Catching Up with The Youngsters: Generation X is The Real Champion of Cashless Payment – Visa Survey

“Generation X”, whose collective purchasing power accounts for much of electronic payment in the Philippines, are keen to adopt new payment methods, translating into growth opportunities for businesses at the time when“Generation Y” comes of age, according to Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study 2015.

Penchant for electronic payments among Generation X (Gen X) Filipinos remains strong, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study 2015. The study shows thatsevenout of 10 Filipinos (70 percent) of Gen X prefers card payments over cash for safety reasons, compared to 6 out of ten (60 percent) among Gen Y.

The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study identified and tracked the changing attitudes towards payments among consumers in Southeast Asian markets including the Philippines. For this study, “Generation X” are defined as those between 35-60 years old; “Generation Y” are 18-34 years old.

“We see widespread adoption among high-spending Gen Xtowardsdigital payments, particularly mobile, and growing spending power among Gen Y. Thedemographic shiftsprovide ample opportunities for businesses and financial institutions, spurred by fast-developing innovation in payments, such as wearabletechnology,” said Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam.

Generation Y

Generation Y

While cash is still the preferred option, the potential of other payment methods has been recognized. In the study,88 percent of Gen Y surveyed said they are already using dedicated mobile applications to shop online compared to 76 percent among Gen X. But the latter is catching up quickly.

For example, interest in making payments using wearables is similar across the two groups with Gen X (80 percent) not far behind from Gen Y (87 percent) with groceries, food and beverage, and movie tickets as the top three categories for using wearables to pay.

Generation X, a generation that brought home the first personal computers and would not mind paying hundreds of thousands of Pesos for the first tumbler-size cellphones, are not always the laggards when it comes to adopting new payment technology.

Among new payment trends, paying with mobile devices is the next big thing. More Gen X (43 percent) have bought event and concert tickets through mobile devices than Gen Y (23 percent). While the youngsters (52 percent) spent more on software, apps and app-related content than their elders (28 percent). Continue reading

Premiere New Song and Music Video for “Thorn in the Side”

Somos has premiered a brand new song and music video for their song “Thorn in the Side” today. Fans can see the video now exclusively on Noisey, here:hyperurl.co/SomosThorn.

The video was filmed over the course of a day in Boston, MA an co-directed by Erik Rohas and Richie Duque. On the song, the band explains, “The lyrics address the way in which almost all aspects of our daily lives have been monetized under neoliberalism. We are all encouraged to think of ourselves as budding entrepreneurs, each one of us individually clawing our ways towards success. This line of thinking is often accompanied by exhortations to “stay positive” and “don’t complain.” The end result are people ending up feeling alienated and isolated.Continue reading

Starmobile Expands in Visayas

Filipino technology brand Starmobile reinforced its commitment to its customers in Visayas with the launch of new stores in Cebu and Iloilo. Located at SM Seaside Cebu and SM City Iloilo, the outlets opened its doors to the public just in time for the Sinulog and Dinagyang festivals, respectively.

“We are thrilled to inaugurate our fifth Starmobile-branded channel in Cebu and launch our first-ever concept store in Iloilo,” said Starmobile Chief Operating Officer Jerry Manus. “With these new additions, our Visayas presence now comprises of close to 25% of our nationwide total. The market has been especially receptive to Starmobile’s mobile devices and we see it becoming a strong growth area for the company in 2016.” Continue reading

Century Tuna Superbods Gets Bigger, Better, and Sexier as It Celebrates 10 years of Fitness and Health

Bigger. Better. Sexier. Temperatures rise across our pulsating tropical isles in what is envisioned to be the hottest Superbods search yet: the Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016. Making a bolder statement and an even bigger splash on its 10th year of sexy, watch out as Century Tuna Superbods take the country by storm TEN-fold.

With a lineup of enticing activities leading up to the finals night to be held on April 10, 2016 at the ultra exclusive Palace Pool Club, Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 promises to be the most anticipated happening this summer season a health and fitness revolution to rock the nation!

“As we mark a glorious decade of promoting health and fitness through our bi-annual Superbods search, which has since become a much anticipated event, we felt that it’s only proper that we raise the bar to even greater heights,” says Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc. “Not only have we widened the scope and reach of our search, we will also be mounting a series of exciting events that form part of an over-all campaign for a change to a healthier lifestyle and reform in fitness across the country.”

Of course, headlining Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 are the ultimate Superbods Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsay who will all take the stage in the sizzling finals night runway show that is bound to deliver an exhilarating evening of fun, fitness, and fitspiration.

To take part of this much-awaited competition, simply download the Century Tuna Superbods Nation mobile app, an easy-to-use tool that’s designed to help users get fit and healthy while keeping abreast of the latest news on the Superbods competition. Once registered and approved, users get to see all the features of the app, get updated on summer events and activities, join the engagements presented by Century Tuna and submit an entry to the 2016 Superbods competition. This unique app lets users vote, follow, and share the journey of the Superbods finalists for the whole duration of the Superbods competition. Plus, users also get the chance to win invites to the finals and party night, and grab exciting prizes as well.

Schedule of go-sees for aspiring Superbods will be held on February 9, 15, 20 and 28 at Davao City, Cebu City, Pampanga and Manila, respectively.

To help the Superbods finalists stay on track and in tip top shape, mentors and coaches, including Jim Saret and Chef Nadine Tengco, will be on hand to facilitate a Superbods Camp aimed at improving the over-all lifestyle and well being of the Superbods finalists. A Superbods Weekend Fitness Fair, meanwhile, allows for consumer engagement, participation, and empowerment towards the achievement of their personal fitness goals.

“Since its inception in 2006, it has always been the vision of Century Tuna Superbods to encourage our consumers to get healthy by living right,” Gela Gamboa, Century Tuna Marketing Manager relates. “Which is why, this year, we’re enjoining everyone to get involved: aside from joining the search, consumers can download the app to get into the Superbods lifestyle. And then there’s the Superbods Weekend Fitness Fair at Bonifacio High Street where lots of fun activities, which they can enjoy together with celebrities and Superbods finalists, await them.”

With all these exciting elements, there’s no doubt, Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 will make this coming summer a blazing season to remember.

Pond’s Institute Finally Opens Its Door to Filipinas

With the changing environment, recent discoveries reveal that skin damage is something that you can’t really escape. Every day, our skin faces innumerable pollutants brought about by urbanization from dangerous nano particles that are 20 times smaller than pores and easily infiltrate the layers of our skin, to increased UV exposure by up to 85% through electronic devices, and oxidative damage that causes skin to degenerate; our skin has been taking a beating, and the effects are taking a toll on our complexion.

The human skin is simply not designed for the world we live in today. Now, more than ever, we need an expert solution to help our skin cope with and thrive in these changing times.

This 2016, beauty and science finally meet as the Pond’s Institute opens its doors in Manila. From Tokyo, Madrid, New York, and Shanghai, the no. 1 face care brand in the Philippines brings its breakthrough and personalized skincare solutions for every Filipina to future-proof her skin. A global network of 700 researchers and scientists, the Pond’s Institute has developed over 200 patented skincare innovations for women around the world.

Strategically located at the heart of Bonifacio Global City, the Pond’s Institute offers a slew of services that cater to every Filipina’s skin care needs. Upon entering the institute, women can find out their particular skin concerns through the Skin Analyzer. With the results of the test, they can get a customized skincare regimen from Pond’s Beauty Advisers. What’s more the Pond’s Institute offers free dermatologist consultations every Saturday.

“We want Filipinas to get the expert skincare and beauty they deserve,” shares Mian Datu-David, Unilever Philippines’ Marketing Director for Skin. “We invite every Filipina to discover what’s behind the doors of the Pond’s Institute, because we believe that the beautiful stories of your lives should leave a mark in the world, not on your face.”

Pond’s Age Miracle

 As the skin care leader, Pond’s offers Filipinas a wide range of products to battle the changing environment. Women can fight aging caused by oxidative damage and look up to 10 years younger with Pond’s Age Miracle. Infused with the gold standard in anti-aging, retinol, and combined with AHA, CLA and retinol boosters, Pond’s Age Miracle makes skin more elastic and increases collagen renewal, despite the damage from pollution.

Spare your skin from acne breakouts cause by the infiltration of nano particles into your pores with Pond’s Acne Clear Face Wash. A salicylic acid cleanser that dissolves sticky top layers of the skin, dirt, bacteria, and pollution particles to unclog pores, Pond’s Acne Clear Face Wash works from within to rid your skin of everything the day leaves behind.

Combat both UVA and UVB rays and normalize pigment transferring in the skin while delivering lightening and brightening effects from the cellular level with Pond’s White Beauty. With its key ingredient pro-vitamin B3, Pond’s White Beauty prevents dark spots from occurring, while lighting up millions of skin cells. Its day cream also features an advanced SPF 15 PA++ formula that gives the recommended sun protection you need throughout your day.

Now that #TheSkinExpert is finally here, Filipinas can learn more about skincare, consult the experts as they address their beauty concerns, and future-proof their skin.

Discover what’s behind the doors of the Pond’s Institute at 5th Avenue Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City (in front of Fully Booked and Serendra) until June 4, 2016.

February Means Luck and Love at Power Plant Mall

The month of February is a time to enjoy a prosperous and sweet life at Power Plant Mall with fun-filled activities and promotions for the whole family.

Power Plant Mall celebrates the start of the Chinese Lunar Year with auspicious activities.The North Court is transformed into a Little Chinatown with food stalls offering delightful dim sum choices and other Chinese cuisine specialties. Shoppers born on theYear of the Monkeywill also receive surprises from the mall such as Ang Pao containing special treats from the mall tenants, which they can pick from the Money Tree. A limited edition monkey plush toy will also be given away for those who were born in the Year of the Monkey.

Sumptuously decorated with paper lamps and other prosperity symbols for the Spring Festival, Power Plant Mall also celebrates Chinese culture with a special exhibit of Oriental art entitled “Greeting Good Fortune”. This week-long exhibit is in partnership with Galerie Joaquin. Continue reading

Philips: Building Towards A Greener Future

As organizations face the New Year with high hopes and determination, the timing becomes opportune to look at how sustainable workplace design can be instrumental to achieving long-term business goals.

A paper from the Southern Illinois University took note that in several cases, sustainable initiatives and buildings resulted in increased satisfaction, attendance, and productivity among occupants. The synthesized research presented in the study gave evidence to the high return on investment of sustainable initiatives on both operational costs and employee productivity.

Implementing a sustainable working environment entails the improvement of several elements, including indoor air quality, thermal conditioning, interior space design, and, equally important, lighting an area where global lighting leader Philips continues to find ways to enhance the quality of life in the workplace with innovative products and solutions.

“The quality of the working environment has a huge impact on the bottom line, as workplace comfort and satisfaction can influence the level of productivity among employees,” says Chestnut Andaya, Philips’ General Manager for Lighting.There are huge implications for bad lighting choices, and this is something we actively try to address. By developing LEDs that ensure not only safety and energy efficiency but also optimal illumination, we are able to create healthy and productive work environments for businesses.”

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), bad lighting not only results in eye discomfort but also a sharp decline in productivity. Lighting has been found to be a direct cause of eye strain, double vision, and headaches among others which compromise a person’s ability to work.

With up to 85 percent of office work depending on your sense of sight, it’s no stretch to think that office productivity depends largely on lighting. This is why lighting leader Philips has taken up the challenge of delivering proper illumination in Philippine workplaces.

“When lighting improves the working environment, it impacts more than just visual performance. It also benefits overall individual health as well as the company as a whole in terms of employee satisfaction and productivity,” says Andaya. “With better productivity, organizations can achieve more of their long-term goals.”

Philips’ LED bulbs for commercial and industrial applications are designed to deliver high lux levels at required color temperatures and glare factors, allowing employees to stay comfortable, relaxed, and focused at work. These bulbs are also easy to install and can efficiently direct light where illumination is needed most. Because of the excellent light quality and performance they offer, Philips’ LEDs are recommended for warehouses, supermarkets, DIY stores, electronic retailers, and showrooms. Continue reading

Discover the Humans of Makati

Beyond its landmarks,skylines and destinations, a city is defined by its people not the nameless, faceless multitude that simply inhabit the city, but the humans that make up the city, each with their own lives and stories to tell. From the corner suites of the buildings that line its streets to the thousands of cubicles on which the economy is drawn, from its top-rated restaurants to the iconic jolly-jeeps peddling rice meals, from the gated villages and gleaming skyscrapers to the humble homes in its inner streets, the humans of Makati each have a unique story to tell.

Multi-faceted, dynamic, and diverse, Makati is defined and enriched by the people that make up the city, in the same way that the people of Makati are enriched by what the city has to offer. This symbiosis between people and the environment has created the Philippines’ foremost business, leisure, and residential address a place where humans can thrive, dream big, and make things happen; where boundaries can be crossed, friendships made, and lives lived to its full potential.

Makati has become a top urban destination at par with highly developed global cities, with its cosmopolitan and international appeal continuously attracting international companies, expats and tourists alike.  There are more avenues for connection and convergence invigorating the Makati landscape, with more business and lifestyle offerings enriching the urban work experience.

To celebrate the humans that make up the soul of Makati, Make It Makati presents the Humans of Makati project, mapping the diversity of people and the contours of Makati as a city of many faces. Continue reading

Green Thumb Coalition Dares Candidates to Bare their Platforms for the Environment

Today, a coalition made up of over 40 national and local organizations launched the Green Thumb Coalition and challenged 2016 presidential candidates to put socio-environmental issues at the heart of their electoral platforms.

The coalition, made up primarily of environmental groups and frontline communities (1) and with the combined support of 10 million, came together to raise awareness on naturally interrelated environmental issues that are connected to social matters like poverty and corruption. The coalition aims to get the commitment  of national and local candidates to embrace a green agenda, and hold newly elected public officials accountable on their positions and commitments to their environmental mandates.

With the 2016 elections coming up, the Green Thumb Coalition will engage with political aspirants and the voting publicby raising the debate on nine (9) key environmental issues at the national level. These include: 1) biodiversity and ecosystem integrity; 2) natural resource and land use management and governance; 3) human rights and integrity of creation; 4) climate justice; 5) mining, extractives and mineral resource management; 6) energy transformation and democracy; 7) sustainable food sovereignty; 8) people-centered sustainable development; and 9) waste.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. Chairman Gina Lopez, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director  Naderev “Yeb” Saño, Alyansa Tigil Mina Head Jaybee Garganera, Convenor for the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) Gerry Arances, SANLAKAS Representative Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, SANLAKAS  presented the coalition’s plan of action which was inspired by the member coalition’s previous campaigns on issues such as climate change, waste management, working for indigenous people’s rights. Continue reading

Get to Know The Character of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice”

The official descriptions for the characters in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” have been released by Warner Bros. Pictures, giving fans a peek at how the iconic personages will clash and the stories play out.

Superman/ Clark Kent. An orphan from the planet Krypton, forever an alien on his adopted home, Earth, Superman has become the world’s most powerful and iconic Super Hero. Despite unwavering morals and a deep respect for mankind, or his higher calling to truth and justice, it’s his superhuman abilities flight, strength, speed, X-ray and heat vision which nevertheless guarantee that, while he may endeavor to save us, he will never truly be one of us.

As Metropolis reporter Clark Kent, Superman tracks the world’s crises from the perfect vantage point: at the center of the global news organization The Daily Planet.

Batman/ Bruce Wayne. Driven by the haunting vision of his parents’ brutal slaying, the orphaned young billionaire Bruce Wayne devoted his life to becoming the world’s greatest weapon against crime: Batman. The ultimate vigilante, this Dark Knight’s mastery of physical strength and intellectual superiority fuel his relentless pursuit of justice against the greatest evils in Gotham City, and beyond.

To throw his enemies off the scent of his secret identity as Batman, Bruce Wayne plays the public part of a billionaire playboy that oversees Wayne Industries while indulging in the finer things in life.

Alfred. Before he was the man behind the Batman, the imperturbable Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth raised the orphaned Bruce Wayne following the murder of his parents. Now he performs the dual role of minding what’s left of the Wayne estate while aiding Bruce in his vigilante work as Batman where he puts his Special Forces background to use. But it’s Alfred’s dry sarcasm and biting insight that ground both the man and the Batman, and his many skills ranging from cutting-edge technologies to combat medicine that make him the Dark Knight’s staunchest ally.

Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg

Lois Lane. A fearless and forthright Pulitzer Prizing-winning journalist reporting for Metropolis’s Daily Planet, Lois Lane repeatedly risks life and limb to get her story all while keeping the story of a lifetime to herself: the identity of Superman. Just as he strives to protect life and liberty for mankind, Lois vows to expose the world’s truths through her words, making it a safer place through knowledge and understanding. And it’s Lois’s love for Superman, and his for her, that provide him his greatest connection to humanity.

Wonder Woman/ Diana Prince. The world’s first and foremost female Super Hero, Wonder Woman at once embodies the unrivaled force and supreme grace of a born warrior, and the genuine compassion and understanding of a true humanitarian. As a symbol of equality, power and truth, her natural confidence and unmistakable intelligence make her an unequalled, if unexpected, ally.

The immortal Amazonian Princess Diana keeps her eyes and ears open for intrigue as the beautiful and mysterious antiquities dealer, Diana Prince.

Lex Luthor. Bearing the deadly combination of a brilliant mind and an unharnessed ego, Lex Luthor has set his sights on the one he views as the only real threat to his own power: Superman. While not a physical match for the Man of Steel, Luthor is his intellectual superior, and perceives the alien being as the greatest risk to rather than a purported savior of mankind. With the full force of his multinational company LexCorp’s resources behind him, he will stop at nothing to prevent Superman’s interference in his plans, or to eradicate the icon’s standing among mankind in the process. Continue reading

Fine Line Between The Living and The Dead Crossed in “The Other Side Of The Door”

“The Other Side of the Door” explores on the forbidden in Asian cultures that have existed thousands of years. In the movie, a family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. However, when she disobeys a sacred warning about never opening that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.

Set in India, “The Other Side of the Door” stars Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto, as Maria and Michael who are both devoted to their children in helping them adapt in a foreign land. Writer-director Johannes Roberts, who had been exploring the concept of a spirit that lived on the other side of a foreboding door says that the film is inspired on beliefs growing up, “I remember being reminded don’t go up in the attic, don’t feed the gremlins after midnight when you’re wondering what’s going to happen and when is it going to happen,” Roberts recalls.

Roberts learned of an abandoned Indian village, Bhangarh, which was rumored to have a haunted temple that warned visitors it was illegal to enter at night. That notion immediately struck a chord with the filmmaker. “The concept of being warned against opening the door, and a village where the ghosts of the dead walk after sunset, really clicked together for me,” says Roberts, who began working on a script with his longtime writing partner Ernest Riera.

“Johannes came to me with this idea of a woman who lost a son, but who could talk to him through a temple door,” says Riera. After months of scribbling ideas on napkins and coffee stirrers, they knew they were onto something special.

As a diehard genre fan, Roberts says he “enjoys connecting with my own fears, escaping from everyday life, and experiencing a catharsis.” While writing the screenplay, Roberts and Riera felt immersed in their own ghost story. “Writing is like watching a horror film  when we start writing we become obsessed, and when we finish it we are possessed by the story,” Roberts notes.

Even before travelling to India, Roberts had decided he wanted audiences to experience the genre through a different cultural lens. “When I did visit the city of Mumbai in India, I discovered a fascinating, dark city, and not the relaxing ‘Hotel Marigold’ version,” Roberts recalls. “I really liked that.”

Riera continues, “We wanted to find a setting for the film in a faraway country, which would facilitate a suspension of disbelief in ghosts.” Continue reading