12 Stays of Christmas: 12 unique and luxurious Airbnb stays now available to book for only Php 1,222 each

As the country with the longest Christmas season in the world, celebrations in the Philippines are uniquely festive and filled with heartwarming homecomings, joyful reunions, and exhilarating merrymaking. 

This year, to enable Filipinos to create more meaningful celebrations during this beautiful time of the year, 12 of the country’s most amazing Airbnb stays will be made available in December for only Php 1,222* each!

Spanning across six of Airbnb’s unique Categories ranging from Design to Amazing Views, these incredible homes will be available to book for an exclusive one-night stay over two weekends: December 10 to 11, or December 17 to 18. 

“Christmas is a very special time for Filipinos. More than the colorful light displays and the exchanging of gifts, Christmas represents an opportunity for Filipinos to celebrate what really matters most — their loved ones. We hope that this special offer will encourage Filipinos to create precious memories with family and friends, while celebrating our Host community and the diversity of stays and destinations that the Philippines offer,” shares Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Each of the 12 homes below are available to book for only PHP 1,222 starting today for an unforgettable Christmas vacation — fastest fingers first!

December 10 to 11: Farm Stays, Amazing Views, and Cabins

1 Farm Stay - La Casa in Pampanga
For the perfect holiday escapade, drive up north for La Casa in Pampanga. This farm stay comes with lush fruit orchards and a crystal-clear pool for loads of splashing fun with the family.
2 Farm Stay - Hidden Rose Farm Villa in Batangas
Located in the south, Hidden Rose Farm Villa in Batangas offers a cosy bonfire pit, reading lounge, and a half-mile hiking trail and hanging bridge for a thrilling adventure.
3 Amazing Views - Beach House in Pagbilao
Fancy going off-grid this Christmas? This Beach House in Pagbilao offers the luxury of privacy amidst beautiful blue waters. You’ll even need to ride a bangka to reach the island!
4 Amazing Views - San Juan Garden Hill in Talisay
San Juan Garden Hill in Talisay promises a breath of fresh air –  this mountainside home is a sanctuary for nature lovers and boasts unprecedented views of the waters of Taal Lake.
5 Amazing Views - Kasbah Remo in Puerto Galera
Seated at the cliff edge of the Punta del Este promontory, Kasbah Remo in Puerto Galera offers guests a relaxing feeling of serenity and simplicity — thanks to its uninterrupted views of the surrounding islands, mountains, and ocean.
6 Cabin - Bufi Log Home in Tagaytay 2
One of the most beautiful cabins in Tagaytay, Bufi Log Home comes fully decked out in Christmas decor with a warming fireplace that will surely rouse everyone’s holiday spirit.
7 Cabin - Home in Tagaytay
For a classic, no-fuss getaway, this home in Tagaytay is perfect for large families or barkadas. Make sure to pack sweaters and lots of stories for long Christmas nights.

December 17 to 18: Design, Amazing Pools and Beachfront

8 Design - Moriz Place in Tagaytay
A modern-style bahay kubo made of bamboo, glass, and anahaw, Moriz Place in Tagaytay offers a perfect break from the bustle of urban living. It comes with a spacious backyard including a billiards table, darts, arcade, and roof deck.
9 Design - Modern Contemporary Villa in Bacolod
Traveling to the City of Smiles? This modern contemporary villa in Bacolod comes complete with a spacious dining area for feasting and a luxurious pool.
10 Amazing Pool - House in Pampanga
Originally a warehouse built in the 1970s, this spacious house in Pampanga reminiscent of the traditional bahay na bato sits in the middle of a 3-hectare fruit orchard.
11 Amazing Pool - Casa Nordell
Also located in the Christmas capital is Casa Nordell, a three-bedroom Spanish-inspired villa ideal for a family gathering with a huge pool and garden lined with lush trees.
12 Beachfront - Casa Angelina in Zambales
A beachfront home offering guests respite from the metro is Casa Angelina in Zambales. This wheelchair-accessible beachfront cottage is pet-friendly and lolo and lola-friendly!

Introduced in May this year, Airbnb Categories allow millions of travelers to discover homes they never knew existed and have since revolutionized how people search for vacation homes. Discover more unique stays for festive getaways by downloading the Airbnb app or visiting https://www.airbnb.com.

All Homes referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific Home listings on the Airbnb platform.

*Plus taxes and fees.

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and one-of-a-kind activities that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

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!

AirAsia celebrates 21st Birthday with Php21 one-way base fare sale

AirAsia,  in celebration of its founding 21 years ago, rolls out its Birthday Sale from November 28 to December 04, effectively slashing one-way base fares to as low as Php 21. The promo is applicable to travels happening from March 01, 2023 to March 30, 2024. 

The one-way base fare markdown applies to all domestic routes of AirAsia Philippines, which include top-leisure destinations Caticlan, Tagbilaran and Cebu. The AirAsia Birthday Sale is also bringing down the one-way base fare to international routes to as low as Php 421. 

Karen Chan, Group Chief Commercial Officer of AirAsia (Airline) shares: “It’s incredibly humbling to be celebrating 21 years of being a market leader in delivering the best value fares to now over 700 million passengers – and counting. Historically, only the affluent could afford the right to air travel but AirAsia has revolutionised and democratised the aviation industry by making travel affordable. Many millions of our guests are first time travellers who couldn’t afford to fly before AirAsia took to the skies on 8 December 2001. For the last 21 years, we have connected people to their loved ones and to exciting new places at affordable prices never seen before and we remain committed to providing accessibility to high-value air travel for the masses.”

Ricky Isla, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Philippines notes: “We join all the other airline operating centers in celebrating the innovation and disruption that AirAsia has been bringing into the airline industry since its launch more thn two decades ago. AirAsia Philippines is proud to offer to Filipinos the world-class flight service our company is known for worldwide. We shall never lose sight of our core value of attainable air travel for everyone as we diversify and transform for the modern-day traveller. Happy birthday, AirAsia!”

Avid globetrotters who wish to avail of the birthday promo may also visit the the Travel Sale Fair – tagged as December’s biggest travel convention – which is happening from December 03 to 04, 2022 at the Hall 1 of SMX Convention Manila.  The airline’s birthday celebration is set to be sustained with a 21 percent discount on all seats across all flights of AirAsia Philippines from December 05 to December 11, 2022.  

Interested guests may visit the AirAsia website for more information on the Php21 Birthday Sale.

Details provided in a recent press release.

Photo Credit: Shantum Singh on Pexels

Solane offers safe and quality Solane Sakto LPG for budget-conscious consumers

Solane has been a trusted companion of Filipino households when it comes to cooking for over 50 years, may it be simple #LutongSolane meals at home or grand and festive celebrations and get-togethers. This Christmas, Solane wants to make sure that more Filipinos enjoy their meals and celebrations without breaking the bank, even if they want to enjoy festive meals outside the house.

Solane is unveiling Solane Sakto, its mini-LPG tank holding 1.4 kilograms of kitchen fuel, perfect for budget-conscious households, students, small families, and small businesses. For the more adventurous types, Solane Sakto is also a great addition to cooking equipment to bring – no more canned food for camping!

It’s the same safe, sustainable, and quality kitchen fuel Filipinos have known, but in a sakto size!

“We have long cultivated Filipinos’ passion for cooking and celebration by providing safe and quality kitchen fuel over the decades through Solane LPG,” said Jose Antonio Gonzalez, CEO of Isla LPG, the company behind Solane. “Through the ‘tingi’ version of our trusted Solane LPG, we want more Filipinos to have access to affordable and quality kitchen fuel without compromising safety.”

To show how Solane Sakto is the perfect companion for celebrating food outside the house, Solane hosted the ‘Saktong Salu-salo with Solane’ event. Guests were treated to mouthwatering dishes while enjoying an energetic chitchat with cooking enthusiast and proud long-time Solane user Suzi Entrata-Abrera.
Chef Mark Joseph Bartolome, known as Chef Marky on Tiktok, demonstrated how to cook simple yet filling chicken fajitas, showing how the Solane Sakto is easy to install on existing LPG or canister-fed cooking stoves.

Guests also sampled best-selling dishes from some of the trendiest small businesses in the metro: Kahatea, Airballs 320, and Hungry Homies.

Details and image 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.

Ben&Ben delivers a love song that is unapologetically bare in its messaging on “Dear”

After bagging five wins including Album of the Year at the recently concluded Awit Awards 2022, Ben&Ben returns with a new single that captures the essence of romantic love without forcing or expecting anything in return.

Setting itself apart from the conventional themes often associated with the subject, the nine-piece band encapsulates love that is earned through perfect timing and experience. 

On “Dear,” Ben&Ben interprets a love song that is unapologetically bare in its messaging.

“We think it’s equally important to drop any notion of wanting to deliberately steer clear of potential sounds and themes we may have already done when being unapologetic and honest in songwriting and arranging,” the folk-pop collective says in a statement. “Like in love, the more you fight the feeling, the more one might feel internally dissonant.”

Penned by Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin, “Dear” serves as a reflection of the band’s collective and individual experiences with love so far and how one becomes stronger after going through bittersweet lessons in life. The song was recorded at A.R. Rahman’s Firdaus Studio during their time at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dear is a song that tries to capture the feeling of a deeper kind of romantic love; one that begins when a person surrenders the pursuit of a lover itself to a higher power,” reveals Ben&Ben.

From a production standpoint, “Dear” evokes the timeless feeling of nostalgia and earnestness, while capturing the sound of a generation drawn into ‘70s singer-songwriter calm and pop-rock vigor. 

“Not only were we able to use their world class studio space and equipment, but we also had the pleasure of working with the stellar team at Firdaus Studio, including Peter El Khoury, Alexander Theux, Theodore Danso, and Ali Hassan,” says the multi-award-winning band. “Unlike most of our tracks that we record individually in the studio, we decided to record this one together as a full band, and we feel the final track really reflects that more ‘old-school’ feeling of looseness and authenticity.”

Ben&Ben hopes that music fans will connect instantly with the song and get a very valid answer to the question, “How do I know when I’m sure about somebody?” As the Paninindigan Kita act puts it, “We also just really hope this song connects people together in a way that they remember the people in their lives whom they can really call ‘Dear’ as well.”

Ben&Ben’s “Dear” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

About Sony Music Entertainment

At Sony Music Entertainment, we honor the creative journey. Our creators shape movements, culture, communities, even history. And we’ve played a pioneering role in music history, from establishing the first-ever music label to inventing the flat disc record. We’ve nurtured some of music’s most iconic artists and produced some of the most influential recordings of all time. Today, we work in more than 100 countries, supporting a diverse and distinctive roster of talented creators at every level and on every stage. Situated at the intersection of music, entertainment, and technology, we bring imagination and expertise to emerging products and platforms, embrace new business models, and employ breakthrough tools—all to support the creative community’s experimentation, risk-taking, and growth. And we form deep, trusted, cause-based partnerships to uplift and empower communities around the world. Sony Music Entertainment is part of the global Sony family.

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.

Holiday like an A-lister: Celebrity-owned Airbnb Stays to book this yuletide season

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and everyone’s social calendars are filling up with long-awaited get-togethers, and joyful merrymaking over meals and drinks. For those looking for a unique holiday destination this year, here’s an idea: experience living the life of the rich and the famous by booking their homes for a day.

From picturesque rest houses to a stunning lakefront property in Canada, all owned by top Filipina celebrities — these Airbnb Stays will definitely make you and your guests feel like a VIP for the weekend or however long you wish to stay!

Marjorie Barretto’s River Garden rest house in Calumpit, Bulacan

Celebrity Airbnb
Airbnb Barretto

The Barrettos’ expansive rest house was made available on Airbnb for the first time this October, and mother-and-daughter duo Marjorie and Julia Barretto personally welcomed their first Airbnb guests. For Filipinos who missed the opportunity to book the idyllic resthouse for a refreshing getaway, Marjorie recently announced that the resthouse will remain bookable on Airbnb! 

Zsa Zsa Padilla’s Casa Esperanza in Lucban, Quezon

Celebrity Airbnb
Celebrity Airbnb

Nestled between swaying coconut trees and emerald rice paddies is Casa Esperanza, the weekend home and passion project of the “Divine Diva”, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla and partner famed architect Conrad Onglao. The estate houses several main areas: the main house with a living, kitchen, and dining area; three casitas with their own luxurious bathrooms; a service area and garage; a greenhouse and the stunning infinity pool that overlooks a pond and fountain with lush foliage all around. 

Yassi Pressman’s lakefront property in Ontario, Canada

Celebrity Airbnb
Celebrity Airbnb

British-Filipino model, and actress Yassi Pressman wrote in an Instagram post last 2021 that she had built a home in Lake Scugog, Ontario with the intention of opening its doors to travelers on Airbnb. Fast forward, the lakefront property has long since welcomed numerous travelers and many are raving about the luxurious yet tranquil experience it provides. Perfectly positioned facing west capturing all of the sun’s shine throughout the day, the space is equipped with a dock and a boathouse, and boasts an open-concept layout for travelers wanting a retreat outside of the city.

Soon-to-open farm property of journalists Susan, Mark, Atom, Branden, and Alex in Cavite

Celebrity Airbnb
Celebrity Airbnb

Television and radio host Susan Enriquez recently shared that her new bed-and-breakfast, Balustre Cerca, will be open to the public very soon. The property is situated within a shared farm lot she jointly owns with fellow news colleagues Mark Salazar, Atom Araullo, Branden Milla, and Alex Baltazar — and this is where the five and their families regularly go to take a breather from life in the metro. The beautiful farm comes with four A-frame air-conditioned cabins, one swimming pool, a pavilion, an outdoor kitchen, and parking. 

For Filipinos interested to learn more about becoming an Airbnb Host, you can find useful tips and information at airbnb.com/host. To discover more unique stays for the holidays, visit airbnb.com or download the Airbnb app.

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and one-of-a-kind activities that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.

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.

The 2022 Winter Release: Introducing Airbnb Setup, the all-new easy way to Airbnb your home

 In May, Airbnb introduced Airbnb Categories so that millions of people could discover homes they never knew existed. Today, Airbnb is introducing Airbnb Setup to make it easy for millions of people to Airbnb their home. Airbnb is also providing even more AirCover for Hosts and adding six new Airbnb Categories. 

  • Introducing Airbnb Setup – The all-new, super easy way to Airbnb one’s home, with free one-to-one guidance from a Superhost.
  • Even more AirCover for Hosts – Now featuring even more top-to-bottom protection, with guest identity verification, reservation screening, and $3M damage protection, including coverage for cars, boats, art and valuables.
  • New Airbnb Categories –  Adding six new categories of homes, as well as improving the way Airbnb Categories are displayed.

“Airbnb was born during a recession. Joe and I couldn’t afford to pay our rent, so we inflated three air mattresses and created an AirBed & Breakfast. Soon, people all around the world joined us,” said Brian Chesky, CEO and Co-Founder of Airbnb. “Today, just like during the Great Recession in 2008, people are especially interested in earning extra income through hosting. That’s why we’re introducing an easy way for millions of people to Airbnb their homes. With Airbnb Setup, every new Host can get free, one-to-one guidance from a Superhost from their first question through their first reservation. And with even more AirCover for Hosts, now is the perfect time to put your place on Airbnb.”

Airbnb 2022 Winter Release
Brian Chesky for Airbnb

New homes on Airbnb are getting booked almost immediately. Half of listings that were activated and booked in Q3 2022 received their first reservation within three days. Airbnb also saw  strong growth rates of new Hosts, especially in certain countries with high inflation rates. 

Introducing Airbnb Setup

Over the past year, more than 30 million people have visited Airbnb to learn about hosting. Today, Airbnb is making it easier for millions of people to get started. Introducing Airbnb Setup, the all-new, super easy way to Airbnb one’s home. Airbnb Setup includes:

  • One-to-one guidance from a Superhost – When a host begins Airbnb Setup, Airbnb will match them with a Superhost for free one-to-one guidance from their  first question through their  first guest. New Hosts can chat with their  Superhost over audio, video, or messaging. Airbnb is launching with 1,500 Superhosts in over 80 countries who are dedicated to helping new Hosts get started. 
  • An experienced guest for your first booking – For a new Host’s first booking, they  can choose to welcome an experienced guest who has at least three stays and a good track record on Airbnb.
  • Specialized support from Airbnb – As a new Host, they  get one-tap access to a specially-trained team of Community Support agents. They can help with everything from account issues to getting paid and are available via phone, messaging, or email in over 42 languages.

Even more AirCover for Hosts

Last November, Airbnb  introduced AirCover to provide unmatched, top-to-bottom protection for every Host on Airbnb. Today, Airbnb is making major upgrades to AirCover for Hosts:

AirCover for Hosts - 2022 Winter Release
Airbnb Setup Match with a Superhost - 2022 Winter Release
  • Guest identity verification – Airbnb is expanding identity verification to all booking guests traveling to the top 35 countries and regions on Airbnb—representing 90% of all reservations. Airbnb will expand guest identity verification worldwide in Spring 2023.
  • Reservation screening technology – Airbnb is launching its  proprietary reservation screening technology in the US and Canada, which helps reduce the chance of disruptive parties. Airbnb will expand its reservation screening technology worldwide in Spring 2023.
  • $3M damage protection Airbnb is tripling damage protection from $1 million to $3 million – covering both Hosts’ homes and its contents. 
  • Auto & boat protection Airbnb  now provides damage protection for cars, boats, and other watercraft that Hosts park or store at their properties. 
  • Art & valuables protection A wider range of fine art, jewelry, and collectibles will now be repaired or replaced at appraised value.
  • Easier to file a claim Hosts can now file a claim for damage protection in a few simple steps and easily track its progress from submission through payout.

New Airbnb Categories

In May, Airbnb introduced a new way to search designed around Airbnb Categories. Today, Airbnb is introducing six new categories:

Listing Highlights - Adapted Top of the World and Play Category - 2022 Winter Release
New Categories - Adapted - Canada - 2022 Winter Release
  • New – Homes added to Airbnb within the past 10 weeks.
  • Top of the world – Homes around 10,000 feet above sea level, often with stunning views.
  • Trending – Highly-rated homes that received more listing views compared to the previous week.
  • Adapted – Homes adapted for wheelchair access, with verified step-free paths into the home, bedroom and bathroom.
  • Play Homes with basketball courts, game rooms, miniature golf, water slides and more.
  • Hanoks – Traditional Korean homes constructed of natural materials.

Airbnb is  also improving what categories it shows guests. For example, when you launch the app, you’ll find the Vineyards category if you recently searched for homes in Napa. In addition, more details will be presented in search results when viewing categories. For example, homes with amazing views will list the type of view, and homes near national parks will show the distance to the park entrance.

New Categories - Top of the World and Hanoks - 2022 Winter Release
New Categories - Top of the World listing - 2022 Winter Release

Worldwide rollout starting today

Airbnb Setup, upgrades to AirCover for Hosts, and new Airbnb Categories will begin rolling out worldwide this week.

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals across over 220 countries and regions. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and one-of-a-kind activities that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way. As the only platform offering hosted travel and the ability to live anywhere on a global scale, Airbnb has become a noun and a verb and most traffic to our platform remains organic. We will continue to invest in innovations that expand the travel market and lead the way in turning travel into a way of life.

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.

MetroMart

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.

Pet Express holds exclusive Piso Sale for pet care products from October 7-10 exclusively on MetroMart

The Pet Express PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart headlines the weekend piso sale events of MetroMart this October 7-10, 2022. Premium dog and cat foods can be purchased for only ₱1.00 from participating Pet Express branches, via exclusive delivery order on the MetroMart app and website.

The Pet Express PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart will have select products available for only ₱1.00 within schedules of 9AM- 2PM & 3PM-8PM on October 7-10, 2022, Friday until Monday. These include Pedigree Dentastix, Pedigree and Cesar dog food in different flavors, plus Whiskas, SmartHeart and Sheba cat food in different flavors.

MetroMart Pet Express Piso Sale
MetroMart Pet Express Piso Sale

Participating Pet Express branches include Pet Express Finlandia, Pet Express Cubao, Pet Express SM Aura, Pet Express North Edsa, Pet Express SM Makati, Pet Express SM Megamall, Pet Express Estancia, Pet Express Masinag, Pet Express Alabang Hills, Pet Express Fairview, Pet Express Mall Of Asia, Pet Express Greenhills, Pet Express Virra Mall, Pet Express Dasmarinas, Pet Express Molino.

Check out all items up for grabs for just ₱1.00:

Date & TimeProduct and SRP
Oct 7, 9am-2pmPedigree Dentastix Small 5-10kg 7s (1week) (SRP: ₱119.75)
Pedigree Grilled Liver Loaf With Vegetable (SRP: ₱40.00)
Pedigree Beef Chunks In Gravy (SRP: ₱40.00)
Oct 7, 3pm-8pmSmartHeart Refine Cat Pouch Adult Tuna with Crab stick in Jelly (SRP: ₱39.00)
SmartHeart Refine Cat Pouch Adult Tuna with Chicken Flake in Jelly(SRP: ₱39.00)
Pedigree Pouch Chicken & Liver Gravy (SRP: ₱40.00)
Cesar Lamb (SRP: ₱74.75)
Oct 8, 9am-2pmWhiskas Pouch Ocean Fish (SRP: ₱32.00)
Whiskas Tuna (SRP: ₱32.00)
Whiskas Oceanfish In Can (SRP: ₱99.00)
Sheba Pouch Tuna & Salmon (SRP: ₱44.00)
Oct 8, 3pm-8pmSmartHeart Refine Cat Pouch Adult Tuna in Jelly (SRP: ₱39.00)
Cesar Chicken (SRP: ₱74.75)
Pedigree Chicken Chunks In Gravy (SRP: ₱40.00)
SmartHeart Refine Cat Pouch Adult Tuna with Bonito in Jelly (SRP: ₱39.00)
Oct 9, 9am-2pmSheba Premium Chicken Adult Wet Cat Food (SRP: ₱44.00)
Whiskas Kitten Tuna Wet Cat Food In Pouch (SRP: ₱35.00)
Cesar Chicken and Cheese (SRP: ₱74.75)
Whiskas Pouch Tuna & Whitefish (SRP: ₱32.00)
Oct 9, 3pm-8pmCesar Beef and Liver (SRP: ₱74.75)
Cesar Beef (SRP: ₱74.75)
Pedigree Simmered Beef Loaf With Vegetable (SRP: ₱40.00)
Oct 10, 9am-2pmPedigree 5 Kinds Of Meat Home Style Made From Real Meat (SRP: ₱115.00)
Sheba Succulent Chicken Breast Can (SRP: ₱65.00)
Oct 10, 3pm-8pmCesar Naturally Crafted Chicken Wet Dog Food (SRP: ₱74.75)
Whiskas Pouch Junior Mackerel (SRP: ₱35.00)
Ciao Jelly Chicken Fillet & Scallop Can (SRP: ₱69.75)
*Products are subject to availability in Pet Express branches. 

“The MetroMart family is excited to have this partnership with Pet Express, as we continue to provide our customers with lots of great deals through the weekend piso sales.This time, we are including the furry members of the household, and Filipino families and ‘furparents’ can shop online for their pet supplies and other pet essentials.” MetroMart CEO and co-founder Steffano Fazzini said.

The Pet Express PISO SALE, exclusively via MetroMart is applicable to New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A min. spend of only ₱1,000 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
MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao

New to MetroMart? Get a ₱200 discount for a minimum order of ₱2k. Use the promo code “MMNEW” on the MetroMart app or website upon checkout. This is applicable across all stores and supermarkets for New customers, valid for one-time use until October 16, 2022.

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.

TuneCore expands in PH to offer new payment options for local music creators

Leading independent DIY digital music distributor TuneCore, a division of global digital music company Paris-based Believe, expands its payment methods in the Philippines and Southeast Asia to better serve their growing artist base in the region. The first of its kind global agreement affirms the company’s commitment to providing the best user experience for independent artists in the Philippines and the SEA region where alternative payments options are more popular than credit cards.

TuneCore, whose international presence has more than doubled over the last 18 months, has partnered with global financial technology platform Adyen. The company has launched localized payment methods in the Philippines through Gcash. Others include Indonesia through Dana (GoPay coming soon), Vietnam through MoMo, and Global (Non-US countries) through China Union Pay.

Andreea Gleeson, CEO of TuneCore, emphasizes: “As TuneCore continues to expand, we not only offer best in class services on a worldwide level, the company also brings that same mindset to our local markets. For TuneCore artists, we not only want to support their artistry but we want to make it easy for them to distribute their music. Last year we launched the New Artist plan, which enables creators to release their music to social platforms for no upfront fee. Now with the launch of our expanded payment services, creators can access full distribution services seamlessly.”

Cyrus Chen, Head of TuneCore Southeast Asia, adds: “In Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, card penetration remains low while e-wallets usage is quickly becoming ubiquitous among the population in recent years. By prioritizing our payments infrastructure to include local payment options that our artists prefer, demonstrates our commitment to the region’s growth. This is part of TuneCore’s hyper-localization efforts to ensure the most positive user experience for our Southeast Asian artists.”

In the coming months, TuneCore will push the program out to other countries and regions. Earlier this year, TuneCore launched its revolutionary new pricing program which allows artists at any stage of their careers to distribute their music. The program allows music creators to release tracks and albums on an unlimited basis via plans ranging from free/no upfront cost (new artist), $14.99 (rising artist), $29.99 (breakout artist) to $49.99 (professional).

Faryal Khan-Thompson, Vice President, International, TuneCore, shares: “Southeast Asia is an important market for TuneCore as there is an abundance of talent and growth in the region. Our partnership with Adyen simplifies and streamlines payments, giving access to music creators who previously would not have been able to distribute.”

About TuneCore  

TuneCore is the global platform for independent musicians to build audiences and careers – with technology and services across distribution, publishing administration and a range of promotional services. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, TikTok, Tencent and more than 150 download and streaming stores worldwide, while retaining 100 percent of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, worldwide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games and more. The TuneCore Artist Services portal offers a suite of tools and services that enable artists to promote their craft, connect with fans, and get their music heard. TuneCore, part of Believe, is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, and Austin, and operates globally through local teams based in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Japan and Singapore across 5 continents. www.tunecore.com

About Believe

Believe is one of the world’s leading digital music companies. Believe’s mission is to develop artists and labels in the digital world by providing them the solutions they need to grow their audience at each stage of their career and development. Believe’s passionate team of digital music experts around the world leverages the Group’s global technology platform to advise artists and labels, distribute and promote their music. Its 1,565 employees in more than 50 countries aim to support independent artists and labels with a unique digital expertise, respect, fairness and transparency. Believe offers its various solutions through a portfolio of brands including TuneCore, Nuclear Blast, Naïve. Groove Attack and AllPoints. Believe is listed on compartment A of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (Ticker: BLV. ISIN: FR0014003FE9).

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Gather the family for a festive getaway hosted by Marjorie and Julia: The Barrettos’ iconic rest house is now on Airbnb

To celebrate the advent of this year’s Christmas festivities, the Barrettofamily has announced that they will become Airbnb Hosts and list their luxurious family villa in Calumpit, Bulacan on Airbnb. 

Entertainment veteran Marjorie Barretto and famous actress-model Julia Barretto will be opening the doors of the River Garden Rest House on Airbnb for three consecutive weekends — with the first stay on 15 October hosted in-person by the renowned mother-daughter duo, who will share their favourite spots around the villa and attractions nearby.

Airbnb Barretto

The rest house will be available for a one-night stay on three exclusive dates: October 15, October 22, and October 29. Priced at Php25,000 per night excluding additional fees, the rest house can accommodate up to a maximum of 16 pax.

Starting today, interested guests can make a request to book at www.airbnb.com/h/rivergardenresthouse, along with a message introducing themselves and detailing their request including their travel companions and why they are interested to stay. Guests must have a verified Airbnb profile, a history of positive reviews, and be 18+ to request to book.

Airbnb Barretto

“The River Garden Rest House is extremely dear to our family and holds so many precious memories for us. I am incredibly happy to now share this special space with the world through Airbnb, and for more guests throughout the Philippines and overseas to enjoy our Filipino hospitality and rejuvenating probinsya life. I look forward to many more families and friends creating their own meaningful moments here and enjoying the rest house,” shares Marjorie.

Located an hour’s drive out from Metro Manila, the Barrettos’ expansive River Garden Rest House offers Filipinos an idyllic opportunity to reconnect with loved ones amidst nature. The villa offers four spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large private pool, an outdoor dining area and lounge, a fully-equipped open kitchen with grill, and a gazebo boasting scenic views of the Angat River. Guests may also be able to purchase the fresh catch of the day for dinner from the fishermen nearby.

Airbnb Barretto

Purchased by Marjorie over 20 years ago, the villa has since been meticulously restored and furnished by the matriarch to reflect a blend of old-world charm and modern Filipino design. Local materials including pawid roofs, bamboo and capiz shell windows feature prominently. Each room also features a unique collection of precious antiques, furniture, accessories, and even heritage paintings passed down from Marjorie’s mother.

“One of my favourite things to do is spend a quiet afternoon in the shade of the gazebo, watching the river waters glisten under the sun. It’s always heartwarming seeing our family spend the day in different corners of the house, either cooped up with a book, engrossed in conversation, or dipping in the pool. I am thrilled to be supporting my mom in sharing this space with more families, and we hope our guests will enjoy and care for this space as much as we do,” adds Julia.

Airbnb Barretto

Recent Airbnb data revealed that destinations outside major metropolitan hubs are increasingly popular among travelers, and earnings from hosting are helping Filipinos grow their business and improve their homes. 

Interested to learn more about becoming an Airbnb Host like the Barrettos? You can get free one-on-one help from an Airbnb Superhost at airbnb.com/askasuperhost, and find more useful tips and information at airbnb.com/host. For more unique stays this festive season, visit airbnb.com or the Airbnb app.

Airbnb Barretto

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer one-of-a-kind stays and unique Experiences that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.