Vista Mall, Starmall launch Give Hope Project for typhoon victims
Vista Mall and Starmall launched Give Hope Project, the malls’ response to help the families affected by Typhoons Rolly, Siony, and Ulysses.
Give Hope Project is a donation drive that enlists the support of Vista Mall and Starmall’s employees, partners, and customers. Donation booths are available at the common areas of all Vista Malls, Starmalls, and Vista Lifestyle Centers, NOMO and Evia.
Donations in the form of clothes, bottled water, canned goods, medicine, sanitary products, and other essential supplies. A separate donation box is available exclusively for cash donations. Give Hope Project started accepting donations on November 17. The first wave of donations will be forwarded to the victims through their local government unit in Cagayan where hundreds of families were affected by the intense flooding and raining.
At the height of the typhoons’ onslaught, Vista Mall and Starmalls offered overnight parking, restrooms, power outlets for charging, and free WiFi access to those who were stranded and needed shelter from the storm.
The Give Hope Stations are available at the following malls: Vista Mall Antipolo, Vista Mall Bataan, Vista Mall Daang Hari, Vista Mall Dasmarinas, Vista Mall General Trias, Vista Mall Iloilo, Vista Mall Las Pinas, Vista Mall Lakefront, Vista Mall Malolos, Vista Mall Naga, Vista Mall Pampanga, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Tanza, Vista Mall Taguig, Starmall Alabang, Starmall Talisay-Cebu, Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Starmall San Jose Del Monte, Evia Lifestyle Center, and NOMO—A Vista Lifestyle Center.
Ortigas Land lights up Ortigas East
Ortigas Land is ushering the holidays with its Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel. This gives gratitude to front liners with the theme “Light Up for Our Heroes.”
The tunnel will feature bright and colorful stars that will be enjoyed along with the beat of familiar Christmas jingles. It spreads along Central avenue near Tiendesitas at Ortigas East.
This year, Ortigas Land introduces new ways to enjoy the Christmas tradition while observing social distancing guidelines and other safety protocols. The company has identified great spots, or stations, spread across the estate where guests are able to get the best views of our Christmas Street Light Tunnel. These stations, as the rest of Ortigas East, will be strictly monitored to ensure proper social distancing and that other safety protocols are always implemented on site.
Ortigas Land also makes it possible for those who would like to stay at home this season to enjoy the Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel. A special recording of the lights spectacle may be enjoyed any time and from anywhere through Ortigas East’s Facebook page (@OrtigasEastOfficial).
The Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel will be lit starting November 18, 2020 until January 3, 2021, from 6 to 11 PM. For more information and updates, please visit and follow Ortigas East on Facebook.
CSMC launches Viber community
Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) launched the CSMC Viber Community, the hospital’s new communication platform, last November 11.
The CSMC Viber Community aims to provide one holistic and easy access platform for all the information on the hospital’s products and services.
CSMC president and chief execuive officer Raul Pagdanganan said this Viber community will allow the faciloty to expand its r reach not only among its existing patients but to those who are in urgent need of healthcare information as well.”
Joining the community is easy—Just go to Viber, search for “CSMC Viber Community.”
Aboitiz Group supports Premyo Bonds 2
The Aboitiz Group pledged support to the Premyo Bonds 2 of the Department of Finance and the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
Premyo Bonds 2 is part of the government’s savings mobilization program to make government securities available to retail investors. Proceeds from the Premyo Bonds 2 will be used to fund the country’s COVID-19 response and boost the Philippine economy.
“We in the Aboitiz Group have always seen our purpose as to advance business and communities. We believe in succeeding together. This COVID-19 crisis highlighted the need for the government and the private sector to work together to hurdle the present challenges, to get our economic growth back on track,” said Sabin Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group president and chief executive officer (CEO) during the “Premyo Bonds 2’s” virtual launch last Nov. 11.
Aboitiz Group’s banking and financial services unit UnionBank is one of the Premyo Bonds 2’s partner banks where the bonds may be bought physically or go online using the Bonds.PH mobile application.
“This is an important partnership: neither side cannot work in isolation or in a bubble. Government provides the policy environment so businesses can run, thrive and grow… (and) create opportunities for others, especially the small- and medium-scale enterprises,” Aboitiz added.
In addition to UnionBank being a Premyo Bonds 2 partner bank, the Aboitiz Group has also pledged P3 million for the bonds’ quarterly raffle draws, to further encourage people to buy Premyo bonds. There is a mini-raffle for investments made between P500 to P20,000. Every quarter, 20 investors can win P50,000.
1st world fintech festival set
The Philippines is set to showcase its best financial technology (fintech) practices to an international audience at the five-day virtual World Fintech Festival (WFF) from December 7 to 11.
Previously presented as the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) in past years, this year’s WFF will feature executives and decision-makers from Asia while global tech legends like Bill Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will broadcast their talks to WFF participants in 10 free sessions through YouTube and Facebook.
The WFF-Philippines, co-presented by Globe Telecoms, is hoped to encourage Philippine industries to accelerate their adoption of fintech, be open to innovation, and invest in their workforce’s digital upskilling.
MultiSys launches fundraising platform DonationBox
Multisys Technologies Corp. launched its newest platform DonationBox, an all-in-one donation and fundraising platform that promotes transparency and honesty as it brings together support for people who are in need of assistance during calamities and crises.
It has an easy-to-use registration process; a wide range of payment channels to choose from; vast distribution reach; SMS and email notification; and simplified comprehensive analytics that show the consolidated amount of donations and those who donated them, updated in real-time.
Companies and organizations can use DonationBox, free of charge, by reaching out to MultiSys through the “Partner with Us” button on the website.
The platform was launched after the company held a 24-hour hackathon with the best of its full-stack developers and elite programmers.
In only two days after DonationBox launch, MultiSys raised P1 million for the Typhoon Ulysses victims in Cagayan and Isabela.
PCPPI extends aid to hard-hit areas of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. donated almost two thousand cases of Pepsi Cola products, or around 40,000 bottles, to respond to the needs of families and communities from Bicol, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and North Luzon.
The company has already distributed to some municipalities in Albay, Isabela, and Cagayan, which were some of the most adversely affected provinces by the recent disasters.
PCPPI has also been closely coordinating with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices for an efficient distribution system of the products to the target communities.
SYKES celebrates Customer Service Week
SYKES Philippines recently joined the global celebration of the Customer Service Week through a live online concert as its way of showing appreciation to its dedicated employees.
Themed “Dream Team,” this year’s event highlights the importance of teamwork in providing outstanding customer service. For SYKES, its Dream Team is the key to a quick and successful transition to the new work arrangements implemented to observe necessary health protocols. CS Week is a celebration every October, created to recognize the valuable contributions of customer service employees across the world.
SYKES organized virtual activities and promos that catered to both on-site and work-at-home employees of its Manila and Cebu sites.
Credit rating, accurate records can help SMEs
improve access to loans: Fintech chief
Having a firm understanding of financial risks plaguing one’s business and keeping accurate financial records are keys to SME recovery from the pandemic-induced economic downturn, according to the founder and chief executive of a Philippine-based financial technology company.
“SMEs really face a lack of access to credit, bank loans, and financing in general, more so now in the midst of a global pandemic,” Lia Francisco, founder and CEO of fintech CreditBPO, said.
She explained that a reliable financial rating solution is necessary and if banks have sufficient information about an SME’s financial risk at the outset then increased lending to SMEs will be possible.
She said CreditBPO, a pioneering financial technology company and developer of the CreditBPO Rating Report©, matches SMEs who order their financial rating report with their network of banks and other lenders to help jumpstart the lending ecosystem.