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SM Foundation Gathers SM Scholars of Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas

SM Foundation SM Scholars

SM Foundation scholars in Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas City have gathered for their very first general assembly last October 20, 2019 at SM City Iloilo. The general assembly is an annual event for all college and technical vocational (techvoc) scholars under SM Foundation to interact and get to know one another, and to meet up with their mentors and benefactors.

The gathering began with a morning mass in SM City Iloilo’s main entrance, the venue where the regular Sunday mass in the mall is held. After the mass, SM Foundation Executive Director for Education Carmen Linda Atayde addressed the crowd, including the regular mallgoers in the mall, and emphasized that The SM Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established by the late Henry Sy Sr. because he believes that education is the best weapon to alleviate people from poverty.

SM Foundation SM Scholars

Added Atayde, SM Foundation already has over 3,000 college scholars and over 2,000 technical-vocational (tech-voc) scholars nationwide at present.

The SMFI tech-voc scholars from Don Bosco in Dumangas, Iloilo were also present together with Fr. Dindo Vitug and Fr. Allen Elevado.

The scholars then proceeded to the mall’s cinema 6 for the program wherein the SM Foundation Asst. Vice President Ling Lansang welcomed them and gave a brief overview of the general assembly.

The students were later made to watch short inspirational videos about the life of SM Founder Henry Sy, Sr.

The gathering was also an opportunity for the tech-voc scholars and the college scholars to know each other, as well as meet the alumni who are now professionals in their chosen fields.

SM Foundation SM Scholars

SM Scholars and alumni shared testimonies and inspirational messages about SM Foundation’s scholarship program and their stories of struggles and success along the way.

SM City Iloilo Mall Manager Gilbert Domingo and The SM Store Branch Manager Reina Donesa also shared their experiences working in SM as well as offer inspirational messages on how they hurdled the challenges to get to where they are now in their respective careers.

After the program, the scholars were given a treat as they cap the day with the movie Lion King.

Aspiring SM scholars can already avail of the SM College Scholarship Program online application for SY 2020-2021, which started last October 15 and will end until December 15, 2019.

Interested applicants can visit the SM Scholarship website for the qualifications, requirements, accredited courses, partner schools, and other information about the program: https://sm-foundation.org/programs/education

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UDD X JUST HUSH: COOL AND COLLECTED

UDD

There are musical acts that take the world by storm, there are some that prefer a more slow and steady approach, and then there are those who just play by their own rules. UDD and R&B/hip-hop artist Just Hush fall under the third—both being more comfortable flying under the radar. In effect, they keep up an effortlessly cool reputation, something easily admired by their superfans—those who love the craft of music, rather than just the fame.

UDD, composed of Armi Millare on keyboards and vocals, Carlos Tañada on guitars and synth, Ean Mayor on drums and electronics, and Paul Yap on bass and synth, never fail to charm the hearts of listeners with their eloquent lyrics and unique beats. In the next episode of Coke Studio Season 3, they are paired with up-and-coming artist Just Hush—a reveal that the band tells us was full of surprises.  “When I heard how he mixed English and Filipino on his tracks, I was surprised with how he did it.  It comes off unexpected but natural.  Actually, I had always wanted to do a song in both languages, and I think the band will probably still do one,” says Ean.

UDD

Armi admits, “What surprised me was how quiet he was! Because he does rap, we do have this image of what a rapper should be, and he is very different from that.”

On his end, Just Hush was definitely thrilled to be working with one of the greats in OPM, but he was keeping his cool.  He shares, “When we first met, I was really excited because I really love their songs. I know they’re a big deal but I didn’t want to show that I was their fanboy! But they were so humble, so down to earth, and that really surprised me.”

When it came to their creative process, Just Hush says, “They’re very open.  Even when they knew that I was their fan, I could feel that they didn’t look at me that way.  I wanted to mix funk with R&B, and they were also game.  In the end, it was very spontaneous.  Somehow, we were able to capture the emotion of the moment.”

UDD all agree that their working dynamic flowed effortlessly.  “It was on the spot, we were able to work well together.”

UDD

Emotion was definitely an important factor, especially since the collab was about letting go of the things that inhibits you and the #feels involved when you have to Let Go and Grow. Surprises aside, the collaboration was a good mesh of the two artists, integrating common elements while still keeping cool, collected and true to their own sound.

Armi adds, “I really like R&B, it’s what I grew up on, and I do think that you can hear it a bit on our music.  When it comes to art, somehow you will come to, more or less, the same questions, the same why.  So even from different genres and generations, you will still find what feels right.”

Ean sums it up, “I like to think of us as perpetual students.  We went out of our comfort zone, but the funny thing is, I am sure that when fans hear the song, they will still say that it’s very us.”

Watch UDD  and Just Hush as they collaborate on Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them on October 12, Saturday at 10a.m. on ABS-CBN or subscribe to Coke Studio’s Youtube page at www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH for the latest episodes.

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Coke Studio Season 3: GIRLS GONE #WOKE

Coke Studio

Janine Teñoso, Bea Lorenzo, and Clara Benin all started on the path to music as very young girls. And though they’ve forged their names as solo artists, from the first time they met, there was an instant rapport that made their Coke Studio collaboration feel free-flowing and natural.

Janine says, “Literally, I was just listening to their songs, and then a few days after, we were meeting together. It felt as if we were sisters right away, we just started sharing our ideas and talking and talking.”

Coke Studio

For their Coke Studio Season 3 episode, the girls tackled something the youth feel strongly about: the environment, and how to create even more awareness and action to save it. These days, people are getting more and more #woke and want to do their part to help, and Coke is taking action through their various green initiatives. With this musical collaboration, Coke champions two things they firmly believe in: an active stance on environmental issues and women empowerment.

Knowing that their Coke Studio episode would focus on the single biggest issue of this generation, all three realized that the big environmental issue comes from the smaller task of deciphering one’s priorities. They saw that the root of caring for the environment is self knowledge. From self knowledge comes the realization that we are all connected to each other.

Coke Studio

Janine understood that they were taking on a big task. “We knew that the song had to be uplifting spiritually.”

In creating their all-girl anthem, Clara says a little spontaneity went a long way. “You also have to surprise yourself. That’s part of the process. We want to write a song that will encourage people to be themselves.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about being true to your heart. As Bea sums it up: “The essence of being woke is doing what you love. You have to do something that really speaks to you. And for our song, it was about finding that balance without being too preachy.”

Watch how Bea Lorenzo, Clara Benin and Janine Teñoso, collaborate for Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them this coming October 5, at 10:00 a.m. on ABS-CBN or online at www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH .

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SM Foundation set to open College Scholarship Applications

SM Foundation

SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) is set to open its online application for its college scholarship program this year.

Aspiring SM scholars can get ready for the opening of the SM College Scholarship Program online application for SY 2020-2021, which will start October 15, 2019.

The SMFI College Scholarship program is aimed at extending assistance to poor but deserving highschool students get a college education and build a better future for them and their families.

SM founder Henry Sy, Sr. believes that education is the best defense against poverty. SM Foundation provide college and technical-vocational scholarship grants as well as access to primary education through school buildings to help the youth achieve their dreams.

Interested applicants can visit the SM Scholarship website for the qualifications, requirements, accredited courses, partner schools, and other information about the program:
https://sm-foundation.org/programs/education

For inquiries, aspirants can also the contact the Education team at 857-0100 local 1688 / education@sm-foundation.org.

Apllication deadline is December 31, 2019

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Tunog Transcom Tayo Y2 – Happy Culture and Work-Life Balance

Tunog Transcom Tayo

More than 2,000 employees from Transcom Worldwide Philippines’ Manila sites gathered at the Metrotent Convention Center in Pasig City last September 14, 2019 to celebrate camaraderie and togetherness in the second year of the company’s musicfest dubbed as Tunog Transcom Tayo.

The event was graced by live performances from various well-loved Filipino musicians and bands such as Ebe Dancel, Mayonnaise, Chiquerella, Sponge Cola, Where’s Ramona, This Band, Ben&Ben, and Aegis.

Tunog Transcom Tayo

“As we’ve been transforming our business in recent years, creating a positive culture where our folks can express themselves has been and continues to be a key focus. Tunog Transcom Tayo, our annual musicfest, is just one building block in the foundation that is Transcom Tayo and sits alongside our annual CSR activities, our support for the LGBTQ community and our HIV & AIDS awareness campaign in conjunction with The Red Whistle,” said Mark Lyndsell, Transcom’s CEO for the Global English Region.

This is also the second year that a Karaoke-inspired singing contest – Viral Voice – which Transcom coworkers participate in was incorporated in the music event.

“Our awesome multi-talented coworkers are placed at the heart of Tunog Transcom Tayo and have been auditioning for months as part of our very own Viral Voice competition. Filipinos are known across the globe for their musicality and singing abilities and this is no exception here at Transcom where our finalists will be showing off their talent alongside bands such as Sponge Cola, Ben&Ben, and Aegis,” Lyndsell further shared.

Tunog Transcom Tayo

Tunog Transcom Tayo was also held yesterday September 21, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City and today, September 22 at the SMX-Bacolod City. The event is sponsored by Seda Hotel, Caronia, Jergens, and Liese.

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4 Tips to GO BIG on SM 3 Day Sale!

Most of us have one thing in mind when we go shopping, and that is getting the best discounts on the items we have been saving up to when the sale season comes. This 3-Day Sale at SM City Iloilo ‪on September 13 to 15, 2019‬, with the expected crowd wanting to take part in the biggest sale of the year, it is helpful to bear in mind some reminders to maximize time and savings bargain shopping.

Here are some brief and simple tips you can consider:

1. Mind The Time

Being aware of the time and store hours is importantly helpful if you want to get the best deals of your favorite store in the mall during the sale. Special deals are often given in the early hours, so being on time will not only give you a chance to be the first to avail the item but the discounts as well.

Mall Hours: ‪
September 13 (9am-12MN)‬
‪September 14 (8am-11pm)‬ ‪
September 15 (10am-11pm)‬

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2. Keep Those Cards Close

There are reasons why you have those special cards with you and that is why you always have to have them in your wallet, especially during sale season. Your SM Advantage, BDO Rewards, Ace Rewards and SM Prestige Cards have their own special powers that will give you more discounts on top of the existing discounts offered.

Prestige Friday (9am-12MN)
SMAC Saturday (8am-12NN)
SUNDAY Specials(‪5pm-7pm‬)

Image result for SM Prestige Card and SM Advantage Card

Source: https://www.smadvantage.com/

3. Load Up

Getting around the mall can be physically draining. And being in that rush to get the best discounts can be both exciting and a calorie burning experience—given that on sale days, people swarm the mall with the same reason as yours—the best items with the best discounts. Be in the lookout for the offers of the different restaurants in the mall, so you can maximize your budget with a little more extra on food. Take your time choosing the best offers, as food establishments including the SM Foodhall and SM Foodcourt tenants, may even have freebies on top of your food purchases.

Image result for sm city iloilo food hall

Source: https://ph.phonebooky.com/blog/sm-iloilo-food-hall/

4. Have Fun

Enjoy the exciting activities in store during the 3 Day Sale, such as store mascots parade, hourly freebies and the Ball Toss game for a chance to win the first 100 prizes per day. Just present any receipt purchased during the 3 Day Sale to play the Ball Toss game at the Northpoint of SM City Iloilo. Plus, you also get a chance to win a Suzuki Swift GL CVT for every P1,000 single receipt purchase. There are a whole lot reasons to shop this September 13,14 and 15 at SM City Iloilo. But putting everything in order before the rush makes things a little better.

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For other inquiries on offers and discounts of some tenants in the mall, you can visit the official Facebook page of SM City Iloilo or call ‪(033) 3209609‬ loc. 15 and 16 to get in touch with the Marketing Department.

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Megaworld International Corporate Plaza To Sell Office Spaces Iloilo Business Park

Megaworld International Corporate Plaza

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, July 24, 2019 – Property giant Megaworld is launching a new office tower in Iloilo Business Park, with 301 prime office units for sale to businesses, start-up companies, and established enterprises that want to set up operations in Iloilo’s newest ‘central business district.’

The 19-storey International Corporate Plaza offers prime office spaces ranging from 26 square meters to 65 square meters. With an average price of P155,000 per square meter, the tower will house ‘managed facilities’ at the 6th level, that include two Boardrooms, three meeting rooms, co-working and breakout areas, an Executive Lounge, and a Skygarden.

Another skygarden will be found at the International Corporate Plaza tower’s rooftop, providing a refreshing, tranquil views of the bustling cityscape as well as Guimaras Island.

“So far, this will be the most modern and state-of-the-art office tower in Western Visayas where companies including entrepreneurs can own their office spaces and enjoy its generous facilities never been seen before in any office building in the region,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing, Iloilo Business Park.

To rise within the township’s 9-hectare Commercial and Boutique Hotel District, the International Corporate Plaza will also have a four-level parking podium, retail spaces and arcade area at the ground floor. Keycard-enabled turnstiles will provide enhanced security for the building’s main lobby, and RFID cards will be used to secure the parking areas.

Megaworld International Corporate Plaza

The new office tower will also be fiber optic-ready, and equipped with its own seismic detection and monitoring system, building management system (BMS), 24-hour Security and Fire Command Center, fire security system, and a 100% back-up power facility.

“One of the main highlights of the tower is its enhanced security and safety features, another first in Western Visayas,” adds Palmares-Fong.

Aside from the skygardens, the International Corporate Plaza will also be highlighted by other green and sustainability features that include the use of LED lightings in the tower’s common areas such as hallways, lobby and amenity floor; use of dual flush-type water closets in common toilets, and a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for proper waste segregation and recycling.

The tower is expected for completion in 2024. The company is expected to generate P2-billion in sales from this new office development to be known as the most modern International Corporate Plaza packed with green facilities.

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Travel

Iloilo Business Park Transport Hub: Western Visayas’ First Premium P2P Bus Services

Transport Hub

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, July 10, 2019 – Property giant Megaworld is set to open its Transport Hubs this year to serve the requirements of the region’s first Premium P2P service in Iloilo Business Park.

The P350-million Iloilo Business Park Transport Hubs will have two terminals – one for departures and another for arrivals – that will be strategically located along the township’s Megaworld Boulevard, just in front of the Festive Walk Mall.

Transport Hub

Traveller’s Lounge

Each terminal, sitting on a 4,000-square meter lot each, will feature its own Traveler’s Lounge, an airconditioned facility where passengers can relax and wait for their trips at the Departure Terminal, and also wait for their transits or pick-up vehicles at the Arrival Terminal. Each lounge will have shower rooms and toilets, all for the convenience of departing and arriving passengers.

At the Traveler’s Lounge of the Departure Terminal, passengers will also have the convenience of booking and purchasing their tickets at its own Ticketing Booths. It will also have Breastfeeding Stations, and Free WiFi access.

Each terminal will also have its own Food Park where passengers can indulge in wide array for food choices while waiting.

At the second and third level of each terminal, 200 parking slots will be made available for free.

“We aim to provide world-class and convenient service in land transport for the local and international travelers in and out of Iloilo City. Hopefully, this will serve as a model for other transport hubs in the region,” says Jose Arnulfo Batac, head of estate management, Megaworld.

LTFRB Region 6 is rolling out the first Premium Point-to-Point Buses in Western Visayas tomorrow, July 11, with Iloilo Business Park as its main hub in Panay Island.

The project is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), a flagship program spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Transport Hub

Ticketing Office

Around 106 P2P buses, equipped with the auto-pay system, will be launched on July 11, serving the following routes: Iloilo Business Park to Iloilo Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Roxas Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Kalibo Airport, and Iloilo Business Park to Caticlan Airport (Boracay), and vice versa.

At the same time, the LTFRB Region 6 will also simultaneously launch other modernized PUVs composed of 365 taxis and 165 jeepneys, which are also equipped with the auto-pay system.

“We thank the LTFRB Region 6 for this partnership, and we hope that we are able to contribute to the success of this modernization campaign for the betterment of the country’s transport industry. All of our townships, especially those in urban centers, serve as convergence points of motorists and commuters. Thus, we integrate transport hubs in our developments to meet the transport needs of the local community,” explains Batac.

Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao District, Iloilo City is a 72-hectare integrated urban township that is home to rows of residential towers, state-of-the-art office towers, the Festive Walk Mall, the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk Parade, two first-class hotels (Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriott, the Iloilo Convention Center, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), and the rising Commercial and Boutique Hotel District.

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3 Reasons to Try All-in Overload by Greenwich!

All-in Overload Greenwich

Iloilo City, Iloilo – What is it about pizza that makes us crave for it? Is it the sight of oozing cheese, the juiciness of the overloaded toppings or the aroma of a freshly baked crust? If you still can’t figure out what makes pizza so irresistible, it’s probably because there is an art (and a science) to making the best-tasting pizza. Baking this all-time favorite takes more than just topping the pizza with all the flavorsome stuff and popping it in the oven. The good thing is, every barkada’s favorite pizza chain, Greenwich, has given several insider tips on how to spot a really good pizza.

All-in Overload Greenwich

The Anatomy of a Perfect Pizza: All-in Toppings, All-out Experience

  1. All-in toppings. Let’s be honest, the sight, smell, and of course, taste of a pizza that’s overloaded with toppings has always been tempting. While it’s true that you can top it off with whatever basic ingredient you want, a pizza becomes even more delicious if it’s generously sprinkled with the tastiest and meatiest toppings. Imagine enjoying a pizza that has all of your favorite meaty toppings like ham, pepperoni, burger crumbles, bacon, Italian sausage, and Spanish sausage, plus additional ingredients to complement the taste such as veggies, pineapples, mushrooms and cheese – that’s all-in flavor in one crust like the new Greenwich All-In Overload Pizza. A favorite of actor Enrique Gil, the All-in Overload is packed with the meatiest ingredients that’s an explosion of flavor with every bite.
  2. The dough has it. Contrary to what most people think, the pizza crust is more than just a base for the toppings. It actually sets the initial flavor base and texture of the entire pizza. This is why Greenwich really pays attention to the dough they use for the crust, which is important to a pizza fan like Robi Domingo. Unlike the ready-made crusts you see in the supermarket, Greenwich goes all out by preparing their dough from scratch daily, using only the best ingredients. Since the crust is made fresh every day, you can be assured that each crust has the right texture and is flavorful down to the last millimeter. If you like to munch down on pizza to the very tip like Robi, then the taste, texture and heft of each crust matters! No leftover crusts here!
  3. Best shared with the barkada. Some things are just better when shared – and pizza certainly tops that list. It’s not because the dish is too filling, or the quantity can become too overwhelming for one person, but some dishes like pizza are just more fun to eat when the entire barkada is in tow! Sharing a pizza that’s overloaded with toppings, flavor and that unmistakable pizza goodness with friends is enjoyable because it heightens the experience you have with each bite. Especially when you want to unwind with the darling of your barkada like Yassi Pressman, sharing an overloaded pizza while you’re chillin’ makes barkada time even more fun. #BarkadaGoals unlocked!

All-in Overload Greenwich

Of course, it would be better if you could test your pizzanatomy know-how on an actual pizza, like Greenwich’s new All-in Overload. The All-in Overload is loaded with six kinds of meat: ham, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage, burger crumbles, and Spanish sausage plus veggies, cheese, pineapples and mushrooms. This deliciously satisfying pizza has everything you would want in a pizza and is just right for the entire barkada.

You can get the All-in Overload pizza as part of the Overloaded Trio exclusive delivery offer. For only P499, you and your barkada can enjoy 3 of your favorite flavor-loaded double-sized Greenwich pizzas. Call #5-55-55, or order online at greenwichdelivery.com for some all-in goodness.

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Megaworld Targets 30 Townships, Lifestyle Communities By 2020

Megaworld

MANILA, Philippines, June 17, 2019 – Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships and lifestyle communities, is set to launch six more townships this year until 2020. This will bring the company’s township portfolio to 30 by next year.

These new developments will cover an expansive land area of around 2,000 hectares. Most of these are from new land acquisitions carried by Megaworld Group’s land banking efforts during the last five years.

Five of these new expansive townships and lifestyle communities are in Luzon, while one is in Mindanao.

“Currently, we have a little over 4,000 hectares of both developed and developable land. By next year, we will increase our land ownership and land holding to more than 6,000 hectares as we continue to focus on our goal to expand to key growth areas in the provinces; help boost tourism, provide jobs, and further spur economic opportunities outside of Metro Manila,” reveals Kevin L. Tan, chief strategy officer.

At present, Megaworld already has 24 townships and lifestyle communities spread across the country: Nine (9) in Metro Manila, which include Eastwood City, McKinley Hill, Forbes Town, McKinley West, Uptown Bonifacio, Newport City, Alabang West, Westside City, and Arcovia City; eight (8) in Luzon, which include Capital Town Pampanga, Eastland Heights, Twin Lakes, Southwoods City, Suntrust Ecotown, Maple Grove, Hamptons Caliraya, and Highland City; six (6) in the Visayas, which include The Mactan Newtown, Iloilo Business Park, Boracay Newcoast, The Upper East, Northill Gateway, and Sta. Barbara Heights; and one (1) in Mindanao, the Davao Park District.

The Megaworld Group is composed of mother company Megaworld Corporation and its subsidiaries Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI), Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. (EELHI), and Suntrust Properties, Inc.

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