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ONLINE ENGLISH TEACHING A SAFE AND RESILIENT LIVELIHOOD THAT BRIDGES PEOPLES AND CULTURES

While the Philippine economy reels from the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic with the easing of quarantine restrictions, the months-long quarantine has created a chain reaction that led to many Filipinos losing their jobs and livelihood. On March 16, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire island of Luzon with its population of 58 million under community quarantine to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Though community quarantine measures are effective methods in flattening the infection curve, it resulted in a downturn in economic activity. Public transport was halted and the movement of private vehicles was also regulated. Various industries were badly-hit, causing a stoppage of business operations, massive lay-offs, and cease-hiring altogether. Tourism, trade, and consumption drastically dropped during this period, and according to the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, 2.6 million Filipinos have already lost their jobs due to the tempor

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Manila Government, Globe Business assist public schools with data plans for online learning

The city government of Manila will be providing public school students with free access to online learning platforms under Globe’s BatangMaynilaSurf Plans. The telco giant also gave 11,000 LTE pocket mobile WiFi devices to the city for its public school teachers, as they prepare for the blended learning programs to be set by the Department of Education (DepEd). Schools will be implementing blended learning—a mix of face-to-face and online classes, so that students can pursue their education amidst COVID-19. Lessons can be delivered using various channels such as TV, radio, computer devices, and learning modules and packets both in print and digital form. “We value education for Manileños, which is why the city government of Manila looks forward to gifting 110,000 tablet devices equipped with Globe SIM cards and 11,000 laptops paired with Globe pocket WiFis,” shared Manila Mayor ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso. “We hope that through this initiative and with Globe’s relentless service, more pub

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Learn-from-home printing needs? Here’s why you should invest in HP Smart Tank printer

Nowadays, there is one great reason for parents to invest in personal computers and household printers—learn from home. And while there may be a lot of brands and products in the market to choose from, HP gives moms and dads the best reasons why they should pick the HP Smart Tank printers. Print, copy, scan features The HP Smart Tank 515 wireless and Smart Tank 500 offer versatility with their printer, copier and scanner functions. This makes them ideal tools, along with a computer, to help enhance the children’s online learning. With the all-in-one printers, they can easily print everyday worksheets, copy manuals, and scan finished home works on an A4-sized flatbed scanner for sharing online. Prints up to 8,000 colored or 6,000 black pages With their high-capacity integrated ink tank system, the HP Smart Tank 515 and Smart Tank 500 can continuously print 8,000 colored pages or 6,000 black pages, making them high-volume, low-cost printers that are perfect for budget-conscious pare

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PLDT Home’s new ad sheds light on rediscovering the strongest family connections

Life in lockdown has been a learning phase for everyone. The pandemic may have brought collective fear due to the uncertainty of the times but there remains a glimmer of hope in the small things that were used to be taken for granted. And as families take part in this universal experience, it is also in these moments that people gain a newfound appreciation for the things that truly matter to them. PLDT Home’s newest campaign video circles on redefining relationships and creating deeper emotional bonds in the family by rediscovering one’s strongest connections at home. The short film “Rediscover Home” depicts the changes between the normalcy people used to enjoy pre-quarantine, and the life they now know in the new normal. The video starts with the sudden announcement of the community quarantine, and how this compelled families to postpone the events they were looking forward to – from upcoming trips to exciting fiestas, quiz nights, videoke nights, travels, and get-togethers. Despit

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PRESS RELEASE 31 JULY 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A new journey begins for the country’s largest entertainment company ABS-CBN MAKES DIGITAL PIVOT, OFFERS MORE ONLINE STREAMING From broadcast to live streaming, ABS-CBN is pivoting to meet the Filipino audiences’ growing demand for content online with the launch of “Kapamilya Online Live.” Three months after going off the air and a month after being denied of a new franchise to broadcast, ABS-CBN is bringing more of its content to the digital space by streaming its new and well-loved programs on its Facebook and YouTube accounts, which have over 50 million followers and subscribers combined. Available in the Philippines via ABS-CBN Entertainment’s Facebook and YouTube accounts, Kapamilya Online Live will live-stream new episodes of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” “It’s Showtime,” “ASAP Natin ‘To,” “” Love Thy Woman,” “A Soldier’s Heart,” “Magandang Buhay,” “Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan,” and “Iba Yan.” This marks another milestone in ABS-CBN’s digital transformation that began in recent ye

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URCommunity Mart: Bringing well-loved URC products closer to communities

In spite of the limitations of the times, Universal Robina Corporation (URC) continues to reach out to communities in different and safest ways possible. Recently, the food manufacturing company has been bringing its quality products closer to Filipino families all over Metro Manila through its URC community Mart. URC utilized its food truck to make well-loved goodies more accessible to Pinoys. This weekend, URCommunity Mart will visit select barangays in Quezon City Districts 1 and 2 from 7am to 4pm: on August 1, 2020, areas are Masambong (Near Barangay Hall) and Commonwealth (Barangay covered court); and on August 2, 2020, Culiat (Luzon Avenue) and Holy Spirit (Barangay covered court). Through this roving store, consumers can enjoy bundle packs of household food essentials and well-loved treats such as Great Taste Coffee, Magic Flakes, Payless Xtra Big, Cream-O, Cloud 9, and C2. Shoppers can even save up to P75 when purchasing URC’s special bundles. URC Community Mart started vis

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Globe calls on Pinoys to consume only legal content online

The internet has become the main source of any copyright infringement content, impacting people and businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate materials and exposing consumers to malware and other cybersecurity threats. The problem is further exacerbated by the pandemic as people are cooped up indoors and have to rely significantly on streaming or downloaded video, music, and games for entertainment. The latest report released by YouGov for the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (AVIA CAP) showed that 66% of online Filipino consumers admitted having accessed piracy streaming sites and torrent sites, the highest percentage among eight Southeast Asian countries included in the survey. Moreover, the number of Filipino consumers who purchased illegal streaming devices (ISDs) or a TV box to access pirated video-on-demand content and premium TV channels without paying subscription fees,  has jumped to 34% percent from 28% a year earlier. O

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Globe shares tips to keep passwords and accounts secure

“It’s my 30th birthday.” “We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary today.” “Call me on 12345678,” “My address is..." “I love Blackie, my dog”. These statements might seem harmless but hackers are constantly on the lookout for any information posted online which can help them answer security questions and gain access to passwords. With a lot of people doing online transactions due to social distancing restrictions, unscrupulous persons  also relentlessly attempt to steal passwords and other important information to commit fraud, access financial accounts, damage reputations or even destroy lives. The situation becomes more alarming as 32% of Filipinos surveyed continue to reuse five or fewer passwords across all their accounts while 29% still write down their passwords, according to a study conducted by FICO, an analytics software company based in Silicon Valley. “As a company which provides consumers with connectivity, we also want to keep them safe from malicious activities especiall

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LANY, vivo encourages millennials to ignite the night in the “new normal

For globally-successful pop band, LANY, the Philippines will forever remain memorable because it is where they staged their first-ever arena concert, at no less than the Smart Araneta Coliseum in 2018. LANY frontman Paul Klein even tweeted “Best night of my life without a doubt. Thank you, Manila” after the sold-out event. Today, after dozens of crowd-drawing concerts worldwide, LANY—composed of Paul, drummer Jake Gross and keyboardist Les Priest—is about to sing their way back to the hearts of Filipino fans, via an upcoming album, “Mama’s Boy”. Recently, the band has also been introduced as the latest brand ambassadors of leading technology company, vivo. With “Mama’s Boy”, the trio has found inspiration in looking back at their own journey as a band, from finding their unique sound, to finding global success in the music industry that perhaps started with their Manila concert. Paul, Jake, and Les formed LANY, an acronym for “Los Angeles New York”, in Los Angeles in 2015. With poe

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Globe encourages parents and kids to be responsible digital citizens

With community quarantine guidelines in place, families are expected to use the internet more as they stay safe at home. This puts them at greater risk for bullying, threats, and crimes. To help minimize the risk and promote responsible digital citizenship, Globe held the first Kids & Tech: Parenting in the Digital Age, an exclusive webinar that teaches families to become savvy consumers of social media and technology. The panel included representatives from Globe myBusiness: Georges Dizon, Business Enablement and Training Manager, and Maybe Lynn Tarroja, Customer Development Manager. The webinar was moderated by Kristen Dimayuga, the program lead for education of the Corporate Communications Group of Globe. Together, the panelists shared the Parent Module, a family-oriented approach to digital citizenship. It follows the framework of the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), a series of workshops taught to students on how to help cultivate a safer online environment. In the webinar, gue

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