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Home Credit PH extends close to P6M financial aid to Odette-affected employees

CaptionJean Anne Ramos, Sales Associate from Bais City, Negros Oriental with the items she bought from HCPH’s financial assistance

January 28, 2022 3:58 p.m.

Home Credit Philippines disbursed close to P6 million pesos in cash assistance to its employees affected by Typhoon Odette in Visayas and Mindanao. 

A total of 1,012 Home Credit employees received initial financial support a day before Christmas. 

According to Home Credit Philippines Chief People Officer Alpha Omega Aquino, more than P250,000 was raised through donations amongst fellow employees which the company added to reach the total amount and sufficiently support the affected employees and their families. 

In addition to the initially distributed cash aid, HCPH continuously monitored their situation and conditions, and extended further financial assistance to those severely impacted.

Some 82 employees, whose houses were totally lost or had major damage, were given up to P20,000 each. 

Due to the typhoon, many properties were destroyed by the strong winds and severe flooding, including the house of Lovely Ramos, a Sales Associate in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 

“Sobrang lakas ng hangin at lagpas tao ang baha kaya sahig na lang ang natira sa bahay namin. Lahat ng gamit pati pera at ATM cards natangay,” (The wind was too strong, and the water was high. The floor was the only part of the house that was left. All our belongings, including money and ATM cards, were completely washed out.) she recounted. 

When told that they would receive financial assistance, Lovely was very thankful because at least she can use the money to rebuild her house. 

On the other hand, Joerald Sasing from the Collections team experienced the challenge of cash withdrawal after receiving the aid. 

“Ang pila sa mga ATM, umaabot ng limang oras at kailangan pa tumawid ng kabilang bayan dahil nasira yung ibang machines. Pero pasalamat pa rin kay Home Credit dahil mayroong makukuhang pang-gastos,” (The queue at the ATM lasts up to five hours, and you have to cross to another city just to find a working one.  But we’re still grateful to Home Credit because we have something to pay for the expenses.) he narrated. 

Jean Rose Ramos, another Sales Associate, sends her thanks to HCPH for the help they got. Since relief goods arrived a little late in their area, she was able to use the financial aid to buy food and necessities for her and her family. 

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Home Credit para sa tulong na ibinigay nila para makabili kami ng basic needs tulad ng pagkain. Maswerte kami na maging parte ng isang kompanya na may malasakit.” (I would like to thank Home Credit for their help so we can buy basic needs such as food. We are fortunate to be part of a company who cares for us.)

“We believe that in any challenges or calamities, nobody should be left behind, most especially our people. This is our way of looking after them,” Aquino said of the initiative.  

With majority of the affected employees coming from the Collections and Sales departments, the teams initiated a donation drive for their fellow Home Credit employees, within their respective groups.

On top of the financial assistance the company initially provided, they also passed the hat among teammates to help contribute to the distributed cash aid.

They also donated Christmas tokens in the form of gift certificates and other relief items. 

Earlier, the consumer finance company also earmarked 1M through partners foundations to help other victims of the typhoon.

To date, HCPH has distributed food packages to 112, 712 individuals through GMA Kapuso Foundation and almost 4,000 families were given relief items in partnership with World Vision Philippines. 

Home Credit Philippines has already served over 8 million Filipinos, empowering them to afford their needs through various consumer finance products. 

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NBA hosts 1st Iconic Shots Challenge in PH

July 4, 2022 1:41 p.m.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) hosted the first “NBA Iconic Shots Challenge” on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the Mega Fashion Hall activity center, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. 

The NBA Iconic Shots Challenge is an immersive basketball experience for fans to attempt select signature shots from the league’s landmark 75th Anniversary Season, which concluded with the Golden State Warriors winning their fourth NBA championship in eight years and seventh championship overall.  

Simulating an authentic NBA arena atmosphere, the challenge took place on a half-court in front of a virtual audience displayed on a curved LED panel. 

Each player had 60 seconds to score from five different spots on the court, ranging from four feet to 24 feet, and complete the shooting challenge in the following order: layup, floater, midrange jump shot and three-pointers from the wing and the top of the arc. 

Each made basket had a corresponding prize from a selection of premium partner items, NBA Store gift vouchers and official NBA merchandise. 

The on-ground activation will also feature a pop-up NBA Store and interactive booths from partners.

Mallgoers played through the NBA Iconic Shots Challenge, which allowed participants to test their shooting skills from five different locations on the court. 

The NBA Iconic Shots Challenge is supported by official partners AXA Philippines, Energen Champion and Gatorade and official media partners Cignal, Globe, Smart, and PLDT.  Official NBA merchandise are available through the NBA Store and NBAStore.com.ph, the official online NBA Store in the Philippines.

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MILO, DepEd celebrate kids’ success thru 1st-ever Palarong Pambahay virtual sports competition

Beloved nutritious beverage brand MILO® Philippines and the Department of Education (DepEd) celebrated the recent success of its inaugural MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay.

The joint effort was the first-of-its-kind inter-sport, inter-school virtual competition held on a nationwide scale.

The 2-day live broadcast saw more than 700 participating schools and featured over 2,000 aspiring student athletes who showcased their skills and competed with pride for themselves and their school in front of 1.5 million-plus online viewers.

“It is our great pleasure to partner with MILO® Philippines for the first-ever MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay competition.  Even though the pandemic has hindered most of our on-ground activities, our organization, as well as coaches, teachers, and parents, have worked tremendously hard to make this event a reality. This is quite a milestone and integral proof that nothing can stop the Filipino champion spirit and our winning culture of Bayanihan,” said DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq.

This groundbreaking online sports event opened doors for young athletes who showed their determination as they trained and competed from their homes, as well as their parent coaches who helped guide them along the way to overcome the many challenges of staying indoors.

“Nakita natin ang pagpupursige ng mga atleta at mga magulang na sumali sa Palarong Pambahay, dahil hindi nila hinayaang maging hadlang ang pandemya,” said Carlo Sampan, MILO® Sports Executive.

MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay is just the latest of many creative and innovative programs now available from MILO® Philippines designed to provide kids with an outlet to stay physically active and teach them the important values learned from sports such as discipline, respect, and determination.

“Taekwondo helps me build my self-confidence so that I can attain success through hard-work and determination,” said Justin Apura who hails from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo. Apura won gold in Taekwondo and has been competing in local and international competitions since he was 6 years old.

Jennie Villanueva, whose son Marvi Marcelo competed in Athletics, also shared: “Andun yung pag-strive niya na gawin niya yung best niya sa isang bagay para kahit hindi siya manalo, alam niyang nagawa niya yung best niya.”

Faced with a new reality and challenges, MILO® Philippines and DepEd has proven to parents across the country that there are opportunities to adapt and continue their child’s Champion journey at home.

As schools and sports venues start to open up again, MILO® Philippines is excited to welcome back kids to continue to their Champion journeys in the upcoming MILO® Summer Sports Clinics. For more details on how to join, please visit the official MILO® Philippines website.

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Niantic, NBA, NBPA team up for NBA All-World

June 29, 2022 7:31 p.m.

NEW YORK — Niantic announced a partnership with the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association to create an original augmented reality mobile game: NBA All-World. 

NBA All-World is a first-of-its-kind game that will place NBA fans into the real-world metaverse.  

NBA All-World is a free-to-play officially licensed geolocation basketball game where players can find, challenge, and compete against today’s NBA ballers in their neighborhoods, then recruit them to their team before proving themselves on the court.  

“NBA All-World represents an industry first in sports games, as an original, real-world AR game that will appeal to casual and core NBA fans alike,” said Marcus Matthews, Senior Producer at Niantic. 

“We’re creating and designing a game that empowers players to represent where they’re from and showcase the culture of their neighborhood.” 

“Through our partnership with Niantic, NBA All-World will provide fans across the globe the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into the energy and excitement of the NBA,” said Matt Holt, Head of Consumer Products at the NBA. 

“Evident in the name of the game itself, we look forward to engaging with our fans around the world through this captivating experience.” 

“NBA-All World gives us the opportunity to bring NBA players into Niantic’s real-world metaverse, opening up paths for fans to interact with them in a new way,” said Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for THINK450, the innovation engine of the NBPA.

“Niantic has proven experience building games that encourage engagement in local communities, and having our players integrated into NBA All-World adds to that immersion.” 

Additionally, NBA All-World will embrace the fashion of the NBA, with users having the ability to outfit players in the game with custom apparel.  

Players can sign-up to be notified when NBA All-World is available in their country by visiting NBAAll-World.com. 

Those who sign up will be able to experience an exclusive All-World AR web experience and be the first to be notified about securing their codename for global launch.

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