Month: November 2020

Gaming

Mobile Legends taps boxing legend Manny Pacquiao

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has revealed its newest endorser to be none other than the boxing world’s eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao. Image credit: Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. Ltd.
Image credit: Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. Ltd.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has revealed its newest endorser to be none other than the boxing world’s eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao. According to the boxing legend, he could not say no to the brand since his kids play and talk about the popular mobile game at home, especially when it was included in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

“It was easy for me to say yes when [Mobile Legends: Bang Bang developer and publisher] Moonton approached me to be their Philippine ambassador. I already knew of Mobile Legends even before they got in touch because my son, Jimuel, plays the game on his phone and regularly streams with friends. So why not be a part of what my son loves?” Pacquiao said.

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Entertainment

Lisa on Penshoppe TV: K-pop star wows Filipino BLINKS

Lisa of BLACKPINK charmed viewers as she answered questions from her Filipino fans on the premiere episode of Penshoppe TV. Image credit: Screenshot of Penshoppe TV FB Live stream
Image credit: Screenshot of Penshoppe TV FB Live stream

“Filipino BLINKS, mahal ko kayo!” Thai rapper, singer, and dancer Lalisa Manoban a.k.a. Lisa of BLACKPINK charmed viewers as she answered questions from her Filipino fans on the premiere episode of Penshoppe TV.

Lisa, whom Filipino fashion brand Penshoppe named as one of its celebrity endorsers last year, also tried speaking some Filipino lines for fun and did some challenges. In fact, the teaser for this afternoon’s Penshoppe TV Facebook Live stream showed her saying, “Hey, bes! I have some chika!” and the famous Filipino line, “Sana all!”

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Technology

Smart wins 5 Opensignal Mobile Experience awards

Smart Communications has bagged 5 Opensignal Mobile Experience awards, including Opensignal's inaugural 4G Coverage Experience award. Image credit: Smart Communications
Image credit: Smart Communications

Smart Communications has bagged 5 Opensignal Mobile Experience awards, including Opensignal’s inaugural 4G Coverage Experience award. This is a measure of how mobile subscribers experience 4G coverage on an operator’s network.

“In simple terms, 4G Coverage Experience measures the mobile coverage experience in all the locations that matter most to everyday users — i.e. all the places where they live, work and travel. It considers all the areas that Opensignal users visit, the portion of locations that 4G is available to them, and locations that more users visit have higher importance to them,” Opensignal Senior Analyst Sam Fenwick wrote in the latest country report by the third-party mobile analytics firm.

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Gaming

Free Fire Continental Series: World’s best battle it out

The top Free Fire teams from Asia, EMEA, and the Americas will clash this weekend in the Grand Finals of the ​Free Fire Continental Series. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

The top Free Fire teams from Asia, EMEA, and the Americas will clash this weekend in the Grand Finals of the ​Free Fire Continental Series.

The ​Free Fire Continental Series is Free Fire’s flagship international tournament for the year. Each of the tournament’s three series — Asia, EMEA, and the Americas — will bring together their respective top 12 contenders as they battle for the title of the region’s strongest team. The Grand Finals will take place on Nov. 28 (Americas and EMEA) and Nov. 29 (Asia), and will have a total prize pool of US$900,000, with each series having US$300,000 up for grabs.

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Technology

917Ventures launches SEA venture incubation program

917Ventures has launched a regional venture incubation program. Image credit: Globe Telecom
Image credit: Globe Telecom

Is this the real-life Sand Box? Whether you’re #TeamDosan or #TeamJipyeong, the good news is that 917Ventures, the Philippines’ largest corporate incubator, has launched a regional venture incubation program called Velocity.

“We have structured Velocity in a way that really puts talents first. We’re here to support and help venture builders create successful businesses that would progress on to ultimately becoming a standalone entity with bright growth prospects. We aim to support venture builders in their journey to realizing their dreams and thus, encourage interested parties to build their first unicorn with us,” said 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat in a press statement.

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A Life Less Analog, Gaming, Technology

2021 social media trends: Remixing, gaming and more

Technology column header

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world almost overnight — and that includes the digital landscape and online behavior of consumers. So it’s great that Talkwalker and HubSpot have shared the 2021 social media trends tech brands should watch out for in their latest Social Media Trends Report.

What are the 2021 social media trends? How about remixing as the new user-generated content? Also, during the COVID-19 lockdown, more people embraced gaming as a distraction — in fact, a form of community entertainment. These and other changes caused or catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic will transform our digital landscape even more in 2021.

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Technology

Credit health: Staying financially healthy amid COVID-19

Credit health is also important in the middle of a pandemic. Image credit: TransUnion
Image credit: TransUnion

While staying physically and mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial, don’t forget to also take care of your credit health.

Credit is an important part of the economy because it allows you to engage in transactions now that may not be possible if you only rely on your current capacity. If you have a credit card, loan, bank overdraft, or other similar credit agreements, then you have a credit report. This is a record of how you manage your credit obligations, collected and aggregated by credit agencies like TransUnion. When borrowers honor their obligations, there’s no reason to see credit in a bad light, especially as it helps the economy grow faster this way. But how do you ensure credit health in the middle of a pandemic?

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Entertainment

Are you ready to receive ‘The Call’ on Nov. 27?

The trailer for the South Korean mystery thriller "The Call" shows how a simple phone call can change the course of time and the lives of two women. Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

The trailer for the South Korean mystery thriller “The Call” shows how a simple phone call can change the course of time and the lives of two women.

Living in 2019, Seo Yeon (Park Shin Hye) returns to her family home after a long time and connects the landline phone. After receiving a call from a stranger named Young Sook, Seo Yeon realizes that Young Sook is living in the same house, but 20 years ago.

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Technology

Merry multitasking Christmas gift ideas from Lenovo

These merry multitasking Christmas gifts might make it easier for your loved ones to adjust to the new normal. Image credit: Lenovo
Image credit: Lenovo

Can you believe that Christmas Day is almost here? It’s been a tough year, but these merry multitasking Christmas gifts might make it easier for your loved ones to adjust to the new normal.

After all, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, and employees now expect to work from home as part of the new normal. So here are some gift ideas from Lenovo Philippines for the multitasking professionals in your life. Let them know how proud you are of them for making it through the year, and that you can’t wait to see what amazing things they will accomplish in 2021.

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Technology

Manny Pacquiao named Globe brand ambassador

L-R: Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO and Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala at the signing ceremony. Image credit: Globe Telecom
L-R: Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO and Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala at the signing ceremony. Image credit: Globe Telecom

Has Globe Telecom scored a knockout by naming twelve-time, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as its new brand ambassador?

“Manny is the epitome of a true global Filipino, a homegrown talent who rises above challenges to bring pride to the country. Much like Manny who remains unfazed by the challenges of this pandemic, Globe has remained steadfast in providing Filipinos with digital solutions and mobile and internet services that have become lifelines under the new normal,” Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said in a press statement.

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Entertainment, Technology

‘Cruising Past Seventy’: Former IT exec on life’s journey

"Cruising Past Seventy": In 41 easy-to-read short chapters, Carolina Esguerra Colborn shares her life's journey and the lessons learned. Image credit: Carolina Esguerra Colborn
Image credit: Carolina Esguerra Colborn

Before migrating to and retiring in the US, Carolina Esguerra Colborn’s business card had “President/CEO” printed on it. Now it reads “Wanderer, Writer, Wife.” In 41 easy-to-read short chapters, Colborn shares her life’s journey and the lessons learned in her second travel book, “Cruising Past Seventy: It’s Not Only about Outer Journeys. It’s Also about Inner Ones”.

“I really don’t miss much of my old life. It became a very stressful period of my life in 1998 to 2003 with SAP and BayanTrade. In my first book, I wrote that ‘I wanted time to cook a little, teach a little, travel a little, write a little, and, yes, love a little.’ The last one would have been impossible in Manila. I am happy to report that all five have been accomplished and I will be into painting next year. What I miss most is the barkadahan with special longtime friends. That was my most precious coping mechanism for all the stress. Unfortunately, American society is not as clannish as the Filipino. I miss the jokes and laughter in kwentuhan, ballroom dancing, karaoke singing, and even the mahjong and poker sessions,” Colborn told Digital Life Asia.

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Entertainment

‘Gameboys Level-Up Edition’ BL series headed to Netflix

Prepare for more kilig moments, because Netflix is releasing "Gameboys" as "Gameboys Level-Up Edition", featuring never-seen-before scenes. Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

Fans of the popular Filipino boys’ love (BL) web series “Gameboys” should prepare for more kilig moments, because Netflix is releasing it globally on Dec. 30 as “Gameboys Level-Up Edition”, featuring never-seen-before scenes.

“Our goal with ‘Gameboys’ was to create a truly Filipino BL while also delivering universal themes and messages about two boys who find themselves connecting during the pandemic using the all-computer-screen format. The global health crisis basically forced us to rethink how we were producing stories, and institute a work-from-home shoot, involving actors recording themselves using their personal phones, supervised by a small crew attending the set virtually. We are excited to share ‘Gameboys Level-Up Edition’ with the world through Netflix,” said series creator Jun Robles Lana in a press statement.

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