Tech This Week: Shopback, Huawei Nova 5T, Green Thumb Coalition

Shop and Earn with Shopback

Our smartphones are not just for taking photos, call or send messages. It served a lot of purpose that makes life easier. Most of us use the phone to access the internet. It helps us in so many ways saving time, effort and money. We can make purchases without the need to visit the store, pay the bills without leaving the house.

Shopping in Taipei

Shopback, an innovative cashback rewards program returns up to 30 percent of money spent on online shopping. Users should enter partner e-commerce sites through the Shopback app in order to enjoy these rewards, and they can claim the money they earn back through transfer to their online bank account, mobile wallet GCash or PayPal.

At present, Shopback is present in seven countries in Asia Pacific and counts over 12 million users. It is currently partnered with over 2,000+ brands from all over the world. The award-winning, Singapore-based e-commerce startup eyes the Philippine market as one of its newest and most exciting markets.

Top items purchased through Shopback provide a peek into the online shopping habits of Filipinos these days. Prepaid load and gaming pins lead the list, followed by electronics and products for moms and babies. Travel packages, tours and hotel accommodations come next. The rest are a myriad of everyday essentials, from foodstuff such as brownies to toiletries such as mosquito repellent.

Shopback is also gearing up for its annual landmark Shopfest sale on September 9, where it will offer as much as 40 percent cashback and other items for P99.00 that will be exclusive to the platform. “It is the aim of Shopback to make online shopping not just more enjoyable and exciting, but rewarding as well,” said Santiago.

Technology has helped us in so many ways. Our responsibility is to use it properly to make our life better.

Huawei Nova 5T

Huawei officially released its newest highly-anticipated flagship device with midrange price point – the HUAWEI nova 5T at The Block Atrium in SM North EDSA with Nova ambassador James Reid. The first day sale was instantly greeted by long lines of excited consumers and much fanfare.

Other than freebies, fans and supporters enjoyed the dynamic activities and program. One of the main highlights of the celebration is celebrity singer-actor James Reid who inspired the moment of his fans with a special performance and meet-and-greet. Expressing full support as the ultimate Nova Star, James shared what he loves about nova 5T.

“It’s young, cool, and hip. My favorite color is the Midsummer Purple. It has holographic design that is really beautiful. There is also Crush Blue and Black that is a style for everyone. Of course, after that, it would have to be the 5 AI cameras. Besides cameras and design, the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound System is perfect for me because I love music." says James Reid.

Some specification of the Huawei Nova 5T

GPU: Mali-G76 720 MHz
NPU:Dual NPUs (Neural-network Processing Unit)
OS: EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9)
Memory: 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM

Rear Camera: 48 MP (f/1.8 aperture AF) + 16 M (f/2.2 aperture FF) + 2 M (f/2.4 aperture FF) + 2 M (f/2.4 aperture FF), supports autofocus (phase focus, contrast focus).
Front Camera: 32 MP, f/2.0 aperture, supports fixed focal length.

Battery: 3,750 mAh (typical value)
WLAN: 2.4G: 802.11b/g/n
5G: 802.11a/n/ac (wave2)

Bluetooth: BT 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio are supported.
USB:Type-C, USB 2.0
Headset Jack Standard 
TIA standard (LRGM)
Note: By Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

The The Huawei Nova 5T is priced at PHP 18,990. 

Green Thumb Coalition and Climate Change

Traveling taught me many things in life. It gave opportunity to meet people from different walks of life. I became more conscious of the environment and appreciate it even more. I love talking to our farmers. The people in the community are very warm and friendly. They served fresh, organic food. We had several activities and did not mind the heavy rain.

We discussed a lot of things including ASF or the African Swine Fever. We asked their suggestions and efforts in preventing the spread of ASF. Another major concerns of our farmers is climate change. The good news is that these farms we visited assured us that they are also making efforts to fight climate change. Some of them put-up a water rump pump which prevents soil erosion and save energy. All of them make compost from dry leaves and kitchen scraps.

Prior to my travel to Calabarzon, I was invited by the Green Thumb Coalition to talk about climate change environmental issues in the Philippines. With Rhoda Navarro and Attorney Aaron Pedrosa of SANLAKAS-Green Thumb Coalition, they showed us data on climate change and its effect in our country.

Effects of climate change includes but not limited to rising maximum temperatures, rising sea levels, higher ocean temperatures. It will directly affect us humans and our environment. Rising air temperature directly affects human health. In a recent article published by CNN, the Philippines ranks no. 2 in the most vulnerable countries to climate change.

The Green Thumb Coalition aims to elevate the issues of  biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, climate justice, mining, extractives and mineral resource management, and waste management just to name a few.

Attorney Pedrosa said that a global temperature change beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius can automatically result to 75% of the world’s corals being destroyed. According to Green Thumb Coalition, humans have less than eleven (11) years to stay below the 1.5 deg. threshold.

I am still hopeful that it is not yet too late to work on preventing the massive effect of global warming. Let's plant more trees. Recycling helps reduce greenhouse gas emission. We can also help spread awareness and educate people on energy shortage. Solar panels can help save thousands of megawatts of electricity.

Climate change is real and it's happening now. It's an issue that needs to be taken seriously. What are your thoughts about global warming? 


  1. YES ang laki na talaga ang effect global warming ng sa ating mundo dati di natin nararanasan mga malalakas na bagyo at yung pagtaas ng sea level na iba na rin..tao rin kasi ang dahilan kaya nagkaroon ng global warming yung ozone layer natin lumalaki na ang butas malaking epecto nito yung pag sunog ng mga plastic..KAya isang way ko para makatulong sa recycle mga wasre material non waste material miss marj kahit sa maliit na paraan nakaka tulong parin.


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