SMART enlists Chris Evans in “Live Smarter for a Better World” campaign

If there is one campaign that can jolt me back into blogging – it is this one. I gotta say – SMART just topped their own impressive line-up of international celebrities. Of course, this is no surprise as they teamed up with PublicityAsia who made a Superstar line-up for clothing brand Penshoppe with a roster that includes Zac Efron, Mario Maurer, and One Direction.

As SMART’s first-ever Hollywood A-List brand ambassador, Chris is the perfect face for their “Live Smarter for a Better World” campaign. Who better can inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society and encourage people to ignite their passions to help change the world for the better than Captain America himself.

“There’s nothing like the current challenges the world is facing to make us all realize that we are all interconnected and that our personal actions have broader impact. Through our “Live Smarter for a Better World” initiative, it is our aim to create that spark in everyone to help change the world for the better rather than just settling for ‘good’,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart Communications’ President and CEO.

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Earn rebates when you pay your bills with PLDT-SMART’s MVP Rewards Card


There are hundreds of rewards cards in the market right now. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating but it feels that way whenever I check out my mom’s wallet. Personally, I only use the one that earns points from flights but everything else seem like a nuisance because I get to redeem the points from specific stores only.

Then comes the MVP Rewards Card for PLDT, SMART, SUN, and TNT subscribers. More than just a rewards card, this doubles up as a prepaid debit card that lets you earn points that are good as cash and lets you redeem them wherever VISA is acceptable here and even abroad. You can even use it as a tap card when paying for toll fees in the Cavite Expressway.

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SMART announces the November 17 release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

For those who couldn’t wait for the release of the Apple X here in the Philippines or at least not want to spend for the premium price tag of Apple’s anniversary phones, you will be able to pre-order the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus beginning Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Smart Online Store ( and Smart Stores nationwide. The phones will be available starting November 17th.

With the incoming holidays, it is almost a bad idea to spend all of your bonus on a new gadget. SMART understands this and so they make it really easy for anyone who is in dire need of an upgrade or even those who were always held back from getting an iPhone because of the price to get an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8Plus! With SMART postpaid, you can charge to your monthly bill the total plan inclusive of the device cost. This means NO CASHOUT and NO NEED FOR A CREDIT CARD! Just pay for your selected plan (1499, 1999, 2499, 2999) plus the device in 24 monthly installments added to your bill.

On top of this, you get the nation’s fastest LTE connection per Open Signal, more data allocation and your selected free app that’s interchangeable monthly, and a one-month gadget shield for butterfingers out there to cover for any accidental damage and even theft.

Stay online while traveling abroad via Smart Travel Wifi

Smart Travel Wifi

Anyone who travels would tell you that the most important thing to secure before any trip is a reliable data connection. Apart from being able to connect with friends and family via your social media accounts, it is imperative that you have ready access to maps, translator apps, or even just to image search that item that you are having a hard time describing to a local due to language barriers. Once, I had to show a waitress in Hong Kong an image of Coke as I thought she did not understand me when I was ordering because she kept saying “Cora, Cora”. Turns out that what she meant was Cola after we agreed on the google image that I showed her.

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SMART powers the country’s biggest Esports event – Manila Masters 2017

Filipino gamers and fans are set to level up their gaming experience like never before as Smart powers Manila Masters, the country’s biggest international Esports tournament, dishing out awesome treats and experiences for subscribers.

Spearheaded by Mineski Events Team and backed by ESL Gaming, the premier gaming event will gather eight of the best DOTA 2 teams from around the world to battle it out for the lion’s share of the USD250,000 prize pool at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on May 26 to 28, 2017. The celebrated squads include EG, OG, Newbee, Team Secret, Invictus Gaming, Team NP, Faceless, and the Philippines’ very own representative, Clutchers. 

Win tickets, exciting prizes

Aside from the tournament, Manila Masters 2017 will gather some of the best shoutcasters from all over the world, and feature side activities such as a meet-and-greet with the participating teams, a cosplay competition, and exciting games. Smart users can get a chance to be part of the awesome spectacle and score Manila Masters tickets by following Smart’s official accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@LiveSmart).

Moreover, gamers and fans headed to Manila Masters 2017 can get a chance to take home exciting prizes at the DOTA 2-themed Smart base, where cosplayers will bring to life popular DOTA 2 heroes and showcase life-size items from the game.

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Get a SMART MASTERCARD when you download a Paymaya App

We live at a time when owning a debit/credit card is a must. Whether you are a professional who does not have the time to queue up at a neighborhood Bayadcenter just to pay bills, a student learning how to budget his allowance and pay for his own Spotify and iFlix subscriptions, or just about anyone who wants to avoid the armageddon of shoppers at a mall sale or the holiday rush – having the option to just conveniently do transactions online is an absolute necessity. 

One major hindrance in getting a bank-issued card for a regular Juan used to be the strict ID requirements and the KYC process. SMART in partnership with PAYMAYA eliminates this process and makes it easy for anyone with a smartphone to have a virtual debit card. All you need to do is download Paymaya via App Store or Google Play, register by providing your SMART, SUN or TNT number and voila, you have a SMART-Paymaya Debit Mastercard. You can load this up simply by transferring funds from your BDO or Unionbank accounts, through hundreds of SMART Padala centers, SM and Robinsons Malls, 711, and MiniStop branches nationwide. 

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Manage your SMART prepaid and postpaid account on the improved My Smart App


It is very important these days to have a fast and reliable mobile service. Just as important is being able to easily keep track of your usage so you don’t run out of juice when you need it the most. With SMART, I can be at any Starbucks in the Metro working while watching the latest episodes of Mr. Robot on iFlix or I can be traveling to Baguio hunting Pokemons and I still get the same stable mobile data connection. I can track via My Smart app how much data I have left, check my balance, sign-up to promos and add-ons, and even top-up my credit making sure that I get through all my planned activities with no interruptions.

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The biggest theater event of 2016: Les Misèrables in Manila


After Mamma Mia, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera – I have always said that the only other foreign musicals that I will be going out of my way for, should they come to Manila, are The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables.

On March 2016, I am about to tick one of my dream musicals off my list as producer Cameron Mackintosh announced via press release, “After its Sydney and Brisbane run, I’m delighted to be bringing this new version to Manila in March, with a wonderful cast that includes the current London star playing Fantine, acclaimed Philippine actress Rachelle Ann Go…”

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