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Tips on how to protect seniors against cybersecurity risks

Tips on how to protect seniors against cybersecurity risks

Events, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Cyber criminals definitely do not choose their victims. This means that senior citizens or the elderly, especially the non-tech savvy ones, are super prone to online scams, fake news, online identity theft, romance scams and other cybersecurity attacks. In fact, I actually personally know a senior citizen who fell for a bad online scam. Sadly, the elderly are easy targets! This topic is also sensitive to me because my senior citizen Mama blogs and she dabbles in social media so I want to always help protect her from cyber crooks. So how do we make sure that our beloved senior citizens are safe from cybersecurity threats? First off, let's help them with their passwords. They should have strong passwords ideally containing a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. ...
REVIEW: Testing the narzo 50i prime super affordable smartphone during a flight

REVIEW: Testing the narzo 50i prime super affordable smartphone during a flight

Features, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Technology
Does the narzo brand sound a little new to you? I can't blame you. The narzo brand is a new, standalone brand (officially launched in the Philippines just last July 2022!) borne out of the realme ecosystem. However, trust me, narzo is fast (and I mean FAST) gaining fans not only because of their really affordable price points but also because the smartphones are, hands down, value for money. Just take the case of the narzo 50i Prime. The fact that their units sold out in a record-breaking time of under 3 minutes at their Shopee store is saying something! Priced at less than Php 4,000 (around US $75 --- yes, you read that right) and with a remarkable product rating of 4.9/5 on Shopee, the narzo 50i Prime really is a quality sulit smartphone. Just recently, I took this gamechanger ou...
LOOK: Lock-unlock feature of BDO Online Banking

LOOK: Lock-unlock feature of BDO Online Banking

Mindanaoan Update
Have you ever lost or forgotten where you last placed an important item such as an ATM or debit card? Quite a burden, right? Especially when there's an emergency or if you absolutely need to withdraw cash. Delikado rin kung makuha ng iba ang ATM o debit card at ma-access ang pera saiyong account.  BDO Unibank has a handy suggestion for bank clients and debit cardholders: i-lock ang BDO Debit Card kapag pansamantalang hindi ito gagamitin upang maprotektahan ito sa mga unauthorized card-based transactions—isa sa mga scams na laganap ngayon. Kung gagamitin na ang ATM o debit card para sa transactions, napakadali lang din nitong i-unlock. "(The Card Lock setting) protects your BDO Debit Card from unauthorized transactions. If you misplace or lose your debit card, you can lock your card ...
Mukbang CDO – where you can enjoy authentic, unlimited Korean samgyupsal

Mukbang CDO – where you can enjoy authentic, unlimited Korean samgyupsal

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews
Ever since they started operations, I've already brought a lot of my relatives, friends and colleagues here! Check out Mukbang CDO - this is where you can enjoy authentic, unlimited Korean samgyupsal or samgyeopsal in Cagayan de Oro. Located inside the King's Food and Music Expo (just behind the SM City Uptown parking lot along Beacon Avenue, Cagayan De Oro), Mukbang CDO offers authentic Korean samgyupsal with over 20 side dishes. Their food is prepared by a chef from Korea! Whenever I dine there, I can't help but remember my trip to Korea. Can't wait to go back very soon. Anyway, what I like about the setup at Mukbang CDO is that you yourself can go ahead and refill your preferred meat and side dishes (they also have soup, BTW!). Lessens the wait time for refills (in other establis...
Pangasinan’s traveling teacher: finding ways to bring learning closer to students

Pangasinan’s traveling teacher: finding ways to bring learning closer to students

Mindanaoan Update
Being a teacher is not just about teaching. It's about inspiring, encouraging, and supporting the students. But it's not every day you see a teacher go out of their way to reach out to students and parents. In a video he uploaded on social media titled “Bridging the Learning Gap,” English teacher Ursus Junatas from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan captures the challenges and joys of being a public school teacher today, as the world struggles to overcome the effects of the pandemic. In the video, he is seen traveling across four barangays many kilometers apart just to tutor students and personally hand their report cards to them. Teaching online is not an option for most teachers since majority of students do not have laptops nor smartphones. Instead, Ursus drives his motorcycle so he can...
BDO Remit waives remittance fees for donations sent to Typhoon Karding victims

BDO Remit waives remittance fees for donations sent to Typhoon Karding victims

Mindanaoan Update
BDO Unibank - through its remittance arm BDO Remit - is waiving the remittance fees for donations sent to victims of Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) to help accelerate the flow of financial assistance to the affected areas in the country. Overseas Filipinos may remit their donations free of service fees from September 30 to November 30, 2022 through the following foundations: BDO Foundation, Inc., ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., and Philippine Red Cross. "It is unfortunate that even as Christmas nears, natural calamities are still very much a reality here in the Philippines. Instead of preparing for the holidays, some of us are grieving and picking up the pieces after the onslaught of the super typhoon,” said BDO senior vice ...
Exclusive for Mindanao: Win motorcycles, smartphones, and cash prizes in TNT’s ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ raffle

Exclusive for Mindanao: Win motorcycles, smartphones, and cash prizes in TNT’s ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ raffle

Contests, Features, Mindanaoan Update
The Philippines’ leading prepaid telecoms brand, TNT, is bringing nationwidest ‘saya’ in Mindanao as it launches the ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ Raffle Promo, which gives subscribers a chance to win over Php 4.8 million worth of prizes from Sept. 23 to Nov. 15, 2022. Thirteen lucky TNT subscribers will win grand raffle prizes, including Honda motorcycles, smartphones, LG refrigerators, and Php 25,000 worth of SM grocery vouchers, while up for grabs in the weekly draws are ShopeePay Credits, SM Gift Passes, Huawei Nova 9 SE and Samsung Tablets. All TNT subscribers in Mindanao may join, earn, and accumulate entries to the promo by following these steps: 1. Activate TNT 5G-ready SIM Card. Subscribers may earn five entries by activating a TNT 5G-ready SIM, available at sari-sari stores and accr...
BDO partners with other Asian banks on transition finance guidelines for the region

BDO partners with other Asian banks on transition finance guidelines for the region

Mindanaoan Update
BDO Unibank joins leading Asian banks in advancing energy transition finance with the publication of the Asia Transition Finance Guidelines and the Asia Transition Finance Activity Report, aimed at helping Asian economies achieve a “just and orderly transition” toward a more sustainable future. BDO is a member of the Asian Transition Finance Study Group (ATF Study Group) that drafted the guidelines in pursuit of an Asian version of transition finance that is more realistic and achievable for Asian nations. The reports, the Asia Transition Finance Guidelines, and the Asia Transition Finance Activity Report, were created after months of discussion among the core bankers, joined by development banks, export credit agencies, public agencies and finance associations. Led by MUFG Bank of ...
Amazing phone offer: narzo 50i Prime (below Php 4,000!)

Amazing phone offer: narzo 50i Prime (below Php 4,000!)

Mindanaoan Update
narzo ends September with a mindblowing reveal for the narzo 50i Prime. The fastest moving performer of the narzo 50 Series will be on a limited time offer of only PHP 3,999 across online and offline platforms nationwide, starting September 30. What’s even better is that customers who will purchase through the Lazada app can enjoy the payday exclusive offer at only PHP 3,799, valid only this September 30, starting 12MN. “We want the narzo 50i Prime to be the Filipino’s gateway model into discovering the game changing features of narzo,” says Elaine Dela Cruz, the new Marketing Representative of narzo Philippines. “Through this limited time offer, we want to encourage more and more Pinoys to try the narzo brand for themselves and find out why it’s been hailed as quality sulit. We ...
Online stock trading made easy with BDO Securities

Online stock trading made easy with BDO Securities

Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Investors who want to benefit from investment opportunities look for ease and convenience when choosing an online trading platform, and that is exactly what BDO Securities brings to the table. BDO Securities’ most distinctive competitive advantage lies in the company’s ability to provide fast, easy, and accessible investment solutions to its valued clients. Quick: On top of the speedy 5-minute onboarding process, investors can also perform real-time funding and withdrawals. Easy: Customers can easily access the local stock market by utilizing BDO Securities’ online platform. Accessible: BDO Securities provides investors with relevant content and market expertise including commentaries to enable them to make the right trading decisions. In addition to the in-depth report...
Martin Nievera to hold 40th anniversary show at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Martin Nievera to hold 40th anniversary show at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Mindanaoan Update
He wouldn’t be dubbed “The Concert King of The Philippines” for nothing. Martin Nievera has been making news (musical-wise or personal — and that’s another story) since the momentous release of his debut album “Take One” in 1982, which featured his massive hit single Be My Lady, THE ultimatelove song that led him to stardom! Not to forget, his very first concert “Wanted: Martin Live!” of the same year, which did a legendary repeat, two weeks later. Only a Martin Nievera could do it! In his career spanning four decades, Nievera has garnered countless awards and recognitions, and has filled to the brim those huge concert venues not only in Manila, but also around the world. Fast forward to August 28, 2022, Sunday, at 7pm, Nievera will once again take the center stage with a one-nighte...
UK newspaper features Iliganon, also a former CDO Nurse

UK newspaper features Iliganon, also a former CDO Nurse

Bisaya, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Mindanaoan Update
Stephanie Padilla-Madriaga, a Filipino intensive care nurse based in the UK has been featured last July 13, 2022 on The Guardian. The UK newspaper has over 110,000+ in circulation and a news website. Stephanie was part of the four international nurses who were featured to talk about their experience working in the UK. This follows reports that over half of the new nurses in the UK were trained abroad. “I’m honored to be approached by the Guardian to tell my story. I hope it serves as an eye openerfor the way we live here as an overseas Filipino workers and an inspiration for future nurses whoare coming to the UK.” said Stephanie when asked about the feature. In the newspaper feature Stephanie talked about her nursing journey from the Philippines to theUnited Kingdom, the rec...
How Shopee is expanding its presence in Mindanao

How Shopee is expanding its presence in Mindanao

Mindanaoan Update
As part of its continuous efforts to bring a fun and seamless online shopping experience to more Filipinos across the country, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, expands its serviceable areas through the establishment of new Shopee Xpress hubs across Mindanao. Through these new hubs in Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, and other areas, local sellers are provided with greater opportunities to expand their business through e-commerce and compete at a national level. For Davao to Davao purchases, both shoppers and sellers can now enjoy shorter delivery times. Shopee also partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to hold its first Shopee University Roadshow in Davao City. The masterclass educated Davao-based sellers on how to gro...
How to live your best life in your 30s (or 40s, or whatever)

How to live your best life in your 30s (or 40s, or whatever)

Mindanaoan Update
Are you wondering how to live your best life? Well, many people will tell you different things, but I think it’s all about what you need - and what you want out of life. However, there are good starting places and things that every single person can benefit from, such as these:  Prioritize your health Exercise has been known to produce and increase endorphins in the body which relieves stress, improves your mood, and makes you feel better about yourself in general. When I am in a negative mood, I know that sometimes all it takes is a good workout. If you do not have a gym to go to, don’t worry - you can do basic workouts from your home, without any equipment. Try squats, lunges, running, doing sprints, pushups, and/or sit-ups. There is one gym in the Metro-Atlanta area that foc...
LOOK: Ice cream artisan Creamery Studios CDO

LOOK: Ice cream artisan Creamery Studios CDO

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Features, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Restaurant
We all have those days when we just want ice cream, comfort snacks, delicious coffee (yasss) and maybe a drink that resembles the northern lights, right? Because I do! Thankfully, there's a new place in Cagayan de Oro where you and I can indulge in everything good and sweet - Creamery Studios CDO!Try their ice cream artisan specialties, Korean egg drop sandwich, Spanish latte and the Sparkling Aurora (which resembles the breathtaking aurora borealis) The pasta chips and the berry tea fusion are also delicious choices. The Creamery Studios CDO space is also full of unicorn hues. Great for small events! However, aside from the food and drinks and colorful space, what makes Creamery Studios a must-visit is the affable owner, Chino. He is hands-on and passionate about his new venture...and ha...
TESDAMAN on PhilHealth rate hike: “Perwisyo kaysa serbisyo”

TESDAMAN on PhilHealth rate hike: “Perwisyo kaysa serbisyo”

Mindanaoan Update
Sen. Joel “TESDAMAN” Villanueva urged the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to answer unresolved issues and controversies as the agency is set to increase contributions this June. “Ngayong magtataas sila ng singil, dapat rin nating singilin ang PhilHealth ng sagot sa mga isyu na natalakay natin noon sa mga hearing sa Senado. Ano ang mga hakbang na ginawa at ginagawa ng PhilHealth upang matugunan ang mga anomalya sa pondo na naungkat natin sa mga nakaraang Senate hearings? Nabayaran na ba ng PhilHealth ang mga utang nito sa ospital nitong pandemya? Dapat may report at accounting sila bago pa man sila magpatupad ng mas mataas na singil,” said Villanueva. In addition, Villanueva said that the mandated increase in PhilHealth contributions starting next month shoul...
Shopee extends aid towards Typhoon Agaton survivors

Shopee extends aid towards Typhoon Agaton survivors

Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Last April 24, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, together with its logistics arm Shopee Xpress, teamed up with NORVIC Drugs Corporation and NutriAsia to collect and deliver sanitation kits and refreshments to Visayans affected by Typhoon Agaton. The donations were repacked and distributed by Shopee Xpress volunteers in the area. For those looking to help victims affected by Typhoon Agaton, Shopee invites users to donate through its partner charities found on the app.  Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands, and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time. 
Senatorial frontrunner Escudero endorses Suan for CDO 1st District Congressman

Senatorial frontrunner Escudero endorses Suan for CDO 1st District Congressman

Cagayan de Oro City, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Politics
Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, who is seeking a Senate return, has endorsed Atty. Lordan Suan for First District Cagayan de Oro Congressman. Escudero said that he believes Suan is motivated, passionate and has great plans for CDO's 1st District. Escudero and Suan met in Cagayan de Oro, during the former's recent trip to the city. Escudero remains one of the leading candidates according to the Laylo senatorial survey made available less than two weeks before the national elections on May 9, 2022. Escudero, who served two full terms in the Senate from 2007-2019, was preferred by 39 percent of 3,000 likely voters who were polled during Laylo’s national survey conducted from April 14 to 20, ranking him in 4th to 6th among the pre-listed senatorial candidates. The veteran l...
PayMaya now has cryptocurrency feature

PayMaya now has cryptocurrency feature

Announcements, Business, Consumer, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Filipinos can now dip their toes in the world of virtual assets and cryptocurrencies (crypto) with the help of the trusted e-wallet brand PayMaya. PayMaya has announced that it launched its cryptocurrency (crypto) feature through its all-in-one finance app experience, enabling Filipinos to easily buy and earn digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum for as low as P1. For many of us, crypto can be challenging. Usually, you need to download and register for a crypto account and subject yourself to a verification process. You also need to have a bank account or e-wallet app as a fund source. With this development, however, PayMaya now makes it easier than ever for all of us to get into crypto by providing an all-in-one experience. There is no need to register for another account,...
Chiz Escudero: Deploy more doctors to the barrios, health resources for Universal Health Care in Mindanao

Chiz Escudero: Deploy more doctors to the barrios, health resources for Universal Health Care in Mindanao

Agusan del Sur, Basilan, Cotabato, Mindanaoan Update, Sarangani, Tawi Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte
Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero said the country’s implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act will be useless if it does not benefit the poorest provinces, especially in Mindanao. Escudero, who is running for senator, said local government units (LGUs) in the south tend to be neglected when it comes to support for infrastructure development and health care, which explains why the municipalities and provinces there remain the poorest in the Philippines. “You cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy constituency. And there can be no true UHC if the people in Mindanao continue to have little or no access to quality health care. That requires adequate supply of medicines, health equipment and health workers,” Escudero said. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) ...
Migz Zubiri: Strengthen alternative fuels such as Biofuels and E-Vehicles

Migz Zubiri: Strengthen alternative fuels such as Biofuels and E-Vehicles

Mindanaoan Update
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is pushing to suspend fuel excise tax, in the midst of skyrocketing fuel prices sparked by Russia’s war on Ukraine. Further, he is calling for stronger implementation of the Biofuels Act, as an option for alternative fuels. “With these prices, we should consider the temporary suspension of the fuel excise tax to give our people some welcome respite from the weekly increase of fuel,” said Zubiri. “Especially PUV operators and drivers, who are still trying to recover from the pandemic.” “Just when the economy is beginning to open back up and they finally have a chance to recoup, here comes an oil price surge to kill their momentum. “But suspending excise tax is a short-term solution. We need to think long-term, to avoid coming to another si...
Help spark the energy with multivitamins and minerals (Berocca performance)

Help spark the energy with multivitamins and minerals (Berocca performance)

Mindanaoan Update
As we continue to stay productive and power through the humdrum of our hybrid work schedules,we’re also finding ways to address the inevitable burnouts and daily energy gaps. Sometimes all ittakes to relieve that stress is a quick breather away from our work desks to refocus or to stepoutside for a change of scenery or to try something completely new so we can push the pace oncemore and bounce back. Giving you your much-needed boost of positivity to help you feel at your best, one effervescenttablet of Multivitamins and Minerals (Berocca Performance) helps enhance your physical energyand mental sharpness, so you can #SparkTheEnergy in whatever you need to do! With B Vitamins,Ascorbic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, a glass of Multivitamins and Minerals (BeroccaPerformance) is clinic...