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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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Protect every journey with Pacific Cross Travelsafe Insurance Plan

Pacific Cross offers a variety of packages designed for worry-free travel.

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Pacific Cross Philippines is excited to share significant enhancements to their Travel Insurance business — not only are they offering improved plans and benefits with their new roster of products, but they are also introducing MyTravelsafe, their revamped digital platform, to ensure that comprehensive protection is within easy reach of travelers. 

Whether you are traveling abroad to beat the heat, or looking for a quick beach get-away, Pacific Cross offers a variety of packages designed for worry-free travel.  Whether you’re solo backpacking across Europe, enjoying a family trip at an Asian destination, or having a blast with friends on a weekend excursion, you can trust a Pacific Cross plan to protect you on every journey. Pacific Cross Travelsafe Plans offer a variety of benefits and options — local and international protection, Peso, Dollar and Euro Plans, benefits for single and multi-trips, as well as individual and family coverage, among others. 

The new Pacific Cross MyTravelsafe portal allows travelers to access Pacific Cross offerings online, anytime, anywhere. With the process made more accessible and convenient, clients can be assured they have high-value travel protection at affordable rates right at their fingertips.

This increased accessibility also makes it possible for travelers to access the other key features of their travel insurance like medical treatment benefits, coverage for usual travel inconveniences such as flight and baggage delays, travel insurance for Seniors aged 76 and above, more extensive coverage for loss of gadgets, loss or damage of sporting equipment, mobile phone charges, and trip cancellation, among others.   

Pacific Cross announces these improvements as they are awarded the 2024 Gold Award for the Travel Insurance Category in the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands.

“We are pleased and honored to be in this league of trusted brands. This award is a testament to our commitment to provide value-for-money travel protection to our clients. Our customers can be assured that we will keep working hard to be worthy of their trust, and that we will use this recognition as motivation to bring continuously improving travel products and services to the market,” says Pacific Cross President & CEO Victor Tanjuakio.

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Hearing from a policyowner who found a lifeline in insurance

For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt.

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Life is full of uncertainties, and cancer is one of the toughest challenges families can face. Here, we share the story of one of our policyowners who found a lifeline in the form of insurance.

For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt.

Espidillon shares her story of resilience and PRU Love:

“I have been insured by Pru Life UK since 2013. I come from a poor family and saw people borrowing money when they got sick, and people who relied on their children to take care of them. I told my husband that I don’t want our kids to worry about us when we grow older. I knew I made the right decision when I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2022. Strangely, I didn’t worry and continued with my work here in Dubai. My biggest concern was my kids seeing me sick.

“My friend and agent, Peach, helped me process my claim. It was so fast. I didn’t need to follow up because not long after I gave all my documents, the claim was already in my account. The claim not only helped me pay my hospital bills without going into debt, but also made me feel at ease knowing I am financially covered. I felt the care that Pru Life UK has for its clients. Now I can focus on my recovery and my kids. Insurance policies offer peace of mind and financial protection, especially from unforeseen incidents. If we want a better life, we need to get insurance.”

Espidillon’s story is just one example of how crucial life insurance can be for families, offering peace of mind during difficult times. To keep families protected, Pru Life UK launched PRUHealth FamLove, a yearly-renewable protection plan that shares the critical illness coverage to up to four family members in one policy. 

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Beko introduces new cooking appliance series for Filipino homes

Beko is committed to protect the planet by focusing on healthy living for years, raising awareness and developing energy-efficient products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Like its new line of cooking appliance which was launched at Beko’s “Powering Your Home Back to Back” event held May 9 at Conrad Hotel.

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True to its mission of “healthy living is only possible on a healthy planet,” household appliance provider Beko is committed to protect the planet by focusing on healthy living for years, raising awareness and developing energy-efficient products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Like its new line of cooking appliance which was launched at Beko’s “Powering Your Home Back to Back” event held May 9 at Conrad Hotel.

In the event, Beko showcased its commitment to redefine the cooking experience for Filipino households through the introduction of its new range of cookers which offer style, performance, and functionality for users. These cooking appliances are meticulously crafted to enhance the culinary journey of Filipino families with precision and style.

“With our New Cooking Series, we aim to empower Filipino families to embrace their culinary passion, unleash their creativity, and savor every moment shared around the dining table,” remarked Arel Atakol, regional managing director at Beko Asia Pacific.

Beko is equipped with the latest technological innovation and safety features designed to simplify and enhance the cooking process, keep users safe and meet their needs. For example, Beko’s cookers are energy efficient that can help Filipino families save money on utility bills, and can help users save time and effort in preparing meals. These cookers also have gas safety feature that prevents gas leaks by shutting down the gas supply, assuring user’s home is safe.

Aside from being an energy efficient appliance, Beko cookers also offer features designed to promote health and wellness. Beko cooking appliances feature the SimplySteam technology where ovens do the hard work for users. Available in ovens and freestanding cookers, this self-cleaning technology is a hygienic way of cleaning ovens without the need to scrub the inside.. As part of Beko’s easy cleaning solution, this technology helps soften the burnt-on food and grease along the back and inner walls, making it easier to clean and takes less time than scrubbing the oven clean.

Beko appliances are available at 1st Megasaver, Abenson, AC Marketing, AllHome, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home, Automatic Centre, BHF, Echo Electrical, Fair N Square, Fiesta Appliance Center, Fonts Home appliances, Gloria Bazar, Great World, J Marketing, Jack Trading, JV Valeroso Marketing, K-Alwin’z, Lazada, Lucky 4 City Appliances, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Mike’s Department Store, NB Marketing, Ocampo’s Megastore, Our Builders, Plusign Home, POS Marketing, Pricewise, RJ Homes, Robinsons Appliances, Royal Star, RS David Marketing, Savers Appliances, SaveYour Home, Shopee, Solidmark, SM Appliance, SVC, Tiongsan, United Motoaliance, VPR Marketing, and Western Appliance.

This year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to expand its distribution to other retail channels.

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