Friday, May 28, 2021

ABS-CBN Station ID “Feel Good Pilipinas” Big Launch this Sunday Before ASAP Natin ‘To

We can find the light within us to share with others and fill the world with joy despite the pandemic. This is the timely message of ABS-CBN's "Feel Good Pilipinas" Special ID that will be launched this Sunday (May 30) before "ASAP Natin 'To" and will be aired again after "TV Patrol Weekend."

The Special ID features stories of Filipinos who continue to fight amid challenges, who still give love to their families and communities, and remain determined to reach for their dreams during this time of crisis.

Joining them in bringing inspiration and good vibes to viewers are Kapamilya stars from the different shows of ABS-CBN including "ASAP Natin 'To," "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "G Diaries," "He's Into Her," "Huwag Kang Mangamba," "Iba 'Yan!," "Init sa Magdamag," "It's Showtime," "Magandang Buhay," "Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan," "Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3," "Aja! Aja! Tayo sa Jeju," and "We Rise Together," together with TeleRadyo anchors and the MOR Entertainment MORkada.

Also in the video are stars from shows that viewers enjoyed like "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin," "Bagong Umaga," and "Walang Hanggang Paalam," and programs they are waiting for such as "La Vida Lena," "Marry Me, Marry You," and "The Broken Marriage Vow."

"Feel Good Pilipinas" first spread light and joy last May 16 with the launch of the dance video and dance challenge. It aims to break the monotony of pandemic life, spread cheer, and get Filipinos grooving even from inside their homes. Among those that have joined the dance challenge are delivery riders, employees, and many Kapamilyas around the country and the world.

Don't miss the "Feel Good Pilipinas" Special ID launch this Sunday (May 30) and dance with your favorite Kapamilya artists before "ASAP Natin 'To" and after "TV Patrol Weekend" on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and other ABS-CBN platforms.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

realme Hailed as Number 1 Smartphone Brand in the Philippines for Q1 2021

realme, a three-year-old brand continues to strengthen its foothold in the Philippine smartphone market as it once again takes the No. 1 spot in the Top smartphone vendors for Q1 2021. The fast-rising tech brand first achieved this position back in Q3 2020, just two years after the brand's entry in the market in late 2018.

Data from several research firms underscore realme’s remarkable growth and market leadership during this quarter. Canalys reports a 23% unit share for the brand, driven by a 95% annual growth. In addition, realme also takes the no. 1 spot in a separate report by IDC, accounting for 21.3% of total market share. The report notes that this position is highlighted by the opening of new realme stores in the first quarter of 2021 further expanding the brand's channel reach in high growth potential areas outside of Manila.

Despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, realme still showed the highest YoY (year on year) growth during the quarter at +142%, according to Counterpoint Research. The brand also leads in the e-commerce space, having the highest proportion in online sales at 34%.

Winning customer-centric philosophy

Beating out every big player in the category and becoming the top choice for the young generation were made possible by realme’s customer-centric philosophy. Offering top-notch customer service from end-to-end, realme has consistently focused on catering to the needs of its customers right from the point of purchase to down to utilizing the product to its full capabilities.

The brand continues to expand its presence both offline and online to ensure availability and accessibility of its products and services wherever the customers are. To date, realme has over 550 concept stores, kiosks, and partner dealers nationwide that cater to product inquiries and sales, empowering customers with expert product knowledge before purchase. realme is also available through e-commerce platforms like Lazada and Shopee, which offer convenience and safety to customers especially during this pandemic.

16 service centers located in different parts of the country have also been activated to support after-sales services and other end-user needs, fulfilling their commitment of providing better customer service to every Filipino.

In line with its goal of actively listening to its customers, realme also launched the realme Community app. It serves as the brand’s official community forum where realme users can ask questions and receive guidance about realme devices, share their ideas and insights, and stay up to speed with all the latest news and events. Available for download on Google Play, the app serves as a platform by which the brand connects and engages with their customers, providing better support and guidance all throughout the journey.

Championing the youth

Apart from these efforts in sales and marketing, realme continues to be a brand for and by the youth. It continuously pushes for product innovation geared towards championing the interests and passions of its young customers. This includes notable features and upgrades in its smartphones that are important and relevant for content creation, gaming, and other relevant youth passion points.

The realme 8, which was launched just this month alongside the realme 8 Pro, is a perfect example of the brand’s youth-driven innovation. Perfect for gaming enthusiasts, the realme 8 boasts a powerful MTK Helio G95 processor that delivers the best in mobile gaming. It also features 30W Dart Charge and 5,000 mAh battery -- a sleek package ideal for the youth on the go with the growing demand of a smartphone that can keep up with their needs and style. The realme 8 Pro, on the other hand, comes packed with a powerful 108MP quad rear camera setup, making it the top choice for aspiring content creators and multimedia enthusiasts.

In terms of aesthetics, realme also champions the youth’s bold and expressive style. The unique design of the realme 8 Series embodies the youth’s trendy and fierce personality, not being afraid to express their emotions and dare to stand out.

Promising better innovations in the months to come, realme is set to continue its streak in leading the smartphone and TechLife categories with its customer-centric approach in developing new products and services that users can enjoy.

Hang Out with the SMART Barkada Donny, Hannah, Jayda, Michael, AC and Inigo LIVE on Facebook and Kumu on May 27

Here’s your chance to interact with your favorite Barkada at the ‘Smart Barkada Hangout’ live on Kumu and Smart’s official Facebook account on May 27, Thursday at 8 p.m.

Catch Donny and Hannah Pangilinan, Jayda Avanzado, Michael Pacquiao, AC Bonifacio, and Inigo Pascual as they share their passions and stories on how they cultivate their love for music, dance, and inspire others to do the same. The Hangout will also feature collab performances that you shouldn't miss!

Join in the fun of The Hangout by engaging with the Smart Barkada live - send in your questions, comments, and share your experiences in real-time.

Enjoy Double GIGA Stories, now with Kumu

Like the Smart Barkada, you can keep sharing your passions and stories with Double GIGA Stories for twice bigger and twice better data. For only Php 99, you can enjoy 2 GB per day for IG, FB, TikTok, Twitter, and Kumu, plus data for all sites, valid for 7 days.

Smart’s Double GIGA offers are also available for GIGA Video, GIGA Games, GIGA Work, and GIGA Study - covering all your passions and pursuits in life.

Register to Smart Double GIGA Stories on the GigaLife App, which is downloadable on Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei Mobile Services. You can also register to Double GIGA Stories by dialing *123# and choosing Double GIGA.

Philippines' fastest mobile data network

Double GIGA offers are powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firm Ookla® and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload, based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now.

On the other hand, Smart has scored a rare sweep in the April 2021 Philippines Mobile Network Experience Awards by independent analytics firm Opensignal, beating the competition across all metrics in three essential aspects of service: Coverage (4G Coverage Experience, 4G Availability), Speed (Download and Upload Speed) and Experience (Games, Video and Voice App).

Smart also enables subscribers to enjoy their favorite content seamlessly with Smart 5G, the fastest 5G network in the Philippines by Ookla. Based on consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest® by Ookla, Smart has consistently posted the fastest 5G speeds for Q1 2021, with median download speeds of 190 Mbps – more than double the competition's speeds for the same period.

For updates on Smart's products and services, follow Smart’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WWF-PH Celebrates Anniversary with #OneWorld2021 Photo Campaign

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines celebrated the WWF network’s anniversary this 2021 by partnering with Project Headshot Clinic for a collaborative photo campaign to remind us of our connection to Earth.

The campaign entitled #OneWorld2021 asked WWF-Philippines’ supporters to submit their photos to Project Headshot Clinic, who digitally merged their profile pictures with nature and wildlife shots, turning them into beautiful works of art.

The campaign highlighted the diversity and interconnectedness of nature while encouraging participants to become advocates of biodiversity through their social media posts and donations. A generous portion of proceeds from the campaign will support WWF- Philippines’ conservation initiatives.

COVID-19 served as a wake-up call for all of us. With the #OneWorld2021 campaign, we wanted to remind everyone that everything in this planet is linked to one another and humanity is always connected to nature. Every decision we make affects everyone else, so let’s work together as one and bring positive change for the planet,” said WWF-Philippines Executive Director Katherine Custodio.

The need for solutions to environmental degradation is more apparent now more than ever. WWF-Philippines hopes that #OneWorld2021 will continue to provoke discussions on a “one world, one health” approach in environmental action – where nature and human health are linked together in building a sustainable future

Matteo Guidicelli and Sarah Geronimo Sing "Change the World Together," a G Diaries OST

Guidicelli power couple fans have something exciting to check out on Sunday mornings as Sarah and Matteo lend their voice to the new theme song of G Diaries, now on its  8th season.

The song Sarah and Matteo interpret, “Change the World Together” is written and composed by Jenie Chan, and is also the title of G Diaries Season 8.

G Diaries is a multi-awarded TV program produced by ABS-CBN Foundation which features stories of love, hope and cooperation among local communities, and promotes advocacies on environment protection, child rights and development, area development, and sustainable ecotourism, among others.

Matteo, a member of G Diaries’ G Squad (artists who support the advocacies of ABS-CBN Foundation) has appeared in season 2’s La Mesa Ecopark episode with former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez, and he was also featured at the Lulugayan Falls in Samar with Ernie Lopez in Season 4.

The song has two versions - one is Michelle and Ernie’s, which we recorded with them in October 2020 and the most recent one is Sarah and Matteo’s which they did this May,” shared Chan. Each version has its own personality and both are very endearing. Sarah and Matteo’s version of the song is exclusive to the terrestrial and cable airing of G Diaries. All-new episodes for Season 8 air on the Kapamilya Channel on Sundays at 9:10am, with replays on ANC and the Metro Channel.

The chorus of the song goes:

‘Change the world together, we can make it better.
Ikaw at ako, tayo ‘coz love is the answer.
Change the world together, we can make it brighter,
Let’s go, tayo na, tara na, let’s change it through love… together.

Chan adds, “It is amazing how the message of G Diaries never gets old. From the time we were doing the show with Ms. Gina Lopez, until now that we are working with Ernie and Michelle Lopez, the theme has always revolved around working together and love.

We’ve done seven seasons with five different directors and over a hundred episodes, but our viewers continue to look forward to new episodes. G Diaries has a very positive vibe and a timely message of hope, and we are truly grateful that Sarah and Matteo agreed to be a part of this season.”

Money Heist Season 5 Volume 1 Airs on September 3, Volume 2 on December 3, 2021

Netflix has revealed the release date for the final season of the series Money Heist

The most famous heist in history will come to an end in two installments of five episodes each: Volume 1 will be released on September 3 and Volume 2 will be released on December 3, 2021.

When we began to write Part 5 in the midst of the pandemic, we felt that we had to change what was expected from the ten-episode season and used every tool we could to create the sensation of a season finale or series finale in the first volume itself. We decided to work in an extremely aggressive genre, putting The Gang on the ropes. In volume 2, we focus more on the emotional situation of the characters. It is a journey across their sentimental map that connects us directly to their departure,” said Álex Pina, the show’s creator.


The gang has been shut in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours. They have managed to rescue Lisbon, but their darkest moment is upon them after losing one of their own. The Professor has been captured by Sierra and, for the first time, doesn’t have an escape plan. Just when it seems like nothing else could go wrong, an enemy comes on the scene that is much more powerful than any they’ve faced: the army. The end of the greatest heist in history is approaching, and what began as a robbery will turn into a war.

PayMaya Expands It's Add Money Network to Robinsons Department Stores

PayMaya is making it easier for Filipinos to fund their e-wallet accounts as it further expands its Add Money network with Robinsons Department Store.

Through this tie-up, PayMaya customers can now go to any of the 800 Add Money touchpoints located in Robinsons Department Stores nationwide. These new Add Money channels are the latest addition to PayMaya's most extensive network of over 250,000 digital payment touchpoints nationwide where Filipinos can add money, pay for purchases, remit funds, and cash out.

To make it also more convenient, PayMaya is also introducing an easier process for customers looking to top up their accounts at Robinsons Department Store with its Add Money via the Barcode feature.

With this, PayMaya users no longer have to fill out forms when adding funds to their PayMaya account. All they have to do is simply show the add money barcode to the cashier and pay for their transaction.

Filipinos now prefer cashless when paying for transactions and being able to add money to their accounts is important. With this expansion of our Add Money touchpoints in Robinsons Department Stores across the country, our customers can enjoy greater convenience," said Shailesh Baidwan, PayMaya President.

Adding money to your PayMaya account at Robinsons Department Store is easy: 
  • Login to your PayMaya account 
  • Select “Add Money” 
  • Select “Robinsons Department Store” 
  • Enter the desired amount to be added to your account and select “Continue” 
  • Go to the counter of any Robinsons Department Store or Robinsons Business Center and present the generated barcode along with your payment 
  • Wait for an SMS confirmation about your Add Money transaction before leaving the store
After adding money to your account, cashless convenience is now within your reach! You can easily use your PayMaya app at any Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket or your favorite boutiques and restaurants in Robinsons Mall to enjoy safe, convenient, and rewarding transactions via PayMaya’s #BetterQR.

“We are always excited to provide seamless experiences and more value for time at Robinsons Department Store. PayMaya’s Add Money service is a great way to make things easier for our customers to embrace digital and go cashless while they shop in our stores,” said Celina Chua, Group General Manager of Robinsons Department Store.

Start enjoying the conveniences and benefits of using PayMaya by downloading the PayMaya app using this link Register for a PayMaya account and shop for anything online and in stores, pay your bills, and perform other essential transactions all through your mobile phone!

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 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.

Star Cinema Movies Now Stream for Free on YouTube

Filipinos around the world will continue to enjoy binge-worthy entertainment and swoon-worthy love stories as ABS-CBN and Star Cinema give free access to 12 movies via YouTube Super Stream.

Join a life-changing road trip in “Love You to the Stars and Back,” where Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia pick up memorable life and love lessons along the way.

Viewers can stream “Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita,” where Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan fight for their love against all odds, and “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo,” where Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo navigate the twists and turns of married life. 

Kindred souls are driven apart by harsh circumstances in Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson’s “Catch Me… I'm In Love,” Anne Curtis and Sam Milby’s “Babe, I Love You,” and Erich Gonzales and Mario Maurer’s “Suddenly It’s Magic.”

Star Cinema’s lineup also includes iconic Jolina Magdangal-starrers “Hey Babe,” where she consults a fortune teller if Marvin Agustin is “the one” for her and “Tunay na Tunay: Gets Mo? Gets Ko!,” where she stars in her only action movie with Robin Padilla. 

Piolo Pascual turns on the charm as Angel Locsin’s childhood sweetheart in “Love Me Again,” and gets caught in a love triangle between Dawn Zulueta and Coleen Garcia in “Love Me Tomorrow.

Aside from love stories, viewers can also find comedies that will make them laugh out loud, such as “This Guys In Love with U Mare” starring Vice Ganda, Toni Gonzaga, and Luis Manzano, as well as “Supahpapalicious,” headlined by Vhong Navarro.

Meanwhile, fans of Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano’s rising love team can get to know the “He’s Into Her” stars better by watching “Reel Life” and “Compatibility Test” on the Star Cinema YouTube channel.

Those who are in the mood to binge-watch teleseryes can also find full episodes of ABS-CBN’s “Sana Dalawa ang Puso” (with English subtitles), “Maging Sino Ka Man” Book 1 and 2, “Angelito: Batang Ama,” “Walang Hanggan,” “The Legal Wife,” and “Crazy for You.”

Viewers can also watch a full concert without leaving the couch by streaming Sue Ramirez, Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, and Krystel Fulgar’s One Music digital concert called “Double Hearts” on Star Music’s YouTube channel.

Binge-watch more teleserye highlights, movie supercuts, musical events, music videos, full online shows, snackable content, classics, and much more on the YouTube channels of ABS-CBN Entertainment, Star Cinema, Cinema One, Jeepney TV, Star Music, Black Sheep, BGYO Official, Rise Artists Studio, Sinehub, Yey Channel, Knowledge Channel, and ABS-CBN News.

All of these may be enjoyed for free for a limited time by viewers worldwide on YouTube Super Stream. Subscribe now to ABS-CBN’s YouTube channels.

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