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    Love and Luck at SM City North EDSA

    Love and luck combine in The Block’s XOXO centerpiece, a play on the Year of the Ox and the modern term of endearment, XOXO or hugs and kisses. This is surrounded by Chinese horoscopes and koi fish, who are said to have a powerful and energetic life force, with its ability to swim against currents and travel upstream.

    Sharp Philippines’ entertainment solutions come
    bigger and better with new TV and audio products

    Sharp Philippines, one of the leading technology innovators, has been introducing new products to the market with the goal of bringing convenience, protection, and lifestyle evolution to everyone — gearing towards being the best partner of every household.

    Here are some of their TV and audio products, powered by Google Assistant, that are perfect for the Filipino lifestyle.

    45” 2K Android TV (2T-C45CG1X) & 50” 2K Android TV (2T-C50CG1X)These 2K Android TV have Sharp’s exclusive AQUOS technology ensuring viewing quality experience. Applications can be downloaded and VODs, games and news can be installed. Google Assistant comes built-in.

    50” 4K Android TV (4T-C50CK1X), 60” 4K Android TV (4T-C60CK1X), 60” 4K Android TV (4T-C60CK2X). 4T-C50CK1X, 4T-C60CK1X, and 4T-C60CK2X boast the Google Assistant feature. Volume, pause, and turn off can be voice-activated.  These models are equipped with Sharp’s proprietary X4 Master Engine that delivers an Ultra HD cinematic viewing experience. Their built-in 5G dual-band Wi-Fi receiver can receive either 2.4GHz or 5GHz wi-fi frequency, and offers a better and stable connection for watching Netflix, online gaming, or even downloading.

    Wireless Audio Speakers.  Sharp Philippines offers wireless speakers that are perfect for both cozy and active lifestyle.

    Bluetooth Portable Bike Speaker – GX-BP1(BK)  is the perfect rechargeable Bluetooth speaker choice for bikers, giving excellent music streaming while biking. It is water and mud proof.

    Bluetooth Party Speaker(PS-930).  This portable party speaker, easily moveable from place to place, has a flashing LED light and a strobe light at the front and bottom. There are five preset EQ: flat, jazz, classic, pop, and rock. A smart device can be wirelessly connected for streaming audio content directly  or using the two (2) USB input for music playback.

    Instill innovation to achieve goals: Aboitiz

    Aboitiz Group president and CEO Sabin  Aboitiz.

    Aboitiz executives must take a long-term view and further champion innovative strategies to succeed amid and beyond the ongoing new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Speaking virtually to 516 team leaders at the 2021 Aboitiz Leaders Conference (LeadCon) last February 4 and 5, Aboitiz Group president and chief executive officer  Sabin Aboitiz underscored that innovation (one of the Aboitiz Group’s core values alongside integrity, teamwork, and responsibility) must be “instilled,” and not merely “lived.”

    “An instilled value of innovation will help carry us through these disruptive times. The way we lead our organization will determine the future of everyone who depends on us,” Sabin said.

    The Aboitiz LeadCon this year carried the theme “The Aboitiz Way: Driving Resiliency and Innovation.” Sabin elaborated that “instilling” innovation will lead to deep-rooted value and the resilience needed for the future.

    “Instilling the value of innovation is establishing that belief within ourselves for the long term and influencing others to do the same, every single day. When people are talking about innovation and doing it moment by moment without being told, that is the true measure of success in instilling this value,” Sabin explained.

    During the Aboitiz LeadCon, CEOs of the Group’s various businesses (AboitizPower, UnionBank, Pilmico, Aboitiz InfraCapital, Republic Cement, AboitizLand, and Aboitiz Construction) also delivered their respective performance updates and directions, specifically their companies’ collective efforts in applying and incorporating innovation in their operations to provide better service, achieve optimum results, and further improve efficiency.

    Globe helps 280 retailers from typhoon-hit communities

     At least 280 retailers from communities devastated by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses last year were the latest beneficiaries of Globe’s Community Development program.

    These new Globe partners received livelihood opportunities through a retailer package with LTE phones, SIM starter kit, and initial load.

    Beyond disaster response, Globe provides a more sustainable intervention for communities affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses through technology-based livelihood opportunities.

    The Globe livelihood program now includes beneficiaries from 62 cities and municipalities in 8 areas devastated by the two typhoons.

    At least 40 beneficiaries from Tabaco City, Bacacay, Camalig, Homapon, Malilipot, Malinao, Tiwi, Legazpi, Daraga, Sto. Domingo, and Ligao in Albay; 40 from Aparri, Gattaran, Gonzaga, Lallo, Libertad, Pamplona, Piat, Solana, Sta Ana, Tuao East, Tuguegarao, Cagayan; 40 in Virac, Bagamanoc, Bato, Panganiban, San Andres in Catanduanes and Bulan, Casiguran, Castilla, Donsol, Gubat, Irosin, Juban, Magdalena, Matnog, Pilar, Prieto Diaz and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon; 40 in Iriga City, Camarines Sur; 40 in Ilagan City, Benito Soliven, Babagan, Gamu, Naguilian, Sta. Maria, and Sto. Tomas in Isabela; 40 in Marikina, Metro Manila, Rodiguez, San Mateo, and Cainta, Rizal 40 in Catanauan, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Narciso and San Andres in Quezon were onboarded as new retailer partners through the program.

    Phoenix awards promo winner  bared

    One former preschool teacher is now a start-up entrepreneur after winning a Phoenix SUPER LPG franchise through Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Christmas Sale.

    Aloha Agustin, a 23-year old resident of Caloocan City, is the sole winner of a Phoenix SUPER LPG Franchise package that includes 75 Phoenix SUPER LPG compact valve cylinders including content, 75 SRG540 regulators, 1 Posible machine with P5,000 initial load, 35 sets of Phoenix lubricants with rack, full store merchandising, home delivery motorcycle with cage, Phoenix SUPER Hub attendant and rider uniforms, permits and documentation budget, and a budget for store refurbishing and three months down payment.

    On Jan. 20, 2021, she was officially awarded with the Phoenix SUPER Hub package that she may open and manage in any location in Luzon.

    The Phoenix SUPER LPG raffle promo was part of Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Christmas Sale

    ePLDT fortifies enterprise cybersecurity

     ePLDT introduces “eOC” or ePLDT Operations Center to further strengthen the cybersecurity of business operations and fortify the holistic IT management of enterprises today.

    With the expertise of ePLDT’s existing Security Operations Center (SOCaas) for cybersecurity, combined with its Managed Operations Center (MOC) for IT uptime management & monitoring, eOC ensures the IT resilience of companies and help them elevate efficiency.

    Its expertise and global best practices for both cybersecurity and IT, adaptive platforms and knowledge bases, safeguarded by the Philippines’ leading data center operations, assures business owners who are obsessive-compulsive that its critical business operations are well taken care of.

     eOC is able to provide these solutions, with globally-aligned practices and the country’s foremost subject-matter experts ensuring safeguards are in place and the complexities of businesses are simplified.

    SOCaas monitors and analyzes cyber security incidents through a combination of the right expertise, processes, technology, and threat intelligence.

    ePLDT’s MOC gives business owners further peace of mind by proactively determining the status and relationships of critical IT infrastructure through its threshold-based and AI-led prevention.

    Financial literacy for OFWs launched

    BPI Pinoy Abroad program of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) tapped former OFW and now financial literacy advocate Burn Gutierrez to encourage overseas Filipinos to explore new ways to earn money.

    Gutierrez will teach OFWs how to earn online and discover other ways to create active and passive income.

    Gutierrez, who founded the blog Rock to Riches and was named the top financial blogger in 2019 by Moneymax, said  with little or no capital at all, OFWs may find various opportunities to earn online in this pandemic.

    “This is part of re-thinking and re-planning,” said Gutierrez during a webinar organized by BPI Overseas Filipino (OF) segment, in collaboration with BPI-Philam Life Assurance.

    “Explore and learn new digital skills. There’s more to online than recreation. Learn and earn from it.”

    Gutierrez said providing services. like coding, writing, designing, technical support or virtual assistance and reselling or developing products are just two of the days to earn money online.

    Shopee launches loyalty program 

    Shopee is officially launching Shopee Loyalty, a brand new in-app program where users can enjoy a range of exclusive perks, vouchers, and deals every month when they shop more with Shopee.

    Membership is free and consists of four tiers. Shoppers can unlock higher tiers and enjoy bigger rewards by completing a certain number of orders within a month.

    On the Shopee Loyalty page, users  can track their Shopee Loyalty tier progress for the month; discover various tier and reward milestones and; redeem eligible vouchers that are refreshed monthly, including free shipping vouchers and special birthday vouchers.

    On February 15, Shopee users can also look out for exclusive free shipping vouchers from 12 midnight  to 2 a.m.  and 12 noon  to 2 p.m. or all purchases made with ShopeePay.

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