Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Power Through the Day with 7-Eleven Crunch Time ‘Fry-mily’

For the always-on-the-go Filipino, mealtime is never up for a compromise. Even the busiest days still deserve a filling meal to recharge, especially in a food-centric culture that loves to bond over full-spread eats shared with family or friends. As the industry leader in convenience, 7-Eleven packs a crunchy menu with pocket-friendly prices through Crunch Time—its in-house brand of satisfying bites from merienda to heavy-loaded meals. 


With Crunch Time as an in-between work or school meal and snack, choices abound with this line-up that is perfect for light or heavy hankering. Whether it’s for refueling to take on tasks, or as a cap off after a bustling day, the brand offers crispy fixes that customers can achieve in no time—fast and easy done the 7-Eleven way. 


Starting with the line’s signature Fried Chicken, workers or students can enjoy a piece paired with rice for only P89. And because meals are better when shared, the Crunch Carrier is available as well consisting of a six-piece box of fried chicken priced at P459. Boneless meat enjoyers may also grab theChicken Fillet with Rice option for only P64, topped with a warm, savory gravy. Chicken Nuggets also made it to the list of must-haves for an affordable price of P65 that comes with a barbecue sauce for an enhanced tasty experience. For a twist, one may also try the Cheesy Nuggets at the same price. 


Get a taste of the Fried Breads in the fry-mily, too. If a snack with a little bit of kick is what one is searching for, the Spicy Beef Crunchy Pan makes for the ultimate choice. For something a little bit less meaty, the brand has got it covered with the Tuna Cheesemelt Crunchy Pan. Both are crisped for that winning crunch and made with real beef and tuna for the easy price of P39. 


For workers or those who are constantly out and about, and students on a strict budget, mealtime is best answered with something filling and satisfying but remains attainable. Available in 2000 7-Eleven stores nationwide, customers can boost up with Crunch Time as their go-to for a mid-day replenisher. Made with a variety of choices so they can enjoy breaks with something crunchy, homey, and savory. 


Visit a 7-Eleven today to taste the Crunch Time troop. Other crispy choices are available in stores such as siomai, french fries, corndogs, and more!


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Unlock the Power of Magic AI Camera Phone, HONOR Magic6 Pro Launching on May 8

The leading global smartphone provider, HONOR, is unveiling the revolutionary Magic AI Camera Phone, HONOR Magic6 Pro on the first week of May. After teasing its camera capabilities in Hongkong Disneyland joined by HONOR Philippines’ team and media friends, the HONOR Magic6 Pro proves to be No. 1 in Camera, Battery, Audio, Display, and Selfie as awarded by DXOMARK.


We're absolutely thrilled to unveil the HONOR Magic6 Pro, especially at a time when the demand for AI-driven solutions is soaring. This smartphone isn't just about keeping up; it's about setting the bar higher. With its award-winning features, it's tailor-made for Filipinos who crave the latest in technology,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines. 

Capture the Magic: Revolutionizing Smartphone Photography with AI Camera Technologies

Prepare to witness a new era in smartphone photography with the HONOR Magic6 Pro. Featuring the groundbreaking HONOR Falcon Camera System, boasting a 50MP Wide camera, 50MP Ultra-wide camera, and a staggering 180MP Periscope Telephoto camera, this device harnesses the power of AI to deliver unparalleled imaging experiences. With the ability to support up to 100X digital zoom, coupled with automatic detection of facial expressions and body movements, users can seize every moment with remarkable precision and clarity.


Magic Capsule: Elevating User Interaction

Enter the realm of multimodal interaction with the innovative Magic Capsule feature. Seamlessly integrated into the touch screen interface, the Magic Capsule enhances user experience by providing quick access to relevant information related to notifications. No more navigating through multiple apps – with a simple tap, users can expand the Magic Capsule to delve deeper into their notifications, making interaction more intuitive and efficient.


Game-changing Second-generation Silicon-carbon Battery

Powering the HONOR Magic6 Pro is a second-generation silicon-carbon battery, setting new standards in battery life and performance. Integrated with the Power Enhanced Chip HONOR E1, this device ensures extended battery endurance even in extreme weather conditions. With a massive 5,600mAh capacity, users can enjoy uninterrupted usage, showcasing exceptional low-temperature performance that defies expectations. To illustrate its capabilities, users can play the YouTube video for 81 minutes at -20 °C with just 10% battery level remaining.


AI Privacy Call: Redefining Privacy Standards

Privacy takes center stage with the enhanced AI Privacy Call feature. Leveraging advanced AI technology, the HONOR Magic6 Pro offers intelligent volume switching based on the surrounding environment, ensuring confidential conversations remain private, even in crowded settings. With the ability to enable privacy mode at volume level 9, users can enjoy enhanced peace of mind during their conversations, setting a new benchmark in user privacy standards.


Discovering the Magic of Design Inspired by Luxury Wearables

Drawing inspiration from the world of luxury wearablesin Baroque Jewelry Design, the HONOR Magic6 Pro boasts an aesthetic that exudes sophistication and elegance. The device incorporates exquisite craftsmanship, including the industry's first double-sided 3D Carving process and a careful selection of premium materials. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is available in Black and Epi Green – each variant reflects a unique aesthetic, from the sleek and refined look of Black in velvet matte glass to the dynamic allure of Epi Green, inspired by premium luxury design in ripple classic leather.



Catch the live event at https://bit.ly/HONORM6ProLaunch_PR on May 8, 7PMand grab the chance to win a BRAND NEW (1) HONOR Magic6 Pro! Just LIKE, SHARE, and COMMENT to our LIVESTREAM using the hashtags: #HONORMagic6Pro #MagicAICameraPhone


For more updates, follow through HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok Shop: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.  



About HONOR 

HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR’s portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enable people to become a better version of themselves.

Monday, April 29, 2024

UCC Philippines Redefines Coffee Culture with the Opening of Clockwork One Ayala


UCC Philippines, a pioneer in elevating coffee experiences, unveils its newest venture, UCC Clockwork One Ayala. Located in the bustling Makati Commercial Business District, this groundbreaking establishment promises to redefine the coffee scene with its innovative offerings and exquisite ambiance.


Media guests were treated to an exclusive sneak peek of UCC Clockwork One Ayala during the soft opening event held on April 5. Renowned coffee aficionado and premiere coffee guru, Robert Francisco of the UCC Coffee Academy Philippines, conducted an awe-inspiring demo, showcasing the artistry and skill behind UCC's renowned brews.


This latest UCC Clockwork branch is poised to captivate a diverse range of customers, offering a new menu concept tailored to meet the evolving taste and preference of trend-savvy Millennials and younger generations. With fresh choices and unparalleled service, One Ayala seeks to cater to the discerning tastes of urban dwellers and coffee lovers, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


UCC Clockwork reflects the pursuit of high precision and timeliness, akin to the intricate workings of a clockfrom selecting the perfect coffee roast to determining the exact brewing time and measurements, until the coffee is served to the guests. Every aspect of crafting and serving food and beverages is meticulously planned and observed.


Highlighting an array of standout menu items, UCC Clockwork One Ayala invites guests to embark on a culinary journey like no other. From a selection of specialty blends to delectable treats, each item represents UCC's dedication to quality and innovation. Customers can indulge further with food selections including the BBQ Wagyu Beef Burger, Miso Mushroom Risotto with Salmon, S’mores Feast, Tuscan Chicken Spaghetti, and Meatloaf with Gravy, all of which were featured items during the recent media event.


You can take a sip of signature drinks like UCC Sumiyaki, UCC Special Blend, Kori Kohi, or try newest concoctions such as Black Sesame Cream Cheese Iced Coffee, Tiramisu Latte, Clockwork Iced Tea, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee and other delightful beverages.


Interestingly, One Ayala is thrilled to introduce Lion’s Mane coffee which is now gaining traction due to its purported benefits. This distinct coffee creation, made from a rare nootropic mushroom, is not only flavorful but also rich in antioxidants. It can help reduce inflammation, enhance focus and increase energy levels, presenting valued customers with a healthier and more nutritious option.


Step into the One Ayala branch and savor its unique charm, while enjoying a truly distinct dining experience. The café's interior design exudes modern elegance, with sleek furnishings and inviting spaces that beckon guests to unwind and appreciate every moment. Whether seeking a quiet retreat or a dynamic gathering spot, UCC Clockwork One Ayala offers the perfect vibe for every occasion.


At the heart of UCC Clockwork One Ayala lies a showcase of cutting-edge coffee machines and equipment, curated to enhance the coffee-making process. From state-of-the-art champion machines like the Tempo Eagle Espresso Machine, the Marco SP9 Twin Head, and the Marco Friia to advanced brewing methods, each element embodies UCC's commitment to excellence. Witness the artistry firsthand as skilled baristas expertly craft each cup with precision and care.


"Coffee holds a significant place in Filipino households, offering an opportunity to educate consumers about its diverse potential. UCC aims to be the epitome of premium quality coffee, enriching the Filipino coffee experience. With 24 years in the market, UCC has fostered a shared passion for coffee culture, bringing joy to every cup. Today, UCC proudly offers accessible, premium-quality coffee to Filipino homes, from bean to cup, as we strive for coffee excellence,” according to Hubert U. Young, Chief Executive Officer, UCC Ueshima Coffee Philippines, Inc.


The UCC Coffee Academy Philippines plays a pivotal role in shaping the expertise of UCC baristas, providing comprehensive training and guidance to ensure the highest standards of quality and service. Through rigorous training programs and hands-on workshops, the academy empowers baristas to deliver exceptional coffee experiences with every cup.


UCC Philippines plans to expand its footprint with the opening of additional branches in 2024, extending its reach beyond Metro Manila. As UCC continues to innovate and inspire, it remains committed to enriching the coffee culture across the Philippines.


David Licauco shares why the OPPO Reno11 F 5G is his perfect summer companion


For OPPO brand ambassador and actor-entrepreneur David Licauco, summer has always been a season to look forward to. He’s had a lot of fond memories with family and friends over the years that have made each summer that much more special. OPPO’s Kilig Expert shares more about this and how capturing moments is essential, especially when taken using the newest Portrait Expert, the OPPO Reno11 F 5G.


What stands out most in David’s younger years is his family’s annual visit to Bicol. Here they would frolic on the beach, spend the whole day playing games, and eat halo-halo after a long day out in the sun. During his college days, he would go to Boracay with his friends. But recently, David’s had to scale back on these vacations  as he’s become more preoccupied with his commitments and engagements as one of the country’s prominent stars. Add to that him being extremely hands-on in managing his restaurants, Kuya Korea and Sobra Cafe.


So whenever he does get the chance for a well-deserved break, David has learned the importance of capturing each moment in picture-perfect quality. He’s been enjoying using his OPPO Reno11 F 5G, and can’t stop raving about how it’s been his fave companion for the summer.


Equipped with a 64MP Ultra-Clear main camera that has an OV64B sensor, the newest Portrait Expert from OPPO allows the Kilig Expert to document not only his travels, but even the special moments of his daily life. David’s grown fond of taking lots of photos (he prefers them more candid) whether it’s during downtime for tapings and shoots, ideating new menu items in his restos, or working out in the gym or on the basketball court. “I’ve been more excited and motivated to take photos ever since becoming a part of the OPPO family, and really enjoy sharing them with my followers. The Reno Series really impressed me and it’s been my go-to for snapping travel shots,” shared David.


When asked for tips on how to capture standout photos, David will be the first one to admit that he’s no expert. He just abides by a simple mindset – just keep taking lots of photos and try to be as natural as possible. “I’m a point-and-shoot type of photographer, so I’m glad the Reno11 F 5G comes in handy for taking great photos. Whatever I feel like taking a photo of, I just go for it. I take lots of angles and try to edit them slightly on my phone before posting.”


Aside from the powerful camera system, the Pambansang Ginoo also marveled at the newest feature to be rolled out for the OPPO Reno11 F 5G and the rest of the Reno11 Series 5G – the AI Eraser. “I was surprised how it removed objects and persons in the background so easily and cleanly. This will be very useful for travels, taking out unwanted photobombers and making shots more IG-worthy.”



He’s also one to visit beaches as often as possible to escape from the bustling city life and de-stress from the demands of his work. David’s dream summer destination is Siargao. Amazed by the tear-drop shaped island’s pristine beaches, lagoons and coves, David admits that he loves to just sit back and chill. He shares how much he loves the nature-inspired design of his OPPO Reno11 F 5G. “The Ocean Blue colorway perfectly matches my personality and style. It was one of the first things I noticed when I got the phone, and is definitely fit for the summer vibe.”


It’s a busier summer for David this year, but he’s not complaining. Being always on-the-go, he needs a reliable companion like the Reno11 F 5G to help him manage his jam-packed days. “I’m on my phone a lot for work and my businesses, so I appreciate the smooth and bright display of my smartphone. I also like watching videos on social media and browsing online shops, so the 120 Hz high refresh rate does the job for me.”


The OPPO Reno11 F 5G is powered by ColorOS 14 and has a 67W SUPERVOOC fast charging feature that can quickly power-up and reach 30% in 10 minutes and 100% in just 48 minutes. “The long-lasting battery and fast-charging are game-changers for me. They have been and continue to be one of my most favorite features of OPPO smartphones. If you’re out there looking for a new summer essential, I definitely can vouch for the OPPO Reno11 F 5G.”



Be like David and Get your own OPPO Reno11 F 5G today!

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G is priced at PHP 18,999, available in all authorized OPPO retail stores nationwide and on OPPO’s official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop channels. It’s available in Ocean Blue, Coral Purple, and Palm Green.


Exclusive My OPPO App User Benefits

Amazing benefits also await new OPPO Reno11 F 5G users when they download the MyOPPO App and bind their devices. Some of the amazing perks include the following:


     100 PICKUP Points from PICKUP COFFEE

     Billow Minis from BASH

     Php 200 voucher from Bistro Group

     Php 100 gift code from Zalora

     Php 100 gift code from Sodexo


For more information on the OPPO Reno11 F 5G, its specs, and official launch, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph and Facebook page.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Filipinos love concerts, but venue infrastructure gaps are a threat to the experience

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Countries with better, bigger, and more competitive concert venues have reaped economic benefits, especially with the massive and significant influence of popular international acts like pop superstar Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour and Coldplay’s World Tour in consumer behavior and spending. 

Driving tens of thousands of ‘Swifties’ and concert enthusiasts, the success of these concerts was an economic stimulus for countries worldwide, including Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan.  Filipino fans alike had to spend big and travel miles to watch the exclusive performance of superstar Swift in Singapore’s National Stadium while others went to Japan’s Tokyo Dome and Sydney’s Accor Stadium in Australia. The massive concert gigs boosted the respective country’s economies, benefitting entertainment, hospitality, retail, and transport industries significantly.

While Singapore’s strategy for a Southeast Asia exclusive Swift performance piqued interest and likewise piqued its neighboring countries, the strategic move sparked conversations and brought to light what the Philippines can improve on in terms of concert venues.

1. Location is key

The Philippines doesn’t lack in big venues. In fact, it boasts of venues that can rival Singapore’s National Stadium and Japan’s Tokyo Dome. Accessibility to the location as well as public transportation and nearby commercial establishments are key.

2. Concert Experience

Photo credit to Stanley Quek. An empty Singapore National Stadium, viewed from the front stage.

Singapore’s pride, the National Stadium, has innovative features such as the world’s largest free-spanning dome, a retractable roof and comfort cooling technology for spectators’ convenience. Its innovation, strategic location, and efficiency bring positive and immersive experiences for enthusiasts and concert fans, making it a magnet for entertainment acts from all over the world. A similar concert venue and experience is something that Filipino concertgoers are hoping the country can replicate. 

3. World-class concert amenities and facilities

Accessing the venue's amenities and facilities should offer a premium music experience for concert enthusiasts or convenience in a sporting event.

Architectural “Eyecon” SM Mall of Asia Arena prides itself on having exceptional world-class amenities unique in the Southeast Asia region. –Photo from SM MOA Arena official website

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 held in SM Mall of Asia Arena – Photo from SM MOA Arena official website

Take for example the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena – a flexible indoor arena developed in 2012 by leading integrated property developer SM Prime – that has been a top-of-mind venue for all sorts of events and offers a unique concert experience. With a full house seating capacity of 20,000, it has been a haven for thrilling sports events, remarkable OPM shows, and unforgettable international superstar performances. 

Meanwhile, the SMDC Festival Grounds in Parañaque City is likewise an enormous outdoor venue that can accommodate at least 50,000 people. Ed Sheeran’s Mathematics Tour and Rivermaya The Reunion were among the performers that have graced the stage recently.

4. Achieving Filipinos’ concert dreams

One of the most forward-looking plans of SM Prime is its 360-hectare smart city development which is envisioned to bring in a centerpiece to the country’s entertainment and sporting events – larger in capacity and a more enhanced venue infrastructure that would attract legendary icons in the entertainment scene and compete against Southeast Asia and the world’s best. It will feature an estimated 70,000-capacity stadium and concert arena connected to one of the island’s main destination paradises called Central Park. The sizable arena is envisioned to be the Philippines’ biggest concert venue, with world-class facilities and sustainable features, comparable to other big concert venues worldwide. Once that’s built, Filipinos won’t have to fly overseas because they can watch top-tier performances right from the comfort of their home country.

An artist’s render, visual sketch of the proposed concert venue at Pasay 360 project.

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Without a doubt, Pinoys live and breathe entertainment shows. In fact, Filipinos are the 4th top concert spenders in Asia-Pacific according to digital payments company Visa, proof of how passionate we are about concerts. By investing in the development of modern, smart, and accessible concert venues, Filipino concert enthusiasts can continue to embrace and celebrate live performances with the convenience, comfort, and enjoyment they deserve. Beyond entertainment, well-curated, smart, and innovative concert facilities can further drive economic benefits to the Philippines’ national and local economies, including ancillary local spending in retail, tourism, and hospitality.

SM Prime Embarks on a Unified Waste Management Program for an #SMWasteFreeFuture

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, is embarking on a unified waste management and segregation campaign in response to the growing global crises on waste. SM Prime aims to bring all its property groups and stakeholders toward an #SMWasteFreeFuture

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), humanity generates more than 2 billion tons of municipal solid waste annually, of which 45 percent is mismanaged. Without urgent action, municipal solid waste will double to almost 4 billion tons each year by 2050. On December 14, 2022, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 30 as the International Day of Zero Waste.

The following year, UNEP inaugurated the First International Day of Zero Waste, to bolster actions to address the global pollution crisis. It aims to encourage global action and bring the world’s attention to zero waste. 

Strong foundations 

SM Prime’s founding leader, Henry Sy, believed that “business growth and social development must go hand in hand.” The company follows this guiding principle and has formed a sustainability policy that commits to the following: Resource Conservation and Efficiency, Disaster Resilience, Climate Advocacy, Social Integration, and Transparent Reporting. 

Anchored on these sustainability commitments are the SM Supermalls’ Environmental Programs on Waste Management. Through its corporate social responsibility arm, SM Cares, SM Supermalls has pioneered longstanding programs such as the Trash to Cash recycling market, and provided support to the annual International Coastal Clean Up, among other national events.

(Photo caption) The largest haul and biggest participation to-date: The 38th International Coastal Clean-up had 17,000 volunteers across 15 SM Malls in 12 locations nationwide. It is an annual community-driven partnership between SM Supermalls, SM Cares, the DENR, LGU’s and the volunteers from the SM community.


Scaled to perfection: One of the first recycling markets the country, Trash-to-Cash’s valuable example that waste can have monetary benefits. The recycling market is held every first Friday and Saturday of the month in all SM Supermalls to encourage waste segregation and recycling among SM customers, tenants, and the community. The recycling market is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

In the hotel and tourism sector, SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation (SMHCC) has taken the lead in mitigating global food waste by implementing sustainable initiatives across its properties in the Philippines. Their key initiatives include the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Sustainable Diner Program, that aims to transform and help the food service sector minimize its impact on the environment thru resource efficiency, plastic refusal and food waste management and contribute to the world’s future food security. 

Closing the loop: SMHCC’s sustainability efforts are anchored on the 7Gs or Seven Green Goals, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The overall thrust for sustainability is cascaded to the rest of properties, ensuring that it is embedded at every step of the hotel’s operations, ensured by property Sustainability Champions.

To support these programs, SM Prime also recently unveiled its waste-to-fuel partnership with GUUN Co. Ltd. (GUNN) to implement the Japanese technique of reducing landfill impact. The technology converts non-recyclable and hard-to-recycle packaging into alternative fuel. 


No time to waste: Sorting through the amount of trash at the GUUN Facility in Cebu. Unfit for recycling and reuse, the waste material recovered avoids the landfill and is then reconverted to fuel resource. 

A Vision for an #SMWasteFreeFuture 

To mark the International Day of Zero Waste on March 30, 2024, SM Prime is releasing its vision for an #SMWasteFreeFuture. “As a community, we strongly believe in our ability to contribute to solving today's waste issues,” said Hans “Chico” Sy, Jr., President of SM Engineering Design and Development Corporation (SMEDD) and SM sustainability champion. 

SM Prime’s announcement of its vision of an #SMWasteFreeFuture demonstrates the company’s strong commitment and sustainability stewardship, by inviting its stakeholders to engage in activities that will help spread zero-waste awareness and work for a sustainable and environmentally responsible approach on waste management.

“We understand that this may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome However, by joining forces, we can create a world that our future generations truly deserve – if we have the courage to take on this journey together,” said Sy. 

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people. SM Prime is pursuing the next horizon on integrated property development and onward to building sustainable cities of the future.  

RACKS and Tenya Are Serving Bites Before Flights!

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