SM OLONGAPO rider’s lounge, MEKENI’s Bayani, VIRTUAL METRO Community Bazaar, CITY SAVINGS’ Project Pink, BPI-PHILAM health insurance, RCBC wins Quill award, UNIONBANK gets seven Quills, PROPERTY AWARDS now accepting entries, DON BENITO’S taps PLDT Enterprise, GAH free health insurance vouchers, EASTERN COMMUNICATIONS recognition


    Riders lounge at SM Olongapo Central

    SM City Olongapo Central has set up a special Rider’s Lounge for delivery riders waiting for their orders. The lounge has a charging station where delivery partners could charge their mobile phones. The mall also has dedicated a parking area for motorcycle and Food Panda bicycle delivery riders. Since the coronavirus outbreak, food delivery riders have become a key part of essential services, and the lounge is one way the mall, an MGCQ area, has shown its appreciation for them.

    UPMG members win at 2021 Philippine Quill Awards

    United Print Media Group (UPMG) members won big in the recently concluded 18th IABC Philippine Quill Awards, with the UPMG corporate secretary and Adobo Magazine CEO, Angel Guerrero, leading the way with an IABC CEO EXCEL Award.

    The prestigious event, staged virtually for the first time in the history of the Awards on March 25, is held annually to recognize the best in the business communication industry. The winners are evaluated using the highest global standards of the US-based International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). This year’s event was themed “Arise” in view of the ongoing pandemic.

    UPMG member Business World Publishing Corp won the Philippine Quill Excellence Award for CovidComms 2020: Business World Insights: An Online Forum Series Phases 1 and 2 Communications Skills Category 19 Special and Experiential Events.

    Media Wise Communications Inc./Muse Books also bagged a Philippine Quill Excellence Award Communications Skills Category 23 Publications for the coffee table book FINEX 50 Leading On To Wider Frontiers, which it co-published with the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX).

    Mekeni’s Bayani celebrates unsung heroes

    Mekeni Food Corp. recognizes healthcare workers in its recently launched program, Tunay na Bayani Award.

    Inspired by the grit, talent, and skills of Pinoy micropreneurs, Tunay na Bayani Award aims to recognize a new breed of exemplary Filipinos who had contributed to the development of the community in their own little way.

    “The award is inspired by our very own Bayani product line that helps individuals to start a small business and ultimately provide means to support their families,” said Mekeni president Prudencio Garcia.

    Mekeni will choose an awardee every month until December 2021.

    Virtual Metro Community Bazaar bags award

    The first Virtual Metro Community Bazaar (VMCB), the online collective shop- for-a-cause project of Metro Retail Stores Groups Inc. (MRSGI), has garnered a Merit Award in the 18th Philippine Quill Awards.

    The citation recognizes the initiative of MRSGI and its partner, Vicsal Foundation Inc.  to conduct programs for the welfare of small businesses and their communities. The virtual format demonstrated MRSGI’s resolve to continue its CSR programs with its retail partners amid the pandemic restrictions.

    With the theme “We Rise as One Metro Family,” the VMCB was launched in celebration of Corporate Social Responsibility Month in July 2020. It featured dynamic food selections and sustainable lifestyle merchandise from select social enterprise brands, along with fun learning activities such as skills and entrepreneurship training conducted by MRSGI’s CSR partners.

    CitySavings’ Project Pink Goes Digital

    Project Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Program for Teachers,  one of the signature corporate social responsibility programs of City Savings Bank Inc.  specifically designed for public school teachers was  held online for the first time recently as a Zoom webinar in partnership with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center.

    More than 500 educators from all over the country joined the bank’s two webinars held last March 18 and 26. This is in line with CitySavings’ celebration of National Women’s Month, the goal of which is to create programs that educate and empower women, especially teachers.

    The event’s keynote speaker Dr. Amabelle Gerona, an oncologist based in Cebu City discussed how  teachers can detect, confirm, prevent, and treat breast cancer.

    BPI-Philam combines health insurance with wellness program

    BPI-Philam combines the power of a robust life and health insurance plan with its proprietary wellness program to help Filipinos manage their expenses and take better care of their total well-being.

    BPI-Philam recently launched an investment-linked life and health insurance product that gives considerable protection and better access to medical care with minimal out-of-pocket expenses.

    The product, MedLife Protect Plus, covers even the leading diseases like hypertensive diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancers, and diabetes except when it is a pre-existing condition at the time of subscription.

    MedLife Protect Plus provides coverage of up to 90 percent of medical costs and access to the wide network of accredited providers.  BPI-Philam is giving customers the option to integrate their MedLife Protect Plus plan with Philam Vitality, a science-backed health and wellness program.

    RCBC wins Quill award

    Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) bagged another Quill award for a digital campaign that leveraged its digital platform as a way of moving forward amid the pandemic.

    In partnership with Entropia CBR, the campaign ‘Every Step of the Way: How RCBC used digital to help clients move forward in the face of the pandemic’, brought to light the urgency of changing old habits given the pandemic and how the bank hand-holds its clients into the new way of banking through the RCBC mobile app.

    The campaign used data analytics to understand its clients’ profiles, challenges, and needs during the pandemic and matched it with the right banking solution.

    Since the bank’s massive digital transformation in 2019, many banking services have been digitized and integrated into RCBC’s digital platform to enable safe and secure remote banking, making the banking app one of the most comprehensive banking apps in the industry.

    Property Awards now accepting entries

    Organizers of the 9th Annual PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards have begun the search for the best developers and projects in the archipelago

    Open categories for the 2021 PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards include accolades for the best Developer, Development, and Design, along with the Special Recognition for Public Facility. New categories include the titles of Best Developer (Luzon), Best Developer (Mindanao) and Best Developer (Visayas), recognizing the most exemplary companies in the island groups.

    The latest edition of the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards will also have new accolades for developers with the finest collection of investment assets. They include the titles of Best Office Portfolio, Best Industrial Portfolio, Best Hospitality Portfolio and Best Retail Portfolio.

    The country’s winning and highly commended developers and projects will be revealed on November 11.

    UnionBank wins seven Quill awards

    The International Association of Business Communicators Philippines honored Union Bank of the Philippines seven outstanding internal and external communication programs and projects during the 18th Philippine Quill Awards virtual awarding ceremony held on March 25 via YouTube.

    UnionBank bagged six  Excellence Awards and one  Merit Award and was also nominated as Top Company of the Year. The bank was cited for its exemplary use of communication in educating and equipping employees against COVID-19.

    Among the initiatives cited are No One Gets Left Behind, UnionBank Digital Heroes and Heroines Pay it Forward and Future-proofing UnionBank’s Human Capital.

    Don Benito’s taps PLDT Enterprise

    PLDT Enterprise announced its partnership with Don Benito’s, a Filipino delicacy store, to ensure the company’s business continuity in its branch operations nationwide with Smart LTE connectivity plans.

    Don Benito’s  has adapted to the changes in the business landscape and is continuously innovating through the solutions of PLDT Enterprise.

    PLDT Enterprise advocates for digital adoption which is one of the key elements to business continuity. In its latest campaign, “You are Unbreakable,” PLDT Enterprise highlights the importance of the Filipino entrepreneurs’ resilience in times of adversities to reinvent their businesses and continue to grow using appropriate digital technologies for their operations.

    Free COVID, dengue insurance vouchers

    Until April 18, postpaid subscribers of Globe At Home can claim their free COVID-19 and dengue insurance for three months powered by GInsure and Singlife with coverage of up to P140,500.

    This is the latest offering of Globe At Home to its loyal postpaid customers to continuously provide #ExtraCareAtHome protection that goes beyond connectivity.

    The three-month insurance plan offers comprehensive benefits against medical costs such as P500 test allowance for dengue, up to P40,000 confinement allowance as well as up to P100,000 medical cost reimbursement if diagnosed with COVID-19 or dengue.

    Eastern Communications gets 4 recognitions

    Eastern Communications receives four recognitions at the recently concluded 18th IABC Philippine Quill Virtual Awards Night.

    Their winning entries include Happy Eastern: Supporting Employees Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic for Communication Management Division, garnering awards under both the Internal Communication and Employee Engagement Categories; Connected: Eastern Communications’ #SafeAndStrongAtHome video series during the COVID-19 pandemic under Communication Skills Division, Audio/Visual Category; and Celebrating Customer Loyalty: The Eastern Link VIP Club Anniversary Event under Communication Skills Division, Special and Experiential Events Category.

    With the pandemic continuing to affect many Filipinos, Eastern Communications rolled out initiatives to help promote the overall well-being of its employees, clients, and the public in general.


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