Union Bank adds new locations for fully digital bank branch

     Union Bank of the Philippines  has added nine new locations for The ARK, the country’s first fully digital bank branch, bringing the total number of said branches to 50 since the introduction of the first ARK three years ago.

    First unveiled back in September 2017, The ARK introduced pioneering features that changed the way people looked at banking, leveraging technology to address the typical inconveniences associated with visiting a bank branch such as long queues, excessive waiting times, and repetitive forms.

    The newly transformed branches are located in Novaliches Gulod, Commonwealth, Visayas Congressional, Shaw-Pasig and Medical Center Paranaque in Metro Manila, and Tagbilaran, Cebu IT Park, Bacolod North Mandalagan and Bacolod Lacson in Visayas, making UnionBank’s on-premise innovations accessible to more customers across the country.

    The ARK’s modular design allows easy reconfiguration of the branch to comply with social distancing requirements with floor stickers, digital health checklist posters with QR code for contact tracing in all branches.

    Confab to teach Pinoys how to invest

    The Global Filipino Investors Inc. (TGFI) is bringing together powerhouse economists and stock market gurus in one virtual conference to teach Filipinos how to invest as the country charts its path to be one of the leading emerging markets in the post COVID era.

    TGFI chairman and chief executive officer of Januarius Holdings Inc., JJ Atencio said  the two-day conference on November 21 and 22 will tackle the relevance of investing in bonds and stocks to the  economy recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The free TGFI Bonds and Stocks Online Conference 2020 will have the following resource speakers:   BDO Capital president Ed Francisco, g Robert Lynch, Victor Choi of Carret Private Ltd. (HK) partner, former institutional broker Alex Timbol, and Aaron Say of  First Metro Securities consultant, Philippine Stocks Exchange president Ramon Monzon; SharePHIL president Jaime Ysmael; AP Securities vice president Jaycob Yedra as well as the Ready to be Rich Founder, Fitz Villafuerte and Wealth Arki’s Rienzie Biolena.

    Smart brings KCON:TACT 2020

    Smart Communications Inc. is bringing the KCON:TACT 2020 season 2 virtual festival to avid Filipino fans from October 16 to 25, 2020 via GigaFest.Smart.

    Co-hosted by CJ ENM and the Korean Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), the KCON:TACT 2020 season 2 is a K-Culture and pop music celebration featuring 10 days of 24/7 content such as live concerts, meet and greets, behind-the-scenes, and interactive activities with dozens of K-Pop artists and influencers.

    By registering at Free Stories For All on the GigaLife App, viewers will have more than enough data to post and share their favorite moments from the virtual festival.

    Exclusively available on the GigaLife App, Free Stories For All gives subscribers an extra 1 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and Twitter with every registration to any GIGA Stories offer.

    Sky supports distance learning

    SKY has partnered with the government in strengthening the Department of Education’s distance education program amid the pandemic.

    SKY signed memorandum of agreements (MOA) with key DepEd Divisions in regional areas, giving schools in Baguio, Laoag, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga access to DepEd TV shows on cable.

    Under the agreement, SKY will give DepEd TV a dedicated channel, which will air lessons per week, covering the most essential learning competencies prescribed by the government.

    Meanwhile, in a separate MOA with the DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones and the Presidential Communications Operations Office, SKY has committed to providing 32 DepEd priority schools nationwide a SKY Fiber connection, giving them access to the DepEd classes online.

    DepEd aims to present lecture classes, courtesy of carefully selected broadcaster-teachers in the country. Teachers underwent a series of training on how to deliver interactive class episodes for students.

    Belmonte pays tribute QC frontliners, workers

    Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday paid tribute to the perseverance and sacrifices of the city’s frontliners and other workers, saying their hard work was instrumental in gaining significant ground in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    The city government passed five supplemental budgets and reprogrammed funding worth over P12 billion, the lion’s share of which was utilized to provide financial assistance to residents affected by the pandemic. Through its Kalingang QC program, the City gave P2,000 to each of 607,000 citizens, consisting of PUV drivers, vendors, senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents, lactating mothers, displaced daily wage earners, and other vulnerable sectors.

    Belmonte added that the QC Social Amelioration Program has aided more than 177,000 qualified families that were not covered by the SAP of the national government.

    Around P700 million has been earmarked for the Kalingang QC sa Negosyo Wage Relief Program for micro and small enterprises to ensure that jobs and livelihood are protected.

    The City also entered into partnerships with Lalamove, Grab, Esetgo and Foodpanda to provide employment as food as logistic drivers and food delivery riders to around 1,135 jeepney and tricycle drivers.

    QC also manufactured two mobile testing units and inaugurated its own molecular laboratory to boost its testing capacity

    Ivar Fojas, Kabataang Gitarista at Sunshine Place online


    As part of the Sunshine Classics concert series, Ivar Fojas and Kabataang Gitarista will serenade music lovers on October 16 – 31 via the Sunshine Place: Senior Recreation Center’s YouTube Channel.

    Music aficionados will be riveted by the performance by a master and his young prodigies. Ivar-Nicholas Fojas was a Fulbright scholar to University of Arizona of Doctoral Studies, while the Kabataang Gitarista Trio won 3rd Prize at the 2019 Saigon International Guitar Competition.

    Ivar has been featured as a solo artist by the Tucson Cathedral Concert Series, among others. In the Philippines, he presented numerous solo recitals and performed guitar concertos  with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and Peace Philharmonic Philippines. Since 2018, Ivar has been teaching at Philippine Women’s University School of Music Graduate School and at the Dela Salle University Literature Department.

    The Kabataang Gitarista Trio, Fernando Sy-Changco III, David Tiongson and Edel Mark Bitao, are part of Kabataang Gitarista (KG), a group of talented public high school students, currently being trained in classical guitar under the tutelage of KG alumna David Tiongson and Fernando Sy-Changco III, and Dr. Ivar Fojas.

    The Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, is a venue for adults to live actively, through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs.

    For more updates, like and subscribe check out Facebook Page and YouTube channel, Sunshine Place: Senior Recreation Center. Or follow our Instagram account @sunshineplaceph.


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