Wednesday, April 24, 2024


  

Jollibee, the Philippines’ most loved fast-food chain, is stirring up the coffee scene once again with its newest addition to Jollibee Coffee Blends – the new Iced Mocha. Their freshly brewed coffee, made with 100% Arabica beans, is now mixed with creamy chocolate to give you that perfect mood-boosting blend, perfect for coffee lovers looking for an indulgent pick-me-up!

The all-new Iced Mocha combines the richness of freshly brewed coffee with the smoothness of creamy chocolate, creating an irresistible blend that gives you that coffee kick and satisfies your sweet cravings.

“More than that kick of caffeine, we now usually drink coffee for that mood-boosting feeling, and Jollibee’s new Iced Mocha is all about giving you the 2 contrasting experiences of rich, freshly brewed coffee and creamy chocolate, blended perfectly for that much-needed coffee break vibe,” says Luis Berba, Marketing Director of Jollibee. “It’s more than just a drink; it’s an experience, offering a deliciously rich blend of chocolate and coffee to elevate your mood.”

A Deliciously Rich Blend Like No Other

The Iced Mocha is available in both regular and large sizes; the new Iced Mocha Float is also available for a sweeter and more indulgent option. Whether you’re taking a much-needed break from a busy day or just want to indulge in something special, the new Iced Mocha and Iced Mocha Float are designed to be your go-to pick-me-up and mood-booster.

Crafted to please Filipinos’ sweeter coffee preference, Iced Mocha is priced perfectly for your daily vibe starting at P60, and P75 for the Iced Mocha Float. This new addition to Jollibee Coffee Blends is available starting April 24.

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Check out the New Vibe at Jollibee

“Get that vibe with our new Iced Mocha,” invites Luis “Again, it’s not just a coffee, it’s a vibe—an experience to enjoy and share.”

 

Don’t miss out on this deliciously rich choco-coffee blend—head to your nearest Jollibee and taste the vibe for yourself! Available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery via the Jollibee App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and Foodpanda.


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SM Prime’s (L-R): Assistant Corporate Secretary Arthur Sy, Corporate Secretary Atty. Elmer Serrano, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Compliance Officer John Nai Peng Ong, President Jeffrey Lim, Independent Director Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, Chairman of the Board Henry Sy Jr., Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director Amando Tetangco Jr., Non-Executive Director Herbert Sy, Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy, and Non-Executive Director Jorge Mendiola

Manila, Philippines – SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPH), the leading integrated property developer in the Philippines, marks its 30th anniversary as a publicly listed company with the announcement of its highest-ever recorded income and a ₱100 billion investment for its partners, stakeholders, and communities they operate in. With eyes set on the future, SM Prime reaffirms its position as a catalyst for economic development and community advancement.

Record-Breaking Performance

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During the Annual Stockholders Meeting held on April 23, 2024, SM Prime announced its highest-ever recorded income, reaching PHP40 billion in consolidated net income, marking a 33% increase from 2022. Additionally, the company’s revenues surged by 21%, soaring to PHP128.1 billion, a notable growth from the previous year. The consolidated operating income also saw significant growth, rising by 24% to PHP61.3 billion.

The outstanding performance can be attributed to SM Prime’s mall business, driving 56% of consolidated revenues and a 30% growth to PHP71.9 billion in 2023. This growth was bolstered by a 24% increase in mall rental income, amounting to PHP61.3 billion. Moreover, the opening of four new malls in 2023 expanded SM’s retail presence to 85 malls in the Philippines and 8 malls in China.

Meanwhile, SM Prime’s residential business group, led by SM Development Corporation (SMDC), recorded an 8% growth in revenues to PHP43.1 billion in 2023. The residential group’s gross profit rose by 15% to PHP25.4 billion, with reservation sales standing at PHP102 billion.

In addition to its mall and residential businesses, SM Prime’s other key segments, comprising offices, hotels, and convention centers, contributed 10% of consolidated revenues, reported PHP13.1 billion in revenues in 2023, marking a remarkable 26% increase from the previous year.

Commitment to Shared Growth

 

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At the core of SM Prime’s success is its unwavering commitment to shared prosperity in every city where they are present. With a strategic ₱100 billion investment capital expenditure in 2024, SM Prime aims to reinvest in its partners, stakeholders, and communities.

SM Prime aims to continuously expand and develop new places for every Filipino to enjoy. 60% will be dedicated to enhancing its malls, development of new residential properties under SMDC, and construction of new hotels and convention centers. 40% will be directed towards acquiring new properties and coastal developments to pave the way for modern, eco-friendly urbanization.

Commitment to Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience

 

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From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: SM Foundation’s Grow Trees Community Program, SM Cares’ Bike-Friendly Program, ARISE Philippines Chairperson Mr. Hans Sy and Members, SM Supermalls x Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) Nationwide Simultaneous Fire Drill, SM Supermalls’ Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, and SM Prime’s Solar Rooftop Project

SM Prime has always been committed towards creating a sustainable future. SM Prime continues to work towards its goal of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040, aligning with the Department of Energy’s target of reaching a 35% renewable energy share by 2030. Through partnerships with renewable energy suppliers and organizations like the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), SM Prime endeavors to reduce its environmental footprint and advocate for sustainable practices in all areas of its operations.

SM Supermalls’ SM Cares and SMDC’s The Good Guys also remain actively engaged in various community initiatives, such as conducting community disaster preparedness programs, providing support programs for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, and promoting job generation and entrepreneurship through nationwide job fairs and MSME programs. Other initiatives include coastal clean-ups, the donation of school buildings and fire trucks, and the organization of eco-camps for youth.

Jeffrey C. Lim, President of SM Prime Holdings shared, “At SM Prime, we’re not just building spaces; we’re cultivating lifetimes of progress and shared growth. Our commitment lies in empowering Filipinos to thrive within their neighborhoods, whether through convenient shopping experiences at SM Supermalls, quality living in SMDC homes, or fulfilling work environments in our office properties. We believe that individual success fuels community prosperity, creating opportunities, and driving the nation’s growth for many years to come.”

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people. For more information, visit www.smprime.com.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024


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With summer officially beginning, BingoPlus, your comprehensive entertainment and amusement platform and the first online Bingo app in the country, took the chance to invite everyone to beat the heat at the Viu HALLYUnion Summer Event at Flotsam & Jetsam, San Juan, La Union last April 6, 2024.

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BingoPlus brought its brand of fun to La Union for locals and tourists alike to enjoy amidst the rising temperatures of the season. Taking on the role of a HALLYUnion Summer Event sponsor, the brand made sure to put its presence on blast and give attendees the opportunity to make some summer memories to look back on.

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Event-goers were welcomed to the event grounds by a photowall at the main entrance, the BingoPlus logo lined up with other brands to create a playful red carpet-esque walk to the area. Attendees were also treated to free merchandise and mini games at the BingoPlus booth, which was made easy to spot with the brand’s pull up banners acting as a beacon through the crowd of people.

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Meanwhile, four attendees were challenged to compete in the BingoPlus Game Segment: Flex your Summer BingBing OOTD. Contestants had to put on BingBing shorts without using their hands, and the first to finish the challenge received premium brand merchandise.

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BingoPlus places heavy importance on the significance of celebratory and festive events in Philippine culture. For the brand, these events are not limited to official festivals with deep roots in Filipino identity but also gatherings hosted by people simply looking to enjoy themselves. The HALLYUnion Event sponsorship is one way for BingoPlus to extend its support to Filipinos who want to have fun in ways that are relevant and relatable to them.

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As brands dedicated to the relaxation of Filipinos and the development of Philippine culture, ArenaPlus and BingoPlus remain steadfast in supporting local sports, entertainment, and leisure activities. They continue to work on developing avenues and opportunities to make leisure and sports more accessible and relevant to the Filipinos.

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BingoPlus and ArenaPlus proudly stand as flagship brands under Digiplus Interactive Corp, solidifying its position as a leading gaming and leisure provider in the country. For more updates, visit www.bingoplus.com and www.arenaplus.net or download the apps now via the App Store and Google Play.


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The Juans at the Blue Bay Walk!

Experience a Summer Night concert with one of the most sought-after Filipino Pop Rock Bands 🎸 that hits our heart and soul with their heartbreaking songs – The Juans!

Don’t forget to shop and dine at Federal Land’s Blue Bay Walk or MET Live Mall stores from April 12-26, 2024 🛍️ to get chance to experience the Live Concert Event “Summer Nights at Blue Bay Walk with The Juans”.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

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Manila, Philippines – Hemophilia Advocates-Philippines (HAP), a national nonprofit organization for people with hemophilia and related bleeding disorders, proudly announces the success of its latest awareness campaign. Held at the Festival Mall, Alabang on April 13, 2024, World Hemophilia Day brought together about 250 patients, members, supporters, and advocates from across the country in a collective effort to raise awareness for those affected by hemophilia.


Hemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder that affects about 10,000 Filipinos. However, in the 2020 study conducted by the World Federation of Hemophilia, only around 1,600 cases have been diagnosed and registered.

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Through educational discussions led by HAP’s medical advisors from the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Philippine General Hospital, attendees, mall goers, and Facebook live spectators learned more about hemophilia care in the present age. The gathering also highlighted testimonies of how HAP’s partnerships with other organizations created opportunities and positive impact to improve the quality of life of persons with bleeding disorders.

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This event also strengthened our efforts to call forth the attention of the Philippine government to hasten the passage of the Bleeding Disorders Standard of Care Bills that have been pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The generosity and compassion displayed by the guest speakers, advocates, and performers including Peter Harbinson a renowned Australian Opera Singer, underscored the importance of coming together to increase awareness and provide opportunities for individuals living with bleeding disorders to lead better lives.

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HAP successfully commemorated World Hemophilia Day thanks to the commitment of its volunteers, donors, as well as foreign and local partners including Festival Mall-Alabang, Save One Life, Project Share, Virtualahan, Jollibee, and the media sponsorship by Inquirer.net, Cebu Daily News Digital, Pop!, Preen.ph and Be An Inquirer.


The funds raised through donations and merchandise sold will directly support HAP’s initiatives to make information accessible and comprehensive care available at the grassroots level.

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“We are overwhelmed by the incredible support we received during this event,” said Andrea Trinidad, HAP’s President. “Every donation, every step taken, and every conversation had a meaningful impact on the lives of those affected by hemophilia. Together, we are making a difference and providing hope for a brighter future.”

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HAP extends its deepest gratitude to everyone who participated, donated, and supported the event. Your generosity and commitment to our cause are invaluable, and together, we are creating a world where individuals with hemophilia can live healthier, happier lives.


For more information about Hemophilia Advocates-Philippines and how you can continue to support our mission, please visit hemophilia.ph or contact our Executive Director Ms. France Alviz at 09955505315.

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Don’t miss out on realme’s limited-time summer discount, available until April 30 only

 

Summer is all about visiting local and international tourist destinations and capturing moments to share online or to look back on. Make this season more memorable with a game-changing offer for the realme C67 that will only be available for a limited time.

Here are some reasons why the realme C67 can redefine the Squad’s next summer outing:

A pro-level camera wherever, whenever

Part of the summer experience is shooting content to share on social media. Make photos and videos look professional with the realme C67’s 108MP camera, enhanced by its 3x In-Sensor Zoom and EIS. These result in a boost in clarity, texture, and depth. Street and Night Modes are perfect for mobile photographers experimenting with their shots.

Stay on top of work and play with a high-performing processor

A smartphone is not just a partner at play, but it can also support day-to-day tasks at work. This is especially true for those taking their work with them on their vacation. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 with 8GB in storage paired with Dynamic RAM Expansion, is powerful enough to shoot content effortlessly, attend video meetings, send emails, and run high-graphic games. Work-life balance becomes so much more fun when it’s out of town.

A powerhouse that can fit in any pocket

The realme C67 is a powerhouse nestled in a 7.59 mm Ultra Slim Body built with a seamless curved body design that has no plastic bracket. This guarantees a comfortable in-hand feel at the beach or up the mountains that leads to a more enjoyable experience. Its Sunny Oasis Design comes with a 3D light effect that matches the spirit of the summer, making it the perfect fashion statement.

Beat the intense heat with these hot deals

The Squad can take advantage of the exciting, temporary price drop until April 30, 2024 only, in all physical realme stores and official distributors nationwide.

realme C67 Price Drop

Item

SRP

Final Price

realme C67 (8GB+128GB)

P9,999

P8,999 (P1,000 OFF)

realme C67 (8GB+256GB)

P10,999

P9,999 (P1,000 OFF)



To learn more about realme’s latest updates, visit the realme official website and follow realme on Facebook.


 

OPPO brings an exciting treat to Filipino Carats as they launch an exclusive promo with the latest faces of the OPPO Reno11 F 5G and OPPO Reno Experts, BSS (SEVENTEEN)!

The subunit of the renowned K-pop group SEVENTEEN has risen to fame with the popularity of their hit songs “Just Do It”, “Fighting (Feat. Lee Young Ji)”, and “7 PM (Feat. Peder Elias)”. The three members’ embodiment of youthful energy and a genuine love for self-expression perfectly represents the key features of OPPO’s latest smartphone, reflecting the dynamic qualities that set the OPPO Reno11 F 5G apart in the market.

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Starting April 21, 2024, every customer who will avail the #PortraitExpert OPPO Reno11 F 5G from participating OPPO stores nationwide, OPPO’s official ShopeeLazada and TikTok Shop channels and via installment through Home Credit for as low as P759/month at 0% interest will receive an exclusive postcard set which includes two postcards each of BSS (SEVENTEEN) members SEUNGKWAN, DK and HOSHI.

Participating OPPO Brand Stores:

OPPO Brand Stores NCR (starting April 21) – SM North EDSA, SM City Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Ayala Market! Market!, SM City Fairview, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City Grand Central Mall, Glorietta and SM Cubao

OPPO Brand Stores Provincial (starting April 28) – SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Calamba, SM City Lipa, SM City Batangas, SM City Sta Rosa, SM City Bacoor, SM City Cebu, Robinsons Place Dumaguete, SM City Baguio, Robinsons San Nicolas, SM City Legazpi, SM City Naga, SM City Pampanga, SM City Clark, Robinsons Malolos, SM City Cabanatuan, Gaisano Mall Davao

SM City Davao, SM City Mindoro, SM City Lanang

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a limited BSS (SEVENTEEN) charm with OPPO Reno11 F 5G.

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G is now available in the Philippines for PHP 18,999. With vibrant, eye-catching style, a 64MP Ultra-Clear Triple Camera and a 120Hz AMOLED Borderless display, the Reno11F 5G is a winning combination of fresh looks and smart experiences. It comes in three colorways – Coral Purple, Ocean Blue, and Palm Green.

For more information about the OPPO Reno 11 Series 5G, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph/ and Facebook page.

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*DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-190560 Series of 2024

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Celebrating women in agriculture. Women represent more than 30% of farmers under the Jollibee Group Foundation’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP), which enables smallholder farmers to enhance their technical and business skills so they can improve their harvest and their livelihood.
 

MANILA, Philippines.– In a sector traditionally associated with men, the significant contributions of women in agriculture often go unrecognized. Official data from Philippine Statistics Authority from 2007 to 2016 shows that about 25% of workers in the agricultural sector are female, but this data may not fully reflect the actual participation on the ground according to a report by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

In its website, the PCW states that “women’s work in agriculture is normally considered to be extensions of their household tasks and therefore not reported as work.” As such, a large number of women may be unaccounted for in the agricultural sector.

In this piece, the Jollibee Group puts a spotlight on the stories of three women farmers who are proof that women can also thrive and succeed in agriculture work.

Celebrating women farmers

Maricel Sevilleja of San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Noralyn Lopez of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; and Bernadeth Carandang of Magallanes, Cavite are among the women farmers under the Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) of the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), the social development arm of the Jollibee Group.

The FEP was started in 2008 to help smallholder farmers become entrepreneurs—they learn technical and business skills so they can improve not only their produce, but also their source of livelihood. JGF partners with various organizations to provide the training and interventions, such as helping famers form clusters, so they can collectively meet the volume and quality requirements of buyers like the Jollibee Group.

Sevilleja, now 41 years old and a mother of two, started farming in 2006 when her parents became too old to farm. “Farming is not only for men. We can do what men can,” she said. “Farming may be hard but when you think about it, no work in this world is easy. We only need to learn how to love and enjoy our work.”

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To my fellow women farmers, don’t be afraid to grow and learn more about modern farming. For those who would like to become farmers, welcome! Let’s show the world that women can be great farmers too.”

Like Sevilleja, Noralyn Lopez is also a farmer’s daughter. But farming wasn’t her first choice for work. “Six years akong nagtrabaho as office staff. Tumigil ako last year at nagsimulang tumulong sa tatay ko sa pag-supply ng onion sa Jollibee Group,” she shared.” (I worked as an office staff for six years. I stopped working last year to help my father in farming onions to supply to the Jollibee Group.)

Lopez also shared her encouraging experience: “Wala naman ng gender issue. May gender equality naman na po. Ang mga kasama naman namin sa farming, itinuturing naman na akong kapatid.” (There’s a sense of gender equality. My colleagues see me as their sibling.)

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Thriving in agriculture work. Bernadeth Carandang (middle in sky blue) and other women farmers proudly show their harvested onions. Aside from being a farmer, Bernadeth is also a teacher and a leader of the Mag-Samakame farmers’ cooperative in Cavite.

 

Bernadette Carandang shares the same sentiment. “Kaming mag-asawa, parehong magsasaka. Hindi limitasyon ang pagiging babae para sa ganitong larangan,” she said. (My husband and I are both farmers. Being a woman should never be a hindrance for this type of work.)

Before becoming a farmer, Carandang used to work in an electronics company. Today, she’s also a teacher and a farmer leader of Mag-Samakame cooperative in Cavite. She emphasized the need for sustained programs that help farmers improve their livelihood, such as the FEP.

Helping farmers to become entrepreneurs

Tinuruan ako ng FEP na gawing matatag na negosyo ang pagsasaka,” Carandang shared. “Bukod sa kaalaman sa makabagong pagsasaka dahil sa mga bigay nitong teknikal na kaalaman, ang paghubog sa aking kamalayan na ang pagsasaka ay isang profession ay hindi matatawaran.” (FEP taught me to turn farming into a stable business. Apart from the technical skills in modern farming that I have learned from them, I have also developed the mindset that farming is a profession. This to me is invaluable.)

The white onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables that the Jollibee Group uses in select products of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Mang Inasal come directly from smallholder farmers across the Philippines like Sevilleja, Lopez, and CarandangIn the last five years, FEP farmers have generated a total of P370 Million worth of sales.

Jollibee Group po ang aming unang institutional buyer. Tumaas po talaga income namin. Ngayon, plano po namin na mas mapalawak pa ang koneksyon namin sa institutional buyers, in coordination with our local government unit,” Carandang said. (The Jollibee Group is our first institutional buyer. Our income definitely increased. We aim to expand our connection with institutional buyers in coordination with our local government unit.)

But one of the greater challenges that must be addressed these days is how the younger generation perceives farming. “Sabi ko nga sa mga estudyante ko, ‘Ano ang gusto niyo maging pag dating ng araw?’ Walang may gusto mag farming. Ngayon, tinuturuan ko sila na ang agriculture ay hindi pang mahirapIto ay business. Kung may farmer, may pag-asa,” Carandang said. (I asked my students, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ No one wants to become a farmer. Now I’m teaching them that farming is not a poor man’s job. It is a business. When we have more farmers, we have more hope for the future.)

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Capacitating women in agriculture. These women farmers from San Jose, Nueva Ecija, receive agro-entrepreneurship training from JGF and representatives of local government units.

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