Monthly Archives: September 2023
Leading real estate developer in Southeast Asia, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s GUUN Co. Ltd. to explore a potential partnership to implement waste management solutions by recycling waste paper and plastics as an alternative source of energy called ‘fluff fuel’.
Fluff Fuels are one type of RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) that are produced from shredded and compressed plastics, papers, and fibers. These are used as fuels in cement manufacturing, paper mill companies, or power companies in Japan.
SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans T. Sy is positive that a partnership with GUUN will contribute to the waste reduction goals of the country. “Today, Japan’s waste management and recycling technology is among the most advanced in the world,” he said. “There is no better partner for SM because we do not just talk about being big, we make sure we do it; we do not talk about being environment friendly but we do take bold steps to save the environment. I am looking forward to growing with GUUN as among leaders in solving environmental issues in the Philippines.”
GUUN Co., Ltd., founded in March 2001 and headquartered in Yokohama City, Japan, piloted the production of fluff fuel from plastic waste in Inayawan, Cebu in 2014 and recently inaugurated its P200-million, 2,400-square meter waste recycling plant in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu.
Since then, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has adopted GUUN’s waste-to-fuel technology as a model for advanced low-carbon technology innovation for further deployment in developing countries.
“This will be a milestone partnership for us,” GUNN Chief Executive Officer Shinji Fujieda said after the signing ceremony. “I understand very much how important waste management is for SM and for the Philippines and we look forward to more projects we can do with the properties of SM Prime.”
SM Prime’s initiatives for waste management include waste reduction and effective waste collection and segregation. Over the years, it has implemented programs such as Trash to Cash, Plastic Waste Collection, and E-Waste Collection that have contributed to reducing the total solid waste generation across its real estate portfolio.
Through its pioneering Trash to Cash recycling market, SM Prime has collected and recycled 1.4M kg of plastics, paper, metals, and others in 2022. “We have saved 16,766 trees from the 986,222 kg of paper recycled,” SM Prime disclosed in its 2022 Integrated Report to shareholders.
Meanwhile, SM’s Plastic Waste Collection program, a partnership with the Plastic Credit Exchange that was launched in February 2021, has accumulated 42,541kg of plastic waste from 14 mall sites. Also present in all its 83 SM Supermalls is the E-Waste Collection program for the responsible disposal of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment). This drive has helped process close to 7,000 kilograms of e-waste.
Leading global smart device brand OPPO, has introduced the new OPPO A38, the latest addition to its powerful A Series lineup that delivers style, function, and performance tailored for your everyday use and at a value-friendly price.
The device features 33W SUPERVOOC fast charging, 5000mAh large battery, and comes with a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. Additionally, the new OPPO A38 also offers exceptional user experience and immersive entertainment with a 50MP AI Camera, 90Hz Sunlight Display, and Ultra Volume Mode.
Stylish and Iconic Ultra Retro Design
The OPPO A38 boasts a sleek and trendy design that not only feels great in your hand but also makes a stylish statement. Its ultra-slim retro design, flat-edged middle frame, and a premium build quality set it apart from the competition. It has two exciting colors – Glowing Gold, which combines warm orange-yellow hues, and Glowing Black, that creates a mesmerizing style that reflects an outer space-like design. The OPPO A38 also inherits the OPPO Glow design which gives the back cover a shimmering and trendy appearance.
Dynamic Camera System for Ultra-Clear Photography
You can now capture your best moments with OPPO A38’s versatile camera system that has a 50MP Al Main camera and 2MP Bokeh Camera which allows you to take clear, natural and stunning photos in various scenarios. Both front and rear cameras of OPPO A38 also support the portrait retouching feature that allow users to adjust and customize the beautification level of their photos.
Immersive Viewing Experience and Boundless Daily Entertainment
The OPPO A38 has a captivating 6.5-inch 90Hz Sunlight Display with an 89.8% screen-to-body ratio that brings your content to life with vibrant colors and realistic details. The new A Series smartphone is also equipped with Ultra Volume Mode to deliver an incredible audio experience whether you’re watching your favorite series, gaming, or browsing the web. Additionally, the screen can reach up to 720 nits of brightness in high brightness, allowing users to effortlessly read or view on-screen content. OPPO A38 also has an All-Day AI Eye comfort feature which helps minimize eye strain and makes viewing comfortable regardless of screen time.
Long Lasting Battery
Stay connected all day with the impressive battery life of A38 as the device is equipped with a 500mAh large battery that can be charged to 100% in 75 minutes using 33W SUPERVOOC™ fast charging. It is also fitted with All-day Charging and All-Day AI Power Saving Protection features to enhance charging safety and battery reliability.
Always Smooth with Outstanding Performance
OPPO A38 is powered by MediaTek Helio G85 platform, a high-performance processor and ample RAM which gives smooth multitasking and lightning-fast app launches. It comes with a 4GB RAM+128GB ROM configuration, and RAM Expansion technology, allowing it to convert free ROM space into up to 4GB of RAM to keep the phone running smoothly and enjoy lag-free performance for all your tasks.
Don’t miss out and buy an OPPO A38 today!
Time to get yourself a device built to meet your everyday needs. The new OPPO A98 retails for Php 7,999 at OPPO stores nationwide. You can also avail the new OPPO A38 through Lazada today and on Shopee and TikTok Shop starting October 6.
To know more about OPPO’s A Series, check out https://www.oppo.com/ph/ or OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.
[L-R] Maziar Zabeth, JA Asia Pacific President and CEO (1st from left); Gilbert Sadsad, Department of Education Regional Director – Region 5 (2nd from left); Marc Fancy, Prudence Foundation Executive Director (3rd from left), Rose Fausto (4th from left) , JA Philippines Krishna Alejandrino (5th from left), Pia Warburton, Prudence Foundation Group Manager( 5th from right), Gizelle Camua, Pru Life UK Vice President – Community Investment and Advocacy ( 4th from right) and Atty. Emeren Vallente, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief ESG, Legal and Government Relations Officer ( 3rd from right).
- The Cha-Ching Program has been awarded for its excellence in promoting prudent financial habits (Earn, Save, Spend & Donate) and nurturing financial responsibility among children.
Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm in Asia and Africa of Prudential plc, Pru Life UK’s parent company, in partnership with JA Philippines, are thrilled to announce the official relaunch of its financial literacy education program that aims to reshape the future of young kids. With an unwavering commitment to empower the youth, we proudly present “One Student to a Million: Cha-Ching Shaping a Financially Literate Generation.”
Celebrating Cha-Ching Milestones
In 2016, Prudence Foundation with JA Asia Pacific and JA Philippines, introduced the Cha-Ching curriculum. Cha-Ching was co-funded by Prudence Foundation and Pru Life UK in the Philippines, a leading life insurance company that provides financial and health solutions. As these organisations continue to expand, it remains committed to extending its outreach by introducing additional initiatives within the Cha-Ching curriculum aimed at educating students on financial principles and financial matters.
As a testament to its success and commitment to involvement, the Cha-Ching program has now been integrated in the school curriculum of Grade 4 students. At such a young age, students are now exposed to matters involving money and finances and different investment modules. As the majority of key decisions in our daily lives involve money, Cha-Ching gives students the freedom and confidence to know and learn more about organising their finances, no matter how big or small.
Today, Cha-Ching is hailed as the most renowned financial literacy program for youth in the Philippines as it also received the Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie® Award in the Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications Category in 2021 and the Money Awareness and Inclusion Awards in 2022.
This year, the renewed Cha-Ching program sets an ambitious goal: to reach 1,000,000 students and 28,000 teachers nationwide. This goal reinforces Prudence Foundation, Pru Life UK, JA Asia Pacific and JA Philippines’s commitment to becoming trailblazers in financial literacy education for the youth.
“Together with Prudence Foundation, I am very excited that the Philippines will be the first country where the Cha-Ching Curriculum will have reached 1 million students by school year 2023-2024. Truly, an amazing achievement reflecting our purpose as partners for every life, and protectors for every future,” shared Eng Teng Wong, President and CEO of Pru Life UK.
Prudence Foundation Executive Director, Marc Fancy, announcing the foundation’s goal to reach 1,000,000 students and 28,000 teachers nationwide through the Cha-Ching Program.
Getting to Know Cha-Ching Curriculum
Last year, Prudence Foundation successfully launched their one of a kind financial literacy online game, Cha-Ching Money Adventures (CCMA), globally. CCMA is an interactive online game and a dynamic learning platform designed to equip students and teachers alike with vital money management skills while making learning an enjoyable experience.
Aside from the interactive gaming design and interface, CCMA also reaches out to the typical student by playing through 4 different distinctive modules: “Hometown” for Earn, “Mallsville” for Save, “Las Races” for Spend and “Rockability Rivers” for Donate. These modules engage students in the fundamental Cha-Ching concepts: Earn, Save, Spend, Donate, all while earning points, learning, and having fun.
| The launch of Cha-Ching Money Adventures and Investment Modules.
Making a Difference through Cha-Ching
Through curriculum integration and CCMA, Cha-Ching continues to revolutionise financial education, making it enjoyable, comprehensive, and accessible. It fosters a positive attitude toward money, empowering students to make sound financial decisions for a brighter future.
“Teaching kids financial literacy at an early age is not just important; it’s absolutely vital. It’s like giving them a compass for life, giving them proper reference as they navigate real life. By instilling these skills early, we anchor them with the knowledge needed to navigate the complex financial world confidently,” said Jed Velarde, Stock Market Investment Advocate and the Head of Partnerships at COL Financial Group, Inc., during the launch event.
Cha-Ching continues to change the narrative that only adults can handle money and shifts it to the belief that students can also make financially sound decisions for today and the years to come.
MANILA, Philippines. – Global Filipino trailblazers will take centerstage in New York on October 28, when PHTimeIsNow: A Time and Place to Connect with Fellow Filipino Trailblazers will be held at the Harvard Club of New York City, with Jollibee Group’s Beth Dela Cruz among its speakers.
“I am honored to share our Jollibee Group story at the historic Harvard Club NYC for the PHTimeIsNow forum,” shared Beth Dela Cruz, President for Jollibee Group North America Asian Brands (Jollibee, Chowking, and Red Ribbon). “Being on stage with accomplished Filipinos like Bobby Lopez and Loida Lewis inspires us to work even harder to share Filipino pride here in the United States and around the world.”
Dela Cruz joins the ranks of renowned trailblazers such as Bobby Lopez, Double EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony) award-winning composer for Frozen, Coco, Avenue Q, and Book of Mormon, and Loida Lewis, philanthropist, businesswoman, and author of “Why Should Guys Have All the Fun?”.
Lopez was born in Manhattan to a Filipino-American family and attended Yale University before writing songs for local theatres. Lopez received his first EGOT in 2013, at the age 39, making him the youngest individual to win all four awards and the first Asian to do so. Lopez received his second Oscar in 2018, becoming the only person in history to obtain a double EGOT, making him a legend in the fields of television, music, film, and theater.
Lewis, a practicing attorney in both the Philippines and New York, was the first Asian and Filipino woman to pass the New York bar without having studied law in the United States. She also served 10 years as General Attorney in the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (currently U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) and won her discrimination action against INS in 1979.
Headlining the full-day summit is Karen Davila, one of the Philippines’ most celebrated news anchors who has been recognized globally and locally for her achievements in journalism as well as her contributions to various advocacies and charities.
PHTimeIsNow was launched in June 2018 to create a platform for Global Filipino Trailblazers, Mentors, and Changemakers to share their personal stories of learning, success, and growth in hopes of helping the next generation to reach greater heights in their personal and professional lives.
#PHTimeIsNow2023 is supported by Jollibee Foods Corporation. To learn more about the event and the participating Global Filipino Trailblazers, Mentors, and Changemakers, visit www.phtimeisnow.com or follow PHTimeIsNow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Here’s the deal! This payday, the leading pizza chain in the country is offering a Buy 1, Get 75% Off promo for their bestselling pizza flavors.
Greenwich is giving its customers all the right reasons to make every day a pizza day with their limited-time only deal. From September 29 to October 1, get a 9” Hawaiian Overload® Pizza and 9” Ham and Cheese Classic Pizza for only P325—you’ll save a total of P175*!
The Hawaiian Overload® Pizza is Greenwich’s bestseller, featuring sweet pineapples, ham, bacon, mozzarella, and cheddar. Meanwhile, their Ham and Cheese Pizza is also a standout with its classic, all-time favorite flavor.
“Greenwich is always looking for ways to give barkadas the best food trip during payday. It’s the perfect time to serve them with our great-tasting pizza favorites, after a hard day’s work,” said Ali De Torres, the head of marketing of Greenwich.
This Buy 1, Get 75% Off Payday Deal will be available in all Greenwich branches nationwide for dine-in, take-out, pick up, and #5-55-55. You may also order via GrabFood and foodpanda.
To get updates and more information about Greenwich bundles, dial #5-55-55 or message Greenwich Barkada on Facebook Messenger.
Over a hundred donors from SM Malls in Grand Central and Sangandaan in Caloocan and Valenzuela took part in the annual bloodletting event to mark the onset of the gift-giving season.
Dubbed “Dugong Bigay, Dugtong Buhay”, the activity was in support of the Voluntary Blood Donation Program spearheaded by the Department of Health’s Philippine Blood Center (PBC) in collaboration with SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) and SM’s Medical Services Division.
A total of 100 units of blood were collected from successful donors in SM City Grand Central, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM City Valenzuela during the one-day donation drive held at the mall.
SM City Grand Central’s nurse, Mary Grace Batoon, said that prior to the blood extraction, volunteers underwent a medical interview, a physical check-up, and blood tests to qualify as donors. A lecture on blood awareness, its function, and the health benefits of donating blood followed.
The blood donation drives at SM were aligned with Republic Act No. 7719, the National Blood Services Act of 1994, which encourages voluntary blood donation to ensure sufficient supply of safe blood.
These inspiring words come from 18-year-old Princess Eunice Motel, an SM scholar currently pursuing her education at the Philippine Normal University. She is one of two children of Hildajane, an on-call factory re-packer, and Richard, a set man, hailing from Caloocan City.
Princess’ dream of becoming a teacher has been a lifelong aspiration, deeply rooted in her heart and mind since her childhood. This calling became even more pronounced when she embraced her Christian faith.
“My unwavering commitment to becoming a teacher is directly inspired by the Kidz Life Ministry, a cherished initiative of our church dedicated to teaching children about God’s word. I aspire to be a vessel for sharing knowledge, instilling hope, and nurturing a brighter future for the next generation,” she said.
To pursue her dreams, Princess has chosen to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the Philippine Normal University, her dream institution. “PNU is renowned for its ability to nurture exceptional teachers,” she remarked. “As I aspire to become an educator, I also strive for greatness and excellence, and there’s no better place to achieve that than at PNU.”
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Jhona Bolinas is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education with English as her major. Born in Baliuag, Bulacan, she passed entrance exams at other universities but opted to enroll at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela due to its proximity to her family.
Despite considering other career paths, Jhona opted education, drawing inspiration from her mother, who is also an educator. “Watching, observing, and listening to her, I learned the basics,” she shared. Driven by her love for reading and writing, she also chose to specialize in English.
When asked if she plans to work abroad after graduation, Jhona keeps her options open, recognizing it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “But right now, I want to ensure that my mother enjoys a good life before making such a significant decision,” she explained.
Another aspiring educator is Krissa May Oquindo. Her father, a cable technician, is the family’s sole breadwinner while her mother dedicates her time to caring for the family. Krissa completed her senior high school education at the Universidad de Manila. She applied to four State universities and ultimately chose to enroll at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), known for producing graduates highly sought after by employers, as per a recent survey.
When asked about her motivation to become a teacher, Krissa responded, “Being an educator has always been my passion. From the moment I set foot on a school campus, the idea of standing in front of students and sharing knowledge excites me.” She has selected Science as her major to deepen her understanding of the subject and to enlighten others about it.
Krissa has no plans to teach abroad. She believes that while there is demand for teachers overseas, the same holds true in the Philippines: “My passion for teaching is rooted in caring for the next generation, especially for the youth of our country.”
Through the years, the SM college scholarship program has empowered 3,791 graduates who have enrolled in over 120 partner colleges and universities across the nation. These scholars enjoy full tuition benefits, monthly allowances, part-time work opportunities during semestral and Christmas breaks, job offers from the SM Group upon graduation, and engaging activities and enrichment programs.
Additionally, SM’s tech-voc scholarship program has produced 4,669 graduates, further contributing to the development of skilled professionals in various fields.
In time for the school year opening, SM Prime through SM Foundation turned over a fully furnished two-storey building to the President Manuel Roxas Memorial Integrated School-South in Roxas City, Western Visayas.
The 104th school building made through the collaboration is built in accordance with specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd). It holds four classrooms, each furnished with desks, chairs for left-handed students, toilets per classroom, including a special toilet for PWDs on the ground floor.
It also includes concave blackboards, electric fans, and LED lighting. Emergency lights were installed in the stairways for emergency-preparedness.
Supporting DepEd’s commitment to ensure that learners have access to water for hygiene and sanitation, SM Foundation installed a handwashing facility along with liquid soap for the community’s use.
To further assist, the SM group will help with the maintenance and upkeep of the said school.
It was earlier announced by DepEd that roughly 21 million students enrolled this school year 2023-2024. Amidst this, the agency reported that only over 100,000 out of the more than 300,000 school buildings are in good condition.
Believing in the power of education in uplifting communities, SM Foundation has been an active member of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School Program since 2002, turning over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities nationwide. The said program intends to address overcrowding in schools and provide an environment conducive for learning.
SM City Grand Central and SM City Valenzuela are set to be the epicenter of fan excitement as the malls host back-to-back fandom events this weekend.
Fans of Seventeen, known as Carats, are invited this Saturday, September 23, 2023, at SM City Valenzuela for the much-anticipated fandom event, “CHEERS TO CARATS”. The Event Center of SM City Valenzuela will be transformed into a haven for all #Seventeen fans. In partnership with Carat Land Philippines, attendees can look forward to an array of #AweSM activities and prizes that await them. The event will feature live performances, abundant freebies, a thrilling play dance, engaging games, and much more. The best part? Admission is absolutely free, and the event is open to all Carats, whether you are a long-time fan or a newbie.
Following this, SM City Grand Central will be hosting the Armys Fandom event on Sunday, September 24, 2023, starting at 1:00 pm. The Mall Atrium will serve as the perfect backdrop for this exhilarating gathering, presented in collaboration with ARMY YAH PH. This event promises an unforgettable day filled with an exciting lineup of activities, captivating music, breathtaking visuals, and an abundance of love for BTS. Attendees are encouraged to let their true purple ARMY spirit shine and create lasting memories with fellow fans.
Both electrifying fandom events are set to bring together the K-pop community in a celebration of music, camaraderie, and shared passion. Attendees are advised to come early to secure their spots and make the most of this remarkable experience.