Friday, May 14, 2021

The city continue to roll out Friday its Covid19 vaccination for health workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities in SM City San Jose del Monte.

 SM City San Jose del Monte utilized its spacious hallway on its second level to serve as one of the city’s vaccination site. To make the procedure seamless, the mall management identified areas for each steps of the vaccination process, dispatched additional safety officers and sanitation team to ensure that health and safety protocols are being observed.

The city health office is targeting 400 individuals from A1 to A3 priority group to get vaccinated per day with the initial dose of Astra Zeneca, but according to Ms. Sionilyn Abargos, one of the nurse administering the vaccine, most of the frontline health workers in the city are done with their shots and most of the recipients now are senior citizens and persons with comorbidities.


Each recipient undergone screening and consultation before the vaccine administration, and then being observed for 30 minutes. Emergency response team from both the LGU and SM are also on standby during the inoculation process.


The next vaccination in SM City San Jose del Monte will be on May 17 and 18, 8:00AM to 5:00PM. SM management is closely coordinating with the city health office of San Jose del Monte as it rolls out the vaccination program to help speed up administration of COVID-19 vaccines and curb the spread of the virus in the city.

The Body Shop Celebrates 25 Feel Good Years in the Philippines

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

British beauty brand The Body Shop marks another beautiful milestone as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in the Philippines. The brand, which introduced cruelty-free and nature-inspired skincare and bath and body treats to Filipinos when it first opened its doors on May 16, 1996 at SM Southmall, now has over 60 standalone stores, and is in 10 The SM Stores all over the country.

The Body Shop is more than a beauty brand – activism is in its DNA, and like its counterparts all over the world, Body Shop Philippines has participated in many campaigns which promote real change.

With the support of its customers, help was extended to The Philippine Eagle Foundation in 2018, Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation in 2019 and to SM Foundation for the typhoon victims in 2020.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, The Body Shop will be delighting everyone with amazing offers and promotions for the entire month of May. The Filipina’s most loved Lip and Cheek Stain which was first
launched in the Philippines will be going to its old price at 395 during the anniversary month. 

On top of that, The Body Shop’s most loved products over the years such as Tea Tree range, Drops of Youth™ range and White Musk® fragrance collection will be offered at 25% OFF. There will also be weekly offers to watch out for so you can stock up on your favorite skincare and bath and body treats.

Don’t miss out on the grand 25th anniversary sale and explore cruelty-free beauty. Visit their online store 24/7, add to cart, and check out anytime of the day at thebodyshop 

The Body Shop’s cruelty- free and vegan products are also available in The Body Shop store of SM City Marilao, Call & Deliver, Lazada, Shopee and ShopSM. The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.

Five Fun Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

Monday, May 10, 2021

Summer is here! And while going to the beach or going for a swim isn’t as easy to choose to do as before, you can still make the most out of the season in the comforts of your own home where you are most safe and sound. 

Grab your favorite milk tea beverage

What’s summer without iced drinks? ShopeePay now offers customers a safer and more convenient way to pay for their favorite summertime beverages!

Thirst your summer quench with drinks from Gong Cha, Dakasi, Black Scoop Cafe, Yi Fang Tea, Serenitea, Macao Imperial Tea, Moonleaf, Infinitea, and What the Tea while enjoying 20% coins cashback.

Have an ice cream party 

As social gatherings are still prohibited, it’s safer to bond with your family at home - and what better way to do that than with food! If you’re looking for the perfect snack this summer, why not create your own delicious ice cream from scratch with a little help from Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. 

Indulge in a ‘Netflix and chill’ session. 

Living in a tropical country, one great way to enjoy your weekends is feeling cool comfort as you watch your favorite series on Netflix. With the mini air cooler from Dowell, stay cool and refreshed anywhere, anytime. 

Stay healthy with some cardio 

Get the exercise that you need without having to venture out of your home by investing in your own workout equipment such as a treadmill, weights, or a stationary bike. And with the summer heat helping you sweat out even more, now is the perfect time to set up your own fitness corner. 

Take a refreshing dip in your own pool 

Just because going out of town is a bit more difficult now, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fun dip in the pool. If you’re planning to enjoy the waters without having to go out, why not opt for an inflatable pool? This pool set from Intex is sturdy and spacious which’s perfect for families big or small. 

Thinking of using ShopeePay for your online and offline payments? There are two easy ways to Scan and Pay using ShopeePay:

  1. Partner merchant scans user’s QR code:

  1. Open your Shopee app and tap the “Scan” icon. 

  2. Click ‘Generate QR Code’

  3. Enter your ShopeePay PIN

  4. Show the generated QR code for the cashier to scan and you will receive confirmation of payment.

  1. The user scans the partner merchant’s QR code:  

  1. Open your Shopee app and tap the “Scan” icon.

  2. Scan the QR code displayed on the milk tea shop’s tabletop card.

  3. Input the amount you wish to pay and tap “Confirm.”

  4. Enter your 6-digit ShopeePay PIN and then you will receive a confirmation of your payment. 

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PCPPI reminds Filipinos to hydrate for your health

Saturday, May 8, 2021

This World Health Day, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)–the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country–reiterates the value of hydration this summer season.

Drinking enough water and other essential fluids has the following health benefits:

· Regulates body temperature

· Delivers nutrients to cells

· Prevents infections

· Allows organs to function properly

· Improves one’s mood, cognition, and sleep quality

Medical experts encourage 15 to 20-minute daily exercises to boost our immune system, but excessive sweating may cause dehydration and mineral deficiency.

More than water, sports drinks can replace the minerals lost during exercise. One of these is Gatorade, a drink that contains electrolytes to help maintain the body’s ionic balance.

According to the medical website, “sports drinks can be helpful if you’re planning
on exercising at higher levels for more than an hour. These drinks contain carbohydrates and
electrolytes that can increase your energy.”

PCPPI also produces Gatorade ION, formulated for everyday hydration with ions, low sodium, no
preservatives, and no artificial flavors and colors.

"Whether you are playing sports, walking under in the sun, or even working from home, the body needs a little boost from hydration drinks. PCPPI has products that will help you stay hydrated, whatever your lifestyle is"; said PCPPI President and Chief Executive Officer Frederick D. Ong. PCPPI further highlighted the importance of hydration given the threats of COVID-19 and what it can do to our bodies.

According to the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), “hydration and nutrition play an important role in our bodies; response to and recovery from COVID 19 and is an
important part of your medical treatment.”

ASPEN stated that drinking "supports the body's ability to fight the virus and support the body's immune function.”

“As a company that manufactures beverages, we need to keep our consumers hydrated, especially if they are fighting against any disease, to maintain their body’s full function,” added Ong. 

PPCPI manufactures and sells well-known PepsiCo beverages brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Aquafina, Premier, Sting, Tropicana and Lipton

BPI Sinag to spark hope for struggling social enterprise sector

Friday, May 7, 2021

BPI Foundation, the social development arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), today launched its 7-year running business challenge called “Sinag Spark 2021”, part of the BPI Sinag program that aims to nurture, develop, and empower the local social enterprise (SE) sector.

The BPI Sinag program was introduced in 2015. While it was initially conceived as a business challenge for SEs, it has now evolved into a growing ecosystem (over 180 SEs) that continues to bring together not just the country’s visionary entrepreneurs, but also mentors, investors, and other stakeholders who share the same goal of achieving inclusive and sustainable growth through social entrepreneurship.

“We live in a vast and complicated world and it needs our cooperation and commitment to do all we can to ensure a better and brighter tomorrow for future generations,” said Owen Cammayo, BPI Foundation Executive Director. “As part of our commitment, we aim to shed light and give hope – give a Spark to our struggling social enterprises (SEs) who, in spite of the pandemic, continue to pledge their cooperation by focusing not just on profit, but also on people and planet.”

This year, the program continues its partnerships with social impact organizations such as Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Endeavor Philippines, Start-Up Village, and Villgro Philippines, as well as BPI Direct BanKo, the microfinance arm of BPI. For the first time since its conception, BPI Sinag has also partnered with Ayala Land, a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, to help expand the market access of SEs.

In the “Sinag Spark” business challenge, 40 SEs will be included in the shortlist, of which, 20 will move on to the finals. Out of the Top 20, 10 social enterprises who are best able to showcase their business viability and social impact will be named the BPI Sinag Spark awardees. Aside from exclusive mentorship opportunities, the awardees will also receive cash grants amounting to P300,000 for the top five SEs and P100,000 for the rest.

BPI Foundation will provide Sinag SEs with an MBA-like experience through virtual mentoring sessions, which will include sessions on business strategy and planning, marketing, operations, finance, organization & HR development, and social innovation, among others.

New resources, opportunities

According to Mr. Cammayo, the publication of a book on social entrepreneurship is among the many exciting activities and initiatives lined up for this year’s BPI Sinag program. “We will be publishing our second BPI Sinag Book later this year to document and share more of the best practices and inspiring stories of growth from the BPI Sinag community members,” he said.

“We will also be working on a National SE Strategy Paper to engage the public sector in supporting the development of social entrepreneurship across the country,” he added. With the help of BPI Sinag’s program partners, the collection of case studies and impact assessments on social enterprises will serve as the primary sources for crafting a national strategy for social enterprise development in the Philippines.

Open for applications

BPI Sinag Spark is open to social entrepreneurs who are 18 years old and above and leading a registered social enterprise that has been operating for at least six months.

Interested applicants may check the complete eligibility requirements via The application period will run until July 6, 2021.

To know more about BPI Foundation and its programs, visit

Exciting Mother’s Day Deals and Treats Your Mom Will Love

Mother’s Day is coming right up. Time to salute our mothers for their innate strength and unconditional love. No one can juggle career, family, and household responsibilities quite like our supermoms do. 

Now that most of us stay home, our moms work extra hard to make a living, run the home smoothly, and ensure that the whole family is happy. They sacrifice their time, and sometimes even their well-being and happiness, to ensure that their children are safe and healthy. During these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to show your appreciation for your loved ones. So this Mother’s Day, go all out and pamper your mom—she deserves it! 

On May 9, check out Shopee’s Mother’s Day Sale, where you can treat your mom to everyday luxuries and functional must-haves, with discounts up to 90% off:

Help your mom look bright-eyed and wide-awake for all her online meetings with Wet N Wild Mascara. Its formula lifts, separates and extends lashes minus the clumping and smudging. This works perfectly for date nights with dad too! 

Sometimes moms forget to take care of themselves. Remind her to prioritize self-care with Pure Marine Collagen Peptides. This gluten-free, keto-friendly powder helps build bone strength, reduces joint pain, and stabilizes blood sugar.

Chores tend to eat up time, so free up a few precious minutes for your mom by giving her fuss-free, easy-to-use kitchen appliances. With Oster Personal Blender’s powerful 250-watt motor, she can quickly and effortlessly concoct smoothies for the whole family.

After long, stressful hours of work and chores, your mom deserves to indulge in a relaxing skincare sesh. Give her the gift of youth with Olay Whip Cream + Essence. This non-sticky, moisturizing skincare set reduces dark spots and wrinkles, allowing your mom to flaunt a fresher and brighter complexion.

Lastly, treat her to hydrating body care basics. Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion contains natural oatmeal and rich emollients to provide moisture for 24 hours. It’s also fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist-recommended.

For other product recommendations for your favorite lady, visit

Don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay for more deals on your purchases this Mother’s Day! Use ShopeePay at checkout to enjoy free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199 and 8% cashback sitewide with a minimum spend of ₱1,000.

Bonus: Shopee Mom’s Club and livestreams hosted by celebrity moms

Moms could always do with support from fellow moms, so invite her to join a helpful, inclusive community at Shopee Mom's Club. This May 9, members can look forward to exclusive deals and discounts up to 90% off on brands such as J&J, Wyeth, Nestle Nutrition, Pampers, Tiny Buds, Huggies, Unilever, Mamypoko, Enfagrow, Unicare, Nestle, Alaska, Orange and Peach, Nursery Van, Breeze, and GSK. For sign-ups, visit 

Shopee also offers plenty of fun, informative mom content this Mother’s Day. For an interactive discussion on the topic “A Mother’s Love is Like Calpol, Tough & Gentle,” hosted by Jolina Magdangal, tune in to Shopee Live this May 9, 12:00 NN to 1:00 PM. 

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Shopee and Alex Gonzaga Make Akinse Shopping More Fun, Rewarding, and Worthwhile at Shopee 5.15 Payday Sale

Thursday, May 6, 2021

 Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces Alex Gonzaga as the face of Shopee’s Payday Sales. The actress, dubbed the new Shopee Princess, will act as Filipinos’ payday shopping buddy as she shares the best money-saving deals to enjoy at Shopee’s Payday Sales.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We’re excited to kick off our 5.15 Payday Sale with Alex Gonzaga, who is one of the most beloved TV and social media personalities of her generation. With her quirky, vibrant character and ability to connect with Filipinos, we believe Alex is the perfect person to guide shoppers as they try to spend their money wisely by looking for all the best deals on the platform. We hope Filipinos will be able to maximize their money’s worth this akinse with all the discounts and rewards Shopee has to offer at the 5.15 Payday Sale.”

Fans can watch Alex Gonzaga’s Shopee Payday Sale commercial on TV and on Shopee’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube accounts beginning May 6. Meanwhile, here are all the deals shoppers can look forward to at Shopee 5.15 Payday Sale this May 15:

Shop ‘til you drop with all-day free shipping 

This payday, you can buy essentials and treat yourself minus the extra fees. Shop all day long with Shopee’s free shipping promotion, with no minimum spend required.

Don’t miss out on ₱15 deals

Enjoy big flash deals on health, home, and work-from-home must-haves. For only 15, you can buy an iCare Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, originally ₱813; a TP-Link Home Security Camera, originally ₱1,850; and a Mobile Phone Ring Light, originally ₱3,973.

Redeem 15% cashback with no minimum spend

When you’re on a budget, every peso counts. Use cashback rewards to get discounts on your next purchases. At Shopee’s Payday Sale, get 20% cashback when you check out from 12:00 MN to 2:00 AM, and 15% cashback for the rest of the day. 

Get discounts up to 90% off on Shopee Mall

Avail of big discounts from your favorite Shopee Mall brands, including Tecno, SC Johnson, Huawei, Issy & Co., Nature’s Spring, SM Store, Betadine, Del Monte, and more. 

Go cashless to enjoy exclusive ShopeePay deals 

Top up your ShopeePay account using your debit card or other convenient methods to access exclusive deals, such as additional free shipping and 15% cashback from all cashback shops. Are your bills due on the 15th? New users get 25% cashback when they use ShopeePay to pay their bills, while existing users get 15% cashback. New users can also enjoy deals such as ₱10 worth of data for only ₱1, inclusive of free access to Facebook, YouTube, and more. Score ₱1 deals on your favorite snacks from brands such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Red Ribbon, and Big Guys Pizza. 

Watch Shopee’s TV segments for a chance to win cash prizes

Tune in to Payday Sale TV segments on Tutok to Win, It’s Showtime, Lunch Out Loud, and Eat Bulaga from May 10-15 for a chance to win prizes. You can also catch Shopee’s very first Payday Sale TV Special on GMA 7 this May 15, 10:30-11:30 AM! Viewers can claim over 4,000,000 worth of cash, ShopeePay credits, merchandise, and more by playing Shopee Shake, Shopee Milyonaryo, and Watch and Win. 

Play Shopee Prizes to win more freebies

Try your luck with Shopee Prizes for more awesome giveaways. Win a Toshiba Mini Dishwasher by playing Lucky Prize, a Samsung Smart TV with Shopee Farm, ₱50,000 worth of ShopeePay credits or a Macbook Pro with Shopee Candy, and a Samsung gadgets bundle with Shopee Bubble.

For more information on how you can save money on your purchases this akinse, visit

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.