Jun 30, 2021

JOHNSON’S® Celebrity Moms Share Their Best Bonding Moments With Their Daughters

JOHNSON’S® Celebrity Moms Share Their Best Bonding Moments With Their Daughters

Bianca Gonzalez, Camille Prats, and Dani Barretto give us hairstyling tips that we can do at home with our kids

For over 128 years, JOHNSON’S® is one of the top health organizations that continues to be committed to understanding the unique needs of babies at every life stage. JOHNSON’S® understands the important role mommies and daddies play in the lives of their kids especially during this uncertain and challenging time.

This year, as most of us are still isolated in our homes, JOHNSON’S®  encourages parents to spend more time with their kids and nourish them with more bonding moments in any way that they can – may it be through TikTok challenges, playtime, or even fun and engaging hairstyling activities.

“These bonding moments are essential especially to kids today since they are stuck at home. We at JOHNSON’S® recognize the special role mommies play in ensuring their kids’ over-all development during this time of quarantine.” says Ara Espina, Brand Manager of JOHNSON’S® Baby.


Recently, JOHNSON’S® launched the #PrettyStrongHair campaign for mommies and their daughters to bond more, to spend more time together through exploring fun and playful hairstyles for kids. With the help of JOHNSON’S® Strong and Healthy Shampoo, moms can be ensured that their daughter’s hair will be strong and protected versus breakage, hair fall, and dryness because it contains eight (8) conditioners including Vitamin E specifically formulated for active kids’ hair.


We sat down with our JOHNSON’S® celebrity mombassadors Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Camille Prats-Yambao, and Dani Barretto-Panlilio to talk about the importance of bonding, their favorite at-home hairstyling activities, and tips they can share with their fellow moms for more kikay bonding with their daughters. 


Why is it important to bond with your daughters at home?

Even before the pandemic, quality time with my daughters was top priority for me. I am lucky to have a job that isn't a "9 to 5" in that I could somehow manage to spend a good amount of time with my kids several days within a week. Aside from not wanting to miss any of their milestones, I want them to grow up knowing that they can count on me, that I am here for them on both good days and not so good days, and I want them to feel loved, cared for, and secure. This is something both my husband and I keep in mind, especially during these developmental years—everyone tells us it goes by so fast and to enjoy every second. 


Can you share your favorite hairstyle that you do with your daughters and tell us briefly why this is your favorite?

I love playing with Nala’s hair! It's like having my own live baby doll as a child. She loves it when I tie her hair in two knots like Chun Li, she thinks it's cute and I really find it adorable on her. It keeps her hair away from her face.


Can you give your top three tips for moms in styling their kids hair?

First,  you need to use the best shampoo for your kids. Their hair is two times (2x) thinner than adult hair, so they need their own shampoo to keep their hair strong and healthy. For Millie, we use the JOHNSON’S®  Strong and Healthy shampoo. 

Buy fun clips and hair ties, they love to see all the colors and the design, which makes it easy for you to style their hair. 

Lastly,  go all out and enjoy styling your kids hair. They’re only kids once. Once they get older, the hair becomes off limits. Hahaha! So enjoy it while you still can.

JOHNSON’S® Strong and Healthy Shampoo is available in all leading supermarkets and official JOHNSON’S® Shopee and Lazada accounts. To know more about JOHNSON’S® Strong and Healthy Shampoo and more hairstyling tips from our celebrity mombassadors Visit Facebook.com/JohnsonsBabyPhilippines and follow JOHNSON’S® Instagram account @johnsonsbabyph.

Jun 29, 2021

Cebuana Lhuillier unveils more powerful and all-inclusive loyalty program

Basta 24k, K ‘YAN! : Cebuana Lhuillier unveils more powerful and all-inclusive loyalty program

Cebuana Lhuillier, the country’s largest micro-financial services company has just launched its new and improved loyalty program, highlighting the capability of Cebuana Lhuillier clients to sign up for a virtual card online, for free.

The launch of the new 24k loyalty program likewise introduces a 24/7 online accessibility to its members, giving them unbridled access, whenever and wherever they may be.

“Our thrust to move with the future is strengthened by our desire to provide our clients with convenience when accessing our services. The launch of the powered-up 24k loyalty program is just one of the many advancements that we have in store for our loyal Ka-Cebuanas,” said Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier.

The new and improved loyalty program boasts an increase in points earning by 33 percent, with one point equivalent to a Php 30 service fee, while for gold card holders, the fee only amounts to Php 25.

The newly revamped 24k program also brings the 24k Gold Card into fruition, with a requirement for 24k members who reach a cumulative 110 points in one year can avail of even more premium benefits such as free jewelry cleaning, priority lane, preferred pawning rate, invite to exclusive Cebuana Lhuillier events, and more.

Through the 24k Online Portal, members are given access to a host of services that offer greater convenience, including: (1) easy tracking of points, (2) point redemption through eLoad and Insurance purchase, (3) use of an appraisal and redemption calculator, (4) online appointment feature, (5) branch and partner locator, (6) easy points transfer, and (7) remittance tracker for Pera Padala clients.

The 24k loyalty program kicked off various promos online, like the 24 on the 24th, where 24 members win 24 points daily.

In the coming months, the loyalty program will also be unveiling more exciting point-earning schemes for various Cebuana Lhuillier transactions as well as, more partners are in the pipeline to ensure that clients will get the best out of their 24k Loyalty Program membership.

Stay updated on the latest news and promos by tuning in to the official Facebook page or Instagram account of Cebuana Lhuillier’s 24k Loyalty Program.

Jun 28, 2021

Carousell Property holds first Online Property Expo

Carousell Property holds first Online Property Expo to showcase every type of home for every kind of person


Carousell, the Philippine’s leading online classified, is all set to launch Carousell Property Online Expo, one of the biggest online property events in the country this year, happening from July 14-18, 2021.


The online expo is also expected to provide a much-needed boost to the real estate industry, which is one of the many sectors badly affected by the pandemic. Through the event, developers, brokers and agents will have the opportunity to connect with buyers and showcase real estate developments that are on sale. Buyers, on the other hand, will be able to check out and purchase properties such as lots, house and lot, and condos, in the comforts of their homes.


“We see this event as a great opportunity for sellers and buyers to connect safely and securely. The pandemic may have kept buyers from pursuing their goal of buying a new home, but with this event, they can get back on track and make their dream a reality. For brokers and agents, this is a great platform to secure leads, and showcase developments in their portfolio,” Raffy Montemayor, Carousell Philippines General Manager said.  “We’re bringing together property buyers and sellers in one virtual event to make purchasing property even simpler and safer especially during the pandemic.” 


The expo will have the theme “Every type of home, for every kind of person,” as the event will showcase homes that answer the needs, predicaments and motivations of buyers today.  Participants can go on a virtual tour of the expo in an immersive 3D format, allowing prospective buyers to check complete details of properties they want to buy.


Buyers can also look forward to informative discussions on new practices and trends in property buying and selling during the ‘new normal;’ and have a look into the Philippine property industry today. A complete guide to owning your next home and making the right property choice for buyers will also be discussed during the event. Buyers can also expect great deals when they reserve a property at the expo.


RLC Residences, AboitizLand, Solar Resources, I-Land Properties are amongst the property developers that will be joining the expo.


Prominent speakers joining the online expo include David Leechiu, CEO of Leechiu Property Consultants and  considered the leading commercial real estate broker in the Philippines;  Andy Mañalac,  chairman and co-founder of Havitas Developments Corporation and  currently the company representative to the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association; Gerald Evangelista, current president of the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards, Inc; and Noelle Alleje, managing director of The Property Forum Philippines, the leading auctioneer in the country today.


Don’t miss the chance of experiencing the country’s biggest online property expo. Reserve your slots and visit www.carousellpropertyexpo.ph to know more about the event.

The Carousell Property Online Expo platform is powered by TwoZero Live and Digiscript for the virtual tours. INQUIRER Mobile is the official media partner for the event

Jun 25, 2021

GCash strengthens partnership with the public sector to promote digital financial inclusion for all

40M FILIPINOS and GROWING GCash strengthens partnership with the public sector
40M FILIPINOS and GROWING GCash strengthens partnership with the public sector

40 MILLION FILIPINOS and GROWING: GCash strengthens partnership with the public sector to promote digital financial inclusion for all

To fast-track economic recovery amid the pandemic, public and private sectors must unite and work together to achieve a more inclusive financial ecosystem for all Filipinos. This is the vision behind “One with the Nation: Forging Public-Private Partnerships Towards Digital Inclusion in the Philippines,” a webinar organized by GCash, the country’s no. 1 mobile wallet app in collaboration with various national government agencies and local government units (LGUs). 

The webinar featured distinguished speakers from both the  public  and private sectors led by  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Gov. Benjamin Diokno, Makati Mayor Abby Binay, Congressman Jose Enrirque Garcia, DSWD Director Wayne Belizar, Bureau of Treasury of the Philippines OIC Deputy Treasurer Ed Marino,  BSP Deputy Dir. for Payment Systems Atty. Leah M. Irao, GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon, GCash Vice President for Enterprise Jose Luis Reyes and GCash AVP and Head of  Public Sector & Partnerships Cathlyn Pavia.  

GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon

“Our partnerships with the private sector have provided us with a wide network to reach more customers and develop more relevant financial services and products,” said Martha Sazon, GCash president and chief executive officer. “But in order to truly reach the unbanked and underserved communities, we look to the public sector with their expertise and resources. Together, we can really make a difference in the lives of Filipinos.” 

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Gov. Benjamin Diokno

The event opened with a Keynote Message from BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno on “Digital Financial Inclusion: Impacting the Lives of Millions of Filipinos”. In his message to the participants, Governor Diokno underscored the importance of making financial inclusion a reality for every Filipino in the country. This was followed by a panel discussion on “Digital Infrastructure: The Journey Starts Today!” led by BSP deputy director Atty Leah M. Irao and Cong. Jose Enrique Garcia. Atty. Irao and Congressman Garcia discussed the value of digitalization to promote the safety and security of Filipinos even beyond the pandemic.

Congressman Jose Enrirque Garcia

A talk on the importance of outlining a strategic path towards digital transformation was discussed next by Pavia in “Digital Roadmap: Are We Ready to Innovate?”. In her talk, Pavia emphasized the critical value of implementing digitalization in phases, and how digital solutions can be seamlessly integrated in order to create a hybrid approach and to facilitate smoother adoption.   

In his talk on “Digital Manual: 101 Opportunities to Move Forward!,” Director Marino discussed the long-term benefits of creating sound policies and guidelines, ensuring transparency during digital transformation.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay

Highlighting trailblazing partnerships going cashless, Makati Mayor Abby Binay led a panel entitled “Digital Headstart: Kaya Mo Pilipino!” In Makati, data of its constituents were collected and used to create the Makatizen ID card and open GCash accounts. The card serves as a valid ID that can be used to avail of government services, and a debit card to withdraw in any Bancnet ATM or use in Mastercard-accepting merchants. Likewise, Makati also uses GCash to disburse the salaries of employees, and allowances of senior citizens, and other financial assistance such as Maka-tulong. With Mayor Binay was DSWD Dir. Delizer who in turn shared the agency’s groundbreaking SAP disbursement program last year. 

This successful partnership at the height of the pandemic last year was the collaboration between GCash and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for safer distribution of funds for its Social Amelioration Program. GCash was able to distribute more than P16 billion to at least 2 million Filipinos, saving the government about 952 days and around P52 million. GCash continues to support DSWD in its Assistance for Individuals Under Crisis Situation program on a monthly basis.

The mobile app has also partnered with the Social Security System (SSS). Since February, SSS has enabled GCash as an option for receiving benefits through PESOnet. The app has provided SSS members an option to pay their monthly contribution payments via the app’s Pay Bills feature. Likewise for PAG-IBIG, contributions are also conveniently accepted via Pay Bills and Web Pay.

Closing the webinar was GCash VP for Enterprise Jose Luis Reyes who stressed the importance of financial inclusion and expressed optimism that despite today’s challenges, there is a clear way forward to achieve BSP’s vision and make Filipino lives better every day.

These programs are proof that strong partnerships between the private and public sectors are crucial in successfully bringing the benefits of digitalization and financial inclusion to Filipinos at a time when they need it most.


·         A strategic webinar that highlights the importance of private-public sector collaboration in achieving financial inclusion for Filipinos, featuring speakers including BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno, Congressman Jose Enique Garcia and Makati Mayor Abby Binay. The event gathered hundreds of society leaders, LGU officials, business sector executives and the media to discuss viable digital financial solutions for the country. 

·         Successful pioneering partnerships for cashless programs such as Makati LGU-GCash Makatizen ID card,  SSS-GCash partnership for fast and secure disbursement of SSS benefits; and the safe and timely distribution of funds for the DSWD’s Social Amelioration Program through GCash were discussed as best practices. 

·         GCash looks forward to collaborating with more LGUs and other national government agencies to promote digital synergy and identify financial solutions that will positively impact the lives of  millions of Filipinos nationwide, especially during this pandemic period.

For more information, visit www.gcash.com.

Petron Blaze Racing Team Wins 12-hour Endurance Cup


The Petron Blaze Racing Team on the podium 

(L-R): Powee Base, Jevoy Moreno, Mon Dimapilis, Moses Dumaguing, Mikko Rayo, and Rod Chang.

Petron Blaze Racing Team Wins 12-hour Endurance Cup

Attests to Winning Combination of Petron Fuels and Lubricants


The Petron Blaze Racing Team emerged as Class 2 champions in the recently concluded Petron Kalayaan Cup, a 12-hour endurance race held at the Clark International Speedway to celebrate Philippine Independence Day last June 12.


Driving a vintage Honda Civic EK with a surplus engine, the Petron Blaze Racing Team — headed by pilot-businessman-race car driver Mon Dimapilis, along with teammates Jevoy Moreno, Mikko Rayo, Moses Dumaguing, Powee Base, and Rod Chang — bested the other cars in its class by accomplishing 241 laps within the 12-hour period.


With Petron Blaze 100 as the official fuel for the endurance run, all competitors were able to benefit from the high-performance advantages offered by this 100-octane pure gasoline. What distinguished the Petron Blaze Racing Team was the added advantage of also using Petron Blaze Racing engine oil as lubricant, creating the perfect winning combination.


According to Dimapilis, they started using Petron Blaze Racing oil since their car preparation and shakedown in early 2021 to properly tune the engine and optimize its performance.


During the race itself, the team was confident that the engine would be able to handle the extreme conditions of the 12-hour endurance run due to its outstanding properties in terms of thermal stability, viscosity, and overall engine protection.


Dimapilis notes, “In the past, using other oil brands, we needed to top up around 3-liters within 12-hours. Using Petron Blaze Racing oil, we only needed to add 1-liter. For everyday use and in practical terms, this means that Petron Blaze Racing is also actually more economical because it is more long-lasting while delivering superior performance. We did not experience any knocking, pinging, or detonation. The engine was able to endure the high rpms and track heat, while maintaining efficiency. More importantly, we were able to maximize the high-octane formulation of Petron Blaze 100 through consistent fuel burn.”

He adds, “Considering that we were using an old surplus engine, we were still confident that with the protection of Petron Blaze Racing oil, our engine would not overheat and would continue to run smoothly. Matched with the high-performance Petron Blaze 100 gasoline, we could feel the instantaneous engine response, smooth acceleration, and greater power.”


Testifying to the perfect winning combination of Petron Blaze 100 gasoline and Petron Blaze Racing engine oils, the team was very pleased with their strong showing in the 12-hour Endurance Run and are optimistic that they will do well in their motorsport campaign this year.


According to Dimapilis, “Using Petron Blaze Racing oil, we have a very healthy engine with the same power output when dyno-tested before and after the punishing 12-hour endurance run. This means there was no degradation in engine performance. Plus, of course, using Petron radiator coolant, we also added an extra layer of protection to our cooling system.”


Industry leader PETRON Corporation is recognized for introducing innovative products and services that are specially formulated for Philippine driving conditions.

Jun 23, 2021

Nestlé PH ramps up solid waste management education for World Oceans Day

There is no denying that one of the greatest environmental challenges the world faces today is the plastic waste crisis. Globally, the Philippines is the third largest source of ocean plastic waste.

Nestlé PH ramps up solid waste management education for World Oceans Day

Fortunately, more and more Filipinos are becoming more conscious of their lifestyles and are starting to adopt sustainable choices and decisions to reduce their carbon footprint and plastic consumption. 

Companies like Nestlé Philippines are intensifying their initiatives to address the plastic waste crisis in the country.

“As a food and beverage manufacturing company, Nestlé Philippines is committed to tackle plastic waste as an urgent priority in all stages of its value chain. We are also working to drive new understanding and behavior on waste and waste management and are supporting both our consumers and our employees in their efforts to live a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Arlene Tan-Bantoto, Nestlé PH SVP and head of public affairs, communications and sustainability.  

In time for World Oceans Day, Nestlé PH launched the Isabuhay sa Bahay Challenge to empower its employees to take a more active role in helping care for the planet by accomplishing different tasks. Through this initiative, the company and its employees will strengthen their promise to the planet that they made during their Net Zero Fair last April.

In order to prepare them for the challenge, employees attended a training workshop facilitated by the Executive Director and Chief Mermaid of Save Philippine Seas, Ms. Anna Oposa, that focused on zero-waste lifestyle tips, an introduction to segregation, and composting – three important areas that can help them practice responsible solid waste management at home.

“Every lifestyle change you make depends on your context, resources, and capacity. Whatever you are able to commit to is already a step in the right direction,” Ms. Oposa said.

Participants’ takeaways from the session included practical ways to cut down waste at home; the importance of segregation, and the types of waste that fall under the recyclable, residual, and biodegradable categories; and lastly, the methods and benefits of composting. More than just practicing these activities at home, Ms. Oposa encouraged the attendees to extend their efforts to the community by supporting sustainability efforts of corporations and organizations like Nestlé, reaching out to people in authority when needed, and influencing others by example.

For Nestlé PH, addressing the complex challenge of plastic waste requires support from key sectors and partners, including consumers.

Towards making a waste-free future a reality, the company is engaged in various efforts that encourage a change in behavior. Among these are the development of solid waste management education modules endorsed by the National Solid Waste Management Commission. These modules have been rolled out to thousands of public schools for grades 1-10 students through Nestlé’s partnership with the Department of Education under the Nestlé Wellness Campus program. Condensed versions of the modules are also available to parents and teens for use at home.

Nestlé has also established collection points in collaboration with its partners where people can take their plastic waste for further processing, so they do not end up in landfills. In partnership with Plastic Credit Exchange, collection points have been set up in SM Malls in MOA, SM North Edsa, and SM Fairview.


Know more about Nestle Philippines’ initiatives as well as how to be a Kasambuhay for the Environment by visiting nestle.com.ph where you can download a copy of the solid waste management modules and view a list of other locations where you can drop off your used soft plastics.

Gas up and get up to P12 discount with Landers Superstore's Super Fuel Sale

Motorists who are members of Landers Superstore are in for a great delight as the most popular membership shopping establishment in the country announces yet another treat in celebration of its 5th anniversary: The Landers Super Fuel Coupon Sale, is back, this time with bigger fuel discounts and savings!

Gas up and get up to P12 discount with Landers Superstore's Super Fuel Sale

Available from June 21 to June 27, 2021, the Landers Super Fuel Coupon Sale features an all-time high discount of up PHP12.00 off per liter on platinum, PHP12.00 off per liter on silver, and PHP6.00 off on Diesel!

Every PHP 3,000 single receipt purchase at any Landers Superstore, entitles a member to  one fuel discount coupon. The more you shop at Landers Superstore, the more fuel coupons you collect!

Simply present your fuel discount coupon along with your membership card before fueling up at any Landers-Caltex Gas Stations. Members may use one of his/her discount coupons to fuel up one car only.

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Landers Superstore branches are:

Landers Alabang West – Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas City; 

Landers ArcoVia City – 1604, 99 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Pasig; 

Landers Balintawak – 1240 EDSA Balintawak, Apolonio Samson, Quezon City; 

Landers Otis – 1890 Paz Guazon St., Paco, Manila; 

Landers Cebu – 23 Minore Park, Cardinal Rosales Ave. cor. Pope John Paul II Ave., Cebu.

For more information about Landers Superstore’s exclusive offerings, visit http://landers.ph/.


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Shopee reveals 4 types of Filipino online shoppers, offers something for everyone this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale


Shopee reveals 4 types of Filipino online shoppers, offers something for everyone this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

42% of Filipinos surveyed are Sulit Shoppers, who are driven by the best deals and prices online

 A survey conducted by Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, revealed four types of online shoppers in the Philippines and their motivations for shopping online.


Shopee surveyed more than 3,000 Filipinos and found that value is the most important factor for online shoppers, with 42% of respondents stating that they are driven by the best deals and prices. 71% of them are females, ranging from 18 to 34 years of age.


There is also an emerging segment of consumers who prioritize shopping from their favored brands online. More than half of these brand lovers are around 25 years old, showing how brand loyalty is becoming key to the online shopping experience for younger demographics.


Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The mid-year shopping season is an exciting time for Shopee. As more Filipinos go online to fulfill their shopping needs, we are also seeing more diverse preferences and shopping habits emerge. This is why we consistently listen to our users’ feedback and improve our features, services, and products to serve their  needs. Our 7.7 Mid-Year Sale is no different and comes packed with highlights such as the Payday Sale, ShopeePay Day, and other exciting promotions to deliver more value, variety, and fun to all shoppers.”


The four key types of Filipino online shoppers are:


1) The Sulit Shopper - Decisive shoppers who hunt for the best deals


42% of respondents are Sulit Shoppers. They prioritize finding the best deals and prices before making an online purchase. These shoppers are patient and take the time to research products, but act quickly when they discover deals they like.


Key characteristics:


     Decisive buying: 66% browse a maximum of just five items before making a purchase

     Deals seeking: 62% don’t typically plan purchases in advance—they shop whenever they see big discounts on products they’re eyeing

     Regular shopping: Half of them buy something online at least twice a month


Sulit Shoppers can rejoice at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale, which offers non-stop deals and discounts. They can save money on shipping, get discounts, and claim cashback at the Vouchers Sale on July 6. During the 7.7 period, they can also tap on the Vouchers button on the Shopee homepage for one-stop access to the best deals.


2) The Shop-and-Go Consumer - Shoppers who enjoy the convenience of delivery to their doorstep


For a lot of Filipinos, online shopping’s main draw is convenience. 17% of shoppers surveyed turn to online shopping for its ease and safety. More than half of the shoppers in this community are 30 years old. They know what they want to buy and do not necessarily spend extra time on the app, but will often make impulse purchases if they stumble upon good deals.


Key characteristics:


     Quick decision-making: 64% browse through a maximum of five listings before they find what they're looking for

     Proactive shopping: Almost one in two do their own research on products by either searching online or chatting with sellers

     Frequent shopping: 45% shop online twice a month on average, making them one of the most frequent purchasers


Shop-and-Go Consumers can take advantage of Free Shipping on Shopee’s home page. They’ll also love the convenience of ShopeePay, Shopee’s built-in e-wallet. On ShopeePay Day this July 1, they can enjoy ShopeePay-exclusive rewards, such as free shipping, cashback, and ₱1 deals.


3) The Budol Shopper - Window shoppers who can also be spontaneous buyers


Making up 14% of respondents, the Budol Shopper refers to window shoppers who value variety and choice of products. Compared to the Sulit Shopper, the Budol Shopper browses more items on average, and are also more likely to spontaneously check out a product that catches their eye.


Key characteristics:


     Impulsive buying: 63% will buy an item because they felt like doing so at the moment

     Frequent browsing: 27% of window shoppers usually browse up to 15 items before each purchase


This 7.7, Budol Shoppers can window shop to their hearts’ content across Shopee’s themed days such as Home Tech Sale on June 24, Home & Outdoors Sale on June 25, Kids & Babies Sale on June 26, and Apparel & Shoes Sale on June 27. Each sale offers a huge selection of discounted products from popular categories.


4) The Suki Buyer - Shoppers who have a good eye for brands


Suki Buyers make up 12% of respondents, and they shop online because they can find their favorite brands easily. Unlike Sulit Shoppers, shoppers who prioritize finding the best value, brand fans are less price-sensitive. Instead, they value having a large variety of brands to choose from, as well as accessing perks and loyalty points from brands they follow.


Key characteristics:


     Regular shopping from brands: 62% of them purchase from their favorite brands as frequently as twice a month

     Brand familiarity: About 1 in 4 follow their favorite brands on social media in order to stay informed of latest product launches


Suki Buyers will enjoy the RB Super Brand Day until June 23, Vivo Super Brand Day from June 27-28, and Olay Super Brand Day from June 28-30, which all offer exclusive deals from well-loved brands on Shopee Mall. Suki Buyers can also get exclusive perks from their favorite brands, such as 30% off vouchers, at the Shopee Mall Sale this June 29.


A father's dream: Legacy of giving life and hope to communities

(L-R) Nards Garcia - VP for Sales and Marketing; Lito Garcia - VP for HR, Admin, and Finance; Adrian Garcia- VP for Supply Chain; Pruds Garcia - President; Doods Garcia - VP for Manufacturing; (center, seated) Tatay Felix Garcia, founder

It is every father’s dream to provide for their family. It’s a simple yet profound aspiration that takes more than just hard work, discipline, and determination. Though this work seems endless and even more challenging, fathers wouldn’t have it any other way as they embrace this life-long mission.

 A father's dream: Legacy of giving life and hope to communities

Felix Garcia

Felix Garcia, the patriarch and founder of Mekeni Food Corporation, has also dreamed of this simple dream for his family.

Fondly called Tatang Felix by people around him, he’s a visionary; an educator; and a persevering father and loving husband all rolled into one. 

“Life was hard then as it is now. During those times, I only had one thing in mind: How will I be able to provide food on our table and prepare my children for a better future? I kept dreaming of that dream—of a better future for my family. I know that this is a typical dream of every father in the world, but do you know what makes that dream special? I put my heart into it as I envision it,” says Tatang Felix.

Tatang Felix isn’t the type who would surrender in the face of adversities. Since he was young, he worked day and night in order to finance his studies. He had different jobs, including being a ‘servidor’ in order to fulfill his dream.

In 1956, after graduating with a degree in education, he started teaching in an Aeta community in Porac, Pampanga. There, he pioneered in giving equal education opportunity to the Aeta community and went out of his way to give health support to them through the assistance of the Municial Health Office.

After he was transferred to Balubad Elementary School in 1957, he continued fulfilling his mission in instilling the value of education to his students—a value which he imparted to his five sons Adrian, Pruds, Lito, Doods, and Nards.

Driven by his dream to give the best to his family, Tatang Felix took a leap of faith. With only a hundred chickens, two piglets, and a pen, he started his small poultry and piggery business. His five sons back then were the ones assisting him and wife Meding in doing household chores while selling ice candy and eggs within their neighborhood and in the market.

Because of his hard work and unrelenting faith, the small business started to flourish and became a full-blown business. This was the beginning of what is now known as one of the biggest and most awarded food manufacturing companies in the Philippines—the Mekeni Food Corporation.

“If there is one quality that best describes him, it would be persistence,” shares his first-born son Adrian who is the VP for Supply Chain at Mekeni. “His persistence is deeply rooted in his faith, and he was able to overcome everything because he never stops believing.”

However, Mekeni’s story wasn’t a smooth-sailing ride. The company was a witness to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and how it almost wiped out their community in 1991. Tatang Felix, being always caring for the people around him, urged his three sons who were working abroad to come back to the Philippines and help their community get back on its feet.

Today, Mekeni Food Corporation is a multi-awarded meat processing plant producing tons of meat products daily. From an enterprise that simply aimed to provide a steady income for his family, Mekeni is also able to offer livelihood not only to the Cabalens but to the people in neighboring cities and provinces as well.

(L-R) Nards Garcia - VP for Sales and Marketing; Lito Garcia - VP for HR, Admin, and Finance; Adrian Garcia- VP for Supply Chain; Pruds Garcia - President; Doods Garcia - VP for Manufacturing; (center, seated) Tatay Felix Garcia, founder

Now 94 years old, Tatay Felix remains passionate in inspiring the younger generation to have a goal-, family- and God-centric life. He loves spending time with his family, especially with his precious grandchildren, over a hearty meal or bond with them through music. He also continues to support deserving students by providing financial assistance and scholarships.

Up to this day, Tatay Felix still can’t believe that his small dream—a simple father’s dream—of providing for his family has turned into a legacy of giving hope and opportunities to its communities. 

“Mekeni’s story is not just mine anymore, it has become our people’s because they’ve embraced my vision of uplifting the lives of our communities and beyond. This is what truly makes us Mekeni—a God-centered, family-oriented, and purpose-driven company that is fully committed to that lifetime mission,” said the Garcia patriarch.

DTI holds 8th Grand Bagsakan together with Mayani on June 25

BAGSAKAN: Supporting Filipino Products #EatLocal #BuyLocal #GoLokal 

The Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) will hold a Grand Bagsakan on June 25, 2021 together with Mayani and MSMEs from Cagayan Valley, Bataan, and NCR. This Bagsakan event is both online and physical, accommodating pick-up, deliveries, or walk-in purchases.

DTI holds 8th Grand Bagsakan together with Mayani on June 25


Mayani.ph will hold pre-orders until June 23, 2021, Wednesday, at 12 noon. On June 25, orders can be picked up at the Department of Trade and Industry Main Parking Lot along Jupiter Street, and the following Malls: Circulo Verde, Estancia at Capitol Commons, Greenhills Mall, and Tiendesitas. On the same day, deliveries will be made for NCR, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal. A flat rate of PHP129 applies to deliveries within NCR, while orders that reach PHP2000 are waived of delivery fees. Visit https://mayani.ph/pages/the-grand-bagsakan to pre-order.


Paymongo, the official payment partner of Mayani, provides cashless payment support on the Mayani website through credit or debit card payments via Visa and Mastercard, GCash, GrabPay (pay now or pay later), and Bank Deposit.


The partnership of Mayani, DTI-Region 2 and the DTI-BDTP has been promoting and transporting fresh produce and other products directly to more consumers and resellers. Aside from vegetables, Guimaras Mangoes will be sold at PHP199 per kilo. The pre-packed chopsuey basket will be sold at PHP50 each. Products from Iskaparate such as longganisa, mushroom chips, and kesong puti can also be pre-ordered on the website.


MSMEs from Cagayan Valley, Bataan, and NCR will be selling their products at the DTI Main Building Parking Lot. They will be offering various snacks such as different cashew-based pastries, cassava, kamote, and banana chips, peanuts, cookies. Other Filipino favorites such as longganisa, tapa, bangus, and other fresh and dried seafood products will also be available. These products will be available for walk-in or pre-orders. Visit the DTI-BDTP Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/DTI.BDTP to see the items for sale and how to pre-order.


On July 15-16, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 17, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the second Bagsakan outside NCR will take place at The Junction at Carmelray Industrial Park along Wisdom Avenue corner Knowledge Avenue, Calamba, Laguna.


The DTI-BDTP is targeting to expand the accessibility of produce and other products that consumers can get at fair prices. Hence, they are also looking at possible collaborations with the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and the Pavilion Mall in Biñan, Laguna.


The Grand Bagsakan aims to provide consumers with fresh fruits and vegetables at low prices, and to support farmers by making their produce accessible in more places in the metro. They also support the DTI’s Buy Local, Go Lokal advocacy campaign. To be updated on the projects of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, follow their social media accounts: @DTI.BDTP on Facebook and Instagram, and @DTI_BDTP on Twitter.