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Monday, December 1, 2014

Globe announces winners of 3rd Davao Media Excellence Awards

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 10:41 PM
 Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto (center) together with the winners of the 3rd Davao Media Excellence Awards.  From L-R:  Reporter of the Year for Radio Rommel Aquino of DXRD Balita FM; Photojournalist of the Year Seth delos Reyes of Sunstar; Blogger of the Year and Social Media Advocate of the Year Olan Emboscado; Explanatory / Investigative Story of the Year for Print / Online Awardee Jefry Tupas of Newsdesk Asia; Reporter of the Year for Print Stella Estremera of Sunstar; Reporter of the Year for TV Danreeve Josseffe Revilla of ABS-CBN and Explanatory / Investigative Story of the Year for TV Awardee John Paul Seniel of GMA.
 Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has announced the winners of the 3rd Davao Media Excellence Awards who have shown exemplary communication skills in bringing social issues to the attention of the public via print, broadcast, or digital media.

                The media professionals and social media practitioners were feted during the awarding ceremonies held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on November 27.

                “In this third year of the Davao Media Excellence Awards, Globe Telecom gives recognition to reputable journalists and online reporters for their ability to share stories that change our society for the better. We celebrate works of our journalists as they continue to adopt digitalization, utilizing them to create a better nation,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President for Globe Corporate Communications.

                She added:  “The changing landscape in communication and entertainment lead technology experts to constantly push their boundaries and aspire for better innovations. Globe Telecom is one of these innovators as it continuously aspires to open new possibilities in wireless music streaming, applications, movie access, cloud storage, and so much more while still staying focused in its mission to build a better nation.  We may not see it, but most of us are now living a digital lifestyle. We have been wired to these changes that enhance the way we communicate and reconnect with other people as well as help us learn and stay on top of things.”

                Bagging the Reporter of the Year for Print award was Stella Estremera of Sunstar Davao who wrote “Haiyan, six months hence” while Explanatory/investigative Story of the Year for Print/Online went to Jefry Tupas of Newsdesk Asia for “The War of Ana Luisa Calyx”.  Each winner received P20,000 and a trophy while the editors got P5,000 and a plaque.

Columnist of the Year Henrylito Tacio of Sunstar took home P15,000 and a trophy for his entry “Take heed of these warnings” while Photojournalist of the Year Seth delos Reyes also of Sunstar received P10,000 and a trophy for his entry “Basura Mo – Child’s Play.”

Danreeve Josseffe Revilla of ABS-CBN was awarded the Best Reporter of the Year for TV for “Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Randy Halasan, Ehemplo sa mga Magtutudlo” while GMA’s  John Paul Seniel bagged Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Broadcast for “Tubig Tinubdan.”  For radio, top recognition was accorded to Balita FM’s Rommel Aquino’s “Rice Shortage.” All of them received P20,000 each and a trophy while the editors got P5,000 and a plaque.

                The Awards for Blogger of the Year and Social Media Advocate both went to Olan Emboscado who also received the same recognitions last year.  He took home a total of P40,000 and two trophies.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Globe myBusiness holds first myBusiness Day

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 7:50 PM
(From L-R) Globe Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Gil Genio, AFFI Corp Sec and Fiorgelato President Ricardo Z. Cuna, Acquasuisse Franchiser Jelyn Chung, AFFI Treasurer and Peanut World President Josie C. See, AFFI Vice President and Lots' A Pizza President, Teresita L. Ngan Tian, AFFI Incoming President and Franchiser of Ink All You Can Jerry Neil C. Ilao, AFFI President and Big Apple Express Spa Victor M. Fernando, Senior Vice President for Globe myBusiness Martha Sazon, AFFI Incoming Director and Ferino's Bibingka President Sonny Francisco, AFFI Member and Generika Drugstore President Teodoro Ferrer, (behind Ferrer) Aquabest VP and AFFI Incoming Directo Paul S. Tan, Globe myBusiness Ambassador and Mercato Co-Founder RJ Ledesma, and (behind Ledesma) Andrew Que, AFFI Member and CEO of Happy Haus Donuts.
myBusiness Day inspires employees to realize their entrepreneur aspirations through a one-stop shop franchising affair
True to its commitment to inspire success, Globe myBusiness sparks inspiration and empowers entrepreneurs and micro small and medium enterprises (mSMEs) through its first “myBusiness Day” held last November 26, 2014 at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Empowering employees and building the nation
In partnership with the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI), Globe myBusiness turned the venue into a city of franchising opportunities called “Globeville”, a one-stop shop for business start-ups built especially for Globe employees. From franchising opportunities and business enablers exhibited all throughout the day, to informative business talks from experts in the evening, myBusiness day was an affair set to enlighten and ignite the Filipino entrepreneurial spirit.
“All our campaigns to inspire entrepreneurship and success are not only an external drive, but are also what we practice within Globe as well. Through myBusiness Day, we give Globe employees the first-hand opportunity to become entrepreneurs and arm them with all information they need to get started with their dream businesses. As a trusted business advisor, Globe myBusiness also equips entrepreneurs with enablers that help run their businesses more smoothly, improve cash flow, and promote them in more cost efficient manner,” says Senior Vice President and Head for Globe myBusiness, Martha Sazon. Technology-based business tools, also called enablers offered by Globe myBusiness include mobile POS system Globe Charge, cloud-based productivity suite Google Apps for Work, internet-based monitoring solution Globe myBusiness CCTV, GadgetMax postpaid plans, Globe myBusiness Broadband, Globe Education Solutions among others.
According to Globe Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Business and International Markets Gil Genio, SMEs comprise the backbone of our economy with 99% of registered businesses and almost two thirds of employment coming from this sector. In this light, Globe myBusiness encourages and supports entrepreneurship as a pillar for nation building.
Everything you need to succeed
During myBusiness Day, employees were given a wide array of franchising investment opportunities from over 20 local franchise exhibitors from the food, retail, and service industries. Paired with exclusive offers such as discounts on franchising packages, additional marketing promotions and collaterals, additional inventories, as well as free gift certificates, Globe myBusiness guaranteed employees of the best deals, which propelled them to get started with their dream businesses.
Completing the cycle of the one-stop shop were learning sessions held by notable franchise experts Armando Bartolome of GMB Franchise Developers, Richie Cuna of Fiorgelato, and Joseph Ismael Cruz of BPI Ka-Negosyo, and Tess Ngan Tian of Lot’s A Pizza as well as exclusive consultation with AFFI Board of Directors.
“Globe myBusiness is actually going beyond basic core telco products and services through innovative solutions which change the way our small and medium business owners maximize ICT tools available to them. At this juncture, we are focusing on our local franchising industry and how it will help start-up entrepreneurs get their feet wet so to speak when it comes to venturing on a business of their own,” shares Genio.
Present during the event were AFFI President Victor Fernando, Globe myBusiness ambassadors JR Dela Paz of Size Matters Burges, Mr. Santi Lim of Strawberry Foods Corporation, RJ Ledesma of Mercato Centrale, Richie Cuna of Fiorgelato, Caroline Goricetta of Karat World, and Sonny Francisco of Ferino’s Bibingka. Also supporting myBusiness day were several celebrity entrepreneurs.
myBusiness Day is testament of what Globe myBusiness offers and believes in. To aspiring and present-day entrepreneurs, Globe myBusiness is a one-stop shop for aspiring entrepreneurs, providing them with the relevant tools needed and equipping them for success in their business.

For more information on Globe myBusiness, log on to www.mybusiness.globe.com.ph, email mybusinesscare@globe.com.ph, follow the official Globe myBusiness Facebook page and on Twitter: @GlobemyBusiness or call its dedicated hotlines at (02) 730-1010 in Luzon, (032) 401-1010 in Visayas and (082) 321-1010 in Mindanao.

Friday, November 21, 2014

#IpanemaSelfeet goes to Davao

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:35 AM
Photo Credits: Ipanema Philippines
#IpanemaSelfeet fever goes to Davao with Brazilian flip-flop brand Ipanema, putting an exciting twist to the global phenomenon. The campaign, which challenges everyone to take own selfeets in every adventure, had successful stops at Robinsons Ermita and at Ayala Center Cebu, and with the final leg happening at Abreeza Mall Davao last November 16.
Photo Credits: Ipanema Philippines

Davaoenos expected an exciting day with Ipanema's new collections #IpanemaSelfeet complete with Ipanema flip flops and fun backgrounds worthy of even the most demanding selfie aficionado and games and raffles for a chance to win Ipanema gift certificates and accommodation at Pearl Farm. Mall goers treated to performances, live entertainment, and a special appearance by My Husband's Lover actor Tom Rodriguez.
Photo Credits: Ipanema Philippines
What's more, Ipanema opened its first concept store in Davao at the Abreeza Mall, giving a one-day-only 20% discount for purchases of Ipanema flip-flops if participants take an #ipanemaselfeet and upload them on Facebook or Instagram.
Photo Credits: Ipanema Philippines

The fun continues online with the #IpanemaSelfeet contest on Facebook. Those who will upload their selfeets on their Facebook account with the official hashtag, #IpanemaSelfeet will get freebies and a chance to win a special accommodation at Punta Fuego in Batangas.

With its stylishly chic and colorful designs reminiscent of Brazil, and its signature buttery-soft sole, Ipanema is a perfect fit for Filipinos who are adventurous-at-heart. For more information about #IpanemaSelfee, visit www.facebook.com/IpanemaPhilippines


Thursday, November 20, 2014

RISING STARS PHILIPPINES DAVAO AUDITION

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 9:59 PM


RisingStars Philippines, the country’s newest and biggest talent competition is going around the country to reach out to the entire nation in search for new rising stars. Auditions in Davao city are now ongoing at NCCC Mall and select schools and barangays.

RisingStars Philippines and Kapatid Network TV5, in cooperation with Jumpstart Productions, have joined forces to launch a new singing and reality TV talent search that would embark on a nationwide search for the best-of-the-best singing talents all over the Philippines to represent their home city or province.

Auditions will kick-off at Davao on November 17 and close on November 30, 2014. Contestants (amateur and professional singers, 13 years old and above) may audition by recording their entries online – using a laptop, PC, or android phones – or at the RisingStars Recording Station, which is akin a modern recording studio facility. The Singing Station/Recording Booth shall be available in NCCC Mall of Davao and in singing stations in selected schools and barangays.

RisingStars has made the audition process easy and hassle free by avoiding long lines and hours of travel through the availability of the RisingStars Mobile Application for Android phones. Yes, one can record and submit their entry using their mobile smartphone by downloading the RisingStars mobile karaoke app for free from Google playstore. Another convenient way to join is by logging on to the RisingStars website at www.risingstars.asia to record and submit an entry through the use of desktop or laptop computers.

All entries gathered from Davao will go through a series of screenings, eliminations and live auditions that will culminate to a semi-finals event. Top seven Semi-finalists from Davao shall go on a live singing battle onstage on December 11 at NCCC Mall. A pop-up audition booth is also available at NCCC Mall, near KFC, so that you can join the ongoing auditions fast and easy!
The top 2 winners from this stage of the competition shall get an-all expense paid trip to Manila to be seen on primetime TV during the live sing-offs and telecast of the RisingStars Singing Contest to be aired starting February 2015 on the Kapatid Network TV5.

For more contest details and updates, see posters, print ads, and log-on to the RisingStars website, or follow social media updates via Facebook /risingstars.ph or Twitter @RisingStarsasia. RisingStars Singing Contest on TV is a production of RisingStars Philippines, in cooperation with Jumpstart Productions, and TV5.

RisingStars Philippines – Davao leg thanks the following sponsors TV5, NCCC Mall, PREP (PR, Events and Promotions) and Limitless Catering.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Generation of Samsung Digital Appliances offers Solutions for Energy Efficiency and Space

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 3:55 PM
Technology is ever evolving, but it has always been aimed at aiding everyday tasks. Samsung has taken on the higher pursuit of offering people a better lifestyle. Thus, armed with state-of-the-art electronics and a passion for innovation, Samsung has come up with their new lineup of digital household appliances that will ensure a happy home.

 Air Conditioner With Triangle Design



 Among their breakthrough inventions is their new air conditioner with triangle design. In a country that is notorious for its sweltering summers, a proper air conditioner is almost mandatory. But the difference between this new Smart Air Conditioner and an conventional air conditioner is clear. It does not just produce cool air; it has been tailored to be more efficient and cost-effective in this task. Thanks to its carefully engineered triangle design which allows for bigger fans within a more compact body. Thus, it circulates cool air faster, farther, and wider while maintaining a sleek look.

 The new Smart Air Conditioner is equipped with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology. It can maintain the desired temperature without frequently shutting off and on, so it consumes less energy. The Digital Inverter Technology helps users to stay comfortable for long periods of time, while using the minimum amount of energy – of up to 60% less electricity than conventional air conditioners

 Designed to be outstandingly efficient, its uniquely triangular design has a wider inlet, wider outlet and a bigger fan to ensure that air is cooled and expelled faster (26%), farther (14m meters) and wider (39%) – ensuring even air distribution and powerful cooling.

 Also, the new air conditioner begins cooling the air fast using its powerful Fast Cool mode, to cool down the room faster. It then automatically changes the mode to Comfort Cool to maintain the desired temperature. Users won’t feel cold and don’t have to keep manually changing the settings or turning the air conditioner on and off.

 Energy efficiency is a key purchasing decision for consumers. The Samsung Air Conditioner’s Single User mode gives the flexibility to the user to control the capacity by effective use of energy. It uses less compressor capacity, reducing power consumption, while still providing a cool and comfortable environment. This ensures that users won’t have to worry about the electricity bill even if there’s only one person in the room.

 The new Samsung Air Conditioner features Samsung’s exclusive Virus Doctor that keeps families safe and comfortable through innovative air purifying technology, which neutralizes harmful contaminants in the air. The Virus Doctor feature has received various accolades including a 2010 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the indoor air-quality category, a 1st Air Day Minister of the Environmental Award, and the Jang Young Sil Award. Now, mothers need not worry about air-born viruses and allergens with Samsung’s Virus Doctor technology.

 Stylish and Smart, the pure Crystal Gloss™ finish and uniquely curved design of the Samsung Air Conditioner deliver a premium look. Like aerodynamic, high performance sports cars, every aspect of its streamlined body is encased in dual-injected, transparent material for an elegant finish that blends seamlessly into any modern home.

 Using an application on a smartphone, the Smart Wi-Fi function lets users remotely control the functions of the Samsung Air Conditioner to schedule its operation. In any location with a wireless network, users can instantly turn it on and off and select the operating mode as well as temperature. Additionally, the air conditioner is able to communicate operational time and electricity usage as well as providing filter cleaning reminders. The unit can also store preferred operational settings and cooling preferences.

 The Smart Installation is a self-diagnosis feature that ensures the air conditioner is installed perfectly by the aircon installer. It automatically checks for installation faults that might cause problems when the air conditioner starts operating.

 The Smart Check automatic error-monitoring system detects and diagnoses problems and provides easy troubleshooting solutions using a smartphone application. It saves users time and prevents unnecessary costs prior to a service call.

 This, alongside its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and innovative design, makes Samsung’s new Smart Air Conditioner the perfect household appliance for any savvy family wishing to ensure the health and wellness of their children.

 Food ShowCase Refrigerator


Part of their new lineup also includes the new Food Showcase Refrigerator. This innovation provides smart organization for all your different types of food. There are two layers of doors in order to properly showcase the contents of the refrigerator, making it much easier to visualize your stocks. There are the outer compartments for your most frequently used products, allowing instant access. And then there are the inner compartments for ingredients that you don’t use as often. Not only does this maximize space, this setup makes organizing and consuming food a simple process. Everyone in the family, including the children can access refrigerator contents with ease.

 The new Food ShowCase Refrigerator also features an ice and water dispenser. At the touch of a button, users can enjoy a refreshing glass of chilled filtered water or fill a pitcher with cubed or crushed ice.

 This refrigerator is also equipped with Samsung’s trademark Digital Inverter Technology. This means that the refrigerator utilizes the same smart technology that allows it to adjust its temperature accordingly. Thus, no unnecessary energy is consumed, making this an efficient and cost-effective appliance.

 Front Load Washing Machine with Eco-Bubble Technology


 Another addition to their lineup of smart appliances is the Front Load Washing Machine. Doing the laundry is an arduous and time-consuming task. There are many things to consider when it comes to washing fabric, but Samsung’s newest Front Load Washing Machine makes cleaning clothes a breeze. It makes use of Samsung’s own Eco Bubble Technology that allows powerful cleaning in cold water. Using warm water is an extra step when it comes to doing the laundry, and it can also be damaging to some fabrics. But the Eco Bubble allows for easy cleaning by completely dissolving detergent even with cold water producing fine foam that easily penetrates the fabric for both effective and gentle, cutting the time, effort, and energy needed in doing this task.

 In addition to being extremely powerful with its high Revolution Per Minute (RPM) rate, it is also furnished with the Stain Away Program. This pre-programmed cycle was designed to deal with the 12 most common types of stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick, and grass. It does all this with less noise, less vibration, and more performance than an ordinary washing machine. And of course, it is outfitted with the Digital Inverter Technology, guaranteeing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

 Samsung Smart Oven



 Last on Samsung’s latest digital appliance lineup is the Samsung Smart Oven. The Samsung Smart Oven comes with more cooking settings in order to provide families with the best cooking experience possible. It includes features such as auto-cook for pre-programmed recipes yogurt making, dough proofing, and “Slim Fry” function. Slimfry function is what differentiates this from the typical Microwave Oven, since preparing meals no longer has to be an unhealthy experience.

 The “Slim Fry” technology allows you to enjoy your favourite fried food cooked to a crisp without the oil. Cooking healthier meals for the family without cutting on taste and texture is now made possible. Meanwhile, the other smart features this smart oven has fulfilled a multitude of purposes. Its premium sensors allows it identify a food’s surface temperature, so whether it is frozen, chilled, or fresh, it can adjust its heat accordingly so you do not have to worry about overcooking or undercooking your meals. This makes it a great addition to any household.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Let's join Globe’s #Project1Phone advocacy

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 9:22 AM
Since today is #ThrowbackThursday, I want to share about my old mobile phones. I remember my Tatay gave me nokia 5110 as my first mobile phone while I was in college. I’m so ecstatic because of the feeling that I could finally text my classmates and play with my phone’s snake game.

With the passing of time, I’ve also upgraded and these are the old phones I've used.
Nokia E63
Nokia E71
Nokia 5230
Nokia C3
Nokia Asha 201
Nokia 2700c
Nokia 3310
Nokia 2610 Slide

I remember some of these phones were stolen and others I passed on to my family.

Why I share these old phones? 
Because I want them to be used and not be gone to waste so when I learned of the advocacy of Globe, the #project1phone that can help the environment by donating your old phones to Globe, the return is a pledge to help build at least 40 school buildings in the province of Aklan.

Diba mas magaan ang feeling nakatulong ka na sa kapwa, naka sagip ka pa sa envionment to combat electronic waste.

So where can we donate our old phones?

Globe has provided donation bins in participating Globe Stores in various parts of the country (for the complete list, please visit the Globe Telecom website www.globe.com.ph/project1phone) so that its customers and stakeholders may easier participate.

Schools, corporations, local government units, and other private and non-government organizations may also participate in the program by adopting recycle bins. Interested parties may email Globe at bridgecom@globe.com.ph.   

All devices and accessories that Globe will gather shall be turned over to TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which will take responsibility for at end-of-life products to ensure that they are managed responsibly.   TES-AMM will, likewise, work on recovering precious metals and plastics from the recycled gadgets.  

Project 1 Phone also aims to educate the public on the harmful environmental impact of e-waste brought about by device disposal. When devices are dumped and crushed by garbage incinerators, they come out as metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium, which have potentially harmful effects on the air, land, and water.

If you want to donate, you can find out how, when and where on this link: http://www.globe.com.ph/globebridgecom/project1phone
#TBT  #Project1Phone!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Globe launches mobile recycling program: Globe Project 1 Phone

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 10:07 PM
We are now in the era where technology develops faster than we anticipated and different types of gadgets from low end to high end smartphones are becoming available to Filipinos which resulted to increased in the rate of upgrade. Because of this, a lot of discarded devices also soared. The impact of these throw away devices, generate e-waste, which results in the release of tons of toxic metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium to be released into the air and seep into the ground and waterways.
How do we solve the e-waste dilemma? By putting one old phone to good use instead of throwing it out.
Globe leads the country's biggest and most ambitious mobile recycling program—Project 1 Phone. By donating just one unused, non-working or damaged phone, tablet, phone battery, or even an old personal computer to Project 1 Phone, each Filipino can do his share in minimizing the environmental impact of e-waste and countering its harmful effects.
Here's a video that explains the harmful effects of e-waste and how we can combat them by donating old phones to Globe's campaign: 

Here's an infographic version:


“Globe is not only dedicated to growing its business but is also committed to addressing environmental concerns and promoting human health amidst the fast growth of this high-tech industry.  Being a communications provider, Globe takes responsibility in educating the people on how to dispose their old mobile devices and computers as well as end-of-life mobile battery packs and chargers in the best way possible,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President of Globe Corporate Communications.

By donating unused, non-working, or damaged phones and tablets, mobile phone batteries, and even personal computers to the campaign, each Filipino would be able to do his share in minimizing not only the environmental impact of e-waste but also counter its harmful effects on health such as skin diseases and possible damage to vital organs and the skeletal system.

Globe also makes it easy for its customers and other stakeholders to participate in the drive by providing donation bins in participating Globe Stores in various parts of the country (for the complete list, please visit the Globe Telecom website www.globe.com.ph/project1phone).

Schools, corporations, local government units, and other private and non-government organizations may also participate in the program by adopting recycle bins.  Interested parties may email Globe at bridgecom@globe.com.ph.

All devices and accessories that Globe will gather shall be turned over to TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which will take responsibility for at end-of-life products to ensure that they are managed responsibly. 

TES-AMM will, likewise, work on recovering precious metals and plastics from the recycled gadgets.  Globe has committed to build at least 40 school buildings in the province of Aklan and proceeds of Project 1 Phone will be used to add to the said number since hundreds of classrooms are still needed in the area.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Globe Wonderfilm:sharing your #WonderfulStories

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 11:11 PM
We know everyone has a wonderful Globe story to tell, so here's another chance for people to share their stories with us—this time, through a short film!

Globe's Wonderfilm is open to college undergraduates and film students. This gives you an opportunity to creatively express your Globe stories through a 5-minute film, and to win as much as P100,000.

The wonderful story could be anything—from a long-awaited text from an old friend to a last-minute call from your dream company—as long as Globe plays a key role.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TV5 AND RADYO5 DAVAO GO FULL FORCE IN PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 7:20 PM
TV5 continues to lead the way in delivering active and relevant public service through its various CSR efforts and programs that ultimately aim to promote health and wellness among Filipinos. 

Most recently, TV5 and Radyo5 in Davao joined forces anew to launch a whole slew of month-long activities in the region that combined fitness, health, and fun, which is the Kapatid Network’s simple way of ‘giving back’ to the community.  More importantly, these CSR activities also reflect the Network’s belief that a healthier, more productive and more efficient citizenry will translate to a more progressive community.


Such activities included “Zumba Saturdays” wherein DavaoeƱos of all ages were able to participate in the country’s latest easy-and-safe exercise craze. This activity, which was in partnership with Rotary 2000, had more than 200 participants, with families and groups of friends making this their weekly bonding and fitness activity.  

The Kapatid Network and Radyo5 Davao once again partnered with Rotary 2000 for a blood-letting activity in support of the Philippine National Red Cross’ drive to increase the dwindling platelet supply for dengue victims. The network proudly served as the blood-letting activity’s main organizer as well as its critical partner for information dissemination.  

Hand-in-hand this time with the Davao Doctor’s Hospital, TV5 and Radyo5 Davao also organized the “Operation Bukol and OB Screening” program with a number of surgeons, OB gynecologists and other specialists.  The program is aimed at addressing cancer prevention through early detection.  More than just the usual consultations, the doctors on call also conducted pre-natal screenings and free operations to remove cysts, mass and tumors.  

Meanwhile, for the month of September, TV5 and Radyo5 Davao are all set to take their ‘give back’ initiative even further by also spearheading a city-wide feeding program for children in various barangays in Davao. This activity is also meant to encourage children to drink milk for healthier bodies and sharper minds.  

For interested donors and partners of TV5 and Radyo5 Davao’s upcoming CSR initiatives, please contact TV5 Davao’s Public Service Desk Coordinator, Sally Sanglay, via +63908-886-0442

Monday, September 15, 2014

Globe implements Share-A-Load validation message to help curb text scams

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 11:20 PM
Globe has implemented an additional step for Share-A-Load transactions, in which customers will be asked to confirm their transaction through a validation text message:
You are about to share PXXX load with 0916XXXXXXX. Reply YES within 5 minutes to proceed. P1/transaction. Report text scams towww.globe.com.ph/stopspam.
The validation message will come from 2652xxxxxxxxx, where the last 9 digits are the transaction number. Replying to the message is free of charge. 
Those who do not reply to the validation text within 5 minutes will receive the following message:
We're sorry, but your Share-A-Load/Promo transaction has been cancelled because the response time exceeded 5 minutes. Please try again. Thanks!
This is the latest addition to Globe's efforts in reducing instances of customers falling prey to Share-A-Load scams. Recently, Globe has also reduced the maximum amount of Share-A-Load transactions to P150 for prepaid customers and P300 for postpaid customers.
Following Globe's intensified efforts to combat text spam and scam early this year, the number of reports through the website (http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam) has reached over 42,000 since it was created in June.

“We want to continuously protect our customers against these scams. By putting in place this additional measure, we would help prevent our customers from unwittingly undertaking Share-A-Load transactions,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications. She noted that even with widespread communication efforts, some customers are still unaware that by adding the number “2” before the 10-digit mobile number of the recipient, they are actually doing a Share-A-Load transaction.

Last month, Globe reduced the amount of Share-A-Load transaction to a maximum of P150 for prepaid customers and P300 for postpaid customers to counter text scams asking for P500 Share-A-Load transactions. Text scam messages are varying everyday using spiels like rewards, loyalty, MSF discount, roaming and bill overcharge, waiver of charges, refunds, etc.

Crisanto also urged Globe customers to immediately report thru http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam and provide all the details required. Numbers that are reported as source of text scams will be immediately blocked from the network.  Following the telecommunication company’s intensified efforts to combat text spams and text scams early this year, the number of reports using the website has reached over 42,000 since it was created in June 2014.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

JETT MATELA | Mister of the Philippines 2014

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 4:01 AM

JETT MATELA


23 years old 
Hobbies: basketball, going to the gym 
Talent: Singing Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
Occupation: Review Assistant at Mindsnest Review Center

Jett Matela, Davao’s representative to Mr. Philippines 2014, gears up for the upcoming pageant with optimism and confidence.
Many people say Jett is “the boy of every lady’s dream”. And he’s about to prove that right. With titles Mr. Nursing 2010 (Davao Medical School Foundation) and Mr. Davao for Misters of the Philippines 2014, he also forwards his advocacy, health and fairness in the nursing profession, as he is currently the in-house counsellor of top Davao Nursing Review Center, Mind’s Nest.  His previous outreach programs include sponsored mass circumcision (Operation Tuli) and medical missions in nearby provinces.
During his free time, he plays basketball, follows current events, and supports nursing- and health-related advocacies.
“I am truly grateful for the support my city has showed me, and the nearby cities. Indeed, the Davao Pride is too staunch to put out. My victory is also the city’s, and with so much inspiration, hence, I will make the best use of this representation”, shares Jett.

Good luck Jett! Davao is right behind you!
To support Jett Matela, Davao representative for Mr. Philippines 2014, kindly click this link: http://www.mistersofthephilippines.com/davao-city---jett-matela.html or text M9 and send to 8933.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Discover a Wonderful World at the Philippines' 1st Digital Lifestyle Expo

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:55 AM
Globe is inviting all netizens to see for yourself and spend a fun and exciting day full of surprise celebrities, fun booths, freebies, latest gadgets, apps at the first digital lifestyle expo happening on Saturday, August 23 at the Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall from 11am to 10pm hosted by the leading digital innovator Globe. 

The Wonderful World with Globe: Philippine Digital Lifestyle Expo will be featuring latest technology trends. 

The event is open to the public where they can take part and enjoy the fun booths, interactive activities and games, exciting prizes and freebies and surprise celebrity guests. 

All these and more are lined-up for the netizens in attendance as they embrace a wonderful digital lifestyle powered by Globe. 

If you have nothing to do on this particular day, head on to SM Megamall and celebrate a Wonderful World with Globe.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Globe Telecom is now PH's fastest internet service provider-Open Signal

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:27 AM
Wonderful news from Globe!

According to a site which crowdsources cell phone signal strength called OpenSignal (www.opensignal.com), Globe Telecom, provides the fastest internet service in the Philippines. 

Imagine, Globe comes out on top in terms of upload and download speeds.
Based on the download statistics from the Philippines in OpenSignal showed that Globe’s downlink speed in 10 selected cities in the country averaged 2.40 Mbps, much faster than competitions’ average downlink speed of 1.21 Mbps and 0.84 Mbps, respectively. 

These cities include Manila, Quezon, Caloocan, Davao, Cebu, General Santos, Taguig, Pasig, Antipolo and Zamboanga.


Latest screenshot of Opensignal (http://opensignal.com) as of August 6, 2014, 3pm.
Similarly, upload statistics from OpenSignal showed that Globe’s average uplink speed of 1.37 Mbps in those ten cities outperforms the average upload speed of the competitors, which are 0.98 Mbps and 0.42 Mbps, respectively.

"These findings reflect the superior network quality and performance that we aimed for through our modernization initiative. We will continue to optimize our already modernized network in line with our commitment of further advancing our network infrastructure to enable us to stay ahead of our customers’ growing demand for bandwidth," Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said in a statement. 

Globe is the first telecommunications company in the Philippines to achieve 100% 3G coverage, allowing more than 43 million customers to enjoy high-speed wireless internet on mobile devices. 

By the end of the third quarter, Globe expects to equip its network with an even faster and more advanced 4G infrastructure using the HSPA+ technology.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Globe drive for spam-free network gaining ground

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 10:32 AM
Hello Everyone!

I'd like to share some good news to fellow Globe users how Globe is working hard to become a wonderful, spam-free network.

Its campaign against text spam and scams as of April this year, Globe has been able to block  995 mobile numbers. This is 33% higher than the total mobile numbers blocked from the network for the whole of 2013.

“We would like to appeal to our customers to continue partnering with us in this endeavor by reporting mobile numbers used in sending annoying text spams through various Globe channels so that appropriate measures could be undertaken. As part of the company’s thrust to provide a wonderful customer experience, Globe will continue to pursue this campaign so that our network will not be used for illegal uactivities such as text spam and text scam,” Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said.

In June, Globe amplified its campaign against text spamming by providing a way for its subsribers to report the mobile numbers that send spam and scam messages.

Globe has made possible for customers to report text spams and text scams details alike
through a dedicated web page (www.globe.com.ph/stopspam), chat (www.chat.globe.com.ph), a Globe Contact Form (www.globe.com.ph/talk2Globenow), and @Talk2GLOBE on Twitter. To report a spammer/scammer, you may provide the number, the exact message, and time and the date the text was received.

Customers simply have to go to http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam and provide all the details required. Numbers that are reported for the first time as the source of text spams are sent warnings.  If the same numbers are reported for the second time due to text spams, these are immediately blocked from the network.

Aside from deactivating mobile numbers used in sending text spams, Globe has been actively reporting spamming cases to the NTC.  Globe has asked assistance from the National Telecommunications Commission to impose sanctions against spammers through fines and penalties for sending unsolicited texts to Globe subscribers. 

Globe has put in place other channels by which customers may report spam or scam messages: Customers who receive irritating text spam and text scam messages may also report via the Globe website through Talk2Globe Chat (http://chat.globe.com.ph); send a message through Globe Contact Form (http://globe.com.ph/talk2Globenow) and by tweeting @Talk2GLOBE on Twitter. Subscribers can put in the number, the exact message, and the time and date the text spam was received.

Aside from the Globe channels, customers can also keep themselves from getting text spams through their own devices. iOS users may block unwanted numbers by opening the message, clicking the Contact button at the right hand corner, clicking the "i" next to the number they wish to block. They can then scroll down to the bottom of the page where they will see the option "Block this caller" and then click to confirm. For Android users, subscribers may block spam through their gadget's filtering settings: Go to Settings, press the Spam Message Settings, click "Add to Spam Numbers" and add spammers' numbers. They may also choose to actively block by inputting commonly used spam phrases and adding it to the "Add to Spam Phrases" list.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Globe pushes for paperless billing with Samsung Galaxy S5 promo

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 9:10 AM
Sign up for Globe paperless billing from July 10 to August 9, 2014 for chance to win a Samsumg S5! 

Sign up for Paperless billing from July 10 to August 9,2014 for a chance to win one of the three Samsung Galaxy S5 16gb! 

Experience convenience once enrolled to Paperless Billing: 
• View your bills online anytime, anywhere 
• Receive your bills sooner 
• Easily download and save your bills in your computer 
• Eliminate paper clutter as your bills will be sent via email and text 
• Know that your billing information is secure because your bill is password protected 
• Help the environment by saving trees and energy used for printing.

Your Globe billing is secured, your the only person that can open it. 

 “We want to give everyone a wonderful experience in the delivery of billing statements. With electronic billing, our customers can receive their bills faster, on time, and more conveniently and secure. At the same, we are giving them an opportunity to do their share for the environment,” said Chris Lipman, Senior Advisor, Globe Customer Experience Management. 

According to PayItGreen.org, a collaborative initiative between financial institutions, financial industry service providers, and businesses of all sizes, reducing paper usage “not only preserves forestland, but it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of resources from the manufacture, transportation and disposal of all those little slips of paper.” The promo is open to all Globe Postpaid, Tattoo Postpaid and Tattoo Home Broadband customers nationwide who are currently receiving hard copy of bills via courier. Customers may enroll through the following: 

 · *143# quick-service menu: Dial *143#, then select My Account > More > Enroll in Paperless Billing 
· Globe website: Visit www.globe.com.ph/gogreen and follow the on-screen instructions · MyAccount: Log in to MyAccount at accounts.globe.com.ph and click the link for enrolling in Paperless Billing. 
· For iOS and Android Phones: Download the GServices app for free and enroll in Paperless Billing using the app.

 All enrolment to Paperless Billing will be collected daily from the different channels and will be consolidated to identify valid raffle entries. The raffle draw will be done electronically using an online randomizer. Winners will be based on the account owner of the postpaid subscription. Draw schedule is on August 21, 2014, 4:00 PM. Winners will be notified by a call, SMS and registered mail from an authorized Globe Telecom representative. 

 Globe continues to integrate sustainability in its core operations in recognition of the impact of environmental and social issues concerns on both the local and global economy.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ASUS Launches First ROG Experience Zone in Davao

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 7:45 PM

Manila, Philippines (1st August, 2014) —For many years, ASUS continues to innovate technology and now to put on a greater emphasis on PC Gaming, as a result, the Republic Of Gamers (ROG) was founded in 2006 to highlight the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers. For the first time, end-users can experience the new ROG Gaming Laptops in ASUS Concept store located at Cyberzone SM Lanang.
5 years of ROG
The development of the ROG is based not just on the technology itself, but also on the needs and wants of its end-users. As the R&D engineers of ASUS consists of hardcore hardware fans, they are constantly thinking about how they can come up with the products that over clockers and PC gamers really need. They set out to design an ultimate motherboard for notebooks; one with features never before seen by the world.




The Gaming experience, redefined by ROG
As a hardware vendor that is in tune with the pulse of PC gamers needs and wants, ASUS is in sync with the industry. With the ASUS ROG brand, we take an active part in the global gaming community, helping develop the industry by sponsoring popular events such as QuakeCon, Dreamhack, BlizzCon and locally, Davao CyberExpo and Pinoy Gaming Festival. As a result of our dedication to the gaming industry, renowned game publisher Blizzard has selected ASUS as the official hardware sponsor for two consecutive years. ASUS is proud to be an integral part of the industry and community, and will continue to provide the latest hardware to enhance the gaming experience.
The New ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) G550JK Gaming Notebook now available in the Philippines
The new G550JK is ROG’s latest 15.6 inch gaming notebook, featuring a slim, aluminum design and ROG-gamer looks. Featuring a brilliant Full HD IPS display, with wide 178-degree viewing angles and anti-glare coating for comfort during long gaming sessions, while ASUS’ Color Gamut Management gives accurate and lifelike colors, so it’s great for professional or prosumer applications too.
Maximize your gaming experience
Equipped with Intel® 4th-gen Core™ i7 processors NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX800 Series with TurboMaster Technology with a built-in GPU software that lets you tweak the GPU and gives you long-term stable 5% overclocking experience. Sound is provided by ASUS SonicMaster Premium, incorporating ICEpower® – a Bang & Olufsen technology – the external SonicMaster subwoofer and ROG AudioWizard software. Together the trio gives a great aural experience that mixes booming bass with tuned speakers inside the G550JK.


Mobility meets performance
Like a hybrid car seamlessly transitions from gas to electric, NVIDIA Optimus technology automatically optimizes your computing experience to give you longer battery life and amazing visuals without having to manually change settings. It is also equipped with the GeForce GTX graphics exclusive TXAA, antialiasing technology brings movie quality to games with higher in-game detail for extra-sharp image quality.
Styled to win
The sleek and muscular low-profile aluminum lines of G550JK are enhanced by the signature ROG color scheme of matte black with fine red diamond-cut detailing. The subtle illuminated ROG logo on the lid adds a touch of exclusivity and makes sure opponents know exactly what they’re up against. Just as cool is the red backlight on the seamless one-piece chiclet keyboard, making it easy on the eyes when gaming in darkened environments. Portability is maximized with just 27mm at the thickest point. With bundle gifts which include gaming mouse, backpack and external subwoofer, the G550JK can go anywhere, and win everywhere.





Specifications
Model Name
G550JK-CN322H
Processors
Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor
Chipset
Mobile Intel® HM86 Chipset
Operating System
WIN8.1/WIN8.1 Professional
Memory
DDR3 1600 MHz up to 16GB
Display
15.6” AG FHD LED backlight (1920 x 1080)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 850M with 4GB DDR5 VRAM
Storage
2.5” SATA 750GB (7200 rpm)
Optical Drive
DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray Combo / Blu-ray writer
Camera
Built-in HD camera and array mic
Dimension and Weight
38.3(W) x 25.5(D) x 2.77 (H) cm, 2.5 Kg (for 4-cell Battery)
Bundle Gifts
·         Gaming Mouse
·         External Subwoofer
·         Gaming Backpack

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The New ASUS G550JK is available for 69,995 at our authorized resellers (Columbia, Davao Future Bright, Digital Interface and Blinque) on first week of August.

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About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.






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