Reinvent Your Fitness Journey and Run Towards Victory Inspired by MARVEL Super Heroes with Globe

 
Globe Marvel Virtual Run
Registration for the MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines is still ongoing and will end on April 29

Reinvent Your Fitness Journey and Run Towards Victory Inspired by MARVEL Super Heroes with Globe


Nowadays, almost everything can be done virtually. All you need is the internet and you’re good to go – the possibilities are almost endless even from home especially with Globe.

This year, Globe empowers its customers to reinvent their world by providing fast and reliable internet connection, world-class partnerships, and online experiences that can help them evolve into the best version of themselves while enjoying the things that they love online. In fact, Globe  has a special treat that all fitness enthusiasts and MARVEL fans out there shouldn’t miss!

Challenge yourself and reinvent your fitness routine at the first ever MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines happening until April 30, 2021! Brought to you by  Globe and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia , participants will definitely be inspired to run towards victory just like their favorite MARVEL Super Heroes - Captain America, Black Panther, The Hulk, Captain Marvel and Black Widow.

Fitness enthusiasts can try out a new and exciting way to sweat and workout while fans can become immersed in the MARVEL universe by dressing up as their favorite heroes and reinventing the way they do fitness in this virtual fun run. Joining as a family is also a great way to bond and spend quality time together especially if everyone is a MARVEL fan!

Since this is a virtual event, runners have the freedom to join the run anytime and from anywhere they like, even from their treadmills at home! They can track their distance covered through three different ways: via the Move by Liv3ly app; their fitness trackers; or manually submitting screenshots on the MARVEL Virtual Run site.

Finishers will receive an exclusive MARVEL Virtual Run t-shirt and drawstring bag, and, depending on their chosen race category, a trophy with a rotating Avengers logo! Registration for the MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines is still ongoing and will end on April 29, so hurry and visit https://www.disney.ph/virtual-marvel/virtualrun/home to join.

For Globe Prepaid subscribers, get 10% off the registration fee when you register to Go50, Go90, Go120, and Go140; and 25% off when you register to Go250 and Go400 promos from March 16 until March 31! Customers simply have to reply with <GOMARVEL> to get the 10% voucher code or <GOMVRPH> for the 25% voucher code.

Globe At Home subscribers, on the other hand, can hop on the Globe At Home app and click on the MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines takeover page to be one of the first 400 customers to get a 10% discount on selected categories. 40 free codes will also be given away to select and loyal Globe At Home Postpaid subscribers.

Channel your inner Super Hero and reinvent your fitness journey with MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines! Check out http://www.globe.com.ph/marvel-virtual-run.html for more details.

Get Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Multi-Action Cleaner at up to 28% Off Plus Additional Special Offer Vouchers at Shopee’s 4.4 Sale

Get Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Multi-Action Cleaner at up to 28% Off Plus Additional Special Offer Vouchers at Shopee’s 4.4 Sale!

 

In the face of the ongoing pandemic, as COVID-19 remains a serious threat, keeping surfaces and surroundings properly disinfected and safe from illness-causing germs has become more important than ever.

 

Mindful of this, Lysol, driven by its “Disinfect to Protect Mission”, once again makes its line of disinfectants and multi-surface cleaners more accessible to health and value-conscious consumers via Shopee’s 4.4 sale. Through this not-to-be-missed opportunity, everyone gets the chance to avail its disinfectants and multi-action cleaners which are tested and proven effective against the COVID-19 virus, at special discounted prices.

 

Fans of the Lysol brand can enjoy up to 28% off through the following much-catch offers: Rush Hour deals from 12am to 2am, up to 24% off; up to 20% off for Rest of the Day; and buy 2 additional 4% off through Multibuy.

 

Meanwhile, take advantage of the additional discounts through these generous vouchers: P50 off for a minimum purchase of P599 with LYSO599; P100 off for a minimum purchase of P999 with LYSO999; and a special Followers Voucher for first time Lysol Facebook page followers, with P50 off no. minimum spend.

 

Lysol disinfectants and multi-action cleaners have been tested and proven effective in deactivating the virus strain which causes Covid-19 —demonstrating reduction of the infectious virus in 5 minutes, in lab tests run by Microbac Laboratories, Inc. in compliance with European EN 14476 and US EPA ASTM 1052/1053 international standards. This reinforces Lysol’s place as a trusted and must-have home essential in the time of the pandemic as it champions the “Disinfect to Protect Mission.”

 

Mark your calendars and ‘add to cart’ the Lysol disinfectants and multi-action cleaners at special discounted prices during Shopee’s 4.4 Sale! Vouchers are limited and only one voucher can be used per check out. Log on to the official Lysol Shopee page through this link.

 


Make moments at home better with Samsung’s 4-Day Easter Sale

Make moments at home better with Samsung’s 4-Day Easter Sale


Celebrating Easter may be a little different this year but one thing remains—this holiday gives families a chance to rest and spend quality time with each other. Speaking of quality time, make moments at home with your loved ones more meaningful with Samsung’s 4-day Easter Sale!

From April 1 to 4, Samsung offers discounts and bundled promos this Easter on select products, from Smart TVs and soundbars, to digital appliances, and even smartphones and tablets. Here are Samsung’s Easter deals you wouldn’t want to miss out on:

Grab home-theater essentials at a lower price during Samsung’s 4-Day Easter Sale. Save up to Php 17,499 when purchasing select 55- and 65-inch Samsung Crystal UHD TVs bundled with a Soundbar to complete the immersive viewing experience.

Saving up for a major home appliance purchase? Enjoy up to 37% off on select digital appliances from any Samsung-authorized online partner. Now is also the perfect time for an upgrade with special discounts on the Samsung Window-Type Inverter Air Conditioner, Top Mount No Frost Refrigerator, Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine, Jet Stick Vacuum Cleaner, and Air Purifier. You can also get two 34sqm Air Purifier bundle for Php 19,965 only this Easter!

Plan your purchase wisely with great deals and offers on the latest premium and innovative Galaxy devices.

Buy the new Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and get a free 45mm Galaxy Watch3 in silver worth Php 20,990. Customers who purchase the Galaxy S21+ 5G and Galaxy S21 5G will get a free 41mm Galaxy Watch3 in silver worth Php 18,990 and a Galaxy Watch Active2 worth Php 11,990, respectively. While the Galaxy Note20 Series and Galaxy S20 FE offer discounts up to Php 5,000. The Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, and Galaxy A02s are also available with a buy one, get the second unit at 50% off deal. 

Score work-from-home essentials with Galaxy Tabs. Customers can avail up to Php 5,000 discount on the Galaxy Tab S7 Series and Tab A 8.0.

Exclusive online deals in Samsung.com await customers including up to 33% off on Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds+, 30% off on 90 sqm Air Purifier, and more! Cash discounts are not valid in conjunction with other cash discounts being offered in some stores.

Easter deals have never been this big! Know more about the great deals during Samsung’s 4-Day Easter Sale by visiting Samsung.com.

Your Fave Celebs and Influencers Are Living the Presko Period Life — and We Want In

Andrea Brillantes and Kyline Alcantara on New Whisper Breathable pads


Your Fave Celebs and Influencers Are Living the Presko Period Life — and We Want In


Do you ever see another girl’s feed and wonder how they’re able to pull off looking fresh, and confident as if they don’t experience discomfort during that time of the month? Even your fave K-pop female idols, big-time Hollywood actresses, and all-time hit singer-songwriters go through periods. And with their jam-packed scheds that most likely involve visits to the waxing salon, derma, fittings, and travels, have you ever wondered how they’re able to do all of these tasks and still look fresh and confident on their red days?

We asked some of the hottest trending social media stars that you’re most likely up to date with, and they spilled the tea on just how much they prep when that time of the month comes. And as it turns out, it involves a lot of planning. They’ve scheduled every second of their time up to the T whenever they’re on their periods to avoid sweaty and stuffy napkin mishaps.

And it’s not as easy as they seem to make it. But their recent discovery of the New Whisper Breathable — their new holy grail pad — helped them take a breather unlike their previous napkins. This Whisper cotton pad variant has with thousands of airflow vents that let air pass through for a light and airy feeling. And if you’re wondering how they’re able to move freely even on their period, the Whisper Breathable have new super soft wings that can help reduce thigh irritation. They even can go through their days without checking for leaks with the new and improved top-sheet with deep anti-tagos channels.

Andrea Brillantes


Andrea Brillantes shared how a sweat and stuffy napkin hinders her from moving freely on shoots or when she does physical activity. “That's why shoutout to all the girls out there dahil we now have Whisper’s NEW revolutionary pad! Nakakaexcite to share this to you all kasi the NEW Whisper Breathable has thousands of presko air vents that lets you breathe down there. Kaya no more sweaty and stuffy feeling!”

Kyline Alcantara


Kyline Alcantara gave the New Whisper Breathables pads a try and least to say that she loved the presko feeling. I get so kilig talaga every time I receive packages. But now, I’m more excited because I just got Whisper’s NEWEST Breathable Cotton Presko kit! I've been seeing it all over social media —and girls, I finally understand why you all love it!!”

And it’s not just them who’ve shared their love for the presko with Whisper experience. Thousands of Filipina girls have switched to the new Whisper Breathables and swore to never go back to their old, stuffy, sweaty napkin. From this day forward, all they want are presko days with Whisper. 

Don’t miss out and give yourself the breather your body deserves when on your period. For a presko period, try the new Whisper Breathable with thousands of airflow vents, available at all leading online stores, drugstores, and supermarkets. Share how the new Whisper Breathable lets you #HingaLangGirl by posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok with the hashtag. Visit the Whisper Facebook page for more updates.

Free Vouchers using GCash on Foodanda this March!

Hottest deals for your summer food trip

 Enjoy vouchers galore when you use GCash on foodpanda this March!

Good news for foodies all over the country: GCash is giving away multiple foodpanda voucher codes when you order and pay using GCash!

 

Not yet on Foodpanda? For a minimum order of P200, new users can instantly enjoy P100 off when they use the voucher code “GCASHNEW” and pay using GCash for their very first order. Meanwhile, existing subscribers can enjoy P50 off their order when they use the voucher code “50GCASH” for a minimum order of P250.

 

GCash also has free deliveries covered! Customers can simply use the code “GDAYSUNDAY” on all Sundays of March while paying via GCash to enjoy free deliveries on minimum orders of P200!

 

GCash foodpanda voucher codes

 

Code

Discount

 

Limit

GCASHNEW

P100 off

New users on first order

Valid once

50GCASH

P50 off

Existing users

Valid once

GDAYSUNDAY

Free delivery

Existing users

Valid once every Sunday

 

By ordering through foodpanda using GCash, customers will be able to eat good food while staying at home, while also protecting themselves from the recently rising COVID-19 cases through physical distancing.

 

“GCash is making ordering food online more fun, affordable, and most importantly, safe. With our partnership with foodpanda, GCash customers get to enjoy great food with multiple discount options, without the need for physical cash payments, and while still being able to protect themselves against COVID-19,” said Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash.

 

GCash customers can add their GCash wallet on the foodpanda app by checking out their orders and by selecting GCash as the payment method to link their wallet before placing their order.

 

“With GCash, foodpanda customers nationwide are assured of safely and securely ordering without the need for paying cash or change, while observing social distancing protocols to protect them from the pandemic,” said Daniel Marogy, Managing Director of foodpanda Philippines.

 

Promo runs until March 31, 2021.

 

Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc.

 

GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https://www.gcash.com/.


5 Tips to Help You Successfully Grow Your Online Business


5 Tips to Help You Successfully Grow Your Online Business 


In this day and age where digital is king, businesses are not limited to just brick-and-mortar stores anymore. The internet has paved the way for entrepreneurs to showcase their products online, extending their reach to an even wider market.

The popularity of online businesses has increased during the lockdown period where most people are stuck at home and physical stores for non-essential businesses have to close temporarily (and some, for good). According to Zalora Philippines CEO Paolo Campos, 91% of Filipino internet users searched for goods and services to purchase and out of this, 76% completed the transaction. A Global Web Index survey also showed that 48% of Filipinos look forward to doing more online shopping even after the pandemic is over.

So, for those who are planning to dip their toes into an online venture as well as business owners who want to expand their services to keep up with the new normal, now is the most ideal time to take that leap.

Choose your platform

Grow your online business successfully by identifying first the platform that best fits the product or service that you offer as well as your branding, personal preference, and budget. You can choose from as simple as social media sites like Instagram and Facebook to websites and marketplace e-commerce platforms such as Lazada and Shopee.

Be visible

Making your business visible to your target market is another important thing to consider. With so many brands and names in the market today, you want to be able to stand out and attract more customers. You can do this by producing high-quality content, may it be in the form of write-ups, infographics, or videos for your page or website that will not only inform but more importantly, engage your audience. Depending on your spending capability, you can also consider investing in SEO.

Another way to add to your online presence is by taking advantage of the reach and power of social media and setting up a business page or account on popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Lastly, always provide your business’ contact information on your platforms and make sure that you answer inquiries and resolve complaints from your customers as soon as possible. Nothing beats great customer experience, after all.

Know your customer

To deliver good service, you need to know and understand the needs and preferences of your customers. What are their preferred paying methods? Is your website user-friendly? Do they prefer chatbots or customer self-service for inquiries?

Keeping them in mind every step of the way will allow you to build something that serves them, not you. This will help you create a strong relationship with your customers and in turn, the possibility of new sales through recommendations and positive reviews. 

Study and learn from competition

This is a great strategy to gauge the market you’re in ― to know what works and what doesn’t. By knowing your competitors, you’ll be able to come up with strategies to make your brand stand out from the rest, identify your flaws, and improve your own business performance.

The internet has made this process easy. You can easily do this by checking their social media pages or websites, reading customer reviews, and taking note of the key elements on their pages. For a more in-depth look, you may opt to use online tools to analyze their strategies.

Widen your business knowledge

Nowadays, entrepreneurs can come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and they are not anymore limited to just business graduates and the like. After all, knowledge can be attained in so many ways. As you go along the process of building your business, learning will always follow.

Being knowledgeable on the current trends in the industry as well as the fundamentals in retail and online marketing, data science, consumer psychology, financial management, and related topics can go a long way in the success of your venture.
 
One of the pioneer schools where you can learn these competencies is at STI College where they offer bachelors degree in Retail Technology and Consumer Science, Business Management, and an associate course in Retail Technology to hone graduates in the evolving business industry.  

These innovative and comprehensive programs will equip future entrepreneurs with specialized skills in the areas of Retail Marketing, Consumer Psychology, Information Technology, and Data Science. 

Not new to innovations in education, STI has been at the forefront of developing courses and programs that are industry and trend adept to give its students the needed knowledge and skills to succeed in the real world. It has also established partnerships with key industry players worldwide for its programs and trainings in the country.

Jollibee’s new ad shows how parents can make bonding time with kids more fun!



Now more than ever, make bonding moments more sweet-sarap with Jolly Spaghetti


Even though the pandemic means kids must stay home to be safe, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have any fun! Now that parents are spending more time with their kids, it’s best to make the most out of the situation and foster a joyful and exciting atmosphere at home. 

One great way to keep kids happy despite the current situation is to create new family activities that will make quality time together more memorable!  You can learn how to bake, expand their creativity through DIY arts and crafts or even explore the latest video games or social media trends—then complete your child’s day with a plate of the meatiest, cheesiest, and sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti.

The latest commercial from Jollibee encourages exactly this, showing that parents can do a lot of at-home activities for their bonding time. From interactive storytelling through role-playing, teaming up on building giant lego castles, and jamming to the new dance crazes and games together, there is always a way to make your children happy. 

To top it all, the meatiest, cheesiest and sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti is always guaranteed to make these daily bonding moments memorable and sweet-sarap na walang katulad, while being affordable, and easy and convenient to order.

“Keeping your children happy by spending quality time with them is truly important during these challenging times. We’re glad to contribute to making family bonding moments with the kids sweeter and more fun with their all-time favorite Jolly Spaghetti.” said Jollibee Marketing AVP for Bestsellers Cathleen Capati. 

The Jolly Spaghetti is available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only Php 50 solo, and P200 as a Family Pan good for four to five people. Have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out. 

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Modern ageing with grace-empowered Kaki persimmon soap

Kaki persimmon soap

Asia’s best kept secret of youthful and firm complexion revealed—

in the power of Japanese Persimmon

Modern ageing with grace-empowered Kaki persimmon soap


Numbers that indicate progress in a person’s lives can sometimes be daunting especially for women. In fact, age is often left off the table during conversations, but what if it doesn’t have to be? Fortunately, a new soap that empowers ladies to age gracefully is emerging in the Philippines. 

Nonenal among ageing people is often caused by hormonal imbalance but with a pure soap that cleanses the body, smell might as well be a non-issue. This is what KAKI promises as a consumer brand. 

KAKI is a new persimmon-based soap that indulges the body into a regenerated state, away from unwanted odors, discoloration, and firmness of skin.

Gina, 42, a bachelorette shares what she noticed after a month of continued use of the soap. 

“I no longer feel insecure because KAKI takes care of my body. I used to be so conscious of how I smell because I easily sweat. Now because of Kaki, I feel very confident even after a long day in the sun or even working out.”   

The same sentiment is also observed even in more mature ladies. Retired teacher, Angela, 56, says: “My skin feels very light and plump, and it reminds me of my younger days. My children and even my apos are not taken aback by my smell and they love bonding with me. This means a lot to me now that I can focus on my own grandchildren after teaching in school for decades.” 
Kaki persimmon soap

.       Unravel the secret of the fountain of youth through this premium fruit found in Japan.


Unique in gentleness to the skin and purifying effect, KAKI is without harsh chemicals that promises to speed-up skin lightening or exfoliates the skin more often than it needs to. 

KAKI’s Founder and CEO shares her vision for the brand, “At Kaki, we truly aim to empower ladies to age worry-free. We can keep them flawless so they can have the time and energy to focus on what makes them happy. Our running joke internally is that if you use the Kaki soap, life can begin even beyond 40!”  

Apart from the immediate effects on the body, KAKI also lessens the nonenal on pillowcases and bed sheets of its consumer and detoxifies without stripping the body of its natural oils. It also comes with a feminine foam wash for the sensitive parts of the ladies. 

Kaki persimmon soap
New and promising persimmon-based soap is a holy grail for ladies over 40.

Kaki keeps the side effects of ageing away and assures its users that ageing, like coming-of-age, should not have a wisp of embarrassment but a treasured phase of grace and poise.  

*KAKI is available at Shopee and Lazada starting at Php 160 and foam wash at Php 350. 

Philippine universities get ready to face off at first-ever virtual EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture


EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture


Philippine universities get ready to face off at first-ever virtual EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture


Colleges and universities across the Philippines are set to gear up for the much-anticipated EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture—an annual inter-collegiate competition spearheaded by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines

Since 2006, the EU Whiz has been a fun and exciting way for Filipino students to showcase their knowledge and understanding of the EU and EU-Philippine relations. 

“The EU and the Philippines have enjoyed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership for many years now,” said EU Ambassador to the Philippines Luc Véron. “The EU Whiz is a fun and exciting way for a new generation of Filipino youth to rediscover the ties and common history that bind our people together. It also introduces them to the EU, its institutions and our partnership with the Philippines.”

Apart from the quiz, the EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture has been expanded to include two more events—the “My Space, My Rights” video competition, and the “Green ECO I See” digital art competition. This year also marks the first time that all events will be held online as a result of the pandemic.

“The EU has always been passionate about celebrating the inherent talent and creativity of young Filipinos,” said Ambassador Véron. “Given the current restrictions, we have decided to bring the competition to the virtual stage in the hopes of engaging even more students and universities across the country.”

All three competitions are open to bonafide Filipino students currently enrolled in Philippine universities for Academic Year 2021. Interested students must form a group of three members to participate. Cool gadgets and exclusive EU Whiz items await the winning teams. 

Online submission of applications will run from March 17 to May 1, 2021. The competition will culminate in a virtual awarding ceremony to be livestreamed on the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Facebook page on June 26, 2021. Full mechanics and details for all three competitions are available at https://eeas.europa.eu/philippines or https://euwhizfyf2021.engage.eu/. Competition updates will also be posted on the official social media pages of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines (Facebook: @EUDelegationToThePhilippines, Twitter: @EUinthePH, and Instagram: @euinthephilippines).

As part of the activities, the general public will also be enjoined to participate in The MorEU Know—a weekly social media trivia on general EU facts. 

Starting April 2021, a Question of the Week will be posted on the official Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Facebook page. Audiences can comment on the posts with the correct responses for a chance to win cool gadgets and accessories courtesy of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.

#IntelligentPR gets Comm&Sense nominated for Agency of the Year at Ph Quills


#IntelligentPR gets Comm&Sense nominated for Agency of the Year at Ph Quills


Comm&Sense’s big bet on data-driven communications - or simply, “Intelligent PR” - appears to be a step in the right direction as the agency was nominated for the Agency of the Year award for the second time in a row on the back of its record haul of 15 Philippine Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators - Philippines.

Leading the 15 recognitions is the collaboration between Comm&Sense and leading health maintenance organization (HMO) PhilCare which produced the PhilCare Community Quarantine (CQ) Wellness Index, a study on the state of well-being of Filipinos as they faced the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rolled out in the summer of 2020, the PhilCare CQ Wellness Index looked into the actual state of well-being of Filipinos while in quarantine. The study also examined how various sectors of society across the country responded to the effects of the lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. 

The PhilCare CQ Wellness Index received two top division award nominations: One for Excellence in Communications Research and the other for COVID Communications, a special division in this year’s Quills dedicated to business communication efforts in response to the pandemic. 

Apart from these, Comm&Sense and its affiliates received awards for its collaborations with clients in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, financial services, and healthcare services. 

A full-service digital PR agency established in 2005, Comm&Sense has since then always believed and practiced #IntelligentPR, which is rooted in data, whether from clients or from research. Data and actionable insights are crucial in each communication plan the agency makes for campaigns to have impact on their respective target audiences.

The data-driven content is then followed by creative execution and smart amplification. Together, the three elements are what clients need to build credibility with their respective customers. 

The relevant insights gathered by PhilCare CQ Wellness Index were then amplified through both traditional and online media and would serve as a springboard for the HMO to come up with the appropriate action given the continuing pandemic.

Jaeger L. Tanco
Founder and President, Comm&Sense 

“This win at the Quill Awards just goes to show that our brand of #IntelligentPR just makes sense. For the last 15 years, we at Comm&Sense have made sure that each campaign and communication plan we come up with answers clients’ communication needs and responds well to the needs of their respective audiences. We are truly honored to have pushed the bounds of PR with this feat,” said Comm&Sense founder and president Jaeger L. Tanco.

He added that the agency was honored to be part of the successes of its clients and thankful that they were able to help especially during the pandemic.

Comm&Sense Director Eusebio H. Tanco, for his part, said that the agency’s awards were a validation of its move towards data-driven communications.

“Through data, we were able to understand the public more. People want hard proof, especially when making important decisions, whether they be personal or for business. We were able to communicate with them the way they wanted even before this new normal. It has definitely helped Comm&Sense create successful campaigns and we’re proud of that,” EHT said. 

Celebrating the #WomenOfLRT1

Celebrating the #WomenOfLRT1

Every year around the world, March 8 is celebrated as the International Women’s Day serving as a tribute, a platform, and a call for concrete, sustainable, and inclusive actions towards gender equality. At the height of the global pandemic, many women frontliners bravely took on the challenge of playing important roles in helping the country navigate through the new normal. Displaying resilience amidst unsettling conditions and determination to continue providing quality service despite tougher struggles, women have continuously shown power to lead and thrive even in a difficult situation. 

Within the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), many female team members have proven their strength to overcome personal challenges and continue to excel in a rather male-dominated industry. In support of Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)’s #WomenMakeChange theme for 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration, here are some stories about the #WomenOfLRT1 to inspire and empower more women to be agents of change.

Lou Ambrosio, Lead Station Supervisor


Having spent nearly 15 years in the rail industry and working for LRT-1, Lou has the task of properly leading the team that directly interacts with customers, including station supervisors, tellers, and other personnel directly performing their functions within the station. With the goal of delivering a reliable and quality customer service to the riding public, the weight on her shoulders is pretty daunting.
 
As a front-liner, the pandemic has been challenging for Lou. “Isolation, contact restrictions, and economic shutdown completely changed us. For me, the first challenge I had was ensuring the safety of my family back home (in the province), the basic needs of my family, the thought of not seeing them due to travel restrictions, and the probability of getting and being sick due to the lack of responsiveness and carelessness of others. Second, the fear of losing my job due to the economic crisis. Lastly, the challenge to implement protocol and measures in the performance of my job and the thought of how to go about the situation confronted and tested my personality. This pandemic is a totally different experience and routine for me,” she says.

But like a true leader honed by years of experience, she managed to allay her worries and fears. “Being the kind of person who always looked on the brighter side of every situation, facing these times with self-care and care for others, and keeping my strong faith in God are some of my best weapons in overcoming these adversities.”

Christine Cunanan, Train Operator


It’s not every day we get to see a woman train operator, but Christine has bravely stepped up to the challenge amidst the risks and responsibilities entailed by the job. Working in a male-dominated industry, the pressure of being a woman train operator will always be there. But with the ongoing pandemic, the anxiety just doubles with the added risk of contracting the virus due to potential exposure.

But Christine is lucky to be working with her LRMC family. “I am very thankful to the company for providing and ensuring the health and safety of employees in our workplace,” she says. Christine also adds the extra measures she takes to make sure that she is able to accomplish her job well and ensure her safety. “Drivers must be cautious and must know the basic health safety protocol in this pandemic like proper wearing of face mask, face shield, proper disinfection, and keeping a safe distance,” Christine says.

Florence Bautista, Head of Human Resource and Admin



As the primary caretaker of LRMC’s employees, Florence has to look after the well-being and concerns of team members. “Although stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns have always been there, this pandemic brought the employee’s mental health to the forefront,” Florence says. As a general solution, she ensured that communication lines between management and employees—from top to bottom—remain open at all costs. “As a leader, I can never overemphasize the need to consistently reach out and communicate to our employees,” she says, marking the importance of communication, albeit virtual, at a time of physical distancing.

As the concurrent head of human resources and administration, there is obviously much on Florence’s plate as it is. But when the pandemic happened, the challenge became even tougher. “None of us had imagined that something like this would come, the sudden shift in work culture has brought a lot of challenges for HR,” says Florence. This includes their abrupt transition to working remotely/out of office work, which has somehow slowed down their operations as a company. But teamwork, as one of LRMC’s core values, grew stronger and allowed LRMC to continue performing the work that had to be done despite the challenging times. In some ways the pandemic made the team stronger with team leaders increasing the check-in with their team. The human element in any crisis cannot be ignored, and LRMC’s HR team made sure to support team leaders in addressing concerns.

Melca Samson, Head of Buildings and Facilities Section & Infrastructure Division Manager


 
As the concurrent head of LRMC’s Buildings and Facilities Section, and manager of the Infrastructure Division, Melca plays a massive role handling the overall management of tracks, buildings, and facilities and ensures all project and construction works are done on time. Like Lou, Melca’s main struggle during the pandemic was balancing responsibilities between work and home. “This pandemic has not been easy for everyone, indeed painful and worrying for me at times. There’s a lot of changes in my plans, I cry sometimes when overwhelmed with a difficult situation. But I need to be strong and adapt to the new changes and face the responsibilities,” she said. 

Despite her predicament, Melca has managed to keep herself on track. “I stop, set and list down my priorities, slow down and focus on the important things first. I’ve also learned to love myself and find a simple source of joy through gardening and planting.” Thanks to a new hobby, she was able to keep these worries off her mind and focus on her tasks at hand. “Seeing my plants growing can put a smile on my face and can be a happy conversation topic with my away husband and children. Watching funny videos on YouTube and Netflix movies with my youngest son is also another reason for me to laugh and have quality time with him.” Through it all, she has also kept her faith and determination to become even better both at home and at work. 

Jireh Canoy, Head of Maintenance Planning Section


Working with a more optimized team of engineers and the unavoidable work-from-home scheme during the pandemic, Jireh found it challenging to juggle work and family responsibilities. “As a working mom, I have also been worried about my health and also for my family,” Jireh adds.

Despite the new challenges, Jireh has managed to harness strength from all her past experiences. “I overcome all my struggles with my faith in God,” she says. Jireh also focused on having a more positive outlook in dealing with her problems both at work and at home. “Second, I found my passion. I really enjoy the current job I have now despite all the challenges I faced during the pandemic.”


These few remarkable stories of women from within the LRMC prove that when women are given the right opportunities, they can thrive and excel in so many ways. Along with a good combination of their faith and resourcefulness, these inspiring women prove that even in a man’s world, there is nothing that a strong, resilient, and reliable woman cannot do. 


Globe At Home Enables Everyone to Kick Start Their Wellness Journey With Virtual Fitfest

Globe At Home Enables Everyone to Kick Start Their Wellness Journey With Virtual Fitfest




It’s never too late to make good with your New Year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle this 2021 – all you need is the right motivation to start! Last February 27, Globe At Home subscribers were able to get the push to begin their fitness journey with Reinvent Wellness @ Home, a virtual fitfest for all, streamed live on its official Facebook Page.

Globe At Home ambassadors highlighted different facets of holistic health and wellness during the fit fest, focusing on the importance of not only keeping the body fit but also eating right and prioritizing self-care. 
 
To start off the day, the Arellano Family led a fun warm up for the participants where they showed simple and easy ways to stretch and ready the body for a workout. After that, Electric Studio’s Jay Avella together with Martin Javier and Chino Roque demonstrated the basics of rhythm boxing to the beat of BLACKPINK hits, showing why it's a great and must-try full body workout.

 
 
Proper diet is also an important factor in achieving a healthy lifestyle that’s why Kryz Uy and Slater Young shared their tried and tested meal prep recipe for a hearty, healthy breakfast as well as tips on how to prep meals easier for the whole family.


 
Finally, for the topic of self-care, Maris Racal shared her morning routine consisting of meditating, working out, and doing her skin care on the daily to the viewers. Dr. Gia Sison also discussed ways we can take care of our emotional health while Neri Miranda talked about tools families can use to reinvent wellness: telehealth service KonsultaMD that users can get for free with Globe At Home plans, and GInsure that offers multiple insurance products at affordable prices. 

 
An exclusive BLACKPINK-themed indoor cycling party via Zoom was also held on the same day as part of the virtual fitfest. Led by Coach Kyla Cho from Electric Studio, over 100 participants pedalled their way to start their fitness journey for the year. 

 
To re-watch this exciting event, head on over to the World at Home platform, here! Loyal subscribers can expect more exciting events and promos in the coming months as part of the many perks and rewards from Globe At Home on top of a fast and reliable internet connection. If you wish to know more about Globe At Home Plans, go to shop.globe.com.ph.

Shopee Recognizes Three Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in E-Commerce

This International Women’s Day, Shopee features three female sellers challenging stereotypes and carving their paths to success.

 Shopee Recognizes Three Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in E-Commerce  

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, celebrates International Women’s Day by recognizing three female entrepreneurs who continue to challenge boundaries, pursue their dreams, and carve their paths to success. 

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is #ChooseToChallenge, and it mirrors Shopee’s belief that women sellers can carve their paths to success in e-commerce. Shopee supports sellers through initiatives such as E-TAAS ang Pilipinong MSMEs Integrated Digital Marketing Training Program in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “This International Women's Day, we are proud to recognize women entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams and making a difference to our communities through their businesses. In line with our efforts to make e-commerce for everyone, we provide aspiring entrepreneurs with an environment to succeed with us. We are glad to see many women succeeding on Shopee and encourage aspiring female entrepreneurs to do the same. ” 

As more micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs go digital, Shopee presents three female business owners growing their businesses on the platform. Analyn Sagales, Shiela Reyes-Lao, and Gina Aloush share what prompted them to open an online business:

Analyn Sagales of Jas Healthy Mixed Products

For Analyn Sagales, what started as a hobby turned into a business that helped her support her family. She first introduced her products to friends and colleagues at work. During the pandemic, her business increased in sales as more people turned to online platforms for their needs. 

Her story serves as an inspiration to others to do what makes them happy. “I can convert my passion for farming to promoting personal and family health through selling organic herb teas and soaps. It’s never too late to start something new, regardless of your age, gender, and status in life.” 

Shiela Reyes-Lao of 130 Cacao Culture Farms

 
To help cacao farmers and provide jobs to the women in the community, Shiela Reyes-Lao established 130 Cacao Culture Farms back in 2016. Her interest in agriculture, combined with her love for chocolates, prompted her to bring her business to Shopee. Despite the many challenges, her determination led to success. 
“As a female entrepreneur, it’s a challenge to balance work and our personal lives, so I took it as my responsibility to create a workplace culture that is flexible and helps other women thrive. Through Shopee, I can expand my horizons and help others,” she said. “I also believe in continuing education, so we provide our team members and the women in our community the opportunities they need to develop and learn new skills.” 

Gina Aloush of Habbe Tailoring Shop

Gina Aloush transformed her passion for protecting the environment into a business on Shopee, going from a hobbyist to a full-time environmental entrepreneur and advocate. Sensing the chance to educate others about the environment through eco-friendly products, she opened Habbe Tailoring Shop on Shopee in 2019. Today, she sees steady traffic and sales on Shopee while continuing to upgrade her digital skills and bring her store to new heights.

“I used to dream of having a business that not only gives me financial freedom but also the opportunity to make a difference. I want to use this business as a channel to help other people and our planet. I consider myself an advocate for the environment and want to sell products that will help conserve Mother Earth’s health and beauty.”

With the help of Shopee’s robust ecosystem, continually improving in-app features, and convenient digital payment services such as ShopeePay, women sellers like Analyn, Shiela, and Gina can continue to reach a broader target audience and grow their online businesses this 2021. 

International Women’s Day Fair

On March 8, users can enjoy up to 90% off on skincare items, makeup, women’s apparel, and maternity products. Shoppers can also look forward to shop vouchers and amazing deals from brands such as Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris, Sanofi Aventis, and fashion brands like Zanzea and Vonda. 

To know more about the International Women’s Day Fair, visit https://shopee.ph/m/international-womens-day-fair 

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