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Saturday, July 28, 2018


Spinning back kick of Kevin Belingon was one of his weapons during the main event fight against Martin Nguyen. Photo: ONE Championship.

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), electrified the packed Mall of Asia Arena with another evening of authentic world-class martial arts action. The state-of-the-art showground played host to ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, featuring the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, hometown hero Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Baguio City, Philippines overcame a stiff challenge from two-division ONE World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, winning by unanimous decision to claim the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Martin Nguyen of Australia faces Filipino Kevin Belingon to battle for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship slated on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Looking on is ONE Championship Chairman and CEO, Mr. Chatri Sityodtong during the press conference on July 24, 2018 at the City of Dreams.

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held the ONE: REIGN OF KINGS Official Kick-Off Press Conference today, 24 July at the City of Dreams Manila.

Full story on the recently concluded fight, please click here.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Subic Bay Finds: The Lighthouse Marina Resort Rendez-Vous Experience

View of the Lighthouse Marina Resort from the poolside.

Lighthouses always catch my fancy. I am enchanted by its presence, and charmed by it's design.  

Thursday, July 19, 2018

BPI Family Savings Bank Goes All Out with Auto and Housing Loans, Now More Affordable for Every Filipino

BPI Family Savings Bank coming together to help uplift the lives of Filipino families.  From left, Senior Vice-President and Housing Loan Division Head Felipe Carlos, Vice-President Marketing and Systems Division Head Noel Altamirano, Senior Vice-President Retail Lending Group Head Qit Abola, Vice-President Auto Loan Division Head Dennis Fronda.

BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB) has lopped off its fees for its auto and housing loans to help more families acquire the car and home of their dreams.

Panasonic Unveils the New Generation of 4K OLED TV in Manila

Comparing the old and the new.

Bursting in full colour, the stage was set to welcome a new generation of Panasonic OLED televisions in style.  The launch, which was held on July 17, 2018 at the New World Hotel Makati, made the audience rediscover a world of technology, art, and fashion, merged into one.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Why Filipinos are the Best Remote Workers

The Philippines has grown into one of the largest and most popular outsourcing destinations in the world since the industry exploded a few years ago. The country has embraced the work from home solution with a bill protecting remote workers close to being passed into law.

Well known for being dependable, optimistic hard workers, Filipinos demonstrate their dedication regardless of where they work or whoever they work for. Being exposed to the concept early on, Filipinos have mastered the art of working from home to the point that they have unlocked the winning formula on how to thrive in the work-from-home industry That being said, the best remote workers employers will find are those from the Philippines and here’s why:

One of the biggest challenges in remote business is reliability. An employer is thousands of miles away from a staff member so a remote worker should be someone who can effectively do their job with minimal supervision.

Many Filipino workers are already familiar with the nitty-gritty of remote work. They understand the importance of deadlines. They have adapted to the challenges posed by working with someone in a different time zone, knowing full well that their working hours will run from midnight to early morning. This is something they are very well prepared for because in the Philippines, one of the top BPO capitals of the world, graveyard shift is very common.

Communication skills. 
Open communication is essential in any remote job. When staff members are from the opposite sides of the world, remote workers should be able to loop their
employer in at all times to provide updates and work progress.

Although having to deal with a string of typhoons a year, which could sometimes cause power
outages, Filipinos will go out of their way to make sure that they can come to work. They will exhaust all options before they throw in the towel and skip work. Even then, they make sure to keep in contact as long as they could.

Working long hours is dreaded in most workplaces, but in the Philippines, it’s as ordinary as showing up to work. Filipino workers are willing to go the extra mile just to make sure they provide the absolute best output. 

They also recognize the importance of growth for the company and for themselves. Filipino workers make an effort to enrich their skill set and deepen their knowledge whenever they can. 
Filipinos try to master as many skills as they can, not only because they want to make sure they put high quality of work, but because they know the importance of being versatile. And in the remote space, versatility is well-sought after.

English proficiency. 
In the Philippines, English is well entrenched in the people’s lives. School curriculums take into account overall English aptitude by encouraging students not just to learn how to use the language, but also the proper diction and intonation as that of the native speakers. Schools incorporate English speech and writing classes and many others to develop this, which even paved the way for the Philippines to become a destination for foreign students who wish to learn English. 

English proficiency is of utmost importance in remote work due to its heavy dependability on oral and written communication. Thanks to this, Filipino remote workers absorb the tasks and instructions with ease and efficiency and be able to hold their own in client transactions and conversations. 

Western Culture. 
Even beyond the classroom walls, Filipinos are exposed to the language by immersing themselves in the American culture--may it be in the movies, television, sports, lifestyle, and fashion. 

Their appreciation and deep connection to the West, which stems from their colonial history, allow them to be more adaptable, which is partly why remote work was a transition that employees in the Philippines handled efficiently and gracefully.

Highly educated. 
As of June 2018, the Philippines boasts a high literacy rate of 98%. The country recognizes the value of learning and has put in place a higher education system that rivals that of the United States. 

With the spirit of greatness and excellence instilled in them, Filipinos do not take education for granted and work hard to earn degrees. Because of this, the Philippines is home to professionals of unrivalled prowess and talent recognized in the whole world. 

Remote work often requires someone to be a good problem solver. Most telecommuting jobs involve providing solutions for clients. Filipinos are well-known for their positivity and ability to rise from the direst of circumstances with a smile on their face. So there really isn’t so much that phases a Filipino and client issues certainly won’t. They are also very empathetic so remote workers from the Philippines will stop at nothing to resolve a client’s problem.

To Filipinos, a job is never just a job, it is a commitment. So they tend to cultivate and nurture it with all they’ve got. This comes from their innate warmth and friendliness, which also help them easily foster a bond with their co-workers. From this develops camaraderie, which translates to a sense of collaboration that can sometimes be intangible in a remote setting.

Another testament to their loyalty is that they never let kindness go unreciprocated. If they are treated well, they make sure to give back by sticking by you and consistently delivering. They value a good working relationship so you’d find many of them staying in the same company for decades.

In support of its growing workforce of educated and English-proficient professionals, the country has prioritized the development of modern infrastructure facilities and new technologies as it further solidifies its place in the ever-expanding outsourcing industry. Universities have also started incorporating BPO-related training programs. 

In lieu of this, employers are assured that Filipino workers are well-equipped with everything they need to thrive in the remote workplace. VPN systems and software improvement also pave the way for telecommuting to grow in the country.

For more information on how to find Filipino remote workers, visit  www.crewbloom.com

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Engage in Globe Prepaid Promos and Win Movie Tickets to Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp

Win movie passes and enjoy free 2GB data for videos and games with GoSAKTO.

Globe continues to cement its title as the purveyor of the Filipino's digital lifestyle by providing immersive, innovative experiences for customers both online and on-ground. This July, Globe is set to offer another fully immersive entertainment experience with Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Globe LIVE Breaking Barriers to Enter Filipino Sound in World Music Scene, Calls for Nationwide Audition

Joe Caliro, Globe Senior Advisor for Creative Marketing & Multi Media Businesses, ensures that the partnership with Elements Music Camp will produce talents that will cater to the global market.

After bringing and staging world-class musicals in the country, Globe Telecom, through Globe LIVE, is set to revitalize the local music industry by partnering with Elements Music Camp, a platform that develops talented local singer-songwriters for global audience.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mynt Launches First Trust Score in PH, Elevates Lending Accessibility to Filipinos

GCat poses with Mynt executives at the launch of  GCredit on June 29, 2018 at Kickstart, Makati City.  From left, Kim Seng Mynt Head of Lending, Anthony Thomas, Mynt President and CEO, Jean-Francois Darre Fuse CEO, and Myles Salud GScore Product Head

Many Filipinos have no other recourse but to turn to informal or unlicensed money lenders, called "five-six", since they extend loans without collateral, or documentary requirements. To this end, Fuse offers GCredit and GScore for lending and credit scoring. 

Suzuki PH Unveils Top-Class Upgrades of All-New Dzire and Swift

Suzuki Philippines' top executives shows-off their latest automobiles in grand fashion on June 27, 2018 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City. From left; SPH Managing Director and Treasurer Norminio Mojica, SPH President Hiroshi Suzuki, SMC Chief Engineer Masao Kobori, SMC Group Manager of Asia Automobile Group 2 Keiichi Suzuki and SPH Vice President and General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura.
Pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) closes the first half of the year with the back-to-back launch of the much-anticipated all-new Dzire and Swift.