November 10, 2015

Lazada Kicks Off the Biggest Online Christmas Sale of the Year

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Lazada Philippines ( the Philippines’ One Stop Shopping and Selling Destination today announced the launch of the Lazada Online Revolution Sale which is set to be the biggest online Christmas sale of the year. The month-long sale kicks off on November 11 and will run until December 12.

The date November 11 or 11/11 is popularly known in China as “Singles’ Day”, a day to celebrate singlehood. E-commerce retailers in China have turned this holiday into the world’s biggest online shopping event, selling over US$9 billion worth of products last year. In 2013, Lazada introduced the 11/11 Online Revolution Sale in the Philippines to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season and has since then set online sales records each year.

This year, Lazada Philippines expects to break new records as it anticipates over 2 million visits to its website and mobile app on 11/11. Big brands and merchants will join the sale and are bringing in over 200,000 marked-down deals up to 95% off across 13 product categories including electronics, fashion, kids & toys, and home. Exclusive items on flash sales and P99 peso deals will also be revealed on 11/11.  Brands that have confirmed their participation in the sale include ASUS, Lenovo, Alcatel, Cherry Mobile, Bosch, Belo, Huggies, MamyPoko, Timex and Giordano watches. 

As an early treat for Lazada fans and shoppers, special items will be available to purchase at only P11 each. Lazada bestsellers such as Sandisk 8GB flash drives, 5600 mAHPowerbank, and 4-layer shoe racks will be available to purchase at P11.00 starting today until  11/11. The P11.00 deals will be announced at 11:11am everyday on one of Lazada’s social media channels (Twitter: lazadaph, Facebook: lazadaph, Instagram: lazadaph).

“We have been working very hard together with our merchants and suppliers to bring these amazing deals to our customers. We believe that online shopping will provide a lot of convenience to shoppers especially during the holiday season. By shopping online, they can avoid heavy traffic, long lines and crowded areas,” said Lazada Philippines CEO, Inanc Balci.

About Lazada

Lazada( is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

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November 3, 2015

Smart Offers iPhone 6s FREE at Plan 2000 and iPhone 6s Plus FREE at Plan 2499

Smart Communications has announced its unbeatable plans for the much anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, with super-sized data offers and awesome perks aimed at giving you the Smart Life experience.

As a special offer from November 6 until December 31, you can get the iPhone 6s FREE on Plan 2000 under a 30-month contract, inclusive of a super-sized 10GB data allowance for all your videos, music and games; plus All-Month Surf, which gives you access to all your favorite websites and apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and chat apps like Viber, Whatsapp, Line and Messenger, among many others, throughout the 30-month period.

As part of the limited offer, you can also get the iPhone 6s Plus FREE on Plan 2499 under a 30-month term, inclusive of super-sized 15GB data allowance and All-Month Surf which you can enjoy throughout the duration of the contract.

The latest iPhones will also be available via Smart Infinity, Smart’s premium postpaid brand, where members can get complimentary iPhone 6s 128GB under Infinity Consumable Plan 5000 or two units of iPhone 6S 16GB under Consumable LTE Plan 8000.

Smart’s other unbeatable offers for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are available at For more about Infinity’s unparalleled perks and privileges that come with the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus plans, visit

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface with 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content. The new iPhones introduce a transformative new approach to photography called Live Photos, bringing still images to life by capturing a moment in motion. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with Retina HD displays made from the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

Awesome experiences await new and existing Smart Postpaid subscribers who are upgrading to the new iPhones with Smart:

1. Be among the first to get the iPhone 6S Rose Gold (16GB) via special Uber delivery from Smart. Smart and Uber have teamed up to deliver your new iPhone 6s Rose Gold (16GB) at your doorstep when the clock strikes 12:01 on November 6, Friday! Simply click “Request an iPhone6s” on the Uber app, prepare to pay using your debit or credit card, and get ready for much bigger surprises. Moreover, all new Uber users get 50% off (with maximum worth of P200) on their next two Uber rides. 

2. Get 20% discount from Zalora. Experience the high life with as much as 20 percent discount for a minimum purchase of P500 from leading online fashion store Zalora. 

3. Enjoy P2500 Airbnb discount. Enjoy P2,500 discount on your Airbnb booking with a minimum spend of P8,000 at any listing in over 190 countries around the world. 

4. Get iflix access. Get three months’ worth of iflix access plus 1GB of data for streaming your favorite movies and TV shows. 

5. Win a new gadget instantly. With Smart’s Share the Joy Gadget giveaway promo, you can get a chance to take home another brand new gadget instantly when you sign up for a Smart Postpaid Plan or recontract at Smart stores nationwide.

6. FREE Gadget Shield. Get FREE 30-day insurance for your new iPhone with Smart’s Gadget Shield. 

7. Upgrade with Smart’s Wipeout promo. Wipe out your existing contract to upgrade to the new iPhones and enjoy corresponding discounts depending on the number of your remaining months in your contract. 

8. Purchase from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes even without a credit card. Smart is the only mobile network that lets you enjoy the full range of digital content from the Apple Store, iTunes and Apple Music even without a credit card through the groundbreaking Smart Pay-With-Mobile service. Simply text REG to 4949 so you can start buying apps and charging in-app items on top of your postpaid bill or deducted from your prepaid load – a first in the country.

The breakthrough features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can only be optimized when you are on the country’s biggest and most advanced network, according Kathy Carag, Smart Postpaid Head.
 “With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has once again pushed the boundaries of mobile innovation, allowing us to achieve so much more with our phones and experience the Smart Life with entertainment, convenience and peace of mind on the go,” said Carag. “iPhone’s Live Photos lets us capture and share our best moments in a revolutionary way, while its advanced hardware allows us to fulfill all our passions and swoop smoothly from one app to the next – without worrying about efficiency or battery life. For sure, with these new iPhones, we can get more of the Smart Life experience and enjoy the widest breadth of mobile content that only Smart’s nationwidest network can deliver – from your choice of apps, games, music, movies and more – all at your fingertips.”
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in all Smart Stores nationwide.
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October 22, 2015

Things to Consider in Buying Your Dream House

Are you looking for a new house to move in? Deciding on what house to buy is not that easy, one has to consider many factors before making a final assessment and eventually decision.  Consider the following questions to guide you with your decision:

1.     Should I buy, build or rent?

To answer this, you must as well ask yourself the inevitable question of “what do your budget allows you”. Are you capable of buying your own house as of this time? If yes, are you willing to start from scratch and build one or you’d rather buy an established house? If the answer is no (or at least not yet), your budget does not allow you to buy a house yet then the option is to rent.

2.     Where do I want to live?

Now, where do you want to live? One of the most important factors to consider when buying a house is the location. Choose a house in a location that you see a future for yourself and for your family. Do you prefer to live in the city or do you prefer a quieter and relaxing environment by the beach or in the mountains? You must take into consideration many things before you answer this.

3.     What size or style of the home I want?

Then, start thinking about the style of your dream home. Do you want to live in a high-rise building or do you prefer one built from the ground? What type of house will make you happy? Do you like modern, contemporary, classic or perhaps you have a more unique type in mind that you wish for your dream house? Nevertheless, plan it ahead of time.

I am blessed enough that hubby and I finally decided to settle three years ago and now living in the dream home that we’ve prayed for. Indeed, we considered those factors mentioned above and we’ve regretted nothing on the decision we made.

Just recently, I was chatting with my cousin who is currently living in Australia. She told me that they wanted to buy another property close to nature for them to relax during weekends and holidays away from the urban area.

I believe that the house for sale in Mayfield area would be perfect for their needs. It is close to nature and nearby town as well. They would enjoy the perks of both worlds.  The area would be perfect for family camping, hunting or simple gatherings. Another attraction that they will surely enjoy is the view in the Dandenong Ranges. Indeed, an easy escape away from the stress of a busy city. It is ideal for any working parents who wish to forget about their problems from the office or their business.

You should remember to consider the different factors that we’ve discussed in this post to help you come up with a house that you can call your “dream house”. It worked well for our family and I am hoping it will be helpful for you and your family too.

Happy house hunting!

October 21, 2015

Panaad sa Pagdaginot sa Humay

Don't you know that every Filipino wastes about 2 tablespoons of cooked rice daily which is an equivalent to P6.2 billion that could have fed 2.6 million Filipinos? So, are you one of them?

For your information, one has to invest 5,000 liters of water just to produce a kilo of rice. As one of the employees of Department of Agriculture, we were urged to be a responsible rice eater! Our office had come-up with this rice pledge written in Cebuano as we launched the 2013 National Year of Rice. This campaign aims to encourage the farmers, the policy-makers and the public to be RICEponsible in their own ways.

So here it is....hope you'll do the same!


Isip usa ka Pilipino,
Nakighiusa ako sa pagpanaad nga dli mag usik-usik sa kan-on ug bugas,
Mag lung-ag ako ug igo lang ug siguruhong insakto ang pagkaluto niini;
Magkuha ako sa igo lang nga akong mahurot aron walay salin sa akong plato,
Susama usab ang akong buhaton kung adunay kumbira
o kon bisan asa nga kan-anan nga akong makan-an;

Akong sulayan ug kaon ang brown rice o nilubok nga bugas
akip ang ubang pagkaon sama sa saging lung-agon, kamote ug mais

Tudloan nako ang uban sa responsableng pagkunsumo
aron mahatagan ug bili ang kahago sa mga mag-uuma
ug makatabang ako sa pagkab-ot nga mapaigo ang gidaghanong bugas sa Pilipinas.

Kinasing-kasing nako kining ipanaad
tungod kay sa matag lugas sa bugas 
o kan-on nga akong madaginot
Adunay kinabuhi nga maluwas.

pic from Google images
Be RICEponsible!