FREE Access to social networking site for Pope’s visit by Smart and Twitter

As a public service to millions of Filipinos who want to share their Papal Visit experience online, Twitter and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have teamed up to offer unlimited access to the popular social networking app on mobile phones for free from January 15 to 19, 2015.


Under the service, all 69 million prepaid and postpaid subscribers of Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text may take to Twitter without worrying about mobile data charges, allowing more Filipinos to follow the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex), send wishes and prayers to the Pope using #DearPopeFrancis hashtag, and get real-time updates on the much anticipated apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines. 

More details of the Pope’s visit, including #DearPopeFrancis Tweets, videos, stories and the Pope’s itinerary, can be found at dearpopefrancis.ph.

With this collaboration, Smart and Twitter aim to allow more Filipinos to get involved and immerse in this historic experience with Pope Francis, who our Catholic nation hold very dear to our heart,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, president and CEO, PLDT and Smart.

Text DEARPOPE to 9999 starting January 15

Starting January 15, Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers nationwide may start their one-time registration for the free Twitter service by simply texting DEARPOPE to 9999. 

Once registered, subscribers may tweet their aspirations and messages to the beloved Pope using #DearPopeFrancis. Subscribers may also post real-time updates, upload photos, and even reach out to him through his official Twitter account @Pontifex on their mobile devices at no extra cost.

Digital footprint’ of Papal visit experience

“In the same way Pope Francis has embraced Twitter with his official account @Pontifex to reach out to more Catholics all over the world, Filipinos may use this very same platform on their mobile devices to see events unfold and join heartfelt conversations – whether they are physically present in the event or not. 

Nowhere is this service any more timely and suitable than during a momentous occasion in the world’s social media capital and Asia's largest Catholic country. Through this, we shall create and leave behind a digital footprint of our nation's Papal visit experience,” Nazareno added.

The Pope is the 2nd most followed world leader on Twitter today with over 17 million followers across his nine accounts in different languages. His Tweets are among the most popular on Twitter and are consistently retweeted several thousand times.

"Twitter is excited to partner with Smart to enable all Filipinos to get closer to the Pope and connect with the local community for this historic occasion – from expressing their hopes and prayers using Tweets with #DearPopeFrancis hashtag as well as getting real-time updates, photos and conversations in their Twitter timeline on Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the Philippines. Most importantly, join the Twitter flock and sign up now to follow the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex) during his visit, so that you can be one of the first to get the Pope’s Tweets via the Twitter app on your Smart mobile device,” said Arvinder Gujral, Director Business Development, India and SE Asia, Twitter.

With over 284 million monthly active users worldwide – 80 percent of which are on mobile – Twitter has become an essential social medium for netizens keeping an eye on real-time updates and social pulse on significant events and issues in the Philippines and around the world.

When the flock tweets

Upon successful registration, subscribers may either use the Twitter mobile app or access m.twitter.com on their mobile browser for the whole duration of the Papal visit. Subscribers have to maintain at least P1 load balance every day or be subscribed to any plan, promo or bundle to enjoy the free service.
Moreover, mobile users who are registered to the ongoing Smart Free Internet promo may enjoy the Free Twitter service on top of their 30 MB allocation.

Hordes of Filipino devotees are expected to flock to the scheduled gatherings with Pope Francis in the course of his five-day apostolic visit, the culmination of which is a big Eucharistic celebration on January 18 where over 5 million are estimated to show up and catch a glimpse of the Pope for the first time.
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Smart Prepaid X Davao City salutes 2015 with a grandiose Torotot Festival

Continuing the tradition with an even more splendid celebration as Davao City welcomes 2015 with Torotot Festival powered by Smart Prepaid. Torotot Festival was one of the greatest celebrations in the country bench-marking a creative and harmless way of welcoming the New Year.


Even with the absence of real firecrackers and other fireworks, Davao’s Torotot Festival was not a less fun and loud merriment, especially with Smart Prepaid’s ‘Live All Out’ brand of epic celebration.

Davaoeños kicked off the festivities with a parade of creative Torotot-inspired costumes that livened up the streets around People’s Park leading to Roxas Boulevard.  On the other hand, a Torotot featuring an intricate durian wood carving bested other stunning entries in the search for the most creative piece, showcasing the undeniable artistry of Davaoeños. 

Loyal and new Smart subscribers at the festival enjoyed the Torotot Festival like no other as they got the chance to win exciting raffle prizes at the Torotot Festival countdown show as well as Smart Prepaid activity booths. 

The New Year countdown program started in the afternoon with a grand hiphop dance battle among Davao City's barangays. In the end, Sta. Ana Move Struck earned the top prize with their jaw-dropping moves.

Hours before the much awaited countdown, the iconic Pinoy band “Color it Red” and renowned vocalist Luke Mejares dished out popular Pinoy songs that got the crowd singing along. 

But the cheers and shrieks of the crowd were the loudest when Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte addressed the crowd and thanked everyone, including Smart, for supporting the city's advocacy in creating a safe, peaceful New Year celebration. 


With so much enthusiasm, thousands simultaneously blew their colorful torotots at the final moments of 2014, embracing the New Year with optimism and hope. 

Throughout the celebration, everyone enjoyed snapping, posting and sharing the most awesome moments with family and friends here and abroad on the strength of Smart’s network, and its 30 MB worth of free mobile Internet to all subscribers.

As a fitting welcome to the New Year, Department of Tourism (DOT) Asst. Sec for Region 11 Arturo Bongcato unveiled its new campaign, "Visit the Philippines 2015."  Bongcato highlighted Davao City's important role in this news campaign as it continues to draw a growing number of local and foreign tourists every year for its natural wonders, rich culture and joyful festivals.

To stay updated with Smart events and promos, simply follow Smart’s official accounts:
Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications)
Twitter (@SMARTcares). 
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Davao City, Smart Prepaid present Torotot Festival 2014

Davao City – After setting a dynamic milestone of the Most Number of People Blowing Party Horns simultaneously at the Guinness Book of World Record last year, recorded a total of 7,568 individuals joining over Japan's 6,900 persons only. Davao is again gearing for another fantabulous merriment of Torotot Festival in partnership with Smart Prepaid.


After firecrackers, which have been banned in Davao City since 2002, Torotot Festival is truly the greatest alternative to promote safety and a more fun way of celebrating New Year.

This year, Torotot Festival is set to be the grandest and loudest New Year celebration in Davao City; happening at Roxas Avenue Freedom Park on December 31 just to give Davaoeños the biggest party of 2014.

The event starts at 5 p.m., with the city’s best dancers dishing out their best moves for the Inter-barangay Hip Hop Dance Contest. Plus the most awaited performances from renowned vocalist Luke Mejares and top alternative rock band Color It Red. On the other hand, a rousing street party led by DJ Big will usher everyone into 2015 full of positive vibes and energy.


Also, festival-goers will have a chance to win hundreds of prizes in on-stage games and fun contests such as the search for the Most Creative Torotot Contest and the Most Creative Torotot-inspired Costumes.


By simply loading up their mobile number via designated agents, new and existing Smart Prepaid subscribers may enjoy the Torotot Festival show and get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes, take home premium items including a free Torotot, as well as participate in the activities at Smart Prepaid booths.

So geared up your self and have a merrier Christmas with Smart Prepaid for Davao City's Torotot Festival. See you all there!
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Microtel General Santos' Countdown to 2015

Celebrating the New Year brings a fresh start full of opportunity, new leaves and blank slates. How will you celebrate?

Plenty of New Year's Eve parties to suit every taste spring up across General Santos City,  which can make deciding where to spend the evening. Others will just stay-at-home, while some might out for a fun staycation. Well, Microtel by Wyndham – General Santos is the best place to go.

Savor mouth-watering cuisine, an open bar, entertainment from a host of live bands and DJs and more as you toast the arrival of 2015 at Microtel – General Santos. Not to mention, after GenSan witnessed a four-day pyrotechnic showcasing this Christmas,  be prepared for another set of fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight.


Apart from this awaited most happening, hold on to your buckle for more surprises to be revealed on the said date. But how can you indulge with us? Simply, in line with the celebration, catch big discounts on rooms:
  • Double Room – 3,750php
  • Suite Room – 4,750php
Inclusions:
  • Overnight stay
  • Breakfast for 2
  • New Year’s Eve dinner for 2
Dinner is on December 31, 2014 at 7pm to 9pm.
  • Dinner only: 1,500php per guest
For more details, kindly contact Microtel by Wyndham - General Santos at:
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SM City – GenSan Grand Year-end Party presents FREESTYLE Band and DJ TOM TAUS

In celebration of the yuletide season, SM City - General Santos is gearing a dashing year-end party featuring the renowned Pinoy rock- R&B band, FREESTYLE and the former child actor, DJ TOM TAUS.


Don’t ever miss this magical merriment of shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

FREESTYLE band was dubbed as the Most Popular Group Entertainer by Gulliermo Awards in 2002 and one of the premiere bands in the Philippines. They were the makers of hit songs such as “So Slow” and “Before I Let You Go”. FREESTYLE has a soulful sound, influenced by rhythm and blues and urban music.


After 14 years of leaving the country to migrate to the United States, former child actor TOM TAUS is back in the Philippines. TOM TAUS has been making a name for himself in Hollywood as a DJ and known as “DJ Tommy T” to Los Angeles Club Crowd.


Catch them all this December 30, 7pm as you also enjoy the extended mall hours until 10 o’ clock in the evening. Get entertained with their world-class voice and international-caliber stage performance and witness the Magical Fireworks Display at The Roof Deck of SM City General Santos.

For updates and inquiries, check-out SM CityGeneral Santos (Official) on Facebook, or call (083) 878-0667.
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