Smart X Twitter: Tweet About the Pope's Visit for Free from January 15-19, 2015

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Smart subscribers can now share their Papal visit experience online and hassle free as Twitter and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have teamed up to offer unlimited access to this popular social networking app on mobile phones for FREE from January 15 to 19, 2015. 

This collaboration allows more Filipinos to get involved and immerse in this historic visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines. All 69 million prepaid and postpaid subscribers need not worry about mobile data charges in getting real-time updates on the much anticipated apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis, allowing more Filipinos to follow the Pope's Twitter account (@Pontifex), send wishes and prayers to the Pope using the #DearPopeFrancis hashtag. 

Text DEARPOPE to 9999 starting January 15
Starting January 15, Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers nationwide may start their one-time registration for the free Twitter service by simply texting DEARPOPE to 9999.

Once registered, subscribers may tweet their aspirations and messages to the beloved Pope using #DearPopeFrancis. Subscribers may also post real-time updates, upload photos, and even reach out to him through his official Twitter account @Pontifex on their mobile devices at no extra cost.

‘Digital footprint’ of Papal visit experience
The Pope is the 2nd most followed world leader on Twitter today with over 17 million followers across his nine accounts in different languages. His Tweets are among the most popular on Twitter and are consistently retweeted several thousand times.

With over 284 million monthly active users worldwide – 80 percent of which are on mobile – Twitter has become an essential social medium for netizens keeping an eye on real-time updates and social pulse on significant events and issues in the Philippines and around the world.

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Upon successful registration, subscribers may either use the Twitter mobile app or access on their mobile browser for the whole duration of the Papal visit. Subscribers have to maintain at least P1 load balance every day or be subscribed to any plan, promo or bundle to enjoy the free service.

Moreover, mobile users who are registered to the ongoing Smart Free Internet promo may enjoy the Free Twitter service on top of their 30 MB allocation.

Hordes of Filipino devotees are expected to flock to the scheduled gatherings with Pope Francis in the course of his five-day apostolic visit, the culmination of which is a big Eucharistic celebration on January 18 where over 5 million are estimated to show up and catch a glimpse of the Pope for the first time.

***Photos and texts courtesy of Smart Communications, Inc.***

Prom Night Tip: Dare to Go Black

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Working in a school for the past 7 years, I have always received invitations to attend Prom Nights. One thing unique about our school prom is that every year, it follows a different theme. While it may be considered as one of the momentous events in a life of a high school student, the road to having a prom night you always imagine isn’t just a walk in the park. Together with juggling your academic requirements and school works, you have to set aside time and put in tremendous effort in preparing for this one special night.

Of course, everybody wants to look their best on this occasion. Simply putting it in, preparation is a key ingredient and one of the most important things to prepare for a prom night is the dress. Ideally, preparation time must be at least a month before so that leaves you ample time to think of a concept of how you want to look like on your prom night.

I know a lot of high school girls would opt for pastels and vibrant colors to wear on their prom night but sometimes going against the norm sets you apart from the rest. If you’re thinking of deviating from the usual pastel stuff, then why not try to go black? Much has been said about black prom dresses, but given the right style, cut and trend, these black prom dresses always never fail to make a glam statement.

Contrary to popular belief that black can be dull and boring, finding the right style that suits you makes you looking polished and elegant. Online stores, like Pickedress, carry various trends and styles of fashionable yet affordable black dresses to choose from without leaving the comforts of your home.

Look chic, fashionable and sophisticated in your prom night by rocking a black dress!

Smart Prepaid welcomes 2015 with Davao’s Torotot Festival

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Smart Prepaid joined Davaoeños in celebrating the colorful Torotot Festival, Davao City’s creative and harmeless way of welcoming the New Year – sans firecrackers, which have been banned in the area since 2002.

Although without the literal bang of firecrackers and fireworks, Davao City’s Torotot Festival was definitely not any less loud and fun, especially with Smart Prepaid’s ‘Live All Out’ brand of epic celebration.

Davaoeños kicked off the festivities with a parade of creative Torotot-inspired costumes that livened up the streets around People’s Park leading to Roxas Boulevard.  On the other hand, a Torotot featuring an intricate durian wood carving bested other stunning entries in the search for the most creative piece, showcasing the undeniable artistry of Davaoeños. 

Loyal and new Smart subscribers at the festival enjoyed the Torotot Festival like no other as they got the chance to win exciting raffle prizes at the Torotot Festival countdown show as well as Smart Prepaid activity booths. 

The New Year countdown program started in the afternoon with a grand hiphop dance battle among Davao City's barangays. In the end, Sta. Ana Move Struck earned the top prize with their jaw-dropping moves.

Hours before the much awaited countdown, the iconic Pinoy band “Color it Red” and renowned vocalist Luke Mejares dished out popular Pinoy songs that got the crowd singing along. 

But the cheers and shrieks of the crowd were the loudest when Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte addressed the crowd and thanked everyone, including Smart, for supporting the city's advocacy in creating a safe, peaceful New Year celebration. 

With so much enthusiasm, thousands simultaneously blew their colorful torotots at the final moments of 2014, embracing the New Year with optimism and hope.

Throughout the celebration, everyone enjoyed snapping, posting and sharing the most awesome moments with family and friends here and abroad on the strength of Smart’s network, and its 30 MB worth of free mobile Internet to all subscribers.

As a fitting welcome to the New Year, Department of Tourism (DOT) Asst. Sec for Region 11 Arturo Bongcato unveiled its new campaign, "Visit the Philippines 2015."  Bongcato highlighted Davao City's important role in this news campaign as it continues to draw a growing number of local and foreign tourists every year for its natural wonders, rich culture and joyful festivals.

To stay updated with Smart events and promos, simply follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SMARTcares). 

***Photo and text courtesy of Smart Communications***