under one roof. This initiative not only provided relief from the scorching heat but also streamlined the job-hunting process for many individuals. 


"We understand the challenges that job seekers face, especially during these extreme weather conditions," said SM City Valenzuela Assistant Mall Manager Cenen Pamintuan. "By organizing this overseas job fair, we aimed to create a conducive environment where applicants can explore numerous employment opportunities conveniently without having to endure the sweltering heat," Mr. Pamintuan added. 


JOB FAIR

Employers from overseas employment agencies participated in the event, offering positions in sought-after destinations such as Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, China, and other Asian countries. Representatives from various industries, including healthcare, hospitality, engineering, and information technology, were also on hand to engage with potential candidates.


The event's success not only underscores SM City Valenzuela's dedication to economic development but also highlights its role in providing vital resources to the local workforce, serving as a catalyst for progress in the community.

GCash Lending Arm Fuse Empowers Underbanked Filipinos with P118 Billion Loans Disbursed

GCash Lending Arm Fuse Empowers Underbanked Filipinos with P118 Billion Loans Disbursed

Fuse Lending, Inc., the credit arm of GCash, surpasses the PHP118 billion mark in life-to-date disbursed loans through the country’s number one finance app as of the end of 2023 – putting both institutions well on their way towards their shared mission of financial inclusion.

“By providing non-collateralized and affordable loan products such as GLoan, GCredit, and GGives through the GCash app, Fuse Lending has successfully supported almost  4 million Filipino loan borrowers, helping millions of Filipinos achieve their financial aspirations and goals in a more convenient, easier, and simpler way,” said Tony Isidro, president and CEO of Fuse.


A GCash study found that nine out of 10 Filipinos need to borrow money, but do not have access to formal lending institutions and banks. 


To date, Fuse has given access to fair lending to Filipinos from the grassroots sector such as farmers, sari-sari store owners, public market vendors, and other micro, small, and medium enterprises.


To help more Filipinos unlock their financial goals, Fuse and GCash introduced the latest addition to their lending service offerings – GLoan Sakto, a nano-loan product that can jumpstart Filipinos’ access to formal credit. With this, ordinary Filipinos can borrow as low as PHP100, to accommodate short-term needs or even the smallest-but-urgent expenses – all without requiring users to submit numerous documents and undergo tedious application processes.


With a shared mission to foster financial progress for all, GCash and Fuse recognize that digital financial tools and services that enable enterprises big and small to serve their customers and employees are vital for economic growth. 


GCash has onboarded over 6 million partner merchants, including key partners like Puregold and TikTok Shop. Over 49,000 stores nationwide make it possible to pay for purchases with credit (GCredit) or installment (GGives) with their GCash app. Currently, over 94 million users have tried GCash – making it the country’s biggest digital ecosystem.


Anchoring its shared vision of “Finance for All,"  GCash through Fuse Lending continues to open up a world of opportunities for millions of Filipinos and play a significant role in shaping the country's financial landscape into a more inclusive, and diverse ecosystem. For its part, Fuse has been doubling down to achieve its vision of providing access to fair loans that spark better everydays for all Filipinos through its mission of fintech-enabled lending delivered frictionlessly.


The GCash app is available for free on Google Play and the App Store For more information, please visit https://www.gcash.com

DTI Powers Up Digital Animation and Game Development Talent with LikhaSanay

Embarking on a quest to unlock the potential of Filipino digital animators and game developers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has opened applications for the LikhaSanay: Masterclass Program for the Philippine Creative Industries, an innovative program aiming to elevate the country’s digital animation and game development industries. For 2023, focus is given to the implementation of the Digital Animation and Game Development Masterclasses.

Director Lilian G. Salonga of the DTI-Bureau of Industry Planning and Innovation (BIPI) urges artists, animators, game developers, and freelancers to send their applications on or before 19 April 2024.

“LikhaSanay was derived from the fusion of two profound Filipino words, 'Likha' (Create) and 'Sanay’ (Skill-building towards Mastery). As an initiative under the DTI Malikhaing Pinoy Program, the LikhaSanay Program gives the masterclass participants the opportunity to enhance their skills in creative design and storytelling as well as heighten their competencies in using digital tools and techniques.,” Director Salonga explained.

“The first set of Masterclasses is dedicated for Digital Animation and Game Development sectors and designed to ensure that creatives gain deeper insights on digital animation and game development through the lens of top global players experts and help them be at par with international standards,” the head of DTI-BIPI added.

Featuring six meticulously curated sessions led by industry luminaries, Masterclasses for Digital Animation and Game Development are set to equip 20 chosen scholars per masterclass with latest tools and techniques. In collaboration with Thames International, Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), this masterclass focuses on refining core competencies in key areas such as storyboarding, 3D character rigging, and high-level organic 3D modeling for digital animation; and game engineering and game design for game development. Emerging leaders in both fields will also learn essential management skills and business acumen from the Masterclass.

Through the LikhaSanay Program, DTI-BIPI seeks to buff the nation’s competencies of diverse creative sectors, addressing skills gaps and strengthening the global competitiveness of Filipino talents. This initiative supports DTI’s role as the chair of the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council, under Republic Act No. 11904, steering the nation toward its ambitious goal of becoming Asia's premier creative hub by 2030.

For more information and to submit your application for LikhaSanay, please visit: https://bit.ly/LikhaSanayApp2

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Get Singlife Protection with Just 5 Globe Rewards Points

Globe has partnered with leading life insurer Singlife to make protection virtually free for Filipino families, offering a health insurance plan for just 5 Globe Rewards points.

Globe customers can get Singlife's comprehensive 3-in-1 Protection Plan by redeeming just 5 Globe Rewards points until April 15, 2024.

This insurance coverage provides up to P250,000 for COVID-19, dengue, and accidental medical costs.

The 3-in-1 plan covers the policyholder plus their immediate family with benefits such as hospital cash allowances, disability payouts, medical reimbursements, and more. This coverage is on top of a policyholder’s PhilHealth and existing HMO coverage.

"At Globe, we are committed to using our digital capabilities to create wonderful experiences that uplift the lives of Filipinos," said Jerome Patalud, Head of Globe Rewards. "By allowing customers to redeem this health insurance using their Rewards points, we're removing major barriers to healthcare protection for entire households."

Customers can effortlessly secure peace of mind for health emergencies by enrolling through the GlobeOne app and simply redeeming the offer using their Globe Rewards points, without any cashout or tedious paperwork.

"We recognize the difficulty of preparing for life's uncertainties and are committed to alleviating these challenges," said Sherie Ng, Co-founder and Executive Director of Singlife Philippines. "Through this partnership, we're able to advance our goal of providing flexible insurance solutions that support Filipino families through unpredictable times."

Partnering with Singlife exemplifies Globe's customer-centric approach of leveraging digital solutions to create value and convenience. By capitalizing on its Rewards program, Globe is bringing a high-value insurance product within reach like never before.

To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Plant a Tree for Free with Every GCash Transaction & Join GForest

GForest Gcash

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines is one of the most biodiverse archipelagos in the world and is home to over 50,000 described species of plants. 

However, due to activities such as deforestation, habitat exploitation, waste disposal and pollution, the Philippines is rapidly losing numerous plant species that contribute to its vibrant tropical habitat. To combat the negative effects of climate change, GCash is actively helping to plant trees in the Philippines through GForest.


With GForest, all GCash users can contribute to the preservation of the environment – and you can too. When you plant trees virtually on GForest, GCash transforms these into real trees to support the preservation of our forest reserves. 


How It Works: Earning Green Energy Points So You Can Start Planting Trees

For every successful GCash transaction, you can earn a certain amount of Green Energy Points and collect it 24 hours later in GForest in the app. You can collect green energy points when you Buy Load, Send Money, Pay Bills, Cash-In, or even when you register up to 20,000 steps per day from walking. Every transaction is a real contribution, so it’s important to collect energy every day. 


When you have enough Green Energy points, you can plant a virtual tree that will be planted by GCash and its local and international partners in key locations nationwide.


There are different types of trees to choose from, including the new Cannonball Mangrove, the Red Mangrove, and sometimes, there are even limited edition trees that can be planted at certain times of the year, such as a limited edition Pine Tree in December 2023. You can choose between the different types of trees GCash offers, depending on Green Energy Points you have and what different types of trees are worth. Usually, the more energy points required to plant a specific tree, the more effective the tree will be in helping sequester carbon from the environment.


For Every Tree Planted on GForest, GCash Turns it into a Real One

GForest ensures that every virtual plant collected is converted into a real tree. To date, GCash has planted over 2.7 million actual trees in 14 key areas nationwide as of 2023). An estimated 346,000 trees have been planted in Luzon, 1.1 million in Visayas and 1.1 million in Mindanao. 


An estimated 8,600 smallholder farming families have benefited from this initiative. GForest is not only helping the environment, it also helps improve the livelihood of farmers in climate change affected areas in the Philippines.

 

A Step-By-Step Guide On Using GForest

Using GForest and planting real trees from the comfort of your own home is easy as following four simple steps: 


  1. Earn green energy points when you use GCash. Transactions like sending money, paying bills, buying load, and cashing-in your wallet will earn you points. 

  2. Next, collect your green energy points after 24 hours of your transaction on the GForest dashboard. Tap on your points to collect them – you can also collect points from your friends! 

  3. When you have enough points to plant a tree, head to the GForest virtual nursery and choose a tree to plant. 

  4. Once you’ve selected a tree, exchange your points to plant a virtual free – and then, GCash and its partners will plant a reel tree on your behalf! You’ll even receive a certificate for your valuable contribution to the country's biggest digital eco-movement.  




Through GCash, you can be part of a bigger digital eco-movement to rebuild our country’s forests. Keep giving back to the environment with a gift that will surely benefit it for many years to come. Be a green hero and contribute to rebuilding our forests – one digital tree at a time when you use GCash.