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BPI-Philam evolves to ‘BPI AIA’ to bring Filipinos a global insurance experience

As a redesigned brand, it will use its global heritage to fulfill its commitment to provide accessible, affordable, and personalized insurance for Filipinos.

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BPI-Philam, a strategic alliance that allowed the AIA Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (AIA Philam Life) to offer insurance through the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), has unveiled its new identity as BPI AIA. As a redesigned brand, it will use its global heritage to fulfill its commitment to provide accessible, affordable, and personalized insurance for Filipinos.

Founded in 2009, the firm is among the top insurance companies in the country recognized by the Insurance Commission. Bank partner BPI is the first bank in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with a heritage of solid trust, financial strength, and innovation over the past 170 years. Then-AIA Philam Life, meanwhile, is a market-leading insurance company for over 70 years. It is under the AIA Group, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group, with a presence in 18 markets across Asia Pacific. Having recently renamed to AIA Philippines, BPI-Philam evolves to follow suit.

The change is a move to align with the bigger umbrella that is the AIA Group, a name practically synonymous with the insurance industry for over a century now. Along with the name, the rebranding entails a streamlining of systems and processes as well as development of new ones that will seamlessly elevate the service experience that the company provides its clients. After all, BPI AIA not only bears the name of two industry giants but also carries within itself their combined values, expertise, and commitment.

“We are truly excited to venture into this new chapter in our journey. The challenges we all experienced in the past year brought unprecedented changes to our customers’ lives, and as their life protection partner, we also evolve to deliver the support they need and deserve. As BPI AIA, we’d like to assure our clients that this initiative only strengthens our company’s stability and commitment to service, so they can brave the new world and face a new tomorrow,” said BPI AIA Chief Executive Officer Surendra Menon.

Policyholders can expect to continue to enjoy all the benefits and privileges of their policies bought under the BPI-Philam brand with an ever-increasing range and standard of services geared to how their lifestyles are changing in the evolving environment at the speed that is comfortable for them. This includes all rewards earned and can be earned for products with AIA Vitality. Any concerns by policyholders can be easily raised with their respective points of contact for appropriate resolution.

BPI AIA ultimately aims to close the protection gap in the Philippines through its comprehensive life, health, and income protection plans, while encouraging clients to live healthier and bring their dreams to life. More information about the company and its products is available at the official Facebook page <fb.com/BPIAIAOfficial> or via the virtual assistant Bessie (via Messenger). Customers can also visit the website <bpi-aia.com.ph>.

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Pacific Cross inaugurates new office space in Rockwell

Apart from the office, the insurance company has kept all other communication lines open, such as hotlines, e-mail and social media, for all inquiries.

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As the country heads to the next normal, Pacific Cross, transfers to its new home in Rockwell, Makati. The leading medical and travel insurance provider is dedicated to continuously improve its services by offering modern, accessible, and better business spaces to all its clients and partners. 
Previously headquartered in Makati Avenue, the insurance company moves closer to its existing and potential clients in 8 Rockwell, making Pacific Cross services easily accessible and convenient for visiting customers. President and CEO Victor Tanjuakio headed the office blessing of all three new office floors, joined by Pacific Cross executives, officers and hybrid on-site and remote set-up employees. 

According to Tanjuakio, the move was strategic to keep up with the times as it adjusts to the world changed by the pandemic. “We are committed to serving our clients better amidst the ongoing global health crisis and abiding by the government’s health initiatives,” the Pacific Cross President and CEO said. “We can achieve this by supporting customers and employees’ safety in our modern and refreshed client and partner center hub.”

Apart from the office, the insurance company has kept all other communication lines open, such as hotlines, e-mail and social media, for all inquiries. 

A part of the Pacific Cross Group which operates in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, Pacific Cross Philippines offers a wide array of medical and travel plans designed to give clients peace of mind. In addition to insurance plans for individuals and families, Pacific Cross is also working to strengthen its offerings to groups, corporate accounts and the middle-class sector. This aim includes further diversifying Pacific Cross’s product portfolio while staying on the pulse of the target market on health, travel, HMO and second-layer medical coverage.

Visit Pacific Cross on the 2nd, 8th, and 18th Floors of 8 Rockwell Building, Makati City. Discover which Pacific Cross insurance plan is best for you online at www.pacificcross.com.ph or e-mail info@pacificcross.com.ph.

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Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus puts calls, texts, access to phone’s voice assistant right on your wrist

Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more.

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Garmin Philippines announced the arrival of Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch in the country. Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access  their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more. These voice-controlled functionalities join the robust suite of health, wellness and fitness features of Garmin’s Venu 2 Series. With a bright AMOLED display and battery life of up to nine days, the Venu 2 Plus is a direct line to wellbeing for active Filipinos.

“To support Filipinos’ drive to have a more active lifestyle where multi-tasking is crucial, Garmin presents a smartwatch that can give users the ability to answer calls or send texts without digging through their pocket or bag,” said Garmin Asia Director Scoppen Lin. “Garmin lets its user focus on their workout with the Venu 2 Plus’ on-device voice capabilities, on top of the signature features that the popular Venu 2 series is known for.” 

Here’s what’s new for the Venu 2 Plus:

·       Phone calls from the wrist: Users can make and take phone calls with the press of a button.

·       Voice assistant control: Compatible with Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby, users can utilize their smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices and more.

All-day health monitoring

The Venu 2 Plus dials into wellbeing with the broadest range of 24/7 health monitoring features available, including: heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings2), advanced sleep with sleep score and insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking). Body BatteryTM energy monitoring shows users how “charged” their body is, as well as the draining effects of stress and exercise. Health SnapshotTM logs a two-minute window of key health stats and generates a report users can share with a health care provider; a great tool for capturing physiological data anytime you’re feeling off your baseline.

Customized fitness

The Venu 2 Plus pulls in all of the latest fitness features recently introduced on the Venu 2 series including over 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include walking, running, HIIT, cycling, pool swimming, Pilates, yoga, indoor climbing, hiking, advanced strength training with muscle map graphics and more.

Preloaded workouts can also be found on the watch and preset workouts are available for download from Garmin ConnectTM app on user’s smartphone. Customizable workouts may be created by choosing from over 1,400 exercises. The Venu 2 Plus has more than 75 preset animated workouts that demonstrate proper form and technique in Garmin Connect and on the wrist. Whether training for a 5K or longer, the device is compatible with Garmin Coach free adaptive training plans.

Safety and tracking

The Venu 2 Plus also includes Garmin’s safety and tracking features such as automatic incident detection (during outdoor walks, runs or rides)3 and manually triggered assistance alerts, both of which send a message with the user’s location to their emergency contacts. LiveTrack lets friends and family track the user’s outdoor activity3. Users can also assign a designated emergency contact that the Venu 2 Plus can call, such as local emergency services.

Smart features on the wrist

The Venu 2 Plus keeps the essentials on the wrist with built-in music (download up to 650 songs including playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer4), and smart notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders, social media updates, breaking news stories and more3. Users may personalize the Venu 2 Plus with apps, watch faces and more available to download from the Connect IQTM store. Unlike many other smartwatches, the Venu 2 Plus can be used with either Android or Apple smartphones.

Designed for all-day wear

·       The Venu 2 Plus has a 43mm watch case, stainless steel bezel and hardware, and a comfortable, 20mm industry-standard quick release silicone band. Mix and match bands and bezels.

·       It boasts a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen AMOLED display with optional, always-on mode.

·       The Venu 2 Plus is powered by an impressive battery life that lasts up to 9 days in smartwatch mode and up to 8 hours in GPS + Music mode.

·       It is capable of rapid battery recharge with 10 minutes of charging which adds up to one day of smartwatch mode battery life or one hour of GPS + music battery life. Users may extend the time further with battery saver mode.

Don’t miss out on Garmin’s special promotion! First 75 customers can get a free Garmin Tote Bag for every purchase of Garmin Venu 2 Plus watch for only PHP 25,695. The device is available in Black, Ivory and Powder Gray at Garmin Brand Storeskinetic.com.phLazadaShopee and Garmin PH Viber Community.

The Venu 2 Plus was recognized at the recently concluded CES 2022 global tech-event as an Innovation Awards honoree.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized the wellness industry. Committed to developing wearables and health measurement tools that help people of all activity levels lead healthier lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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Challenge your age with Provital Immuna Plus

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. All it takes is the right motivation, and you’ll have more years to enjoy with yourself and your family.

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Having a regular exercise regimen helps the body to prepare better for the coming years so, it is important to jumpstart that workout and maintain physical activity to help prevent health problems later on in life.  

Staying active at any age helps improve heart and lung health. Research has also shown that even modest physical activity is good for the brain, bones, and muscles.Studies have linked lifelong exercise with keeping people healthier for longer by delaying the onset of chronic conditions or diseases and cognitive decline, reducing the risk of fractures, and helping promote mental wellness.

The best time to start taking proactive steps with your health is now. 

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. All it takes is the right motivation, and you’ll have more years to enjoy with yourself and your family. 

Fuel for a healthy lifestyle

Challenge yourself into having a Life 5.0 Activated lifestyle by activating your body, nutrition, and passion. Fuel your body with healthy and balanced nutrition, together with the New PROVITAL Immuna Plus with Triple Immune Protection nutrients. 

Get more out of life by having a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle, with less worries about infections and diseases that can slow you down. The New PROVITAL Immuna Plus from Mead Johnson Nutrition, a company with over a century of science-based nutrition experience, has Triple Immune Protection nutrients. It is formulated with Yeast Beta-Glucan that is scientifically proven to help activate immune response to fight against infections and colds. It is a high source of Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamins A, C, and E, which are anti-oxidants that help regulate immune function and strengthen the body’s defenses. 

The new PROVITAL Immuna Plus is also a good way to supplement Calcium and Protein in your diet. Calcium contributes to the strengthening of bones and Protein contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass to help support the body’s mobility for an active lifestyle. 

“Living like a pro means strengthening your immune system and protecting your health well into your advanced years. The pandemic has encouraged more Filipinos to make healthier lifestyle choices, with the realization that we need to take better care of ourselves so that we can live longer and happier. With its scientifically-designed formulation, New PROVITAL Immuna Plus is your partner in continuously achieving your life goals,” says Matthew Davis, Marketing Head of Reckitt Philippines.

Join the Life 5.0 Activated movement to “Enhance your immunity, enhance your life” along with industry awarded and multi-hyphenated Filipino celebrity, Dawn Zulueta and OPM icon, ZsaZsa Padilla, by learning more about how fitness and nutrition can come together to help you lead a quality life. 

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