Friday, December 23, 2022

Gifts of Wonder from The Body Shop

From vegan beauty treats to blissful body care, stocking-sized surprises to more indulgent premium gifts, The Body Shop has gifts to delight everyone on your list - and every budget. And the gifts don’t just spread wonder to those who receive them, but those who helped make them too.

GIFTS OF BEAUTY & WONDER. The Body Shop’s Christmas Collection not only makes one look and feel good but also helps wonderful partnerships around the world.

COMFORT & CHEER. Trio Body Butter in Mango, British Rose, and Shea.

NEW LIMITED EDITION SPICED ORANGE. Like a warm, cozy hug, the new limited edition Spiced Orange body care collection brings pure comfort. These skin-loving treats are infused with orange rind essential oil, known for its relaxing scent. And it’s all topped off with the scent of baked spices and vanilla to immerse you in festive nostalgia.

This Christmas, The Body Shop is wishing for a fairer future for all. That’s why every one of its gifts is enriched with ingredients and/ or packaging from its Community Fair Trade partners. Community Fair Trade is The Body Shop’s bespoke program that helps its small-hold producers gain market access and invest in social and environmental projects that benefit their communities. So each time you buy a present, you’ll be supporting communities around the world.

NEW  LIMITED EDITION WILD PINE. Ever feel like escaping from the busyness of the season? Now you can with the new limited edition Wild Pine body care collection. Infused with pine essential oil, this crisp clean scent will transport you to a fresh pine forest and help revive the senses. Plus, the collection packs a moisture hit to cuddle dry skin.

FOR BODY CARE FANS. They’ll love these   novelty sets of creamy, moisturizing body care routine for all skin type, found in our reusable paper vanity sets.

Why not transport them to a festive wonderland, with the Cheer & Wonder Orange & Pine Mini Collections, it’s the perfect way to sample The Body Shop’s new limited edition ranges.

It doesn’t stop at Community Fair Trade partners, either. This year, with every purchase you make at The Body Shop customers also supports Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for its 3rd year and this time our goal is to build starter classrooms for the children of Salat High School, Cotabato.  These are available at The Body Shop stores and on its online store 

FOR ETHICAL ADMIRERS. Made with love for a fairer, more wonderful world, the Gift of Wonder is bursting with Community Fair Trade must-haves perfect for pampering. It even comes in a handwoven, reusable paper basket crafted by Community Fair Trade partners in Nepal. It’s a gift you can feel really good about giving.

FOR SKINCARE ADDICTS. Elevate your skincare routine with the Fresh & Festive Edelweiss gift. Enriched with edelweiss extract, this skincare set leaves skin feeling stronger* and smoother (even after one too many late nights).

FOR HAIRCARE OBSESSIVES. For someone who deserves some serious pampering, the Sparkle and Shine Hair care gift packs a shampoo, conditioner, hair mist and mini brush, this gift set is perfect for anyone who wants more radiant hair this Christmas.

About The Body Shop

The Body Shop was founded in1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Little Hampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with a Heart, the company continues to be focused on the five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights, and Protect the Planet.

All the products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippines for 25 years with over 60 strategically located stores nationwide.

Eight Thoughtful Gifts from Surplus for Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Everyone is on their tail-end of holiday shopping! If you are thinking of completing your gifting list at the last minute, you may want your family and friends to receive thoughtful gifts and make them feel the Yuletide cheers.

If you are still deciding which gifts to give them, below are some of the unique picks from Surplus’ novelty collection. Whether you are giving gifts for the always on-the-go, for the social media native, or even for the homebodies, these pieces will surely help them in their day-to-day!

Make them the life of the party

Surprise your fun-loving friends with a Bluetooth Karaoke with Microphone that they can use in every party. This one-of-a-kind Bluetooth Karaoke is easy to carry with its built-in handle, and to connect to other Bluetooth electronic devices for wireless audio link.

To complement this, you can also add a Vlogging Kit to help them capture their best karaoke moments with better sound and lighting, may it be indoors or outdoors. This all-in-one kit already has a universal microphone, LED light, and flexible tripod grip.

Add more grab-and-go items

Make your always on-the-go friends live a healthier lifestyle by giving them functional yet easy-to-use Portable Juicer. It comes with a button panel multipurpose blender to make their own delicious juices, smoothies, or even milkshakes.

Another useful item you can give them this Christmas is a Hydrofresh Stainless Steel Tumbler. It comes in Ombre and Metallic collections which can also complete their daily fit because of its stylish looks.

Promote a smarter home

Your homebody friends will surely love a smarter home with these tech gadgets. Help them light up their homes even more with a Motion Sensor Light that automatically turns on when it detects motion at least 3 meters in range. It is also rechargeable and convenient to place in any dark areas in the house.

You may create a gift set together with a Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock and LED Light for entertainment and function. It plays up to 10 hours and has a color changing light complete with a functional alarm clock.

Put together a comfy nook

Nothing beats useful items built for comfort and ease. Help your friends create a cozy corner at home with a Tatami Floor Chair that has breathable cotton fabric and high-quality cushion perfect for lounging. It also comes in various colors to match every personality.

Throw in a Humidifier with Himalayan Salt Lamp to your gift to make a comfier lounge at home. Not only does it help make the nook brighter, but it also makes the air clean and easier to breathe in.

For a more convenient shopping experience, you may check out Surplus at Lazada, SM Malls Online, and ShopSM.  Surplus Order to Deliver is also now available; join their Viber community and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @SurplusPH and @Surplus_ph for more details.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Celebrate PAW-lidays at SM City Mindpro

Calling all furrents! Celebrate the holidays with the purrfect Christmas Paw-ty!

Join Deck The Paws: Photo Contest from December 11 - 25, 2022 and be one of the three (3) winners of SM Gift Certificates. Follow these steps to join: 

  • Take a photo of you and your pet (or pet only) at our Winter Wonders Christmas Centerpiece.  
  • Post it publicly on your Instagram or Facebook and tag us @smcitymindpro.
  • Use the following hashtags: #SMHomeForThePawlidays & #HappyChristmasAtSM 
SM City Mindpro will choose 3 winners and will announce them on December 28, 2022.

Yet another exciting activity dedicated to our paw friends this weekend! See you at our Santa's Little Fur Friends: Costume Pawty and Parade on December 18, 3pm at the Ground Level, and get a chance to win SM Gift Certificates.

Bring your fur-friends and let's all enjoy a #HappyChristmasAtSM!

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Hans Sy, recognized for resilience and sustainability efforts at The Outstanding Filipino Awards 2022

SM Prime's Hans T. Sy was recently recognized for his contribution to nation-building and resiliency in the country through sustainability and disaster risk reduction at The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards 2022. The event was held on December 12, Monday, at the Rizal Park Hotel, Manila.

December 12, 2022 — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans T. Sy was named one of the The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) 2022 awardees, alongside Engr. Maria Catalina Estamo Cabral, Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta, Dr. Ruben L. Villareal, and Mr. Nemesio R. Miranda Jr.

Sy was joined by other notable awardees this year, including Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Engr. Maria Catalina Estamo Cabral, Public Attorney’s Office Chief Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta, horticultural innovator and scientist Dr. Ruben L. Villareal, and the pioneer of Imaginative Figurism in the Philippines Mr. Nemesio R. Miranda Jr. Also present at the ceremony were Civil Service Commission Chairperson Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles and Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” G. Ejercito.

When asked what he would like to advise the next generation of Filipinos when it comes to promoting resiliency within the country, Sy said, “Start with yourself for positive change. Don’t really look into [whether the action is] big or small; whatever you can do for positive change, just do it.”

The TOFIL Awards was first established in 1988 by the JCI Senate Philippines (JCISP). It was created with the intention of institutionalizing public recognition of the exemplary achievements and contributions to public welfare and community building of Filipinos 41 years of age and older. Also dubbed the Filipino equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the TOFIL Awards seeks to recognize truly outstanding Filipinos who have dedicated themselves to serving the nation.

In his award acceptance speech, Sy stressed the importance of sustainability and disaster resiliency as a means of uplifting the lives of the Filipino people. “Our role as private sector members is to supplement public sector assistance with our expert knowledge and available resources,” he said. “In doing so, we can lift the majority away from hazards of disasters and enable a sustainable society we all aspire for.”

“The Outstanding Filipino, or TOFIL Awards, is among the most prestigious awards given in our country to deserving Filipinos of good moral character, whose dedication to his or her profession or vocation has made significant contributions to the advancement of his or her calling,” said Nograles. “The honorees are chosen based on the strength of their character, the strength of their integrity and the impact of their achievements in their field of work.”

Mr. Hans T. Sy (center) accepts his TOFIL plaque and trophy from ANSA Foundation President Mr. Anthony Philip A. Nocom (left) and JCI Senate Philippines (JCISP)-TOFIL Foundation President Mr. Rogelio V. Garcia (right).

This year’s TOFIL Awards follows the theme “Resiliency in Rebuilding Our Nation”; as such, Sy’s recognition comes from his success in integrating sustainability and resilience in the framework of the SM Group’s operations. Under Sy’s leadership, SM has been a major player in disaster relief efforts and community assistance through initiatives such as the SM Yolanda Housing Program and COVID-19 vaccination programs. Sy has also helped in the formation of the ARISE Philippine Network, which fosters more public-private sector partnerships for capacity building, technological innovation, and sustainability in underserved communities.

Mr. Hans T. Sy (center) is joined by TOFIL Awards 2022 National Chairman Mr. Felipe V. Briones, JCI Philippines Inc. 2022 National President Mr. Henry T. Juan Tong, ANSA Foundation President Mr. Anthony Philip A. Nocom, JCISP-TOFIL Foundation President Mr. Rogelio V. Garcia, and Vice Chairman of TOFIL Awards 2022 Board of Judges Dr. Glenn S. Banaguas.

“My father, the late Henry Sy Sr., taught us a multitude of lessons growing up, one of them being the importance of goodwill and inclusivity. This evoked in me a passion for helping others and uplifting their lives through sustainability, disaster preparedness, and infrastructure resiliency programs at SM,” said Sy, chairman of the Executive Committee at SM Prime, in his acceptance speech. “My firsthand experiences with disasters and rehabilitation pushed me to strongly advocate for disaster resiliency in everything we do across the SM Group, by placing sustainability and resiliency at the core of our operations.”

Mr. Nemesio R. Miranda Jr. (left), fellow TOFIL 2022 awardee under Visual Arts and Sculpture, thanked Mr. Hans T. Sy for SM Supermalls’ contribution to the proliferation and protection of art culture in Miranda’s hometown of Angono, Rizal. “I would like to personally thank Mr. Hans Sy…when they built the SM in Angono, I asked the managers, you have to put up a gallery, because Angono is an artists’ village. You have to blend with the community, and so they did. We have a small gallery there, and every month, [we are able to hold an art exhibit there].”

“I dream about having a resilient and sustainable society that the next generations can benefit from, and I want you to join me in that endeavor…where no one is left behind, and where everyone can experience a safer, better future for us all,” Sy concluded. (SM PR)