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This week has been so fun as I attend events again, but still not manage to attend some as I forgot some of them and some have conflict with the schedule, but I am so glad to finally go out again and see my dear blogger friends. Here’s the news from LBC, SM Supermall, Brother, Karaksa Hotel and Vivo!


LBC Unravels Two New Services That Will Change the Game for PH’s  E-Commerce Industry

LBC’S lifelong mission to move Filipinos’ lives takes yet another milestone turn as it launches two new services that promises to change the face of e-commerce.

At the formal launch held at New World Makati among the company of online partners, media, bloggers and LBC officials, the Philippines’ leading logistics company introduced the Cash on Pickup (COP) and Cash on Delivery (COD) aimed at addressing the growing market trend of online and e-commerce business.

COP and COD utilizes two of  LBC’s core services: as a courier of parcels & boxes, and as a  payment collection channel. As a trading place of the buyer and the seller, LBC’s COP guarantees convenient and seamless transactions between seller and buyer.  With this, buyer can now add LBC as a pick up point, instead of the traditional delivery scheme -like delivered at home, office, or meet ups. The online transactions are also guaranteed safe and reliable  as sellers are assured that he or she will get paid, while the buyer will get the products in mint condition. LBC’s wide network and serviceable areas also allows for buyers to shop from anywhere in the Philippines and reach more customers nationwide. LBC’s rates has promises to be more competitive as it hopes to provide value for money for every buyer and seller. For LBC’s COD, on the other hand,  the buyer simply pays the item ordered online upon delivery. And LBC takes care of remitting the payment to the seller.

And the best thing about Retail COP and COD is that sellers only need to go to any LBC branch. They don’t even need to register their business to start availing of the services right away.

Oliver Valentin, LBC Express PH Retail Operations Senior Vice President says: “This service targets both small online sellers like stay-at-home moms, students and starting entrepreneurs. On the side of online buyers,  LBC aims to enable customers enjoy and maximize their shopping experience, with just a few taps on their mobile phones or computers. The entry of COP and COD is a testament to how LBC is willing and able to answer the new demands of the digital age- as well as the ever evolving needs of the market. With these new services,  we are committed to provide the Filipino market with the same brand of reliability and convenience that LBC has long been known for”.


Brother expands expert printing and tech solutions to Iloilo City

Global printing and technology solutions leader Brother Philippines recently opened its newest satellite office in Barangay Mabolo, Iloilo City. As the sixth and latest addition to Brother’s growing line of extension offices nationwide, the Iloilo branch will cater to customers residing in Panay Island and nearby provinces. Launching this new establishment in the photo are Brother Philippines President Mr. Glenn Hocson and Brother Philippines Senior Manager for Customer Service Mr. Joel Demanarig. The Brother Iloilo Extension Office is located at Cischo Building, Barangay Mabolo, Delgado Street, Iloilo City. Customers and partners may reach the Iloilo Extension Office at (033) 508 5749 between 8:30AM to 5:30PM on Mondays to Fridays, except for holidays.


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City Full of Different Flavors: Discovering Osaka with Karaksa Hotels Discovering the Colorful City of Osaka with Karaksa Hotels

Anyone who is always on the quest for a taste bud adventure would consider Osaka as one of his dream cities. Japan’s third largest city, Osaka is bursting with flavor: every street is packed with restaurants, coffee shops and drinking establishments where you can tick off a lot from your food bucket list, and even add more. No wonder, people call this city “the kitchen of the world.”

Stroll through its busy streets and you’ll be surprised by the food options you can try, unique items you’ll purchase, and the very welcoming locals you can have a friendly chat with. Come by night and the streets will be cloaked with neon signs and full-house entertainment. Osaka’s got a long list of other tourist destinations that you can easily access: castles, museums, theme parks, garden—with some you can even reach by walking. This city is where you want to be!

Shop ‘til you drop at the shopping haven, Shinsaibashi

Osaka is not just about the food. For instance, you can head to Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade—a shopaholic’s paradise. From high-end brands like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton to well-loved high-street shops and independent boutiques, it’s a district where every street corner is a feast for the eyes.

A more youthful version is the America Mura (American Village), where the youth fashion and culture is very much alive. It’s where you can find fashionable thrift shops, hip coffee shops, aesthetic galleries and weekend flea markets. For gadget lovers, on the other hand, the electronics district, Den Den Town is a bargain heaven. Make sure your wallet is ready!

Admire the beauty of Osaka through its sightseeing spots

Another way to take in the beautiful culture of the city is to visit its tourist-friendly attractions where you can have a great view of the different parts of the city. There’s the highly scenic Abeno Harukas, Japan’s tallest skyscraper; Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, home of beautiful cherry blossom trees; Tsutenkaku Tower, a nostalgic symbol of Osaka—to name a few.

One of Osaka’s most famous spots, Umeda Sky Building, is one not to miss. This stunning architecture consists of two towers connected to each other, and it’s best-known for its huge rooftop observatory where you can have a 360° panoramic view of the city. It’s the best place to take your city skyline photos!

Discover the old Japan through the old temples and castles

While most streets in Osaka may seem busy and modern, there are some parts of the city for those looking for peace and quiet. A great example would be the old temples and castles dating from ancient times that still remain intact up to this day. Most of them are open to the public, like the Shitennō-ji and Isshinji.

Fans of Japanese history may find themselves exploring the Osaka Castle, a castle originally built by former warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi during the 16th century to become a symbol of a new, unified Japan under his rule. Visit the museum inside to know more about the castle’s history and stroll through the picturesque Nishinomaru Garden outside. Come here during April and watch the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom; it’s like a desktop wallpaper that has come to life!

Eat your heart out at Dotonbori

You haven’t really experienced Osaka until you’ve been to Dōtonbori. Suffice to say, it’s the heart (and stomach) of the city, where foodies around the country—and even the world—converge. Aside from its bright LED lights and lively nightlife, this area will thrill and delight your taste buds with the endless number of food establishments, from small food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s like the Disneyland for foodies! huge amount of this delicious and classic staple! If you’re looking for a flavorful ramen, head to Ichiran, which serves the “best ramen in the world,” according to Forbes. Right at the end of the shopping arcade is the Tonbori River Walk, a perfect place to take a stroll while taking in the lively atmosphere. It’s where you can try cheap and authentic takoyaki or savor the goodness of okonomiyaki with a great view of the Dōtonbori canal.

Have a comfy stay at Karaksa Hotel

Given all of these splurge-worthy delights, booking a cheap flight and accommodation is a must. However, accommodations are limited in Osaka, especially if you’re looking for a cheap hotel with decent amenities. Lucky for us, it’s not really hard to find one—or two! Karaksa Hotel, a budget-friendly leisure hotel, has two branches in Osaka located at the city’s most popular districts: Shinsaibashi and Namba. They’re right smack in the middle of tourist spots and near train stations, excellent choices of accommodation to maximize your Osaka experience.

By evening, come home to the homey comforts of Karaksa Hotel, and enjoy its fully-airconditioned rooms with complete basic necessities. Each room is equipped with latest flat screen TV, desk and chair, mini refrigerator, and toilet with complete bath essentials. You’ll feel refreshed after a warm bath with their high-end hotel quality pajamas and bed linens! Treat the place as your home with its cozy facilities including a smoking space, prayer room for thie Muslim guests, a buffet restaurant, and even a laundry area. There’s a leisure space for your entertainment needs, with vending machines filled with snacks, toys and souvenirs. It’s also a place for when you just want to relax, or have a nice chat with other hotel guests.

9 Bakuroumachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, a 5-minute walk from Sakaisuji-Hommachi Station/Nagahoribashi Station. The newest branch, Karaksa Hotel Osaka Namba, which opened last November 2017, is conveniently located at 2 Chome-9-13 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka City.

Osaka is a city full of hidden pockets waiting to be explored, so it’s important to consider your hotel’s location to maximize your itinerary. Karaksa Hotel branches are conveniently located near the city’s popular destinations and a few walks away from the train stations. Getting around Osaka is much more convenient if you stay at this leisure hotel, complete with basic amenities and comfortable accommodation. It’s also slightly cheaper compared to other hotels of the same kind in the city, but it offers a prime location and a top-star hotel experience that fits your budget. That means more money for food!

What are you waiting for? Book a room at Karaksa Hotels thru http://www.gohotels.ph/gohotels-now-in-japan/.


Vivo seals exciting partnerships with Shopee, Akulaku

Global smartphone brand Vivo has confirmed its partnerships with Shopee Philippines and Akulaku.

Vivo Philippines Vice President for Sales Ms. Hazel Bascon and Brand Director Ms. Annie Lim during the launch of the all-new X21 on June 21 at Okada Manila exchanged tokens with the representatives from Shopee Philippines, Ms. Jane Lim, and from Akulaku, Mr. Sean Duxiang.

With the new partnerships, Vivo has opened its official online store on Shopee Philippines and has given shoppers to buy its smartphones through online installment payment options on Akulaku.

“We promise a fruitful year of surprises as we forge more partnerships with other brands, such as Shopee Philippines and Akulaku,” Ms. Bascon said before the ceremonial exchanged of tokens.

Shopee Philippines is an online shopping mall where users can buy and sell anytime and anywhere. Akulaku, meanwhile, is an online installing shopping mall that also provides financial services in Southeast Asian countries.

“We still have a long year to go and this means more exciting Vivo events are in store in the coming months,” Ms. Bascon added.


 SM wins 21 Stevies in the 2018 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards

SM Supermalls scored a total of 21 Stevie Awards in the prestigious Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, bagging two Gold Stevie Awards for SM City Pampanga’s Biggest Lantern of Hope 2018 and for SM City Marilao’s E-LluminArt, under the ‘Innovation in Entertainment Events’ and ‘Innovation in Energy and Sustainability’ categories, respectively.

SM won five Silver Stevie Awards for SM North Edsa’s Art Karnival (under two categories) and Tsum-tacular Christmas, SM Mall of Asia’s Philippine International Pyromusical Competition, and the Castaway Music Festival 4.

The malls also clinched 14 Bronze Stevies for SM’s Everyday is Play Day (under two categories), SM Mall of Asia’s Happiness Day (under two categories), SM East Ortigas’ Urban Playground and Kid Conference, SM Fairview’s Q Art, SM Taytay’s Pet Park, the Frozen Factory (Manila and San Lazaro), SM Clark’s Pyro Fest, SM South Luzon’s Dinos in the Mall, the Food Fest (Marilao, Baliwag, Valenzuela, and Sangandaan), SM Marilao’s EnterToyment Fest, and SM Mall of Asia’s Philippine International Pyromusical Competition.

“We are pleased to receive validations of our hard work and passion for creating meaningful stories in the malls. These achievements encourage us to go beyond boundaries in giving our customers fun and extraordinary mall-going experiences,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.

Past winners in the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards include global brands such as Sony, Singapore Airline, DHL, Quantas, and Philips, while ABS-CBN Corporation, Manila Electric Company, Maynilad Water, Globe Telecom, and PLDT were notable Philippine brands that were lauded in the past three years.

The Stevies, previously known as The American Business Awards and then The International Business Awards, is the only business awards program that recognizes innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered as the world’s premier business awards that confer recognitions for outstanding programs, such as The International Business Awards which is already on its fifteenth year.


That’s it for this week! More news from our fave brands next week. Till then 🙂

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