Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jollibee back-to-school toys make learning more fun and exciting

This June, young kids can have more fun while learning new things and doing school work as they go through enjoyable adventures with Jollibee and friends—their Jollibee School Pals.

Available with every Jolly Kiddie Meal, the Jollibee School Pals is a set of back-to-school toys, each with different functions, that enable kids to be more creative at home and inside the classroom.

Young students can use the Jollibee Sharpener to keep their pencils from getting dull as they watch Jollibee spin around. With the Hetty Tape Dispenser, they can make Hetty turn as they pull strips of adhesive tape for their school projects.

With the Popo Stamper, kids can watch Popo dribble the ball while they creatively decorate their projects. They can also use the Twirlie Notepad to write messages to their classmates by simply opening the base to get the notepad. After, they can pull the lever at the back to see Twirlie’s hands move with excitement.

Drawing lines and shapes is more fun with the Yum Multi-Tools. Kids just need to poke the opening at the bottom of the base to get the ruler, stencil, and paper clips. They can also turn the gear to watch Yum spin around.

Assemble your kid’s Jollibee School Pals in time for the opening of classes with every purchase of a Jolly Kiddie Meal: Yum Burger Meal at P97, Jolly Spaghetti Meal at P100 or 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal at P127, each with its own Jolly Joy Box.

Hurry, complete the entire Jollibee School Pals set, available until June 30. Head over to the nearest Jollibee branch to collect all five toys that can help make school more fun for kids!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2018 begins; P1 million grand prize at stake

The country’s largest micro financial services company, Cebuana Lhuillier, has formally opened this year’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy. The competition celebrates the Filipinos’ indomitable spirit of resilience and positivity and gives honor and recognition to outstanding Filipinos that best represent these values.

“Cebuana Lhuillier has always believed that Filipinos are one of the most resilient people in the world. We have always faced life’s challenges with optimism, faith, and a can-do attitude—and we believe that this should be recognized and encouraged at all times. We have been celebrating this culture of happiness and resilience through the Search for the Happiest Pinoy since 2009,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, president, and CEO of PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies.

In the 41st Annual Global End of Year Survey of Gallup International (.gallup-international), the Philippines ranked third among the happiest countries in the world. The survey revealed that Filipinos exude a positive outlook in life in spite of economic uncertainties and financial upheavals.

The 2018 Search for the Happiest Pinoy will be the most inclusive in its ten-year history since it now covers ten categories: youth, senior citizens, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), lingkod bayan, professionals,manggagawang Pinoy, entrepreneurs, employees, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

Cebuana Lhuillier and a panel of judges representing the academe and the business community, as well as past Happiest Pinoy winners will pick a finalist from each category. The new Happiest Pinoy will be selected from the roster of 10 category winners.

This year, the country’s happiest competition requires no third-party nomination. To join, interested individuals must first choose a category that best applies to them and answer the application form via SMS by texting their full name, birthdate, and category code to (0920) 958-2455 (Smart/Talk ‘N Text), (0917) 878-2453 (Globe/TM), or (0932) 842-8562 (Sun); via online by logging on at www.happiestpinoy/register.aspx; or dropping their application form in any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s 2,200 branches nationwide.

The grand winner of 2018 Search for the Happiest Pinoy will take home P1 million tax-free while category winners will win P50,000 each. The winner will also join an exclusive group of Filipinos composed of 2009 Happiest Pinoy winner Winston Maxino, 2012 Happiest Pinoy winner Rommel Arellano, and 2015 Happiest Pinoy winner Richardson Navor.

For more information on the Search, visit happiest-pinoy or follow Happiest Pinoy on Facebook.

Happiest Pinoy. Cebuana Lhuillier has launched the fourth edition of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy, introducing ten new categories to enable resilient, optimistic and hopeful Filipinos from all walks of life to join the year-long search which promises a total of P1.5 million in cash prizes to the country's happiest Pinoys. Photo shows P.J. Lhuillier, Inc. (standing, from left) First vice president and IMC group head Michael Sena, president and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, senior executive vice president Philippe Andre Lhuillier, and First vice president for Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Foundation, and Business Solutions Jonathan Batangan. Joining them are 2015 Happiest Pinoy Richardson Navor and 2012 Happiest Pinoy Rommel Arellano.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

RCBC creates first-of-its-kind ‘ePiso’ Digital Cash

  • Margarita Lopez - Digital Banking and Operations Head, RCBC
  • Ana Luisa Lim - Chief Compliance Officer, RCBC
  • Melchor Plabasan - Deputy Director and Head of Core Information Technology Specialist Group, BSP
  • John Thomas Deveras, Asset Management and Remedial Head, RCBC
  • Mary Ann Cube - Central Point of Contact Department IV Officer-In-Charge, BSP
  • Ma. Belinda Caraan - Supervision and Examination Officer-In-Charge, BSP
  • Helen Dee - Chairperson, RCBC
  • Gil Buenaventura - President, RCBC
  • Florentino Madonza - Controllership Head, RCBC
  • Jonathan Lumain - Chief Technology Officer, RCBC

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has partnered with eCurrency Mint Limited to launch its digital money, RCBC ePiso. A first-of-its-kind digital cash in the country, the ePiso is a digitized Philippine peso that enables secure, affordable, fast and efficient mode of mobile payment that provides consumers and businesses an innovative payment solution revolutionizing day-to-day commerce.

The creation of the Digital Secured Stored Value supply has started the transformation of our Philippine peso into a digital fiat currency. The supply creation was led by RCBC President Gil Buenaventura, Asset Management and Remedial Head John Thomas Deveras, Chief Compliance Officer Ana Luisa Lim, Digital Banking Head Margarita Lopez, Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Lumain and Controllership Head Florentino Madonza, in the presence of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Director and Head of Core Information Technology Specialist Group Melchor Plabasan, Supervision and Examination Officer-In-Charge Ma. Belinda Caraan, and Central Point of Contact Department IV Officer-In-Charge Mary Ann Cube. RCBC’s ePiso is piloted under a regulatory sandbox initiative regulatory initiative with the BSP.

Digitized peso for every Filipino

The RCBC ePiso is Philippine pesos that are securely digitized so it will not be lost, stolen or counterfeited, unlike physical bills and coins which are prone to security risks and fraud. Everyone can have their money secured easily by going to the nearest partner merchant to convert physical pesos and coins to ePiso.

The ePiso is placed in a Mobile Wallet, a smartphone app which can be downloaded through Google Play, and will soon be available through the Apple Store.

Making life convenient and comfortable

The digitization of the peso aims to help Filipinos have easier access to financial services no matter where they are. Acquiring digital cash is very easy as users only need to go to sari-sari stores and accredited partners to convert their hard cash to “ePiso” digital cash for free.

Through the mobile wallet, users can buy goods at partner retailers, pay bills, or send money to other ePiso users without the risk of theft or be misplacing their money. With the mobile wallet, the ePiso is secured with password protection, on top of digital security layers, so the account owner is the only one who has access to his money. With ePiso, consumers can safely carry digital currency with them anywhere they go and have access to it anytime they want.

Digital payment solution for businesses

The RCBC ePiso model is also very flexible. It can be used for a faster exchange of payments for businesses, big and small alike. RCBC ePiso can be also be used to save on disbursement, transportation, collection and sending payment costs. Essentially, the objective of RCBC is to make the business process cheaper so that goods and services can be delivered to every Filipino faster and at less cost.

The creation of the ePiso supply is a testament to RCBC’s commitment to uplift the lives of Filipinos using digital technologies so they can reap the benefits of access to financial services and enjoy a convenient and comfortable lifestyle.

About eCurrency

eCurrency Mint Limited (eCurrency) enables central banks to securely and efficiently issue digital fiat currency to operate alongside notes and coins. eCurrency has pioneered the world’s first end-to-end solution for digital fiat currency issuance and circulation. The technology combines hardware, software, and cryptographic security protocols to provide central banks the tools they need to preserve their charter and doctrine as the sole issuer of the national currency in an increasingly digital economy. By enabling more secure and efficient digital transactions, eCurrency supports the huge economic opportunities presented by the global shift to digital payments, including increased transaction efficiency, financial inclusion, and economic growth.

About RCBC

The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) is the financial flagship company of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC). As one of the largest private universal banks in the country, RCBC is able to provide a wide scale of services through its thrift bank, an investment bank, foreign exchange brokerage house, leasing company, and overseas remittance companies. For more information on RCBC, visit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MOA Arena launches May with a star-studded line-up of acts

This summer, countless wide-eyed fans came for an experience of a lifetime with their favorite artists at the Mall of Asia Arena. The venue had one of its most jam-packed weeks of the year with back-to-back sold-out shows from some of the world’s biggest acts.

On April 28, passionate K-pop fans of EXO filled-up the Arena during the Elyxion concert, the 4th installment of the superstar group’s world tour. The multi-awarded K-pop band held a show complete with laser beams, a stylish bar, and light effects that matched their songs perfectly. With fans like EXO-Ls, the show took a mesmerizing turn as the audience made an ocean of silver with their light sticks moving to the beats of the band. 

After his last concert with One Direction in 2015, May 1 saw the return of Harry Styles to the Philippines with his first solo tour. Harry did not disappoint as he serenaded his fans with a powerful performance.

“I only have one job here, and that is to entertain all of you,” said Styles as he rocked the Arena with hits “Sign of the Times” and “Only Angel” from his self-titled album.

Just a day after Harry’s show, the Arena was again filled with eager fans for another world-renowned performer: Bruno Mars.

The concert kicked off with a bang, as award-winning dance crew Jabawockeez took to the stage, and segued to Bruno Mars and his band, the Hooligans. The Grammy Award-winning artist brought the house down as he started off with his chart-topping hits “Finesse” and “24K Magic”.

The 2-day concert attracted Bruno Mars fans including local celebrities Vicky Belo, Vice Ganda, Ogie Alcasid, Luis Manzano, Jessy Mendiola, Carmina Villaroel, power couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Maxene Magalona. Some of the celebrities came with their families and friends.

The 24K Magic Tour Manila came to a close with Bruno dedicating “Just The Way You Are” to his beloved Filipino fans. Truly a tour to remember, his performance showered the crowd with gold confetti that matched his eclectic energy on stage.

May marks the anniversary of the Mall of Asia Arena, which launched its first show in 2012, with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Tour. As Manila is currently a hot scene for world-renowned acts, the venue takes pride in continuously being a host to many live shows. True to the vision of the SM Group to bring quality entertainment to the Philippines, the Arena has now become a valuable partner to the nation’s top promoters and organizers who repeatedly chooses the Mall of Asia Arena as an avenue for their events.

Apart from catering to various audiences, the Arena is also home to corporate brands - with partners like PLDT, Globe, Unilever, Solaire, LBC, Tanduay, Meralco, Powerstroke, ABS-CBN, 8990 Holdings, Belle Corporation and newly-boarded partners Peerless Products Manufacturing Corporation and Oriental Group Entertainment and Leisure, enjoying the venue’s shows, amenities, and advertising assets on a yearly basis.

In the coming months, more anticipated events will happen at the Arena such as the PBA and UAAP finals, and concerts by popular artists like Niall Horan, Sam Smith, Paramore, Wanna One, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, and Celine Dion.

To keep updated on the Mall of Asia Arena announcements, visit or follow the official social media accounts at @moaarena.


SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI is the lifestyle and entertainment company of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in events, movies, and leisure. The company has now grown major brands, which include the Mall of Asia Arena, SM Tickets, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, SM Skating Rink, SM Bowling and Leisure Center, Snack Time, and SM Cinema. SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ka-Cebuana Stories: The Priceless Value of Pawning

During times of need, it pays to have a friend to turn to for help. After all, even the best ones fall on hard times and setbacks are inevitable in life. For Gloria Fontanilla of La Union, Betty Mallon Talavera of Iloilo, and Lordini Yupano of Aklan, help came in the form of pawning, a practice that provided assistance all three women greatly needed at several points of their lives. Whether it’s to help finance a livelihood or to afford basic needs, giving up valuables for instant cash has proven to be a worthwhile financing solution for many Filipinos.

Although single, Gloria took it upon herself to help her sister’s children finish school. All four of her nephews and nieces were attending college at the same time so the expenses came in lumps and there were times when her budget would fall short. During these instances, she had to pawn her jewelry in order to produce money. For her, it was worth it because she knows the value of education.
“Mahalaga yung mga na-isanla ko pero mas mahalaga yung pag-aaral nila. Ayokong mahinto kaya nagsanla muna ako,” said Gloria about her decision to pawn her items for her loved ones.
Aside from the tuition fees of her nieces and nephews, Gloria also resorted to pawning to fund her businesses. An Agriculture graduate, she maintains a small piggery, which she started in 1985. She is also a seamstress just like her mother.
At 59 years old, Gloria has the choice to support only herself, but she chooses to extend assistance to loved ones instead. When times are tough and she herself needs some assistance, she is glad that she has someone to rely on.
“Nakatulong talaga ang Cebuana. Malaking tulong’ yan sa amin ng mga pamangkin ko. Kung walang Cebuana, wala akong ibang matatakbuhan. Yun lang ang alam ko. Cebuana lang talaga,”she said.

Meanwhile, in Molo, Iloilo, Betty has her own story of sacrifice. With eight children to support, she cannot emphasize enough the importance of hard work and perseverance. As Betty juggled household chores and her job in a salon, her husband was plying the streets as a jeepney driver to support their family. Both of them had dreams for their children so they did all the hard work that it took to give their children quality education.
Eventually, their sacrifices paid off and all eight of their children finished college and became respectable professionals; a seaman, an engineer, a nurse, an automotive specialist, a call center agent, two managers at the Dubai Duty-Free office, while one holds a key position in a local telecommunications company.
For Betty, all the success that their family achieved would not be possible without the help that they were given. When asked what she has learned from all the struggles they went through, she emphasized that God must be the center of the family and that it is important to pay it forward.

“Dapat humble ka at dapat tumutulong ka sa iba. At kahit ano man ang mangyari, kailangan pamilya ang nauuna,” she said.
Aside from relatives and friends, Betty has also sought the assistance of Cebuana Lhuillier when they were in need. She tells that when she was younger, she managed to collect some jewelry which came in handy when she already had her own family. Through pawning, she was able to pay her dues when she was strapped for cash. Now with five grandchildren, she realizes that giving up these items was well worth the rewards.


At the young age of 14, Lordini, who hails from Aklan, had to step up and take on the responsibilities of her father when he passed away. As the eldest of a brood of seven, she had to put aside her own studies and prioritize the education and needs of her siblings.
Lordini had to find different ways to make money in order to keep her siblings in school. Although uncertain about her chances of achieving anything, she eventually decided to try her luck in Manila where she worked as a maid, as a saleslady, and a street vendor. No matter how difficult, she was able to sustain the education of her six brothers and sisters until they finished college, not minding that she herself was not able to continue her studies after high school.
Whenever she had enough money, Lordini would reward herself with some jewelry. This was at a time when she was much younger and gold was less expensive. Little did she know that, as she would later become a single mother of two, such acquisitions would help her through some financial difficulties.
“Nakahiligan ko mag-ipon ng alahas na nakatulong talaga noong nagipit ako at nagsanla. Tsaka ko nalaman na sobrang lumaki na pala ang halaga ng mga na-ipundar ko. Kaya noong nalaman ko ang kalakaran sa pagsasanla, ginagawa ko na sya at sa Cebuana ako kumakapit dahil nakagaanan ko na ng loob ang mga tao sa branch at panatag ako na hindi mababawasan ang alahas ko dahil naka-seal sa plastic at pinpipirmahan sa akin kaya safe,” she said.
With her penchant for jewelry and having discovered the benefits of pawning, Lordini became an alajera and now has her own jewelry business, which has been her primary source of income. She still continues to pawn for the needs of her business and for the education of her two children who are in third-year college and grade 7th.
Aside from having been able to support the studies of her six siblings, the savvy 39-year old is proud to now have her own home. “Hindi ako nakapagtapos pero proud ako na napagtapos ko ang mga kapatid ko. Tinandaan ko yung bilin ng ama ko na huwag ko pababayaan ang pamilya namin. At meron na rin akong lupa at bahay na na-achieve ko rin dahil na rin sa Cebuana. Sobrang sakripisyo ang dinanas ko para matupad 'yun. May mga beses na nag-instant noodles ako para lang makatipid. Pero maganda ang naging balik ng lahat ng mga paghihirap ko,” she said.

Three women with three different stories of strength, compassion, and success. Gloria, Betty, and Lordini represent many of the Filipinos have to make countless sacrifices in order to surpass life’s challenges and put other people’s well-being before their own. Success comes in different forms and interpretations, and for these three women, its true essence is being able to share blessings and achievements with others—be it a sibling, a nephew, or a daughter.

Ka-Cebuana Stories is a series of articles featuring Cebuana Lhuillier clients and stakeholders in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary.

A Triple Treat: GetGo and partners celebrate three years of free flights

GetGo, Cebu Pacific’s most rewarding lifestyle program, gathered its partners for a night of celebrating three years of bringing people to many new destinations and providing unforgettable experiences.

For its third anniversary, GetGo organized A Triple Treat: 3rd Anniversary & Partners Night to honor its partners who make GetGo member’s daily expenses rewarding with the gift of points for free flights. Guests were treated to a sweet and surprising evening full of prizes, fun entertainment, and socials that strengthened relationships and reassured closer partnerships to enable more worthwhile travel experiences for Filipinos.
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GetGo prepared special awards and prizes to recognize its loyal partners who helped Filipinos live a rewarding lifestyle of travel.

“Three years ago, we set out to create a lifestyle rewards program that would be a first in the Philippines. We started with only 19 employees with a goal of getting 1 million members,” shares Nik Laming, Cebu Pacific’s Loyalty Division General Manager. “Now, we have over 3 million members and 38 lifestyle partners for which we are thankful for.”

Moving forward with the objective to make flying within everyone’s reach, GetGo promises to continuously look for ways for Filipinos to earn points and make the redemption process easier. Plans are also underway for a mobile app that will enable digital-savvy consumers to conveniently collect and gather their rewards points.

“Redemptions are through the roof in the last twelve months because we have been releasing seats at lower prices to people loyal to the program. It is there for a privilege and for a benefit because of all of you,” said Mike Szucs, Cebu Pacific’s Chief Executive Adviser. “From everyday transactions and interactions with the partners, every single point matters and that’s how we are able to make flights available for many people.”

The celebration also recognized the different program partners who have transformed the way Filipinos travel locally and internationally. Special awards were given to the leading banks, online travel agencies, hotels, resorts, services, and retail establishments who made exceptional efforts to enable more people to fly for free.

Making the night more memorable, GetGo gave back to its loyal partners by raffling off exciting items and almost 50,000 GetGo points for round-trip flights.

Indeed, GetGo has inspired many Filipinos to lead a thrilling lifestyle of travel as it has turned everyday spending into a rewarding experience. On its 3rd year, GetGo will continue to push its boundaries to give Filipinos the gift of free flights and life-changing experiences.

For more information on memberships and partners, visit Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH's official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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