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Filipina Sells Suman Online Gets Boost from PLDT Global and DMW

Monday, July 22, 2024

Suman Online

Annalyn Fernan, a 37-year-old from Cavite, sells delicious rice cakes (suman) and other traditional snacks online. This business is super important for her family since her husband, who worked overseas, passed away last year.

Annalyn's mom started the business during the pandemic, and it's been doing great! To get even more customers,Annalyn uses her phone and the internet to sell on social media. "We get orders from all over, even from Filipinos working abroad who see my posts," she said. "That's why having good internet is key!"

On top of selling yummy snacks, Annalyn is also a busy mom of two! She's growing her business even more by offering phone reloading and bill payments. This cool program is from the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and PLDT Global. They gave Annalyn a package to help her succeed, including a new phone, marketing materials, and signs to attract customers.

Annalyn is so grateful for the help. "The money I earn helps us so much," she said. "Thanks to PLDT Global for working with the DMW to make things easier for us!"

People from both DMW and PLDT Global even visited Annalyn to see her business! They were really impressed.Annalyn thanked the DMW for their ongoing support. "They've been there for us every step of the way," she said. "I hope they can help more families like mine!"

The DMW's main guy, Secretary Hans Cacdac, said, "This program shows our commitment to helping Filipinos working abroad and their families. We partner with great companies like PLDT Global to offer helpful programs."

Annalyn Fernan

PLDT Global does even more than just this livelihood program. They also offer digital skills training for Filipinos working overseas. Last year, they provided grants, gadgets, and training for cacao farming to Filipinos who came back home from working abroad. They even gave educational kits to the kids of a Filipino worker in Qatar!

"We hope by working together with the DMW, we can improve the lives of Filipinos and help them achieve their dreams," said Albert Villa-Real, the big boss at PLDT Global.

PLDT Global is all about closing the digital gap by making sure Filipinos everywhere can access digital services. They have products and services that make life easier, especially their TINBO app. Filipinos abroad can use TINBO to buy phone load, pay bills back home, send food vouchers and gifts, and even get healthcare and gaming PINs for their families in the Philippines.

Through TINBO, overseas Filipinos can also get a special Smart virtual number (SVN) to receive important codes from their Philippine e-wallets and banks. Plus, they can use TINBO to pay all their bills back home easily and securely.

PLDT Global's partnership with the DMW is a great example of their overall mission to serve Filipinos everywhere and make their lives better.
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UB Negosyante Empowers Mom-preneurs at Momzilla Fair

Sunday, July 14, 2024

UB Negosyante

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) continues its dedication to empowering Filipino micro, small, and medium enterprises (SMEs) by renewing its partnership with Momzilla PH for the 2024 Momzilla Fair. This collaboration aims to provide essential support to mom-entrepreneurs through digital payment solutions and business growth tools offered by UB Negosyante.

Empowering Mom-Entrepreneurs

The Momzilla Fair, a haven for budget-savvy moms, brings together over 200 mom-owned businesses to showcase their products and services. UnionBank's role as the digital payment provider for the fair is crucial in facilitating smooth transactions and enhancing the overall shopping experience.

UB Negosyante: A Boost for Mom-Owned Businesses

Through the partnership, Momzilla merchants gain access to the comprehensive suite of offerings provided by UB Negosyante, including:

Affordable business accounts: Tailored financial solutions to meet the specific needs of SMEs.

User-friendly mobile application: Seamless transactions and business management on the go.

Educational seminars: Valuable insights and strategies for business growth.

These tools empower mom-entrepreneurs to streamline their operations, expand their customer base, and achieve their business goals.

A Win-Win Partnership

Both UnionBank and Momzilla PH share a common vision of supporting and uplifting Filipino women entrepreneurs. By combining their strengths, they create a powerful synergy that benefits both mom-owned businesses and consumers.

Key Benefits of the Partnership

  • Convenience for moms: Cashless payments and easy access to products and services.
  • Growth opportunities for mom-entrepreneurs: Access to financial tools, technology, and support.
  • Boost to the Philippine economy: Empowering SMEs contributes to overall economic growth.

The renewed partnership between UnionBank and Momzilla PH is a testament to their commitment to empowering Filipino mom-entrepreneurs. Through UB Negosyante, UnionBank provides the necessary tools and support for these businesses to thrive. As the Momzilla Fair continues to grow, so does the potential for mom-owned businesses to succeed and contribute to the country's economic landscape.
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“MICE Philippines: We Take Your Business to Heart” – A New Era in Global MICE Collaboration

Friday, July 12, 2024

On the opening day of MICECON 2024, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines proudly unveils "MICE Philippines: We Take Your Business to Heart," a transformative program and message designed to position the Philippines as a premier global destination for meetings, incentive travel, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE). This innovative initiative represents a collaborative effort between the TPB, the private sector, and government bodies, all united by the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence.

Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles

“Today is just the first of many activations to show the world the new MICE Philippines. With this initiative, we are poised to attract more local and international MICE organizers to our shores,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles. “A Global MICE with a stronger sales force, an empowered private sector and the full of support of government all embodied in the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence.”

Turning vision to reality

Transforming the Philippines into a MICE powerhouse requires not just vision but decisive action. The TPB is preparing a dynamic and empowered sales team within its ranks to actively promote the Philippines as a top-tier MICE destination. This dedicated team will ensure that the Philippines remains at the forefront of the global MICE industry, attracting significant international events and conventions.

Robust collaboration with private sector entities is also crucial to this endeavor. The Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS) plays a pivotal role in initiating efforts that aim to increase the level of professionalism and development of our local MICE Industry. The publication of the 2nd Edition of the Professional Event Management book by the Philippine MICE Academy in partnership with PACEOS highlights their dedication to enhancing industry standards and knowledge.

Other associations of the tourism industry such as the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMA), the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE), the Tourism Council of the Philippines (TCP) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) have always been staunch partners of TPB not just in promoting the country as a prime MICE destination, but also serve as Counselors of TPB'S MICE Advisory Council.

Backed by government

Christina Garcia Frasco

The government provides full support to these initiatives, aligning with the National Tourism Development Plan 2023-2028 spearheaded by the Department of Tourism Undersecretary Christina Garcia Frasco. This plan aims to establish a resilient, sustainable, and competitive tourism industry that showcases the Philippines' rich culture, heritage, and identity.

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos has consistently encapsulated this vision, stating, “Under this administration, the tourism industry has shifted its gaze to becoming more than just a promotion arm of the government. We are committed to ensuring that travel is convenient, connected, and equitable for travelers and locals alike, enhancing key and emerging tourist destinations with robust infrastructure and essential services.”

To further boost the appeal of the Philippines as a MICE destination, the TPB is offering various incentives for large groups, ranging from airport assistance to hosting themed dinners and entertainment. This support has been extended to groups from 200 to 2,000, enhancing the overall experience for MICE participants and organizers.

First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos’ initiative to construct the Philippine International Exhibition Center in Pasay City marks a significant milestone for the MICE industry. This forthcoming landmark is set to become the ultimate hub for MICE activities, providing state-of-the-art facilities that will elevate the Philippines' standing in the global MICE arena. More convention centers are also set to rise throughout the country, one of which is the biggest SMX convention center, set to open in Cebu in 2026.

Recent events like the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and the Mactan Airport’s Sugbo Tourism Event underscore the region's potential as a MICE destination, demonstrating the diverse and rich opportunities available across the country . The TPB's commitment to regional development ensures that the benefits of MICE growth are widespread, fostering economic development and cultural exchange in various locales.

A Promising Future

Data presented by Grand View Research, values the Asia-Pacific MICE market at USD 183.47 billion last year and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.0% up to 2030. The Philippine MICE Conference (MICECON) remains the largest gathering of MICE professionals since its inception in 2010. This event serves as a crucial platform for stakeholders to learn from global experts, discover new trends, approaches, and methods, and draw inspiration to elevate the Philippine MICE and tourism industry.

MICECON's expansion into a two-year program includes a comprehensive educational agenda for local stakeholders in the first year and a buyers’ invitational and business exchange program (MICECONnect) in the following year, reflecting its commitment to strengthening the MICE industry sectors.

At the heart of all these initiatives is the Department of Tourism’s award-winning Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) training program, which continues to make significant strides. With nearly 3,000 trainings and over 148,000 trained stakeholders nationwide in 2023, the FBSE promotes exceptional service and highlights the intrinsic values of Filipino hospitality. This emphasis on warm and sincere ways of welcoming visitors reinforces the country’s reputation as a top-tier, inviting destination for international guests, truly embodying the essence of “We Take Your Business to Heart.”

Ending her opening speech at MICECON, Nograles said: “With MICE Philippines: We Take Your Business to Heart, our goal is clear: We will establish the Philippines as a premier MICE destination known for its world-class experiences, top notch facilities and unparalleled hospitality.”
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VFS Global inaugurates Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Manila, serving 10 countries

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Schengen Visa Application

To offer an enhanced visa application submission experience to Schengen visa applicants in Manila, Philippines, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, inaugurated the newly relocated state-of-the-art Joint Visa Application Centre in Manila providing visa services to 10 countries - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.

The official inauguration was done by:
  • H.E. Juha Pyykkö - Ambassador of Finland to the Philippines
  • Michael Kutzner - Head of Visa Section, Federal Republic of the German Embassy in Manila
  • H.E. Dr. Titanilla Tóth - Ambassador of Hungary to the Philippines
  • Nicole Clivaz - Head of Consular Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland
  • Fabio Pompetti - Consul and Deputy Head of Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Julia Netta Vildžius Pena - Honorary Consul of Lithuania to the Philippines
  • H.E. Mr. Karel Hejč - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of the Philippines
  • Romano Gualtieri – Attaché
  • Pieter C.M. de Wit - Consul of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Philippines
  • Ioannis Pediotis - Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic in the Philippines

Mr. Kaushik Ghosh, Head - Australasia, VFS Global, said, “We are excited to bring an enhanced experience for our Schengen visa applicants in and around Manila through this newly relocated state-of-the-art Visa Application Centre. Applying for a visa is one of the first steps to international travel, and we look forward to making it smooth and convenient for our travellers.”

Applicants who wish to submit their visa applications for the above listed Schengen countries, will have to first book an appointment online to submit their applications. 

The discerning set of visa applicants can choose from a range of optional and additional services to enhance their overall visa application submission experience. The Visa At Your Doorstep service allows visa applicants to submit their applications from the comfort of their home or office, our Premium Lounge service offers a personalised and comfortable environment at our centres for submitting applications, while our Prime Time service allows the flexibility of submission and passport collection beyond normal working hours. Other additional services include Form-filling Assistance, SMS Alerts, Courier Service, and Personal Assistance service, among others. 

It is important to note that these optional services are available for select countries and opting for these additional services does not have any bearing on the timeline or decision on visa applications.

VFS Global’s role in the visa application process is limited to front-end administrative tasks only, which include collecting visa application forms and required documentation as per the checklist, and enrolling biometrics, if applicable. VFS Global has no role in the decision-making process of granting or refusing a visa. Decision making on granting or refusal of visa is the sole prerogative of the concerned embassy / consulate.


Visa applicants are advised to beware of fraudulent entities who charge fees from customers for scheduling appointments or providing any other services using VFS Global’s name or independently. VFS Global does not charge any fee for booking appointments on which is the official website catering to visa applications. However, some governments require pre-payment of the service fee at the time of booking the appointment. This payment will be reimbursed or deducted during the application process. This step is only to ensure genuine travellers use appointment booking and the system is kept safe from misuse by fraudulent entities. For any assistance, feel free to reach out to one of our staff and to report any instances of fraud, visit

Optional value-added services for a seamless visa experience:

Visa At Your Doorstep: Apply for your visa and enrol biometrics from the location of your choice.

Premium Lounge: Get an end-to-end personalised visa submission experience from the comfort of a lounge.

Prime Time: Apply for your visa beyond normal working hours or even on weekends.

Form-filling assistance: Allow our expert staff to assist you in completing your visa application on phone or at a visa application centre

Courier Service: We deliver your passport and documents. It’s quick, safe, and convenient. 

Travel Medical Insurance: Get your mandatory Travel Medical Insurance including Covid-19 coverage from global insurers.

SMS Alerts: Stay updated on the progress of your visa application.

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Coca-Cola PH continues to empower micro-retailers with the launch of new centers to provide entrepreneurial skills

Monday, July 8, 2024

Coca-Cola Philippines aims to empower more micro-entrepreneurs nationwide with the launch of Centers for Entrepreneurship (CFEs) under the digital Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources(iSTAR) program in seven key areas. The CFEs, located in Davao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro, Taguig City, Nueva Ecija, Cebu, Bacolod City, and Camarines Sur, will serve as sustainable hubs offering training, mentoring, and financial support to help small business owners thrive.

The iSTAR program is designed to empower individuals in entrepreneurship and equip them with the necessary skills through the use of digital platforms for starting and managing retail businesses.

"At Coca-Cola Philippines, we are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and unlocking the potential of aspiring entrepreneurs. The launch of the iSTAR Centers for Entrepreneurship is a testament to our dedication to foster economic growth and sustainable development at the community level," said Coca-Cola Philippines President Tony del Rosario during the launch of the CFE in Tagum, Davao del Norte.

The program is the result of a public-private partnership between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Coca-Cola Philippines. This collaboration supports Coca-Cola Philippines’ broader economic empowerment strategy to break the cycle of generational poverty. 

For more than a decade, this partnership has expanded with seven regional microfinance and non-governmental institutions across the country, making iSTAR’s modules free and accessible nationwide through the TESDA Online Program.

iSTAR aims to address key barriers that hinder the development of women entrepreneurs, such as limited access to training, resources, and mentorship. Through its expanded digital platform, iSTAR has empowered over 150,000 micro-entrepreneurs, surpassing its 2025 target of 100,000 graduates. Earlier this year, the program was showcased at the 68th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"These CFEs represent hope, opportunity, and the collective effort of our partners like TESDA and the Tagum City Council of Women Foundation Inc., whose dedication is instrumental in making this initiative a reality. Together, with a shared vision of economic empowerment, we can bridge existing gaps and create a truly inclusive environment where micro-entrepreneurship can thrive,” added del Rosario.

TESDA also acknowledges how the iSTAR program helps bridge the digital divide among micro and small businesses. "The Philippines is lagging behind in digitalization, but with Coca-Cola Philippines introducing this digital platform to educate and empower women, we are heading in the right direction," said TESDA Deputy Director General for Special Concerns Felizardo Colambo.

Building a network of sustainable support

The CFEs represent a strategic expansion of the iSTAR Program by establishing regional hubs that aim to provide business development, training, and support to micro-entrepreneurs.

The hubs will be managed by a network of trusted partners, including microfinance institutions, cooperatives, civil society organizations, and the local government units of the hubs’ locations. This initiative reinforces Coca-Cola Philippines' commitment to building the capacity of Filipinos in entrepreneurship and empowering them through the strategic use of digital platforms and the fostering of business networks.

"When the CFE was offered to us at the Tagum City Council of Women Foundation (TCCWFI), we accepted it with open arms, without hesitation. We immediately saw the need for it, not just in our area, but throughout Mindanao. We are grateful to the City Government of Tagum and Coca-Cola Philippines for bringing this initiative to our city,” said TCCWFI President Alma Uy.

Scaling impact with technology

The iSTAR Program and CFEs are among Coca-Cola Philippines’ projects that seek to leverage technology to amplify the reach and impact of its support for micro-retailers. It’s similar to the Tindahan Extra Mile (TEM): Balik PET Bottle program, which utilizes innovative methods to promote the circularity of plastic packaging.

TEM, in collaboration with the Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc. (BEST) and the Philippine Association of Stores and Carinderia Owners (PASCO), aims to support micro-retailers as frontline environmental advocates by helping transform their sari-sari stores and carinderias into collection points for recyclable PET bottles. With increased visibility and proximity to these drop-off bins, consumers are encouraged to dispose of their plastic bottles. Micro-retailers earn environmental points for collecting bottles, which can be redeemed for cashback and products, thereby strengthening their businesses.

Graduates of the iSTAR program are provided support to join Coca-Cola Philippines’ network of TEM partners so they can continue to grow their businesses and inspire their communities to keep their surroundings clean.

Learn more about Coca-Cola Philippines’ community initiatives by visiting the Coca-Cola Philippines Sustainability Hub.
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Schneider Electric named the world’s most sustainable company by Time magazine and Statista

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has topped the "World's Most Sustainable Companies for 2024" list by Time magazine and Statista. This recognition reflects Schneider Electric's ambitious goals to reduce its own emissions, but also the company’s commitment to helping its customers to become more energy efficient and reduce their emissions.

Time and Statista highlighted Schneider Electric's technological expertise and the Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) program. This transformative program drives and measures the company’s progress toward global sustainability 2021–2025 targets contributing to six long-term commitments that cover all environmental, social, and governance (ESG) dimensions. Among this progress, the company helped customers reduce their carbon emissions, with 553 million tonnes of CO2 saved and avoided since 2018. The company has also made significant progress in transforming its own supply chain. Carbon emissions from Schneider Electric's top 1,000 suppliers fell by 27% since the beginning of the program — and 21% of the company's most strategic supply chain partners have met Schneider Electric's decent work standards.

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized as the world's most sustainable company," said Peter Herweck, CEO of Schneider Electric. “This achievement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability, which is embedded in everything we do. We consider the environment, society, and good governance in our decisions and daily operations. That's why we're pushing hard to make even more progress on our sustainability goals and ensure everyone contributes to creating a positive and enduring impact”.

Schneider Electric was also recently included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 13th consecutive year, ranked #1 in its industry and secured its place in the Europe index. This achievement reflects its strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, with sustainability at the core of its strategy. 

Time and Statista used a transparent, multi-stage methodology to identify the world's most sustainable companies for 2024. The process began with a pool of over 5,000 of the world's largest and most influential companies. Following a four-stage assessment, the final ranking considered factors like external sustainability ratings and commitments, corporate reporting practices, and environmental and social performance indicators. This comprehensive approach produced a ranking of 500 companies from over 30 countries.
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Bayad and MyEG seals partnership, promoting accessible options for government services

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Bayad, the pioneer brand in the outsourced bills payment collection system in the Philippines, and now a full-service fintech company, seals its partnership with MyEG, a market leader in electronic solutions providing online automation and government payment services in Malaysia and the Philippines.

Under the partnership, MyEG Philippines will integrate its biller brands with Bayad, allowing Bayad’s physical and digital touchpoints to accept payments for government institutions such Landbank of the Philippines – Link Biz, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Department of Health - Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and different Local Government Units (LGUs).

Bayad President and CEO Lawrence Y. Ferrer underscored “Financial inclusion plays a significant role in regaining the country’s economic growth. As industry movers, we are one with MyEG Philippines in enabling accessible payment solutions through our Bayad Centers, our partner establishments, and our mobile and web applications – the Bayad App and Bayad Online. All our efforts in Bayad are anchored in simplifying the payment experience of our kababayans as we help them elevate their standard of living.”

MyEG PH President and CEO Ann T. Saldaña also shared, “MyEG Philippines remains steadfast in its commitment to digitalization and enabling seamless government transactions. Through our partnership with Bayad, we will be able to provide convenient payment options that will help Filipinos secure their financial future. From government contributions, permits and important documents, all these can now be settled in real time.”

“We share the same goal with Bayad in strengthening the country’s financial inclusion and in fostering trust and confidence in our stakeholders.”, added Saldaña.

For fintech institutions like MyEG PH that are interested to be part of Bayad’s extensive bills payment collection network, you may send an email to Bayad enables partners to attain nationwide presence and provides end-to-end support services for efficient payment and collection processing.
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Discovery Shores Boracay & Club Paradise Palawan Receive Recognitions from Prestigious Travel + Leisure SEA

Discovery Shores Boracay and Club Paradise Palawan are deeply honored to receive recognitions from the prestigious Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024. These awards are a testament to the collective efforts of our dedicated teams who have consistently worked with passion and commitment to ensure our guests have memorable experiences.

Travel + Leisure’s award-giving body acknowledges top standing properties and key figures in the hospitality industry across the Asia Pacific, including regions such as Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the South Pacific, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

These accolades highlight the ongoing dedication and hard work of the teams at Discovery Shores Boracay and Club Paradise Palawan, who strive to provide exceptional service and unforgettable experiences to their guests.

Discovery Shores Boracay

Discovery Shores Boracay has been named one of the top 10 Philippine properties in the Beach Island + Upcountry Resorts category. Nestled on the pristine shores of Boracay Island, this luxurious resort offers breathtaking scenery, upscale accommodations, and world-class amenities. Over the years, the resort has continuously elevated its standards, ensuring that every guest enjoys a memorable stay amidst the stunning natural beauty of Boracay.

Club Paradise Palawan

Club Paradise Palawan also earned a distinguished spot, ranking among the top 5 Philippine properties in the Beach Island + Upcountry Resorts category. This serene retreat spans 19 hectares on Dimakya Island, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Palawan. Club Paradise Palawan not only offers an unparalleled getaway but also boasts of its General Manager, Joegil Magtanggol M. Escobar, who secured 2nd place in the Hotel General Managers category. 

Both Discovery Shores Boracay and Club Paradise Palawan were also honored in Travel + Leisure’s “Best Family Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines”, receiving the Family Approved stamp from T+L.

Club Paradise Palawan provides a variety of engaging activities for children through their Junior Hotelier program. Kids can explore the workings of the hotel, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming with turtles, paddling, Roblox escapades, exploring treehouses, and participating in creative projects organized by the hotel staff. This dedication to creating family-friendly experiences highlights the resort’s ongoing efforts to cater to guests of all ages.

Discovery Shores Boracay invites young guests to join the Kids’ Club, offering board games, books, puzzles, and other fun activities, including a Roblox metaverse treasure hunt. Children can also indulge in a kid-friendly boodle fight, a traditional feasting experience after playtime. The resort’s continuous innovation in providing engaging activities for children showcases its commitment to creating a welcoming and enjoyable environment for families.

These accolades reinforce Discovery Shores Boracay and Club Paradise Palawan as premier destinations in the global hospitality scene, showcasing their commitment to delivering extraordinary experiences and genuine Filipino hospitality.

Discovery Hospitality Corporation (DHC), the managing group behind these two award-winning properties, is a home-grown Filipino hospitality group that has been a pioneer in the industry. DHC operates a diverse collection of properties in the Philippines’ top destinations, consistently striving to deliver authentic experiences with genuine Filipino warmth. 

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TikTok Shop and DTI Empower Filipino MSMEs with Two-Day Workshop

Monday, July 1, 2024

TikTok Shop, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), recently hosted Camp Asenso, a transformative two-day event aimed at empowering Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by leveraging the power of e-commerce and live streaming. 

The program featured comprehensive master classes on starting on TikTok Shop, including content guidelines, affiliate marketing, and live selling demonstrations, providing valuable insights and practical knowledge to help MSMEs thrive in the digital age.

   DTI Undersecretary Cristina Roque

"The new partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry and TikTok Shop marks a significant milestone, promising to open up better opportunities for our MSMEs. Through our collaboration, we will dive into the dynamic world of TikTok and explore how powerful platforms can elevate our businesses. Digitalization is very important for our country, and the insights and skills you gain here will not only enhance your businesses but also pave the way for sustained growth and success. Together, we can leverage the strengths of TikTok Shop and the support of the Department of Trade and Industry to propel our businesses to newer heights," shared DTI Undersecretary Cristina Roque.

The two-day program, which was attended by nearly 400 TikTok Shop sellers, also included showcases by Casi's Mushroom Chicharon and Tiny Buds, where participants learned firsthand how these businesses utilized TikTok Shop to scale their operations and reach a wider audience.

Josemartin Casillano of Casi's Mushroom Chicharon highlighted the role of storytelling in engaging customers, detailing how the business leveraged TikTok's platform to share its unique story and mission. By focusing on authentic content that showcased their journey from humble beginnings, the brand connected deeply with its audience, boosting visibility and fostering a loyal customer base resonating with its values and products.

   Josemartin Casillano of Casi's Mushroom Chicharon

"Our journey with TikTok Shop has allowed us to narrate our story—from our humble beginnings to our current success," Casillano explained. "By highlighting our collaboration with local farmers and leveraging TikTok Shop's unique features, we've transformed into a nationwide brand, reaching thousands of customers." 

Furthermore, Lorin Tan of Tiny Buds shared her brand's story and practical tips for leveraging TikTok Shop, navigating the dynamic digital landscape by staying ahead of trends and continuously engaging with the audience. Tan emphasized the importance of adaptability and innovation, enabling the brand to maintain a strong customer connection and sustain growth.

   Lorin Tan of Tiny Buds

"TikTok Shop has allowed us to build meaningful connections with our customers and continuously adapt to new trends. It's essential to step out of our comfort zones, invest in time, space, and people, and keep learning to thrive in this dynamic environment," Tan advised.

"At TikTok Shop, we believe in the power of e-commerce and livestreaming to transform businesses of all sizes, especially SMEs. Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs with the tools and platforms needed to expand reach and grow in this digital age. We are committed to supporting Filipino MSMEs every step of the way by ensuring access to resources and opportunities to thrive. We will continue to roll out initiatives designed to help our MSMEs succeed, through initiatives such as educational programs, enhanced seller support and campaigns," Niks Fojas, Category Lead for F&B at TikTok Shop, affirmed.

TikTok Shop's efforts to support MSMEs are reflected in initiatives like the "Buy Local, Shop Local" campaign, aimed at promoting local businesses and enhancing the e-commerce landscape. The partnership with the DTI further enhances this commitment to advance digital growth and success for MSMEs nationwide.
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SM Mall of Asia Arena: 12 Years of Delivering World-Class Events and Unparalleled Customer Service

Celebrate 12 years of SM MOA Arena! The iconic venue in Manila continues to bring unforgettable experiences with its commitment to customer service excellence.

After twelve years of operations, the SM Mall of Asia Arena continues to evolve and maintain its status as home of the biggest events in Manila. Since its grand opening on June 16, 2012, the team behind this “eye-conic” venue continuously delivers unforgettable experiences for everyone.

It has indeed been achievable not only due to world-class events, but because of employees’ efforts in providing customer service excellence—the DNA that shapes the company's present growth. As the SM MOA Arena looks back on its 12-year success, the company wants to highlight customer service excellence as its strong foundation.

Going beyond the patrons’ needs and expectations is always a priority at the SM MOA Arena. From staging up quality events with partnered clients to assisting attendees with their needs until the end of the show, the team ensures the highest quality of service. As part of the “eye-con,” they consistently step into their customers’ shoes and see their point of view so they can give them the best experience possible.

State-of-the-art venue that captivates worldwide audiences

The SM MOA Arena was designed with an eye-shaped facade to deliver the message that all events held will be a “feast for the eye.” The versatile venue can alter its seating layout and center stage to cater to a variety of events, ranging from music concerts, fan meets, sports events, and family shows.

Moreover, the SM MOA Arena is where the eyes of the world witnessed monumental events. From hosting the 2015 Papal Visit and other religious congregations to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Gala Dinner, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit and other intergovernmental forums to corporate social responsibility (CSR) events like Gabay Guro, the venue makes it possible to hold the most notable events of local and international interest.

As part of the SM MOA Arena’s CSR program, it partners annually with SM Cares and Autism Society Philippines to host the Angels Walk for Autism, with its culminating gathering held at the SM MOA Arena. This year, over 24,000 advocates including esteemed leaders SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans T. Sy, SM Supermalls’ President Steven T. Tan, and SM Supermalls’ Assistant Vice President for Marketing Hanna Carinna T. Sy showed support and solidarity for the autism community.

To maintain its world-class standards, the SM MOA Arena has been undergoing a three-year upgrade program of its facilities that started in early 2022. Prior to the hosting of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, SM Prime Holdings (the SM MOA Arena’s parent company) allocated more than US$ 10 million to upgrade key features like its turnstiles, center-hung scoreboard, Media Mesh, PA system, dugouts and back-of-house rooms, spectator seating, internet connectivity, 5G capacity, among others. All these improvements are to ensure it stays ahead of the growing demands of world-class events. Trainings and personnel improvement programs are also a key focus of the management as it reinforces its customer service excellence.

Remarkable milestones for the past 12 years

2012: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way Ball" tour debuted at the SM MOA Arena, which opened a world-class venue for the Filipino people and headlined JLO, Jonas Brothers, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Big Bang for the rest of the year.

2013: The SM MOA Arena ensured all efforts are made to host major sporting events such as NBA Global Games (the first and only NBA sanctioned event in Southeast Asia), FIBA Asia Championships, UAAP Basketball and NCAA Basketball opening, and UAAP Volleyball. International artists Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Paramore, Linkin Park, Swedish House Mafia, Pitbull, Super Junior, 2PM, and Psy also performed in 2013.

2014: The SM MOA Arena unveiled the Media Mesh—a 700 sqm. LED digital billboard that is considered the first and biggest one in the country. With a promise to showcase world-class shows, the venue headlined BTS, 2NE1, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift with the amazing talent of OPM icon, Gary Valenciano’s electrifying “Arise” concert. Tennis icons wowed the crowd at the first International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) where Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, and Ana Ivanovic played. 

2015: The SM MOA Arena welcomed prominent world leaders such as Pope Francis and members of the APEC. The team also ensured the success of the first-ever UFC Fight Night Manila.   All of these while serving the fans of Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé, Maroon 5, Incubus, Backstreet Boys, Chris Brown, The Vamps, The 1975 and more. The IPTL returned to the arena with the world famous and crowd favorite Rafael Nadal.

2016: The SM MOA Arena emphasizes its dedication to host family shows such as the 2nd Monster Jam Live and Disney On Ice, which played at the venue for the first time. Top-tier fans of Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Selena Gomez, Il Divo, and EXO, enjoyed celebrating with their idols the rest of the year. Internationally sanctioned FIVB and FIBA competitions were also held during the year.

2017: The SM MOA Arena hosted several international beauty pageants including the 65th Grand Coronation Night of prestigious Miss Universe competition. Britney Spears, Shawn Mendez, Ariana Grande, Seventeen, The Chainsmokers and Regine Velasquez were the top billers for the year. Cirque du Soliel and Disney On Ice continues to bring delightful moments for the Filipino families.

2018: The year the SM MOA Arena gave homage to parent company SM, which celebrated its 60th anniversary for providing “AweSM” experiences for every Filipino family. It was also the year when Filipino fans witnessed the spectacular two-night performance of Celine Dion, one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Other top billers include Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Paramore, Niall Horan, Seventeen, Super Junior, iKON, Winner and EXO.

2019: Year of proud and long-standing affinity to the SM group, as the SM MOA Arena hosted Blackpink, Twice, EXO, Josh Groban, Maroon 5, Lany, Shawn Mendes, Boyzone, and the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

2020: The SM MOA Arena repurposed as a mega swabbing facility in partnership with the national government through Bases Conversion Development Authority and Philippine Red Cross to contribute to the nation-building mission of helping everyone navigate the global pandemic.

2021: The SM MOA Arena launches the #ArenaSafe program. Guided by international protocols, being safe while enjoying live entertainment and sports events was a consideration for the venue.

2022: Uplifting the venue’s standards to accommodate more events was the goal for the SM MOA Arena after transitioning out of the pandemic bubble. Since then, the venue has hosted over 150 shows, including Lany’s sold-out, five-day concert, as well as global chart-topper Billie Eilish’s first Manila show.

2023: Continuously, the SM MOA Arena strives to be the best when hosting top-tier events such as FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Group and Finals Phase, Volleyball Nation’s League, and Disney On Ice 100th Year Celebration.

Stronger together for a brighter future

After more than a decade, the future looks even brighter for the SM MOA Arena as it welcomes its doors to more versatile events in the coming months and years. For the first time ever in the Philippines in June 2024, the SM MOA Arena assembled the stage for Marvel Universe LIVE!—an action-packed stunt show with cutting-edge special effects and immersive video projection that many families enjoyed!

The SM MOA Arena’s commitment to delivering unparalleled customer service remains for the second half of 2024. Recently, the team has geared up for the electrifying Men’s Volleyball Nations League and they are now preparing for more exciting K-pop group performances, world-class concerts of Filipino talents and the sold-out Hillsong Church London Worship event. Come the festive season in the latter part of the year, Disney On Ice will be ready to skate back with a new enchanting show.The SM MOA Arena and SM Tickets team beamed with pride and joy as they gathered for "Disney On Ice 100 Years of Wonder" in 2023. With their collective effort, they provided magical experiences for families and Disney fans.

Besides having a customer-centric approach, the team’s strength is based on assurance, readiness, efficiency, niftiness, and adaptation. Working together with many hearts and minds, the SM MOA Arena continues to be a strong organization that is always ready to give the best arena experience as they change the game and elevate entertainment for their patrons.

Exemplary customer service embeds in SM MOA Arena’s DNA

“In the past 12 years, the SM Mall of Asia Arena team has continuously evolved to excel in the successes and challenges that surround hosting a wide array of events—from learning best global practices through interactions with various international and local organizers to developing facility improvement programs to keep up with the demands of our guests and content partners. The passion and desire to deliver exemplary customer service is embedded in the Arena Team’s DNA—from our dedicated event staff, security services, safety marshals, guest service teams, tenants and all our aligned service teams,” said Arnel Gonzales, the general manager for the SM MOA Arena.

With the commitment to deliver outstanding customer service, the SM MOA Arena was honored to receive significant recognition by credible awards organizations. At the SPIA (Sports Industry Awards) Asia gala night in 2015, the SM MOA Arena took home the gold award for "Sport & Recreation Facility of the Year." This year, The Stadium Business Awards announced that FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is one of finalists for the “Event of the YearAward” and as a newly adorned venue, the SM MOA Arena played an immense contributing role to the accomplishment.

Gonzales also expressed gratitude to the executives of SM who served as a lighthouse that helped illuminate the path for the SM MOA Arena. Thanks to them, the SM MOA Arena team is looking forward for more opportunities to reach the pinnacle of success.

“I also recognize the unwavering support and guidance we get from the Sy Family, SM Prime and SCMC Senior Executives, they have empowered to work under the principle of partnership and challenged the team to continue to be the best venue to experience live sports and entertainment events.”

“Lastly, we (the SM Mall of Asia Arena team) assure our beloved patrons and partners that we are committed to deliver the best of what they deserve as they watch and enjoy the events happening at the venue—a customer service mantra that is known to SM. Consistent pursuit of excellence that goes beyond,” Gonzales added.

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A New Era for Alsons Dev: Miguel Dominguez Steps Up as President and CEO

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Miguel Dominguez

In a move that signals a new era of leadership, Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev) proudly announces the appointment of Miguel Rene A. Dominguez as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. This marks a pivotal moment for the company as it continues to expand its footprint in the real estate development sector.

Dominguez will be succeeding Rosie A. Dominguez, who will be retiring from her position as Executive Vice President. His ascension ensures continuity by taking on Rosie Dominguez’s comprehensive scope of responsibilities, promising to uphold and build upon the legacy of excellence that has defined the company under her stewardship.

Prior to this new designation, Dominguez served as Alsons Dev’s Director. Simultaneously, he was the Vice President for Operations at the Alcantara Group’s Agribusiness Unit, running the Philippines’ largest fully integrated aquaculture farm, value-added processing, and exports of fresh bananas and pineapples. 
Shaping a visionary leader

Dominguez had a distinguished career in the government and business sectors that shaped his leadership philosophy. His professional journey began in agriculture, where he learned the value of empathy and communication. By working with people from different walks of life, he discovered the critical importance of motivating others and effectively conveying the company's vision. This enabled him to rally everyone to work together towards a common cause. 

Following his stint in agriculture, Dominguez transitioned to a role in government when he became the Governor of Sarangani. His tenure was marked by significant achievements under the mentorship of prominent leaders such as the late Jesse Robredo. His innovative programs and initiatives during his governance were recognized nationally, earning him three presidential awards and the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) Award for Governance and Public Service.

Continuing Alsons Dev’s legacy

Dominguez’s extensive experience in agriculture, government, and management positions him to lead Alsons Dev into a future of continued success and innovation. His rich background provides him with a robust foundation in leadership and imbues him with the empathy and strategic foresight necessary to drive the company forward.

"We must always give credit to those whose shoulders we stand on, not just professionally but also for the experiences that shaped us as individuals," he said. “My mom Rosie’s legacy is one of utmost commitment to quality and fostering developments that emphasize family values. These guiding principles will continue to shape our future endeavors.”

Dominguez’s vision for Alsons Dev is forward-looking and ambitious, recognizing the need to differentiate the company in a competitive market. In recent years, Alsons Dev has expanded its focus beyond high-end developments to serve a broader market, including underserved segments seeking value-driven housing solutions. Dominguez is excited about this expansion and the opportunity to provide family-centric developments where families can live safely and thrive.

In addition to being the new President and CEO of Alsons Dev, Dominguez will concurrently serve as the Director for Corporate Strategy for the Alcantara Group’s Agribusiness Unit (ABU), underscoring his versatility and the trust the organization places in his leadership capabilities.

As Dominguez steps into his new roles, his wealth of experience and visionary approach herald a new chapter for Alsons Dev and the bigger Alcantara Group, which is celebrating its 70th founding anniversary this year.

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Sun Life Welcomes Investment Leader: Ritchie Teo Takes the Helm as CIO

Ritchie Teo

Sun Life Investment Management and Trust Corporation (SLIMTC) Ushers in a New Era of Financial Expertise

The world of investments can be complex, demanding a visionary leader at the helm. Sun Life is proud to announce the appointment of Ritchie Teo as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of SLIMTC. Teo brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to innovation, positioning Sun Life for continued success.

A Seasoned Leader with a Proven Track Record

Teo boasts over a decade of experience within the insurance industry. Joining Sun Life in 2014, he has consistently demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership. His pivotal role in launching SLIMTC, Sun Life's flagship trust business, exemplifies his strategic vision and market understanding. Now, as CIO, Teo is poised to propel Sun Life to even greater heights.

Empowering Clients Through Innovation

Teo's commitment extends beyond financial results. He is passionate about empowering clients to make informed decisions for their future. Through personalized guidance and a focus on long-term goals, Teo equips clients with the tools they need to achieve financial security.

His meticulous approach ensures every investment aligns with Sun Life's overall strategy, encompassing fixed income, credit, equities, and derivatives. Furthermore, Teo embraces technological innovation in investment management. By leveraging data analytics and fostering agility, he positions Sun Life to stay ahead of the curve in a competitive landscape.

Charting a Course for Success

"I am excited to drive innovation, inspire excellence, and unlock new pathways to financial success," says Teo. "Sun Life is committed to empowering all stakeholders to navigate the complexities of the market with confidence."

With Teo's leadership and commitment to excellence, Sun Life is well-positioned for a bright future.
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foodpanda releases social advocacy report, highlights impact on sustainability

Online food and grocery delivery platform foodpanda has unveiled its latest corporate social advocacy (CSA) report, pandapurpose, which outlines the social and economic contributions of its various programs and initiatives. 

“The company has implemented numerous measures to minimize food wastage and address hunger, partnering with various vendors and organizations to maximize its impact,” a foodpanda representative stated. "This detailed report shows how committed we are to sustainability, cutting food waste, and fighting hunger. Releasing it during our 10th anniversary celebration highlights how important these efforts are for the environment and society."

Fighting hunger and food wastage

A notable collaboration is with Scholars of Sustenance Philippines (SOS PH), a reliable partner that rescues food items for donation to communities in need. This initiative also includes rescuing items from pandamart for distribution.

foodpanda's commitment extends further with its partnership with the World Food Programme through the ShareTheMeal initiative. This program allows app users to donate meals to local beneficiaries directly through the app, facilitating community support and engagement. 

Since 2023, these combined efforts have resulted in the donation of over 16,000 meals, addressing hunger and malnutrition across the nation.

“These initiatives ensure that surplus food reaches those in greatest need, helping to combat hunger and ensure no food goes to waste.”

Transforming ordering into a meaningful experience

Beyond combating hunger, foodpanda's diverse range of services, including food delivery, grocery delivery, and pick-up, help consumers effortlessly manage their daily needs, but the platform is also giving app users a chance to practice eco-friendly choices.

With their opt-out cutlery feature in the app, foodpanda reported that more than 24 million orders in 2023 alone opted to skip single-use cutlery. This move highlights the company's commitment to reducing plastic waste and promoting eco-friendly practices among its users.

“We’re ramping up our support for initiatives that promote a balanced, thriving, and sustainable ecosystem for our people, partners, and communities,” said the company’s representative, emphasizing the company's holistic approach to sustainability.

“Through pandapurpose, we continue to demonstrate our dedication to creating a positive social and economic impact.” As the company moves forward, it remains steadfast in its mission to support sustainability, reduce food wastage, and combat hunger, benefiting communities nationwide.
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