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Marikina St. Vincent’s Official Launch is Announced by Smile Train Comprehensive Cleft Care Center at General Hospital

Standing from left: Mercedes Litan, HMO/Philhealth Staff; Charlie Bacerra, Nurse; PS Ramos, Patient Coordinator/Nurse; Dr. Edmund Mercado, Chief of Clinics and Head of Surgery, Marikina St. Vincent’s General Hospital; Jun Grimares, Program Director, Smile Train Philippines; Giorgia Danga, Speech Language Pathologist; Van Davidon, Communications Manager for Southeast Asia, Smile Train; Dr. Chrys Marquez, Orthodontist. Seated from left: Tompet Lolarga, Program Manager, Smile Train Philippines; Bettina Mercado, Smile Train Student Ambassador; Dr. Jenny Deoduco-Mercado, Program Coordinator for Smile Train, Marikina St. Vincent’s General Hospital; Dr. Emmanuel Bueno, Medical Director, Marikina St. Vincent’s General Hospital; Dr. Jocelyn Rivera, Pediatrician Consultant
As the hospital formally opens its Smile Train Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) center, Smile Train and the Marikina St. Vincent General Hospital renew their commitment to offering the community safe and high-quality cleft treatment as they commemorate their 12-year partnership in improving the lives of those born with clefts.

For adults and kids born with a cleft lip and/or palate, access to safe, effective, and timely treatment is improved thanks to Smile Train’s sustainable strategy of collaboration with regional hospitals and medical professionals. The Marikina St. Vincent General Hospital provides free cleft surgery, orthodontic and dental care, and speech therapy, like many of its CCC partners. Visit to learn more about Smile Train’s global initiatives and to make a donation.

In the Philippines, where more than 5,000 babies are born with a cleft palate every year, access to various cleft-related treatments remains vital. Thus, individuals living in Marikina, Rizal, and nearby provinces who are unable to afford cleft care will continue to benefit from these services, which are essential components of effective and impactful cleft treatment. Families who learn of the high-quality treatment at the center travel from all over the country to receive care in the hospital.

“It has been 12 years since we partnered with Smile Train to provide free treatment and care for individuals with cleft and their families. Being able to offer comprehensive cleft care strengthens our resolve to provide life-changing treatment for the cleft community all-year round and in the future,” says Dr. Jenny Deoduco-Mercado, Program Coordinator for Smile Train at Marikina St. Vincent’s General Hospital.

Aside from Marikina St. Vincent General Hospital, Smile Train offers comprehensive cleft care through partners such as the Philippine Band of Mercy, Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, San Fernandino Hospital in Pampanga, Mabuhay Deseret Foundation in ARC Hospital in Cebu, and Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao. Through the help of its partners, Smile Train has been able to support more than 68,000 cleft surgeries in the Philippines.

“To date, our partnership with Marikina St. Vincent General Hospital has helped thousands of Filipinos in need of comprehensive cleft care, performing over 4,900 life-changing surgeries. As the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, it is our vision to partner with more local hospitals and make cleft care more accessible for Filipinos all-year round,” said Jun Grimares, Program Director, Smile Train Philippines.

Visit to find out more about the local programs offered by Smile Train in the Philippines and to suggest a patient who needs aid. Like Smile Train Philippines on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines and follow us on Instagram at @SmileTrainPh


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Hamilo Coast: preserving nature for at least the next 15 years and beyond

Climate change cannot be stopped at the current rate at which people practice sustainability. If everyone is, so to speak, “cast in the same mold,” environmentally conscious efforts will only produce noticeable benefits, whether they involve using fewer disposable things or saving more energy. The government and big organizations, including multinationals, are in charge of high-impact worldwide sustainable development.

An early adopter of sustainable practices, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., one of Southeast Asia’s largest integrated property developers, recognized the importance of this role. This upscale beachside development in Nasugbu, Batangas, creates a real connection with nature thanks to SM Prime’s Costa Del Hamilo Inc., a pioneer in the leisure resort sector and the brains behind Hamilo Coast. With a focus on sustainable development, Hamilo Coast, which is celebrating its quincentennial year, looks back at its landmarks and accomplishments.

“Sustainability has been at the forefront of our vision in providing a resort lifestyle. We strive to practice both environmental and social sustainability in our operations through our partners and commnunities,” Franklin M. Bolalin, Assistant Vice President for Hamilo Estate Management, said.

Disaster risk reduction

Every year, the country deals with an average of 19 typhoons, with some often resulting  in damages to properties and loss of life.  Coastal defenses such as seawalls and breakwater structures are often implemented to resist storm surges. In the case of Hamilo Coast, mangrove trees are the key.

Hamilo Coast’s 100,000 square-meter or equivalent to 10 hectares mangrove belt is one of the largest mangrove areas in the municipality. The sustainable beach resort town has since planted 50,000 mangrove propagules, protected hand-in-hand with the conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.

Biodiversity conservation

Apart from disaster mitigation, mangrove trees also benefit the climate by absorbing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon dioxide. This capacity nurtures the ecosystem and biodiversity in the area, providing habitat for a wide array of species.

Hamilo is home to rich marine life and abundant flora and fauna.  Its conservation programs and various sustainability initiatives have nurtured and conserved its precious biodiversity.  There are about 96 various bird species found at the estate. Among these bird species are the rough-crested Malkoha and the Philippine eagle-owl.

From growing local plants to conducting regular coastal clean-up drives, coastal resource conservation initiatives are active in Hamilo Coast. With the help of WWF, they can increase their fisheries’ biological capacity and monitor their Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)—the Pico de Loro, Etayo and Santelmo coves which are among the three MPAs for Costa Del Hamilo’s Sustainable Development Project.  Hamilo has been working with WWF since 2007 monitoring the health and viability of Hamilo Coast area.

In recognition of its conservation efforts, Hamilo Coast was cited by the World Wide Fund for Nature as its longest Sustainability Partner in 2020.

“Over the years, our partnership with SM significantly contributed to the impact we are making in our work in Hamilo Coast. From liquid waste and coral monitoring, to our present work on integrated waste management and food sheds, we hope that this continuing partnership would help us realize our vision of making Hamilo a holistic model of sustainability”, says Katherine Custodio, WWF-Philippines’ Executive Director.

Green buildings development

The path towards a sustainable future is paved with many interventions, including zero waste, dematerialization, zero emissions and resource efficiency practices. For its part, Hamilo Coast makes its intention to be a premiere sustainability community possible by making sure its buildings are designed with the environment in mind.

Some of the estate’s facilities are powered by alternative sources of energy. For example, its lamp posts use solar power more than traditional ones to function. Natural lighting and ventilation are also noticeable in some of its residential areas, which benefits the environment as well as its tenants. Additionally, Hamilo Coast implements a solid waste management plan that consists of recovery of materials and vermicomposting, among others.

Sustainable living

At Hamilo Coast’s core is how a distinct beachfront home can harmonize with its surrounding environment. As people crave for a more relaxed environment, closer to nature and the outdoors amid a work-from-home setup pushed by the ongoing pandemic, Hamilo homes give access to invigorating landscapes, coves to explore and the calming sea.

After fifteen years, Hamilo Coast has outgrown its status as a weekend getaway. For those wishing to live on the coast in a sustainable community, it is now one of the greatest settlement possibilities.




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In San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, RHC Builders Warehouse opens its 6th branch

RHC Builders Warehouse President Jed T. Racal ( 5th from Left ) and Corporate Secretary Jad T. Racal ( 4th from Left ) together with the VIPS during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newest branch of RHC Builders in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan today, June 18, 2022.

In San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, RHC Builders Warehouse, one of Luzon’s most notable one-stop building and construction stores, has opened its 6th and newest branch. The Racal Group of Companies’ newest addition to the rising number of RHC Builders Warehouse in Luzon is also the home of several of its trademarks. RHC Builders Warehouse strives to assist not only its corporate clients, but also the local community.

Staying true to its tagline “You Build, We Provide,” RHC Builders Warehouse ensures that its one-stop-shop will provide its consumers with brands from both local and international markets.

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BPI SEAL assists micro and small businesses to achieve long-term success

BPI Foundation extends opportunities to micro and small enterprises through its new program, SEAL-SEGA.

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

BPI SEAL-SEGA is a search for start-up companies that are ready to expand their enterprises. This programme aims to satisfy the needs of new firms by providing training, mentoring, and cash grants. The training program is designed to assist entrepreneurs in evaluating their products, services, operations, and marketing, as well as formulating their start-up firm development plan. I’m so fortunate to be able to learn from this webinar many things regarding these SMEs and how BPI is able to help them. It was indeed a great experience acquiring knowledge from them as they were able to share their knowledge with us.

Taken during the zoom meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fifty (50) MSEs will be chosen to attend the boot camps and present their plans to a panel of judges in a business pitch. The Top 1–10 will each earn a P100,000 cash prize, while the Top 11–20 will each receive Php50,000. The business challenge is available to 18-year-old and older start-up entrepreneurs with a total asset value of less than Php1 million. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2022.

Visit and follow BPI Foundation on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about SEAL.


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Collaboration is essential for the development of long-term agricultural enterprises

KSK Farmers’ Market Day at SM City Sta. Rosa

Market access and limited market information are two main roadblocks to enhanced smallholder farmer income. Farmers in grassroot communities, according to studies, frequently lack access to viable, value-added marketplaces. Farmers struggle to shift their traditional subsistence farms into viable commercially focused production in the absence of crucial supporting activities such as infrastructure and service supply. Buyers, such as wholesalers, have a hard time getting the quantity and quality of produce they want for processing on a timely basis.

Because of this challenge, SM Foundation collaborated with various government agencies, and engaged various SM business units such as the SM Development Corp. (SMDC), SM Supermalls and SM Markets to ensure that local farmers under the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program have venues where they can sell their produce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SMDC Weekend Market

KSK Pop-up booths in Davao

SMFI, in partnership with other SM business units, exploited the power of collaboration to create farm-market connectivity – a major driver of rural poverty reduction.

Team social good

The Good Guys Market links KSK farmers to consumers while ensuring food security in SMDC communities.

The Good Guys Market is a weekend market set up in SMDC properties to connect small-scale farmers directly with consumers—condo residents. This initiative links around 26,000 small-scale farmers directly with consumers.

Together with SM Supermalls, SMFI launched the Green Lane initiative. Led by the wives of the KSK farmers, the social enterprise offers a wide variety of quality yet affordable indoor and landscape plants which cater to every enthusiast’s preference. In addition, the team also launched the KSK Farmers’ Market Day to provide farmers with market exposure in select SM Malls nationwide.

Locally farmed onions by KSK farmers in SM Markets

Meanwhile, SMFI also partnered with SM Markets in creating market for onion farmers. Through the partnership, SMFI was able to establish specialized onion pop-up booths creating a stable market for small scale onion farmers.

Millions of smallholder farmers are seeking ways to improve the productivity of their farms and to improve their market performance. Modern farming technologies, paired with market linkage, such as the SM KSK, plays a vital role in improving the livelihood of small-scale farmers and their families.

Green lane: an agri-enterprise led by the wives of KSK farmers

The SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program on sustainable agriculture is SMFI’s Social Good program that aims to improve the lives of Filipinos in grassroot communities through sustainable agriculture through technology transfer, product development, and farm-market linkage. To date, the initiative has trained over 28,500 farmers from over 900 cities and municipalities across the country.







Dad is the greatest! Blue Bay Walk and Met Live are hosting a Father’s Day Weekend celebration

Are you looking for creative ways to honor your husband? This Father’s Day weekend, spend quality time with the whole family at Blue Bay Walk and Met Live!

Father’s Day Adventures at Blue Bay Walk

Exciting games and prizes await the whole family at Father’s Day Adventures on June 18, 2022, from 3:00PM to 10:00PM at the Blue Bay Walk.  Families can participate in special outdoor games such as potato sack race, limbo rack, tug of war, and amazing race. Each game promotes teamwork between dads and their amazing families.

Families can gather for a relaxing time and enjoy their favorite snacks and drinks come evening with a free movie screening at the open grounds.

Dad’s the Best Expo at Met Live

Make his day extra special at Met Live’s Dad’s the Best Expo on June 19, 2022, from 11:00AM to 10:00PM at The Atrium Activity Hall of Met Live. Treat him to a pampering session at the “Dad’s special barber” and the “Massage pit stop” booths. Or if you’re looking for more fun activities, enjoy unique bonding moments at the “Archery with dad” and “My Pops – the Billiard Champ.”

Shop with him at the Interests and Hobbies Fair, which will feature all of dad’s favorite products, such as clothing, shoes, food, and liquor. Interested? The registration mechanics and other data can be found on the Blue Bay Walk and Met Live Facebook pages.







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This Independence Day, DITO launches the GALING DITO movement to honor Filipino artists

In honor of Independence Day, DITO Telecommunity launched GALING DITO, a major digital platform that aims to recognize and celebrate the innate talent of Filipinos by providing a platform for up-and-coming artists, content creators, and music lovers to rediscover and embrace their Filipino roots and showcase their passion and talent.

I was so fortunate to attend the press launch and delightful that I’m among the first ones to watch the digital platform of GALING DITO upon watching Youtube.

Discovering and Empowering Homegrown Talents

More than just a digital platform, GALING DITO is a movement that emboldens Filipino talents who might otherwise go unnoticed to take the center stage, and enables them to be a part of a digital community with a shared desire to get in touch with their local heritage and rediscover what it means to be truly Filipino.

GALING DITO will collaborate with and enable these artists and creatives so they can finally showcase what it takes to be proudly Filipino.” said Evelyn Jimenez, DITO’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“The movement is a form of bayanihan with Filipinos supporting fellow talents while also celebrating and empowering one another. DITO believes that as individuals, Filipinos are already superbly talented. But as one telecommunity, Filipinos can be better together.” added Jimenez.

To kick off the GALING DITO movement, DITO showcased Filipino dancers, singers, rappers, and performers from various provinces all over the country in a proudly Pinoy music video. Featuring an original composition by Arri Veloso and Vinnie Pacleb, and arranged by Thyro Alfaro, DITO’s music video not only displays picturesque landscapes of the different cities and regions in the Philippines, but also proves the potential of Filipino artists.

Among the talents featured in this memorable and thump-stopping video are singer Marga Jayy, rapper February Bank, dance group Femme Manila, the Buganda Drum Beaters, Ilocos-based rapper Fairy Flojo, Cebu-based rapper Cookie$, P-Pop boy group 13C, and many more!

The GALING DITO music video is just the beginning of the GALING DITO movement’s plans. This movement will also bring fascinating events to everyone’s attention and participation:

  • Nationwide celebration of the Filipino culture’s diversity by giving artists, musicians, and creators all over the country access to a platform wherein they can showcase their attention-worthy talents.
  • Opportunities to bring talents from the local scene together in one collaborative community and feature them on DITO’s digital channels.

“Where we are once divided through cliques, tribes, and differences in affinities and beliefs, GALING DITO aims to connect and unite us all together as one telecommunity. Through dance, music, and artistry, furthered by a strong sense of belongingness, this movement shall thrive in the Filipino’s oneness.” said Jasper Evangelista, DITO’s Director of Brand and Marketing.

Enabling Telecommunities with Next-Level Connectivity

Of course, all these dreams and ambitions to position Pinoy talent front and center, and get them to collaborate from anywhere in the Philippines is made possible through next-level connectivity. With DITO’s reliable and value-for-money data offers and promos, more Filipinos are enabled to become part of the movement – whether as a talent or an audience.

On top of the featured regular offers that cater to the ever-growing demand of Filipinos all over the country, DITO recently launched new promos and partnerships designed to further meet the connectivity and entertainment needs of its growing telecommunity:

  • DITO Advance Pay and DITO Auto Pay: Offering the lowest price per GB in the market, the DITO Advance Pay feature, allows DITOzens to receive and pay for their subscriptions 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months in advance. Better yet, they can get a 1 year mobile subscription for as low as P713!

Convenience is at the palm of your hands with the DITO Auto Pay! With this feature, subscribers can get up to 10GB bonus data, and they no longer have to worry about their unused data expiring because remaining data from the previous month will be automatically carried over to the following month.

  • DITO Data Sachets: For those who are looking for more affordable data offers, the new DITO Data Sachets offer all access data for as low as P10. You can also avail of Data 50 with 5GB of data for P50, and Data 30 with 3GB of data for P30.
  • TikTok and Facebook Promo: For those who can’t get enough of their daily social media scrolling, DITO also offers an extra 30GB of TikTok and Facebook (free 1GB daily for 30 days) when you purchase a Level-Up 99 SIM bundle.
  • HBO GO Promo: Movie buffs will be delighted to avail of the 1 month HBO GO subscription bonus when you subscribe to DITO’s Level-Up 499 and Level-Up 999 via the DITO APP.
  • DITO 5G Home WiFi: The whole family can now enjoy DITO’s fastest internet yet with speeds up to 500Mbps by availing DITO’s 5G Home WiFi. Aside from the hassle-free installation of its plug-and-play 5G modem, subscribers can also enjoy a 3-month FREE HBO GO subscription and double data promos.

Filipinos will not be able to resist joining the GALING DITO movement. Every Filipino can now dare to encourage indigenous talents from wherever in the country thanks to this powerful digital community and DITO’s excellent connectivity.

Visit DITO’s official Facebook page at or the website at / for additional information on the GALING DITO movement and DITO’s data offerings and promos.

Watch the ‘Galing DITO’ Music Video on the DITO Telecommunity YouTube channel: 



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The Anti-Money Laundering Council and Sterling Bank of Asia have signed an agreement

L-R: Atty. Mel Georgie B. Racela – Executive Director, AMLC Secretariat; Atty. Rodel U. Buenaventura – Acting Director of the Commitments and Policy Group, AMLC Secretariat; Cecilio D. San Pedro – SBA President & CEO; Luisito S. Mayor – SBA Sr. Vice President & Operations Group Head

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) have signed an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) Agreement to help government efforts to combat financial crime in the country. The ISP framework strives to control, detect, and investigate money laundering (ML), terrorism, and terrorism financing (FT) in the country. It will also encompass information sharing and capacity-building measures to improve the ability to combat money laundering, terrorism, and financial terrorism. In addition, the ISP intends to provide an acceptable documentation framework for performing targeted suspicious transaction monitoring and reporting, as well as developing valuable/breakthrough investigation leads.

“This is in line with the Bank’s efforts in promoting a strong and good corporate governance culture,” said Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President and CEO.

SBA recognizes the importance of the collaboration between the public and the private sector in upholding a framework that will deliver a more efficient and effective identification and detection of financial crime patterns and trends. “Sterling Bank will extend its full cooperation in the exchange of information and financial intelligence and full support in the capacity-building measure of AMLC,” said San Pedro.

Visit for additional information and updates on Sterling Bank of Asia, and download the Sterling Bank Online App for secure and convenient banking.




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For a more sustainable future, we must work together to serve more communities

Solar rooftop at SM City North EDSA

One of the most serious and defining global challenges today is climate change. It is now more important than ever for the public and private sectors to work together to protect people’s welfare and improve the nation’s resilience.

When it comes to climate change vulnerability, the Philippines currently ranks third in the world. It is more vulnerable to changing intensities of climate change displayed through irregular weather systems and natural calamities due to its geographical location. More than ever, the commercial sector must align with sustainable development concepts and adopt the same hard stance on environmentally sound practices in its activities.

Mr. Hans T. Sy

“I constantly encourage the private sector to work closely with the government. This way, we can be more cohesive in our efforts to make more meaningful progress towards a better and sustainable future. As a private enterprise, SM Prime will continue to do its share in addressing climate change for the benefit of communities,” said Hans T. Sy, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Water conservation

Sustainability at SM Prime is at the core of its corporate identity. SM Prime has spearheaded sustainable practices as well as set records in pioneering programs to consciously protect the environment and strongly focus on resilience in its developments.

For one, the property conglomerate embarked on a campaign to substantially reduce its water consumption. It pioneered the installation of sewage treatment plants even before the measure was required by way of the Clean Water Act in 2004.

Today, its sewage treatment plants recycle 8.7 million cubic meters of water, lessening its dependence on fresh water sources for air conditioning operations, gardening, water closet flushing and other non-potable uses. SM Prime’s water catchment basins across 20 SM malls can also catch and store almost 79 million liters of water in total every time it rains, or as much as 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

By controlling the flow of flood water, surrounding communities have been provided more protection against the devastating effects of floods, alleviating what communities would normally fear when the rains come.

Renewable energy

SM Prime continues to explore ways to promote environmental consciousness in its operations and developments to minimize environmental impact.

In 2014, SM Prime achieved an important milestone in the country with SM City North EDSA becoming then the world’s largest solar-powered mall. Today, SM Prime is adding eleven more malls with solar roof decks.

Showing its firm resolve to advance its sustainability agenda, the company is committed to increase the use of renewable energy by 50% in 2022 across its various business segments, ahead of the national goals to be 35% renewable by 2030.

Through these efforts, SM Prime is committed to provide affordable and clean energy to its tenant-partners, minimizing the carbon footprint emission in its operations.

Collaboration toward resilience

As a key figure in the private sector, Mr. Sy and his dedication to environmental protection continues to serve as a testament to how Philippine businesses can usher positive change toward disaster resilience and risk reduction management in the country.

Mr. Sy became a member of the UN Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) on Disaster Reduction in 2012. In 2015, he was also inducted into the UNDRR ARISE (Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies) International Board as the first and only Filipino member. He currently represents the business sector as co-chair of the ARISE-Philippines network and the National Resilience Council (NRC) of the Philippines. He continues to assist in the development of multi-sectoral partnerships in the country in order to increase the ability of organizations, including MSMEs, to plan for and respond to natural disasters such as earthquakes.

“Our Mother Earth is under threat from climate change. I believe we will have an impact if we can all participate, no matter how small, and if I can make everyone aware of it. In a video interview for the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders project, Mr. Sy observed, “It’s never too late.”





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Here are a few reasons why #PinoyFreedom is more than just a holiday

The Philippines’ Independence Day is approaching, and there is so much to celebrate! June 12 is a celebration of the Filipino people’s tenacity, bravery, and unwavering passion for freedom. In honor of the 124th anniversary of Philippine independence, SM Supermalls explains why this day is so significant in our history.

It’s a celebration of our Filipino identity. Independence Day symbolizes the foundation of our beliefs and identity as Filipinos — a brave and strong people eager to battle for freedom. After over 400 years of colonization, flying our flag and singing our national anthem is more than a duty; it honors the valor of every Filipino who fought for our independence. Come dressed in Philippine flag colors to the SM Supermalls’ Flag Raising Ceremony on June 12, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. to show our love for our country and pay our respects.

It is a celebration of our identity as Filipinos. Independence Day represents the core of our beliefs and our identity as Filipinos – a strong and courageous race willing to fight for freedom’s sake. After almost 400 years of colonization, the raising of our flag and the singing of our anthem serves as more than an obligation; it commemorates the heroism embodied by every Filipino who fought for our freedom. This June 12, 2022 at 8:30 am, come in colors of the Philippine flag and head to the SM Supermalls’ Flag Raising Ceremony as we show love of our country and pay our respects to those who fought to protect it.

It is a celebration of our rich and diverse culture. Each year, the month of June encourages us to exhibit our country’s rich culture in many different ways. Whether it be through food, fashion, or art, all 18 regions across the Philippines have so much to offer! At an SM mall near you, enjoy a taste of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao’s diverse cultures through Pinoy Eats and Pinoy Buys until June 12, 2022.

It is a celebration of our love for the country. Putting the country above one’s self is a great honor and responsibility. As Filipinos, it is our duty to keep the flame of patriotism alive by learning Philippine culture and history, to cultivate in us a sense of community and accountability towards our Filipino brothers and sisters. Visit SM City Cebu’s HeroiSM phygital exhibit until June 15, 2022 to explore Philippine history in an #AweSM way!

Celebrate #PinoyFreedom at SM Supermalls!

While we each exude patriotism in our own way, one cannot ignore the pride and enjoyment that comes with Philippine Independence Day celebrations! Commemorate Independence Day in a truly Pinoy way— sumptuous food, the company of loved ones, and great deals on all things local!

Activities are planned at SM Supermalls to keep #PinoyFreedom alive across the country! So come to an SM mall near you to celebrate the #AweSM and historic Philippine Independence Day. Visit for additional information, or like and follow @smsupermalls on all social media channels.