Saturday, July 30, 2022

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen in SM Aura

We chanced upon Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen at SM Aura when we went there a few days ago. I wanted ramen, but since ramen is typically in the 400+ to 800+ price range, I was hesitating since I didn't feel like splurging. 

This was how B came about to find Ikkoryu. He looked at the menu placed outside and proceeded to call us. He was excited because apparently, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen had affordable ramen and rice topping. 

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

This is their fried rice and their rice topping. I kid you not when I say that a bowl is so filling. The rice is heavy, and this one piece of meat is more than enough to last you through the entire bowl. It's smokey, tasty, and oh so good. 

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

The chicken karaage is juicy, and one plate is not enough. You'd need at least two orders because you'll just keep on getting more and more. Be ready to not share. The dumpling, on the other hand, was okay, but the chicken did it for me. 

These are the 4 kinds of ramen that they have. There was actually 5 but two of them were spicy and so we ended up ordering 3 that were non spicy and the tantanmen. 

What I liked about Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is that the broth is rich and savory. Sabaw palang, panalo na! The noodles are also really good and the overall experience is comforting. It's the kind of food that you want to have when spending time with friends, love ones, or you just need comfort. 


I love that the place is so cozy, the menua is on point and does not provide you with too many options because sometimes that can be too overwhelming especially if you just want to have ramen. It speaks to me that they know what they are good at and what they want to focus on which is ramen that can make you feel like a Mother's hug. 

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is located at the 2nd floor of SM Aura, beside Paradise Dynasty. I suggest you go and visit it because where else can you find a super affordable ramen and karaage that does not shortchange you taste wise? 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Taco Bell goes bold and fearless with its newest innovation: the Naked Chicken Taco!

There’s a new chick on the block! What if you could take your standard taco shell and swap it out for some juicy, perfectly cooked chicken? Well, that would be the new Naked Chicken Taco! Get this brand new innovation from Taco Bell, available from July 26 to October 17, only!


Indulge in a different kind of taco filled to the brim with shredded fresh lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. But instead of your classic crunchy or soft taco shell, it comes with a crispy chicken taco that is seasoned and batter-fried to perfection!

The new Naked Chicken Taco is priced starting at P199 ala carte, and you can make it a full meal by adding P70 for a side of Nachos Sprinkles and ice-cold soda! If that’s not enough, you can go all out with the Naked Chicken set! Priced starting at P349, the set comes with 1 Naked Chicken Taco, 1 Classic Crunchy Taco, a side of Nachos Sprinkles and Cinnamon Twists, and 1 serving of soda.

Join the fun and enjoy a taco experience like no other! Be part of a chicken-driven craze that swept the US, India, Thailand, and many parts of the world, and get a taste of this culture-defining moment only at Taco Bell!

Have this new innovative offer together with your other Taco Bell favorites whenever the fancy takes by visiting a Taco Bell branch near you! You can also order by calling the 8911-11-11 hotline or with just a few taps via Taco Bell's official delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo! Prices may vary.

For the latest news, offers, and deals from Taco Bell, you can stay updated by following and giving the brand a like on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! 

KRISPY KREME TREATS ARE NOW MORE ACCESSIBLE VIA DELIVERED FRESH DAILY

We’re celebrating 85 Happy Years with an exciting way to shop for your Krispy Kreme treats with Delivered Fresh Daily!

Delivered Fresh Daily (DFD) is a key global Krispy Kreme initiative, offered to select retailers, providing the market more convenience and accessibility to their favorite sweet treats through availability inside the supermarkets. Other global Krispy Kreme markets have launched this store format and have reached more fans and customers exponentially especially during the pandemic as these DFD cabinets were located in retailers such as Tesco, Walmart, Target, and Costco, internationally. 


You can now get their world-famous, made fresh daily doughnuts in their new branches to open with this store format while shopping for your grocery essentials. While we first opened our first-ever DFD shop in Shopwise Antipolo last December 2021, we have now continuously expanded to 27 doors in various Shopwise, Robinsons Place, Robinsons Supermarket, and The Marketplace groceries. Doughnuts are available in pre-assorted boxes of which prices are the same in-store. This is made even better with a special Box of 6 window packaging, perfect for gifting to loved ones! 


All you have to do is go to the nearest DFD shop to you, choose your box, pay at the counter and enjoy!

Enjoy Krispy Kreme’s world-famous, melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts located in select Shopwise, Robinsons Place, Robinsons Supermarket, and The Marketplace branches today! 

Tips on How to Make the Most out of Your Online Grocery Shopping with MetroMart

One great thing that came about with the new normal is the convenience of shopping for our groceries online. Here are some tips so you can really maximize your budget and time on your next digital shopping journey with MetroMart - the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines.

Make a list

Just like a physical trip to the store, go into the shopping platform with a plan, and stick to it. Try writing down all your meals for the coming week so you know all the ingredients you’ll need. If you come across something you like but can’t buy yet, don’t worry, just click the heart or like button and you can add it to your wishlist for later!

Save through sales

Try to schedule your checkout time when there’s a sale. These are usually during payday periods like the 15th and end of every month. Check out featured items on sale in MetroMart’s “Payday Specials” to score a big bargain. In this way, you not just save with your online shopping by foregoing the gasoline and transportation expenses, but you also get more savings on your groceries and essentials. 

Buy in bulk

Take advantage of the wholesale and retail prices of supermarkets such as UltraMega, that’s now also available on MetroMart! Re-stocking for your home pantry or for your sari-sari store is now 1, 2, easy, and just a few taps on your phone. Especially with the wide selection of items with budget- and retailer-friendly prices from UltraMega Supermarket. You can also avail FREE Delivery for orders with a minimum spend of ₱1,000 until August 2.

Pay and get more discounts

All customers of MetroMart have a wide selection of modes of payment for their online shopping. These include Cash on Delivery, via e-wallet through GCash, or via Debit/Credit cards with leading banks nationwide. Even more promos and discounts will be available through the different modes of payment availed by the customer.

Buy for your special someone

Did you know that you can order your groceries with MetroMart and then get it delivered to another address, even when you’re out of town or abroad? This would be especially helpful if you want to get fresh vegetables and food for your family, but they’re in a different location. What’s really cool too is that MetroMart has expanded to new locations throughout the Philippines like in Davao, Bicol, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Palawan, and Pangasinan. The big convenience of online grocery shopping is definitely for every Pinoy.

Try new things, love local


Sometimes, you just never know what kind of food you may want to try or what you’ll suddenly need for your home. Never fear, just go straight into your MetroMart app and order right away! Apart from the leading supermarkets, MetroMart has other specialty stores in different categories like hardware, toys, novelty items, pet care, food products, furniture, and medicine. It’s a great way to check out and support new brands by awesome Pinoy entrepreneurs, all in the comfort of your home and on your smartphone.

Stay tuned for lots of upcoming promos, discounts, and sales events at MetroMart this 2022. Carpe diem and carpe discounts, happy shopping!

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include Robinsons Supermarket, S&R (with or no membership card required), Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug, and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in less than 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/MetroMartPH. Order groceries online or download the app via https://bit.ly/DownloadNowMM

ZAP XAVIA WINS FIRST RUNNER UP AT THE DAVID’S SALON PUBG CUP

An exceptional team with the ability to adopt different styles of gameplay, Team Zap Xavia - with members Panini, Wrensy, Supine, and Jas – won 1st Runner Up at the David’s Salon PubG Cup. They brought home not only a P15,000 cash prize but also David’s Salon gift certificates for hair and pampering services. Jas also bagged the Most Valuable Player award, with the cash prize of P5,000. 

The team has been playing together every day for the past year and has won championships in local and international tournaments, but they knew they would be facing stiff competition. During the very first game they played, they immediately encountered teams they have played against before and knew they were up against very strong players. They implemented brilliant strategies, and, complemented with a never-say-die attitude, bounced back on Day 2 of the Finals. “Day 1 kasi andun pa yung pressure. Kaso nung nilabas yung partial results, nasa Top 12 kami. Sobrang layo sa gusto naming placement – at least top 3,” Jas shares, “pagdating nung Day 2 nawala yung pressure, kasi naisip namin na malayo kami.” They did not expect to win, but their hard work and natural sportsmanship paid off when it was announced that they got the Top 2 placement for the entire tournament. 

Normally, female gamers face criticism from not only their fellow gamers, but even their families. Members of Zap Xavia can attest to this, as support from their parents was few and far in between. The David’s Salon Cup was a game changer for them. “Sa girls league, isa siya sa pinakamalaking tourna ng local,” shared Jas, “prestigious tournament para sa girls.” The familiarity of the David’s Salon brand also allowed their families to be open to gaming. “Pinapayagan na ako, dahil nanalo, hindi nila inexpect na makakarating sa ganito kalaking prize,” they share. Jas further explains, “kasi kilala po ang David’s Salon, so nung sinabi ko na maglalaro kami for David’s Salon, naging supportive sila.” 

To other girls who would like to get into gaming, Wrency advises to put your fierce face on, “mas maging competitive!” Jas encourages gamers, saying “kung passion mo talaga, kung may gusto ka talaga, as long as wala ka naming natatapakan, or wala ka naming name-miss sa school or deadlines, go for it.” 

Local Brand Makes Sabon Refilling Possible

There is a global call from environment advocates to urge multinational companies and leading brands of consumer goods to lessen the use of plastics in their product packaging by refilling. It is yet to happen.

However, a local brand called SABON EXPRESS, has joined the global reuse and refill revolution to spur a transition to a plastic-free future. Its founder and Chairman, Mellany Zambrano, believes it is time to shift consumer behavior and habits when it comes to buying household products. 

SABON EXPRESS, an innovative consumer goods brand and franchisable store chain, is paving the way for locally manufactured liquid soaps and detergents to have a strong foothold in the market with its first-of-its-kind mechanized and automated ‘sabon’ refilling stations that allow consumers to have a refill of highly essential and consumable household products like dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, liquid hand soap, car shampoo, reusing their own bottles and containers – in a hygienic way.

SABON EXPRESS dubbed as The Refill Authority is trailblazing a more appropriate way of sabon refilling – one that does not require the ‘tindera” to use “tabo” or dipper to fetch products from the drum to manually refill bottles, which is a current practice of most local sabon refilling stores in the country. Said manual process potentially contaminates products and makes refilling messy and unhygienic. Sabon Express recently launched its liquid soap dispensing unit at the ZeroWaste Bazaar in Uptown Mall BGC Taguig last July 18-21 – as the first and only automated and hygienic sabon refilling station in the country. 

The Zero Waste Bazaar is in celebration of Plastic-Free July, a collaborative event of Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines, Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Health Care Without Harm together with Break Free from Plastic, Oceana Philippines International, and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls. It showcased a photo exhibit and bazaar featuring art and eco-friendly stores to make plastic-free Pilipinas a reality.

SABON EXPRESS strongly advocates for “a world with less plastic” by promoting the reuse of plastic containers for household products via its conceptual and innovative hygienic ‘sabon’ refill dispensing unit in all its stores which comes in both manual and automated machines – a game changer in the local ‘sabon’ refilling industry.

With a vision to serve the country’s increasingly demanding market at scale, Sabon Express is committed to continuous research and development and is being assisted by the Department of Science and Technology’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) for further product development, technical advancement, and good manufacturing technology and processes.

“At Sabon Express, we are always looking for ways to innovate in order to serve our consumers better and to help save the environment in our own little way because our business is advocacy-driven”, says Mellany Zambrano. 

Skin Savior: Cetaphil Ultra Protect is a Cleanser That Both Intensely Hydrates and Protects Skin

How you take care of your skin matters more than you think. Nowadays, cleanliness is the name of the game, but in the rush of cleansing your body, you could be stripping your skin of natural’s moisture.

Using harsh bar soap and frequent washing leads to dry skin, which can further lead to skin irritation, roughness, and dryness. However, there is now a better solution when it comes to hygiene. Introducing the new Cetaphil Ultra Protect, an antimicrobial cleansing bar that is the right choice to care for your skin. There are no compromises: the product combines the benefits of 99.9% germ protection and moisturization. It is designed for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

The newest innovation of Cetaphil has 3D Derma-Mimic Technology that cleanses your skin at an antimicrobial level because of its dermatological tried-and-tested formulation that repairs and strengthens the skin barrier against water loss. Your skin is now instantly protected and hydrated.

To celebrate the release of the newest product in Cetaphil’s science-backed roster, the #BeUltraProtected campaign celebrates the equal importance of hygiene and care with four workouts in partnership with elite boutique studios in the Metro.

The goal is to show how Cetaphil Ultra Protect can allow you to work out, sweat, and afterward reward your skin with a deep cleanse that is gentle yet effective in cleaning and nourishing the body.

The new Cetaphil Ultra Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is now available at the official Cetaphil Philippines stores in Lazada and Shopee. You can also find Cetaphil products at Mercury Drug, Watsons’ stores, and supermarkets nationwide.

To learn more about the new Cetaphil Ultra Protect and the brand’s gentle line of products for sensitive skin, follow Cetaphil Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.cetaphil.com.ph.  

SM Supermalls Welcomes You into a New Era of Change

The honest truth: No one came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in quite the same way. The pandemic was an isolating period of self-discovery, emotional growth, and life-altering realizations. It changed people, and in the process, it shaped the way so many of us view ourselves and the world around us.

Because of this, consumer tastes and behaviors have shifted. Where in a pre-pandemic world, people often spent on luxuries and experiences that allowed them to celebrate their accomplishments, studies show that consumers now want a different experience, one that is kinder and more embracing of the changes that each individual had gone through in the past 2 years. People are now prioritizing their personal wellness and supporting products and services that champion growth.

As consumer tastes have shifted, brands are starting to adapt to these changes. And true to its foundational commitment to make people happy, SM is ready with a host of new offerings as the entire brand is poised for a refresh this year.

“The history of SM Supermalls is one that has been built on innovation and change to serve the needs of millions of Filipinos,” says SM Supermalls President, Steven Tan. “We’ve been with our customers through their every milestone for almost four decades. And we are committed to always changing, always growing with our customers in the years and decades to come.”

SM Supermalls: Welcoming Every Change in You

SM continues to stay true to its mission to provide Filipino families with a fun and engaging in-mall experience so they can go home with a smile on their faces.

There will always be a plethora of experiences for each person who comes through SM’s doors. This is true for the various personalities that emerged during the pandemic; from eco-warriors and Plantitas to health buffs and sports personalities who embraced biking, healthy eating, and home gyms, and bakers and homemakers who turned their passion projects into small businesses.   

“I believe that now more than ever, it is important to recognize the new changes to our world,” adds SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. “And people are continuing to grow as they invest in experiences that uplift their lives.”

Ushering the Future with the Transformation of SM Supermalls

In the next few months, Filipinos across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will get to experience the wellness-oriented and sustainability-driven transformation of SM Supermalls with a host of new and exciting activities. These include paw parks for pet moms and dads, al fresco dining areas for hangout groups, plant hubs for eco-enthusiasts, bike facilities for the growing cycling community, co-working spaces, experiential retail, blockbuster, and larger-than-life cinema escapades and so much more. 

As SM’s brand refresh campaign ushers in newness to the Philippine mall experience, curious visitors, foodies, friends, and families will have much to rediscover. So come on in, you’re always welcome here! 

For more information, follow SM Supermalls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls to experience what’s new in any SM Supermall near you today! 

The Relentless Rizaly, from SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager

Twenty years ago, high school student Rizaly Lim and her four siblings would watch in awe every time they pass by the construction of the first SM City in her hometown Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  All five children, packed in the tricycle their father rides for a living, were all excitedly looking forward to happy family weekends they would be spending at the huge mall.

Today, after graduating Summa Cum Laude through a scholarship from SM Foundation, Rizaly is now a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working as Accounting Manager for the head office of SM Prime Holdings, a leading property developer in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. 

From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager

At a young age, Rizaly was headstrong about getting her family out of poverty. She shares, “My father was the only one who worked for our family, and because we were a large family, his daily earnings as a tricycle driver were never enough.”

Rizaly finished high school at the Balibago National High School as class valedictorian in 2005 and was already sending applications for other college scholarships when her teacher asked the top 10 students to go to SM City Sta. Rosa for an interview with SM Foundation.

“Sa umpisa, hindi po ako naniwala kasi bago pa lang sa amin noon ang SM City Sta. Rosa,” she recalls. She proceeded of course, driven by the one goal of finishing college and helping her family. “Gusto ko rin po makapag-aral at makapagtapos noon. Maka-work at makatulong sa family.”

A few exams and interviews later, SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) went to visit her and her family at home to inform them that she will be receiving a full scholarship with a monthly allowance until she finishes her course.

In 2010, Rizaly graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. She went on to pass the Philippine CPA Board Exams on first try in October 2010. The assistance of SMFI, she said, went beyond tuition and allowances. “With full scholarship grants and monthly allowances, as well as the opportunity to work at SM Store during our summer and Christmas vacations, the SMFI scholarship has enabled me to help my family financially.”

“I am the master of my fate”

While other parents were buying their college kids the latest Nokia phone back in the summers of 2000’s, Rizaly’s father gave her and her siblings weekly assignments to accomplish during the summer vacation. “Our late father instilled in us the love of reading and the value of studying,” she shared. “During summer, he would assign us English words and their meanings to memorize and asked us to recite these to him.“ 

Then there's the memorization of motivational poems and speeches, one of which stuck with her for life: “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” She shared that this last stanza of “Invictus” by W.E. Henley had kept her motivated to look past the limitations of her circumstances and focus on her personal goals.

Career at SM

SM Foundation was established in 1983 by Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy as the heart of the SM group. It has established programs that are focused on nurturing and caring for underserved communities where SM is present. It supports and empowers host communities through education, healthcare, shelter, disaster response, sustainable agriculture, and care for persons with special needs.

To date, SM Foundation has assisted more than 8,000 college and technical/vocational students, and has donated over 100 school buildings with a total of 334 classrooms built across the country.

Nurturing the graduates extends beyond the classroom as SM Foundation also provides job opportunities across the different companies of the SM group. The foundation organizes a Career Fair specifically designed for its scholars. 

From the Career Fair organized by SM Foundation, Rizaly was able to get job offers from three companies – among which was SM Prime Holdings, one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia that offers innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities with the development of malls, residences, offices, hotels ,and convention centers. It is also the largest, in terms of assets, in the Philippines.


I still want to level up

“I haven't accomplished much yet, but I value what I have already accomplished and received so far,” said Rizaly, referring to the highest honors she has received in high school and college, becoming a CPA, and being promoted to manager in within only a few years of her work at SM Prime.  “These are just a few of the accomplishments for which I will be eternally grateful. I'm also proud of my daily achievements at work, such as fulfilling particular duties assigned to me. They make me happy and proud of myself, and they inspire me to do better.”

 “Ang mga dating pinapangarap ko lang, nagagawa ko na ngayon,” Rizaly said as she related how she has been able to travel to Taiwan for vacation and do the tri-city tour of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. But her biggest dreams, she said, remain centered on her family: to provide better for her family by sharing with them what she has now. “Nothing is simple. Nothing is easy. Hindi ko naman to straight line lang na na-achieve. Life is full of challenges. Just stay strong, keep the faith and always give your best effort.”  

SM Supermalls gives kids a glimpse into the future with Metaverse

Get ready for an aweSM summer as SM Supermalls gives kids a glimpse into the future with a brand-new virtual entertainment zone in the Metaverse where they can immerse themselves in the biggest gaming and social experience platform for kids, Roblox!

This new aweSM space by SM Supermalls is now open for super kids to safely explore, play, and meet with friends.

With restrictions easing up, SM Supermalls wanted to bring the excitement of going back to the malls online through a virtual space in the metaverse gaming platform, Roblox – the most popular gaming app for Filipino children. Roblox serves as an avenue for kids to express themselves through custom avatars, while also serving as a safe place for kids to reconnect with their friends digitally in over 4 million different worlds!

SM Supermalls partnered with SVEN The Digital 1st Agency, as its metaverse partner, to become the first mall chain in the Philippines to enter the metaverse. With this simulated digital reality, kids can reimagine the mall experience in a way that they will appreciate and enjoy – a safe but free-to-play space with no rules and no limits:

Bump it out with the SuperKids with the AweSM Bumper Cars!  

Get the best aerial views onboard the AweSM Ferris Wheel!

Have a ball and jump into the colorful AweSM Glowing Ball Pit!

And there’s so much more! SuperKids of all ages is welcome to explore and do their own thing in the same fashion as a real-life mall experience, only this time it’s virtual and made especially for them.

What are you waiting for? Check it out and get your kids to play the AweSM SuperKids Zone at Roblox today! Roblox is available online or via the app that you can download for free through the App Store or Google Play.

For more information on the AweSM SuperKids Zone in Roblox, visit www.smsupermalls.com or like and follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex: A sterling landmark of disaster resilience

We all know that the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is a popular destination for unforgettable gastronomic and recreational experiences, but did you know that the 67-hectare Mall of Asia Complex where MOA stands is engineered to withstand disasters caused by natural hazards?

The foundation of the Mall of Asia Complex was built to be safe and secure because SM Prime Holdings, Inc., one of Southeast Asia’s largest integrated property developers incorporates disaster resiliency measures in every project, with the MOA Complex as one of its biggest investments.

SM Prime collaborated with a team of local and international experts to ensure the feasibility of both water and land before the MOA complex was built and once finalized, Belgium’s renowned coastal development construction company, Jan de Nul, developed it from the ground up.

The reputable Jan de Nul made sure the terrain was stable and the complex’s roads were made resistant to earthquakes and erosion, in accordance with the National Structural Code of the Philippines and approved by both the Philippine Reclamation Authority and the National Government.

Three important disaster resiliency features were used in protecting the Complex and the coastal community of Pasay from tides and waves: One, a three-kilometer seawall built to stand against liquefaction; two, a meter-high inverted wave return to serve as a defense against high waves; and three, a drainage channel to prevent floods during storm surges. This was put to test when Typhoon Pedring hit in 2011, and the Mall of Asia Complex was spared from destructive waves and flooding that submerged many other surrounding establishments.

As an added feature, both the Complex’s main road and all its structures are elevated 4 meters above the parameters set by the National Building Code. Pilings strengthened its foundation and greatly improved its soil bearing capacity.

Family fun, leisure, and entertainment are the objectives behind the awe-inspiring grandeur of SM Mall of Asia, but this vision is founded on a commitment to safety and a secure foundation throughout the Complex. This is a firm philosophy of SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Mr. Hans T. Sy, a champion for disaster resilience, who continuously invests in DRR and in allocating 10% of the company’s expenditure for DRR in all of SM’s infrastructures throughout the country. “Today, disasters have become more frequent and severe. The government and the private sector must work together to find solutions for greater resiliency.  SM prime as a responsible property developer places Disaster Risk Reduction as one of its core strategies. It simply makes good business sense.” emphasizes Mr Hans Sy. He believes that not only is DRR an effective way to grow the business but it protects the communities where SM is located amid the increasing risks of climate change.

Today, the MOA Complex is a bustling realization of Mr. Henry Sy Sr.’s grand vision for it to become both a premiere integrated leisure destination with a complimentary business and lifestyle district – one of the country’s truly revolutionary mixed-use developments and a thriving example of disaster risk reduction at work.

The next time you visit the MOA Complex – whether it is to visit the world’s largest IKEA, or to view the sunset from the top of the MOA Eye, or to simply shop and dine with your loved ones – it will be good to know that SM Prime has ensured your safety and security from the time the development was conceptualized and opened in 2006.. to today and tomorrow. 

ShopBack To Celebrate Its 7th Birthday Alongside Global Brand Refresh

ShopBack, Asia Pacific’s leading shopping and rewards platform, is celebrating its 7th year of providing a rewarding shopping experience for over 30 million shoppers across the Asia Pacific.

As part of its commemoration and global brand refresh, ShopBack is pulling out all the stops for its 5.2 million loyal shoppers in the Philippines. From July 18 to 24, shoppers can enjoy deals for as low as ₱7 and flash cashback opportunities of up to 50% courtesy of ShopBack’s 600 partnered merchants such as Lazada, SHEIN, Shopee, Klook, Samsung, Edamama, Nike, Agoda, Uniqlo, Air Asia, FoodPanda, and so much more.

So, regardless if it’s for future travel plans, the latest smartphone, or a fitspiration, ShopBack has got you covered.

ShopBack: For The Wins

A significant part of ShopBack’s rebranding revolves around the tagline, “For The Win.” This is focused on empowering shoppers to celebrate every little victory with a rewarding shopping experience, regardless of the significance of what they’re celebrating.

“ShopBack believes in the power of small wins, applied consistently and continuously, and we work relentlessly to deliver smarter ways to shop and pay,” says Henry Chan, CEO and Co-founder of ShopBack. “We hope that the rebrand brings out this message more strongly to our shoppers.” 

“As we grow our network of partners and global brands, we will continue to engage shoppers across multiple touchpoints, help partners gain visibility and sales, and support them in achieving their own victories through small wins,” he added.

The global rebrand refresh is a new chapter for ShopBack and the beginning of a brand new landscape for shoppers to celebrate their wins under a unique and rewarding shopping experience. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Home Credit’s Back to School, Back to Sulit Big-time Sale

This school year marks a new beginning for students as they gradually return to school to see their schoolmates, teachers, and friends in person after more than two years. While other schools will remain online, one thing remains the same — a reliable device is essential for schoolwork in both face-to-face and learn-from-home setups.

For those who have been wanting to purchase the learning tool of their dreams or eyeing to do a gadget upgrade, Home Credit Philippines (HCPH), the country’s leading buy now, pay later (BNPL) provider, is ringing the class bells with a big-time sale on must-have gadgets and supplies with its Back to School, Back to Sulit campaign.

As part of its commitment to helping Filipino students to gain more opportunities and access to the things they need for an effective learning experience, Home Credit is offering the best deals at a 0% interest rate on selected gadgets, including laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, and all other school essentials beginning this month until September 15.

Home Credit is also waiving off the last installment of those who will pay their monthly dues in time for select product purchases — making their back-to-school deals even more sulit!    

Best deals on must-have tech

For back-to-school shopping this year, Home Credit consumers can easily and conveniently find the devices they’re eyeing to purchase by visiting Home Credit’s Marketplace via the Home Credit App. They can also visit the nearest stores and websites of Home Credit’s partner brands to make that purchase. Among these brands are realme, vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Samsung.

Students and parents can select from a wide array of devices offered by Home Credit’s brand partners, from laptops with the latest specs that can keep up with deadlines to earphones with solid audio quality and noise-cancellation and smartphones for staying connected with classmates. Other tech gadgets such as webcams, headphones, monitors, and printers are also getting exciting back-to-school price cuts.

“Now that the country is further progressing towards digital transformation, we are realizing the greater benefits of having the best possible gadgets for effective learning. We have always been committed to providing our Filipino students with more opportunities to enhance their learning journeys and we hope returning to school would be easier for them this year through our latest back-to-school offer,” shares Home Credit Philippines’ Chief Marketing Officer, Sheila Paul.

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit their official website www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow them on their official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Download the My Home Credit app on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace. 

Eat Healthy and Win the Newest Apple Watch Series 7 through Pru Life UK’s AI-powered app, Pulse

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK is encouraging Filipinos to eat healthier while getting a chance to win the latest Apple Watch Series 7 as it launches the Vegethon Challenge promo on Pulse, its AI-powered health and wealth app.

In celebration of Nutrition Month this July, the Vegethon Challenge aims to help Pulse users develop healthier eating habits by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their daily diet.

“At Pru Life UK, our mission is to help Filipinos lead healthier and wealthier lives so that they can get the most out of life.  We are inviting Filipinos to start a healthier diet and track their nutrition. Through this new activity along with the other health and fitness features on Pulse, we offer a holistic approach to health and wellness to Filipinos,” said Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer and Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

The Vegethon Challenge raffle promo is open to all registered Pulse users. They will earn one raffle entry by logging their vegetable meals for a total of seven days. It will run until August 10, 2022, and the winner will be drawn on August 26, 2022. The winner will be notified via e-mail, call, and SMS.

Aside from the Vegethon Challenge, Pulse users continue to enjoy FREE access to the app’s AI-powered features such as Healthcheck, Symptom Checker, Fitness Tracker, Food Journal, etc. The app also offers protection products such as personal protection, yearly renewable term insurance, and life insurance.



To join this challenge, users can simply download and register through Pulse. Once logged on, users will need to look for the Vegethon Challenge activity under the Nutrition tab, then start logging their 7-day nutritious meal plans.

To know more about Pru Life UK and this promo, please visit here.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

ROG Phone 6 is HERE!

 ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Philippines today officially launched the ROG Phone 6 Series at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The much-anticipated arrival of the ROG Phone 6 was met with hardcore gamers and tech enthusiasts who were eager to hear more about the local details of the latest version of the king of gaming smartphones.

“The latest in or our very well received ROG Phone series is a testament to how we have continued to cater to the fast-growing mobile gaming segment since the very first ROG Phone”. Said George Su, Country Manager of ASUS Philippines. “The new ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro bring the best for Filipino gamers with better than ever specs, features, and refinements. We are the leader in the high-end mobile gaming segment, and we are very excited to continue our momentum with the better than ever ROG Phone 6 series.” 

The ROG Phone 6 series has two models—the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. These two are unrivaled in power and innovated with all-new cooling capabilities and bonus features for hardcore mobile gamers who need the best tool in their arsenal.


The ROG Phone 6 series starts at PHP 47,995 and is available for pre-order at select participating ASUS/ROG Concept Stores and multi-brand dealer stores with an added Aero Active Cooler 6 worth PHP 4,995 as its pre-order bundle. Head on to this link to check the participating stores and mechanics for pre-order: https://ph.rog.gg/ROG6TheLegendHasEvolved.

The ROG Phone 6 series will be the first phone arriving in the Philippines powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform – the latest powerhouse in Qualcomm’s arsenal and up to 50% better performance compared to the ROG Phone 5. In addition to up to 18GB of LPPDR5 Ram and 512GB of ultrafast UFS 3.1 storage, the ROG Phone 6 series delivers a reliable and smooth gaming experience like no other.

The ROG Phone 6 is also equipped with a 6.78-inch 165 Hz AMOLED HDR10+ display with an industry-leading 720 Hz touch-sampling rate and 23 ms ultra-low touch latency. With refresh rate options set to 60 Hz, 90 Hz, 120 Hz, 144 Hz, or 165 Hz to allow the user to balance between smooth gameplay and battery life. 



An important aspect of every gaming phone is its cooling system. With the new and improved GameCool 6 cooling system, the ROG Phone 6 includes an advanced 360° CPU cooling technology. With a 30% larger vapor chamber, and 2 much larger graphite sheets cooling the centered-CPU design and increased heat dissipation, the ROG Phone 6 allows users to tweak performance via the Armoury Crate in every game and every scenario.

In addition, mobile gamers will also enjoy the enhanced AirTrigger 6 with new actions such as Dual Action, Press and Lift for FPS Sniping and Gyroscope Aiming.

One of the hallmark features of the ROG Phone series is the speakers and the ROG Phone 6 continues this tradition with its excellent GameFX dual speaker audio system for truly balanced stereo sound effects. This audio system was made in collaboration with one of the pioneers of digital audio Dirac. In addition, it also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio enthusiasts and for added convenience. The ROG Phone 6 also has Snapdragon Sound technology which ensures super-low latency gaming and lossless music streaming. 

The long-lasting monster 6000 mAh battery features additional software tweaks for better battery performance and an extended lifespan, and there's also a 65-watt HyperCharge adapter included for rapid charging.


The improved triple-camera system now features a Sony® IMX766 50 MP main wide-angle camera with improved image quality and HDR processing for reliable photos and unforgettable moments.

The ROG Phone 6 is available in either the Phantom Black or Storm White colorway and comes equipped with Aura RGB lighting on the back. With up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512 GB of storage, the ROG Phone 6 easily breezes through any mobile game titles. The ROG Phone 6 Pro is available exclusively in Storm White and features a color ROG Vision mini display on the back, 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM memory, and 512 GB of storage.

The all-new AeroActive Cooler 6 is now an AI-powered thermoelectric accessory that cools hotspots by up to an incredible 25°C. The AeroActive Cooler 6 also improves the gameplay experience by adding four extra physical buttons at the back for a console-like gaming experience. The AeroActive Cooler 6 is bundled with the ROG Phone 6 during the pre-order period.

The ROG Kunai 3 gamepad also returns, now with a Moonlight White option allowing mobile gamers to experience console-like gaming on their mobile phone. This flexible gamepad can connect to the phone itself via the special case, or via Bluetooth like other gamepads.



The ROG Phone 6 is now available for pre-order in the Philippines from July 23 to August 31, 2022, with availability starting at the end of August 2022.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Review of the Samsung Galaxy M53

I recently had the chance to do another phone review and this time, it's the Samsung Galaxy M53. This baby looks very unassuming but has 4 cameras which set the tone for everything and I can honestly say that I had high expectations for it. 


So, let's talk about the basic specs. It has a 6.7 FHD+sAMOLED display which is pretty normal these days. The camera has a quad rear 108+8+2+2MP while the front camera has 32MP which makes taking a selfie super enjoyable. 

The unit I got has 8+256GB memory and 5,000mAh. So far, one charge lasts me an entire day when I kept using it to film things. Definitely a plus in my book. The claim about the 25W Fast Charging is a little iffy for me though because it took a long time for the unit I had to charge or maybe it could have been that I got it drained of all juices which is why it took time. 

I did a hyper-lapse on the Samsung Galaxy M53 and I've to say that I was pretty happy with the output. If you're interested in watching the 1 minute 30 seconds video, click here.

Action shots are pretty good on this camera as long as there's enough light. 


It's more than okay though it's not as sharp as I prefer it to be. When it comes to food photos, it does the job. 


For Macro shots, it's passable. 



Overall, fans of Samsung would definitely go for this midrange phone. It's already available on Shopee so in case you want to check it out, here you go

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

SM Southmall’s IMAX is Back and Better Than Ever

Nothing beats the feeling of watching your most anticipated movies with loved ones on the big screen. 

Just in time for Thor: Love and Thunder, SM Southmall dials the cinema experience up a notch with the newly opened IMAX theatre featuring a state-of-the-art projection system, precision sound, and a specifically engineered seating layout to bring you closer to the action. 



Here are other cool features of the IMAX Experience:

Leveling up the dinner and movie experience, you can avail of the Better Together movie promo where you instantly get a free Php 500 gift certificate from Popeyes for every 5 IMAX* movie tickets purchased in a single transaction at SM Cinema, SM Southmall. 

To keep your cinema a safe and memorable experience, SM Southmall has set a few guidelines to watch movies with your loved ones safely:

  • Safety protocols will be strictly implemented within the cinemas.
  • Moviegoers, from adults to kids, must be fully vaccinated to be allowed inside the cinemas.
  • They must also wear well-fitted face masks at all times.
  • Temperature and symptoms will be checked upon mall entry

For more information about SM Southmall’s cinema and future events/offerings, you may visit @SMSouthmall on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. 

 

Monday, July 18, 2022

AD ASIA EVENTS AND OKADA MANILA SEALED A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE 6TH WORLD TRAVEL EXPO MANILA 2022

AD ASIA CONVENTIONS & EXHIBITIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP. (AD ASIA EVENTS) partnered with TIGER RESORT, LEISURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (OKADA MANILA) on its 6th-year installation of the much-awaited travel event, THE WORLD TRAVEL EXPO.  

AD ASIA EVENTS, the organizer of the said expo has chosen the CRYSTAL CORRIDOR of OKADA MANILA to be this year’s official venue occupying 5,758sqm space consisting of 200 booths on display.

WORLD TRAVEL EXPO, is an annual event for both local and international tourism industry in the country, bringing together various tourism organizations and hospitality industry players to become the one-stop shop of travel enthusiasts for all their needs. And on its comeback to a physical event, has become BIGGER and more INFLUENTIAL, starting with its new home, OKADA MANILA, touted as Manila’s grand icon and the biggest integrated resort in the Philippines to date. It is a premier entertainment and gaming destination. 

Okada Manila has been recognized as a Forbes five-star integrated resort by Forbes Travel Guide for three straight years (2019 to 2022), known for its top-tier facilities and exemplary service that personifies the unique blend of Japanese hospitality and Filipino warmth.  From the luxurious hotel rooms to an exciting array of dining options, a premium Retail Boulevard, and the largest and most exciting gaming floors, Okada Manila is one of the key drivers in the Philippine tourism industry. Okada Manila is also home to the world’s largest multi-color musical and dancing fountain and the one-of-a-kind indoor nightclub and beach club, the magnificent Cove Manila.  

L-R: Mr. Carlo Baldonido, Senior Manager for Destination Marketing & Partnership- Okada Manila;  Ms. Miles Caballero, Managing Director - Ad Asia Events; Ms. Wendy Ni- VP of Strategic Marketing - Okada  Manila ; Mr. Alvaro Ramos - AVP of Retail Okada Manila

Moreover, OKADA MANILA will offer a wide range of amenities to the WTE2022 Sponsors, exhibitors, and guests such as free parking, excellent Wi-Fi connection, and shuttle service to main pick-up points, providing more convenient transportation as they visit the expo. 

Likewise, the WORLD TRAVEL EXPO will prepare a better lineup of amazing travel promos, deals, and packages that will help the visitors of the event achieve their best vacation without all the hassle!

The expo will run on October 21 -23, 2022 from 11am to 9pm. Evening visitors will get to witness the Fountain’s hourly shows beginning at 6 pm daily,  which will be an additional attraction to the event.

Check out WORLD TRAVEL EXPO through its Facebook page: htt..m/worldtravelexpoph for more details 

Lenovo and FELTA Multi-Media Inc. Join Forces to Meet Educational Demand

With the objective to provide Smarter Technology for All, and empower communities with technology and opportunity, Lenovo Philippines is proud to announce its partnership with one of the major distributors of e-learning materials in the country, FELTA Multi-Media Inc.

Due to the unprecedented global pandemic, learning and teaching experience have been disrupted drastically and shifted digitally. Schools and educators are facing challenges to build and deploy distance learning programs rapidly and at scale while encouraging students’ engagement at the same time providing a holistic learning experience. Lenovo is committed to building smarter education and offers educational institutions options for more dedicated and tailored support along their digital transformation journey.

By putting customers at the core of the business, Lenovo presents its new services which were thoughtfully crafted to solve its market’s challenges. With the help of FELTA, institutions can now avail of Lenovo’s smarter technology – the virtual instruction studio setup and movable training kit – which were designed to help students and educators save time, create comfort, and enjoy convenience. 

Virtual Instruction Studio

For educational institutions embarking on a transformation journey, Lenovo offers options for more dedicated and tailored support which frees up IT resources and lets consumers focus on what matters most – building smarter education.

Teachers who wish to increase student engagement may do so through the virtual instruction setup. The green screen enables live teaching and interaction between teachers and students by projecting themselves as news anchors in a TV studio. Live broadcasting is also published simultaneously on platforms like Facebook and YouTube via Teams as necessary. 

Movable Training Kit

This was designed for teachers who constantly need to move from one room to another. With tech equipment such as a webcam, monitor, and control console mounted on the wheeled stand, they can now enjoy more comfortable and mobile teaching. This is best suited for healthcare courses and culinary workshops.

“We are committed to being a trusted partner for education institutions to identify the best solutions and services offerings that will address their unique requirements, as well as navigate their education transformation journey,” said Michael Ngan, President and General Manager of Lenovo Philippines. “We have learned a lot from two years of distance learning and we are applying what we’ve learned to our offerings in order to better serve our partners in delivering quality education. Through partnering with FELTA, we curate solutions to support the digital learning ecosystem and enable educators to engage students and deliver compelling and effective learning content in a distance learning environment. We look forward to seeing local communities being benefited and hybrid learning being enhanced from this partnership.” 

Prior to the contract signing, FELTA has been distributing Lenovo ThinkStation P530 to both public and private schools. It helped institutions produce high-end audio files and create VR content which is beneficial for their students’ learning. Amidst their long-standing partnership, this is the first time for FELTA to distribute Lenovo-powered setups.

“Lenovo has been a reliable partner for educators as a brand that has been at the forefront when it comes to digital transformation both at home and at schools. FELTA strives to provide our consumers with access to only the best learning materials available and we believe that Lenovo’s distance learning solutions will enable students to get the most out of each learning opportunity,” shares Mylene Abiva, President and CEO of FELTA Multi-Media, Inc.

This reinforces Lenovo’s position as a reliable partner in delivering innovations designed with the purpose to meet the demands of distance learning and the transition to a more digitized classroom.

Check out Lenovo's products on their official website, www.lenovo.com/ph