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SO MANY SALE SMAC 10% OFF

October 6, 2020

Get extra 10% OFF* at #TheSMStore from October 5 to 11 (10AM to 2PM)! Participating branches: Cagayan de Oro, CDO Downtown Premier, Davao, Lanang Premier, General Santos. *With a minimum P3,000 single-receipt purchase Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. RXII 019, Series of 2020

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SHARP PLASMACLUSTER ION TECHNOLOGY REACHES 90MILLION IN SALES GLOBALLY AND RELEASES NEW STUDIES IN REDUCING AIRBORNE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (SARS-CoV-2)

October 3, 2020

Sharp Philippines Corporation (SPC), with its goal of bringing convenience, protection, and lifestyle evolution to every Filipino household, recently launched its campaign “Stay Home, Stay Sharp”. It features products that are designed for the new normal setting — and one of its key features is Sharp's exclusive technology, the Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) Technology. In this time of global health crisis, this is SHARP’s way of keeping our homes free from viruses and bacteria. The Plasmacluster Ion Technology Sharp’s revolutionary technology, the Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) Technology will help Filipino households achieve a safe sanctuary. It has been proven to be effective against suspended airborne viruses and microbes that contaminate our air, leaving it cleaner and healthier.  This exclusive technology is a unique air purifying solution to eliminate disease-causing bacteria and viruses from poor air quality and it has been proven safe to humans regardless of the amount of ion concentration released in the air. The Plasmacluster Ions, which are the same type of positive and negative ions that is present in nature, come in contact with the airborne threats in the air, undergoing chemical reactions on their surfaces to form OH radicals. These OH radicals decompose the proteins on the surface membrane of the airborne threats by taking the hydrogen. Without protein, the airborne threats are disabled and in effect, deactivated. The hydrogen then combines with OH radicals, and together they transform to water which is released into the air. Tested by Over 30 Institutions and Organizations  Since 2000, Sharp is developing and improving Plasmacluster Ion Technology and with collaboration with over thirty (30) independent third-party research institutions and organizations across the globe, Sharp has been continuously promoting academic marketing to demonstrate the effectiveness of its Plasmacluster Ion Technology. In fact, there are numerous independent research organizations that have proven its clinical efficacy in suppressing the activity of harmful substances including influenza viruses, drug-resistant bacteria, and mite allergens, as well as in reducing bronchial inflammation levels in children with asthma. Above all, product safety, which is one of the biggest concerns of consumers before buying a product, has also been confirmed through research and studies. Rest assured, Sharp will continue to contribute to society by conducting a wide range of studies demonstrating the effectiveness of Plasmacluster Ion Technology. On the effectiveness of Plasmacluster Ion Technology in Reducing Airborne Novel Coronavirus Disease (SARS-CoV-2) In recent joint research conducted with Professor Jiro Yasuda of the National Research Center for the Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases/Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan, Professor Asuka Nanbo, a Board member of the Japanese Society for Virology of the same institution, and Professor Hironori Yoshiyama of the Department of Microbiology, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine, and in cooperation with Nagasaki University, an internationally respected authority on infectious disease research, Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion Technology was able to reduce floating novel coronavirus particles in the air, claiming it as a world first. Viruses present on the surface are much easier to eliminate with simple disinfectant,s unlike airborne viruses.    In the said study, Plasmacluster Ion Technology, which emits positive hydrogen ions and negative oxygen ions through a plasma discharge, demonstrated that the virus infectious titer was reduced by more than 90%.  A solution containing the novel coronavirus was released into a three-liter apparatus equipped with a Plasmacluster Ion device. The device discharged 10 million ions per cubic centimeter (cm3). Results claimed that the infectious titer in the retrieved solution was reduced by 91.3 percent in just 30 seconds compared with one that was not being exposed to Plasmacluster Ion. Sharp’s Corporation Masahiro Okitsu, Senior Executive Managing Officer, Smart Appliance, and Business Solution assured that the brand will continue to provide effective solutions in lowering the risk of infection. “Based on the result of this experiment, we will consider and provide effective uses of the Plasmacluster Ion Technology to mitigate the risk of coronavirus infection.” 90 Million Sales Mark Globally Currently, Sharp equips their appliances with Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) Technology to make them suitable for your home’s needs in this new normal. These are the appliances for cleaner and safer air: Refrigerators, Air Conditioner, Air Purifier (with mosquito catcher, with humidifier, with dehumidifier), Ion Generator, and Mite Catcher. In fact, the brand is now working to incorporate this technology to their Electric Fan products for the local market and it will be launched soon. As of April 2020, Sharp announced that it has reached the 90 million sales mark of products equipped with the Plasmacluster Ion Technology through its collaborations with different global businesses and industries such as hotels, hospitals, health clinics, restaurants, trains, vehicles, offices, banks, schools, training center, and supermarkets to name a few. Sharp will continue to expand the application of Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) Technology on its current industrial field of expertise and will seek new ways to apply it to other fields especially on medical devices.

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COCA-COLA BEVERAGES PHILIPPINES, INC. SUPPORTS MINDANAO’S GROWTH WITH ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS

September 28, 2020

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)’s investment outlook is not dampened by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid a nationwide economic slowdown, the beverage company remains bullish and is on track with expansion projects in Mindanao, whose further development the Company is intent on supporting. At the 29th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon), held virtually recently, CEO and President Gareth McGeown shared that CCBPI has invested an additional $22 million (PHP1.065 billion) for Q4 of 2020 alone—bringing up the total 2020 investment in the country to over $95M (approx. PHP4.7B). A significant amount of this has been allocated to increase operational capacity in Mindanao by 30%. With much of the spending allotted for infrastructure, CCBPI will have three new manufacturing lines in the region, providing new job opportunities for more Mindanaoans.  “Mindanao has been a growth engine for us for the last few years. We have seen that our growth rates in the region have continued to expand double-digit over the last two to three years, and we have a firm belief that such growth will continue,” said McGeown.  CCBPI’s Mindanao footprint includes four manufacturing plants, specifically in Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga, Davao City, and Davao del Sur; nine distribution centers; and 3,200 partners.  McGeown also noted that consumers in Mindanao are more open to new products compared to those in Metro Manila, another reason why the territory plays a critical role as a launchpad for new portfolio brands and variants. The uniqueness of consumption behavior in Mindanao makes it critical to CCBPI’s growth strategy.  “More than the consumers’ taste and preferences, the region’s growth rate gives us a reason to believe that great days are ahead for Mindanao,” added McGeown.  Over 500 delegates comprising top businessmen, key industry players, government executives, and members of the diplomatic corps joined the two-day MinBizCon, which became an avenue to discuss economic concerns and opportunities in the region. The annual event was hosted by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and convened by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce. Purpose beyond profit Aside from the additional lines being built in Mindanao, which will pave the way for more jobs, CCBPI on September 4 launched Balik Pinas, a program that provides business opportunities for OFWs returning to the country. This is aligned with CCBPI’s thrust to help more individuals and communities get back on their feet and thrive in the new normal.  “No business can run independently of the communities they operate in. One of the reasons why Coca-Cola has been successful for so long is that we are an integral part of all communities we operate in,” the CEO noted. According to McGeown, CCBPI’s Purpose in Action commitment is to protect its employees, jobs, as well as support its customers and communities during the pandemic. The company also provided its employees with comprehensive medical coverage and ensured job security so they can continue supporting their families.   McGeown further assured that CCBPI remains staunch in fulfilling its commitments to the country and sustainability. PETValue—the pioneering PHP1 billion, state-of-the-art, food-grade recycling facility—will soon rise in General Trias, Cavite and is set to be operational by Q4 of 2021. This is CCBPI’s joint venture with Indorama Ventures, a global leader in recycling and green technologies.    With 108 years of bringing refreshing moments to Filipinos and as the first home of Coca-Cola in Asia, CCBPI continues to grow its market through bullish investments and initiatives to support its communities in the Philippines.

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Enhance Your Child’s Playtime With The Newest Playbox From Huggies Playbox

September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines, 25 September 2020 – Kimberly-Clark’s HuggiesÒ brand is committed to be the trusted parenthood partner, especially in these uncertain times that have impacted their lives in more ways than one. For instance, the cancellation of classes and the transition to online learning has placed an even bigger responsibility on them to be both parent and teacher as they constantly search for ways to keep their kids entertained and educated while at home.  To support them and their little ones, Huggies is introducing its newest Playbox – a one-of-a-kind toy that is designed to enhance their kids’ playtime. Recognizing its important role in the learning and development of kids, especially today when they have to constantly stay indoors, the Huggies Playbox is intended to make playtime more secure, entertaining, and engaging for them. This is particularly crucial in the toddlerhood stage where kids begin to explore, learn, and connect with the world around them.  The Huggies Playbox is bundled with your favorite Huggies Dry Pants that is specially designed for active babies. With its ability to absorb up to 7 cups of weewee, easy palit all-around comfort fit, and anti-kulob breathable cover, babies are kept dry and comfortable so parents can be assured of uninterrupted playtime throughout the day.    Inside every box of diapers will be a carton with either a basketball or a soccer design that, when assembled, transform into either a basketball ring or a soccer goal post that can be safely played with and enjoyed by parents and their little ones. Each also includes an instructional guide, making it easy to properly set up and have memorable bonding moments with the entire family at home.  “The Huggies Playbox affirms our promise to continue supporting moms as they go through the challenging yet fulfilling journey of motherhood, now so more than ever in these unique circumstances that we find ourselves in,” said Brian Duruin, Head of Marketing, Kimberly-Clark Philippines, Inc. “Every pair of Huggies Dry Pants offers the perfect combination of comfort and security with its soft materials and best leakage protection that can keep up with all their movements. In turn, the Huggies Playbox provides an entertaining and engaging toy that they can easily use. Together, parents can watch and enjoy seeing their kids move more freely and have a one-of-a-kind playful experience at home.”  The Huggies Playbox will be available starting October 7 in Lazada and October 28-30 in Shopee, at the following sizes, Playbox design, quantity and price points:  Be sure to catch all the upcoming 10.10, 11.11, and 12.12 Huggies deals from Shopee and Lazada that can include up to 20% off on cases and free shipping. For all the latest updates, you may like and follow Huggies Philippines on Facebook. Register at Huggies Club to gain access for more specialized content and exclusive perks. For more information, visit https://www.huggies.com.ph/.

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Realizations and lessons learned from COVID-19

September 22, 2020

And why it’s important to be financially prepared for anything, pandemic or not  When the COVID-19 pandemic quickly swept the world, it became apparent to all of us that our frequent five-minute handwashing and wearing of surgical face masks wouldn’t be enough to keep everyone safe.To contain the spread of the virus, we were told to stay home or stay six feet apart. And just like that, life as we know it came to a near-halt.  Months after Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), and with no vaccine in sight, we can’t say how long till we return to our normal routines. But we can all find comfort in the fact that we’re dealing with this pandemic together, and we’ll overcome it in the same way. Life as we know it might change forever but we can go on, worry-free, if we stay informed and prepare for the future.  Because while the future is uncertain, we can always take steps to prepare today so we can worry lesstomorrow. COVID-19 has affected our lives in different ways but the lessons we learned from it are essentially the same. Here are five lessons everyone learned or should learn, especially now that most of us are finally back to work.  1. Health is indeed wealth Your health is your best asset—both physically and financially. Pandemic or not, protecting your health always comes first. And having good health and being in shape give you more energy to work hard for your family while pursuing your passions. Staying healthy saves you a lot of money too. After all, getting sick is not cheap. You have to pay for medicines, treatment, and confinement. Costs for COVID-19 treatment can reach millions, and so do other critical illnesses like cancer, heart attack, renal failure, or stroke.  But if you do get sick (and often these illnesses will just strike without warning), there are ways to make sure you are financially prepared. Protection plans like FWD Insurance’s Set for Health ensure that you have the money you need to pay for any medical bills. It allows you to claim up to three times against major critical illnesses—and if you remain healthy by 75 years old, you’ll get your money back.  2. Good habits are important For years, we’ve been told to wash our hands properly. But we never really took it that seriously. Until this year. Now, it’s one of the best lines of defense against COVID-19. With most of us being called back to work or allowed to go outside, handwashing or sanitizing our hands are even more important. Let’s not forget to regularly disinfect and clean our homes either.  Other precautionary measures we learned recently leaving our shoes outside, showering and changing into new clothes immediately, and storing dirty laundry in disposable bags. 3. The importance of a rainy-day fund It’s a good idea to have a rainy-day fund to cover expenses in case of emergencies.  This is all the more relevant today during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the saying goes: hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Financial planning is important, especially if you’re the breadwinner. Life insurance plans like FWD’s Set for Tomorrow make sure that your family has the financial means to go on, protecting them from unpaid loans and sudden income loss due to death. OFWs who work abroad get additional protection, too. 4. Information is key. This year we’ve seen how the right information can actually save lives. From patients’ travel histories to accurate, science-based news about masks and social distancing. But a lot of information is still out there, and not all of it is checked. So when reading the news, check the source. Is it from a reputable channel, agency, or publication? Are the statistics and studies from credible research or government organizations? Let’s all be vigilant in spotting fake news. 5. It pays to be prepared The pandemic has showed many of us how extremely dependent we are on our paychecks and daily earnings. With no work or income for more than a month, a lot of us have struggled to make both ends meet. And this will continue with businesses laying off workers and instituting a “no work, no pay” policy. That’s why it’s important to be financially prepared and have a financial safety net so you can get through any emergency. It’s not too late to start securing your financial future today. Save. Invest. Protect. VUL plans like FWD’s Set for Life allows exactly that. You get both insurance and investment and pay for it monthly. You get to grow your money and, at the same time, secure your future – and your family’s. COVID-19 is a call for preparedness for everyone. The pandemic took us by surprise, but we learnedsome valuable lessons. Now that we know better, we can prepare better—physically, mentally, and financially. FWD Insurance is one of the few insurance companies that are digitally ready to help you financially prepare for the future. Its financial advisors are available to talk to you about your finances and help you with your financial goals via video chat or whatever channel is more convenient for you.

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THE SM STORE | CIVIL SERVICE PROMO

September 17, 2020

In celebration of Civil Service month, we treat you with a 10% discount* at #TheSMStore from September 18 to 20, 2020. *With a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,000 on regular-priced items upon presentation of government ID and SMAC

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