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Saturday, September 17, 2022

100 Days of Happiness begins at SM Supermalls


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SM officially starts the Christmas countdown by creating a circle of happiness among Filipinos


To kickstart the Christmas countdown, SM Supermalls began its 100 Days of Happiness last September 16, where they aim to create a circle of happiness with 76 participating malls, shoppers, the marginalized communities of women, persons deprived of liberty, artisans, cause-oriented organizations, and select local government units.

"We want to create a circle of happiness in all our SM malls by featuring products of cause-oriented programs which we will offer to our shoppers who, in turn, give them to friends and family, and ultimately, benefit the communities that created these products," said SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan.

Through the campaign, SM Supermalls encourages Filipinos to support the advocacies of individuals and organizations that provide opportunities and create livelihood for their communities. For this year, SM partnered with bag designer Zarah Juan, Spark PH, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists of the Philippines, UNICEF, and the Quezon City LGU for its Vote to Tote initiative, among others.











The launch event held at SM North EDSA The Block was attended by SM Supermalls President Steven Tan and SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin; Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, and select councilors of the city; Spark PH Founder Mica Teves; GSP President Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson; designer Zarah Juan; and Brownies Unlimited Marketing head Dustin Ngo.

Equipping young girls to lead and build the future, one box of brownies at a time
For this year’s 100 Days campaign, SM Megamall, along with 9 other SM malls, is collaborating with Brownies Unlimited and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. For every purchase of a special GSP-themed box of brownies in-mall and via the SM Malls Online App, one girl will be sponsored with a GSP membership for a year.

"We have a lot of young girls across the country and they've had such difficult times during the pandemic. Our membership dropped significantly. By buying a box, you can sponsor a girl for one year and she can learn so many things like being independent, loving her country more, and helping her community," said GSP President Nina Lim-Yuson.

Recently, SM Supermalls helped the GSP vaccinate all its 70,000 members nationwide. By providing them with convenient and safe COVID-19 vaccines, SM Supermalls was able to ensure that the GSP members have access to quality healthcare services.

SM shoppers can purchase a box of brownies from 46 Brownies Unlimited branches nationwide and the SM Malls Online App.

Giving marginalized women and persons deprived of liberty hope for the future
Apart from the GSP partnership, SM Supermalls also partnered with the local government of Quezon City for its Vote to Tote program, Spark PH, and bag designer Zarah Juan to sell upcycled tarpaulin handmade tote bags sewn by marginalized women and female persons deprived of liberty.

"Christmas is all about giving. We are very happy that this year, the communities of Quezon City are included as beneficiaries in this program. And apart from helping the women in our communities, we are also able to help the environment by upcycling 70 tons of election tarpaulins that we've collected." said Mayor Belmonte.

Juan, the designer, was the brainchild of the upcycling initiative. "During the elections, there were tons of election campaign wastes. I wanted to do something and I thought I have my platform– my designs. If my designs can actually solve this problem, then it's worthwhile. Then I pitched the idea to Maica Teves, the founder of Spark PH. From there, we gathered all the help we can– from the Quezon City LGU who will help us collect tarpaulins, the women communities that can help us create, and SM Supermalls who can provide us the platform to distribute."

A Happiness Walk was done to showcase the upcycled tote bags that shoppers can buy in SM malls. Joining the Happiness Walk were men and women of substance including select Girl Scouts members, Jeremy Lapena and Bernce Sevilla of the Downs Syndrome Association of the Phils, Mylene Abiva of WomenBiz, media celebrities Ces Oreña Drilon, and Gina Pareño among others.

The proceeds of the upcycled tote bags will be given to the women PDLs in Camp Karingal, and the marginalized women of Barangays Sto. Cristo, Greater Lagro, and Pinyahan in Quezon City. The tote bags will be sold in the following SM malls:
● SM Aura Premier
● SM Southmall
● SM City Fairview
● SM City North EDSA
● SM Megamall

Helping a community of artists
And in the south of Metro Manila, the SM Mall of Asia family will be partnering with the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists in selling painted Christmas cards to the shoppers.

"All these and more will start to unfold in the coming days as we continue spreading happiness across all SM malls around the country. Let us not waste our next 100 days and use it to make one another happy by giving. Today, let the countdown begin to a hundred days of happiness!” Tan closed.

This is the second time SM Supermalls has started a holiday countdown campaign. In 2021, the biggest mall network in the Philippines showed the world more than a hundred ways of giving through 100 Days of Caring. Underserved communities surrounding the 76 SM malls were provided with their urgent needs through in-kind and monetary donations by the malls, its various business units, and the employees.

For the list of all partner institutions and their beneficiaries visit www.smsupermalls.com and follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts.



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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Vice Mayor Gian Sotto advocate for the “Vote to Tote” project during the Happiness Walk



SM Supermalls President Steven Tan giving his welcome remarks during the launch of 100 Days of Happiness



In photo: men and women of substance from the Quezon City LGU, SM Supermalls, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Brownies Unlimited, Spark PH, and Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines























Members of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. and Girl Scouts of the Philippines come together to spread the holiday cheer.






























Designer Zarah Juan, along with the local government of QC, Spark PH, and SM Supermalls partner on the Vote to Tote program - an initiative fueled for, and by, marginalized women and female persons deprived of liberty.










Women of Subtance Gina Pareño and Ces Drilon walk the runway to show support for the 100 Days of Happiness’ causes and initiatives.























Ladies in Green: The Girl Scouts of the Philippines come together to celebrate Girl Scouts Week 2022 at SM City North EDSA




In its commitment to building communities, especially for women and the youth, SM Supermalls and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines sign a memorandum of agreement to formalize a meaningful partnership beyond the year 2022.




In partnership with SM Supermalls and Brownies Unlimited, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines launch GSP-themed brownies from September 16 to December 15, 2022. For every purchase of a box of brownies, in-mall and via the SM Malls Online app, one scout will be sponsored with a year’s free membership.











SSS Media Advisory: Delay in the crediting of benefits and pensions The Social Security System (SSS) informs its members, pensioners and the general public that there will be a delay in crediting of benefit proceeds and pension for those processed from August 25, 2022 onwards because of the ongoing restoration of the connectivity between its participating disbursement banks and the SSS’ servers. This is due to a fire that broke out at the UPS Room located at the ground floor of the SSS Building in Quezon City last August 28, 2022. The SSS is asking for patience and understanding for this current situation while all concerted and immediate efforts are being made to restore the crediting back to normal operations. Meanwhile, the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), which serves as the disbursement facility that credits the monthly pensions to the pensioners' accounts, has successfully processed the crediting of the first batch of pensions for September 2022. However, due to the technical issue encountered upon processing of the second batch of pensions, DBP will process its crediting on September 16, 2022 and pensions are expected to be credited to the pensioners’ accounts on September 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. onwards. Online filing through the My.SSS portal is now in full operation effective September 1, 2022. Members can already submit their benefit claims applications using the said portal.


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The Social Security System (SSS) informs its members, pensioners and the general public that there will be a delay in crediting of benefit proceeds and pension for those processed from August 25, 2022 onwards because of the ongoing restoration of the connectivity between its participating disbursement banks and the SSS’ servers.

This is due to a fire that broke out at the UPS Room located at the ground floor of the SSS Building in Quezon City last August 28, 2022.


The SSS is asking for patience and understanding for this current situation while all concerted and immediate efforts are being made to restore the crediting back to normal operations.


Meanwhile, the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), which serves as the disbursement facility that credits the monthly pensions to the pensioners' accounts, has successfully processed the crediting of the first batch of pensions for September 2022. However, due to the technical issue encountered upon processing of the second batch of pensions, DBP will process its crediting on September 16, 2022 and pensions are expected to be credited to the pensioners’ accounts on September 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. onwards.

Online filing through the My.SSS portal is now in full operation effective September 1, 2022. Members can already submit their benefit claims applications using the said portal.


Wazzup Pilipinas founder featured on Montalban News & Public Affairs



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I am proud to announce that the Influencers tour of Montalban that I organized to help boost tourism for Montalban will soon be happening on September 22 to 23 starting with an overnight stay at a camp site (doing several activities onsite), then the actual tour around Montalban seeing the attractions like the Wawa grounds, Rodriguez Ancestral home, etc. and trying out a few dining places on the second day.

This will be a series, inviting a group of influencers (content creators, Instagrammers, TikTokers, YouTubers, etc.) on a regular basis...like maybe once a month or every quarter, depending on availability of all involved and those interested to visit and play a greater role for our Montalban tourism campaign. 

The tour will also be featured as among the initial episodes of a new livestreaming mobile app (similar to Netflix but with pure Philippine content) that will be launched in Japan this October, then eventually in the Philippines.

Being a resident of Montalban, it is with great pride that I will be contributing in my own little way something to help our municipality progress by aiming to make it among the preferred destinations of both local and foreign tourists. 

A more agressive tourism campaign brings in more people to visit and potential investors to consider setting up their new business endeavors here, and thus would eventually create jobs and other possibilities for the benefit of the people of Montalban.

More power to the people of Montalban and thank you to the assistance of the Montalban tourism office, the office of the Mayor, the establishments who were eager to join, the influencers all excited with the tour, and everyone else who were all eager to participate in one way or another in this first run!


"ISANG INFLUENCER, MAY PROGRAMANG BINUKSAN UPANG PALAKASIN ANG TURISMO SA MONTALBAN

Inanunsyo ng advocate at influencer na si Ross del Rosario ng Wazzup Pilipinas sa kaniyang Facebook post ang inorganisa niyang “Influencers tour of Montalban” na mangyayari sa darating na September 22-23, 2022.

Layunin umano ni del Rosario na makatulong sa pagpapalakas ng kampanya sa turismo sa bayan ng Montalban. Ang naturang influencer ay residente ng Brgy. San Isidro at naitampok na sa iba't ibang palabas sa telebisyon.

Plano ni del Rosario na mag-imbita ng iba pang content creators at influencers mula sa iba’t ibang social media platforms na makakasama niyang bumiyahe at maglibot sa iba’t ibang tourist destination sa Montalban sa loob ng dalawang araw.

Itatampok at mapapanood din umano ang kanilang gagawing “tour” bilang parte ng initial episodes nila sa bagong livestreaming mobile app na ilulunsad sa Japan ngayong Oktubre, at maipapalabas din sa Pilipinas.

Proud na proud naman si del Rosario na ipakilala sa buong Pilipinas at buong mundo ang ganda ng Montalban sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang plataporma.

Nagbigay din ng paanyaya ang founder ng Wazzup Pilipinas sa mga nais maitampok na kainan at mga tourist attraction sa kanilang proyekto. Maaaring magmessage sa kanilang official facebook page para sa iba pang impormasyon." - Montalban News & Public Affairs


About Wazzup Pilipinas

Wazzup Pilipinas is an online platform that shares news and stories mostly about food, lifestyle, travel and just about everything focused more on Philippine content and more to highlight the Philippines as among the preferred choice for both local and foreign tourists.

We have partnered with government agencies (TPB, DOT, DOTR, DOE, DOST, etc), NGOs, events organizers, colleges and universities, MSMEs, entrepreneurs and startups, big companies and brands like SM, PLDT, etc...on their product awareness campaigns and information dissemination, as their media partner.

Also collaborated with mainstream and online media as either guest, resource person or co-host.

We even had our own Wazzup Pilipinas teleradio, co-hosting on Radyo Inquirer, among many others and frequent guest on different TV shows like Rated K of ABS-CBN, Ang Pinaka on GMA News TV, Good Morning Kuya on UNTV, etc.



Friday, September 16, 2022

In its 21st edition, Pelicula Spanish Film Festival to screen regionally, including screenings in Malaysia and Australia


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One of the highlights of this year’s Pelicula Spanish Film Festival besides its return to the theaters in the Philippines is its expansion regionally with online screenings happening in Malaysia and Australia.

Owing to the success of the festival since its first run in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, PELíCULA has been an annual attraction in Philippine theatres. Since then, countless films have been screened in theaters in the Philippines and have grown a steady following among Filipino film fans.

With this success, Instituto Cervantes Manila now expands its program to other neighboring countries including Malaysia and Australia.

Beyond the promotion of Spanish cinema, the festival is committed to and strives to be a catalyst in the promotion of regional understanding through cultural means where we can all feast on masterpieces of Spanish cinema.





 

With the Covid-19 crisis, which forced countries to tightly close borders and caused tragic effects on our social and cultural life, the festival can be a good opportunity and a good platform to ease the impacts of the pandemic as we slowly return to normalcy. Furthermore, films always have the potential to bring people together and ease our cultural differences, and linguistic divides, and allow us to experience our shared humanity.


Pelicula: Spanish Film Festival

Now in its 21st edition, the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival is one of the most successful film festivals of Instituto Cervantes globally showcasing a variety of acclaimed Spanish films while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking, cinema, and cultural exchange. Its goal is to connect both Spanish and Filipino cultures and audiences through this choice selection of award-winning films. This year, the festival will run from October 5 to 16.

PELíCULA 2022 is an initiative of Instituto Cervantes in Manila, Sydney, and Kuala Lumpur, the Embassies of Spain in the Philippines and Australia, and the AECID, in collaboration with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, ICAA, the Embassy of Colombia in the Philippines, the Embassy of Panama in the Philippines, the UP Film Institute, the University of the Philippines and Intramuros Administration, Acciona, Vibal Foundation, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, and Rustan’s.

All the movies are in Spanish (or their original language) with English subtitles. For updates on the Festival, please visit the website of the Festival (https://pelikula.org) or the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes de Manila: www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

10 Most Popular Srilankan Dishes


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Have you ever wondered about what types of flavours could possibly create in the fertile Islands covered with lush green grasses? Then what are you waiting for? Start exploring the dishes that tantalise your taste buds.

Located on the edge of the Indian Ocean and southern portion of India, Srilanka is one of the top class countries with rich natural beauty and heritage culture. In this article we are going to discuss the best srilankan cuisine which will motivate your passion of exploring.

The island country SriLanka is a tropical region and it is famous because of the world class tea, traditional culture and of course the delicious cuisines.

In this article we are going to discuss some of the most famous cuisine in the world.

 
10 Most Popular Srilankan Dishes

Below we have mentioned some of the SriLankan dishes in the world. Those top 10 dishes have been selected after ravishing the taste buds of millions of people.






 
1) Kaju Maluwa

The cashew nut curry is rich with awesome flavour and it's one of the favourite dishes for SriLankan occasionally. Even a meat lover will also not miss this gluten free veg dish.

The taste of this dish is not like the general spicy Sri Lankan food but this kaju curry has a soft crunch with a mild taste. The cashew nuts are absorbed in mild salt water so that they are able to absorb rich flavour of the mild spices

If you need to feed any choosy eater then Sri Lankan cashew nuts will be the answer.




2) Sri Lankan Crab Curry

One of the famous seafood in SriLanka is crab. There are many flavourful wholesome spices required to prepare the crab curry. It is considered a rich delicacy among all other cuisines. The high demand of this dish locally and internationally will not be missed out by any seafood lovers.

The spicy texture of this curry along with tender and juicy meat of crabs will be melted in the mouth. This exotic dish can be a bit expensive for you as an outside visitor. But it will assure you the well worth money that you have spent.

This dish is specially available in fine dine restaurants and you can enjoy several versions of this dish especially in the northern side of this country.


 
3) Elavalu Roti

One of the most popular side dishes Elavalu Roti is quite addictive to the people and outsider of sri Lanka. While you are eating this dish it is very comforting because the delicious stuffing wrapped with fine skillet fried dough is awesome.

This cuisine comes in several shapes such as cylinders, squares, and triangles as well.

The shape of this cuisine is the connotation of the stuffing ingredients. Which means triangle shape is very common and it is vegetarian. Other shapes are meat or boiled eggs etc. This is mainly the tea time snack which is especially used by the SriLankan while they are sipping the evening tea.


 
4) Indiappa

The famous SriLankan dish is Indiappa which is easy to digest and very soft. This food is made with rice noodles.

To make the dish Indiappa wet rice flour is kneaded to form a dough. After that this small round shaped dough will be shifted on the string hopper maker, a piece of designed equipment which is mainly used for making Indiappa. Then rest for about half an hour for steaming.

Although you can use several colours to look more delicious and interesting. This dish will be served with hot vegetable curry or coconut chutney.


 
5) Kiri Kos

In Sri Lanka the second most popular cuisine followed by rice is Kiri Kos. This fruit can be prepared with various flavours along with some spices. This cuisine is made by the mature jackfruits which are called durrants.

The creamy texture along with coconut milk will give your taste bud a heaven feeling and it will blend in your mouth easily.



6) Kottu

Among all top foods of Sri Lanka Kottu is the most delicious cuisine among all. This dish is made from the leftover chopped roti along with green vegetables, meat, fish, egg and spices. This dish can be eaten as an evening snack or even at dinner time. This is also the national dish of Sri Lanka.


 
7) Pittu

Pittu is made with scraped coconut and rice flour. The rice flour mixture is steamed in a cylindrical mould for 15 to 20 minutes.

After that it automatically obtains the shape of the mould. You can enjoy this dish with spicy vegetables or coconut milk as well.


 
8) Kola Kenda

Another famous food for breakfast is Kola Kenda. This extensive food is made up by different leafy vegetables and herbs.




 
9) Batu Moju

One of the most top rated dishes is Batu Moju which is eggplant pickle. You can enjoy this side dish with rice, roti or even other main dishes.


 
10) Seeni Sambal

The simple dish Seeni Sambal is made up of chopped onion, spices and sugar. This popular dish is available at any large, small eateries.

 
Last Words

Above we have mentioned the top rated sri Lankan dishes. Apart from that there are various dishes which will energise your taste buds. You will get the similarity of these dishes with the southern part of India. Not only that but these famous cuisines are available at any restaurants you want in Sri Lanka.

We hope you found this article helpful. In case you have queries you can comment down below.



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Chris Blair, a freelance writer. He is loving every bit of it. His niches are marketing, lifestyle, wellness, travel and entertainment. Apart from writing, Chris loves to travel, binge-watch, research conspiracy theories, Instagram and overthink. Bigjar News, Okey Magazine, Global Business Diary, Small Business Journals, Money Outlined, Lawyers Inventory







How To Choose The Best Online Casino Sites


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Locality

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S&R kicks off exclusive PISO SALE this Sept 16 - 19, 2022


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Promo launched exclusively via MetroMart


You heard that right! You can get awesome discounts with S&R’s PISO SALE, exclusively available via MetroMart App and website. From September 16-19, 2022, select items can be purchased for only ₱1.00 when you order and get it delivered via MetroMart across select branches of S&R.

The S&R PISO SALE promo will have various items available for a limited time per day, so stay tuned and make sure to add to cart right away. These items include Spam and Prem luncheon meats, Yakult, bottled drinks, milk, potato chips, and more.






DATE and TIME

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE


Sept 16: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Spam Luncheon Meat Less Sodium


Sept 16: 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Prem Luncheon Meat Lite


Sept 17: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Coffee Drink Bottle


Cowhead Regular


Sept 17: 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Lotte Jeju Mandarin Orange 1.5L L


Yakult Probiotic Drink

*not available in select S&R branches


Sept 18: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Coca-Cola Coke No Sugar Great Taste Zero Calories


Cheetos Cheddar & Jalapeno

*not available in CDO and Iloilo


Sept 18: 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Lay's Sour Cream & Onion

*not available in CDO and Iloilo


Yakult Probiotic Drink

*not available in select S&R branches


Sept 19: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Oreo Snack Pack Vanilla


Sept 19: 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Arla Organic Low Fat 1L



*Products are subject to availability from different S&R branches.



All MetroMart customers can avail this promo, with or without an S&R membership card.

“Christmas and the holiday season play a very important part in the lives of Filipino families. Our MetroMart family is very excited to help kick off the holiday season at the start of the 100 days countdown to Christmas with the S&R Piso Sale, and other upcoming promos and events.” Stefano Fazzini, CEO and co-founder of MetroMart, said.

The S&R Piso Sale promo is applicable to New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A min. spend of ₱2k is required in order to avail the 1-peso sale items. Only completed checkout of orders within the sale period can avail the discounted items.

New to MetroMart? Get a ₱200 discount for a minimum order of ₱2k. Use the promo code “MMNEW” on the MetroMart app or website upon checkout. This is applicable across all stores and supermarkets for New customers, valid for one-time use until October 16, 2022.

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include S&R (with or no membership card required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @metromartph. Order groceries online or download the app via https://bit.ly/DownloadNowMM


MetroMart Philippines is the #1 on-demand online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include S&R (no membership required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in less than 2 hours! Over 160,000 products are available with our 500+ partner supermarkets and partner specialty stores. Order your groceries through www.metromart.com, or download the app on iOS or Android app store.

Filipino freelancers ride the uphill trend of gig economy - Payoneer, DICT


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Many Filipinos started freelancing full-time due to the pandemic. Since then, they have discovered and taken advantage of the job flexibility and earning from multiple income streams. These trends along with other key insights on the state of the gig economy in the country was discussed in the webinar held by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Payoneer Philippines.

According to DICT’s Philippine Online Freelancing Industry Study, 43.4% of Filipino freelancers have only been in the freelancing industry for less than a year while 26% have only been part of the gig economy for 1-2 years. However, despite being new in the industry, this new breed of freelancers are not just exploring the local landscape but the international scene as well.

The study shares that 42.9% of Filipino freelancers have overseas clients. This is not surprising since according to Payoneer and GCash’s study called The Philippines Freelance Market 2022 Report, freelancers who serve both local and international clients earn 57% more per hour than those who just work with local clients.

“The emergence of the gig economy has resulted in changes in the current workforce. With greater work-life balance and independence, freelancers were able to work with a diverse range of clients both locally and internationally.” said Payoneer Regional Vice President of South East Asia Miguel Warren during the webinar.

Upskilling and growing your portfolio

The DICT study found that 58.78% of Filipino freelancers were skilled as virtual assistants. About 43% of the respondents claim to have social media marketing skills and 34.8% of them claim to be knowledgeable on content creation. Digital marketing, web research, customer service and tech, as well as, web development and design, online teaching and tutoring, and project management were also among the skill sets mentioned by respondents.

Nurturing skillsets has also been made easy with the wealth of information available online. In fact, 83% of Filipino freelancers self-study to improve their skills by enrolling in free online courses. Aside from a variety of educational opportunities online, there’s also plenty of job resources to choose from such as onlinejobs.ph, indeed, guru, truelancer, craigslist, flexjobs, and upwork.

As freelancing thrives on variety, especially among clientele, transactions can get a bit tricky and this is where Payoneer strives to help and empower freelancers locally and globally. “Payments haven't always kept up as the world has become more digitally connected. There are numerous obstacles to overcome. Payoneer offers flexibility and accessibility with cross-border payments, making it easier for freelancers to be paid.” Warren noted.

Financial stability, family, and flexibility

When asked about the major advantages of freelancing, respondents have the following on top of the list: financial stability, more family time, personal and professional growth, flexibility, and source of additional income.

Given the many benefits of freelancing, many Filipinos now prefer this flexible livelihood option that suits their lifestyles better than traditional employment.

“When I got into it, I realized that there’s no traffic, I can work from home, I continued learning the ropes and eventually realized that I can make a career out of this,” shared new freelancer Bernadette Dias.

“With the pandemic, doing freelance work is now more acceptable and open. Many people realized that they can provide their families with their needs, as much as a traditional job but even so much better,” shared seasoned freelancer Vanya Tantoco. Tantoco is also the CEO and Founder of Z Studios Digital Marketing Agency.

Tantoco and Dias also noted that digital platforms have made it easier to find jobs and get paid. As the Philippine government continues to promote entrepreneurship and digital innovation, the study recommends that freelancing communities that foster collaboration with government agencies, LGUs, vendors, and interest groups need to be funded and supported.

Learn more about the gig economy in the Philippines by downloading the Philippines Freelance Market 2022 Report at https://paynr.co/PH-freelance-report-2022.



About Payoneer

Payoneer is the world’s go-to partner for digital commerce, everywhere. From borderless payments to boundless growth, Payoneer promises any business, in any market, the technology, connections and confidence to participate and flourish in the new global economy. Powering growth for customers ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs in emerging markets to the world’s leading digital brands.

From over 5M customers, Payoneer is trusted by the World’s leading digital brands serving over 2,000 top marketplaces & digital platforms, sending tens of billions of dollars a year to SMBs worldwide. For 15 years, Payoneer has pioneered this new reality that pushes frontiers, making connections, unifying and creating global ecosystems.

Photo caption: (Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Payoneer Marketing Manager Jen San Antonio, freelancer Bernadette Dias, Z Studios Digital Marketing Agency CEO and Founder Vanya Tantoco and Regional VP for Payoneer Southeast Asia Miguel Warren discussed gig economy trends in DICT’s Tech Trends webinar.  

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