Palawan Pawnshop Redefines Pawning through Its Customer-Centric & Innovative Services

Pawnshops have long been an essential source of financial assistance for many Filipinos. They provide quick access to cash without the hassle of dealing with stringent requirements imposed by banks. Despite their significance, pawnshops have carried a negative reputation since most were seen as taking advantage of people’s financial difficulties. However, this is all changing with Palawan Pawnshop.

Palawan Pawnshop, established in 1985, has redefined the pawning industry with its commitment to fair and affordable services. The company offers very low interest rates with high appraisal rates, giving customers the advantage of saving more. They have a tiered interest rate system with only 1% for a loan of 11 days, 2% for 22 days, and 3% for 33 days. Moreover, Suki card holders can enjoy discounts of up to 5%.

Palawan Pawnshop customers receive automated notifications on their cellphones to remind them of their due and renewal dates, preventing them from incurring additional fees. They can also opt to renew their pawned items at any Palawan Pawnshop branch.

What sets Palawan Pawnshop apart is its brand of service – Matatag, Maaasahan at Mapagkakatiwalaan. People are guaranteed excellent customer service thanks to the approachable and friendly employees. Palawan Pawnshop is renowned for its VIP treatment of its customers, wherein all staff from the associates down to the guards, are accommodating and respectful. They handle your items with the utmost care to ensure their safety at all times.

With over 3,300 branches and authorized agents nationwide, Palawan Pawnshop continues to grow as one of the most reliable and leading pawnshops in the Philippines. From its beginnings as a pawn brokering business, Palawan Pawnshop has expanded its services to include money remittances, microinsurance, bills payment, electronic mobile phone loading, cash-in of e-wallets, money exchange, ATM withdrawal, and cash disbursements.

“At Palawan Pawnshop, we are dedicated to providing fair and affordable services to Filipinos in need of financial aid. Our commitment to excellence in customer service, combined with our low interest rates and high appraisal rates, sets us apart as a leading pawnshop in the Philippines.” Said Karlo Eugene Josef M. Castro, Palawan Pawnshop Sr. Vice President & Chief Operations Officer.

For those who are looking to pawn their items, Palawan Pawnshop is currently offering a special promotion of “Libreng Interest” for one (1) month with a 2.5% loan interest rate. This offer is open to all new, lapsed, and existing Suki customers who wish to pawn their items at any Palawan Pawnshop branch nationwide. The promo is available from February 1 to April 30, 2023. Details can be found on their website and Palawan Pawnshop’s Official Facebook Page.

Palawan Pawnshop is transforming the way Filipinos perceive pawnshops by offering low interest rates, high appraisal rates, excellent customer service, and an extensive network of branches, which make them a reliable source of financial aid for those in need. Additionally, the company’s commitment to excellent customer service and its wide array of multiple services beyond pawning which include money remittances, bills payment, cash-in and cash-out of e-wallets, and microinsurance, make it a one-stop-shop for all financial transaction needs. Palawan Pawnshop’s services prove that pawnshops can provide a reliable and convenient option for Filipinos in need of financial assistance. Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites.

The Palawan Pawnshop Group (PPG) is composed of products and services such as Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, Palawan ProtekTODO, and PalawanPay. A brand trusted by Filipinos for 37 years, PPG is one of the fastest-growing financial institutions in the country.  With its strength in remittance and pawning services, the company is now the market leader in the industry and has over 3,300 branches nationwide.

Palawan Pawnshop Group offers pawnbroking services, domestic and international remittances, microinsurance, bills payment, electronic mobile phone loading, cash-in of e-wallets, money exchange, ATM withdrawal, and cash disbursements.

PPG recently introduced PalawanPay, an e-wallet app that lets you send and receive remittances anytime, anywhere. PalawanPay app is the company’s latest digital solution for faster, safer, and easier transactions and gives users access to other financial services such as bills payment, e-cellphone load, and scan to pay QRPH codes.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites.

Steal up to 58% Discount on XTREME Appliances for the First Biggest Sale of the Year! 

If you haven’t filled up your wish list yet, now is the chance to add-to-cart your favorite XTREME products to your shopping carts. Surprising shoppers with up to 58% discount on select items as they join the Lazada 3.3 Epic Birthday Sale and Shopee 3.3  Mega Shopping Sale.

For those who are looking for quality appliances that won’t break the bank, here are some of the best-selling kitchen appliances, cooling appliances, and home appliances to watch out for this coming March 3 to March 7.

To bring more joy to shoppers, free shipping vouchers, coins cashback, seller vouchers, and many more will also be given away! 

Here are some XTREME Appliances you can add to your cart as early as today:

XTREME COOL Front Load Combo Washer & Dryer

The best washing machine to make your laundry day much easier. With its combo washer and dryer, you can now do your laundry even on rainy days without worrying about a kulob smell on your clothes. 

XWM-COMBi10x7₱48,195₱31,688 ₱16,507


Enjoy watching your favorite TV Shows and Movies in the different applications on Google Play Store. Experience a movie theater quality with its frameless screen and Dolby audio.


90CM XTREME HOME Rangehood

Having issues with lingering smell and greasy surfaces? This sleek stainless hood is well-designed that will look posh in every kitchen. The 90CM XTREME HOME Rangehood is a ductless rangehood that filters the air back into your kitchen.


1.0HP XTREME COOL Inverter Window Type Aircon 

Beat the heat with 1.0HP XTREME COOL Inverter Window Type Aircon to avoid sticky feeling this summer season. It has an energy-saving feature that lets you save up to 60% on energy costs.



It’s time to unleash your inner Master Chef! This 50cm XTREME X-SERIES Gas Range PRO has 4 burners and spacious cooking that is perfect for everyday use at home.


Tips on how to score bigger discounts:

Shop between 12 midnight until 2 o’clock in the morning and be the first to check out these exclusive items:

Shopee Midnight Sale

MODELSRPSale PriceMidnight Sale
43-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱20,49514,96114,516
XTREME COOL Front Load Combo Washer & Dryer₱48,19531,68830,744
1.5HP XTREME COOL Inverter Window Type Aircon₱30,79525,92625,153
XTREME COOL 7KG Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine with Spin Dry (Black Cover)₱14,49511,59811,253
1.0HP XTREME X-Series Split Type Aircon₱21,19516,84816,346
90CM XTREME HOME Rangehood₱6,9954,9644,817
65-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱40,995.0031,15630,228

Lazada Brand Mega Sale

32-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱13,995.009,796.59,600.57
65-inch XTREME V Series Smart TV₱39,995.0029,596.329,004.37
XTREME COOL 12.0cu ft. Double Door Inverter Refrigerator₱32,495.0025,005.924,505.78
3.5L XTREME HOME Stand Mixer₱2,395.001,628.61,596.03
9.0kg XTREME COOL Front Load Condensing Dryer₱26,745.0019,496.2519,106.33
43-inch XTREME ANDROID TV₱20,495.0014,961.3514,662.12
XTREME COOL 7KG Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine with Spin Dry (Black Cover)₱48,195.0031,687.6531,053.90

Not enough budget yet? 

Worry no more! With Spaylater and LazLoan allow shoppers to buy now and pay later with easy installment plans minus the credit card requirement. Make sure to shop XTREME Appliances on its official Flagship Store on Shopee and Lazada to steal these price reductions this Lazada 3.3 Epic Birthday Sale and Shopee 3.3  Mega Shopping Sale.

To know more about XTREME Appliances, visit us on Facebook, Lazada, Shopee, and XTREME Website.

Stars Align for the First Ever Wish Ball in the Philippines

Make-A-Wish Philippines is thrilled to present the first ever Wish Ball in the country on April 29 at The Peninsula Manila. The charity gala aims to raise funds to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses nationwide. 

Entitled “Where Stars Align”, the foundation’s maiden ball will be a gathering of supporters coming together to serve as bright, uplifting stars for wish kids bravely battling their medical conditions. Wish Balls are highly anticipated annual fundraising events by Make-A-Wish affiliates in the US, Europe and other parts of Asia.

Event highlights include a four-course dinner, special performances by world-class Filipino artists and inspiring presentations from wish kids and families. 

To book tickets and learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit, contact, or scan the QR codes.

Make-A-Wish Philippines is the first and only non-profit wish granting organization in the country. It is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, the world’s largest and most respected wish-granting organization. The foundation grants wishes of children with critical illnesses to transform their lives with hope, strength and joy.


KOREA’S RICHMADE BRAND NOW IN THE PHILIPPINES. (L-R), Elizabeth Pineda, Leader, Financial Solutions, Jennifer Solitario, Leader, Total Quality Management (TQM), Michael Pasco, Senior Leader, Strategic Marketing / Sales Admin, Liduvino Trivino, Senior Leader, National Sales Development, Sungil Kim, VP, Operations & Plant Projects, Young Ig Son, President & CEO, Byoung Sun Yim, VP, Strategy & Operational Management, Hyun Jung Lim, VP, Farm Operations, Joseph Bognot, Senior Leader, Strategic HR & CIT, Maria Cecilia Ramo, Leader, Corporate Affairs, and Myra Balde, Leader, Risk Management & Sourcing (Consultant).

With the country’s aim in focusing its resources to generate sustainable food security, the arrival of the RICHMADE brand has been timely and essential.

CJ Feed &Care, Korea’s number one food company recently launched RICHMADE as the new brand to carry its feed portfolio. The introduction of RICHMADE in the Philippines will be the first, leading other Asian countries where it has businesses and plants, aside from Korea.

This is a testament of CJ Feed & Care’s commitmentin helping and supporting the country in growing the agriculture sector, particularly the feed and livestock industry. By using the RICHMADE brand in its feed products, the company’s customers, managed farms and stakeholders will be assured that the standard and technology placed in all RICHMADE feeds to be manufactured here in the Philippines is the same in all parts of the world.

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. The Richmade launch here in the Philippines will be the first leading the other countries in the Southeast Asian region where the company has plants and offices. RICHMADE’s Luzon sales team in full force post for posterity during the company’s Business Launch held in their Luzon plant, located in San Rafael, Bulacan.

For more than 50 years, CJ Feed & Care has been developing unrivaled feed manufacturing technology that drove the growth of the Korean livestock industry. It has taken on the challenge without hesitation to support the success of farms it manages. These traits have made CJ Feed & Care as one of the feed and livestock companies that has successfully branched out from Korea into the global market.

The launch of RICHMADE is merely the first step. Inspired by farm to table concept, CJ Feed &Care will lay out their plans that will include Animal Nutrition and the management and breeding of poultry and livestock until selling.

Since the company established its feed business in Korea in 1973, the CJ Feed & Care has chosen to expand in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

With its consistent global expansion, CJ Feed & Care is oneof the feed and livestock company that has successfully branched out from Korea into the global market.

Say Yes to Love (and awesome Restaurant Deals) with Metrobank credit cards!

The Love Month is upon us! Have you picked an outfit, purchased flowers, and made a reservation? Whether you’re going out with a partner or simply treating yourself, here’s a list of places for a night of good food (and even better deals, thanks to your Metrobank credit card!).

Classy Choices

For those who want to go with something truly special, one can’t go wrong with Wagyu. It’s a good time to try Wagyu Studio, especially now that they offer a 10% discount on dine-in for their succulent cuts of prime wagyu beef.

If fine French dining is more of your thing, Mirèio in Raffles Hotel is a great option. There’s no better place to go for brasserie-style dining (their roasted duck foie gras is truly something special) and the special deals are hard to beat — 20% off on food and 15% off on non-alcoholic beverages.

If the desire is for exceptional Japanese Cuisine, Hotel Okura’s Yamazato is unforgettable, offering only the freshest ingredients to ensure supreme taste and unmatched quality. Available for 20% off for a minimum spend of P5,000 when you dine in, the promo is applicable for lunch and dinner except for Teppanyaki items and the Teppan Private Dining Room.

Yawaragi Restaurant–also in Hotel Okura–ups the ante with 30% off when you spend P5,000 for lunch or dinner. Their Kisetsu buffet, which is based on seasonal flavors, wonderfully reflects the Japanese culinary philosophy of using ingredients at their prime.

Fabulous Fun

Perhaps you or your date prefer something casual. We have a few options for that, too. And it wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention perennial favorite Wild Flour Italian. The Cioppino is warming and filling, along with everything else on the menu, and can be enjoyed for 50% off for all orders above P5,000, exclusive for Metrobank World & Platinum Mastercard cardholders.

For those in need of a fun night out in the town, Hola Bombon offers 10% off when you spend P2,000, with a maximum discount of P1,500. Enjoy the Pulpo, the Paellas, and the Sangria—they go well together.

Seafood lovers can enjoy a feast at Cowrie Grill, especially with 20% off a minimum spend of P3,000 and 20% off on their All-You-Can-Eat Menu. One bite of their Chilean Sea Bass will have you exclaiming for joy!

If your vibe is quiet, intimate conversations, it’s hard to beat 205, with its offering of good food and cocktails (the Beef Salpicao is unmatched). Enjoy a 10% discount on dining and even take-out, so you can enjoy sophisticated comfort delights any way you want it.

Casual Chats

Nothing says fun like pizza, and few can do it like California Pizza Kitchen can. Pair your California-style pizzas with their selection of wines and craft beers, and you’ll have the makings of a great night out in town. Everything’s at 15% off!

For a more casual vibe, everyone’s go-to Thai restaurant Basil offers free Crispy Spring Rolls when you spend P2,000. Get it up to P3,000, and you’ll get free Beef with Holy Basil.

Whether you’re impressing a date or just showing yourself some love, it’s good to make the most out of every restaurant you visit—get all the aforementioned deals and more when you pay with your Metrobank credit card!

Here’s a complete list of perks and discounts from participating restaurants.

20510% OFF on dine-in and take-outNovember 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023
Basil• Free Crispy Spring Roll for a minimum single-receipt dine-in spend of P2,000
• Free Beef with Holy Basil for a minimum single-receipt dine-in spend of P3,000
January 15 to July 15, 2023
California Pizza Kitchen15% OFF on dine-in and take-outNovember 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023
Cowrie Grill• 20% OFF for a min. spend of P3,000
• 20% OFF on All-You-Can-Eat menu
January 20 to December 30, 2023
Hola Bombon10% OFF for a min. spend of P2,000 on dine-in, takeout, delivery or pick-up. Maximum discount of P1,500 applies.November 15, 2022 to February 15, 2023
Hotel Okura• 30% OFF at Yawaragi Restaurant for a min. spend of P5,000 when you dine in. Applicable for lunch and dinner except for Robatayaki

• 20% OFF at Yamazato Restaurant for a min. spend of P5,000 when you dine in. Applicable for lunch and dinner except for Teppanyaki items and Teppan Private Dining room
January 15 to April 15, 2023
Mireio20% OFF on food and 15% OFF on beverage (excluding alcoholic beverages) at Mireio in Fairmont MakatiJanuary 1 to June 30, 2023
Wagyu Studio10% OFF on dine-inJanuary 15 to July 15, 2023
Wild Flour Italian50% OFF for a min. spend of P5,000 when you dine-in, takeout or order for delivery with Metrobank World and Peso Platinum Mastercard onlyJanuary 1 to February 28, 2023

More participating establishments here:

To know more about other promos and offers of Metrobank credit cards, visit

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Terms & conditions apply. Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB 158937, 159544 Series of 2023.

Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB 158096, 158384, 155663, 154422, 156765, 154422, 157790 Series of 2022. 

Philippine Veterans Bank invites cyclists to join Ride for Valor 2023

The Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) invites everyone to join the Ride for Valor, a bike-for-a-cause event on March 5, 2023 to raise funds for the maintenance of the Bataan Death March markers and other World War 2 heritage sites.

Mike Villa-Real, PVB first vice president for marketing and communications, said the event, which is in partnership with the Department of National Defense, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Provincial Government of Bataan and Wartime Heritage Guild-Philippines, aims to preserve the legacy of Filipino and American soldiers who fought for freedom and democracy during World War 2.

The Bataan Death March is a somber reminder of the bravery and selflessness of Filipino veterans during the Second World War. It is an essential part of Philippine history and culture, and the Ride for Valor is an important way of honoring the veterans and preserving their legacy. Plus rider get to learn more about this

historic event as they will be be traversing the actual route of the Death March; he said.

The ride is open to fully vaccinated cyclists and all types of bikes with brakes.

Villa-Real said the event will start at 6 a.m. from the Kilometer Zero in Mariveles, Bataan, to Capas National Shrine in Tarlac.

The non-competitive bike ride will have four pitstops: Mt. Samat, Balanga Provincial Capitol’s The Bunker, San Fernando Train Station, and Angeles Museum. Giveaways will be given in selected pitstops.

Villa-Real said participants may ride at their own pace, adding there will be a 12-hour cut-off during thee vent.

He noted that the event will also implement a ;No Helmet, No Ride; policy to ensure the safety of the participants.

Villa-Real also said a mechanic will be available to help those who encounter mechanical difficulties, while roving marshals will be present to keep track of the riders; progress. Support vehicles are allowed, but riders should only ride in the vehicle if they choose to drop out of the event.

The registration fee for the Ride for Valor is P1,000, which includes an official event shirt, a race bib, at rucker cap, a loot bag, an e-certificate, and meals.

Interested individuals may register online at until March 1, while groups may email Participants may also register onsite at RD Cycles Libis Branch and RD Cycles Timog Branch.

Those who will join the bike ride must download the Traqs Philippines app to enter the event. Prior to the bike ride, we will be raffling off an overnight stay for lucky joiners, and on March 5, we will be giving two bikes as well as hotel gift checks and other exciting prizes to our raffle winners; Villa-Real added.

Organized by Without Limits PH – IGEM, Ride for Valor 2023 is co-presented by Traqs Philippines, OneLGC, AIR21, Panahon.TV, and the Integrated Waste Management Inc. Sponsors include Neo Zigma PH, Hotel Sogo, Booster C Energy Shot, and Fitbar.

The Bataan Death March is one of the darkest chapters in Philippine history, where around 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers were forced to march more than 100 kilometers in grueling conditions by Japanese forces in 1942. Thousands of soldiers survived but many also died due to starvation, dehydration, diseases, and the brutality of Japanese captors. The markers serve as reminders of the tragedy and heroism that occurred during that period.

PVB is a private, commercial bank owned by World War 2 veterans and their families. With Its new Charter signed into law, the Banks ownership now includes Post War Veterans and AFP Retirees.

For more information about the event, follow Ride for Valor on Facebook at

Henry & Sons to bring new life to local coffee market

DTI Laguna witnessed the Ceremonial Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between National University Laguna and Henry and Sons PHTrading and Manufacturing Company, Inc. for the establishment of the Global Coffee School (GCS) Philippine Operations in Calamba City, Laguna. Present during the event were the executives of NU Laguna, Mr. Michael Harris Lim of Henry & Sons, Laguna Vice Governor Karen Agapay, and representatives of Calamba City Congresswoman CHA Hernandez and Calamba City Mayor Ross Rizal.

Henry & Sons, the leading supplier of premium coffee products and services in the country, continues its mission to bring the local coffee industry to the international spotlight with their commitment to providing premium and quality education to aspiring baristas.

“With the rising demand for specialty coffee in the ever-growing coffee market, Henry & Sons is determined to provide aspiring baristas with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed,” said Michael Harris Conlin, Henry & Sons president and CEO.

Conlin said the company recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the National University Laguna to establish the Global Coffee School (GCS) in Calamba City.

GCS courses are recognized and offered in over 40 cities worldwide. The company provides comprehensive educational courses to equip aspiring baristas with the necessary skills and knowledge to create the best coffee products.

Courses include instruction on brewing methods and techniques, the science of coffee production, and different types of coffee drinks. Baristas will also be given hands-on experience with the most up-to-date coffee equipment, enabling them to develop their skills and gain the confidence needed to become top coffee professionals.

Conlin, a former Philippine National Barista Champion and semi-finalist in the World Barista Championship, said the collaboration aims to elevate Laguna Liberica to a global coffee brand and teach aspiring baristas in Laguna the skills they need to become sought-after in the coffee industry.

Last year, Conlin represented Laguna’s Liberica and Benguet’s Arabica at the Global Coffee Championship in Korea. Laguna’s Liberica won silver in the latte competition, while Benguet’s Arabica bagged bronze in the brewer competition.

According to experts, the Philippine coffee industry is expected to generate $6.3 billion this year or P345 billion.

Conlin, however, said 97% of the coffee in the country is imported.

“Our local coffee farmers do not benefit from the billions of revenue generated by the coffee industry. If this continues, Philippine-grown coffee is at risk of extinction. This is a loss not only for our economy but also for our culture and heritage,” he said.

Conlin noted that the program aims to help Mabato coffee farmers introduce their products to the international market and provide stability and sustainability for their livelihoods.

He also encouraged people to buy coffee sourced from local farmers to support them.

Recently, Henry & Sons’ opened two new branches of The Giving Café (TGC) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and SM Marikina.

TGC is part of the company’s social enterprise program established to support the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE) in its drive to make the Philippines a major player in the global coffee industry through sustainable local coffee farming.

The FSCE has been supporting farms in La Trinidad, Benguet, for some years now to help and provide farmers and their families with essential needs such as irrigation, medicines, and educational assistance.

Opened in July 2017, Henry & Sons opened TGC to provide a haven for coffee lovers. The café serves comfort food, such as champorado, sopas, and arroz caldo, and Chinese dishes, including yang chow, Taiwanese fried chicken, and sweet and sour pork.

For more information, visit www.henryandsons and


Love is in the air at Duty Free Philippines (DFP) as the country’s only travel retailer gears up to celebrate the Valentine season with a SALE at its downtown Fiestamall and Luxe Duty Free stores.

DFP will “Spread the Love” on February 11-12, 2023 at the flagship Fiestamall store with romantic deals and discounts as much as 20% from selected items. Lady shoppers will be spoiled with free makeovers and other perks.  Luxe Duty Free will treat customers to a love and bargain-filled weekend on February 18-19, 2023 with its wide selection of Valentine gift ideas from popular brands of perfumes and cosmetics to luxury fashion bags.

All arriving international travelers, namely the balikbayans, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and foreign tourists need only to bring their passports or any proof of recent travel and their loved ones to shop.

DFPC currently operates 15 downtown and airport outlets in Manila, Kalibo, Cebu, Iloilo and Clark. As a state owned agency, DFPC remits its earnings to the Department of Tourism for the government’s various tourism infrastructure programs.

For more information visit or or its social media pages (@dutyfreephils and @luxedutyfree) for regular updates.

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