Friday, January 21, 2022

Australia’s Yogurt Brand KOOMI Opens in SM City Mindpro

Koomi, the Australian brand that prides on serving natural yogurt drinks, has set foot in the City of Zamboanga to spread #GuiltlessGoodness! Every cup of Koomi is made fresh daily to give you a healthy, guilt-free, and delicious drinks. Koomi is good for people who are lactose intolerant, health-conscious and diabetic.

It is also a healthier alternative to sugary drinks as it uses natural sweetener rich in probiotic. Among their bestsellers include their Signature Stick-on-me Purple Rice, Waterberry Wonder, and Mango Moo.

KOOMItted to be healthy, KOOMI embodies the perfect blend of refreshing flavors in every sip.

Visit KOOMI at the ground level of SM City Mindpro, beside Mindpro Supermarket entrance.

SM Foundation Opens Online Applications for Scholarship Program SY 2022-2023

SM Foundation (SMFI) invites incoming college freshmen to apply for the SM College Scholarship program for School Year 2022-2023 via its online application portal from January 15 to March 15, 2022.

SM Scholars’ General Assembly in 2019 (File photo)

The SM Scholarship Program started from the vision of the late SM patriarch, Henry “Tatang” Sy, Sr. He believed that if you send one child from an economically challenged family to college, that child would have more opportunities to have gainful employment and later on uplift the economic status of his/her family.

The SM scholarship program is open to the following:

  • Grade 12 graduates from public and private schools in the areas covered. Applicants from private schools must have a DepEd voucher and must be Grade 10 finishers from public high schools; 
  • General Weighted Average grade of at least 92% or its equivalent for Grade 12 – 1st semester; and
  • Total household income of at most P150,000 per year.

The program covers the following field of studies: Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, and Electronics), Education (Elementary and Secondary); Accountancy, and Financial Management, among others.

For more information and to apply, visit and follow SMFI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube: @SMFoundationInc.

SMFI, through its Scholarship program, provides deserving and qualified students with access to college education and technical-vocational studies since 1993. To date, SM has produced more than 8,000 college and tech-voc scholar-graduates. (SM PR)

Friday, January 14, 2022

SM City Mindpro Shares BEARS OF JOY

It is truly heartwarming how a simple teddy bear can spark so much joy in a child. The project dubbed as “Bears of Joy” is a long-running special project of SM Supermalls where mall shoppers may purchase a pair of plush bears – one of which they keep and the other to give for donation to the less privileged children in the community or to a chosen beneficiary.

This year’s collection features designs inspired by four of the most common interests and hobbies that many Filipinos took up significantly during the pandemic. They are Cookie the Baker Bear, Sunny the Plant Lover Bear, Cammy the Vlogger Bear, and Journey the Biker Bear.

In Zamboanga City, SM employee volunteers led the distribution to a hundred children from Reception and Study Center for Children in Talon-Talon, Social Development Center in Sta. Barbara, and Holy Trinity Open House Foundation in Pasonanca.

“Every year, we encourage our shoppers to remember the importance of charity, sharing, and giving, especially during Christmas. The unwavering participation and support of SM customers have impacted the lives of countless children in need. We hope to continue seeing that in the years to come,” said Joaquin San Agustin, Senior Vice President of SM Supermalls.

As of 2017, the SM Bears of Joy project benefited some 60,000 children and is expected to benefit more children and institutions this year. The beneficiaries range from public orphanages, child community centers, or related non-government organizations.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, which handles initiatives to support communities, promote social inclusion, and care for the environment.

For more information, follow and visit SM City Mindpro on all social media accounts. (SM PR)

Friday, December 10, 2021


Cycling has suddenly become cool in a big way as we navigate the pandemic. A healthy, and low impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, biking has emerged as a favorite way of transportation especially during the community quarantine days, when major transportations are not allowed to operate.  Many communities have also allocated bike lanes for those who prefer to pedal their way around the city.

Visit The SM Store at the Level 2 of SM City Mindpro to check which bike and bike accessories suit you.

The good news is that The SM Store now has cool gear for bike enthusiasts in its Men’s Accessories Department. These include bikes, as well as safety helmets, multi-purpose masks, gloves, repair kits, lights, bags, and cargo nets to keep us safe and stylish on the road.

Urban planner, cycling advocate, and founder of active transport advocacy group MNL Moves, Aldrin Pelicano.

Cycling advocate, Aldrin Pelicano shares that it is important to “Wear as you ride” when you bike.

There are Mountain Bikes designed for off-road cycling - mountain trails, single track, fire roads, and other unpaved surfaces; as well as lightweight and sportive Road Bikes built for traveling at speed on paved roads. Bike enthusiasts will also enjoy trying out Gravel/Adventure bikes, Utility bikes, E-bikes, Triathlon bikes, Tandem bikes, Park bikes and Kids bikes.

Make cycling viable every day for travel, work, and for fun with Zonixx’s space saver and steel framed compact foldable bikes with adjustable seatpost, suspension fork, mechanical disc brakes, 26” wheels and 21 in speed, that can be easily kept and stored. Available at the Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

This Hiland Mountain Bike XT290 is a great companion especially for those who live in a place with great biking trails because of its durability and powerful suspension brakes.

Durable, large wheels, powerful suspension brakes, and straight handle bars are what make the Hiland Mountain Bike XT275 so popular when it comes to performance. Available at Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

Urban planner, cycling advocate, and founder of active transport advocacy group MNL Moves, Aldrin Pelicano shares with us tips to anyone before going on a ride or who wants to give biking a start. Here are his must-haves:

This half- dome bike helmet with an aerodynamic design, smoothly curves around your head for great fit and protection as well as  the  detachable mask  and goggle with HD lenses with  high density sponge  and anti-slip band.

. “Investing in a good helmet is always worth it,” says Aldrin. “When choosing a helmet, always look for the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) sticker inside.  This ensures you’ll be offered a high level of protection if you do end up in a crash.”

Illuminate your night rides with this all-purpose and easy to install Plastic Bike LED Head and Tail Light Each set features headlight, taillight, front lamp stand, and a rear lamp stand that serves as warning lights.

AXCS Outdoor’s battery operated Bicycle LED Torch set keeps you safe during night time. It includes 5 pcs white LED, 5 pcs red LED, a flashlight, and a battery.

Bike Lights
.  It is important to see and be seen when you’re out on the road, and Aldrin advises us to “choose a white bike light in front and red bike light for the back.  High visibility (hi-viz) clothes or vest and straps can also help for you to be visible especially in low-light conditions or at night.”

Be equipped with safety and protection with this AXCS Outdoor bicycle repair kit bag that includes a  bicycle pump, tire patches, lever, and file, combination tool, a glue, rubber tubes, and a  pin.

Repair Kits.
“Don’t go out on a ride, whether short or long, without your tool kit,” says Aldrin. “A good kit should include spare tube/s and/or patch kit, pump, tire levers and cycling multi-tool.”

Be the coolest cycling buddy with this multi-purpose bicycle top tube bag. Features a phone holder, an insulated side pocket, a reflectorized strip for safety precaution, and a transparent PVC cellphone compartment.

This Bicycle Handle Bar Bag with cellphone pouch creates an easy access to tools, maps, snacks, camera or cellphones for bikers.

A Bike bag
– “It’s a good idea to bring essentials like IDs, money, mask, face shield (if you will go to an indoor place, closed venue), food and water,” says Aldrin. And find yourself a good bag for all your stuff.

Stay digital and connected while biking with these soft, durable, and flexible touch screen gloves .  Available at Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

A Water bottle
– “If your bike has eyelets,” says Aldrin.” it would be good to get a bottle cage so you can bring water bottles for hydration.”

Bike in style with this multi-purpose and washable cotton Bandana Camouflage Mask with  an ear loop.

Keep your arms dry, cool, and protected while cycling on a hot and humid day with these breathable, compressive, anti-UV, and  quick drying cycling arm sleeves. Available at Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

This Balaclava in tribal and fire print keeps the wearer warm and dry as it covers the head and lower part of the face and prevents fogging on goggles.

Be on the safe side with this stylish reflectorized vest with a reflective strap, high impact buckle, and fully adjustable size that fits all body types. Available in different colors at the Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

Get your items secured with this light, stretchable and transparent Cargo net. Made up of heavy-duty material and can accommodate loads of different sizes.

Wear as you ride
– How do you dress the part?  Some advice from Aldrin: “You don’t have to wear cycling jerseys to make trips on a bicycle.  As long as it’s comfortable and will help you ride safely, any clothes should do it.  Also, “don’t underestimate the sun so it’s also good to wear some protection like arm sleeves and sunglasses.”

The Zonixx Mountain Bike 29er is made up of an alloy frame with Shimano front and rear derailleur.

It’s a beautiful ride with comfort and ease with Zonixx’s  Infinity Mountain Bike, the great all-around bike. Available at the Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

Go faster but stop harder when needed with Gausit’s Hydraulic Mountain Bike with aluminum alloy frame, lock out fork, 27.5 wheels, hydraulic  disc brakes and has a 24 speed and adjustable seatpost. Available at the Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

Bike lovers and enthusiasts, like Aldrin, can visit The SM Store Men’s Accessories Department to check out their latest bike collections, as well as accessories, safety kits and gears, and other must-haves that can be used while going on a ride.

Lightweight Zonixx Road Bike with alloy frame and Shimano Tourney TZ50 front and rear Derailleur provides comfort while on the ride with 21 speed and 700 x 23c tires.

Ride in style with this Zonixx 29er, 24 speed, alloy with suspension lockout and 19” hydraulic frames. Available at Men’s Accessories Department at The SM Store.

You can also check out these collection and other more fashion finds online at and chat and shop at

These bike collection is all available at The SM Store Men’s Fashion Accessories Department. (SM PR)