The Real Life Passions of Generation-Y

Having the right balance between career and lifestyle can be challenging for many people, but for Philam Life Financial Advisors, it is possible to work at their own pace, and enjoy the perks of the career, which allows them to get as much out of the job as they put into it.

In a power-packed launch party event, dubbed as, “Ignite! The Real Party Never Stops,” Philam Life launched its new Next Generation campaign that celebrates the successes of young Financial Advisors, who take pride in having chosen a career that supports and complements their individual passions. They officially unveiled its Next Generation video, its maiden issue of Ignite! Magazine, and an exclusive first look at an up and coming new and exciting online community.

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​Host Joyce Pring digitally flips through the pages of Ignite’s first issue

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​Ms. Anagel “Jay” Ledesma, Philam Life’s Chief Agency Officer poses with the first issue of Ignite


Here, Philam Life featured 13 young, passionate Next Generation Champions who have discovered how it is to take charge of a successful career while doing the things they love.  Among them was Aileen Palmes, who felt fulfilled in ruling her world. Her love for ballet taught her what it truly means to love what she does and she applies it now with her passion for her career.

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​The Philam Life Gen Y Champions

Another featured Champion was Timothie Sy, who developed a winning mindset, attitude and discipline from his training as a Financial Advisor. He takes this with him wherever he may be in the world and in whatever situation he may find himself in. Aileen and Timothie, together with the rest of the Champions, walked down the catwalk as styled by celebrity stylist Carla Villanueva and presented by the very talented host Joyce Pring.

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​Philam Life’s Gen Y Champions: Timothie Sy and Aileen Palms

Speaking at the party event was Philam Life CEO Axel Bromley who recognized the amazing power of the Next Generation and reaffirmed that being a Philam Life Financial Advisor fits the lifestyle of this young and driven generation. “I admire how millennials are finding their place in Philam Life as Financial Advisors. Philam Life provides them an opportunity to ‘work to live’ rather than ‘live to work,’ while enabling them to pursue their real life passions,” he enthused.

Bromley explained that being a Philam Life Financial Advisor means more than just a career. “It’s a way of life that allows members of the Next Generation to ignite their passion and achieve their dreams while changing lives and making real life plans happen.”

“Ignite!” was held at Valkyrie, one of the most popular clubs in the metro, where the crowd danced to the music of Club Master DJ Euric, and enjoyed unforgettable moments captured by hotshot photographer Inez Moro.

To discover exciting opportunities in Philam Life, please call (02) 526-9456 or visit www.RealLifePassion.com.ph.

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The Philippines is Bosch’s fastest growing market in Southeast Asia

„ Sales growth of 45 percent to USD 42.5 million (32 million euros) in 2014

  • „ Bosch celebrates 20-year anniversary of Manila office
  • „ Local operations for Drive and Control division established
  • „ Typhoon Yolanda reconstruction projects completed

Manila, Philippines – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, closed its 2014 fiscal year with USD 42.5 million (32 million euros)* in consolidated sales in the Philippines. Compared to the year before, the company achieved a double-digit growth of more than 45 percent, making the Philippines the fastest growing market for Bosch in Southeast Asia.

The strong growth is based on the successful performance of the company’s power tools and automotive businesses, along with significant contributions from its security systems business which formally established local operations in 2014. As of April 2015, Bosch had increased its workforce in the Philippines to nearly 400 associates.

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(2) R-L Bosch Philippines Automotive Aftermarket Country Sales Manager Paolo Duarte, Bosch Philippines Managing Director Andrew Powell, Bosch Philippines Power Tools Country Sales Director William Go

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our office in Manila, Bosch remains strongly committed to the Philippine market through continued product and service diversification, employment growth, compelling social and sustainability programs, trainings, and partnerships,” said Andrew Powell, managing director of Bosch in the Philippines. “For 2015, we expect further sales growth in the country based on an increased demand for our innovative products ‘invented for life’,” Powell added.

Recognized as the Philippines’ most competitive city and dubbed by the United Nations as one of nine ‘Emerging Cities of Tomorrow’, Cagayan de Oro is earmarked as the third Bosch business hub location outside of Metro Manila, set to open before the end of the year. The up-and-coming city provides easy access to a large concentration of markets in Northern Mindanao, including mining and energy. In 2013, Bosch expanded its operations into Visayas and Mindanao with the opening of its Cebu and Davao business hubs respectively.

Positive development across all business sectors

Buoyed by robust investments in the property development market, Bosch´s Consumer Goods business sector achieved its eighth consecutive year of double-digit growth in the Philippines. To tap on the country’s growing DIY market, a new line of rotary tools was introduced in 2014 under the Dremel brand.

The Mobility Solutions business sector, formerly known as Automotive Technology, experienced a double-digit sales increase in the Philippines compared to the year before. The sector expanded its distribution network and broadened its product portfolio in the country to include gasoline systems components and batteries. In addition, the number of Bosch Car Service and Diesel Centers has been increased to a total of 40 workshops over the course of the year.

The Energy and Building Technology business sector encountered an encouraging 2014, with its Security Systems division securing notable projects within its first year of local operations. Dubbed as the world’s largest indoor arena, the Philippine Arena in Bulacan boasts of 28 hangs of line array speakers and 56 passive loudspeaker systems – which makes it one of the division’s largest projects to date. The Security Systems division also installed 2,000 public address and background music speakers in the City of Dreams, a prime hotel and entertainment development project in the heart of the nation’s capital. Both projects utilized solutions under the Electro-Voice pro-audio equipment brand.

In 2015, the Industrial Technology business sector will commence local operations of its Drive and Control division. Specializing in linear motion for industrial applications, the division will begin making its line of machinery available to the Philippine market under the Bosch Rexroth brand.

Rebuilding the community

Bosch embarked on Tindog Pilipinas, a rebuilding program for Typhoon Yolanda- stricken communities. The program included the construction of an elementary school and a library in Daanbantayan, Cebu, which were completed in late 2014. At the beginning of June 2015, Bosch Philippines inaugurated a computer laboratory for Alang-Alang Agro-Industrial School, and a math and science center for Alang-Alang National High School, under its Tindog Pilipinas initiative.

An industrial center for Tanauan II Central School in Leyte will be completed and turned over in early July. Furthermore, Bosch will be working closely with the schools to develop learning modules suitable for K-12 applications in the coming months.  2014 also saw the completion of Bosch’s Paint The Town Red project, through which Bosch constructed basketball courts for underserved barangays nationwide, turning over the 56th court in Yolanda-stricken Tacloban City.

Bosch Group business outlook for 2015

The Bosch Group expects global sales to grow within an exchange rate-adjusted range of 3 to 5 percent in 2015.

Speaking at the company’s recent annual press conference in Germany, the Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said: “Our economic and technological strength in established business fields is enabling us to tap into new market segments.” Web-enabled products and internet-based services are one of the focal points of the company’s future business. “We are driving connectivity forward in all our business sectors and playing an active role in shaping it,” Denner added.

In 2014, Bosch launched many new products and connected solutions, including software solutions for smart heating systems and buildings as well as for connected industry and connected mobility. With the complete acquisitions of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, Bosch has strengthened its position in the fields of smart homes and automated driving.

In Asia Pacific, Bosch grew its sales 17 percent (19 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects) in 2014, to USD 14.3 billion (13 billion euros). At just under 27 percent of total sales revenue, the region’s share of sales reached a new high. Sales growth was especially strong in China, rising a nominal

27 percent to USD 7 billion (6.4 billion euros). The company achieved a year on year sales growth of around seven percent in Southeast Asia by generating USD 893 million (672 million).

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Philam Life’s newly-elected CEO J. Axel Bromley visits IC

Courtesy Visit to IC

Insurance Commissioner Atty. Emmanuel Dooc (center) shakes the hand of newly-elected Philam Life CEO J. Axel Bromley (right) who made a courtesy call together with former Philam Life CEO Estelito Madrid, Jr. (left).

Insurance Commissioner Atty. Emmanuel Dooc (center) shakes the hand of newly-elected Philam Life CEO J. Axel Bromley (right) who made a courtesy call together with former Philam Life CEO Estelito Madrid, Jr. (left).

Newly-elected Philam Life CEO J. Axel Bromley, together with former Philam Life CEO Estelito Madrid, Jr. (left)  made a courtesy visit to Insurance Commissioner Atty. Emmanuel Dooc recently.

Mr. Bromley brings rich global experience to the role, after spending over 20 years of working in Eastern Europe, South and Central America, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent. He also has more than 13 years of experience in the insurance industry, previously as General Manager/Country Manager in Nepal, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Ukraine.

Prior to the election, Mr. Bromley was Director of Strategic Initiatives at AIA Group, Philam Life’s parent company, which is the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group with presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific.

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About Philam Life 

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on June 21, 1947, Philam Life offers an extensive line of products in the industry that provides solutions to various financial needs including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance.

Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.

About AIA 

AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 26 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia.

The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai over 90 years ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$167 billion as of 30 November 2014.

AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 28 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.

AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).

 

Philam Life offers protection even at early stages of a critical illness

To help Filipinos become financially prepared against health setbacks, Philam Life recently launched Health Invest Plus—its flagship health product and the latest addition to its health portfolio. It is a health and life insurance plan that takes care of one’s health now and in the future. It provides financial protection even from the early stages of a critical illness like heart attack, cancer, and stroke— which are the top causes of death in the country.

In a press conference held recently, Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer Jaime Jose Javier Jr. shared that Health Invest Plus provides financial protection for both early stage and major critical illnesses, including cancer, heart attack and stroke— which are the top causes of death in the country. He also noted that Health Invest Plus’ key benefit is that it provides cash payments even for early stage critical illnesses to help clients financially on their way to recovery. Most critical illness plans do not cover early stage conditions.

Philam Life offers financial protection even at early stages of a critical illness. To help Filipinos be financially prepared to address serious health issues, the Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) recently launched Health Invest Plus – its flagship product this year and the latest addition to its health portfolio. During the launch, Dr. Emily Tan-Aventura (center), a critical care specialist, shared her advice on early stage detection and treatment that can improve the chances of recovery, while Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer Jaime Jose Javier Jr. (left) presented Health Invest Plus, a health and life insurance plan that provides financial protection even during the early stages of a critical illness like heart attack, cancer and stroke – the top causes of death in the country. Stressing the value of being prepared financially, Dr. John Solamo (right), a comprehensive ophthalmologist, related how having a life insurance plan had helped him survive a critical heart condition. Health Invest Plus covers number of critical illnesses among unit-linked plans on the market.

Philam Life offers financial protection even at early stages of a critical illness. To help Filipinos be financially prepared to address serious health issues, the Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) recently launched Health Invest Plus – its flagship product this year and the latest addition to its health portfolio. During the launch, Dr. Emily Tan-Aventura (center), a critical care specialist, shared her advice on early stage detection and treatment that can improve the chances of recovery, while Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer Jaime Jose Javier Jr. (left) presented Health Invest Plus, a health and life insurance plan that provides financial protection even during the early stages of a critical illness like heart attack, cancer and stroke – the top causes of death in the country. Stressing the value of being prepared financially, Dr. John Solamo (right), a comprehensive ophthalmologist, related how having a life insurance plan had helped him survive a critical heart condition. Health Invest Plus covers number of critical illnesses among unit-linked plans on the market.

Health Invest Plus provides lump-sum benefits when diagnosed with any of the 56 covered major critical illnesses—the most among unit-linked plans in the market. (Unit-Linked Products are life insurance and investment plan-in-one where the benefits are linked to the returns of a chosen investment fund.) Future premium payments will also be waived. If one is diagnosed with a covered early stage critical condition, 25 percent of the Critical Illness coverage will be given in advance.

Health Invest Plus’ critical illness coverage is until age 75— when one is already in his retirement years and has a greater need for health coverage. Most critical illness plans do not cover until this age.

Since Health Invest Plus is a unit-linked plan, premium payments are invested, allowing one to grow a Health fund, which can be used for health maintenance or other costs during one’s later years.

The plan also provides cash benefits for accidental injuries or disabilities and loss of life, providing comprehensive coverage for policyholders now and in the future.

“With Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus, customers can have peace of mind knowing they are financially prepared against health setbacks now and as they grow older, so they can be there for their family,” said Javier. He also encouraged Filipinos “to assess their current health coverage as majority of us are not prepared for the costs that come with the diagnosis of a critical illness, as well as other health concerns.”

Preparing for health emergencies with the right plan and financial partner

Attesting to the importance of having a health plan to prepare for the unexpected is Dr. John Solamo, an eye doctor, a running enthusiast and a family man.

He underwent an open heart surgery at age 42 to bypass the dangerous arterial blockages, discovered after going through a stress test. At the time of his operation, Solamo had just placed his life savings into the purchase of a new home for his family.

Fortunately for him, he secured a health insurance policy from Philam Life when he was just 34, when a life-threatening disease came unexpected for the physically fit doctor. Had it not been for this health and life insurance policy, he could not have afforded the cost of his surgery and his young family could have been in deep financial trouble.

“When I heard that I had to undergo heart surgery, I worried about not being able to fulfill my obligations to my family and that I will not be there for my kids. On the other hand, I am thankful that I was diagnosed to have a heart disease, when I could still be treated,” he said.

This experience taught Solamo that the right insurance product can prepare him and his family for unexpected health difficulties that can happen to anyone, anytime. For such unforgettable experience, he has become one of the staunchest advocates of financial preparedness as a means to combat health emergencies.

In getting a health and life insurance plan, it is also important to deal with a trustworthy financial company which has proven its stability, trustworthiness and strength over the years, and with a track record of keeping its promises. This will give the assurance that benefits will be delivered when the time comes.

BDO upgrades its contact center infrastructure with Aspect Software

BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), one of the Philippines’ leading banks, has successfully completed a major upgrade of its contact center infrastructure to further improve its customer engagement and automate its core processes for better management of customer communications. The refitting is part of the BDO’s objectives to continuously strengthen relationships with its customers.

For this endeavor, BDO has deployed technologies from Aspect Software, a US-headquartered, leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimization, back-office and award-winning cloud solutions.

“We are constantly in pursuit of not only providing our customers with the right products and services but also improving their customer experience. Having a reliable and robust contact center platform is critical to enable us to provide better service and relieve our contact center officers of manual tasks,” BDO said.

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“We are thrilled to equip BDO with an integrated, single solution to optimize all their resources. BDO has realized the benefits of the system we have implemented and we are confident that they will be able to gain more value from the streamlining of their Inbound and Backroom Units as their back-office teams increase in size,” said Richard Loberas, Director – Strategic Accounts, APAC, Aspect Software.

Benefits from using Aspect’s Unified IP contact center technology include BDO’s contact center’s increased service and productivity levels due to the solution’s multi-site call distribution and agent screen-pop features as well as shorter handling times for customer feedback tasks with the use of a predictive dialer. The system also has stronger reporting tools as it is equipped with an efficient call evaluation scoring and voice recording capability, with added search parameters.

BDO has plans of upgrading its contact center’s Customer Relationship Management system as well as its workforce management, eLearning and online knowledge-based tools to keep up with BDO’s increasing customer base locally and abroad.

Aspect Software provides customer engagement solutions to a large number of organizations in the Banking and Financial Services (BFSI) sector across the region. 

About BDO Unibank, Inc.

BDO is a full-service universal bank, which provides a wide range of corporate, commercial and retail banking services.  These services include traditional loan and deposit products, as well as treasury, trust banking, investment banking, private banking, cash management, leasing and finance, remittance, insurance, retail cash cards and credit card services.

BDO has one of the largest distribution networks, with 877 operating branches and over 2,600 ATMs nationwide.  It also has a branch in Hong Kong as well as 28 overseas remittance and representative offices in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

BDO ranked as the largest bank in terms of total assets, loans, deposits, capital and trust funds under management based on published statements of condition as of December 31, 2014. For more information, please visit www.bdo.com.ph.

About Aspect 

Aspect’s fully-integrated solution unifies the three most important facets of modern contact center management: customer interaction management, workforce optimization, and back-office. Through a full suite of cloud, hosted and hybrid deployment options, we help the world’s most demanding contact centers seamlessly align their people, processes and touch points to deliver remarkable customer experiences. For more information, visit www.aspect.com.

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