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The home entertainment setup needed to get the most of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows

The Emmys®, the biggest name in television entertainment awards, announced their nominees for 2021 earlier in the year, and in just a few days, the winning titles to take home the prestigious award will be announced. HBO and HBO Max Originals bagged an impressive 130 nominations for hits such as Lovecraft Country, Mare of Easttown, and The Flight Attendant, to name a few. Indulge in these titles and more on HBO GO with the spectacular home entertainment experience from Samsung. Purchase select Samsung TVs and get a 6-month subscription to the streaming platform.

Here’s how Samsung enables the best cinematic experience at home.

Revel in remarkable picture quality
Lighting is key for cinematic viewing, and brightness levels can make or break the experience. This is especially true when the content on the screen contains deep black levels and surreal graphics.

Thankfully, this will not be a problem with Samsung’s Neo QLED TV – its nearly bezel-less screen optimizes brightness and contrast with the Quantum Matrix Technology Pro feature to display lifelike picture quality. Plus, the Neo Quantum Processor, Samsung’s most powerful AI processor, automatically upscales any show to the next best resolution.

Rave in immersive audio experience
Audio quality also has a significant impact on one’s cinematic viewing experience. When watching from home, the positioning of the television – whether wall-mounted or placed on a table -- makes all the difference. But in the case of Samsung’s Neo QLED, less effort is required to experience the best audio quality.

Revel in the thrill and excitement of HBO GO’s top shows with the help of the Neo QLED’s impressive sound features. These audio innovations enable the TV to create superb sound impact:

Object Tracking Sound Pro (OTS Pro) tracks on-screen action for an improved, realistic 3D experience. Hear the action wherever it takes place, with sound flowing from all sides of the TV to take you in the middle of the scene.

SpaceFit Sound uses a sensor to automatically optimizes the audio based on a room’s acoustics. Wherever the TV is placed, the audio experience will always be music to your ears.

Active Voice Amplifier (AVA) automatically adjusts and enhances dialogue so you won’t miss the conversation, no matter how noisy your environment is.

Take the cinematic viewing experience home by getting a Samsung Neo QLED TV today and stream the best shows from HBO GO. Head to any authorized Samsung dealer today.

Promo runs until November 30, 2021. Find out more about Samsung’s products and promos at www.samsung.com/ph.

Introducing the first-ever IKEA Festival, a home tour around the world

IKEA celebrates the best of life at home with its first global 24-hour festival on Thursday, 16 September. Artists, designers, DJ’s, chefs, and many other talents will turn their homes into virtual stages, opening the door to new experiences

Manila – In a time when life at home has never been so important, IKEA will open the door to better living by throwing a festival that can be experienced both online and in many IKEA stores around the world, featuring music artists, chefs, designers, and creators. This is a new kind of festival, set in everyday homes, studios, and neighbourhoods worldwide, turning living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and backyards into virtual stages for performances and experiences. All in all, the IKEA Festival will take place in over 100 homes in more than 50 markets across the world, and the experience is for free, open to everyone.
The festival is inspired by the IKEA vision to create a better everyday life for many people. "This is a new kind of experience IKEA wants to offer, celebrating, connecting, and engaging around life at home. Home tours around the world will open doors to new experiences and new inspiration. We want to spark a conversation on the more sustainable and affordable life at the home of tomorrow. And just as with any festival, you can expect a few surprises," says Erika Intiso, Managing Director of IKEA Marketing and Communication AB.

The festival set up and programme
The festival takes place on ikea.com and in IKEA stores in different room settings reflecting what people say is most important to them in their homes today: being with family and friends, music and food, which is represented in the experiences in these rooms. But there are also rooms for discussions on current topics and IKEA news to offer visitors a broad choice of experiences.
Visitors will see artists perform intimate concerts from their homes and studios and join DJ relays. Interior design fans are invited through the doors in countries around the world to get home makeover inspiration and see how designers and current and former IKEA collaborators create their work in their own unique spaces. 
Visitors can also experience cook-offs, challenges and home visits where both healthy, planet-friendly and no-waste recipes are shared. There will be discussions around the kitchen table on the important topics of circularity, air, play and spaces. Gamers can jump into a home visit to see the new IKEA gaming range. And IKEA will open its doors with special activities in many stores and live streams, giving access to what is happening in IKEA right now, from the factory floor in Zbąszynek, Poland, to the prototype shop in Älmhult, Sweden. IKEA fans can travel back in time in a digital IKEA museum to explore the diverse history of the brand over the decades.

“The home has never been more important than before. And with virtual connection now taking on a more prominent role in everyone’s life at home, we can open the door to many more lives around the world – exploring each other’s individuality and creativity at home,” says IKEA Pasay City store manager Georg Platzer. “We are excited to open the doors of IKEA Festival, our biggest global home tour yet, as we bring people together around life at home in a new way, online, from Sweden to the Philippines to the rest of the world.”

The Festival room sets:
  • My Home Turf. Home is anywhere that feels like…well, home. Join artists such as MØ, Kanis, Niki and Masego as they show their cities, neighbourhoods, and communities – and treat you to a performance.
  • Home Concerts. Turn up the volume and enjoy concerts – straight from the most personal, intimate stage around the world: people’s homes.
  • Home Cooking. Open the door to delicious-smelling kitchens all over the world and be inspired by chefs cooking up old and new favourites. Chefs are among others Pasta Queen and Paul Svensson.
  • DJ Relay. Don’t stop the music – you’re invited to a marathon set of club music, straight from the DJ’s own home. DJ´s playing is Kaytranada, Loraine James and ZULI, to name a few.
  • Home Visits. Welcome to a global tour, as strangers and some well-known personalities like Ilse Crawford share what’s inside the most important place in the world: their home.
  • IKEA Museum. Go back in time and explore everything that has made and shaped IKEA: the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly.
  • IKEA News. Travel the world and meet our co-workers and collaborators right now – in-store, at the factory, at the office or in the studio, such as former collaboration partner Virgil Abloh.
  • Home Makeovers. Ideas and guidance for creating better storage, a more cooking-friendly kitchen or simply accessorizing in a fun, vibrant way.
  • Shopping with …Who would you like to go shopping with to get new ideas for your home? They’re here, ready for you to join them for a full day of shopping at the local IKEA store.
  • Kitchen Talks. Join a conversation about the joys and frustrations that make up everyday life at home. IKEA co-workers meet with profiles like surfer Kassia Meador, astronaut Christer Fuglesang and adventurer Renata Chlumska.
To access the IKEA Festival and get the full programme, you can visit the festival page ikea.com/festival now. The festival will open its doors from 8 am CET (2 pm PH time) on Thursday 16 September. No sign up is required, it´s for free, and guests don’t need to register their details.

Life At Home in the Philippines
To kick-off the global celebration of life at home in the Philippines, IKEA put up a billboard featuring more than 1,000 Filipino families along EDSA. It is a collage of the many life at home stories of Filipinos shared to IKEA last June. The collage can be seen along EDSA Magallanes.


Experience LG's award winning OLED TV technology firsthand

LG Philippines, together with its dealer partners, wants you to experience television like never before. Dubbed as the LG OLED Madness Roadshow, LG set-up pop-ups across Metro Manila and Regional cities. These displays were made so that customers can see and experience firsthand what differentiates LG’s award-winning OLED technology from the rest. Deciding to upgrade your TV setup at home by relying on reviews and brochures is hit-or-miss. Actually sitting in front of an OLED TV and observing all its nuances in the flesh is a sight to behold.

To help guide your decision, we’ve outlined five reasons for you to switch to LG OLED:
Sharp Picture - LG OLED TVs come with the latest solutions from Dolby. Dolby Vision IQ utilizes metadata and the TVs’ built-in light sensors to optimize picture quality based on content genre and ambient surroundings while Dolby Atmos simultaneously delivers multi-dimensional immersive sound. It’s a powerful combination that provides a more realistic experience when watching a film. For movie buffs, FILMMAKER MODE turns off motion smoothing, image sharpening, and other processing settings while preserving the original aspect ratios, colors, and frame rates. This accurately delivers the director's original intent, so you get to experience the film the way they intended.

Swift Response - Don't lag behind the competition. LG OLED TVs have extremely low input lag with an incredible 1ms response time. This ensures that every move you input on the controller is displayed instantly on screen, giving you a vital edge over opponents and a better chance of winning. LG OLED TVs use the precision and control of individual self-lit pixels to take full advantage of the G-SYNC compatibility, allowing fast response times and smoother gaming, even at high resolution.

Smooth Motion – Witness all the action in all its glory. Because LG OLED TVs have self-lit pixels that illuminate one by one, they can display fast-moving sport with less blur than backlit LED TVs. OLED Motion Pro inserts black data of adaptive duration to reduce motion blur. This delivers smoother action and a clearer viewing experience than before, allowing you to witness the quick and subtle detail of every play, in every type of sport.
Slim Design - LG OLED TVs use self-lit pixels instead of backlights. This allows for more innovative designs that are ultra-slim, have almost no bezels, and can even bend and roll — it's a feat of engineering that has to be seen to be believed. The LG OLED Gallery Design TVs has a profile so slim that it appears stuck to your wall. It hangs flush like a work of art, elevating your home interior like no other TV can.

Eye Comfort – LG OLED TV displays have been recognized for maximum eye comfort by leading global independent inspection service TÜV Rheinland of Germany and UL, a leading global safety science company.
As you purchase an LG OLED 2021 model you may also get the LG ToneFree wireless earbuds at a discounted price. These wireless earbuds are engineered to reduce the high-frequency noise we encounter from day to day while still providing rich, immersive sound when needed. Freedom from these noises allows you to stay even more focused on your music and fully immerse yourself in authentic Meridian Technology audio.
As the old adage goes, to see is to believe. Visit LG’s OLED Madness Roadshow setups for the whole month of September in Anson’s The Link, Anson Alabang Town Center, Abenson Ascott, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Cebu Main to experience the power of self-lit pixels

Reason why I NOW love Money Heist. La Casa De Papel

 

So me and the boys got into a semi-deep discussion about the Money Heist series on Netflix. They say it's good, I said otherwise. It started when he said that he's losing sleep watching Netflix, I asked why. "La Casa De Papel" he responded.

La Casa De Papel or Money Heist (poorly translated to English), is a series in Netflix led by a criminal mastermind who goes by "The Professor" (who apparently is so bright that he fools the government and special forces easily) has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history -- to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves takes hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture The Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.

See, my issue with La Casa De Papel is nothing too technical or reviewed professionally. I guess there are just some things that didn't sit well with me when I watched the first season.

Here are the reasons why at first I didn't like it.

  • Overrated (now, not before)
  • Highly unrealistic (this covers a lot. From characters to plots & outcomes)
  • The heist, is not a heist.
  • Poor sound design
  • Unnecessarily overhyped
  • Gimmicky

Badass guys as the lead characters, the sex, the heist, the kill-just-to-kill-someone I guess wasn't enough to get me to jump into the hype train. Now while that didn't go deep into the details, I know some will understand. Like how I feel when people wear those masks and red jumpsuits, I just roll my eyes infinitely. 

The show I know was underrated for a long time until Netflix picked it up to sponsor the next few seasons, I think that it was perfect timing that got Money Heist the popular status it has now. If lockdown didn't happen and people didn't have a lot of spare time, the result could have been different.

My friends, like the twists and the strategy the group of robbers comes up with. They like the backstory of the characters which reminds them of Jennifer Garner's 'Alias' series before. While espionage and treason are exciting, La Casa De Papel didn't have that effect on me. Maybe because I didn't enjoy that first season, they say it has improved a lot since then. Maybe it did. 

I may be wrong to say the things I said on why I didn't like the show, or maybe they already convinced me already and I just didn't want to admit it. So here we go, reasons why I now I like the show now. 

GCash Teaches You How To Invest for the Family

Raising and providing for a family can be daunting, especially amid a global pandemic. With the price of basic goods on the rise and job insecurity plaguing a lot of people, it’s only wise to invest for one’s self and family.

To educate families on the fundamentals of investment, GCash, the country’s leading digital financial provider, is holding a free webinar that will touch on the best investments one can make for the family. The fourth installment of GCash Money Talks, entitled “Pag-invest para sa pangarap ng pamilya, G pa rin!'' will air on September 16, 2021 at 8 PM on GCash’s Facebook page.

This webinar aims to educate customers, specifically families, how to build a financially secure future for one’s family and reach one’s goals through the power of strategic investment. It also hopes to equip people with good financial management skills and habits you can start today.

Hosted by radio DJ and host Jaz Reyes, the webinar will feature financial expert, best-selling author and internationally known motivational speaker, Brother Bo Sanchez. He will discuss his thoughts on how to build a financially-secure future for the family, as well as practical and tangible ways to take control of your money as parents. He will be joined by CEO of Brilliant Skin Essentials and mother to two boys, Glenda Victorio, and first-time dad and entrepreneur Juancho Trivinio. They will share their budgeting and financial management methods as parents as well.

GInvest, the first-ever digital investment platform on GCash that allows Filipinos as young as 18 years old and with a valid ID, lets you explore easy ways on how to save for your passions and achieve your life goals by investing and conveniently growing your money through a tap on the app.

The fourth installment of GCash Money Talks is a testament to creating beautiful experiences for Filipinos to have choices, overcome challenges, and achieve theirs and their family’s dreams through investing.

GCash and GInvest continue to help pave the way for Filipinos to get in the habit of saving and growing their money through investments easily, efficiently, and conveniently. Pag-invest para sa pangarap ng pamilya, G pa rin!

To learn more about the GCash Money Talks and more information about GInvest, you may visit GCash’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/.

Keep your kids active and bring out their creativity with HUAWEI Kids Products

Huawei launched HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro, the must-have digital assistant for parents and smart toy for children!
Huawei's Consumer BG is entering the Philippines' kids smart device market and bringing two highly competitive but safe gadgets for Filipino families, including the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro.

In this digital era, people rely on digital channels and electronic devices to complete daily life. Hence, children are already influenced to play with various gadgets and entertainment through electronic devices ever since an early age. This tendency has drastically increased during this past year. The demand for gadgets for children has increased dramatically during this new normal situation. Even though the demand for children’s gadgets is high, the variety of gadgets for children is extremely low. Children mostly use their parents’ gadgets, which creates numerous concerns for parents in granting access to gadgets. Huawei understood these issues and did research and development to come up with solutions. Today, Huawei officially launches MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, a tablet specifically made for children, packed with features to ensure a safe & healthy digital experience.

George Li, Country Head Huawei CBG Philippines said, "Huawei oversees the current challenge of the digitalized world and commits to bringing innovation in every development of Huawei products that are smart and problem-solving. We’re proud to introduce the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI Watch Kids 4 Pro that will bring fun and education all wrapped in a safe and adorable device and will be a perfect companion for parents and their children. "

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, the ultimate safe and eye protection tablet for children
The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, designed with children’s education and healthy development in mind. Available in an 8-inch variant, this latest addition to the HUAWEI MatePad T Series comprises beautiful tablets that are specifically designed for children aged 3-8. They offer everything a child loves, including an adorable Kids Case, stylus pen, and the Kids Corner default app that is pre-loaded with child-friendly content.

Check out our unboxing here

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes with a beautiful Kids Case made from environmentally safe silicone, offering all-around protection for both the device and your child. Consisting of a blue shell and cute green grips, it is comfortable and enjoyable to hold for small hands. The tablets also feature curved backs, giving them a delicate and rounded grip.

Ultra-slim bezels result in an immersive visual experience, with a bright blue stylus pen to match your child’s inquisitive mind. The stylus pen offers a more interactive experience for kids by enabling them to draw finer pictures on the tablet, as well as to enjoy themselves to the fullest when playing touchscreen games. Both the Kids Case and the stylus pen meet the European Standards on the Safety of Toys and pass the Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), so parents can confidently allow their children to enjoy the accessories.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition boasts numerous safety features, giving parents the ultimate peace of mind. Parents can manage time spent, apps used, and other viewable content on Kids Corner, allowing them to set multiple designated time limit intervals throughout the day. For example, parents can set it so that their child can use the tablet for a maximum of 20 minutes after school between 5 pm to 6 pm, or after dinner between 7 pm and 9 pm. They can also apply different settings for the weekday versus the weekend so that the tablet brings the perfect balance between study and play. In Kid’s Profile, parents can also gain access to their children’s usage records, allowing them to log their children’s usage time and see the apps used over any given period.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition leverages the power of technology to protect children's eyesight. A built-in color adjustment module intelligently adjusts the content on the display, offering a discrete eye protection mode. With help from an ambient light sensor, the tablet also enables multi-layered eye protection for your child’s eyes.

Huawei tablets are equipped with a built-in gravity sensor that can determine whether the user is lying flat, with prompts to encourage them to adjust their posture accordingly. There is even an algorithm that detects when the tablet is shaking (such as when the user is using the tablet while walking or in a car), which can remind your child to use it in a stable state, therefore developing better eye habits. Furthermore, when the eBook mode is enabled, the tablet automatically adjusts the contrast, brightness, sharpness, saturation, color temperature, grayscale and other parameters on the display to offer a quality reading experience that closely resembles that of reading a physical book. The Bumpy Road Alerts, Posture Alerts, eBook mode, and more can all be toggled on and off in Kids Corner.


The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes pre-installed with a wealth of rich educational content, making it the perfect tablet companion for children as they grow. For Kids Corner, Huawei has partnered with BabyBus and Azoomee, two of the leading educational developers creating apps for children. The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, therefore, comes with a free three-month membership to Baby Panda World, and a free one-year membership to Azoomee. With a constant stream of updated content, these apps allow children to keep learning, and have fun while doing it!





This premium kids tablet comes with the third-largest app distribution service in the world, AppGallery; and mobile search engine Petal Search. AppGallery is the place to discover more Apps, Educational tools, and Games. Enjoy exclusive content and free welcome Gifts, special in-game events, competitions, prize draws, and rewards only for AppGallery users. The Petal Search app, on the other hand, brings an alternative search experience that aggregates information, delivering the most relevant results for users to enable them to fully personalize and manage their tablet experience.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro: A Safe and Healthy Companion throughout your Kids’ Growth



The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro, featuring a vibrant and fluid design and integrating technology and premium materials to offer kids a fun and educational experience. From the technologically advanced hardware setup to the thoughtful and practical software applications, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro aims to be a unique watch that will accompany kids to keep them safe and healthy and help them to enjoy exploring the world.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro includes features like Huawei’s own self-developed network positioning services intelligently obtain the optimal location accuracy. Thanks to the GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, A-GPS, WLAN positioning, base station positioning, indoor positioning, accelerometer-assisted positioning, and SOS camera-assisted positioning, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro can accurately record location every 120 seconds. Parents will also receive notifications when their kids leave or enter the Safe Zone.

At the same time, the privacy framework of HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro is designed with reference to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enabling strict data encryption and privacy protection for kids.

In addition, with the 5MP front camera, the HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro supports HD video calls using HUAWEI MeeTime. Users can make HD video or voice calls on the HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro with contacts that own Huawei devices, such as phones, visions, and tablets.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro is equipped with a 5ATM water-resistant design. Particularly, the buttons have a waterproof enclosure design that has passed strict waterproof tests. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro also provides a counting feature and one-min activity challenge for skipping rope, free skipping rope, and sit-ups. In addition, the smartwatch can track users’ steps and provide a ranking which is helpful for kids to challenge themselves when they exercise.

From the technologically advanced hardware setup to the thoughtful and practical software applications, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro aims to be a unique watch that will accompany a child to keep them safe and healthy and help them to enjoy exploring the world.

Price and Availability
HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition retails at PHP 8,999. For the first or initial sale offer of the Huawei Mate Pad T 8 Kids Edition starting September 24 until October 1, 2021 via online Huawei Store, the following freebies worth Php 8,996 pesos will be bundled with your HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, and they include the:
  • Pen (SRP 499)
  • Cover (SRP 999)
  • Baby Panda (SRP 759)
  • Lamp (SRP 2499)
  • Baby Bus App 3 month VIP (SRP 450)
  • Azoomee APP 12 month VIP (SRP 3790)
The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro’s availability details, on the other hand, will be announced soon so please stay tuned.

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How the MatePad 11 Brings the Best of PC Productivity On-the-Go

As powerful as modern PCs are, with their near-infinite applications in work and leisure, the form factor still has limits in terms of interactivity and mobility. Some peripherals have been invented and improved to address these limitations, but none come close to a cohesive experience - that is, until the arrival of the Huawei MatePad 11.

The MatePad 11 is Huawei’s answer to people looking for PC-like functionality that’s unencumbered by bulky frames and restrictive input methods. Being a 10.95” tablet, users can just carry the MatePad 11 around like a notepad, always ready to materialize that flash of inspiration or breakthrough idea with a stroke of the pen -- or rather, the Huawei M-Pencil 2nd Gen.

But what exactly sets the MatePad 11 apart?
Collaborate across devices
Juggling multiple open devices (laptop, smartphone, desktop PC) in the name of productivity often leads to less of such, ironically. Huawei seeks to streamline this multi-screen fragmentation into actual collaboration with Huawei Share: a built-in solution on its devices that allows for seamless productivity no matter the demands of the task. It is no doubt that Huawei Share allows flawless integration between devices such as the MatePad 11 best paired with the nova 8/8i smartphone series.

With the MatePad 11, it has a Mirror Mode that, well, mirrors your laptop screen onto the tablet, which is useful for things like signing documents/contracts, highlighting text easily and adding handwritten comments.

Work and create the way you want
For artists, designers, and the like, the MatePad 11 serves as an incredibly tactile and responsive tool for their creative work, especially with the M-Pencil 2nd Gen. The M-Pencil’s minimal latency, 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and robust FreeScript features means inputting ideas and visuals feel as natural as traditional pad-to-paper, while also enjoying the benefits of powerful software to enhance, refine, and share that output––especially with its 10-hour battery life when fully charged.

Young professionals and students will also find the MatePad 11 with the Smart Magnetic Keyboard an exquisite match. The full-sized keyboard and 1.3mm key travel offers a satisfying typing experience, whether it’s for a book report or a data-heavy sales presentation.

Moreover, users can mix-and-match keyboard and M-Pencil inputs as much as they see fit; be it annotating documents, adding text to drawings and designs, etc. The user defines the possibilities with the MatePad 11.
Download the tool you need
The Huawei AppGallery offers an incredible variety of productivity apps that take full advantage of the MatePad 11’s strengths. Nebo, for instance, is a note-taking app that supports a mix of stylus-keyboard input features for more intuitive interactions. Canva and Concepts are both user-friendly design apps with rich suites of creative features tailored to even the most niche of needs, all for free. FilmoraGo is for vloggers, budding filmmakers and even pros, offering a wealth of video and audio editing tools that are both powerful and easy to use.

Google Services like Gmail, Drive, Photos and other related productivity apps are also downloadable via Petal Search Widget -- a homescreen widget that can search and download apps in one place.

Communicate with freedom
From-home setups, be it for work or classes have become the norm nowadays, and the MatePad 11 fills that need exceptionally, as well. Thanks to its portability, switching to suitable locations for video conferences or online classes are a breeze, while the Harman/Kardon-tuned quad-speakers provide crisp and pure audio quality in any environment.


Remote learning, especially, has become a significant adjustment for students, given the unfamiliarity and limited interaction inherent to the practice. The MatePad 11 eases that challenge with its PC-like experience -- a mix of desktop performance and smartphone convenience -- providing an intuitive tool for uninterrupted learning.

For more demanding use cases by high-end creatives and business professionals, the Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 is a suitable alternative with more performance-oriented features and hardware specifications.

HUAWEI Culminates Service Carnival with Contests and Prizes in My HUAWEI App

HUAWEI users should be on the lookout for upcoming contests and prizes happening at HUAWEI’s Service Carnival until September 30, 2021!

HUAWEI Philippines is ending its two-month long Service Carnival with online contests and exciting prizes on the My HUAWEI App. The HUAWEI Service Carnival, which was launched on July 12, features exclusive offers and promos -- HUAWEI’s “thank you” to its many users and fans in the Philippines.

HUAWEI users in the Philippines can upgrade and recondition their beloved devices at the Huawei Service Carnival until September 30. Aside from bagging exclusive deals up to 50% replacement of spare parts, discounts on battery replacements and free clean-up services, HUAWEI users also have a chance to win the latest HUAWEI nova 8i smartphone or get a gift from the HUAWEI team by simply participating in exclusive contests found on the My HUAWEI App!

From September 1-30, HUAWEI users need to simply share the HUAWEI Service Carnival Banner found on the My HUAWEI App on their Facebook accounts along with a review about the HUAWEI Service Carnival. Customers must be sure to make their post public and to include the hashtag “#HUAWEIServiceCarnivalPH” in the post shared.

Get just five likes with five shares on your post and you’ll be able to receive your small gift from HUAWEI! Just be sure to show screenshots or live posts with the reached likes and shares when you visit a HUAWEI authorized service center and you get to choose one out of three gifts: A 3.5mm earphone, micro USB cable or a phone charger 2 amp!
Get a chance to win a HUAWEI nova 8i or online vouchers from September 6- September 30 by participating in this exclusive contest for HUAWEI users. Bring out your creativity in your posts and simply follow the mechanics below and you may just be one out of the three chosen winners:
Download the My HUAWEI App
Browse through the My HUAWEI App and My HUAWEI Community Web Page
Find all four (4) banners and take a screenshot of each. They should feel the same and fit right to each other.

Combine them together and make sure to add in some personal flair.
Comment your entries under this contest thread
Invite your friends and families to like your entries in this thread through your social media accounts and use the hashtags #CollectPost&Share and #MyHUAWEI on your captions.
If you want to participate in these exclusive HUAWEI contests, now’s your chance to be part of the HUAWEI community as HUAWEI releases exciting deals for their devices, this coming 9.9 Sale from September 9-11 2021 on HUAWEI’s online store! Enjoy deals up to 53% off and vouchers up to ₱ 1,000.00 (with a minimum spend ₱10,000)! Terms and conditions apply.

Amazing promos to look out for include:
● HUAWEI Band 6 as low as P1,990 (SRP: P2,599)
● HUAWEI Watch GT 2 as low as P5,499 (SRP: P10,990)
● Matebook D15 i5 8gb + 256gb as low as P30,999 (SRP: 37,999)

*T&Cs apply.
So what are you waiting for? These exciting deals and prizes await you here:


Enjoy a Grand Day for lolo and lola with Araneta City!

City of Firsts prepares fun surprises and promos for Grandparents’ Day
Show your love and appreciation for your beloved lolos and lolas this Grandparents’ Day weekend by celebrating with the City of Firsts! After all, they deserve all the best treats we can offer on this very special occasion.

Starting September 10, our dear grandparents can enjoy from Araneta City’s onground and online offerings that are specially tailored just for them!

Online treats
Grandparents can enjoy specially-curated activities prepared by Araneta City online. Lolo and lola will enjoy a dynamic virtual Zumba session and joint-friendly workout from Slimmers World, and a peaceful and centering virtual Yoga session care of Anytime Fitness. Keep an eye out for these workout videos – all designed for the elderlies – on Araneta City’s social media pages.

Why not invite them to join Araneta City’s fun and rewarding social media promos? Show us some stellar lolo groove and lola moves by posting a dance video with your grandparents on Tiktok! The best dance video will get a chance to win ₱5,000!

For last minute Grandparents’ Day shopping, you can enjoy free delivery for every purchase made through Ask Ara. Just visit the Ask Ara Facebook page and send a message to Araneta City’s virtual shopper on September 11. Tell Ara what you want to purchase, pay for it online, and instruct her whether your items are for pickup or delivery. For deliveries, Borzo (formerly Mr. Speedy) will bring it to your doorstep.

Onground offerings
If you want to look for good gift items yourself, you may score some great deals at the Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza Grand Bazaar! Select fashion and retail brands are putting up booths at the Farmers Plaza Activity Area, while some quirky trinkets and vintage items from Ali X will be made more accessible at the Ali Mall Activity Area. There will surely be something cool, useful, and adorable for your lola and lolo here, so head to the Grand Bazaar from September 10 to 12.

For grandparents, they can expect to enjoy some exciting discounts from various establishments at the City of Firsts as a special treat for them! That’s on top of the 20% discount they already get as senior citizens!

Over at the Gateway Mall, once shopping is done, grandparents and their companions can enjoy taking some memorable snaps at the special garden-inspired photobooth!

Outside Gateway Mall, you can also take photos of lolo and lola with your beloved pets at Araneta City’s Pet Pals Corner and post them online. The most adorable photos will be awarded with a special gift pack for both the grandparents and their pets!

Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza are proud recipients of the Safety Seal from the Quezon City LGU – proof that the City of Firsts adheres to government-mandated health and safety protocols. Expect the strict implementation of health and safety measures such as mandatory wearing of masks and face shields, temperature checks at every point of entry, and constant disinfection of various areas of the mall, among many others.

Enjoy a safe and fun Grandparents’ Day celebration this year with the City of Firsts!

Cash in to your PayMaya account at over 90,000 touchpoints nationwide!


Running low on funds on your PayMaya account? Worry not, because adding funds to your go-to e-wallet is now easier than ever as PayMaya expands to over 90,000 cash in touchpoints nationwide – the most extensive network offered by an e-wallet in the Philippines.

To make your cashless experience hassle-free and even more accessible, you can cash in for free at 55,000 of these touchpoints – including your BPI online banking (via linked account), your go-to Ministop branch, and your trusted Smart Padala agent.

Adding to PayMaya's nationwidest network of cash in touchpoints are top supermarkets and leading establishments, including 7-Eleven, Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Department Store, SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, SM Department Store, Landers, Super8, Southstar Drug, Bayad Center, Easymart, EC Pay, LBC Express, No Brand, Palawan Pawnshop, Posible, RD Pawnshop, Savemore, Shopwise, The Marketplace, among others. These establishments also allow PayMaya users to cash in to their accounts for free for a monthly aggregate amount of up to P10,000.

Meanwhile, you can also choose to cash in to your account from the comforts of your home using online channels like mobile banking via Instapay, or by linking any Visa, Mastercard, or JCB card to your account.

"We are breaking the barriers to digital payments adoption and usage by offering the most extensive cash in channels. With this unparalleled network plus our free cash in offer, we are making it easier for Filipinos to embrace digital payments," said Shailesh Baidwan, President at PayMaya Philippines.

Once users fund their PayMaya accounts, they can now utilize safe and convenient digital payments for their everyday transactions. They can use their PayMaya to purchase their daily essentials at any of the over 360 brands featured on the PayMaya Mall, on their favorite shopping sites, or their go-to establishments. They can also access and pay 600 billers on the PayMaya app or send money even to those without a bank account through Smart Padala.

PayMaya is an end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, enterprises, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is one of the leading payments processors for "everyday" merchants in key industries such as retail, food, transportation, utilities, and eCommerce.  

It provides more than 38 million registered users access to financial services through its consumer platforms. Customers can conveniently cash in, pay, cash out, and remit through its over 300,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of 55,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved access to digital services.