Friday, May 27, 2022

SM City Mindpro Launched its 1st Cocoa Mindanao Chocolate Fair

In partnership with Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, and Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao Inc. (CIDAMI), it’s a chocolatey weekend in the city after local and regional cacao growers and processors opened the 1st Mindanao Chocolate Festival at SM City Mindpro Activity Area on Friday, May 27.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was graced by the City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, DTI Zamboanga City Provincial Director Grace Aduca, PIA 9 Regional Director Noemi Edaga, City Information Officer Belen Sheila Covarrubias, and SM City Mindpro Assistant Mall Manager Aileen Ann Villa-Enriquez. The festival, which runs from May 27 – 29, serves as a venue for cacao growers and chocolate processors to showcase and promote their cacao by-products.

Gracing the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left to right) DTI Zamboanga City Provincial Director Ms. Grace Aduca, SM City Mindpro's Assistant Mall Manager Ms. Aileen Ann Enriquez, City Mayor Hon. Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, City Information Officer Ms. Belen Sheila Covarrubias, and PIA 9 Regional Director Ms. Noemi Edaga.

The fair features eight exhibitors from Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte: Marya Soaps & Scents Online Shop, Midsalip Farmer’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MIFAMCO), Aljannjoss, Lianas’s Food Products Manufacturing, Sindangan Facoma Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Piñan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PIMCO), Aseniero International Trading, and GASA Food Products Manufacturing.

One of the exhibitors, Jossier Hassan of Aljannjoss, mentioned how grateful they are with DTI IX and SM for giving them the opportunity to promote and sell their products which were processed locally.

“This is our way of showcasing the region's best chocolates with innovative exhibitors offering not only insta-worthy treat but also those which take one a joyful chocolate experience”, said SM City Mindpro’s Assistant Mall Manager Aileen Ann Villa-Enriquez during the launch. She added that this fair is also SM’s way of supporting local producers and processors, as well as entrepreneurs and see the industry develop as they continuously push its potential.

The Chocolate Festival is an annual celebration participated across all SM Supermalls in Mindanao. Visit the fair at the ground level to enjoy the chocolatey experience and support our local and regional products! (SM PR)

Thursday, May 26, 2022

#AweSM SMAC Sale at The SM Store Zamboanga

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Be Seen, Be Heard with the Body Shop and the UN

The Body Shop and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth launch a global collaboration calling for more young voices in the halls of power in their joint Be Seen Be Heard campaign.

The Body Shop and United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth launch ‘Be Seen Be Heard’ to amplify young voices in the halls of power. From left to right; Samson Itodo, Gina Martin, Jayathma Wickramanayake, Chris Davis.   Photo credit: Joel Sheakoski, Joel S Photo

That’s because millions of young people are missing from public life. With the climate crisis, global conflict, and generational inequalities running rampant, the inputs, perspectives, and representation of youth are needed more than ever.

Almost half the world's population is under 30. Yet, they make up only 2.6% of parliamentarians around the world. The average age of a world leader is currently 62. Of all the parliaments in the world, 37% do not have a single Member of Parliament (MP) under the age of 30, and less than 1% of these young MPs are women.

Young people have a vital part to play in the decisions that affect us all.  Join The Body Shop and UN Envoy on Youth campaign and Be seen, Be heard.

Young people have the right to be included in political decisions that affect them. However, numerous barriers prevent their participation. The Body Shop and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth are collaborating to change this through the global Be Seen Be Heard campaign to amplify youth voices in public life. 

The campaign seeks to create long-term structural changes to decision-making to be more inclusive of young people. It was launched last May 11 with the release of a joint report, Be Seen Be Heard: Understanding young people’s political participation.' The report which includes findings from the largest-ever survey carried out by The Body Shop in December 2021, covering 26 countries with 27,043 respondents in total, over half of which were under the age of 30.

The research found that 82% of people surveyed agree that political systems need drastic reform to be fit for the future. Across the board, 84% of people described politicians as ‘self-interested,’ and 75% of people surveyed think politicians are corrupt.

Be Seen Be Heard campaign by The Body Shop and UN Envoy on Youth seeks to raise the voice of millions of young people in over 75 countries across six continents.

The majority, two in three people, also agree that the age balance in politics is wrong, with 8 in 10 people of all ages believing the ideal voting age (the age when someone can first vote) is 16 to 18, despite that in most countries around the world the voting age is 18 or over. A third of those under age 30 surveyed would consider running for office versus only a fifth of those over age 30. People across all age groups agree that more opportunities for younger people to have a say in policy development and/or change would make political systems better.

David Boynton, CEO of The Body Shop says, “Our position is clear. The world’s problems cannot be solved by the same people making the same choices. Our research indicates the majority of young people are positive about the future, and we need to hear their views and ideas inside the halls of power. Be Seen Be Heard is rooted in creating a fairer world with and for young people, and together with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth – we are on a mission to do exactly that.”

Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth says, “The intergenerational gap in power, influence and trust constitutes one of the biggest challenges of our time. As young people have made abundantly clear through their activism on the streets, in civil society and on social media, they care deeply about the transformational change needed to create more equal, just and sustainable societies. Participation is a right, and this campaign is an opportunity to change that.”

The Body Shop and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth push for transformational change. Among other actions, young people’s participation in public decision-making could be improved long-term by lowering voting ages, increasing formal youth representation through youth councils, parliaments, or committees, removing barriers for young people to participate in public decision-making, simplifying registration for first-time voters, and improving young people’s leadership skills.

Campaigning in 2,600 stores, in over 75 countries, across six continents. The collaboration between The Body Shop and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth will mean that young people and other stakeholders will be able to engage with the campaign through many routes. Local campaign activations will include partnerships with specific youth-led or youth-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and/or opportunities to support through petitions and other activations. 

The campaign launched globally in May 2022 and will run until mid-2025. Check out the campaign website for further information


About The Body Shop

As a B Corp business, The Body Shop is committed to ambitious social and environmental targets. Earlier this year, it established a Youth Collective to help amplify youth voices within its own business. The Body Shop Youth Collective is formed of 10-12 people from inside and outside the business, all aged under 30. They will advise The Body Shop Executive Leadership Team with the views and voices of young people.

The Body Shop invests heavily in activism and has a dedicated activism team, focused on research and tactics, operating around the world. Long before activism was an industry buzzword, The Body Shop has pushed for change where other brands saw risks. It has mobilised its global collective and campaigned for over 20 years on issues such as the rights of indigenous peoples, animal rights, sex trafficking and the burning of the Amazon rainforest.

About the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

In 2017, the UN Secretary-General appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his Special Envoy on Youth and as the youngest senior official in the history of the organization. The Envoy on Youth’s mandate is to harmonize the UN system efforts on youth development, enhance the UN response to youth needs, advocate for the development needs and rights of young people, as well as to bring the work of the United Nations on youth closer to them. For more information, follow @UNYouthEnvoy on social media and visit our website at (SM PR)