Capiz Governor Esteban Evan B. Contreras (3rd from right), Capiz 1st District Congressman Emmanuel A. Billones (3rd from left), Roxas City Mayor Ronnie T. Dadivas (2nd from left) and the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Capiz, Reverend Msgr. Cyril B. Villareal (center) led the inauguration ceremony and was joined by SM Markets Chairman Mr. Herbert T. Sy (right), SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Mr. Jeffrey C Lim (left), and the chairman of SM Supermalls. Mr. Steven T. Tan (2nd from right).

New SM City Roxas

SM Prime Holdings Inc. opened last Friday, April 8, its 79th and newest mall in the Philippines, SM City Roxas.

The 41,000 square meter two-level mall will serve customers in Capiz and neighboring Panay provinces of Aklan and Antique.

Located on Arnaldo Boulevard in Barangay Baybay, SM City Roxas offers two levels of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences with nearly a thousand parking spaces and a transportation hub that provides convenience to its customers. SM City Roxas also offers an atrium featuring a large open-air space with skylights incorporating distinctive modern textures and fascinating colors, providing customers with a fun shopping and leisure experience.

Buy Local Fund

Thanks to the loan received from the Buy Local Sustainability Fund of Smart Communication Inc., market gardener Celeste Naguiat from Floridablanca, Pampanga, was able to buy seedlings, fertilizers and pesticides.

Smart’s “Buy Local” program is part of the Telecom Operator Development Technology Framework that aims to bridge the digital divide.

Naguiat credits his recovery to the low-interest loans and long payment schedules received from the Sustainability Fund.

The Sustainability Fund is linked to Smart’s “Buy Local” campaign, through which employees of PLDT and Smart, as well as employees of other companies run by Manuel V. Pangilinan, can buy directly from farmers , which provides them with a secure market for their crops. A portion of the proceeds goes to a sustainability fund that is lent to adopted farmers in the form of low-interest loans for farm inputs through its social agribusiness partner Cropital.

The “Buy Local” program is part of Smart Technology for Development, which aims to reduce the digital divide.

Manila Water shortlisted for Water Company of the Year

Manila Water Co. (MWC) has been shortlisted for the Water Company of the Year award by the Global Water Awards 2022, the winner of which will be announced at the World Water Summit scheduled for May 17, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

This was revealed during the 6th edition of the Upsilon Sigma Phi Climate Action Network (UpsilonCAN) webinar series titled “The Manila Water Sustainability Story” held on April 4th. The event took place in conjunction with World Water Day 2022 and was co-presented by Upsilon Sigma Phi North America, Inc. and the UP Circle of Entrepreneurs.

MWC is ranked among the best water operators in the world by Global Water Intelligence, and it was awarded Best Sustainability by Asset Asian Awards in 2020 for its $500 million sustainability bond issue – the largest bond sustainability issued by a private company run by the public. listed water company in Asia. MWC has also been recognized by the World Bank as a water utility of the future.

In the 25 years since MWC took over the management and operation of its franchise area in 1997, water availability has increased from 26% to 100% in its central distribution system; it reduced non-revenue water from 63% to 13%; and it now serves 7.3 million consumers, up from just 3.1 million when it started.

MWC is also known for pioneering sustainability practices in the Philippines: it was the first national company to publish sustainability reports in 2005; the first to communicate policies on climate change in 2007; and the first to publish sustainability reports in accordance with GRI standards in 2010.

ViVYD for Hybrid

MullenLowe TREYNA Group has made ViVYD, a feature-rich Philippine platform for the hybrid, available to the market.

Dubbed “Seamless, Borderless, Limitless”, ViVYD promises today’s hybrid experience creators and organizers advanced capabilities to customize and deliver distinctive events for any audience.

Organizers will appreciate the ability to choose between self-service or managed services (including the production team), ease of use of the backend event management system, customizable login levels for different types of attendees , plus flexible skinning and branding. Audiences can view virtual watch rooms, manage their schedules with an interactive calendar that updates in real time, engage with each other through ongoing community chats, and express their feelings live through a bar of applause and reaction.

ViVYD premiered in October 2021 at IMMAP Digicon.

GCash Digital Excellence Award

The GCash Digital Excellence Awards took place on March 31 via an exclusive virtual event.

Three main prizes were awarded this year to a total of 40 GCash partners.

Industry Pioneer Award went to Max’s Group Inc, Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc, ACADOPS (Academy of Operations Excellence and Services Inc), National Book Store Inc, Lalamove, Villarica Pawnshop , Inc., NCCC, Mega Q Mart, Farmers Market Araneta City, Puregold Price Club, Inc., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., REGCRIS GROUP OF COMPANIES, Tulay sa Pag-Unlad, Inc. and Paynamics Technologies, Inc.

The Innovation and Growth Award went to McDonald’s Philippines, DMCI Holdings, Inc., Robinsons Supermarket Corp., Nestlé, Philippines Inc., Chris Marr Corp., Suyen Corp., Angkas, Pay&Go, New Las Pinas Market, Ministop, Appboxo Pte Ltd. , Concentrix Daksh Services Philippines Corp. and BDO Unibank Inc.

The Transformative Ecosystem Award went to Puregold Price Club, Inc., Classic Savory, Ayala Corp., Unilever Philippines, Inc, Cebu, People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, The SM Store, foodpanda, Direct Agent 5, Inc. , Star Market, Generic, booky and e-commerce payments.

A taste of diversity

TELUS International held a recipe contest for team members from TELUS International Delivery Centers in the Philippines, Chengdu, China and India. The winners were featured in TELUS International’s first-ever diversity cookbook featuring the winning recipes A Taste of Diversity.

More than 150 team members responded to the request for original Indian, Filipino and Chinese recipes, but only 60 winners emerged in five categories: soups, salads, starters, main courses and desserts.

Emerging winners in the soups and salads categories were Jomar Agregado, Cris Advincula, Diana Adorna, Rayzy Angeles Nufable, Neha Bhutani, Angel Tang, Karen Joy Belos and Federico Guillergan. The winners of the Aperitif category were Ella Cecilia Edralin, Edrelynne Dela Pena, Carlo Planco, John Edmar Llasus, Darren Polante, Neneth Navarette, John Agustin Belicena, Anish Debnath, Juhi Zaidi, Pallavi Das, Huachen Xing and Ernest James Perlas.

Winners in the Main Dish category were Amy Zhang, Fiona Feng, Susie Su, Silvia Zeng, Tooy Wang, Mirei Magallona, ​​Jayson Toledo, Joseph Ivan Gaffud, Karen Villegas, Maria Angelica Bustamante, Lance de los Angeles, Roderick Santos, Karen Tan, Justine Alano, Lindley Aurelio, Mark Esteve Pereda, Myca Santos, Ephraim Miguel Mercado, Anil Thapa, Gautam Piplani, Gourab Sarkar, Keshav Aggarwal, Amil Khan, Namrata Goel, Paras Saini, Rahul Bose, Sushant Khanka and Vishu Luthra.

In the Desserts category, the winners were Anmol Sarraf, Monika Jaiswal, Nawaz Nasar, Richa Sharma, Roxanne Moon, Sajal Gupta, Arian Corpuz, Aldrich Cu, Marry Jo Macorol, Michael Imbao, Joven Quitayen and Rolly Harcia.

“Rising Tiger”

Frederick Ong, President and CEO of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), was recently named one of Asia Pacific’s Top 50 Rising Tigers by the Asia Leaders Awards.

The awarding body recognized various industry leaders who have propelled their businesses forward and built up the communities they serve, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Ong’s leadership, PCPPI was able to ensure unhindered operations even at the height of the global health crisis.

The award ceremony took place on March 22 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Bonifacio Global City,

First Shoshin, Bixie attaches

First Shoshin Solutions Inc. (FSSI), which invested to develop a $5 million fintech hub in 2020, announced its partnership with Bixie.

Bixie is Asia’s leading women’s financial platform, providing an AI-powered financial app that encourages savings and wealth creation through knowledge, network and tools.

As part of this partnership, Bixie will leverage FSSI’s APIs and other integrations such as blockchain and banking partners as well as its Payment System Operators license with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

FSSI delivers digital innovation in the country through its financial technology JojoCare, J an online consultation platform where consumers and providers can access and deliver health care securely; and JoJoPay, a digital payment platform that allows users to instantly transfer money across borders and where transactions are powered by the Cloudchain blockchain, a first in the Philippines.

Culinary photography workshop

The Gateway Gallery in Araneta City will host its first on-site #ArtsyWorkshop for 2022 with the Delish Food Photography Workshop on April 30, 2-5 p.m.

Veteran photographer Louie Aguinaldo will teach the principles, techniques, tools and tips on how to capture mouth-watering photos of food.

The workshop will train participants to produce Instagram-worthy food and publicity photos, even with the use of a smartphone camera, whether for personal or professional use.

The workshop fee is P1,500 and includes documents and a certificate.


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