Elite Filipino athletes headline PRURide PH 2019 Criterium

Last year’s PRURide PH champions Jan Paul Morales and Jermyn Prado once again
dominated and defended their crown in PRURide PH 2019 Criterium held on April 7, Sunday at
Filinvest, Alabang. Hundreds of cyclists participated in the action-packed races categorized by
bicycle types such as fixed gear, mountain bike, and road bike

After the adrenaline-pumping course where participants raced in a number of 1-2km laps, 43
cyclists won grand prizes up to PhP 50,000.

Morales and Prado snagged gold medals in this year’s Criterium Road Bike (RB) Open Male
and Female categories. Prado topped returning athletes Avegail Rombaon and Marella
Salamat of Corratec who came in second and third in RB Open Female, while Morales easily
outperformed his teammates Ronald Oranza and George Oconer.

Returning athlete Ismael Grospe of Go for Gold ruled the first wave of RB -25 and below
followed by Daniel Ven of Navy-Standard Insurance and Jonel Carcueva of Go for Gold.
PRURide PH 2019 ambassadors Gretchen Ho, Kim Atienza, and Zoren Legaspi also took
the challenge of the Criterium races. Legaspi tested his speed at the road bike age group
category together with Atienza, a triathlon enthusiast but a first-timer in competitive Criterium.
Ho, on the other hand, joined the road bike open female category, also her first-ever bike
racing experience.

“We are proud of the success of our first run this year. This leg sets the tone of the whole
festival and shows what cyclists from across Asia can experience in PRURide PH 2019,” said Pru
Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.
Criterium is just the first of PRURide PH 2019’s two legs and will be followed by the PRUride
UCI 2.2 Stage Race at the Subic Freeport Zone from May 24 to 26. Here, 20 continental
teams from across the globe—including Uzbekistan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia,
South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Ethiopia, and of course the Philippines—can collect UCI points
and earn their tickets to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

Meanwhile, aspiring racers can also join the PRURide Masters Race to experience the thrill
professionals go through. Enthusiasts can cycle with the ambassadors in the non-competitive
PRURide Gran Fondo in 30-, 60-, and 100-kilometer options. Both events will be held on May
26.

The Virtual Ride is also set to reach the finals in Subic, wherein 10 qualifiers with the best time
in the preliminaries will compete for a carbon fiber road bike worth P150,000. Hopefuls can still
join the remaining preliminary rounds at Harbor Point in Subic on April 26-28 and May 17-19.
The whole family and barkada can likewise enjoy fun activities for free, such as Zumba
sessions, an inflatable playground, massage and health check stations, face paint booths, and
special performances from Callalily with Gracenote as front act.
Join the fun and register at pruride.ph!

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the country's pioneer of insuravest or investment-linked life insurance products, and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to market US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expandedits reach to over 130 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of more than 20,000 licensed agents, and has emerged as one of the top five life insurers. Pru Life UK holds headquarters in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK is a subsidiary of British financial services giant Prudential plc. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Prudential plc has an extensive network of life insurance and mutual funds operations around the world covering Europe, the United States (US), Africa, and 14 markets in Asia. Its regional office, Prudential Corporation Asia, is based in Hong Kong. Prudential plc has over 26 million customers worldwide and manages £657 billion of assets as of 31 December 2018.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. (a US-registered company), 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

Get ready to collect happy experiences at the Cream-O Flix Fest 2019

Jack ‘n Jill Cream-O will kick-off the summer fun with yet another Cream-O Flix Fest.

Now on its third year, Cream-O Flix Fest once again invites all Cream-Oholics to another exciting outdoor cinema experience. Themed “Collect Happiness”, Cream-O Flix Fest will celebrate a common love for movies, playing games, and eating their favorite chocolate cookies on April 6, 2019, at the Quezon Memorial Circle, from 3pm onwards. The event is free and open to the public.

A lineup of blockbuster movies presented by Cream-O awaits attendees in the outdoor movie marathon. Join the adventures of Marvel Comics’ mutants in X-Men Apocalypse; follow the comedic antics of beloved Po in Kung Fu Panda 3; and sing-along to the songs of The Greatest Showman.

Cream-O goes all-out in bringing next level fun to this unique one-of-a-kind event. Aside from the film showing, live music performances and raffle giveaways, there are activity booths that will surely make everyone’s experience more awesome and memorable. Take a photo with friends and family in the colorful Cream-O-OOTD booth, challenge your movie knowledge in the Cream-O Movie Combo, unleash your creativity in the Happiness Studio, and test your luck in the Pachink-O and Tic-Tac-O game.

Not to be missed is Cream-Ofied Creations, a crowd-favorite activity where everyone can customize their own Cream-O in four easy steps: (1) choose a Cream-O cookie variant, (2) dip it in chocolate, jam, or peanut butter (3) sprinkle your choice of toppings and (4) drizzle with your favorite kind of syrup.

Spread the excitement with your friends and family using #CreamOholics and #CreamOFlixFest2019 and get ready to collect happiness with your favorite Cream-O cookies. Follow Cream-O on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at “/creamoholicsph” for latest updates.

Join the fun as Jack ‘n Jill Cream-O celebrates common love for movies, games, and its well-loved chocolate cookies on the third year of Cream-O Flix Fest on April 6, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. This event is free and open to the public.

Child Evangelism Fellowship NCR South launches Run for the Little Ones

On April 6, 2019, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) NCR South will be hosting a special event called “Run for the Little Ones,” To be held at SM by the Bay, Diokno Boulevard, Pasay City.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is an international non-profit organization for children now present and operating in over 190 countries all over the world. It was founded by Rev. Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in the USA in 1937. Its ministry in the Philippines began in 1952. Now, with over 50 chapters nationwide, CEF is considered the largest and most extensive missionary outreach for children in our country today.

The ministry of CEF NCR South, covering the cities of Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Bacoor Cavite, and San Pedro and Biñan in Laguna, is now reaching over 100,000 children weekly through its Good News Club and Elementary and High School Values Education Classes in partnership with some 150 local churches, the Department of Education, and LGUs. We also conduct a Five-Day Daily Vacation Bible School for children in the remote areas. The main goal is to teach the children to be Bible-based in their beliefs and practices, God-fearing and be a blessing to their respective families and communities by becoming good and disciplined citizens of our country. In addition, our ministry conducts seminars and training in different provinces and regions here in the Philippines and in other countries as well.

In partnership with Smart, Sunnywood, Pokari, and Prime98 Gold, the “Run for Little Ones” will help raise awareness of the vital role of the family and community in the upbringing of children, as well as help of CEF NCR South. Also through this Run, the amount will be raise will go to the construction of CEF NCR South Children’s Center, which will be used for the training of the hundreds of volunteers, production of free materials, and a regular site fo t the Children’s Camp.

This event is a one-day activity that consists of Fun Run with distance of 1KM, 3KM and 5K. Individual can run either with their family, friends and/or with their pet dogs if they desire to. The day’s event will be followed by Car Show, Education Opportunities for family and all ages & a Social Awareness that will be conduct by Philippine National Police Officer

To know more about the “Run for Little Ones” please contact Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) NCR South at 77 Lovely Rd., BF Homes, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas and look for Mr. Elmer Raniola. You may also send your inquiries via email at runforthelittleones@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/runforthelittleonesfcefncrsouth/

Robinsons Kidz Club Fair brings a world of learning and fun for kids at Robinsons Townville

Play, learn and having fun are just some of the things that kids can expect from the first Robinsons Kidz Club Fair happening across the Robinsons Townville malls for the whole month of March. Robinsons Kidz Club is the membership club of the Robinsons Townville malls for kids 3 to 12 years old. Members get exclusive access to the various kiddie events of Robinsons Townville including the Robinsons Kidz Club Fair, and a free birthday gift each year.

Last March 23, the Robinsons Kidz Club Fair was a massive hit among kids at the Robinsons Townville Buhay Na Tubig. Various activities were prepared for Robinsons Kidz Club members wherein they learned the science of colors through interactive games and activities which include coloring activities, color wheel making and a special light & color science presentation. They also had fun putting their creativity into action by mixing and matching colorful beads during the friendship bracelet making activity.

“We believe that children best learn through fun and play that’s why we are continuously coming up with events and activities that will not only entertain children but would serve as a platform as well for our Robinsons Kidz Club members to learn,” says Joel Delfin, the AVP for the Robinsons Townville malls.

There are a lot of events in store for the Robinsons Kidz Club members this year continuing with the grand event this April 21 entitled ‘A Magical Easter’. Members can expect fun games and a whole lot of fun as they are invited to come in their cutest unicorn costumes. That’s a magical and one of a kind Easter celebration for the Robinsons Kidz Club members.

Sounds exciting? Register to Robinsons Kidz Club in the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctpIDAbsnvKziM3kbiEHFU7sN-1EeHzWZDPyQ6MpZ5mJmHBQ/viewform

The Robinsons Townville malls is the chain of community malls of the Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. in six locations in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Pulilan and Meycauayan in Bulacan, Fairview in Quezon City, BF Homes in Parañaque, and Buhay na Tubig in Imus. Several locations are already in the pipeline to aggressively increase its portfolio.

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Breaking barrier and misconceptions key to sustain acceptance and utilization of modern contraception

As the government intensifies the implementation of its family planning program in the next four years, much more needs to be done to educate Filipinos about the importance of reproductive health and to correct the misconceptions about modern contraception.

Despite the availability and accessibility of different types of contraceptive methods, accelerating the acceptance and utilization is still hindered by misconceptions and lack of knowledge on modern contraception.

“Following the launch of the first World Contraception Day Philippines in 2018, we want to continue the conversation to empower and educate Filipino women and couples to make informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health,” said JunIl Kim, Country Division Head, Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Among the types of modern contraceptives, the pill, Intrauterine System (IUS), female sterilization, contraceptive patch and injection are the most effective types of interventions with ~99% efficacy, when administered correctly and used with 100% accuracy. However, male condom, fertility awareness trackers and withdrawal method remain to be the most commonly used with approximately 72-82% efficacy.

Earlier, the government has announced the implementation of an intensified family planning program nationwide targeting 11.3 million women over the next four years. This is to increase the usage of contraceptives among Filipinos from 40 percent to 65 percent.

Via Antonio, actress and comedian, talked about her own experiences in pursuit of better reproductive and physical health, “In this day and age, reproductive health remains to be a taboo topic, even among women. Many are using contraception for various reasons yet no one is openly talking about it. The stigma on birth control is alive.”

Dr. Amity Casurao-Trono, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center Q.C and Rizal Medical Center, shed light on the myths and misconceptions about modern contraceptives during her “Pillowtalk” session held in Makati City.

In 2018, an estimated 25.8% or 7.1 million Filipinas aged 15-49, are using modern contraception, an increase of 1.2 million since 2012.

Oral contraceptives or the pill remains to be one of the most effective and preferred form of modern contraception among Filipinas because they are convenient, non-invasive and reversible. It comes in two types — the combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill, which contains both progestin and estrogen hormones and the Mini Pill or progestin-only pill (POP).

Progestin is the main contraceptive ingredient that prevents ovulation, thins out the uterine lining and thickens cervical mucus such that sperm cannot pass through. Ethinyl estradiol, the synthetic female hormone, stabilizes the endometrium and enhances the action of progestin.

Dr. Casurao-Trono clarified and put sense into the most prevalent myths about the use of COCs.

Pills do not cause birth defects: No adverse effects were observed when COCs were accidentally taken during early pregnancy. Past COC use is not associated with an increase in spontaneous abortions.

Pills do not increase cancer risk: Studies have not established strong and direct links between breast cancer and pill usage. In fact, the risk of cancer lowered with COC use. It reduces risks for certain cancers such as ovarian cancer (~40% lower), endometrial cancer (~50% lower) and colorectal cancer (~20% lower) . However, it does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases.

Pills do not make you infertile: 21% of women get pregnant after one month of stopping taking COCs and 79% get pregnant after one year of stopping.

Pills, depending on the formulation and indication, also treat a variety of hormone-related conditions and imbalances such as hyperandrogenism, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe and debilitating form of PMS. Over 88% of women receiving COCs report no adverse effects.

Aside from preventing unintended pregnancies, selected COC pills offer added benefits beyond contraception such as reducing estrogen-related fluid retention and bloating because of its anti-mineralocorticoid property. It regulates hormonal problems such as acne, facial hair and hair loss due to its anti-androgenic quality. Some COC pills also come in a 24/4 regimen that promotes user compliance. Despite its additional benefits, OB-GYNs highly recommend women to go on a healthy diet and take regular exercise to achieve the desired results.

Like any other medication, it comes with some common side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness and headache, which are tolerable.

Some contraindications to taking the pills are presence or history of Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism, Myocardial Infarction, Ischemic stroke, Transient ischemic attack, angina, Severe liver disease, DM with vascular disease, Migraine with aura, Breast cancer, Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, known or suspected pregnancy, smokers > 35 y/o, severe lipid disease and uncontrolled hypertension.

Dr. Casurao-Trono reiterates that, “It’s time for women to take a more active stance in taking control of their reproductive and sexual health. We should be able to normalize these discussions, without the fear of being shamed or embarrassed.”

To learn more about contraception and reproductive health, visit www.Your-Life.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/wcdphilippines/

Breakfast just got delightfully better!

Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day and is a must especially for people who want to start their day, in the best possible way. The morning meal provides not only the fuel but also supplies the necessary nutrients needed for a productive day ahead. In fact, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are more likely to meet their overall nutritional needs for the day, than those who opt not to.

What not too many people know though is that eating, whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, in a relaxed and quiet ambience, especially in the morning, is equally as important, as it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Wouldn’t it be great to eat in a quiet and serene restaurant rather than at a noisy one? Having the perfect ambiance really does affect how diners eat. In the right kind of atmosphere, customers feel comfortable and enjoy their meal even more.

At Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant, a meal is more than just a meal. The restaurant prides itself for its well-known ambience, where eating is in itself, an experience. Its regulars would attest to just how they enjoy their meals even more, simply because they can, sensory-wise, see, hear, and smell what they are eating, as well as, enjoy a decent conversation with friends, family, or a professional colleague.

After 22 years of culinary excellence, Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant continues its passion to create and serve delectable food, reminiscent of the convenience and comforting warmth in one’s own home. In its latest additions to its already long line of customer favorites, Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant, has recently unveiled its newest food offerings, with the Filipino appetite in mind.

“Filipinos, myself included, enjoy a hearty breakfast meal of rice, viand, egg, and atchara. Growing up in a family where we savor eating together, I would always enjoy the smell of fried rice, eggs, and different types of viands, every morning. It was always an experience that I look forward to,” said Michael C. Martinez, Business Development & Marketing Director, of Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant.

Set to titillate the Filipinos palate even more are four new additions to the restaurant’s well-loved favorites:

Bacon Bagnet – Homemade pork belly slices naturally-cured and crisped to perfection, with sweet and salty sauce, served with garlic rice, eggs, and atchara.

Classic Skinless Longganisa – Deliciously sweet and yet still savory skinless longganisa, served with lemon, eggs, and atchara. A classic Conti’s recipe!

Salmon Belly in Olive Oil – Norwegian salmon belly strips in seasoned olive oil, served with lemon rice, eggs, and pickled ubod.

Croque Madame – Meaty slices of Conti’s homemade ham roll, in between toasted brioche, topped with sunny-side-up egg and hollandaise sauce, served with potato shoestrings, perfectly complimented with a cup of fresh fruits.

The four new breakfast items are in addition to Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant’s already wide array of all-day breakfast favorites, as well as other sumptuous dishes.

Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant continues to grow and now has 22 branches in Luzon. Expect even more surprises this year and in the years to come.

Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant

Since opening its doors to families and friends in Parañaque in 1997, Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant has created and shared memories of togetherness to people who have come to love our wide selection of products, including our signature dishes such as the Baked Salmon, Chicken Pie, and the well-loved Mango Bravo.

With the joy and satisfaction of every guest who walks into our stores in mind, this food haven, which began as a simple family restaurant, now brings the familiar feelings of home and carefully prepared products to thousands of homes across the country through continuous product innovation and service expansion.

Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant today extends its commitment to hospitality and culinary excellence in 10 communities, serving more than 150 sought-after dishes by guests who, over the years, have helped write our story of inspiration and success.

We are committed to make every guest experience memorable and to continue sharing our story in every product we create and serve.

Cebuana Lhuillier launches easier, more convenient way to save through micro savings product.

The launching coincides with the introduction of “#KayaNa: Unbamked Filipinos No more Movement”

In fact, only 33% or 551 cities in the Philippines have access to banking institutions. The numerous documentary requirements is a major turn off for many, along with the high cost of initial deposit, high maintaining balance, as well as, high dormancy charges.

The product is in line with the Cebuana Lhuillier’s mission of financial inclusion, which has been the thrust of the company for the past 30 years.

“With BSP’s basic deposit framework, Cebuana Lhuillier Micro Savings completes the full roster of our services, all designed and developed with financial inclusion in mind. We’ve come full circle—from offering collateralized loans or pawning, remittance service, micro insurance and now, micro savings—all of these products were designed with Filipinos from all walks of life in mind especially the unbanked and underserved, who would not have access to these financial services given their circumstances in life,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, president & CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier.

This will provide Filipinos with a more convenient and affordable means to save their hard-earned money.

Their wide network of branches comprised of 2,500 retail infrastructures, account holders can deposit and withdraw anywhere at their most convenient hours.

Acting as a cash agent of the Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank (CLRB), micro savings is Cebuana Lhuillier’s platform for Filipinos to overcome the barriers to saving. While Filipinos like to save, they opt to keep it at home according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

The lukewarm attitude of the masses towards opening a savings account is attributed to the barriers to saving in banks. The lack of access to banks among the country’s many cities and municipalities remains as the top deterrent, according to a BSP study.

The app is just the first step in a long line of innovations connected to the micro savings product – on top of which is its migration to an EMV-enabled card which can be accessed through ATMs (automated teller machines).

It will also carry a debit and credit facility for online and cashless shopping, provide access to auxiliary services and help corporate and MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) clients manage their business through payroll cash management solutions.

Furthermore, it will progress to provide more value with features like remit-to-and-from savings account; pay and deposit from savings account; and an international remit-to-account feature which will provide convenience to Filipinos abroad in sending money to their families in the Philippines.

This innovation will also allow clients to have safe and convenient access to their accounts in all Cebuana Lhuillier branches, Cebuana CARES, agent partners, and all online and mobile channels, as well as, access to all CLRB branches set to establish presence nationwide. For easier access, self-service kiosks in Cebuana Lhuillier branches will also be put in place.

All these efforts to make savings accessible to every Filipino are part of Cebuana Lhuillier President & CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier’s vision on financial wellness.

“Cebuana Lhuillier is also adapting a new philosophy, which is financial wellness. Our goal is not just to provide quick cash to the underbanked and unbanked for their short-term financial needs but to become an enabler for a better future for them. Allowing more and more Filipinos to steer their own direction and be captains of their own ship. We want to help them graduate from being dependent through bridge financing options for them to experience financial freedom,” Lhuillier said.

Discover and nurture your child’s talent at Promil Four iShine Talent Camp 7

Each child is born with a talent that can appear in any form. Various activities can unlock their potential which is just waiting to be discovered. From singing to acting, and anything in between, your child’s gift can be nurtured through Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp 7, a summer talent development program in partnership with experts to help kids 6-11 years old become their very best.

Get ready to discover and develop your child’s talent and passion as Promil Four launches the newest season of its talent development program, thei-Shine Talent Camp 7. As the brand stays true to its mission of nurturing the gift, the next generation of awe-inspiring kids will be guided to reach their full potential in the fields of performing and visual arts through mental, physical and social stimulation workshops.

Kids ages 6 to 11 can enjoy a whole new level of fun and experience interactive learning with Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 featuring Art, Music, Dance camps, and its two new camps, Theatre and Ballet. These camps are managed by the finest experts/mentors of the country. Teachers Robert Alejandro and Kara Escay from Papemelroti will coach the Art Camp, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab returns as the camp master for the Music Camp, while Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy of the G-Force Dance School leads the Dance Camp. Furthermore, Audie Gemora heads the Theatre Camp, whereas Lisa Macuja-Elizalde guides the Ballet Camp.

All six mentors were presented during the launch of i-Shine 7, which also featured a talk by Dra. Leticia Penano-Ho, the President of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education. Dra. Ho talked about the importance of documenting the child’s journey to further help them develop their skills.

Also lending her skills and talent during the launch was a self-taught freelance photographer and “Promil kid” Shaira Luna who shared some photography tips during her Creative Documenting & Scrapbook Making Workshop. Meanwhile, the launch was hosted by seasoned actress Dimples Romana, who has been hosting the i-Shine Talent Camp ever since its beginning.

Promil’s philosophy is to instill the importance of not only proper nutrition, but also proper parenting and guidance to fully support a child’s proper growth and mental development. This is in line with the brand’s advocacy of actively involving parents in helping nurture the gift of their child.

Promil Four i-Shine 7 Camps will run from April to May 2019, and will be administered not only in different cities around Metro Manila, but also in more locations around the country like Batangas, Cebu, and Davao to allow kids outside Metro Manila to experience what i-Shine has to offer. As it is important to hone and encourage kids’ talents at a young age, there will be a grand recital after the camp duration to showcase what kids experienced and learned during the camps.

Past i-Shiners include Lucas Magallano of season 2 and Yesha Camile of season 3 who, after the camp, went on to let their talents shine through special performances in various events.

Know more about i-Shine and reserve a camp slot for your child now! Visit www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph/ for more details.

New Year, New Movies at SM Cinema!

SM Cinema welcomes 2019 with a bang as it brings you adventure, action and excitement in upcoming blockbuster flicks Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and Paramount Pictures’ Bumblebee!

A sequel to Walt Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, the world’s favorite magical nanny is back and will surely drive us again to an adventure of a lifetime.

Set in the 1930’s London, Mary Poppins Returns follows the now-adults Jane (Jane Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) together with Michael’s children as they face a personal loss and a family problem. In the time the family needs her the most, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) is back to the rescue to help the family and cope with the most difficult time of their lives.

Another new film to open our 2019 is the latest movie offering from the Transformers’ franchise focusing on the adventures of one of the most favorite Autobots, Bumblebee!

Catch Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee on January 8 at IMAX theatres, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Shopee and Jose Mari Chan Donate ₱1 Million to San Juan Nepomuceno School for Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, celebrates the success of Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale by giving back this festive season. Shopee, together with its Christmas Ambassador, Jose Mari Chan, ran a donation drive where all proceeds from the sale of Jose Mari Chan’s Going Home to Christmas album via the JMC Music Official Store on Shopee would go towards the funding of the San Juan Nepomuceno School’s educational and renovation programs. With the help of users, Shopee raised a total of ₱500,000 from the sale of the album. This amount was matched dollar for dollar by Jose Mari Chan, amounting to a total of ₱1 Million donated to the school.

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer, Shopee, said, “Shopee would like to thank our users for joining us in this meaningful cause. We are heartened by the response received and by Jose Mari Chan’s heart-warming generosity. This quarter has been extremely fulfilling for Shopee as we not only clocked in major milestones with the success of our of Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, but also continued to do our part for the local community.”

“I am so pleased to be helping a school that we’ve been supporting for a long time. I am grateful to be part of the Shopee family. This has been a very fulfilling experience and I would like to thank everyone for their warm support,” said Jose Mari Chan.

The final wave of the Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale concluded on a high note with the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. On 12 December, Shopee saw over 12 million orders across the region, surpassing all past records including the recent Shopee 11.11 Big Sale. In the Philippines, Mobile and Accessories, Health and Personal Care, and Women’s Apparel were the top three most popular categories. Leading brands, including Maybelline, the SM Store, Xiaomi, and Pampers emerged as favourites amongst users.

For more information, https://shopee.ph/.
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