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Get ready to fall in love all over again as Disney’s Aladdin finally hits local cinemas this May 22! Revisit this timeless tale of love, dreams, and trust in this thrilling live action remake of Disney’s 1992 animated classic. Wishing to witness this live version of an animated legend and relive your childhood? Globe Postpaid has you covered! From May 15 to June 5, 2019, new and recontracting Globe Postpaid customers who apply for ThePLAN PLUS 1299 and up at all Globe Stores nationwide and Globe Online Shop will receive two (2) GMovies passes to Disney’s Aladdin. Open a whole new world of experiences and move towards the life you dream of with ThePLAN PLUS 1299. For #WhenYourHeartDecides on your dreams and goals, get equipped to stay focused and efficient with up to 20GB data every month. You don’t need a magic lamp to make your dreams come true. All you need is a Globe Postpaid plan to empower you to set the pace of your plans and create the life you’ve always wanted. Find out more about this promo by visiting shop.globe.com.ph/postpaid-plans. Don’t forget to follow Globe ICON on Facebook and Instagram.
As one of the closest coffee-growing countries closest to the Philippines, Thailand is a must-visit destination for traveling caffeine junkies. For those who can’t live without their caffeine fix, the search is always on for a good cup of joe. Next-level coffee junkies, however, take their caffeine obsession to a different level. They visit coffee plantations, pick cherries, learn how to roast, and join coffee cupping activities. In fact, the taste of coffee in the places they visit are some of the most defining moments of their experiences. If you are a traveler seeking this kind of experience overseas, Thailand is one of the closest coffee-growing countries you can visit. Though Thailand is not often linked to world-famous coffee, it is home to many plantations where your coffee dreams can come true. Aside from giving you a taste of Thailand’s unique coffee origins, this country’s farm tours have fascinating stories to tell. From bean to cup: a glimpse and taste of history Thailand’s burgeoning coffee industry scene had a unique role to play in the Southeast Kingdom’s history and development. For many years, the highlands where Arabica coffee was grown used to be bleak and barren. This is because the tribal communities who lived there survived from slash-and-burn agriculture, which resulted in massive deforestation and the depletion of food sources. Poverty drove them to opium cultivation, drug trafficking, and heroin production. It took interventions from Thailand’s royal family to turn the tribespeople from opium to coffee, which now provides a source of livelihood for these communities. One such coffee plantation is Suan Lahu located north of Chiang Mai, where you can have a short four-hour visit, a day tour, or even an overnight stay with a host from the Lahu tribe, giving you the opportunity to immerse in the tribe’s way of life. Here you can go on a guided hike with the locals, pick coffee cherries, observe coffee processing, and even roast your own Arabica. From January to December, you can even enjoy traditional campfires. Doi Tung in Chiang Rai Province is another of these opium farms turned coffee plantations. This community located at 1,389 meters above sea level is home to more than 3.5 million trees, a source of livelihood for almost 900 families. Doi Tung’s farm to cup experience immerses you in different aspects of coffee production, from cherry picking to roasting and tasting. Aside from its coffee farms and facilities, Doi Tung is also home to the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum where you can find thousands of unique temperate plants. Doi Chang is one of Chiang Rai’s must-visit destinations for coffee junkies. Another possible destination in Chiang Rai is the village of Doi Chang, which is situated in an altitude of up to 1,700 meters above sea level. At the village’s coffee shop, you can take a sip of the organic, single origin coffee while enjoying the fresh mountain breeze. The nearby museum called Academy of Coffee lets you learn more about the region’s produce. Outside the museum, you can look at the coffee trees filling hills and plots owned by local families. Finally, there’s the coffee processing plant, which you can see at work during the main coffee season. Some of the world’s finest Many of Thailand’s coffee farm tours immerse you in a journey from bean to cup. Thailand’s coffee farms don’t only give you a glimpse of the coffee’s journey from bean to cup. They also produce some of the world’s best coffee. Doi Chang, for example, is home to free-range, stress-free civets that eat only the ripest, sweetest cherries. These undigested beans are infused with the flavors of the civet’s diet and the enzymes in the its stomach. When roasted, these beans have the flavor profile of citrus-toned acidity, cedary dark chocolate, and raisiny fruit. The social enterprise Akha Ama Coffee in Chiang Mai, which also hosts a three-day Coffee Journey with the local Akha tribe, has also produced award-winning coffee. Known for its distinct citrus notes and acidity, Akha Ama’s coffee was selected for the World Cup Tasters Championship in 2010 and 2011. While visiting these coffee farms let you enjoy delicious coffee, it also lets you support local communities who are making a living and preserving their heritage. This makes your #THAImazing story both memorable and meaningful. To know more about Thailand’s coffee farm tours, visit Tourism Thailand website or follow them on Facebook.
One of the most awaited celebrations is Mother’s Day which happens every month of May. It is a time to honor the queens in our lives for their never-ending love, support, and hard work. Tracing back its history, Greeks and Romans have always set a day to worship mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Moving forward, this tradition evolved to children offering flowers and presents to their mothers to express their gratitude. Today, it is one of the most popular occasions observed internationally. In fact, more phone calls are made on this day compared to any other holidays. As Mother’s Day approaches, Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of the premier hotels in Manila, is treating moms to a free lunch or dinner buffet as well as a complimentary cake! On May 12, 2019, enjoy a Mother’s Day Special at CPH. Get 1 FREE buffet lunch or dinner for every three paying guests at Café in the Park. Buffet prices start at P795 net (kids 6-10 years old) and P1,495 net (adults). A complimentary cake also awaits moms for a minimum consumption of P1,200 net at the Atrium Lounge. Incidentally, CPH is also rewarding responsible voters on May 13, 2019. The hotel is giving voters a free slice of cake or a choice of 1 local beer for a minimum purchase of P350 net per person. To avail the promo, simply provide a proof of voting. “Century Park Hotel has been around for over 40 years, countless mothers have already spent time here, yet it is always a delight to serve them again, and always,” said Anthony Tan, CPH’s General Manager.
Leading smartphone brand, Vivo, elevated the experience of guests at the grand unveiling of the Vivo V15 and the Vivo V15 Pro with highly immersive installations and activities. At the upscale event, there were also top-level stars present who heightened the excitement further. Vivo empowers its customers to level up their passions and for brand ambassadors Julie Anne San Jose and Darren Espanto, it was all about sharing their love for music on stage. At the beginning of the event, Julie Anne amped up the energy with her performance of “Level Up” while Darren concluded the event with a boom with his rendition of “Lift Off” All-around performers Julie Anne San Jose and Darren Espanto, liven up the crowd with their high-energy performances at the Vivo V15 Pro Launch. From passions for music to passions for fashion, there were also celebrities like Klea Pineda, Elisse Joson, and the Enciso sisters who were excited to up their Instagram game and snap their #OOTDs with the Vivo V15 Pro’s 48MP Triple Rear Cam. Stunning starlets, Klea Pineda and Elisse Joson level up their looks at the Vivo V15 Launch. Many influencers including beauty queen Aya Fernandez were also quick to share their favorite features of the Vivo V15 Pro. For vlogger and blogger Sam Paredes, she doesn’t worry about grainy selfies anymore because of the Vivo V15 series’ top-quality 32MP Elevating Front Camera. Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 – Tourism International, Aya Fernandez excitedly shares her favorite among all the Vivo V15’s specs – the 48MP Triple Rear Camera. Vlogger Sam Paredes takes crystal clear selfies with the Vivo V15’s 32MP Elevating Front Camera. Beyond the launch event, there were many other celebrities and influencers the likes of Edward Barber and McCoy de Leon who went online to trumpet their love for the Vivo V15 Series. Heartthrobs McCoy de Leon and Edward Barber share their must-have phone to netizens – the Vivo V15. With so many innovative features, the Vivo V15 and Vivo V15 Pro was an instant hit – some amazed by its chic and sleek appearance with its Ultra FullView Display and the In-Display Finger scanner, others impressed by V15 pro’s powerful performance because of its Qualcomm 675A core, its Fast Charging, and its AI Game Mode + Dual Engine Turbo. With the Vivo v15 Pro’s Snapdragon 675 processor and AI Game Mode, gamers, like Art Anthony Golimlim, can enjoy their mobile games without worrying about lagging.
The use of QR for mobile digital payments is very popular in various emerging and developed economies. In China, for example, mobile digital payments account for over half of the country’s total transaction volumes. In the Philippines, the use of the said technology is still in its nascent stage and has yet to see an explosion in usage today. Despite this GCash, operated by Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), sees the value of setting up as many QR-enabled merchants as possible, as it believes that the future of mobile digital payments lies on innovative technologies. “QR payments provide security and convenience to both merchants and their customers. Our thrust as a mobile wallet is to acquire as many merchant partners as possible — even micro-entrepreneurs such as taho vendors — to future-proof us from the expected boom in usage,” said JM Aujero, Vice President for Merchant Solutions. Already, GCash has breached the 50,000 merchant mark in the first quarter of 2019, a huge milestone for the company that introduced this technology first in the Philippines in 2017. “We want to be as pervasive as our partner Ant Financial in China. QR is the future of payments, and we are committed to lead in this arena here in the Philippines,” he said. The QR technology of GCash is far reaching, spanning from Luzon to Visayas and down to Mindanao, including popular tourist destination Boracay. This particular technology is empowering micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to adopt into the digital arena. Aside from giving them access to millions of customers, the QR payments solution of GCash allows merchants to enjoy auto-sweeping of their daily transactions into their account. It likewise provides a better performance evaluation of the business, as the system provides for QR transaction reports, which allows enterprises to study and analyze their transactions real time. Cash handling issues are also addressed through the QR payments system. GCash offers merchants no set up fees, a huge customer base, lower rates than most debit and credit cards, a chance for increased marketing, and access to periodic reports to oversee their business performance. “Merchants and social sellers can leverage on the ubiquity of GCash in the Philippines, as well as benefit from this simple, cost-effective, and secure alternative to cash,” he said. GCash is embarking on a battle against cash to capture more users this year, and the need to increase the number of merchants in the GCash platform only continues to be more pronounced. The GCash QR payments solution, he explained, is supportive of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ goal of reducing cash payments and increasing the share of non-cash transactions to 20 percent of the total volume by 2020. “Our aggressive stance in fighting for more QR-enabled merchants stems from the fact that everyday, more and more GCash users onboard the platform. Use cases for QR payments also continue to sprout,” he said. “With Ant Financial as our partner, we are well-equipped to deliver the best QR experience in the Philippines. Ant Financial will also help us in strengthening our hold while massively scaling up our QR reach in the country,” he said.
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, dove deep into the data of its users in the Philippines to uncover key consumers insights on online shopping in the country. Tapping on its deep understanding of the tastes and preferences of Filipino shoppers, Shopee introduces the Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale from April 28 to 5 May, featuring the daily ₱1 Game and daily 100% cashback vouchers. “Shopee has grown tremendously in the past year to firmly establish ourselves as the leading e-commerce platform in the Philippines. We owe a big part of our success to the data-centric approach we use to understand and serve our users. With millions of users and growing, we can generate rich and detailed insights about Filipino online shoppers and design campaigns for their evolving needs. Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale is another example of this, and we are proud to once again help Filipinos save more on a massive range of brands and products catered to their tastes,” said Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines. Shopee reveals 3 key online shopping trends in the Philippines for 2019, ahead of Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale: More Filipinos are shopping online Metro Manila continued to be the online shopping capital of the Philippines, with the most orders recorded on Shopee since the turn of the year. However, online shopping is quickly becoming the norm nationwide, as Mindanao and Visayas are seeing rapid growth in online shopping activity on Shopee. Shopee is also becoming the preferred e-commerce platform for Filipinos to find their favorite products. This is apparent as the number of keyword searches in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 2.5 times compared to the same period last year. Filipinos search most often for terms related to Electronics, Health and Beauty, and Fashion; with Xiaomi, Maybelline, and Vans among the most-searched brands so far in 2019. Geography shapes online shopping habits in the Philippines Shopee has found that online shopping preferences differ across regions in the Philippines. For users in Metro Manila, Health & Beauty and Electronics are the top categories with Xiaomi, Realme, and Honor as the leading smartphone brands. In fact, Realme sold over 1,000 units of its brand-new Realme 3 smartphone in two flash sales, with the first flash sale on March 25 selling out in under an hour. For shoppers outside the capital, they prefer to buy Fashion products online as they benefit from a massive assortment of products and styles. In Visayas and Mindanao, Korean-styled apparel and footwear are the most purchased items. Filipino online shoppers are also most active during lunch and before bed. For instance, Shopee users from Metro Manila tend to shop online from 12NN to 2 PM. Meanwhile, users in Mindanao and Visayas are most active from 8 to 10 PM. Men are shopping online more often, and more widely Finally, men are shopping online more as e-commerce becomes the norm in the Philippines. Shopping among male users has more than doubled on Shopee in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same time last year. Men are also more actively shopping for Fashion and Beauty products, aside from conventional categories such as Electronics and Gaming. Online shopping for skincare items is becoming especially common for men, with face masks ranking among the top 10 most popular products for male Shopee users in the first quarter of 2019. Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale: 8 days of unbeatable deals catered to Filipinos’ shopping habits Taking place from April 28 to May 5, Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale features 8 days of unbeatable deals including daily ₱1 Games and daily 100% Cashback Vouchers. Armed with a close understanding of Filipinos’ tastes and preferences, Shopee has partnered leading brands in the Philippines including Maybelline, Globe, Enfagrow, and Infinix to deliver up to 90% off the most-wanted items. For more information about Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale, visit http://shopee.ph/5-5 starting April 28. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.
Great deals up to 90% off at the Shopee Super Fashion and Beauty Sale on April 26. In time for the Shopee Super Fashion and Beauty Sale on April 26, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches a 3-part mini web series called Shopee Makeover Madness on Facebook from April 24 to 26. Shopee Makeover Madness is an exciting social media contest where three lucky participants, Lilibeth Hernandez, Adrian Olivarez, and Aprille Gelera, nominated by their friends and family will get an all-expenses-paid makeover from popular celebrity fashion stylist, Myrrh Lao To and Beauty Vlogger Raiza Contawi. One of the winners, Aprille Gelera, is a single mother who lost her husband in an accident only a year after their marriage. She now has a beautiful three-year-old boy and she also takes care of her mother. Users can find out more about Aprille and the other winner’s stories by catching the series on Shopee’s Facebook page from April 24 to 26. Happening on April 26, the Shopee Super Fashion and Beauty Sale will feature 24 hours of storewide sales, flash deals, and free shipping with a lower minimum spend of ₱199. Users can expect countless fashion and health and beauty shops selling make-up, fragrances, personal care products, women’s apparel, and accessories with discounts up to 90% off. For more information about the Shopee Makeover Madness, click here. Don’t forget to check out the Shopee Super Fashion and Beauty Sale on April 26 at https://shopee.ph/m/super-fashion-beauty-sale. Visit the Shopee website at https://shopee.com or download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.
A point-of-sale (POS) system helps small business owners accept payments and manage a business with an impressive array of features. The best POS systems, such as the Merchant Account Solutions Clover POS system let you track inventory and sales, manage employees, grow customer relationships, and analyze data. With a wealth of point of sale systems and software available in the market, how does your small business choose the right one for your unique needs? To find the best POS system for small business, these are the standards to consider: Price: The monthly fee, cost of add-on features, and payment processing fees where applicable. Ease of Use: The best systems are intuitive and easy for anyone to pick up and use immediately. Payment Processing: There are two types: A POS system with built-in payment processing, like the Clover Flex and those that require a third-party merchant services provider. Inventory Management: The majority of the systems include inventory management to some degree, but some are more advanced or work for niche industries. Customer Relationship Management: At the very least, a POS system should allow the business owner to make customer profiles, and at best, loyalty programs, email marketing, and gift cards are offered as features. Employee Management: A next generation POS system offers staff management, such as scheduling, time clocks, and user permissions. Online Sales: If your business is a brick-and-mortar store and you are planning to grow it to a bricks and clicks business model, look for a POS software that offers built-in ecommerce support or integrated solutions. Integrations: From bookkeeping to marketing, all POS systems should offer integrations to help complete your ability to manage all aspects of your small business. Customer Support: Consider the level of customer support satisfaction and availability for each system. Choosing the right POS system is vital for small businesses. Whether you choose a Booker Clover POS, a SmartSwipe POS or a LightSpeed POS, with the right POS system, small businesses can manage and control business expenses with greater proficiency, have a better understanding of what products sell best and then refine their stock accordingly, track product results and performance and engage customers and prospective customers with loyalty rewards.
San Diego is an amazing place for anyone’s vacation, but we especially love the unbelievable amount of kids-friendly activities in San Diego. Wherever your children’s interests may be in, you’re sure to find the perfect place in San Diego that will provide them with deeper insight, engagement and loads of fun! Whale Watching Cruise San Diego is one of the best places in the world to see whales, so bring your kids onboard a yacht at Next Level Sailing for a whale watching cruise San Diego adventure to witness this firsthand! The Next Level Sailing experience is located at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which means that entry to the museum is now included FREE for all public guests sailing with them. San Diego River Elementary school kids learning about San Diego’s climate and landforms will also enjoy a field trip to a local canyon, a walk along the San Diego River in Mission Valley, or a hike through Mission Trails Regional Park. Barona Cultural Center & Museum – Lakeside As San Diego County’s first museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueño Native culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages. Butterfly Farms – Vista Butterfly Farms share their knowledge about butterflies with in-depth educational tours of their vivarium and grounds. Free Flight Bird Sanctuary – Del Mar Free Flight is a one of a kind exotic bird sanctuary where birds and people interact together. A field trip includes a personal tour of the facility and the opportunity to feed the birds and fish in their koi pond. Bates Nut Farm – Valley Center Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center provides families the opportunity to spend time on a working farm. At this beautiful farm, you will learn how the farm transformed itself from a groove of walnut trees to a full fledge retail business today. Little Creek Acres Farm – Valley Center At Little Creek Acres Farm there are dairy goats and sheep who know their names, chickens you can visit, cats that talk to you, farm dogs who love hugs and pats, as well as a veggie garden and an orchard to explore and learn in! Sightseeing tours A hop-on hop-off tour is a great way for school children to explore some of the most popular spots in San Diego. That’s for the city. For an even more thrilling sailing tour San Diego experience, field trippers onboard a Next Level Sailing yacht will have the chance of a lifetime watching whales and even spot feeding them! Students will obtain up-close breathtaking views of one of the largest animals on the planet, the Blue Whale, a severely endangered mammal.
As a dominantly Catholic country, one of our practices every Holy Week is Visita Iglesia. Traditionally, Catholics visit around 7 churches to pray, reflect, and honor the Blessed Sacrament during Holy Week. The visiting of churches is done to commemorate the suffering of Christ, as well as to meditate and ask for penance. Here are churches within the Metro which you can visit this Holy Week: 1) Binondo Church Start your journey in one of the oldest churches in Manila. Binondo Church is also known as Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. It was built by the Dominicans and is located in Binondo, Manila. It became a place of worship to converted Chinese Christians back in the day when the trade between Chinese and Filipinos started to increase. Today, a number of Binondo dwellers and curious tourists still visit the parish. 2) San Sebastian San Sebastian, also known as Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, boasts Gothic Revival architecture, and is the only steel church in the Philippines and Asia. The original structure was actually built using bricks, but because of a Chinese Filipino uprising which burned down the original structure, the current edifice was built to be fire and earthquake-resistant. 3) Quiapo Church Quiapo Church, also known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, is one of the most famous basilicas in the Philippines. It is because of the said-to-be miraculous sculpture of the Black Nazarene which was carved in Mexico and was burned on its way to the Philippines. Large numbers of devotees visit every Friday, edging their knees forward to the sculpture to ask for miracle and or forgiveness. 4) Baclaran Church The Baclaran Church is also known as the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is one of the largest Marian churches in the Philippines. The shrine was established by Redemptionists when they began the novena in 1948. At first, only 70 people attended the novena, but after several sessions, the attendees doubled, and is now reaching thousands of devotees. Today, the church serves as home to many Marian devotees. 5) San Agustin San Agustin Church is one of the two religious sites inside the walled city of Intramuros, and is the Philippines’ oldest church. Built by the Augustinians, the structure was modeled after beautiful temples in Mexico. It boasts a grandeur in architecture, very rich and grounded to the Spanish colonial history. The building has its own museum inside, which features great artifacts about the Philippines’ cultural heritage. 6) Manila Cathedral Manila Cathedral is a neighboring church to the San Agustin Church inside Intramuros, and is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception or the Virgin Mary. Initially built as a simple parish back in 1571, it received multiple reconstructions after several calamities hit the city. The cathedral was then upgraded with LED lighting, advanced sound system, and carbon-retrofitted structural foundations which add a modern detail to its beautiful Roman stone facade. 7) Malate Church Last but not the least is Malate Church, also known as Our Lady of Remedies Parish. It follows a Baroque style of architecture and houses a statue that travelled from Spain– it is of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, the patroness of childbirth. The small but beautiful house of prayer is also strategically located in front of Plaza Rajah Sulayman and Manila Bay. After a long day of Church hopping and driving around Manila, have a quick stopover and unwind at Century Park Hotel (CPH). Grab a soft and fluffy bibingka and hot chocolate at Cafe in the Park before heading back home.