Saturday, July 20, 2024

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The Emergency Preparedness Forum aims to empower the most vulnerable groups in the community be more prepared during emergencies 

As a country that is vulnerable to natural calamities due to its geographic  location, SM Cares knows the importance of empowering Filipinos to become better prepared for these unforeseen events, especially senior citizens and PWDs, which is why SM Cares has programs like the Emergency Preparedness Forum which are aimed towards these sectors. As part of its activities in line with National Disaster Resilience Month this July, SM Cares recently held the third leg of the 2024 Emergency Preparedness Forum in the City of Marikina to help senior citizens and persons with disabilities become more prepared for disasters and emergencies. 


Launched in 2015, the forum features expert-led lectures and practical drills tailored for these vulnerable sectors. 


EPF participants become champions for preparedness where they can share their emergency preparedness knowledge with their families and communities. 

Since the forum first began in 2015, SM Cares has been able to provide training to 7,417 senior citizens and PWDs across the country since the forum’s conception and was awarded Gold in 2020 and Silver in 2023 at the Public Relations Society of the Philippines’ annual Anvil Awards. 

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, supporting initiatives focused on communities and the environment. Its advocacies include Programs for the Environment, Persons with Disabilities, Women & Breastfeeding Mothers, Children & Youth, Senior Citizens, and the SM Bike-friendly initiative. 

To learn more about these programs, visit   


Rex Orange County by Clare Shilland

The Alexander Technique





Guitar Song”


Rex Orange County announces his new album The Alexander Technique for release on September 6th via RCA Records. The album was produced entirely by Rex himself alongside Teo Halm (Rosalía, SZA, Beyoncé) and Jim Reed, the latter a member of the Rex Orange County touring band since its inception, in addition to James Blake who produced and features on “Look Me In The Eyes.”

To coincide with the announcement, Rex is sharing two new singles with accompanying music videos, “Alexander” and “Guitar Song,” that showcase two distinctly different sides of the album. Album opener “Alexander” arrives with a Nick Walker-directed music video that introduces the inspiration for the album’s title while the video for “Guitar Song” features footage of Rex filmed by Alexandra Waespi at Decoy Studios in England during the album’s creation.

The Alexander Technique is named for a therapeutic practice in which back pain is treated in order to address deeper health problems, and it’s an apt name for Rex’s most raw album to date: what may have begun as a simple exercise in changing the purview of his writing ended up becoming his most confessional, open-hearted album. Stripping back his sound to a skeletal mixture of stream-of-consciousness R&B and indie-folk, while retaining the orchestral lushness that’s become his trademark, The Alexander Technique marks the beginning of Act Two of Rex Orange County’s career: a new chapter on which he lays everything bare, no matter how painful that might be.

The Alexander Technique is very much a look into my own brain and experiences over the last few years – it’s almost a diary,” he says. Longer than any project he’s ever made and more musically varied, The Alexander Technique was made over a matter of years, started before and finished after 2022’s WHO CARES?; listening to it feels like watching an artist grow in real-time, and face all the attending growing pains that come alongside. “I’ve made a lot of love songs over the years, and I feel as though this is the first time I’m trying to make a project about everything in life. In my mind, it’s exactly what I’ve always wanted to make.”

Listen to and watch “Alexander” and “Guitar Song” above now and see below for all The Alexander Technique information.


The Alexander Technique album artwork

Rex Orange County

The Alexander Technique

(RCA Records)

September 6, 2024

1. Alexander

2. Guitar Song

3. 2008

4. Therapy

5. 4 In The Morning

6. Jealousy

7. The Table

8. Pure

9. One of These Days

10. Carrera

11. Much Too Much

12. Sliding Doors

13. Lost For Words

14. Look Me In The Eyes featuring James Blake

15. New Years

16. Finally

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Friday, July 19, 2024


The P-Pop solo act stars in the music video, along with Nicole Omillio of One More Chance stage adaptation and RJ Cruz of The Juans



Justin delivers another track with an unfiltered creative pulse.

The promising P-Pop star releases “kaibigan,” an anthemic track that finds the sweet spot most solo artists only dream of: staying true to their roots while harnessing their fully realized potential.

The song channels the agony and frustration of expressing one’s true feelings to a friend—a familiar premise that ends with an intriguing twist to its own brand of storytelling.

To be honest, there’s no actual or specific inspiration behind the song,” Justin reveals. “I wrote this tune from the perspective of an observer and wanderer: a person who enjoys movies with coming-of-age slant.”

Radkidz collab

Layered with sonic complexities and refreshing builds, “kaibigan” simply defies expectations by giving Justin more room to experiment. Credit goes to Filipino production duo Radkidz (SB19’s Pablo and his brother, Josue), who reconciled Justin’s pop sensibilities with their envelope-pushing ideas. Both Pablo and Josue worked with Justin on his previously released solo tracks, “surreal” and “sunday morning.”

Similar to surreal, I let them hear my demo in its ukulele version,” Justin shares the production process behind his new track. “At first, it was more of a solemn and calm song, but as we navigated deeper through the collaboration and explored the material and its story, we came up with something that ripped out the emotional layers in the latter part.”

The charismatic member of SB19 specifically praised Radkidz for guiding him towards honing his sonic instincts while sticking to the brief.

They added some interesting builds on the bridge, and made me even scream towards the end. I personally don’t see myself doing that, but there’s always total payoff in accepting the challenge without giving in to your sense of inhibition. I’m actually thrilled with the final output.”

About the music video



SB19’s Justin himself conceptualized the visual narrative that accompanies the track’s releaseWhile he is responsible for the flow, the talented multi-hyphenate doesn’t want to take all the credit for the MV, as he takes pride in the collaborative nature of filmmaking. He shares captainship with his team, particularly in coming up with the storyboard and the shot list.

For the direction of the MV, other than the rough storyboard, we make sure the producer knows the story behind it and what feeling we want to convey. I even sent movies and not just music video pegs for them to really understand what we wanted to achieve,” the 1Z Entertainment act adds.


The music video for “kaibigan” stars theater actress Nicole Omillio, who recently made headlines as Basha on the stage adaptation of the hit movie One More Chance, and RJ Cruz of alternative pop band The Juans.

The concept of the MV captures the complexities of human connection. As the team puts it, the newest single from justin is a reminder that some things are better left unsaid: “kaibigan is an embrace for the unrequited.”

Justin admits, “To be honest, the music video is very easy to digest. And that’s what I want: for people to relate to it and feel the story of the music and the music video.”

Justin’s “kaibigan” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment. Watch the music video here.

Thursday, July 18, 2024


Metro Manila, Philippines – July 17, 2024: EastWest is excited to commemorate its 30th anniversary with an exciting array of exclusive promotions. These special offers are designed to elevate the dining and leisure experiences of our cardholders, both within the metro and for those looking to explore destinations outside Metro Manila.

Exclusive Dining Discounts for Metro Manila Residents

EastWest cardholders can enjoy significant savings at some of Metro Manila’s most popular dining establishments. These promotions offer remarkable value and will surely enhance your dining experiences:

  • California Pizza Kitchen: From July 1 to September 30, enjoy 50% off for a minimum single-receipt spend of Php 3,000, with a maximum discount of Php 2,500. Indulge in your favorite pizzas with this fantastic offer.

  • North Park: Enjoy a 50% discount for a minimum single-receipt spend of Php 2,500, with a maximum discount of Php 3,000 from August 1 to 31, 2024. Savor classic and authentic Chinese dishes at unbeatable prices.

  • Admiral Club Manila Bay: Platinum, World, and Infinite Credit Cardholders can enjoy 50% off on lunch or dinner buffet, while Classic, Gold, and Titanium Credit Cardholders can avail 30% off until August 31, 2024.

  • Firehouse Pizza (Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila): From August 1 to 31, get Php 1,500 off with a minimum spend of Php 3,000. Savor delicious pizzas in a luxurious setting.

Special Offers for Exploring Outside the City

EastWest also extends its exclusive promotions to cardholders who wish to explore and relax outside Metro Manila. Enjoy these offers at various prime destinations from August 1 to 31, 2024:

  • Unioil: Save Php 7 per liter on all Euro 5 fuels from August 1 to 31, 2024. Make your road trips more affordable with this exclusive fuel discount.

  • Azure Beach Club (Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay): Avail Php 1,500 off with a minimum spend of Php 3,000. Enjoy a relaxing beachside dining experience with this special offer.

  • Baker J (Quest Hotel Tagaytay): Enjoy Php 1,500 off with a minimum spend of Php 3,000. Relish the serene ambiance and exquisite offerings of Baker J in Tagaytay.

  • The Ridge Café (Timberland Highlands Resort): Get Php 1,500 off with a minimum spend of Php 3,000. Delight in a scenic dining experience at The Ridge Café.

  • Mequeni Live (Quest Plus Conference Center Clark): Avail Php 750 off with a minimum spend of Php 3,000. Enjoy an unforgettable vibrant dining atmosphere with this special offer.

Elevate Your Dining and Leisure Experiences

These exclusive promotions are part of EastWest’s ongoing commitment to provide our customers with exceptional benefits and rewards. By partnering with top dining and leisure establishments both inside and outside Metro Manila, we continue to work towards enhancing your lifestyle and ensuring that all your leisurely experiences are both enjoyable and affordable.

How to Avail the Promos

To take advantage of these exciting offers, simply use your EastWest credit card when dining or fueling up at any of the participating establishments. Don’t miss out on these limited-time promotions and treat yourself and your loved ones to unforgettable experiences.

Going Further for You

EastWest continues to innovate and deliver tailor-made, specific banking solutions that cater to the diverse needs of our customers. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, our commitment to providing valuable rewards and superior service remains at the forefront of our initiatives. Join us in enjoying these new promos and discover more ways EastWest can enhance your financial and lifestyle experiences.

For more information on these promotions and other exciting offers, please visit EastWest Promos (  




Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc. (Sun Life Grepa), one of the leading providers of life insurance in the country, recently participated in the Day of the Seafarer celebration organized by Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTCI).


The event featured a variety of activities designed to honor seafarers, with Sun Life Grepa providing engaging games, informative financial literacy talks, and free financial consultations. The event was attended by Sun Life Grepa Vice President for Affinity Marketing Joen Songco (2nd from the left), Affinity Marketing Sales Head Marge Estrera (4th from the left), and Affinity Financial Officer Jean Galang (3rd from the left). From PTCI’s side, the attendees included PTC Insurance Agency, Inc. General Manager, Rolando Palad (rightmost) and PTC Holdings, Inc. Associate Director, Rey Austria (leftmost).


“As the maritime industry continues to evolve, we remain steadfast in our support for these global maritime professionals and their families. Through our exclusive partnership with PTC Insurance, we aim to provide peace of mind, financial security, and protection to these hardworking individuals and their loved ones,” Mr. Songco said.


“Our collaboration with Sun Life Grepa has been instrumental in ensuring that our seafarers have access to affordable and reliable life insurance coverage,” Mr. Palad added.  


Established in 1979, PTCI is a crew management and diversified maritime services company dedicated to providing high-quality services and innovative solutions to the global maritime industry.

Baguio20Tree Planting

 PLOGGING, PLANTING FOR PARK LOVE. Foundever™ associates in Baguio City jogged, picked up litter, and planted trees in two of the city’s beloved public parks—Burnham and Rizal Parks. The tasks were part of their “missions” during the company-sponsored “Amazing Race”-like event over four days. The park jogging-and-cleanup activity was done in cooperation with the Baguio City LGU as part of the city government-private sector program, “Adopt-a-Park”. Foundever, a global leader in the customer experience (CX) industry, held the event to create a trifecta of fun, fitness, and environment advocacy for its employees.

MANILA – Baguio associates of Foundever, a global leader in the customer experience (CX) industry, combined fun, fitness, and environment advocacy through a plogging and tree-planting activity at Burnham and Rizal Public Parks. The event was a trifecta that enhanced the associates’ camaraderie, and physical and mental health, while also benefiting the city’s parks. 

Plogging” is an exercise trend that combines running/jogging with picking up litter along the streets. The trend began in Sweden back in 2016 and the name combines the Swedish verbs “plocka upp” (meaning, “to pick up”) and “jogga” (meaning, “to jog”). Since then, the trend has spread worldwide as runners/joggers do their part in keeping city streets cleaner while also helping protect the environment. 

The event was organized in partnership with the Baguio City government as part of the city’s ‘Adopt-a-Park Program’ that brings together efforts of the LGU and private companies to care for and maintain public parks,” said Site Director Vida Haboc.

The Foundever in Baguio associates who participated in the event also planted 60 trees. These tasks were part of a four-day “amazing race-inspired” program that challenged the participants in a friendly, bonding competition that tested their skills for quick thinking, strategy, and teamwork. The plogging and tree-planting activities were part of the participants’ missions.

Aside from Vida Haboc, other Foundever leaders present at the event were Senior Operations Manager KC Pulido, Operations Manager Bryan Corpuz, and Workforce Experience Manager Mark Caniedo.


Abot Kamay para sa Laguna De Bay. Jollibee Group employee volunteers helped recover around 670 kilograms of plastics as part of the Laguna Lake Development Authority’s Waste Recovery Program.



MANILA, Philippines. 18 July 2024 – Reinforcing its commitment to environmental stewardship, homegrown restaurant company Jollibee Group participated in the Laguna Lake Development Authority’s (LLDA) latest cleanup drive held in Barangay Poblacion, Biñan, Laguna. Thirty employee volunteers from various Jollibee, Mang Inasal, and Greenwich stores participated in the said activity.

Around 670 kilos of plastics were recovered from the cleanup drive, which is part of the “Abot-Kamay Para sa Laguna de Bay: Mission in Action-Solid Waste Recovery” program of the LLDA. The program aims to mitigate the adverse effects of plastic waste on Laguna de Bay and its surrounding ecosystems.

Safeguarding our environment is a collective responsibility, and we are glad to continue actively supporting LLDA’s waste recovery program, consistent with our sustainability commitments,” shared Pepot Miñana, Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer. “We are also grateful to our employee volunteers, who bring to life our sustainability commitments not only within Jollibee Group, but also to the communities we serve.”

Jollibee20Group20LLDA20Continue20Collaboration20for20Waste20Recovery20Program20in20Laguna201Employee Volunteerism. Thirty employee volunteers from the different Jollibee Group brands participated in the cleanup drive.


Last April 30, in celebration of this year’s Earth Day, employee volunteers from different stores of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King also joined LLDA in a cleanup effort in Barangay Sucat, Muntinlupa City. The Company also provided meals to all 200 volunteers from different organizations.

These initiatives form part of Jollibee Group’s Sustainability Agenda “Joy for Tomorrow,” a unified effort to strengthen sustainable business practices in the company. The agenda, centered on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, consists of 10 focus areas that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). For more information on Joy for Tomorrow, visit


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