Saturday, May 15, 2021

JC Santos to portray role of “The Eventologist” in Qatar


JC Santos is known for being a versatile actor who is willing to tackle any challenging role — whether it is for television, film or stage. Amidst the pandemic, JC received an irresistible offer from a Filipino filmmaker based in Qatar: the chance to portray an OFW working as an event organizer in the said Arab country.


The actor in hit films such as “100 Tula Para Kay Stella,” “Miracle in Cell No. 7” (Philippine remake), and “The Day After Valentine’s” found the proposition intriguing and hard to turn down. After all, the struggles of the Overseas Filipino Workers are close to his heart: JC’s parents are both OFWs and he himself spent several months working abroad as a singer-dancer. JC says, “Familiar ako sa kuwento ng mga OFW. Nagtrabaho sa Las Vegas ang nanay ko. Seaman naman ang tatay ko. Pinagpatuloy ko yung pagiging OFW nila n’ung nagtrabaho ako sa Hong Kong Disneyland at Universal Studios Singapore.”

Friday, May 14, 2021

Shopee and Unilever Say Yes to Equal Opportunities and Continue its Support for Local Sellers through its Positive Beauty Campaign

Mano Amiga sellers share how Shopee and Unilever helped them grow their businesses

As more Filipinos shift to online shopping for their daily necessities, many businesses are also turning to digital platforms to widen their reach and establish a strong online presence - especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). To cater to the growing number of online sellers, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues to partner with organizations to support MSMEs who are looking for better opportunities in e-commerce.

PayMaya launches new all-in-one gaming experience with PlayMaya

PayMaya launches the PlayMaya Tournament, the country’s nationwidest e-sports tournament, together with Smart Padala, co-presented by realme, and in partnership with Smart. Teams from all over the Philippines will battle it out in Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile, to win from the prize pool of P2,000,000 per game. 


In this photo (top to bottom): Eason De Guzman, Marketing Lead of realme Philippines; Pilut Montes, Center Head/ Assistant Vice President Go-To-Market & Subscriber Management of Smart; Rolando Conejos, Jr., Director of PayMaya Branch of Smart Padala; (left to right): Carla Lizardo, Event host; Cong TV, PlayMaya Ambassador; and Heidi Garayblas, Head of Growth Marketing Partnerships of PayMaya. 


Digital financial services leader PayMaya continues to empower the digital life of Filipinos as it launches PlayMaya, its newest trailblazing in-app service that will bring everyone's gaming experience to the next level through cashless convenience and exciting rewards. 

PlayMaya opens up a whole new world of gaming to millions of avid gamers nationwide. Customers get exclusive access to exciting deals and cashback rewards for in-game purchases and soon, to over 290 digital gaming products, free mini games to play, and curated content from their favorite gaming personalities, all within the PayMaya app.

By simply tapping the new 'Play' button on the PayMaya app home screen, users can easily access these exciting new features and rewards that offer something for all types of players, whether they are into casual games, mobile or console games, and even eSports games.

In line with the launch of PlayMaya, PayMaya also kicked off the PlayMaya Tournament, which will see mobile gamers from all around the country battle it out to come out on top in some of the most popular mobile games today such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile.

“PayMaya has always enabled the digital lifestyle of Filipinos through our fintech innovations. Earlier this year, we elevated the shopping experience of our customers with the PayMaya Mall. Now, millions of PayMaya users can gain instant access to an awesome, all-in-one gaming experience–filled with exclusive rewards, engaging games, and exciting content–just by pressing 'Play' on their PayMaya app," said Heidi Garayblas, Head of Growth Marketing Partnerships for PayMaya Philippines. 

Among the first PayMaya users to experience a more awesome gameplay with PlayMaya is popular streamer and content creator, Cong TV, who was introduced as the official PlayMaya ambassador. Cong TV has been using PayMaya to enjoy cashless convenience in his gaming purchases for years, aside from the usual services it offers such as paying bills and shopping online. With the newly-launched PlayMaya service, Cong TV is able to enjoy leveled-up perks and rewards for his gaming needs, no matter what type of game he plays.

Level up your game with an action-packed tournament

To kick off the launch of PlayMaya with a bang, PayMaya is introducing the PlayMaya Tournament – the nationwidest e-sports tournament in the country today.

By tapping on the extensive on-ground network of Smart Padala by PayMaya with over 39,000 partner agents present in 92% of all cities and municipalities, the PlayMaya tournament is bringing the best gaming experience powered by cashless payments closer to Filipino gamers even in the farthest reaches of the country. 

Teams from all over the Philippines will be battling it out in three of the most popular e-sports games in the country: Mobile Legends, Call of Duty Mobile, and PUBG Mobile, to win the coveted prize pool of P2 million per leg. In addition to this, PayMaya is also giving away over P4 million worth of prizes to the participants. These include gadgets and cash prizes from partners, realme and Smart, which brings the PlayMaya Tournament's prize pool to over P10 million!

Interested players can sign up for their preferred game starting on May 14 by pressing the Play button on the PayMaya app, or by registering through Smart Padala agents across the country. 

To sign up using the PayMaya app, users can follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the PayMaya app
  2. Tap the Play tile
  3. Tap the banner for the PlayMaya tournament registration and tap register via PayMaya app
  4. Fill out the form with the requested details
  5. After form is submitted, wait for a tournament representative to get in touch for updates and next steps

Players can also sign up through the Smart Padala agent in their neighborhood by following the instructions below:

  1. At the Smart Padala agent, scan the QR code on the poster for the PlayMaya tournament
  2. Tap register via Smart Padala Store
  3. Fill out the form with the requested details
  4. After form is submitted, wait for a tournament representative to get in touch for updates and next steps

Gear up for PlayMaya-exclusive deals

While serious gamers are gearing up to take home amazing prizes at the PlayMaya tournament, casual gamers can still enjoy exciting rewards by simply pressing Play on PayMaya. 

As an introductory offer, PayMaya is rewarding users with exclusive gaming deals. From May 14-16, PayMaya users who will buy gaming pins can enjoy a 50% cashback for each transaction (terms and conditions apply). 

In support of PlayMaya, top brands including realme and Smart are also offering great deals from May 14 to June 4: 

  • Customers will get a chance to win awesome devices from realme including a Narzo 30A smartphone, gaming kits, and Buds Q2 when they purchase MLBB or PUBG top-ups in the PayMaya app. 
  • Smart is raffling off 30 diamonds to 100 winners who will buy the GIGA GAMES 99 load package in the PayMaya app for their gaming needs.  

You too can enjoy an awesome gameplay with the help of PayMaya! Just download the PayMaya app at and register an account to find out what it’s like to go cashless with the fastest, safest, and most rewarding way to pay for anything online and in stores! Remember, for all your gaming needs, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country including "everyday" merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants, as well as government agencies and units.

PayMaya provides more than 35 million Filipinos with access to financial services through its consumer platforms. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 250,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 39,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to digital services. To know more about PayMaya's products and services, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

PayMaya brings a next-level gaming experience to Filipinos with the launch of its trailblazing in-app service, PlayMaya. In this photo: Heidi Garayblas, Head of Growth Marketing Partnerships of PayMaya Philippines.

PayMaya introduced popular streamer and content creator, Cong TV, as the the official PlayMaya ambassador. 


 As the group prepares to launch new single with KZ 

Fast-rising P-Pop group and Star Music act BGYO has broken into the international music arena as it debuted on the second spot of the Next Big Sound chart of international music charting site Billboard.


According to Billboard, the leading provider of online music analytics and insights that track hundreds of thousands of artists worldwide, the Next Big Sound chart tracks “the fastest accelerating artists during the past week, across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success." 

Christian Bautista inks 12th year with Universal Records

 Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista first signed with Universal Records in February 2009 and recently renewed an exclusive contract on May 6, 2021. Present during the contract signing that was held via Zoom were Christian Bautista himself, his Manager Carlo Orosa, Universal Records’ Marketing Manager Jhofer Eleria and Managing Director Kathleen Dy-Go.

Sinong bet n’yo? Survivors take all in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead


Watch this special music video to help you decide.

Watch the Army of the Dead trailer here

A former zombie war hero (Scott Ward). His estranged daughter (Kate). An ace mechanic (Maria Cruz). A zombie killing machine (Vanderohe). A cynical helicopter pilot (Marianne Peters). A go-for-broke influencer and his ride-or-die (Mikey Guzman and Chambers). A head of security (Martin). A badass warrior (Coyote). A security guard (Burt Cummings). A German safe cracker (Dieter). Who will survive in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead?


 Weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, and TV5

Rafa (Kyle Echarri), Pio (Seth Fedelin), Joy (Francine Diaz), and Mira (Andrea Brillantes) are becoming a good influence to one another as they develop a deeper bond and help each other overcome their struggles in “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” which airs weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, and TV5.


Troubled with his relationship with his grandfather (Nonie Buencamino), Rafa found comfort in Joy’s uplifting words while reminding her that she can open up to him about her ongoing feud with her half-sister. Pio and Mira are also growing closer as they take turns in looking out for each other’s well-being.

Young Cebuana hailed Grand Superstar in ‘Born to be a Star’

Jehramae Trangia, Grand Superstar of ‘Born to be a Star’

Eighteen-year-old Cebuano talent Jehramae Trangia of Talisay  City in Cebu was the grand winner in the second season of Born to be a Star, the reality singing  competition of Cignal Entertainment, Sari-Sari Network and TV5 under the production of Viva that  concluded last May 8. 

Jehramae bested two other hopefuls to bag P1 million and a five-year recording contract from Viva  management. Fifteen-year-old Hans Paranda of Antipolo City ended up as first runner-up who took  home P50,000 and 18-year-old Jannah Faye Bocatiya of Manila was second runner-up with P25,000.  

Jehramae rendered the ballad, “Sana,” of I Belong To the Zoo as her winning piece.


 Honoring moms’ nurturing capabilities in new song


A few days after celebrating Mother’s Day, Star Music artist vanya has dropped her single “Mother,” which paints a picture of moms’ unmatched gift of giving and nurturing life.


“The capacity to mother and nurture life comes with being a woman,” explained vanya, who thinks that being a mom isn’t limited to raising children.

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