Thursday, July 31, 2014

Globe Supports IRONMAN 70.3 2014 as Technology Partner

The Globe triathlon team prepares for the sixth staging of Ironman 70.3 Philippines
Globe Telecom has again proven its strong support for health and fitness by keeping its role as the official technology partner of Ironman 70.3 Philippines for five years now. Ironman 70.3 2014 takes place in Mactan, Cebu on August 3, 2014 having 2,500 registered participants from different parts of the country and abroad.

Globe is strong supporter of Ironman 70.3 Philippines since it was introduced locally in 2009. It will provide WiFi connectivity, laptops, Tattoo sticks, and cash support to the game so participants, organizers, and spectators can all have a wonderful digital experience sharing the event real time with the rest of the world.

Twelve of the participants belong to the Globe Triathlon Team which regularly competes in Ironman 70.3 Philippines since it started six years ago.  Team Globe expects to better their personal best in the local premier event.

This year, there will be improvements on the swim course as well as transition areas to accommodate the larger field. The slight change on the bike route presents a new challenge while the ever scorching run course will further test the athletes’ stamina.

Ironman 70.3 is an international triathlon competition that takes place in over 30 countries around the world. The event offers a unique racing opportunity to old and aspiring triathletes as it challenges them to stand out and be their best in three major endurance sports – swimming, biking, and running. Highly anticipated by over thousands of athletes and sport enthusiasts all over the world, Ironman 70.3 Philippines consists of a 1.9 km-swim, a 90-km bike, and a 21-km run.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marlon Stockinger: The Prince of Speed On Living In the Fast Lane

Marlon Stockinger a.ka. The Prince of Speed
Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger gets closer to his dream of being a Formula One driver with a recent third place win at the Nürburgring leg of the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 series.  Racing as a junior driver under the Lotus F1 Team, this victory gave Stockinger two points higher in the championship rankings, putting him at the 8th spot.

Having a notable track record and great potential, twenty-three year old Stockinger is gearing up to be the first Filipino F1 racer.

Stockinger  will compete again at the next round in Hungaroring track in Budapest, Hungary on September 13-14. This is the seventh of the nine tracks forming Renault's World Series.  The competition is a major step to qualify for the F1 series, known as the fastest and premier racing sport.

Stockinger started racing in go-karts when he was nine years old, a hobby he shared with his father. He remembers winning his first Philippine Karting Championship experience and swore then he would soon become an F1 racer.

In February 2013, he, along with six others, joined the Lotus F1 Junior Team, where they undergo rigorous training to enhance their wellness and performance as they prepare to compete in the F1 races. 

As the Prince of Speed, Marlon enjoys a fast-paced lifestyle on and off track. For someone who knows what it’s like to deal with constant travels, he finds fast and seamless connectivity as instrumental to close the gap separating him from home. “I know what it feels like to want to be constantly updated, especially if it has something to do with the people I care about. It helps me concentrate better if I know my loved ones are okay, especially during difficult times such as typhoons,” he said.

Marlon Stockinger with host Tracy Abad during his Manila homecoming
In between races abroad, Stockinger comes to the Philippines to spend time with his family and friends. Being active on social media has also made Stockinger realize the growing appreciation of Filipinos for racing.

He regularly updates his pages with stories and photos of the races and events he participates in. “Fans send me encouraging messages before I take on any race, and they’re a huge boost to my confidence. I feel more motivated and proud to carry the Philippine flag knowing I have Filipinos urging me on.”

Stockinger is honored of the support he is getting from Globe Telecom, his telecommunication partner and the exclusive business partner of the Lotus F1 Team in the country, which recently launched its 100% 3G network and 100% 4G HSPA+ infrastructure by end of third quarter this year, providing its over 42 million customers access to faster and more seamless mobile browsing.

On August 30, Globe will hold an event called “Slipstream” where fans and racing aficionados can see Stockinger driving his Lotus-Gravity Charouz Formula Renault 3.5 car around Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. 

The event will also feature Lotus F1 simulators, booths, freebies, and games in partner-establishments. The day will be capped off with a high-velocity concert and party to celebrate the milestone.

Globe: PLDT Must Connect to PHOpenIX For Faster Internet In the Phils

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Filipinos are no doubt active netizens'. We utilize almost all social media platforms there is, day in and day out and use the internet in our daily activities so much as if it is a basic need. We are not the selfie capital of the world for nothing, but that is beside the point. Despite the Philippine's active presence on the world wide web, it is sad to know that we are at the bottom of list in terms of internet speed among our Southeast Asian neighbors. However, as talks about this concern in the senate have been initiated by Sen. Bam Aquino, we might just have the good news at the end of the tunnel.  

Recently, Globe Telecom asks PLDT to make good its claim of supporting IP peering by connecting to Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX), the only internet exchange facility operated by a neutral organization, in this case, the government.

An internet exchange, such as the PHOpenIX, which is operated by the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute, allows the exchanges of Internet traffic among internet and data service providers.

Globe Telecom currently has a 10Gbps port with Vitro Internet Exchange (VIX), which is hosted by PLDT. However, Globe does not have any Internet traffic to any PLDT subscribers through VIX but only with other ISPs. “We are open anytime to peer with PLDT, as this will enhance both our customers’ web experience", a Globe representative said.

Following 3 years of opposing the National Telecommunication’s proposed mandatory IP peering policy, PLDT recently said it now supports regulator initiatives to implement IP peering, but emphasized such arrangements must be voluntary, in line with generally accepted international practice.

Under an IP peering arrangement, the internet traffic is freely exchanged between the Tier 1 ISP and each ISP provides the other partner with access to its own customers and vice versa but not to the entire Internet.

Contrary to PLDT’s opposition to IP peering in the past, Globe Telecom strongly supports the NTC’s position that a mandatory IP peering among carriers should be put in place to improve internet services in the country.  It is emphasized that an effective and reliable IP peering policy would greatly improve internet speeds in the country as it would give local ISPs like Globe a direct route to access local content for faster data interchange. Facts show that around 15% to 30% of all internet traffic in the Philippines is domestic.  This means that domestic traffic originates in the Philippines and terminates in the Philippines. The origin and destination may be as far away as across the country or as close as across the street from each other.

However, instead of remaining local, traffic is being routed externally, such as in Hong Kong and the U.S., before returning to the Philippines. This means that instead of getting routed directly between origin and destination, data is routed outwards through large ISPs that sell transit before the data is routed back to its target destination, thus causing delay in data transmission and effectively slowing internet connectivity. Thus, a direct route among local ISPs through a mandatory IP peering would greatly improve throughput and latency performance of ISPs, enhance bandwidth utilization and provide faster internet speeds.

At a recent joint hearing of the Senate committees on trade and public services, the NTC cited the lack of IP peering among local ISPs as one of factors that contribute to slower internet speeds in the country. The regulatory body pointed out that in the case of Singapore and South Korea, for instance, internet content are mostly generated internally, as a result of an effective IP peering policy, which in turn enhances internet speed.        

Friday, July 18, 2014

Libreng Tawag and Charging Stations in Albay

For those living in Albay and nearby areas  (and those whose friends and relatives residing in Albay) affected by the recent typhoon Glenda, here is a list of free charging and calling stations from Globe Telecom. Hope this helps.

Mobile Services Now Back in Typhoon Glenda Stricken Areas

Typhoon Glenda's ruins (photo credits:
Globe Telecom subscribers from areas hit by the recent Typhoon Glenda will now have something to smile about as mobile services are now back to normal. They have experienced service disruption last Wednesday due to bad weather.

Company efforts to fast track recovery process have allowed the telecommunications provider to restore services in affected areas. 

Globe services in northern Luzon and Metro Manila were generally unaffected.

To help residents in areas severely affected by the typhoon, the telecommunications provider is now providing more Libreng Tawag stations.  Globe said it added five more Libreng Tawag and Charging sites in various parts of the country on top of the facilities set up at the Daet Elevated Town Plaza in Daet, Camarines Norte yesterday afternoon.

Libreng Tawag and Charging stations are now up at the University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar; in front of Tradecom Office, Lapu-lapu St. and in front of Legazpi Public Market, Legazpi City, Albay; Merville Access Road, Paranaque City, Metro Manila; and  People’s Hall, Brgy. Poblacion,  Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila.

At the same time, Globe has identified the municipalities of Sto. Domingo and Malinao in Albay as priority areas for relief operations that will be conducted over the weekend.

Two of the areas being assisted by Globe –Sto. Domingo and Malinao, are part of the company’s community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program to help communities prepare for possible emergencies during the rainy season such as flooding, landslides, and strong winds. Other areas for assessment are the provinces of Quezon and Bataan.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mercy Corps Cash Transfer Program Gets ICT solutions from Globe

Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto, Mercy Corps Country Director Erynn Carter, and Ayala Foundation, Inc. Sr. Director for Programs Rowena Lopez

Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization recently gets information and communications technology (ICT) support from Globe Telecom in implementing a cash transfer and financial literacy program. This will be for the benefit of the 25,500 households in the Philippines that were stricken by Typhoon Yolanda, particularly inLeyte, Cebu, and Panay. 

Globe is providing Mercy Corps with ICT solutions that will aid in monitoring the disbursement of funds as well as providing financial literacy advisories to individuals through their mobile phones. The Department of Social Welfare and Development helped select the families that were invited to take part in the program.

Globe Telecom’s donated services include Text Connect subscriptions, Tattoo Myfi sticks, tablets, cellular phones, Globe BridgeCom Affinity SIM cards, and mobile postpaid subscriptions. In addition, Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) is handling the disbursement of funds raised by the Globe-initiated “Bangon Pinoy” program, which serves communities devastated by calamities. AFI envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipinos.

Since 1979, Mercy Corps has been helping people in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, Mercy Corps partners with local communities to put bold ideas into action, helping people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Indie film “Magtiwala Ka”: A Movie That Speaks of Globe Disaster Relief Efforts

behind the scenes with Direk Joric Raquiza and actress Dhen Banez
The Independent film “Magtiwala Ka:  A Super Typhoon Yolanda Story” mirrors Globe Telecom’s disaster relief efforts during the worst typhoon in Philippine history which affected thousands of Filipino lives particularly in Eastern Visayas.

“Magtiwala Ka” shows actual video footages of the typhoon’s aftermath especially how relief distribution was conducted amidst the people’s struggle to meet their basic needs such as food, water, and shelter.

Movie actress Keanna Reeves leads the cast of the movie as it presents the challenges of a Yolanda survivor and how she was able to rise above the challenges. 

Inspiration for the film stems from the actual experience of Director Joric Raquiza who also lost a home and a resort he saved up for so many years. “For me, it’s only a material loss.  I am grateful to God that my family is still alive. I would also want to thank the people who endorsed this film and believe in it,” he said.

The movie is presented by Globe and will be shown on July 16 at SM Cinemas, Robinson’s Movieworld, and Ever Commonwealth and Ortigas theaters. Advanced screening will be held on July 14.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Globe Collabs With Lotus F1

Globe Telecom has recently partnered with Formula One racing team Lotus F1 Team as it introduces its new and modern network, which has recently rolled-out 100% 3G coverage nationwide, with full 4G HSPA+ footprint by end of third quarter this year. This will give subscribers a faster mobile browsing experience in the age of smartphone revolution.

With the partnership, Globe becomes the exclusive business partner of the Lotus F1 team in the country and telecommunication partner of Filipino-Swiss Marlon Stockinger, the first Formula One racer to have placed the Philippines on the F1 radar.

Stockinger’s impressive track performance, particularly his first place finish at the Monaco leg of Grand Prix 3 Series in 2012, earned him a spot in the Lotus F1 Junior Team. He and six other promising drivers joined the Junior Team in February 2013 to undergo rigorous training that will boost their wellness and performance on their journey to competing in Formula One races. Currently, Stockinger is competing in the Renault World Series, a major step towards qualifying for F1 events.

To celebrate the partnership, Stockinger will fly to Manila on August 30, 2014 to lead the Globe Speed Day at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. The event will feature Stockinger showing off his track skills driving his Lotus-Gravity Charouz Formula Renault 3.5 race car around BGC. It is also set to be packed with thrill and excitement as Lotus F1 simulators, booths, freebies, and games in partner-establishments around BGC await racing aficionados.

Globe Telecom is the first telecommunications company in the Philippines to achieve 100% 3G coverage for its entire network, providing its customers with high-speed wireless internet for faster data interchange on their mobile devices. The telco also expects to fully equip its network with the more advanced 4G infrastructure with the HSPA+ technology by end of the third quarter this year, allowing customers to enjoy faster data connectivity even as they use bandwidth-intensive multimedia data applications such as video and photography.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Enjoy Spotify's Fun Plans and Offerings from Globe

Have you downloaded Spotify yet? It is the hottest music application today that allows you to create the soundtrack of your life and the best for your weekend. 

Globe offers plans and promos that allow you to use Spotify to the fullest—fueling your day with your favorite tunes and allowing you to explore new music. Here is where you can find the different Spotify offerings from Globe here:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tatt Awards 2014 Call for Nominations

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Tattoo, Globe Telecom’s broadband label, has just launched this year’s Tatt Awards, the country’s leading award giving body for social media which recognizes individuals who made a remarkable impact in the online space during the recent 5th Annual Social Media Day in the Philippines .

Known for acknowledging positivism especially within the digital space, Tattoo has since formed Tatt Awards as a platform for the netizens who exceed expectations and lead the social media revolution with every content that they share. 

Now on its 4th year, Tatt Awards kicks off with a Call for Nominations alongside the biggest gathering of various social media communities in the country – the 5th Annual Social Media Day on June 28, 2014 at the Samsung Hall at SM Aura.

Led by Mashable and TweetUpMNL Social Media Day will feature the Best of Online Media in the Philippines with the official hashtag “#boomPH”. It talks about the boom in the internet, social media and digital industries in the Philippines, the opportunities that come with them, their positive impact on the lives of Filipinos, and the promotion of prosperity for users and connectivity for all. As 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Philippines’ first connection to the internet, Social Media Day 2014 simultaneously pays tribute to the pioneers, remember milestones and give recognition to the digital natives who represent the future. 

This year, Tatt Awards 2014 aims to spread its reach to a wider audience even outside the Philippines. Supported by its strong partnerships with renowned international digital outlets like Mashable, Tatt Awards, takes it to the next level with the new roster of Tatt Council members, alongside major special awards for international personalities.

The Tatt Awards Call for Nominations will formally start on July 1, 2014 until July 15, 2014. Finalists will then be announced by the end of July, followed by the big awards night on August 8, 2014. Anyone who has a Facebook and/or Twitter account will be able to submit their nominations. Just visit for more details.

Kickstart is PH's Bet at GSMA Mobile Asia Expo Innovation Workshop

Kickstart Ventures, Inc. President Minette Navarrete (left) talks at the GSMA Mobile World Expo. With her in the panel are (from L-R):  Tetsuzo Matsumoto, Senior Advisor, Softbank Mobile Corporation; Guillaume Mascot, Director of Public Affairs, Alcatel-Lucent; and Paul Haswell, Partner, Pinsent Masons.  Moderator is Professor Xu Yan, Associate Dean, HKUST Business School

Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the most active early-stage investment fund in the country, represented the Philippine telecom industry at the GSMA Mobile Asia Expo innovation workshop in Shanghai, China which tackled current initiatives to foster and promote new ways of doing things.

GSMA is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system.

On the topic of "Creating Innovation from Within - Fostering Mobile Innovation," Kickstart President Minette Navarrete joined Tetsuzo Matsumoto, Senior Advisor, Softbank Mobile Corporation; Guillaume Mascot, Director of Public Affairs, Alcatel-Lucent; and Paul Haswell, Partner, Pinsent Masons in discussing some of the global and regional trends taking place in the industry. Professor Xu Yan, Associate Dean of the HKUST Business School, moderated.

The panelists also talked about the important role of innovation as well as opportunities for new business models and partnerships, and the role of the private and public sectors.

Using Globe Telecom as an example, Navarrete explained how Kickstart, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe, was created to break down barriers to disruptive innovation that could not survive inside an established telecom company.

“Kickstart challenges existing norms and takes active part in accelerating the development of robust innovation ecosystem.  Globe knows that the world is changing and it’s not enough to only be in mobile because people want to do different things.  It is important that we provide them with tools, channels, mentors and market access. Globe has all these assets, but we also know that innovation has to be moreswift, agile, and open to changing very, very fast, at a rate that a large established corporation would be hard-pressed to achieve.  That’s why Kickstart was born,” she said.

Kickstart is an incubation and investment company which helps tech startups operating in the Philippines to build robust businesses and technical foundations, as well as to scale. Kickstart does this by putting big company resources - capital, facilities, expertise, and business connections - behind the startups that it funds so they can launch faster and achieve scale and profitability sooner. These resources are available to Kickstart through its parent company, Globe Telecom, and its major shareholders, Ayala Corporation and Singtel.

According to Navarrete, large enterprises are good at driving and scaling innovation through reliable, repeatable processes but it is much less successful for the frontier areas of industry where there are higher, often unquantifiable degrees of uncertainty and risk.

Thus, Globe mandated Kickstart to spur innovation by providing digital startup companies with capital, mentorship, and market access to make it possible for large and small corporations to work together.

“Innovation requires an ecosystem approach: we must create an integrated innovation ecosystem in the Philippines.  The digital space is interesting because it can be deployed very quickly and doesn’t need huge capital, qualities that make it well-suited to starting in emerging markets, and scaling to the world.  We break down barriers by giving startups the cash to help them reduce their risks and start their entrepreneurial journey.  We build bridges by bringing in mentors and offering training that’s very specific to their needs.  We bring in the people and the large private and public sector organizations who can contribute,” she said.

Kickstart currently has 18 portfolio companies with product and services ranging from e-commerce, social enterprise, crowd sourcing, prepaid credits, party invites, skills matching, loans, online journal, clinic management, legal research, dating, bilingual educational, carpooling, travel, real estate, management tool, and loyalty promotions.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

7th Annual Adobo Cup and Football in the Philippines

Adobo Magazine’s 7th annual 5-a-side football tournament, the Adobo Cup, brought together 26 teams from various ad agencies in the Philippines to pit their skills on the field.

The 2014 Adobo Cup took place at the Gatorade-Chelsea FC Blue Pitch at Circuit Makati on June 28, 2014.

Globe Telecom supports this year’s tourney as part of the company’s CSR program “Football Para Sa Bayan,” a grassroots campaign which advocates football as a tool to transform the lives of underprivileged children through by encouraging athletic excellence and providing educational opportunities. 

Since its launch in 2013, the program has catered to more than 6,000 children around the country. By including the Adobo Cup in its efforts, Globe hopes to create strong awareness of the program’s cause, particularly among advertising specialists and those within the private sector.

Leading Globe’s Football Para Sa Bayan campaign is Chieffy Caligdong, Green Archers United left winger and Azkals midfielder. 

Here's a video of Chieffy going home to Iloilo to engage kids in football through Football Para Sa Bayan.

In addition, Globe is also donating football training equipment to FutKal FC, the beneficiary of the Adobo Cup. FutKal is a non-profit organization that promotes football in the Philippines at the grassroots level. This year’s proceeds will go to FutKal’s Field of Hope initiative to help rebuild the lives of Typhoon Haiyan survivors.

Get Unli Landline & Mobile Calls with the Upgraded Tattoo Home Broadband Bundle

Tattoo Home Broadband Bundle now lets you call over 40 million Globe and TM mobile subscribers for free.
With Tattoo Home Broadband’s upgraded bundles, all plans now come with a free landline that lets customers call over 40 million Globe and TM mobile subscribers for free! Every household is now free from expensive landline to mobile calls and can maximize this service especially for urgent calls.

“Tattoo always prioritizes what is important for every household – that is, keeping family members connected to each other. By giving our customers this type of service, all members of the family can keep each other updated without worry of an expensive phone bill. Coupled with our upgraded Fibre-Fast Tattoo Home broadband bundles, our customers can enjoy faster internet speeds with free landline to mobile calls at a more affordable price,” shares Globe Vice President for Tattoo Home Broadband Business Jurist Gamban.

 From the original price of P2299 per month, get the 5 Mbps connection for your home now for only P1599! Plan 1599 also comes with the broadband connection, a landline with free and unlimited calls to all Globe/TM numbers and a WiFi router.

Other Tattoo Home Broadband bundles are also available starting at Plan 1099 at 2 Mbps, Plan 1299 at 3 Mbps, and Plan 2499 at 7 Mbps.

To know more about Tattoo Home Broadband’s plans and its coverage in your area, log on to, call (02) 730-1010, visit the nearest Globe store or get in touch with authorized Globe Sales Agents.