Thursday, February 4, 2016

From the time it was set up in the Philippines in year 2000 as one of the sales offices worldwide of Japan based Brother Group, Brother International (Philippines) Corporation has since then grown phenomenally.

Starting with a small group of a dozen staff led by Japanese expatriate and former Brother Philippines President Takatoshi Kawakami and selling facsimile machines only, the company has fast become one of the country’s leading providers of home and business IT peripherals.

From its first-full year sales of Php 65 million, the company is now a Php 1-billion plus sales company that is complemented by a dedicated workforce, an extensive network of provincial offices, accredited distributors, nationwide resellers and a network of Authorized Service Centers.

For current and first Filipino President of Brother Philippines Glenn P. Hocson, having the right products, committed partners, dedicated associates and adherence to global standards have fueled the company’s success in this market.

For one, the company is well known for its customer focus – embodying Brother Group’s "At your side" mantra that pertains to its “customer first" approach where it provides the best possible quality of products and service to its clientele.

Providing the right technology for home and office

Over the years that it has been operating in the Philippines, Brother has provided Filipinos with reliable, durable and high speed laser and inkjet printers, multi-function centers (MFCs), sewing machines and label makers, for use at homes and businesses.

And as the Filipino customer changed over the years, the company subsequently responded by innovating, such that from offering single-function printers, the company now has an innovative line up of multi-function, or all-in-one printers. Brother is the first company in the Philippines to launch the A3 Inkjet MFC where you can also print in the A3 or poster-size paper, a big plus especially for those in the creative profession and those in the printing business. The company also made printing more efficient with the introduction of its refill tank system MFC models.

The company further enhances Filipinos’ creativity and skill set in crafters by providing endless creative possibilities with its home products – the sewing and embroidery machines. In the offing are more exciting products for both hobbyists and entrepreneurs like the ScanNcut, character-model embroidery machines, as well as character-model Ptouch label makers.

Hocson said, “We will continue moving forward, and be one with our partners and stakeholders in providing unique, original and reliable products and services that help our customers be creative and succeed in their respective endeavors.”

Fulfilling social responsibility

As the company grows bigger, it also makes sure that it gives back to the communities.

The Brother Group takes protecting the environment seriously, hence Brother Earth was launched to share the group’s on-going efforts for environment protection and to introduce various environmental technologies being developed.

In the Philippines, Brother Philippines has been supporting reforestation efforts to revive the Marikina Watershed. Since 2010, Brother Philippines has also been conducting tree planting activities for the watershed while also donating farming equipment to the community.

For its other sociaI responsibility projects, the company has adopted a school under Brigada Eskwela and Lakbay Aral programs, has carried out livelihood projects with the Ati of Boracay, and has participated in the Philippine Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” for the benefit of breast cancer patients and survivors.

Moving forward

Brother Philippines has definitely gone a long way since it started 15 years ago. It has experienced challenges in the business, but all those events constitute to what the company is today: a bigger and more established company.

Moving forward, Hocson said that the company will further intensify customer engagement with better customer service through “Customer Plus Program”. The company will also expand sales to government, corporate and small and medium business sector and provide non-box solutions and services such as Corporate Customer Portal.

“In the next years, we will be working hard towards welcoming another 15 years of fulfilling growth as we help more Filipinos with the products that we provide them. We are committed to giving them the best of technology to make working at their homes and offices more productive and efficient.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Brother International Philippines Corp. (Brother Philippines), a leading global manufacturer of printing devices, is pleased to introduce the Hello Kitty labelling machine, PT-D200KT. An addition to its roster of electronic labellers, the PT-D200KT has built in Hello Kitty symbols and frames to make labeling more fun and creative.

“Two well-loved Japanese brands, Brother and Hello Kitty, come together to create a functional and creative gadget:  the Brother Hello Kitty labeling machine. This is perfect for the season as a gift, or for use in crafty gift tags,” said Brother President Glenn Hocson.

The PT-D200KT electronic labeller can print on a wide variety of tapes, widths of 6, 9 or 12mm, and colors. A Hello Kitty-designed tape is available as well. Labels can be created easily and quickly using built-in fonts, symbols and frames on durable and high quality Tze laminated tapes. The PT-D200KT comes with built-in 97 frames, with 22 Hello Kitty layouts, and 651 symbols with 34 Hello Kitty designs.

Hello Kitty enthusiasts may get organized and create labels for home, office or school with their favorite Japanese character. Photo albums, books and other items can be clearly and neatly labelled for easy storage, or school and office supplies may be personalized. Even in the kitchen, the labeling machine may be used to organize ingredients and items, as well as to keep track of food freshness using time and date labels.

The PT-D200KT is already available in Brother Authorized Dealers for P3,150.00, which is inclusive of 6 Months Standard Warranty, plus 6 Months Extended Warranty that is supported by the Brother Philippines Customer Service Centre.

For more information on the PT-D200KT, please call the Brother Helpdesk hotline at (02) 581-9888 or visit
Filipinos love music. They listen to different songs wherever they are, depending on their current disposition in life – making every song relevant and significant. It is undeniable that music is very much integrated in the day-to-day lives of everyone.

Mobile tech innovator CloudFone recognizes this love of Filipinos for music, and the how more and more people are staying plugged in, listening to music, whether through their mobile phones, tablet devices, or even through desktops.

To further defy boundaries and address the growing wants and needs of today’s youth, CloudFone has partnered with Spotify in order to bringing a revolutionary device to life. Spotify is the the world’s most exciting global digital music streaming service. Now, through the CloudFone Thrill 500x, CloudFone Thrill 500x+, Cloudpad 702q, Filipinos will now be able to access any song they want and create playlists to fit every mood they are in.

Living up to its track record of being an innovator that pushes the limits and challenges existing norms, CloudFone, through its visionary Chief Executive Officer, Eric Yu, said this is the first time that Spotify has partnered with a mobile phone brand -- another true pioneering achievement for the young company.

“We are known in the industry as a pacesetter, leading light, a pioneer when it comes to introducing new and exciting technologies in the Philippines and making them within the reach of many Filipinos. This partnership with Spotify further reinforces this and paves the way as we materialize our aspirations and vision as a business, and this will definitely not be the last time you’ll hear about it,” declares Yu.

The CloudFone & CloudPad Spotify Edition series consists of the following line-up: the CloudFone Thrill 500x, CloudFone Thrill 500X+, and the CloudPad 702q. Here’s a run-down of specs for each smartphone and tablet device:
All these products have Panorama and High Dynamic Range (HDR) modes, Smile Detection, Voice Command controls, Zero Shutter Delay, and high-def video recording. You can now capture those special, stunning, captivating and wacky moments and memories on the street or just about anywhere in full, vivid and colorful detail—and without missing a beat.

The partnership between CloudFone and Spotify is definitely one that will rock the Philippine market for smartphones and tablets, an endeavor that will endear CloudFone and Spotify closer to the hearts of its Filipino consumers. We can all expect more industry-shaking efforts to come from this young company in the very near future, which are all part of its vision to further grow as a responsible and innovative business that aspires to make technology within every Filipino’s reach.

For more about CloudFone and its lineup of impressive Spotify-edition mobile digital devices, visit; “Like” their Facebook page,; follow them via or
The art of gift-giving is a tough skill to master. If properly done, a gift becomes a wish for someone’s happiness. A poorly chosen gift, however, can distort the good intention and may leave the recipient disappointed. Gifting can be frustrating but when executed with the right amount of perceptiveness and a pinch of creativity, it’s sure to be a rewarding and meaningful experience for both the giver and the receiver.

The two big questions we face when picking a gift are always what to give and how much to spend. A thoughtful present need not be expensive or extravagant. Sweet treats that you can make using a microwave oven are a convenient and fail-proof way to make someone’s day without breaking the bank.

Surprise a loved one with gooey chocolate cookies! Just combine and mix all ingredients in a lightly greased or nonstick microwave-safe tray. After setting the microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

Let your friends know how much you appreciate their personality and uniqueness by baking them a mug cake. You can get creative with the ingredients and most importantly, it will just take you minutes to prepare it using a microwave oven! With strawberries or peanuts, mug cakes are a sure way to make someone feel appreciated and cared for.

Who doesn’t love s’mores? Touch someone’s heart by spoiling their sweet tooth with s’mores. On a paper towel, place a piece of Graham cracker with marshmallow on top. Have another piece of Graham cracker with cold chocolate on a separate paper towel. Heat in the microwave oven for 5 seconds until the marshmallow expands.

Midea, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of appliances, offers Microwave Ovens that are perfect partners in giving simple but creative tokens of gratitude. Designed to save time and energy, Midea Microwave Ovens use less electricity so heating food in 3 minutes only costs a peso.

Compared to the conventional heat transfer, using Midea Microwave Ovens retains nutrients in food. Minimal liquid is required. This means you get 10% less fat versus conventional frying.

Being a respected global brand, Midea makes sure that functionality always meets style. Midea’s 30L Digital Microwave Oven boasts a stainless steel front and mirror door for a smooth and elegant finish.

Gift-giving, like any other forms of communication, requires time, effort and energy. With a little creativity and help from Midea Microwave Ovens, you can convey the message of love and appreciation while saving yourself from the stress of choosing the perfect gift.

To learn more about Midea’s Microwave Ovens and other home solutions, visit and like their Facebook page at for updates.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Meralco's One Child, One Lamp Campaign is part of the annual Maliwanag ang Pasko tradition of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). It was once again opened the Liwanag Park to the public with a lighting ceremony held last December 2, 2015 at the company's headquarters in Ortigas, Pasig City.

The whole compund was literally lit up on the cue of Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan to gether with Meralco executives when they pushed the button signalling the opening of the park.

Also, the Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro was there to graced the lighting ceremony and receiving the donation of 2,000  solar lamps from Meralco employees, partners, and customers as the result of One Meralco Foundation's campaign for One Child, One Lamp, who has been launched last November to raise a funds to donate solar lamps to public schools in the mountains and island villages without electricity.

Public officials and community leaders from different municipalities of Meralco franchise area were also present during the ceremony. Earlier they  received recognition from One Meralco Foundation for their contribution to the foundation's Household Electrification Program that brings electricity to low income families within the Meralco business area.

Meanwhile, the opening of Liwanag Park was very impressive because of different features that Filipinos will surely love. Christmas figures and a gigantic tableau of Nativity scene made entirely of scrap copper wires was truly amazing. Visitors can ride on the miniature train, reminiscent of the days when rail operations were a part of the company's vast portfolio of business. The train's tracks circle a giant Christmas tree which is decorated with lanterns crafted from old electric meter covers and LED lights. It was ended with a fabulous fireworks display.

The park has also have a night bazaar where visitors can go shopping. Proceeds of the bazaar will go to One Meralco Foundation's One Child, One Lamp campaign.

The Meralco Liwanag Park is open everyday from 4:00pm to 10:00pm until January 10, 2016.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Most of the Moms today have stepped away from the classic broom to using a vacuum cleaner for their home. One of the latest from Dyson is the cordless vacuum that gives advance technology when it comes to cleaning and making sure that every inch of dirt is gone. Big and small dirt for the Dyson Fluffy DC74 is a no match. It has been engineered to tackle dust and debris on hard floors without leaving a scratch behind.

It has been said that it was tough on dirt and very kind to any kind of floors. It was designed with a soft nylon cleaner head with carbon strips engulfs large debris and envelopes fine dust. It's brush bar can reach right up to skirting boards achieving outstanding edge pick-up. 

It's motor for the clearer head is sat within the roller ensuring side to side pick up. 

The Dyson digital motor sits at the heart of Dyson's cordless vacuum cleaners. Spinning of 120, 000 rmp, 5 times faster than a formula 1 car engine. The Dyson digital V6 motor offers the power of full-size vacuum cleaner. Powerful suction in a small, light package and without the hassle of wrangling a power cord around furniture.

The Dyson Fluffy is always ready to go for easy floor cleaning and with a flick of the wrist switch to the ceiling. It has 8 additional tools Dyson Fluffy tackles hard to reach areas of your home. The motorised turbine head can glides up stairs while the flexible crevice too reaches narrow spaces behind furniture, the soft dusting brush sweeps up dust pn blinds, and the stubborn dirt brush tabkles the hardest of grime.

For the Dyson Fluffy DC74 pricing it was at Php 38, 500. Available in Century City Mall (Dyson Concept Store), Rustan's Makati,  Rustan's Shangri-la, Rustan's Cebu, Rustan's Gateway, Abensin Ascott, Duty Free Philippines, Anson's Makati, Robinson's Applicance Magnolia, True Value Rockwell, True Value Estancia and True Value 8Forbes.
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