Lumina Homes offers 5% discount on reservation e-vouchers for a limited period

We’ve loved Lumina Homes’ P100 discount, but from April 30 to May 7, 2022, you can enjoy up to P500 off the reservation fee at the Shopee 5.5 Brand Festival Sale!

Level up your online shopping and adulting skills by making a no-nonsense purchase—your very own Lumina Homes house and lot or condo unit this summer, which you can reserve by simply tapping on your mobile phone. And while you’re at it, take advantage of Lumina’s 5% off on reservation fee e-vouchers.

You can use this at Shopee Mall using this link. And here are the house models exclusively available on Shopee 5.5 Brand Festival Sale:

Lumina Shopee 5.5

Still wondering how to start? Here’s the step-by-step guide to claim you discounted e-voucher:

  • Proceed to Lumina Homes Shopee Mall store at www.shopee.ph/luminahomesofficial
  • Browse through the available or featured home reservation e-vouchers;
  • Read the e-voucher description and chat with the seller to inquire about Lumina Homes projects location where you can use the e-voucher;
  • Choose your preferred e-voucher and click “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” and pay for the e- voucher through Shopee Pay, GCash, or credit card.
  • The Lumina Homes Expert will receive a notification of the sale, then he/she will contact you to schedule an online appointment for marketing briefing and completion of documents.

Who knew reserving your first home (or investment) could be as easy as ordering your favorite goodies at Shopee, and at a super discount? The promo only runs for 1 week so hurry now, grab your phone and look for Lumina Homes in the Shopee app.

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.

Details provided by Lumina Homes in a recent press release.

Lumina Homes extends Shopee Pay Piso Deals

The heat is spelling summertime, but it keeps on raining P100 discount vouchers at Lumina Homes’ ShopeePay Piso Deals!

Extended to April 30, 2022, Lumina’s favorite vouchers are still up for grabs for only P1 at no minimum spend. Use them for various Lumina Homes transactions nationwide, such as reservation fees, monthly down payment, in-house monthly amortizations, and whatnot.

The vouchers are valid up to 30 days after purchase, and can be availed of through ShopeePay Discount, Cashback Vouchers, or offline payment vouchers purchased in advance.

Lumina Homes Shopee Pay Piso Deals

How to get your own discount vouchers?

Using your Shopee app, follow these easy steps to get your own discount voucher:

  • Tap the “ShopeePay Near Me” section;
  • Click the “See All” and look for Lumina Homes “Discount Voucher”;
  • Read the voucher product details and click “Buy Now”;
  • Using ShopeePay, click ”Pay Now” to get your Php1 voucher;
  • You can now use or view your Discount Vouchers in the “My Vouchers” wallet.

How to redeem your discount vouchers?

Follow these simple steps to get your discount vouchers for your Lumina Homes transactions:

  • Look for the general scanner from the homepage of Shopee’s App;
  • Scan the QR in the Lumina Office;
  • Enter the total amount to be paid in the transaction;
  • In the voucher section, choose the “Lumina Homes: Discount Voucher” or “Cashback Vouchers and click “Use” to apply the discount;
  • The payment details will show the voucher’s instructions and rewards earned;
  • Click “Pay Now”.
Lumina Homes Shopee Pay Piso Deals

Lumina Homes has 50 developments in several key locations nationwide, and it won’t be hard to choose among sites: Rizal, Bulacan, 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.

It’s so hot to go house tripping, though, so feel free to get a first feel via virtual tour. Because who says you can’t go “dream home-hopping” around the country in a single day? Visits to Lumina projects have never been this amazing!

For more information and announcements, follow Lumina Homes on Facebook or visit its official website.

MetroMart now in Davao and Bicol

Even more Filipino communities will now experience the convenience of online grocery shopping, as MetroMart – the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines – expands its services to Davao and Bicol.

Starting on March 28, 2022, MetroMart will provide its grocery delivery service in Davao with Robinsons Supermarket and S&R. Launching on the same day, Robinsons Supermarket will also be available on MetroMart for the Bicol area. Users in Davao and Bicol will now be able to order their complete range of groceries from fresh, frozen and dry goods from Robinsons Supermarket and S&R. And to top it off, you do not need an S&R membership to shop from S&R!

MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao
MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao

New Users of MetroMart in these locations can also get additional discounts. Use the code HELLODAVAO or HELLOBICOL to get FREE Delivery for a minimum spend of ₱1,000. Promos are applicable in their respective serviceable areas only, valid from March 28 to April 30, 2022.

“We’re excited to announce our nationwide expansion to more cities in the Philippines and to share the convenience of online grocery shopping from the MetroMart website and mobile app to more Filipino families. We are grateful for the opportunity to empower and provide income to our hardworking Personal Shoppers and Riders who are joining the MetroMart family, as well.” Stefano Fazzini, CEO and co-founder of MetroMart, said. “Stay tuned for more updates on new locations, new merchants, and more discount deals from MetroMart this 2022.”

MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao
MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include Robinsons Supermarket, S&R (no membership required), Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart 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 less than 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/MetroMartPH. Order groceries online or download the app via http://metromart.app.link/.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

5 things to fix in your bedroom for a blissful slumber

With our very busy lives, we deserve our restful sleep as well.

After all, getting enough sleep has a myriad of health benefits that we simply can’t ignore. These include heightened immunity, prevention of weight gain, as well as improved mood, memory, productivity and heart health.

As a place to rest and restore ourselves, our bedroom needs to be set up and decorated accordingly.

So scan through your bedroom and take note of what you can improve to give yourself a well-deserved blissful slumber.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Bed.

The primary furniture in the room determines much of your comfort as you slumber. The quality of your mattress, pillows and beddings will greatly factor into your sleeping conditions.

Gadgets.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the use of electronic devices at night tend to delay the time that we fall asleep, reducing the total sleep duration. These devices also affect our brains, stimulating our minds and making it harder for us to doze off. The blue light they emit also disrupts our body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.

Now, it would be highly unlikely for us to ban all our technology from the bedroom but we can pare down our use of them once we enter our sanctuary. We can avoid using them an hour before we go to sleep, place them in drawers to keep them out of sight and resist the urge to reach for them when we wake up at night.

AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom

Lighting.

Light is the key player when it comes to regulating our circadian rhythm, with the darkest possible room cited as the most conducive to sleep. Darkness also reduces potential visual distractions and disruptions to sleep.

To help make your bedroom as dark as possible, consider equipping the room with blackout curtains and a small, low-power lamp. If you still have considerable light in the space which disrupts your sleep, you may want to purchase a comfy yet close-fitting eye mask.

Ventilation and Temperature.

As we enter the hot summer months, proper ventilation and room temperature become even more crucial to catching our Zzzs. Aside from air-conditioning, you can also help cool your room down by using electric fans to circulate air, and creating cross-ventilation within the home by opening or closing doors and windows.

AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom

Scents.

Don’t underestimate the power of your nose. Some fragrances can help promote relaxation which, in turn, makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up the following morning feeling well-rested.

Clean-smelling sheets have been observed to help in promoting comfortable sleep, as well as the use of aromatherapy in the form of essential oils applied to pillows or placed in diffusers. Lavender, rose, roman chamomile, jasmine and ylang-ylang are among those that have been seen to contribute to restful slumber.

Clutter.

In the same way that messy surroundings impede your ability to work at optimum levels, clutter in your bedroom could also prevent you from getting the sleep you need.

Clear out items that do not help you relax by regularly tidying up your bedroom and storing your electronic gadgets and small items in your drawers. Vacuum your bedroom rugs and mattress regularly to get rid of dustmites that trigger allergies.

Ready to set up your room to give you the best kind of sleep?

Shop for bedroom essentials that will help you get to Sleep Town at AllHome.

AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom
AllHome Bedroom

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and Libis. Used with permission.

Nokia Personal Audio updates E-series wireless earphones range

Nokia Personal Audio updates its Essential Series (E-series) with new products and new retail pricing that allows every Juan to choose what matches their need and budget. Nokia fans can now take home a new pair of True Wireless earphones for as low as Php999.

The Fan-Favorite, Nokia E3100 more affordable at Php999

Nokia Personal Audio E-Series

Nokia E3100, the brand’s fast-selling wireless earphones gets a massive price update! From Php1,499, the entry-level offer of Nokia is now priced at Php999. This enables individuals who prefer wired-earphones and first time Bluetooth earphones users to switch and try True Wireless technology without breaking the bank. With its fun colorways and affordable price tag, the E3100 became an instant hit in the market.

See actual battery level on-the-go with E3102’s LED Display

Nokia Personal Audio E-Series

The new Nokia E3102 (Php2,199) are Bluetooth 5.1 in-ear true wireless earphones that delivers immersive sound, with up to 20hrs of battery life. It is designed with a comfortable in-ear structure that provides excellent noise isolation for full music immersion. E3102’s charging case comes with a Digital LED display which allows users to check battery consumption anytime.

ANC technology now accessible at Php4,199

Nokia Personal Audio E-Series

Nokia E3511 (Php4,199) offers pure audio bliss through Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with enhanced voice pick-up. The newest addition in the E-Series have a battery case that comes with a lightweight halogen-free alloy construction and carries power of up to 25 hours. It has a Smart EQ that delivers an adaptive level of noise cancellation when answering calls, allowing users to focus on what matters.

The Nokia E-Series is now available in all Nokia Personal Audio online stores, nationwide!

Nokia Personal Audio E-Series

To know more about Nokia Personal Audio products, visit:

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Spruce up your outdoor areas to supplement your wellness goals at AllHome

Summer’s almost here and you know what that means: more time spent outdoors!

During pre-pandemic times, outdoor living spaces such as patios, decks and porches – were used mainly for entertainment and recreation. However, in the past two years, people are increasingly doing activities outside such as gardening, barbecuing, playing with their kids and pets, exercising, or simply relaxing.

AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

International Casual Furnishings Association executive director Jackie Hirschhaut reported that in contrast to consumer behavior in early 2020 where outdoor spaces were being designed to complement homes and lifestyles, current trends indicate outdoor spaces are now being created to supplement that “supplement our sense of well-being and transform an outdoor area into an outdoor room.”

AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

Clearly, outdoor areas are being used for purposes that promote physical, social and mental health.

AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

These include:

  • Having a convenient place to get exposed to enough sunlight to boost vitamin D levels.
  • Providing opportunities for activities that promote eye health such as “screen breaks” – time away from gadgets – and viewing objects at a range of distances – for example, a nearby potted plant and a bird flying at a distance – to manage eyestrain.
  • Having adequate spaces for increased physical activity and movement.
  • Providing opportunities to meditate, be closer to nature to reduce stress.
  • Providing opportunities to spend time with friends and loved ones for fun shared experiences.
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

When designing or reorganizing your outdoor areas to support your wellness goals, keep the purpose of the spaces top of mind:

  • Exercise. If increasing physical activity is your objective, then consider the size, mobility and storage of fitness equipment that you will include in the space.
  • Socializing. Families and friends come together over good food so aside from your outdoor grill, consider the spaces needed for convenient food preparation, serving and dining. Including gathering points or conversation pieces such as bonfire pits or water features will also help in getting people to gather up and converse.
  • Relaxation and De-stressing. Nature has a way of bringing down stress levels so incorporate nature into your outdoor spaces through greenery, water features, wide open spaces and the materials of your furniture.
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

Ready to translate these ideas into outdoor spaces that promote health and wellness? Then drop by your nearest AllHome branch today!

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.

Outdoor photos credits: Klara Kulikova, Cagin Kargi, Sonnie Hiles and Farhan Abas on Unsplash.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and AllHome Libis. Used with permission.

Go all out with your home improvement goals at AllHome Libis’ All Out Sale!

Having been stuck at home since the early days of the pandemic, your abode may seem like a prison, keeping you inside, isolated and away from the things you love to do and people you love to be with.

Well, that’s one way of looking at it.

Looking at this situation from another point of view, your home is actually your haven; it keeps you safe from the things that may harm you, and keeps you cozy as you rebuild your relationships with yourself and the people that you share your spaces with.

With this perspective, your home surely deserves a bit love, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you go all out in giving it some TLC, especially now that AllHome Libis is hosting an All Out Sale!

AllHome All Out Sale
All Home All Out Sale
All Home All Out Sale
All Home Libis Store Tour

In this biggest AllHome bazaar, you can expect jaw-dropping offers and deals on awesome selections from AllHome and its vendors, such as:

  • Items on limited stocks priced starting at Php10
  • Up to 80% discount on selected items
  • Buy one take one deals on great selections
  • A chance to take home a free digital TV, a gas stove and more when you buy orange tagged items

Now that you’re all pumped-up and ready to bring some lovin’ to your home, here are some items you might want to keep an eye out for:

For the Living Room

If your living room furniture are not making your guests (or even you!) feel welcome and comfy, it’s time to trade up to new chairs and couches that will get you feeling relaxed.

All Home All Out Sale
Chairs
All Home All Out Sale
Couches

Tidy up all that clutter with proper storage or use those bric-a-bracs to advantage by arranging them prettily on new display racks.

All Home All Out Sale
Display Racks
All Home All Out Sale
Storage

For the Kitchen and Dining Room

You would-be kitchen mavens will not get motivated to whip up delightful dishes if your cooking ware are not up to snuff. Make way for more delicious home-cooked meals when you upgrade your kitchen appliances and tools.

All Home All Out Sale
Cooking Utensils
All Home All Out Sale
Pots and Pans
All Home All Out Sale
Cooking Equipment
All Home All Out Sale
Kitchen Appliances
All Home All Out Sale
Refrigerators
All Home All Out Sale
Oven and Cooking Range

Sitting down to an intimate dinner at home will take on a restaurant-like atmosphere when you trade up your old dining ware for newer and trendier items.

All Home All Out Sale
Dining Sets
All Home All Out Sale
Dining Sets
All Home All Out Sale
Beverage Containers
All Home All Out Sale
Storage

For the Bedroom

Bring your bedroom to a new level of comfort with mood lighting to complement a new bed frame or a new mattress, or indulge your self with comfy beddings and linens that will set you off to a blissful slumber, in cooler surroundings thanks to your new air conditioner.

All Home All Out Sale
Mattresses
All Home All Out Sale
Bedframes
All Home All Out Sale
Beddings
All Home All Out Sale
Bed Linens
All Home All Out Sale
Air Conditioners
All Home All Out Sale
Lamps

For the Bathroom

Make your bathroom your personal spa with upgraded fixtures, water closets and lavatories.

All Home All Out Sale
Bathroom Fixtures
All Home All Out Sale
Water closets and Sinks

For the Builders and DIYers

If you’re into do-it-yourself projects, you can gear up with various supplies and tools, all at discounted prices.

All Home All Out Sale
Paint
All Home All Out Sale
Handyman Tools
All Home All Out Sale
Locks
All Home All Out Sale
Floor Tiles

Let’s admit: treating your home to some well-deserved sprucing up is actually good for you, isn’t it? After all, a well-appointed and beautifully maintained space does wonders to your mental health and well-being.

So be sure to drop by AllHome Libis and take advantage of the all-out awesome deals during its All Out Sale from February 23 to March 31, 2022.

AllHome Libis is located at E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, a few minutes from Eastwood City and Ortigas Avenue.

About AllHome

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also conveniently shop online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines without leaving your home.

Answers to some questions you may have about IKEA PH (but haven’t gotten around to asking)

Here’s your definitive guide to shopping at IKEA’s PH store.

One of the buzz-worthy news items to come out in the midst of the pandemic is the opening of IKEA’s first branch in the MOA Complex in November 2021, just in time to cater to the metro’s for the Christmas rush.

While many home improvement buffs and shopaholics are set all abuzz with excitement at the news, other consumers may be saying, “IKEA who?”

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

For folks who may not have yet heard of IKEA, or may be unfamiliar with its unique shopping concept, here answers to questions you may have about it but haven’t gotten around to asking.

What is IKEA?

Back in 1943, Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in Smaland, a historic village whose stony and rugged terrain honed its inhabitants to be thrifty, innovative and possessing of a “no nonsense” approach to solving everyday problems, qualities which may explain IKEA’s way of doing business and its subsequent success.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

In 1951, the IKEA began operating as a mail-order catalogue business based in Almhult, a small, forested village in the Swedish countryside. It was at this time that 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.

Why is it named IKEA?

IKEA is an acronym composed of the founder’s initials – “IK” for Ingmar Kamprad), and for places that hold special meaning such as “E” for Emtaryd, the farm he grew up in, and “A” for Agunnaryd, his hometown in Smaland, Sweden.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

What makes the IKEA experience so unique?

Shopping at IKEA is sure to be a singular experience, with several factors coming together, such as:

A distinctive Scandinavian design.

IKEA’s furniture and housewares adhere to the Scandinavian design aesthetic which leans towards muted colors, decluttered spaces, use of natural lighting, wood accents, greenery and sleek, modern furniture.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

A one-way store layout.

Inside the store, customers are led through a counter-clockwise path that IKEA calls “the long natural way.” This path is designed to encourage customers to see the store (as well as its extensive product inventory) in its entirety, in contrast to the layout of traditional retail stores which allows customers to go straight to the section that contains their desired products. However, there are shortcuts to other sections along this path where more experienced shoppers can skip some areas and proceed directly to where they want to go.

The path starts by going through several showrooms where customers can look at or touch the furniture, taking note of product details indicated in the tags of those that catch their fancy. The customer then gets a cart and proceeds to then open-shelf market hall to pick out smaller items on display. Afterwards, they go on to the self-service furniture warehouse to collect the items they took a note of earlier in flat pack form (more on that later). Before they finally pay at one of the checkout counters, they will pass by the Circular Hub which is aimed at reducing wastage by offering previous display items or discontinued product lines at discounted prices.

IKEA
IKEA
IKEA
IKEA

Items not stocked inside the store may be collected in a separate customer service or warehouse section.

After checkout, shoppers may opt bring home their purchases by loading them to their vehicles, or make arrangements to have them delivered by IKEA’s delivery service.

Just in case buyer’s remorse rears its ugly head, shoppers have the next 365 days to return their purchases.

Experiential shopping through its showrooms.

The first IKEA showroom came about because of poor sales from the first mail catalogue, owing to the skepticism of the market regarding the quality of its products. Kamprad then decided to convert an old workshop in Almhult into a showroom. Here, customers can look at products, see how they can be tastefully arranged together and try them out prior to ordering.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Today, showrooms comprise a significant portion of IKEA stores; these serve as experiential displays where customers may engage or interact with the products (even take pictures!) or find inspiration for their own home decor.

No to shopping while hungry.

Given its layout and the sheer number of items on display, shoppers can expect to spend a significant portion of their day at the IKEA store (some visits last as long as four hours!). Probably realizing the difficulty of dealing with hungry (or hangry!) customers, IKEA opened in-store self-service cafeterias serving a simple and affordable yet tasty menu of light Swedish fare, the most famous of which are the Swedish meatballs.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
IKEA

Customers can dine in these restaurants prior to entering the showrooms or after checkout, or may choose to take out the food to enjoy at home.

How is IKEA able to sell affordably priced furniture?

While many of us Pinoys aspire to have a well-appointed and tastefully furnished home, we may not have the budget to achieve it. Over the years of its operations, IKEA has made a name for itself as the place for high-quality, yet low-priced furniture through the following practices:

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Designing that way.

According to a Business Insider article, IKEA determines what it wants to sell a product for, then designers work with suppliers to make that possible. Thus, IKEA products are of good quality but are priced affordably because they are designed that way. IKEA’s items are also manufactured in bulk, allowing the company to negotiate discounts in production and pass the savings on to customers.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Flat-packing.

Back during the days when it was a mail-order business, distributing or delivering bulky furniture was not just expensive, but also very difficult, oftentimes resulting in damaged products. In 1956, IKEA got the idea to remove the legs of its LOVET table, allowing the company to pack and ship the product in flat boxes. Doing so cost a lot less to store and transport, bringing about the practice of flat-packing.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Some assembly required.

Flat-packing then led to the practice of self-assembly by customers. With the furniture packed with its parts disassembled, buyers are left to put these together themselves. While some people may not relish the thought of having to assemble their furniture, the handy-men (and -women!) would appreciate the opportunity to tinker around with their tools while producing something beautiful for their homes, as well as the savings this arrangement brings to them.

Think self-assembly is not for you? You may opt to avail of IKEA’s Assembly Service if you’re willing to part with a few more bucks.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

The all-important tag.

In IKEA, you won’t find a lot of store associates following you around to answer questions you may have about the store’s wares. Instead, all important information, aside from the price, are provided in the product tags such as the product’s size, color, material, measurements, features, whether you would need to be assisted by a store staff to purchase the item and most importantly, its location in the warehouse, allowing you to locate and collect the item before checkout.

The tag empowers a lot of the self-service among customers while in the store, allowing the company to hire fewer people and, again, pass the savings on to customers.

Can I shop for IKEA items online?

If the idea of braving the metro’s traffic and the crowds while shopping does not appeal to you, fear not: you have the option to shop online.

At its website, shoppers can select the items they wish to purchase according to room, category, series or collection; add these to their cart for checkout or, if out stock or available only in-store, save them to a shopping list to serve as their guide when they visit the physical store.

IKEA
IKEA

Online shoppers may also opt to Click and Collect, wherein they can buy online and pick up their purchases at nearby designated locations, saving them the long commute, the trek through the various store displays and the effort of locating their purchases in the self-serve warehouse.

Customers may also download the IKEA Mobile App for more convenient online shopping using their mobile devices.

Where is its Philippine store located?

Shopping at IKEA’s brick and mortar store is an experience not to be missed, as its various showrooms and displays welcome customers to try, touch and feel its products.

IKEA
IKEA

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.

In accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines, all customers are encouraged to practice physical distancing and wear face masks while inside store premises. As only vaccinated individuals are allowed inside, proof of vaccination status is required upon entry.

With this guide to shopping at IKEA, I hope you’re all set for your visit to its Philippine store. Let me know how it goes!

Home accents from AllHome to liven up your spaces

Do you sometimes feel reluctant to bring visitors to your home, thinking that they’ll find your place too blah?

When you leaf through lifestyle magazines, do you find yourself wishing your home is as full of pizzazz as those featured in those pages?

While large furniture pieces may be hard to get rid of or replace, you can easily add a home accessory to your space that will totally change its look.

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AllHome Decor
AllHome Decor
AllHome Decor

Why accessorize your home?

Similar to how, in fashion, the right accessories add personality to a whole outfit, the right home accents can imbue your spaces with your own style and uniqueness.

Accent pieces can impart a seasonal feel to your decor. By choosing accessories that embody the time of the year, you can bring the changing seasons to your home.

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AllHome Decor
AllHome Decor
AllHome Decor

Are you ready to accessorize your home? Here are some sensible rules of thumb to guide your selections:

  • Go for quality over quantity. You don’t need to fill your spaces with as many bric-a-bracs as you can get your hands on. Just go for a few choice pieces that will impart style and uniqueness to your area.
  • Go for pops of color and interesting changes in texture. Accent pieces should add visual interest to the room by providing contrast from large and neutral-colored pieces of furniture.
  • Consider how the pieces fit into the room and with each other. Consider the proportion and scale of the pieces against the space: miniscule figurines in large mantel may just appear like clutter and a large piece of artwork will crowd a small room. To get a feel of how to arrange your accessories, start with the one or two larger pieces (use such items sparingly), then add small ones to fill in the space or achieve balance.

Top Picks from AllHome

The good news is that you won’t have to travel far to get good selections of home accessories: simply drop by your nearest AllHome outlet or shop online at allhome.com.ph.

Check out some of my top picks and see which ones can be worked in to your home.

Plants. Greenery adds freshness to a space, hence the proliferation of indoor plants painstakingly cared for by the resident plantito or plantita in many homes However, if you don’t have the time to care for a real plant, getting artificial plants or preserved flower arrangements is the next best thing.

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Capiz Vase with Preserved Dried Flowers Frances

Storage items. Tidy up your clutter while injecting some style to the area with chic decorative items that also serve as storage.

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Y1915 Round Woven Basket with Handle
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EZ SPACES Triped Storage Basket

Tabletop decor. Add style to the various areas in the house through small but interesting pieces that can be placed on top of surfaces like tables, shelves, racks or mantels.

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Asahi Digital Clock
AllHome Accessories
Candle Bucket Scent Vanilla Tea Lights
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ELM M-125 LANTERN

Wall decor. Break the monotony of the walls of your room through eye-catching wall-mounted decor or functional items such as clocks or memo boards.

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Decorative Wall Décor Metal Flower
AllHome Accessories
Wall Art Canvass PR-Flowers 36X24
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ATHOME Beny Traz Beny Memo Holder
AllHome Accessories
ATHOME Ess Kitchen Pan Steak Wall Clock

Mirrors. Want to make a room look bigger or bring in more light to a space? You can do both with strategically placed mirrors.

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Rattan Loop Sunburst Decorative Mirror
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Mirror Cabinet Organizer with side lock

So when you feel like your home is looking a bit drab or dull, you know that you can always jazz it up with a few well-chosen accents!

About AllHome

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

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AllHome Decor
AllHome Decor
AllHome Decor

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also conveniently shop online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines without leaving your home.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and product images taken from allhome.com.ph. Used with permission.

Why Rizal is the perfect setting for your dream home

If you’re tired of the constant traffic, heat and pollution of the metro, but still want to have the option to venture into its cities every once in a while, then investing in your own house and lot in Rizal may be your best option.

Removed from the chaos of the metro but still highly accessible

Being located just outside Metro Manila, the province of Rizal offers you an alternative way of life compared to the busier conditions of living in the metro.

However, with new developing infrastructure such as the Metro Manila Expressway, as well as established public transport systems between Metro Manila and Rizal, you’re only a short ride away from where you want to go.

The site for sights, culture and leisure

With its location at the foot of Sierra Madre, with Laguna de Bay to the south, the province of Rizal also affords easy access to incredible sights. These include the awesome views from atop limestone formations at the Masungi Georeserve, waterfalls surrounded by lush forests such as Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls, and the dramatic sight of giant windmills against the azure sky at the Pililla Wind Farm.

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Pililla Wind Farm, Pililla
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Pililla Wind Farm, Pililla

Known as “The Cradle of Philippine Art,” Rizal houses notable museums such as Pinto Art Museum, which showcases contemporary artworks, and Casa Santa, which houses what is considered to be the most extensive private collection of Santa Claus items in the world.

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Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
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Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
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Casa Santa, Antipolo
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Casa Santa, Antipolo

Many leisure resorts capitalize on Rizal’s relaxing atmosphere. Aside from scenic vistas and refreshing swimming pools, resorts like Bahay Bakasyunan also provide adventure-themed activities that make the most of its natural surroundings such as ziplining, wall-climbing, ATV rides and more.

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Bahay Bakasyunan, Tanay
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Bahay Bakasyunan, Tanay

Gastronomic pleasures in beautiful surroundings

Taking advantage of the province’s rich culinary heritage, abundance of fresh ingredients and naturally stunning environments, restaurateurs are setting up their destination eateries in Rizal.

Sammy’s in Cainta serves Indonesian-inspired food in a cozy and intimate setting, while the Burrow Cafe in Taytay features a seasonal menu made with locally sourced ingredients in a underground cafe surrounded by a verdant forest. Tahanan Bistro in Antipolo, on the other hand, showcases Filipino food served against a breathtaking view of Metro Manila cityscape.

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Sammy’s Cainta
Sammy’s, Cainta
Sammy’s, Cainta
Burrow Cafe, Taytay
The Burrow Cafe, Taytay
Burrow Cafe, Taytay
The Burrow Cafe, Taytay
Tahanan Bistro, Antipolo
Tahanan Bistro, Antipolo
Tahanan Bistro, Antipolo
Tahanan Bistro, Antipolo

A progressive province

Being so near Metro Manila, Rizal is among the most progressive provinces in the country.

In an April 2013 study, the National Statistics Coordination Board (NCSB) reported that Rizal is the third least poor province in poverty incidence after Cavite and Laguna, indicating its thriving economy that makes it a desirable place to live.

Affordable housing within easy reach

The province also offers affordable house options, particularly in Lumina Baras.

Located in Brgy. Concepcion in Baras, Rizal this newest housing development is just three minutes away from the National Road. Its location affords its residents with easy access to these establishments:

  • Marketplaces and Malls: Baras New Market, Savemore Tanay, Puregold Tanay
  • School, Colleges & Universities: Baras Elementary School, URS Morong, STI College
  • Hospitals and Clinic: Rizal Provincial Hospital System Tanay Annex, Ospital ng Baras, Tanay General Hospital
  • Places of Worship: St. Joseph Parish Church, Inglesia Ni Cristo Baras, St. Jerome Parish Church

Lumina Baras has an array of house models to suit the different needs of homeowners.

Anna Rowhouse. A single-storey dwelling with a 24 square meter floor area and a 36 square meter lot area. Its features include a living area, dining and kitchen with provisions for one bedroom, a service area and toilet and bath, quite suitable as a starter home. Price starts at Php583,000.

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Lumina Polomolok

Angelique Duplex. A two-storey duplex home with a 35 square meter floor area and a 54 square meter lot area. Its features include a living area, dining and kitchen with provisions for two bedrooms, a service area, toilet and bath, and a carport. It’s quite well-suited for a small family. Price starts at Php1,450,000.

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Lumina Homes Angelique Duplex
Lumina Homes Angelique Duplex
Lumina Homes Angelique Duplex

Angeli Single Firewall. A two-storey single firewall home with a 42 square meter floor area and a 54 square meter lot area. Its features include a living area, dining and kitchen with provisions for three bedrooms, a service area, toilet and bath, and a carport, perfect for a growing household. Price starts at Php1,704,000.

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Armina Single Firewall. A two-storey home with a 42 square meter floor area and a 54 square meter lot area. Its features include a living area, dining and kitchen with provisions for three bedrooms, a service area, toilet and bath, and a carport. It also comes with additional features such as a free ceiling and tiles on the ground floor. Price starts at Php1,900,000.

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Athena Single Firewall. A two-storey single firewall home with a 53 square meter floor area and a 63 square meter lot area. It comes complete with one living area, one dining and kitchen, one toilet and bath, three bedrooms, one family area, a service area and a parking space. It will appeal to families who already want a complete home upon move-in. Price starts at Php2,000,000.

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These Lumina homes are well-built, made from high-quality materials and designed with modern conveniences in mind.

Within these walls, you and your family can rest and recharge, spend time with each other and pursue your various passions from from art, to cooking and more, even setting-up a home gym!

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Lumina Polomolok

A lot of fun and adventure also await when you venture outside your home into your master-planned Lumina Baras community. You will find a basketball court and a play area where young and old alike can enjoy physical activity, as well as a multi-purpose hall and a gazebo where neighbors can gather for events and celebrations.

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Lumina Rosario
Lumina Polomolok

Investing in your own Lumina house and lot is made even easier, thanks to various financing options, such as:

  • Pag-Ibig Financing: offers the lowest possible interest rate with a 14-month downpayment term and a 30-year maximum loan term
  • Bank Financing: has faster loan processing with a 16-month downpayment term and a 20-year maximum loan term
  • Deferred Financing: involves straight payment of total contract price over 24 month at 0% interest
  • Spot Cash: 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

So explore the possibilities of living so close to Metro Manila but removed from much of its hustle and bustle by residing in Baras, Rizal. Contact Lumina Baras by calling +63 956 6252026 or +63 916 5641903.

For its latest updates, visit the Lumina Homes website, or follow it on Facebook.

Stock up on your favorite Tanduay Products in time for the holidays

Don’t wait for the holiday rush to stock up on your liquors. Head to www.shots.ph to purchase your favorite Tanduay products. Shop without the hassle with just a few clicks or taps. To make your shopping even easier, the official e-commerce store of Tanduay offers several product deals that you won’t find elsewhere.

Assorted Bundles

Tanduay’s Asian Rum Gold and Silver are two of its most-awarded products. It has been recognized in numerous international wines and spirits competitions. With the Asian Rum Bundles, you can purchase these products along with add-ons. The bundles are available from PhP1,200 and up.

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your rum-loving friends and colleagues, you’ll never go wrong with the Tanduay Asian Rum Gold and Silver in a specially designed packaging by Kenneth Cobonpue. It also comes with a rock glass designed by the renowned Filipino artist.

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Other rum bundles that come with assorted freebies such as chips, ginger ale, and rock glasses are also available. There are bundles for whiskey lovers, too.

Not Just Rum

Not only does www.shots.ph carry Tanduay’s most popular and awarded spirits, it also offers premium Tanduay merchandise. Visit the merchandise page (https://shots.ph/collections/merchandise) for apparel, bags, and collectibles that would be the best gifts for the family.

The Theo, Philo & Tanduay Infused Chocolate is also available in the online store. This specially crafted bar combines Theo & Philo’s famous chocolate flavor with the Tanduay Asian Rum Gold’s oak and honey-like taste with hints of almond and vanilla.

Explore the website to learn more about the latest available products.

Available for Pickup and Delivery

Pickups are available from Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Pickup locations include the Shots PH Headquarters in Kapitolyo, Pasig; the Tanduay Sales offices in Pampanga, Cebu, and Laguna.

Delivery is available in Metro Manila and select areas of Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Albay, Laguna, Cavite, Cebu, and GenSan (only in areas without a liquor ban).

For more information, you may leave a message through Shots by Tanduay’s Facebook page or through Viber message at 09171330786.

Details and Images provided in a recent press release.

GrabPay brings the most sulit deals this 9.9 sale

Get discounts of up to 20% OFF or even 9X more GrabRewards points when you use GrabPay!

The much-awaited BER months have finally dawned upon us, and you know what that means – it’s the start of the holiday season! To kickstart the excitement and get everyone in on the holiday mood and festivities, GrabPay, the most rewarding e-wallet in the Philippines, is givingyou the chance to check out your favorite items with the most sulit deals this coming 9.9 sale!

Want to know about what GrabPay has in store for everyone from September 9 to 11? Whether you’re on the lookout for new makeup products, wanting to upgrade your skincare routine, or even starting to get into gaming, here are some of the deals you need to watch out for to get the most out of your 9.9 shopping spree!

Start filling your carts as GrabPay brings you the most sulit deals from your favorite online stores! Make sure that your GrabPay Card is activated and get up to 20% off on your Lazada purchases and even P200 cashback when you check-out from Shopee this 9.9 sale!

Fashion hunters in for a sulit treat as Zalora and Shein shoppers have a sure chance of scoring massive discounts as big as P2300 OFF on their shopping sprees this weekend!

Beauty and skincare enthusiast? Don’t fret, you are also in for the same rewarding treats! Check out with GrabPay as you shop for the most raved-about skincare and make-up products from BeautyMNL, Watsons, and ShopSM and get up to P200 cashback – you can even earn up to 9x GrabReward points to get the most rewarding bang for your buck from your shopping experience!

Gamers out there won’t have to miss out on the fun this 9.9, either. Snag your much-needed upgrades by using GrabPay to get Razer Gold credits and enjoy cashbacks and GrabReward points – which, in turn, you can use to purchase even more credits just by redeeming your points on the Grab app!

If you’re still deciding whether or not to jump in on the 9.9 excitement, this is your sign to start adding to cart now and get to enjoy the most rewarding and sulit shopping experience yet all brought to you by GrabPay! For more information on GrabPay, click here.
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With GLife, you can shop straight from your GCash app!

Shopping online, ordering your favorite meals and even interacting with your favorite celebs just got more exciting with GLife! The one-stop-shop that upgrades you to your superlife!

#ICYMI GLife, your one-tap entry-point to all things online shopping has just added even more merchants you’ll definitely love. Shopping for a meal for the family? A snack to eat? Or even just looking to rock out to some new speakers and tunes, GLife has got you covered, now you don’t need to go through the hassle of constantly switching apps because they have got it conveniently available for us all! Here’s a rundown of this month’s newest merchants that’ll make you want to add-to-cart ASAP.

Top Picks For Your Taste Buds

Whether it’s your cheat day or not, add these delectable options to your mental menu! 

Savor the flavors of Southeast Asian delights from Nanyang where you can get your kaya toast and kopi fix or go for heartier options like their curry, laksa, or Hainanese chicken rice meals. If it’s more of a dimsum day for you, enter the Oriental gates of Paradise Dynasty and enjoy fine Chinese dining right in the comforts of your own home. 

For more special occasions, relish the nostalgia of childhood classics with Goldilocks or go ahead and treat yourself or your family with comfort food feasts from The Racks Group with special deals from Racks, Tenya, & Rackshack. For a more personal touch, choose to make your own feast and cook up something different with trusted quality ingredients from The Rare Food Shop.

Get your fill of balanced meals with healthy options like Kenny Rogers and Go! Salads, or indulge from time to time with all the good stuff from Wildflour and Bricklane Doughnuts.

Whatever the craving, whatever the mood, and whatever the occasion – you’re bound to find something that makes your taste buds come alive on GLife.

Hobbies & Recreation

Even when it comes to different hobbies and interests, GLife has something for everyone. 

Take a break from tech and bond with your family or your closest friends with some fun games from Hobby Corner – your one-stop hobby shop for people of any age. Make the mood extra fun with some good tunes enjoyed through high quality audio from JBL’s speakers, headphones, and sound systems! 

If you’re into mobile gaming, why not flex your skills in some competitive casual gaming with Goama Games? Play anywhere by staying connected with a 5G SIM and no expiry data from GOMO! And when it comes to all your different multimedia needs, gadget goals, and dream upgrades, you can trust merchants like Datablitz, Game One PH, and Cherry to have what you need.

Home Essentials & Feel-Good Finds

From home appliances to home improvements and all the everyday essentials in between!

If you ever find yourself needing a break, curl up with a good book from Fully Booked where you can enjoy free shipping for a minimum spend of P799! You can also surprise your friends and spread some joy with something different by getting their favorite celebrity to give them a greeting with FanLove!

For those of you about to attend a period party, make your days feel extra nice knowing you’re switching to better habits that are better for the environment with Nalawoman – your go-to place for eco-friendly period care products at an affordable price where you can also get free shipping for a minimum spend of P500 when you enter the promo code “gcashnayan”. 

Aside from giving yourself and the environment some extra TLC, you can keep yourself and your family – including your fur babies – in tip-top shape with vitamins, supplements, and other health essentials for you and your pets from Healthmart and PetMart.

Want to save more on groceries and other good finds? Head on over to Triber! Asia’s social e-commerce platform for community group buying now accessible on GLife with up to 80% off in deals and discounts. You can easily breeze through how it works by going to Triber on GLife and tapping the “how to group buy” button under the FAQs section.

Curate your space with GLife. Invest in upgrades with Xtreme Appliances and explore home living possibilities with premium products from ConcepStore. Organize and declutter with quality home products at affordable prices from OKStore. And add a warm, rustic touch with Domesticity where you’ll find handcrafted pieces combining beauty and function made by a Gawad Kalinga Community in Negros Occidental. Get everything you need to turn your house into a home with GLife.

There’s always something for everyone to enjoy at GLife and if you haven’t checked it out yet, this is your sign to do so! Stay tuned for even more merchants you’ll love made even more exciting with exclusive promos and offers you won’t want to miss. If you don’t have the GCash app yet, you can download it via the App Store or Google Play. Just register your account and enjoy GCash as your new super-life app!

About GCash

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

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

Get your groceries from SM markets within an hour via GrabMart

During pre-pandemic times, my go-to for groceries was, of course, SM Markets. Aside from having a store just a stone’s throw away from my house, SM Markets also houses a wide range of grocery products: from fresh and frozen food, snack items, canned goods, personal hygiene and sanitary products, as well as cleaning and houseware goods.

However, the restrictions on mall entry, shortened mall hours and the need to maintain physical distancing resulted into longer lines and longer waiting lines at my local SM Market.

Well, that’s no longer a problem with GrabMart’s partnership with SM Markets which enables users of the Grab app to place orders from selected SM markets via the app- including SM Supermarket, Hypermarket, and Savemore- and receive their orders at home in just an hour.

For a mom like me who manages a full household but has many demands on her time, the combination of SM Markets’ wide variety of products and Grab’s fast delivery times is a great time saver and takes the worrying over how to acquire my family’s grocery needs off my plate.

And here’s another reason to shop at SM Markets via GrabMart: With a minimum order of just Php1200 from any SM Markets branch on GrabMart, groceries delivery is FREE with code SMFREEDEL! Shoppers can save even more  by getting Php300 off with a minimum order of Php2500 with the code SM300! 

Now, mommies can rest easy knowing that their grocery requirements are readily accessible just by opening the Grab app.

Aside from this new amazing partnership, SM and Grab also joined hands to promote safe shopping inside SM Malls. This include allowing users of Grab’s in-app wallet GrabPay to top up their accounts at SM Supermalls. 

For more details on how Grab facilitates life in our New Normal, visit Grab on Facebook.

Grab is the leading super app platform in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 214 million mobile devices, giving users access to millions of drivers, merchants, and agents. Grab offers a wide range of on-demand services in the region, including mobility, food, package and grocery delivery services, mobile payments, and financial services across 397 cities in eight countries.

How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

Even before the pandemic hit the Philippines, credit card fraud has been rampant in the country. Just last year, there was a recorded increase in fraud cases of almost 30 percent. With the rise of online transactions, fraudsters have found it easy to trick many cardholders into sharing their personal information and using it to steal money through unauthorized transactions.

Due to the restrictions brought by the pandemic, the e-commerce industry has grown immensely. From food and groceries to furniture and appliances, almost everything can now be bought online. With just a few taps, purchases can be made without leaving the house. It may be convenient, but these kinds of transactions pose potential risks. One wrong click can cause the leak of sensitive information without the customer knowing it.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are different types of credit card fraud that you should watch out for and how you can avoid them:

Phishing & Vishing

Phishing and Vishing are some of the most common types of credit card fraud in the country. Phishing comes in the form of emails, fake job search sites, banner ads, fake browser toolbars, text messages, and chat room messages. Vishing, which is another type of Phishing, happens in the form of phone calls from scammers pretending to be bank representatives. With Phishing and Vishing, scammers lure their victims into giving their sensitive data by offering fake and too-good-to-be-true promotions or even by claiming that the account has been compromised and will be blocked.

What you can do: Carefully examine the emails and text messages that you receive and do not click on the links right away. For suspicious emails or text messages, contact your bank immediately to verify if the message you received is valid. At the same time, listen carefully to the phone calls you get as scammers can also claim to be bank representatives. When in doubt, it’s better to ignore and not entertain them. Never give your sensitive information to anyone, especially when visiting unverified websites.

Lost or Stolen Cards

You are on your way home when you realize that your wallet is missing and it could have been stolen or it could have fallen somewhere. What’s worse is it contains your debit cards, credit cards, IDs, and cash! Whoever gets it will have access to your credit cards and can use them to make unauthorized transactions under your name. You can only hope that someone with a good heart finds it and returns it to you, but that may not always be the case.

What you can do: If this happens to you, contact your bank right away and report your lost or stolen cards so the bank can block your accounts immediately. Moreover, cardholders should treat their cards like cash. Don’t place your wallet in areas where it can be easily seen and stolen. It is also helpful to have a different pouch for cards and cash so that you do not lose everything if anything happens to your wallet.

Card Replacement Scam

It’s just another normal day when you suddenly receive a call or message asking you to surrender your credit card because it is due for a replacement and an upgrade. You’re probably wondering why. The last time you checked your credit card was working fine. Since it sounds enticing that you’re getting an upgrade, you willingly submit and give up your card. But lo and behold, it’s a scam. Now you don’t have your card and the bill is stacking up because a scammer is using it to make expensive purchases.

What you can do: Always be careful with calls or messages you receive concerning your credit card or bank account. Remember, banks will never ask you to surrender your card even if it is up for replacement. Instead, they will ask you to destroy it or to go to their branch to give you the replacement card.

Skimming

You are out of cash and you need to go to an automated teller machine (ATM). You find the nearest one, insert your card, and withdraw cash. Little did you know, the machine was rigged. Fraudsters installed a device on the machine to skim your card’s magnetic stripe which contains all your sensitive information. Or maybe, you are shopping for a nice bag at the mall and you use your credit card to pay for it. However, the cashier’s credit card terminal has already been tampered, giving fraudsters access to your account.

What you can do: Thankfully, banks have upgraded their credit cards’ microchips and switched to EMV technology, making it harder for skimming devices to collect information from your card. However, cardholders should remain vigilant. Always make sure that all of your credit card transactions happen in your presence. Keep on checking ATMs for skimming devices by shaking the card scanners before inserting your card.

Other ways you can protect yourself from fraudsters and scammers:

One way is to avoid using public WIFI when conducting credit card transactions. It’s difficult to determine if these free WIFI connections have been hacked by fraudsters who are waiting for people to expose their sensitive information.

Another is to ensure that your issuer has your updated contact information so they can reach you for any suspicious and unusual account activities. Remember that issuers will call you to verify transactions, but will not ask for your sensitive information.

When you encounter suspicious activities or unexpected declined transactions, immediately call your bank to check and advise them. You can also use your bank’s mobile app to track your activities. If it has the lock/unlock feature, choose to lock the card when not in use for increased safety. Always be on the lookout as well for notifications from your issuers.

Overall, the very key to avoiding scams is to make sure that your account details are always secured and inaccessible to the public. Never share your personal and sensitive information, like your CVV or one-time-pin (OTP), with anyone! Fraudsters will never be able to take over your account if they do not have these important information.

Today, it is so easy to ‘add to cart’ and ‘check out’, thinking na-budol na naman ako for giving into the temptations of online shopping. But the real and more dangerous budol are the credit card fraudsters who are taking advantage of the online space to trick you into giving away your hard-earned money.

As cardholders, you should take control of your credit card transactions and be extra vigilant before engaging in any online transaction as it is one of the prevalent ways that fraudsters can gain access to your sensitive information. Join the Credit Card Association of the Philippines’ (CCAP) #FightBudolMovement and protect your sensitive information, ward off fraudsters and take charge of your finances!

Follow CCAP on their Facebook page to learn more about CCAP’s campaign.

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