‘Mothers are Mothering’ event spotlights allyship with glam and drag on IDAHOBIT Day

TELUS International Philippines (TIP), a leading AI-fueled customer experience and business process solutions provider, showcased the transformative power of allyship to promote inclusion during its “Mothers are Mothering!” glam-up session and discussion. This event celebrated both International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and Mother’s Day, aligning with the company’s year-round diversity, equality, and inclusivity (DE&I) efforts

Spectrum, TELUS International’s resource group for LGBTQIA+ and other team members and their allies was created to encourage bringing your true self to work every day. With chapters in the Philippines, Central America, and the U.S., Spectrum members participated in activities including a virtual drag competition featuring TELUS International Philippines team member drag queens, which raised funds for the LoveYourself Foundation; hosted sexual orientation, gender identity and expression sessions; gender sensitivity workshops; and celebrated World AIDS Day by hosting virtual HIV 101 sessions and offering on-site free HIV testing and counseling.

“My journey with allyship began with recognizing the importance of actively supporting and standing up for the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected,” shared Warren Tait, TELUS International Global Vice President of Brand, Culture, and Facilities.

TELUS International Philippines invited Drag Race Philippines Season 2 finalist M1ss Jade So, along with her biological mother, Margie Alino, and her drag daughter, Rocky Star, to talk about the importance of allyship in all kinds of relationships. Warren touched on the influence of allyship in his leadership and the workplace culture with Bogs Orial, Executive Assistant to TELUS International’s Global Vice President for Facilities, Brand, and Culture, and APAC CFO.

The ‘Mothers are Mothering!’ event showcases electrifying performances from TIP’s dynamic drag queens, Debby Zorriah and Marcova Monroe.

Spectrum of leadership: inclusivity and empathy

 “Cultivating allies can be beyond our friends and family. The key ingredient I’ve learned and experienced at TELUS International Philippines is the openness of the LGBTQIA+ team members to inform everyone, especially us in the leadership team ,” said Warren. “Through sustained and open collaboration and communication with our LGBTQIA+ community, led by our resource group Spectrum Philippines, we’ve been able to develop empathy, understanding, and allyship in the organization which goes beyond IDAHOBIT and Pride Month. It’s an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion that we are deeply invested in.”

These insights are consistent with the results of the 2023 Pulsecheck Survey, an annual internal survey assessing team member engagement. It highlighted that programs around inclusivity are constantly being improved, creating a safer and healthier workplace to further team members’ careers and personal growth. Equal and abundant opportunities are made available to them with the full support of their leaders.

Anne Muñoz, the Country Vice-President of TELUS International Philippines, explore the significance of proactive allyship.

Fostering allyship

 On  a personal level, the allyship between drag queen M1ss Jade So and her biological mother, Margie, was strong and evident as they shared their stories of support. M1ss Jade opened up about her struggles growing up as a transwoman, highlighting her mom’s consistent support and encouragement. “My mother is the real queen here! She has been my ride-or-die since day one. And I thank my lucky stars for her ‘cause she loves me unconditionally and encourages me to be my true self, whether that’s fighting for me to go to prom in a gown or helping me prepare my stunning drag looks,” she expressed.

With IDAHOBIT closely celebrated with Mother’s Day, the event took on an even deeper significance for Jade’s mother. She recounted her experience supporting a transgender daughter in a society where misconceptions about transgender identity persist. Her story  highlighted the importance of unconditional love and acceptance in creating an environment where individuals can embrace their true identities.

In addition to celebrating diversity and advocating for allyship, the event showcased TELUS International Philippines’ enduring commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace environment for its team members.

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Sarah G, SB19 will set the Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals stage on fire

Be part of history as 26 teams from across the region compete for top honors in Dota 2 and VALORANT, including their share of a $200,000 prize pool and the highly coveted Predator Shield, in the Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The MOA Arena stage will witness epic battles between esports teams on January 13 and 14, 2024. Audiences will also get to watch never-before-seen musical stages and collaborations.

For the very first time ever, Acer ambassadors Sarah Geronimo and SB19 will perform “Ace Your World” live! The song #AceYourWorld, streaming on YouTube, was written and composed by Radkidz, the duo of John Paulo Nase (Pablo) and his brother, Joshua Daniel Nase. Through the song, Sarah G and SB19 hope to encourage everyone to stay strong despite the challenges they face in their lives.

Another exciting collaboration stage will feature rapper Felip and Paradise Rising artist Ylona Garcia. Sarah Geronimo and SB19 will lead the roster of talents on Day 1, along with Urbandub, Al James, and UPeepz. Day 2 will feature KZ Tandingan, Sandwich, Franco, Spongecola, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Daloy Dance Company, Josh Cullen, and Pablo.

For both days, there will also be meet-and-greet sessions with Predator ambassadors Cong TV and the Team Payaman boys, burg, KuyaNic, Chibiby, Maggiekarp, amaratv, Een Mercado, Kang Dupet, and Alodia Gosiengfiao.

“We have prepared very hard to give esports players, fans, and enthusiasts two days filled with excitement and surprises. The Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals will showcase world-class gaming, music, and entertainment. The event will put Manila on the global esports map,” said Princess Laosantos, Senior Marketing Manager at Acer Philippines.

For more information and updates about Predator League, visit www.facebookcom/PredatorGamingPhilippines  or the official website www.predator-league.com.

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Intense esports battles and exciting musical acts collide at the Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals

The countdown to the highly anticipated Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals has begun. Twenty-six (26) teams from across the Asia Pacific region will duke it out in front of a roaring crowd on January 13 and 14, 2024, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena for the honor and glory of lifting the coveted Predator Shield. Teams will showcase their prowess and mastery of two highly acclaimed game titles, Dota 2 and VALORANT.

Watch the action live and see which teams will reign supreme and bring home the glory. A combined prize pool of $200,000 is also at stake for the two tournaments. The Dota 2 and VALORANT winners will each take home $65,000. Second-place winners will get $20,000, while third and fourth-place winners will receive $7,500.

“The Predator League is a premier esports tournament in APAC and is the home ground of up-and-coming esports talents. We are very excited as this is the Philippines’ first time hosting the event offline,” said Sue Ong Lim, General Manager at Acer Philippines.

The two-day event will be filled with live-action gaming, meet-and-greet sessions with Predator ambassadors, and performances by top Filipino artists.

Musical Performances

Hang out with Predator ambassadors Cong TV and the Team Payaman boys, burg, KuyaNic, Chibiby, Maggiekarp, amaratv, Een Mercado, Kang Dupet, and Alodia Gosiengfiao. Acer ambassadors SB19 and Sarah Geronimo will lead the roster of talents on Day 1, along with Urbandub, Al James, Ylona Garcia, UPeepz, and Felip. For Day 2, KZ Tandingan, Sandwich, Franco, Spongecola, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Daloy Dance Company, Josh Cullen, and Pablo will add excitement to the esports action.

“The Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals is unlike any esports tournament the community has seen. It will be a showcase of world-class gaming, music, entertainment, and community, much like a festival, with many exciting activities and awesome surprises that everyone will surely enjoy,” said Princess Laosantos, Senior Marketing Manager at Acer Philippines.

Tickets are now available through SM Ticket booths or online at https://www.smtickets.com/tickets/AsiaPacificPredatorLeague.

For more information and updates about Predator League, visit www.facebookcom/PredatorGamingPhilippines  or the official website www.predator-league.com.


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The final pitstop of Robinsons Appliances’ 2023 Race to a Minute at Galleria South, Laguna

The most anticipated final pitstop of Robinsons  Appliances’ 2023 Race to a Minute was held last March 25 at the first upscale mall in San Pedro City,  Laguna, the Galleria South. After its successful run in Robinsons  Valencia in Bukidnon (Mindanao) last March 5, Robinson Galleria Cebu (Visayas) last March  11, and Robinsons Tuguegarao (Luzon) last March 18, four teams consisting of two  representatives per team from the Greater Manila Area (GMA) competed to gain the  chance of taking home as much as PHP 220,000 worth of appliances and gadgets from  Robinsons Appliances!

“For almost a month, we’ve been traveling around the Philippines to bring excitement and fun to  Robinsons Appliances’ loyal customers. We’re very excited that we’re are finally at the last leg  of Race to a Minute, and we’re very delighted to have it here in the beautiful Robinsons Galleria  South in San Pedro City, Laguna. This annual Robinsons Appliances event marks our gratitude  to our customers who’ve been supporting us throughout the past year,” said Donna May San Luis, Marketing Services Manager of Robinsons Appliances.

Since it was launched in 2017, Robinsons Appliances shoppers are excitedly waiting for this  annual event where chosen participants from the four major regions in the Philippines will take  home amazing prizes and thrilling memories as they complete each task for 60 seconds.

“After the pandemic put a halt to this exciting gathering, we made sure that this year’s Race to a  Minute will be something to look forward to, not only for its participants but also for mall  shoppers of Robinsons Malls. Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have already felt this year’s  generous prizes, so it’s time for our GMA shoppers to battle it out and take home these  wonderful appliances and gadgets we’ve prepared for them,” Ms. San Luis added.

Joining the last leg of Race to a Minute are MYX VJ Turs Daza and celebrity mom Elisse Joson,  who hosted the entire race last Saturday.

Race to a Minute is composed of six (6) pitstops wherein players must finish assigned tasks  within the 60-second timeframe. Each pitstop will test each member’s physical and mental  capabilities. Guided by a race card, each team will race to each pitstop where they will get a  clue card to solve each task. The earliest time they reach the next pitstop, the higher chance of  receiving the highest-valued prize. A total of PHP2 million worth of appliances and gadgets will  be given away during the entire duration of Race to a Minute.

Aside from the appliances and gadgets, all participants from all the legs of Race to a Minute  have also received PHP2,000 worth of GoRewards Points.

The 2023 Race to a Minute is co-presented by (Gold Sponsors) Kolin, Sharp, Lex Service, Inc.,  TCL, GCash, Samsung, and Daikin, as well as (Silver Sponsors) Fujidenzo, Devant, Toshiba,  American Home, Johnson Controls, Midea, Whirlpool, Hitachi, Hisense, Skyworth, Panasonic,  Electrolux, and Maytag.

For more news, updates, the latest promos, and activities, you may visit www.robinsonsappliances.com.ph or follow the Robinsons Appliances official pages  on Facebook and Instagram.

Featured photo:

Race to a Minute in Robinsons Galleria South winner last March 25, 2023  (Left to Right:)  Jovito Santos, Group General Manager, Robinsons Appliances; Elisse Joson, Marvin Chua and Martin Chua, Turs Daza, and Anthony Caliwag, Assistant VP for Operations, Robinsons Appliances.


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Experience the magic of Christmas with traditional Belen lighting

A week after the successful lighting of its iconic 100-ft Christmas tree, Araneta City keeps its celebration more solemn with the lighting of its giant Belen held recently.

Located at Gen. MacArthur Avenue, the City of Firsts unveiled its traditional Belen, which depicts the nativity of Jesus Christ with Mary, Joseph, and the three kings. It is a tradition observed by Araneta City since Christmas of 1991.

Rev. Father Ronnie Santos, parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brgy. Socorro, and Father Diogo D’Souza led the blessing of the Belen. It was followed by a peaceful offering of prayers led by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Brgy. Socorro Chairman Doc Ted Santos, Araneta Group VP for Leasing Lorna Fabian, Araneta Group SVP for Operations Antonio Mardo, and Araneta Group Chief of Staff Noel Leonor.

During the solemnity of the Belen lighting, stringent social distancing measures and health protocols were enforced to secure the safety of the attendees.

This traditional Belen lighting kicks off a number of special Christmas events and activities in Araneta City under the theme “Believe in the Magic of Christmas”. Just across the Belen display is the Parolan Christmas bazaar where one can find quality and affordable Christmas decors. It is open until December 31 from 4 am to 9 pm.

Visit the Times Square Park where one can buy from a wide variety of food stalls and dine outdoors with the Giant Christmas tree on sight from 1 pm to 11 pm daily. Hunt for more food choices at the Manhattan Row from 1 pm to 11 pm daily, or spend time at the New Frontier Theater (NFT) the Second from 10 am to 9 pm for an alternative dining experience.

Get serenaded by JC Laborte at the Times Square Food Park from 5 pm to 10 pm, and by Duke at the Green Gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum from 6 pm to 9 pm. For kids and kids at heart, have a chance to meet Santa Claus every Sunday, starting November 28, from 3 pm to 7 pm. And, catch the Grand Fireworks Display every Saturday from November 27 to January 1.

Believe in the magic of Christmas and experience the joy of the holidays only at the City of Firsts!

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