Smart brings together the Eraserheads to go all out for a new, complete prepaid offer

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Old school will always be cool. The comeback of trends from the 90’s —Pokémon, brown lipstick and Doc Martens boots — only shows it was the best era ever. It was also the golden age of Pinoy rock music.

And when you say Pinoy rock, the first band that comes to mind is the Eraserheads. Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Raymund Marasigan, and Buddy Zabala are the four men behind the Eraserheads, one of the most important bands in the history of Pinoy rock music.

The last time the Eraserheads performed together on one stage was in 2009. Recently, Smart was able to bring them back together for a special private performance.

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Individually, Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy are talented artists but together as the Eraserheads, they are legendary. Their time apart has only served to hone their talents and personalities. Other artists can perform Eraserheads songs well but no one can do “Magasin,” “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” Ligaya,” and “Pare Ko” like the original.

And as they say, “iba talaga ‘pag kumpleto.” Whether it is entertainment or anything else, people look for the whole package. In the same way, Smart’s prepaid call and text bundles are awesome, and its surf bundles equally so. But if you combine call, text and mobile internet, you have the most comprehensive prepaid deal ever.

Last August 19, the telco launched ALLOUTSURF 30, the first complete data, call and text, offer in the market. For Php 30, prepaid subscribers get 2 days of 300MB data with free access to Facebook, unlimited texts to all networks, and 30 minutes calls to Smart, TNT and Sun.

There is more.

“The All Out Surf campaign, like the Eraserheads’ performances, will show how being complete is always the best thing, whether it refers to a band or a promo. Seeing them together brings back so many memories and shows the power of being complete,” said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Mobile Business Head.

“Never miss out on anything that you’re passionate about, whether it’s your family members’ and friends’ posts on Facebook or browsing your favorite new websites. ALLOUTSURF 30 makes sure you’re connected when you need to be and don’t miss out on anything important,” she added.

Now, there’s no need to choose between call, text, and mobile data. You can have it all with ALLOUTSURF 30, the first promo offer to give subscribers what they want and need.

If you’ve just booked an Uber ride home and you need to call or text your driver, no problem. You can also check your email messages and social messaging apps. Information is just a click or a swipe away with ALLOUTSURF 30.

“Smart’s nationwide network makes sure you can keep in touch via call & text, and access the Internet for the things that matter like emails and online messages,” said Carag.

ALLOUTSURF 30 was created for today’s active digital users — from the student on a budget who always has to choose between two promos, or the young professional who always relies on Wi-Fi, to the grandma who loves to play Candy Crush and needs Facebook for “lives.”

For more information about ALLOUTSURF 30 and other promos, go to smart.com.ph/alloutsurf. To avail, text ALLOUT30 to 9999.

 

 

 

This is a press release from Smart Communications.

Be updated of the upcoming Pokemon GO Phl launch thru Freenet

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Enjoy the best of the Pokemon GO worldwide craze with freenet and PayMaya

Filipinos keenly anticipating the launch of Pokemon GO can now stay updated on the upcoming release of the game in the Philippines and fully enjoy the game when it launches with the help of freenet and PayMaya.

Now a certified worldwide phenomenon, Pokemon GO is a location-based mobile game developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company. The mobile game allows players to catch Pokemon or “pocket monsters” as if in real life using the GPS and camera of their smartphones.

The game is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, and select European countries. It has yet to launch in any Asian country, including Japan where the original Pokemon game originated.

Get Pokemon GO updates with freenet

Those who want to stay updated on news about the upcoming release of the game in the Philippines may now download the freenet app on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Through freenet, Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers will be able to read the latest news and social media feeds from the local Pokemon GO community for free and with no data charges.

This is part of freenet’s mission to enable communities such as those who are eager to play Pokemon GO to stay active and participate in various activities and discussions through digital means.

This follows the successful livestreaming of President Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration and the Gilas Pilipinas FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament games through freenet, which allowed Filipinos to be digitally present in these historic events even if they are not physically able to do so.

Purchase Pokecoins with PayMaya

Meanwhile, once the Pokemon GO app launches in the Philippines, players will be able to fully enjoy the game through in-app purchases with the help of PayMaya, the easiest way to pay online even without a credit card.

Players only have to download the PayMaya app on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, load up their accounts with at least P60 to cover the standard app store verification fee, and link their virtual VISA card to their app store accounts to be able to make in-app purchases for Pokecoins, the in-app currency used inside the Pokemon GO game.

With the help of Pokecoins, players will be able to purchase various items that will help them easily navigate the game, such as Pokeballs to catch Pokemon with, Pokemon eggs that allow them to “hatch” Pokemon, Potions to restore the health of their Pokemon, and Incense and Lure Modules that make it easy to attract wild Pokemon to their immediate vicinity.

In-app purchases are made more convenient with PayMaya as mobile game players can easily load up at any of the over 15,000 PayMaya reloading stations nationwide that include SM Malls Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, Bayad Centers, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks, and Smart Padala Centers, on top of online banking via BDO.

Aside from the mobile app, PayMaya customers can also opt to have their own PayMaya physical prepaid card which can be used in brick-and-mortar stores worldwide that accept Visa. A variant also comes with its own beep™ wallet, allowing users to ride the MRT, LRT, some city buses and other beep™-powered transportation for their daily commute, so they can easily explore the city in search of wild Pokemon.

Users who upgrade their PayMaya account can use their PayMaya for peer-to-peer money transfers and ATM withdrawals.

For more information about PayMaya and how users can get their own PayMaya card, visit www.paymaya.com. To know more about the free and fun way to connect through freenet, visit www.freenet.ph.

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This is a press release from Smart Communications.

Unleash your nerdy + coffeeholic side at The Librewry Cafe

I am an addict of books. Some time, I thought that I might born a reader. Even during my childhood years, I can always remember how I patronized my Filipino – Pagbasa books with stories centered on a Filipino family teaching values to the young readers, and even The Little House Books. It is a true life book series of the author Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, and is composed of ten books. I first read the earlier chapters during fourth grade, and then, you’ll surely not believe it, but I have only finished reading the tenth book last August 2015. You know what, the time I read that last book, I was a bit frustrated. I hate endings and imagining Laura growing old in this book made me perceive that I grow along with her. It has been a long book search, for it took years for me to complete the book. See, that is how books can easily infect me.

To add more to my story, I was also a resident of our library during college (aside from staying late at the e-library to read Kryz Uy and Laureen Uy’s blogs , hehe). It is so fortunate of me though to stick in a circle of classmates who loves to read (and sleep in the lib too), reason for me to love our library more. In fact, I have used all of my paid hours in both lib and e-lib, why I can say, I have enjoyed the privileges my tuition has paid. Hehe.

After college however, I found it hard to read books that can be useful for research. Internet cope up with the pace, but it is true that everything you research online should be carefully curated. I only visited the City Lib once and as much as I want to visit it more often, time just don’t permit because it closes 5pm.

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Lucky for Cagayan de Oro City, The Librewry Café made its grand opening earlier today! It is a coffee shop, plus library located along Velez Street (Fronting Sentro 1850, and beside The Redtail). Guys, I suggest that you should memorize that address up there because café’s false front is really false. It’s door is just tiny, but once you made it inside, you will surely feel like a Nancy Drew finally at the top of the mystery. The place is honestly wide, with two storeys.

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The Librewry Café made its soft opening only a week ago, but starting today, it is already opened 24/7 to provide you the best venue to have a cup of hot coffee while doing your research or  to sit back and relax while reading John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

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Twenty-three

Featured image grabbed from Google.

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Yas, it was my birthday last 13th and I enjoyed it a lot. 22 has been much of a young adult to adulthood nearing the so-called quarter life. 23 is more though. This is to be more responsible, wise and sound decision-making, more of bravery, patience, learning and selfless service. Less of self, more of family.

In my 23 years in this world, there are victories and failures, happiness and heartbreaks but these all have made a Book of Experiences, teaching me to be more of what I am, what I have and what I can. I cannot promise myself or the whole world anything but as I grow older, I will strive hard and enough to be a better person.

Thank you to all who remembered me in my big day. It was so overwhelming reading your birthday greetings and messages, telling me how important I am or scolding me over my stubbornness. Both are appreciated. Much love and a number of kisses, friends!

Happy Social Media Day!

June was a jam-packed month. Aside from hearing romantic vows at weddings and others, celebrating the existence of social media is also marked in June.

I joined the CDO Bloggers, a group of influencers in Cagayan de Oro City, to celebrate the day of a something that ruined our normal life – taking pictures before eating, stopping by colourful walls of boutiques for an OOTD, snapping and making yourself funny through filters – Hehe, joke.  Honestly, social media is everything, provided that you have to be responsible on producing your content.

The celebration was held at a beautiful Pane e Dolci in Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. The kind officers prepared a learning session with Google Business Group CDO – Mr. Jon Doblados and trivia games as well.

I really enjoyed the night. I realized being with a bunch of people that I share the same goal, and interests is just overwhelming. Thank you so much for all sponsors who are behind our laughter that night, including Smart Communications Inc., Bria Flats Cagayan de Oro, Organique World International – CDO, and of course, Pane e Dolci.

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Before our learning sessions, as usual, we were asked to introduce our names, and at the same time our domain, and also to answer the question that goes on like, “How Social Media affected you?”

I was so taken aback that I was called, so my answer was not sincere. So, I better write it here. Hehe.

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Social Media.  When I was still in college and doing our com research for our thesis, one of the things that we have to study and understand is social media, on how it works and how it influences the mass, especially the millennial.

Social media has been a good tool to promote shared meanings. It helped people elevate their venues of communication with regards to speed and distance.

I am not going to enumerate all here the advantages of using social media because the same to its scope, it is never-ending. Instead, I am going to share to you how social media influenced me.

I have been an active user of the old Friendster back then. I was still in my second year high school that time when I was introduced to this social media world. Parts that I appreciated about Friendster is you have to send comments to your friend’s profile in order to keep your feed active, having them comment back. I liked those graphics I loyally get from glittergraphics.com and Photobucket. I loved how it connects people, that I got to regain communication from my friend who were transferred to other high school, distant relatives and even those people I thought who were just passers-by – those people I met during competitions I joined back in my younger years, those I have befriended during trainings or travels. I loved it, that when I discovered Facebook is threatening Friendster (which it is successful though), I felt so sad. Just thank goodness that I have appreciated Facebook in the long run.

I have seen how social media developed time to time. Facebook offered more advanced technology and connected the world. I appreciated it even more when I became a Communication student, studied some of it and found how beneficial it can be in this information era. I began blogging, posting photo releases and most of all, sharing information that is vital for others to know, such as government programs and initiatives, the fact that I know more about these programs being a government employee. Doing so makes me happy. Social media tested my creativity and skills. I discovered a lot of things about myself since the day I became connected to the world.

As a blogger, social media is everything! Perhaps, there are a lot of people who criticized the industry I am in, because according to them, we are being too connected. However, the important thing here is you do not know you get to inspire other people too. Like me, I became a blogging geek because I was also touched by hundreds of bloggers I have been following. These people inspired me to live a very interesting life. Social media enticed me to connect with them, apply lessons I gained in my own life, be more informed and thus, be involved.

How about you? How did Social Media influenced you? I love to hear it from you in the comments!