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11:15 PM

Digital coffee brand launches in the Philippines—delivering coffee on-demand in the new normal.

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 With the shift to remote work and instant commerce brought by the pandemic, Bo’s Coffee launched an exclusively digital coffee brand—Bo’s Coffee Daily to help customers access quality coffee on-demand.



--  The Philippines’ biggest homegrown coffee chain, Bo’s Coffee, recently launched its digital coffee company “Bo’s Coffee Daily”  which aims to help urban dwellers adapt to the new normal. The brand marries the quality homegrown coffee beans and decades of Bo’s Coffee craftsmanship with the convenience of today’s technology.

 

“With Bo’s Coffee Daily, people living in select urban areas of the Philippines will now be able to get the coffee they crave in just a few clicks,” said Steve Benitez, founder of Bo’s Coffee Daily. “When the quarantine restrictions took hold, we realized that coffee was such a customary part of consumers’ lives–whether it meant catching up with good friends or getting some work done. People really missed the cafe. Of course, we couldn’t deliver those exact same experiences, but we could still get them professionally-brewed coffee right when they needed it, while making the ordering experience as delightful as possible.”

 

Through a friendly Facebook Messenger chatbot accessible from a phone, customers can order safely from home, beat the traffic and skip the lines. The chatbot isn’t only extremely simple to use—it’s actually really fun too. Fashioned to recreate the cafe experience, the chatbot makes customers feel at home—as if they were actually talking with their neighborhood barista. “In today’s world, customers already expect convenience, but what we’ve tried to do is go a step further and make the experience more personalized and human,” said Steve. Customers can also access Bo’s Coffee Daily directly on the FoodPanda and Grab apps.

 

Since the brand’s soft launch, customers have been raving about their experience. Geovanni wrote, “Bo’s Coffee Daily is the perfect go to coffee brand for your daily dose of coffee! Transaction is fast. My fave’s Iced Creamy Hazelnut!” Another customer, Rosemarie, mentioned, “It’s easy to manage my order and check the menu and promos available. Very convenient!”

 

Catering to adventurous coffee enthusiasts, Bo’s Coffee Daily offers a wide array of options, including its best sellers: Iced Cream Cheese Coffee, Mocha Dinosaur, Naughty Hazel Mocha Coffee and Oreo Iced Creamy Coffee . With bold flavors introduced regularly, the brand invites customers to try something new and make their drinks a part of their “daily” habits. Behind the scenes, the Bo’s Coffee Daily team, largely composed of coffee lovers, relies on heavy customer research and rigorous testing to perfect each drink on the menu.

 

Currently, customers can get their coffee—be it bold, light, or creamy—from 8am to 8pm daily in Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Taguig, and Quezon City in Metro Manila, and Cebu City and Mandaue City in Cebu. The brand plans to expand to 50+ locations this year as it leverages technology to put more cups of quality Philippine-grown coffee in the hands of more Filipinos.  

 





Order from Bo’s Coffee Daily now:

-        FB Messenger: m.me/boscoffeedaily

-        FoodPanda: https://www.foodpanda.ph/

-        GrabFood: https://food.grab.com/ph/en/




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8:52 PM

RD Pawnshop marks 45th Anniversary Pawnshop Giant excites Filipinos with “Magandang Bukas” campaign

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 RD Pawnshop, Inc., one of the country's leading pawnshop brands, marks another milestone as it celebrates its 45th anniversary of providing high-quality services to Filipinos.  



Alma Pascual, the Business Unit Head of RD Pawnshop Inc., said that all its satisfied clientele could only expect more from the company as it stays true to its commitment to providing quality services to all Filipinos. 

 

Coinciding with its 45th-anniversary celebration, the company launched via a virtual press conference its "Magandang Bukas" campaign, which emphasized its promise of being a companion of all hardworking Filipinos, through and through, especially amid the current pandemic. Among the virtual event attendees were its brand ambassador Pokwang, an inspiring comedienne, actress, television host, and singer. 

 

"At RD Pawnshop, we recognize the value of stability from beginning to end, which helped us thrive for 45 years in service. We want to share this value of stability with Filipinos as we will always be happy to serve and accompany them in every part of their journey. We also want to continue being a source of hope and partner until they make all their dreams happen, hence our new tagline “Kasama mo, Hanggang sa Magandang Bukas”, said Pascual. 

 

With its "Magandang Bukas" campaign, RD Pawnshop shows further that it is one of the most approachable pawnshops in the country. As it understands every Filipino's sacrifice, the company now offers lower remittance rates and higher appraisal values with zero advance interest.  

 

Alongside a workforce trained with excellent customer services and practices, it assures Filipinos hassle-free, reliable, and fast transactions. Aside from pawning, RD Pawnshop provides other services, such as e-loading, bills payment, and insurance services.  

 

RD Pawnshop was founded in 1976 by Rodrigo E. Rivera Sr. and his wife Dolores Chua Rivera in General Santos City. It is part of the conglomerate RD Corporation dedicated to providing clean, conscientious, and respectable services.  

 

To learn more about RD Pawnshop, visit its website at https://rdpawnshop.com.ph/ or send them an e-mail at info@rdpawnshop.com for inquiries. 







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6:50 AM

GT NORTHEAST ACADEMY GEARS FOR MORE BETTER REMOTE LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR COMING SCHOOL YEAR

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GT NORTHEAST ACADEMY GEARS FOR MORE BETTER REMOTE LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR COMING SCHOOL YEAR


Almost a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, which has forced all sectors to devise innovative ways of continuing their operations.

 

Educational institutions are among those who had no choice but to come up with completely new ways of providing educations to students, who are one of the most vulnerable sectors in this pandemic.

 


For GT Northeast Academy (GTNA), adhering to their vision-mission of providing solid basic education, promoting the holistic formation of youth has helped them in the development of their new alternative modes of learning.

 

“In GT Northeast Academy, our remote learning is a blend of real-time, flexible, technological, and non-technological options that fit best for our students, families and teachers’ synchronous and asynchronous learning,” GTNA CEO Engr. Leonora Salvane explained.

 


The hard work and dedication of its faculty members have helped GTNA in carrying out their remote learning program for the past school year 2020-2021, despite challenges in the first months of its implementation.

 

Consider the past school year as a test run of GTNA’s remote learning program.

 


While there may have been birthing pains in the first months of its implementation, the program has definitely improved through constant consultations with stakeholders.

 

“With the supportive and understanding parents and guardians, who became our partners in the teaching-learning under the remote learning program, and through the series of meetings and consultations, GTNA was able to improve its services,” Salvane said.

 

Now, for the upcoming school year, GTNA is excited to offer its better and improved remote learning program to their students which include Nursery 1 to Kindergarten, Grade School, Junior High School and Senior High School.

 

Through its remote learning program, GTNA aims to ensure that all students have the opportunity to continue learning that focuses on critical standards for success in the coming school year.

 

Parents will have the freedom to choose their type of program depending on their situation.

 

The fist option is the School-Provided Instructional Materials with Teacher Support. This option is recommended for working parents of early childhood and elementary students wherein nobody from the family can help or monitor the student in attending online classes.

 

In this option, the school will provide instructional materials weekly and the parent or guardian will pick it up in school or have it delivered to their doorstep. The parent or guardian will then inform the school of his/her day off or available schedule, between Monday to Saturday, in order to conduct a special online class.

 

By this time, the teacher will be able to assist and tackle the topics for the whole week to the student and the parent.

 

The second option is the Teacher-Led Instruction Online with Teacher Support and Support Program which is a mix of both online and offline teaching.

 

The third option is the Teacher-Led Full Digital Instruction with Teacher Support and Support Programs.

 

In the second and third options, teachers will use both instruction methods in order to deliver what is intended and appropriate for the students. It is essential to use varied techniques to ensure success of the delivery of instruction.

 

In addition, GTNA will continue to provide guidance and support through the following programs: (1) Grab and Go Food Packs (early childhood pupils only), (2) Counseling and Health Consultation, (3) Technical Support, and (4) Advisory Checkup.

 

“The transition to remote learning will not be simple and easy. This will be a complicated time for families and the transition will be a challenge. As we all adjust to the new normal, the best response we can do is to face it with adaptability, patience, and partnership,” Salvane shared.

 

In order to let more parents know of their remote learning program, GTNA is inviting everyone to their Early Childhood Virtual Open House on the following schedules:


Batch 1 – January 23, 2021 (9 A.M. to 11 A.M.)

Batch 2 – February 20, 2021 (9 A.M. to 11 A.M.)

 

The virtual open house will be via Zoom. Those interested will have to preregister using these links:

https://forms.gle/hBaFegWw1HcLQmdd8 or

http://gtnortheastacademy.edu.ph/2021-EC-Virtual-Open-House/

 

GTNA is also already accepting reservations for school year 2021-2022 from Nursery 1 to Senior High School. You may contact the Information Office at 0920-281-6086.



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6:40 AM

Girls not Brides: Zonta Club of Cebu II commits to saving girls from child marriages

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 The Zonta Club of Cebu II, in its cause to empower and advance the status of women, embarks on the challenge to end child marriages among Filipina girls who are often on the receiving end of the adverse consequences of these underage unions. 


Maria Aurora Quillala, Advocacy and Partnership Manager of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), said the adverse effects of child marriages and unions among girls cover her physical, mental and emotional health and moreso, her economic well-being. Quilala made the statement in her keynote speech in the “Girls Not Brides” webinar hosted by Zontians on Saturday, January 9. 

A child marriage happens when one or both of the spouses are under the age of maturity which is, in the case of the Philippines, 18 years old. Quilala said cases of child marriages are technically equivalent to forced marriage since under the law, persons under 18 do not have the capacity to freely enter into contracts, let alone an eternally binding contract of marital relations.




Prevalence of child marriages in the Philippines

While discussions on child marriage is not a common topic on the table, statistics on child marriage in the Philippines say otherwise in reality, especially for girls bound by the chains of poverty. 

The Philippines, according to data presented by Quilala, ranks 12th globally in terms of absolute number of child marriages. “Marriage,” in this case, includes both those that are legally binding and common law unions where the underaged spouse or spouses cohabit with each other. 

One in every six Filipinas enters marriage before she turns 18 while 15% of  women aged 20-24 say they got married before they turn 18 and 2% of Filipinas in this age group married while they were still under 15. Around 75% of the time that underage girls are ushered into child marriage, they are marrying an adult man.      

Quilala said there is a strong correlation between incidence of child marriage and poverty in the country. Aside from poverty, traditions where children are compelled to enter into marriage also play a significant factor.

Although the Family Code of the Philippines requires that parties in a marriage should be at least 18 years old, this does not stop common law unions and even marriages of young girls that are sanctioned by exemptions under other laws such as the Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines which allows the marriage of girls upon reaching the age of puberty. 

Effects of child marriages on girls

Girls entering marriage at a very early age face consequences from the risk of bearing and rearing a child at an age, when her anatomy and her emotional and mental state are not yet ready for motherhood, and when she, herself, should still have been under a nurturing parental care. 

Physically, a child mother faces a number of health risks which include anemia, STIs, postpartum hemorrhage, abortion, poor mental health, and closely spaced pregnancies. According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, pregnancy and childbirth-related complications among 15-24-year-old mothers account for 22% of maternal deaths in the country. The child born from a young mother also faces the risks of preterm birth, low birth weight which contribute to infant mortality.  

Herein, adolescent pregnancy may be a result from child marriage. In other cases, meanwhile, child marriages also proceed from the intent to “preserve the family’s honor” when a girl is found to be conceiving a child.  

In terms of opportunities, a girl who is ushered into marriage loses her opportunities for self-improvement and to have a better standing when she comes of age. Data shows that the top reason for girls in dropping out of school is “marriage and family matters.” Without completing her education, a girl who is forced into marital life also loses her chances to land a good job that could fit her interest and skills that she could have acquired from studying. This case results in the economic dependency of a girl to her husband.

Legislations to end child marriage

According to Quilala, the initiative and call for legislation to end child marriages in the Philippines date back 10 years ago. However, a proposed bill for the purpose only materialized in 2019. Before the end of 2020, a consolidated bill to end child marriages, which makes marrying children a public crime, has been passed in third reading in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, however, three proposed bills for the same purpose remain pending and unprioritized at the committee level.

          While the road to end child marriages has been rough, with several obstacles,, the Zontians are committed to reach out and educate stakeholders, so that more Filipino girls are given the opportunity to manage their choices towards a better and brighter future, empowered through quality education and financial independence. Quilala said Zontians and other women can join the cause of ending child marriages by being part of the Girls Defender Alliance and taking part in the dialogues to lobby with lawmakers the passage of the legislation on ending child marriages in the country.





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5:29 AM

Philippine Red Cross Recognizes Honda Philippines Inc. for Humanitarian Service

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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) recently awarded Honda Foundation, Inc. (HFI) the Outstanding Humanitarian Award for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)[1]. The recognition was for the initiative and support for the organization’s efforts in in helping communities in times of calamities and amid the pandemic. 

In May 2020, HFI donated 104 motorcycle units--52 red units each of TMX125 alpha and Wave 110 alpha--with insulated top boxes to PRC. These motorcycles will be used by PRC volunteers and staff in its 104 Chapters nationwide. The endowment also provides PRC with a fast and high-quality mode of transportation.   

 

"We, at Honda, are one with the Philippine Red Cross in providing a helping hand to those in need. With our innovative mindset, we recognize the power of our motorcycles in helping this organization in all its much-needed humanitarian efforts," said Mr. Susumu Mitsuishi, HFI Member of the Board of Trustees.   

 

HFI is the arm of the Honda group of companies in the Philippines that oversees and manages its corporate social responsibility programs and activities, such as promoting road safety, protecting the environment, supporting the youth, and addressing local community needs.    

   

"Honda has always been present in protecting the lives of Filipinos, especially during crises like the Taal Volcano eruption, the current COVID-19 pandemic, and even the series of typhoons. In 67 years of its trustworthy services, Honda Philippines, Incorporated has been supportive to the Philippine Red Cross for a decade now," Mr. Mitsuishi said.   

   

The donation project is in line with Honda's ONE DREAM campaign, which aims to make Honda motorcycles an essential tool in saving lives and helping institutions like the PRC by enabling the group to respond rapidly during crises.  

 

For more details about Honda products and promos, visit us at our website www.hondaph.com and follow our Facebook page, Honda Philippines, Inc., and Instagram, @hondaph_mc. 




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