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Globe’s new Gift Local brings local finds closer to home

Gift someone with these local treasures

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‘Tis the season once more to make that Christmas list and indulge loved ones and friends with gifts to bring them good cheer. To keep the holiday tradition of gifting alive and give it extra purpose this year, show homegrown brands some love and shop for items that help you give back to a good cause.

In its fifth year, Globe Business’ Gift Local campaign is putting the spotlight on micro, small, and medium local social enterprises that support the livelihood of farmers, local designers, and indigenous communities, as well as those who follow sustainable practices behind every product they put on the shelf. The initiative intends to enable these purpose-led businesses to thrive especially at this time when many Filipinos are affected by unemployment due to the pandemic.

“This year’s campaign aims to bring out the goodness behind each purchase by giving Filipinos the opportunity to choose holiday gifts that give twice the joy — to the recipient and to the local business and community that they benefit,” said KD Dizon, Head of MSME Group, Globe Business.

From artisanal chocolates to virgin coconut oils, skincare essentials to handwoven blankets and towels, here are some of the local brands which offer gifts that will bring joy not only to your loved ones but also to the little communities these small businesses support.

Malagos Chocolate

One of the most-awarded Filipino tree-to-bar chocolate brands, Malagos Chocolate has a wide collection of premium chocolate made from sustainably-farmed cocoa. Through its Malagos Cacao Development Center, they empower cacao farmers by connecting them to opportunities to help them thrive such as including them in production and marketing agreements, teaching them farm and nursery operations, and cacao bean trading.

HTP Basics

Launched in 2020 as an offshoot of the thriving local fashion brand HTP Clothing, HTP Basics offers a wide range of classic fashion essentials for everyone’s wardrobe. While it carries the same passion for fashion, it is driven by a different purpose—to help its distributors and resellers start their own business by selling high-quality and affordable basic pieces that everyone loves.

Looca Skincare

Looca Skincare boasts a range of products made from gentle, alcohol- and paraben-free ingredients that make for a clean and fun skincare routine. From its labels down to the packaging, everything about the brand is locally made, which means every purchase made helps sustain an ecosystem of small Filipino businesses behind the product. The company is also open for resellers, helping them jumpstart their own business with Looca and its sister brand, HTP Basics’ stable community of customers.

Greenlife Coconut Products Philippines Inc.

Founded by COCOFED scholar Francisco Rubio and his wife, Emelita, Greenlife started as a manufacturing enterprise in 2009. After creating many innovations to the coconut and growing its line of products, it has become a full-blown advocacy to create jobs and sustain the hardworking coconut farmers in the country. Greenlife showcases a wide variety of premium coconut products for cooking and baking.

Locano

Locano offers a beautiful collection of handmade blankets, towels, and table runners that showcase the craftsmanship of Filipino artisans. Since its establishment in 2015, Locano continues to work directly with the finest weavers from Vigan and Santa, Ilocos Sur, and Bangar, La Union.

Roots Collective Ph

What began as a co-working space and boutique café along Katipunan in 2016 is now a pioneering community and marketplace of social entrepreneurs that bridges social enterprises and creative startups with consumers and advocates. Its enterprise development programs conduct social enterprise funding, rural community training, and inter-enterprise collaborations. Their shop is a treasure trove of local, social, and sustainable products that are fit for gift-giving this festive season.

Among the participating brands from Roots Collective Ph are BalaiKamay, Hineleban Farms, The Bamboo Company, Chocoloco, Creative Definitions, Gouache, HABI Lifestyle, Happy Helpers, Hiraya Chocolates, Jacinto & Lirio, Magwai, Obrano, The Peanut Butter Junkie, Plantsville Health, Reef Picks, The Spark Project/Spark Books, Theo & Philo Chocolates, and Wholly Grain.

Shoppers may visit the Globe Business Gift Local Page to check out these products and the communities each of the partner merchants support.

A live selling event is also set on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. via Globe Business Facebook page to provide Gift Local partner merchants a platform to promote their company and products for the holidays.

A merrier season for local MSMEs with Globe Business

Apart from encouraging the public to patronize the products of local MSMEs for holiday gifting, Globe Business continues to support local entrepreneurs with regular activities through Globe Business Academy.

Joining Globe Business Academy once gives them twice the benefit, with access to business insights as well as networking opportunities for their business. They will find value in relevant and practical information to ramp up their businesses. They will also get the chance to expand their network by meeting and interacting with fellow MSMEs in different events hosted by Globe Business.

In addition to this, Globe Business is offering local entrepreneurs more opportunities to scale up their business. MSME owners who want to switch to Globe Business and keep the number they love can kickstart their business upgrade by getting free Samsung phones for bulk orders. Business owners can also sign up for Globe Business UNLI Fiber Biz Plan 2499 to enjoy equal download and upload speeds, unlimited landline calls to all landline and mobile networks for an additional P59 only, and double customer engagement in a click using M360 solutions.

“As their trusted digital solutions provider, Globe Business is committed to provide local MSMEs relevant and practical digital tools, as well as access to trainings, networking, loyalty programs, and services that uplift their businesses and the lives that benefit from their success,” Dizon added.

Globe supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), specifically UN SDG No. 8 which calls for Decent Work and Economic Growth; and No. 9 which emphasizes the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.

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Huawei to bring digital skills to more Filipino students

More opportunities will appear for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT.

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With the Students joining the program with outstanding output, Huawei Philippines successfully held the 7th Seeds for the Future program this year, making the program benefit over 200 students in the Philippines. The Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum, together with university heads and Seeds Alumni joined the Closing ceremony on Friday.

Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, gave his remarks to the program, “I highly laud Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program. The sincerity of Huawei’s intention to eliminate the digital divide cannot be more apparent and clearly manifested in ways other than by providing useful training programs to contribute to ICT talent development and provide the technical skills needed in the industry. As Huawei aptly puts it, the Seeds for the Future Program is their way of sharing their innovation and technology to hopefully support the requirements of the Philippine ICT Industry and nurture the development of the local ICT Talent ecosystem.”

“Congratulate you our dear scholars for having embarked on this grand adventure of personal and professional growth and we always cherish with fondness the memories of this journey and may you also never forget the excitement you felt when offered this proverbial seed and saw the boundless potential contained therein.” Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum shared his hopes to the students, “ I would like to express our deepest appreciation with our colleagues and friends at Huawei for helping us in our long term vision to provide world-class, scientific, technological, and innovative solutions towards high productivity and better quality of Life”, “Huawei’s commitment to developing skilled local ICT talents is laudable especially because how it bridges communication in between countries and cultures in a time we needed it most.”

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During this special time, as pointed out by the World Economic Forum, ICT made it “possible to create value – as seen in remote work, remote healthcare, and remote education – particularly from the perspective of inclusivity.” More opportunities will appear for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT becomes more widely applied in the new world.

With the vision to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. “This is the reason behind Seeds for the Future program,” Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo said during the closing ceremony of Seeds in the Future 2021, “It’s our great pleasure to offer more opportunities for ICT talents, to help students in the Philippines become better equipped, to take advantage of the opportunities in digital technology, and nurture the development of the country’s ICT ecosystem.”

Seeds for the Future program launched in 2015 here in the Philippines, has covered more than 200 Filipino students in the past seven years. The ICT Academy started in 2018 in the country, has covered more than 50 Philippine universities, over 9600 students joined the course.

Besides, aiming to pave the way for more ICT talents, Huawei also signed MoU with DICT to offer Huawei Certification Courses in emerging technologies such as AI, Big Data, Cloud service, etc, to help reach a bigger audience and promote digital learning, and widen the ICT Pipeline for sustained and inclusive growth.

Huawei Philippines will continue to devote itself to the education section, bringing digital skills to more Filipinos towards building a sustainable world.

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Globe GoWiFi widens its reach to over 3,700 locations

More Filipinos to gain access to an affordable and stable internet connection in public areas.

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With the intensifying need of Filipinos to have access to an affordable and stable internet connection in public areas, Globe Telecom answers the call by expanding its GoWiFi service to over 3,700 locations nationwide. 

“We are happy to be at the forefront of digitalization in the country through innovative WiFi solutions that will cater to everyone’s online needs. And right now, we stand by this mission as Free GoWiFi becomes available in over 3,700 sites nationwide,” said Janis Nathalie Racpan, Globe Business Development, and Marketing Director.

She added, “Furthermore, as the times taught us that connection is one of the most valuable things, we hope that you not only stay connected but find more meaningful connections through GoWiFi.”

The said expansion covers the local government units, supermarkets, hospitals, schools, and airports. Some of which are:

LGUs:

  • Quezon City Hall
  • Mandaluyong City Hall
  • Bacoor City Hall
  • Puerto Galera City Hall
  • Davao City Hall
  • Antipolo City Hall

Supermarkets:

  • Select Robinsons Supermarkets
  • Select Puregold branches
  • Select Shopwise branches

Hospitals:

  • Kidapawan Doctors Hospital Inc.
  • Quezon City General Hospital
  • Rizal Provincial Hospital Annex I-IV
  • Saint Vincent General Hospital – Cebu
  • Cebu North General Hospital
  • Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital

Currently, GoWiFi is available in select branches of major shopping malls like Ayala Malls, Megaworld Malls, SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls; in coffee shops like Starbucks; in transport terminals such as Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT); and in airports namely the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark International Airport), Puerto Princesa International Airport (New Terminal), and more.

To connect to GoWiFi, you just open the WiFi Settings of your WiFi-enabled device. Then, connect to “@FreeGoWiFi” or “@<establishment>_FreeGoWiFi.” Afterward, register your mobile number, and wait for the SMS verification. Next, select a WiFi offer, confirm, and then start surfing.

On top of this, a distinct part of the general public who are Globe and TM subscribers won’t only enjoy daily minutes of free internet but can also continue their online activities conveniently because of GoSurf and EasySurf bundle promos. These bundles come along with 1GB of Free GoWiFi.

To maximize your free 1GB from GoSurf and EasySurf, tap open the WiFi settings of your device. Look for “@GoSurf_FreeWiFi” or “@EasySurf_FreeWiFi.” Then, register your mobile number and wait for the SMS verification. Lastly, confirm and start browsing.

The internet has become an essential part of people’s daily lives, especially during the pandemic. Indeed, Globe’s GoWiFi is the pathway for more people to stay connected.

To know more about GoWiFi, visit Globe GoWiFi online today.

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Huawei Philippines launches Seeds For The Future 2021

Huawei wants to introduce new technologies like 5G, AI, and Cloud computing to students.

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Huawei Philippines launches the 7th Seeds for the Future program today, over 100 students in the Philippines joined the program this year. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Department, Chairman of Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines, Chancellor of University of the Philippines, Professors and students from 20 universities joined the opening ceremony.

Teodoro Locsin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Department, gave a speech during the event and said that “As the world becomes more digital, Huawei has seen it fit not only to be business for profit but also to make the building of a better future it’s business. In 2008, it took this commitment to another level by launching its flagship CSR Program – Huawei Seeds for the Future. Now, this Digital Spark has spread exponentially to make a difference in the lives of almost 9,000 beneficiaries worldwide.”

“Seeds for the Future aptly named as such has been spreading and cultivating ICT expertise across the global expanse. Its beneficiaries are able to acquire ICT Knowledge firsthand while collectively building their network of ICT talents. I am glad that this program has reached the Philippines in 2015, more than 100 Filipinos have benefited from the program and are now making tangible contributions to our ICT industry. I extend my warmest congratulations to Huawei for the remarkable success of Seeds for the Future and to its new crop of talents. I have high hopes that this program will continue to soar higher to make a difference in the lives of many and to build a better future for us all.” Secretary Locsin said.

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“Huawei Philippines Seeds for the Future program became one of the most awaited events by our aspiring ICT experts. The 2021 program will not just stimulate the minds of our students but more importantly will give them the chance to share their learnings with their peers, which in the long run can evolve in a more immersive, inclusive, and robust ICT ecosystem.” De Vera, Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education gave his remarks during the opening ceremony,” We are with you in your goal to achieve digital inclusion and promote prosperous tech industry by setting the standards for the rest to follow.”

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“Huawei Philippines Seeds for the Future Program are important and timely for they introduce to our student’s new technologies like 5G, AI, and Cloud computing to help them enhance their knowledge, capabilities, and skills.” Fidel Nemenzo, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines stated, “For you, young students, my hope is that you use the knowledge and skills from programs such as this to help solve some of our country’s problems. I challenge you to be the generation that will re-imagine and build a new world, one that is resilient, sustainable, and inclusive.”

Information and communications technologies (ICT) have become the crucial growth engine for many different industries. The pandemic has also opened our eyes to the importance of ICT in all aspects of our lives, and digital transformation is necessary to ensure that we survive the challenges brought upon by Covid-19.

New ICT technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT will be widely applied in the next decade, they will become the cornerstone of the intelligent world in 2030. Countries with a good ICT foundation will be more resilient and can easily respond to disruption, while talent will drive industries to go digital.

As an ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the Philippines.

Jay Chen, vice president of Huawei Asia Pacific Region, said that Huawei has announced to extend the digital talent cultivation initiatives even further. Over the next 5 years, Huawei has committed another $50 million USD to develop 500 thousand ICT talents in the Asia Pacific, through several programs including Seeds for the Future. Huawei has been almost 20 years in Philippines, through Seeds for the Future, and also as an enduring commitment to a sustainable world, we aim to bring digital skills to more people.

Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s flagship global CSR program, which aims to develop skilled, local ICT talent and bridge communication between countries and cultures. In the past 6 years, more than 100 deserving students from the Philippines took the journey with Huawei Seeds for the Future program. As the pandemic continues, the selected talents will experience 8 days of online training this year.

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