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Fast food company McDonald’s Philippines is aiming to open 15 more stores in the country this year as expansion was hampered by the ongoing...
THE Inter-Guild Alliance, a group representing the various entertainment guilds in the country, has denounced the newest guidelines for production released by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), calling out the council for “making moves detrimental to the industry’s welfare,” according to a statement posted online.
WHEN you cannot go out of your house to attend a concert, the concert’s performers will come to your home. Virtually.
INSURANCE company Pru Life UK aims to encourage parents to teach their children about financial literacy at home as it made teaching materials for its program, Cha-Ching Kid$ At Home available online.
ONLINE video-sharing platform YouTube and Philippine telecommunications company Smart Communications have teamed up to launch Creator Camp Live, a series of online events and workshops to teach YouTube creators (aspiring or otherwise) on how to “pivot and be effective in the time disrupted by the pandemic,” according to a release.
WHEN the pandemic hit and lockdown restrictions stopped people from going out to dine, restaurants had no choice but to offer delivery and takeout services to survive and that was the kind of ecosystem where services like GrabFood, Food Panda, and Lala Food thrived.
LENOVO has extended its premium warranty service from two years to three years on select devices from its IdeaCentre, Yoga, ThinkPad and Legion lines “to better support their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic” bought from July 1 onwards, according to a company release.
INTEGRATED casino-resort Resorts World Manila (RWM) has applied stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of its guests and employees as the 3,600-room complex and its facilities prepare to reopen in the new normal.
FILIPINO indie pop rock band Twenty-Nine Eleven has released its version of 6Cyclemind’s “I” as part of 6Cyclemind’s ongoing Sige I-Cover Mo Lang project.
THAILAND has been widely hailed as a COVID-19 success story as the country managed to stop the spread of the virus in its early days through rigorous contact tracing using a “thousand epidemiological teams” across the country. Now, the country is poised to re-open for tourists, with a focus on domestic tourism, as the government tries to revive a major contributor to the Thai economy hit by the pandemic.
STREAMING service Netflix is celebrating Pride Month this June with a selection of inclusive shows that “tell diverse, inclusive, and authentic stories of the LGBTQIA+ community,” and releasing a Philippine survey and video on the importance of inclusivity and representation among its viewers.
FILIPINO band Parokya ni Edgar will be holding an online concert on June 19, via Tanduay Rhum’s official Facebook page, at 8 p.m.
METRO MANILA is currently in a looser form of lockdown where people are allowed to go out to buy essentials, to work, and live life in the “new normal,” but understandably, many still prefer to stay at home and have as little contact with other people as possible because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.
WHILE the recent lockdown restrictions were necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and were meant to keep people safe within their homes, many people found themselves unsafe as they were locked in with their abusers with little recourse.
SEVERAL months have been spent inside our homes as lockdown measures try to slow down the spread of the pandemic which has sickened tens of thousands in the Philippines and millions around the world. Since Filipinos could not go outside, they turned to watching a lot of Korean dramas and local movies to entertain themselves, according to a study done by an e-commerce aggregator.
IN his newest Netflix special, comedian Joseph Glenn Herbert, better known as “Jo Koy,” continues to marvel at his Filipino roots while touring his Filipino-American friends around a city he used to live in.
TIMES are hard — the pandemic is not yet over, the entire world has been upended and has entered what the World Bank called the worst recession since the Second World War as it forecast the global economy to shrink by 5.2% this year — but there is still hope for recovery. The recently launched book Asian Founders at Work seeks to encourage recovery through stories of Asian businesses that weathered storms and found success in their industries.
LOCKDOWN restrictions have eased but many people still prefer to stay inside their homes for fear of the pandemic — and for those who want to make their time in quarantine as productive as possible, GMA Network Artist Center has an online show just for that.
CHILDREN’S playground and party place Fun Ranch is closing its doors due to the pandemic as its management felt it would be “too long a wait before the situation becomes ideal for children to play freely and have parties again,” the company told BusinessWorld.
Over the last two and a half months when Metro Manila and many parts of the country were under varying degrees of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce site Lazada noted that many people used their time to learn a new skill — including making their own milk teas at home — as their customers bought quite a few interesting things while on lockdown.
WHEN word that South Korean actor Hyun Bin was going to be the face of Smart Communications and clothing brand Bench dropped last week, Filipinos on social media lost their minds. And now that the Smart campaign has officially been launched, it became apparent that not even a pandemic can stop the Crash Landing on You star from gracing our screens (though he can’t be here physically because of travel restrictions).
AFTER two and a half months of nightly online concerts to raise funds for poor communities affected by the lockdown, Bayanihan Musikahan says goodbye after raising more than P122 million for its beneficiaries.
THE ongoing pandemic has brought the tourism industry to its knees, with multiple countries imposing travel restrictions, halting flights, and closing accommodations to stem the tide of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) infections. But online booking platform Agoda is hopeful, banking on domestic tourism to pick up and recover long before international travel does.
INSTITUTO CERVANTES de Manila will be screening online for free the Spanish classic film El Verdugo (The Executioner), Luis Garcia Berlanga’s 1963 black comedy about the death penalty, on May 30 and 31.
FILIPINO-AMERICAN stand-up comic Joseph Glenn Herbert — better known as “Jo Koy” — has his third Netflix special coming up. But this time, instead of a pure stand-up show, he is mixing a bit of food and culture as he travels through the streets of the Philippines to “see where it all started,” as he says in the trailer.
MOVEMENT restrictions in Metro Manila may be loosening but as the pandemic continues, it will still be quite some time before dining in restaurants will be allowed again because of the threat of infection. But that doesn’t mean cravings can’t be satisfied as many restaurants are offering delivery and pick-up services for their specialties. The Podium Mall in Mandaluyong City has launched its own to-go delivery service for some of its restaurants so customers can still order their favorite dishes.
EVERY organization has had to adjust to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, including La Salle Greenhills (LSGH). Not only is it getting ready for a new school year by figuring out how to offer a blend of online and physical classes, the pandemic has served as the impetus for the all-boy’s school to finally open its doors to girls — albeit in a limited manner.
Kuala Lumpur-based digital entertainment company WebTVAsia and YouTube will be holding a four-hour livestream concert on May 27 titled ONE LOVE ASIA featuring top artists from the region for the benefit of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Asia to help its “efforts in preventing the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for vulnerable children,” a statement read.
WHEN Danish traveler Torbjorn “Thor” Pedersen set out to travel the world and visit more than 200 countries getting on any airplanes in 2013, he never thought he’d be on the last leg of his journey and stranded in Hong Kong while a pandemic raged worldwide.
IN a world full of fear and uncertainties, shirt company Linya-Linya reminds people to take a moment to breathe in its new short film Kalmahan Mo Lang.
THE pandemic has effectively shuttered the airline industry. In the Philippines alone, the lockdowns have caused airlines to lose P7 billion monthly according to the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (ACAP), prompting them to seek almost P9 billion in monthly aid from the government.
THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is asking audio-visual workers, their companies, and distribution companies to answer several online surveys for the council to be able to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine measures on the audio-visual (AV) industry.
LIKE almost everything these days, how and where people listen to music has also been affected by the pandemic and the various quarantine or lockdown procedures. Music streaming service Spotify noted in a late-March blog post that people are now listening to more “chill” music — more acoustic fare than dance music. And thanks to social distancing, The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” (1980) also saw a 135% spike in people searching and listening to it.
IN its inaugural run, Great Place to Work Philippines awarded five companies that exemplified how to keep a company running efficiently and employees happy. And while the surveys conducted to choose the winners were done before the COVID-19 pandemic raged, the California-based consulting firm behind the award noted that the same companies named “Best Workplaces” nonetheless found ways to keep both employee morale and productivity high.