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UNIQLO PH to officially launch online store on July 16

Welcome to UNIQLO -- without leaving your home. The Japanese global apparel retailer has announced that its online store in the Philippines will officially launch on July 16.

Welcome to UNIQLO — wherever you may be. The Japanese global apparel retailer has announced that its online store in the Philippines will officially launch on July 16.

The online store will be available on both the UNIQLO website and its mobile app. As part of the official launch, UNIQLO Philippines will hold an online live event via its Facebook page.

“We are excited to finally launch our online store in the Philippines. Our online store enables us to convey our brand’s commitment to improve the lives of our customers through our LifeWear and service. We’re inviting everyone to check out our digital live event on July 16 to see our online store’s offerings and features,” UNIQLO Philippines COO Masayoshi Nakamura said in a press statement.

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Racist tirade of tech CEO Michael Lofthouse vs Fil-Am family

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A white man who was identified as Michael Lofthouse, CEO of San Francisco-based cloud computing company Solid8, was caught on video unleashing a racist tirade against a Filipino American family.

This disgusting, unprovoked attack happened over the Fourth of July weekend. The Orosa and Chan family from Southern California had taken a trip to Carmel Valley. They were celebrating a birthday at a restaurant when this racist started harassing them.

“’We were having fun, playing games and when we were having dessert, suddenly, we hear somebody behind us yelling, ‘You f***ing Asians,’ Raymond Orosa told the Asian Journal.

“On July 4, Orosa, along with his sister-in-law and her two children, was at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant to celebrate his wife Mari’s special day.”

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OPPO offers promo to help students embrace e-learning

To help make gadgets more affordable to Filipino students who will use these for e-learning in the new normal, OPPO has launched the #eSchoolwithOPPO promo.

As part of the new normal, Filipino students and their parents need to adapt and embrace remote learning. To help make gadgets more affordable to students who will rely on these for e-learning, OPPO has launched the #eSchoolwithOPPO promo.

OPPO has announced this special price drop for the A5s, A5s Smart, A9 2020, Reno2, and Reno2 F. The promo will be available in OPPO concept and online stores, dealer partners, and e-commerce partners Shopee and Lazada.

“OPPO remains steadfast in making the best and affordable technologies more accessible to Filipinos all the more during this most difficult time. With the opening of the new school year approaching fast, we understand the plight of every Filipino student in this current situation,” OPPO Philippines Marketing Director Raymond Xia said in a press statement.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite entertains and educates

Embrace new ways of learning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Embrace new ways of learning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Samsung Philippines has officially launched this conveniently compact tablet nationwide today.

Taking down notes and turning ideas into action is easier with Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s precise and ergonomic S Pen.

Whether you’re writing notes, creating artwork, or developing presentations, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will be your best friend and learning companion.

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Manulife PH ready for new normal from Day 1, says CEO

Manulife Philippines and CEO Richard Bates said the company's digital transformation journey for the past two years has empowered its customers, employees, and distributors.
Manulife Philippines and CEO Richard Bates said the company’s digital transformation journey for the past two years has empowered its customers, employees, and distributors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to businesses. Manulife Philippines, however, has found it easier to adjust to the new business environment. This is thanks to its digital transformation journey for the past two years.

“The changes the COVID-19 pandemic have forced upon us have both put our digital transformation strategy to the test, and validated that we, as an organization, have taken many steps in the right direction,” Manulife Philippines and CEO Richard Bates told Digital Life Asia.

“When Manulife Philippines moved to a new head office location in 2019, we also made investments in our hardware and network infrastructure to enable new ways of working. The introduction of FlexWork to our team provided us with the tools and flexibility that allowed 100 percent of our employees to work from home from the onset of the community quarantine. There was no disruption to our operations. We were up and running, from our homes, from day one,” he said.

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Komo, EastWest’s all-digital bank, eyes ‘younger upstarts’

Isabelle Yap, Special Projects Officer and AVP at East West Banking Corporation, said they are launching Komo because while they believe brick and mortar will not go away anytime soon, digital is the future.
Isabelle Yap, Special Projects Officer and AVP at East West Banking Corporation, said they are launching Komo because while they believe brick and mortar will not go away anytime soon, digital is the future.

What’s in a name? In the case of Komo, the all-digital bank that East West Banking Corporation is launching this year, it’s a name that they hope will become synonymous with a good digital banking experience.

“We would like to have a distinctive name and let the name be defined by the value we give to customers. The idea is to associate Komo with a good digital banking experience. From the start, we knew that we wanted to make customers feel calm and assured by creating a product that was easy to use, secure, and reliable. Our goal was to simplify customers’ lives by giving them full control over their money. Translate that to Filipino and you might say kontrol mo ang pera mo (you control your money) — hence, Ko-mo,” Isabelle Yap, Special Projects Officer and AVP at EastWest, told Digital Life Asia.

The bank is offering Komo through its subsidiary EastWest Rural Bank. Yap said Komo will target a different market segment than EastWest’s own digital banking services.

“We believe that there are segments in the market where Komo makes sense, and there are segments in the market who want digital banking services but still coupled with brick and mortar. Each segment has different needs, and therefore, may not want the same products or experience. For example, Komo’s target market is focused mainly on younger upstarts, which is different from EastWest’s target market. Therefore, the corresponding products and services offered will be different.” she said.

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BLACKPINK music video sets 5 Guinness World Records

The BLACKPINK music video for their comeback single "How You Like That" has enabled the popular Kpop girl group to set multiple new Guinness World Records titles.

The BLACKPINK music video for their comeback single “How You Like That” has enabled the popular Kpop girl group to set multiple new Guinness World Records titles.

Guinness World Records said the BLACKPINK music video generated 86.3 million views in the first day of release. With this, “How You Like That” has achieved new records for:

  • Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours
  • Most viewed music video on YouTube in 24 hours
  • Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group

“All three records surpass previous record holder BTS — who, together with US singer Halsey previously achieved these three record titles with the video for ‘Boy With Luv’ in April 2019.”

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition pre-order to re-open

Samsung Philippines is re-opening the Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition pre-order for a second batch of units.

Here’s good news, ARMY! Disappointed that you weren’t able to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition last week?

Due to the overwhelming support of fans, Samsung Philippines is re-opening its Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition pre-order for a second batch of units.

The pre-order will start on July 1 at 10 AM through the Samsung Online Store. Samsung Philippines launched its official online store in the Philippines in May.

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Legion promo: Pre-order to get free bundled accessories

Lenovo Philippines has launched a Legion promo where customers can pre-order the Legion devices bundled with other Legion accessories.

Looking to get your hands on the latest Lenovo Legion gaming devices? Lenovo Philippines has launched a Legion promo where customers can pre-order the Legion devices bundled with other Legion accessories.

From June 26 to July 11, customers who avail of the promo can get the Legion 5, IdeaPad Gaming 3i, and Legion Tower 5i with free Legion accessories worth up to Php10,000. The accessories bundled with the Legion devices allow elevated gameplay and give gamers a competitive advantage.

Announced this April, Legion’s latest devices are equipped with gamer-focused features. Lenovo Philippines introduced them in its first ever online product launch as part of the new normal.

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‘How You Like That’: BLACKPINK beats BTS on YouTube

"How You Like That" surpassed 100 million views on YouTube in record time.

Guess who dethroned BTS? BLACKPINK’s music video for its highly-anticipated comeback single “How You Like That” has set a new YouTube record for 24-hour views.

“The K-pop powerhouse group’s dynamic new single had 82.4 million views in the first 24 hours of release on YouTube, and was the No. 1 trending video on the platform. The view count handily topped the previous record-holders: BTS’ ‘Boy With Luv’ featuring Halsey, which amassed 74.6 million views in the initial one-day period in April 2019, per YouTube.”

Not only did BLACKPINK beat BTS for this record. The Kpop girl group composed of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa also surpassed 100 million views in record time. “How You Like That” reached the milestone in one day, eight hours, and 22 minutes, according to the Soompi article.

“The previous record for the fastest Korean group music video to hit 100 million views was held by BTS’s ‘Boy With Luv,’ which took one day, 13 hours, and 38 minutes to achieve the feat.”