Looking to expand and bring more opportunities to its membership program, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) launched its enhanced TPB Membership Program at Luxent Hotel last March 12, 2024. 

Under Republic Act No. 9593, otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009, the Tourism Promotions Board shall be open for membership to entities, groups and individuals with economic, social or cultural interest in travel trade, congresses and conventions. Year 2023 ended with TPB having a total of 859 members from all over the country.

TPB COO Marga Nograles showed her solidarity with the TPB members during the event

“In my short time with TPB, I've seen that you are truly the core of our tourism industry. There’s so much potential for us to transform the Philippines into a global tourism leader, and this vision is only achievable through our collective effort,” said TPB COO Nograles addressing the stakeholders at the event. 

To strengthen the partnership between the agency and its members, TPB’s work plan for the year is to enhance its membership program. This will enable the members to prosper in the digital age, as they can learn how to leverage market intelligence through a series of modules. 

Another benefit of the enhanced program is the inclusion of members in the Travel Philippines app. Members will be featured in the app’s directory and the destinations tab, making it easier for aspiring travelers to reach them for their dream vacation in the country. The app also allows members to advertise their promos to tap into a wider audience now that the number of users of the Travel Philippines app is steadily increasing. 

DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco expressed her support for the program

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco gave a keynote at the event to show her support for TPB’s Enhanced Membership Program. She emphasized that the enhanced program and the inclusion of TPB members in the Travel Philippines app is a significant milestone for the tourism industry, as it increases the connection between tourists and local tourism enterprises.

“The app gives new markets and existing markets access to information about TPB members. In other words, wherever you may be in the world, you can simply open your phone and access information that directly links tourists to your companies,” stated DOT Secretary Frasco. 

Also in attendance were Undersecretary Shahlimar Hofer Tamano, Undersecretary Ferdinand Jumapao, Assistant Secretary Rica Bueno, and Assistant Secretary Verna Buensuceso. Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Cristina Roque, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Roberto Lim, and Director Eduardo Pelaez also graced the event to show their support. Meanwhile, around 350 representatives from various tourism enterprises attended the launch.

The members’ inclusion in the Travel Philippines app and the special access to market intelligence are just two of the many benefits that enterprises can enjoy from TPB’s Enhanced Membership Program. TPB also offers networking and capacity-building, access to information and promotional materials, assistance for brand enhancement, and business opportunities for its program members.


Get ready for a splash of beach fun this Easter Sunday as Pico Sands Hotel throws "Aloha Ohana: An Egg-citing Easter" party! Embrace the spirit of Easter on March 31, with a delightful Hawaiian twist filled with tropical vibes and unforgettable memories for children and their families. This egg-straordinary opportunity to bond with your loved ones is set with a series of kids’ activities – including a fun egg-hunting by the Event Park Garden of Pico Beach.

Tickets start at P1,000 nett for members and P1,300 nett for non-members, each admitting one island explorer (aged 12 years old and below) and one adult companion. Enjoy delicious treats and suprises from our event sponsors: SM Supermalls, Skyranch, Oishi, Gardenia Bakeries, Tom’s World, Toy Kingdom, Ritz Food Product Corp., Chips Delight, Smileys, Egg Bites, Lemon Square, Broadway Gems, Cherifer, and Happy Bubbles Manila. 

Escape the ordinary and create unforgettable moments with your loved ones at Pico Sands Hotel. 

To book your summer getaway with family or friends, visit www.picosandshotel.com or email reservations@picosandshotel.com. You may also reach us at +63 917 809 1289 / +63 2 8464 7888.

 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G, two smartphones that demonstrate Samsung’s ongoing commitment to making the best of mobile innovations available to everyone. Both devices come with extensive security features such as Knox Vault, as well as new photography capabilities inspired by Galaxy’s flagship camera innovations and a stunning display that adjusts to users’ surroundings with Vision Booster.

“With the Galaxy A series, we are expanding our latest technologies to a wider audience so that more people can benefit from them,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to open up even more possibilities on the Galaxy A series this year, including offering Samsung Knox Vault for the first time on this lineup. We’re proud to enable Galaxy A series users to safely and reliably enjoy outstanding mobile experiences.”

An Entertainment and Creativity Hub with Versatile Photography and Stunning Display

With enhanced Nightography, Galaxy A55 5G takes clearer and more vibrant photos even in poor lighting conditions. That means every nighttime photo can reach awesome new levels. Galaxy A55 5G’s advanced AI Image Signal Processing (ISP) produces stunning low-light images never seen before on Galaxy A series. It’s not just scenery that looks amazing. Night Portrait mode and 12-bit HDR video ensure the people in every image look great so that capturing memories with friends and family is never dependent on the perfect lighting.

Both Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G offer the incredible photography capabilities that Samsung Galaxy is renowned for, including features such as optical image stabilization (OIS) and video digital image stabilization (VDIS) that keep photos and videos crisp even when filming on the go. 

The new devices also continue the Galaxy A series’ tradition of making fun and immersive mobile experiences accessible to all. Users can enjoy watching the latest shows or browsing social media with Super AMOLED displays, showing astonishing clarity in Full High Definition. They can also count on the 6.6-inch screen on both the Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G looking clear and bright in a range of light conditions thanks to Vision Booster. 

Democratizing Samsung’s Most Powerful Security Innovations to Intelligently Protect More Customers for Longer

This year Samsung  is bringing one of its most innovative flagship security features,  Samsung Knox Vault  to Galaxy A series users for the very first time, including  on the new Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G. A hardware-based and tamper-resistant security solution, Samsung Knox Vault offers comprehensive protection against both hardware and software attacks by constructing a secure execution environment that is physically isolated from the system’s main processor and memory. It can help protect the most critical data on a device, including lock screen credentials, such as PIN codes, passwords and patterns. Samsung Knox Vault also protects device encryption keys, encrypting users’ private data stored in the device. Only a user who has the correct lock screen credentials can access their data, even if the device is lost or stolen.

The Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G are also secured by Samsung Knox, Galaxy’s multi-layer security platform. One of the most trusted security platforms in the world, Samsung Knox is designed to safeguard critical information and protect against vulnerabilities with end-to-end secure hardware, real-time threat detection and collaborative protection, taking a holistic approach across the entire Galaxy ecosystem.

For even more ways to stay protected, the Galaxy A series offers Auto Blocker, an opt-in package of additional security measures. When switched on, Auto Blocker can block app installations from unauthorized sources, provide app security checks to scan for potential malware and block potentially malicious commands and software installations to your device while connected by USB cable. New Galaxy A series users will also have access to Galaxy’s Security and Privacy Dashboard, making it easier than ever to see and control what is happening to their data and withdraw any permissions whenever they choose. They can also enjoy Private Sharing (part of Quick Share), which enables the secure and encrypted sharing of private files containing important personal or financial information. To ensure confidentiality, users can control the recipient’s access permissions and the file’s expiration date, while also choosing to limit screenshots or downloads.

The new Galaxy A series smartphones demonstrate Samsung’s commitment to ensure Galaxy devices remain secure and up-to-date for longer. With the Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G, users will continue to benefit for up to four generations of Android OS and One UI upgrades and five years of security updates, optimizing the lifecycle of the devices by keeping them equipped with all the latest Galaxy and Android features.

Seamless Connection with the Ever-Expanding Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem

The Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G are fully compatible with the Galaxy ecosystem giving users a smooth and integrated experience across a range of Galaxy devices. Users can keep up with their fitness goals by connecting Galaxy Fit3 or Galaxy Watch6 to their Galaxy A series smartphone. And, thanks to Auto Switch, incoming calls will be automatically switched to connected Galaxy Buds FE for enhanced convenience. 

An Awesome Experience Awaits this Summer 

So go ahead and #CreateAwesome with the Galaxy A55 5G and A35 5G, available starting March 18! Get the Galaxy A55 5G for ₱24,990 (8+256GB) while the Galaxy A35 5G can be yours for only ₱20,990 (8+256GB). A 128GB option will be available exclusively in Globe Telecom and Smart Communications. You can also enjoy awesome freebies when you buy from March 18 to April 18, 2024 - get a Free Buds FE worth ₱5,490 and a Free Travel Adapter worth ₱1,190 with every purchase.* 

You can buy your Galaxy A55 5G and A35 5G and avail of this limited time offer through all authorized Samsung Retail, Online, Experience Stores, and Operator Partners alongside Flexible Payment and Trade-In, Trade-Up offers and other running nationwide promotions.*

To find out more about the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G, Galaxy A35 5G and other Galaxy smartphones, please visit: Samsung NewsroomSamsung Mobile Press and Samsung.com.  

*Terms and conditions apply. DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-187533 Series of 2024 and DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-187534 Series of 2024.


When wireless freedom collides with top-tier sound, the Creative Outlier Pro emerges as a game-changer. Crafted to provide unmatched audio excellence while effortlessly complementing your dynamic lifestyle, these True Wireless Sweat proof In-ear Headphones set a new standard for immersive listening pleasure.

Here are the highlights that make the Creative Outlier Pro a perfect companion for the active listener.

Advanced Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

Say goodbye to unwanted distractions and hello to pure audio bliss with the Creative Outlier Pro's advanced hybrid Active Noise Cancellation technology. Immerse in crystal-clear sound, thanks to its 10 mm graphene-coated drivers that deliver pristine audio fidelity. 

Personalized Silence and Ambient Mode

The Creative Outlier Pro detects your surrounding sounds and monitors what you hear, effectively cancelling out surrounding noise so you can focus on what truly matters to you. Achieve personalized silence with the touch of a button, thanks to the Creative Outlier Pro's Ambient Mode feature. Block out external noise when you need to focus or switch to Ambient Mode to stay aware of your surroundings effortlessly.

Insane Battery Life

With a staggering total battery life of 60 hours, the Creative Outlier Pro ensures uninterrupted listening pleasure. Each charge provides up to 15 hours of playtime, and even with ANC mode activated, you can enjoy up to 50 hours of music on the go. You can charge the Creative Outlier Pro two ways, wireless charging and type C connection.

Crystal Clear Calls and Commands

Equipped with six microphones—three on each earbud—the Creative Outlier Pro ensures superior call quality and voice command recognition. Whether you're chatting with friends or interacting with Siri/Google Assistant, expect nothing but clear communication.

Durable and Comfortable Design

Designed to withstand the rigors of your active lifestyle, the Creative Outlier Pro boasts IPX5-certified water resistance, making it resistant to sweat and splashes. Find your perfect fit with three sets of soft silicone ear tips, ensuring maximum comfort and passive noise isolation.

Bluetooth 5.2 Connectivity and Low Latency Mode

Enjoy seamless connectivity and improved audio stability with Bluetooth 5.2 technology. Activate Low Latency Mode for fully synchronized audio and video playback, whether you're watching videos or gaming on the fly.

Customizable Touch Controls

Take control of your audio experience with customizable touch controls. Use the Creative app to reassign playback functions, adjust ANC and Ambient Mode settings, or fine-tune your audio preferences via the built-in Equalizer.

Super X-Fi READY Technology

Experience audio like never before with the award-winning Super X-Fi Headphone Holography technology. By utilizing the SXFI App, you can enjoy a preview of Super X-Fi's immersive soundstage, personalized to your ears.


With its cutting-edge features and unparalleled performance, the Creative Outlier Pro sets a standard for True Wireless In-ear Headphones. Elevate your audio experience and immerse yourself in a world of pure sound with these sweatproof and versatile earbuds. Whether you're working out at the gym or unwinding at home, the Creative Outlier Pro is your ultimate companion for audio excellence.