Thursday, November 30, 2023

Aji-Ginisa leads the I Love Veggie-licious Movement with Marian Rivera and Zia to launch the New Era of Cooking

Kazuki Kyoya and his family teams up with Aji-Ginisa®'s ambassador Marian Rivera-Dantes to champion healthy eating habits among Filipino children.

Aji-Ginisa prepared a day of health and fun for kids and their parents at the Aji-Ginisa®’s Welcome to a New Veggie-licious Era, held recently at The Blue Leaf McKinley Hill in Taguig. The event served as the official launch of the I Love Veggie-licious Movement, which aims to make vegetable dishes tastier and more enjoyable, especially for kids. Well-loved celebrity mom Marian Rivera-Dantes headlined the festivities, showing off their family’s favorite vegetable recipes in a special cooking demo. 

“Parents put a premium on their children’s health and nutrition, but feeding them veggies isn’t always an easy feat,” said Kazuki Kyoya. “Aji-Ginisa® can help them make their dishes more meaty and gisa, so their kids can learn to love vegetables and these healthy recipes can be part of their every meal.” ~Kazuki Kyoya

The kids from the audience went up on stage for the I Love Veggie-licious Pledge, which was led by Marian’s daughter Zia, and made their promise to love vegetables. Parents and their little ones can also join this pledge online by using the Pledge to I Love Veggie-licious filter on TikTok. For every 1,000 pledges, Ajinomoto commits to lead a feeding program for select beneficiaries nationwide. 

“As a mom, I know mealtimes can be challenging. What I do is experiment in the kitchen and try lots of ways to prepare vegetable dishes that are nutritious and yummy. Our goal is to make our kids try different recipes, so they can grow to enjoy and appreciate the healthy food we prepare.” ~Marian Rivera-Dantes

Filipino children, led by Zia Dantes, welcomes a new Veggie-licious era with a pledge and red forks on their chest, embracing healthier meals made tastier with Aji-Ginisa

Attendees also had the opportunity to try making their own veggie-licious dishes during the event. As they sprinkle their Aji-Ginisa on their veggies, kids and parents also had fun in their stations by doing the Shake Shake Dance to the beat of the music to make their veggies veggie-licious.

Ajinomoto is bringing the I Love Veggie-licious Movement nationwide, bringing the Aji-Ginisa® Veggie-licious Caravan to different schools to carry out taste tests, veg-ucation programs, and more. The Caravan will also roll out in key malls across the metro to introduce delicious veggie dishes kids will enjoy.

The I Love Veggie-licious Movement is a part of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation’s commitment to nutrition that does not compromise taste, access, and the local way of life. The company is doing this by developing comprehensive programs with like-minded organizations, and providing new products and services that address health and nutrition issues.

Know more about the Aji-Ginisa® I Love Veggie-licious Movement by visiting Cookmunity by Ajinomoto PH.

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. 

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.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Unlocking Growth Opportunities for Superapps in the Philippines

Publicis Sapient highlights the strategic advantage and growth opportunities in the Philippines for banks and financial institutions to capitalize on the superapp economy.

The Philippines has witnessed an upsurge in the superapp economy, garnering immense popularity among Filipino consumers, with use cases such as payments, P2P lending, and investments leading the way. Superapps are mobile applications that provide a wide range of services and solutions to their users under a single platform or ecosystem, which have gained immense popularity among Thai consumers.

The Philippines’ digital economy is poised for growth, with a projected value of US$35 billion by 2025, and a CAGR of 209%. With the Philippines entering the growth stage marked by 69% internet penetration and ongoing expansion to smaller cities nationwide, increased social media advocacy and a growing reliance on online purchasing, with nearly 63% of users now using mobile applications for e-commerce transactions. E-commerce, streaming, and food delivery sectors are three industries that are poised for continued growth, with the e-commerce market expected to grow with a CAGR of 17% in the forecast period of 2022 to 2025.

“With 63% of the population in the Philippines being unbanked, and with mobile users spending an average of over 5 hours daily on their smartphones, banking is set to be the largest superapp opportunity in the Philippines. We are excited at the potential to elevate digital financial services in the Philippines through superapps, and work with our partners and customers in capturing new growth in this new digital-first economy.” ~Andrew Male, Client Partner, ASEAN, Publicis Sapient

Here are three key growth imperatives that can help organizations define their approach to successful superapps.

1. Identifying a winning proposition with strong product-market fit and a viable business model
The first step lies in establish the commercial objectives that will drive the superapp project, whether growth or the need to protect market share. At the same time, factors such as target client segments, target partner landscape and partnership approach, economic model, as well as regulatory approach need to be nailed down. The product development model should recognize and accommodate the needs of different stakeholders: Customers, partners, and the company itself.

From a technology standpoint, considerations for platform capability and architecture are necessary to define key components and decide what to build, buy or reuse. This will shape the underlying technology stack that must be put in place..

2. Define the path to create an MVP through internal expertise and collaborative partnerships, and swiftly testing it in the market
Adopt a holistic, customer-centric approach that focuses on connecting different touchpoints across the entire customer journey, by proactively identifying pain points and friction through data-driven insights while delivering maximum value.

Embrace an iterative approach to minimum viable product (MVP) development, rapidly prototyping and testing ideas to gather feedback and make improvements. At the same time, partner and customer feedback should be incorporated early in the process to ensure the proposition remains relevant while it is being developed and tested.

3. Craft an AI and ML-driven experience tailored to user preferences
To create a successful superapp, organizations must understand customers' behavior and preferences to create better personalized recommendations and services. This helps to increase customer engagement and loyalty. This can be done through analysis of data including customer purchase history, browsing behavior, search queries, and other metrics, to gain valuable information about customer needs and preferences. From this, organizations can be better prepared to build hyper-personalized recommendation systems by predicting customer consumption patterns and analyzing customer activity.

As consumers are increasingly demanding more personalized and hyper-convenient experiences that meet their needs, the superapp framework is an ideal solution towards transforming the user experience via mobile and digital, enabling access to an assortment of tools for specific tasks or services.

Learn more about the Philippines superapp opportunity for growth here.



Publicis Sapient is a digital business transformation company. We partner with global organizations to help them create and sustain competitive advantage in a world that is increasingly digital. We operate through our expert SPEED – Strategy, Product, Experience, Engineering and Data & AI – capabilities which, combined with our culture of curiosity and deep industry knowledge, enable us to deliver meaningful impact to our clients’ businesses through reimagining the products and experiences their customers truly value. Our agile, data-driven approach equips our clients’ businesses for change, making digital the core of how they think and what they do. Publicis Sapient is the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe with 20,000 people and over 50 offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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.

UST tops off Henry Sy, Sr. Hall at Manila Campus

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) held the topping off ceremony of the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall last October 7, 2023. The ceremony is a builder’s tradition that highlights the placement of the final beam on top of the structure. 

The seven-storey building is a tribute of the Sy family, the SM Group, and UST to the SM founder for his life-long education advocacy. It is equally a manifestation of the ever-growing desire of the UST Research and Endowment Foundation, Inc., Anargyroi: FMS Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and the 152-year old UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS) to further level up in the field of medicine. 

“The Henry Sy, Sr. Hall will be a state-of-the-art structure designed to meet the challenges and expectations of a digitally-inclined medical education landscape. It will house technologically advanced facilities and equipment, which will complement the existing teaching, learning, and research practices of the University. It is yet another milestone, securing the UST FMS a relevant spot, a significant spot in Catholic medical education in the country, the region, and the world.” ~Dr. Ma. Lourdes Maglinao, FMS Dean

The Henry Sy, Sr. Hall will serve as a hub for simulation in medical education, interactive student centered-learning, collaborative multidisciplinary research, and interprofessional education. It will house the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Simulation and Research Center. 

“Medical students can access a broad range of digital tools and resources to enhance their learning and education as we were compelled to shift to e-learning and online course platforms. Nowadays, keeping up with the advances in medical education is paramount to ensure that our students are competent, agile, and well-prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing educational landscape of modern medicine, and this building, this edifice, will give us state-of-the-art equipment, which will give our medical students a cutting-edge knowledge on how to use robotics as well as other equipment.” ~Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., UST Rector

Designed by C.A. Ventura & Partners, the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall is on track to be completed by June 2024.

SM Prime, WWF-Philippines join forces to nurture the future sustainability champions

Recognizing today's youth’s key role as tomorrow’s guardians of the environment, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) and World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) have teamed up to launch YOUth are the Future,a leadership program aimed to equip young student leaders on environmental conservation , climate change, and sustainability issues.

“There is no better time than now to educate the youth. As stewards of the planet, it is important that they have an opportunity to learn about environmental conservation, encourage them to voice out their fresh ideas, and share new perspectives.” ~Dino Calderon, WWF-Philippines Education for Sustainable Development Project Head
“When we provide our young student leaders with learning opportunities and expose them to practical solutions, we have a chance to help them design a sustainable future. We are committed to make sure that things change for the better.” ~Hans “Chico” Sy, President of SM Engineering Design and Development Corporation (SMEDD) and SM Sustainability Champion

Commencing with the grand launch on October 10, 2023, the student ambassadors from various Metro Manila high schools participated in a discovery tour around the SM Mall of Asia Complex, which features SM Prime’s sustainability efforts and disaster resiliency practices. The formal introduction of YOUth are the Future Ambassadors was held at the SMX Convention Center and along with a pinning ceremony. Leaders and representatives from SM Prime, WWF-Philippines, government agencies, and foreign dignitaries are also present at the event.
“Our journey is really about the race to resilience, as our climate changes, society is changing. Sustainability is our pathway to survival as a planet and that is what resilience is really about, the ability to withstand the impacts of the hazards that we know and those that we could face in the future.” ~Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary

The youth ambassadors will participate in a three-day eco-camp at the Pico De Loro Beach and Country Club in November, where they will learn about waste and energy management, resource optimization, and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies from some of the country’s experts.

Renowned for its role in Olive Ridley Sea Turtle conservation, the 3-day eco camp in Hamilo Coast also serves as an immersive natural classroom in environmental conservation. The expected output from the eco-camp is a Green Manifesto that outlines their plans to effect change and a storybook module co-authored by all the participants. The program will culminate through a series of mall and school tours throughout Metro Manila to boost youth engagement and student ambassador recruitment.
"This visionary program embodies the transformative power of education and empowerment in shaping a more sustainable and resilient future. Taking advantage of this program will give you all a head start on becoming influential figures in creating a more sustainable and ecologically aware culture”. ~Sara Z. Duterte, Vice President and Department of Education Secretary

Together with its partners, WWF-Philippines hopes to empower young Filipinos further to become the next generation of sustainability champions. Programs like YOUth are the Future, can help future generations become proactive leaders who can #ChangeTheEnding for the planet.

Expanding Sustainability: SM Foundation's 2nd Rainwater Harvesting System

Health workers in San Fernando, Cebu Primary Healthcare Facility water the locally sourced plants using the water from the rainwater harvesting system.

Rainwater harvesting is a way of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. It is an effective and adaptable way to conserve water and reduce reliance on main water supplies. Due to its efficacy, it has been applied by many civilizations in history and is being utilized today by forward-thinking institutions as a sustainable water management strategy.

SM group’s social good arm, SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), for one, has embraced this by installing rainwater harvesting systems in two of the local health centers it recently refurbished–Brgy. Irawan Birthing Facility in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and San Fernando, Cebu Primary Health Care Facility.

SMFI’s Health and Medical Programs proactively implemented this innovation to help sustain the health of the local community while preserving the environment.

Ready in times of emergency
Dr. Alfredo P. Manugas VI, Municipal Health Officer and Health Department Head of San Fernando, Cebu Primary Health Care Facility, said that while water is crucial to their operations, water supply is not always available in their municipality, even their center.
“The rainwater harvesting system is essential in our health facility because the water supply in our municipality is not available 24/7. We are now provided a source of water in times of emergency or any interruption of water supply. Our staff and visitors can use rainwater for cleaning, flushing the toilet bowls, and watering the plants.” ~Dr. Alfredo P. Manugas VI, Municipal Health Officer and Health Department Head of San Fernando, Cebu Primary Health Care Facility


SMFI Health and Medical Programs senior project manager Albert Uy runs through how the system functions.

SMFI ensures that the facility is convenient and manageable to maximize its purpose. It operates without electricity, increasing its sustainability. To harvest water for non-potable use, it collects rainwater from the roof and gutter. The water is filtered through vinyl-coated mesh filters to ensure its quality before being stored in the 800-liter storage tank.

To guide users for safe recycled water use, all faucets connected to the facility have visible labels. Alongside this innovation, SMFI also used air-cleaning paints, LED lighting fixtures and appliances, and locally sourced plants to create a clean and comfortable environment for patients and health workers.

Health workers use the rainwater harvesting system for their outdoor cleaning needs.

These green innovations exemplify the SM group’s commitment to the environment and community health within the broader context of the SM Green Movement. With the social good impact of the two rainwater harvesting systems, SMFI targets to replicate this initiative in other health centers in its pipeline, further improving water security in the face of challenges.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

The all-in-1 go app is here! MallDash by Robinsons Malls

Finally! The new and improved MallDash app is here, and it's packed with fantastic features that will transform your online mall shopping experience.

Here are some key features that we know you'll love:

One-Stop Multi-Store Shopping with a Single Delivery Fee!

Say goodbye to switching between different apps for your various shopping needs. With MallDash, you can shop from multiple stores all in one go - and pay for a single delivery fee! Whether you need groceries, clothing, electronics, or a delicious meal for any occasion, we've got you covered. No more juggling between apps or websites – everything you need is right here.

Now you can shop the entire mall online! Order groceries, food, drinks, essentials, and more from multiple stores, and pay just one delivery fee!

If It’s Late - Delivery is Free!
We understand that time is precious. That's why we're proud to offer guaranteed 1-hour delivery for small orders from 1 or 2 stores. Yes, you read that right! Once you place your order, our reliable Dashers will work diligently to ensure your items are at your doorstep in just one hour. No more waiting around – get your essentials when you need them ASAP. Learn more about our delivery guarantee here.

MallDash coverage Area: 8 KM radius from Robinsons Manila, Robinsons Antipolo, Robinsons Las Pinas, Robinsons Ilocos Norte, and 10 KM from Robinsons Magnolia.

Pick-up and Scheduled Orders
For those who are truly in a rush, there’s the pickup option. You can also schedule the delivery on the next hour or up to three days, to get your items fresh and just in time for that special event.

You can even shop outside of mall hours by ordering in advance of up to three days and then choose an available delivery time slot on the checkout page.

Add items from Robinsons Supermarket, restaurants, and stores to your cart, and get them in as fast as 1 hour or schedule for later.

Your Personal Dasher
We believe in the personal touch, which is why we assign a dedicated Dasher to handle your orders. Your Dasher will ensure that everything is just as you like it, from picking the freshest produce to carefully packing fragile items for delivery. It's like having your own personal shopper right at your fingertips.

Pabili Service
Can't be bothered to add items to your cart one by one? No sweat! Enter our Pabili service. Just snap a pic of your shopping list, and we'll handle the rest. We'll shop for you and ensure your essentials are delivered to your doorstep, hassle-free.

Payment Options to Suit Your Convenience
MallDash offers a range of secure payment options designed to fit your needs: debit/credit card, mobile wallet, or cash. To provide you with added peace of mind, we offer the flexibility to settle your purchases when your order arrives right at your chosen delivery address.

Simply upload an image of a product or your shopping list, and pay our Dasher via cash, debit card, or mobile wallet when your order arrives!

Lowest Upfront Fees
There is no membership required, no minimum spend for multi-store shopping, and everything is delivered at the same time! For that effortless online shopping experience, just pay a single delivery fee just ₱50 (for standard orders) and a small convenience fee of ₱19.

The Ultimate Convenience App
We get it – shopping can be overwhelming. That's why we've designed the MallDash app to be incredibly user-friendly. Plus, you can track your orders in real-time, so you'll always know when to expect your delivery.

"At MallDash, we're committed to providing you with the most convenient shopping experience. Our new app reflects our dedication to innovation, speed, and, above all, our valued Robinsons Mall shoppers and tenants. We're thrilled to introduce you to the future of online retail – the MallDash app." ~Kevin Dayleg, MallDash GM

So, what are you waiting for? Upgrade your shopping game and experience the future of retail with the all-new MallDash app. Download it now from Google Play or the App Store!