Philippine telco interconnection efforts extends to Bukidnon, providing fixed voice calls to province

by E. Lorete/ /

Friendly telco relations bring more service to far flung provinces. Bukidnon will finally get fixed call nterconnection services with Globe Telecom. It is a helpful service for Bukidnon, allowing townfolks connected to Globe and competition to freely communicate digitally with ease.

Inslashout details how that will afect Bukidnon with this filed report from Globe telecom.        

Globe Telecom said interconnection with its main competition for fixed voice calls has been extended further to include Bukidnon province. Taking effect November 28, 2016, the interconnection enables customers of Globe landline services in Bukidnon to call customers of other telco providers without additional charges as they no longer have to pay for long distance charges when calling one another. 
Prior to the interconnection, landline customers of Globe and other telco providers were charged with long distance rate when making phone calls to one another. With the interconnection, Globe customers can simply dial the seven-digit telephone number to connect with other telco providers and vice-versa.

 “We are proud to announce that we have further extended our interconnection with competition for landline services, a move that substantially reduces the cost of connectivity, enabling our customers to realize savings. In line with Globe Telecom’s commitment to provide affordable and easily accessible ways of communication, rest assured that the company will continue to pursue interconnection in line with our competitors to include more and more provinces,” Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said.

Interconnection among telco providers is in line with provisions for compulsory interconnection of authorized public telecommunications carriers under Republic Act 7925. The law aims to create a universally accessible and fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network to encourage more infrastructure investments from the private sector that would benefit the consumers.
In addition to Bukidnon, Globe has existing interconnection agreement with its main competition in Metro Manila, Cavite, Iloilo, Batangas, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Leyte, Davao City, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zamboanga, Laguna, Quezon, La Union, Nueva Ecija, Benguet, GenSan/South Cotabato, Tarlac, Davao del Norte, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Ilocos Sur, Capiz, Cagayan, Nueva Viscaya, Iloilo, Bataan, Isabela, Camarines Norte, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Aklan.

Ten ways to wirelessly beef up your digital holiday break

by E Lorete/ /

Holiday break, particularly for Christmas and New Year, can be lengthy getting stuck with few things to do back home. That experience should play up, for those digitally wireless and connected, conquering the world of Garena, Steam, PlayPark and Gameclub. It is everything you need to beef up that holiday mood with your friends and relatives. Globe Telecom has just the thing to spark those moody holiday in-betweens, and you need not even go out, brave the long EDSA traffic just to get to a mall where there is way too many people to enjoy break time with your family. 
Globe Telecom shares ten brilliant digital ways to enjoy the festive holiday.As we have shifted to the digital age, new holiday traditions are now being created by Globe Broadband. Now Filipinos have more ways to enjoy their digital lifestyle at home with fast and reliable connections.

1. Binge-watch shows on Netflix
Take advantage of the holiday​break and catch up on some of the most popular titles on Netflix, online or via offline mode. Netflix produces award-winning original shows, such as the political thriller Designated Survivor, the prison comedy-drama Orange is the New Black, the sci-fi homage to ‘80s classics Stranger Things, and the period drama The Crown. In January 2017, Netflix is also releasing the TV series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance.
2. Watch blockbusters on HOOQ
Those who like more variety in content can tune in to HOOQ. Together with hit international TV and movie titles, the video-on-demand service also carries a wide selection of Filipino content through its partnerships with the likes of ABS-CBN, GMA, VIVA, and Regal. Relive the classics by watching the films of Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, indie favorites from Cinemalaya, and recent TV shows. Early next year, HOOQ and Globe studios, will release the first ever co-produced Subscription Video on Demand original series in Southeast Asia: On The Job, a spinoff on the award-winning Erik Matti film of the same name.
3. Get to know the up and coming ballers with NBA League Pass
Fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) can watch live games in high-definition video, as well as exclusive content on NBA League Pass. They can even watch game replays from recent seasons, classic NBA games, special features, interviews, and documentaries!
4. Let your kids learn on YouTube Kids
Parents who are looking for educational entertainment can certainly find some of the best videos on YouTube Kids. Its content is specifically curated for kids through 4 categories – Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore. With built-in parental controls, moms and dads are assured that their kids are able to watch quality content that will help them learn new things. 
5. ​Relive your favorite Disney stories
Take the magic of Disney everywhere and even relive your favorite fairy tales using the Disney Channels Apps! From the Disney Princesses to hit shows such as Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, Art Attack, and Girl Meets World, among others, the Disney Channel Apps has some of the best episodes to keep the family entertained. It even has Disney Original movies, music videos, and short clips! Younger ones will enjoy Disney Junior Asia, which has episodes of Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and more! Disney XD Asia is more action-packed with content like Avengers Ultron Revolution, Star Wars Rebels, and Guardians of the Galaxy!
6. Rock out to Spotify
Music lovers get to party with their favorite tunes w​ith premium access to Spotify and its millions of playlists perfect for every occasion. Spotify Premium lets you create your own playlists, share them with friends and even download it for offline listening. The Discover feature also lets one listen to new tracks and similar songs you may like based on your recently played music. Ever get-together will definitely have its own playlist!
7. Let out your inner diva with Sing! Karaoke by Smule
Belt out to your most favorite tunes with Sing! Karaoke by Smule. This new app changes the way you do sing-alongs because you can now take it anywhere with your smartphone. Fulfill your dreams of becoming the Philippines’ next superstar by recording a song on the app to an audience of thousands. Now you can take your shower concerts to the next level and even jam with your favorite artists that are featured on the app!
8. Conquer the world on Garena, Steam, PlayPark, and Gameclub
Gamers in the family will have the coolest time playing games online without worrying about running out of credits! Gamers can now easily get e-pins for Garena, Steam, PlayPark, or Gameclub to build bases, conquer worlds, and defeat the enemies before mom calls you for No

Gamers in the family will have the coolest time playing games online without worrying about running out of credits! Gamers can now easily get e-pins for Garena, Steam, PlayPark, or Gameclub to build bases, conquer worlds, and defeat the enemies before mom calls you for Noche Buena dinner.
9. Enjoy your favorite apps on faster speeds!
Entertainment apps are best enjoyed with fast and reliable speeds. For only 1299/month, you can get your movie marathons, karaoke sessions, and even game nights with Globe Broadband speeds of up to 10 Mbps. Customers also have the option to boost their monthly data allowance or their WiFi connection for maximum viewing pleasure.
10. The best devices for an awesome experience
Changing the way families enjoy broadband, Globe now offers customizable plans that allows customers to bundle it with a variety of devices! From Android and smart TVs to streaming devices such as Google Chromecast and Apple TV, you can pick the device that matches your home digital lifestyle.
The holidays let us have more time to enjoy and discover new things. With a reliable connection coupled with some of the most entertaining content, everyone is up for another memorable time filled with awesome flicks, cool hits and fun games all from Globe Broadband.
To know how you can get a Globe Broadband plan today, visit

Le Grand Cirque showcases new tricks, death defying stunts performed by  race of international circus performers

by E Lorete / /

Are you looking for a holiday show, apart from the movie festival that thrive during Christmas, to thrill the family during the holiday break? Look no further! Araneta Coliseum a spectacular circus show, with professional circus performers flying straight from Las Vegas in Nevada. It is a big step up from th yearly ice skating show that has been dazzling Filipinos for years.
La Grand Cirque, which showed the media a one of its kind show excerpt of its daring clown acts, Chinese acrobatic shows and gravity defying segments that has never been performed in other Circus road shows worldwide.

Here is what you can expect from Le Grand Cirque, which will daily two hour shows that starte Christmas Day until January 3, which is the middle of a global tour from Las Vegas, Argentina, Europe, the Philippines and next Los Angeles.  
Jumping on a trampoline may not be the most exciting thing you can do. Extreme sports, however, has changed what people normally do when they bounce around on trampolines and turned it into an art form. Not only that, what is called the Wall Trampoline continues to take on a new life – in the circus!

“Le Grand Cirque,” Araneta Center’s Christmas offering this December, will let local audiences witness and experience the thrill of seeing gymnasts practically “walk on walls.” Despite the freestyle feel of the Trampoline Wall act, performers have added more tricks to make it more exciting for audiences. In “Le Grand Cirque,” expect to see a jumper rise in the air, fall on his back onto the trampoline below, bounce back up and do a flip before he touches the wall on his way down. Or he may do walking or running motions on the vertical surface, possibly giving Spider-man a run for his money.

It may all look simple, aside from a lot of fun, but gymnasts who do this are hoping wall trampoline becomes an official contest in the X-Games. Such is the demand of this act: The gravity-defying performance consists of a gymnast using the high-rebound capabilities of a performance trampoline to executed perfectly timed flips, twists and other tricks. Part gymnastics and part parkour, a wall walker notes one has to always be aware of where the wall is to do it right. 

The Wall Trampoline, headlined by a performer from Ukraine, is one of the exciting acts in “Le Grand Cirque,” coming for the first-time to the Philippines in a series of shows at the Smart Araneta Coliseum from December 25 to January 3, 2017. Enjoyed by thousands with performances in the US, UK and even Canada, Filipino audiences this time will feel the excitement in every breathtaking show. Reasonably priced compared to most Christmas offerings, this is the perfect show for the whole family or the whole barkada. 

For more information on “Le Grand Cirque,” visit or Tickets are available at or call 911-5555. 

Epson launches new printhead factory, capacity to triple production

by Edsel Lorete/ /

Leading and trusted international printer manufacturer Akita Epson Corporation finally concluded construction of its new and modern printhead factory in Japan. Epson invested 3.4 billion yen to construct printhead plant, signalling brand’s continued production expansion on a global scale. 

Let us share the full ESPON report, how this factory implementation would chain effect the production of green friendly industrial to office printers that has become a mainstay choice not only for people in business, but for big factories (including fashion) that have made bankable names with the helpog Epson’s top quality manufactured products.

Akita Epson Corporation, a group company of Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, “Epson”), has held a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new factory. Epson invested approximately 3.4 billion yen on the construction of the plant, which will triple Akita Epson’s current printhead production capacity. Construction began in October 2015 and the new plant went online earlier this month.

Epson provides printers and services based on original Micro Piezo inkjet technology to customers in the home, office, commercial, and industrial markets. The printheads produced at the new Akita Epson factory will be the core devices to be used in Epson’s high-capacity ink tank printers and business inkjet printers.

Epson’s high-capacity ink tank printers meet the needs of customers for low-cost prints with genuine Epson print quality. Initially launched in October 2010, sales of these products had reached as many as 15 million units worldwide as of June 2016. The office market is also seeing annual growth in demand for high-speed business inkjet printers that produce outstanding image quality at a lower cost per print and lower energy consumption than laser printers.

“Akita Epson is an important domestic production site with advanced technological capability and a close working relationship with Epson’s corporate R&D function,” said Takashi Mitsui, president of Akita Epson. “We make a significant contribution to the manufacturing capability of the entire Epson Group, sharing with Epson’s overseas manufacturing plants the technical expertise we have gained from manufacturing core devices. By using Epson’s original production equipment and automating and rationalizing production lines, the new plant will further raise our production capability.”
Epson is committed to advancing its original technologies and to delighting customers by exceeding their expectations with products and services based on original core devices.

Epson partners with Indonesian and Thai designers for Jakarta Fashion Week 2017 *

Epson, a leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, will be collaborating with Indonesian celebrity brand Sky Inc and award-winning Thai designer Thanit Tiansivarat to showcase their digitally printed collections at the Jakarta Fashion Week 2016, at Epson’s Print your Passion fashion show. 

Indonesian brand Sky Inc, co-owned by designers Amot Syamsuri Muda and Andrea Risjad, will be showcasing their BI.ON.IC collection of 46 looks with a futuristic science fiction theme, which takes inspiration from the world of science fiction, technology and extraterrestrial life. 

Thanit Tiansivarat, owner and designer of Thai brand Oh! Lala and Dee Project, will be showcasing for the first time at Jakarta Fashion Week with her ELEMENTS collection, consisting of 12 looks modelled by kid models. The collection takes inspiration from nature and the natural elements of earth, water, wind and fire, and is evocative of the transformative and changing powers of nature. 

Both the designers’ collections are printed by Epson’s digital textile printers powered by PrecisionCore technology, which vividly captures the bold and vibrant colours of the collections. The collaboration between Epson and designers aims to showcase the unlimited possibilities of digital textile printing and its role in fashion.

“The collaboration with the designers showcases how Epson’s textile printing technology can help in translating the designers’ vision to reality. Epson’s PrecisionCore technology brings vivid colour reproduction, and can inspire designers in the creation of their design. With digital textile printing, designers are only limited by their imagination. Through

 our collaborations with local designers, we hope to support the fashion industry and create greater awareness of the possibilities of digital textile printing,” said Shuji Hamaguchi, General Manager (Southeast Asia), Professional Printing, Epson Singapore.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

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Globe advocates environmental sustainability, encourages consumers to save thousands of trees via paperless billing *

As a strong advocate of environmental sustainability, leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom encourages its millions of postpaid customers to help save thousands of trees and reduce greenhouse gas emission by enrolling their fixed and mobile accounts in the paperless billing program.
Moreover, the program not only allows Globe postpaid customers to do their share in environmental protection and conservation but also provides convenience and up-to-date delivery of electronic billing statements and notification via text messages. All customers who opted to go paperless can enjoy the benefits of receiving their bills within five days after the cut-off date, viewing their bills online anytime and anywhere, and easily downloading their bills in their computers, tablets, or mobile phones.
“We work in solidarity with the rest of the world in ensuring that we take better care of the planet for the sake of the generations that will come after us. We thus make every effort to ensure that while we do our best to meet the current and future needs of our customers, we do so without compromising the welfare of the environment,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.
She added: “We can reduce the impact of our business operations to the environment by doing this together with our employees, business partners, and clients. When our customers subscribe to Globe Paperless Billing, for instance, they are in their own small way helping save the earth by lessening the amount of trees that are cut down to make paper.”
Trees are the earth’s biggest natural allies in the fight against global warming as they absorb billions of tons of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide every year and other potentially harmful gasses. Not only do they combat climate change but trees also clean the air, provide oxygen, save water, and prevent soil erosion, among other things.

At present, over 80% percent of postpaid customers prefer to receive their bills online to care for the environment, allowing Globe to save 22,855 trees, protect 21 hectares of land and reduce 2,762 carbon emissions. 
Instead of a printed bill, customers can conveniently view their billing statement through various channels. Customers now receive a text from GlobeMYBILL with a link to their billing statement in PDF version. They can also view their statement through their registered e-mail address or by logging in to their Globe MyAccounts. To enroll, customers are given several options. They may text PAPERLESS<space>account number<space>e-mail address to 26826, dial *143# on their mobile phones and follow the instructions, visit the Paperless Billing page at or log-in to Globe MyAccount, drop by at any Globe Store, or call the Customer Service Hotline (211 toll free from their mobile phone or 02-7301000 from any landline).
Senior citizens, Globe Platinum customers, and customers who have been with Globe for the last ten (10) years or more may opt to keep their paper bills. However, they are encouraged to switch to paperless billing to join the rest of the postpaid customer base to care for the environment.
Guided by the Environmental Sustainability Policy launched in 2003 and revised in 2010, Globe creates a wonderful world by operating responsibly and creating positive environmental impact of its business operations.      

At the same time, Globe supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production which aims to increase net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution while increasing quality of life. It also involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles.
The company has robust systems in place to manage its environmental impact and integrate these into the corporate social responsibility management. Globe is committed to consciously move toward the continuous reduction of the ecological footprints from its operations. Where possible, it applies best practices and global voluntary standards on environmental and social responsibility.

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2016: Year for mobile cameras, detailing selfie smartphones

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete/ /

Year 2016 could notoriously sum up as the selfie year for tech gadgets. Innovations for the best mobile camera was uphill with Huawei leading pack with its Leica camera formulated P9 series. Photographers liken the P9 for its brilliant DSLR crisp imaging applicable whether shoot is rendered indoor or outdoors. It pioneered the manual tray that allowed mobile phone to specifically temper ISO, background blurring, and do white camera balance before actual shooting. Vivo made headlines launching before Christmas Vivo V5. It is the first selfie quad core smartphone sporting a 20 megapixel selfie camera. Vivo partnered with Sony for the pore sealing face camera. Feature details with a special lighting that makes images glow white, makes your skin completely blenish free even for group selfies. It carries the familiar split screen multitasking Vivo function that came out first with fast charging V3 Max. The Max showed that even high end devices can have a steel framed, Gorilla glass body make formed devices for less with same software to hardware processing specifications of the iPhone 7. LG and Motorola raised camera expectations launching premium feature accessories. LG G5 launched a different model design from the pop G4, which made positive camera impression, with a slew of photography acessories bought seperately. Design was meant to enhance photography experience for anyone taking pre and post production photography using mobile devices. Motorola formally announced its Android platform smartphone under the manufacturing wing of Lenovo. Targetting moto fans Motorola released the exquisitely thinner Moto Z smartphone with familiar teasing to Motorola’s classic Razor metal thin flip phone. It branded Moto’s high end projector, camera and battery accessories. It is customizable in ways you would a DSLR with seperate components rendable without the plugged in terminal design. It is the only smartphone that could work as a smartphone, projector and digital camera with ten times zoom shooting feature. Lenovo maintained a seperate stake for its Vibe serialized smartphones. Highly regarded for its sharp camera, solid hardware and metal body Lenovo’s Vibe series maintained its lead. ASUS detailed with a fresh batch of high-end smartphones, a follow up to last year’s best selling Zenfone 2  Laser, Selfie smartphones emphasizing on selfies cameras that took notice for its stunning publication ready camera HD type display. The new Zenfone 3, maintaining ASUS’s sale lead,evolves the plastic make Zenfone 2 delivered. It is made of steel paired with tougher Gorilla glass touch interface, making it more sturdy – sleek and beautiful in your hand’s functionaln reach. Year 2016’s biggest selfie headliner settled with OPPO Selfie F1s. It is a very simple Android device that actually paces with users who have yet to encounter doing a personal selfie. It is regarded for its crisp camera (rear and front) with cinematic framing that adjust skin tone to available lighting, making you look fairly younger. Dark images shot using a pen lamp can shine beautifully without blurring, red eye lense issues. Thin, light and steel framed OPPO Selfie F1s made viral conection to public’s demand for a decent selfie phone everybody can afford to buy. OPPO showed that even high spec quad core smartphones with metal and glass form can be sold for less than P15,000 without sacrificing major Android features. Selfie F1s is secondly regarded for its lengthy battery that appeals to multitaskers working outdoors, rendering post-production imaging detailed for easy social networking publicity. Vivo V5, Moto Z, LG G5, Moto Z and OPPO Selfie F1s are re-defining the public’s perception of selfie camera phones with professsional production features. It is a brewing race for the perfect smart handset that could one day do much of what you normally render with a single multitasking wireless gadget expected to specify all your daily office to home setting errands beyond Year 2017.