Technical shorts: e-wallets for young people, game updates, etc.

MANILA – Here are some of the latest news and updates from the tech world.

These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News.


Canva offers back-to-school resources to make learning visually more interactive and engaging.

The graphic design platform offers thousands of printable worksheet templates that you can customize, download, and use for all grade levels for free.

It also offers design tutorials, from engaging students with presentations to designing storyboard activities.

More details are available on Canva’s website, app and social media pages.


Multimedia brand Kroma Entertainment Inc. recently welcomed global youth culture brand Complex to the Philippines with the launch of Complex PH.

The partnership with Complex has been sealed with Kroma Publishing, the digital publishing network of Kroma Entertainment Inc. Its portfolio includes titles like and FreebieMNL, as well as community partners and creators LunchboxerPH, PinoyGamer and TNC PRO ML.

Complex is part of Complex Networks, which was recently acquired by BuzzFeed Inc., and offers a portfolio of brands and IPs in fashion, food, music and pop culture.



The GCash mobile wallet recently introduced an offer for minors between the ages of 7 and 17.

Called GCash Jr., it offers a host of digital financial services and exclusive offers such as fandom offers, game vouchers and discounts, as well as access to different events.

It has a simple dashboard to access features such as online payments and Pay QR for their K-pop products, purchase of loads for their game credits and skins, and GLife for food offers and the latest fashion trends.

GCash Jr. allows young users to properly manage their finances with an e-wallet size of up to P50,000 and a limit of P10,000 for daily incoming and outgoing transactions.

Those who register will be required to submit a photo of one of the following forms of identification: student card, passport or national identity card. Their parents will also need to enter their fully verified GCash account for reference and will be asked to take a selfie with their child’s submitted ID.

GCash Jr. users must also submit a photo of their birth certificate. Once all requirements have been submitted, they will receive an SMS confirmation as a fully verified GCash Jr. user.


Grab has partnered with Coca-Cola as part of efforts to drive growth and digitalization in Southeast Asia.

The two companies will also collaborate on impact initiatives to accelerate merchant digital skills and promote convenience and an array of beverage choices for consumers.

The partnership covers six Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.



International game developer and publisher Moonton Games and world champions Blacklist International recently unveiled the latter’s Estes skin for the first time.

The Blacklist International Estes skin features a signature black and white finish with diamond detailing on the character’s outfit and scroll. The silver-haired character also shows off OhMyV33nus’ well-known “coronation pose”, as the hero is known to be his main comfort pick, which has helped the team win many tournaments.

The skin is sold for 899 diamonds.


Local crypto exchange PDAX is offering prizes worth 8 million pesos for its mobile app and web exchange verification and cashout promotions until September 30.

As part of the “It’s Raining Crypto” promotion, approximately 100P of free Bitcoin will be awarded to users who successfully verify their accounts during the promotion period. PDAX will also offer P150 worth of free Ethereum to users who make their first cashout, with a minimum of P200 during the promotion period.

Meanwhile, all PDAX users who successfully claim rewards under the verification promotion or cashout promotion can earn even more benefits. It will be giving away 250P worth of Giftaway vouchers to 10 randomly selected participants per week until the promotion ends in September.

Participants could win up to 2 raffle entries if they joined both the checkout and cashout promotions.


Procter & Gamble Philippines recently launched its P&G Limitless program and the P&G Manila Service Center (MSC) Persons with Disability (PWD) network.

The program aims to enable everyone to gain confidence in their disability, as soon as they apply and throughout their career in the company.

P&G uses software applications and their features such as live captioning and other visual accessibility tools so that hiring managers, interviewers and employees can take advantage of these features to conduct interviews, training and meetings with colleagues and candidates with disabilities.

For hearing-impaired candidates, the company can provide interpreters during interviews and onboarding activities to help candidates navigate and understand the processes.

P&G also aims to build capacity by partnering with different specialized institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Benilde Deaf School to provide basic training in Filipino Sign Language.

Recently, the P&G PWD Network also collaborated with the University of the Philippines College of Allied Medical Professions to conduct neurodiversity awareness and acceptance training for its employees.



PLDT Home tapped celebrity couple Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano for its “Do It Better” campaign, which showcases the company’s digital products and services.

Its Home Fiber plans allow users to watch shows on HBO GO, Lionsgate Play and Viu; work, study and create content; level up in their games; and enjoy the convenience of smart home gadgets.


The Pokémon Company recently announced updates to Nintendo Switch software titles Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

Players can encounter a new Pokémon in the Paldea region called Cyclizar. It has an extremely tough head and a thick, flexible tail that are not only useful for maintaining balance and absorbing shock while sprinting, but can also provide effective means to attack during battles.

Ranked Battles will return in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Players can also select modes such as casual battles and online competitions.


Shopee Philippines is launching its first-ever Ultimate Case Challenge, a business case competition open to Filipino undergraduate students around the world.

Contest finalists will have the chance to win up to 50,000 pesos. Throughout the duration of the Case Challenge, each team of 3-4 members will be invited to present their own unique ideas and solutions to a real-world challenge included in a business case brief.

Along with the opportunity to put their skills to the test, teams will also receive mentorship from Shopee leaders and the opportunity to accelerate their careers in technology through Shopee’s career development programs: the Global Leaders Program and the Apprentice.

Interested persons can register on the Shopee Philippines website until September 30.


Club Tinder has partnered with The House of Collab (THOC), an online reality show that streams live 24/7 on Kumu.

Tinder will select eight lucky members to participate in speed-matching games and activities, and four of them will then collaborate with THOC housemates to create content for Tinder.

The content that gets the most views on their respective social media pages after 72 hours will win.

The first two editions of Club Tinder, earlier in 2022, were held virtually via Zoom due to mobility and security restrictions. The first edition featured social media personalities such as Ninong Ry, Alex Diaz and Een Mercado representing foodies, fitness and gamers respectively.

The second edition featured young Pinoy artists such as Zack Tabudlo, Juan Karlos Labajo and Elha Nympha representing different musical genres and serenading Pinoy music lovers.

Registration for the latest edition of Club Tinder opened on August 10. Interested daters have until August 30 to match with the Club Tinder card in the app for the chance to be part of the speed-matching event.

The event will take place on The House of Collab’s Kumu channel on August 31.



Kapamilya stars Anne Curtis and Jane de Leon dressed up as powerful superheroes in Smart’s latest campaign video, revealing his recognition as Best Mobile Network by Ookla.

The award went to Smart after winning the fastest mobile network and best mobile coverage from Q1 to Q2 2022.


After Cebu, Sony Philippines is set to hold this year’s second workshop for hybrid wedding photographers and videographers in Manila on August 26-27.

The free in-person workshop and wedding simulation will be held at The Manila Hotel in Ermita, Manila from 1-6 p.m. on August 26-27.

Featured mentors include photographer Pilar Trigo Bonnin and videographer Jake Olasco.


UnionBank has developed UPAY, a single platform that allows businesses to fully manage the end-to-end payment and collections process.

It offers a wide selection of payment methods and channels, ranging from Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards, bank transfers and popular e-wallets like GrabPay and GCash to PCHC Paygate, Instapay QR and several OTC channels. .

UPAY can be integrated into the customer’s website or application. The system also sends real-time notifications to customers to track and reconcile payments.

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