Thursday, June 17, 2021

Smart, PLDT Enterprise and ADMU launch Ateneo Smart Online Store

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The largest, fully integrated telco in the Philippines PLDT, through its B2B arm PLDT Enterprise and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, recently partnered with the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) to launch Smart Online Store for their students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The PLDT Group strongly supports the education sector with technology and solutions to help students and teachers cope with the challenges of the pandemic. The launch of Smart Online Store for Ateneo is part of the group’s goal to help enable schools and universities with technology solutions for the benefit of both the educators and students.

The Smart Online Store is an e-commerce site which gives the Ateneo community an opportunity to buy and avail exclusive Smart data and connectivity plans and products. All students, faculty, staff and alumni of Ateneo across the university’s four campuses in Loyola, Salcedo, Makati and Pasig can now purchase Smart Prepaid products such as load cards and electronic loads in several denominations at special rates. Connectivity devices such as Smart Bro Prepaid and PLDT Home WiFi are also available at the online store.

“The Ateneo de Manila University is one of the most prestigious learning institutions in the country. PLDT and Smart have long been partnering with ADMU on their endeavors for the academe. This latest partnership underscores the synergy between PLDT Group’s efforts to promote and expand eLearning, and Ateneo’s own programs and platforms in this area. The ADMU Smart Online Store will further strengthen Ateneo’s digital ecosystem,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications President and CEO.

Fr Bobby Yap, President of the Ateneo de Manila University said “We very much appreciate this additional partnership with PLDT and Smart. The ADMU Smart Online Store is a first among Ateneo schools, and the idea of having Smart Prepaid Services available to the community in an exclusive platform is aligned with the university’s continuous digital transformation.”

The ADMU Smart Online Store will be beneficial to the members of the ADMU community who are enrolled in the Smart Giga Study program. Since ADMU is paying for the load of scholars and employees who are using Giga Study, they can alternatively buy prepaid loads from the online store when necessary. Smart Giga Study offers a range of prepaid data packs aimed at giving students simpler access to any website plus a bonus of 2GB learning apps and productivity tools per day.

Rudy Ang, VP for Admin and Information Systems of ADMU said “ADMU purchases monthly load distribution to our scholars and employees enrolled under the Smart Giga Study program. And the new ADMU Smart Online Store now makes it much easier for us to implement this essential program for e-learning in the new normal.”

Smart Bro Prepaid, load cards, and electronic loads are among the most popular and widespread Smart prepaid products in use by students, particularly during this time of the pandemic, with e-learning efforts requiring constant topping-up of load for communications and learning devices.

Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups, noted that “We at PLDT Enterprise remain steadfast in our commitment to support the academe sector with our services and equip Filipino students with the connectivity they need, and we would like to thank Ateneo de Manila University for allowing us to develop this initiative that will strengthen their e-Learning efforts.”

The group-wide push for supporting education underscores the commitment of PLDT and Smart to help the Philippines attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), particularly SDG #4: Quality Education as a foundation in improving people’s lives and obtaining sustainable development.

“Smart continues to help educators and students adapt to challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis. The ADMU Smart Online Store is an innovative platform that offers the Ateneo community access to Smart products and services tailored for the new normal of learning. These tools ensure that Ateneans are enabled to live smarter as they help build a better world,” said Jane Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

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Everything you need to know to kick off celebrating UEFA EURO 2020 on TikTok

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EURO 2020 has officially kicked off on TikTok, with national teams and players coming to TikTok to show everything from tricks and tips to reliving memorable moments.

TikTok has become a vibrant hub of sports content in the last two years with football content kicking off on the platform. In the last year alone, the daily consumption of popular sports hashtags has quadrupled to 1.5 billion video views daily, with football (and soccer) content amassing over 185 billion video views* in total to date, including some of the most popular footballers and football moments being watched, recreated and relived. TikTok's most-followed footballers include Poland captain Robert Lewandowski and top England striker Phil Foden, who boast almost 5 million followers between them.

TikTok has become the place where people find their communities and rally around a shared love of the sport they love - and it's not just football that fans have been enjoying. Extreme sports like Parkour (5.8 billion video views), UFC (5.2 billion video views) and MMA (4.8 billion video views) have also become hugely popular on TikTok as fans find their tribes and get involved in sharing and watching their favourite adrenaline-pumping sports moments.

As the world now gets ready to enjoy the EURO 2020 football tournament, here's how you can stay on top of the trends, be in on the action and create your own football TikTok masterpieces alongside some of the world's best football players and teams who already showing us their TikTok skills, such as England's Raheem Sterling with #keeptothebeat.

LIVE events you won't want to miss!

TikTok LIVE is where it happens. From football legends to the UEFA volunteers, EURO 2020 LIVE events will take football fans behind the scenes and give them unrivalled access to all the moments that make the tournament come to life. Starting with the opening day in Rome, EURO 2020 will take us on the journey with fans as they arrive at the stadium and as the tournament progresses, you can expect to see incredible, unique LIVE match ups with TikTok creators and legendary UEFA ambassadors. There'll also be a chance for fans to see inside the stadia for a glimpse at the behind the scenes, inner-workings of the grounds.

Be sure to check out the TikTok UEFA EURO 2020 LIVE with Ed Sheeran performing a selection of his best known hits as well as an exclusive first play of a never before heard song Saturday 26th June 2021. The virtual concert is being filmed at Portman Road, the home of Ed Sheeran’s beloved Ipswich Town Football Club, and will be streamed exclusively on Sheeran’s TikTok channel starting from 9pm BST.

Find everything you need in one place with the new EURO 2020 Hub

Find everything you need in the new EUROs Hub whether it's trending content, popular football creators, daily match schedules, results or tuning into LIVEs with some of your favourite stars.

Find the EUROs Hub on the discovery page or search 'EURO 2020' to get started.

Create your own unforgettable match-moments with these new effects!

Keep reading to explore all the new features joining the TikTok lineup, just in time for this year's summer of sport. These effects and features will enable football fans across the platform to get creative and show support for the players and teams they love.

Virtual Trophy Tour

The virtual trophy tour feature has allowed TikTok users from across the world to snap themselves with the Euros trophy, as it travels through cities across Europe. Fans have been using TikTok's new AR effect to lift the trophy for themselves - don't miss out on your chance to hold the trophy and feel like a winner.

Place the Goal

Fancy yourself as a top goal scorer? With TikTok's place the goal feature, you can give your favourite strikers a run for their money. Creators will be able to use the effect to place a TikTok goal on their screen and flick an animated football straight into the back of the net.

Virtual Try-on

Wear your colours with pride this summer using this new feature. Users can select fan clothing and face paint from their home nation to virtually apply to their face and body. You can even mix and match two countries, for those with split allegiances!

Firework Scores

Set the sky ablaze with football-themed fireworks on your videos! Users will be able to celebrate victory by typing match results or the name of their team and watch it come to life as part of an impressive virtual firework display.

Make it a Football Team

Using this new feature, users can turn anything they want into their very own football team. From your car keys to candles, stationery and snacks, bring inanimate objects to life as a keeper, centre forward, centre midfield, and wingback.

Everything can be a ball

Why stop with just a team? Users will also be able to scan any object and watch it appear on screen as a ball. Try some kicks and keepy uppies. A powerful shot will even set your "ball" light on fire!

VAR gesture

Whatever your allegiance, VAR can make us all emotional. By using hand gestures, creators will be able to trigger a new video transition effect. A vertical rectangle will appear on the screen and gradually grow to fill the whole space. Users can place a second video inside that rectangle, and watch the first video transition into the second. Now you can VAR anything!

Sign for an Equal Game

We can only fight racism if we stand together as a team. Join us and Sign for an #EqualGame. Use the #EqualGame effect to show your support for equality in football and unlock the profile frame.

This feature will allow users to sign with their name, unlocking the TikTok equality badge for their page. We’re calling on all members of the football community to get behind the initiative and pledge for greater equality in football. Show your support by signing the pledge.

Explore our new features in-app now - find the EUROS Hub on the discovery page or search 'EURO 2020' for more!

* Methodology: based on global figures from internal TikTok research from June 2020 to June 2021

* Methodology: based on global figures from internal TikTok research from June 2020 to June 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Newly crowned US Open Golf Champ Yuka Saso to be featured in Post Office Stampsp

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Postmaster General Norman “Mr. Postman” Fulgencio leads for the issuance of a postage stamp to Ms. Yuka Saso, the first Filipino who won the prestigious US Women Open Golf Championship in San Francisco California USA.

“This is our own little way of honoring and acknowledging her great effort and contribution to the society”, Mr. Postman said.

He added, “The 19 year old Filpina golfer must be given the honor to be featured in Postage Stamp and Postcard for her unprecedented victory".

A two time Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) awardee, Saso received an award in 2017 after winning the gold medal at the 2016 World Junior Girls Championship team event. She also won two gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Fulgencio said that for the first time, the Post Office will constantly honor living Filipinos who have brought inspiration, joy, pride and glory to the Filipino community and have heavily contributed in their chosen field by featuring them in Postage Stamps.

The Post Office announced that they will issue stamps for acclaimed but relatively unknown Filipino writers, designers, sports personalities, musicians, artists, scientists, and other nationally and internationally known figures, both living and deceased.

Aside from this, famous modern day artists namely world renowned Filipino Artist Ronald Ventura, Romulo Galicano, Charlie Co, Adeste Deguilmo, Fidel Sarmiento, Francis Von Caro, Dino Gabito, Whoop Ramos, Pancho Francisco, JR Atienza, Crystal Tranquilino and Josue Mangrobang will create their own rendition for the definitive stamps to add more excitement and prestige to stamp design.

A definitive stamp is a postage stamp that is part of the regular issue of a country’s stamps, available for sale at the post office for an extended period of time.

In addition, members of “Art Tabang”, an “Arts for a Cause” group spearheaded by Cebu City-based Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, an Art aficionado committed their support to the current initiative of the Post Office to revive the heritage and culture of the country.
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