PHOENIX outlets, CEB flight network, GMA Network appointment, ABOITIZ officer among awardees, HMS launches MindWoRx, SHOPEE competition, ASTICOM Group cadetship program, COMCO at 6, PAGEONE Group AOY award, EASTERN Communications Link VIP Club

Aug 31, 2022

PHOENIX outlets, CEB flight network, GMA Network appointment, ABOITIZ officer among awardees, HMS launches MindWoRx, SHOPEE competition, ASTICOM Group cadetship program, COMCO at 6, PAGEONE Group AOY award, EASTERN Communications Link VIP Club


Phoenix in the changing retail landscape

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. successfully completed its first half performance in 2022 with 10 newly opened outlets across strategic locations in National Capital Region, Cebu, Davao, Bukidnon, and the islands of Palawan and Zamboanga.

In total, it currently operates close to 700 retail stations nationwide.

The country’s third largest oil brand continues to strengthen innovations across its brands on top of its gas stations, such as Phoenix SUPER LPG, Autoworx Plus, FamilyMart convenience store, POSIBLE digital payments, and LIMITLESS digital transactions.

Phoenix balances traditional and emerging trends with its newest retail concept called the Phoenix Block.

Launched in 2021 at Sucat Skyway and Evangelista, Makati City, Phoenix Block is a new station format that features all its businesses (Phoenix brands) and other complementary brands within one complex.

Phoenix, being a tech-driven company, officially launched in June 2020 its LIMITLESS mobile app, a digital lifestyle rewards program that incentivizes its registered members through earning and redeeming points using the Peso-point system, getting discounts, and deals from non-expiring e-vouchers.

The recent partnership with e-Tap Solutions is set out this year to provide customers more access and convenience to a wider range of payment options by installing new machines at 70 FamilyMart stores and Phoenix gas stations.

Cebu Pacific ramps up int’l flight network

Cebu Pacific is adding more flights to two of its top Asean destinations, namely Bangkok and Bali.

Beginning August 29, CEB will fly daily from Manila to Bangkok, coming from its current five-times-a-week frequency. By September, flights from Manila to Bali will also increase from thrice to five times weekly.

The airline also intends to restart its Manila-Brunei flights by September 1, starting with a twice weekly frequency.

Apart from this, the airline also intends to increase its flights from Cebu to Seoul from twice weekly to daily service by September 9. On September 23, flights to Nagoya from Manila will be daily from its current five times weekly.

By October 1, CEB’s Bali flights will increase to a daily service, while its flights to Hanoi and Taipei from Manila will both have one additional flight per week – from three times to four-times-a-week for Hanoi, and twice to thrice weekly for Taipei.

GMA Network appointment

The executive committee of GMA Network Inc. has elected Annette Gozon-Valdes on August 17 as its new senior vice president effective September 1.

Gozon-Valdes will oversee the Talent Management and Development, Program Management, Human Resources and Legal departments; Worldwide Division; and some subsidiaries in the Kapuso Network.

Valdes has been a director of GMA since 2000 and currently the programming consultant to the chairman/CEO of GMA Network,

Valdes graduated cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines where she graduated valedictorian and cum laude. She later obtained her Master of Laws from Harvard University.

Top Women in Security awardee Asean

Charmaine Rose Valmonte, Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) chief information security officer (CISO), was recognized in the Top Women in Security Asean Region – Security Trainer and Educator.

The award is part of the Top Women in Security initiative of the global Women in Security and Resilience Alliance which promotes women in the security technology industry.

As the Aboitiz Group gears towards building the Philippines’ first ‘Techglomerate’, its ‘Great Transformation’ is driven by technological innovation and, just as importantly, the ingenuity and integrity of its people. An invaluable part of the Group, Valmonte educates and inspires team members so that being secure, vigilant, and risk averse is part of their daily mindset.

The future of mental health

Canadian wellness company Healthy Mind Solutions (HMS) is launching MindWoRx in the Philippines, one of its mental health solutions.

MindWoRx is a 100 percent web-based online mental health platform for companies looking to assist their employees overcome anxiety and depression and help them handle the day-to-day stress and pressures at work and at home.

MindwoRx is an innovative and self-guided behavior therapy platform with over 150,000 users globally using the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach. The platform includes a Web-based Anxiety and Depression Assessment Test, online Mental Recovery & Resiliency Courses, and a Community Support Forum monitored by licensed therapists.

One company that acknowledges the importance of mental fitness is Medicareplus, one of the leading health maintenance organizations in the country.  They recently signed up a strategic partnership with HMS to offer MindWoRx to their plan holders.”

Upskilling young tech talent

Shopee Philippines is holding its first-ever Ulitmate Case Challenge, a business case competition open to Filipino undergraduate students from across the globe.

The regional business case competition has garnered over 4,000 participants across four other markets including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

Finalists of the competition will get the chance to win up to P50,000 and have the chance to receive a mentorship program from leaders of Shopee through GLP.

The competition is open to Filipino undergraduate students from across the globe. Each team consisting of 3 to 4 members will be asked to pitch their own unique ideas and solutions to a real-world challenge included in a business case brief.

Applicants can sign up at from August 22 to September 30.

Asticom Group launches cadetship program

Asticom Group of Companies has launched a cadetship program with coding boot camp KodeGo to help aspiring young professionals develop their skills and carve out careers in information technology and engineering.

Through the program AstiELEVATE, Asticom and KodeGo can assist in the professional development of fresh graduates and career shifters as well as provide them much-needed exposure in their chosen fields for increased employability.

KodeGo is a startup under Globe’s 917Ventures. It produces highly skilled individuals through short, intensive, and rigorous online tech training and placement services.

AstiELEVATE cadets will undergo a six-month program designed to equip them with knowledge and experience to make them employment-ready.

By the end of the program, they will be posted to Asticom’s subsidiaries such as business process solutions company Asti Business Services Inc. and Fiber Infrastructure and Network Services Inc.

COMCO at 6

COMCO Southeast Asia (SEA) celebrates its sixth year this 2022 with the unveiling of its global headquarters and the full rollout of its COMCO Middle East & Africa (MEA) branch.

COMCO SEA opens its global headquarters in Makati’s central business district as part of its expansion. The new headquarters will house COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises’ current and upcoming ventures – COMCO Southeast Asia (SEA), COMCO Middle East & Africa (MEA), Camp COMCO Alumni Society, Citizen COMCO Advocacy Program, SEA Wave Pop Culture Studio, and Taro Digital AOX.

COMCO Middle East and Africa is now servicing various brands in the market. It recently conducted the property roadshows for Philippine property firm RLC Residences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Back-to-back win

PAGEONE Group bested other agencies to win the most coveted Agency of the Year (AOY) Award at the recently concluded 19th Philippine Quill Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines.

This is a back-to-back triumph as the agency also won the AOY plum last year.

The AOY distinction recognizes the agency that has garnered the highest number of winning entries in the competition year. PAGEONE Group and its clients received   43 trophies, 22 Awards of Excellence and 21 Awards of Merits in various categories.

These entries comprised original PR, advocacy, and online campaigns of the agency as well as business communication campaigns of several its clients, such as Energy Development Corp., Republic Cement, Nestle Philippines and the SM Foundation.

The Group was also the first PR agency to have ever been declared Hall of Fame awardee in the AOY category of the prestigious Anvil Awards of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines after it had won five times the AOY award.

Link VIP Club revitalized 

To show appreciation for its loyal clients and partners, Eastern Communications brought back its annual Link VIP Club activities on ground.

Link VIP Club is Eastern Communications’ award-winning client-recognition program designed to showcase how the company values its subscribers. The club is an exclusive rewards program that captures Eastern’s signature High Touch service, which aims to provide customers with support that goes above and beyond the norm, along with its “Heart of Service” that values human connections and caring for its clientele, colleagues, and the community.

The theme for this year’s Link VIP Club was “VIBE: Visualize, Interact, Blaze, Emerge,” which promotes togetherness, teamwork, and unity, and strengthens Eastern’s relationship with its partners as they emerge for a stronger tomorrow.

design vector

Get regular updates on mental wellness