Friday, March 30, 2018

iPhone lookalike Vivo V9 with 24MP AI selfie camera to start pre-order on March 26

Global smartphone brand Vivo will accept pre-orders of its new flagship phone, the V9, beginning March 26. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Holy Week Wonder: Paul, Apostle of Christ

This Lenten season, witness the all-too-real story of “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” at SM Cinema. 

Purveyed in the perspective of the Apostle Luke, the film depicts Paul in the midst of a brutal Roman campaign against religion, persecuting all those who share the faith and preach the word of the Lord through the most gruesome methods ever devised. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Vivo V9 Now Available for Pre-order

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed that its new and powerful flagship smartphone, the V9, will be retailed at Php17,990 in Pearl Black and Gold.   

Glupa Women’s Club: Elevating Womanity

Famed American writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor wrote a short story titled “Everything that Rises Must Converge.” It is a story reflective of the times. It was written when integration was a new concept not every American was willing to accept. It is a story of going beyond what society expects, of stripping away pretensions and prejudices, of acceptance of change.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Contest Alert: Win a Vivo V9 Smartphone

The newly released Vivo V9 that boasts of a 90% FullScreen Display and a 24-megapixel AI front camera, among other cutting-edge specs is every selfie lover’s dream smartphone. It was recently introduced in the Philippines at the City of Dreams on March 22.

UnionPay Lets You Enjoy Awesome Deals This Summer

Summer is definitely here! I am so excited to travel once again and discover the sights here in the country or abroad. Make it even more exciting with great deals and discounts, brought to you by UnionPay. Here are a few suggestions to help you fix your vacation itinerary.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Vivo unveils the all-new ‘V9’ AI-powered FullView™ display smartphone in the Philippines

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed its all-new sleek and stylish V9 flagship unit at the City of Dreams Manila in a summer-themed unveiling that was attended by over 200 members of the press and other guests. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vivo to bring the house down this March with newest flagship

Top global phone manufacturer Vivo is set to send the mobile phone industry in frenzy with the release of yet another stunner in their smartphone series. Set to be unveiled March, Vivo’s latest offering promises consumers bigger and better offerings in their mobile phone experience.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Summer is More Fun with Robinsons and PayMaya QR

Shopping for all your fashion, food, and retail needs this summer just got a lot more exciting as Robinsons and PayMaya brings as much as 30% cashback for your purchases at participating brands of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. when you pay via Paymaya QR.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Country Bankers Provide Simple and Affordable Insurance for Filipinos

My former boss told me to always prepare for the future. That is how she explains how insurance works - that if something happens to me, or my family, they will always be secured and they have something to lean on. Fortunately here in the Philippines, you have so many choices in which insurance company you can rely on. And based on stability, Country Bankers have already established more than five decades in providing simple and affordable insurance that Filipino families really need.

“There have always been challenges that need to be overcome but we remain solid and committed to serving the needs of the common Filipino. Through the years we have proven to be reliable insurers by reaching out to our target market and giving them the insurance that answer their needs,” says Atty. Romeo G. Velasquez, president of Country Bankers Insurance Group (CBIG).


Upon Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation’s (CBLIC) establishment on March 28, 1965, founding president Jose E. Desiderio, Sr., started to address the insurance needs in rural areas, catering to small and medium business entrepreneurs, farmers, fishermen, and public school teachers - a market that had been untapped in the ‘60s.

Country Bankers found its niche as the choice insurance provider in the countryside and allowed rural folks to avail of an affordable, reliable insurance plan that had previously been unavailable to them.

This legacy of accessible insurance to low-income Filipinos has been passed on to the Desiderio family’s third-generation members who are now running the company. At its helm is Geraldine Desiderio-Garcia, senior vice president and general manager of CBIG.


CBIG has two subsidiaries: Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation (CBLIC), a life insurance provider, and Country Bankers Insurance Corporation (CBIC), for non-life insurance products. Both have stayed on track in giving Filipinos straightforward and non-intimidating insurance options.

“We have made insurance very simple. While we offer basic insurance products, we try to be as relevant as possible to the market we serve,” says Garcia.

For example, CBIG’s micro-insurance products help educate Filipinos on the benefits of insurance by promoting its value to a broader market. A larger consciousness on the advantages of insurance is instrumental in protecting disadvantaged Filipinos, who face heavier burdens during times of catastrophe and financial distress.

“Insurance helps families cope with life’s challenges by ensuring dreams are fulfilled,” says Garcia, who attributes Country Bankers’ success to the Filipinos’ love for their families and the value they put in education.

For several years now, CBIG continues to develop a wide array of insurance plans that are not only practical and relevant, but also provide the necessary support for plan holders in times of need.

Among these is the Classic Benefit Plan that offers insurance protection up to age 96 and is payable in a three-, five-, seven-, or ten-year period. Alalay sa Buhay (ASB), on the other hand, provides renewable one-year insurance to individuals 13-70 years old for only Php 365, with natural and accidental death benefits. ASB is also available for families and seniors, with ASB family being renewable up to age 70 for principal insured and covers up to 3 to 5 family members for only Php 750 for one unit. ASB for Seniors covers individuals ages 71-80 and offers insurance for one year for only Php 1,000 for one unit.


CBIG ceaselessly works on ways to innovate its products, to better serve the market it now has, and further expand its reach.

“I want our company to be known as a “company with a heart” and a company that can be relied upon to deliver its commitment. We will continue to deliver what we promise to give,” concludes Garcia.

As CBLIC continues to evolve as a company, it remains true to its core values - sincere, dependable service to farmers, fishermen, small and medium business owners, employees, and teachers, mostly from rural areas. CBIG remains an able ally to Filipinos seeking security for themselves and their families, though its life and nonlife products.

For inquiries please visit us at Country Bankers Centre, 648 T.M. Kalaw, Manila or call them at tel. nos. 523-8611 for life insurance and 524-0621 for nonlife insurance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New JoshLia video takes our langhap-sarap Jollibee Yumburger craving to the next level

There’s nothing quite like the rich, delicious aroma of the Jollibee Yumburger, as seen in the best-selling product’s latest online video starring popular teen love team and Yumburger endorsers, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.

San Roque, Northern Samar is Now Drug-Free

San Roque Mayor Don L. Abalon congratulates the barangay officials for their achievement of a Drug-Free Municipality status with the PDEA

The Municipality of San Roque was awarded as the FIRST Drug-Free Municipality in Northern Samar last March 7, 2018.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thousands of Northern Samar Political Leaders Join PDP-Laban

 Northern Samar Governor Jose L. Ong Jr. welcomes the PDP-Laban officials who will induct the newest members from the Province of Northern Samar to the Majority political party

4,000 Local Government Unit officials from the Province of Northern Samar recently took their oath as the newest members of the PDP-Laban political party at the Gymnatorium of the University of the Eastern Philippines. 

Citarasa Malaysia Delights With Trade Products


The first country I've visited outside the Philippines is Malaysia. It was my 30th birthday and planned for months to see the Batu Caves, the Petronas Towers and Hello Kitty Sanrioland. It was a mix of cultural and leisure trip, and also got the chance to visit my best friend, who was residing there at that time. It was a memorable travel, and I really enjoyed the sights, the food and the culture, Malaysia has to offer. And this year, the Malaysia Promotion Programme is held here in the Philippines, with its theme, "Choose Malaysia". 

Monday, March 05, 2018

Architectural Photography: Synthesis by Marc Henrich Go

Seeing a beautiful structure through the lens is extraordinary because you get to define spaces and style. This month, you can get the chance to witness this fusion as SM Supermalls exhibits Synthesis: a gallery on Architectural Photography by Ar. Marc Henrich Go. It will run from February 28 to March 8 at The Upper Ground Atrium of SM Aura Premier. Coincidentally, they are also celebrating National Arts Month.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

"Lowest Price Guaranteed” on Shopee

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is launching the “Lowest Price Guaranteed” collection on March 3, just in time for the 3.3 March Mayhem sale! The collection will feature over 10,000 products across various categories at rock bottom prices. Qualifying products will be tagged with the blue “Lowest Price Guaranteed” icon. 

Friday, March 02, 2018

#MakingMEGA to screen BTS of MayWard cover shoot in Germany with Vivo

Dreams do come true, just ask up and coming star and Vivo local endorser Maymay Entrata, who recently spent her Christmas in Germany, the hometown of the other half of the MayWard phenom, Edward Barber.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Is Keto the Way to Go?

A sample of a Ketogenic Diet Meal
Five more pounds. That’s what I needed to lose just so I could reach my Body Mass Index. At 4’11, I am still considered overweight because the ideal for my height is 120lbs. But because I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), losing weight is not something easy for me. I tried going to the gym, food supplements, liquid formula etc. etc. This weekend, I got inspired to try out the newest diet there is - the Ketogenic Diet- and with will power, I think it might be something to invest on. 


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