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.”

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


LISTEN: Tiktok Sweetheart, Kemrie Barcenas drops first single, ‘Impressions’

With her Taylor Swift-like soothing voice, Kemrie is now an official Universal Records artist

Given all the crazy fun content she uploaded on TikTok, it didn’t take long for the public to take notice of Kemrie Barcenas. With the music she has shared in the platform, the Tiktok sweetheart was able to penetrate the music scene with her Taylor Swift-like soothing voice. 

Following her YouTube debut last October 16, she released her first single Impressions that talks about people’s judgement to first impressions. According to Kemrie, sometimes, people tend to overlook others too much that they forget benevolence.

Impressions is now available for streaming on Spotify.


Vote for your fav Miss U PH candidate through Lazada

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 partners with the brand to name the top 16 candidates

Lazada Philippines is the official eCommerce partner for the event for the Miss Universe Philippines 2020. With this forged partnership, for the first time ever, fans of the pageant can participate in the winner outcome with the Fan Vote function, available exclusively on the said online shopping platform.

Fans can show their support by voting for their favorite candidate(s) multiple times a day during the
voting period. Candidates that receive the most votes through the Fan Vote will automatically earn a
spot in the pageant’s Top 16, bringing them one step closer to the crown. The voting period is open from Oct. 15 to 22.

To vote for your favorite Miss Universe Philippines 2020 contestant, click here.

You can cast multiple votes a day. The following table outlines a user allocation: 

EXISTING LAZADA CUSTOMERSVoters with registered Lazada account via the Lazada App/mobile browserMaximum of 5 votes daily*
NO LAZADA ACCOUNT, WITH LAZADA APPVoters with no registered Lazada account, and accessed the voting page via the Lazada AppMaximum of 3 votes daily*
NO LAZADA ACCOUNT, VIA MOBILE BROWSERVoters with no registered Lazada account, and accessed Lazada site via mobile browserMaximum of 1 vote daily*

* Unused votes shall expire at the end of each calendar day on which said vote was earned.

As a special treat to new Lazada customers, those who will create and log in to their Lazada account for the first time during the voting period, will receive an additional 10 votes.


WATCH: ‘Sailor Moon Eternal’ debut trailer

Release date is slated on January 28, 2021 

Attention, 90s babies! This is not a drill! 

For the first time in 25 years, hit anime Sailor Moon will have its first theatrical release with its upcoming Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal movie. 

According to the movie’s official website, the part one of this film is slated to hit the cinemas on January 28, 2021 in Japan, while the part two’s release date is yet to be revealed. 

In the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal movie, fans can expect the return of original cast designer for the 1990s series—Kazuko Tadano. Sailor Moon’s original voice actor Kotono Mitsuishi is also coming back. 

Meanwhile, one of the new actors to look foward to is Nanao who will give life to the character of Queen Nehellenia. 

Sailor Moon is a shojo manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi, and was first published in 1991. 


‘True Beauty’s live action adaptation is happening

Here’s the first glimpse to the cast that would give life to the hit Webtoon story 

Finally, it’s happening!

The hit South Webtoon series True Beauty is having its live action adaptation. 

According to the report, star-studded actors and actress are chosen to give life to the story. Actor Cha Eun Woo (My ID is Gangnam Beauty, Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung) will play as Suho, Moon Ga Young (Tempted) is the main lead actress as Im Jugyeong, Hwang In Yeop (Tale of Nokdu) as Han Seojun, and Park Yoo Na (Sky Castle, Hotel del Luna) as Kang Sujin. 

True Beauty is illustrated and written by Yaongyi. This follows the story of four young people toward their journey of self-discovery, love, and first heartaches. 

Release date for the show is yet to be revealed.


Meet ‘Gaya sa Pelikula’ cast through Globe Poppin

Here’s your chance to interact with the Pangpang couple and the other members of the gang

Every friday night is Gaya sa Pelikula night!  Globe Studios’ newest web series is a lighthearted and refreshing take on love, family, and self-discovery,  which is one of the reasons why it has been always on the trending list and is gaining a growing fanbase even just after three episodes. Created and written by Juan Miguel Severo and directed by JP Habac, Gaya Sa Pelikula freely presents queer love—all its feeling, possibilities, and kilig — in less than 30 minutes.

Can’t get enough of Karl and Vlad? Globe Poppin got you!

After tuning in to the latest episode on October 16, head on to Globe Poppin’s Facebook page at 9PM for an exclusive Banlaw Sesh featuring Ian Pangilinan and Paolo Pangilinan. They will be joined by director JP, Juan Miguel, and Adrienne Vergara as they talk about their thoughts and reactions about the just-released episode and share fun stories about shooting particular scenes. Aside from more PangPang content (yes, that’s what fans call the loveteam of Ian and Paolo), fans can also interact and ask questions via Facebook live comments.

“Gaya sa Pelikula has been nothing but a passion project ever since it began. From the pitch session where everyone ended up crying to the crazy lock-in shooting process to this: the release and growing community of pancakes! Once in a blue moon something special will really come along so full of love and camaraderie that audiences can’t help but feel that love ooze out of that project. GSP is one of those projects, and I am so grateful and happy we got to catch and share that magic,” says Head of Globe Studios Quark Henares.

Stream a new episode of Gaya Sa Pelikula every Friday, 8 PM at Globe Studios’ YouTube channel and stay updated on the latest news about this series through their social media pages on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

What’s Poppin at Globe Poppin? It’s Globe’s official channel for all things pop culture. It is the all-in-one hub on the latest music releases, the hottest series to binge on (like Gaya Sa Pelikula!), and the best movies to stream right now.

Discover new favorites and be updated with the ones you already love by hopping to Globe Poppin’s Facebook YoutubeInstagram and  Twitter pages.


Lee Min Ho is Lazada’s first regional ambassador

The Korean superstar is excited to bring happiness to his fans through the e-commerce platform

In preparation for its biggest sale this year—the 11.11 Sale, online shopping platform Lazada has welcome South Korean superstar Lee Min Ho as the company’s first-ever regional ambassador.

“Lazada’s annual 11.11 Shopping Festival, which is our most anticipated and biggest one-day sale of the year, is our way of thanking our consumers by bringing them non-stop happiness,” says Mary Zhou, Lazada’s group chief marketing officer. “In a year that has been full of uncertainty, we want to capture the imaginations of our shoppers with a regional brand ambassador who can inspire happiness and put a smile on the faces of consumers across Southeast Asia.”

Lee Min Ho who first hit Pinoy screens for their hit show Boys Over Flowers, is happy to be part of Lazada’s family.

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“I’m excited to join the Lazada family for the 11.11 shopping festival as their first regional brand ambassador. Lazada is known across the region for its innovative and customer-focused approach to online shopping, and working with the Lazada team has been a really fun and creative experience so far,” the 33-year-old actor says. “I look forward to introducing more fans and friends in Southeast Asia to the lifestyle platform.”

As part of Lazada’s 11.11 shopping event, Lee Min Ho will star in a television commercial that mirrors his online shopping routine. He favors the convenience and a large trendy assortment to supplement his lifestyle needs ranging from fashion, sports, beauty and wellbeing.

“It is wonderful to see individuals continue to pursue their passions, pick up new skills, and experience the joy of going where their hearts beat through Lazada,” he says. “I’m pleased to be part of this story and play a role in uplifting spirits and sharing more happiness with my fans and consumers in Southeast Asia.”