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PARADE 08 Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro OLED 10 moto edge 20 Pro 11 moto edge 20 Fusion 12 Nitro XV272U KF 13 Acer CB273U 14 Acer L811 16 ASUS Vivobook 15 OLED 18 LG TONE Free FP9 20 LG QNED TV 21 HP Probook 455 G8 22 Logitech G Pro X LIGHTSPEED 23 Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED 24 vivo X70 25 vivo Y33s 26 Samsung 98-inch Neo QLED 27 Samsung A03s 28 Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H 29 Mi Band 6 Mi Air Fryer 3.5L 30 Epson ColorWorks 31 OPPO A55


GADGETS LAB 32 TECNO Phantom X 36 Lenovo YOGA Slim 9i 40 Fitbit Luxe 42 Acer Aspire Vero 46 realme TechLife Robot Vacuum



COVERSTORY 50 Shopping in an Online Wonderland 54 H oliday Selling


HOME Laser Dust Detection with the Dyson V12 Detect Slim


PROPERTY Professional Security Tips for Property Managers




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Everything New With Apple




58 The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class 64 Isuzu N-Series Smoother 68 Hyundai HD48 GT Modern PUV 72 Toyota Fortuner and Hilux GR Sport 76 MyToyota Wallet App 77 Honda Cabin Air Filter 78 Why Do Riders Love The New Beat? 82 Petron Supports 2021 Highway Run 84 Yamaha WGP 60th Anniversary Speedway Action








ENTERPRISE 102 Internet of Possibilities 106 Rush eStore Suite for SMEs


CYBER SECURITY 108 Cryptorom iPhone Scam 110 Parasocial Relationships


INNOVATION 112 IO 2.0 Agri-Hackathon Winners 116 No Scraps Left Behind


TRAVEL #TravelAsJuan



120 Champions Start From Within

Christmas: Making It Personal



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The latest in the world of tech




Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro OLED


Starts at PHP 64,995

DESIGNED FOR MULTI-TASKERS and content creators who want high performance, immersive visuals brought to life with OLED display technology, great connectivity, and long-lasting battery life to not feel anchored to an outlet, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro is the ideal companion.

The laptop has a 91% active area ratio in 16:10 proportions for a new mode of viewing that reveals more vertical content when browsing the web or working with text documents. It has a 14-inch display powered by the latest Samsung E4 OLED technology designed for superior image reproduction. With a 90Hz refresh rate at 1 ms response time, animations and transitions are buttery smooth. The OLED display emits less than 6.5% blue light for greater eye care. The OLED display is also Dolby Vision HDR certified and capable of November 2021


The Yoga Slim 7 Pro also guarantees ultra-productivity for its users. Configurable up to the AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HS Mobile Processor, it delivers exhilarating performance previously

only seen in gaming laptops at an incredible speed with its 8-core design, allowing users to confidently open multiple apps and run heavy tasks seamlessly. It is capable of up to 50W thermal design power when paired with NVIDIA GeForce MX450. With its redesigned cooling solution that ensures excellent thermal dissipation, keeping the laptop cool and quiet even with a gaming-class processor is easy. True to the Yoga brand, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro is crafted from premium sandblasted anodized metal for a refined finish. With its sleek


professional design, the ultra-thin and light laptop is exclusively available in Slate Grey. The Yoga Slim 7 Pro will also include a 3-year premium care. With this front-of-the-queue and straightto-the-experts customer support service, Lenovo has you covered to provide peace of mind and ensure your satisfaction and success with faster solutions. Lenovo Premium Care’s on-site support comes especially handy during the current quarantine restrictions since you won’t have to line up in service centers. November 2021


showing a wider color contrast and scene-by-scene color and brightness optimization for true-to-life realism with compatible content. The 2x 2W Dolby Atmos certified stereo speakers produce sound that moves around you in three-dimensional space for an immersive audio experience with greater clarity and deeper bass response.


moto edge 20 Pro


PHP 29,995

DESIGNED WITH ultra-high resolution, the moto edge 20 pro will allow you to capture the most true-to-life photos ever with the 108MP ultra highresolution sensor. Record videos up to 8K—the highest resolution possible on a smartphone today, for stunningly clear cinematic detail. The camera also is engineered with Motorola’s first-ever periscope zoom that bends light at a 90-degree angle. Thanks to the periscope-style telephoto lens, The moto edge 20 pro delivers stunning shots from as far as 50x without losing clarity. It also includes the 119-degree ultra-wide angle lens that allows you to capture what your eyes see or get a close up with the macro vision that brings you 5x closer to your subject and highlights every single detail. Motorola is also introducing new shooting modes for social experiences and building AI into new features. For example, with the new low light AI, selfies in dim sceneries are easier to take. Moments will also no longer be missed as the moto edge 20 pro includes a dual capture that allows recording with the rear and selfie cameras at the same time via a split-screen. Built with an OLED screen technology, the moto edge 20 pro provides you with a billion shades of vibrant colors and true blacks on the 6.7-inch Max Vision display with HDR10+. The moto edge 20 pro’s 144Hz refresh rate makes switching

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between apps, playing games and scrolling through websites incredibly smooth and fluid. The moto edge 20 pro also provides multiple ways to connect to Ready For via wired, wireless or scanning a QR code via a laptop. The moto edge 20 pro


gives you the speed you need thanks to the speed of 5G and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor with 12 GB of RAM. With its massive 4500mAh battery, the moto edge 20 pro lasts for more than a day. Get all of this and more wrapped up in a sleek modern and water repellent design with a 256GB built in storage, available in Midnight Sky.

moto edge 20 Fusion Smartphone

PHP 16,995

Designed with advanced AI features, the Dual Capture mode allows two camera recordings. An added feature is the Spot Color mode, where users can tap a particular spot in the photo or video frame and then turn everything else to black & white. Perfect for any user, the moto edge 20 fusion assures you fewer lags and gives you smooth speed via 5G connectivity, the MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor and 8GB of RAM. Multitaskers will be able to share files more easily, see all the applications on their phone and work on two files simultaneously by accessing the


Ready For platform on the PC through scanning a QR code. Built with a 6.7-inch Max Vision HDR10+ display with OLED technology, a 90Hz refresh rate, full HD resolution and a 25% larger color range, experience your favorite movies, shows and games in vivid, true-to-life colors with improved brightness and contrast. Installed with Motorola’s very own MY UX, get more done on the go with 128GB storage and 5000mAh battery packed in a water repellent and sleek design, exclusively in Electric Gunmetal.

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THE MOTO EDGE 20 FUSION is a phone for our creators who desire the top of line equipment to create content at a friendly budget. With a 108MP camera system and ultra-pixel technology that allows 9x the light sensitivity, capturing ultra-bright photos in any scenario is way easier. Equipped with an advanced sensor and two excellent perspectives, creators can take pictures with the 118-degree ultrawide angle lens or the macro vision. In addition, the front-facing 32MP selfie camera also has Motorola’s Quad pixel technology with 4x more light sensitivity.


THE NITRO XV272U KF is a 27” WQHD monitor that boasts a 300Hz refresh rate for seriously smooth visuals. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Technology further enhances visual performance by varying the display’s refresh rate to match that of the GPU, eliminating choppy gameplay. A low 0.5 ms (G-to-G) response time further improves image quality by virtually eliminating the blur of fastmoving objects on screen to enable lightning-fast reactions to gameplay, while Acer Black Boost technology makes it easier to pick out details such as hidden enemies when in darker environments. VESA DisplayHDR™ 600-Certified, the Nitro XV272U KF takes advantage of 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut and Delta E<1 color accuracy rating to make games look more lifelike. Acer’s Agile-Splendor IPS panel provides high contrast and vivid colors even at wide viewing angles, while Acer

Vision Care 3.0 technology brings several features that may help reduce eye strain during prolonged usage for a more comfortable viewing experience. For example, Acer LightSense detects the amount of ambient light in an environment and adjusts the display’s

Gaming Monitor

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Acer CB273U Monitor

THE ACER CB273U is a 27” WQHD (2560x1440) IPS monitor that displays vivid 8-bit colors, making it great for photo editing and design. HDR10 support allows for deeper blacks and more brilliant whites, presenting colors in Delta E<1 color accuracy. For creators who enjoy playing games on the side, AMD FreeSync makes gameplay smoother and decreases lag for virtually blur-free images, further enhanced by a 1 ms Visual Response Boost (VRB). Acer’s CB3 Series monitors support 178-degree wide viewing angles and feature a docking station so users can create a perfect, clutter-free workspace that only has to be set up once. The dock includes a 90W USB Type-C port that supports power delivery for notebooks, an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, and a built-in KVM switch that makes it possible to switch between desktops and laptops without having to change monitors, keyboards, or mice.

The monitor is TÜV/Eyesafe certified and includes a variety of technology to allow for the most comfortable viewing experience possible, including Acer BlueLightShield™ Pro technology, Acer Flickerless technology to eliminate screen flickering, and Acer’s low-dimming technology. Allowing for even further personalization, the monitor’s Ergostand allows users to find the perfect viewing angle by adjusting its tilt, height, swivel, and pivot.

brightness accordingly, and Acer ColorSense matches the display’s color temperature to that of the surrounding environment. Additionally, the monitor is TÜV/ Eyesafe certified.


The Nitro XV272U KF monitor sits on an Ergostand that allows users to find the perfect viewing angle by adjusting its tilt, height, swivel, and pivot. It also includes the Acer Display Widget, a tool that allows gamers to automatically adjust color settings and choose from a range of 11 preset screen-snap configurations to simplify the process of keeping multiple windows tidy.


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Acer L811 Laser Projector

THE ACER L811 is an ultra-shortthrow laser projector that offers HDR10-compatible 4K resolution and 3,000-lumens of brightness for an incredible home-theater experience. Capable of 120-inch projection from only 0.312-meters, the device defeats space limitations, making it possible to fit a big screen into a small room. The excellent image quality is further enhanced by a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, allowing for deep blacks. Acer LumiSense technology analyzes content on a frame-by-frame basis then dynamically adjusts brightness levels to provide the best image quality possible. Content can also be projected in 3D at 144Hz 24P via 3D Blu-ray.

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The projector comes preloaded with an app market that enables users to enjoy various streaming services, social media platforms, and more, right out of the box — no wires necessary. Users can also wirelessly mirror content via Miracast if using Android or Windows devices, or via EShare if using iOS or Android. Low input lag, an option for 240Hz at 1080p, and two builtin 10W speakers enhanced with Acer TrueHarmony™ technology deliver superior video and audio, while Acer’s EcoProjection technology reduces standby power consumption by up to


66% to extend the laser’s lifespan to 30,000-hours. The projector also supports 24/7 continuous projection, providing users with dependable and high-quality projection when they need it. With an IP6X “dust-tight” certification, the highest grade available for solid particles, the L811 is a very durable projector that offers reliable performance even in dusty or outdoor environments. From there, users can adjust keystones and each of the projection’s four corners to easily accommodate existing mounts or wall space and suit their unique living space.


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ASUS Vivobook 15 OLED

THE ASUS VIVOBOOK 15 OLED (K513EA/ M513UA) is Asus’ first Vivobook laptop with an OLED display. This latest addition to the Vivobook lineup is packed with productivity features for at-home learning and work-from-home needs, plus entertainment add-ons for extra-curricular activities so users can learn and play like a pro.

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Its 15.6 inches three-sided NanoEdge OLED display allows users to experience visuals like never before, with true-to-life colors, 178 degrees wide viewing angle, and an overall 85% screen-to-body ratio. Users can now enjoy all the benefits of an OLED display, including professional-grade color reproduction vetted by various industry leaders like Pantone, 60% higher color volume for accurate colors even at low brightness level, a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 for that true black, and certified 70% less harmful blue light and flicker-free. All these provide a satisfyingly seamless user experience. Performance that wows

USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, two USB 2.0, an HDMI, an Audio Jack Combo, and a Micro SD Card reader. It couldn’t get any more complete than that.

Both variants of the Vivobook 15 OLED are also equipped with 8GB memory, 512GB PCIe SSD, and WiFi 6 (802.11ax).

The Vivobook 15 OLED is thin and light, ideal for mobile work or learning. It only weighs 1.8kg and is up to 18.6mm thin. It features a HarmanKardon-certified sound system that delivers high-fidelity audio every time. It also features an AI noise-canceling audio that enhances speech input and reduces background noise from the laptop’s mic and speaker.

Designed to make a statement

Access to the world

The Vivobook 15 OLED is also designed to make a statement. It sports a color-blocking Enter key. Accessing the Vivobook 15 OLED is now also made easier with just a single touch. The fingerprint sensor on the trackpad makes logging in in Windows Hello a breeze while keeping private data secure and protected. It also has a fully backlit keyboard that works best even in low-light conditions.

For seamless multitasking from laptop to mobile devices, the Vivobook 15 OLED features the Link to MyASUS feature to seamlessly integrate their Vivobook. Users can easily access files remotely or make hands-free phone calls through the MyASUS app.

Connect to the world wherever with the Vivobook 15 OLED’s vast array of connectivity ports. It comes with a


The Vivobook 15 OLED comes pre-installed with genuine Windows and Office Home & Student 2019 and a Nereus backpack. It features Windows 10 out of the box and is also upgradeable to Windows 11 for free. November 2021


With up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i5 processor and Intel Iris Xe Graphics out of the box, users can get through any task with the Vivobook 15 OLED (K513EA). Meanwhile, the Vivobook 15 OLED (M513UA) variant is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 5700U Mobile Processor and AMD Radeon Graphics for performance without hiccups.

All that, plus the exclusive ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT), which can boost the laptop’s performance to up to 40% when enabled. Users can also switch to Balanced or Whisper modes depending on their preferred working conditions. The AIPT feature also optimizes the laptop’s battery life and ensures cool, quiet operation, enabling users to work smarter, not harder.

OLED for work and play


LG TONE Free FP9 TWS Earbuds

THE LG TONE FREE SERIES gets a new addition with the FP9 model. Building on the success of its predecessors, it offers new improvements that allow users to have a more unique experience. LG TONE Free FP9 takes wireless earbud technology to another level. With its Plug and Wireless feature, the charging case acts as a wireless dongle for your earbuds that lets you plug-in devices that don’t have direct Bluetooth features. With a USB-C to AUX cable, you can plug it into mobile devices, computers, treadmills, and even airplane seats which lets you enjoy your listening experience wirelessly. Enjoy the complete wireless freedom and brilliant sound wherever you go without being confined to Bluetooth accessibility. The TONE Free FP9 also offers less noise and is more immersive than ever. Its Enhanced Active Noise Cancellation feature blocks out the external sound by generating an equal amount of antinoise. The improved driver is able to more effectively detect and cancel noise to create a true high-fidelity experience that allows you to completely immerse in whatever you’re listening to. You can also personalize ambient sound by simply pressing the earbud to turn off noise canceling and switching between sound modes. The LG TONE Free FP9 also allows you to customize Ambient Mode to your liking, so you’re fully aware of your surroundings — perfect for crossing the road. When it comes to calls, the TONE Free is made for quality conversations. LG TONE Free earbuds have a three-mic array that’s engineered to reduce ambient November 2021

noise while clearly picking up your own voice. Conversations feel more natural and you’ll be heard loud and clear. Another new feature is the Chat Mode that allows you to converse with someone without taking out your earbuds. Your privacy is also protected with Whisper mode. When turned on, this feature lets you whisper on a call and still be heard loud and clear on the other end of the line — just take out one earbud and hold it close to your mouth like a microphone when you speak. LG TONE Free FP9 also provides Clear and Spatial Sound from audio masters. The earbuds deliver another dimension of sound courtesy of British Meridian Technology’s HSP that simulates the experience of listening to real loudspeakers with clear and spatial sound. Bluetooth 5.2 minimizes audio loss to accurately reproduce the original sound. Nowadays, cleanliness is key. With TONE Free’s UVnano Technology, you just put your earbuds in the case to charge — connected — and the case with UVnano kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 5 minutes. Ergonomic Fit Design is also given priority with the new FP9. It has a


contoured, Concha-Shaped Design that conforms to the shape of your ear, providing a comfortable and stylish fit while also preventing the earbuds from falling out, even when you’re on the go. An IPX4 rating means the FP9 is sweat and water-resistant. For an even better and more personalized fit, you can choose from three FP9 sizes. The new TONE Free FP9 now provides 24 hours of playtime from a single charge: 10 hours with the earbuds, and an additional 14 hours from the charging case. A fast-charging function gives you around 1 hour of listening time from just 5 minutes of charging. Pairing with your devices is easy and controlling it is even easier. The free TONE Free LAB app lets you customize the quality of sound you want to hear. It also has various pre-sets such as Immersive, Natural, Bass Boost, Treble Boost, and 3D Sound Stage EQ. Take control of the EQ settings to tailor the sound to your music tastes. Change the touchpad controls to reflect your daily habits. Enjoy game mode and whispering mode. Unlock new features or refresh existing ones with periodic software updates.


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LG QNED TV THE LG QNED TV combines the best innovations into a complete, breathtaking package that represents the dawn of a new era for LCD TVs. The pioneering display combines a miniLED panel with Quantum Dot NanoCell Technology to deliver an all-new TV experience. Enhanced brightness, nearperfect blacks, and brilliant color are showcased on a stunning ultra-big screen. This is truly the pinnacle of LCD TV. As TVs get bigger and bigger, the details need to get smaller. Approximately 30,000 MiniLEDs deliver brighter and clearer images, while close to 2,500 unique dimming zones deliver precise backlight control and an ultra-high contrast ratio. This makes blacks deeper and colors more vivid for a more detailed picture, even in the darkest scenes. The result is a greater level of detail and more accurate November 2021

color reproduction than conventional LCD TVs. Quantum Dot NanoCell Technology delivers a more stunning picture with the combined power of both NanoCell Plus and Quantum Dot. This unique combination of technologies improves color reproduction to create richer and more accurate colors. LG QNED MiniLED’s improved display technology brightens whites and darkens blacks for an ultra-high quality picture. This is how LG QNED MiniLED shows all your favorite content in a whole new light. The new TV’s exquisite color reproduction has been expertly developed to capture a wider gamut and more vivid colors. This keeps everything you watch looking exactly as intended. Since it’s LG’s best LCD TV, it also has to have the best possible resolution. LG


QNED MiniLED combines an incredibly high pixel density with our all-new Quantum Dot NanoCell Technology for an outstandingly realistic 8K picture that is more detailed than ever, even when viewed on a big screen. LG QNED MiniLED is artfully designed to enhance any home interior. With minimal bezels and a slim, sleek body optimized for wall mounting, every size of LG QNED MiniLED hangs flush against your wall, upgrading your home interior just like a work of art. The LG QNED MiniLED also comes equipped with LG’s most popular TV innovations. It comes with Dolby Vision IQ & Dolby Atmos for powerful multi-dimensional surround sound, FILMMAKER MODE for a genuine cinematic experience, and a Game Optimizer feature for your gaming needs.


HP Probook 455 G8

The laptop also boasts of the HP Sure Click that traps malware found in

websites and read-only Microsoft Office and PDF files, and keeps them in an isolated virtual machine. Another outstanding feature of the ProBook 455 G8 is HP Sure Sense that instinctively recognizes malware through the use of proprietary deep learning algorithms and advanced neural network technology.


MALWARE CREATED BY cybercriminals are everywhere, so a safe, reliable, and secure laptop like the HP ProBook 455 G8 can provide strong security protection against these threats. Protect personal files and confidential data with the help of the HP ProBook’s commercial-grade features, like the HP BIOSphere, which is an ecosystem of security, like automated protections and customizable safeguards to defend a PC against attacks.

With HP’s security solutions, the ProBook 455 G8 is the fitting companion for every working individual in need of protection against malware and other cybersecurity threats.


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Logitech G Pro X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset

THE LOGITECH G Pro X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset was designed with and for professional gamers. It combines high-performance audio with pro-grade lightspeed wireless technology, making it the definitive highperformance headset for the world’s top pros and influencers. Constructed using high-quality materials and based on the award-winning PRO Gaming Headset design, the PRO X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset offers advanced communication, precise audio, and total comfort in one awesome package.

VO!CE microphone technology, you are assured of incredible voice clarity for higher-quality communication, both ingame and while streaming. Superior sound quality is paramount, especially when you are a pro gamer. The PRO X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset’s 50mm Pro-G drivers with hybrid-mesh materials, along with noise-sealing leatherette earpads, deliver

precise competition audio. The headset’s DTS Headphone:X 7.1 audio also enhances situational awareness while you play, and its detachable microphone boom can be conveniently put away when you don’t need to speak. With memory foam padding and a lightweight design, you get over 8 hours of comfortable gaming time using the PRO X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset. For added comfort, you also have the option of using the plush velour + memory foam earpads included in the box.

Enjoy absolute wireless freedom and performance from this 2.4 GHz wireless headset, with 18+ hours of battery life and 10+ meters of range. With Blue

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Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset

DESIGNED FOR THE MODERN GAMER, the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset delivers on all fronts — comfort, affordability, sustainability, fun color options, multi-platform support, and more, at a price that is easy on the pocket.

G435 is equipped with 40mm drivers that deliver rich and immersive sound, while its dual beamforming mics remove the need for a mic arm and effectively reduce background noise while amplifying your voice, making you sound like you’re in

the same room as your friends. For your safety, it also has an optional max volume limiter at less than 85-decibels that can be activated to protect eardrums during extended use. This headset is ultra-lightweight and comfortable enough to wear all day. G435 fits a wide range of people and provides total comfort even for smaller head sizes. The certified CarbonNeutral® G435 is also Logitech’s most sustainable gaming wireless headset to date. By choosing this gaming headset, you’re doing your part to help support responsible management of the world’s forests. It comes in three color variations, Black & Neon Yellow, Blue & Raspberry, and Off-White & Lilac.


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The G435 Headset was intentionally designed for every aspect of your life. This versatile headset combines gaminggrade LIGHTSPEED 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth®, giving you the freedom to wirelessly connect to your PC, PlayStation, or mobile device. LIGHTSPEED Wireless connects to your PC or Playstation via a USB-A 2.4 GHz adapter and provides performance suited for the needs of gamers. At the same time, Bluetooth support enables you to connect to your mobile device and play games or listen to music. Its long battery life allows you to keep going for up to 18 hours before the need to recharge.

PARADE Smartphone

vivo X70

VIVO’S LATEST FLAGSHIP phone, co-engineered by leading optics company ZEISS, gives professional photographers and casual consumers an edge in photography with smartphone camera features taken to the next level. The vivo X70 incorporates the strongest stabilization control in the industry with its Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera 3.0 technology. This allows users to take sharp photos and videos, even on active mode. Its lenses are co-engineered with ZEISS, home to some of the industry-leading optics technology. It also possesses the ZEISS T branding, a special coating on the camera that reduces unwanted image elements, so users can rely on the smartphone to deliver pure and clear images every time.

kind of excitement even in the most monotonous environments with wonderful portraits shot against colorful bokeh backgrounds. People who are into taking videos can also shoot Cinematic-Grade Videos as the X70 brings the combination of VIS 5-axis Ultra Stable Video and Gimbal Reset Technology. This technology allows clips to come from a stabilized angle to reduce frame crops.

Beyond its exceptional photography features, the vivo X70 boasts of strong performance with its 6nm flagship chip on the vivo 5G platform. It also has 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, so users can always have a seamless and lagfree experience. It has a 4400mAh battery and with a 44W fast-charger. All these are packed in a slim, ultra-sleek design, available in Cosmic Black and Aurora Dawn.

The Sony IMX766V camera lens is exclusive to the X70, a feature that captures 8% more light than other models in the market, making sure that photos are always of their best quality. The vivo X70 is also equipped with 1/1.7 inches photosensitive sensor area, resulting in faster autofocus and producing images with clearer details. Integrated with an extraordinary sensor, the the X70’s ZEISS Superb Night Camera can capture high-definition quality photos and videos in the dark. Casual users can also enjoy shooting their everyday moments with the vivo X70. Using its Quality Portrait feature, they can have a unique

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THE VIVO Y33S captures your best moments clearer. A solid mid-end phone with strong photographic prowess, it is your all-day fun camera. It definitely lives up to the Y-series’ reputation of being feature-packed yet affordable. Super Night Selfie allows taking great selfies even in poor lighting conditions. Its awesome 50MP rear camera is the main star of its triple-camera setup at the back. Equipped with lightningfast f/1.8 aperture, you never had to struggle just to take clearer shots, especially when capturing spurof-the-moment fun times. Perfect for nighttime outdoor romps, the vivo Y33s’ powerful camera is also equipped with an EIS (electronic image stabilization) technology that provides stability to both photo and video footage.

The phone’s huge 5000mAh battery is equipped with an 18W Fast Charger, which comes in handy for longer than usual video shoots and selfie sessions, and even for power-hungry game sessions. For the young and restless TikTokers, the vivo Y33s’ gyro-EIS capability is a come-on, as it allows them to broadcast their hilarious antics and cool dance moves with sustained clarity. Combined with its built-in excellence at night selfies, nothing can stop their budding social media stardom now from shining even after dark.



The vivo Y33s allows ample space to run 25 apps simultaneously, powered with an 8GB + 4GB of Extended RAM for lag-free performance. Paired with an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 processor, this phone is also excellent for all-day gaming. It even has built-in modes which allow users to have more control over incoming calls, such as answering simultaneously (and hands-

free) while playing, plus pre-selectively accepting or rejecting specific calls, automatically.

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Smart TV

Samsung 98-inch Neo QLED

EXPERIENCE SAMSUNG’S unrivaled picture quality in larger-than-life screen size, with the Samsung 98-inch Neo QLED TV.

The Neo QLED’s AI upscaling feature on a nearly bezel-less screen takes TV viewing to the next level by upscaling any content to the next best resolution up to 4K. Realistic cinematic picture and audio quality will delight movie fans, and its enhanced gaming features, such as FreeSync Premium Pro and Super UltraWide Game View will give gaming enthusiasts a completely new gaming experience. Great movie nights, good games, and so much more are made possible with Samsung’s biggest and best 4K TV.

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Samsung A03s Smartphone

THIS LATEST ADDITION to Samsung’s Galaxy A series comes with new and improved features at a price within reach, made for first-time job seekers who want an affordable yet powerful smartphone.

There’s plenty of room for work and play with the Galaxy A03s’ bigger storage. Its 64GB of internal storage is large enough to store important work documents and spreadsheets. It’s even expandable to up to 1TB perfect for storing thousands of images, videos, and music without worrying about running out of space. The MediaTek Helio P35 processor and 4GB of RAM promise a smooth performance, whether for sending out emails or browsing social media. The Galaxy A03s also comes with enough power to go all day. Its longlasting 5,000mAh battery goes beyond the 9 AM to 6 PM shift, with spare power for watching content on Netflix or YouTube. The Galaxy A03s camera system is business in front and party at the back. Its 5MP Front Camera can be used for conference calls and online meetings. For selfies, the bokeh effect blurs the background to make the portrait more artistic.


At the back, the Triple Rear Camera offers multiple ways to create content. The 13MP Main Camera can snap moments in clear detail, while the 2MP Depth lens adds an artistic blur bringing the subject in focus. Lastly, the 2MP Macro Camera captures the subject in more detail, even down to the texture.


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Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H Air Purifier

THE MI AIR PURIFIER 3H comes with the latest technology to help purify the air inside one’s home. Among its features is a high-precision laser PM sensor that detects microscopic particulates and reports changes in-room air quality in real-time and an integrated 360 degree 3-layer filter. The first layer removes hair, dust, cotton fibers, and other large particles. The second layer consists of a premium High-Efficiency filter that effectively eliminates 99.97% of bacteria, viruses, cigarette smoke, PM2.5, pollen, dust, pet dander, and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air while the third layer is an active carbon filter that absorbs formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful gases. Perfect for medium and large rooms, it can effectively hold 6,330 liters of purified air per minute in a 21-37sqm room. It’s also easy to use with an OLED Touch Display so owners can switch to the mode they need (Sleep, Auto, Favorite, Low, Medium, and High level) and also comes with APP+AI smart voice control by linking it to your Google Home, allowing you to keep track of air quality in your home at all times and access it remotely.

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Fitness Band

The Mi Band 6 also comes with embedded SpO2 sensors and PPG biosensors to monitor your oxygen levels and heart rate during cardio workouts and includes REM and nap

sleep monitoring that tracks your sleep quality. It even keeps track of your stress levels and gives suggestions for easing and recovering from stress. Daily health intelligence reports are delivered to your Mi FIT or Mi Wear App. The Mi Band 6 comes with a long-lasting 125mAh battery and magnetic charging. It fully charges in only 2 hours with convenient USB magnetic charging that snaps securely on or off and offers longlasting battery life with up to 14 days of standby time.

Mi Band 6

THE MI BAND 6 comes with a 40% larger dynamic AMOLED touch screen and offers a total of 30 fitness modes (19 are new), including activities like HIIT, Basketball, Boxing, and Zumba. Exercise duration, calories burned, and heart rate are clearly visible at a glance, making for more efficient exercise sessions.

Mi Air Fryer 3.5L Air Fryer

THE MI AIR FRYER 3.5L comes with a 360-degree heated air circulation for delicious food that is low in fat and cooks quickly – and if one wants to check on the cooking, simply pull out the basket to pause and one can monitor the cooking status of one’s dish.

The Mi Air Fryer is a great value because it is so multifunctional – as it also works as a yogurt maker, fruit dryer and can even stand in as a microwave oven and electric oven.


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The Mi Air Fryer’s smart functions also make this a great option for busy moms and dads as one can pre-set the fryer and have a hot meal waiting for the family when one gets home. Cleaning is a breeze as the air fryer is wear-resistant and has a non-stick surface.


Epson ColorWorks Label Printer

THE DIGITAL PRINTING capabilities of the Epson ColorWorks line empowers companies of all sizes to print labels with color codes, images, and pictograms, in order to highlight relevant information easily. Additionally, Epson DURABrite Ultra® pigment inks deliver labels that are long-lasting, quick-drying, and fade resistant. This is especially useful for companies in the chemicals industry that must have GHS-compliant labels. Epson ColorWorks printers can print multiple variations, which helps November 2021

improve product identification and contributes to greater productivity. Clear labels with smart technologies, such as QR codes, barcodes with embedded data, time-temperature indicators (TTI), RFID, and intelligent technologies that can inform the company of specific actions are valuable to achieving this integration as well. Epson’s ColorWorks digital label printers can produce multiple print variations fast with a new 4-color system that delivers superior image


resolution. By eliminating the need to keep a stock of different types of pre-printed labels, costs can be reduced by up to 50%. The output is clear and sharp with durable pigment ink that can stand up to the toughest conditions, while also being gentle to the environment. The printers are also compatible with a wide range of technologies including multiplatform operating systems and application software, allowing them to be seamlessly integrated into nearly any workflow.


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OPPO’S LATEST A-SERIES handset is packed with ultracapable features that offer ultra-clear camera and ultra-lasting power suitable for the always on-the-go and do-now Filipinos. The OPPO A55’s AI Triple HD Cameras, which includes a True 50MP AI Camera, 2MP Bokeh Camera, and 2MP Macro Camera, the cameras stand out with a Dual Main-Camera Design that uses CD-patterned decorative rings giving off the guise of a high-end smartphone.

Additionally, it runs on Mediatek Helio G35 Octa-Core Processor which speeds up to 2.3GHz for a smoother performance promising an uncompromised functional and entertainment experience. Plus, it is fully equipped with OPPO’s latest Android 11-based OS ColorOS 11.1 which gives users the smarter AI experience that you need with your new OPPO A55. OPPO A55 comes in two ultra colorways, Rainbow Blue and Starry Black.

Its 16MP Selfie Camera is designed to capture naturally beautiful selfies, powered by AI Beautification. This feature, also available on the rear camera, can touch up the user’s skin tone and complexion based on the lighting conditions, age, or even gender while retaining the details of one’s skin. For extra measure, OPPO A55 can optimize the contour of a wide variety of facial shapes.

mAh ultra battery capacity which gives you the ultra-lasting power for your daily grind.

The OPPO A55 comes with 4GB of RAM plus 64GB internal storage which ensures a smoother user experience. What’s more ultra with the latest OPPO A55? It comes with a 5,000



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TECNO PHANTOM X smartphone

Tecno Mobile has had exciting phone releases so far with its POVA 2 and CAMON Series. With the PHANTOM X—their current flagship release, another exciting phone from Tecno Mobile combines elegance, luxury, and affordability without comprising quality.

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The unit that we received was in Starry Night Blue, a colorway inspired by Van Gogh’s The Starry Night (1889). It’s a color that changes from metallic blue to baby blue, depending on the light hitting the phone’s back surface. The unit boasts a silk glass cover that feels smooth and good to touch while also feeling luxurious. The PHANTOM X has a 6.7” FHD+ OLED curved display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Its curved screen makes it different from other Tecno Mobile phone releases so far this year. The sim card tray is located at the upper part of the phone bezel, while the headphone jack, USB Type C port, and speaker are located at the bottom. The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the phone.


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TECNO Phantom X

hardware The PHANTOM X is powered by a Helio G95, one of the latest MediaTek processor releases. It has 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, expandable via microSD. The phone unit also has a powerful 4700mAh with 33W Flash Charge support. The PHANTOM X’s 50MP rear camera is located at the upper center along with its 13MP professional portrait lens (telephoto camera) and 8MP ultrawide angle camera. In front, a thin 48MP front camera and 8MP ultrawide angle camera are located at the upper left corner of the screen.

user experience Keeping in mind our previous GadgetsLab reviews on the Tecno POVA 2 and CAMON 17 Pro, I had surmised that Tecno Mobile specialized only on gaming phones. So the PHANTOM X came as a surprise, particularly its outstanding camera performance. Boasting a 50MP rear camera, it is versatile in terms of camera settings, producing

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accurate colors, especially in low light and night mode. I especially liked the AI CAM in the Camera app because it fixes the setting and makes sure that you have an amazing photo throughout the picture-taking process. In addition, the pictures need only minimal postprocessing. I also liked PHANTOM X’s front camera. It provides a nice selfie experience with its Beauty and Portrait camera setting. The selfie pictures have excellent detail as well as color accuracy. Aside from that, it also offers easy customizability through user-friendly camera and filter options. Phones that have many camera settings tend to overwhelm me, but this phone’s camera settings are easy-to-use, especially for the not-so tech-savvy. With regard to its gaming capabilities — its bread and butter — the PHANTOM X doesn’t disappoint. I tested the phone’s gaming capabilities through the latest release of Pokémon Unite. It worked seamlessly at the highest settings and had no issues whatsoever. Other games such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and League of Legends: Wild Rift were also able to run at the highest graphic settings.


I also played Genshin Impact — one of the most demanding games graphics-wise. Although it can only handle the game on Medium setting (30fps), it still performed well despite slight lag issues at the start of the game. One of the downsides of the phone is that it heats up when gaming. Although it has a nice liquid cooling system, sustained periods of gaming can definitely heat the phone unit easily. Also, the single speaker at the bottom part of the phone is a bit of a letdown, particularly since the speaker is actually of good quality. However, when playing games in landscape orientation, you can cover the speaker with your palm, which can be really disappointing as SFX adds so much depth to the overall gaming experience.



what's hot

The PHANTOM X is a great addition to TECNO’s affordable yet uncompromising phones. Its versatility for use in gaming, photography, and productivity makes it a must-have for people eyeing a midrange phone that combines luxurious design, stellar phone performance, and affordability.

 Premium design Large storage Nice curved display Camera settings and filter options

what's Not


 Only one speaker  Heats up easily when gaming  A bit laggy on games with demanding graphics

The TECNO PHANTOM X is a luxurious, premium quality phone that is also easy on the pocket.


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CPU: MediaTek Helio G95, 8 Core Memory: 256GB (ROM) + 8GB (RAM) Display: 6.7” FHD+ OLED boundless screen Resolution: 1080x2340 Operating System: HiOS based on Android 11 Camera: 48+8MP front camera with dual flash | 50+13+8MP rear camera with 1/1.3 inch ultra-large sensor & quad flash Battery: 4700mAh, 33W flash charge Fingerprint: Ultra-thin In-display fingerprint Front/Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Dimensions (HxWxD): 163.5x73.78x8.72mm Colors: Starry Night Blue | Monet’s Summer Package includes fast charging adaptor, USB Type C cable, 3.5mm jack earphones, sim card tray ejector pin, and black hard phone case



The Lenovo YOGA Slim 9i is a stylish laptop that has it all — performance, responsiveness, battery life, and premium design. It is a powerful and reliable laptop for doing productivity tasks, streaming movies/TV shows, editing photo or video files, and many more.

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DESIGN The Lenovo YOGA Slim 9i is a 14-inch laptop with a Shadow Black aerospacegrade aluminum body. The back of the laptop is bonded to authentic European leather for that ultimate touch of luxury. The YOGA logo is at the upper left corner of the leather back, while the Lenovo logo is etched on the right edge of the palm rest. The glass touchpad and the edge-to-edge glass palm rest all add to the luxurious look. Two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the left side, while the power button, an additional Thunderbolt 4 port, and a camera notch (that you can turn on or off for privacy) are on the right. Size-wise, the YOGA Slim 9i lives up to its name, being only slightly over half an

inch thick (14.6mm) and weighing only 1.3kg.

Xe graphics. RAM is up to 16GB, while storage is up to 2TB SSD.


The 14-inch Ultra High Definition display is outstanding with 4K VESA HDR 400 and 500 nits of brightness, giving amazing visuals and true-to-life colors. In addition, it is optimized with Dolby Vision, offering a wide range of colors and optimizing the brightness of visual content in any environment.

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 9i is an Intel Evo platform-based device with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor and Intel Iris

Outstanding audio is assured with its stereo Dolby Atmos speaker system that offers three-dimensional sound and an immersive listening experience. It also has 2 microphones for audio input.

1. Power On / Off button 2. USB-C Thunderbolt 4 3. Electronic Camera Shutter 4. Headphone / Mic Combo 5. 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4


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USER EXPERIENCE The Lenovo YOGA Slim 9i is one of the most premium laptops I have ever gotten my hands on. The leather back of the laptop, the aerospace aluminum, and the glass wrist panel and touchpad —all enhance the overall user experience. Thanks to its Intel Evo chipset and prolonged battery life, performing multiple tasks is effortlessly smooth and efficient. I used the YOGA Slim 9i for work, and it was fast and responsive through the many clicks, drags, and drops while resizing images. The touchscreen feature was great when I needed additional precision, such as in photo editing to erase a spot or heal an image. Although the screen can be pushed down flat to 180°, it’s not a feature I was able to appreciate as other YOGA models allow the touchscreen to be completely folded down to 360° to be used tablet-style with a stylus. Regarding video quality, I’m impressed that despite its relatively small 14-inch display, watching Watchmen (2009) with its heavy visual effects and the recent Korean TV hit Squid Game (2021) with its reliance on visuals and colors was still an incredible experience. Its Dolby Atmos speaker system also helped add depth to the cinematic experience. All in all, for me, the outstanding UHD display and the immersive speaker system are the best selling points of the YOGA Slim 9i. November 2021




WHAT'S HOT  Luxurious and stylish design  Impressive display and screen resolution  Comfortable and efficient keyboard  Great sound system  Camera notch feature for privacy

WHAT'S NOT Small screen display The glass touchpad has no visual divider Expensive

Processor: Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 Operating System: Windows 10 Home Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Memory: Up to 16GB LDDR4X Storage: Up to 2TB SSD PCIe Audio: 2x2W Dolby Atmos Front-facing System Battery: 63.5Whr lithium-ion polymer Display: 14” UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, VESA Display HDR 400, Narrow Bezel, 90% DCI-P3, 500 nits, 3D or 2D Glass Cover & Touch Dimensions (W x D x H): 318mm x 200.7mm x 13.9mm – 14.6mm Weight: Starting at 1.29kg Colors: Shadow Black with Leather Cover WLAN: Intel ® 2x2 WiFi 6 (802.11 ax) Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0 Input/Output Ports: 3 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4.0, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), 1 x Audio Jack, and Electrical shutter switch Preloaded Software: Alexa (in selected markets), Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office 2019, McAfee LiveSafe, Dolby Vision, and Glance by Mirametrix

BOTTOMLINE This is a stylish laptop with high-end features and long-lasting battery life, perfect for creatives on the go. 39

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Priced at PHP119,995, the Lenovo YOGA Slim 9i is a premium laptop that has it all in terms of performance, display, battery, and design. It is an excellent choice for creatives looking for a luxurious device that delivers great performance and is easy to carry everywhere.

REVIEWED BY maribelle alba

Fitbit Luxe

fitness tracker

Even as a long-time Fitbit user, the release of the new Fitbit Luxe was still cause for excitement. Finally, for the fashionista in me, here’s a fitness tracker that I can wear like a fashion accessory! Does it work as well as it looks?

design The Fitbit Luxe was designed, I believe, primarily to address requests for a less chunky, more stylish fitness tracker that could also double up as a fashion accessory. I recall ordering beaded replacement bracelets for my Fitbit Alta HR so it would match my dressy outfits. My girlfriends and I often lamented how trackers just aren’t suitable for certain special occasions. The introduction of the Fitbit Luxe with options like the gorjana Parker link, stainless steel mesh, and leather double wrap bracelets addresses these “girly” concerns. Size-wise, the Fitbit Luxe is slim and compact, being only 36.3mm(L) x 17.5mm(H) x 10.2mm(D). With a case made of surgical stainless steel and a flexible silicone band, it is light and comfortable for almost 24/7 use.

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The color AMOLED screen adjusts to ambient lighting and is bright and readable even in direct sunlight. For those who wish to wear their Fitbit Luxe like a regular timepiece, your choice of clock face can be set to “always on.”

hardware The Fitbit Luxe comes with the standard sensors and components. A 3-axis accelerometer tracks motion patterns. An optical heart rate sensor is located at the back of the device, alongside red and infrared sensors to monitor oxygen saturation (SpO2). Below the sensors are 4 tiny ports that match the pins on the charging cable.


Its memory module stores detailed motion data for 7 days as well as daily totals for the past 30-days. Heart rate data is stored at one-second intervals during exercise and 5-second intervals at other times. A Bluetooth 5.0 radio transceiver pairs the tracker with your smartphone to sync and access more functionalities on the Fitbit mobile app. Because of its compact size, the Luxe has done away with components like built-in GPS, ECG and EDA sensors, as well as the NFC chip for contactless payment. oxygen saturation (SpO2), an important metric to watch during this pandemic.

I see the Fitbit Luxe as a very worthy successor to the 2017 Fitbit Alta HR which I liked because of its slimmer and more “feminine” form as against the typical large square on wrist look of other trackers. If anything, the Fitbit Luxe is a refined version, packed with more features and functions.

It also offers phone notifications, and even forwards text messages, but since the screen is so tiny, it’s easier to just read the message on your phone than on your wrist. In relation to this, the Fitbit Luxe’s strength is also its weakness — I love that it’s so compact and sleek, but then that means compromising display size and the amount of information offered onscreen.

Due to the lockdowns, I haven’t had much occasion to leave the house and so haven’t felt the need to accessorize the standard Luxe band that came with the box. Looking at what’s on offer in the Fitbit Shop, though, it appears there are a number of options one can go with when things open up and it’s time to start glamorizing our OOTDs. Despite its pared down hardware, the Fitbit Luxe, particularly when paired with the Fitbit mobile app, delivers all the essentials expected of a fitness tracker. It offers 24/7 heart rate monitoring (which is important for me as I experience occasional arrhythmias), all day activity tracking, exercise stats, etc. I like wearing the Fitbit Luxe to bed so I can check my sleep score in the morning. On the app, it shows your sleep stages as well as your overall sleep quality. Additionally, it monitors your sleeping

Battery life is rated at up to 5 days, but even without the always-on screen function, I’m getting only about 3 days worth from each full-charge. I don’t think that’s a major issue, though, as the Fitbit mobile app contains all the necessary information through the dashboard. With a Fitbit Premium subscription, you get even more in-depth analysis of your health status.

VALUE The Fitbit Luxe carries an PHP8,490 price tag, which comes wth a sixmonth Fitbit subscription worth PHP3,114 — not a bad deal. The gorjana Special Edition retails for PHP12,900, also a reasonable price point if you think about it as a piece of jewelry or a fashion accessory.


what's hot Smaller, slimmer Can be accessorized

what's Not Small touchscreen Missing some advanced features

BOTTOMLINE Perfect for health-conscious fashionistas!

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user experience

Sensors: Optical heart rate monitor, red and infrared sensors for SpO2 monitoring, ambient light sensor Components: 3 axis accelerometer, vibration motor Display: Color AMOLED Materials: Stainless steel housing, silicone band with anodized metal buckle and tang Memory: 7-days detailed motion data; 30-days daily totals Heart rate monitor: 1-second intervals during exercise tracking; 5-second intervals all other times Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 Power: Lithium-polymer battery; 2hrs charge time; up to 5 days battery life Dimensions (LWH): 36.3x17.5x10.2mm Water resistance: Up to 50m




What is the price of going green? It depends on the person you ask. For some, it’s expensive; for others a priceless necessity. For me, it’s the latter, especially since we are now in the worst climate crisis in our lifetime with no end in sight. Over the last few years, green products have gained prominence, so the Aspire Vero, the world’s first “Green” laptop made from recycled plastic, is an exciting proposition. Being eco-friendly is great and all, but how does it stack up against the current generation of laptops?

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Having heard of eco-friendly tech, I have been excited about the Acer Aspire Vero since its launch. The Aspire Vero chassis is made from 30% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic. Despite the plastic material, it is solid, and the textured finish feels good to the touch. Opening the device, you’ll be greeted by the 15.6-inch FHD IPS display, which is 99% recyclable. The Aspire Vero touts a

full-sized backlit keyboard, though the Numpad looks cramped. The keycaps are also made from 50% PCR plastic with the R and E keys highlighted and mirrored to represent Acer’s RE concepts of “Review, Rethink, Recycle and Reduce.” Below the keyboard is the trackpad with the fingerprint reader. The engraved “Intel Core” and “Post Consumer Recycled” on the body is a great touch. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind seeing it more on other laptops rather than the usual Intel and Nvidia stickers. “Acer Aspire” is also engraved on the base of the Vero.


Port selection on the left side of the device includes the three-pin power adopter, an RJ45 ethernet port, HDMI, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and a USB 3.2 Type C port. On the right are a Kensington lock, a USB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. You can also find the LED notification lights on the right of the device. Also worth mentioning is the Vero’s packaging, which is all-recyclable and re-usable. Even the charger box can be converted to a laptop stand with just a few folds.

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Acer Aspire Vero

hardware The Acer Aspire Vero has surprisingly impressive specifications. First, it runs on Intel Core i7-1195G7 with Iris Xe graphics, so you’re all set with this processor and graphics combo. For memory, the review unit had 16GB of RAM from 8GB of onboard DDR4 and another 8GB of dual-channel SODIMM DDR4 RAM. For storage, we had a 512GB NVMe SSD.

I have to give props to Acer’s decision to equip the Aspire Vero with regular screws on the base, so users can easily access the internals for future upgrades, whether to add more RAM or storage. In terms of benchmarks, the Aspire Vero performed surprisingly well. The Core i7-1195G7 scored 1563 points and 5746 points in single and multi-core in Cinebench R23. Geekbench pegged its CPU at 1611 for single-core and 5339 for multi-core. PCMark10 yielded a 5137 with 9494 in Essentials, 6909 in Productivity, and 5610 in Digital Content Creation. Lastly, it had 13 361 for 3DMark Night Raid, but only 1589 for 3DMark Time Spy and 3514 for 3DMark Fire Strike. In the spirit of forcing non-gaming laptops to game, I ran Valorant and Dota 2 on the Aspire Vero, and it did all right. I got 90 to 130 frames in Valorant on basic high settings and 40+ fps on Dota 2 in the highest settings as well.

user experience Before I move on to the laptop, I need to mention that the Aspire Vero is running on the new Windows 11 OS. It’s not that different from Windows 10, but the new Start Menu and screen UI did need some getting used to (as of all new things). But I have to commend Acer for having Windows 11 on the laptop instead of Windows 10. I know many people will be

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trying to upgrade to the new OS when it comes out, and based on initial reviews, it isn’t as easy as downloading and restarting your PC.

Virtual conference calls were also decent on the laptop. Mic pickup was alright, and the built-in AI noise suppression did its job.

OS aside, the Acer Aspire Vero is great performance-wise. Working on the device was smooth and easy. The keyboard felt great to type on, though the Numpad could have been done without. The track was pretty good as well. The fingerprint reader was fast and accurate.

The Vero is a good enough laptop, allowing for some compromises. First, the display on Acer Aspire Vero is satisfactory but not something to write home about. But the thing that I found disappointing were the speakers. Maybe it’s the material or just a lack of better speaker hardware, but audio quality sounds a bit hollow and soft despite the max volume.

On the software side, the Acer VeroSense does a good job of regulating the laptop’s fan and energy consumption. There are four settings: Performance, Balance (which is what most people will need), Eco, and Eco + in case your battery needs some more juice. It must be noted that fan noise ramps up during Performance mode since fans will be running at top speed.


Lastly, there’s the heft. The Acer Aspire Vero weighs 1.8kg, not the heaviest laptop but not the lightest either. If you need to lug the device in your backpack the whole day, you might end up with a few body aches.



BOTTOMLINE The Acer Aspire Vero is a great laptop and an even greater initiative.

what's hot  A true “green” laptop Windows 11 built-in  Performance is good for the price

what's Not  Display and speakers are so-so


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According to Acer, the new Aspire Vero will start at PHP 41,999 — a sweet bargain. Despite being a green laptop, it does not compromise on performance and price.

Display: 15.6” IPS Full HD 1920 x 1080, Acer ComfyView LED-backlit TFT LCD display. 16:9 aspect ratio, 45% NTSC color gamut, wide viewing angle up to 170 degrees, Mercury-free, environment friendly Processor: Intel® CoreTM i71195G7 processor Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics RAM: 8GB onboard DDR4 memory, 8GB SODIMM DDR4 memory Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 SSD OS: Windows 11 Home Connectivity: Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), Bluetooth 5.1 Ports: 1x USB Type-CTM port: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports with one featuring power-off USB charging, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x HDMI® 2.0 port with HDCP support, 1x 3.5 mm headphone/ speaker jack, supporting headsets with built-in microphone, 1x DC-in jack for AC adapter, 1x Ethernet (RJ45) port, 1x Kensington lock Battery: 48Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery Features: Acer Purified.Voice technology with AI noise reduction in dual built-in microphones, Acer TrueHarmony technology, VeroSense, Fingerprint reader, Firmware Trusted Platform Module (TPM) solution Weight: 1.8kg Dimensions: 363.4 x 238.5 x 17.9mm

REVIEWED BY Maribelle alba

realme techlife robot vacuum

robot vacuum

Sweeping and mopping the floor daily is a basic yet quite tedious house chore. With the new realme TechLife Robot Vacuum, this process is conveniently automated, so you have more time for the more important stuff.

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design Like other similar products, the realme TechLife Robot Vacuum is a disc, much like a flying saucer, particularly with the raised LiDAR unit protruding from the center of the upper surface. It is 350mm in diameter and 100mm high. On the upper surface, you will also find the Power and Home buttons. On the front side of the plastic casing are the sensors and a pressure-sensitive bumper, while at the back is the removable dust container.

On the underside are the fall sensors, the drive wheels, and a guide wheel, beside which are the charging contacts. Alongside these are the side brushes, while the large removable main brush is found across the center of the disc, slightly behind the drive wheels and adjoining the dust container.

hardware The centerpiece of the TechLife Robot Vacuum is its LiDAR Smart Mapping and Navigation System that is capable of 360-degree real-time laser scans. This is complemented by 38 side infrared sensors for more precise and accurate navigation, so it can safely go under or around furniture. It delivers four levels of suction strength up to a maximum of 3000Pa. In quiet mode, it operates at only 55dB noise level. Three filter layers, including a HEPA filter, screen out up to 99% of PM2.5 particles, ensuring that fine dust is captured inside the dust bin. With its large 5200mAh battery, the TechLife Robot Vacuum can clean continuously for up to 300 minutes or 5 hours. The package comes with a charging base with a simple but neat cable management system.


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realme TechLife Robot Vacuum

user experience The TechLife Robot Vacuum is virtually plug-and-play. All you need to do is snap on the side brushes, check the filter, set up the charger, and you’re good. I was at first disappointed that it did not have a remote control and required me to download the realme Link app. Having done that, the app recognized the device almost immediately, and pairing and integrating the Robot Vacuum to my home WiFi was quick and easy. The app detected a firmware update so I waited for the process to go through, and it was cool that you could see the progress status on the app. At the same time, the Robot Vacuum also “told” me once it was completed. Yes, it’s smart and it gives verbal alerts in English.

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For the first order of business, realme recommends that you first allow the TechLife Robot Vacuum to map your floor area. When I turned it on, I was surprised that it was able to quickly detect the walls of my living room. It then started moving around the edges, detecting obstacles and furniture. Once it had established the boundaries, it then started moving back and forth across the open surfaces, going over these areas and picking up debris.

dust before it needs to be emptied out. Of course, since this is basically a dust sweeper, it does not do a good job with larger and heavier bits of trash like candy wrappers or fur balls.

It is able to go over carpets without snagging, and you can sense that it applies greater suction because of the louder noise (this is on auto mode). Over hard floors, it moves more quickly and is quieter.

I was excited about the TechLife Robot Vacuum’s mopping capability, which makes it stand out from other ordinary robot vacuums. Sadly, the mop kit does not come with the standard package and is an add-on that needs to be purchased separately. However, checking on the local realme site and other shopping sites did not turn up any realme mopping kit

I really like its large 600ml dust bin capacity, as it’s able to pick up more


Through the app, you can map out the areas or “rooms” to be cleaned, indicate no-go zones, schedule when you want the areas cleaned, and many other functions. Once done, it automatically returns to its charging base.

Overall, I think the TechLife Robot Vacuum is great for quick daily maintenance cleanups just to keep floor surfaces dust-free. It’s also great for going under beds and low furniture, areas that normally don’t get regular cleaning. It’s not a replacement for regular handheld vacuum cleaners with all the brushes and extensions. Instead, I think of it as a daily sweeper (and mop once it becomes available) in between more thorough floor-to-ceiling house cleaning sessions.

VALUE The TechLife Robot Vacuum has an SRP of PHP16,990, pricier than other robot vacuums now available in the market. However, the higher sticker price could be justified with its smarter, more advanced features. Plus, since this is something

you’re likely to use every day, you’re assured of a quick return on investment.

SPECIFICATIONS Cleaning modes: vacuum, mop, vacuum + mop Suction: 500Pa (quiet), 1200Pa (normal), 2500Pa (turbo), 3000Pa (max) Capacity: 600ml dust bin, 300+350ml 2-in-1 detachable dust bin & water tank Battery: 5200mAh, continuous use up to 300min Charging time: approx 6hrs Dimensions: 350x100mm (vacuum), 160x143x81mm (charging base) Connectivity: Works with realme Link, Google Assistant & Alexa, support for iOS 11+ and Android 5.0+


what's hot  It’s very smart! LiDAR smart mapping and navigation realme Link app

what's Not  Mop kit needs to be purchased separately  Only light carpet cleaning

BOTTOMLINE This smart helper is something you should write to Santa about.

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package for sale, so I guess that’s a feature that I won’t be able to use until the kit becomes available.

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ONLINE WONDERLAN Words by Racine Anne Castro

You’re adding to cart You’re checking it twice Are you gonna find deals And reviews that are nice?

one: SAFETY FIRST! When you’re shopping online, always use a secure connection. Keep an eye out for the lock icon in the address bar on your browser window — if you see it, you’re good! That means the site uses secure technology such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to encrypt your data. Another handy trick is to check if the web address you’re viewing begins with “https.” Just check widely used sites like Lazada and Shopee; they’ve got it.


ust because the holiday rush is happening almost entirely online this year doesn’t make it any less overwhelming. Here are 10 things to keep in mind as you deck your online shopping cart with the best holiday finds!

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THREE: IN REVIEWS WE TRUST Get the lowdown straight from the customer! Before you decide to buy anything, take the time to read reviews — not just about the product itself, but also about the experiences of previous customers who purchased that product from a specific seller. If these reviews come with photos of the product IRL, even better! Be extra keen on any negative reviews so you can check for inconsistencies between actual customer experience and the seller’s description.



You could be saving a lot and you don’t even know it! Be sure to check the homepage of the online shop you’re buying from, the order form, or the checkout page for discount codes you can use, like free shipping vouchers and other special promos. You can also stay updated on the latest discounts and coupons by following deal-hunting sites, apps, and communities such as MetroDeal, Manila on Sale, or Deals Pinoy.

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Always check where your intended purchase will be shipped from. Why? Seller’s location not only affects shipping time, but also price. To avoid ordering from other countries when you don’t intend to or can’t afford to do so, don’t forget to filter your location.




After you submit an order, you would typically see a webpage or receive an email that confirms your transaction, listing down details such as your reference number, the paid amount, delivery address, and the estimated arrival of your package. Never delete them. Never. Delete. Them. These receipts will come in handy in case anything goes wrong with the delivery of your purchase, or if you have any credit card bill issues.

Is there a shop you really love buying from? Are you eyeing specific products that are often limited in stock? Some sellers announce special discounts or exclusive drops via their email newsletter. Yes, we know. Promotional email subscriptions can get annoying real quick, but it can be useful for those who don’t want to miss out on the best deals. Plus, some sellers even let their subscribers know about their sale waaaay before they announce it publicly, so that gives you a much-needed head start amidst the holiday rush.



Keep a sharp eye out for things in the seller’s description such as accessories included, compatibility details, available sizes, warranties, and other important information you may otherwise gloss over if you don’t pay enough attention to the itty-bitty fine print.

Woah there! We get it. Holiday shopping is fun and there are a ton of deals, but you wouldn’t want to spend all your money in one go. Handy free apps like Monefy and Spendee help you monitor your expenses and make sure you don’t go over your budget.



Most online stores run sales on double-figure dates like 11/11 and 12/12. Remember that demand is high during these dates, and everyone is watching the clock. Popular items marked for sale often become sold out in mere seconds. Make sure you have all the items you want added to your cart before midnight, so all you have to do is click the Check Out button!

Remember: it’s just as if you’re going to the mall during the holiday season. You avoid getting caught in the rush as much as possible by bringing a list and sticking to it! It’s okay to get sidetracked if you suddenly see a good deal, but always think twice — for your holiday budget, is this naughty or nice?


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HOLIDAY SELLING Words by Gabriel Pe

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.P. (Pre-Pandemic), shops and malls would be buzzing aplenty this time of year. The holiday rush is the busiest time of the year for many shops as, after all, it’s the season of giving and, of course, selling gifts. Unfortunately, we may need to wait another year to return to our normal holiday shopping traditions as the pandemic continues (albeit much slower) to spread. As we experience another abnormal shopping season, here are some ways you, as a seller, can make the most of the new shopping normal.

The holiday season is still the biggest buying season for the year. But unlike previous years, the new normal presents new challenges. Supply chains are backed up in countries such as the US, mainly due to pandemic lay-offs and retirements. These backlogs have clogged up supplies of many products shipped from China and other countries. Thankfully, no such backlog has been reported in the Philippines, but it pays to be prepared, just in case. As COVID-19 restrictions are lowered in time for holiday shopping, be sure you have enough inventory on hand for the influx of orders. It would be wise to stock up early as now to avoid backlogs later. However, stocking up is not a clear-cut process. Obviously, you must study your customers’ buying habits. Carrying extra reserves of bestsellers is one way to prevent any possible backlogs. As for the rarely bought items, your usual supply might be enough to get you through the rush. Experts also suggest now is the right time to handle staffing issues like hiring additional help for the Holiday season and managing or scheduling leaves to prevent any understaffed dates when the Christmas rush does begin.


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eCOMMERCE AND SOCIAL MEDIA According to data from the Department of Trade and Industry, eCommerce grew from 70.9% in 2019 to 80.2% by 2021, with around 750,000 merchants now conducting sales via an online platform. This is a wise move.’s 2021 report indicate that there are 73.91 million internet users in the country (around 67% of our population) with 89 million (80.7% of the total population) having social media accounts. Leveraging online platforms and social media presence may be the keys to reaching

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new customers or being more accessible to your current customers. Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram offer their own unique business solutions such as a marketplace or product photos with pinned prices to cater to all types of customers. Social media also adds the convenience of connecting the seller directly to the customer by facilitating ease of contact between the parties. A simple message will allow the customer to reach you and you can personally answer all their queries.

eWALLETS/ DIGITAL PAYMENTS Now, this should not come as a surprise, but eWallets and digital payments saw an increase of 17%-18% last year, just short of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) goal of 20% by the end of 2020. Digital payments have become the favorite mode of transaction in the last year due to the pandemic, possibly due to the absence of physical contact when transacting digitally. With more people shifting to digital as their primary transaction mode, accepting digital payments to complement traditional cash and credit card transactions is the way to go.

PREPARE YOUR PLATFORMS It pays to have your platforms ready for the rush. Be it social media, online e-commerce platforms, or your own brickand-mortar shop you need to be prepared for the upcoming rush. Leverage your online platform’s features to better optimize product search and visibility. A simple rewriting of the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your products could mean better sales, particularly if you have your own website or use an e-commerce platform that leverages SEO.


Having a festive feel to your shops encourages more customers to stroll around to see what you offer. And of course that four-letter magic word, SALE, will definitely attract people, especially those looking for a bargain.

Adding a bit of personalization to your orders boosts brand retention for some customers. It makes transactions more personal to each individual. A simple thank you card or even discount coupons for future transactions do make a difference. For physical shopping, recognizing repeat customers makes them come back even more and even recommend your store to their social circle.

As for other platforms, having a dedicated person manning your email, phone, social media, and outlets will help boost confidence from buyers. If they see or hear great customer service, it makes them trust the shop and seller more.

In keeping with safety guidelines, always sanitize your products or your orders. In physical stores, customers may feel much safer shopping inside if they see that the place prioritizes sanitizing after each customer handles a product. It may be more work, but observing health protocols make the shops much more appealing.


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uto Nation Group, Inc (ANG), the official importer and distributor of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the country, has officially unveiled the seventh-generation MercedesBenz S-Class. With its latest innovations, the new S-Class is more thoughtful to its passengers, more in tune with its driver and everyone inside the car, and more protective of those within or even near its elegant presence. “The new S-Class has undergone the most extensive refinement process in the history of Mercedes-Benz,” says Frankie Ang, chief operating officer at Auto Nation Group, Inc. “The brand did to the new S-Class what it does best — putting the customers in the center. It can now be experienced with all the senses — seeing, feeling, hearing, and smelling — while offering impressive innovations in the areas of driver assistance, protection, and interaction.

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gleaming star standing proud above the radiator grille. This new exterior defines the brand’s distinct design philosophy of ‘sensual purity’ in its most modern form.

Modern Luxury in its Most Desirable Form The S-Class has always been a design icon. From previous generations to the current model, the S-Class is a testament of timeless elegance and sophistication. The dimensions have grown – with a long bonnet, short overhang, long wheelbase, flowing C-Pillar and balanced rear overhang, the S-Class is designed as a classical sedan with perfect proportions. Through the long

wheelbase and AMG Design line, it helps underscore the expressive character of the car highlighted by a 21-inch multi-spoke AMG wheels. The front section is also notable with the


Innovation Written All Over Its Face The face of the new S-Class highlights the way forward in the dark with its innovative Digital Light Headlights with its new ‘three-dot design’. These headlights represent one of the amazing innovations with more than one million pixels per headlamp that provides optimal lighting for every situation while driving. Thus, further enhances the safety and visibility for you and others on the road.

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Pioneering Design The seamless door handles are a completely new development. The doors will automatically extend when you approach the car and retracts when the doors are locked. Leaving a lasting impression, the S-Class’ rear has got it too. The broad emphasis of the tail end is highlighted by the new two-piece horizontal taillamps, with a pleasing 3D-like display, sequential indicator lamps, two visible exhaust tail tips, and a rear diffuser. All these combine to create the more modern appeal of the new S-Class. An Interior to Inspire The interior of the S-Class is expansively inviting – another benchmark of luxury. The moment you enter the car, you’ll immediately greeted with a coming-home feeling. Comfort is an absolute priority in the new S-Class, and what is great is that – this priority can be enjoyed by every

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passenger. For those passengers seated at the rear, they can simply recline the electric seats, extend the leg rest, and give yourself a relaxing massage. It feels like flying first-class with spacious, comfortable, and highly adjustable executive seats. The trendsetting interior can be experienced with almost all senses – sight, touch, hearing, and smell. The executive seats itself is an automotive benchmark for luxury travel comfort. Combined with the finest exclusive nappa leather, and the elegant diamond patterns further elevate the experience of contemporary luxury. The new S-Class brings the MercedesBenz User Experience to each passenger

at the back with its high-end rear seat entertainment system and two fully integrated 11.6-inch touch displays with a brilliant graphic quality – paired with crisp and powerful 3D sound quality of the Burmester 3D surround sound system with 15 speakers and a total system output of 710 watts. With all these features at the rear seat, passengers can watch movies or simply browse the internet at the comfort of their own seats. It can be easily controlled by touch through the MBUX rear tablet just in the arm rest or simply say “Hey Mercedes” and ask it to give you a hot stone massage. The new S-Class is more interactive than ever, with everything accessible from your seat.


And to add up the luxury experience, passengers can access a refrigerated compartment by the center of the arm rest, keeping drinks cold even if temperatures might rise outside. Then there’s the Active Ambient Lighting. It provides a serene ambiance to suit each passenger’s mood while on the move with lights strips that appear almost out of nowhere, and are conspicuously located in the instrument panel, continues along the doors, and into the rear. It increasingly boosts a feel-good vibe while on the road while also enhancing the passenger’s safety by showing visual warnings of any danger. Climb Aboard and Be Blown Away The design innovation continues to the front, driving the S-Class proves to be a pleasurable experience as well.

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With its interior architecture inspired by a yacht-like design concept, the S-Class is equipped with exquisite materials and fine surfaces. The slim and elegant 12.3-inch OLED touchscreen is the centerpiece of the S-Class’ cockpit. Its MBUX system also got smarter, it gets to know you and keeps on learning. Behind the wheel, you will be greeted by an atmosphere of pure luxury. Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and innovation. It can recognize your fingerprint and remember your personal settings – and responds to your natural voice. November 2021

Driving an S-Class also means confidence on the road with a sense of perfect control. Everything is well positioned and driver-oriented, either at a hand’s reach or with the command of your voice. It has a host of driver assistance systems such as the Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Parking Assist, and a whole lot more that make for a semi-autonomous driving experience for the driver. Everything is about minimalism and ease of use. With the car’s size and weight, the new S-Class is definitely no slouch. Its 3-liter, in-line 6 cylinder engine with 4MATIC ALL-WHEEL DRIVE – now


has an EQ Boost mild-hybrid system, and puts-out 435 horsepower and 520 newton meters of torque. More than enough to plow through the streets of the metro, and cruise along on gentle long drives. This is mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission with seamless gear changes, all conveniently controlled by the DIRECT SELECT gear lever ergonomically located just by the steering wheel. Adding to the driving dynamics, you can select among 5 different driving modes with the DYNAMIC SELECT switch. Paired with the AIRMATIC air suspension helping the new S-Class react sensitively to the unevenness of the roads.

Cares For You More Than Ever The new S-Class focuses on the essentials: unique comfort and safety technologies on which you can rely on, whether you are the driver or a passenger. True to its commitment, Mercedes-Benz delivers the best or nothing when it comes to safety.

its whole cabin with air filtration, ionizations, and fragrancing. Passengers can breathe in clean and fragrant air. Everything was well thought of to ensure that every journey is relaxing and pleasant, with the highest level of confidence that the S-Class cares for you.

The new S-Class sets a benchmark in automotive safety with its intelligent rear seat airbag for frontal impacts. Thanks to being comprehensively equipped with a range of innovative safety and assistance systems, the new S-Class can provide palpable stress relief and support, while helping to avoid hazardous situations. For example, through all-round monitoring of the vehicle’s surroundings by the new PRE-SAFE® Impulse system.

A car with a sense of awareness that is there for you at every level, working with you and thinking ahead, always with your wellbeing at heart. A partner you can rely on and in which you can confidently put your trust. Because everything that matters most to you, matters now more than ever to the S-Class.

And now with the pandemic, the new S-Class levels up your protection with


The new S-Class will be available for viewing in all Mercedes-Benz Dealerships. You may also visit the online showroom for more details.

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suzu Philippines Corporation (IPC)’s mission to be every customer’s Partner for Success continues with the introduction of its latest model, Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER. This is the company’s first light duty truck installed with the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology, an innovative intelligent gearshift system.

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Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER operates without the clutch pedal and achieves automatic shift change by computer control. This means the driver gets the performance of a manual transmission on a 2-pedal operation. Or basically, the Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER provides the combined advantages of an automatic transmission’s easy driving operation and a manual transmission’s fuel efficiency. “Being the number 1 truck brand in the country, Isuzu’s success comes from working closely with our customers, assessing their every need, and coming up with the best business solutions in every step of the way,” said IPC president Hajime Koso. “In the Philippines, trucks are maximized and utilized almost at 24/7 operations. And with the increasing demand for delivery, especially in logistics, truckers deal not just with the increase in their operation expenses, particularly fuel and maintenance, but also the need for more professional drivers which has become quite a problem. So, we thought, why not make our next truck address all these challenges and more,” Koso added.



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The Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER promises to deliver SMOOTHER business operation and SMOOTHER driving experience with these core benefits: Easy To Drive Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER is not complicated to drive. Its gearbox is designed like that of an AT and has 2 pedals only. Newbie drivers and even

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female drivers can operate this truck with ease. This also means less fatigue for drivers during long distance driving or when in traffic congested areas. Economical With the advance technology of AMT, Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER automatically selects and shifts to the appropriate gear position. This results to good fuel efficiency, saving you from


high fuel expenses. And because it has no clutch pedal, there is no need to spend on clutch maintenance. Safety With Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER’s 2-pedal operation, the driver does not need to worry about changing gears and can therefore focus on the driving environment. Safe driving is given priority.

Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

The Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER is powered by a 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCC engine — a 4-cylinder, Turbo-intercooler, DOHC Common-rail Direct Injection, Blue Power Diesel Engine, with a maximum output of 124PS and a maximum torque of 354Nm. It is equipped with Isuzu’s latest transmission model, MYY6S, which is a 6-speed AMT. It has a GVW of 4,490kg and can be fitted with various body applications. The Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER also comes with added features that upgrades


the truck driving experience such as tuner radio with USB, 2 speakers, charger port, cab power window, central door lock and cab tilt warning system. It comes with a 3-year and unlimited mileage warranty. The Isuzu N-Series SMOOTHER is available at all authorized Isuzu Dealerships nationwide. For pricing and complete details visit or call any Isuzu dealer showroom or inquire thru their official FB Pages. Visit www.isuzuphil. com for more information.

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yundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) undertakes a new journey as the official distributor of Hyundai commercial vehicles in the Philippines with the HD48 GT Modern PUV. Boasting Hyundai’s quality chassis platform, the HD48 is a robust PUV design brought to life by Filipino craftsmanship. This latest addition to Hyundai’s stable of mass transport models is power, flexibility, and performance incarnate in HD fashion: high-definition and Hyundai-driven to provide business and passengers the dependable value that they’re looking for. The HD48 GT Modern PUV is expected to build on Hyundai’s contributions to transport sector modernization. This year, HARI sold over 100 units of Modern PUVs to a diverse roster of transport cooperatives nationwide,

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advancing mass mobility initiatives in communities of Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Cavite, Bulacan, and Tacloban, to name a few. In the first eight months of 2021, sales of Hyundai Modern PUVs already jumped 632% compared to the same period in 2020, cornering 11% market share in the CAT III (3T-6T) category. With this latest addition to Hyundai’s mass transport line-up, there’s promise of a reinvigoration of transport modernization. So, what’s it like to ride the HD48 GT Modern PUV?


strong chassis. This new kid on the block has strong bones. Its chassis framework is built with Hyundai’s high-tensile steel, which affords it a lightweight structure that is flexible enough to withstand the twists and turns of punishing drives.


“Just this October, the HD48 GT Modern PUV was duly certified as compliant with the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for shape, size, dimensions, and other stringent specifications to ensure high-definition safety, comfort, and reliability.”


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x as nice-looking. With the HD48 GT platform from Hyundai, combined with the design of a trusted body-building partner like Centro, you’ve got a vehicle built with tasteful detail focused on the needs of transport businesses and passengers. Just this October, the HD48 GT Modern PUV was duly certified as compliant with the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for shape, size, dimensions, and other stringent specifications to ensure high-definition safety, comfort, and reliability.


-year warranty, or equivalent to 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first. This flexible warranty proves that it’s a keeper in the business mobility partnership department. Now that’s a service commitment that goes a long way. November 2021


-rated 2.9-liter A Euro Turbocharged Intercooler Direct Injection diesel engine paired with a -speed manual transmission delivers a mighty strong and ecofriendly powerplant that can churn out maximum power of 160ps and maximum torque of 40kg-m.


stand inside, with more space 6can to spare. The HD48 GT Modern PUV has room for up to 22 people (plus driver), plus provision for 8 to 10 standing passengers. Even if you factor in safety protocols and social distancing, this much space can accommodate more passengers.


accessories for passenger convenience and safety: the Automated Fare Collection System


(AFCS), CCTV, GPS tracker, 7-inch monitor, LED signage, Wifi module, and programmable speed warning buzzer to keep the vehicle cruising safely on the road.


key enhancements to amplify Plus the quality of this energetic people mover: • The redesigned side mirror bracket promotes better visibility, giving the driver an unobstructed view of the side mirror, especially when it is raining. • Grab handles and rear stanchion for handrail stability, a plus for standing passengers. • Clear headlights and taillights sport more functional yet elegant designs, for better road visibility. • The front panel not only conveys

the HD48 GT Modern PUV’s strength of character, but also provides easy access to the wiper motor for fuss-free maintenance. • A roof drip feature prevents overflow of rainwater at the sliding windows. • The chute access for daily inspection of the radiator reservoir, engine oil level, and fuel filter also functions as a toolbox. • A redesigned fuel door opens and closes safely for worry-free refueling. • Sliding windows bring in fresh air to maintain equal distribution of air in the vehicle.

reached your destination, its electric door closer lets you exit with ease. But what really makes the Hyundai HD48 GT Modern PUV your top-ofmind transport solution? It is made with the strength and heart of the Filipino worker. Get to know more of Hyundai trucks and buses at ph/trucksandbuses or send in your inquiries or requests for quotes at Hyundai CARES/HCARES: wecare@

In addition, the HD48 GT Modern PUV is equipped with load-sensing proportional valves (LSPV) and auto adjusters that adapt braking force depending on vehicle load for reassuring braking performance. Couple this with strong and sturdy tires and you have a road partner with a good grip on the road that is ready even for challenging terrain. The double walling and insulation lessen noise and provide better heat insulation, while the high-cooling capacity from the roof-mounted airconditioning system come together to make for cool and comfortable riding experience. And when you’ve finally


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eading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) further expands its local TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) lineup as its highly popular models Fortuner and the Hilux get the GR Sport (GR-S) badge. First seen at the second leg of the TGR Vios Cup, motorsports fans were given a glimpse of the new heartracing reinventions of Toyota’s reliable Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) models during a practice lap right before the races. “We mark another milestone as we combine the reliable IMV platform with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s spirit of thrill!” TMP president Atsuhiro Okamoto said at the official model launch. The GR-S badge symbolizes the development of the vehicle guided by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing – Toyota’s global motorsports division focusing on specialized research and production of cars built with racing DNA.


“When Toyota Motor Philippines first introduced the IMV series in 2005, we had a vision of bringing dependable and durable vehicles perfect for the needs of Filipinos. 15 years later, our IMVs continue to be a worthy companion for adventures, daily trips, and tough demands of the country’s many roads,” Okamoto added. “Under the development of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, we are bringing the motorsports excitement to your daily drives with a sportier, heart-racing reinvention that pushes the limits of the models we know and love.” TMP intends to make sportier options available for racing fans and motorsports enthusiasts who want to express this passion through their daily drivers. Now with the latest additions to the GR lineup, the daring and adventurous fans of TMP’s bestselling Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Pickup get to experience the TGR thrill with their favorite Toyota models.

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The new GR-S models get a striking and more aggressive exterior, with the Fortuner GR-S getting a redesigned front and rear bumper, fog lamp garnish, body color arch mould and back door garnish, and bi-tone rear spoiler. The Hilux GR-S gets a black gloss G-MESH front grille design with TOYOTA emblem across the model’s front., body color overfenders, sports bar in gloss black. Both models get black-tinted clear coating on its 18” alloy wheels with machine cut finish. Get into the racetrack-ready mood with an interior that complements the sporty exterior – red, black, and smoke silver metallic accented GR interior for both models, leather with red stitching on the wheel, aluminum pedals, and sport type front seats with suede and leather material with red stitching. The Fortuner GR-S meanwhile gets matte carbon trims on the center cluster. Both models also get 8-way power adjust seats and dual-zone A/C for a more comfortable ride, and the Hilux GR-S now comes with paddle shifters. Truly made for thrilling drives, ingress is easier for anything an adventure can call for with Hood-Lift Assist for both November 2021

models and kick-sensor for the Fortuner GR-S’ power back door. A first for the Hilux lineup, the GR-S variant also now gets the panoramic view monitor. The Fortuner GR-S also get safety features found in the LTD and Q variants – pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control under Toyota Safety Sense, and the panoramic view monitor. Blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert are also available for the Fortuner GR-S. The Fortuner GR-S and the Hilux GR-S both get new front GR brake calipers and the new monotube type suspension for a more stable, comfortable ride, and race-like steering feel. The Fortuner GR-S also gets rear GR brake calipers. The GR and GR Sport badges complete the look for both models inside and out. The new GR-S models will be available in all Toyota dealerships across the country. The Fortuner GR-S is priced at PHP2,509,000 and is offered in white pearl CS and attitude black mica. The Hilux GR-S, on the other hand, carries a PHP2,005,000 price tag for the emotional red color, and PHP1,985,000 for super white and attitude black mica.


With Toyota’s extensive history in motorsports and inspired by the passion of its people and leaders like Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda himself, TMP aspires to make motorsports bigger and more widely known in the country. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is bigger and better than ever with Toyota’s thrilling PH motorsports and e-motorsports events —TGR Vios Cup and the GR GT Cup, and its ever-growing local lineup which includes the locallymanufactured Vios GR-S, the

racing GR Supra and GR Yaris, and the daring new additions, the Hilux GR-S and the Fortuner GR-S. For more information on the new GR-S models, visit TMP’s official website at and follow the official social media pages at ToyotaMotorPhilippines and ToyotaGazooRacingPH (Facebook and Instagram), @ToyotaMotorPH (Twitter), and Toyota PH (Viber and Telegram). Check out for more on Toyota’s heart-racing models and upcoming events.


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oyota Motor Philippines (TMP) and Toyota Financial Services Philippines (TFSPH) have launched the myTOYOTA Wallet, a new mobile payment solution that enhances Toyota customers’ experience. First introduced in Japan in 2019, followed by Thailand in 2020, customers in the Philippines can now pay for their Toyota transactions using just one app, whether it’s for periodic maintenance, vehicle repair, parts and accessories purchases, and vehicle insurance payments. With this digital payment platform’s global expansion,

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you can expect more features and expanded services beyond Toyota cars. Registration for a myTOYOTA Wallet account is easy and simple. You can easily link your selected credit and debit cards, and get as much as PHP100,000 transaction limit per month. To enjoy safe and secure cashless and contactless transactions, customers can choose to pay electronically through the myTOYOTA app or by scanning QR codes with the app at any Toyota dealer nationwide. Watch out for


expanded features and services beyond Toyota. Download the app and discover new possibilities with Toyota. The myTOYOTA Wallet app is available on the App Store and Google Play. To know more, visit the website at mytoyotawallet. Toyota Financial Services Philippines Corporation is supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, email for concerns.


onda Cars Philippines, Inc. recently released an upgraded PM2.5+ Cabin Air Filter, its latest offering to help Honda owners win the battle vs. covid and all its variants. The new PM2.5+ cabin air filter costs only PHP 950.00 + VAT. Now more than ever, people have a renewed appreciation for health and clean air. To help with the nagging fight against the pandemic as well as asthma and other respiratory illnesses, responsible vehicle owners take it upon themselves to ensure that their cars are

well maintained. This latest PM2.5+ Cabin Air Filter provides 90-99% protection from dreadful viruses and bacteria. The dust-collecting filter has a high collection efficiency for various kinds of particles such as dust, molds, volcanic ash, outside emissions, and cigarette smoke. The new PM2.5+ Cabin Air Filter improves the vehicle’s interior air quality by filtering out external and internal pollutants. Furthermore, the new anti-microbial coating creates a fast, eliminating reaction


on viruses and bacteria. It releases Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) that allows germicidal effect in the coating’s proximal area. This prevents microbial adhesion on the surface of the filter, keeping it clean from future contaminants. Visit the Honda Dealer nearest you to know more about the Honda PM2.5+ Cabin Air Filter. Visit Honda Cars Philippines, Inc.’s VIRTUAL SHOWROOM at

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WHY DO RIDERS LOVE THE NEW BEAT? F or years, motorcycle enthusiasts have expressed their love for The New BeAT because of its many features — fuel efficiency, sleek design, value for money, and great for daily errands or leisure rides. Without a doubt, this AT Scooter is indeed a ‘lifestyle scooter’ for everyone. But what makes this ride a standout, and a true motorcycle for the young and young at heart? From motor geeks to engineers and happy riders, here’s what some of The New BeAT owners have to say about their ride!

Making leisure trips romantic and fun! The series of community lockdowns during the pandemic have taken a toll on everyone’s sanity. And what better way to ease this othen by hitting the road and traveling? For Manileños, a day trip to the picturesque highlands of Tagaytay is the quickest way to get away from the busy life of the Metro. For 25-year-old content creator Leoned Adriano, among his fondest memories is when he and his girlfriend rode out to get a feel of the cool Tagaytay breeze. Riding The New BeAT not only saves him gasoline money because of its Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-Fi) but also allows him to enjoy a romantic weekend refresher with his loved one, minus the hassle.

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“The New BeAT is highly recommended for everyone who’s aiming for a compact, durable and fuel-efficient motorcycle,” Adriano shared. Enabling easier, hassle-free commutes The transportation system has been highly affected during the pandemic. With a higher risk of contracting the virus, a public commute is not ideal for everyone. So, for Glen Kevin Rivera, an engineer by profession and a full-time vlogger, buying a motorcycle with impressive features was his best option. And riding The New BeAT is his best decision. “It is

very light, easy to maneuver, and it has an engine power of 110cc,” Rivera said. Aside from its fuel-efficient system, The New BeAT also has ACG Starter (Electric & Kick) Technology, an advanced feature introduced by Honda that other sub-115cc motorcycles don’t have. ‘A Business Partner’ “I decided to have The New BeAT to start using Grab delivery service and for daily use. I chose The New BeAT for its looks and good fuel economy,” shared Marck Luie Mercado, a 23-year-old moto-vlogger and a BPO employee.


No wonder, whether it is for business around Metro Manila delivering groceries, or a weekend ride to Marilaque, The New BeAT is an AT scooter suitable for every need, for everyone, and for those who are just starting their two-wheel journey. It has a seating height of 740mm suitable for all riders. Its trendy and dynamic design makes for a stylish ride wherever you go. “Yes, I would highly recommend it, especially for beginners who would like a long-term bike for their business or their daily usage, no more thinking twice,” Mercado stated.

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‘A Proven and Tested Ride’ Honda motorcycles are tested and proven. That is why, without a doubt, for Social Worker and a current National President of BeAT Fi Owners Club Philippines, Jozon Siroy, his New BeAT is a outstanding when it comes to safety features. “The specs of this motorcycle and some safety features enticed me to buy it. And I choose to ride The New BeAT because of some good reviews I read from the various social networking sites,” Siroy swore. This motorcycle also features the Enhanced Smart Power November 2021

(eSP), Combi Brake System (CBS), Informative SemiDigital Meter Panel with Eco Indicator, tubeless tires, attractive headlight, and signal light combination cluster, sharp tail light brake, and signal light cluster.

Jozon Siroy

Aside from his everyday ride to work, he enjoys joining his Club for a long ride on occasional weekends. ‘A Dependable Partner’ For Jay Cabuhan, owning a New BeAT means having a dependable partner for his everyday ride, particularly since it’s lightweight and fuelefficient.


“I have been using my motorcycle for almost four years now. It’s dependable and not once did it fail me in doing my job as a messenger for a private company. What I love most about this motorcycle is its design. It never gets out of style,” shared Cabahun. When it comes to its design, this motorcycle is, indeed, stylish with its three new stripe design variants: the Street (STD) and Fashion Sport (STD) both priced at PHP67,400, and the Premium (ISS/CBS) design at PHP70,400. He added that sometimes, he rides his motorcycle to unwind and feel the breeze as he travels to Antipolo City or visit that Venice-inspired open-air mall in Taguig City. He used to be one of just a few BeAT riders in their neighborhood, but now, he says, there are quite a number of them.

Jay Cabuhan

Just like these moto-vloggers, influencers, and dedicated riders, you too can experience this fuel-efficient, stylish, value-for-money, and reliable AT scooter. Don’t miss the chance to experience the joy of mobility. Ride to your heart’s content. And enjoy your travels by riding your own BeAT!


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il industry leader Petron Corporation was among the organizers of the 2021 Highway Run held on October 2, 2021, to celebrate 14 years of big bikes with engine displacements of at least 400cc being allowed on Philippine expressways. The commemorative event was initiated by the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club, which spearheaded the advocacy to open up the Philippine toll roads to large displacement motorcycles. The petition was granted on September 28, 2007, by the Toll Regulatory Board with the Department of Transportation and Communication. Mad Dog Philippines president Dustin Andaya (extreme right), with fellow motorcyclists who participated in the 2021 Highway Run

Mad Dog Philippines, advocate of Motorcycle Freedom on Philippine Highways

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Dominar 400 owners and motorcyclists

As a top-tier engine oil specially formulated for modern, highperformance motorcycles under extreme driving conditions, the Petron Sprint 4T Fully Synthetic Motorcycle Engine Oil is most suitable for the powerful performance machines favored by big bikers. Between 6AM and 10AM on Saturday, October 2, motorcycle clubs gathered at two venues — at Petron San Pedro Laguna on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), and at Petron Pura Tarlac along the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). Over 500 riders convened at the designated Petron SLEX station, while around 100 riders dropped in at the TPLEX venue. All participants received commemorative Limited Edition Highway Run stickers. Another highlight of the event was a special promotion, where eligible riders were able to avail of 3-liters Petron Sprint 4T Fully Synthetic Motorcycle Engine Oil. Understanding that motorcycle engines operate at higher engine speeds, have higher power output, and require lower oil volume,

the range of Petron Sprint 4T Engine Oils are specially formulated to “calm” your engine. In particular, the Petron Sprint 4T Fully Synthetic Motorcycle Engine Oil (SAE 10W-40) provides outstanding protection against wear and corrosion, gives superior engine cleanliness for engine performance, has exceptional shear stability to resist oil thinning and breakdown, and has excellent friction characteristics for clutch performance. As a toptier engine oil specially formulated for modern, high-performance motorcycles under extreme driving conditions, the Petron Sprint 4T Fully Synthetic Motorcycle Engine Oil is most suitable for the powerful performance machines favored by big bikers.


According to Mad Dog president Dustin Andaya, “ Petron is the perfect meeting place to celebrate the annual Highway Run. Comfortable restaurants, stores, and facilities make it a favorite take off point and stop over for many motorcyclists. On top of that, their gasoline and motor oil products are a popular choice for many motorists looking for higher performance from their engines. “ Among the celebrities spotted at the 2021 Highway Run was television host Kim Atienza, known to be an avid bike enthusiast. In addition to the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club and Petron Corporation, the 2021 Highway Run also received support from BMW Motorrad, and SMC Infrastructure.

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YAMAHA WGP 60TH ANNIVERSARY SPEEDWAY ACTION T he World Grand Prix (WGP) 60th Anniversary of Yamaha didn’t go without its own celebration in the Philippines. Embodying the spirit of racing, Yamaha Motor Philippines went to the Carmona Race Track to commemorate the milestone, and the first time since the pandemic that Yamaha has held an on-ground event. The highly anticipated event was exciting for both those on the racetrack and the viewers who watched through Yamaha’s Facebook page. The race day pitted 2 teams against each other for a special WGP competition. Team All-Stars was made up of Mio ambassador Matteo Guidicelli, vlogger Motodeck, Yamaha racers J.E. “The Hitman” Inguito, and April Mascardo. On the other side was Team Icons consisting of actor Carlo Aquino, Yamaha VR46 Mastercamp rider “The Wonderboy” McKinley Kyle Paz, media representative from

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TopBikes Matthew Galang, and Yamaha racer Kerwin Chang.

This roster of professional riders and motorcycle enthusiasts had a day filled with activities that tested their knowledge about Yamaha’s rich 60-year history in the WGP and their passion on the track. The event was also an avenue to launch the brandnew special 60th WGP edition Sniper 155R and Mio Aerox S. Each machine is an embodiment of Yamaha’s decades of racing excellence that continues to push the limits of a rider’s ability. Each is also a piece of history that Filipinos can have and experience for themselves. The Sniper 155R 60th WGP edition has an SRP of PHP124,900, while the MIO Aerox S 60th WGP edition has an SRP of PHP136,900. Both are available in Revzones and Yamaha 3S Shops nationwide.



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Amazon Games Orange County platform


Amazon Games


Words by Jose Alvarez


aking an MMORPG is one of the most challenging things you can do in gaming — keeping subscribers, bringing out new and relevant content, and building a community that makes the game enjoyable. Many MMOs have come and gone over the years, but several MMORPGs have emerged, namely World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, RuneScape, and Guild Wars. Amazon has tried its hand at game development before. Can they make a smash hit?


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Believe it or not, New World is not Amazon’s first attempt at developing and publishing a game. Their foray into gaming started back in 2014. New World was announced at TwitchCon 2016, and the game came out on September 28, 2021. Its approach to MMORPGs is similar to that of its competition, with one major exception: no auto-locked targeting attacks. This forces you to aim your attacks at enemies, which can prove easy for those used to action-adventure games or firstperson shooters, but difficult for those who mainly play just MMORPGs. New World takes place in an area resembling 17th-century America, with players exploring Aeternum Island. The island is full of mysterious corruption, so one must build a civilization out here to survive. Completing quests, participating in PvP battles, gathering, and crafting are part of what it takes to survive in New World. You can join one of three factions: the Covenant, Marauders, or the Syndicate. It all depends on who you want to be. You can also join a company and conquer cities and territories. Character creation is relatively simple in appearance, but this doesn’t matter as you progress further into the game. You can choose from a variety of weapons, including one-handed swords, rapiers, and hatchets; two-handed weapons such as spears, great axes, and war hammers; ranged weapons such as bows and muskets; and magic weapons such as fire staffs, life staffs, and ice gauntlets. You can level each weapon to level 20 and unlock unique abilities. There are talent trees for each weapon as well, allowing you to further customize your playstyle.

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Like other MMORPGs, there is gear that you can equip to increase your stats. These stats are Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Focus, and Constitution. Every time you level up, you get three stat points to allocate. You’ll also gain experience no matter what you do — whether it be crafting, gathering, killing enemies, exploring new areas, and more. You can also level your reputation in a zone — you can get perks such as increased gathering speed, more experience, more storage, and even the ability to buy player housing. Crafting is very complex and requires you to gather a variety of materials. Gathering is very straightforward, but you only have a certain amount of bag space. If you exceed your bag space, you become encumbered, which means you can only do your basic attack and your movement speed is significantly reduced. You will also need a certain amount of gold to craft. One of the perks of the faction system is that you can set taxes and fees in each territory you conquer. There are property taxes, trading taxes, crafting fees, and refining fees. You can also undergo town missions and upgrades, allowing you to upgrade (or downgrade) certain services in certain territories. Since territories can rapidly shift allegiances due to the emphasis on PvP events, New World definitely makes you plan your next moves carefully. If you’re in a large active company, you have many advantages over a smaller company. The company can set the taxes, allowing them to generate revenue to make upgrades in the town, but with constant shifts in territorial claims, these rates are not absolute.


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LASER DUST DETECTION WIT THE DYSON V12 DETECT SLIM Dyson launches a powerful compact vacuum capable of detecting, removing, sizing, and counting microscopic dust for scientific proof of a deep clean


reating a healthier home is now made easier, as Dyson unveils a brand-new generation of cord-free vacuum cleaners with the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. Engineered to detect hidden dust as small as 10 microns and equipped with an acoustic piezo sensor to enable scientific proof of what’s been sucked up, this new Dyson technology redefines deep cleaning at home. Developed by a team of 370 engineers globally, this latest vacuum uses a Dyson Hyperdymium motor which generates up to 150 air watts of powerful suction, while 5-stage filtration captures 99.99% of dust particles down to 0.3 microns for a powerful deep clean. The Dyson V12 Detect Slim helps create healthier homes at a time when 60% of people are cleaning more than ever before. “As engineers, our job is to solve daily problems, and the past 12 months has created plenty of new ones with more time spent indoors,” explains James Dyson, chief engineer and founder. “We are all cleaning more frequently, trying to remove the additional house dust but desperate for peace of mind that our homes are truly clean.

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Our latest vacuum uses adapted laser technology to reveal hidden dust, integrating a diode laser into the cleaner head precisely positioned at a 1.5-degree angle, 7.3mm off the ground, to create the best contrast between dust and floor. We don’t think detection is enough, so we remove and meticulously size and count the particles 15,000 times a second using an acoustic piezo sensor which converts vibrations into electrical signals, displaying precisely the size and number of particles sucked up on an LCD at the back of the vacuum.

Laser Dust Detection Dyson has engineered laser dust technology to ensure you are reassured that your home has been deep cleaned. Laser Dust Detection reveals the particles you cannot normally see with a precisely angled laser integrated into the cleaner head.

The Dyson V12 Detect is powerful and intelligent, giving the ultimate reassurance – scientific proof of a healthier, cleaner home.”

The idea came about when a Dyson Engineer noticed that airborne particles in their home glistened in the sun. They began to research how they could take this notion and apply it to the fine dust we cannot see in our homes. The team experimented with laser lights in the lab to test how this could be achieved, and a new solution was born. Dyson engineers integrated a green laser diode — chosen for its ability to provide the best contrast — into the Slim Fluffy cleaner head, positioning it precisely at a 1.5-degree angle, 7.3mm off the ground. It means hidden dust on the floor surface that is otherwise invisible to the naked eye can be seen and removed.


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PIEZO SENSOR Understanding that now more than ever, people want more hygienic homes, Dyson engineers set about developing a technology that enables the user to measure the dust it detects and then displays it on an LCD screen for real-time scientific proof of a deep clean. So, how does this work? An acoustic piezo sensor has been integrated into the vacuum. Carbon fiber filaments in the cleaner head pick up microscopic particles, which are sized and counted up to 15,000 times a second. The dust enters the vacuum and hits the acoustic piezo sensor within the bin inlet, with the tiny vibrations being converted to electrical signals. The dust size and quantity are shown on the in-built LCD screen, so the user can see how much dust the vacuum has removed, as well as the different sizes of particles, and deliver scientific proof of a deep clean. The vacuums have been designed so that they automatically increase suction power when they come across a large amount of dust. This happens in auto mode when the piezo sensor detects high dust concentrations, and reactive suction power is triggered to automatically increase power. When dust levels normalize, suction power is reduced to its previous level.

ANTI-TANGLE TECHNOLOGY Introducing a new Anti-Tangle Hair Screw tool: Dyson Engineers also looked to solve the problem of removing hair on the brush bar. This is often a challenge for many vacuums, despite claims to the contrary, so they developed a new antitangle conical brush bar that spirals hair off and into the bin. This prevents the wrapping of hair around the brush bar. Designed for human and pet hair, the engineers delicately tweaked the precise angle of the bristles on the tool to ensure the release force did not tangle the hair and tested the tool on multiple hair types.

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FILTRATION The Dyson V12 Detect Slim features Dyson’s 5-stage advanced filtration technologies, capturing 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns to expel cleaner air. The Dyson cyclone technology is efficient at separating dust and dirt from floors and surfaces, and whole machine sealing means this isn’t leaked back into your homes.

BUY DIRECT FROM THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT The Dyson V12 Detect Slim is available at your local Dyson Demo store, priced from PHP 44,900.


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s a property manager, your role is to protect both the tenant and property from damage. While rent collection and repairs are part of the job, security is one of the most important things you should worry about.

A single slip-up can ruin your reputation and cause damages and injuries to other people. Property managers deal with several security issues and challenges, but theft in shared areas and burglary is the most common. Package theft has especially become rampant. Others include: • Vandalism in the laundry area, parking lot, elevator, etc. • Loitering and trespassing • Unauthorized people accessing the property Another big challenge is vandalism — graffiti and other property destruction. Many properties have experienced people trying to get into the building

and loitering in hallways and other common areas. People accessing the building when they shouldn’t is a threat to security. Luckily, to help protect your property against these kinds of security issues, there are five professional security solutions you can use. Keep reading to find out. Secure Access to The Building and All Common Areas The first step you can take is to make sure that people are not entering your property without permission, proper identification, or payment of rent. The simplest way to accomplish this goal is by installing a locking system with keys. If it’s an apartment, you can issue every tenant a key to prevent nontenants from entering the property. But keys are basic, and someone can lose them. Consider modern digital solutions like touchless face recognition systems,


visitor PIN access, and key cards to heighten security. Camera Surveillance and Video Monitoring Camera surveillance will allow you to monitor movements in the property even if you’re not there physically. Property managers can see what is happening around the property and maybe even stop issues such as burglaries before they happen. If they happen, they can pull video footage to know how it happened and who did it. Additionally, install an apartment video intercom to prevent opening the door for suspicious people. Install CCTV cameras in strategic places like entrances, common areas, stairways, hallways, and elevators. Just ensure all the cameras are visible as it’s illegal to install ‘spy’ or hidden cameras. Additionally, you should not install them where the residents reasonably expect privacy, such as in their units.

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A good practice is to add the presence of the cameras in a clause on the rental agreement so the tenants can know they’re in use. Remote Management When You Can’t Be On-site Whenever you’re not on-site, you can manage the property remotely. You’ll need tools to help you with the management. They include: • Tenant portals • Online rent collection • Virtual tours and inspections • Online maintenance coordination • Online leasing and application process Apart from keeping the property running smoothly even when you’re not around, remote management will ensure no one unauthorized has reasons to access the property since they can find almost everything online. Alarms and Smoke Detectors Property managers should use security alarm systems to protect their buildings

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from theft and fire hazards. There are different types of alarms for different situations. For instance, some alarms only activate the siren if a window or a door has been opened. Other alarms come equipped with a floodlight, so if a window is broken and someone tries to get into the building, they will immediately detect them. You can also have an alarm set up to communicate with your local police station if you need more immediate help from authorities. Install smoke detectors and, if possible, fire sprinkler systems in every unit to prevent fire outbreaks. Deadbolt Locks on All in Unit Doors Ensure all unit doors are secure by installing deadbolt locks. These provide more security than standard locks. If possible, install deadbolt locks on all inside doors and outside doors (including security screen doors).


If someone lost or misplaced their keys, change the locks immediately. That way, you and your tenant can rest assured no one will attempt to open the door even if they found the keys. Locks prevent someone from slipping in between someone exiting and entering a door, as well as hiding near that door until everyone is gone. Consider Working With a Security Company When working with a security company or with a security consultant, you will benefit from their knowledge and extensive experience in this area. These professionals possess skills for dealing with security threats of all kinds in both commercial and residential properties. Additionally, they are familiar with the most modern technology to manage visitors, control access, and mitigate both physical security and cybersecurity risks. As a property manager, you’ll help protect the employees or residents, their properties, and the property you’re managing.

“As a property manager, you’ll help protect the employees or residents, their properties, and the property you’re managing.”


November 2021

Everything Apple

Everything New with Apple New Apple products released in the fall events Words by Archangel Nudalo


pple’s schedule has been jampacked with the usual events and official releases this year. In the April ‘Spring Loaded’ event, we saw the official release of iPad Pro, iMac, and the purple iPhone 12. In the June Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), several Apple software updates were released to the public. Two online media events followed, announcing the arrival of new Apple products.

Here’s a roundup of what’s new with Apple:

iPad and iPad Mini After the release of the new and updated iPad Pro last April, Apple announced the newest version of the iPad and iPad Mini in their September 14 event. The new 10.2-inch iPad will have an A13 Bionic chip, which delivers a performance boost over previous iPads. With a faster chipset, the new iPad will have faster signal processing for photos and videos. An improved 12-megapixel front-facing camera makes it ideal for online learning. It now offers larger storage, starting at 64GB. The new iPad is available in Space Gray (black variant) and Silver.

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The new iPad Mini has a completely new landscape-oriented design, with the front-facing camera and speakers now positioned landscape mode. The Home button has been removed to allow for thinner bezels and a larger 8.3-inch display. Like last year’s iPad Air, the new iPad Mini will have Touch ID on its power button. It now also uses 100% recycled aluminum and tin, making the entire iPad range environmentally sustainable. The new iPad Mini is available in four colors: Space Gray (black), Pink, Purple, and Starlight (beige).

iPhone 13 (Mini, Pro, and Pro Max) Apple also unveiled the iPhone 13 last September. The new A15 Bionic chip, improved cameras, and better battery life deliver major upgrades over the previous iPhone 12. A notable feature in this current release is the Cinematic Mode, a video recording feature that shifts focus from one subject to another when recording — a camera technique primarily used in filmmaking. Some new camera features worth noting are Night mode, the Ultra Wide camera, and the new Photographic Styles that can selectively edit the colors in photos (vibrant, warm, or muted) without affecting skin tones. Color availability depends on the specific model, with the following iPhone 13 colors: Pink, Blue, Midnight (black), Starlight (white/silver white), and (PRODUCT)RED.


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Everything Apple

Apple Watch Series 7 Also released in the September event, the new Apple Watch Series 7 sports a larger display compared to its predecessors. It has a crack-resistant front crystal, an IP6X certification for resistance to dust, and a WR50 water-resistant rating. It is powered by watchOS 8 and combines features that help users stay on track with their activities, workouts, and overall health and wellness performance. The new Apple Watch introduces new aluminum colors and bands that are also compatible with previous Apple Watch releases.

MacBook Pro Apple officially released its new generation of MacBook Pros at its October ‘Unleashed’ event, with major upgrades over the 2019 versions. The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will have the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors that deliver an overall CPU and GPU performance boost. In addition, the new MacBook Pro has longer battery life, an even better display, a six-speaker sound system, and a studioquality microphone. The Touch Bar has been discontinued while additional port options for MagSafe, HDMI, SD cards, and Thunderbolt 4 have been added.

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AirPods 3 The new AirPods 3 are a hybrid of earlier versions of the AirPods and AirPods Pro. Unlike the AirPods Pro, the new AirPods 3 do not have the noise-canceling feature. Instead, they have new custom drivers, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, improved voice and audio quality for FaceTime calls, and an adaptive EQ to enhance sound quality. These new wireless earphones also have improved battery life and are sweat- and water-resistant for workouts and other outdoor activities.

Apple Music ‘Voice’ Apple Music is releasing Voice, a cheaper version of the music streaming subscription service that is exclusive to Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. This USD5 (approximately PHP255) per month music streaming plan will only be exclusive to Siri, and will only be accessible through Apple devices.

HomePod Mini The new version of HomePod Mini features three new colors: yellow, orange, and blue, adding fun and bright colors to the white and space gray (black) variants released last year. The new speakers will have an Apple Music Voice feature as well. The new HomePod Mini will cost the same and will be released later in November 2021.


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PLDT and Smart, through their B2B arm PLDT Enterprise, have officially launched their newest digital offering called the Internet of Possibilities by PLDT and Smart which aims to open up new possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and deployment among enterprises and consumers in the country. During the Philippine Digital Convention 2021, PLDT Enterprise Core Business Solutions FVP and head Jojo Gendrano introduced PLDT Group’s latest solution — a first in the country — to help push IoT solutions further across different industries. “We are very excited that we are finally bringing the power of IoT to businesses in the

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Philippines as we see a huge opportunity to leverage the power of this technology. It’s a powerful tool that is set to transform the way Internet of Things applications are deployed and managed in the country,” said Gendrano. The Internet of Possibilities by PLDT and Smart is a unified platform for the effective management of connectivity and usage of a multitude of connected IoT devices within enterprises. It seamlessly integrates existing business processes into a common, open platform for data and insights that can be used to open unlimited business growth opportunities to various industries. “Our thrust at PLDT Enterprise is to enable


business growth and help companies make possible what we all thought was impossible. With its capabilities to simplify and optimize the deployment of IoT applications, the platform is set to transform the way businesses conduct their operations,” Gendrano shared. The Internet of Possibilities by PLDT and Smart empowers industries by allowing full control, visibility, transparency, and self-care among their connected IoT devices. It is designed to give businesses more ways to be efficient with time and resources by improving business processes through automated workflows. Among others, this includes the ability to monitor assets connectivity easily through data usage and status monitoring.

The transportation and logistics industry, for instance, can now easily set up and activate fleet of connected vehicles nationwide using a single user interface with just a push of a button at their own pace and time.

of opportunities where technology meets human capability,” said Jovy I. Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups.

Meanwhile, it allows the monitoring of health care devices for better patient care for the healthcare sector. Other industries that can benefit from the said platform include manufacturing, education, utilities, and even consumers.

“Our goal is to make it easier for our business customers to adopt these kinds of solutions for their business needs, deploy them faster and more affordably—enabling enterprises to turn data into real-time actionable information,” Hernandez added.

“PLDT Enterprise and Smart have always been investing in the digital future of businesses in the Philippines. Internet of Possibilities by PLDT and Smart is a breakthrough allin-one platform that opens up new horizons

Internet of Possibilities by PLDT and Smart is expected to build tomorrow’s smarter communities and cities and open doors to the next wave of innovation for consumers, homes, and enterprises.

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Lalamove Journeys

Alvin Castillo, Lalamove Partner Driver Around 7.3 million Filipinos have lost their jobs since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This number includes Lester Llansang, a former actor who found himself unemployed after his recent stint in Ang Probinsyano. The same goes for a lot of partner drivers who joined Lalamove after being displaced from their previous jobs.

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Lester Llansang made waves in his interview with Ogie Diaz as he shared his newfound journey with Lalamove. He shared his day-to-day experiences delivering goods for the platform’s clients. “Ini-enjoy ko ngayon ang pagmo-motor at nagde-deliver ako ng pangangailangan ng tao, isa ako ngayong Lalamove rider,” Lester shares with pride.

Arnold Baroquillo, Lalamove Partner Driver Alvin Castillo, a former hotel staff, also shared his struggles in dealing with his company’s entrenchment and trying to find a new way of earning. “Dati akong nagtatrabaho sa hotel bilang staff dun, since nagkaroon ng pandemya, kasama ako sa natanggal. Sa awa ng diyos na-process agad ang application ko,” Alvin shares. Only hoping to make ends meet, he is happy that he actually earns more now. “Nakakuha ng panggastos para sa aking pamilya. Nagkaroon rin ako ng savings, nakababayad ng bills at extra income. Hindi katulad sa dati kong trabaho. Ngayon dumodoble na ang kita ko sa Lalamove, samahan lang ng sipag at tiyaga,” Alvin adds. Employees were not the only ones displaced by the pandemic. Arnold Baroquillo owned a business that was on the verge of collapse and the pandemic made it even harder to bounce back.

“Naghanap ako ng ibang pagkakakitaan dahil nagkaproblema ang negosyo namin. Ginamit ko yung sasakyan namin at nakipagsapalaran sa Lalamove. Noong pandemic, dinere-deretso ko na ang pagbiyahe. Para sa pamilya ko, para sa kabuhayan namin, para kumita ako, para sa lahat ng bayarin, salamat sa suporta at pagibibigay ng motivation sakin, sila lang ang dahilan ko para magtrabaho. Kailangan lang talaga maging pasensyoso at masipag sa delivery,” Arnold passionately shared.

To be a Lalamove partnerdriver, you will need to present the following requirements: • Professional Driver’s License • OR/CR of the vehicle • Authorization Letter (if you are not the registered vehicle owner) • NBI Clearance

The challenges Covid-19 brings to millions of Filipinos seem insurmountable. Fortunately, on-demand delivery platforms present new earning opportunities. Aspiring partner drivers wishing to start their Lalamove journey may join through this link manila/fil/drive


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RUSH eStore Suite for SMEs W

ith the pandemic propelling digitalization and ecommerce changing the retail landscape in the Philippines, going online has become more important now more than ever for businesses. This is especially true for the holiday season, prompting merchants to rethink their digital strategies to capitalize on the expected increase in eCommerce consumption. RUSH, a digital solutions provider, has come up with an eStore Starter subscription tailored to fit the needs of

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small and medium enterprises (SMEs) so they can expand their reach, engage with customers, manage and fulfill orders, and grow revenue streams. This end-toend eCommerce solution takes care of the customer cycle from discovery to delivery which empowers businesses to do more than just selling. In 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry recorded a huge increase in registration of online businesses from a mere 1,700 names in the first quarter to around 88,000 by the end of 2020.


Stephanie Kubota, RUSH chief executive officer, said: “eCommerce has reignited economic activity in the country and has created a newfound confidence for business owners in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.” “With movement restrictions still in place, traditional shopping in brick-andmortar stores becomes difficult. People then become more inclined to shop online. As the festive season approaches, there is an anticipated increase in shopping activity. We have repackaged

As a growth partner of emerging businesses, RUSH eStore allows merchants to enroll an unlimited number of branches and staff accounts, upload an unlimited number of products, and enjoy unlimited send-outs of transactional SMS. our RUSH eStore Starter subscription with SMEs in mind so they can meet their customers wherever they are, however they choose to shop,” said James Gasara, RUSH chief marketing officer. To help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) adjust to the new reality and reach more Filipino consumers online, RUSH is offering its introductory eStore Starter subscription package. Merchants can choose to open their online store using a ready-made website, or go live on GLife — GCash’s marketplace that lets brands be discovered by millions of users. As a growth partner of emerging businesses, RUSH eStore allows merchants to enroll an unlimited number

of branches and staff accounts, upload an unlimited number of products, and enjoy unlimited send-outs of transactional SMS. SMEs will also have access to RUSH’s easy-to-use order processor, transactional reports, and merchant partner support portal. To help brands win more customers, SMS and email engagement tools, promo code creator, and adjustable radius kilometer coverage can be utilized. The RUSH eStore enables merchants to activate various payment options for their customers such as credit/debit cards, eWallets, and cash on delivery


(COD). Merchants can then receive their payouts weekly, straight to their bank accounts. On the other hand, businesses are ensured efficient last-mile delivery as merchants can either activate their in-house logistics team for order fulfillment or enable RUSH’s integrated third-party logistics. Higher eStore subscription plans are also available for merchants with more business needs. RUSH Technologies Inc. (RUSH) is the loyalty and eCommerce solutions company under 917Ventures, Globe’s corporate venture builder. For more information, you may visit https://www. or contact November 2021

Cyber Security

Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, has recently released new insight on an international cryptocurrency trading scam targeting iPhone users through popular dating apps, such as Bumble and Tinder. A report detailing the latest findings, CryptoRom Fake iOS Cryptocurrency Apps Hit US, European Victims For At Least $1.4 Million, shows that the operation has escalated. The attackers have expanded from targeting people in Asia to include people in the U.S. and Europe. Sophos has uncovered a Bitcoin wallet controlled by the attackers that contains nearly $1.4 million in cryptocurrency, allegedly collected from victims. Sophos researchers have code-named the threat “CryptoRom.”

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“The CryptoRom scam relies heavily on social engineering at almost every stage,” said Jagadeesh Chandraiah, senior threat researcher at Sophos. “First, the attackers post convincing fake profiles on legitimate dating sites. Once they’ve made contact with a target, the attackers suggest continuing the conversation on a messaging platform. They then try to persuade the target to install and invest in a fake cryptocurrency trading app. At first, the returns look very good but if the victim asks for their money back or tries to access the funds, they are refused, and the money is lost. Our research shows that the attackers are making millions of dollars with this scam.”


Double Trouble In addition to stealing money, the attackers can also gain access to victims’ iPhones, according to Sophos’ research. In this version of the attack, cybercriminals leverage Enterprise Signature, a system for software developers that helps organizations to pre-test new iOS applications with selected iPhone users before they submit them to the official Apple App Store for review and approval. With the functionality of the Enterprise Signature system, attackers can target larger groups of iPhone users with their fake cryptotrading apps and gain remote management control over their devices. This means the attackers could potentially do more than just steal cryptocurrency investments from victims. They could also, for instance, collect personal data, add and remove accounts, and install and manage apps for other malicious purposes.

Apple App Store,” said Chandraiah. “The addition of the iOS enterprise developer system introduces further risk for victims because they could be handing the attackers the rights to their device and the ability to steal their personal data. To avoid falling victim to these types of scams, iPhone users should only install apps from Apple’s App Store. The golden rule is that if something seems risky or too good to be true — such as someone you barely know telling you about some ‘great’ online investment scheme that will deliver a big profit — then sadly, it probably is.” Sophos recommends that users install a security solution on their mobile devices, such as Intercept X for Mobile, to protect iOS and Android devices from cyberthreats. It is also worth securing all home and personal computers with additional protection such as Sophos Home. Further information on the fake cryptocurrency trading apps targeting iPhones as well as other mobile threats reported on by Sophos is available at SophosLabs Uncut.

“Until recently, the criminal operators mainly distributed the fake crypto apps through fake websites that resemble a trusted bank or the


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Cyber Security

Virtual, one-sided relationships to cope with the pandemic One-sided relationships, also known as “parasocial relationships”, are blossoming worldwide and in Southeast Asia (SEA) amid social distancing and continuing national Covid-19 lockdowns. A global study of more than 15,000 people in 25 countries from security firm Kaspersky finds that just under half (47%) of social media users believe the influencers they follow provide them with “an escape from reality”. The numbers are relatively higher in SEA, the region first hit by the pandemic beyond China back in 2020. For instance, more than three in five (61%) of the Southeast Asian respondents admitted that influencers help them to forget and to escape their realities. Globally, a tad over one in five (21%) believes they “could be friends” with influencers they follow, with SEA data two digits higher than the global average at 31%. In addition, 22% of the global respondents have gone as far as sending a private message November 2021

to an influencer. Despite the largely virtual nature of these relationships, more than a third (34%) of social media users have even met some of the influencers that they follow in real life, rising to 56% in SEA region.

During successive global lockdowns, many have spent long periods at home and are turning to virtual companions to replace the lost social lives. This type of one-sided relationship has a strong pull over many.

77% say that they learn from the influencers they follow in areas such as health, hobbies, style and news. 55% also revealed that following famous entities online offers them a relationship they do not have with anyone else. Nearly half (44%) say they are “dependent” on influencer content and 17% even say they feel a sense 110

of absence if they do not engage with influencers. While one-sided relationships do exist, social media users in SEA also acted on getting in touch with the influencers they follow. Many have sought out direct contact most commonly via commenting on influencers’ posts (46%) or reacting to their posts or stories (39%). Loyal fans as they are, social media users here also interacted with influencers in various ways like attending the events they have hosted (19%), sending fan-art (16%), messaging privately (15%), getting in touch through private messages (15%), emails (15%) and even calling the influencers or their agents directly (12%). Clearly, social media has been important for many people during the pandemic, with nearly six in 10 (59%) worldwide saying social media has provided a vital connection for them during the pandemic. This figure was highest among younger people aged 18 to 34 (71%), who rely on social media for connectivity.

People in Vietnam (94%) and South Africa (79%) are the most likely to say social media is a vital connection for them, although a third of people worldwide (33%) say they have become less tolerant of people on social media during the pandemic. “Although more than half (56%) of people have been active on social media for more than a decade, many of us are still figuring out how to balance the positives of social media with the negatives,”

David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky says. “Now, we’ve moved into a new era where virtual relationships are becoming the norm. These onesided relationships can often lead to oversharing on social media, as people look to develop these relationships. However, this can lead to a huge range of negative and unforeseen consequences — hacking and phishing attempts, doxing and bullying, online shaming — the list goes on.”

“It is understandable with the lockdowns we’ve all experienced over the past year that people will have gravitated towards online and parasocial relationships to stave off loneliness and boredom, but it’s crucial that people are aware of the consequences of oversharing online and are able to take a more balanced approach,” says Emm. Kaspersky has also launched its ‘ShareAware Hub’, where people can find handy tips to help them enjoy social media safely.

Kaspersky has identified five types of social media persona: SAVVY SOCIALS


who limit their time online and keep posts to a minimum

who limit their time online and keep posts to a minimum



they post prolifically over relatively short periods of activity

they might spend a lot of time on social, but they’re just here to surf, not to comment

OVERSHARERS these people virtually live online and post like crazy!


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With the theme Precision agriculture for small-scale vegetable farming, the Innovation Olympics 2.0 (IO 2.0) agrihackathon focused on finding new solutions that can help increase the profitability of smallholder farmers through efficient technologies in crop production.

from University of Mindanao (UM) — were adjudged winners in the IO 2.0 Grand Finals. From 21 participating teams composed of undergraduate and graduate students from across the country, six finalists were selected by a panel of experts and judges. The finalists were all given PHP100,000 that they used as seed money for their months of actual testing and implementation of their technology solutions.

In an unexpected turn of events, two teams — Team AIRIN from Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) and Project Angat

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Team AIRIN Nueva Vizcaya State University

Team AIRIN developed an automated irrigation and nutrient management system that helps farmers minimize labor cost by only applying the right amount of fertilizer at the right time and in the right place. With AIRIN, farmers get a solar-powered synergistic system with fully automated irrigation and fertigation systems that monitor farm status

and send updates via text messaging. This allows vegetable farmers to better understand their farm conditions and respond with correct amendment solutions.

know the challenges that they face and this is where our inspiration comes from. It is our passion and purpose to help improve the lives of farmers so they will never have to worry about putting food “At the heart of team to the table,” says Myka AIRIN, our effort Fragata during her victory comes from the love speech. She is joined by of the Filipino farmer Jaime Hapicio and Maricel community. Being sons and Farro as members of Team daughters of farmers, we AIRIN. 113

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Project ANGAT University of Mindanao Project ANGAT created a farming system with three components – Malakas, an automated solar-powered vertical farming system made from Bamboo; Maganda, a waste soluble capsule with formulated organic waste materials that stimulate plant growth and protect against diseases; and Dumangan, an online platform that connects the farmers directly to consumers. With their system, vegetable farming will become a lot more convenient and profitable by allowing farmers to access inputs and markets for their produce. “Even though we faced a lot of problems and difficulties during the Innovation Olympics, this is now our victory for Project Angat of Team Alipugpug Tech Solution. To all our fellow founders, we made it. Let us all continue in our journey in uplifting the lives of small-scale farmers and never stop planting the seeds of change,” says Elpidio Corbeta Jr. after being announced as one of the grand winners. Other members of the team are Daniel Navarro, Stephen Ponteras, John Taylaran, Kim Tomaro, and Dale Viñalon.

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Both grand winners received PHP125,000 each as their grand prize to help them further develop their technology solutions and pursue their passion in helping smallholder vegetable farmers improve their lives.

Philippines’ agriculture sector. They showcased that leveraging technology and combining it with farming skills can provide greater results and improvement in the farming industry.

“To our crazy finalists who “To our six grand finalists, have crazy youthful ideas, congratulations. You all you all hold the future deserve recognition for of agriculture. May you making it this far. We continue to step up by taking sincerely admire your passion on this challenge in helping for innovation and your drive our farmers despite the to make things happen. As pandemic. May we never your Innovation Olympic forget to put the human journey ends, a new journey and social aspect in our in the real world will begin. innovations to help improve We encourage you to keep our agriculture industry,” your great perseverance and said Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, continue to further develop Director of the Southeast your projects. It’s been a Asian Regional Center for great pleasure and honor at Graduate Study and Research East-West Seed to support in Agriculture (SEARCA) talented young innovators and a member of the panel of like you who share the same judges. goal of empowering our Innovation Olympics 2.0 (IO farmers and transforming the 2.0) is a nationwide agriagriculture industry,” shared hackathon that provides an Henk Hermans, General avenue and opportunity for Manager of East-West Seed young Filipinos ​to develop Philippines and one of the and showcase innovative competition’s judges. solutions that can help smallholder vegetable Despite the long continuance farmers. It was first launched of the pandemic, the projects in 2017 during East-West from IO 2.0 provide an Seed’s 35th anniversary optimistic future for the celebration. On its second


year, IO 2.0 was made possible by the collaboration among East-West Seed, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Sensient Colors LLC, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), through UPLBTechnology Transfer and Business Development Office (UPLB-TTBDO), UPLB Startup Innovation and Business Opportunity Linkaging Labs (SIBOL Labs), and APEX: The UPLB Business Network. The IO 2.0 culminated last October 15, 2021 through an online event with teams ARCHIE (Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, Benguet State University, University of Baguio), BalZip (University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines), FarmJuan (Asian Institute of Management), and Chlomet (University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines) as the other finalists. For updates and information, visit and follow www.facebook. com/InnovationOlympics.

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Modern problems require simple solutions.

rainy day he thought of making his novel invention.

This is what Paul Bryan Mancenido, an electrical engineering senior from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.), proved with his 4-in-1 rechargeable emergency kit built from scraps.

As an only child, Mancenido grew up playing and experimenting with broken motor parts. His father is an air-conditioning mechanic, while his mother is a housewife. When he was younger, he would often repair devices for free. This hobby would continue on up to college, when Mancenido realized that he wanted to build a career and a legacy out of it.

The device – which won him the grand prize in T.I.P.’s Environmental Fair, and which recently caught the attention of media giant GMA 7 – features a handy flashlight, lamp, electric fan, and USB charging port all rolled into one.

“People would belittle my ideas sometimes, and even my parents would caution me every now and then; but I know in my heart that I’ve got something to give. They may not understand it now; but someday, when I’m already a full-fledged manufacturing engineer, they will,” Mancenido said.

“My mantra has always been not to let go of scrap materials just yet. They can still be reused and recycled, especially now when we can’t easily go out due to the pandemic,” Mancenido said, recalling that November 2021


that “breakthroughs doesn’t necessarily mean discovering new things, it may also be about looking at improving those around us.”

The thought of contributing largely to society did not sink in until Mancenido himself saw his work on national television. Congratulations were immediately in order for the humble student from San Mateo, Rizal. Years of failures and self-conceptualizing have somehow bore fruit, and this is just the beginning. The kid is only getting started.

“Mr. Marcenido’s project would definitely open up other bright ideas from our students and other young inventors out there. This would encourage them to explore integration of various concepts and technology – things that are already on hand but just waiting to be tapped and reproduced into innovative tools, gadgets, or equipment,” he added.

As he nears graduation, Mancenido looks back on his journey as a T.I.P.ian. It was the institute’s laboratories that inspired him to dream, and it’s also how he envisions his future workspace to be.

For more information on T.I.P., please visit or T.I.P.’s official social media accounts through @TIP1962official for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ariel Magat, program chair of T.I.P.’s electrical engineering department, lauded Mancenido’s 4-in-1 rechargeable emergency kit, saying this multifunctional invention made from scraps shows 117

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#TravelAsJuan Domestic getaways to family-friendly destinations Airbnb recently launched its new #TravelAsJuan campaign that aims to energize the country’s tourism recovery through the remainder of 2021 and beyond. As part of the campaign, the company is encouraging Filipinos to rediscover their country with their loved ones, while celebrating unique stays and hidden gems across the nation. The #TravelAsJuan campaign also aligns with the Department of Tourism’s 2022 plan to rebuild a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive domestic tourism industry. Responding to the Department of Tourism’s call for Filipinos to become Ambassadors of Fun, Airbnb’s #TravelAsJuan is working closely with its community of #AirbnbJuanderers including Filipino Hosts and local content creators. They are shining a light on the country’s off-the-beatenpath destinations, from lesser-known beaches to November 2021


mountainous getaways and farms, as well as tips for safer travel. The campaign is highlighting destinations where intra- and inter-state travel are currently allowed, eventually expanding to cover more destinations as more cities and provinces reopen. Airbnb is already seeing surging interest in domestic stays as Filipinos look forward to traveling with the platform once more, following the recent easing of travel restrictions. In September 2021, searches for Airbnb Stays in Zambales spiked by over 100% month-overmonth, after the government announced travel rules allowing Metro Manila residents to travel to areas under more relaxed quarantine rules. In the same period, searches for Airbnb Stays in Batangas and Tagaytay also almost doubled month-over-month.

Beachside and nature destinations, especially locations within driving distance of Metro Manila, remain popular among Filipinos. Zambales and Batangas, both popular for their beaches and coves, along with nature-based destinations Tagaytay, Pampanga, and Baguio, are currently the top five trending destinations among Filipino guests on Airbnb. This follows key findings from a YouGov survey conducted earlier in the year, which found that Filipinos want to travel to nature retreats and places within driving distance once they can get back on the road.

sentiment as restrictions ease. With our wide variety of unique stays hosted by locals across the Philippines, Airbnb offers something for everyone through our #TravelasJuan campaign, which highlights the wonderful places, experiences and communities that make the Philippines such an incredible place to experience for both locals and visitors alike. Airbnb is committed to being a good partner to the government to rejuvenate the country’s tourism sector; and help drive travel that is more diverse, resilient, and empowering for more people and communities than ever before.”

The easing of travel restrictions has spurred Filipinos to quickly plan for upcoming trips with their family and loved ones. While Filipino guests on Airbnb are largely searching for Stays with a duration of 1-6 nights, there is a growing trend towards longer domestic getaways of one week and longer, to make up for the past year spent at home. Larger family-friendly Stays are also increasing in popularity, as Filipino guest searches for villas and bed-and-breakfasts spiked by more than 50% month-over-month.

Safety remains a priority

As Filipinos eagerly make their travel plans, Gen Zs and Millennials who make up 68% of Airbnb’s community of new Hosts who came onboard the platform in the first half of this year are looking forward to welcoming fellow Pinoys into their homes. Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb general manager for India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan shares, “Filipinos are eagerly anticipating the return of domestic travel, and search trends on Airbnb indicate a strong, positive uptick in travel

Health and safety remain a top priority for travelers as they search for upcoming travel accommodation. To that end, Airbnb introduced the Enhanced Clean protocol in June 2020, the first overarching standardized guidelines for cleaning and sanitization in the home-sharing industry. Endorsed by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the protocol helps guide Hosts across the Philippines to provide safer and cleaner accommodation for guests. Airbnb also recently announced a partnership with global provider Sherpa, an online tool that provides travelers with real-time travel information on their destinations. Travelers can access information on COVID-19 related requirements including testing, quarantining, and social distancing guidelines. This will help guests plan their trips more effectively as they continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 regulations.


November 2021

Wellness Home


The Path to Peak Performance


azer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, has launched the Champions Start from Within esports wellness program, which seeks to promote healthy and sustainable gaming habits in the highly demanding and intense competitive gaming industry. Razer is collaborating with psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other experts to provide resources in the form of videos, articles, contacts, and events. Esports athletes, both professionals and amateurs, can refer to these easily accessible resources and level up their game through physical and mental wellness. According to Newzooi, global esports revenue has increased significantly and is predicted to see year-on-year growth of +14.5%, to be valued at USD1,084 million in 2021. Enticed by the glory of fame, recognition, and ever-increasing prize amounts for tournaments across

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multiple competitive game titles, athletes often push themselves to the limits and unknowingly neglect their mental and physical wellbeing in the process. As a result, the average age of retirement for an esports athlete is around 25 years young — far younger than traditional athletes. Often, physical injuries and mental stress caused by irregular schedules and diets are cited as the main reasons for retirement. “The esports scene is dynamic and fast-paced, and that’s what makes it so exciting and engaging — but the industry hasn’t placed a lot of emphasis on physical and mental health, so many athletes are often unaware of how to care for their minds and bodies for a longer-lasting career,” said Flo Gutierrez, director of global esports at Razer. “We want to ensure that players and teams at all levels of competition are given adequate support, so we sat down with leading experts in the field and designed this program for them.”


Champions Start from Within With a focus on four key verticals — physical activity, mental health, sleep, and nutrition — Razer has brought together esports wellness experts, professional athletes, thought leaders, and leading esports teams to support this program. Together with the community, Razer has lined up multiple talks, events, and activations to educate aspiring athletes and ease them into the rigors of gaming, which will be provided in the web portal.

Resources will include:

Articles and videos providing advice and tips on how to take care of yourself physically and mentally while grinding for that next big tournament.

Panel discussions to shed light on the mental and physical demands of esports, as well as guidance and support for athletes. The panels will include

experts in esports health and wellness such as Dr. Jordan Tsai, esports physical therapist at Respawn Therapy; Crystal Mills, a former pediatric trauma surgical technologist who is currently the VP of content for leading gamer health and wellness brand Ritual Motion; Dr. Drew Schwartz, chiropractic physician for For The Wellness, as well as professional esports athletes from Team Razer, which consists of top esports

organizations from around the world.

an athlete can and should care for their health and body in this relentless pursuit for championship.”

with fatigue and burnout to proper sitting postures and exploring stress and recovery concepts. Also featured are a suite of Razer products that have been ergonomically designed to aid in maintaining solid form while reducing physical stress when gaming.

One-on-one access to Razer’s partner experts through an appointment system where gamers can set up meetings with physical therapists, doctors, and other professionals that are tailored to their individual needs.

In addition, Razer will also hold webinars and wellness workshops during gaming events to support the esports and gaming communities. Events will include: A dedicated Razer Wellness Webinar slated for November 2021, featuring experts in the esports wellness industry. Open to the public, the webinar plans to educate and bring about more awareness and support to esports players.

Ritual Motion Webinar to discuss tips and tricks for healthier gaming.

“It is commendable that Razer, a leader in esports and the gaming industry, is stepping up to help shape the future of esports and prepare and protect future esports generations,” says Liz Murphy, chief marketing officer of Ritual Motion, a leading health and wellness brand for gamers, with whom Razer has partnered for this initiative. “We are proud to be part of this commitment, to shed light on how

Champions Start from Within has gone live with articles from Ritual Motion and a series of videos from Respawn Therapy, an organization consisting of Doctors of Physical Therapy committed to improving health and wellness for gamers. Topics range from coping


For more information, please visit Champions Start from Within.

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Johnson & Johnson e-Pharmacy mak self-care essentials more accessib


elf-care is an essential ingredient to a healthy life. During the pandemic, self-care has become even more important with patients increasingly taking control of their own health. When common ailments such as sore throat, allergies, or diarrhea occur, it is useful to have over-the-counter products within reach to save on time, worry, and ultimately provide more avenues to take care of oneself. In line with its mission to make care available for all, Johnson & Johnson (Philippines), Inc. launched its e-Pharmacy on Lazada and Shopee to make essential healthcare products for sore throat, smoking cessation, and allergy more accessible to every Filipino. “We want to provide consumers with the best options for taking care of their health, in the best possible way considering the limitations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Karlo Patron, marketing head of the Self Care Franchise at Johnson & Johnson (Philippines), Inc. “Right now, it’s through e-commerce platforms, such as Lazada and Shopee, where the demand for quality medicines is also high.” He added: “Most common illnesses can be managed from home. However, they must be acted upon immediately to prevent minor symptoms from progressing to more troubling health concerns. The e-Pharmacy will offer

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a wide range of self-care products to stop common illnesses in their tracks. Special promos or discounts will be up for grabs all throughout the year to make preparing for minor ailments easier on the wallet, too.” “With the e-Pharmacy, consumers can conveniently stock up on year-round, self-care essentials with just a few clicks. At the same time, they can discover new products to include in their self-care kit or medicine cabinet to help them actively manage common illnesses when they occur.” The e-Pharmacy will be home to some of the healthcare giant’s most trusted self-care brands, including Hexetidine (Bactidol®) for sore throat, Nicotine Polacrilex (Nicorette®) to help manage smoking cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and Cetirizine HCl (Benadryl®) for management of allergy symptoms. Also available are Loperamide (ImodiumTM) for diarrhea relief, Paracetamol (Tylenol®) for pain management and fever reduction, and Tetrahydrozoline HCl (Visine®) for dry or irritated eyes.

To shop and #BeReadyMagpagaling, visit the Johnson & Johnson store on Lazada or Shopee.


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In a year when almost everyone looks the same as the next person, or is unrecognizable because of their face masks (and shields); it’s a great idea to give your Christmas gifts a personal touch. What would be more surprising than sending a Mini-Me Caricature Doll to those on your BFF list? Or how about etching the recipient’s name on the item to let them know you’ve put extra thought into the gift? SM Supermalls is full of such fun ideas, with kiosks, stalls, and free-standing

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stores ready to customize your Christmas presents. You just have to get prepped early in the game to achieve this, and not wait for the last minute. Read on to get some noteworthy suggestions and tips. And don’t think for one moment the clock isn’t ticking; we blinked, and already Christmas is just around the corner! For gift ideas to help you prepare ahead of the holiday rush, SM shares the following guide to make your loved ones feel appreciated this holiday season.


YSL Lipstick Leading up to the holidays, a row of overflowing stockings is a merry indicator of the generosity to come, building anticipation as the big day grows near. What kind of goodies will those stockings yield? Sweet treats, accessories, skincare sets or make-up? You can find all these delightful suggestions for your modern-day stocking stuffers for the women in your life, available at LOOK at SM Aura!


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Now more than ever, it’s important for us to extend help to those who need it most. Pay it forward to your favorite charities and communities who are heavily affected by the pandemic. Starting as early as now, you can find a wide variety of holiday gift baskets for as low as P350 at SM Markets. Amid the pandemic, you can still make their holiday celebration more special by giving them the gift of health with a fruit basket filled with natural immunity boosters. A Christmas food basket is enough to set the holiday mood, even during these trying times. So yes, do send a Christmas food basket and let them know that you care.

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Now, this is the best way to put your gift giving game on. Ask your loved ones and friends to sign up to where they can come up with their Christmas wish list! When you’re ready to go shopping, just check their list and SM will help you get everything done in just a snap — from wrapping your gifts to delivering them right at your recipients’ doorsteps.


It’s like being Santa and having your own elves take care of the gifts for you! Because it’s at SM, the gift options are practically endless — from accessories, gadgets, toys, books, art materials, kitchenware, home décor, appliances, and so much more! There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your loved ones happy when they receive gifts they chose so you know they’ll truly enjoy.

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There are just some individuals who are quite challenging to shop for. Maybe they have exceptional taste. Maybe they already own everything, or maybe you don’t know them that well but need to knock their socks off anyway.

Whatever the reason, SM makes shopping for them a breeze by offering memorable customized gift options that guarantees that your gift stands out. It’s the best option for bosses, clients, a close friend or colleague who probably receives so many gifts at Christmas.

You can give them a cute personalized desk accessories like a cellphone holder or clock from Papemelroti!

If your boss is the type to display photos of loved ones in their office, you might want to give them a customized crystal gift from Crystal Square 3D Printing with branches in SM City Clark and SM City North EDSA.

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Want a nice but easy-on-the-pocket gift for your couple friends? Me&U Novelties at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Clark, SM City Pampanga, and SM Seaside City Cebu; offers a wide array of personalized gift items – from couple shirts, slippers with names, and huggable pillows printed with each other’s faces!

For a bit of fun, how about sending your client his very own caricature doll from Mini-Me? Mini-Me is found at SM Megamall and SM City North EDSA.

Want to immortalize your furry friends on a pillow, shirt, bedsheet, bag, mug, or scarf? There’s Photo Fusion for you, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, and SM City Clark. They specialize in dye sublimation printing, you can customize your photo or message on anything including your masks too!


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FEDEX OPENS CLARK GATEWAY FACILITY, BOOSTS SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND RETAIL FREIGHT AMIDST ECOMMERCE GROWTH FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, boosts support for businesses and e-commerce growth with the recent launch of their gateway facility in Clark, Pampanga.

capability to sort 9,000 parcels per hour. The facility’s expansive dedicated freighthandling area spans 630sqm. The facility supports the growing e-commerce demand of bulk shipments and large items especially for the upcoming peak season shipping volumes.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the 17,000sqm facility enables faster processing with the

The new Clark gateway also features a state-of-the-art cold storage facility for varying temperature-sensitive

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shipments. One unit has storage temperature capabilities ranging from -20°C to 5°C or -4°F to 41°F, appropriate for storing vaccines, fresh produce, and raw products. Two other units have storage temperature of 5°C to 20°C or 23°F to 68°F, appropriate for keeping vegetables and dry foods such as canned goods. These units help retain the freshness of products and maximize their shelf life.

services that enhance convenience for our customers. We’ve had contactless options in place for years — enabling remote booking and tracking of packages, submission of import and export documents, and tracking temperature-sensitive shipments from your mobile phone. This infrastructure is one of the reasons FedEx is agile and is key to providing supply chain continuity regardless of global conditions,” shared John Peterson, managing director operations, FedEx Express Philippines. The facility provides convenience to customers with the launch of the Dangerous Goods One-Stop Shop. This solution offers customers an end-to-end shipping experience for dangerous goods that is fully compliant with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines. This new gateway also allows businesses to access FedEx’s extensive network and expand their market reach with 36 flights coming in and out weekly, connecting them to over 220 countries and territories. In line with our sustainability goals, the Clark gateway exclusively uses electric ground service equipment, replacing traditional units that run on fuel. “FedEx has always been at the forefront of defining what’s next for our customers. We remain focused on optimizing our air and ground network to meet evolving customer needs. Plans for the Clark Gateway have been in place since before the demand for e-commerce soared. With a finger on the pulse of global trade, we made this strategic investment to enhance connectivity and support for Philippine businesses venturing into international markets.” said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express. “In our 37 years of continuous operations in the Philippines, we’ve made sure to bring products and

“This massive facility will undoubtedly synergize with our various transport infrastructure projects to further provide the Filipino people comfort and convenience through investment, ease of mobility, and job generation. Warmest congratulations to FedEx Express for formally opening its gateway facility in this emerging smart metropolis and for taking part in our collective effort in bringing an improved quality of life for all,” said Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Transportation. The opening of the Clark gateway facility is one of many strategic investments FedEx has continued to make in the Philippines and across


Asia-Pacific to enhance service coverage and customer experience. • From July to October 2021, FedEx launched a total of six new flights, contributing to a total of 225 weekly flights in and out of APAC to the U.S. and Europe. Businesses are benefitting from improved connectivity and enhanced service reliability when importing and exporting in Europe, the U.S., and Intra-Asia. • In the same period, FedEx doubled capacity for the Philippines and other markets like Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand by replacing 757 narrow-body freighters with 767 wide-body freighters. These aircraft have a maximum gross payload capacity of nearly 60,000kg, building on the current FedEx operational strength. • In 2018, FedEx refurbished its Philippines headquarters in Makati and equipped it with the latest technologies that has helped enhance collaboration, promoted learning, offered flexible working environments, thereby improving employee mobility. • In 2017, FedEx invested in two facilities with a combined worth of USD2.15 million. The Philippine IT Center in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig is the third regional software development center for APAC solutions enhancement in the region. Meanwhile, the APAC Trade Facilitation Center in Clark performs clearance preparation work such as data management, profile matching, and other administrative tasks to support APAC markets including Japan and Singapore. • In 2016, FedEx acquired TNT, expanding its transportation and network assets around the globe. Learn more about global business insights from FedEx management across APAC here. November 2021


FOUR PH STARTUPS IN SINGTEL GROUP FUTURE MAKERS 2021 REGIONAL PROGRAMME Four Philippine start-ups will train and vie for financial grants, possible regional investments, and coaching and mentoring support, as they join the 2021 Singtel Group Future Makers Regional Programme. The biennial event helps start-ups and enterprises cultivate their social innovation initiatives and accelerate both business growth and social impact. The programme is a collaboration among Singtel Group of Mobile Operators, including Advanced Info

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Services Plc. (Thailand), Airtel (India), Optus (Australia), Singtel (Singapore), Telkomsel (Indonesia), and Globe (Philippines). The programme was established to fulfill Singtel Group’s commitment to social innovation. “Globe strongly believes in the Filipino talent and providing platforms for start-ups to learn and accelerate their growth will go a long way for these innovators. We continue to be an advocate of the start-up community because they are potential drivers of


social and economic growth,” said Yoly G. Crisanto, Globe chief sustainability officer and senior vice president of Corporate Communications. This year, Singtel Group Future Makers was participated in by 20 alumni impact start-ups from each local program to collaborate for potential regional expansion and collaboration supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 3 (Good Health and WellBeing), UN SDG No. 8 (Decent Work

and Economic Growth) and UN SDG No. 10 (Reduce Inequalities). Through the program, these social innovators can benefit from financial, technical, and marketing assistance to scale up their projects as they present their cases alongside other emerging startups in the region. Thus, Singtel Group Future Makers provides these budding start-ups with capacity-building support, such as coaching and structured workshops. This can help not only sharpen value proposition and pitching capabilities, but also knowledge and insight sharing through mentorship. Likewise, the start-ups will receive networking opportunities through the Singtel Group Future Makers alumni.

Participants will also be encouraged to explore linkages through the Singtel Group Future Makers partner network, including potential and impact investors.

subsidiary, and the country’s largest corporate venture builder. From online selling, IT careers, and e-learning, these start-ups intend to make lives brighter for their users.

The programme will end with a Shared Value Pitch Day on November 15, 2021, where the top start-up from each region will get to pitch from a cash pool of up to SGD150,000 to further their shared value collaboration proof of concept with Singtel Group partners. The pitch day will be attended by Singtel Group stakeholders, community partners and impact investors.

BentaTV is a platform that seeks to make online selling easier and more convenient for online “hustlers” in managing their business. KodeGo is a “study now, pay later” coding boot camp that can build IT careers in just 12 weeks while providing companies with top-quality talents. Lastly, EdVenture is an online learning platform that offers solutions to all the school stakeholders, such as online tutoring for kids, online consultation for parents, and online job opportunities for Filipino teachers.

“We are glad to have Globe as a longtime partner since the inception of the Singtel Group Future Makers Regional Programme in 2017. We look forward to using this platform to foster regional shared value opportunities with Globe’s nominated start-ups to generate both social impact for the communities we operate in and commercial returns for the business,” said Andrew Buay, vice president for group sustainability, Singtel and Optus. For this year’s run, the Philippines is represented by EdVenture, KodeGo, BentaTV, and Inon. Before going to the regional competition, the delegation underwent a careful selection process through the Globe Future Makers (GFM) program. GFM aims to help build an ecosystem of support for local social innovators who use technology to solve the country’s most challenging social problems. Three of the start-ups namely BentaTV, KodeGo, and EdVenture are supported by 917Ventures, Globe’s wholly-owned


iNON, on the other hand, caught Globe’s attention in 2019, for its mobile app, ISDApp, then considered to have “the most potential to improve life on Earth or in the universe.” The concept bested nearly 1,400 global entries to win one of six top spots at the annual hackathon challenge of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Since GFM’s debut in 2017, 13 different start-ups, locally and internationally, have been given a chance to build their brand and contribute to social development. These unique and pioneering start-ups focused on projects dealing with learning and education, health and well-being, climate change and displacement, and e-commerce. To find out more about Singtel Group Future Makers Regional Programme, visit:

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The rise of Philippine esports continues to thrive as Filipino gamers are offered unique avenues to pursue their hobbies as careers through various online tournaments. Converge ICT Solutions Inc. grabs the opportunity to support Filipino esports athletes by providing pure endto-end fiber technology to help the players experience seamless gaming. Due to stay-at-home orders, online gaming grew to be one of the Filipino’s pastimes, amplified by a wide array of equipment from consoles, mobiles, and PC available on e-commerce platforms. More than just the gaming experience, gamers have grown fond of designing their gaming setup not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also to amplify their gaming experience. From playing in computer shops to having their own set up at home, it shows how much the industry has grown. According to NewZoo, a source for games and esports analytics and market research, the Philippine esports industry includes 43 million active

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gamers aged 18 to 25 years old, 74% of whom play mobile gaming, and 65% on computer games. Females dominate the industry, making up 42% of the playing field; male gamers are 35%. Essential for daily activities, internet connectivity also plays a vital role in the esports industry. Having access to a fast, stable, and consistent internet connection helps gamers unleash their full potential and showcase their talent. Internet setbacks are one of the biggest challenges today for gamers hyper-focused on bringing home the bacon and establishing a name for themselves. Earlier this year, Converge launched the first-ever customizable internet plan through FiberX Time of Day, which provides users with higher bandwidth at their preferred time without doubling their monthly internet service fee. Those working a 9-to-5 shift or attending online classes can enjoy double the speed during the day with the Day Plan, while the Night Plan is designed for employees on the


night shift or the night owls online for entertainment purposes. The ever-changing habits brought upon by the pandemic have led Converge to expand its reach in the esports industry by joining Mineski Global in launching Mineski Masters, a two-month-long series of Dota 2 and PUBG Mobile online tournaments. “Despite the pandemic, the online gaming industry in the Philippines continues to gain momentum, and this gives us the opportunity to reach new heights in business and remain true to our commitment to serving the underserved customers with pure fiber solutions that will improve their gaming and online activities. We are elated to partner with Mineski to bring our vision to fruition,” said Converge chief operations officer Jesus Romero. #ExperienceBetter with the fastestgrowing fiber internet provider, Converge ICT Solutions Inc. For inquiries or more information about Converge, visit

OMRON BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS NOW OVER 300M UNITS WORLDWIDE OMRON Healthcare Co., Ltd. announced that cumulative global sales of home-use blood pressure monitors reached 300 million units in May 2021. The brand released its first electronic blood pressure monitor in 1973, and these are now available in more than 110 countries/regions across the world. Since the release of the first device, it took OMRON 36 years to achieve cumulative global sales of 100 million units in 2009. In the 2010s, people became more health-conscious while patients with lifestyle-related diseases increased dramatically worldwide. Just around then, the guidelines for home treatment of hypertension were officially established by leading medical societies, and a new behavioral pattern — monitoring blood pressure at home — became more popular. As a result, it took only seven years to sell the next 100 million units. Ever since, OMRON has expanded across global markets consistently, accommodating the increasing demand for blood pressure monitors not only in America, China, and Europe, but also in developing countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Brazil, and it took only five years for marking the 300 million-unit sales this year. “We are celebrating this remarkable milestone by strengthening our commitment to serving our customers here in the Philippines even better. We are working hard on forging more partnerships and making our products more accessible so that OMRON can help more Filipino families in maintaining good heart health from home,” said Yusuke Kato, general manager for OMRON Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd – Philippine Branch (Healthcare Division). OMRON has collaborated with the Philippine Society of Hypertension in educating Filipinos on how to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease by changing to a healthy lifestyle and monitoring blood pressure regularly at home.

An estimated 1-billion adults worldwide have hypertension, and the number of individuals with cerebrocardiovascular diseases caused by hypertension accounts for 17.5 million. In the Philippines, the latest Preyson study released in 2021 by the Philippine Heart Association showed that the country has a progressive rise of high blood pressure among Filipinos, with the prevalence of hypertension climbing to 37 percent in 2021. Cerebro-cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, and even when patients manage to survive after an event, there are still high risks for becoming bedridden or causing them to have serious side effects. Patients and their families can be impacted mentally and financially, and the level of their health-related quality of life (QOL) is jeopardized.

while responding to them swiftly with innovative solutions. Furthermore, the service business, such as developing health-management apps for smartphones and a remote patient monitoring service, will be accelerated. OMRON Healthcare will support both home health management and healthcare professionals’ patients’ treatment with its devices and services, helping to realize healthy and comfortable lives for people worldwide. To celebrate the milestone of 300 million blood pressure monitors sales, OMRON has launched a new global website. It talks about OMRON’s history and challenges along with its future vision and goal of achieving zero cerebro-cardiovascular events. You may access the website via: https://

With the mission of “helping realize healthy and comfortable lives for people around the world,” OMRON Healthcare heralded its Going for ZERO vision (achieving zero cerebrocardiovascular events) for its cardiovascular business in 2015 and has expanded the business domains focusing mainly on home blood pressure monitors. Now, taking this opportunity as a milestone for the new chapter, it will continue to identify the market demands and user needs


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SEARS Words by Jose Alvarez


rowing up, I witnessed the heyday of Sears. You could buy practically anything at Sears, making it also an ideal place to purchase Christmas presents. Clothes, electronics, furniture, appliances, and more were available at Sears, and it was almost always packed during the holiday season. Today, we do most (if not all) of our shopping online, but Sears was one of the most successful retailers in United States history. Often compared to Amazon and called the predecessor to Amazon, Sears used the mail order catalog to revolutionize the retail industry throughout the 20th century. Richard Warren Sears (1863-1914) started Sears as a mail-order watch business

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in 1886, calling it the R.W. Sears Watch Company. He then met Alvah C. Roebuck, who repaired watches. This naturally made Sears and Roebuck ideal business partners, as they could both sell watches and repair them. By 1887, they relocated to Chicago and published the first mailorder catalog offering watches, diamonds, and jewelry. Sears then sold the business for USD100,000 (USD2.9 million in 2021) and moved to Iowa. He later returned to Chicago in 1892 to sell watches again with Roebuck. By 1893, they renamed the company to Sears, Roebuck, and Co., widening product offerings. In smaller rural towns, farmers had to purchase supplies on credit and at high prices from local


general stores, which had limited stock. The prices also had to be negotiated, and the storekeeper had to judge the customer’s creditworthiness. Sears published catalogs to sell to these small companies with products at fixed prices. The Panic of 1893, which caused a recession, directly affected Sears, but the catalog continued to grow to 322 pages in 1894. By 1895, the catalog was over 500 pages and generating USD750,000 (USD23.3 million in 2021). Sears even added dolls, stoves, and groceries to the catalog by 1896. The rapid growth of Sears also caused rapid diversification of its product lines: by the early 1900s, one could also buy hardware, furniture, and anything else for the early 20th century household.

By 1906, Sears went public with a stock placement of USD40 million (USD1.2 billion in 2021). Sears was also the first major retail initial public offering (IPO) in American history, bringing the consumer sector to life in the United States. It was on the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1924 to 1999. Another highlight of the 1900s was the Sears Merchandise Building Tower on Chicago’s West Side, where the company would be located until the completion of the Sears Tower in 1973. Sears himself left the company in 1908 due to poor health, and had Julius Rosenwald take over the company. A number of acquisitions led Sears to boom during the 1910s, most notably acquiring the David Bradley Plow Company, which manufactured mowers, chainsaws, and tillers. Another recession from 1919 to 1921 hurt the company, but Rosenwald pledged USD21 million (USD300 million in 2021) to keep the company solvent, and by 1922 Sears had regained financial stability. Rosenwald saw opportunity in the rapidly urbanizing American market, and thus shifted from mail-order catalogs to retail stores. The first retail store opened in 1925. Robert E. Wood (a veteran of the Philippine-American War) was named vice-president to oversee this transformation. He placed Sears stores in the suburbs (as opposed to downtown shopping districts) which attracted lower-middle class and working-class customers. It was a store that catered to both men and women, and Sears even created the Sears Wishbook in 1933 which had toys and gifts to buy for Christmas. You could even build your own houses, as Sears had kit houses from 1908-1940. Around the same time, the Sears catalog became known as “The Consumers’ Bible”. The expansion of Sears into malls and creation of well-known American brands such as Allstate, Kenmore, and Craftsman made Sears bigger than ever. In 1974, Sears moved into the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), which became the world’s tallest building from 1974 to around 1998. In the 1980s, Sears launched its own credit card, Discover, and partnered with IBM to launch the early Internet service provider (ISP) Prodigy in 1984.

Time caught up to Sears, as it started divesting itself of many of its non-retail entities in the 1990s and 2000s. The catalog was discontinued in 1993, and some say that had Sears shifted to the Internet sooner, it would still be around today. In 2004, Kmart acquired Sears for USD11 billion. The company ceased being profitable by 2010 and had become bankrupt in 2018. The company survives


today (controversially) thanks to current CEO Eddie Lampert, although the time is still ticking on the once-massive retailer. Before you buy online, remember that Sears was once one of the biggest retailers in history, and that its catalog was the precursor to what online retailers such as Amazon have to offer today.

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