SHAREit overtakes Instagram among top downloaded apps in the Philippines 

MANILA, Philippines – As digital transformation gathered pace during the pandemic, SHAREit’s growth trajectory has continued to accelerate globally. SHAREit is a one-stop content application that has grown to become one of the world’s leading online and offline platforms, providing digital users with gaming, content streaming, and file-sharing capabilities.

SHAREit is ranked eighth most downloaded mobile application in the Philippines and sixth by monthly active users, according to “AppAnnie’s The State of Mobile 2021 Report”. In 2020, SHAREit was also recognized as the world’s fastest-growing media-publisher, ranking number one in the H1 ‘2020 Edition XI of AppsFlyer Performance Index. The platform recorded a growth rate of 160% in in-app installs between January and June 2020.

SHAREit’s global success is founded on its loyal user base of 1.8 billion users worldwide, and its strong presence in over 200 countries. Of SHAREit’s 500 million monthly active users, 125 million users are in Southeast Asia.

Exceptional Growth

Adapting to digital transformation has been a key driver given the restrictions posed by the ongoing pandemic. Such transformation has included the switch to online learning and the increased reliance on digital platforms used for almost everything – from conducting business to paying bills and buying groceries. In this environment, the demand for digital content and entertainment has grown rapidly as people continue to be confined to their homes for prolonged periods.

In the Philippines, SHAREit has experienced exceptional growth. The application has seen a 15% month on month increase in daily active users since the lockdown began last March, and now has close to 40 million monthly active users in the Philippines, surpassing leading apps like Viber and Spotify. This increase in usage can be attributed to SHAREit’s unique strengths firstly as a one-stop app for content discovery,  entertainment and peer-to-peer file sharing, and secondly, as a platform that users can enjoy both offline and online. Coming from an offline social network, SHAREit helps the transition from offline to online among its users, enabling app developers to reach both existing and potential new users – even those on patchy internet networks.

Philippines Expansion

SHAREit has significantly grown its Philippines presence in the past year. To leverage the potential offered by this vibrant digital market, it has set up a local office in Manila with a full team spearheaded by its regional lead, Lisa Dominguez. SHAREit’s Philippines team is focused on driving growth for local businesses and allowing brands to capitalize on SHAREit’s massive reach while adapting to the unique preferences and demands of its user base in the Philippines.

Two local brands that have already benefited from partnering with SHAREit include fintech leader GCash and social live-streaming platform, Kumu. Through its performance marketing solutions, SHAREit has helped GCash onboard new users nationwide from key cities and remote areas. SHAREit has also increased visibility and user engagement for Kumu, which, since launching 18 months ago now dominates the country’s social live-streaming space.

“We are very excited about SHAREit’s growth in the Philippines. Our local team is keen to build on this success and establish an even greater presence as the country rides this wave of digital transformation and increased connectivity. Our plans now are to continue to refine the app’s user experience, and to invest in solutions that help local brands scale their user base and digital reach through exposure on the SHAREit app,” said Dominguez.

As the Philippines emerges from the economic and social effects of the pandemic, SHAREit’s agility and unwavering focus on meeting its users’ content discovery and sharing needs will enable it to continue this remarkable growth story. SHAREit looks forward to helping its Philippines users and local partners alike adapt and thrive in this new digital landscape.  

12.12 OPPO Deals on Shopee and Lazada

OPPO Greets you with a Joy-full 12.12 Online Sale Packed With Up To 63% Discount, PHP2.5M Worth of Gifts, and More! 

Enjoy exclusive #OPPOJoyFullSale offers and freebies during the special 12.12 sale on Shopee and Lazada starting from December 12-14

Holidays are about to get even more joy-full with the much-awaited, biggest online sale, the 12.12 Grand Christmas Sale via Shopee and Lazada. Get ready to save up to 63% off on your favorite OPPO including the latest Reno4, A92, A53, and A12. Adding a cherry on top, everyone gets a chance to win a total of PHP500K worth of amazing prizes, snag up to PHP2.5M worth of gifts and score premium bundles for all OPPO products. 

Additionally, get a chance to become the random lucky buyer to get exciting prizes on any of your OPPO purchases across all OPPO platforms. The first customer in Lazada will get Rock Space O1 Bluetooth Headphones, the 12th customer will get Rock Space EB 60 Wireless Earbuds, while the 1,212th will get Rock Space Rock Lava Y10 Bluetooth Headphones. Not only that, the first, 12th and 1,212th customers in Shopee will also get Rock Space P75 Pro Mini Powerbank, Rock Space EB 60 Wireless Earbuds, and Rock Space Rock Lava Y10 Bluetooth Headphones respectively.

#FindTheJoy at the Joy-Full OPPO Sale

OPPO in partnership with Shopee, Lazada is keeping the Christmas spirit alive and merrier this holiday season with its exciting activities. On top of the joyful discounts, you can also win and unlock all OPPO Gift sets! By following the OPPO official Shopee and Lazada store, you can get up to a PHP500 voucher, OPPO Rock Space and Rock Lava Bluetooth earphones, and a lot more exclusive prizes. 

The gifts and freebies don’t stop there. After following OPPO’s official stores, simply buy any OPPO product, rate it 5 stars, give your honest review, and you may just win any of the OPPO Enco W31, M31, or W11! 

Celebrate and make your Christmas more joyful and creative with these non-stop gifts and prizes! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to give yourself and your loved ones more OPPO products that will suit every lifestyle such as the OPPO Enco M31 and OPPO W6 Watch which will also be at 50% for 12.12 only.

To complete your fun-filled Christmas celebration, exciting gifts and treats await you this holiday season with The Joy-full OPPO Livestream Series in partnership with Globe Studios on December 5, 12, and 19 via Facebook, Shopee and Lazada. Join your favorite stars and content creators like Mimiyuuuh, Nadine Lustre, Alex Gonzaga and many more and also get to take home exclusive bundle offers and even more freebies with your friends and family. 

To know more about the most-awaited 12.12 online sale event, visit OPPO’s official website at www.oppo.com/ph or via the official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines. Or visit OPPO official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

Garnier launches Green Beauty in the Philippines

  • The L’Oreal Group is advancing on its 2030 sustainability commitments with an end-to-end approach to sustainability that aims to reduce environmental impact in beauty retail.
  • Garnier leads the sustainability movement in the beauty sector as the first beauty brand to launch sustainable e-commerce packaging in the Philippines

Philippines, 23 October 2020 – Under the L’Oréal Group’s global sustainability targets geared towards fighting climate change, sustainable water management, respecting biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources, Garnier launches Green Beauty – an end-to-end approach to sustainability in beauty retail aimed at reducing its environmental impact at every stage of the value chain – from education, purchasing and recycling. 

“The past few months has been a very exciting journey for us at L’Oréal, as we accelerated our transformation to creating a more sustainable world for beauty, with a focus on environmental stewardship and social empowerment. Green Beauty is our springboard to get our partners, and most especially our consumers, involved in this important cause. We believe that through collective action, we can meet our bold ambitions faster, and give our consumers the information to make more sustainable choices,” said Supriya Singh, Country Managing Director of L’Oréal Philippines.

 Garnier is driving the wheel for L’Oréal’s sustainability endeavours, ensuring products contain more than 90% natural origin ingredients, certified organic product ranges, and vegan formulas. The green beauty brand will be championing sustainable eCommerce through Green Parcel, Green Spaces and Sachet Recycling with in-store retail partners and will continue to push for the empowerment of consumers through Green Education. 

Addressing eCommerce Packaging Waste with Green Parcel 

In partnership with Shopee, Sain Bags and Econest, Garnier is the first beauty brand to launch sustainable e-commerce packaging made of honeycomb, cassava starch and other biodegradable materials. Each purchase made from the official Garnier store on Shopee will be specially packed using eco-friendly sources and materials to reduce their overall packaging footprint. 

As an alternative to bubble wraps, Garnier has partnered with EcoNest Philippines for the use of the Geami honeycomb protective packaging solution. The patented 3D die cut paper is made from FSC certified virgin kraft paper with an interleaf tissue that provides excellent surface protection to prevent possible damages and abrasion when wrapping and handling parcels. The recycling rate of paper at 85.6% greatly outweighs the recycling rate of plastics at 42%. Not only will it take the honeycomb material 2-6 weeks to biodegrade in nature, but this eco-friendly alternative is also fully renewable which makes it one of the most sustainable solutions available in the market.

In partnership with SainBags, the packaging will be made from cassava that are made from cassava starch and other materials from renewable resources. It is biodegradable and compostable, leaving no toxic residues and causing no damage to our oceans, waterways, land and is harmless to animals and plants. It can safely return to nature in the form of H2O and CO2, and in turn feeds our agriculture, making it part of a truly sustainable lifecycle. It does not contain a trace of plastic, therefore, do not contribute to the micro-plastics problem and takes around 90 days to compost in soil or a body of water, as opposed to hundreds of years for a regular PE bag.  

“Our constant search for innovation and reinvention of consumer experience fuels us at Garnier to lead the change in creating a sustainable world of beauty. By assessing how we work and the key areas of our value chain where we can find more sustainable alternatives, we can create a positive impact on the environment and give our consumers a better and more holistic beauty experience,” shared Isabel Falco, Marketing Director of Garnier and L’Oréal Paris Philippines.

“We are deeply honored and excited to partner with the L’Oreal Group on this transformative journey. This is our first partnership with a brand to help further their goals on sustainability. We hope that their global thrust will kickstart a new culture of sustainability in beauty retail and e-tail that will inspire real change across industries. Shopee will provide our utmost support to make this Green Beauty campaign meaningful and successful. With the delivery of every Green Parcel, we also hope to inspire consumers in The Philippines to start thinking about how they can play a role in sustainability, and collectively raise awareness on this important issue,” said Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing of Shopee Philippines.

The growth of eCommerce has transcended consumer and industry market expectations during the first few months of lockdown in the Philippines and continues to grow in popularity. Digital consumerism has become a precedent, and with the demand for more accountability across industries, Garnier takes great responsibility in providing consumers with sustainable choices, in hopes to inspire others to act with them. 

Sustainable In-Store Experience and Recycling Initiatives 

Garnier aims to extend the sustainability experience to its retail partners and shoppers. The brand deploys hundreds of in-store modules such as product hangers and side bins every year to reduce plastic waste. With the Green Spaces initiative, Garnier has taken a sustainable approach in producing different merchandising materials and point-of-sales collaterals by using recycled and recyclable materials. These materials are found in more than 230 stores nationwide. 

Working towards incremental change in recycling habits and reducing waste, Garnier is working hand in hand with Mercury Drug and Plastic Flamingo for a sachet collection drive. Customers are encouraged to return used sachets by dropping it in Garnier stations in Mercury Drug branches in Metro Manila. Collected sachets will be recycled to build emergency houses in partnership with Plastic Flamingo 

Educating Consumers to make informed Choices with Green Education 

Committed to engaging customers, suppliers and partners in the Group’s transformation process, Garnier has taken the lead by partnering with Edukasyon PH, the largest EdTech platform for the Filipino youth, in developing modules focused on the education of sustainability, co-created for the Green Education Program. Through integrating concrete sustainability practices, Garnier aims provide a better understanding of sustainability and empower consumers to make more informed choices.

“Green Education marks the beginning of efforts to empower people with important knowledge and practices on sustainability. We will take on greater responsibility, engage our entire ecosystem and demonstrate that companies can be part of the solution to the pressing challenges the world is facing. We are looking forward to seeing more partnerships come into fruition in the next few months and be able to contribute to creating a sustainable and beautiful world for everyone,” Singh shared.

 

About L’Oréal’s sustainability commitments: we are not starting from scratch

Very early on, L’Oréal became aware of the need to respond to environmental challenges. As an industrial company, it decided that tackling the environmental impact of its plants and distribution centers was the most obvious first step, and a necessary one, to begin its transformation process. This first phase is nearly completed. 

  • Since 2005, the Group has reduced the CO2 emissions of its plants and distribution centers by 78% in absolute terms, exceeding its initial target of 60% by 2020, while production volume increased by 37% over the same period. 
  • At the end of 2019, L’Oréal had 35 carbon neutral sites (meaning they use 100% renewable energy), including 14 factories.

In 2013, L’Oréal decided to address the core of its activity: the development of beauty products, its global sustainability programme Sharing Beauty With All, announcing tangible sustainability goals towards 2020. At its core laid an innovative tool known as SPOT (for Sustainable Product Optimization Tool), made to assess and improve the environmental and social performance of products across all brands. Sustainability is now fully integrated into the design process of the Group’s new products, from the earliest stages. 

  • 85% of products created or renovated in 2019 had an improved environmental and social profile. 
  • By end of 2019, L’Oréal has helped 90,635 people from disadvantaged communities find employment through the solidarity purchasing and inclusion programs.
  • L’Oréal is the only company in the world to have achieved an “A” score in all three CDP rankings – climate protection, water management, forest preservation – for 4 years in a row.

Champions of Change: Colgate’s #SmileStrong Campaign Calls for Optimists to Take Action

In the face of natural disasters, violent conflict, poverty, and a number of deep-seated societal issues, the common Filipino’s “resilience” has constantly been held up as a shining character trait. However, a growing number of people are seeing “The Filipino Resilience” as a glorified coping mechanism, seemingly resigned to just powering through adversities with a mindset to live just to survive each day.

Optimism in Action: Giving people a reason to smile about the future

Colgate aims to reinstate the optimistic spirit behind Filipino smiles, but in such a way that galvanizes them into progressive action. Optimism in Action means people making an effort to enact positive change, tackling challenges and issues head on with a strong smile, fully believing in the bright future they aim to create. 

Everyday many people are putting their optimism in action, mostly flying under the social media radar until now: Colgate’s #SmileStrong campaign highlights and celebrates the remarkable efforts and achievements of such people, while encouraging the optimist in everyone to take action with a bright smile and win the hearts of others in the process.

#SmileStrong spotlights three exceptional individuals, or Muses, whose Optimism in Action sparked positive change among their respective communities and social spheres. Arizza Nocum, Candy Pangilinan and Brina Maxino share the same bright smile, born out of their own individual hardships and the strength they mustered to achieve what convention told them they couldn’t.

Muses of positive change

Arizza Nocum is a peace advocate, leader, and entrepreneur who co-founded KRIS, a non-profit organization promoting peace through education. Operating as libraries/educational centers for disadvantaged youth in conflict-ridden areas, KRIS is the manifestation of Arizza’s hopeful vision that people of different faiths can better understand each other through shared learning. 

Actress Candy Pangilinan is a single mom to 16-year old Quentin, who has ADHD. Candy admits to her difficult experience in raising a child with special needs, but finds that experience as rewarding as any other parent would. She wrote a book, “Mommy Dear: Our Special Love”, which details her journey on overcoming her fears and dealing with her son’s condition, and continues to challenge the stigma of being a single parent using whatever platform she can.

Brina Maxino has Down Syndrome, yet went above and beyond what was expected of her, she is now an Assistant Teacher at PEAN Integrated School and Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador for Asia-Pacific. Brina credits her bright and positive attitude to her parents, who fully believed in her abilities and shaped her convictions that her disability was not a barrier to living a normal life.

Enacting #SmileStrong initiatives through media events and activities

Colgate champions these three muses who smile through uphill battles, who challenge the status quo with a positive outlook and shape the future with their confidence.

Colgate’s #SmileStrong campaign seeks to demonstrate the inspirational power of these remarkable individuals through a series of short videos. These videos highlight how each muse’s optimism can be transformative, their smiles powered by the belief and the drive to effect meaningful change. 

“While a lot of Filipinos may just smile their troubles away, there are those who silently do what they can, with the circumstances they are dealt with, to make their lives, and lives of other people better. And they do all of these with a smile!” says Ari Mandelbaum, Marketing Director of Colgate- Palmolive Philippines. ”[The muses] live the spirit of Optimism in Action every day, each with their own unique stories and struggles, but manage to rise above their challenges to serve as inspiration to society in their own ways.” 

Join Colgate in realizing our inner optimist’s potential for constructive change, so we can all #SmileStrong and share in the joy of those victories, big or small.

To know more about this campaign and our muses, you may check out: https://www.facebook.com/ColgatePhilippines/ 

 

TECNO Mobile launched the Pouvoir 4 – a smartphone with four days lasting power

With 6000mAh extraordinary battery life, it can last up to four days straight without charging!

TECNO Mobile launched on September 17, 2020 the latest addition to its popular Pouvoir series, Pouvoir 4. True to the meaning of “pouvoir”, the smartphone comes with a powerful battery life at 6000mAh, capable of powering the smartphone for four days straight with just a single charge. In combination with the smartphone’s 32GB + 3GB for the Pouvoir 4 and 64GB + 4GB  , 128GB + 6GB for the Pouvoir 4 Pro  memory which truly delivers a smooth, glitch-free gaming experience, the Pouvoir 4 proves that it’s one of the most hardworking and performing mobile devices in the market today.

Pouvoir 4 is also equipped with a 13 megapixel (MP) artificial intelligence (AI) quad camera, two 2MP cameras and an AI lens at the rear, and an 8MP dual flash camera at the front. Its 7-inch HD+ Drop Display offers the best gaming and video viewing experience. The ‘Pouvoir-ful’ smartphone runs on TECNO Mobile’s HiOS 6.0, which is built on Android Q. 

Pouvoir 4 flaunts a premium glossy and sleek design, and is packed with a range of cool features. This includes Face Unlock, Fingerprint Sensor for optimized security, and a dedicated button on the side that launches a virtual Google Assistant at any time. 

Whether it’s for communication, entertainment, or creativity, a smartphone that is capable of keeping up with your daily activities is a must-have. For those who need to be Always Power On, Pourvoir 4 is the answer. 

The ‘Pouvoir-ful’ smartphone, with TECNO Mobile’s HiOS 6.0 built on Android Q, comes in a variety of colors, and may be purchased from partner retail stores at Php4590 for the Pouvoir 4, Php5990 and Php6990 for the Pouvoir 4 Pro. 

For more information, visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph or visit store http://bit.ly/TecnoStoresPH . Also follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook for exciting updates.

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About TECNO Mobile

TECNO Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. Upholding the brand essence of “Expect More”, TECNO is committed to giving the masses access to latest technology at accessible prices, allowing the consumers to reach beyond their current limitations and uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations across a product portfolio featuring smartphones, tablets, and feature phones. TECNO is a major global player with presence in around 60 emerging markets across the world. It is also the global Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: www.tecno-mobile.com

BDJ 2021 Planners Launch: “I Grow with the Earth”

2020 has been rough and in just 100 days (or less), It’s Christmas! 2019 was an emotionally heartbreaking year for me then we all thought 2020 would be our year but look at us now. This pandemic really took on everybody. I don’t want to say anything about 2021, we have no idea how long this pandemic may last. Hope it ends soon.

On the positive note, BDJ has launched their 2020 journals/planners and notebooks. This year’s theme is “I GROW WITH THE EARTH” – drawing inspiration from the earth’s natural landscapes, healing crystals and abundant gifts to create a life that you’ve always wanted. I personally feel it’s the year of the PLANTITAS or HALAMOM.

Anyways this year’s planner still contains: monthly worksheet guide, weekly tools, special pages – 2021 goals, mood meter,dream board, checklist, Ikigai, menstrual tracker and Perks of a Bella booklet for your discount coupons to use for 2021.

Also, for every planner bought, you get to save 750 sqm of Philippine Virgin rainforest and all the wildlife in it! Yay!

Our other faves, “Everything is Possible 2021” and “Navi Journal” got a new upgrade/look for 2021. For those always on the go, the petite planner is perfect. Since most of us are work from home, the Forget-Me-Not Meetings journal is good for taking down notes of the meeting.

To shop for your 2021 journals/ planners LINK: https://shop.ilovebdj.com

Hoping for the best for 2021, Keep safe!

You can Directly Shop your Favorite Huawei Products at the Huawei Store

Huawei Store to Open its online Shop Doors in the Philippines

Huawei Encourages Filipinos to Shop Smart, Shop Safe via its E-commerce Platform

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Manila, Philippines– Online shopping has proved to be an extraordinary lifesaver throughout the quarantine period, especially for people who would rather not step outside to buy anything beyond the bare essentials. However, browsing for products online isn’t exactly the most straightforward affair either, as the sheer number of shopping options and websites can be overwhelming.

To provide a convenient, one-stop shop solution for the Filipino’s tech needs, Huawei is launching the Huawei Store — the brand’s official online selling platform — this September 23. The Huawei Store is more than just a website featuring its signature products, too — the store offers plenty of incentive for users to do their gadget shopping there, such as exclusive rewards, sign-up privileges, and more.

Gadget shopping from the comfort of home

Safety is Huawei’s priority above all else, and the Huawei Store guarantees a worry-free experience for customers who want to browse and buy the latest from the brand. The Store will feature high-quality visuals, detailed specifications and descriptions of its extensive product catalogue, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and accessories.

The comprehensive listings on the store enables users to do all their research and comparisons without leaving the Huawei Store, thus helping them make an informed decision on the best product for their needs and go straight to checkout — all from the comfort of their own homes.

Fast delivery and secure payment options

Upon making a purchase on the Huawei Store, items will be delivered quickly and safely to the customer’s specified address. Deliveries are free as well during the Store’s promotion period. Additionally, the Store will Provide the official service same as offline stores for all products selling.

Payment options are easy and seamless as well, with the Store accepting credit cards, e-wallet like GCash, Alipay & WeChat pay, and cash on delivery (COD) for added convenience. Customers can also rest easy with their transactions, as the Store guarantees 100% secure payment gateway; just hit the buy button, sit back and wait for their item to arrive at their doorstep.

Exclusive Huawei Store perks

Buying straight from the Huawei store provides plenty of perks, chiefly the manufacturer warranty that automatically comes with every purchase of a Huawei product. However, registering for a Huawei Store account or Huawei ID gives customers access to exclusive benefits like alerts on specific product deals, seasonal promotions, flash sales, discounts, gift coupons and other exciting prizes.

In fact, in the lead up to the Store’s official virtual launch, customers can subscribe to alerts early for a chance to win the Huawei Mate XS foldable phone. This event runs from September 16-22 as a standalone promo, and then as part of a teaser sale on September 23-29. As for the teaser sale, early birds can get awesome bundles and discounts on the following products:

  • Everyday piso sale for selected products and Half price flash sale of Huawei Y5p
  • Buy the Huawei MateBook D15 (256GB) and get the Huawei MatePad T3 8.0 (worth Php 6,490) free
  • Buy the new Huawei Watch Fit and get the Huawei Band 4 (worth Php 1,390) free, as well as a sale for the Watch Fit’s exclusive Cantaloupe Orange color
  • Exclusive discounts on the Huawei Y5p, Y7, nova 7i, MatePad T8, and MateBook D14

Then from September 30 onwards, Huawei store will provide best offer ever: up to 60% off the latest Huawei Y8p is Php 4,000 off Huawei band 4 will be 60% off, Huawei Mate 30 pro, Freebuds 3i, nova 5t, nova 7i, Matepad pro, Matebook D 14 & Matebook D 15 (512 GB), Y5p, Y6p, Y7 will all enjoy this discount party. Additionally, getting the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, FreeBuds 3, and Watch GT2e as a bundle slashes Php 16,000 off the total price. Bargain hunters can still score awesome finds from the flash sales and piso deals happening everyday throughout the Store’s promotional period. 

Huawei Store exclusives also include several new and popular products from the tech brand, such as the new Huawei Y8p, the Huawei MateBook D15 (256GB) in Mystic Silver, the new Huawei Watch Fit with 500p off (includes store-exclusive orange color) from Sep 30 to Oct 10.

“The new Huawei Store provide new shopping solutions under current situation in a way that is safe and convenient for Filipinos. It’s also part of Huawei’s commitment in delivering the 1+8+N strategy of the brand, bringing more ecosystem products to more consumers.,” says Huawei Country Manager George Li. “We’ll work harder than ever to offer a seamless shopping experience at the Store, including more exciting things for customers to experience in the future.”

Adopting the mantra “Shop Smart, Shop Safe”, the Huawei Store emphasizes the incredible convenience and security its online platform offers. By giving customers a safe yet exciting way to shop for their must-have gadgets, Huawei proves once again how it can upgrade Filipino lifestyles, even from a distance.

To know more about Huawei Store, you may check out this link: https://consumer.huawei.com/ph/offer/teasing/

 

Introducing the Huawei Watch Fit

Huawei has a new addition to its wearables line to excite all fashionable fitness fans and gadget lovers in the Philippines: the Huawei Watch Fit. The Watch Fit is designed to make exercise a habit through a combination of visually-striking fitness courses, detailed workout modes and layers of health tracking features. Of course, in true Huawei tradition, the Watch Fit oozes so much style it’s a fashion statement all on its own.

The Huawei Watch Fit is the latest wearable wonder from the tech brand, following the success of the Band 4e, Watch GT2 and GT2e in the Philippine market’s fitness-conscious segments. As such, the Watch Fit is poised to take the holistic fitness experience to another level via its refined form factor and a host of cutting-edge health tracking capabilities.

Pre-order promotions and bundles

Customers can get their own Huawei Watch Fit throughout a series of promotional events (online and offline) across the second half of September to early October.

Exclusive pre-orders for the Huawei Watch Fit Graphite Black and Mint Green will be live at online stores Lazada and Shopee from September 18-22, including giveaways such as Huawei Band 4e (worth Php 1,390) and Nova speakers (worth Php 990). Final payment for pre-order will be on September 23rd. 

From September 23-29, the Watch Fit including an online exclusive color Cantaloupe Orange will be available on the Huawei Store — the brand’s official online store – featuring a Huawei Band 4e worth P1390 as freebie. Offline sales of the Watch Fit will also happen on the same dates via physical stores, including the same freebie packages.

Hurry! Freebies are on a first come first served basis! To buy the Watch Fit, you may check out these links:

Shopee: https://tinyurl.com/y4k6np3n

Lazada: https://tinyurl.com/y2sn8d8m

You may check out other store via this link: https://tinyurl.com/WatchFitPreOrder

Upgrade those workout habits in style with the Huawei Watch Fit’s scientific fitness tracking capabilities, available through Huawei’s freebie-packed promotional deals.

  

Smarter and up to 10 days long battery life

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Packing an upgraded battery and smarter power-management algorithms, the Huawei Watch Fit makes for a perfect all-day companion. With typical usage habits, the Watch Fit can last up to 10 days on the wrist, and with sports mode activated (includes all tracking sensors + GPS) it can reach 12 hours of non-stop usage. Additionally, the quick charging feature provides a whole day of use with just a five-minute top up.

12 animated fitness courses

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True to the personal trainer experience it offers, the Watch Fit features 12 animated fitness courses that accurately demonstrate correct routines and postures. These animated workout modes were designed so that they can be done virtually anywhere, even during short breaks from work. Quick strength training, abdominal exercises and other workouts are all accessible from the Watch Fit, including ‘stand up’ reminders to keep chair-bound users physically active for regular intervals.

See more with the reframed display

The Huawei Watch Fit has a 1.64-inch rectangular AMOLED display, sporting 326 ppi out of the 280×456 resolution. The expanded corners of the squared form factor enables an ultra-clear and wide viewing experience, while the customizable watch face lets users express themselves through a variety of stylish themes.

96 in-depth exercise modes

For those looking for advanced performance tracking, the Watch Fit supports 96 workout modes that include more popular ones like walking, running, cycling, and swimming, among others. 85 other modes include support for ball games, water sports, extreme sports, dancing, and more, all designed to serve whatever athletic niche the user might have. Every mode records extensive performance data such as heart rate, calories, exercise time, and more.

SpO2 detection via TruSeen 4.0

Huawei TruSeen 4.0 on the Watch Fit monitors everything from heart rate to blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) with one simple touch, letting users track how their body responds to various degrees of physical activity, even while asleep. The watch notifies the user of any irregular patterns for a more active health monitoring experience.

Improved outdoor experience with built-in GPS

The built-in GPS feature on the Watch Fit enhances outdoor exercise by accurately tracking speed, distance and elevation. Users can analyze the data recorded by the GPS to see how they’ve improved in specific metrics (like endurance) as they go through their running, hiking, cycling or swimming routines.

As such, the Watch Fit is poised to take the holistic fitness experience to another level via its refined form factor and a host of cutting-edge health tracking capabilities.

To know more about Huawei Watch Fit, please visit this link: https://consumer.huawei.com/ph/wearables/watch-fit/

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Money Saving Tips to Decorate your Home during Quarantine

This quarantine, I have done a lot of things and one of those is becoming an interior designer and buying more home decor. Here are tips on how to save money and score deals while elevating your home space.

  1. Find what you can use at home.

This is what we have taken for granted, that some things we have at home can fit our interior design aesthetic. Like the other day, I was looking for vases only for my flowers (became a flower mum too this quarantine) but then I found some of the items online that are too pricey + shipping fee. Then I realized that I have amber bottles that I purchased like the Aesop bottle (*minimalist aesthetic*) and a shampoo bottle from Watsons (I just removed the label) that matches the aesthetic that I’m going for.

2. Paint on it (Do It Yourself!)

I used to do oil painting lessons as a kid, I was bored during quarantine so I opted to get back to painting since I recently been obsessed with line art and it’s a thing now to hang paintings and tapestry. I did oil painting again after so many years, I just invested on the materials though. I plan to do more painting in the future like paint over my empty wine bottles to use as decor and more (whatever i could think of). Some online stores recycle products and paint them, then sell as home decor and I was like, I can do that!

3. If you’re not picky, ask if the seller if they have defect items

I got a great deal on a home decor product with not that much defect and scored a cheaper price. *Please ask nicely to the seller*

4. Find the supplier online.

This requires a whole lot of patience and  *luck*. I was able to find cheaper deals on Lazada and suppliers on some FB pages (There are groups on facebook). As you’ve seen on instagram, some online stores can be pricey (ofcourse, mark up + shipping), I was able to compare prices and some may surprise you on how you can save more but you have to make sure the supplier is legit – check out reviews and tags. You can professionally message the customers and ask for feedback from them ( just be polite and be grateful).

5. Not an option ATM since it’s quarantine (Stay at home!) – *If you can* go to a local market place.

I haven’t been  to one  yet but i’m itching to go to one, I heard Dapitan is the go to place. If you are doing your grocery shopping at Ayala malls (or any mall/supermarket). Swing by at  Landmark (any home department/area), I heard they have affordable home decor and kitchen ware  – you just need to have an eye for things + patience. More place recos comment below 🙂

6. Shop preloved items

Another online business soaring nowadays, since people have a lot of time now. A lot of us have been Marie Kondo-ing our homes and sell stuff that we don’t need. A number of people now opt to save also so they would prefer to score cheaper deals.

*Shamelss plug: Please check my preloved online store @shoplikekrizzzie on instagram*

When I was younger I don’t appreciate these stuff before but now it’s like the home catalogue section/ area is my go to now. When I search online, I look for home stuff now too. I guess it’s really part of adulting, building an aesthetic and staying at home most of the time during quarantine.  Hope these tips were useful!

Love & light,

Krish

Multi-sectoral group comes together to help entrepreneurs weather pandemic-caused recession

Public encouraged to ‘buy local’ to support small biz owners

The considerable resources of the Association of the Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Go Negosyo, SM Foundation, Security Bank, and Union Bank are being brought to bear in efforts to jumpstart a languid economy stalled by the effects of the three-month long coronavirus lockdown.

The multi-sectoral group is raising awareness on the plight of millions of Micro Enterprises and Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises – collectively, the MSMEs – in the hopes of coaxing the buying public into increased patronage.

The group has thrown together a campaign called BUYANIHAN; a creative juxtaposition of the word buy and the local idiom bayanihan, referring to a spirit of communal unity and cooperation, as an economic lifeline.

Though deadly and extensive, the pandemic is not isolated on the health-front. 

When the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was invoked throughout Luzon, establishments providing basic necessities and services were deemed essential and were allowed to remain open, albeit on a skeleton force.

Much of those belonging to the MSMEs, however, were not listed. They were hit hardest due to the closure of malls and retail establishments. As were micro enterprises like barbershops and salons, massage parlors and spas, and the neighborhood street peddlers.

“These businesses have lost a significant amount of income due to the challenges of the ECQ,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, explaining BUYANIHAN’s rationale. “We need to ensure their survival.”

 

DTI revealed that of the 1.42 million registered businesses, an overwhelming 99.6% belong to MSMEs, with the majority, 88.5%, classified as micro enterprises.

They generate 63.19% of the country’s total employment figures.

“MSMEs are the backbone of our economy. This virus has brought a devastating blow to the physical and financial health of our nation. And we must work together to save both,” continued Lopez. 

Prior to the ECQ, economists projected rosy targets of 6.5% to 7.5% GDP growth for the Philippines this year. 

On March 19, around when the lockdown commenced, those numbers were lowered to a pragmatic 4.3% to a dismal minus (-)3.9%.

Pessimism is reasonable, in light of the wholesale impact on declining transport, tourism, exports, remittances, and reduced consumption; historically, the main driver of the Philippine economy.

Even Facebook last May said that one in three small businesses that have shut down don’t expect to reopen again.

When you consider that most MSMEs are located at the National Capital Region, Region IVA (CALABARZON), and Region III (Central Luzon) – regions in the main island from which 73% of the country’s GDP comes from and where the lockdown was rigorously enforced – then the true weight of the ECQ becomes clear.

This is because MSMEs rely on cash flow for daily operations: salaries to be paid, employee benefits to be fulfilled, rent, loans, supplier accountabilities, and credit card bills are still due. Although the quarantine levels have now lightened, during the ECQ they have had zero cash flow.

Perhaps more than any entity aware of the hit that MSMEs are experiencing is the SM Group, the Philippines’ largest mall operator and consequently it’s biggest retail space lessor. 

Its SM Foundation has been generous in providing funds, medical supplies, and protective equipment. Its SM Supermalls have waived rentals from March 16 to April 14.

“We share our tenant-partners’ concerns at the unfortunate situation and will waive rental charges for those affected and unable to operate during this period,” said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. “This support forms part of our commitment to fight the effects of the outbreak.”

That alone benefits 19,153 SM mall tenants nationwide whose doors are now slowly but surely reopening for business.

Security Bank, one of the country’s leading universal banks and cited by Asiamoney as the “Best Bank for SMEs” in 2017 and 2019, eased its process for facilitating business loans for MSMEs in need of liquidity and lowered percentage in its Ecommerce payment gateway.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world unprecedented disruption, but with each of us doing our part, we will overcome this challenge and get better,” said Security Bank President and CEO Sanjiv Vohra.

Meanwhile, Union Bank, ranked by the BankQuality Consumer Survey on Retail Banks as

the second most helpful bank in Asia-Pacific during the coronavirus crisis – the only Philippine bank in the top 20 list – eased up account openings by shifting it online and providing checking accounts with affordable depository requirements, enabling MSMEs to further legitimize their businesses.

So there is hope. 

Easing of quarantine restrictions is a good first step. Provided the population behaves in ways that stem the infectious tide, then the wheels of commerce can start turning again.

And as these economic engines came to a screeching halt, it will take no more than a concerted effort to jolt it back from inertia. A bayanihan movement, if you will. 

Or, a BUYANIHAN.

“MSMEs took a direct hit, incurred big losses,” said AFFI President Jorge Noel Wieneke. “It’s back to zero for many, or back to the starting line. They are now in the ‘ICU’ and they need a blood transfusion. We can fix this with a BUYANIHAN spirit.”

It is a simple, doable solution. Consumers just need to start consuming again. Start buying again.

But for now, buy local to support our MSMEs.