Holcim Multifix is the “Instant Mortar” you need just in time for your quarantine home makeover

“The simplicity of Holcim Multifix provides homeowners convenience and value for money,” -Holcim Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation Ram Maganti 

The imposed quarantine may have not made us love STAYING at home. But you would agree that because of the stay-at-home advisory, we have learned to LOVE our humble abode more. We have noticed the cracked part of our flooring, the damaged corner of our wall… virtually all that needs a makeover. How much do you really love your home? Have you started the repair? 

Whether you are hiring a contractor or doing the repair yourself, the good news is, Holcim Philippines has launched the only all-in-one drymix product in the Philippines, the Holcim Multifix. It is a new easy-to-use and multipurpose mortar product that can help improve the quality of walls, floors, and tile installation. 

The latest “instant mortar” is a combination of sand and cement enhanced with polymer for better performance that can be used just by adding water. Holcim Multifix is produced in the company’s drymix plant removing the need for users to combine materials on site thus ensuring uniform quality and right proportions for the application of the mortar. Being factory produced significantly reduces wastage of building materials such as sand thus making the product friendlier to the environment.

Holcim Multifix is now available in Luzon. It will be  introduced in Mindanao in the first quarter of 2021

“We developed Holcim Multifix in line with our company’s commitment to continuously produce innovative building solutions that do not just bring value to our customers but are also sustainable for the environment. Holcim Multifix helps make it easier for our partner builders to produce good quality walls. It is factory-mixed using Holcim cement and quality sand for superior performance. It is modified with polymer for outstanding adhesion compared to on-site mixed mortars as well as better crack resistance. Since we are not screening sand, there will be lesser material wastage. And last but not the least, Holcim Multifix is the only all-in-one drymix product in the Philippines. These are the Five Star Advantage of Holcim Multifix,” Holcim Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation Ram Maganti said.

“Holcim Multifix’s Five-Star Advantage means more business for contractors as it helps improve building quality and lessens reworks that can eat up time for additional projects. The simplicity of Holcim Multifix, meanwhile, provides homeowners convenience and value for money,” Maganti added.

Being in a lockdown have resulted us to learn new skills and “take things into our own hands”. Just in case loving your home means retouching it to own stronger walls and more concrete floors, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. has a new innovation for your family and your home, the Holcim Multifix in 25-kilogram bags. It is the latest in the company’s line of drymix products which includes Holcim Skim Coat and Holcim Tile Adhesive.

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Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 75,000 employees.

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TECHNO Spark 6 Series | Seven Upgrades For You To Own

Reasons why the devices from this Series are worth owning.

The extreme demand for high-performing and multi-tasking devices both for work and play these days, co-exists with the crucial consideration of owning such smartphones at an affordable price tag. In these challenging times, global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile has launched its latest innovation, the TECNO Spark 6 Series with such premise in mind.

The Spark 6 Series comes in three (3) amazing variants – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB, and Spark 6 Go in 4GB RAM +64GB and 2GB RAM+32GB. These all have a high performing, impressive battery life, and a sleek, simple yet bold design. The Spark 6 Go variant was the first to be released this November, and is available in all TECNO Mobile partner retail stores. 

Here are seven reasons why the devices from this series are worth owning: 

  1. An immersive camera system

The Spark 6 Go possesses a 13-megapixel AI Dual camera and 8MP front camera, AI lens with 18 different scene detection, up to 95% recognition rate and upgraded algorithms. It supports 4x digital zoom with F-1.8 big aperture that captures more light at night, and processes image details more finely. It also features various shooting modes for the AI Dual camera, including Bokeh, AI Beauty, and AI HDR, among others. Full picture details and quality are greatly improved, plus a dual rear flash fills light in dark environments to ensure better photos.

The Spark 6 variants on the other hand, owns a 16-megapixel AI quad camera with a depth lens. This 16MP primary lens can work as a macro lens, and AI lens with AI Scene Detection that can recognize 18 different scenes with a 95% recognition rate.

2. A wider screen

The Spark 6 Go boasts a 6.52 inches dot in display screen with 20:9 screen aspect ratio and 720 x 1600 resolution for a wider, clearer, immersive display effect, rich color contrast, and great visual experience.

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The Spark 6 handset on the other hand, has a 6.8-inch high-definition (HD) dot in display screen that gives a perfect screen ratio for an extremely sharp display and much broader viewing experience.

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3. More generous memory and storage

The Spark 6 units features a 4GB RAM+128GB storage while the Spark 6 Go has 4GB RAM+64GB 2GB RAM+32GB variants. All so reasonably priced. 

The Spark 6 series devices are geared with 5,000 mAh battery that stays charged longer, ideal for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming and music.

4. A boosted processing speed

The Spark 6 Go units operate with HiOS for a more intelligent and convenient user experience, with a brand new dark theme feature that uses less phone battery and causes less eye strain.

The Spark 6 devices on the other hand operate with Android Q with a G70 processor, and 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network connectivity for improved performance, and allowing for a wide range of user customization. The operating system is also equipped with utility applications that allow users to free up memory, freeze applications, limit data accessibility for specific applications, and other useful features.

5. An enhanced video call experience

In tandem with its wider screen, the Spark 6 devices own a Quad lens which provides high definition portraits, macro photos, and immersive AI video experiences with features like ‘Video Beautify’, ‘AI Beauty’, ‘AI Body Shaping’, and ‘AR Interaction’.

6. A more fun Bluetooth audio share feature

Both the Spark 6 Go and Spark 6 units own a Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time, enabling users to listen and watch with friends.

7. A truly reasonable price

The Spark 6 with 4GB RAM+128GB is priced at PhP6,490. The Spark 6 Go with 4GB RAM+64GB tagged at PhP5,490, while the Spark 6 Go with 2GB RAM+32GB is at PhP3,990 only. For a complete list of stores, visit http://bit.ly/TecnoStoresPH.

Now more than ever, the smartphone is a necessity. It is an essential link to the outside world – for remote working, online learning, staying in touch with loved ones, getting news, and for entertainment. Our goal is to make advanced, innovative smartphones more accessible to more people. TECNO Mobile’s smartphones are affordable, and that includes the latest TECNO Spark 6 Series. We continue to develop our smartphones with the consumers’ changing needs.”  said Ye Yuan, Deputy General Manager of TECNO Mobile. 

*About TECNO Mobile

TECNO Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. Upholding the brand essence of “Expect More”, TECNO Mobile is committed to giving the masses access to latest technology at accessible prices, allowing the consumers to reach beyond their current limitations and uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO Mobile understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations across a product portfolio featuring smartphones, tablets, and feature phones. TECNO Mobile is a major global player with presence in around 60 emerging markets across the world. It is also the global Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: http://www.tecno-mobile.com

“Cash Agad” Provides Unhindered Access to Money to Filipinos in Distant Communities Amid the Pandemic

Cash Agad is a service that turns community-based shops and similar establishments into a neighborhood ATM. It has been operating in both far-flung and semi-urban communities for the past several years, allowing residents to make cash withdrawals, receive remittances and government cash subsidies,make balance inquiries, and get access to calamity funds and loan releases.

An Access-to-money Story From Mindanao

According to Elsa Pardo, a store owner from Lantapan, a municipality in Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, until today there’s just one single bank operating in their community.

When the bank’s ATM runs out of cash or is in need of repair, people will have to wait and endure a few days without cash. Those who can’t afford to wait would have to go to the nearest urban area which is some 14 kilometers away. Transport fares can get quite expensive.

According to Elsa, sometimes even these other ATMs also run out of cash or go offline. In such cases, people would have to return home and go back the following day. 

How much more when quarantines were imposed due to COVID-19? Can you imagine how difficult their access to funds was? 

Elsa runs her Cash Agad service at her store in their municipality’s public market. When the pandemic hit and community quarantine was declared, she worked with the local government so that Cash Agad transactions could be done safely and in compliance with physical distancing regulations.

“Mahirap dito noong nagka-quarantine.  Hindi makalabas yung mga tao.  Kaya sabi nila, it’s a good thing there’s Cash Agad.  Kasi mas madali na sa kanila mag-withdraw ng pera.  Kung pupunta pa sila sa malayo, madami pang aasikasuhing requirements.  Kailangan pa ng quarantine pass. Travel pass. Very inconvenient. Pag dito sa Cash Agad, malapit lang tapos makukuha pa agad yung pera. Sandali lang ang queueing time,” Elsa explained.

Cash Agad is indeed one example of a bank’s faith in the resilience and resourcefulness of Filipinos in the countryside. Elsa’s story is just one of the pieces of proof that the unhindered access to cash provided by Cash Agad is crucial to people’s life whether or not there is a pandemic.

“Financial inclusion in far-flung communities is a driver for economic growth. Some places are too far away or located in terrain that make it difficult, logistically, to build a bank branch. Take for example some islands or mountainous regions. That’s why innovative services like Cash Agad are a way to bridge the gap. As more spending occurs in a community, the better for residents and businesses,” said Jim Nasol, Head of Agency Banking, BDO.

The service of Cash Agad affects wider than the household of the card holder. In a more expanded horizon, when you give the people in more communities ready access to cash, the spending and capital flow increase. Thus the local economy lives, grows.

*It was BDO Unibank Inc. that first originated the idea of the services offered by Cash Agad.

For more information about Cash Agad and how it benefits Cash Agad partner agents and their communities, visit www.bdo.com.ph/cash-agador email cashagad@bdo.com.ph. ###.

SAMSUNG Galaxy A01 Core at PHP 3,990 | Your most affordable work smartphone yet

Indeed, productivity meets practicality as you own this latest Galaxy device.

“It has an expandable storage of up to 512GB, suitable for storing files, photos, videos, and music.”

The data and storage requirement of the corporate dealings in the “new normal” makes one feel the need to own a work smartphone. With the economical effect of the public health crisis though, the price tag has to be carefully considered. We need to own a budget work smartphone. 

Intended to be the perfect partner for your online appointments and deliverables, SAMSUNG introduces its latest budget smartphone, the Galaxy A01 Core, for only PHP 3,990. 

The Galaxy A01 Core features a 5.3” HD+ Infinity Display with 1480 x 720 px resolution for an easy viewing experience. It is also powered by a Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM, with expandable storage of up to 512GB, suitable for storing files, photos, videos, and music. The Galaxy A01 Core comes with pre-installed Google Apps for easy access to productivity tools. To add more to its cool features, the budget-friendly Galaxy device is packed with an 8MP main camera, 5MP front lens, 3000mAh battery, Android Go, and Travel Adapter for an exciting overall smartphone experience.

Indeed, productivity meets practicality as you own this latest Galaxy device. Do you want a Black or a Red design? The Galaxy A01 Core is now available nationwide. To know more about the Galaxy A01 Core, visit samsung.com/ph/smartphones/galaxy-a01core-a013.  

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

Pouvoir 4 with 6000mAh | A Smartphone as Extra-Performing as You

A longer battery life empowers you to achieve more in communication, entertainment and creativity.

A smartphone with longer-than-usual battery life. To be exact, a smartphone with 6000mAh extraordinary battery life. What does that mean to you? 

For some, a longer battery life means more work done or more passion honed. For others, it means more calls heard, more deals closed. It really depends how a smartphone helps you in life. What is for sure is that a longer battery life empowers you as it helps you to achieve more in communication, entertainment and creativity.

True to the meaning of “pouvoir”, a French term for power, Pouvoir 4 comes with a powerful battery life at 6000mAh, capable of powering the smartphone for four days straight with just a single charge. It is the latest addition to the popular Pouvoir series of TECHNO Mobile.

As a synergy with its battery power, the smartphone possesses a storage power of 32GB + 3GB for the Pouvoir 4 and 64GB + 4GB and 128GB + 6GB for the Pouvoir 4 Pro models. It operates on TECNO Mobile’s HiOS 6.0, which is built on Android Q.

Pouvoir 4 is also equipped with a 13 megapixel (MP) artificial intelligence (AI) quad camera, two 2MP cameras and an AI lens at the rear, and an 8MP dual flash camera at the front. Its 7-inch HD+ Drop Display offers the best gaming and video viewing experience.

Pouvoir 4 flaunts a premium glossy and sleek design, and is packed with a range of cool features. This includes Face Unlock, Fingerprint Sensor for optimized security, and a dedicated button on the side that launches a virtual Google Assistant at any time.

Pouvoir 4 Pro’s premium glossy and sleek design

Power up how your smartphone helps you in getting things done. Own a mobile device that is equally hardworking and performing as you. Be more Pouvoir-ful at Php4590 for the Pouvoir 4, Php5990 and Php6990 for the Pouvoir 4 Pro.

For more information, visit www.tecno-mobile.com/phor visit store http://bit.ly/TecnoStoresPH. Also follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebookfor exciting updates.

About TECNO Mobile

TECNO Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. Upholding the brand essence of “Expect More”, TECNO is committed to giving the masses access to latest technology at accessible prices, allowing the consumers to reach beyond their current limitations and uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations across a product portfolio featuring smartphones, tablets, and feature phones. TECNO is a major global player with presence in around 60 emerging markets across the world. It is also the global Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: www.tecno-mobile.com 

Bonds Made me a Financial Product Shopaholic | How to Buy PH Government Bonds Using a Smartphone?

When are you going to start creating your investing story?

We have different investing stories. Mine began with Bonds. A bond is a form of loan where the holderof the bond is the lender (you), lets the issuer of the bond (government or company) borrow money with a fixed interest rate and definite maturity date. These are offered by the partner banks of the issuer. *Please do more readings before investing.

Why did I choose bonds, Government Bonds to be exact, as my first financial product? No it was not because of the interest rate. Though most bonds have higher interest rates than savings products offered by banks, the gain from bonds is not really that big versus other investment products in the market.

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The interest value of PhP 300 added in my bank account back then as my first income from the bonds I purchased is an immortal investing reminiscent of pleasure. That gratification conditioned me to search and shop more money-generating instruments in the market. When the government paid back the sum of the bonds I availed at the agreed maturity date, the emotions became more desirable, addictive but in a wholesome connotation. That feeling gave birth to my investing habit.

I elected bonds to be my first asset in my portfolio to teach myself a habit. I believe that one’s investing journey, though expectedly is filled with risks, should start with a rewarding emotional association of “It is true. I earned from it!” as a “When it was my first time to invest.” memory. The interest value of PhP 300 added in my bank account back then as my first income from the bonds I purchased is an immortal investing reminiscent of pleasure. That gratification conditioned me to search and shop more money-generating instruments in the market. When the government paid back the sum of the bonds I availed at the agreed maturity date, the emotions became more desirable, addictive but in a wholesome connotation. That feeling gave birth to my investing habit. That memory is a powerful take-off to the loftier heights of my narrative as a financial product shopaholic. Have you created such memory? You have to create it for your sake.

It is more affordable now to buy bonds. You can own the least at PhP 5,000. Also an equally inviting reason to own some bonds now is, you can buy it right from where you are NOW using the PayMaya app. Thankfully, you don’t have to go to the banks, get a priority number and so on.

HOW TO BUY BONDS USING YOUR SMARTPHONE WITH PAYMAYA

Digital financial services leader PayMaya has extended its financial inclusion mission into the retail investing space with the government’s Retail Treasury Bonds offering.

Partnering with Bonds.Ph, a new online investment platform powered by the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX) , it will now allow small individual investors to avail of the government’s next Retail Treasury Bond (RTB) offering using their PayMaya accounts.

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You can buy bonds NOW. Prospective investors can invest in amounts as low as P5,000 up to an aggregate of P500,000.

1.Simply download the app using this link https://official.paymaya.com/CAK1/425eb133

2.Register for an account using only your mobile number. Earn P100 upon registration! Just copy and paste this code upon registration: < 1p374rl >

3.Add Money to your account to pay for the Bond.

Add Money Tip: You can Add Money through the 7-Eleven convenience stores near you.

Tap “Add Money” found at the App. Then choose on the “Add Money Partners”, tap the 7-Eleven box. Type the amount and tap continue. Show the bar code to the nearest 7-Eleven cashier. Pay for the amount. Wait for the SMS confirmation.

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ADD MONEY to your PayMaya account using these banks.

4.Download the Bonds.Ph app from the App Store for iOS users and Google Play Store for Android Users.

5.Register and verify your account.

6.Go to the Cash In section of the app and select Pay with PayMaya. 

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Go to the Cash In section of the app and select Pay with PayMaya. A minimal fee of P5.00 per transaction will apply.

7.Choose the amount you want to cash in, then complete the payment process after receiving the payment details in your email.

8.Once your account has been funded, choose the bond offering you want to invest in, review the transaction details, and click “Buy” *Prospective investors can invest in amounts as low as P5,000 up to an aggregate of P500,000.

9.The subscription will have an “Awaiting Subscription” status until the final allocation is completed. All orders are considered final upon placement and can no longer be cancelled.

10.To check the status of your investment, click the “My Orders” button in the Bonds.Ph app. An email will also be sent to you for the notice of successful purchase of the Bond.

11.Once the investment has matured, you may also choose to withdraw the proceeds from your Bonds.Ph account straight to your PayMaya account. Simply choose PayMaya as the account where you will cash out your earnings. There is a minimal fee of P5 for every cash out transaction made through your PayMaya account.

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RTB 24 is available from  July 16 to August 7, 2020! RTB 24 is a 5-year fixed-income investment that yields 2.625% per annum, with a minimum investment amount of P5,000. For more details, visit http://www.treasury.gov.ph/rtb.

12.Follow the Facebook page of the Philippine Bureau of the Treasury to be updated on the latest Government Bonds offering. https://www.facebook.com/TreasuryPh/


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That memory is a powerful take-off to the loftier heights of my narrative as a financial product shopaholic. Have you created such memory? You have to create it for your sake.

I bought a safe and fixed-rate financial instrument like Bonds not mainly with the expectation to gain big. I decided to buy some to create an enticing introduction of my investing story. It motivated me a lot. My story has twists but is definitely not ending anytime soon. When are you going to start creating your investing story?

*PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, and government. Aside from providing payments acceptance for the largest e-Commerce, food, retail and gas merchants in the Philippines, PayMaya enables national and social services agencies as well as local government units with digital payments and disbursement services.   

Through its app and wallet, PayMaya provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. To know more about PayMaya’s products and services, visit www.PayMaya.com or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

BDO Remit Features a Funny Piolo Pascual in New Video Ads to Bring Laughter and Hope to Overseas Filipinos Amidst Pandemic

Banking and remittances are crucial to our survival, sanity, and happiness.

“Mahilig ang mga Pinoy sa drama eh. Pero pati comedy rin. Etong mga videos, parang pinagsama yan tapos may twist. Yung pangkalahatan na mensahe ng video ay kailangan natin ngayon: yung kasiyahan at pag-asa.” Piolo Pascual, Ex-OFW, Philippine Actor on the new BDO Remit video Ads.

Read: Piolo Pascual as an Overseas Filipino Security Guard back then

*The videos are shown in BDO branches, on BDO’s YouTube channel and on BDO Kabayan Facebook page.

BDO Remit – through BDO Kabayan Savings – its special savings & remittance account for the overseas Filipino market – has become a lifeline for overseas Filipinos during the pandemic. BDO Remit has kept its services running to help Filipinos overseas and their families cope with the challenges of the pandemic.


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Piolo added that the new videos show precisely how to help. “In all the videos, mapapansin mo na kahit light and funny ang approach, malinaw ang mensahe: kapag ang kapwa Pinoy ay nasa alanganin, kapwa Pinoy ang tutulong. Hindi naman kailangan na solohin natin ang problema. Ang lakas ng Pilipino, nasa pagtutulungan, bayanihan. Especially during this pandemic, which is a huge, global problem, we need to call on the best in ourselves and help each other,” he said.

The new video commercials are light-hearted spin-offs or even slight spoofs of classic scenes in his movies “Milan” (with Claudine Barretto) and “Starting Over Again” (with Toni Gonzaga). As the videos’ release coincides with OFs’ present situation, they take on more significance and meaning in Piolo’s view.

“STARTING OVER THERE” | VIDEO LINK:

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In the video, “Starting Over There”, a desperate man (named Marco Villanueva, played by Piolo) chases after a taxicab in the rain, calling after “Ginny” (the character played by Toni Gonzaga in the original film). It is implied that, similar to the film, Ginny is leaving Marco to work abroad.
We then realize that Marco is doubly desperate as he kneels in the rain, because Ginny seems to have left with his ATM card. He says that he needs it to access a remittance. Then a twist happens when an old woman, hair done in curlers, finds Marco as he fumbles in his pockets. Marco sees the ATM card was in his pocket all along.
The old woman chides him, pointing out that with his ATM card, Marco can access an ATM, a BDO branch, and even a BDO Cash Agad kiosk at a sari-sari store. All of which are just around the same block as they are.

“STARTING OVER TODAY” | VIDEO LINK:

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Another video, “Starting Over Today,” shows the same character, Marco, passionately delivering the classic lines from the original film. We realize that Marco is inside a bank, somewhat mortified that he wasn’t able to get a BDO Kabayan Savings earlier–because he thought it would be a complicated, arduous process. The teller assures him otherwise.

Read: HOW TO OPEN A BDO KABAYAN SAVINGS ACCOUNT

”MULA SA ABROAD” | VIDEO LINK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zaqgl82Iao

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The third video, based on “Milan,” shows Marco asking help from a lovely fellow OF in sending money from Italy to a BDO Kabayan Savings account. The lady – whose features are noticeably familiar – is supposed to be a stand-in for Claudine Barretto.

Piolo has played several OF characters in various dramatic films–it’s a role that he also knows in real life because he used to be a security guard in Los Angeles, California before he achieved Philippine movie stardom.

“Ang drama natin ngayon, real life. Pandemic. Lost jobs. Quarantine. Sandaang araw na itong drama. Hindi kagaya ng drama sa pelikula, two hours lang. So we need relief, we need to feel lighter, to see that we can still smile. Ma-realize lang natin na, oo nga, okay pa rin tumawa, magsaya. Na meron pa ring pag-asa. May solusyon. We can always find ways,” said Piolo.

Funny videos help Overseas Filipinos (OF) bear the pandemic’s mental burden

Experts in the Philippines and other countries have been warning us: along with the wave of COVID-19 infections would be a wave of mental illness. There’s no avoiding that: people are anxious, afraid, and many have lost jobs and face an uncertain future. Add to that our collective isolation, loneliness, and dread. Overseas Filipinos (OFs) are particularly vulnerable.

Actor Piolo Pascual is among those calling for more support for OFs during the pandemic. He said that overseas Filipinos are already under a great amount of pressure as they face tough emotional, physical, and financial challenges. It’s not surprising then that some of them would have mental health issues.

“For decades, our economy benefited from billions of dollars in remittances. At this time, it’s our turn to give back and support OFs now that they are going through both a pandemic and an economic downturn,” said Piolo.

Reaching out, getting help

Piolo said that the most important thing that OFs need to remember is to reach out for help. “Marami kasi sa atin, may tendency to keep things to ourselves. Masyado tayong matiisin. Akala natin puntos para sa atin yung magdusa. No, it’s not. Kung malungkot ka, o masama ang loob, call a friend. Makipag-usap sa kapamilya. Wala namang award na ibibigay sa iyo kapag sinarili mo ang problema mo. Nagiging delikado lang lalo ang mental health mo,” he said.

He also reminded OFs not to hesitate getting professional help if needed. “There’s still a stigma over mental health. Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na dapat ikahiya ang mental illness. Tratuhin natin na tulad lang ng ibang sakit sa katawan.” He noted that there’s no shame in getting help in order to be better in our minds and emotions.’

Piolo added that people should be more empathetic and compassionate. “Pag may lumapit sa atin dahil nalulungkot, o may problema. Huwag balewalain. Sometimes, we say, ‘Kaya mo yan!’ pagkatapos iiwanan natin.. Hindi sapat yun. Huwag natin iwanan. Samahan natin tapos pakinggan natin.Hindi naman kailangan tayo ang mag-solve ng problema. Basta maiparamdam natin na hindi siya nag-iisa. Na nandon tayo to support him or her.” 


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No Maintaining Balance. Open a BDO Kabayan Savings account now. Steps how are here: HOW TO OPEN A BDO KABAYAN SAVINGS ACCOUNT



All the new videos aren’t just fun and enjoyable to watch but also showcase how Filipinos, deep down, are ready to help someone in need. During this public health and economic crisis, all essential services–including banking and remittances–have become crucial to our survival, sanity, and happiness. The pandemic and economic crunch may last longer than expected. But as Piolo’s commercials show, in their own witty and hilarious way, we still have each other. And that’s worth the effort to keep on fighting and hoping.