Galing Pook Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Local Government Programs for 2022

Ten outstanding local governance programs were recognized in the 2022 Galing Pook Awards held at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace last Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Galing Pook Foundation with its co-presenters SM Prime Holdings Inc., and the DILG-Local Government Academy, and sponsors Cebu Pacific and Airspeed named local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that promote innovation and excellence.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. He stressed how strong collaboration between the public and private sector can lead to more meaningful and successful programs that truly benefit the Filipino people.

“The recognition that you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive towards improvement and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about meaningful progress in the country.”

Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this year: “It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”

The winners of the 2022 Galing Pook Awards were: The Green Wall of Alcala (Alcala, Cagayan);
Advancing and Sustaining Good Governance and Community Actions towards Resiliency and Empowerment (Basilan Province); Bataan Public-Private Partnership Programs (Bataan Province);
Balik-Biñan Project: Tourism Development through Heritage Conservation (Biñan City, Laguna); From Black to Green: Fishponds, Eco-Tourism and Full Employment (Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal);
Trekking to Unlock Community Ailments and Difficulties (TUCAD) (Goa, Camarines Sur); “I-BIKE” A Program Promoting the Development of the Iloilo City Bike Culture (Iloilo City); Yaru: A Whole-of-Community Approach Towards Disaster Management (Itbayat, Batanes); Libertad Fish Forever Savings Club (Libertad, Antique); and
Basta Piddigueño, AgriHenyo: Consolidated Farm Production System (Piddig, Ilocos Norte).

The 10 winners were chosen from 18 finalists and a record field of 196 applications from different LGUs in the country.

Launched on October 21, 1993, the Galing Pook Awards has recognized 329 LGU programs from 200 LGUs in the country that have been promoted for replication to benefit more communities.

Caption: President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. recognizes the 10 winners of the Galing Pook Foundation 2022 at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace. He commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. With them in the photo are: Galing Pook Foundation chairman Mel Sarmiento, Local Government secretary Benjamin Abalos, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.

FIRST IN MANILA: A 3D Whale Shark billboard, Space Tunnel, Golden Gateway and Dazzling Light shows- ALL Immersive experiences lead to SM

LOOK: A 3D Whale Shark Billboard, Space Tunnel, Golden Gateway and Dazzling Light shows
take over the Holidays in Manila.
(Hero picture: 3D Whale and Space Tunnel)
SM Supermalls celebrates not just joyful, but also fun, immersive and experiential holidays. This year, we
take you to the deep oceans with SM Megamall’s first-ever 3D Whale Shark LED billboard, see the
Northern lights at the Aurora Trail of SM City North Edsa, Sparkle at the Light show and Holiday fireworks
at SM Mall of Asia, enter the Golden gateway of SM Aura Premier and explore the outer space at the
Mega Space Odyssey.
NORTH EDSA’S AURORA TRAIL
The illuminating lights of the Aurora Borealis is at the North this Christmas. Walk and indulge in a family
friendly immersive experience at the Aurora trail ascending the giant holiday tree with a magical array of
lights, forestry, rein-bears & holiday polar express.
MEGA SPACE ODYSSEY & 3D WHALE SHARK
Travel to majestic galaxies in outer space and take photos and videos with your space explorer friends.
Experience the first-ever immersive 3D LED tunnel in Manila on October 21 to December 25 at the
ground level Mega Fashion Hall (at the back of the Giant Christmas Tree).
SM Supermalls introduces the new 3D technology along EDSA by screening a hyper-realistic 3D Whale
Shark at SM Megamall’s LED billboard. Bringing you the first in the Philippines, High-Definition Immersive
content at the heart of the bustling metropolis. Netizens are awestruck of a larger-than-life Whale Shark
peeking out of a digital billboard spanning over 2,000 square foot. The Mega Whale Shark was first
teased on April 27 but customers, tourists and motorists can catch the short preview every 15 minutes
starting April 28 at peak hours from 12nn to 10pm daily. Watch out for the new 3D content this Christmas.
The Philippines has the 2nd largest population of whale shark in the world at over 1,950.
MOA SPARKLE OF LIGHT SHOW AND HOLIDAY FIREWORKS
Feel the Christmas spirit as you watch the brightest and merriest indoor Christmas tree music and lights
show. Be in awe as you watch over one hundred thousand lights set to music. Catch the show DAILY,
every hour from 10am to 10pm until end of December at the Central Atrium.
Enjoy the most awaited and better than ever fireworks display at the MOA Complex every Friday and
Saturday from November to December 2022. Make sure to experience this magical moment with your
families and loved ones.
AURA’s GOLDEN GATEWAY and NIGHTS OF DAZZLING LIGHTS
Tucked behind the giant Christmas tree is a golden gemstone-shaped immersive experience. In
partnership with global smartphone brand TECNO Mobile, technology and art meet to transport all who
enter this enclosure into scenes of an opulent holiday palace and fantastical golden worlds. Simply
present PHP 1,000 in single or collected receipts and enter a whole new world filled with glitz and
glamour.
The theatrical room isn’t the only technological experience the mall has. Equally spectacular is a
choreographed light and sound display at SM Aura Premier’s Skypark at Level 5. Visitors of the Skypark
enter a space with tall tree-like sculptures made of strings of lights. As they go through a forest of lights, a

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.

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.

Essentials with a Point of View Uniqlo U 2022 Fall/Winter Collection Launching September 23

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO announces the launch of the Uniqlo U 2022 Fall/Winter collection starting September 23. Designed by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his UNIQLO R&D team in Paris under the theme the Essentials with a Point of View, the new collection offers an even more considered take on minimalism.

Uniqlo U 2022 Fall/Winter began with the idea of a capsule wardrobe that could fit into a single suitcase, adaptable enough to take you through an entire season with essentials that pay special attention to functionality and versatility.

A New Genderless Offering

The men’s and women’s design teams worked together to create a concise collection of genderless essentials such as the practical pocketable long coat and workwear-inspired utility short blouson jacket, varied in size but not design, that reflect a modern approach to dressing. Boxy silhouettes and roomy proportions are suited to many body types and layer effortlessly with both the men’s and women’s garments.

Essentials for our Lifestyles

The women’s collection features carefully considered essentials that provide practicality, comfort, and versatility in our daily lives. Utilitarian, layered silhouettes are both beautiful and functional: coats made for commuting, soft wool knits, menswear-inspired shirts, classic high-waisted jeans with a modern, rounded leg. The men’s lineup is a thoughtfully curated, versatile collection of pieces designed for city life and outdoor pursuits. Generous, boxy layers made of soft wool, flannel and cotton jersey bring a sense of warmth and comfort. The perfect chino pants modernize the classic workwear style with a wide, tapered leg.

A range of sophisticated new colors – bright ochre yellow, purple, washed red and warm white – complement rich neutrals, grounded in nature.

Stylings

Collection
The lineup includes 25 items for women, 22 items for men, and 1 items for kids.

Lineup and Pricing
Items
Prices
Items
Prices
Outerwear
Php 3,990 – Php 6,990
Knits
Php 1,990 – Php 2,490
Pants & Skirts
Php 1,990 – Php 2,490
Dresses
Php 2,490
Shirts
Php 1,490 – Php 1,990
Goods
Php 990 – Php 1,490
Cut & Sewn items
Php 790 – Php 1,990

Note: The above prices are provisional and subject to change

Special Website: https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/contents/collaboration/uniqlo-u/22fw/

UNIQLO R&D Centers

Uniqlo U is a collection of “Future LifeWear Essentials.” The world-class designers and patternmakers in the Paris design team reimagine everyday clothing using innovative materials and new, contemporary silhouettes. Each season is designed with the highest precision and in pursuit of a simplified, modern wardrobe.

UNIQLO R&D Centers are places for experimentation, spaces to try new ideas, innovate and create. The Paris R&D Center complements other UNIQLO R&D Centers in Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, and Los Angeles.

Christophe Lemaire
Christophe Lemaire has been designing his namesake collection since 1991. He has also served as Artistic Director of Lacoste and Artistic Director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès. In 2015, he partnered with UNIQLO, resulting in the UNIQLO AND LEMAIRE collaboration collections for Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016. Christophe Lemaire was appointed Artistic Director of the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center in 2016, where he and his handpicked team of designers create the Uniqlo U collection.

About UNIQLO LifeWear

Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST (Plus T), Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2021 fiscal year ending August 31, 2021 (US $19.4 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2021 rate of $1 = 109.9 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,300 stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. In 2010 UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank and currently there are more than 15 Grameen-UNIQLO stores, mostly located in Dhaka.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

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EON PR
Therese Iglesias (+639175585786 | therese.iglesias@eon.com.ph)

9.9 Super Shopping Day

Shopee delivers bigger, more rewarding experiences for all Filipinos.

Filipinos can count on Shopee to bring more exciting deals, exclusive vouchers, entertainment for all,
and its newest community-building project.

Driven by its goal of serving Filipinos wherever they may be, Shopee continues to deliver ease and convenience for all through its highly-anticipated double day sales. With the upcoming 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the start of its year-end shopping season, Shopee gives everyone much to look forward to with a new community-building project, the greatest selection of deals, entertaining activities, and exciting prizes.

Win a Shopee-sponsored Community Project for your Barangay
Beyond offering the best deals through its double day sales, Shopee continues to work towards utilizing its resources and technology to help underserved communities across the Philippines. Especially crafted to welcome the start of the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee has launched Barangay Shopee, the newest initiative under its Shopee Bayanihan CSR program, where users can win a sponsored community project for their barangay, such as a new basketball court, multi-purpose hall renovation, and public school supplies.

From August 25 up to September 9, Shopee users from all over the Philippines can nominate their barangay for a chance to win a community project of their choice that addresses their barangay’s needs. To join the initiative, users simply need to post their video entries on Facebook and submit the link via the Barangay Shopee page in the app.

“Mas Mura sa Shopee” deals and upsized brand promos at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day
From August 26 up to September 11, users can enjoy unbeatable “Mas Mura sa Shopee*” offers on a wide variety of essentials, sitewide free shipping with no minimum spend, and exciting ₱1 Deals at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Shoppers also get to enjoy discounts from leading brands such as INSPI, Garnier, Dreame, Sabbat, OPPO, GameXtreme, Huawei, Colgate-Palmolive, Crocs PH, Uni-Care, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Philippines, Pedigree and Whiskas, Belo Essentials, P&G Beauty, Unilever, Ace Hardware, Adidas, Xiaomi, POCO, Bosch, Chef’s Classics, Enfagrow, and Lactum.

Shop & Win up to ₱1 million and more exciting prizes
Big rewards await lucky shoppers with Shopee’s newest game, 9.9 ShopeePay Shop & Win Up to ₱1 million. To join, users need to purchase on the Shopee app and claim their code from September 1 to 9 for a chance to win up to ₱1 million at our draw. Viewers of the draws from September 2 to 9 also stand a chance to win exciting prizes with Guess to Win, a daily in-app game that rewards one lucky viewer with thousands of cash via ShopeePay when they guess the winning bag.

Non-stop fun and entertainment at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special
Filipinos can also look forward to big giveaways, fun, and entertainment when they tune in this September 9 at 9:35PM on Shopee Live and GMA 7 for the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. Exciting performances are lined up for the event with Shopee’s own Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, Michael V, Carla Abellana, and more Kapuso stars.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, shared “We are thrilled to be welcoming the busiest sale season of the year with our users, sellers, and communities from all over the Philippines. We aim to be a platform that harnesses the power of technology to help all of our stakeholders and the community — whether it’s through our impactful CSR initiatives or exciting double day sales. We invite everyone to join us in making this our most meaningful 9.9 Super Shopping Day celebration yet.”

To learn more about the 9.9 Super Shopping Day andw Barangay Shopee, visit the 9.9 Super Shopping Day page and the Barangay Shopee page on the app. Download Shopee for free on App Store or Google Play Store.

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.

SM Prime and AboitizPower Secure Long-Term Cleanergy Deal

(From left to right) SM Prime Energy Consultant Jaime Patinio, AboitizPower Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations Sandro Aboitiz, SM Engineering, Design and Development President Hans Sy, Jr., SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim, AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rubio, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. Vice President for Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Engagement David Aboitiz, AboitizPower Vice President for Retail – Commercial Operations Business Unit James Byron Yu, and SM Prime Chief Finance Officer John Nai Peng Ong gather for a luncheon on Thursday, August 4, after sealing a long-term partnership with the commitment to helping build a cleaner and brighter future.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, secures a long-term deal with AboitizPower for Cleanergy supply, realizing its goal of increasing its renewable energy portfolio to more than 50%. This is in support of the Department of Energy’s program of moving up the renewable energy supply component of the country to 35% by year 2030.

Under the agreement, AboitizPower is poised to supply reliable and responsibly-sourced energy from Tiwi and MakBan Geothermal Power Plants, and PV Sinag’s Power Plants, operated and managed by AboitizPower subsidiary, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI). This long-term contract will power SM Prime properties, including malls, leisure homes, offices, hotels, and other establishments under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) by the end of 2022.

“This partnership with AboitizPower is aligned with our unwavering commitment to being a catalyst for economic growth and steward of nature. We will continue providing world-class amenities within our sustainable lifestyle cities that have been beneficial and inspirational to millions of Filipinos,” said Jeffrey Lim, SM Prime Holdings Inc.’s President.

SM Prime builds legacy communities based on its core sustainable pillars: Economy, People, Environment, and Community. It is dedicated to generating value sustainably through its diverse business segments.

“AboitizPower is thrilled to be SM Prime’s partner in building sustainable lifestyle cities. We thank SM Prime for trusting us to be their partner in their transition to clean and renewable energy. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to power various SM Prime properties with our renewable assets”, said Sandro Aboitiz, Senior Vice President of the Commercial Operations Business Unit.

“We consider it a great milestone for our group to be in support of SM’s transition to renewable energy and are working to rapidly expand our renewable portfolio as the demand for Cleanergy grows. We have supported a growing number of corporations transitioning to clean and renewable energy and we are excited at the prospect of seeing a future where Cleanergy is the norm.” said David Aboitiz, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI) Vice President for Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Engagement.

The leading renewable energy provider plans to expand its Cleanergy portfolio in the next 10 years to support the government’s plans of boosting the renewable energy industry in the country. AboitizPower is targeting approximately 50:50 Cleanergy and thermal capacity mix by 2030.

About SM Prime

SM Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, is committed to providing safe and sustainable spaces for its stakeholders. Its development strategy is anchored on the responsible use of resources. In the communities it serves, it is able to promote resource conservation, environmental protection, and disaster resiliency by implementing solutions for water, waste, and energy management.

SM Prime is a key player in the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.

Find out more about SM Prime and the SM Green Movement

Sinag Schools program powers up school in Batangas

SM Supermalls employee volunteers led the distribution of donations from SM Foundation to the students of Lemery Pilot Elementary School.

SM Foundation (SMFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group, together with Maxeon Solar Technologies, recently powered up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School (LPES) in Batangas through the Sinag Schools program.

This social good collaboration between SMFI and Maxeon aims to provide clean and renewable energy to schools in grassroot communities by installing solar panels on an SM school building, especially to those that have low operating expenses.

In addition to the solar panel installation which intends to power positive change in the way energy is consumed in public schools, the program also aims to enhance the understanding of students in terms of energy management and the need to transition to cleaner energy alternatives with lower environmental impacts.

“Through this program, we want to power up the learning and development of young people. We want to help teach young people about solar energy, about renewable energy. We want to power up the next generation to help save our planet,” Maxeon Fab4 General Manager Glenn Everett said.

The SM school building at the LPES, which was donated by SMFI in partnership with SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) in 2017, now boasts 21 solar panels—estimated to produce 6510 watt-p. With the savings on electricity, the school may realign their budget to more efforts and other innovations that will give the students an environment more conducive to learning.

It takes a village to raise a child
SMFI executive director Debbie Sy underscored the importance of collective efforts in advancing the learning experience of every student in the country: “We believe that collaboration can drive growth and become a force for good in addressing societal challenges. CSR partnerships can create solutions that improve society by fostering learning, promoting innovation and gaining access to new technologies, such as the Sinag schools program. CSR collaboration can pool resources, both financial and human resources – between multiple organizations which can amplify social good impact.”

“The establishment of an ever-evolving CSR strategy and partnerships will help companies and non-government organizations in developing and implementing crucial social good programs over decades while having procedures in place that integrate social and environmental priorities into CSR core strategy – all in close collaboration with stakeholders,” she further added.
Moreover, Everett mentioned how SMFI and Maxeon share the similar set of values and interest when it comes to helping Filipino learners: “We have this concept of powering positive change in the world. We are happy to be working together with SM Foundation to power up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School.”

“Individually, we can do so much. But together we can do actually more. For us to bring our solar technology and SMFI to bring in their schools, these things are much better together than they would be apart,” he concluded.

Spreading social good all the way
SM Foundation made sure to truly touch the lives of the learners and teachers of LPES as it donated eight desktop computers, 200 bags with school supplies, and more than 160 pcs brand new kinder and elementary books to further promote the love for reading among the students. Clothing items for parents were also distributed.

For more information about this initiative, follow SM Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube: @SMFoundationInc.

Maxeon is headquartered in Singapore. The company designs, manufactures, and sells Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels. Maxeon has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. Maxeon is a leader in solar innovation with products that span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,700 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a +35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.

SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program. 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.

For more information, please contact:

Victor Persius F. Chan
Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs
Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
(632) 8857-0100 local 0117
victor.chan@sminvestments.com

Samsung Philippines unveils latest generation of foldables and wearables with a grand launch

Samsung Electronics Philippines Co. (SEPCO) representatives and partners toast to a momentous evening.

After its Galaxy Unpacked in New York, Samsung Philippines celebrated the launch of the latest Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Watch5 Series and Buds2 Pro with a live event, “The Greater Galaxy”, held at the Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Manila last August 19, 2022.
Attendees of the event were treated to a special program and witnessed the reveal of themed experiential zones centered around the latest innovations and passions the devices aimed to capture.

The new Galaxy Z Flip4 is unveiled at the FlexCam booth alongside #TeamGalaxy ambassador Nicole Andersson and Product Marketing Manager of the Galaxy Z Series, Mik Manalastas

Meanwhile, the new Galaxy Z Fold4 was introduced at the Productivity Zone, which highlighted the multitasking capabilities of the phone with its multi-window feature and upgraded taskbar.
The new Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 impressed attendees with its upgraded features, including a new improved chipset, stronger aluminum frames and corning glass, making the latest foldables the most powerful and most durable yet.
Those who were able to experience Samsung’s latest ecosystem devices were also pleased to find new upgrades. The Galaxy Watch5 Series improved on its health and sleep tracking, while the Galaxy Buds2 Pro’s Intelligent Active Noise Cancellation was a feature that stood out.

Samsung Philippines President Min Su Chu addresses the attendees of the Greater Galaxy Event with his opening remarks.

Official Pre-order Bundles and Offers

The latest Galaxy Z series is available for pre-order until September 1, 2022 via samsung.com. Customers can enjoy a Galaxy Z Fold4 FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 or a Galaxy Z Flip4 FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a FREE Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599, 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro, 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year FULL PROTECTION Screen & Device worth PHP 9,499 with Samsung Care+.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online and a FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 and a Super Fast Wireless Charger worth PHP 3,099 when they pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold4. Customers to pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip4 can get a FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599. In addition, customers can enjoy 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro, 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year SCREEN PROTECTION worth up to PHP 7,880 with Samsung Care+.

Starting September 2, 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 will be available starting at PHP 58,990 in Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue and Phantom Black, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 will start at PHP 98,990 in Gray Green and Phantom Black. Customers can also avail of the 256GB variant in Beige, exclusively released in samsung.com.

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro is also available for pre-order until September 1, 2022. Customers can choose from a PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products or 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4.

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Watch5 Series can get a FREE Galaxy Buds Live worth PHP 7,990 and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. When purchased with the new Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4, they can also get 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. The Galaxy Buds2 Pro will be available starting September 2, 2022 at PHP 12,990 in Bora Purple, Graphite and White.

To learn more about the new Galaxy devices, visit samsung.com/ph.

View more photos from the Greater Galaxy event below:

Samsung Philippines President Min Su Chu greeted valued members of the media.

Samsung Philippines Product Marketing Head for Mobile Experience Jun Guevara shares the rich story behind the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Watch5 Series and Buds2 Pro

Isabella Concepcion, Marketing Communications Head for Mobile Experience, gives a tour of the Samsung Galaxy | BTS Zone with #TeamGalaxy Ambassador Nicole Andersson and host Laura Lehmann.

Product Category Head for Ecosystem, Jeli King, and #TeamGalaxy Ambassador Erwan Heussaff introduced attendees to the ecosystem zone.

Marketing Communications Manager of Flagship Smartphones, Patricia Cui, introduces the mechanics for the Clack Flex Challenge as well as exciting events to happen in the coming months.

Official Photos of the latest devices by Samsung (Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch5

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Clinical Test Shows Real World Effectiveness of Difflam-C® vs COVID-19 Sore Throat

Dr. Jennifer Nailes, MD 9 (leftmost), and Dr. Roberto Salvino, MD, the doctors who spearheaded the recent study done to evaluate the effectivity of the Difflam-C gargle against COVID 19-related throat pain were at a media roundtable held recently in Makati City, to reveal their findings. iNova Pharma Philippines Inc.

The in-vivo study focused on establishing whether the combination of Benzydamine HCl and Chlorhexidine gluconate in Difflam-C® are effective in a real-world setting and was conducted on 219 COVID-19 patients from November 2021 until February 2022. This combination of active ingredients found in Difflam-C® solution have been gaining popularity in the Philippines particularly among doctors and healthcare professionals, with the synergistic action of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anesthetic, and antiseptic properties in relieving sore throat, as well as other symptoms of throat and mouth infection.

Clinically-tested Efficacy in COVID-19 Patients

Lead investigators of the study have found that Difflam-C® significantly relieves the COVID-19 patients’ sore throat and alleviated throat discomfort associated with difficulty and/or pain in swallowing. Results also show that it helps shorten the duration of the said condition of COVID-19 patients, with the VAS scores of participants significantly decreased during course of treatment with Difflam-C®. “At specified time intervals, median VAS scores showed a decreasing trend from baseline until after 12 hours of Day 1 and is significantly different from baseline values (p<0.001). There were some participants whose sore throat pain were relieved within 30 minutes of first use of the solution which persisted even until after 12 hours,” said lead investigator Dr. Jennifer M. Nailes, MD, MSPH, Vice-President for Research of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. Gargle Against COVID-19 Sore Throat “There was a noticeable shortening of the course of the sore throat in the study subjects, with their use of Difflam-C® during treatment. This gargle solution could be viewed as an effective treatment for patients with odynophagia (painful swallowing) or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), conditions associated with severe sore throat among COVID-19 patients,” said Dr. Nailes. Though yet to be published by Acta Medica Philippina, a peer-reviewed general medical and health science journal, these results are extremely encouraging and present a positive step in addressing the COVID-19 sore throat, using a widely available medicated gargle solution such as Difflam-C® in the study. As cases rise and new Omicron variants are discovered, the results of this study could be valuable information in making the public more aware of clinically tested remedies to help address key symptoms like the COVID-19 sore throat. While Benzydamine HCl + Chlorhexidine gluconate (Difflam-C®) could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 sore throat, getting vaccinated with boosters, the observance of standard health protocols, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the current mainstays for the prevention of COVID-19 infection.