What is a cookie?
Cookies are tiny text files that websites send to your browser and save on your computer. They have several purposes, including keeping track of your website visits. Cookies are crucial for website functionality and performance, and they provide valuable information to website owners about how users interact with their sites. Moreover, cookies can be utilized to show you targeted ads based on your browsing patterns and tailor your browsing experience to suit your preferences.
The cookies used on this site are categorized according to the definitions provided in the ICC UK Cookie Guide. In the context of the Philippines, we employ the following types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognize and count our website's visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our site is used. Some of our performance cookies may be managed by third parties.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region – or your cookies and marketing preferences).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Please be aware that third parties, including providers of external services such as web traffic analysis (e.g., Google Analytics) and advertising services, may utilize cookies that are beyond our control. These cookies are typically classified as analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.
You decide which cookies we use
In addition to telling us your preferences, you can also configure cookie settings in your web browser. You can find out more about how to do this at the following links:
What cookies do we use?
We use the following first party cookies on the website – these are cookies that we send to your browser.
|COOKIE NAME||COOKIE DESCRIPTION||EXPIRATION|
|PHPSESSID||PHP native cookie used to establish a user session.||Session|
|cookie_accepted||Records whether the user has seen and accepted the cookie message||Session/1 year|
Google Analytics – used to distinguish users
|_gid||Google Analytics – used to distinguish users||24 Hours|
|_gat||Google Analytics – used to throttle request rate||1 minute|
|_gads||Google AdSense – used to display targeted (and non-targeted) adverts||2 years|
Third Party Cookies
A number of third party cookies are used on our website – these are cookies that are set by external websites.
We collaborate with multiple advertising partners to provide targeted advertisements tailored to your browsing habits and the content of our website, as well as other websites you visit. During the loading of advertisements, cookies from various external domains within our advertising network may be sent to your browser. Although you have the option to accept or decline these cookies through your browser settings, we cannot control the cookies placed by websites within our network when ads are displayed in your browser. Third parties may utilize both persistent cookies of different durations and session cookies.
Further information about cookies
For further insights and comprehensive information about cookies, you can explore valuable resources available online. To learn more about cookies in general, we recommend visiting allaboutcookies.org.
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