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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

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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 Miniphilippines.com, Ron Villagonzalo of Wahpinas.com, and Ian Bacungan of Theroguewriter.net.

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 www.suzuki.om.ph/auto. You can also follow them at their Facebook page and Twitter account.

Sources: PR | Wikipedia | Suzuki Philippines

All photos taken by @raffypekson

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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.

Enjoy!

Source: GrabTaxi Philippines.

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

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Experience Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge First With Globe

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Regular postpaid customers who pre-ordered online can start claiming their Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge starting April 18, 2015 at designated Globe stores nationwide. To pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge online, visit www.globe.com.ph/galaxys6.

[Press Release – March 29, 2015] — Globe Telecom is giving its customers first dibs on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as it welcomes the arrival of Samsung’s latest devices in select Globe stores starting Friday, March 27.

Globe customers will be the first to experience Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as both devices become available for live demo and viewing in Globe stores in Greenbelt, Glorietta, Shangri-la, SM Megamall, and Rockwell starting March 27, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Galleria, Alabang Town Center, SM Dasmarinas, Ayala Center Cebu, and Abreeza Mall in Davao starting March 28, and Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro and SM Baguio starting March 29.

Globe was first to launch its pre-order site to serve orders for postpaid and Platinum customers. As an added treat, new and existing Globe customers who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge until April 5 will get free exclusive content such as 3-month subscription to Spotify where they can create their own playlist with millions of songs and 3-month access to HOOQ where they can watch from a selection of over 10,000 movies and TV series from local and international partners.

All customers who will pre-order online are also entitled to receive a free limited edition Samsung wireless charger and a discount voucher which will give them up to 15% discount on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories.

Customers can experience the best of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with the new myLifestyle Plan offers. The Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB is available at Plan 999*, which comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, GoSURF499 (3GB mobile internet), all-you-want Facebook, plus free Spotify Premium for 3 months, free HOOQ for 3 months, free Gadget Care and Navigation Bundle for 1 month and free 1GB of Globe Cloud.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 32GB is available at Plan 1499**, which comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, GoSURF999 (5GB mobile internet), all-you-want Chat and Facebook plus free Spotify Premium for 3 months, free HOOQ for 3 months, free Gadget Care and Navigation Bundle for 1 month, and free 1GB of Globe Cloud.

“Globe is once again pioneering the launch of the latest devices in the Philippines with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in our Globe stores nationwide. Aside from giving our postpaid customers the privilege of being the first to experience the latest Samsung smartphones with our myLifestyle Plan which gives them built-in unlimited calls and texts, we are also enriching their mobile experience with free access to entertainment content such as Spotify and HOOQ as well as a free premium item when they pre-order online until April 5,” says Erli Valdez, Vice President for Globe Postpaid Business.

Regular postpaid customers who pre-ordered online can start claiming their Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge starting April 18, 2015 at designated Globe stores nationwide. To pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge online, visit www.globe.com.ph/galaxys6.

*With P825 monthly cashout for 24 months

**With P850 monthly cashout for 24 months

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More on How to Help Typhoon Sendong Victims

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More updates on how to help Typhoon Sendong (Washi) victims in Mindanao through the United Nations, Canadian Red Cross and the La Salle community – donations, volunteers, wire transfer and bank deposits. PLEASE SHARE!

Image from various sources

Image from various sources compiled by Raffy Pekson II

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A New Social Media Website for the Filipino Community

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Home page of PinoyKubo.com

I’m wondering what Canadian company Astraqom, describing themselves as “a world leading provider of online community platforms leveraging IP communications,” is doing playing a “me, too” venture with the Facebook vs. Google+ world of social media networking by coming up with PinoyKubo, its social networking platform beta-tested in June this year. Here are some of the quips I’ve seen so far:

PinoyKubo is home to several online games, Filipino e-cards, chat, blogs, videos and more.

PinoyKubo is a global online meeting place reaching people of the Philippines around the world.

PinoyKubo offers the following applications: Chat, Video Chat, Photo and Video Uploads, Online Games and a lot more!

“The online community’s audience, membership, and market include Filipina and Filipino expatriates, business people and students who are in the Philippines as well as abroad. It also is popular with those who are in a position to develop business with those in the Philippines and those who wish to learn Tagalog or just be immersed in the exciting Philippines world culture.” I do hope it’s not one of those Match.com-wannabes touting “Filipina” (notice that was the first word description talking about membership).

What does it have that Facebook doesn’t have? That should be one of the first few questions that comes into mind. PinoyKubo has an answer:

“You can record your own audio and then save it and load it as message to your friends. You can enjoy a lot of our OPM songs or choose and play with something like 20,000 games. Take a test or make a test. But most people really love how they can draw and write a message literally and send it via the PK chat! Sing-along on the Karaoke! Make friends and have endless chatting, gaming or listening fun.”

PinoyKubo touts groups, too, but it relates it to businesses and organizations becoming popular, or as champions, via sponsorships, ads, partnering options, and special events. Add the phrase “…and be an important part of 2011 and future image and branding.” The list of companies who are taking part in the new Filipino social networking site are Astraqom (obviously, the creators of PinoyKubo), Manuel S. Enverga University, Virtual Phone Line, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.

There’s an e-commerce component mentioned by PinoyKubo. “Any PinoyKubo member can start and operate his or her own electronic store and sell services and products online. Because of the company’s emphasis on empowering Filipinas and Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad and also those who enjoy the culture, there are no fees for transactions. Payments are made via Paypal.” (Again, the emphasis on Filipinas. Why not use a generic, non-gender term?) Their PR.com publication writes, “The PinoyKubo e-store is available to retail brand names or home hand-crafted items. The PinoyKubo community members do not have to buy their own store website, nor do they have to install anything to get started. With a minimal few minutes of effort, they are up and running with their own stores.” Click here to watch a YouTube video of a demo in setting up an e-store.

Jonathan Sowah is the founder of PinoyKubo and AstraQom. He is reported to say that the PinoyKubo social network’s stores is an effective way to expand entrepreneur and businesses’ reach into the benefits of social media.

TMCNet contributor Rahul Arora writes that with PinoyKubo’s features and tools, the participants can easily meet long-term social and entrepreneurial goals. They can make friends to collaborate with, get appreciated for one’s talents, accomplishments and abilities, and discover and employ new methods and tools to reach social and business (also may be entrepreneurial and financial) goals. But most of what he writes are copied from the Astraqom website.

Let’s summarize. PinoyKubo is:

  • Social networking site, like Facebook (photo, links, chats, etc.)
  • Online gaming site, like Friendster;
  • Blogging site, like Blogger or WordPress;
  • Meeting place, maybe like LinkedIn Groups
  • e-Cards? Plaxo.com comes to mind
  • e-Store, like Multiply
  • Video uploads, like YouTube
  • Anything else I missed?

PinoyKubo today has about 50,000 members (they call it “friendships”) after three months of beta-testing. They are planning a comprehensive game archive with over 14,000 different games and activities, plus social-oriented ones.

AstraQom Corporation merged with Aon Communications (Canada) Inc. in 2009 and has operations in Ottawa, Montreal, Maniwaki, Toronto, Miami and Mexico City (Mexico). It is a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

I salute a Canadian company offering a service for Filipinos, worldwide. I advocate cloud-based applications and social media for the workplace. I’m not much of an online game afficionado but maybe it’s a carrot to the younger generation who are prospective buyers of its e-stores. So, join http://www.PinoyKubo.com and see what a predominantly Filipino market can do for you and your small business.

Sources: Facebook Page | PinoyKubo Info & Fansite | SGE Entrepreneurs | PR.com | TMCNet.com | American Banking & Marketing News

Image of Home Page at PinoyKubo.com

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Preserving a Culture of Life in the Philippines

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Freedom to Love Conference poster by CBCP for Life

A short documentary film entitled “The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life” was recently aired on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in the USA and Canada. Produced by Human Life International (HLI), this film has been aired several times at EWTN in the Philippines.

The film is a pro-life documentary that highlights the fight for life in the Philippines. It features pro-life advocates who are leading the fight against the RH Bill, the likes of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Congressman Golez, HLI Director Bullecer, and former pro-abortion Department of Health manager Dr. Ligaya Acosta.

HLI is presently working with other pro-life organizations in the Philippines to promote the new documentary, groups such as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Filipinos for Life, a volunteer group whose mission is to speak the truth about the dignity and sanctity of human life in all its stages, from natural conception to natural death.

HLI is also hosting a contest on Facebook where pro-lifers are invited to leave a brief prayer for the Philippines or a note of encouragement for a chance to win a free DVD copy of the documentary.

Read more at LifeNews.com

Photo by CBCP For Life at their Facebook Page

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