Road to the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 Heats Up

Official logo of AFF Suzuki Cup 2016
Official logo of AFF Suzuki Cup 2016

 

Manila, Philippines, August 12, 2016– With the official draw results of the Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup already out, Suzuki Philippines Inc (SPH) kindles the fire to throw out its full support to the Philippine national football team, also known as Azkals, and heat up the excitement for fans with a slew of contests, promos and other activities.

The Philippines will host the Group A of the group rounds for the first time and will face off with Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. Meanwhile, Myanmar will be the playing ground for Group B composed of Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam and whichever among Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste wins the qualifying rounds happening in October. The Group stages will be played from November 19 to 26, while the semi-finals and final rounds are set from December 3 to 17.

With Group A composed of four-peat winners Singapore and Thailand which is also the defending champion, and with the Azkals giving strong performances in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 semifinals of the biennial tournament, the competition is expected to be fiercer in this group. The Azkals, led by coach Thomas Dooley, enters the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 as one of the favorites.

Suzuki Philippines is honored to be part of a football tournament of such magnitude, and at the same time doubly thrilled this year with Philippines as one of the hosts. As the whole country comes together to give its whole-hearted support to the Philippine men’s team, Suzuki Philippines would like to add to the home advantage of the Azkals by inviting all Filipinos to watch the games and be part of the activities to inspire the country’s pride to take home the trophy. The Group A matches will be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan and at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

To drum up the buzz, the AFF Suzuki Cup Trophy will be toured before the group stage matches starts.

In addition, exciting activities await Filipino football fans as the road to the AFF Suzuki Cup heats up. A set of AFF Suzuki Cup – branded Suzuki Swift car and Suzuki motorcycle will be on exhibit at the Philippine Sports Stadium, the venue of the group matches, starting on November 19. Plus, premium Suzuki items, and VIP tickets to both the Cup and the on-site activities will be up for grabs.

Suzuki Motor Corporation has been the title sponsor of the AFF Suzuki Cup since 2008 and has helped it flourish into one of the most important and most-watched football tournaments in the ASEAN region. Suzuki aims to provide football fans all over the globe with a top-class sporting event and a taste of excitement that’s part of Suzuki’s brand slogan ‘Way of Life.’

For more updates on the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016, please visit http://suzuki.com.ph/ and like them on www.facebook.com/SuzukiAutoPH and www.facebook/SuzukiMotorcyclesPhilippines.

About Suzuki Philippines Incorporated

Suzuki Philippines, Inc (SPH) is the first and only integrated automobile and motorcycle company established in the Philippines engaged in the manufacture of motorcycles and distribution of automobiles domestically.

Suzuki aims to be the customer’s brand of choice. It has a distinguished heritage of trust and reliability, and prides itself for being a continuous innovator and trendsetter in the Philippine motorcycle and compact vehicle industry.www.suzuki.com.ph

 

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Binge-watch your heart out with the new Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro


Instead of just bundling up and watching those favorite series on a small screen this rainy season, series lovers can hold a viewing party with the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro! Its larger-than-life screen, cinematic sound and long battery life guarantee hours after hours of viewing pleasure, making it perfect for entertainment junkies.

Yoga Tab 3 Pro Multitasking
Figure 1. Yoga Tab 3 Pro Multitasking

 

With a YogaTab 3 Pro, it’s simply hard to resist being immersed in episode after episode of either the trending shows or whatever tickles one’s fancy (never mind that it’s the kind of show no one would admit being addicted to). Don’t know what to watch? Here are five of the best TV series (available in your favorite video-on-demand services!) to binge-watch on the Yoga Tab 3 Pro.

iZombie

Fan of police procedurals and zombies? iZombie is a great combination of both. The heroine is a former med student-turned-zombie, who joins a Coroner’s office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat. However, she absorbs memories from every brain she eats and must solve the murder cases with help from the medical examiner and a police detective. Her zombie powers—and the nefarious villains that hold the key to her return to normal human life—make for a morbidly funny series the audience can’t get enough of.

Transform any wall or ceiling into a brilliant, theatre-sized screen anywhere, anytime and enjoy the bigger picture with the Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s built-in 70-inch projector that has a rotatable hinge and with the ability to project images up to 70 inches.

Narcos

This American crime thriller tackles the story of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar who became a millionaire from producing and distributing cocaine. The story also focuses on the drug kingpin’s dealings with drug lords, various opposition entities and DEA agents. It hooks viewers with fast-paced storytelling and excellent acting performances by Wagner Moura and Boyd Holbrook. This series is perfect for anyone who loves thrilling dramas like Breaking Bad or House of Cards.

With the Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s innovative design that puts a battery cylinder and kickstand on the device’s side, shifting the centre of gravity and allowing it to be used in four different modes—Hold, Tilt, Stand, and Hang Modes, there’s no easier way for users to get their chills and thrills from Narcos wherever, whenever.

Master of None

Aziz Ansari is Dev in Master of None, where he plays an actor who has to go through the pains and joys of modern adulthood in New York City. If the barkadas love Parks and Recreation, they’ll definitely love this charmingly hilarious series, with its witty dialogue, interesting characters, and immersive plotlines.

Users can join in the laughs as they hear every single moment of crystal-clear dialogue through the Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s JBL four-speaker soundbar, which makes for larger-than-life cinematic sound. With its HD resolution, the tablet delivers incredible brightness so users can have a truly enjoyable viewing experience under all angles and ambient lights.

30 Rock

While the original NBC series concluded some years ago, Tina Fey’s comedic opus 30 Rock adds new satisfaction. Go through the entire seven seasons for unstoppable hilarity as the cast bumble through their lives in New York City’s TV world.

This classic is something nobody will ever tire of, and with the Yoga Tab 3 Pro, users can watch up to 18 hours of comedy on a single charge, thanks to the multimedia tablet’s powerful 10,200mAh battery. Plus, it comes equipped with a USB on-the-go power bank that allows users to charge all other devices.

Bob’s Burgers

Brighten up or cool down with this brilliantly written animated comedy! Bob’s Burgers follows the Belcher family, who own a burger joint and some of the best lines in TV right now.

Watch all the seasons of Bob’s Burgers and more with video-on-demand, which can be enjoyed right out of the box of the Yoga Tab 3 Pro alongside great connectivity. 4G-LTE support delivers ultra-fast mobile data (optional) while thedual band WiFi delivers stable connection.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is available in Lenovo Exclusive Stores and at authorized dealers nationwide for only Php29, 999.

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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Tinder safe dating spam uses safety to scam users out of money

In recent weeks, we have noticed spam activity on Tinder claiming to promote safety in online dating in messages to users. This is used as a lure to funnel affiliate money into the scammers’ pockets.

It’s the latest spam trend to hit the mobile dating app. Since 2013, we have published a few blogs detailing the rise of spam bots on the popular mobile dating application, Tinder. While Tinder has changed its service recently with the introduction of a premium offering, the app remains a popular destination for spammers.

Example of a spam bot messaging a Tinder user
FIgure 1. Example of a spam bot messaging a Tinder user

Are you verified by Tinder?

These new spam bots initiate conversations with a flirty or playful opening message such as “Wanna eat cookie dough together some time?” After a series of messages, the spam bot will ask whether or not Tinder has verified the user.

Tinder spam bot uses safety to try to get the user to verify themselves
Figure 2. Tinder spam bot uses safety to try to get the user to verify themselves

After asking if the user is verified, the spam bot tries to disarm the user by saying “it’s a free service tinder put up, to verify the person you wanna meet isn’t a serial killer lol.” While online dating has gone mainstream, safety concerns still remain when using these applications. The spammers use this legitimate concern to convince users to verify themselves and trick them into thinking verification will lead to a date.

Not to be confused with Tinder’s verified profiles

Notable figures and celebrities verified by Tinder are identified with a blue check mark
Figure 3. Notable figures and celebrities verified by Tinder are identified with a blue check mark

While spam bots may use the term “verified by Tinder,” they are not referring to a feature that Tinder launched last year called verified profiles. Verified profiles is a feature that adds a blue check mark to profiles of notable figures, celebrities, and athletes. This feature is similar to the verified badges on social media services like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Tinder safe dating scam

The spam bots instruct the user to click on a link to an external website which includes some variation of words about verification, background checks, safety, date codes, or protection. Most of the external websites included the word “tinder” in the URL to make them appear official. In our research, we found 13 different “Tinder Safe Dating” websites and we reported all of them to the registrar.

Tinder Safe Dating website (image altered to fit all elements into a single image)
Figure 4. Tinder Safe Dating website (image altered to fit all elements into a single image)

Once the user visits one of the sites, they are greeted with a page that uses a copy-cat Tinder logo and font across the site. It explains how the so-called verification system works, stresses that the service is free, and claims “there is no charge to become verified!”

Fake profile on Tinder Safe Dating website (image altered to fit all elements into a single image)
Figure 5. Fake profile on Tinder Safe Dating website (image altered to fit all elements into a single image)

For added incentive, the site includes photographs of a woman wearing lingerie. The site promises the user that once they are verified, they will receive the woman’s contact information including her phone number, personal email address, Skype screen name, and social media user names.

When signing up, read the fine print

To complete the verification process, the user is required to create a user name and password, and provide an email address. After this information is submitted, the site asks the user to provide a “secure age verification” in the form of credit card details.

Secure age verification requires a credit card, but what’s in the fine print?
Figure 6. Secure age verification requires a credit card, but what’s in the fine print?

If the user isn’t careful, they might miss important details in the fine print. The site may try to obscure the fine print by setting the iframe to a smaller height.

According to the fine print, the user is opted in to a “FREE Bonus Offer” of trial memberships to erotic video and adult webcam sites. If the user does not cancel their free trials within the specified period of time, their credit card will be billed by three different websites.

The combined total of these charges is US$118.76 per month. These sites would earn revenue while the scammers would make a commission from the three sites for these referrals. It is unclear, however, how much commission the scammers would make, but for this activity to persist, it must be significant enough for them to continue.

Different spam bots, same old story

Three years later, scammers continue to operate spam bots on services like Tinder with the same goal in mind–to drive users to websites that offer affiliate programs. For each successful referral, whether overt (links to adult dating websites) or covert (under the guise of a safe dating verification site), the scammers earn a commission. Remember, there is no such thing as a Tinder safe dating or verification website.

If you’re using Tinder or any other online dating site or application, be aware that spam bots will continue to come up with creative ways to try to get you to sign up for other websites or services. Do your part by reporting these accounts to Tinder and always make sure you read the fine print on any site or service before you sign-up.

Check out the safety section on Tinder’s website for their advice on how to safely use its app.

 

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Caltex Fuel Your School Empowers Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Learning in Davao City

 

Caltex CSRs ready for Fuel Your School Davao
Catex staff jumpstart Caltex Fuel Your School in Davao: Customer service representatives of Caltex stations in Davao City all ready to promote Caltex FYS for the benefit of Davaoeño students.

 

Davao City, Philippines, May 25, 2016 – Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, today announces that it will make a significant investment in Davao City’s workforce of tomorrow or today’s students from public senior high schools. CPI also encouraged other businesses to do so all over the country.

This was revealed by CPI Country Chairman Peter Morris during the launch of Caltex Fuel Your School (FYS) in a Caltex station in Brgy. Bajada, Davao City.  “From June 1 to June 30, 2016, for every 1-liter purchase of Caltex with Techron or sale of Delo Sports diesel engine oil at participating Caltex stations in Davao City, we will donate one peso (P1) to support qualified classroom projects in STEM subjects,” announced Morris.

CPI is allocating P3 million for the purchase of better classroom facilities and advanced learning materials for students in Davao City’s highest-need senior public highs schools taking the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) track of the K-12 education. The fuel-to-donate campaign is well timed, given the entry this year of the country’s first Grade 11 public school students.

The multi-awarded Caltex FYS PH is launched in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and  the American Chamber Foundation Philippines (ACFP) with the support of  American Chambers of the Philippines-Mindanao Chapter. The partners hope to boost to improve learning by equipping less privileged public senior high schools with quality learning materials.

The DepEd Region XI office has selected the highest-need public senior high schools in the city to participate in the campaign. ACFP will screen the proposed projects based on a set of criteria (to know more about the criteria, visit Caltex Facebook page), with the resulting shortlisted schools’ projects to be posted on the Caltex FYS Facebook page for voting. Each qualified entry can receive up to a maximum of P100,000 worth of classroom materials, wherein projects with the most number of votes get funded first. ACFP will use the P3 million grant to procure equipment for the qualified STEM classroom projects.

“Caltex Fuel Your School’s vision is not just to modernize education in the Philippines, but also to empower the teachers and equip the students with high quality and advanced learning, making them career-ready as they step out of school. By involving different partners such as educators, Caltex retailers and lubricant accounts as well as  Davao motorists, Caltex Fuel Your School models the idea of ‘it takes a village to raise a child’,” stated Morris.

“We are issuing a call-to-action to other businesses to join Chevron in supporting project-based learning methods to increase engagement in STEM and promote engineering design thinking in classrooms. We must increase student engagement in STEM subjects. This is not a small challenge, and the business community has to do its part. If we want to truly make a difference, we must all work together to provide educators with resources to interest students and prepare them for STEM related careers,” said Atty. Raissa Bautista, CPI Manager for Policy, Gov’t and Public Affairs.

AmCham Philippines-Mindanao Chapter is grateful for the partnership with Chevron in helping uplift Philippine education. Ed Feist, ACFP President, believes that “education is what the country needs to further propel its progress, and modernizing the education system is a significant step towards achieving it.”

DepEd XI Regional Director Alberto Escobarte sees Caltex Fuel Your School initiative as a welcome development to the continuous upliftment of education in Davao City. “This will surely help fuel up the learning process in Davao City as it maintains its title as the education hub in Mindanao,” Escobarte said.

“We are thankful and happy that Caltex retailers here in Davao City are given the opportunity to work as one. This initiative is our way of giving back to Davao City schools particularly at this time when senior high school will be implemented for the first time and public schools need all the help they could get to successfully teach STEM,” said Allan Orillan, a Caltex retailer in the city.

Morris assures that Caltex FYS is set to fuel up STEM learning in more schools in the country every year. CPI is committed to contribute to the development of education in the country through its long-term Energy for Learning initiative under which more and more programs are being created to provide learning and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people.

La Union’s Poro Marine Protected Area ordinance takes effect, mobilizes locals as its guardians

Poro MPA guardians return from patrol training.
Photo above shows members of Poro Sea Lovers Association coming from patrol training as part of their roles as guardians of the 173-hectare marine protected area (MPA) in Barangay Poro, San Fernando City, La Union

 

La Union, Philippines. April 29, 2016. The city government of San Fernando recently passed City Ordinance No. 2015-03 “An Ordinance Establishing the Poro Marine Protected Area (MPA), Creating Its Management Council and Providing for Its Management”. The MPA was created to help conserve, protect and develop the marine resources of coastal communities along San Fernando Bay.

Among the members of the MPA management council is the people’s organization, the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA), comprised of environment-conscious residents of Poro, most of which are fisher folks. The PSLA members are engaged in social enterprises such as food and catering services, aside from serving as MPA guardians.

PSLA was created based on a five-year, Php9.7M partnership between Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, the Institute of Social Order (ISO) and the City of San Fernando. Poro MPA is located in San Fernando Bay which is depleted of fishery resources, degraded of fish habitats, and run with inadequate fisheries policies.

“We are optimistic that with the signing of the MPA, we can somehow demonstrate that the local government and the private sector can work together to achieve sustainable environmental management. We hope that this project will be a showcase of cooperation between the local community, the local government and private enterprises such as Chevron,”, said Liza Lim, ISO’s Executive Director.

The project has been drawing interest from other stakeholders, thereby strengthening its sustainability. In addition to technical support, the city government provided an additional Php50,000 grant to include rice trading among PSLA’s social enterprise ventures. Poro Point Management Corporation, on the other hand, has adopted the project as a channel for its corporate social responsibility efforts. The project partners are also pursuing partnerships with local academic institutions and regional government service offices for environmental research, social enterprise development and skills training.

“We are pleased that the MPA ordinance is now in effect. Thanks to Chevron’s support, it will definitely increase fish catch and the income of the fisher folks in our coastal communities,” said Elsie Bejar, ISO’s Officer in Charge in La Union.

 

Chevron, which maintains an oil terminal in Poro Point, believes that supporting projects that address human needs, protect the environment, and help small business are important factors in the economic growth and well-being of communities.

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