Tuesday, May 21, 2024

SM Foundation goes beyond building, ensures lasting quality learning environments

SM Foundation continues to advocate for quality education in the country by taking a proactive approach to ensure the longevity and optimal condition of the school buildings it has built.

In photo is the Looc Elementary School, which is set to undergo the maintenance, following SM Foundation mission to ensure optimal condition of the school buildings it has built.

Recently, the foundation refurbished the school buildings of Kalalake Elementary School in Olongapo, Tuba Central School in Benguet, and Mantagbac Elementary School in Daet City, Camarines Norte.

According to SM Foundation School Building Program head Juris Soliman, the rehabilitation has been part of the organization's maintenance program for donated school facilities. This ensures they create an environment that enables learning, teacher satisfaction, and a sense of pride within the communities they serve.

The improvements include replacing exterior ceilings, repainting walls and ceilings, fixing or installing new roof gutters in preparation for the rainy season, and refreshing paint colors.

SM Foundation refurbished the Tuba Elementary School, along with several other school constructed in 2019.

Soliman added that the SM Foundation undertakes repairs in schools every five years or sooner, depending on the building's condition while immediate repairs are carried out in cases of damage caused by typhoons or natural disasters.

Aside from this, the foundation is slated to repair other school buildings in Pedro Candido Memorial National High School in Hernani, Eastern Samar; Looc Elementary School in Nasugbu, Batangas; Zamboanga Central School-SPED Center in Zamboanga City; Balanga Elementary School in Balanga, Bataan; and Villa Kananga Integrated School in Butuan City, ensuring they are ready to welcome students for the upcoming school year.

Through this initiative, SM Foundation continues to push forth high-quality educational infrastructure, even long after the initial construction phase. Since 2002, the school building program has constructed 108 school buildings to date. (SM Foundation)

SM Supermalls, Felicidad Sy Foundation celebrate love and faith with ‘8th Kasalan sa SM’ mass wedding

SM Supermalls and the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc. (FTSFI) united 16 couples in holy matrimony during the “8th Kasalan sa SM” mass wedding held at the Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life Church. This special occasion included members of their 296,000-member Facebook community, the SM SuperMoms Club, making the day even more heartwarming.

SM Supermalls and the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc. (FTSFI) bring together 16 couples, including SM SuperMoms, at the heartwarming 8th Kasalan sa SM mass wedding.

The 8th Kasalan sa SM, a heartwarming mass wedding, is held at the Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life Church in Pasay City.

In honor of SM Group matriarch Felicidad Sy, known as Nanang, Kasalan sa SM has brought faith and matrimony to communities for nearly a decade.

The success of the event wouldn't have been possible without the generous contributions of Kultura's Barong Filipino and Berches Barong, who provided Barong Tagalogs for all the grooms. Goldilocks also played a key role by sponsoring the 16 wedding cakes, and Gandang Ricky Reyes ensured a memorable experience for the brides with their hair and makeup services. Their support made the day truly special for the couples and their families.

Harold Picar, wearing a barong Tagalog from Kultura, poses with his wife Katrina Rose, with Kultura having provided barong Tagalogs for all 16 grooms.

Dolly Grace and RJ Dampog with their beautiful Goldilocks wedding cake, with Goldilocks providing 16 wedding cakes for all the couples.

Susy Loma (right), radiant with her hair and makeup provided by Gandang Ricky Reyes to all 16 couples, walks the aisle with her husband Arturo Regis (left).

The Kasalan sa SM initiative is an important part of FTSFI's religious projects, an affiliate of the SM Foundation. This program, established nearly a decade ago, reflects the dedication of SM Group matriarch Felicidad T. Sy, also known as “Nanang,” to promoting spiritual well-being within communities.

A wedding gift, presented on behalf of SM Group matriarch Felicidad Sy, is given to all the 16 couples. In the photo, Paulo (left) and Sherry Joy Amita (second from left) receive theirs from the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc. (FTSFI) Executive Director Mel Elido (center), Reverend Father Rey Reyes (second from right), and Shrine Rector Reverend Father Danny Canceran (right).

Melchor and Cheene Bausin take a step towards forever.

16 couples, including members of the SM SuperMoms Club Facebook community, SM employees, and members of the public, participate in the mass wedding.

Nanang's vision extends beyond weddings. She champions numerous religious activities, including the operation of masses and the restoration/upkeep of churches and shrines within and near SM Malls. These initiatives provide accessible places of worship for Catholic mall-goers and the communities SM serves.

A sacred moment as Reverend Father Rey Reyes, the officiating priest (right), blesses Carl Jason (center) and Donna Jean (left) De Luna.

Joseph and Jezebel Carcer proudly display their wedding rings.

Mary Rellin (center) and Ardyn Lubigan (right) exchange wedding array coins as a symbol of unity.

The 8th Kasalan sa SM mass wedding, officiated by clergy members, brought joy and blessings to the newlyweds who celebrated their union with loved ones. This event not only strengthens the bond of marriage but also underscores SM Group's commitment to upholding Filipino Catholic faith and fostering strong family values within the community.

Jhowanna Marie and Brian Centeno share their learnings during the wedding ceremony.

Jennifer and Joel Pagador reflect on their special day at the wedding reception.

A celebratory first dance for Marivic and Sherwin Corpuz.

Do you want to be part of our next FREE MASS WEDDING in October? Join the SM SuperMoms Club for more details: https://web.facebook.com/groups/SMSuperMomsClub.

For more information on exciting SM Supermalls events, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow @SMSupermalls on social media. (PR)

Monday, May 20, 2024

SM Supermalls partners with public and private sectors to combat online fraud

In an effort to fortify consumer protection in the digital sphere, SM Supermalls, in collaboration with several government agencies, advocacy groups, and Meta, embarked on a pioneering initiative, aligning with the Be WAIS at Magduda campaign against fraud and scams.

(L-R): Meta Vertical Lead Gino Pineda, SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Director for Economic Development and Governance Eric Florimon-Reed, CitizenWatch Co-Lead Convener Kit Belmonte, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac, Meta Head for Public Policy Claire Amador, Bayan Academy Chairman Jay Bernardo, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Cybersecurity Advocacy and Events Lead Christine Apple Pre, Meta Head of Asia-Pacific (APAC) Policies and Campaigns Shanti Alexander, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Bryant Fernandez, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Officer-in-Charge of Consumer Advocacy Vivian Alacardo

The launch event, held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 11, marked the beginning of a concerted effort led by advocacy groups, Bayan Academy and CitizenWatch Philippines, to raise awareness about online fraud risks and equip consumers with the tools to identify and evade fraudulent activities prevalent in the digital landscape.

SM Supermalls’ Senior Vice President for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin

SM Supermalls affirmed the significance of the partnership in amplifying the campaign’s message. “SM's partnership with Meta, advocacy groups, and the government sector is one of our efforts to create a digital space as secure as our physical malls, and we are proud to amplify the Be WAIS message to protect Filipinos from these online dangers,” said SM Supermalls’ Senior Vice President for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Cybersecurity Advocacy and Events Lead Christine Apple Pre.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Office-in-Charge of Consumer Advocacy Vivian Alacardo

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Bryant Fernandez

The Philippines topped the list for online shopping scam rates in the 2023 Asia Scam Report, a survey conducted by the Global Anti-Scam Alliance in partnership with the Taiwan-based tech security company Gogolook.

Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac

Bayan Academy Chairman Jay Bernardo

Citizen Watch Philippines Co-Lead Convener Kit Belmonte

The multi-sectoral collaboration is a testament to their unwavering commitment to fostering digital safety and safeguarding Filipino consumers from the pervasive threat of online scams.

The Be WAIS at Magduda campaign serves as a call for vigilance and skepticism, urging Filipinos to exercise caution and discernment in their online transactions. Through strategic alliances and concerted efforts, SM Supermalls is helping reshape the digital shopping landscape, fostering a secure and trustworthy online ecosystem for all.

Filipino pop rock band The Juans performs at the launch event of the Be WAIS at Magduda campaign.

To know more about SM Supermalls’ efforts and partnerships promoting consumer protection and welfare, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow @SMSupermalls on social media. (SM Supermalls)

Watch and Experience the Haikyuu Fever Exclusively only at SM Cinema

Are you rooting for Karasuno High or Nekoma High? Crows or Cats?

If you're stumped by those questions, you're obviously out of the loop regarding the current varsity volleyball craze gripping the country, or you're not one of the countless anime/manga fans who religiously follow the Haikyu series.

Set in the Miyagi prefecture of Northeastern Japan, Haikyu: The Dumpster Battle is the current anime film the kids are all crazy about, turning each SM IMAX screening into a FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) cosplay party. And yes, one can catch the film at the SM Cinema and Director's Club, but the IMAX screenings are where it's truly happening!

Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle follows the latest adventures of our main protagonist, Shoyo Hinata. Inspired to follow the footsteps of his varsity volleyball idol, the Little Giant, Shoyo discovers that joining the Karasuno High volleyball team means he has to bury the hatchet and team up with his middle school nemesis, Tobio Kageyama.

With themes and lessons about teamwork, pride, forgiveness, and resolution, we join the journey of the Karasuno High volleyball team through the Nationals and the preliminary rounds leading up to the Dumpster Battle, where they face bitter rival Nekoma High.

It's more than just a film screening. The exclusive run of this anime film at SM Cinemas has created a vibrant community of Gen Z and Gen Alpha moviegoers. They flock to their favorite SM Supermalls, decked out in full Haikyu gear, ready to transform the movie into an unforgettable party!

From merchandise to IG-ready standees and posters, Haikyu installations have become integral parts of the excitement that's taken hold of these fans. The long lines for tickets have turned into joyful activities, filled with smiles and excited chatter, as fans eagerly await their turn.

The recent National University double championship sweep of the Men's and Women's UAAP volleyball tournament and how so much excitement was generated during the game has only added spice to this Haikyu film, and how new fans and followers have taken to the subject matter of this latest Haikyu film series installment.

Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle, a bona fide worldwide hit, is showing exclusively at SM Cinemas. This is your chance to be a part of the trending happy movie date of the season! Whether you're watching with a loved one, your barkada, or the family, remember your Snack Time favorites. And, of course, your cosplay opportunity!

The best ways to get your tickets are via SM Cinema's website at www.smcinema.com, downloading a mobile app from the App Store or Play Store, and going to your favorite SM Cinema branch. (PR)

Friday, May 17, 2024

Philippine Air Force holds mall exhibit at SM City Mindpro

In celebration of its 77th anniversary, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Tactical Operations Wing – Western Mindanao (TOW-WestMin) launched its mall exhibit at the ground level activity area of SM City Mindpro from May 17-19, 2024. This exhibit aims to showcase the PAF’s rich history, advancements in aviation technology, and its significant contributions to national security and disaster response.

The event, titled "Accelerating Above and Beyond: 77 Years of PAF Excellence in Protecting the Nation and Securing the Skies," offers mallgoers a unique opportunity to engage with interactive displays, view state-of-the-art aircraft models, and learn about the various missions and operations conducted by the Philippine Air Force. The exhibit features:

Aircraft Models and Equipment Displays
Get up close with detailed models of the PAF's fleet, including fighter jets, transport planes, and helicopters. Embark on an exhilarating journey of becoming an airman and master the art of flying your aircraft through PAF’s cutting-edge simulator, experiencing every thrill and challenge first-hand. Key equipment used in various operations will also be on display.

Historical Exhibit
A walk-through timeline that highlights the evolution of the Philippine Air Force from its inception to the present day, showcasing significant milestones and heroic stories of PAF personnel.

Photo and Video Presentations
Immersive audio-visual presentations that depict the PAF’s role in national defense, humanitarian missions, and international peacekeeping efforts.

Meet the Airmen
PAF officers and enlisted personnel are present to interact with the public, answer questions, and share personal stories about their experiences and the PAF’s mission.

Recruitment Information
For those interested in joining the Philippine Air Force, a recruitment booth is available where aspiring airmen can get information about career opportunities, training programs, and the recruitment process.

Tactical Operations Wing – Western Mindanao Wing Commander BGen. Rocky J. Binag

SM City Mindpro Assistant Mall Manager Engr. Rommel Bellen

Lt. Col. Al-Nasser R. Abdurakman, Director for Civil Military Operations

This activity is also part of the PAF’s ongoing efforts to foster closer ties with the community, inspire young Filipinos, and promote awareness of the Air Force’s vital role in safeguarding the nation.

The opening ceremony was graced by TOW-WestMin Wing Commander Brigadier General Rocky J. Binag, with special performances by the Air Force Band and a demonstration of K9-capability. (PR)