Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Ready to Elevate your Fried Food Favorites? Breville Philippines Showed them how to do it!

Admit it. Regardless of how health-conscious we are, all of us have that special, secret place in our hearts reserved for fried food. We all know that deep-fried treats may not always be the smartest choices when it comes to our overall diet, but we also cannot deny that they are so good it is worth dedicating a cheat day for them here and there.

Host Kakki with Chef Waya

Host Paul w/ Chef Gem

Did you know, though, that there is a way you can enjoy your favorite deep-fried dishes minus the guilt of consuming something that can get your healthy eating habits off track? That was exactly what Breville Philippines proved during its virtual event, “Hey, Home Fryer!” The event featured some of the industry’s renowned chefs, together with the latest kitchen partners that ultimately changed the way anyone enjoys fried dishes. The international premium kitchen-label brand invited culinary luminaries Chef Waya Araos-Wijanco of Gourmet Gypsy Art CafĂ©, and Chef Gem Tee of Salta Ristorante, who both shared heritage and modern recipes that anyone can add to their culinary traditions, using some of the most advanced kitchen technologies that can elevate the way you enjoy your food.

Host Kakki and Paul w/ Chef Gem, Chef Waya and Kulas

The online event placed the spotlight on Breville’s newest kitchen must-have, the Smart Oven®Air Fryer, the third and most innovative version of its best-selling Pro ovens. Unlike its predecessors, this newest offering from Breville’s roster just #GotSmarter as it married both oven and air-frying options in one powerful product so that you can experience different ways of enjoying your tabletop favorites.

The Smart Oven® Air Fryer is every home cook's answer to their fried food dilemma thanks to its healthier way of deep-frying that uses advanced super convection technology. Now, you can sink your teeth on crispy, golden, air-fried food minus the oil and the guilt. Want other ways to enjoy your food? You can even choose from ten different cooking functions like slow cook, grill, bake, and roast. And as if that is not enough, anyone can perfect recipes using the Smart Oven Air Fryer® regardless of their experience in the kitchen, thanks to its smart algorithm that helps provide the best cooking temperature for whatever it is you want to cook.

The event was also a perfect opportunity for all home cooks and food lovers in general to know more about valuable kitchen hacks and cooking tips from the pros. Viewers, meanwhile, got first dibs on Chef Waya’s and Chef Tee’s insights. The two outstanding chefs both opened up on all the most important things they’ve picked up over the years when it comes to working in their kitchens.

The “Hey, Home Fryer!” online event was opened to everyone who tuned in to Breville Philippines’s Facebook page ) last April 24 and got front-row seats on one of the most exciting things to ever happen in the world of food.

Stay tuned by following Breville Philippines’s official Facebook page at )for more updates. Want to know more about the brand’s products? Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Link Your Debit Card to ShopeePay for Fast and Easy Top-Ups

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, makes it easier for users to top up their ShopeePay mobile wallets with the all-new debit card integration feature. 

The digital economy in the Philippines has seen a solid annual growth rate of 12.2%. In the government’s roadmap for e-commerce, the Philippines is expected to shift to a cashless society by 2030 driven by seamless customer experience, convenience and a secure digital infrastructure. 

Shopee recorded a 4x uplift in the total number of orders completed by its mobile wallets across the region in 2020, and this is set to increase as more people adopt digital payment options. Shopee aims to provide users with a seamless and convenient shopping experience through its integrated ecosystem. Enhancing ShopeePay with additional top-up methods is one of the many ways that Shopee is doing so.

Martin Yu, Director of Shopee Philippines, said, “We aim to provide our users with the most convenient shopping experience through ShopeePay. With the new debit card integration feature, users can enjoy convenient and secure payment options while making purchases online, and get access to exclusive promotions, vouchers, and overall greater cost savings. We are continuously looking for ways to deliver a seamless online shopping experience for our users during this pandemic.”

ShopeePay users can link their debit cards to their accounts through six simple steps:

1. Go to ShopeePay on the application Homepage and select “Top-Up”

2. Input desired top-up amount (the minimum top-up amount for Debit Cards is P1,000)

3. Go to payment methods and tap on “Add Debit Card”

4. Input card number, expiry date and CVC

5. Enter captcha

6. The newly added debit card will be displayed under the ‘Debit Card’ section

For users who are looking to activate their ShopeePay accounts, follow this easy two-step process:

1. Go to ShopeePay on the Shopee Homepage

2. Enter personal information such as name and ID number and create a PIN for payment authorization

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

PLDT is fastest broadband in 16 out of 17 PH Regions – Ookla

PLDT records the fastest average fixed download and upload speeds in 16 out of 17 key regions in the Philippines, based on the Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® data as of Q1 2021.

According to the latest quarter of Ookla® analysis, PLDT widens their lead of average download speed results in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Western Visayas, Davao Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, Soccsksargen, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Caraga, MIMAROPA, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

PLDT has been aggressively expanding our fiber network footprint nationwide, which has been key to the massive and consistent improvement of our internet speeds,” says Butch G. Jimenez, Senior Vice President and Head of PLDT Home Business.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, assessed the best network speeds attained across a given network, accounting for tests that are taken on various Speedtest® applications from different devices connected to a fixed network.

Undisputed Telco Leader PLDT continues to set the standard for fast internet speeds in the Philippines with its repeat wins as the fastest fixed network at the Ookla Speedtest Awards TM by recording the highest Speed Score™, top download and upload speeds compared to other telcos in the country. In 2020, PLDT achieved the highest Speed Score™ of 24.79 and 27.28 in the 1 st and 2 nd half of the year.

PLDT has the most powerful and fastest fiber-to-the-home network that can deliver up to 1000

Mbps symmetrical speeds. Jimenez shares, “We’ve introduced faster plans bundled with the latest WiFi 6 and Mesh solutions so our customers can maximize the speeds that our network can deliver.”

With the widest fiber network footprint in the Philippines at 478,000 kilometer lines for the first quarter of 2021, PLDT continues to expand and now has 3.9 Million broadband subscribers.

“This pandemic has made the Internet an essential for millions of Filipino families. PLDT Home remains committed to power their needs for work, study, family entertainment, and business with the fastest network and the latest digital solutions,” concluded Jimenez.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

5 important steps in building an online business from home

Waiting for the right time to start an online business from home? Now would be the perfect time, with everyone at home, logged onto their social media accounts every single day. With the power of the Internet comes great opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

To create a successful and profitable online business, here are the most important steps.

1. Choose a profitable product or service

All kinds of businesses start from one thing: an idea, hobby, or passion that turned into an opportunity. The first step to creating a business is knowing what to offer by researching and identifying the pros and cons of the product or service. See to it that the product or service
has an existing audience, thereby proving its potential in the marketplace. An important reminder: do not jump on trends, fads, and bandwagons that are deemed fleeting.

2. Build the core strengths of an online business

With an online business, the non-negotiables are a website, an email list, and a good social media following. A clean and simple website should make the business’ credibility available for all to see online. An email list, on the other hand, comes in handy for marketing needs.Lastly, a strong social media presence is essential to further widen the brand’s reach thereby converting followers into customers. Identify the top platforms used by the target audience and prioritize building a great following in those same platforms.

3. Keep the audience engaged

A strong social media presence is the result of a great following and engaging content. Keep in mind that an aesthetically-pleasing Instagram feed can have a lot of followers and likes, but the goal is to keep the followers coming, retain them, keep them entertained, and most importantly, entice and convert them to becoming customers. Focus on posting engaging content about the business that they will not only like, but also share and comment on.

4. Establish a wide network.

A vast network is crucial when it comes to starting a business. Start building a relationship with entrepreneurs, suppliers, and even couriers by joining groups, events, expos, and online caravans to know the in’s and out’s of the digital landscape. In these trying times, collaboration, not competition, is key to the survival of a business.

5. Get the right connection.

The right connection matters -- literally, in the case of online businesses. What good is an online business without a reliable and stable Internet connection? This is where PLDT Home Biz comes in. Get a strong Internet connection with affordable PLDT Home Biz Plan, plus access to a wider network through readily available ecommerce solutions that come with each subscription and virtual trade expos that PLDT Home Biz provides in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

With many people starting their businesses online, the need to stand out and get the attention and loyalty of an audience seems difficult, to say the least. But with the right tools and a solid foundation, any startup online business has the potential, not only to survive, but more so, thrive.

With PLDT Home Biz, anyone has the power to create a successful home-based online business. Find out more at