Reward yourself this mid-year by checking out these 7 bagsak-presyo tech items at the Shopee 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

We’ve officially crossed the first half of 2022, but there’s still a lot to look forward to as we welcome the last few months of the year. And what better way to celebrate the mid-year madness than catching the best deals on Shopee at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale? Now’s the perfect time to check out those tech items you’ve been eyeing, as you can get these at bagsak-presyo prices this 7.7! You can also enjoy a wide array of ₱49 deals and below, shipping discount vouchers, and 10% off vouchers when you add to your cart and check out your must-haves at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale.

And for lucky number 7, we’ve handpicked 7 of the hottest tech deals to kickstart the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale:

 Get a grip on your busy days with this Haylou Waterproof Smart Watch, equipped with health and sleep monitoring, 12 sports modes, weather notifications, and music functions. Craving those unreachable, beautiful views? Explore the world using this Dual Camera FPV Drone so you can conquer the scene and reach heights for better travel memories for you and your friends thanks to its 4K double camera, three-sided infrared avoidance, and 100-meter distance features. Be on top of your game with this Adjustable High Back Gaming Chair, complete with a wide backrest and adjustable heights and tilts so you can have that customized comfort while in battle. Unlock the touch-screen potentials of your phone, iPad, or tablet with this handy Stylus Pen, perfect for taking down notes, signatures, and drawings.

      

Make your home safe and comfortable with the help of these must-haves! Embrace extra safety in your front door with this auto-sensing Spray Sterilizer, complete with 3 spray modes, 320-mL capacity, and easy-to-install pieces. Cooking and convenience go hand-in-hand with the TJean Air Fryer, non-sticky and hassle-free to navigate with its pre-set menu and timers. Be your barista with this Hibrew Espresso Machine, which comes with easy-to-use large buttons and displays, a retro-stylish look, and a 15-bar pressure for ground coffee to help serve you that much-needed punch of delicious espresso.

 More exciting offers await at the Shopee 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

 Aside from these amazing bagsak-presyo items, get exclusive deals and discounts at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale from top brands such as Abbott, Pedigree and Whiskas, Colgate-Palmolive, Omega Houseware, Ace Hardware, Pampers, Garnier, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline, P&G Beauty, Olay, Havaianas, LOVITO, Huawei, OPPO, and infinix.

You can also score ₱7 deals every 15 minutes during the Lightning Flash Hour sale this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale. Get a chance to take home a new laptop or TV just by checking out ₱7 deals from 12-1 PM and 8-9 PM this 7.7. To know more about these amazing deals, visit the Lightning Flash Hour Sale page on Shopee.

While still choosing what to check out this 7.7, join the Mukha Ng Panay Checkout Sa Shopee raffle to get a chance to be one of the lucky 5 winners who will take home ₱10,000! Just show off your best Shopee-inspired shopping photo and use the Mukha Ng Panay Checkout Sa Shopee Facebook frame to join. Visit the Mukha Ng Panay Checkout Sa Shopee post to know more about the raffle.

The mid-year surprises don’t stop there! Activate and verify ShopeePay now to get more rewards when you send money, buy load, and pay bills. Send money for free and get a chance to win ₱1,000,000 worth of prizes with the ShopeePay Mission promo. To join, simply send at least ₱50 to any unique ShopeePay user or bank/e-wallet account from July 1 to 7 and earn raffle entries for every transaction. Don’t miss out on ShopeePay-exclusive deals on load and cashback vouchers for bills payment for this mid-year sale. For more rewards, use ShopeePay to get shipping discounts when you pay for your 7.7 bagsak-presyo finds. For more details on the latest promos, follow ShopeePay’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

To know more about the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale, visit the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale page on Shopee.

 

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Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Celebrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria is one with IHG Hotels & Resorts and IHG Philippines in celebrating the colorful, insightful, and joyful Pride Month 2022 with the theme, “Stronger Together” promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the workplace and the community.

The highlights of the activities include The Pride Talk last June 22 and the Pride Day Friday parade around Ortigas Center last June 24. It was also the commencement of the hotel employees joining Out & Open, one of IHG’s Employee Resource Groups for colleagues identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, (LGBTQ+) and allies. Out & Open provides a platform for all employees, members, and allies to participate in LGBTQ+ focused conversations, education, and celebrations to foster an all-inclusive culture and work environment.

 

(L-R: Gibeth Gloria, Executive Asst. Manager, Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Manila Galleria; Mickey Alonso, Luxury Core Specialist, IHG Philippines, Suzy Lee, Head of Data & Technology, JG Summit Holdings, Inc.; Pryncess Hyacinth Esguerra, Director of Human Resources, Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Manila Galleria)

 

The guest speakers of The Pride Talk are Ms. Mickey Alonso, Luxury Core Specialist from IHG Philippines, and Ms. Suzy Lee, Head of Data & Technology of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. who shared their knowledge and experiences as they discussed important topics on SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identification, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics), Handling LGBTQIA + Guests, and inspirational stories about acceptance, empowerment, self-care, and self-love. It was attended by hotel associates from different departments.

On the last Friday afternoon of June, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn associates showed support to the members of LGBTQAI+ as they carried out their first-ever Pride Parade in Ortigas Center. Their definition of pride has transcended to a higher level of consciousness of one’s dignity and self-respect.

Jan Jeffrey Tiongson, Digital Marketing Manager, & Dennise Verzo, Learning & Development Manager spearhead the Pride Activities & Pride Parade in Ortigas Center.

Ms. Gibeth Gloria, Executive Assistant Manager, said that at IHG, associates and colleagues do more and excel even more at work when they embrace their truth and uniqueness, and when they feel accepted, understood, and they belong.

IHG Hotels & Resorts is committed to its purpose of delivering True Hospitality for Good by caring for people, communities, and the planet by championing a diverse culture where everyone can thrive.

 

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Congresswoman ‘Migs’ Nograles: The girl with a very little rest

“Whatever I do in life, I always look at the consequences of my actions. Regardless of being a representative, a teacher, a lawyer, or anything, I always want to be a ripple of change, shares Atty. Nograles. 

 

“People are always telling me that I’m the Girl with No Rest,” says Atty. Migs Nograles with a cheeky grin. Earlier that day, she took her House of Representatives Oath, officially making her a congresswoman on July 1. Between her oath-taking, Nograles was a busy bee. She began the morning with her usual fitness ritual (meditation and a daily run), before answering e-mails, attending meetings, managing associates at her law firm, and doing her duties as a public servant.

It doesn’t stop there. Nograles finished shooting a new episode of Paano ba Attorney?, a TV program where she gives free legal advice to anyone who needs it. On the weekends, she works as a law professor, preparing her students for The Bar through review classes. Atty. Migs is also continuing her Master’s Degree in law, after taking a few short courses at Harvard Kennedy School and passing her Arbitration Accreditation courses. Could she be bionic? Probably not—but she’s certainly a Superwoman.

The Lady Boss

As a #LadyBoss who wears many hats, it’s very impressive to learn that Atty. Migs is only 31 years old. “[I love my job] because I get to help people,” she says with an ardent smile.

Her Davao-based firm NICAD (Nograles, Ilagan, Cayco, Aban, and Dabi Law) is committed to helping the general public find solutions in a cost-efficient and a highly-sustainable way. She and her partners participate in a lot of Pro bono work and free legal advice. “The practice of law is really to use your knowledge to help your client’s concern. We just had our anniversary on the first. We’ve already been operating for a year, and we’re still surviving. Even with free legal advice, we’re managing to stay afloat.” The firm is already looking to expand with an office in Manila sometime this year.

The Pro bono cases the firm accepts vary on different issues that each partner is passionate about. Atty. Migs, in particular, has a strong stance against domestic abuse, emotional abuse, and all forms of bullying. Not just for women and children, but men and the LGBTQI community, as well. “While growing up, I was a victim of bullying,” she says. “When I got older, I realized that a lot of friends had also been victims of violence. It is something very dear to me, and something I want to protect now.” While she was in office, Nograles had to take a small step back. She had to take a leave from the firm but still makes an effort to oversee her associates daily.

Paano ba Attorney?

Although she can’t physically appear in courtrooms at the moment, Nograles continues to use her skills through different avenues. For instance, in her show Paano ba Attorney? offers free legal advice to their viewers. Originally conceived as a short Facebook Live show during the pandemic, it has grown in popularity. The fourth season (which is currently in production) will be broadcasted on local television.

Nograles shares that their team receives 300 to 400 videos/messages a day from people seeking out her expertise. “It keeps me on my toes,” she shares. “It keeps me updated with the newest laws, and makes me feel fulfilled being able to answer questions on the spot. Also, [it’s great] to be able to help people with [nothing in return] but a simple thank you.”

It runs in the blood

You can say that public service runs through Atty. Migs’ blood. Her father is late Speaker Prospero C. Nograles, and her brothers, Karlo and Jericho, both hold positions in government. Watching them do their work (particularly their role in giving free education to thousands of youths), inspired her to be in politics.

Just a few months shy of her 32nd birthday, she will be entering the House of Representatives as a newly minted congresswoman, under the PBA Partylist. Even without having officially begun, the passionate attorney is already working on bills she is eager to pass. “What I plan to submit as a bill is the Domestic Abuse Law Bill. I’m working on it already. Another one is the expansion of the Solo Parents Act. In the law, solo parents don’t have additional support for education, which they need,” she states with assured vigor.

Supporting youths and athletes

As a former athlete, Nograles also wants to ensure that homegrown talents are given proper funding. She is advocating for sports legislation, sports protection, and grass-root support for local athletes.

Through the Party List, she hopes that she can establish standard and retirement benefits for emerging sportspersons. Her family’s work through the Nograles Scholars Program (which supported youths and athletes) truly inspired the young woman to help emerging Filipino talents.

She remembers boxer Nesthly Petecio (an Olympic Silver medalist) as one of the athletes they helped through the program. “Just look at her now,” she says with a proud smile. “Athletes should focus on training and shouldn’t worry about [the resources to do it]. Small issues like this are what I want to push in terms of legislation.”

Flourishing career

While Migs Nograles is just beginning her career as a congresswoman, she has already done so much to help those around her. Her desire to build a better Philippines reflects on her already flourishing career. It’s exciting to be in the audience and see the climb of this political superstar. “When I was a part of the Ateneo Student Leaders Assembly, they taught us to be a ripple of change,” she remembers. “Whatever I do in life, I always look at the consequences of my actions. Regardless of being a representative, a teacher, a lawyer, or anything, I always want to be a ripple of change.”

With such passion in her voice, it’s easy to believe her. However, to reach real “change,” one is afforded very little rest. Luckily for us, Nograles never does.

 

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Subway® Philippines Launches ‘School In A Box’ Program

The Philippine education system is one of the most challenged in South East Asia. Lack of technology, poor internet signal, and access to quality training and education are some of the identified challenges of some schools especially schools in far-flung areas and isolated islands. To address this, the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented the Last Mile Schools Program which aims to address the gaps in resources and facilities of schools that are located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas (GIDCA).

Subway® Philippines is doing its share in ensuring quality learning and education to students in Last Mile Schools in the Philippines. During its 26th anniversary, Subway® Philippines announces its “Subway® School In a Box Program.”

“School in a Box, in partnership with e-DRIS, aims to empower teachers and students from last mile schools by providing them vast expanse of knowledge, learning, and management tools without the use of the internet. With this program, last-mile schools can now adopt a new learning management system that will serve as their bridge in connecting with everyone else across the community,” shares Subway® Philippines Marketing Manager Joshua Wahiman.

e-DRIS is a game-changing educational app, that addresses the challenges of teachers, tutors, educators, and pupils all over the world. e-DRIS (Philippines) Inc. through its Chief Executive Officer Atty. Rainier Butalid expressed gratitude to Subway® for choosing their company as the official partner of the program.

Atty. Rainier Butalid shares, “We are very glad that Subway has partnered with us to address the challenges of connectivity and digital learning to some of the Filipino students in last mile schools. This will be a game-changer for the Philippine education system and Subway® is making a trailblazing effort for our educational system.

“Subway® has been providing nutritious food for 26 years. It has provided nutrition for the body. This program will provide quality education for the mind of the young,” adds Atty Butalid.

With the help of the partners’ learning machines, Subway® hopes that students will be equipped with a huge expanse of knowledge so that the next generation will be ready and competitive despite the challenge of the digital divide.

About Subway®

As one of the world’s largest quick-service restaurant brands, Subway® serves freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, and bowls to millions of guests, across more than 100 countries in more than 37,000 restaurants every day. Subway® restaurants are owned and operated by Subway® franchisees – a network that includes more than 20,000 dedicated entrepreneurs and small business owners – who are committed to delivering the best guest experience possible in their local communities.  Visit www.Subway.com for more information.

Subway® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP LLC. © 2022 Subway® IP LLC

 

Featured photo: (L – R) Subway® Philippines Marketing Manager Joshua Wahiman and Territory Manager Jean Gagarino receive the “School In A Box” system from Partner E-DRIS Inc. represented by Atty. Rainier Butalid and Syed Darwish Bederi III of Critical Links.

 

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Celebrate 90 Years of Play with LEGO® at Legoland® Malaysia Resort

To mark the occasion and help visitors enjoy the benefits of playing together, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is launching a brand-new exclusive LEGO® experience: “Play Your Way.”

 

Johor Bahru – The LEGO Group is marking its 90th anniversary by celebrating the creativity of fans and the power of play as the new LEGO® Play Well Study shows play is fundamental to the wellbeing and happiness of the whole family. To mark the occasion and help visitors enjoy the benefits of playing together, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is launching a brand-new exclusive LEGO® experience: “Play Your Way”.

From 16 June to 10 August 2022, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort visitors will be invited to discover their official Play Type and take on fun LEGO® build challenges to start their journey toward play mastery.

Guests will receive an exclusive, limited edition lanyard upon entry from our friendly staff and a limited edition pop badge for each Play Type build challenge they complete while exploring the park while stocks last. Visitors will be challenged to explore the different activities and find out which suits their play personality best:

  • Are you a Designer? Aware of problems, these builders are focused and get ideas from asking questions. Their LEGO® creations solve problems and playtime is thoughtful.
  • Are you a Maker? Aware of objects, these builders are energetic and get ideas from trial and error. Their LEGO® creations are detailed and playtime is experimental.
  • Are you an Explorer? Aware of the environment, these builders are curious and get ideas from new discoveries. Their LEGO® creations are bold and playtime is adventurous.
  • Are you a Storyteller? Aware of others, these builders are dramatic and ideas come from fantasy. Their LEGO® creations are used to entertain and playtime is theatrical.
  • Are you a Dreamer? Aware of possibilities, these builders are imaginative and ideas come from daydreaming. Their LEGO® creations are artistic and playtime is magical.

The ‘Play Your Way’ LEGO® build challenges encourage creativity for each play type, with prompts to spark different types of play. For example, Designers will be challenged to design a secret treehouse or the ultimate dragon. Makers are more experiential, so will be challenged to make a boat fly or a bus for the moon. The adventurous Explorers will love creating a magical lion, whilst Storytellers will have more theatrical build challenges, creating a castle in the sky or an underwater kingdom. For Dreamers, their creativity will be encouraged through magical build ideas from rainbows and flowers, to spaceships and treasure chests.

Within the park, Master Players (who have mastered all five play types) will roam the park in colorful costumes to surprise and delight guests with magic tricks and storytelling.

The new “Play Your Way” experience adds to the rides, shows, and attractions all geared to families with children ages 2-12 years old at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. The Play Your Way event will be included in Park admission along with everything that LEGOLAND® has to offer, and is hosted in the Rebuild the World area.

As part of the celebration, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort partners with LEGO for a special Imagination Playground roadshow, where visitors can enjoy a FREE RM150 F&B voucher with the purchase of four Triple-Park Pass while stocks last. The ongoing roadshow at the ground floor of Centre Court, Midvalley Megamall Kuala Lumpur, will end on 12 June 2022, before moving to its next stop from 20 July to 31 July 2022 at Midvalley Southkey Johor.

“LEGOLAND® is excited to celebrate the 90 Years of Play with the LEGO® Group – we know that play has huge benefits for the whole family, so what better way to celebrate than through playing together? Our new event allows guests the chance to uncover their play type and rediscover the joy of creating together with LEGO® bricks,” said CS Lim, Divisional Director at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

Shipwreck dining diver

Play is an important part of everyday life and the LEGO® Play Well Study 2022 shows that play is fundamental to the well-being and happiness of the whole family. The LEGO Group polled more than 55,000 parents and children in over 30 countries and found that almost all parents think children strengthen their creativity (93%), communication (92%), problem-solving skills (92%), and confidence (91%) while they play. When children play, they develop skills that help them thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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PBBM: ‘Pangarap n’yo ay pangarap ko . . .’

The inauguration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

 On June 30, 2022, Filipinos witnessed the inauguration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr., the nation’s 17th president amidst the challenges of the pandemic and pressing economic issues that will confront his new administration.

The inauguration was held at the historic National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila. President “Bongbong” Marcos was the fourth President to be inaugurated in the same venue following Manuel Luis Quezon (1935), Jose P. Laurel (1943), and Manuel A. Roxas (1946).

National Museum of Fine Arts

The President and the other members of the First Family wore Filipino attire as a symbol of their patriotism in action, words, and even in their manner of dressing. His inaugural barong was designed by Pepito Albert. It was inspired by a traditional military uniform during Spanish time. For his dinner barong, it was again designed by Albert and was made of pina barong from Taal, Batangas paired with shoes from Sapatero Manila.

For the First Lady Atty. Liza Araneta-Marcos, her terno was designed by Leslie Mobo. It was made of pure pina, seda, and suksuk embroidered with Sampaguita, the country’s national flower. It was paired with shoes designed by Lila Almario of Greggs Frame.

Singer-host-actress Toni Gonzaga sang the National Anthem. A military-civic parade ushered to welcome the Commander-In-Chief.

In his inaugural address, President “Bongbong” Marcos extends his gratitude for the support of the Filipinos. “You rejected the politics of division . . . You made it happen. . . You picked me to be your servant . . . I don’t take it lightly but I’m ready for the task, ” he said. “I am here to talk about the future, a future of sufficiency . . . Imagine what you and the government can achieve together. We are here to repair a house divided, to make it strong . . . Never forget we are Filipinos  . . . let us all be part of the solution we chose.”

President Marcos stresses that he and the Filipinos share the same dream. “Pangarap n’yo ay pangarap ko . . .” (Your dreams are mine).

He adds that “We will build back better . . . in the experiences that we had . . . There were shortcomings in the COVID-19 response; we will fix it . . . I will complete on schedule the projects that have been started; I am not interested in getting credit.”

Plans are being carried out for agriculture and food sufficiency, education, public health system, tourism, climate change, infrastructure, and business, especially for the MSMEs.

The inauguration was characterized by solemnity, simplicity, and keeping with the tradition. It was attended by foreign dignitaries, VIPs, public officials, and Marcos supporters. Marcos is considered the majority president elected with more than 31 million votes garnered from the recently concluded 2022 presidential elections.

Photos: Screenshots from Bongbong Marcos FB page coverage

#PBBM #inaugurationday #17thpresident #Philippines #rubyspreciousmoments #rubyasoyph

 

Five Things You Can Do with ShopeePay

Nowadays, there are mobile apps for just about everything, even for activities like shopping or making financial transactions that we previously could not do online. With thousands of apps available for our use, it’s best to choose one with different features so you don’t have to constantly switch between apps. Are you looking for versatility and convenience? Then ShopeePay is for you.

To get started, simply download the Shopee app, and activate and verify your ShopeePay Wallet. From paying for items on Shopee to sending money, there’s a lot you can accomplish with Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet.

Here’s a quick rundown of the things you can do with ShopeePay so you won’t miss out:

1. Avoid bank fees when you cash in via InstaPay or link your bank account

There are plenty of ShopeePay cash in channels to choose from like payment centers, e-wallets, online banking, debit cards, and more. Aside from these convenient options, did you know that you can also avoid admin fees and cash in for free? One way is to link your BPI or UnionBank account to cash in for free. For those with a different bank, cashing in is also free when you use InstaPay on your bank’s online app—get up to P25 cashback on your first two InstaPay transactions per month.

To make the experience even more rewarding, you can join the ‘Cash In and Win with InstaPay’ promo and stand a chance to win P100,000 worth of prizes when you cash in at least P1,000 via InstaPay from June 27 to 30. Cash in as many times as you can to earn more raffle entries.

2. Send money to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user for free

Need to send money to your friends or family? No need to worry about paying additional fees. The best thing about sending money with ShopeePay is that it’s free, with no hidden fees. Choose from different ways to instantly send money— to bank account, e-wallet, scan to send via QR, or try the new Ang Pao feature. You can use ShopeePay Ang Pao to surprise your friends and family during special occasions or to send money to multiple people at the same time without incurring additional charges. Here’s a short video on how to use Ang Pao: <video link here>

On top of zero fees, you can also earn money when you participate in ShopeePay’s send money promos until June 30.

  • ShopeePay Mission– From June 23 to 30, send at least P50 to any ShopeePay user or bank/e-wallet account, and earn raffle entries for every transaction. Eligible users can get a chance to win up to P1,000,000.
  • Double Ang Pao promo– Get double the amount you sent when you send at least P50 to 40 friends from June 27 to 29 (capped at P200) and to 100 friends on June 30 (capped at P500).

 3. Buy discounted load and data for your mobile phone

We’re used to purchasing prepaid loads from reloading stations that usually add extra costs on top of the load. Why pay full price or more when you can call, text, and surf the net with discounted load and data promos from ShopeePay? Get up to a 10% discount for mobile load and data from the country’s major networks when you top up your prepaid SIM. Tip: Check out ShopeePay’s flash deals and payday discounts for more offers.

4. Get cashback when you pay your bills

Whether you need to pay for daily utilities like electricity, water, and internet or personal expenses like loans, insurance, or government contributions, ShopeePay is a one-stop-shop for your bills payment needs. Get the most out of your monthly budget with cashback vouchers when you use ShopeePay to pay over 60 partner billers—new users can get up to 100% bills cashback (minimum spend P180, capped at 180 coins).

 5. Access amazing deals in-store and online shopping perks

Check out ‘ShopeePay Near Me’ on the Shopee app to discover deals for as low as P1 from popular food & beverage outlets, retail brands, and more. Avid online shoppers can get more value for money when you pay Shopee purchases with ShopeePay’s exclusive shipping discounts and cashback vouchers. This June 30 Payday Sale, enjoy even more rewards such as sitewide shipping discount vouchers w/ P0 min. spend, up to P1000 off on bills and 10% off vouchers when shopping.

Activate ShopeePay now and start enjoying its benefits. To learn more about ShopeePay, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay. Follow ShopeePay’s Instagram and Facebook pages to be updated with the latest promos.

 

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Dipolog City emerges as Philippines’ National Winner in WWF’s One Planet City Challenge

Dipolog City is the national winner of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) 2021-2022, joining national winners from 20 countries around the world.

Bogotá, Colombia, and Lund, Sweden were selected as the OPCC Global Winners which saw a total of 280 cities participating from 50 countries.

As the Philippines’ National Winner, Dipolog City representatives were able to attend the OPCC Global Awarding Ceremony in Helsingborg, Sweden, personally last June 2 to receive their award.

Dipolog City Representatives (2nd and 3rd from L) receive their award as OPCC National Winner of Philippines during the OPCC Global Awarding Ceremony in Helsingborg, Sweden, last June 2, 2022. Photo: WWF-Sweden.

Dipolog city was commended by the international jury of the OPCC Core Team in Sweden for its bold emissions reduction plan, which is aligned with science-based targets needed to keep global warming within 1.5°C. Dipolog has reported innovative and impactful action plans that will help achieve these targets and bring long-term co-benefits.

The cities were measured against rigorous criteria that included: ambitious climate targets, bold leadership, ability to meet upcoming challenges, and a holistic climate action plan that is well balanced towards their goals.

One Planet City Challenge is a friendly global competition initiated by WWF to recognize cities for their climate actions and ambitions and assess whether they align with the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement in limiting climate change to 1.5 °C.

Since its inception 10 years ago, close to 600 cities from 53 countries on 5 continents have already participated in this challenge. Dipolog, Quezon, and Davao Cities were the national finalists in the Philippines. Other cities that were included in the country’s roster of qualifiers for OPCC 2021-2022 are Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Legazpi, Makati, Ormoc, Pasig, San Carlos,  San Fernando (La Union), Santa Rosa, Tagum, Zamboanga and Vigan.

“As highlighted in the recently released IPCC AR6 reports, cities play a key role in avoiding the most severe impacts of global warming,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. “Bogotá and Lund are two inspiring examples of how dedicated local governments from very different contexts can drive the transition toward more liveable and sustainable cities. For the world over, both cities are showing others what can be achieved!”

Impact of Climate Change

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, climate change directly impacts cities and urban life. Increasing global temperatures result in rising sea levels and more extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, and storms, particularly affecting coastal communities. Further, increases in the spread of vector-borne and water-borne diseases and heat-related illnesses have affected urban populations as global temperatures increase.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report reinforces these findings, stating that cities are areas of concentrated risk to climate change with losses due to infrastructure damage and disruption in services and affected supply chains already occurring. Cities are also areas where opportunities for delivering urgent climate action abound.

Cities are also key contributors to climate change, as urban activities are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. An estimated 75% of global CO2 emissions are from cities, with transport and buildings among the most significant contributors.

However, some cities have started to use renewable energy sources, implement regulations to limit industrial emissions, and institute energy efficiency measures. Many have undertaken climate actions to increase their city’s resilience with its residents and businesses adapting to the changing climate. Others have also enforced laws that help to restore and preserve the environment.

One Planet Cities Project Manager for WWF-Philippines Imee Bellen hopes that more Philippine cities will participate in OPCC in the future. “This is an example that shows OPCC is not about being the most advanced city, but it’s about how holistic the local governments plan for their cities towards low-carbon development,” she said.

Atty. Angela Ibay, Head of the Climate and Energy Programme of WWF-Philippines, encouraged citizens to help their cities boost their capacity to respond to the climate crisis.

“The cities’ plans would not come to life if it wasn’t for the collective action of its residents. However, we as individuals can still make a difference on our own. Even the most trivial habits, such as reducing energy consumption, can have a long-lasting impact on the community and nature.”

“Winners and finalists of this year’s OPCC are also eligible to participate in We Love Cities (WLC) by September 2022. WLC is a WWF campaign interwoven with the OPCC which aims to provide a platform for the citizens to give suggestions for improvement that city leaders can consider in their climate action planning process and sustainable development.”

For more information and updates about the One Planet City Challenge, visit http://panda.org/opcc.

 Featured photo: Dipolog City, a 3rd-class component city in Zamboanga del Norte is the National Winner in this year’s One Planet City Challenge. The photo shows the Pagsalabuk Circle or the Dipolog Rotunda, a symbol of diverse culture representing the Muslim, Subanen, and Christian people of the city. Photo: Dipolog City Government

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Going on a Journey to the Unlimited with Yassi Pressman and OPPO

Earlier this month, a lucky few were able to experience the ultimate journey courtesy of OPPO, the global smart device brand – an all-expense-paid trip to one of the most beautiful locations in the world, El Nido. Accompanied by the Reno7 Series ambassador Yassi Pressman, the raffle winners spent three days and two nights in the breathtaking island destination, capturing their adventures in portrait with The Portrait Expert, the OPPO Reno7.

Flown in via airline partner AirSWIFT Airlines Philippines, the guests were welcomed to the trip with a kit containing all the summer essentials needed to make the most of their unlimited journey, including a bucket hat, waterproof pouch, and a beach mat.

Throughout their stay, Yassi and the winners explored the beauty of El Nido as they went island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling in Kingkong Island, Cadlao Lagoon, and Hayag. Yassi even shared how she was able to swim beside turtles and thousands of fish under the sea,  through an Instagram post. The group capped off each full day with a four-course meal and some R & R at the luxurious Lihim Resorts in El Nido.

OPPO Reno Ambassador Yassi Pressman (center) with the winners of the Journey to the Unlimited at Lihim Resorts El Nido.

The journey to the unlimited would not have been complete without the OPPO Reno7, the Portrait Expert that beautifully captures and records all your greatest moments from any unforgettable trip. Its 64MP HD triple rear camera setup and 16MP front camera with AI-powered camera features like Portrait Mode, Bokeh Flare Portrait, and AI Highlight, allow you to snap professional-level photos and videos. The group did not need to worry about suddenly running out of battery in the middle of their island hopping, as the OPPO Reno7 comes with a 4500 mAh battery.

Go on your journey to the unlimited with the OPPO Reno7 and express your #UnlimitedMeInPortrait.

To know more about OPPO’s latest Reno7 5G, visit the OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph/ or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines. You can also check OPPO’s official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

 

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K11 Brings Never-Before-Seen ‘Phygital’ Art to the Public as Part of ‘Symphony of the Future’

K11, the cultural pioneer that has been bringing global art and culture to the masses since 2008, is presenting yet another unique art program to the public.

 Symphony of the Future’, open to the public from 23 June to 18 December along the Promenade of K11 MUSEA, the Avenue of Stars, and Salisbury Garden in front of the iconic Victoria Harbour, is a meticulously curated public art program that reflects K11’s mission to be at the forefront of the evolving art world and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to combining art, lifestyle a, and technology. 

The three featured art pieces that have been contributed by international and local artists, namely, HΞXAVΞRSΞ (2022) by Don Diablo*, Looking Up (2022) by Tom Friedman, and a prelude for the future (2022) by Olivier Cong, explore the use of new technology and mixed media to bring foresight to a hopeful future.

Dutch Artist Don Diablo. Photo: Jasper Suyk

In collaboration with Sotheby’s – HΞXAVΞRSΞ by Don Diablo: A one-of-its-kind “phygital” portal to the Metaverse

 A key highlight of ‘Symphony of the Future’ is HΞXAVΞRSΞ by Dutch artist Don Diablo. HΞXAVΞRSΞ is the embodiment of physical-meets-digital (“phygital”) art and offers insight into Diablo’s vision of the future. Two editions of the same sculpture will be on view simultaneously at K11 MUSEA and K11 Shanghai respectively.

This is Diablo’s third and latest art project in partnership with Sotheby’s, with whom K11 also maintains a long-standing relationship. This collaboration and undertaking to bring diverse forms of art to the public are reflective of both K11 and Sotheby’s missions as cultural pioneers.

The visionary HΞXAVΞRSΞ – a one-of-its-kind “phygital” portal to the Metaverse – features videos illustrating Diablo’s vision of the future of the Metaverse. The artist invites the audience to peek through the futuristic doors to view the videos of the sculpture that are embedded inside and embark on a journey of imagination. The videos are remotely transmitted by Diablo himself to the audiences in Hong Kong and Shanghai through the internet, and the content will evolve  Featuring multimedia art and music, HΞXAVΞRSΞ is a cross-disciplinary creative endeavor for the public, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries.

 The heated discussion about the Metaverse both scares and excites people as they look forward to its endless possibilities but also fear the impact on our social community. Diablo hopes to bridge the gap by bringing a piece of the Metaverse into the real world through HΞXAVΞRSΞ and to open the door to invite people to discover what lies beyond the physical world and also within their imaginations.

Diablo has been leading the way in the world of digital art and NFTs, and his previous “phygital” NFT works INFINITΞ FUTURΞ and DΞSTINATION HΞXAGONIA were highly sought-after. This time, he has converted HΞXAVΞRSΞ’s videos into NFT, transforming them into an NFT sculpture.

 Other works featured in ‘Symphony of the Future

Besides HΞXAVΞRSΞ, ‘Symphony of the Future’ also features Looking Up (2022), an augmented reality piece by American conceptual artist Tom Friedman. Friedman draws from personal experiences to recreate prosaic moments that inspire reflections of everyday life. Viewers are invited to interact with the artwork in a different dimension by simply scanning the QR codes shown in Salisbury Garden with a smartphone.

Looking Up (2022) is an augmented reality (AR) piece from Tom Friedman’s celebrated Looking Up series of outdoor sculpture.

In addition, a prelude for the future (2022), a performance by Hong Kong artist Olivier Cong which reinterprets In a Landscape by American composer and music theorist, John Cage, will be broadcast from 7 pm to7:30 pm daily along the Avenue of Stars, and a virtual livestream of Cong’s performance can be viewed by scanning the QR codes made available along the Avenue of Stars. The artist himself will also give live performances in Salisbury Garden to re-enact the virtual livestream. Cong is a contemporary music artist and composer known for his evocative performances. He has collaborated with numerous cultural organizations including Hong Kong Light Pulse Festival and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. a prelude for the future explores our contrasting expectations of the physical and digital realms and their differences.

 Inspiring imagination through innovation and education

K11 has always supported the sustainable development of art, aiming at fostering the link between art and the public. Therefore, alongside this public art program, an extended program of community-focused and educational tours, as well as a webinar will be lined up for all ages to understand more about art, providing an opportunity for more imagination beyond the physical world. 

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