Monday, April 22, 2024

Yee leads Likha Collab: An All-Filipino Natural Marketplace launch

Left to right: Abdul Paravengal - Pulse63 Managing Director; Czar Carbonel - Magwai Organics founder; Pinky T. Yee, Likha Collab and Pure Essentials Specialist Corp. founder; MG Claveria representative of Human Nature; Trixie Odiamar, Isarog Beautanics founder; Marvin Chua, Wonderhome Naturals founder; and Paulo Campos - Kaya Founders Managing General Partner, and Pulse63 Ventures Founding Partner

  Pioneering a new era of conscious consumerism, Pinky T. Yee, the visionary behind Pure Essentials Specialist Corp (PESC), introduced Likha Collab to the public sphere on Monday in celebration of Earth Day. This breakthrough e-commerce marketplace is designed to collaborate with Filipino micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME’s) in showcasing their products to a wider audience.


Partnered with Pulse63, a health-focused business accelerator, Yee conceptualized the marketplace as a vetted space for local entrepreneurs and business owners who champion the cause of sustainability, environmental consciousness, and label transparency, while adhering to regulatory guidelines.


Yee expressed her vision for Likha Collab to emerge as the preferred destination for enthusiasts of natural living and advocates of local businesses. The innovative space, she added, was borne out of her “desire to help bring Earth-friendly Filipino-made brands and to transform every Filipino home to conscious and biodegradable living.”


According to Abdul Paravengal, Managing Director of Pulse63, Yee’s advocacy towards healthy living and showcasing selected home-grown brands were among the key factors that led them into collaborating with Likha Collab, empowered by their accelerator program.


Yee also underscored the importance of label literacy and consumer awareness. “We vet our partner brands rigorously, ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies, accurate labeling, and of course, the exclusion of harmful ingredients in their products,” she remarked.


In addition to the marketplace, Likha Collab also launched alongside its accompanying Facebook community, Eco Friends PH, to serve as a platform for individuals embarking on their sustainable living journey. The interactive space serves to inspire and facilitate discussions among consumers and like-minded advocates. It also aspires to become an avenue for industry experts from the medical and business sectors to promote awareness and respond to forums.


Among the pioneer brands that joined the mission of Likha Collab are Oryspa, Human Nature, Magwai, Wonderhome Naturals, Pure Culture, and Isarog. Additionally, the marketplace also includes LivClean, First Skincare, and First Botanicals as its house brands.


"We extend an open invitation to local MSMEs to join us in our commitment to provide homes with products that are free from toxic chemicals, safe for all ages, and beneficial for both the family and the planet," concluded Yee.


Join the movement in making better and responsible choices, and explore Likha Collab’s offerings by visiting

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Showcase your moments of Summer Delight with OPPO


OPPO invites everyone to make their adventures this season even more memorable by joining the Summer Delight promo. Get a chance to win cool prizes by sharing the best moments of your summertime getaways.


Until May 9, followers of OPPO’s official Service Center Facebook page OPPO Care-PH, are invited to send their most extraordinary family vacation photo, embellished with a Summer Delight frame and OPPO Watermark. Participants can download the frame and send their entries through this link. Two lucky winners will each receive a PHP1,000 worth of SM Gift Pass and an Ollie figurine.


The Summer Delight Promo is OPPO’s way of encouraging its loyal customers to make the most out of their summer trips and take standout photos using their OPPO smartphones, rounding out its already comprehensive slew of aftersales services


Deadline to submit entries is until May 9, 11:59 PM. Winners will be announced on May 13 via the OPPO Care-PH Facebook page and will be notified via SMS for instructions to claim their prize at their nearest OPPO Service Centers for their convenience.


Beat the heat and share your moments of Summer Delights! Know more about this promo by visiting OPPO’s official website or the official Summer Delight promo page and Facebook page.


realme 12 5G: The latest device under the realme 12 Series is arriving in the PH on April 25


Following the successful launch of the realme 12 Pro+ 5G and realme 12+ 5G, realme Philippines is now set to introduce the newest addition to the realme 12 Series 5G on April 25: the realme 12 5G.

The latest model of the realme Number Series boasts a competitive camera and a stylish design, which is renowned for this series. It also incorporated elements of the luxury watch design introduced in the earlier realme 12 Series 5G models.

This time, the realme 12 5G goes beyond just capturing photos. The device is designed to be a storyteller, combining its camera quality and overall feature set to enable users to create and share stories easily. It's an excellent tool for users to explore new narratives behind the photos they capture.

The realme 12 5G is a versatile device that appeals to individuals with different interests and preferences. Find out why it’s an excellent choice for people who consider their devices an extension of their personality and creativity:


1. The high-resolution camera is best for storytellers

realme dedicates its flagship camera technology to the realme Number Series, making it a perfect fit for mobile photographers and videographers who enjoy using smartphone cameras for their storytelling.

The realme 12 5G has a 108MP 3x Zoom Portrait Camera that allows users to take stunning photos even in low-light settings. This is possible using the high-level HM6 Sensor, which captures ample light in every shot.

As a sweet treat for film buffs, the camera also has built-in Portrait Master Filters that can enhance the look of photos and videos. Co-developed by award-winning cinematographer, Claudio Miranda, these filters are Journey, Memory, and Maverick, which have varying tones and colors to produce cinematic visuals in every shot.


2. The aesthetics are match-made for Gen Zs

Style and design are essential for yuppies and Gen Zs when choosing smartphones. Thankfully, the realme 12 Series 5G stands out with its beautiful design. The realme 12 5G is available in two gorgeous new colors: Twilight Purple and Woodland Green.

Twilight Purple is a whimsical shade of lavender with a soft tone, while Woodland Green has a deeper tone of green reminiscent of nature and lush forests. Both add a pop of color to the device and the finish is glossy and iridescent, without being susceptible to fingerprint smudges.

Whether the vibe is relaxed or energetic, light or dark, minimalist or maximalist, the realme 12 5G colors are perfect for those looking for a stylish phone that can match their everyday aesthetic and personality.

The design is also composed of three main elements: the eye-catching Polished Sunburst Dial acting as the bed of the camera module that gives a classic sunburst effect; the Polished PVD Edges framing the slim and sleek body of the device, and the diamond-patterned 3D Jubilee Bracelet which subtly ties the whole look together.


3. All-around performance for career-driven millennials

Millennials opt for devices with all-rounder features that work together to maximize productivity. The realme 12 5G has all the essentials, including a fast-charging 45W SUPERVOOC Charge with a 5000mAh Massive Battery that reaches full battery capacity in just over an hour, plus a highly efficient MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ processor.

However, the little things make the realme 12 5G convenient and practical because it has additional features that elevate the overall user experience. One unique feature is the new Riding Mode for “riding” or “traveling” scenarios. The Riding Mode prioritizes three apps: Google Maps, Music, and Google Dialer for easy UI navigation.

At the same time, the device is equipped with a 6.7” 120Hz Sunlight Display with three-for-one functions: a wide FHD+ Resolution, with a high refresh rate that can reach up to 950 Nits of brightness in Sunlight Mode. The Sunlight Display feature ensures users can view the screen even under bright sunlight.

Overall, the realme 12 5G is realme’s latest device that certainly packs a punch. The realme Squad can immediately cop the device and enjoy all its exciting features once it launches, so better tune in to the online livestream launch event on April 25 on realme’s Facebook and Youtube pages.

To keep posted on other announcements about the realme 12 Series 5G, the Squad can also visit the realme official website.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Must-see romance film Under Parallel Skies hits Shangri-La Plaza


Filipino lead Janella Salvador

Shangri-La Plaza, a long-time champion of world cinema, rolled out a special screening of summer’s hotly anticipated romantic drama Under Parallel Skies with the film’s Filipino lead Janella Salvador at the Red Carpet Cinema on April 17, 2024


Also starring Thai actor Win Metawin and directed by award-winning Filipino director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, the film promises to captivate audiences with its poignant portrayal of cross-cultural relationships. This Philippine-Thailand-Hong Kong production follows the story of Thai bachelor Parin (Metawin) as he goes to Hong Kong to find his long-lost mother. He then meets and forms an unlikely bond with OFW and hotel employee Iris (Salvador), who helps him navigate love, heartbreak, and healing in a foreign city.


Filmed against the bustling backdrops of Hong Kong’s iconic Kowloon City, Peng Chau, and Tai O, Under Parallel Skies held its world premiere at the prestigious 17th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong last March. Following its successful debut, the film had its nationwide theatrical release in the Philippines on April 17. Produced by 28 Squared Studios and Two Infinity Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it’s also slated to hit theaters in Singapore and Thailand in May.


Book your seats now and see Under Parallel Skies and other world cinema gems on the big screen only at the Red Carpet Cinema in Shangri-La Plaza.


For updates and inquiries, follow Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook at and

on Instagram @shangrilaplazaofficial.

Empowering Communities for Sustainable Land Management


While global awareness of forests' significance has grown, Southeast Asia grapples with ongoing forest loss. The region has lost approximately 80 million hectares of forest between 2005 and 2015, with projections indicating further shrinkage or growth. In the Philippines, the Food and Agricultural Organization estimated that the country has the second fastest deforestation rate in Southeast Asia and seventh globally between 2000 and 2005, losing roughly 2.1% of its forest cover annually. The cause for the loss is human activities like converting forests to farms, using trees for fuel, illegal logging, and clearing land for mining all contribute to this rapid decline.


With increasing numbers of changing and extreme weather patterns due to the climate crisis, forests will continue to be in a dire state, as there will be potential decreases in coffee, palm oil, sugar cane, and corn production across Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, the problem comes with a conundrum, as there is a risk of a hunger crisis, exacerbated by the pandemic. Therefore,  the question is how do we increase the protection of our forest without impacting our food security.


We have seen efforts to ensure food security in the form of food estate development. However, these efforts are mostly done without a sustainability framework or are designed to meet a short-term goal. For example, Indonesia has been trying to develop its food estate programs for years to ensure food security; however, these projects have not had successful outcomes. What’s left now are damaged forests and peatlands, the latter being fragile ecosystems that can cause an increase in carbon emissions, forest fires, and transboundary haze.


Apart from impacting the environment, these approaches also do not have the local community's interest at hand. Opening up these lands also means relocating some indigenous communities that have lived on the land for generations. This will cause more issues in the future, including cultural erosion, economic disparity, and health impacts.


In this challenging landscape, WALHI, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment, stands as a beacon of hope. Founded in 1980 and part of the Friends of the Earth International network since 1989, WALHI is Indonesia’s largest and oldest environmental advocacy NGO. Committed to promoting resilience and community economics, WALHI’s mission revolves around restoring environmental rights and empowering local communities.


“At WALHI, we have witnessed the success of the Wilayah Kelola Rakyat (WKR) or Community Managed Area approach in promoting sustainable land management among the communities that we work with. We firmly believe this approach can be used as a benchmark for communities across Indonesia and replicated in other Southeast Asian countries,” said Uli Arta Siagian, WALHI National Forest and Big Plantation Campaign Manager.


Empowering Community to Make Environment Thrive


At the heart of WALHI’s work lies the Wilayah Kelola Rakyat (WKR), a community-based area management that champions sustainable land management. WKR integrates governance, production, distribution, and consumption processes while respecting local wisdom and values, ensuring no land conflict between the communities and other private parties. By empowering communities to manage their resources, WKR addresses structural poverty and inequality while defending against extractive industries.


WALHI has also helped communities, such as the Dayak Meratus, one of the indigenous communities in Borneo, to continue their swidden farming practice. While the practice is focused on the slash and burn activities, it ensures that the land being cleared is not part of the fragile ecosystem. Additionally, the Dayak Meratus also provides ample time for the land to recover by not planting anything after a period of time. During that time, the Dayak Meratus will search for another area to be cultivated.


Apart from conducting this practice, the Dayak Meratus tribe also practices intercropping, growing various crops in the same field. This allows a variety of staple foods to be consumed but also helps the crops to be more resilient, reduces pest outbreaks, and enhances the resilience of the farming system against environmental fluctuations.


What Dayak Meratus has been doing, is what WALHI wants to replicate across Indonesia. Focusing on each area’s strength and the community practices, ensuring to meet the needs of local communities. At the same time, there should be an increase in sustainable agricultural practices that improve yield without exploiting the forest.


Challenges and Trajectories


What WALHI proposes is not an entirely novel approach, The Forest Development Center of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR-FDC) from the University of the Philippines Los Banos has previously floated the idea. Especially in addressing the country's chronic food insecurity and malnutrition problems. This highlights the often-overlooked role of forests in contributing to food security, alongside traditional agriculture.


However there are going to be challenges moving forward. Despite the approaches proposed by WALHI, there are still uphill battles that the organization and local communities must face, especially on government regulations, restoring the ecosystem to support the community, and whether the effort can be scaled up.

In the Philippines, similar efforts are already being undertaken, namely the Carood Watershed Project, backed by the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project tackles environmental health and food security as it aims to restore the watershed's natural balance by focusing on reforestation, water reservoir protection, and sustainable land management. This collaborative effort brings together government officials, local communities, and academic institutions to ensure collaborative decision-making.


Replicating the WKR approach elsewhere requires sensitivity to local contexts and active community participation. Nonetheless, the model offers a blueprint for sustainable land management in the face of escalating environmental challenges, and most importantly, it holds promise for other Southeast Asian countries, to balance food security and environmental protection.



Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI) is the largest environmental movement organization in Indonesia, comprising 487 member organizations from non-governmental and nature-loving entities, along with 203 individual members spread across 28 provinces in Indonesia. Since 1980 to the present day, WALHI has been actively driving efforts to protect and restore the environment in Indonesia. WALHI is committed to promoting the recognition of environmental rights, the protection of these rights, and the fulfillment of human rights as a reflection of the state's responsibility in safeguarding the essential resources that sustain the livelihood of the people.

WALHI recognizes the increasing challenges it faces in its ongoing environmental advocacy. These challenges stem from the growing influence of global capitalism, which prioritize free-market agendas. Additionally, there is a trend of alignment with political forces that support the interests of industrial nations and the global economic system. In this context, the impact of capital accumulation on people, the environment, and essential resources has led to environmental crises and has implications for society's economic, social, and cultural well-being, affecting citizens in both urban and rural areas. To address these issues and promote economic, social, and ecological justice for current and future generations, a strong and widespread social movement is crucial, with WALHI playing an integral part in this collective effort.







Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Breakouts this summer? Shrug it all off with Acnes


Summer may be the best season for epic adventures with the crew, but not really for acne-prone skin. All this Philippine heat and humidity are giving oily and irritated skin aka a foolproof recipe for a full-on breakout – yikes! 


With our skin needing extra care as the sun sizzles out, it’s a must to pick products that are specifically designed to fight breakouts. Let’s begin with our facial cleanser. Washing our face with ordinary soaps makes matters worse. Many contain strong chemicals that strip away the skin’s natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. Ironically, this makes our skin think it’s deprived of oil and causes it to produce more, meaning greasy T-zone, clogged pores, and acne, of course.


It’s best to choose a cleanser formulated for oily and acne-prone skin like Acnes Creamy Wash from Japan’s no. 1 acne care brand Acnes. It’s so mild and gentle for sensitive skin by using an amino acid-based, soap-free formula. By staying close to the skin’s natural pH level, this facial wash ensures a thorough cleanse without stripping away moisture. It’s infused with Salicylic Acid (BHA) to unclog pores and fight acne as well as Butyl Avocadate for long-lasting oil control. With Centella Asiatica (Cica) extract as well as Vitamin C and E, this wash also soothes and repairs irritated skin.


Take it further and complete the range with other Cica-powered Acnes products that are equally backed by years of extensive research and formulated with Asian skin in mind. Follow through with the Powder Lotion that refines pores, brightens dull skin, and lightens acne marks. Pat on the Oil-Control Moisturizer for a finishing touch that leaves skin soft and plump.


Need to get rid of an annoying zit just before an upcoming barkada summer trip? Acnes gets it with the Anti-Acne Spot Gel that fights the root source of acne with 2% Sulphur and Salicylic Acid (BHA). Speed up healing by applying it 2-3 times daily to any inflamed pimple without pus and watch it shrink in just 3 days. For days that require quick fixes, tame a breakout with Anti-Acne Pimple Patch. It’s an ultra-thin hydrocolloid patch that treats pimples discreetly. Ready to wear even under makeup, the sweat-proof and breathable patch effectively absorbs pus and oil, while also serving as a protective barrier against bacteria and dirt.


Summer is all about soaking in all the fun. Don’t let breakouts get in the way, clear up and cheer up with Acnes!

Acnes is available at Watsons and Mercury Drug branches nationwide, and online at and at the official Mentholatum store on Lazada and Shopee. Acnes Anti-Acne Pimple Patch is exclusively available at Watsons.


Clear up and cheer up by making Acnes a part of your journey to acne-free skin today, follow @AcnesPH on Facebook and Instagram.

OPPO Pad Neo: The Bigger and Better Productivity Partner of the Reno11 Series 5G


People today rely heavily on technology to efficiently accomplish daily tasks and activities. They require reliable and portable devices like tablets to assist them, whether it's organizing schedules and tasks for work or school, completing daily errands, or unwinding during free time. To fully maximize productivity and entertainment while on the go, a quality tablet should be accompanied by a dependable, high-performing smartphone.


After the launch of the new OPPO Reno11 Series 5G, OPPO now introduces the Pad Neo, a new feature-packed tablet designed to enhance user experiences for work and play.

Large Eye-friendly Screen

Featuring a large eye-friendly screen, the OPPO Pad Neo offers a 7:5 aspect ratio, providing nearly 7% additional screen area compared to conventional mid-range tablets with a 5:3 ratio. With an 11.4-inch eye-care display, hardware-level low blue light technology, and a Smart Color Temperature Adjustment mode, it ensures an immersive visual experience while being gentle on the eyes, perfect for extended use during work or leisure activities. It’s great to partner with the Reno11 Series 5G devices,  which already boast dynamic 120 Hz refresh rate displays, with bright colors, and generous screen-to-body ratios, for those times when a bigger screen makes all the difference. 

Massive Battery and Fast Charging Capabilities

Equipped with a long-lasting 8,000 mAh battery, the OPPO Pad Neo allows for non-stop, all-day usage, whether watching online modules, editing vlogs, or streaming videos. It's 33W SUPERVOOC fast charging feature enables a 10% charge in just 10 minutes, ideal for users who are constantly on the move. Similarly, the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G boasts a large 5000mAh battery with 67W SUPERVOOC fast charging, ensuring quick power-ups to keep users connected throughout the day.


Seamless Cross-Device Connectivity

With seamless cross-device connectivity, the OPPO Pad Neo facilitates effortless sharing of content and tasks between compatible devices, such as the OPPO Reno11 5G, Reno11 Pro 5G, and Reno11 F 5G. Powered by ColorOS 14, it offers features like File Dock, Smart Touch, and Smart Image Matting, enhancing user experience. Additionally, its Trinity Engine and MediaTek Helio G99 processor, paired with dual 8MP cameras, deliver smooth performance and versatile functionality for all-day usage.


Priced at PHP 15,999 and available in Space Gray colorway, the OPPO Pad Neo is the perfect companion for users seeking enhanced productivity and entertainment within the OPPO ecosystem.


For more information about the OPPO Pad Neo, OPPO Enco Buds 2 Pro, and OPPO Reno11 F 5G, please visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at and Facebook page.


About OPPO

OPPO is not just a smartphone company but a technology company that serves global users and integrates software, hardware, and service. Established in 2004, OPPO launches its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO also provides its users with ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO has footprints in more than 60 countries and regions, with more than 40,000 employees dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

Monday, April 15, 2024

BSS (SEVENTEEN) Showcases the AI Eraser capabilities using the OPPO Reno11 F 5G

BSS, the subunit of the renowned South Korean boy band SEVENTEEN as well as the newest OPPO Reno Experts, have sprung into action to showcase the capabilities of OPPO’s newly rolled out AI Eraser. 

The free-to-use tool was recently rolled out to its OPPO Reno11 Series, which includes the OPPO Reno11 Pro, OPPO Reno11, and OPPO Reno11 F. It allows OPPO Reno11 Series users to easily remove objects from photos by circling them. 

As a dynamic and youthful boy group who revel in self-expression, BSS (SEVENTEEN) members SEUNGKWAN, DK and HOSHI continuously create content and capture candid moments on the go. There are times, however, when a precious moment captured contains an unwanted object or background that would otherwise have resulted in the perfect shot, such as the group picture (above) with an unwanted light stand in the background. 

With AI Eraser, this can easily be fixed in a flash. All they did was simply circle the unwanted light stand, and the OPPO Reno11 Series’ generative AI intelligently removed it, generating natural-looking content to fill the space. The result is the perfect composition that exactly matched their vision.

AI Eraser for the OPPO Reno11 Series is capable of accurately recognising objects from over 120 categories, including people, pets, trees, buildings, and flowers. It uses advanced generative AI to allow for class-leading, seamless edits to remove objects in the best way possible, creating natural-looking photos as a result.

AI Eraser is easy and convenient to use. Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

STEP 1: Find a picture that is almost perfect 

STEP 2: Tap Edit, followed by AI Eraser

STEP 3: Use Smart Lasso to draw around object, or use Paint Over to draw over an object

STEP 4: Watch the object disappear before your eyes as AI Eraser uses generative AI to intelligently fill in the blanks, so you can enjoy your perfect picture


More AI Eraser features

Smart Lasso and Paint Over are two available features under AI Eraser. Smart Lasso allows users to easily encircle unwanted subjects, making it a highly recommended feature for users who struggle with precision drawing or circling. 

Paint Over serves as a valuable complement to Smart Lasso, particularly when an object in the image contains an area that users would prefer not to remove. Both features come with a slider option to adjust the stroke size for even more precise object removal.

While many external smartphones within the OPPO Reno11 Series’ price range offer object removal tools, they tend to produce results that appear noticeably edited, creating unnatural-looking elements. 

“Reno11 Series is the first smartphone line at its price to feature such advanced generative AI image editing, and demonstrates OPPO’s commitment to enrich everyday experiences through technology for everyone,” said Leon Wang, Director of Reno Series Product Planning Development. 


Reno11 Series users in Phiippines can experience AI Eraser via an OTA update. 

For more information about the OPPO Reno11 Series and AI Eraser, please visit OPPO visit or check out OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on FacebookYouTube, and TikTok.

*Image is simulated for illustrative purposes only. Sequences are shortened. Actual UX/UI may differ. 
*Function requires network connection and the availability may vary by country and device.

QBO, ITC, DTI, Propel Filipino Startups onto the Global Stage through ARISE Plus Philippines


Twelve Filipino youth-led startups were unveiled during the kickoff event, marking the beginning of a transformative journey as they go on a 14-week training program designed to bring their business towards international success.

The Arise Plus Philippines Young Entrepreneurs (YE)! Boost Accelerator Program, funded by the European Union and led by the International Trade Centre, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry - Competitiveness Innovation Group (DTI-CIG) and QBO Innovation Hub, has just launched its 3rd Cohort. Twelve Filipino youth-led startups were unveiled during the kickoff event, marking the beginning of a transformative journey as they go on a 14-week training program designed to bring their business towards international success.

Arise Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program gathers young entrepreneurs under 35, preparing them to learn the tools and resources necessary to thrive in today's competitive market. With a focus on going from local to global, this program seeks to empower startups to scale their ventures beyond borders and make a remarkable impact on the international stage.


Through strategic partnerships facilitated by QBO, ITC, and DTI-CIG, the twelve participating startups will gain access to comprehensive training, mentorship sessions, and networking opportunities. These initiatives aim to prepare them to meet the challenges of the global market, positioning them for sustainable business growth and investor readiness in the global market.


The 12 handpicked startups participating in the Arise Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program Cohort 3 represents a diverse range of industries—from technology, sustainability, to healthcare, and beyond:


·         BCRemit: A London-based fintech company founded by Pinoys empowering OFWs with efficient money transfers.

·         PAMMÉ: A fashion brand crafting sustainable accessories from recycled plastic, made by women deprived of liberty.

·         Mylo Speech Buddy: Developer of a speech development app for children with autism and speech delay.

·         Hibla Philippines: A social enterprise preserving Philippine weaving traditions.

·         Nama Urban Farms: An urban agriculture startup cultivating nutritious produce.

·         Capilli: A social enterprise creating eco-friendly products from upcycled human hair waste.

·         REPAMANA: A circular fashion brand repurposing hotel textiles into new garments.

·         Nutricoach Inc.: A platform aiding dietitians in building and scaling nutrition clinics.

·         Reelist8: A PropTech x Shoppertainment marketplace for real estate transactions.

·         Prezenter: A company that simplifies presentations in under 10 seconds, helping teachers put their lessons on Smart TVs.

·         TERPCAP INC: An accessibility solutions provider for inclusive workplaces.

·         IndieCo: An SEO company blending human creativity with AI for business content.


QBO Innovation Hub boasts a great pool of over 50 experts spanning various industries, offering support and guidance to the startups throughout the program. These mentors are well-equipped to train the entrepreneurs to address a wide range of challenges and opportunities they may encounter.


"For the next 14 weeks, our startups will be immersed in a transformative journey of mentorship and workshops, equipping them to create wealth and enhance the lives of their employees. At QBO and IdeaSpace, we're committed to building a community where innovation thrives and drives societal impact," said Butch Meily, President of QBO and IdeaSpace.


“I know that your energy, passion, and ideas can really shape the future of trade in the Philippines.” shared by Mayara Louzada, Head of Youth & Trade Programme of ITC. We encourage you to take advantage of the top notch mentorship, training, and linkages that you will be getting through this accelerator program,” Louzada added.


"We are thrilled to embark on this journey with the exceptional entrepreneurs selected for Arise Cohort 3," said Miguel Lopez, National Youth Entrepreneurship Lead for the ITC. "We believe in the power of profound support and a great foundation. Through initiatives like Arise, we are committed to harnessing the strengths of our Filipino startups to help them reach the European market and champion their journey towards global success,” Lopez added.


To know more about QBO Innovation Hub and ARISE Cohort 3, please visit Follow @QBOPhilippines to stay tuned for updates on upcoming learning sessions on Intellectual Property (IP), Investment Readiness, and more! Gear up for an enriching experience as the program kicks into high gear in the coming weeks.





About ARISE Plus Philippines


ARISE Plus Philippines is a 4-year project funded by the European Union (EU), with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as lead partner, and the International Trade Centre (ITC) as the technical agency for the project. The project aims to foster inclusive economic growth in the Philippines through improved international trade performance and competitiveness.


Under its first Output, ARISE Plus Philippines seeks to provide targeted support to address critical gaps to participation in global value chains that are hindering exports in priority products or industries, through linkages with EU industry, especially concerning inclusive innovation and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.  In this context, the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator is a 14-week program designed to equip entrepreneurs with the relevant skills to boost their global competitiveness and prepare their ventures for internationalization. It is delivered by the ITC in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and QBO Innovation Hub.


About the International Trade Centre


The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a multilateral agency with a joint mandate with the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC connects micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to global and regional value chains, a major contributor to economic growth and poverty reduction. ITC provides country-and client-specific tailored support through unique advisory services, capacity building, training and mentoring, free tools and business data, and trade-specific publications.


To join the ITC’s Global Platform for youth entrepreneurs, join the Ye! Community at


About QBO Innovation Hub


QBO (‘ku-bo’), the programmatic arm of IdeaSpace, is the Philippines’ first public-private initiative focused on providing a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talents, and grow. It operates incubation and acceleration programs for startups across multiple stages and industries and conducts an array of startup ecosystem and community activities to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent.


Created in 2016 through a partnership with IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), QBO has been an active player in creating a competitive ecosystem in the Philippines, fueled by its vision of Filipino startups changing the world.


For more information on QBO, visit their website at or follow their social media accounts at @QBOPhilippines. 




Yee leads Likha Collab: An All-Filipino Natural Marketplace launch

Left to right: Abdul Paravengal - Pulse63 Managing Director; Czar Carbonel - Magwai Organics founder; Pinky T. Yee, Likha Collab and Pure Es...