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Suzuki Ciaz is the Sub-compact Sedan for the Millennial

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Suzuki Ciaz is the Sub-compact Sedan for the Millennial

NOTE: always plagiarizes this blog. Can someone please report this nutcase?

Wednesday last week, April 13, 2016, I was invited by Suzuki Philippines as it launched the Suzuki Ciaz, a sub-compact sedan which I believe is a perfect car for the Millennial kids of today. I heard someone mention “Suzuki Ciaz is an authentic sedan.” It probably is. I asked around trying to figure out what the name meant. Well, Suzuki Ciaz is a short-cut label for “City from A to Z,” probably a moniker of a car that can transport you within the Metropolis an beyond; or from point A to point Z. Something like that.

Suzuki Ciaz sub-compact sedan

The guys at Suzuki Philippines say the Ciaz is the best-in-class fuel efficiency. Clearing the cobwebs and nose-bleed engine terminology, I say the new technology of the Suzuki Ciaz four-speed automatic transmission improves fuel efficiency and elevates driving performance, including the car’s smartly designed body to create a smoother airflow which adds to fuel efficiency. Right?

Suzuki Ciaz means City from A to Z

Let’s go inside the Suzuki Ciaz which sports a multimedia integrated audio unit using an Android touchscreen and complete with Bluetooth and USB connections for tablets and smartphones that everyone has. The Ciaz is also ready with wireless connectivity and the Android console comes with preloaded applications such as YouTube, Gmail, Facebook and Waze.

Suzuki Ciaz fuel efficiency

Still inside, what was once only seen in Ferraris is now becoming a standard even in sub-compact sedans. The Suzuki Ciaz has hands-free connectivity control switches on the steering wheel. Yeah, the wheel. No more looking up the road and down the dashboard to fiddle on the audio system and other tasks that may result in a road accident. Plus the Ciaz also comes with a keyless push start system and remote. How awesome is that for a sub-compact sedan?

Suzuki Ciaz authentic sedan

During the launch, I went inside the passenger seat at the back. It’s assumed front seats are all adjustable and all but the back seat is fixed and stationary and can’t be adjusted. Nice ample space. I slouched a little bit and my legs still didn’t hit the front seat. I also noticed the Suzuki Ciaz has a bigger door entrance despite being a sub-compact sedan. Then, I went out and opened the trunk. The specs sheet said the Suzuki Ciaz has a luggage capacity of 495 liters. I really didn’t know how to equate that to visual measurements but I can plainly say the Suzuki Ciaz has a spacious trunk. So, probably 495 litters means a “spacious trunk.” Also, the trunk closes with an electromagnetic latch and features a boot light.

The Suzuki Ciaz features its patented Total Effective Control Technology (or TECT). It also has a strong impact absorption system and a its own Anti-Brake Locking Technology.

Now comes the price:

The entry-level Suzuki Ciaz GL Manual Transmission retails for P738,000.

The mid-level Suzuki Ciaz GL Automatic Transmission sells for P773,000.

The higher-end, everything-on-it Suzuki Ciaz GLX goes for P888,000.

Suzuki Ciaz four-speed automatic transmission

L-R: Myself representing, Ron Villagonzalo of, and Ian Bacungan of

Suzuki Philippines Incorporated is a wholly-owned Japanese multinational company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of motorcycle and compact vehicles. For more information, please visit their website at You can also follow them at their Facebook page and Twitter account.

Sources: PR | Wikipedia | Suzuki Philippines

All photos taken by @raffypekson


GrabCar Halloween Promo Code

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Only for today (I think) do we have a GrabCar promo code. Hey! It’s the day before Halloween. So, it is probably valid for today only because tomorrow is going to be chaos at the city cementeries until Sunday.

Happy Halloween!

Safe travels and God bless!

Source: My avid GrabCar friend, Joy Lara Croft!


GrabCar Promo for Today

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Just a short post to let you know what the promo code is for today – October 23, 2015. I kept going back and forth some people who gave me confusing, non-existent or probably expired pomo codes for GrabCar. I am not sure if it will work repeatedly today or even after today. ‘Sup to you to try for yourself but definitely it works once.

GrabCar Promo for Today = FRIDAY = Less P50

The one that worked for some but not for all like myself was TRAFFIC, also less P50.



GrabCar Promo Code as of September 14, 2015

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Somehow, many of my friends were sad when all the GrabCar promo codes disappeared despite the 30 percent reduction in cost. Compare a GrabTaxi from BGC/Burgos Circle to Glorietta which costs around P85 plus booking fee (if you use the CHICKEN or EGG GrabTaxi promo code, you’ll end up with only P10 booking fee instead of the P40). For a GrabCar with no promo code, it only costs P73. So, it’s still 23 percent cheaper than a GrabTaxi.

Anyways, here’s their latest GrabCar promo code I saw from their Instagram post just two hours ago. It starts today and ends after Friday, September 18, 2015. One-time use only for P100 off your GrabCar fare. Promo code = ILOVEMEGMAG.

Start GrabCar-ing now!



GrabTaxi – GrabCar Promo Codes as of September 2, 2015

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NEW GRABCAR PROMO CODE for September 14-18, 2015 – CLICK HERE.


Update Tweet from @GrabTaxiPH — There are no promo codes at the moment. For now, enjoy GrabCar’s more affordable rates. We’ve lowered our fares by 30%!

However, GrabTaxi Promo Codes EGG or CHICKEN still works.


NATASHA doesn’t work anymore but TASHA works. Thanks to Daphne for commenting on it.


It’s funny that a lot of the searches going on in digital land happen to be related to the current promo codes of GrabTaxi and GrabCar. The popularity of this taxi service is increasing and social media is fussing on the latest promotion codes. Well, here is a source I got.

Updated GrabTaxi – GrabCar – GrabCar+ Promo Codes as of September 2, 2015:

Source: Source


The GrabCar Promo Now Until August 31

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The first time I posted a blog about a GrabCar promo, I was surprised with the amount of Google searches people are doing just to find out what the heck the new promo is. Suffice it to say, I was exactly like that when I started using GrabTaxi last year.

“Pare, anong bagong promo ngayon?”

Google search, Twitter and Facebook – everybody’s social media best friend.

Anyway, the new promo code starting today until August 31, 2015 gives recognition to the more than 1,000 GrabCar operators that have received accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board or LTFRB.

The GrabCar promo code is SALUTE.


Source: GrabTaxi Philippines.

Image is a mishmash of a photo and the GrabCar logo.


GrabCar and GrabCar Premium P100 Off Promo Code Aug 17-21

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Updated GrabTaxi – GrabCar – GrabCar+ Promo Codes as of September 2, 2015:

Source: Source


Do I still have to write an entire 10-paragraph prose on the title? LOL! Yep, that’s what it is, boys and girls. And only up to the 21st. I’m a GrabTaxi and GrabCar user. Awesome that Meg magazine thought of this idea – promoting KC Concepcion’s Meg cover – KCFORMEG. Anyway, you have three more days to enjoy P100 off.

I own two cars but I hardly use them already since GrabTaxi started its service way back (was that last year?) What’s the point of headaches, backaches and muscle aches from driving – all useless anxieties – going through the daily mad rush that is, the uber-congested traffic in Metro Manila. Sigh.

However, there’s another promo code you can use but only up to three times and valid until September 1, 2015. P200 off for up to three rides only until September 1st – GRABITLIKEITSHOT.


Source: GrabTaxi Twitter

Images from source.


Best Travel Photographer Contest Launched by AirAsia and Nikon

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AirAsia in cooperation with ThinkDharma Inc., the exclusive distributor of Nikon cameras, got together to launch the first AirAsia Travel Photographer for 2015. Four newbie photographers and office workers will be coached and assisted by multi-awarded photographers from the Philippines and Malaysia as they all travel across Asia for one week starting July 21, 2015.

AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros was present during Thursday’s event held at the function rooms of ActiveFun in Bonifacio Global City. She introduced the four mentors and coaches of the contest, namely:

George Tapan – a self-taught photographer, Tapan served as director of photography of Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Magazine for eight years, won the ASEAN Tourism Association Award in 1999, won the gold prize for Pacific Asia Tourism Association twice, and first place in the Places Category for the National Geographic Photo Contest in 2011.

Christian Raymond Cruz – a graphic designer and one of the pioneers of landscape photography in the Philippines, also a self-taught photographer who spent the last seven years traveling the country and the world to capture the best nature scenery, and spends time sharing his knowledge and experience under the Redefining Vision Landscape Photography Workshops.

Philip Anthonie (Parc) Cruz – started as a hobbyist photographer in 2005, Cruz spent a lot of time tagging along with other photographers until he found his niche – portraits and cinematic shots. He is a privileged part of Nikon’s pool of endorsers and has since traveled around the Philippines and the world while imparting and encouraging other photo hobbyists to develop their creativity through visual images.

Adam Lee – an award-winning portrait and travel photographer who was trained in Los Angeles, he spent the last seven years assisting organizations to use photography as a means to tell stories and build communities. Lee is AirAsia’s resident photographer who contributes a large portion of his work to the airline’s in-flight magazine, marketing and communications, social media and brand management. Lee has won three silver awards and two honorable mentions in the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2014 competition and awarded the 27th ASEANTA Award of Excellence for Best Asean Tourism Photo in 2013.

The selected newbie photographers who will partner with these four photography masters are:

Marie Velvet Lagman-Macasaet – Marie is 36-year old an Executive Assistant to the SVP and Country Manager of VXI Global Solutions and mom to a 5-year old boy named Paco. She recently finished a half-marathon and bathing in an onsen (Japanese hot spring) while backpacking in Tokyo. She enjoys hiking, trekking and scuba diving. She is partnered with Coach Adam Lee.

Sarah T. Garcia – Sarah is a Front Office Agent at the Lancaster Hotel n Madaluyong City and loves to eat, love everything extraordinary and loves art. She is partnered with Coach George Tapan.

Paul Vincent Delfin – Paul is a Barista of Starbucks at the Greenbelt 3 branch. He’s into Indie music, loves football and loves long trips. He is an eager photography enthusiast as a form of art. He is partnered with Coach Parc Cruz.

Antonio Nepomuceno III – a marketing professional of Toyota in Taytay, Rizal, he is definitely a car enthusiast who is outgoing and loves the company of people, a necessity for his type of job. He is partnered with Coach Raymond Cruz.

Each team will be traveling around some exotic places in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to help everyone capture their best entries in categories that include landscape, food, portrait, architecture and travel. Winners will be awarded with over 200,000 BIG Points, AirAsia’s global loyalty program, or its equivalent free flights to any of AirAsia’s 100 destinations.

Online voting through will be opened to the public starting August 20, 2015 with Nikon cameras and BIG Points to be given away to lucky voters. The grand winner will be announced on September 11, 2015.

During the launch, AirAsia and Nikon drew lots to pick four lucky bloggers who will accompany each team in their respective trips to Asian destinations. My colleague in the Philippine Bloggers Network or PBNet Edel Santiago of The Kitchen Goddess blog won a spot among the four chosen bloggers.

Source: Press release – Manila, 16 July 2015

All photos by @raffypekson


Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 23, 2015 at 12:01 am

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle, Food & Beverage, Incentives & Promotions, News & Articles, People, Planes, Transportation, Travel & Tourism

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PAL Starts New York Flights Today

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) is all set to begin its much-awaited maiden voyage to New York City today, March 15, 2015. This flight is scheduled four times a week with a stopover at Vancouver, BC. With this, PAL has now full rights to fly between Vancouver, BC and New York City, NY. And for the maiden voyage, PAL started offering its introductory roundtrip rate of $610, exclusive of taxes and surcharges. The last time PAL flew to the East Coast was in 1997.

PAL will be using its Airbus A340-300 which will seat 254 passengers (including 36 seats for business class where seats convert to flat beds.) With the added Vancouver stopover, PAL is actually increasing its Canadian operations to 11 weekly flights between Manila and British Columbia. This new offer is a great offer to Filipino-Americans living in the East Coast, about 500,000 strong. The New York flight will be PAL’S longest route.

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Is the Philippines Ready for CIPURSE™ and the OSPT™ Alliance

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When I first got the invite to attend the launch, presentation and workshop of the OSPT™ Alliance, I thought the first two letters represented “open source,” the development model that promotes universal access via a free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements. You see, I also work for a Filipino IT company GoAutoDial Inc. which develops and distributes an open source telephony software solution for small and medium enterprises, especially contact centers. But as it turned out, the OSPT™ Alliance is not about open source software. It is about open standards.

Akin to the likes of IEEE or ISO standards, OSPT™ or Open Standard for Public Transport is all about providing the standards, guidelines and specifications to help the transit fare collection community move towards the next generation of secure, cost-effective, and flexible fare collection solutions based on an open standard. As part of its mission, it developed the CIPURSE™ open standard for secure fare collection systems. It is a not-for-profit and vendor-neutral industry alliance supported by members from five continents covering the whole transport value chain and beyond.

Founded by smart card manufacturers Giesecke & Devrient GmbH (G&D) and Oberthur Technologies and chip suppliers Infineon Technologies AG, and INSIDE Secure S.A. (formerly INSIDE Contactless) in January 2010, the OSPT™ Alliance collectively defined the CIPURSE™ standard.

The CIPURSE™ Certification Program documentation can be downloaded by anyone and an FAQ page is accessible to know more about OSPT™ Alliance and CIPURSE™. The CIPURSE™ specification is available to full members, associate members and evaluators. The CIPURSE™ software development kit (SDK) gives you the tools that you need to begin developing transit solutions. Members and evaluators can purchase the SDK at the OSPT™ Alliance website. White papers, videos and presentation materials are also available.

So, who are using the CIPURSE™ standards?

Let me give you a synapse of the companies and organizations presented during the workshop at The Peninsula Manila last October 14, 2014.

Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with 140 million mobile customers, has joined the OSPT™ Alliance as an Associate Member. It is the first mobile network operator to join the alliance, and will work with the other members to help broaden support for the CIPURSE™ open security standard by the ecosystem of mobile operators, enabling it to gain greater acceptance in that market. With its NFC-capable (near field communication) SkySIM CX SIM card, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is providing a key security component for Deutsche Telekom’s digital wallet, known as MyWallet. MyWallet can be used by all Deutsche Telekom mobile network customers with an NFC-capable smartphone. As a security partner, G&D is also supplying the MasterCard PayPass payment application to enable secure electronic payments to be made via the ClickandBuy International Ltd’s virtual credit card system as the first product in Deutsche Telekom’s digital wallet.

SCAL is a product of ATM of Barcelona and Smarting. During the last years, ATM of Barcelona and Smarting have been working closely to develop an abstraction layer that enables system terminals to work with different media types. This abstraction layer is called Secure Card Abstraction Layer (SCAL) and handles all media type technologies involved in the system. SCAL is the outcome of the work carried out by ATM of Barcelona and Smarting in synergy with numerous TO of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. The main challenge facing Barcelona (a big name which involves the City and the Metropolitan Area) was to prescribe the technology and the fare system for a myriad of different preexistences along with more than 70 transport operators (from big ones such metro or buses of Barcelona, main rail operator, tram, etc., to very little ones with just a handful of buses).

São Paulo Transporte, the municipal body which manages the operation of São Paulo city’s bus lines and Brazil’s largest transport operator, joined OSPT™ Alliance this year as an Associate Member. It currently has 13 million active cards in São Paulo and intends over the next few months to start developing new systems of SAM Cards which will incorporate the CIPURSE™ standard.

ITSO Ltd, the organization responsible for the UK national specification for smart ticketing, joined OSPT™ Alliance last year. The CEO of ITSO during that time mentioned that by working with the OSPT™ Alliance, ITSO will be better able to supply its members with a more diverse set of card products, including AES-based products, which is a solution the OSPT™ Alliance can deliver off the shelf in the form of CIPURSE™. ITSO Ltd. is the non-profit distributing organization that oversees the ITSO Specification for smart ticketing in the UK. ITSO helps its members to set up and run ITSO-compliant smart ticketing schemes, tests and certifies smart ticketing equipment to ensure it meets the ITSO standards and ensures the ITSO Specification is up to date and fit for purpose. ITSO operates the ITSO Security Management System (ISMS), a secure key management and distribution system specifically developed to enable ITSO-compliant smart ticketing systems to be set up.

EMONEY GROUP, a builder and operator of modern digital ecosystems for transport and municipal services in the Netherlands, joined the OSPT™ Alliance also last year. Based in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, EMONEY GROUP is an international company that designs, builds and operates modern digital ecosystems for transport and municipal services, meeting global and local consumer needs and program owners’ expectations by delivering compelling value propositions to all parties concerned: local government institutions, public services, technology providers and service operators. It intends to help create an open framework for new, standards-based automated fare collection solutions, and lending its support to the CIPURSE™ open security standard, which they are adopting as a key component of public transportation and other applications.

Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. They developed the cards are based on a CIPURSE™-compatible contactless security controller which are now being used in different projects in Brazil. These cards provide a convenient and cashless way to pay for services such as taxi rides or use health care. The Infineon security controller used is the only worldwide solution to support both the open CIPURSE™ standard as well as existing Mifare Classic-compatible systems enabling a smooth migration to future-proof CIPURSE™ systems. For this reason, the chip card industry awarded Infineon with the Sesames Award 2012 for the most innovative product in the transport category.

Oberthur Technologies, a global provider of digital security solutions for the mobility space, has unveiled that PEARL, its embedded secure element (SE), has been CIPURSE™-certified. As a member of the OSPT™ Alliance, Oberthur supports this open standard designed for transport authorities but also open to city services. With PEARL by Oberthur and CIPURSE™ present in the next generation of smartphones, end-users are set to be able to get on and off the train, tram or bus by waving their phone in front of a contactless terminal. Present in the payment, telecommunications and identity markets, Oberthur Technologies provides end-to-end solutions in the smart transactions, mobile financial services, machine-to-machine, digital identity and transport and access control fields. With approximately 50 sales offices across 5 continents and 10 facilities, OT’s international network serves clients in 140 countries.

Can Philippine companies and organizations join the OSPT™ Alliance and use the CIPURSE™ standards? Of course! Some of the participants, from banks to telecommunications, information technology and card manufacturers, to name a few, were actually surprised having not heard of the alliance and open standards in mobility and mobile services, and transit fare collection. Though we are a nation of reinventing the wheel all the time – transit cards, expressway toll systems, rewards cards and many more are almost all unique to each company and do not conform to any single standard, I hope this opens the floodgates for Filipino companies involved in mobility and mobile services, as well as transit fare collections and many other similar applications. Joining a global alliance and using a single standard may wheel the country towards are more secure, cost-effective, flexible and interchangeable fare collection solution for all to use.



OSTP Alliance website –
Infineon Technologies AG –
ITSO Ltd. –
Contactless Intelligence –
ATM of Barcelona and Smarting –
The Paypers –

Title photo from Contactless Intelligence.


Laurent Cremer, Executive Director for the OSPT™ Alliance, presided over the workshop as its host and moderator. (Photo by Ron Villagonzalo of

There were more than 60 participants who attended the workshop, many of which were vice presidents and C-level officers. (Photo above and two more below by the author.)

OSPT™ Alliance raffled off the new iPhone 6. Awarding the winner, Rudy Harder of AFCS Inc., are Laurent Cremer (left) and Arabelle Jimenez (right), Consultant and Event Manager for OSPT Alliance Manila Workshop.

Cocktails were served at the Lobby Terrace of The Peninsula Manila after the workshop. Seen here in the photo above are (L-R): Laurent Cremer of OSPT Alliance, Christian Senly of EMoney Ventures, Arabelle Jimenez of OSPT Alliance, Yannick Le Goff of Oberthur Technologies, and Bruno Vergnes of EMoney Group.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Posted in Business & The Economy, ICT, News & Articles, Transportation

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