Monday, October 16, 2017

3rd Philippine Junior Finance and Investment Summit

Judging by the massive attendance and enthusiastic young crowd at the recently concluded Philippine Junior Finance and Investment Summit held at the SMX Convention Center, it’s safe to say that the country’s finance industry in the coming years will be bright and bullish as participants learned and inculcated a treasure trove of valuable insights into the current trends and future direction of the finance industry as a whole.

One of the more noteworthy insights came from speaker Andrew Stotz, President of CFA Society Thailand. His topic, “Ten Ways Ethics Adds Value to You” gave delegates tips into building one’s competitive edge by engaging in ethical practices.

In the CFA Program, there are financial areas covered where one can build competitive advantage like Financial Accounting, Alternative Investment, Derivatives, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Equity Evaluation, Fixed Income, Asset Allocation and Behavioral Finance.  But above all these, according to Stotz, a financial professional must build a high level of competitive advantage in the area of ‘Ethics’. This is a major factor that distinguishes a financial professional from others. “Build this competitive advantage in Ethics, and you’ll be rare,” Stotz said.

Stotz, an award-winning stock market analyst, has twenty years of experience working for various investment banks.  He is also the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research, which helps individuals and institutions build wealth through stock selection and portfolio management.

“I was treated ethically and my family was treated ethically, and I have benefited from it for years; that’s why I wanted to communicate ethics in a simple and positive way,” Stotz said.

As financial professionals, according to Stotz, one must be diligent, loyal, independent, trustworthy, always striving for continuous improvement, must be fair, the objective has a high sense of confidentiality, thorough, and must be able to face and address conflicts head-on.

“We are meant to be independent in our work. We serve our clients. As financial professionals, we should fill the gap of our clients’ financial interest. And you should care for your clients as you would your mother,” he said.

“Build your value through ethics. Spend more time building your ethical advantage than building your technical advantage,” Stotz added.

Ms. Rosalia de Leon, Treasurer of the Philippines (Bureau of Treasury Department of Finance) and also the summit’s keynote speaker shared, “Live a balanced life. Try new things and develop hobbies. Make smart investments today apart from savings.”

She also stressed the importance of PJFIS and its advocacy. “This [PJFIS] is a very useful platform for the students and professionals who really want to pursue a career in finance. I would like to congratulate CFA for hosting this kind of conference that really educates students and young professionals about the finance and investment career and even the problems that may come up,” de Leon said.

PJFIS’ other speakers were Mr. Neil Govier, CFA–Head, Education Asia Pacific (CFA Institute); Ms. April Tan, CFA-Vice President and Head of Research (COL Financial Group, Inc.); Mr. Robert Stammers, CFA-Director of Investor Engagement on the Future of Finance (CFA Institute); Mr. Mark Yu, CFA-President (Retail) and CIO (SEAOIL Philippines Inc.); Mr. Mark Ilao, CFA-Business Development Officer (COL Financial Group Inc.); Mr. Ronilo Balbleran-Vice President for Operation (Research Education and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation); and  Mr. Edmund Lee, CFA-President and CEO (Caylum Tracing Institute).

“Being part of the 3rd PJFIS is such a wonderful experience for me as a finance student, because it opened a door for me to know what my craft is all about and broad knowledge that will help me a lot in pursuing my dreams,” Jobelle Balasbas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Banking and Finance student said. “Upon hearing the speakers, I was left with a question, rather a motivation of, ‘Instead of wasting my time on non-profitable things, why don’t I make my everyday life productive?”

PJFIS is a conference and exhibition catered for students and young professionals who want to advance their personal career and financial wellness. A brainchild of CFA Society Philippines, this project aims to deliver value to the Philippine investment community by providing future investment professionals a clear view of how to properly build a career in finance, an overview of various investment products and tools, and a venue to understand the significance of ethics and professional standards.

Check Off Your Shopping Lists with Shopee as World’s Longest Christmas Season Starts in PH

The World’s Longest Christmas Season finally begins as the “-ber” months are here. With an approximately 90% Christian population, 80% of whom are Catholic, it is no wonder that Christmas in the Philippines is one of the most important and widely celebrated occasions. It is also probably the world’s longest Christmas season, with festivities starting as early as September -- one sees massive displays of parols and Christmas decor, hears Christmas songs playing non-stop in malls, and smells bibingka and puto bumbong being sold from sidewalk stalls.

Christmas shopping for friends and loved ones is a must-do for the season, but malls start to experience increased traffic as the holiday rush sets in. However, Shopee provides a convenient alternative to Christmas shopping. As the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, it lets you shop effortlessly with its easy-to-use platform that is accessible from wherever and whenever. With approximately 2 million active listings for sale, there is something for everyone on Shopee -- from kids’ toys and cosmetics to mobile gadgets and more. There is now no need to jostle among malls’ crowds, or to lug multiple shopping bags home. With Shopee, you can get all your Christmas shopping done in just a few taps and have them delivered straight to your doorstep.

From September onwards, Shopee will be launching a series of Christmas deals and promotions. Shoppers should look out for Shopee’s Christmas Super Sales from October 30 to December 25, especially their 11.11 and 12.12 online shopping events on November 11 and December 12, respectively. Both will feature huge deals, flash sales and giveaways during the period leading up to, and on the event day itself. To top it off, Shopee users can also enjoy Free Shipping nationwide and opt to pay for orders via Shopee’s Cash on Delivery (COD). For those looking for Christmas gift ideas, Shopee will also release its annual Best Selling Gifts guide for inspiration.

“Christmas is the season of giving, and Shopee Philippines would like to take this opportunity to give back to our loyal users. We understand how busy everyone is during the holidays, so we want to make it easier for everyone to do their holiday shopping,” said Macy Castillo, Head of Commercial Business for Shopee.

To learn more about Shopee, visit Shopee is available for free download on Google Play and App Store.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blue Water Day Spa Unveils Line Up of Ambassadors

We are living in a world where we have to take many roles in our everyday lives. Technological innovations may have ease up our life but haven’t you noticed that we do more things nowadays and if we could divide our body to do many things, we would have done so already. But our most favorite part as we go on with our days is the opportunity to take care of our body and wellbeing. Health is indeed wealth believe me.

We need to take care of our bodies and be kind to ourselves. We need time to relax, take a breather, and recharge our batteries. For how could we strive to be the best at work or be generous of our time and be of service to others if we neglect our own bodies? We all need rest and relaxation.

This is the important aspect that we need to be reminded of and BlueWater Day Spa (BWDS) is here to espouse on the benefits of rest and relaxation for good health and wellbeing. BWDS stays true to its brand promise of offering its clients only the best wellness and beauty treatments. They continue to advocate the benefits of self love by making the time and effort to take one's self, regardless of how busy he/she may be.

As part of this, they have put together a special group of ambassadors who embodies this growing group of professionals.

Today, October 10, is the grand launch of BlueWater Day Spa’s lineup of ambassadors to promote the current lineup of massages services and wellness treatments they offer. It was held at the posh Novotel Hotel with a well-attended guests.

As we wait for the official launch, we were entertained by the most unusual Q & A to two of BWDS’ ambassadors; sports, career woman and mother Blanca Mercado and young actor and model David Licaoco. The two gamely answered the Truth or Dare questions thrown at them. We get a glimpse of how they rest and relax amongst other things amidst their "slashie" life

Aside from Bianca and David, we get to see and interact with other BWDS ambassadors such as actor, model, athlete Ervic Vijandre whose active lifestyle makes him a good fit  for giving tips on sports, Benjamin Alves, BWDS' youngest brand ambassadors Yasmine Chloe Simisim, Kurt Wyatt T. Yap, and Jaden Emmanuel Trinidad among others. Event host Fabio Ide talks about the life of the "slashie" and how we could all relate to it. Then, Kapamilya superstar Kim Chiu made a special appearance.

As the highlight of the event, Fabio proceeds to introduce each BWDS ambassador while mentioning the specific massage/treatment that they are promoting.

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Celebrity endorser and actress Kim Chiu for the Lymphatic Massage, Manila Times COO Blanca Mercado for the Anti-Aging Facial, actor Ben Alves, actor and model Ervic Vijandre for the Athlete's Massage, actor and model David Licaoco for the Combo Herbal Massage, Man of the World 2017 Mustafa Galal Elezali for the Revitashape, and for the very popular Baby Massage, promoting it are BWDS' youngest brand ambassadors Yasmine Chloe Simisim, Kurt Wyatt T. Yap, and Jaden Emmanuel Trinidad.

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These wide variety of wellness and beauty services makes BWDS always at the forefront of being able to provide the extra care that busy individuals need to keep their minds and bodies in top form. And with October as BWDS' anniversary month, the country's popular chain of spas is happy to offer a special 40 percent discount on wellness and beauty services 'till the end of the month.

This gives guests more reasons to enjoy its lineup of services and give their bodies its much needed boost to fight off life's daily stress.
For more information on BlueWater Day Spa and its services and other promos, you may "like" their Facebook page, 

Monday, October 09, 2017

LG Celebrates 5 Years of LG OLED TV Excellence with the Launch of 77-INCH LG SIGNATURE OLED TV

As someone who was weaned on Television and it being my first nanny,  a TV is important to me.  Through the years,  we have seen the evolution of television and believe me when I say that we were able to have several of those in our homes. This time there is a new texhnology for tv that will changed the way you watch as last September 12, 2017, LG Philippines launched its known technology called OLED which doesnt exist on other LED TV's and this time with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmost technology on audio to achieved its Home Cinema experienced. The event was held at the Bonifacio Global City where popular James Deakin was a special guest to speak on his amazement with the latest LG TV. 

The future of home cinema entertainment has arrived with the introduction of LG Signature OLED TV in the Philippines, via an official launch ceremony at the Ascott, BGC. LG is the pioneer in OLED technology (Organic Light Emitting Diodes). Thanks to OLED, we can now enjoy more vivid visuals like never before. Over the course of the past five years, LG has continually developed a better, more vibrant viewing experience. The result is the LG Signature OLED TV.

There is indeed cause to be excited because the pinnacle of this 5-year continuous improvement is embodied in the sleek 77-inch LG Signature OLED TV, the first LG Signature TV to be made available in the Philippines. LG Signature is the gold standard in design. Behind it is an intuitive, responsive and functional design philosophy that spells sheer elegance in simplicity.

OLED technology makes perfect blacks and perfect colors come alive, and the viewing experience is complemented by exceptional sound with the Dolby Atmos audio system. This is the first time that the Dolby Atmos has ever been featured in TV speakers. The result mimics reality on your TV. Also because of OLED, the screen is so thin, it’s picture-in-glass thin! The result is a perfect viewing angle, wherever you are relative to the TV. Through the webOS, you can sit back and binge-watch movies and shows on Netflix for hours of non-stop excitement. No one can blame you if you never want to leave the house again!

“With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos integrated into our newest OLED products, viewers will be able to recapture the magic of the cinema and experience their favorite movies with their original clarity, depth and imagination intact,” said Mr. Tony An, Vice President for Home Entertainment, LG Electronics Philippines. “The stunning new TVs on available in the market demonstrate our commitment to innovation and leadership in OLED Technology.”

With the arrival of the LG Signature OLED TV in the Philippines, we welcome a new era in TV. It has elevated the home TV entertainment experience.

For more details, visit, like LG Philippines’ official Facebook page or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Vine Holistic Launches Victorious Hunks and Beauties and Introduces Infusion Drips for Health and Wellness

Since the ancient times, women have been on quest for timeless beauty. They would search for effective beauty treatments and money is of no object for someone who wants to enhance their natural beauty. Through the years, beauty treatments like technology has evolved a lot.

If you are looking for the best beauty treatments and services, don’t search very far as Vines Holistic have services you want and more. Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetic by Dr. Emehly Sevilla is committed to world-class care by providing a caring and friendly environment for its clients. They strive to exceed their client's expectations for comfort and convenience as seen once you entered Vine. As Dr. Emehly Sevilla said, "Vine's approach to wellness and medical aesthetics has always been holistic and customer-centric, and made firm with utmost professionalism and integrity based on world-class standards. We don't see it any other way."

In light of their raising awareness for their expert care services, Vine Holistic launches their Victorious Hunks and Beauties family last September 28, 2017 at I’M Hotel in Makati and also introduces their latest beauty technology, the 12 Infusion Drips for Health and Wellness.


The well-attended affair was full of activities and a fashion walk where Mylene Dizon and the rest of the Victorious Hunks and Beauties were presented.  

Here are the list of Hunks and Beauties which is now a part of Vine Holistic family. Each one has been victorious for their overall success in their careers and well-being. 

Actress and model Mylene Dizon was part of the second batch of ABS-CBN's Star Magic and was casted in the teen-oriented series Gimik (1996-99) as Melanie Suntay, a role which she reprised in the Gimik: The Reunion movie in 1999 and in th first season of Gimik 2010 TV series. Mylene has done through numerous projects, most notably were the television series Captain Barbell, Dyesebel, Doble Kara and the films Rome and Juliet, Shake Rattle & Roll X and Heneral Luna (where she won Best Supporting Actress in 2016). Mylene is a decorated actress, with numerous awards and nominations, and is a devoted mother to her two boys.

Taki Saito's career started out when she enrolled as a intro-acting student at Star Magic Workshops and trained under director and veteran actress Gina Alajar. Taki's acting debut was in the 2015 horror-comedy show #ParangNormal Activity by TV5. From there, she landed several projects in GMA 7, namely Ismol Family, Calle Siete, Trops and in Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special: Pagpapatawad. Taki is also a host/performer in Eat Bulaga, one of the longest running noontime variety show in the country.

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PBA player John Wilson, is a known as a lethal scorer during his college days at the Jose Rizal University (JRU) and was NCCA's Most Valuable Player in 2009. The 6'2” cager's professional career started out in 2010 as part of the Barangay Ginebra Kings. He also became part of Air21 Express, Meralco Bolts, and the NLEX Road Warriors. Wilson is now playing as the shooting guard for the Phoenix Fuel Masters

Jaime Fàbregas is considered as one of the country's most versatile actors whose career started in the mid-1980s. He is well-known as a former host of the hit gag show Sic O Clock News on IBC 13 and was also a former wrestling segment reporter of Pinoy Wrestling on PTV 4. Fabregas is also a musical scorer having won several awards for his works in films. Among them was the the musical score of the first installment of Shake, Rattle & Roll in 1984 which was the recipient of the Best Music accolade at the 1984 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). He also did the musical score of Rizal sa Dapitan and Kutob wherein both films won the Best Musical Score award screened at the 1997 and 2005 MMFF respectively. Fàbregas is currently known for his role as Delfin Borja in the action-drama television series of ABS-CBN's 'Ang Probinsyano.'

Rendon Labador is a gym and health enthusiast whose physical built has earned him the moniker 'Millenial Adonis.' He has joined countless body building pageants and has proven himself to be one of the country’s best fitness athletes. Rendon's passion also led him to put up his own gym and become a fitness coach not just to his gym members but also online through his Facebook page 'Rendon Labador 24/7 Fitness (@rendonlabadorfitness). Last April, Rendon held a successful two-day 'Macho Beach Tour' in Boracay that encouraged health buffs to join his body weight fitness challenge, a men's novice physique and women's bikini competition, and a beach dash obstacle

Carlos Agassi (whose full name is Amir Carlos Damaso Vahidi Agassi), or Amir, is a Filipino actor, TV host, rap artist, and model of Iranian descent. His career came about as a member of ABS-CBN's Star Circle (now Star Magic) Batch 3 in 1993. He is also a fitness buff and has been working out since he was 16. He went into a two-year hiatus from showbiz sometime in the mid-2000 and finished his degree in Pyschology at the De La Salle University. Amir made a comeback in both acting and rapping, and then ventured into the restaurant business as co-owner of Brasas, a Latin-American inspired restaurant in Makati. In addition to this, Amir has his own recording studio called "Amir Carlos Agassi, Inc."

Nadine Samonte is a Filipina actress and commercial model. She was part of the first batch of the talent search StarStruck. From there she received numerous television projects from daily soaps including 'Ikaw Sa Puso Ko,' 'Darna,' 'MariMar,' 'Etheria,' to local remakes of Korean drama hits such as 'Ako si Kim Sam Soon' and 'Endless Love.' She also received many film projects and was given the "Most Promising Actress" award by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation in 2004. Aside from acting and modeling, Nadine is also busy as a mother to her baby daughter, Heather Sloane.

Singer-songwriter Aia De Leon was the former vocalist of the Filipino rock band Imago. As part of the band, she was awarded Vocalist of the Year at the NU Rock Awards 2001 and Rock Female Icon of the Year in 2005. She decided to leave the band in April of 2013 and is now pursuing a solo career. Armed with her new faith and her guitar, Aia broke out of her comfort zone and released the single “Tao Lang” on March 23, 2015. Last January she released her digital single 'Sa'yo.'

Coach Chris Gavina was a formulation chemist for top cosmetics company L'Oreal in the US before he went to the Philippines to pursue his career in the local basketball scene. He then became a part of the coaching staff of the GlobalPort before joining the coaching pool of Kia Picanto (formerly Mahindra Enforcers) as a conditioning coach in 2014. It was in 2016 when Chris was chosen as head coach for the team (replacing Chito Victolero). Even before becoming a head coach, he has put his skills in chemical biology and, in a span of three years, he formulated a power drink for athletes like himself which he launched last August.

Jon Matthias Rhoads is a Filipino-Scandinavian actor and model who is currently part of GMA 7's newest primetime show 'Super Ma'am' (along with Marian Rivera). Before this, his previous projects with the network were the shows 'Fiercest of Them All,' 'Karelasyon' and 'Meant to Be.” He also took part in the Manila rerun of '50 Shades! The Musical Parody' and in one of the viral Jollibee Valentines Series commercial which earned millions of online views.

Filipino-Spanish chef and actor Jose Sarasola's career in showbiz started when he became a contestant in ABS-CBN's Pinoy Fear Factor reality show. From there he was given several television and movie project, including 'Alyana,' Guns and Roses,' 'One More Try' and 'Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo.' Jose also owns the Avenue 75 Sports Bar in Parañaque City.

Ryan Araña's started basketball at the De La Salle University during his college years before he was picked 12th overall in the second round of the 2007 PBA draft by the Welcoat Dragons. Later on, he became part of the San Miguel Beermen and the Mahindra Floodbusters (now Kia Picanto). Ryan is currently playing as the shooting guard of the GlobalPort Batang Pier team. Aside from his basketball career, Ryan is also an entrepreneur and owns four laundry shops.

Roi Sumang was influenced by his father to pursue a career in basketball. He became a part of the UE Red Warriors team in 2011 and played for five years. The UAAP recognized him in 2013 as one of the Mythical Five players after gaining 76 statistical points during the 76th season. He then joined the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters team of the PBA D-League in 2015 and at the same year applied for the draft where he was picked 26th overall by the GlobalPort Batang Pier team. Ryan now plays as the point guard for the Blackwater Elite.

Jericho Cruz was a player for the Adamson University basketball team before he was picked 9th overall during the first round of the 2014 PBA draft by the Rain or Shine team. His remarkable performance earned him the PBA All-Rookie Team (Forward) in 2015 and PBA Most Improved Player Award in 2016. Realizing that his basketball career won't last forever and he also loves food, Jericho, along with his wife, ventured into the world of business. They joined six other partners and put up Papi Chulos, a Mexican restobar, in Parañaque City.

One of the popular activities during the Victorious launch is the presentation of the Vine Holistic Infusion Drips treatment where several guests tried it depending on their different needs.

It is a fact that we humans eat in order to get the right nutrients for our body to function properly. When the body lacks the proper nutrients, a person may show an unhealthy appearance, may exhibit weakness as he moves around. He/She may get sick most of the time or, worse, develop a certain disease.

The lack of nutrients is one reason why we take multivitamin supplements. However, the effect of supplements are not immediate as the tablets or a capsule needs to be digested. A medical approach to faster absorption of vitamins and nutrients is by administering it through intravenous feeding or IV.

This procedure is widely known in the medical field as one being used by the late Dr. John Myers, MD of Baltimore. His practice involved the use of vitamin-and-mineral formulas that were administered to his patients via IV. This treated various clinical conditions like asthma attacks, migraine, fatigue, and others.

When Myers passed away in 1984, another Baltimore doctor, Dr. Alan Gaby, MD, know about Myers' IV nutrient therapy procedure. He was able to copy it and continued to treat many of Myers' patients as well as other patients. Gaby was known to have popularized the IV nutrient therapy treatment of Myers.

As the years passed, and a number of clinical trials later, the IV nutrient therapy treatment became widely used by many medical practitioners. This is due to the procedure's immediate effect on patients and individuals who received this method of treatment.

Some aesthetic clinics in the country are now offering similar IV nutrient therapy treatment. It is performed by combining the proper and safe vitamins and nutrients depending on the patient's needs and the mix is delivered to the patient via IV.

When Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics opened in 2013, this treatment was called 'Chelation Therapy' which initially has four types -the  Whitening Drip, the Anti-aging Drip, the Slimming Drip and the complete Chelation Therapy drip (a mix of all the other drips cocktailed into one formula). Over the years, the clinic had to come up with other types of IV nutrient treatment or drips to cater to the increasing needs and demands of patients.

Currently, Vine Holistic has 12 types of drips that consumers can choose from. Their Snow White Drip is a complete 5-in-1 whitening treatment compared to the White Drip that aims to give patients a gleaming, fairer skin.

Men who aim to gain muscle can benefit from the Macho Drip which contains amino acids and protein nutrients. There's also the Superheroes Drip, a combination of vitamin C, magnesium and zinc that helps increase the immunity and energy of patients.

Those who simply want to gain weight can avail of the Gains Drip. In contrast, the Sexy Drip is the ideal treatment for patients who want to loose weight by reducing body fat.

'Forever Young' is now the new name of Vine Holistic's anti-aging drip. There's also the PA-PRP (Adistem Photoactivated-Platelet Rich Plasma) Drip that offers cell rejuvenation and repair. 

The clinic also has other drips that gives benefit to specific areas of the body. Like the Calci Drip which aims to promote bone strength, and the Rapunzel Drip which helps hair revitalization. Meanwhile, the Baywatch Drip is a combination of placenta and collagen specifically made for women to increase breast size.

There's also the Hangover Drip composed of vitamin B complex and vitamin D a simple and immediate treatment for those who want to sober up and detoxify their body after consuming too many alcohols.

According to Dr. Emehly Sevilla, founder of Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetic Clinic, clients and patients are advised to consult their respective physicians first before availing their Drips services. There are certain drips that require laboratory services before it is safely administered to a patient and they wouldn't perform it without any recommendation from their respective doctors and Vine Holistic's resident doctors. 

"Even with a complete laboratory examination, the patient will also have to be thoroughly evaluated by a Vine Holistic doctor. There are certain doses in some of the Drips that needs to be monitored and checked properly before it is performed to a patient."

Friday, October 06, 2017

LTO and SM Supermalls Launches Temporary Offsite Printing Office at SM Marikina

Are you one of the people who keep on harping about LTO's slow release of licenses in the recent months? For everyone concerned, we should take into consideration why there are delays in the license cards release. One of them is when the validity period for licenses was lengthened into five years for the convenience of the public as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte, the availability of the cards was delayed, thus, LTO has accumulated backlog printing of over 5 million nationwide, with one million of them coming from the National Capital Region (NCR) alone. 

Well there is good news now for all concerned as starting October 2016, LTO will begin issuance of the driver's license cards to those who have already applied but without license cards. For the fast tracking of release and to offload several backlogs of card issuance, LTO has sought the assistance of SM Supermalls to provide a Temporary Offsite Printing Office (TOPO) in several of its malls.

The printing of the 5YVC is in accordance with the implementation of the Five Year Validity License Card that started last 10 October 2016 under the issuance of the Administrative Order No. 2016-034, re: Rules and Regulations Providing for a Five-Year Validity Driver's Licenses and Conductor's Licenses. This in in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 10930, amending provisions of RA 4136 otherwise known as Land Transportation and Traffic Code, particularly Section 23.

Earlier at the SM Marikina, LTO and SM Supermalls formally opened the LTO Temporary Offsite Printing Office located inside the mall. The official launch were attended by LTO officials and graced by Chief/Assistant Sec. Edgar Galvante, Executive Director Atty Romeo Vera Cruz, NCR Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto and other NCR District Officers. Ms. Annie Garcia, President of SM Supermalls likewise attended the launching as well as Marikina’s city government officials led by Mayor Marcelino Teodoro and Vice-Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz.

From October to December 2017, selected malls of SM will also provide service by the LTO Temporary Offsite Printing Office specifically dedicated to printing/ distribution of the DL cards with 5 year validity. The mall are SM Southmall, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, SM Manila and Cherry Shaw.

Simultaneous with the launch of the Temporary Offsite Printing Office is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and the LTO.

During the launch and the MOA signing, Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Gavante, LTO Chief, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the management of SM Malls for providing LTO free spaces for offsite printing of Driver's License card with 5-year validity.

It was also disclosed that other negotiation from other mall owners to open more LTO kiosks to address the backlog operation is in the offing.

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SM celebrates Kids’ Month in 64 malls nationwide

The children is our future,  so does a song goes.  The happiest moment will always be seeing kids playing and enjoying life with a carefree disposition.  Last October 1, we witnessed such event as the Atrium at SM City Fairview literally become a sea of kids waiting for the official launch of SM Super Kids Day.

The latest happenings at SM Supermalls is especially dedicated for kids and kids at heart, where the kick-off at the first day of October is to celebrate Kids’ Month at all 64 malls of SM Supermalls nationwide. At a media launch of the SM Super Kids Day, the retail giant announced a season packed with fun-filled celebrations especially designed for kids like United Nations Day and the well-loved Halloween.

A fun and exciting field day where kids and the whole family can shop, play enjoy, eat, and win prizes – SM Super Kids Day fittingly showcased what customers can enjoy in the malls this Kids’ Month. It’s also the perfect season to splurge on gifts for kids and avail big discounts on kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys at The SM Store Kids’ Month Sale and at the Baby Company. Also not to be missed is the amazing Toy Kingdom Halloween Sale. 

On October 10 to 24, a grand display of world flags sets the mood for a two-week celebration of United Nations Day. SM’s “All Together for One World” features Dances Around the World performances, World Market food fairs, and the kids’ favorite, National Costume Parade Contest. Customers can also check out Art for Peace – an art exhibit by local artists and schools sending messages of peace for all. 

Culminating Kids’ Month is SM’s “Spooktacular Halloween” from October 20 to 31. As the Monster Fun Fair begins on October 20 offering great deals on trick-or-treat needs, beloved pets can then join the excitement at the Petrifying Halloween costume party for pets and owners on October 21/22. Approaching Halloween’s Eve, everyone is invited to the much awaited Costume Contest on October 28/29 for adults, and on October 31 for kids. Also on October 31, the young trick-or-treaters can continue the fun at the photo Halloween Studio by Vivo, and by visiting SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, and SM Cyberzone for treats and goodies.

Lastly, there’s an online promo where parents share why kids rule at SM, then use hashtag #SMKidsMonth2017 on Facebook for a chance to win exciting prizes for their kids’ and fun adventures!

3rd Philippine Junior Finance and Investment Summit

Judging by the massive attendance and enthusiastic young crowd at the recently concluded Philippine Junior Finance and Investment Summit h...