Saturday, September 30, 2023

Water Sustainability: Leading the change at SM Supermalls

The ripple effect of the water crisis has reached every part of the globe. According to the World Wildlife Fund, some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Worst, two-thirds of the global population may face water shortages by 2025 and ecosystems will suffer.

As the gravity of these issues becomes increasingly apparent, several countries have taken significant steps to forge a more sustainable future for the Earth. Noteworthy examples include Singapore's water management plan and The Netherlands' intricate conservation practices.

Inspiration for the Philippines

In the Philippines, a multifaceted approach has also been embraced by the public and private sectors in safeguarding and managing water resources. SM Supermalls are at the forefront of the conservation and management of water resources in its mall facilities. Its endeavors form the foundation of a more sustainable and water-secure future that the company has long been advocating.

SM's Vision: Greening the Future

SM has been recycling water since the 1990s, treating an average of 1 billion gallons of water annually in recent years, equvalent to 1,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In line with the SM Green Movement, SM has been continuously working towards responsible consumption and water conservation in its properties.

To illustrate, the SM Supermalls’ comfort rooms have smart fixtures to manage water flow. There are also signages in the mall that advocate wise water use. Wastewater is channeled to the malls’ sewage treatment plants that recycle an estimated total of 4 million cubic meters of water, lessening their dependence on freshwater sources for non-potable uses. SM did this even before the measure was required by way of the Clean Water Act in 2004.

Recently, SM took a step further in resource management by launching the first-ever water filtration system at SM City Baguio. This facility can turn collected rainwater into potable water for mall tenant use such as washing and cooking as well as dishwashing and handwashing, allowing the mall to further lessen its dependence on the freshwater supply of the Baguio community.

The Rainwater Treatment Facility at SM City Baguio Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong (right) samples the potable water from the SM Baguio rainwater treatment facility with SM SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin (left) and SM VP for Corporate Compliance Engr. Liza Silerio (center).

SM's dedication aligns with the world’s environmental sustainability and climate action goals. Rainwater catchment basins in flood-prone areas and the rainwater filtration in SM Baguio further exemplify this commitment. These significant efforts underscore the ongoing need for sustainable practices and policies.

A Brighter Future Ahead

The journey towards sustainable water management is ongoing. SM Supermalls, through its initiatives, paves the way for a greener, more secure future. 

Learn more at SM Cares  or follow SM Supermalls on social media. 

SM Prime Explores Potential Partnership with Japanese Firm for Waste-to-Fuel Solutions

Leading real estate developer in Southeast Asia, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s GUUN Co. Ltd. to explore a potential partnership to implement waste management solutions by recycling waste paper and plastics as an alternative source of energy called ‘fluff fuel’.

Fluff Fuels are one type of RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) which are produced from shredded and compressed plastics, papers, and fibers. These are used as fuels in cement manufacturing, paper mill companies, or power companies in Japan.

SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans T. Sy is positive that a partnership with GUUN will contribute to the waste reduction goals of the country. “Today, Japan’s waste management and recycling technology is among the most advanced in the world,” he said. “There is no better partner for SM because we do not just talk about being big, we make sure we do it; we do not talk about being environment friendly but we do take bold steps to save the environment. I am looking forward to growing with GUUN as among leaders in solving environmental issues in the Philippines.”

GUUN Co., Ltd., founded in March 2001 and headquartered in Yokohama City, Japan, piloted the production of fluff fuel from plastic waste in Inayawan, Cebu in 2014 and recently inaugurated its P200-million, 2,400-square meter waste recycling plant in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu. 

Since then, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has adopted GUUN’s waste-to-fuel technology as a model for advanced low-carbon technology innovation for further deployment in developing countries.

“This will be a milestone partnership for us,” GUNN Chief Executive Officer Shinji Fujieda said after the signing ceremony. "I understand very much how important waste management is for SM and for the Philippines and we look forward to more projects we can do with the properties of SM Prime.”

SM Prime’s initiatives for waste management include waste reduction and effective waste collection and segregation. Over the years, it has implemented programs such as Trash to Cash, Plastic Waste Collection, and E-Waste Collection that have contributed to reducing the total solid waste generation across its real estate portfolio. 

Through its pioneering Trash to Cash recycling market, SM Prime has collected and recycled 1.4M kg of plastics, paper, metals, and others in 2022. “We have saved 16,766 trees from the 986,222 kg of paper recycled,” SM Prime disclosed in its 2022 Integrated Report to shareholders. 

Meanwhile, SM’s Plastic Waste Collection program, a partnership with the Plastic Credit Exchange that was launched in February 2021, has accumulated 42,541kg of plastic waste from 14 mall sites. Also present in all its 83 SM Supermalls is the E-Waste Collection program for the responsible disposal of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment). This drive has helped process close to 7,000 kilograms of e-waste. 

SM Scholars Aspire to Share the Gift of Education

"I desire to become an educator not just to fulfill a dream but also to be a blessing to the next generation." 

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 Group Turns Over 104th School Building

In time for the school year opening, SM Prime through SM Foundation turned over a fully furnished two-storey building to the President Manuel Roxas Memorial Integrated School-South in Roxas City, Western Visayas.

The 104th school building made through the collaboration is built in accordance with specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd). It holds four classrooms, each furnished with desks, chairs for left-handed students, and toilets per classroom, including a special toilet for PWDs on the ground floor.

It also includes concave blackboards, electric fans, and LED lighting. Emergency lights were installed in the stairways for emergency preparedness.

Supporting DepEd’s commitment to ensure that learners have access to water for hygiene and sanitation, SM Foundation installed a handwashing facility along with liquid soap for the community’s use.

To further assist, the SM group will help with the maintenance and upkeep of the said school.

Social Good 

SMFI School Building head, Juris Soliman (center) leads the preparation if the school building turnover. 

It was earlier announced by DepEd that roughly 21 million students enrolled this school year 2023-2024. Amidst this, the agency reported that only over 100,000 out of the more than 300,000 school buildings are in good condition.

Believing in the power of education in uplifting communities, SM Foundation has been an active member of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School Program since 2002, turning over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities nationwide. The said program intends to address overcrowding in schools and provide an environment conducive to learning. 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Review of Timpla, House of Dinakdakan in Marikina

I know, we're way out of our comfort zone here hahaha. Imagine, a Southie finding herself in the middle (I think) of Marikina but I am happy to say that this was a good thing. We were actually looking for a coffee shop to while away the time because we were coding for the day and since the name of the establishment was Timpla, I honestly thought it was a coffee shop. 

I was wrong. 

The moment we went inside, this is what greeted us. 

Now, I know that dinakdakan was a dish and it was something that I haven't tried so even though I was pretty full, I had to give it a try. I convinced the husband to stay and try things out. 

The place looks very efficient. It wasn't homey but it was welcoming. 

I love that they serve these chips while you're waiting for the food. Every establishment should have this to give people while waiting for their food. It helps to pass the time. 

I ordered the dinakdakan because if I don't, that won't make sense since we are in the House of Dinakdakan. This came with 2 cups of rice. 

I finished it. Hahahaha. I was already full but this was just so good that I actually finished the entire thing as well as the 2 cups of rice. I would definitely want to have this again. 

Actually, I want to learn how to cook this because it was just so good and Marikina is too far. 

We received this tokwa't baboy as a complimentary part of our meal. Initially, I thought to myself, ugh, tokwa't baboy. Then I took a bite and I was pleasantly surprised. This was really good. Good enough to munch on all on it's own. 

These cheesy sticks were the cheesiest I've ever tried. This was pure cheese coated with breading. My husband loved it and our kids did too.  

The salted egg chicken wings were also another winner. This was really good and if I wasn't so full already from a previous engagement and from finishing a big plate of dinakdakan, then I would have eaten this all by myself as well. 

Overall, I would say that if you live in Marikina, you need to give this place a try. It is definitely worth your money and definitely worth the calories you'll be adding to your body. 

Timpla - House of Dinakdakan

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Gatorade Proud to Fuel FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Milestones

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 concludes with Europe as the new powerhouse in the biggest sports spectacle anticipated by more than 12,000 fans. Gatorade, the World’s No. 1 Sports Drink in the World, congratulates Germany for its sweeping campaign, capped off by an 83-77 triumph over Serbia at the finals match.

As the official sports drink of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Gatorade joins FIBA in bringing the biggest hoop spectacle to life. Hosted in not one but three countries for the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 set multiple milestones – including the most-attended FIBA game held at the Philippine Arena on August 25 with a record-breaking crowd of 38,115. This even surpassed the 32,616 previously set in the 1994 games when Team USA defeated Russia, 137-91, for the gold medal.

Manila co-hosted the event with Okinawa and Jakarta wherein the latter posted a new mark in attendance during the group stage matches – a total of 111,000 spectators from August 25 to September 3 held at the newly built Indonesia Arena Stadium. It was the highest ever achieved in Indonesian basketball, according to Indonesian State-Owned Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir.

Basketball is life for many Filipino fans which is why Gatorade was present both on and off the court. Only the Number 1 Sports Drink can bring fans closer to the action with halftime segments, namely the 3-Point Shootout and the Gatorade No Sugar Fit-O-Meter. Gatorade also surprised fans queuing for snacks outside the court with a Gatorade shooting game and a Gatorade No Sugar bike challenge. For those who couldn’t watch the games in person, Gatorade partnered up with supermarkets, gearing the fans with sports bottle and ticket raffles.

This made for a truly unforgettable basketball experience here in the Philippines, as it brought together fans and supporters from all over the world to our very own homecourt. All teams that qualified to the quarterfinals and the classification stage matches were welcomed by basketball obsessed Filipinos - truly a one-of-a-kind event where world-class basketball talents were on full display. Even after Gilas Pilpinas ended its campaign with a morale-boosting 96-75 triumph over China on September 2, Filipino fans showed tremendous love for the game, played passionately by all teams.

Team USA was a treat for the fans, composed by an all-star NBA squad with champion coaches, Steve Kerr and Erik Spoelstra. Notable players included Austin Reaves and Anthony Edwards. NBA stars playing for their home countries, Luka Dončić and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, were highly anticipated by fans. However, Germany and Serbian players dominated the courts – leading to a European showdown.

“Even if nobody asked me, but I’m going to say it, I really appreciate it. It was so amazing. So many fans (here) support me,” said Doncic, the star player of the Dallas Mavericks said even after watching his team got beaten by Canada during the quarterfinal match.

Pinoy fans also gave their support to the other teams like Canada led by Dillon Brooks, Serbia bannered by Bogdan Bogdanovic and Germany spearheaded by Dennis Schroder. In between these milestones, world-class performance and sportsmanship were showcased by basketball players and sports enthusiasts – all fueled by Gatorade, the World’s No. 1 Sports Drink. 

PAL presents Flight Reels: Heartwarming Stories in the Skies

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines announces the launch of its new “Flight Reels" video series, which celebrates acts of kindness and compassion at 30,000 feet.

PAL Flight Reels highlights heartfelt and memorable passenger experiences. Based on real-life events, viewers can expect to witness touching stories and the warm, caring service that has defined the airline's service philosophy. 

The core message of PAL Flight Reels is the carrier's unwavering commitment to provide service excellence embodying the Heart of the Filipino. The PAL brand of service extends beyond safety and comfort. PAL goes the extra mile to ensure that every passenger feels genuinely embraced by the warmth and hospitality that define the Filipino culture.

PAL Flight Reels also shines light on heroes in the sky – passengers and crew members who have demonstrated exceptional kindness, courage, and compassion when traveling and flying with the flag carrier. 

For PAL Flight Reels’ pilot episode, viewers will be taken on the journey of a mother who unexpectedly gave birth in flight. The episode not only highlights the extraordinary circumstances of this mid-air birth but also underscores the above-and-beyond service of PAL's dedicated crew members.  The cabin crew ensured that the mother's delivery took place with the utmost care and safety, demonstrating their unwavering focus and commitment to the passengers’ well-being.

"As the country's flag carrier, we are not just transporting people; we are connecting hearts by spreading the genuine care and compassion of Filipino hospitality. PAL Flight Reels reflects our brand of service, and it is an ode to the heartwarming moments our passengers experience with us,” shares Capt. Stanley Ng, PAL President & Chief Operating Officer. 

Join this unique journey as PAL elevates acts of kindness and compassion to new heights. Watch the first episode of PAL Flight Reels via PAL’s official Facebook page and YouTube Channel at and  

Missing Smiles: The Silent Crisis in the Philippines

While the Philippines is finally recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still an ongoing silent health crisis looming over the country. This silent epidemic has been present for years affecting the young population yet there is an unusual scarcity of information and discussion about its prevention has remained limited. 

The Department of Health reported that 73% of Filipinos have been battling this silent health crisis where 83% ages 5-12 years old are affected. The prevalence of cavities among children has resulted in countless missing smiles in school. It was identified as the primary cause of school absenteeism and imposed detrimental effects on the performance of children both in academic and social activities.

Colgate, the leading oral health brand in the country and ally in protecting Filipinos against cavities is helping raise awareness of the impact of poor oral health on school absenteeism among children. 

To amplify this cause, commuters can spot along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila disconcerting images of Filipino children missing one of their greatest assets, smile. How can we help these children get their smiles back?

The images are located along C5 Bagong Ilog Southbound, C5 Bagong Ilog Northbound, EDSA Guadalupe Bridge, and EDSA Orense. Several murals and images can also be seen across the Mall of Asia Complex and at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Check this link or scan the QR code to learn more about this silent health crisis and how proper oral hygiene can lead to bright smiles and a brighter future among Filipino children. 

These initiatives hope to call the attention of the public to help address the crisis and protect children’s smiles while encouraging a healthier and enabling learning environment. 

Are your children missing their smiles too? 

Sneak Peek at Excelsior Hotel in Alabang Zapote Road, Las Pinas

In the bustling city of Las Piñas, nestled inconspicuously along Alabang-Zapote Road, stands the unassuming Excelsior Hotel. At first glance, it may appear to be just another run-of-the-mill four-star hotel, easy to overlook in a sea of options. However, as I recently discovered, appearances can indeed be deceiving, and Excelsior Hotel has a pleasant surprise waiting for its guests.

My initial impression of Excelsior Hotel was one of indifference. It looked like any other hotel in the area, with a modest façade and little to distinguish it from its competitors. My expectations were tempered, and I couldn't help but wonder if this hotel would offer anything beyond the ordinary. Little did I know that my visit would prove me wrong in the most delightful way.

Stepping inside, I was immediately struck by the hotel's tasteful and understated elegance. The lobby exuded a welcoming ambiance, with warm lighting and contemporary decor that would set the tone for a comfortable stay. 

One of the first things that caught my eye was the spa area. It was clear that Excelsior Hotel had put thought and care into creating a tranquil space for relaxation. The spa featured a range of rejuvenating treatments.  After a long day of work or exploration, the spa was a sanctuary of tranquility.

Another highlight was the Jacuzzi and sauna facilities. These amenities can provide the perfect way to unwind after a day of meetings or sightseeing. The Jacuzzi was spacious and inviting, and the sauna seemed to offer a much-needed respite from the stresses of everyday life. The well-maintained facilities added a touch of luxury, elevating it beyond my initial expectations.

Excelsior Hotel didn't disappoint when it came to accommodations either. The rooms were impressively spacious, with thoughtful layouts that ensured comfort and convenience. The attention to detail was evident in the well-thought-out spaces, which featured modern furnishings and amenities that catered to both business and leisure travelers. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, promising a restful night's sleep.

One of the pleasant surprises during my stay was the hotel's buffet. While not extravagant, it offered a satisfying array of dishes that catered to a variety of tastes. The breakfast spread, in particular, provided a hearty start to the day. It wasn't the most lavish buffet I'd ever encountered, but it was more than sufficient and delicious in its simplicity.

In conclusion, Excelsior Hotel may not shout its greatness from the rooftops, but it quietly impresses with its well-rounded offerings. It's a four-star hotel that goes above and beyond the ordinary, providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for its guests. From the spa and Jacuzzi to the spacious rooms and thoughtful amenities, the hotel manages to strike a balance between comfort and affordability.

While it may not be a destination for those seeking opulence and extravagance, Excelsior Hotel is a hidden gem that offers a pleasant and satisfying stay. It's a reminder that sometimes, the best surprises come from the places we least expect. So, the next time you find yourself on Alabang-Zapote Road in Las Piñas, don't pass by Excelsior Hotel without giving it a chance to pleasantly surprise you.

Gaming on a Budget: Smart Strategies for Topping Up

In the modern era, the gaming industry has rapidly grown and it's not just a simple pastime anymore. Sa bawat taon, there's an impressive increase sa number of games like Genshin Impact, consoles, and gaming gear na lumalabas sa market.

Pero, while many are excited sa bago at latest releases, there's a common dilemma na kinakaharap ng karamihan sa mga gamers: Paano nga ba mag-keep up sa latest games at hardware without spending too much or mag-walang wasang paggastos? 

In this blog, pag-uusapan natin ang mga smart strategies para ma-achieve 'to. Let's dive in!

Prioritizing Your Gaming Goals

Before anything else, kailangan muna nating i-decide kung saan tayo mag-fofocus.

1. Choosing a gaming platform

When it comes to deciding between PC or Console, it's not just about the initial cost. Isipin mo rin yung maintenance, games, at potential upgrades sa future. PC might have flexibility sa upgrades, but consoles, like PlayStation or Xbox, offer a more consistent gaming experience over time without the need for frequent changes. Kaya, pag-isipan maigi kung alin ang mas fit sa budget mo in the long run.

2. Defining your gaming interests

Are you into Triple-A games na super high-end graphics and storyline? Or mas prefer mo yung indie games that are unique and often more affordable? Also, consider kung anong genres ang gusto mo and how much playtime you're looking into. Hindi naman kailangan bumili ng lahat, basta yung mga games na alam mong sulit sa oras at pera mo.

3. Allocating budget

Syempre, important rin na may budget ka. Decide on a specific amount na i-aallocate mo every month or year for your games, hardware, and accessories. People on a budget go to platforms like Lapakgaming that offer discounts when you top up. By doing this, mas madali mong ma-ttrack ang expenses mo at maiiwasan ang impulsive buying.

Having clear gaming goals will guide you in making the right choices na masusulit mo and won't hurt your wallet too much.

Embracing Free-to-Play and Indie Titles

Sa panahon ngayon, hindi mo na kailangan gumastos ng malaki para lang mag-enjoy sa gaming. Thanks to Free-to-Play (F2P) games and indie titles, may mga options ka na!

1. Pros of F2P games

Una sa lahat, ang daming variety sa F2P games, from MOBAs to MMORPG like Genshin Impact; battle royales to first-person shooters. Plus, they usually have large communities, kaya madali kang makaka-connect with other players. And since these games earn through in-game purchases, expect continuous updates and new content to keep players engaged. Masaya 'to lalo na if you're looking for something na hindi mo agad masasawaan.

2. Hidden gems in the indie gaming scene

Don't underestimate indie games! Madami sa kanila ang high-quality at unique, pero at a much lower price. Sometimes, they even offer better experiences than some big-budget titles. It's like finding a treasure in an unexpected place.

3. Balancing between premium titles and free/indie options

Of course, if may certain premium games ka talagang gusto, go for it. Pero, try to balance it out. For every major game purchase, explore two or three indie titles or F2P games. This way, mas matitipid mo ang budget mo but still get a rich gaming experience.

By being open sa mga F2P and indie titles, not only do you save money, pero you also get to discover new and exciting games na baka magustuhan mo rin. 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Camella is Developer of the Year and Best Premium House in Lamudi The Outlook 2023: Philippine Real Estate Awards

Camella celebrates a resounding victory at The Outlook 2023: Philippine Real Estate Awards by Lamudi, cementing its prominent presence in the real estate industry with triple prestigious accolades.

Trophies awarded by Lamudi  to Camella as Developer of the Year in Luzon, Developer of the Year in Visayas and Mindanao, and Best Premium House in Mindanao.

Best Developer in Luzon

With unwavering dedication and a commitment to excellence, Camella is recognized as the Best Developer in Luzon, a testament to its outstanding contributions to Luzon's property landscape.

Division Head for North Luzon, Rochelle Alpasan, expresses pride and gratitude for the recognition, "along with the many men and women who have made Camella the Philippines' largest homebuilder for close to five decades. We will continue building not only houses for Filipinos but forever homes they can celebrate their milestones in."

Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao

In Visayas and Mindanao, Camella's influence shines even brighter as it secures the coveted title of Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao, showcasing its widespread impact and commitment to quality across these regions. 

Camella's popular "Grande Series" model houses, Greta and Freya.

Upon receiving the award, Division Head for Visayas, Lily Donasco says that the "acknowledgment not only gives importance to the accomplishments we have made over the past years but inspires us to reach greater heights in the region and beyond."

Best Premium House in Visayas and Mindanao

Adding to these remarkable achievements, Camella's commitment to crafting premium homes of unparalleled quality in Mindanao is also acknowledged as it proudly receives the award for Best Premium House in the region. The award was conferred to Camella Gran Europa, located in the scenic vicinity of Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro. The thriving community that showcases excellently crafted homes is part of Vista Land's expansive estate in the city.

This recognition underscores Camella's unwavering dedication to providing quality and comfortable living spaces to its discerning clientele in Mindanao, with Division Head for Mindanao, Natanette Pardito, emphasizing the "affirmation of the hard work and dedication our stakeholders have graciously provided every day."

Proudly receiving the awards for Camella are Division Heads Rey Montoya, Lily Donasco, Tanette Pardito, and Rochelle Alpasan.

Camella is the country's largest property developer with nearly five decades of building experience and pioneering concept leadership. Its focus is on building communities that embody innovation and progress with family and community life in mind, creating a legacy of value for generations. 

The developer has provided a roof for more than 500,000 families in locations where they wish to set down their roots. Camella chooses to reach farther across the country than any other property developer because it understands Filipinos' ties with the places where they grew up and created their most beautiful memories in. This is why Camella has earned its rightful place as the top-of-the-mind brand in the Philippine housing industry.

Camella's triumphant performance at Lamudi The Outlook 2023: Philippine Real Estate Awards reflects its dedication to setting new standards in the industry, further solidifying its reputation as a premier developer and a symbol of excellence in the real estate market.

To know more about Camella communities and their developments nationwide,  visit and follow @CamellaOfficial.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Yoboo to reveal new brand ambassador on September 29

A fresh new face is joining the yoboo family—a loving, caring supermom!

This all-around actress, model, and vlogger recently entered motherhood, having given birth to a beautiful baby girl towards the end of 2022. She and her husband, who’s from the same industry, tied the knot in February 2021 and have been embracing family life since then.

“We look forward to sharing with everyone our newest brand ambassador, who embodies our #yobooBestie philosophy,” said Chinen Rina, Pediatrician and Founder of yoboo. “She is her daughter’s best friend and naturally wants what’s best for her. yoboo’s ethos is rooted in our deep care for our partner families and babies’ skincare needs, which we strive to fulfill through our products.”

Committed to helping every family raise children in a relaxed and scientific manner, the Japanese-based brand provides expertly crafted skincare products for babies using natural plant extracts and biomimetic essence to awaken the skin’s intrinsic vitality. A baby’s skin is only 1/4 the thickness of adult skin, making it more fragile and sensitive to mechanical stress. It can also be prone to dryness, redness, and itching, which is why it requires extra care by developing good skincare habits with the help of gentle, high-quality products.

Using top-quality ingredients, all formulas are easily absorbed to nurture healthy and resilient skin. Its all-natural formulas reject unnecessary additives, preservatives, and allergens and follow strict quality standards for the parent’s peace of mind.

Catch the big announcement on September 29, 2023 through yoboo’s official Facebook ( and Instagram (@yoboo.philippines) Pages. Save the date and we’ll see you there!

Krispy Kreme is Giving Away a Trip to Korea and More!

Holidays are coming in early at Krispy Kreme Philippines as 86 lucky guests are in for a treat of a lifetime with the 86 OG® Holiday Giveaways. 

Live your Korean dream as a free trip to South Korea is up for grabs for the grand prize! Explore the land of k-pop, k-drama and anything k-culture in a 4 days and 3 nights sponsored tour, and have an exclusive visit to Krispy Kreme South Korea factory store. 

Click your way to happiness and get a chance to bring home an iPhone 14 128gb or an iPad 10th generation for the 2nd and 3rd prize, respectively. 

It’s not done yet. When Krispy Kreme said more, there is really more! 83 winners are secured with their caffeine dose as Krispy Kreme is giving away 1 month supply of 1 dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts and Signature Brewed Coffee.

The 86 OG® winners are the homage to Krispy Kreme’s 86 years of bringing us the best doughnuts and beverages. As they celebrated their 86th birthday last July 2023, they’re gifting 86 winners with the happiest treats! 

Joining this awesomely good raffle is easy -- all you need to do is have an OG Card! 

The promo is open to all OG Card members who will purchase a dozen of any of the participating combo products from September 15 to October 15, 2023:​

- 1 dozen of Original Glazed® + any of the Pepsi products: Pepsi Regular, Pepsi Black, 7Up, Mountain Dew, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, or Premiere Bottled Water​

- 1 dozen of Mixed Doughnuts + any of the Pepsi products: Pepsi Regular, Pepsi Black, 7Up, Mountain Dew, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, or Premiere Bottled Water​

- 1 dozen of Assorted Doughnuts + any of the Pepsi products: Pepsi Regular, Pepsi Black, 7Up, Mountain Dew, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, or Premiere Bottled Water​

​- 1 Dozen of Premium Assorted Doughnuts + any of the Pepsi products: Pepsi Regular, Pepsi Black, 7Up, Mountain Dew, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, or Premiere Bottled Water​

“The OG® Holiday Giveaways is our way of saying thank you to our Originals and OG Card members for their continuous support to us. Aside from that, the holiday season is right around the corner and we want to share the festive feeling to our guests by having this awesome giveaway. Visit our stores and get a chance to win exciting prizes we’ve prepared just for you! We’re excited to see you in our stores or maybe we will see you in South Korea?” said Ysabel Cruz, Senior Marketing Manager of Krispy Kreme.

Go to any Krispy Kreme stores nationwide to check out this OG Card Exclusive giveaway. Get your OG Card for only P195 in all Krispy Kreme stores or through delivery via, GrabFood, foodpanda, Pick.A.Roo and Groover. 

Unlock the Holiday Magic with these LEGO® Buckets

As the holiday season approaches, parents of toddlers and young kids have an exciting reason to light up their children's faces with joy. Beloved toy brand, the LEGO® Group, is inviting families to embark on a delightful journey with their LEGO sets.

With numerous learning options available for kids, the world-famous toy company doubles down on its engaging and enjoyable approach. Cris Opeña, Senior Brand Manager for Ban Kee Trading, the LEGO Group Philippines distributor, echoes this, sharing, "As we usher in the holiday season, the LEGO Group brings the gift of fun learning wrapped in colorful bricks. Our mission is to turn playtime into a magical journey where children can build, create, and discover the joy of learning while crafting their own holiday tales. After all, learning should be as fun as opening a present.”

In a time where screens often dominate children's attention, the LEGO Group reaffirms its commitment to hands-on, creative learning. LEGO playsets offer an opportunity to break away from screens and make holiday memories that will last a lifetime. These inspire kids to build, design, and tell their own unique holiday stories through the enchantment of colorful bricks:

A Canvas for Creative Minds

Think of this set as a treasure chest of vibrant bricks, perfect for crafting personalized holiday scenes and decorations. It's a canvas for young builders to bring their unique holiday visions to life, making the season extra special.

Tiny Hands, Big Ideas

With this set, the possibilities are endless. As your child builds towering structures and imaginative holiday tales, they're also learning about spatial reasoning, problem-solving, and storytelling. It's a chance to nurture their budding engineering skills while crafting holiday memories together.

Nature-Inspired Holiday Magic

The oversized Duplo bricks are perfect for those tiny hands eager to join in the holiday crafting. Building simple holiday scenes with your toddler isn't just about constructing; it's an opportunity for early STEM learning and quality bonding time.

Bigger Bricks, Bolder Dreams

As your child grows, their creativity knows no bounds. With larger Duplo bricks, they can dive into collaborative play and imaginative storytelling. It's an excellent choice to create moments of bonding and shared excitement during the festive season.

Holiday Blooms, LEGO Style

This charming set introduces kids to nature and organic concepts while letting them enjoy the beauty of the outdoors during the festive season. It's a unique way to connect children with nature and add an educational touch to holiday celebrations. 

Embracing kids' love for fun-filled learning, this season rolls out a joyful treat for parents as well – the chance to save up to 20% discount on select LEGO sets. As a bonus, select Toy Kingdom stores are offering gifts with purchase (GWP) promotions. Buy eligible LEGO DUPLO or LEGO Classic sets and receive exclusive LEGO gifts, expanding your collection with unique items. These special offers are available until the end of the month, making it the perfect opportunity to introduce the gift of creativity and imagination to your little ones.

Whether it's constructing a miniature winter wonderland, crafting personalized holiday decorations, or weaving imaginative tales of holiday adventures, LEGO Classic Bucket sets are the ideal tools for holiday preparations. Mothers can now unwrap the true spirit of the season – one filled with laughter, learning, and boundless creativity, all shared with their cherished little ones.

To learn more about the LEGO Group, check out or go to your nearest LEGO Certified Store (Alabang Town Center, BGC, TriNoma, The 30th, UP Town Center) now!