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.

Collaboratory Live: Of Poems and Music

Spoken words have been a flourishing performing art in the Manila art scene for the recent years. Different groups and collectives were already established performing pieces that transforms poems into a moving art- both physically and emotionally. A spring of new collaboration that does not only features different spoken word artists but also features performances with budding musicians. Collaboratory.PH recently held their live performance entitled Collaboratory Live at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City last November 11, 2017.
Filled with words and music, Collaboratory Live is a performance event conceived by Collaboratory.PH which features spoken word artist and musicians that are actively contribute to this art scene. The event also features an open mic for the audience who wants to share their poems, music and would like to have a piece of the stage for a night. Moreover, outstanding original work performances from the collaboration members were witnessed. Uniquely, Collaboratory Live introduced several performances that were done and featured collaborations with solo musicians hailed from different collectives and area. These poems and performances does not only tackle the usual themes such as unrequited love or pain of being broken-hearted, moreover, it opens and spread ideas of inclusive love, grief from a loss, respect on individuality and as far as love for freedom.
The successful event was well attended by enthusiast, several bloggers and supporters. Performances from the collaborator mainstays Maimai Cantillano, Jerome Cleofas, Mark Dimaisip, Sofia Dara Medina, Leandro Reyes, Ian Christopher Sudiacal Reinne Villasanta and collaboration with their guests Siege Brazil, Meivelyn Caliboso, Nuna M. Esguerra, Nelle Fernandez,Mark Ghosn and Keene JV Agaton Leonor were all applauded.  
A rerun of Collaboratory Live will be held this coming December 2, 2017 at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City.

Text and Photos by Ariane Dave Farnazo.

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