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Say Yes to May Sparkling Juice’s 6-Ingredient Mocktail Recipes to Fuel the Holiday Fun

A fancy and family-perfect drink, serving mocktails allow a more inclusive atmosphere that are insanely satisfying but totally liquor-free. A perfect party refresher that will also put all your guests in the holiday fun and festive spirit, it’s also ideal to serve for all reason or occasion.  And these almost effortless recipes will encourage you to Say Yes to May today.

Pop open a bottle and you know that it’s made of fresh and fruity flavors, with an aroma that’s like an autumn stroll through the vineyards and the alluring smell of winery during harvest. Made of Belgium’s finest and carefully selected red and white grapes, each pour of May Sparkling Juice is a reminder of the good times and will make you more than ready to celebrate whatever life throws at you. So bring on the joy and try these recipes that will surely send a jolt of excitement in each sip!

 

May’s Watermelon Surprise


The perfect match for a rich dish, this intensely refreshing concoction will open the palate to the wonders of watermelon. The zing of lime also enhances its bright and juicy flavor that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 cup diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups chilled May Sparkling Juice (red)
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: mint sprigs
Instructions:
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until sugar ¬dissolves, stirring with a whisk.
  • Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  • Strain and discard solids.
  • Working in batches, place diced watermelon and fresh lime juice in a blender. Process until smooth.
  •  Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.
  • Stir in sugar syrup and May Sparkling Juice. 
  • Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired. 

May’s Mango Tropical Fizz

When life gives you lemons, serve this invigorating mango drink that’s both sweet and tart. Be sure to add some fresh sprig of mint leaves for that whiff of crisp and cooling flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle May Sparkling Juice (white), chilled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup of mango slices
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint (optional)
Instructions:
  • In a pitcher whisk together 1/2 cup water and sugar until sugar has dissolved.
  • Mix until well blended. 
  • Stir in lime juice.
  • Pour in May Sparkling Juice and stir once.
  • Add in ice and mint.

These recipes will surely make your holidays and friends gathering more special. 
If you’ve tried these recipes, please share your experience on the comments below 🙂

Say Yes to May Sparkling Juice’s 6-Ingredient Mocktail Recipes to Fuel the Holiday Fun

A fancy and family-perfect drink, serving mocktails allow a more inclusive atmosphere that are insanely satisfying but totally liquor-free. A perfect party refresher that will also put all your guests in the holiday fun and festive spirit, it’s also ideal to serve for all reason or occasion.  And these almost effortless recipes will encourage you to Say Yes to May today.

Pop open a bottle and you know that it’s made of fresh and fruity flavors, with an aroma that’s like an autumn stroll through the vineyards and the alluring smell of winery during harvest. Made of Belgium’s finest and carefully selected red and white grapes, each pour of May Sparkling Juice is a reminder of the good times and will make you more than ready to celebrate whatever life throws at you. So bring on the joy and try these recipes that will surely send a jolt of excitement in each sip!

 

May’s Watermelon Surprise


The perfect match for a rich dish, this intensely refreshing concoction will open the palate to the wonders of watermelon. The zing of lime also enhances its bright and juicy flavor that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 cup diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups chilled May Sparkling Juice (red)
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: mint sprigs
Instructions:
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until sugar ¬dissolves, stirring with a whisk.
  • Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  • Strain and discard solids.
  • Working in batches, place diced watermelon and fresh lime juice in a blender. Process until smooth.
  •  Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.
  • Stir in sugar syrup and May Sparkling Juice. 
  • Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired. 

May’s Mango Tropical Fizz

When life gives you lemons, serve this invigorating mango drink that’s both sweet and tart. Be sure to add some fresh sprig of mint leaves for that whiff of crisp and cooling flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle May Sparkling Juice (white), chilled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup of mango slices
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint (optional)
Instructions:
  • In a pitcher whisk together 1/2 cup water and sugar until sugar has dissolved.
  • Mix until well blended. 
  • Stir in lime juice.
  • Pour in May Sparkling Juice and stir once.
  • Add in ice and mint.

These recipes will surely make your holidays and friends gathering more special. 
If you’ve tried these recipes, please share your experience on the comments below 🙂

Smart Padala gives back to hardworking Pinoys with Padalang Padalow

Started last May 1, Labor Day, until July 31, consumers can enjoy lower remittance rates from Smart Padala whenever they send money to their loved ones, wherever they are, as the the country’s leading domestic remittance services provider launches its Padalang Padalow promo in honor of our hardworking Filipino workers.
With the enrolment season coming up soon, Filipinos can take advantage of Smart Padala’s low remittance fees to send much-needed money to their loved ones across the country. For  padala above P3,000, customers will only pay a nominal fee of 2% of the remittance amount, instead of the usual 2.5%. For P3,001 to P3,500 padala, customers will only have to pay P70 instead of P87.50; and P5,000 padala for only P100 from P125. The Padalang Padalow promo can be enjoyed until July 31 through 15,000 Smart Padala  centers, the biggest network of non-bank money-in and money-out touchpoints nationwide.
“For over ten years now, Smart Padala has been a strong enabler of Filipinos for sharing the fruit of their hard work to their families and loved ones. This Labor Day, we are giving back and honoring our kababayans through our Smart Padalang Padalow promo with the same reliable and convenient remittance service that they can truly benefit from,” said Benjie Fernandez, co- CEO at PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), which offers Smart Padala for the remittance market.

More convenient as it is more affordable 
Launched in 2004, Smart Padala is the global pioneer in mobile money remittance. The brand, which literally means “smart remittance” resonates with Filipinos as it reflects our culture of providing assistance to loved ones as a show of affinity. Its network of hyperlocal touchpoints can be found in close proximity to neighborhoods and communities, making domestic remittance more accessible.
Based on data from the first National Baseline Survey on Financial Inclusion released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas mid-2015, it is estimated that on average, Filipinos take around 22 minutes to reach the nearest financial services touch point. It also costs an average of P43 for a roundtrip fare. This is on top of the remittance fees collected by service providers.
To further make mobile money more inclusive, Smart Padala introduced last October its Pick-Up Anywhere feature, enabling users to send money to anyone, regardless of mobile network, and redeemable at any of the Smart Padala centers nationwide. With Pick-Up Anywhere, there is no need to travel far just to send or receive remittance because Smart Padala centers can literally be your kapitbahay or your suking sari-sari store.
“We feel the need of our Filipino workers for a reliable, accessible, and convenient way of sending money. The least that we can do is offer them services that are easy, convenient, and affordable. This is why we have introduced enhancements such as Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere and offered promos like Smart Padalang Padalow,” said Lawrence Ferrer, Vice President and head of domestic business at PayMaya Philippines. Smart Padala also offers international remittance, bills payment, airtime load selling and reloading of mobile wallet accounts including Smart Money and PayMaya to address the transactional needs of both banked and unbanked in the emerging market. 
To know more about Smart Padala, visit www.smartpadala.ph and Facebook.com/SmartPadalaPH.
About PayMaya Philippines
PayMaya Philippines, part of the Voyager Group, is the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).  PayMaya, its mobile app that comes with a prepaid card, is now the leading over-the- top digital payments app in the Philippine market. Among its innovations include Smart Money, the pioneering mobile money service linked to the Smart SIM and mobile phone and Smart Padala, the leading domestic remittance service brand in the market.

Smart starts deployment of LTE-Advanced mobile service


The first in the Philippines, Smart’s introduction of LTE
A promises to help improve Internet services in the country.

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called “carrier aggregation.”
Initially deployed in Boracay, Aklan, one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, Smart’s LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up to 250 Mbps.“With the introduction of our LTE-Advanced service, the next stage of development of 4th generation of mobile technology, Smart is again at the technology forefront, setting the bar higher for mobile service experience,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor.
Smart joins the short list of operators around the world that have tested and rolled out the technology, which is also referred to as 4.5G. This list includes Optus in Australia, Sprint in the US, and Turkcell in Turkey, among others. “Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer,” he said. “We are also planning ahead, in anticipation of future advances in technology. Our current investments in network facilities are already being done in a way that will enable us to be ready for 5G when it arrives sometime in 2020. For this purpose, we are working closely with NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the global pace-setters in the development of 5G,” Horn added.

A much wider highway

Carrier aggregation refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds to mobile users. “This is like being able to put together two or more separate highways in order to create a wider highway through which vehicular traffic can flow more freely and at a much faster rate,” Horn said. “Wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests.  But, carrier aggregation on LTE-A, by combining the capacities of two or more frequency bands, will enable Smart to deliver to subscribers with LTE-A devices consistently higher speeds than is possible using LTE.  In Boracay, we have combined three frequencies, which is a first in the country,” he explained.

For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming. Currently, the LTE-A capable devices include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  Other handset manufacturers are expected to introduce their own LTE-A devices soon. Smart ran several tests of LTE-A in 2013 – in Boracay during the Geeks on a Beach startup conference; in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival; and in Makati City.  The introduction of LTE-A capable devices since then has opened the door for its roll-out.

A broader effort

Horn explained that LTE-A is the “cutting edge” of a broader effort to improve the cellular and mobile internet services of Smart and Sun subscribers. In a network integration program started last year, for example, Smart and Sun have been synergizing their networks to improve the coverage and quality of service for the subscribers of both brands using 2G, 3G and LTE capable devices. “For example, where it makes technical and marketing sense, we equip a single cell site – either of Smart or Sun – so that this can serve the subscribers of both brands,” Jorn said. As a result of this program, depending on the area, the effective coverage for Smart and Sun subscribers increases by anywhere from 50% to 100%. The program is expected to be completed by end-2016 or early 2017.  This was part of PLDT’s P43-billion capital expenditure program (capex) in 2015 and will be funded by the 2016 capex budget which has been set at the same level.

In this program, specific attention is being given to enhancing 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ coverage and capacity because about 90% of Smart and Sun subscribers who go online use 3G handsets. “Improving our 3G data service thus delivers immediate benefits to the largest number of people in our subscriber base. At the same time, we have been expanding the coverage of our LTE network because the number of subscribers using LTE phones is steadily rising,” Horn said.“And now, we have also begun to deploy LTE-A. The pace of this deployment will be driven by several factors, including the rate at which subscribers start using LTE-A capable devices,” he added.

#ChangingLives: How PLDT changed my life

I grew up in a generation where internet and use of mobile phones are considered as needs. I remember when I was in high school, I used to ask my mom to buy me PLDT internet cards during weekends. It was friendster and nickelodeon blog kind of days. Oh memories! Internet lines were not yet that established here in our region. We, I for one, have witnessed how far internet has developed from internet cards to high speed internet data.
With PLDT and technology, they are hand-in-hand in changing our lives for the better making it more convenient. Whoever you are and whatever you do – traveler, teacher, model, businessman, student, artist, etc. – they have offers to make your life easy as pie. As for me, PLDT Group helped me in achieving my goals. As a part-time blogger, I need high speed internet in writing blog posts, sharing my thoughts and photos on different social media platforms, and especially in attending events here in our city. PLDT Group also opened a lot of doors for the small and regional bloggers like me. I must say it empowered and inspired me to do the best that I can, to inspire other pinay muslimas in terms of fashion and lifestyle, share my travels, and more. It allowed me to discover myself more, express myself, and connect with others around the world.
For all of these, thanks PLDT Group. It excites me of what more you have to offer in the mere future.
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Moments recorded in a snap.
Businesses made more competitive on the global stage.
We’ve been changing the way you do things.
Changing the way you live.
Your trust has powered us to innovate for the future.
That’s why together, we can change the world

Six important things Batman & Superman fans should have


In just a week’s time, one of the summer’s biggest superhero films is set to break into Philippine cinemas: Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice. The superhero movie directed by Zack Snyder, an American filmmaker known for starting the DC Extended Universe film series, will be the first ever live-action film to feature both DC Comic characters, Batman and Superman. The film is a follow up to Superman: Man of Steel and inspired by the Batman limited series The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. No wonder fans have been going wild, with advanced ticket sales worldwide slowly pacing ahead Marvel superhero box office hits, Deadpool and Avengers. In anticipation of the release, and in true DC Comic fan spirit, we’ll let you in on six important things every Batman and Superman fan should buy online. 


1. Superhero Graphic Novels (takatack.ph)


If you’re going to do be a fan, you cannot possibly live without owning at least a couple of essential superhero graphic novels. For Superman fans, your must read is Superman Earth One, which includes that iconic moment when Clark finally becomes Superman. Batman: Earth One is the counterpart for Batman fans, but the crossroads for these two heroes is really The Dark Knight Returns. Most people have a misconception that it’s just about Batman, but no other comic book comes close to actually defining the character of Superman than Frank Miller’s holy grail. You’ll have to buy it and read it to find out why. You can order a copy from the Takatack store of Galleon PH here.

2.  Supermovies

As a Batman or Superman fan, having watched any previous films about the two characters is pretty much a given. Although if you’re just beginning to get into the fandom, and you can’t read the graphic novels, at least watch the live adaptations of the two characters so you can fully appreciate why the battle of Batman V Superman makes a compelling story. You want to fully understand and choose, whose explicit code of morality is superior? Who is more admirable? Which one makes a better model in defining today’s culture and society? Who is more self-sacrificing? The best way to get your fix is to get a subscription on Netflix and supermarathon all the Batman and Superman films there.

3.  Super Kitchenwear

Getting superabs is as easy as putting on an apron. This one is for all the cooks out there who want to feel like heroes in their own kitchen, saving the hungry, one dish at a time.  These Batman and Superman gems are available on Takatack.ph.

4. The Superhero Look (zalora.ph + sephora.ph) 

 

There is no other more iconic accessory for Superman than his horn-rimmed glasses which were used to hide his alien identity, projecting instead the intelligent and mild-mannered Clark Kent. These are readily available at ZALORA
On the other hand, while most men can’t keep up with billionaire Mr. Wayne’s bespoke Armani suits, most guys can look the part by just getting their hair done well. We don’t have a photo of Ben Affleck sporting the Bruce Wayne look yet because of the limited footage, hence Christian Bale, but over the years in film or comics, Bruce Wayne has always had his hair on point. Pomade or wax is key, and guys will want something with good hold to hold their hair’s shape, but not rock hard so that they can’t run their fingers through their hair. Sephora has a good variety of styling products which you can check out here.


5.   Supershirts



As we’re getting nearer to the premier, you’ll want to choose your side and show your support for the “better” superhero. It’s likely many people will show up at the cinemas wearing some sign of support for their favorite superhero. Wear a classic Batman or Superman shirt officially licensed by DC Comics and join the many others showing their support for #TeamBatman or #TeamSuperman.


6.   A Superadvanced ticket to the showing

Everyone knows how big this movie is going to be, and how hard it’s going to be to score tickets. The lines will be endless, and the wait will be painful if you ever get to the front desk after hours only to be told there aren’t any seats available for the day. Reserve your movie tickets online instead. SM Cinemas and Robinson’s Movieworld are two online cinema platforms that let you buy your tickets and choose your seats online.
Buying these things online may require you to have a credit card. If you don’t have one, the best way to go about is to pay with PayMaya instead. PayMaya is a free online payment app on Google Play Store and App Store that lets you buy online without a credit card. All you have to do is download the app and register with your mobile number. Once you activate your account by tapping “Activate” on the app home screen, you’ll get your own card number, CVV, and its expiration date on the app. Just load up your account at 7-Eleven, Robinson’s Department Stores, or SM Business Centers, and you’re all set to crossing off all the Batman and Superman must-haves on this list! So choose now, because it’s going to be an incredible battle. Batman vs Superman. Black vs Blue. God vs Man. Day vs Night.


For more information about PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com.

Holidays are more fun in the Philippines with PayMaya!


It’s that time of the year when everyone’s just so busy with last-minute shopping, parties and of course, holiday vacations. This season, the holidays become especially more fun as a whole universe awaits to be discovered because of digital commerce and online shopping convenience. Get the best deals and one-of-a-kind finds with the most convenient way to shop – through your PayMaya mobile app, the all-in-one digital payments innovation that can give you an instant virtual Visa.

1. Gift-shopping  

Still completing your holiday shopping? Everyone’s looking for unique gifts they can buy for their loved ones, and there’s no better place to look than online shopping sites. Shopping online also allows you to access online-exclusive fashionable clothes from websites like ZALORA, various goods from Takatack.com and limited edition beauty products from Beauty MNL. The things you can buy will be unlike the things you’ll find going to the mall, and are guaranteed to make your loved ones smile.


2. Staycations

For people looking for unique experiences, PayMaya partnered with Airbnb to give a promo to PayMaya users so they can book unique accommodations around the world. Up to, PayMaya users can enjoy P1,500 discount (for minimum P4,500 booking cost) on their first Airbnb stay by just using the promo code PAYMAYA + first 6 digits of PayMaya card upon checkout to enjoy the discount. With Airbnb, you can book beautiful and inspirational spaces that deviate from the regular hotel bookings that people usually resort to: from entire houses, to cozy lofts, even castles and villas.
Meanwhile, if you’re not going out for the holidays, you can use your PayMaya Visa card for exclusive dining discounts at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Visa often offers exclusive-only promos all year round, and as a partner of Visa, PayMaya users have the special privilege to avail of discounts at hotels and other restaurants just by using their PayMaya Visa.

3. Food deliveries

You can spice up your salu-salos and order Japanese, Korean, Greek, Spanish, and plenty of other cuisines from over 1000+ restaurants by ordering from foodpanda. Customers get P200 off their order by using the code: NOCHEBUENA.

4. Music, movies, books and so much more!

The holidays are a time for rest and celebration of thanksgiving with family and friends, and there’s no better way to do this than with music, movies, and books. To start off, you can get
get Spotify Premium with PayMaya so you can listen to your favorite artists offline non-stop, with no ads, just music. First time Spotify Premium users can get Spotify Premium for just P9.00 for 3 months.
Going out to watch a movie? If you don’t want to wait in line, especially for the new Star Wars movie, you can reserve tickets online with your PayMaya Visa at SM Cinema, Robinson’s Movie World, and SureSeats for Ayala malls.
Meanwhile, for all the book lovers who want to tuck themselves in with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, they can use their PayMaya to purchase books for themselves or friends at Amazon with a 30% discount off the regular price, with a maximum discount being $10. To avail the offer, customers will simply have to type in the promo code HOLIDAY30 while checking out the item.

5.  Buy and send load – as a gift!

It’s a heavy call and text season, when we’re all busy sending well wishes to everyone. As a special treat, PayMaya is giving an 8% discount off Smart load packages. PayMaya users can either buy Smart load packages for themselves or better yet, send the load as a gift for loved ones this Christmas. Share the love!

6. Last minute traveling

Thinking of some last minute get-away for the holidays? You can easily book a flight around the world with Philippine Airlines using your PayMaya Visa. All the seat sales will be popping up this season so make sure to keep a watchful eye out!


Find out more why PayMaya is now the no. 1 financial mobile app in Google Play Philippines through www.paymaya.com.