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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bigger and better Globe rewards

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:10 AM

Globe subscribers can now enjoy bigger and better rewards beyond telco services, gadgets, and gift certificates with the launch of a new rewards system that recognizes rewards points as a form of payment. With a straightforward points-to-peso conversion of 1 point = P1.00, subscribers can now use their rewards points as actual cash to purchase movie passes, goods, and items from partner-merchants Ayala Malls Cinemas, Figaro Coffee Company, Enchanted Kingdom, Petron, Rose Pharmacy, Sunglass Hut, and Wendy’s. With rewards points good as cash, Globe subscribers have more ways to enjoy their rewards based on their needs and lifestyle. In photo during the launch are (from left) Figaro Coffee Company CEO Crismel Verano, Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, Globe Head of Customer Lifecycle Management Jay Beltran, and Ayala Malls Cinemas Deputy General Manager Atty. Rolly Duenas.

GT products now in the US

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:05 AM

PROUDLY Cebu-made products of GT Cosmetics Manufacturing are now being distributed in the United States.
This was announced by GT Cosmetics founder and national sales manager Engr. Leonora B. Salvane, who has been planning to expand their market overseas after their successful entry to Europe in 2011.
“The Finland deal in Europe was unexpected, so I thought we would eventually get into the US market in God’s time,” Salvane said. “And so with divine providence, GT products are now available in the US. Nothing is impossible if you have faith.”
The entry of GT Cosmetics is also timely, added Salvane, as a lot of Filipinos in the US have been asking online if GT products are available in America.
GT Cosmetics products are being distributed in the US by Elegantly Pure and are now available at New Asia Market and Pearl Marketing in Connecticut and at the Chinese-American Mini Market in Rhode Island.
“We will introduce GT to the American public by giving samples during festivals and celebrations in each of the 50 states,” said Salvane, adding that they are now in the process of getting a certification that their products are in accordance with the US standards.
 Since it was founded in 1994, GT Cosmetics has slowly captured its market initially by word of mouth and lately through social media – or “peer to peer” marketing -- that miraculously made its products among the sought-after brands in the country today.
GT Cosmetics products can be purchased in about 200 retail outlets including Watsons Personal Care stores, Robinsons supermarkets, SM malls and supermarkets, Savemore supermarkets, Gaisano Metro chain of stores, as well as in other leading malls, department stores, supermarkets, and in all leading drugstores nationwide.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Globe launches inbound calling offer for Koreans in the Philippines

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:46 PM

Known for innovative and ground-breaking products and services, Globe Telecom recently launched Globe DUO Korea, an international inbound calling offer for Koreans in the Philippines.
Seated in the center are Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Telecom’s Group Head for International Business and Yong Chul Kwon, INY’s Chief Executive Officer, with managers from both companies.
                Globe DUO Korea is a service that allows a Globe or TM subscriber to purchase a Korea-based telephone number.  Their friends and family back home can call their Korea-based telephone number and calls will be received in their Globe or TM phones. Calls can now made between two Korea-based numbers, just like making a local call in Korea, resulting to significant savings.
                Subscription to the service comes in two variants:  The seven-day subscription for only P399 or US$10 is best for short-term visitors, tourists or businessmen, while the 30-day subscription for only P999 or US$25 will fully satisfy the communication needs of students, migrants and Koreans with established businesses in the Philippines.
“Now, seamless and low-cost connectivity with Korea simply needs a Globe or TM SIM and a Globe DUO Korea subscription,” explains Rizza Maniego-Eala, Group Head for Globe International Business. “The best part is that subscribers no longer need to schedule receiving calls when they are home and have access to their internet-based landline services since calls are received through the mobile phone anytime, anywhere,” she added.
Starsky Park, Planning Department Head of Saehoon seals the agreement with Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Telecom’s Group Head for International Business.  Looking on are Donnie Choi, Saehoon-Head of Strategic Business (left) and Richie Sison Globe-International Business Sales Head (right).
This service is made possible through the partnership of Globe with INY Communications, a total telecommunications business which provides clients with wholesale and retail international calling services. 
           “We are excited to partner with Globe, the most preferred telecom service provider of the Korean community in the Philippines, in offering Globe DUO Korea," said John C. Kwon, CEO of INY. "Our experience in selling international calling services together with Globe’s reliable service will be a powerful combination to ensure that customers’ calling needs are exceeded."


                In addition, Globe also partnered with Onfill, a Philippine country portal site in Korea, operated by Saehoon Air Travel Co., Ltd., the official General Sales Agent in South Korea of one of the Philippines’ biggest airlines. Onfill has the largest sales channel—over 4,000 travel agents nationwide—and provides 27 flights per week to the country with thousands of Korean tourists. 
“Our access to numerous travel agencies in South Korea as well as thousands of Korean tourists will ensure that travellers to the Philippines are well-informed of Globe DUO Korea even before they leave the country,” said Starsky Park, Planning Department Director of Saehoon.     
                Moreover, in a recent contract signing ceremony held at the Korean Embassy in Bonifacio Global City, Globe partnered with the United Korean Community Association in the Philippines (UKCA), the umbrella organization of all Korean associations in the country, to further its goal of reaching out to one of the biggest foreign communities in the Philippines.
                “Globe, being a major partner, gives us the assurance that our plans for the local Korean community are supported by one of the Philippines’ largest companies,” said Jang Il Lee, UKCA President.  “Their effort to reach out to our community is well-received and appreciated,” added Lee.   
Korean Ambassador Lee Hyuk (center), with Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Telecom’s Group Head for International Business and UKCA’s President Lee Jang Il, along with Korean Embassy representatives Consul General Min Kyong-ho (third from right) and Counselor Chin Hyun-yong (second from right) and other representatives from Globe and UKCA. 
                Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Lee Hyuk, in his congratulatory message during the contract signing ceremony between UKCA and Globe, said “the patronage of Koreans in the Philippines in Globe signifies our trust in the excellent standards of your network.  In addition, I am optimistic that more Koreans will patronize Globe, given its people-oriented service.  This partnership will also play a crucial role in deepening the cultural understanding between our two peoples.”

“Globe DUO Korea is a testament to our continued efforts to introduce innovative products in the market to provide our subscribers with superior service,” Maniego-Eala said.
For more info on Globe DUO Korea, visit www.globe.com.ph/duokorea.

Globe postpaid segment posts double-digit growth in subscriber base, revenues

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:36 PM

Postpaid subscriber base nearing 2 million

            Led by its fully-customizable postpaid plans and the most competitive smartphone offers, Globe Telecom’s postpaid business sustained momentum with double-digit growth in subscriber base and revenues in the first quarter of 2013, with postpaid customer base nearing 2 million.

            As of end-March 2013, Globe postpaid subscribers totaled 1.9 million, a 21% increase from previous year’s 1.5 million with gross acquisitions soaring to a record-high of over 205,000 in the first quarter, up 35% and 40% against the same period last year and last quarter, respectively. Net postpaid additions also increased to a quarterly high of over 122,000 during the period, surpassing last year’s level by 44% and last quarter’s performance by 71%.

            The segment likewise showed outstanding growth in service revenues after posting P6.0 billion in revenues during the same period, up 14% from P5.3 billion in the previous year. Postpaid service revenues in 1Q 2013 account for 35% of total mobile revenues, up from 32% in 1Q12.  

            “With successive quarters of growth in subscriber base and revenues, Globe Postpaid continues to provide solid contribution to the company’s overall mobile business,” said Martha Sazon, Head of Globe Postpaid. “Postpaid customers have become more discerning over the years as they look for offers that are relevant and give them value for money. So when it comes to postpaid, subscribers choose Globe and stay with Globe.”

            Keeping momentum to grow its postpaid segment in the second quarter of the year, Globe strengthened partnerships with device manufacturers and offered the best smartphone deals. The telco gained exclusivity to carry the new BlackBerry Z10 LTE under its suite of unlimited surfing plans that provide subscribers with unlimited LTE surfing of up to 42 Mbps. The BlackBerry Z10 LTE is available for as low as P1799 monthly over a 30-month contract or P1999 monthly over a 24-month contract.

            In April, Globe unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4 and offered the newest Galaxy smartphone for as low as P1,599 monthly under the best-ever Globe My Super Plan 999 with P600 monthly cashout over a 24-month contract period, giving customers the most affordable and competitive device bundle offer in the market today. Under this best-ever offer, subscribers get unlimited LTE surfing of up to 42 Mbps plus free calls and texts.

            In conjunction with its device launches, Globe further upped the ante in postpaid with the launch of the best-ever My Super Plan, where subscribers get more than what they pay for with postpaid plans now bundled with peso value amounts that are almost double the plan value. The peso value amount can be allocated among combos in the form of call, text, and surfing services, consumable amount, and gadgets. Subscribers also have the flexibility to choose their contract periods ranging from 6 months to 30 months.
           
            With its breakthrough and revolutionary offers, Globe My Super Plan was awarded as the Most Innovative Telecom Project in the 16th Telecom Asia Awards, besting telco products from Japan, Singapore, Korea, and Indonesia to win the much-coveted award given to an innovative project with the biggest impact in the market.

Get the best smartphone deals for your high-tech Moms from Globe

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:36 PM

Looking for the perfect gift for your high-tech Mom this Mother’s Day?  Visit the Globe Store and get that perfect gift with exclusive Globe unbelievable deals!

Just visit any Globe Store nationwide from May 10-12 so you can get the smart phone of your choice or gadgets with huge discounts bundled with super-value Globe postpaid plans!

Get your Mom a Globe best-ever My Super Plan that fits her needs and you can easily get her a smartphone like the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 with unlimited LTE surfing, free calls and texts for only P1599 a month; Blackberry Bold 9900 FREE at Plan 999; Blackberry Curve 9320 and Huawei Y300 FREE at Plan 499; or a Blackberry Curve 9220 FREE at all Unli Plans.

Globe Stores have also made it easy for you to take home to your Mom the latest Samsung smartphone must-have, the Samsung Galaxy S4!  Get for her at Plan 999 only with a P600 monthly cashout through selected credit cards.

You and your Mom can also share in the fun by getting a Samsung Galaxy Y Color Plus bundled with a Samsung Galaxy Camera at only P1599 a month! This comes with 2 SIM cards that you can insert in the phone and one for the camera!

            “As a way of showing appreciation to all the Moms out there, we are offering these unbelievable deals that you can only find at the Globe Stores. So show your high-tech mom how much you love her with these exciting smartphone deals,” said Globe Retail Transformation and Management Head Joe Caliro.

You can catch these unbelievable deals sale at any of the participating Globe Store branches nearest you. Just log on to facebook/globepostpaid for details.

Globe Telecom bags three nominations at Asia Communications Awards

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:35 PM

Globe Telecom garnered three nominations at the Asia Communications Awards in two categories namely the Best Brand Campaign and Best Customer Service Initiative.

This is the first time that Globe is entering the Asian Communications Awards competition, which gives recognition to achievements of Asian telecommunications companies and the individuals responsible for the innovations, achievements and new services that build the industry.

The leading telecommunications firm got two nominations in the Best Brand Campaign category, a recognition given to the organization that has been most effective in creating a compelling brand for its products or services in one or more branches of the media.

“Globe Gets Me” campaign, a three-themed advertisement intended to convey the Globe brand essence of doing things ‘Your Way’--  showing how Globe gives diversity to every subscriber with its customized plans and services-- was nominated in the Best Brand Campaign category.

Separately, Tatoo Broadband’s “Marked For Greatness” campaign, was also nominated in the same category. The campaign encapsulates Tattoo’s   improved services as it addresses the youth passion for freedom and individuality. The winner in this category should have achieved significant improvement in brand awareness and positive impact on market share, valuation or bottom line.

“We are proud of being nominated and chosen among the best in Asia. Our branding campaigns represent our strength as a marketing and communications company that truly connects to our customers. This affirms our core value of making great things possible for our customers,” said Yoly Crisanto, head of Globe Telecom Corporate Communications.

Globe Telecom’s Customer Service Innovation on Social Media has also been nominated in the Best Customer Service Initiative category, which will be given to the entry with a well-designed and successfully implemented customer care strategy. The winner in this category should have produced tangible and quantifiable results measured in terms of financial results or quantifiable improvements in customer experience.

BRING YOUR PASSIONS TO LIFE WITH THE NEW TATTOO LIFESTYLE STICK

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:32 PM

Tattoo, the country’s most reliable mobile broadband, unleashes a new weapon bringing to life your many passions, designed to seamlessly sync with your fast-paced lifestyle whether online or offline.

From three different lifestyle sticks now come one revamped and powerful mobile pre-paid gadget that combines countless passions exclusively created in tandem with esteemed furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue. The three exclusive stick designs exemplify style and function in unison, and is also the smallest and lightest broadband stick available in the market today, only from Tattoo.

As Tattoo encourages each one to make their own mark and move the world, the brand continues to provide fast and reliable connectivity combined with top-notch devices and services that do just that.

Available for only P1,295, the new Tattoo Lifestyle stick brings the broadband experience a notch higher as Tattoo partners with ENJOY, the country’s premier discount and privilege card, for the new Tattoo-Enjoy Privilege card. New subscribers of the Tattoo Lifestyle stick will get the privilege card which entitles them to a world of perks and privileges from lifestyle website LiveTattoo.ph and from over 230 partner establishments and merchants nationwide.


Apart from the Tattoo-Enjoy Privilege card, subscribers also get discount vouchers worth over 150,000 pesos as well as 3,000 worth of freebies when they avail of the new Tattoo lifestyle stick.

With download speeds of up to 12 mbps, a stronger, faster and more powerful Tattoo is within reach for subscribers with the new Tattoo Lifestyle stick.

As the revamped sticks hit Globe stores nationwide, Tattoo also proudly introduces its newest ambassador - multi-hyphenated personality and stylist to the stars Liz Uy, whose many different passions in life reflect the facets of the new Tattoo Lifestyle stick.

Tattoo Head of Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo shares, “Tattoo has always valued what subscribers look for in a broadband service – that is reliability and value for money. With the availability of the new Tattoo Lifestyle stick, our partnership with Enjoy to give our customers exclusive perks and privileges, and welcoming Liz as part of the Tattoo family, we bring our subscribers’ passions to life and let them move the world with the best broadband experience no other network can offer.”

To know more about the new Tattoo Lifestyle stick and the exclusive perks & privileges with the Tattoo-Enjoy Privilege card, visit http://tattoo.globe.com.ph.

Globe Telecom connects with tech-savvy teens

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:24 PM

Some 23 high-school tech-savvy teens looking for worthwhile summer activity are getting their chance under Globe Telecom’s Junior Wizard program, which is expected to provide them valuable experiences and skills.

Pioneered in 2012, the Junior Mobile Wizard Program is a six-week summer program offered to Globe employees’ high school children, who will be assisting in selected Globe concept stores in Metro Manila.

Under the program, these high school students are tasked to demonstrate and discuss the latest gadgets and mobile data services, as well as other Globe offers and services. It provides an opportunity for them to learn outside of a campus setting as they interact with customers and gain experience working inside a Globe store.

“Because technology is so integrated in a teenager’s life, we believe that the program is a great opportunity for them to learn important social and entrepreneurial skills.  We would like to capitalize in their immense interest in technology for them to experience a  summer activity which we hope will teach them important lessons in life. Since they will be working alongside their parents’ colleagues, they will have a taste of how Globe promotes an engaging and satisfying work culture,” said Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu.

The program exhibits the Globe Way vision of transforming the lives of people, said Cu, adding the company is confident this year’s program will replicate the program’s success last year. 

The summer program began with a three-day training ending with an actual in-store immersion at the Globe concept store in Greenbelt 4.
High school students visit Globe Telecom’s concept store in Greenbelt 4 as part of their training under the company’s Junior Mobile Wizard program.

The students were assigned in 6 Globe stores located in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hey there! Meet TOFFEE! The cutest, smartest, and most adorable dog there is!

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 12:27 AM


ALPO Philippines launches one of the cutest webisodes to date, which will introduce its newest little ambassador, TOFFEE! 



TOFFEE is ALPO’s #1 Fan!

He is a young Jack Russell Terrier who spontaneously tries to come up with the bestest plans to get the real meaty goodness he absolutely deserves. What’s a good tasting meal for TOFFEE? It has to be MEATY! It has to be TASTY! And Toffee wants exactly just that.

TOFFEE also enjoys the cuddles and the huggies from his Mama. Mama is his favorite person in the entire world. Each time TOFFEE gets his bowl of delicious ALPO along with Mama’s furry tickles, he can’t help but sigh and say: “Ahhh! This is the good life!”

Say “Hi” to him on ALPO Philippines’ Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ALPOPhilippines and allow him to show you how you can give your beloved pet dogs a bite out of the good life!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

CEBUANA LHUILLIER LINKS WITH FEDERAL PHOENIX FOR CTPL ISSUANCE AND CLAIMS PROCESSING

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 2:07 AM

Worry no more on fake CTPLs and delayed claims processing!



Bound by a common vision of bringing insurance closer to the Filipinos and hasten vehicle registration at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), major motorcar insurer Federal Phoenix Assurance Co. (FPAC) embarked on a groundbreaking partnership with the leading microinsurance agency Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS), insurance arm of the country’s largest pawnshop chain Cebuana Lhuillier, through the Cebuana Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) Insurance or Cebuana CTPL.

CLIS, through its vast array of insurance products underwritten by the insurance industry’s major players , continuously looks for ways to provide quality  protection at affordable premiums. FPAC, one of the country’s dominant insurers known for its solid claims reputation and expertise in automation, has established the connectivity with the LTO and other agencies to successfully decentralize CTPL policy issuance. Together, FPAC and CLIS are poised to finally end the woes of motorists in obtaining CTPL policies and difficulty in claims processing through the Cebuana CTPL.          

A unique collaboration encompassing 2 industries—insurance and pawnshop— the Cebuana CTPL is a breakthrough ventures that taps Cebuana Lhuillier’s strategic presence nationwide. Through Cebuana’s more than 1,500 branches, the motoring public will certainly benefit from the easy and convenient way of obtaining CTPL policies.  


Whether it’s a month away before LTO registration is due, or beating the clock on the very last day for LTO registration, vehicle owners can now renew their CTPL policies conveniently and without worry. They can simply drop by the nearest Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshop and bring a copy of the LTO certificate of registration (CR) together with the official receipt (OR).  CTPL insurance renewal just takes a few minutes. In fact, Cebuana Lhuillier’s network makes the entire renewal process much faster and hassle-free because there is always a Cebuana branch nearby.

And there’s more. Insurance claimants with Cebuana CTPL can now file their claims at any Cebuana Lhuillier branch by just submitting valid and complete claims documents for quick claims processing!

The innovative web-based technology developed by Federal Phoenix, the first of its kind in the insurance industry, makes filing claims easy and seamless.  Complementing FPAC’s state-of-the-art claims technology is Cebuana Lhuillier’s superior connectivity with its claims management system integrated in its entire branch network. Upon receipt of the electronic copies of the claims documents by any Cebuana outlet, Federal Phoenix is promptly notified about the claim, thus expediting the claims process.  This electronic claims settlement eliminates the slow and costly handling of documents which substantially improves claims turn-around time. 

Lastly, the Cebuana CTPL fosters nation-building as the proliferation of fake CTPLs will be reduced, if not eliminated, thus ensuring the appropriation of right premium taxes to the government.  Fake CTPLs issued by fly-by-night insurance companies has cost the government to lose millions of premium taxes to the detriment of the insuring public.


  








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About Federal Phoenix Assurance Co. (FPAC)
Federal Phoenix Assurance Co, a member of The Zuellig Group, has been in the business of providing insurance risk solutions to the Filipinos for over 50 years. It has built its reputation by putting customers’ needs at the forefront and by providing a suite of insurance products and services to cater to the evolving requirements of the insuring public. 
The Company’s headquarters is at the new Zuellig Building, a pre-certified LEED GOLD Building, located at the corner of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. Federal Phoenix branches and satellite offices are strategically located throughout the country. Federal Phoenix is PIRA’s Green Company of the Year for promoting a sustainable environment through its automation and innovation.
For more information, please visit www.federalphoenix.com
Be assured!


About Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions Inc. (CLIS)

Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS), an affiliate company of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (operator of Cebuana Lhuillier, the country’s largest pawnshop network) has been at the forefront of providing quality insurance protection at affordable premiums. Established in 1999, it has pioneered in promoting microinsurance among the low-income and marginalized sector with Cebuana’s branches serving as distribution channels. CLIS has since then blazed the trail in introducing innovations in microinsurance such as Alagang Cebuana Plus, its unique and flagship personal accident sachet insurance with fire cash-aid as a rider, and the 2-Day Claims Bayad Agad which is touted to be the fastest institutionalized claims settling facility in the country today.  

With insurers belonging to the Philippine non-life insurance industry’s Top 10 players as partners, CLIS have over a million clients served and over P60 Million cl
aims settled.  CLIS is a recipient of several local and international awards like the Philippine Quill Excellence Award, Tambuli Award, Anvil Award and Stevie’s International Business Award (Brand Reputation Category) for its advocacy and marketing campaigns.  

For more information, please visit www.clis.com.ph 
and their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillierinsurance
Sa Cebuana CTPL, panatag ang loob mo!

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