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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Power Mac Center offers free shipping on your Fri-YAY Finds

 If you have long been wanting to cop your favorite accessories from Power Mac Center’s online shopping platforms, this is the sign to finally pursue it.

The premier Apple partner just launched Fri-YAY Finds, initially offering free shipping nationwide for a limited time only. It applies on checkouts of a minimum of three items from the list of participating premium accessories available in its Web Store, and official Lazada and Shopee accounts. Unlike the usual vouchers on offer, there is no cap on the shipping discount as long as the three-piece order requirement is met.

“Power Mac Center makes Fridays more fun by giving customers a chance to discover new products and be able to buy them without the burden of shipping fees. With ‘Fri-YAY Finds,’ we plan to extend different exciting offers outside of the usual sale dates that Filipinos have come to enjoy with online shopping. Together with our premium partner brands, we have strengthened our e-commerce presence to offer Filipino Apple fans a variety of global quality products that fit their style and personality,” said Joey Alvarez, PMC Director for Marketing and Product Management.

For the initial offering, participating products include MacBook cases and sleeves, iPhone and iPad cases, watch straps for Apple Watch, charging cables, power adapters, and multiport adapters from these brands: Cygnett, Moft Z, Speck, Belkin, Pipetto, UAG, UNIQ, LAUT, RIVACASE, PanzerGlass, Innostyle, Ventev, SwitchEasy, QDOS, and Anker.

The promotion is available from April 19 and extends until April 21, 2024 only at the Power Mac Center Web Store, and official Lazada and Shopee stores.  Free shipping promos are a big factor for online shoppers always on the lookout for the best deals from the endless list of shops on the internet.

In addition, by purchasing from PMC’s official online channels only, customers are assured they are getting 100% original products. Stay tuned for more Fri-YAY Finds offers in the coming months.

Over the past 30 years, Power Mac Center has built the country’s biggest network of Apple-authorized retail stores, service centers, and training centers nationwide and online. It remains committed to bringing in and making global quality products affordable and accessible to Filipinos.

Got 30 seconds? Look back at PMC’s growth in the last 30 years here. To join the festivities, follow its official FacebookInstagramX (Twitter)TikTokViber, and YouTubeaccounts.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

PHL's community bank champions women’s empowerment through financial inclusion

The International Monetary Fund reports that raising female participation in the workforce through employment or entrepreneurship can help boost the growth of emerging markets by around 8%. Closing the gender gap makes great economic sense because it allows countries to drive economic growth by maximizing women’s untapped skills and talents.

n Photo: BDONB Senior Vice President Karen L. Cua (rightmost in photo) and BDONB MSME Team Head John Mark Hinong (leftmost in photo) pose with Jervelyn J. Wuthrich, owner of Coco & Wenz Egg Store in Iloilo City and BDONB Negosyante Loan client.

When BDO Unibank Inc (BDO) adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of its sustainability framework in 2010, it made driving holistic and sustainable economic growth in the country among its key priorities. This translates to programs that promote social and economic inclusion, which includes making financial products and services more accessible to unbanked segments, especially women, in order to encourage active participation in the financial system.

Leveling the playing field in business

BDO notes an increase in the number of women entrepreneurs who avail of its products to grow their business, particularly for BDO’s community bank, BDO Network Bank (BDONB). In 2022, BDO reported that 66% of its Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) clients for BDONB are women-owned. 

Karen Cua, Senior Vice President for BDONB who started and built the MSME business for BDO Unibank’s community banking arm, acknowledges that women still face numerous challenges that hinder them from benefiting fully from their hard work and from being recognized for their contributions to their families and communities. “The challenge for many women entrepreneurs is balancing the demands of work and home. While hustling as entrepreneurs, women typically also need to be home managers, their children’s educators, and financial managers for their households. These roles require different mindsets, energy, and skills. Supporting women in doing these roles can help them achieve more without being unnecessarily and overly burdened.”

Apart from her personal experience, Cua’s interaction with BDONB’s women clients allows her to incorporate a gender perspective in designing and implementing initiatives that allow women to manage their personal finances and their entrepreneurial ventures more effectively. “Promoting financial inclusion in the lens of gender equality is more than just distinguishing women’s financial behavior over men’s and making the necessary products or services that match each. We need to actively remove barriers for women that limit their participation in the financial system. Understanding and countering gender disparities make us more effective in making banking more inclusive and empowering.”

Supporting women in achieving financial independence

BDO strives to comprehend the unique challenges and concerns that women encounter, and tailors its support accordingly. Recognizing the vital roles played not just by women entrepreneurs, but also by overseas Filipina workers (OFWs) and women government employees, BDONB actively assists them in effectively managing their finances. 

For OFWs, the Bank offers specialized services aimed at facilitating seamless money transfers, providing investment opportunities, and delivering comprehensive financial planning to optimize their hard-earned income. 

Moreover, BDONB extends support to women government employees by providing accessible loan options to cover essential expenses such as medical needs, education, home repairs, as well as for starting or expanding businesses. Notably, as of February 2024, about 77% of BDONB’s loan clients are women.

BDONB’s initiatives underscore its commitment to a holistic approach to banking, with the aim of empowering women from various sectors and socioeconomic backgrounds to attain financial independence and thrive.

Recognizing women’s capacity to lead

BDO’s commitment to women empowerment extends beyond its banking services. The Bank actively promotes diversity and inclusion within the organization by fostering an environment where women can excel. Within BDO, women account for 75% of the total workforce, while 58% comprise senior leadership.  

Cua appreciates BDO’s efforts to create a conducive environment for women employees to excel professionally and serve their communities. “BDO gives women like me plenty of opportunities to shine. Building and expanding a new business to support the growth of MSMEs in the Philippines has provided me and many female officers of the Bank a platform to make an impact.  I appreciate the responsibilities entrusted and bountiful opportunities provided for BDONB employees, regardless of gender.”

UN Women and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs both note in the Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2023 study the need to intensify efforts to promote women empowerment in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals targets. By 2030, it is projected that 340 million women and girls will suffer from extreme poverty due to lack of social protections, support systems, and access to livelihood opportunities.

In support of the United Nations Global Compact principles, BDO continues to implement programs that uphold women’s fundamental rights and recognize their role in reducing poverty and achieving economic growth.

“Apart from continuously expanding our network to make the Bank’s financial products and services accessible to all genders, we promote women leaders and celebrate milestones of women.  We continue to find ways to create an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of gender, can realize their potential and contribute meaningfully to society.” Despite the hurdles, Cua remains motivated to uplift her fellow women through her work in the Bank. 

“I hope to inspire women in the workplace as well as women entrepreneurs to believe in themselves. Our achievements show our fellow women what they can do too. I want to show my daughter and other young women that gender does not limit what they can reach.”  

Friday, March 22, 2024

Power Mac Center opens first store in Naga and sole Mobile Care Service Center in Bicol Region

Premier Apple partner Power Mac Center (PMC) is expanding within the Bicol region, and it is opening not just a retail store but a service center as well. 

Located at Level 1 of Robinsons Place Naga, the newest branch is the first PMC store in the province of Camarines Sur. Meanwhile, the Mobile Care Service Center is the first ever service center in the whole region. Customers in the city and nearby provinces can now conveniently bring their Apple devices for servicing by PMC’s Apple Certified Engineers.

“Power Mac Center is turning 30 this year, and we hope to serve more Bicolanos not only by bringing their favorite Apple devices and tech accessories closer, but also by extending our service expertise through Mobile Care. We remain committed to efficiency and innovation to support our customers’ creativity and productivity pursuits,” said Joey Alvarez, PMC Director for Marketing and Product Management.

All opening weekend (March 21-24, 2024), customers will be able to enjoy these exciting deals:

  • Get P19,000 off on 13-inch MacBook Air M1

  • Up to P14,000 off on select iPhone models

  • Get P2,500 off on AirPods (2nd generation)

  • Get the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) for only P5,890 when purchased with select iPad models

  • Get the 20W USB-C Power Adapter for only P1,000 when you avail select iPhone models

  • Up to 20% off on participating brands

  • Get an additional P1,000 on your trade-in value when you trade in your current device

  • Up to 50% discount on diagnostic fee, software fix, and non-repair services on March 21, 2024 only

Terms and conditions apply. Regular store hours are from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Power Mac Center Robinsons Naga is the fourth store in the Bicol region, following PMC SM City Legazpi, PMC SM City Daet, and PMC SM City Sorsogon. Overall, Power Mac Center already has 112 retail stores and 17 service centers nationwide.

Celebrate the arrival of PMC in Naga City, and follow Power Mac Center’s official FacebookInstagramX (Twitter)TikTokViber, and YouTube accounts to be updated on the latest campaigns and promotions.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Peñafrancia Festival 2024 Schedule

 Peñafrancia 2024 Schedule

Centenary of the Canonical Coronation of Out Lady of Peñafrancia

September 13, 2024 (Friday) - Traslacion Procession

September 20, 2024 (Friday) - Centenary Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

September 21, 2024 (Saturday) - Fluvial Procession

Septemner 22, 2024 (Sunday) - Solemnity of our Lady Peñafrancia


2024 Penafrancia Festival Schedule
September 11 (Wednesday)
🔹Miss Bicolandia 2024
September 12 (Thursday)
🔹Miss Gay Bicolandia 2024
September 14 (Saturday)
🔹Regional DRRM/MAPEH Parade
September 18 (Wednesday)
🔹7am - Regional Scouts Parade and DXMC Competition
🔹 3pm - Mass Dance Competition
September 19 (Thursday)
🔹7am - Civic and Float Parade
🔹 1pm - Voyadores Festival Street and Pilgrims Dance Competition
September 20
🔹7am - Military Parade
🔸5pm - Centenary of the Coronation of Ina
🔸7pm - Procession Triumpal de Coronada

September 14 to 21
🔹 Tagboan Arts, Music and Gastronomy Festival
(Concerts, Cosplay, Banchetto, Art and Agri Exhibits)

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Friday, February 9, 2024

But First, Coffee - Ateneo Ave. Naga City

After more than a year after its opening, I finally tried But First, Coffee - Ateneo Ave Naga. My friends have been raving about their Spanish and Vietnamese Latte since then. I just love small cafes not only because it gives you a homey space but you can actually smell the aroma of the coffee in every cup that they prepare. 

Let’s go straight to the point, their coffee is SO GOOD but at a VERY AFFORDABLE price point, perfect for people who are always on the go and especially students who are mindful of their budget. 


 Drip Based starts at P55

 Espresso Based starts at P100

 Matcha Based starts at P100

They also sell pastries 

From L-R: Spanish Latte in 500ml Reusable Bottle, Matcha (Hot) & Auro Series -

And some limited series like aas of writing, The Auro Series - the Auro Choco Butterscotch has a unique chocolatey flavor that I haven’t tasted in other cafes before. 

Loved the Spanish Latte, as it was not too sweet. 

The Vietnamese Coffee is someone for those who need a little extra caffeine boost. 

The Matcha oooh matcha, that earthy feeling for the Matcha lovers will definitely dig this, I tried the Hot version, and as for someone who drinks Matcha based drinks on an occasional basis? This I liked! 

SIZES: 12oz for hot, 16oz for iced and 1 Liter for Bottled Coffee, they also have a 500ml which you can use next time you visit them with a discount yey!

And guess what they OPEN at 8AM! Morning coffee people, rejoice! 

But First Coffee is actually easy to find just go straight to Ateneo Avenue and turn right in Mother Francisca’s Street and they are at Melrose Place on the right. Do try the Coffee by Bottle, it’s perfect for the office and groups. If you will have it delivered, just request for ICE and it’s good for sharing. 

But First, Coffee - Ateneo Ave Naga

Mother Francisca St. Ateneo Ave, Bagumbayan, Naga City

Store hours: 8AM-9:30PM (Mon-Thurs), 8AM-11:30PM (Fri-Sat), 12NN-7:30PM (Sun)

Delivery: In House Delivery just messaged them via Fb Messenger m.me/butfirstcoffeeateneoavenaga

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Biggest Cultural Event to Take Stage in Maogmang Lugar, Naga City!

DWTa to Perform in Naga City This National Arts Month!

Naga City, February 1, 2023 – Multi-awarded Bikolana singer-songwriter dwta is set to grace the stage in Naga City on February 25, 2024, at 6 pm. Her performance is scheduled before the Special Gala show of "Higit Sa Pagibig, The Musical" at the USI Auditorium. This event is presented by Siklab Lingkod Bikol (SLB) and LEARNr Corporation

Unveiling "Higit Sa Pagibig, The Musical"

Higit sa Pagibig, The Musical, hailed to be the biggest cultural event of the year in Naga City. The event serves as a fundraiser that will support the disaster-resilient Library-in-a-Box project for Leon Mercado High School in Pacol, Naga City, the Young Leaders Program of Siklab Lingkod Bikol (SLB), and the Marhay Na GIBO (MNG) Bamboo Industry Development Initiative.

A Glimpse into "Higit Sa Pagibig"

The musical invites audiences to immerse themselves in the fictional Barangay Eskwala, a community reflecting the real-life struggles of vulnerable Filipinos. Through a rich tapestry of moving performances, the musical weaves together heartfelt hopes and stories, instilling a sense of patriotism, community, and hope.

An All-Bicolano cast of 15 members, supported by a passionate production team, brings authenticity and flair to the production. The musical's score features 18-original compositions by emerging Bikolano artists, including hits from the award-winning Bikolano Singer & Songwriter dwta, Rahuyó, Al Jang, and more.

Produced by the Dawani Project, the music promises to be a symphony of emotions, enhancing the overall impact of the powerful storytelling.

Dwta wrote a song in this musical!

Known for her renowned compositions such as "Padaba Taka," "Santigwar," and her recent single 'Delikado,' dwta has contributed to the musical by writing one of its songs, adding her touch to the already impressive lineup. dwta's participation elevates the musical to new heights 

You MUST NOT miss it - Get your Tickets!

Mark your calendars for February 23-25, 2024, as the Unibersidad De Sta Isabel Auditorium transforms into the stage for this amazing production. With two shows daily at 2 pm (Matinee Show) and 6 pm (Gala Show), attendees will have ample opportunities to witness the magic of "Higit sa Pag-Ibig."

This is your chance to be part of history. Secure your tickets now for ‘Higit sa Pag-Ibig, The Musical’ and witness the revival of the Bicolano Theatre scene. Ticket prices start at 300 pesos only. 

You can book your tickets at tickets.higitsapagibig.com or call our Box Office Manager, Ms. Cha Ibo, at 09691389887.

This event is made possible by our generous partners - Sarong Bangui Eagles District, Sarong Bangui Eagles Club, Sarong Bangui Lady Eagles Club, Naga City Arts & Culture Coalition, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, DepEd School Division of Naga City, Sangre De Naga, ,hyp.ed, University of Saint Anthony, SGD Enterprise, Dutch Boy Paint. Official Media Partners: Asintado Sa Radyo, Bicoldotph. Our Official Transport Partner, Naciatrasco. 

Join dwta and the entire cast of ‘Higit Sa Pagibig, The Musical’ in making a difference through the power of music and storytelling. Let's contribute to these causes and create positive change in the community. Save the dates and be part of this remarkable event that transcends entertainment and leaves a lasting impact on the audience’s heart and soul.