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.

The Gray Homecoming

Catriona Gray's grand homecoming that is truly fit for a queen. Festive parades, charity visits are among the highlights during her homecoming. On February 23, Saturday, Catriona will have another parade, this time at the Araneta Center where her journey to the Miss Universe crown started. Festivities will start at 4 pm. The parade will begin at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center and will go through the main road Aguinaldo Avenue, and around the 35-hectare lifestyle hub before making a stop at the Green Gate of the iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum, where she won the Miss Universe Philippines crown in March last year. 

A tribute, “Raise Your Flag for Catriona Gray”, the grand homecoming of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is happening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on February 24, 2019. Joining the grand tribute for the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe titleholder are Bamboo, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Jed Madela, Kz Tandingan, Morisette Amon, TNT boys, Maymay Entrata & Vice Ganda together with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and other surprise guests! Admission is FREE. 
A separate ticket is required upon entry. Free admission tickets on upper box and general admission will be released to the public from February 21 until February 24 or until supplies last. Claiming of free tickets is from 10 AM to 8 PM only, at the Ticketnet Box Office located at the yellow gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum. Only two tickets will be given per person. 

Staying true to her core advocacy of helping under privileged children as well as those living with HIV and AIDS, Catriona will visit and bond with the beneficiaries of Young Focus, LoveYourself PH and Smile Train organizations which is close to her heart with BPCI Chairperson Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta. 

Catriona is also scheduled to have courtesy calls in the offices of some of the countrys most prominent leaders including Vice President Leni Robredo. Catriona held her first official press conference as Miss Universe yesterday at the Monet Ballroom 3, Novotel where she made an emotional opening statement. Hosted by Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup Lee where executives from Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) and Miss Universe Organization (MUO) were in attendance. 
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Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha

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