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.

A Taste of Chinese Opera: The Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven

 Last May 18, 2018 the renowned Qingdao Peking Opera company held a performance of The Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) little theater.

As part of the 2015-2018 Executive Program of the Philippines-China Cultural Agreement for cross-cultural collaboration of Sarswela and Chinese Jingju in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the distinguished “National Advanced Cultural Collective” Qingdao Peking Opera visited manila and showcased their gala performance of the classic traditional repertoire Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven. Aside from production showcase, the program also includes lecture-demonstration, interactions and pre-production meetings as collaboration with local theater artists. Furthermore, it also a part of the 43rd celebration of the formal establishment of Philippine-China Diplomatic Relations.
Started with the fake invitation from the Jade Emperor, Sun Wukong attends the peach feast at the temple. Knowing that he was not officially invited, the enraged Sun Wukong crashes immortal’s haven and steals peaches and god’s elixir. To defeat the Jade Emperor’s army, Sun Wukong called his own troops and flaunts their banner into victory.
The gala event was attended by important personalities from the diplomatic core and artist circles of both countries. Apart from showcasing the performance, the performance also shows that understanding theater performance and arts transcends any language and culture. This proves that the connection of the Philippines to its neighboring country is beyond trade and commerce, but also in the expression of arts.
Since its foundation 60 years ago, the company continues to nurture the art of traditional Chinese opera by inheriting and developing various schools dedicated to this craft through “young talent cultivation strategy”. Tasked with an important role, the company regularly held performances and visits to neighboring and partner countries such as Japan, Korea and the Philippines among others.

Text and Photos by Ariane Dave Farnazo. 

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