News release: Davao ready to get “Kong-nected”

Nov 30, 2016
DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES, 28 November 2016—Local IT giant Acer Philippines, Inc. goes to Davao and invites DavaoeƱos to get ready and be “Kong-nected.”

Acer is in Davao City, home of the world-famous “Kadayawan Festival” and often called the “Durian Capital of the Philippines,” to meet school partners under the Acer Academy program. At the Tinalak Room of Seda Abreeza Hotel in Davao City, Acer gathers its school partners for an exclusive session and will be given updates regarding the latest and most innovative products from Acer and other developments from its global partner Microsoft.

Later in the afternoon, however, the Acer Academy partners will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Acer’s newest campaign ambassador, top inspirational speaker, newspaper columnist, author and award-winning business consultant Francis Kong.

With its theme “Are you Kong-nected?,” Mr. Kong will provide an exclusive learning experience on teaching and community building. Among his other topics include getting connected to what teachers teach, defining gaps, connecting and what educators should do, and even the progress in being connected.

Being one of the country’s most recognized inspirational speakers, Mr. Kong will also provide inspiring stories and his spot-on observation of all aspects of life and how it can be related to enrich one’s personal and professional being. He will also relate how technology plays in people’s everyday lives, particularly those in the academic community.

Also later during the day, Acer will hand out awards to some of the Platinum members of the Acer Academy program in Mindanao. Among the member-schools are Camiguin University, Xavier – Ateneo de Cagayan, St. Rita’s College of Balingasag, St. Mary’s College of Tagum, Our Lady of Fatima Academy, Brokenshire College, Ateneo de Davao, and University of Mindanao. Awards will also be given to the program’s newest members such as Jose Rizal Memorial State University and Davao Medical School while a Loyalty Award will be bestowed on Philippine Women’s College, a member since 2013.

The Acer Academy Program started in 2012. The membership now spans some of the most prestigious colleges and universities nationwide. Bulk of the membership is in Luzon, followed by Visayas, then Mindanao. As member-schools of the program, the school and students enjoy several benefits such as Acer’s sponsorship of school events and activities, free training for the school faculty and IT personnel, a campus kiosk, and participation in campus tours. Students of an Acer Academy program member are also prioritized under Acer’s internship program where they get first crack at on-the-job or even possible hiring opportunities.

For more information about the Acer Academy Program, go to, follow Acer via Twitter ( or

Press Release: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Philippine Cyber Sale

Nov 25, 2016
Experience best online bargains from November 25 to 28, plus 20% rebate from GCash American Express Virtual Card

Prepare for the biggest and most highly-anticipated online sale events of the year as Globe GCash joins Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Philippine Cyber Sale shopping madness from November 25 to 28, 2016.

Take advantage of exciting promos and huge discounts from Philippine and US online. Get new clothes and shoes from Zalora, Lazada, and other top US clothing lines. Shop for fashionable gift items for your friends and family. Catch the latest gadgets and gizmos and have them delivered straight to your doorstep.

Simply use your GCash American Express® Virtual Pay when shopping at US online shops from Nov. 25 to 28, 2016 and have your items delivered via My Shopping Box (MSB). New Virtual Pay users can also enjoy an additional 20 percent or a maximum of P400-peso rebate on their first transaction.

✓ STEP 1: SHOP. Browse through your favorite US-based online stores, pick the items you want to buy, and proceed to check-out.

✓ STEP 2: SHIP. Check out using your MSB and GCash American Express® Virtual Pay shipping details and have your items delivered to your Philippine address.

✓ STEP 3: SAVE. Avoid the hassles of having your friends and family in the US deliver the package for you, and the costs of coordinating air or sea shipments by yourself. Just shop all you want and let MSB take care of package forwarding for you.

To avail of GCash AmEx Virtual Pay for FREE, simply register your GCash wallet and email address online at . Once your account is validated, you will immediately receive your Virtual Pay account details, your personalized US shipping address, and other pertinent information via email. To fund your wallet, just visit any of the 10,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide.

Black Friday and its sister sale, Cyber Monday are the biggest sale seasons in the U.S. where many of the top online retailers and stores like,,, offer products at highly reduced price, making them two of the most-awaited shopping events around the world.

On the other hand, Philippine Cyber Sale is the biggest e-commerce event of the different Philippine industries. Coinciding with Black Fridayand Cyber Monday, this 3-day online weekend sale provides jaw dropping deals from participating partners. Learn more by visiting

Davao Dive Fun Safari

Nov 17, 2016
One of the growing tourist market is the diving niche with a Global Dive Market Population estimated at 24 Million. The Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Global Certification & Membershio Statistics in 2014 listed the US with 3.5 M; Europe with 1.8M while the rest of the world has .7M active divers. For the Philippines, the top five source markets for diving are Korea, US, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong.
Photo taken in one of the Samal Dive sites by National Geographic photographer, Zhang Fan.

"Davao has been identified as one of the emerging destinations for diving. Divers are adventurous market and constantly seek new dive sites to explore. With HongKong as our target for international connection in 2017, we aim to build out products for the HongKong tourist market and this includes diving," according to DOT Assistant Secretary Eden David.
Photo taken in one of the Samal Dive sites by National Geographic photographer, Zhang Fan.
"The DOT Secretary Wanda Teo has tasked our office to bring in top notch dive photographers to include national geographic and UNESCO HongKong Associatio to explore Samal and Talicud in a Fun Dive Safari," DOT HongKong Marketing representative market David Leung said. An exhibit at the international gateways in HongKong is being endeavoured to showcase the underwater photos taken from the Fun Dive Safari on November 14-17,2016.

A total of 30 divers and underwater photographers of Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese, Australian, Korean, and Malaysian nationals will dive various spots of Davao Gulf including Tagpopongan, Balet, Kaputian, Canibad, Liguid Island, among others, for fun diving experiences and to photograph the different underwater specifies. Known for its rich marine biodiversity, the islands of Davao Gulf is an excellent site for underwater macro photography especially with the superb visibility in the diving sites. The tourism industry has been banking on this growing tourism niche to position the region as a sports tourism hub.

The Fun Dive Safari is among the various activities organized by the tourism department to promote the region as a diving destination. Last October, DOT Regional Office XI conducted Underwater Photography Spotters Training for advanced open water divers in Davao which is aimed to better assist underwater photographers and provide economic opportunities for local divers.

In 2017 a Mindanao Dive Congress will be held in Davao to feature the various dive sites of the islnd and sessions on macro photography and marine life conservations efforts shall be discussed.

Media Release: 
Reference: Katherine Anuta/221-0070
Department of Tourism -XI

Press Release:PLDT Home Fibr reaches 2.5M homes nationwide, widest fiber coverage in PH

Nov 14, 2016

MANILA, Philippines, November 10, 2016 – PLDT Home Fibr, the nation’s most powerful broadband from 

leading telco and digital services provider PLDT, now passes over 2.5 million homes from as far north as Ilocos Norte to southern Philippines in South Cotabato province, further extending its widest fiber coverage in the country.

PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan

“As a result of our aggressive rollout program, PLDT now has over 140,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables, the most extensive fiber infrastructure in the country. This enables us to serve the increasing demand for high-speed broadband from homes across the country,” PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said.

The PLDT Group’s expanded nationwide fiber optic network will enable even more homes to enjoy seamless and lag-free internet access from as far north as Laoag, Baguio City, Vigan City, and Tuguegarao, all the way to central and southern Luzon, including Tarlac, Cabanatuan City, and San Fernando, Pampanga, and Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan; down to the Bicol region to stretch to Sorsogon, Naga City, and Legazpi City.

Meanwhile, the major urban areas in the Visayas region are also fiber-ready with the most extensive footprint in the cities of Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Tagbilaran. In Mindanao, PLDT’s fiber has now reached key provinces and cities, including Cotabato, Davao, General Santos City, Koronadal, and Zamboanga.

“As the demand for high-speed connectivity escalates, we are stepping up our efforts to make our most advanced broadband service accessible to more homes in the country,” Pangilinan pointed out.

In addition to being available in more areas, PLDT is making the Home Fibr service more affordable and enjoyable by introducing Plan 1899 which offers speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

PLDT Home Fibr delivers high-speed Internet of up to 1 Gbps, allowing ultra-fast browsing of multiple websites and the country’s first symmetrical speed service which provides equal upload and download speeds. This allows families to better enjoy more entertainment from renowned digital partners like iflix, Fox Networks Group, Netflix, Roku, and iWant TV, as well as greater security at home with monitoring device FamCam that lets you watch over your family wherever you are and FamZone that allows parents to keep their children safe online.

“With Fibr’s unmatched broadband performance and compelling content offerings, the digitally connected Smart Home is even more powerful than ever, proving that the strongest connections are in our fiber,” Pangilinan added.

PLDT has invested P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years to roll-out the country’s most expansive network infrastructure. For 2016 alone, the telco leader has set aside P48 billion or about $1 billion for capital expenditures, a significant portion of which was allocated for the domestic fiber infrastructure.

Search for "Ginang Alaska" 2016: AlaskaMazing Moms 2016

Nov 9, 2016
To show women the chance to champion health and community togetherness while performing roles as wives and mothers, a Search for Ginang Alakas 2016 was concluded last October 22, 2016 at People's Park Davao.

This search started first in Davao and will end come December this year, and is still open to all legally married women aged 25 to 40 years old,  at least 5'2" in height, and must have at least 2 years of college education. They must likewise be fun-loving, witty and emotionally, morally and physically fit.

Adjudged Ginang Alaska 2016 will receive P10,000 in cash and Plaque. For the First Runner-Up, cash award of P7,000 and P3,000 await the first and second, respectively.

Criteria for judging include 30% Community Support (Submitted labels),
35% Culinary Skills (Nutritional value, use of Alaska Evaporated Filled milk/Alaska
         Sweetened Condensed milk in recipe, creative presentation, originality, taste),
20% Interview (One on One Interview, Personality),
15% Talent(Family participation in Talent portion)
100% TOTAL

The 35% criteria for Culinary skills category shall be based on the Alaska Breakfast Cooking Showdown, 10% of the points will come from the judges appointed from the audience and the 25% will come from the appointed Alaska judges.

Alaska-mazing Moms Davao City

A successful event happened during that day, as hundreds of Davaoenos, joined the Free Alaska-mazing Moms Community Zumba at People's Park, Davao City and enjoyed lots of raffle prizes.
Here are the photos:

Congratulations sa mga Alaska-mazing Moms ng Davao City!
Grand Winner: Ailene Caracol, Ginang No. 8
1st runner up: Meriam Perez, Ginang No. 12
2nd runner up: Conchiga Camporedondo, Ginang No. 1

Here are the Upcoming Event Location:

***Photo Credit to Ginang Alaska FB Page
**Photo Credit to Naprey Almario

Press Release: BPI Family Auto Madness back in Davao, Ceby

Nov 8, 2016
BPI Family Savings Bank is again all set to help fulfill another Filipino family's dream of getting their own car as it brings its second wave of mall-based Auto Madness sorties to a complete circle in the cities of Davao and Cebu this week.

The Davao leg will be held on November 10-13 at the Abreeza Mall Activity Center, while the Cebu event is scheduled to begin on Nov. 11 until Nov. 13 at Ayala Center Cebu.

Davaoenos and Cebuanos who dream of having their own cars will have the chance to make it happen at the BPI Family Auto Madness, as BPI Family Savings Bank brings the car buying experience closer to everyone, with over 20 car models to choose from all under one roof over. Owning your dream car is also made affordable through special rates and exclusive deals from BPI Family Auto Loan and partner car dealers.

BPI Family Auto Loan enables you one to own your dream car the soonest possible time through expert financial advice from BPI Family Loan Advisors present in any of the BPI Family Auto Madness sites, fast and easy application process, and affordable monthly payment terms.

With BPI Family Auto Madness, Davaoeno and Cebuano families may find the best way to make this Christmas season meaningful and complete.

For more details about BPI Family Auto Loan, visit


Nov 2, 2016
Today is the day to start collecting Starbucks stickers to get on the GORGEOUS Starbucks Philippines' 2017 Planners.

There are 2 designs to choose from Starbucks Siren and Coffee Swirls, both done in hardbound cloth covers.

 I love the add-ons:  erasable pen, a Macchiato magnetic bookmark, cute coffee stickers, discount coupons, and a zip cloth pouch that doubles as a pen case as it keeps the planner clean.

To avail the Starbucks Planner, you know the drill: Fill out a promo card with 18 stickers by buying a combination of drinks from the holiday and regular beverage menu, and you get one planner.

Visit; follow,; follow @starbucksph on Instagram, #StarbucksPlannnerPH, #StarbucksPlanner

Great gift for yourself or for your friends.