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Catch Two Weeks of Mega Deals and Mega Savings at Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day

Saturday, February 16, 2019

From February 15 to March 3, enjoy up to 90% off from top brands across all categories including Maybelline, Vivo, Robinsons Appliances, and more

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan officially kicks off Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day, with over two weeks of unmissable promotions. From February 15 to March 3, users can enjoy free shipping for purchases as low as ₱99, flash sales as low as ₱33, and Shopee vouchers worth ₱3 million. A mega lineup of top local and international brands, including Maybelline, Vivo, Reckitt Benckiser, Betadine, and Robinsons Appliances will also join Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day to offer exclusive deals at up to 90% off.

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee has had a superb start to the year after our popular Shopee 2.2 Double Double Sale, and we are excited to build on this momentum with Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day. We also launched our new commercial in the Philippines featuring our regional brand ambassador, BLACKPINK, this week and it has been a huge hit.As a young, talented, and passionate group of artistes, BLACKPINK is the perfect representation of Shopee’sbrand values and spirit. We are proud to partner them for Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day, and we look forward to working with BLACKPINK and YG Group to co-create more exciting initiatives to engage our users in the Philippines.”

17 days of mega deals and mega savings

Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day promises 17 days of non-stop promotions, highlighted by: 

  • Games Day on February 24, featuring an expanded 2 rounds of Shopee Quiz and 8 rounds of Shopee Shake respectively.

  • Vouchers Day on February 25, where users can save more through a huge array of vouchers, including attractive sitewide vouchers for use on any purchase on Shopee.

  • Flash Sale Day on February 27, packed with 10 rounds of flash sales and free shipping on all flash sale items.

Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day hits its peak on March 3. On this day, users can indulge in a full day of mega-sized promotions including free shipping, 10 rounds of flash sales starting at ₱33, as well as 2 and 8 rounds of Shopee Quiz and Shopee Shake respectively.

Countless deals from the biggest brands and partners only on Shopee

Shopee has teamed up with a mega lineup of top brands, including Maybelline, Vivo, Reckitt Benckiser, Betadine, and Robinsons Appliances to offer various exclusive deals on the hottest branded items only at Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day:

  • Maybelline: Up to 30% off fan-favourite items including Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara, SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition, and more

  • Reckitt Benckiser: Buy 1 Take 1 deals on the most popular products from Lactum, Enfagrow, and Sustagen from February 27 to March 3

  • Robinsons Appliances: Up to 50% off a wide assortment of televisions, gadgets, and home and kitchen appliances, with an exclusive flash sale during Shopee Home Day on February 21

In addition, Shopee has partnered with Nestle and Platinum Karaoke to run two Super Brand Days during Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day. In line with a growing preference among Filipino online shoppers for premium products, Nestle and Platinum Karaoke will each provide a full day of unbeatable promotions exclusively on Shopee:

  • Up to 90% off all brand items on Nestle Super Brand Day on February 22

  • Up to 65% off all brand items on Platinum Karaoke Super Brand Day on March 1

  • Free shipping with no minimum spend on both Super Brand Days

Finally, leading partners including Metrobank, SM Advantage Card, and Cebu Pacific will join Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day to deliver even greater cost-savings to shoppers. For instance, from February 20 to March 3, Metrobank credit cardholders can enjoy ₱300 off their purchase with a minimum spend of ₱1,500 on Shopee. SM Advantage Card will also be giving fans of The SM Store a special ₱100 off when they shop at least ₱500 on the Official SM Store on Shopee from February 20 to March 3.

For more information about Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day, visit

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Smart’s hit online series ‘‘FindHer’’ to air on Cignal starting Feb.16

[Feb 15, 2019] Due to its massive success, Smart’s first ever online series, ‘FindHer,’ is airing as a one-hour special on Cignal Digital TV’s lifestyle and entertainment channel, Colours, starting Feb. 16, Saturday, at 9 p.m.

The hit online series will also have replays over the next two days, Feb. 17 (11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) and Feb. 18 (3 a.m and 1 p.m.). Colours on Cignal is on Channel 60 (SD) and Channel 202 (HD). It is also on Channel 40 (SD) for SatLite and Cablelink subscribers.

A one-of-a-kind romantic-comedy story in the time of smartphones and dating apps, FindHer’s first five episodes debuted on Smart’s YouTube channel on Feb. 9, garnering over one million views on the first day. The highly anticipated final two episodes were aptly released on Valentine’s Day, and by then, the series’ pilot had reached over 2.6 million views.

Bringing the best content to subscribers
“Smart’s widely successful seven-part mini-series, ‘FindHer,’ is making its way from digital to TV. This is just the first of many innovations between both Cignal and Smart to bring the best content to all of our subscribers,” said Jane Basas, Cignal TV President & CEO.

“This is Smart’s first venture into creating an online series, so we are really ecstatic when ‘FindHer’ reached over 2 million views within just 48 hours. Through Cignal, we can’t wait to bring it to more audiences, who will find the series funny, heartwarming, and relatable,” said Andrew L. Santos, PLDT-Smart FVP and Consumer Marketing Head.

“We are overwhelmed with the positive reception to ‘FindHer,’ and we look forward to creating more of these amazing stories that highlight the important role of technology in shaping and nurturing relationships,” said Carlo Endaya, PLDT-Smart VP and Prepaid Business Head.

From acclaimed filmmaker and writers
‘FindHer’ stars Barbara Ruaro (Dog Days), Vance Larena (Bakwit Boys) and former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Dionne Monsanto (Tubig at Langis, Glorious). Directed by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Victor Villanueva and written by Carl Chavez and Rod Marmol, ‘FindHer’ was co-produced with Epicmedia and Bent & Buzz.

Since the release of the series, netizens have been abuzz with lively debates and discussions over the quintessential dilemma of modern dating: Is love online? Find out what everyone has been talking about by catching ‘FindHer’ on Cignal and Smart’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Smart, Sun and TNT customers can stream the series with Video Every Day, which offers up to one hour of free video streaming on YouTube, iflix, NBA League Pass, iWant and Cignal Play. Video Every Day comes with any active subscription to Giga Surf promos. To register to Giga Surf, simply dial *121#.

Join and follow the discussions online by using the hashtags #IsLoveOnline, #’FindHer’Series and #SmartVideoEveryDay.


Friday, February 15, 2019

 Dakasi Tea
Mall goers will have more fun shopping as the most awaited Milk Tea hotspot, Dakasi surely delights Milk tea lovers as they recently opened their newest store last week at SM City San Jose del Monte. 

Like the other milk tea chains, Dakasi will certainly satisfy your milk tea craving especially when you like it to be even creamier. This international milk tea brand offers many and different flavors made out of natural and fresh ingredients.

Dakasi at UGF of SM City San Jose del Monte

The winning element of one of their must try milk tea, the Okinawa Milk Tea which uses roasted brown sugar rather than regular syrup, is its thick and creamy froth. This appears to be both on top and as a thick layer at the bottom of your drink, so you get a rich and milky flavor through every sip.

Other signature favorites are Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea which is the most basic milk tea that tastes like a real tea with milk and with free pearls in it that is chewy and sweet, and the Oreo Milk Tea that taste like oreo cake in liquid form, as the oreo is well blended that makes it unique compared to other oreo milk teas. 

Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea

While you cannot adjust the sweetness of your drink, you can still get that distinctive unpretentious flavor as they blend the drinks with just the right amount of taste. 

Dakasi Creme Chocolate

Aside from their classics, Dakasi also offers out-of-the-box flavors like a Halo Halo Milk Tea, and snacks like nachos and quesadillas. Have you tried Dakasi Milk Tea? Try it now and share it with your friends. Visit Dakasi Milk Tea at the Upper Ground Level of SM City San Jose del Monte.

For more exciting and fun happenings, visit SM City San Jose del Monte’s Official Facebook Page, page

Ballet Manila closes 23rd performance season with DEUX

After a spectacular 23rd performance season, Ballet Manila is set to close its curtains with Deux, a double header that gracefully combines classical and contemporary ballet. The show will be held at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex on March 2 and 9 at 6PM and March 3 and 10 at 3PM.

The first chapter of the show will open with classical vignettes. It will highlight “Les Sylphides,” also known as “Chopiniana” in Russia, a romantic dreamy white ballet that depicts a lone danseur (The Poet) surrounded by his muses – white-clad sylphs or air spirits, dancing in the moonlight. While there is no plot, its lingering music by Frederic Chopin and lyrical choreography by Michael Fokine evoke the illusion of ethereal weightlessness which characterized the romantic era of ballet where technique is the focal point, especially the intricate pointe work of ballerinas.

From this dreamy ambiance, the audience will be transported to the second chapter filled with contemporary numbers, and exhilarating rock and roll beats in the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s The Winding Road set to the legendary music of The Beatles. The young or old will surely connect to the music and lyrics of I Saw Her Standing There, Here, There and Everywhere, Something, The Long and Winding Road, She Loves You, and many more!

“It has been a very exciting and rewarding 23rd season for Ballet Manila. It kicked-off with electrifying productions that formed part of our “Tour de Force” and now we’re poised to close it with Deux,” says Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. “We thank our audiences for their continued patronage and support and we hope to see you all again when the curtains rise for our 24thseason.”

Don’t miss this newest and most special double header! For tickets, visit

AXA Philippines and Lockheed Group-Medocare Health Systems forge agreement

One of the country’s leading insurance companies, AXA Philippines, signed a collaboration agreement with Lockheed Group-Medocare Health Systems, Inc., a unit of the EU Group of Companies that provides managed healthcare services that are affordable and responsive. Through this undertaking, Medocare will provide their customers expanded benefits, powered by AXA’s suite of superior life and non-life insurance products and services, including life insurance and group personal accident insurance. 

Photo shows AXA chief of commercial business Nicasio F. Rollan III (2nd from left) and Lockheed Group-Medocare chairman and CEO Ret. Col. Esteban B. Uy, Jr. (3rd from left), along with AXA head of commercial distribution Gerard S. Arga (leftmost) and Lockheed Group-Medocare acting president Atty. Dahn Greigor S. Uy (rightmost).

Major developments mark 2018 for Filinvest Mimosa+

Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City gave a big boost in 2018 to the economic evolution of Clark, Pampanga.

Filinvest’s first township in the North established itself last year as a major player in the transformation of Clark into an economic hub. Many factors have set Filinvest Mimosa+ in full motion, including the opening of major developments like the Workplus, an office campus set amid lush natural surroundings and fully equipped with fiber optic facilities, and recent key renovations at the Quest Plus Conference Center Clark. Filinvest Mimosa+ hosted a number of events that brought together the Clark community. The stunning and verdant Acacia Park was one of the venues for festive gatherings.

Last year, Filinvest Mimosa+ officially announced future large-scale attractions, like the International Casino and Hotel and Lifestyle Mall, among many other developments that will reshape the business and lifestyle landscape up north. Operating soon at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the Lodgeplus, a residential facility that will complement the Workplus office campus, as Filinvest Mimosa+ continues to promote a healthy work-life balance.

Filinvest Mimosa+ is also bringing the Clark Mimosa Strip to life. Filinvest’s first commercial project venture in the Central Luzon region, the retail strip will be situated on a 1.3-hectare land area and is envisioned as a lifestyle hub with various concept stores, wellness services and a wide array of dining options.

Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City is home to Quest Plus Conference Center Clark, Mimosa Golf Course and Workplus Office Campus. To know more about the live and upcoming developments, visit

Prestone PH’s Anak ng Mekaniko Scholarship program bags Silver Anvil Award

Pasig City, February 15, 2019—Prestone Philippines, a leading innovator of cutting-edge coolants, brake fluids, and motor oils, bagged a silver award for its Anak ng Mekaniko Scholarship Program during at the 54th Anvil Awards.

Presented annually by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil Awards is recognized as the premier award-giving body in the communications industry that symbolizes excellence in public relations.

Prestone’s Anak ng Mekaniko Scholarship program emerged as one of the recipients of the coveted award under the PR Programs Targeted at Specific Stakeholders category.

In line with its 90th Anniversary, Prestone initiated the nationwide search aimed at choosing nine students, who deserve a chance at receiving a tertiary education through the Anak ng Mekaniko Scholarship program.

“Prestone designed this program to help local auto mechanics not just by providing them with top-of-the-line products to use for their livelihood, but more importantly, could ease the financial burden of sending their children to school,” said Paolo Lao sales and marketing director of Clorox Southeast Asia.

The program also shines a light on the fundamental human right to a good education regardless of one’s age, gender or status. It puts into focus the lengths to which parents would go to give their children a better life.

The scholarship program did not require the nine selected scholars to enroll in automotive technology or a similar vocational course. Instead, it was set up to provide a free college education for any degree that they want to have.

Receiving the award during the Anvil Awards’ Gabi ng Parangal were Prestone executives, together with Kieth Bryan Perez, one of the recipients of the scholarship grant, and his parents, as well as representatives from Prestone’s communication and activation partners Themeactive, Inc. and PRC, Inc.

Audie Gemora Promil Four i-Shine Talent Camp

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Lisa Macuja

Parents with kids who are interested in ballet and theater can now enroll them in the Promil Four i-Shine Talent Camp, the highly anticipated talent development program that’s bigger and better this seventh season! The theater and ballet camps are new additions to Promil Four i-Shine Talent Camp’s classes in visual arts, music and modern dance.

Parents may now enroll their kids, ages six to eleven years old, in the camps offered in Metro Manila, Batangas, Cebu and Davao this summer.

Mentored by stage veteran Audie Gemora of Trumpets Playshop, the theater camp will harness children’s gift in self-expression, stage acting and performing arts. Classes for theater camp will be held on May 2 – 4, 6 – 7 at the Trumpets Playshop, Parc Foundation in Metro Manila; on April 22 – 26 at Ginazel’s Hotel in Batangas City.

Meanwhile, the ballet camp will be led by Liza Macuja of Ballet Manila and aims to nurture children who show potential in having smooth, delicate and fluid movement on stage. Ballet classes for kids in Metro Manila will be on April 22 – 26, May 2 – 4 and May 6 – 7 at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City. The ballet camp in Batangas will be on April 1 – 5 at the Steps Dance Studio in Lipa City, while for Davao, it will be on April 22 – 26 at the Metro Fitness and Family Gym in Davao City.

Promil Four i-Shine talent camp also offers classes in music, arts and dance. The classes will be led by masters in various fields of discipline: Robert Alejandro of Papemelroti and Kara Escay for the Art Camp, maestro Ryan Cayabyab for the Music Camp, celebrity choreographer Teacher Georcelle of G-Force for the Dance Camp.

The art camp in Metro Manila will be on April 22-26 in 8 Rockwell, Makati and on May 2 – 4 and 6 – 7 at Papemelroti, Quezon City. The art camp for Cebu and Davao will be on April 8 – 12 at the Jumping Clay, in Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City and in La Cima Building, respectively.

The dance camp in Metro Manila will be on April 22 – 27 in G-Force Dance Center in Quezon City and on April 29 – May 4 at the G-Force Dance Center in Alabang. For Cebu, the dance camp will be on April 29 – May 4 at the G-Force Dance Center in Cebu City.

Promil Four i-Shine Talent Camp will open its music camp in Metro Manila on April 8 – 12 and April 22 – 26 at the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, Robinson’s Galleria while in Cebu, it will be on April 22 – 26 at the Brown Academy of Music, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad in Cebu City.

Audie Gemora

Enrollment fees range from P4,500 to P8,500. But parents can avail exclusive discounts when they bring an official receipt of Promil Four or Promil Gold Four 1.2kg or 1.8kg bought from January 16, 2019 onwards once they pay for their chosen camp. Maximum discount per enrollee is P2,500.

A final recital will be held at the end of the camp to showcase the progress of all i-Shiners.

To enroll or know more #Promil4iShine7, visit

PROMIL® FOUR is a powdered Milk Drink for children over 3 years old. With its right level of essential and important nutrients, it can help support your child’s proper growth and mental development to #NurtureTheGift together with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Micro drones are coming to SM!

Witness pilots fly micro drones as SM Supermalls, in partnership with Tiny Whoop Philippines, holds its first major drone event, Cyberzone Micro Drone League 2019, on February 16 at SM City North EDSA.

“Drones have become a familiar sight in major cities here in the country, and are also used for commercial purposes. That is why SM Cyberzone, through this event, aims to promote responsible drone flying and increase awareness,” said SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing Jonjon San Agustin. “We also want to treat shoppers to awesome deals and offerings from a vast number of global and local brands available at SM Cyberzone.”

Head on over to the Cyberzone Event Center, Annex Building, and get your squad to compete at the event for a chance to win awesome prizes at the Whoop Arena. You can also experience the latest and hottest drone and find great discounts and exclusive deals for your hobby at the Drone Expo. Lastly, grab the chance to meet and play with pro pilots at the Pro Pilots Meet Ups.

The event also features tenant partners who will highlight amazing deals such as MemoXpress and I Click.

Find the most advanced and best gadgets at SM Cyberzone, the ultimate technology and lifestyle center of the SM Supermalls which offers a wide range of local and international tech brands with complete products and services. SM Cyberzone’s stores and services combine to form the most interactive and technological experience for its shoppers.

To join the event, register at

Siargao surfers win Coca-Cola Barkada Award for instilling value of education, environmental protection

The Sun Crew, represented by co-founder and manager, Wemar Bonono, receives multiple awards as main winner and the Coke Barkada Awardee at the 16th Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) Awards. 

Siargao has witnessed a major spike in tourism in recent years because of avid Filipino and foreign surfers flocking to the surfing capital. Because of this, many local children have also developed a passion for the water sport. Seeing this desire among the local youth, a group of dedicated individuals were inspired to put up the Sun Crew, using surfing as a tool to make a positive change in the lives of the island’s locals.

At the 16th Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) Awards, the Sun Crew was recognized as one of the main winners and was honored with the Coke Barkada Award for its innovative programs that have empowered local children and communities to build a brighter future and play a key role in protecting the environment.
Coca-Cola Foundation president, Cecile Alcantara, awards the special Coke Barkada Award to Sun Crew co-founder and manager, Wemar Bonono, for the Sun Crew’s initiatives on education and environmental protection. 

Wemar Bonono, Sun Crew manager and co-founder, shared that his inspiration behind establishing the organization was to help the local children, especially because of his own experiences growing up in the island. At 14, Wemar dropped out of school and decided to work as a surfing instructor to provide for his family.

“Actually, noong bata pa ‘ko hindi ako nag-e-eskwela kasi sobrang hirap ng buhay noon kasi wala pang tourists. Tapos ‘yung mga bata, ayaw ko rin na matulad sa akin. Marami silang nagtatanong kung pwede ba silang sumali at sabi ko ‘You’re welcome to join!’ Hindi kami namimili, basta nag-e-eskwela lang, ‘wag nila kalimutan yung pag-aaral, ‘yun ang importante,” shared Bonono.

To improve the children’s school attendance and to provide them with skills that will alleviate them from poverty, the Sun Crew started the Smart Sustainable Surfers (SSS) program where children earn Surfer Points for attending school and participating in other programs in exchange for surfboard use and surfing lessons. The SSS program resulted in a 100% increase in school attendance, with students attending 4 to 5 times a week.

Aside from motivating students to attend school; one of the main thrusts of Sun Crew is to make the children and the local community the custodians of the island’s environment. To address the increasing waste that is produced with rising tourist arrivals, Sun Crew conducts weekly beach clean-ups with the help of the Smart Surfers, locals, and volunteers; collects and segregates the waste of the barangay; and holds eco-bricking and up-cycling sessions.
The twenty TAYO Awards finalists witness the fruits of their labor at the 16th awarding ceremony.

With its goal of creating a sustainable and waste-free Siargao and uplifting local communities through education, the Sun Crew best embodies the Coca-Cola company values and is aligned with the company’s vision of a World Without Waste. In January 2018, Coca-Cola announced its commitment to collect and recycle one bottle for each that it sells globally by 2030 and the company continues to work towards this goal.

Coca-Cola has been a proud partner of the TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. and continues to recognize outstanding youth organizations that are building a better Philippines through innovative programs. 
The top ten accomplished youth organizations and the esteemed board of judges share the stage at the 16th TAYO awards.

“Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and TAYO go a long way. Our partnership began in 2005 through the Coke Barkada Award, a special recognition given to the TAYO finalist that shares our passion to improve wellbeing of communities with projects that are aligned with Coca-Cola’s sustainability priorities. We are grateful for this opportunity to stay connected to the youth through the TAYO awards,” shared Coca-Cola Foundation president Cecile Alcantara.

The other 16th TAYO Awardees were AQILAH (Marawi City), Association of Young Environmental Journalists (Dumaguete City), Center for Sustainability Philippines, Inc. (Puerto Princesa City), Cuartero National High School Taliamba Ensemble, FLMIS YES – O (Iligan City), MIMAROPA Young Leaders (Oriental Mindoro), Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (Lapu-Lapu City), Team BakUNAWA (Iloilo City), and Tuklas Katutubo – Upper Lumabat Chapter.

8990 announces P2 billion share buyback program

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

8990 Holdings, listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol “HOUSE” and one of the fastest growing real estate developers in the Philippines, announced that its board of directors approved a P2 billion share buyback program that excludes the company’s majority shareholders from participating in the program.

“Our share buyback program reflects the board’s confidence in our financial performance and commitment to increasing shareholder value while maintaining the liquidity of 8990’s stock in the market as well as public ownership requirements,” said 8990 Holdings president and chief executive officer Willie J. Uy. “The exclusion of shareholders with controlling stakes in the company underlines 8990’s commitment to providing true shareholder value.”

8990’s board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to P2 billion of the company’s common stock. The purchases may be up to 18 months from the approval unless the period is otherwise shortened by the board of directors. The purchases will depend on market conditions and subject to regulatory considerations. Controlling shareholders such as iHoldings and Kwantlen Development Corporation, which own a combined 61.88 percent stake in 8990 Holdings, voluntarily offered not to participate in the repurchase program as an act of good faith to its existing shareholders.

Under the program, share buyback transactions will be triggered in cases the company feels the shares are “substantially undervalued,” there is high share price volatility or that the buyback would enhance shareholder value.

“We plan to repurchase shares using cash and book as treasury. We assure our shareholders that the implementation of the program will not affect any of 8990’s prospective and existing projects and investments,” noted Uy.

8990 aims to be one of the Philippines’ top real estate developers. Its landbank of close to 540 hectares is projected to deliver approximately P154 billion in sales in the next eight to ten years.

For 2019, 8990 is guiding a 17 percent year-on-year growth on its topline from P11.5 billion to P13.5 billion by the end of the year.

8990 Holdings, through its DECA brand, has completed more than 50,000 units over the past 14 years nationwide. Its projects in Luzon, particularly Urban Deca Homes Manila in Tondo, is expected to generate close to 50 percent of 8990’s 2019 revenue target of P13.5 billion which is seen to translate to P5.2 billion in net income.


The SM Store “Share Shoes” campaign. Donate pre-loved and brand new shoes at The SM Store from February 15- April 15, 2019 and help give new shoes to Caritas and SM Foundation beneficiaries.

Give the less fortunate children and families a gift of new pairs of shoes this year with The SM Store’s “Share Shoes” campaign.

Shoes are essential in our life’s journey. And for less fortunate children, a new pair of shoes will allow them to walk safely as they perform their daily chores and go from home to school. Good shoes also inspire us to work hard because with new pairs of shoes, we can start taking little steps towards achieving our dreams.

In this joint project of The SM Store and SM Shoes Department, booths have been set up in all The SM Store branches nationwide. Shoppers can now have the chance to donate pre-loved and brand new pairs of shoes from February 15- April 15, 2019. 

SM Shoppers can purchase these new shoes from The SM Store Shoes Department and donate these to this year’s “Share Shoes” campaign.

Each donation entitles a customer with a Php 50 discount coupon which can be redeemed for every minimum Php 500 single-receipt purchase of any regular-priced shoes or footwear from The SM Store of SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag and SM City San Jose Del Monte. Coupons are valid until April 15, 2020

All donated shoes will be for the benefit of Caritas and SM Foundation beneficiaries.

Share Shoes is one of the ways The SM Store and its customers work together to share blessings to the less fortunate. These donations will certainly bring hope and smiles to all beneficiaries nationwide.

Other upcoming projects are Donate-A-Book; Give the Gift of Wellness and Share-A-Toy 2019. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Have a sweet soiree at SM Center Pulilan’s Dunkin Donut DD Bars in six exciting flavors- Tiramisu, Eclair, Split Royale, Lady Finger, and Matcha. (Photo by

Classic and new taste combined are now making waves at the heart of northern Bulacan as SM Center Pulilan introduces newest recipes from their wide array of popular food stops.

Trending now are some of SM Center Pulilan’s newest offer coming from Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Snow Panda, King Sisig, Bulalo World and Classic Savory. Have a sneak and take your pick at some of these stores’ must-try offers now available for your own craving.

Dunkin Donut’s DD Bars 

First stop is Dunkin Donut’s latest buzzing treat- the DD Bars! The authentic source of sweet goodness in the Philippines has really raised the bar this time with their five must try flavors—Tiramisu, Eclair, Split Royale, Lady Finger, and Matcha. Among the five oblong-shaped bars comes three flavors with Bavarian filling on the inside— The Éclair DD Bar frosted with dark chocolate, topped with buttercream rosette and strawberry accent. Tiramisu DD Bar covered in tiramisu-flavored chocolate, sprinkled with nuts, drizzled with dark chocolate. At last, is the most anticipated Matcha DD Bar covered with sweet Matcha chocolate with streaks of dark and white chocolate on top. 

Burger King’s Double Quarter Pound King 

Check out Burking King at SM Center Pulilan and endulge into their Double Quarter Pound King made with 100% flame grilled beef. (Photo by /burgerkingph)

Second on the row is Burger King, the real highness when it comes to awesome burger goodness. Not losing their wit when it comes to perfecting their recipes, Burger King introduces Double Quarter Pound King made with 100% flame grilled beef, topped with all-time favorite ingredients: American cheese, freshly sliced onions, zesty pickles, ketchup, & mustard all on a toasted sesame seed bun. 

Snow Panda’s Korean Style Milk Tea 

Milk tea lovers unite as Snow Panda finally introduces their line of Korean Style Milk Tea flavors namely Cream Cheese Milk Tea, Black Sugar Tiger Milk Tea and Assam/Earl Grey Milk Tea. Have yours now at SM Center Pulilan. (Photo by /snowpandaphilippines)

The national dessert Snow Panda is here and definitely makes a worthy comeback with their own version of Korean Style Milk Tea available in three iconic flavors- Cream Cheese Milk Tea, Black Sugar Tiger Milk Tea and Assam/Earl Grey Milk Tea. 

King Sisig’s BOOM PARES Sizzling Beef Pares 

The classic recipe gets a revamp with King Sisig’s BOOM PARES Sizzling Beef Pares also available in SM Center Pulilan. (Photo by /kingsisig)

True to its claim, King Sisig is the real highness when it comes to Sisig philosophy. From its origin in Pateros, Metro Manila, King Sisig is the only restaurant with a unique offering of wide sisig variety. From its signature sizzling pork sisig, to other steamy sisig flavors such as chicken, bangus, beef tapa, lechon, seafood, pork BBQ, crispy liempo, and the 7in1 Porky Pork Royal feast. The sisig experiment is unlimited as they introduce Sisig pancit and veggie sisig lumpia.

Now, sisig lovers behold as they introduce the newest addition to their original recipes, no less than BOOM PARES Sizzling Beef Pares. The uniquely tender beef sizzles in full flavors served with the perfect spices and paired with rice, or even UNLI rice for the hungry bunch.

Bulalo World’s Sinigang na Hipon 

All time Pinoy Favorite Sinigang na Hipon is now at available at Bulalo World. Treat yourself to a warm bowl for sharing to family and friends now at SM Center Pulilan. (Photo by /officialbulaloworld)

Go get yourself recharged from a long day’s work or better yet treat your family to a healthy meal, with a taste of classic home recipe— Sinigang na Hipon. The popular Filipino dish is now ready to serve at Bulalo World SM Center Pulilan. Savor the perfect taste of tender shrimps with a kick of sour tamarind flavor blended with fresh vegetables. You may also check out the store’s signature dish Hot Bulalo for an ultimate “taste of home” experience.

Savory Classic’s Incredi-Bowls 

Savory Classic’s Incredi-Bowls comes in four explosive flavors: Fish Fillet Tofu Chili Garlic and Fried Pork & Shrimp Dumplings with Vegetable Rice, Lechon Macau and Chopsuey and Plain Rice, Salt & Pepper Squid, Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet and Tofu in Tausi Sauce with Vegetable Rice and Porchop, Kikiam and Shanghai Rolls with Vegetable Rice. (Photo by Classic Savory official website/

It is an explosion of flavors as Classic Savory; the home of the Savory Fried Chicken and other Filipino and Chinese dishes finally brings to the table the oriental flavors all in one bowl. Tagged as Incredi-Bowls, the fusion of taste comes in four flavors— the new Fish Fillet Tofu Chili Garlic and Fried Pork & Shrimp Dumplings with Vegetable Rice, Lechon Macau and Chopsuey and Plain Rice, Salt & Pepper Squid, Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet and Tofu in Tausi Sauce with Vegetable Rice and Porchop, Kikiam and Shanghai Rolls with Vegetable Rice.

Also, feast on their newest plates of mouthwatering dishes such as Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Beef in Mushroom Gravy, Shrimp and Vegetables Stir Fry with Broccoli and Spicy Pepper Beef Steak.

At SM Center Pulilan, the search for great food spots continues to get more exciting with the arrival of new concepts and satisfying dining selections their stores has to offer. Stay tune as the coming months will unveil more amazing stores to hit SM Center Pulilan. For more updates, follow SM Center Pulilan at Facebook and Instagram.

Turn up the diskarte this 2019 with JolliSavers!

With two new hilarious videos, Eugene Domingo is back to dispense much-needed diskarte advice for those all-too-familiar peligro moments

New year, new you—and new delightful ways to overcome everyday peligro with Diskarteng Savers!

Comedian Eugene Domingo is back in two new hilarious Jollibee videos to deliver laughs and creative tips to address days with a limited budget.

Petsa de peligro, the familiar term used during the most challenging days before payday, now extends beyond the usual 14th and 29th of the month. As prices of daily needs rise by the day, young working Pinoys are now constantly being challenged to stretch the value of their money. Nowadays, Pinoys face “Everyday Peligro”, where their budgets and creativity are tested on a daily basis.

Like the video that the leading fast-food brand released earlier this month, Eugene guides struggling millennial young adults through creative, enjoyable, and satisfying diskarte hacks to survive everyday peligro—all with the help of her wit and JolliSavers!

Want to impress your office crush but running on a tight budget? Eugene has a special recommendation that will not break the bank and can improve your chances of winning the heart of your crush.

It's Friday night—and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the beginning of the weekend! But when the office barkada’s collective funds are running low, what can they do to still have an enjoyable night? Eugene has another great recommendation that keeps the spending low and the fun levels high.

“The idea of Diskarteng Savers tips was inspired by real life situations of young working Pinoys addressing their budget-related challenges with lightheartedness and creativity,” shared Cathleen Capati, Jollibee AVP and Head for Flagship Category. “JolliSavers has always been the affordable, delicious, and satisfying solution in dealing with everyday peligro without compromising flavor or budget.”

Take on the challenge of everyday peligro with all the bestselling Jollibee classics you love, for only P50.00* or less! Choose from the Beefy Langhap-Sarap Yumburger (P35.00*), the Cheesiest, Meatiest Sweet-Sarap Jolly Spaghetti (P50.00*), the Beefy-Saucy Linamnam Ulam Burger Steak (P50.00*), and the Todo Toppings, Todo Sarap Jolly Hotdog (P50.00*)—available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

Stay tuned for more Diskarteng Savers tips by liking Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribing to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and following @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

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No Date on Valentine's? Nimo TV Got You Covered

Tired of being alone on that special day of the year? Don’t fret; with a positive attitude and a little creativity, you can have as much fun as every happy couple you encounter even if you’re single. Here are some ideas that will level up your Valentine’s Day!

Start streaming

Online streaming is gaining popularity nowadays; gamers are not just hooked on playing but also streaming online. Whether you’re a newbie or a professional, streaming is an excellent avenue to show your talents and be rewarded.

Meet fellow gamers

Video game streaming platform links gamers with one another. It embraces the vast cultures of its communities making it easier for players to communicate and be friends with each other. You will never feel alone when you start streaming; start meeting new friends not just from your country but also from the whole world.

Send and receive gifts.

Sending and receiving gifts is also possible and more accessible in the online world as you reward yourself while watching you can show gratitude to your favorite streamer by sending in-app gifts to gain popularity. No long lines and heavy traffic because with just a click of a button you can start sending love to streamers you follow.

So who needs a date this Valentine’s Day if you can have a lovely experience by streaming online?

Download the NiMO TV app at Apple app store and Google Play store. Click link here.

Shopee Unveils BLACKPINK as Official Campaign Ambassador for Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day

Monday, February 11, 2019

Look forward to free shipping, flash sales starting at ₱33, ₱3 million worth of Shopee vouchers, and more from February 15

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces BLACKPINK as the official campaign ambassador for Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day, and debuts the eagerly-anticipated BLACKPINK television commercial in the Philippines. In addition, Shopee launches the first YG Official Shop in the Philippines on February 11, giving Filipino K-Pop fans exclusive access to official YG merchandise from their favorite artists, including BLACKPINK, WINNER, and iKON.

Shopee is offering fans exclusive deals to celebrate the launch of YG Official Shop and the brand new BLACKPINK commercial. Users can score 10% off the official BLACKPINK lightstick on YG Official Shop from February 11 to 18, and 20% off in a special flash sale on February 12.

Happening from February 15 to March 3, Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day promises yet another wave of unbeatable promotions. Users can enjoy free shipping for purchases as low as ₱99, flash sales starting at ₱33, and ₱3 million worth of vouchers up for grabs. Stay tuned for further exciting updates about Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day this week.

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JUXTA:POSITION; Carved Wooden figures Exemplifying Aesthetics of Reduction

For the first time in the Philippines, an impressive collection of traditional Cordillera pieces will be seen in public alongside artworks by 20th and 21st-­‐century Filipino abstract artists.

Owned by Hong Kong-­‐based AsianArt:Future (AA:F), which is chaired by Swiss Martin Kurer, some of the collection will be on display at 1335 Mabini in Karrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati, from February 16 to March 2, 2019.

Aptly titled “JUXTA:POSITION”, the exhibition comes as a result of Kurer’s particular interest in the universal and widespread use of the aesthetics of reduction, something present he says in the carved wooden figures or bulul, which are closely associated with the Ifugao peoples of Northern Luzon.

A three-­‐part book, JUXTA:POSITION (The Aesthetics of Reduction), will be made available to the public. In it, Kurer goes into greater detail on the aestheticism of the carvings of the Cordillera peoples, which he says can also be perceived and described utilizing an artistic vocabulary similar to the one of the Abstract Art movement. The second and third parts highlight the bululs, boxes, kinahu, and spoons of the Cordillera peoples, mostly from the 19th century and earlier, and a number of abstract paintings from Filipino artists, as photographed by At Maculangan of Pioneer Studios, Manila.

Similar exhibitions have been done before by the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1988 and accompanied by William Rubin’s catalogue “The Primitivism of Modern Art”, and in 2009 at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen/Basel titled “Visual Encounters, Africa, Oceanic, and Modern Art”, which showed tribal masterpieces alongside works of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Vassily Kandisnky, Rousseau, Constantin Brancusi, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Mark Rothko.

More recently, the exhibition of Les Collections Barbier-­‐Muller “100 Years of Passion” showed tribal art pieces from Africa and Oceania in the context of contemporary art of Baselitz, Jeff Koons, and others.

“I am not looking at the use of these aesthetic principles from a scholarly point of view,” Kurer says. “Rather, I look at pieces of art from different backgrounds and periods, and attempt to search some aesthetic interaction or connection among them.”

Each bulul, a box or bowl from AsianArt:Future’s collection, most of which were gathered from old collections, assembled in the last century, will be shown with a corresponding artwork from José Joya, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, H.R. Ocampo, Lee Aguinaldo, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Fernando Zóbel, Lao Lianben, and Gus Albor, who created a painting specifically for the exhibition.

Kurer invites the audience to look at the partnered pieces and perhaps spark a dialogue on the aesthetic vocabulary of the two genres of artistic creation, which, on the face of it, may not have much in common.

Yet, through the simplicity, directness, discipline, the reduction to the essence, understatement, and the ability to show a hidden reality, it does according to Kurer.

This approach, Kurer adds, is not to subordinate traditional Cordillera art to the viewpoint of “modern” or “fine” art point of view but to allow both sources to be looked at on the same level.

“That also means to avoid looking, in the traditional approach, at the Cordillera pieces shown from the perspective of their anthropological, ceremonial, and functional background and use,” Kurer says. “What the exhibition and juxtaposition focuses on is the artistic implementation of the carver’s dealings with the spiritual world in their natural environment, and the search for the unconscious, and how it co-­‐relates or connects with the same search for aesthetics of their modern artistic counterparts.”

In the January/February 2017 edition of Asian Art Magazine, AsianArt: Future published an article that looks in detail into the art of the Cordilleras people and their counterparts around the globe. The write up points out that pieces they have created match the quality of the pieces of African and Oceanic tribal art. Kurer also published a book titled Simplicity.Ifugao Sculpture.Power (Hong Kong University Press/Columbia University Press).

As a collector, Kurer remains fascinated by the fact that artists from different continents, with very distinct cultural heritages, and from very different epochs, could end up employing—or be perceived to be employing—very similar aesthetic approaches and furthering this dialogue is what he hopes the exhibition will achieve.

Citi strengthens partnership with Land Bank with cross border payment solutions

Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed (3rd from right) celebrates the partnership with a handshake with Land Bank of the Philippines president and CEO Alex Buenaventura (3rd from left). They are joined by (L-R): Treasury and Trade Solutions country head Arlene Nethercott, Land Bank Treasury and Investment Banking Sector head Carel Halog, Citi ASEAN Treasury and Trade Solutions head Debopama Sen and Corporate and Investment Banking head Vikram Singh.

Citi, through Citibank Europe PLC, has signed an agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines to be the exclusive payment service provider for cross border solutions via Citi’s WorldLink® Payment Services. The partnership enables Land Bank to extend their payment service networks to include over 40 currencies, allowing the government-owned bank to deliver funds to beneficiaries around the globe in the currency that they need.

The partnership was commemorated last November 8 by representatives of Citi and Land Bank of the Philippines, led by Land Bank president and CEO Alex Buenaventura, Land Bank Treasury and Investment Banking Sector head Carel Halog, Citi Philippines

CEO and country officer Aftab Ahmed, Citi ASEAN Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) head Debopama Sen, Treasury and Trade Solutions country head Arlene Nethercott, Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) head Vikram Singh, and CIB Public Sector head Aesha Pabillon.

At the event, Citi and Land Bank recognized the importance of the partnership and potential for the platform to drive improved operational efficiency through cost savings for Land Bank and other government agencies.

Through this partnership and with the use of WorldLink®, we hope our government agencies will be more efficient, transparent and provide better service to Filipinos here and overseas,” said Land Bank president and CEO Alex Buenaventura.

According to Citi’s ASEAN TTS head Debopama Sen, “We value this partnership with Land Bank and the opportunity to showcase Citi’s comprehensive range of digitally enabled treasury, trade and liquidity management solutions.”

WorldLink®, Citi’s leading cross-border payments solution is used by over 1,200 financial institutions globally, to efficiently make payments in more than 130 currencies and 195 countries. WorldLink® offers an unparalleled solution delivering cost efficiencies, automation, consistent reporting, robust security, and compliance with evolving and complex regulatory requirements.

La Festa Degli Innamorati with Villa Del Conte

No one is more passionately in-love with being in-love than the Italians. In fact, in Italy, they have a celebration called “La Festa Degli Innamorati” or Feast of Lovers, which lasts for four days to a month and is strictly celebrated between couples, where they exchange flowers, love notes, romantic candlelit dinners and delicious chocolates. 

This Love Month, Villa Del Conte shares the Italian tradition of La Festa Degli Innamorati with their Amore Gift Collection of creative, rich and authentic Italian chocolates masterfully handcrafted from Padova, Italy. You can choose from Villa Del Conte Amore Chocolate Gift Box that contains 115 grams of rich assorted pralines; Amore 5g square with 50% dark chocolate; Amore 100g chocolate bar; or Amore Crate Gift Set. 

The Amore 100g chocolate bar is available in two flavors: dark chocolate with crunchy toffee and sea salt, and milk chocolate with hazelnut chips. Meanwhile, the Amore Crate Gift is a romantic combination of decadent Villa Del Conte chocolates, fresh roses and fragrant wine on a rustic wooden crate. Visit Villa del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.

Cebuana Lhuillier wins international customer service awards for second time

Cebuana Lhuillier officers join Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO in posing with the International Service Excellence award was during the company’s Client Experience Awards. (from left to right : Rolando Dario, Regional Manager, Jose Miguel Jimenez, First Vice President and Head of Pawnshop Operations, Ergilio Ong, First Vice President and Head of Information and Communications Technology, Marissa Ancog, First Vice President and Head of Corporate Planning, Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO, Feliciano Vizcarra, Regional Manager, Vincent Gomez, Regional Manager, Joel Da Costa, Regional Manager)

Cebuana Lhuillier, the Philippines' largest microfinancial services provider, won once again the distinction of being the 'Best of the Best' at the recently concluded 2018 International Service Excellence Awards (ISEA) by the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA). The award cemented the company’s legacy as a global leader in service experience.

"To receive this award for the second time validates the positive results of our tireless efforts to continuously improve and provide only the best customer experience to every client we serve," said Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier. The well-respected Filipino businessman and philanthropist added, "On behalf of the company, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to CSIA for recognizing Cebuana Lhuillier once again as a pillar of excellence in quality customer service. We will continue to find new and innovative ways to offer products and services that are more accessible and relevant to our patrons and that adhere to international customer service standards."

CSIA Managing Director Christine Churchill noted that the winners of this year's ISEA are organizations and individuals that are committed to service excellence by using a brilliant combination of their people and cutting edge technology to enhance their client experiences.

"The 2018 awards race was absolutely outstanding! The calibre of entries and variety of industries represented were the most to date," added Churchill who is also the vice president of the International Council of Customer Service Organizations (ICCSO). "It is exciting to see the great strides these organizations and leaders are taking."

ISEA adheres to the International Customer Service Standard (ICSS), which provides a comprehensive and practical framework to assist organizations in delivering consistently high levels of service. This standard, based on the balanced scorecard methodology, reviews organizations to determine if the customer is the focus of the business and how that is supported through culture, processes, procedures, training, hiring practices, and daily actions.

It was in 2016 when Cebuana Lhuillier bagged its first "Best of the Best" award. In the same year, the company also secured its re-certified ICSS Gold status and achieved an overall average score of 8.70, the highest achieved by an organization, for the second year in a row.

Thai Getaways For Starters: A Festival To Experience For Every Season

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Manila, Philippines – Some places appeal best to travelers at certain times of the year. Some destinations, however, never run out of attractions whatever the time or season of the year it is. In Thailand, for instance, there’s always a time and place where you can immerse yourself in a fusion of sights, sounds, and experiences. And where else can you best experience these feasts for the senses aside from Thai festivals?

Whether you’re headed for a summer adventure or a year-end retreat, there’s a festival in any corner where you can experience the best of Thailand’s people, culture, and way life. Festivals combine the best of Thailand’s arts, music, cuisine, hospitality, and other aspects of everyday life to give each traveler a full experience of the ‘Land of Smiles.’ 

If you plan to visit, Thailand this year, here are five must-experience festivals that will offer you a glimpse of the Southeast Asian kingdom’s long history and vibrant culture:

Pattaya International Music Festival (March 14-16, 2019) 

When this international music festival starts swinging, pop, rock, hip-hop and R’n'B artists from Thailand and around the world perform for celebrating crowds at the stretch of the Pattaya beach road. If you’re headed to Thailand to party with friends from sundown to midnight, you might as well be in one of the world’s largest beach festivals.

Songkran Festival (April 13-15, 2019)

The Songkran Festival marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year, where people all over Thailand engage in the ultimate water fight. If you’re taking part in the Songkran Festival, you can expect to stay drenched for three days, so you better be armed with a bucket or a water pistol. Among the best places for Songkran celebrations are Bangkok’s Khao San Road, Chiang Mai, and Ayutthaya.

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival (July)

This festival commemorates a Buddhist event called Asahna Bucha, when Buddha delivered his first sermon. Held at the beginning of the Buddhist lent called Khao Pansa, the festival puts the spotlight on the work of local artisans: elaborate candles, wax carvings, and decorated floats. For art and history junkies, the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is one that cannot be missed.

Loy Krathong (November 13, 2019)

Known as the Thai Festival of Lights, the Loy Krathong Festival is held during the first full moon of the traditional Thai Lunar calendar’s 12th month. At this festival, you can join the crowd in letting lotus-shaped, candlelit containers float down the river, relish the visual spectacle that follows, and share an unforgettable memory with loved ones. One of the best places to celebrate Loy Krathong is Chiang Mai, where it coincides with the lantern festival called Yee Peng.

Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival (December 12-16, 2019)

An annual arts, music, and lifestyle festival that made its debut in 2014, Wonderfruit brings together the arts, eco-living, and music at The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya. During the four-day long festival, you can watch musical acts, visit art installations, attend wellness activities, and feast on local cuisine by renowned chefs. If you’re looking for a year-end trip worth remembering, this might be the festival for you to attend.

While these festivals can be your top choices for a Thai getaway this year, there are still a lot more choice of months and places to go to. Whether you’re on a solo trip, an adventure with friends, or a family holiday, there’s a festival to provide the setting for your #THAIMazing story.

Formally introducing these festivals to the Philippine market, the Tourism Authority of Thailand gathered selected print and online media at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo. With TV host – Robi Domingo, on hand, attendees were given a taste of what’s instore during their next Thailand adventure.

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