In order to increase the home loan options available to its
present and potential customers in Davao, Sterling Bank of Asia inked a
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Santos Land Development Corporation (SLDC).
The official cooperation between SBA and SLDC was established at the MOA
signing at The Ivory Residences.
The deal was negotiated by the Chairman of SLDC, Ms. Nora
Morada, and the Chief Finance Officer of SLDC, Ms. Maria Lourdes Estanislao,
along with SBA’s First Vice President for Vismin Consumer Lending, Ms. Leila
Amante, and Senior Vice President for Consumer Lending Group, Ms. Mary Rose
“We are excited about the recent expansion of partnerships
in the Davao region,” said Ms. Amante. “ This partnership with
SLDC will allow SBA to offer our current and future clients more home ownership
options,” she added.
The Ivory Residences is the most recent addition to Sterling
Bank of Asia’s current selection of home loans offered for SLDC properties. The
18-story residential condominium is a great option for local professionals,
businesspeople, and tourists because it is close to shopping centers, hospitals,
schools, and government buildings. A small number of individual homes on the
land have some of Davao City’s largest floor designs.
Visit the nearby
Sterling Bank of Asia branches or go to www.sterlingbankasia.com for further offers and details on
One of the top thrift banks in the nation, Sterling Bank of
Asia (SBA), joins forces with Damosa Land Inc. (DLI), a company in the ANFLO
Group of Companies, to finance buyers of the company’s houses and condos who
have good credit.
happy to partner with the leading and one of the region’s trusted developers,
Damosa Land Inc.,” said Leila Amante, SBA’s First Vice President for Vismin
Consumer Lending. “We are in one goal with DLI in giving access to eco-friendly
housing and support uplifting the lives of our fellow Davaoeños,” Ms. Amante added.
For the Ameria and Seawind Condominium complexes, Sterling
Bank of Asia will, in accordance with the MOA, offer home loans to eligible
customers through its retail mortgage financing program.
“At Damosa Land, we have always wanted to give our clients as
many options for financing assistance as possible. So we welcome this recent
move as an opportunity to help them get their dream home with us,” said Ricardo
F. Lagdameo, President of Damosa Land Inc.
The first elite subdivision in Davao del Norte, the DLI
Ameria project is an award-winning development. In addition to its advantageous
location, it has generous lot sizes and open areas, which inspire potential
inhabitants to start farming in their backyards. However, for young families or
single professionals who enjoy waking up to a resort-like setting in the center
of Davao City’s next boom area, Seawind Condominium is the ideal choice. It features
one of the most open living spaces on the real estate market and provides an
amazing view of the Davao Gulf.
“We are looking forward
to making more strategic partnerships and extending easily accessible,
value-adding loan services in the region,” said Ms. Amante.
Visit the local SBA
branch in your area or go to www.sterlingbankasia.com to learn more about the most
recent products and services offered by Sterling Bank of Asia.
By endorsing the 59th Binibining Pilipinas
beauty pageant, scheduled for May 28, 2023 at the New Frontier Theater,
BingoPlus once more reaffirmed its commitment to supporting projects and
endeavors that highlight Filipino culture, Filipino pastimes, and Filipino
The first live-streaming bingo in the
Philippines is the competition’s presenter, and by including viewers and
pageant enthusiasts in the voting process, they have increased the contest’s
excitement. The public can vote for their favorite candidates on a voting page
that BingoPlus has set up on its official website. The candidate who receives
the most votes will immediately go up to the Top 12 of Binibining Pilipinas
2023 and win a P100,000 cash reward from BingoPlus.
Forty lovely ladies from all over the
country will vie for the four prestigious titles of Binibining Pilipinas
International, Binibining Pilipinas Grand and Binibining Pilipinas Globe at the
All that beauty contest fans have to
do is register and log in on the BingoPlus website (www.bingoplus.com) and cast their votes. When they do, they get the chance to win
BingoPlus credits and tickets to witness the Binibining Pilipinas coronation
night live. The more votes cast, the more chances of winning in the lucky draw.
Voting started April 29 and will run through May 26. Lucky draw winners will be
announced every Friday up to May 28.
The Binibining Pilipinas candidates
recently visited and toured the newly built and biggest studio of BingoPlus in
Quezon City where many of the grand, star-studded BingoPlus Nights are held.
The lovely ladies gave a glimpse of what audiences can expect on finals night
by putting on a mini show, introducing themselves per province, greeting
audiences via livestream and inviting them to cast their votes for their
candidates on the BingoPlus website.
Since its debut in January 2022, BingoPlus
has been fervently promoting businesses and initiatives that share its goal of
giving Filipinos access to high-quality entertainment. In addition to
aggressively promoting Filipino festivities including Sinulog in Cebu,
Dinagyang and Pintados de Pasi in Iloilo, and MassKara in Bacolod, BingoPlus
served as the presenter of Ms. Philippines Earth 2022. Along with sporting
leagues, teams, and special events, BingoPlus is a fervent supporter of musical
performances and concerts.
“BingoPlus will continue
to support activities that showcase our Filipino tradition and culture. As a
promoter of leisure and quality entertainment, we will be part of many more
initiatives that express our Pinoy love of merriment and recreation,” said Jasper
Vicencio, AB Leisure Exponent, Inc. President, the company that introduced the
In furtherance of its goal to improve farmers’
agricultural and entrepreneurial abilities, SM Foundation, Inc. The Kabalikat
sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) was recently
introduced by the organization in several Calabarzon locales.
The initiative was first introduced on April
13, 2023, in Padre Garcia, Batangas, and has since been expanded to Silang,
Cavite, Batangas City, San Pablo, Laguna, and Calamba City. In order to assist
other recipients in improving their families and communities, SMFI is also
planning to offer free agri-skills training to local farmers in other areas of
The local farmer-beneficiaries
will undergo a two-phased program, spearheaded by its partner school Moca
Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc.
The said program kicked
off with an immersive 14-week training program, designed to equip participants
with essential skills and knowledge in agriculture. The modular training
curriculum covers topics on the latest agri-technology updates, capacity
building, financial literacy, product development, and market opportunities.
Through these comprehensive modules, KSK-SAP aims to empower and enhance
farmers’ agricultural practices and explore avenues for sustainable growth.
As a highlight of the program’s first phase, KSK-SAP farmers will join the SM Sunday Market, a collaborative initiative between SM Foundation and SM Supermalls. This platform offers trainees a valuable opportunity to showcase their agricultural produce and gain firsthand experience in institutional selling. Through this market opportunity, participants can not only generate income but also cultivate their expertise and experience in the sales and marketing aspects of their agri-businesses.
To prepare for the second phase of the program, SMFI will also assist the farmers in formalizing their respective groups. To boost their earning capactiy and contribution to economic growth, the foundation will support them in creating a sustainable and profitable farming community through the assistance of its partner agencies.
Henry “Tatang” Sy Sr., the creator
of SMFI, had a goal for KSK-SAP to be a sustainable effort that would improve
the farming abilities, food security, and livelihood knowledge of low-income
Filipino farmers. The program has grown over time into a thorough training
program that creates chances for skill development, employment, and
More than 28,000 marginalized farmers from
rural and urban areas around the nation have benefited from KSK-SAP since its
founding in 2007, enhancing their capacity for farming and entrepreneurship.
Some program graduates have consequently evolved into seasonal vendors for the
SM group and other neighborhood markets.
KSK-SAP is carried out by the SM Foundation in
collaboration with partner agricultural schools, SM Supermalls, TESDA, DA,
DSWD, DOST, DTI, and DOT.
Three international award-giving organizations have
recognized SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the top integrated
property developers in Southeast Asia, for excellence in transparent
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting for its 2021 Annual
Integrated Report titled “Together, We Rise.”
Even before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in
the Philippines made sustainability reporting mandatory, SM began publishing
its sustainability reports in 2013. By alerting investors and other
stakeholders on its ESG performance and impacts, decision-making procedures,
and competitive positioning value in the industry, SM Prime further encourages
transparency and accountability.
“We are honored to receive these awards as a recognition of
our commitment to provide transparent reporting in our sustainable practices.
We value all our stakeholders, and we strive to enrich the quality of life of
the Filipino people,” SM Prime President Mr. Jeffrey Lim said.
At the summit of
international recognitions, SM Prime bagged accolades from the biggest and most
coveted awards competition in the business world called Stevie® Awards. The
Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes business innovation across the entire
Asia-Pacific region, whereas IBAs is one of the first and most highly
anticipated awards programs of the Stevie Awards that features a wide variety
of categories relevant to every facet of the workplace that is open to all
kinds and sizes of organizations globally. SM Prime was awarded the Bronze
Stevie® Winner at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards program and Silver
Stevie® Winner in the 2022 International Business Awards (IBAs).
Additionally, the business received a Silver Rank in the
National Center for Sustainability Reporting’s (NCSR) 2022 Asia Sustainability
Reporting Rating (ASRRAT), a ranking system for sustainability reports. The GRI
Standards compliance, GHG disclosure transparency, alignment with and support
of the UN SDGs are just a few of the criteria used in the ASRRAT rating system.
The awards and recognition from other countries are proof of
SM Prime’s active engagement in promoting sustainability throughout its
activities. SM Prime continues to be a driving force behind economic growth by
creating sustainable lifestyle cities that improve the quality of life for
millions of people.
SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), in collaboration
with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), and the Department of Education (DepEd),
has recently worked to construct two new school buildings in Laguna and
Batangas, as part of its commitment to helping upgrade the country’s education
Two two-story four-classroom school buildings
will be donated to the Laguna Resettlement Community School in San Pedro City,
Laguna, and the San Antonio Elementary School in Sto. Tomas City is located in
To ensure that children, particularly from
low-income neighborhoods, have access to contemporary, secure, and conducive
learning environments, each of the school buildings is planned to be furnished
with instructional materials, chairs, handwashing facilities, emergency
equipment, and PWD-friendly amenities.
At the signing of the memorandum of
understanding on April 28, 2023, at the National Educators Academy of the
Philippines (NEAP) in Malvar, Batangas, representatives from the SMFI, DepEd,
and the local government units of the aforementioned provinces formalized the
Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd in various
educational programs. This social good initiative aims to
promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it
has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities.
Rex Education presented their “Bawat Paaralan Edukampyon
(BPE) Continuum” for bolstering drug-abuse prevention at the recent United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Conference at Novotel Manila, Quezon
The UNODC Conference brought together organizations,
decision-makers, and those who administer preventative programs for discussions
on how to deal with the nation’s drug-related issues. UNODC urged people and
organizations to contribute drug-abuse prevention strategies that are
health-centered and focused on family intervention under the topic
“Prevention Digest: Strengthening the prevention strategy and family-based
initiatives in the Philippines”. The healthcare system, evidence-based
initiatives, and Philippine family-centered intervention experiences were all
on the table.
the 3rd day of the event, REX was among the government and non-government
organizations who shared their experiences with prevention programming, as well
as the impact and influence of these initiatives.
Taking a whole school approach to reform initiatives
officially launched during the January 2021 Annual Educators’ Congress, where
400 private and public schools expressed interest and intent in pilot
implementing the framework.
March 2021, pilot implementation for BPE began with 13 schools completing one
implementation cycle. These schools were Marantha Christian Academy, St. Edward
School, Canossa Academy Calamba, Ednas School, Cherished Moments School,
Colegio de Santa Rita de San Carlos, Inc., Cabulay High School, San Andres
Elementary School, Divisoria High School, Rosario National High School, Sagana
National High School, Patul National High School, and Sinili Integrated School.
gave life to the portmanteau ‘Edukampyon’, a combination of the words edukasyon (education)
and kampyon (champion) to mean champions of education. The BPE
program is grounded in the Edukampyon advocacy: To engage duty-bearers and
build their capacities for respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the right to
to BEDP 2030, REX advocates a whole school approach that entails the
collaboration of all members in a school community. The whole school approach
recognizes that the informal curriculum is just as valuable as the formal one,
highlighting the importance of providing learners with inclusive and safe
environments beyond the classroom. This framework is meant to advance agendas
on global education and reform initiatives such as health awareness,
eradication of violence, and drug-abuse prevention.
whole school approach also comes into play in promoting the six facets of the
Filipino whole learner. REX has identified various indicators that should
ensure a Filipino learner is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged, and
values-oriented. Across these indicators, there is a common theme that
encourages school culture and leadership to promote learners’ physical and
mental health, implement policies relevant to civic participation, and equip
students with the essential competencies for lifelong learning. Families and
communities are recognized as a major part of this advocacy, as the success of
a child’s education largely relies on the effective collaboration of
stakeholders advocating every learner’s well-being.
Bawat Paaralan Edukampyon in support of UNODC standards
on the standards of UNODC, drug-abuse prevention is a significant motivator for
children, young adults, and adults to contribute positively in their families,
schools, workplace, and communities. Drug-abuse prevention at the school level
focuses on the health and safety of children and youth, in a bid to encourage
self-actualization that can lead to the realization of their full potential,
prompting them to become productive members of society.
has found that developing a student’s personal and social skills can prevent
drug use and alcohol abuse. For children aged 10 and below, programs centered
on improving resistance skills and self-control have been shown to reduce
general problem behaviors in and out of the classroom. Several other factors
can also influence discouragement of substance abuse, such as students’
academic performance, commitment to school, and social opportunities.
achieve these benchmarks, REX designed BPE as a three-tier implementation
framework that will allow schools to conduct systematic assessments of their
progress in the UNODC’s domains. BPE encourages schools to work with their
stakeholders, students, parents, and community members in the planning and
implementation of activities and interventions that are relevant to UNODC’s
Bawat Paaralan Edukampyon as an exemplary
school-community-family program for drug-abuse prevention
BPE’s pilot implementation allowed learners to learn about drug-abuse
prevention through the collaborative efforts of their teachers, administrators,
parents, and other stakeholders. In particular, parents reported feeling more
engaged and knowledgeable of their children’s school activities and priorities
after participating in the BPE process.
The participating schools demonstrated high levels of
involvement and support, demonstrating their understanding of the BPE framework.
REX wants to use this assistance to improve BPE advocacy, communications, and
educational programs for additional schools across the country.
By doing this, REX was able to supplement UNODC’s guidelines for
preventing drug use. The three pillars that supported the success of BPE’s
first launch—valuing partnerships, highlighting the significance of successful
parenting, and disseminating evidence-based preventative strategies—proved to
be key. In an effort to make children and youth more resistant to drug use and
to make a larger impact on BPE, REX is devoted to doing so.
Summertime is a time for outdoor
activities. Due to the heat, more Filipinos are taking advantage of the
beautiful outdoors to relax with friends or pick up new hobbies and sports. But
in the blazing heat, the body loses more than just water because essential
minerals needed to maintain fundamental functions are depleted more quickly
Health professionals and medical journals
caution that summertime increases the risk of dehydration. If dehydration is
not treated right away, the consequences could be permanent and call for
lifelong care. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) urges everyone
to drink enough water and to monitor their sugar intake throughout the dry
Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in
the country, supports this call by encouraging Filipinos to fight dehydration while
staying fit and active with Gatorade No Sugar. This electrolyte drink helps
recover the body’s lost minerals without the unnecessary calories from sugar.
Electrolytes are key to one’s physical performance and
overall well-being, as they help balance the amount of water and nutrients in
the body. They regulate nervous, motor, and cardiovascular functions so that
mind and body perform as they should.
lose more than water when we sweat, and we must take the necessary steps to
continue nourishing our bodies to keep healthy. Gatorade No Sugar is packed
with electrolytes and essential nutrients to replenish our bodies’ supply
especially during the humid Philippine summer,” said PCPPI president
and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.
More Filipinos will be able to enjoy being
active this summer without jeopardizing their health thanks to Gatorade No
Sugar. It is offered in top supermarkets, medicine stores, and convenience
stores around the country.
In addition to producing and distributing
popular brands like Gatorade, PCPPI also produces and sells Pepsi-Cola,
Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Sting, Tropicana, Lipton Iced Tea, Milkis,
Chum Churum Soonhari, and Premier Purified Water. Visit www.pepsiphilippines.com for more details on PCPPI and its
Vermosa Estate’s entertaining and
nutritious Green Run will return on June 25 in response to persistent popular
demand, this time with more goodies and surprises for both serious and casual
runners. “We’re Back And Greener Than Ever” is the theme for this year.
The Run encourages a healthy, active
lifestyle while celebrating the splendor of nature. This year, it’s even more
enjoyable because dog owners can now run alongside their four-legged children,
furry pals, and family members, providing them all a wonderful opportunity to
connect, get in shape, and have a memorable experience.
Vermosa Green Run 2023 will also feature
four more running competitions for runners of all fitness levels in addition to
the 1KM Dog Run. Athletes of all levels can pick from the 21K, 10K, 5K, 3K, or
1K Dog Run at Vermosa, including competitive athletes, athletes in training,
weekend runners, fun runners, fitness enthusiasts, family, and friends. At this
year’s Green Run, athletes, dog owners, and celebrities are all expected to participate.
its success in 2022, Green Run is organized and brought to life by Pinoy
Fitness, a running, fitness and multisport event organizer. Proceeds of the Run
will go to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program, to build a greener
tomorrow. Moreover, runnersand guests can help protect the
environment by recycling their plastic bottles at the Sun Life ReCycle PH
machine on-site. Every bottle donated can earn participants points which can
then be exchanged for prizes.
Run’s official non-life insurance partner, FPG Insurance, will also provide
free group personal accident insurance to runners who register for the race.
“One of the major enticements to run The
Green Run is the breathtaking scenery and the abundant foliage throughout the
750-hectare property. Running in a green, wide open environment is extra
motivating and beneficial to physical and mental health,” says
Monch Henares, award-winning journalist and motoring/travel blogger.
“Open spaces, wide pedestrian walkways,
bicycle and jogging lanes that wind through Vernosa make the running both
memorable and inspiring,” says Arabelle Jimenez, lifestyle blogger,
travel writer and swimming coach who regularly runs in Vermosa for fitness and
Vermosa Sports Hub General Manager Lani Tan, a sports and fitness enthusiast
herself, said holding The Green Run yearly is part of Vermosa’s long-term plan because
the Estates actively promotes sports and an active, healthy lifestyle.
“Our Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a
state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility that has a
FINA-standard Olympic size pool, a warm-up pool, an IAAF-standard 400m track
oval, a football pitch, athletes’ lounge and a Sante Fitness Lab, all speak
about our commitment to fitness, health and overall wellness as well as the development
of Philippine sports,” Tan said.
Project Development Manager Moses John Aragones, says “Last year, we encouraged people to re-enjoy the outdoors after years
of being cooped up at home due to the pandemic. This year, we want to build on
that newfound appreciation by inviting people to develop a habit for fitness
and wellness. Physical activities like running really boost our immune system
by providing more refreshing experiences that reduce stress. The abundance of
wide-open spaces and state-of-the-art sports facilities at the Sports Hub, make
The Green Run a once-a-year activity to look forward to as a mental and
physical health booster.”
This year, Merrell Shoes, Milo, Fitbar, and
Pocari Sweat all support The Green Run.
Those who are interested in participating
in The Green Run can sign up at Toby’s or Runnr stores or online at ayalaland.myruntime.com.
NegoSentro Media has named veteran automotive
industry specialist Mark Saberola as the new Editor-in-Chief for
its Auto &
Tech website, which is an exciting move for the Auto & Tech
sector. Additionally, they are launching a brand-new video podcast series in
which Saberola will play the role of “Kuya Mark”
Saberola, widely known as “The Talyer Mentor,” brings a remarkable
depth of knowledge in the automobile industry to his new position at NegoSentro
& Tech platform. Saberola’s professional history displays a
distinctive blend of practical expertise and leadership skills, starting with
his early years at Ford Motor Company and ending with the establishment of the
Auto Service franchise. His technological business, AutoServed,
which showcases his extensive understanding of innovation and technology within
the automotive industry, serves to further support his credentials. The
different perspectives and experiences of Saberola are expected to
significantly enhance the Auto & Tech platform of NegoSentro Media.
The podcast will include insightful
discussions with figures from the auto and IT industries as well as other
relevant fields. The mission of Saberola is to build a platform for many
viewpoints while fostering innovation, business knowledge, and motivational
The Kuya Mark video
podcast will be a highlight of Saberola’s role at NegoSentro. The twice-monthly
podcast will cover a broad spectrum of topics, from insider insights into the
auto industry to discussions on tech innovations and beyond. Each episode,
lasting approximately 8-10 minutes, will feature Saberola’s engaging style and
in-depth knowledge, making it a must-watch for enthusiasts and professionals
Nievera, NegoSentro’s Chief Digipreneur, said, “Mark is the perfect choice for me. Besides being a co-alumnus at the
Asian Institute of Management, his years of balanced experience in the motoring
industry are commendable. We are thrilled to have Mark spearhead this new
initiative. His knack for engaging storytelling, will make ‘Kuya Mark’ a
standout addition to our lineup of digital content.”
his excitement about this new venture: “I’m
thrilled to join NegoSentro
Media and launch the Kuya Mark podcast. It’s a fantastic platform to
share insights, engage with our audience, and discuss anything and everything
about cars and the tech space.”
“We have been searching for a year now for an EIC for our
motoring niche, and Mark is a perfect fit. As someone who’s well-versed in both
motoring and tech, he will drive the publication to new heights,” adds Nievera.
The selection of Saberola by NegoSentro Media
and the debut of the Kuya Mark podcast are smart moves to improve their Auto & Tech
content, providing a novel and interesting viewpoint to their audience. Keep an
eye out for Kuya Mark’s video podcast, which promises a special mix of
knowledge, inspiration, and entertainment in its debut episode.
is a leading digital platform dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and
providing resources for business growth and development. With a strong
commitment to fostering innovation, Negosentro Media offers relevant news,
articles, and insights across various industries, including automotive and
technology. Visit www.negosentro.com for more details.
Kuya Mark, also
known as Mark Saberola, is a seasoned automotive industry professional who
recently joined Negosentro Media as the Editor-in-Chief for their Auto &
Tech website. Beyond his editorial role, Mark also serves as the General
Manager and Franchisor at ValuePlus Auto Services, the founder of AutoServed,
and the inspirational figure behind Talyer Mentor. Known for his unique blend
of practical experience and leadership skills, Kuya Mark shares his knowledge
and passion for cars and technology through engaging content, including his
innovative video podcast series. As a mentor and subject matter expert, Kuya
Mark is dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses succeed in
the dynamic world of automotive and technology. Visit www.talyermentor.com and www.autoandtech.com for more details.