One PH now Free-to-view to all current and old subscribers of Cignal

As one with the nation, Cignal TV is offering one of its news & entertainment channels, One PH, free-to-view for all of its subscribers. This feature is available to both old and new subscribers, even to those with an inactive subscription or out of prepaid load and with deactivated old boxes.

One PH airs daily news updates on COVID-19 and the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon from 6AM – 10PM .  These timely updates also include airing relevant briefings throughout the day.

Aside from daily news updates, One PH has a great line-up of current affairs, one of which is ‘Wanted Sa Radyo.’, hosted by Raffy Tulfo. The program brings cases of abuse, exploitation, dishonesty, family disputes, and any form of injustice in society to light, staying true to Tulfo’s no-nonsense approach.

With a hefty roster of available channels, Cignal TV aims to be the source of up-to-date and relevant information for every Filipino. The satellite TV provider offers a diverse set of channels and programs that can connect and communicate to everyone.

Starting March 22 until April 15, 2020, PTV4, TV5 and all Cignal-produced channels (PBA Rush, OneSports+, One News, One Sports, Sari Sari & Colours) will be free-to-view for all subscribers even for zero load accounts.

Aside from this, from March 24 to April 15, all Postpaid plans 290 and up, and Prepaid loads 100 and up, will be able to enjoy free viewing of more channels.

Subscribers can continue their viewing experience by loading online (Lazada, Shopee, GCash, PayMaya, MegaPay and BPI), through load retailers (Cignal, Smart, Muenchen, Telepreneur, Load Central, Posible.Net), and via Remittance and Bills Payment Centers (Bayad Center, Mercury Drug, Western Union, Palawan Pawnshop, M. Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier and True Money).

For Postpaid subscribers, Cignal TV extended its payment terms for a month in line with the community quarantine situation of the country.

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Tea is one of the oldest drinks in history

Even during ancient times and during the times of emperors, tea is one of the drinks that they consumed and enjoyed. In fact, the history of tea dates back to ancient China, almost 5,000 years ago.

According to legend, in 2732 B.C. Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea when leaves from a wild tree blew into his pot of boiling water. He was immediately interested in the pleasant scent of the resulting brew, and drank some. This is how tea was born.

These days, you will see people toting a cup of tea and drinking it like any other drink but here are 5 things that you need to know when you have a cup of tea because it is not just your everyday, ordinary drink.

Green tea is the healthiest beverage in the world. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, helping it to increase metabolism which aids in weight loss. The other powerful effects include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many more.

White Tea is the least processed among black tea and green tea. Due to this, white tea retains a high amount of antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease and combats skin aging. It is also very effective at reducing inflammation from free radicals in human skin cells.

Black Tea, on the other hand, is stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee. It also offers a variety of health benefits because it contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. It also helps lower blood pressure. Results found that those who drank black tea had a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Oolong Tea is known to revitalize your mental alertness and performance, naturally, because it contains caffeine. Be careful if you are sensitive to caffeine and limit your consumption to one lightly steeped cup a day, or indulge a few times a week. This is also the strongest amongst the four variants.

Green Tea with Jasmine Flowers is believed to help reduce stress and helps to induce calm before sleep. This makes it the perfect cup of tea to have an hour before going to bed.

All these benefits can be found inside Legánde’s Tea Products. You can purchase Legánde’s Tea variants via www.Legánde.com or visit them at Suite 406, West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Ortigas Center, Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1605. Legánde’s Tea comes in 5 variants: green tea, white tea, black tea, oolong tea, and green tea with jasmine flower. You can also check their Facebook Page to send them a message.

Fake News Spread Like a Pandemic

As the Philippines turns its eyes to the COVID-19 outbreak, misinformation about the coronavirus spreads like a pandemic disease on social media.

Irresponsible tips on how to stop the coronavirus have gone viral on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. And like any other fake news, it sounds too good to be true.

With the community quarantine in place in affected cities, Filipinos need to get the right information from the right experts. When social media is wrought with harmful and dangerous misinformation, credible sources of pertinent news is needed more than ever.

For the latest, factual information about the COVID-19 outbreak, tune in to Cignal’s slew of most trusted and reputable international and local news channels.

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The benefits of Legánde Inc.’s Argan Oil

When you hear Argan Oil, you immediately think of beauty, creams, serums, and anything that would enhance the physical aspect of a person’s skin. We can’t blame you though. Argan oil has long been associated with beauty products and used to enhance aesthetics and all these claims are true. 

Argan oil is actually a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. In Morocco, argan oil is used to dip bread in and eaten for breakfast or to drizzle on couscous or pasta. Thankfully, someone found another way of using argan oil and this time, it’s for our hair, face, and body.  

Argan oil as a stretchmark saver. For pregnant women, this can be used to prevent the formation of stretch marks or make it less visible with prolonged use because it moisturizes the skin. Stretch marks form because the skin gets stretched to its limit and when it bounces back after giving birth, elasticity is no longer present, leaving marks that look like a cat dragged something in. With the continued use of argan oil, this can be minimized. 

Argan oil can also be used to treat acne because it is a major contributor to skin hydration which is important in acne prevention. If you use it regularly, it will definitely improve the overall look of your skin and help make sure that you don’t get as much acne as you used to. 

Lastly, it contains essential nutrients such as OMEGA 6 and VITAMIN E which helps in promoting healthy skin, hair, and eyes as well as powerful antioxidant properties. This means that it supports the repair and maintenance of healthy skin and increases skin elasticity and hydration in postmenstrual women. 

All these benefits can be found inside the Legánde Argan Oil because it uses pure Moroccan argan oil. You can purchase Legánde’s Argan Oil via www.Legánde.com or visit them at Suite 406, West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Ortigas Center, Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1605. Legánde’s Argan Oil comes in three variants: Hair, Face, and Body. You can also check their Facebook Page to send them a message.

Sheraton Manila Bay and WWF #ChangetheEnding for Earth Hour 2020

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Sheraton Manila Bay will be one with the world in the observance of Earth Hour. The hotel will not only switch off lights in its main public and office areas from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM, it will also serve a 4-course set dinner for a cause at the Pacific Lounge for only Php 1,500 nett per person. This Earth Hour “Dinner  for A Greener Earth” gourmet set menu consists of Grilled Pickled Mackerel Scad, Chicken & Spinach Terrine, Herb Sautéed Fresh Local Anchovies; Pumpkin Velouté; Pan Roasted  Dorada “Meurette”; Raspberry Mellow, French Chocolate Gateau, Honeycomb Caramel; and freshly brewed coffee and a selection of fine international teas.  Part of the proceeds will be for the benefit of World Wide Fund – Philippines.

Sheraton Manila Bay will also host a ceremonial Parade of Lights at the lobby and restaurants culminating at the symbolical lighting of the Earth Hour 60+ logo installation at the 7th floor as part of the hotel’s awareness effort to educate the public on the effects of global warming. Also to further the cause and collective effort to stop climate change, Marriot International shall donate US$3 to World Wide Fund for every use of #MIEarthHour #Serve360 hashtags on Twitter or Instagram.

For reservation please call +632 5318 0788 or email reservations.manilabay@sheraton.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram @sheratonmanilabay and Twitter at @sheratonmnlbay. For more information, please visit our website at www.sheratonmanilabay.com. Sheraton Manila Bay is located at M. Adriatico cor. Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila.

About WORLD WIDE FUND (WWF) Philippines: #ChangeTheEnding Campaign

We are running out of time. Our commitments have not been able to sufficiently stop the environmental and climate crisis. Storms are now stronger than ever before and extinction rates have continued to rise, while human suffering continues to grow with the loss of environmental integrity. Scientists predict that we only have ten years left to reverse the current trend of environmental degradation – and we must act now.

Faced with the enormity of the task ahead, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines is expanding its work in the holistic conservation of our natural resources and the protection of our planet’s biodiversity. From ridge to river to reef, we work with our partners in the co-creation of innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental concerns of today. We use science in the service of life as we continue to strive for a future where man lives in harmony with nature.

Despite having projects addressing biodiversity protection and climate change adaptation, WWF-Philippines will not be able to reverse the current crisis without everyone’s involvement. Our goal to protect the planet, a goal that must be shared by all, will not be realized if we do not all make changes to our lifestyles today. We need governments, businesses, and individuals alike not just to commit, but to act toward a more sustainable tomorrow.

This March, WWF-Philippines will simultaneously be holding Earth Hour 2020 on March 28, as well as launching the #ChangeTheEnding campaign. Over the next five years, we will work closely with our partners in focusing on scaled solutions to address the monumental and very urgent environmental challenges facing the present and next generations of Filipinos. We want everyone to know that while the situation is grim, we can still #ChangeTheEnding if we start acting today. We want all Filipinos to raise their voice for the planet, and to make nature matter.

We now stand at a flashpoint in human history. Our actions today will determine the course of all our futures. This Earth Hour, we invite everyone to join us in living differently today, for the sake of our planet and our shared tomorrow.

About Sustainability and Social Impact at Marriott International 

Marriott International embraces its global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good. Guided by its sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott is committed to making a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business. While integrating sustainability across its value chain and mitigating climate-related risk, the company is working to reduce environmental impacts, build and operate sustainable hotels, source responsibly, advance human rights, and create opportunities for the communities where we operate. To learn more about our efforts and our 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals, visit serve360.marriott.com and follow @MarriottPOV on Twitter.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,300 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 134 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program with 141 million members globally.

PANGARUNGAN: THE DIVIDING FACTOR

INSTEAD of having to unify the Muslim Filipinos, the current Secretary of the NCMF serves to divide the Muslim brethren through rumors, false accusations and tribalism. 

Mr. Arasa was evicted from office due to malicious reasons so the Muslim religious leaders took action to support the former Blue Mosque Administrator and ask President Rodrigo Roa Duterte about the issue of the NCMF Secretary. 

None other than Dr. Abdurahman Amin, M.D the Chairman of the Council of Elders on Maharlika Village in Taguig City and former Executive Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), permanent Liason Officer of the MNLF to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Sheikh Abdulrafih H. Sayedy the Grand Imam of the Blue Mosque and Cultural Center (BMCC), Diplomat and former Dean of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines who wrote a letter of support and attesting the credibility and moral ascendancy of Mr. Jadjurie H. Arasa, the former Administrator of the Blue Mosque and Cultural Center to the office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the department who has the direct supervision to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

The two Muslim religious leaders wrote Secretary Eduardo M. Ano of the DILG last February 20, 2020 stating reasons why they support Arasa and why they say that instead of the NCMF unifying the Muslims, it served as a dividing factor instead.

According to the letter, Arasa was designated by former NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain following procedures of proper consultation with the council of elders and representatives of the Jama’a of Maharlika Village.

He served under NCMF secretaries, Mehol Sadain, Yasmin Busran-Lao and Saidamen Pangarungan and the Chairman of the Muslim Consultative Council of Taguig also the Vice Chairman of the PNP Advisory council.

The religious leaders also added that Arasa was doing a good job as administrator and the private sector both here and abroad has his full support.

Likewise the said religious leaders urge the DILG to do something about Sec. Saidamen Pangarungan and Director Jun Dato Ramos for enticing division among the Muslim brethren through fabricated allegations among the Tausug youngsters saying that they are selling illegal drugs inside the Blue Mosque.

They said it was eight months from the date of turn over from Mr. Arasa to the Newly Appointed Administrator Mr. Bacarat from Marawi City.

During Arasa’s stint as Administrator, all Muslim tribes has been represented at the Blue Mosque, no minor or major tribe unlike the entirety of the NCMF under the leadership of Sec. Saidamen Pangarungan where the Maranao and his relatives hold key positions in the commission as quietly attested by his commissioners who has the same grievances and more.

One of the main benafactor of the Blue Mosque is none other than Sulu Governor Abdusakur M. Tan. He also helped in the Haj expenses as his Sadaka and other charities involving Islam, another is the Sali Nudjang foundation. 

The Religious Leaders re-iterate that it is not a “tribal” clash instead a clash between “right and wrong” bringing attention to the public about Pangarungan’s character assassination on Arasa to get the foreign contacts to side with them for them to get hold of the Jakat for the rehabilitation and renovation of the Blue Mosque and Cultural Center, capitalizing on Arasa’s moral ascendancy with the foreign Muslim brethren.

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National Defense Security Delfin Lorenzana to Keynote PROTECT 2020

The presence of the Defense Secretary affirms the strong partnership of government with business amidst the rapidly evolving global disorders faced by businesses around the world.

Businesses can be collateral damages as new levels of risks emerge between conflicting nations. The greatest threat now with present technological developments is in cyber space. We are witnesses to new and improved systems of cyber attacks, corporate espionage and intellectual property thefts.

At the same time, expect more disruptions of economic production and transactions as well as travel, triggered by natural disasters like strong storms, floods, forest fires and droughts caused by extreme weather changes. Pandemics is also a growing development for business interruption (e.g Coronavirus). International and homegrown terrorism likewise pose costly disruption.

These key issues will be the subject of discussions at PROTECT 2020. After the keynote address of Secretary Lorenzana, international and local experts will present to the delegates the latest evolving landscape and the top security challenges, cyber defense mechanics, data protection, measures and the use of data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence for security of businesses.

A special session has been arranged by the US ASEAN Business Council  on the subject of Pandemics, amidst the occurring nCoV 19’ virus.

A session on State of our National Security will have government officials from agencies concerned with security brief the delegates on their activities. Following this will be the Panel Discussion on the Future Security Issues considering the global situation, the security of our critical infrastructures, the gaming situation in the country and how foreign investments and partnerships affect national security.

A limited exhibit at PROTECT 2020 also offers a unique opportunity to witness in a select setting the following: firewall, cloud access, cross-domain IT security products, mobile forensic solutions, video analytics, video management solutions, data center solutions, cybersecurity solutions, virtual reality simulations, software development kits,etc. Emerging technologies developed by the Department of Science and Technology will also be on display.

For attendance in the conference, or to visit the exhibit, Contact leverage@leverageinternational.com

The PROTECT annual conference series on “Doing Business Amidst New Threats” provides the forum for dialogue and network thinking between government and the private sector.

Singlife Philippines is one step closer to unlock the potential of money for everyone

An important milestone has passed for Singlife Philippines after receiving the license to operate as a life insurance company from the Insurance Commission (IC) last Monday, February 17.  

“I’m very grateful to Mr. Funa and the people in the IC for the fast turnaround of our license application,” Singlife Philippines President & CEO Rien Hermans shares. “We submitted all the requirements for our license only last mid-December, and we actually have the license framed in our office barely two months after.”

 Apart from the usual documents for corporations and a detailed business plan, it is a requirement for every new insurance company to have an unimpaired capital of at least Php 1 billion to ensure contract liabilities can be met. After receiving Php 1.3 billion from its shareholders Singapore Life Pte Ltd., Di-Firm, and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Singlife Philippines cleared all the requirements and passed the mark.

Singlife Philippines is not just another life insurance company. Aligned with its vision to unlock the potential of money for everyone, the company’s objective is to broaden the penetration of life insurance in the country. Current penetration of individual life insurance products is still low at 6% of the insurable population and is expected to double or even triple in the medium-term, based on experience elsewhere in the region.

Mr. Hermans states that “the key issue is that available products are not affordable nor attractive at the moment. Minimum premiums are too high, or benefits are not flexible enough to fit the needs of clients with a smaller budget.” He continues, saying that “distributors are more focused on clients who can pay high premiums and generate attractive commissions.”

Digital technology has changed many industries, allowed services to be distributed to a broader range of clients, and made customer experience reach a higher standard. Unlike the nineties when customers were fine with receiving statements of account twice a month, customers now check their balance twice a day through their mobile devices and expect payments transacted over social media platforms to be in their accounts within minutes.


Regulators recognize the change in customer demands, the need for financial inclusion, and the benefits technology can offer. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) support for electronic fund transfer services such as PESONet and InstaPay and regulation on e-wallets are testaments to this fact, just as the IC’s push for micro-insurance and support for new digital players like Singlife Philippines affirm the same.  

Commissioner Dennis B. Funa and the IC welcome the entry of Singlife in the market. He states: “technology has underpinned the consistent, continuous growth of the insurance industry in the Philippines. Singlife’s philosophy – of making insurance customer-centric and efficient through technology – is a game changer for the evolving needs of a digital, progressive middle class who expect to be served real time and in a fair manner.”

With the license received, Singlife Philippines is targeting to launch its first product in April.

About Singlife Philippines (Singlife PH)
Singlife Philippines is a majority-owned subsidiary of Singlife (65%) with partners Di-Firm (20%) and Aboitiz Equity Ventures (15%). The company’s vision is to unlock the potential of money for everyone by offering innovative financial solutions that help people manage, grow and protect their money distributed according to their preferences.

About Singapore Life Pte Ltd. (Singlife)
Singlife is the first independent life insurance company that is fully licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore since 1970. Valued at USD 360mn, the company has been recognized for its deep expertise in technology to provide a superior experience for its customers, attracting investments from major life insurers such as Aflac, Aberdeen Standard Investments, and Sumitomo Life Insurance.