Friday, May 31, 2024

OPPO AI Eraser: Redefining Mobile Photography


OPPO once again proves its dedication to delivering exceptional mobile photography with the roll-out of its AI Eraser tool 

OPPO continues to make waves in mobile photography by introducing flagship-grade generative AI object removal to a wider audience with the rollout of the AI Eraser in the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G, the brand's renowned line of Portrait Experts. 

OPPO’s AI Eraser is designed to help users seize and perfect life's best moments effortlessly, making mobile photography and editing easier and more enjoyable than ever. 

A Leap Beyond Traditional Tools

Traditional object removal tools often rely on local algorithms that struggle with precision, leading to incomplete and less than ideal edits. OPPO’s AI Eraser in the OPPO Reno11 Series, however, utilizes generative AI to offer a much higher degree of accuracy. This means users can erase objects from their photos with minimal residual artifacts, ensuring a more natural and flawless finish.

The key advantage of the OPPO AI Eraser is its ability to intelligently fill in the blanks left by removed objects. By analyzing the surrounding elements of the image, it can generate realistic textures and details that blend seamlessly with the original photo. This capability elevates the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G above its competitors, providing users with an editing tool that feels like a professional studio that they can easily access.

A User-Friendly and Efficient Journey

Whether you are trying to remove a photobomber in your sunset photo of Boracay or want to replace a pile of rubbish in your street photo captured with the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G, using the OPPO AI Eraser is simple and intuitive.

You just simply select a nearly perfect picture and tap on the 'Edit' option followed by 'AI Eraser'. Then you will use the 'Smart Lasso' to draw around the object you wish to remove, or 'Paint Over' to cover the object directly. The AI Eraser then works its magic, erasing the unwanted elements and filling in the gaps with generative AI technology.

This tool requires an internet connection to function, as it relies on cloud computing to process the edits. This ensures that the AI can leverage powerful computational resources to achieve the best results. Despite this dependency on connectivity, the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G includes other offline editing tools, ensuring users can still enhance their photos even when not connected to the internet.

OPPO's AI Eraser transcends typical editing tools; it’s a revolution in mobile photography. With its powerful generative AI, user-friendly interface, and commitment to privacy, the OPPO AI Eraser empowers users to create perfect photos effortlessly. Aside from the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G, the tool is also available in the OPPO Find N3 Series.

You can elevate your most memorable photos to a professional level with ease with the OPPO AI Eraser when you purchase any phone from the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G – OPPO Reno11 F 5G (PHP 18,999), OPPO Reno11 5G (PHP 24,999), and OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G (PHP 31,999). 

The OPPO Reno11 Series 5G is available at all authorized OPPO retail stores nationwide and on OPPO's official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop channels.

Have you registered for the MyOPPO app? Loyal OPPO users can still enjoy the last days of the summer season as OPPO is extending its MyOPPO Summer promo until June 16! It’s your last hurrah to play the Raining Rewards game on the app and grab exciting vouchers from partner brands such as Macao Imperial Tea, Llao Llao, McDonald’s, Domino’s, and Classic Savory. 

You’ll also have more time to share your summer memories with your OPPO device and win the ultimate Vacation Starter Pack which includes two (2) Php 10,000 shopping spree from CUL-DE-SAC at Level 2 of The Podium Mall, two (2) PHP 2,000 Klook eGift Certificates, and two (2) BASH Travel Organizers. Winners will be announced on the MyOPPO App.

For more information on the OPPO AI Eraser, OPPO Reno11 Series 5G, and MyOPPO App user benefits,  visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at and Facebook page. 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Exciting Job Opportunities Await at Foundever™ Recruitment Sites This June


Foundever™, a leading global player in the customer experience (CX) sector, is unveiling its job campaign this June at multiple locations such as Baguio, Pangasinan, Tarlac, and Metro Manila. Aspiring applicants have the chance to join a well-regarded, globally-recognized company with a diverse culture and vast global presence, employing hundreds of thousands worldwide and serving countless clients.

VP for Talent Acquisition, Willy Lim, expressed that applicants attending the Foundever Job Campaign will quickly grasp why the company secured four prestigious national and international accolades in the first quarter of 2024 alone.

"The awards not only acknowledge the exceptional workplace atmosphere, benefits, and other incentives at Foundever but also illustrate why Foundever stands out as one of the most sought-after employers in the nation," Lim stated.

Earlier this year, Foundever clinched the Best Places to Work Awards by Comparably, an esteemed international corporate evaluation platform located in California, USA. These accolades encompass the Best Global Culture, Best HR Teams, and Best Engineering Teams titles. Additionally, Foundever earned a spot on the Best Employers in the Philippines List as per a study conducted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Statista.

The Foundever Job Campaign is welcoming fresh recruits and applicants at various sites and dates:

In NCR - Resources for the Blind, Inc., Focus Group Discussion (June 1); Southville College Job Fair, Southville College (June 1); Independence Job Fair, PESO Caloocan (June 12); Independence Job Fair, PESO Pasig (June 12); PESO Caloocan Kalayaan Job Fair, PESO Caloocan (June 12); PESO Navotas Kalayaan Job Fair, PESO Navotas (June 12); PESO Quezon City Kalayaan Job Fair, PESO Quezon City (June 12); PESO Marikina Kalayaan Job Fair, PESO Marikina (June 12); PESO Pasig Kalayaan Job Fair, PESO Pasig (June 12).

In Baguio – DMMMSU MLUC Youth Job Fair, PESO La Union (June 6); NEPO Mall Dagupan Job Fair, PESO Dagupan (June 6); PESO Lingayen Job Fair, PESO Pangasinan (June 28).

In Tarlac – Dominican College of Tarlac Academe Road Show, Dominican College of Tarlac (June 3); Tarlac Agricultural University Virtual Academe Road Show, Tarlac Agricultural University (June 4); Tarlac Agricultural University Career Fair (June 7); DSWD Caravan of Services, DSWD Tarlac (June 11); Philippine Independence Day Job Fair, PESO Cabanatuan (June 12); Tarlac State University Pre-Employment Seminar, Tarlac State University (June 14).

Discover more employment opportunities at Foundever here:

Large Crowd Gathers at SM City Grand Central for SAGALAHAN 2024


The annual "Sagalahan sa Grand Central" event at SM City Grand Central attracted a significant number of attendees, showcasing the lively and festive essence of Filipino culture. This traditional Santacruzan, a May celebration, turned the mall into a vibrant display of history and festivity. 

The festivities commenced with a grand procession featuring Reyna Elena and Constantine, representing Queen Helena and her consort. Dressed in elaborate attire and adorned with detailed crowns, they were accompanied by sagalas symbolizing various virtues, characters, and figures from Christian stories. The procession weaved through the mall's main atrium, concluding with a spectacular display on the fifth floor.


To wrap up the event, participants gathered to present flowers and prayers in tribute to the Virgin Mary. Organized by The Chapel of Our Most Holy Rosary in collaboration with SM City Grand Central and led by Chaplain Fr. Paul Nicklaus C. Woo, the "Sagalahan sa Grand Central" event not only honored tradition but also united the community in a vibrant celebration of faith and heritage.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Converge Execs to take center stage at Asia Tech x Singapore 2024

Leading fiber broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. will take the opportunity to showcase the impact of technology as a catalyst for inclusive growth, embedding sustainability in technology practice, and at the same time, exploring the emerging applications of artificial intelligence at the upcoming, mega tech trade show and festival, Asia Tech X Singapore. 

Benjamin Azada, Chief Commercial Officer
Converge ICT Solutions Inc

Converge Chief Commercial Officer, Benjamin B. Azada, and Chief Network Transformation Officer Paulo Martin ‘Santi’ Santos will join more than 200 market disruptors, technology vendors, system integrators, cloud providers, regulators and industry stakeholders at the Asia Pacific’s most awaited tech gathering. 

“We’re excited to have this platform to show how Converge has been fulfilling its mission to leave no Filipino behind, while also discussing how sustainability has increasingly been integrated into our operations in the past several years. The broader context of the role of technology in development and in sustainability are sure to spur lively discussions,” said Azada.  

Paulo Santos,Chief Transformation Officer
 Converge ICT Solutions Inc

“Application of artificial intelligence in the telco industry is already pervasive and this venue is the perfect opportunity to look at how companies like Converge are using AI in predictive maintenance of the network, as well as what we’re doing to enhance cybersecurity,” said Santos. 

International audiences will hear of Converge’s journey from a small ICT company in Pampanga to becoming a major broadband provider with nationwide presence, gradually contributing to job creation and technology innovation on a wider scale. The sustainability panel will underline the sustainability measures that Converge has undertaken in the past years, including its gradual shift to renewable energy and its waste management program. On artificial intelligence, Converge will highlight its Network Intelligence and Automation Platform (NIAP), an AI-powered solution that is integrated into fault detection and performance management, to name just two areas. 

Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) is Asia's flagship tech event jointly organized by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Informa Tech, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board. CommunicAsia is a feature event that will run alongside tech-focused tracks gathering international industry experts, business leaders, and government stakeholders to discuss technologies and innovation in revolutionizing the converged ecosystem and today’s digital world. 

CommunicAsia is an annual trade fair and platform for information and communication technology, held at the Singapore Expo as part of Asia Tech X Singapore. It is organized by Informa Tech, a subsidiary of Informa PLC, a leading global provider of specialist information and services. The fair covers a wide range of topics related to information and communication technology. Key themes at CommunicAsia in Singapore focus strongly on the next steps in telecommunication technology, particularly the challenges and opportunities of 5G.

Final Boarding Call: Don’t Miss Big Bad Wolf’s Last Few Days at Parqal!


Heads up, Manila Wolfies! The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the world’s biggest book sale, is leaving Parqal, Aseana City, soon! Catch the book sale on the 3rd floor of Parqal until June 2, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight. Act fast! And who knows, the next stop could be just around the corner!

Don’t miss exclusive discounts and promos that will make customers add amazing titles to their shelves. As a last hurrah for Parqal, Big Bad Wolf is offering a Buy 10 Get 1 Free promo! Get 10 titles and Big Bad Wolf is throwing in 1 book for free! Grab this amazing promo from May 29 to May 30. Metrobank credit cardholders can still avail of the special 0% 3-month installment promotions for single-receipt purchases worth P3,000 and up. Plus, Swedish furnishing brand IKEA is still giving customers a chance to experience their reading nook setup plus a chance to win over P50,000 worth of prizes!

There are still a few days left to be part of the historic “Big Bad Tour: 1 New Million Readers” campaign launched by Big Bad wolf as part of its commitment to make books accessible and to promote literacy and reading in the country. 

With a lineup of events and activities, the book sale ensured fun for everyone! Esteemed figures Bro. Bo Sanchez and Bernadette Sembrano held book signings last May 25, 2024. If you missed these exciting activities, fear not, Wolfies! More exciting things are up ahead! 

Hurry! You never know when the Wolf is returning to Manila, but here’s a hint: it might be sooner than you think. Drop by the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at the 3rd floor of Parqal, Aseana City, happening until June 2, 2024. Doors are open from 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight daily. Admission is free! Grab your totes and catch insane deals and promos at the world’s biggest book sale before it wraps up in Parqal. See you there!

For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf’s current and upcoming Book Sales, you can visit their website or check out their social media accounts (Facebook | Instagram)  

TANG introduces Scan to Win promo

TANG introduces the Scan to Win promo, offering an interactive and rewarding way to engage and refresh customers.

As the summer season continues, Tang offers a delightful way to cool down with its latest Scan to Win promo. By participating, customers have the chance to win fantastic prizes worth up to P10 million through a simple four-step process. To join, purchase a specially marked Tang pack, locate the unique promo code inside, scan the QR code, enter the promo code, and register via the messenger chatbot. The best part? You get to find out immediately if you are one of the instant winners of P50 and P100 GCash credits.

Don’t feel bad though if you don’t win any of the instant prizes. This year’s Scan to Win promo is one of Tang’s biggest yet, so you can also look forward to bigger and more exciting prizes in the weekly and monthly raffle draws. Weekly prizes include limited-edition Toy Story tumblers and backpacks that are sure to be a hit among kids. Brand-new Samsung Galaxy A8 Tablets are also up for grabs in the weekly draws. For the monthly draws, lucky winners get to bring home P20,000 worth of GCash credits.

To elevate the excitement, Tang presents the Tang Packtivation Blowout, an additional element to the Scan to Win promo. Customers visiting the Trinoma event on June 7 and 8 can enjoy a free slushy with the purchase of a specially marked Tang pack at the Tang Packtivation Blowout booth. This special treat offers a variety of delicious fruity flavors rich in Vitamin C, D, and Zinc, perfectly suited for the summer heat.

For further details on the Tang Scan to Win promotion and updates regarding the Tang Packtivation Blowout, please visit Tang Philippines’ official Facebook page.

The Great BDO Travel Sale

Book your next adventure at The Great BDO Travel Sale

Exciting travel deals await BDO Debit and Credit Cardholders in Manila, Davao, and Cebu.

The Great BDO Travel Sale is heading back to SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premier on May 30 to June 2, 2024! Discover your next adventure and enjoy exciting travel deals to local and international destinations with your BDO Debit and Credit Card.

With an extensive line-up of travel partners, you can embark on exciting new adventures to your favorite city or new destinations. Whether you envision yourself basking under the sun and traveling to sandy beaches, exploring the vibrant streets of bustling cities, or marveling at snowy landscapes, the Great BDO Travel sale is your gateway to these remarkable travel experiences. 

BDO Cardholders can book from the following travel partners on-ground, online, or both. The on- ground event opens from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.  Here’s the lineup:

For more details, visit 

Apart from exclusive rates offered by our airline partners, travel and cruise packages are also available for cardholders. BDO Credit Cardholders can also take advantage of our installment options. Enjoy our FLY NOW, PAY LATER offer using your BDO Credit Card from select travel partners and avail 0% interest on 3 months term. Applicable to Philippine Peso credit card transaction and not applicable for online booking.

You can also earn up to P7,500 in cashback through BDO’s Spend Anywhere promo by reaching a set cumulative spend by July 31, 2024. 

For more details on the Spend Anywhere promo, visit 

The Great BDO Travel Sale will also be in Cebu and Davao. Here’s the complete travel sale schedule:

  • Manila – SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premier on May 30 to June 2, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Cebu – LGF, Main Mall Atrium, SM City Cebu on June 21 to 23, from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm 
  • Davao – Mall Atrium, SM Lanang on June 28 to 30, from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Can’t make it to the on-ground event? You can still book exclusive travel deals online at from select travel partners.

Get Up to P10k Welcome Cashback!

Live Better with all the deals you get from being a BDO Credit Cardholder. Activate your new BDO Credit Card and get up to P10,000 cashback! Promo is exclusive for new cards approved from April 1 to August 31, 2024. T&Cs apply. For details, visit

No BDO Credit Card yet? Apply now! 

You may also enjoy all these deals and promos with your BDO Debit Card. No BDO Debit Card yet? Open an account online at or visit the nearest BDO branch.

Terms & Conditions apply.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Embracing Achievements Through Photography: A Timeless Celebration with Great Image

Discover How Great Image Helps Preserve Every Milestone

When was the last time you paused to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments in life? Amid the chaos of daily responsibilities, it's common to overlook the significant moments that shape our personal journey. Commemorating milestones serves as a poignant reminder that, irrespective of challenges, it is always possible to embrace our potential and strive for excellence. What better way to honor these moments of triumph than through the art of photography? With Great Image, you have the opportunity to immortalize your successes, capturing them as a testament to your progress and a reflection of your boundless capabilities.

Reflecting on Past Triumphs

Each photograph serves as a tangible memento of the obstacles we have overcome and the victories we have savored. Consider your educational journey, from early school years to higher education. Every graduation snapshot narrates a tale of perseverance and achievement. Even if there were interruptions in your academic pursuits due to work commitments, that graduation photograph, symbolizing the attainment of your degree, embodies your resilience and dedication. It underscores the idea that it is never too late to realize your aspirations.

Capturing Fresh Beginnings

In the ever-evolving landscape of life, photography emerges as a beacon of hope and rejuvenation. It enables us to seize the excitement and optimism that accompany new ventures, whether embarking on a fresh career path or pursuing a long-held passion. Even the simplest images, such as your initial ID photo for job applications, signify a new chapter as you transition into adulthood. Each picture reaffirms your readiness to embrace change and strive for greatness.

Preserving Milestones for Eternity

We all ascend to new heights at our own pace, and these milestones warrant celebration. Photography empowers us to immortalize these special moments indefinitely. Ponder on the couples who, after years of companionship, finally capture their wedding memories or those who welcome a newborn after a prolonged journey. These photographs epitomize their patience and dedication, inspiring others to chase their aspirations, regardless of their current life stage.

Acknowledging Personal Growth

Reflecting on our personal evolution can be a potent catalyst for development. Photography offers a distinctive lens through which we can observe our voyage of self-discovery. By encapsulating instances of introspection and self-acceptance, we honor the distance we have traversed and the hurdles we have surmounted. For instance, an individual grappling with self-assurance may find solace in posing for a professional portrait, signifying their newfound self-acceptance and inner fortitude.

Embracing One's Greatness

Recognizing that greatness knows no age or circumstance instills a sense of liberation. It underscores that magnificence is not tethered to external factors but to our resolve in pursuing dreams and embracing uncertainties. Throughout this expedition, we can chronicle our evolution and triumphs, with Great Image standing as a steadfast ally every step of the way.

Great Image commemorates your journey through exemplary photography services. Leveraging cutting-edge technology and adept photographers, they encapsulate your milestones with precision and empathy. Whether it's a graduation, wedding, self-portrait, maternity shoot, or a professional headshot, Great Image stands ready to capture your defining moments.

Furthermore, elevate your brilliance even further! Great Image presents a special promotion: a COMPLIMENTARY 3R PRINT with the promo code GI3RPR. This exclusive opportunity is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis at Great Image outlets nationwide. Seize this limited-time chance to immortalize your triumphs with a complimentary print from Great Image!

To delve deeper into Great Image and their array of photography services, visit their website at or engage with them on their Facebook and Instagram platforms.

Enhance Your Sleep Haven with Home Bless 5A BedTech: Where Comfort Meets Innovation

Your home serves as your sanctuary, a place where comfort and cleanliness should embrace you daily. Establishing a space that exudes both warmth and tranquility is crucial for your overall well-being.

Recognizing this essential need, the home textile brand Home Bless presents a range of chic and eco-friendly textiles crafted to elevate your living environment. Through Home Bless, you can immerse yourself in timeless elegance, unparalleled quality, and state-of-the-art technology, transforming your bedroom into a haven of peace and relaxation.

Home Bless products cater to individuals seeking to personalize their living spaces authentically. Whether you are a young adult setting up your first home or a family aiming to revitalize your decor, Home Bless offers an experience that nurtures a sense of value. These products are meticulously designed to assist you in creating a space that is not only fashionable and comfortable but also inviting.

Central to Home Bless's collection is their line infused with 5A BedTech, embodying the brand's commitment to health, comfort, style, and innovation. Each item is ethically produced using breathable fibers, showcasing the expertise of artisans devoted to crafting premium textiles that offer a multitude of benefits.

Health and hygiene. The 5A BedTech series is designed with your health in mind. It features anti-allergy, anti-bacteria, anti-mite, anti-mould, and anti-moist properties, ensuring a hygienic sleeping environment. This collection has undergone rigorous testing by the Chinese Industry Association for Anti-Microbial Materials and Products (CIAA), China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS), and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to achieve the prestigious 5A certification, proving its ability to completely block allergens, inhibit mould growth, and reduce dust mites that trigger allergies and asthma. Additionally, it controls odor and improves sleep quality, maintaining its exceptional performance even after 50 washes.

Innovation and sustainability. To ensure the sustainability of their products, Home Bless uses textiles developed with advanced patented technology. These have been proven by the American IBT laboratory and Swiss SGS, showcasing their dedication to providing high-quality products that stand the test of time.

Aesthetic style and cool comfort. Home Bless’ 5A BedTech products seamlessly combine aesthetic appeal with cool comfort, bringing a touch of elegance to any bedroom. Their innovative cool feeling technology, featuring an open and regular molecular structure, allows air to flow effectively, ensuring that your bedding remains refreshingly cool even during the hottest months. This blend of style and functionality not only enhances the visual charm of your living space but also significantly upgrades your comfort, creating an inviting retreat within your home.

The power of Home Blessing. Home Bless believes in the power of a well-cared-for home to foster warmth, well-being, and peaceful sleep. Quality sleep is crucial for maintaining overall health, rejuvenating the mind and body, and boosting the mood and   immune system. The brand is committed to supporting quality sleep, along with creating an environment where individuals and families can relax and build lasting memories. Surround yourself with the softness and purity of Home Bless textiles and elevate your everyday living experience.

Immerse yourself in the blessings of health, hygiene, and harmony with Home Bless. Visit; follow Home Bless on Instagram (, Facebook (, and TikTok (; and shop in their official Lazada store ( to discover how Home Bless can transform your home into a haven of comfort and style.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Makes Its Inaugural Stop in Parqal to Cultivate a Million New Readers


Calling all book enthusiasts in Manila! The much-awaited return of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the world's largest book sale, is here! Back in Manila, Big Bad Wolf Books' revival also heralds the launch of the "Big Bad Tour: Mission 1 New Million Readers" campaign, which will kick off at Parqal, Aseana City from May 24 to June 2, 2024.

The sale offers a vast selection of over two million budget-friendly books covering various genres, including children's literature, educational reads, and Filipino titles. And there's more! To ensure broader accessibility and encourage reading habits among Filipinos, the sale presents exclusive deals and discounts. For instance, Metrobank credit cardholders can avail of a special 0% 3-month installment plan for purchases over P3,000.

Making a comeback, Swedish furnishing brand IKEA joins the book sale to offer readers a cozy treat and a chance to win prizes worth over P50,000! Stay tuned for details on this exciting promo on Big Bad Wolf Books' social media platforms.

Big Bad Wolf Books co-founder Andrew Yap 
Co-founder of Big Bad Wolf Books, Andrew Yap, emphasized, "This book sale is all about bringing literature within everyone's reach, regardless of their background." He added, "Our aim is to place books in the hands of as many readers as possible, empowering individuals, especially the youth, and transforming communities through the joy of books."

Big Bad Wolf Books Philippine Managing Partner Carol Chuaying

Philippine Managing Partner of Big Bad Wolf Books, Carol Chuaying, discussed the campaign to reach one million new readers, highlighting the life-changing potential of books. She expressed optimism about igniting a passion for reading that would drive educational advancement and personal growth nationwide. Chuaying noted, "We are excited by the enthusiastic response and believe that together we can achieve the goal of reaching one million readers."

DSWD Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo

The official launch event of the "Big Bad Tour: 1 New Million Readers" campaign was a celebration highlighted by the symbolic donation of books through the Red Readerhood Program. Books were turned over to Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo.

The event also featured representatives from partner organizations of Big Bad Wolf Books, including Metrobank Credit Card General Usage Head Emily Koa, IKEA Marketing and PR Manager Patrick Marcelo, IKEA Philippines Country Inspiration and Communication Manager Jasmin Cruz, and Aseana City CEO Delfin Angelo Wenceslao.

Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino
Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino commended the initiative, citing its profound impact on lives. He emphasized the importance of education and literacy for a brighter future. DSWD Undersecretary Fatima Aliah Dimaporo seconded these sentiments, highlighting the value of reading and accessible books in shaping the country's future.

Big Bad Wolf Books’ donations to DSWD
The book sale guarantees to be a spectacular event! Alongside amazing discounts, attendees can expect engaging activities, author meet-and-greets, literary workshops, and exclusive book signings with renowned personalities like Bro. Bo Sanchez and Bernadette Sembrano, among others!

As the doors open to a world of books, Big Bad Wolf Books invites readers of all levels to join the endeavor and be part of the mission to reach a million new readers. Experience the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at Parqal, Aseana City from May 24 to June 2, 2024. Doors open daily from 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, and entry is free! See you there! 

For updates on Big Bad Wolf's current and upcoming Book Sales, visit their website or follow them on their social media accounts (Facebook | Instagram).

(L-R  DSWD Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo, Mommy Blogger Reylen Castro, Big Bad Wolf Books co-founder Andrew Yap, and DJ Tony Toni) 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Cavite Surf2Sawa Dealers Achieve Success with High-Quality Prepaid Fiber Services

Founders of Cavite Surf2Sawa dealership company, Pits Telecom. (From left) Garry Inaclang, Eleazar Papa, and Melvin Baysa.

Surf2Sawa (S2S), Converge ICT Solutions' prepaid fiber internet brand, has become a gateway for many Filipinos to access broadband connectivity. This affordable solution has empowered people to embrace a technology-driven lifestyle.
Not only has S2S provided value to its users, but it has also transformed the lives of Converge S2S partners, who strive to bring the service to customers across the country. In Cavite, the owners of the S2S dealership company Pits Telecom, namely Garry Inaclang, Eleazar Papa, and Melvin Baysa, have experienced a complete turnaround in their lives. They transitioned from being installers and technicians to daring entrepreneurs.
Initially hesitant due to their technical expertise and limited sales knowledge, the trio eventually decided to take a chance on S2S. They launched Surf2Sawa in Cavite in March 2023 and maximized their capabilities as a three-man team. Their responsibilities included attracting new customers through social media, door-to-door sales, installations, repairs, and prepaid load sales.
Their dedication paid off as satisfied subscribers spread the word about S2S, leading to an increase in customers. Within less than a year, their daily connections went from one or two households to 12 to 15. To meet the demand, they expanded their installation crew from the original founders to a total of six teams across Cavite. They also hired sales agents to improve their marketing efforts, particularly on social media platforms.
Garry recalls how challenging it was at the beginning when S2S was new in Cavite. The concept of unlimited internet and prepaid fiber at a monthly rate of P700 was met with skepticism. However, over time, S2S gained recognition, and now clients actively seek their services. This shift has allowed the founders to spend more time with their families while managing the business.
The success of Pits Telecom through S2S has enabled the founders to create further opportunities for themselves. They established Pits Laundry, a small-scale laundry service, using their profits. They named it after their S2S dealership, further diversifying their income streams.
Their aspiration is to expand their business and continue to empower Cavite households with affordable and reliable fiber internet connections. By leveraging their installation teams and agents, Pits Telecom aims to serve the entire Cavite region and potentially expand into neighboring provinces.
The story of Pits Telecom mirrors their desire to improve their lives, inspired by the television character Pepito Manaloto, also known as Pareng Pits, after whom they named their company. They hope that their partnership with S2S will bring them the same level of success.

To learn more about their inspiring journey, you can watch their full story here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Discover the Top 5 Features of the OPPO Reno11 F 5G, Your Perfect Travel Companion

Traveling serves as more than just an escape; it plays a vital role in rejuvenating your body, mind, and soul. Whether you seek to immerse yourself in new destinations and cultures or simply break free from your daily grind, travel offers therapeutic benefits and contributes to mental well-being.

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G is a smartphone crafted to enhance your travel adventures and serve as your ultimate travel companion. Boasting a nature-inspired design, impressive performance, and exceptional camera features, it's undoubtedly the ideal partner for your journeys.

Whether your travels are for business or leisure, whether you're exploring the pristine beaches of Palawan or the bustling streets of Cebu, the OPPO Reno11 F 5G is the perfect choice for you!

Planning your upcoming escape and in search of a dependable mobile device to enhance your experience? Discover five standout features that make the OPPO Reno11 F 5G as an essential companion for your next adventure.

Sleek, Stylish, and lightweight phone for light packing 

Traveling light has never been easier with the OPPO Reno11 F 5G. Weighing in at just  177 grams and featuring a 7.54mm ultra-slim body, it can fit comfortably in your pocket or bag. Its matte, flat sides and rounded corners provide a perfect grip, ideal for extended use while you navigate the hidden gems of Batanes or document the lush landscapes of the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

The eye-catching Sunshine Ring camera and polished back add a touch of elegance, making it not just a handy device,  but also a stylish accessory to complete your travel OOTDs. 

Ultra-Clear Triple Camera for to capture travel memories 

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G is the newest Portrait Expert from the renowned Reno Series, which is known to offer  astounding imaging capabilities.. 

Its 64MP main camera ensures crisp and vibrant photos, whether you're shooting the sunset over Manila Bay or the majestic landscape of rock formations in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The 8MP ultra-wide camera is perfect for panoramic shots of the white sands of Boracay, while the 2MP macro camera lets you capture intricate details of exotic flora in parks like La Mesa Ecopark. 

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G’s Portrait Expert Engine allows you to snap authentic portraits that bring out the true essence of your subjects. By experimenting with its different capabilities, you can highlight the personality and character of your subjects, capturing memorable moments on your adventures. 

Editing photos is also a breeze now with the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G with the roll-out of OPPO’sAI Eraser Tool. With the AI Eraser, every Reno11 Series 5G device, including the OPPO Reno11 F 5G,  can easily remove objects from photos by simply encircling or selecting them. 

Long-Lasting Battery with Fast Charging perfect for long rides 

Traveling can involve long bus, boat, or airplane rides. That’s why it’s important for you to stay connected and entertained on these long journeys. With the OPPO Reno11 F 5G's 5000mAh battery, you will never worry about running out of power while enjoying a full day of exploring and documenting your adventures across the Philippines without worrying about running out of power. 

The 67W SUPERVOOC™ fast charging feature provides over 90 minutes of YouTube streaming after just a quick five-minute charge. You can power up your OPPO Reno11 F 5G to 62% in 20 minutes and fully charge it in just 48 minutes, allowing you to get back to capturing the stunning beauty of Vigan's historic streets in Calle Crisologo or the man made forest in La Union.

Durability and Reliability to compliment your Extreme Adventures

Travel can be unpredictable at times, but the OPPO Reno11 F 5G is built to withstand the elements. With an IP65 rating, the OPPO Reno11 F 5G  can handle splashing, water and dust. This is especially perfect for outdoor adventures like hiking up Mt. Pulag or island-hopping in Siargao. Its tested durability, including 100,000 volume key presses and 200,000 power button presses, ensures reliability for years, so you can focus on creating memories without worrying about your phone's performance.

Stunning Visuals with Borderless Display for immersive entertainment on the road

Immerse yourself in the captivating visuals of the Reno11 F 5G's Borderless 120Hz AMOLED display. The super-slim bezels and 93.4% screen-to-body ratio offer an expansive view, perfect for viewing stunning photos you’ve taken on El Nido's limestone cliffs or videos of your ATV Ride in the foot of Mayon Volcano. With a maximum brightness of 900 nits and local peak brightness of 1100 nits for HDR content, you can easily use your phone under the bright tropical sun.

Discover the Philippines and even the world  with the OPPO Reno11 F 5G, your ultimate travel companion. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or an occasional explorer, this smartphone offers everything you need to make your journeys unforgettable.

Get your hands on the OPPO Reno11 F 5G today, available for onlyPhp 18,999 in all authorized OPPO retail stores nationwide and on OPPO’s official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop channels. Customers who will purchase the OPPO Reno11 F 5G until June will also get an exclusive postcard set of the KPop group BSS (SEVENTEEN).

If you are also looking for a more advanced and powerful Portrait Expert, go for the OPPO Reno11 5G. You’re in for a treat as you can save PHP 2,000 (from PHP 24,999 to PHP 22,999) when you purchase until May 31. 

For more information on the OPPO Reno11 Series 5G, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at and Facebook page. 

Home Credit, Puregold Form Partnership to Expand Access to Convenient and Flexible Consumer Product Purchases Through Credit

Remaining true to its dedication to serving as the financial partner of Filipinos, Home Credit Philippines (HCPH) has recently established a collaboration with Puregold, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, enabling customers to utilize credit for their essential purchases.

This newly introduced partnership provides Puregold customers nationwide with a simple, convenient, and secure method of buying groceries using either the Home Credit Card or Qwarta. Moreover, customers will have access to various seasonal, brand-specific, and exclusive offers through this initiative.

The Home Credit Card, HCPH's premium revolving product, offers eligible customers a Visa credit card with a 3% load discount, no additional fees for bill payments, an interest-free option for up to 45 days per month, and a low interest fee of 3%. On the other hand, Qwarta is HCPH's virtual shopping line accessible through the My Home Credit App, allowing users to purchase load, settle bills, buy groceries (via QR code), and shop online.

“Home Credit is steadfast in its role of being a financial partner to Filipinos to help them realize and achieve the life that they want for themselves. This collaboration with one of the country’s biggest chain of supermarkets enables us to strengthen this commitment and reach more people nationwide with offers that can help them better manage their finances,” Sheila Paul, Chief Marketing Officer of HCPH, said.   

This seamless payment journey only involves three easy steps, starting with the customers’ download of the My Home Credit App. Those who are eligible to use Home Credit’s Qwarta or those who have a Home Credit credit card may then generate a QR code that, lastly, they will present to a Puregold’s cashier for scanning to complete their purchase.

“As we approach the remarkable milestone of having 500 stores nationwide, our unwavering commitment to our company’s core values is stronger. We are not just a retail business, but an enterprise of service, dedicated to supporting lives and nurturing stronger communities across the country. 

This strategic partnership with Home Credit Philippines allows us to further amplify flexibility and convenience for our valued customers and Ka-Asensos,” Jenny Jacintos, Senior Manager for Merchandising and Marketing Services of Puregold. 

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in Shopping Mall Philippines.     

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).   

Monday, May 20, 2024

The OPPO Pad Neo is the tablet that checks the boxes for your daily needs

Are you someone who can handle multiple tasks at once? Or do you prefer spending your day on the couch, binge-watching and playing games? Whatever your preference, having a handy gadget with you is essential for your daily activities. While mobile phones are convenient and lightweight, sometimes a good old tablet is just what you need. Tablets help us stay organized, entertained, and focused throughout the day. If you're still reading this, chances are you're looking for a reliable tablet to enhance your daily tasks and satisfy your tech needs, or perhaps you know someone who could use an upgrade. Introducing the OPPO Pad Neo - a sleek and powerful tablet that boosts your productivity in a compact package.

Here are reasons why the OPPO Pad Neo is fit for your everyday productivity and entertainment needs:

A long-lasting battery and an eye-friendly high-resolution screen

You’re on a roll with your work tasks or binge-watching your favorite show. Nothing could kill your momentum more than a drained battery. That won’t be the case with the OPPO Pad Neo, which has a massive 8,000 mAh battery ensures long hours of usage without the power depleting quickly. When you do need to charge, using its lightning-fast 33W SUPERVOOC charging will get you back up and running in no time. 10% power up in just 10 minutes to be exact. Say goodbye to battery anxiety!

Your eyes will likely be glued to the screen for hours with all that power. How do you take care of your eyes, so you don’t sacrifice comfort? You’ll be glad to know the OPPO Pad Neo comes equipped with a large 11.4-inch eye-care display, complete with low blue light technology and Smart Color Temperature Adjustment. You'll have a more comfortable viewing experience, whether you're burning the midnight oil or watching  tons of videos to sleep. 

Transfer files and work smoothly with Seamless Cross-Device Connectivity

Being able to switch between your tablet and phone without missing a beat is the ultimate flex. Thankfully, with the OPPO Pad Neo's seamless cross-device connectivity, you can do just that. Whether you're sharing files between devices or multitasking like a pro, the OPPO Pad Neo has got you covered. And with its powerful Trinity Engine and MediaTek Helio G99 processor, you can expect nothing but smooth sailing, no matter what the day throws your way.

The OPPO Pad Neo enables effortless sharing of content and tasks within other devices in the OPPO ecosystem, especially the OPPO Reno11 5G, Reno11 Pro 5G, and Reno11 F 5G. On top of this, the Trinity Engine and MediaTek Helio G99 processor of the OPPO Pad Neo delivers smooth performance and versatile functionality for all-day usage.

The OPPO Pad Neo is priced at PHP 15,999 and available in Space Gray colorway. You can find these in OPPO brand stores nationwide and in the official OPPO stores on Shopee, Lazada and TikTok Shop. If you also plan to buy the OPPO Reno 11 5G, you’re in for a treat as you can save PHP 2,000 (from PHP 24,999 to PHP 22,999) when you purchase until May 31. 

For more information on the OPPO Reno 11 Series 5G, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at and Facebook page. 

Converge's Progress Towards Sustainable Development on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Converge President and Co-Founder (fifth from Left), Maria Grace Y. Uy and Chief Sustainability Officer Benjamin Azada (fourth from Left) are behind company initiatives to reduce waste to landfill output, such as the Countdown to Zero waste program. 

The current landscape of connectivity and information is more robust and transformative than ever before. The influence of digital technology has reshaped the global economy and societies, introducing a mix of positive and negative impacts. For companies in the ICT sector like Converge, harnessing these forces requires a delicate balance to align with global development goals while mitigating the downsides of rapid technological advancements.

On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, marked by the theme of Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development, Converge stands at the forefront of sustainability efforts. Benjamin Azada, Converge's Chief Sustainability Officer, emphasized the company's significant strides towards meeting its sustainability objectives.

Central to Converge's sustainability agenda is its alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 9, which focuses on Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. By expanding its pure fiber network nationwide, Converge has reached a milestone of 16 million homes passed with a household coverage of 60% as of March 2024.

In an effort to bridge the digital divide and cater to underserved communities, Converge introduced two new products in 2023: Surf2Sawa and BIDA Fiber. These products target affordability, a key barrier to fiber broadband access. This initiative aligns with SDG No. 1, which aims to alleviate poverty in all its dimensions.

Converge garnered an improved Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rating on S&P Global’s annual evaluation of companies’ management of ESG risks, opportunities, and impacts in November 2023. 

Amidst the shift to digital learning post-pandemic, Converge's fiber broadband connectivity plays a crucial role in enhancing access to quality education (SDG 4). Additionally, the company contributes to fostering inclusive growth and decent work opportunities by facilitating access to employment and entrepreneurial resources.

In its operational strategy, Converge prioritizes energy efficiency, as evidenced by its efforts to reduce the energy intensity of network operations. Achieving a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.53 in the Pasig data center and 1.6 in Pampanga signifies a significant improvement towards energy efficiency goals. Moreover, Converge aims to transition more facilities to renewable energy to qualify for the Department of Energy's Retail Competition and Open Access program.

Converge actively engages employees and the public in its sustainability initiatives, notably through the Zero Waste campaign, which targets zero waste to landfill by 2030. The company encourages recycling of customer premises equipment and accepts e-waste donations from employees for proper disposal. Furthermore, Converge has registered its Extended Producer's Responsibility (EPR) Program with the National Solid Waste Management Commission, demonstrating its commitment to responsible waste management.

In conclusion, Converge's endeavors in 2023 and beyond underscore its dedication to sustainable growth. In a rapidly evolving ICT sector, embracing a sustainable mindset may appear challenging, but Converge remains steadfast in its pursuit of a safe and sustainable future for all, taking measured steps towards this vision.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Step Into a World of Colorful Fun at SM Baliwag's Rainbow City

Family and friends will have fun creating memories at SM City Baliwag’s Rainbow City attraction.

Exploring SM City Baliwag always promises an exciting adventure. Beyond its array of global and local retail outlets, dining choices, and specialty stores, the mall is dedicated to enhancing the shopping experience with its latest attraction, Rainbow City, which has captured the hearts of visitors of all ages.

Rainbow City brings a visual feast to onlookers, including kids. Check out this colorful installation at the Mall Atrium of SM City Baliwag.

SM City Baliwag hopes to bring mallgoers delight while shopping as the mall introduces Rainbow City, its latest indoor attraction located at the Mall Atrium.

Kids are in pure delight as they experience the Rainbow City’s exhibition of lights and colors at SM City Baliwag

Located in the Mall Atrium, Rainbow City at SM City Baliwag fills the 47x35 feet space with a burst of vibrant colors inspired by the rainbow. This enchanting area provides shoppers with the opportunity to create lasting memories amidst the playful elements that surround them. Each 3 x 4-meter rainbow installation captivates with its vivid hues and whimsical design, offering a visual delight to all who behold it.

Celebrate togetherness and snap beautiful photos at SM City Baliwag’s immersive installation, the Rainbow City.
Rodora Tolentino, the Mall Manager at SM City Baliwag, expressed, "We are dedicated to providing our valued customers with immersive shopping experiences. Introducing captivating attractions like Rainbow City brings joy and creates unforgettable moments during their visit."

More than a mere backdrop for photos, Rainbow City at SM City Baliwag represents the mall's commitment to innovation, aiming to offer visitors a delightful and engaging shopping experience.