GCash, the country's leading mobile wallet, has partnered with Grab Philippines, the country's leading transportation and delivery provider, to make paying for rides and meal orders instantly easy and hassle-free.

The landmark partnership will give Grab users access to the easiest, most convenient, and most secure cashless transactions when they add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app. GCash will be officially available as a mode of payment on the Grab platform by February.

Through this partnership, users can simply choose GCash as their payment method, and pay cashless for GrabCar, GrabFood, GrabMart, GrabExpress, and other Grab services with just a few taps on their smartphones. Moreover, this partnership enables users to avoid transfer fees which go as high as Php 50. 

“With this partnership, we once again realize our commitment to make the lives of Filipinos better each day by delivering a  more convenient, secure, and cost-efficient way to pay for their rides and food and grocery deliveries. We look forward to this partnership and we will continuously innovate and build more partnerships that will improve the lives of the Filipinos”, said GCash president and CEO Martha Sazon.

To make their cashless transactions more convenient and rewarding, customers of Grab also get to avail of GCash exclusive deals and get special treats when they pay for their transactions using GCash.

Country Head of Grab Philippines Grace Vera Cruz shared, “Grab Philippines is dedicated to empowering our stakeholders in a digital-first economy, and the key to this is driving a deeper and wider cashless adoption in the country. With more Filipinos transacting via cashless means, we are accelerating our prospects of digital transformation. We look forward to collaborating with like-minded partners such as GCash on this agenda, and we are optimistic that through this partnership, we can improve the lives and livelihoods of many of our kababayans while building a cashless, digital-first economy for all Filipinos.” 

Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading superapp for ride-hailing, food delivery, and on-demand grocery delivery. It touts a strong foothold in markets like the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Prior to this development, GCash and Grab have already established a strategic collaboration. Their initial partnership has provided Filipinos safe, seamless, and secure digital experience by allowing users to transfer money from their GCash wallet to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa.

Building on GCash and Grab’s shared mission of addressing Filipinos’ daily needs, this partnership also helps in creating a more cash-lite and digitally driven economy.

As part of its vision of achieving “Finance for All”, GCash will continue to innovate and establish partnerships to offer affordable, convenient, and safe services – making Filipino lives better every day and beyond, in the new normal.

GCash and Grab mark their milestone partnership with GCash available as a direct payment option in the Grab app by February. (L-R) GCash Chief Marketing Officer Neil Trinidad, GCash Head of Commercial Sales and Operations Luigi Reyes, GCash Chief Commercial Officer Ren-Ren Reyes, GrabFin Philippines President Martha Elaine Borja, Head of GrabPay Philippines Cris Alcaraz, and Grab Philippines Country Marketing Head Justine Anne Aruta


 The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) will join the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 02-05 February 2023 to showcase what the Philippines has to offer to the international market and strengthen business relationships to further boost the country’s tourism.

The ATF 2023 is the biggest annual tourism event in the ASEAN region and is expected to attract more than 2000 participants from more than 25 countries. These include tourism ministers and officials, sellers, international buyers, international and local media as well as trade visitors.

The Philippine participation in the ATF 2023 is one of TPB and DOT’s events lined up for the year to showcase the country’s readiness for tourism, and at the same time, support the private sector by providing valuable networking opportunities to promote their products and services.

With the theme, “ASEAN: A Journey To Wonderful Destinations,” ATF 2023 brings the Philippines and the rest of the countries in the South East Asia region collectively to promote their unique hospitality and cultural diversity, in alignment with the ASEAN vision, “A Destination for Every Dream”.

TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles noted that the country’s participation in the ASEAN Tourism Forum and other international events, since the easing of travel borders worldwide enabled the Philippines to move forward to a better normal and boost the recovery of the tourism industry.

“These key international shows have proven to drive a significant number of leads and exposure for the country, and we at the TPB are more than ready to be back on the global stage and aggressively put a spotlight on what the Philippines has to offer,” said TPB COO Nograles. 

Numerous high-level events will be conducted in the ATF including a meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, ASEAN National Tourism Organizations (NTOs), press briefing, tourism conference, and the ASEAN Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) fair. 

TRAVEX is a trade-only mart that showcases the world’s largest contingent of ASEAN destination products and services, and facilitates selling, buying and promoting the region internationally. 

The Philippines will be joining the TRAVEX fair with a 144 sq. booth which will be participated by sixteen (16) local seller participants. The Philippine delegation will also present updates on the country’s tourism industry in a media briefing session scheduled on 2 February 2023.

TPB will also host a luncheon to showcase traditional Philippine cuisine and a cultural performance for the invited international buyer participants, Philippine private sector sellers, and media on 5 February 2023.

If you are someone who works a lot of photo and video-related content on the go, having a dedicated laptop makes a big difference in putting out more work and giving you the extra productivity to create even more content. But what makes the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED something any content creator should consider when choosing their next laptop?

 If you love the outdoors and want a unique glamping experience just 30 minutes away from Baguio City, then this destination might be the perfect staycation you are looking for. Located at Tuba, Benguet where you have a perfect view of the highway going to Baguio City, Valleypoint Campsite provides the ultimate glamping experience for your friends and family.

Manila: November 29, 2022 – The gaming industry has come a long way. From its simple, two-dimensional debut in the 1970s and 80s, gaming has kept pace with the rapid evolution of digital technology, rising to become not just a form of entertainment but a truly immersive sensorial experience with uniquely powerful appeals. Increasingly, modern gamers expect a brand that reflects the diversity of their tastes and desires while their identities are embraced. In light of this, MMD, the leading display specialist and brand license partner for Philips monitors, is delighted to announce the launch of Evnia.

One voice for all

The word Evnia (Greek: Εύνοια) consists of eu (good) and nous (mind), which literally means “well mind” and “smart thinking”. Evnia is used as a word to show interest to support and protect someone or something. It’s often used in the context of luck. Everyone can be a gamer, and Evnia, true to the name, supports the joy of gaming for all.

The definition of a typical gamer is more diverse than ever – however, the stereotype that gaming is only for teenagers is still the norm. The need for a welcoming community required a brand that could embrace every gamer, making them feel truly part of the group. Starting from its unique design, Evnia differentiates from the crowd of spec-only-driven aggressive models, bringing back the joy and fun of gaming, keeping emotional benefits at the core.

“Philips Monitors believes that the joy of gaming should be accessible to everyone. Our goal for Evnia is to provide today’s gamers, in all their diversity, with the monitors and accessories they need to get the most enjoyment out of every gaming session, whether in terms of performance, graphics, or overall user experience. Evnia, true to the name, encourages gamers to bring their most genuine selves to their sessions and to reconnect with the original purpose of gaming.”  -Xeni Bairaktari, Global Marketing Lead and Senior Brand Manager EU at MMD Monitors & Display

The Evnia range reflects its mantra: “Reinvent the rules”. Far from the known gaming stereotype, Evnia adds freshness, premium and elegance to the mixture. From product lines to Ambiglow lights, it prioritizes emotional benefits as well as technical advantages. The sophisticated design fits every environment, being a perfect addition to the furnishing of a casual gamer lounge or a proper PC gaming set-up.

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First model available: Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV 

Philips Evnia monitors are every gamer’s dream come true. The range’s stylish design will match any interior décor, while its generous displays invite gamers to get into the game. The first Evnia model to be released, the curved Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV monitor, ensures an almost cinematic experience with UltraWide Quad HD 3440 x 1440 resolution and HDR 1400. The monitor’s mini-LED backlighting with 1,152 zones allows enhanced control of the lighting and contrast ratio for deeper blacks and brighter whites. Ambiglow adds to an all-around immersion in the game. The visual performance is matched by its gaming features - With a 165Hz refresh rate, ultra-low input lag, and Adaptive-Sync, even the most action-packed games are sure to be smooth and fluid.

Comfort is always a priority for Philips Monitors, and the Evnia range is no exception. The Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV offers great flexibility with complete connectivity of USB-C ports as well as KVM and height-adjustable stand to adapt to users’ preferences and ensure gaming sessions that are a pleasure for the mind and the body. 

The Evnia monitors range starting with this launch will see in the future further performance-driven products with models: 42M2N8900 (42” OLED flat screen), 34M2C8600 (34” QD OLED curved screen) and 27M2C5500W (27” VA curved screen). The offer will be completed with innovative and stylish accessories: Two keyboards (SPK8508 and SPK8708), two mice (SPK9508 and SPK9708) and two headsets (TAG5208 and TAG7208).

Join us in the new era of gaming.

Pricing and availability

The Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV will be available in Asia-Pacific region for purchase from 2023 onward. 

More information on the Philips Evnia range: 


 Discovery Primea kicks off its first Elements of Flavor series at Flame Restaurant in Discovery Primea Hotel with General Manager David Pardo de Ayala, and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco leading the Flame's kitchen as they celebrate two decades of culinary partnership.

Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco and General Manager David Pardo de Ayala, and

Elements of Flavor is a series of carefully planned events that highlight culinary collaborations between Discovery Primea's culinary team and renowned local and international chefs and personalities. This series aims to open new doors for culinary innovation by bringing together unique culinary ideas, special techniques, and the passion for fine flavors to create new extraordinary experiences for patrons and diners to enjoy.

The series kicks off with a special dinner celebrating Discovery Primea's General Manager, Chef David Pardo de Ayala, and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco's 20-year culinary partnership. With their shared roots, both are considered driving forces behind Discovery Hospitality’s culinary innovation. David was Discovery Hotel Corporation's Corporate Chef and oversaw the food and beverage operations at Discovery Suites Ortigas, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, and Discovery Shores Boracay. Luis, the former Executive Chef of Discovery Suites Ortigas, took charge of the kitchen and created various delectable dishes based on his extensive culinary background, training, and experience spanning more than a decade from various parts of the world.

David and Luis formed a stronger culinary partnership upon joining forces for the opening of Discovery Primea in 2015. Their shared love of good food and gastronomic innovation solidified their desire to create unique and memorable dining experiences for guests. Together, they launched the hotel's dining outlets, which have since become well-known in the local dining scene.

With a selection of delectable dishes delicately prepared by David, Luis, and Flame's culinary team, the menu has been specially curated to highlight Flame's distinct modern Asian flavors and flair. 

Flame's Amuse-Bouche

"Variation of Fresh Tuna" which is composed of 3 kinds of Fresh tuna dishes.

Spiced-seared with Asian Condiments

Ceviche Latino, Avocado

Tartare with curry mayonaise

“Foie Gras Sandwich” with sautéed granny smith apples, artisanal greens, lemon-ginger "gastrique"

Prawns, Scallops, Baby Squid, and Chilean Mussels with Dashi risotto that has an ocean herbal broth.

Duck Breast “Adobo” Flakes made with sweet potato custard, sous vide egg yolk and garlic chips.

A 48-hour slow-cooked Josper-Grilled U.S. Beef Short Ribs with charcoal-seared black bean potato purée, charred-crispy leeks, pickled cherry tomatoes, and Thai basil. 

Whipped "Soignon" French Goat Cheese that has a variation of red beets with Pedro Ximenes sherry vinegar glaze.

For dessert, guests are treated to an AURO Chocolate Marquise, which is perfectly paired with 100% Colombian Coffee.

Additional wine pairings were carefully selected to complement and enhance each dish. 

This momentous dinner offered at PHP 4,500++ per person. Additional wine pairing by Estate Wine is available for PHP 2,000++.


Flame Restaurant continues to be one of the best places to celebrate gastronomic innovations and collaborations in the local and international culinary scene. Flame embraces the launch of the Elements of Flavors series, which will unravel even more unique and memorable dining experiences that patrons and diners can look forward to.

With more spectacular Flame moments on the way, its culinary team will continue to delight guests with the flavors and aromas of modern Asian fare, Josper-grilled specialties, and an assortment of decadent desserts.

Flame is now open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For reservation and inquiries, guests may call +63 2 7955 8888 or e-mail primea.restaurants@discovery.com.ph

For more information on the hotel’s offers and updates, please visit www.discoveryprimea.com or follow Discovery Primea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 With the ever-evolving needs of the consumer, ASUS has provided a solution-based showroom to cater to different needs from industries whether it be Small & Medium Businesses, Enterprises, Retail & Hospitality, Education, Data Science, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Product Design & Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, or the Creative Pro.

ASUS is committed to delivering reliable devices and services you can trust while creating positive, meaningful change in the environment. Their products are built to military-grade standards, hold hundreds of world records, and have been honored with tens of thousands of awards. 

They have a wide range of agile solutions that are deeply rooted in industry and customer insights, flexibly designed with your growth vision in mind. From motherboards, PCs, and peripherals to servers, software, and integration with every cloud, ASUS designs solutions that fit your needs today.

In collaboration with different partners such as BlackMagic, Intel, and EPSON, ASUS can set up solutions to meet the need of different consumers. Whether it be a filmmaker looking into a setup for color-grading or an architect to create large outputs for their construction work.

ASUS peripherals with BlackMagic tools

ASUS in collaboration with EPSON

ProArt Studiobook, ASUS ExpertBook, and ASUS mini pc on display

ProArt Monitors
The goal of the ASUS ProArt display series is to offer the most advanced technologies to power the imaginations of creators everywhere. With features such as mini-LED backlights, OLED displays, and ASUS Smart HDR technology, ProArt monitors are the solution for creating masterpieces.

ProArt Studio Book
ASUS Studiobook series is a mighty powerhouse that brings ideas to life. It features the NVIDIA® Quadro GPU, and boasts a slim-bezel NanoEdge display for immersive visuals. Its combination of cutting-edge graphics and portability makes it the best laptop perfect for creative professionals.

ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED and ProArt Studiobook Pro OLED

If you would like to inquire about the available solutions ASUS currently is offering to the market, you can now visit ASUS business showroom located at 4F Hanston Bldg, Ruby Rd. Ortigas Center Pasig.

If you’re a traveler who appreciates historical establishments and would like to stay in a hotel that is conveniently located near major locations like the Baguio Bus Terminal, SM Baguio, Burnham Park, and Session Road, Casa Vallejo might be the perfect boutique hotel you are looking for. 

The onset of the -ber months basically signals the start of the holiday season in the Philippines, which means it might be a good idea to draw up your revenge travel plans and make up for the lost time and experiences during the lockdowns.

AOC, a global market leader in gaming monitors, offers an enticing promo where buyers can get a chance to win travel vouchers for two ranging from Php 20,000 to Php 100,000 by collecting raffle entries in every purchase of an AOC Gaming Monitor.

Through the AOC Revenge Travel Promo, buyers of AOC Gaming Monitor can get one raffle ticket for every Php 10,000 worth of AOC Gaming Monitors purchased from AOC Flagship Stores and authorized partners nationwide. Every entry will increase their chances of winning any of the following prizes:

1 winner

Grand Prize

travel voucher for two worth Php 100,00

1 winner

Major Prize

travel voucher for two worth Php 40,000

1 winner

Minor Prize

travel voucher for two worth Php 20,000

1 winner

Consolation Prize

AXGON Gaming Chair 

1 winner

Consolation Prize

AXGON Gaming Headset

The promo runs from the 15th of September to the 15th of November 2022 and is open to all Filipino residents with ages 18 to 60 years old. The redeeming process for a raffle entry is easy. Consumers just have to scan the QR code available in the stores of authorized partner resellers or visit  https://www.aocmonitorspromo.com to register their purchase and upload a clear copy of their official receipt. But don’t hold on to your receipts for too long because the deadline for registration of purchases is on November 30, 2022. 

The raffle tickets will be drawn on December 9, 2022, at Unit 2A 2F Wynsum Corporate Plaza F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For further information, email us at Marketing@mmd-ph.com, send a message on our Facebook page, or contact our participating resellers and online flagship stores, lazada.com.ph/shop/aoc-philippines and shopee.ph/aocphilippines