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Music Lane Okinawa Rescheduled to February 20-21, 2021

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Following the recent declaration of State of Emergency for the central area in Tokyo, Japan, the Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021 (Music Lane Okinawa) and Trans Asia Music Meeting 2021 has been rescheduled to February 20 and 21, 2021. According to a statement released by organizers, the decision to postpone the festival follows the recent rising cases of the COVID-19 in different parts of Japan. “Although Okinawa is not included in the State of Emergency, there are many artists and audiences participating from Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. In addition, the spread of infection in Okinawa Prefecture is becoming more prominent again… We felt that pushing the festival to be held in these circumstances could cause inconvenience and trouble to the participating artists, audiences, and all the staff members.” The announcement was made formally last week to the Japanese audience. Originally slated for January 16-17, the Music Lane Okinawa was set to be the debut edition of the multina

As the City Health issues Dengue alert Get P10K Dengue Insurance for only P300 at The SM Store

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The City Health Office (CHO) recently reminded the public about the possible increase in Dengue cases during the present wet season. And just in case, it is better to be practical and insured. For only P300, you could already secure a lump sum cash of P10,000 if you get diagnosed with Dengue, either outpatient or hospitalized. This MediCash Dengue Insurance by Pioneer is available at the SM Store Customer Service, valid after 15 days of waiting period up to one (1) year. Once insured, you still get P10,000 on top of your HMO and PhilHealth benefits to take care of other expenses. Receipts or hospital bills are not required. Regular price of MediCash Dengue Insurance is P350 for customers without SM Advantage Card (SMAC) and P320 for SMAC holders. You can get this for P300 if you buy more than one policy, for you and for at least one of your loved ones with ages 14 days old up to 70 years old. For inquiries, you may contact Pioneer at (02) 7750 5433  or email retail@pioneer.co

Start Your 2021 for the Environment with SM Trash-to-Cash

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This New Year is the perfect time to turn the trash lying around your home into cash! The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for Filipinos. It is also a period wherein trash can accumulate easily as a result of various activities linked to the season’s celebrations. Knowing this, SM is encouraging Filipinos to observe responsible solid waste management as they welcome 2021 via the Trash-to-Cash recycling program. SM City Puerto Princesa calls for nearby communities to bring in their plastic bottles, scrap paper, cardboard, and cookware at the recycling market along Lacao Street, Bgy. San Miguel happening this January 8-9 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Trash-to-Cash is SM’s long-running environmental initiative aimed at educating the community to recycle, dispose of their trash properly, and earn in the process. Launched in 2007, the program is part of the company’s efforts in compliance with Republic Act No. 9003, also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.

AIRFUNDING, Makes Christmas Memorable for Sick Children in Central Luzon through Christmas Gift-giving Project.

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Gift-giving is a tradition that will never cease to be the center of Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.  Airfunding  has chosen several hospitals in Central Luzon as their beneficiaries this year. The beneficiaries are indigent patients confined in several state hospitals and cancer-stricken children. 100 children, mostly with serious health conditions and disabilities particularly from Zambales public hospitals were treated to a day full of love and appreciation in the recent  Airfunding  Cares Christmas Gift Giving activity. Airfunding Cares  is an initiative project of the company as part of its core commitment to reach out to the less privileged sectors of society. The successful event inspired the management of  Kiheitai Inc.,  the parent company of  Airfunding  to make the event a yearly tradition. Airfunding  Cares is committed to raising $ 10,000 to help more people in the Philippines especially the Cagayan and Tuguegarao province who suffered the most because of

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan Advances Trans Fat Elimination in the Philippines

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Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan joins the growing number of legislative champions for trans fat elimination in the Philippines as he filed Senate Bill No. 1954 “An Act to Protect Filipinos From the Harmful Effects of Trans Fatty Acids” on December 15, 2020. Sen. Pangilinan, a member of the Committee on Health and Demography, filed the Trans Fat Free Bill which aims to address the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in the Philippines by eliminating industrially-produced trans fatty acids (iTFA) from the food supply.  High intake of iTFA causes coronary heart diseases (CHD), a leading cause of death worldwide, and known comorbidity of COVID-19. In line with the mandate of the Universal Health Care law to provide cost-effective and preventive health services to the population, the Trans Fat Free Philippines Bill will regulate the production and distribution of iTFA, thereby reducing the health risks of TFA intake to the public. An advocate for the full implementation of univer

SM City Puerto Princesa donates Christmas Packs to boatmen, IPs

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As an early Christmas treat, SM City Puerto Princesa distributes 780 Christmas packs—each containing 5kg of rice and food essentials—to tourism boatmen and members of the indigenous peoples whose main livelihoods were lost due to economic disruptions caused by COVID-19. Honda Bay Boatmen Association, Inc. (HOBBAI) members and boatmen in the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a total of 412 recipients received their Christmas packs from SM City Puerto Princesa on December 17, 2020. Also, 368 Members of different IP communities are expected to receive their Christmas packs on Dec. 18, 2020. SM Supermalls continue to implement its programs that support the community despite the challenges brought by the pandemic as a testament of its commitment to community development. Through Operation Tulong Express (OPTE), a social good program of SM Foundation in collaboration with SM Supermalls and SM Markets, SM already provided various relief initiatives since the start of community quarantines i

Manuel V Pangilinan hailed as Sports Tourism Personality of the Year

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Manuel V. Pangilinan’s moniker as MVP was made all the more accurate during the 4 th  Philippine Sports Tourism Awards after being recognized as the private sector’s Sports Tourism Personality of the Year for 2019. The award cited MVP’s immense contributions to the sports tourism sector in the country. After serving as the first-ever president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Pangilinan went on to found the MVP Sports Foundation which provided a good cross section of sports with the proper funding and training to produce world-class athletes.   Under his leadership, the country’s largest integrated telco PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) were also able to deploy fixed and wireless networks in New Clark City as part of preparations for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Aside from rolling out fiber infrastructure and cell sites, Smart also augmented its capacity and coverage in key areas around the NCC in anticipation of the