May your BER Months Be Merry and Bright with Greenfield District’s Christmas Activities

12 days of Christmas are no doubt too short for Filipinos. In the Philippines, Christmas festivities begin in September. The BER months (September, October, November, and December) make up a long, jolly season of reunions, Christmas parties, gift shopping, Christmas traditions, and family bonding. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when families and friends gather to enjoy various recreational activities while cherishing each other’s company.

This holiday season, Greenfield Development Corporation (GDC) invites Filipinos to experience the joy of the BER months at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong. Known for its green open spaces, pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood, and fun outdoor activities, Greenfield District is an ideal destination for holiday bonding. Accessible to the public through various routes and roadways from the main business districts of Metro Manila, this bustling community’s advantageous location makes it a convenient venue for a food trip with friends, reunion with relatives, holiday dinner with workmates, or holiday gift shopping.

To fill your BER months with holiday cheers, GDC has temporarily turned its 15-hectare future-ready urban development into a holiday wonderland. Here are the things you can enjoy at the Greenfield District with your loved ones this long Christmas season.

Get into the Holiday spirit with the family

From grandparents to kids, the Christmas season is indeed a celebration for all ages. Bring the whole family to a night of holiday festivities as Greenfield District celebrates A Christmas for Generations on October 19, 2022. The highlight of the event is the Giant Christmas Tree Lighting, which will start at 5 PM. Take a selfie at the foot of the Giant Christmas Tree and take lots of social media-worthy photos of other Christmas decorations within the District. Listen to Christmas carols sung by a chorale. Enjoy early Christmas shopping at the bazaars. Get to meet Santa Claus and receive some exciting giveaways.

Another great bonding idea for the whole family this holiday season is the Family Day organized by the Rotary Club of Greenfield District. The event will be held on November 26 at the Central Park. As part of its fundraising and public service programs, the Rotary will hold fun family activities including pet shows, raffle, contests, fashion show, food bazaar, and more.

Do your Holiday shopping

It’s the time of the year to buy those presents for each person on your holiday gift list. Whether you’re buying a gift for officemates or you’re looking for presents for your godchildren, there are a lot of great holiday gifts waiting for you at Greenfield District’s Christmas-themed weekend market bazaars. Located at the Greenfield District Central Park, the Greenfield Weekend Market is open every Saturday and Sunset Fair is open every Sunday from 3 pm to 12 midnight. Aside from shopping, you can take nice photos inside a bazaar filled with colorful Christmas decorations. You can also enjoy a quick food trip and some engaging Arts and Crafts activities.

Want to buy holiday gifts for a cause? Visit The News Channel’s Octoberfest Weekend Festival on October 21-23 from 4 pm to 12 am at the Mayflower parking. Support local small and medium enterprises and the network’s talents by buying food and non-food items from them.
If you’re a huge fan of Filipino celebrities, enjoy a holiday shopping spree at the Celebrity Edition of Car Boot Sale on November 18-20. To be held at the Mayflower Parking, this special event in celebration of the Food Truck Fest’s 1st year anniversary will feature celebrities selling pre-loved items, baked goodies, frozen food, knick-knacks, and more right from the trunks of their cars.

Give the kids some Christmas treats

Make the tiny tots’ eyes glow this BER months season by letting them have fun at Greenfield District’s events for kids.

Give the kids a chance to personally meet Santa. On December 17, 2022, Greenfield will hold A Night with Santa, a magical event where kids can experience a gift-giving session with Santa Claus while listening to beautiful Christmas carols.

Celebrate the holidays with good food

The long Christmas season in the Philippines will not be complete without great food. Aside from Bibingka and Puto Bumbong, Christmas in the Philippines is celebrated today with a variety of gustatory delights.

Celebrate the season with a unique al fresco dining experience at Greenfield District’s Food Truck Fest. Located at the wide, open Mayflower Parking space, this outdoor food destination will give your Christmas bonding with family and friends a new twist. The Food Truck Fest is open from Monday to Thursday from 12 pm until 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 12 pm until 12 am.

Planning some after-work holiday bonding? Head to the District Food Park at Greenfield District Central Park. Choose from a wide variety of food choices while having a good laugh with colleagues and friends at this weekday outdoor dining destination. The District Food Park is open from Monday to Thursday from 4 pm until 10 pm and on Friday, 4 pm until 11 pm.

Have a merry and bright BER months at the Greenfield District! To know more about the holiday events and promotions at Greenfield District, follow its official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenfielddistrict.

About Greenfield Development Corporation

Greenfield began as one of the Philippines’ largest property ownership and land holding companies, backed by its heritage from Unilab and a 50-year legacy of land stewardship and city building. With its vast landholdings which three generations have nurtured as prized possessions for years, Greenfield recognizes that it is the steward of these crown jewels. Today, Greenfield is one of the Philippines’ most stable and diversified real estate companies, rapidly expanding through aggressive developments in industrial, commercial, residential, recreational and infrastructure projects.

Help the victims of Typhoon Paeng via Shopee

Shopee users can choose to donate to UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Waves for Water, and GMA Kapuso Foundation by purchasing donation vouchers in-app

To provide support to Filipinos affected by the heavy rains and gusty winds brought about by Typhoon Paeng across the Luzon, Visayas, and most especially the Mindanao region, Shopee launches its Shopee Bayanihan: Typhoon Paeng Support initiative together with partner charity organizations. Through the initiative, users can purchase donation vouchers from Shopee’s partner charities on the app. These efforts are part of Shopee Bayanihan, the company’s umbrella CSR arm that seeks to provide support for communities in need through partnerships with various humanitarian organizations.

From October 30 up to November 13, Shopee users can purchase the donation e-vouchers that will be used to provide victims of the typhoon with water kits, health, and sanitation stations, and other essentials such as food and clothes from partner charities UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Waves for Water, and GMA Kapuso Foundation. Users can access e-vouchers for Typhoon Paeng through https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-bayanihan and purchase them via Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, ShopeePay.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are deeply saddened by the vast impact that Typhoon Paeng has brought to our Filipino communities across the country. Now more than ever, we will continue to maximize our platform and resources to provide immediate relief to our fellow Filipinos in need. With this initiative, we hope to provide our kababayans with the support they need to recoup and recover.”

To donate to those affected by Typhoon Paeng, users may:
1. Head to the microsite https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-bayanihan.
2. Choose the e-voucher of your preferred charity.
3. Click “Buy Now” to purchase the donation vouchers using ShopeePay.

With its heavy rains and strong winds triggering floods and landslides, Typhoon Paeng’s adverse effects were felt throughout the Philippines’ different regions, particularly in areas across Mindanao, such as Cotabato and Maguindanao. Through Shopee Bayanihan, Shopee is committed to making e-commerce accessible for everyone by helping communities benefit from the power of digital transformation wherever they are in the Philippines.

To know more about Shopee Bayanihan: Typhoon Paeng Support, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-bayanihan.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee promotes an inclusive and sustainable digital ecosystem by enabling businesses to digitalize and grow their online presence, helping more people access and benefit from digital services, and uplifting local communities.
Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping homegrown brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is part of Sea Limited (NYSE: SE), a leading global consumer internet company. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology through its three core businesses: Shopee, Garena and SeaMoney.

Pru Life UK opens new general agency offices in Mega Manila to serve more Filipinos

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK continues to make life and health protection products even more accessible to Filipinos as it recently opened several agency offices in Metro Manila and Laguna.

Alpine Falcon Life Insurance Agency Inc. opened its office at B-12, Regalena Building, 9049 National Highway, Brgy. Turbina, Calamba, Laguna to serve more of Pru Life UK’s customers.

Meanwhile, two general agency offices welcomed Pru Life UK customers in Makati City. Skyeline Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc. unveiled its office at Sfo-D (2d) Classica Condominium, 112 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village and Rising Eagle Dynasty Life Insurance Agency Inc. started operations at Unit D, Ground Floor, Belvedere Tower Bdlg., San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Pru Life UK is the number one life insurer in the Philippines for two consecutive years in terms of new business annual premium equivalent (NBAPE) according to the Insurance Commission’s 2021 ranking. As of this year, Pru Life UK has over 190 branches and has the biggest life agency force of more than 33,000 licensed agents ready to serve Filipinos with their financial needs.

Rising Eagle Dynasty Life Insurance Agency Inc.
Board of Director and Unit Manager Michael Angelo Corral, Board of Director and Unit Manager Darwin Panganiban, Board of Director and Business Manager Michelle Panganiban, Corporate Secretary and Business Manager Jeric Kim Salcedo, District Manager Jonash Go, General Agency President and Unit Manager Jose Calmerin Jr., Jocelyn Go, Treasurer and Business Manager Charmaine Anne Manango, Board of Director and Unit Manager Kristina Mae Corpuz, Board of Director and Unit Manager Ericson Rodil and Vice President and Lead General Agency Director Esperanza Gregorio

Alpine Falcon Life Insurance Agency Inc.
(Front row, from left) Pru Life UK General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer Gilbert Simpao with Alpine Falcon Life Insurance Agency Inc. President and Unit Manager Dulce Rhea Buling, Sales Director Joseph Crisostomo and Assistant Vice President and General Agency Director Dennis Berino (Second row, from left) Unit Manager Joshua Halili, Branch Manager Maria Lourdes Mogar and Vice President and Lead General Agency Director Esperanza Gregorio (Third row, from left) Lead Sales Director Carlo Verano, Quartz District Manager Teresita Robles, Vice President and Sector Head Blesila Garcia and Branch Manager Felomidez Sumalde

Skyeline Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc.
(Front row, from left) District Manager Jonash Go (middle) flanked by husband & wife Board Director Melvin Crusem and Unit Manager and General Agency President Cielo Grace Crusem (Back row, from left) Assistant Unit Manager and Board Director Jefferson Celso, Assistant Unit Manager and Board Director Carson Bryan Tatlonghari, Unit Manager and Board Director Mary Babe Romero, Board Director Jocelyn Go, Vice President and Lead General Agency Director Esperanza Gregorio, Assistant Unit Manager and Board Director Mary Joy Calangi

To know more about Pru Life UK you can visit their website at https://www.prulifeuk.com.ph/

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the largest life insurance agency force with more than 33,000 licensed agents as of September 2022.
The company is the number one life insurer in the Philippines for two consecutive years in terms of new business annual premium equivalent and led the renewal premium income from variable life insurance products ranking in 2021, according to the Insurance Commission. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Pru Life UK and Prudential are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc., (a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America), Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.
For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

SM Southmall’s Happiness Factory is Now Open for Business

It is finally the Holiday Season and SM Southmall celebrates the busiest time of the year with a Happiness Christmas Factory! Step into the futuristic workshop where Santa and his robo-squad “gifts” love to the world through instagrammable displays, a Selfie Room, and a gifting area care of SM Cares Bears of Joy; each bear bought will benefit the SOS Children’s Village. At the heart of the production is a 32-feet towering Christmas tree decorated with gears and hundreds of sparkling lights. The Happiness Factory is located at the mall’s Food Street Concourse.

SM Southmall has more happiness in store for shoppers! Make sure to mark your calendars with these activities/events:

South Yuletide Markets. The Christmas bazaar will have a display of different knickknacks and gifts you can take home to the family. The South Yuletide Markets are there for the holidays so check them out at the Event Center and South Yard (near Door 4).
Santa’s Here. Santa and the squad are visiting SM Southmall! Catch Santa by the Christmas centerpiece and the Outdoor Holidrive on December 24 – 25, 2pm – 5pm. Snap a photo and get a special treat!
Take a trip at SM Southmall’s Outdoor Holidrive
Back by popular demand, SM Southmall is bringing back Outdoor Holidrive: an immersive Drive-thru Christmas experience! It will run from Nov. 4, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023 at the mall’s West Parking Area.

The drive-thru has four main attractions: drive through Glee Town and the large Christmas displays, welcoming toy soldiers and snowmen will surely put a smile on your face! The Sweet Forest will satisfy any Southies’ sweet tooth with its giant dessert displays and festive elves. Find toys, gifts, and smiles at the Happiness Overload Station, and The Light Tunnels are surely a bright spectacle you wouldn’t want to miss.

Wave at the Christmas characters from the comfort of your car or come hang out with the crew and try out other activities such as the Philippines’ first Donut Slide, Nitrodrift car racing and more.

Walk-in entrance to the Outdoor Holidrive is free. However, each ride and activity has its own fees; the Drive-thru Outdoor Holidrive has a purchase requirement of Php 2,500.00 worth of single or accumulated receipts dated from November 4, 2022 to January 8, 2023. Rides such as the Donut Slide, Nitrodrift cost about Php 100 – 150 per turn.
Happiness Squad. Santa’s squad will be at the Outdoor Holidrive on all Sundays starting November 20 until December 24 – 25, 4pm – 10pm. Come and watch their special performances, be entertained, and they will definitely put you in a merry mood!
Outdoor Holidrive, in partnership with VIYLine Group of Companies and URC is open at the mall’s West Parking from Nov. 4, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023, 4PM – 10PM. Visit @smsouthmall on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for more information.

SM Prime builds better, greener offices

Many people have become more aware of the importance of sustainability in everyday living during the two years that the world faced the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental awareness has caught on through practices such as shifting to paperless, reducing plastic use and planting more trees. For property developers, taking part in this movement means transitioning into green buildings and developments.

Such is the case for SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), a publicly listed subsidiary of SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) that is committed to building innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities. SM Prime is future-proofing its developments to be more responsive and adaptive to community needs and the effects of climate change in line with comprehensive sustainability goals ranging from energy to ecology.

Over the years, SM Prime has continued to elevate its approach to building and development of community spaces. All these green initiatives have been recognized by reputable and well-known organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which awarded Conrad Hotel Manila and SM Aura Premier the Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

“When we build, we build with the community in mind. This is why it is important to integrate sustainability in our developments and operations. We remain committed as an environmentally-conscious and responsible integrated property developer ready to serve the ever-changing needs and aspirations of our communities and stakeholders,” said SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim.

Building green office spaces

SM’s Commercial Property Group is renowned for balancing green design features with operational and practical considerations, enabling more companies and locators to enjoy environmentally sound commercial developments.

The CPG’s flagship properties are its five E-com Centers – all future-forward buildings catering mainly to technological, business process outsourcing, and Fortune 500 companies. All five E-com Centers are located in the MOA Complex. Each building has a proportionate amount of green open spaces and communal areas where workers can socialize and decompress from work.

CPG further promotes sustainable practices with its LEED gold-certified office buildings, solidifying its foothold and commitment to building green offices and commercial developments. These certifications are a testament to SM Prime’s dedication to reducing its contribution to global climate change—all while enhancing the quality of life within its communities.

The ThreeE-com Center boasts architectural wonders and green features that eventually earned its LEED Gold certification. These include water recycling for landscape and non-potable use. The building is fitted with glass windows that minimizes heat from entering the building, allowing tenants to use less air conditioning. This 15-storey, semi-circular twin-tower office building features function and aesthetic complemented with state-of-the-art facilities. While it was the first office building in the Mall of Asia Complex to receive such an honor, the new FourE-com Center also recently achieved the same certification—designed with its tenants’ needs in mind, improving work-life balance and office culture accordingly.

Both designed by globally renowned firm, Arquitectonica, the Three and Four E-coms are unique amongst business centers. “We designed the E-coms to functionally meet the BPO industry’s need for large, continuous floorplates, but also sculpted them in interesting ways so as to allow views and airflows between the buildings, while also, of course, giving them interesting architectural identities. At the same time, their landscaped podium decks create attractive communal green spaces for the tenants; they are envisaged to be interconnected via landscaped skybridges in the future. The combination of all these factors, architectural design and green spaces, have made the E-coms highly attractive to multinational companies and brands,” said David Zaballero, Arquitectonica Director.

SM Mega Tower

Meanwhile, SM Prime’s tallest skyscraper located along EDSA will also join the company’s growing roster of LEED-certified green buildings. Called Mega Tower, the 50-story office building is future-ready as it provides spaces that respect both its tenants and nature itself.

Strategically located in the busy Ortigas Centre, the 50-storey LEED registered skyscraper is flexibly designed to meet the requirements of both corporate and BPO tenants. Though its design is highly sculptural, each floorplate remains efficiently planned – combining functionality and iconic identity.

“Incorporating sustainability in property development means having the whole life cycle of a building in mind. We invest a tenth of our capital expenditure to ensure that sustainability is integrated into our properties as we carefully plan our developments for our communities, the environment, and future generations ,” SM Prime’s Mr. Lim said.

In close collaboration with the SM Group’s other business units, the CPG’s multi-segment or mixed-use approach maximizes the socio-economic potential of its buildings and developments. As a result, SM’s commercial developments are connected to our malls, residences, and parks and civic spaces. Notably, they are all easily accessible to transport hubs to ensure mobility for pedestrians and the commuting public. This interconnectivity, alongside each property’s green and safety features, reduces the company’s carbon footprint, attracts more tenants and locators, and encourages greater productivity among its workforce.

Planting dreams with ‘Grow Trees Community’ in Benguet

John Dizon, Jr. of Benguet-based environmental conservation group NAMALISA plants trees in support of SM Foundation’s and Fast Retailing Foundation’s Grow Trees Community project.

Like his father before him, John Dizon, Jr. and his family have been long-time stewards of protected trees in their community in Tuba, Benguet. When the time came for him to take up the mantle, he did so willingly to honor his father’s legacy.

“My father passed away in 2012. It was then that we found out that the area he is managing in collaboration with the government was part of a community-based forest management program,” said Mr. Dizon.

A year later, Mr. Dizon, who now heads Benguet-based environmental conservation group, Nagawa, Manganese, Liw-Liw, Sadle Agroforestry Assoc. Inc. (NAMALISA), started working closely with the SM Foundation for an inaugural tree-planting campaign back in 2013 to pick up where his father had left off in his advocacy.

With the impact of climate change more felt in recent years, Mr. Dizon shared the importance of planting more trees in communities to thin out air pollutants in keeping the air fresh and people healthier. The trees which his father planted also helped prevent soil erosion and landslides caused by earthquakes.

He nurtures a dream that some of his children will take after him to help protect the environment. Getting closer to that dream, one of his sons is eyeing a career in forestry, a nod to his father’s chosen field.

To further this advocacy, Mr. Dizon supports the reforestation initiative of SM Foundation, Inc., the social good arm of SM and the Fast Retailing Foundation (FR Foundation), a general incorporated foundation in Japan through the Grow Trees Community campaign.

The project aims to plant and grow forest trees such as the Benguet pine, Alnus or Calliandra and Coffee trees to also help create livelihood opportunities for the community by working closely with People’s Organizations such as NAMALISA in Tuba, Benguet.

People’s Organization NAMALISA plant trees at the launch of Grow Trees Community in Tuba, Benguet

The proponents teamed up with SM Supermalls and government partners such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine National Police, Philippine Information Agency and the local government of Tuba.

Grow Trees Community was previously launched in Nasugbu, Batangas and Macabebe, Pampanga. Across the three locations, the project aims to plant over 200,000 seedlings and propagules.

It is in support of the SM Green Movement that seeks to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.

FR Foundation focuses on promoting research designed to help make the world a better place, spurring technological development, nurturing human resources, and supporting socially vulnerable individuals or groups.

It is part of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., the leading Japanese retail company that owns well-loved casual wear brand, Uniqlo.

SM Prime Holdings hold 2022 International Coastal Cleanup together with SM Cares, SM By the Bay

SM Prime Holdings, together with SM Cares and SM By the Bay once again took part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), bringing together thousands of volunteers into an event that underscored the importance of protecting the world’s seas, oceans, and other bodies of water. The event was held last September 17 at the SM By the Bay Central Park, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
A total of 2,438 volunteers joined this year’s ICC, composed of students, professionals, and others from different private and public organizations. At the end of the activity, an estimated 12,158 kgs of trash, equivalent to a total of 1,613 trash bags filled, was successfully collected.

Among those who graced the event were Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Sec. Robert Borje, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director for Technical Services Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, DENR-NCR Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group Head Chris Villarin, DENR-NCR Communication Development Officer II Ariz Abad, SM Investments President and CEO and 2GO Group President and CEO Frederic DyBuncio, SM Prime Holdings Inc. SVP Glenn Ang, SM Supermalls SAVP for Operations Perkin So, SM By the BAY Mall Manager Marie Charlene Claire K. Canoy-Narvasa and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Philippines’ Markets and Assurance Executive Director Allan Cao.

SM By The Bay and SM Cares’ ICC event for this year was done in collaboration with different private and government agencies
The ICC is a yearly global event that encourages individuals to be part of the movement for cleaner seas and oceans. Every year, thousands of Filipino volunteers from various sectors and communities join the efforts to help ensure the cleanliness of the shorelines and waterways in the country.
“The International Coastal Clean Up is part of the overall SM Green Movement. As a proven responsible property developer and community partner, SM Prime’s various Sustainability programs across its malls, residences, hotels and leisure properties promote resource conservation & environmental protection for an improved quality of life in the communities it serves,” said SM Supermalls SAVP for Operations Perkin So.
This year’s event was made possible by SM Offices, 2GO, PwC, Maynilad, and International Coastal Clean Up Philippines. DENR-NCR, the Climate Change Commission, and the Philippine Coast Guard were also present to provide their support.

Aside from the annual observance of ICC, other sustainability projects of SM Cares include the Trash-To-Cash Recycling Market where individuals can drop off their recyclable waste in exchange for cash; the Plastic Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Programs which promotes responsible plastic and electronic waste management affecting our seas, just to name a few.
SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community. SM Cares’ advocacies include programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on Environment.
To learn more about these, visit www.smsupermalls.com/smcares.

UNDRR, SM Prime laud women leaders in disaster resilience

1 SM Prime Holdings (SMPHI) recently announced its support for the global search for women leaders in disaster resilience.

2 For the second consecutive year, SMPHI is sponsoring Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) Leadership Awards, a flagship program of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

3 SMPHI Vice President for Corporate Compliance Liza B. Silerio said that the support is aligned with the company’s drive to recognize women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction. “This is important in inspiring other women to fully and effectively participate in promoting gender equality and empowerment while building our collective resilience.”

4 UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori expressed gratitude for the support, stating, “The awards highlight the key role of women as leaders and agents of change in building resilience and actively participating in the creation and implementation of DRR strategies, policies, plans and programs in their regions. Their stories reflect the diversity of solutions required to meet the converging challenges of accelerating climate change and disasters in the region.”

5 “We look forward to continued collaboration with SM in our DRR agenda,” Secretary General Mizutori added.
6 The WIN DRR Excellence Awards 2022 sponsored by SM Prime has 15 finalists shortlisted from 420 nominations received from across 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific. The winner will be announced at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane on 21 September 2022. US$10,000 will be awarded to an individual woman who has achieved exceptional professional success in DRR.

7 The WIN DRR partnership is consistent with SM Prime Holdings’ social commitment towards women empowerment, resilience, good health and well-being of women. The company’s corporate social responsibility arm, SM Cares, supports programs that advance these causes.

8 The Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) is a professional network to support women working in disaster risk reduction, in all their diversity. Its overall goal is to empower women to attain leadership and enhance their role in decision-making in disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific. The WIN DRR Philippine Network is powered by SM Prime and Asia Pacific College.

9 Earlier this year, SM Prime through its SM CARES, partnered with UNDRR in celebrating women empowerment through a webinar on the role of women in disaster resilience. In her keynote message, Mizutori emphasized “women’s equal participation and leadership in public life including disaster risk reduction is important and it is also essential to reducing disaster risk in achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals.”
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ABOUT SM PRIME HOLDINGS

SM Prime, one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people. Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience form part of SM Prime’s core business strategies. It ensures that its risk-informed investments catalyze sustainable development and positive change in the communities where it operates.

For more information on SM Prime Holdings and its other programs towards disaster preparedness, visit their website at www.smprime.com.

How everyone can benefit from mental health counselling

Mental health is a basic human right and it is directly connected with our ability to make decisions, build relationships, and shape the world we live in. However, recent events combined with continued mental health stigma have caused mental health issues to rise globally. AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurance companies in the country, shared in their 2022 Mind Health and Wellbeing study that mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression are common among people in Asia, while the 2022 State of the Global Workplace Report by analytics firm Gallup revealed that stress among workers in the Philippines is the highest among Southeast Asian nations.
Though we still have a long way to go, the good news is that the Philippines ranked second among Asian countries in terms of taking measures to improve their citizens’ wellbeing in the last months of 2020, according to the 2021 Pulse of Asia: The Health of Asia Barometer report. Seeking professional advice, also known as psychotherapy, is not just for those with diagnosed mental health disorders. Psychotherapy can also provide a safe space where one can deal not only with stress, anxiety, but also healthy ways on how to improve the quality of their lives. According to Healthline, here are some key benefits of therapy:
Understanding yourself and your emotions better. Every person will go through highly emotional times at some point in their lives, which can be overwhelming. Talking to a licensed mental health professional can help you identify and understand things better, no matter how big or small your concern may seem. According to the American Psychological Association, psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, encourages open and honest dialogue about issues that cause you distress and develop strategies that will help manage stressors that impact your life.
Helping you regain a sense of control. As we grow older, we can often feel overwhelmed with how fast-paced and unpredictable life can become. Similar to how you feel better after talking to a friend, therapy relieves you of unnecessary emotions and anxiety when we start to feel lost. It lets you see things in another perspective and gives a sense of ease, which ultimately leads to better decision making whether in your personal or professional life.
Stress and anxiety can impact anyone, but the upside is that anyone can practice good mental health habits. Practicing me-time is part of AXA’s recommended good physical health behaviors along with good nutrition, regular exercise, plenty of sleep, not smoking, and low alcohol intake, which is an essential skill a person needs to flourish, according to the 2022 Mind Health and Wellbeing study.
Taking the necessary steps to ensure you and your family’s overall wellbeing is essential in achieving your goals and dreams. In line with their proactive and holistic approach to health, AXA Philippines offers free access to counselling with licensed psychologists to its Health Care Access customers.
Health Care Access is AXA’s comprehensive health protection product. It is ideal for families and individuals looking into getting a plan that covers hospitalization and primary health care needs. Health Care Access offers inpatient care, outpatient care, and 24/7 teleconsultation, emergency care, preventive care, plus a longevity health fund that may be used for future medical needs at age 76 onwards.
Current policy holders can easily book their free session through Health Hub on Emma, AXA Philippines’ award-winning app that lets customers check their policy information, file for claims, and avail of medical teleconsultation, among others.
“While the future is something you can’t predict, your wellbeing is something you can protect. You can and should future-proof your wellness,” said Nandy Villar, AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer. “At AXA, we are committed towards raising awareness on the importance of mental health, breaking down stigma, and equipping individuals with the tools to protect and improve their mental wellbeing for a better and healthier life ahead.”
For more information on AXA Health Care Access, visit https://www.axa.com.ph/health-protection/health-care-access.
ABOUT AXA PHILIPPINES
Established in 1999, AXA Philippines is one of the largest and fastest growing insurance companies in the country. It offers financial security to close to 2 million individuals through its group and individual life insurance as well as general insurance products through its wholly-owned subsidiary Charter Ping An.
AXA Philippines is one of the first to introduce bancassurance operations in the country, and is among the pioneers in the investment-linked insurance sector.
AXA now offers a complete range of products for all its customers’ insurance and financial protection needs, including savings and investments, health plans, income protection; and fire, car, personal accident, and more.
AXA Philippines is a joint venture between the AXA Group, headquartered in France, GT Capital Holdings, Inc. (GT Capital), a leading listed conglomerate in the Philippines, and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank), one of the Philippines’ largest financial institutions. It is duly recognized by the Insurance Commission and has following licenses to operate: 2019/37-R for AXA and 2019/40-R for Charter Ping An.