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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Let the kiddies experience Pizza Hut’s pizza-making process via Little Pizza Chef XP!

Let the kiddies experience Pizza Hut’s pizza-making process via Little Pizza Chef XP!

Moms and dads, it’s time to bring the kiddies over to the nearest Pizza Hut branch for a fun activity that allows kids to get a glimpse into the process of creating a pizza, Pizza Hut style!  

Pizza Hut’s Little Pizza Chef XP (LCP XP) is a pizza making activity prepared just for kids! Through this exciting offer, participants will get to experience what it’s like to prepare pizza from scratch the Pizza Hut way, using the freshest ingredients to create the fun and bold flavors that we’ve come to know and love! 

At the start of the activity, the kids will first have to wash and sanitize their hands as part of the safety procedure, before being given their own Little Pizza Chef Hat and kiddie apron together their own raw pizza dough and toppings. After putting on their chef attire, they will then begin the process of assembling their pizza. Once assembled, the duty Manager or a staff member will then place the raw pizza into the oven.

While waiting for the pizza to cook, a Pizza Hut staff member will give the kids a placemat which comes printed with fun activities that they can do. Once cooking is done, the kids will receive the pizza that they prepared themselves, as well as their own Little Pizza Chef certificate for participating in the activity. They’ll also get the chance to pose with their own creation and their certificate for some snazzy snapshots!

To participate in this fun activity, which is open to children below 12 years old, customers must order Pizza Hut’s “LPC XP Package” or the “LPC Meal,” available exclusively for dine-in orders. The LPC Meal comes with one Personal Hawaiian Pan Pizza, a single serving of Crispy Fries, and an ice-cold glass of either Iced Tea or Lemonade, available for just P199.

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What are you waiting for? Visit your nearest participating Pizza Hut branch together with the kids so they can enjoy making their own Pizza Hut creation! For a complete list of participating stores, visit:

10th Panda Express® adds another store in the South with its first branch in Muntinlupa

“This back-to-back store openings in the south is all attributable to the heartwarming support that Panda Express has received from Filipino customers since 2019. Guests from Muntinlupa and nearby areas, as well as city travelers heading south can now stop over at our new location to satisfy their craving for savory, wok-cooked American Chinese dishes.” ~Ned Bandojo, Business Development Head of Jollibee Group Foreign Franchised Brands
Team South, this is for you! Panda Express® is opening another store in the south on July 1. The new Shell SLT branch will be the brand's first location in Muntinlupa, and the 10th branch in Metro Manila.

Panda Express® adds another store in the South with its first branch in Muntinlupa. The new branch will be the 10th Panda Express branch in Metro Manila since it set foot in the country in 2019.

The south area of the metro is attracting some good fortune. Panda Express®—the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept—is set to open another store in the south on July 1, with its Shell SLT branch, the first location in Muntinlupa and along the South Luzon expressway. 

Located along South Luzon expressway, guests and travelers can now stop over at the new Shell SLT branch and enjoy their Panda Express® favorites.

The Panda Express menu includes a variety of entrées with regional Chinese influences—from its bestselling The Original Orange Chicken®, a wok-tossed crispy chicken coated in sweet tangy sauce to other must-try entrees like Broccoli Beef, Savory Shrimp and Black Pepper Steak.

Fans from the south can now get a taste of Panda Express®’ savory, wok-cooked American Chinese dishes including The Original Orange Chicken®, Broccoli Beef, Savory Shrimp and Black Pepper Steak

Guests can grab their Panda Express favorites through dine-in, takeout and Park, Order and go channels. To get more information about Panda Express, visit and

About Panda Express® 
On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the world. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller The Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each entrée at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,300 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to twelve international countries. Visit (Facebook) and @PandaExpressPH (Instagram) for more information.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Green Run at Vermosa encourages outdoor activity, nature appreciation for physical, mental health

“As more places begin to reopen, we can now enjoy the outdoors with more activities to engage in. I personally advocate sports and spending time outdoors as it helps boost physical and mental health. Physical activities, like running, provide a change of scenery and help reduce stress. This is why we organized the Vermosa Green Run. We want people to rediscover their surroundings, appreciate nature, enjoy the fresh air and boost their health. With an abundance of wide-open spaces and the state-of-the-art sports facilities at Vermosa Sports Hub, Vermosa provides one of the best venues to engage in physical activities.” ~Jay Teodoro, Vermosa Estate Head

After two years of lockdown and getting used to the New Normal, Vermosa is opening up its Estates to hardcore runners, running enthusiasts, fitness buffs, athletes in training, fun runners and families who want to rekindle their health and have fun in the sun.

THE GREEN RUN at Vermosa is set for Sunday, July 3 and advocates for a return to physical activity, a return to the green outdoors and a re-appreciation of the environment. Vermosa has partnered with Pinoy Fitness to handle the Run and will donate all proceeds to the Haribon Foundation's Adopt-a-Seedling program.

Consisting of 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K distance categories, the Green Run is targeting elite athletes, fun runners, fitness enthusiasts, athletes in training, weekend athletes, families, barkada, and just about anyone who is eager to run.  Various running routes winding through wide open spaces and abundant greenery punctuated with wide pedestrian walkways, bicycle and jogging lanes, and enhanced greenways will make this Run a truly pleasant experience.

Vermosa’s famous Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility that has already hosted various national and international sports events will be the center of activities for registration and information. Featuring a FINA-standard Olympic size swimming pool, a warm up pool, an IAAF standard 400m track oval, field with natural tiff grass, an Athletes Lounge, and a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, a premier training ground for amateur and professional athletes.

Vermosa has partnered with Pinoy Fitness, the running, fitness and multisport event organizer, to conduct the Run. A beautiful medal created by artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre of Forest Foundation Philippines, will be among the perks that runners will get for their participation. Proceeds of the Run will go to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program, to build a greener tomorrow.

Those interested to join Green Run may go to to register.

Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub (AVSH) is located within Ayala Land’s sprawling 750-hectare estate along Daang Hari Road, Imus, Cavite.  It brings together residential, retail, commercial spaces and a school all within the estate.  AVSH highlights an active lifestyle by offering athletes a number of sports facilities and wellness amenities including the nine-lane 400-meter track and field oval, football field, Olympic-size lap pool, warm up pool, The Athlete’s Lounge, a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, and green open spaces. With its state-of-the-art features, AVSH is home to some National Sports Associations and renowned teams in the country.  

RSG PH is the supreme winner in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2022!

RSG PH reigned supreme in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2022. The epic showdown between RSG PH and RRQ Hoshi was hosted at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre to a sold-out crowd of over 1,000 spectators.

The event was graced by Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister, YB Dato' Seri Ahmad Faizal bin Dato' Azumu, Deputy Minister, YB Senator Dato' Sri Ti Lian Ker, and Chief Executive Officer of Esports Integrated, Ahmed Faris Amir. MSC 2022 is held in line with the country's vision to propel the nation as a vibrant esports hub.

Dubbed as Kingslayers, RSG PH scored a victorious 4:0 sweep against the 'King of Kings' RRQ Hoshi. Eman "Emann" Llanda Sangco was awarded the most valuable player (MVP). The newly crowned SEA kings are the third Filipino team to take home the Southeast Asia title alongside Aether Main (Bren Esports) in 2018 and Smart Omega (formerly known as Execration) in 2021.

The historic grand finals drew a peak concurrent view (PCU) of 2.8 million viewers, according to analytical partner Esports Charts.

At MSC 2022, it was announced that the M4 World Championship will be held between 1 - 15 January, 2023. More details on the host country, tournament arena, and participating nations will be shared in the following months.

Established in 2014, MOONTON is a global video game company dedicated to gaming development, publication and esports. With more than 900 employees worldwide, the company operates offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China. It has successfully launched a number of high-profile mobile games globally and has built long-term relationships with governments and esports organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is its current star game and the leading mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game worldwide.

About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game worldwide that brings communities together through teamwork and strategy. With over one billion installations and 100 million active monthly users, the award-winning game is among the top 10 most played in over 80 countries. With an extensive reach across the Asia Pacific region, the multiplayer is available in 139 countries with an expansive global esports presence.

About Mobile Legends Esports
Established in 2017, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Esports serves as a platform for players to pursue their dreams of becoming esports athletes and illuminate opportunities within the international esports ecosystem. MLBB Esports has since expanded to multiple leagues, including the MPL series hosted in Southeast Asia.

4 ways to turn passions into something valuable and powerful

4 ways to turn passions into something valuable and powerful

There are so many stressors these days. Work, finances, and the welfare of their family are just some of the things that induce anxiety. Their only solace is their passion, which ranges from creating and consuming content to playing mobile games.

Reports have called millennials the “burnout generation.” This is further expanded by the 2020 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey, which found that 57% of Filipino millennials feel anxious or stressed all or most of the time. The 2022 report found that 45% of millennials around the world feel “burned out due to the intensity/demands of their working environments.”

With all the stressors hounding millennials every day, it’s important to turn passions into something valuable and powerful. Here are four ways to do that:

Make time for it. 
Face it, there’s always something that needs to be done. It’s important to set boundaries between work and leisure because a mind must be well-rested in order to function well in the office. It’s not enough to simply find time for one’s passion. These days, it’s about making it. Set a rule that after 6 PM, work notifications must be switched off. The hours after that must be dedicated to rest, spending time with loved ones, and hobbies.


Connect with like-minded people. 
A group of friends who share the same passion will most likely encourage it. Friends who enjoy the same bands can go to gigs together, while gamers can join tournaments or just play together. Film buffs can have movie nights where they can discuss their favorite scenes. There are communities that cater to every passion, from Facebook groups to apps like Goodreads for books, Letterboxd for movies, and Reddit for anything under the sun.
Share it with the world. 
Social media has made the world smaller, allowing everyone to reach bigger audiences. Creators can share their work on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, which can build a following. While the point of pursuing one’s passion is a break from the monotony of work, this could lead to freelancing gigs or even a change in career.
Have the right device. 
The right tool can turn a simple hobby into something more powerful. Samsung’s Galaxy M33 5G and M23 5G are great companions for young professionals who want to take their passions to the next level, especially content creation and mobile games.

Both smartphones are equipped with a multi-camera system to capture memories. The Galaxy M33 5G and M23 5G’s suite of lenses is bannered by the 50MP Main camera, which takes photos and videos in clear detail. The smartphones’ 6.6” displays with Full HD+ technology made the gaming experience richer. Lags are virtually undetectable with the 120Hz refresh rate. There’s space for everything since the smartphones have 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 1TB with a microSD card.

Both devices are available at a discounted price on and other online platforms this June. The Galaxy M33 5G is priced at 16,990 SRP, down from its original price of PHP 19,490 SRP in Blue, Brown, and Green. Meanwhile, the Galaxy M23 5G is available for PHP 15,490 SRP, down from its original price of PHP 17,990 SRP in Light Blue, Deep Green, and Orange Copper.

Becoming successful at something you're passionate about takes time, persistence, and drive. Put these pieces together and you'll be well on your way to doing what you love, gaining more control and freedom in your life, and unleashing the genuine power that's within you all along.

For more information about the Samsung Galaxy M33 and M23 5G, visit

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has limited the number of its customers to only 50%, implemented the mandatory use of masks and shields, and performs frequent cleaning in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

Find the nearest Samsung Experience store via the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

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. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

A Talk With An Esports Dad

"Time is a luxury, and having it well spent is better than just being there doing nothing. I have been growing companies since before had children, but having children made me realize that I was and am practically the same on both ends. I give my children, as with my team, the same opportunities to speak and be heard, make their own mistakes and learn, and know I am here to mentor them whenever possible. I will support my children if they choose to be engaged in esports or content-creation. Like any other endeavor, it requires passion and perseverance. And as long as they have it to keep pushing forward. I sometimes do not get it right the first time. But I usually remember that I have a vital role to play. And step-up whenever it is needed. I believe I have a role to play in it, and everyone else has to do theirs. This will ensure that the industry will thrive and prosper. If there is one thing I would like my children to mirror, allow me to quote, Don't stop when you're tired. Stop when you're done." ~Mitch Esguerra, CEO of Southeast Asia at Galaxy Racer

Given this, fathers always want to be the best example to their children. Undeniably, children mirror who they admire, and in most cases, it is their fathers they seem to mirror the most. They revere them, follow them, and wish to be more like them. It is an intrinsic quality that fathers are emulated by their children.

Mitch Esguerra is a testament to this. Despite his demanding role as the CEO of Southeast Asia at Galaxy Racer, the most prominent esports, lifestyle, and content organization, he remains the foundation of his family of seven (including their great-grandmother and their beloved nanny).

With three children, a creative adolescent, a pre-schooler princess, and a toddler, he carefully manages his time with them as he relates. 

He describes himself as an authoritative parent, solving problems (together) with his children, setting clear rules and expectations, and with open communication and natural consequences. 

Mitch shares that his experiences as a parent are not a step away from how he manages the many startup companies, including Galaxy Racer.

As a father, Mitch is a simple man who prefers to travel and have unique experiences with his children, allowing them to recognize how big the world is to explore. And it is indeed a big world out there as Mitch himself experiences leading the establishment, growth, and scale of Galaxy Racer's regional operations across the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. Aiming to create Galaxy Racer, a transmedia powerhouse in the region's esports, gaming, and content-creating industry.

Being at the helm of the largest gaming and lifestyle organization, en route to the largest transmedia powerhouse in the world. A piece of advice from one father to another with children who are into esports and content creation.

According to Mitch, being a father is not always rainbows and butterflies.

A similar reality he faces with Galaxy Racer and its expansive ecosystem. 

Friday, June 17, 2022

BPI SEAL empowers micro and small enterprises for sustainable growth

“It’s no secret that the past two years have been extra tough for the entire business community, most especially for the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) which faced multiple challenges including the lack of funds to maintain their businesses after a series of lockdowns. To help address the pressing need for an intervention and spur growth to the MSE sector, we are excited to kick-off the pilot run of the BPI SEAL-SEGA.” ~Owen Cammayo, BPI Foundation Executive Director

BPI Foundation, the social development arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) today, launched a program for the development of local micro and small enterprises (MSEs) called BPI Small Enterprise Acceleration Lab (SEAL), with its first track, Small Enterprise Growth Agenda (SEGA), in partnership with Bayan Academy.  

BPI SEAL-SEGA is a search for start-up businesses that are ready to develop their viable business ventures.  This project is designed to meet the needs of start-up businesses through training, mentoring sessions, and cash grants. The training program aims to help the startups assess their enterprise’s products, services, operations, and marketing and assist them in developing their start-up enterprise development plan.

Photo shows, clockwise from upper left: DTI Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group Blesila A. Lantayona, BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo, Start Up Village President Carlo Calimon, and Bayan Academy President and Chairman Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo.

In 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported that 99.51% of all businesses across the country belong to the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.  Micro enterprises account for 88.77%, while 10.25% are small enterprises.   

According to a study conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in 2018, this sector continues to struggle in the value chain, primarily due to lack of access to finance, labor and technical and management know-how. SEAL-SEGA aims to help bridge the gaps.

“Startups proved to us that crisis can also be a strong driving force for creativity and innovation. If this new normal has taught us anything, it is harnessing the benefits of digital technologies and transformation that could be an opportunity to create sustainable and adaptable businesses.” ~Blesila A. Lantayona, DTI Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group

Fifty (50) MSEs will be chosen to join the boot camps and showcase their plans through a business pitch to a panel of judges.  The Top 1–10 will receive a cash grant of P100,000 each, while the Top 11–20 will bring home Php50,000 each.

“BPI SEAL SEGA is dedicated to helping startups sustain, develop and scale up their businesses. We are here to be part of the nation-building efforts that SMEs have been providing us.” ~Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo, Bayan Academy President and Chairman

The business challenge is open to start-up entrepreneurs who are 18 years old and above, and whose enterprise’s asset size is Php1 million and below. The application period will run until July 15, 2022.

To know more about SEAL, visit and follow BPI Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.  

DAD, WE GOT THIS! Century Park Hotel Offers Exciting Father's Day Deals!

“We honor the fathers who work hard for their loved ones and help shape their children into better individuals.  This is the time to pay it forward and say, ‘Dad, we got this!’.  A staycation and a gustatory feast at Century Park Hotel is the best way to make Dad feel like a king.” ~Anthony Tan, Century Park Hotel’s General Manager

Century Park Hotel is pleased to present its Father's Day offerings for Tatay/Papa/Daddy's special day during this time. It might have changed the way we celebrate but it should not hinder us from showing love to our real-life heroes this coming Father’s Day. It can still be made memorable during these unusual times. Let Century Park Hotel be your partner andenjoyexciting Father’s Day deals!  

Indulge Dad with a relaxing city getaway at Your Home Away From Home from June 18-20, 2022!  For as low as P6,000/ night, enjoy an overnight stay in one of our Deluxe Rooms, breakfast for two, a complimentary 1-hr massage for two, and a special Father’s Day Cake! For bookings and reservations, call 0956-5232880 or email

The celebration of course will not be complete without food and fanfare!

For every 3 paying guests, Dads eat for free at the Café in the Park from June 15-19, 2022, treat Dad to a sumptuous Churrasco-style Lunch (11:00AM – 2:30PM) and Dinner Buffet (6:00PM – 10:00PM) at P1,200net per head. 

The food outlet also now serves Breakfast Buffet at P995net per head from 6:00AM – 10:00AM daily. For reservations, call 8528-5827. 

On June 19, 2022, if you are in the mood for Asian cuisine, enjoy Century Tsukiji’s Eat-All-you-Can Lunch (11:00AM – 2:30PM) and Dinner (5:00PM – 9:00PM) for only P999 net per head. Cap off the merriment with some drinks at the Atrium Lounge (9:00AM – 10:00PM).  For a minimum transaction of P2,000 net at Century Tsukiji and Atrium Lounge, a complimentary Father’s Day cake awaits Dads on this extraordinary day.  For reservations, call 8528-5835 (Century Tsukiji) and 8528-5924 (Atrium Lounge).

Century Park Hotel has been duly awarded the Safety Seal Certification and Certificate of Accommodation to Operate as Staycation (CAOS) by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).  One can look forward to a safe and pleasant dining atmosphere while inside the property.

Guests 18 and up must be fully vaccinated and present their vaccination cards, minors are allowed entry provided they are accompanied by a fully-vaccinated adult.

To know more about Century Park Hotel, visit or contact and telephone number: (632) 8528-8888.

Launched in 1976, the Century Park Hotel remains as one of the finest hotels in Manila. It is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation and enjoys a mix of local and international patrons. The renowned establishment has over 500 rooms in varied types and facilities for a complete dining and leisure experience.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Illuminating the Bright Future of Pampanga

(from left to right) SM Prime Senior Vice President Engr. Bien Mateo, SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, SMDC President Jose Mari Banzon, City Mayor Edwin Santiago, newly-elected Vice Mayor BJ Lagman, City Tourism Officer Ma. Lourdes Carmella Jade Pangilinan, and City Administrator Atty. Atlee Viray

SM Development Corporation (SMDC) and SM Supermalls join the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga in inaugurating their newest Tourist Information Center.

The newly-built complex is set to highlight not just the ingenuity, artistry, and craftsmanship of the Kapampangans, but also the robust local tourism industry and the thriving economy of Pampanga. 

Present in this momentous milestone were (from left to right) SM Prime Senior Vice President Engr. Bien Mateo, SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, SMDC President Jose Mari Banzon, City Mayor Edwin Santiago, newly-elected Vice Mayor BJ Lagman, City Tourism Officer Ma. Lourdes Carmella Jade Pangilinan, and City Administrator Atty. Atlee Viray.

SM Development Corporation officially launched Start-up Boot Camp

Empowering resident entrepreneurs. SM Development Corporation (SMDC) officially launched its Start-up Boot Camp with a forum on how to grow and start a business, held last May 28 at the Grass Residences Clubhouse in Quezon City. Facilitated by top entrepreneurs from GoNegosyo, the SMDC's Start-up Boot Camp was attended by 56 residents from various SMDC properties. Championing an entrepreneurial mindset, SMDC plans to bring its Start-up Boot camp to its other developments to equip its residents with the right tools and knowledge to launch and grow their passion projects.

SM Development Corporation Health and Wellness Caravan

Promoting Health and Wellbeing. True to its commitment in building happy, healthy, safe, and thriving communities, SM Development Corporation (SMDC) continues to champion the wellbeing of its residents and neighboring communities through The Good Guys Health and Wellness caravan. In collaboration with SM Foundation and Red Cross Philippines, more than 200 residents of Barangay South Triangle in Quezon City were given free medical check-ups, laboratory tests, and medicines last May 31. This year, The Good Guys Health and Wellness Caravan has already provided health checks to more than 1,500 individuals, and has administered more than 600 COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

SMDC: Giving Residents Opportunities to Give Back to the Community

"It was in 2020, the onset of the pandemic when one of our neighbors here at Trees Residences invited us to join a bazaar. We noticed that many of our residents here in Trees were senior citizens. They're the ones vulnerable to COVID-19 so they had very limited movement, even within our community. We assisted them with everything they needed. We went out of our way for them and helped them purchase their medicines and provided them with services that were not available here at the bazaar. What we were able to build here is not just a customer-seller relationship, but a bigger, deeper one. We are now neighbors-turned-families, and that's what I love most about being a volunteer and a resident of my SMDC community. I look at SMDC not only as a property, but it’s also a community for everyone. SMDC is a complete package—from the amenities and facilities fit for everyone to the programs for the whole family not only for the children but for others especially the seniors and the PWDs. It feels so good to be part of SMDC’s The Good Guys Volunteers program. It brings a different kind of purpose and fulfillment to be able to help others in your own simple way." ~Loida Geniblazo-Secillano, A Resident of SMDC’s Trees Residences

The recent global health crisis impacted the lives of many but it has sparked solidarity, unity, and cooperation among Filipinos. During this trying time, we saw a full display of the spirit of bayanihan and the value of malasakit, as people stepped up to extend a helping hand to those who are in need.

SM Development Corporation (SMDC) initiated various programs to provide assistance to its residents and neighboring communities amidst the difficult situation. The company’s community efforts have become an avenue for its residents and employees to volunteer and be of service to others.

Loida Geniblazo-Secillano, a resident of SMDC’s Trees Residences, realized that she had a lot of time on her hands when COVID-19 struck. Since their construction company had to pause operations,  she wanted to do something to keep herself busy, and her mind off the anxiety that the situation brought. 

Loida Geniblazo-Secillano, A Resident of SMDC’s Trees Residences

Loida, a food technologist by profession and now a volunteer and the head coordinator of the resident entrepreneurs at SMDC’s Trees Residences. Loida joined SMDC’s The Good Guys Weekend Market, which she describes as a life-changing experience as she found new friends, as well as new opportunities to earn and help people during the lockdown. 

Loida says that she is thankful and inspired to belong to a community of good people, who truly care and have a genuine concern for others. She believes that the strong sense of community and family at SMDC’s Trees Residences made it possible for them to get through the most difficult moments of the health crisis. 

Being at the forefront of community building, SMDC has created programs that inspired the Good Guys in every community. SMDC employees and residents have been helping out in various ways during the pandemic, keeping the spirit of Bayanihan alive in every development. 

Committed to create happy, healthy, safe, and thriving communities, SMDC has been leading community development efforts to empower its residents and those who live around its properties. SMDC has been successful in building a community of good people who are willing to respond to the needs of others.

To know more about SMDC and its various community initiatives, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, or visit the official SMDC website.

About SM Development Corporation (SMDC)
SMDC is the largest and fastest-growing real estate developer in the Philippines. Championing perfectly integrated commercial and residential environments, SMDC provides every Filipino and its investors access to a sustainable and attainable cosmopolitan lifestyle. Through masterfully planned and award-winning complete developments, SMDC has been providing the dream homes of Filipinos in Metro Manila and other key cities in the Philippines.

Super Dads share how Fatherhood has Transformed their Careers

In celebration of Father’s Day, three fathers from Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, share how fatherhood has allowed them to become better versions of themselves, including at the workplace.
  • Martin Yu, Director of Shopee Philippines
  • Michael, SPX Rider for two years
  • Mark, Shopee Seller
By embracing their roles as fathers, Martin, Michael, and Mark have come to understand better how to serve their customers and their teams in their respective roles as employees of Shopee and partners of SPX.

Fathers provide, protect, and persevere at home and at work. In celebration of Father’s Day, three fathers from Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, share how fatherhood has allowed them to become better versions of themselves, including at the workplace.

Martin: Evolving as a Leader and as a Father

“When Shopee started in the Philippines, I had to be more of a coach, but as we grew and built up a larger team, I had to adjust my leadership style. I tried to foster a culture where my team is encouraged to speak up and contribute their ideas and initiatives. Now, my role is to ensure these align with our bigger business objectives. I encourage my children to try new things and try to be their buddy. I talk to my sons like we are friends now because they are developing their interests, and I want to encourage them to discover who they want to be in this fast-changing world. Looking ahead, I know I must adapt even more as they become teenagers and young adults. My sons are still young, but I think it’s never too early to teach them the value of meaningful work that significantly impacts society and empowers them to pursue a career path that offers that opportunity.” 

Shopee Philippines Director Martin Yu has been leading teams to help businesses shift online through Shopee since 2017 and has seen the platform grow. As a father of two young boys, Martin has observed a common aspect between being a father and a leader that he now applies every day: the need to evolve. 

As a Father, Martin is mindful of how fast his sons are growing up and how he needs to similarly adapt his parenting style to keep up with their changing needs. 

Martin’s ultimate hope is that his work will inspire his kids to pursue impactful careers. 

Michael: Building more Meaningful Relationships

“Before the pandemic, I planned to return to Taiwan to continue providing for my family. I am grateful that my job as a Shopee Xpress partner rider allows me to come home to my children everyday. Being able to play an active role in their lives has given my life and my job more meaning and purpose. My children are my biggest inspiration in life. It is very meaningful for me that I now get to fulfill my role as a father in a better way.

Before coming to work for Shopee Xpress as a partner rider two years ago, Michael worked as an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan, just like his father. Growing up, he found it difficult to form a solid connection with his father since their relationship mainly consisted of online video calls. When Michael became a father four years ago, he knew he wanted to be a more present figure in his daughter’s life. 

As a Shopee Xpress partner rider, not only is Michael able to provide for his family’s needs, but he can also play a more active role in the lives of his two children, aged two and four.

One of the things Michael is most proud of in life, is being a present father in the lives of his children.

Mark: Giving His Best as a Father and a Seller 

“Nine years ago, I fought to become a father, and I continue to fight for my family every day. When I started my online business, I struggled to get orders, but I persevered and gave my all for them. Selling through Shopee has allowed my family to reach many milestones like building a home and a warehouse. Everything I do, whether as a father or a business owner, is driven by my love for my wife and daughters. Till today, I continue to give my best every day, not just for my family, but also for my customers.”

Since becoming a father, Mark has learned what it truly means to work hard and persevere. He nearly lost his daughter nine years ago to biliary atresia, a rare condition that affected her liver and required her to undergo an expensive procedure abroad. By selling customized pillows on Shopee’s platform, Mark has been able to provide for his family’s needs, including his daughter’s regular medication. 

By embracing their roles as fathers, Martin, Michael, and Mark have come to understand better how to serve their customers and their teams in their respective roles as employees of Shopee and partners of Shopee Xpress. Their meaningful careers have enabled them to make a difference in the lives of others – both at home and in the workplace.