Monday, November 27, 2023

Hanabishi Joins A’TINs in Celebrating SB19’s 5th Year

Hanabishi Appliances recently gave away VIP tickets to SB19’s “One Zone” fanmeet held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It also raffled off exclusive merchandise and products in its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts.

Through its My Hanabias contest, the leading appliance brand matched the emoji that each SB19 member represented with its best-selling appliances.

Stell’s emoji is the strawberry and was matched with the Hanabishi blender. Josh has the oden for his emoji and was matched with the Hanabishi griller. Pablo’s is the hotdog which corresponded with the air fryer, Ken the chicken which corresponded with the turbo broiler, and Justin the corn which corresponded with the multi-cooker grill.
Hanabishi gave away these appliances to lucky A’TINs who expressed their support for their biases.
On the day of the fanmeet, Hanabishi also handed out PhP200 vouchers in its booth.
“We are excited to be a part of this celebration and we would like to thank all the fans who joined our contest and help us trend on social media. Most of our ticket winners had their VIP experience for the first time, and we are very happy that they got to see their idols up-close. SB19 is a world-class talent that showcases the best of the Filipino and we are behind them in their journey of conquering the world.” ~Cherish Ong-Chua, VP for Marketing and Finance of Hanabishi Appliances
Ong-Chua shared that the brand hopes to have more collaborations with the group.
SB19 is hailed as the Kings of P-pop. Their most recent hit, Gento, has climbed the top of the charts and its dance challenge has been performed by local and foreign artists alike.
During the fanmeet, the group performed the song as their opening act. They then interacted with their loyal followers through different activities and surprised them with the launch of the official music video of Freedom.
SB19 has received several awards and performed to sold-out shows during the last five years. This year, it embarked on its Pagtatag world tour, which took the group to several cities in the Philippines, the United States, and Canada. They will be commencing the tour this November in Singapore, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

About Hanabishi:
Sa Bahay at sa Business Mo, Hanabishi!

Hanabishi is a Filipino household name for appliances for over 35 years. It is a brand engineered to fit the lifestyle of the Filipino both for homes and businesses.  Hardworking, durable and resilient, are the attributes that personify Hanabishi making it the brand of choice of every Filipino mom and businessman when it comes to value and practicality. Hanabishi is the mark of quality that grows with you through the years.  Built with passion and an impeccable desire to uphold the quality of life in every Filipino home, Hanabishi will remain to be the PRACTICAL choice and KAPARTNER, today and for the many years to come.

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BPI's Digital Savings Initiatives Transforming Banking for Filipinos

From left to right: Anne Christine Ruiz Head of Deposits, BPI; Anne Guiritan (Avida Condominium Winner, Anne Jara, Brand Marketing Head, Avida

BPI's commitment to innovation, convenience, and customer centricity is helping more Filipinos achieve their financial goals through various digital channels. Starting in 2021, BPI’s #SaveUp allows customers to open a savings account via the BPI App without the need to visit a branch. 

Building on that success, in 2022, BPI launched BPI #MySaveUp, which enables customers to open a savings account through the popular online wallet, GCash. This year, BPI has taken things to the next level with a brand new channel and partnership with Lazada, one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia. With the new BPI Flagship store, users can easily "add to cart" and open a savings account, #SaveUp, along with other BPI products. 

“Through these initiatives, BPI is empowering Filipinos with the ease and convenience of managing their finances anytime, anywhere through the various channels that cater to their unique banking needs. All it takes is 5 minutes and 1 ID.” ~Asi Ruiz, BPI Deposits Product Head

From left to right: BPI’s Ma. Carmina Marquez Head of Deposits (at the time), Ann Collin Imperial (Kia Winner), Manny Aligada Kia President (at the time), Bob Palanca, COO of Iconic Dealerships, Inc.

Despite the digital savings landscape nowadays heavily focusing on unprecedented high interest rates to attract depositors, BPI pioneered a different approach; one that is more sustainable yet still rewarding and affordable. 

In 2022, the Bank launched a rewards program exclusively available for its digital savings products.  The promotion concluded earlier this year, and two newly acquired BPI digital accountholders, Anne Imperial and Anne Guiritan, not only benefited from a convenient and easy-to-manage digital savings account but also won life-changing grand raffle prizes. Imperial drove home a brand-new Kia Stonic Style Edition, while Guiritan won an Avida Vireo Studio condo unit.

“BPI made saving more exciting for me as I was also looking forward to participating in the program and winning prizes. My #SaveUp account inspires me to enjoy life while working hard and saving harder.” ~Ann Collin Imperial, Kia Winner

This year, in celebration of the bank’s 172nd anniversary, BPI also waived the maintaining balance fee for the BPI #SaveUp and #MySaveUp accounts, making saving more affordable and convenient for its digital clients. 

Our vision is to make banking more inclusive, and encourage more and more Filipinos to start the habit of saving. And with all these efforts to provide accessible, relevant, and rewarding banking services to more Filipinos, BPI has already opened more than 1 million digital savings accounts, demonstrating our agility in meeting the ever-evolving needs of customers, and the number continues to grow,’’ said Ruiz.

Open a #SaveUp account by downloading the BPI App or through the BPI Flagship store in Lazada. Alternatively, open a #MySaveUp account from the GSAVE menu of the GCASH app and discover a world of possibilities.

BPI awards clients who won the #MySaveUpPromo

Saturday, November 18, 2023

A Daring Julia Barretto Is Tanduay’s New Calendar Girl

Tanduay has chosen actress Julia Barretto as its 2024 Tanduay Calendar Girl. 

“Tanduay will be celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2024 and we wanted a strong, confident, and hardworking personality to represent the brand. Like Tanduay, Julia has weathered many challenges in her career and has emerged happy and successful. In representing Tanduay, she shows the world that the brand champions courage and empowerment. 2024 is a big year for Tanduay as it celebrates its 170th anniversary. We have lined up activities that will showcase the brand’s evolution, how it captured the hearts of Filipinos, and how it is now also gaining the attention of rum aficionados in the biggest cities in the world. Julia is going to be a part of these major events.” ~Tanduay, the brand said in a statement

The World’s Number 1 rum added that Barretto has a fire in her soul and is not afraid to show the world her truest self. 

The 2024 Tanduay Calendar Girl was presented to the members of the media at Elements in ETON Centris. According to Tanduay, their creative team worked with the actress’ style team for the upcoming calendar and they tapped top editorial and commercial photographer BJ Pascual to do the shoot.

Barretto is one of the most popular and talented actresses of her generation. She has been in the industry since she was a child, appearing in numerous top-rating television shows and movies throughout her decades-long career.

The actress is also considered a style icon and is one of the most-followed Filipino celebrities on social media, with 11.4 million followers on Instagram as of this writing.

As the 2024 Tanduay Calendar Girl, Barretto is also scheduled to appear in the brand’s promotional events and materials in the coming year.

Friday, November 17, 2023

A Delicious Journey with New Stores at SM Bulacan Malls

Regardless of the season, SM malls in Marilao, Baliwag, and Pulilan will make everyday a holiday as the malls bring in some of the latest additions to their exciting mix of food tenants for a fun and exciting shopping experience.

Perfect for the season of giving, SM City Marilao welcomes Caramia Cakes & Gelato.  Sweet tooth or not, one can’t resist Caramia’s premium lineup of cakes, gelato, and shakes that are enough to make any celebration or a simple day merrier. Here you may find Caramia’s bestseller cakes, such as Ube Cake, Midnight Dream, Pistaccio Cioccolato, and Salted S’mores. Of course, their all-time favorite gelato flavors include Pistachio, Chocolate Therapy, and Cookies & Cream. Also try their newest offerings— Mango Cream Pie, and gelato in Maltesers and Peach Mango Caramel flavors. Whether it’s a gift, a treat, or a simple craving, Caramia Cakes & Gelato will surely fit any occasion or anyone’s heart. Visit them now at the second level of SM City Marilao.

Experience dessert supremacy at Caramia Cakes & Gelato, now open at the second level of SM City Marilao.

Italian ice cream overload at SM City Marilao’s Caramia Cakes & Gelato.

Celebrate occasions big or small with bestselling, blissful cakes from Caramia’s Cakes & Gelato, located at the second level of SM City Marilao.

A highly recommended place to drink, eat, and unwind unveils as Nextgen Cafe opens at the ground-level, mall annex of SM City Baliwag. Shoppers will be thrilled, as Nextgen Cafe is the ideal place to stay with its cozy ambience and enticing menu. Seize the day with a sip of their specialty coffee, such as Café Español, Café Yemen, and Vietnamese Coffee. Compliment your drinks with their bestseller menu—bacon, sausage, spam, choice of wafflesor rice- serve with omelet. The store also offers refreshing Sensazione series drinks available in 10 irresistible flavors, among others. Furthermore, Nextgen Café is pet-friendly, so fur parents are welcome to chill here with their pets, with rules applied accordingly.

Nextgen Café is ready to serve at the ground-level mall annex of SM City Baliwag.

Get cozy and unwind over a cup of coffee and some snacks at SM City Baliwag’s Nextgen Café.

Call the squad and assemble for a yummy feast as The Crunch – Boneless Fried Chicken opens at the ground level of SM Center Pulilan. Indulge in their unique style of tasty and mouthwatering boneless fried chicken. The store offers Chicken Shots, Shots Bucket, Half Chicken (6 pcs/flavor), and Whole Chicken (12 pcs/flavor), available in different delicious flavors such as Classic, Honey Garlic, K-Style, Spicy K-Style, Teriyaki, Cheesy Bacon, and Texas BBQ.

Bite into flavors at The Crunch – Boneless Fried Chicken selections now serving at the ground level of SM Center Pulilan.

Mouthwatering fried chicken dip in signature sauces is one of the offerings you don’t want to miss at The Crunch – Boneless Fried Chicken in SM Center Pulilan.

Go heavy with The Crunch – Boneless Fried Chicken rice meal and other selections now cooking at the ground level of SM Center Pulilan.

Plan your next food crawl and visit the latest food destinations only at SM Bulacan malls. Stay updated, as the malls will unveil some of the best store concepts in the coming days. Follow the social media pages of SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag, and SM Center Pulilan for the latest trends and happenings.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Experience Shopping Extravaganza at the RUSH Fast Track Bazaar

Get ready to dive into an enjoyable weekend this November 11 and 12! The RUSH Fast Track Bazaar takes you to Paseo de Roxas, Makati (right next to Ayala Triangle Gardens) with over 30 local brands setting up shop to bring interesting pop-up stores. Whether you're craving some on-the-spot munchies, planning to take home a delicious haul, or aiming to impress your squad with thoughtful gifts, the bazaar offers a chance to snag cool finds.

The RUSH Fast Track bazaar offers a wide selection of mouthwatering treats and refreshing sips from different RUSH-powered merchants. Taking the spotlight are three local food brands who graduated top of the class in RUSH’s recent three-month acceleration program.

  • Iccomo
Joenaz Bayawa and Larry Flor Jr., proprietors of Iccommo, were inspired by their shared passion for coffee to craft unique coffee flavors to cater to their discerning clientele. Their brand name, "Iccomo," refers to a simple yet profound question: "Anong flavor ng Iced COffee MO?" (What flavor is your iced coffee?) This phrase encapsulates their desire to explore and create the quintessential iced coffee experience. Pronounced as "eye-koh-moh," the brand embodies a quest for coffee excellence.

  • Titan Bird
Titan Bird, aptly named to correspond with the generous proportions of their offerings, aims to please taste buds with an array of double-portion roast chicken rice meals. Conceived by college friends Chris Cokieng and Ralph Timtim, this venture spares no effort in delivering oversized cuts of chicken infused with distinct flavors. Choices include Mediterranean Herb for a refreshing and tangy profile and Nutty Java for a more flavorful bite, served alongside large portions of seasoned rice.

  • Kape.tea
During the pandemic, Jennadel Abustan and Nesheil Reyes, owners of Kape.tea conceptualized a business that would respond to people’s coffee. Unable to venture out for their coffee fix, the duo harnessed their at-home coffee machine to create and deliver an array of delectable coffee concoctions directly to customers' doorsteps. Since its inception, Kape.tea has expanded to offer a wider range of food options, including egg sandwiches, bokkeumbap, and Thai cuisine.

Visitors to the RUSH Fast Track Bazaar are in to enjoy different food and beverage options and a treasure trove of goodies from other participating brands like Goreng Haus, Grind & Pour Café, OhTako Takoyaki, Eat Snow PH, BLCK 305 Café, Tinsel Pan, Lil Orbits,CafeFrance, Chooks To Go, Sweet Station by M&M, Studio Binigknit, Akafe Coffee Kawit, Krusty Oven, Koffle Café, Everyday Coffee Roasters, MP Nieva’s Flower Shop, Lucia Dulce Corporation, Plant-Based & More, Oppa Bowl To Go, and Pahinga Store.

Also joining are other companies under Globe Group venture builder 917Ventures, such as the all-in-one digital pet care solutions provider Petpal and telehealth super-app KonsultaMD.

The RUSH Fast Track Bazaar is the culmination of the Fast Track acceleration program, RUSH’s business training program that sought to empower budding entrepreneurs and drive business growth. The program’s  Learning Tracks brought together industry experts who provided lectures and hands-on guidance on launching selling platforms, reaching target markets, and staying ahead in the digital landscape.

Graduates of the Fast Track program, including beneficiaries of the Globe-led hunger alleviation program Hapag Movement, will also be featured at the  bazaar to showcase their products. The merchants have been equipped with cutting-edge RUSH technology, such as RUSH Plus, to ensure efficient checkouts and a fun shopping experience.

The RUSH Fast Track Bazaar provides a dedicated space for on-site selling and promotions and offers a unique opportunity for business owners and budding entrepreneurs to engage with customers and gain exposure. With the right tools and tailored learning tracks, the RUSH Fast Track Bazaar facilitates entrepreneurs in accelerating their business growth, ensuring satisfaction for both businesses and customers.

To learn more about Rush, visit



About RUSH
RUSH Technologies is the leading eCommerce and Loyalty solutions provider of businesses in the Philippines. Now proudly serving over 1,000 brands across the retail, services, and F&B industries, RUSH empowers businesses of all sizes with the right tools and ready-made solutions to bring their businesses online and meet their customers at every stage of the buying journey.

RUSH is a portfolio company under Globe’s corporate venture builder, 917Ventures.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Tears from Heaven: CHILD Haus celebrates 21 years

The SM Mall of Asia Music Hall was the venue of the 21st-anniversary celebration of CHILD Haus, an institution founded by ‘Mader’ Ricky Reyes to be a bastion of hope for children stricken by cancer. Throughout its history, one consistent major supporter of the establishment has been the Sy family – in its early years, Henry ‘Tatang’ Sy, Sr., and over the last decade, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy continuing the tradition established by his father.

CHILD Haus founder 'Mader' Ricky Reyes and SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy (center) celebrate the institution's 21st anniversary with the CHILD Haus beneficiaries.

Leading the event were Mr. Sy and ‘Mader’ Ricky, and several individuals and companies who, over the years, have contributed to the well-being of CHILD Haus were invited. Many children, who have been ‘adopted’ by CHILD Haus and now call it home, were also in attendance. The media was present as well, recognizing how establishments like CHILD Haus make a big difference and become the ‘answered prayers’ of so many children and their parents.


CHILD Haus founder 'Mader' Ricky Reyes

SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy

Three CHILD Haus stories, featuring Aya, Laura, and Jessa, were turned into video vignettes that highlighted the message of hope and the life-saving work of the organization. While it is easy to describe such events as heartwarming and tear-jerking, it was truly remarkable to witness even the most seasoned press photographers being moved to tears by these videos. This is a clear testament to the profound impact that these testimonials had on the audience at the event.

CHILD Haus founder 'Mader' Ricky Reyes, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy, and three inspiring CHILD Haus children, Aya, Laura, and Jessa.

After ‘Mader’ Ricky's heartwarming welcome, Mr. Sy himself took the stage to present plaques of appreciation to the many friends of CHILD Haus whose generous donations have made the organization's life-saving work possible.

CHILD Haus founder 'Mader' Ricky Reyes and SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy award plaques of appreciation to the generous friends of CHILD Haus whose contributions have enabled the organization's life-saving mission.

Those suffering from cancer and ‘adopted’ are provided food and shelter. There are presently two CHILD Haus locations - one in Manila, near the Philippine General Hospital, and one in Quezon City. Until the children are declared cancer-free and/or have completed their treatments and medical procedures, one child and one parent are allowed to live at CHILD Haus. If it’s an infant, both parents can stay.

A longtime supporter and regular visitor to CHILD Haus, Karylle, led the children in a rousing song composed by Karylle’s husband, Yael Yuzon. Then ‘Mader’ Ricky’s daughter sang a rendition of Florante’s ‘Handog’ that had been reworded to fit the sentiments of the children at CHILD Haus. These were two songs that the children had learnt and practiced as a “thank you” to the many guests who have helped make the ‘haus’ a reality.


Singer Karylle leads the CHILD Haus children in an uplifting song.

In the end, both ‘Mader’ Ricky and Mr. Sy acknowledged the significance of this event, which commemorates 21 years of compassion, fortitude, and the spirit of giving and sharing.

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SM Supermall's Lady Security Guard Gilren Bajado Honoured for Exemplary Act

L-R: SM City Marikina Customer Relations Services Manager Mr. Edward S. Masangcay, Regional CRS Manager Mr. Harold E. Herrera, Lady Guard Gilren Bajado of RJC Security, PNP Chief Bejamin Acorda Jr., SM Supermalls Senior Asst VP for CRS Mr. Almus J. Alabe, RJC HR Manager Mr. Wilmark Reyes

Gilren Bajado, lady security guard of RJC Security Solutions, was recognized as the Outstanding Security Guard of the Year at the 43rd Founding Anniversary of the Civil Security Group at Camp Crame. The recognition ceremony was presided over by PNP Chief PGen Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. SM Supermalls Customer Relations Services Senior Assistant Vice President Mr. Almus J. Alabe and Regional CRS Manager Harold James E. Herrera were also in attendance to witness the awarding ceremony.

LG Bajado's outstanding accomplishment stems from her remarkable act of honesty and integrity on August 3, 2023, at SM Cinema, SM City Marikina. During her clearing duties, she discovered a lost black pouch containing 64,800 pesos, along with ATM cards and assorted ID cards belonging to Mr. Starsky D. Paunan, a 44-year-old staff member of Palarong Pambansa.

Without hesitation, she reported this to the CRS office, ensuring the safe return of the lost valuables to their rightful owner. Her integrity, honesty, and dedication have earned her this prestigious recognition and admiration from her peers and superiors.

SM Supermalls and RJC Security Solutions take immense pride in her achievement, as it reflects the company's core values of professionalism, honesty, and integrity. Her commitment to her duties, her sense of responsibility, and her exemplary character have brought honor not only to herself but also to RJC Security Solutions as a leading provider of comprehensive security services.

The recognition of LG Gilren Bajado as the Outstanding Security Guard of the Year strengthens SM Supermalls’ commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence. The company consistently strives to provide security solutions while ensuring that its employees embody the highest ethical standards.

SM Supermalls extends its warmest congratulations to LG Gilren Bajado for her outstanding achievement and for being a shining example of integrity and professionalism. Her actions serve as an inspiration to all and remind us of the impact that a single individual can have on building a safer and more trustworthy society.