Saturday, September 17, 2022

Security Bank Cards launches Complete Cashback Mastercard!



Beating the rising prices of daily essentials while keeping the household in tiptop shape is crucial. Consumers are consistently looking for practical ways to get the most bang out of their buck. Just like a never-ending sale, you can get up to 5-4-3-2-1% instant cashback on your everyday purchases plus get a welcome gift of up to PHP5,000 eGC with Security Bank’s Complete Cashback card—now in Platinum!


5% on groceries
When sticking to a budget, having a credit card with guaranteed rebates can be a gamechanger for the household’s grocery runner. With every swipe of the Complete Cashback Platinum card at the supermarket, cardholders can avail of 5% cashback on monthly statements that can be paired with discounts and other promos from Security Bank’s partner grocery merchants.  This cashback can either help you save or let you get your grocery essentials without going over budget. 

4% on gas
Whether going on a road trip, driving to work, or simply running errands, you can rely on the Complete Cashback Platinum card for your fuel needs. The 4% gas rebate helps you save more whether getting a full tank or a quick refill.

3% on utilities
Aside from grocery and gas, using the Complete Cashback Platinum card for utilities like electricity and post-paid phone bills can give you 3% rebate with every transaction. Just make sure that these bills are not enrolled in Security Bank’s Bills Assist program to make your payments eligible for rebates.

2% on dining
Foodies will surely enjoy using the Complete Cashback Platinum card with its 2% rebate on dining! Swipe your card to try new menus or simply get a comfort food fix from your favorite restaurants. Aside from the guaranteed rebate, get discounts when you dine safely at our partner dining merchants: Barcino Wine Resto Bar, Cold Stone Creamery, Bistro Charlemagne, Minami Saki by Astoria, and more.

1% on shopping
Splurge while you save as you tick items off your shopping list! From waterproof items to comfortable clothes for the rainy weather, we’ve got you covered. No need to wait for end-of-season sales to reward yourself or get gifts for loved ones with a 1% rebate when you swipe your Complete Cashback Platinum card at your favorite department stores and boutiques. Enjoy discounts and earn rebates at Toms, Petit Bateau, Washington Jewelry, and more.




Complete Cashback Platinum exclusives
  
With these rebates, cardholders can their annual cashback which will be credited to their account—no minimum spending required! Frequent solo or family travelers with the Complete Cashback Platinum card will also be at ease while waiting for flights as they get access to the Marhaba Lounge in NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 at a preferential rate. 





If you prefer filling your carts online, rest easy as we are working on the Complete Cashback Platinum card’s online purchase protection feature to keep you safe. Plus, new cardholders will also enjoy exclusive promos, a waived annual fee on their first year, and the power to choose their welcome gift with up to PHP5,000 eGC! Simply apply and get approved from September 15 to December 15, 2022 and meet the minimum spend requirement.




Being smart with your everyday expenses has never been this rewarding. C,heck out the cashback calculator and apply for a card through Security Bank’s website.


SM Supermalls begins 100 Days of Happiness



To kickstart the Christmas countdown, SM Supermalls began its 100 Days of Happiness last September 16, where they aim to create a circle of happiness with 76 participating malls, shoppers, the marginalized communities of women, persons deprived of liberty, artisans, cause-oriented organizations, and select local government units.
"We want to create a circle of happiness in all our SM malls by featuring products of cause-oriented programs which we will offer to our shoppers who, in turn, give them to friends and family, and ultimately, benefit the communities that created these products." ~Steven T. Tan, SM Supermalls President

SM Supermalls President Steven Tan giving his welcome remarks during the launch of 100 Days of Happiness


Through the campaign, SM Supermalls encourages Filipinos to support the advocacies of individuals and organizations that provide opportunities and create livelihood for their communities. For this year, SM partnered with bag designer Zarah Juan, Spark PH, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists of the Philippines, UNICEF, and the Quezon City LGU for its Vote to Tote initiative, among others.


In photo: men and women of substance from the Quezon City LGU, SM Supermalls, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Brownies Unlimited, Spark PH, and Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines


The launch event held at SM North EDSA The Block was attended by SM Supermalls President Steven Tan and SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin; Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, and select councilors of the city; Spark PH Founder Mica Teves; GSP President Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson; Designer Zarah Juan; and Brownies Unlimited Marketing head Dustin Ngo.


Ladies in Green: The Girl Scouts of the Philippines come together to celebrate Girl Scouts Week 2022 at SM City North EDSA

In partnership with SM Supermalls and Brownies Unlimited, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines launch GSP-themed brownies from September 16 to December 15, 2022. For every purchase of a box of brownies, in-mall and via the SM Malls Online app, one scout will be sponsored with a year’s free membership.


Equipping young girls to lead and build the future, one box of brownies at a time

For this year’s 100 Days campaign, SM Megamall, along with 9 other SM malls, is collaborating with Brownies Unlimited and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. For every purchase of a special GSP-themed box of brownies in-mall and via the SM Malls Online App, one girl will be sponsored with a GSP membership for a year. 

"We have a lot of young girls across the country and they've had such difficult times during the pandemic. Our membership dropped significantly. By buying a box, you can sponsor a girl for one year and she can learn so many things like being independent, loving her country more, and helping her community." ~Nina Lim-Yuson, GSP President

Recently, SM Supermalls helped the GSP vaccinate all its 70,000 members nationwide. By providing them with convenient and safe COVID-19 vaccines, SM Supermalls was able to ensure that the GSP members have access to quality healthcare services. 

SM shoppers can purchase a box of brownies from 46 Brownies Unlimited branches nationwide and the SM Malls Online App.


In its commitment to building communities, especially for women and the youth, SM Supermalls and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines sign a memorandum of agreement to formalize a meaningful partnership beyond the year 2022.


Giving marginalized women and persons deprived of liberty hope for the future

Apart from the GSP partnership, SM Supermalls also partnered with the local government of Quezon City for its Vote to Tote program, Spark PH, and bag designer Zarah Juan to sell upcycled tarpaulin handmade tote bags sewn by marginalized women and female persons deprived of liberty.

"Christmas is all about giving. We are very happy that this year, the communities of Quezon City are included as beneficiaries in this program. And apart from helping the women in our communities, we are also able to help the environment by upcycling 70 tons of election tarpaulins that we've collected." ~Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Mayor 

Girl Scouts of the Philippines come together to spread the holiday cheer.


Juan, the designer, was the brainchild of the upcycling initiative. 

"During the elections, there were tons of election campaign wastes. I wanted to do something and I thought I have my platform– my designs. If my designs can actually solve this problem, then it's worthwhile. Then I pitched the idea to Maica Teves, the founder of Spark PH. From there, we gathered all the help we can– from the Quezon City LGU who will help us collect tarpaulins, the women communities that can help us create, and SM Supermalls who can provide us the platform to distribute." ~Zarah Juan, Designer 

A Happiness Walk was done to showcase the upcycled tote bags that shoppers can buy in SM malls. Joining the Happiness Walk were men and women of substance including select Girl Scouts members, Jeremy Lapena and Bernce Sevilla of the Downs Syndrome Association of the Phils, Mylene Abiva of WomenBiz, media celebrities Ces Oreña Drilon, and Gina Pareño among others.


Women of Subtance Gina Pareño walk the runway to show support for the 100 Days of Happiness’ causes and initiatives.

Women of Subtance Ces Drilon walk the runway to show support for the 100 Days of Happiness’ causes and initiatives.


The proceeds of the upcycled tote bags will be given to the women PDLs in Camp Karingal, and the marginalized women of Barangays Sto. Cristo, Greater Lagro, and Pinyahan in Quezon City. The tote bags will be sold in the following SM malls:
  • SM Aura Premier
  • SM Southmall
  • SM City Fairview
  • SM City North EDSA
  • SM Megamall

Helping a community of artists 

And in the south of Metro Manila, the SM Mall of Asia family will be partnering with the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists in selling painted Christmas cards to the shoppers.

"We want to create a circle of happiness in all our SM malls by featuring products of cause-oriented programs which we will offer to our shoppers who, in turn, give them to friends and family, and ultimately, benefit the communities that created these products. All these and more will start to unfold in the coming days as we continue spreading happiness across all SM malls around the country. Let us not waste our next 100 days and use it to make one another happy by giving. Today, let the countdown begin to a hundred days of happiness!~Steven T. Tan, SM Supermalls President

This is the second time SM Supermalls has started a holiday countdown campaign. In 2021, the biggest mall network in the Philippines showed the world more than a hundred ways of giving through 100 Days of Caring. Underserved communities surrounding the 76 SM malls were provided with their urgent needs through in-kind and monetary donations by the malls, its various business units, and the employees. 

For the list of all partner institutions and their beneficiaries visit www.smsupermalls.com and follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel — Cebu Wedding Expo 2022



At last, Cebu welcomes back the most-anticipated bridal fair after a 2-year pandemic hiatus. This 2022, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino enchants exhibitors and participants to make their vows.

Be prepared to be captivated by the biggest wedding event: Cebu Wedding Expo 2022. As one of the grandest events of the year, we want to be able to promote more than just accessibility - having everyone get the chance to engage with their possible wedding organizers, suppliers, and partners to envision one of the biggest and most memorable days of their lives. We’ve got tons of perks awaiting you — apart from having everything you’ll ever need to plan your big day all in one place, guests can come and book on the spot and get a hold of exclusive deals!




This year, we’ve chosen the theme: “Starry Starry Night.” Through this, we want to be able to convey a story to our beloved guests — that the sky's the limit when it comes to envisioning their big day. We want to instill a feeling of importance and remind our guests that their big day will be all about them amidst all the glitter and glamor this event holds.




Showcasing nothing less than world class talents and couture pieces all in one stage, this year’s event also features “Gugma - Weddings at Waterfront” a bridal fashion show. Featuring the works of 25 local artists in collaboration with Cary Santiago. Through this, models will be walking the runway wearing none other than these designers’ stunning pieces — also something our guests can look forward to as they envision themselves walking the runway of their lives in partnership with Dia Gold and Iconique Mall, Colon.
 
Walk the aisles of love at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino’s Pacific Grand Ballroom Exhibition Hall from September 23 to 25, 2022.
 
Click this link for more information: https://bit.ly/CWE-FBevent

To register, kindly refer to the following links:







Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Japan's No. 1: Tenya opens first express store at SM Megamall



Tenya, a successful tendon restaurant chain in Japan, continues to reach more Filipinos with the opening of its new store at SM Megamall on September 5, serving authentic and quality Japanese meals the fastfood way. 

After making a name in Japan as the country's No. 1 Tempura Tendon, Tenya has also been gaining traction in the Philippines, fueling its expansion to eight megacities across the capital region.

As it has long mastered the art of providing real Japanese dishes, the restaurant chain has reimagined a new way of offering Filipinos their Japanese favorites through Tenya Express. 

Situated at the heart of Ortigas, Tenya Express opens its doors at SM Megamall Foodcourt and is well-positioned to satisfy the cravings of consumers for tendon and tempura at reasonable prices. 


L-R Tenya Japan Reps: Mizuki Koga, Shuuji Noboritama, Royal Holdings Chairman Tadao Kikuchi, Tenya PH Chairman Leopoldo Prieto Jr, Chukri Prieto (Managing Director), Denise Ramos (Director of Operations)


Among those who attended the grand opening were the company's top executives, namely Chairman Leopoldo Prieto Jr., President Chiqui Prieto, Managing Director Leopoldo "Chukri" Prieto III, General Manager Edmundo "Iggy" Ramos, Director of Operations Denise Ramos, and IT Director Andres Marquez. 


Tenya Philippine’s Chairman Leopoldo Prieto Jr and Managing Director, Chukri Prieto (Center) with SM Executives


Mr. Tadao Kikuchi, Chairman of Royal Holdings Corporation which operates Tenya Japan, and other representatives, also flew in to officially open the new express store. 

"Since our launch in the Philippines seven years ago, we never stopped exploring ways to bring Tenya's best tasting products to more Filipinos who are looking for a real touch of Japan." ~Leopoldo "Chukri" Prieto III, Managing Director

L-R Tenya Japan Reps: Mizuki Koga, Shuuji Noboritama, Royal Holdings Chairman Tadao Kikuchi, Tenya PH Chairman Leopoldo Prieto Jr, Chukri Prieto (Managing Director), Denise Ramos (Director of Operations)

"With our new Tenya Express, we are delighted that consumers can grab their authentic Japanese food fast and conveniently." ~Denise Ramos, Director of Operations

Specializing in tendon and tempura, Tenya has invested in infrared heating technology to make sure that its tempuras are always evenly fried to perfection. Aside from these premium items, Tenya has also fused and introduced more specialties on its menu to offer consumers the best and whole Japanese experience.  


Newly unveiled Tenya Express at the SM Megamall Food Court, featuring Taiko drummer, mascots and cosplayers to welcome guests


The items on the Tenya Express menu include donburi bowls at P185 (gyudon, chicken karaage, ebi), bento boxes start at P225 (tonkatsu, sukiyaki, seafood tempura). Other offerings include onigiri, ramen, burger, maki, and best-selling Tenya tendon favorites—Classics, All-star, and Asakusa Special. 

"The launch of Tenya Express store also reflects our commitment to stay true to that art of Japanese convenience, while providing quality service to our Filipino consumers. The Tenya Express at SM Megamall is just the start as we strive to bring the taste of Japan to every Filipino." ~Edmundo "Iggy" Ramos, General Manager

Tenya is targeting to expand its new concept to more locations soon. 

Currently, Tenya full-store branches are located in SM Megamall, Market! Market!, SM Southmall, ASEANA City, Festival Mall, Paseo de Magallanes, Tiendesitas and SM Mall of Asia. 

For delivery, you may order via www.tenya.com.ph, grabfood, foodpanda and pickaroo.


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Globe Virtual Hangouts kicks off metaverse platform for exciting Gen Z “Phygital” experiences

Eric Tanbauco, Globe’s Vice President for Mobile Prepaid Business, welcomes the media and special guests to the launch of the Globe Virtual Hangouts metaverse


Globe Virtual Hangouts continues to evolve and reinvent itself to give Gen Zs and more digital fun, innovative, educational, and passion-filled experiences. For the second half of the year, expect the launch of its metaverse platform, the first in the Philippines, with “phygital” experiences to be hosted by Globe Prepaid.

Using technology to bridge the physical and digital worlds, Globe Virtual Hangouts metaverse promises unique interactive activities that visitors can explore. Users can create their avatar and chat and do video calls with their fellow Gen Zs inside the portal.

Surprise celebrity guests and special prizes, among them a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Phone, also await everyone inside this new platform.

The event will also have a 360 gallery featuring “Timplada: The Art of Ilonggo Cuisine,” an exhibition of 10 artworks inspired by Ilonggo food from the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), the first art institution in the Visayas and Mindanao. The pioneering exhibit on Virtual Hangouts was first showcased in the last quarter of 2021 in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The Globe Virtual Hangouts started in 2020 so Gen Zs can hang out with each other, showcase their passions and see all the happenings that Globe Prepaid has in store.

Early this year, it created the Passion Portal where Gen Z’s got to turn their passion into a profession through Globe Prepaid’s Virtual Hangouts Masterclasses. There were various pillars catering to different passions of Gen Zs, namely:
●        GoJAM — An onstage talent search which brought together promising young Pinoy artists in a digital music camp to hone their talent and arm them with the know-how to succeed in the music industry.
●       GoWATCH – For movie enthusiasts and those who want to be the next Antonette Jadaone or Cathy Garcia-Molina.  There was a GoWATCH Film Lab in partnership with ANIMA for those who wanted to learn or sharpen their filmmaking, story writing, and production design skills. Film Lab sessions were led by award-winning filmmakers such as Jadoone, Erik Matti, JP Habac, and Jade Castro.
●       GoHUSTLE – A six-stage GoHUSTLE Boss Up Bootcamp where participants learned from topics about creating stories, branding, marketing, finance, and having an entrepreneurial mindset.
●      GoESPORTS – Aspiring esports streamers and casters who wanted to level up their skills underwent training on the basics of content creation, self-presentation, pre-and post-game analysis, and more.
●     GoKOREAN – For K-wave fans who have a passion for fashion, Globe Prepaid Virtual Hangouts teamed up with the top fashion and design school in the country to introduce a full-blown fashion and styling curriculum offered nowhere else.


Virtual Hangouts is best experienced on Globe’s 5G network. Be part of  Globe Virtual Hangouts of The Future launch by visiting  www.globevirtualhangouts.ph.

First Philippine Blockchain Week Set in November

Donald Lim, Lead Convenor, Philippine Blockchain Week 2022


International and local experts from the digital and cryptocurrency industries have come together to host the first Philippine Blockchain Week. The week-long event will be held from November 28 to December 4 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom of the Newport World Resorts in Pasay.

Called “Chaintrix” and inspired by the meta universe of the movie the “Matrix”, it seeks to promote inclusiveness by educating more Filipinos about blockchain in order to harness its benefits for the country’s various industries.

Donald Lim, lead convenor of the event, who is considered the Father of Digital Marketing in the Philippines, believes that the country has a strong chance of becoming the “Blockchain Capital of Asia.”

“We have gathered experts from the blockchain ecosystem to discuss this technological advancement and how companies and people can benefit from it. The Philippine Blockchain Week also lets investors and businesses network and explore opportunities in the Philippine market. The Philippines has the numbers to become a blockchain hub. Our population is at 110 million, with a median age of 25. We also have the highest internet penetration and the highest NFT penetration rate of a digital population.” ~Donald Lim, Lead Convenor

Chezka Gonzales, a commercial pilot, Founder of Women of Substance NFT and also a lead convenor of the event, said that they are also targeting students to attend the event.

“This is a good opportunity for them to learn more about this digital evolution and how it has affected and will affect the way things will be done in the future.” ~Chezka Gonzales, a Commercial Pilot, Founder of Women of Substance NFT and also a Lead Convenor

Official Launch of the Philippine Blockchain Week 2022

The other convenors of Chaintrix include Rico Pang, Group CEO, Sanctum Global Ventures; Kate Hancock, Founder, Metaverse XYZ; Daniel Robbins, CEO IBH Media; Oscar Tan Abing, Jr., Founder & CEO, Anotoys Collectiverse; Jay Ha, Co-founder, IP3; James Lim, CEO, Meta Persona; and Tara Kwon, Co-founder, Hyped Collective.

Likewise, industry partners are the Fintech Alliance, Institute of Corporate Directors, Management Association of the Philippines, International Council of Small Business PH, JCI Manila, Rotary District 3830,  and NFT Philippines & Women in blockchain Philippines.


Convenors and industry partners have come together to pledge their support to the holding of the Philippine Blockchain Week 2022


Among the planned activities for Chaintrix include plenary sessions with experts about blockchain, fintech & metaverse, a job fair, business speed dating, golf tournament, NFT gallery, concert, pool party, toy exhibit, gaming expo & tournaments and hackathons, among others.

On December 2, the Philippine Block Awards will be held at the Grand Bar of the hotel where blockchain movers and shakers in the country and the region will be honored. Recognition for the “Most Innovative Use of Blockchain”“Blockchain for Good”, and “Blockchain Transformation Award” will also be handed out. 

For inquiries about the event, you may reach out to the Philippine Blockchain Week Secretariat at events@futureproof.ph or call +63917 8328852.


SM Prime and WWF Philippines announce partnership towards responsible reporting on climate change solutions

MOA Complex night shot


SM Prime Holdings, Inc., one of Southeast Asia’s leading integrated property developers and leading conservation organization World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines have entered a collaboration in adopting a more robust reporting framework to address the climate crisis. 

This is a major partnership of WWF with a Philippine company towards the development of a bespoke program towards decarbonization.

Sustainability at SM Prime is at the core of its corporate identity. SM Prime is at the forefront of spearheading sustainable practices as well as setting records in pioneering programs to consciously protect the environment and strongly focus on resilience in its developments.
 
Under the partnership, SM Prime will adopt the Corporates for a Better Planet Initiative (CBPI), WWF-Philippines’ flagship program that provides an actionable framework for organizations to operate sustainably within the paradigm of the climate crisis. 
 
“We are delighted to work with WWF Philippines on this sustainable journey. Focusing sustainability within the context of the Philippines ensures that our strategies and projects are highly material, efficient and more responsive in addressing local concerns surrounding resilience and adaptation. We need to be one with the worldwide community to achieve this and we need to work with global experts to get this right.” ~Jeffrey C. Lim, SM Prime President

Climate change is one of the most pressing and defining global issues today. The Philippines currently ranks third globally when it comes to climate change vulnerability. In relation to its geographical location, it is more exposed to altering intensities of climate change manifested through erratic weather systems and natural calamities.

These risks are rife with complexity and uncertainty and organizations typically fail to properly assess their implications. The CBPI program takes a holistic approach towards this pivotal issue, addressing these risks from a custom-built, science-based perspective. 
 
By partnering with the WWF, SM Prime will be able to enhance and determine climate change solutions that will be reflected through responsible and transparent reporting. 
 
The first phase of CBPI involves gauging where SM Prime stands in its sustainability initiatives and setting a science-based target in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. SM Prime published its first Integrated Report in 2021 under the Integrated Reporting Framework which provides an overview of our value creation model — how we seek to create value for our stakeholders by contributing to national progress through investments and interventions critical to the country’s socio-economic growth.
 
As a champion of climate action in the Philippines, our partnership with WWF adds another enhancement to transparent reporting by ensuring greenhouse gas (GHG) computations are accurate and use appropriate methodologies.
 
With the need to broaden efforts to protect the environment, this partnership forms part of group-wide efforts under the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.
 
SM Prime’s partnership with WWF dates back to 2007 under Hamilo Coast, its leisure resort development in Nasugbu, Batangas.
 
WWF closely monitors the health and viability of the Hamilo Coast area including three of its coves designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)—the Pico de Loro, Etayo and Santelmo.
 
In recognition of its conservation efforts, Hamilo Coast was cited by WWF-Philippines as its longest standing Sustainability Partner in 2020. 
 













 
About SM Prime
SM Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, is committed to providing safe and sustainable spaces for its stakeholders.  Its development strategy is anchored on the responsible use of resources. In the communities it serves, it is able to promote resource conservation, environmental protection, and disaster resiliency by implementing solutions for water, waste, and energy management.
 
SM Prime is a key player in the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.
 
Find out more about SM Prime and the SM Green Movement