SidoMuncul, Indonesia’s herbal expert, is bringing Tolak Angin to the PH!

A new herbal medicine brand is about to enter the Philippines and we got to try it ahead of its launch in the country. It’s called Tolak Angin, an Indonesian herbal supplement that will boost your immune system, improve your digestive health, and help symptoms associated with colds like an upset stomach, flatulence, chills, nausea, fatigue, and motion sickness. Did we like it? Yes, we did!

Tolak Angin comes in a sachet, and you can add it to a cup of warm water or some tea, or if you’re in a rush, you can drink it straight out of the sachet.

Our first experience with Tolak Angin was when we drank it straight. The first thing we noticed was how refreshing it was. One of its primary ingredients is mint so it gives a cool sensation in your mouth when you drink it. It may be an herbal supplement but we think it’s also a good drink anytime of the day!

The next thing we noticed is the flavor. The supplement is basically honey infused with herbs like ginger, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, and more. So what you get is a sweet syrup that’s easy and delicious to drink. If you don’t like the strong flavor, you can add it to warm water or tea. The warm drinks take out the refreshing feeling but you still get its honey and herbal taste. Personally, our favorite version is drinking Tolak Angin out of the sachet.

Tolak Angin is a family recipe made by SidoMuncul, Indonesia’s biggest herbal company. The formula was developed in 1930, eventually branching from its home industry in Yogyakarta to a small factory in Semarang. Later on, they built a bigger factory to meet the growing demand in the country. SidoMuncul has more than 180 products in the market and uses homegrown ingredients from their partner farms to ensure quality.

Semarang, Indonesia – Where Tolak Angin is imported from // Image: Shutterstock

Semarang, Indonesia – The Tolak Angin packaging area for shipping around the world.

The brand is popular in Indonesia, where many locals rely on herbal medicine to supplement their health and alleviate or relieve their sickness. Tolak angin is Indonesian for “push wind,” and is the remedy for something they call masuk angin or the “entry of wind.” We don’t have an exact term for the feeling in the Philippines, but we’ve definitely felt it: it’s the dizziness, flatulence, nausea, chills, and stomachache we feel when we’re about to get sick.

What’s curious about Tolak Angin is that even if it’s an herbal supplement, SidoMuncul maintains pharmaceutical standards to make sure that their products are safe and effective to use. They have different factories that carry out different tasks: one processes raw materials, another handles production, and another takes care of distributors. We got to visit one of the plants in Semarang and saw that many of its machines are from Germany to make sure that all their products are of the highest quality.

Sidomuncul Tolak Angin Herbal Supplement Semarang IndonesiaSemarang, Indonesia – The Tolak Angin extraction plant

As early as 2000, SidoMuncul has been certified by the country’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control as practitioners of Good Traditional Medicine Manufacturing and Good Medicine Manufacturing. With these two certificates, they were the first herbal medicine factory with pharmaceutical standards. They’ve also partnered with laboratories and researchers from universities to make sure that their products are safe and effective. Because of this, Tolak Angin is healthy to drink three times a day regularly to feel its full benefits.

And does it work? It sure looks like it. Tolak Angin has been tested and it’s scientifically proven. A study conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of Diponegoro University has shown that the regular drinking of the product shows an increase in immune system activity.

Tolak Angin is going to arrive in the Philippines in 7-Eleven outlets by the end of November 2018. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your vitamin intake or you want to feel refreshed, we think we’ve found your new favorite!

Note: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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7 Situations When a Credit Card Will Save You

Many people are afraid to apply for a credit card. Some say they’re scared to get one because they’ll end up buried in debt, while some say they can’t afford the monthly rates. But we believe that with proper self-control (lots and lots of it), people can enjoy owning a credit card. In fact, it might even save them.

If you think we’re exaggerating, here are 7 situations in which a credit card can have your back:

7. When an item you need is part of a surprise sale

The best way to survive a sale when you don’t have cash is to not go, but there are times when the item you’ve been dreaming of is available at half the price. As long as an item is not an impulse buy, swipe it with plastic.

6. When you want to watch a super big movie on opening day

There are so many good movies coming out (hello, Marvel Cinematic Universe) that it has become necessary to watch them the week it comes out, if not on the first day. If you were one of the people who saw Avengers: Infinity War a few days or weeks after it premiered, you probably felt left out of conversations. Let’s not even mention the spoilers! Lining up on the first day can be a pain in the butt so it’s best to just buy your tickets online in advance with a credit card. Take our word for it: the photo above is of the opening day of Infinity War and the line extended to the next building!

5. When you’re traveling and you haven’t booked your trip details

So you’ve already booked your flight. What about for the rest of the trip? Thanks to technology, you can book hotels, reserve slots on tours, and buy tickets online. Doing so will also save you money because you can compare rates online. And you can pay using your credit card so you don’t have to worry about anything when you fly out. Now all you have to think about is if your leave will be approved (good luck with that, beshie).

4. When it’s late at night and you have to commute home

Picture this: it’s another day in the office and you’re asked to do overtime. By the time you’ve finished, it’s 11PM and you weren’t able to watch your favorite teleserye. Commuting this late is out of the question if you live far away. Again, technology will save you here through the ridesharing apps available online. Pay using your credit card so you don’t have to think about getting the cash. Because you’re in a private car, you can catch up on the teleserye you missed!

3. When it’s your first date but you forgot cash

On the list of embarrassing things that can happen on a first date, spilling pasta sauce over your shirt is not as bad as forgetting to bring cash. This is doubly more embarrassing if you’re a guy. While strong, independent women will insist on splitting the bill, arriving cashless can be a big no-no. Let’s pray that none of you guys experience this but if you do, sliding a card can be a suave and gentlemanly move. It will definitely help when your date expects you to pick up the entire tab.

2. Repairs, repairs, repairs

Things break down and no matter how sudden they are, we just have to find ways to repair them to their original condition. We may not have cash every time but it’s best to prepare for sudden breakdowns (office and school-related breakdowns not included). Having a card means not having to find makeshift ways to survive.

1. When payday is far away

Sometimes payday feels so far away and we have spent all our money already. But when you find yourself in an emergency and you need to buy groceries, go to the doctor, or book a ride home (again, a new lipstick does not count), you can rely on a card to save you. Just make sure to control your spending because you might be surprised when your credit card bill arrives!

If you’re thinking of applying for a credit card, you need to find one that suits your needs. Banks offer different cards with different features so it’s best to find one that fits your lifestyle. Check out MoneyMax.ph, an online platform that compares more than 100 cards from all the major banks in the Philippines for free. Its comparison tool lets you pick The One, whether you want the best deals, low interest, shopping perks, travel miles, cashback promos, and more. It also lists down associated fees and annual percentage rates, so you don’t have any surprise charges in the long run.

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KZ Tandingan to Sing the First-Ever Filipino Disney Song for “Raya and the Last Dragon”

From the creators of “Moana” and “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces the new epic adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon,” the latest animated film inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia. Set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where long ago humans and dragons lived together in harmony, Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) will take us on an exciting new adventure to track down the legendary last dragon, Sisu (voiced by Awkwafina) to restore the fractured land and unite its divided people. But along her journey, Raya will learn that it will take more than a dragon to save the world.

To celebrate the introduction of Disney’s Southeast Asian-inspired princess and warrior, it is only fitting that the film’s soundtrack will represent the region. This is why Disney Philippines is launching “Gabay” and has handpicked Asia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan to sing the first-ever Disney track in Filipino. 

“Raya and the Last Dragon is inspired by various Southeast Asian cultures and, as such, we found it fitting to launch ‘Gabay’ as a way for us to celebrate the film and connect with our Filipino fans,” said Allie Benedicto, Studio Marketing Head of Disney Philippines. “‘Gabay,’ the first-ever Disney track sung in Filipino, demonstrates our commitment to work with local creative talents to tell our stories in a locally relevant manner.” 

“I am very grateful and I feel very proud to be singing in my language, and show off its beauty to the rest of the world. I am proud to be part of history,” said Tandingan. “I grew up watching Disney movies. Finally, there is a Disney Princess who I can feel a very strong connection to, and that is Raya as the first one inspired by Southeast Asia.”

“Gabay” is a song about trust, strength, and unity, which KZ found inspiring when she read the lyrics for the first time. “I love that the song reminds us that sometimes we feel we are weak, especially when we are alone, but if we just learn to trust each other, to come together, and to unite, only then are we able to change the world,” she shared.

(ALSO READ: There’s a new Disney princess and she’s Southeast Asian! Here’s what we know so far…)

“Gabay” drops on Spotify on March 5, 2021. Stay tuned for the music video by following Disney Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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LOOK: We Found This Cool Mini-Projector For Fun Movie Dates at Home

Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you should stop thinking of ways to dial up the romance in ways that you can while staying safe and healthy at home. Here’s an idea: why not set up your own cozy movie house where you can snuggle up and watch your favorite films or television shows together? And I don’t mean watching from your tiny laptop screen!

Mini portable projectors are a super cool way to up your viewing experience as it mimics the feel of watching from a huge movie screen. And all it takes is for you to connect it to your gadget and stream your video of choice while it projects it on your wall (or even your ceiling).

This particular one I found on Lazada caught my attention the most, precisely because of how great a deal it is. It’s easy-to-use, provides a resolution of 1280×720 pixels that makes it project images clearly and vividly, has a manual focus that you can easily adjust accordingly, and a lifespan of 30 years. It even has a built-in 5-watt speaker to help amp up the volume.

The best part is that you can take it anywhere, so wherever you choose to be—whether it’s at your friend’s house, at a vacation home, or even just at your backyard—you can enjoy movies all night long!

It comes with its own remote too and supports a wide range of video, audio, and photo formats, so not only can you play your movies, but you can also use it as a bluetooth speaker or a slideshow player.

BUY this mini-projector now on Lazada while it’s at 54% off!

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Chadwick Boseman Won the Best Actor Award at the Golden Globes

Chadwick Boseman won the best actor award at the Golden Globes on Sunday for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award for best actor in a motion picture drama on behalf of the late actor.

He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells us we can.”

That tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing.

The actor died in August of colon cancer at age 43 — three months before “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was released.⁣⁣⁣ He is now the first Black winner in the category in almost 15 years. Before him, Forest Whitaker won at the 2007 ceremony for his performance as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” Boseman’s first Golden Globe also makes him the first Black posthumous winner in an acting category.⁣⁣

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How to Apply For a PWD Card: a Step-by-Step Guide

Need to apply for a PWD ID card soon? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to obtain one!

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What is a PWD card?

This ID card is used for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the Philippines in order to receive the benefits and discounts as mandated by the law. A PWD ID card is valid for three years and completely free of charge when applying for the first time! Subsequent renewals due to expiration, damages, or loss will require a minimal fee.

Which types of disabilities are eligible for a PWD ID card?

Filipinos with a permanent disability and medical conditions that are either visible or not, which interfere with their interactions in society, can apply for a PWD ID card. The Department of Health (DOH) considers the following types of disabilities as eligible to apply:

  • Psychosocial disability – Includes bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, epilepsy, and other long-term and recurring mental or behavioral issues
  • Disability resulting from a chronic illness – Includes orthopedic disability due to cancer, blindness due to diabetes, and other disabilities due to a chronic disease
  • Learning disability – e.g. Dysgraphia, Dyslexia
  • Visual disability – Simple poor eyesight doesn’t automatically qualify a person for a PWD ID unless the visual impairment can’t be corrected. Individuals with such a condition need to present a medical certificate from their ophthalmologist with a clearance of functional limitation due to poor eyesight.
  • Orthopedic (Musculoskeletal), physical disability – Includes people with dwarfism and amputated hands or feet. Individuals with scoliosis may also apply for an ID.
  • Mental disability (illness or  disorder) – e.g. schizophrenia
  • Intellectual disability – Slow progress in mental development
  • Hearing disability – Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Speech, language impairment –  Includes developmental language disorder, language delay, or developmental dysphasia; communication disorder that adversely affects a person’s ability to talk, understand, read, and write; trouble producing certain sounds accurately.
  • Multiple disabilities

How to apply for a PWD ID card

Listed below are the requirements:

  1. Two (2) recent 1×1 ID pictures with the names, and signatures or thumb marks at the back of the picture
  2. One (1) Valid ID
  3. Latest medical certificate or clinical abstract that confirms disability condition from licensed private or government clinic, or hospital-based medical professional
  4. A completed PWD Registration Form from any of the following:
    • Office of the Mayor
    • Office of the Barangay Captain
    • National Council on Disability Affairs or its regional counterpart
    • Department of Social Welfare and Development offices
    • Participating organizations with Memorandum of Agreements with the DOH
    • DOH Online Registration

Note: You must attach one 1×1 ID picture and your medical certificate in the application form.

After accomplishing your requirements, you can then submit them to the City or Municipal Mayor, Barangay Captain, Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) of the city hall or municipal hall where you live, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, or the City or Municipal Health Office or its satellite offices who will then verify your data, assign a PWD ID number, issue your card and its accompanying booklet, and submit your documents for data encoding.

Benefits of the PWD ID card

PWD ID holders are entitled to the following benefits:

  1. 20% discount and VAT exemption from the following:
    • Hotel accommodations, restaurants, and recreation centers
    • Admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals, and other similar places of culture, leisure, and amusement
    • Medicines in all drugstores
    • Medical and dental services including diagnostic, laboratory, and professional fees
    • Domestic air and sea travel fares
    • Public railways, skyways, and bus fares
    • Funeral and burial services for the death of a PWD
  2. Educational assistance through the provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies, and other incentives
  3. The same benefits and privileges that are given by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), and PAG-IBIG
  4. Special discounts for the purchase of basic commodities as determined by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agricultural (DA)
  5. Entitlement to use express lanes for persons with disability in all commercial and government establishments, and queueing priority

Certain cities may provide additional benefits to their PWD citizens. Just to name a few, some cities allow free movie admission, free parking, and free birthday cakes!

Remember, though, that the PWD ID card should only be availed of and used by those who truly have disabilities. Don’t abuse the system just so you can enjoy their benefits!

(ALSO READ: How to Apply for and Renew Your Philippine Passport: A Step-by-Step Guide)

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“Sometimes You Need to Live a Crazy Life”: Derek Ramsay Admits Ellen Adarna Is the One

After finally confirming to the public that he’s dating Ellen Adarna, Derek Ramsay has opened up and spoken in detail for the first time about how their relationship came to be.

In an interview with Mega Magazine that was published on Monday, March 1, the 44-year-old actor revealed that he had actually gone on a blind date with Ellen prior to the viral dinner party that subsequently fueled romance rumors between them. It was during that blind date that they were spotted and approached by Ruffa Gutierrez who, after noting that they were all neighbors, led Derek to host that dinner at his house.

“She met my dad,” Ramsay reminisced. “My dad was seated right beside her. Most women would have been, you know, prim and proper. But she was herself. And that’s what made the evening really, really wonderful.”

“It was just so easy. And yeah, we had a wonderful evening. And that’s when I said, ‘Oh no! Meron akong nararamdaman! Patay! (I’m feeling something! Darn it!)’,” he continued. “I tried to put it out. I tried to put it out. But she’s just so fun to be around. And it was just fun. Every day, it’s just even more fun. There’s no boring, dull moment.”

He goes on to describe his feelings for Ellen as a “chemical reaction,” something he was “super blindsided” by.

“I’m not afraid to let my feelings go right away because before baka hindi, baka hindi, baka hindi, kalma ka lang (maybe it won’t be her, maybe it won’t work out, just calm down). That chemical reaction I told you, it’s like the first time I’ve felt it! And it’s like, WOW! What is this?” he gushed.

“I think she’s the one. And I say it’s gonna happen quick,” he admits. “Seriously. Like no joke. Sometimes you need to live a crazy life. I’ve always been living a safe life, and now, parang (it’s like) holy sh*t! I don’t know what’s coming. I don’t know what’s happening…”

“I’ve had so many relationships, you know? But there’s nothing like this talaga (really). Like we were up all night just talking about it. Two Alphas. We’re both f***ing Alphas!”

When asked if Derek has plans to marry Ellen, he confessed that if he doesn’t follow through with this relationship, he’ll “regret it.”

“It’s just strange how all of this happened. It came out of nowhere! She’s from Cebu. I’m from here. She becomes my neighbor. She’s walked past my house a few times, because she goes out for walks with her son. And then an opportunity was given for us to meet. We didn’t waste time, I guess. People, around us knew it would happen. Kami, in denial pa kami (Us, we were still in denial). Now ito na (here it is), and I’m not scared. I’m not worried,” he ended.

(ALSO READ: LOOK: Did This Friend’s Instagram Post Confirm that Derek Ramsay and Ellen Adarna Are In Love?)

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Enzo Pineda and Michelle Vito Celebrate First Milestone in Their Relationship

Celebrity couple Enzo Pineda and Michelle Vito just celebrated their first anniversary over the weekend!

The two took to their Instagram accounts to greet one another with simple yet sweet messages while sharing clips of some of their cute moments together.

“1 year of u and me,” Michelle wrote on her post.

Meanwhile, Enzo opened up on how much his girlfriend makes him happy.

“It doesn’t matter where or how I go, being with you, making you proud and smile is my happiness,” he said, as he shared photos from their many memorable times together throughout their relationship so far.

“Happy 1st anniversary my Dai and a billion more to come. I hope on our special day kahit busy ka with your show napasaya kita. Can’t wait to celebrate our anniversary again when you get back. I love you to the moon and back.”

The 30-year-old Kapamilya star confirmed his relationship with the 22-year-old actress last August 2020.

“In this vast infinite universe that we are in, I’m blessed that I ended up in this interesting planet called earth & met you,” he wrote on his Instagram post at the time. “Thank you for sunnier days and thank you for inspiring me to be a better man. I treasure every moment with you and I’m excited for the adventures life has in store for us.”

(ALSO READ: LOOK: Enzo Pineda Confirms He’s Dating Michelle Vito)

So cute! Happy anniversary to these two!


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LOOK: ‘Float,’ the First Pixar Short Featuring Filipino Characters, is Now Available to Watch Online

The first-ever Pixar animated short featuring Filipino characters, “Float,” is finally available for viewing for FREE on Youtube!

The company released the 7-minute film on the video-sharing platform this week in its effort to combat anti-Asian violence following the news of several hate crimes targeted towards Asians taking place recently in San Francisco and New York City. This is the first time this short was made available outside of Disney+, where it premiered last November 2019, and made accessible to Asian audiences, to whom the streaming platform has yet to be launched.

“Float” follows the story of a Filipino father raising his son while attempting to conceal his gift—the ability to float in the air, which causes discomfort to the people around them. It was written and directed by Filipino-American animator Bobby Rubio inspired by his own struggles handling his son’s autism diagnosis.

Watch the emotional Pixar short below!

Previously, director Rubio called upon the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to consider “Float” for an Oscar for Animated Short Film. Oscar nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards are set to be announced in March.

Rubio has worked with Pixar as a story artist in 2012 and has been working in animation with Disney since the 90s, working in classic Disney movies like Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

(ALSO READ: “For Your Consideration” — Filipino Director of Pixar Short “Float” Calls Upon the Academy Awards)

Aside from “Float,” Pixar also released “Wind” on Youtube this weekend, which is another touching film with Asian characters, created by Korean director Edwin Chang.

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National Museum of the Philippines Officially Reopens! Here’s How to Book Your Visit

The National Museum of the Philippines is finally opening its doors to visitors once more, after being closed down due to the ongoing pandemic, beginning Tuesday, March 2.

The museum made the announcement on Facebook and shared its guidelines for people intending to visit.

“The National Museum of the Philippines is very pleased to announce the limited reopening of its central museums within the National Museum Complex in Rizal Park, Manila — namely the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Museum of Natural History,” they wrote in a public statement.

“We at the National Museum of the Philippines are eager to welcome back our visitors, old and new. Again, though, please read and follow our guidelines as well as general health protocols to ensure that we all stay safe.”

The National Museum will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 12 NN and 1 PM to 4 PM. Only 100 persons may be allowed to enter each session.

To book your visit, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Make an online reservation through reservation.nationalmuseum.gov.ph at least one (1) day prior. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
  2. Choose between individual or group check-in. Group reservations are limited to a maximum of five (5) persons.
  3. Fill up the form with the correct details.
  4. Wait for your confirmation

Remember that only those aged 15 to 65 years old will be granted entry, so bring any ID showing the date of your birth on the day of your visit. To know more about what the museum do’s and don’t’s, check their official Facebook page!

As of writing, the National Planetarium remains closed.

(ALSO READ: LOOK: A peek at the National Museum of Natural History Open House)

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How to be Financially Smarter in 2021

Whenever a new year comes around, most look forward to it with a positive conviction and an opportunity for a fresh start. But 2020 had different plans for the world. Events and vacations were cancelled, routines and roles shifted, and mindsets turned inward as we reflected on our faith and resilience.

As we all slowed down, many regrets also surfaced. We started thinking about decisions and risks that we should have taken in the past. And how frustrating it was to be unable to move on any of these, as we were locked down and confined in our safe little bubbles.

Now that a new year has finally come, many are ready to begin anew. With all the adjustments its customers had to go through last year, Security Bank has adapted to help people rebuild their lives again.

1.     Bank better by banking safer. That is why Security Bank made digital banking the driver of its transactions last year. InstaPay is a cashless and contactless mode of payment that has been made available in the Security Bank mobile app since 2020.

“We’ve seen how useful and convenient InstaPay is to our clients over the pandemic. Likewise, we support BSP’s call for digitalization and usage of online banking, which is in line with our goal to let our clients thrive at home,” said Maki Tingson, Security Bank’s Retail Banking Segment Head, as the Bank extended their waived InstaPay transfer fees for retail clients, until April 20, 2021.

2.     Prepare for the future. No matter what life stage you find yourself to be in, Security Bank has a multitude of accounts to choose from depending on its client’s goals and lifestyle. Choose between Easy Savings designed for everyone’s basic banking needs or the All- Access Checking, an all-in-one account that comes with a free Life Insurance Coverage.

3.     Realize your goals sooner than later. Whether it’s finally going on a long-awaited trip, a marriage proposal or a down payment for your first car or home, Security Bank’s Secure Goals Plus is a high-interest account that allows its clients to force save a fixed amount monthly to help them reach any dream faster.

Setting is up is easy and fast, too. Account holders can apply for it online which comes with a user-friendly calculator that helps compute how much needs to be placed aside per month, making monthly budgeting for this easy.

4.     Grow by expanding what you know. With Security Bank’s involvement in GoNegosyo Mentorship Sessions on Facebook, aspiring business people can learn how to build their start-ups.

In one episode, “Financing Opportunities for MSMEs”, Security Bank’s Assistant Vice President Maricel dela Cerna discussed what are secured and unsecured loans, giving viewers a better understanding on what kind of loans are needed to start an enterprise.

5. Bank on the go. Banking need not be long lines and long waits. Security Bank is also making banking even more accessible with the launch of its BetterBanking on the Go last January 25, 2021. It is a mobile banking service that also comes as ATMs, iPads and interactive screens in various mobile branches, allowing clients to do their basic banking transactions on the go.

If any of your plans have been on hold from the past year, regret no more. Security Bank will help us reach our goals.

For more information, please visit: https://www.securitybank.com/blog/thriving-at-home/.

LOOK: Ginebra Launches “Bagong Hamon, Bagong Tapang” Campaign

While the coming new year brings us a fresh start, it also pushes us to face a new reality, a new normal. In this new normal, life is not the way it used to be.  

With the new normal comes a new start, a new hope, and a new future that is in our hands to shape. The pandemic may have exposed our weaknesses, but it has also built new courage and strength. It is a courage that says, “I will start again even if it means beginning at a lower state”. It is a courage that operates on humility and certainty to fight despite external factors. Indeed, to succeed in this battle we have to overcome uncertainty with a different kind of strength and resilience, and a new kind of courage.

“Bagong Hamon, Bagong Tapang,” Ginebra San Miguel’s latest campaign hopes to inspire and to motivate with a new ad that highlights the values that Filipinos need to have as a nation in facing the challenges of the new normal – “ganado,” “matapang,” “lumalaban,” and “nagkakaisa.” The narrative is inspired by real-life situations that Filipinos went through in the pandemic, rising to the challenge of starting anew to survive, to be able to provide for their family and to serve others. 

The new advertising campaign was launched on January 1, 2021 on online and digital platforms. 

“Filipinos have always been strong and resilient as a people but the new challenges we face today unleashed a new kind of strength and resilience we never thought we had. Today, we are ready to move on and ready to take new opportunities. We have a chance to reinvent and to create a better world where we can all work, succeed, and celebrate in the new normal. We cannot re-write the past, but we can learn from it. We evolve and we adapt. ‘Kailangan harapin ang bagong hamon ng may bagong tapang, isang bagong tapang na hinubog ng pandemya.’ Ginebra San Miguel is one with the Filipinos and one with the nation in building this new future,” says Ginebra San Miguel Marketing Manager Ron Molina.

Ginebra San Miguel’s award-winning campaigns have consistently drawn inspiration from the Filipinos’ deeply-rooted culture of communal drinking or “tagay” as a symbol of unity, togetherness, and Bayanihan spirit. Recently, Ginebra San Miguel’s digital ad “Tapang na Tunay” won the nod of the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Best Branded Digital Ad as the brand’s One Ginebra Nation campaign took on a deeper meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic as Ginebra San Miguel showed its solidarity with the nation through its donation of disinfectant alcohol to frontliners, among others. 

Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI) is the producer of Ginebra San Miguel products, the world’s largest-selling gin according to leading global drinks journal Drinks International. It is also a 15-time Gold Quality Label awardee of the Monde Selection International Quality Institute.