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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Enchanted Kingdom turns over 9th Brigada Eskwela classroom



Enchanted Kingdom, the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines, turned over its 9th adopted classroom to Dila Elementary School in Santa Rosa City, Laguna in support of the 2023 Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education (DepEd). 

According to DepEd, this year’s theme “Bayanihan Para sa Matatag na Paaralan,” underscored the country’s volunteer initiatives to ensure a clean, safe, inclusive, and child-friendly learning environment for learners and teaching and non-teaching personnel, and strengthen resiliency of schools and basic education.

The adopt-a-classroom program is in line with EK’s advocacy in promoting a fun, unique and healthy learning environment for students. In this program, EK’s very own maintenance personnel and visual artists repaired, upgraded and repainted the turned over classroom.

Mr. Mario Mamon, Chairman and President of EK affirmed the theme park’s continuous support to DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela and the community in the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna.

“Enchanted Kingdom is committed to sharing and upholding Eldar the Wizard’s positive values of kindness, humility, patience, honesty, diligence, generosity and love for God and family. We hope that through our efforts of improving the children’s learning environment, we will be able to encourage the youth to adopt and put these positive values into practice.” ~Mr. Mario Mamon, Chairman and President of EK



The turn over ceremony was graced by no less than Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas and Vice-Mayor Arnold B. Arcillas, as well as Dila Elementary School Principal Necita F. Barba, Education Program Supervisor (Kindergarten/SPED) Maribel M. De Vera, Cluster IV Public School District Supervisor Christie B. Merano, Senior Education Program Specialist Jason Sagaysay, teachers, and students. Mr. Mamon also invited everyone who attended to visit the park and join in the grand celebration of EK’s 28th Anniversary on October 28.

Teachers and students are also encouraged to take part in the Enchanting Klassroom and Edutainment Programs offered by Enchanted Kingdom. For more information about this upcoming 28th anniversary celebration as well as other upcoming events and offerings, stay connected with Enchanted Kingdom’s official digital platforms via https://linktr.ee/enchantedkingdom.ph.

Monday, August 28, 2023

HONOR Breaks the Record, Hits Highest First Day Sale with HONOR 90 5G!

Thousands of HONOR fans lined up at HONOR Experience Stores at SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, and HONOR Megamall kiosk to buy the latest premium phone, HONOR 90 5G.


HONOR, the leading global provider of smart devices, officially kicks off the sale day of the much-awaited HONOR 90 5G for only Php 24,990 in all HONOR Experience Stores and Partner Dealer Stores nationwide, available also in all online partners via Lazada, Shopee, and Tiktok Shop. 

“From the viral phone, HONOR X9a 5G, that was launched last January, today marks another milestone for HONOR Philippines as we received double demand from our HONOR fans for HONOR 90 5G. Since we announced the availability of the HONOR 90 5G in the market, we have received a high volume of offline and online pre-orders from the public, and until today, a huge crowd of shoppers lined up at our stores to purchase their own HONOR 90 5G, and we are truly thankful for all the support.” ~Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President

HONOR 90 5G’s first day of selling was marked with excitement among the HONOR community and fans. Adding more fanfare to the event is the presence of HONOR Stars and GMA Sparkle celebrities Liezel Lopez, Bruce Roeland, and Jeff Moses. They got to meet and greet their fans and consumers who bought their brand new HONOR 90 5G. 

For consumers who still haven’t purchased their own HONOR 90 5G, wait no longer as it comes at a great and affordable price of Php 24,990. The powerful phone comes with a flagship triple camera system consisting of a 200MP Main Camera with a 1/1.4-inch sensor, a 12 MP ultra-wide and macro camera with a 112° field of view, and a 2MP Depth Camera. 

The HONOR 90 5G is equipped with industry-leading eye comfort features. Receiving the TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification and achieving the risk-free dimming level, the HONOR 90 5G is perfect for today’s entertainment-hungry generation who spend long hours viewing and watching content on their smartphones. 

Experience the HONOR 90 5G in three stunning colors,  Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Diamond Silver via all HONOR Experience Stores and partner dealers nationwide and online partner stores via Lazada (https://bit.ly/3YAczVu), Shopee (https://bit.ly/45snjI6), and TikTok Shop (bit.ly/HONOR905G-TikTok).

HONOR Fans can also avail of the HONOR 90 5G via Home Credit for as low as Php 1,002 per month on a 0% interest installment payment.

Leading credit card providers BDO, BPI, Citibank, Eastwest, Metrobank, PNB, and Security Bank also offer 0% interest, payable up to 12 months.




For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website www.hihonor.com or social media platforms: Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines, Instagram.com/honorph/ and Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines. To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

Coastal land reclamation: A glimpse into today’s urban development strategies

Photo credit to Anastasia Yudin. An aerial shot of Flower Dome in Singapore.


Coastal land reclamation is increasing and will continue to grow and be a popular urban strategy in places that experience urban growth.

This is according to a study, “Mapping 21st Century Global Coastal Land Reclamation,” that analyzed landsat satellite images from 2000 to 2020 to quantify spatial extent, scale, and land use of urban coastal reclamation of 135 cities globally with populations exceeding one million.

Key findings indicate that 78% of these cities have turned to reclamation to create additional land, resulting in 253,000 hectares of new land, an area equivalent to Luxembourg. Land reclamation is the process of creating new land from the sea. It’s often used in places with scarcity of land and high population density for many purposes. From Western Europe and West Africa to the Middle East, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, these countries’ cities reclaim lands for port extension, residential/commercial, and industrial purposes aimed at creating tourist and green spaces. Key drivers like global trade and rapid urbanization are already ubiquitous, so for the next step, these cities desire prestigious place-making efforts and enhanced international reputation.

Architect Ian Fulgar, the Principal Architect of Fulgar Architects. It allows cities to preserve valuable ecosystems and resources from urban sprawl by expanding spaces without encroaching on existing natural land. More importantly for architects, urban planners, and modern city dwellers, it presents an opportunity to have purpose-built urban environments specifically designed to meet their needs.

“Coastal land reclamation is a forward-looking approach to urban development. Architects and urban planners can design sustainable and efficient infrastructure with a blank canvas, incorporating the latest technologies and best practices in urban planning. This approach can lead to more resilient and adaptive cities capable of mitigating the effects of climate change and other environmental challenges. Not only have they transformed their respective landscapes but also captured global attention. These projects have created iconic and visually striking landscapes by pushing the boundaries of engineering and urban design. Sustainability is often at the forefront, integrating practices and technologies that minimize environmental impact and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors. The future of city development, especially in coastal areas, rests with stakeholders prioritizing sustainability and disaster resilience. By adopting a comprehensive, collaborative, and adaptable strategy, they can transform the design, construction, and management of waterfront development – ultimately creating more sustainable, resilient, and prospering urban environments that benefit both people and the environment. Trends and insights on global reclamation illustrate the potential of reclamation projects in addressing various urban development, environmental conservation, and community well-being needs – leading to more sustainable and resilient urban planning worldwide. By adopting these lessons and focusing on sustainable growth, the Philippines can capitalize on its potential and carve a path to a brighter future.” ~Architect Ian Fulgar, Principal Architect of Fulgar Architects


Photo credit to Abid Bin Nazar. An aerial view of Palm Jumeirah.


Cities that lead coastal land reclamation
Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong, says Architect Fulgar, are some of the world’s most notable cities with impressive urban reclamation projects. 

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay are testaments to the city-state’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The former is a luxury integrated resort famed for transforming Singapore’s coastline and city skyline, whereas the latter is a spectacularly unique horticultural destination that combines art, science, and nature. These reclaimed land developments further boost the country’s international reputation and real estate value around the area.

For some parts of the United Arab Emirates, coastal land reclamation has significantly changed ts geography. Dubai, which has completely transformed into an ultramodern city, features ambitious projects now known as some of the most recognizable developments in the world like Palm Jumeirah and The World. “They have reshaped the coastline and established the city as a leader in innovative development, significantly elevating Dubai’s real estate value and worldwide interest,” says Architect Fulgar.

Palm Jumeirah is an awe-inspiring artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above. It houses some of Dubai’s luxury hotels, residences, and entertainment venues. Likewise, The World is a groundbreaking project composed of small artificial islands in the shape of a world map.

Lastly, Hong Kong’s commitment to preserved art, culture, and ongoing sustainable urban development is exemplified by its West Kowloon Cultural District. It is a 40-hectare reclaimed site along Victoria Harbour’s waterfront designated as the city’s vibrant cultural quarter where the local arts scene can interact, develop, and collaborate throughout its sustainability principles.

Architect Fulgar, who firmly believes in creating spaces that foster belonging and unity, highlights that Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong share common denominators in their successful urban reclamation projects. These are innovative design and planning, focus on sustainability and commitment to cultural and societal development, and the subsequent increase in real estate value.

Architect Fulgar on these cities’ commitment to sustainability atop function and aesthetics.


Best practices of coastal land reclamation
Despite recognition of world-class reclamation projects, one of their primary challenges is facing criticism and potential issues over sustainability concerns. Architect Fulgar shares that the solution is through the responsibility of vital stakeholders to adopt a collaborative approach and adaptive strategies in implementing best practices, such as prioritizing sustainability and disaster resilience goals in waterfront developments.

Moreover, Architect Fulgar puts emphasis on a well-planned project that begins with the developers’ thorough research and analysis of the selected area about potential environmental impacts, disaster risks, and local community needs. Architects and engineers need to incorporate sustainable design principles and green and blue spaces to reduce the developments environmental footprint.

SM Foundation introduces rainwater harvesting for sustainable impact



In line with the SM Green Movement, the SM group, through SM Foundation, recently established a rainwater harvesting system at the Brgy. Irawan Birthing Facility in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The initiative aims to strengthen their goal of preserving the environment and ensuring the health and wellness of future generations.

To enhance water conservation and management in the facility, the system collects rainwater from the roof and gutter, passing it through vinyl-coated mesh filters to help ensure water quality. With an 800-liter storage capacity, the harvested water serves the facility’s non-potable needs like watering plants, cleaning, and toilet flushing.

Midwife Narcisa Jagmis observes as the system collects rainwater from the gutters. SMFI Health and Medical Programs Senior Project Manager Albert Uy inspects the water catchment to ensure it reliability.



The rainwater harvesting facility also operates without electricity and features labeled faucets for intuitive recycled water use.

“Mahalagang hindi kami nawawalan ng tubig sa center, lalo na po pag nagsimula kaming magoperate bilang birthing clinic. Ngunit minsan po, walang dumadaloy na tubig at wala kaming mapagkukunan. Kaya napaka laking tulog po ng natural na tubig mula sa rainwater catchment system na. Madali namin itong naaccess upang gamiting panglinis o pandilig dahil konektado ito sa mga gripo. Ang tubig naman mula sa main line ay maitatabi namin para sa aming sterile operations.” ~Narcisa Jagmis, Midwife

Midwife Narcisa Jagmis, who leads the said birthing facility, said that the facility will help them reduce their reliance on the city’s water supply systems.

SCPW, UAPSA join hands with SM Prime in promoting wetland conservation

SCPW president Arch. Celestino Ulep leads a discussion on nature-based architecture during the fourth SCPW Wetland Center Design Symposium. Photo from SCPW


As the world celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity 2023, SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) joined the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) hosted the fourth SCPW Wetland Center Design Symposium on May 29th at the MAAX Building in the Mall of Asia Complex.

Bannering the theme  "Build Back Biodiversity: Wetland Centers and Nature-Based Architecture," the hybrid symposium featured presentations centered on fostering knowledge and awareness about wetland conservation and innovative design approaches.


SCPW President Ar. Celestino Ulep leads the opening of the Wetland Center Design Symposium


SCPW president Ar. Celestino Ulep opened the symposium by sharing his optimism on how collaboration and embracing nature-based architecture can pave the way towards creating a future where wetlands thrive and biodiversity flourishes.

Notable experts in the field also graced the event, sharing their insights and experiences including Chris Rostron, the global manager of Wetland Link International, and Alex Hughes of Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in London, UK. The guest speakers kicked off the discussion by sharing about the pivotal role of Wetland Centers as a tool for Communication, Capacity Building, Education, Participation, and Awareness (CEPA) in wetland conservation efforts.

Arch. Ulep, meanwhile, engaged the audience by introducing the concept of nature-based architecture, highlighting the importance of prioritizing sustainability and harmony in design by creating structures that seamlessly integrate with the natural environment.

Meanwhile, Arch. Aaron Lecciones, SCPW Special Projects Officer, made a detailed visual presentation on the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) Design Team's experience. He highlighted the challenges and triumphs of designing a wetland park, serving as a source of inspiration for aspiring designers and architects.

Esteemed partners, including Ms. Rida Reyes Castillo of SM Prime, Dr. Arvin Diesmos of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Mr. Laudemir Salac of DENR-Region 3, and Arch. Gleo Raymundo of UAPSA graced the event to show their full support for this endeavor.

"It is an honor and privilege on the part of SM to partner with the SCPW and UAPSA in realizing its common goal of protecting ecosystems, particularly wetlands, by inspiring the youth to engage and take action on the socio-civic and economic issues in their communities by finding workable solutions towards building a sustainable future." ~Rida Reyes Castillo, SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR, and Communications

SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR, and Communications Rida Reyes Castillo


Castillo further emphasized that environmental protection and nature conservation are integral pillars of SM Prime's sustainability campaign and that they believe in the power of cultivating the younger generation’s devotion to building a sustainable future.

The symposium concluded with a comprehensive discussion on the rules and guidelines of the design competition, followed by an open forum and exchange of ideas among participants.

The symposium also marked the beginning of the highly anticipated 4th SCPW Wetland Center Design Competition, which aims to create a platform for talented students in the field of construction and design to showcase their skills and ingenuity and encourages them to address environmental challenges through sustainable solutions.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Sec Loyzaga: Invest in rainwater collection

At the multi-stakeholder forum, “Towards a Greener Footprint”, in Iloilo City recently, Environment Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga shared solutions-focused guidelines to help the local government reduce carbon footprint, with emphasis on water conservation to address the looming water crisis and increase access to safe water and sanitation. From left to right: Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas, journalist Ces Drilon, Secretary Loyzaga, urban planning and Landscape Architect Paulo Alcazaren, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) co-chair Michaela Rossette Santo-Tayag and SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Compliance Liza Silerio. Photo credits to Arnold Almacen/Iloilo City Office of the Mayor.


DENR, SM Prime calls on cities to innovate and invest in water-saving technologies to avert water crisis

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading real estate developers in Southeast Asia, recently called on local public officials to avoid the extraction of groundwater and, instead, invest in rainwater collection for recycling and impoundment, as well as explore new technologies such as modular desalination and modular sewage treatment plants, to manage the effects of climate change on the country’s water resources.

At the multi-stakeholder forum, “Towards a Greener Footprint”, in Iloilo City recently, Environment Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga shared solutions-focused guidelines to help the local government reduce carbon footprint, with emphasis on water conservation to address the looming water crisis and increase access to safe water and sanitation. 

“We need to invest in the appropriate engineering and infrastructure to deliver water from the source. We must avoid, if not reduce drastically, the extraction of groundwater which in low-lying coastal areas causes subsidence and increases flooding. Rainwater catchments will not only provide additional supply for household use but will also help ensure the availability of surface water through the maintenance of watershed cover when impounded.” ~Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, Environment Secretary

Based on the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, water abstracted for own use increased from 215.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020 to 217.8 bcm in 2021 countrywide. From 2010 to 2021, the largest amount of self-abstracted water is for the power sector (58.7%). This was followed by agriculture (33.5%); mining and quarrying, manufacturing, and construction (5.3%); and services sector and households (2.6%). 

Earlier this month, the DENR said the country still has enough water supply, but proper management is needed to prevent a possible water crisis by the end of the year. 

The call was met with a resounding response from the private sector, particularly, SM Prime. In the same forum, SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Compliance Engr. Liza B. Silerio shared how  SM Prime has stepped up the sustainability programs that it has been doing since SM Supermalls started recycling water in the 1990s.

From rainwater catchment to help deter flooding in communities where its malls are located, SM Prime also pioneered the mall-based rainwater filtration system that converts the collected rainwater to be potable enough for washing, cleaning and even drinking. Launched at SM City Baguio, the facility will supply mall tenants with enough potable water to help reduce sourcing from the communities’ water table.




“As an integrated property developer, we have seen the first-hand effects of natural hazards that are caused by the change in weather patterns in the Philippines. El Nino and La Nina are two phenomena resulting from climate change. Our country ranks number one in the World Risk Index 2022 report as the most vulnerable among 193 nations. We continue to evolve and adapt technology to improve our resource consumption as part of our climate action.” ~Engr. Liza B. Silerio, SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Compliance

Faced with this challenge, Engr. Silerio shared that SM Prime will continue to find innovative ways to address the climate challenges. 


Friday, August 25, 2023

Jollibee Group Receives Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for the Second Time



The Gallup Exceptional Workplace Awards (GEWA), which are granted to just 57 organisations worldwide whose cultures foster high employee engagement, were once again given to The Jollibee Group in 2023. The Jollibee Group was the first ever Philippines-based business to get recognition in 2010. 

The winners of this award, according to global analytics and consulting firm Gallup, put their employees' engagement at the centre of their business strategy and develop a workplace culture to match. At least 72% of employees at award recipients like the Jollibee Group are committed to their jobs and feel a sense of connection to their company. The average level of employee engagement in the world is only 21%, thus this number is far higher.


High engagement culture at Jollibee Group

“We are truly honored to be given this award for the second time now. Not only does this affirm our commitment to our people as a company, but also celebrates all the men and women that make up the Jollibee Group and their dedication to our values and our mission of serving great-tasting food, bringing the joy of eating to everyone. This recognition is for all of them! We focused on providing clarity, strengthening capability, and building confidence of employees during this unprecedented time.” ~Arsenio Sabado, Chief Human Resources Officer, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC)

To continuously support the business as the company repositions itself for growth post-pandemic, Jollibee Group’s Human Resources team strengthened its People Agenda, characterized by aligning leaders with the strategy, empowering employees to deliver on the strategy, monitoring progress and performance, and celebrating wins.

Example of engagement activities include the JFC Leadership Series, where top executives including the Board of Directors learned about leading through crisis and digital transformation, among others. JFC President and CEO also regularly holds the Global CEO Hour, where he directly provides business updates and engages with employes on various topics.

Employees have also been upskilled and reskilled in new focus areas in digital, talent management, and marketing in the new normal, among other topics. An On-the-Spot Recognition Program was also established, where people managers are empowered to give rewards to team members who are exemplars of company values.

“The 2023 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award winners proved that even during some of the most challenging times, strong cultures are resilient—they find new ways to get work done and meet customer needs. These organizations continued to make employee engagement a cultural priority in their business strategy, and they maintained record levels of employee engagement while achieving or exceeding their business goals.” ~Jim Harter, Gallup’s Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Wellbeing


Among the World’s Best Employers
Jollibee Group’s People Agenda programs continue to reap global recognition. For the third straight year, the company was also named among the World’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2022. Jollibee Group was the highest-ranking restaurant company in the said global listing, as well as the highest-ranking Philippine-based company. It was also cited by Forbes as among the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies.

 

 

 

About Jollibee Group
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 17 brands with close to 6,500 stores across 34 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia.

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); five franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, PHO24, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 90% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. It also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com
 

About Gallup  
Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students, and citizens than any other organization in the world. 
 



Shopee launches 9.9 Super Shopping Day with Vice Ganda as new Brand Ambassador, partners with the League of Provinces to digitize MSMEs



This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee delivers more unbeatable deals, non-stop entertainment, and continuous support for local entrepreneurs across the country.

Shopee continues to bring joy to the Filipino community as it kicks off the highly-anticipated shopping season with more fun and entertainment for users, a wide assortment of unbeatable deals, and a commitment to digitize MSMEs across the nation through its partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines. Shopee gives Filipinos plenty to look forward to as this year's 9.9 Super Shopping Day promises to be bigger, better, and more rewarding than ever.




Delivering unkabogable fun and joy as Vice Ganda joins the Shopee family
Keeping to its promise of giving users delightful shopping experiences, Shopee proudly welcomes the Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda as the newest brand ambassador. The multi-talented comedy icon will serve as the face of Shopee's campaigns and community initiatives, amplifying the platform's commitment to delivering
happiness to its millions of users.



"We are thrilled to welcome Vice Ganda into the Shopee family. Her infectious energy, effortless wit, and vibrant personality make her the perfect fit for Shopee. With her popularity among people across all ages and from all walks of life, we look forward to bringing joy and delight to even more Filipinos. Shopee has always been committed to empowering and supporting local businesses, and our partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines aligns perfectly with this mission. We believe that by working together, we can enable MSMEs in every corner of the country to thrive in the digital economy." ~Vincent Lee, Head of Shopee Philippines

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, users can expect a wealth of entertaining content from the It's Showtime host as she stars in a Shopee Live stream and its new TV commercial.


Helping MSMEs go digital in partnership with the League of Provinces
During the launch of Shopee's 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the e-commerce platform also announced a groundbreaking partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines. This strategic collaboration aims to support and accelerate the digital transformation of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country, driving economic growth and inclusivity.

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), an organization that represents the country's 81 provinces, has long championed the cause of local development and empowerment. By joining forces with Shopee, LPP aims to harness the power of e-commerce to uplift the livelihoods of MSMEs, especially those in rural and
remote areas.

The partnership starts with the training and onboarding of entrepreneurs in Quirino province, led by LPP National Chairman and Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo "Dax" Cua. Shopee provided seller training workshops, educational resources, and onboarding support for sellers of Quirino-made products, such as coffee, chocolates, ginger and turmeric tea, as well as home decor.

Governor Dax Cua expressed his excitement and optimism.

"Our provinces are rich with talent and unique products. This partnership with Shopee will help our local entrepreneurs connect with a wider market, learn valuable digital skills, and ultimately improve their livelihoods. We are also excited to give Shopee users access to the wealth of products the Philippines has to offer." ~Dakila Carlo "Dax" Cua, LPP National Chairman and Quirino Governor

Introducing more entertainment with Shopee Live & unbelievable shopping delights
  • 70% off on Shopee Live Buong Araw: Get ready for an all-day shopping spree with stunning 70% off Shopee Live-exclusive vouchers with no minimum spend, which can be used on livestream-exclusive deals from notable brands like L'Oreal and INSPI through Shopee Live, keeping the excitement alive from dawn till dusk and giving shoppers an extended opportunity to snag their favorite items at incredibly low prices. Users can also watch out for their favorite celebrities like Candy Pangilinan, Mariel Padilla, Dianne Medina and many more!
  • Free Shipping Araw-Araw: This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can enjoy free shipping on all their purchases with no minimum spending, making online shopping more accessible and affordable than ever.
  • Fashion and Beauty Extravaganza: Dive into the world of fashion and beauty with a remarkable selection of brands like Unilever Beauty and Belo, and a wide assortment of fashion items priced at PHP 99 and below, allowing everyone to refresh their wardrobes and beauty routines without breaking the bank.

In addition to these enticing deals, users can expect to enjoy discounts from prominent fashion and brands like:
Vice Cosmetics, Mikana, Shigetsu, INSPI, Penshoppe, OXGN, Regatta, Havaianas, BENCH, KEDS, and Crocs. They can also look forward to more exciting promos from tech brands such as vivo, GameXtreme, Aukey, Tecno, itel, Platinum Karaoke, and OPPO, as well as healthcare products from GSK.

Mark your calendars for a shopping experience like no other! Download the Shopee app from leading app stores and visit this link for more information about Shopee's 9.9 Super Shopping Day.













About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee promotes an inclusive and sustainable digital ecosystem by enabling businesses to digitalize and grow their online presence, helping more people access and benefit from digital services, and uplifting local communities.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region's digital economy with a firm commitment to helping homegrown brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is part of Sea Limited (NYSE: SE), a leading global consumer internet company. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology through its three core businesses: Shopee, Garena and SeaMoney.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Cebu Pacific Launches Manila - Da Nang Flight with Piso Sale



Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines' leading airline, is launching its newest destination—Da Nang, Vietnam—with its signature Piso Sale.

Starting December 7, 2023, CEB’s Manila to Da Nang flights will operate thrice a week--- every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The flight will depart Manila from 7:30 PM (PH time) and will arrive at 9:30 PM (Vietnam time). The return flight from Da Nang to Manila will operate from 10:30 PM (Vietnam time) to 2:20 AM (PH time).

Da Nang is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning landscapes, luxurious resorts, and rich history. It is also the gateway to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Hue Imperial Citadel, My Son Sanctuary, and Hoi An Ancient Town.

From August 22 to 25, 2023, CEB travelers may book flights between Manila and Da Nang for as low as PHP 1 one-way base fare, exclusive of fees and surcharges. The travel period is from December 7, 2023 to March 30, 2024.

Passengers may use their existing Travel Funds to book flights and avail themselves of other add-ons. Cebu Pacific also offers multiple payment options, including payment centers, credit or debit cards, and e-wallets.

Cebu Pacific operates at 35 domestic and 24 international destinations, spanning across Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Be Juan of the first to experience Da Nang! Book your flights now at bit.ly/CebuPacificSale.

Friday, August 18, 2023

MR.DIY Brigada Eskwela: Empowering Education with Acts of Kindness



MR.DIY, the leading home improvement and lifestyle retailer,  is preparing for a fantastic festival as it opens its 400th store in the pleasant town of Baler, Aurora. This fantastic occasion will occur from August 18 to August 20, 2023, and guarantees a variety of energizing exercises, advancements, and giveaways for customers to appreciate. At the same time, MR.DIY will be remembering the fantastic opening of a few extra stores, reaffirming its obligation to serving networks across the Philippines.



Transforming Concepcion Elementary School, Malabon City




The day began with a total study hall repair, including an intensive general cleaning and a new layer of paint to revive the rooms. To make a seriously captivating and helpful space for learning, the workers insightfully outfitted the study halls with draperies and visual guides.


MR.DIYs Senior Marketing Manager (left of photo) Charles Salecina and Corporate Engagement Specialist (right of photo) Lorina Krish D. Atchico of World Vision turned-over donations to Melibeth Ruiz (middle of photo), Principal of Concepcion Elementary School, Malabon.


A heartwarming moment came during the turnover ceremony when MR.DIY proudly presented a range of essential donations, including children's books, toys, cleaning materials, school bags, steel racks, air conditioners, and PVC accordions. These contributions will undoubtedly provide invaluable support to the students and teachers of Concepcion Elementary School, enhancing their educational journey and fostering a love for learning.


Analiza Pelwa, the founder of Pagna’t iMontanosa, leading the "Pencil for a Smile" project with MR.DIY, driving change for 3 years.



In a remarkable display of support for education and community development, MR.DIY has been a longstanding partner of the "Pencil for a Smile" program, organized by Pagna’t iMontanosa and founded by Analiza Pelwa, along with their dedicated member volunteers, Maia Lein Balisong, Federico Murphy, and Adam Bahingawan for the past three years. On July 22, 2023, MR.DIY employees joined hands with the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company headed by Police Capt. Faustino Lang-Akhan, PNP  Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Canine group headed by PEMS - Norman Batoon, and the Bokod Municipal Police Office to extend a helping hand to Poodan Elementary School & Ekip Elementary School in Bokod, Benguet.


A beautiful display of Bokod, Benguet’s cultural heritage through a mesmerizing tribe dance by Poodan Elementary School & Ekip Elementary School students.



The day began with a total study hall repair, including an intensive general cleaning and a new layer of paint to revive the rooms. To make a seriously captivating and helpful space for learning, the workers insightfully outfitted the study halls with draperies and visual guides.

Furthermore, MR.DIY distributed essential donations, including hygiene kits and school supplies, ensuring that the young learners have all the necessary tools to pursue their dreams and achieve their aspirations. This collaborative effort between MR.DIY, Pagna’t iMontanosa, and the local authorities demonstrate the collective commitment to empowering the next generation in Bokod, Benguet.

"At MR.DIY, we firmly believe in the power of Acts of Kindness to create meaningful and lasting change in the communities we serve. The MR.DIY Brigada Eskwela's campaign is a testament to our dedication to empowering education and uplifting the lives of children. Through our overarching corporate social responsibility program, AoK, we are committed to enabling and empowering communities, making a positive impact on society. We are immensely proud of our employees and volunteers whose unwavering passion and compassion have made this campaign a tremendous success." ~Charles Salecina, MR.DIY’s Senior Marketing Manager


The MR.DIY Brigada Eskwela campaign is a shining example of the company's overarching corporate social responsibility program, Acts of Kindness (AOK). Rooted in the Good Bag Campaign, where proceeds from the purchase of MR.D.I.Y. Eco-bags are thoughtfully donated to NGO partners, AOK exemplifies MR.DIY's genuine commitment to enabling and empowering communities nationwide.

As the campaign concludes, the spirit of AOK continues to live on, inspiring hope, compassion, and unity within each community touched by MR.DIY. The company's dedication to creating a positive impact on society serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path toward a better and brighter future for all.

MR.DIY Brigada Eskwela's campaign has left an indelible mark on the hearts of students, teachers, volunteers, and the entire MR.DIY family. Through the power of Acts of Kindness, MR.DIY has contributed to building a stronger and more resilient education system, nurturing young minds to reach their full potential. The company's unwavering commitment to making a difference stands as a shining example for others to follow, embodying the true essence of corporate social responsibility.

As the campaign concludes, the spirit of AOK continues to live on, inspiring hope, compassion, and unity within each community touched by MR.DIY. The company's dedication to creating a positive impact on society serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path toward a better and brighter future for all.

MR.DIY Brigada Eskwela's campaign has left an indelible mark on the hearts of students, teachers, volunteers, and the entire MR.DIY family. Through the power of Acts of Kindness, MR.DIY has contributed to building a stronger and more resilient education system, nurturing young minds to reach their full potential. The company's unwavering commitment to making a difference stands as a shining example for others to follow, embodying the true essence of corporate social responsibility.

For more information about the Acts of Kindness Program, visit MR.DIY’s official website or follow /mrdiyPH on Facebook, and @mrdiy.philippines on Instagram and Tiktok.









About MR.DIY
MR.DIY is one of the largest home improvement retailers with more than 2,000 stores across Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, India, and Europe in Turkey and Spain. The home improvement retailer has dedicated itself to making a positive difference in the lives of its valued customers by offering convenience at all its stores nationwide.
All MR.DIY stores are managed directly, and the company often works in collaboration with other mass merchandise retailers or owners of malls or shopfront properties. MR.DIY stores offer a wide selection of — approximately 18,000 SKUs — across 5 major categories, namely hardware; household and furnishing; electrical; stationery and sports equipment products; and others (comprising amongst other toys, car accessories, jewelry, and cosmetics).
The company strives to put customers first by operating an innovative business that is flexible when it comes to providing a wide variety of products, good quality, and value for money, holding true to the company’s motto of “ALWAYS LOW PRICES”. Visit www.mrdiy.com/ph/ for more details.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

MR.DIY Celebrates Grand Opening of 400th Store in Baler, Aurora, Alongside Multiple Store Milestones Nationwide



MR.DIY, the leading home improvement and lifestyle retailer,  is preparing for a fantastic festival as it opens its 400th store in the pleasant town of Baler, Aurora. This fantastic occasion will occur from August 18 to August 20, 2023, and guarantees a variety of energizing exercises, advancements, and giveaways for customers to appreciate. At the same time, MR.DIY will be remembering the fantastic opening of a few extra stores, reaffirming its obligation to serving networks across the Philippines.


MR.DIY Baler, Aurora Branch, MR.DIY Philippines’ 400th Store Milestone


MR.DIY BALER, AURORA STORE HIGHLIGHTS:
The Baler store grand opening festivities will be a vibrant display of MR.DIY's dedication to its customers. The event will kick off with a lively motorcade, setting the stage for the main attraction. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing will officially mark the store's entrance into the Baler community graced by Aurora’s Local Government Officials together with MR.DIY’s CEO Roselle Marisol Andaya and MR.DIY’s Business Development Head Ferdinand Gasis. Customers will have the opportunity to take home MR.DIY fans and keychains as exclusive giveaways, and the beloved MR.DIY mascot, panda, will make an appearance to delight both young and old.


PROMOTIONS IN MR.DIY BALER, AURORA STORE





Shoppers visiting the Baler store from August 18 to 20, 2023, are in for a treat with fantastic promotions:

Gift With Purchase: Customers who spend a minimum of Php 500 will receive a free Rainbow Umbrella or Trolley Bag.
Free Milk Tea: A delightful offer awaits those who spend at least Php 700, as they can savor free milk tea from August 18 to 19, 2023. 
Lucky Shopper Challenge: From August 19 to 20, 2023, shoppers with a minimum spend of Php 1,000 can partake in the Pachinko game for a chance to win exciting freebies.


CELEBRATING NATIONWIDE EXPANSION:
MR.DIY's celebration goes beyond Baler, as the company is also inaugurating several new
stores across the nation. These branches include:
  • Porac Pampanga
  • Prince Baybay
  • Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte
  • Narra Palawan
  • Talisay Cebu
  • Cauayan Negros Occidental

Each opening underlines MR.DIY's commitment to providing convenient access to quality products for customers across various regions.

PROMOTIONS IN 400th+ STORES:
In tandem with the grand opening celebration, the 400th+ MR.DIY stores will offer enticing
promotions from August 18 to 20, 2023:
Gift With Purchase: For a minimum spend of Php 500, shoppers will receive a complimentary Rainbow Umbrella, Trolley Bag, or water bottle, depending on branch availability.
Lucky Shopper Challenge: Shoppers who spend at least Php 1,000 on August 19, 2023, will have a chance to win exciting freebies through the Pachinko game.

MR.DIY's 400th store milestone signifies not only a remarkable achievement for the company but also an opportunity for shoppers to experience exceptional products, services, and promotions that reflect MR.DIY's dedication to customer satisfaction. With the grand opening in Baler, Aurora and the simultaneous celebration across multiple branches in the Philippines, MR.DIY is poised to make this an unforgettable event for all.

For more information about MR.DIY’s new stores and promotions, visit MR.DIY’s official website or follow /mrdiyPH on Facebook, and @mrdiy.philippines on Instagram and Tiktok.














About MR.DIY
MR.DIY is one of the largest home improvement retailers with more than 2,000 stores across Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, India, and Europe in Turkey and Spain. The home improvement retailer has dedicated itself to making a positive difference in the lives of its valued customers by offering convenience at all its stores nationwide.

All MR.DIY stores are managed directly, and the company often works in collaboration with other mass merchandise retailers or owners of malls or shopfront properties. MR.DIY stores offer a wide selection of — approximately 18,000 SKUs — across 5 major categories, namely hardware; household and furnishing; electrical; stationery and sports equipment products; and others (comprising amongst other toys, car accessories, jewelry, and cosmetics).

The company strives to put customers first by operating an innovative business that is flexible when it comes to providing a wide variety of products, good quality, and value for money, holding true to the company’s motto of “ALWAYS LOW PRICES”. Visit www.mrdiy.com/ph/ for more details.

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