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Salamat, Shopee: Transforming lives of everyday Filipinos this 2021

December 24, 2021 5:38 p.m.

As we persevered despite another year of the pandemic, there is no denying that the “new normal” has significantly changed the way we shopped. In the past couple of years, we eagerly embraced the world of online shopping, which left a big impact not just on our shopping carts, but also on our hearts.

For plenty of ordinary Filipinos such as Maricris Lorenzo, Biboy Bautista, and Jggigs Elmido, Shopee has completely transformed their lives. They each come from different walks of life and carry their unique Kwentong Shopee, but they all have one thing in common—hope. Here are three stories of how Shopee has helped shoppers, riders, and sellers rise above difficulties:

Suki buyer and wais mommy Maricris Lorenzo

After working as an OFW in Singapore for 10 years, Maricris Lorenzo and her husband decided to settle down and start their own family back in the Philippines. However, as the couple welcomed the birth of their first child and tried to navigate their way as new parents, they found themselves facing new challenges due to the pandemic.

Thanks to Maricris’ knack for resourcefulness, however, they continue to take good care of their child. Raising a baby can also be financially draining, but as a self-proclaimed wais misis, Maricris finds ways to get the best deals and value for her money. She admits that almost all of their basic essentials and baby needs are from Shopee. She was such a frequent shopper, she even went on to forge a strong friendship with her suki Shopee Xpress rider.

The rider offered their help when Maricris and her family contracted COVID-19 this past year. “Kung wala si Shopee, hindi ko alam kung saan ako kukuha ng mga items during those critical times of the pandemic especially nung nag-quarantine kami,” she said.

After getting sick, Maricris wisely utilized her finances and used Shopee’s cashback rewards to save on bills, which were beginning to pile up. Maricris also used ShopeePay so she can save money, maximize exclusive perks, and, since her family’s safety is a top priority, go cashless.

As she looks back on her experience, Maricris expresses her gratitude to Shopee for helping her find ways to save on her family’s expenses and find a lifelong friend during a crisis. “Salamat kay Shopee kasi nakakatipid ako. Salamat kay Shopee kasi nakaka-meet kami ng riders na parte na rin ng buhay namin.”

Passionate and resourceful pet store owner Biboy Bautista

E-commerce platforms provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to digitize, expand, and explore other businesses amidst the pandemic. After Biboy Bautista’s previous printing business shut down due to the pandemic, he opened Barkboi, a pet store which started as a humble dog food business in a small garage. He then took his business online, which grew to become a full-blown pet store with five branches in Las Piñas. Biboy calls it a stroke of luck since he didn’t expect his love for animals to turn into a booming business, especially during the pandemic.

However, the success didn’t come without challenges, the biggest of which happened during the second wave of the coronavirus last August. Biboy had to temporarily close shop after he and the majority of his employees contracted the virus. As a business owner, Biboy was aware of the responsibilities he had towards his employees, which included people who lost jobs due to the pandemic and undergraduate students who needed income to further their education. To make sure he could still support his employees, Biboy decided to focus on selling on Shopee while the rest of the team recovered.

After setting up his dream business from scratch and growing it exponentially within a year, Biboy believes that just giving up is not an option. As long as their Shopee store continues to flourish, Biboy says that’s all the strength they need to bounce back from the hurdles Barkboi has encountered. He tells his employees, “Basta Shopee natin maayos, sigurado tayo buhay tayo. Hangga’t may benta may pag-asa!”

Hardworking and dedicated Shopee Xpress rider Jgiggs Elmido

A Shopee Xpress rider faces many struggles—adjusting to routes and managing deliveries, to name a few—but they’re no match for Jggigs Elmido. As a father, husband, and student, he had to make ends meet in order to provide for his young family, give them the best future, and finish his studies.

After taking a break from school to take care of his newborn baby, Jgiggs worked as a Shopee Xpress Rider. Through his job as a rider, Jgiggs was able to reach milestones he had set for himself, such as buying his own phone and motorcycle, building his own home, paying for his studies, and supporting his family.

In just one day, Jggigs would attend class, spend time with his family, and deliver orders until the evening. He admits that raising a young family, being a rider, and pursuing a degree at the same time was stressful, but he proves to be one tough cookie that can’t be deterred. While achieving dreams is never easy, for Jgiggs, determination is key. “Lahat naman mahirap. Pero kung may gusto kang makamit, gagawan mo ng paraan.”

Jgiggs feels immensely grateful for the opportunity to become a good provider for his family. His flexible working hours as a rider allowed him to earn income to support his family, spend quality time with them, and finish his degree.

With his strong fighting spirit, Jggigs was able to graduate and proudly stand as the provider for his family. He concludes, “Ang laki ng utang na loob ko kay Shopee.”

Shopee has empowered its buyers, sellers, and riders to find a silver lining even in the toughest of challenges and say, “Salamat, Shopee!” What’s your Kwentong Shopee?

Watch Maricris, Biboy, and Jgiggs share their Kwentong Shopee here:

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Globe offers affordable, longer roaming services as Japan reopens doors, S. Korea resumes tourist visa application

June 17, 2022 8:22 p.m.

Prepare your passports and get ready for the reopening of international travel! As you explore the world, no need to worry about connectivity overseas as Globe Roaming has the right data packs for you, whether for a 3-day or 30-day stay.

Japan is now accepting travelers from the Philippines, which is among the 98 “blue” countries whose travelers are no longer required to get tested or quarantined for COVID-19 upon arrival. For those traveling to Japan, Globe is currently offering 5G services through SoftBank.

You can also start applying for a short-term tourist visa to visit your favorite K-pop paradise, South Korea, where Globe is offering 4G and 5G roaming services through SK Telecom and KT Corp.

“The world is gradually opening up two years since the pandemic put travel on hold. More Filipinos are now opting to spend more time in other countries to make up for lost time in terms of travel, and they will be on the lookout for the safest and most convenient way to stay connected. As they explore the world once again, Globe will be with them and deliver data roaming that’s within their reach, even for longer travel periods,” said Coco Domingo, Vice President, Globe Postpaid and International Business.

As Filipinos prepare to maximize their trips abroad, Globe has introduced discounted data roaming called Roam Surf Longer Stay.  You can now enjoy more gigabytes for more days while spending less.

Simply choose from 3, 5, 7, 15 or 30-day offers which come with 3GB up to 20GB data, and get up to 50% off (vs the daily Roam Surf rate).

To avail of Roam Surf Longer Stay, simply dial *143# and press the call button. And then do the following steps::

●        For Postpaid, choose Roaming & Intl > Roaming > Data Promos

If you’re a Postpaid subscriber, it is best to subscribe to a Globe data roaming pack a few hours prior to your departure from the Philippines. Note, however, that if you wish to use Roam Surf 399, no prior registration is required. You just need to turn on your mobile data and data roaming upon landing at your country of destination.

●        For Prepaid, choose MyAccount > Roaming & Intl > Roaming > Data Promos

●        For TM, choose Roam > Data Roaming Promos

You should already be subscribed before turning on mobile data and data roaming on your phone in a foreign country.

This easy-to-use roaming service not only becomes more affordable the longer you are abroad but is also very convenient.  You can safely connect from your phone without lugging around another device such as a pocket WiFi or buying a local SIM.

“Roam Surf Longer Stay is meant for cross-country travels as it is currently available in over 70 countries worldwide. Longer Stay promos also give you bigger savings the longer you use it,” Domingo said.

Globe is all set to provide connectivity requirements of Filipino tourists with the expected surge in global travel.  Despite strict travel restrictions during the height of the global health crisis, Globe accelerated its roaming rollout, particularly 5G, to more countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as part of its commitment to deliver a #1stWorldNetwork.

This innovative service is part of Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development under SDG No. 9.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph. For more info on Roam Surf Longer Stay, visit https://glbe.co/PostpaidRSLS (for Postpaid) or https://glbe.co/RSLongerStay (for Prepaid).

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Keep your passwords secure with Google; celebrate World Password Day on May 5

May 2, 2022 9:42 p.m.

Much of our lives now revolve around the internet. This means having different accounts in different social media platforms, applications, and websites. With this, it is only imperative to have strong passwords to ensure security.

Strong passwords help prevent personal information and files from being compromised. Ideally, they need to be long and complex with at least 12 characters, made up of a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Passwords must exclude personal information that others may easily know, like birthdays or names of pets.

It should also be unique for every account so others remain safe when one gets compromised. For added protection, activating 2-Step Verification is also one way to get extra security.

Creating different passwords and trying to remember all them can be hard, that’s why it’s important to use a password manager.

With Google Password Manager, not only can you easily generate strong passwords, you can save, manage and keep them secure across multiple accounts.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Google Password Manager makes it simple to generate strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts when you’re using Chrome browser, on Android and Chrome on iOS.
  1. Google Password Manager helps remember all your saved passwords. You will only need to remember your Google account password – the only password you’ll ever need to remember – and let Google Password Manager take care of the rest. It autofills your secure password every time you visit a site or sign in with your Google account logged in.
  1. Google checks 1 billion passwords for breaches, daily. Google Password Manager will notify you in real-time about unsafe or stolen passwords, and help you fix them in a single tap. If you get an alert from Chrome saying that a password and username combination that you use has been published on the internet as a result of a data leak on a third party website or app, all you need to do is tap “Check passwords” and follow the prompts to change your password for each compromised site.
  1. Using a password manager can help reduce the hassle of remembering, resetting, or worrying about passwords. Often, you can run a Password Checkup anytime to tell you if any of your passwords have been compromised in a third-party breach; being reused across different sites; or should be strengthened. You can quickly update any weak or compromised accounts with stronger passwords using Google Password Manager.
  1. To free people from having to manually enter passwords into the password manager, Google introduced the Password Import feature in 2021, which allows you to easily upload up to 3,000 passwords at a time from various third party sites into Google Password Manager. You can also ​​store up to 10,000 passwords in your Google Account. Once you’ve imported your passwords, you can run a password checkup to how strong those passwords are, in one go.

This World Password Day (May 5) and beyond, remember to always keep your accounts secure. As passwords remain a part of our digital lives, take advantage of tools like Google Password Manager to make it easier to keep yourselves secure online as well.

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LG Monitor Madness on 5.5 Lazada Live

May 2, 2022 9:36 p.m.

As working from home and hybrid work setups are becoming the norm, the requirement for high-performance monitors that provide eye comfort increases exponentially.

To meet this need, LG focuses its 5.5 Lazada grand celebration into the different monitor lineups they offer.

The goal is to help more individuals get access to new monitors that improve productivity and offer stunning picture quality.

The 5.5 Lazada grand celebration will be hosted by LG brand ambassador Luis Manzano together with Arri of Shoppertainment and Kyra Tan of LG Electronics, Product Manager for IT Monitor.

For the duration of the promo, select LG products in Lazada will have a 10% discount and free shipping. Special bundles will also be sold off and 500 Peso vouchers will be given away. The Lazada Live event will focus on 4 monitors that LG offers, each of which have their own unique strengths that will help consumers.

The LG Ultragear 32-inch Full HD Gaming Monitor offers high performance whether you’re a professional gamer or a hobbyist. An ultra-fast speed of 165Hz allows gamers to see the next frame quickly and makes the image appear smooth.

You can respond quickly to opponents and aim at targets easily.

The regular price of the 32” Ultragear is P20,199, but just for 5.5, it has a special price of P18,179. Each purchase also includes a P500 voucher. 

LG 24-inch Full HD Monitor is a cost-efficient upgrade to increase your productivity at home. It provides true color with wide angles.

Its IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology highlights the performance of liquid crystal displays. Response times are shortened, color reproduction is improved, and users can view the screen at virtually any angle.

This is one of LG’s most affordable monitors with an SRP of P8,399. With the 10% promo, the price is just P7,559 and also includes a P200 voucher for free shipping. 

LG Ultrawide 34-inch Full HD IPS Monitor gives you all the space you need to multitask effectively.

The 21:9 UltraWide Full HD display with a resolution of 2560×1080 offers more screen space compared to 16:9 Full HD resolution displays.

The extra room allows you to keep multiple windows open and reduce the need to flip back and forth between them.

The original price is P19,899, but will be down to P17,909 for the duration of the promo period.

It also includes free shipping and a P500 voucher.LG 22-inch Full HD Monitor is another affordable monitor if you want to upgrade.

This is actually one of the freshest sizes this 2022 in LG’s monitor line-up. It offers 1080p Full HD resolution that delivers brilliant images that pop with vibrant details.

You can mount it on a wall or use an ergonomic stand to help you get a comfortable fit. The 22-inch monitor will have a special price of P6,999 for the 5.5 grand celebration.

As a special treat to viewers, LG will also be raffling off four monitors during the event. LG monitor models 22MP410-B.APH, 24MP400-B.APH, 32GN500-B.APH, and 34WP500-B.APH will be given away through the course of the grand celebration.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Catch Lazada’s 5.5 grand celebration on Thursday, May 5, 11AM both on Lazada Live and Facebook Live.  

You can visit lg.com/ph for more information. You can purchase LG monitors from authorized retailers or in LG’s flagship online stores in Lazada and Shopee. 

LG is a Big Winner at This Year’s Red Dot and CES 2022 Innovation Awards

LG Electronics has taken home 25 honors from this year’s Red Dot Award, continuing its success at the prestigious annual design awards program.

Among the company’s impressive haul were three Best of the Best accolades for the LG washer and dryer with an upgradability option, a new LG lifestyle OLED TV and the LG DualUp Monitor Ergo.

LG PuriCare AeroTower air purifier and the LG tiiun were recognized in the Innovative Product category.

Other LG products honored at this year’s awards include the LG One:Quick Flex all-in-one display solution, LG UltraGearTM gaming laptop, LG OLED evo Gallery Edition and other OLED evo TV models, all lauded for their aesthetically pleasing and user-centric designs.

The Red Dot Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for product design, communication design and design concepts, with the distinctive Red Dot winner logo seen as a respected mark of quality around the world.

This year, approximately 7,800 products were submitted for the jury’s consideration.

Meanwhile, LG Electronics also swept up a grand collection of CES® awards at the 2022 event across its home appliance, home entertainment and business solutions categories.

In all, LG tallied approximately 150 awards and accolades from various publications covering the first-ever physical/virtual hybrid CES event.

Among the top honors earned were 24 CES Innovation Awards and the 2022 CES Editor’s Choice awards from USA TODAY’s consumer product reviews division, Reviewed.

LG was recognized as the most-awarded brand by USA TODAY/Reviewed with LG’s OLED evo C2 Series, PuriCare™ AeroTower, DualUp Monitor, Soundbar S95QR and Washer and Dryer Pair earning recognition based on four key criteria: innovation, technology, design and value.

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