SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition has finally arrived in the Philippines!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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The most awaited Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition is finally available in the Philippines starting July 9, 2020, through Samsung’s official online store and authorized channels!

The Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition sports the same groundbreaking features that the Buds+ is known for such as the dual dynamic speakers, delivering superior audio quality with rich treble and bass by acoustic specialists AKG.



The earbuds offer long-lasting power that guarantees 11 hours of non-stop listening time on a single charge, which can be extended up to 22 hours when powered by the charging case. 

This gives the fans more time to enjoy the band’s records.



For only Php 8,990, the BTS edition Galaxy Buds+ comes with a purple smart cover and 7 collectible BTS photo cards featuring the band's members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.

Don’t miss out on this exciting offering, visit samsung.com/ph/ .




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Empower new kinds of learning with the SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, now available nationwide!

Friday, July 3, 2020

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SAMSUNG officially launches the new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and is now available nationwide starting today.

Turn ideas into action with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s precise and ergonomic S Pen, which lets users write down notes and accomplish their tasks with ease. From writing notes, creating artwork, and developing presentations, learning can be done easier with the S Pen. 

The best part is that it is magnetically attached to the tablet, ready for use anytime and anywhere.



The tablet ensures the best learning experience without interruptions as it comes with a 10.4” WUXGA+ display, as well as dual speakers by Dolby Atmos and sound by AKG, that allow for an immersive viewing and listening experience in one compact companion. 

With these features that offer premium quality display and sound, focusing and immersing in education and inspirational videos is easier.

The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is also seamlessly integrated with Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem. With Call and Text Continuity support, conveniently answer calls and texts anywhere using the tablet. Learning also becomes more fun as the tablet comes with pre-installed Netflix and Spotify apps which provide access to a wide array of content.



Speaking of content, parents can rest easy as the tablet comes with Samsung Kids, providing children access to age-appropriate and family-friendly materials. Additionally, the tablet also lets users enjoy up to 4 months of FREE Youtube Premium.

Experience new kinds of learning at home with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, now available nationwide! With a retail price of PHP 26,990, the tablet comes in beautiful Angora Blue and Oxford Gray with a free book cover.

To know more about the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, visit samsung.com/ph/.







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You are SAFE at The Manila Hotel

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TMH Lobby: The Grand Lobby of the historic Manila Hotel will light up again soon as the hotel partially reopens to accept guests beginning July 3, 2020



The historic hotel partially reopens in time for its 108th anniversary with upgraded 
hygiene protocols for guest safety; and launches special anniversary promo


Just a day before the historic hotel’s founding anniversary, The Manila Hotel plans to partially open its doors to its valued guests, with the famed Café Ilang Ilang, the Lobby Lounge, and the Delicatessen resuming operations on July 3, 2020. A rebirth of sorts after months of following the government’s quarantine protocols, the hotel has adjusted along with the rest of the world in navigating the “new normal,” and puts a high premium on the well-being of guests. 

With the lobby shining bright anew signifying eternal hope, The Manila Hotel commemorates its 108th founding anniversary on July 4 by welcoming guests with an enduring brand of service that is now focused on enhanced health, hygiene, and sanitation protocols in line with DOH guidelines. 



As the hotel prepares for the reopening, Atty Joey Lina, the president of The Manila Hotel, assures the public, “You are safe here. We have taken every precaution to heart so you and your loved ones can have peace of mind when you visit or stay with us.”

To its valued guests who are waiting for Café Ilang Ilang to open, The Manila Hotel offers its 108th Anniversary Promo that gives the first 108 customers for the first 108 days of its reopening (including Saturdays and Sundays) a special dining rate of only Php1,250 for lunch, and only Php1,550 for dinner. 



Café Ilang Ilang likewise returns with a new system for dining where guests can “order and eat all you can,” meaning they can order as much food as they want from the selection of dishes at a fixed price. 

Both Café Ilang Ilang and the Lobby Lounge will be open with limited seating capacity. Thorough sanitation procedures will be implemented, and guests can order using disposable menu, eat using cutlery in sealed containers, and even use tables with acrylic dividers. Front-facing personnel communicating with guests like Guest Services Officers (GSOs) and waiters will don masks, gloves, and face shields. 

To limit contact with guests, Café Ilang Ilang is also fine-tuning its contactless ordering and payment system.

Adopting best practices, the hotel launches a comprehensive initiative to assure its patrons they are safe at The Manila Hotel. High-traffic public areas will have hygiene reminder signages and distance indicators, and guests will be asked to undergo mandatory temperature checks, and health declaration procedure. 

Limited capacity will also be implemented in elevators, while several hotel facilities will remain closed including the spa, swimming pool, gym, and other areas. 

High-touch points like door handles, elevator buttons, public area furniture, and others will be sanitized multiple times per day using UV technology. 

Tests reveal that UV sanitation greatly reduces the bacteria count on surfaces, as demonstrated by lower RLU readings—whose value is used as a measure of surface cleanliness—after the procedure. 

Barring announcements from the government to the contrary, the hotel also plans to start accepting room bookings by August 2020. The public will be assured of rooms thoroughly cleaned first with UV-C light technology to eliminate germs, bacteria, and viruses; followed by medical-grade sterilizing and disinfecting solution. 

A change of fresh and sanitized linens; sanitation of touch points in the room including remote controls, lamps, etc.; and thorough bathroom disinfection are also art of the procedure. Guests will also receive personal wellness kits, issued a UV-sanitized keycard, and arrive to guestrooms with a seal of assurance that they are the first to enter the sanitized environment.

Because taking care of its own people means they can take better care of guests, The Manila Hotel has invested on testing its staff upon return to work to ensure they are healthy. 

The culinary team strictly adheres to stringent protocols on proper hygiene, hand washing, and food handling. Staff will be required to wear PPEs as needed, and a strict implementation of distancing measures will be done in the offices, front desk, and other areas frequent by guests. 

The Manila Hotel looks forward to welcoming both loyal and new guests with the kind of service it is known for, with the assurance that “YOU ARE SAFE HERE” is not just a tagline but a commitment it truly means to uphold. 


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Practical Tips to Make Your Computer Load Faster

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Our computer is the lifeblood of our business. When it is not in a tip-top condition, we lose clients and income opportunities. 

Of course, we do not want that situation to happen. So, here are some basic steps to boost our computer’s efficiency to make them up and running like the day they came from the store.



1. Uninstall the programs that serve no purpose.

Go to START menu > Control Panel > Programs > Program and Features

Under the Program and Features button, you will see the “Uninstall a Program” option and from there, your computer will give the list of programs installed. Choose the program you want to delete.



2. Select the programs that should run at startup.

Right-click on a space on the taskbar and select Task Manager. Under “Task Manager”, click the “Startup” tab. 

Look through the list of programs that are enabled to run during startup. Hit “Disable” on those that you want to get rid of.


3. Clean your computer’s temporary files regularly.

Press the “Windows” icon + R on your keyboard. Type in %temp% and hit Enter. It will display all the files stored in your Temporary Folder. 

Delete all the files and if it prompts you that some items cannot be deleted, skip the file/s.




4. Use the Ccleaner app for Windows computer to perform PC cleanup.


Go “Start” menu > CcCleaner > Analyse > Clean All. Your PC is “feeling fresh” after this process.




These are just some of the basic steps to make your PC load faster, which will guarantee the optimum performance of your PC. 

If you have another secret formula towards increasing computer speed, kindly comment below. 

I am sure a lot of us who want to speed up our computer during startup will appreciate that.


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Three Bank Scams That are Common During the Lockdown

Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Due to the government-imposed lockdown and the prevalent use of online banking channels, cybercriminals are on the loose again. They are becoming more clever and sophisticated in carrying out their evil schemes.

From an email that looks like it came from your legitimate bank or a phone call from a fake call center agent threatening you to block your credit card if you will not respond promptly for account verification, these online crimes are generally hard to monitor and prosecute the culprit.



But, how does bank scam happen? 

There is only one requirement for bank scam to happen - your banking credentials. These are your username, password, account numbers, and One-Time Password (OTP). 

How about, if the scammer has your account number only?

There is nothing that the scammer can do with just the account number. 

The fraudster should have all your banking credentials for every successful scam to happen.

Then, the scammer can withdraw, transfer funds from your account or used up the credit limit of your credit card.



Knowing the nature of bank fraud and how scammers carry out their scheme, we avoid ourselves from losing our hard-earned money.

In this post, we will discuss the nature of bank frauds and how these are being done by criminals. 



Nature of Bank Fraud

1. Skimming

Card skimming is the illegal process of copying financial information from the magnetic strip of an ATM or credit card. 

Bank scammers will create a fake card with your details on it. Then, they will withdraw or make purchases using the cloned card.

Sometimes, scammers go to the extent of copying your personal details and account numbers and borrow money or take out loans in your name.

2. Phishing

Phishing is the unauthorized collection of financial details by sending legitimate-looking emails or the creation of replicas of valid web pages, which will be used to steal money from the victim's account.





Common Bank Fraud

Recently, there are many reported cases of bank fraud on the internet. I can relate how it feels to experience having your card details compromised. 

So, before we become victims of bank fraud, let us know how these fraudsters conduct their criminal intent to their potential target.

There are three ways they conduct their business, thru emails, call or text message, and the most recent one - SIM swap. 

The purpose of the scammer is to get your personal data. Then, they can steal money from your account.

1. Fake Email

The scammer will send an email requesting the victim to verify his account through a link that opens up to a fake bank website.

The reasons for the account verification are varied - suspicious activity, confirmation of registered mobile number, or transaction alerts, etc. Usually, the tone of the email is threatening and urgent.

2. Fake Call/Text Message

The scammer sends a text message or calls the target, to trick him into believing that someone else used his card to purchase something expensive. 

Then, he will ask for your credit card number, the CCV found at the back of the card, the expiry of the card, and the One-Time-Password (OTP).

There are other variations of the nature of the call, but the aim is to get the victim’s account credentials.

3. SIM Swap

The fraudsters will disguise as telco agents offering SIM Card upgrades. They will take the victim's SIM card which they will use to access his online banking account to withdraw or purchase from the victim’s account. 

Our money in the bank may not be safe anymore. Many scams take place over the internet, making them hard to trace and prosecute. 

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This is further aggravated by the Data Privacy Act, which prohibits institutions to divulge account information without the necessary court order, making it hard for the concerned parties to get the data needed for an investigation.

We need to be wary of people asking us for our personal and financial information. Fraudsters are everywhere and they are just waiting for the right timing to conduct their modus operandi. We do not want to be the next target.

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Creative Way to Hold a Family Summer Outing Despite the Lockdown

Sunday, June 21, 2020

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Most of us experienced canceled travel, postponed birthdays, or other deferred celebrations because of the lockdown. 

But our family did not let the quarantine situation spoiled the annual family gathering, which was already planned long before the COVID 19 pandemic phenomenon.



It has always been a family tradition to make a family get-together every summer. Most of my siblings and their families free up certain weeks of their summer schedule for this highly anticipated annual family gathering. 

Read the family's summer adventure here: 

Usually, the planning took so many months in advance, considering the schedules of each one and continues until the actual event.

For this year, the hotel where we are supposed to stay for three days and two nights was paid long before this pandemic becomes a household name. 

So, it is kind of crazy and frustrating knowing that what we had planned for so many months just went down the drain. 



But staying at home for a long time had made us somehow creative. Don't you know that you can hold any family activities, and celebrate with food and drinks without going outside the house? 

Rather than getting the government-imposed quarantine measures to get in the way of our routine, why not hold a DIGITAL SUMMER PARTY. Yes, that was what we did to make the annual family tradition happened. 

Here's a quick run-down of what took place during the preparation and the actual event. 

One Family, One Team

Each family was formed as a team. The family should give a name for their team. For our team name, my daughter suggested "Team Bang" as our team name. 

Hmm, that sounds catchy, a play on the word timbang (an Ilonggo term meaning, house helper), so I agreed. 



Tik-tok Challenge 

Each team submits a Tik-Tok video. The video had no restrictions, whatsoever. So, anyone can submit any kind of video. 

For this part, it was a challenge really because our two daughters are not with us. The daughters made a concept that would address this problem. 

The finished video turned out impressive. All of us participated in the video, together with our two doggies. 



Enjoy one of the entries:  Durarat Team Tiktok Challenge

Cooking Contest 

The contest determined who is the best cook of the family. 

Here are the requirements. Each team was assigned the main ingredient of the dish. The family cook decides what meal to prepare. 

The team submits a video for documentation purposes. For Team Bang, we were given rice as the main ingredients. 

Our eldest who is the prolific cook came up with rice porridge with chicken strips. Watching the videos and looking at her pictures, I know the dish tastes yummy and delicious. 


Please watch some of the cooking entries: 

The Zoom Meeting aka FAMILY DIGITAL PARTY 

After two weeks of preparation, we are now ready to attend the first-ever FAMILY DIGITAL PARTY. The venue: The Zoom. 

At 8 PM, all of us gathered in front of our laptops and mobile phones and connected to the Zoom Meeting.

We were happy seeing each one appearing on our computer screen. When everyone was connected, my nephew moderated the whole party. 

He had a program prepared. He also explained the mechanics of the contests. 

The Tik-tok Challenge videos were the funniest of all while the Cooking Contest proved we are more of a diner rather than a cook. Just look at me, ha..ha..ha.

It was one big loud party, with our grandchildren running around, just like on previous occasions. 

The Winners and Prizes 

To make it a little bit exciting, winners were declared for each category. The prizes were pooled together from the donations of the nephews and nieces. 

It was a unique experience, seeing my sisters, their children, and grandchildren after so many months, in the video. 

We had also nephew or nieces with their children joined the party, too. We were happy exchanging stories and laughing at old family jokes. 

What made this family affair extra special was it made family members from other parts of the country and abroad attended.

Indeed, this one big event proved that nothing can hinder us from showing our concerns and love for each other as a family.

Cheers to the next summer adventure.

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Go for the PERFECT 10

Saturday, June 20, 2020

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The Fit Filipino Movement (FitFil) led by Health & Fitness VIP Coaches Jim & Toni Saret and co-presented by NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, wish to invite you, your family and loved ones to join a 20-day Facebook Live FREE workout session designed for all beginners and active fitness buffs starting June 22, 2020 (Monday) at 4pm.



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