Hanabishi donates appliances to newly-constructed school in Tacloban

Ribbon Cutting of the Turnover  Kapuso Village Integrated School
Ribbon Cutting of the Turnover Kapuso Village Integrated School


Tacloban, Philippines. September 2, 2016 – Dozens of overjoyed children previously left homeless and school-less because of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban City in 2013 look on as GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) Founder and Ambassador Mel Tiangco (9th from left), Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (8th from left), Hanabishi representative Raniel Elip (leftmost), School Head Rommel Abeto (rightmost), other sponsors, and local officials cut the ribbon during the official turnover of the Kapuso Village Integrated School (KVIS) in Brgy. Sto. Niño, Tacloban on August 26.

In late 2013, the calamity ravaged not just thousands of homes but also hundreds of commercial establishments, infrastructure and institutions including local schools. This left many students, like those who used to go to some of the schools within or in nearby barangays which have not yet been rebuilt, to attend classes in makeshift rooms made from a patchwork of fragile wood and roof for almost three years. With their eagerness to continue studying despite the situation, KVIS proves to be heaven-sent, especially as it is within the village where most of the students’ families have also been relocated.

Hanabishi, the number one home-grown appliance brand in the country, donated appliances to furnish the new school built by the GMAKF in the GMA Kapuso Village in the barangay. The donations, which will benefit at least 400 students from Kindergarten to grade six, included ceiling fans, water dispensers, and stand fans, among others. This effort is a part of Hanabishi’s pledge to extend 1M worth of appliances for the communities in Tacloban affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.

Hanabishi President Jasper Ong shares, “Hanabishi has always believed in paying it forward and we are glad to be a part of our kababayans’ journey towards rehabilitation from Day 1. With a simple gesture like this on our part, we stay true to being a real Kapartner of the Filipino family.”

School Head Abeto, expressing gratitude to GMAKF and Hanabishi, says, “These donations from the GMA Kapuso Foundation and Hanabishi will truly make an impact to our students. Beyond the material contributions, I believe Hanabishi and GMAKF have given our children hope and the desire to dream once again after everything that our community has gone through.”

Hanabishi has been a partner of GMA Kapuso Foundation since 2012 and has already provided complete sets of home appliances for 200 houses in the Kapuso Village in Iligan and 600 houses in Leyte and Tacloban.

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About Hanabishi

For more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner ng Praktikal na Nanay at Bossing.”

Hanabishi’s consumer products are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.

Worry-free clothing care for when the weather isn’t fair

Doing the laundry during the wet season using time- and cost-effective ways with Hanabishi
Doing the laundry during the wet season using time- and cost-effective ways with Hanabishi


Dad’s slacks and polos for office, kuya’s school uniform, ate’s favorite Sunday dress, bunso’s comfy pajamas. There’s just so much to wash, dry and press and in so little time. Even when it’s raining cats and dogs outside, mommies can try these four laundry hacks to save the day

1. Removing mud stains

Kuya comes home with mud splatters on his white school polo, no thanks to the hurrying car that sped by while he was walking near a rain puddle. If the stain hasn’t had time to seep through the fabric, hand-wash the part that has a stain first using a strong detergent, without wetting the whole fabric as the stain will just spread to the rest of the clothing. When the stain is removed, the entire garment can be cleaned in the washing machine.

Hanabishi offers fully automatic top load (HAWMD 170) and twin tub washing machines to suit Filipino households’ preferences and needs. As a consistent Kapartner ng Praktikal na Nanay at Bossing, Hanabishi makes available to the local market quality yet affordable products that stand the test of the seasons.

2. Ironing stubborn wrinkles

Mix 20ml of fabric softener with 80ml water in a spray bottle and spray clothes before ironing. This will allow the fabric to smoothen out wrinkles. To make life easier, the Hanabishi Flatiron Hi 89 has a built-in container and spray. Just fill the container with the mixture, spray and glide the wrinkles away!

Who wants to iron the whole day away, especially when it’s nicer to curl up and take a nap when the sky looks dark and sleepy? But if ironing is really a must (because dad still has to go to office, no matter what), Hanabishi has multiple flat iron models to choose from. Most models have thermostat and thermal fuse features so they shut off automatically when they reach the needed temperature. This avoids clothes from being burned. In addition, Hanabishi flat irons are non-stick, so they glide smoothly on different kinds of fabric without damaging the clothes.

3. Conserving electricity

Even if it’s tempting to dump all the clothes into the washing machine in one go to save time and energy, this practice actually uses more power and causes more friction which can damage the clothes. It’s better to divide the laundry into lighter loads and using shorter wash times per load.

When there is a high pile of clothes, Hanabishi has got it covered! Its Twin Tub Washing Machine series specifically the HWM 270 is equipped with a dryer that is high in power and low in electricity consumption.

Semi-dry clothes hung indoors will benefit from an open window so that air circulates freely to help it dry faster. For extra faster drying time, semi-dry clothes can also be ironed first before hanging them in an airy room.

Rainy season is usually a stressful one to moms. Good thing Hanabishi is a great garment care warrior!


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About Hanabishi

For more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner ng Praktikal na Nanay at Bossing.”

Hanabishi’s consumer products are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.

MDPPA caps first half of 2016 with 42% y-o-y sales growth, targets more than 1M units sold by year-end

MDPPA 2015-2016 Mid-Year Sales Performance Comparison

MDPPA 2015-2016 Mid-Year Sales Performance Comparison

Manila, Philippines. August 18, 2016 – The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA), the premier group of motorcycle manufacturers in the country, whose members are: Honda Philippines, Inc., Kawasaki Motors Philippines, Inc., Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc., Suzuki Philippines, Inc. and Kymco Philippines, Inc., recorded a new sales benchmark after capping its first six-month performance with a 42 percent year-on-year sales growth. MDPPA members recorded combined sales of 544,699 motorcycle units in the first half of 2016, which exceeded previous projections.

With this rosy first half accomplishment, the motorcycle manufacturers group banks on the trajectory to continue and confidently targets to achieve the milestone of more than 1 million units sold by end-December this year. Based on previous years’ trends, July to December usually bring in better commerce, making the association bullish about reaching more than 1 million mark by the end of the year. Total sales for 2015 was at 850,509 units.

In terms of sales by motorcycle type, the Moped (MP) model or the underbone motorcycle holds the most number of units sold in the first half of 2016, overtaking the Business (BU) models category which led the numbers in H1 2015. With 205,636 units sold from January to June 2016, the MP class posted a 58 percent y-o-y growth.

2016 Mid-Year Performance: Sales per Model
2016 Mid-Year Performance:
Sales per Model

This is followed by sales of the BU category totaling 171,035 units.  The automatic category, meanwhile, with sales of 125,528 units, registered the greatest y-o-y growth of 66%.  The Street (ST) motorcycle category posted an 11 percent y-o-y growth with 42,149 units.

MDPPA President Rodel Pablo attributes this outstanding mid-year performance to various factors. “The introduction of affordable but reliable motorcycle models propelled the sales performance of MDPPA member manufacturers. The traffic congestion in major cities, such as Metro Manila, also prompts commuters to look for alternative modes of transportation. Commuters consider motorcycles as a fast and affordable transportation alternative,” he shared.

In addition, the introduction of fuel injection models was a welcome innovation for motorcycle enthusiasts, offering better fuel efficiency, and smoother and more consistent throttle response.

The country’s strong economic performance resulting to an increase in per capita income  and positive outlook have also contributed to MDPPA’s sales growth as the improving economy has allowed more consumers to purchase motorcycles. “The flourishing sales figures of the motorcycle industry are a clear indication of how the country’s improving economy contributed to the group’s mid-year performance. BU motorcycle numbers, for instance, show that many of our countrymen are making a living through tricycles or that many SMEs are using motorcycles in their daily operations for delivery services,” Pablo added.

MDPPA strengthens anti-counterfeiting advocacy

The group’s efforts in curbing the patronage of counterfeit products to promote road safety also contributed to the positive yield in the industry’s first half performance. “MDPPA remains a firm advocate of road safety. We’ve always been very active on this issue, communicating to people how dangerous it is to use counterfeit products instead of the genuine ones,” shared Pablo.

He also noted that the same factors could fuel further growth for the remainder of the year. In line with its road safety advocacy, the group conducts free seminars nationwide for riders’ groups and school children, as well as a road safety stickering campaign to promote the use of standard helmet.  The Road Safety Seminar aims to educate the rider-participants on how to be safe and responsible riders. The seminar module includes, among others, topics on choosing the right motorcycle and its proper operation, proper riding positions and appropriate riding gears. Representatives from the Land Transportation Office and the Philippine National Police are also invited to discuss on traffic rules and regulations and other relevant laws. Meanwhile, the module for children helps develop their safety awareness through illustrations,  interactive discussions and practical demonstration on topics like traffic signs and road markings, right of way, road courtesy, and pedestrian safety.

For more information about MDPPA and its road safety campaign, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MDPPA.Official/) and follow them on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MDPPA_Inc).

About Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA)

Based on the basic principles of the Philippine Motor Vehicle Development Program implemented by the Board of Investments, Philippine Motorcycle Manufacturing Program (PMMP) Association was established in 1973. In 1987, new MVDP guidelines were finalized and program name was, likewise, changed to Motorcycle Development Program (MDP). The Association was given the new name of Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA) in 1989.

The current five members of the Association: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kymco, are all active participants of the government’s Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP).





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Make time for what matters most with the new Moto 360

Moto 360 2nd Gen for Women
New Moto 360 for Women

Manila, Philippines, August 3, 2016: Today’s connected world is a paradox: people want up-to-the-minute information feed but also don’t want too many distractions. Designed to streamline mobile life, the Moto 360 2nd Gen smartwatch perfectly understands this paradox and delivers the updates that matter, and comes in stylish fashion and sports lines.

“We are pleased to roll out in the country the Moto 360 2nd Gen smartwatch, promising to simplify our lives amidst a world full of distractions. It raises the bar in smartwatch design, craftsmanship and style. But more importantly, it allows users to prioritize what they truly need without missing out on the daily bliss of life with its full suite of useful functions,” said Dino Romano, Country Manager for Lenovo Smartphone, Philippines.

Wi-Fi enabled and featuring Live Dials, Moto 360 gives updates at a glance

The beauty of wearable devices is maximized in the new iteration of the Moto 360. When the first series of Moto 360 was launched, it wowed the world as the first smartwatch that actually looked like a stylish watch. The second generation not only oozes a more premium watch design, it gives wearers complete control of the phone functions right from the wrist.

Moto 360 2nd Gen for Men
New Moto 360 for Men

No need to constantly grab their phones from their pocket or purse, wearers of the new Moto 360 can get notifications, read Gmail messages and calendar invites as easily as if they’re just glancing at the time. They can also conveniently respond to messages hands-free through voice command. It is powered by Android Wear™ and is Wi-Fi enabled so users can keep connected even if their phone is out of Bluetooth range.

Diving right in to the most used apps has been made easier, too, with the new Moto 360 exclusive Live Dials providing shortcuts right on the watch face. Music is always within reach with this smartwatch, as it allows users to sync their favorite playlists and podcasts from Google Play Music right to their Moto 360. They can also scan their flight’s boarding pass with the Fly Delta app.

Classically premium design for all

Moto 360 Second Generation Smartwatch
Moto 360 Second Gen Smartwatch

Taking further inspiration from the traditional watch world, Moto 360 comes in three different case sizes to fit different wrist sizes and features lugs specifically tailored for men and women. The case is precision-crafted from aircraft-grade stainless steel. Sleek and sophisticated, it combines edge-to-edge glass and an exceptionally thin, polished bezel to give the largest viewing area.

For fitness enthusiasts, the Moto 360 Sport comes in 45mm design. Men can choose between the 42mm model with Black Leather and its larger brother, the 46mm variant in Cognac Leather. Women, on the other hand, can wear the 42mm Moto 360 in one of the trendiest colors right now, the Rose Gold. These smartwatches sport the world-renowned Chicago-based Horween® leather band.

Moreover, users have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of watch faces just by a long press anywhere on the screen. Users can go for a classic watch face or more intricate designs among the 20 watch faces available in the Moto 360.

Holistic fitness experience with Moto Body

Moto 360 smartwatch sports variant
New Moto 360 smartwatch sports variant

The new Moto 360 also features Moto Body, a holistic experience that helps the smartwatch wearer lead a healthier lifestyle. The sports variant comes with GPS to track speed, distance and pace while the users work out. It is also designed to give the training information without bringing a smartphone when jogging or running. Plus, the watch features incredibly accurate sensors, so it can track the calories burned, heart rate and so much more.

The Motorola’s AnyLight hybrid display makes it easy to use the watch in any environment – indoors or out. Users can receive spontaneous coaching throughout the day to keep them informed, up to date, and inspired to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Quad-core processor in a highly sophisticated package

The new Moto 360 runs with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. The 42mm variant is powered by 300mAh battery and it can run up to 1.5 days. The bigger 46mm model houses a 400mAh battery that can last up to two days when fully-charged. It is charged through a wireless charging inductive.

The Moto 360 is water resistant with IP67* rating and are melded with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. It is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms*.

Pricing and availability

The Moto 360 Sport 45mm which comes with three (3) color choices:  black, white and flame, and the Moto 360 42mm in Black Leather are priced at Php16,999. The Moto 360 in Rose Gold retails at Php17,999 while the Moto 360 in Cognac Leather at Php18,999. These smart watches are now available in Gadgets in Style (TriNoma and Shangri-la branches) and in Power Premium Gadgets (Mall of Asia and SM Megamall branches).

1 IP67 dust and water resistant—not waterproof. Not for use while swimming, diving or engaging in other underwater activities. Avoid prolonged exposure to water and/or exposure of leather band to water.

2 All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average user profile that includes both usage and standby time. Battery performance depends on network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, and voice, data and other applications usage patterns.

*Requires a phone running Android 4.3+ or iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.2+.  Features may vary between Android and iOS platforms.

*IP67 – Withstands immersion in up to 3 feet of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Not designed to work while submerged underwater. Do not use while swimming, or subject it to pressurized streams of water.  Avoid exposure of leather band to water.  Not dust proof. See Motorola.com for details

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Key Technical Specifications

Category Description
Operating system Android Wear™
Compatibility Works with your Android™ phone or iPhone** Requires a phone running Android 4.3+ or iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.2+.  Features may vary between Android and iOS platforms.(check compatibility at g.co/WearCheck)
Display Backlit LCDCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3Mens 42mm and Womens: 1.37” (35mm), 263ppi (360 X 325)

Mens 46mm: 1.56” (40mm), 233ppi (360 X 330)

Sports 45mm: 1.37” (35m), 263ppi (360 X 325)

Watch case dimensions Mens:46mm diameter by 11.4mm high42mm diameter by 11.4mm high


42mm diameter by 11.4mm high


45mm diameter by 11.5mm high

Battery Mens 42mm and Womens: 300mAh  – Up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off.  Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.Mens 46mm: 400mAh – Up to 2 days of mixed use with Ambient off.  Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on. 

Wireless charging with charging dock included

Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026)Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU
Memory 4GB internal storage + 512MB RAM
Connectivity Bluetooth® 4.0 Low EnergyWi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine
Heart rate sensors Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
Water resistance IP67 dust and water resistant*  – Not waterproof*IP67 – Withstands immersion in up to 3 feet of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Not designed to work while submerged underwater. Do not use while swimming, or subject it to pressurized streams of water.  Avoid exposure of leather band to water.  Not dust proof. See Motorola.com for details
Microphone Dual digital mics
Bands Mens 42mm: 20mm bandMens 46mm: 22mm bandWomens 42 mm:16mm band


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Lenovo offers consumers exciting freebies with the Lenovo Gadget Blowout

Upgrade your laptop or desktop computers to Lenovo innovations and get a Lenovo PHAB, JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, or a Canon IP2870s printer for free with Lenovo Philippines’ Gadget Blowout Promo. Lenovo’s Gadget Blowout Promo is available from now until September 30, 2016.

Always at the cutting edge of computing technology, Lenovo remains a leader in providing its customers all around the world with futuristic innovation, sleek design, powerful features, and great value-for-money products.

Lenovo Gadget Blowout
     Lenovo Gadget Blowout Promo


The Gadget Blowout Promo is open to all customers who purchase participating Lenovo products during the promo period. Customers can enjoy the following freebies along with their purchase:

Lenovo Intel Core i5 and Core i7 laptops

YOGA Series, IdeaPad 300 Series, IdeaPad 500/500s Series, and IdeaPad 700 Series laptops

FREE Lenovo PHAB (worth P7,999.00)

Available in Tuxedo Black or Polar White

Lenovo Intel Core i3 laptops

YOGA Series, Y Series, IdeaPad 100 Series, and IdeaPad 305 Series laptops

FREE JBL Clip 2 (worth P3,099.00)
Lenovo desktops

H Series, AIO Series, and C Series desktops


Canon IP2870s Printer (worth P1,495.00)

To be eligible for the redemption, customers must present a proof of purchase and two valid IDs at any of the six Lenovo Exclusive Stores located at:

  • SM North EDSA
  • SM Megamall
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Cebu
  • Gaisano Mall Davao
  • Festival Mall
  • Robinsons Ermita

Customers may also claim their freebies at the Lenovo Philippines Office located at 10th Floor, 11th Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner Triangle Drive, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

Provincial customers must submit a copy of the sales invoice, with full name and complete address to lenovophredemption@gmail.com or fax it to (02) 558-5797. Upon receipt and validation of these documents, the premium freebie will be sent via courier to the customer’s address within three to four weeks, free of charge.

Freebies can be claimed within 60 days from the end of the promo period. Representatives can also claim the freebie, provided that they have a signed authorization letter and a copy of two valid IDs from the customer, to be presented with the valid proof of purchase.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or visit us at www.lenovo.com/ph.

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