Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Local farmers in Calabarzon to receive training on modern farming techniques

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

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

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

Empowering local farmers 
The local farmer-beneficiaries will undergo a two-phased program, spearheaded by its partner school Moca Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc.  
The said program kicked off with an immersive 14-week training program, designed to equip participants with essential skills and knowledge in agriculture. The modular training curriculum covers topics on the latest agri-technology updates, capacity building, financial literacy, product development, and market opportunities. Through these comprehensive modules, KSK-SAP aims to empower and enhance farmers’ agricultural practices and explore avenues for sustainable growth. 

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

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

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

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

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

SM Prime’s second annual integrated report receives multiple recognition from international organizations

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

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

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

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

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

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

A boost in delivering quality healthcare

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

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

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

Adequate facilities for improved healthcare

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

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

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

“Nakikita ko ang sitwasyon nila na ultimo pamasahe, wala sila. Iniisip ko, wala man lang akong maibigay na gamot sa kanila. Para sa akin, hindi ko man sila lubos na mapagaling, lalabas sila sa facility na magaan ang pakiram dahil sa tinatawag nating TLC (tender loving care). It takes time to prepare and attend to the next patient. Kailangan pa namin takpan ng kumot o ilock ang pinto ng center para magkaroon ng privacy ang mga pasyente. Dahil dito, isa lang ang naaaccommodate namin. Minsan, hindi sila komportable dahil nakikita ng iba yung procedure na ginagawa namin sa kanila. Malaki ang connection ng renovation ng center sa pagsasaayos ng kalusugan ng aming komunidad. Kaming mga health workers ay mas eager na sa pag-pasok sa trabaho at mas marami na kaming pasyenteng mabibigyan ng serbisyo at matutulungan. Dahil maganda na at maaliwalas, nakakatulong ito para gumaan ang pakiramdam ng pasyente bago pa man sila gamutin.” ~Tarita Ann Ballasteros, Brgy. District 1, Cauayan, Midwife

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

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

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

A change for the better

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

“As a healthcare provider, hindi po namin gaano iniisip ang kalakihan ng aming health center. Ang importante po ay taos pusong pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa patients namin. Nasa kalooban po namin kung paano namin gagawing maayos pagpapatakbo ng aming operasyon. Sira po ang aming mga tiles. Mahirap po ito dahil baka madulas o mapaano ang aming mga pasyente na kadalasan ay buntis at mga bata. Kaya nilagyan na lang po namin ito ng masking tape para makaiwas sa aksidente. During immunization days, may mga pregnant mothers na darating for prenatal check-up. Ine-entertain namin sila dahil hindi namin puwedeng pauwiin ulit at pabalikin pa. Mahalaga po ang sapat na espasyo para maisagawa ang infection prevention and control measures. Kaya mainam po ang ginawa ng SM Foundation na pagpapalawak ng health center namin para sa kaligtasan ng patients namin. 27 years na po ako sa serbisyo at bihira po ang health center na naka-aircon at well-ventilated. Kaya ngayon pong naisaayos na po ito, tiyak po ako na mas maeengganyo ang constituents ng  namin na pumunta sa aming Center.” ~Corazon Tanguilan, Barangay Health Worker from Brgy. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center in Tuguegarao City

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

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

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

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

SM group to build new school buildings in Laguna, Batangas

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 18, 2023

NegoSentro Media Appoints Mark Saberola as Editor-In-Chief, Launches Kuya Mark Video Podcast

In an exciting development for the Auto & Tech space, NegoSentro Media has appointed experienced automotive industry professional Mark Saberola as the new Editor-in-Chief for their Auto & Tech website. Alongside this, they are introducing a fresh video podcast series, featuring Saberola, who will adopt the persona of "Kuya Mark".

Mark Saberola, also known as "The Talyer Mentor," brings to his new role at NegoSentro Media's Auto & Tech platform an exceptional breadth of expertise in the automotive business. From his early career at Ford Motor Company to establishing the successful ValuePlus Auto Service franchise, Saberola's career trajectory exemplifies a unique blend of hands-on experience and leadership acumen. Further bolstering his credentials is his technology startup, AutoServed, which reflects his profound grasp of innovation and technology within the automotive sector. Saberola's diverse insights and experiences are set to make a significant contribution to NegoSentro Media's Auto & Tech platform.

“Mark is the perfect choice for me. Besides being a co-alumnus at the Asian Institute of Management, his years of balanced experience in the motoring industry are commendable. We are thrilled to have Mark spearhead this new initiative. His knack for engaging storytelling, will make 'Kuya Mark' a standout addition to our lineup of digital content. We have been searching for a year now for an EIC for our motoring niche, and Mark is a perfect fit. As someone who’s well-versed in both motoring and tech, he will drive the publication to new heights." ~Homer Nievera, NegoSentro’s Chief Digipreneur

The podcast will feature enlightening conversations with personalities from both the auto and tech spaces, as well as other areas of interest. Saberola's goal is to create a platform for diverse voices, promoting innovation, industry insights, and inspiring success stories.

The Kuya Mark video podcast will be a highlight of Saberola's role at NegoSentro. The twice-monthly podcast will cover a broad spectrum of topics, from insider insights into the auto industry to discussions on tech innovations and beyond. Each episode, lasting approximately 8-10 minutes, will feature Saberola's engaging style and in-depth knowledge, making it a must-watch for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

NegoSentro Media's appointment of Saberola and the launch of the Kuya Mark podcast are strategic steps to enhance their Auto & Tech content, offering a fresh and engaging perspective to their audience. Stay tuned for the inaugural episode of Kuya Mark's video podcast, promising a unique blend of information, inspiration, and entertainment.
"I'm thrilled to join NegoSentro Media and launch the Kuya Mark podcast. It's a fantastic platform to share insights, engage with our audience, and discuss anything and everything about cars and the tech space." ~Mark Saberola, also known as "The Talyer Mentor"

Negosentro Media is a leading digital platform dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and providing resources for business growth and development. With a strong commitment to fostering innovation, Negosentro Media offers relevant news, articles, and insights across various industries, including automotive and technology. Visit www.negosentro.com for more details.

Kuya Mark, also known as Mark Saberola, is a seasoned automotive industry professional who recently joined Negosentro Media as the Editor-in-Chief for their Auto & Tech website. Beyond his editorial role, Mark also serves as the General Manager and Franchisor at ValuePlus Auto Services, the founder of AutoServed, and the inspirational figure behind Talyer Mentor. Known for his unique blend of practical experience and leadership skills, Kuya Mark shares his knowledge and passion for cars and technology through engaging content, including his innovative video podcast series. As a mentor and subject matter expert, Kuya Mark is dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses succeed in the dynamic world of automotive and technology. Visit www.talyermentor.com and www.autoandtech.com for more details.

Subway® and Mayani support the call against malnutrition with #SubwayGivesPack

A global brand with a heart for the community. The leadership team of Subway® Philippines and Mayani’s top management (top left to right: Kin Nonog, Chief Operating Officer; Lance Villanueva, Co-Founder/Chief of Fulfillment; bottom left to right: Jean Gagarino, Territory Manager; JT Solis, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer) signing their partnership agreement at Subway® J12 Anabu II-D in Imus Cavite.

Malnutrition continues to become alarming in the Philippines, especially among marginalized indigenous groups. 30% of Filipino children face chronic malnutrition due to unequal access to nutritious food, resulting in cognitive delays and long-term health consequences.

With a goal to aid in alleviating malnutrition, multi-national restaurant chain Subway® launched its #SubwayGivesPack campaign in partnership with Mayani, the fastest-growing farm-to-table platform in the Philippines.

Mayani directly sources locally-grown produce and catch from organized smallholder farmers and  fisherfolk across 6 regions in the archipelago, and provides them access to a sustainable market: from retail customers to top supermarket chains, international hotels, and restaurant groups. This partnership will strengthen Subway®’s commitment to promoting a healthier lifestyle and save hundreds of children from hunger.

The campaign aims to provide Mayani’s Aeta farmers community in Zambales with 200 nutrition packs containing healthy food items, such as fresh vegetables. These will give them better access to proper nutrition and improve their well-being, especially the undernourished children.

“We’re beyond excited to welcome Subway® into Mayani’s ecosystem of partners. It’s an important milestone for us to co-create change with a global brand and enable Subway® to localize and deepen its positive impact among communities.” ~JT Solis, the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Mayani, who led the structuring of the Partnership Deal

Subway® recently celebrated its 26th year in the Philippines on the back of a strong reception by the Filipino market for fresher alternatives than the traditional fast-food offers. The campaign started to roll-out already across all Subway stores in the country.

Subway® has come a long way since our first franchise, and it continues to expand to multiple areas in the country thanks to the efforts of our Franchisees, Sandwich Artists and our loyal guests.” ~Jean Gagarino, Subway®’s Territory Manager

Subway®’s #BetterForYou initiative is not just about giving healthier foods to customers; it also focuses on fostering a better community for Filipinos. And together, we can make a big difference for those in need.

For every bite of Subway® Favorites Half and Half Footlong subs, you can make children smile and change people’s lives. Let’s always find happiness in helping others. Make the #BetterChoice for a cause today!




About Subway® Restaurants
As one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant brands, Subway serves freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls to millions of guests, across more than 100 countries in nearly 37,000 restaurants every day. Subway restaurants are owned and operated by Subway franchisees – a network that includes thousands of dedicated entrepreneurs and small business owners – who are committed to delivering the best guest experience possible in their local communities.

Subway® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP LLC. © 2023 Subway IP LLC

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Got Sensitive Skin? Here’s What to Do

Dealing with sensitive skin can be challenging, and those with it know the time and effort it takes to manage flare-ups. While sensitive skin isn’t life-threatening, it may get in the way of the quality of your life. 

You know you’ve got sensitive skin when your skin feels itchy, looks dry or flaky, or you get red bumps or marks when your skin reacts to scented products. Having sensitive skin can be bothersome and time-consuming at best and painful at its worst. 

Sensitive skin doesn’t need to come between you and how you want to live your life! Helping manage your skin issues is a slather of lotion away–but how do you know when you’ve found a lotion that meets your needs? 

The suitable lotion goes beyond locking in moisture. It must also act as a protective barrier against germs, bacteria, and free radicals that either age or harm your skin. The right lotion should not further irritate your skin with toxic ingredients. And the more you make applying lotion a daily habit, it can help keep dry, itchy, flaky skin away. Ready to make your skin stress-free? Here’s how! 

Anticipate the allergens coming your way. Excessive sweating during your commute, plus the city pollution and other allergens will take a toll on your skin, and there’s only so much you can do to avoid it. Once you know what you’ve got coming your way, prepare for the day ahead. Have an excellent moisturizing lotion handy. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion instantly hydrates your skin, leaving it soft to the touch. Skin looks and feels healthier as it strengthens and protects the skin barrier from possible allergens. 

Slather on your Aveeno lotion, pack tissues to dab up the sweat and dust from the commute and use moist wipes to cool off and clean up. Remember to reapply your AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion!  

Know your triggers. Is it the change in weather? A certain kind of food that you may be allergic to? Friction when wearing too tight or non-breathable clothing? Taking note of what triggers your sensitive skin to act up will help you minimize those activities in the future or come up with solutions to address your concerns. 

Find skin relief. AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion is clinically proven to provide long-lasting hydration for 72 hours and protects the skin barrier from allergens and bacteria, while locking in moisture. 

Recommended by dermatologists, it’s formulated with prebiotic Triple Oat Complex and natural shea butter, making it suitable for sensitive skin, and full of good-for-you ingredients that help guarantee soft, supple skin. Plus, AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion can relieve very dry, itchy skin in as fast as 60 seconds!  

“We, at Aveeno, understand the concerns of sensitive skin sufferers who are in constant search for products that are good for them. The Skin Relief Lotion is formulated with Triple Oat Complex and is clinically proven to soothe and protect skin. It’s best used in combination with the Skin Relief Body Wash to experience the full moisturizing effect of these therapeutic body care solutions.” ~Ira Santos, Senior Brand Manager, J&J Consumer Health Philippines Skin Health Franchise

If you have sensitive skin, putting on lotion is not a luxury – it’s a necessity! Including AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion into your daily routine brings you closer to healthy looking, stress-free skin, so you can feel soothed, moisturized, and protected! Pair it with a fragrance-free body wash like the AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Body Wash for extra moisture and hydration! This body wash relieves and soothes dry, itchy skin, and helps strengthen the skin barrier for softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin.

For more information on the new and improved Aveeno Skin Relief, visit Aveeno’s website at www.aveeno.com.ph and follow Aveeno on their social media pages @AveenoPH.   

About Aveeno 
For over 70 years, Aveeno® has been creating holistic health care solutions and skincare products for those seeking relief from skin diseases or those with sensitive skin. As a wellness pioneer, this beauty brand is known for its oat-based formulation that has been proven and continuously recommended by skin experts to help soothe dry and compromised skin. At Aveeno®, everything is rooted in the belief that balance is the key to wellbeing. That’s why the brand uses groundbreaking science to transform nature’s ingredients into products that rebalance and renew your skin. With clinical results to prove their effectiveness.

GrabAds insights show how busy Filipinos get around Mother’s Day

Having close family ties is one of the hallmarks of Filipino culture. Hence, it comes as no surprise that holidays celebrating the family unit are much beloved in the Philippines. Among the most anticipated is Mother’s Day – and insights from GrabAds, the advertising arm of the leading superapp, show that Pinoys do get busy creating special moments for their nanays every second Sunday of May. 

The GrabAds SEA Mother’s Day Insights Report 2023 gives brands and consumers a clear picture of how Grab – with its portfolio of convenient, reliable services like GrabFood, GrabMart and GrabExpress – enables and empowers users to create extra-special Mother’s Day celebrations for their moms. 

Here are some interesting insights from the report!

1. Filipinos plan for Mother’s Day
Filipinos take Mother’s Day celebrations seriously. In fact, 88 percent of Grab users in the Philippines have already come up with plans specific to Mother’s Day 2023 . The respondents look forward most to gathering their families, ordering food online, and going out for a meal together with their loved ones and, of course, their inays. 

2. Filipinos order food and ship out items a lot more on Mother’s Day
GrabAds insights also show that Filipinos are happy to create special dining experiences at home as they tend to order more on the second Sunday of May. In 2022, GrabFood orders rose by 25 percent on Mother’s Day versus the average number of food orders across all Sundays of April. The most expensive GrabFood order on Mother’s Day last year was a Php 7,000 steak set  –  a much-deserved treat for the family!

Padala items also tend to be on the road more during Mother’s Day. For instance, last 08 May 2022, there were 37 percent more GrabExpress Deliveries versus the average Express Orders on the Sundays of the month prior . Indeed, no distance is wide enough to stop the simple thank yous and love yous Filipinos wish to express to their moms. 

3. Filipinos enjoy ordering on-demand gifts on Mother’s Day
Gifts overflow during Mother’s Day, too! 8 out of 10 Grab users in the Philippines plan on buying their moms a gift, and 82 percent of these are keen on buying a gift from Grab. Among the most popular choices on GrabFood and GrabMart during Mother’s Day last year were cakes and pastries, flower bouquets, and home and kitchen appliances. Chocolate, ube, and fresh fruit reigned supreme as the top preferred cake flavors . 

Truly, with reliable and convenient on-demand delivery services like GrabFood and GrabMart, gifts no longer come with the usual long queues, heavy traffic, and aisle-to-aisle exploration in-store.  

“Mother’s Day remains to be one of the most important gifting occasions in Southeast Asia. Our GrabAds report shows a surge in user activity one week before the day itself, across the region, as people start looking for ways to make this day extra special for their loved ones. This Mother’s Day, merchants and brands across the region have the opportunity to connect with consumers looking for the perfect gift for their mom via superapps like Grab.” ~Jennie Johnson, Head of Regional Marketing, GrabAds

Creating a special Mother’s Day celebration should be easy and hassle-free –  and Grab makes sure of this. With the wide merchant selection and reliable on-demand delivery services of both GrabFood and GrabMart, you can easily pick and order mom’s faves for an intimate family dinner; or even include special add-ons just to express how much you treasure her. Tip: Check out the promo code MAMAMART on GrabMart and ILYMOM on GrabFood on May 14, 2023!

Established in 2018, GrabAds has evolved to become an integrated advertising solutions provider which provides advertisers with multiple channels, such as in-app advertising, branding and product sampling via the Grab ecosystem, for building awareness, engaging audiences and triggering action across the Grab platform. Through its advertising and technology capabilities, GrabAds aims to help people discover, engage, and connect with the best businesses in Southeast Asia. For more information, visit GrabAds For Business.

Monday, May 8, 2023

EdgePoint Philippines rolls out first colocation with DITO Telecommunity

EdgePoint Infrastructure (“EdgePoint”), a leading ASEAN-based independent telecommunications infrastructure company, via its subsidiary, EdgePoint Towers Inc. ("EdgePoint Philippines") has activated its first tower colocation tenancy site in partnership with DITO Telecommunity.

Upon recently securing ownership of the 48-meter, ground-based tower located in Tanay municipality, Rizal province, 57km east of Manila, EdgePoint successfully made the tower Ready For Installation (RFI) in under two weeks. The site enables DITO Telecommunity to serve more than 139,000 residents in the area. The activation also kicks off a partnership between EdgePoint and DITO Telecommunity that will see the rollout of planned colocation projects across Luzon.

“With the Government – via the Department of Information and Communications Technology - encouraging the installation of shared telecommunications towers via Independent Tower Companies, EdgePoint Philippines is focused on making its tower network available to all operators for fast-track deployment. We are committed to ensuring the ready availability of accessible and reliable wireless telecommunications infrastructure to support all mobile network operators and Internet service providers in the Philippines, thereby improving service quality to their customers.” ~Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer of EdgePoint Infrastructure

To date, EdgePoint Philippines operates 2557 active sites in the country, with the number targeted to reach 3000 by the end of 2023.

For more information on EdgePoint, please visit https://edgepointinfra.com/.



EdgePoint Infrastructure is a telecommunications infrastructure company that aspires to power Digital ASEAN via Next Generation Infrastructure. Headquartered in Singapore with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, through EdgePoint Towers Sdn Bhd, PT Centratama Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk and EdgePoints Towers Inc. respectively, the company is focused on providing sharable and leading-edge telecom structures, small cells and in-building systems. EdgePoint aims to be an industry leader through scale and innovation, driving operational efficiencies through the adoption of analytics and digital technologies. 

Thursday, May 4, 2023

For the Love of Mom

Show mom how loved she is. Make her experience an indulgent Mother’s day celebration with special treats in her honor at Century Park Hotel.

Savor a delightful Mother’s day bonding moment with the whole family at the Café in the Park.  Mothers get to eat free lunch or dinner buffet for a minimum of three full-paying adults. 

For only Php 1,895, treat them with a delightful feast of a palatable variety of dishes from soup, salad, cold cuts, carving, seasonal seafood, grilled meats, pasta, desserts and Chinese station. On top of that, let her savor the flavor of Filipino cuisine with the exciting taste of our heavenly LECHON!

Café in the Park is open daily from 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm for lunch and dinner, respectively.

Moms with sweet tooth will be delighted with a gift from the Deli-Snack. Their delicious pastries, cookies, chocolates and other delicatessen items will make a great present.  For her special day, surprise her with our Mother’s day cake!  For Php 1,275 net, you may bring home our Jen Rose Bou Cake - a delectable mix of tropical fruits in season and fresh edible flowers enveloped by crystal gelatin that sits lusciously on layers of vanilla panna cotta cream and almond struzzel.

The Deli-Snack is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00pm.  .  

For inquiries, contact us at 0917-5285888 or email us at foodbev@centurypark.com.ph.



Launched in 1976, the Century Park Hotel remains as one of the finest hotels in Manila. It is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation and enjoys a mix of local and international patrons. The renowned establishment has over 450 rooms in varied types and facilities for a complete dining and leisure experience. To know more about Century Park Hotel, visit www.centurypark.com or contact information@centurypark.com.ph and telephone number (632) 8528-8888.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Jack Daniel’s(R) and Coca-Cola aRTD debuts in the Philippines

Jack Daniel’s® and Coca-Cola are launching Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola alcoholic ready-to-drink (aRTD) in the Philippines.
Made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Coca-Cola, Jack Daniel’s & Coca-Cola aRTD premium cocktail is inspired by one of the most popular bar cocktails around the world.

Last year, Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola announced that they would be teaming up to provide adults in markets around the world with this new drink option to enjoy. The Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola pre-mixed cocktail is inspired by one of the world’s most popular branded “bar calls” – a cocktail ordered with specific brand names – in a convenient, ready-to-drink format. The premium cocktail from these two iconic brands is now hitting shelves nationwide in the Philippines.

“We are excited that Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola ready-to-drink cocktail is expanding to new markets, including the Philippines, allowing more fans of the classic cocktail to enjoy the taste that set the standard for bar calls around the world. It’s incredibly special to share the product of this joint effort with Filipinos.” ~Sally Goh, General Manager, Emerging Asia, Brown-Forman

“While Jack Daniel's and Coca-Cola have long been mixed at home and in bars around the world, today we're officially introducing to the Philippines a premium drink that unites two iconic brands in a ready-to-drink cocktail blend with so many perks, including its can. Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola aRTD is truly the beginning of something big.” ~Cesar Gangoso, Frontline Marketing Director, Coca-Cola ASEAN and South Pacific East Region

The packaging boldly integrates iconic qualities of both brands – the red Coca-Cola logo written in its classic Spencerian script coupled with the bold, black Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 design – emphasizing that the Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola aRTD is born ready to be the best because of its quality ingredients.
The can and packaging, which feature two of the world’s most recognizable and valuable trademarks in “Coca-Cola” and “Jack Daniel’s”, will include clear responsibility symbols stating that the beverage is to be enjoyed responsibly and only by consumers of legal drinking age. All marketing of the Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola aRTD product will adhere to alcohol-responsible marketing policies and practices held by Brown-Forman and The Coca-Cola Company.

Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola, available in 320 mL slim cans with an alcohol level of 7%, is now hitting shelves nationwide in the Philippines. The premium cocktail drink may also be ordered online soon via Boozy.ph, CokeBeverages.ph, Shopee, and Lazada as long as you are 18 years old and above.
Jack Daniel’s was established in 1866 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The Coca-Cola brand was established in 1886 in Atlanta.

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, and Jack Daniel’s RTDs. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.
About Coca-Cola Philippines
Coca-Cola has been refreshing Filipinos for 109 years. The Philippines was Coca-Cola’s first market in Asia to begin local bottling operations. Today, the Coca-Cola system in the Philippines has evolved into a total beverage company, offering a diverse portfolio of beverage brands and employing over 15,000 Filipinos in over 19 manufacturing facilities and more than 60 distribution centers nationwide. As part of its long-standing commitment to the country, Coca-Cola continues to support safe water access programs in over 250 communities, has empowered around 250,000 women entrepreneurs through training and peer mentoring, and is accelerating packaging collection and recycling under its global World Without Waste initiative.

Monday, May 1, 2023

SM Supermalls and Toy Kingdom invite families in the Philippines to discover the Wonder of Play

SM Supermalls and Toy Kingdom, today, launched a play and retail pop-up themed “Wonder of Play” with four activity zones specially designed for families at SM Mall of Asia. As part of Disney’s 100th anniversary, the Wonder of Play pop-up will feature beloved stories and characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. 

Families in the Philippines can look forward to four themed activity zones that strive to inspire new and creative playtime ideas. Visitors to the Wonder of Play pop-up are encouraged to unlock special moments together, every day through play. 

•     Dress up like your favourite Disney, Pixar and Marvel characters! Kids may try on and pose with 
costumes inspired by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Disney Princess heroines; characters from Cars and Marvel Super Heroes. 
•     Get groovy with your dancing shoes at the Mickey & Friends Music Jam backdrop where children and  grown-ups alike will be able to take a fabulous photo for keepsake. 
•     Hit the ‘open road’ in the Pixar-themed zone. Inspired by Lightning McQueen’s journey in Cars, kids can  hop on a bike or scooter to ‘travel’ around the zone. 
•     ‘Hang out’ with Spidey & His Amazing friends in the Marvel-themed zone. Families are invited to play  with action figures of Marvel Super Heroes and imagine their own epic adventures. 

The Wonder of Play pop-up will bring together a wide assortment of new products like Disney Princess and Frozen dolls from Mattel; Spidey & His Amazing Friends action figures from Hasbro; Disney and Star Wars toys from Lego; Disney and Marvel-inspired play costumes; and bikes, ride-ons and more featuring many fan-favorite characters! Families and trendsetters of all ages will also be able to get their hands on a variety of cool fashion finds for kids, including apparel, bags, shoes and other accessories. 

Disney fans will also have the chance to meet someone special from Disney's Sleeping Beauty on April 28 & 29 in SM Mall of Asia and on May 1 & 2 at SM Seaside City Cebu. Meet and greet sessions are on a first-come-first served basis, with no purchase required. For the schedule and more details, visit toykingdom.com.ph or  www.smsupermalls.com

Discover the Wonder of Play with SM Supermalls and Toy Kingdom: 
Retail and play zones will be open on the following dates: 
•     SM Mall of Asia: April 16 to May 7, 2023 

Meet and greet will only be available on the following dates: 
•     SM Mall of Asia: April 28 & 29 
•     SM Seaside City Cebu: May 1 & 2 

For more info, visit toykingdom.com.ph or follow https://www.facebook.com/toykingdomph on Facebook, https://www.instagram.com/ToyKingdomPH/ on Instagram and https://www.tiktok.com/@toykingdomph on Tiktok. You may also visit SM Mall of Asia and SM Seaside Cebu official Facebook accounts.