Thursday, August 31, 2023

Seven global advocates, including Malaysian marine biologist Alif Kazman representing Southeast Asia, complete the 10-day coral reef restoration program at the SHEBA® Hope Reef in Indonesia’s Spermonde Archipelago

Makassar, 28 August 2023 – SHEBA®, a Mars, Incorporated pet food brand, has successfully completed the SHEBA® Hope Advocate Program, bringing together two Indonesian hosts and five global advocates from the SHEBA® Hope Grows Collective, UK, Germany, USA and Southeast Asia to work on the world’s largest global reef restoration program. The Southeast Asia representative was Alif Kazman, a marine biologist from Malaysia.

Alif and six other advocates concluded their 10-day adventure at the SHEBA® Hope Reef located in Bontosua, an island in the Spermonde Archipelago off the coast of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. They have had the opportunity to work with the local community, receive practical restoration training and restore an area of coral reef using Reef Stars, the ‘hero’ of the Mars Assisted Reef Restoration System.

“As a young scientist, it was an honor for me to be selected as a SHEBA® Hope Advocate to represent Southeast Asia and to have the opportunity to learn more about the unique research program that supports reef restoration. It was eye-opening to see the scale of the SHEBA® Hope Reef and its impact on the local community, researchers and field officers who work together. The experience was once-in-a-lifetime for me, and I am eager to impart knowledge about the importance of marine conservation to my peers and the younger generation,” said Alif.

The SHEBA® Hope Advocate Program is part of a global reef restoration movement entitled SHEBA® Hope Grows. The program began with the creation of a 46x14m structure spelling the letters H-O-P-E in Bontosua in 2019, using restored coral. What was once a barren and lifeless underwater landscape, is now a thriving coral reef ecosystem with coral growth increasing from 2% to 70%, fish populations increasing by 260% as well as a 64% rise in the number of fish species. By 2029, SHEBA® aim to restore more than 185,000 square meters of coral reefs — roughly the size of 148 Olympic swimming pools — at key sites around the world.

“We are thrilled to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the seven advocates to take part in the world’s largest coral reef restoration program first-hand. The SHEBA® brand is a proud part of the Mars family – driven by our purpose to create a better world for pets. It's more than simply a cat food company; their global movement Hope Grows is inspiring change. It is now more important than ever to take further action to protect the environment, our climate, and local communities. Our program demonstrates how Hope can flourish even in the most trying situations by sharing knowledge and working together to protect and restore critically threatened ecosystems,” stated Dr. Susan Wan, General Manager, Mars Petcare Indonesia.

“The SHEBA® Hope Advocate Program has received immeasurably positive response from around the globe. With over 250 applications from the US, UK, Germany, and Southeast Asia, including more than 50 applications from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, we are thrilled with the final seven advocates who were selected based on their passion for ocean conservation. The impact of the work that the Advocates are doing is critical in preserving and restoring the beauty of our ocean and ensuring our future has fish. The program is a collective of long-lasting and meaningful partnerships that are expanding impact far beyond the coral reefs SHEBA® are directly restoring – including on the local communities, tourism and education in Indonesia” said Philippa Mansell, Indonesia Marine Program Lead, Mars Sustainable Solutions.

In conjunction with the SHEBA® Hope Advocate program, the SHEBA® brand is also collaborating with selected retailers in Philippines to collect donations which will be used to create Reef Stars to be planted in the iconic SHEBA® Hope Reef in Bontosua Island, Makassar, Sulawesi Indonesia. For every purchase of any SHEBA® product in Lazada Philippines (Pedigree and Whiskas Flagship Store), 5% of the purchase value will be donated to the coral reef restoration in the SHEBA® Hope Reef. For more information and terms and conditions, please visit

SHEBA®’s sustainability efforts are supported by its parent company Mars, Incorporated, and its efforts to protect our planet. Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan illustrates the Mars mission to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

To learn more about this global coral restoration movement, get involved by following the Hope Grows movement online via the SHEBA® Hope Grows website and SHEBA® Hope Grows Instagram.

Sun Life Chief Client Experience & Marketing Officer Carla Gonzalez-Chong, sixth from left, led the opening of the Sun Life 3x3 Charity Challenge which was graced by celebrities

Various communities in the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam will soon get to enjoy revitalized basketball courts and basketball training programs as Sun Life donates PHP 40 million to promote healthier lives among marginalized youth across Asia.

The philanthropic program will be mounted in partnership with Beyond Sport, a global sport-for- social-change foundation. This is in answer to the 2022 Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance report sponsored by Sun Life, which showed high levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behavior among children and adolescents across Asia, contributing to high rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, mental health challenges and other damaging health outcomes. The report further showed, that in terms of overall physical activity, Hong Kong and Malaysia attained a grade of D, while Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam received an F, which means fewer than 20% of children ages 6 to 17 achieve an average of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity across the week.

Sun Life Chief Client Experience & Marketing Officer Carla Gonzalez-Chong

“Promoting movement is an important aspect of Sun Life’s health and wellness advocacy. We constantly explore fun and engaging ways to promote it among Filipinos, especially the youth,” said Sun Life Chief Client Experience and Marketing Officer Carla Gonzalez-Chong. “For this particular initiative, we took inspiration in our country’s love for basketball so we can encourage everyone to make physical activity a part of their lifestyle.”

For his part, Beyond Sport Executive Director Fred Turner highlighted how young people globally face barriers to accessing sport and all the advantages that come with it. “Often, that barrier is as simple as having a safe space to move and play,” he said. “We are proud to partner with Sun Life to improve physical and mental wellbeing outcomes for marginalized youth. We hope this program, built with community and sustainability in mind, will help them develop life-long habits that will allow them to thrive."

Sportscaster Apple David, Sun Life Chief Client Experience & Marketing Officer Carla Gonzalez-Chong, and basketball players Jollo Go and Marc Pingris at the mediacon

The initiative is part of Sun Life’s #MovementMatters campaign, which aims to promote physical activity as an important aspect of living healthier lives.

#MovementMatters gains momentum

The campaign earlier kicked off with a 3x3 charity event simultaneously held in Manila and Jakarta, Indonesia from August 18 to 20.

The Manila leg, dubbed “Sun Life 3x3 Charity Challenge,” was held at SM Megamall with a total of 349 participants led by various celebrities and basketball influencers such as Gab Banal, Ael Banal, Brent Javier, Jollo Go, Andre Felix, Thor Gomez, Brent Paraiso, John Custodio, Axel Torres, Pat Sugui, Kirst Viray, Ralph Molina Martin Reyes, Miguel Aytona, Hendrix Jim, and Martin Javier.

Sun Life donated PHP 4,000 for every participant in both Manila and Jakarta, and for every like, share, comment, and post on social media with the hashtag #MovementMatters, paving the way for a total donation of PHP 40 million.

The event also aligns with the participation of Team Canada and its top players in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup happening in Manila. Sun Life is the Official Health & Wellness Partner of Canada Basketball.

“We’re thrilled about the momentum we’ve set for the #MovementMatters campaign and look forward to everyone’s continued support,” Gonzalez-Chong said. “With our concerted efforts, we can certainly help more people live healthier lives.”

Kids showed off their basketball skills at the Sun Life 3x3 Charity Challenge.

“YOUR SONG OF EXCELLENCE,” organized by Taiwan Excellence and co-presented by Aromase, Derma Angel, and Johnson Fitness Philippines, is back on its third season this year, and promises to be even bigger, bolder and grander than ever, with celebrity judges Yeng Constantino, Ice Seguerra, Arthur Nery and Paulo Zarate. Watch the official music video:

On its Season 3, the Contest is not just about singing, but songwriting is introduced. A great occasion to showcase true Filipino musical talent and ingenuity, where cash and product prizes await the winners.

Given the difficult task of judging this premier singing and songwriting competition are come-backing judges such as singer-composer and pop-rock royalty Yeng Constantino, music producer and songwriter Paulo Zarate from Season 2. Completing this year’s roster of judges are singer-songwriter, actor and director Ice Seguerra, and singer-songwriter and music heartthrob Arthur Nery, who are expected to give their own take on the display of singing prowess and songwriting acumen of this year’s contestants. Hosting “Your Song of Excellence” Season 3 is none other Nicole Laurel Asensio, a singer-songwriter whose also top-notch theater actress.

If you are a Filipino citizen, male or female, aged 18 years old and above, and have big dreams of making a name in the Philippine entertainment industry, then join “Your Song of Excellence” Season 3 singing and songwriting competition.

Joining is easy. Just head on to the “Your Song of Excellence” Season 3 audition link ( and register your personal information details.

As “Your Song of Excellence” Season 3 includes songwriting, it will be a more exciting journey for the aspirants. For the songwriting category, just upload an audio-video file of the original audition song with lyrics following the same file name format - JuanDelaCruz_Audition.mp3. Those auditioning for the singing competition have to choose from any of the six (6) Taiwan Excellence Registered Songs, which can be found at Once a song is chosen, simply upload an Audition Video following this file name format - JuanDelaCruz_Audition.mp4.

Deadline for submission of audition entries is on September 15, 2023.

“Your Song of Excellence” Season 3 is supported by major brand partners, Acer Philippines, Annie’s Way, ASUS Philippines, FECA, iBle, MSI, PC Express, Tatung, Predator Gaming and Republic of Gamers.

So, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to be on the spotlight in the world of Filipino musical artists of the new generation. Join “Your Song of Excellence” Season 3 singing and songwriting contest. It will certainly be a life-changing moment.

HONOR is unstoppable! After the first-day sale announcement last Aug 26, in just four days, the revolutionary premium phone HONOR 90 5G is now sold out and will restock soon.

There is no way but up for HONOR! After the virality and success of its predecessor HONOR X9a 5G, the leading global tech provider of smart devices, has recently announced the sold-out news of the HONOR 90 5G pack with revolutionary camera technology.

“I am still in awe of the wild response of the public to the HONOR 90 5G since the arrival of the premium phone here in the Philippines. Our two-month HONOR 90 unit stocks were quickly sold in just four days since we started the first-day sale last August 26. From this huge acknowledgment, I can say that HONOR is truly back and will soar high,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.

Industry-leading Specs and its Stunning Colors

The HONOR 90 5G is packed with an exceptional Main Camera featuring a 200MP Main Camera, a 12MP Ultra Wide and Macro Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera for a powerful photography experience. It also features an AI Vlog Assistant, which analyzes key details in real-time. After recording, users can simply click the “Instant Movie” option to produce a social media-ready 15-second video clip, in just one second.

Supported by the powerful Dual Main Camera system, the HONOR 90 supports 4K video shooting that users can capture vivid videos and vlogs in five video modes, including Portrait Video, HDR Video, Close-up, Multi-video, Solo-cut, enabling a variety of content creation opportunities.

The HONOR 90 5G is equipped with industry-leading Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Dimming technology that allows the display to pulse at a rate of up to 3,840Hz for the display to maintain a more comfortable, flicker-free viewing experience even at lower brightness levels. With this, the HONOR 90 5G has received the TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification.

It comes with three stunning colors, Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Diamond Silver, that can be purchased via all HONOR Experience Stores and partner dealers nationwide and online partner stores via Lazada (, Shopee (, and TikTok Shop (

Unfolding Tomorrow with HONOR at IFA 2023

Global technology brand HONOR will unveil its strategic vision for the future of smartphones through a keynote speech entitled “Unfold Tomorrow” of HONOR CEO George Zhao at IFA 2023. Mr. Zhao will outline the brand’s commitment to global lifestyle transformation through its latest human-centric innovations. Get ready to experience #IFA23 on Sep 1, 10 AM CEST or 4 PM PHT. #HONORIFA2023 #UnfoldTomorrow #HONORMagicV2 #UnfoldTomorrowsLifestyle

For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

ADM, a global leader in human, pet, and animal nutrition, has partnered with Pawssion Project; a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming pets to advance pet welfare in the Philippines.

Through ADM Cares, the company’s corporate social investment program, ADM’s contribution is helping to build a dedicated 25 sqm space within Pawssion Project’s shelter specifically for paraplegic dogs and cats. This dedicated space will house a hydrotherapy facility to aid in the rescues’ rehabilitation efforts. At the same time, it will support nourishment of all pets. ADM Pet Nutrition will be donating complete and balanced petfood including Ganador® – a high quality dog food suitable for all breeds and life stages; and Minino® – a professional cat food for felines of all ages and sizes.

“At ADM, we truly believe in the power of community and compassion. Our partnership with Pawssion Project is a testament to our unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the communities where we are present,” said Clare Torralba, Director, Pet Nutrition, Asia-Pacific excluding China (APeC). “Pawssion Project has an excellent track record in providing care and homes to rescued pets since 2018, and we were inspired to support their purpose and mission, so they can continue their important work to help improve pet welfare in the Philippines,” added Torralba.

ADM CARES AND PAWSSION PROJECT PARTNERSHIP. ADM Philippines lead by Clare Torralba, Director, Pet Nutrition, Asia Pacific excluding China, Raymond Molina, Trade Marketing Manager, APeC, Johanna Emata, ADM Philippines Business Development Manager – Pet Nutrition, Dr. Aileen Guerrero, Marcomms and Brand Experience Manager with Malou Perez, Founder, Pawssion Project Rescue Shelter and members of the media during the turnover ceremony held at San Jose Del Monte Bulacan.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. ADM representatives Clare Torralba and Raymond Molinamingling with some of the dogs and cats in Pawssion Project. These rescued animals will get to enjoy Ganador Premium Dog Food and Minino Yum Cat Food

ADM Cares is committed to improving the lives of people and animals in the communities where ADM operates, through monetary contributions and volunteerism to initiatives and organizations that are driving meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. This timely contribution will support Pawssion Project’s vision of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming abused and neglected pets.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. More than 300 dogs and 50 cats will get to benefit on the donation made by ADM Cares to the rescued animals in Pawssion Project.

The donation from ADM Cares is a significant boost for Pawssion Project, which relies on donations to fund its operations. Malou Perez, Founder of Pawssion Project, added, "We are incredibly grateful for the generous contribution from ADM Cares to support our mission to give stray animals a second chance at a happy life. With their partnership and the donation, we are now able to make our dreams for these pets come true. ADM's commitment to animal welfare is a shining example of how collective efforts can create a profound impact, and we truly believe that their support will open new doors for our organization to get support from the public and other private companies as well,” added Perez.

Johanna Emata, ADM Philippines Business Development Manager – Pet Nutrition, reiterates the company’s commitment in supporting organizations like Pawssion Project. “We believe that all animals deserve to be treated with love, kindness and compassion, and we want to help ensure that these shelters have the adequate resources to take care of the pets in their custody.” Raymond Molina, Trade Marketing Manager, APeC, added, “We will continue to support organizations that strive for a meaningful cause, and we hope this paves the way for a brighter future for our four-legged friends.”.

HONOR has opened their 10th Experience Store in the Philippines in SM Mall of Asia. The brand has opened quite a lot of experience stores under their name this year as their 1st one was only opened back in April 16, 2023.

The experience store held an event for the first-day sales of the HONOR 90 5G. Attending the opening was HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Marketing Manager Joepy Libo-on, and PR Manager Pao Oga with HONOR stars Liezel Lopez, Jeff Moses, Bruce Roeland, and Berlein CEO Leo Bernardino.

“We are extremely happy to be opening our 10th HONOR Experience Store in the Philippines and we hope our HONOR fans are as excited as we are. They are an integral part of this success and we are doing everything to give back to them,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.
HONOR Shine 9.9 Sale

Aside from their expanding list of experience stores, HONOR has announced their Shine 9.9 promo. Until September 13, 2023. You can get up to 50% discount and free shipping. on devices such as the HONOR 90 5G, HONOR Magic5 Pro, and HONOR X9a, among many others, on their Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok stores.

After much hype, HONOR 90 5G with 200MP Flagship Camera is now officially available in-store and online. Head on to the nearest HONOR Experience Store and buy the latest premium phone for only Php 24,990!

HONOR, the leading global provider of smart devices, officially kicks off the sale day of the much-awaited HONOR 90 5G for only Php 24,990 in all HONOR Experience Stores, and Partner Dealer Stores nationwide, available also in all online partners via Lazada, Shopee, and Tiktok Shop.

“From the viral phone, HONOR X9a 5G, that was launched last January, today marks another milestone for HONOR Philippines as we received double demand from our HONOR fans for HONOR 90 5G. Since we announced the availability of the HONOR 90 5G in the market, we have received a high volume of offline and online pre-orders from the public, and until today, a huge crowd of shoppers lined up at our stores to purchase their own HONOR 90 5G, and we are truly thankful for all the support,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.

HONOR 90 5G’s first day of selling was marked with excitement among the HONOR community and fans. Adding more fanfare to the event is the presence of HONOR Stars and GMA Sparkle celebrities Liezel Lopez, Bruce Roeland, and Jeff Moses. They got to meet and greet their fans and consumers who bought their brand new HONOR 90 5G.

For consumers who still haven’t purchased their own HONOR 90 5G, wait no longer as it comes at a great and affordable price of Php 24,990. The powerful phone comes with a flagship triple camera system consisting of a 200MP Main Camera with a 1/1.4-inch sensor, a 12 MP ultra-wide and macro camera with a 112° field of view, and a 2MP Depth Camera.

The HONOR 90 5G is equipped with industry-leading eye comfort features. Receiving the TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification and achieving the risk-free dimming level, the HONOR 90 5G is perfect for today’s entertainment-hungry generation who spend long hours viewing and watching content on their smartphones.

Experience the HONOR 90 5G in three stunning colors, Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Diamond Silver via all HONOR Experience Stores and partner dealers nationwide and online partner stores via Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop.

HONOR Fans can also avail of the HONOR 90 5G via Home Credit for as low as Php 1,002 per month on a 0% interest installment payment.

Leading credit card providers BDO, BPI, Citibank, Eastwest, Metrobank, PNB, and Security Bank also offer 0% interest, payable up to 12 months.

For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website, or social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Parents have different ways to make days more enjoyable for their kids. Once they’re done with their classes and homework, their little ones are usually free to take a break and do fun activities.

There are a number of quirky and creative activities that kids can do at home with their parents or siblings. They can share a pack of Lush candies as a treat while playing or creating something amazing. Here are some exciting and creative after-school activities you can try with your kids:

Design colorful bracelets

Encourage your kids’ creativity by making beaded bracelets (or other fashion accessories they like). All you need is a set of colorful beads and strings, so you and your kids can craft personalized bracelets.

Do energetic TikTok dances

There are various TikTok dances that are currently popular. If your kids want to film a playful TikTok video, you can join in and even practice steps with them.

Make slime from scratch

Slime is essentially a squishy toy that you can make at home using store-bought kits, or by using materials at home while following a video tutorial online. The result is a soft toy with a stretchy consistency that’s satisfying to the touch, and comes in various colors.

Build a soft pillow fort

Pillow forts are a great way to give your kids creative freedom and teach them the value of teamwork. These soft forts can become a place to play with parents and siblings, or rest after a hectic day at school.

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Just like these fun activities, Lush candy can bring enjoyment to kids and even parents with its soft, chewy texture. It comes in two delicious flavors, Strawberry Milk and Chocolate, that can delight everyone’s tastebuds.

Whether they’re at school or at home, kids and parents alike will love chewing on Lush wherever they go. Lush is available at your nearest supermarket and sari-sari store, as well as URC’s Shopee and Lazada stores for only Php38.00 per pack of 50.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Medical societies and patient-leaders unite for respiratory disease awareness campaign.

(From L-R) Ms. Jing Castañeda, host, broadcaster and journalist, Dr. JB Pimentel, Medical Advisor, BIPHI, Dr. Mae Campomanes, Chair on ILD Council, PCCP, Clare Burrows, General Manager and Head of Human Pharma, BIPHI, Marimel S. Lamsin, Treasurer, PAPO, and Dr. Janeth Samson, VP, PCCP.

This August, in celebration of National Lung Month, frontrunners in the Philippine healthcare industry coalesce to increase public education on various lung diseases. The event “Lungs Matter: Raising Awareness for Respiratory Wellness” was put up by the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations, Psoriasis Philippines, Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Scleroderma Awareness Philippines, and Philippine College of Chest Physicians, supported by pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines), Inc.

Held at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila, the event was attended by esteemed healthcare experts who shared fruitful insights on popular and lesser-known respiratory diseases, and the basics of lung care.

“This National Lung Month is a good opportunity for us to focus the public’s attention on respiratory wellness, spread more awareness on the different kinds of lung disease, and call on a collective movement to support healthier air,” said Dr. Mae Campomanes, Chair for the Council on Occupational and Interstitial Lung Diseases, PCCP.

The “Lungs Matter: Raising Awareness for Respiratory Wellness” event took guests on various forum talks, pocket activities, and wellness exercises, such as Breathwork Practices and Shibashi — an 18-posture exercise that coordinates movement with breathing and concentration. It was then followed by a meditational walk in the historic Arroceros Forest Park. Known as "Manila's last lung", the Arroceros Forest Park was a catalyst for better and healthier environment in the aim of fostering lung health. The walk was done in solidarity of all partners to focus the public’s attention on respiratory wellness and to encourage participants to make a personal pledge to supporting lung health.

Leading the fight against lung diseases

In 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 300,000 cases of acute respiratory infection over the course of six months. Among the most common lung diseases known to Filipinos are asthma, a disease of the airways in the lungs caused by inflammation; pneumonia, which happens when fluids build up in the lungs; tuberculosis (TB), a contagious disease caused by germs; and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammation that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Other rare lung diseases that are equally important, but which are difficult to diagnose are interstitial lung disease (ILD), which is a group of disorders that cause progressive scarring of lung tissue.

“There’s a wide range of topics for us to touch on regarding respiratory wellness. We at Boehringer Ingelheim, are committed to supporting our health organizations and medical societies to further increase disease education. We want to help push prevention and early diagnosis at the forefront so we can safeguard the health of many Filipinos,” said Dr. Greta Cortez, Head of Medicine for Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines), Inc.

Through the “Lungs Matter: Raising Awareness for Respiratory Wellness” event, advocates champion the patients’ quality of life by putting importance on prevention and early detection. This educational discussion, in honor of National Lung Month, aims to inform the public about the predispositions and risks associated with common to life-threatening respiratory diseases.


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Coastal land reclamation is increasing and will continue to grow and be a popular urban strategy in places that experience urban growth.

This is according to a study, “Mapping 21st Century Global Coastal Land Reclamation,” that analyzed landsat satellite images from 2000 to 2020 to quantify spatial extent, scale, and land use of urban coastal reclamation of 135 cities globally with populations exceeding one million. Key findings indicate that 78% of these cities have turned to reclamation to create additional land, resulting in 253,000 hectares of new land, an area equivalent to Luxembourg.

Land reclamation is the process of creating new land from the sea. It’s often used in places with scarcity of land and high population density for many purposes. From Western Europe and West Africa to the Middle East, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, these countries’ cities reclaim lands for port extension, residential/commercial, and industrial purposes aimed at creating tourist and green spaces. Key drivers like global trade and rapid urbanization are already ubiquitous, so for the next step, these cities desire prestigious place-making efforts and enhanced international reputation.

“Coastal land reclamation is a forward-looking approach to urban development,” says Architect Ian Fulgar, the principal architect of Fulgar Architects. It allows cities to preserve valuable ecosystems and resources from urban sprawl by expanding spaces without encroaching on existing natural land. More importantly for architects, urban planners, and modern city dwellers, it presents an opportunity to have purpose-built urban environments specifically designed to meet their needs.

“Architects and urban planners can design sustainable and efficient infrastructure with a blank canvas, incorporating the latest technologies and best practices in urban planning. This approach can lead to more resilient and adaptive cities capable of mitigating the effects of climate change and other environmental challenges,” adds Architect Fulgar.

Cities that lead coastal land reclamation 

Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong, says Architect Fulgar, are some of the world’s most notable cities with impressive urban reclamation projects. “Not only have they transformed their respective landscapes but also captured global attention,” he says.

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay are testaments to the city-state’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The former is a luxury integrated resort famed for transforming Singapore’s coastline and city skyline, whereas the latter is a spectacularly unique horticultural destination that combines art, science, and nature. These reclaimed land developments further boost the country’s international reputation and real estate value around the area.

For some parts of the United Arab Emirates, coastal land reclamation has significantly changed its geography. Dubai, which has completely transformed into an ultramodern city, features ambitious projects now known as some of the most recognizable developments in the world like Palm Jumeirah and The World. “They have reshaped the coastline and established the city as a leader in innovative development, significantly elevating Dubai’s real estate value and worldwide interest,” says Architect Fulgar.

Palm Jumeirah is an awe-inspiring artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above. It houses some of Dubai’s luxury hotels, residences, and entertainment venues. Likewise, The World is a groundbreaking project composed of small artificial islands in the shape of a world map.

Lastly, Hong Kong’s commitment to preserved art, culture, and ongoing sustainable urban development is exemplified by its West Kowloon Cultural District. It is a 40-hectare reclaimed site along Victoria Harbour’s waterfront designated as the city’s vibrant cultural quarter where the local arts scene can interact, develop, and collaborate throughout its sustainability principles.

Architect Fulgar, who firmly believes in creating spaces that foster belonging and unity, highlights that Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong share common denominators in their successful urban reclamation projects. These are innovative design and planning, focus on sustainability and commitment to cultural and societal development, and the subsequent increase in real estate value.

“These projects have created iconic and visually striking landscapes by pushing the boundaries of engineering and urban design. Sustainability is often at the forefront, integrating practices and technologies that minimize environmental impact and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors,” says Architect Fulgar on these cities’ commitment to sustainability atop function and aesthetics.

Best practices of coastal land reclamation

Despite recognition of world-class reclamation projects, one of their primary challenges is facing criticism and potential issues over sustainability concerns. Architect Fulgar shares that the solution is through the responsibility of vital stakeholders to adopt a collaborative approach and adaptive strategies in implementing best practices, such as prioritizing sustainability and disaster resilience goals in waterfront developments.

“The future of city development, especially in coastal areas, rests with stakeholders prioritizing sustainability and disaster resilience. By adopting a comprehensive, collaborative, and adaptable strategy, they can transform the design, construction, and management of waterfront development – ultimately creating more sustainable, resilient, and prospering urban environments that benefit both people and the environment,” adds Architect Fulgar.

Moreover, Architect Fulgar puts emphasis on a well-planned project that begins with the developers’ thorough research and analysis of the selected area about potential environmental impacts, disaster risks, and local community needs. Architects and engineers need to incorporate sustainable design principles and green and blue spaces to reduce the development's environmental footprint.

“Trends and insights on global reclamation illustrate the potential of reclamation projects in addressing various urban development, environmental conservation, and community well-being needs – leading to more sustainable and resilient urban planning worldwide. By adopting these lessons and focusing on sustainable growth, the Philippines can capitalize on its potential and carve a path to a brighter future.”

Sunday, August 27, 2023

In line with the SM Green Movement, the SM group, through SM Foundation, recently established a rainwater harvesting system at the Brgy. Irawan Birthing Facility in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The initiative aims to strengthen their goal of preserving the environment and ensuring the health and wellness of future generations.

To enhance water conservation and management in the facility, the system collects rainwater from the roof and gutter, passing it through vinyl-coated mesh filters to help ensure water quality. With an 800-liter storage capacity, the harvested water serves the facility’s non-potable needs like watering plants, cleaning, and toilet flushing.

The rainwater harvesting facility also operates without electricity and features labeled faucets for intuitive recycled water use.

Midwife Narcisa Jagmis, who leads the said birthing facility, said that the facility will help them reduce their reliance on the city’s water supply systems.

“Mahalagang hindi kami nawawalan ng tubig sa center, lalo na po pag nagsimula kaming magoperate bilang birthing clinic. Ngunit minsan po, walang dumadaloy na tubig at wala kaming mapagkukunan,” Jagmis shared.

“Kaya napaka laking tulog po ng natural na tubig mula sa rainwater catchment system na. Madali namin itong naaccess upang gamiting panglinis o pandilig dahil konektado ito sa mga gripo. Ang tubig naman mula sa main line ay maitatabi namin para sa aming sterile operations,” she said.

SCPW president Arch. Celestino Ulep leads a discussion on nature-based architecture during the fourth SCPW Wetland Center Design Symposium

As the world celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity 2023, SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) joined the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) hosted the fourth SCPW Wetland Center Design Symposium on May 29th at the MAAX Building in the Mall of Asia Complex.

Bannering the theme "Build Back Biodiversity: Wetland Centers and Nature-Based Architecture," the hybrid symposium featured presentations centered on fostering knowledge and awareness about wetland conservation and innovative design approaches.

SCPW president Ar. Celestino Ulep leads the opening of the Wetland Center Design Symposium
SCPW president Ar. Celestino Ulep opened the symposium by sharing his optimism on how collaboration and embracing nature-based architecture can pave the way towards creating a future where wetlands thrive and biodiversity flourishes.

Notable experts in the field also graced the event, sharing their insights and experiences including Chris Rostron, the global manager of Wetland Link International, and Alex Hughes of Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in London, UK. The guest speakers kicked off the discussion by sharing about the pivotal role of Wetland Centers as a tool for Communication, Capacity Building, Education, Participation, and Awareness (CEPA) in wetland conservation efforts.

Arch. Ulep, meanwhile, engaged the audience by introducing the concept of nature-based architecture, highlighting the importance of prioritizing sustainability and harmony in design by creating structures that seamlessly integrate with the natural environment.

Meanwhile, Arch. Aaron Lecciones, SCPW Special Projects Officer, made a detailed visual presentation on the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) Design Team's experience. He highlighted the challenges and triumphs of designing a wetland park, serving as a source of inspiration for aspiring designers and architects.

Esteemed partners, including Ms. Rida Reyes Castillo of SM Prime, Dr. Arvin Diesmos of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Mr. Laudemir Salac of DENR-Region 3, and Arch. Gleo Raymundo of UAPSA graced the event to show their full support for this endeavor.

"It is an honor and privilege on the part of SM to partner with the SCPW and UAPSA in realizing its common goal of protecting ecosystems, particularly wetlands, by inspiring the youth to engage and take action on the socio-civic and economic issues in their communities by finding workable solutions towards building a sustainable future," SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR, and Communications Rida Reyes Castillo said.

SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR, and Communications Rida Reyes Castillo

Castillo further emphasized that environmental protection and nature conservation are integral pillars of SM Prime's sustainability campaign and that they believe in the power of cultivating the younger generation’s devotion to building a sustainable future.

The symposium concluded with a comprehensive discussion on the rules and guidelines of the design competition, followed by an open forum and exchange of ideas among participants.

The symposium also marked the beginning of the highly anticipated 4th SCPW Wetland Center Design Competition, which aims to create a platform for talented students in the field of construction and design to showcase their skills and ingenuity and encourage them to address environmental challenges through sustainable solutions.

Saturday, August 26, 2023


SM Supermalls is pumped to invite all dog lovers and their furry friends to join an unforgettable celebration of International Dog Day with a series of events for your furry friends! Until August 27, SM malls in Baliwag, Marilao and Pulilan are bringing thrilling activities exclusively tailored for you and your beloved canine companions.

Ready your leashes and head on to your favorite SM Supermalls in Bulacan as we roll out a lineup of pawsome activities that will surely make tails wag with joy! Here's a sneak peek of what’s in store for the International Dog Day celebration:

🐾 Pet Adoption: Calling all aspiring fur-parents who long to add a furry member to their family. Bring all the love you can and join the Pet Adoption Event in SM Center Puilan on August 26.

🐾 Grand Pawrade: Lace up those sneakers and join the fun-filled Pawrade at SM City Marilao. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, or go for a sprint alongside your four-legged friend. It's an excellent opportunity to bond, exercise, and create lasting memories together on August 26.

🐾 Pet Meet-up and Blessing: Get ready to meet some adorable dogs at the Pet Meet-up and Blessing in SM City Baliwag on August 26. Have fun with your furry pals, pose for photos, and spread joy to everyone in attendance.

🐾 Paw Vaccination & Castration: We care about the health and well-being of your furry companions. Avail our Paw Vaccination and Castration on August 25 at SM Center Pulilan, and August 27 at SM City Marilao. Experienced veterinarians will be on hand to provide expert advice, conduct castrations, and administer necessary vaccinations to ensure your dog's optimum health.

🐾 Pawsome Treats & Activities: Treat your four-legged friend to a delightful array of pawsome treats and activities at SM malls in Baliwag, Marilao, and Pulilan until August 27. From yummy dog treats to exciting games and paw-to snaps, there will be something to delight every pup's senses and keep their tails wagging all day long.

Joining the festivities is easy! Simply become a member of the SM Super Pets Club by clicking on the link: Alternatively, you can scan the QR code provided to instantly become a member and unlock exclusive perks and privileges.

Mark your calendars and join us until August 27 at your favorite SM pet-friendly malls in Bulacan for an #AweSM celebration of International Dog Day. SM Supermalls welcomes all dog enthusiasts, whether you're a proud dog owner or simply love these furry creatures. It's an event you don't want to miss!

Also, show your support for Team Pilipinas and experience the excitement of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 firsthand! Be a part of the action as the game will be broadcast live at SM City Marilao on Sunday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 29. Let’s come together to cheer for our team and witness an unforgettable sporting event!

Friday, August 25, 2023

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Employees and volunteers from SM Malls in Grand Central, Sangandaan, and Valenzuela trooped to public schools in Camanava area to work together for the Brigada Eskwela 2023.

Various activities ranging from carpentry work, paint jobs, repairs, replacements, and greening the school surroundings were assigned to volunteers to ensure school grounds are clean, safe, and conducive for learning.

In Caloocan City, SM City Grand Central and SM Center Sangandaan volunteers gave classrooms a brand new look by cleaning, repairing chairs and desks, and painting walls. The rundown rooms of Maria Clara National High School in Caloocan were masterly restored and given a make-over. Beneficiaries also received cleaning materials and supplies for repairs and painting.

SM City Valenzuela, on the other hand, brought back vibrancy into the nearby Caruhatan West Elementary School. The building and classrooms got a touch up in the form of fresh wall paint, dust-free chairs and tables, repaired jalousie windows, and sanitized comfort rooms.

SM's commitment to education and progress goes beyond this annual initiative. The company has also been engaged in various educational projects and partnerships, including scholarship programs, classroom donations, and infrastructure support for schools in need, as well as empowering students and new graduates by connecting them to meaningful job opportunities.

Recently, SM City Valenzuela organized the first overseas job fair in the NCR. The job fair generated over 3,000 job listings from at least 10 participating global companies and employers. The Overseas Mega Job Fair in SM City Valenzuela pulled in a thick and large crowd of jobseekers, including fresh graduates.

Brigada Eskwela is an annual volunteerism activity led by SM's Human Resources Department in partnership with SM Cares and the mall's Customer Relations Service Department. Aligned with SM’s mission to be a catalyst for positive change, the initiative seeks to assist communities in creating a better learning environment for students. It also hopes to encourage SM employees to participate in civic activities.

Durable and stylish shoes to complete every student’s back-to-school look are now available at Simply Shoes in SM Center Pulilan.

As classes resume, it’s good to know that parents and their kids can find ways to make preparing for school the least of their worries. From uniforms, shoes, and bags to accessories and, of course, school supplies, SM malls in Baliwag, Marilao, and Pulilan got students covered with everything they needed for an exciting school year ahead.

Shop for school supplies at SM Stationery and the National Bookstore. These stores carry all the stuff a student needs for the back-to-school season. There are notebooks, writing pads, pencils, pens, binders, and planners for jotting down lessons and schedules. Sketchpads and coloring materials for art lessons, and other school essentials like pencil cases, calculators, highlighters, USBs, and a lot more.

Invest in quality laptops, gear, and computer accessories for students’ research and tech needs, and visit SM Appliance and SM Cyberzone, where a wide array of trusted IT brands is found.

For school essentials, hop on over to Surplus and Miniso and choose among their wide selection of tumblers, lunch boxes, bags, totes, and cutlery sets.

Moms and dads need not worry about their kids ‘baon’, as SM Hypermarket offers Back to School Bundles packed with snacks, drinks, and other cool freebies.

As kids will go back to school, mostly in their uniforms, The SM Store in Baliwag and Marilao, is a great place to go when buying white blouses, and polo shirts; full skirts for girls or khaki or dark pants for boys. Meanwhile, socks, belts, and other school fashion needs are available in SM Accessories section.

Kids will have fun choosing from a great selection of bags at Parisian and Character Shop at The SM Store and @Tokyo at SM malls in Baliwag and Marilao.

To complete the look, also check out durable and stylish school shoes at Simply Shoes in SM Center Pulilan, CLN at SM City Baliwag, and Payless at SM City Marilao.

Lastly, ensure that students eye care needs are met while at school or at home with a wide selection of high-quality and stylish eyewear from Sunnies Studios at SM City Marilao, and OJO Eyewear at SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan.

It pays to be prepared upon returning to school. So, plan ahead and make back-to-school shopping the easiest at SM Malls in Baliwag, Marilao, and Pulilan. Have a great school year!


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