Smart makes big splash with GigaSurf50, country’s first 1GB data offer for only

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Enjoy 1GB of surfing and apps plus 300MB for streaming on YouTube, iflix and more, valid for 3 days

[1 July 2016] Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications is changing the way Filipinos enjoy their smartphones as it unveils GigaSurf50, the country's first 1GB data offer for only P50.

Valid for three days, GigaSurf50 also comes with an additional 300MB for streaming on sites YouTube, iflix and more, empowering subscribers to ride the digital wave and enjoy more data, video and music right at their fingertips. To enjoy this latest offer, simply text GIGA50 to 9999. 

Bigger and better digital lifestyle 
"With the country’s first 1GB offer at only P50, Smart is truly changing the way Filipinos enjoy their mobile phones for a much bigger, better and richer digital lifestyle," said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head. 

"This huge data offer allows you to go bigger on your passions – whether you are an info junkie who likes to surf all the time, a social media butterfly with constant updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, or a music and video buff who likes streaming on sites like YouTube and iflix, among many others.”

Pasadata with GigaSurf50

GigaSurf50 is also big enough for subscribers to share with others through Pasadata, Smart’s innovative feature that lets subscribers pass on a chunk of their data to friends and loved ones. To share part of your GigaSurf50, simply text PASADATA <Recipient #> <Amount>MB and send to 808.

With GigaSurf50, you can go beyond your usual mobile Internet activities, from speaking your mind on the latest trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, watching the latest viral videos on YouTube, and binge-watching your favorite movies and series on iflix.

GigaSurf50 also lets you record more of your day’s best moments on Snapchat and Instagram, share more of your latest musings on your personal blogs, and connect more with your groups on Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp, among many others.

Bridging gaps and breaking barriers 

GigaSurf50 follows a string of awesome products and services that Smart launched since it refreshed its brand last June 13 to show a stronger commitment in empowering Filipinos to live a digital life without barriers.

Smart recently launched its P1,288 Prepaid Smartphone kit to offer the most value-packed big-screen 
smartphone in the country today, meant to break barriers for many Filipinos to own a smartphone. Smart also recently unveiled its Smartlife app, a breakthrough digital discovery portal that lets subscribers enjoy exclusive daily perks, movies, music and games at their fingertips.

Network boost nationwide

All these new products go hand in hand with Smart’s rapid LTE deployment and network expansion to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country.

To keep updated with Smart’s biggest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

The Journey of a Bottle

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For my 35 years of my existence, I never got the chance to have a memorable experience of joining a field trip to a Coca-Cola Plant during my elementary and high school days. Now, being one of the officers of CDO Bloggers Inc is a priviledged being invited as one of the VIPs to have a closer look of their bottling plant and be able to taste an ice cold Coke fresh from the bottling line. Take note! Our group was given the opportunity to capture and video everything inside the plant! Cool huh!

As always, Coca-Cola remains a fascination for most of the aficionados. Taste the feeling as they say! It never change the taste since the beginning, a thirst quencher 'til forever! 

This iconic beverage is being bottled at the Coca-Cola FEMSA Misamis Oriental Plant (MOP). One of the 19 plants operated in the country and was built and inagurated in 2011. Better watch out this coming July for their installation of their 5th line production inside their 11.2 hectares land area.

1. Preparation of raw materials, ingredients (water, sweeteners and natural flavors)
2. Bottler washer - where the recycled glas bottles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized
3. Filler - the bottled will be filled
4. Crowner/Capper - it will be capped
5. Fullgoods Bottle Inspector (FBI)- automatically inspects filled and sealed bottles to ensure the right content. 
Bottles that pass through the state-of-the-art euipment quality monitoring are then put into crates and brought to the warehouse for immediate dispatch.

PET line also are being produced in bottles made of plastic resin and a form of polyester at MOP Most of the travellers always prefer for the plastic type of packaging because they can bring them wherever they go. In just a span of an hour, the plant's PET line is able to produce as much as 63,000 bottles.


We happened to interview a 67 year old lady named Nanay Aracelli OrdoƱa, with 2 kids. Her business started way back 1983 here in Cagayan de Oro and decided to move in Villanueva, Mis Or and built the Nanay Foodhaus in 1994. Her sari-sari store has an eatery beside it, where people from the nearby offices usually order their meals. A very loyal customer since the beginning, with the help of Coca-Cola FEMSAthrough their partnership she was able to send her two children to school and now became professionals. Coca-Cola made an extreme make-over of her eatery located along Villanueva highway which caters all travelers coming to and fro Cagayan de Oro or Cotabato in need of a refreshing drinks and good food as well. She was so blessed that one of her kids are now based in Canada and offered her to but move in, but she opted to stay in her place and continue her growing business with Coca-Cola.

 Once again, thank you Coca-Cola FEMSA for this once in a lifetime opportunity as one of the VIPs as an online media visitor in MOP!

photo owned by Mike Banos

Smart Celebrates Faster Data in CDO with Grand Digifest

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[22 June 2016] In celebration of its faster and stronger data connectivity in Cagayan de Oro, unrivaled mobile services leader Smart Communications invites all Kagay-anons to one big Digifest party filled with awesome activities, great music and prizes at Limketkai Parking Lot D on Saturday, June 25.

A must-not-miss event, Smart’s Digifest features today’s hottest apps in larger than life set-ups powered by Smart’s faster mobile Internet, and gathers some of the country’s top beatmakers led by Smart ambassador and party staple DJ Ace Ramos and MC Pao, Katsy Lee, Gino V, and Banaag Brothers, among many others.

To join the celebration, simply load up with Big Bytes 50 if you are a Smart subscriber, or buy a Smart Prepaid LTE SIM and top up with the latest promos if you are a new Smart user.

Go around interactive booths while partying

At the event, you can hang out at the different interactive booths showcasing Smart’s faster mobile data in the city: from posting your moments with friends on Snapchat; streaming your favorite videos and series on iflix and YouTube; enjoying your favorite mobile games like Clash Royale and Clash of Clans; immersing in another world with the Samsung Gear VR; to discovering awesome perks and digital content on the new SmartLife app.

Win a Samsung smartphone, Gear VR

Throughout the night, all partygoers also get a chance to win brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets and Samsung Gear VR headsets, among other gadgets and premium items.

You can also feast on local favorites served by Butcher’s Best; Missy Bonbon, Dear Manok; Simple Joys; Red Tail and Bigby’s, among many others.

Amid all the activities and partying, you can make the most of Smart Big Bytes 50, which has now been boosted to offer 2X data – from 350MB to 700MB worth of online surfing plus 600MB for streaming videos and more – valid for three days for only P50. Make sure to post your most awesome Digifest moments using the official hashtags #ConnectNaTa and #SmartDigifest.

Network improvements around CDO

“With Smart’s recent network improvements in Cagayan de Oro, now’s the best time for Kagay-anons to welcome change with the way they connect and enjoy their favorite mobile videos, music and app – faster and better,” said Kathy C. Carag, VP and Head for Smart Brand and Marketing Communications . 

“This big change merits one big celebration, that’s why we came up with a Digifest, which we are also looking forward to bring around the different parts of the country.”

As part of its stronger commitment to provide a better digital life for Filipinos, Smart has rolled out network improvements in key cities around the country, including Cagayan de Oro, resulting in much faster and better data experience for Smart subscribers.

Themed activities for social, video and games

To showcase this faster and better data connectivity to Kagay-anons, Smart whipped up themed Digifest activities over the past weeks, offering prizes such as free data and gadgets to loyal and new subscribers. The upcoming grand Digifest party comes as a fitting conclusion to this weeks-long showcase of apps like Snapchat, iflix, YouTube, Royale Clash, and Clash of Clans that run perfectly on Smart’s boosted network.

For more information on Smart’s upcoming Digifest, follow its official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Smart, Starmobile launch 4.5-inch PLAY Click for only P1,288

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[15 June 2016] Unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications has partnered with trusted Filipino smartphone brand to introduce the country’s most value-packed big screen Android phone, the Starmobile PLAY Click. 

At P1,288, the Starmobile PLAY Click delivers a full experience as a dual-SIM Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphone with a 4.5-inch touch screen that is bigger and brighter than other entry-level offerings in the market today. 

“With this partnership, Smart bolsters its thrust to bring the smartphone in the hands of every Filipino by offering feature-rich handsets at a very affordable price,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head. “This is our way of breaking the barriers for many of our fellowmen to enjoying a much richer mobile digital experience.”

“While we are already very proud of what the PLAY Click can do, we wanted to sweeten the deal even further for our customers,” said Michael Chen, Starmobile Product Development Head. “This partnership with Smart further adds value to the already value-packed PLAY Click.” 

Powered by Smart’s largest mobile network, the Starmobile PLAY Click’s large screen is a joy to use with today’s top mobile games, such Clash Royale and Clash of Clans, and for binge-watching your viral videos on YouTube and blockbuster movies on iflix – aside from sharing and browsing photos on popular social media apps.

What’s more, PLAY Click comes with one Smart Prepaid SIM with FREE 1 YEAR DATA. Subscribers will receive 100MB/month, so they can enjoy Facebook, Viber, Instagram, and other apps right out of the box. And with an accumulated P100 load every month, users can also enjoy load rewards of up to P30/month for 12 months.  It also comes with a FREE TNT SIM.

The Starmobile PLAY Click will be available in Smart and Starmobile concept stores and kiosks nationwide and on the Smart Online Store at beginning June 17, 2016. To avail of Starmobile Play Click at P1,288, you will need to purchase it with a P100 Smart Prepaid load card. 

A regular open-line version is also available in Starmobile concept stores and kiosks for only P2,690.

Check out Smart’s latest offer at or follow its official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Learn more about the Starmobile PLAY Click, visit Order now via 

Smart Online Store:


Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PLDT and is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider with 68.4 million cellular and broadband subscribers as of Q1 2016. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having introduced world-first wireless offerings such as Smart Money, Smart Load, Smart Padala, and the Netphone. Smart offers 3G, HSPA+, and LTE services, while its Smart 

Satellite service provides communications to the global maritime industry.


Starmobile is a Filipino smart devices brand established by Star Telecom Alliance Resources (STAR, Inc.), a group of telecommunications industry experts based locally and internationally. With extensive product development, sales, marketing, and customer service experience, the company caters to the needs of Filipinos by providing quality life tools and solutions.

HIMUGSO: CDO's Heritage Walk Tour

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For those who are interested, the assembly and registration will be at the Tourism Showroom in Divisoria. The tour will start at 8:00AM and will approximately run around 1-2 hours.

GAMA,Inc. - Northern Mindanao Tour Guides, as a member of the Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Council wishes to take part in this festive and important part of our history by bringing you the Free CDeO Heritage Walking Tour on June 12 -13, 2016, in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc.La Favorita Ice cream, Monster Kitchen!, and yours truly, #CDOBloggers.

See you there!

KonsultaMD partners with MedGrocer on door-to-door medicine delivery

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Healthcare hotline KonsultaMD has partnered with MedGrocer online pharmacy for door-to-door delivery of medicine and health supplements to ensure that its customers can have easy access to trusted drugs anytime they need it and wherever they may be.

              “We continue to look for ways to provide the best services to our members that is why we partnered with MedGrocer.  We want KonsultaMD to be a one-stop shop for their health needs.  This way, they will be able to save on time, effort, and money – three pain points in the Philippine healthcare industry,” said Maridol Ylanan, CEO of Konsulta MD.

MedGrocer,  the ordering and delivery service of FDA-licensed pharmacy WellBridge Health,  provides medicines for allergies and asthma, cardiovascular ailments, cough and colds, diabetes, hypertension, infection, pain and fever, as well as vitamins and supplements.

              As part of the partnership, KonsultaMD members get P200 worth of free medicine on their first order by using the coupon code “KONSULTAMD”.  To avail of this service, customers need only to visit, text 0915 905 0555, or email“We are honored to be part of KonsulaMD’s efforts to deliver quality healthcare at greater convenience and lower cost to Filipinos. We are really excited to offer KonsultaMD members the option of having their medicines delivered to their doorstep,” said Jerome Uy, CEO of MedGrocer.      
Earlier, KonsultaMD also partnered with Lifeline Ambulance Rescue, Inc. where its members get 50% off on Emergency Quick Response ambulance requests (i.e. P5,000/EQR request vs P10,000++ for non-members) as well as enjoy Lifeline member rates for homecare services which includes doctor house-calls, laboratory tests and minor procedures.

KonsultaMD is an affiliate of Globe Telecom which provides straightforward help with health and medical-related questions 24/7. It does not replace face-to-face interaction between doctors and patients but only serves as a means of interim care so that the public can have immediate and affordable medical attention.

To subscribe to KonsultaMD, Globe Postpaid customers only need to pay a fee of Php150 a month which can be used by up to four additional household members while Globe Prepaid and TM customers have the option to subscribe for Php15 a week or Php 60 monthly.  Subscription fee is waived for Platinum Elite members. Calls using Globe or TM are charged Php1 per minute while calls within Metro Manila via landline are currently free. Non-Globe users have to pay the standard NDD rate for calls outside Metro Manila or regular mobile to landline rate, whichever is applicable.

All Globe consumer postpaid, prepaid and TM customers may subscribe by signing up at, by calling (02) 79880 or by visiting a Globe Store.  Platinum Elite members may subscribe via their Platinum Relationship Manager. Non-Globe users may visit a Globe Store.