I’m a big fan of mobile payments. I don’t usually bring huge amount of cash with me as I find it quite risky. That’s why I was very pleased when I knew that Globe radically revamped and supercharged their rewards program for subscribers – technically giving more value to existing rewards points or balance.

Last Saturday was wife and siblings 3D World War Z movie date. Confident that my available rewards points would suffice, I volunteered that I’d pay for their movie tickets at Trinoma Cinemas. Upon checking my rewards balance (by sending ‘Bal’ to ‘4438), I felt a bit embarrassed when I saw that I’ve got less than 1,200 points left – technically short by 300 points or PhP300.

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And then it dawned on me, my dad has been a long time user of Globe so he probably has lots of Globe rewards left. So, I asked my dad with a smile and asked if he could spare some virtual moolahs (which I believe he wouldn’t even use) in exchange for my oompa-loompa services for 1 week. As expected, my dad didn’t twitch and simply say “Sure”. This is exactly what I did next…. twice:

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You can actually share your rewards points to your family friends. Take note though – you are only allowed to do 5 share/transactions per day, and you will charged PhP1/transaction.

Satisfied and felt accomplished, we hurried to Trinoma and went straight to the ticket booth and purchased 5 tickets using my Globe Rewards. Purchasing tickets using my rewards points wasn’t actually cumbersome. The lady at the booth was very helpful and even showed a guide on how to purchase the tickets.

Globe Rewards

Globe Rewards

Be sure to check for your rewards balance prior to purchasing anything with your Globe Rewards. When purchasing tickets at Trinoma, simply type:

BUY<SPACE>9175880745<SPACE><POINTS>

Send to 4438

You have to remember though that merchant number may vary. The number you see above may only be applicable to Trinoma Cinemas. Also, be sure that you won’t be able to do any Globe Rewards transactions if you have an overdue balance.

The supercharged rewards system of Globe definitely offers seamless and easy cashless transactions for prepaid and postpaid subscribers. While I find it good, it does not mean that it’s already perfect. As a matter of fact, I’ve got a wishlist for it – I hope that Globe would look at considering the following:

  • While GlobeRewards Transactions can be done via SMS and USSD, it only has a dedicated app for iOS. Globe might want to develop an Android App for this service. There are lots of startup tech companies that can help them develop/create one.
  • Globe should come up with a microsite dedicated for Globe Rewards where subscribers can find the latest trends and merchants that offer products and services. Having said that, Globe should consider tapping more merchants. To date, Globe only has the following companies (with corresponding minimum points requirements:
    • Ayala Mall Cinemas: 100 points
    • Figaro Coffee Company: 50
    • Wendy’s: 50
    • Petron: 50
    • Enchanted Kingdom: 100
    • Sunglass Hut: 300
    • Rose Pharmacy: 50
  • Globe Rewards must be seamlessly integrated to Sureseats as one of the payment options.
  • How about providing free Globe Rewards card with NFC to those who have accumulated more than 1,000 rewards points? Such can be used to pay much easier by simply tapping it to payment terminals.

How about you guys? Have you tried using your Globe Rewards? Please use the comments below and share us your thoughts.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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