In addition to the expanded product offerings, the new store features a modern and inviting layout, with easy to peruse, well-organized sections. This design ensures a seamless shopping experience, making Robinsons Appliances Magnolia the go-to destination for all home appliance and electronics needs in the area.
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.
SM STORE CELEBRATES ITS 65TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY BY HELPING FILIPINO CHILDREN IN NEED THROUGH THE SHARE SHOES CAMPAIGN
The simple things in life are oftentimes taken for granted. To some people, tangible objects like clothes, bags, or shoes are normal commodities that they can easily buy and eventually dispose of at will. Meanwhile, millions of people around the world, specifically children, walk barefoot as they lack financial resources to avail themselves of decent footwear.
According to a 2017 article by William Blischke, an American Sociology professor at the California State University Dominguez Hills, 14% of the earth’s inhabitants lack shoes or have inadequate footwear. He adds that in some developing countries, shoeless children cannot attend school because they may communicate and contract diseases from their foot sores. This is why some international non-profit organizations claim that shoes, or the lack thereof, are one of the most visible signs of poverty.
In the Philippines, there is no available academic study that justifies Filipino children’s actual lack of shoes. However, this phenomenon can be substantiated by the 2023 report of the Department of Education, which states that one of the most pressing issues in the basic education system is the lack of access to resources. Since school shoes are an integral part of a student’s uniform even in public schools, it will be difficult for less-privileged families to purchase them. Thus, leaving children with no choice but to either use their old and ill-fitting shoes, or worse, walk barefoot – just to complete their education.
This is the challenge that the SM Store intends to address through the Share Shoes campaign – to provide school shoes to the poverty-stricken students of the Philippines. In line with the celebration of SM’s 65th founding anniversary and through the help of its dedicated customers and partner-organizations, SM Store aims to donate more than sixteen thousand (16,000+) pairs of shoes to the last-mile schools and communities in the country. With a minimum of Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000) single-receipt-spend at any SM Store, a customer is entitled to donate a pair of shoes, which originally retails for P299, for only Sixty-Five Pesos (P65.00) and shall be considered as a Share Shoes Champion.
In a statement, Mr. Dhinno S Tiu, Executive Vice President of SM Store, exemplifies the value and symbolism of shoes for both SM and its advocacy to support the community:
“Shoes have been the core of our business for over 65 years. Thus, giving out thousands of shoes to the Filipino children who need them the most through the generosity of our customers, is a symbolic gesture of our commitment to continue to live the legacy of sharing and giving back to our partner communities.”
More than a material donation, SM Store hopes that these pairs of shoes would help the children’s journey towards a better life. Through a simple act of giving, these underprivileged children will be able to learn, play, and flourish in school. And by protecting their young feet, time will come when they can confidently step, walk, run, and even leap towards their individual goals and dreams.
Shop at your favorite SM Store at SM malls in Baliwag and Marilao until November 15, 2023 to support a child in need. For only P65, you can help transform a life by being a Share Shoes Champion! Help us put shoes on a child’s feet and together, let us witness how they walk through life with smiles on their faces. (Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-172377, Series of 2023)
As September ushers in the ‘BER’ months, SM City Grand Central is gearing up to make this transition even more exciting for shoppers with the 3-DAY-SALE happening on September 15, 16, and 17.
SM City Grand Central is inviting all shopaholics and savvy spenders to dive into a shopping experience that promises a perfect blend of unbeatable discounts, fabulous finds, and a golden opportunity to jumpstart your early Christmas shopping spree. Shoppers can expect jaw-dropping discounts and exclusive offers on a wide range of products, from fashion and beauty to electronics and home essentials. With a plethora of renowned brands under one roof, SM City Grand Central offers a shopping haven that caters to everyone’s needs and preferences.
Lucky shoppers may also win in the 3-day sale raffle promo! By simply presenting a minimum purchase receipt of P1,000 gives shoppers a chance to win a brand-new Suzuki Avenis. Increase your chances of winning by getting additional coupons when you shop on Saturday and Sunday.
The excitement doesn’t stop with shopping. For job seekers and career enthusiasts, SM City Grand Central has a surprise in store. Alongside the 3-Day Sale, a job fair will also be taking place on September 15 at the 5th level of the mall. As the season of new beginnings and opportunities approaches, individuals seeking new career opportunities are invited to explore a myriad of career prospects offered by a diverse range of reputable companies across various industries. From entry-level to managerial positions, SM City Grand Central’s job fair aims to connect job seekers with their dream jobs.
Don’t miss this chance to grab amazing deals and kickstart your Christmas shopping, all while exploring exciting job prospects. Mark your calendars on September 15, 16, and 17, and head on to SM City Grand Central for non-stop excitement, savings, and opportunities!
SM Supermalls’ search for the next biggest, brightest, and most talented kids in the country is back!
On July 6, SM Supermalls opened the pre-registration for SM Little Stars– the annual nationwide talent search for kids aged four to seven. Now in its 14th year, SM Little Stars has become a platform for some of the country’s biggest stars who are excelling in singing, acting, and modeling including 2013 Boy Grand Winner Nhikzy Calma, 2014 Girl Grand Winner Chun Sa Jung, 2013 3rd Runner-Up Esang De Torres, and 2017 Grand Girl Winner Gaea Salipot.
“SM is and will always be a safe and nurturing place for the kids. Through SM Little Stars, we are staying true to our commitment to making the kids’ malling experience fun, memorable, and rewarding for them and their families. We want to make sure that this will be worth remembering for them,” said SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin.
SM Little Stars Project Head Hanna Carinna Sy also said, “After an absence of three years, we are happy to be together again to launch what is undoubtedly the biggest kiddie talent search in the country, which will be held in 70 malls from Baguio and Tuguegarao to Davao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.”
The kids who will make the Grand Finals will be trained by celebrity mentors in a series of workshops to develop their talents and confidence on stage. The workshops will also encourage them to bond and make new friends with their co-participants.
Stakes are higher in this year’s SM Little Stars with over P9 Million in cash and prizes starting with a brand new Suzuki S-presso Special Edition MT MC worth over P600,000; one-year talent contract at Sparkle GMA Artist Center; 100% discount on college tuition and miscellaneous fees at National University; a five-day and four-night trip for two (2) to Hong Kong; a total of P100,000 worth of cash and SM gift certificates (P50,000 cash and P50,000 worth of SM gift certificates); P30,000 worth of Toy Kingdom gift cards; an annual pass certificate for unlimited bowling game and skating admission valid for one (1) year; 30 regular ride tickets at SM by the Bay Amusement Park / Sky Ranch, and gift vouchers for a two-night stay with breakfast for two (2) at Radisson Blu Cebu await one lucky boy and lucky girl winners!
To register, the parent/guardian must bring their child’s original and photocopy of their birth certificates as well as two (2) copies of 4R size of their photo taken with light make-up only with one (1) close-up shot and one (1) whole body shot to select SM Supermalls nationwide. This will be attached to their application form which should be filled up and signed by the parents and/or legal guardians. To apply online, go to: https://smsupermalls.com/smlittlestars/.
SM Little Stars 2023 will run from August 5 and 19 at SM City Baliwag, August 6 and 27 at SM City Grand Central, August 12 at SM Center Pulilan, and August 13 and 20 at SM City Marilao.
So, hurry and register your talented little ones! To know more about SM Little Stars, audition dates of other participating malls, and the full list of prizes, visit smsupermalls.com or follow @SMSupermalls on social media.
Convenience store giant 7-Eleven Philippines marks another anniversary with a giving-back treat to customers this 7-Eleven Day.
Happening on July 7 to 11, the 24-hour, five-day birthday sale is dubbed as the brand’s biggest bash, with discounts of up to 50% across over 300 item categories plus limited-time deals on its in-house eats like Crunch Time Chicken, City Cafe, 7-Fresh Siopao, and Big Bite Hotdog.
As 7-Eleven continues to lead the industry in store footprint, meal innovations, and service enhancements, 7-Eleven Day is another effort to show gratitude to its customers who continue to flock to the brand’s thousands of neighborhood stores. What’s more, 7-Eleven is positioning this year’s celebration as a ‘grocery day’ for the public with big discounts and deals available for pantry essentials and personal care items.
Pantry favorites that will be on sale include soft drinks, noodles, sweets, biscuits, chips, bread, and even alcoholic beverages. The same discounts and deals also apply to personal care products such as popular toothpaste, lotion, and soap brands, making the five-day event the perfect time to save and stock up for Filipinos.
Apart from the price markdowns on its grocery items, 7-Eleven is also slashing off prices from its in-house food classics.. Every order of one-piece Crunch Time Chicken will be sold at P10 off from July 6 to 11; City Cafe and Prima coffee selections in small cups are at P20 off on Jul 11; all variants of Big Bite Hotdog will only ring at the till for P23 on July 11; and the different flavors of the 7-Fresh Siopao – pancit crab, adobo, asado, and bola-bola – will have P6 discount on July 11 as well.
Rallying around the theme of customers “deserving” this special treat – 7-Eleven pulls all the stops to make this sulit sale event possible as it celebrates another year of being Filipinos’ convenience store favorite
Troop to the nearest 7-Eleven store nationwide from July 7 to 11 to avail of the sale items. To allow more people to enjoy the discounts, a quantity limit for each sale item per customer will be strictly implemented. Sale items per day may vary per store. For more information and updates, visit 7-Eleven’s website and social media pages.
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GCash Stories Launches “Turing” for Pride Month, Empowering the LGBTQIA+ Entrepreneurs to #WerkWithPride by Offering Finance for All
GCash Stories returns with a powerful new release featuring Turing Quinto, as the face of GCash’s “Werk With Pride” advocacy for Pride Month.
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the film celebrates pride by putting a spotlight on GCash’s commitment to inclusivity and financial empowerment while telling the story of strength and persistence of Filipino drag performer, Turing.
Turing gained fame as a contestant on the debut season of Drag Race Philippines. The short film delves into Turing’s aspirations and determination to succeed in life while showing the challenges faced by breadwinners striving to make ends meet.
Just like anyone else chasing a brighter future, Turing works with pride, thanks to GCash. She reassures her mother, “Ako nang bahala sa pag tambling, Ma,” despite the struggles their family faces.
Overcoming tears, she performs in her living room, cheered on by her family and supported by GCash, enabling her to receive tips from fans all around the country.
“Sobrang proud ako sa film na ‘to, kasi it really showed how GCash was there during some of my most challenging times,” shares Turing. “Especially nung lockdown kasi virtual shows lang ang nagagawa naming drag performers kasi sarado lahat ng bars and clubs, ang laking tulong ng GCash para makatanggap kami ng tips in real time, and I got to continue doing what I love the most.”
The premiere of Turing’s GStories film took place at the GTalks: Werk With Pride event on June 22. GCash created GTalks as a space for meaningful discussions on topics that impact the everyday lives of Filipinos, such as providing access to financial services, diversity and inclusion, and climate action.
Sharing their own success stories with GCash, the Werk With Pride event also featured a panel discussion with LGBTQIA+ business owners and entrepreneurs Gabby Cantero, Butterboy co-founder Hilder Demeterio, and Nariese Giangan of Food for the Gays. They were also joined by LGBT Chamber of Commerce Representative Atty. Quino Reyes.
(L-R Nariese Giangan, Hilder Demetrio, Gabby Cantero, Atty. Quino Reyes)
(L-R Gabby Cantero, Hilder Demetrio, Nariese Giangan, and Atty. Quino Reyes joined by GCash Chief Marketing Officer, Neil Trinidad)
GCash: Enabling Dreams and Aspirations for All
Regardless of who you are or what you aspire to, GCash supports your dreams by providing accessible financial services – even beyond Pride Month. GCash remains an essential tool for Filipinos as they work to achieve financial independence.
GCash offers GLoan, instant cash loans for kickstarting your goals, and GInsure, a range of insurance products safeguarding the future of LGBTQIA+ individuals and their loved ones. Business owners can also enjoy seamless payment experiences with Scan-To-Pay, enabling easy QR code payments online and offline.
“We understand the needs of our customers and will continuously innovate to provide accessible financial services for Filipinos, regardless of gender, background, or preference,” says Neil Trinidad, Chief Marketing Officer of GCash. “Like Turing, there are many stories of hope that inspire us to continue to help uplift the lives of Filipinos.”
With GCash, you, too, can #WerkWithPride, just like Turing does with every performance, knowing she’s supported by a platform that leads Filipinos to a better tomorrow.
Watch Turing’s inspiring story in the full “Turing” short film on YouTube. Share your own story of hope and progress using the hashtags #GCashStories and #MyGCashStory, and tag @gcashofficial.
In time with the Philippines’ celebration of its independence this June, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. has revealed its sustainability agenda as a commitment to helping Filipinos achieve the freedom to live brighter.
“Serving Filipinos for 128 years now, Sun Life has always prioritized sustainability – not just in its Philippine office but also in the global organization where it belongs to,” Sun Life Philippines CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison said. “As a life insurance and asset management business, we are naturally aligned with the sustainability goals, apart from pursuing philanthropic and environmental projects.”
Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sun Life’s commitment is expressed through initiatives that support the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and are anchored on focus areas where it can have the most positive social and environmental impact, including Increasing Financial Security, Fostering Healthier Lives, Advancing Sustainable Investing, Operating as a Trusted and Responsible Business, and Uplifting Communities.
Over the years, Sun Life has been staunchly advocating these causes. A peek at the company’s sustainability journey thus far is available at www.sunlife.co/SustainabilityPH.
“Sun Life commits to a sustainable future by creating a positive impact on our stakeholders in the way we operate,” Sison said. “We aspire for our people and our solutions to make a difference in Filipino lives, empowering them to achieve financial security and healthier living for generations to come.”
Marking Financial Independence Month
In line with its goal to increase financial security among Filipinos, Sun Life is once again marking June as Financial Independence Month, with the goal of empowering Filipinos through relevant and engaging content that express the message, “Freedom starts with a choice. Kaya mo ‘yan!”
“We introduced Financial Independence Month in 2015, and we aim to keep the conversation going,” Sun Life Chief Client Experience and Marketing Officer Carla Gonzalez-Chong said. “Our rallying cry for this year shows our confidence in the Filipinos’ power to bring their goals to life. And as they make the choice to pursue financial freedom, Sun Life will be here to walk the journey with them, with the vision of helping Filipinos achieve lifetime financial security.”
Serving as inspiration are four short films created by Sun Life’s in-house team of young creatives. These feature heartwarming stories of Filipinos who made the choice to own their future and bring their goals to life.
“Sinag” by Mei Solis tells the story of a daughter who is struggling to connect with her Overseas Filipino mom, until they discover a shared goal of finally being together for good.
“Kulay” by Casey Borja explores the world of a child on the autism spectrum who brings hope to his business-owner father amid a crucial time.
“Ngayon at Bukas” by JC Manzano depicts the struggle of a son struggling to find his path and finds it in an unlikely place: his father’s humble barber shop.
“Para Sa Akin” by Bea Aguilera is a funny take on how a storm of bad luck can ironically lead one to finding a bright partner.
All these will be available on www.sunlife.co/KayaMoYan beginning June 19. Complementing the films are free learning modules designed for those who wish to build their financial portfolio. The message will be further amplified via content on Sun Life’s social platforms, @SunLifePH on Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok.
“Sun Life is always eager to do its part as the Filipinos’ partner in achieving a more sustainable future,” Sison said. “We honor the progress that we have made together and look forward to more milestones along the way, so that more may have the freedom to live brighter.”
Almost 5 out of 10 Filipinos have outstanding loans, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) latest Financial Inclusion Survey in 2021. Of this number, day-to-day expenses, emergencies, and fulfilling financial or life goals are the top three reasons why Filipino adults borrow.
However, only two out of ten Filipinos have access to formal financial services offered by banks and government institutions like the Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-IBIG, with some resorting to borrowing from individuals or lending companies with unfairly high interest rates.
Moreover, BSP notes that 25% of Filipino adults were forced to use up their savings during the pandemic, which means that on top of having to deal with everyday finances, they may not have enough cash to cover emergency expenses.
In line with its goal of making affordable loans accessible to more Filipinos, e-wallet app, GCash introduces new ways for Filipinos to conveniently manage their finances. On top of using the GCash app to pay bills, send money, buy load or pay for online and in-store purchases, users can now easily borrow money in the form of GLoan, GGives, and GCredit.
“We at GCash are working hard to give every Filipino access to fair loans not just to help them meet their basic needs but also empower them to achieve their life goals,” said Zo Canaria, FUSE Lending Growth Marketing Head. “Through GCash’s in-app innovations, we hope to give Filipinos an easy way to fund the lifestyle they deserve and fulfill long-standing goals they were previously unable to achieve due to financial challenges.”
GLoan: Fast-cash loan offering
GLoan, the loan product of GCash, offers instant cash up to P125,000 straight to eligible users’ GCash wallets, which can be used for starting or expanding a business, cover emergency expenses, celebrate special occasions or even to pay for different necessities. Through GLoan, eligible users can borrow from P1,000 to P125,000 as good as cash, with an interest rate of as low as 1.59%.
To borrow, users simply submit their loan application within the app with no additional documents needed and wait for the loan to be reflected straight to their GCash wallet within 24 hours. The loan can then be paid for as low as P265 a month for 5-24 months.
GGives: Light and easy installment plan
Meanwhile, GGives is GCash’ light and flexible installment plan which allows eligible users to purchase big-ticket items and pay for it in up to 24 months. GGives allows eligible users to purchase items amounting up to P125,000 in one transaction and choose their payment terms in installments from 3, 6, 9, or 12 months and up to 24 gives.
GGives can be used for both in-store and online purchase of selected merchants. Unlike other installment products, GGives does not require additional documents during application and does not need an upfront downpayment and processing fees.
GCredit: Always-ready credit line
GCredit, powered by CIMB, is an always-ready credit line by GCash that can be used to pay for select bills, as well as products and services in-store and online. Eligible users can get up to a Php 50,000 credit line that they can use for bills payment, online buys, and in-store QR purchases to cover everyday expenses.
With GCredit, users are only charged based on the number of days they borrow. This prorated interest means users who pay earlier get charged a lower interest. GCredit’s Minimum Amount Due also allows users to pay as low as 15% of their dues on their billing and/or due date.
To be eligible for GLoan, GGives, and GCredit, users must have a fully verified GCash profile and must maintain a qualified GScore, which is the app’s trust rating reflecting their GCash activity. GScore is the primary basis to qualify for GLoan, GGives, GCredit and enjoy benefits such as lowest interest rates and highest credit line or loan amount.
As your GScore is computed based on GCash activity, users must maintain an active GCash wallet balance by cashing in regularly and using different GCash services. For those who are already using any of the GCash borrow products, such as GLoan, GGives or GCredit, they must pay their dues early or on time to maintain their GScore and be eligible for future credit transactions.
Users may access GLoan, GGives and GCredit through the GCash dashboard or find it under “Borrow.” No GCash yet? Download the GCash App on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Huawei App Gallery! Kaya mo, i-GCash mo!
Summer is in full force, and Sun Life Philippines is one with Filipinos in welcoming the season with bright and fun activities in Boracay.
Tourists who headed to the island paradise for the recent five-day break were greeted by colorful paraws that were specially designed for Sun Life. As a bonus, Giftaway e-gift certificates are also up for grabs for those who will join Sun Life’s Spot the Paraw promo. To participate, one only needs to take a photo, reel, or video of Sun Life’s paraw in Boracay, post it on their Instagram or TikTok account, and tag @SunLifePH. The promo is currently ongoing and will run until May 31, 2023.
Meanwhile, massages, henna tattoos, an afternoon tea break, and a Partner for Life photo session were also offered at the Feliz Hotel located at Station 2 last April 9. These will be scheduled once again on April 29 for those who will be in Boracay for the Labor Day long weekend. These activities, which will be provided for free, are perfect for those looking to make their summer vacation with their partners, family, and loved ones more memorable.
Highlighting Health and Wellness
Sun Life will also take the opportunity to highlight health and wellness this summer by bringing its Wheel of Life Pop-up Fair to Boracay on April 29.
The fair will feature various health activities, including free consultations, health risk assessments, and nutrition counseling. A mental health check-in will be offered by the Philippine Mental Health Association, while diabetes testing will be courtesy of Sun Life’s healthcare partners, Doctor Anywhere and the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation Inc.
There will also be game booths, free massages, a wellness corner, and other fun activities onsite. Boracay is the only stop the Wheel of Life Pop-up Fair is making in the Visayas region.
A Purposeful Summer
Those eager to make their summer memories more meaningful will be happy to know that artworks created by local artists out of recycled materials will be on display at D’Mall Boracay from April 27 to May 2. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the artists.
Meanwhile, there will also be coastal cleanup sessions happening on April 28, May 13, and June 10 for those who want to help preserve Boracay’s beaches. Volunteers who are licensed scuba divers can also participate in the underwater cleanup activities during these dates. The Sun Life ReCycle PH Machine will also be on hand so participants can exchange their plastic bottles for GCash credits.
All these activities are part of Sun Life’s new health campaign, Wheel of Life, which aims to inspire Filipinos to prioritize their health and help them pursue a healthier lifestyle so that they can live life on their own terms.
To stay updated on the latest updates and promos, follow @SunLifePH on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. To learn how Sun Life can help you live life on your own terms, visit www.sunlife.co/WheelOfLife.