Backbeat GO 2: Your Cordless Music Buddy

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Many people, myself included, can’t do away with their headsets for a number of hours daily, specially when commuting in a jam-packed PUV to be entertained and kill the boredom. Music gets us pumped up when working out, doing run trainings and during races. You can simply relax whilst listening to your favourite tracks, audio books or podcast. With our busy lives, we opt for convenience given the chance. And when it comes to headsets, we prefer the one that’s convenient to use – the cordless piece.

When I finally got my hands on the Plantronics Backbeat GO 2, my first impression was that it’s a piece that offers more than its size. It’s lightweight and easily fits in your pocket. It comes along with three earbuds sizes that you can choose from for a snug fit comfortable all-day wearing. No more worries about tangled cords, especially when running or working out. Backbeat GO 2 offers an excellent sound – especially the bass quality. And with its noise-cancelling feature, you get the most out of your music.

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Backbeat GO 2 easily pairs with your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player that has a Bluetooth connectivity. Once fully charged, you get to listen to your favourite tracks or watch your favourite movies. And even take calls. Inline controls make it easy to navigate through your playlist such as skipping tracks or replaying a previous track, and adjusting the volume to protect your ears. The battery is good for approximately five hours. And it only takes two and a half hours to recharge it.

Simply pair off your Backbeat GO 2 with your gadget and you’re good to go.


Work From Home, Or Anywhere as a VApreneur

vapreneur-How many hours do you spend in traffic going to and from work? I’m sure that most of you can relate to this question, as many of us have experienced the horrible traffic in the major roads in Metro Manila. Not to mention that it can get even worse on a bad weather! How you wish you can stay in the comfort of your home, being with your family and loved ones and still being able to earn a living for them instead of enduring the endless traffic.

For sometime now, there has been an influx on the number of home-based jobs. But the question is, how fit and competent are you to take on the role? How can you get a better rate based on your skills?

You’ve probably seen some social media posts of your friends, or some other random individuals working just about anywhere and seemed relaxed, enjoying their workcation. Pretty nice, isn’t it? You may ask yourself, #HowToBeYouPo?

Well, here’s your chance!

Attend the VApreneur: One Day To FREEdom! Workshop on October 22, 2016 at the Bluefin Grill in Metrowalk, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The workshop will empower existing and aspiring Virtual Assistants to compete in the global market and fuel their businesses right in the comfort of their homes.


In this workshop, you will learn:

  1. How to transition from employee to VApreneur.
  2. How to capitalize on your passion and existing skills while using the business model suited for your lifestyle.
  3. Possible opportunities behind online entrepreneurship.
  4. How to find clients that pay and appreciate the value of your work.
  5. How to take advantage of technology and build your dream business from home

PLUS: Network with like-minded individuals to learn together in a fun, supportive environment.

Rochefel Rivera of Professional VAs Academy will facilitate the workshop, to be assisted by the ProVAs Road Tour team composed of Bernice Biong, Sherlane Fortunado and Maria Cristina Pre, all online entrepreneurs.

roche-riveraRochefel is a VA coach and an authority in the local VA industry. She conducts online trainings to help individuals get started in their VA business. Working as a virtual assistant herself, she saw the global opportunity for Filipinos in the industry but was dismayed at how Filipinos were being promoted as “cheap VAs with excellent English communication skills and work ethics.” This drove her to help VAs realize their potentials as business owners. Rochefel has mentored many VAs and has helped them thrive in the VA industry.

Sign up now and avail of the early bird discount. Sign up with a friend and get a pair discount. Slots are limited so secure your slots now!

Sign up today in the VApreneur: One Day To FREEdom! Workshop and be free to live the entrepreneurial life that will give you the time and money you need to secure your family’s future!

For more information, please visit

See you on October 22nd!

Special thanks to Payoneer Philippines for sponsoring this workshop.

Empower Your Neighborhood Business by Becoming a Bayad Center Partner

Paying for household electricity, water, cable, and telephone bills is every homemaker’s dilemma. The worsening traffic, higher fares, and longer queues from one payment office to another, all contribute to the hassle and stress of every paying consumers has to withstand every month.

Every Filipino are acquainted to paying their bills at the last minute for various reasons, most can be attributed to cash flow –either they want to stretch their budget or they simply do not have the money yet. This Pinoy behaviour often results to scrambling to beat the clock in order to avoid disconnection. Wouldn’t it be nice if your neighbourhood store can be turned into a one-stop shop for all your bills payment and loading needs?

Fret not. Bayad Center just made our lives a lot easier. Understanding every bill payor’s tiring journey, they introduced the Bayad Center Retail Machine. This will enable any small neighbourhood establishment to transform into a multi-payment channel. Talk about accessibility and convenience.

Bayad Center Retail Machine carries Meralco’s seal of service and integrity to the equation, enabling you to solve all your bills payment woes. You can be assured of #TatakSigurado.

Applying for the Retail Machine franchise is just as easy. With a minimal investment of P60,000, Small and Medium businesses such as your ever reliable sari-sari stores, neighbourhood carwash centers, and even PUV terminals into more than just a loading centre. This gives you a much higher earning potential if that’s what you’re looking for. The Retail Machine franchise carries with it the use of the Bayad Center brand and system, which is already a household name for bills payment in the Philippines.

Aside from bills payment, the Retail Machine also offers e-loading service, and soon, airline ticketing and remittance services. For more information about the franchise, contact at 09257146961 or email at

It’s Never Too Early To Start Investing

Glad to catch up with Matteo at the Sun Life Prosperity Card launch held at B Hotel, Quezon City.

Caught up with Matteo at the Sun Life Prosperity Card launch held at B Hotel, Quezon City. Photo by Lani Banzon

There’s always a notion that investing is for the rich and for the older people. But considering that majority of today’s workforce are the millennials, it’s time to re-focus the attention on this group of potential investors. As more and more younger group of individuals are getting hired and provide the much-needed services in today’s ever fast-changing world, it’s very important to encourage this generation to invest early. And making sure that they entrust their investments with a company that has a strong foundation in terms of its capability to handle a diverse investment portfolio, and is equipped with the necessary tools and manpower in wealth management.

For any new potential investor, there maybe a myriad of questions hanging around your head right now. Questions like “How do I talk to about investing?” or “How much do I need to make my first investment?”. Quite frankly, these are the very same questions that I have in mind.

As investment companies innovate their wealth management strategies, investment has just been made easy. Thanks to Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc.’s (SLAMCI) Sun Life Prosperity Card for making investing easier even for the youngest of investors. And to further encourage more people to start investing in their early lives, SLAMCI got no less than celebrity triathlete Matteo Guidicelli to endorse its new product.

Matteo Guidicelli is one of the most-sought after celebrities today. He has a string of significant shows and endorsements tucked under his belt. As an actor, he portrayed various roles and remarkably made a good impression on his acting skills. And later on, he ventured in music and released his first studio album (I personally like the first single off his album Ipapadama Na Lang).

Matteo Guidicelli at the run course during one of my coverage of the of Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu.

Matteo Guidicelli at the run course during my coverage of the of Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu.

As a triathlete, I’ve covered him in his Ironman 70.3 races held in Cebu and I can say not only that he is a fine actor, but also he is a down-to-earth and very kind person, a very supportive brother to his triathlete siblings Giorgia and Paolo and a very good son to Mommy Glena and Daddy Gianluca. His good disposition and good character make him a perfect fit as the new face of Sun Life Prosperity Card. He is total package!

The Sun Life Prosperity Card is an investment card worth Php5,000.00, which may be invested in any of the peso-denominated mutual funds managed by SLAMCI under its Sun Life Prosperity Funds.

The new Sun Life Prosperity Card TVC featuring Matteo Guidicelli will “encourage the audience to begin their investing journey because it’s an easy and convenient way to start building one’s brighter future,” explained SLAMCI president Valerie Pama.

“By investing in mutual funds, one can make his money work harder for him, as against simply leaving all of it in the bank,” Ms. Pama added.

To elaborate this, for example, a 91-day time deposit in a bank ten years ago would have given 28% return; but for the same period, the Sun Life Prosperity Bond Fund would have grown by 66%, the money invested in the Sun Life Prosperity Balanced Fund would have earned 155%, and a investment in the Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund would have gained 221%.

“This is exactly why we want Filipinos, especially the youth, to start investing some of their money in mutual funds,” Ms. Pama further added.

That makes sense. So instead of spending your hard-earned money in gadgets and clothes, why not spare a certain amount in to invest and make it grow. Make your money work for you. And when the right time comes, you’ll reap the rewards of your wise spending.

To learn more about the Sun Life Prosperity Card and how you can start investing, visit Invest now and #LiveBrighter.

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