Seven exciting promotions to look forward to at Shopee’s 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta

From June 22 to July 7, users can enjoy sitewide free shipping, big discounts, and exclusive offers from premium brands

It is a grand fiesta! Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta with huge discounts and fantastic promotions. Running from June 22 to July 7, 2020, Filipinos can look out for deals such as ₱7 deals, free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend for featured stores, up to 90% off on selected products, and cash prizes.

Here are seven things to look forward at Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta

₱1.9 million in cash prizes up for grabs on July 7

On July 7, Shopee-holics can stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to a total of ₱1.9 million. Shoppers need to tune in to the following Shopee TV specials in order to win:

 Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta: Shake & Win at 11:30 AM on Shopee Live and at 12 NN at Eat Bulaga GMA

Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta: Shake & Win TV Special at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wowowin GMA

Free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend

On July 7, users can avail of free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend all day sitewide from 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Shopee will also offer free shipping vouchers from the main campaign microsite which is accessible from the homepage.

Amazing ₱7 deals

Shopee-holics can buy high-value products for as low as ₱7. On July 7, users can score a Nintendo Switch Labo Variety Kit Bundle, a Platinum KS-10 Plus Junior 2 Karaoke Player, and an ACE 32″ Slim LED TV for only ₱7.

Exclusive Discounts up to 90% off

Users can get huge discounts on various products from categories like beauty, electronics, fashion, groceries, and health & personal care. Users can enjoy exciting discounts up to 90% for items, including a Knight Black WaterProof Sport Watch, a Transcend SD Card with 128GB of memory, a JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and a 33 cm-Inflatable two-ring swimming pool.

Big prizes on Shopee Candy

Filipinos can win amazing prizes when they play the new in-app game, Shopee Candy. Users can stand a chance to win Shopee coins, cashback vouchers, and exclusive rewards, including a Nextbook Flexx 11 2-in-1 laptop and a Huawei Nova 3.

Convenience and bigger savings with ShopeePay

Shopee users can enjoy greater convenience and cost savings with ShopeePay. Users can enjoy special promotions and discounted offers when they pay via ShopeePay. Shoppers can check out more of the ShopeePay deals and 7.7 promotions here (https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay).

Exciting deals and promotions from leading brands

Users can look for exclusive offers and up to 90% off on products from leading brands such as Globe, Pampers, Nestle, Unilever, Maybelline, Wyeth, and The SM Store. 

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to launch another campaign that lets our users shop conveniently and lets them save more. With the Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta, users can shop, play, redeem amazing rewards, and win cash prizes right in the comforts of their own homes. We understand the many challenges Filipinos face as they embrace the new normal, and we commit to provide them with bigger and better offers. Shopee will continue to innovate our platform to serve our users better and elevate the online shopping experience for all.” 

For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/double-double

Swipe, Match, and Win: Play Shopee Candy and win a brand new laptop and smartphone at Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta Sale

From June 22 to July 7, users can enjoy free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend and redeem amazing prizes weekly with Shopee Candy.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches a new in-app game, Shopee Candy, just in time for Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta Sale. Shopee Candy players can redeem prizes, win cashback vouchers, and earn Shopee coins. From June 22 to July 7, shoppers can look forward to free shipping on selected stores, flash deals, and fantastic promotions from leading brands at Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta Sale.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to introduce our latest in-app game, Shopee Candy, just in time for Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta. Shopee will continue to provide users with more rewarding games and entertaining offers as Filipinos continue to play, work, and shop from home.”

Shopee Candy

Shopee Candy is an easy switch-and-match game that appeals to users of all ages. Players simply have to switch and match candies to achieve the goal of each level before running out of moves.

Participants can earn as many points as they can get and redeem their rewards after the game. Users can stand a chance to win Shopee coins, cashback vouchers, and special prizes, including a Samsung Gear VR, A&S S200 Slim HD TV, Xiaomi Mi A3, FUN SNAP iDol Drone FHD, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Nextbook Flexx 11 2-in-1 laptop and a Huawei Nova 3.

Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta
From June 22 to July 7, Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta offers up to 90% off on select items, weekly flash deals, and promos as low as ₱9. Users can look out for exclusive offers from leading brands such as Globe, Pampers, Nestle, Unilever, Maybelline, Wyeth, and The SM Store.

Download Shopee for free through the App Store or Google Play.

Image and details provided by Shopee in a recent press release.

New SKY subscribers rewarded with Shopee discounts

Practical rewards await new SKY subscribers with its partnership with online shopping app Shopee—discounts when they buy their essentials in the new normal.

From June 7 to August 7, 2020, new SKY Fiber, SKYcable, or SKYdirect Postpaid plan subscribers who applied via mysky.com.ph can enjoy discounts of up to Php400 on their next purchase of protective gear, cleaning materials, grocery staples and any other item they deem essential in the online shopping platform.

The offer is SKY’s way of helping subscribers deal with the transition to digital platforms necessitated by the pandemic. SKY has always encouraged subscribers to maximize digital channels in managing their accounts and in settling their bills and has continued to make many of its services accessible via digital channels.

All qualified SKY subscribers during the promo period will be able to receive 2 Shopee voucher codes in their registered email within 3-5 days from successful installation. Each code will enable the subscriber to enjoy 10% off their purchase in Shopee, capped at Php200, upon checkout.

Those who are interested in SKY and Shopee’s latest deal can apply for SKY’s services via mysky.com.ph/skyfiber, mysky.com.ph/skycable and mysky.com.ph/skydirect.

For more details about the promo mechanics, visit http://bit.ly/skyshopeepromo.

Promo details and image provided by SKY in a recent press release.

Shopee supports the development of tech talent with Shopee Code League

From June 8 to August 1, tech enthusiasts can broaden their knowledge, upgrade their skills, and increase exposure as they connect with like-minded people across the region in the first-ever regional virtual coding competition.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has launched Shopee Code League, a first of its kind ‘Code from Home’ challenge made available across the region. This initiative offers tech enthusiasts an opportunity to learn and upgrade their skills as the demand for tech talents continues to rise.

A two-month-long program, Shopee Code League is an online coding challenge that includes weekly competitions and digital training workshops open to all students and professionals. Through this initiative, all tech enthusiasts will get equal access to learning opportunities, including the chance to work on real data sets and challenges in the tech industry. Registered participants will also have the opportunity to attend numerous free online training workshops touching on topics including data analytics and data science. Participants will also gain access to talks by industry leaders, including Andrei D. Coronel Ph.D., Chair in the Department of Information Systems & Computer Science. He will be sharing his views on the importance of technology and nurturing the next generation of tech talent.

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to help tech enthusiasts learn and upgrade their skills from home through the Shopee Code League. Shopee has successfully organized past coding challenges, and we are taking it a step further by bringing tech communities from across the region together for the first time virtually. Shopee Code League aims to help potential tech talents to make a difference in the tech community. We will continue to empower the growth of tech talents and develop a tech ecosystem that will drive the Philippine digital economy forward.”

Registration is open until June 30. For more information about the Shopee Code League,
please visit https://careers.shopee.sg/codeleague/.

Program details and image provided by Shopee in a recent press release.

Shopee sees “Online-First” shift for food products, as Filipinos adapt to the New Normal

Consumers do a larger share of food shopping online, with a 2.5 times increase in users who buy food items on Shopee multiple times a month.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, highlights significant changes in the food and grocery market as Filipinos become more “online-first” for food products. In particular, people are doing a larger share of food shopping online, with a 2.5-times increase in users who buy food items multiple times a month on Shopee. Sellers and brands adapt to this “new normal” by offering a wider variety of online food products and using live streaming to assure buyers of quality in real-time.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “Social distancing has been a big part of our lives, and we have seen major changes in the way people think about and shop for their daily needs. In particular, buying food and groceries has become ‘online-first’ as consumers view e-commerce as a one-stop channel. Sellers and brands are adapting quickly, with Shopee as a vital platform for them to reach new customers. We see this as long-term evolution, and Shopee will continue to lead this trend in the years ahead.”

Shopee outlines four major trends in the food and grocery market in the Philippines:

1. Consumers become “online-first” for food products

Filipinos see e-commerce as the preferred channel for food and groceries, marked by:

More Filipinos are shopping for food online: Shopee has observed a 2.5-times increase in the number of users who buy food products multiple times a month. This shows that Filipinos are shifting a larger share of food and grocery shopping online to reap the convenience of e-commerce.
People shop for food around the clock: E-commerce is making it more convenient for consumers to shop for food items at any time. As a result, shopping activity stays high throughout the week, peaking on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

2. Food and grocery shopping evolve as people adapt to Covid-19 pandemic

People are also buying a wider variety of food items online, as they make lifestyles changes at different stages of social distancing and the Covid-19 pandemic:

High demand for staple foods and baking supplies in March: The onset of social distancing motivated people to ensure ready food supplies at home, with demand for staple foods and baking supplies increasing by 70 times.
More “offline” food products bought online: Filipinos became more comfortable with buying food and groceries online as social distancing continued. In April, demand for beverages and alcohol grew 8 times on Shopee.
Top products: Caramelized sugar syrup, evaporated milk, and food flavorings for baking.

3. Rural and male consumers among the most active online food shoppers

As buying food products online becomes a norm, Shopee has observed that shopping activity is proliferating among rural and male consumers:

Spike in grocery demand among rural consumers: Consumers outside Metro Manila are also seeing e-commerce as a key channel for food and groceries because of reduced access to physical stores. Shopee’s food shopping activity from areas outside of Metro Manila increased 2.5 times in the past few months.
Men are doing more grocery shopping and cooking: Male food shopping activity increased up to three times from 2019. Men appear to be doing more home cooking and grocery shopping in recent months, with seasoning products and baking ingredients as the most popular among male users on Shopee.

4. Brands and sellers digitalize with Shopee, use new tools to sell food online

Brands and sellers are adapting to the new “online-first” environment through Shopee. They are offering an extensive range of food products and leveraging new tools to sell online:

Offering more choice and variety: Shopee has seen steady growth in the number of brands and sellers offering food products online, creating more buyers’ preference. On Shopee, the array of food products on the platform has doubled from 2019.
Using new tools to sell food online: Brands and sellers use live streaming to sell food products more effectively. In recent months, Shopee Live has become a vital tool for sellers to showcase new items and assure product quality in real-time, driving more views and sales.

Tao closed, “The Covid-19 situation and social distancing measures have created major changes in consumers’ lifestyles, affecting how brands and sellers conduct their businesses. We are committed to helping the Filipinos during this time of need, and we will continue to improve our platform to provide the daily necessities of every consumer, brand, and seller.”

Download Shopee for free through the App Store or Google Play.

About Shopee

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

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

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

 

WWF-Philippines holds webinar on Food Safety in The New Normal

As part of its celebration of June as the National Safety Month, WWF-Philippines, the local arm of the World Wide Fund, held the Panda Talk Food Safety: Everyone’s Business, a timely topic as the country transitions to The New Normal.

Panda Talks are WWF-Philippines’ free livestreaming educational events which aim to equip the public with information on conservation in line with the organization’s initiatives.

With many Filipinos going into buying foodstuffs online and home-based food selling, there is a need to establish food safety and food waste management practices.

Host Janine Gutierrez, WWF-Philippines’ National Youth Ambassador, and speaker Melody Melo-Rijk, WWF-Philippines’ Project Manager for the Sustainable Diner Project, discussed ways in which consumers and home-based food businesses can practice food safety in a COVID-19 world.

Food Safety in the New Normal (image sourced from freepik.com; article in beingjellybeans.com)

“Food safety is actually a shared responsibility between the food businesses and the dining public,” shares Melo-Rijk. “We all have a stake in making sure that our food is safe, nutritious and healthy to eat.”

Since COVID-19 is transmitted from human-to-human, physical distancing has become the norm. Although there is no evidence that food of animal origin can transmit the disease, preventing food contamination will reduce foodborne illness and the likelihood that novel diseases such as COVID-19 will emerge.

With these in mind, Melo-Rijk shared best practices to ensure food safety for both consumers and food businesses.

Food Safety at Home. The home has emerged as the safest place to be as it is an environment that can be easily controlled by the consumer. Steps to further safeguard household members from disease include:

  • Practice personal hygiene at all times. Washing hands from nails to elbows for twenty seconds will help to remove physical dirt and reduce microbes. Daily and thorough bathing of each household member will also prevent contamination and disease transfer. It is also important to be mindful of your water usage so turn off your faucet while still soaping your hands.
  • Clean and sanitize. Cleaning is the removal of visible physical dirt from surfaces while sanitizing involves the use of anti-bacterial agents to eliminate invisible micro-organisms. It is important to sanitize (between 60% to 85% FDA-approved sanitizing solutions are best) after cleaning to help reduce all possible contaminants.
  • Separate raw and cooked food. Raw food contains more micro-organisms than cooked food so these should be kept apart to avoid cross-contamination. This also involves the utensils use to handle food during preparation: ideally, a separate set of knives and chopping boards should be assigned for raw and cooked food; if this is too costly, food preparers can just make sure to clean and sanitize each tool prior to shifting from raw food to cooked food and vice versa.
  • Cook and store food properly. The key to cooking and storing food is temperature. Microorganisms grow best between the 5 deg and 60 deg Celsius (or 40 deg to 130 deg Fahrenheit). Food should be stored below 5 deg Celsius to slow the growth of microorganism and cooked above 60 deg Celsius to eliminate them.
  • Consume fresh food and clean water from safe sources. Avoid overstocking food to assure their freshness upon consumption. Be sure to check expiry dates of packaged food and the state of fresh produce regularly.

Food Safety in Businesses. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has already released guidelines for restaurants and food businesses to follow to ensure the safety of the dining public in accordance with the measures set by the US Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA). These include:

  • Employees must be clean and healthy. Food business employees must be free from COVID-19 and other diseases. Therefore, they must always practice stringent personal hygiene, wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPEs) such as gloves, hairnets, face masks and shields, work clothes and protective covers for shoes. They should undergo regular temperature checks and immediately report any symptoms to their employers. Diners must also be required to wear face masks, undergo temperature checks, step onto sanitizing mats and provide contact details for contract tracing.
  • Clean and sanitize. All surfaces in the dining and food preparation area (including utensils and equipment) must always be cleaned and sanitized. Ingredients should, of course, be meticulously cleaned.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. The standard of 2 meters (6 feet) must be practiced by employees and diners alike, supported by floor markers or signs. Self-service setups (wherein diners will proceed to different areas) and displays of food items (which will encourage diners to gather in certain areas) must be avoided.
  • Ensure protocols for delivery and pickup. Measures to ensure minimal physical contact should be implemented. For example, the use of cash or credit cards that involves physical objects changing hands should be avoided, and instead be replaced by cashless payment options like G-Cash and Paymaya which allow consumers to pay for their orders remotely using their mobile phones. Food delivery apps like GrabFood and FoodPanda have also released guidelines for contactless delivery which include designating a surface outside the home for the rider to drop off the order and pick up payment.

With these measures in place, the spread of diseases can hopefully be controlled and curtailed.

Food Safety in the New Normal (image sourced from freepik.com; article in beingjellybeans.com)

Minimizing Food Waste

Even in The New Normal, sustainability should still be a priority concern with food waste comprising 80% of the country’s solid waste. The Sustainable Diner Project is WWF-Philippines’ initiative that aims to lessen food wastage and contribute to the improvement of the implementation of sustainable consumption and production processes in the food service sector. From studies and talks done by the organization with stakeholders in the food industry, the project has provided steps that consumers and food business can follow to minimize food waste. These include:

  • Plan ahead. Check your refrigerator, pantry and other food storage areas and plan your menu before going out to buy food.
  • Check labels and expiry dates.
  • Ensure proper storage and preparation of food. Ensure that food storage equipment such as refrigerators and chillers are functioning properly. The designated food storage area should be a cool and dry place, free from rodents and pests. Make sure that the food you store is properly sealed to avoid attracting rodents.
  • Only buy products you can reasonably consume. Avoid overbuying food, especially perishables. WWF-Philippines also encourages consumers to buy “ugly” fruits and vegetables which are impertfect-looking produce due to discolorations or shape but are perfectly fine when peeled.
  • Be creative with your next meal. Being stuck at home has unleashed the hidden talent in cooking that many of us have. Try to maximize the existing ingredients in your pantry and even leftovers when preparing your next meal.

The Panda Talk Food Safety: Everyone’s Business may be viewed on Facebook.

About WWF-Philippines

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF-Philippines has been successfully implementing various conservation projects to help protect some of the most biologically-significant ecosystems in Asia since its establishment as the 26th national organization of the WWF network in 1997.

Check out my other posts on conservation:

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Shopee kicks off Shopee Live Mega Festival featuring Kim Chiu, JC de Vera, Bela Padilla, and Marco Gumabao

From June 15 to 19, Shopee invites Filipinos to watch and interact with their favorite celebrities and win prizes and giveaways worth up to ₱3M.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is hosting one of the biggest livestream events in the Philippines, the Shopee Mega Live Festival. From June 15 to 19, Filipinos can tune into special livestreams with their favorite celebrities and look forward to exclusive brand deals, exciting games and more than ₱3M worth of giveaways to be won.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines said, “We are very excited to launch the Shopee Mega Live Festival, one of the biggest livestream events in the Philippines. This mega event is part of Shopee’s plan to deliver an unbeatable Shopee Live experience as Filipinos continue to stay home and turn to online entertainment. We will continue to enhance and improve our platform to provide a fun, entertaining, and engaging shopping experience for all. We invite everyone to join in on the fun where they can interact with trending local celebrities, win exciting giveaways, and enjoy exclusive deals and promotions.”

Various participation of top celebrities, influencers, and favorite viral personalities

Livestream fans get to have a mega celeb bonding with their favorite stars through Shopee Live. Viewers get to see Kim Chiu, Marco Gumabao, 90-Day Fiance reality star Rose Vega, Bela Padilla, and many more join in mega-celebrity showdowns and friendly but competitive face-offs. Users who participate in the celebrity-showdown voting activity can stand a chance to win special vouchers, Shopee coins, and cash prizes.

Exclusive deals and promotions and ₱3M worth of giveaways up for grabs

Shopee-holics can expect mega price drops on selected items, deals as low ₱299, up to 50% discounts on selected items, and cash prizes for viewers who participate in all the games and activities during the Shopee Mega Live Festival. They also have a chance to win grand cash prizes by hosting their very own Shopee livestream. To participate, users can register on the Shopee Live Mega Festival microsite from June 10 to 13.

To know more about the Shopee Live Mega Festival, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-live-mega-festival.

About Shopee

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

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

Three reasons to take up coloring books as your quarantine hobby

Stuck at home because of the quarantine and you’re itching for a way to break the monotony of the days passing by?

Why not do something creative? Drawing or painting from scratch or learning to play an instrument may seem daunting but you can always start with something relatively easy. Coloring books, for example.

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For quite some time now, this erstwhile niche pastime has evolved into a trendy pursuit for many, who swear by its contributions to their mental well-being. In a 2016 CNN Report, certified art therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor and NYU’s Program Coordinator for its Graduate Art Therapy Program Marygrace Berberian posited that while coloring books is not the same as completing an art therapy session, it “definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness.”

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Wondering how coloring books can bring about a more peaceful and productive state of being? Read on.

1) It can calm a busy mind.

The basic and repetitive motions you use to fill in the intricate designs with shades and hues can engage your mind but also quiet down your anxiety.

2) It can help you catch some zzzs.

With the increase in people’s anxiety levels over the COVID-19 pandemic, the forced isolation to maintain social distancing as well as the abrupt changes in daily routines have led to many reported cases of sleeplessness.

Engaging in an relaxing spate of coloring activity instead of staring at gadget screens, or worse, news reports (!) before bedtime may facilitate a more restful slumber.

3) It can unleash your creativity.

Filling in the blank shapes in coloring books is akin to collaborating with their artists in bringing their work to life. Choosing the colors and applying various strokes are also decisions driven by your own creative vision and executed within your control.

Keep this up and maybe soon, you’ll find yourself more confident in applying your re-developing creativity and decisiveness in other aspects of your life such as your home or career.

Ready to pick up your pencils, markers and crayons but have limited access to coloring books that catch your fancy? Worry no more.

E-commerce platform Shopee hosts Shopping on the Side’s online store filled with adult coloring books sourced from all over the world. Here, you can take your pick among a wide variety of books from meditative mandala patterns, whimsical drawings of fairies, intricate illustrations of travel destinations to humorous comic strips. Shopping on the Side is well-rated by Shopee users who praise the shop’s premium and high quality inventory, immediate shipping of ordered items and secure packaging.

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Ready to start on your coloring journey while on quarantine? Let me know how it goes!

Header photo by J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash

Other photos provided by Shopping on the Side.

Shopee partners with CJ ENM to bring KCON online, featuring Kpop icons

Shopee Live Kpop Fest kicks off on June 10, with an exclusive free screening of KCON:TACT 2020 Summer featuring GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, MONSTA X, Stray Kids, and more from June 20-26

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with Asia’s leading entertainment and lifestyle company CJ ENM to bring KCON, the world’s largest Korean culture festival, online for the first time.

KCON is a highly-anticipated annual event for Kpop fans across the globe, entering its ninth year of bringing the ultimate Korean culture fan experience worldwide including the US, Japan, and Thailand. It will go online for the first time in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, with Shopee as the official live stream partner for the KCON:TACT 2020 Summer concert. This partnership will see Shopee air live performances, concerts, and more from KCON:TACT 2020 Summer for free to users on Shopee Live.

KCON:TACT 2020 Summer will be the highlight of Shopee Live Kpop Fest, which will kick off on June 10. Launched in collaboration with CJ ENM, the festival aims to meet the growing demand for online entertainment amid social distancing measures in the region. Popular Kpop groups including GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, MONSTA X, and Stray Kids will also make special appearances on Shopee Live, while Shopee users can enjoy daily Kpop themed streams and challenges.

Agatha Soh, Head of Regional Marketing at Shopee said, “Shopee is proud to be the exclusive partner of CJ ENM to stream KCON:TACT 2020 Summer to fans in Southeast Asia and Taiwan for the first time, as part of Shopee Live Kpop Fest. This partnership builds on our efforts to connect people through entertainment and shared experiences, and comes after a series of successful collaborations with Kpop stars. Shopee Live Kpop Fest and KCON:TACT 2020 Summer reflect our commitment to meet evolving needs, as people around the world stay home and turn to online entertainment. We look forward to more exciting collaborations with CJ ENM in the future.”

Don Kim, General Manager of Global Festival at CJ ENM said, “KCON is the largest festival of Korean culture in the world. Bringing the festival online, we have lined up an amazing experience for KCON:TACT 2020 Summer including interactive events with state-of-the-art technology, a star-studded concert lineup, and more. We are excited to go above and beyond what fans have experienced so far, and we are excited to partner with Shopee for fans in Southeast Asia and Taiwan to join the festival.”

From June 10 to 26, avid Kpop fans can look forward to a wide range of live streams and challenges daily at Shopee Live Kpop Fest, including:

  • Exclusive appearances by popular Kpop idols, WJSN and Weki Meki on Shopee Live at 8PM (GMT +8) on June 10 and 15 respectively. Users can enjoy first-hand access to the groups with exciting performances, interviews, games, and more in each stream.
  • Daily Kpop themed challenges for fans to show off their knowledge, recreate iconic Kpop looks, and more. The best fans stand to win attractive prizes such as vouchers and signed merchandise from their favorite idols.

Shopee will mark the finale of Shopee Live Kpop Fest by screening KCON:TACT 2020 Summer on Shopee Live from 20 to 26 June. Shopee users and Kpop fans can look forward to seven consecutive days of non-stop entertainment, including live concerts and interviews by some of the biggest Kpop stars in the world, including GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, MONSTA X, and Stray Kids.

Stay tuned for more updates on KCON:TACT 2020 Summer and Shopee Live Kpop Fest at http://shopee.ph/m/live-kpop-fest

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 and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

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

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

 

CNN and Sesame Street’s townhall showed parents how to talk to kids about racism

These are very disturbing and confusing times. Adding to difficulties that the global community is facing because of COVID-19 are the difficult issues of racism in the US, as well as the Anti-Terrorism Bill and other concerns locally.

We may or may not choose to discuss these issues with other adults but children may be looking at us, their parents, to shed some light on the things they hear about when they turn on the TV, hear the adults talking or when they speak among themselves.

In a 60-minute TV special titled “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism,” CNN and Sesame Street answered questions from kids and parents alike regarding racism and the recent US-wide protests as well as called for embracing diversity, empathy and understanding.

Joining hosts CNN commentator Van Ross and CNN anchor Erica Hill are Sesame Street characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Gordon and Maria, as well as resource persons such as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, American Academy of Pediatrics Chair on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Nia Heard-Garris, authors Dr. Beverly Daniel-Tatum and Jennifer Harvey, Ph.D., among others.

Sesame Street hasn’t shied away from dealing with and explaining difficult concepts to kids. I remember that one of my first encounters with the concept of death was when the adults in the show explained to Big Bird that Mr. Hooper has died and will not be coming back. Maria, David, Bob and Susan all supported and reassured Big Bird through his confusion and sadness, a good example for parents to follow when explaining the death of a family member to young kids.

Through frank yet gently put discussions on topics from how to act when encountering racist acts to expressing support and empathy to people of color encountering racism, the show hand-held kid viewers and their parents as they navigated through a complex issue.

This show has made me wonder: what complex issue are we facing as a nation, and how do we explain it to our children? Would we have the same sensitivity and care in broaching and discussing such topics to out kids.

“Coming Together: Stand Up to Racism” was aired on CNN (SKYcable ch 28 SD | ch 181 HD) on June 6, 10pm. The full town hall may be viewed online at CNN’s website.