Students express “Hallyu love” with fan art in Smart design contest

Young Filipinos across the country rode the Korean wave and showed their love for “hallyu” in the “K-reate for a Cause” sustainability design contest, organized by leading mobile provider Smart Communications. The campaign highlights the youth’s passion to create, and their drive to give back to their community. Students from 50 universities hopped on the K phenomenon and submitted fan art that express their passion and purpose.  

“The K-reate for a Cause design contest allows the youth to express their passion through visual art. The initiative also provides an opportunity to help causes that are close to their hearts. Just like their Korean idols, Smart encourages the youth to live life with purpose,” said Jane Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

The Korean wave or “hallyu” has gripped the Filipino Gen Z, creating a loyal fan base that follows their every move. The Filipino youth have embraced Korean idols and have supported not only their careers but their passions as well. 

Wynnona Ku didn’t expect to fall in love with Korean music. But after listening to a popular BTS beat, the Tourism major from Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) found herself expanding her playlist to include their songs. She says the diverse sounds she listens to help her in her other passion projects.  

“Music helps me to be productive. The different beats I listen to help me in generating new ideas or content. Music gives us different emotions. It can exude joy or sadness. Music enables us to express our feelings, in my case, through my visual arts,” said Ku.   

Just like how BTS’ tunes have inspired her entry called “Feel the Beat”, the youth leader also acknowledged that music has helped young Filipinos cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Ku recalled that even when the country was placed under varying degrees of restrictions, she saw her fellow Gen Z post dance videos, jam online, and create their own music to express their emotions. 

“The power of music is to inspire, influence, and give positive thoughts to everyone nowadays because of all the negativity and challenges that we are facing,” Ku added.  

Ku is among the 50 young artists whose designs have been chosen by Smart for production. Smart will print winning designs on Php 50,000 worth of merchandise. The winners can then sell these items to raise funds for their chosen beneficiaries. The designs can be printed on water tumblers, tote bags and T-shirts just to name a few. The principal designer also gets to take home a Samsung Galaxy S21, Smart Prepaid 5G SIM, Php 1,000 worth of Smart prepaid load, and a Smart Passion+Purpose mystery box.  

Smart continues to spread the “hallyu” love among its customers. Smart is giving fans who have missed out on the exclusive Smart+BTS Photo Cards a chance to win these limited edition photos through a raffle.    Partnering with Viu, Smart has launched the Smart Giga K-Video packs that allow subscribers to enjoy the best of Korean entertainment through the Viu Premium Experience. With 1 GB of data for K-videos daily, subscribers can watch the latest shows as quickly as eight hours after they were aired in Korea. They also enjoy unlimited downloads and access to all content on Viu without advertisements.

champion mental health advocacy through creative expression

PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have just launched Time Capsule Project, a virtual art festival on mental health and wellness under its Better Today program.

Through the virtual festival, the youth is encouraged to express themselves, by submitting entries in the form of drawings, paintings, poems or short stories. The top winners of Better Today’s Time Capsule Project will have the opportunity to receive from PLDT and Smart a matching donation, which they can then give to their chosen mental health organizations and advocacy groups.

The entries for the Time Capsule Project is anchored on four key mental health pillars and narrative namely, Passion and Purpose (which are things that inspire and keep us going); Resilience (things that push us to power through difficulties); Empathy (things that unite us and uplift the spirits of those in most need); and Hope (things that give light amid darkness).

As participants embark on self-reflection and create their own time capsules, they are also encouraged to dedicate matching art and thoughtful pieces for those in need within the larger community. These include the country’s health care workers who brave the frontlines and risk their lives every day in the performance of their duty to the country; vulnerable children who suffer abuse and are deprived of a happy childhood; and fellow Filipinos who struggle through lonely isolation and mental health issues due to the circumstances of the pandemic.

Better Today is PLDT and Smart’s collaborative platform for change making in the digital space. The program emphasizes the companies’ commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), particularly UN SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being. The downloadable link for the tool kit and mechanics can be found in Better Today’s social media platforms. To know more about the Time Capsule Project and the details on how to join the art festival, please follow Better Today PH at (@bettertodayph) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Starting 2021 with Twitter’s #NewYearNewList

Each new year brings a glimmer of hope for things to be better; a fresh start to rethink and focus on our interest such as fitness, a new business, or a new skill.

Last January 13 to 15, Twitter brought together creators across Southeast Asia (Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand) to bring inspiration among people on Twitter. The #NewYearNewList campaign encouraged musicians Keiko Necesario-Cubil, Coeli; artist Cyrill Acuna; and gamers Alexa Asahina and Een Mercado to create their own Twitter List featuring the accounts that inspire them and share their resolutions for the year.

They also did Q&A on Twitter to interact with their followers and to answer questions about their resolutions, goals, current activities, and anything under the sun.

Check this Twitter Moments to see the compilation of #NewYearNewList among creators and people on Twitter. If you still haven’t made your new year’s resolutions, it’s never too late. Start jotting down on paper or Tweeting your List along with the hashtag #NewYearNewList!

Top 10 planners you can get below Php 1,000

Had an almost empty planner last year? You’re definitely not alone. While it’s not yet perfectly safe to go out and plan trips and such, you might think it’s not worth to buy a new planner anymore. But isn’t it that planning your day or week allows you to prioritize, execute and analyze your tasks well? It can also actually make you feel extra productive once you cross out a task you just accomplished. We know there’s still a lot on you plate! How about giving it another shot this year?

Well, if you are looking for planners that fits your budget and style, here are some suggestions you might want to consider:

1. MUJI Monthly Weekly Planner

This planner is perfect if you are looking for a minimalist one. It is dated and has grid lines for notes. According to MUJI, it comes in different sizes and colors that you can choose from.

Price: Php 495

photos from MUJI Philippines Facebook

2. Design Your Life 2021 Planner

If you want to be completely productive and stylish, this colorful planner almost have it all! It has pocket and stickers, tabs for all important pages, monthly overview, expense tracker, cash flow, monthly reflection, health check-ins, goals, to-do list, events list, travel planner, and different monthly designs.

Price: Php 695

photos from CNS Designs website

3. Doodle Planner

If you are looking for doodle notebook and planner at the same time, this undated hardbound planner is just for you. You can choose from black or white cover and doodle all the way.

Price: It’s on sale! Get it for only Php 395

photos from filed website

4. Keepsake Planner

You must add this to cart and place order immediately! This planner is ring-binded, undated, with interior pockets and a pen loop, spacious layout, expense tracker, checklists, and progress tracker. Wait there’s more! It comes with alphabet stickers, two-way bookmark, and pocket divider. Its exterior design? Chic!

Price: Php 695 but it’s on sale! Get it now for only Php 355

photos from filed website

5. Back to Basic Planner

Being basic doesn’t have to be boring. This undated planner is said to be based on the design principles of form, fun and function. It has a clean and simple layout that will help you manage things clearly. It has tabs, lifestyle tools, organization tools, finance tools, and even social or relationship tools!

Price: Php 695

photos from CNS Designs website

6. The Paper Stories 2021 Planner

This handmade planner is the “OMG – I want one!” for ladies. This has monthly and weekly spread, sleeves to hold your receipts and notes, blank pages, and in metal binder clip. You also don’t have to worry when it comes to its durability because its cover is made of Faux Leather in Tan Brown.

Price: Php 985

7. Everyday Classic Planner

This simple, classic and straightforward planner is for anyone. Its cover is made of leather, with 235 pages inside that contains goals, note to self, footprint (where you keep track of your achievements), and monthly budget. It has two bookmarks and one band included plus it is undated. Perfect for those who are just about to start filling up their schedules on their planners. And, oh! It’s available in different colors like bare, rouge, mustard, teal, periwinkle, and more.

Price: Php 750

8. Young Adult Planner

Perfect for who? Yes, young adult.  If you are a fan of black and white, this planner will surely catch your attention, plus it won’t hurt your pockets. It is dated, has expense tracker, check-ins, 2021 ipon goals and even daily ipon tracker – again, perfect for who?

Price: Php 300

photos from Young Adult Planner Facebook

9. Limitless Planner

If you are looking for a softbound planner, this vegan leather covered planner is just right for you. It has 2 elastic closures that will keep everything in place. It also comes together with different-colored ribbon bookmarks and expandable pocket. Also, if you are looking for a vertical hourly layout with time slots, this one is what you need.

Price: Php 720

photos from CNS Designs website

10. Letterpress Planner

This planner from printcafe captured our eyes with its clean minimalistic layout. It is undated, so no pressure, guys!  It has weekly view and months spread inside. It’s available in colors Taupe, Black, Sand, and White.

Price: Php 220