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08 ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition 10 ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED 12 ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED 13 ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED 14 Huawei Mate XS 2 15 Huawei Watch GT3 PRO 16 LEGO Star Wars Landspeeder 17 Razer Viper V2 PRO 18 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 19 Lenovo Legion 5i 20 Lenovo Legion 7i 22 MSI Prestige Series 23 MSI Modern Series 24 MSI Summit Series

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GADGETS LAB 26 ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED (M3401) 30 Nokia G21 32 Oppo A96

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COVERSTORY 36 Bike Lanes: Promoting Micro-Mobility 42 Electrifying Sustainability: The case for Evs 48 Green Public Transportation 52 The 15-Minute City: Malmö Sweden A New Place

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MOBILITY 58 The Road Toward Greener Commutes 62 New Mitsubishi Xpander 66 New Mitsubishi Strada GLS 70 Yamaha Mio Fazzio 72 Isuzu PH Welcomes New President, Teases ‘Green’ Future Ahead 74 Changan PH National Headquarters 76 Mobility For All

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Try Out the #WorldSuperSmooth Vape and Be Part of the #NoSmokeGeneration Switch to the NEW RELX Infinity Forest Allure and NEW RELX Essential Gold Spark

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hen it comes to smoking, Filipinos tend to turn to cigarettes due to one or all of these reasons: They like the taste and the experience of smoking, it can be considered a show of status, and it helps them cope with the stress from balancing home and work life. But with smoking, especially cigarettes, comes a few problems. For one, the smoke smell lingers and is hard to get rid of. It stays in the mouth, causing foul breath. It even goes on the fingers, making it hard for techie millennials to use gadgets without imparting the foul smell. Aside from the smell, there are also the potential health risks adult smokers need to consider. Lastly, there’s the harsh smoking experience. The combination of combustion and the mess that comes with it, leaves cigarette users wanting a better smoking experience, even trying better alternatives to help alleviate some of these problems. For existing vape users, on the other hand, their woes come in the form of a leaking unit and poor battery power for their device.

And now, RELX devices come in new available colors. The NEW RELX Infinity Forest Allure comes in an elegant forest green hue. It was engineered with precision and features a couple of innovations. First off, it’s a leak-resistant device with an ergonomic mouthpiece for that sleek feel. It also has a dual charging system and a smart pace vibration alert. The NEW RELX Essentials Gold Spark is a gold-toned vaping device that looks premium and sleek. It has a leak resistant body with an ergonomic mouthpiece.

With the aforementioned issues, how can Filipinos get a better alternative to cigarette smoking that provides better performance and user experience? Designed with SuperSmoothTM Technology, the NEW RELX devices were designed to give Filipinos a better alternative to cigarette smoking and vaping. According to user @ iamwendycalma, she said, “RELX really helps me prevent smoking with the variety of pods you can enjoy. You will never switch to smoking cigarettes again.” Engineered with precision for a full flavor and velvety smooth vape from start to finish, RELX guarantees no ash, no smell, no harsh hits, and better value for cigarettes. Take it from user @princessborbon who had this to say, “Flipping a switch isn’t bad. I have been using RELX for a year now and it has been a great help! I no longer need to borrow lighter from my friends and ask for some sticks ever since I switch up to RELX, getting rid of that stubborn smell of smoke was the best choice I have made.”

Try out the new #WorldSuperSmooth vape and be part of the #NoSmokeGeneration. “After a long tiring day all you want to do is to relax and release stress. Glad I have @relx. ph with me, perfect for a chill vibe with no smoke smell and no ash. Relax with #RELX now,” claims RELX user @ lifeofjameela. What are you waiting for? Make the switch to the NEW RELX Infinity Forest Allure and the NEW RELX Essentials Gold Spark.


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ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition Laptop

Starts at PHP 84,995

To make this milestone model more memorable, the Space Edition has an exclusive futuristic ZenVision smart display – a 3.5-inch OLED companion display mounted externally on the lid. This can show customizable messages, themes, and animations, allowing users to give those around them a window into their lifestyle.

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IN COMMEMORATION of the 25th anniversary of the ASUS P6300 laptop’s journey, which survived and reliably operated in the harsh environment of space during its 600day mission in the Mir Space Station, ASUS has released a special and unique space-themed Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition (UX5401ZAS). Inspired by the history of space travel, this laptop is decked with space station design elements, hints of morse code, and finished in a special Zero-G Titanium color.

Built to withstand the rigors of space travel, the Space Edition complies with the ultra-demanding US Space Systems Command Standard SMC-S-016A testing protocols to withstand extreme vibration and temperature, which is four times more than the standard Military Grade durability.

The expansive 16:10, 2.8K OLED 90Hz PANTONE Validated touchscreen delivers ultra-realistic DisplayHDR True Black 500-certified visuals, with a 100% DCI-P3 gamut and TÜV Rheinland-certified eye care.

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This out-of-this-world laptop is built to deliver a stellar performance, powered by up to 12th Generation Intel Core i7 H-series processors and Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM, a PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD, ASUS IceCool thermal technology, and WiFi 6E.


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FOR CONSUMERS who value flexibility, ASUS brings its Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401). This ultra-versatile convertible laptop is equipped with the exclusive and durable ASUS 360-degree ErgoLift Hinge, allowing the display to be flipped to any position. This dynamic form factor comes in a soothing finish made from diamond-cut aluminum alloy and weighs only 1.4kg. This 2022 iF Design Award recipient is powered by the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i5 H-series processor complemented with Intel Iris Xᵉ Graphics for that consistent performance — in laptop, stand, tent, tablet mode, or anything in between.

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Productivity and entertainment experience will never fall flat with the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. It is equipped with a 14-inch 2.8K OLED HDR 16:10 touchscreen display with a 4-sided NanoEdge design. Supplemented with incredibly slim 2.9 mm bezels on its external borders, the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED provides an 88% screen-to-body ratio. Its display also supports 2880 x 1800 resolution, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 0.2 ms response time, and is certified VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black. As if it can’t get any better, the Zenbook Flip 14 OLED also supports a 4096-pressure-level stylus and is equipped with ASUS IceCool thermal technology.

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ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED Laptop

Starts at PHP 72,995 - UX3402

PHP59,995 - UM3402 (AMD Ryzen 5)

THE BRAND NEW Zenbook 14 OLED is a powerful, elegant, and lightweight 14-inch laptop. Having undergone a makeover, this laptop introduces an entirely new and modern look to the pioneering Zenbook series with the ASUS monogram on its lid. Available with either 12th Generation Intel Core i7 P-series processor (UX3402) or AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor models (UM3402), both feature a long-lasting high-capacity 75 Wh battery that can run for up to 19 hours. Co-engineered with Intel, the Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402) will meet the requirements of an Intel Evo platform. This guarantees an exceptionally thin and light laptop experience ― including June 2022

responsiveness, real-world battery life, instant wake, and fast charge. With Intel Evo and 12th Gen Intel Core processors, the Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402) is optimized for multitasking while maintaining excellent connectivity, image quality, and sound on a multi-person video call. Designed to deliver a cinematic audiovisual experience, Zenbook 14 OLED features an expansive 16:10, 2.8K OLED NanoEdge 90Hz display and a Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos audio. The high-performance components are housed in a compact chassis that includes a full set of I/O ports and passes the demanding US militarygrade MIL-STD-810H durability tests.

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The new-generation Zenbook 14 OLED introduces two bold new designs and elegant new color options: Aqua Celadon or Ponder Blue (UX3402 only) and Jade Black (UM3402 only). Its thoughtful user-centered design features include the 180-degree lay-flat ErgoLift hinge, fingerprint sensor on the power button, ASUS NumberPad 2.0, a webcam with ASUS 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) technology, and upgraded MyASUS webcam filters and functions (UX3402 only), and the new full-size ASUS ErgoSense keyboard and ASUS ErgoSense touchpad. In short, everything a laptop needs for that portable perfection. gadgetsmagazine.com.ph


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ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED THE ZENBOOK 14X OLED (UX5401) is a stylishly compact laptop powered by up to 12th Generation Intel Core i7 H-series processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, promising a speed of up to 2.7x faster than the previous generation. It also includes the latest Intel WiFi 6E connectivity and ASUS IceCool thermal technology. Immerse in true-to-life visuals for work and play with its ultrabright 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge display with deep blacks and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. It is PANTONE Validated for industry-standard color accuracy, has a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut for ultra-vivid colors, and is TÜV-

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certified for low blue-light levels. The new 16:10 aspect ratio with its 92% screen-to-body ratio gives an expanded visual workspace, reducing the need for scrolling. The Zenbook 14X OLED’s all-new slim design achieves that maximum on-the-go productivity. Its 15.9mm thin chassis retains a full complement of I/O ports, including a USB Type-A port, two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a standard HDMI port, a microSD card slot, and an audio jack. The Zenbook 14X OLED is also built to last and passes the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810H US military standard for reliability and durability.

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Bringing ASUS OLED laptops to every Filipino, the new lineup of Zenbook laptops provides plenty of options that fit a variety of working professionals. These laptops also come pre-installed with a lifetime license of Microsoft Office apps, a free three-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, and two years Global Warranty and ASUS Platinum Protection Warranty on the first year upon purchase.


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Huawei Mate XS 2 Smartphone

composite screen to absorb all shock and buffer makes the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 ultra-reliable.

within 30-minutes, and an AntiReflective Nano Optical layer to help reduce glare.

To further enhance user quality, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is equipped with flagship features such as a 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display to deliver high-resolution content, a siliconbased anode battery for higher density and larger capacity, 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge that allows a 90% charge

And to top that all off, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 incorporates innovative interactions with multitasking capabilities and Floating Window Swipe Gestures to provide seamless control while operating the multi-window. It weighs only 255g and is only 5.4mm thick.

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HUAWEI’S BRAND-NEW flagship foldable smartphone, the Mate Xs 2 features the first 3D Fibreglass Design to achieve a fusion of aesthetic colors and textures. To achieve an ultra-flat surface that is minimalistic and natural, the phone uses the Falcon Wing Design. Through that, the movement of the hinge and screen is precisely synchronized via the fixed-length linkage control. For the phone’s screen, the use of HUAWEI’s self-developed innovative industry-first

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Huawei Watch GT3 PRO Smartwatch

Starting from PHP16,999

With a 1.43-inch AMOLED highdefinition color display, displaying 466 x 466 high-definition resolution, the watch produces clear and precise information on the screen. To ensure comfort and

durability, the Huawei Watch GT3 Pro uses a sapphire glass lens and a ceramic back case. The skin-friendly materials allow for automatic detection of any change in temperature. For accurate GPS positioning capabilities, the Huawei Watch GT3 Pro has a build-in dual-band five-system GNSS that features 5 satellite systems (GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS). Making strong breakthroughs in outdoor sports functionality, users can set the watch on 2 new sports modes: freediving mode, up to 30 meters deep, and golf mode. Users of the Huawei Watch GT3 Pro have access to over 100 workout modes

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paired with an AI Running Coach and personal running planning feature based on an individual’s physical, running history, and personal goals. They are also able to monitor their health with the Electrocardiogram (ECG) function. The Huawei Watch GT3 Pro is a certified Class ll medical device from China’s National Medical Products Administration that allows users to obtain accurately record ECG data in support of vascular health management, allowing users to actively prevent the risk of vascular diseases. Huawei Watch GT3 Pro is available on the Huawei Store, Shopee and Lazada, HUAWEI Experience Stores, and authorized retail stores. June 2022

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THE HUAWEI WATCH GT3 PRO Pro, available in Titanium (46mm) and Ceramic (43mm) editions, comes with a new interface design, premium materials, an ultra-clear large screen, and a range of watch faces to choose from. The latest Huawei’s latest flagship smartwatch makes it easy to support a healthy lifestyle, with ECG analysis and TruSeen 5.0+ data monitoring technology, allowing for accurate heart measurement and blood oxygen monitoring.


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LEGO Star Wars Landspeeder Building Set

PHP11,999

A FAITHFUL RECREATION of Luke’s battered vehicle, the new 1,890-piece LEGO® Star Wars™ Luke Skywalker™ Landspeeder™ set is a must-have for Star Wars and LEGO fans alike. X-34 Landspeeders were typical civilian transports, designed to withstand the roughest terrains. The Landspeeder was first seen in Star

Wars: A New Hope, where Luke used the vehicle extensively as part of his farm work, traveling across Tatooine’s harsh deserts. Accompanied by C-3PO, Luke used the Landspeeder to locate R2-D2, when he was discovered by Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was also the vehicle they were traveling in when Obi-Wan used a Jedi™ mind trick to get past stormtroopers guarding entry into Mos Eisley. Eventually Luke sold the Landspeeder to pay for his transport to the planet Alderaan. The LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker Landspeeder building set is 49cm long when complete and features the two-seater cockpit, the turbine engine without a cover, the iconic curved cockpit windscreen plus an exclusive C-3PO Minifigure (with 2K

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molded legs and a side print) and Luke Minifigure complete with a lightsaber. This much-anticipated set makes for the perfect piece to display and show off your love of Star Wars and LEGO building. Even the unboxing is a fun journey within itself, with the vibrant packaging showing off the intricate details of the final built set from several different perspectives. The new set forms part of the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series sets, which also include the Millennium Falcon, the A-Wing, the Republic Gunship, and the recently released AT-AT. It is available in LEGO Certified Stores (LCS) and the official online store at www.bankeebricks.ph. gadgetsmagazine.com.ph


Razer Viper V2 PRO Wireless Gaming Mouse

PHP8,990

RAZER™, THE LEADING GLOBAL LIFESTYLE BRAND for gamers, announces the Viper V2 Pro, an ultralightweight wireless competitive gaming mouse packed to the brim with their exclusive cutting-edge technologies and designed hand-in-hand with esports pros’ feedback. The Viper V2 Pro sets the new standard for the competition with next-generation switches, better battery life, and the all-new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor, resulting in a pureperformance mouse that has already achieved legendary esports status.

With a more tactile feel and an even longer click lifespan, the Viper V2 Pro features the new Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3 for absolutely zero double-clicking issues and no debounce delay. These new switches are rated for a click lifecycle of up to 90 million clicks, increasing the value proposition by over 25% from the previous generation.

Every aspect of a gaming mouse matters to the esports pro, down to the customization given to the user. The Viper V2 Pro is now rechargeable via USB-C and features a DPI control button on the bottom of the mouse, allowing for flexible sensitivity on the fly without having to dive into software. Additional grip tapes pre-cut to the Viper V2 Pro’s shape, a Razer Speedflex charging cable, and a 2.4GHz HyperSpeed USB dongle extender come in the box with the Viper V2 Pro, ensuring any gamer is set up for success no matter how they wish to game. The lightweight wireless gaming mouse that achieves hard-hitting performance is now available in both black and white colors.

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Razer’s new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor is also being revealed as part of the Viper V2 Pro and achieves a complete resolution accuracy of 99.8%. This powerful new sensor is equipped with AI functionality such as Smart

Tracking, Motion Sync and Asymmetric Cut-off for the ultimate performance at the highest levels of play. The Asymmetric Cut-off feature has been enhanced to support up to 26 granular levels of height adjustment compared to 3 in the previous version. This wider array of customization enables users to set a lift-off and landing distance that is tuned to their playstyle.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i Laptop

Starts at PHP69,995

DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE screen stuttering, slow game loads, and blistering keyboards, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i now comes in 2 variants, a 15.6-inch model and an all-new 16-inch laptop both sporting a 165Hz refresh rate.

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With the option to choose between the 12th Gen Intel Core i7 and i5 H-Series processors, the IdeaPad Gaming 3i guarantees gamers a powerful and immersive gaming experience.

The laptop’s speakers are engineered with Dolby Audio that can help you detect your opponent from a mile away. For even more bang for your buck, the IdeaPad Gaming 3i lets you choose from an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or an NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050Ti for a truly elevated experience. No matter where you’re at on your gaming journey, Lenovo Legion has something for you. All Legion and IdeaPad Gaming laptops now come with a Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021 Lifetime License for free. Legion Gaming notebooks also include Lenovo’s 3-Year Accidental June 2022

Damage Protection and 3-Year Legion Ultimate Support as a standard warranty, currently the best warranty in the market. Gamers will receive 24/7 accessibility through phone, chat, or email to Lenovo’s expert technicians to offer guidance on hardware optimization and software assistance for the latest AAA game titles. It also offers next business day onsite support and fast repairs for those tricky problems and overall technical support.

software solutions with competitive gameplay at its heart, because when every second counts, it’s the experience that matters most.

All this is part of Lenovo’s brighter vision of creating an ecosystem of smarter Lenovo Legion technology, engaging services, and connected

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Lenovo Legion 5i Laptop

Starts at PHP89,995

3060 with 140W maximum TGP for new levels of gaming excitement. The Legion 5i offers intense speed for high-performance gaming with flexible display configurations for every gamer, including an up to 15-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS 16:9 display with a super-fast 165Hz refresh rate and fullspectrum visuals with Dolby Vision with 100% sRGB color accuracy. The laptop is also equipped with an improved stealth cooling system that is thermally more efficient and quieter

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– offering a 40 percent more powerful fan with a 45% larger exhaust fan area compared to its previous generation. The Legion 5i is designed to be portable with its all-new metal chassis— both thinner and lighter than the previous generation for even more mobility. Available in Storm Grey, it comes with a choice of 4-Zone RGB or white backlighting via the new Legion Spectrum RGB Lighting solution built into the Legion TrueStrike keyboard.

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BUILT FOR PLAYERS who want an all-rounder PC to help them excel in their studies, produce high-quality work, stay connected, and have fun without sacrificing performance, the 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5i laptop with up to 12th Gen Intel Core 17-12700H processor strikes a sleek, happy medium. There’s no need to choose between one or another, as it is able to deliver optimal gaming performance while also handling multitasking, productivity, and entertainment needs beautifully. It also comes equipped with up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX


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Lenovo Legion 7i Laptop

The new Lenovo Legion 7 series laptops exceed expectations with a number of innovative firsts that adapt to and balance the multi-dimensional needs of modern gamers and professional players. Crafted with a minimalist design, long battery life, and whisper-quiet artificial intelligence (AI) tuned thermals are purpose-built for those who want performance and mobility. The Lenovo Legion 7i laptop is perfect for gamers who demand the highest performance in their game time. Underneath the laptops’ sleek covers is sheer power. It packs a serious punch with the 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HX processor. Gamers are also treated with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti

which instantly provides a different kind of incredible reality. The laptop also offers up to 165Hz smooth refresh rates, enabling fast response times, and has Tobii Horizon software, which brings a more immersive experience for gamers, as well as Tobii Aware, which uses smart sensor technology to help improve users’ security, privacy, and wellbeing. With the Legion 7i, multitasking, streaming, gaming, and content creation are made even easier with ample storage of up to 2TB SSD Gen4 and up to 32GB DDR5 of memory — all tuned for maximum performance via the Lenovo Legion A.I. Engine 2.0.

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PERFECT FOR GAMERS who wish to have thin and lightweight but portable powerhouses, the Lenovo Legion 7i sits at the apex of gaming performance. Crafted with precision, these gaming laptops showcase breathtaking visuals and feature the world’s first 16” WQHD+ Mini LED display on a gaming laptop.

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It features an all-metal exterior and is available in sleek Storm Grey.

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THE PRESTIGE SERIES design is driven by aesthetics. Both the Prestige 15 and Prestige 14 boast a thin and light chassis design for portability yet better thermals. Immerse yourself in lossless music with Hi-Res Audio combined with DTS Audio Processing, providing a higher-quality listening experience from higher bitrate encoding. Stay productive by speaking confidently and hearing others more clearly. Choose between an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ Graphics or Intel® Evo™ platform based on user performance preference. See the difference with True Pixel technology, bringing images to life with astonishing color precision. Enjoy added security with face or fingerprint sign-in to log in faster with passwordless options. With long battery life and fast charging, stay productive longer with ease of charge. A harmonious blend of features gives the Prestige its prestigious name.

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MSI Modern Series Laptops

THE MODERN SERIES is the everyday favorite for trendsetters. That’s why MSI teamed up with French illustrator, Lorraine Sorlet to tell four stories through visuals inspired by love, work, and travel. Trendy yet sophisticated describes the new facelift the Modern receives; a new chassis design to showcase the “Modern” look.

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With fashionable designs and Classic Black and Urban Silver chassis, pick a style that matches your everyday life. With all these thoughts on form, the Modern series earns its rightful spot in the Business & Productivity lineup with plenty of productive functions: a thin bezel offers a higher screen ratio, a 180° flip screen provides easy sharing, an enlarged touchpad yields better scrolling, and a full-size keyboard offers a full set of shortcuts. Tell us your story with the Modern 14 or Modern 15. June 2022


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MSI Summit Series Laptops

locking the laptop if the user is not nearby or by blurring the screen from prying eyes. Stay secure with implemented enterprise-grade securities such as webcam and port locks, discrete TPM support, fingerprint or IR webcam, and webcam status notification. However, being secure does not mean the Summit can’t be lost or misplaced. Never lose track of the laptop with integrated Tile

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finding technology. With the free Tile app, activate and locate the Summit laptops nearby or far away. Additionally, AI technology allows the Summit to automatically adjust the system resource based on the scenario. With a myriad of new features, the Summit Series will help you succeed. The new Summit series comes with superior security, impressive performance, and thoughtful product design.

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THE SUMMIT SERIES has been MSI’s top-of-the-line Business & Productivity laptop since its inception in 2019. Aside from the existing Summit E13 Flip Evo and Summit E16 Flip, the new Summit E14 Flip Evo is joining this year’s ranks to provide even more sizing options for different user needs. The Summit E16 Flip is powered by NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ Graphics to further boost its performance. The display also comes protected by Tobii Aware, automatically


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ASUS VIVOBOOK PRO 14 OLED (M3401) LAPTOP

Last month I was able to look at the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED, a 2-in-1 multi-media companion. Now ASUS has given us the chance to take a look at their Vivobook catered to budding artists and content creators, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED, a small but powerful laptop. June 2022

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DESIGN Our unit came in the Quiet Blue color, which is closer to a black than blue color. The Vivobook Pro 14 OLED has a metallic top chassis which adds to its luxurious feel. ASUS also made the Vivobook branding unique, having its own space instead of the usual engraved or sticker on top of the chassis.

The laptop also has a myriad of I/O ports. On the left are two USB Type-A ports as well as two LED indicator lights. The USB

3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, another USB Type-A port, the proprietary charging port, a fullsize HDMI 1.4 port, the 3.5mm combo audio jack, and a MicroSD reader are on the right. The speaker underneath the device is also tuned by Harman Kardon.

The whole laptop is pretty portable. It weighs a mere 1.4kg and comes in at just 19.2mm thick. You can easily place it in a backpack and forget about it until you reach your destination.

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need. Benchmarks prove it as much. For 3D Mark it got 4126 for Time Spy and 9705 for Fire Strike. PC Mark 10 has it at 6411, while Geekbench 5 scored it 1450 for its single-core performance and 5390 for multi-core performance. All pretty solid numbers for me.

Underneath the hood is where the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED impressed me the most. Our unit had a Ryzen 5800H processor paired with an NVIDIA RTX 3050 graphics. Additionally, it has 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of NVMe PCIe SSD as its internal storage. Whether you’re gonna be a power user or just a media binger, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED can handle everything you

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The hardware power ASUS added to the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is good enough to even run demanding AAA games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which had a 52 fps average.

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Opening the laptop, you’ll be greeted by the 14-inch OLED display. The screen has a 16:10 ratio helps show more than the standard 16:9 display. The display has a 2880 x 1800 (2.8K) resolution with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is also Pantone Validated and has VESA DisplayHDR 600 True Black certified. The display also boasts a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Once you power on the laptop, you’ll immediately notice how good the display really is.


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chug a little when she had a slew of Adobe applications open.

I had a blast using the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED. I had too much fun playing and working on it. Like, I said earlier, the laptop can run most AAA games without breaking a sweat. Pair that with the gorgeous OLED display, and what more can you ask for. Supposed you’re an artist who wants to do some competitive gaming on the side. In that case, the display’s 90 Hz refresh is your best friend, especially in games like Valorant, where a higher refresh rate helps a player’s performance.

Speaking of Adobe applications, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED also came with free three-month membership of Adobe Creative Cloud. It was also pretty easy to redeem. After registering their ASUS device in the MyASUS app, they’ll automatically be prompted to redeem their complimentary subscription.

Of course, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14’s OLED display was also perfect for movies and other cinematic media. I preferred watching Netflix on the laptop over my PC because of the OLED display. But the thing holding back the laptop was the speaker. I found it lackluster despite being tuned by Harman Kardon. It lacked volume for the most part, but it didn’t sound hallow nor muddy.

Gaming aside, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED was really intended for artists with its Pantone Validated OLED display. I’m no graphics artist, but luckily our artist was gracious enough to give me feedback when she worked on the laptop, lay-outing our upcoming issue. She told me that the laptop could handle most of the render work she threw at it. Its render time was smooth for Photoshop, even if she used other applications. The laptop did

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Call me old-fashioned, but the thing that impressed me the most was the laptop’s massive I/O port selection. For a modern laptop, it’s refreshing to see ASUS equip the Vivobook Pro 14 with four USB ports (3x USB-Type A port, and a Type-C). The other thing I appreciated is the proprietary charging port. While I love USB Type-C charging it really grinds my gear if it comes at the price of the limited USB port. As for my work, using the Vivobook Pro 14 was alright. The keyboard is spacious for typing. The NumPad 2.0 on the trackpad was practicable in certain scenarios, but I really didn’t find much use for it during my daily grind. As for the trackpad itself, it feels great, similar to higher-end laptops. There’s also the added security of a webcam shield. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint reader, but unfortunately, I was unable to test it out. Another thing that ASUS had done well was the laptop’s cooling. Under the hood is an ASUS IceCool Plus dual-fan cooling system. The laptop doesn’t heat up even during intensive tasks or gaming. What I and our graphic artist notice, however, is the battery life. I feel that battery power quickly drains out, especially during heavy workload. But the included 120W charges the device to 60% in under 45 minutes, and a full charge (with battery health mode) lasts over 2 hours.

WHAT'S HOT  Power and performance RTX graphics card Ryzen 9 Processor Great OLED display

WHAT'S NOT  Battery life is subpar  Speakers are lackluster

VALUE The ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED (M3401) starts at PHP 47,995. Our unit, the highest spec model, comes in at PHP 74,995. For that price, I would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a content creation laptop. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another device that offers the same power and performance the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED has for under PHP 80,000.

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BOTTOMLINE The ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is a must-have for budding content creators or for those who want a powerful device on a budget.

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NOKIA G21

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Famous for its “indestructible” 3310, Nokia is stepping it up by bringing its renowned durability to smartphones with long-lasting batteries and sturdy designs. Let’s take a closer look at the Nokia G21.

DESIGN Unpacking the Nokia G21, the smartphone already has a pre-applied screen protector which was a plus for me, it is also bundled with a USB-C cable, a charger, earphones, sim ejector pin, a silicon case, and a manual. it has a glass front and a textured finish plastic back. The test unit came in Nordic Blue. It has a 6.5” HD+ IPS display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. Notwithstanding the high refresh rate, screen brightness is still slightly dim even in max brightness and the resolution could use a little more improvement. Volume keys are on the right, as well as the lock/unlock, power, and fingerprint scanner. On the left side are the Google Assistant button and the dual-sim/ microSD card slot. The mono speaker and USB-C charging port are located on the bottom while the 3.5mm headphone jack

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is on top. In front is a single front camera and at the rear is a triple camera.

It has an 8MP selfie camera that can capture 1080p videos at 30fps, a triple rear camera consisting of a 50MP main camera and two 2MP cameras for macro and depth. It can also capture 1080p videos at 30fps.

HARDWARE The Nokia G21 is powered by Unisoc T606 and runs on Android 11. It has 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Its 5050mAh battery can last up to 3 days with a single charge from its 18W charger.

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When I took the unit out of the box, my first impression of the simple design was that it was a bit chunky and sturdily built. As for its durability, one might ask if I tried a drop test to see if it’s shockproof. I didn’t do it on purpose, but I may have accidentally dropped it a few times, and to no surprise, it didn’t get any dents or scratches. Testing its display, performance, and camera quality was a bit challenging. The Nokia G21 uses an IPS panel, but an AMOLED display could’ve been the better option. Its smooth 90Hz refresh rate compensates for a screen that is slightly dim and a display with muted colors. Performance on the usual daily tasks is all right, but gaming could be a bit of a stretch. Fast-paced games work but might take too long to load and I experienced some lagging. With just a mono speaker, audio quality is not up to par, and I recommend you plug in earphones when gaming and other entertainment. The Nokia G21 has a single front camera and a triple rear camera with

There are two things that I like best about this smartphone. First, it offers two years’ worth of security and OS updates and is Android 12 ready. Second is its battery life, thanks to a massive 5050mAh battery that could last up to 3 days. I’d spend almost 6 to 7 hours on gaming, social media, and streaming platforms per day, and I’d still have 40% to 50% charge remaining at the end of the day.

VALUE The Nokia G21 is priced at PHP 9,990, a reasonable price point for a budget smartphone. It has its pros and some cons, but I’d recommend this to people whose screentime is pretty lengthy.

WHAT'S HOT  Long-lasting battery life for up to 3 days Durable 2 years’ worth of security and OS updates Less bloatware

WHAT'S NOT  Sub-par camera Color display looks washed-out Mono speaker System performance can be improved

BOTTOMLINE The Nokia G21 is a good phone if you’re on a budget. Its battery is by far the best among comparable smartphones.

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I’ve heard a lot about the Nokia G21 and was excited to test it out myself. No smartphone is perfect and just like every other device, it has its strengths and areas for improvement.

AI Imaging. It is able to capture clear and detailed photos and produce good colors, but I do believe that Nokia can still improve on its camera department. Apart from the usual night mode, the camera also features timelapse videos, macro, and panoramic shots.

CHIPSET: Unisoc T606 OS: Android 11 STORAGE: 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage DISPLAY: IPS LCD 90Hz DIMENSIONS: 164.6mm x 75.9mm x 8.5mm FRONT/BACK: Glass front/plastic back BATTERY: 5050mAh, USB-C 18W charger CAMERA: Triple (Main) 50MP, 2MP macro, 2MP depth / Front 8MP FINGERPRINT: Side-mounted COLORS: Nordic Blue, Dusk PACKAGE INCLUDES: USB-C cable, 18W, sim ejector pin, protective case, quick start guide, earphones, pre-applied screen protector


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OPPO A96 SMARTPHONE

Functionality and style are important factors for consumers when buying a smartphone. Functions provide convenience for work and lifestyle, while style matches your aesthetic. The Oppo A96 delivers the wants and needs of consumers.

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DESIGN Unboxing the Oppo A96, it included a manual attached with a warranty card, the usual silicon clear case, a sim card ejector pin, a SUPERVOOC adapter, a USB-C cable, but no earphones. The demo unit we received came in gorgeous Pearl Pink, with a holographic effect that changes between pink and light blue hues when you turn the phone sideways. The Oppo A96 has a Colour-Rich PunchHole Display and an adaptive 90Hz refresh rate. The screen can be switched to light or dark mode, with temperature adjustment that best suits your eyes.

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The fingerprint scanner, power, and lock/ unlock button are located on the right side of the smartphone. The volume keys and sim card tray can be found on its left side. Its earphone jack, charging port, and speakers are on the bottom, while the receiver is on the top-front. In front is a single front camera and at the back is a dual camera.

HARDWARE The Oppo A96 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 Octa-core processor and runs on Android 11. It has an 8GB expandable RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The battery is a whopping 5000mAh that can last up to 16 hours, and comes with a USB-C 33W SuperVOOC charger that can charge your phone from 20% to 100% in just an hour. Featuring slight upgrades with its camera, the Oppo A96 now has a 16MP selfie camera, and a dual camera with a 50MP main camera and a 2MP bokeh camera at the rear.

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OPPO A96

USER EXPERIENCE I had a great first impression of the Oppo A9. Removing the plastic film wrapped around it revealed this gorgeous pink smartphone, that I immediately loved. But as always, I had to test the unit’s camera quality and features, its performance in gaming and regular daily use, and its new tech features. I tested out the camera quality indoors and outdoors, with satisfactory results for both photos and videos. Selfies were automatically enhanced with the AI Natural Retouching feature, but could sometimes get a bit pixelated in darker lighting. The outdoor pictures and videos, on the other hand, were surprisingly good, all in high resolution, crisp, sharp, and detailed. I have to say that Oppo did an

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impressive job in improving the camera department. There are other features that you can use to level up your mobile photography game such as 360° Light Fill and Neon Portrait. Compared to its predecessors, the Oppo A96 has an IPS display, ditching the usual AMOLED display. To compensate, they gave the A96 a high refresh rate of 90Hz and a Full HD+ resolution. The refresh rate worked wonders for me, as multitasking or even switching between apps was seamless. As with every demo unit I review, I always play my three favorite mobile games — Call of Duty Mobile, Genshin Impact, and League of Legends: Wild Rift. The A96’s performance was excellent even with a subpar internet connection. Gaming was such a good experience. Since SFX is important when playing, audio quality

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is also an important consideration, and let me tell you that the Oppo A96 delivered remarkable audio even without earphones plugged in. When it comes to the software, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor designed for high efficiency, and it didn’t disappoint. However, although ColorOS 12 and Android 12 are already available, for some reason the A96 still runs on Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1.

VALUE Priced at PHP15,999.00, the Oppo A96 is worth your money. Even with some minor downgrades, this smartphone has a lot to offer — from the upgraded camera quality to its impeccable performance.

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SPECIFICATIONS Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 Os: ColorOS 11.1, Android 11 Storage: 8GB RAM, 256 internal storage Display: IPS LCD 90Hz, Full HD+ Dimensions: 164.4mm x 75.7mm x 8.4mm Front/Back: Glass front/plastic back Battery: 5000mAh, USB-C 33W SuperVOOC fast charger Camera: Dual (Main) 50MP, 2MP / Front 16MP Fingerprint: Side-mounted Colors: Pearl Pink, Starry Black Package Includes: USB-C cable, 33W SuperVOOC charger, sim ejector pin, protective case, quick start guide, warranty card

 Improved camera quality Seamless and faster performance Adaptive 60Hz/90Hz refresh rate, up to 5 levels Fuller and crisper sound

WHAT'S NOT  Switched from AMOLED to IPS panels (IPS LCD)  Bloatware or pre-installed unnecessary applications

BOTTOMLINE The Oppo A96 is a competitive mid-range smartphone. It’s great for content creation, mobile photography, and gaming.

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Promoting Micro-Mobility Words by Arnel Doria

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nstable oil prices, alarming levels of greenhouse gases in the metro, and the threat of climate change have forced the world to look closely at the modes of transportation, especially those with high levels of emission gases. In the Philippines, the largest contributors to greenhouse gases are private and public vehicles. This is compounded by the heavy traffic congestion in Metro Manila, resulting in the release of tons of carbon dioxide/monoxide and other exhaust gases daily from standstill traffic.

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While the Covid-19 pandemic impacted heavily on the movement of people and their livelihoods, it became a catalyst for us to examine our mobility. In Covid-19’s early months when the total lockdown imposed in the country reduced the number of vehicles on the road to almost none, it was a pleasant surprise to breathe cleaner air in the metropolis. The daily morning smog over Metro Manila slowly cleared, making the area visible again from Antipolo.

(MMDA), responded by considering the long-time clamor for bicycle lanes to protect cyclists from motorized vehicles. On 27 July 2021, the Metro Manila Bike Lane Network was formally inaugurated. The country’s longest bike lane network cut through the 12 cities of Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Taguig. It has an overall length of 313-kilometers of bike lanes ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 meters in width.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, I had heard various groups advocate for the use of bicycles and electric scooters to reduce not only the volume of vehicle traffic but also pollution from harmful exhaust gases. But efforts to move the advocacy forward seemed to move very slowly, especially when the concerned agencies were preoccupied with problems involving motorized vehicles. Not so many people were concerned about responding to the call of the environmentalists.

To integrate bicycle lanes into future roads and highways, the DPWH released in September 2020 a department order prescribing the design of bike lanes along national roads. The agency wanted to make roads safe not just for motorists but for cyclists as well.

The limitations in mobility due to travel restrictions during the pandemic highlighted the need for a personal mode of traveling from home to work. Health workers who were required to man and operate medical facilities had to walk many miles to fulfill their duty. Workers running the food supply chain arrived at their workplace already exhausted from walking tens of kilometers from home.

The Metro Cebu Bike Lane Network was also opened in 2021, with 129-kilometers of protected lanes cutting through the

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cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Talisay. It features white and green pavement markings, signages, bollards, bike symbols, and concrete delineators to keep bike riders safe. The network also has solar studs, and bike racks for the convenience of bikers.

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But not for long. They began to rediscover the bicycle and kick scooter as viable modes of mobility, in the absence of a working public transport system. In a matter of days, thousands of cyclists began to fill the empty roads of the metropolis. The government agencies, namely the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Metro Manila Development Authority

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Figure 3. Projected CO2 Emissions in the Philippines from 2005 to 2035 (in Million Tons)

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“With the increasing fuel prices, the new protected bike lanes will not just provide the cyclists with safe, available, shared road space but also encourage the public to adopt micro-mobility alternatives.”

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With the opening, too, in the same year, of the 55km Metro Davao Bike Lane Network, a total of 497-kilometers of bike lane networks in metropolitan areas nationwide were opened up, encouraging more people to use bicycles and other eco-friendly personal mobility devices. According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor, the bike lanes maximize road space use as these can accommodate 1,250 cyclists per hour for every meter of road space. Former DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the bike lanes are of great help to workers and commuters in Metro Manila who have taken to active transport in going to their workplaces and other destinations amid the pandemic. “Born out of the resourcefulness and dedication of workers despite the pandemic, active transportation such as cycling became the obvious solution,” he said. Less than a year later, the South and East Metro Manila Bike Lane Networks were opened with additional improved bike lanes in the cities of Marikina, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, and Las Piñas. Similar to earlier bike lanes, these Metro Manila Bike Lanes used concrete delineators, flexible rubber bollards bolted to the ground, white and green pavement markings made up of thermoplastic paint, bike symbols and signages, solarpowered road studs, and bike racks. The East or Marikina Bike Lane Network has an overall length of 17.20-kilometers, covering the 8.72km General Ordoñez Avenue, the 1.90km Liwasang Kalayaan, the 3.92km J. Molina, Scarlet, and Russet Streets, and the 2.64km Park Creek, from St. Vincent Hospital to Marikina Rehabilitation Center. On the other hand, the 48.90km South Manila Bike Lane Network covers the 16.87km Quirino Avenue to San Antonio Avenue via NAIA Road, Ninoy

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Aquino Road and Parañaque-Sucat Road in Parañaque, the 21.83km Carlos P. Garcia Ext. to Bridgeway Avenue/ North Bridgeway via Diego Cera Avenue and Alabang-Zapote Road in Muntinlupa, and the 10.20km Investment Drive to Portofino Heights via Daang Hari Road in Las Piñas.

While travel restrictions are easing up under the new normal and public transportation is becoming available, the number of people using the bicycle lanes continues to grow. With an expanding base of bicycle users, the bicycle market is booming with prices more affordable for daily wage earners.

The completed project, connected to the existing 313-km Metro Manila Bike Lane Network, is part of the DPWH-DOTr’s strong commitment to promoting active and environmentally sustainable transportation in the country.

The planned imposition of new taxes on motorcycles and the endless fuel price increases will push more people to shift to bicycles and other active transport devices. This will be good for our environment as fewer exhaust gases will be released into the atmosphere.

With the increasing fuel prices, the new protected bike lanes will not just provide the cyclists with safe, available, shared road space but also encourage the public to adopt micro-mobility alternatives. This means that the concerned agencies must not stop laying more bike road networks all over the major cities. The present 650+ kilometers of bike lanes is too little if we expect millions of cyclists on the road. “Because of this bike lane, it’s a gamechanger. It will change everything — the mindset of everything. This is really a great project,” said then MMDA Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Jr.

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A typical passenger car emits 4.6 tons of carbon dioxide per year (www.epa. gov). Public utility vehicles like the jeepney release more carbon dioxide because they run longer hours per day. As more and more citizens move towards sustainable transportation like bicycles and electric scooters, fewer high-polluting jeepneys and buses will ply the roads. As responsible citizens, this is our humble way of contributing to the preservation of the environment, while keeping our bodies healthy and fit.

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“While travel restrictions are easing up under the new normal and public transportation is becoming available, the number of people using the bicycle lanes continues to grow. With an expanding base of bicycle users, the bicycle market is booming with prices more affordable for daily wage earners.”

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ELECTRIFYING SUSTAINABILITY THE CASE FOR EVS Words by Gabriel Pe

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lectric Vehicles (EVs) have recently become a topic in people’s conversations. The rising gas prices have made many, including Filipino motorists, drool over EVs and how much they’ll save by not gassing up. Apart from gasoline savings, EVs have risen in popularity over the last couple of years as more and more nations commit to a greener future. As EVs produce no emissions, many nations have given EV owners more incentives to choose a greener commute over the traditional combustion engine.

THE GREAT GREEN DEBATE With the global impact of climate change, EVs are seen as a greener alternative to combustion engines. The EVs’ lack of carbon emission is the main argument for their adoption to fight climate change. But there is also a question of how green an EV is. Most EVs in the market utilize lithiumion batteries which, by themselves, utilize a significant amount of energy to produce. According to studies, the production of lithium-ion batteries alone constitutes a large part of an EV’s total production carbon footprint, producing

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emissions as high as 73kg CO2equivalent per kWh. There’s also the use of cobalt, nickel, manganese, and other rare earth elements the very mining of which significantly damages the earth. There’s also the issue of charging the car. A vast majority of the world still relies on fossil fuels and coal to power its electricity grid. This is by far a larger contributor to climate change than a single combustion engine, right? However, if you are fortunate to be in a country that is shifting to renewable energy, then EVs could be much greener compared to countries solely reliant on traditional energy sources. As for the battery issue, technological advancements in battery recycling present viable solutions for EV batteries living out their automotive lifespans. These “dead” batteries can be resurrected and repurposed to power other devices, or as storage for solar or wind generators.

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Cover story GOING FOR A GREENER RIDE The case of adopting EVs as an environmental solution has been bolstered in many countries. Great Britain and France give motorists cash incentives when they purchase a purely electric vehicle, while Norway, the US, and our neighbor Singapore give tax cuts to EV owners. These incentives have allowed EV prices to be competitive with their petrol rivals, giving motorists the option to go green without losing too many dollar greens. Incentives are one way to encourage motorists to shift to electric, but other nations are pushing it one step further.

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There are now dozens of countries promising to shift to net-zero, or go carbon neutral. One of the drastic means these countries are adopting to achieve net-zero is by slowly phasing out internal combustion engines. As early as 2030, countries like Denmark and the Netherlands will totally ban internal combustion vehicles. HOW THE PHILIPPINES IS JOINING THE ELECTRIC REVOLUTION While the rest of the world enjoys EVs, the Philippines has a bit of catching up to do. Car manufacturers like Nissan, Volvo, Audi, and Hyundai have only recently introduced EV models to the local market. There’s also

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a glaring lack of infrastructure catering to EVs, especially roadside charging stations. All that will change with the recent passage of RA 11697 or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act, the country’s first EV law, which aims to lay the foundation and infrastructure for EVs in the Philippines. The law offers incentives for owning an EV, like lower tariffs during importation, priority for LTO registration, and exemption from the coding scheme. As for fiscal incentives, although the law includes the lifting of tariffs for EVs, Plug-in Hybrid EVs, and HEVs, these models will still be subject to excise tax under the

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“The law offers incentives for owning an EV, like lower tariffs during importation, priority for LTO registration, and exemption from the coding scheme. As for fiscal incentives, although the law includes the lifting of tariffs for EVs, Plug-in Hybrid EVs, and HEVs, these models will still be subject to excise tax under the TRAIN Law.”

TRAIN Law. Whether or not an EV can compete with the pricing of the traditional petrol car is still unsure. Despite the uncertainty of prices, the law is a start. In fact, certain provisions actually mandate the use of EVs in government fleets, as well as the construction of EV-dedicated parking with chargers in certain establishments. This small infrastructure and logistical accommodation is a great start for the country that is behind in EV infrastructure. RATHER THAN DRIVING, HOW ABOUT RIDING On another note, sustainable commuting does not have to be on a

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four-wheeler. There’s also a good case for why we should look at electric personal mobility vehicles to ferry us to our destinations. Apart from EVs, electric motorcycles have also become a topic of interest. China and Europe have already embraced the arrival of these electrified motorcycles, while Southeast Asian nations are slowly opening their roads to them. There are also personal mobility devices like electric bikes and electric scooters. These gained popularity during the pandemic, with many blue-collar workers opting to ride a bike to work following the government order to suspend public transport.

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TAKING BACK SOME MUCHNEEDED ROAD SPACE As the train and bus system is limited to the main thoroughfares, the lack of Jeepneys and tricycles during the height of the pandemic induced many of our countrymen to go for alternative transportation. AS mentioned earlier, many opted for a bike, mainly due to its affordability. The increase in the riding population brought to light many concerns. Many of our roads are not suitable for bikes and other personal transportation. In fact, prior to 2020, EDSA, the country’s main highway, didn’t have infrastructure on the entire length for the riding public. Thankfully, government agencies are now taking action. The pandemic saw the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) marking out a dedicated biking lane on EDSA. Metro Manila constituent cities followed suit by also establishing bike routes and lanes through their territories. Additionally, the Senate and Congress both have pending bills establishing pathways for personal mobility vehicles like bicycles, and mandating infrastructure to cater to the riding public. Once the law is signed, bikes will have their own road space. E-scooters and E-bikes may also use the dedicated bike lane, with guidelines from the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Even now, they are allowed to use the dedicated bike lanes throughout the metro.

WHY GO LESS TO GAIN MORE A major reason why the bicycles and other electric personal mobility vehicles should be in the conversation is their role in helping decongest the country’s highways. Their emissions are considerably lower as well since you’re charging a smaller battery. Ebikes, the literal electronic bikes, are also good for your health. They’re a form of exercise by themselves with riders still needing to pedal some of the way. But even if we instantly shift to electric right now, it won’t be an instant solution to our environmental and commuting crisis. There is still a need for a more efficient mass transit system that caters to all classes. As people slowly regain the normalcy of pre-pandemic times, the cracks in the lack of efficient mass transport are slowly beginning to show once again with commuters and motorists battling in the little space we have.

“Ebikes, the literal electronic bikes, are also good for your health. They’re a form of exercise by themselves with riders still needing to pedal some of the way.”

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GREEN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Words by Franceska Aguila

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public transport the first choice to move around with a mandatory Give Way to Buses scheme, especially on busy roads. At the same time, more metro rails and stations are being built for accessibility and convenience. In contrast, private cars seem to have priority here in the Philippines. While we understand the convenience of driving your own vehicle to work, school, or wherever, we tend to overlook the advantages of public transport. And yes, we understand the hassle of taking public transportation here. However, with green urban planning, proper support, funding, and prioritization from the Philippine government, we can achieve a system like Singapore’s.

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ingapore’s public transport is the epitome of transit – with its affordability, convenience, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, it is considered among the best in the world. I checked out the Singapore Ministry of Transport policies and regulations, as well as fares and payment structures. I also delved into Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, an extensive plan to achieve sustainable living, development, greener cities, and a greener economy. It includes prioritizing public transport and minimizing private cars on the road to reduce carbon emissions in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Interestingly, the system makes

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Personally, I think it would be in the public’s best interest for government to focus on making mass transportation more convenient and effective. First, vehicle coding schemes barely work. The same goes for truck bans. Roads remain congested, and public utility vehicles get the blame. For clarification, a report by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) indicates that private vehicles take up 87% of the road and trucks/trailers 3%. Public utility vehicles account for only 10%. Second, our MRT and LRT trains are outdated and lacking. The train system

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cannot accommodate the volume of commuters, especially during rush hours. Third, buses suddenly have curfews, and not all provincial buses have access to the city. Lastly, we have unsatisfactory road networks due to poor urban planning, the absence of an environmental and sustainable agenda, and allegations of corruption. In my years of commuting, there have been countless road and highway expansions amounting to billions, but it hasn’t fixed commuter woes. In my opinion, they should focus more on car regulation, building greener

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spaces, and applying green urbanism in the city. If it worked for Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, and others, then it could work for our country too. While it is now simply more comfortable and convenient to rent a condominium or an apartment near work, we should explore other options for moving around. Cycling and walking Aside from its health benefits, cycling is a good way to travel to work especially when you’re just 30 minutes to an hour away from work or school, and walking

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breaking down in the middle of transit and their rush hour madness. Despite these issues, trains are still among the best ways to travel from city to city. It’s environmentally friendly, the fare is cheap, there’s no traffic, and it gets you to where you need to be in a jiffy.

“Transportation is probably the most significant contributor to greenhouse gases with 27% of emissions. Electricity comes in second with 25%. We take public transportation for granted, and we don’t realize how much it impacts the environment.”

if you’re 15 to 20 minutes away. It reduces your carbon emissions, saves you money and time, and you won’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic. Carpooling Just like cycling and walking, carpooling can save you money. And yes, it’s still a private car but it’s more sustainable for multiple people to be in one car rather than going in individual cars, increasing carbon emissions. A slight disadvantage, though, is that you’ll still get stuck in traffic. Taking the train The infamous LRT and the MRT have a reputation for their train cars

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Buses A regular city or provincial bus can hold up to 56 passengers. Luckily for city buses, the Department of Transportation implemented the EDSA Carousel with its own special lane, and accommodating multiple bus routes. Taking the bus is one of the cheapest ways to commute, and offers sustainable benefits of mass transport. The move towards EV buses, now being implemented in certain areas, could be a game-changer. Transportation is probably the most significant contributor to greenhouse gases with 27% of emissions. Electricity comes in second with 25%. We take public transportation for granted, and we don’t realize how much it impacts the environment. When we opt for a sustainable trip, we are making a difference in our lifestyle and contributing to a more livable environment with lesser air and noise pollution, reduced damage to the ozone layer, conservation of our natural habitats.

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THE 15-MINUTE CITY MALMÖ, SWEDEN Words and Photos by Chris Noel Hidalgo

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was fortunate enough to visit the City of Malmö in Sweden this past May as an attendee at the 2021-2022 ICLEI World Congress. An event gathering local and regional governments worldwide to tackle local sustainable development issues, the World Congress also spotlights the vital environmental initiatives of the host city. For Malmö, one of the sectors it is focusing on is its transport network. Specifically, the city has made it a point to design streets that are accessible and equitable to pedestrians and bikers looking to go from A to B.

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Experiencing the city for over a week, here are some of the things that were e to someone like me who’s used to the commuting perils of Metro Manila. City Streets Made for Pedestrians and Cyclists Malmö fits nicely into the concept of a 15-minute city. This urban planning concept essentially means that everything you might need is accessible with just a 15-minute walk or bike ride. Housing, work, groceries—all of these and more should be just a stone’s throw away from one another. Playing a major role in Malmö’s active transport initiatives are its dedicated pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. The former involves cobbled and paved sidewalks, which are very wide. These are complemented by clearly marked pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian signal lights at busy crossings. These

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signal lights also have capacitive push buttons and audible ticking timers, making them very friendly for people with disabilities. The most surprising part was that vehicles don’t race you at a crosswalk; they always slow down and stop a good distance from crosswalks if they see you. For cycling, the city boasts a robust network of over 530km of protected and unprotected bike lanes and over 140 bicycle crossings [hyperlink: https:// talkofthecities.iclei.org/5-reasons-toembrace-the-bicycle-as-malmo-pedalsforward-a-leading-cycling-city/]. Service stations, air pumps, racks, and bike rentals are also aplenty around the city, with three dedicated bicycle garages capable of housing 6,000 bikes serving those who bike to catch their trains at the city’s three main stations. Cyclists can also bring their bikes— whether folding or not—aboard the trains if they so choose. As proof of

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its bike-friendly urban development, Malmö has actually set a goal of having as many bikes as cars on the road by 2030 [https://talkofthecities.iclei.org/ cars-are-out-bikes-are-in-sustainablemobility-is-making-waves-in-malmo/]. To further promote its active transport network, the city has many streets exclusively for walkers and bikers only.

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“As proof of its bike-friendly urban development, Malmö has actually set a goal of having as many bikes as cars on the road by 2030.”

Dedicated bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks are very wide in Malmö, reducing the risk of accidents.

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“Head outside the Central Station, and you’ll be greeted by a long bus stop serving eight in-city bus lines. The bus stops are long because some of the buses in the city are also three-cars in length, akin to a train.”

The Malmö Central Station is a hub for bus riders, pedestrians, and bikers making their way across and out of the city.

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Public Transport for Journeys Within and Outside the City Getting to Malmö from the Copenhagen, Denmark Airport (the closest international airport to the city) is quickly done via a high-speed train which provides a gorgeous view of the Öresund Strait for the first half of the journey before burrowing underneath the sea into a tunnel for the second half, and then emerging into the City of Malmö. Besides serving flying passengers, the train also facilitates in-city travel between the outskirt area of Hyllie, the downtown area of Triangeln, and the harbor area of Malmö Central. Trains are long, wide, and spacious enough to comfortably fit many passengers and cargo (and even bicycles) simultaneously. They stick to a predictable and regular schedule, ensuring those heading to their appointments are on time. Head outside the Central Station, and you’ll be greeted by a long bus stop

serving eight in-city bus lines. The bus stops are long because some of the buses in the city are also three-cars in length, akin to a train. These snakes feature wide doors, low floors, and wide corridors to make them friendly to commuters carrying luggage, strollers, and grocery carts. Like the trains, the buses arrive and depart at key stations based on a predictable schedule. Can It Work In the Philippines? Of course, it can be argued that due to its cold climate, Malmö is automatically friendlier to commuters; that biking or walking to work in Metro Manila is a sweaty and arduous engagement. But there are studies that show that temperature is not a significant factor in active transport [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ full/10.1080/25741292.2019.16658 57]. Rather, safety (against vehicles and hazardous road conditions), spacious and dedicated lanes (not mixing pedestrians and bikers), and

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convenience (availability of parking racks, repair stations, long continuous bike lanes, showers, and changing rooms) are also critical factors in people choosing to walk or to cycle. Implementing such a robust transportation network in a Philippine city definitely won’t be a 15-minute affair. Infrastructure, policy, economic, cultural, and social factors all come into play. How can we encourage cars, buses, bikers, and pedestrians to respectfully share the roads with one another? Where can you put dedicated infrastructure if the concrete jungle is already set in stone? How do you ensure that drivers and small businesses affected by the major shift in transportation are not left behind? How do you handle the chaos and confusion of this transition? Hopefully, in this lifetime, we’ll be able to see more cities in the country making significant strides towards being truly bike- and pedestriancentric.

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he automotive industry is no longer the same as it was a few years ago. Along with its traditional role in manufacturing vehicles, it has now also taken the responsibility of practicing more sustainable methods for its operations. As greenhouse gases continue to rise in recent years, the industry has been putting more effort into reducing its impact on the environment. From coming up with eco-friendlier vehicles to developing alternative on-demand transport solutions to improving manufacturing processes so that they produce less carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, automakers are innovating toward a more livable tomorrow.

The Road Toward Greener Commutes How Hybrid Electric Vehicles are paving the way for sustainable mobility Making sense of Toyota’s hybrid push in line with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 Words by Allana Rufo

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Toyota, which contributes to global mobility with about 10 million cars annually, continuously promotes a wide range of initiatives to address the serious environmental issues that affect the world today. When Toyota launched the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 or TEC2050 globally in October 2015, the company specified two pillars to the goal: going beyond zero environmental impact and achieving a net positive impact in the communities that it serves. Whereas going beyond zero environmental impact means taking on the challenge to reduce the environmental burden attributed to car manufacturing to as close to zero as possible, achieving a net positive impact means that the impact on the environment should outweigh the actions taken to reduce such impacts.

around the world to reduce the CO2 emissions of its processes, Toyota in different regions is contributing to this goal in varying degrees, in accordance with the local factors that enable them. As an automaker, Toyota promotes its HEV technology as one of the ways it is working toward zero environmental impact while still being able to provide for the mobility needs of its customers. When it comes to HEV adoption, the readiness to adopt alternative vehicle solutions, which includes sufficient education about electric vehicles or EVs; and government support, such as incentives and infrastructure that would make it more worthwhile to own one, affect the speed and degree by which

regions are able to contribute to the accomplishment of TEC2050. Locally, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched its first HEV, the Prius, in 2009 as a greener alternative to its lineup of traditional combustion engine vehicles. However, while it was received well as a concept, it seemed the local market was not ready to adopt the relatively new technology. However, TMP would not stop there, and in the succeeding years, it would double its efforts to educate more people about HEV technology. In 2019, it held the Toyota Hybrid Technology Conference and went on a series of Hybrid Campus Tours to raise awareness and open discussion about the benefits of HEVs for the Philippine society.

The production of Hybrid Electric Vehicles or HEVs falls under the TEC2050’s first pillar as it aims to reduce the global average of CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 90 percent compared to Toyota’s 2010 levels. While it is the collective goal of Toyota affiliates June 2022

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are applied, an electronically controlled brake system uses kinetic energy to charge the electric motor’s battery. A common misconception about HEVs is that it has to be plugged in. However, because of this system, HEVs actually have a selfcharging electric motor, which doesn’t need an external power source. With the current environment setting of the Philippines, HEVs are the most practical option as the country anticipates the adoption of fully electric vehicles. The hybrid in its name refers to how the vehicle combines two sources of energy propulsion. TMP, in particular, carries a lineup of HEVs that harness the power of a conventional gas engine and an electric motor. At low and mid-range speeds, and at full stop, the vehicle makes use of the electric motor, minimizing fuel consumption. At normal speeds, the computer-controlled engine system adapts according to the requirements of the driver, switching between the gas engine, electric motor, and a combination of both as needed. During rapid acceleration, the engine adds power to the electric motor and simultaneously charges the HEV battery. Finally, when brakes

TMP continues to push for wider adoption of HEVs in the country by offering the HEV technology with the more competitively priced mainstream Toyota models Filipinos are already familiar with, eliminating in a way the hesitance attributed to a new design and name. In 2019, the company introduced the Corolla Altis Hybrid; in 2020, the Corolla Cross Hybrid; in 2021, the Camry Hybrid; and in 2022, the RAV4 Hybrid. Today, TMP has the most expansive HEV product lineup with five Toyota models and five Lexus models. And while Toyota has also been developing a lineup of battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) globally, HEVs are the current practical solution in a market

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like the Philippines where infrastructure for fully electric vehicles is yet to be developed. The Corolla Altis Hybrid has an average fuel consumption of 22.7 km/L, while its gas counterpart delivers 15.4 km/L. [1] The more fuel consumed, the more CO2 is being emitted. An HEV, therefore, is not only more fuel-efficient but more eco-friendly as well. Globally, Toyota has reduced CO2 emissions by 139 million tons with its HEVs[2], and with the growing support for HEVs in the Philippines and similar markets, it may see this number rise exponentially in the coming years. The road toward greener commutes is a long one, but not an impossible one. And while automakers, including Toyota, are endeavoring to roll out fully electric vehicles as an answer to the problem of rising greenhouse gases, HEVs, as well as BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs, are playing a significant role in paving the way toward a wider acceptance of EVs as they enlighten communities about their environmental benefits and serve as the readily available solution. June 2022


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NEW MITSUBISHI XPANDER Now at all dealerships nationwide

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itsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has formally unveiled the much-anticipated New Xpander. This latest iteration of the brand’s best-selling model redefines the MPV segment sporting a more advanced and progressive look while combining luxury and comfort akin to larger SUVs.

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“We are excited for Filipinos to finally be able to see in metal the New Xpander. Mitsubishi Motors wanted to further evolve the Xpander and assert its number 1 position in the market. We have enhanced its unique selling propositions while upholding the traits that have made it the MPV that it is today. Expect a reimagined ride that will tap into your adventurous spirit and re-excite you to hit the road and go outdoors,” said MMPC president and CEO Takeshi Hara.

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Developed to exude more “active” and “tough” characteristics. Starting with the exterior, the front embraces a more horizontal structure with the addition of 3-dimensional skid guards. Evident are the new black metallic radiator grille and the now signature T-shape headlight with a restyled LED daytime running lights (DRL) and turn signal.

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The back also shows off an upgraded appearance with the adoption of a homogeneous T-shape taillight unto the reshaped bumper as well as tailgate garnish and glass. Very distinct on the sides are the bigger 17-inch wheels and larger side sill garnish. Stepping inside, Mitsubishi’s “Horizontal Axis” design identity was applied to the dashboard for a more robust feel. This is complemented by accents of soft padded materials with real stitches. At the driver’s seat, the tilt and telescopic steering wheel — aside from its now more modern styling — has been restructured with a compact center to enable a better grip. Behind it, a new meter cluster and dynamic opening graphic have been incorporated.

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Comfort and Peace of Mind

Hard to miss is the patented 7-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA3), a touchscreen infotainment system that supports hands-free functions and is compatible w both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Below is a new easyto-understand digital LCD A/C panel that matches the overall aesthetic. For greater convenience, the front console has been converted into a larger capacity open tray while retaining the 12V outlet and USB port. Down the center is the new floor console with armrest that can hold a tissue pack on the back of its lid and four 600 mlsized bottles in the main space. The layout of the console cupholders has been reoriented sideways and now have a

larger circumference. All these offer better organization and space maximization. In the second row, one TYPE-A and one TYPE-C USB ports are embedded on the back of the console. The rear A/C dial and louver now also have more inviting colors and cupholders have been placed o the seat armrest. All these form part of the improvements to overall ergonomics. Customer favorites such as the easy-folding seat mechanisms, front row and luggage under trays, multi-function seat-back pockets, and third-row power outlets are still included With all seats up, this 7-seater has more than enough room for full-size adults plus luggage. Seats are configured to have more hip-width and ample room from head to toe while being able to fit four 4-gallon water bottles or a stroller directly behind the last row. With seats folded, the cargo deck is flat with no gaps or protruding parts for versatility at its finest, making it easier to transport bikes, potted plants, or even furniture as needed. The New Xpander is still the only one in the category equipped with Cruise Control, that aids in reducing fatigue on long trips. A reverse camera has also been included to help provide more visibility while backing up.

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Steering and suspension settings have also been optimized in the New Xpander. The enlarged rear absorber along with extra front and rear springs and high-performance valves result in a flatter and more comfortable ride even on winding roads. Moreover, a steering wheel return control was integrated for better maneuverability at low speeds to relieve driver stress.

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Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Brake Auto Hold (BAH) buttons are now part of the shift panel. For increased relaxation particularly during traffic situations, the former aside from its basic function holding the brakes, automatically adjusts clamping force when vehicle motion is detected, and the latter, if stationary, does not require a foot down on the pedal. These, together with Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and Traction Control (TCL), now come standard for the GLS A/T variant. Continuing to be the best in its class when it comes to ground clearance, which has been increased to 225mm, the New Xpander gives the driver a higher eye-point for better recognition of road conditions and added confidence, especially during floods. Under the hood is a 1.5 MIVEC DOHC 16-valve engine delivering 103hp and 141Nm torque, which is ever-reliable with respect to fuel economy while being assured of a powerful performance. Retail prices start at PHP1,050,000 with 5 color options: White Pearl, Graphite Gray, Black, Red, Sunshine Orange, and the newest Blade Silver Metallic. For a more in-depth look a the variants, check out the brand’s official website or view it at any Mitsubishi Motors authorized outlet.

Reimagine Your Ride: The Mitsubishi Test Drive Tour

Following the three-day event in Manila last May 20-22, the New Xpander will be available to test drive in Cebu on June 24-25, in Davao on July 15-17, in Laguna on August 12-14, and in Pampanga on August 26-28. Like and follow @MitsubishiMotorsPH on Facebook and Instagram for updates on these runs.

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itsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) presents its newly designed Strada GLS line, with a more contemporary and tougher exterior. The dynamic shield fascia of this all-around pickup truck now has a blackened radiator grille and front under garnish. A headlight garnish has been added, blending seamlessly with the LED Daytime Running Light (DRL). The door mirror, step board, outer handles, and 18-inch alloy wheels have been blacked out as well. And, as a finishing touch, black was also applied to the rear gate handle and step bumper.

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Underneath the newly styled body is a 2.4-liter diesel MIVEC engine turbocharged and intercooled for a dominant performance while producing optimum fuel economy rated at 18.9km/L. Delivering a maximum torque of 430Nm at 2,500rpm and 181Ps of power at 3,500rpm, it offers outstanding stability and handling even when carrying or pulling a full load. Built to handle anything without compromising comfort, the Strada combines a range of intuitive features to keep everyone aboard relaxed and entertained. There is sufficient cabin space and generous legroom June 2022

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and fuel-efficient cruises on highways or everyday normal drives; • 4H (4WD High Range) for added stability and traction on wet roads; • 4LLc (4WD Low Range with Locked Center Differential) for better turning power and maximum traction on all types of terrain

for 5 adults, as well as soft-touch and high-quality trim for a more luxurious feel. Smart storage and connectivity solutions such as front and rear smartphone trays and USB charging ports have been seamlessly integrated. Further, the new Strada GLS line is equipped with a suite of safety technologies such as: • Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC) to help maintain control in slippery conditions or rapid steering maneuvers • Hill Start Assist (HSA) to prevent rolling back on very steep inclines even when the

brake pedal is not thoroughly stepped on • Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) to detect and counter trailers being towed from swaying avoiding potential hazards • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to maximize power and provide more steering control under hard braking situations Meanwhile, the Easy Select 4WD system enables driving modes that can adapt on the fly through a dial selector: • 2H (2WD High Range) for smooth

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“The Mitsubishi Strada was made for both work and play. It’s a pickup truck that Filipinos can confidently rely on to handle whatever and wherever they need to be, especially for the unpredictable weather and road conditions here in the country. So may it be flooding in city streets or a weekend off-roading trip, the Strada has got you covered,” said MMPC president and CEO Takeshi Hara. “We wanted to reintroduce the Strada GLS series with a stronger and more powerful look that appeals to a wider variety of buyers. And although the changes are just on the ‘outer skin’, customers can look forward to its robust and reliable DNA that has been known for over 40 years since this nameplate was introduced.” Variants under the GLS line are 2WD MT, 2WD AT, and 4WD MT with prices starting at PHP1,293,000. Check out the full specifications at Mitsubishi Motors’ official website, or visit any Mitsubishi dealership nationwide. June 2022


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THE BRAND-NEW YAMAHA MIO FAZZIO June 2022

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he Yamaha Mio Fazzio [fätsiō] — the latest generation stylish AT — was just launched by Yamaha Motor Philippines, in recognition of the importance of how Gen Z individuals are making waves in the world of fashion. There is no way to ignore their unique style and originality, and that’s where this product revolved around. Shining the spotlight on creativity and self-expression, the new Yamaha Mio Fazzio was designed with three essential features in mind: Innovation, Aesthetics, and All-Around Function. First and foremost, INNOVATION. The Mio Fazzio is a machine designed for first-generation digital natives who are always up to date on the newest global technological trends. The Blue Core Hybrid Engine makes its debut with the product, featuring a power-assist function that activates for 3 seconds when the throttle is engaged, providing more torque and smooth acceleration when starting from a stop. It also contains the Y-Connect system, which digitally connects you to your motorcycle, as well as the Stop and Start System, which contributes to excellent fuel economy. On top of these technological advantages, it has a stunning AESTHETIC. The design is based on the idea of “simplicity” defined as being uninfluenced by short-term trends, having functionality and the capacity of enjoying one’s lifestyle, and giving riders their own canvass where they can express their personality in a unique fashion.

The LED Headlight and Position Lights’ oval pattern allows for an efficient design that provides outstanding forward illumination, including light reflection off the rims. The instrument cluster button is organized in a universal style that allows you to utilize the Meter Panel with either hand. The inverted LCD blends in with the blacked-out back panel, and the Power Assist indicator is animated to demonstrate function. The oval taillight is easily recognizable thanks to the design, which showcases it in a timeless and polished manner. The Mio Fazzio’s distinct design allows the rider to stand out and express themselves through each colorway, stressing simplicity and originality in a language akin to art, providing a minimalistic expression through the use of vertical color bands as graphic motifs. Finally, TRAVEL IN STYLE.

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It provides a convenient space for a smooth and comfortable ride with a spacious footboard wherever you travel. It also features under-seat storage with a 17.8-liter capacity, double carabiner-type hooks, a lid, and open pockets for items that reflect your personal style. Its 12″ tires deliver outstanding grip and balance for a secure ride. It also has Electric Power Sockets to keep your smart gadgets charged and selfie-ready. Accessory Ports provide a wide choice of modification options for personal expression. In the pursuit of fashionable and practical usability, the styling fits in with a variety of uses while providing possibilities for customization. These factors combine to create a motorcycle that fits every style and mood, allowing a generation to start Youniquness. The Mio Fazzio has an SRP of PHP88,900 and comes in ivory white, cyan, and red. It is now available in the Yamaha YZone, RevZones, and 3S Shops nationwide. June 2022


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ISUZU PH WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT, TEASES 'GREEN' FUTURE AHEAD

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n May 16, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) officially introduced its new president, Noboru Murakami replaces Hajime Koso, its president for seven years. “It’s been an honor working for Isuzu Philippines for the past seven years. I truly admire the dedication and resilience of the Filipino people, especially our team members in IPC. The last two years have been the most challenging, but we emerged to be stronger with the

support of everyone in IPC including our business partners, for which I am truly grateful,” said Hajime Koso.­ Murakami, former General Manager from Isuzu Motors Limited (IML), assumed office on May 17 and oversees IPC’s operation as well as the development of its dealer network nationwide. He joined IML in 1995, mainly handling international sales. From 2003 to 2011, Murakami worked under IML Corporate

Planning before being assigned to Isuzu North America Corporation (INAC) as Vice President in 2014. In 2016, he was promoted Executive Vice President of INAC then President & CEO from 2018 to 2020 before moving back to Japan to serve as IML General Manager for International Sales. “I’ve always been intrigued by the market dynamics of the ASEAN region. The Philippines has become one of the most emerging markets when it comes to

Outgoing Isuzu PH president Hajime Koso (left) introduces his successor Noboru Murakami (right)

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automotive, seen in the numerous models being introduced year after year, so it really makes me excited to start working in this country,” said Murakami. With his long and extensive career both in sales and management, Murakami promises to continue IPC’s long reign as the number one truck brand in the country. “Being on top puts more challenge on us, we cannot be complacent with what we currently offer. As always, our key is to listen to our customers, if there is anything to improve it has to be aligned with our customer’s needs and business requirements. Satisfying these needs at every touchpoint, whether for sales or aftersales will pave our way

towards achieving ultimate ‘Customer Success’,” said Murakami. Aside from maintaining its position in the truck market, IPC also announced that in celebration of its 25th inaugural anniversary this year, the company is working towards a more sustainable path. “As the number one truck brand, we have an even bigger responsibility to society. For IPC, sustainability is no longer a choice but rather our way forward. We understand that as a social obligation, our company must put priority into protecting the environment without compromising customer success if we want to continue doing business in the future,” said Murakami.

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“This movement should not only be reflected in our products but also from within, meaning changes in our values, operations, and the way we do business moving forward. This is something that we want to instill to our team members and dealer network starting this year, a shift in mindset and priority towards a ‘Greener’ era for IPC,” he added. According to IPC, this new direction forms part of their corporate goal to build an ‘Isuzu Kingdom’ in the future, wherein they are providing the best business solutions coupled with excellent aftersales service as well as contributing to the welfare of the society and the environment. June 2022


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The Changan National Headquarters groundbreaking team aims for higher ground. (L-R) Pan Asia Property Management Inc. SAVP Engr. Michael Sarmiento, Barangay Chairman Aigrette Lajara, Councilor Rajay Lajara, Metriccon Co Inc. President Joseph Alarilla, Changan EVP and CFO Ladislao Avila, Changan AVP for Sales and After Sales Don David Agudo, Changan President and CEO. Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, Mayor-Elect Hon. Ross Rizal, City of Calamba Provincial Engineer Pablo Del Mundo, Aura Builders General Manager Engr. Eduardo Teaño, and Pan Asia Property Management Inc. SAVP Arch. Jenalyn Pascasio.

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hangan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI), the official distributor of Changan vehicles in the country, stands strong and optimistic with the groundbreaking of its future national headquarters at the Auto Resources Center (ARC) in Calamba City, Laguna last May 17, 2022.

structure, symbolic of Changan’s bid to establish its brand of premium, future-forward mobility in the Philippine market. The entire complex, inspired by Changan International Corporation’s (CIC) global corporate identity, will house a spacious modern showroom, full-service workshops, offices, and training facilities for CMPI’s Sales, After Sales, Customer Relations, and Marketing personnel.

The CMPI National Headquarters is envisioned to be the flagship of operations excellence and training hub for Changan in the Philippines.

“The CMPI National Headquarters will be our hub for exponential growth…. We are not only breaking ground for our brand and CMPI, we are also opening new opportunities

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Coins for prosperity. 1,680 coins, legal Philippine tender, were poured by CMPI Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Ladislao Avila to symbolize future success for the business.

for the people of Calamba, the neighboring cities and, ultimately, for our industry and our nation,” affirmed CMPI president and CEO Maria Fe PerezAgudo. The CMPI National Headquarters is projected to be up and running by December 2022 and set to be the nerve center for strengthening brand presence in the country.

The blueprint to success. Metriccon President Joseph Alarilla and Aura Builders General Manager Eduardo Teaño prepares to insert the blueprint plans of the CMPI National Headquarters into the capsule.

Since its launch in November 2020, CMPI has introduced five Changan models, the Alsvin sedan, CS35 Plus SUV, the CS75 Plus SUV, the CS95, and the pure electric sedan EADO EV 460. This year, CMPI launched the New CS35 Plus and expects to further expand its portfolio of innovative products and services. This year, Changan International Corporation (CIC), in its 160th year as a leading China auto brand, proudly joins the ranks of the world’s top 15 automakers with total sales of 2.3 million units in 2021. It is poised to be a dominant player in the new energy vehicle (NEV) and autonomous driving market by 2025. Known to dedicate 5% of its annual sales to research and development, CIC recently announced a USD12.55 billion priority investment on NEVs by the end of 2025 with projected sales of 1.5 million electric cars and plug-in hybrids, or some 35% of the company’s total sales for that year. For 2022 alone, Changan president Wang Jun said that they aim to launch eight NEV models in the Chinese market.

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The pouring of symbolic pebbles marks the road to prosperity for CMPI. Doing the honors were Engineer Michael Sarmiento (2nd from R) and Architect Jenalyn Pascasio (far R), Senior Assistant Vice Presidents of Pan Asia Property Management.

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MOBILITY FOR ALL Toyota Financial Services PH expands Filipinos’ car use options

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y offering Filipino customers accessible and flexible ways to acquire cars and enjoy the freedom of mobility, auto financing and leasing services company Toyota Financial Services Philippines (TFSPH) is supporting Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP)’s vision of providing Mobility For All. Now on its 20th year of operation in the Philippines, TFSPH continues to strengthen its traditional business offerings like vehicle financing and finance lease, while introducing innovative products and services that seek to revolutionize the way Filipinos acquire, enjoy, and upgrade their vehicles.

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According to TFSPH president Rommel Ocampo, the company achieved a 45% market share as of 2021, meaning that for every 10 Toyota cars sold, five are financed by TFSPH. With these results and some encouraging economic indicators, TFSPH is confident in expanding its offerings that will cater to the customers’ evolving needs and will adapt to the ever-changing mobility landscape.

to show our customers how TFSPH will expand beyond traditional vehicle financing, through new mobility services to keep up with the dynamic needs of the future.”

“We are optimistic about the country’s road to recovery and shaping the future of mobility,” said Ocampo. “We are excited

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everything Toyota. Available for Android and iOS the mobile app currently allows card tokenization for up to three debit or credit cards, so customers can easily and conveniently pay for their Toyota transactions at any Toyota dealerships nationwide. This service works hand-in-hand with TMP’s all-in-one mobile customer portal, the myTOYOTA App, for payments on parts, accessories, services, and insurance. More features will be incorporated soon, such as e-money and online and secure payment of customer’s monthly amortization.

KINTO One

A full-service vehicle lease package for individual customers, KINTO One introduces the convenient and worry-free car subscription or “usership” model. The all-inclusive monthly payment package covers periodic maintenance service, normal wear and tear parts replacement, annual comprehensive insurance, annual car registration, plus an exclusive KINTO concierge service. There are several choices of cars available for lease under the KINTO One package to suit customers’ needs and the car may be replaced with a new car every three to four years.

KINTO One Business

Designed for corporate customers’ fleet requirements, KINTO One Business is a full-service lease package that is a hassle-free, worry-free solution. The fleet-management service covers periodic maintenance, comprehensive insurance, vehicle registration, and even roadside assistance in affordable payment packages. It also has a state-of-the-art fleet-connected service for location status, geo-fencing, and unplug detection along with feedback on driver performance. “The future looks bright for the industry. A recent Automotive Market Study has revealed that demand for new vehicles is rising in the region, and that vehicle subscription is on the rise in South East Asia, as an alternative to ownership,” said Ocampo. Customers can download or learn more about the myTOYOTA Wallet and myTOYOTA App through their respective websites https://www.toyotafinancial.ph/ mytoyotawallet and https://www.toyota.com. ph/mytoyota. Those who are interested to “subscribe and drive” may learn more about KINTO One and apply online through https://www.kinto-ph.com. For more information about TFSPH and its products and services, and to apply for its various financial services online, visit https://www. toyotafinancial.ph. Toyota Financial Services Philippines Corporation is supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (consumeraffairs@bsp. gov.ph).

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KONTROL MO ANG PERA MO!

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ave you been making plans for that trip abroad once it’s safe again to travel? Or perhaps you were checking out the latest iPhone online? Are you dreaming of a bigger home, a new car, or an educational fund for your kids?

To hit our goals, we need to save for them. Before we get started, we need to ask some important questions, starting with how much does what we want really cost? Then we need to determine our timings — do I need to have this now? How much time do I have to save for it? The last question may be the most vital of all: Can I really save money to get this? Embarking on a financial objective, whether big or small, not only means having a target but ensuring that your goal is realistic. By monitoring your spending as well as your earnings, you can determine and ensure you are able to reach your goals. Komo’s Personal Finance feature is a great tool for being money smart, enabling you to build better habits and gain total control over your money that will ultimately help you achieve your financial goals. With Personal Finance, you can visualize your savings goals and budgets to help you see your progress concretely. Komo also makes it very convenient to do all your tracking and monitoring — just click on the app. What makes it even better is that with Komo, you can earn 2.5% annual interest on top of your savings to help you reach your goals faster!

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The Personal Finance feature allows you to set and control your Goals and Budget. Goals let you see what you’re saving for and how much you need to reach your target in time. To create a goal using Personal Finance, follow these simple steps: 1. Choose your purpose (What are you saving for?) 2. Customize the details. (Set a name, target amount, and deadline) 3. Input the initial amount from your Balance. 4. Goal created successfully!

On the other hand, Budget gives you insights into your expenses to help you assess what needs to adjust to hit your goals. You can put different budget lists here instead of writing them somewhere else. To create a budget, follow these easy steps: 1. Choose your purpose (What is your budget for?) 2. Customize the details. (Name your budget and set a monthly limit.) 3. Add existing Transactions under a Budget and mark them once completed. 4. Budget created successfully!

You can find your Goals and Budget details in the Personal Finance Dashboard. You can even update them whenever you want. It’s easy to set saving goals and watch over your spending using the Komo app. With Komo, Kontrol Mo ang Pera Mo!

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oday, people yearn for the media of yesteryear because it reminds them of better times. To quench the thirst for nostalgia, various content creators have remade, remastered, or rebooted old TV shows, movies, and especially video games. But what about the video games that can’t be rebooted for one reason or another? Perhaps the developer(s) and/or publisher(s) are out of business,

or everyone has moved on and left these games to the sands of time. Some are still available for purchase on a console’s online store or somewhere on Steam. As for others that are lying somewhere in the graveyard of video games? There is still demand for those games. Fans may be playing them on an emulator or an old console, but the fans still want something, anything to quench the thirst of nostalgia.

The Suikoden series has left a lasting impression on the minds of millions of fans, and fans wanted more in an ever-expanding universe. The former developers of the series formed their own studio and launched a Kickstarter during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, raising USD500,000 in a mere two hours. This marks the first collaboration between Suikoden developers Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano in 25 years. I did not expect much from Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, as the full game will be released in 2023, but it serves as a nice appetizer to the main course that we will eventually get. You start off as CJ, a treasure hunter that finds herself in the town of New Nevaeh, a forgotten mining town in a remote area of the game’s universe. After an earthquake, ancient ruins surfaced, and many people came to the town to get rich. CJ eventually becomes involved in exploring these ruins, making new friends in the sword-wielding kangaroo Garoo and New Nevaeh acting mayor Isha. CJ helps rebuild the town to not only

accommodate those who came to the town to hunt for treasure (the Outlanders), but those who are also living in the town as well. Many of your quests center around rebuilding the town. At the same time, you can explore several dungeons to farm for materials to upgrade your weapons, armor, and accessories, and enhance places like the inn, tavern,

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and other vendors available in the game. The story revolves around the main quest, but you can also pick up a number of side quests and play mini-games (such as fishing) to pass the time. While the game isn’t terribly hard, it’s also very repetitive. Combat evolves as you upgrade your gear, and you can link together attacks to defeat powerful enemies. Some enemies can only be hit with certain attacks (Garoo

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can break shields, while Isha can attack flying enemies with magic barriers) in an action-style RPG reminiscent of traditional 2D sidescrollers. Dungeons have checkpoints in them, so you can quickly travel back to any part of the dungeon if needed, saving time and effort that could easily add hours and hours t the game and the frustration of having to travel all the way back after getting so far. The art style reflects Suikoden’s influence as well: the Trading Post has the same exact logo, and characters are clearly influenced by the iconic (yet terribly underrated) game. Aside from that, you can complete the game in a mere 20-25 hours; even completionists like myself will spend about one and a half days total of game time at most. To compare that with the series that spawned this successor, the shortest game took about 20 hours, and the longer games took between 40-50 hours to complete. While this game was a reward for reaching a Kickstarter stretch goal, it raises the expectations for Hundred Heroes will definitely be much higher.

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he Philippines is home to many world-class tourist destinations and heritage sites. As travel restrictions in the country start to ease, it’s the perfect opportunity to pack up and embark on unforgettable adventures. These trips won’t be complete without capturing every thrilling moment. Master every travel scenario with the new Xiaomi 12 Series, a device built to deliver clear, crisp photographs in any situation. Here’s how one can utilize the Xiaomi 12 Series’ features at these key destinations:

Magical Siquijor

Siquijor is shrouded in both mystery and magic as it’s known as an island inhabited by “healers.” It has numerous pristine beaches with snorkeling sites, picturesque waterfalls, and historic landmarks that will inspire travelers to live in the now and capture every inch of their beauty using the Xiaomi 12 camera. The smartphone boasts a pro-grade 50MP main camera with ultra-wide and tele-macro lenses. It also includes a June 2022

triple 50MP camera array with telephoto and ultra-wide lenses. As actress Rhian Ramos notes, these features will allow one to “see life in a more vivid view.” Travelers can effortlessly shoot sceneries and portraits in Siquijor through Xiaomi 12’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Meanwhile, the advanced 4nm processor with 5G allows users to share their moments with others on social media in no time.

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Captivating Camarines Norte Camarines Norte is not only a surfing spot, it also provides a food adventure for those who want to try authentic Bicolano cuisine during one’s trip. Trying out something new is always exciting, which is why, as Chef Jose Sarasola puts it, it’s important to be open to trying new dishes to increase one’s appreciation for diverse experiences. Whether one is sharing a plate of spicy Bicol Express or surfing the waves of Bagasbas Beach, adventure

seekers can document everything with the help of Xiaomi 12’s ProFocus technology. This offers subject learning and tracking algorithms that anticipate movement with Motion Tracking Focus, Motion Capture, and Eye Tracking Focus features. The results are clear and seamless shots every time. And with the Xiaomi 12’s fast-charging 4500mAh battery with 50W wireless turbocharging, they’ll have enough juice to last a whole day of activities.

Fiery Camiguin Known as the “Island Born of Fire,” Camiguin island has a remarkable shape due to unexpected volcanic eruptions. Apart from its scenic beaches, travelers can also hike up the island’s highest peak, Mount Mambajao (1,713 above sea level) for a unique experience. Hiking requires getting up at the crack of dawn. This is the ideal time to experiment with the Xiaomi 12’s Ultra-

Night Video and Multi-Scene Night Views to capture subjects in low light. Portrait Night Mode and other night mode capabilities on wide-angle and ultra-wideangle cameras automatically brighten up videos and photos to make them more vivid. Travelers can also enjoy music from the quad speakers feature SOUND by Harman Kardon technology while camping, or enjoying a bonfire with friends.

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3-2-1! HAVE A BACKUP STRATEGY FOR YOUR DATA Words by Maribelle Alba

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n this digital age, virtually everything important to us is in a mysterious repository inside our laptops or mobile phones.

Translated into real-life, you could have the original copy of your files on your PC, and the second copy on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) in your home network. Finally, the third copy is backed up offsite on cloud storage. For larger enterprises, this could be a disaster recovery site at a remote data center.

Email correspondence, online conversations, social media activity, photos and videos capturing the important moments of our lives — all these are inside some repository on our devices. Have you ever felt the panic of losing a phone? Or that dreadful fear when your PC crashes and you’re unable to access your files? Or even had a ransomware threat?

But that’s too much trouble, you protest! That’s overkill — all my data just consists of family vacation photos and cat videos. Really? Then why are you so panicked about a simple laptop crash?

3-2-1 Backup Strategy The basic premise of a 3-2-1 rule is: • Have at least 3 COPIES of your data • Keep these copies on 2 DIFFERENT MEDIUMS • Store at last 1 COPY OFFSITE

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Businesses, on the other hand, would say: But we have too much data and it’s going to be too much work to backup all of the files from multiple workstations. For sure, manually managing multiple copies and backups will take a lot of time and effort. Once started, you need to do regular and continuous maintenance to ensure that all copies are the same updated versions.

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The Synology Solution Recognizing these pain points, Synology — a global leader in storage solutions — has products and services that have been designed to make the backup process secure and worry-free. First, depending on your needs, Synology offers a range of NAS devices that can be scaled to specific usage scenarios. One NAS can back up files from different sources like USBs, PCs, physical servers, clouds, and even Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace. The Synology NAS can then be configured to perform scheduled and continuous backups to save

time and effort. These tasks can be performed consistently and automatically so you are assured that you always have updated versions of your important files backed up and stored securely. Additionally, Synology NAS also has a builtin feature to backup its data to another NAS, external drive, or cloud storage, thus creating a second backup and providing an extra layer of data protection. Makes sense, right? And all of these can be done automatically without human intervention (except for a one-time configuration when you’re setting up your data protection system).

Building Your Data Infrastructure with 3-2-1 Backup Strategy Let’s operationalize how you can implement the 3-2-1 backup strategy for your own user scenario and ensure redundancy.

Have at least 3 COPIES of your important data

1 - Connect a folder on your NAS to your PC SMB (or Server Message Block). Put one copy in it. (You would need to set up QuickConnect feature on your NAS to enable this setting)

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2 - Download the Synology Drive Client and perform the Sync Task. Put one copy in the PC folder that syncs to Synology Drive on NAS.

3 - Download Synology Drive Client and perform the Backup Task.

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Keep these copies on 2 DIFFERENT MEDIA After performing the steps outlined above, you would have copies of your files on both your PC and NAS. Every time a file is edited, moved, or deleted, the NAS will automatically sync the update.

Store at least 1 COPY OFFSITE You can use the built-in Hyper Backup application to back up the NAS to: • Another Synology NAS • External hard drives • Cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Synology C2 Storage

With our increasing dependence on digital data, it is imperative that we take steps to preserve their integrity and ensure that we don’t lose important records and milestones through the years. Have peace of mind by learning more about how to start your Data Protection Journey with Synology. Register on https://sy.to/wuuzg for the Synology Data Protection Webinar for SMBs, scheduled from 10:3011:30AM on Thursday, 16 June 2022.

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Cyber Security

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Keep your passwords secure with Google M uch of our lives now revolve around the internet. This means having different accounts o different social media platforms, applications, and websites. With this, it is only imperative to have strong passwords to ensure security. Strong passwords help prevent personal information and files from being compromised. Ideally, they need to be long and complex with at least 12 characters, made up of a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Passwords must exclude personal information that others may easily know, like birthdays or names of pets. It should also be unique for every account, so others remain safe when one gets compromised. For added protection, activating 2-Step Verification is another way to get extra security. Creating different passwords and trying to remember all of them can be challenging; that’s why it’s essential to use a password manager. With Google Password Manager, not only can you quickly generate strong passwords, you can save, manage and keep them secure across multiple accounts. Here’s how it works: Google Password Manager makes it simple to generate strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts when using the Chrome browser on Android and Chrome on iOS.

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Google Password Manager helps remember all your saved passwords. You will only need to remember your Google account password — the only password you’ll ever need to remember — and let Google Password Manager take care of the rest. It autofills your secure password

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every time you visit a site or sign in with your Google account logged in.

Google checks 1 billion passwords for breaches daily. Google Password Manager will notify you in real-time about unsafe or stolen passwords and help you fix them w a single tap. If you get an alert from Chrome saying that a password and username combination that you use has been published on the internet as a result of a data leak on a third-party website or app, all you need to do is tap “Check passwords” and follow the prompts to change your password for each compromised site.

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Using a password manager can help reduce the hassle of remembering, resetting, or worrying about passwords. Often, you can run a Password Checkup anytime to tell you if any of your passwords have been compromised in a third-party breach; are being reused across different sites; or should be strengthened. You can quickly update any weak or compromised accounts with stronger passwords using Google Password Manager.

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To free people from having to manually enter passwords into the password manager, Google introduced the Password Import feature in 2021, which allows you to easily upload up to 3,000 passwords at a time from various t sites into Google Password Manager. You can also store up to 10,000 passwords in your Google Account. Once you’ve imported your passwords, you can run a password checkup to see how strong those passwords are, in one go.

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he hybrid workplace can be a double-edged sword for companies embracing this new work style post-pandemic lockdown. While it creates more possibilities for businesses and makes companies more productive and accessible, it also opens doors to digital intruders. Understanding the uncertainties of organizations in their shift to the future of work, Globe Business has brought together connectivity and cybersecurity expertise to help companies beef up their defenses against today’s aggressive cyber threats. “Globe Business recognizes the need to prioritize cybersecurity, especially with the shift towards remote and hybrid workspaces. We continue to empower companies with secure connectivity, digital solutions, and managed services to ensure that their cybersecurity infrastructure can withstand the demands of a hybrid work environment in the long term,” mentioned Cocoy Claravall, Vice President for Product June 2022

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Development & Engineering at Globe Business, Enterprise Group. “With our Cybersecurity Solutions, companies can entrust the protection of their data and systems to world-class experts so they can have more time to focus on their core business operations and have the flexibility to implement a remote work arrangement for employees,” Claravall added. Organizations around the world have seen a surge in cyberattacks amid digitalization propelled by the pandemic. According to a report from Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of cloud cybersecurity solutions, supply chains were hit the hardest, as threat actors became more confident and sophisticated. Operating systems and software essential for technologies to function were also placed in a state of vulnerability with attacks focusing on mobile devices. The increase in cybersecurity issues prompted governments and businesses to take a pre-emptive, proactive

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approach to deal with cyber risks. This led to the need for cybersecurity solutions that provide 360-degree visibility, real-time threat intelligence, and security infrastructure that can be mobilized in an effective, joined-up manner. “Now that companies are transitioning to a hybrid work set up, they also need their assets secured. Globe Business is here to help fortify their first line of defense against cyber threats so that they can recover and reignite business growth with confidence,” said Claravall. Globe Business offers comprehensive cybersecurity solutions and managed services, including a local Managed Security Operations Center (MSOC), that enables organizations to augment their security services and eliminate vulnerabilities in their systems despite a lean team. Through Globe’s MSOC, enterprises are given the flexibility to focus on their main initiatives as Globe’s cybersecurity experts and partners monitor client assets round-the-clock, gadgetsmagazine.com.ph


detecting and hunting threats while watching out for specific indicators of compromise. Cybersecurity Bundles: Securing the Hybrid Workforce More sensitive data is finding its way into the digital sphere as remote employees exchange confidential information through collaboration and communication tools, exposing companies to a multitude of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Business’ Managed Detection Response package. This managed security services starter value pack combines Globe’s local MSOC capabilities and a Cybersecurity Technology Partner platform, giving companies comprehensive visibility and control over endpoint, network, and cloud environments. For companies looking to elevate their apps and website security on a daily basis, they can tap into Globe Business’

Managed Web Security Applications and Services, which provides customers with in-depth threat detection, investigation, and monitoring. Rethinking the workplace for a hybrid or even a remote setup need not be a cybersecurity nightmare if companies embrace security transformation along with digitalization. Globe Business has the right tools and services to protect and future-proof enterprises.

One of Globe’s offerings, the Web Access bundle, helps mitigate potential risks as it provides companies safe access to the internet and to SaaS applications, like Office 365, G Suite, Workday, and Salesforce, regardless of which network their employees are on. Companies can also empower their workforce on a remote setup and ensure business continuity with Globe Business’ Zero Trust bundle, which makes it easier for employees to securely access essential business resources that they need from wherever they are. The bundle provides and secures remote access to internal applications running on the Cloud or a data center, optimizing costs without the intricacies of remote access VPN. To build a more resilient business in an evolved work landscape, preventing an attack before it happens allows companies to save time and heavy costs on breaches. With Globe Business’ Proactive Response package, companies can cut the time to respond to a host of cybersecurity incidents with incident response experts assisting them to ease damage and work disruptions, expedite recovery efforts, and prevent future cyber threats. Managed Security Services: A Cost-Effective Option for Cybersecurity Businesses can also detect and respond to advanced threats with artificial intelligence-driven analytics and curated threat intelligence through Globe

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Your Profile, Your Home Protecting Your Privacy on Facebook

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Protecting the privacy and security of people’s data is fundamental to how Facebook works. That’s why it’s built tools to give people more transparency and control over how their data is used, and every new product and feature is designed with privacy in mind.

determine what ads you get, why you are seeing a particular ad, and more. If you want to know why you are being shown a certain ad, click on the upper-right corner (3 dots) of the ad, and tap on the option “Why am I seeing this ad” to learn more.

In line with Privacy Awareness Week starting May 23, Facebook encourages users to learn about the tools and resources to keep their accounts private, safe and secure.

Security settings There are several additional features to increase the security of your account. These include:

Through Facebook’s new game Your Profile, Your Home in English / (Bahay Mo, Profile Mo) in Filipino, users can build their own virtual home on Facebook, and learn how to personalize their account based on their preferences. These settings include:

Two-factor authentication to add another layer of security Login alerts for unrecognized login activity Through Your Profile, Your Home (Profile Mo, Bahay Mo), users will have an easy way to find out just how safe and secure their profiles are.

Privacy settings Different people have different preferences around privacy. Find out how to decide what you see and share, and how you connect with your community.

Try it by logging in to https://yourhome.fb.com and find out if you are a highly secure bank or a wide-open book and learn how to start protecting your account now.

Did you know that each time you create a post on Facebook, you can decide who sees it by using the Audience Selector tool located just below your name?

Your Facebook is driven by you. The friends you add, the Pages you like, the groups you join, and the things you interact with all shape what you see on Facebook on any given day. And things change, so it should be easy to personalize Facebook to reflect who you are and what you want today.

Advertiser preferences Learn about how data is used to show you ads without advertisers learning who you are, the controls you have to help

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n recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has proven its ability to cut across and serve multiple industries and business functions. Even amidst the pandemic, limitless possibilities have only increased for AI and Machine Learning (ML), thus giving businesses key insights that enable them to recognize user patterns, study their operational capabilities, improve sales forecasting, streamline communication, create personalized experiences, and much more.

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Enterprise Taking into account the rise of investment in AI, the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)—in its initiative to further push the country towards a more digitized future wherein it is the AI powerhouse in the Asia-Pacific region—launched the National Artificial Intelligence Roadmap in 2021. The AI roadmap aims to accelerate the utilization of AI in the country in order to advance industrial development, empower better entrepreneurship, and provide more opportunities for Filipino talent. “The growth of interest in AI enables us to study the larger canvas of technology, where AI can change the functionality of computers by powering them to be infinitely smarter devices that are more capable of meeting the changes in the way we live,” said Abraham Lim, Secure Power Director at Schneider Electric Philippines. “Thanks to this advancement, many industries may soon leverage ML to expedite processes, improve efficiency, and reduce the effects of human biases.” In manufacturing, for instance, warehouse robots are evolving and able to take on more tasks than ever before as the computer vision and software guiding them get more advanced. In addition, AI can also complement several sectors and industries. In fact, the Philippines aims to apply AI to multiple industries, including real estate, banking and financial services, surveillance, retail and e-commerce, education, space exploration, agribusiness, urban planning, manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics and transportation. Functionality of AI For AI to be at its optimum level and its outcomes to remain relevant, transmission and computation of data are crucial. Therefore, CIOs need to ensure that data complexity and data silos can be mitigated and that the right June 2022

tools or platforms are in place before deploying AI. While the transmission and storage of data is part of the journey completed, an equally important part is data processing and the space in which it occurs. Findings from IBM’s Global AI Adoption Index 2021 revealed that almost 90% of IT pros said being able to run their AI projects wherever the data resides is key to the technology’s adoption. “This is where Edge computing comes into the picture,” said Lim. “AI requires robust compute capabilities in the Edge environment for faster processing. With these capabilities, Edge data centers are

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able to focus on keeping data on location for faster processing, higher security, and more efficient performance.” Edge Computing Pushes AI to Do More Edge computing offers much-needed speed for organizations that can be burdened with a large volume of raw data from AI. Processing is done on-site while the system’s speed allows for a timely output of analysis. Latency is reduced significantly, allowing for realtime decision-making. In an industrial or large-scale setting, the availability of real-time decisiongadgetsmagazine.com.ph


sensitive data at the furthest point possible on a company’s network. In short, Edge computing can isolate and protect data as well. Moreover, with the speed, security, and convenience offered by Edge, businesses will be able to reach their customers faster, more accurately, and keep them engaged in a relevant manner. With the power of AI processing, businesses can gain competitive advantage by engaging with their customers more precisely and predicting their needs. And when combined with Edge, Edge AI can unlock new possibilities for the way businesses interact with their customers.

"In a nutshell, the combination of AI and Edge computing leads to faster computing and insights, improved data security, as well as more efficient control over operations. There is something even more exciting on the horizon."

“These are just some of Schneider Electric’s efforts around Edge, together with the support of the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI, across two industries which have experienced positive changes in the way they do business,” explains Lim. “At Schneider Electric, we aim to help our partners improve the way their businesses operate through highly-connected and resilient digital solutions.” The Future of AI

making saves money, and effort, and reduces the occurrence of the most feared element: unplanned downtime. Accurate data also gives industrial players the ability to predict machine failures and implement predictive maintenance without disrupting the production capabilities. On the other hand, the volume and nature of data handled by each business are subject to security vulnerabilities, both physical and digital. Accessibility and device compatibility is one of the biggest security risks in data centers where third-party plug-ins and IoT devices can mean more than just convenience. Edge computing secures

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In a nutshell, the combination of AI and Edge computing leads to faster computing and insights, improved data security, as well as more efficient control over operations. There is something even more exciting on the horizon. AI, already optimized by Edge functionalities, will receive a further boost for seamless operations through the 5G rollout, which is among the most anticipated technologies in 2022. Just imagine fusing the ultra-highspeed, large bandwidth, and enhanced connectivity of 5G with the accessibility, scalability, and intelligence of Edge computing, as well as the accuracy and predictability offered by AI— organizations will have greater ability to respond to customer demands with actionable insights and focus on immediate value creation. June 2022


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he Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Laboratory at the Asian Institute of Management (ACCeSs@AIM) houses a supercomputer that’s the fastest in the Philippines, with computing speeds of up to 1.2-petaflops. This computer was donated in 2018 by Stan Shih, Acer Group co-founder and honorary chairman, and chairman of Stan Shih Foundation. Acer is a Taiwanese tech giant, while AIM is considered the top business school for higher learning in the Philippines. The donation was made to support the upgrade of educational facilities and equipment at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) at its then newly established Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Lab, which leads and promotes data science, artificial intelligence, and various computational models to drive innovations. The donation included four Altos R480 F4 GPU servers powered by Intel® Xeon® processor paired with NVIDIA® GTX1080Ti X and 256GB DDR4-2400 RAM, SG 2TB 6Gb/s 2.5” SATA 7200rpm HDD, and 480G 2.5” SATA S3520 Series SSD along with eight AST D280 servers powered by Intel® Xeon® Cascade 6126 processor, NVIDIA® GTX1080Ti X, and 256GB DDR4-2400 RAM, SG 2TB 6Gb/s 2.5” SATA HDD and 480G 2.5” S4510 Enterprise SSD, which significantly increases computing performance.

developed by Acer in collaboration with ACCeSs@AIM, serving as a test site for the Acer aiForge platform, which directly affects the development of the software.

In January 2020, the supercomputer was upgraded by Acer from 500-teraflops to 1.2-petaflops, with additional access of 0.5-petaflops. Data science students were granted access and were given the opportunity to use the aiForge software

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The Acer supercomputer, optimized to do artificial intelligence computations, provides students with the most advanced tool to master data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computational modeling skills. It helps Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program students in their courses on machine learning, deep learning, big data, and cloud computing, programming for data science, mathematics for data science, data mining and wrangling, advanced

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data mining, network science, natural language processing, and introduction to image processing. Since its launching, the MSDS program of AIM has been recognized yearly by Eduniversal in its published Best Masters Ranking for Data Analytics in Far East Asia as one of the Top 3 Master of Science in Data Science programs ahead of any offerings in South Korea or Singapore, among others. With the Acer supercomputer, MSDS students have successfully completed industry projects and capstone projects such as healthcare-related demand prediction, grassroots micro-lending, and job applicant performance prediction. The supercomputer upgrade and aiForge access are also used by Ph.D. students for their courses and research, pushing the boundaries in various fields such as computational linguistics, urban analytics, traffic modeling and optimization, forecasting, and computational social science. With the donation from Acer, AIM has been able to attract strong Ph.D. candidates and students while expanding collaborations nationally and internationally. A total of 124 students are using the Acer supercomputer.

There are seven courses in the MSDS program using the machine: Programming in Data Science, Mathematics in Data Science, Data Mining and Wrangling, Big Data Cloud and Computing, Machine Learnings 1, 2, and 3, and Applied Computational Statistics. Two courses (Model Thinking, Algorithms, Computations, and Advanced Time Series Analysis) in the Ph.D. in DS program have also benefitted from Acer’s donation, especially in delivering their demo lectures and final projects. “The support given by the Acer Foundation has helped and will continue to help AIM champion industrygovernment-academia partnerships through research and development and technopreneurship, which in turn will support its goal of becoming one of the Top 5 Business Schools in Asia in the next ten years,” said Professor Christopher Monterola, the Aboitiz chair in data science and executive managing director of ACCeSs@AIM. “We at Acer believe in the work of ACCeSs@AIM in educating and guiding the country’s present and future business leaders and in leveling up the fields of data science, artificial intelligence, and computational modeling in the Philippines,” said Sue Ong-Lim, general manager of Acer Philippines.

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yson unveils the Dyson Airwrap, its bestperforming and most efficient multi-styler yet. Relentlessly dissatisfied, Dyson engineers challenged their own design to miniaturize and multiply the Coanda effect, pioneering a fully customizable styling tool to deliver a range of styles for different hair types, without extreme heat. Next-generation styling barrels featuring a rotating cool tip make achieving curls and waves faster and easier — with no heat damage, to help maintain hair strength. Blending the results formerly achieved with two barrels into one attachment, now users can style the full head, creating clockwise and anti-clockwise curls and waves without the need to switch attachment mid-style. Re-engineered brush attachments deliver precision shaping with enhanced Coanda performance alongside an all-new dual-purpose Coanda smoothing dryer. Combining two attachments in one, the Coanda smoothing dryer hides flyaways in a single pass with no extreme heat and transforms into a powerful dryer with the flick of a switch. For the first time, the existing Dyson Airwrap styler owner can upgrade to these latest attachments whilst retaining the original machine. This builds on the sustainable mindset adopted throughout the machine’s development — designing in a digital world reduces the reliance on physical prototyping, drastically reducing the energy and materials used. Through this iterative process of trial and error, engineers have been able to miniaturize air vents to achieve a level of airflow velocity, pressure, and control never seen before.

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Efficient engineering Since its launch in 2018, Dyson engineers across the world from labs in Malmesbury UK, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, have worked in unison to make a tool that is faster, more versatile, and easier to use. Sophisticated simulation allows engineers to refine each attachment in minute detail and more quickly. Engineering lean machines is a core principle at Dyson: developing long-lasting, high-performing, and efficient products using fewer resources, empowering the next generation of engineers to design a more sustainable future through science and technology. This can be seen throughout the Dyson Airwrap multi-styler, from the very motor that powers the tool through to the increased efficiency, and enhanced performance, ultimately resulting in reduced energy consumption. At the heart of the Airwrap story sits a radical idea: to combine a fast, high-pressure motor to power a phenomenon known as the Coanda effect, allowing users to curl, wave, smooth and dry hair without the need for extreme heat. The Coanda phenomenon occurs when air, propelled at the right speed and pressure, naturally follows an adjacent surface, entraining surrounding air and, with it – hair. The Dyson Airwrap multi-styler utilizes powerful and precise airflow to deliver wet to dry styling, styling hair from damp (80% dry), reducing the reliance on extreme heat, and preserving the hair from unnecessary damage.

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Attachments engineered to suit any hair type. New Coanda smoothing dryer: Multiple modes in one attachment for ease of styling. Quickly take hair from wet to damp in pre-style mode, or finish your style by hiding flyaways in smoothing mode. Coanda airflow attracts and lifts longer hairs, hiding flyaways out of sight for a smoother, shiny finish. New firm and soft brushes: Enhanced Coanda airflow attracts and aligns hair with increased control for a straighter style. Propels air along hair strands for a smoother, straighter result. Large and soft, small and large brushes are available. New Airwrap barrels: Switch airflow direction as you style. Create clockwise and anticlockwise curls with one barrel to reduce styling time. Coanda airflow attracts and self-wraps hair around the barrel. Creating natural, voluminous curls using air. Available in 30mm, 40mm, 30mm long, 40mm long, and 20mm long for a range of styles. Round volumizing brushes: Create volume and shape. Ideal for creating tension to shape finer and straighter hair. One-click attachments + cool-touch tips: A quick-release switch and cool-touch tip allow you to quickly change attachments while styling. Negative ions: Help reduce static in the hair during styling. Cool shot: To set your style.

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Buy direct from the people who made it The new Dyson AirwrapTM multi-styler is now available, priced at PHP32,900. New attachments are fully compatible with existing machines and owners can upgrade their full set with the trade-up kit, pricing, and availability to be announced soon. To buy, learn more, and experience the Dyson Airwrap multi-styler, visit a Dyson Demo Store near you. For more information, visit www.dyson.ph.

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eading life insurer Pru Life UK launches PRUHealth FamLove, a protection plan that shares the critical illness coverage to up to four family members in one policy, a first-of-itskind product in the market. This is available for all Filipino families, including same-sex or common-law partners, parents, and adoptive children. PRUHealth FamLove is a yearly renewable protection plan that provides long-term coverage until age 85 (applicable when the premium is continuously paid), against high treatment and hospitalization costs due to critical illness. According to a 2019 study by Mercer Marsh Benefits, critical illness cost in the Philippines is the second most expensive in Southeast Asia. Lung cancer treatment costs can lead up to PHP2.78 million, stroke for PHP1.8 million, while a heart attack costs PHP980,000. Having critical illness protection is important as costs including long-term medication and care, and even loss of income can be covered by the plan’s critical illness benefits through the System and Organ Function Insurance (SOFI) concept. This feature makes the product unique in the market as it provides coverage should any major organs require surgery,

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without the need to remember the long list of critical illnesses. PRUHealth FamLove is flexible and easy to avail of as it comes in different packages, with the option to choose how many family members will be covered from one (self) to three — mySelf, myPartner, myChild, myFamily, myParent — depending on what suits the family’s protection needs. “Pru Life UK celebrates and nurtures every Filipino family of different types and sizes with PRUHealth FamLove. This protection plan focuses on their ever-changing needs by offering critical illness protection to the whole family,” shared Pru Life UK president and chief executive officer Eng Teng Wong. “This innovation is a solid testament to our continuing commitment to promote financial inclusion by providing protection coverage to millions of underserved and unserved Filipinos to get the most out of life,” Wong added. This is the latest product offering from Pru Life UK, ranked number one by the Insurance Commission in terms of New Business Annual Premium Equivalent in 2021.

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EASE HEALTHCARE Empowering Filipinas to make informed decisions about sexual and reproductive health

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As part of its launch activities, Ease partnered with It’s OK to Delay, an SBC (social and behavior change) campaign by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ReachHealth project, to educate young adults in the Philippines about family planning and contraception. As part of the partnership, a virtual live event, Girls Helping Girls, was held in April 2022, focused on family planning.

to their doorsteps within one to two business days in Metro Manila and Antipolo, and three to ten days for the rest of the Philippines. Ease will also be building more in-app community features localized to the specific needs of Filipino women. “Today, we have over 12,000 women in the Philippines alone using our app and teleconsultation services, and we look forward to growing this community with this official launch,” says Rio Ho, co-founder of Ease Healthcare. “We hope to establish ourselves as a trusted and reliable source for women’s health services and education in the country.”

“In a conservative society like the Philippines, women’s health is not often openly discussed. This has led many young women to come unprepared in making informed decisions about family planning and their own sexual and reproductive health matters,” says Philippine Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) executive director Juan Antonio A. Perez III. “We’re excited to democratize conversations on women’s health with Ease, and we look forward to more partnerships with them in the future.” Together with local organizations such as POPCOM, Ease aims to address four key access gaps for women’s health in the Philippines through its services: inconvenience, high costs, stigma, and lack of education. “When conducting in-depth research for our Philippine launch, we were faced with numerous misconceptions online around women’s health in the country. We quickly realized a dire need to bust these myths and provide reliable and insightful educational content specifically catered to our Philippine consumers,” says Ease Healthcare cofounder Guadalupe Lazaro, “Besides providing greater education, we also wanted to build a safe community for women to exchange information and ideas without feeling judged so that more could make informed decisions about their own health. Through these efforts, we hope to change the landscape of women’s health in the Philippines.”

Ease Founders Guadalupe Lazaro and Rio Hoe

For more information on Ease Healthcare and its services in the Philippines, visit https://easehealthcare.com/ph/. Download Ease app in App Store and Google Play Store.

Through the Ease app, users can gain access to convenient, affordable, personalized, and credible women’s health information and services from the comfort of their own homes. Users can access teleconsultations with leading local medical professionals for their various women’s health needs, as well as opt for discreet medication delivery right

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ew revolutionary TV and digital channel PIE, short for Pinoy Interactive Entertainment, is here to give the traditional viewing experience a digital upgrade. Have the ride of your life with PIE’s exuberant jocks and be among the winners of cash prizes from a total pot of PHP10 million by tuning in to BEAM on TV or via the PIE website. Get ready to win the day as everyone’s favorite neighbor, “Mayora” Frances Cabatuando of Home Buddies Facebook community, brings you relevant information, inspiring stories, and positive energy every 7 a.m. at PIESILOG. With her are resident “Kikay” Sela Guia, “Kwelang Kuya ng Lahat” Tristan Ramirez, “Bibong Artist” Raco Ruiz, “Good Boy Charmer” Jae Miranda, and “VJ na Laging May Say” Eryka Lucas.

Teodoro, “Barangay Queen Sirena” Inah Evans, “Barangay Sexy-Tary” Patsy Reyes, and “Sizt-mosa ng Barangay” Coco Cordero. This mix of personalities found in an ordinary Pinoy community offers offcenter news in amusing and witty ways– the perfect break from tiresome work and school stuff. The excitement continues at 4:00 p.m. daily. PIEGALINGAN, a different kind of talent variety show, runs on air to celebrate the uniqueness of contestants not usually highlighted on

Come noon, BARANGAY PIE will be your jolly lunch buddy. Join the antics of “Ang Tito Mong Mayor” Mayor TV, “Ang Muse ng Barangay” Abby Trinidad, “Barangay Talak-Tokerist” Ruth Paga, “Sawsawera ng Barangay” Sunshine June 2022

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TV. PIEGALINGAN hosts “G sa Lahat ng Gimik” and “Try-It” actor/streamer Ralph Malibunas, “Reynang All-Out ang Support” beauty queen/actress Sam Bernardo, and “Bidabro” and “Promotor ng Trip” actor/host Eris Aragoza will be around to cheer on the achievements of contestants, may they be big or small.

Hosted by “Fun-Loving and Woke Gen Z” Aaron Maniego, “The Hopeless Romantic Love Guru” Karen Bordador, and “The Sweet and Conservative Musician” Renee Dominique, PIE Night Long is a place where you can comfortably share your deepest fears and insecurities or your life’s greatest highs.

Aside from non-stop fun and entertainment, PIE’s winning block PIENALO offers an interactive experience wherever you may be in the Philippines, with numerous prizes at stake.

To celebrate the launch, PIE is giving away PHP10 million in cash prizes to viewers for three months, starting from May 23, 2022. Be engaged with the shows, join the games and stand a chance to win!

You can enjoy this interactive experience via your mobile phone with “GoalOriented Achiever” Eian Rances, “Ang Raketerang Breadwinner ng Visayas” Nicki Morena, “Happy-Go-Lucky Bunso ng TroPIE” Kevin Montillano, and wellloved chef, Ninong Ry. These PIENALO jocks understand how difficult certain choices can be and the realities of those from various backgrounds.

The channel also launched its official song and station ID on May 22, featuring artists KD Estrada, Alexa Ilacad, P-POP Girl Group BINI, Renee Dominique, and John Roa.

Classic game show “Pera o Bayong” levels up on PIE with a new interactive format, with prizes given away every hour to viewers at home. On “Palong Follow,” PIE viewers will work together to find the Philippines’ next big digital content creator. If you have the inner “Marites” in you, then PIE Night Long is your perfect evening partner. The program features buzz-worthy, modern Pinoy stories where you can share your views and feelings and be involved in the storytelling process. On “UZI,” the country’s first interactive teleserye, viewers have a say on what happens next and write the story together.

“Filipinos long for collective fun, and PIE hopes to fill that gap. On PIE, those who watch become not just viewers but a wellengaged community that plays an active role in storytelling, game shows, and talk shows. Whether on their TV sets, laptops, desktops, or mobile devices, PIE is accessible to Filipinos who want to try a new way to consume—and play with—the shows they love,” said KROMA Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Ian Monsod. “Here at PIE, we are excited to introduce to you a new kind of viewing experience

that combines the strengths of content and technology. We designed our shows for the young and young-at-heart! We made our programs interactive so viewers can participate through TV and mobile devices because we believe that they are integral slices of the PIE. Get ready for 21 hours of fun game shows, talent and variety programs, series, and talk shows every day in this new entertainment channel,” said Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast. PIE, the Philippines’ first multiscreen, real-time interactive TV channel, brings together BEAM, 917Ventures, tradigital entertainment company KROMA, and the country’s leading storyteller and content creator ABS-CBN. It started airing on May 23, from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, accessible to 11 million digital TV households in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Naga, Baguio, and nearby provinces through partner station BEAM. Find the PIE channel by scanning your digibox, watch via its website pie.com. ph, YouTube (http://youtube.com/ iampieofficial) or via Sky Cable Channel 21. You can also watch PIE live on GCash GLife beginning May 28, 2022. Follow PIE (@iamPIEofficial) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for updates.

(From left) ABS-CBN Head of Digital Jamie Lopez, Kroma Entertainment CEO Ian Monsod and 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat mark the launch of tradigital and interactive channel PIE.

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HOME CREDIT MAKES ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE AVAILABLE 24/7 True to its commitment to providing Filipino consumers excellent customer service experience, the country’s leading consumer finance company Home Credit Philippines has officially made its customer service available 24/7. HCPH is the first non-bank financial institution in the Philippines to make its customer support available round-the-clock, allowing its existing and potential customers receive 24/7 support for their concerns and other service inquiries. This is the latest among many developments that HCPH has implemented to ensure customers’ easy access to its various digital touchpoints. “We at Home Credit Philippines are proud to provide our Filipino

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consumers with a seamless customer experience by making our customer support available day and night. Being the first local non-bank financial company to offer round-the-clock customer service, we at Home Credit are confident that we’ll be able to address our customers’ service concerns in the most convenient and efficient way possible and, at the same time, further strengthen our relationship with them,” shares HCPH’s head of operations Pratim Bhattacharya. With this initiative, HCPH’s customers will now be able to send their concerns and questions any time of the day, including during graveyard hours. This, in turn, will enable HCPH to learn about customers’ needs faster and resolve concerns in product

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and cash loans, payment status, account balance, product availability, partner brands, retail stores, and gift payments, among others. Running on multiple touchpoints, this new 24/7 service allows customers to seek assistance from a customer service representative about their concerns by sending a message through the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of HCPH. Customers who are browsing HCPH’s official website may click the “Chat with Us” icon on the lower right side of the website to send in their queries. While for those customers who prefer to coordinate via email, they may send their concerns to info@homecredit. ph. More details are found on the “Contact Us” page of HCPH’s website.

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XIAOMI AND LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM STRATEGIC COOPERATION On 23 May 2022, Xiaomi, the world’s leading consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company, and Leica Camera, whose legendary reputation is based on a long tradition of excellent quality, innovative technologies and German craftsmanship, officially announced their strategic cooperation in terms of mobile imaging. The first imaging flagship smartphone jointly developed by the two companies will be officially launched in July this year. Founded in 2010, Xiaomi is currently the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer. Since its establishment 12 years ago, Xiaomi has always practiced the mission of relentlessly building amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology, its smartphones and other products are sold in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. With strong R&D strength and continuous long-term investment in technology, Xiaomi has become an important leader in technological innovation in the fields of consumer electronics and smart manufacturing. And in the field of imaging, based on its long-term technical accumulation in lens optics, chips, algorithms, etc., as well as its deep understanding of mobile photography, Xiaomi provides extraordinary photography experiences including portraits, night scenes, and snapshots. For over 100 years, Leica Camera has been creating lightweight

cameras favored by street photographer pioneers and worldclass optical lenses, fulfilling the passions of its community. With ingenious optical engineering and formidable craftsmanship, Leica cameras, recognizable by their ‘red dot’ branding, are German engineering at its best and continue to attract new generations of consumers who aspire to achieve “the Leica image look” and own these masterpieces of design. In addition to making precision-crafted masterpieces, Leica attracts wellknown photographers and emerging new talents around the world. Xiaomi and Leica share the same ideas regarding mobile imaging. Both companies are eager to continuously explore the optical performance and photographic experience in the mobile imaging era through extreme technological breakthroughs and aesthetic pursuits. “Xiaomi focuses on creating the ultimate user experience and has always hoped to explore the capabilities of smartphone photography to the extreme. Xiaomi and Leica agree with each other’s pursuits and ideas and appreciate each other’s advantages and industry. This cooperation will provide a strong boost to Xiaomi’s imaging strategy. During the cooperation, from optical design to tuning aesthetic orientations, the innovative technologies, product philosophies, and imaging preferences of both parties have experienced

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unprecedented in-depth collision and fusion,” says Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Group. “It is an honor to announce the long-term strategic cooperation with Xiaomi today. Leica and Xiaomi are both global premium brands and during this unprecedented deep cooperation process, both parties have successively worked on the goal of providing customers with a new era of mobile photography. We are convinced that the first jointly developed imaging flagship smartphone makes the pioneering progress of both companies visible. We will provide consumers in the field of mobile photography exceptional image quality, classic Leica aesthetics, unrestricted creativity, and will open a new era of mobile imaging,” adds Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

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Atome PH Head of BD_Sheila Sta. Ines

PRIMER GROUP PARTNERS WITH ATOME TO INTRODUCE BUY NOW PAY LATER SHOPPING Leading retail and distribution company, Primer Group of Companies, has partnered with Atome, Asia’s leading Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) platform, to provide shoppers in the Philippines with a flexible buy now pay later payment option when purchasing online from their favorite brands under the Primer Group. Popular brands under the Primer Group include Res Toe Run, The Travel Club, Bratpack, Jansport, Columbia, Grind, Sneakpeek, Hydro Flask, Tumi, Quiksilver, and The North Face, among many others. Customers in the Philippines who shop online for the above brands will now be able to split their purchases into three deferred zero-interest payments by checking out with Atome. The partnership will provide Filipino shoppers the ease of BNPL and will simultaneously bridge more consumers with top-tier brands under the Primer Group. To pay, users first

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have to download Atome’s app and register an account, before selecting Atome as the checkout payment option. The Primer Group of Companies’ Dinah Lim, vice president and head of its Philippine Retail Group shares, “We are excited about our partnership with Atome. Our existing customers get to enjoy greater payment flexibility in our web stores. But more importantly, this makes our brands more accessible to a greater number of Filipino online shoppers. We hope that this partnership allows for more journeys and adventures ahead.” Sheila Sta. Ines, head of business development at Atome Philippines, says: “Primer Group distributes some of the biggest brands in urban lifestyle, travel, fashion, sports, and wellness in the Philippines. Through this partnership, Primer customers in the Philippines will now have the option of a flexible,

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convenient, and transparent way to shop and pay online for these quality brands. Together, we also hope this partnership can also accelerate the recovery of the retail and e-commerce industry in the Philippines.” Atome launched in the Philippines at the end of 2021, partnering with over 100+ online and offline retailers across key shopping categories such as fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and home and living, with more to come. Last October, Standard Chartered also announced a 10-year strategic partnership with Atome Financial, the holding company that includes Atome and other digital lending brands. The partnership includes USD500M in financing to expand Atome Financial’s regional ecosystem of merchants and customers. The Atome Philippines mobile app is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

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DIGITAL EDGE BRINGS NEW STANDARDS OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO THE PHILIPPINES DATA CENTER MARKET

Digital Edge Other Colocation in Asia

Jay Park, Chief Development Officer at Digital Edge

Digital Edge (Singapore) Holdings Pte. Ltd. has announced it will deploy Nortek’s patented StatePoint® liquid cooling technology in its new data center under construction in Manila, making the company the first commercial colocation operator to deploy this innovative technology in Asia. The use of this industry-leading sustainable cooling solution will enable Digital Edge to achieve its ambition to create the most energy- and waterefficient data center in the Philippines. Digital Edge’s new data center in Manila, known as NARRA1, is a joint venture with the Threadborne Group, a local family office focused on technology and real estate. Set to be the largest carrier-neutral facility in operational capacity in the Philippines,

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the site is already under construction and will offer 2,200 cabinets and 10MW of IT power. As part of Digital Edge’s commitment to bringing innovative technologies to the Asian data center market and setting new standards for digital infrastructure across the region, the new facility has been designed to offer marketleading colocation services without compromising on energy efficiency. The use of Nortek’s StatePoint® technology, along with NARRA1’s innovative engineering design, will enable the facility to achieve an expected annualized Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.193 and Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) of 1.355 at optimal operating temperature. These market-leading standards,

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particularly for such a hot and humid climate, will make NARRA1 a highly energy and water-efficient facility that is well suited for high power density hyperscale as well as retail colocation deployments. Jay Park, chief development officer at Digital Edge said, “Having championed this highly energy efficient technology earlier in my career, it is therefore fitting I am now able to oversee its inaugural deployment in a colocation setting in Asia, which I hope will set new standards for the future of the industry. Our partnership with Nortek demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles as we work to find innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations.”

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STREETCAR Words by Jose Alvarez

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ne of the more unique modes of transportation, the streetcar, bridged the gap between traveling on horseback and traveling via train. Before 1800, people generally walked or traveled on horseback, while the Industrial Revolution saw the advent of more efficient forms of transportation such as trains. There was a train system on every continent (save Antarctica) by the beginning of the 20th century, and streetcar services were also common in many cities. By the middle of the 20th century, many streetcars vanished, with only a few remaining as tourist attractions. Why did the streetcar suddenly disappear? The very first streetcar service began in 1832 in New York City, when a wealthy banker, John Mason, financed its construction. John Stephenson built this streetcar, and it ran along Bowery Street. New Orleans soon followed up with their own streetcar service in 1835. The streetcar was composed of a driver, who rode up front to drive the horses and had a brake that could stop the streetcar. In the back was a conductor, who collected fares and helped passengers get on and off, while signaling the driver that he could proceed or not. After the Civil War, many larger cities sought to create a way to eliminate the use of horses in streetcars and use machines to June 2022

power this new form of transportation. While cable cars had existed as far back as the 16th century in Austria (generally called a funicular), these were used for commercial and industrial purposes, typically hauling raw materials over steep inclines. For passenger purposes, however, it would take until 1873 to devise a machine that would help cars move along, using an overhead cable that would guide the car around corners and even up and down hills. One of the most famous examples is the cable car in San Francisco, which was the first city to run cable cars. Given the presence of steep hills in the city, it was more practical than using horses or walking around on foot. The cable car is still in operation today, albeit as a tourist attraction. Chicago also had an extensive fleet of cable cars, as did many large cities in the late 19th century. Frank Sprague, who had worked under famous inventor Thomas Edison, decided to use electricity to run streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, in 1888. Streetcars, then, would touch an electric wire with a long pole on the roof, while steam engines would turn huge generators to produce the electricity needed. These were called trolley cars. The streetcar wasn’t just limited to North America. Many cities across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia built streetcar services. However, the high cost of maintaining streetcar systems and the advent of a new technology (the car) would

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soon put many streetcar systems out of service around the world. Although cars existed alongside streetcars for the first half of the 20th century, the car began to replace the streetcar due to the freedom one had when driving their own car. In hilly cities such as San Francisco, the streetcar lasted slightly longer than in flatter cities like Chicago. Some cities opted to modernize their streetcar systems instead of scrapping them entirely. In fact, French president Georges Pompidou declared that “the city must adapt to the car” by 1971. But did the streetcar really die? Think about all the traffic congestion and pollution that cars had brought about, especially since many cars used leaded gas until the mid-1990s. In Germany, they built new tram lines as light rail in the 1970s, rapidly building streetcar systems after reunification in 1990. Canada (Edmonton and Calgary) and the United States (San Diego) followed shortly afterward. The United Kingdom (Tyneside, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, London) also brought back streetcars between 1980 and 2000. France, repudiating Pompidou’s statement, also brought back streetcars in several cities in the same period. Australia, which once had one of the most extensive streetcar systems historically, also brought back streetcars as light rail. gadgetsmagazine.com.ph



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