PLDT-Smart send aid, DITO Telecommunity expansion, EK dinner

Amanda M. Rye

PLDT, Smart send aid to Cavite fire victims

PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications Inc.  have extended support to Cavite City residents who lost their homes to a huge fire on February 12.

Together with PLDT-Smart Foundation, PLDT and Smart distributed relief packs to around 300 displaced families seeking shelter at Ladislao Diwa Elementary School.   Cavite City Vice Mayor Denver Christopher Chua help PLDT, Smart personnel distribute food packs to fire victims.

DITO Telecommunity expands to Zamboanga City

DITO Telecommunity continues to expand its coverage in the country, with Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Del Sur in Mindanao as the newest area open for commercial operations.

Earlier this month, DITO Telecommunity also widened its reach in several Luzon municipalities—Bayombong, in Nueva Vizcaya; Mabini, Pangasinan, and Pozorrubio, Pangasinan.

Until March 31, 2022, all purchased DITO starter packs will entitle subscribers with an extra 2GB of high-speed data once activated (on top of the DITO Starter Pack’s 3GB of data). The DITO Starter Pack must be activated within the promo period of January 27 to March 31, 2022.

The DITO Starter Pack is perfect for those who are looking to move to DITO. Available in all DITO sales channels (DITO APP, MyDITO site, DITO Experience Stores, and DITO retail partner stores, etc.) for only P49, the Starter Pack includes the DITO SIM and 3GB of high-speed, open data, unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited DITO-to-DITO calls, and 100 minutes of calls to other networks.


Enchanting Dinner in the Sky

All are welcome as your favorite theme park, Enchanted Kingdom, ends the Love Month in style with romantic moments! As it reopens it gates to the public this February 25, EK will take guests on a sky-high dining experience with a lovely offering – Enchanting Dinner in the Sky!

Get a night full of love amongst the starry skies while aboard the towering Wheel of Fate. Make this experience worth remembering as you and your date exchange stories while having some sumptuous meals that would completely satisfy your Chinese cuisine cravings.

Remaining promo period: ALL WEEKENDS of March. COUPLE DATE: Php 2,000 (with 2 Regular Day Passes, meal for two, couple face mask). DOUBLE DATE: Php 4,000 (with 4 Regular Day Passes, meal for four, face masks).

This promo is open to all guests, and may be availed on a first come, first served basis through EK Online Store and Makati/Group Sale Office.

Dinner will be served at the Wheel of Fate.

COMCO SEA  finalist in PRCA APAC Awards

 COMCO Southeast Asia is the lone Philippine communications agency to be included among the finalists in the prestigious PRCA APAC Awards 2022. COMCO Southeast Asia is a finalist in 5 categories in the industry acclaimed award-giving body in the region.

PRCA APAC Awards 2022 is organized by the Public Relations and Communications Association Asia-Pacific (PRCA APAC), the world’s largest professional PR body representing more than 35,000 PR professionals in 70 countries worldwide and a global advocate for excellence in public relations.

The agency is vying for the Purpose Award for their “Dear Survivor: COMCO Southeast Asia’s Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2” co-presented by Eastern Communications and Jobstreet, sponsored by AirAsia and Xiaomi Philippines and supported by Teleperformance. It aimed to inspire and empower everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the stories of bloggers and content creators across the country.

Another campaign that caught the award-giving body’s attention is the “Blazing Sapphire: The COMCO Southeast Asia Year-Long 5th Anniversary Celebration”. Another category group that the agency dominated is the Team Awards, wherein COMCO Southeast Asia lands finalist spots for the Medium Consultancy and the Workplace Champions Awards.

Jersey auction for KalyEskwela

The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) in the Philippines recently launched an auction to support ChildHope’s Education Program, KalyEskwela. The initiative is a continuation of MPL Cares’s commitment to assist ChildHope in creating a positive impact on society through esports.

The online bidding includes signed player jerseys from the MPL-PH Season 9’s weekly Most Valuable Player (MVP), Rookie of the Year and team jerseys from Bren Esports, Echo, Smart Omega, Nexplay EVOS, TNC Pro, RSG Philippines, ONIC PH, and Blacklist International.

Auctions will be conducted every Monday at 7 p.m. through ChildHope Philippines’ official Facebook page. To join, participants will be asked to submit their bid through a Google Form link. The winning bid will be announced every Thursday.

KalyEskwela is a program  by ChildHope which provides education to street children by conducting educational sessions, such as basic literacy and numeracy classes, through a mobile van.

ShopeePay vacation tips

ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, is offering some ideas on how one can get the most out of  his vacation using the platform.

One can get up to 20 percent cashback at  Estacio Uno Boracay, Mithi Resort and Spa Bohol, and White Breeze Palawan on Shopee and pay with ShopeePay or  for staycations on the ‘Hotel’  tab of the “Load, Bills, & Travel” feature of  the Shopee app.

Free shipping vouchers for baon or  OOTDs are also available  when checking out with ShopeePay.

Shoppee also offers a 10- percent discount for  load purchases across all networks with ShopeePay. Sending money to any Shopee user or bank account is free via ShopeePay.

ShopeePay  also has  deals when paying in stores at partner merchants such as Potato Corner, Puregold, The Generics Pharmacy, National Bookstore, Gong Cha, Papa John’s, Army Navy, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

To save on gas and toll, one can   purchase P1 Deals via “ShopeePay Near Me” on the Shopee app to get additional discounts and cashback . Redeem the vouchers when paying for gas, motor products, and other services.

One  also gets 15 percent cashback when loading Autosweep or Easytrip RFID with ShopeePay.

Exemptions to single hand carry baggage policy

Cebu Pacific reminds its passengers to bring only one carry-on bag during their travels to ensure a smooth and convenient flight experience. The carry-on bag must not exceed 7 kilograms in weight and its size must fit in the overhead bin or under the aircraft seat.

As the airline continues to listen to its customers’ concerns, CEB adds to the list of exempted items allowed to be carried on top of their single hand-carry bag effective March 1, 2022. Only one exemption will be accepted per passenger.

Items allowed on top of the one  piece of carry-on baggage: Extra bag for parents/guardians if travelling with children; medical-related needs of passengers such as but not limited to walking sticks, crutches, prosthetic devices, personal wheelchairs; items purchased inside the airport – proof of receipt is required to be presented to the counter agent/gate boarding agent; gadget or food item that cannot be accepted for check-in; and small bag that can fit under the seat.

The airline’s strict implementation of the hand-carry baggage policy is in line with its goal to improve processes for a more efficient and seamless customer experience.  Guests who do not comply with the policy will be charged with a gate baggage fee of P1,000 per person for domestic flights. In the coming months, the airline will also begin charging for its international flights – P1,500 for short haul and P3,000 for long haul.

Top small business partner of the Year

Global leader in IT and networking Cisco recently awarded Eastern Communications as their Top Small Business Partner of the Year for their exemplary revenue performance and commitment in productizing the latter’s world-class solutions.

The recognition was announced at Cisco’s Partner Appreciation Event, applauding the telco’s reinforcement in growing their small business revenue to 136 percent  year-over-year amidst the unprecedented situation due to the pandemic.

Cisco also commended Eastern Communications’ dedication to providing world-class ICT solutions to deliver the new hybrid workplace and secure their customers’ businesses with unparalleled support.

Eastern Communications has been closely collaborating with Cisco since 2021 through the telco’s industry and thought leadership webinars, E-Huddle Series and Eastern Transcendence. Likewise, Eastern Communications has been providing to the local market some of Cisco’s cutting-edge solutions such as Routing, Switching, and Wireless solutions, as well as SDWAN and Teleworker Gateway.

Both companies will continue to work together this year to continue enabling businesses in the Philippines to emerge stronger from the effects of the pandemic. Their initiatives include the E-Huddle 2022 webinar for businesses, highlighting topics such as the cybersecurity outlook for 2022, securing hybrid work environments, and building resilient businesses. Eastern Communications’ E-Huddle with Cisco is happening on March 23 and interested participants can visit Eastern Communications Facebook page at for more details on registration.

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