If December 2016 is any indication, Globe Telecom subscribers are in for an exciting 2017 filled with innovations, better telco service, digital trends, and lifestyle needs fulfilled, what with all the new partnerships and offers Globe announced recently. Here are my personal faves:
Globe Iconic Store Entertainment Zone transformed into a Harry Potter-like feast for the recent Globe announcements
1. Last-minute gift shopping done in a jiffy
Holiday shopping is made easier with wonderful offers up for grabs through Globe Rewards points. Globe customers can easily purchase select H&M items at up to 50% off from December 19 to 31, 2016. Entrance to Palace Pool club events is also covered with Globe Rewards, and customers can bring up to two guests each for free from December 15 to 31. One can also get P200 off their GrabCar rides from November 25 to December 31 by using the promo code GLOBEREWARDS.
2. 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, whose collaboration brings forth the most-awaited, star-studded series, On The Job (OTJ). A spin-off of the original On The Job blockbuster hit by Erik Matti, the OTJ crime thriller series will be available on HOOQ in early 2017.
Globe also welcomes its latest partner, Tribe, which 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.
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. Some of the things to look forward to include exciting Pokemon merchandise that will be available in Globe stores in time for Christmas.
You can virtually try on those Star Wars and other Disney and Globe apparel at the Globe Iconic Store’s virtual fitting room.
3. More wonderful experiences to share with the family
Star Wars Rogue One premieres in theaters on December 15, and apart from exclusive block screenings, Star Wars fans can also look forward to new limited Star Wars apparel only available at the Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio Global City Central Square. Reservations at the Iconic store are accepted as there are limited pieces per design.
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 local music artists.
One other thing that will make 2017 even more exciting is how 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 six 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 six months free access.
Nothing beats family time at home during Christmas, so 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, be it 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 six months on a bigger screen.
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 gift their families with special treats.
4. Personalized healthcare for your family
Globe, in partnership with Unilab, brings fresh opportunities to ensure the wellness of your family no matter the distance by allowing overseas Filipinos to purchase RiteMed medicine at Philippine prices and have it delivered to their dependents back home. Unilab leverages on the telco’s existing distribution points in Hong Kong, which Filipinos can readily call or visit for their orders; Unilab’s retail partner MedExpress ensures the fulfillment of the orders. Globe also provides 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 will give you peace of mind this holiday season. Overseas Filipinos can call up to five Globe numbers unlimited for only HK$129 for 30 days, along with unlimited access to Filipino doctors for medical consultation.
The new Globe Iconic Store is the only retail venue that houses a fully-equipped Chroma key studio that content creators and media partners can use.
5. A world-class experience for subscribers at the Globe Iconic Store
Globe finally opens its world-class flagship retail hub, The Iconic, at Bonifacio Global City Central Square. The Iconic store delivers an even more exceptional retail space—innovative, dynamic, and interactive.
(L-R) Globe LIVE Executive Producer and Head for GEN3 Stores and Retail Transformation Management Joe Caliro, Eight Inc. Founder and CEO and designer of the Globe ICONIC store Tim Kobe, and Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu
Designed by Tim Kobe of Eight Inc., the same designer of the Globe GEN3 stores as well as the acclaimed Apple store in New York, the Iconic store rises as one of the most recognizable architectural designs located at the Bonifacio Global City Central Square in Taguig. One of its most ambitious elements is the glass bridge that links two Globe stores on opposite ends.
Apart from being a retail haven, the Iconic also has its own Entertainment Zone that was the first to be completed in June 2016. It has since housed some of the company’s major events. The Entertainment Zone is designed for shows, concerts, and a variety of on-ground events and activities. It features massive LED screens and top-quality lights and sounds equipment for an outdoor entertainment experience at par with global standards. It also boasts a fully-functional Chroma key studio set-up that can be used by media partners, making the Iconic store the first-ever all-in-one retail and entertainment space in the world.
One of the Globe Iconic’s biggest productions to date was the Philippine staging of the award-winning Broadway musical Green Day’s American Idiot last June, through the partnership of Globe LIVE and 9Works Theatrical. Capping off 2016 is another big musical production that brings the Iconic Entertainment Zone to life: Menken & Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Read all about it here (including show schedules and how to get free tickets).