Losing and Gaining

Wednesday, June 30, 2021


 


Dear self,


How are you holding up? You're still alive but many people close to you has left for good. Now you can imagine how Edward Cullen must have felt. If you can recall, the first few seconds of the first minute of the first day of 2020, you were eager to greet your college best buddy a happy new year only to discover that he is three months gone. The culprit: Stage 4 lung cancer and no one had a single clue. What a way to start the year! And you weren't even in his funeral to bid him goodbye. No videos or pictures of you together or even a record of his voice (except for a single class picture with him). Zero​, zilch, zip, nada, nothing. The only thing remaining are memories, aside from your Facebook messenger chat that you keep on reading again and again. 

Memories with him


That's way back in 1996 when Marimar was aired on TV which started a string of Telenovelas. You wondered why a guy like him was watching soap operas but then you got hooked yourself. He's someone you've met on the first day of your freshman year in University. A calm, collected guy. "Hey, he's exactly like me", you said to yourself. You knew at that very moment you'll be friends for a lifetime. You spent almost every single minute of first year college life with him. 


Those were the times when the FEU library was the perfect place to kill time. Those were your last memories of a library. You couldn't fathom how hard it was to research for information. You didn't know Google back then and had to search books using cards. You both explored the malls around the area to walk endlessly and enjoyed street food as it was what your budgets could afford. It's true what they say that the friends you meet in college are the best ones you'll ever have. 


You've proven it yourself; you left him after a year to look for a better school and never called each other again even after graduation.  Almost two decades of no contact but you still consider each other the best of friends. Sure you've seen him in 2000 and was about to catch up with him again in 2019...that's almost 20 years and yet, you made excuses not to meet him. It's one of those things you truly regret. Probably, he wanted to see you after a really long time because he knew his time was up. Unforgivable. What's even worse is, you've postponed visiting his grieving mother in Pampanga until the pandemic finally put a halt to your plans. 


Changes during the pandemic


Yes, the pandemic. You realized that your grandparents has gone through worse; that's two world wars and the worldwide spread of the Spanish flu. If they made it through, then you should be able to do so too. Look at you! Not a single tear has been shed again after the first time you've heard of your friend's demise. You have crafted your way out of it by learning how to survive physically, financially, and most of all, mentally. Spending time with friends and family members is out of the question, hence, your world revolved around cyberspace. Almost everything has shifted online. 




You got lucky to be working at home as an online English teacher.  Buying cooked food is not a healthy option, at least according to you, that's why you had to learn to cook. Panlasangpinoy and Kawalingpinoy became your gurus. You also opted to buy groceries online which is kind of neat. You even tried doing laundry without a washing machine until you gave up and let the laundromat do the hard work for you. 


Taking on a new role


You became the man of the house. Well, you're living alone. Didn't you wonder who's going to take that role? The roof needed fixing and the pipes were clogged but you eventually learned how to fix them yourself after a while. It made you felt how alone you truly are because there's no one else to depend on. Not that it's lonely but there's a realization that one can survive by himself. Hmm, not really. As the Beatles song goes... "I get by with a little help from my friends".  Keeping oneself busy suspends or better yet prevents depression, however, sometimes you just miss your best pal and feel really down.


Scar that would not heal


You're still holding on to that Space Jam figurine of Sylvester holding Tweety bird that he's given you on your 17th birthday. Hey, you even watched that movie with him at the then newly installed mall in U-belt. Isn't it a coincidence? The same movie is having a revival this year and it's like the world is grieving with you. You really miss him, don't you? 



It's almost two years since he's left. What would it be like if he were still here with us?


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This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor”. The initiative continues to respond to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis.  The initiative aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. The “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” Season 2 is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, with Eastern Communications and Jobstreet as co-presenters, with AirAsia and Xiaomi as major sponsors, and with Teleperformance as sponsor.


40 MILLION FILIPINOS and GROWING: GCash strengthens partnership with the public sector to promote digital financial inclusion for all

Saturday, June 26, 2021


To fast-track economic recovery amid the pandemic, public and private sectors must unite and work together to achieve a more inclusive financial ecosystem for all Filipinos. This is the vision behind “One with the Nation: Forging Public-Private Partnerships Towards Digital Inclusion in the Philippines,” a webinar organized by GCash, the country’s no. 1 mobile wallet app in collaboration with various national government agencies and local government units (LGUs). 


The webinar featured distinguished speakers from both the  public  and private sectors led by  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Gov. Benjamin Diokno, Makati Mayor Abby Binay, Congressman Jose Enrirque Garcia, DSWD Director Wayne Belizar, Bureau of Treasury of the Philippines OIC Deputy Treasurer Ed Marino,  BSP Deputy Dir. for Payment Systems Atty. Leah M. Irao, GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon, GCash Vice President for Enterprise Jose Luis Reyes and GCash AVP and Head of  Public Sector & Partnerships Cathlyn Pavia.   

“Our partnerships with the private sector have provided us with a wide network to reach more customers and develop more relevant financial services and products,” said Martha Sazon, GCash president and chief executive officer. “But in order to truly reach the unbanked and underserved communities, we look to the public sector with their expertise and resources. Together, we can really make a difference in the lives of Filipinos.” 


The event opened with a Keynote Message from BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno on “Digital Financial Inclusion: Impacting the Lives of Millions of Filipinos”. In his message to the participants, Governor Diokno underscored the importance of making financial inclusion a reality for every Filipino in the country.

This was followed by a panel discussion on “Digital Infrastructure: The Journey Starts Today!” led by BSP deputy director Atty Leah M. Irao and Cong. Jose Enrique Garcia. Atty. Irao and Congressman Garcia discussed the value of digitalization to promote the safety and security of Filipinos even beyond the pandemic.


A talk on the importance of outlining a strategic path towards digital transformation was discussed next by Pavia in “Digital Roadmap: Are We Ready to Innovate?”. In her talk, Pavia emphasized the critical value of implementing digitalization in phases, and how digital solutions can be seamlessly integrated in order to create a hybrid approach and to facilitate smoother adoption.   


In his talk on “Digital Manual: 101 Opportunities to Move Forward!,” Director Marino discussed the long-term benefits of creating sound policies and guidelines, ensuring transparency during digital transformation.

Highlighting trailblazing partnerships going cashless, Makati Mayor Abby Binay led a panel entitled “Digital Headstart: Kaya Mo Pilipino!” In Makati, data of its constituents were collected and used to create the Makatizen ID card and open GCash accounts.


The card serves as a valid ID that can be used to avail of government services, and a debit card to withdraw in any Bancnet ATM or use in Mastercard-accepting merchants. Likewise, Makati also uses GCash to disburse the salaries of employees, and allowances of senior citizens, and other financial assistance such as Maka-tulong. With Mayor Binay was DSWD Dir. Delizer who in turn shared the agency’s groundbreaking SAP disbursement program last year. 


This successful partnership at the height of the pandemic last year was the collaboration between GCash and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for safer distribution of funds for its Social Amelioration Program. GCash was able to distribute more than P16 billion to at least 2 million Filipinos, saving the government about 952 days and around P52 million. GCash continues to support DSWD in its Assistance for Individuals Under Crisis Situation program on a monthly basis.


The mobile app has also partnered with the Social Security System (SSS). Since February, SSS has enabled GCash as an option for receiving benefits through PESOnet. The app has provided SSS members an option to pay their monthly contribution payments via the app’s Pay Bills feature. Likewise for PAG-IBIG, contributions are also conveniently accepted via Pay Bills and Web Pay.

Closing the webinar was GCash VP for Enterprise Jose Luis Reyes who stressed the importance of financial inclusion and expressed optimism that despite today’s challenges, there is a clear way forward to achieve BSP’s vision and make Filipino lives better every day.


These programs are proof that strong partnerships between the private and public sectors are crucial in successfully bringing the benefits of digitalization and financial inclusion to Filipinos at a time when they need it most.


For more information, visit www.gcash.com .

7 Items You can Get to Make the Rest of 2021 Yours at Shopee’s 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

Friday, June 25, 2021

 

Time goes by so fast—can you believe that we’ve already made it mid-way through the year? Congratulate yourself for powering through the first half of 2021! 

Now that we’ve made it to June, make it your goal to finish the remaining half of the year just as strong. Motivate yourself, whether it’s by holding a small party for your family, exercising more to lift your mood, or even just treating yourself to some makeup to boost your confidence.

Take this list of mid-year essentials with you as you make the most of the rest of 2021. These items are all on sale at Shopee’s 7.7 Mid-Year Sale:


Quick checklist for a fun house party

Let the good vibes in by throwing a small mid-year party for your fam! Get the celebration started with Dad's Charcuterie Board Bundle, a DIY charcuterie board set complete with Italian cold cuts, cheeses, and olives. Cleanse your palate with Primo Sparkling Juice, a delicious carbonated drink that gets its naturally sweet flavor from grapes imported from Spain. Pour yourself a drink in a Crysalis Cocktail Glass, which is made of high-grade, lead-free crystal.


Fitness must-haves to increase your happy hormones

Pump up those endorphins by leveling up your mid-year fitness goals. Get moving to boost your mood with Kemilng Jump Rope, which features a 9'4" adjustable rope and comfortable foam grips. For arm, hip, and booty exercises, use Luxlife Resistance Loop Bands for your workouts. Each band is made of polyester and latex silk.


Beauty essentials to keep you fresh and blooming

Beauty is a vital part of self-care. After all, when you look good, you feel good. Give yourself a mid-year makeover with blk cosmetics Fresh Sunkissed Golden Hour Set. It contains a multipurpose shimmer pot, cheek paint, gel lip tint, and a face mask. Make sure to set everything in place with Max Factor Fresh All Day Bundle, which comes with a primer and a powder compact.

For more mid-year essentials, visit shopee.ph/m/7-7. To enjoy more deals, don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay through debit card, online banking, TouchPay machines, and over-the-counter. 

Use ShopeePay at checkout to get 15% daily cashback and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199.

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



SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY LGU AWARDS SAFETY SEAL TO SM, ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO GET VACCINATED

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The SM Mall in San Jose del Monte was the first establishment to receive the Safety Seal certification as the Local Government Unit launch the program in the city Wednesday morning, June 23, affirming its strict compliance to the government-mandated safety protocols.

After a thorough inspection and evaluation on crowd control, ventilation, and digital contact tracing, Safety Seal was issued to SM and to some of its establishments by Mayor Arthur Robes and Evangeline Garcia, head of Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO.)




 

Mall Manager Jose Mari Emmanuel Correa thanked all the local government agencies who took time to inspect and evaluate the mall especially the DTI and DILG.

 

“We all know that the Safety Seal is a big help to restore the confidence of our customers, and for us, it serves as a recognition of our hard work in ensuring the safety of every shopper,” he added.

 

According to Mayor Robes, SM has been a long-time partner of the city in all of its effort to serve the community. In his short speech, he stressed out the importance of Covid19 vaccine and encouraged the citizens to take advantage of the government’s vaccination program.


 

“SM again is one of our partner in vaccination. If there is anyone here who is not yet vaccinated, get vaccinated. It is important that we have full defense against Covid19,” Robes said.

 

Business establishments inside SM who also received their Safety Seal stickers are The SM Store, SM Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, Anytime Fitness, Red Ribbon, Greenwich, Infinitea, and Max’s Restaurant. SM management is continuously encouraging the other merchants to apply for their certification, while the others are already on process to get their own seals.

 

Prior to SM City San Jose del Monte, the other three SM malls in the province of Bulacan, namely SM City Baliwag, SM City Marilao and SM Center Pulilan were already granted the Safety Seal Certification by their governing municipalities.

 

The safety seals given to SM and its business partners are valid for six months upon the issuance date.

Learn how to invest in your passions and grow your savings in GCash 2nd Money Talks series

Wednesday, June 23, 2021



During this time of pandemic, some of us might think investing for the things you desire is a waste of money and time. Even though you have extra funds to make it happen, weighing your wants and needs is the first thing that comes to mind.

GInvest, the first-ever digital investment platform on GCash that allows Filipinos as young as 18 years old and with a valid ID, lets you explore easy ways and means on how to start investing and conveniently grow your money through a tap on the app.


To further educate Filipinos on the many investment possibilities using GInvest by GCash, GCash is mounting its second webinar series Kaya Mo Money Talks on June 24 at 8pm on GCash’s Facebook page.


The webinar aims to help customers, specifically the young adults, to unlock their financial goals so they can experience their passions, and teach them the ropes on how to invest and grow their money using Gcash.


It also hopes to empower Filipinos to take charge of their finances and identify their goals to achieve their dreams. What’s excellent about GInvest is you can get started with as little as ₱50 buy-in for local funds and ₱1,000 for international funds. These affordable rates make GInvest by GCash the first fintech company in the Philippines to offer low investment buy-ins.


Hosted by Jaz Reyes, the webinar will feature financial expert Chinkee Tan who will discuss the ins and outs of investing, debunking investing myths and why you should treat your savings like an investment.


He will be joined by members of the popular gaming team, Blacklist International (V33Wise) and Tiktok creator Dora Dorado who will talk about investing in their passions and growing their investments using GInvest.


With GInvest by GCash, anyone can start investing and fulfill their financial goals. It’s an extraordinary entryway to the wonderful world of financial freedom and lets you #UnlockYourLifeGoals at the press of a button.


To learn more about the GCash Money Talks, and more information about GInvest, you may visit GCash’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/

Shopee reveals 4 types of Filipino online shoppers, offers something for everyone this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale



A survey conducted by Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, revealed four types of online shoppers in the Philippines and their motivations for shopping online.

Shopee surveyed more than 3,000 Filipinos and found that value is the most important factor for online shoppers, with 42% of respondents stating that they are driven by the best deals and prices. 71% of them are females, ranging from 18 to 34 years of age.

There is also an emerging segment of consumers who prioritize shopping from their favored brands online. More than half of these brand lovers are around 25 years old, showing how brand loyalty is becoming key to the online shopping experience for younger demographics. Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The mid-year shopping season is an exciting time for Shopee. As more Filipinos go online to fulfill their shopping needs, we are also seeing more diverse preferences and shopping habits emerge. 

This is why we consistently listen to our users’ feedback and improve our features, services, and products to serve their needs. Our 7.7 Mid-Year Sale is no different and comes packed with highlights such as the Payday Sale, ShopeePay Day, and other exciting promotions to deliver more value, variety, and fun to all shoppers.”


The four key types of Filipino online shoppers are:

1) The Sulit Shopper - Decisive shoppers who hunt for the best deals 42% of respondents are Sulit Shoppers. They prioritize finding the best deals and prices before making an online purchase. These shoppers are patient and take the time to research products, but act quickly when they discover deals they like.

Key characteristics:

● Decisive buying: 66% browse a maximum of just five items before making a purchase

● Deals seeking: 62% don’t typically plan purchases in advance—they shop whenever they see big discounts on products they’re eyeing

● Regular shopping: Half of them buy something online at least twice a month Sulit Shoppers can rejoice at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale, which offers non-stop deals and discounts.

They can save money on shipping, get discounts, and claim cashback at the Vouchers Sale on July 6. During the 7.7 period, they can also tap on the Vouchers button on the Shopee homepage for one-stop access to the best deals.

2) The Shop-and-Go Consumer - Shoppers who enjoy the convenience of delivery to their doorstep

For a lot of Filipinos, online shopping’s main draw is convenience. 17% of shoppers surveyed turn to online shopping for its ease and safety. More than half of the shoppers in this community are 30 years old. They know what they want to buy and do not necessarily spend extra time on the app, but will often make impulse purchases if they stumble upon good deals.

Key characteristics:

● Quick decision-making: 64% browse through a maximum of five listings before they find what they're looking for

● Proactive shopping: Almost one in two do their own research on products by either searching online or chatting with sellers

● Frequent shopping: 45% shop online twice a month on average, making them one of the most frequent purchasers

Shop-and-Go Consumers can take advantage of Free Shipping on Shopee’s home page. They’ll also love the convenience of ShopeePay, Shopee’s built-in e-wallet. On ShopeePay Day this July 1, they can enjoy ShopeePay-exclusive rewards, such as free shipping, cashback, and ₱1 deals.

3) The Budol Shopper - Window shoppers who can also be spontaneous buyers

Making up 14% of respondents, the Budol Shopper refers to window shoppers who value variety and choice of products. Compared to the Sulit Shopper, the Budol Shopper browses more items on average, and are also more likely to spontaneously check out a product that catches their eye.

Key characteristics:

● Impulsive buying: 63% will buy an item because they felt like doing so at the moment

● Frequent browsing: 27% of window shoppers usually browse up to 15 items before

each purchase

This 7.7, Budol Shoppers can window shop to their hearts’ content across Shopee’s themed days such as Home Tech Sale on June 24, Home & Outdoors Sale on June 25, Kids & Babies

Sale on June 26, and Apparel & Shoes Sale on June 27. Each sale offers a huge selection of discounted products from popular categories.

4) The Suki Buyer - Shoppers who have a good eye for brands

Suki Buyers make up 12% of respondents, and they shop online because they can find their favorite brands easily. Unlike Sulit Shoppers, shoppers who prioritize finding the best value, brand fans are less price-sensitive. Instead, they value having a large variety of brands to choose from, as well as accessing perks and loyalty points from brands they follow.

Key characteristics:

● Regular shopping from brands: 62% of them purchase from their favorite brands as frequently as twice a month

● Brand familiarity: About 1 in 4 follow their favorite brands on social media in order to stay informed of latest product launches

Suki Buyers will enjoy the RB Super Brand Day until June 23, Vivo Super Brand Day from June 27-28, and Olay Super Brand Day from June 28-30, which all offer exclusive deals from well- loved brands on Shopee Mall. Suki Buyers can also get exclusive perks from their favorite brands, such as 30% off vouchers, at the Shopee Mall Sale this June 29.

SM CITY MARILAO’S MID YEAR SALE



Shoppers who are yearning for year-end savings do not have to wait until December to score amazing deals and promos because SM City Marilao is rolling out its mid-year sale on July 2, 3, and 4.

Kicking off on the 1st week of July, SM City Marilao brings the fun in shopping sale with great discounts of up to 70% off to countless items mall-wide. Save big and get a chance to enjoy exclusive markdowns, awesome freebies and special promos on various home accessories, beauty services, gadgets, lifestyle products and more from The SM Store, SM Hypermarket, Ace Hardware, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Miniso, The Body Shop, Watson’s and SM Appliance Center, and at over 200 stores at the mall.

Bargain hunters can also do their shopping at the comforts of their own homes with SM’s Call-To-Deliver #143SM (#14376) and SM City Marilao’s SM Buddy. Brands such as SM Appliance Center, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, Ace Hardware and the Body Shop are offering online shopping through their own e-commerce platforms, social media pages and Viber community groups. These specialty brands also feature Call and Collect, which allows shoppers to call and place orders. Ordered goods can be picked up at the designated location or delivered right at one’s doorstep for convenience.

So mark your calendars and shop early to get the first dibs on the best items on sale only at SM City Marilao's mid-year 3Day Sale! Don’t forget to observe #SafeMallingAtSM guidelines at all times. For mall events and updates, check-out SM City Marilao on Facebook or follow @smcitymarilao on instagram






PULILAN LGU ACCORDS SAFETY SEAL TO SM

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


 SM Center Pulilan receives PH’s Safety Seal accorded by Pulilan Municipal Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo together with SM Assistant Vice President for Mall Operations Junias Eusebio. SM Center Pulilan is one of the first recipient of PH’s Safety Seal in Bulacan following SM City Baliwag and Marilao. PH’s Safety Seal is granted to establishments that are compliant with the Minimum Public Health Standards. The initiative is another way to promote government’s effort in fighting against COVID19 while assuring public safety and encouraging consumers to patronize business establishments with Safety Seals.

Animezing North: A Glimpse of the Anime World In SM City

Saturday, June 19, 2021



SM City North Edsa brings a taste of the Japan experience to Northern shoppers through Animezing North: A Japan Pop Culture Fest.



One of the many new normal trends was the resurgence of the Filipinos' interest in the Anime culture in forms of streaming and toy collecting.



With that, SM City North Edsa gladly launch the Animezing North to bring the exciting feel and food Japan has to offer! In partnership with the Philippines most influential and popular toy collector Yexel Sebastian, Animezing North will feature his enormous and life-size preeminent Anime character collection from the multi-generational anime and manga that Filipino fans love!

Otaku fans can also savour a taste of Japan from Japanese favourite restaurants such as Teppanya, Karayama, Dohtonbori, Daiesumi Digital Cafe Genki Sushi and cop and even shop the latest manga fashion collaboration from Filbar's, Skechers, Miniso and Levi's.


Visit The Block Atrium from June 16 - July 1, 2021. Join the conversation at #AnimezingNorthAtSM

Here are the Best Filipino Books You can Score at the Aklatan Book Fair on Shopee

Looking for new reads? After celebrating Independence Day just a few days ago, it only seems fitting to explore the abundance of Filipino books out there. Whatever genre you're into—be it self-help, adventure, or romance- there are plenty of brilliant local works to choose from


From June 19-21, you can check out the Aklatan Book Fair on Shopee to add local literature to your reading list. Even if you can’t visit in-person book fairs again just yet, you can still enjoy perusing a wide selection at the online book fair. The best part is, you can get discounts up to 90% off!


Support local authors by checking out the following titles: 



Enjoy tales of local mythology set in modern times. Go along with Alexandra Trese’s encounters with monsters and demons in Trese: Bloodlines, read Nick Joaquin’s fascinating anthologies on mythical creatures in May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong, follow a steampunk quest set in a dystopian Intramuros in the comic book Incognito, and tag along an action-filled mythical adventure in Si Janus Silang at ang Pitumpu't Pitong Pusong.



In the mood for a lighthearted, feel-good read? Feel amused and touched by turns with a series of love stories in Para Kay B, enjoy a kilig-worthy high school romance in Ang Mutya ng Section E, and follow an ordinary girl’s journey to success in both her career and relationships in That Promdi Girl.



We could all do with a little guidance in life from time to time. Spruce up your cooking skills with Dishkarte sa Kusina, learn more about the psychology of money with Why Financial Education Alone Does Not Work, and take a little time to reflect by reading motivational speaker Francis Kong’s ruminations on family, work, and self-improvement in All That Matters.



Want to encourage your little ones to discover the wonderful world of books? You’ll both enjoy a touching story of motherly love with Inay, Inaaay Ko!, learn more about sharing in Hating Kapatid, and recognize the value of hard work in Ang Langgam at Ang Tipaklong



Enjoy a series of creative works by local writers and artists with these picks. Komiks Cum Laude features works from 15 student creators from the Komiket Awards, while Sacada contains an experimental catalog of doodles, poetry, and quotes coupled with eccentric photographs.


For more amazing deals on books by local authors, visit the Aklatan Book Fair on Shopee this June 19-21. 


To enjoy more deals, don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay through debit card, online banking, TouchPay machines, and over-the-counter. Use ShopeePay at checkout to get 15% daily cashback and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199.


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


DAD’S NEW FAVORITE CHAIR FROM SM HOME

Friday, June 18, 2021
Give Dad a gift of comfort and joy this Father’s Day with special seat from SM Home, the one-stop shop that has a wide variety of Dad’s Chairs that are ergonomic, sturdy and reliable.

After a hard day at the office, there’s nothing like a comfy chair he can retreat to at the end of the day and just completely relax, like an Air Leather Recliner.

If Dad’s a bit of a movie buff or a gamer, he most probably has a home theatre set-up. Help him create a proper theater lounge that will help create that luxury, cinematic experience. With a relaxed, oversized seating style and a couple of drink holders, it will be easy to make Dad nice and comfy.


A lounge room is a home’s place for entertaining and relaxing; Dad’s place for catching up with family and friends, for chilling out with a good book after dinner and gathering around to watch his favorite sports. What every lounge room needs is a big Sofa that can seat a few people or let Dad really stretch out, like leather selections from SM Home.

With many Dads, currently in a WFH mode, create a functional and productive workspace for him with SM Home’s selection of ergonomic and multi-functional office chairs.

Shop for your dad and place your order online through the SM Store’s Call to Deliver (#143SM) and ShopSM app. For more info and updates, follow

SM Home at the SM Store
in Instagram or visit thesmstore.com website.


FATHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE FROM ACE HARDWARE



 Always the Helpful Place, ACE Hardware shares with us a gift guide for Dads of all types on Father's Day.

For the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Dad, there are high performance drill sets that can complete a wide variety of projects like cutting, drilling, and plumbing with its attachments and accessories complete with safety features. Home repair projects are also made easy for Dad with ACE-branded durable hand tools. There are also wet and dry vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters that removes airborne particles.




For the Outdoorsy Dad, he’ll be king of the grill with the durable and portable ACE squared charcoal grill. Perfect for backyard barbecues.

For the Car Lover Dad, there are tire inflators for roadside emergencies and powerful high pressure washers for essential cleaning tasks.

For the Plantito Dad, ACE Hardware has a best- selling gardening tool set including a trowel, a transplanter, a cultivator, a bottle spray, pruning shears, and a lightweight plastic case.

Make your Dad feel extra special and loved this Father's Day with ACE Hardware's amazing tools and items. Available in all ACE branches nationwide, you can avail these thru in-store or online.

Visit Ace Hardware at SM Bulacan Malls or join the Viber community for inquiries and advance order for pickup or delivery – bit.ly/AceMarilaoViber for SM City Marilao, bit.lyAceSJDMViber for SM City San Jose del Monte, and bit.ly/BaliwagViber for SM City Baliwag.

Customers can also dial ACE Hotline #11223 or click http://call-collect.acehardware.ph/. Or shop online at ACE Hardware official stores in thesmstore.com, ShopSM, Lazada or Shopee.

There are a lot of options for shopping and be rewarded each time you shop, earn points and enjoy exclusive offers with ACE Rewards Card.

PSA ROLLS OUT PHILSYS STEP 2 NATIONAL ID REGISTRATION AT SM CITY BALIWAG

Thursday, June 17, 2021


 

Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) rolls out Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 2 Registration in SM City Baliwag— one of its mall registration partners in Bulacan.

 

From June 16, 2021 onwards, registrants with Appointment Slip or Application Reference Number (ARN) and were notified by PSA via text message may proceed to the PhilSys Registration Center located at the second level, Cyberzone area in SM City Baliwag.

 

To guide public on the registration process, SM City Baliwag and PSA have deployed detailed signages showing systematic procedure for smooth and orderly manner of registration. PhilSys Step 2 registration process includes (1) Validation of appointment slip and supporting documents, (2) Verification of demographic information, (3) Capturing of biometric information such as iris-scan, fingerprint and front-facing photo, (4) Issuance of transaction slip.

 

After successfully completing Step 2 Registration, registrants will be given a PhilSys Number (PSN). PhilID will be delivered to registrant’s chosen address via Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost).


To ensure public safety, SM City Baliwag in partnership with PSA adhere to strict implementation of the standard health and safety protocols set by the IATF and DOH. Registrants will be requested to observe a safe distance, especially when queuing. Temperature checks upon entry, mandatory wearing of face mask and strictly no appointment, no entry will likewise be implemented to regulate registrants. SM City Baliwag also assigned security and disinfection team for crowd management and maintaining sanitation protocols. 

 

To usher the nation towards a digital society, PhilSys aims to provide valid and unique proof of identification to all Filipinos as to make public and private transactions fast and more convenient.  As such, citizens will be entitled to improved access of government services such as health, education, financial and social protection.

 

PhilSys Step 2 Registration at SM City Baliwag will last for a year, and target to accommodate at least 250 registrants per day. For safety and convenience, registrants may register online through https://register.philsys.gov.ph/ prior Step 2 registration.

 

Following SM City Baliwag, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is yet to announce start date of PhilSys Step 2 Registration at SM Center Pulilan, one of its assigned registration centers in the first district of Bulacan.