Monday, July 31, 2023

Diabetes Philippines and AstraZeneca Philippines Partner with Cities of Mandaluyong and Pasig to Fight Chronic Kidney Disease

“As the country and communities develop, cases of CKD among Filipino patients are also on the rise. And we are proud to say that Pasig has one of the biggest dialysis centers in the country. But we feel downhearted every time we see Filipino dialysis patients struggling. That is why we are doing a holistic approach. For patients, they can go to our social welfare assistance centers and they will receive the maximum assistance that the city blanket can provide. And we continue to partner with government agencies and the private sector to help us provide patients with the care they need. So, we are trying to look at everything from a holistic perspective.” ~Mayor Vico Sotto, Pasig City
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (sixth from left) is joined by Dr. Francis Pasaporte (fifth from left), president of Diabetes Philippines; and Lotis Ramin, AstraZeneca Philippines country president (fourth from right), as well as members of patient groups, as they partner to expand the ACT NOW Program (Addressing Complications Today through Network of Warriors).

Every 40 minutes, a Filipino develops chronic kidney disease (CKD), while one CKD patient in the country progresses to dialysis every hour, as indicated by recent data. CKD continues to be a major cause of death and disability among Filipinos, with it being identified as a leading factor in premature mortality.

In response to this growing health concern, Diabetes Philippines Inc. (DP) and AstraZeneca Philippines, in collaboration with patient and educator groups, have partnered with the local governments of Mandaluyong and Pasig to expand the ACT NOW Program (Addressing Complications Today through Network of Warriors). This program focuses on combating cardio-renal complications arising from Diabetes and Hypertension by raising awareness about CKD risk factors and promoting early screening to save lives.

Dr. Francis Pasaporte, Immediate Past President of Diabetes Philippines (DP) and an advocate of this cause, stated that the initiative's objectives include increasing awareness about CKD through risk factor identification and early screening, educating healthcare professionals about recommended disease treatments, and empowering patients to be actively involved in finding solutions. 

“We, in DP, advocate the implementation of the ACT NOW Program through our network of warriors with the help of local government units (LGUs) that are at the forefront in delivering healthcare. We are happy to partner with them and we are strongly supportive of the programs of the LGU here in Mandaluyong and Pasig. So hopefully, we will put this program at the forefront in screening all high-risk individuals to prevent kidney and cardiovascular diseases.” ~Dr. Francis Pasaporte, Immediate Past President of Diabetes Philippines (DP) and Proponent of this Advocacy

The City Government of Mandaluyong, led by Mayor Benjamin Abalos Sr. (seventh from right, standing) is acting now to address CKD in the country. This partnership also includes the Philippine Association of Diabetes Educators, Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines, Philippine Diabetes Support Group, Dialysis Philippines, and Kidney Transplant Association of the Philippines.

“AstraZeneca is highly committed to forge partnerships with the public sector to address the needs of patients across the full continuum of CKD care. We are one with LGUs and the national government in targeting better health outcomes for Filipino CKD patients. We are not stopping there. We are targeting to screen one million Filipino patients by year end. Indeed, it is an ambitious endeavor, one that cannot be solved by a single organization. Alongside Diabetes Philippines and patient advocacy groups, we are extremely excited to share this goal and partner with the Cities of Mandaluyong and Pasig. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of Filipino patients.” ~Lotis Ramin, AstraZeneca Philippines Country President

Since the program’s launch in 2021, Ramin said they have screened over 500,000 Filipino patients across the country.

With this collaboration, LGUs will open more sites where Filipinos can access free risk assessment, micral test (an immunospecific dipstick for detection of low concentrations of albumin in urine), and uACR (urine albumin-creatinine ratio) testing for monitoring of kidney health and prevention of disease progression. These tests usually cost P2,500 to P3,000 pesos and are not easily accessible in the country. 

"Mandaluyong prioritizes the health and well-being of our people. For CKD cases, we want this disease not to progress to dialysis. This is the reason we are partnering with the DP, the private sector and patient groups to roll out ACT NOW CKD program in our city. Early detection and screening are important. And we remain thankful to all our partners for helping us save more lives." ~Mayor Benjamin Abalos Sr., Mandaluyong City

Diabetes Philippines and AstraZeneca Philippines plan to seal more partnerships with LGUs this year, in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The multi-sectoral partnership envisions to alleviate disease burden, mortality, and healthcare expenditure in the Philippines through a resilient end-to-end healthcare solution starting with prevention and proper management of CKD.

Cebu Pacific Raises Aircraft Deliveries to 21 for 2023

“This aircraft delivery allows us to increase our operational resilience while continuing to provide safe, reliable, and affordable air travel to our passengers. Our ongoing re-fleeting with new-generation, fuel-efficient aircraft and our continued use of sustainable aviation fuel will also help our decarbonization efforts in making the aviation industry more sustainable.” ~Alex Reyes, CEB Chief Strategy Officer

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the leading airline in the Philippines, has raised the number of aircraft deliveries for 2023 to an all-time high of 21, up from the initial plan of 15. This decision comes as a strategic move to enhance the company's operational resilience, considering the increasing demand for air travel.

Recently, CEB received its ninth aircraft for 2023, an Airbus A321neo (New Engine Option), which was delivered from Airbus' Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany, to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Notably, the flight was powered by blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), demonstrating the airline's commitment to sustainable practices.

Of the 21 expected aircraft deliveries this year, 17 are NEOs, while four are CEOs (Current Engine Option) on short-term lease. The airline aims to shift to a more fuel-efficient, all-NEO fleet by 2028.

Last June 30, CEB received a brand new A320neo aircraft from Airbus’ final assembly line in Tianjin, China, powered by SAF with a blend of 41%, marking a major milestone for CEB’s sustainable aviation initiatives.

SAF is a drop-in fuel with similar characteristics as conventional jet fuels. It does not require any adaptations to the aircraft or engines and does not have any negative impact on performance. The use of SAF results in up to 80% reduction in carbon emissions across the fuel’s lifecycle.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

TCL Philippines Collaborates with TESDA to Empower Healthy Food Preparation and Culinary Skills Training

With this collaboration, we hope that we can inspire greatness among the TESDA training facilities and to bring forth more inspiration for everyone. Looking forward to more partnerships like this in the future.” ~Eric Li, TCL Product Manager for Washing Machine and Refrigerator
(L-R) TMTAC's Marcelo Matias, TCL Brand Manager Joseph Cernitchez, TESDA Manila District Director Niña Connie G. Dodd and Supervising TESD Specialist Eugene P. Agcaoili at the TESDA Manila Training and Assessment Center (TMTAC)

TCL, the leading consumer electronics brand and the world’s Top 2 TV brand, announces its partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). As part of this partnership, TCL will donate its latest AAT Inverter+ Refrigerators and training supplies to the beneficiaries of TESDA Technology Institution (TTI) in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The formal agreement was established during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the TCL PH Headquarters, where officials and representatives from TCL and TESDA-NCR were present.

In line with the celebration of Nutrition Month in July, the main objective of this collaboration is to support TESDA's training programs related to food processing and domestic work. The donation of TCL's newest AAT Inverter+ Refrigerators to TESDA showcases TCL's commitment to providing cutting-edge home technology at affordable prices, enabling consumers to lead healthier, more environmentally friendly, and practical lives.

(L-R) TCL Brand Manager Joseph Cernitchez, TCL Marketing Head Shae Yu Xiaoling, Product Manager for Washing Machine and Refrigerator Eric Li, TESDA Manila District Director Niña Connie G. Dodd and Supervising TESD Specialist Eugene P. Agcaoili during the MOU Signing Ceremony.

TESDA Manila District Director Niña Connie G. Dodd and TCL Brand Manager Joseph Cernitchez at the TESDA Manila Training and Assessment Center (TMTAC)

"TESDA is very fortunate to accidentally stumble upon TCL and welcome this promising partnership, which came at the most opportune time. TCL’s donation for equipment and tools to our TESDA Training Institutions will be very useful as they deliver quality TVET trainings through our community-based approach in NCR. Rest assured that we will put it to good use and will greatly benefit our intended beneficiaries.This is just a start of our lasting and exciting partnership, We look forward to more collaboration and engagement with TCL in the days to come." ~Niña Connie G. Dodd, TESDA Manila District Director

The seven (7) TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs0 in NCR who received the donation are the: TESDA NavotaAs Training Institute (TNTI), TESDA Manila Training and Assessment Center (TMTAC), TESDA PAMAMARISAN Training and Assessment Center (TPTAC), TESDA Pasay-Makati District Training and Assessment Center (PMDTAC), Quezon City Lingkod Bayan Skills Development Center (QCLBSDC), MUNTIPARLAS-TAPAT District Training and Assessment Center (MDTAC) and TESDA-NCR Regional Training Center (TESDA-NCR RTC).

“We at TCL are always happy to give assistance to our fellow Filipinos. We always look for ways on how to help in any way we can. Through this CSR Project collaboration with TESDA, we hope that we can bring new hope to more people to uplift their livelihood. If not for the support of the people, we won’t be achieving our current standing among the subsidiaries in this region.” ~Mr. Joseph Cernitchez, Brand Manager, TCL Philippines

TCL’s partnership with TESDA reflects the brand’s dedication in delivering cutting-edge home technology at reasonable price while enabling consumers to live healthier, more environmentally friendly and more practical lives.

TCL also looks forward to more collaboration with more training centers in the coming days. Not only to give assistance to their education but also to give back to the community and to the Filipinos that has solidified their current status being the global leader as an electronics brand.

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About TCL Philippines:
TCL Electronics (HKG:1070) is a fast-growing consumer electronics company and a leading player in the global TV industry. Founded in 1981, it now operates in over 160 markets globally. TCL specializes in the research, development, and manufacturing of consumer electronics products ranging from TVs, audio, and smart home appliances.

ABC Tech Ventures Inc. upgrades its educational tablet to expand its reach in the Filipino market

"All tablets have increased durability to withstand the rigors of daily use by students. Although utilitarian in function, they still have the clean look of more high-end tablets and are available in four colors: charcoal black, azure blue, rose gold, and graphite gray," ~Arvin Arik Carranceja, Chief Executive Officer of ABC Tech Ventures Inc.

Established in 2020, our focus from the beginning is to develop products that are designed to empower education through devices that are not only functional but are also aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to use. During the start of the company, one of the biggest challenges that we encountered was the strike of the Covid 19 where most businesses are forced to close in accordance to the government's safety health protocols. All sectors were affected and people are restricted from going out of their houses, even the students. Hence, with the full dedication of ABC Tech to help our education sector to cope up with these new challenges and accompany the students and learners towards achieving their goals in the future, we held accountable as well to provide ways for the new normal set up of education.

Filipino-owned ABC Tech Ventures Inc. is now further expanding its horizon of sharing its expertise and in providing technology to Filipino learners, as it formally unveils its more advanced yet kid-friendly X8, X10, and X10 Plus tablets.

Highlighting the milestones of the company:
  • They were able to have partnership with the Department of Education with regard to tablet distribution.
  • They developed educational tablets, Smart and Interactive Televisions and Smart Classroom Integrations which highly centers the teaching-learning process of students and teachers in an advanced and innovative manner.
  • They have partnered with organizations with certain advocacies of prioritizing the education of children and their welfare.
  • Launched the first ever Tech Hub of the company last May 2023 at Ayala Malls Circuit Makati in partnership with DepEd and Dreamlab.
  • Invested in WOOP (Windows of Opportunity) Scholarship Program, an online platform that gives deserving students an easy access to scholarship grants in the country

To constantly ride with digitization and meeting the needs of the market, ABC Tech are committed on making positive differences to the world in their own micro acts that grows macro. Because with ABC Tech, you spend less, experience the best and ACHIEVE MORE.

Their Mission is to provide the market with competitive devices at the lowest possible price and stress-free customer service transactions. While their vision as a tech key-player recognized in providing quality and affordable devices that empower end-users.

Arvin Arik Carranceja, Chief Executive Officer of ABC Tech Ventures Inc.

According to Arvin Arik Carranceja, CEO of ABC Tech Ventures Inc, the recently released X8, X10, and X10 Plus tablets were specifically crafted with a more sophisticated design to cater to children with discerning preferences. These tablets have a sleeker and more refined appearance compared to their brightly colored counterparts, which are intended for younger kids.

These higher-end models have dual cameras, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear-facing one, which should be more than adequate for capturing and documenting anything that is needed for class. The X8 on the other hand has an 8mp rear camera and a 5mp front camera.

Each device is made to be used by a different age group, and the most obvious difference would be the size and storage capacity of the devices.

The X8 screen measures 8.0 inches is best used by grade school children and has 32GB of storage.

Coming in with an upgrade of 64GB of storage and a 10.1-inch screen is the X10, ABC Tech's offering for high school level learners. The next model upgrade, the X10 Plus, has similar features to the X10, but has a slightly larger screen at 10.4 inches with 8GB and 128GB of storage.

These tablets have specifications that make them the most effective for their target age range, and as the user's estimated education makes more demands of the software they use and the variety of applications they need, the models also increase in power and processing capability.

This gradation of devices has proven to be effective and has paved the way for ABC Tech's remarkable growth.

This year, the company hopes to produce 100,000 tablets and continue to build its reputation as the number-one choice for educational tools in the country.

A Founder’s Dream: Urban Farming and the SM Foundation

In line with founder Henry Sy, Sr.'s vision and a program that commenced in 2007, SM Foundation organized simultaneous Urban Farming initiatives on July 7 at SM City North Edsa Annex and 16 other SM malls. This initiative served as a testament to the progress made over the years and a celebration of the vision alongside valued partners, including government agencies and LGUs that have been instrumental over the past 16 years.

The Urban Farming initiative, led by SM Foundation through its Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP), aims to uplift the farmer community, promote environmental consciousness, enhance food security, and provide livelihood opportunities for marginalized urban communities. The KSK-SAP offers comprehensive urban farming techniques, product development, marketing, and basic accounting through strategically-located field schools.

The KSK program has conducted over 260 sustainable agricultural trainings, benefiting 28,550 farmers. These trainings have been conducted in both rural and urban settings, exposing participants to sustainable farming methods that promote the cultivation of nutritious, high-quality vegetables and fruits.

SM Foundation collaborates with SM Supermalls and SM Markets, along with various government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, and the Quezon City Government. These partnerships are crucial in ensuring the program's success and viability.

For instance, by involving SM Supermalls and SM Markets, urban farmers can market and sell their produce at Sunday Markets held in several malls nationwide. As the volume of produce grows, SM Markets offer additional outlets, creating an integrated and circular economic ecosystem.

The vision set forth by Henry Sy, Sr. in 2007 has proven prescient, addressing contemporary challenges in agriculture, sustainable food production, food security, and urban development. The SM Foundation takes pride in carrying on and delivering this vision, partnering with stakeholders to provide genuine income opportunities.

SM is committed to creating a sustainable environment, implementing measures such as renewable energy use and energy-saving devices in mall buildings. The #SMGreenMovement encourages everyone to join in adopting a more sustainable lifestyle at

Friday, July 28, 2023

Cebu Pacific, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Rehabilitate Mangroves in Cebu

“We believe that nature-based solutions such as this mangrove plantation project have a critical role to play in removing carbon from the atmosphere. This initiative allows us to achieve three objectives – mitigating the impacts of carbon emissions to the environment, improving disaster resilience of coastal communities, and providing livelihood support to the Dumanjug community.” ~Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific’s Chief Sustainability Officer

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, has partnered with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. One to Tree program (RAFI OTT) to support the conservation and restoration of mangroves in Cebu.  

CEB and RAFI have entered into a memorandum of agreement to collaboratively enhance a mangrove plantation in Barangay Tapon, Dumanjug, Cebu. The primary objective of this project is to plant 10,000 mangrove seedlings over approximately 10 hectares of mangrove area.

The initiative was kickstarted by volunteers from both CEB and RAFI, who recently planted seedlings in Bgy. Tapon, Dumanjug Cebu.

CEB and RAFI will closely cooperate with the Tapon Fisherfolks Association and provide comprehensive training in various aspects of mangrove plantation management. This training will cover areas such as mangrove plantation design, nursery management, mangrove seedling production, site preparation, plantation establishment, and plantation maintenance and monitoring.

Furthermore, the participating members of the fisherfolk association will receive income augmentation for their labor in activities like planting site preparation, establishment, plantation maintenance, and the purchase of seedlings.

“We are excited to launch this mangrove rehabilitation partnership with Cebu Pacific. Through our shared values towards biodiversity conservation, we will be able to enhance the mangrove forest in the municipality of Dumanjug and build a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community. It truly takes everyone’s help now to build a sustainable tomorrow.” ~Antony Dignadice, RAFI OTT Program Director

The partnership will run for three years.  It includes the identification, establishment, planting, maintenance, and monitoring of the mangrove plantation in the Municipality of Dumanjug. More than 20 community partners from the fisherfolk association will be involved in the project.  

“There are about 40 CEB volunteers alongside our partners who participated in this CEB Mangrove Forest Enhancement and Rehabilitation Project. Most are Manila-based who spent for their own accommodation. This is a testament that the spirit of volunteerism on sustainability initiatives is very much alive among CEB employees. On top of this initiative, we have also transitioned to zero emission electric vehicles for employee shuttle service and are currently evaluating onsite solar power installation to supply renewable energy for our key buildings.” ~Felix Lopez, Cebu Pacific’s Chief Human Resources Officer

In a review of 335 studies conducted by scientists from the University of the Philippines, the Philippines suffered the second-worst loss of mangroves in Southeast Asia over a two-decade period. Philippine mangroves suffered a 10.5 percent decline between 1990 and 2010.

For many coastal communities, mangrove forests provide livelihoods and critical protection from the onslaught of typhoons. These dense coastline forests are home to diverse ecosystems, where fish swim and grow among trees and find needed shelter to reproduce. 

CEB, which is the Philippine leader in propelling decarbonization in the aviation industry, has also begun other initiatives to minimize the environmental impacts of its operations.  

By 2028, CEB intends to operate an all-NEO (New Engine Option) fleet that consumes less fuel and has reduced carbon emissions. CEB has also incorporated the use of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its operations and continues to strengthen its supply network for sourcing SAF. 

The company has also transitioned to zero emission electric vehicles for employee shuttle service and is likewise currently evaluating onsite solar power installation to supply renewable energy for its key buildings.  


RAFI One To Tree (formerly known as RAFI Biodiversity Conservation Unit), has been active in reforestation and conservation for over two decades and has achieved more than 80% survival rate for native tree growing. RAFI OTT also assists companies in the service delivery of Environmental Compliance Certificate requirements set by the Philippine Government, as well as helping them achieve carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation goals. 

Angeline Quinto surged SMDC Date Night with a shower of success

“When it rains, it pours.” - a fitting expression to depict the extraordinary response, impressive sales records, and immense triumph of SM Development Corporation (SMDC) during the SMDC Date Night with Angeline Quinto held last July 13 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

This event marked the sixth SMDC Date Night organized by the leading developer this year, aligning with their objective of granting more Filipinos access to lavish and meticulously designed developments, while delivering an exceptional customer experience for their investors.

With a wide range of property offerings and one-night-only discounts of up to PHP 50,000 on both pre-selling and ready-for-occupancy developments, the 2022 DOT Property Southeast Asia Awards’ “Developer of the Year” has once again proven why they remain to be a top choice for real estate investment.

Soulful Serenades and Irresistible Offers

The stage was set, and the air was filled with anticipation as the “Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs,” Angeline Quinto, took the stage at SMDC Date Night. Her powerful and soulful voice definitely resonated with the audience, turning the venue into a standing room concert. Guests were treated to heartwarming renditions of hits like 'Til I Met You,' 'Patuloy Ang Pangarap,' and 'Kunin Mo Na Ang Lahat Sa Akin.' 

Meanwhile, investors were drawn to award-winning developments and compelling real estate investments on SMDC’s roster — each putting forward a distinctive lifestyle that caters to the evolving needs and preferences of homebuyers.

Calm Residences in Santa Rosa, Laguna, offers a rich, garden community geared to provide residents with tranquility and wellness. Its proximity to educational institutions, commercial establishments, and industrial hubs, along with the pocket parks and pavilions it holds within, make it an ideal choice for those seeking for a wealth of opportunities in a peaceful, suburban location.

A nature-centric community in the SM City Novaliches complex, Vine Residences carries all the hallmarks of a sustainable development. The development is just a few steps away from the mall, providing utmost convenience. Amenities such as a jogging trail, a multi-purpose court, and even a campsite are also strewn around vast, green spaces to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

Shore 3 Residences in the SM Mall of Asia Complex flaunts both picturesque views and premier amenities. As the third and final installment to the Shore Residences residential-resort mega-complex, the development presents a wide-array of high style pools and was inspired by waterfront homes from around the world.

Twin Residences in Las Pinas, on the other hand, flaunts many modern comforts for young professionals and start-up families to enjoy. Support an on-the-go routine and experience unparalleled convenience with a mall next door and easy access to many central business districts. Balance a rigorous schedule by breaking a sweat at the fully-equipped fitness gym, or indulging in some downtime by the pool. 

Finally, Charm Residences in Cainta Rizal blends the very best of the east of Metro Manila. Strategically located near Ortigas Center, Eastwood City, and Katipunan Avenue, the development seamlessly blends the stillness and quiet of a gated community with the vibrance of the city.

Indeed, investing in an SMDC property not only means securing a beautiful living space built to last for generations, but also enjoying a world-class customer experience. SMDC Date Night with Angeline Quinto proved to be more than just a night of entertainment, but a testament to the unwavering trust and confidence buyers have in SMDC.

Secure an SMDC property of your own at the next SMDC Date Night, and discover why SMDC's commitment to excellence and dedication to compelling investments have earned them a trailblazing position in the Philippine real estate industry.

To know more about SMDC, its developments, and their “Step Into Luxury” campaign, follow them on Facebook (, Instagram (, YouTube (, Twitter (, and Tiktok (, or visit the SMDC Website (

About SM Development Corporation (SMDC):
SM Development Corporation (SMDC) is a trailblazer in the Philippine real estate industry, committed to creating world-class, sustainable communities. With a mission to make an affluent lifestyle more accessible to Filipinos, SMDC has long been at the forefront of innovative residential and mixed-use developments across the country.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Building nature-centric communities where families can thrive: SMDC launches Good Guys Family Day at Vine Residences

Recognizing the significance of family as the bedrock of a flourishing community, SM Development Corporation (SMDC) recently organized the Good Guys Family Day at Vine Residences within the SM City Novaliches complex.

The Carousell Property Awards 2022 “Best Developer for Building Sustainable Communities” and PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2022 “Special Recognition in Environmental, Social, and Governance” recipient brought together hundreds of residents, families, and friends for a fun-filled day that aims to strengthen bonds within the family, and deepen one’s sense of belonging to the community.

The participants engaged in a diverse array of activities, creating unforgettable moments. The tree planting initiative stood out as a crucial element of the event, showcasing SMDC's dedication to environmental preservation and social accountability. The attendees planted seedlings at the vast Camp Hill area within Vine Residences, enhancing the surroundings of the multi-purpose court, jogging trails, and pavilions with a more lush and vibrant landscape.

New unit owners came together for a house blessing activity, which honored the new beginning in the lives of the individuals and families who recently joined the “Home of the Good Guys.”

Meanwhile, the magic show, puppet show, and arts and crafts were a hit with kids of all ages. To complete the experience, attendees took home exciting prizes and giveaways from SMDC. 

A thriving oasis in the heart of the city

In addition to emphasizing safety and convenient locations near schools, malls, and workplaces, as well as offering a thoughtful selection of amenities to promote social interaction, what sets an SMDC development apart as family-friendly is the incorporation of community-building initiatives through The Good Guys Volunteer Movement.

The Good Guys Volunteer Movement is a volunteerism program that creates opportunities for both SMDC employees and residents to contribute to the community by sharing their time and skills. Reflecting the ethos of the "Good Guys," SMDC fosters a nurturing and inclusive environment where individuals of all ages can cultivate a strong sense of purpose and grasp the importance of making a positive impact on society.

Family-centric features including spacious playgrounds, resort-style swimming pools, and vast open greeneries like Vine Residences foster a sense of togetherness, encouraging families to spend more quality time together.

With the vision of building a nation of homeowners, SMDC remains resolute in creating holistic, well-rounded communities Filipinos can call home.

To know more about SMDC, its developments, and their “Step Into Luxury” campaign, follow them on Facebook (, Instagram (, YouTube (, Twitter (, and Tiktok (, or visit the SMDC Website (

About SM Development Corporation (SMDC):
SM Development Corporation (SMDC) is a trailblazer in the Philippine real estate industry, committed to creating world-class, sustainable communities. With a mission to make an affluent lifestyle more accessible to Filipinos, SMDC has long been at the forefront of innovative residential and mixed-use developments across the country.

Discover how the Samsung S-Inverter Air Conditioner enhances your business with a refreshing boost

In the Philippines, air conditioners are crucial essential, particularly for businesses aiming to provide a comfortable environment for their customers amidst the tropical climate. However, rising energy expenses due to inflation remain a significant concern.

To address these challenges, business owners can turn to the Samsung S-Inverter, which offers an optimal solution. This advanced air conditioner leverages cutting-edge technology to deliver cooler air while consuming less energy, allowing entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals without compromising on cost management.

With the Samsung S-Inverter, a relaxing ambiance can be cultivated swiftly, as it cools a room 47% faster, ensuring customers can enjoy a refreshing breeze right from the moment of opening. The air conditioner's wide and efficient cooling distribution ensures the entire room is covered within minutes, guaranteeing a consistently comfortable experience for patrons.

Despite its impressive power, the S-Inverter remains energy-efficient, thanks to Samsung's Digital Inverter Boost technology. By maintaining the desired temperature with minimal fluctuations, energy usage is significantly reduced by up to 73%.

Moreover, Samsung's dedication to durability is evident in the S-Inverter's design. Proprietary technologies like Triple Protector Plus guard against power surges and electrical currents, while DuraFin™ protects the unit from corrosion, leading to fewer repairs and replacements. Supported by Samsung's 10-year warranty, the S-Inverter is engineered for long-lasting performance, resulting in substantial savings for businesses.

Samsung is the best and most reliable option for businesses when it comes to premium, innovative, and modern air conditioners. Discover the newest Samsung S-Inverter and Custom Cool Solution of Samsung Air Solutions at any authorized dealer or on

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions.

On World Lasagna Day, enjoy Greenwich's top-selling Lasagna Supreme®

“It is only fitting that we celebrate the World Lasagna Day, because who wouldn’t fall in love with Greenwich Lasagna Supreme®? We are thrilled to introduce these limited-offer treats so every barkada can indulge in Greenwich’s beefy, cheesy, and saucy-sarap lasagna and celebrate with the rest of the world. As among our many bestsellers, we make sure that lasang lasa ang sarap ng Lasagna Supreme® with our special deals.” ~Ali De Torres, Greenwich’s Head of Marketing

World Lasagna Day is approaching! From July 29 to July 31, Greenwich, the leading pizza chain in the country, is celebrating this special day with exclusive treats. Indulge in the mouthwatering and delightful Lasagna Supreme®, a beefy, cheesy, and saucy dish that has become a favorite among friends (barkada) and customers. Alongside their famous overloaded pizzas like Hawaiian Overload® and All-In Overload®, Greenwich's Lasagna Supreme® continues to impress with its scrumptious pasta layers, savory beef filling, and creamy cheese, making it a crowd-pleaser that keeps people coming back for more.

Taste Greenwich’s Lasagna Supreme® at a discounted price when you visit any of their stores nationwide on July 29-31. Make sure you don’t miss out on these offers:
  • Buy the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Plate Value Meal (comes with Regular Drink) for only Php89 instead of Php99 and the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Solo for only Php79 instead of Php89
  • Buy the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Plate and Regular Potato Waves with dip for only Php139 instead of Php 158 and the Lasagna Supreme® Chicken Combo for only Php169 instead of Php179.
  • A Greenwich delivery exclusive is also available for orders made on their website,, and delivery hotline, # 5-55-55. Use the code FREE2LAS and get two free Lasagna Supreme®!

Head over to nearest Greenwich store and order your favorite Lasagna Supreme® favorites for dine-in or take-out. You may also get them via, GrabFood, foodpanda, and delivery hotline #5-55-55. 
For more information, visit Greenwich’s official Facebook Page, or message Greenwich Barkada on Facebook Messenger.

About Greenwich 
Greenwich’s story began in 1971 as a small, family-owned store selling a selection of pizzas at the then Greenhills Commercial Center. As the brand’s pizzas grew in popularity, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) took notice. In 1994, JFC acquired majority shares in Greenwich, infusing what was a family business with industry-leading competitiveness. New pizza variants and a variety of products were introduced through the years, creating a reputation for Greenwich as a maker of mouthwatering pizzas and pastas for the Filipino “barkada.” Today, Greenwich is the country’s biggest pizza and pasta chain with over 270 stores and counting, and home of the best-selling Hawaiian Overload®, All-in Overload®, and Lasagna Supreme®. 

Get the best deals through Lazada’s Home Appliance Fest starting July 26

Looking to upgrade your arsenal of small home appliances without breaking the bank? Now is your chance as Lazada offers the best deals on your most trusted brands through the Home Appliance Fest from July 26 to 31!  

Starting July 26, you can save up to 90% on a wide range of small home appliances including vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, rice cookers, blenders, and more. Whether you're looking to upgrade your current set or find the perfect gift for a loved one, the #LazadaHomeApplianceFest has you covered.

Lazada’s sale brings together a wide variety of home appliances featuring top household brands including Dyson, Iwata, Astron, Philips, and Dreame. You'll be sure to find quality appliances at unbeatable prices, including the latest in energy-efficient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly models.

While browsing must-have home appliances to suit your needs and budget, enjoy an easy, convenient and personalized online shopping experience on the Lazada app. 

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Prime Video Announces Premiere Date and Reveals New Comedy Series, Comedy Island Philippines

“Comedy Island Philippines sets the tone and standard of the authentic Filipino stories and genres we want to share with our audiences at home and abroad, and our commitment to the local TV and film industry. Comedy Island is an ambitious format, a  hybrid between reality, comedy, and adventure, shot on an island with massive sets, which features both the best comedic talent from the two major networks in the Philippines, and the new emerging voices including the  up-and-coming social media superstars. We can’t wait to entertain our Pinoy audiences with this show.” ~Quark Henares, Head of Originals, Philippines at Prime Video
Prime Video New Comedy Series, Comedy Island Philippines

Prime Video Announces Premiere Date and Reveals Key Art for New Comedy Series, Comedy Island Philippines. This fresh Amazon Original comedy series stars Carlo Aquino, Rufa Mae Quinto, Andrea Brillantes, Jerald Napoles, Cai Cortez, Awra Briguela, Justine Luzares, and Drew Arellano. Comedy Island Philippines will premiere on Prime Video in the Philippines and more than 240 countries and territories on August 31

Prime Video announced today that Amazon Original comedy series Comedy Island Philippines will be available on Prime Video in the Philippines and more than 240 countries and territories worldwide starting August 31. A hybrid between scripted and unscripted, the six part series is unique and unpredictable and has been  produced by Amazon Studio in collaboration with BASE Entertainment Asia.

Comedy Island Philippines features seven comedians, actors, and social media celebrities—Carlo Aquino, Rufa Mae Quinto, Andrea Brillantes, Jerald Napoles, Cai Cortez, Awra Briguela, Justine Luzares, and Drew Arellano—who embark on a hilarious adventure when they are washed upon the shore of the mysterious Tawa-Tawa Island, which resurfaces after 100 years to commence the fictional “Centennial Games.” They soon find themselves unwitting competitors in these games, and must improvise to survive and escape the island. Pitted against each other in unscripted improvisational scenarios, the celebrities pull out all stops to bring laughter and entertainment to the island’s citizens, in order to win the most votes and a chance to go back home.

The series is produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with BASE Entertainment Asia, and will be available on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide. The six-part series will launch with three episodes streaming back-to-back each week over a two-week period, from August 31-September 7.

Comedy Island Philippines joins hundreds of other shows and films available on the Prime Video catalog, such as Fit Check: Confessions of an Ukay Queen, Cattleya Killer, Ten Little Mistresses, Walang KaParis, and Deleter, Korean titles such as Heartbeat, Tale of The Nine Tailed 1938, and Jinny’s Kitchen, anime hits such as Demon Slayer, on top of award-winning and critically acclaimed Amazon Originals like Citadel, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Emmy and Golden Globe winners Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Prime Video members are able to watch films and shows anywhere and anytime on hundreds of compatible devices. In the Prime Video app, members can also download episodes on their mobile devices and tablets and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost. Prime Video is available in the Philippines for just PHP149 per month.

For more updates on Comedy Island Philippines, follow Prime Video on FacebookInstagramTwitterTikTok, and YouTube. Stream anywhere, anytime at or download the Prime Video app on Google PlayApple Store, and Microsoft.

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  •  Included with Prime Video: Watch thousands of popular movies and TV shows, award-winning Amazon Originals and other exclusives, and more. Think global Amazon Original series such as CitadelThe Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of PowerThe BoysThe Wheel of Time, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as critically acclaimed Amazon Original movies like Coming 2 AmericaThe Tomorrow War, and exclusive local titles such as Ten Little MistressesWalang KaParisCattleya Killer, Fit Check: Confessions of an Ukay Queen, and Deleter, Korean titles such as Island and Jinny’s Kitchen, anime hits such as Demon Slayer, and many more.
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  • Personalized: Customers can browse the user interface in their own language and      watch popular TV shows and movies with subtitles.


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