Drone Show at SM Mall of Asia

    One hundred spectacular drones set to music lit up the sky as the SM Mall of Asia recently celebrated the joys of Christmas during the Holiday Lights Drone Show at Central Park. In photo are parol images lighting up the sky.

    Globe 5G to power iPhone 12

     Hotly anticipated 5G capable iPhone 12, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max, with a revamped design, new color choices, and wireless charging system will be part of Globe’s continued expansion of its 5G services in Metro Manila as well as key cities in Visayas and Mindanao. More users around the country can enjoy the countless enhanced experiences that the new iPhone offers in gaming, streaming, virtual reality, and more.

    Fans can take their pick from among the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, and avail of special introductory pricing and choice payment options. Check out some more affordable ways to get the new iPhone 12, powered by Globe 5G.

    Globe Postpaid customers can avail of these plans from Globe Online Shop at, Globe Online Shop FB Messenger; select Globe Stores or visit

    Globe’s 5G network is now available in 17 cities in Metro Manila, and in key areas in Davao and Cebu. Visit to know more.

    Hyundai extends MerrygaLOW

    Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.  (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars (PC), has extended its MerrygaLOW offers until January 15.

    MerrygaLOW offers big cash savings of up to P290,000 on the Starex; P205,000 for the Kona; P160,000 for Accent; and P110,000 for Reina.

    “For decades, we Filipinos have practiced unique customs to greet the new year with an expectant heart filled with optimism and hope. These traditions are passed from one generation to the next and we are proud to say that Hyundai has become part of the Filipino’s many journeys and traditions. This is our way of saying thank you as we start the year fresh,” said HARI president and chief executive officer Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.

    J&T Express, PDEA tie up vs drug smuggling

    J&T Express Philippines and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently signed a memorandum of agreement to avert any illegal transactions and strengthen the drive against drug smuggling.

    Aside from receiving more stringent training for their team members and adding more safety protocols to identify errant packages, J&T is also reminding customers to follow the standard operating procedures and guidelines which are stated in-store and online at J&T platforms.

    These include open checking, declaring the correct value, and filling in the item description of the packages.

    InLife cited by IFC, UN Women

    Insular Life (InLife) was recently cited by the International Finance Corp. (IFC) and UN Women for its Sheroes program, digital sales system, and health care subsidiary that support women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In the IFC-UN Women publication “Bridging the Gap: Emerging Private Sector Response and Recovery Measures for Gender Equality amid COVID-19,” InLife was listed as one of the companies and organizations around the world that are taking concrete actions to ensure the economic inclusion and social well-being of their women employees, customers, and suppliers, and local communities.

    “InLife is grateful and honored to be included in the IFC and UN Women’s roster of companies and organizations that support women during this difficult times,”said  InLife executive chairman Nina Aguas.

    The international organizations pointed out that in addition to financial literacy, providing insurance coverage for all women is “crucial for supporting women economically during the pandemic and beyond.”

    In this area, IFC and UN Women cited InLife’s fully digital insurance selling system called Virtual Business Enabler (ViBE), InLife Sheroes program, and InLife Health Care.

    The publication cited the InLife Sheroes Program for its webinars to equip Filipino women entrepreneurs with the tools to respond to financial challenges; and its information materials to advise women on how to maintain their physical, psychological, and financial well-being in response to COVID-19.

    It also cited InLife’s health maintenance subsidiary InLife Health Care for extending the coverage for COVID-19-related claims across all its health-care products, including the affordable pre-paid health-care emergency cards which are primarily purchased by women for themselves and their family members.

    TESDA, Bayan wrap up seminars

    The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has partnered with social enterprise Bayan Academy —supported with the  assistance of J.P.Morgan — to conduct  forums to evaluate its organizational design, identify strengths and weaknesses, and deliver critical internal reforms.

    A recent forum entitled “Organizational, Diagnosis, Design, and Development of TESDA” concluded the four-session seminars which aimed to identify the current directions of TESDA and how to transform it into a demand-driven organization attuned to the needs of future Filipino workers.

    According to Bayan Academy chairman and president Dr. Eduardo Morato Jr.,  it is imperative for organizations like TESDA to “take advantage of the present situation to be adequately prepared in addressing the constantly changing skills and competencies requirements in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

    Carlos Ma. Mendoza, senior country officer of J.P. Morgan Philippines, said the company remains committed to supporting government and sectoral inclusive recovery initiatives— ensuring that the outplaced, unemployed, and micro-entrepreneurs are able to rebound from the onslaught of this pandemic.

    Another key component identified is investing in knowledge management.

    Morato expressed Bayan Academy’s continued support and commitment with TESDA, specifically highlighting the focus on the priorities that have been cited upon in the consultation and during collaborative works done in the past.

    Fintech groups to launch sandbox

    FinTech Alliance.PH and FinTech Philippines Association, has announce plans to collaborate on the launch of the Philippines Fintech Industry Sandbox which is supported by the UK Prosperity Fund Asean Economic Reform Program (Asean ERP).

    “The collaboration between the FinTech organizations… is a significant milestone towards the development of an industry sandbox in the Philippines. Through the Financial Services and Intellectual Property component of the Asean ERP, the UK is delighted to support the sandbox initiative which is a key element in the country’s digital transformation, that will help promote innovation and collaboration, and scale up business opportunities and sustainable economic recovery” said Alastair Totty,  charge d’affaires, British Embassy Manila.

    This Industry Sandbox initiative also includes close coordination with key stakeholders including the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Insurance Commission  and the Department of Information and Communications Technology in order to trial new fintech-enabled solutions among a broader range of players including start-ups, banks and other financial players, consumers, and other stakeholders.

    The Philippines FinTech Industry Sandbox will help firms and institutions share an off-market development environment where developers of fintech solutions can access data, technologies, and services from different providers.

    Hedcor, AFI boost local livelihood

    In partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Hedcor will help in the implementation of the P450,000-worth livelihood recovery program through the provision of egg machines to four different associations in Bukidnon and Davao del Sur.

    This initiative is part of a bigger program by AFI titled “Restart: Aboitiz Foundation Recovery Program for Partner Cooperatives.” The program involves the provision of in-kind donations for livelihood recovery and training to select cooperatives nationwide.

    The egg machines are complete with ready-to-lay hens, as well as rearing cages with built-in feeding through a waterer. An egg machine is able to produce eggs regularly within a period of 16 months.

    The livelihood assistance will also cover a month’s supply of Pilmico’s poultry feeds and necessary training conducted by Pilmico’s Animal Production Specialists to help recipient associations take better care of their poultry and maximize their yield.

    Partner associations to receive assistance include the Dalirig Women Organization, Guihean Women’s Organization and Lingion Power Association Rural Improvement Club from Bukidnon, and the Tibolo Tribal Women’s Association from Davao del Sur.

    Ayala Foundation brings cheer to typhoon victims

    Ayala Foundation, together with the Ayala group of companies, and the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (particularly the Philippine Marines and the Philippine Army) and the Department of Education, visited Dugui 2 Elementary School on December 18 and provided materials for the repair of the school which was affected by  Typhoon Rolly early in November.

    A total of 102 galvanized iron sheets were delivered as replacement for the school’s collapsed roof. Ayala Foundation and its donors also provided bond paper and printers, as well as other items such as clothes and essential goods. Among the donors that contributed to this effort are the Makati Development Corp., Manila Water Foundation, Ayala Malls, Integrated Micro Electronics, AC Energy, and other private donors.

    As part of the Ayala group’s Brigada ng Ayala program, Ayala Foundation also distributed learning and hygiene kits for the students at the school.

    Brigada ng Ayala is the Ayala group’s unified, nationwide effort to support public education in the new normal for both teachers and students.

    As part of the Ayala group’s continuing disaster relief initiatives, Ayala Foundation and Globe Telecom provided “noche buena” packages for 12,000 households in Albay.