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[With Video] A Great Way To Use Gcash App To Help The Environment: GCash Forest eyes 365 thousand trees planted In 365 days

Filipinos who want to contribute to environmental preservation can now conveniently use an innovative mobile phone app to help plant trees and increase the Philippines’ forest cover. 

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Leading mobile wallet, GCash, Is introducing an exciting ”green” feature on the app called GCash Forest, which lets subscribers plant virtual trees that will have real-Iife counterparts. By the end of 365 days, GCash Forest aims to plant 365 thousand trees with the help of GCash subscribers. 

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Forest Management Bureau (FMB), the Philippines is losing 47,000 hectares of forest cover every year. The FMB also reported the need to rehabilitate 1.2 million hectares of forest lands by 2022 to prevent landslides, ensure water availability, and preserve biodiversity. 

“GCash Forest is about making it easier, more convenient, and even rewarding for everyone to take care of our environment for the benefit of future generations,” said Mynt CEO Anthony Thomas. ”GCash is no longer just providing an excellent platform for accessible financial products and services but also enabling Filipinos to be more active in responding to real-life issues, such as climate change mitigation through reforestation. " 

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GCash considers GCash Forest as a last mile initiative that fully recognizes the emergence of an all-digital Filipino lifestyle. 

To implement its tree-planting initiatives, GCash Forest partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). The DENR will provide land resources in lpo Watershed, an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system supplying 98 percent of Metro Manila's water. WWF will be providing trees and manpower while BIOFIN will provide expertise on monitoring. 


Thomas added that recent findings on the Philippines’ vulnerability to climate-related hazards call for greater collective action. Results of the Global Peace Index 2019 identified the Philippines as the most susceptible country to the adverse effects of climate change. By leveraging the GCash platform and scale, GCash Forest aims to rally a coalition of individuals, non-government organizations, and international organizations to meet its 2020 targets. 

To plant trees through GCash Forest, GCash users need to collect ”green energy" by frequently using the app. Users who get enough green energy can choose which species of trees they want to plant in a selected area at the lpo watershed. Once the trees are physically planted, users get to receive a certificate of ownership with a serial number, fun facts and updates on the growth of their trees on their GCash apps. ”Many Filipinos, especially the younger ones, care about the environment but a lot of them don’t know how they can actively take part in environmental protection. This is a barrier that GCash Forest addresses because they only need to use their smartphones-an already integral part of their daily lives-to make a difference,” concluded Thomas. 


The new feature is inspired by Alipay Ant Forest, a product operates by Ant Financial, an Alibaba affiliate n e parent company of the world’s leading payments and lifestyle platform, Alipay. Via the mobile platform, more than 500 million users have planted 100 million real trees and advanced a shared vision of sustainable and inclusive development. 

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“The GCash Forest shows digital technology holds a huge power to mobilize people in support of sustainable development and the fight against climate change. And this power goes beyond border and is at our fingertips through our mobile devices,” said Yan Meng, Ant Financial’s Global Head of International Partnerships. “We’re more than happy to open up our technology and expertise to current and potential partners to make the world a better place.” 


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OPPO Officially Launches the F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition at its First Ever Pop-up Store in BGC

OPPO officially launched the new F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition smartphone in what can be considered as a Marvel fan’s dream collector’s item, alongside the grand opening of OPPO’s first ever pop-up store in BGC.

Officially opening its doors, OPPO’s first-ever pop-up store is a must-visit for all. Once you step inside, you’ll be transported into a music-lover’s paradise with its vinyl theme. Guests can play records while checking our OPPO’s latest and most powerful F series to date – the OPPO F11 series. Guests can try for themselves the unique and powerful features of the OPPO F11 Pro, the OPPO F11, and the latest OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition smartphone. To also celebrate the launch of this limited edition smartphone, the pop-up store was transformed into a Marvel haven for one night.

The guests enjoyed the different Marvel-inspired activities around the pop-up store. Some hardcore Marvel fans even cosplayed in different Avengers characters - Thor, Captain America, Gamora and Iron Man. To further the excitement of the Marvel fans in attendance, OPPO raffled off one F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition smartphone, movie tickets to the blocked screening of Avengers: Endgame, and special Avengers merch gift box. 

The OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition comes in a unique design called Space Blue. The back cover features a design inspired by Captain America’s armor - The bold red Avengers “A” collides with the blue background in OPPO’s signature gradient effects to form the attractive red-blue color-blocking. A customized wallpaper featuring the magnificent Avengers logo completes the look. It also comes with a Captain America-themed case with a central-located finger ring, inspired by Captain America’s iconic shield.

Moreover, each F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition box comes with a stamped collector’s badge, a great addition to any Marvel fan’s collection. To complete the limited edition offering, the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition comes in an exquisitely crafted premium black color box bearing the Avengers emblem.

The powerful features of the OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition seal the deal. It sports a 48MP low-light rear camera that can take photos with clarity no matter the situation. It also has the VOOC flash charge 3.0 which brings lightning-like charging speed, allowing users to go from 0 to 100% in 80 minutes. Smooth performance is made possible by its upgraded storage of 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, coupled with OPPO’s full scene, system-level resource scheduling optimization solution, Hyper Boost.

All in all, with the OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition, both the appearance and the function can be considered to be the perfect companion for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame fans. The OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition smartphone is priced at PHP19,990 and Filipino Marvel fans can pre-order their own unit starting April 26 in selected OPPO concept stores and Lazada. It will officially be available on Lazada and in 10 concept stores in Manila on May 4, and will arrive in Luzon, Davao, and Cebu later.

“Assemble the Power”, this OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition aims to not only salute Super Heroes, but also acknowledge OPPO global users. Check out www.oppo.com/ph for more information.