Tuesday, October 31, 2023

With the onset of flu season these coming holidays, it’s good to know Watsons at SM malls in Marilao, Baliwag, and Pulilan are here to provide a wide range of products to keep us safe and well as we brave the holidays.

While catering to products that boost immunity, Watsons, likewise, raises the bar high when it comes to holistic beauty with premium anti-aging and skin vitamins to keep our bodies fit and healthy.

Health Supplements for Immunity and Energy

Nutrabliss by Watsons offers innovative vitamin products that are fun and easy to take: Nutrabliss Multivitamins and Minerals Chewable Tablets, which help prevent and treat mineral deficiencies; and Nutrabliss Ascorbic Acid with Rosehips Vegetarian Capsules, which help improve skin, bone, and joint health.

Health Supplements for Youthful Beauty

Achieve younger-looking skin through Watsons quality collagen products. There is Nutrabliss Collagen + Vitamin C, which helps increase collagen production, and Nutrabliss Collagen Tablets, which improve skin elasticity and firmness. For those who prefer adding a daily dose of collagen to their favorite drinks or smoothies, Nutrabliss Daily Collagen Sachets are a must-try. For hydrated and moisturized skin, there is Nutrabliss Hyaluronic Acid + Collagen.

Health Supplements for Overall Wellness

For individuals with an active lifestyle who are always on the go, Watsons also offers vitamins and supplements with multiple benefits in one. These include Nutrabliss Vitamin B-Complex + Vitamin E for nerve health; Watsons Vitamin C + Zinc + Vitamin D Effervescent Tabs for immunity; and Watsons Vitamin D3 Softgel Capsule that helps strengthen bones and muscles, aids in weight loss, and improves heart function.

Do not let the fear of sickness get in the way of enjoying the holiday season and beyond. Check out Watsons for your daily dose of immunity-building, anti-aging, and skin health needs, available at SM malls in Marilao, Baliwag, and Pulilan. You can also shop anytime and anywhere through these online channels: Watsons mobile app, http://bit.ly/WatsonsMobileApp, or www.watsons.com.ph. For more information, you may visit https://www.facebook.com/WatsonsPH/.

What a merry start to the holiday season at SM City Taytay! The official tree lighting ceremony, themed "Holiday Dreams of Sparkles," on October 28 was truly a sight to behold. Just a day after the grand reopening of the newly renovated SM City Taytay Food court, the festive spirit was palpable. The giant 18ft Christmas tree lit up, spreading joy to both young and old.

The event was made even more magical with heartwarming Christmas carols sung by the Concourse Singer, led by the talented Mr. Leo Landicho. The rising PinoyPop Group, Cloud 7, brought an energetic rendition of beloved Christmas tunes, creating an atmosphere of excitement as everyone eagerly awaited the illumination of the magnificent centerpiece.

We were honored to have esteemed guests in attendance, including SM City Taytay Mall Manager, Raymond Bonifacio, Taytay MPS OIC PLtCol Gaylor Pagala, Taytay Mayor Allan Martine De Leon, SM Supermalls Asst Vice President Mr. John Brian Tarnate, and Taytay Councilor Tobit Cruz.

Get ready to experience your #HappiestChristmasAtSM, where SM Supermalls is dedicated to providing a world of joy in the longest, brightest, and most joyful holiday celebration for everyone.

And the festivities are just getting started! SM malls are gearing up for a full-throttle Christmas celebration with a lineup of festivities, bustling Christmas markets, and an abundance of entertainment throughout the holiday season.

Be sure to swing by SM City Taytay and soak up the holiday cheer! For more details, visit https://www.facebook.com/smtaytay.

At SM City Marikina, it's that time of year again! SM Malls is thrilled to present "A Dazzling Holiday" as the centerpiece of the Christmas celebration.

Imagine a huge 30 ft Christmas tree, tunnels filled with golden lights, and a sky full of twinkling stars, all shining brightly and waiting for you and your family to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

SM Supermalls Asst Vice President for Operations Ms. John Brian Tarnate, Congresswoman Maan Teodoro of Marikina with her daughter Bella Teodoro, SM City Marikina Mall Manager Francis Brian Cruz, and SM Supermalls Regional Operations Manager Mr. Don Edward Vijandre lit the Christmas tree.

This Christmas, SM and the Father of Philippine Christmas Music have partnered to bring us all a delightful song that will add even more magic to your holiday celebrations.

Musical performance by Madison Events

With his timeless voice, Chan has returned this year to serenade Pinoy shoppers with the song "Celebrate Christmas at SM." You can be sure to feel the warmth of the holidays and make happy memories with your friends and family.

SM's yearly custom of the Bears of Joy to keep and collect also commences at SM malls in conjunction with the release of the holiday centerpieces. One bear will be donated to a local charity for every two that are purchased.

Prepare yourself for SM Supermalls' most spectacular Christmas yet! They're really putting in a lot of effort to make this the biggest, brightest, and happiest holiday celebration ever for everyone!

Get ready for some serious fun ahead! SM malls are going all out with parties, setting up Christmas markets, and getting tons of cool stuff ready for the entire holiday season. It's going to be a blast!

To keep up with all the cool stuff happening, just head over to https://www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM Supermalls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @smsupermalls. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on any of the fun!

L-R: John Brian Tarnate - AVP for Operations SM Supermalls, Kagawad Girlie Cruz - BRGY STA LUCIA, Santa, Vice Mayor - Robert Vincent Jude B. Jaworski Jr.Maureen Fernandez - Mall Manager SM City East Ortigas

Join the enchanting Christmas journey at SM City East Ortigas, where you'll step into a magical Christmas Dreamland and encounter a forest filled with whimsical woodland creatures!

SM City East Ortigas has unveiled a captivating holiday experience, bringing the true spirit of the season to life starting on October 27. The centerpiece at SM City East Ortigas will be a magnificent and radiant sight to behold. Enter the enchanted forest adorned with towering Christmas trees including a 24ft one, and twinkling starry decorations. Strike a pose with the adorable red reindeer or snuggle up with charming characters wrapped in cozy blankets and scarves, while roasting marshmallows over a mesmerizing bonfire. Immerse yourself in moonlit photo spots, pass through a star-studded archway, and dance on interactive illuminated steps. Capture these idyllic moments to embrace the festive atmosphere and fill your heart with cheer and joy!

Musical performance by Team Lizzie

It's a cherished tradition in cities with SM malls to kick off the Christmas season with SM's holiday centerpieces. Until January 7, 2024, SM Supermalls will proudly display their holiday centerpieces. Come, revel in the holiday spirit, and create cherished memories with your loved ones while indulging in some retail therapy.

Experience your #HappiestChristmasAtSM, where SM Supermalls aims to provide a world of joy in the longest, brightest, and happiest celebration of the season for everyone.

National University coral serenaded the shoppers with Christmas carols

The upcoming days will be filled with even more merriment as SM malls celebrate Christmas in full swing, offering a plethora of festivities, Christmas markets, and entertainment throughout the holiday season.

Stay updated by visiting https://www.smsupermalls.com or following SM Supermalls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @smsupermalls.

Monday, October 30, 2023

The enchanting spirit of the holiday season has awakened in CAMANAVA area as SM Supermalls unveils a wondrous journey filled with mesmerizing Christmas Centerpieces. The magic began to unfold at SM City Grand Central on October 26, followed by SM City Valenzuela on October 27, and SM Center Sangandaan on October 28.

Sprawled at the mall atrium, SM City Grand Central is set to dazzle shoppers with a centerpiece that is both grandiose and luminous. Upon entering the mall, shoppers will be greeted by a towering display of Color-Changing Glowing Led Letter Blocks, carefully arranged to spell out the timeless greeting "Grand Holidays". This larger-than-life installation is poised to be the pièce de résistance of the season, with its mesmerizing shifting hues that change seamlessly from rich reds to tranquil blues, creating a captivating visual symphony. Adding to the enchantment, SM City Grand Central’s Grand Holiday will be adorned with towering star poles and reindeers as well as Santa’s gigantic red chair and sleigh. The warm glow of these enchanting lights will instantly transport shoppers into the holiday spirit, setting the stage for a joyful shopping experience to all who pass by.

Drawing inspiration from "Christmas on Parade" at Pacific Place, SM City Valenzuela’s Christmas in Transit centerpiece promises to transport shoppers on a whimsical journey through the holiday season. Taking center stage is a whimsical Santa and his merry squad, all set to embark on a festive adventure in a Cartoon-type car adorned with an assortment of luggages and travel essentials. This vibrant display encapsulates the joyous anticipation of travel and reunions during the holiday season, resonating with families and individuals alike.

The colors of the season are very much alive as SM Center Sangandaan decks the halls with the sparkling timeless charm of gold, green, and red, symbolizing the time-honored traditions of Christmas. Comprising a breathtaking ensemble of Christmas trees of varying heights and a constellation of stand-alone brilliant stars, SM Center Sangandaan’s Centerpiece is a dreamy visual spectacle that is sure to linger in the hearts of all who behold it.

Sharing the message of hope, joy, and love, all SM centerpieces are adorned by gigantic 30-ft Christmas through a picturesque, unique Christmas attraction.

Shoppers at SM malls in CAMANAVA may also find Christmas around every corner as they come across a collection of holiday trees and wreaths spread throughout the mall. There would also be surprises, Christmas markets, musical medleys, and family-filled Christmas activities that would add an extra touch trees. Decorated by hundreds of dazzling Christmas balls and ornaments and nearly thousands of LED lights and yards of garland, the repurposed Christmas trees will not only serve as a seasonal centerpiece in the malls but also an opportunity for shoppers to create lasting moments with family and friends of wonder to holiday shopping.

SM’s holiday centerpieces have been a part of the longstanding tradition that ushers in Christmas time in the cities where SM has malls. SM Supermalls’ holiday centerpieces will be on display until January 7, 2024. Shoppers are invited to bask in the joy of the season and create special moments with their loved ones.

A festive season awaits Bulekenyos as SM Bulacan malls proudly present a magical journey with the respective unveiling of SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag, and SM Center Pulilan’s captivating Christmas centerpieces, the newest holiday attractions in the province.

Mallgoers are treated to a delightful holiday celebration as SM City Marilao transforms its 3,229-square-foot mall atrium into Santa’s giant Jingle Bell Jog. This brings together the festive spirit of Christmas with the concept of Santa engaging in a merry workout adventure.

Located at SM City Marilao’s Main Mall Atrium, the centerpiece is highlighted by a towering 30-foot tree where shoppers will experience the festive spirit when they enter a captivating toy factory embellished with stars. Lively Santas engage in joyful activities, elevating their seasonal glee to new heights.

“The symbolic lighting of our Christmas centerpieces is our way of thanking shoppers and partners for being one with the SM Supermalls community and making us their home all throughout the year,” shares Assistant Vice President for Mall Operations Ana Datu.

SM City Baliwag, on the other hand, unveils the Glistening Christmas Park. The grand centerpiece brings glittering wonders, highlighted by a 30-foot Christmas tree embellished with sparkling lights and golden Christmas balls. Shining reindeer also adorn the attraction, giving pure delight to everyone this holiday season.

Meanwhile, SM Center Pulilan unfolds a Festive Folds, crafting joy this Christmas. This year’s theme captures the concept of paper Christmas trees and their unique charm, leading to a fun-filled celebration of creativity and craftsmanship during these holiday festivities.

The attraction is adorned with life-sized folded Christmas trees featuring various patterns in red and green, adding an enchanting touch. Shoppers will be greeted by a row of radiant arches and a golden pathway that leads to a magnificent 30-foot Christmas tree, embellished with shimmering stars, and charming Santa momijis located at the Mall Atrium.

In line with the launch of the holiday centerpieces, SM’s annual tradition of the Bears of Joy to keep and collect also begins at SM Bulacan malls. For every two pieces of bear purchased, one will be given to a community charity. This year, Bears of Joy will be donated to chosen beneficiaries in Bulacan on Christmas.

Experience your #HappiestChristmasAtSM, where SM Supermalls aims to offer a joyful world of the longest, brightest, and happiest holiday celebration for everyone. The coming days will be merrier as SM malls in Marilao, Baliwag, and Pulilan celebrate Christmas in full swing with festivities, Christmas markets, and entertainment the malls have in store all throughout the holiday season.

For updates, visit https://www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM Supermalls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @smsupermalls

The sultry banger shows admiration over someone’s irresistible charm

Filipino newcomer JP Bacallan swoons over someone’s beauty on "Señorita,” out today via Sony Music Entertainment.

With soulful vocals sliding down effortlessly on a delicate mix of Latin-inspired grooves, acoustic guitars, and sensuous percussions, the R&B single shows JP Bacallan at his most confident, showcasing the versatility of his instrument.

The budding singer-songwriter dedicates the track to someone dear to his heart. “I want to lift her up and let her realize how precious she is to me,” says the charismatic crooner. “I personally wrote this song as my way of expressing appreciation.”

Produced by his constant collaborator Nexxfriday, “Señorita” projects an energy that is undeniably charming but filled with so much passion and soul. From the moment the instrumentation drops, it becomes even clearer that the song will set fire to the dancefloor and encourage every listener to join in the ecstatic fun.

“Our normal process for creating a song is that he will give me the beat, and once I feel the vibe, I will write down all my thoughts,” JP Bacallan shares.

“Señorita” is the official debut project of JP Bacallan under Sony Music Entertainment. Before getting signed by a major record label, Bacallan has racked up close to a hundred million views on YouTube. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Pinoy hiphop, including Gloc-9 and Pricetagg. The Pasig-based artist also made a strong impression on mainstream television as one of the contestants of Showtime’s Tawag ng Tanghalan, where he wowed the audience with his compelling singing style and sultry tone.

JP Bacallan’s "Señorita” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

The Filipinos’ financial partner welcomes new ambassador,
unveils the best holiday offers to help achieve goals this festive season

MANILA, PHILIPPINES– Home Credit Philippines, the country’s leading consumer finance company, officially introduces celebrated actress Marian Rivera as its latest brand ambassador to welcome a merrier holiday season. 

Widely recognized for her iconic roles in television series and movies, Marian has made a mark as a multifaceted talent. She is also a successful entrepreneur, a renowned model, a talented dancer, an excellent TV host and a TikTok star.

While she takes on various roles in her career, Rivera is unwavering in her dedication as a mother of two and a wife, always prioritizing her family’s needs to provide them with the life they truly deserve—a trait perfect fit for the brand as she embodies the aspirations of every Filipino.

“Marian Rivera represents the nature of Filipinos—being able to provide their loved ones and even themselves with the life they desire. As we welcome her to our Home Credit family, we are confident that her values will resonate with our customers. Together with Marian Rivera, we look forward to making this holiday season truly special for Filipinos,” Shiela Paul, Home Credit’s Chief Marketing Officer, said.

The Great 0% Festival

Alongside the introduction of its newest brand ambassador, Home Credit also unveils a range of holiday offers for the Filipinos to pursue their personal and family goals with confidence this holiday season.

Among these deals include the back-for-a-limited-time promo, The Great 0% Festival, which offers 0% interest rate offer on various installment payment options, ranging from six to 18 months. Available through Home Credit partner stores or Shoppingmall.ph, this offer covers a variety of lifestyle and tech products, including mobile phones, laptops, appliances, furniture, and more, allowing users to realize their goals and make this holiday season unforgettable for themselves and their loved ones.  

“As the country’s trusted partner ‘Para Sa Life,’ we want to enable our users to turn their personal and family goals into reality this holiday season. Our 0% interest rate offer on various lifestyle and tech products are not just financial services but relevant tools for the Filipinos to achieve the lifestyle they aspire for themselves and their families, especially during this festive time of the year. We hope that celebrating the holidays is a time when dreams are fulfilled and aspirations are realized,” Paul concluded.

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace. 

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Saturday, October 28, 2023

SM Mall of Asia (MOA) security personnel Jay Jess Aquino and Rebecca Flores pose with their sensitivity training manuals on how to care for patrons with different needs.

When people are accepted, they become empowered and feel appreciated and recognized.


In celebration of the International Day of Sign Language, SM Cares of the SM Group, continues its mission to provide inclusive spaces as a mall for all through its yearly sensitivity training for its frontline employees. The training equips them with skills to better serve customers with different needs or persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Engr. Bien Mateo, Senior Vice President for Mall Operations and Program Director of SM Cares Disability Affairs noted the company’s dedication to creating positive impacts within its communities.

Genuine inclusion starts with us,” he said. “One of the integral steps in line with this effort is by conducting sensitivity training for our employees.”

A PWD-friendly mall for all

Apart from SM Supermalls’ facilities, the shopping malls of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. promotes inclusive spaces through features such as ramps, handlebars in comfort rooms, and Braille-labeled elevator buttons. The efforts to promote inclusivity within the malls also rely on equipping its workers with the knowledge and best practices for assisting PWDs.

Jay Jess Aquino, a security personnel in SM Mall of Asia for 15 years shared how helpful the annual sensitivity training is on learning how to respectfully assist customers who have different needs.

With daily interactions from different PWD communities, he shared how a simple act of acknowledging guests on the autism spectrum or persons with Down syndrome every time they playfully salute them goes a long way.

Pagpasok po nila sa mall, sumalaudo po sila sa amin mga guards, he said. “Natutuwa rin po kami kasi kahit sa simpleng pag-acknowledge po namin, eh napapangiti na po namin sila.”

(They salute us guards as they enter the mall. We are also pleased because even with our simple acknowledgment, we can already make them smile.)

As SM frontliners, they must be quick to recognize guests with mobility issues to provide alternative solutions such as wheelchairs and even drive them via golf karts when available. The mall’s administration office is also open to serve as a safe and quiet space for guests who may be sensitive to several sensory inputs.

His colleague and fellow security staff Rebecca Flores in Mall of Asia expressed how the sensitivity training has made her more confident to assist patrons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over her nine-year experience in SM.

She emphasized the importance of maintaining open communication and building rapport with customers on the spectrum before they enter. This approach helps dismiss any notion that security guards are intimidating.

Opo. Sa entrance pa lang talaga hina-hi (saying hi/hello) na namin sila,” Ms Flores said. “Nagrerespond sila. Bumati ka sa kanila para di sila matakot sa guard. Para kahit mawala sila, di sila matatakot lumapit sa guard. Kasi maalala nila ay ito yung bumati sa akin.”

(We see to it that we give them a lively greeting as they enter the mall because they remember you. Even in the unfortunate event of being lost in the mall, they won’t hesitate to approach you to find their way since they will recall the friendly face who said hi to them.)

Ms. Flores even recalled to her initial experience when a child on the autism spectrum playfully kicked her. She remembered how shocked she was during the exchange. And although the child’s parent immediately explained the situation, Ms. Flores recalled in jest how the child tried to get her again on the way out.

Di ako nagalit. Mas nagpasalamat ako sa training kasi may kaalaman kami,” she said.

(I didn’t get mad. I’m thankful because the training imparted learnings on this.)

SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls and a division of SM Foundation, Inc. ensures a barrier-free and disability-inclusive environment for PWDs in all of its malls nationwide.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc. (Sun Life Grepa), one of the major insurers in the country, was recently awarded with a Golden Arrow in the 2022 ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) Awards organized by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). This is the 5th consecutive year that the ICD has recognized the good corporate governance of Sun Life Grepa. Sun Life Grepa President Richard S. Lim attended the awarding ceremony that was held on September 28, 2023 at Okada Manila.

The ACGS is an assessment tool that evaluates the corporate governance practices of publicly listed and insurance companies in ASEAN member countries. The Arrow Golden Recognition is a distinguished honor that reflects exceptional adherence to best practices in corporate governance, making Sun Life Grepa a standout in the industry.

“We are immensely proud to receive this award from ICD. This back-to-back recognition underscores our relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our business operations, ultimately benefiting our customers and the wider community we serve,” Sun Life Grepa President Richard S. Lim said. “This also reflects the dedication of our team and our unwavering commitment of building trust and confidence, exceeding the expectations of our stakeholders every step of the way.”

The ACGS, established by the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum, serves as a valuable tool for evaluating and ranking publicly listed and insurance companies' effectiveness in protecting the rights of shareholders, equitable treatment with stakeholders, transparency and fairness through disclosure of material information, and the effectiveness of the board. This initiative was inaugurated in 2011 as a significant step toward advancing ASEAN's economic integration.

Sun Life Grepa had previously received an ACGS award in 2018 and 2021.

The singer-songwriter/producer reflects on the unrealistic expectations about relationships in this new bedroom bop

After gaining traction with his official debut track “LDR,” whose viral activity on TikTok fueled its popularity in Southeast Asia big time, Filipino bedroom pop artist Shoti wastes no time in releasing another slowcore bop that shows another emotional side of him.

His new single “waiting 4 u (delulu)” serves as a commentary for those individuals who find themselves in relationships without clear labels. Drawing from acoustic instrumentation with laid-back dreaminess, he delivers a candid remark about the state of young love in the time of Discord and digital nativity.

The breakout star provides an insightful observation about the trend prevalent among youngsters these days. “They share a deep connection and spend a lot of time together, yet they haven't established official boyfriend-girlfriend status,” he shares. “In today's generation, I've observed that many people, particularly from Gen Z, tend to have unrealistic expectations about relationships that may not align with reality. They yearn for a type of relationship that may not actually exist.”

To make things more special, Shoti penned the track in English and Cebuano, reflecting the beautiful nuances of his branding through a no-filter lens. He adds, “I compose songs spontaneously, and the Cebuano elements in my music flow naturally. I cherish its uniqueness, setting my songs apart. In the future, I plan to incorporate Filipino/Tagalog to enrich my musical expressions further.”

He also self-produced the track in the comfort of his own bedroom, doing everything on his own terms as far as creative direction is concerned. After completing the process, Shoti asks for valuable feedback from his mom and friends, who, in return, help him polish his work from the perspective of an outsider.

“I’ve always enjoyed the process of creating, writing, and recording my own songs at my own pace and space,” says the Cebu-based artist. “I take the artform seriously, and I take pride in the fact that it comes from a place of vulnerability and rawness.”

waiting 4 u (delulu)” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Members of Scleroderma Awareness Philippines (SAP), Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD), Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO), Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA), and Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP), supported by Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines) Inc., came together for the “Live Life with Strength” launch event in celebration of Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month.

To raise awareness on Pulmonary Fibrosis, members of Scleroderma Awareness Philippines (SAP) and Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD), supported by Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines) Inc., came together for the “Live Life with Strength” launch event. This activity served as an avenue for the patient groups to participate in community building and networking, as well as benefit from health lectures led by medical partners. Present also during the event are the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO) and the Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA). Both delivered messages of support to the patients highlighting the importance of seeking healthcare to manage their conditions and the essence of coming together as a community as a source of strength and emotional support.

Held in ​​Seda Residences in Makati, the event was joined by Dr. Mae Campomanes, Chair for the Council on Occupational and Interstitial Lung Diseases, Philippine College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Campomanes shed light on Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD) and pulmonary fibrosis, allowing patients to understand their condition better and offer management solutions and treatment plans.

“This Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month is an opportune time for us to come together and understand how we can rise above lung diseases. We aim to bolster public health by informing patients of early diagnosis, lung disease prevention, and the best of lung care practices,” said Dr. Campomanes.

Pulmonary Fibrosis, is a type of ILD, a rare disease, caused by inflammation and scarring of the tiny air sacs in the lungs called alveoli. This scarring leads to the thickening of the lung tissue, making it difficult to breathe and absorb the oxygen into the bloodstream. Common symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis are dry cough, fatigue, weakness, unexplained weight loss, and shortness of breath.[1]

To date, the available medications and therapies for pulmonary fibrosis are for the prevention of further deterioration of the condition and for the alleviation of symptoms to improve quality of life.

Living life with strength and hope

Running in its second year, Live Life with Strength is a regional patient community campaign that aims to help patients living with pulmonary fibrosis and ILD in their battle against the disease. One of its programs includes singing therapy sessions, which is becoming a popular form of pulmonary rehabilitation. Singing requires deep inhalation followed by long, controlled exhalation, which is very similar to the breathing techniques used to educate patients with breathing issues.[2]

As part of the program, members of the SAP and PSOD came together and participated in a series of singing therapy sessions to produce an original song and music video embodying the spirit of optimism and resilience. The program and the song not only provided them vocal therapy, but singing together has helped them with lung health, social support, and quality of life.

“Masaya ako dahil nakabalik ako ulit sa pagkanta. Bago ako nagkasakit, ito na talaga ang passion ko. Hindi ko naisip na kaya ko pa pala ulit gumawa ng musika, kahit hingal at hirap huminga. Dahil sa aming collaboration ng kapwa kong patients, mas lalo akong tumatag at nagkaron ng pag-asa na mabuhay nang malakas at masaya,” shared Marissa Pagtalunan, an ILD patient from SAP who shared her testimony.

In celebration of Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, members of Scleroderma Awareness Philippines (SAP) and Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD), supported by Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines) Inc., launched the Tagalog version of the original song and music video of Live Life with Strength.

Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines) Inc., is a staunch supporter of lung wellness and partner of patients with lung diseases. “We put forth a multidisciplinary approach for diagnosing and treating ILD and Pulmonary Fibrosis. This month, our focus is to spread awareness so patients can have more hope and higher chances for a better quality of life,” said Dr. Greta Cortez, Head of Medicine for Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines), Inc.

Full video of the song “Live Life with Strength” translated in Filipino can be viewed through the pages of SAP here and PSOD here. Video of the regional Live Life with Strength documentary video can be viewed here.

[1] Pulmonary fibrosis in the context of ILDs is discussed for instance in: Wells AU, Brown KK, Flaherty KR et al. Eur Respir J 2018;51, and in: Travis WD et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2013:188(6):733–48

[2] Singing for Pulmonary Rehab https://www.aarc.org/nn18-singing-for-pulmonary-rehab/

The World’s Biggest Book Sale, Big Bad Wolf Books, continues its grand tour around the Philippines as it now sets to take over Bacolod City with irresistible literary offerings of up to 95% off from November 3 to 12, 10 AM to 10 PM at SM City Bacolod, North Wing, Ground Floor.

Unbelievable Discounts Await: Up to 95% Off!

Just in time for the holiday season, Big Bad Wolf Books is bringing brand-new books to the City of Smiles. Shoppers will be thrilled to discover exclusive discounts of up to 95%, with titles as low as P20! Making the book sale the perfect opportunity to stock up on reading materials for the holidays, and the year ahead. But that’s not all — be surprised with numerous giveaways, and additional discounts that will make every visit to the book sale memorable.

A Fresh and Innovative Shopping Experience

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale brings an exciting twist to your shopping experience! The layout at SM City Bacolod has been meticulously designed to provide readers with a fresh and innovative arrangement. This thoughtfully curated setup will elevate the browsing experience, ensuring that book lovers can easily explore the vast collection, discovering new titles of all genres across SM City Bacolod’s North Wing, Ground Floor. See and experience it for yourself!

Exciting Collaborations for The Love of Reading

Big Bad Wolf Books is not just about selling books; it’s about fostering a love for reading. In this spirit, the book sale proudly brings its Red Readerhood initiative to Bacolod, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, providing an opportunity for learning to those who need it most by pledging 1,000 books.

Another key partnership that keeps on giving is Big Bad Wolf Books’ continued collaboration with Metrobank, providing cardholders with a 0% installment promo for three (3) months with a minimum purchase of P3,000.

Prepare to be enchanted by the world of words and stories as Big Bad Wolf Books continues its Book Saale to Bacolod City. Mark your calendars and join us from November 3 to 12, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM at SM City Bacolod, North Wing, Ground Floor.

For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf Books’ grand return to the Philippines, please visit:

Website: https://bigbadwolfbooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooksphilippines/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbwbooksph/

For the fifth consecutive year, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. was once again recognized by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) for good corporate governance.

Sun Life was bestowed with a Two Golden Arrow Award, which is given to insurance companies and publicly listed companies that score 90 to 99 points in the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS). The assessment measures the performance of companies based on how they facilitate the rights and the equitable treatment of shareholders, how they relate to their different stakeholders, and how they ensure transparency and accountability through timely disclosure of material information. It also looks into how the board guides the company strategically, monitors the management, and ensures the board’s accountability to the company and the shareholders.

The award was received by Sun Life’s General Counsel, Atty. Edgar Tordesillas, during the Golden Arrow Recognition held recently at Okada Manila.

Sun Life Philippines CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison thanked the ICD for the recognition, reiterating the company’s commitment to good corporate governance.

“We dedicate this achievement to our clients whose trust inspires us to persevere, and with our employees and advisors who uphold Sun Life’s values every single day. Rest assured that Sun Life will always strive to do business with integrity, accountability, and professionalism,” Sison said. “Guided by our sustainability ambition, we always challenge ourselves to create a positive impact on our stakeholders in the way we operate.”

SM City Marilao marks the UN Day celebration occasion, reflecting the work of the United Nations through the yearly national costume competition and parade.

Celebrated across the globe, countries commemorate the special day in their own creative ways. Here in the Philippines, United Nations Day is celebrated through a showcase of colorful flags, nationalistic costumes, and the synergy of cultures.

At SM City Marilao, students from Discovery Child Development of Montessori and Metamorphosis School gathered for a grand display of nations through a costume contest and parade. Kids with the best costumes and schools with the greatest number of participants took home prizes.

United Nations Day is one of the many exciting activities of SM Supermalls in honor of the intergovernmental organization that promotes human rights, social and economic development, and world peace. Each year, SM Supermalls organizes a variety of events to mark UN Day.

Activities range from art exhibitions to costume contests, and parade.

Discover a better sleep experience from the premium line of mattresses from the most-trusted makers in the Philippines and across the globe at Our Home in SM City Marilao. The best mattress is definitely the one that fulfill everyone’s dream of restful and good nights’ sleep.

Choose now the right mattress that suits you – whether you have a posture or movement disturbance concerns or simply wants to have a relaxes luxurious sleep. Not only can a comfortable mattress provide a more restful sleep, but it can also relieve pressure points, align the spine and help you wake up feeling refreshed rather that achy.

Improving sleep is vital for everyone so it’s time to make a serious investment in our sleep, from the way we relax to the quality of mattress and achieving the luxury we deserve. Visit now Our Home at SM City Marilao as it houses all the trusted bed brands in the Philippines:

URATEX. The country’s pioneering brand in innovative sleeping solutions and products for more than a half century.
SALEM. Takes pride with more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing the best spring mattresses in the country. It promises to help you get better mattresses to help you get better sleep and relaxation through its products.
SLUMBERLAND. Renowned for its quality range of products. It has evolved as the leader in sleeping comfort since 1919.
DUNLOPILLO. With more than 90 years of latex innovation, it delivers ultimate comfort, great quality and unbeatable customer service.
AMBASSADOR BED’S. An orthopedic mattress which was chosen and trusted by most five-star hotels and Filipino households since 1927.
KING KOIL. It started selling traditional innerspring mattresses in 1898. Today their mattresses line-up includes foam, latex, hybrid and even smart mattresses.

Many of these premium mattresses are treated with Sanitized, keeping these clean and hypoallergenic, and effectively protect against growth of bacteria, odor, mildew, and dust mites.

Prepare for a spooktacular Halloween fun as the ghoulish festivities draw near! SM Supermalls is conjuring up a cauldron of eerie delights that will thrill both kids and the young at heart.

SM Malls in Grand Central, Sangandaan, and Valenzuela have put together a hair-raising celebration brimming with spine-tingling activities that are sure to send chills down your spine and keep you howling for more!

 HOWL-O-WEEN PAWRADE: Furparents, this one’s for you! Unleash your creativity and showcase your beloved fur baby’s ghoulishly glamorous costumes at the Howl-o-Ween Pawrade on October 28 at SM City Valenzuela and SM Center Sangandaan and October 31 at SM City Grand Central. Watch in awe as tails wag and whiskers wobble down the runway in the most enchantingly eerie fashion.

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN COSTUME. It wouldn’t be a true spooktacular without a costume parade! Unleash your inner wizard, become an incredible hero, or dazzle as a mischievous elf or bewitching fairy at SM Supermalls’ Spooktacular Costume Contest! The spotlight is all yours, and the best part? Everyone in the family can participate! Two thrilling categories await: the Kids Category, where little goblins of all ages can flaunt their Halloween best, and the Family Category, where a SuperMom, SuperDad, and SuperKid unite for a chance to win fang-tastic prizes. Register now and seize your chance to win spine-chillingly fantastic prizes!

Join us for a weekend of Halloween delight and share spine-chilling memories with the whole family. For all the bone-chilling details, creep on over to www.smsupermalls.com, and follow our spooky adventures on social media: https://www.facebook.com/smgrandcentral, https://www.facebook.com/smcentersangandaan, https://www.facebook.com/smcityvalenzuela. Don’t miss out on the thrills and chills!

(From L to R, Sofia Abrogar of Any Name’s Okay; Hazel Faith; Jennifer Goldstein, Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy in the Philippines; Roslyn Pineda, General Manager, Sony Music Philippines; Diane Romero, Executive Director, J. Amado Araneta Foundation; Maica Teves, Executive Director, SPARK!; Carmen del Prado, Sine Niña Director)

Manila, Philippines, October 26, 2023 – “There is always light,” says 21-year old Irish Miras, as she remembers the trauma she experienced as a child. Her voice is soft, her words strong. “If I could talk to my younger self, I would tell her: ‘We are alive. We are doing okay.’”

Irish is one of four young women featured in the documentary Sine Niña, a film that showcases the unique stories of women across the Philippines. Each story is set to inspire, uplift, and empower audiences—as well as start important conversations around equality, purpose, and mental health.

The film is the culmination of a partnership between SPARK! (Samahan ng mga Pilipina Para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran), an NGO committed to the development of women and women’s organizations; and Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund, which provides grants to projects that support social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the world. The partnership harnesses the power of storytelling, using music and film to highlight women’s rights and advocacies.

Directed by Carmen del Prado, Sine Niña, was scored by Pat Lasaten and Agnes Reoma of Ben&Ben, and features songs by Ben&Ben, Barbie Almalbis, Hazel Faith, and Any Name’s Okay.

The film made its debut last October 18 at Gateway Cinema 6 in Quezon City, with hundreds of students in attendance. The screening featured a panel discussion, as well as performances by Sony Music Entertainment (SME) artists Kai Buizon and Hazel Faith.

The screening was scheduled to coincide with “International Day of the Girl,” a day of observance which seeks to unite and empower adolescent girls, while providing them with more opportunities—an objective that director Carmen del Prado kept close to heart while making the film. “To quote [one of the girls in the film,] ‘It’s a story about a hundred other girls out there choosing passion over practicality,’” del Prado says. “So here’s to women supporting women!”

Roslyn Pineda, General Manager, Sony Music Philippines, could not agree more: “Sony Music Entertainment is dedicated to empowering and elevating all members of societies where we have a presence. We are committed to bridging gaps in society and look forward to the long-term impact of Sine Niña in helping unlock the potential of young women in the Philippines,” she says. “Together, let us build a future where every young woman can claim her rightful place and contribute to the progress of our society.”

Other partners of Sine Niña are: The US Embassy in the Philippines, The J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Girls Got Game, the Quezon City Government, and the Taguig City Government.

Sine Niña will be available to stream on the SPARK! YouTube channel by the end of the month. It will also be screened in schools nationwide.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Get ready for the much-anticipated launch of OPPO Find N3 Flip, coming soon here in the Philippines

Leading global smart device brand OPPO debuted the OPPO Find N2 Flip to much fanfare to the global market late last year, and its successor is coming to elevate the standard in flip phone technology.

OPPO is soon unveiling the OPPO Find N3 Flip in the Philippines as the newest foldable smartphone, which features major upgrades such as more versatile cover screen functionality, a more premium build, industry-first triple camera system with astounding Hasselblad imaging technology, industry-leading fast charging and battery and smooth powerful performance.

Seamless Integration of Style and Utility

The highlight of the newest OPPO foldable phone is the cover screen display, which introduces a host of more functional enhancements. The OPPO Find N3 Flip's cover screen will allow users to access and use multiple apps, without having to unfold their smartphone.

The improved cover screen can accommodate more popular apps, including third-party apps like Gmail, Spotify, X (formerly Twitter), WhatsApp, and Google Maps. So, whether you need to scroll through your social media timelines, check a map, switch tracks, or write a quick email, it's all just a tap away on the cover screen.

This dynamic screen also presents users with quick toggles and simultaneously accommodates up to six notifications. The OPPO Find N3 Flip takes personalization to the next level with over 20 screen styles you can customize, direct cover widgets to add for applications such as Messages, Camera, Battery, Recorder, Timer, and To-dos.

It also enhances the user experience by introducing a fresh animated weather wallpaper and a corresponding Always-On Display (AOD) that provides real-time information. It improves accessibility by enabling users to pin three widgets or apps directly onto the cover screen wallpaper, offering swift and convenient access with just a tap.

The OPPO Find N3 Flip exudes premium sophistication with its glass and metal construction, creating a sleek and comfortable design. Its curved form offers a visual appeal and a borderless in-hand experience, making it a pleasure to grip and hold. Two captivating colors will be made available in the Philippines: Cream Gold and Sleek Black.

Industry-First Triple Camera System for Flip Phones

The OPPO Find N3 Flip is the first flip smartphone in the market to have a triple camera system, integrating a more powerful wide angle camera and telephoto camera. Its Hasselblad-powered camera setup includes a 50MP main camera with IMX890 Sony sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide camera with 115-degree field of view; and a 32MP telephoto portrait camera with RGBW IMX709 sensor.

The OPPO Find N3 Flip's ultrawide camera is like an artist with an even bigger canvas, boasting a higher resolution compared to the OPPO Find N2 Flip. It's also bringing along an industry first telephoto lens incorporated in a foldable phone for those picture-perfect moments.

Taking selfies with the OPPO Find N3 Flip is now made more convenient and versatile. Thanks to the cover screen doubling as a rear camera viewfinder, there’s no need to unlock the device for that perfect shot. When you unfold the OPPO Find N3 Flip and switch to the main display, it's like hitting the camera magic button. Making a comeback is FlexForm Mode, which enables your camera to spring to life, with the preview taking over the top half of the screen, and your camera controls setup accessible in the lower half. It's the ultimate setup for capturing steady and stylish results at any angle.

Flagship Performance on a Flip

Expect nothing less than fast, smooth, and consistent performance from OPPO’s latest flagship foldable phone. The OPPO Find N3 Flip is equipped with the cutting-edge MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chipset, which delivers outstanding speed and efficiency, enabling seamless multitasking for a more productive flip phone experience.

The OPPO Find N3 Flip takes care of your daily needs with a long-lasting 4,300 mAh battery, freeing you from the inconvenience of constantly seeking a charger. The device also features the industry-leading 44W SUPERVOOC™ fast charging.

To know more about updates on the release of the OPPO Find N3 Flip, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph/ or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.


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