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Thursday, December 29, 2022

HONOR Philippines is ready to dominate 2023

2022 has been the biggest breakthrough for HONOR Philippines – from relaunching the brand to unveiling its first set of devices in the market. Since the comeback in September, HONOR has introduced a tablet. 2 smartwatches, and 6 mobile phones.


MANILA, Philippines - December 28, 2022 – Dubbed as a magical comeback, HONOR officially set foot in the Philippine market again in August 2022 and has been unstoppable since then, launching a tablet, two smartwatches, and six mobile phones in just a span of four months.


To excite HONOR fans, the leading global smart devices provider teased that 2023 will be a very busy year for them – more launches, events, and exciting treats for consumers.


“2022 is just the beginning for HONOR Philippines and we are taking the brand to even greater heights come 2023. We have a very solid lineup for the whole year and you definitely don’t want to miss what we will be bringing from the HONOR ecosystem.” said HONOR Philippines Vice President for Marketing, Stephen Cheng. “The expansion of our markets and channel partners is in the works already, and we will stay committed to focusing on creating innovations for everyone. For us, there’s really no way to go but up.”

Since the relaunch, HONOR has opened and established more than 600 stores composed of kiosks and multi-brand stores. In fact, HONOR is now present at 17 dealers: Abenson, Cellboy, EC Panda, MemoXpress, Octagon, Present, Rules, Silicon Valley, Globe, Lazada, Shopee, and Kimstore. 

HONOR indicated an increase of 366% in its manpower since its launch to augment the workforce for the company. Now, in three months’ time, HONOR currently has at least 1,000 employees including promoters to cater to newly opened stores in the country. 

HONOR recently hinted the launch of its highly-anticipated foldable flagship HONOR Magic Vs, and while fans patiently wait for it, here’s a rundown of what HONOR has launched so far.




HONOR 70 5G carries the industry’s first 54MP IMX800 Super Sensing Main Camera, bringing users incredible enhancements in smartphone photography. It also takes pride in the revolutionary Solo Cut Mode, an innovation enabling users to simultaneously produce a group video and a portrait vlog that spotlights a specific person.

#BestVloggingPhone HONOR 70 5G is equipped with a 4800mAh large-capacity battery supported by high performance 66W HONOR SuperCharge power brick. The screen of HONOR 70 5G supports 1.07 billion colors, 100% DCI-P3 and HDR 10+, bringing users vivid colors in sharp and crisp detail. Available in Midnight Black, Titanium Silver, and Emerald Green, you can get the HONOR 70 5G for PHP 26,990

HONOR X Series

HONOR X6, X7, X8, and X9 boast SuperCharge feature for all-day connectivity and productivity. The series also offers big screens providing better display, most especially the HONOR X9 which has 90hz refresh rate and 94% screen-to-body ratio. The X series brings promising camera features for mobile photography and videography. HONOR X6 and X7 have a 50 and 48MP main camera respectively while both HONOR X8 and HONOR X9 have 64MP. All are packed with wide and macro lenses and bokeh effect.

Available in Midnight Black and Titanium Silver, the HONOR X6 is priced at Php 7,490 while HONOR X7 and X8 is at Php 9,990 and Php 12,990 respectively. The HONOR X9 debuted at Php 14,990 in Midnight Black and Ocean Blue colors.

HONOR Magic4 Pro

The Power of Magic. HONOR Magic4 Pro introduces one of the most powerful and versatile camera systems on an HONOR smartphone to date: 50MP Wide Camera with customized 7P Lens, 50MP Ultra-Wide Camera, 64MP Periscope Telephoto Camera, a Flicker Sensor, and an additional brand-new custom-made image processor.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G Mobile Platform, the HONOR Magic4 Pro delivers blazing fast performance and incredible battery efficiency across all typical usage scenarios. The 6.81-inch next-generation LTPO Display delivers fluid, vibrant visuals with support for adaptive refresh rate to help users conserve battery.


Available in Black and Cyan, the HONOR Magic4 Pro is priced at Php 52,990


As the first HONOR tablet in the Philippines, the HONOR Pad 8 delivers an exceptional entertainment experience with all-round smart features and a sleek and premium design. Boasting an impressive 12-inch 2K HONOR FullView Display. The HONOR Pad 8 pushes industry benchmarks to deliver an immersive visual and audio experience.  

The tablet packs an extra-large 7250 mAh battery for all-day connectivity that supports up to 14 hours of offline local video playback, or 10 hours of learning online. HONOR Pad 8 is available in Dawnlight Blue for PHP 17,990 with a FREE Smart Keyboard worth PHP 5,990.

HONOR Band 6 and HONOR Watch GS3

HONOR also has two affordable yet high-profile smartband and smartwatch: the HONOR Band 6 and HONOR GS3.

HONOR Band 6 has long-lasting capabilities lasting 2 weeks compared to other available smartwatches in the market. The top-of-the-line smartwatch HONOR GS3 has higher consumer expectations with its music playback, alarm clock, flashlight

You can buy HONOR products and catch amazing deals at any HONOR kiosks and partner stores nationwide or online at Shopee (, Lazada ( and TikTok Shop (

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

SBA Recognized as One of BSP's Outstanding Stakeholders in 2022

In photo: Sterling Bank of Asia President and CEO, Mr. Cecilio San Pedro during the 2022 Outstanding BSP Stakeholders Appreciation Ceremonies.
Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA), one of the country's leading thrift banks, was recognized by the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) during the "2022 Outstanding BSP Stakeholders Appreciation Ceremonies" held last November 29 at the BSP Assembly Hall.
BSP Governor Felipe M. Medalla, in his message, recognized both the public and private sectors for their contribution to the implementation of appropriate, responsive, and well-calibrated policy actions.
SBA is the only savings bank among the nine award recipients from BSP's head office for its outstanding participation in BSP's Cash Service Alliance (CSA).
"We are honored to be recognized by the BSP for our strong commitment to the development and protection of the financial services industry," said Cecilio Paul San Pedro, President and CEO of Sterling Bank of Asia. "This award is an affirmation of hard work and dedication in improving the financial well-being of our clients and every Filipino" San Pedro added.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Give the Gift of Radiant Skin with Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is gearing up to be bigger and brighter thisyear, with holiday cheer at an all-time high. For the first time in two years, parties are in full swing, and ev eryone is in a celebratory mood.
Why not extend the celebrations to the gifts you choose to give this Christmas? Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance released new product innovation into its roster of gentle yet effective brightening products that will surely have you and all you choose to gift gleaming brighter than the lights of your Christmas tree. These next-level dermatologists-approved brightening products are Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Gentle Renewing Cleanser, Perfecting Serum, and Instant Radiance Mask, which visibly correct dark spots, boost radiant skin, and even skin tone in just as fast as 14 days.
The Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Gentle Renewing Cleanser is a 3-in-1 brightening cleanser. It offers gentle exfoliation that removes pollution and impurities to brighten and improve skin texture instantly. It is formulated with Jojoba beads infused with Vitamin E.
Because the ingredients are so gentle, it doesn’t disrupt the skin barrier and works to lock in moisture.
The Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Perfecting Serum has key ingredients: Advanced Peptide, Antioxidant C, and Cetaphil’s signature GentleBright Technology with Niacinamide and Sea Daffodil. It has 7 powerful benefits in 1 product: it reduces dark spots, evens skin tone, improves fine lines, boosts skin radiance, improves hydration, illuminates the complexion, and freshens, well-rested skin.
Dermatologist-tested and fragrance-free, the Perfecting Serum is clinically proven to reduce dark spots caused by melasma, sun, aging, and acne scars. It has added protection against blue light & pollution. Perfect for everyday use.
Lastly, the Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Instant Radiance Mask is the first sheet mask in the brand’s lineup. It has 7-in-1 benefits in 1 sheet mask. Giving you an instant cooling effect with 24-hour soothing hydration, it instantly improves skin luminosity, skin tone evenness, skin Radiance, tired skin, fine lines, the appearance of pores, and skin texture. Each mask has 2 weeks’ worth of serum to instantly achieve that healthy, radiant skin.
Formulated with GentleBright Technology and a blend of powerful brightening yet gentle ingredients such as Sea Daffodil and the popular Niacinamide, it also has Vitamin C. These hardworking ingredients will keep skin in tip-top shape despite all the expected holiday fun.
Let your hair down and celebrate with friends and family while Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance cares for your skin and gives everyone radiance to ring in the new year.
Share the gift of Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance for a #RadianceRoutine. To learn more about
the range of products, visit their website. Follow Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance on Instagram @cetaphilbrighthealthyradiance or Facebook Cetaphil Philippines.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

AXA appoints Bernardo Serrano Lopez as President and CEO for Philippines

Insurance leader AXA has appointed long-time industry trailblazer Bernardo Serrano López as President and Chief Executive Officer of its Philippines business. Serrano Lopez joins AXA Philippines following his successful tenure as CEO of AXA Colpatria, which he built to become the third largest insurance provider in Colombia. 

Serrano López is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of senior leadership experience. He began his journey with AXA in Chile in 1998 before he was appointed Regional CEO for AXA Latin America in 2001 and subsequently General Manager of AXA Spain in 2003. Between 2006 and 2011, Serrano López left AXA to set up his own successful company. In 2011, he rejoined AXA as CEO of AXA Brazil, overseeing the arrival of AXA in South America. He was later appointed as Deputy CEO of AXA Colpatria in 2014, where he led the company’s entry in Colombia. He was named CEO of AXA Colpatria in 2016. 

“With Bernardo’s extensive experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the insurance industry and his entrepreneurial spirit and track record of transforming businesses, he is the perfect lead for our strategic ambitions in the Philippines,” said AXA Asia and Africa CEO Gordon Watson. 

“AXA has been part of my professional life for more than two decades, and I am thrilled to join one of the fastest growing markets for insurance, here in the Philippines,” said Serrano López. “I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to AXA Philippines as we continue to work together to help our customers protect what matters most to them.” 

Serrano López has a Master of Business Administration Degree from IESE Business School in Barcelona, and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the University of Navarra, Spain. He is fluent in many languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

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A few days before 2023...

This weekend Christmas will be celebrated and the weekend that follows will already be 2023. Have you any plans for the coming year? While this year is the year that I have somehow seen myself rise above my 2020 to 2021 drawbacks, still it is not enough to say that everything is okay. I am a positive person, but sometimes doubts loom over the horizon. And why not? The world is still suffering and life goes on. I am lucky I have means to get by. My salary may be more than enough compared to the last (from my previous employers), but this time I am more anxious and try harder because I am afraid to lose it. No one wants to be jobless and penniless with everything expensive, even our basic needs.

After COVID 19 sank our finances to the abyss, the wars and oil crises have made everything worse for everyone. There is not a country in the world who do not have citizens suffering. Blaming anyone or anything is pointless. We all have to pick ourselves up, each one of us, one by one. We can not pick up others when we are still trying to crawl back or even if we are able to stand up but  aren't strong enough to stand without any help. In short, we just have to do what's best for us. 

Here are some tips I have learned over the years. Coping with financial woes isn't easy but if you know how to do it better, you'll be fine somehow.

1. Have financial resolutions. All of us want to improve our finances. And what better way than to start with a financial resolution. What are the things that you want to get rid off and what are the things yo want to continue in terms of finances.

2. Set up Savings Goals and Implement it. No matter how much you want to save, if your Savings Goals is not set up, it will remain as just a plan that may or may not be implemented.

3. Use technology to help you with your plans to save money, and learn how to save and invest. I like to use a savings calculator if I need to calculate long term savings and stuff. Currently, I am using one that allows me to create a growth table of savings over time. How cool is that? The site I go to also has calculators for CDs, college savings, even retirement plans aside from savings goals that calculates annual interests.

4. Make use of your time online and offline wisely. If it's not making you have a better financial life, surely it will waste your money. 

5. Be generous, and kind. I always believe that givers will always receive more blessings at the right time. 

6. Never forget to be grateful and always pray. Prayers are not only in times of need but most of all, in times of abundance. 

These are just some of the lessons that 2020 taught me. I am passing them on as tips, should you want them. Worked well for me. Well, what do you think? Please drop a comment as I want to know what your thoughts are about these things I shared.

Till then, enjoy your holidays..

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Participating in a Charity Fundraising

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Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022. ⚽ Congratulations!

And finally it's over. Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022. ⚽


Sunday, December 18, 2022

Our Last Week of 2022 and Holiday at last!

We had quite a busy week last week. We had so many things accomplished in a very short span of time, plus the different activities that we also did in between, plus classes and assessments, and of course, capped the week with class parties and our staff get-together at Garbo at Melia Hotel.

Actually we've been busy since last week but Monday and Tuesday were really busy because of the Christmas concert last Wednesday. And Thursday was a regular school day with reports that needed to be accomplished but we still did a fun charity fundraising activity.  

The kids did that to my face.. And I had fun while they did. 

It was actually for a good cause so when they asked me, I could never refuse. 

I love the fact that our students think of others and what they can do for the community. As a teacher, it makes me proud of them and their tireless efforts. In the evening, the same kids organized their Winter Formal, and I was there as one of the chaperones.


It was fun watching them groove to the music and socialize as they should.  Then Friday, our last day in school for 2022, we had our class parties. I spent half the day with my homeroom, and my student, Joyce, gave me these handmade customized cakes. One is Chocolate and the other, Sponge Cake with their respective icing.

After the parties, we had our staff secret Santa and I gave mine these Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate collection.

But funny because someone gave me the same, and my secret Santa gave me these boxes of  Tea plus another box of Chocolate for me.. yey.. 

And to cap the school day, we went to Melia for some drinks and snacks sponsored by our CEO and Executive Principal. No pictures as we were busy chatting before bidding everyone farewell. A lot of them will go to other countries for the holiday, while others will visit other countries they have never been before. As for me and my household here, we're going to Bagan for Christmas. That will go to another blog post. In the meantime, I am busy reconnecting with family as I have more time now because it's already our school break. So I spend more time with my plants too. 

I have come to enjoy playing Grocery Cashier with my nephew who is actually in the Philippines while I am here in Myanmar, whenever we are on skype. I show him how it's done and he shows me how he plays it. What I like about this game is that it teaches kids to count money. And because we have a store back home, it also teaches patience while practicing to give change and make a sale.

Another one that we also like to play is Treze Coins which is also good for counting. But my nephew likes the Grocery Cashier better than Trese Coins. 

However, when I discovered Idle Money Tree and introduced it to him, he was ecstatic. He said he likes to make more money while taking care of the tree. This is actually fast paced compared to the two I have mentioned earlier. So my nephew perhaps likes the action.

I told him it is just a game and not really something to be serious about, but whenever the amount increases, I become excited too. I wish we can do this with my plants in my balcony garden, lol.

See the progress that I have made. Sunlight, water, fertilizer, harvest and research have increased. 

At first I didn't quite understand why my nephew liked it more, but eventually I did. 

See my latest progress?

Oh and the best thing about this game is that, even if you stop playing, it plays in the background and your money continues to grow. See how much my money grew???

I am still in the process of exploring other games on the games section of the Mortgage Calculator site. There are actually many more games to try. Oh well, it is just my third day of holiday. School doesn't start until January 5th.. So keep posted. I will share other games with you.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

HONOR 70 5G now available in Emerald Green color, still at PHP 26,990

Get the #BestVloggingPhone HONOR 70 5G in new Emerald Green color and snag a FREE HONOR Band 6 worth PHP 1,990 when you buy at HONOR kiosks and partner stores nationwide or online at Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop.

MANILA, Philippines - December 13, 2022Following the successful launch of #BestVloggingPhone HONOR 70 5G, the leading global smart devices provider announces the launch of its new Emerald Green color still priced at PHP 26,990, available starting December 13, 2022 at HONOR kiosks and partner stores nationwide or online at Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop.


First introduced in Crystal Silver and Midnight Black, HONOR 70 5G boasts a super dual-curved screen with warm, smooth lines and natural arcs that let it fit your hand perfectly while looking great.


HONOR 70 5G has the industry’s first 54MP IMX800 Super Sensing Main Camera, bringing users incredible enhancements in smartphone photography. It sports HONOR’s revolutionary Solo Cut Mode, an innovation enabling users to simultaneously produce a group video and a portrait vlog that spotlights a specific person.


The HONOR 70 5G Emerald Green is equipped with a 4800mAh large-capacity battery supported by high performance 66W HONOR SuperCharge allowing you to charge up to 60% in just 20 minutes. It can also maintain low power consumption while powering up high-rate games with its GPU Turbo X technology.


And for a limited time offer, buy your very own HONOR 70 5G Emerald Green starting on December 13 for PHP 26,990 and get a FREE HONOR Band 6 worth PHP 1,990 at any HONOR kiosk or partner stores near you and online at Shopee (, Lazada (, and TikTok (

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