Wednesday, May 31, 2023



From vibrant reds and oranges to soothing blues and purples, the balloons create a kaleidoscope of color that captures the attention of shoppers at SM City Valenzuela.


SM Supermalls is often synonymous with fashion, retail therapy, and gastronomic delights. As last hurrah for the summer season, shoppers were in for an unexpected treat as SM City Valenzuela and SM Center Pulilan recently hosted the first Hot Air Balloon Summer Fest.


SM City Valenzuela added an extra dose of magic and adventure to summer season with its first-ever hot air balloon summer fest. This captivating spectacle was a feast for the eyes that capture the hearts and imaginations of visitors of all ages. With colorful balloons adorning the mall’s atrium, this grand showcase become the talk of the town, offering a unique experience that transcends the boundaries of ordinary shopping.

Featuring a kaleidoscope of colors, the hot air balloons transformed the mall’s skyline into a canvas of art and wonder. Shoppers were greeted by an explosion of colors, with giant hot air balloons suspended from the ceiling. Each balloon was meticulously crafted, showcasing an array of hues and patterns that dazzled the eyes. From vibrant reds and oranges to soothing blues and purples, the balloons created a kaleidoscope of colors that danced in the air. This unique event not only celebrated the vibrant spirit of summer but also transported shoppers to an exhilarating and breathtaking spectacle.


Painting a breathtaking canvas against the backdrop of SM Center Pulilan’s picturesque mallscapes, this awe-inspiring sight leave spectators captivated as they marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors and shapes floating above them.

The Hot Air Summer Balloon Festival in both malls is not just a visual feast but also an immersive experience. Shoppers had the rare opportunity to interact with the hot air balloon pilots, who gladly shared their stories and expertise, offering a glimpse into the world of ballooning and the science behind these magnificent flying machines. To enhance the immersive experience, a gentle breeze blows throughout the mall, simulating the sensation of being carried aloft on a summer’s zephyr. Soft, ethereal music also fills the air, evoking a sense of serenity and wanderlust.

Shoppers witness a spectacle of colors as hot air balloons gracefully ascend into the mall atrium at SM Center Pulilan.

SM’s Hot Air Balloon Summer Festival is more than just a spectacle; it is also a testament to the mall’s commitment to provide unique and memorable experiences for all shoppers. Through their innovative and captivating exhibits, SM continues to redefine the boundaries of shopping malls, transforming them into immersive experiences that awaken the senses and ignite the imagination.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

The great bdo travel sale

The highly anticipated travel sale event of BDO, The Great BDO Travel Sale will be returning to SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premier on June 2 to 4, 2023 with an extensive line-up of travel partners to choose from.

BDO Debit and Credit Cardholders can book exclusive fares to local and international destinations from 25 airline and travel agency and cruise partners. Offer is available during the event at the SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premier, and online via www.travel.bdo.com.ph with travel period extending until May 31, 2024, unless otherwise specified.

Apart from exclusive airline rates being offered by airline partners, travel and cruise packages are also available. BDO Credit Cardholders can also take advantage of FLY NOW, PAY LATER at 0% interest on 3 months term and pay 3 months later from select travel partners.

“The Filipinos’ appetite for traveling shows no sign of slowing. Whether it be a weekend getaway at the beach, a quick escapade in Singapore or Bangkok to watch a concert, a US tour to visit family, or a European cruise to celebrate a special milestone, we won’t pass up an opportunity to travel again and spend quality time with the people we love,” says Ma. Nannette R. Regala, BDO Senior Vice President and Consumer Banking Group Marketing Head. “With this in mind, we wanted to give our valued cardholders more travel options, flexible payment terms, and of course, a cost-efficient means to travel.”

BDO Cardholders may book from the following travel partners available on ground, online, or both. The on ground event opens from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.


On top of discounts on airfare and travel packages, BDO Cardholders can also take advantage of exclusive deals on other travel-related services such as hotel stays, travel insurance, and more. Plus, BDO Credit Cardholders can get up to P10,000 cashback when they spend anywhere and meet the minimum accumulated spend of P30,000 from June 1 to July 31, 2023. For cumulative spend, a minimum of P1,000 per transaction is required.

Don’t miss The Great BDO Travel Sale. For more details, visit www.deals.bdo.com.ph and search for The Great BDO Travel Sale. Terms & Conditions apply.



Loving multi generation Asian family with tulips and gift box hugging with closed eyes, celebrating Mother's Day at home. Senior woman with her daughter and granddaughter spending holiday together


As the saying goes, “A mother is one who can take the place of others but whose place no one else can take.”



More versatile than any famous Hollywood or K-drama celebrity, moms can play any role in their children’s lives — from teacher and doctor, to cook and driver. They spend most of their lives caring for their children, often putting their own needs and wants last, even when their kids are no longer kids.



This Mothers’ Day, why not give your mom the gift of health? It’s a good way to shower your mother with love and attention while ensuring her well-being. It’s a good way to shower your mother with love and attention while ensuring her well-being.

Here are five lasting gifts that will surely last longer than Mother’s Day: 

Cook a healthy meal.

Food is a love language in Filipino households. When you were young, your mom most likely packed your school lunch or cut and peeled fruits for you while you watch your favorite cartoon shows.

Cooking your mom’s favorite meals is an act of love she will appreciate. She’ll recognize it as your way of saying “thanks” for all the times she cooked for you and remembered your favorite dishes. Plus, the great thing about prepping food yourself is knowing what ingredients go into it. This is especially helpful if your mother has to observe dietary restrictions. The meal doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy. Focus on making nutrient-rich, heart-healthy dishes, from the heart.

Take her for a routine check-up.

Regular health checks are vital for older adults. These ensure your mother’s health is in good form as she ages. Accompany your mom to her doctor’s appointment especially if she’s already in her golden years and need help moving around and getting to and from the hospital.

This gift doesn’t have to be limited to Mother’s Day, of course. You can turn it into an annual or bi-annual routine and even make a day out of it. After her appointment, you can take your mom out for a nice meal or a massage.

Make it a spa day.

A spa day makes a great Mother’s Day gift. A deep-tissue massage can do wonders for your mom’s physical and mental health. It improves blood circulation and reduces muscle tension and stiffness and joint inflammation. Combined with a facial treatment and a cup of herbal tea, a spa day will help your mother relieve stress, alleviate body pains, and get a good night’s sleep.


Going to the spa together is the perfect opportunity to bond with your mother as well. You can chat and catch up while enjoying a relaxing massage.

Sneak some sweat in!

Physical activity is another key component to aging well. Encourage your mom to stay active by doing some light exercises with her. Exercising together can make the experience much more fun for her, which can inspire her to do it regularly on her own.

You can take her out for a walk in the park or do some yoga flows together. If your mother is athletic, then a round of badminton or bowling would be more up her alley.

Another excellent Mother’s Day gift idea is paid classes. You can get your mom class passes for Zumba, yoga, tennis, or whatever form of physical activity she prefers to encourage her to stay active.

Get her a health protection plan.


Selfless as they are, parents tend to focus on their children first and prioritize their own health last. If this is the case with your mom, then a health insurance would make the perfect gift. Having health coverage gives both you and your mother peace of mind in case of unexpected sickness or serious medical problems. Some policies also come with cash benefits, which your mom can use to pay medical expenses, pay off debts, or for anything else she needs extra funds for.

If you’re in the market for a health insurance policy specifically designed for older adults check out Sun Grepa Senior Care which is offered by Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc., a major life insurance company in the country. It addresses the life and health protection needs of senior adults by providing financial security for medical issues that commonly happen in later years. Sun Grepa Senior Care protects your mother’s hard-earned savings even after retirement so she can embark on new life adventures worry-free. Visit www.sunlifegrepa.com to learn more.



On Mother’s Day, carve some time out of your busy schedule to shower your mom with the love she deserves. Consider giving her the gift of health, so you can inspire her to take care of herself the way she does for others.

Infinix recently launched the NOTE 30 Series, which includes the ultra-fast Infinix NOTE 30 5G. The device is geared towards users looking for a sensational gaming experience for an affordable price, but it can also suit your fast-paced lifestyle.


MANILA, Philippines — Life can often feel like a video game. You need to get through a series of tasks to accomplish your “quests” for the day. Sometimes you also receive rewards for your work.

Whether you’re dealing with the daily grind or actually playing mobile games, you’ll need a fast and reliable device that can handle your real-life quests.

Look no further as Infinix recently launched their NOTE Series, which includes the ultra-fast Infinix NOTE 30 5G. The device is geared towards users looking for a sensational gaming experience for an affordable price, but it can also suit your fast-paced lifestyle.



Here’s how you can get things done with the Infinix NOTE 30 5G:

1. Smooth browsing and gaming performance

Powered by the 5G Dimensity 6080 5G Processor with Android and up to 16GB extended RAM 8+8, accessing apps and browsing social media will be a breeze. You don’t have to worry about the Infinix NOTE 30 5G slowing down when multiple apps are open. This powerful processor also ensures that mobile games run smoothly, no matter how intense matches can be.


Also equipped with a massive 256GB storage, the device can handle big files for media and game updates, so you won’t have to worry about space for your favorite apps. This comes in handy when you have to take photos and videos with the phone’s 108MP Master Triple Camera.


2. Fast-charging for longer use

Avid gamers require battery power to focus on their matches for longer hours, and the Infinix NOTE 30 Series delivers with its 5,000mAh battery. The NOTE 30 5G features a 45W Thunder Charge that rapidly charges the device. This feature is also great if you need to answer calls and emails from your phone the whole day.

Additionally, the Infinix NOTE 30 5G’s Battery Bypass mode ensures that the phone maintains its average temperature while charging. This keeps the phone cool while you’re playing games or browsing online while plugged in.
3. Immersive mobile entertainment

If you’re spending hours looking at your phone screen, the Infinix NOTE 30 5G has a 6.78” FHD+Eye-care Display that delivers smooth visuals without straining your eyes. Its 120Hz refresh rate ensures you won’t experience lag on any app, especially mobile games. The device is also built with dual speakers with sound by JBL and Hi-Res, so you can fully immerse yourself while streaming videos and playing.


Get your hands on the NOTE 30 Series

With these ultra-fast specs and features, the Infinix NOTE 30 Series will surely help you win, both in games and in life. It will be exclusively launched on May 31 at Lazada, where buyers can get special first sale freebies, like the W1 Smart Watch, Air 1 Pro Earphones, and a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang skin.

Infinix NOTE 30 5G


Infinix NOTE 30 (4G version)

Monday, May 29, 2023





A new set of college graduates are set to join the workforce in the coming months, and as they begin earning their own money, it’s important to help build their financial portfolio on a bright note.


This is among the inspirations behind Sun Life’s continued effort to promote its digital life insurance products through GCash, the country’s leading mobile wallet.


“Insurance is often overlooked by those who are starting to build their financial portfolio, but in reality, it’s better to start securing insurance products at a young age. It will not only help build smart financial habits, but also enable them to be on track with their financial goals,” says Alex Narciso, President of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. “Our tie-up with GCash contributes to this goal because together, we can offer insurance that’s both affordable and accessible.”


Through the Sun Life and GCash tie-up, first time insurance buyers who would like to try the benefits of being insured without having to shell out huge amounts of cash for premiums may avail of Sun Life’s “Digital, Easy, Affordable, Life insurance” (D.E.A.L.) products through GCash’s GLife and GInsure.


Sun Life’s D.E.A.L. insurance products include Life Armor, a life insurance product; Personal Accident Armor, a personal accident insurance; and Byahero Protect, a personal accident insurance with hospital income benefit and burial benefit for accidents due to land travel.


“With Sun Life’s D.E.A.L., we earnestly hope to help the younger generation invest in becoming more financially prepared for the future because it is our firm belief that their financial security is the steadfast foundation of nation building for the Filipino people,” Narciso concluded.


Want to know how to be financially secured affordably? Check out Sun Life’s DEAL insurance products by visiting https://www.sunlife.com.ph/en/insurance/digital-insurance/.

Sunday, May 28, 2023


Vikings, Tong Yang strengthen partnership with PCPPI. The multi-awarded restaurants recently renewed ties with PCPPI in a ceremonial contract signing in Makati City. Present during the event were (from left to right) PCPPI National Key Accounts – Food Service Director Alex Catindig, Vikings Operation Director Mia Bernardo, PCPPI Area Commercial Head Red Israel, Vikings Group President Jackson Go, PCPPI Region Commercial Head Mayette Guro, Vikings Group Sr. Supply Chain Manager Luzvie Sityar-Villanueva, PCPPI Customer Development Manager Joel Javier, and Vikings Operation Director Hazel Rodriguez.

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant, the Philippines’ largest buffet-style dining destination, Tong Yang, the premium unlimited grill and shabu-shabu restaurant, recently renewed its long-term partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.



Under the agreement, the two restaurants will exclusively serve PCPPI’s beverage brands in all branches for the next three years. These include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug, 7-Up, and Lipton Iced Tea.

With this, more foodies can pair their favorites from Vikings and Tong Yang’s wide array of culinary specialties with PCPPI’s drinks nationwide.



“PCPPI is honored to continue to collaborate closely with Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant and Tong Yang as they take more Filipinos on memorable journeys around the world through delicious food. We look forward to supporting the Vikings team as they further their mission in delivering memorable gastronomic experiences,” saidPCPPI Head of National Key Accounts Red Israel.

Vikings has redefined the standards of dining class and style with its renowned status of being the largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines. Tong Yang elevates the grill and hotpot dining experience with its outstanding selection of unlimited fresh seafood, meat, and vegetables. Other dining destinations under the Vikings Group include Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot, Niu by Vikings, Putien, and Mey-Lin.





The Philippines has made greater strides toward eco-mobility in the past two years. The growth of bike ownership allowed more Pinoys to go out and use a bike, which prompted SM Supermalls to build more bike-friendly spaces.



In celebration of World Bike Day, SM Supermalls together with its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, SM Cares, invites cyclists of all ages to join the 2023 Bike Fest from June 3 to 30.



Celebrating World Bike Day



Calling all cyclists! On June 3, as we celebrate World Bike Day at SM Mall of Asia, SM City Fairview, SM City Marikina, SM City Clark, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM Seaside City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier join us in our community fun bike ride around the mall complex as part of our advocacy of creating bike-friendly communities across the country.



A Kiddie Bike Clinic will also take place at SM Mall of Asia, SM City Fairview, and SM City Marikina. Where kids, aged 8 to 12, can learn and practice bike handling skills in a fun, safe, and encouraging atmosphere. Kids will also learn about the value of bicycle safety during the workshop.





Drive to the Best Deals and #AweSM Green Finds



From June 20 to 30, bike aficionados are in for a treat as various promos and deals are available online via the SM Deals and SM Malls Online apps, and on-ground in select malls. Tons of cool cycling gear, accessories, and merchandise will be up for grabs so mark your calendars for this 10-day bicycle galore! On June 27, bikers get free weekend treats!



As advocates of a cleaner and sustainable environment, SM has you covered with our Green Finds. Through the Green Finds badge, customers can easily find eco-friendly and sustainable products. Alongside SM retail affiliate brands, SM Green Finds offer products made from natural ingredients that are resourcefully made, promote local artisans, and support community livelihood. Check out our pop-up shops at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Makati, SM City Marikina, SM City Bacolod, SM City Legazpi, and SM Lanang.



SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community. SM Cares’ advocacies include programs for 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 the Environment.



To learn more about our initiatives, visit www.smsupermalls.com and www.smsupermalls.com/smcares or check out @smsupermalls and @officialsmcares on social media.

Saturday, May 27, 2023






It’s the time of the year again where we celebrate the superwomen of our lives – the one day that’s all about her.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it is best to plan this special occasion ahead. If you still don’t have a present in mind, it is always a good idea to give her a day of pampering and relaxation.



For all the sacrifices and hard work they have done, moms deserve nothing but the best so treat her to a well-deserved staycation in the heart of Manila on Mother’s Day. For only P6,000 nett per night, Rizal Park Hotel offers an overnight stay in a deluxe room with breakfast in bed for (2) two. Best of all, mom gets to enjoy a (1) hour massage at the hotel’s spa. This Mother’s Day room promo is available for booking from April 27 to May 13, 2023 with stay periods from May 12 to May 15, 2023.




You can always choose to celebrate this special day with your loved ones. Gather the whole family and treat mom to a delicious lunch or dinner at Café Rizal or Imperial Court. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, the hotel’s restaurants are perfect for a memorable family gathering.

For hotel inquiries and reservations, text or call (+63) 9177013817 / (+63) 9176571334 or email at reservations@rizalparkhotel.com. Follow https://www.facebook.com/RizalParkHotel and https://www.instagram.com/rizalparkhotel1911/.







Attendees of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Conference pose for a photo at Novotel Manila, Quezon City recently, with the theme “Prevention Digest: Strengthening the prevention strategy and family-based initiatives in the Philippines”.



During the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Conference recently, at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, Rex Education bared its ‘Bawat Paaralan Edukampyon (BPE) Continuum’ for strengthening drug-abuse prevention.


UNODC’s Conference gathered organizations, policymakers, and prevention implementers for discussions on addressing drug-related problems in the country. Under the theme “Prevention Digest: Strengthening the prevention strategy and family-based initiatives in the Philippines”, UNODC encouraged individuals and groups to share drug-abuse prevention responses that are health-centered and based on family intervention. The agenda tackled the healthcare system, evidence-based programs, and Philippine experiences in family-centered interventions.


During the 3rd day of the event, REX was among the government and non-government organizations who shared their experiences with prevention programming, as well as the impact and influence of these initiatives.


Taking a whole school approach to reform initiatives


BPE officially launched during the January 2021 Annual Educators' Congress, where 400 private and public schools expressed interest and intent in pilot implementing the framework.


In March 2021, pilot implementation for BPE began with 13 schools completing one implementation cycle. These schools were Marantha Christian Academy, St. Edward School, Canossa Academy Calamba, Ednas School, Cherished Moments School, Colegio de Santa Rita de San Carlos, Inc., Cabulay High School, San Andres Elementary School, Divisoria High School, Rosario National High School, Sagana National High School, Patul National High School, and Sinili Integrated School.


REX gave life to the portmanteau ‘Edukampyon’, a combination of the words edukasyon (education) and kampyon (champion) to mean champions of education. The BPE program is grounded in the Edukampyon advocacy: To engage duty-bearers and build their capacities for respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the right to quality education.


Pursuant to BEDP 2030, REX advocates a whole school approach that entails the collaboration of all members in a school community. The whole school approach recognizes that the informal curriculum is just as valuable as the formal one, highlighting the importance of providing learners with inclusive and safe environments beyond the classroom. This framework is meant to advance agendas on global education and reform initiatives such as health awareness, eradication of violence, and drug-abuse prevention.


The whole school approach also comes into play in promoting the six facets of the Filipino whole learner. REX has identified various indicators that should ensure a Filipino learner is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged, and values-oriented. Across these indicators, there is a common theme that encourages school culture and leadership to promote learners' physical and mental health, implement policies relevant to civic participation, and equip students with the essential competencies for lifelong learning. Families and communities are recognized as a major part of this advocacy, as the success of a child's education largely relies on the effective collaboration of stakeholders advocating every learner's well-being.


Bawat Paaralan Edukampyon in support of UNODC standards


Based on the standards of UNODC, drug-abuse prevention is a significant motivator for children, young adults, and adults to contribute positively in their families, schools, workplace, and communities. Drug-abuse prevention at the school level focuses on the health and safety of children and youth, in a bid to encourage self-actualization that can lead to the realization of their full potential, prompting them to become productive members of society.


UNODC has found that developing a student's personal and social skills can prevent drug use and alcohol abuse. For children aged 10 and below, programs centered on improving resistance skills and self-control have been shown to reduce general problem behaviors in and out of the classroom. Several other factors can also influence discouragement of substance abuse, such as students' academic performance, commitment to school, and social opportunities.


To achieve these benchmarks, REX designed BPE as a three-tier implementation framework that will allow schools to conduct systematic assessments of their progress in the UNODC's domains. BPE encourages schools to work with their stakeholders, students, parents, and community members in the planning and implementation of activities and interventions that are relevant to UNODC's standards.


Bawat Paaralan Edukampyon as an exemplary school-community-family program for drug-abuse prevention


The BPE's pilot implementation allowed learners to learn about drug-abuse prevention through the collaborative efforts of their teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders. In particular, parents reported feeling more engaged and knowledgeable of their children's school activities and priorities after participating in the BPE process.


The participating schools showed significant levels of involvement and support, having developed appreciation for the BPE framework. REX intends to leverage this support in fine-tuning effective BPE advocacies, communications, and education initiatives for more schools across the nation.


In doing so, REX was able to complement UNODC's standards on drug-use prevention. Placing value in partnership, emphasizing the importance of effective parenting, and delivering evidence-based prevention strategies proved to be the pillars that drove the success of BPE's initial launch. REX is committed to pushing BPE at a wider scale, in a bid to ensure children and youth become invulnerable and more resilient to drug use.

Friday, May 26, 2023

The two concepts join forces to create the first Pizza Bar in Manila



The mouthwatering combo of pizza and beer is taking over Poblacion, as Nolita Joe’s opens its doors this May. A union between Nolita Pizza and Joe’s Brew, the new pizza-beer joint offers the best of both worlds, with the former’s beloved fully loaded and freshly made pies and the latter’s best-selling craft ales and brews.



Originally separate entities, Pat Santos of Nolita and Joey and Marco Viray of Joe’s Brew struck a partnership that resulted in the refreshed F&B concept located in the heart of Makati. Known for their authentic New York-style pizzas that feature a crust with a unique combination of crunch and chewiness and in flavors inspired by the city that never sleeps, Nolita’s pies have cemented their name in the casual dining scene. Joe’s Brew, on the other hand, boasts a truly homegrown mark, starting from the Virays’ garage and eventually finding its space in Poblacion. Following the effects of the pandemic on the restaurant industry, the two found the opportunity to team up and deliver handcrafted flavors topped with a unique concept not yet found in the area.


Perfect for a late afternoon snack to wind down after work, a starting point for a night out in Poblacion, or even a nightcap post-dancing and bar hopping, guests can savor a fuss-free meal with their favorite Nolita pizza flavors. Choose from the melt-in-your-mouth Four Cheese, the sumptuous Chicken Parmesan, rustic yet robust Wild Mushroom, or crowd-favorite SPM - that’s sausage, pepperoni and mushroom - just to name a few, and get it served hot by the slice or as a whole in 12”, 16” and even 21” pies.

 



Each order is made complete when paired with Joe’s Brew’s signature craft beverages from lighter hops like the Fish Rider Pale Ale and Sierra Madre Wheat Ale, to full-bodied brews such as 34th Pursuit IPA and Sunsweeper IPA. Adventurous patrons can also sample experimental IPA and Pale Ale brews. Nolita Joe’s fully stocked bar also offers drinks on the rocks, cocktails, natural wines and more. Fans of both brands should also be on the lookout for menu updates, as more beloved classics will soon be offered.




No time to dine in? Order through Nolita Joe’s hotline, website or GrabFood for freshly made whole pizzas and cold beer bottles delivered straight to your doorstep.



The classic pairing is elevated at the first Pizza Bar in Manila, thanks not only to the F&B offerings, but also to the space inspired by a typical New York dive bar, the neighborhood go-to that everyone can rely on for a fun, yet relaxed hangout. It features a fusion of Nolita’s industrial design, with subway tiles and metal fixtures, and Joe’s Brew’s steampunk aesthetic, with one-of-a-kind retrofuture decor and accents.



The pizza bar will also be home to events for all crowds, with karaoke nights, live DJs and watch parties for Formula 1, football and more. Diners can also host their own gatherings, as Nolita Joe’s is open for private events.



There’s no better way to kick off or end the night, than with a pizza in one hand, a beer in the other and your friends all around. Swing by the new Nolita Joe’s today or order in to grab a freshly made slice of the Big Apple and take a swig of the best local brews.

Nolita Joe’s is located at 5666 Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, and is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 6pm to 3am. Selected menu items are also available for pickup and delivery within Greater Metro Manila. Order via Nolita Joe’s website, GrabFood or hotline at 0945 328 2561.



Book a private event at Nolita Joe’s by sending a message on Instagram (@nolitajoes) or via hotline at 0945 328 2561.




For more information and updates on offers, follow Nolita Joe’s on Instagram (@nolitajoes).




Address:

5666 Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City




Opening Hours:

Tuesdays-Sundays

6pm-3am







HONOR Philippines Country Manager Sean Yuan, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager Joepy Libo-on, and PR Manager Pao Oga with Cellboy Chief Operating Officer Johnson Lim, Chief Finance Officer Harold Lim, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Operations Paul Mykhel Oilvar


Manila, Philippines, May 26, 2023 – The leading smart devices provider, HONOR Philippines, has opened its fifth Experience Store in SM City Grand Central in Caloocan.


This milestone was officially launched by HONOR Philippines Country Manager Sean Yuan, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager Joepy Libo-on, PR Manager Pao Oga, GTM Manager Steven Yan, Cellboy Chief Operating Officer Johnson Lim, Chief Finance Officer Harold Lim, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Operations Paul Mykhel Oilvar. Flocks of HONOR fans attended the program to celebrate yet another milestone with the brand.


“We’re onto our third Experience Store in Metro Manila – fifth overall in the country, and it still feels bizarre to see the brand grow this much in just under seven months. With the continuous support of our loyal customers and HONOR fans, you can count on us to also continue giving quality products and services to more Filipinos,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.







HONOR launches the National Leg of Magic Moments Awards 2023


HONOR fans were visibly excited not only with the engagement games the store had prepared for the afternoon, but also with the announcement of the HONOR Magic Moments Awards 2023. Members of the HONOR Philippines Official Facebook Community may win HONOR smart devices by participating in four different themes: The Moments, We, On The Way, and Video Moment. The contest will run from May 24 until June 4, 2023, so join the community now (bit.ly/HONORPHCommunity) and submit your entries!







It’s HONOR Payday Sale!


HONOR is also offering discounts and perks through its Payday Sale from May 29-30! Get free shipping and up to Php 750 worth of discounts when you purchase HONOR devices through your favorite online stores – Shopee (https://bit.ly/3oh9VGt), Lazada (https://bit.ly/3L0VuyT), and TikTok Shop (https://vt.tiktok.com/ZS8WXk7ow/).




The newly-opened HONOR Experience Store in Caloocan is located at Level 4 Cyberzone Area of SM City Grand Central. More HONOR Experience stores will open in June: SM City Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, SM City Southmall, and SM City Sucat.
For more announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website www.hihonor.com or social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorphilippines/) and TikTok: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

KSK-SAP farmers and partners from San Pablo City, Laguna.




SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) has taken another step in its mission to enhance the agriculture and entrepreneurial skills of farmers. The organization recently launched the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) across various locations in Calabarzon.




Beginning with its launch in Padre Garcia, Batangas on April 13, 2023, the program has since been extended to Silang, Cavite, Batangas City, San Pablo, Laguna, and Calamba City. SMFI is also set to provide free agri-skills training to local farmers in other parts of the region to help other beneficiaries uplift their families and communities.




Empowering local farmers


The local farmer-beneficiaries will undergo a two-phased program, spearheaded by its partner school Moca Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc.


The said program kicked off with an immersive 14-week training program, designed to equip participants with essential skills and knowledge in agriculture. The modular training curriculum covers topics on the latest agri-technology updates, capacity building, financial literacy, product development, and market opportunities. Through these comprehensive modules, KSK-SAP aims to empower and enhance farmers’ agricultural practices and explore avenues for sustainable growth.



As a highlight of the program's first phase, KSK-SAP farmers will join the SM Sunday Market, a collaborative initiative between SM Foundation and SM Supermalls. This platform offers trainees a valuable opportunity to showcase their agricultural produce and gain firsthand experience in institutional selling. Through this market opportunity, participants can not only generate income but also cultivate their expertise and experience in the sales and marketing aspects of their agri-businesses.




KSK Trainees at Tabangao Ambulong, Batangas City, Batangas


To prepare for the second phase of the program, SMFI will also assist the farmers in formalizing their respective groups. To boost their earning capactiy and contribution to economic growth, the foundation will support them in creating a sustainable and profitable farming community through the assistance of its partner agencies.


KSK-SAP originated from the vision of SMFI’s founder Henry "Tatang" Sy Sr. to establish a sustainable initiative that would uplift the farming skills, food security, and livelihood know-how of low-income Filipino farmers. Over the years, the program has evolved into a comprehensive training program that generates opportunities for skills development, employment, and livelihood.




Since its inception in 2007, KSK-SAP has helped more than 28,000 marginalized farmers from rural and urban areas across the country, fueling their entrepreneurial and farming capabilities. As a result, some of the program's graduates have turned into seasonal suppliers for the SM group and other local markets.



SM Foundation’s KSK-SAP is conducted in partnership with SM Supermalls, TESDA, DA, DSWD, DOST, DTI, DOT and partner farm schools.









(May 22, 2023, Pasay City) SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has been recognized by three international award-giving bodies for excellence in transparent Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting for its 2021 Annual Integrated Report entitled "Together, We Rise".


SM published its sustainability reports since 2013 even before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) mandated sustainability reporting in the Philippines. SM Prime further promotes transparency and accountability by informing investors and stakeholders of its ESG performance and impacts, decision-making processes, and competitive positioning value in the sector.


“We are honored to receive these awards as a recognition of our commitment to provide transparent reporting in our sustainable practices. We value all our stakeholders, and we strive to enrich the quality of life of the Filipino people,” SM Prime President Mr. Jeffrey Lim said.





At the summit of international recognitions, SM Prime bagged accolades from the biggest and most coveted awards competition in the business world called Stevie® Awards. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes business innovation across the entire Asia-Pacific region, whereas IBAs is one of the first and most highly anticipated awards programs of the Stevie Awards that features a wide variety of categories relevant to every facet of the workplace that is open to all kinds and sizes of organizations globally. SM Prime was awarded the Bronze Stevie® Winner at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards program and Silver Stevie® Winner in the 2022 International Business Awards (IBAs).


Also, in the regional scene, the company won a Silver Rank in the Asia Sustainability Reporting Rating (ASRRAT) 2022, a sustainability report ranking by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR). ASRRAT’s rating system employs criteria based on GRI Standards compliance, GHG disclosures transparency, and alignment with and support of the UN SDGs, among other factors.


The international recognitions are a testament to SM Prime’s active role in championing sustainability across its operations as it continues to be a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.


In 1971, the Philippines launched the Community Health Organization Program to classify health services into primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. As part of this initiative, barangay health stations were created to ensure that primary healthcare improves the overall health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.


Since then, these local health centers have played a crucial role in improving the health outcomes of Filipinos. They have not only provided general healthcare services but also served as agents during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped with the vaccination rollout. Additionally, they continue to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Adequate facilities for improved healthcare


SM Foundation (SMFI) has made it its mission to provide adequate facilities and upgraded equipment to boost health centers as they fulfill their mandate of delivering quality health care, even amid the pandemic.


Pursuing its mission, SMFI and UNIQLO Philippines traveled to the cities of Tuguegarao and Cauayan in Cagayan Valley and upgraded two health facilities serving thousands of Filipinos. Beyond the new infrastructure, health workers see it as a chance to put forth the services they have always drawn from the heart.


In Brgy. District 1, Cauayan, Midwife Tarita Ann Ballasteros has tended to patients from low-income households, who barely have money to spare for the fare going to the facility and to buy medicine. She would then give the best care she can offer to compensate for the limitations of their center.


A resident of Cauayan City, Isabela undergoes a routine checkup in Brgy. District 1 Health Center


“Nakikita ko ang sitwasyon nila na ultimo pamasahe, wala sila. Iniisip ko, wala man lang akong maibigay na gamot sa kanila. Para sa akin, hindi ko man sila lubos na mapagaling, lalabas sila sa facility na magaan ang pakiram dahil sa tinatawag nating TLC (tender loving care),” she said.


Before, they had to use curtains as improvised medical partitions or lock the health center’s door to provide comfort to women seeking reproductive health care or pregnant mothers coming in for prenatal checkups.


“It takes time to prepare and attend to the next patient. Kailangan pa namin takpan ng kumot o ilock ang pinto ng center para magkaroon ng privacy ang mga pasyente. Dahil dito, isa lang ang naaaccommodate namin. Minsan, hindi sila komportable dahil nakikita ng iba yung procedure na ginagawa namin sa kanila,” she said.


Through the upgrade, the Brgy. District 1 Health Center had its own room for maternal and child health services, equipped with necessary medical tools. It was also fitted with a breastfeeding area and a designated space for immunization.






Health workers of Brgy. District 1 Health Center provides free prenatal checkups in the newly renovated health center


The upgrade served as the boost they needed to complement the TLC they have always given their community.


“Malaki ang connection ng renovation ng center sa pagsasaayos ng kalusugan ng aming komunidad. Kaming mga health workers ay mas eager na sa pag-pasok sa trabaho at mas marami na kaming pasyenteng mabibigyan ng serbisyo at matutulungan,” she said.



Through the newly renovated health center, residents of Brgy. District 1 health center enjoy free medical checkups.


“Dahil maganda na at maaliwalas, nakakatulong ito para gumaan ang pakiramdam ng pasyente bago pa man sila gamutin,” she added.


A change for the better


Sharing the same passion for health care service is Corazon Tanguilan, a Barangay Health Worker from Brgy. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center in Tuguegarao City.


“As a healthcare provider, hindi po namin gaano iniisip ang kalakihan ng aming health center. Ang importante po ay taos pusong pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa patients namin. Nasa kalooban po namin kung paano namin gagawing maayos pagpapatakbo ng aming operasyon,” she said.


Through their dedication, they strived to accommodate the healthcare needs of their patients despite unfortunate working conditions–from broken tiles, cracked wall paint, and damaged cabinets to limited electric fans for ventilation.


“Sira po ang aming mga tiles. Mahirap po ito dahil baka madulas o mapaano ang aming mga pasyente na kadalasan ay buntis at mga bata. Kaya nilagyan na lang po namin ito ng masking tape para makaiwas sa aksidente,” she recalled.


Due to the center’s layout and space limitations, it became even more difficult for them during the pandemic. With sick children, pregnant women, and TB-DOTs patients, it felt like a weight was pressed against their chests as they hoped to safely accommodate all patients while implementing social distancing.


Brgy. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center health workers cater to the general medical needs of its community in the newly renovated health center.


“During immunization days, may mga pregnant mothers na darating for prenatal check-up. Ine-entertain namin sila dahil hindi namin puwedeng pauwiin ulit at pabalikin pa. Mahalaga po ang sapat na espasyo para maisagawa ang infection prevention and control measures. Kaya mainam po ang ginawa ng SM Foundation na pagpapalawak ng health center namin para sa kaligtasan ng patients namin,” she explained.


As their center was rebuilt from the ground up, they felt relief and gained renewed optimism to improve their operations.



Pregnant mothers from Cataggaman Pardo, Tuguegarao City can now get comfortable prenatal care in the newly refurbished health center.


In addition to the installation of new equipment and facilities, complemented by cosmetic improvements such as fresh paint and tiles, the upgraded health centers now include designated rooms for maternal care, medical check-ups, and TB-DOTs treatment. The spacious and well-ventilated lobby provides a warm welcome to the people of Tuguegaraonos, encouraging them to pursue healthy living and become valuable contributors to the growth of their city.


“27 years na po ako sa serbisyo at bihira po ang health center na naka-aircon at well-ventilated. Kaya ngayon pong naisaayos na po ito, tiyak po ako na mas maeengganyo ang constituents ng namin na pumunta sa aming Center,” she said.




Continuing its commitment to helping elevate the country's education system, SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), in partnership with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) and the Department of Education (DepEd), have recently collaborated to construct two new school buildings in Laguna and Batangas.

Upon the completion of the joint initiative, two two-story four-classroom school buildings will be donated to the Laguna Resettlement Community School in San Pedro City, Laguna and the San Antonio Elementary School in Sto. Tomas City, Batangas.

Each of the school buildings is set to be equipped with learning materials, armchairs, handwashing facilities, emergency equipment, and PWD-friendly facilities to ensure that students, especially from low-income communities, gain access to modern, safe, and conducive learning facilities.

Formalizing the partnership, representatives from the SMFI, DepEd, and the local government units of said provinces attended the memorandum of agreement signing last April 28, 2023, at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) in Malvar, Batangas.




SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd in various educational programs. This social good initiative aims to promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Safe and sound for responsible operations. The photo above shows Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.’s (PCCPI) Cagayan de Oro Team, which was recognized as Awardees for the organization’s Galing at Sikap Plant Excellence for Safety in 2022. This recognition honors the team’s concerted efforts in adhering to stringent safety and regulatory operational standards.



Occupational health and safety is a shared responsibility. The International Labor Organization emphasizes that working in a safe environment is a right that every employer must provide. Both factors are critical in ensuring that the workplace is conducive to productivity and nurtures employee well-being.




As part of its commitment to responsible operations, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) highlights the importance of building a workplace culture grounded on effective implementation of occupational safety and health standards. Establishing this as part of the organization’s goals prioritizes the welfare of employees across different business functions, and helps mitigate risks of common industrial and office hazards.




PCPPI president and CEO Frederick D. Ong said the company continues to observe strict compliance to industry regulations in keeping its employees, fondly called Bravehearts, safe and healthy while at work. “Having a safe workplace gives our Bravehearts confidence that they are well looked-after while performing their responsibilities across our nationwide locations. At PCPPI, we uphold policies and standards that ensure workplace safety, and implement processes to keep our employees well and productive,” said Ong.




Safety at the heart of operations




Enforcing organizational policies and safety standards is led by the Environment, Health, Safety, and Security (EHSS) teams across PCPPI’s multiple manufacturing facilities and offices The department oversees regulatory compliance measures, safety trainings and certifications, and policy development and assessment.




In 2022, all of PCPPI’s plants received the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Safety Seal. This affirms that all of PCPPI’s manufacturing facilities comply with government-mandated public health standards, and the DOLE’s General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards.




Periodic assessments and reporting measures are established to regularly check the operating conditions of manufacturing equipment, as well as environmental factors that may possibly affect production. The EHSS team conducts the Annual Work Environment Measurement testing, which evaluates actual levels of illumination, ventilation, and capacity of on-site health stations vis-à-vis international standards. This process assesses how these factors encourage productivity in line with benchmarks for workplace well-being. Training series are also scheduled for all first-time visitors and third-party contractors.




Accountability and collaboration




While enforcing compliance across its nationwide locations, PCPPI also recognizes facilities that have successfully adhered to the recommended safety procedures and met workplace safety standards.




In the recently concluded National Summit of Bravehearts, the organization conferred the 2022 Galing at Sikap Plant Excellence Award in Safety to its Cagayan De Oro (CDO) plant team for demonstrating commitment to safety by maintaining an excellent record in meeting the PCPPI’s Environment, Occupational Safety, and Health standards. The CDO facility also filed and completed the necessary permits, licenses, and controls in a timely manner as part of its regulatory compliance procedures.




CDO EHSS Officers Virnie Apostol and Gideon Emanel shared how safety rests on the shoulders of all employees. “From conducting patrols and documentation to equipment assessment, we work closely with colleagues from other departments to keep our area secure. We have streamlined our communications channels to ensure visibility for possible areas of concern before they escalate,” said Apostol.




“Being recognized for our safety track record is an honor for our team in Cagayan De Oro. We consider this further motivation to further improve our processes and empower more employees to integrate safety awareness in all initiatives,” said Emanel. “This way, employees have a strong sense of accountability in keeping each other safe,” he added.




The CDO team rolls out programs to reinforce occupational safety procedures based on international standards, including practicing Hazard Identifications, Risk Assessment, and Controls (HIRAC), immediate reporting of near-miss incidents to immediately address potential risks, and conducting mandatory trainings and safety orientations for all employees. The organization continues to be guided by its ICARE (Integrity and Innovation, Care and Respect, Empowerment and Excellence) Values in fulfilling its responsibilities towards its employees and the local community.




PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of well-loved international beverage brands in the country. These include Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton Ice Tea, Milkis, Chum Churum Soonhari, and Premier Purified Water. For more information, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.








For over three decades, Targus has established itself to be the brand at the forefront of providing people with the best products that will carry and protect their mobile devices and other personal technology.




Last May 24, Targus relaunched the brand in the Philippines by offering sophisticated and pioneering solutions that will help Filipino on-the-go professionals carry, connect and protect their laptops and other devices to keep them safe all the time.





And what a fitting way to reintroduce Targus to the Philippine market by announcing its latest groundbreaking collection of bags and technology accessories through “Targus UrbanUS,” an event that will showcase Targus bags and other solutions and how they will become part of every Filipino professional’s everyday essential in living his or her city life.




“UrbanUS,” which means “of the city,” also depicts something that is elegant, refined, classy, chic, and tasteful. The Targus bag is not just anyone’s ordinary bag; it conjures functionality, meshed with sophistication and an up-market feel, a bag that anyone will be proud to carry and show off to other urbanites.



To signify its modernity and urban feel, Targus will aptly introduce its latest collection of convertibles, ultra-slim, campus and traveler backpacks, and other technology solutions, “fashion runway” style. This way, everyone can take a closer look at how Targus can change the way Filipinos carry their devices and other essentials.




The brand will also announce its latest promo offerings to reintroduce Targus to the market, and let Filipinos find out how Targus will make a difference in how they carry their technology must-haves every day.



“We are quite excited as we relaunch Targus in the Philippines. We know how Filipino professionals value their mobile devices and other digital accessories. It is the lifeblood of their everyday life, whether at work or at play, and we know that Targus can step up to the plate in providing that high level of protection for their devices through our innovative bags and solutions,” declares Rissa Murillo, Country Sales Manager of Targus in the Philippines.




For more details about leading-edge Targus products, visit https://ap.targus.com/.

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