U:HAC 3.0 Mobile and Web App Digital Banking Solution Project Winners

Did you know that UnionBank has been at the forefront of this digital revolution as it is one of the first Banks in the Philippines that has embraced digital early on in its operations?

The U:HAC 3.0 2016 UNIONBANK Hackathon and Convention is another project of the bank to find the most creative and innovative solutions in the digital world. The event was held at 47/F Unionbank Plaza, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City from 9:00AM of 26th until 6:00PM of 27th day of this month.


The event was participated by all Junior and Senior students who are taking Information Technology, Computer Science, Multi Media Arts, Gaming and Design, Banking and Finance, Marketing and even Professionals, Freelancers, Analysts, Designers, Communication, Marketing and Customer Service Executives and Business Consultants who want to showcase their knowledge and expertise on digital technology.

All participants were divided into  three (3) groups to do the preliminary pitching.

Judges for Pitching Area 1 :

Henry Aguda – Unionbank of the Philippines
Mark Vernon – TagCash
Ginger Arboleda – Taxumo

Judges for Pitching Area 1 : Ginger Arboleda – Taxumo, Mark Vernon – TagCash and Henry Aguda – Unionbank of the Philippines

Judges for Pitching Area 2 :

Eugene Acevedo – Unionbank of the Philippines
Paul Pajo – Smart DevNet
Yacine Derradji – Acudeen Technologies

Judges for Pitching Area 2 : Eugene Acevedo – Unionbank of the Philippines Paul Pajo – Smart DevNet, and Yacine Derradji – Acudeen Technologies

Judges for Pitching Area 3 :

Hoton Elicano – Aboitiz
Patrick Co – Gravitas Prime
Martin Lopez-Vito – IBM

Judges for Pitching Area 3 : Martin Lopez-Vito – IBM, Patrick Co – Gravitas Prime and Hoton Elicano – Aboitiz

Unionbank Internal Grand Winner  – EONUH!

Team members :
Paolo Baltao
Josef Villanueva
Josh Bosinos
Moe Soriano
Xerxes Ilagan

Unionbank Internal Grand Winner: EONUH!

External Teams 

Grand Winner : Intern

Team members :
Jelo Nicole Javier
Carlo Jumagdao
Jayson Abilar
John Paul Escala
Rafael Desuyo

U:HAC 3.0 GRAND WINNER TEAM INTERN WITH A MOBILE AND WEB APP CALLED HOOLEH. Intern won UHAC 3.0 with a mobile and web app called Holleh. This app also provides digital banking for the driver that has been arrested for traffic violation(s). He/she can pay to unionbank for the violation/s.

Grand Winner : Intern Team members : Jelo Nicole Javier, Carlo Jumagdao, Jayson Abilar, John Paul Escala and Rafael Desuyo


UHAC 3.0 Grand winner from PUP. Team Intern is composed of BSIT 4th Year students from PUP. The team wins the Grand Prize and eligible to double its prize winning from Php 80,000.00 to Php 160,000.00. The project presented is related to banking products, services, processes, &/or channels and in the area of Current Banking Practices, Digital Banking, or Banking in the Future.

Second Place : Fleepin

Team members :
Mhariell Mosqueriola
Aaron Marzan
Nikola Fei Lopez
Lyzh Agbayani
Juan Miguel Alvarez

UHAC 3.0 2nd placer is Fleepin with a mobile app called Qardless. It aims to make ATM transactions easier. Users can conveniently access their ATM cash both withdraw and deposit through a specialize machine or with the help of other Qardless users. They took home P60,000 Cash!

Second Place : Fleepin Team members : Mhariell Mosqueriola, Aaron Marzan,  Nikola Fei Lopez, Lyzh Agbayani Juan and Miguel Alvarez.

Third Place : Regener8

Team members :
Renate Gouveia
Regine Reyes

Regenera8 (Regenerate) got the 3rd place award. With a mobile gamified banking application which allows parents to set “chores” to their children in order for them to earn their allowance, they will be able to store their money electronically to be saved away in their “Vault” or to create a wish list to save to towards item. Congrats to a two-man/woman team!

Third Place : Regener8 Team members : Renate Gouveia and Regine Reyes


Team Parkers
Code Awesome
Team Kukocrunch
White Cloak

The winners used any of the Bank’s APIs through Bluemix or any of the Visa APIs but it is not a requirement to be eligible for the Double the Grand Prize option.

Likewise, use of any of the Bank’s APIs or any of the Visa APIs shall not automatically make the team/project eligible for the Double the Grand Prize Option.


The participants created a mobile and web app that could solve the challenges in Education, Poverty, Digital Banking, Healthcare, Unemployment, Building Sustainability, Pollution, Climate Change, Disaster Response and Community Building.


Familiar neighborhoods top list of most-searched areas in the Philippines, according to latest Lamudi data

The first half of 2016 saw the continued dominance of Metro Manila areas or neighborhoods among places in the Philippines most searched for by online property-hunters. Sixteen of the top 20 areas or neighborhoods viewed by users of the Lamudi website were in Metro Manila, with interest shifting slightly among the areas as the year progressed.

Fairview in Quezon City was top among the areas or neighborhoods searched by online property-hunters. This Quezon City district was the most searched area in Metro Manila and the Philippines in the first half of 2016, according to Lamudi data. Although Fairview remained the most searched area from April to June 2016, search volume for this popular Quezon City location dipped 22% from Q1 to Q2 2016.

Fairview is followed by the Fort Bonifacio area in Taguig. Home to Bonifacio Global City, this area generated almost 150,000 page-views of properties in the first half of 2016. Furthermore, interest for this location among online property-hunters increased 14% from Q1 to Q2 2016.

Fort Bonifacio was followed two other Quezon City locations: Tandang Sora and Batasan Hills. However, similarly to Fairview, it looked that online property-hunters’ interest for these areas also waned between Q1 2016 and Q2 2016. Page-views for Tandang Sora dropped 38% between the first two quarters of 2016, while those for Batasan Hills dropped 15% during the same period.

Fifth on the list is the highly popular BF Homes in Parañaque. Properties in this gentrifying residential area, home to many restaurants, generated almost 130,000 page-views in the first half of 2016. In addition, search volume for BF Homes increased 9% between Q1 2016 and Q2 2016.

Wrapping up the top 10 most searched areas/neighborhoods in the Lamudi website are Legaspi Village (Makati), Novaliches (Quezon City), Talon Dos (Las Piñas), Poblacion (Makati), and Cubao (Quezon City).

From highest to lowest, the top 11 to 20 most-searched areas/neighborhoods included Talamban (Cebu), Malate (Manila), Don Bosco (Parañaque), Banilad (Cebu), Guadalupe (Cebu), Commonwealth (Quezon City), Salcedo Village (Makati), New Manila (Quezon City), Lahug (Cebu), and Bel-Air (Makati).

Together, these 20 areas/neighborhoods made up more than 24% of all searches conducted in the Lamudi website in the first six months of 2016. There were a total of 4,536 areas/neighborhoods all over the Philippines included in this data analysis.

According the Lamudi, the results of this analysis offer insights on which specific locations property-hunters are researching for online. Although certain locations definitely are easily remembered due to high real estate activity, notably by major property developers (e.g., Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village, and Fort Bonifacio), some definitely are constantly in prospective homebuyers’ mind, perhaps because they have been popular residential areas for many years (e.g., BF Homes, Tandang Sora, Batasan Hills, New Manila).