Bukas na liham para sa Lupang Hinirang

Lupang Hinirang,

Ang liham na ito ay ang aking munting paraan upang ipabatid sa iyo na ako’y lubos na nababalisa at nababagabag sa iyong kasalukuyang kalagayan.

Ang aking puso’y napupuno ng takot na ika’y muling maging bihag matapos na iyong magigiting na anak ay ibuwis ang kanilang mga buhay upang ika’y palayain mula sa mga kuko ng agila. 

Tila ba tuluyan nang nawawala ang “alab ng puso” sa kanila. Nasaan na nga ba ang mga “magiting” na iyong idinuya’t minsang nangako na “sa manlulupig ay ‘di pasisiil”? Nasaan na sila? 

Dalangin kong huwag muling dumating ang panahon na ang iyong “bituin at araw” ay magdilim, at ang “kislap ng iyong watawat” ay mawalan ng ningning.

Nawa’y manatili kang matatag upang pagbuklurin ang iyong mga anak na pinagwawatak-watak ng personal na hangarin at magkakaibang idelohiya.

Mabuhay ka! 

Lubos na nagmamahal,

Ang “dilag” na laman ng iyong “tula” 


Education at the Core of JG Summit’s Sustainability

In May 2018, JG Summit Holdings Inc. announced the appointment of Lance Y. Gokongwei as the conglomerate’s President and Chief Executive Officer. This development marks a new generation of leadership that will take JG Summit to even greater heights, but one that requires strategically transforming the enterprise, to include a focus on key areas—one of which is the adoption of a formal Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) program.

“The move towards greater sustainability is strategic for us in aligning our business strategies with all our corporate social responsibility efforts on empowering communities, elevating people’s lives, and protecting our planet,” says Gokongwei.

With the combined strengths and competencies of its strategic business units (SBUs)—Cebu Pacific, Robinsons Land Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, JG Summit Petrochemicals Group and Robinsons Bank—JG Summit has carved for itself an essential role in nation-building, a mission reflected in the three pillars of its sustainability framework: Pulling for Progress, Raising People Up, and Caring for the Environment.

The Flourish Pilipinas program of Universal Robina Corporation (URC)–Flour & Pasta Division is a prime example of capacity-building initiatives specifically targeted toward the youth. Developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, the program created and distributed a strategically designed multimedia teachers’ toolkit for bread and pastry production under the SHS Technical-Vocational-Livelihood track. In pilot stage, URC Flour engaged 11 public schools in Metro Manila and Davao, benefitting 1,109 senior high school students.

At JG Summit Petrochemicals Group in Batangas, the company and its employees conduct educational outreach activities under their flagship and primarily employee-driven “Abot Kamay” program. Since 2000, JGSPG through Abot Kamay has been regularly supporting academically-qualified high school and college students within its host barangays with scholarships, covering expenses like tuition, books, uniforms, and monthly stipends. One of the beneficiaries of the program is now a mechanical engineer employed by the company. JGSPG has also been actively supporting the needs of the nearby public schools, with annual school clean-up drives, donations of school and office supplies, furniture and equipment, as well as regular feeding and outreach programs, which has now benefited over 9,500 students of nearby barangays since the start of the program.

For Robinsons Bank, elevating people’s lives is achieved through the promotion of financial literacy. Under its flagship CSR program, RBank Creates Value, volunteers of Robinsons Bank adopt schools where financial awareness activities are conducted for the pupils and their parents. This CSR program’s guiding principle is to engage the whole Filipino household through a 3-year roadmap. On the first year of the program, 263 RBankers volunteered to teach the “Value of Saving” to pupils of 15 schools nationwide. On the second year, almost 300 RBank employees visited 17 schools nationwide and impacted a total of 1,288 beneficiaries, composed of mothers of the pupils. To complete the third leg of the Roadmap, the focus of the initiatives this year will be on the fathers of the children of adopted schools.

“Running a truly sustainable business is a must. It is not anymore a nice-to-have, but rather a necessary component of a well-run business,” explains Gokongwei. “Integrating sustainability at the core of our businesses which includes disclosure of its sustainability performance will enable JG Summit companies to focus on creating visible shared value. This is indeed a more impactful future for JG Summit and its key stakeholders.”

NAS Academy, GRAB offer scholarship for Southeast Asian content creators

Here’s you chance to learn from the best for free!

Grab and NAS Academy, the training and development arm of NAS Daily will roll out a GrabForGood x NAS Academy Creator Course to help 100 budding content creators across Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The program aims to uncover stories of Southeast Asia and provide a platform for micro and small business owners, including Grab driver- and delivery-partners, to share their experiences in adapting to the new normal. 

Under the course designed and conducted by NAS Academy instructors, the 100 selected participants will get to hone their skills in scriptwriting, video filming, and editing, as well as publishing. During the course, they will get personal feedback on their content from the trainers, as well as access to a virtual digital lab where they can get live feedback and tech support. Two hundred videos will be produced by the participants, with a focus on how Grab’s partners have demonstrated resilience, and adjusted during this challenging period. 

“NAS Daily started with a mission to tell stories about people, and we want to be a force for good in the communities we operate in. However, we are aware of individuals who may not have access to resources to become content creators who can tell stories about their communities, ” says Nuseir Yassin, founder of NAS Academy. “By partnering with Grab, we are able to democratize storytelling with a structured program, as well as provision to mentorship and resources to interested individuals. We hope that this partnership can help participants realize their dreams of becoming content creators who can make an impact in their respective communities.”

At the end of the four-week course, all graduates will be inducted into the GrabForGood Fellows alumni, whereby Grab and NAS Academy representatives will continue to engage for mentorship and video creation opportunities. The graduates will also have access to trainers, exclusive stories, resources, and perks from Grab, and a library of copyright-free music to help them continue with their video production journey for a six-month period after graduation.

The program is open for application to all budding content creators, including Grab’s driver-and delivery-partners who are interested in honing their video production skills. Interested individuals can submit their applications via the NAS Academy website starting Dec. 14, 2020. Application closes on Dec. 28.



Elevate home meals with 7-eleven’s Hotta Ulam

Affordable, yet delicious easy to get meals

We are living in unprecedented times where we are so busy with our respective jobs even though where inside our homes. No wonder, most of us are having a hard time finding balance between work and home life to the point that there’s just not enough time and energy to spend on certain things, specifically preparing our meals.

In some circumstances, preparing meals for the day is an inconvenience if it’s just a meal for one. The good thing is, 7-Eleven, the leading convenience store chain in the Philippines, presents its latest offering to provide customers an affordable, convenient, and safe solution for our every day home meals. These viands are guaranteed to make each meal delicious without the hassle of cooking.  

HottaUlam by 7-Eleven are single-serve, ready-to-heat viands everyone can prepare easily. Starting at P55, customers can choose from eight viands that include:

  • Chicken BBQ (skewered marinated chicken, dipped in java sauce for that smoky and sweet flavor)
  • Pork BBQ (skewered marinated pork, dipped in java sauce for that smoky-sweet taste)
  • Fried Bangus (fresh milkfish rubbed with salt and pepper)
  • Ginataang Langka (creamy-spicy vegetable dish made of jackfruit cooked in coconut milk, chili pepper, shrimp paste, and pork)
  • Pinakbet (savory dish made of steamed ampalaya, sitaw, and kalabasa cooked in shrimp paste and fish sauce)
  • Pork Laing (creamy-spicy dish made with taro leaves cooked in coconut milk, chili pepper, shrimp paste, and pork)
  • Rico’s Lechon Binagoongan (tangy-sweet-spicy dish made with Cebu-style roasted pork, cooked in shrimp paste, tomato, and chili pepper)
  • Rico’s Lechon Sisig (savory-spicy dish made with Cebu-style roasted pork spiced up with onions, calamansi juice and chili pepper)

Whether living alone, too busy working from home, or just love a good lutong bahay paborito, HottaUlam’s got you covered!


Here’s how to join G na G with Sarah G Dance Challenge

Get a chance to win Hanabishi appliances by joining this competition

Dance your heart out to Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli’s latest music video for Hanabishi Appliances and get the chance to win awesome appliances and souvenir items signed by the popstar royalty.

This online contest is open to individuals, couples, and groups. The video length should be at least 30 seconds, but not more than 60 seconds. You may follow the choreography in the video or be creative in your execution.

Sarah Geronimo

Winning entries will bring home a 3.3 cubic double door refrigerator (1st prize), twin tub washing machine (2nd prize) and air cooler (3rd prize). Five consolation prizes composed of a signed Hanabishi souvenir item by Sarah G. 

The dance challenge will run from Dec. 9 to 28, 2020. Winners will be announced on Dec.30.


Waze releases railroad crossing alerts in the Philippines

New feature alerts drivers when approaching a railroad crossing, making driving safer for Waze users in the Philippines

Waze has announced a new feature that will provide alerts to users approaching a railroad crossing, this unique feature will help put  drivers’ safety first by highlighting the potential risks associated with driving over railroad crossings.

Available now globally, local Waze map editors have played an important role in incorporating railroad crossings to the map in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the UK, Italy, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, New Zealand, Netherlands, and Ireland.

The new feature will automatically alert drivers using the latest version of Waze on Android or iOS that they are approaching a railroad crossing. A banner will appear on the Waze app highlighting the crossing and encouraging the driver to approach with caution.

“The Railroad Crossing feature is a result of a cross-industry, cross-sector collaboration, both internally within Waze and the community, working together to help fellow drivers map out all highway-railroad intersections,” says Dani Simons, head of public sector partnerships, Waze. “This feature exemplifies Waze’s commitment to building for its Driving app, being the first to implement features and emphasizes our focus on safety.”

This feature is available on Android and iOS. For more information visit Waze.com.


What makes a phone powerful?

Get ready to experience optimized power and performance with Infinix’s New ZERO 8

With today’s digitally connected world, smartphones can be considered an extension of one’s self with how it is integrated in everyone’s daily life – may it be for work, gaming, photography, or entertainment. As such, one needs a phone that is reliable and powerful so they can keep up with life’s daily demands. But what really makes a phone powerful?

For mobile phone brand Infinix, it boils down to four things: CPU performance, memory capacity, battery life, and screen refresh rate. Fortunately, all these and more can be found in Infinix’s latest flagship phone, ZERO 8.

Equipped with the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset and a built-in cooling system, the ZERO 8 has a far better CPU and GPU performance over phones in the same price range, which makes for a seamless gaming experience. On top of that, it also has 8GB of RAM for faster performance and 128GB of internal storage for all the apps you want to install.

The ZERO 8 also has one of the most advanced screens in today’s smartphone landscape with a 6.85 inch 90HZ refresh rate screen, presenting 90 frames of image per second for a clearer and smoother experience, and an FHD+ dual punch hole screen for ultra high-definition picture quality with professional color management technology.

For those who are always on-the-go, the ZERO 8’s 4500mAh has the capacity for a full day of usage so they don’t have to worry about running out of battery in the middle of doing something important. Charging is also made fast and easy with its 33W Super Quick Charge feature that can charge up to 70 percent of the total battery life in just 30 minutes.

Aside from power and performance, the ZERO 8 also boasts of its rear high-definition quad-camera system— the Sony IMX686, which is considered to be the best Sony camera in the industry right now. The 64MP main camera and 1/1.7 large sensor make the photo details clearer. Its dual-selfie camera, on the other hand, features a 48MP+8MP resolution for clear, ultra-wide-angle selfies or group shots. Combining heavyweight photography hardware with clever algorithms, results across photo and video capture are standout. 

Experience optimized power and performance firsthand. ZERO 8 will be revealed on November 5 via Lazada and will be available for special launch price of PhP 11,990 on November 11 (Regular price: Php 12,990).


Live out your Lee Min Ho fantasies by adding all these items to cart

Now is the time to add to cart!

If you’re into K-culture and a big fan Lee Min Ho, you can even recreate those delicious looking Korean food and memories you had while binge-watching these K-Dramas. Simply log in to Lazada and add to cart these items so you can live out your K-Drama dreams in the comforts of your homes:

The Legend of the Blue Sea

This series centers on the love story of Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun), the last mermaid on earth, and Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min Ho), a genius conman. The Legend of the Blue Sea was airred three years after “The Heirs” (which aired in 2013), also starring Lee Min Ho.

The King: Eternal Monarch

A fantasy-romance drama released in 2020, depicting the story about two parallel worlds: a fictional kingdom and a modern-day Korea. Emperor Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) crosses the border between two worlds where he was able to meet police lieutenant Jeong Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun).

Shop all these items and more for less by adding to cart as early as now and check out during the brand’s Biggest One-Day Sale this coming November 11!


Globe empowers students with Go50 and GoTOK

Offers affordable internet data and education materials for Filipino learners

A completely new learning platform awaits students this upcoming school year with the shift to digital learning. By foregoing face-to-face classes, they are not only faced with the challenge of having the right mindset to adjust with the changes, but also having the sufficient tools to keep up with their online classes and everything that comes with it. That’s why Globe has introduced special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series.

Special Go Promos for Students

To ensure that no student gets left behind, Globe Prepaid has launched a special promo that’s made bigger, better, and more affordable for the needs of every student.


Go for more with Globe Prepaid’s newest & biggest promo! Get 5GB for ALL SITES with Go50! Register via the GlobeOne app now: https://glbe.co/GlobeOne

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Go50 for students that comes with 5GB of open access data; 1GB of data for GoLEARN apps that include YouTube Learning, Wikipedia, Google Suite, CourseHero, Canva, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Spotify; 1 GB of free GoWiFi access; and unlimited texts to all networks. The promo is valid for 3 days and even comes with a free 3-month subscription to Shaw Academy or Canva Pro.

For students who want to make their promo last longer, Globe also offers Go70 for Students that is valid for 5 days and has the same features as Go50. Register to Go50 and Go70 for Students exclusively via the GCash app. 

The GoTOK Series and  Masterclass

Globe is also bringing learning beyond the (online) classroom and into popular online platforms through its GoTOK series. Students can learn from local personalities as they share useful tips and tricks on fitness, beauty, business, and so much more on Globe’s TikTok page. The GoTok series is a sneak peek to the full classes that they can attend by signing up on globe.com.ph portal. 


#GDayEveryDay with @jcgellidon & @TheKhalilRamos will teach us the basic techniques on phone photography on #GoTOK Ep 5, Sept 29 at 8PM! #GLOBE0917

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The 4th GoTOK episode already went live on TikTok where makeup artists Jigs Mayuga and Kat Gumabao talked about, you guessed it right, beauty! In the masterclass last September 16, they will also highlight how makeup and skin care go together in bringing out the natural you and share helpful tips in taking extra care of your skin, and embracing your natural beauty.


WATCH: Paulo Avelino’s ‘Fan Girl’ trailer

The actor plays a creepy character in a film that will debut in Tokyo International Film Festival

Award-winning actor Paulo Avelino has again showcased his outstanding acting skills as he plays the fictional, creepy character of himself with his newest film Fan Girl

Co-starred with Charlie Dizon, this follows the story of Paulo Avelino and his number one fan who was given the chance to spend a night with her idol. 

This might sound as an ultimate fan girl goal, but this dream has slowly turned into a nightmare as she discovers the creepy side of his favorite star. 

Directed by Antoinette Jadoane, Fan Girl will premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival that will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Meanwhile, the local release date of this movie is yet to be revealed. 


WATCH: Disney drops trailer of first-ever Southeast Asian princess film

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is ready to conquer the big screens on March 2021

After so many years, finally Southeast Asian countries will now have their own Disney Princess representation through the upcoming film Raya and the Last Dragon.

On its official Twitter account, Disney has drop the poster for the much-awaited movie. This poster shows brown skin Raya wearing her salakot under the pouring rain while holding a sword with a dragon hilt.

Raya and the Last Dragon follows the story of Raya (Kelly Marie Tran), the fearless daughter of a powerful chief. She’s on the mission to find the last dragon that would help her to save her kingdom. 

Meanwhile, on the trailer, the fierce Princess shows off her fighting skills with one of the well-known local martial arts—Arnis.

According to Disney, the movie is set to premiere in theaters on March 12, 2021.


Teach English language at the comfort of your home through 51 Talk

The company opens more opportunities for Pinoy teachers in celebration of PH-China 45th bilateral relations

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the founding of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China, Beijing-based English education platform 51Talk hosted the 2020 Sino-Philippines Educational Exchange Seminar held in Beijing, China on Oct. 16, 2020.

During the event, Philippine Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana shared how learning a language exposes someone to new and exciting worlds and helps broaden perspectives while enriching experiences. 

“Learning a language helps bridge the present embodied by our youth to a future that is full of opportunities for their personal development—that of their families and their communities,” said Sta. Romana. “I’m very pleased that 51Talk is giving an opportunity to 20,000 competent Filipino educators to take part in nurturing the eagerness of nearly 300,000 young Chinese people to learn the English language. This educational exchange albeit virtual provides an enabling environment for cultural exchange between Filipinos and the Chinese.”

To date, the company already hired 20,000 Pinoy teachers and they are looking forward to even make it to up to 30,000 by opening it doors to more educators who are looking for a full time job that allows them to stay at home.

To learn more, visit 51talk.ph