Martes, Mayo 10, 2022

8 Cool Things to Do this Summer in Ortigas



With all the hustle and bustle in the Metro, you need to chill out and experience an #AweSMBurstOfSummer with SM Megamall and The Podium! Here’s everything you need to check out this Summer time.



1. Preview of Mega Whale Shark 




The #AweSM3DWhaleShark was first spotted at the SM Megamall LED billboard last April 28, 2022. It is the first-ever 3D immersive experience in Manila and everyone can enjoy this sight daily at 7pm to 9pm every 15 minutes. Stay tuned for more awesome experience as this is just the first preview and we’ll give you more of the Mega Whale Shark soon!




2. Mega Play Park




Experience the #AweSMBurstOfSummer as SM Megamall brings you a fun and exciting experience at the Mega Play Park located at the Ground Floor, Mega Fashion Hall. The gigantic doll house, funniest games such as golf, table tennis and colorful photo spots, are perfect for the young ones and kids-at-heart. Enjoy this attraction until May 10, 2022.



3. Summer Coolers and Desserts- Until May 10




The Ultimate Summer Coolers and Desserts surrounding the colorful Mega Play Park are the best, delicious drinks and desserts to beat the summer heat: Yogorino, Serenitea, Gong Cha, Milksha, Tokyo Bubble Tea, The Alley, Cold Stone and Papermoon. 



4. Mega 5-Day Sale




It’s going to be a summer to remember as SM Megamall gives you the most awaited Mega 5-day sale. Score lots of amazing deals and SMAC exclusive deals from your favorite stores from May 11-15, 2022.



5. Pawsome Summer The Podium




Paws up at The Podium Paw Park! Enjoy two whole weekends of dog socializing and fun in PetMe’s activities and day care service. And shop special accessories and treats from Presidential Paws, BARF Philippines, Petenizer and more at our Pup-ups! Pawsome Summer happening this April 28-May 1 & May 6-8. Can’t wait to spend this pawsome summer with you!



6. The Podium Alfresco area ADB and Roofdeck




Spend a little more time with friends and family with a little city breeze at The Podium Alfresco. Dine Al fresco at the ground level at ADB or up at The Roofdeck Gardens. Reserve a table through your restaurant of choice or sit & scan the QR to place an order. 



7. The Food Lab and Culinarya Pampanga




Your favorite instagram food brands are making it to The Podium! The Food Lab brings together your instagram cravings in one spot. Order a variety of food and snacks from pop-ups of each of the instagrammable food brands in your feed. Stay tuned for more!



8. Work it, Mom!

It’s a workout party with mom this May! Get dancing, stretching, and boxing with The Podium boutique studios, and get your customized Nike fit for the occasion. Release those endorphins and have a great time with mom this May 15, sunday. 


So there you have it - a list of the coolest things to do this summer in Ortigas. Dine, shop and strike a pose at SM Megamall and The Podium! Follow @smmegamall and @thepodiummall for more. 

Sabado, Mayo 7, 2022

It’s #SuperMoms Day at SM Supermalls!



Treat your Wonder WoMoms to an #AweSM day this Sunday

If there’s one thing that our #SuperMoms love about Mother’s Day, it’s spending quality time with the whole family. This Sunday, make the day extra special when you celebrate at SM Supermalls!

Got no idea what to do this weekend? Don’t worry because SM Supermalls’ got your back! Get awesome discounts on food, shopping, and pampering for your #SuperMoms at SM!


Cater to her cravings and give her a memorable feast
Treat mom to a scrumptious meal in the mall or at home because SM Supermalls has all the perfect deals for you. From May 1-8, there are a lot of SuperMoms Deals from the participating tenants to choose from! Just check out SM Deals for the full list of exciting deals and promo bundles.

Grab a sweet treat at the SuperMoms Fair
Short on gift ideas for the #SuperMoms on your list? The SuperMoms Fair has all the hearty treats that #SuperMoms will really love. SM tenants will be selling different cakes and flowers so you can indulge your moms, grandmas, titas, sisters, and all other momma figures out there this Mother’s day!

Take her to the cool SuperMom Photo Spots
Moms love looking at pictures and seeing family members with all their happy faces. Take her to the coolest photo spots at SM so she’ll have something to look at while remembering all the good memories you’ve made with her this Mother’s Day.

Give her a treatment fit for a queen
The queens of our household really deserve VIP treatment. Give her convenient and safe ways to get her celebration essentials at SM. There are dedicated exclusive sales, vouchers, and promotions, as well as discounts for advance reservations or online orders just for them!

Arrange a special day for furmoms and their pets
There are different types of moms and this includes furmoms, too! Indulge furmoms and their furbabies in a bonding treat like no other! Pawsome activities await them like the PAW Pageant where they can wear twinning outfits as well as paw-friendly games that both of them can join.

Dedicate some prayer time for the #SuperMoms
Motherhood is not only physically demanding; it can be spiritually demanding, too! So to celebrate this special day, SM Supermalls will be hosting a Mother’s Day Mass at the malls’ event centers or chapels which will also be live-streamed via Facebook. Moms pray for our wellbeing all year round, so this Sunday, make it your time say a prayer for thank you for our #SuperMoms.


“This day, we honor our wonderful SuperMoms who have been there for us all throughout our lives. Their unconditional love and hard work for the family are truly remarkable and incomparable. And as they look forward to celebrating this day with us, it’s our goal to make it even more special as we help you create more memories together here at SM in a safe and fun way,” said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan.

No think to overthink this.  Plan the best, most convenient, and safest Mother’s Day celebration for your SuperMoms this Sunday at your nearest SM Supermall! 

Find out more about the Mother’s Day celebration at SM and visit https://www.smsupermalls.com/super-moms-day-at-sm/?
utm_source=media&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=SuperMomsDayatSM. For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com.



Miyerkules, Mayo 4, 2022

Social enterprises team up to pay tribute to Moms and cover full spectrum of love

“We wanted to come up with customized gifts that not only transcend the conventional considerations for Mother’s Day, but also hone in on our enduring model of creating impact for different stakeholders through partnerships: the cut-flower farmers, cacao growers, and artisan pot makers.” ~Lance Villanueva, the Co-Founder & Chief of Fulfillment of Mayani
Because a mother’s love is unique, nurturing, and all-encompassing. Bride and Breakfast Founder Janna Simpao on a heartwarming moment with her daughter.


It is that time of the year again when we celebrate the efforts of the very person whose unconditional, unbeatable love binds our families together: our super moms.

To elevate the usual gift options for Mother’s Day, leading farm-to-table platform Mayani.ph collaborates with premium bean-to-bar chocolate maker Auro Chocolate and key social enterprises GAAN and Agrabah by curating special potted flowers and plants collection with names symbolizing the different kinds of motherly love. 

Every gift is composed of farm fresh flowers elegantly nested and arranged in terracotta bowls from GAAN’s artisan pottery community in Pampanga. All are paired with a limited edition Mayani and Auro co-branded Heritage Collection Chocolate Set: 5 chocolate bars from roasted white to premium dark.


Atty. Miscen Desiderio-Dime (Managing Director for Legal Services, Ethics, Compliance, and Regulatory Operations of a large international BPO) gets home and receives a warm hug from her youngest daughter.


Known for its thrust of providing a broader and more stable market for smallholder farmers and fisherfolks, Mayani also works strategically with the likes of the Department of Trade & Industry in expanding its impact footprint across more regions in the Philippines.

Prim Paypon, the Co-Founder and Curator of GAAN, elaborates on the underlying thought and curation process for the collection. 

“For Mother’s Day, we thought of celebrating our mother’s unwavering love and remarkable labor to their children from birth to adulthood. We want to celebrate the loving labor of their hands, from guiding their children to take their first step to creating wonderful meals on their family’s table. For this campaign, we named each flower arrangement from how we recall and cherish our own memories with our life’s first greatest woman.” ~Prim Paypon, the Co-Founder and Curator of GAAN

For this campaign, we named each flower arrangement from how we recall and cherish our own memories with our life’s first greatest woman.


SM PRIME leads with Green Buildings for Sustainable Cityscapes

“Constructing greener buildings provides holistic solutions not only reducing emissions but also promoting social wellbeing. We see this in our developments which drives us to build greener and even retrofit our existing malls to meet green standards. Creating a more sustainable way of life requires a sustainable backdrop that supports the shift. At SM Prime, our passion is to create one that is sustainable and resilient for the life we want for today and the future.” ~Hans T. Sy, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee

SM Aura Bicycle Racks


Cities continue to shape the way we live our lives – from shifting to greener lifestyles choices to reducing overall carbon emissions to help save the planet. The successful shift to greener cityscapes begin with the construction of green buildings, providing smart innovations that work with the environment and promote the well-being of the people who use these spaces on a daily basis. 

According to a study made by the US Green Building Council, green buildings can reduce carbon emissions by around 40% on average, water consumption by around 30% and waste generation by around 70%. Beyond the environmental benefits, green buildings also help meet social needs by enhancing spaces, protecting human health, empowering differently-abled members of the community to take active participation and ensuring access to basic services at reasonable rates. Economic benefits can be felt as well with green buildings commanding higher rent potentials, encouraging ‘greenovation’ and promoting cultural and recreational activities without harming the environment.

Committed to making every day living better, SM Prime has taken the lead in incorporating sustainability and resiliency in its designs, making each component work together as a fully-integrated city of the future. 

Among SM’s developments, a number boast of receiving LEED Gold certification while others are in the process of certification such as the SM Baguio expansion, SM North EDSA BPO offices, SM Megamall Mega Tower and SM Retail Corporation, to name a few.


SM Aura

The iconic SM Aura at the Bonifacio Global City is a mixed-use development that incorporates retail, trade halls and a Grade A office tower. The LEED Gold Certified mall promotes resource efficiency, green mobility and green landscapes.

SM Aura Bicycle Racks

  • Green Mobility. Cycling is encouraged with accessible bicycle storage, cyclists’ shower rooms and convenient access to safe lanes to public transit.

SM Aura Premier Park

  • Green Landscapes. The SM Aura Premier Park covers over 55% of the building, uses recycled water and provides enough room for plants to grow while protecting the building and people from heat.

SM Aura LEED GOLD Certification

  • Resource Efficiency. SM Aura uses 16% less than conventional buildings through a high- performance building envelope that reduces solar heat while allowing sufficient sunlight. Through low flow water sensor and metering faucets, it also reduces 1/3rd of its potable water use. Only low emitting materials were used as paint, adhesive sealants and floor materials.


Conrad Manila

Known as a lifestyle center, Conrad Manila is LEED Gold Certified. The hotel is designed with a dramatically-formed angular structure that houses a stylish 347-room hotel, spa and function space while S Maison  is home to a swathe of smaller, more bespoke outlets for brands.

Bicycle racks at the Conrad Manila


  • Luxury Means Green Mobility. Boasting of high-end luxury experience, Conrad Manila remains environmentally friend by providing preferred parking slots for low emitting fuel efficient vehicles, car-sharing vehicles and special parking spaces and facilities for cyclists.
  • Eco-Friendly Materials. Locally manufactured and recycled materials and products were used whenever possible with more than 80% of the project’s construction waste recycled. Filtration systems maintain a minimum efficiency rating of 90% to eliminate airborne particulates.

Conrad Manila LEED Gold Certification

  • Resource Efficiency. Conrad Manila is designed to reduce energy around 12% less than American energy standards. Its water heating system recovers heat from the chiller condensers to produce hot water while its ventilation system recovers the coolness from the exhaust air, returning that into the building. The hotel is outfitted with occupancy sensors, tinted with low emissivity insulated glass to keep heat and noise out,

Going beyond the LEED Certification, SM Engineering and Design Development, the mall's design and construction arm has implemented these sustainable design strategies on the following projects:

SM Baguio Sky Garden


SM Baguio brings outdoor and indoor as one space optimizing natural lighting and ventilation with the Sky Garden. It has a green roof system as well as a provision for an underground water reservoir for storage and reuse of rainwater with a capacity of 4,389 cubic meters. 

SM Seaside Cebu


  • SM Seaside Cebu mall goers can enjoy an extensive green area, center courtyard and roof garden. Constructed with low glass and utilizes EchoStop for noise management, the building is designed to maximize natural light and ventilation. 

SM Lanang Sky Garden

SM Lanang Premier showcases lush greens, a roof garden and green pavers that encourage filtration and allow stormwater back to the underground soil. It is equipped with a rain water catchment system and a water reservoir with a 546-cubic meter capacity based on 425mm per hour rainfall intensity. It also has a materials recovery facility which receives, segregates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. 


SM Masinag Holding Tank

SM City Masinag helps communities avoid flood waters through its 15,033 cubic meter water catchment facility. It is designed with green screens to promote vertical plant growth and is constructed with Clerestory windows as a source of natural light. 


SM North EDSA Solar Panels

SM North Edsa is one of the pioneers of the use of solar panels. It is also the first to have the Sky Garden and elevated parks. 


The Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia is uniquely designed with a seawall to avert any damage from potential storm surges or seal level rise. Built on reclaimed land, it used an excavation method providing a greater degree of protection against liquefaction and seismic events. It is also elevated above the required building levels and is equipped with wave return and drainage channel to prevent flooding due to storm surges and high waves.


SM Marikina on stilts

SM Marikina sits on 246 stilts and is built 20 meters beyond the compliance for safety zone. At 20.5 meters above natural ground level, it serves as a first responder and a place of refuge for the residents of Marikina during times of calamities. 


Today, real estate investors, both for business and personal use, have grown to prefer spaces that support sustainability agendas of the growing population. Pursuing green building standards support the public’s aspiration for more sustainable communities that are designed for environmental and social well-being. SM Prime believes that it is important for developers to work with communities on addressing climate change and achieving shared aspirations – a greener, more sustainable cityscape for all to enjoy. 


Martes, Mayo 3, 2022

Quality Appliances at Up to 18% Off in Hanabishi’s 5-5 Fiesta Sale At Shopee and LazMall



Whether you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or a replacement for your old appliances, Hanabishi Appliances 5-5 Fiesta Sale is the perfect opportunity for you to score the best appliances at discounted prices.

The sale will happen simultaneously on Shopee Mall and LazMall.

At Shopee, select Hanabishi appliances will go on sale at up to 15% discount. Watch out for the Flash Sale, as you may just score the product you’ve been eyeing at 18% off. When you buy two items, you will also enjoy PhP55 off your purchase. Hanabishi will be giving away PhP50 vouchers and PhP50 free shipping as well.

Over at LazMall, you can also enjoy up to 18% discount on select Hanabishi appliances during its flash sale. From May 5 to 7, meanwhile, you can purchase products at up to 15% off. Buy two appliances, and enjoy PhP55 off! Make sure to collect Lazada Bonus vouchers at PhP100 as well. You can use them to enjoy further discounts. And don’t worry about the shipping costs if you’ve bought too many items; Hanabishi offers up to PhP300 shipping discount.

“Our sale will run from May 5 to 7, so you’ll have enough time to choose a gift for your mom on May 8, Mother’s Day. Of course, Hanabishi products are great for gifting because they’re made from quality materials. So, if you’re also looking to replace an old appliance or invest in one for your home business, make sure to check our Fiesta Sale. You don’t have to leave home to purchase Hanabishi appliances as they’re available in two of the most popular online selling platforms in the country. You can also visit our own e-commerce website, www.myhanabishi.com.” ~Cherish Ong-Chua, Vice President for Finance and Marketing at Hanabishi Appliances

Hanabishi is known for its quality kitchen and home appliances. It has become a staple in most Filipino homes for its reliability and price.
    
To learn more about Hanabishi’s latest products, events, and sales promotions, follow their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. 








About Hanabishi: 

Sa Bahay at sa Business Mo, Hanabishi!

Hanabishi is a Filipino household name for appliances for over 35 years. It is a brand engineered to fit the lifestyle of the Filipino both for homes and businesses.  Hardworking, durable and resilient, are the attributes that personify Hanabishi making it the brand of choice of every Filipino mom and businessman when it comes to value and practicality. Hanabishi is the mark of quality that grows with you through the years.  Built with passion and an impeccable desire to uphold the quality of life in every Filipino home, Hanabishi will remain to be the PRACTICAL choice and KAPARTNER, today and for the many years to come.

For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and  like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.


Linggo, Abril 24, 2022

Preparedness during natural calamities by knowing what to do - and doing it.

“It is simply not a matter of if, but when. We already know that there will always be another typhoon, another earthquake, another natural calamity. Our best bet to avoid personal losses and damages is to be ready for when it comes. We often ask ourselves – how else can we make it better for the people? We don’t want to just simply build malls, but more importantly, we make sure that our developments improve the lives of the community by adding disaster-resilient features to help mitigate the potential effects of disasters.” ~Hans T. Sy, Chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings
Aftermath of Typhoon Odette, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, December 2021


Aftermath of Typhoon Odette, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, December 2021. Why disaster preparedness should be part of your plan. Prioritize your safety during natural calamities by knowing what to do - and doing it.

The Philippines has long been considered calamity-prone and vulnerable to disasters. In fact, it placed third among all the highest-risk countries worldwide, according to the World Risk Report of 2018.

A big contributor is the country’s geographical location and make-up. As an archipelago, the Philippines is composed of many small islands and is surrounded by water. It is also located within the Typhoon belt and the “Ring of Fire” and between the Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates. Thus, natural occurrences such as typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, are almost always a disaster waiting to happen - literally.

Just recently, the Visayas and Mindanao regions suffered from the devastating effects of Typhoon Odette. Taal Volcano’s last eruption was only in 2020, and it affected more than 736,000 people. Filipinos constantly experience a barrage of natural disasters, and yet, a study from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) in 2018 shows that 47.5% of all the respondents said they have not done anything to prepare themselves for a disaster within the past five years, and only 36% feel prepared enough.


November 2013. Tacloban, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record.


Still, there seems to be hope in encouraging Filipinos to start prioritizing their safety and investing in disaster preparedness. In the same Harvard study,4 many of the respondents said if they had enough funds and resources, they would definitely be willing to prepare ahead. This shows that, in spite of it all, Filipinos do want to be ready.

So, what can we as individuals do to make sure that we are well-equipped when the next typhoon, earthquake, or volcanic eruption hits? The first step is to know your location well. Is it prone to flooding? How far away is it from the nearest volcano? Is it close to a fault line? All this information can be found with just a click of a button, thanks to digitalized documentation efforts led by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). (Link: https://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php/gisweb-hazard-maps

Once you have assessed your location’s vulnerabilities, now you can actively prepare yourself and your home for any incoming calamities. Check your house for any damages, and if it is made from materials that can withstand ground movement or strong winds. Keep a Go Bag with emergency resources accessible, both in your homes and places of work. 


SM Lanang Premier in Davao has a rain water catchment tank with a capacity of 600 cubic meters.


Finally, make it a habit to listen to the radio and the news for any updates, and monitor your local government unit’s social media for any announcements. Familiarize yourself with as many routes as you can to your nearest evacuation center. Schools, barangay courts, and even malls like SM Supermalls often open their doors to receive evacuees in times of crisis.


SM DRR Facilities: (Left) Automated Weather Stations: SM Prime Holdings, Inc. has inked a partnership with the Manila Observatory for the “High Definition Clean Energy, Climate, and Weather Forecasts for the Philippines” Project, a data-driven system that utilizes automated weather stations (AWS) and high-performance computer modeling to provide clean energy and weather forecasts up to five days in advance. (Right) SM has also installed


Earthquake Recording Instrumentations (ERI) on all malls for earth movement real time monitoring being recorded in an ERI dashboard.

SM, as a responsible member of the community, has taken disaster resilience as a necessary investment to help ensure that our communities thrive. SM allots 10% of its capital expenditures to incorporate disaster-resilient features, of which installing water management design features is one of them. By ensuring that its investments, employees, tenants and partners are resilient, no Filipino will be left behind.

“It is simply not a matter of if, but when. We already know that there will always be another typhoon, another earthquake, another natural calamity. Our best bet to avoid personal losses and damages is to be ready for when it comes.” ~Hans T. Sy, Chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings

SM Marikina stands tall above a 23-meter Marikina River water lever rise because it sits on 246 stilts and an additional 20 meters farther than the suggested 90-meter distance from the Marikina River centerline.


Some of SM’s notable resilient infrastructure is SM City Marikina and SM Mall of Asia, designed to help mitigate the effect of flooding in the community. Most SM malls feature disaster-resilient designs including SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan wherein the mall es elevated approximately 1.40 meters from the City Road, thus preventing it to be flooded from the heavy rain throughout the year. SM City Consolacion in Cebu has an adequately designed draining system discharging to adjacent creek and area surface drain along the perimeter walls. 


SM Seaside City Cebu


SM Seaside City Cebu's protection against storm surges is provided by elevating the site above mean sea level, thereby allowing the mall to be a place of refuge during times of flooding. The complex road was constructed 4.0m (not 3.0m) higher than the city road. Instead of flood barrier walls as a solution to the threat of flooding, the building's main floor was also elevated at 4.0m (not 4.5m) from the complex roads. The first level was designed to be a parking area with a 4.0m elevation difference from the main floor.

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











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

Subway® Saves The Day!



It is always a busy day at work with numerous deadlines to meet while everything must be completed with urgency and promptness. With the daily challenges at the workplace, one of the things that helps us get by is making the better choice of fresh, delightful, and, great food to save the day!

The SubSavers™ menu is perfectly better and worth it for you.  It includes Subway® Snacks that starts at Php35, Subway Six-Inch®, Subs at Php109, and Subway Footlong® Subs + Drink at Php255.  It shall be available all year round until December 31, 2022! 

For the Subway® Snacks, you can choose from a 1pc Cookie for Php35 or 3pcs Cookies for Php85; Toasties for Php89 (choose either Pepperoni & Cheese, Egg & Cheese, or Ham & Cheese); and Quesadilla for Php99 (choose either Cheesy Pork, Ultimate Cheese, or Classic Beef & Cheese).

The Subway Six-Inch® Sub has 2 choices with either Pepperoni Delight or Bacon & Sliced Chicken flavors for only Php109.  If you’re craving for bigger & better, you can get the Subway Footlong® Sub + a 16oz Drink and choose between Pepperoni Delight or Bacon & Sliced Chicken for only Php255.

Visit us now at a Subway® restaurant near you and get all of these SubSavers™ offerings through dine-in and take-out transactions.  Also available via Grab* or FoodPanda* for delivery (*prices vary).