Food

Before flights, RACKS and Tenya are serving bites!

Fortunately, you now have one less problem to worry about on the day of the flight: what to eat! Travel days can be really stressful! Take a moment to say farewell over a delicious supper at Tenya or RACKS before you head off into the big wide world. Tenya and RACKS are the ideal pleasure to return home to if you are arriving. I’m so delighted that my favorite restaurants are now very easy to access and convenient, especially if you’re craving something great to eat while waiting for your flight. I’m such a huge fan of Japanese foods; that’s why I do love Tenya, as they serve authentic and delicious Japanese foods. On the other hand, RACKS, one of the OGs, always serves the delicious staple. They are now ready to serve as we head to our destinations and or as we return home from our wonderful trips.

I enjoyed eating during the launch of Racks and Tenya at NAIA Terminal 3

In NAIA Terminal 3’s Food Hall, RACKS and Tenya have opened for business! You can now pick between two more delectable stops prior to flights. Arrivals can sample their specialty staples during their welcome lunch, which is served directly in the airport.

If you are in the mood for classic American fare, family-style ribs with all the trimmings, then head over to RACKS! It’s the perfect place to have one more bonding moment with your loved ones before boarding or as soon as you arrive.


Photo from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Facebook Page
 

Is Japanese dining more your style? Are you looking for something hearty to keep you energized for your travels? Then be sure to stop at Tenya for authentic Japanese tempura. You’ll want to fill up on something succulent and delicious before you face a long plane ride.

RACKS is the perfect family restaurant for a reunion! It’s been serving ribs for over 20 years in the Philippines. Tenya is the number one tempura tendon restaurant in Japan. Together, they are a formidable new addition to the Terminal 3 Food Hall.

“These new restaurants in NAIA are a great move for us at RACKS and Tenya. We are proud that the Philippines is showcasing our food in the gateway to the globe,” said Cavallino Inc. Managing Director, Chukri Prieto.


Photo from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Facebook Pag

This new location hopes to see traffic from both Filipino and foreign travelers, balikbayans and tourists alike. RACKS and Tenya, both have long track records of proving themselves as favorites for Filipinos and will be tantalizing new options in the airport.

“We want to be where the action is and give travelers a good, reliable place to say goodbye, get ready for a flight, or even a place to welcome someone to Manila.” General Manager, Iggy Ramos said of the move.

These branches of RACKS and Tenya will feature special sections for all-day breakfast with drip coffee or tea from Twinings. There will also be a Stuff N’ Go Section with to-go items and souvenirs for anyone who needs something last minute before rushing over to their gate.

“It’s important to us that travelers have a nice place to welcome people home or see them off, all while enjoying food they know will deliver every time.” says Denise Ramos, Director for Operations.

Two trips to Japan were given away during the opening ceremony. Travelers from all over the world will soon be delighted by the meals that the invited personalities and guest the media had a fantastic time sampling. Having delicious cuisine in a convenient location when saying farewell to loved ones, welcoming them home, or just having a bite to eat will improve any traveler’s spirits, no matter how they are feeling. Enjoy your last supper at Tenya or RACKS in the L4 Food Hall at NAIA Terminal 3, or host a welcome-home reunion!

Visit www.racks.ph and www.tenya.com.ph for additional information about RACKS and Tenya. You can also follow RACKS and Tenya on Facebook at RACKS and Tenya Philippines and on Instagram at @racks.ph and @tenyaph. Additionally, Foodpanda, GrabFood, Pickaroo, and SM Malls provide RACKS and Tenya for purchase online.

Beauty, Entertainment

BingoPlus and Miss Universe Philippines 2024 have a fruitful collaboration


President Rafael Jasper Vicencio awarded BingoPlus’ Miss BingoPlus Universe 2024 to Miss Nueva Ecija Maica Martinez with a cash prize of PHP 250,000.00.
 

Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) 2024 was successfully presented by BingoPlus, your go-to entertainment platform in the nation and supplier of your favorite online tongits, bingo, and perya games. The event made for an exciting and thoroughly entertaining year for the pageant scene in the nation.

As the MUPH primary presenter this year, BingoPlus has the chance to introduce noteworthy events for the pageant during the entire competition, enhancing the experience for all participants—including the organizations and the queens—as well as for all Filipino communities.

The MUPH house visit to BingoPlus at Bonifacio Global City and BingoPlus Studio in Quezon City, the Sponsors Night and the Preliminary Night at the Manila Hotel, and the Grand Coronation Night at the Mall of Asia Arena were a few of these events. The press conference was also held at the LimaPark Hotel Batangas City.

For BingoPlus, the partnership with Empireph Holdings Inc. has been monumental in promoting its advocacies in nurturing culture and communities, expanding efforts in the protection of rich biodiversity, and creating safe spaces and opportunities for wellness. The brand also ensured that its programs empowered women by launching its #GandaPlus campaign, which aimed to provide a platform for queens and fans to express their definition of beauty and purpose, ensuring a diverse and limitless meaning of beauty.

BingoPlus in the Grand Coronation Night

BingoPlus and MUPH made this year’s competition more fun and exciting with the titles and special awards given to the queens, while recognizing their pillars above to advocate social and community growth.

Joining the panel of judges this year was DigiPlus Interactive Corporation Chairman Eusebio Tanco. Meanwhile, DigiPlus Interactive Corporation President Andy Tsui and AB Leisure Exponent Inc.

The night also highlighted the works and programs of the BingoPlus Foundation, providing significant insight into the pivotal impact of the foundation on communities through its programs in education and technology, access to healthcare, community safety and resilience, and responsible digitalization.

Winning the night was Miss Bulacan Chelsea Anne Manalo who was crowned Miss Universe 2024, followed by 1st runner-up Miss Cainta Stacey Daniella Gabriel, 2nd runner-up Miss Quezon Province Maria Ahtisa Manalo, who was also crowned Miss Philippines Cosmo International 2024, 3rd runner-up and Miss Philippines Supranational 2025 Justine Tarah Marie Valencia from Baguio, and 4th runner-up Christi Lynn McGarry from Taguig.

Additionally, Alexie Mae Brooks of Iloilo City was appointed as Miss Philippines Eco International 2025, while Miss Pampanga Cyrille Payumo was named Miss Philippines Charm 2025.

Miss Universe Philippines 2024 Chelsea Manalo

In an exclusive interview, Miss Universe 2024 Chelsea Manalo shared her excitement after winning the title.

“Right now, I feel really ecstatic; it’s still surreal to me that I have actually won Miss Universe Philippines 2024. But I know that there are so many great things that will come my way. And because of this, I’m ready to take the opportunity to work well with the organization and, of course, to better work with the purpose that is really close to my heart.”

Manalo also shared the importance of the Miss Universe Philippines platform in pursuit of her advocacy for youth empowerment and education.

“It’s really important to be Miss Universe Philippines 2024 because this will open so many opportunities for me to work with the purpose that is close to my heart, which is youth empowerment through education of the indigenous people. And I know I can better help them reach a little bit closer to their dreams.”

She also shared her fond memory with BingoPlus, “This was when we went to shoot in Batangas. It was a little bit of a time to get away as a candidate, but you know, to be with my sisters and to shoot with the brand.”

Manalo also described her BingoPlus journey with 3-bingo letters.

“B, beautiful. You know that experience is really, really beautiful. I don’t think there’s anything else I would ever trade at this moment right now. I, I know I have come a long way through so many things that have happened in my life, and because of that, I can really see how independent I have become to be where I am right now. And O, because I know that this is the opportunity that I am waiting for in my life.”

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Philippines 1st runner-up Stacey Gabriel gave advice to the aspiring queens. “Know that you have everything that you need within you to conquer the universe. I believe in you, so I hope you believe in you too.” 

Miss Universe 2nd runner-up Maria Ahtisa Manalo added that knowing your purpose is your core to surviving the competition.

“I think you know the purpose of why you are joining a beauty pageant. It is very important for you to know your purpose and the reason why you are doing it. It is very important to know your core so that you’d be able to stick by that and survive the pageant world.”

Manalo ended the interview after expressing her gratitude to BingoPlus and said, “Thank you so much BingoPlus for bringing this opportunity. I know that this will commend me and all of the other ladies here. It doesn’t stop here. Thank you so much!”

Miss BingoPlus Universe 2024

BingoPlus ensures a fun-filled and truly entertaining experience for MUPH. This year, BingoPlus awarded the title of Miss Universe BingoPlus 2024, a special title given to the queen with the most online votes an express ticket to the final 20 and a cash prize of Php250,000.00. The title was given to Miss Universe Nueva Ecija Maica Martinez.

In an exclusive interview, Martinez expressed her gratitude after knowing she had won the award. “I am so grateful because, technically, I won the first title tonight, and I’m so proud to be Miss BingoPlus Universe 2024. And I’m so grateful to all who supported me all throughout this year.”

Martinez also recalled her experience with BingoPlus, “My memorable experience with BingoPlus was when we visited the BingoPlus office. I’m so happy because I received so much love and support from my BingoPlus family. We received flowers and messages from them that helped us boost our morale and really pump up our journey to the universe.”

In addition, Martinez described her MUPH journey as inspiring, empowering, and transformational. Her journey with MUPH made her realize that dreaming is limitless, and so we must continue to dream bigger.

She also expressed her gratitude for the support from her hometown and to BingoPlus.

“To my family and friends all around the world, thank you very much! This is not only my success; this is the success of the entire Nueva Ecija.

To BingoPlus, thank you so much for this wonderful title. I can’t wait to contribute to the BingoPlus family and, at the same time, to work hand-in-hand, especially with the BingoPlus foundation. Laging panalo at masaya sa BingoPlus! ”

BingoPlus #PurpleLuckPurpleLove and #GandaPlus

The MUPH excitement extended not only to the candidates but also to everyone. BingoPlus launched the #PurpleLuckPurleLove summer campaign, wherein the brand gave away prizes like MUPH VIP tickets, an iPhone 15 Plus, and cash prizes. This is to ensure that, aside from quality and top-tier entertainment, the brand provides everyone with a chance to win prizes that add fun and enjoyment anytime and anywhere.

Along with this, BingoPlus launched the #GandaPlus online campaign, which aimed to provide a platform for queens and fans to express their definition of beauty and purpose, ensuring a diverse and limitless meaning of beauty. Fans were encouraged to share their #GandaPlus stories through video stitching and uploads posted to their social media accounts on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram. Netizens were also encouraged to mark their #GandaPlus traits on our customized #GandaPlus bingo card. Ten (10) winners of Php 20,000.00 were given away, plus an exclusive dinner with Miss Universe winners.

BingoPlus’s dedication to the Philippine entertainment and leisure sector, which embraces all types of enjoyment that have grown to be significant fixtures in Philippine culture, is reflected in the success of Miss Universe Philippines 2024. Through its collaboration with MUPH, the brand will be able to operate at a level that more fully captures the Filipino definition of “leisure and enjoyment,” guaranteeing that the experience is both memorable and accessible.

The nation’s fastest-growing provider of digital entertainment is DigiPlus. With more to come, it runs the top digital platforms in the nation, including BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker. Filipinos may enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options on BingoPlus, including tongits, bingo, perya games, and many more games they can play at home. Visit www.bingoplus.com for additional information, or get the app right now from Google Play and the App Store.

Lifestyle

Avia Estate has impressive plans for the future and presents year-one progress


Avia Estate by Alsons Dev integrates prime residential communities, first-class leisure amenities, wide retail & commercial offerings, reputable educational institutions, and government support facilities in one address.

Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev) is accelerating the development of Avia Estate in Alabel, Sarangani, a year after its founding. The 121-hectare mixed-use community’s goal is to offer a contemporary, fully developed living experience, and current construction is creating the groundwork for this to happen.

“Building on the momentum of last year’s launch, we remain steadfast in our belief in Sarangani’s boundless growth potential,” affirms Miguel Rene Dominguez, Director of Alsons Dev. “Avia Estate stands as a testament to our commitment to fueling progress in the region by cultivating a dynamic and secure community where families and businesses thrive.”

Live, work, play, and thrive at Avia Estate


Construction in Avia Estate and Narra Park Residences Avia is well underway, with 50 units in Narra Park Residences Avia targeted for completion by the end of the year.

Narra Park Residences Avia is the township’s first new development. Since its launch last year, the residential development for the first 200 residences has been steadily progressing. The goal is to finish fifty units by the end of the year.

The village gate and guardhouse are also on track for completion this August. Other community spaces, such as the large parks, cabaña, swimming pools, and multi-purpose covered court, are set to be completed next year.


Breaking ground last September 2023, the Alabel Public Safety and Security Complex is set to be turned over to the Alabel Local Government by the end of 2024. It is the region’s first integrated emergency response center.

Aside from community amenities, property seekers also prioritize safety and security when looking for their next home. That’s why Alsons Dev is leading the way in ensuring community safety with the construction of the Alabel Public Safety and Security Complex, benefiting not only residents within the estate but also the bigger Alabel community. The 1,800 sqm complex will be the region’s first integrated emergency response center, bringing together a police station, fire substation, and satellite emergency operations center in one location.

The Alabel Public Safety and Security Complex broke ground in September 2023 and is scheduled for turnover to the Alabel local government unit by November 2024.

Moreover, esteemed Montessori school The Abba’s Orchard is set to break ground for their Avia Estate campus in June 2024. It will be the first in SOCCSKSARGEN to offer true Montessori, educating young learners from pre-school to Grades 1-3 by school year 2025. The Abba’s Orchard Avia will offer topnotch learning experiences as it aligns with Alsons Dev’s dedication to support the modern family’s needs and bolstering Sarangani’s advancement.


The Model Village Park is open to the public from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily while the Narra Park Residences Avia model units are open for viewing from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Find out how you can live your best life with Avia Estate. Visit the two-story and bungalow model units, which are available for walk-ins from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday, to get a taste of estate life. In addition to the unit tour, you may take use of the newly finished Model Village Park, which is located next to the Narra Park Residences Avia model units. The park, which is ideal for outdoor play and fitness, is now open to the public every day from 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM. In the near future, weekend bazaars and other family-friendly events will take place there. Go to facebook.com/AviaEstate for additional information on Avia Estate.

Food, News

Employee-led Mangrove Reforestation Project is Launched by Jollibee Foods Corporation

Commits to Help Restore the Country’s Mangrove Ecosystem


Employee Volunteerism. Employees from Jollibee North Luzon District 1 participate in a mangrove tree planting project in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

Through the Jollibee Group Foundation, Inc. (JGF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), is still driving change. JGF led a mangrove regeneration campaign that included a series of tree-planting events that took place in three coastal provinces.

Employees of JFC have planted over 4,000 mangrove trees: 1,700 saplings in Lemery, Batangas, and 2,250 mangrove propagules along the shores of Carmen, Cebu, and Alaminos, Pangasinan.


Protecting shorelines. Last year, 212 employee volunteers participated in a string of tree-planting activities. The photo shows some Jollibee employees who volunteered planting mangrove propagules in Lemery, Batangas. 
 

The reforestation project, according to JGF President Gisela Tiongson, is a component of JFC’s stepped-up efforts to further its global sustainability strategy, Joy for Tomorrow, in keeping with the goal under the Planet pillar to support responsible planet-stewardship.  

“JFC’s 45th anniversary last year marked a special milestone that inspired us to step up our effort in creating value for our stakeholders and in giving back to the environment,” said Tiongson. “Through this mangrove reforestation program, we aim to help restore the mangrove ecosystem and build a more resilient future for our fellow Filipinos living in coastal communities.”

Strengthening collaboration

JGF has collaborated with national agencies and local community partners to ensure that the mangrove planting activities are done correctly using the right species that are planted in the right site and in the right season—all these considerations are crucial in ensuring mangrove survival and propagation.


To bolster its commitment to expand its Mangrove Reforestation project in 2024, Jollibee Foods Corporation and Jollibee Group Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR). Present during the signing were (L-R) Jollibee Group Foundation’s President and Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Jollibee Foods Corporation’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, and Jollibee Foods Corporation’s Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Atty. Raul Academia. 
 

 

Tiongson recognized the support provided by DENR SCIS-Strategic Alliance and Environmental Partnership Division, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, DENR Region 7, City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Cebu City and Carmen, and CENRO Calaca, Batangas. “We are grateful for their assistance and for guiding us throughout the activities, as well as the People’s Organization in Cebu for the mangrove seedlings,” she said.  

Fostering employee engagement


Treating the Planet Responsibly. Zenith Foods Corporation and Red Ribbon – Mandaue City employee volunteers plant mangrove propagules in Carmen, Cebu.
 

The reforestation program was started in 2023, with over 200 employee-volunteers from Jollibee, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Zenith Foods Corporation, and Jollibee Worldwide Services Logistics. This also formed part of the Company’s engagement program for its employees and JFC’s 45th anniversary activities.

To bolster the project, JFC’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong and JGF’s Tiongson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga on April 19.

Tanmantiong emphasized, “We are cognizant of the climate emergency we are in, and hence, we are taking steps to contribute to climate mitigation in the work of JGF, together with the company. To this end, we will be investing in mangrove reforestation initiatives with the help of our employee volunteers. And we will be supporting communities in mangrove management.”

In line with the MOU, JGF pledged to “extend its support to community-based mangrove protection and reforestation activities and mobilize volunteer employees to participate in the conduct of environmental programs and activities in mangrove reforestation.”

This year, JGF intends to expand the knowledge, expertise, and skill set of JFC staff members beyond their job duties by working toward establishing the initiative as an ongoing program. JGF also intends to carry out mangrove planting operations in Visayas and Mindanao under strict community control in order to further expand the nation’s mangrove ecosystem.

Entertainment

Listen to the emotional ballad “Hurt Me Too” by James Reid

The stripped-down track serves as his first release under Sony Music Entertainment

Superstar James Reid of the Filipino music industry has joined the expanding Sony Music Entertainment family, which already has an impressive roster that includes SB19, Ben&Ben, Denise Julia, O SIDE MAFIA, and Clara Benin.

James Reid has been a major player in modern pop and R&B music in the Philippines for over ten years, and he has given music lovers all over the world catchy hits that cut across genres and time periods. The music mogul, actor, and singer-songwriter continues to strike a balance between commercial viability and artistic independence, ensuring that there is a place for artists like him in the mainstream music scene who don’t need to pander to existing trends for a hit. He has achieved chart-topping records, sold-out tours, and well-received brand campaigns.

For his first project under Sony Music Entertainment, James Reid explores the theme of being heartbroken in the new single “Hurt Me Too.” A stripped-down ballad that packs an emotional punch, “Hurt Me Too” finds him grappling with the realities of a heartbreak.

The Tim Marquez-produced track shows James at his most vulnerable, looking back at the ghost of his past with equal moments of fondness and pain.

“I wrote the song three years ago together with Seth Reger, an artist from LA,” the talented multi-hyphenate shares. “He really helped me tap into these emotions that I didn’t even know I was feeling at that moment.”

According to the Randomantic act, “Hurt Me Too” marks a significant shift in his sonic and lyrical direction—a crucial decision that he admits, would define the next phase of his music era. This time around, the focus is more on the storytelling aspect of his music-making: unearthing old wounds and memories, and turning them into an inspiring piece of work.

He says, “I wanted to concentrate on the heart of who I am as a composer with minimal but intentional music production for my next album that I’m working on. For me, Hurt Me Too acts as a palette cleanser by introducing a shift in tone and direction.”

A moving music video directed by James’s close friend Elena Virata will accompany the release of the song. The Grammy-winning musical artist continues, “The concept was simple but powerful, focusing on unreleased emotions and frustrations.”

James Reid’s Hurt Me Too is currently available via Sony Music Entertainment on all digital music platforms worldwide.

Lifestyle

BingoPlus participates in the VP Choice Awards, which honor industry trailblazers

In order to celebrate the annual VP Choice Awards for 2024, BingoPlus, your go-to entertainment platform in the nation and supplier of your favorite online tongits, bingo, and perya games, teams up with Village Pipol.

BingoPlus has become an everyday platform for enjoyment and leisure, having established itself as a mainstay of the entertainment business through its efforts to bring the thrill of playing different Philippine games into the comforts of one’s own home, the business has been able to create experiences that go beyond physical boundaries and foster relationships using common interests. BingoPlus is committed to improving the quality of life for Filipinos by providing better access to a greater selection of games without sacrificing any of their fun features, such as the social interaction that comes with playing in a group.

While BingoPlus is primarily involved in the gaming and entertainment industry, the brand has always aimed to elevate the leisure and enjoyment experience of Filipinos nationwide as a whole. This core principle aims to encompass the entirety of what “leisure and entertainment” means to the country, from local traditions to national events.

BingoPlus plays the role of an active supporter and champion of Philippine culture and entertainment. Many of the brand’s efforts include partnering with organizers across the country to make a variety of events more memorable to the Filipinos. This year alone saw BingoPlus travel to Cebu for Sinulog 2024, to Iloilo for the Dinagyang Festival, and to Baguio for the Panagbenga Festival.

Beyond traditional celebrations, BingoPlus also involves itself in modern forms of entertainment that are particularly important to Filipinos like pageants and awarding events. Notably, BingoPlus has taken on the mantle of Miss Universe Philippines 2024’s lead presenter. Its efforts range from preparing a summer photoshoot to spearheading an interactive campaign called #GandaPlus to hosting a special voting campaign for Miss BingoPlus 2024.

This year, BingoPlus has also included Village Pipol among its list of partners, joining the VP Choice Awards as the official presentor.

The VP Choice Awards is meant to recognize the names and brands who have made exceptional contributions to the travel, lifestyle, entertainment, and technology industries. Winners of each category are chosen by the public through Facebook-based voting. For 2024, BingoPlus provided a second voting platform for the VP Choice Awards by creating a voting portal that was accessible through the brand’s website and online app during the voting period. It also presented two special awards during the event, which was presented by Angela Camins-Wieneke of BingoPlus Foundation.

The first award, Group Performer of the Year, was presented to Ppop boy group BGYO, while the second award, Celestial Star of the Night, was presented to actress Vivoree and actor Jeff Moses. The Celestial Star of the Night awardees each received Php 50,000 cash.

BingoPlus similarly brought home its own award, which was the VPCA for Charity and Technology Excellence. This award recognizes the societal impact of the BingoPlus Foundation, particularly in providing communities with accessible healthcare, education, security, and technological innovation.

Outside the awarding, BingoPlus made sure to entertain event goers and supporters alike by hosting an online campaign during the VP Choice Awards red carpet livestream. The brand encouraged viewers to like and share the event poster with answers to the poster’s questions and the hashtags #BPxVPCA and #5thVPChoiceAwardsNight. The campaign offered winners a total of Php 50,000 on GCash.

Event attendees, meanwhile, were treated to several BingoPlus freebies from the BingoPlus booth. The merchandise varied from a BingBing stuffed toy to a clear tote bag to a small pouch.

Committed to its objectives and the people it serves, BingoPlus continues to give Filipinos an online gaming environment where they may play their favorite games at their leisure and build relationships with family and neighbors. The brand thinks that through working with Village Pipol, it would be able to learn more about how to give Filipinos thrilling experiences. BingoPlus can also learn more about what its audience and other industry participants find pleasurable and engaging by participating in the VP Choice Awards.

The nation’s fastest-growing provider of digital entertainment is DigiPlus. With more to come, it runs the top digital platforms in the nation, including BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker. Filipinos may enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options on BingoPlus, including tongits, bingo, perya games, and many more games they can play at home. Visit www.bingoplus.com for additional information, or get the app right now from Google Play and the App Store.

Sports

ArenaPlus displays their support for PVL conferences throughout

As the Official Gaming Partner of the PVL and your go-to sports betting app all the time, ArenaPlus attended the All Filipino Conference held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 12, 2024, as part of the PVL’s ongoing support of its conference series. ArenaPlus watched as local volleyball players competed for the title of champion, with almost 23,600 spectators in attendance.

The Chery Tiggo Crossovers defeated the Petro Gazz Angels 3–2 to take third place, and spectators watched in suspense as the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans squared off. A performance by the Astig Girls during the intermission between games at ArenaPlus piqued the crowd’s interest and created a lively mood that persisted into the championship game.

After five intense sets, the Creamline Cool Smashers came out on top with a score of 3 – 2, giving the team its fourth All Filipino Conference championship win.

Notably, Creamline’s Jema Galanza was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Outside Spiker for the finals, while Brooke Van Sickle from the Petro Gazz Angels took home the MVP title for the entire conference.

ArenaPlus, an organization committed to the advancement of Philippine sports and culture, saw that volleyball was becoming more and more popular among Filipinos. The brand has the awareness of community preferences and the possibilities of niche sports that allow it to be sensitive enough to recognize and capitalize on the change in Filipino interest. ArenaPlus realized how important it was to collaborate with the PVL in order to give local fans a better experience when watching their favorite teams compete.

As the top gaming and entertainment companies in the nation, BingoPlus and ArenaPlus are delighted to be the flagship brands of Digiplus Interactive Corp. Visit www.bingoplus.com and www.arenaplus.net for additional updates, or get the apps right now from Google Play and the App Store.

Lifestyle

A hearty welcome to MUPH aspirants from BingoPlus

On Monday, May 13, BingoPlus, the nation’s all-inclusive entertainment platform and provider of your favorite online bingo, tongits, and perya games, extended a warm welcome to the varied and gorgeous Miss Universe Philippines 2024 (MUPH) queens.

The MUPH candidates were invited to visit BingoPlus’s studio in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City as this year’s lead presenter. This is in keeping with the brand’s mission to develop and provide a MUPH experience that is genuinely entertaining and pleasurable for everyone. President of DigiPlus Andy Tsui and President of AB Leisure Exponent Inc. Raphael Jasper Vicencio made a courtesy call to begin the visit. The candidates had the chance to take a tour of the DigiPlus offices and interact with the staff members who greeted them with flowers and smiles.

Joining the visit were the country’s top social media influencers, such as DJ Jaiho, “Poca”, Christy “Ms. Deliciousness” Tabayag, Super Sereyna Queen Francine Gracia, “Queen Dura”, Prince Adrian Dagdag, and more. The influencers got the chance to meet and converse with the MUPH candidates and create content with them. The queens also visited the BingoPlus Studio in Quezon City and joined the livestreaming show hosted by the BingoPlus host with special guest host “Kaladkaren” and a song performance by Markki Stroem.

BingoPlus upholds its core mission based on the foundation of home and community. Its warm house welcome resonates with the values fostered in the desire to elevate the Filipino people’s experience when it comes to leisure and enjoyment. The brand sees its partnership with MUPH as an opportunity to operate on a level that can encompass a wider range of what “leisure and enjoyment” mean to Filipinos, especially with how beauty contests and pageantry have become a big aspect of Philippine culture.

This year, fans and supporters of MUPH are equally excited about BingoPlus as the candidates. Voters can help their favorite candidate place in the Top 20 and win a variety of freebies, including cash prizes, MUPH VIP tickets, and an iPhone 15 Plus, by visiting the voting page that BingoPlus is hosting. Visit BingoPlus’s website at www.bingoplus.com and social media accounts for additional details on the promotion.

On May 22, watch the live coronation night at the Mall of Asia Arena. Under Digiplus Interactive Corp., BingoPlus and ArenaPlus are proudly displayed as flagship brands. With the launch of GamePlus, the company’s newest offering, it has cemented its position as the nation’s top provider of gaming and leisure.

Food, News

For the third time, Jollibee Group has received the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award

Continues to be the first and only Philippine-based company to have received the global award


Global workplace consulting and research firm Gallup has once again recognized the Jollibee Group with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. This marks the third time the homegrown restaurant company has received the accolade.

For the third time in 2024, the locally owned restaurant chain Jollibee Group has been honored with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA). The company’s dedication to employee engagement as a key component of its business strategy is affirmed by this award. The Jollibee Group is still the only firm with its headquarters in the Philippines to have won this honor.

Over 100,000 teams worldwide, 2.7 million workers are covered by the GEWA. It honors top-tier companies that incorporate engagement into their workplace culture and is based on Gallup’s extensive and meticulous workplace survey.

“This recognition was made possible by the countless men and women of the Jollibee Group around the world who contribute and shape our uniquely joyful work culture,” said Ernesto Tanmantiong, Jollibee Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our three-time recognition is timely as it comes at the heels of our best year yet in 2023: a clear manifestation that our business success is deeply interconnected with our people’s success.”

“We remain committed to helping our talents build a career where they can live out their purpose, build meaningful relationships at work, and contribute with their unique talents to our mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone. We strive hard to make our people not only successful but also happy, Tanmantiong added.

Gallup Chief Executive Officer Jon Clifton congratulated winning organizations for redefining what it means to be a great place to work amid continuing workplace challenges. “Your commitment to creating environments where employees are listened to, valued, and positioned to use their strengths every day is what sets you apart. Thank you for setting a new global standard in what it means to be a thriving workplace,” Clifton said.

A Joyful Work Environment

Jollibee Group’s strengthened People Agenda was key to its record business performance, which was characterized by back-to-back best-ever years in 2022 and 2023.

Earlier this year, the company defined its Employer Value Proposition “Choose Joy,” which articulates the unique experience of being a Jollibee Group employee and the company’s culture of joy built over the past 46 years.

Through its D&I vision and commitment to “Joy for All,” the Jollibee Group has also continued to elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. The D&I vision aims to cultivate a more joyful and inclusive environment for the team members who power the organization as well as the customers and stakeholders who are part of the organization’s ecosystem.

Amidst the epidemic in 2020, the Jollibee Group was initially granted the GEWA. It was the first time a business with its headquarters in the Philippines has received this honor. In 2023, the company was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Best Companies and won its second GEWA award.

The Jollibee Group has also been named one of the World’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine for three years running, from 2020 to 2022. The business was included in Forbes’ first list of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies in 2021.

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ICT Enablement Sessions Lead the Way in Digital Transformation for Eastern Communications

Aiming to elevate the Philippines’ below-average rank of 60% in the UN ICT Development Index


Eastern Communications Product Manager Jovee Gecha discusses ICT trends at the 2024 Access Eastern run in Clark Pampanga.

In the Philippines, digitalization has emerged as the key to company expansion. The International Data Corp. (IDC) estimates that in 2023, Asia-Pacific would spend $1.3 trillion on information and communication technology (ICT) services. The first telecom company in the Philippines, Eastern Communications, is currently spearheading the nation’s ICT solution integration to support entrepreneurship and economic growth in the digital age.

The Philippines is facing difficulties even if the IDC also notes that the region is becoming more and more dependent on emerging technologies, with an average growth rate of  4.6% until 2027. According to the UN’s ICT Development Index, the nation has a score of 65 out of 100, which is third lowest in Southeast Asia and lower than the global average of 72.8.

The aforementioned statistics highlights the imperative nature of Eastern Communications’ efforts to bridge the digital divide for Filipinos by augmenting its network reach and improving ICT awareness.

Tailored Solutions for Diverse Needs

Eastern Communications understands that businesses in the Philippines vary significantly in size, scope, and requirements. Therefore, it has developed a range of ICT solutions that cater to the unique needs of each enterprise. From small startups to large corporations, Eastern provides comprehensive services designed to optimize operations through boosting efficiency and innovation.

“Empowering businesses beyond internet connectivity, we’re elevating Eastern Communications’ role to a managed services provider across various industries. This year, we’re committed to delivering comprehensive ICT solutions that streamline operations and empower Filipino entrepreneurs to thrive in today’s digital era,” said Eastern Communications’ AVP & Head of Marketing Jed Estanislao.

Eastern’s Network Solutions offers seamless access points that are adaptable to any business setting. By having network tools equipped with cutting-edge security features like the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Security Service Edge (SSE), Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), and Managed Endpoints, businesses can operate confidently, knowing their networks are safeguarded against evolving threats. The company was recently recognized by Cisco as its Top SMB Partner, highlighting its dedication and expertise in delivering innovative Cisco solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.

With cyber threats rising, Eastern’s Cyber Defense Suite provides innovative security solutions integrated into connectivity solutions, such as its DDoS Protected IDS & Zero Trust Network Access, and offers more advanced security options through Point Solutions and Eastern as a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP).

Eastern Communications was recently granted Sophos’ Platinum Partnership status, becoming the first telco provider in the Philippines to receive this honor in May 2024. This achievement highlights its pivotal role in driving sales for Sophos’ hero products, including XGS Firewalls and Endpoint Security, underscoring its commitment to delivering cutting-edge technologies to safeguard businesses against evolving cyber threats.

Eastern Cloud services cater to the varying needs of remote work environments. Innovations include cloud-hosted infrastructures, development platforms and testing environments, business continuity, and backup solutions, enabling businesses to operate seamlessly and securely from anywhere.

Continuing its vision to position the Philippines as a regional hyperscale hub, Eastern has enhanced its Data Center Services. Offering hyperconverged infrastructure, hyperscale colocation, and partnerships with industry leaders like Huawei and Asus, Eastern ensures optimal performance and reliability. Multi-tenancy options further maximize resource utilization, making Eastern’s Data Center Services a cornerstone for businesses’ digital infrastructure.

Access Eastern: Bridging the Digital Divide Across the Islands

Recognizing the importance of inclusivity in the digital age, Eastern Communications extends its reach to regional cities through its “Access Eastern” thought leadership runs. Starting in May 2024, these initiatives will cover key locations such as Clark, Laguna, Cavite, Baguio, Dumaguete, and more areas to follow. By engaging with businesses in regional hubs, Eastern Communications aims to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all enterprises, regardless of location, have access to transformative ICT solutions.

Through its tailored ICT solutions, strategic partnerships, and commitment to sharing its valuable expertise, Eastern Communications is not only fuelling the growth of businesses but is also building a culture of digital empowerment for Filipinos. As businesses continue to navigate the complexities of the digital era, Eastern Communications remains a trusted “Partner in Progress,” empowering them to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

Empowering Filipinos Through Education and Thought Leadership

Beyond offering cutting-edge ICT solutions, Eastern Communications recognizes the importance of knowledge democratization in driving digital adoption among businesses. In line with this vision, Eastern Communications is set to launch pocket ICT Enablement Sessions and its biggest thought leadership event of the year entitled, “Transcend Technology Summit: Forging the Future of Business.”

The goal of Eastern’s ICT Enablement Sessions is to provide organizations with essential knowledge about Network Solutions, Cybersecurity, Cloud Solutions, and Connectivity—as well as insights from industry experts such as Cisco, Huawei, and Fortinet.

These projects, which are expected to launch in the latter part of the year, are the most important thought leadership events to be aware of from Eastern Communications. Eastern hopes to empower Filipino enterprises around the country by collaborating with leaders and specialists in the tech sector and arming them with the resources and know-how required to prosper in their specific sectors and locales.