Joshua Garcia celebrates Christmas Magic as the new face of GCash for the holidays

There are still several days until Christmas, yet the season is already very much alive everywhere in the country. While the last few years may have been a little less jolly, GCash, the country’s leading e-wallet app, is bringing back the magic to the holidays with a little help from Philippine entertainment’s new leading man. 

Joshua Garcia has been heating up televisions across the country with his starring role as Brian Robles in “Mars Ravelo’s Darna” and an upcoming landmark deal for Dreamscape production’s “Unbreak My Heart”.  Adding to his already impressive list of milestones is his new role as the face of GCash to celebrate a Merry G Christmas and uphold what truly warms his heart – traditions with his family and friends. 

“The family tradition I look forward to every Christmas is our family reunion wherein my family spends Christmas together,” he said. “We take advantage of the time we can have our bonding during this season when we are not too busy with work with some games and a simple feast for the whole family.” 

Christmas Magic Lives On

Just like many Filipinos, Christmas for Joshua becomes truly magical when spent with the right people. 

“My most magical Christmas experience was when I was living in the province and I went caroling in our neighborhood with my friends. Afterwards, we attended the Simbang Gabi with our family. I’m really glad that I got to experience Christmas that way,” he said.  

Of course, part of any Christmas celebration is hunting for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. But despite his high-profile stature, Joshua stays humble and opts for meaningful gifts and thoughtful spending. 

“To find the most meaningful Christmas gifts for my loved ones, I always think about what they really need at that time so the gifts are useful and that, through those gifts, they will also remember me somehow,” Joshua said. “I don’t really give very expensive gifts. As long as they make them happy, then I am, too.” 

Gift-giving, the Joshua way

With the long list of celebrations lined up for Joshua this Christmas, looking for these useful items will be a big task. His secret? He does his shopping with GCash. 

According to the actor: “One of my favorite GCash services is GLife because there are lots of merchants to choose from. It is a one-stop shop for a quick purchase of my favorite products and services. It is very timely since Christmas season is almost here, I can definitely use it for my Christmas shopping to buy gifts for my loved ones.” 

Thanks to GCash, Christmas shopping can be a magical experience in itself, especially when you get cashbacks and discounts from the GCash Online Bazaar from Nov. 28 to January 5, 2023. You can conveniently pay through your GCash wallet, pay later through GCredit, or pay in installment with GGives. 

Though many Filipinos will celebrate with their families this year, there are still some who wouldn’t be able to enjoy family reunions like Joshua and might spend time apart during the holidays. Despite the distance, GCash makes sure that everyone can send Christmas cheer wherever your loved ones may be. 

You can send pamasko to anyone anywhere through Send Money for other GCash users, Bank Transfer or GCash Padala for non-GCash users, or Send with a Clip to attach a special message to your Aguinaldo. If actual presents are your thing, you can also shop online with GLife and pay for your gifts on GCash. 

And because GCash wants everyone’s Christmas to be truly magical, every gift given through GCash becomes a gift for yourself, too. 

For every PHP 100 spent using GCash services or when using GLoan, GGives, and GCredit, users can earn parols and enter the Merry GCash raffle. Raffle draws will be done on December 5 and December 19 where GCash will be giving away five iPhone 14 phones, five Macbook Air M1 laptops and five Sony PS5 Playstations. Sixty-five lucky winners will also take home P10,000 worth of e-fuel cards from Petron, P10,000 worth of Mercury Drugstore gift certificates, P20,000 worth of IKEA gift cards and P30,000 worth of SM Appliances gift cards. 

With so many ways to hunt and shop for gifts, Joshua leaves his fans with just one piece of advice: “To be honest, I think for me what’s more important is that every time I give my loved ones gifts, they are pleased with what they received, whether they may be simple or otherwise.” 

Whether you opt for grand gifts or small tokens, make every spend count when you use your GCash for every transaction. No GCash yet? Download the GCash App on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Huawei App Gallery! Register and get verified today, and discover how you can have a Merry GCash celebration!

Sleep in cool comfort with Uratex Foam Senso Memory Frost

For 54 years, Filipino brand Uratex has stayed true to its mission of providing the best sleep experience through high quality mattresses, foams, pillows and other sleeping solutions.

As the company continuously flourished, Uratex ensured to deliver a commitment to reaching a goal, “We will not stop until we give every Filipino a comfortable and affordable mattress to lie on,” said Uratex Founder Robert G. Cheng.

The tropical Philippines is now enjoying the cool amihan season, and Uratex hopes to extend this perfect sleepy weather with the grand launch of the Senso Memory Frost Collection at the Matrix Creative Events in Quezon City last November 25.

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Dubbed as Deep Slumber in a Dreamland of Ice, the visually compelling and immersive ice party featured a unique showroom experience where guests saw and felt firsthand the magic of Uratex’s latest innovation.

There was also an Aromatherapy Bed Linen Spray Workshop where attendees created and customized their own room and linen spray to get the best sleeping experience with a fresh pillow and mattress. 

Have a Better Sleep, Better U

Consumers will feel cooler and have zero night sweats as the Senso Memory Frost is up to 5 degrees cooler than Uratex’s previous Memory Foam Mattress.

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The collection is infused with DuoFrost Technology. It consists of Senso Memory foam coated with cooling technology which also adapts to the body’s contour and a cool-to-touch fabric for an instant cooling sensation.

Key Features

The Senso Memory Frost collection includes a Mattress, Mattress Topper and Pillow. 

Each product highlights the DuoFrost Technology.  It’s up to 5 degrees cooler than ordinary memory foam and prevents heat build-up for sustained coolness and thermal comfort.

The products are covered with Cool-to-Touch Fabric, a premium knit fabric for an instant cooling sensation.

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It also consists of a Senso Memory Foam – coated with cooling technology, which also adapts to the body’s contour providing superior comfort and relieves pressure points.

The products are also sanitized to effectively prevent bacteria, odor, mildew, and dust mites, keeping the mattress clean and hypoallergenic.

Uratex stands out in terms of durability, and proving it is Senso Memory Frost Mattress’ Vital Foam, a durable foam that provides outstanding support to withstand a heavier load.

Both Senso Memory Frost Mattress and Topper are Quality-Guaranteed and offer 10 years of warranty.

Christmas Deals

As a Christmas gift to Filipinos, Uratex is offering discounts from November 25 to December 31, 2022, where buyers can get less 30% on Uratex Senso Memory Frost Mattress, less 15% on Senso Frost Mattress Topper, and less 20% on Senso Frost Traditional Pillow.

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You can also get 1 Senso Frost Pillow with every purchase of Senso Frost Mattress from December 1 to 31.

ITEM DESCRIPTIONSRPPROMO SRPDISCOUNT
Senso Frost Mattress Topper 2 x 36 x 75″8,999.757,649.7915%
Uratex Senso Memory® Frost Mattress 10x36x75″21,499.7515,049.8330%
Senso Frost Traditional Pillow 16 x 26″2,399.751,919.8020%

For more information, follow Uratex Philippines on Facebook or visit Uratex’s official website and official stores in Shopee and Lazada.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Your gaming experience redefined with the new vivo Y22s

Ever wonder why vivo phones always deliver incredible features for a better phone experience? It’s because vivo commits to bring not only the latest technology in its smartphone lineups but also aims to provide what’s best for its consumers. As evident, vivo managed to claim the second spot in the list of top 5 smartphone brands in the Philippines this year according to global technology research firm Canalys. Proving the power of vivo smartphones, the brand recently released the vivo Y22s, an all-around mobile phone that will not only get things done but will surely elevate your mobile gaming experience.

In the mobile gaming community, honing your skills is essential but your phone’s capabilities should never be set aside as these will impact your overall efficiency. Techradar listed down what a reliable gaming smartphone should look like including impeccable performance, a high-resolution screen with high refresh rate, and good battery life among others — vivo Y22s got all of these covered.

Unleashing Full Potential

Devoted to give you all the best features in one phone, vivo designed the vivo Y22s to rock your gaming experience. Slay the enemies and scream victory as the vivo Y22s will guarantee a seamless game time, all hail to its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 with 6nm platform technology processor. This processor guarantees that the vivo Y22s can handle your mobile gaming needs and lets you play about 5 rounds of intensive matches by efficiently managing its power consumption while boosting your game performance.

The vivo Y22s not only improves its core processor but makes it more efficient for the users to experience limitless possibilities through its 16GB Dynamic RAM. Allow yourself to enjoy vivo Y22s’ full potential by installing all your favorite mobile games and applications without having to worry about risking the phone’s response rate. The vivo Y22s can simultaneously run up to 10 applications without compromising your race or battle.

Experience full immersive game

Whether you’re a casual or skilled player, you would want to consider a phone that carries both a high-resolution screen with a high refresh rate. Designed to give superior performance, the vivo Y22s provides a 90Hz refresh rate paired with a 6.55 inch LCD HD+ Display, and 1612P screen resolution for a vibrant and crisp view even under the glaring outdoor light. To put it simply, it allows a phone’s display to keep up with gaming action and reduces motion blur on video, giving you that uninterrupted in-game action.

Play Uninterrupted

Good battery life is one of the most important aspects a gamer considers when getting a smartphone. Fortunately, the vivo Y22s has an impressive 5000mAh battery system that’s more than enough to support a series of games in a day. What’s more exciting is, you can play for up to 9 hours straight on full charge. In addition, you don’t have to worry about waiting long for the device to charge since the vivo Y22s supports 18W FastCharge technology that can easily let you bounce back to collect dog tags and aim for that winning streak.

Max out all-powerful performance

Bringing you to a new height in the mobile gaming scene, vivo equipped the vivo Y22s with  Multi-turbo 5.5 and Ultra Game mode technologies. Once switched on, the vivo Y22s amps your game performance with a more immersive in-game vibration and enhanced game picture through the Eagle eye enhancement feature. With the Esports mode activated, you can configure a more professional level of gaming where you can balance your adaptive frame rate against the phone’s temperature.

Say goodbye to game interruptions with the vivo Y22s’ “Do Not Disturb” and “Game Picture-in-Picture” features. Users may choose a completely uninterrupted game time or be in the game while also sending and receiving important messages in real-time.

To top it all up, its Ear Customized Audio effects let you play like you’re in a totally different world, giving you that professional-standard gaming experience like no other.

Availability

The vivo Y22s can be availed nationwide in two variants: the vivo Y22s 8+128GB retails at Php 12,999, while the vivo Y22s 4+128GB costs Php 10,999. Installment is also available through Home Credit and credit card plans where you’ll have a chance to take home an exclusive limited edition Bluetooth neckband earphones with your purchase of the vivo Y22s 8+128GB variant.

In more exciting news, vivo Philippines has launched its Christmas Giveaway Festival, Paskong La vivo Loca. Join the amazing games of #vivoChristmasParoleta2022 and #vivoChristmasLuckyBoxRaffle for a chance to win almost Php 2M worth of prizes and promos that you won’t even try to miss! The promo is available in vivo kiosks, concept stores, and main multi-brand stores nationwide from November 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023.

Be the first to find out more about the vivo Y22s by following vivo’s official channels on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok.

Details provided in a recent press release.

Power Mac Center launches ‘Presence and Presents’ holiday campaign

This holiday season, Power Mac Center (PMC) is inviting everyone to celebrate by making time for the people they treasure the most. Because showing up means showing love, the Apple Premium Reseller supports customers by launching its holiday promos and a special short film competition, wherein it will be giving away a brand-new iPhone 14 and more.

“Presence is the best present this Christmas—perhaps even more than any other occasion. This is the time when people are collectively feeling lighter, merrier, and more hopeful about their dreams. And so, we are honoring the best of the season by celebrating the stories of togetherness that are uniquely ours, as well as offering our customers great deals on Apple devices and accessories to gift themselves or their loved ones with,” said Joey Alvarez, PMC Director of Product Management and Marketing.

With the theme “Presence and Presents,” PMC’s holiday special has three parts: Unwrap Moments holds a short film competition highlighting the power of the iPhone camera; Unwrap Dreams features a special selection of holiday deals on Apple and non-Apple products; and Unwrap Treats rewards loyal customers via an exclusive deal for 1 Infinite Access members.

Moments: Capture the joy of togetherness, win an iPhone 14

The short film competition is open to everyone in the Philippines who are at least 18 years old. Participants should use an iPhone to create a short film that captures the joy of togetherness for the holiday season. The entry should be able to answer the question “Why is presence the best present for Christmas?”

Shortlisted entries will be judged by PMC representatives and two of the most sought-after Filipino filmmakers, namely, Antoinette Jadaone and JP Habac. Prizes up for grabs include an iPhone 14 128GB worth P61,990 for the Best Film (Grand Winner); iPad Air 5th gen 64GB worth P41,490 for the Best Film (1st Runner-Up); AirPods 3rd gen worth P12,990 for the Best Film (2nd Runner-Up); P5,000 worth of 1 Infinite Access points for the People’s Choice Special Award winner; and P10,000 worth of products each from partners Adam Elements, Energea, and Logitech for three special awardees. 

Submission of entries is until December 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM. For full details, visit https://bit.ly/PMCUnwrapMoments

Dreams: Bring home Apple devices and more

PMC is offering huge deals bundled with your Apple device purchases. Until December 31, 2022, customers can enjoy up to 25% off on select premium iPhone cases and screen protectors when purchased with any participating iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Meanwhile, those buying iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 can score up to P2,000 worth of store credits which can be used to buy any available Apple or non-Apple accessories at all PMC and The Loop stores, as well as the Viber Store. Hurry, because this offer is good only until supplies last.

PMC’s participating premium partner brands are also slashing their prices up to a whopping 95% off on chargers, earphones, speakers, storage devices, and more. This offer is available at all PMC and The Loop stores, the Web Store at https://bit.ly/3gqX6Wu, Viber Store, and The Loop by Power Mac Center on Lazada and Shopee.

Treats: Loyalty pays off

Members of PMC’s loyalty program 1 Infinite Access can get an additional 10% off and enjoy up to 95% savings on participating premium accessories at all PMC and The Loop stores.

All offers are valid on purchases paid via non-installment methods: cash, straight credit card, debit card, bank transfer, check, GCash, GrabPay, WeChat, AliPay, Maya, Hello Money, UnionPay, BDO Pay, ShopeePay, QRPH, Power Mac Center eGift Certificate, Home Credit with Interest, UpTrade trade-in value, BillEase, and 1 Infinite Access Points (1 point = P1).

Stay tuned at https://bit.ly/PMCPresenceAndPresents for the full campaign details. To be updated on news and promotions, follow Power Mac Center’s official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube accounts. Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-154448 Series of 2022.

Exploring grocery and self-care shopping possibilities at Mitsukoshi BGC

‘Tis definitely the season for shopping as Mitsukoshi, the country’s first Japanese mall, finally opened its doors last November 18.

Located in one of the metro’s busiest commercial districts, the four-storey mall offers a much-welcome change of scenery for the people who frequent Bonifacio Global City for work and leisure.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Aside from its distinct Japanese design that melds together traditional and modern sensibilities, this new retail destination also features distinct areas dedicated to worthwhile pursuits for its shoppers and visitors:

  • Fresh produce and imported delicacies in Mitsukoshi’s own-brand supermarket at the basement
  • A self-care and beauty section highlighting natural and organic products at the ground floor
  • Appetizing Japanese and international dining options at the second floor
  • And soon, exciting Japanese entertainment and leisure outlets geared towards wellness and enjoyment at the third floor
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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

The mall truly offers a myriad of possibilities to delight any shopper. However, I’d like to fill you in on the first two floors of Mitsukoshi, where its in-house outlets are located.

Check these out!

Mitsukoshi Beauty

Mitsukoshi Beauty, located in the ground floor, seeks to provide the essentials that will help you beauty mavens unleash your inner radiance in time for that holiday glow-up.

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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

With a wide selection of cosmetics, self-care and wellness products, this new shopping destination is not about changing one’s looks but letting one’s inner glow shine through.

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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Here, you can indulge yourself with natural and organic products and learn from beauty experts on how to enhance and show off your best features.

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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

For a well-curated selection of Japanese beauty and self-care products, be sure to drop by the The Apothecary.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Here, you can discover and take your picks from among celebrated Japanese brands, some of which can only be found at Mitsukoshi Beauty.

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Sunao. A Kyoto-born skincare brand that uses fine-quality natural materials for products that are easy to integrate into one’s daily life.
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E-Standard. Based on the concept of treating haircare like skincare, E-Standard boasts of hair care products that are not just good for hair, but also for skin and natural environments.
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Product. A professional-grade haircare and styling line made with naturally derived ingredients, easy to use and with a gentle feel.
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Waphyto. Created by Japan’s leading expert in physiotherapy and natural cosmetics – Atsuko Morita – this brand was developed from the ground-breaking research on plants to support a healthy a beautiful lifestyle.
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La Casta. A salon-quality haircare range created with natural aroma and botanical ingredients as well as natural water from Japan’s alps.
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Vintorte. This Kyoto-based mineral-based make-up selection is an answered prayer for many people with sensitive skin.
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Pubicare. This brand specializes in feminine care products made with natural and organic ingredients.
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BDA Organic. The first brand in Japan to be certified by ACO – the world’s strictest organic certification – it is committed to manufacturing organic and gentle skincare products.
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Made of Organics. Focusing on products that are easily absorbed by the skin, this brand prides itself on being truly safe to use for everyone in the family.
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Sholayered. This brand is founded on the art of discovering simplicity through scents. Its fragrances may be worn on their own or layered with others to create one’s own signature scent.
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Sphere. A skin care brand inspired by the sea with products made from natural sea salt which is rich in minerals and has the similar composition to human skin.

So go ahead and discover your natural beauty and inner shine at Mitsukoshi Beauty.

For the latest updates on Mitsukoshi Beauty’s products and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Mitsukoshi Fresh

The mall’s basement is reminiscent of a depachika – a Japanese food hall dedicated to representing the best of Japan’s food culture. It is connected to the mall’s supermarket brand, Mitsukoshi Fresh, which brings a multi-sensory shopping experience to its shoppers, thanks to its carefully curated food products sourced from all over the world, as well as its attractive and interactive displays.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Here, you can take your pick from the fresh produce, meat and seafood available to bring about your own culinary creations.

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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Want to bring a Japanese dining experience at home? Be sure to check out its sushi, sashimi and dumpling selections.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Holiday celebrations are sure to be lively and fun, especially with the wide selection of wines, liquors and beverages available here. You can even sample wines by the glass at the wine counter.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Got a sweet tooth? Don’t miss out on the freshly made Japanese dessert delicacies on offer, especially the much-awaited Tokyo Banana custard.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Of course, Japan is well-known for packaged food that are anything but generic: these include anything from delectable ramen to flavorful rice bowls and ready-to-cook soups and pastas.

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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Of course, Mitsukoshi Fresh also sheds light on notable local artisanal brands such as Gourmet Farms and Auro Chocolate.

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Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

If you want to level up on your home cooking with a few Japanese touches and international flair, Mitsukoshi Fresh is the place to be.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

You can even give in to your food cravings while inside the supermarket, thanks to its in-store dining and takeout outlets.

Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC
Mitsukoshi, BGC

Know more about Mitsukoshi Fresh’ offers on Facebook and Instagram.

Want to earn points, get rewards and cool coupons with your purchases at Mitsukoshi? Sign up for Arigato Rewards!

Mitsukoshi BGC is located at The Seasons Residences, 8th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Mall hours are from 10am to 11pm daily.

Grab exclusive and awesome deals from vivo E-store this during the week-long Black Friday Sale!

Traditionally, Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas season. Many stores offer highly promoted products at discounted prices and vivo Philippines is one of them!

Now is the perfect time to get the best deals from vivo as the brand is offering up to 40% discount to select products. Consumers also get a chance to win exciting freebies such as sim cards, premium tumblers, wireless earbuds, BT neckband and two-in-one (2-n-1) clock speakers if you purchase vivo V25 series, Y35, Y16, and Y22s. The promotion will officially kick off on November 23 until November 30, 2022 via vivo E-comm store.

vivo Black Friday Sale

vivo Philippines also offers more payment terms for Filipinos to enjoy – consumers can also enjoy affordable installment payment through Billease with 0% interest for up to six (6) months and with up to 34% of down payment only from November 21 until November 30.

For the list of participating smartphones on vivo’s Black Friday Sale deals, refer to the details below:

ModelDiscountFreebies
Y01PHP 100 OFF SIM CARD + Premium Tumbler
Y02sPHP200 OFFSIM CARD + FOOMEE QA05
Y15sPHP300 OFFSIM CARD + Premium Tumbler
Y15APHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Premium Tumbler
Y16 4+64GBPHP40 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y16 4+128GBPHP40 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y22s 4+128GBPHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y22s 8+128GBPHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y21TPHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y33sPHP1000 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y35PHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y73PHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
Y76 5GPHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
T1xPHP100 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
T1PHP300 OFFSIM CARD + 2in1 Clock Speaker
V23ePHP1000 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
V23 5GPHP300 OFFSIM CARD + 2in1 Clock Speaker + vivo backpack
V25ePHP200 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones
V25PHP300 OFFSIM CARD + Earphones + BT Neckband
V25 ProPHP200 OFFPHP200 OFF

A vivo Smartphone for every person in the family

Begin this black friday festivities, with a gift for yourself or if you know someone who’s into fashion and photography, the Night Portrait Masters, the vivo V25 series, should be your top choice in this big sale! The flagship vivo V25 series is equipped with leading camera technology that can shoot your chic OOTDs and can capture breath-taking views. No worries for day and night memories since you’re accompanied by its Night Camera Mode feature. This includes 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera, 50MP Eye AF Selfie Camera on the vivo V25, 32MP Eye AF Selfie Camera on the vivo V25 Pro. Don’t limit yourself in maximizing all these camera features since its also packed with +256 storage! Other than the cameras, its notable Photochromic 2.0, color-changing design, in Surfing Blue for vivo V25 Pro and Sunrise Gold for vivo V25 and vivo V25e are eye-catching enough to make you stand out from the crowd.

vivo Black Friday Sale

If there is someone in the family who likes taking selfies and photos during Christmas, it is probably everyone’s sister. With vivo Y35’s 50MP rear camera and 16MP HD Front Camera, no doubt that she’ll be able to capture moments in clear detail. The vivo Y35 also has several camera features that everyone can try – from activating bokeh effect so you get the subject in focus, macro mode to capture tiny details and multi-style portrait to show how pretty your makeup is during Christmas, you name it!

The vivo Y35 boasts massive 16GB Dynamic RAM and is equipped with 5000mAh battery and 44W Fast Charging technology so you won’t have to worry about your storage and battery needs.

vivo Black Friday Sale

In any case, you’re looking for a perfect gift for your dad who’s always out-and-about to capture moments and to create meaningful connections, check vivo Y22s to max out the night! Its 50 MP Super Night Camera will make him not miss any single memory to reminisce. But more than its powerful camera, your dad will mostly enjoy its 16GB Dynamic RAM that makes him feel unstoppable to download as many apps, may it be his favorite crossword puzzle apps up to his Youtube video downloads!

And don’t let your little brother or sister miss out in this round of vivo gift giving fun! vivo Y16 is just the best smartphone to let them enjoy learning and entertainment all at the same time. Memory is literally priceless with its massive 128GB ROM and of course, a trendy design!

Finish your Christmas shopping for every person in your list by checking out these vivo devices from November 23 until November 30 via vivo E-store!

For more information and the latest news on vivo Philippines’ promotions, events, and other announcements, visit vivo Philippines’ official Facebook page or website. You may also subscribe to vivo Philippines’ newest online store on Viber to stay updated on monthly promos and watch out for surprise voucher giveaways!

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Start your early Noche Buena shopping with The Marketplace PISO SALE


The Marketplace PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart will run this weekend on November 18-21, 2022. Select items can be purchased for only ₱1.00 when you order and get it delivered via MetroMart across select branches of The Marketplace.

The Marketplace PISO SALE promo will have various items available for a limited time per day. These items include Del Monte Spaghetti Pack, UFC Spaghetti Party Pack, Ruffles Chips, and so much more.

MetroMart The Marketplace Piso Sale

Check out the products available for just ₱1.00:

Date and TimeProductSRP
Nov 18, 9am-2pmDel Monte Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce + Del Monte Spaghetti 1 Pack₱138.75
Del Monte Gourmet Carbonara₱36.25
Nov 18, 3pm-8pmUFC Party Pack Spaghetti Supreme 1kg₱129.75
Fiesta Macaroni Salad Pasta 400g₱43.00
Nov 19, 9am-2pmRoyal 4 Cheese Spaghetti 1kg₱119.75
Devondale Full Cream Milk 1L₱104.25
Nov 19, 3pm-8pmArla Nat Emmenthal Slices 150g₱205.00
Nov 20, 9am-2pmFiesta Macaroni Salad Pasta 400g₱43.00
Arla Kid Cheese Sticks 18g x 6s₱135.00
Nov 20, 3pm-8pmSanicare KT Jumbo 2P 70 PLS 2s₱123.50
Zonrox Bleach ColorSafe 900mL₱70.75
Nov 21, 9am-2pmRuffles Cheddar Sour Cream 6.5oz₱174.75
Nov 21, 3pm-8pmCDO Premium Torikatsu 420g₱154.00
*Sale items are subject to availability across The Marketplace branches.

“Just as it can be exciting to seize great bargains, the MetroMart family are equally pleased to provide these to the customers in our successive PISO SALE events. Christmas is right around the corner, and we are gearing up to share even more discounts and promos for everyone. Stay tuned!” Stefano Fazzini, CEO and co-founder of MetroMart, said.

MetroMart The Marketplace Piso Sale

Promos from The Marketplace PISO SALE are applicable to both New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A minimum spend of ₱1,500 is required in order to avail the 1-peso sale items. Only completed checkout of orders within the sale period can avail the discounted items.

This PISO SALE is available in participating branches of The Marketplace via the MetroMart app and website, all over Metro Manila and key locations throughout the Philippines, including Baguio, Pangasinan, Batangas, Davao, Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo, and more. 

MetroMart The Marketplace Piso Sale

Are you new to MetroMart? Sign up for a MetroMart account here and enjoy Php200 grocery credit.

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include  S&R (with or no membership card required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @metromartph.

MetroMart The Marketplace Piso Sale
MetroMart The Marketplace Piso Sale

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

MetroMart offers multiple ₱1 deals in 11.11 MEGA PISO SALE

MetroMart, the no.1 on-demand online grocery delivery platform, provides multiple PISO SALES with leading supermarket partners, discount sales, and FREE Delivery in the 11.11 Mega PISO SALE this November 11-15, 2022 

The 11.11 Mega PISO SALE, will feature items that can be purchased for only ₱1.00 when you order and get it delivered via MetroMart across select branches of S&R, Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, Landmark, Robinsons Easymart, Shopwise, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega and No Brand. All products are available for ₱1.00 only through the entire promo duration of November 11-15.

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Check out the products available for just ₱1.00:

SupermarketProductSRP
S&RSPAM Luncheon Meat 25% Less Sodium₱228.00
Robinsons SupermarketSelecta Fortified Milk 1LX2pcs₱150.50
The MarketplaceCDO Hamon de Bola 850G₱313.00
LandmarkDelimondo Ranch Style Corned Beef 380g₱174.00
Robinsons EasymartGardenia Classic White Bread Regular Slice 600g₱79.00
ShopwiseRuffles Original Potato Chips 6.5oz₱168.50
Ever SupermarketPurefoods Corned Beef₱174.25
No BrandNo Brand JJAJANG RAMEN 135GX5₱193.50
UltraMegaWhite King Fiesta Filipino Spaghettipid Pack₱124.80
*Sale items are subject to availability across participating supermarket branches. 

The 11.11 Mega PISO SALE promo is applicable to New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A minimum spend per transaction is required in order to avail the 1-peso sale items, varying per supermarket or specialty store. Only completed checkout of orders within the sale period can avail the discounted items.

Here are even more discount deals for the double digit weekend sale! Customers can avail various discounts and promos for their orders during MetroMart’s 11.11 Mega PISO SALE on November 11-15, 2022.

  • Get discounts up to 70% off on premium items like home and kitchen appliances, storage solutions, pet care and more from partner specialty stores like Handyman and Pet Lovers Centre
  • Get lots of Buy 1, Get 1 deals on beauty products, pantry food items, and even ice cream from supermarket partners Robinsons Supermarket, Shopwise, No Brand, Shopwise, The Marketplace and more
  • Use code: 1111SALE to get ₱111 off on orders with a minimum spend of ₱3,500. Valid across all stores, and applicable up to 2x Use for ALL USERS
  • Use code: HOLIDAYSALE and get FREE Delivery on grocery orders with a minimum spend of ₱1,011. Valid across all stores, and applicable up to 4x use for NEW USERS. 
MetroMart

“MetroMart’s mission to provide fellow Pinoys with great deals continues through this 11.11 Mega PISO SALE weekend. As we provide affordable and convenient solutions to everyone through our online grocery shopping platform, we can enjoy the Christmas season and celebrate the spirit of generosity and kindness, especially for the upcoming holidays. Watch out for so many more big treats and promos from MetroMart this holiday season.” Stefano Fazzini, CEO and co-founder of MetroMart, said.

MetroMart’s successive PISO SALES will continue towards the holidays, and next up is The Marketplace PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart this November 18-21.

All of these promos are available throughout the Philippines, wherever MetroMart has expanded its serviceable locations. The 11.11 Mega PISO SALE is available in participating branches of S&R, Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, Landmark, Robinsons Easymart, Shopwise, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega and No Brand via the MetroMart app and website, all over Metro Manila and key locations throughout the Philippines, including Baguio, Pangasinan, Batangas, Davao, Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo, and more.

Are you new to MetroMart? Sign up for a MetroMart account here and enjoy Php200 grocery credit.

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include  S&R (with or no membership card required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @metromartph.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Scan on the Go With Portable Scanners

Scanners are one of the most important devices when it comes to transferring physical information to digital information. The value of a scanner depends upon the job that it is trying to accomplish and whether or not it was designed to handle that particular task. For instance, you wouldn’t use a scanner designed to process and replicate beautiful art and photography in an industrial setting that needs to process tens of thousands of scans in a given day. While the high-volume scanner will perform the task, it is not designed to replicate the nuance and color depth of a professional photo scanner.

What Is a Portable Scanner?

Portable scanners are small, electronic devices that allow documents or images to be captured and converted quickly and efficiently to digital format. They are designed to be light and small so that they can more easily be transported from place to place. 

The small size and light weight of the portable scanner are as valuable as its ability to process the physical into the digital. They’re small enough to bring on the road. Indeed, some are small enough to put in your pocket. 

A Minimalist’s Guide To Scanning

Portable pen scanners are slightly larger than your average fountain pen and can scan the text of a document line by line. Users simply pass the scanner over the text of letters, memos, brochures, magazines or newspapers, at which point it is uploaded immediately and turned into digital data. 

Other portable scanners are as wide as a page and roll quickly down the page, capturing the data. Some models will read the text back, which is convenient for users with vision or reading challenges.

While portable scanners are ideal for many purposes, they aren’t meant to capture data in high resolution. This means that they aren’t suitable for scanning photographs or other applications in which a high-quality result is desired.

True Mobility

There are many scenarios in which a portable scanner is an important tool to have on the scene. Consider a drive-through flu and COVID booster shot station, in which the medical staff still needs signed permission to administer the shots. With a page-sized portable scanner, each of those critical signatures is digitized, probably to a cloud-based database, and secured immediately. 

If a library was having an event that brought its borrowables to remote locations, a portable barcode scanner and a laptop can effectively create a circulation desk on the spot. As each book is assigned a particular bar code, inventory can be tracked precisely and efficiently, whether books are being checked out or returned. 

Portable scanners can be the difference between clean, efficient and timely data entry and a process that entails other steps that could compromise that data. They are as easy to travel with as popping one into your backpack, briefcase or pocket. They also effectively help create a functioning office space wherever you have the internet as you can immediately begin to process your uploads. Visit an office supply website today and check out the newest portable printers so that you can expand your printing options from anywhere.

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Holiday season shopping now in full swing at MetroMart with exclusive sales from Shopwise and Landmark

MetroMart, the no.1 on-demand online grocery delivery platform, provides a series of PISO SALES, weekly discounts, promo codes and freebies this October, leading into the holiday season.

EventDatesHighlights
Shopwise PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMartOct 21-24Premium items can be purchased for ONLY ₱1.00
Landmark PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMartOct 24-27Premium items can be purchased for ONLY ₱1.00
S&R PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMartOct 28-31Premium items can be purchased for ONLY ₱1.00
The Marketplace PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMartNov 18-21Premium items can be purchased for ONLY ₱1.00
Halloween SpecialsOct 25 – Nov 2₱200 off of total order
Shopwise’s Wise WednesdaysEvery Wednesday this Oct-Nov 2022– Up to 70% off items
– ₱300 off of total order
– FREE Delivery
– FREEBIE with purchase

First up is the Shopwise PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart this October 21-24, 2022. Immediately following the weekend sale event is Landmark PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart, running from Monday to Thursday, on October 24-27, 2022. Premium items can be purchased for only ₱1.00, and each of the sale days will have the 1-peso products available throughout the whole day, from 9AM – 8PM.

Next on the lineup is yet another S&R PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart. This will be held on October 28-31, perfect for both Halloween and early Christmas shopping. And for next month, be on the lookout for The Marketplace PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart scheduled for November 18-21. The final roster of products for the S&R PISO SALE and The Marketplace PISO SALE will be published on MetroMart’s social media channels. Items will also be available for a whole day, spanning 9AM – 8PM.

Metromart Q4 Sales

Sprucing up the home is now also a breeze with Shopwise’s Wise Wednesdays, available every Wednesday this October and November 2022. 

  • Get discounts up to 70% off on premium items like cookware, food storage solutions, and even home internet products. 
  • Use code: FREEDELSW to avail FREE Delivery on grocery orders with a minimum spend of ₱1,500. 
  • Use code: SW300 to get ₱300 off on orders with a minimum spend of ₱6,000. 
  • Customers may also get a FREE Large Glass Dispenser with a minimum purchase of ₱10,000.

Going trick-or-treating? Use code: HALLOWEEN to get ₱200 off an order with a minimum spend of ₱2,500. This promo is valid for ALL Users, for a one-time use and applicable across all stores and supermarkets, from October 25 to November 2, 2022.

All of these promos are available throughout the Philippines, where MetroMart has expanded its serviceable locations. The PISO SALE is available in participating branches of Shopwise and Landmark via the MetroMart app and website, all over Metro Manila and key locations throughout the Philippines, including Batangas, Bicol, Palawan, Tagaytay, Pangasinan, Cavite, Cebu, Baguio and Davao. The same will be applicable for the upcoming S&R PISO SALE and The Marketplace PISO SALE. The Shopwise Wise Wednesdays promos can be availed in all participating branches of Shopwise.

Check out the premium items below, up for grabs for just ₱1:

Shopwise
Metromart Q4 Sales
Date and TimeSale ItemsRetail Price
Oct 21 (Fri), 9am-8pmWoolworths Pasta Macaroni 500G₱ 109.00
Woolworths Australian Diced Tomatoes 400G₱ 89.00
Oct 22 (Sat), 9am-8pmWoolworths Yellowfin Tuna with Mild Gherkins 95G₱ 99.00
Woolworths Salmon – Lemon & Thyme 95G₱ 99.00
Oct 23 (Sun), 9am-8pmWoolworths Canned Chicken – Sweet Chilli 750G₱ 119.00
Woolworths Pasta Macaroni 500G₱ 109.00
Oct 24 (Mon), 9am-8pmWoolworths Fully Loaded Cookies – Chocolate 210G₱ 209.00
*Sale items are subject to availability in Landmark branches. 
Landmark
Metromart Q4 Sales
Date and TimeSale ItemsRetail Price
Oct 21 (Fri), 9am-8pmNutella Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa 200g₱ 162.00
Snickers Classic Singles 51g₱ 43.00
Oct 22 (Sat), 9am-8pmLoacker Quadratini Napolitaner₱ 106.70
Loacker Quadratini Dark Chocolate₱ 106.70
Oct 23 (Sun), 9am-8pmCheetos Corn Puffs₱ 159.30
Lay’s Honey Butter₱ 50.25
Oct 24 (Mon), 9am-8pmHershey’s Kisses Special Selection – Truffle 135g₱ 195.00
*Sale items are subject to availability in Landmark branches. 

“The MetroMart family always aims to provide affordable and budget-friendly promos and discounts to our customers, especially now that we are moving ever closer towards the Christmas season. We are cooking up even more and even better PISO SALES, with bigger discounts and sale items for the best value. Stay tuned and ready your carts!” MetroMart CEO and co-founder Steffano Fazzini said.

The Shopwise PISO SALE and Landmark PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart, are applicable to New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A minimum spend of only ₱2,000 is required in order to avail the 1-peso sale items. Only completed checkout of orders within the scheduled day and time can avail the discounted items.

MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao

Are you new to MetroMart? Sign up for a MetroMart account here and enjoy Php200 grocery credit.

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include  S&R (with or no membership card required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours!

Metromart Q4 Sale

Over 160,000 products are available with MetroMart’s 500+ partner supermarkets and partner specialty stores. Order your groceries through http://www.metromart.com, or download the app on iOS or Android app store.

For more updates on MetroMart, follow it on Facebook and Instagram at @metromartph.

Details provided in a recent press release.

Bigger rewards and deals abound during GCash’s birthday week

It’s that time of the year again when GCash showers its users with deals and rewards as it celebrates its birthday week. From October 17 to 23, GCash has been giving away up to Php240 million of vouchers and freebies, all day, everyday.

So, GCash users, be sure to download the latest version of the app and make the most of its convenient features to make the most our of its #ReadySetGBirthday offers, such as:

Services
  • Citibank. Apply for a Citibank Credit Card and enjoy no annual fees forever plus get Php 1,000 GCash eGC via giftaway, redeemable within 60 days! Plus, applicants who avail a Citi Personal Loan can get as much as Php 5,000 GCash eGC via giftaway during GCash Birthday week!
  • DHL. Get a 20% discount when you pay via GCash Pay QR using the code GCASH20 on your next DHL delivery!
  • Entrego. Users are entitled to Entrego Vouchers when they pay via Gcash QR! Receive vouchers worth Php 50, Php 30, or Php 20 throughout Birthday week. 
GCash Birthday Week 2022
GCash Birthday Week 2022
Shopping
  • Zing. Get 100 Zing Points with a minimum spend worth Php1,000 on your first transaction during Birthday week. For succeeding transactions, get 10 Zing Points for every minimum spend of Php1,000 when you pay with GCash. Plus, get Ayala Mall GC worth 100 pesos, with a minimum spend of Php1,000 when you check out with GCash on ZingMall.
  • Zalora. Get 25% on your Zalora purchases when you pay online via GCash with a minimum spend of Php2,000.
  • Charles & Keith. Get PHP 350 off with a minimum spend of Php 3,500 in all Charles & Keith stores when you pay with GCash! Applicable on all regular, sale, and promo bundle items.
  • Puregold. Shop at Puregold and buy Php1,500 worth of participating items and Scan to Pay via GCash to receive a Php50 Puregold exclusive discount voucher on your GCash app! Or you can buy from Puregold in the GLife app and get a Php100 discount voucher with a minimum purchase worth Php2,800 of participating items. 
GCash Birthday Week 2022
GCash Birthday Week 2022
Food
  • Pancake House. Buy One, Get One on 2pcs. Classic Pancakes at Pancake House when you pay using GCash. Available for dine in, takeout and curbside pick-up transactions only.
  • Bo’s Coffee. Enjoy FREE Drip Coffee when you Buy 1 any Large Espresso or Froccino Beverage from Bo’s Coffee and pay via GCash QR code/
  • Auntie Anne’s. Awesome food deals are also available throughout GCash Birthday week! Order from Auntie Anne’s on GLife to avail a Buy 1 Take 1 promo on the Chocnut Pretzel Twist! Those who Scan to Pay in any Auntie Anne’s store can also get a Free Chocnut Pretzel Twist with minimum spend of Php250.
  • Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken & Sauce Bar. Scan to Pay when you dine in or order takeout from Peri-Peri and receive a free Cheese Quesadilla for a minimum purchase worth Php 500!
GCash Birthday Week 2022
GCash Birthday Week
Tech
  • Cherry Mobile. Get a chance to win freebies from Cherry when you purchase select items! A LoveMarie Powerbank 5k mAh, LoveMarie Powerbank 10k mAh, and free Car Ionizer Filter are all available as freebies with specific purchases of Cherry gadgets and items!  
A+ Rewards
  • Claim a variety of exciting freebies on A+ Rewards on the GCash app! Some exclusive Birthday week deals to look forward to include discount vouchers on your next Agoda booking, 2 months free Apple Music subscription, and 1 month free subscription to Google One!
  • You can also claim discount vouchers on A+ Rewards and enjoy the following exciting discounts: Php 40 off on your next FoodPanda delivery, Php 40 off on Google Play Store, Php 20 off from iHerb, Php 20 off from IQIYI, Php 20 off from Shein, Php 20 off from SmileOne, Php 20 off from Spotify, or Php 20 off from Steam! 
GCash Birthday Week 2022
GCash Birthday Week 2022

This GCash Birthday, you can claim free vouchers on the GCash Birthday landing page found easily on your GCash Home Page. Scroll through the landing page to claim the various vouchers available. Remember to read all its terms and conditions before redeeming any voucher!

To claim these exciting perks, simply tap the GCash Birthday banner on your GCash app’s home page and scroll through the available vouchers. Be sure to check out the terms and conditions before redeeming your vouchers.

You can also claim and use vouchers to redeem discounts on GCash Pay QR transactions. To use your vouchers, open the GCash app and select ‘Pay QR’ and ‘Scan QR Code,’ or simply swipe left on the home page. Align your phone’s camera over the merchant’s GCash QR code to scan, and then enter the non-discounted amount for the goods you bought in the Payment screen.

Confirm the total and choose whether to pay with GCash or GCredit. To select and use a voucher, tap the arrow in the Discount row. After selecting the voucher, you will be able to see the discount that will be applied as well as your new total amount. You can also see all of your claimed vouchers in your Voucher Pocket, which is accessible through your profile.

GCash Birthday Week 2022
GCash Birthday Week 2022

View all the exciting offers this GCash Birthday celebration from October 17 – 23 by visiting the GCash website. Download the GCash app today on the AppStore or Google Play Store. 

GCash (G-Xchange, Inc.) is the #1 Finance App in the Philippines. Through the GCash App, 69M registered users can easily purchase prepaid airtime; pay bills at over 1,600 partner billers nationwide; send and receive money anywhere in the Philippines, even to other bank accounts; purchase from over 5.2M partner merchants and social sellers; and get access to savings, credit, loans, insurance and invest money, and so much more, all at the convenience of their smartphones. GCash is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mynt (Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc.), the first and only duacorn in the Philippines.

Godel Chocolate: home-grown yet world-class from #BeanToBar

We Pinoys are such chocolate lovers, aren’t we?

We have it in our desserts, drinks, breakfast cereals and, sometimes, even our entrees!

It’s no wonder, then, that local chocolate brands have emerged, not just to cater to the Filipinos’ craving for chocolate, but to also spur the growth of local chocolate farming and production.

One such brand is Godel Chocolate.

Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate

Established in mid-2020, Godel Chocolate has been providing top quality tools and equipment for cacao bean processing and fine chocolate or compound chocolate production.

To fully demonstrate the exciting possibilities from the local cacao plant, Godel Chocolate came out with its own line of premium-quality chocolate products. As the company continues to hone its expertise in the chocolate craft, it shares its knowledge and experience to budding entrepreneurs. Its advocacy is to help create a new movement of chocolate makers to boost local consumption and production of chocolate, thereby encouraging growth among local chocolate farmers.

I recently attended a tour of its factory in Paranaque, another one of its initiatives to spread knowledge on the local chocolate industry.

Chocolate 101

The tour started with a review of the history of chocolate as well as the basics of chocolate farming and production.

Godel Chocolate
Earliest record of the use of cacao – the plant that chocolate comes from – was 5,450 years ago with the discovery of traces of theobroma cacao in vessels by archeologists. Cacao was mainly used to produce a bitter beverage consumed in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations.
Godel Chocolate
The cacao plant was introduced in the Philippines in the late 17th century via the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. From the Philippines, the cultivation of cacao spread to other Southeast Asian countries, especially those within the Cacao Belt, land within 20 degrees north and south of the equator with fairly loose soil and humid climate suitable for the growing of the cacao plant.
Godel Chocolate
Chocolate comes from the cacao bean which is extracted from the cacao fruit. The beans are fermented, then dried for seven days to eliminate moisture, before being packed and sold to manufacturers for processing.
Godel Chocolate
Chocolate production involves roasting, cracking and winnowing the beans to extract the cacao nibs, which are then refined and conched, prior to being tempered and molded into bars, then packaged for distribution.

Test-run for budding chocolatiers

Tour attendees also got a sneak peek into chocolate making by making our own personalized chocolate bars.

Godel Chocolate
Tempered chocolate is poured into moulds then agitated to get rid of air bubbles.
Godel Chocolate
Nuts, dried fruits, marshmallows and cacao nibs are added to the chocolate.
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The chocolate is then chilled, then wrapped.
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Here’s my finished product!

Chocolate-making solutions

At its core, Godel Chocolate is a solutions-based company. It sells a line of equipment to help small chocolate producing businesses manage the processes involved in chocolate making from bean sorting to packaging.

Godel Chocolate
After quality checking, the cacao beans are sorted according to size to ensure even roasting. Roasting is done to develop flavor, eliminate moisture and bacteria, and loosen the beans outer covering.
Godel Chocolate
The roasted cacao beans are then cracked and winnowed to separate the husks from the nibs. While other chocolate manufacturers would usually discard the husks, Godel has created a process to turn these into cacao tea.
Godel Chocolate
The cacao nibs ground and refined and conched to produce a smooth mixture called a cocoa mass or cocoa liquor.
Godel Chocolate
The cocoa mass is then pressed to extract the cocoa butter – used in cosmetics, among others – and cocoa powder which is used for chocolate production.
Godel Chocolate
The cocoa powder is then mixed with correct amount of cocoa butter, prior to tempering and moulding.
Godel Chocolate
The resulting chocolate bars are then cooled and demoulded, scanned for impurities then packaged for distribution.

Want to get in the chocolate-making business? Get more details about Godel Solutions by visiting its website or calling +63 2 88693754 to 56.

The tour ended at the factory’s store which showcases Godel Chocolate products and dessert creations.

Chocolate Products

Godel Chocolate products are made from fermented cacao beans directly sourced from organic farmers in Davao, North Cotabato and South Cotabato. By adhering to chocolate making fundamentals and carefully managing its production processes from bean to bar, Godel Chocolates is able to craft chocolate products that are simple in formulation but packed with flavor.

Godel Chocolate
Specialty Bean-to-Bar Chocolates: Chocolate Peppermint, Milk Chocolate with Dried Mango, Chocolate with Nibs
Godel Chocolate
Cacao Nibs. High in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects. Can be eaten as a snack, added to a slightly sweeter food for texture and flavor or used as an ingredient in desserts.
Godel Chocolate
Cacao Tea. Available loose-leaf or in tea bags. Rich in antioxidants and flavonoids.
Godel Chocolate
Tablea. Made of 100% pure cocoa mass, no sugar added, and produces a smooth and rich chocolate drink
Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate

Other products include:

  • Bean-to-bar Chocolates: 70% (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter), 50% (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin), 50% milk (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin)
  • Specialty Bean-to-bar Chocolates: Tablea Bar, Organic 70% Chocolate, White Chocolate, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Cashews, Milk Chocolate with Almonds
  • Origins Bean-to-Bar Chocolates
  • Instant Tsokolate: Hot Chocolate Bomb, Stir-in Hot Chocolate
  • Dragees: Milk Chocolate-Covered Almonds
  • Seasonal Bonbon ad Milk Chocolate Bars
  • Gift Boxes and Chocolate Bars
  • Baking Ingredients

Chocolate dessert creations

Godel Chocolate products can also be made into these mouth-watering desserts.

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Cookies
Godel Chocolate
Cocoa Jelly
Godel Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse
Godel Chocolate
Salted Caramel Cake

This factory tour has certainly opened my eyes to the myriad possibilities for budding entrepreneurs in the local chocolate industry and strengthened my appreciation for our home-grown chocolate products.

Want to check out these chocolate possibilities for yourself? Book your slot at an upcoming Godel Factory Tour here.

Tours are priced at Php800/head with private group tours for up to twelve persons priced at Php8000.

Godel Chocolate

Godel Chocolate is a trademark of JCG Marketing Group, Inc. Its factory is located at 11C Sampaguita Avenue, UPD IV, Paranaque City.

To know more about Godel Chocolate, follow it on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube.

Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate
Godel Chocolate

Shop for Godel Chocolate Products at:

  • Official Online Shop, Shopee and Lazada
  • Godel Chocolate Kiosk at SM City North EDSA
  • Gourdo’s: Alabang Town Center, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, UP Town Center, The Podium, SM City Fairview
  • Salcedo Community Market (Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Saturdays, 7am-2pm)
  • Ayala Alabang Saturday Market (117 University Avenue, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, Saturdays, 6am-2pm)

5 signs it’s time to consider buying your own home

For most of us, home ownership is a major milestone.

It is not just the hallmark of the ability to make a significant long-term financial commitment, it is also the start of putting down roots. It involves creating a home and establishing your presence in a community for a long period of time, perhaps even permanently. When you own a home, your family has a place to grow up in, and you have a legacy to pass on to your children.

Home ownership also demands some sacrifice: aside from the major financial investment involved, you also need to maintain the home, keeping it clean and in good condition and ensuring that its facilities – from its furnishings and appliances to its fixtures – are working well.

Lumina Homes

With all of these important considerations, how can you know if you’re ready to own a home?

Here are some signs:

  • You have a stable income. Paying off your home mortgage will take a significant portion of your budget over many years. You need to be able to count on a steady job or other revenue streams such as investments or side hustles to afford your monthly mortgage payments.
  • You have saved – a lot! – for a rainy day. Should an emergency occur while you are making those monthly house payments, you need to be able to handle both without putting yourself in a sticky financial predicament. A good rule of thumb is to have money equivalent to six months of your monthly house payments set aside as savings prior to signing the deed.
Lumina Homes
  • You have good credit. How you handle small debts – such as credit card payments – can be a strong indicator of how you will handle major financial responsibilities such as house payments.
  • You are comfortable with managing and maintaining a home. Aside from making your monthly payments, home ownership also comes with many responsibilities such as maintaining the property, making repairs and remodeling when needed.
  • Your life is aligned with home ownership. If you are at a time when you want more space to raise a family, pursue hobbies and interests, or to put down roots in an area you love, then it may be time to set up a home of your own.
Lumina Homes

So if you think you’re ready to dive into home ownership, be sure to check out your nearest Lumina Homes project!

These projects are available in over 50 key cities and municipalities in the Philippines such as in Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, Isabela, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, South Cotabato and Davao del Norte.

Each is strategically located close to major thoroughfares, transport hubs, schools, hospitals, and business and leisure centers.

Inside these communities are well-designed and constructed house models for one that will suit your needs from single-story starter home rowhouses to two-storey townhomes and detached units, all built with living and dining areas, provision for bedrooms, service areas, as well as toilet and bath.

Aside from having an affordable yet comfortable abode, living at a Lumina Homes community also affords you with amenities that are conducive to enjoyable times spent out of doors.

These include a basketball court, children’s playground, function hall, and mini gardens enclosed in a perimeter fence with 24/7 security, plus free shuttle service to and from town.

Lumina Rosario

Getting your own Lumina dream home is made even easier, thanks to various financing options, such as:

  • Pag-Ibig Financing which offers the lowest possible interest rate with a 14-month downpayment term and a 30-year maximum loan term
  • Bank Financing which has faster loan processing with a 16-month downpayment term and a 20-year maximum loan term
  • Deferred Financing which involves straight payment of total contract price over 24 month at 0% interest
  • Spot Cash which involves full payment of total contract price applying a 6% discount if made within 30 days from payment of reservation fee, 8% if made within the reservation month, and 10% if made within 10 days of reservation date
Lumina Homes

Here’s how to get Php500 off when reserve your own Lumina home online:

  1. Visit Lumina Homes’ website.
  2. Click “E-Services” and “Reserve Online” then fill out your details.
  3. Fill out the project name, phase, block and lot of your preferred Lumina project.
  4. Proceed to payment and use my code JLBLMN500. Payments via GCash or debit/credit cards are accepted.

Prima Casa Land & Houses, Inc., known through its “LUMINA” brand, has evolved to be the practical choice of everyone in realizing their dream of home ownership. Lumina is the leading mass housing developer in the country with its roster of value-priced homes in affordable and self-sustaining communities.

For more information and announcements, follow @luminahomesofficial on Facebook or visit Lumina Homes’ official website at www.lumina.com.ph.

Maximize your budget and groceries with Robinsons Supermarkets’ PISO Sale at MetroMart this October 14-17

As we are heading into the holiday season, the double digit promos, payday discounts and PISO SALEs are also ramping up! And with this payday weekend, you can definitely double down on the deals from the Robinsons Supermarket PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart this October 14-17, 2022.

Metromart Robinsons Piso Pay

Power to the Piso

Don’t miss out on the upcoming Robinsons Supermarket PISO SALE, exclusively available via MetroMart topbilling the mid-October payday weekend this October 14-17, 2022. You’ll have a chance to snag premium brands and products in big quantities for ₱1.00 ONLY! It’s perfect for stocking up your pantry, and the big quantities are great for sharing among members of the family.  These include Delimondo  Ranch Style Corned Beef, Coke Zero Sugar, Oreo Vanilla Cookies, Selecta Fortified Milk, Gardenia Sliced Bread, and Colgate Triple Action Toothpaste.

The Right Timing

Select products are available for only ₱1.00 within schedules of 9AM- 2PM & 3PM-8PM throughout October 14-17, 2022, Friday until Monday. The first PISO SALE day will also have the 1-peso products available the whole day, from 9AM – 8PM.

Metromart Robinsons Piso Pay

Please see the PISO SALE itinerary below:

Date and TimeItemRetail Price
Oct 14, 9am-8pmDelimondo Ranch Style Corned Beef 380G
Gardenia Regular Slice Whitebread
₱185.00
₱79.00
Oct 15, 9am-2pmRuffles Cheddar Sour Cream 6.5oz
Coke Zero Sugar 2L
₱157.50
₱74.50
Oct 15, 3pm-8pmSelecta Fortified Milk 1L x2
Oreo Vanilla x9
₱150.50
₱74.00
Oct 16, 9am-2pmCoke Zero Sugar 2L
Mi Sedaap Spicy Chicken 87g x5
Mi Sedaap Mi Goreng 91G x5
₱74.50
₱88.00
₱88.00
Oct 16, 3pm-8pmColgate Triple Action Toothpaste 175G 2pcs
Zonrox ColorSafe Bleach 900ML
₱185.00
₱67.25
Oct 17, 9am-2pmCDO Funtastyk Chicken Tocino 450g
CDO Chicken Ham 250G
₱173.00
₱99.75
Oct 17, 3pm-8pmGardenia US600 Thick Slice Whitebread
Libby’s Vienna Sausage
Robinsons Interfold Kit 1ply 120 pulls 3 pcs
₱79.00
₱65.00
₱98.00
*Sale items are subject to availability in Robinsons Supermarket branches. 

Bank promos and cashbacks

200 or 300 pesos shaved off of your total tab can go a long way, and the trick may lie in the payment method! Most banks offer discounts for both their debit and credit cardholders. Even e-wallet fintech platforms like GCash and Maya do the same. Partnered with the PISO SALE, you can definitely stretch your peso and purchasing power with your MetroMart order!

Metromart Robinsons Piso Pay

Nationwide PISO SALE

This payday weekend event is also available throughout the Philippines, where MetroMart has expanded its serviceable locations! The PISO SALE is available in participating branches of Robinsons Supermarket via the MetroMart app and website, all over Metro Manila and key locations throughout the Philippines, including Bicol, Palawan, Tagaytay, Pangasinan, Cavite, Cebu, Baguio and Davao

The Robinsons Supermarket PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart, is applicable to New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A min. spend of only ₱2,500 is required in order to avail the 1-peso sale items. Only completed checkout of orders within the scheduled day and time can avail the discounted items.

Metromart Robinsons Piso Pay
Metromart Robinsons Piso Pay

Are you new to MetroMart? Sign up for a MetroMart account here and enjoy Php200 grocery credit.

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include  S&R (with or no membership card required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours!

Over 160,000 products are available with MetroMart’s 500+ partner supermarkets and partner specialty stores. Order your groceries through http://www.metromart.com, or download the app on iOS or Android app store.

For more updates on MetroMart, follow it on Facebook and Instagram at @metromartph.

Details provided in a recent press release.

Why you should design your bedroom with a Scandi aesthetic

The Scandinavian aesthetic – which originated from Nordic countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland – has stayed in prominence among design styles preferred by home owners for quite some time.

Characterized by clean lines, light spaces and the absence of clutter – hallmarks of Nordic minimalism – this design theme has the surprising ability to imbue the look and feel of warmth and welcome into a space, as well as having a strong visual appeal.

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IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle

Basic Principles

Scandinavian design is guided by the principles of balance and harmony with one’s environment using well-crafted and high-quality items while remaining unencumbered by excess clutter.

This design philosophy uses a minimalist and well-considered approach which seeks to combine beauty and functionality, resulting in a sleek and modern decor that still feels warm and inviting.

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IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle

Scandinavian design principles for the bedroom

It’s not surprising then that Scandi themes translate quite well in bedrooms.

The bedroom is space within the home dedicated to resting and restoring oneself – where one shakes off the concerns from the outside world at the end of the day, and then prepares for the challenges of a new day.

Within this space, one should be able to take a restful slumber, do relaxing activities like reading or meditation, or just enjoy one’s solitude.

The bedroom should definitely be a welcoming place, somewhere to let loose and relax. Applying Scandi design principles to one’s bedroom helps to bring about these desired effects.

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IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle

Here are rules of thumb that will help you design a tasteful Scandi bedroom:

Keep it simple.

Prioritize simplicity and functionality by keeping the bedroom free of clutter and unessential elements. Use sleek, clean-lined modern furniture, while implementing proper arrangement and storage of the room’s elements. Doing so will help to declutter your mind, resulting into a more relaxing space.

Use muted colors.

Scandi design uses quite a lot whites, grays and tans, and complements this neutral and nature-based palette with accents of blue and other bright colors. These contribute to less unwanted visual stimulation and gives the room a more soothing atmosphere.

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IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle

Maximize natural light.

Artificial sources of illumination may increase risks for migraines and eye strain so it follows that making the most of natural light will help in minimizing these risks, and has the bonus benefit of improving one’s sleep cycle.

Painting the walls white as well as making minimal use of window treatments help to optimize the natural light the enters the bedroom.

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IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
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Bring the outside in.

Nature plays a big role in Scandi design, attributable to the natural beauty of Scandinavian countries, as well as their long winter season which led to the desire to incorporate natural elements into interior spaces.

This can be achieved through the use of plants and flowers that add pops of color to the minimalist design, as well as through the use of light woods such as beech, ash and pine which inject warmth into the space.

Design for hygge.

Scandinavian design embraces the concept of hygge – the quality of coziness and comfort that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being – which would definitely suit the bedroom.

Adding elements that add joy or the feeling of living well such as cool and silky bed sheets, a comfy comforter, or tasteful artwork will not only personalize your bedroom but also create a space you would look forward to escaping to.

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IKEA Lifestyle
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Thinking of applying a Scandi aesthetic to your bedroom? It might be time to hie yourself over to IKEA for great ideas and exciting finds.

About IKEA

In 1951, the IKEA began operating as a mail-order catalogue business based in Almhult, a small, forested village in the Swedish countryside. Its founder, Ingvar Kamprad decided to sell good-quality furniture at low prices.

Since 2008, IKEA has been recognized as the largest furniture retailer in the world, with presence in Europe, Middle East, North Africa, East Asia, India, Southeast Asia, Oceania and North America.

In 2021, opened its largest store in the world right in our home turf, a 65,000 square meter outlet located in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City which houses over 8,000 items.

IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle
IKEA Lifestyle

You can visit IKEA Pasay at the MOA Square, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Barangay 76 Zone 10, CBP-IA, 1300 Pasay City, open daily from 10am to 10pm.

You may also order online through its website.

To stay updated on its promos and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Header Image by Freepik | Other photos taken during store visit to IKEA Pasay.

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