SMART announces free mobile live streaming of the inauguration of PH's first 'Social Media President’ via freenet

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[28 JUNE 2016/ MANILA] - Filipinos will be able to watch the livestreaming of the June 30 inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines, on mobile and for free.

Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers nationwide will be able to do this using freenet, the free data platform of Voyager Innovations, the digital innovations unit of PLDT and Smart Communications (Smart), in cooperation with Cignal TV.

Subscribers only need to download the freenet mobile app from the Google Play Store or the SafeZone app from the Apple App Store to view the free mobile livestream of Duterte’s inauguration on June 30 and take part in the historic event no matter where they may be in the country.

The occasion also marks the launch of the new freenet brand for Voyager’s sponsored data platform, previously called SafeZone. Through freenet, users will continue to be able to access select apps and websites for free by downloading the freenet app on their phones and never worry about unintended data charges. About 70 brands and enterprises are already using the freenet platform to allow their users to access their sites and apps for free.

“Just a few weeks ago, we told our subscribers to ‘Welcome Change’. In the coming days, we’ll all be witness to the coming of that change as we welcome the new leader of our country. Smart is proud to enable Filipinos to digitally participate in this occasion using their mobile devices for FREE, through freenet,” said Ariel P. Fermin, executive vice president and head of consumer business at Smart and PLDT.

“At Voyager we see a future with no digital divide, with each and every Filipino able to take part in the emerging digital economy. Giving them free livestream access to the next President’s inauguration is a step in our pursuit toward digitally enabling our citizens from today and beyond, through game-changing digital initiatives such as the newly rebranded freenet” added Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO at Voyager Innovations.

Social Media President’

Widely dubbed as the country’s first-ever “Social Media President” for having fully utilized the power of social media during the elections, president-elect Duterte is expected to break tradition as he assumes the highest post in the land inside the Rizal Hall of MalacaƱang, instead of the usual bigger location at the Quirino Grandstand.

But despite having a more intimate venue, the incoming administration has vowed to let as many Filipinos witness the pivotal event with the aid of the same technology that helped Duterte get elected into office – social media.

With almost half of the country having access to the Internet via their mobile phones, millions of Filipinos are expected to tune in as the country welcomes a new President.


Aside from Duterte’s inauguration, June 30 likewise marks “Social Media Day” all around the world. In the Philippines, the occasion will be marked with a community event led by TweetUp Manila at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier in Taguig City, a celebration supported by Smart, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines.

With the theme “#TayoPH,” the event sets forth a reminder that social media can be used to bridge, to give a voice and to empower citizens--the way it did during the last elections.

“With the most digitally engaged elections we have witnessed so far, we have seen people use social media to advance their causes but also, sadly, to put down others with a different point of view,” added Voyager Innovations Chief Operating Officer Benjie Fernandez. “As we witness the coming of change promised by the new President, let us also remember the critical role of social media and digital innovations for social good and the socio-economic development of our fellow Filipinos.”

Through game-changing digital platforms such as freenet, Fernandez said Voyager Innovations aids in the digital and financial inclusions of Filipinos with the help of technology. Among the areas of digital life that its platforms and services are enabling include financial technology, digital commerce, rich mobile marketing, digital payments and next-generation communications. [PR]

Smart, Starmobile launch 4.5-inch PLAY Click for only P1,288

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Following the success of Smart Communication's partnership with MyPhone not long ago, selling  My28s smartphone bundle like hotcakes, unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications has partnered with another trusted Filipino smartphone brand to introduce the country’s most value-packed big screen Android phone, the Starmobile PLAY Click.

This first product offer after the company's rebrand is the perfect gift for my Mom who is yet to meet Facebook! Not at all a tech savvy, Starmobile PLAY Click will surely give Mom a wonderful digital experience without hurting a daughter's budget-maniac wallet. Lol! Plus, the smartphone's big screen will surely be friendly to the eyesight of a 75 -year- old android novice. Luveeet!


Originally sold for P2,690 at the concept stores and kiosks, this newest promo from Smart isa runaway winner at  P1,288! The Starmobile PLAY Click delivers a full experience as a dual-SIM Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphone with a 4.5-inch touch screen that is bigger and brighter than other entry-level offerings in the market today.

“With this partnership, Smart bolsters its thrust to bring the smartphone in the hands of every Filipino by offering feature-rich handsets at a very affordable price. This is our way of breaking the barriers for many of our fellowmen to enjoying a much richer mobile digital experience,”  said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head.


“While we are already very proud of what the PLAY Click can do, we wanted to sweeten the deal even further for our customers. This partnership with Smart further adds value to the already value-packed PLAY Click,” said Michael Chen, Starmobile Product Development Head.

Check out PLAY Click's spec sheet :

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Regular + Regular, Dual 3G Standby

1650 mAh Li-ion, up to 5 hours talk time

Wireless Internet and File Transfer, FM Radio, Wireless Update

2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G UMTS/WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz, HSPA+: Download up to 21.1 Mbps

1.2GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex-A7

Spreadtrum 7731C Chipset

Up to 90 hours (3.75 days) standby time

4.5-inch Multi-Touch Capacitive Screen, 480x854 pixels

Rear - 5MP with Flash, Front - 2MP, Video Capture - 720p @ 30fps

Mali 400-MP2 @ 400MHz Video Card

132.5 x 66.5 x 9.9mm, 120g

Double Axis Sensor

512MB RAM + 4GB ROM, 32GB Micro SD Max Expansion


Powered by Smart’s largest mobile network the Starmobile PLAY Click’s large screen is a joy to use with today’s top mobile games, such Clash Royale and Clash of Clans, and for binge-watching your viral videos on YouTube and blockbuster movies on iflix – aside from sharing and browsing photos on popular social media apps.

What’s more, PLAY Click comes with one Smart Prepaid SIM with FREE 1 YEAR DATA. Subscribers will receive 100MB/month, so they can enjoy Facebook, Viber, Instagram, and other apps right out of the box. And with an accumulated P100 load every month, users can also enjoy load rewards of up to P30/month for 12 months. It also comes with a FREE TNT SIM.

The Starmobile PLAY Click will be available in Smart and Starmobile concept stores and kiosks nationwide and on the Smart Online Store at beginning June 17, 2016. To avail of
Starmobile Play Click at P1,288, you will need to purchase it with a P100 Smart Prepaid load card.

Check out Smart’s latest offer at or follow its official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart). Learn more about the Starmobile PLAY Click, visit Order now via
Smart Online Store:


Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PLDT and is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider with 68.4 million cellular and broadband subscribers as of Q1 2016. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having introduced world-first wireless offerings such as Smart Money, Smart Load, Smart Padala, and the Netphone. Smart offers 3G, HSPA+, and LTE services, while its Smart Satellite service provides communications to the global maritime industry.


Starmobile is a Filipino smart devices brand established by Star Telecom Alliance Resources (STAR, Inc.), a group of telecommunications industry experts based locally and internationally. With extensive product development, sales, marketing, and customer service experience, the company caters to the needs of Filipinos by providing quality life tools and solutions.

SM City General Santos conducts Brigada Eskwela 2016

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 Recognizing the importance of education and the spirit of volunteerism, SM Supermalls has embarked on an Adopt-A-School program that is aimed at rehabilitating and improving school facilities of the different public elementary schools nationwide.

Just recently, SM Supermalls simultaneously conducted Brigada Eskwela  to  their chosen schools in their respective communities. This is part of their Employees Volunteerism Program (EVP), wherein employees pool their funds together as a way of giving back to the community.

In General Santos City, SMGS employees chose Balite Elementary School in Barangay Lagao to be this year's beneficiary of the said program. More than twenty (20)  employees volunteered to do the school's makeover: from cleaning  the classrooms to re-painting the classroom walls. Cleaning materials and health kits were also donated thereto.

“I am privileged to have been given a chance to go back here and serve my Alma Mater. I am also proud that I am an employee of SM that shows more concern to the community through this kind of activity,” shares Engr. Rose Fatima Manlangit, a BES Batch 1999 alumna who is currently employed at SM General Santos as Building Administration Officer .

Ms. Jonalyn M. Lim, the principal of Balite Elementary School was very grateful to SM that they were chosen to be this year’s Adopt-a-School recipient of SM City General Santos.

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or call (083) 878-0667.