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.

HIPA set foot in Manila, encourages photographers around the globe.

NOW on its Fifth season, the acclaimed Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is now set and ready to challenge all photographers around the world, for a grand prize of $120, 000.

Just last May 28, 2015 the HIPA organizers are here in Manila, particularly in SM Aura Mall in Taguig City  to promote and inspire Filipino photographers to continue to take photos, and inspired the world with their eye of photography. Not to mention three Filipino photographers are runner up in the last year’s competition.
This year’s category to watch out for is Happiness, Wildlife, Father and Son and General. Entries should have the following subject base on the above mention topic. The submission of entries is already open since March 21 and the deadline or closing is on the midnight of December 31, 2015. The time and date  of closing is based on UAE time.

Filipino photographer Jaime Singlador, and his winning photo, who won 5th Prize for General Category last 2014.
The visit to Philippines of HIPA is celebrated with photo exhibits of last year’s winners, they also conduct some workshops and talks about the importance of getting photos and how precious this to the world.

For more information or some technical questions about the contest, you may check their website at www.hipa.ae, www.facebook.com/HIPA.ae, twitter at @Hipaae or check #HIPAsnap .  You may also send emails to ziad.alsalama@hipa.ae .

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