Filipino kids get a better shot at college education with Troo’s college savings plan

Filipino parents work hard to set up their child for the future. And they know that a good college education is key to ensuring their child’s success. But with tuition fees increasing yearly at a rate of about 10 percent, sending their child to the college of their choice might just be a dream for many.

Life insurance firm Troo recognizes this need and is helping give future changemakers a chance at a better future. That is, through its latest financial solutions offering – Troo Graduate, a traditional life insurance policy that insures the child as well as acts as a college savings plan.


“In creating solutions, we always have our customer’s needs in mind. And to most Filipinos, a college education is the most important stepping stone to a better life. We designed Troo Graduate to be affordable to the average Filipino so that more Filipino children can get the college education they deserve.  With Troo Graduate, we believe that the next generation of Filipinos will have the opportunity to change their world for the better,”  Troo President & CEO Hans Loozekoot said.

Troo Graduate is designed to be K-12 compliant and offers parents a way to cope with rising college fees with the guaranteed five (5) annual payouts. The annual payouts increase every year while the child is in college, while the premium payments remain the same for the entire term of the policy. And for a minimum cover of ₱250,000, parents can pay as low as ₱11,094 annually.

With Troo Graduate, parents can start planning their children’s college education as soon as their child is 30 days old until age 11. It’s always better to start planning as early as possible. This gives the parent more time to save up for college. It also means lower premiums.

“Education is a priority for Filipinos, and for many, a college education is a sure step to a better future. We have a deep sense of responsibility to see our children get to college and realize their dreams.  We want an assurance of a better future for them,” Milot Valencia, Chief Bancassurance Officer of Troo, said.

On its third year of operations, Troo continues to create financial solutions to help Filipinos plan for tomorrow so they can live their best life today. The life insurance company is a joint venture between Ageas, a listed international insurance group with a heritage spanning over 190 years and EastWest, one of the fastest-growing banks in the Philippines.

PLDT Home, the country’s No.1 home broadband, launches its first prepaid broadband service

With the company’s vision of bringing world-class Internet to Filipino families, PLDT has launched its first ever PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi, an affordable service that makes it easier than ever for more families to enjoy their online activities in the comfort of their home.

PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is a plug and play device that instantly connects you to the Internet. Once plugged into a power source, it can simultaneously connect up to 5 WiFi-ready devices, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, to high-speed Internet.

Unlike the regular Pocket WiFi which is meant for users on the go, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is specially designed for home use as it utilizes the LTE 700MHZ band, a low frequency that easily penetrates houses and buildings. This way, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is able to deliver high-speed Internet indoors – whether in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.

PLDT’s pinakasulit Home Internet

Aside from being affordable, PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi also lets you enjoy PLDT Home’spinakasulit Internet with the Home Boost 15, which comes with 1GB valid for 1 day for only Php15. You can enjoy Home Boost 15 as an add-on to promos like Home Boost 50 or up, for greater savings.

With the PLDT Prepaid Home Wifi, families can learn together and research for school; bond by streaming videos and music; stay active on their favorite apps; or catch up with loved ones and friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – all in the comfort of their homes.

And because it is prepaid, there’s no need to worry about monthly bill payments, lock-in period, or uncontrolled data usage because customers simply have to load it up and register to promos that suit their family’s needs.

Powered by the Philippines’ fastest mobile Internet

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is powered Smart’s LTE network, the Philippines’s fastest mobile Internet, according to the latest Speedtest® report of Ookla, the global leader in Internet testing and analysis.

In its analysis of over 2 million user-generated tests on LTE devices in the Philippines from Q1 to Q2 of 2018, Ookla said Smart provided the country’s fastest LTE connection with average download speeds of 17.25 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 7.65 Mbps.

On the other hand, UK-based mobile analytics firm OpenSignal also recognized Smart for having the country’s fastest LTE network, bestowing the company four citations in its March 2018 report: best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance.

High-speed Smart LTE now covers major urban areas including Metro Manila, Rizal, Cebu, and Davao, and top sites in Bacolod, Baguio, Baler, Batanes, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Laguna, Leyte, Palawan, Sagada, Sarangani, and Zamboanga, among others.

Get the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi with FREE 10GB for only P1,995

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is now available at all PLDT Stores and retailers nationwide and comes with FREE 10GB, valid for 7 days, for a one-time payment of only Php1,995.

FINTQ’s online lending platform Lendr also makes it easier for customers to get hold of the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi via affordable installment payments.

With Lendr, customers can buy the device for an initial low cash-out of Php495, followed by six weekly payments of Php370, which can be paid through any Smart Padala center, Bayad Center, ECPay, and 7-Eleven outlets. They simply need to visit to create an account, complete the application form and apply for a loan to purchase the device. FINTQ is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations–the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart.

What are you waiting for?  Get your own PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi now! To know more, and follow PLDT’s official accounts on Facebook ( and Twitter (@PLDTHome).


A beginner’s guide to makeup

EVER BILENA_A beginner's guide to makeup_photo.jpgThe newest Careline Multi Sticks for a better than basic look
A beginner’s guide to makeup
If you’re new to makeup and the thought of experimenting with it intimidates you, let
Careline, the Filipina teen’s go-to cosmetic brand under Ever Bilena Cosmetics, help
you with these better than basic makeup tricks and tips for beginners in using its newest
products called Multi Sticks (P205):
Use your fingers. You can now set aside your brushes because the newest Multi
Sticks are created to build and blend easily! Apply each product in thin layers then
blend with the pads of your fingers (make sure to wash your hands first!), start from
center of your face and moving outwards. Using your own fingers to apply these
products gives you the most natural skin-like finish and doesn’t look cake-y throughout
the wear.
Combat shine and keep face smooth. Want to know the secret behind a polished
makeup look? It’s primer! Before applying your favorite foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB Cream, swipe on the Blur Stick all over the face to keep it smooth and oil-free. This
will also ensure that your makeup stays in place the whole day.
Hide blemishes. Whether you’re looking to conceal dark circles, large pores, age
spots, and other blemishes or you just want to highlight your facial features, the
Brighten Stick is the perfect product for that. After putting on your foundation, draw an
inverted triangle under the eye to mask dark circles and create an illusion that the face
is lifted. Pat it on skin using your ring finger so it’s evenly blended out.
Add definition to your face. Look fierce by adding definition to your face. With the
Contour Stick, draw a line along your temples, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and
sides of the nose. Tap area of contour color with your fingers as it can be easily blended
into your foundation. Also, this stick has a cool undertone that mimics the natural
shadows of your face.
(Tip: The Contour Stick is also great as an eyeshadow color)
Brighten your face with pops of color. Add pops of color to the face using the Rose
and Peach Sticks. Both work as lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow. For a monochromatic
look, dab your preferred color all over the lids and apples of cheeks. Finish off the look
by swiping it on your lips.
Keep your glow on. Get the best healthy-looking glow on your face by applying the
Strobe Stick on the high points of your cheeks, the inner corners of the eyes, eyebrow
bone, bridge of your nose, Cupid ’s bow and chin. Voila! You’re ready to face the day!
Go ahead and experiment with makeup using Careline’s newest Multi Sticks available at
any Careline counters at leading supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores and
department stores nationwide.
To know more about Careline, visit, and follow their social

Filinvest Mimosa+: Revitalizing leisure destinations up north

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With exceptional amenities set amidst an abundance of greens, Filinvest Mimosa+
Leisure City, the newest integrated township in the north, is fast-becoming the preferred
destination for vacations in Clark, Pampanga.
Centerpiece attractions
The sophisticated Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark and the award-winning
Mimosa Golf Course—all harmoniously co-existing with rich flora and mature trees in
the estate—are considered the current centerpiece attractions on Filinvest Mimosa+’s
well-maintained 201-hectare expanse. As they collectively preserve the impressive
Filinvest Mimosa+ environment, these two tourism-oriented properties continuously
attract visitors seeking fine accommodations or a challenging round of golf.
The premium Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark
In keeping with Filinvest Mimosa+’s commitment to be the top leisure destination in the
north, the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark is now undergoing extensive
renovations to maintain its world-class status. But more than this, the hotel is a favorite
for staycations with their well-appointed rooms, the signature Mequeni restaurant,
where guests can indulge in some of the most famous Kapampangan dishes, the
Charley’s Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines,
and champagnes, as well as the swimming pool which has become every kid’s favorite.
Villa living is also taken to the next level at Filinvest Mimosa+ with its two new opulent
Grand Villas, each offering three bedrooms, a living area, grand bathroom, and private
swimming pool that overlooks the estate’s greeneries. For an even more luxurious and
personalized experience, a personal butler is assigned to each villa.
The Mimosa Golf Course and its attractive promo packages
The Mimosa Golf Course of two par-72, 18-hole courses cover a total over 150
hectares, more than half of the whole estate. This legendary golf course has played
host to a number of prestigious tournaments and top golfers, including Tiger Woods. As
a membership-free golf course, it continues to attract a strong base of returning guests
of varying skill sets, as they enjoy every challenging hole. Every month, the club also
offers irresistible golf promotions including a sumptuous weekend brunch by the greens
One of these is the Mimosa Summer Swing package—available until July 31, 2018, with
rates that start at Php 6,550.00. The Mimosa Summer Swing package offers an activity-
filled summer vacay for the whole family. This includes a stay at the Quest Hotel and
Conference Center-Clark, green fee for 18-holes golf play at the Mimosa Golf Course,
consumable food and beverage at the Q by Mimosa, and access to the pool and other
hotel amenities.
The verdant Acacia Park
Another point of pride of Filinvest Mimosa+ is the newly developed nature sanctuary
called the Acacia Park. Located just across the Quest Hotel and Conference-Clark, it is
a place for respite that features a verdant landscaping with a profusion of trees and
gazebos where one can sit down and relish the relaxing environs. It is a perfect spot for
having a picnic and even for stargazing. Families and friends can also enjoy more
outdoor and recreational activities as Filinvest Mimosa+ purposely integrated foliage-
canopied walking paths and bike lanes in its progressive masterplan. The Acacia Park
—where fresh air and clear skies can be savored—marks the beginning of Filinvest’s
vision to transform the Mimosa estate into a green township.
A masterplan like no other
Other exciting future attractions at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the $200-million world-class
integrated gaming complex, a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip that will offer
specialty boutiques and unique dining concepts, and a sprawling Events Grounds and
the Mimosa+ Events Pavilion that are set to host some of the country’s biggest music
festivals, summits, and conferences.
As Filinvest Mimosa+ progressively works toward putting all four components—leisure,
business, nature, and hospitality and residence—in place, no doubt, it will soon be the
premier destination in the north.
To learn more about the many exciting things that Filinvest Mimosa+ has to offer along
with all coming developments, visit its official Facebook page at

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, brings back Snake through Facebook AR feature

  • Snake, a Nokia classic, comes to Facebook’s new camera AR platform. 
  • The iconic game is brought up-to-date on Facebook camera.
  • The introduction of Snake Mask and Snake Real World comes with multiplayer functionality.
  • Through augmented reality, fans can now transform into the iconic Snake and even stream it LIVE on their Facebook news feed.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, introduces an enhanced version of the classic Snake with augmented reality through Facebook’s camera feature. The new filter, the Snake Mask, and game, the Snake Real World, brings the iconic game to a new generation of fans.

The addictive premise of the game remains the same but with a fun AR twist, allowing fans to take on the role of the apple-munching Snake. The Snake Mask and Snake Real World utilize new Facebook AR technology to bring the Snake game to the widest audience possible.

Snake at the zoo? Snake at the beach? Snake on a plane? All of these are now possible with Snake on Facebook camera. With Facebook Live integration, players can broadcast their gameplay live on their Facebook news feed, allowing friends to join the action.

The all-new Snake Mask filter uses the front-facing camera of Android™ and iOS powered smartphones to let players turn themselves into the iconic Snake character while Snake Real World is activated using the rear-facing camera.

Pekka Rantala, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of HMD Global, said:

“The world-famous game snaked its way back into people’s hearts at MWC in 2017, during which we announced Snake for Facebook Messenger.

The game was designed for a new social generation—fans could invite friends to play and share scores, making it more interactive than before. This was the first time in Snake’s history that it was launched on a universal channel rather than preloaded on a device. The game gained 121 million players around the world during its peak.

We at HMD Global are bringing the much-loved gaming icon to a new AR era. The enhanced Snake is an immersive experience that lets fans transform themselves into the Snake character and eat apples on Facebook camera—truly an exciting step into the world of AR gaming.”

Shannon Mead, Country Manager of HMD Global Philippines said:

“Filipinos will surely love this new and upgraded Snake game as it brings back the fun and nostalgic moments they had from the original version. Now that we are in the process of writing Nokia mobile’s next chapter, we encourage our consumers to create new memories with the new Nokia phones they can rely on, now made even more exciting by the Snake Mask and Snake Real World.”

The camera filter can be accessed via the Facebook camera and is not limited to Nokia smartphones. It is available on Android™ and iOS.

HMD Global encourages players to share the most unusual places they have played the game using the hashtag #imasnake2.

How to play


1. Open the Facebook app

2. Click the camera Icon top left to open Facebook Camera

3. Scroll to the Snake Mask

4. Ssstart to play!

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For further information, please contact:

BrandComm Asia on behalf of HMD Global Philippines

Edree Estaura

Mob: +63 915 647 8226



About HMD Global

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy is the home of Nokia phones. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a range of consumers and price points. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones and tablets. For further information, see

Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation.

Android is a trademark of Google LLC. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros’ trending OOTD got netizens guessing who’s wearing bagong bili o bagong laba

What’s the worst thing that can happen when you are wearing your nicest OOTD? For showbiz stars like Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros, it’s bumping into each other, wearing exactly the same outfit and wondering who actually wore it better. But since these two ladies are not going to settle the score just like that, they both asked the bigger, more interesting question—are the outfits bagong bili or bagong laba?


The question confused the minds of everyone, going viral on social media as fellow momshies weighed in and argued whether their idol’s outfits was bagong bili or bagong laba. But even as the arguments rocked social media, no one could figure out the answer as both the outfits of Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros looked like new.


To solve the great mystery once and for all, Tide hosted “Bagong Bili o Bagong Laba Fashion Walk-Off”, an interactive fashion show last July 31 at White Space, Makati. Excited guests took part in a game that proved how brand new whites look no different from clothes washed with Tide.


Kicking off the fashion show were Luis Manzano and the Solomon brothers,  and celebrity kids Awra Briguela, and Mela Francisco. After all the models strutted to confuse the crowd even more. Alex and Melai graced the stage with a grand walk off and cheered on the audience to make their best guess —  “Bagong Bili or Bagong Laba?”.


Ending the show was a grand reveal of the models removing their tags to see who wore the bagong laba and the bagong bili outfits – astounding everyone in the audience because there was no difference in the whiteness of the clothes that the models wore!


“Sobrang nagulat ako sa fact na ako pala may suot ng bagong laba! As in wow, nakakagulat talaga kasi for me, feeling ko bagong bili suot ko! Totoo talaga na sa isang laba, mukhang bago, kapag Tide,” said Alex, whose bagong laba clothes definitely look brand new.


Melai, who turns out to have been wearing the brand new outfit, added that “Amazing ang whitening powers ng Tide. From now on, hindi na talaga kailangan bumili parati ng bagong damit para mag mukhang bongga ang outfits mo. With Tide, para ka na ring nakasuot ng bago.”


Just like everyone in the audience, it’s hard to tell the difference between bagong bili and bagong laba with Tide.


More photos from the event here. 


“We know how important it is for Filipinos to have the best-looking uniforms and everyday wear, but we also know that with repeated use, clothes usually look dingy. That’s why we’re delighted to present Tide, which in one wash, keeps clothes looking like new.” ends Procter & Gamble’s Country Marketing Manager for Laundry, Jonn Terence Dy.


With its great cleaning power that removes dirt while brightening whites, your OOTDs can still have that “looks like new” look even after repeated usage, getting that surprising wow from everyone.


Sa Tide,  sa isang laba, mukhang bago!




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Jollibee launches improved Premium Brewed Coffee and all-new Coffee Mocha Float

From hot to cold coffee, Jollibee gives us more reasons to enjoy pick-me-ups!

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Jollibee has got exciting announcements for your caffeine fix: the improved Premium Brewed Coffee and the all-new Coffee Mocha Float!


Kickstart the day with a delicious blend of premium coffee beans

There’s nothing better to kickstart a busy morning than a steaming cup of joe that smells and tastes just right.


Jollibee’s new and improved brewed coffee is the ideal partner for any Jolly breakfast favorite, the new brewed coffee boasts of leveled-up flavor and strength to get your day started with a satisfied smile.


Each cup of Jollibee’s brewed coffee is now made with high-quality premium beans for a stronger, full-bodied taste and richer, roasted aroma, in every sip.


The new Premium Brew from Jollibee is great to enjoy in multiple ways: with your Jolly breakfast faves, on its own, strong and black, or with your ideal amount of creamer and sugar.


Enjoy it for only P30.00* (Solo)! Available in the mornings for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all branches nationwide.


A deliciously cool pick-me-up

When it’s time for another coffee concoction to lift your energy as the day goes on, and Jollibee has just the coolest treat: the new Coffee Mocha Float!


This new iced beverage offers a delicious combination of rich milk chocolate and creamy coffee for twice the indulgence. Sip your way to a mood lift with the cool, creamy, and chocolatey beverage that goes perfectly well with the snacks and meals that you have always loved.


Take the coolness and creaminess of the Coffee Mocha Float to the next level with an optional soft-serve ice cream topping! The Coffee Mocha Float is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee branches all day for only P55.00*.


“The kind of coffee that you have in the morning, afternoon, or after meals can definitely help shape your entire day,” said Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Senior Marketing Manager for Complementary Products. “Coffee is such an important beverage for many Filipino diners who look for it throughout the day. We hope that our improved premium blend and new coffee mocha float are able to provide the energy boost Pinoys need while satisfying their sweet cravings.


For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promos, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.


*Prices may vary across different locations; delivery charge not included.