Saturday, May 21, 2022

Maya Offers 6% Savings Interest Rate to All Customers

Maya Savings, the digital savings account with a 6% interest that's as easy to use as an e-wallet, is now available to more Filipinos through the all-in-one money app, Maya.

The feature was launched on early access mode as part of the all-new Maya app just over two weeks ago and due to the overwhelming response from Maya customers, Maya Savings is now available to all upgraded users.

Now, you no longer need to complete missions or wait for your turn to access Maya Savings. If you have an upgraded Maya account, you can already unlock the Maya Savings feature on your app. Upgrading your account is easy - all you need is just one valid ID. And once you have a Savings account, there is no minimum opening and maintaining balance requirement.

Reaching your money goals is much easier with Maya as it offers one of the country's highest interest rates for a savings deposit account. What's even better is that this 6% interest applies to all customers with a Maya Savings account.*

Maya Savings is powered by the BSP-licensed digital bank Maya Bank. With this, it is seamlessly accessible via the Maya app - customers can effortlessly move money from their Maya wallet to Maya Savings with just a couple of clicks in the app to start earning interest on their balance. There is no need to log in, submit another application, or provide personal data to another third-party bank.

This initial offer is available until August 31, 2022. So don't get left behind - access Maya Savings now and unlock the 6% interest rate on your hard-earned money!

Save and get a chance to be a bitcoin millionaire

On top of enjoying a high-interest rate deposit account, opening a Maya Savings account from now until May 30 can earn you 500 points for the Maya Early Access Challenge - giving you a chance to become a bitcoin millionaire.

The Maya Early Access Challenge is open to all Maya users - just make sure to upgrade your account. You earn more points whenever you complete more Early Access Challenge missions, including sharing your feedback on the Maya app, referring your friends to Maya using your code, and using more Maya features, including Pay Bills, Buy Load, and more. The higher your score is, the more chances you have of winning a share of P3,000,000 worth of bitcoin.

You will be assigned a Maya level, depending on your score:

  • Maya Master for the top 5% of users with the highest score
  • Maya Enthusiast for the next 10% of users with the highest score
  • Maya Explorer for the next 15% of users with the highest score

The higher your level is, the more chances you have of winning exciting prizes!

Maya Explorer-level customers will get a chance to win P300,000 worth of Bitcoin. Maya Enthusiasts can take home P600,000 worth of Bitcoin. And Maya Masters have the chance to take home another P1,000,000 worth of Bitcoin!

On top of these fantastic prizes, all participants with a Maya Savings account will get a chance to win another P1,000,000 worth of bitcoin, while all Maya users can get a chance to win P100,000 worth of bitcoin.

Learn more about the Maya Early Access Challenge by visiting

Maya Savings is just one of the many features of Maya, the country's only all-in-one money app. Maya combines the power of an e-wallet with new features like crypto, credit, and an innovative digital banking experience powered by Maya Bank, to allow you to spend, save, grow, invest, and master your money — all in just one app. Download the app now and register to experience this new all-in-one money app and get a chance to become a bitcoin millionaire!

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Learn How Shopee's Top-Performing Sellers Grow their Businesses Through Shopee’s Mega Sales

In the Philippines, double day dates such as 9.9 and 11.11 have become highly anticipated due to shopping festivals offered by platforms such as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. In fact, last year over 2 billion items were purchased by shoppers during 11.11 alone across the region. This uptick in purchases made during mega-sales allowed more than 1,000 local sellers across the region to exceed US$100,000 in sales during Shopee’s year-end festivals in 2021.

Alongside hard work and determination, the success of Shopee sellers relies heavily on how efficiently they operate. This is especially true during mega-sales where the opportunity for growth is high. For this reason, Shopee recognizes sellers who go above and beyond in time for Shopee’s mega-sale days through its Seller Recognition Operations Awards.

Martin Yu, Shopee Philippines Director, said, “Shopee has always been committed to helping businesses create long-term, sustainable e-commerce strategies in today’s digital economy. Through the Seller Recognition Operations Awards, we are able to highlight top-performing sellers in this regard, as well as their strategies and insights which their fellow sellers can learn from and apply to their businesses.”

Jenna Indigado, owner of Small Wonders Page and a recent awardee, is among those who diligently prepares for and maximizes mega-sale days to grow her business on Shopee. She decided to become a full- fledged Shopee seller in 2020 when her agricultural business was affected by the African Swine Flu (ASF) breakout that year.

After our hog-raising business was affected by ASF, I made the decision to sell on Shopee full-time. I already had a part-time reselling business on the platform in 2018 so I knew the potential for growth was huge especially if I committed my time and resources to it.”

She went on to hire a local seamstress to grow her reselling business into one that manufactures clothing for babies. Today, she employs more than 300 Filipinos.

There were only two of us when we started the Small Wonders Page at Shopee. Now, we employ around 250 local seamstresses and 70 employees who have gone on to fulfill their dreams and even purchase their own cars and houses. Without Shopee, we wouldn’t be able to provide jobs for these Filipinos,” she said.

She says her experience as a Shopee seller, the platform’s features, as well as guidance from her dedicated relationship manager are key factors for her business success especially during mega-sale days.

Having a dedicated relationship manager helps us create strategies to maintain product visibility, eliminate backlog, and fast-track order processing and fulfillment during mega-sales. During campaigns we also make sure to utilize features such as Chat Broadcast, ShopeeLive, and ShopeeAds in order to connect with our customers and inform them about our new products, discounts, and deals.

Charles Barrientos of Mikana store, a recent awardee as well, also shares that alongside the hard work that comes with preparing for mega-sale days, these highly anticipated dates are integral to their business. His decision to launch Mikana, a store that specializes in jewelry, on Shopee was because he learned about how Shopee provides features and guidance to cater to its sellers’ growth. Besides these tools, he says constant adjustments and preparation are what help drive his business success.

Preparing for peak days and seasons comes with its challenges because of the sudden increase in demand. There are times wherein we have to extend our operations and double our efforts especially since mega-sale days are a big part of our sales.”

He also highlights how Shopee’s user-centric platform helps them maintain a good relationship with their customers. “Shopee has an efficient customer service feature which allows us to address the concerns of our customers directly and improve how we serve them.

Like Jenna and Charles, you can conveniently join Shopee as a seller and grow your business today. Learn more and Get Started on Shopee.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

‘Ming ♥ Tomas,’ an Innovative New Web Series that Will Make You Laugh and Want to Fall in Love Now Streams for FREE

Justin Besana, the creative mind behind posters of critically-acclaimed movies is behind the colorful and quirky poster 
of Ming ♥ Tomas

When so much media nowadays seems to be about challenging things happening around us, romcoms offer us a breath of fresh air. At their very best, romantic comedies are sheer joy. They are about forging human connections and people bringing out the best from one another. It is a genre that’s about delivering joy and kilig to the audience. Watching a romcom feels worthwhile because they rekindle our hope for love and the best that life can offer with its fair share of laughs in store for the viewers.

Launched by the Philippines’ favorite pampagana, Mang Tomas All- Around Sarsa, the new three-episode series “Ming ♥ Tomas” delivers the thrills that every kilig-hunter hopes to take comfort in. The series offers viewers everything that one should expect from the genre: a cast of lovably authentic characters that follow a storyline with the perfect emotional hook and laughs that will keep men and women of all ages glued to their screen.

Ming ♥ Tomas shows how fate brings together two individuals on different life paths to fall in love. On one hand, we have Ming, a sweet and dainty girl blessed with a ganado appetite, proving that anyone regardless of gender and physical build can be a true macho ganado with the perfect meal partner like Mang Tomas. On the other hand, we have Tomas, a hardworking boy who has more sides than meets the eye. Each episode reveals several twists and turns to their love story that makes you excited and curious about what’s going to happen next.

At the helm of the project are award-winning directors Joel Ferrer and Chris Cahilig. Shot exclusively on mobile phones with the guidance of Tristan Cua who’s dubbed as the father of mobile filmmaking in the Philippines, the video offers us a more intimate and immersive view into the lives of the characters. As a format, using mobile phone for filming made the series feel very authentic, almost as if you’re with the characters. Beyond sharing conversations over dinner, is there a more intimate experience these days than connecting through the phone screen?

You can catch the first two episodes of Ming ♥ Tomas for FREE on the Mang Tomas Facebook page and NutriAsia YouTube page, with the first episode “AngMANGhuhula” here, and the second episode “Ang GANAduo” here.

You may also answer the question at the end of the episodes for a chance to win #MachoGanado gift packs. 

Like and follow the Mang Tomas Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates!

Gloc-9 and Skusta Clee Have a Confession To Make In Their New Song “Kumpisal”

The one and only Makata Sa Pinas Gloc-9 is releasing yet another single this May! 

This new song is called "Kumpisal", the Filipino rap icon’s third release for his Pilak album in celebration of his 25th anniversary in the Philippine music industry. Joining him in this string-fueled and vibrant collaboration is Skusta Clee, who’s undoubtedly one of the most popular rap artists on the OPM scene today.

Written and composed by Gloc-9 with musical arrangement, mixed, and mastered by Thyro Alfaro, "Kumpisal" looks into the dynamics of the Catholic sacrament of confession from the perspective of a confessee.

The lyrics? It’s classic Gloc-9 in his prime that you’ve always loved  -  bathed in cryptic word play and ethereally anthemic that even this mundane topic can transform into a poetic masterpiece. Gloc-9 said that he already wrote different songs on various topics, but releasing a song about religion and spirituality? Not yet. Thus, this song was carefully crafted and was made possible this year.

Joining the veteran hip-hop superstar in this latest endeavor is Skusta Clee and this the second time that these two rap idols have collaborated. Their first pairing was in Skusta Clee's single "Karma" wherein the Gloc-9 wrote the rap part. Its official music video released last November 2021 now has over 27 million views on YouTube and even reached #1 Trending For Music.

An official music video for “Kumpisal” is released alongside the single. The zany visual directed by Kirby Balagtas of YouMeUs MNL was shot inside a church with guest appearances by Shanti Dope, DJ Klumcee and Hellmerry. The exclusive premiere of the music video transpired during the intimate “Kumpisal” press conference inside a classy movie theater. (WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE)

Prior to this release, Gloc-9 was able to drop singles “Paliwanag” with Yeng Constantino and the title “Pilak” as part of his 25th anniversary album. Check out "Kumpisal" on your favorite music streaming platforms.

Stream “Kumpisal” on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms worldwide.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Smart Rolls Out GigaLife Surprises on the GigaLife App for Must-Not-Miss Exclusive Rewards, Promos, and Perks

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is leveling up the mobile lifestyle of subscribers as it rolls out GigaLife Surprises, a line-up of exciting must-not-miss perks, promos, and privileges exclusively available on the GigaLife App.

Downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the Smart GigaLife App is designed as the one-stop super app for subscribers of Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Smart Bro, Infinity, PLDT Home WiFi, and TNT, enabling them to simply manage their account, access and register to data-packed promos, monitor usage, pay bills, as well as earn GigaPoints that can be exchanged for data perks and lifestyle rewards - all with a few taps on their smartphone.

Now, with GigaLife Surprises, subscribers can expect exciting surprises of Giga magnitude as they log in and use the GigaLife App regularly.

As part of GigaLife Surprises, subscribers can just tap the “Don’t Miss Out” tile on the GigaLife App to avail customized value-packed offers that suit their lifestyle. These offers are refreshed every week.

Aside from the “Don’t Miss Out” tile, the GigaLife App will also soon introduce the Giga Missions, which gives subscribers a chance to earn points and rewards by completing tasks and challenges in the GigaLife App.

Moreover, subscribers can look forward to Giga PayDay on the app, which comes with huge discounts for all subscribers every payday every 27th and 28th of the month.

All these add to the ongoing GigaDays, which offer discounts on GigaPoints redemption of exclusive perks such as data offers, gadgets, and lifestyle rewards, happening every 19th to 22nd of the month.

With GigaLife Surprises, Smart subscribers have so much more to look forward to every time they use the GigaLife App to fulfill all their connectivity, productivity, and entertainment needs.

GigaLife App is powered by Smart, the Philippines’ fastest 5G mobile network, according to Ookla®, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence.

Dont miss out on all the GigaLife Surprises by downloading GigaLife App on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Huawei AppGallery Store now! Learn more about GigaLife App by visiting

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Kyle Echarri, Markus Paterson, and Moophs Collaborate in R&B Single "Hotel Room"

Kyle Echarri, Markus Paterson, and Moophs have just dropped an R&B collaboration entitled “Hotel Room,” a single about feeling lost, empty, and downcast.

Coupling Markus’ and Kyle’s soulful vocals with a neo-soul vibe from Moophs on production, “Hotel Room” perfectly encapsulates the gloom of coping with being left behind by a loved one.

I wrote ‘Hotel Room’ about a specific time in my life when I was trapped by vices and surrounded by the wrong crowd. Looking back on it, I’m proud of myself for getting out of that hole and out of it came a pretty alright sounding song,” Markus disclosed. “I think it’s the best time to release this song because I’m a responsible father now, and it’s a reminder of who I was, not who I am now.”

Kyle echoed Markus’ sentiment about the song being personal to him and said he wants to share it because of its relatability. He said, “It’s my first time releasing something that is this personal, and I feel like a lot of people go through these kinds of hard times.”

Meanwhile, song producer Moophs talked about how working with the two actor-singers was a breeze. The Tarsier Records label head said, “Markus wrote a song and sent me a voice note, I produced a beat around it, and Kyle penned a second verse and hopped on the track. Their songwriting chemistry together in the studio is magical.

One of Tarsier Records’ original class of artists in 2017, Markus has numerous releases under his belt with the label, including his “B-SIDE” EP, which has garnered over 3 million streams on Spotify alone. Kyle, on the other hand, introduced his second full-length album, “New Views,” last year. Moophs has worked with Bugoy Drilon, Inigo Pascual, Russell Reyes, and other artists for various collabs in 2021.

Check out “Hotel Room” by Markus, Kyle Echarri and Moophs, out now on digital streaming platforms worldwide.

For updates, follow Tarsier Records on its social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

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