It’s 100 Days ‘til Christmas and it’s all about caring and giving at SM Supermalls

Friday, September 17, 2021


The past years have always had us counting down to the most wonderful time of the year when the ‘ber’ months roll in; Christmas carols fill the air, dazzling tree lights dot the streets, shopping for gifts becomes a sport, and everyone else goes on a diet to make way for Christmas feasts.

This year may not be as festive as previous years, but it will most certainly be more meaningful. SM showed us the most uplifting way to best celebrate the season with “100 Days of Caring”;  featuring 100 days of spreading love, thoughtfulness, and care for one another and for the communities surrounding our favorite SM malls. The virtual event showcasing the pledges happened Thursday, Sept 16, 2021 over FB Live and WatchSM on YouTube.

“100 days of Caring”.
 To kickstart the Christmas countdown, SM pledged to donate to over 10,000 beneficiaries, namely communities in need, hardworking SM employees, medical frontliners and dedicated delivery partners, among others. Some of the beneficiaries and their partner malls are as follows: 

‘Gift’ for your mental health. Aside from our physical health being at risk during a pandemic, our mental health is also affected due to the stress and anxiety these times bring. And since SM believes in the value of taking care of our mental health, Dr Gia Sison, MD DPCOM gave a  ‘Call to Share’ talk during the virtual launch. Dr Gia Sison is a mental health advocate and co-founder of PH Leader Livestrong Foundation. Her talk centered on how to cope during this stressful time and still find hope in a better tomorrow.

100 voices that care. If there’s one thing that binds us all Filipinos together, it’s our passion and love for music. While we may not be allowed to have big gatherings this year, SM entertained the audience with the performance of the 3 Divas – Rahda, Frenchie and Bituin Escalante; later on joined by 100 artists, singers, and SM employees and stakeholders who came together to sing during the virtual launch on Sept 16.

We may be in the middle of a pandemic, times may be tough, and many of us may be physically apart, but let’s not forget what this season truly means. To view the event, go to WatchSM on YouTube.

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While staying home during the past year, many have embraced the sporting life to keep healthy, happy and fit. They’ve turned to home gyms or online fitness classes instead of heading to the gym center; converted a part of their home into a yoga studio; biked their way to well-being through stationery bikes or cycled their way to the office; and have turned to their backyards to keep active and busy.

More than that, wellness has evolved from a lifestyle choice to a new status symbol, with an increasing number of fitness buffs showcasing their healthy lifestyles in social media, posting photos of them wearing athleisure apparel for all kinds of activities.

The good news is that Surplus has a new active wear collection designed for your comfort, performance, and style, perfect for both fitness and fashion.

Start your day balancing body, mind, and spirit with some yoga and meditation wearing a snug fit sports bra paired with lightweight and breathable leggings for a good range of motion. Do some cardio or strength training to boost your mood with sweat-wicking tees, gym shorts, or sweatpants.

If you’re going for a quick outdoor run or bike, wear athletic jackets or hoodies to protect your skin under the sun. Make sure also to keep your belongings safe with Surplus messenger bags, gym bags, and waist packs. Staying hydrated is also a must with tumblers and water bottles available in different designs and colors.

The Surplus active collection is available at Surplus stores located in most SM Supermalls nationwide.

Contact your nearest Surplus branch at or visit SM City San Jose del Monte, SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan. You may also check out Surplus at Lazada, SM Malls Online, and ShopSM. Surplus Order to Deliver is also now available; join their Viber community and follow them at Facebook and Instagram @SurplusPH and @Surplus_ph for more details.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

SM Foodcourt in Baliwag receives PH’s Safety Seal, certifying the establishment’s compliance in providing quality and safe food experience in the province of Bulacan.

Being awarded with PH’s Safety Seal further attest to SM Foodcourt’s commitment in enforcing Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS). On top of implementing wearing of facemask and face shield at all times, as well as safe distancing and queuing while orders are being taken, alcohols are also provided at each tenant counters and hallway for customers use. There are available handwashing stations and tissues provided as well as acrylic barriers for those who have actual food displays. Furthermore, regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as tables, chairs, countertops & partitions are regularly done by the sanitation personnel.

Aside from requiring patrons to submit to health declaration via official contact tracing app and non-contact temperature check prior entering the premises, money trays are also provided on the counter area. Moreover, customers are encouraged to do cashless transactions to further prevent the spread of coronavirus. Customers are also required to follow diagonal or alternate seating when dining.

Such safety measures and sanitary procedures are being implemented to all SM City Baliwag Foodcourt tenants such as Turks, Sisig Hooray, Mr. Kimbob, Baliwag Lechon, SALO, Sizzling Plate, Chizmozza, Buko Loco, Siomai House, Waffle Time, House of Takoyaki and Eggsprezz.

With the said efforts, and thorough assessment and evaluation conducted by representatives from government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Safety Seal tag was officially accorded to SM City Baliwag Foodcourt by the Local Government Unit through the head of the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) Jose Nilo Fernando.

Prior to this, SM City Baliwag became one of the first recipient of Safety Seal in Bulacan accorded May of this year.

“We are happy that all our efforts were recognized. With the “Safety Seal”, we hope to increase people’s confidence in visiting our malls as health, safety, and well-being of our mall patrons and employees always remain to be our top priority” says SM City Baliwag Mall Manager Rodora Tolentino.

PH’s Safety Seal is granted to establishments that are compliant with the Minimum Public Health Standards. The initiative is another way to promote the government’s effort in fighting against COVID19 while assuring public safety and encouraging consumers to patronize business establishments with Safety Seals.


Friday, September 10, 2021

SM Malls in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Pulilan, and Baliwag joined the COMELEC’s synchronized registration to speed up application and accommodate more voter applicants days before the September 30 registration deadline.

The opening of satellite COMELEC Voter Registration centers at the SM Supermalls will not only provide voters with more registration venues but will also give the public a safer, more convenient option amidst the prevailing COVID health crisis.

To ensure health protocols are observed in satellite registration sites, COMELEC will cater to at least 200 voter applicants a day in SM City Marilao and SM Center Pulilan and 150 applicants a day for SM Malls in Baliwag and San Jose Del Monte.

The Commission on Elections is encouraging all qualified voters to register and participate in the upcoming 2022 National and Local Elections. Registration is open to new voters, transfer applications from outside or within the city or town, reactivation, correction of entry by virtue of marriage, or misspelled name. Registrants may also download and accomplish the application forms and health declaration card from the COMELEC website to affix their signatures and have their biometrics captured when they go to the registration venue.

SM Supermalls has 76 satellite COMELEC Voter Registration centers nationwide and will run until September 30. Through the inked partnership with the Commission on Elections, SM Supermalls is providing free space and waived charges to essential conveniences so they can efficiently operate the registration centers.


Thursday, September 9, 2021


SM Mall in San Jose del Monte City in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) has successfully achieved the 100% vaccination status across employees, agency staff, and tenant partners.

For the safety of its frontline workers and customers, and to stay true to its commitment to provide safe malling experience, SM City San Jose del Monte encouraged all its employees to get vaccinated against Covid19 and rewardingly became the second mall to hit the 100% vaccination status next to SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown.

“We are truly grateful for the strong commitment of LGU and the mall team, SM City San Jose del Monte is now 100% vaccinated. It is true that we can really be stronger and can achieve significant milestones if we will all work hard.” said Regional Operations Manager Lea D. Sta Ana. “We will remain committed in giving the community the safest shopping experience.” she added.

Last May 14, the mall became one of the LGU’s partner in inoculating those in the priority list. Then, the City Health Office started with just 400 vaccines per day. And now that there are more available vaccines, they were able to inoculate 2,000 at the most.

And since vaccines became available to category A4 or the frontline personnel in essential sectors, the mall management became the bridge to the city health and to its frontline employees who weren’t yet vaccinated to get their jab done, which includes the guards, janitorial services, sales clerk, affiliates and tenant’s staff.

Regardless of this achievement, SM City San Jose del Monte will continuously and strictly implement the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask, face shields, social distancing, washing of hands, and bringing their own handy alcohol or sanitizers.

9 Reasons to Check Out 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee’s Most Action-Packed and Rewarding Sale Yet

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Who’s excited for the start of the most action-packed shopping season yet? This September 9, you can enjoy the biggest discounts, the most exciting rewards, and the best entertainment all in one place: Shopee! 

Here’s a rundown of all the thrilling deals you can expect this 9.9 Super Shopping Day:

  1. Get free shipping with no minimum spend

If you’re serious about sticking to your budget and want to avoid adding a few extra products to your cart just to get eligible for free shipping, check out 9.9 Super Shopping Day to enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend. 

  1. Enjoy as much as 20% cashback

Did you know that you can use cashback to get discounts on your next purchases? To get up to 20% cashback this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, click the Cashback icon on your Shopee homepage, then apply the vouchers to your shopping cart. 

  1. Save money with Daily 1 Deals

Enjoy big savings whether you’re shopping for daily essentials, pantry must-haves, merienda, and more. Head on over to Deals Near Me and use ShopeePay to enjoy deals from Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and other brands for only 1.

  1. Win Free Money

Until September 11, get a chance to have ₱100 worth of free money deposited to your ShopeePay wallet by activating your ShopeePay account, verifying it, making a purchase worth at least 100 using ShopeePay, and signing up at Use the Free Money to treat yourself or stock up on essentials! 

  1. Enjoy discounts from your favorite brands

Good news, brand sukis: you can get up to 90% off on leading brands such as Abbott, Havaianas, Maybelline, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive,, Del Monte, Unilever Beauty, P&G Beauty, Enfagrow, Huawei, Vivo, Pampers, Realme, and Xiaomi during 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Bonus: you can also claim 30% off brand vouchers! 

  1. Grab huge price drops at midnight 

It’s well worth staying up for the best deals at the two-hour Midnight Mega Sale this September 9. Grab unbeatable deals on thousands of products, including those from Shopee Mall, from 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM this 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

  1. Enjoy more deals with ShopeePay

Go cashless with ShopeePay to enjoy more rewards and convenience. This September 9, maximize your money’s worth with exclusive ShopeePay promos such as up to 50% cashback on bills payment, up to 50% off on mobile load, and more. 

  1. Win big prizes with Jackie Chan-themed in-app games

Get ready for some fun with Shopee superstar Jackie Chan! Log on to Shopee Live this September 9 to play a Jackie Chan-themed trivia game for a chance to win ShopeePay credits. Jackie Chan will also feature on games such as Shopee Spin & Win, Shopee Shake, and the all-new game Shopee Collectibles, where you can collect a set of items until September 9 to win exciting prizes such as a Samsung TV.

  1. Watch an exclusive interview with Hollywood action star Jackie Chan 

After wrapping up a fun and rewarding shopping spree, unwind with some in-app entertainment. Open Shopee Live this September 9, 9:00 to 9:30 PM, to catch an exclusive interview with Shopee superstar Jackie Chan.

For more deals this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, visit

If you need a little guidance navigating the app while shopping this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, friendly customer service reps will be ready to help! Just send Shopee Cares PH a DM on Facebook or Twitter. You can also scroll through to discover Shopee Cares PH's fun and educational tips for the best shopping experience.

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


Monday, September 6, 2021


SM shoppers can continue to share the joys of learning with children who need them most through The SM Store’s Donate a Book campaign, which is now ongoing at select branches nationwide until September 30, 2021.

While face to face classes still have to resume, schooling certainly extends beyond the campus. And your donations will go a long way as these will be very helpful to distributed to partner public schools and libraries around the country. Here’s how you can share your gift of knowledge:


·        Visit the Donate a Book booths at participating branches of the SM Store at Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

·        Donate new or pre-loved books. All books are very much welcome, especially storybooks, educational, and hobby books that can help spark a child’s curiosity, imagination, and knowledge.

·         Donate and match with Learning Is Fun (LIF) books that are available at The SM Store.  LIF offers a wide range of books from toddlers to adult categories such as activity books, early learning educational books, cookbooks, reference books, storybooks, Inspirational books, and game and toy books. Being the participating partner of the said campaign, the company will donate the same number of books sold   during the program period.

·        School supplies are welcome. you can also donate notebook packs of 6 and school sets that include a backpack, notebooks, rulers, and pens that are4 available at The SM Stationery section.

In exchange, shoppers will receive 100 pesos discount coupon for every donation made.

The Donate-a-Book campaign began in 1998 as one of SM Foundation’s groundbreaking mall-based programs. It has since been part of the SM Store’s community programs since 2015, collecting and distributing almost 800,000 books and learning materials through the generosity of The SM Store customers.


Share the Joy of Learning and visit the Donate-a-Book kiosks at SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag, SM City San Jose del Monte, and other participating branches of The SM Store nationwide.

ShopeePay Expands Its Network of Partner Merchants, Now Accepted at Over 50,000 Locations Nationwide

Friday, September 3, 2021


ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, expands its network of partner merchants. ShopeePay is now accepted at over 50,000 locations nationwide to cater to the evolving needs of the Filipino consumer, allowing users to enjoy a seamless and convenient experience when it comes to cashless payments. With this, ShopeePay adds merchants such as Lawson, Lander’s Central, UltraMega Supermarket, and Tiger Sugar to its roster.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of ShopeePay Online Philippines, said, “We have seen a steady acceleration in the adoption of digital payments as Filipinos fulfil more daily needs online amidst the ongoing pandemic. Through ShopeePay, we strive to ensure that users can shop and pay with ease. Through our partnership with thousands of establishments across the country, Filipinos can incorporate digital payments into their day-to-day lives while enjoying the many benefits ShopeePay has to offer. We will continue to enhance the e-wallet experience through various initiatives and collaborations with more brands in the future.”

More people continue to opt for cashless transactions for their convenience and safety. By 2026, the projected transactional value for digital payments is worth 11.29 trillion US dollars. With many shoppers shifting to digital payment methods, ShopeePay continuously finds ways to make the transition seamless, stress-free, and rewarding. In addition to growing its network of partner merchants, ShopeePay offers convenient digital transactions coupled with exciting discounts and cashback promos.

Pay Bills 

ShopeePay provides users with a safer way to settle various kinds of payables from the convenience of their homes. Users can use ShopeePayto pay bills from the following companies: Meralco, Maynilad, and Manila Water for utilities; PLDT, Globe, Smart, and Converge for mobile, landline, and internet payments; BPI for credit card payments; and DragonLoans, Home Credit, SkyPay, and Cashalo for loan payments.

Scan to Pay

Users can Scan to Pay with the ShopeePay QR code at over 2,500 ShopeePay partner merchants with over 15,000 total branches nationwide. These include new establishments such as Lawson, Lander’s Central, UltraMega Supermarket, HB1 Pharmacy, and Tiger Sugar, on top of existing essential merchants like Puregold and Seaoil. 

Meanwhile, users can also Scan to Pay for their COD orders with their Shopee Xpress rider. This feature is an added layer of security since they can check the parcel first to see if the order is correct and in good condition before paying. In addition, the payment is also contactless - ensuring the safety of both the buyers and riders to reduce potential health risks. 

Users can also purchase ShopeePay ₱1 Deals on the Shopee app and apply discount or cashback vouchers when they Scan to Pay with ShopeePay. 

Scan & Donate

The pandemic has further emphasized the need to help each other. With ShopeePay’s Scan & Donate feature, individuals can donate to their preferred charitable organization from the comfort of their own homes. Through ShopeePay, users can donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hope, GMA Kapuso Foundation, Philippine Red Cross, UNICEF, and many more.

Easy Top-Ups 

ShopeePay values the safety of its users which is why it continues to grow its network to expand its services all over the country. With over 38,000 top-up points in big cities like Manila, Cebu, and Davao, users can top up at payment and remittance centers such as 7-Eleven CliQQ, Bayad Center, Palawan Pawnshop, and Robinsons Department Store. Users can also enjoy easy and convenient top-ups as well through Online Banking, Debit Card, and Linked BPI Bank Account anytime and anywhere. 

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day 

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day is a much-anticipated event with exciting deals and promotions for all shoppers. This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, ShopeePay continues to expand its network of partners and offerings to enable users to do more with just a few taps. Users can buy load and stay connected on a budget with discounted load. Users can also get up to 50% bills cashback or up to ₱100 off on payments when paying for bills with Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, and more. For in-store purchases, ShopeePay users can also buy ShopeePay ₱1 Deals on the app to enjoy discounts and cashback when they Scan to Pay at Puregold, Puremart, Ultramega Supermarket, and more. 

As consumer behavior progressively changes, ShopeePay will continue to push for initiatives and tap into essential brands to serve the Filipino community. For more information about ShopeePay, and its perks and benefits, visit

Negros Footprint: The Negros Forest Park

Visayan Spotted Deer

It might as well be Central Park. This 1.2-hectare jungle located beside the Negros Occidental Capitol, ostensibly Kilometer Zero, is home to critically endangered animals endemic to the province. The so-called Big Five are here: the Visayan Spotted Deer, the Rufous-headed Hornbill, the Visayan Warty Hog, the Tarictic Hornbill, and the gracious yet enigmatic Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon.

Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon

Begun in the mid-1980s as the Biodiversity Conservation Center under the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation, in 2018 the Talarak Foundation assumed its management, renaming it Negros Forest Park. At any given time the park is home to some 150 animals, including birds of prey, wild cats, and reptiles. Their cages are camouflaged among endemic tree species that once covered the rainforests of Negros, bringing this recreated habitat as close as possible to its original look and feel.

 Rufous-headed Hornbill

This “jungle classroom” amid modern infrastructures bears intrinsic appeal to a wider audience. Its sheer magnificence as a wooded area in a highly urbanized space makes it a rare occasion to marvel at the wonders of nature, so that from that place of awe, people might pull themselves by the bootstraps and embrace conservation work in earnest.

Tarictic Hornbill

Negros Season of Culture believes that nature is part of human heritage. In September and October this year, the NSC will pursue an environmental issue featuring three efforts that have proven success in environmental conservation and protection in Negros Occidental. The series includes Danjugan Island, PeacePond, and the Negros Forest Park.

Visayan Warty Hog

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Top 99 Deals You Can’t Miss at Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day

Thursday, September 2, 2021


Are you ready for the start of Shopee’s most exciting, action-packed shopping season yet? September marks the start of the busy -ber months, so if you want to get a head start on all your holiday shopping, you’ve come to the right place. 

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, you can look forward to plenty of big discounts from your favorite electronics, fashion, beauty, and home & outdoors brands. If you want to begin budgeting for your shopping spree, check out Shopee’s Top 99 Deals this 9.9 to help you narrow down your wish list. These exciting, limited deals are exclusively available on September 9. Grab them while you can, because you’ll only see price drops like these from your favorite brands during 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Check them out by heading over to

Meanwhile, take a sneak peek at the Top 9 Deals below:

Staying home with the whole fam? Make sure your house remains spick and span with Dyson V11 Fluffy+ Vacuum. It’s currently one of the most in-demand cordless vacuum cleaners on Shopee, and with 185AW suction power and a 60-minute run time, it’s not hard to see why.

Coffee lovers, we know you’ve had this Nespresso Inissia Coffee Maker on your wishlist for the longest time. This lightweight coffee machine comes equipped with an ergonomic handle, a folding drip tray, and a removable water tank that can hold 23.8 oz.

Curious to see what the air fryer fuss is all about? The Deerma KZ100 Air Fryer definitely lives up to the hype. Using its high-speed air circulation technology, you can whip up healthy food such as chicken, fish, sweet potatoes, corn, shrimp, and more in no time. 

It’s important to stay thorough with cleaning routines during these times. Spray your bathroom with this Lysol Disinfectant Twin Pack. This hygiene essential dissolves the toughest toilet stains in seconds, kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, and deep cleans hard water stains, rust, and mineral deposits.

A sturdy pair of denim jeans is a good investment you’ll get much use out of in years to come. This pair of Levi's Engineered Jeans provides a comfortable and relaxed fit, making it perfect for easy everyday style.

Calling all moms: now’s the time to stock up on baby essentials at great prices! Make sure to grab a few packs of Enfagrow A+ Powdered Milk, which contains a brain-boosting combination of MFGM Pro with DHA to support your child's holistic development. 

If you’ve been feeling stressed lately, a much-needed self-care pamper sesh might do you some good. Pat the tension away with Lancôme Youth Activator Serum, a concentrate that has been hailed by the beauty community as a miracle in a bottle. After cleansing and toning, apply this lightweight product to your face to keep your skin smooth, refined, and radiant.

Start a healthier routine from home and achieve the recommended number of steps per day with Ovicx Q2S Plus Treadmill. Its compact, foldable design will help you save space. It comes with a smart LCD display, Bluetooth functionality, and a tablet or phone holder.

Is the humid weather wreaking havoc on your skin? Integrate the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Set into your nighttime skincare routine. This 9.9 Super Shopping Day exclusive includes Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask EX, Cica Sleeping Mask, and Lip Sleeping Mask Berry for a brighter and clearer complexion.

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, you can also enjoy discounts up to 90% off on brands such as Abbott, Havaianas, Maybelline, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive,, Del Monte, Unilever Beauty, Adidas, P&G Beauty, Enfagrow, Huawei, Vivo, Pampers, Realme, and Xiaomi. 

Enjoy the convenience of going cashless with ShopeePay, your all-in-one e-wallet. Top up your ShopeePay wallet conveniently now until September 8 through your debit card, online banking, or over-the-counter payment partners to enjoy exclusive ShopeePay promos such as up to 50% Bills Cashback when you pay for Meralco, Maynilad, and more; up to 50% off on mobile load; and ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and more. 

Until September 11, get the chance to win ₱100 worth of free money by activating your ShopeePay wallet, verifying your account, making a purchase worth at least 100 using ShopeePay, and signing up at

For more deals this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, visit

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