Wednesday, November 30, 2022

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. recognizes the 10 winners of the Galing Pook Foundation 2022 at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace. He commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. With them in the photo are: Galing Pook Foundation chairman Mel Sarmiento, Local Government secretary Benjamin Abalos, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Ten outstanding local governance programs were recognized in the 2022 Galing Pook Awards held at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace last Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Galing Pook Foundation with its co-presenters SM Prime Holdings Inc., and the DILG-Local Government Academy, and sponsors Cebu Pacific and Airspeed named local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that promote innovation and excellence.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. He stressed how strong collaboration between the public and private sector can lead to more meaningful and successful programs that truly benefit the Filipino people.

“The recognition that you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive towards improvement and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about meaningful progress in the country.”

Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this year: “It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”

The winners of the 2022 Galing Pook Awards were: The Green Wall of Alcala (Alcala, Cagayan);

Advancing and Sustaining Good Governance and Community Actions towards Resiliency and Empowerment (Basilan Province); Bataan Public-Private Partnership Programs (Bataan Province);

Balik-Biñan Project: Tourism Development through Heritage Conservation (Biñan City, Laguna); From Black to Green: Fishponds, Eco-Tourism and Full Employment (Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal);

Trekking to Unlock Community Ailments and Difficulties (TUCAD) (Goa, Camarines Sur); “I-BIKE” A Program Promoting the Development of the Iloilo City Bike Culture (Iloilo City); Yaru: A Whole-of-Community Approach Towards Disaster Management (Itbayat, Batanes); Libertad Fish Forever Savings Club (Libertad, Antique); and

Basta Piddigueño, AgriHenyo: Consolidated Farm Production System (Piddig, Ilocos Norte).

The 10 winners were chosen from 18 finalists and a record field of 196 applications from different LGUs in the country.

Launched on October 21, 1993, the Galing Pook Awards has recognized 329 LGU programs from 200 LGUs in the country that have been promoted for replication to benefit more communities.

SM school building in Sorsogon City

More than just an area where students gather to hold classes, a school environment plays a vital role in learners’ cognitive development. Research has shown that with an environment conducive to learning, students increase their attention and focus, and they are more motivated to practice higher-level critical thinking skills.

Adamant to provide students with venues where they can fully hone their skills and knowledge, SM Foundation (SMFI)—the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group—cemented its partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) in 2002 through DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Program.

Through this, SMFI builds SM school buildings in grassroot communities, complete with basic furniture and equipment. More so, SMFI integrates specialized features to each SM school building to address the unique needs of their school recipients—some received rooms dedicated as a guidance office, a clinic, a mini-library, and some even got a water tank and a handwashing facility.

To date, SMFI has turned over more than 100 SM school buildings nationwide with the help of its partners, which share the same aspirations for the Filipino learners and teachers. One of which is the SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) - one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia. Since the project’s inception, over 90 SM school buildings out of the more than 100 were built through the social good collaboration with SM Prime.

Green space which promotes environmental consciousness.

Infrastructure for calamity prone areas

SMFI and SMPH ensure that the SM school buildings incorporate a disaster resilient design to guarantee the safety of the students, teachers, and other school personnel. Emergency lights at both staircases, and fire and earthquake alarm bells are also installed.

Principal Joji Buelvo, school principal of Basud Elementary School (BES) in Sorsogon City, shared the state of their school community before they accepted the fully furnished SM school building from SMFI and SM Prime in 2021: “Ang aming paaralan ay saksi sa maraming kalamidad. Kaya karamihan ng mga classrooms ay may kalumaan na, ang mga kisame ay malapit na bumagsak—talagang hindi na conducive for learning.”

“But through your [SMFI and SM Prime] donation, our BES learners now have a haven where we can nurture their young minds to be academically-ready and well-rounded members of the community,” Buelvo further expressed.

Addressing classroom shortage

The continuous rapid growth of the country’s population is taking a toll on schools—leaving the students, even the teachers, with overcrowded classrooms which affect learners’ academic performance.

SM School building in General Santos City

In 2012, the Banisil National High School (BNHS) in General Santos City received its first SM school building. But being the only secondary school in Barangay Tambler, BNHS records a significant increase in their enrollment per year. With this challenge, SM Foundation decided to provide another edifice of hope for the sub-urban Muslim community in 2021, addressing the growing needs of BNHS learners and teachers.

BNHS then principal Shiela Balbon said, “Yung patuloy na paglobo ng population every year ay talagang naging suliranin namin.”

“Pagpasok ng 2020, nagkaroon ng COVID. So naisip ko baka hindi na matuloy. Pero itong SM Foundation, walang pande-pandemya sa kanila. Talagang desidido silang matugunan yung pangangailangan sa classroom ng mga estudyante,” she added.

Every classroom in an SM school building is well-ventilated and spacious enough to allow the students to have a better learning experience.

“Our salute to our longtime partner, SM Foundation and SM Prime, for being so generous and proactive in providing us with school buildings that are conducive to learning. We are so grateful for your extended support to our school amidst the pandemic,” Balbon concluded.

SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School project. This social good initiative aims to promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide.

The breakthrough act drops a banger about “bravely facing the world” and valuing self-worth

Sony Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp., the entertainment company responsible for the breakthrough of award-winning boyband SB19, are set to launch another P-Pop star with immense global potential.

With more than 17 million followers on TikTok alone and an impressive portfolio of anime soundtracks that went viral, breakthrough artist Mona Gonzales ranks among the industry’s newest batch of megastar hopefuls.

The promising solo act marks her debut as a recording artist with “Always Remember,” an effervescent cut that champions the value of self-worth and preservation in an attempt to bravely face the world and conquer everything. Capturing the unabashedly colorful spirit of K-Pop and J-Pop with commanding confidence, Mona Gonzales aims to uplift listeners with her anthemic and captivating delivery—doing it like a seasoned pro.

“The way I personally describe it is something like a soft pop rock for me,” says the promising TikTok sensation turned P-Pop star. “The sound of electric guitar with a pop style beat is dominating through the whole song. The style is not really new, but the sound is unique in its own way. It’s a little different from the OPM that we’re used to. I think that makes it interesting.”

Produced by Oh Won Lee, an industry veteran who has helmed tracks by K-Pop icons Stray Kids, SHINee's Taemin, and Wanna One, and the country’s very own SB19, “Always Remember” is an inspirational track that pushes the envelope of modern pop production with breezy, summer hooks and a minimalist instrumentation. The end product is a mesmerizing take on P-Pop, one that is creatively boundless and flows with so much effortlessness.

As Mona Gonzales puts it, “Pinoy Pop Music doesn’t really have a certain and specific style and sound. Most of us new artists want to be unique. That’s true for me, but I want to add a new flavor and variety along with the existing Pinoy pop music right now. And with every Pinoy music artists, we will prove that P-POP can expand. And then people will talk about how the Pinoy pop music has evolved, its potential and where it can go.”

The release of the song comes with a vibrant music video that metaphorically follows Mona Gonzales’ journey as an artist with so much to explore and grow on. Shot in multiple locations that showcase the beautiful scenery of the Philippines, Mona Gonzales dances, sings, hops, and walks with the excitement of someone ready to navigate the world on her own terms.

Mona Gonzales’ “Always Remember” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp. Watch the music video here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The World Cup, the largest and most influential football game in the world, kicked off in Qatar on November 21st. This World Cup is also the one with the highest investment in history. All hardware and software facilities are built with premium specifications. Especially, the Al Thumama Stadium, which introduced MSI FUNTORO Stadium & Arena Solution, is getting much attention. All fans can enjoy the service from their seats including live streaming, highlight replay, meal order, merchandise shopping, MVP voting, interactive events, advertising, etc., bringing them a thrilling game experience like never before.

Followed by its Category Award of Computex Best Choice 2018, MSI FUNTORO Stadium & Arena Solution was implemented in Besiktas – Vodafone Park, the stadium selected as the venue to host the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. Now, it is recognized by the FIFA World Cup 2022 at Al Thumama Stadium, indicating that the quality, design, and stability of the system fit in the highest professional sports event in the world.

With the precise allocation of the Portal/Content/Media Server and Fail Recovering mechanism, 100% designed by its own R&D teams, FUNTORO Stadium & Arena Solution can provide the best services in the most stable and efficient way. Besides, with the help of a smart Central Console & Cloud System, the venue management team can take full control of services even with only one staff.

FUNTORO Stadium & Arena Solution has received positive feedback by bringing new insight and business models into the daily operation of the sports club. It also helped them improve fans’ engagement, and brand image and create new sources of income including advertising platforms and sponsorship opportunities with the minimum human resource. MSI FUNTORO makes venues smarter and more profitable in the most effective way.

Enjoy a deep slumber with Uratex Foam Senso Memory Frost that keeps you cool all night

For 54 years, Filipino brand Uratex has stayed true to its mission of providing the best sleep experience through high quality mattresses, foams, pillows and other sleeping solutions.

As the company continuously flourished, Uratex ensured to deliver a commitment to reaching a goal, “We will not stop until we give every Filipino a comfortable and affordable mattress to lie on,” said Uratex Founder Robert G. Cheng.

The tropical Philippines is now enjoying the cool amihan season, and Uratex hopes to extend this perfect sleepy weather with the grand launch of the Senso Memory Frost Collection at the Matrix Creative Events in Quezon City last November 25.

Dubbed as Deep Slumber in a Dreamland of Ice, the visually compelling and immersive ice party featured a unique showroom experience where guests saw and felt firsthand the magic of Uratex’s latest innovation.

There was also an Aromatherapy Bed Linen Spray Workshop where attendees created and customized their own room and linen spray to get the best sleeping experience with a fresh pillow and mattress.

Have a Better Sleep, Better U

Consumers will feel cooler and have zero night sweats as the Senso Memory Frost is up to 5 degrees cooler than Uratex’s previous Memory Foam Mattress.

The collection is infused with DuoFrost Technology. It consists of Senso Memory foam coated with cooling technology which also adapts to the body’s contour and a cool-to-touch fabric for an instant cooling sensation.

Key Features

The Senso Memory Frost collection includes a Mattress, Mattress Topper and Pillow.

Each product highlights the DuoFrost Technology. It’s up to 5 degrees cooler than ordinary memory foam and prevents heat build-up for sustained coolness and thermal comfort.

The products are covered with Cool-to-Touch Fabric, a premium knit fabric for an instant cooling sensation.

It also consists of a Senso Memory Foam - coated with cooling technology, which also adapts to the body’s contour providing superior comfort and relieves pressure points.

The products are also sanitized to effectively prevent bacteria, odor, mildew, and dust mites, keeping the mattress clean and hypoallergenic.

Uratex stands out in terms of durability, and proving it is Senso Memory Frost Mattress’ Vital Foam, a durable foam that provides outstanding support to withstand a heavier load.

Both Senso Memory Frost Mattress and Topper are Quality-Guaranteed and offer 10 years of warranty.

Christmas Deals

As a Christmas gift to Filipinos, Uratex is offering discounts from November 25 to December 31, 2022, where buyers can get less 30% on Uratex Senso Memory Frost Mattress, less 15% on Senso Frost Mattress Topper, and less 20% on Senso Frost Traditional Pillow.

You can also get 1 Senso Frost Pillow with every purchase of Senso Frost Mattress from December 1 to 31.





Senso Frost Mattress Topper 2 x 36 x 75"




Uratex Senso Memory® Frost Mattress 10x36x75"




Senso Frost Traditional Pillow 16 x 26"




For more information, follow @UratexPhilippines on Facebook or visit Uratex’s official website and official stores in Shopee and Lazada.

Isla LPG, the company behind one of the most trusted LPG brands Solane, has achieved 22 million safe manhours for both its regular employees and contracted staff without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as of April 2022.

This milestone in Health, Safety, Security and Environment means all Isla LPG employees and Isla partners, both in the plant and office, have not experienced any injury or accident that resulted to them being absent from work and thereby, losing productive work time. “At Isla LPG, we take safety seriously every step of the way, from our plants and offices to the transport of Solane LPG products to our valued customers and business partners,” said Tonito Gonzalez, CEO of Isla LPG. “We want all our employees and contracting partners to feel confident about our mission to provide safe and quality LPG accessible for Filipinos, and it starts with ensuring that they have a safe workplace.”

For Isla LPG, the 22M LTI-free manhours record means the company was able to achieve operations in the plant including gantry/cylinder filling, safe driving performance of haulers, no LTI in Isla’s plants and offices nationwide and no LTI for Isla contractors working on projects, installations, and partner sites.

“Safety is non-negotiable for Isla LPG. Just like how we put premium on the safety of our products through stringent measures and innovative technology, we also make sure that all our employees are working in a healthy, safe, secured, and environment-friendly workplace by integrating practices in all aspects of our businesses,” said Marvin Dela Fuente, HSSE Manager of Isla LPG.

Dela Fuente attributes this hard-earned milestone to the company’s efforts to combine regular trainings, documentations, plant operation programs and annual internal audit. He added that the company ensures that safety is instilled in everyone’s hearts and minds.

“Aside from striving for zero LTI, our goal is to have no major plant operation accidents, major road transport accidents, total recordable occupational illnesses, security incidents and life-saving rules violations,” Dela Fuente added.

Isla LPG employees undergo weekly toolbox meetings to start their workweek and receive regular trainings on first aid, firefighting and Permit to Work-Job Hazards Analysis. In compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Republic Act No 11058, Isla tapped Philippine Red Cross Trainers in June to conduct First Aid training for its security personnel, plant staff, and nominated employee first aiders.

Given the risk that comes with working with hazardous substances, Isla implements programs specifically for its plant operations. These include Emergency Response Procedures (ERP) where proactive and reactive approaches for plant operations are discussed and implemented, the Medical Response Strategy (MERS) where plant safety and high health standards are ensured, and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) component where Isla works with the community surrounding its plants.

To review and ensure that safety procedures and practices are up-to-date and implemented, Isla also conducts annual internal safety audit on its plant operations, distributor operations, metal maintenance contractors and haulers.

Isla LPG Corp. (ILC), ISLA Petroleum & Gas Corporation’s subsidiary engaged in supply, trading, marketing and distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the Philippines under the banner brand Solane (formerly Shellane), operates strategically located LPG refilling plants nationwide and has a vast network of distributors and retail stores.

Here’s how you can get tickets to the biggest music festival of the year with GCash’s pay later options

MANILA, Philippines – Live events and concerts are on the comeback, and if there's one way to give yourself a well-deserved treat before the year ends while also getting an early Christmas gift, purchasing tickets to the biggest music festival of the year doesn't sound like a bad idea. With Head in the Clouds Music and Arts Festival coming to the Philippines this December, GCash is making sure you achieve your concert goals by not missing out on getting tickets!

GCash lets everyone enjoy their hobbies and passions by giving them access to a range of financial services with exclusive offers. Now, there’s no need to wait in line or stress about how to pay for passes thanks to GCash’s GCredit or GGives features.

GCredit, which extends convenience to GCash users to purchase tickets to Head in the Clouds through a "book now, pay later" system. Qualified users with GCredit receive a credit line of up to PHP 30,000, which you can use to pay for your online transactions instantly, payable within 30 days.

GCash also has a lending feature called GGives, which offers light and flexible installment payment plans depending on how many months you want to pay for your purchase. GGives is also available for Head in the Clouds tickets and can be selected when paying online or offline via QR.

How to Purchase Your Tickets to Head in the Clouds via GCash

VIP and GenAd 2-day passes are now available for sale via the SM Tickets website. To purchase your ticket, create an account or log-in at then tap the Head in the Clouds banner to add tickets to your cart.

Review your order and select GCash as your payment option. Eligible users may maximize GCash’s pay later options when paying for their tickets using either GCredit or GGives. Finally, confirm your GCash payment and wait for your confirmation receipt to appear!

With music festivals making a comeback, don't miss out on the chance to see Asia's best performers on the Philippine stage on December 9 and 10, featuring global acts Jackson Wang, NIKI, Joji, Rich Brian, eaJ, and YOASOBI. Fresh off their homecoming show for their Where You At world tour, GCash is proud to present Filipino boy band SB19 to perform exclusively on the first day of the festival. SB19 joins some of the country’s best homegrown talents who will be taking the stage during the two-day event.

Look no further for ways to celebrate the season and enjoy that music festival experience you've been missing! The Head In The Clouds Music and Arts Festival by 88rising is dedicated to showcasing Asian artists from all around the world. Head in the Clouds Manila will take place on December 9 and 10 at the SM Festival Grounds in Paranaque City.

For the latest news on the biggest music festival to hit Metro Manila, follow Head in the Clouds Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Head in the Clouds Manila is presented by Globe and sponsored by GCash.

The holiday season is an exciting yet busy time. Between the shopping, party planning, and budgeting for both, this hectic time is a rush that would get anyone feeling the Christmas cheer with family and friends.

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to get into the holiday spirit.

This season, a little bit of empathy goes a long way, and here are simple but impactful things you can add to your to-do list this holiday season:

• Contribute to a stage for children to show their talents

Filipino Christmas is filled with carols and jingles as early as the first ‘ber month of the year. To join in on all the merrymaking, the girls from the CRIBSFoundation’s New Beginnings program, aimed at rehabilitating minors who are victims of sexual abuse, are set to have a year-end recital. Aside from contributing to their talent showcase, you can also sponsor the foundation’s Christmas tradition of allowing the kids to choose and buy their own gifts using an allocated budget.

CRIBS is the first non-government organization in the Philippines to implement a Foster Care Program and has since committed to the care and development, healing, and recovery of children in need of special protection. Contact the Cribs Foundation through their website to donate or send your donations straight to their BPI Account: Cribs Foundation, Inc. 3081-0806-06.
5 ways to spread Christmas cheer besides just preparing presents Solane

• Do some grocery shopping for someone else

While shopping for your holiday parties, why not also help stock up on someone else’s kitchen not just for Christmas but for the coming months? The nuns at Saint Rita Orphanage are always open to getting donations to help supply food for the upcoming Christmas party and their daily needs. Donations will also support their Christmas outing and the baptism of new babies under their care.

The religious order of nuns at Saint Rita Orphanage has had its doors open to caring for and developing orphans since they admitted the first child in 1964. Assist Saint Rita Orphanage in providing the best care by reaching out to them through their Facebook page.

• Get a kid’s dream gift

Choosing the right gifts for your loved ones brings a different kind of happiness. You can bring that same joy to the kids who live in the Virlanie Foundation’s residential homes by getting their wish list and donating their dream gift to the foundation. You can also light up a family’s Christmas by helping fund or donate Noche Buena packages to families in the communities they work with. 

The Virlaine Foundation has helped over 22,000 street children in the 31 years that they have been operating. They have attended to children in the foundation’s residential homes and to families and street children through their mobile unit. Ask for a kid’s wish list or other ways you can help the VirlaineFoundation by emailing or checking their website at You can also make a direct donation to their BDO Account: Virlanie Foundation, Inc. 004580002426.

• Share your talents with others

While the gift of time is free, it is one of the most important gifts you can give to someone. One of the Kids with Purpose International (KWPI) Inc’s objectives is to be able to empower children and youth to discover their purpose and become independent. Volunteering at KWPI gives you the opportunity to tutor the kids in their academics or put on workshops about arts, music, or even sports. While you may not leave them with a toy to play with, you can give them an experience that they can remember for the rest of their lives.

KWPI has helped children find new homes since 2018. Their residential care gives young kids a place to stay before finding a new home and their Leadership Development Program makes sure every child is supported throughout their development even without finding alternative parental care. Find out how you can start volunteering with KWPI by emailing or donating through their website.

• Help organize a Christmas celebration for people of all ages

Christmas isn’t only for the young ones or the young at heart. Hospicio de San Jose makes sure no one misses out on the fun by planning a Christmas celebration for the people under its seven programs. You can donate in cash or in-kind to provide gifts, games, and great food not only for kids, but also for the elderly, persons with special needs, and persons in crisis including victim-survivors of abuse and trafficking.

Hospicio de San Jose established in 1810 is the first social welfare agency in the Phillippines and has since committed to providing both residential and non-residential services to the vulnerable sectors of society. You may course your donations through their BPI Account: Hospicio de San Jose, Inc. 8103-0986-62. Learn about how you sponsor their residents on their website email them at

Doing their part for the nation, Solane, one of the leading LPG brands in the country, reaches out to several organizations by providing free LPG. This ensures that the kids get nutritious meals and also freeing up the budget for the organizations to allocate more toward their different programs and services. While the rest of the country is beginning to emerge from the challenges of the pandemic, several communities and Filipinos are still in need of help.

Helping in any way is more than enough to help bring the spirit of Christmas to as many people as possible. As you cook up a storm for the holidays with your trusted LPG partner, watch how these simple acts can lighten up the season for you and for Filipinos that receive a bit of your holiday cheer.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Solane unveiled its Solane Sakto tank holding 1.4kg of LPG during the Saktong Salu-salo event

Solane has been a trusted companion of Filipino households when it comes to cooking for over 50 years, may it be simple #LutongSolane meals at home or grand and festive celebrations and get-togethers. This Christmas, Solane wants to make sure that more Filipinos enjoy their meals and celebrations without breaking the bank, even if they want to enjoy festive meals outside the house.

Solane is unveiling Solane Sakto, its mini-LPG tank holding 1.4 kilograms of kitchen fuel, perfect for budget-conscious households, students, small families, and small businesses. For the more adventurous types, Solane Sakto is also a great addition to cooking equipment to bring – no more canned food for camping!

It’s the same safe, sustainable, and quality kitchen fuel Filipinos have known, but in a sakto size!

“We have long cultivated Filipinos’ passion for cooking and celebration by providing safe and quality kitchen fuel over the decades through Solane LPG,” said Jose Antonio Gonzalez, CEO of Isla LPG, the company behind Solane. “Through the ‘tingi’ version of our trusted Solane LPG, we want more Filipinos to have access to affordable and quality kitchen fuel without compromising safety.”

To show how Solane Sakto is the perfect companion for celebrating food outside the house, Solane hosted the ‘Saktong Salu-salo with Solane’ event. Guests were treated to mouthwatering dishes while enjoying an energetic chitchat with cooking enthusiast and proud long-time Solane user Suzi Entrata-Abrera.

Chef Mark Joseph Bartolome, known as Chef Marky on Tiktok, demonstrated how to cook simple yet filling chicken fajitas, showing how the Solane Sakto is easy to install on existing LPG or canister-fed cooking stoves.

Chef Marky unveils the content of the mystery box he received from Solane

Guests also sampled best-selling dishes from some of the trendiest small businesses in the metro: Kahatea, Airballs 320, and Hungry Homies.

Local food businesses had the chance to showcase their most raved dishes.

Guests took turns guessing the weight of Solane Sakto’s LPG content.

Solane Marketing Manager Kathy Mendez Cabisada and Solane Product Manager Gilbert Roque join Suzi and Chef Marky in exploring the new Solane Sakto LPG.

Swak Benefits in a Sakto Size

Solane Sakto’s saktong laki and saktong gaan makes it perfect for limited spaces and kitchens, such as condominium units, student dormitories and compact apartments.

Designed with a collar handle for better grip, Solane Sakto is also portable enough to take anywhere, and can be used outdoors, perfect for out-of-town vacations, picnics, and camping.

Priced at PHP 150 per refill, Solane Sakto is affordable and is a safer alternative than charcoal fuel wood and other dangerous fuel sources such as LPG-refilled butane canisters. It is the only small LPG SKU that is safe and compliant with the Department of Energy for indoor use.

One Solane Sakto tank can last up to a week of cooking for the typical family of five. During unforeseen situations or emergencies, it can be used as a backup LPG tank, lasting up to 3-4 days for heavy cooking.

Like Solane 11 kilogram AS and POL tanks, authentic Solane Sakto cylinders also carry the important markings that certify their registration, the specific standards used, the date the cylinder was tested, as well as the tare weight in kilograms which is around 4.1 kg. Genuine Solane Sakto LPG tanks also come with a white biodegradable seal.

To order Verified Solane LPG, customers may call the Solane Hatid Bahay Hotline +63 2 8887 5555 (Metro Manila) or place their orders through the Solane mobile app or through the Web Ordering Platform. For inquiries, they may also text or call +63 918 8875555 or +63 917 8977555 or send a message to Solane’s Facebook Messenger account.

Heralded as a game-changer that aims to strengthen diplomatic ties and promote cultural exchanges, ASEAN-India Music Festival 2022 delivered an astounding comeback that not only presented resilience during the time of the pandemic but also championed shared histories and traditions among the participating partner nations.

The three-day festival, which was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and Seher—India’s premier cultural organization that works closely with the Indian government, showcased an exquisite merging of artistic heritage and cutting-edge modernity as headliners brought a slice of their culture on stage through music.

The second edition of the music festival featured an eclectic lineup from 11 countries, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and India. The event took place in Purana Qila, one of the most prominent and oldest forts in Delhi, India from November 20 to 22, and promoted rich musical traditions that connected the present and the past to a crowd of thousands.

Some of the most notable performances include Singapore’s Linying Band, whose compelling songwriting style and folk-pop sensibilities proved to be a hit during the festival run. The acclaimed hitmaker, who takes pride in being the first Southeast Asian act to get signed under Canadian Record Company Nettwerk Music Group in 2016, considers the experience of performing in India and representing Singapore a career milestone.

“It feels great,” says the Good Behaviour songstress. “And I think I didn’t expect for this venue to be so breathtaking and so amazing. And I think that’s something that’s so unique. It’s cherry on top already, such an interesting opportunity to play, [this city is] already one of my favorites.”

The Philippines’ very own Bayang Barrios at Ang Nilayagan also brought the house down with anthems that tackle socio-political issues in the Philippines, particularly the vast destruction of the forests in the countryside due to ongoing urban developments. Singing soulful but powerful hymns against a backdrop of tribal-infused beats and ethnic instrumentation and delivering spiels in both English and Filipino, the eclectic singer-songwriter drew loud cheers from the audience who seemed captivated by her undeniable charisma and talent.

“Music is universal,” Barrios reiterates. “Despite the difference in language, people will always be connected in rhythm and pulse. What matters is that you are able to communicate your message through distinct but universal expressions—be it body movements or a smile.”

Host country India proved that they’re a powerhouse in terms of global music influence with artists such as Jonita Gandhi and Sukhbir elevating the art of performing in a uniquely compelling way. The latter in particular, performed with a percussion ensemble that masterfully blended Bhangra and Bollywood influences with modern pop, dance, and hip-hop music.

During his backstage interview with select Southeast Asian lifestyle and music press, Seher Founder/Director Sanjeev Bhargava emphasized that the success of ASEAN-India Music Festival lies on strengthening cultural ties among participating countries and fostering a global community that transcends beyond boundaries.

“Let’s bring the people of the world closer together,” Bhargava said. “And over here, my mandate is very clear. People in India have always been drawn towards the West. They want us to go to university in London or Canada or the U.S. Nobody tells us to go to Vietnam. Nobody tells me that there’s a beautiful culture in Cambodia.”

ASEAN-India Music Festival 2022 celebrates 30 years of India and Southeast Asia’s diplomatic relations. With its utmost goal of increasing awareness of the ASEAN identity amongst creative intellectuals and the public at large, the cultural festival has also done showcases in Shillong Meghalaya in Northeast India, as part of its plan to bolster its ‘Act East’ policy.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Special salu-salo and need mo ba ng easy to whip up dish? Ihain na ang timplang bongga with Magnolia Chicken Timplados Ready-to-Cook Roasters Lemon Herb or Smoked Pepper Roast! Kahit anong occasion, swak na swak sya kasi no need to marinate. #Madalicious ihain each time na may craving for roast chicken ang pamilya. Plus, it’s a great food offering too sa mga upcoming get togethers and handa this holiday season.

Other than eating it as is, ang Magnolia Chicken Timplados Roasters ay perfect din for rice and pasta-based dishes, mga casseroles, filling ng pot pies, pang soups, salads and sandwiches. Daming recipe ideas!

Magnolia Chicken Timplados Roasters is juicy #PambansangManok infused with herbs and fresh flavors, para sa homestyle celebrations ng buong family. Each Magnolia Chicken Timplados Roasters is made from fresh chicken, raised in stress-free environments and packed at its peak of freshness in Selyado Sigurado packs. 'Yan ang Alagang Magnolia!

Kaya ano pa hinihintay niyo? I-level up na ang roast chicken handa with Magnolia Chicken Timplados Roasters. Make it a special salu-salo.

Cooking Instructions:

Thaw chicken overnight.
Preheat oven or turbo broiler at 220◦C for 15 minutes.
Place chicken breast-side up in a baking tray and cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Available in Magnolia Chicken Stations or shop online via San Miguel Mart.

Leaders of Henry Sy Foundation Inc. (HSFI), led by the Sy family (L-R: Harley Sy, Hans Sy, Elizabeth Sy, Debbie Sy, Tessie Sy, Henry Sy Jr, Engr. Ramon Gil Macapagal (extreme right)) , formalize its partnership with the University of Sto. Tomas (L-R: UST Rector Fr. Richard Gaw Ang, OP, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Domingo, Fr. Angel Aparicio, OP, Fr. Maximo Gatela, OP)

Pursuing its objective of driving Philippine social development by fostering the youth and the culture of excellence through education, the Henry Sy Foundation, Inc. (HSFI) recently inked a partnership with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Research and Endowment Foundation to construct a building that elevates health education in the country.

Named in honor of the late SM Founder, the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall of UST will rise on the main campus in Manila to respond to the needs of digital medical education.

The Hall will feature technologically advanced facilities and equipment that complement UST’s teaching, learning, and research practices. Focused on interdisciplinary collaboration in medical studies, it will also house the simulation and research facility of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (UST-FMS).

Paragons with passion

Thumbs up! Leaders of the Henry Sy Foundation Inc. (HSFI) and the University of Sto Tomas during the Henry Sy Sr. Hall partnership signing.

Fr. Richard Gaw Ang, OP, Rector of UST, thanked the Sy family as they work together to provide the best education to future physicians and increase UST’s research productivity to fill the gaps where communities are disadvantaged.

“Your family consists of industry leaders who have visions for the Filipino community. Your choice to support this endeavor of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is a significant stamp of approval to the work and tradition of this medical institution,” Fr. Ang said in a letter to the Sy family.

“Your family’s Patriarch, Henry Sy, Sr., had principles in life that we, as an institution, give our best to also follow. We aim to lead as paragons with passion, integrity, far-reaching and optimistic vision, sensible priorities, and discipline. At the core of this is a deep sense of charity for God, the church, and the nation,” Fr. Ang added.

UST’s future Henry Sy, Sr. Hall

Rising as an intellectual hub for future physicians, the building has a dedicated floor for the Faculties of Medicine and Surgery Research Center and the Medicine and Surgery Graduate Programs and Ethics Review Board. Here, medical education research and various medical-related specialty research will be reviewed and conducted.

The building will include specialized centers, rooms, and laboratories, such as Medical Simulation Centers and Care Ultrasound Institute, and Otorhinolaryngology Laboratory. These will be equipped with cutting-edge tools and technology to develop medical students’ competencies in multiple simulated healthcare settings crossing the human lifespan.

The HSFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization inspired by SM founder Henry Sy, Sr.’s desire to aid educational institutions to drive Philippine social development. Its projects are undertaken in partnership with the SM group and its foundations to honor the SM founder by supporting educational institutions in promoting academic excellence as a key to a brighter future for the youth. Through the years, the foundation established and supported several academic infrastructures, such as the Henry Sy Sr. Primary School Building in Xavier School, Nuvali Laguna; Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center in Miriam College, Quezon City; NU Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna; NU Nazareth School in Manila; and a Henry Sy Sr. Hall each at Immaculate Conception Academy, San Juan City, and Assumption College.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Acclaimed singer-songwriter syd hartha puts her eclecticism on full display with the release of her new single “3:15″—out today via Sony Music Entertainment.

The song finds the young, multi-talented artist collaborating for the first time with hip-hop star kiyo while expressing her complicated feelings towards someone who isn’t perfect by any means but is certainly important in her life.

“3:15 is about how someone feels wrong but feels so good at the same time,” explains the folk-pop artist. “I always try to convince myself that someone or something won’t always be good to me, but for some reason, I end up giving in.”

The title of the track was derived from the coincidental reflections that happen during the dark, witching hours of the morning when one gets stirred from slumber and wakes up searching profusely for answers and signs.

The ayaw act adds, “It was supposed to just be temporary until I realized that the title shares a connection with the lyrics: that specific time can also symbolize trying to make the most out of the dark.”

For his part, Filipino rapper/producer kiyo drops some smooth, delicate verses that complement the track’s honest depiction of fallibility, which to some extent, mirrors the moments when a narrative becomes looser and moodier as it reaches the lateness of the hour. As kiyo puts it, “anino sa paligid, may gustong sabihin / dami ng mga mata, bakit ‘di marinig” is a line that keeps one awake, with complicated feelings of desire and danger crawling in the same sentence.

The release of “3:15” also comes with a music video helmed by Raliug of Lunchbox Productions, with a concept by Pau Tiu. According to the filmmaker, the visual material encapsulates the perfect visualization of what the song is about: basking in the comforts of one’s safe space, which is considered a place where “emotions, including fear and shame, are present and always welcome.”

“3:15” will be part of syd hartha’s upcoming new EP, which will be produced by Brian Lotho. Combining folk and stripped-down elements with contemporary flair, syd wants to assert her creative agency by exploring specific moods per song, and offering a more introspective, personal approach to songwriting.

syd hartha’s “3:15” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Friday, November 25, 2022


Djon Nacario, General Manager, Carousell PH (Left) and Shine Resurreccion, Head of Autos & Property, Carousell PH (Right)



The real estate property sector is gaining a strong and stable market among the yuppies and younger customers in the past three years.


This was further proven during the Property Expo 2022 held recently at the Palm Drive Activity Center in Glorietta Mall, Makati, organized by Carousell, the leading classified ads platform in Greater Asia. According to Djon Nacario, Carousell Philippines’ general manager, the property category remains to be the platform’s top search, of which 65 percent are millennials or those aged between 23 to 38, and 20 percent are Gen Zs or anyone born in 1997 onward.


Nacario explains that this purchasing power shift can be owed to the generations’ life stage: “The millennials are already moving up in their careers and becoming more affluent that’s why they are more bullish when it comes to purchasing properties or upgrading their places.” He also added that they are moving to a different life stage where some of them are getting married or building a family.


Meanwhile, he’s also seeing an emerging trend where Gen Zs will be the next “property intenders” or those looking to buy property in the next three years. “Gen Z are now entering the workforce and becoming viable customers and investors when it comes to property.”


“In the next three years, we are still expecting 43 percent of our users, which are millennials, to purchase a property but the more significant change is that 40 percent are Gen Z,” he further explained.


Aside from the millennials and Gen Zs, Carousell users very relevant to the property category include parents and students who are looking for places near schools with face-to-face classes now in full swing, the deal hunters, the working class with high spending capabilities, and families with kids.


While Shine Resurreccion, Carousell Philippines’ head of autos and property, admits that the real property sector took a hit during the pandemic, she anticipates swift recovery in no time. “While there was contraction in sales during the pandemic, three years after or at this point in time, we’re already seeing recovery. So based on Carousell data, there is a 40 percent increase in house and lot and more than 30 percent in condominium purchases.”


The Carousell Property Expo, touted as the biggest property event in the country, was held from November 7 to 18, 2022 with a hybrid set-up of online and on-ground activities.

From November 7 to 16, 2022, The Property Expo 2022 held a virtual webinar series discussing everything participants needed to know about buying property to unlock their #HomeGoals.

The webinar series featured renowned speakers consisting of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and industry professionals including the country’s leading real estate broker David Lee Chiu, CEO of Leechiu Property Consultants Inc.; The Property Forum’s Managing Director, Noli Alleje; President and CEO of Conveyance Realty Services Inc., Hardy Lipana, and chief operations officer of Human Shelter Realty Corp., Chris Suarez

Meanwhile, the onsite expo held from November 16 to 18, 2022 gathered property agents and developers and participants where they were able to engage in educational and networking sessions.

To know more about Carousell, visit


MSI has increased its presence in the Philippines by building its sixth concept shop. The new concept shop, located on Level 2, Cyberzone, Annex, SM Davao, assists the brand in reaching out to its followers and consumers in Mindanao.

“MSI is excited to deliver fresh and engaging experiences to Davao’s gamers and professionals. This is a huge step for us since we noticed a need in the area and decided it was the right moment to extend our local presence. We aim to bring innovation closer to people because we acknowledge the value of accessibility in creating a more inclusive society,” says Rhyan Sy, Product Manager at MSI Philippines.

The opening of shops coincides with the launch of the brand’s new makeover, which provides a more modern appearance and feels in keeping with MSI’s “Tech Meets Aesthetic” credo. The new design has a brighter and more engaging, yet simple ambiance, putting the brand’s view for the remainder of the year into focus. The store is separated into two sections: Tech Meets Aesthetic, which sells business and productivity items, and True Gaming, which sells gaming equipment.

Things to look forward to at MSI Davao Launch:

1. Exclusive Promotion

MSI also has a Holiday promotion running until December 31, 2022. This promo highlights MSI’s Vector GP Series, GF Thin Series, Katana GF Series, Modern Series, and Stealth 15M, all of which are ideal for the rigors of work and play. Purchase any of these laptops during the promotional time to receive savings of up to PHP 22,000 and freebies of up to PHP 6,500. MSI gaming headphones, gaming mice, thermos bottles, and much more are among the gifts!

In addition, the first “10” customers who purchase any MSI laptop in the concept shop will receive a free 1TB Seagate External HDD valued at PHP 3,690 and a FREE 8GB RAM upgrade applicable for all gaming and modern laptop series for the first “30” buyers, while supplies last.

2. Additional Campaign

If you want even more freebies, post your MSI laptop story on social media for a chance to win a PHP 1,000 Steam Wallet Code or Food Vouchers as part of our Your Opinion Matters campaign.

3. In-store Activities

Nevertheless, the MSI Davao Grand Launch wouldn’t be complete without any in-store activities and freebies giveaways. So make sure to visit us on November 26, Saturday at 2L Cyberzone, Annex, SM Davao Ecoland.

So, what are you holding out for? Grab these incredible computers with numerous goodies while you can!

Delicious is the new healthy as Koomi Natural Drinking Yogurt finally opens at the ground level of SM City Baliwag.

In time for the Christmas season, SM City Baliwag welcomes new stores great for holiday shopping, wellness, and dining to create good memories with family and friends.


With just a few days left before Christmas, shoppers need not worry as Penshoppe unveils its new look at SM City Baliwag. With its bigger and better store, Penshoppe offers a wide selection of fashion-forward and trendy pieces, plus essentials perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. Splurge on Penshoppe’s latest collection and check out the store’s updated look at the ground level of SM City Baliwag.

A bigger and better Penshoppe opens at SM City Baliwag. Shoppers may find here wide selection of fashion-forward and trendy pieces, plus essentials perfect for gift-giving this holiday season.


Start your way to guiltless goodness these “ber” months with Koomi in SM City Baliwag. A popular brand from Australia, Koomi is crafted with healthy and freshly prepared ingredients in a flavorful style. Every cup of Koomi contains probiotic yogurt that boosts digestive health and contains fruit honey, a natural sweetener. Discover Koomi’s variety of unique flavors, served fresh every day at the ground level of SM City Baliwag.

Skin StationBook your next beauty and wellness session at Skin Station in SM City Baliwag.

While things get a little bit busy this holiday season, it’s always a great idea to slow down and treat yourself to a beauty and wellness session at Skin Station in SM City Baliwag. Known to combine nature and science to give the best value in skin and body solutions, Skin Stations offer cutting-edge technology and the latest in skin care innovations through treatment procedures ranging from slimming to anti-aging, whitening, and firming to the highly effective and popular diode laser hair removal treatment, all at affordable prices.

Support local and purchase your next set of bags and sustainable goodies at Lokal Bayong available at the ground level of SM City Baliwag.

There are endless ways to spend the holidays and beyond at SM City Baliwag. Check out other specialty food tenants such as Lugaw King, Noodlemix and Sweet Escakes. There are gift-worthy items from proudly Filipino brand Lokal Bayong and smart devices from Honor. Stay updated as SM Malls gear up for a new era of leveling up customer service with many options for easy, safe, and efficient shopping. For more information, follow SM City Baliwag on Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Christmas songs have held a unique place in people’s hearts—thanks to its inherent capacity to promote goodwill and generosity without expecting anything in return.

New recording artists Cherise Katriel, Cola Cabalcar and Alyn understand the assignment and deliver a slice of holiday-themed soul with the release of “Pinakapasko,” a new collaborative track under WATERWALK Records and Sony Music Entertainment.

Exquisitely arranged with girl group harmonies and delicate production, “Pinakapasko” reassures comfort in remembering. According to Cola Cabalcar, the song steers us back to the real reason why the world continues to celebrate the yuletide season annually, and why it’s considered the best gift of all.

“Christmas was meant for celebrating the birth of the Messiah,” says the soul/pop rookie. “To quote our mentor and resident composer Jungee Marcelo, it’s supposed to encapsulate the very essence of God’s plan of salvation via the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. The ultimate Christmas celebration may very well be this: acknowledging and accepting Jesus’ wonderful gift of love.”

Capturing the essence of the Christmas celebration, Marcelo wrote and produced “Pinakapasko” as a way to give thanks to the celebrator and celebrant. More than its life-affirming message, Marcelo brought a contemporary spin to the tradition of making Christmas songs, giving the trio a splash of sunshine, and some wings to take it somewhere else ethereal and vibrant.

Cherise Katriel, in particular, praised the material for its masterful blend of jazzy, R&B rhythms and timeless pop hooks, but repeatedly emphasized that at the core of the extraneous beauty lies the power that its words hold. “It's not a typical Christmas song you're used to hearing,” describes the new artist. “Most people are easily hooked to songs that have a catchy beat or tune, and that is what this song has. But that's just a bonus: when you listen carefully to the lyrics, it will bless you even more.”

Alyn Magadia, another music act responsible for interpreting the song with emotional candidness and restraint, considers the experience as a milestone for her as an artist, and a servant of God.

“God-willing, I would love to release more original songs or do collaborations with other talented artists, and more performances live only for His glory,” shares Magadia. “I believe that this is one of my purposes — to bless the people with my talent and to showcase the gift He bestowed upon me.”

For more updates on the new tracks, artists, and upcoming events, please follow:

WATERWALK RECORDS: Facebook | Instagram

Listen to Cherise Katriel, Cola Cabalcar and Alyn’s “Pinakapasko” here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Signatories of the memorandum pose for a picture. From L-R: Miss Jeanne Marie F. Tordesillas, Chief Marketing Officer of Rex Education; Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson, Chairperson of Philippine Social Sciences Council; Don Timothy I. Buhain, Chief Executive Officer of Rex Education; Professor Emeritus Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Camagay, Representative from the Philippine Historical Association; Dr. Marcelino M. Macapinlac, Jr., Representative from the Philippine National Historical Society

Rex Education hosted a memorandum signing with the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), and the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) on September 6, 2022 to seal a fellowship program centered on Philippine history.

The main goal of the program is to develop a compendium on Philippine history that could serve as a reference material for writing and publishing future history-centered textbooks. A careful selection of fellows who are knowledgeable about specific periods in Philippine history would be conducted to ensure the accuracy and credibility of the compendium.

In line with REX’s pledge of providing relevant and timeless learning solutions, the program would ideally improve the content of learning materials in history and social studies.

“This fellowship program brings together the academe, civil society, and private sector toward the common goal of serving Filipino learners,” Don Timothy Buhain, Chief Executive Officer of Rex Education, said in his welcome remarks. “REX believes that looking back at where we all came from is important in enabling our learners, teachers, and communities.”

For every Filipino learner

PSSC stands as the project’s implementing agency alongside REX. PHA and PNHS, two local and professional historical associations, will collaborate with REX and PSSC to oversee the compendium’s development.

“This wonderful, novel project will benefit all learners. History is not only for the young; it is for learners of all ages,” PSSC Chairperson Dr. Excelsa Tongson shared.

Dr. Bernardita Churchill, president of PNHS and president emeritus of the PSA and MSA, also highlighted the importance of corroborating history in a country as diverse as the Philippines. “The plan is to enhance the study and teaching of Filipino culture, and create an inclusive history that will present the multiethnic history of the Filipino. A serious study of our history and culture would settle doubts and questions about our identity as a nation.”

A worthwhile endeavor for the future of education

REX’s goal for the program is to provide authoritative reference materials in the writing and publishing of history textbooks.

Dr. Marcelino Macapinlac Jr., a representative from PNHS and a professor for over three decades, believes that the references that will be produced by the fellowship will further capacitate authors and those in the academe as they enlighten learners about Philippine history.

The development of well-researched historical resources invites not only educators but also the youth to reflect on our national history and culture. Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay, president of the PHA and professor emeritus, Department of History, UP Diliman, and Dr. Macapinlac noted that the current generation of learners has become more discerning of the sources they consume.

“I find that those who finish the K to 12 program are better prepared and more engaged [in the study of history],” said Dr. Macapinlac. He noted that the last national elections highlighted how his students are now more passionate and engaged, but the bigger challenge lies in maintaining that passion in the long run.

“I hope Filipinos will not consider history just as a classroom or University course, but it should be a lifetime interest—whether Philippine, Southeast Asian, or world history,” Dr. Camagay concluded.
To keep up with news about the program, be sure to follow Rex Education’s Facebook page.


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