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Pru Life UK named ‘Best Insurance Company’ in PH

The company was recognized for its innovative and inclusive products, community investment initiatives, and agency workforce empowerment.

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Life insurer Pru Life UK bagged the Best Insurance Company in the Philippines award at the Global Business Magazine Awards 2022. The company was recognized for its innovative and inclusive products, community investment initiatives, and agency workforce empowerment.

Global Business Magazine Awards honors the excellence of companies in banking, finance, insurance, leadership, and real estate across the globe.

Pru Life UK Chief Customer and Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga said, “This award is a testament to our We Do Commitment to help Filipinos get the most out of life. With our life insurance products available online and through our tech-savvy and digitally-equipped agency force, we can now protect many more Filipino families.”

Financial inclusion

At the height of the recent global health crisis, the company ramped up its efforts to address financial inclusion through simple, accessible, and affordable life and health insurance products on its pioneering AI-powered app, Pulse. The mobile application also offered FREE COVID-19 protection with vaccine coverage to customers and non-customers.

Pru Life UK also expanded its reach to protect more Filipinos in the country through partnerships.

This year, the company formed strategic digital partnerships with e-wallet giant GCash and prominent e-commerce platform Shopee to make affordable life and health protection products even more accessible and affordable to Filipinos.

PRUPersonal Accident Junior for children and students can now be availed on GCash for as low as PHP 48.95 with Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverages ranging from PHP 30,000 to PHP 100,000. PRUPersonal Accident for adults will soon be offered on the e-wallet.

On the other hand, PRUDengue Medcare and PRUDengue MedCare Pro e-vouchers with prices ranging from PHP 200 to PHP 350, providing dengue coverage for either six or 12 months can be purchased on Shopee and redeemed on PRUShoppe via the Pulse app.

Community investment

The award is attributed to its community investment initiatives which were fortified to focus on health, safety, and financial literacy. In 2021, Pru Life UK donated PHP 8 million to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Inc. to support its Bayanihan Na’s COVID-19 project that provides quality medical-grade equipment and supplies such as ventilators, unit oxygen concentrators for the hospital and its healthcare workers assisting COVID-19 patients.

Financial literacy also remains a top priority as the company certified over 2,400 teachers to teach under its banner program Cha-Ching in partnership with its community investment arm Prudence Foundation and Junior Achievement Philippines.

Agency workforce

In 2021, Pru Life UK outranked other insurers in terms of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) agents doubling its MDRT agents to 501 compared with the previous year’s 246 qualifiers. The MRDT is a premier association of financial professionals from more than 500 companies across the world.

Initiatives around the insurer’s agency workforce stood out including the company’s inaugural and award-winning PRUHouse in Ortigas Center, Pasig. The innovative business solution creates adaptable workspaces that fit the different workstyles of its agency force which is the biggest in the country.

Pru Life UK also retained its number one ranking in the life insurance industry in terms of New Business Annual Premium Equivalent (NBAPE) and led the renewal premium income from variable life insurance products ranking in 2021 according to the Insurance Commission. For the previous two years, the company was also named International Life Insurer of the Year at the prestigious Insurance Asia Awards.

“We share this Global Business Magazine recognition with our employees and financial advisors for their hard work and dedication. This award will be one of our motivations to continue doing good as we move forward with our commitment to help Filipinos live healthier and wealthier,” Tumbaga added.

To know more about Pru Life UK, visit its website at www.prulifeuk.com.ph or its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/prulifeukofficial/.

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Introducing Taco Bell’s ‘Cupid’s Choice Valentine’s Special Combo’

Make every moment count with 1 Crunchy Taco Supreme, 1 Burrito Shawarma, 1 serving of Oreo Chocodilla, a side of Nachos Sprinkle, and 2 servings of Ruby Fruity Freeze for dine-in or 2 12oz. servings of soda for delivery, all for just P499!

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This season of love, Taco Bell has cooked up an irresistible offer to help you show how much you adore that special someone! You’ll be love-struck like never before with the Cupid’s Choice Valentine’s Special Combo, available for a limited only!

Make every moment count with 1 Crunchy Taco Supreme, 1 Burrito Shawarma, 1 serving of Oreo Chocodilla, a side of Nachos Sprinkle, and 2 servings of Ruby Fruity Freeze for dine-in or 2 12oz. servings of soda for delivery, all for just P499!

Enjoy an all-time Taco Bell classic with the Crunchy Taco Supreme, made with a crunchy taco shell that’s filled to the brim with perfectly seasoned Mexican-style ground beef, topped with a special sauce, and then garnished with shredded fresh lettuce, diced tomatoes, and grated cheddar cheese.

Indulge in the Middle Eastern inspired Shawarma Burrito, made with Mexican-style ground beef topped with diced onions, tomatoes, and cucumber, and generously drizzled with Taco Bell’s rich and creamy garlic sauce, all encased in a soft and tender tortilla wrap.

Stay refreshed with sips of your Ruby Fruity Fizz or soda, and munch on some Nachos Sprinkle between each bite.

Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with 2 slices of Oreo Chocodilla, a delectable treat made with gooey, melted dark chocolate, chewy marshmallows, and chunks of crushed Oreo cookies, all nestled in a lightly grilled tortilla wrap.

The Cupid’s Choice Valentine’s Special Combo will be available until February 29, 2024 only, so make sure to order today if you don’t want to miss this offer!

.Get it together with your other favorites from Taco Bell by visiting your nearest branch for dine-in and take out orders, or by calling the 8911-1111 hotline for delivery. You can also order through Taco Bell’s official delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo (prices may vary). Never miss the latest news, offers, and deals from Taco Bell by following and giving the brand a like on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram.

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Victoria Court reveals secrets on popular themed suites for Valentine’s Day

Anyone who’s been inside these themed suites can attest that the beauty is in the details. From the Red Light, Green Light guns to the MRT train hand railings and color schemes, the rooms are designed accurately. Maybe too accurately.

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Love motels are an open secret to us, and over the years, Victoria Court has been unveiling one themed room after another. You may have heard of their Squid Room suite at the height of the show’s popularity (pandemic doom, we feel you) or their juicy and sweaty nudge to Filipino daily commute (and JAV chikan) with their MRT-inspired room.

Anyone who’s been inside these themed suites can attest that the beauty is in the details. From the Red Light, Green Light guns to the MRT train hand railings and color schemes, the rooms are designed accurately. Maybe too accurately.

After all, aren’t guests the ‘main character’ of their fantasies?

Speaking of getting into your main character era, who isn’t planning a spicy, steamy experience this Valentine’s Day? Whether we hide it or not, it’s been a long-standing tradition for Victoria Court to create an adult playground for love and intimacy this time of the year.

Victoria Court Owner Atticus King weighs in on how they’ve turned the drive-in motel chain’s themed suites from ideas into guests’ short-lived realities: “I had a professor once say, a room is a room is a room. With that in mind, we thought about how important it is to go beyond that, we wanted to give them an experience they couldn’t just get anywhere and that would make a mental mark and become a core memory. “Remember that time we went to VC…”

Yes, how could one forget a rendezvous night spent with their partner trying to live happily ever after? Victoria Court’s Ever After room in Pasig can do just the trick. The room’s jacuzzi is their biggest one yet, and you can literally float on it without touching the sides of the tub. Talk about real happy endings, right?

You’d also be surprised to know which themed rooms are well-suited to the Filipino taste. “We have the most number of suites in our Panorama Branch in Pasig. There, our top 10 busiest rooms are CLOY, Chips, Squid Room, Oval Office, Venice, Bachelor’s Pad, Moulin Rouge, Cirque, 50 Shades, and yes, Princess Jasmine,” Chief Operating Officer Sam Pineda reveals.

We’re not here to gatekeep on other steamy perks these rooms have to offer. “Aside from custom-built jacuzzis, we have rooms with playful additions like places to strap folks in. Our Homerun and Casting Couch rooms in Pasig are good examples,” Pineda adds.

Of course, behind each themed room is a story of how it came to be. “It’s a combination of looking at what is trending, what is underserved, and what we think looks fun. When we built the Oval Office room, my father [the late Archie King] said I’d end up losing my visa because it was a replica of the Oval Office but my selling point was how often can you say I’ve partied in the Oval Office? The room was a hit when we launched it and I didn’t lose my visa,” King explains, laughing.

But how exactly does the motel chain decide which fandom or Netflix show will turn into the next themed suite? “We have several recipes but to be honest, sometimes themes we think will be a big hit just do okay and others that are okay do exceptionally well. We always listen to our guests and we try to design themes to make their crazy fantasies real,” King says.

Even then, Victoria Court has moved away from its public perception of being a mere ‘biglang-liko’ or place for illicit affairs to a hotel chain that hosts (wholesome) parties and offers an award-winning food menu.

“The bigger suites are typically what end up hosting parties (and some couple stays). For couple stays, we find that while some regulars have a favorite room, others prefer not to use a room they’ve already seen – and that’s what’s beautiful about it,” Pineda explains. “You can choose or you can just go for any and be (pleasantly) surprised!”

Guests, despite being discreet, aren’t shy to offer a thought or two about these rooms. “We’ve received great feedback from either camp, with some loving the variety, while others have a favorite jacuzzi, enjoying the special effects, the tantra chair, or even something as simple as preferring rooms with more mirrors.” Pineda says.

Not all themed rooms are here to stay, though. But some rooms are classics and crowd-favorites that guests will always come back to now and then. “When we see a certain theme starting to look dated, we decide whether to reinvest to upgrade it or what we fondly like to call belo and make it fresh again or we take a vote on what new theme we can reintroduce.”

But more than rooms to play out fantasies is a vision to create an adult Disney experience for King: “I think our product will continue to evolve to serve couples looking for an experience that will bring them right to the edge of their comfort zone and inject that feeling of adventure.”

Well, folks, it’s time to head over to the nearest Victoria Court branch this Valentine’s Day and see their themed suites for yourself. You’ll never know what you’ll find there–a newfound fantasy or a tantalizing experience that will keep you on your toes, craving for more.

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Coffee with cookies? Here’s a delicious combo from two well-loved brands

Great Taste Cream-O is a delicious collaboration between two well-loved brands: Great Taste offers its signature “aromanamnam” taste, while Cream-O adds a layer of deliciousness with its real cookie crumbles. It is a unique coffee-cookie mix that’s great for those who are looking for a delicious drink to enjoy during their break time.

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Great things can come out of great collaborations. We’ve seen this in how talented artists worked together to create the songs and movies that we love. In the realm of fashion, brands also introduce unexpected collaborations to bring something new and interesting to customers.

Collaborations are just as important in our studies and jobs. When we work together, not only do we get things done faster, we motivate each other to come up with creative ideas. Of course, you should also take a break in between tasks. One way you can make this free time more enjoyable is with a new coffee blend, like Great Taste Cream-O.

Great Taste Cream-O is a delicious collaboration between two well-loved brands: Great Taste offers its signature “aromanamnam” taste, while Cream-O adds a layer of deliciousness with its real cookie crumbles. It is a unique coffee-cookie mix that’s great for those who are looking for a delicious drink to enjoy during their break time.

Great Taste Cream-O comes in a compact twin sachet pack, for only P15.00 (SRP), so you can carry a pack with you and quickly whip up a delicious drink to enjoy your break times with your classmates or colleagues.

University students enjoy breaks with Great Taste Cream-O

To give students an enjoyable experience at school, Great Taste shared its newest coffee blend to select universities in Manila. Its first stop was at the Mapua University Manila last January 23, 2024, where Great Taste Cream-O set up an exciting booth with a 360-degree photo and video booth they could visit in between classes, and make memories while enjoying Great Taste Cream-O with their blockmates. Making the moment even more enjoyable for the students, the brand collaborated with one of the University’s dance groups, and a guest influencer, to entertain guests with an energetic dance number.

For students looking to add flavor-sarap to their coffee and make their breaktimes more enjoyable, this is your chance to get your Great Taste Cream-O fix. Watch out as Great Taste might make a stop at your university in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow Great Taste Coffee on Facebook for more updates and information.

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