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Earn 2.5% p.a. On Your Deposits With This New All-Digital Bank

ING Bank uses facial recognition technology targeted toward 'digital-ready' Filipinos

Over 70 percent of Philippines remains unbanked, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Compare that with studies that show nearly the same number of Filipinos (69 percent) use a mobile phone and you can understand why many banks and financial ...

by Paul John Caña for Esquiremag.ph  | May 25, 2019 08:00:00
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Unlike ABS-CBN's, GMA's Soon-To-Be-Unveiled DTT Service is for Smartphones Only

ABS-CBNâs device connects to television sets instead.

GMA may have fallen behind its chief rival when it comes to the shift to online and digital technology, but it’s determined to catch up. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the Kapuso network said it plans to ...

by Paul John Caña for Esquiremag.ph  | May 18, 2019 06:00:00
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These Cities Have the Most Billionaires in the World

Only 15 cities account for over 30 percent of the world's billionaire population

Though it seems a rising number of high net worth individuals are migrating to Australia, new research reveals the world's billionaires haven't given up on major cities such as New York, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. In fact, it's quite the opposite, as these cities ...

by Paolo Chua for Esquire Philippines  | May 15, 2019 11:00:00
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Hotels, Tickets, Videos, and More: Get Ready for Grab the "Super App"

The startup will rollout new services within the year

Grab is already Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app, but the Singapore-based startup is far from done. This year, the company is moving further away from merely being a transport service and is set to introduce new “tiles” designed to respond to its ...

by Paul John Caña for Esquiremag.ph  | May 12, 2019 08:00:00
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Gokongwei Group Launches P2.6B Fund To Invest in Digital Startups

JG DEV aims to support the region's next round of unicorns

In its bid to ride on the growing startup ecosystem in the region, diversified listed conglomerate JG Summit Holdings Inc. (JGSHI) has launched its own venture capital (VC) firm, Friday, May 10, with fresh funding worth $50 million or more than P2.6 ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines and Sasha Lim Uy for Esquiremag.ph  | May 11, 2019 08:00:00
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Here's How You Can Register as a One-Person Corporation

The SEC now accepts the registration of one-person corporations

Starting Monday, May 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will start accepting the registration of one-person corporations (OPC) at its head office in Pasay City. The move comes less than three months after the Republic Act 11232 or the revised corporation code ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | May 07, 2019 08:00:00
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Pag-IBIG's Savings Plan is Still Better than Most Time Deposits with 7.11% Annual Rate

Pag-IBIG's MP2 Savings program has been offering above-market dividend rates for the past eight years

Many people who are employed may not notice the meager amount deducted from their monthly salaries that go to their Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) accounts. After all, what's a few hundred pesos?But cumulatively, and most especially when checked years after the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | May 06, 2019 08:00:00
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Amid Drop in Ad Revenues, ABS-CBN and GMA Double Down on Digital Shift

We may soon watch teleseryes on our smartphones

With many Filipinos spending up to 10 hours of their days online, it was only a matter of time before this preference for digital content started affecting traditional businesses. In 2018, the country's two largest broadcast networks were some of its casualties.In ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | April 30, 2019 08:00:00
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A Year After Its Merger with Uber, Grab is Now More than Just a Ride-Sharing Platform

Before the year ends, Grab will be an undeniable force in the digital wallet space

Last year, Grab was in hot water for its multi-million dollar merger with U.S.-based ride-sharing platform Uber. The move sparked numerous investigations from competition commissions in the region, an issue that is yet to be settled, at least in the Philippines.Amid all ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines and Clifford Olanday for Esquiremag.ph  | April 27, 2019 08:00:00
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Starting A Sustainable Lifestyle Is Now Easy With This Philippine Store

Loop's founder is the guy who first sold metal straws

It all started two Christmases ago when people began giving each other stainless steel tubes wrapped in muslin with matching cleaners to boot. Back then, metal straws catered to the niche market of individuals who wanted to cut down on waste or ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | April 26, 2019 08:00:00
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How Do SWS and Pulse Asia Pre-Election Surveys Compare to the Actual Results?

There's been a pattern in the last three elections

Election polls are made to assess how well the candidates are performing during their campaigns. So far, the frontrunners of this year’s senatorial elections are administration bets, based on the Pulse Asia survey results released in March. Should we expect the May ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for Esquiremag.ph  | April 25, 2019 01:00:00
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This Survey Shows Many Filipinos Travel for the 'Gram

We're not even surprised

We all know that friend: The one whose Instagram feed never seems to land in the Philippines as he or she only posts photos from trips that took place months before. She's not alone. In fact, tourism industries from all over the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | April 20, 2019 08:00:00
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A Year After the TRAIN Law, This Philippine Retailer Earned the Most

A look at the financial performance of the country's biggest listed retail companies

One of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law’s most promising provisions is the bigger take-home pay for employees earning P30,000 and less a month. Under the law, taxpayers earning a taxable income of P250,000 a year or less are ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | April 19, 2019 08:00:00
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