Ureka eCommerce Forum Made History With Visayan SMEs


Last, February 20, 2016, eCommerce history was made at the Iloilo Convention Center, MegaWorld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The UREKA eCommerce Forum, the largest eCommerce circuit in the Philippines, was attended by 600 participants coming from different provinces in the Visayan Region. Compared from its last event in Baguio, the recent UREKA eCommerce Forum doubled its participants.


  The Forum started with the Philippine national anthem and an invocation sung by homegrown Iloilo talents.
To liven up the crowd’s spirit, a group performed a Dinagyang presentation that totally wowed and amazed the crowd. It set the feel for the event on how it wanted to showcase local talent, product and skills.
The event was hosted by Ms. Amor Maclang of Geiser Maclang. She is a Globally Award Winning Brand Architect, Risk/Crisis/Reputation Strategist & Marketing and Communications Innovator.
At the event, there were several keynote speakers and expert industry leaders who shared their insights about the field they are currently in. Sheila Lina, President and CEO of Shopinas is one of the keynote speakers for the UREKA eCommerce Forum. She shared how UREKA shops easily makes online selling possible for SMEs with a combination of storefront, payment and logistics.
She also gave a few tips on how to make your business stand out online.
At the end of her presentation, she shared her personal piece of advice to SMEs, aspiring online business owners and students. She also dared them to become the next online business sensation.
Other keynote speakers who participated in the event who shared their expertise were:
  • The Mayor of Iloilo City who is Mr. Jed Mabilog,
  • Congressman Jerry Trenas,
  • UNIONBANK, First Ilonggo President, Mr. Edwin Bautista
  • UnionBank Cash Management Product Head, Mr. Arvie de Vera
  • Baguio SME Ambassador, Mr. Mark Louis “Maui” Fernando
  • Co-Founder and CEO, SALt, Ms. Aisa Mijeno
  • Provincial Director of DTI Capiz, Ms. Ermelinda Pollentes
  • VP Strategic Marketing of TALAS, Ms. Kristine Fetalco
  • Chairman of PHILDEV, Mr. Salvador “Dado” Banatao

The expert industry leaders that inspired the participants on the event were:

  • The Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation, Mr. Illac Diaz
  • Head Customer Mgt. of UNIONBANK, Mr. Jaypee Soliman
  • SVP of AMTI, Mr. Bong Paloma
  • CEO of GMCI, Mr. Brad Geiser
  • COO & CTO of Dragon Pay, Mr. Robertson “Dick” Chiang
  • Division Head of Air21, Ms. Yasmin Vasquez
  • E-Commerce Education Specialist, Ms. Eireen Bernardo

While the speakers were sharing their thoughts and experiences, the eCommerce circuit was happening.This is the area where the SMEs get to create their own online store.


Shopinas’ team of eCommerce Specialists supervised the circuit.
Another history made that day was that all 83 SMEs who created and finished their online store that day were asked to go onstage. It was a proud moment for us to see a huge number of SMEs use eCommerce for their businesses. You can check their businesses and products at Urekashops.
Before the event ended, we made a point to say thanks to students from Central Philippine University who assisted us on teaching SMEs on how to set up their business online.
This event made possible by Unionbank and other consortium partners is getting bigger and better every time. We hope we can visit your hometown next, for us to empower and equip more SMEs and businesses in the Philippines with eCommerce.

Give your business the Ureka Moment and let more people discover it.

Where do you want the next Ureka eCommerce Forum to happen? Let us know your comments below.

Top 10 Prom Queen Must Haves

Top 10 Prom Queen Must Haves


Getting excited for your prom? All of us comes to that same emotional experience especially if it’s our first time attending one. We make a lot of preparations for this special event. From picking out our prom dress, choosing the best prom shoes, our type of make-up, our hairstyle just to achieve the perfect 

Having considered that, here are some friendly recommendations you must have for this special occasion of yours.

  1. Snoe Happy Heels Wedge

Happy Heels Shoes Abstract from Snoe is one good way to express yourself in your prom. This is one of the capsule collection of Snoe’s foot line which is –“Happy Heels”. This Limited Edition 4-inch super comfy platform wedges are available from size 6 to 9! Plus, there are many other shoes to choose from.

Snoe Heels

Snoe Heels

2. Sakiraya Make Up and Cosmetics

We all have that ideal look for our prom night and looking good is one of our most important concerns in this special event. Make-up products from Sakiraya has a lot of options for you in choosing your desired look this prom. They have concealer, eye liner, eyebrow, eyeshadow and lipstick that will compliment with your skin tone.

Fantastic Eyeshadow Ki

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3. Crayons Make Up and Cosmetics

If you’re having a trouble applying your make-up, beauty accessories from Crayons can help you get through it. Crayons have beauty accessories, eyebrow products, eyeshadow kits, face products, foundation, Lip Cream, and Mascara.

Crayon Lip Cream

Crayon Lip Cream

5. Shirley May Perfume 

Proms are not complete without a perfume. Smelling good attracts other people and encourages socialization.  So be fresh and fragrant at your prom with Shirley May perfumes. You can also choose from a variety of fragrances that Shirley May has to offer.

Shirley May Pure Feelings

Shirley May Pure Feelings

6. Michelis Jewelry 

Necklaces, rings and earrings are one way to complete your attire at your prom. Just make sure to match your accessories to your outfit properly so you can arrive splendid and fabulous at your night. You can choose from different accessories of Michelis to achieve a luxurious look at your prom.

Dana Ring

Dana Ring

7. He&She Apparel

Most of the girls love to dress up and be feminine during prom nights. Dresses like Nora Mist 03 and Candy Brown from He&She Apparel are one good example to achieve a more feminine and gorgeous looking you at prom night.

  • Nora Mist 03

Nora Mist 03

Nora Mist 03

Written By: Geraldine Amac

Ureka eCommerce Forum CPU Training Iloilo

Shopinas Brought The Ureka Moment To Central Philippine University


This 3rd week of February, the whole Shopinas team flew to the beautiful city of Iloilo to spread eCommerce growth throughout the country with the help of Unionbank. This February 20, the Unionbank initiative, Ureka Forum, will take happen at the Iloilo Convention Center. We, being a proud consortium partner of the Ureka Forum, will assist SMEs to have their own online store.

Shopinas Team Arrives at Iloilo

Though, we couldn’t do that alone, we needed the help of smart, hardworking and future web developers Computer Studies’ students to help us propagate the Ureka Moment. We found them in the humble yet huge Central Philippine University.

To spread the Ureka Moment, we needed to train them first on how to use the Ureka eCommerce platform that will be the marketplace for SMEs. You can check this proudly local marketplace at Urekashops.ph.

Ureka Forum On Ground eCommerce Web Developer Certification

To facilitate the training, there was Mark Joseph Panganiban, Ureka proponent, eCommerce Specialist and Evangelist and the Business Development Head for Shopinas. He shared insights about the current eCommerce industry in the country.

Mark Joseph Panganiban Ureka Forum Training

He  mentioned that the Philippines today has 34% internet penetration which is considered to be high because according to studies Filipinos are spending 11 hours on internet everyday. A simple proof that the Filipino market for your business is readily available and present online.

Though, there is a huge advantage on having your business online.Just like in life and business, there will always be challenges along the way. For the Philippines, we have three main challenges for eCommerce: payment, connectivity and logistics. Fortunately for Iloilo SMEs, these three challenges will be easily answered by urekashops.ph.

Mark Joseph Panganiban Air21 Global Ureka Forum

Of course in able to help the Iloilo SMEs for the Ureka Forum, the students needed to learn how to make an online store. In Ureka Shops, there are two types of businesses a Co-hosted Shop (Tangible Products Shop) and Self-hosted Shop (Services). They were taught by Shopinas‘ own web developer on how to set up and upload products using urekashops.ph.

Emil Anaque Shopinas Air21 Global Ureka Forum

To check if the students got the concept, they we’re asked to explain and teach the class how it is done. They we’re also asked to build their own online store or business at urekashops.ph.

Marvin Aguilar Ureka Forum Training

Without a doubt, they succeeded on learning and understanding the concept and the process of building their own online shop at urekashops.ph even if its a tangible product business or a service business.

Shopinas Air21 Global Ureka Forum Training

It was a great activity of fun and learning about eCommerce. We are happy to educate more students in the Philippines about eCommerce. We believe in the talent and skills of students from Central Philippines University as eCommerce Advocates and future eCommerce Web developers. They will be a great instrument for the Ureka Forum’s success.

Shopinas Air21 Global Ureka Forum Training(2)

We hope we can work with your College or University for the next eCommerce Forum.

Top 10 Activities Singles Can Do This Valentine’s Day

Top 10 Activities for Singles This Valentine’s Day

  1. Go to Movie house

Try to celebrating Valentine’s day on a movie house but be sure to watch other types of movies like comedy, horror, science fiction, and suspense or thriller. Consider the day as an ordinary day and invite your other single friends to accompany you in watching movies so that it will be more fun.

Movie House date

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  1. Pamper yourself

When you don’t have any plan for Valentine’s Day, why not visit places that will give you relaxation and comfort. Go to a spa or a salon to indulge yourself for refreshment and body massage. This is the perfect time to treat yourself and make you feel special and pampered.

Pamper yourself

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  1. Challenge yourself

If you want to stroll and challenge yourself with extreme rides and adventurous places, go to outdoor places like amusement parks, mountains, and other trekking places. Enchanted Kingdom, Sky Ranch, and Star City are the three most popular amusement parks located in the Philippines. These places can help you release stress. On the other hand, indulging yourself to an adventurous experience like trekking will bring fun and lead you to become more of an independent person.


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  1. Go out with family

The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day when you’re single is to go out with your family. Even if you are single, you will still feel special and loved because of your family. Ask them for a group date so that the essence of love is still present and will not be vanished.

Family Dining

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  1. Go out of town/country

Plan a special trip to a place that you’ve never visited before. It’s awesome if this is on another country. This will be an exciting one because you can encounter different and new experiences like meeting new people, eating foreign foods, visiting new beautiful places, and travelling on your own. If you wish for an out of town only, you should try going to a beach so that you can unwind and feel relax on the chill environment.

Travel Alone

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  1. Learn how to cook for yourself

Being a single does not mean that you are alone. It is not synonymous to loneliness. It is just that you are strong enough to be an independent men or women. On Valentine’s Day, it is best for singles to make something that could satisfy your needs and at the same time to express your love for yourselves. One of it is to learn how to cook dishes for yourselves and you could also share it with your family and friends. It is more exciting and so much enjoyment if you are going to cook your favorite dish on your own with full of love.

Cook for yourself

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  1. Throw a party                                                                    

Invite your friends who are also single and throw a party. Eat all you can and remember to drink moderately. You and your friends can also enjoy singing in a karaoke bar or throwing a pool party with full of pool activities, foods and drinks.

Party Girl

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  1. Eat at your favorite restaurant alone

Being alone gives you time to indulge yourself. Valentine’s Day is about love so it is a time for you to love yourself more. Eat your favorite dish in your favorite restaurant and enjoy the moment.

Eat Alone

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  1. Try something new

On Valentine’s Day, ask yourself what do you want to do that you never tried or experienced before. You want to be fit? Go to gym. You want to study on how to apply makeup in your face on your own then try it. You want to travel alone then go and enjoy it. You want to enroll in a dance class then move and shake your body. Everything that you are interested in, just do it.


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  1. Be HAPPY

For now, you can just enjoy being single and live in the moment.

Happy Person

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Written By: Kaydeen Micka T. Oval and Anjanette C. Rebano

Special Gifts for Him Blog Post

Special Gifts For Him This Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It’s an occasion when you can find a lot of couples celebrating their love and affection to one another.

Here in the Philippines, it is common to find gentlemen giving flowers, chocolates, teddy bears and such to their special someone as it symbolize their love and sincerity to their partner. But how about them getting something this Valentine’s Day?

So here’s a list of gifts for him that can help you decide what to give him this Valentine’s day as a sign of your adoration and love for him?

El Moreno Long Sleeve Dark Gray

El Moreno is a perfect gift for professional men. Comfort is main priority of El Moreno so he can feel comfortable wearing this office wardrobe. They can use it at work or even at casual celebrations. It is also available in different colors.

El Moreno Long Sleeve Dark Gray

El Moreno Long Sleeve Dark Gray

Talk N Text Basketball T-Shirt

If you have a basketball fanatic partner, this Talk N Text Basketball T-Shirt will be just right for him.

Talk N Text Basketball

Talk N Text Basketball


Oulm Analog Metal Bezel With Four Sub-Dials Watch 

Oulm Analog Metal Bezel With Four Sub-Dials Watch suits your partner’s bigger wrist and has many functions. It is a best gift for your adventurous partner because it has a compass and a dual time zone functions.

Oulm Analog Metal Bezel With Four Sub-Dials Watch - Black


Philips Waterproof Multi Groom

Beards and mustache are natural for men. This cordless and waterproof beard trimmer is also a perfect gift for him this coming Valentine’s season. It is a wonderful gift, for he can use it regularly in grooming his face.

Waterproof Multi Groom

Waterproof Multi Groom


Bamboo Shirts Eco-friendly Apparel by TOBS (MEN’S)

This Bamboo Shirts Eco-friendly Apparel by TOBS is perfect for cool and fashionable men who want to express themselves. He can experience ultimate comfort wearing this shirt as it is made from premium 95% Bamboo fabric and 5% spandex. It is available in different sizes.

Bamboo Shirts Eco-friendly Apparel by TOBS (MEN'S)

Bamboo Shirts Eco-friendly Apparel by TOBS (MEN'S)

Huxley Herman Sneakers

This Huxley Herman Sneakers adds a cool sneaker to your partner’s shoe collection. This is a perfect match for his casual outfit especially that sneakers are all the rage now.

Huxley Herman Sneakers

Huxley Herman Sneakers

Shirley May Only Aqua

Shirley May Only Aqua gift set is also a perfect gift for your loved one. It gives a pleasurable marine fresh smell and a cool sea fragrance. You can also find a variety of fragrance at Shirley May’s Online Store to suit your man’s taste for perfumes.

Shirley May Only Aqua

Shirley May Only Aqua

Travel Grip

Bags are a common need for boys especially the small ones that they can easily carry. This Travel grip is a perfect companion for your partner’s casual walks.

Travel Grip

Travel Grip

TIU #17 PBA Rain Or Shine JERSEY

If you have a sporty partner, you can give him this TIU #17 PBA Rain Or Shine JERSEY from PBA Online Store. There are also some other choices you can choose from to fit his taste and his style.

TIU #17 PBA Rain Or Shine JERSEY

TIU #17 PBA Rain Or Shine JERSEY

Shopinas.com Lady Clickers Team Cap

Boys who are exposed to sun need this Team Cap from Shopinas.com. This is a limited edition cap that has the same design worn by Shopinas Lady Clickers.

Team Cap

Team Cap

Written By: Geraldine R. Amaca

Amazing Date Ideas this Valentines Day

Amazing Date Ideas This Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is one of the most special events that people are celebrating every year. Couples and lovers usually exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine” on this day. This year’s Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday so there will be people who will 

So this Valentine’s Day, we are giving you a tour of date ideas where you can go this Valentines Day.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

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If you are looking for a festive kind of date, you can try the “Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016” to be held in Clark, Pampanga this February 11-14, 2016. 

The festival is interesting because you can unwind by looking at the eye catching hot air balloons and by witnessing the other breathtaking events like Paragliding Exhibition and the Breitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition. It also gives a romantic vibe when the hot air balloons are lit up at night.


Art in Island 3D Museum

Art in Island

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On the other hand, if you want to experience a super fun date for this Valentine’s Day, you can visit “Art in Island Museum” in Quezon City for you to get cool photographs and selfies with your loved one.




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You can also try “Nuvali” in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for a quiet and luscious outdoor but with fun activities like water taxi ride, biking, walking. When you’re hungry, you can try a picnic or pick from nice restaurants around the area. 


Sky Ranch Tagaytay

Sky Ranch

Photo Courtesy of Sky Ranch

Tagaytay City can also be a fun and cold place for your date. You can go to Tagaytay Sky Ranch, Picnic Grove, and Zipline Tagaytay. It’s a mix of amusement, picnic and adventure all in one place. 


Boracay Island


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Boracay has been named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So why not take the most beautiful person you have met to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here you can do snorkelling, sunbathing, swimming, and the romantic beautiful sunset watching.


Cebu Beach

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Cebu is filled with wonderful beaches that you can swim around in. You can try swimming with the whale sharks. You can also try out local food and delicacies like lechon cebu. 



San Juan Batangas

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If you don’t like travelling far, you can go to Batangas. They have nice beaches in San Juan, Nasugbu, Laiya and Tali. You can chill and enjoy the sun with your bae.



Rice Terraces, Baguio

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On the other hand, Baguio has beautiful sceneries like Burnham ParkBaguio CathedralSession RoadCamp John Hay , The Mansion, Wright Park , Mines View Park Baguio Botanical Garden Philippine Military Academy , Kennon Road, Mount Santo Tomas, Lourdes Grotto, and Strawberry Farm


Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

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There are also fun and historical places to visit around Metro Manila like Rizal Park and Intramuros. If you just want to have an  date and dinner with your loved ones you should try Manila Ocean Park and Mall of Asia. 


Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Taal, Batangas)

Taal Batangas

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However, if you are looking for a calm and peaceful date, you can travel to Taal, Batangas and visit Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Taal Cathedral). Tours, adventures, and sight-seeing at Taal Volcano by Pusod, Inc. can also be a date idea for your partner and loved ones.


Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

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You can also try “Manila Bay Sunset Cruise” for you to experience an hour-long romantic cruise that will take you from Manila Bay up to Mall of Asia. 


Written By: Anjanette C. Rebano

Special Gifts for Her Blog Post

Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her


Valentine’s Day is now fast approaching. It is a lovely day where couples exchange gifts and enjoy candle-lit romantic dinner dates.

This Valentine’s Day, why not take a break from the usual boxed chocolates, bouquet of flowers and greeting cards? Shopinas.com has listed all the perfect gifts for your girlfriends and wives:

1. Make your girl feel a lot prettier with this SNOE Happy Heels on your dinner date. This will surely fit your girl’s dress and she will definitely love it! SNOE Happy Heels is a 4-inch super comfy wedge with different patterns and prints.

Happy Heels Shoes Tribal

Happy Heels Shoes Tribal

2. Another romantic gift for your girlfriend and wife is of course, a ring. This is an elegant gift to your loved one this Valentine’s Day. This love connector ring is a trendy and sweet, another addition to your girlfriend’s jewelry and accessory collection.

Love Connector Ring

Love Connector Ring

3. Since perfume makes a woman more confident, it is another great idea to give this Valentine’s Day. Get your girl a scent from Shirley May that she will love. A scent that can make you fall in love with her more.Shirley May Beautiful Love

Shirley May Beautiful Love

4. Doing makeup for a woman is very relaxing and it is their way to express themselves. And in makeup, lipstick has the most powerful effect on a woman’s face. And for sure, this Rouge Deluxe lipstick would perfectly suit your girl’s taste.



5. SNOE Belle of the Ball shows the most precious girl in your life that you think she deserves to pamper herself. This packages is composed of Snoe White Milk Scrub Moringa, Turnback Prime, BBFied HD BB Pigment Mix, and Linear Equation Total Line Solution. Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

6. A piece of necklace can show your girl that she is a real keeper. She will definitely treasure a heart-shaped pendant necklace like this:

Double Pendant Cord Necklace 18” - 24” WM Love and Beloved & Heart

Double Pendant Cord Necklace 18” - 24” WM Love and Beloved & Heart

7. Let your lovely girl wear a nice and preppy dress on your dinner date. Give her a lovely dress on Valentine’s Day. Check this out for a lot of choices!



8. This watch will make your girl feel that she’s your top priority. Daniel Klein Premium Ladies Watch has a stainless steel material with Swarovski Stones Figures made in Japan. This is a classy gift idea for your loved one.

Daniel Klein Premium Ladies Wacth DK10531-5

Daniel Klein Premium Ladies Wacth DK10531-5

9. Bags! Ladies love bags. Why don’t give your girl a bag that is made from plant leather. The bags which Jacinto & Lirio offers are very unique and fashionable.



10. If your girl loves coffee, this Manhattan Homemade Artisan Craft Ceramic Mug will suit her perfectly. This is made of a premium quality ceramic and has beautiful and elegant colors.

Manhattan Homemaker Artisan Craft Ceramic Mug with Spoon and Gift Box

Manhattan Homemaker Artisan Craft Ceramic Mug with Spoon and Gift Box


Whatever you get this Valentine’s day for your girl just make sure to make her happy. A happy girl makes a happy life.



Written by: Gladys M. Custodio

4 Things You Can Share This Chinese New Year

4 Things You Can Share This Chinese New Year


Gifts play a major role in the Chinese Culture. These allow the Chinese people to express their respect to elders and to demonstrate their commitment, loyalty and passion in maintaining close relationships with their family, colleagues and friends.

Here are 4 things you can share this Chinese New Year:

Tea is always a great gift whether your friends and colleagues are Chinese or not. Tea helps in having good conversations and offers a calming effect in the body.

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Turmeric has a lot of health benefits that can help boost your immune system.

Kids would surely want to receive gifts this Chinese New Year too! Gund Toys will bring them joy and knowledge since they represent the Philippine endangered species.

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Chinese love to play chess and read books. This may be a 2in1 gift for them! This book entitled, “The Most Valuable Skills in Chess” by Maurice Ashley guides you on an inspirational journey through the world of chess tactics. He brings the pieces to life by examining their fundamental characteristics, and shows how their powers can be put to use to win pieces or give checkmate – the building-blocks upon which all chess skills are based.

Most Valuable Skills in Chess

Most Valuable Skills in Chess

In traditional Chinese medicine, massage is a gentle and effective way to repair one’s body. This Ogawa Massage Chair is a perfect gift for the year of the monkey! This will relax and make anyone feel like a king at the start of the year.

Ogawa Massage Chair

Ogawa Massage Chair

What do you want to shop from this list?

Let us know in the comments what you can share this Chinese New Year.

How to be lucky this Chinese New Year?

How To Be Lucky This Chinese New Year


Kung Hei Fat Choy! This is how we greet each other during Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is China’s most important traditional festival for Chinese Families.

The date for Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, but it always falls within January 21 to February 20. This year’s Chinese New Year is scheduled on the 8th day of February, 2016.


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In the Philippines, Filipino-Chinese communities are celebrating this event so they can attract prosperity, closer family ties, and peace.

Oranges with red envelopes for luck

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In celebrating Chinese New Year, you must remember:

1. Clean your home thoroughly

2. Prepare lucky money in red envelopes then put it on the dining table


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3. Participate in parades and dragon dances that are organized in China Towns.

The Dragon and Lion dancing is also one of the most popular traditions practiced by Chinese people. Teams of four or eight get together to dance down the streets while wearing red costumes of the Lion or Dragon. Both costumes are representative of prestige and good fortune. It is also a tradition for spectators to give the dancers red envelopes with money or some other gift.

4.  Exchange between parents and children of red envelope that contains money. They believe that this tradition will bring luck on their life and career.


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4. Wear Red. It serves as good luck and a way to eradicate evil. According to Chinese legends, evil spirits and monsters are afraid of bright colors such as red.

5.  Wear Lucky Charms. Lucky Charms will attract good luck through out the year.

6. Fill your home with Chinese Decors to throw away bad luck.

Tikoy for Chinese New Year

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5. Serve Tikoy Tikoy is believed to bring in luck because of its sticky texture where luck can stick.

6. Display various food and fruits on the table. Eat and enjoy the celebration and get lucky with all the yummy food on the table.


Let’s all celebrate this fun and lucky event this February 8 and welcome the year of the Fire Monkey. Share us what do you plan to do this Chinese New Year 2016. What makes it cooler than what you did last year?

Written By: Anjanette C. Rebano


Ureka eCommerce Forum National Press Conference


The Ureka eCommerce Forum national press conference was held at 4/F City Club, Alphaland, Makati City last January 19, 2016.

Photo Opportunity of consortium members of UREKA Forum

(L-R) The event was attended by the consortium partner’s top executives: Sheila Lina of Shopinas, Rudy Fulo of Air21, Amor Maclang of GeiserMaclang, Josefino Paloma of AMTI, Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay, Francis Oliva of PLDT, and Genaro Lopez of Unionbank.

Ms. Amor Maclang of GeiserMaclang during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Amor Maclang, Executive Director of Geiser Maclang, greeted the speakers and the media a wonderful afternoon and thanked them for attending the event. She acted as the moderator of the forum and she then introduced the first speaker.

Mr. Genaro Lopez of Unionbank during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Genaro Lopez, Executive Vice President of Unionbank, talked about the massive transformation in the business industry by having brick and mortar stores turn into brick and click because of the internet. The internet paved way to a digital evolution. It also contributed to the Philippine economy by helping businesses particularly SMEs to grow and make profit by adding channels to their businesses.He then encouraged everyone to attend the Ureka eCommerce Forum in Iloilo City.

Ms. Sheila Lina of Shopinas.com during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Sheila Lina, President and CEO of Shopinas, talked about the importance of the internet. The internet is available anywhere today. However, most consumers are blind; eCommerce is invisible to them. That is why, shopinas‘ mission is to make Filipino Businesses visible thru eCommerce. She believes that eCommerce would change the business industry. That is why, she and shopinas are entirely committed in educating Filipino entrepreneurs.

Mr. Josefino Paloma of AMTI during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Josefino Paloma, General Manager and Co-founder of AMTI, talked about how their company is trying to solve the country’s problems by helping SMEs. They are educating, informing, enabling, and making Filipino entrepreneurs realize that internet is one of the keys for their success. He believes that they can lower or lessen barriers with e-commerce. Their company also helps the initiative by providing hardware to be used for the Ureka eCommerce Forum.


Robertson Chiang, COO & CTO of Dragonpay, talked about the nature of their business built six years ago. They are a payment gateway used by eCommerce businesses. He believes that helping SMEs could lead to a better future for the country both local and international.

Mr. Francis Oliva of PLDT during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Francis Oliva, Head of Community Partnerships of PLDT and SMART SME Nation, the mentioned that Iloilo is really a good target market and a growing hub. Also he mentions how good joining the Ureka eCommerce Forum is as an investment.

 Mr. Rudy Fulo of Air21 during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Rudy Fulo, President of Air21, is in charge of the last mile with the three pillars of an online business which is delivery. He mentioned about the added twenty area managers of Air21. He also stated that they go to far places for them to render services to other Filipino workers like fishermen and farmers. Currently, they also have trucks with cool temperature for perishable products.

 Interview of Ms. Sheila Lina with TV 5

After the press conference, everyone in the room particularly are now looking forward to support the Ureka eCommerce Forum Iloilo.