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November 2022


This holiday season, get cozy with Subway’s Pork Patty BBQ Sub

As Subway ® creates a new flavor with the Pork Patty BBQ Sub, the holiday delicacy that will satisfy your need, share the joy of celebrating with your family this season!

The new Subway® Pork Patty BBQ Sub features a soft and tender pork patty, paired with Subway®’s original spicy and smoky BBQ sauce made with the right balance of spices to give you the mouthwatering taste.

Add your favorite Mint Choco Chip Cookie to your dinner to complete it, fulfill your sweet tooth, and enjoy a delicious feast with those who are deserving of the joy that each mouthful may provide.

From Php 185 for the 6-inch sub, Php 360 for the footlong sub, Php 195 for the wrap, and Php 265 for the salad, or make it a meal with a 22-oz drink and 2 pieces of cookies for an add-on price of Php 120, valid for dine-in transactions only. Delivery price varies accordingly.

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Outstanding Local Government Programs are Honored by the Galing Pook Foundation for 2022

The 2022 Galing Pook Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Malacanang Palace’s Ceremonial Hall, honored ten outstanding local governance projects.

Local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that support innovation and quality were recognized by the Galing Pook Foundation, SM Prime Holdings Inc., the DILG-Local Government Academy, sponsors Cebu Pacific, and Airspeed.

The Galing Pook Foundation was praised by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for identifying and rewarding top-performing LGUs. He emphasized the importance of good public-private sector collaboration in creating successful programs that are actually beneficial to the Filipino people.

“The recognition that you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive towards improvement and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about meaningful progress in the country.”

Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this year: “It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”

The winners of the 2022 Galing Pook Awards were: The Green Wall of Alcala (Alcala, Cagayan);

Advancing and Sustaining Good Governance and Community Actions towards Resiliency and Empowerment (Basilan Province); Bataan Public-Private Partnership Programs (Bataan Province);

Balik-Biñan Project: Tourism Development through Heritage Conservation (Biñan City, Laguna); From Black to Green: Fishponds, Eco-Tourism and Full Employment (Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal);

Trekking to Unlock Community Ailments and Difficulties (TUCAD) (Goa, Camarines Sur); “I-BIKE” A Program Promoting the Development of the Iloilo City Bike Culture (Iloilo City); Yaru: A Whole-of-Community Approach Towards Disaster Management (Itbayat, Batanes); Libertad Fish Forever Savings Club (Libertad, Antique); and

Basta Piddigueño, AgriHenyo: Consolidated Farm Production System (Piddig, Ilocos Norte).

A record field of 196 applications from various LGUs across the nation and 18 finalists were used to select the 10 winners.

The Galing Pook Awards, which were established on October 21, 1993, have honored 329 LGU projects from 200 LGUs around the nation that have been encouraged for replication to benefit more communities.

Lifestyle, News

SM offers students an environment that is suitable to learning

A student’s cognitive growth depends greatly on the school environment, which is more than just a place where students congregate for classes. According to research, when learning environments are supportive, kids are more attentive and motivated to use higher-order critical thinking skills.

The SM Foundation (SMFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group, established its cooperation with the Department of Education (DepED) in 2002 through DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Program in an effort to give kids places where they can fully perfect their talents and knowledge.

Through this, SMFI constructs basic furniture and equipment-equipped SM school facilities in local communities. Additionally, SMFI incorporates specialized elements into each SM school structure to cater to the particular needs of the recipients of its funding; some of these amenities include rooms designated as guidance offices, clinics, mini-libraries, and even water tanks and handwashing stations.

To date, SMFI has turned over more than 100 SM school buildings nationwide with the help of its partners, which share the same aspirations for the Filipino learners and teachers. One of which is the SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) – one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia. Since the project’s inception, over 90 SM school buildings out of the more than 100 were built through the social good collaboration with SM Prime.

Infrastructure for calamity prone areas

SMFI and SMPH ensure that the SM school buildings incorporate a disaster resilient design to guarantee the safety of the students, teachers, and other school personnel. Emergency lights at both staircases, and fire and earthquake alarm bells are also installed.

Principal Joji Buelvo, school principal of Basud Elementary School (BES) in Sorsogon City, shared the state of their school community before they accepted the fully furnished SM school building from SMFI and SM Prime in 2021: “Ang aming paaralan ay saksi sa maraming kalamidad. Kaya karamihan ng mga classrooms ay may kalumaan na, ang mga kisame ay malapit na bumagsak—talagang hindi na conducive for learning.”

“But through your [SMFI and SM Prime] donation, our BES learners now have a haven where we can nurture their young minds to be academically-ready and well-rounded members of the community,” Buelvo further expressed.

Addressing classroom shortage

The continuous rapid growth of the country’s population is taking a toll on schools—leaving the students, even the teachers, with overcrowded classrooms which affect learners’ academic performance.

In 2012, the Banisil National High School (BNHS) in General Santos City received its first SM school building. But being the only secondary school in Barangay Tambler, BNHS records a significant increase in their enrollment per year. With this challenge, SM Foundation decided to provide another edifice of hope for the sub-urban Muslim community in 2021, addressing the growing needs of BNHS learners and teachers.

BNHS then principal Shiela Balbon said, “Yung patuloy na paglobo ng population every year ay talagang naging suliranin namin.

Pagpasok ng 2020, nagkaroon ng COVID. So naisip ko baka hindi na matuloy. Pero itong SM Foundation, walang pande-pandemya sa kanila. Talagang desidido silang matugunan yung pangangailangan sa classroom ng mga estudyante,” she added.

“Our salute to our longtime partner, SM Foundation and SM Prime, for being so generous and proactive in providing us with school buildings that are conducive to learning. We are so grateful for your extended support to our school amidst the pandemic,” Balbon concluded.

Through its School Building Program, the SM Foundation actively participates in DepEd’s Adopt-a-School initiative. By constructing classrooms across the country, this social good program seeks to promote high-quality public education.


Mona Gonzales, a P-Pop artist, exhibits international potential in her first song, “Always Remember”

Another P-Pop talent with enormous worldwide potential is about to be introduced by Sony Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp., the entertainment company behind the breakthrough of award-winning boyband SB19.

Novice Mona Gonzales is one of the industry’s newest crop of megastar aspirants, boasting more than 17 million followers on TikTok alone and a remarkable list of viral anime soundtracks.

The promising solo act marks her debut as a recording artist with “Always Remember,” an effervescent cut that champions the value of self-worth and preservation in an attempt to bravely face the world and conquer everything. Capturing the unabashedly colorful spirit of K-Pop and J-Pop with commanding confidence, Mona Gonzales aims to uplift listeners with her anthemic and captivating delivery—doing it like a seasoned pro.

“The way I personally describe it is something like a soft pop rock for me,” says the promising TikTok sensation turned P-Pop star. “The sound of electric guitar with a pop style beat is dominating through the whole song. The style is not really new, but the sound is unique in its own way. It’s a little different from the OPM that we’re used to. I think that makes it interesting.”

Produced by Oh Won Lee, an industry veteran who has helmed tracks by K-Pop icons Stray Kids, SHINee’s Taemin, and Wanna One, and the country’s very own SB19, “Always Remember” is an inspirational track that pushes the envelope of modern pop production with breezy, summer hooks and a minimalist instrumentation. The end product is a mesmerizing take on P-Pop, one that is creatively boundless and flows with so much effortlessness.

As Mona Gonzales puts it, “Pinoy Pop Music doesn’t really have a certain and specific style and sound. Most of us new artists want to be unique. That’s true for me, but I want to add a new flavor and variety along with the existing Pinoy pop music right now. And with every Pinoy music artists, we will prove that P-POP can expand. And then people will talk about how the Pinoy pop music has evolved, its potential and where it can go.”

A vibrant music video that figuratively depicts Mona Gonzales’ path as a budding artist is released along with the song’s release. Mona Gonzales dances, sings, bounces, and walks with the zest of someone ready to explore the world on her own terms in this video, which was filmed in several locations that highlight the stunning nature of the Philippines.

Always Rememberby Mona Gonzales is currently available on all digital music services in the world thanks to Sony Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp.,  here is the music video.


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On Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., stop by Central Park in the Greenfield District of Mandaluyong.

Take part in the fun! We have a ton of games for kids and kids at heart, as well as a cooking challenge, cooking demonstrations from our sponsors, learning sessions for anyone interested in starting their own home cooking or catering business, as well as raffles, prizes, and other surprises!

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Lifestyle, News

Kasama Ka Bukas: Student-first brand Bukas celebrates funding over half a billion in school fees for Filipino students

Motivated to accomplish more and venture beyond funding for schooling

Four years after beginning its mission to close the education gap in the nation, Bukas achieves a historic first by paying more than P500 million in tuition for Filipino students in the pursuit of a better future.

Funding The Future

The idea of ErudiFi’s parent firm Bukas, a tech-enabled school finance platform, was to give Filipino youth a better tomorrow by starting with accessible student loans. The student-first brand has assisted more than 15,000 students across 90 partner schools throughout its time of operation, demonstrating its constant year-over-year growth.

Having onboarded more partners this year including expansions in Bacolod and Zamboanga, Bukas broadens its reach to help more Filipino students. Partners in Metro Manila include De La Salle University, Centro Escolar University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Adamson University, Mapua University, National Teachers College, Our Lady of Fatima University, Far Eastern University and FEU Tech among others. In line with the vision of delivering inclusive and accessible education, Bukas is also partnered with schools outside the metro including Saint Louis University, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, PHINMA Education, and University of the Visayas, and is looking forward to growing this list soon.

The company’s growth also attests to the real demand for accessible education financing in the country. “Despite the pandemic the past 2 years, we’ve managed to continuously grow our portfolio. We’re confident that we can scale the business to help even more students continue their studies for a better tomorrow,” says Jon Robert Emlano, President of Bukas.

Angel Aquino, a nursing graduate of Universidad de Dagupan, expresses her thanks for Bukas’ help, “My school recommended Bukas to me. Thank you very much, Bukas, for the opportunity na binigay niyo sa isang tulad kong estudyanteng ina para po makapagtapos o mairaos ko ang aking pag-aaral. Dahil po sa inyo ay naipagpatuloy ko po nang maayos yung pag-aaral ko.”

Kasama Ka Bukas

A student’s journey can be quite a rollercoaster ride– gruelling projects, suspenseful grade reveals, nerve wracking presentations, and on top of it all is the pressure to do well. Surviving the student life requires a strong support system, and Bukas is determined to be part of that for many young Filipinos.

Going beyond providing tuition loans, Bukas launched its “Kasama Ka Bukas” campaign ( where students may expect help for their studies in more ways than one.

● Content. The Bukas Blog( offers a wide array of content from course, career, and financial literacy that can help students navigate through their journey.

● Advice. Tomaximize each student’s learning, Bukas works together with partner schools to mount online and offline events that will help students discover more about their passions, seek advice to guide them on their path, and discover new opportunities to help enrich their lives.

● Community. Joined by the same vision of achieving a brighter tomorrow through education, Bukas reinforces the importance of one’s support system. Uplifted by inspiring stories and shared experiences, students, through an exclusive community, can come together to create valuable connections.

With Bukas showing no signs of slowing down, the team is committed to improving the quality of education in the nation through education financing and other means while also making a bigger difference in the lives of its students and partner schools.

“Our goal next year is to be aggressive in covering more schools outside Metro Manila, providing better access to affordable financing across the country. We are also working on expanding our products and services to cater to more students and improve the user experience for the school admin and the students,” shares Emlano.

Beauty, Health and Wellness

Upgrade Your Defense With Cetaphil Ultra Protect

In order to promote the value of overall wellness, including healthy skin, Cetaphil celebrated the launch of Cetaphil Ultra Protect with the Level-Up Series.

This fitness activity took place at four different boutique fitness studios: Electric Studio to get your cardio fix, ONELIFE Private Studio to lengthen your body, Polecats to learn how to move with confidence, and now Rebel to lean in and find that source of inner power.

Present content producers and media professionals responded to each event with enthusiasm, especially those who had never participated in the selected activities previously. Cetaphil was able to offer a diversity of experiences since there were four different studios, each with a different set of exercises.

Cetaphil encouraged everyone to get fit in the name of holistic health, after which a full wash with Cetaphil Ultra Protect was encouraged because Cetaphil knows that the skin is the first line of defense against germs; hence it is necessary to make it as fit as the body.

Bodies were sweating in full force, muscles were pushed to the limit, and endorphins reached an all-time high, all in time to try Cetaphil Ultra Protect and to see the importance of having a clean, moisturized body.

Cetaphil Ultra Protect

Cetaphil Ultra Protect is a cleansing bar that combines the benefits of wider germ protection with gentle yet intense skin hydration.

There are no compromises with its 3D Derma-Mimic Technology that cleanses the skin at an antimicrobial level with a dermatological tried-and-tested formulation, which repairs the skin barrier’s defense against water loss.

It washes away 99.9% of germs and is specifically designed for frequent daily use, preventing and soothing skin irritation. The skin is now instantly protected and hydrated.

It’s more important than ever to #BeUltraProtected with Cetaphil Ultra Protect since the holidays are drawing near and it’s time to visit friends and family once more.

The new Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is offered through the authorized Lazada and Shopee stores for Cetaphil Philippines. Additionally, countrywide supermarkets, Watsons shops, and Mercury Drug carry Cetaphil products.



After months of arduous training, the RP Blu Boys face TEAM USA on November 26 at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand, to start their quest for World Cup success.

The Men’s National Softball Team of the Philippines, who qualified for the World Championship by placing second in the Asia Qualifiers, is grouped in Group A with other very competitive teams including Argentina, the United States, Cuba, the Czech Republic, and the host nation, New Zealand.

“Our RP Blu Boys’ confidence is on a high.  They have been doing well in practice and in tune-up games and we hope to translate those to good performances in the upcoming games.  It will be a tall order but we’re gunning for a win or 2 against the very strong teams in our bracket”, said ASAPHIL President Jean Henri Lhuillier.”

“Our men are prepared. We are all eager to compete, and the preparations have gone well. Jasper Cabrera, head coach of the RP Blu Boys, said, “We don’t want to make any guarantees other than to give every game and every inning our best effort in the hopes that we may pull off some victories.”

The WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup is scheduled to take place in Auckland, New Zealand, from November 26 to December 4. Japan, Canada, Venezuela, Denmark, and other strong teams from participating nations make up Bracket B.


Chevron provides Barangay Danglayan in San Pascual, Batangas with CCTV cameras

In San Pascual, Batangas, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), the marketers of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, recently held a signing ceremony for their contribution deed. Chevron provided CCTV cameras to improve security and safety measures for Barangay Danglayan inhabitants.

Chevron is dedicated to raising safety awareness in the neighborhood where we operate. According to Raissa Bautista, Senior Corporate Affairs Advisor of Chevron Philippines Inc., “We realize how vital and valuable this donation will be to the barangay as this would enable them monitor the safety and improve the security of the residents of Danglayan.”

“We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Chevron for donating these CCTV cameras to our barangay. This would help us a lot in preventing unlawful acts and to keep monitoring the safety of our people,” said Hon. Rodolfo Contreras, Barangay Chairman of Danglayan.

In San Pascual, Batangas, Chevron has been actively involved in social investment initiatives in the fields of safety education, free livelihood training, traffic safety, and environmental preservation.

Lifestyle, News

Eskwelang Unstoppable Awards Honor School Work hard To keep Facilities Clean for Students

The Department of Education (DepEd) has recognized schools and divisions from all around the nation for their excellent endeavor to maintain adequate sanitation through its partnership with Unilever Philippines and germ-killing specialist Domex.

Two school divisions and five schools were honored with Eskwelang Unstoppable Awards during a ceremony held on November 15 at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.

Based on the data obtained from the DepEd’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) monitoring report for school year 2021-2022. the City of Navotas won as Best School Division, garnering the highest score on select sanitation indicators in DepEd’s WinS monitoring. Bislig City of CARAGA Region won as Most Improved School Division, showing the highest change in the total score for the same sanitation indicators across 2 school years. Bangkulasi Elementary School, Dagat-Dagatan Elementary School, Navotas Elementary School, Filemon T. Lizan Senior High School and Bangkulasi Senior High School were awarded from the winning Best School Division as Best SDO-Model Schools as they showed exemplary practice in keeping their schools clean and germ-free.  

“This is an important partnership for Unilever and we’re very much honored because this initiative has helped our schools become a safer and better avenue for the youth to develop a clean school environment,” says Unilever Communications and Corporate Affairs Head Ed Sunico says in a statement. “We hope to get everyone’s help throughout the year and in more to come so that we can maintain this standard across all schools nationwide.”  

DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs and Partnerships Gerard Chan highlighted the challenges faced by the public throughout the ongoing school year, and how key partners like Unilever and Domex have helped the government implement the Comprehensive WinS Program. The program aims to provide clean water, usable and clean toilets, and proper hygiene practice in schools which are essential to achieving learning outcomes and are integral to keeping learners safe and healthy. 

“We at the Department of Education recognize everyone’s concern over the health and safety of our learners within and beyond the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As learning shifted from classrooms to homes in the last 2 years, we have witnessed the entire school community, including all partners and stakeholders, come together to support our learners as they continue engaging in distance learning. And now, as we transition to 100% in-person learning, we are fortunate to have the unwavering support of our partners amidst this unprecedented time,” shares the Undersecretary.  

Immanuel Gebhardt, Country Director for the Philippines for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German government’s development agency that oversees international development cooperation for sustainable development, attended the event as well. He expressed the organization’s commitment to assist in providing local schools with supportive tools for proper sanitation with a focus on the operation and maintenance of sanitation facilities.

Unilever and Domex Brand Manager Regina Ocampo closed the event and expressed gratitude for the partnership between Unilever, Domex, DepEd, and GIZ. “We are whole-heartedly grateful that despite current challenges, we are still able to make this partnership thrive and continue to serve Filipino schools nationwide so that every student will have access to a clean school, especially usable and clean toilets, to help them become the future of this country,” says Ocampo. 

The Eskwelang Unstoppable Awards was done ahead of World Toilet Day on November 19, which aims to raise awareness for the 3.6 billion people around the globe who do not have access to safely managed sanitation.