Monday, August 26, 2019

Young celebrities to reward IG fans with stylish Vivo S1 for #OOTD

Fans of Darren Espanto, Vern Enciso, Verniece Enciso, Chie Filomeno, and Julie Anne San Jose are in for a treat!

The young showbiz personalities are so excited with the upcoming launch of the stylish Vivo S1 smartphone that they are giving their Instagram followers a chance to get their hands on the first-ever handset in Vivo’s latest S series.

From August 26 to September 8, interested participants should post their own OOTD (outfit of the day) that mirrors the Skyline Blue or Diamond Black color schemes of the new S1 phone. To qualify, they must tag their favorite celebrities and Vivo in their OOTD posts.

The celebrities will then choose from the creative IG posts to determine which of their fans will receive the new S1 smartphone.

The Vivo S1 has a 6.38" Full HD SuperAMOLED screen that houses an in-display fingerprint sensor. It packs a 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM which are powered by a fast-charging 4500mAh battery.

The mid-tier smartphone has a 32MP AI selfie camera and an AI triple-lens set—16MP main, 8MP secondary, and 2MP wide-angle camera—for amazing photos and videos.

But the feature that will definitely catch everyone’s attention is the S1’s sleek back cover design which showcases a gradient glossy finish on the Skyline Blue variant and a diamond-cut design on the Diamond Black variant.

With its cutting-edge features and superb finish, the Vivo S1 is clearly not just a smartphone, it’s a fashion statement!

So, what are you waiting for? Put on your best OOTD that reflects the Vivo S1’s Skyline Blue or Diamond Black theme and get ready to impress your celebrity idol!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

‘Conscientious Consumerism’ Trend to Bring New Life to PH Coco Industry

At the second World Coconut Congress, industry players here and abroad come together to tackle issues that are shaping the landscape — one of which is best practices in coconut farming and product development that local players, like ProSource International Inc. (ProSource), are focusing on.

Organized by the United Coconut Association of the Philippines (UCAP), the conference centralizes on coconut supply and value chain. Covering wide-ranging topics — from coconut solutions for health and environment, coconut biodiesel, to the latest on coconut oil health research — the said event seeks to promote Philippine coconut products globally.

At present, there is an observed paradigm shift in worldwide market behavior on choosing healthier and sustainable alternatives known as ‘Conscientious Consumerism’, as defined by the Network of Business Sustainability. With this, more and more consumers are seen to be promoting local industries, patronizing cruelty-free cosmetics, reducing plastic use, and generally, turning to healthier and more ethical diets.

To the key players in the Philippine cocoa industry, the eminence of the coconut trade stems from the significant shift in consumer values towards healthful living. For them, it is but an exciting opportunity to strike on now that the concept of “going green”, or lessening our environmental impact by way of creating more informed choices, is deliberately finding its way into Filipino sensibilities.

“The concept of ethical consumerism is already established in people's behavior, and as practitioners in this field, we see strong opportunities in penetrating this market,” said ProSource’s CEO Ricky E. Santos, who, as a key producer from the coconut industry, believes that businesses like them should also start adapting to the conscientious commerce trend.

“There has been an increase in veganism over the past decade even in meat-heavy countries like the Philippines. Through this thriving lifestyle, we believe that coconut production is one huge market that we all should keep an eye on,” he added.

ProSource, for one, started innovating with the Coconut. They have introduced to the market the likes of coconut calming oil, organic coconut wraps, coconut crunch, and its classic hero product, the Virgin Coconut Oil, among others. This is foreseen to be a springboard for other players to also start getting creative with the fruit with its promise of a warm reception from the market.

“We are one of those who put our strong faith in the ‘tree of life’. It is indeed that, as the fruit can be broken down into a wide range of by-products — from food, medicines, supplements, beauty products, and even personal care commodities,” said Santos.

Worldwide values of coconut products have developed steadily since 2014, and in 2017, with the Philippines reportedly exporting coconut oil at over $1.46 billion in total returns, putting the country amongst the world’s top coconut producers.

With the significant shift in consumer values towards healthful living, and the local industry players’ ingenuity to toil on this worldwide demand, the Philippines is once again set to be in the forefront of the global stage — with its competitive edge of the mastery of the miracle fruit.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The world’s first 61MP full-frame camera, the Sony Alpha 7RIV now available for pre-order

The recent unveiling of Sony’s new A7RIV, the world’s first 61-MP full-frame mirrorless camera, reinforces the brand’s position as a leading innovator in the camera business.
A powerful new addition to the Alpha line up, this edition of the A7R regards the inclusion of a whopping 61- MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and enhanced BIONZ X image processor, which gives an impressive imaging result with incomparable smoothness, a 15-stop dynamic range and, of course, impeccable speed.
A lot of you are probably wondering when the A7RIV will be available in the Philippines, and we are just as excited to announce that pre-order will be available from August 24 to September 15, 2019!
Pre-Order Mechanics:
  • The Sony A7RIV promotion begins on August 24 until September 15, 2019.
  • All (Main unit + Lens only) purchase with Purchase Bundles is open to 12 mos. 0% installment plan.

  • This exclusive promotion should not be combined with any existing Sony camera promotions.

  • A down payment of P 5,000 is required to avail the promo.

Sony A7RIV specifications:
World’s first 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
15-stops dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE tracking for approx. 7 seconds in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately 3x more in APS-C mode
567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of the image area and 425 contrast AF points
The debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording and advanced Real-time Tracking plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording
Features an APS-C crop mode delivering a stunning high resolution of 26.2MP2
5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electric viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness, and contrast

An Overview Of The MSIG Travel Insurance (TravelEasy)

Traveling in flight delays, baggage or money loss, accidents, and illnesses are common predictions experienced by travelers. Pack a travel insurance that really has your back and explore the world with greater peace of mind. MSIG travel insurance is one of the most popular brand insurance in SingaporeMSIG features tiers of travel insurance plans in each category to meet different levels of coverage for all types of travel destinations and the travel duration.
TravelEasy has the choices that best suits your travel needs.
Plan TypeCancellationMedical Coverage (Overseas)Bags/Belongings
Pre-Ex Standard$ 5,000$75,000$3,000
Pre-Ex Elite$10,000$100,000$5,000
Pre-Ex Premier$15,000$150,000$7,500

Key features

  • Comprehensive cover with over 50 benefits
  • Adventurous activities cover now includes dog sledding, tobogganing, sledding and ice-skating
  • Increased limits for Terrorism Cover

Plan highlights

Maternity-related Overseas Medical Expenses

Covers medical expenses incurred overseas due to pregnancy-related illnesses such as nausea and giddiness. 
Replacement of Traveller
Pays for the charges incurred for change of traveler should the insured person suffer from serious injury, illness, death or that of their family member or travel companion 30 days prior to their trip. 
Emergency Medical Evacuation
Increased cover from $500,000 to $1,000,000 for the Standard Plan 
Insolvency of Licensed Travel Operator
List of travel operators expanded to include travel agencies registered with the Singapore Tourism Board (includes NATAS registered travel agencies). 
Delayed Departure
Pays for additional administrative and travel expenses incurred to book alternative transport to the same destination should there be delays to the public transport due to strike, riot, civil commotion, poor weather conditions, natural disasters, breakdown of public transport or closure of the airport. 
Standard Plan is a free package for individuals who are budget conscious or who already have other personal insurance. However, the Standard Plan excludes some benefits:
  • Maternity Medical Expenses Overseas
  • Overseas ICU Hospitalization Daily Benefit
  • Wedding Clothing and Accessories
  • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card
  • Credit Card Outstanding Balance
  • Legal Expenses for Wrongful Arrest or Detention, etc.
Elite and Premier Plan caters to travelers who want a wider range and those who travel for specific purposes such as a bridal shoot or sporting activities.
TraveEasy Pre-Ex Plan is tailored to the unique needs of travelers with pre-existing conditions. It also offers pre-existing coverage of medical conditions for competitive premiums and is stocked with various peace benefits that individual travelers may find.
Leisure Activities and Covered
The important thing to note is that the cheapest Standard Plan is limited in scope if you are planning anything other than a normal city flight. It does not cover most outdoor activities.
The higher-tier plans cover a whole slew of outdoor activities, including those commonly listed here:
Outdoor activityCovered by MSIG
Hot air balloonElite & Premier only
Scuba divingElite & Premier only (up to 30m)
Skiing and other ice/snow sportsElite & Premier only
Hiking or trekkingElite & Premier only (up to 3,000m)
Mountaineering or outdoor rock climbingElite & Premier only (up to 3,000m)
Marathons or other competitionsElite & Premier only (marathon up to 42.195km)
Jet skiingElite & Premier only
White water raftingElite & Premier only (up to Grade 3)
Skydiving and Bungee JumpingElite & Premier only
Paragliding, hang gliding or parachutingElite & Premier only
Although MSIG’s listed prices of travel insurance plans may seem daunting at first glance, there is usually a promotion to keep their prices competitive, such as the current 50% discount on travel plans is now 60% discounts for Pre-existing medical conditions cover and regular MSIG’s plans and 20% off Annual plans. This offer ends on August 16, 2019.
As long as the continuation is 60%, I would say it’s worth buying travel insurance from MSIG. Price is competitive against different travel insurance plans here in Singapore.
If you would like to learn more about the MSIG Travel insurance plan in more detail, you may refer to the insurer’s official documentation.
Policy Wording Document Read Now
Policy Brochure Read Now
MSIG travel insurance is extremely affordable after a generous promotional discount. Also, find the list of MSIG Travel InsuranceIf you would like to compare MSIG’s Travel Insurance Plans to other plans on the market, you can go to Insurance Market, to pick the best travel insurance policies in Singapore that is right for you.
Insurance Market is a market place where we are serious about insurance and where professional parties come together to transact insurance only in the best and most responsible manner. Insurance Market offers a wide range of general insurance products (such as travel insurancemaid insurancepet insurance and more) online and life insurance through personal advice from our qualified brokers.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Own ideas everywhere with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10

In today's fast-paced society, it's more important than ever to be efficient with our time and stay productive whenever we can. The way people work now means they're not tied to any one place - from designing in cafes, presenting in co-working spaces, or even sending emails in transit. Hence, it's essential to have digital tools that allow you to strike any time while the creative iron is hot.

Enter the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Reach new heights of productivity as these latest flagship devices are now available for pre-order on Globe Postpaid’s improved data-packed ThePLAN. Starting August 9 to 15, 2019, customers can pre-order their

Bring home the Galaxy Note 10 with ThePLAN 1499! Bring your ideas to life and craft your designs better with the Intuitive S Pen and shared the screen with Samsung Dex to transform your phone into a desktop-on-the-go. Capture moments as they happen using the Pro-Grade 16MP Ultra-Wide Camera — packed with features like live focus video, audio zoom, and video creation with professional editing — and share your creations online with your 10GB data.

Keep the productivity flowing with a longer-lasting, fast-charging battery and whopping memory storage of up to 1TB! Need to take a breather? With the two stunners’ display screen size (6.3" for Note 10 and 6.8” for Note 10+), watch your favorite films and shows on DisneyLife (free for 3 months) and iflixVIP (free for 3 months).

Great ideas are everywhere - all you have to do is own it with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, powered by the new and improved Globe Postpaid ThePLAN. Bring home the Note 10 for only P2,699 (ThePLAN 1499 + P1,200/ month cashout) or the Note 10+ for only P2,999 (ThePLAN 1499 + P1,500/ month cashout). Create the life you want with larger-than-life data allocation of up to 31GB.

Exciting pre-order freebies are also in store for Globe Postpaid customers. Get a pair of Galaxy Earbuds for every pre-order of the Note 10, or a Galaxy Tab A for every pre-order of the Note 10+. Those who pre-order the Note 10+ with 512GB will receive an additional Galaxy Fit Watch and Samsung Dex Cable!

Device Monthly Cashout* for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (24 months)
Note 10
Note 10+

*Charge-to-bill only available for re-contracting customers.

To pre-order, visit For re-contracting customers, call ‎(02) 730-1300. Learn more about Globe Postpaid plans at Follow Globe ICON on Facebook and Instagram.