RedDoorz forges key government partnerships to open its doors to COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers in Manila

RedDoorz, Southeast Asia’s largest and fastest-growing online hotel management and booking platform, is offering free temporary accommodation for frontline healthcare workers and emergency first responders treating COVID-19 cases. With the help of the Department of Tourism and Manila City Hall, RedDoorz launched its new “Red Heroes initiative, which it is now rolling out across the region. The initiative is designed to help and provide frontline healthcare workers with a place to stay and rest during the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitals and local authorities continue to treat and manage a growing number of cases.

The program was first launched in the Philippines following calls from the Manila City Government for hotel and motel operators in the area to help house medical practitioners residing in the capital amid the Luzon-wide lockdown.

“Our Red Heroes program across Southeast Asia – in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore – helps us alleviate the heavy pressures placed on national governments by providing free, clean, safe, and comfortable accommodation for those on the frontlines. Through our partnerships with key sectors, we are positive that we will be able to overcome this challenge if we stand together. We hope more companies with the means to support the initiative will participate during this challenging time,” said Amit Saberwal, CEO and Founder of RedDoorz. 

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RedDoorz near UST Manila
The three hotels are located near UST Manila, Quiapo Church, and Quirino Station. These hotels were selected and offered by RedDoorz due to their close proximity to the following Manila-based hospitals: Gat Andres Tondo, Hospital ng Tondo, Justice Abad Santos, Hospital ng Sampaloc, Hospital ng Manila, and Sta. Ana Hospital. These strategically situated properties make it easier for frontline healthcare workers within the area to find a place to cut their commute times and find a safe, clean and comfortable place to rest amid the Luzon lockdown.

“Our frontliners deserve nothing but the best help, as they selflessly give their time and effort to combat this pandemic. We’re thankful that RedDoorz reached out to us as we work with local government units to make the lives of frontliners easier amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. Together with the Manila City Hall, we are hopeful that this partnership will go a long way in helping our modern-day heroes as they help our nation flatten the curve,” said Charlie Dungo, OIC for the Department of Tourism Culture and Arts of Manila. 

To ensure that the frontliners are well equipped with all of the essentials during their stay, health and wellbeing kits will also be distributed within select nearby hospitals in Manila. Each kit consists of Skin Can Tell’s washable face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers, Bacchus energy drinks, boxes of Salonpas, and droplet hats. 

Housing incoming OFWs amid lockdown

RedDoorz was also tapped by the Department of Tourism for an initiative aimed to help house Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning to the Philippines from other countries around the world. This initiative is an extension to RedDoorz’s Red Heroes program, whereby the company is extending its support to the latest government efforts, in assisting OFWs temporary shelter while the enhanced community quarantine is still in place. RedDoorz will provide rooms for around 80-100 OFWs in select properties across Metro Manila to help them repatriate amid the current Luzon-wide lockdown. 

In light of the outbreak, RedDoorz has especially taken additional measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its guests and employees in all the countries where it operates. The company has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all common areas including lobbies, elevators, function halls, and bathrooms. Hand sanitizers are also available in all common areas of the properties.

To learn more about Red Heroes initiative in other parts of Southeast Asia, you may access RedDoorz’s Facebook page.

Look back at all the Jolly Hotdog “todo sarap” ads from the year!

Starring the “Todo Toppings, Todo Sarap” Jolly Hotdog!

Whether you’re the over-the-top one in your barkada or another friend is, you can always be sure of one thing: Jollibee’s Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog can match you or your friends’ “todoness” with an abundance of extra cheesy dressing, ketchup, and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese on top of an extra meaty sausage.

The “todo” or all-out nature of Jolly Hotdog is exemplified in all its online commercials this year, where there’s always someone who can turn an ordinary activity into an extraordinary one, going over-the-top compared to everyone else. Here’s a look back at these wacky videos that have made fans like, laugh, and share on social media:

The Todo Drama Jolly Hotdog commercial, the first one of 2019 starring popular local actor Joshua Garcia, explores the namesake concept of going all out in dramatic acting. Garcia emotes heavily in front of his friends, who seem to have eaten their Jolly Hotdog sandwiches without him.

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The Todo Clingy ad, the second Joshua Garcia commercial, reverses the roles—this time, it’s his friends who are extra dramatic and clingy with him. In the end, they all go for something that matches their “todoness”—the Jolly Hotdog!

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The short Todo Wall Climbing video shows a climber struggling to move up, only to see someone else traversing the wall vertically and horizontally with minimal effort.

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These ads should make you hungry for a snack right now—and there’s no better thing to have than that Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog from your nearest Jollibee! Indulge and get the Jolly Hotdog for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only PHP 50.00!

Asia’s songbird shares her three best-kept secrets for modern parents!

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Ariel brand ambassador Regine Velasquez-Alcasid talks about her parenting journey

Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, may have so many awards and recognitions to her name, but that doesn’t spare her from the challenges that ordinary parents face.

As a first-time mom, Regine’s toughest challenge is something that many mothers can relate to – balancing work and taking care of the family. “The toughest challenge I faced as a first-time mom is being able to balance my time between my work and taking care of Nate. I literally had to reduce my workload so I could give my full attention to our child and in keeping our household intact in terms of day to day errands, doing chores, laundry, and more! I’m sure most parents would relate to this” she shares.

By far, it’s been a learning journey for Regine, who was recently named as Ariel Philippines’ brand ambassadress, but the challenges have enriched her life both as a mother and as a professional. She discovered that parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, providing wonderful moments to be savored.

Regine shares three insights for other moms who know the joys and challenges of having a career while raising a family at the same time.

Learning through experience

For Regine, nothing can make you more knowledgeable about parenting than being there for your child. “Reading books and listening to the advice of mothers are important but learning through experience would be best too. Listening to your child as he/she grows develops that intimacy that you can nurture,” she says.

Regine even shared a personal experience she encountered, “In my case, Nate loves to play outdoors. Sometimes he comes back inside the house full of sweat and dirt. I used to find this as a challenge, but I learned the hard way not to stop him and just let him experience the joys of childhood. That’s why I’m happy to have Ariel as my partner in this. Bye amoy pawis at kahit anong dumi!”

Inject fun and excitement into daily activities

Laughter makes everything light, so find ways to bring in some fun moments into routine activities so that these could become opportunities for bonding. Even daily chores like doing the laundry can have fun components that involve all family members. “I remember this one time where I wanted Nate to learn about the importance of doing household chores at an early age, so I started creating games out of doing the laundry! It came to a point that if I tell him it’s time for laundry, he automatically runs to pick up our laundry detergent — Ariel, of course!”

Find smart solutions for everyday problems

Let’s face it, everyday problems can bog us down. The best way to deal with these is to go for smart solutions specific to your concerns.

For instance, Regine finds stinky and dirty clothes a real dampener, not only for herself, but most especially for little Nate. For clothes that reek of malodor or kulob, she turns to Ariel. With its innovative and superior cleaning power, Ariel effectively fights off tough stains and malodor on clothes in just one wash.

“Out of all household chores, doing the laundry used to be the most time-consuming, especially with multiple washes whenever there were tough stains. With so much time spent on chores, I had less hours in the day with Nate. But now with Ariel, I am confident that my family’s clothes will be clean and fresh with minimal effort, so I can spend more quality time with my boys.”

As a powerhouse mom, Regine turns to Ariel, a powerhouse brand, to ensure that she can be the best that she can be – whether at home or at work.

Check out Regine’s newest commercial with Ariel Philippines at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5qUBFcR_uU .

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PH volleyball teams grateful for support that took them to the 2019 SEA Games

Despite challenges in the beginning, crucial support for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams came through

 

For the Philippine volleyball teams, their drought of medals at the SEA Games for over a decade is a huge challenge to overcome—especially after a long, storied history of victory and domination in the regional tournament back in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 

While the mission was always to get Philippine volleyball back to its winning ways, the road to accomplishing that was not always easy. For various reasons, the sport was plagued by a lack of tangible support. If previous national teams were able to win, they had to do so in spite of all of these circumstances.

 

In 2019, however, things changed for both the Philippine indoor and beach volleyball teams. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., the organization that helped form the Philippine volleyball teams, reached out to companies such as Rebisco for a partnership, allowing them to step up and provide everything the country’s volleyball delegates need in order to train and perform even better not only at this year’s SEA Games, but also in other tournaments around the world.

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The PH men and women’s volleyball team for the 30th SEA Games

“Rebisco showed interest in helping the national team and initiated everything. With their help, as well as contributions from different organizations, we were able to train for the games earlier,” said men’s indoor volleyball team captain John Vic de Guzman. “We also received income and allowances every time we trained, as well as better training facilities and equipment such as the Arellano University gym which we were able to use thanks to Mr. Pete Cayco, and the Ronac Fitness Center, which we were able to use thanks to Ms. Peachy and Dindo Medina from Uratex.”

 

“Before, only 12 to 14 players could train, but with the support of different organizations and Rebisco, around 20 players can now join, allowing for bigger tune-ups and scrimmages,” said women’s indoor volleyball team captain Aby Maraño. “We also got more local exposure after featuring us on social media and commercials, as well as international exposure as they helped us participate in more tournaments and training camps outside the country.”

 

“Each athlete dreams of representing their country, there’s no better feeling. Now we’re more prepared because more corporations like Rebisco are helping our team,” said women’s beach volleyball representative Sisi Rondina.

 

With the crucial support Rebisco is giving the Philippine volleyball teams, the country’s delegates stand a stronger and better chance to win big at the 2019 SEA Games and reclaim the glory of years past. There’s still time to support all teams as the SEA Games indoor and beach volleyball tournaments are currently running at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig and the Subic Tennis Center, respectively, until December 10.

 

Aside from backing the Philippine volleyball teams, Rebisco also continues to do its part in advancing the local volleyball scene in the country. The company hosts the Rebisco Volleyball League, a grassroots tournament that showcases the Philippines’ up-and-coming players, and the Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open with 20 teams from around the world; the company also fields two teams in the professional Premiere Volleyball League in the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans.

 

For more info and updates on the Philippine volleyball teams, follow Rebisco Pilipinas on Facebook (facebook.com/RebiscoSambansa/), and on Twitter and Instagram at @RebiscoSambansa. For updates on beach volleyball, follow @PHBeachVolley on Twitter.

AXA Philippines: Securing your Family Legacy

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AXA Philippines’ Asset Master provides a wealth transfer solution to help secure the lifestyle your family deserves for generations to come, Securing your family legacy. Your family is living a comfortable life with all their needs and wants within their reach.
But what will happen if the provider of the family suddenly passes away?
How can you make sure your loved ones will continue to live a good life even when you are not around?
AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, ensures your family will go on living well with Asset Master. Designed as an insurance-investment plan, Asset Master allows you to build a diversified investment portfolio of local and global investments and provides a wealth transfer solution to help secure the lifestyle your family deserves for generations to come.
“AXA Philippines aims to be your partner in building a solid foundation so you can secure the lifestyle you desire for yourself and your family,” shares AXA Philippines
president and CEO Rahul Hora. “You can have peace of mind knowing that your legacy is supported by Asset Master.”
AXA Asset Master allows you to grow your estate, preserve it effectively, and also transfer it seamlessly. Your estate can grow immediately by 25% upon claiming of the payout with the guaranteed death benefit feature if no partial withdrawals were made.
The payout of your guaranteed death benefit may be used by the beneficiaries to pay for estate taxes so that they don’t have to worry about sourcing or liquidating assets. Proceeds from the insurance payout for irrevocable beneficiaries are tax-exempt,
effectively reducing your taxable estate so your heirs may be able to keep their inheritance intact.
Through AXA Asset Master, you gain access to a variety of investment opportunities from different markets across the globe via a comprehensive selection of highly curated Philippine and offshore funds.
For a minimum one-time investment of P100,000 or US$2,000, you can enjoy 125% guaranteed life insurance coverage of your one-time payment. And by investing more, you also get reduced fees and higher guaranteed bonuses every 10th and 20th year.
Start securing your legacy today with AXA Asset Master. To know more, visit https://youtu.be/Toyb4mmVic or talk to an AXA financial advisor by visiting the nearest Metrobank, PSBank or AXA branch, or email customer.service@axa.com.ph.

Carousell PH partners with Go Negosyo

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Carousell Philippines, the country’s leading classifieds platform, recently partnered with Go Negosyo for its participation in “Sign Up! Angat Lahat Sa Digital” mobile app summit and expo. This year’s summit aims to gather mobile app platforms that help micro-entrepreneurs become self-earning in the digital economy.
It will also highlight the impact of platforms in helping achieve inclusive growth and prosperity for all. The mobile app summit and expo will gather more than 100 participating digital and mobile app platforms at the World Trade Center.
Present during the partnership were senior adviser for ASEAN BAC and Angat Lahat Sa
Digital adviser Josephine Romero, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, and Carousell Philippines head of general classifieds Tina Bautista.

All-gender restrooms begin to roll out at SM Supermalls

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Taking a leap towards a more gender-inclusive community, SM Supermalls will begin to install all-gender restrooms in its malls starting with its premier malls across Metro Manila, including SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Aura Premier, The Podium, and at SM Seaside City Cebu beginning this November.
“With inclusivity and innovation at the core of everything we do, we endeavor to create spaces where all shoppers are welcome,” said SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan.
As a third home of Filipinos after work and school, SM Supermalls will continue to provide a safe community space that advocates inclusivity, equality, and respect for all regardless of gender expression, identity, or sexual orientation.
For more information, visit www.supermalls.com or check out SM’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@SMSupermalls).