Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Do not be afraid, just have faith

Do not be afraid, just have faith. ”

Ito ang paulit-ulit na sinasabi ni Father sa mass. Magandang reminder sa lahat lalo sa mga kaguluhan na nangyayari sa paligid.

Towards the end of the mass nung nagdarasal na ako at pinagdarasal isa-isa ang pamilya, mga kaibigan, at mga kakilala na nangangailangan ng dasal bigla ko naisip ang Mommy at Daddy ko kasi kasama pa rin sila sa dasal ko. Naalala ko na wala na nga pala sila at kasama na ni Lord. Wala na nga pala akong magulang. Nakakalimutan ko kasi minsan or baka in denial pa rin ako? Masakit. Malungkot. Kasi bitin ang time ko sa kanila. Hindi pa ako nakakabawi, binawi na agad sila sa akin. Naiyak na ako lalo naiisip ko na napaka ikli lang talaga ng buhay pero sobrang thankful pa rin at sila ang mga magulang ko. Kung bibigyan ng pagkakataon na makapili ng magulang, sila pa rin ang pipiliin ko. Hindi perfect, pero para sa akin sila ang the best.

Naisip ko rin na darating ang panahon na ako naman ang maiisip ng mga anak ko kapag nagsisimba sila. Sana thankful din sila na ako ang naging Mama nila at sana palagi rin nila ako ipagdarasal...

Kaya sinabihan ko ang Dada na yayain ang parents n'ya na mag dinner (biglaan 'to) kasi hindi natin alam ang mga susunod na mangyayari. Mabuti at umayon ang mga pangyayari. Masaya ako na sa kanila ibuhos ang time,  effort,  money na dapat sana sa mga magulang ko dahil hindi naman  nila ako tinrato na iba.  

"Be sure to spend more time with your parents while you can, because one day when you look up from your busy life, they won't be there anymore "

Love your parents while they are still alive, you will realize after they are gone how much they did and sacrificed for you. Make time for them while you still can.

* 12 AM eme.  Kailangan ko ilabas kasi hindi ako makakatulog kaiiyak, kaya dito lang 'to.  Namiss ko lang ang Mommy at Daddy. 

Love your parents!  Hug them palagi.  Tell them how much you love them.  Para sa inyo rin yan,  believe me. 

Gospel :  Mark 5: 21-43 (walang kinalaman sa kwento ko pero sa palaging sinasabi ni Father na do not be afraid,  just have faith) 🙏 Magtiwala lang.  Kapit pa 🙏

Monday, January 29, 2024

Converge CEO: Leveraging Korea’s Digital Transformation for PH Public Service, Main Priority as PBBM’s Special Envoy

(from left) Korean Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines President Mr. Hyunchong Joseph Um, Converge CEO and Co-Founder, Special Envoy for Digital Transformation Dennis Anthony Uy, SGV Vice Chair and Deputy Managing Partner Vivian Ruiz, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Domingo-Albert, Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega, and SGV Chairman and Managing Partner Wilson Tan.

Digital transformation is a major thread in the ties that bind the Philippines and Korea together, and the Special Envoy to the Republic of Korea (ROK) for Digital Transformation - Converge CEO Dennis Anthony Uy - intends to strengthen that thread by modeling the Philippines’ e-governance system to that of the ROK.

At the launch of the Korean translation of the professional services firm SGV & Co.’s ‘Doing Business in the Philippines’ publication held this January, Uy hailed the advancement of ROK’s digital systems especially those for public service.

“The United Nations itself has ranked South Korea consistently among its top economies that effectively pursue digital government strategies. That’s why, for my part, I’d like us to benchmark that country’s e-court system which has vastly improved their efficiency in the processing and disposal of cases,” said Uy, citing one example.

Last November, Uy and his party traveled to Seoul to meet with South Korea’s Supreme Court and Presidential Adviser on Judicial Affairs and other related government agencies to get their support in the modernization program of the Philippine Supreme Court. Uy then submitted a slew of recommendations to Malacañang to jumpstart digital projects between the two governments.

Uy also mentioned the infusion of more advanced technologies when it comes to the National ID system and cybersecurity.

Dennis Anthony Uy aims to elevate the level of e-governance in the Philippines to that of South Korea, which is recognized globally as a pioneer in the use of digitization to transform civil and public service. 

The launch saw the coming together of key stakeholders and personalities tasked with the duty to empower Philippine-Korea relations on all fronts, may they be diplomatic or economic. Uy was joined by the likes of Ambassador of the Philippines to the Republic of Korea. H.E. Maria Theresa B. Dizon-De Vega who championed the signing (and eventual enforcement) of the Philippines-Korea Free Trade Agreement, and Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry Philippines President Joseph Um who welcomed the Philippine government’s openness in inviting more foreign direct investments from the ROK.

“While our 75 years of diplomatic relations are anchored to our shared history and shared sacrifices, our relations are forward or future-looking. The recently signed PH-Korea Free Trade Agreement is one very important milestone because it encompasses new emerging areas of economic cooperation and engagement which make full use and optimizes the strengths of both our countries,” shared Ambassador De Vega.

SGV Chairman and Managing Partner Wilson Tan explained the relevance of the latest publication and its anticipated impact on the country’s growth.

“SGV has been publishing Doing Business in the Philippines since 1968. For almost 56 years, the brochure has provided prospective investors with information such as current economic data, growth areas, tax laws, and government priority plans. It aims to provide a comprehensive investment guide and encourage foreign stakeholders to explore business opportunities in the Philippines.

We have distributed this publication to investors, trade offices, business organizations, national embassies, and during official state visits of the Philippine President. We have also translated the brochure into various languages, including Korean, Chinese, German, and Japanese, aiming to make it easier and more comfortable for our potential international investors to navigate the business landscape in the Philippines while also fostering an inclusive business climate. Through the Doing Business in the Philippines publication, SGV hopes to do its part in promoting our country’s national development and economic growth.”

Friday, January 26, 2024

Be on top of your game this 2024 with the OPPO Pad Air

Your new daily entertainment and productivity companion comes with bigger storage and more!

A new year has arrived with a promise of new beginnings and a fresh start. Whether you want to achieve a more fit active self or a more productive you, the role of mobile devices has evolved from mere convenience to indispensable tools that help us navigate our everyday tasks. Among these devices, tablets have emerged as ideal companions, offering a balance of portability and functionality. 

Although there are a lot of tablets out in the market already, it is still crucial to look for a tablet packed with features where we can seamlessly integrate our resolutions this 2024. The OPPO Pad Air proves it is the ideal device for work and play. Here’s why.

Powerful Performance

If you are looking to be more productive this 2024, The OPPO Pad Air is here to help as it boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon® 680 Chipset with 8 CPU cores and AI System Booster 2.1. This powerhouse ensures smooth multitasking and effortlessly handling work tasks while allowing seamless transitions to social media, gaming, or media consumption. Accommodating up to 512GB of external memory support via MicroSD, it provides ample space for all your needs, including files you’ll need for motivation and memories that you will make this year.

Enhanced Connectivity and Compatibility

Running on ColorOS 13.1, the Android system facilitates effortless screen casting from your phone to the tablet, enhancing productivity across devices. Its file drag-and-drop feature streamlines data transfer between apps, optimizing workflow. 

Long-lasting battery and Rapid Charging

Planning to have a healthier lifestyle this 2024? With a massive 7,100 mAh battery, the OPPO Pad Air ensures uninterrupted usage throughout the day. So whether you plan to work out all day, you’re sure to rely on the OPPO Pad Air to be your companion whether you’re following workout videos or simply documenting your progress. Coupled with 18W fast charging, it minimizes downtime, perfect for those constantly on the move or enjoying media outdoors.

Immersive Display and Audio Experience

Featuring ultra-narrow bezels and an 83.5% screen-to-body ratio, the OPPO Pad Air provides an immersive viewing experience. Its Dolby Atmos quad-speaker system delivers symmetrical stereo sound, elevating your entertainment. The 2K HD eye care display minimizes eye strain with reduced blue light emissions, perfect for night use. 

Elegant Design and Portability

Measuring just 6.94mm thick and weighing 440g, the OPPO Pad Air offers an ergonomic, lightweight design. Ideal for any setting, its slim profile ensures comfort and easy portability, whether you're at school, the office, or on a trip.

Priced at PHP 11,999, the OPPO Pad Air in Fog Gray combines affordability with sophistication. Its OPPO Glow, featuring a 5-layer coating, offers a unique and avant-garde texture.

The OPPO Pad Air serves as the ultimate productivity and entertainment solution, designed to cater to modern demands. To learn more, visit OPPO Philippines' official website at or its official Facebook page, OPPO Philippines.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Head of PR of Home Credit Assumes Key Roles in PANA, PANAF

Ken Lerona reinforces Home Credit's commitment to industry leadership

The Head of Public Relations of Home Credit Philippines has been elected to serve as a Board Member of the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) and as a Trustee in the PANA Foundation (PANAF), for the year 2024

With his extensive experience and outstanding contributions to the field of public relations, Lerona brings his wealth of knowledge and strategic insights to both PANA and PANAF. His roles highlight his commitment to advancing the Philippine public relations and advertising industry and supporting meaningful initiatives that make a positive impact on society.

Ken Lerona, Head of Public Relations
 Home Credit Philippines

As a Board Member of PANA, Lerona will actively contribute to shaping the strategic direction of the organization, fostering collaboration among industry professionals, and promoting excellence in brand-building practices amidst the background of digitalization and the AI revolution. Simultaneously, as a Trustee in PANAF, he will play a vital role in promoting a socially aware community and will prioritize the best interests of the communities member brands serve. 

Lerona is committed to giving his best in these roles. "I am committed to contributing my skills and experience to further the missions of both organizations and to uphold the standards of excellence in the Philippine marketing and brand-building industry as we transition to the new age of brand building that is influenced by data and artificial intelligence,” said Lerona.

Lerona also served as director of PANA from 2020 to 2021. He was part of the board of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines in 2017.

This significant development not only underscores Lerona's leadership capabilities but also reflects Home Credit's commitment to fostering industry leadership and contributing to the betterment of society by actively promoting responsible brand-building. As Lerona takes on these roles within PANA and PANAF, Home Credit anticipates that his contributions will not only enhance the company's visibility within the PR and advertising landscape but also strengthen its dedication to corporate social responsibility. 

Home Credit believes active participation in industry associations and foundations aligns with its core values and demonstrates a commitment to shaping a responsible and innovative financial industry.

Lerona eagerly anticipates the positive impact his contributions to PANA and PANAF will have on Home Credit.

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official FacebookInstagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace. 

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Monday, January 22, 2024

SM Supermalls Job Fair Paves The Way for 2024 Career Opportunities

Embark on a journey to career success with SM Supermalls Job Fair! Save the dates: January 25 at SM City San Lazaro, February 16 at SM City Grand Central, and March 1 at SM City North EDSA. Your next career move awaits at SM!

SM Supermalls, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Local Government Units (LGUs), the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) Jobs Group, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), and SM Retail are set to host job fairs on January 25 at SM City San Lazaro, February 16 at SM City Grand Central, and March 1 at SM City North EDSA.

This initiative aims to provide valuable employment opportunities for job seekers, aligning with the government's efforts to address unemployment. This also aims to contribute to economic activity by increasing the workforce in companies.

Aspiring candidates have the opportunity to also find their place at SM, the proud partner for the February 16 Job Fair at SM City Grand Central and the March 1 Job Fair at SM City North EDSA. This collaboration includes well-known companies such as SM Retail, SM Store, SM Supermalls, and various other SM Retail Affiliates, featuring Ace Hardware, Baby Company, Crocs, Dyson, Forever 21, Kultura, Miniso, Our Home, SM Appliance Center, SM Fashion, SM Home, Sports Central, Stationery, Surplus, The Body Shop, Toy Kingdom, Pet Express, Snack Exchange, and Uniqlo. SM Markets adds to the lineup, introducing SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, Savemore Markets, Alfamart, and Waltermart to the mix.

Embark on a journey to career success with SM Supermalls Job Fair! Save the dates: January 25 at SM City San Lazaro, February 16 at SM City Grand Central, and March 1 at SM City North EDSA. Your next career move awaits at SM!

These job fairs extend an invitation to all job seekers, including recent graduates, returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), and individuals seeking new career paths.

During these events, attendees have the chance to submit their resumes and engage in preliminary interviews with participating companies. Some organizations may even present on-the-spot job offers, granting qualified applicants immediate access to employment opportunities.

Since 2008, SM Supermalls has collaborated with DOLE, co-hosting job fairs that aim to bridge the gap between job seekers and prospective employers.

“In 2024, our commitment to fostering employment opportunities across the nation is stronger than ever. It's not merely about jobs; it's about empowerment, growth, and the unwavering belief that, together, we can build a workforce that transforms challenges into opportunities,” said SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan.

To know more about the SM Supermalls’ Job Fairs, visit or follow @SMSupermalls on social media.

Home Credit Philippines treats 14,000 workers to a magical trip to Enchanted Kingdom and other places for its tenth anniversary

In honor of its tenth anniversary, Home Credit Philippines (HCPH) recently threw joyous gatherings for its 14,000-strong employees. For the first time in the history of the top consumer financing organization, celebrations for its employees, their families, and friends were planned nationally at a variety of resorts and convention centers.

Over 6,700 workers from Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces were given a fantastic day at the Enchanted Kingdom to ensure optimum enjoyment. For the duration of the event, the theme park was closed for two days. Two standard day passes, pocket money, a complimentary souvenir photo, and a transportation subsidy were all offered to the staff. Each employee was additionally permitted to host a maximum of five visitors.

In keeping with its motto, "No small roles. Everyone is important," the remaining staff members of HCPH's thirty local offices throughout twelve regions celebrated by taking part in a variety of outdoor and aquatic activities at nearby resorts and convention centers.

"The Home Credit family has grown significantly since our first year of operation here in the Philippines. We started with 158 employees and have now reached an impressive number of 14,000 in just 10 years. With this expansion, stronger employee engagement is needed to ensure that our workforce is in their best mental and physical condition. We recognize the valuable role our employees play in the company's success. As a response, we provide them with opportunities to achieve personal victories and focus on other aspects of their lives, including their mental health. This work break, in celebration of our 10th anniversary, is just one of our projects to promote work-life balance," said Alpha Omega Aquino, HCPH Chief People Officer.

To stay updated on the latest offerings and promotions from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Shopping Mall Philippines.

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Friday, January 19, 2024

Converge CEO elected to PCCI Board

Uy (extreme left, second row) joined the PCCI Executive Committee in a courtesy call with Indonesia President Joko Widodo (center, first row)

The CEO and Co-Founder of leading Philippine fiber broadband company Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has been elected to the Board of Directors of the country’s largest business organization, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). 

Dennis Anthony H. Uy joins 19 other distinguished luminaries of the business sector as directors of the PCCI. He will serve as the director of PCCI’s ICT Committee. 

“It’s my privilege to serve the country’s most influential business group. The voice of the private sector is never as important as it is today, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lend mine in the service of nation-building. I hope to bring my expertise in technology and digitalization to the table and steer crucial discussions shaping the future of innovation in the Philippines,” said Dennis Anthony Uy. 

“The PCCI has long treasured the valuable membership of Dennis. We’re thrilled to have him join us in the Board as he elevates his standing in the ICT and technology industries. It comes as no surprise to us that he has become such a powerful voice in these fields, given his deep knowledge of the Philippine technology landscape and years of experience in ICT,” noted Enunina “Nina” Mangio, the 2024 President of PCCI. 

Converge CEO and Co-Founder Dennis Anthony H. Uy joins 19 other distinguished luminaries of the business sector as directors of the PCCI. He will serve as the director of PCCI’s ICT Committee. 

“Dennis’ inclusion in our Board brings a technology-centric perspective into our discussions of topics of national interest. This is vital to us as PCCI prides itself in being a forward-looking organization that is in step with the times,” said PCCI Chairman of the Board George T. Barcelon. 

Uy is the co-Founder of Converge ICT Solutions Inc., the fastest growing broadband operator in the Philippines and considered a maverick in the telecommunications and ICT space. He, together with his wife, Maria Grace Y. Uy catapulted Converge from a Pampanga-based technology provider to a fiber broadband powerhouse with a nationwide footprint. Today, the company’s fiber assets span more than 680,000 kilometers. 

In recognition of his gravitas in the ICT industry, President Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. appointed Uy as Special Envoy to the Republic of Korea for Digital Transformation. Special envoys are agents appointed as a representative of a state leader on the basis of his expertise or specialty in a specific issue area. Given the global reputation of ROK as a technology leader, Uy serves as a crucial linchpin for the Philippine government’s digital transformation. 

Uy recently joined the PCCI Executive Committee in a courtesy call with President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo, during his state visit to the Philippines. This was followed by a roundtable discussion with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). Among the common areas of interest identified during the discussions were mining, transportation, information and communications technology (ICT) and the digital economy. The meeting was also attended by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary, Hon. Alfredo E. Pascual; the Minister for State-Owned Enterprise of Indonesia, Hon. Erick Thohir; and Philippine and Indonesian business representatives.

The PCCI awarded Dennis Anthony Uy with the Nation-Builders’ Award last December for his enduring contributions to advancing technology and innovation in the country. 

The courtesy call was followed by a fruitful roundtable discussion with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) to discuss the expansion and strengthening of Philippines - Indonesia bilateral economic ties. Among common areas of interest identified were mining, transportation, information and communications technology (ICT) and the digital economy.

The meeting was also attended by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary, Hon. Alfredo E. Pascual; the Minister for State-Owned Enterprise of Indonesia, Hon. Erick Thohir and Philippine and Indonesian business representatives.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

GrabCar Launches in CDO Strengthens the City's Commitment to Economic Empowerment

Grab officially launched GrabCar in Cagayan De Oro City as part of its commitment to economic empowerment in the region. The photo above shows Grab Philippines Head of Mobility EJ Dela Vega [Center-Left] with CDO Councilors George Goking, Romeo Calizo, and Malvern Esparcia; and officials from LTFRB Region 10

The leading superapp officially launches its flagship mobility service in Cagayan De Oro, expanding its portfolio of services in the city which is currently composed of GrabFood and GrabTaxi

Grab Philippines, a dedicated partner in the nation-building efforts of the government, is strengthening its commitment to economic empowerment in Cagayan De Oro. With the official launch of its flagship mobility service GrabCar, Grab is not only providing Kagay-anons with a viable transportation option but is also creating a new avenue for generating livelihoods and stimulating economic activity in the City of Golden Friendship.

GrabCar is a beloved and trusted mobility service for Filipino commuters. Built on a foundation of safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, GrabCar stands as an effective mobility alternative for the Filipino commuting public. GrabCar currently services the area from Laguindingan Airport up to the end of Lapasan and Upper Balulang. 

Cagayan De Oro is the second city in Mindanao to welcome the GrabCar service,  furthering the leading superapp’s mission to create sustainable opportunities and foster economic growth across the region. 

Grab Philippines Head of Mobility Marketplace EJ Dela Vega shares, “Our superapp model allows us to know and deeply understand Kagay-anons best - from the way they commute through GrabTaxi, to the way they enjoy their everyday meals through GrabFood. Grab continues to be attentive to the needs of the market and we believe that now is the right time to offer Kagay-anons a mobility solution that not only meets their everyday needs but also positively contributes to the long-term success of CDO.”

Cagayan De Oro Mayor Rolando "Klarex" Uy also underscored the strong partnership of the city with the leading superapp. “Cagayan De Oro actively forges partnerships with industry leaders like Grab as we make strides toward our vision of solid economic performance and a thriving citizenry. The launch of Grab in our city has given Kagay-anon entrepreneurs, drivers and riders access to a robust marketplace that fosters high-success potential – something only a superapp ecosystem can offer. We are glad to welcome GrabCar and are excited to see the new opportunities it is bringing for our kabayayans,” Mayor Uy shares. 

The Grab Superapp Journey in CDO: A Long-Standing Commitment to Economic Empowerment

To digitalize the taxi ecosystem in Cagayan De Oro, Grab launched GrabTaxi in 2015. Since then, Grab has been forging close partnerships with key taxi operators in the city. This collaboration has resulted in the onboarding of hundreds of GrabTaxi driver-partners, enabling them to substantially boost their earnings potential through increased bookings facilitated on the platform. 

As Southeast Asia’s leading superapp, Grab has also expanded its presence in CDO outside of mobility with the launch of GrabFood in May 2020. This addition has proven to be instrumental in fostering a thriving ecosystem for local entrepreneurial ventures, regardless of their size. By democratizing access to user-friendly growth tools, cutting-edge technology, and capacity-building programs, Grab has empowered MSMEs to achieve sustainable growth on the platform. One outstanding example of a homegrown CDO merchant-partner that has experienced equitable success on Grab is Frkn Burger. Since its launch on Grab, Frkn Burger has achieved a remarkable ten-fold increase in its average weekly delivery orders and has also opened its second branch. This earned them a well-deserved spot among the prestigious Golden Grab Awardees for 2023.

An Expansive Horizon of Partnership

As a devoted partner for the economic empowerment of the Cagayan De Oro local government, Grab Philippines will continue to leverage its technology, extensive network of highly engaged users, and community-focused approach to unlock new possibilities for growth and prosperity. Dela Vega notes, “The horizon of collaboration between Grab and the local government of Cagayan De Oro continues to be expansive. Together, we're orchestrating a future of sustainable opportunities that create pathways for local everyday entrepreneurs to realize their aspirations. This is a testament to the transformative power of partnership, innovative technology, and the boundless potential of the Filipino spirit.”

Entry for the Sining Filipina National Art Competition is now open

The submission deadline is until January 31, 2024.

The first-ever all-female national art competition in the Philippines, called Sining Filipina, is proudly announced by BDO Unibank, Inc. and SM Supermalls in partnership with the Zonta Club of Makati and Environs. This event is a celebration of art, women's empowerment, and the endless creativity of Filipina artists.

Entries for Sining Filipina, the pioneering all-female national art competition in the Philippines, are being accepted until January 31, 2024.

This groundbreaking competition aims to provide a platform for Filipinas to express their artistic talents, promoting them as originators of art and empowering them in the creative realm. With both Figurative and Non-Figurative categories, Sining Filipina invites participants to showcase their unique perspectives on the contemporary woman.

(L-R): SM Supermalls’ Vice President for Corporate Marketing Grace Magno, Zonta International Foundation for Women District 17 Ambassador Armita Rufino, Zonta Club of Makati and Environs (ZCME) Past President Maritess Pineda, Zonta International Past President Olivia Ferry, ZCME Vice President Joanne Zapanta-Andrada, BDO Unibank Vice President and Head of Sustainability Office Marla Alvarez, BDO Private Bank Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth Management Group Stella Cabalatungan, ZCME President Rosario Abaya, SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan, BDO Unibank Senior Vice President and Head of Cash Management Services, Transaction Banking Group Carlo Nazareno, and BDO Unibank First Vice President and Officer in Charge for Marketing Communications Group Hannah Lopez

Contestants should submit original artworks, entirely conceptualized and executed by themselves, until the deadline on January 31, 2024. The competition offers a generous cash prize of up to P250,000 for the First Place Winner, providing not only recognition but also a significant boost to their artistic journey.

SM Supermalls’ President, Steven Tan (right), with BDO Unibank Vice President and Head of Sustainability Office, Marla Alvarez (second from right), Zonta Club of Makati and Environs Vice President, Joanne Zapanta-Andrada (second from left), and host Ces Drilon (left), during the panel discussion at the recent Sining Filipina National Art Competition Media Launch at the SM Aura Samsung Hall Lobby.

SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan

BDO Unibank Vice President and Head of Sustainability Office Marla Alvarez

Zonta Club of Makati and Environs Vice President Joanne Zapanta-Andrada

For a detailed understanding of the mechanics, application process, and guidelines, interested participants can visit Additionally, inquiries can be directed to

This initiative reflects the commitment of BDO Unibank, Inc., SM Supermalls, and the Zonta Club of Makati and Environs, to champion the flourishing talents of Filipina artists. As a testament to their support, the competition seeks to amplify the voices and visions of women in the realm of art.

Join us in celebrating the richness of Filipina creativity – Sining Filipina awaits your masterpiece!

To know more about the exciting events at SM Supermalls, visit or follow @SMSupermalls on social media.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Converge expands retail partner network, now available in major malls nationwide

(From left, Jojie Doroin Converge CPO Supervisor; TLSMS Procurement Head Lean Andrew Indon ; Angeline Reyes TLSMS Accounting and Finance head; Jenica Teng, Purchasing Head of TLSMS ; Alvin Chu Teng, CEO of TLSMS ; Jesus C. Romero Converge Chief Operations Officer; Orange Ramirez Marketing Head of Converge; Dhang Panlilio - Emerging Sales Head of Converge; Manny Erlano, Partner Acquisition and Relations Manager of Converge, and Mark Escal CPO Supervisor at Converge)

Leading fiber broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is expanding its distribution network by tapping mobile phone and gadget retailer TL Sales and Management Services Inc. (TLSMS) which operates over 200 stores nationwide, including those located in the country’s biggest malls.

TLSMS has an expansive footprint in malls nationwide under the brand names Cellboy, Gaming Grounds, Cell Time, Games & Gadgets, Gadget Plus, BOMA Tech, and Cyber Center. These gadget stores are widely available in malls such as SM (in SM Cyberzones) and Ayala Malls. 

Converge COO Jesus C. Romero sees a synergy in this one-year partnership given TLSMS’ footprint in major malls nationwide

“We are working hard to expand our channels at the moment. We’ve been looking at partners with a wide reach, to get as many customers as we can and we think we’ve found the right partner in TLSMS. Through their vast network of stores under their seven brands, which, by the way, are present in the country’s biggest malls,  we will be able to bring our world-class fiber broadband connection even closer to customers,” said Jesus C. Romero, Converge Chief Operations Officer. 

“At the core of our partnership with Converge is a shared vision to empower Filipinos through technology. As a retailer, we offer more than just a mobile device; we offer a solution to enhance and simplify their digital lives. With this opportunity to sell Converge products and services, we are going a step further in this mission,” said Alvin Chu Teng, CEO of TLSMS. 

The collaboration will bring Converge fiber products closer to mall-going Filipinos, and will form part of the emerging sales channels of Converge. 

TLSMS-owned stores started offering Converge broadband products on October 1, 2023, such as its flagship FiberX plans which start at P1,500 a month for 200 Mbps unlimited internet, low-cost BIDA Fiber internet at P888 a month for 35 Mbps speed and up to six devices connected, and the prepaid Surf2Sawa product that allows as low as P50 load for unlimited data for one day at 25 Mbps speed for up to six devices.

Aside from its business centers, Converge is being carried by the following retail partners: USSC (Western Union), Microgold Pawnshop (Tambunting Pawnshops), and Sta. Monica Pawnshop, and ACM International (VIP Payment Center). The Kislap Multipurpose Cooperative and the Carmona Multipurpose Cooperative likewise receive subscription applications for Converge. 

With the partnership, the mobile gadget retailers of Teng’s TLSMS may now sell Converge products and receive broadband applications.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Style Resolutions at SM

New year, new style resolutions! As we usher in 2024, let's focus on the fashion elements that truly elevate your style game – shoes and accessories. SM Supermalls in Grand Central, Sangandaan, and Valenzuela are your ultimate destination to stay ahead in the style game. Navigate the ever-changing fashion scene effortlessly and discover what is making waves in 2024 with these carefully curated fashion insights.


Embrace the concept of old money aesthetic in 2024, where the focus is on wearing pieces that exude sophistication without the hefty price tag. This trend encourages the selection of high-quality materials and impeccably tailored clothing. For those looking to embrace this trend, consider investing in quality accessories such as handbags, jewelry, and footwear from Aldo in your ensemble. 


Expect the timeless charm of femininity with shoes that echo elegance and grace. Soft pastel hues, delicate embellishments, and refined silhouettes dominate this trend. Think pinks, bows, floral prints, and lacy accents. Whether it is a pair of dainty heels, a charming handbag, or accessories that exude feminine charm, Cotton On has everything you need to embrace the charm that defines femininity in 2024. Shoppers may also discover an array of feminine selections available at For Me in SM City Valenzuela and SM Center Sangandaan. Elevate your wardrobe with limitless accessory options that speak to the modern woman's fashion sensibilities.


While neutrals remain a classic choice, 2024 encourages you to make a bold statement with pops of color. Stand out from the crowd with vibrant shades such as lavender, canary yellow, and millennial pink. Whether you choose to incorporate a pop of color into your shoes or accessories, Parfois has the perfect pieces to help you turn heads and make a lasting impression.


Sustainable fashion continues to gain momentum, and in 2024, it is still a trend that is here to stay. SM Supermalls in Grand Central, Sangandaan, and Valenzuela offer a selection of brands that prioritize sustainable practices and weave environmental consciousness into their products. Explore the eco-friendly options, including vegan leather bags from Straightforward. Make mindful choices that resonate with both style and sustainability.

Prepare to strut confidently into 2024 with stunning looks, vivid hues, and one-of-a-kind clothing. Use these well chosen fashion insights for 2024 to make a statement.  SM City Grand Central, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM City Valenzuela can help you up your style ante!

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Artbox Avenue 2024: Singapore's Largest Creative Festival Announces Spectacular Lineup Of Key Vendors From The Region

With close to 300 creative brands, ARTBOX AVENUE is poised to offer an unparalleled lifestyle experience for all to enjoy

Prepare to begin 2024 with an explosive blast of enthusiasm! Forget your New Year's resolutions and prepare for the extravaganza that is ARTBOX AVENUE, Singapore's largest indoor all-day night event. Visitors will be exposed to a vibrant and bustling metropolis as they enter Singapore Expo Hall 2, with each corner filled with varied zones and immersive activities to ensure a memorable time. The excitement unfolds over two consecutive weekends from January 26th to 28th and February 2nd to 4th, with tickets starting at $6 per person and featuring more than 300 retail and F&B vendors. This year's installment is poised to astound guests of all ages and from all over the world.

ARTBOX AVENUE is not just an event; it's an immersive celebration of global culture, a feast for the senses, and an experience that will leave a lasting imprint on every visitor. It boasts a tantalising array of international delicacies and not only that, transforms into a global shopping experience featuring artisanal boutiques and retailers from across borders. Moreover, captivating performances by both local and international artists will set the stage for an immersive celebration of global culture at ARTBOX AVENUE. This showcases ARTBOX's pioneering role in shaping a unique lifestyle and cultural experience within Singapore's festivals and events industry.

Expressing his excitement about ARTBOX AVENUE, Kent Teo, Founder and CEO of Invade shared “We envisioned this year's instalment to be an immersive journey into the heart of global culture, where vibrant experiences and limitless creativity converge. Our commitment to providing a platform for businesses and artists to shine is unwavering. ARTBOX AVENUE 2024 will feature a diverse range of vendors that reflect the global celebration of culture, diversity, and the universal language of the arts.”

Attracting over 60,000 visitors last year, ARTBOX is now geared up to elevate and make it even more memorable for all. Partnering up once again with SGAG as the co-organiser, the event ensures an integration of vibrant creativity and engaging experiences. With an emphasis on curated experiences in the realms of F&B, retail, and performing arts, this year's instalment promises an unforgettable journey for all visitors.

HEPMIL Media Group Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Adrian Ang (@sgagxiaoming) takes on the Beam of Pain in ARTBOX 2023

At the SGAG stage, stand a chance to win $888 in cash as visitors will be treated to a riot of fun and pain with the all-new electrifying Hopscotch of Pain challenge. Participants have to hop on one leg and cross a beam covered in acupuncture mats, channelling the classic hopscotch game but with a hilarious, painful twist.


But that's not all – brace for the adrenaline rush with two fresh competitions: the National Piak Cockroach Championship in week 1 and the National Water Bottle Tornado Championship in week 2, where the best contenders will pocket $888 in cash prizes in each thrilling event.

In anticipation of the opening of ARTBOX AVENUE, Adrian Ang, HEPMIL Media Group Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer said “We are thrilled to be back again for ARTBOX AVENUE, adding a whacky and humorous twist to the event we all know and love today. Visitors can expect much more challenging competitions at our SGAG stage and walk away with cold hard cash!”

Transforming Spaces Through Art

Renowned graffiti artist and Illustrator hailing from Malaysia, Cloakwork (@cloakwork on Instagram) will be stepping into the spotlight at ARTBOX AVENUE. With his distinctive style that seamlessly blends street art with storytelling, Cloakwork is set to transform a dedicated space into an immersive showcase of his vibrant and captivating artwork. 

Another distinguished Malaysian artist, MonKiddo (@itsmonkiddo on Instagram), is poised to captivate visitors through the creation of captivating artwork at the Central Avenue of ARTBOX. From intricate detailing to vibrant compositions, MonKiddo's contribution to ARTBOX AVENUE is set to be a focal point, inviting visitors to witness the intersection of imagination and artistic brilliance within the dynamic landscape of this year's festival.

Retail Revelry: From Trendsetting Fashion to Artisanal Finds

Some participating brands from Thailand, from left to right:  Loma.Whale, Outerouter and rust brand (Photos courtesy of Instagram)

ARTBOX AVENUE will turn into a bustling marketplace and retail haven, where international and local artisans from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea will showcase their wares to offer a truly unique retail experience. From trendsetting fashion to traditional crafts, the festival will be a treasure trove of eclectic finds.

In addition to satisfying your international retail cravings, ARTBOX AVENUE proudly showcases a diverse array of homegrown talents, including beloved brands like Talking Toes (@talkingtoesofficial on Instagram), renowned for their iconic funky socks, and Maverick Made (@maverick_made on Instagram), offering an exquisite selection of handcrafted leather goods. These local gems add a touch of homegrown flair to the eclectic shopping experience that awaits.

International Flavours Take Center Stage

Some participating brands from Singapore, from left to right: The Swag Social, The FAB FIVE and K Ō B A S H Ī (Photos courtesy of Instagram)

Indulge your taste buds as popular F&B vendors from around the region come to create a global feast for ARTBOX AVENUE. Whether you enjoy the savoury aromas of Thai cuisine, an eclectic mix of South Korean street food or local delights with a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavours, there is surely something for everyone.

For visitors with a sweet tooth and who like to get their hands ‘dirty’, the renowned chocolatier Janice Wong will be hosting an indulgent painting workshop, where you can transform sweet canvases into edible masterpieces. During this immersive experience, participants will have the chance to delve into the artistry of chocolate-making under the expert guidance of Janice Wong’s team, discovering the secrets behind their signature confections. 

Harmony Across Borders: International Performing Arts and Entertainment Showcase

From left to right: Jocelyn Ng, Singaporean Violinist, Spruce Teo, Singaporean Saxophonist and The Parkinson, a pop band hailing Thailand (Photos courtesy of Instagram)

Be captivated, moved and entertained by the enchanting performances from local talents such as the mesmerising Jocelyn Ng, a virtuoso violinist, and the soulful Spruce Teo, a talented saxophonist.

Thailand's own musical maestros, The Parkinson, will also mark its presence as they take the stage on the first Saturday of ARTBOX AVENUE, proudly presented by ARTBOX’s Official Lager Beer, Chang Beer. 

Visitors are also in for a treat with other onstage live performances by our local music bands Reverie, The Passerby, The Mad Trio and many more! On top of bringing delightful music to the enthused crowd, Chang Beer will also be giving out merchandise and free beer to kick off a perfect year with ARTBOX.

The fun does not stop there - whether you're a karaoke enthusiast or a first-time crooner, sing your hearts out to your favourite tunes at Teo Heng’s Karaoke-in-a-Container where visitors get a chance to unleash their inner rockstar. This is an excellent opportunity to embrace the spotlight and make memories that resonate long after the music fades.

Not only that, visitors are invited to indulge in a unique chess experience by Aliwal Chess Club, where they can try their hands at creative chess activities that blend intellect with imagination. Beyond the game, explore and take home exclusive merchandise that reflects the artistry of chess. Engage in a hands-on session where you can build your own customised tote bags and as an exciting bonus, participants have the chance to enter the Snap & Win contest, with the grand prize being a custom-made chess table valued at over $800.

Level Up Your Experience with Classic and Virtual Games

Step into the ultimate Gamestop Arena at Open Plaza – home to ARTBOX’s Switch and VR Games. The space invites visitors to play while sinking into comfy seats and immersing themselves into the gaming world– the perfect blend of comfort and playfulness.

In addition, The Arcade People (TAP) takes over the Arcade Alley at ARTBOX AVENUE where visitors get to immerse in a world of classic and modern arcade games that will keep the fun going all day and night. But that's not all – TAP is bringing the heat with daily challenges throughout the two weekends of ARTBOX that allow daily top scorers to walk away with prizes.

Ticket Prices (inclusive of booking fee):

Pre-Event (from now until 25 January 2024)

General single-admission tickets are from $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends per person

Event (26 January to 4 February 2024)

General single-admission tickets are from $7 on weekdays and $8 on weekends per person

Early Risers 4-pax Bundle (For entries on Fridays, 12 PM slots) are available at $16 (U.P. $23)

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