Friday, March 31, 2023

MANILA, Philippines—RedDoorz, one of the fastest-growing hotel chains in Southeast Asia, is proud to announce the latest milestone to its accolade of impressive accomplishments. The company has expanded its services and reach in the Philippines, adding a considerable amount of hotel properties and bringing a total of 528 accessible hotels to guests nationwide.

This momentous development marks a vital step for the company as it establishes itself as one of the leaders in the hospitality industry in the Philippines. RedDoorz’s continuous expansion is a testament to the company’s commitment to providing quality and affordable accommodations to travelers across the country. The company’s incorporation of innovative technology, combined with its expertise in the hospitality industry, played a considerable role in establishing strong partnerships with local property owners and operators.

“Our team here at RedDoorz is very thrilled to reach this milestone. Despite the challenges we had to overcome with the pandemic, we’ve been able to produce such aggressive growth by growing our hotels from 200 to 500 plus in the last 2 years,” said Sarah Pante, the Country Manager of RedDoorz Philippines.

“This achievement will only motivate us further to provide affordable and accessible accommodations nationwide to Filipinos, whatever the budget is,” she added.

The challenge Pante referred to was RedDoorz Philippines’ achievement of breaking even despite the hindrance the pandemic presented to all businesses worldwide. Along with RedDoorz Indonesia, both branches contributed 95 percent of the company’s total revenue.

Following the expansion, RedDoorz is now officially present in 95 cities nationwide, including in major areas such as Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. The new hotel properties under the latest development will offer all guests clean, comfortable rooms and enjoyable amenities. Each hotel comes with the excellent customer service that RedDoorz is known for, and business travelers or families can expect a pleasant experience throughout their stay.

With this outstanding achievement, RedDoorz remains motivated to provide every traveler with accessible and excellent accommodations, regardless of budget. Travelers can now experience the future of the hospitality industry with a wide range of quality accommodations accompanied by RedDoorz’s excellent service.

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to start planning for excursions and activities to make the most of the season. Of course, a memorable summer day wouldn’t be complete without good music and good company. Check out these ideas that will make this summer more memorable.

Host a Movie Night. For an epic movie night, all you need is a powerful speaker, a projector, a movie, and good company. Set up your screen and projector in your living room, your backyard, or on the rooftop, and have a great time! Amplify your movie marathon with family and friends with a fantastic sound device that gives you the full theater experience while you watch your favorite films.

Take your Sound Device Poolside. Summer would not be complete without a day spent by the pool. Bring your speakers along to play music while you enjoy soaking up the sun and enjoying the water. Just make sure your speaker is water-resistant and has a long-lasting battery so you do not have to press pause on the party to plug it in.

Organize a Dance Party. Nothing says summer like having your friends over for a summer dance party! Set up your speaker and create a playlist of your favorite songs to get everyone moving. Best to choose a speaker that is capable of turning up the party all over the place. Plus points if you choose one that can hype up the party with party lights!

Spice up the Summer with a Workout Session. Keep things interesting when it comes to your fitness regimen and use your speaker for outdoor workout sessions! Find your center by practicing yoga in the park to relaxing music, or break a sweat by doing some dance cardio, wherever you are. Getting that hot, summer body is even more fun when paired with your favorite music.

Camp Out and be with Nature. There’s nothing like being in nature so this summer, why not go camping? Cue up your squad’s playlist while pitching your tents, gathering around the bonfire, and gazing up at the stars. Just make sure you pack a sound device that has a built-in and long-lasting battery life.

No matter what you choose to do, having a well-rounded speaker can make your summer activities more enjoyable and memorable. Something that the Samsung Sound Tower ST50B delivers!

With its IPX5 water-resistant rating, you can bring it anywhere with you, may it be indoors or outdoors, without worrying about the elements. No need to worry about finding an outlet to plug this since it has a powerful built-in battery that can last for up to 18 hours. Furthermore, it has an innovative bi-directional speaker that can amplify a wider area and built-in LED lights to hype your activities with fun party lights.

Ready for your summer activities? Don’t forget to bring the Samsung Sound Tower ST50B along for the fun. Now available nationwide in all authorized Samsung dealers and

Check out, and follow Samsung on their official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok pages to know more.

GCash is the Philippines’ #1 Finance Super App with over 79 million users who enjoy fast, safe, and convenient transactions online. Based on, a reputable 3rd party platform, GCash is the #1 Finance Super App in the country with the most downloads, the highest Monthly Active Users, and even the highest Daily Active Users, as GCash is now part of their daily routines.

First launched as an SMS platform in 2005 and later as a super app in 2012, GCash was the first to introduce the QR payment system in the country. It supported the digital migration of Filipinos during the pandemic, and now that the world has reopened, it expands its services to suit the changing needs of Filipinos in a global digital financial landscape.

At this year’s #GCashFutureCast event, GCash ushered in the future of Fintech through 10 ground-breaking innovations for every Filipino.

Tools for financial freedom
GCash has made wealth management products like savings, insurance, and investments easy and accessible. Now it introduces products to help people grow their wealth and to help them protect it.

GStocks PH is AB Capital Securities, Inc.'s (ABCSI) online retail securities trading services made accessible through the GCash app. Its user-friendly and simplified trading interface was designed through a collaboration with the Philippine Stock Exchange. Through GStocks PH, users can now trade stocks of over 280 local companies. GStocks PH will be available to more users soon.

GCrypto allows users to discover and explore the world of Crypto and NFTs. Users get access to curated NFT collections, like The House of OhLala by Filipino contemporary artist, Reen Barrera, on the GCrypto NFT Hub. Buying and selling Crypto is also made easier with an exchange powered by PDAX, the Philippines’ leading homegrown cryptocurrency exchange.

GInsure Online Shopping Protect insurance offers users 60 days of coverage up to P20,000 for all their online purchases for just P34. The insurance covers scenarios when orders are not delivered, are accidentally damaged, are not as described, or are stolen. The insurance product, powered by Chubb, is embedded in the user’s online GCash payment journey across 1,500 online shops and platforms.

GCash goes global
Traveling Filipinos can now go cashless globally using GCash’s newest services. For overseas Filipinos, they can now use GCash to send money and support to their family back home.

GCash Global Pay allows Filipino travelers to do cross-border QR payments at Alipay+ merchants in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. This eliminates the hassle of paying with cash, or withdrawing money at ATMs where you can incur high service fees. It offers real-time Forex charging, with no service fees.

GCash Card gives travelers the advantage of real time Forex charging at low exchange rates and no service fees. With this, users can access their funds in a single tap at over 100 million shops across 200 countries and territories around the world through VISA’s expansive network.. This enables travelers to enjoy hassle-free shopping and dining experiences wherever they may be. The new GCash card will be available later this year.

GCash Overseas allows overseas Filipinos in Japan, Australia, Italy and the USA to download GCash using international SIM cards. Now they can send money, buy load, and pay bills for their loved ones back home. They can enjoy the convenience of sending money for free with GCash to GCash transactions, saving them the cost of remittance fees. GCash also announced that it is now available in the UK and Canada. GCash Overseas is currently on Beta and is limited to a number of users, but will expand to more users soon.

Borrowing made easier
GGives supports Filipinos with the ability to buy now, pay later with zero credit cards, zero additional documents, zero down payment, and now with zero interest at select merchants. GCash users are now free from the barriers normally associated with installment plans, for both in-store or online purchases.

Borrow Load will allow eligible users to borrow their favorite load promos today at zero cash out, giving them access to their preferred entertainment – even if they’re short on budget. They can now afford to access data-heavy apps with load promos valid for up to 7 days. Borrow Load will be rolling out to more users soon.

Improved security and user experience
GCash has taken steps to make transactions safer and more seamless through two new features:

GChat is a new, user-friendly messenger feature that makes it easier to chat and transact with contacts, share receipts instantly, and trace transaction histories. The feature makes it easier to search for conversations with friends, merchants or customers, while the Gigi and Advisories features allow users to get help anytime in real-time. GChat will be rolling out to users in the next few months.

DoubleSafe is the latest GCash security feature that prevents fraudsters from taking over accounts. It provides an additional layer of security on top of the 2-Factor Authentication and mobile pin (MPIN). DoubleSafe will be activated for every first login to a new mobile phone, and will use facial recognition to secure an account should the user inadvertently share their MPIN and OTP to fraudsters.

At the FutureCast event, GCash CEO Martha Sazon said, “GCash has empowered and enabled every Filipino to remain hopeful and pursue progress. As the Philippines’ #1 Finance Super App and the first finance app to be a household name in the country, GCash is positioned to be everyone’s enabler to be future-ready. With the 10 new innovations at GCash, our hopes for a better tomorrow begins today.”

Leading global smart device brand OPPO recently hosted OPPO Inspiration: Ahead, an event that empowered Filipinos to live a more creative and inspired life while embracing innovative technology. The event championed different passions and fields of creativity such as fashion, photography, content creation, and music.

The event was held at the BGC Amphitheater in Taguig City last March, and allowed guests to participate in interactive booths that let them experience the capabilities of the new OPPO smartphones and devices. They also had the opportunity to meet OPPO’s ambassadors and partner content creators Magic Liwanag, David Guison, Pam Quinones, and Daryl Chang plus OPPO celebrity brand ambassadors Bea Alonzo and Nadine Lustre! Also gracing the event were OPPO AVP & President of Overseas Sales & Services Billy Zhang and OPPO APAC President Andy Shi.

“At OPPO, Inspiration Ahead means we will always work hard to bring the kindness of technology to the world. We aim to use technology to make the world a happier place, as we collaborate with our partners and of course, all of you, to rise up to the challenges of the day. Through innovation and inspiration, we believe that we can help the society overcome anything to build a better future together,” said Joanarc Sales, Head of CRM and Public Relations at OPPO Philippines.

Guests learned practical photography and fashion tips and tricks from the best in the industry. Fashion icons Daryl Chang and Pam Quinones educated the crowd on maximizing their OPPO smartphones for capturing stylish looks and outfits. As fashion magazine editors and stylists themselves, Daryl and Pam shared how they find the drive to create looks that are unique and make a statement all these years.

Meanwhile, celebrity photographer Magic Liwanag and content creator David Guison taught the guests how to take your photography skills to the next level with OPPO smartphones. Magic also talked about how he captures photos that inspire and tell stories while David elaborated on how he constantly reinvents himself and channels authenticity as a content creator.

During the much-anticipated meet-and-greet, Nadine stressed the importance of taking a step back and allowing yourself to recharge to stay inspired and creative. She shared that after traveling in and out of the metro, she was able to keep her mental health in check and become more productive. “Find the chance to go on a beautiful journey," Lustre said.

Bea Alonzo was candid about her creative process as an actress, content creator, and businesswoman. What keeps her inspired is how she leaves a fragment of her authentic self in every role and every work she ventures into. “When I am presenting myself on camera as Bea the vlogger, of course, I share my authentic self. I share my authentic joys, days, and hobbies” Alonzo said.

Guests were also treated to great music from the acts of Fern. and Ace Banzuelo. OPPO Reno series brand ambassadors Leanne and Naara were also present during the event to serenade the crowd with their greatest hits.

To show appreciation to its loyal users, OPPO had special benefits for My OPPO App members who attended the event. Users got exclusive access to a special lounge where they could hang out and watch the program, availed of special merchandise to show off their OPPO swag, and first priority during meet-and-greets with Nadine Lustre and Bea Alonzo.

OPPO Inspiration: Ahead highlighted two of the brand’s latest smartphones that use cutting-edge features, which guests experienced during their visit in the immersive activity booths. They were able to try out the 40x microlens feature of the OPPO Reno8 T 5G’s 100MP portrait camera in the Microlens Technology booth while others got the chance to play around with the newly-launched Find N2 Flip at the Self-Shoot area.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

LBC Business Solutions partners with Gencys Digital Trading. In the image are (left to right) Recolle Delos Reyes: Account Manager, Business Solutions; Jerome S. Santos: Senior Vice President, Business Solutions; Nadine Ann Luceña: President; Hernani Razon: CEO; Charlie Gos: CMO

Manila, Philippines – As the internet and mobile selling platforms continue to expand, e-commerce has become increasingly popular. By transitioning to this platform, traditional businesses can reach a wider audience, reduce overhead costs, and offer customers the convenience of shopping anytime, anywhere. LBC continues to support the growth of the e-commerce industry and is committed to helping businesses succeed in this exciting and dynamic marketplace.

LBC, the premier logistics company in the Philippines, has always been at the forefront of innovation in the industry. Recognizing the growing importance of e-commerce for businesses, LBC has been proactively diversifying its capabilities to address the unique needs of online retailers. With a dedicated Business Solutions arm, LBC has crafted a suite of e-commerce delivery solutions that cater to the global Filipino market.

To ensure the success of these solutions, LBC has partnered with Gencys Digital Trading, a company that shares LBC's passion for helping e-ComPreneurs build sustainable systems while maximizing their profitability. This partnership has leveraged the latest e-commerce platforms and services, providing customers with a seamless end-to-end delivery experience.

“By partnering with a dependable end-to-end logistics provider like LBC Business Solutions, we have e-commerce solutions on-call ready to be tailor-fitted to make doing business so much easier for the Filipino of today,” Jerome Santos, Sr. Vice President of LBC Business Solutions said. “From cross border, first mile up to last mile order fulfilment – we can work hand in hand to mix and match our services to give our customers exactly what they need to succeed.”

“As a specialist in this industry, we aspire to achieve the level LBC reached in making their name synonymous to logistics, in the sense that e-commerce would equate to Gencys. We plan to do this by continuously improving our systems, tapping Six Sigma to continually improve our processes, become efficient in helping fellow eComPreneurs build their business,” Hermani Razon, Gency’s Chief Executive Officer elaborated.

“With LBC, all the tools in e-commerce, such as the chatbot, the payment method, ERP, virtual cards, and all that, in the end, it all boils down to matching the tool to what the enterprise needs. The e-commerce industry won’t be successful now if the courier is not organized. LBC is number one in the courier business; they have the system; they have the processes. They have already transitioned from traditional to full e-commerce,” said Nads Lucena, President of Gencys.

Santos revealed that LBC provides their partners with the strength of its network reach and ability to bring products even to areas that are difficult to access. “We have never failed on that commitment,” he said.

This could be the first step to your dream of becoming a real estate agent? Maybe we have the first step toward your dream job!

Lumina Homes is actively hiring for over 50 digital marketing associates who would help our offices specifically in Tarlac; Pampanga; Cabanatuan; Tuguegarao; Subic; San Miguel and Baliwag in Bulacan; Tanza in Cavite; Bauan and Lipa in Batangas; Sariaya, Quezon; Sorsogon; Iloilo; Pagadian; Malabalay, Bukidnon; Ozamiz; and Tagum in Davao.

The company has been serious in its digital platforms even before the pandemic, so the year 2020 only confirmed Lumina’s innovative attitude in its marketing and sales efforts.

The past few years entailed active engagement in its own online reservation portal. Lumina is also one of the first housing brands to offer digital home reservation vouchers in online shopping platforms like Shopee, Lazada, and GLife via GCash.

The next phase for Lumina’s marketing team is to maximize its wide presence in the digital world, and reach more aspiring homeowners local and abroad. Therefore, by hiring more digital sales associates, the team can strengthen its force.

While there are chatbots in place, many clients still prefer talking to a live agent—because home owning is considered a major investment.

The perks of the job

The digital marketing associate position welcomes hopefuls into a program with free digital sales modules, so they can gain an in-depth understanding on best real estate digital practices, digital selling trends, and many more.

This is on top of promo incentives and additional earning opportunities in one of the country’s fastest-growing affordable housing developers.

Lumina is inviting graduates of any four-year course for this job opening. Applicants must be at least 25 years old, team player and willing to be trained, with excellent negotiation and presentation skills. Sales experience is an advantage, but fresh graduates are also welcome to apply.

Being a digital entrepreneur is a growing passion nowadays. Achieve it by joining the digital pioneer Lumina Homes and its umbrella company, Vista Land and Lifescapes, and this could be one of your best decisions in life.

For more information or to check more careers in Lumina Homes, visit

This yummy cheese-bacon-hotdog combo is now available at Uncle John’s

Here’s a novel savory treat you’ll surely enjoy – KariBYTES! This delicious bite-sized bread offers a variety of flavors in every stick with its hotdog, cheese and bacon filling. KariBYTES are exclusively available in Uncle John’s convenience stores nationwide for only Php 32.00. 

This yummy snack is made by Robina Farms so you can be sure that it tastes good. So, for your next visit Uncle on John’s, don’t forget to grab a bite!

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Pursues a career in SPED

Teaching surpasses the realms of jobs or professions. It encompasses service, vocation, and life mission.

Proving this day and night are millions of Filipino teachers who stand as second mothers to students. One of them is Rosalie Macaspac, an SM scholar alumna who chose to pursue a career in Special Education (SPED).

Life’s work

Choosing to teach, especially pursue SPED, is a path less travelled. Out of over 800,000 public school teachers, only about 4,000 are in SPED, and Rosalie is one of the few who took the path. For 21 years now, the SM scholar alumna has dedicated her life to teaching SPED students. She wanted to empower and give special children a voice by advocating the welfare of deaf learners.

Rosalie Macaspac (left) interprets the contents of the program for her students.

With much dedication and determination to have the right skills for her students, she pursued graduate studies in special education and Filipino sign language at the Philippine National University and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, respectively.

She currently teaches at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay, the only government-owned institution for the deaf in the country. Here, she spearheaded the numeracy skills training program for deaf learners.

Embedding grit, greatness

Her journey to becoming an educator was not easy. Her parents separated when she was three years old, and her mother became the breadwinner.

"In the early years of my life as a three year old, awareness of how hard life is became a part of my growing up. I grew up with a mindset that whatever happens, I will not abandon my studies. Sensing my determination, my mother earned a living by washing and ironing clothes of our neighbors. I came to realize my mom had to wash and press thousands and thousands of clothes so I could finish my studies. But I did not pity myself. Instead, I kept a strong determination to battle on and promised my mother that she will not grow old and die as a laundry woman," she said.

The weight on their shoulder became heavier when her mother became bedridden for half a year. Instead of slowing her down, it did the opposite. She continued her studies with much determination. With the help of her uncle, the Missionaries of Charity, and the puto bigas she sold, they could get by.

She finished primary school with good grades, and was a consistent honor student in high school, despite having one centavo allowance and rice and coffee as meals. With good standing, she had her mind set on her next goal: going to college.

"Giving up or surrendering wasn’t in my vocabulary. The strong heart of my mother was passed on to me as she was my inspiration to strive to get us out of the predicament we were in," she stressed.

"When I was in fourth year high school, I was deep in thought of what to do to support my college education. Then, God in all His goodness, stepped in again. The Guidance Office in our school announced that the SM Foundation was offering scholarships for qualified students. I knew at that very moment that He was with me. All I had to do is to apply for the scholarship," she recalled.

Rosalie (fifth from left) and her fellow scholar alumni take a photo with SMIC Executive Director Harley Sy (third from left)

She vividly remembers sending her SM College Scholarship program application at the Customer Service of the SM in Quiapo and how she learned on May 9, 1995 that she would be interviewed for the scholarship in room 214 of the MSE Bldg. The three-digit number has since become unforgettable for her. By June 1995, Macaspac was among the SM scholars who had started their college education under the scholarship program.

According to her, the scholarship helped her become a well-rounded individual. It was the key to the realization of her dreams and paved the way to success. The activities provided by SM Foundation, such as the scholars’ assembly, the orientation, leadership training, sports fest and annual retreat, were very memorable for her.

"Looking back, the retreats, monthly meetings and being able to work in SM as an employee, followed up by our project director boosted my self-esteem and opened my world to service," she said.

Rosalie at the School for the deaf

Before teaching, she first worked as a Merchandise and Planning Control-Clerk at the SM Head Office, which was then located in Calle Echague, Manila. She was hired immediately after college.

Working in DepEd has always been her dream, and she is proud of where she is today. "Since day one of my college days, I aimed to be a public-school teacher. I am happy with my work now as a High School Teacher for Deaf learners. I am so privileged that I am in this community and my heart is entwined with my students."

"I am not ashamed to tell my colleagues that I had a humble beginning and I thank SM Foundation for putting me where I am now. I owe these blessings to SM, Henry 'Tatang' Sy, SM Foundation, Ma’am Nilda Bernaldez, and my fellow SM-Scholars, most especially, my mother. They are all the instruments to why I chose to give back to a special community and dedicate my life to being an effective SPED teacher."

Stability is the foundation of a well-lived life. With basic needs fulfilled, people have the opportunity to develop themselves, explore various facets of life, and contribute to the welfare of the community.

When aspiring youth, especially those from low-income households, are given the chance to stand on solid ground, they readily take the chance. They utilize it as a seedbed where they can cultivate their dreams and aspirations.

One testament to this is SM scholar alumna Jonnah Jane Sacamay, who grew up in a family where stability seemed like an uncharted territory. Years back, Jonnah’s family’s main source of living was flower farming. This made them walk on a thin line as the demand for flowers was seasonal, and they were also often affected by unpredictable weather disturbances.

But while they had journeyed through life with uncertainty, they had always planted in her mind the power of education.

“Given that the nature of farming is very seasonal, our income is not stable. Aside from augmenting our daily needs, we also had to ensure that my education is secured,” Jonnah recalled.

Holding on to the power of education

And so, to help her family, she studied hard in grade school as soon as she learned about others who had the opportunity to pursue college through the SM College Scholarship Program. With her whole heart dedicated to learning and her eyes set on the SM scholarship, she finished high school as the class valedictorian. Once the forms were available, she immediately processed her application at the SM Store in Cebu.

“I was informed that I got accepted as an SM Scholar. From then on, a huge weight was lifted off my parents' shoulders. I could pursue my chosen degree in my chosen university,” she added.

Through the scholarship offered by the SM group through SM Foundation, she was able to focus on the development of her skills and knowledge not only in accountancy but especially in life. She became a Magna Cum Laude graduate of BS Accountancy at the University of San Carlos.

Jonnah (center) with her parents during her graduation

“The SM Scholarship helped me reach my dream of becoming a CPA, and this opened doors for me, enabling me to land a job that empowered me to help my family,” she said.

“My experience in retail has given me wide knowledge in different areas. With this, I always make sure that my family makes informed decisions in all aspects of life. One thing that has become a tradition among SM Cebu scholars during my time was to have an outreach program. In our own way, we were able to pay forward the help that we received from SM. It was a fulfilling experience that we could share our blessings in our own little way,” she added.

SM scholar alumna Jonnah Sacamay now serves as a Senior Accounting Manager at the SM Store in Cebu.

Jonnah currently serves as a Senior Accounting Manager at the SM Store, Cebu. Aside from financial security, she currently takes care of her parents’ medical expenses and lets them enjoy vibrant life experiences after retiring as flower farmers.

“Having a degree enabled me and my family to experience more in life. It paved the way for me to secure a stable job, which allowed me to travel, treat my family to a nice meal, take them shopping on special occasions, and most importantly, support my parents and their medical expenses. Aside from providing me with a scholarship grant, working in SM has provided a sense of security for my me and my family,” she shared.

Jonnah (center) with her colleagues at the sidelines of a training hosted by SM.

Opening doors to more

SM Foundation made it its goal to help create an environment where low-income families can thrive and achieve stability, just like how the SM College Scholarship Program paved ways for Jonnah and her family.

For the school year 2023-2024, the application period is open from February 1-March 31, 2023. The selected scholars may specialize in accounting, information technology, engineering, and education with full tuition and monthly allowance, including enrichment programs and activities.

For more information about the SM College Scholarship program, visit

SM Supermalls, together with its corporate social responsibility arm SM Cares, is joining the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour this coming March 25 as the company renews its commitment to environmental stewardship.

This year’s Earth Hour is all about “creating the Biggest Hour for Earth,” and those who want to participate in the global activity are encouraged to spend 60 minutes doing something positive for the planet, in addition to switching off their lights.

SM Supermalls has been supporting Earth Hour and the WWF since the initiative was first held in the Philippines in 2008. This year, customers, tenants and employees at SM malls nationwide are once again encouraged to “Give an Hour for Earth” as SM Supermalls joins the annual Global Lights Switch Off from 8:30 PM to 9:30PM on March 25.

This day also marks the start of the World Wildlife Fund’s Virtual Earth Hour Run, a self-paced run supported by SM Cares, to be held from March 25 to April 30, 2023. The run aligns with SM Supermalls’ bid to make “Earth Hour, Any Hour” as participants are encouraged to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle by running and win prizes along the way. Joiners may register here and tag SM Cares and WWF as they post their stopovers at SM malls with hashtag #BiggestHourForEarth and #EarthHourVirtualRun.

Aside from these, SM Supermalls has been pushing to minimize its carbon footprint in support of the global green movement through various programs ranging from responsible energy consumption to investing in renewable energy.

For instance, more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by SM malls all over the country now come from renewable sources. In terms of solar energy usage, SM now has 12 malls equipped with energized solar panels, with SM Mall of Asia as the latest mall to receive a solar panel installation, which has a capacity of 2.003 MWp.

SM has also been recognized for exceeding compliance with RA7920 or the New Electrical Engineering Law, which regulates the practice, licensing, and registration of electrical engineers and electricians. This is proof that SM is operated and maintained only by highly qualified engineers.

SM Cares’ sustainability initiatives include the Trash-To-Cash Market and the Plastic Waste Collection program, which encourage responsible solid waste disposal among Filipinos; the annual Green Film Festival which promotes environmental awareness among students and the youth; and the International Coastal Cleanup which encourages stakeholders to do their part in keeping our seas and oceans clean.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, the country’s biggest chain of malls built by one of Southeast Asia’s leading real estate developer, SM Prime Holdings. It is responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community, including programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on Environment.

To learn more, visit

In solidarity with earthquake-hit countries Türkiye and Syria, SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) sent aid through the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) last Feb. 27, 2023.

Represented by SM Foundation Health and Medical Programs Executive Director Connie Angeles, SMFI handed 200 units of gasoline generators to PRC to provide power to the quake-stricken Türkiye and Syria.

Additionally, the social good arm of SM also donated Php5 million to help address the needs of earthquake victims.

The aid comes after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria. The disaster was followed by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, hitting southern Turkiye, which led to additional casualties and damages.

SMFI’s Connie Angeles (second from left) hands the donation to PRC chairperson Dick Gordon (third from left). Joining the turnover are PRC Governor Ernesto Isla and PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwen Pang (first and fourth from left, respectively).

PRC volunteers prepare to ship 200 units of gasoline generators donated by SM Foundation for quake-hit Türkiye and Syria.

To learn more about SM Foundation’s social good programs, visit or follow its social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube): @SMFoundationInc.

Shoppers lined up to buy homegrown fruits and vegetables at SM City Marilao’s SM Sunday Market. Sunday Market is one of the many initiatives of SM that aims to support and promote local farmers by providing them with platform to showcase their produce and sell them to a wider audience.

Bringing the Best of Farmers’ Harvests to You, at the SM Sunday Market

Now open at 26 malls nationwide, from 7AM to 2PM, the SM Sunday Market has begun to offer fresh produce and fruits in season, flowers and plants grown by local farmers.

The SM Sunday Market is a joint initiative of SM Supermalls, SM Cares, and the SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) which spotlights its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program. This helps hundreds of local food producers by providing them with high-traffic locations at SM malls nationwide to display and market their products to weekend shoppers, employees, and tenants.
SM City Marilao set Sunday Market booths at the ground level of the mall to help consumers and shoppers purchase fresh, locally-sourced produce at reasonable prices. SM Sunday Market is one of the many initiatives of SM that seek to aid and boost local farmers and small-scale food producers by allowing them to showcase and sell their crops to a broader customer base.

Since 2020, SM Foundation has helped 28,500 local farmers from different municipalities nationwide by equipping them with modern and sustainable farming skills.

As we approach Holy Week, traditionally a time for meatless meat choices, you can opt to drop by the SM Sunday Market with your family, friends, and furbabies! As you fill your baskets with the best of their harvest, at farmgate prices, you help local farmers thrive and grow their small businesses.

Sunday Market at SM City Bacoor

The SM Sunday Market is currently serving the community at: SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Tarlac, SM City Pampanga, SM City Clark, SM City Baliwag, SM Center Pulilan, SM City Marilao, SM City Taytay, SM City Lucena, SM City Bacoor, SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Trece Martires, SM City Tanza, SM City Santa Rosa, SM City Calamba, SM City San Pablo, SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, SM City Naga, SM City Legazpi, SM City Puerto Princesa, SM Center Ormoc, SM City Iloilo, SM City Cebu, SM City Butuan, SM CDO Uptown, and SM Lanang Premier.

Sunday Market at SM City Pampanga

Support your local farmers and give your family nutritious farm to table dishes. Stay tuned for more updates about the SM Sunday Market by visiting or following @smsupermalls on social media.

Monday, March 27, 2023

  • Innovative products and new technology join hands in leading the fight against animal diseases.

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. releases new brands: Entericolix for swine, Vetmedin S for canine cardiac health, and for poultry, Prevexxion RN and new variants under the Vaxxitek brand: Vaxxitek HVT IBD ILT and Vaxxitek HVT IBD ND. 

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines Inc. launches Vetmedin S for canine heart disease, Vaxxitek HVT IBD ILT, Vaxxitek HVT IBD ND and Prevexxion RN for poultry diseases, and Entericolix for swine disease symptoms.

Manila, Philippines – Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. announces new brands, two state of the art farm equipment, and a new educational website to local animal health care professionals during the recent Philippine Veterinary Medical Association’s 90th Scientific Conference and Annual Convention.

The event, held last February at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, served as a platform for updates on the latest technical innovations and knowledge in animal health. Working under the convention’s theme of “Strengthening the Practice of Veterinary Medicine with Advanced Technologies and Networks”, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health proceeded to unveil new products and devices that were of interest to the audience at large.

“At Boehringer Ingelheim, we count on innovation as one of our core values. Fueled by our passion to improve the lives and well-being of humans and animals alike, our relentless pursuit of advancement delivered us these new products and devices,” said Dr. Sukje Sung, Head of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc.

Dr. Sung gave an overview of the new variants of Vaxxitek for poultry and the three new brands for the three main species the company is introducing in the country: Prevexxion RN for poultry, Entericolix for swine, and Vetmedin S for dogs with cardiac health concerns.

Vaxxitek HVT IBD ILT and Vaxxitek HVT IBD ND helps prevent Infectious Bursal Disease, Marek's Disease, Newcastle Disease, and Infectious Laryngotracheitis in poultry, while Prevexxion RN is effective against very virulent strains of Marek’s disease. For swine, Entericolix provides 21 days of immunity against diarrhea caused by E. coli and C. perfringens Type C, as well as protection against Edema disease; and, for dogs with heart disease, Boehringer Ingelheim introduces Vetmedin S, a product that has been proven to delay the onset of congestive heart failure and improves the quality of life of dogs.

“As innovative and as effective these products and tools may be, they can only serve their purpose with the help of every veterinary professional in this room and all over the Philippines. Boehringer Ingelheim reaches out to you. You are key in making the purpose of these products and tools come to life,” Dr. Sung said.

“Let us make these innovations work to make their benefits count in the lives of humans and animals here in the Philippines.”

Dr. Sukje Sung, Head of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health emphasizes that innovation is a core value for the company as the team unveils new products and tools for animal health care.

Let us make these innovations work to make their benefits count in the lives of humans and animals here in the Philippines.”

Reinforcing Dr. Sung was Dr. Melvin Cassion, Customer Experience Lead for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. “When it comes to animal health care, we are already past the era of treatment and control, that was so fifteen years ago. Next came prevention. But now, Boehringer Ingelheim is in the age of shifting from prevention to disease prediction.” With that statement, he underscored the tools being made accessible to the Philippine swine industry: FreVAX™, an innovative intramuscular needle free vaccine injection device for pigs and SoundTalks®, a device that uses artificial intelligence combined with always-on, in-barn audio monitoring to detect signs of respiratory disease.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Cassion unveiled the Animal Health Hub, an online learning portal designed for veterinarians to have easy access to

various learning modules allowing them to update themselves with the latest tech and knowledge. Initially going live with the focus on companion animals such as dogs and cats, the site will soon include other species and will be opened to related users, such as veterinary students, farm managers, veterinary technicians, and the like.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Jumpstart your life milestone with this checklist of functional must-haves including a safe and trusted kitchen fuel

You’ve found the perfect place; you’ve fully paid your deposit and you’re excited to start living independently… but how do you start filling your new space? Whether you’ve just graduated from school and about to start working in a new place, or you’ve just tied the knot and savoring marriage before starting a family, you might feel a mix of excitement and some jitters when moving out of your childhood home.

With limited budget and the urgency of finally settling in a bare apartment or condo unit, the thought of buying appliances and furniture for your new place can be a bit overwhelming. However, you can survive the first few months of independence by learning to prioritize which appliances and tools to buy.

Here are five appliances and home equipment you should prioritize purchasing as you get started on your new life milestone:

  • Electric fan. An electric fan is a non-negotiable in a humid country like the Philippines, even if your place has lots of windows. A stand fan is good for ventilating wide spaces, but if you have limited room, you could consider tower fans as they fit in tight spaces. Desk and floor fans are portable enough to be placed anywhere, while ceiling or wall fans could help you save floor space. But if you have the budget, investing in an air conditioning unit will provide extra comfort and help get you through the scorching summer days.

  • Refrigerator. If you want to save time and money by cutting down on food delivery fees or dining out, a refrigerator is a must-have. In choosing your first fridge, consider your kitchen space and your food consumption habits. If you’re living alone and prefer cooking, a 3.5 cu. ft personal refrigerator with a freezer would be enough to store frozen goods while giving you enough space for your weeklong meal prep. If you would only like to keep your beverages cold and store minimal leftovers, a mini fridge might do.

  • Electric Kettle. An electric kettle is worth buying if you often need hot water for coffee, tea, chocolate, or even instant meals such as oatmeal and cup noodles, as it is a simple yet energy-efficient way to heat water. Electric kettles are usually made of food-grade plastic, stainless steel, or borosilicate glass. Basic yet functional ones allow you to just ‘switch it and forget it’ while other modern models have features like a clear water level gauge that allows you to check how much water is left, cord storage and winder, and even a temperature controller.

  • Vacuum Cleaner. A sturdy broom and dustpan might work for everyday cleaning, but a vacuum cleaner is a must-have to ensure you get rid of dust, debris, and other allergens, especially if you have a carpeted place or if you’re bringing a pet with you. A smart robot vacuum cleaner is the perfect hands-free companion for busy bees, while upright vacuum cleaners are lightweight and space-saving. There are also handy portable vacuum cleaners that are light enough to carry so you can reach difficult corners without dealing with long cords.

  • A gas stove. Moving out doesn’t mean you only have to settle with instant dishes and canned food. Enjoying a fresh, home-cooked meal is possible if you invest in a quality stove, such as a gas cooktop, which heats up fast, is durable, allows better temperature control, and does not rely on electricity. 

When buying a gas stove, it is also important to consider investing in a trusted kitchen fuel to ensure that it weighs correctly as advertised, lasts as intended, and is guaranteed safe to use. If you have limited kitchen space, Solane Sakto, a mini-LPG tank containing 1.4 kg of kitchen fuel, is perfect for you. Aside from being a space saver, it is priced for as low as PHP 150 per refill, making it a safer alternative to dangerous fuel sources such as LPG-refilled butane canisters. One tank of Solane Sakto can last up to a week of cooking for the typical family of five, or up to three to four days for heavy cooking.

Solane Sakto is guaranteed to have gone through proper safety checks to ensure the safety of your household. Fake or illegal LPG tanks that are usually dilapidated and rusty are prone to gas leaks that might cause explosions or fires, endangering the life you’re starting to build in your new home.

As an added safety measure, Solane also conducts the 7-point Safety Check, an exclusive service provided to all Solane LPG home delivery customers nationwide, to ensure that your LPG is safely installed and make sure that your burner produces a blue flame to maintain the quality of your gas appliance.

Starting over in your new place might be difficult and heavy on the budget, but investing in quality equipment will help you save money and energy in the long run so you can upgrade your humble home. You don’t have to sacrifice safety and quality for cost with a trusted LPG like Solane. To order Verified Solane LPG, customers may call the Hatid Bahay Hotline (+632 8887-5555), send a message to 0918-887-5555 (Smart) / 0917 8977555 (Globe). Customers may also place their order through the Solane Web Ordering platform (, the Solane Facebook page (, or place their orders through the Solane LPG app, available on the App Store or Google Play.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Good things always come in pairs. Whether it’s enjoying a well-loved pastime with your favorite snacks, getting pampered while getting some online shopping in, or catching a great film on your very own TV while having a great sound system to amp that fantastic viewing experience… The best things in life come in twos.

When it comes to the TV of your dreams, it’s a great idea to match it with the best sound system to complement it. With this comes the best pairing of the season with Samsung’s One True Pair Promo. Grab a chance to level up your lifestyle and finally buy your dream Lifestyle TV and Soundbar together, and save up to P34,999.

This is your chance to take home the most coveted The Serif or The Frame TV with the ultra-chic and sleek Lifestyle Soundbar, all at a special bundled price when you purchase it via straight card or cash payment at any participating Samsung Authorized Dealer.

There’s simply no better duo than Samsung’s One True Pair. Pairing The Frame or The Serif with the Lifestyle Soundbar is seamless and allows you to experience the absolute best of both devices through the Q-Symphony feature which allows both the TV and Soundbar speakers to synergize together and provide a greater and more immersive sound experience. Both devices have aesthetically delightful designs that adorn each other and elevate every room they are placed in, creating truly inspiring spaces. Most of all, the top-notch highlight of these two products combined will be the QLED technology meeting Dolby Atmos, giving you beautiful picture quality and exceptional cinematic sound.

Hurry, Samsung’s One True Pair Promo is runs until March 31, 2023. Get your fill of exciting promo updates on Samsung TVs, log on to, and follow Samsung on their official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Score the best deals with discounts of as much as 70% off on countless items mall-wide at SM Center Pulilan’s 3-Day Sale happening on March 31 to April 2. You may also check out the latest finds from SM Hypermarket, Ace Hardware, Watsons, SM Appliance Center, Sports Central, Simply Shoes, Surplus, and Miniso. Purchases could even bring you a heap of chances to bring home a brand-new SUZUKI S-PRESSO SPECIAL EDITION MT! 

To join, shoppers may avail of P1000 worth of purchases to earn 1 e-raffle entry. Increase your chances of winning by getting additional coupons on Saturday (April 1) and Sunday (April 2) to double the entries. Snip hunt only at SM Center Pulilan’s 3-DAY SALE hurrah and mark March 31 to April 2 all the way from 10am-9pm. Hitch the best deals and bring home loads and loads of goodies for you and your family! For more information, follow SM Center Pulilan on Facebook and Instagram.

SM Malls in Marilao, Baliwag and Pulilan are putting spotlight on women-owned businesses and their inspiring stories as each mall celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women throughout the month of March.

City Marilao’s Womenpreneur Market is one of SM’s initiative to showcase and support women-owned businesses in the province.

Taking new approach to Women’s Month, SM malls in Bulacan have expanded its celebration with Womenpreneur Market campaign. This campaign aims to present platforms showcasing profitable business ideas that women can venture into while motivating young women entrepreneurs and leaders to pursue their aspirations, establish their businesses, and create a positive impact on society. Womenpreneur
Market campaign also aims to help shoppers find, discover, and support women-owned MSMEs and local sellers in the malls.

Ten women-owned businesses took part in a campaign at SM City Marilao. The Womenpreneur Market, located in the mall atrium, showcased a diverse range of products including comfort food, bags, home decor, fashion accessories, novelty and unique gift items. Shoppers were drawn to Anicia’s Handicrafts, which sold unique hand-painted woven bags, and Arymyths International Fashion Design, which employed local housewives to create bespoke beaded jewelry made from semi-precious stones, natural beads, and metals.

A shopper checks on locally hand-painted woven bag at Womenpreneur Market in SM City Marilao. The Womenpreneur Market, located in the mall atrium, features a wide variety of merchandise, such as comfort food, home decor, bags, footwear, fashion accessories, and one-of-a-kind gift items.

Locally made products and delicacies are also on display at SM Center Pulilan’s Womenpreneur Market. Leather Crafts from KuySo Bulacan, custom cakes from Ruthie’s and locally-made shirts and fashion clothing from Bella’s Apparel are the products popular among shoppers.

SM City Baliwag, on the other hand, gathered great finds in fashion and beauty and other local players all in one venue.

“We have been blessed with many successful, influential, pioneering women business owners in the province” says SM City Marilao Assistant Mall Engr. Janette Aguilera. “This month-long celebration of women’s achievements and contributions provides a perfect opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs” Engr. Aguilera added.

City Grand Central welcomed its first mall-based specialty clinic dedicated and tailored to women’s health needs and care concerns. The Medical City Women’s Health Clinic, located on the fifth floor of the mall, provides a broad range of Obstetrics and Gynecology services.

SM Supermalls also has recently achieved a significant milestone by introducing its first specialty clinic for women’s healthcare needs and concerns at SM City Grand Central. The Medical City Women’s Health Clinic, located on the fifth floor of the mall, provides a broad range of Obstetrics and Gynecology services such as gynecological examinations, family planning and contraception, breast cancer screening and prevention, management of menopause, osteoporosis screening and treatment, prenatal and postnatal care, and other services associated with women’s reproductive health and overall well-being.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

GrabFood makes the impossible possible for Filipino foodies with the introduction of the world-renowned American fast-food concept of YouTube celebrity MrBeast in the Philippines as the newest member of GrabFood Signatures.

MrBeast Burgers is founded by top YouTuber MrBeast, aka Jimmy Donaldson. With its offerings being raved about by millions of the YouTuber’s fans from the world over, MrBeast Burgers successfully made its mark in the international food scene. Now, MrBeast Burgers is set to make an indelible mark in the local food landscape through GrabFood Signatures.

Grab Philippines Director for Deliveries Greg Camacho shares, “GrabFood has become the go-to platform for discerning Filipino foodies looking for unique culinary experiences. With GrabFood Signatures, we go beyond just bringing delicious food to your doorstep – you don’t have to leave your house or stress about traffic. We provide access to a variety of unique food experiences that make it easy and enjoyable for foodies to explore world cuisines without the hassle.”

In a recent study, GrabFood Signatures surveyed 220,000 Filipino customers, with 77% of respondents agreeing that their GrabFood experience helped them experience a variety of dishes from different restaurants without leaving their homes. This statistic is clear evidence that GrabFood Signatures is helping local foodies get their fill of the extraordinary dishes they want and need. Through GrabFood’s collaboration with MrBeast Burgers, even more, extraordinary dishes are now accessible to most Filipinos.

Camacho added, “Amid the pandemic, GrabFood Signatures plays an important role in not just bringing great food to everyone’s doorstep but also helping different businesses create their own unique digital presence. And now, thanks to GrabFood, special dishes like MrBeast Burgers are bringing us a taste of the world – delivered right at our doorsteps.”

GrabFood Signatures is an ideal platform for food merchants to launch new brands and exciting offerings, giving them the reach and reliability of the GrabFood platform and the flexibility to customize their digital presence. Through collaborations with merchants like MrBeast Burgers, GrabFood is also uniquely positioned to help food businesses scale their presence and create unique experiences for Filipino foodies.

Camacho concluded: “Our goal is to revolutionize not just the food delivery service in the Philippines but also the entire dining experience of Filipinos. We are proud to be at the forefront of this and to bring in more unique food concepts such as MrBeast Burgers through GrabFood Signatures. We are confident that with the help of GrabFood Signatures, even more extraordinary culinary experiences await foodies in the Philippines.”

Among those that local foodies can now finally try is the set of burgers quirkily named after the founder and his content creator friends: the Chandler Style Burger (two smashed crispy beef patties with house seasoning, served plain with American cheese on a toasted bun); the Chris Style Burger, (two smashed crispy beef patties with house seasoning, American cheese, bacon, topped with crinkle fries on a toasted bun); the Karl’s Deluxe, (a patty melt served Karl’s Style with a crispy seasoned beef patty, caramelized onions and cheese on a toasted inverted bun); and the famous Beast Style Burger, (smashed crispy beef patties with house seasoning, American cheese, pickles, diced white onion, mayo, ketchup, and brown mustard on a toasted bun).

In today's fast-paced world, businesses must adapt to the new normal, and traditional printing solutions just won't cut it anymore. As remote and hybrid work arrangements become the norm, companies need an accessible and innovative printing solution to keep up with their changing needs.

The Print Bunny Kiosk Solution is the first printing vending machine in the Philippine market. Developed by Delsan Office Systems Corporation, in collaboration with Community Cloud Print by HP, Print Bunny offers a seamless and convenient 24/7 printing service that eliminates the need for IT departments to manage print servers and print driver management.

Powered by the Microsoft Azure platform, Print Bunny uses the HP ePRINTit Solution, providing ultra-secure document protection for your stakeholders.

Print from Dropbox, OneDrive, Office 365, Box, Google Drive, USB

One can print remotely from anywhere, anytime, using smartphones, laptops, tablets, and desktop computers. Print Bunny also supports printing directly from any cloud storage service, including Dropbox, OneDrive, Office 365, Box, and Google Drive, and it even allows USB flash drive printing.

The kiosks are ultra-secure, and documents are protected using 256bit-Sha-2 encryption designed by the National Security Agency (NSA), with transport delivery using TLS 1.2. This ensures that files are protected from unauthorized access. One can print with confidence, knowing that your documents are secure.

Print Bunny is not just ideal for students, but it's also perfect for businesses with employees working remotely, companies with multiple offices, and those who need to print important documents on the go.

Kiosks at DLSU campus, Ayala Malls Circuit

Using the Print Bunny Kiosk is easy. Just download the ePRINTit Mobile App on iOS or Android and fill up the necessary information. Then make sure to top up via a range of cashless options, including BancNet, VISA, MasterCard, GCash, GrabPay, 7/11, and ECPay.

Print Bunny kiosks are currently available inside the campus of De La Salle Manila since February 1, 2023 in the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall lobby. The kiosk uses the HP PageWide Managed P57750dw Multifunction Printer, which prints black and white copies at P2 per page and colored copies at P15 per page.

If you want a the same printing convenience and flexibility kiosk for your organization, you can check out the demo kiosk at the Delsan Corporate Center in Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati City.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The pandemic brought the country to a near-standstill when, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, around 7.3 million Filipinos lost their jobs and were forced to find new means of living. However, with openness to using digital innovations and the perseverance to bounce back, some saw it as a turning point and a start of new beginnings.

Such is the case of Cocoy Rubio, who only had PHP 700 pesos when he started his mobile bike cafe business, fresh out of being laid off as a bartender for six years. Taking a leap of faith, Cocoy used GCash to easily purchase supplies and enable customer payments, eventually building what is now known as The Bike Coffee in Cagayan de Oro. Cocoy’s journey of determination and grit is only one of the stories of the 70 million Filipinos who use GCash, retold through the #GCashStories digital series. [EMBED/LINK VIDEO]

Just like Rubio, many Filipinos aspire to start their own business, but are held back by the lack of starting capital. To fund their enterprise or expand their existing ventures, Filipino business owners consider seeking loans from formal lending institutions, such as traditional banks. However, a report from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) shows only 56% of Filipinos are banked or own formal bank accounts, making access to resources greatly limited. 

The BSP also reports that 65% of adult Filipino borrowers perceive loan application from banks as difficult. Most lack the necessary documentary requirements, do not have enough IDs, do not meet the minimum salary or income, and do not have collateral to support their application.

GCash introduces easier way of borrowing cash with GLoan

As the nation strives to bounce back, GCash inspires Filipinos to take a step towards funding their future by providing a more accessible and convenient way of borrowing money without judgment. To provide more Filipinos with easy access to extra funds, GCash offers GLoan, its cash loan product. This offers a credible and easier alternative to traditional banks and other formal lending agencies without sacrificing their safety. 

GLoan allows eligible GCash users to borrow up to PHP 125,000 cash sent straight to their GCash wallet, which can be used for multiple purposes, whether for restocking supplies, upgrading equipment, funding rental fees and even enrolling for a course that will help them upskill. 

While typical traditional bank approvals take multiple days or months, GLoan offers instant approval for eligible users with no additional requirements needed. As GLoan eligibility is predetermined, there is no need for users to disclose their financial situation through income documents and trade references. Loan applications can be accomplished within the app, minimizing the need for face-to-face transactions, filling out application forms or submitting physical documents.

Eligible GCash users who wish to avail GLoan can choose their loan amount from P1,000 to a maximum of P125,000, and receive it straight to their GCash wallet. With competitive interest rates as low as 1.59% per month for 5-24 months, GLoan provides the same credible and secure experience of loaning from banks. 

To be eligible for GLoan, users must have a fully verified GCash profile and must maintain a qualified GScore, which is the app’s trust rating reflecting their GCash activity. Increasing or maintaining one’s GScore can be done by maintaining an active GCash wallet balance, regularly using different GCash services and paying dues early or on time.

Inspired by Cocoy and ready to start your biz? Sagot ka namin. Access GLoan through the GCash dashboard under “Borrow.” Download the GCash app on the App Store or Google Play now and jumpstart your dreams. Kaya Mo, I-GCash mo.


Summer is approaching and kids are getting excited to spend more time out and playing in the sun. It’s not always easy for parents to think of fun and productive ways to keep kids entertained, but the Batang Matag Bus rolled in just in time to give kids a day of play with a lot of cool learning experiences tucked in.

With pandemic blues mostly out of the way, parents are on even higher alert to make sure kids stay healthy and protected as they continue to explore the world around them. However, more than sanitizing hands and keeping surroundings clean, the most crucial first step is making sure kids are healthy on the inside because 70% of the body’s immunity comes from the gut.

“The gut affects so much of a child’s body: their mood, their reasoning, their behavior, and of course their overall health,” said J Ann Mirasol, from the makers of Erceflora Kiddie. “Erceflora Kiddie is created to help balance the good bacteria in the gut, allowing it to absorb nutrients, resist harmful microbes, and prevent upset stomachs.”

To help parents understand the importance of gut health and make building healthy habits easier and more fun for their kids, Erceflora Kiddie created the Batang Matatag Bus, a touring bus across the metro meaning to make education on gut health for kids fun and simple. “Kids with a healthy gut are healthier, happier, and more energetic, and that’s what we call ‘Batang Matatag’,” said Mirasol.

The Batang Matatag Bus was parked at the BGC Amphitheater from March 11-12 to set up the Todo Tatag Playground that had activities for the whole family:

The Todo Tatag Playground

The Todo Tatag Playground featured different play areas that highlighted key information on how a healthy gut supports the overall development of children. Playground equipment were turned into exciting learning opportunities for all kids to be strong, healthy, and become Batang Matatag.

The Todo Tatag Bus

Hopping onto the Todo Tatag Bus, kids learned the Todo Tatag Technique to make washing hands a fun and effective activity. There were also interactive games and photo walls to take fun photos and make cool memories.

A Fun-filled Program

Starting at 2:00 PM on March 11 there will be an interactive program for the family to enjoy together. Families can expect fun games, playful mascots, and entertaining hosts that will give a fun filled family day to all who attend. The program will not only involve energetic activities to keep the audience engaged but also learn more about Erceflora Kiddie and why kids should be encouraged to use it.

Bonding with Tatag Mommies

Erceflora Kiddie brought in the Todo Tatag Mommies Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio, Cheska Kramer, and Andi Manzano with host Riza Diaz to talk about creative ways to encourage the whole family to start more healthy habits and learn more about how to raise stronger, healthier kids starting with gut health. With the help of Erceflora Kiddie, kids can absorb more nutrients, activating better immunity against harmful microbes for todo tatag na tiyan para sa todo tatag na katawan.

With much excitement generated by the Todo Tatag Bus and Playground, BGC is just the first in several other stops for the Batang Matatag Bus throughout the year. In the meantime, parents can help even more kids maintain a healthy gut. When you buy Erceflora Kiddie, a portion of the sale will support Batang Matatag—a movement initiated by Save the Children Philippines and Erceflora Kiddie to improve the overall health and nutrition of children in school.


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