Thursday, January 20, 2022

First Ever Lenovo Experience Store Opens in Cyberzone, SM Megamall

20 January 2021 - As a global technology leader of Intelligent Transformation, Lenovo delivers smarter technologies that improve the way we live, work, play, and connect. To enhance consumers’ purchasing experience, the first-ever Lenovo Experience Store was opened in Cyberzone, SM Megamall B on December 18 2021, operated by Gigahertz. Customers can now experience the complete lineup of Lenovo’s ecosystem firsthand, from products to solutions. Promotions are also offered to commemorate the opening of the store.

The experience store will be a platform for Lenovo to build meaningful relationships with its customers and provide them with new and engaging ways to experience the brand. Dedicated product showcase areas are set up in the store for customers to easily identify products by the series names



Renowned for relentless innovation, trusted quality, and purposeful design, the ThinkPad portfolio guarantees consumers flexible processor options, discrete graphics, and improved displays. ThinkPad systems are engineered for durability and strikes a balance between power and portability, offering customers various choices to choose the most appropriate configuration for their needs. Sporting a minimalist design suited for any kind of business, the ThinkPad portfolio continuously evolves to break the mold and make a greater impact.




Yoga’s attention to detail guarantees surprises and delights its customers. Combing exceptional portability with high performance, Lenovo Yoga is designed with intelligent features that expand the boundaries of conventional PCs. Laptops are designed with delicate and intrinsic details, from the laser-etched emblem, down to the curvature of the machine. Laptops such as Yoga Slim 7 Carbon and Yoga 9i are perfect for always-on-the-go-business leaders, entrepreneurs and millennials who want a device that easily meets lifestyle needs.




Aimed at meeting gamers’ demands for both work and play, Lenovo Legion strives to produce the most powerful machines that are also high in versatility. By continuously listening to the gaming community’s feedback, Legion identifies the key trends and takes action to create a new generation of gaming laptops that fulfills the consumer’s ever-evolving demands. Gamers get to experience better keyboard design, smarter thermals, enhanced display, improved blend of hardware and software, excellent gaming performance and so much more with machines like the Legion 5i Pro and Legion 5.




Embracing form, function, style, and fun, each IdeaPad delivers the responsive performance you can count on. Devices such as the IdeaPad Slim 5 and IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro are crafted with the user experience in mind in every aspect of the product design and technology to improve how consumers can seamlessly use the products to enrich their life.




Indispensable for both work and play, Lenovo provides tablets that can deliver endless ways to enjoy entertainment and get more done at home and on the go. Lenovo Tablets are ultralight and yet packed with OLED displays, immersive sound, long-lasting battery and are pairable with digital pens and detachable keyboards. Tablets such as the Tab P11 Pro and the Yoga Tab 11 provide top-tier features and ensures high productivity, perfect for on-the-go customers.




Lenovo is committed to delivering a simple, flexible way to make your home smarter and your life easier. Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are your one-stop shop to a smarter home and are designed to be innovative, interconnected, and stylish to make life easier. The devices can be easily controlled and monitored through smartphones like the Lenovo T1s Pro Robot Vacuum and many more.


Apart from the products, Lenovo also provide end-to-end solutions for enterprises to drive digital transformation. Lenovo Smart Lockers solution, for example, is demonstrated in the Lenovo Experience Store. Instead of your normal locker, the Smart Lockers can house common items that employees can loan. This addresses points for businesses with high number of requests to their IT while at the same time promoting a shared economy mindset amongst employees. Lenovo Smart Lockers supports various services such as office supplies distribution, digital mailroom, personal item storage, and repair services with downloadable reports, configurable system settings, and email notifications.


To celebrate the opening of the Lenovo Experience Store, the first 100 customers who purchase Lenovo V15 ADA, a powerful laptop for everyday business at PHP28,999.00, will get a free Lenovo 100 MONO USB Headset. Also, a free USB-C Travel hub will be gifted to the first 30 customers of ThinkPad P14s Gen 2, Lenovo’s lightest mobile workstation at PHP82,900.00.


Head on over to The Lenovo Experience store and check out your favorite devices in person at Cyberzone, SM Megamall B. 

Hack4Food: A Hackathon for Agriculture and Food Innovation

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Hack4Food: Agriculture and Food Innovation Challenge 2022 aims to foster creativity and collaboration in solving the challenges facing agriculture and food systems.  The agriculture and food value chain -- from production to distribution, and up to consumption-- can substantially gain from clever imagination and novel thinking.

The Philippines is home to an estimated 111 million people spread across its 7,641 islands.  Ensuring food sustainability and inclusivity for its growing population is serious business.  Achieving the desired state of agriculture will require a lot of work from both the public and private sectors. The youth of our country have a substantial stake in propelling the developmental progress of agriculture as they will inherit all its gifts and ills.

This one-week virtual hackathon challenges the youth to step up and make a positive impact in agriculture and food challenges. It is open to all stakeholders passionate about the fate of the planet and its inhabitants and committed to making a difference.

Hack4Food is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Makati (RCM), in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bay, Rotaract Club of Makati, and the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP).


       Improving the lives of farmers/fisherfolks through enhanced economies of scale (i.e., reduced production costs, increased yields, decreased cost per unit of output);

       Empowering farmers through collective action and by aggregating their outputs into viable clusters that improve operations and profits;

       Enhancing farmer profits through direct matching of producer and buyer; and reducing the participation of middlemen to the lowest possible level without adversely affecting the supply chain;

       Supporting and encouraging farmers to engage in crop diversification, which has been proven to help fertilize the soil;

       Implementing digital technologies and data analytics which enhance overall farm productivity and efficiency;

       Creating object detection technologies that can aid in the production and/or distribution decisions;

       Designing value chains that take into account climate change and other sources of risks;

       Developing forecasting models and tools that guide decision-making in value chains;


  • 1st place - ₱50,000
  • 2nd place - ₱30,000
  • 3rd place - ₱20,000


       Groups of 2-5 or individuals

       Filipino citizens within the Philippines

       No age limit


Please visit for more details. Deadline is on Saturday, February 26th, 2022 at 11:59 PM.


For any questions and concerns, please e-mail at

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Globe wins Opensignal award for largest uplift in 5G global mobile gaming experience

Globe has received yet another global recognition for its network upgrade and modernization efforts, winning top prizes at the 5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021[1].

The top Philippine firm placed first in 5G improvement over 4G for Games Experience, and second in 5G improvement over 4G for Video Experience, owing to its massive investments in network improvements.

At its 2021 awards, independent global standard Opensignal recognized Globe for having the largest uplift in the mobile multiplayer gaming experience, with an improvement of 65.2%.  5G Video experience with Globe was also elevated to a rating of excellent, with an uplift of 32.8% better than 4G.


The results highlight impressive improvements in user experience that can be achieved through extensive investments in 5G, which can deliver internet speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. It also has less lag, making it suitable for video streaming and gaming.


“Globe 5G will not only change the way we play our favorite online or console-based games, but it also opens up new use cases for gaming and eSports. At the same time, it provides higher-quality streaming experiences on mobile screens and better video streaming delivery. Globe continues to improve its network. With 5G, the future is closer than ever,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President, and CEO.


London-based Opensignal measures 5G Games Experience based on how mobile users experience real-time multiplayer mobile gaming on an operator's 5G network compared to older 4G technology. On a scale of zero to 100, it analyzes how the multiplayer mobile games experience is affected by mobile network conditions, including latency, packet loss, and jitter, to determine the impact on gameplay and the overall games experience.


Meanwhile, Opensignal's 5G Video Experience uses a combination of real-world measurements of video streams from smartphone users over an operator's 5G network versus 4G.   These include picture quality, stall rate, and loading time to reflect users’ perceived video experience using an approach based on standards of the International Telecommunication Union.


Video traffic currently accounts for a significant portion or 66 percent of all mobile data traffic globally. The share continues to grow as mobile users keep moving to better streaming resolutions enabled by the deployments of 5G networks.


Opensignal said 5G users consume more content on their smartphones at a higher quality for up to 2.7 times more mobile data than 4G users. Mobile network operators around the world continue to roll out commercial 5G networks to support the demand for mobile data.


Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, highlighting the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. It is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.


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Saturday, January 15, 2022

PLDT Enterprise extends digital solutions to Digital Edge data center in Greater Manila Area

(Laguna, Philippines – January 13, 2022) PLDT Enterprise has forged a partnership with Digital Edge Philippines Inc. (“Digital Edge”) to provide comprehensive connectivity and IT solutions to future customers of its 10-megawatt data center in BiƱan, Laguna, a suburban district adjacent to Manila.

Mitch Locsin, PLDT FVP & Enterprise Revenue Group Head, said that the partnership with Digital Edge will allow both companies to tap into the growing cloud and digital opportunities in the country.

“PLDT has consistently remained at the forefront in offering innovative digital services for enterprises of all sizes, both local and international. It is always our pleasure to extend our expertise to our partners to enable them to reach their goals and open opportunities for their businesses,” he said.

Digital Edge is a new pan-Asia data center platform company that is focused on providing colocation, interconnection, and connectivity solutions to cloud and enterprise customers.

“Digital Edge strives to fulfill its vision to provide our clients with innovative data center services in the industry. Our partnership with the PLDT Group will allow us to present the full suite of PLDT services to our future customers and I am very excited for the future cooperation,” said Victor Barrios, President, and CEO of Digital Edge Philippines Inc.

Meanwhile, Jojo Gendrano, FVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise said that PLDT Enterprise is taking another step towards powering the digital economy and aiding the local enterprise growth through the newly-forged partnership.

“The combination of Digital Edge’s infrastructure and PLDT’s best-in-class solutions and services will allow our clients to move ahead swiftly on their respective digital initiatives as we all transition to the new business normal. We are excited about this partnership and the prospects of helping build the right digital growth ecosystems for the market to take advantage of,” said Gendrano.

“We are grateful to our partners who continuously recognize PLDT Group’s integrity and excellence for complex network infrastructure projects. As they put their trust and confidence in us, PLDT will continue to invest in technology infrastructure to deliver a wider array of digital services to bring them reliable and high-quality digital solutions,” he added.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

ABSI acquires HCX Technology Partners from Ayala Corp.

Asti Business Services Inc. (ABSI) is proving to be a key player in the shared services industry just a year into its operations, with the recent acquisition of HCX Technology Partners Inc. from Ayala Corporation.  The move is expected to further expand and grow the company’s extensive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for human resources, customer experience, finance, IT, and corporate services.

ABSI is a subsidiary of the Asticom Group of Companies (AGC),  which is part of the Globe Group.  It offers managed services such as Business Service Outsourcing (BSO) and Information Technology (IT), and digital platform services like Customer Experience (CE) and Employee Engagement (EE) to help improve client business performance and internal culture of transformation.

On the other hand, HCX has provided human resources, customer relationship management, and digital solutions to its clients since 2016. With their complementary capabilities in the human resources and business solutions industries, ABSI and HCX are well-matched to deliver high-impact results to their growing clientele in the country. 

“The integration of HCX’s HR and digital solutions technology with ABSI’s managed services will create a unique and better value proposition to our clients. We believe that a bigger vision and rapid growth can be achieved through the combined expertise and portfolios of both companies,” said Melissa Tecson, ABSI General Manager. 

In its first year, ABSI now serves more than 20 clients from several industries including telecommunications, IT, banking, finance, logistics, and e-commerce.  It also manages close to 1,500 people. 

“With the acquisition of HCX, we envision an accelerated execution of our long-term strategy in delivering top-level results for our clients. We have also gained a fitting opportunity to expedite ABSI’s objective, which is to become the number one shared services center in the Philippines and in Asia by 2029,” said Mharicar Castillo-Reyes, President and CEO of Asticom Group of Companies. 

By 2029, ABSI aims to penetrate a bigger market outside the Philippines. For Asticom, the goal affirms its purpose to provide opportunities and improve Filipino lives through its diverse business portfolio.

Asticom is one with the Globe Group in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10  UN SDGs.

To learn more about ABSI, visit