BPI Chairman Jaime Zobel de Ayala and BPI President (left) and CEO Cezar P. Consing with the coveted Best Bank in the Philippines award.

    Euromoney recognizes BPI as Best Bank in the Philippines

    The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) was named the Best Bank in the Philippines at the recent Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2020, the first annual global awards program for the banking industry, organized by Euromoney, a prestigious global financial publication.   As the country’s first bank, BPI continues to build on its legacy of trust, stability, and nation-building, marking its 169th year in this time of COVID-19.

    RWM offers 11 Thrills of Christmas

    Resorts World Manila (RWM)  celebrates its 11th year as the premier integrated tourist destination in the country by bringing 11 Thrills of Christmas with a lineup of events and activities starting November 11.

    One of the highlights of  this year’s festivities is the completion of renovations and the Garden Wing’s physical enhancement to complement the newly-opened Grand Wing.

    By the end of November, two five-star hotels—Sheraton Manila Hotel and Hilton Manila—will begin accepting staycations to accommodate leisure travelers.

    The Newport Mall will have special holiday offers for shoppers and diners, especially on 11.11 and 12.12, the one-day-only pre-holiday and Christmas sales on participating outlets.

    The complex’s corporate social responsibility effort “RWM Christmas Thrills and Cheers” will be giving Noche Buena meal boxes to 11 beneficiaries come December.

    Encash marks 13th  year

    Encash Inc.,  the Philippines first Independent ATM deployer, marks its 13th  year of operations this November 16.

    Encash continues deployments of the SuperPOS, ENCASH’s latest flagship device.

    The launch of the SuperPOS earlier this year achieved pioneering strides in providing ATM functions to various communities all over the country via the mobile POS format.

     The SuperPOS has currently been deployed to a wide variety of commercial establishments, ranging from sari-sari stores to groceries and general merchandise.

    With over 420 municipalities served, over 200 ATM terminals deployed, and 1600 POS devices managed, Encash continues to grow its network of financial inclusion that aims to help address the cash needs of citizens living in the rural areas.

    Landmark is now on MetroMart

    Online grocery delivery service MetroMart has entered into a partnership with  Landmark to make the latter’s products available in the MetroMart mobile app.

    MetroMart is assisting Landmark in their digitization efforts and their bid to capture the rising number of stay-at-home-shoppers.

    MetroMart offers a personalized and unique online grocery shopping experience for every customer. As a welcome treat, customers get to enjoy a P100 discount for a minimum spend of P2,500 when they shop in Landmark through the MetroMart app.

    BPI offers enhanced financial program for Overseas Filipinos

    The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is augmenting its program for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) with BPI Pinoy Abroad, a complete financial program for OFWsthat addresses their varying needs based on their career stages.

    BPI Pinoy Abroad introduces a package of solutions for OFWs who may be in the recruitment stage, wealth building stage, or retirement stage.

    “Through this program, OFWs and their families can reap the benefits of overseas employment through our package of solutions based on their career stages. Throughout their journey, BPI Pinoy Abroad helps them achieve their financial goals,” said BPI Head of Retail Segments Aileen Lamasuta.

    For newly acquired OFW clients who are about to be deployed or newly deployed, BPI offers the “Baon Pack: Gabay sa Pag-alis” which covers services such as entry-level protection through BPI-Philam, Automatic Savings, Remittance, Online and Mobile banking, and Allotment Account.

    For established, wealth-building OFWs and their families, the bank provides those with four to 10 years of job tenure with the “Pundar Pack: Gabay sa Pagpundar.” The products and services included are Build-up Deposit (Maxi Saver and Pamana Savings), Wallet Extension (Credit Cards), Car and Housing Loan, Income protection thru BPI-Philam, and Asset protection.

    BPI also offers wise investment options for retiring and high-value OFWs and their families. The bank has its “Invest Pack: Gabay sa Pagbalik”, which includes Preferred Banking account, Investments: AMTC/BIMI/Capital, and Business Loans.


    Aboitiz Group extends relief to nearly 9,000 Typhoon Rolly-affected families

    Team members from Aboitiz business units distribute relief goods to affected residents of Calapan City, Mindoro and Cumon, Tabaco City in Albay.

    The Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Aboitiz Group, together with AboitizPower geothermal unit AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), and Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico extended relief assistance to nearly 9,000 families in areas affected by Typhoon Rolly (Goni).

    Last November 7, the Aboitiz Group delivered emergency relief assistance in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Catanduanes and Oriental Mindoro. Volunteers from APRI, the Philippine National Police, and local government units joined in repacking and distributing food packs. Each pack contained rice, canned goods, noodles, crackers and water.

    The Aboitiz Foundation along with all the Aboitiz business units readily provide help especially  during times of disaster.

    “In calamities like this, extending immediate assistance to those who need help the most has always been our top priority. This is a very challenging year but we will continue to help the affected communities and the Philippine government in any way we can,” said Aboitiz Foundation President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth L. Marasigan.

    Aside from relief goods, the Aboitiz Group also donated construction materials such as GI sheets and plywood to help families reconstruct their homes badly damaged by the typhoon. The Aboitiz Foundation launched “Project Rebuild” through its crowdsourcing platform KINDer by Aboitiz to help raise funds for the rebuild.

    The funds will help provide shelter kits to families who lost their homes and purchase additional construction materials to repair partially-damaged houses in Albay. To donate, please visit

    Meanwhile Visayan Electric, AboitizPower’s distribution unit based in Cebu, also dispatched a team to help restore power in Tiwi, Albay.  To date, Tiwi, Albay still has no electricity after Typhoon Rolly made a devastating second landfall over the area.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) was particularly grateful for this initiative.

    “Let us stay positive whichever calamity comes our way, and let us thank the Aboitiz Foundation for their support during this difficult time,” said DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.

    Villar inspects bridge

    DPWH Secretary Mark Villar inspecting the Marcos Bridge to check the structural integrity of the bridge after a barge hit one of its piers. #UlyssesPH


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