Truly, traditions are essential in every culture. It creates different experiences for everyone. Take Filipinos, for example… the Christmas season is, no doubt, one of the most celebrated traditions across the county. To my knowledge, the Philippines celebrates Christmas the longest in the world. Malls, establishments and even homes are already adorned with holiday decor and decked out in merry colors as early as September.
But hey… whether it’s the annual Christmas dinner, holiday gift shopping, or getting away and heading off to wonderful destinations, the true meaning of the season is anchored on togetherness. Agree? Some of us may be oceans apart but our love for one another brings everyone closer.
And just because times are changing fast doesn’t mean our old traditions are going away anytime soon. On the contrary, today’s digital lifestyle allows old traditions to be relived and made even more exciting! How? Through the use of technology, of course. By turning these traditions into new ones, using the latest digital trends from Globe and allowing everyone to create new memories for a lifetime with the people who matter the most.
According to Globe President and CEO, Ernest Cu, Christmas is all about spreading cheer and creating new memories. They are happy to be part of every Filipino family’s celebration and enable them to create new traditions that will last them for many more holiday seasons to come.
During the recently held Wonderful World with Globe XII at the Globe Iconic Theater which coincided with a spectacularly wonderful Christmas thanksgiving dinner followed by a presentation of Globe Studios & 9Works Theatrical’s incredible musical entitled, “A Christmas Carol”, the awesome people of the country’s leading telco announced a ton of surprises to the delight of guests and customers alike.
It’s the most wonderful Christmas only with Globe
Personalized healthcare for your family
Health is a bag full of wealth. Globe in partnership with Unilab brings fresh opportunities to ensure the wellness of your family no matter the distance. For Overseas Filipinos, they can purchase RiteMed medicines at Philippine prices and have it delivered to their dependents back home. Unilab leverages on the telco’s existing distribution points in Hong Kong that Filipinos can readily call or visit for their orders. Unilab’s retail partner, MedExpress, ensures the fulfillment of the orders. Globe also provides the international hotline support for its overseas customers.
Convenience and health goes hand in hand with KonsultaMD, a 24/7 online health consultation service manned by licensed Filipino doctors. It’s accessible anytime, and you get legitimate answers to all your health questions. The comfort of knowing that your family’s health concerns can be answered anytime throughout the day or night, gives you peace of mind this holiday season.
Staying in touch is also made more memorable through e-Gifting. With SariSariPH, Filipinos overseas can send e-gift cards via email and SMS to treat their families to a special treat or shopping.
Holiday binge-watching right on your mobile
Globe gives new ways to enjoy mobile content from sports, entertainment, games and music. NBA for one, with its partnership with Twitter gives customers access to exclusive programs, streamed live on the social media site. Globe is the first advertising partner in Asia for the NBA Live programs that will exclusively air on Twitter.
Watching movies and series are made more convenient too with Globe Studios and HOOQ. This collaboration brings the most-awaited, star-studded series, On The Job (OTJ). A spin-off from the original On The Job blockbuster hit by Erik Matti, the OTJ crime thriller series will be available on HOOQ early 2017.
Globe also introduces its first step in offering digital learning to millions of its customers by supporting YouTube Kids — a family-friendly app built with parents and children in mind. Families can now enjoy YouTube Kids with seamless connection from Globe, whether at home or on-the-go. You can bond with your kids and family right in the comforts of your own home.
On gaming, the partnership with Globe and Niantic has resulted to 340 new Pokestops in select Globe reload stations and 241 gyms in Globe stores. Both companies continue to work closely to give customers an even richer Pokemon Go experience. Some of the things to look forward to include exciting Pokemon merchandise that will be available in Globe stores in time for Christmas.
Finally, Globe also welcomes its latest partner, Tribe. Tribe currently offers live and on-demand content with a wide selection of Korean entertainment shows from KBS world and tvN, anime shows from Aniplus, LIVE e-Sports events via eGG channel, and action and Asian Thriller programs from KIX and Thrill channels. The brand aims to go beyond being just a platform for fans to watch their shows by creating immersive experiences for the different communities through events, contests, and viewing parties for like-minded individuals to connect. Tribe is now available for a 30-day free trial and for just P30/week or P69/month afterwards.
Last minute gift shopping done in a jiffy
Gift-giving is a tradition that Filipinos make during the holidays. Everyone braves the streets of Manila with the crazy traffic and the long lines in the mall just to buy that perfect present.
The holidays are made more festive through Globe myBusiness’ DigiMall, powered by Shopify. It’s now easier to purchase gifts for your family and friends through these online shops. Customer can browse through items even on mobile! Globe myBusiness will even help you start your very own online shop through its partnership with Shopify and its slew of digital solutions for the modern entrepreneur.
Gift-giving is also made easier with wonderful holiday offers up for grabs with Globe Rewards points. Globe customers can easily purchase their favorite H&M items with up to 50% off on selected items from December 19 to December 31, 2016.
Entrance to Palace Pool club events is also covered with Globe Rewards and customers can bring up to 2 guests each for free from December 15 to 31. One can also get Php200 off their GrabCar rides from November 25 to December 31 by using the promo code GLOBEREWARDS.
Relive the Christmas classics right at home
Nothing beats family time at home during Christmas. Create new ways to entertain your family and make them come home to wonderful with Globe Broadband.
You can now create your own plan, or you can choose from all the bundles available. These bundles come with a device, whether it be a 40-inch Full-HD Smart TV, Chromecast, or Playstation 4. You can enjoy wonderful content such as Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA League Pass FREE for 6 months.
More wonderful experiences to share with the family
On its second major collaboration, Globe LIVE and 9Works Theatrical bring to life Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol. A timeless musical show, Menken & Ahren’s version of The Christmas Carol musical is set to give the audience an unforgettable show accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra. With its wonderful songs and touching story, Filipinos can now have a new holiday tradition to look forward to.
Star Wars Rogue One is also set to be a certified hit as it premieres in theaters on December 15. Apart from exclusive block screenings, Star Wars fans can also dress in galactic fashion with the new limited Star Wars apparel only available at the Globe ICONIC store. Reservations are accepted as there are only limited pieces per design. Interested customers can just go to the Globe ICONIC store.
With the confirmation of Coldplay’s concert, fans are in for some exciting on-ground events as the country counts down to the most awaited show on April 4, 2017. To start the Adventure of A Lifetime with Coldplay, Globe will host a series of #GlobeColdplay Sessions for everyone to experience Coldplay and their music in full technicolor with a day full of arts, activities, and performances from well-known artists in the music industry.
Lastly, Filipinos are in for an exciting 2017 ahead as the leading internet television network, Netflix, will soon premiere the story of the turbulent lives of the characters in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Globe Broadband customers get 6 months free access to binge-watch with friends and family. Customers who get a new myLifestyle postpaid plan with a Huawei GR3, P9, or Mate 8 also get 6 months free access.
Just when you thought the merriest season of the year couldn’t get any better, Globe surprises us with more treats and great news. Indeed, Globe makes new traditions this Christmas for you and your family. So, spread the news and make this holiday season truly wonderful.