PayPal Strengthens Support for Freelancers and MSMEs Through Launch of Business App and Freelancer Community Program

Photo by: Kassy Pajarillo

The digital payments leader PayPal announced today the launch of the PayPal Business App and the PayPal Freelancer Community Program to enable merchants and freelancers to advance in the Philippines’ increasingly mobile and digital economic environment.

Freelancers make up a significant portion in the Philippines, with the local Department of Information and Communication Technology pegging the number of freelancers at about 1.5 million. The country has become a hotbed for freelance work because of its enormous talent pool, technology-savvy demographic, and an upbeat business community.

Leveraging the three-point strategic framework set by ASEAN, PayPal’s new offerings will help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) scale up their businesses and services through increasing their access to the 3Ms: Money, Markets and Mentorship.

PayPal helps its Filipino merchant subscribers gain access to a wide network of 210 million active users from more than 200 markets around the world. The new business app and the freelancer program is PayPal’s answer to help achieve the goals for Money and Mentoring, respectively.

“PayPal has always been supportive of freelancers and MSMEs in Southeast Asia, ensuring that our customers get the best tools to move and manage their money seamlessly as they take charge of their cross-border businesses. The launch of the PayPal Business App is testament to that,” said Rahul Shinghal, General Manager, PayPal Southeast Asia. “As the ASEAN integration spotlights entrepreneurs, we are doing our own part in empowering the community by providing new services and programs that could accelerate their opportunities in line with ASEAN’s Money, Markets and Mentorship framework.”

PayPal Business App and PayPal.Me for Business

The PayPal Business App is a mobile application that offers merchants an easy way to manage their PayPal transactions wherever business takes them. Launched first in the Philippines amongst other Asian countries, the PayPal Business App allows merchants to review transactions, check balances in all currencies, send customized invoice to clients, track unpaid accounts and streamline their communications with clients at any time and place. It is the perfect business tool for busy freelancers, allowing them to check and make their transactions while on the go.

Interested users can simply download the app in the Android and Apple stores and sign up through their existing PayPal Business accounts.

Freelancers and MSMEs who are conducting their businesses on the go can also choose to use PayPal.Me for Business to get paid online. PayPal.Me for Business is a personalized unique link that sellers and freelancers can send to their customers. The link is instant and can be sent from any device on any platforms including text message, e-mail, instant messenger and social media platforms.

PayPal Freelancer Community Program
From selling and upgrading skills, to managing clients and money, the PayPal Freelancer Community Program themed “Take Control of Your Freelance Money” is proactively educating Filipino freelancers to help them grow their business.

PayPal has tapped the country’s top freelance experts to educate and mentor budding freelancers and solopreneurs to expand their reach, better manage their finances, and build strong client relationships. Technology whiz and blogger Abe Olandres, personal branding guru Liz Lanuza, serial entrepreneur Ginger Arboleda, and finance expert Fitz Villafuerte will lead the campaign. Through the program, PayPal will roll out a series of activities freelancers can be a part of:

  • PayPal Philippines Facebook page – PayPal’s first dedicated online space for freelancers to exchange ideas and gain insights from experts.
  • PayPal Summit – the campaign’s kick-off event, hosting freelancers to share best practices and spark dialogue on digital payments, business technology trends and personal branding.
  • Freelancer Learning Workshops – a collaboration with co-working spaces to provide closer interaction with freelancers as they discuss a spectrum of thematic topics on business and client servicing.

“We are establishing our first-ever Freelancer Community Program in the Philippines because it is one of the world’s most dynamic markets for freelancers and solopreneurs,” said Leanne Sheraton, Vice President of Marketing for PayPal Asia Pacific. “PayPal has been enabling Filipino freelancers to get paid easily and provide them with more convenient options to access their funds. We know from our research and insights that freelancers also want opportunities to upskill and be connected, which is why PayPal is expanding beyond offering payment solutions to provide community engagement and business amplification opportunities for our freelancer customers.

The Freelancer Community Program will connect established freelancers with their peers to provide mentorship and the guidance they need to navigate in this environment.”

For more information on the PayPal Business App, visit the page here. Businesses who are keen to set up their own PayPal.Me for Business account can also visit to find out more. To know more about the PayPal Freelancer Community Program, log on to PayPal’s Philippines Facebook page.

Hang tight 2016: Manila Pavilion Hotel


CNY2016.jpegManila Pavilion Hotel celebrates the Year of the Fire Monkey with its Chinese goodies offering a special Oriental-themed cuisine at the hotel’s interactive lifestyle restaurant, Seasons.

Walk your way to the delightful goodness of Asian cuisine as Manila Pavilion’s Executive Chef Giovanni Sias stirs up one’s dining experience in a delightful staging of artfully-prepared Chinese specialties.

The rich Chinese cuisine is considered as one of the best known Asian food worldwide. Some of the dishes to please your appetite and will surely give you luck this year include Lion’s Head Meatballs that made of giant meatballs, wrapped in a mane of steamed cabbage, “Jiaozi,” the traditional Chinese Dumplings, fruits such as grapes, pomelo and tangerine, greens like spinach, lettuce and cabbage, the well-known sweet dessert, rice flour also known as “Nian Gao” (Tikoy) and of course the favorite long noodles that represent long life. Celebrate the year of the horse with these foods and dishes to usher prosperity, good luck and fortune for the whole year.

On the 8th of February bring the entire family at the hotel lobby before six o’clock in the evening strikes to usher in good health, wealth and luck with the traditional Lion and Dragon Dance performance, coin shower and the gastronomic surprises of the Oriental food fest.

Discover the flairs and flavors of real Chinese goodness with your friends and family at Seasons. The special offering of Chinese buffet at Manila Pavilion Hotel is available at a special discounted rate.


Visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

Universal Sports Network Presents Boston Marathon “Run as One” Series March 10 – April 21

Universal Sports Network, the exclusive national television and digital media home of the Boston Marathon, announced today the launch of the “Run as One” series. The 15-episode, short-form video series will air run of schedule and be made available online at beginning today, March 10, and continue through the live coverage of the 118th Boston Marathon, which begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, April 21, 2014.

In honor of the perseverance and triumph of the human spirit, the “Run as One” series tells the personal stories of those directly affected by the tragic events of the 2013 Boston bombings. As told by survivors, first responders, medical personnel and race officials, these moving first-hand accounts demonstrate strength of character and a resilient will to move forward.

Among those profiled in the series are survivors Nicole and Mike Gross (Charlotte, NC), Marc Fucarile (Stoneham, MA) and Heather Abbott (Newport, RI); Boston Marathon race director David McGillivray; world famous father and son team Dick and Rick Hoyt; former New England Patriot and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, former City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; and Dr. David R. King who finished running the marathon just before the bombings occurred and then immediately began performing surgery on the injured at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Our efforts to examine the impact of the 2013 Boston tragedy involve telling personal and emotional stories of both sorrow and triumph,” said Universal Sports Network Senior V.P. of Content Robert James. “We needed to uncover the heartbeat of the city, and chose local Boston production company Moody Street TV to help capture the essence of the race, and its meaning to runners and non runners alike. Through Universal Sports’ Boston Marathon “Run as One” series, we showcase the perseverance and resilience of the survivors and City of Boston as a whole, while looking forward in a positive light with all eyes toward the 2014 race.”

In addition, Universal Sports is working with all of its distribution partners to provide their customers with free previews in order to access event coverage for the week leading up to and the day of the Boston Marathon. Affiliates offering free preview windows during the month of April include Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.

“We are appreciative of how all of our distributors have enthusiastically stepped up with national marketing, promotion and free preview campaigns to help support this significant event in helping to make the 2014 Boston Marathon even greater,” said Anne E. Droste head of distribution for Universal Sports.

To find where Universal Sports is available, please visit our channel finder at

Spenco® PolySorb® Yumi Total Support Sandal

Women's YUMI Toe Post

I am honored receiving a pair of this YUMI Toe Post to experience and be relieved before the new ProForm insole debut its launch in the US this June. Meanwhile, these may be ordered online or purchased in retail stores.

The Spenco® PolySorb® Yumi Total Support Sandal is a women’s toe-post sandal that provides orthotic support. This flip flop has built-in arch & heel support for all day comfort. It is the only contourd sandal with the Total Support Footbed wherein you’ll feel the fantastic support and stability of Spenco’s best-selling replacement insole in the comfort and simplicity of  slip-on sandal.

A perfect match for the beach, around the house and even better after sports training. The “Spenco Yumi” will provide all-day comfort and arch support, with its impact cushioning and motion control it helps reduce pronation and supination – a common problem associated with flat, slab-style sandals.

The PERFECT sandal alleviating plantar fasciitis & arch pain.

Features & Benefits of the Women’s Spenco Yumi Total Support Flip Flop:

  • Total Support stability and comfort, in a slip on sandal.
  • Total Support Cushioning System absorbs shock and helps prevent over-pronation
  • Orthotic Arch Support and deep heel cupping promotes stability, alignment and motion control.
  • Soft strap and premium materials provide lasting comfort and wear.
  • EVA surface custom molds over time to conform to the unique shape of the wearer’s feet.
  • Metatarsal Padded Arch Support offloads pressure from the ball of foot to help relieve forefoot pain.
  • TPR Rubber, EVA Injection, Polyester webbing, PVC, PU Nubuck, 4-way Stretch Polyester, EVA Closed Cell, Inside Lining: SBR Rubber Foam.
  • Thickness at Heel: 12.80mm (1/2in),
  • Thickness at Forefoot: 12.30mm (1/2in)
  • Cost: $39.99
I will be writing more about this pretty Yumi Toe Flip Flop – it’s too cute to ignore and too comfortable not to be used after logging in mileage or for each outdoor sports adventure.
Many  Thanks to Shannon Blood of off madison ave. and Spenco Medical Corporation for keeping our feet in mind to keep these in top running shape together in celebrating April National Foot Health Awareness Month

 For more information, click HERE

Twestival: 24 March 2011

Twestival is a movement that uses social media for social good by connecting communities offline on a single day to highlight a great cause. Ideas start as a tweet and as it spreads, becomes a movement that has the power to make things happen.

This year, Twestival is going ‘local’ in cities around the world on Thursday, 24 March 2011. All local events are organized 100% by volunteers and 100% of all ticket sales and donations go directly to local non-profits that organizers have identified for having an incredible impact within their own community. The goal is to raise funds and awareness by doing a local meet-up with various activities.

Twestival is the brainchild of Amanda Rose, who believes that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but work from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact. Since 2009, over 200 international cities all over the world have joined the movement.

Be a part of the Global Movement!

1) Grab a Ticket. Find your city on the official events list and attend your local event on March 24th.

2) Volunteer. Local events are run 100% by volunteers and teams are always looking for more help.

3) Donate. Each Twestival is supporting a amazing local cause with 100% of donations going direct to projects happening in their own community. Give what you can and help them reach their goal.

4) Sponsor or contribute in-kind. Are you a company or organization looking to connect with the digital set? Twestival Local has great sponsorship opportunities and cities are always happy to receive great prizes.

5) Tweet, Blog, Promote. Please spread the word about Twestival and our local charities.

To learn more, you can check out Twestival’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Source: Francis Tan of The Next Web

Touchdown Manila: ZUMBA

I have been looking for ZUMBA in Metro Manila (for 2 years now), thought of asking friends and tried to seek for certified teachers but there was no one who can officially have it launched. To tell you frankly, I never lost hope and kept on inquiring at Curves since its the only center who has great mileage and one of the pioneers of this exercise program in the United States. When CURVES finally arrived, I knew ZUMBA is a step closer.

Lost no hope. a few months ago, I called and went to CURVES to inquire if they’ve considered having  ZUMBA; on a good note, I was told – off the record — they found a certified trainer who can teach and she’ll be starting classes soon. You can’t imagine the glee I wore since the day they told me BUT I  was told not to disclose it to anyone just yet.

Awaiting for the announcement before I spread it to the world, a few weeks after, I may now. Hello, ZUMBA!!

Millions have lost weight and shaped up with Curves, the leader in women’s fitness, and Zumba®, the dance-fitness experts. Now, the two have created the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba® with the proven strength training of Curves for one wildly effective workout. It’s definitely NOT your Mother’s workout—BUT even your Mother can do it!

Some have called it the perfect workout, but Curves of Bonifacio Global City is willing to let you try it free to find out for yourself.

Curves® Circuit with Zumba® Fitness is an amazing workout that will really help people stick to their program,” said Leizel Gilbero, Curves of Bonifacio Global City Sr. Circuit Coach and Nutritionist. “It combines Curves’ proven strength-training program—where you can burn up to 500 calories in just 30 minutes—with the Latin and international inspired music and exhilarating, simple dance moves that have made Zumba® so popular. We want you to experience it for yourself to see what an incredible workout it is, so we’re inviting the ladies to try it free.”

The Benefits

The benefits of Curves® Circuit with Zumba® classes are numerous, according to Curves Director of Exercise and Research, Katie Mitchell. “This is definitely a boredom-busting workout,” said Mitchell. “There’s a lot going on to keep your attention and keep you motivated. You’re listening to high-energy music that just makes you want to move, watching to make sure you’re meeting your goals on the strength machines, and training your body and your brain by learning new dance moves. And research shows that the dynamics of group exercise like the Curves® Circuit with Zumba® Fitness classes promotes attendance and lowers drop-out rates, so people are more likely to stick with it.”

Who can try Zumba?

All ages, fitness levels and dance abilities can participate in and benefit from Curves® Circuit with Zumba® Fitnessclasses. During the 30-minute class, participants work out on each Curves strength machine for one minute, alternating upper, lower and core muscles. After one minute, the music cues the participant to change stations on the circuit, and she moves to an area between machines to do Zumba® moves, which tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. A licensed Zumba® instructor from the Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN), Rowena Jose, teaches simple, modified Zumba® moves from the center of the circuit.

How is it like?

At the end of 30 minutes, participants have completed one trip around the entire circuit, worked every major muscle group, and achieved a fun, energetic cardio workout ending with a group stretch led by the Zumba® instructor.


For more information about Curves of Bonifacio Global City and Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness class schedules, please call (02) 8280208.

About Curves

Curves works every major muscle group with a complete 30-minute workout that combines strength training and sustained cardiovascular activity through safe and effective hydraulic resistance. Curves also works to help women lose weight, gain muscle strength and aerobic capacity, and raise metabolism with its groundbreaking, scientifically proven method that ends the need for perpetual dieting. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin are considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to millions of women globally, many of whom are in the gym for the first time. With thousands of locations worldwide, Curves is the world’s largest fitness franchise. For more information, please visit:

About Zumba®

The Zumba® program is a fitness-party™ with a contagious blend of Latin and international rhythms that provides a fun and effective workout to a global community, either at home or in the gym. Through exhilarating, high calorie-burning fitness classes, Zumba Fitness has helped melt the pounds and inches off more than 10 million Zumba-enthusiasts in 110 countries. Using easy-to-follow moves and exotic, high-energy music, Zumba routines successfully tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Zumba classes are available at 90,000 locations worldwide and feature specialty options including Zumba Gold® classes for active older adults and deconditioned participants, Zumba®Toning, Zumbatomic® for kids and Aqua Zumba®, the “pool party” workout.  For a home-based workout, The Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System is available in a four-disc DVD collection featuring Beto, the creator of the Zumba® program and international Zumba celebrities Gina Grant and Tanya Beardsley. Other offerings include Zumbawear™ apparel and accessories, the Zumba Fitness video game as well as music soundtracks. For more information, to find a class, or to purchase Zumba Fitness merchandise, please visit and find us onFacebook and Twitter.

Curves® Circuit with Zumba® Fitness is here! Don’t forget to tell them you got the word from Runaholic Kassy 🙂

Love Triangle at the Gardens

The Ayala Triangle Gardens, located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District (MCBD), is continuously proving to be a great venue where people can unwind and celebrate various occasions and the best of Filipino traditions infused with a contemporary flair.

To those searching for a unique and special way to celebrate the season of love, Ayala Triangle Gardens offers enchanting evenings of art and music. Free Valentine concerts entitled Love Triangle at the Gardens are happening on the 11th and 14th of February at 6pm. The first night features Broadway’s greatest love songs as performed by Trombones comprising of seasoned theater artists Audie Gemora, Carlo Orosa, Trish Amper, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, and Shiela Francisco. Highlighting this grand two-day concert is a night with Karylle on Valentine’s Day itself as she performs the love themes we all swoon, sing, and hold hands to underneath the stars.

“We wanted to offer a unique place to celebrate Valentine’s Day and showcase Filipino artistry at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Everyone is welcome, so whether you’re on a date or would simply like to relax and listen to beautiful music, you don’t have to go far from the Makati Central Business District,” says Joyce De Guzman, Ayala Land Marketing Manager.

At the Ayala Triangle Gardens, you will fall in love with the sentimental styles of the performers. Love Triangle at the Gardens is only the first among a series of events that promotes Makati as a place where people could enjoy life to the fullest and live the vibrant and dynamic lifestyle that it has always been known for.

Love Triangle at the Gardens is in partnership with Park Terraces, The Lerato, Avida Towers San Lorenzo, Ayala Malls, Ayala Land Businesscapes, and the Restaurants at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.


For more information, you may email