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3:06 AM

7-Eleven installs its 1,500th ATM in Cebu In partnership with Seven Bank, PSC aims to have 150 ATMs in its Cebu stores by June. Land Bank cardholders can now withdraw free of charge

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7-Eleven continues to make safe and convenient banking accessible to more Filipinos as it expands its ATM services across the country, marking the activation of the 1,500th cash-recycling ATM in Casa Mira, Cebu City. This was made possible with its partnership with Pito AxM Platform, Inc. (PAPI), the local subsidiary of Seven Bank, Ltd. of Japan.


Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the exclusive licensor of 7-Eleven in the Philippines and PAPI, plan to have 150 cash machines operational in Cebu by the end of June.  


“We have aggressively expanded the 7-Bank ATM network in Metro Manila and Luzon during the pandemic.  This 2022, we reach another milestone as we set foot in Cebu, signaling our further expansion of ATMs in Visayas and Mindanao,” said Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of PSC. 


PSC and PAPI plan to deploy 1,500 additional cash machines by the end of 2022, aiming to cover the majority of over 3,100 7-Eleven stores nationwide.


Masanori Sakaguchi, President of PAPI, stated “We are very happy to serve our precious customers in Visayas, and the ones in Mindanao very soon. We hope everybody appreciates our sophisticated ATM services imported from Japan.”


PAPI also introduces Land Bank of the Philippines as its newest partner bank. Land Bank customers can now enjoy free transactions on ATMs at 7-Eleven stores beginning May 23.  


Besides Land Bank, PAPI has a partnership with BDO, the largest bank in the Philippines, to accommodate free cash withdrawals by its cardholders.  Meanwhile, other bank account holders may transact through BancNet, with a Php 10 transaction fee.  More partner banks will be announced soon. 


ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are cash-recycling machines. The ATMs also have a unique feature of delivering the ATM interface depending on the customer’s bank, providing familiarity and ease of use.


Lawrence De Leon, Head of Finance at PSC, said the ATMs provide an innovative solution to the cash handling requirements of 7-Eleven stores nationwide. “The sales are deposited by our store operators and the ATMs “recycle” the cash to fund withdrawals of the customers of the different banks.  This creates a lot of value to our customers because of the convenience of having ATMs available 24/7 in a safe and secured location. The ATMs also provide flexibility in cash management since deposits are immediately credited to PSC’s corporate bank account,” De Leon added.


PSC partnered with PAPI in February 2020 to equip all 7-Eleven stores with cash-recycling ATMs.


For more information on where to find the ATMs, please visit https://www.7-eleven.com.ph/whatsnew/atms-in-7eleven-list-of-stores/




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2:54 AM

McDonald’s In-store Parties are back to give families and friends a celebration to remember!

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 You can once again get together at McDonald’s for a safe, fun, and convenient way to celebrate birthdays or milestones with the ones you love

CEBU, Philippines - May 17, 2022 – Birthdays are one of the most treasured milestones in a person’s life, but with the restrictions from the past couple of years, Filipinos— both young and old— have limited their own celebrations within close-knit groups. Now, after two years, McDonald’s is officially opening its doors and inviting family and friends to once again celebrate birthdays and milestones in-store through McDo Party!


With its spacious and sanitized party areas, lively and energetic hosts, and party perks for both celebrants and guests, everyone is sure to have a celebration to remember with McDo Party! Celebrants have a variety of party packages and exciting themes to choose from like crowd-favorites Happy, Barbie, Hotwheels, and Thomas & Friends.

 
What’s most exciting is of course the McDo favorites that everyone can enjoy— with a variety of food mixes to choose from! 


The McDo Birthday Party package includes a completely decorated party room, full hosting, 30 invitations inclusive of party hats, activity tray mats, big balloons; 10 guest giveaways, assorted game prizes, and a free gift for the celebrant. 

McDonald’s Mactan Town Center McDo Party Set Up


What’s more, planning a McDo Party is easy and hassle-free with 3 simple steps - (1) choose a McDo branch, date, and time for your party (2) pick a party theme (3) choose your preferred food package.

To ensure all guests are M Safe in their return to McDo Parties, McDonald’s will be enforcing safety protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing and continuous sanitation. Celebrants are also requested to fire out candles with an alternative material.

MSafe Protocols

With all the challenges of the past few years, now’s the time to get together and celebrate! With McDo Party, celebrate more than just a birthday— celebrate family, friends, and feel-good moments. Book your next celebration at McDo Party by visiting a McDonald’s store near you!

For those who prefer to celebrate at home, McDonald’s can bring the party to you through the McDo Party Box available via take-out, drive-thru and McDelivery for an indoor celebration experience. Each Party Box includes 1 McSpaghetti Platter for 5, 1 Chicken McShare Box for 5, 5 regular Coke, and Party Box of amenities for only P999.

You may refer to this link for more photos from the launch event held yesterday, May 16, 2022 at the McDonald’s Mactan Town Center.

To catch all the freshest updates from McDonald’s, follow McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 



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9:01 PM

Smile Train Celebrates Women’s Month with Smile Makers

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 Smile Train Celebrates Women’s Month with Smile Makers

Championing women who empower others, Smile Train Ambassadors Catriona Gray, Barbie Forteza, and Marian Rivera share messages for (NWMC) National Women’s Month Celebration. 


From the day-to-day work of Smile Train and that of its partners and volunteers, women have been undeniably the backbone of the organization’s cause. As we close National Women’s Month this March, join us in celebrating the women who have helped make Smile Train what it is today.



To commemorate this year’s National Women’s Month as well as International Women’s Day with the theme #BreaktheBias, Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft-focused organization, celebrates women who empower others to go against bias and stigma brought about by physical differences, and promotes a more welcoming and inclusive society for all individuals born with a cleft.


Individuals born with a cleft lip and/or palate often experience bullying and are subjected to stigma based on their physical differences. They face these difficulties on top of other challenges such as difficulties in eating, breathing, and speaking.  


“Creating an environment that is welcoming and non-judgmental underpins our advocacy of helping those born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Our goal is not only to provide them with the proper cleft care treatment and services, but also to join others to help eliminate the bias and stigma they face,’’ shared Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Vice President, Smile Train South East Asia. 

 

Woman to woman: Smile Makers share messages for NWMC


Celebrity Smile Makers

In time for the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC), Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray shared how Smile Train in the Philippines has supported over 65,000 free life-changing cleft surgeries. She shared, “We want to [deliver] treatment to girls and women, to give them the confidence and opportunities they need to pursue their dreams. Together we can all create a world where difference is valued and celebrated.”


Long time Smile Maker Marian Rivera expressed that all the women who have created an impact on one's life should be celebrated since they have given care and guidance especially to those who are struggling with cleft. “This Women’s Month, we should continue to fight for our rights as women,” shared Rivera. Barbie Forteza also wished to bring the spotlight on all the women in the cleft community, such as doctors, nurses, social workers, dentists, and other medical professionals who have impacted the lives of children with clefts as well as their families. 


Smile Train Partners

Smile Train partner and anesthesiologist Dr. Ny Arizala

Smile Train supporter and endurance runner Marge Camacho

Smile Train partner and anesthesiologist Dr. Ny Arizala said, “The role of women in today’s world can never be undermined. Let’s recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of women in improving access to cleft care here and around the world.” Smile Train supporter and Endurance runner Marge Camacho also expressed, “In today’s world where women have overwhelmingly shown we can do anything we put our minds to, there is no room for bias and discrimination. Let’s work together to empower and enable girls born with a cleft who continue to face stigma and difficulties.”


Smile Train Patients


Smile Train Volunteer and real estate professional, Cris Magallanes

rom once being a Smile Train patient and beneficiary, and now a real estate professional and Smile Train supporter, Cris Magallanes shared “Sa Buwan ng Kababaihan, isulong natin ang isang mundong malaya sa diskriminasyon, kung saan lahat ay tinatanggap nang walang panghuhusga. Kasama ng Smile Train, tuloy kong susuportahan ang mga tao at mga babaeng may cleft upang maranasan nila ang mapagtanggap na buhay at marating ang kanilang mga pangarap.”


(For Women’s Month, let us advance a world free of discrimination, where everyone is accepted without judgment. With Smile Train, I will continue to support people and women with clefts so that they can experience a welcoming life and reach their dreams.)


Smile Train patient, baby Lexine with mommy Noelyn Solano

While a mother of Smile Train patient baby Lexine, Noelyn Solano, shared a message to fellow moms, “Saludo ako sa lahat ng kababaihan, lalo na sa mga nanay ng mga batang may cleft, na patuloy na nagsisikap at nagsasakripisyo para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilang mga anak. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Smile Train at sa lahat ng mga partners nito sa pagtulong sa amin na makamit ang pangarap na iyon para sa aming mga anak.”  


(I salute all the women, especially the mothers of children with clefts, who continue to work hard and sacrifice to provide a better future for their children. I am grateful to Smile Train and all its partners for helping us achieve that dream for our children.)


“We are thankful for the women in our organization, especially the mothers of those with clefts, who continue to encourage and support us and of course their children. It is through their encouragement that we can create an environment that is welcoming and accepting. It is our Smile Makers — women volunteers, mothers, and ambassadors, who help normalize cleft as a medical concern that can be treated through surgery, rather than it being a source of stigma and bias,” said Flaviano. 


While it is a continuous journey to fight the stigma brought about by cleft, Smile Train wishes to create life-changing experiences that can empower women through positive changes in their body. Through their cleft treatment and services, Smile Train works toward a more inclusive and welcoming community for women in the Philippines. 

 

To know more about Smile Train’s global efforts and ways to donate, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines or to refer a patient in need, please visit smiletrain.ph/get-help. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.









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6:38 AM

Cleene CLIO makes Clean Teeth possible for Families this World Oral Health Day 2022

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 Cleene CLIO makes Clean Teeth possible for Families this World Oral Health Day 2022


Manila, Philippines - On World Oral Health Day, Cleene CLIO invites everyone to celebrate by practicing proper oral healthcare with their families.


A product of proudly Filipino company PHILUSA Corporation, Cleene CLIO has been an ardent supporter of this global oral health initiative, especially with oral care given less priority during the pandemic when accessibility to dentists and visits to oral health facilities were challenging at the height of the lockdowns.


To emphasize the importance of good oral health practices at home, Cleene CLIO has partnered with Manila Water Foundation and Philippine Dental Association to provide oral health kits to various barangays and schools as part of this year’s World Oral Health Day activities. Over 2,000 health kits containing Cleene CLIO toothbrushes and Dental Floss Premium from Cleene CLIO and PHILUSA were distributed to 12 barangays and to the chosen hygiene facility in Dinalaonan Elementary School in Pangasinan.


And as a special treat for World Oral Health Day, selected Cleene CLIO products will be sold at 20% off exclusively in Mercury Drug stores nationwide until April 15, 2022.


Cleene CLIO continues to be the partner of every Filipino family in promoting good oral hygiene by offering a wide range of affordable and quality toothbrushes.


Cleene CLIO toothbrushes are made with MicroFine Soft Bristles that help penetrate and clean hard to reach areas for better interdental cleaning and a gentle brushing experience. The tapered bristles penetrate between teeth and gums for thorough cleaning, while the rounded shape of the bristles remove plaque and prevent teeth and gum damage.


There is a Cleene CLIO toothbrush for every member of the family that is affordable and has world-class quality. For those wanting extra care and protection for your teeth, Cleene CLIO offers its Refreshing Green Tea and Ultimax Charcoal under their Special care line. While for those needing specialized care, Cleene CLIO has its Kiddie and Junior as well as 40+ for sensitive gum and teeth. It also has its economy toothbrushes for general oral health care for any age.


Cleene CLIO is available at Mercury Drug, leading supermarkets, drugstores and other retail stores nationwide as well as on all leading ecommerce websites: Shopee, Lazada, and the PHILUSA Online Store.


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About Philusa Corporation


Established in 1957, Philusa Corporation remains as one of the country’s leading marketers of high quality and competitively priced personal care, household care, baby care and selected pharmaceutical products, making it the source of pride for its customers, business partners, employees and shareholders.


Now with 10 branches in key cities nationwide, Philusa Corporation is a market leader or major player in different categories like cotton (Cleene), cotton buds (Babyflo Gentle Buds), wound care management (MEDIPLAST), bathroom deodorizer and air care (ALBATROSS), home care and muriatic acid (Gleam and Apollo), home remedies (RHEA Alcohol, RHEA Aceite de Manzanilla and RHEA Hydrogen Peroxide), and uni-branded generic medicines (RHEA Generics).


Philusa Corporation continues its operations, guided by the core values it lives by — championing sustainability; placing its customers’ needs first; achieving the best possible results through innovation, continuous quality improvement, and teamwork; taking proactive steps in delivering its commitments on time; acting with integrity by doing what is right; and having genuine concern for its customers, employees, and the company itself though taking initiatives in helping one another.


9:45 PM

Converge doubles net income in 2021, books P7.2 billion

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 Converge doubles net income in 2021, books P7.2 billion

 

Leading fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. (PSE: CNVRG) more than doubled its net income to P7.2 billion in 2021 from P3.4 billion the previous year, growing by 111% on the back of record number of port rollouts, continued strong expansion of its residential subscriber base, and recovery of the enterprise business. 

 


Converge reported on Thursday that it sustained its robust growth with total consolidated revenues reaching P26.5 billion last year, 69.2% higher than the P15.7 billion revenues posted in 2020.

 


“Our entry into Visayas and Mindanao contributed to our aggressive port rollout, and continued turn-in of subscribers in Luzon and existing markets pushed up our residential business revenues up by 83.2%. Our network has now passed 10.9 million homes and we’re covering around 42.5% of Philippine households. We’re confident of meeting our accelerated goal of reaching 55% of all households by 2023,” said Dennis Anthony Uy, CEO and Co-Founder of Converge.

 

The fiber internet company rolled out more than 650,000 ports in the fourth quarter, bringing its total port deployment to 2.4 million in 2021. It also reported quarterly net adds of 115,000 bringing its total residential subscriber count to 1.7 million by year-end, hitting the high end of management guidance.

 

“We sustained our industry-leading trifecta with another record financial performance in 2021,” said Converge President and Co-Founder Maria Grace Y. Uy, referring to the company’s 69.2% year-on-year revenue growth, 55.9% EBITDA margin, and 20.9% return on invested capital (ROIC), much higher than the average of broadband players in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Uy noted that Converge also maintained its strong credit profile as reflected in the PRS AAA credit rating with Stable Outlook given by PhilRatings for its upcoming maiden bond issue. The proceeds of the bond issue will be used to partly fund its capital outlay requirements this year.

 

Converge announced that it has earmarked higher capital expenditures of P26 billion to P28 billion this year, with bulk allotted to fund the expansion of its access network nationwide and further extension of its fiber backbone. The company spent P25 billion for capex last year.

 





As of end-2021, the Converge fiber backbone reached 103,000 kilometers, passing through 495 cities and municipalities across the country. ###

 

About Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.

 

Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (PSE:CNVRG) is the leading pure fiber data network and internet service provider in the country. It is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge is ISO 9001 and CE2.0 Certified. 



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6:43 PM

Make it Sweet but Healthy Treat your special someone with Sweet Via recipes

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 Make it Sweet but Healthy 

Treat your special someone with Sweet Via recipes 




Pasig City, Philippines – [March 11, 2022] – There is no denying that most people love eating sweets or foods with high carbohydrates. For Filipinos, it has been a part of our daily lives. That is why we are more prone to have diabetes mellitus. 

 

According to recent data by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the country. And while we try to avoid or reduce our consumption of such foods and drinks to live a healthier and better life, there are times when we miss or crave the treats we once loved. 

 

So, fear not because Santé, a premier natural and organic health and wellness product and services provider, brings you its healthy sweetener Sweet Via for a perfect partner with your daily coffee and other treats. 

 

A healthier sweetener 

Sweet Via is made of stevia, a natural substitute for sugar, obtained from the leaves of a small perennial green shrub. This plant has shown medicinal properties that are anti-diarrheal, anti-tumor, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory actions. Stevia helps to reduce high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. 

 

Sweet Via also contains inulin, a natural soluble dietary fiber from a chicory plant, for digestive health. It assists in easing constipation, is good for weight loss, and aids in controlling blood sugar levels. 

 

“Sweet Via is an all-natural, plant-based sweetener, which is why it is your healthier kind of sweet. We hope that as Filipinos exchange their usual sweeteners with Sweet Via, we can help them not worry about compromising their health to enjoy the foods and beverages they love,” said Joey Marcelo, chief executive officer of Santé. 

 

To start treating yourself and your loved ones without guilt, try these three healthy, sweet recipes from Santé using Sweet Via. 

 

Skinny Toasted Coconut Frappuccino 

If you are missing your usual store-bought, blended iced coffee drinks as your daily energy booster, then this drink is something for you to try. 

 

What you need to prepare: 

2 cups of ice cubes 

1 cup of coconut milk (canned) 

½ cup of brewed coffee 

Whipped cream 

Toasted coconut (for garnish) 

1 packet of Sweet Via 

 

Steps to follow: 

  1. Prepare a blender to mix all the ingredients. 
  2. Put two cups of ice cubes into the blending machine. 
  3. Pour ½ cup of brewed coffee. 
  4. Mix one cup of coconut milk. 
  5. Use one packet of Sweet Via to sweeten. 
  6. Blend until smooth and creamy. 
  7. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut. 

 

Skinny Peanut Butter Mocha 

Well, yes, when you hear the word "peanut butter," the first thing that comes to your mind is that it is a staple spread to partner with your morning bread. However, if you are a peanut butter lover, and seeking something new for your palate, then it is time to treat yourself to this unorthodox drink. 

 

What you need to prepare: 

1 cup of brewed coffee 

¼ cup of skimmed milk 

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder 

1 and ½  tablespoon of natural peanut butter 

1 packet of Sweet Via 

 

Steps to follow: 

  1. Pour one tablespoon of cocoa powder into a cup. 
  2. Mix one and a half of natural peanut butter. 
  3. Pour one cup of brewed coffee. 
  4. Use one packet of Sweet Via to sweeten. 
  5. Add ¼ cup of skimmed milk for a creamy touch. 

 

Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee 

Nothing truly beats one of the classic coffee drinks we fell in love with. Make yourself and your loved ones this good ole drink and enjoy the perfect blend of vanilla and coffee. 

 

What you need to prepare: 

 1 cup of ice 

1 cup of brewed coffee 

½ cup of vanilla almond milk 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

1 packet of Sweet Via 

 

Steps to follow: 

  1. Prepare a cup of brewed coffee. 
  2. Use one packet of Sweet Via to sweeten. 
  3. Mix ½ cup of vanilla almond milk. 
  4. Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract. 
  5. Pour caffeine mix into a cup of ice. 

 

Indeed, the tagline “Sincerely, A Treat Without the Guilt” means that Sweet Via can be the perfect partner for your coffee and other treats every day. Enjoy the delight of sweetness without the worry of getting your health at risk. Sweet Via is ideal for weight management as it does not increase sugar levels, making it a sweet exchange for your usual sweeteners. 

 

Switching to Sweet Via may feel like a simple step in changing your diet. But it is usually the small but attainable efforts to change your lifestyle that yield incredible and consistent results. Coupled with good eating habits and ample exercise, choosing Sweet Via can kickstart great change for your overall health. 

 

Sweet Via and other Santé products are organic health and wellness products offered by Santé, known for developing a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. They are designed to improve people's quality of life to live more and do more. 

 

Santé is one of the leading global manufacturers of certified barley grass grown and harvested from New Zealand. With its mission to help people live better lives, the company promotes, produces, and distributes premier natural health and wellness products and services. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings, including a fitness and rehabilitation center with Santé Fitness Lab, staying true to its thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. 

 

To learn more about Sweet Via and other Santé products, visit its website at mysante.com. 

 

 

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About Santé 

Santé is one of the leading global manufacturers of certified barley grass grown and harvested from New Zealand. With its mission to help people live better lives, the company promotes, produces, and distributes premier natural health and wellness products and services. With Santé Barley as its flagship brand, the company has dominated the local market with its barley grass certified organic by BioGro, New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products. With the proven health benefits of Santé Barley, Santé has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings, including a fitness and physical rehabilitation center with Santé Fitness Lab, staying true to its thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Headquartered in the Philippines, Santé has offices worldwide in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, and Cyprus. 

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