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LANDBANK, Converge sign P3-B loan to boost internet coverage

September 9, 2021

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) signed a P3-billion loan agreement with Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (Converge) to help provide fast and reliable internet service to more subscribers nationwide. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo alongside Converge CEO Dennis Anthony H. Uy and President Maria Grace Y. Uy led the virtual loan signing ceremony to support the fiber broadband service provider’s continuing terrestrial and subsea domestic network expansion and finance working capital requirements. They were joined by Converge Deputy Chief Finance Officer Christine Renee R. Blabagno and LANDBANK officials, namely Agricultural and Development Lending Sector Officer-in-Charge, Senior Vice President Filipina B. Monje and Corporate Banking Group Head, Senior Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos. Also present during the signing ceremony was Converge Chief Financial Office Advisor Matthias Vukovich. During the virtual ceremony, LANDBANK emphasized the importance of investing in technology as more Filipinos adapt to a digital lifestyle due to the ongoing pandemic. “We are hopeful on this new partnership between LANDBANK and Converge to ensure the delivery of fast and consistent internet services across the country. It is with urgency that we must support more users in adapting to home set-ups for work and education in the new normal. This is also aligned with LANDBANK’s thrust of leveraging on digital innovations to provide uninterrupted, safe, and timely financial solutions to our clients, especially the unbanked and underserved,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Borromeo. Converge CEO Uy expressed his gratitude to LANDBANK for providing an accessible financial channel to expand their fiber footprint nationwide.  “This loan financing brings us one step closer to our goal of connecting the unserved and underserved areas in the country. The available funds will help us reach into untapped markets and really ‘Go Deep’ into existing ones,” said CEO Uy during the virtual loan signing. Converge will utilize the credit support from LANDBANK for its continued network expansion across the country, broadening its distribution reach, and boosting international connectivity. The total loan package from LANDBANK will also include an additional short term loan line as well as a facility for its trade transactions amounting to up to P2 billion. In line with servicing the emerging needs of its clients in the new normal, LANDBANK successfully facilitated 73.5 million transactions amounting to P1.307 trillion through its five major e-banking channels from January to July 2021. This represented comparative year-on-year increases of 12% and 65%, respectively.  As of July 2021, the Bank has also facilitated the opening of more than 1.7 million online accounts through its Digital On-boarding System or DOBS which digitizes the submission of account applications.  LANDBANK also launched recently the DOBS Mobile which facilitates online savings account opening in as fast as 10 to 15 minutes. The LANDBANK DOBS Mobile eliminates the need to line up in branches to open an account, in support of the National Government’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiative, as well as safety protocols imposed to limit COVID-19 infections. LANDBANK also continues to waive fees for inter-bank fund transfers via InstaPay and PESONet for retail clients until September 30, 2021.

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J&T Express and Shopee strengthen ties as they kickstart the holiday season with the biggest Double-Day deals and free shipping vouchers

September 9, 2021

Online shoppers nationwide can now rejoice as leading delivery service PH Global Jet Express Inc. (J&T Express Philippines) and partner e-commerce giant Shopee kickstart the holiday season starting this September with the biggest deals, brand promos, free shipping, and the lowest discounts to date.  Vice President of J&T Express Philippines Zoe Chi said that for the past two years since they partnered with Shopee, the “ber” months have traditionally been the highlight of the shopping season in preparation for the upcoming holidays. With Christmas just around the corner, J&T Express ensures that shopping for essentials and gifts alike for friends and family won’t be hampered by the pandemic with their premium delivery services.   “Filipinos are very generous, which is why when they buy, they don’t just buy for themselves. We are happy and excited to share the holiday spirit by offering discounted vouchers and promos with our e-commerce app partner to make gift-giving happier even during these tough times. We look forward to continuously supporting Shopee on their upcoming campaigns,” Chi added.  Aside from site-wide free shipping during Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Sale and upcoming monthly double-day sales, customers can also avail a 10% discount using J&T Express’ exclusive promo code SHPJT99 with a minimum spend of Php 500.00 and capped at Php 100.00, on September 9 only.  J&T Express is a proud partner of Shopee in helping entrepreneurs and brands express their online business and provide deliveries to customers. Over the years of working together with Shopee, as one of the official delivery couriers of the e-commerce giant, J&T Express has remained dedicated to providing fast and reliable delivery service among Shopee customers and sellers. J&T Express also offers free pick-up service within Metro Manila so Filipinos, especially small businesses, can still send essentials to their customers and remain operational despite the strict lockdown period. Customers can choose from scheduling their free pick up online, mobile application, or phone call. To know more about the company’s services, visit https://www.jtexpress.ph/. 

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Start a Robinsons Bank UITF investment for just Php 1,000!

September 3, 2021

Being financially-savvy has now become a trend among Filipinos. Many are challenging themselves to save up for the future, whether it’s to prepare themselve for when they start a family, buy a new house, start their businesses and more.  However, Filipinos are now looking for better and more efficient ways to grow their savings. Investing is the road less traveled for numerous reasons: 1) it would require a big capital; 2) Zero to minimal knowledge; and 3) Lack of time to manage the fund.  If you’re one of the many Filipinos who has these same worries, today’s the day it will all go away.  Robinsons Bank thru its Trust and Investments Group has now launched the easiest and most affordable investment product in the market! Start your investment for as low as Php 1,000. There are three UITF products you can choose from, each suited for a different risk appetite: 1) Payday Money Market Fund, 2) Equity Index Feeder Fund, 3) Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund.  You don’t have to worry about the time it will take to manage your investment because RBank’s Trust professionals will be doing the work for you.  Payday Money Market Fund: Say #YEStoPaydayInvesting! The Robinsons Bank Payday Money Market Fund is a low-risk investment that is perfect for first-timers. With this fund, your money will have the potential to earn from investments in bank deposits, government-issued securities, and others. If you have a conservative risk appetite, this may be the UITF product for you.  You can also have a regular subscription in the Payday Money Market Fund every Payday (15th and 30th of the month)! Learn more: https://bit.ly/RBankPaydayUITF Equity Index Feeder Fund: Invest in the PSEi If you want to explore other investment products and thought of investing in big companies, the Equity Index Feeder Fund can suit you! In this fund, your money can earn by investing in the Top 20 pubicly-listed companies in the Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi). As long as these companies are growing, your funds will also grow. However, since this fund has relatively higher returns, it is also high-risk and suited for aggressive investors.  Learn more about this fund here: https://bit.ly/RBankeiUITF Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund: Get  potentially  higher returns! Last but not the least, maximize your fund’s earning potential by investing in emerging small to mid-sized companies listed in the Morgan Stanley Composite Index (MSCi) through the Equity Opportunity Index Fund. The companies listed here have the potential to grow, which means your investment can also grow with them! This fund aims to have better or higher returns than the MSCi. With higher returns, comes a higher-risk that’s suited for investors with an aggressive risk appetite.  Learn more about this fund here: https://bit.ly/RBankeoUITF  Your Php 1,000 can go a long way by investing in Robinsons Bank’s UITF products. However, to get the best results, always invest in long-term.  Ready to start your investment journey? Send an email to  TrustGroup@robinsonsbank.com.ph or call (02)8702-9546; (02) 8702 -9500 loc 48746, 48744. The Unit Investment Trust Fund is not a deposit and is not insured by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC). The returns cannot be guaranteed and historical NAVPU is for illustration of NAVPU movements/ fluctuations only. When redeeming, the proceeds may be less than the original investment and any losses will be solely for the account of the client. The trustee is not liable for any loss unless upon willful default, bad faith, or gross negligence.  Robinsons Bank is the financial services arm of the Gokongwei Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines. It currently ranks 18th among universal and commercial banks in the country, with assets amounting to Php 151.215 Bn Bn as of December 2020. The Bank is recognized as the Fastest Growing Retail Bank in the Philippines for 2019-2010 by The Global Banking and Finance Review; Fastest Growing Commercial Bank in the Philippines for 2019 and 2020 by the Global Business Outlook; and the Best Commercial Bank in the Philippines for 2020 by the International Business Magazine.

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Bajaj: Ang Bagong Biyahe sa Zamboanga Peninsula

September 3, 2021

Zamboanga Peninsula found its cream of the crop transportation vehicle five (5) years ago – a unique, symmetrically arranged three-wheeler that is powerful, safe, comfortable, and durable in Bajaj RE.  Trimotors, the exclusive distributor of Bajaj Three-wheelers in the Philippines continued its initiative in changing the landscape of the last-mile transportation nationwide by catering to the market’s need for updates and upgrades. With an outstanding availability in 800+ authorized dealer stores and more than 700 widely accessible parts and service shops, Bajaj RE stayed in its position as “Ang No. 1 Three-wheeler” and came through with its new advanced features: Sleek Dashboard w/ MP3 Player, Rear Seat Metal Doors, and Symmetrical Transparent Hood during an online launch last May 2021.  From the usual pampasada - Bajaj RE, Trimotors launched an addition of its three-wheelers through Bajaj Maxima series which offers every Zamboanguenos’ a tool and partner in achieving their business diskarte. This upgrade has bigger and better features powered by 236.2 CC DTS-i engine, Heavy-duty CV Shaft that can carry heavier loads and Dual Front Fork Suspension which continuously absorb shock and harsh motions. The Bajaj Maxima series is available in two (2) different models: The New Bajaj Maxima Z is the best for both transporting passengers and carrying loads due to its flexi-seating advantages with 60:40 foldable seats offering multi-purpose features tagged as “Ang multi-purpose partner sa Negosyo”. And Bajaj Maxima Cargo, a three-wheeler intended for hauling and delivering cargo loads now promises to deliver powerful solutions not just for the SMEs but fleet managers and public servants. Trimotors continue to expand its product categories and market availability through one of its partner dealers, Emcor, Inc. It is also the initiative to simultaneously bring progress to the locals of Western Mindanao. Continue to experience quality and comfort in a much preferred last-mile mobility – Ang Bagong Biyahe in Zamboanga Peninsula with Bajaj Three-wheelers. Know more about Bajaj Three-wheelers and its latest arangkada through www.bajaj.com.ph    ABOUT TRIMOTORS  Trimotors Technology Corporation is the exclusive distributor of Bajaj Three-wheelers here in the Philippines headed by its Executive Vice President and COO, Mr. Raul Jay R. Manglapus III.  Over the years of Trimotors is paving the way to provide the technologically advance three-wheelers through Bajaj RE – “Ang No. 1 Three-wheeler, Bajaj Maxima Z – “Ang multi-purpose partner sa Negosyo” and Bajaj Maxima Cargo – “Delivering Powerful Solutions”.  Bajaj Three-wheelers are widely available nationwide through its over 800 outstanding authorized dealer stores and 700+ parts and service shop to serve you.

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J&T Express to honor riders as modern heroes

June 25, 2021

J&T Express to honor riders as modern heroes  Bayani sa Makabagong Panahon campaign rewards exemplary delivery frontliners   This July, new heroes will be in town.   E-commerce delivery giant J&T Express Philippines will be holding J&T Heroes: Bayani sa Makabagong Panahon to recognize the contributions of its delivery riders, on July 2, 2021 via livestream on their official Facebook page.   Vice President of J&T Express Philippines Zoe Chi said the campaign exemplifies the company’s bayanihan spirt by “honoring our own frontliners who continuously support the company and Filipino community through these challenging times. Through this, we hope that everyone will recognize their dedication and personal sacrifices to provide us with safe, fast, and reliable delivery services so that we can continue on with our lives despite the pandemic.”   Out of hundreds of entries nationwide, only one will be named Hero Rider of the Year and will receive a new motorcycle as the grand prize. Criteria for J&T Heroes include exemplary performance with a 95-100% high success delivery rate; company loyalty with tenure since February 2020; a high degree of professionalism; and service satisfaction backed by testimonials from regular customers.   The virtual event will be livestreamed at 5:00 PM at www.facebook.com/jntexpressphilippines and will be hosted by one of the famoust actors in the industry Mr. Xian Lim, supported with a performance by singer and former Tawag ng Tanghalan contestant Gigi de Lana. The event is supported by J&T’s brand partners HINO, FOTON, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Realme, Prestone, Clorox, Gcash, and Shopee. Secondary local business sponsors include BELO Intelligent Skincare, Gfoxx International, ELITE Sales, American Authentic Apparel, Tink Custom Print, Seek Shine, Organic Skin, K-Cool, Leupp Watches, Jane Secret, Pocari Sweat and KUMU.   J&T Express strives to empower and prioritize both its customers and employees. Last month, the company released a second tranche of employee “ayuda” in the form of groceries and essentials to augment the daily needs of team members who have been affected by the lockdown. J&T has also extended help through various logistics services for COVID response and immediate disaster relief. The company is also dedicated to helping local online businesses grow by providing quality delivery services.   J&T Express Philippines currently has 600 branches caters to almost every province in the country 365 days a year even on holidays. Customers can easily track their packages real-time via J&T’s service platforms: mobile application, website, hotline, and social media. To know more about the company’s services, visit https://www.jtexpress.ph/.

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Sharp AQUOS - Two Decades of Excellence, Quality, and Innovation

June 18, 2021

Sharp AQUOS - Two Decades of Excellence, Quality, and Innovation   Sharp Philippines’ AQUOS LCD TV has entered its 20th anniversary. And what a better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than to launch a new series of 4K TVs? These upcoming LCD TVs remind us how much Sharp has innovated their products over two decades of providing quality entertainment products.   It felt just like yesterday, but 2001 was the pivoting point of Sharp when it turned its tube TVs into LCD TVs. Gone are the days when we had to hit the tube to get a clearer image; with the newest line-up from Sharp, all you have to do is power the device, sit back, and relax.   Sharp PH officially unveils a 70-inch 4K Smart Android TV with Google voice assistant and Google Duo for video call!   Since cinemas and theaters are still closed, it is a wise thing to invest in your home entertainment. A TV upgrade will definitely come in handy when you want to unwind with your loved ones after a tiring day at work. Who needs to go out for movies if you feast your eyes and ears on an immersive experience?     What are the top features of Sharp 4K SMART ANDROID TV 4T-C70CK3X? Hunting for the best TV to buy this year? Look no further as Sharp is bringing a new 4K TV in the Philippines with a 70-inch display, Dolby Audio, Chromecast built-in, and more! It's one of the company's innovative televisions that are equipped with tons of features. Let's look at the highlights below: Sleek and modern design When it comes to TV sizes, we just have one tip for you: Go big or go home. This TV boasts 70-inch screen goodness so it's like watching your favorite series and movies in your mini-cinema. Aside from that, it sports a minimalist design built with a super narrow bezel, making eyes focus more on the display. Richer in details The most obvious benefit of TVs with 4K resolutions is that their pictures have more detail and sharpness. After all, their 3840 x 2160 pixel counts equate to four times the resolution of the full HD pictures most of us are used to. Every hair on people’s heads, every leaf on every tree, every blade of grass on a football pitch, every star in the sky. Coupled with Sharp's AQUOS processor, viewing quality is enhanced to the optimal level. The manufacturer also emphasizes it can deliver outstanding picture quality because of X4 Master Engine Pro II. Basically, you’ve got an experience many describe as more like looking through a window than watching a TV. Dual speakers with Dolby Audio support Sound is important because of many things. It engages the audience, evokes emotional responses, emphasizes what’s on the screen, and is used to indicate mood. Thankfully, this 70-inch 4K Smart Android TV from Sharp is equipped with speakers with Dolby audio on both sides. As a result, you get crystal-clear sound effects with a surround-sound quality   Thousands of useful apps from Google Play Downloading all your favorite apps and games would be a smart way to maximize your television. By doing this, you can enjoy them on the big screen with easy access from your custom Android TV home screen. In addition to this, you can conveniently use this Sharp TV for video conferencing with teammates, family, or friends due to the inclusion of Google Duo.   Remote control with built-in voice assistant How does Google Assistant provide you a smarter viewing experience? One way is by giving you quick access to your shows and other media. In searching for content, this feature is handy since you don’t need to look through all your streaming apps yourself. Moreover, you can easily get answers on screen if you're performing a search on Google. You can also control other smart devices inside your home with this voice assistant. These are just a few features that the Sharp 4K Smart Android TV 4T-C70CK3X boasts. Stay tuned for its local pricing and availability. For updates, you may follow Sharp Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.   Father’s Day Exclusive Promo In celebration of Father’s Day, Sharp offered an exclusive promo for all fathers. For every purchase of selected products, you’ll get a wide variety of freebies. Visit and follow Sharp’s official Facebook page for more details.

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