Let's Go with GOMO: Changing the Way we Connect

Sunday, March 7, 2021

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GOMO changes the game in connectivity.  Brings no-expiry and unlimited data deals for an awesome connectivity experience 

Staying connected has been pretty high on our list of priorities nowadays. Most of us have shifted a lot of our work and play online. We now pay our bills, do shopping, and work from home, among many other activities. 

Given our current situation, we saw the power of connectivity to navigate the next normal. And we continuously see the growing dependence of Filipinos on this. This is what GOMO, the latest fully digital brand in the country, is all about. 

Changing the game in connectivity, GOMO aims to provide simplicity and innovation to Filipinos with its three game-changers—a Fully Digital Experience, No Expiry Data, and ‘Mo Creds. 

In a nutshell, GOMO is making the whole telco experience brutally simple. Eric Leif Tanbauco, Head of GOMO, explained that the digital brand was created specifically for today’s digital natives who utilize digital solutions in their work and play. 

"Reinventing our business model allowed GOMO to provide innovative industry firsts: an all-digital approach to telco, no expiry data, and even the ability to convert data to calls and texts,” he said. Fully digital, GOMO doesn’t have any physical stores or hotlines, which enabled them to minimize its operating costs". 

"As an innovative brand, its experience is designed to be simple and convenient for its customers by giving them everything they need in a mobile app—from buying a SIM, purchasing promos and even aftersales. “This is why GOMO doesn’t have any load or bills. We give our customers the things that matter most to them, and that is data. And it’s not just plain data. It is data that lives forever,” Tanbauco added. 

AWESOME Deals GOMO is 5G ready. Having its digitally-savvy customers in mind, the brand made sure that when it launched GOMO, its customers can already use the best connectivity, which is 5G. 

Recently, it upgraded its current offer to 30GB (from 25GB) with No Expiry, with the same price of P299. GOMO also regularly does flash deals. Its ongoing 3.3 promotion offers UNLIMITED DATA for users, again simplifying their connectivity experience, so they have the freedom to access the internet without any restrictions. 

To serve more Filipinos with its unlimited offerings, GOMO is extending its flash deals from March 8 to 10, to continue offering its UNLI promos: UNLIMITED DATA for 15 days for P299 and Unlimited Data for 30 days for P499. 

“So far, we’re happy with the results of GOMO. We are able to attract the growing base of digitally savvy Filipinos and leverage on the consumer’s heightened need for digital tools,” said Tanbauco. 

GOMO will also launch an exclusive offer in key cities of Visayas and Mindanao on March 15. A regional exclusive, GOMO customers in the region will be able to subscribe to UNLI DATA for 30 days for only P199. 

AWESOME Hunt GOMO is also about awesome experiences. In 2020, GOMO brought 88 rising stars through its online concert. It also partnered with Shoor to bring exciting digital experiences to Filipinos. 

On March 8, GOMO will continue to bring these experiences to its customers with GOMO AWESOME hunt! Exclusive GOMO kits are up for grabs when GOMO customers join the hunt! 

Follow GOMO’s social media pages to know more. Now on its sixth month, GOMO will continue to provide awesome experiences for its customers and expand its reach to more digitally-savvy Filipinos. 

Follow GOMO on Facebook, Twitter @Gomo_PH to know more about the Awesome Hunt and for more flash deals and new promos! Learn more about GOMO and visit www.gomo.ph
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TIN Verifier Mobile Application: Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) Inquiry and Validation at Your Fingertips

Friday, March 5, 2021

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All of us are adapting to the new normal. The extended lockdown in the country allowed private and public businesses to innovate to serve their customers continuously.

Recently, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) launched its online TIN verification channel. 

The BIR TIN Verifier Mobile Application allows taxpayers to validate their TIN online or inquire about their TIN application status using their mobile phones. A BIR agent will act on their request and will answer accordingly based on available BIR records.

How to use the BIR mobile application


  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store or the App Store;


  1. Read the bureau’s Privacy Notice and tick the “I have read and understood the Privacy Policy” and “Proceed” buttons;


  1. The app will direct you to the Home Page. Tap the “TIN Verifier” button and select your desired transaction- TIN inquiry or TIN validation;


  1. Fill-up the required information;


  1. You will receive a confirmation message that your TIN is verified;


  1. You may screenshot the message for your reference.


Additional Information


  1. Currently, the app is available during weekdays, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM;


  1. The TIN verification process is not yet fully automated. The BIR agents still manually check the TIN records of the taxpayer before they can answer your transaction.  So, response time may be slow;


  1. Walk-in TIN transactions are still accepted in the Revenue District Offices (RDOs) to serve taxpayers with no access to online service.


The BIR mobile application is still in its initial stage. It needs fine-tuning to make it more useful and convenient for taxpayers. The new system is a step ahead than queuing in the RDOs. 

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5 DIY Tips to Keep Your Bed Mattress Clean and Fresh

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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The pandemic has made us health-conscious. Keeping healthy is not only about social distancing and frequent handwashing. But it is also about keeping the household clean, especially the ones we stay longer when we are at home.


Don’t you know that we spend an average of six hours of sleep, and that means spending the same hours lying on our bed? While dreaming the birds and the bees or merely lounging, dust, dead skin, sweat, and other debris may cling on the bed mattress, which could cause allergies and skin problems. 


When we have health issues, our immune system is low, making us prone to contact infections such as the deadly COVID-19 virus. That’s why keeping our bed mattress clean and fresh is part of our household routine in the new normal.


Here are five simple yet effective way of keeping your night buddy fresh, stain- and odor-free:


1.   Remove the dust.

The best and effective way of getting rid of mattress dust is through a vacuum cleaner. Remove all bedding and covers off the mattress.  Then, grab the vacuum cleaner’s upholstery accessory and aim the nozzle to the fabric’s entire surface, including the sides. Check out for hidden dust or dirt stuck on the seams or quilting, and remove the grime using the crevice tool.


You may vacuum-clean your bed regularly to get rid of loose materials that could cause stains to your beddings when accumulated in the fabric for a long time.


  1. Wipe out the stain immediately

If you are fond of snacking in bed, chances are your bed mattress may have some food remnants or stains on it. You may want to clean up the mess as soon as it happens. Change the sheets immediately and toss the soiled sheets inside the washing machine. 


For the stained bedding, soaked a piece of cloth in water with mild detergent and gently rub the stain. Remove the residue by using a clean damp cloth. Avoid using cleaning agents with a harsh chemical component as it may damage the mattress’ fabric.


  1. Air out your bed mattress

Let your bed mattress breathe. Sunbathing your mattress for half a day is an excellent way to get rid of moisture, stale odors, and bacteria. Place the mattress in a dry and clean open area where there is direct sunlight.


If you don’t have access to an ideal outdoor spot, open the windows and let your bed mattress sunbathe inside the house.  Just ensure that sunlight can touch the entire fabric evenly. 


  1.  Take a bath before going to bed.  

Believe it or not, the single contributor of dirt in your mattress is you. You shed off dead skin, sweat a lot, and bring in foreign matters from outside. Thus, give yourself a nice bath or cleaning before hitting the sheets. Wearing your freshly-ironed pajamas or loungewear will also help.


Your bed and mattress will stay smelling-fresh longer and will guarantee a pleasant journey towards slumberland.


  1. Get a new bed mattress. 

If you tried every solution to remove stubborn stains or odor and all did not help, it is time to have a bedroom makeover by getting a new bed mattress and a few home accessories that will spruce up your bedroom. You deserve a night of better and comfortable sleep.


Check out some great bedroom designs and home furnishings from Our Home.  From contemporary to modern, there is one best design for you, whatever the budget is.

Learn other home decors and great deals on selected items by clicking this link>>https://www.ourhome.ph/.

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Uniqlo Opens First Butuan Store

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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 Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, is set to open its first store in Butuan City on March 26, 2021. Situated at the ground floor of SM City Butuan, along JC Aquino Avenue.

The opening of the store marks the brand’s commitment to provide affordable, stylish, and functional essentials to more locals, in helping them with their everyday clothing lifestyle needs.

With 859 square meters shopping space, Butuanons can soon have access to the complete lineup of LifeWear clothing for women, men, kids, and babies, including UNIQLO shirts, pants, jeans, denims, dresses, the AIRism collection, and UV Protection pieces.

On the opening week, customers can enjoy special offers on selected UNIQLO items perfect for the summer season.

For more updates, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at www.uniqlo.com/ph and download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store. 

Follow UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (Instagram.com/uniqlophofficial). 

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Enjoy Free Shipping, Cashback, and More at the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival

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ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, launches the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival this February 22-25. 

Users who shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay can enjoy exclusive perks and rewards such as free shipping, ₱1 deals, load discounts, cashback, and more.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As the Philippines continues to transition into a cashless society, Shopee wants to further develop consumer confidence in digital payments, ensuring their experience is seamless, convenient, and rewarding. With the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival, Shopee aims to encourage Filipinos to fully embrace digital payments by providing them with incentives when they use ShopeePay, especially during the 3.3 - 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale.”

Until February 25, ShopeePay users can redeem the following deals and rewards when they activate and top up their mobile wallet:

Free shipping for a minimum purchase of ₱199

Enjoy free shipping vouchers released every 12 midnight and 12 noon daily this February 22-25. On February 24, watch out for four limited-time free shipping vouchers to be released throughout the day.

1 Deals and more

With Deals Near Me, users can conveniently buy eVouchers, which can be used online and in physical stores. Purchase eVouchers using ShopeePay to redeem a variety of deals, such as ₱1 deals from top F&B merchants like Jollibee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald's; discounts up to 90% off; and up to 15% cashback.

Flash deals on mobile load

Get more load for less. On February 25, buy 30 worth of load for only 24. Look out for flash deals as well, such as 10 load for 5, 15 load for 7, 20 load for 10, and 50 load for 37.

Coins cashback on bills payment

Earn rewards when you pay your bills via ShopeePay. On February 23, get 15% cashback, capped at a maximum of 120 coins; and on February 25, get 20% cashback, capped at a maximum of 160 coins.

More cashback deals

Use ShopeePay during 3.3 to claim up to 20% cashback, capped at a maximum of 200 coins, from participating shops.

For more information on the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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Uniqlo's 2021 Spring/Summer issue of Lifewear Magazine Available on March 2021

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UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces the launch of the 2021 Spring/Summer issue of LifeWear magazine in March 2021. 

First published in August 2019, LifeWear magazine is a free magazine that conveys the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy of making the everyday lives of people richer and more comfortable. 

The theme of Issue 04 is “Find Your Healthy” and reflects the belief that leading a healthy life is the first step to creating a brighter future. With that thought in mind, this latest issue is filled with hints for living your best life in the new season.

Main Contents of the 2021 Spring/Summer Issue

Find Your Healthy with UNIQLO 2021 Spring/Summer Collection

What sort of clothing will make people healthy in the new spring season? Fashion pages present 15 topics drawn from this season’s latest collection. 

Clothing with characteristic UNIQLO comfort and everyday usefulness, such as the Kando Jacket and items with UV protection functionality, offer comfort with preppy styles and stylings that radiate a classic mood.

Hello, Haruki - Interview with Haruki Murakami

This interview comprises 26 questions posed to author Haruki Murakami, whose work has captivated readers in Japan and around the world.

The interview was conducted at the studio that produces “Murakami RADIO,” the radio program that Murakami himself hosts, and covers topics including novels, music, and fashion. 

His answers to probing questions regarding the ideas for his novels, future plans, and other aspects of the creative process is essential reading for Murakami fans.

Build the Future - Interview with Tadao Ando

Globally renowned architect Tadao Ando has long been involved with social activities in addition to his architectural work. 

In 2020, Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest that he funded was donated to the city of Osaka. This interview reveals his thoughts on that library and contributing to society.

Backstage at the Louvre

Last January 2021, UNIQLO concluded a partnership agreement with the Louvre Museum in Paris. This series of interviews with Louvre staff provide a behind-the-scenes look at this awe-inspiring palace of beauty. Discover the philosophy of the Louvre that can’t be seen by viewing its collections.

UNIQLO and Our Town

A new series from this issue presents cities around the world with which UNIQLO has a deep connection. 

This issue features a guide to Hamburg, Germany, where UNIQLO opened its first store in October 2020. This city, the hometown of fashion designer Jil Sander, is filled with charms to make you want to explore its streets.

The Lifewear Magazine 2021 Spring/Summer issue will be available in all Uniqlo stores nationwie
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Bohol Celebrates the Annual Ubi Festival

Thursday, February 18, 2021

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the Provincial Government of Bohol's efforts in setting up this year's annual Ubi Festival under the new normal.

Running until February 24, the festival, which has been celebrated since year 2000, is proof of the Boholanos’ love for Ubi or purple yam. The root crop was revered as a “savior crop” as its discovery led to the alleviation of hunger in the province during pre-Hispanic times. Now, it has become a staple food for Boholanos because of its taste, long shelf-life, and the many food varieties that can be made from it.

As the largest producer of ubi in the country, Bohol is home to many ubi farmers who turn to the root crop for their livelihood. With this year's theme, “Pagpananum ug Ubi Napuslan, Kagutom Na Dala Sa Covid19 Nabatukan,” the festival aims to celebrate the root crop that has become an agro-historical-geographical-religious symbol for the province and highlight the impact and contributions of ubi farmers.

As part of the festival, a showcase of a variety of Ubi products like ube jams and ube-based bibingka, ice cream, and bread can be found at the Old City Airport in Tagbilaran City. The venue strictly implements health and safety protocols to assure festival-goers of an easy and memorable experience. Other cultural activities, exhibits, and seminars are also held to honor the root crop this month.

From festivals, gorgeous sights, and fun-filled activities, there’s definitely a Bohol destination for everyone. While it is famous for the Chocolate Hills, Bohol also offers other attractions that families, groups, and even solo travelers can enjoy.

Scenic views and ecotourism sites

When one speaks of Bohol, the Chocolate Hills cannot be left out. These 1,776 individual hills spread across six towns have attracted tourists from many generations for their uniqueness and vastness. 

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, a place dedicated to saving the lives of endangered tarsiers, is also open for those who want to learn more about these small nocturnal primates.

Action-packed activities

Bohol also has something for adrenaline junkies. If you prefer seeing the Chocolate Hills up close, ATV rentals are available in the Carmen area. Those who want more action-packed activities can head to the Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park for zipline and cable car rides. If you prefer water activities, you can also opt for stand-up paddle boarding tours or experience a water bike adventure.

White-sand beaches

Bohol is also known for its white-sand beaches and clear waters. The Alona beach is a stunning 1.5km stretch of white-sand beach famous for being a must-visit spot for those who love snorkeling, scuba diving, or even those who just like to relax and watch the sunset. Travelers can also island-hop to Balicasag and Virgin islands to explore Bohol’s marine life. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of dolphins in the area.

Variety of accommodations

Tourism comprises 70% of the livelihood in Bohol, so there is no wonder that several hotels and resorts are available in the area. Whether you choose accommodations in the municipality of Panglao or Dauis, these hotels are committed to providing top-notch service and hospitality, especially during these times. Temperature checks, QR code scanning, plated meals, and rearranged eating areas are just some of the adjustments made by accommodations to ensure that travelers are assured of a safe environment during their stay.

Hassle-free travel

Do-it-yourself travels are currently not allowed in Bohol. This means that everything you plan to do while on the island should be pre-booked--from accommodations and transportation to tour arrangements. This makes sightseeing around the island hassle-free. This also makes it easier for the provincial government to implement systems to curb the virus’s spread while ensuring that tourists get to fully enjoy the island’s beauty.

Before planning a visit to Bohol, travelers must have a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before their arrival, pre-booked accommodations at a DOT/LGU-accredited establishment, travel itinerary, and registration in the Province of Bohol website at tourism.bohol.gov.ph for the issuance of personal QR codes that will serve as electronic IDs.

Tourists coming from Metro Manila are encouraged to apply for the subsidized RT-PCR test at the UP-Philippine General or Philippine Children's Medical Center for as low as PHP900 and PHP750, respectively. To avail of the 50% discount from either of the two medical institutions, visit the Tourism Promotions Board website at www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel.

As of February 2, 2021, Bohol allows the use of saliva RT-PCR tests in place of nasal and throat swabs.

For up-to-date information on open destinations and the safety protocols and requirements needed for each location, you may visit www.philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at app.philippines.travel or the Google Playstore.

For more information on traveling to Bohol, contact the Department of Tourism or visit philippines.travel/safetrip/bohol.

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