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Award-winning Environmental Documentary Comes Home: To Close Cinemalaya 2022

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The award-winning documentary feature, “ Delikado ,” which draws focus on environmental crusaders who risk their lives protecting the rainforests of Palawan will finally have its Philippine premiere. The 96-minute enviro-thriller docu directed by journalist Karl Malakunas will be screened at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) on Aug. 13 at 3:30 p.m. It will be among the closing films of the 18th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival . In “Delikado,” Malakunas takes viewers to one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations—Palawan. But the former Manila bureau chief of Agence France Presse shies away from the tropical paradise angle and instead shines the light on environmental defenders who are fighting to preserve their natural resources from big developers, politicians, illegal loggers and others who threaten the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier.” The film follows Robert “Bobby” Chan, lawyer and executive director of the P

SM Supermalls welcomes you into a new era of change

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The honest truth: No one came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in quite the same way. The pandemic was an isolating period of self-discovery, emotional growth, and life-altering realizations. It changed people, and in the process, it shaped the way so many of us view ourselves and the world around us. Because of this, consumer tastes and behaviors have shifted. Where in a pre-pandemic world, people often spent on luxuries and experiences that allowed them to celebrate their accomplishments, studies show that consumers now want a different experience, one that is kinder and more embracing of the changes that each individual had gone through in the past 2 years. People are now prioritizing their personal wellness and supporting products and services that champion growth. As consumer tastes have shifted, brands are starting to adapt to these changes. And true to its foundational commitment to make people happy, SM is ready with a host of new offerings as the entire brand is poised for a refre

SM Supermalls joins the Metaverse with an AweSM SuperKids Zone in Roblox!

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Get ready for an aweSM summer as  SM Supermalls  gives kids a glimpse into the future with a brand-new virtual entertainment zone in the Metaverse where they can immerse themselves in the biggest gaming and social experience platform for kids, Roblox!  This new aweSM space by  SM Supermalls  is now open for super kids to safely explore, play, and meet with friends.  With restrictions easing up, SM Supermalls wanted to bring the excitement of going back to the malls online through a virtual space in the metaverse gaming platform, Roblox – the most popular gaming app for Filipino children. Roblox serves as an avenue for kids to express themselves through custom avatars, while also serving as a safe place for kids to reconnect with their friends digitally in over 4 million different worlds!  SM Supermalls partnered with SVEN The Digital 1st Agency, as its metaverse partner, to become the first mall chain in the Philippines to enter the metaverse. With this simulated digital reality, kids

The Hammingtons Fly to Manila for First Fanmeeting

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This July is a good time for a family bonding activity as South Korea’s cutest trio is coming to Manila! For the first time, Sam, William, and Bentley are coming to meet Filipino fans at The Hammingtons in Juanderland: Fanmeeting in Manila . The event is scheduled to take place on July 17, 2022, Sunday, 3 PM at the New Frontier Theater.  The South Korean stars rose to fame in 2016 when they joined the roster for “ The Return of Superman ,” a reality show featuring celebrity dads and their children. Initially, it was only Sam and William (now five years old) who appeared on the show. Bentley (now four years old) joined a year later after he was born. The three quickly became fan favorites and eventually brought home the prestigious “Grand Prize” (locally known as “Daesang”) at the 2018 KBS Entertainment Awards along with the other cast. Earlier this year, the family decided to step down from the show to pursue other opportunities. One of which is “Wilbengers: Suspicious Camping Commotio

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder in SM Cinemas

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 July may mean rainy days, but for 2022, it also means some executive couch time at SM Cinema with one of Marvel ’s blockbuster movies, Thor: Love and Thunder . Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder will surely entertain the whole family as the God of Thunder marks his big-screen comeback. Embarking a special journey of self-discovery, Thor’s efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr, the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods.  To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of new and old allies like King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it is too late. Catch the adventure and most awaited Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder on July 6 in SM Cinemas of SM City

The Relentless Rizaly: From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager

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Twenty years ago, high school student Rizaly Lim and her four siblings would watch in awe every time they pass by the construction of the first SM City in her hometown Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  All five children, packed in the tricycle their father rides for a living, were all excitedly looking forward to happy family weekends they would be spending at the huge mall. Today, after graduating Summa Cum Laude through a scholarship from SM Foundation, Rizaly is now a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working as Accounting Manager for the head office of SM Prime Holdings, a leading property developer in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.  From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager At a young age, Rizaly was headstrong about getting her family out of poverty. She shares, “My father was the only one who worked for our family, and because we were a large family, his daily earnings as a tricycle driver were never enough.” Rizaly finished high school at the Balibago National High Scho

SM Prime continues to do its share in addressing climate change for the benefit of communities

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  Climate change is one of the most pressing and defining global issues today. It has become imperative for both the public and private sectors to continue to band together to primarily, safeguard the welfare of the people and to step up to strengthen the resilience of the nation. The Philippines currently ranks third globally when it comes to climate change vulnerability. In relation to its geographical location, it is more exposed to altering intensities of climate change manifested through erratic weather systems and natural calamities. The private sector is called upon now more than ever to align with the principles of sustainable development and to take on the same firm stance on environmentally sound practices in its operations. “I constantly encourage the private sector to work closely with the government. This way, we can be more cohesive in our efforts to make more meaningful progress towards a better and sustainable future. As a private enterprise, SM Prime will continue to d

Celebrate #PinoyFreedom at SM Supermalls!

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In anticipation of the 124th anniversary of Philippine Independence, SM Supermalls shares why Independence Day is a pivotal turning point in our history. It is a celebration of our identity as Filipinos. Independence Day represents the core of our beliefs and our identity as Filipinos – a strong and courageous race willing to fight for freedom’s sake. After almost 400 years of colonization, the raising of our flag and the singing of our anthem serves as more than an obligation; it commemorates the heroism embodied by every Filipino who fought for our freedom. This June 12, 2022 at 8:30 am, come in colors of the Philippine flag and head to the SM Supermalls ’ Flag Raising Ceremony as we show love of our country and pay our respects to those who fought to protect it.  It is a celebration of our rich and diverse culture. Each year, the month of June encourages us to exhibit our country’s rich culture in many different ways. Whether it be through food, fashion, or art, all 18 regions acro

ABS-CBN partners with Viu to bring Philippine adaptation of Flower of Evil across 16 markets

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ABS-CBN and Viu ,  PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, announced today the  expansion of their partnership to adapt the hit South Korean thriller drama Flower of  Evil in 16 markets across Asia, the Middle East and South Africa. This much anticipated series is the first Viu Original Adaptation from the Philippines which stars  Lovi Poe and Piolo Pascual. It will stream simultaneously on Viu 48 hours before its  domestic television broadcast.  ABS-CBN Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast, Cory Vidanes, and  Viu Philippines ’ Country Manager, Arianne Kader-Cu, shared their excitement for the  series, which will be Lovi’s first Kapamilya teleserye since joining ABS-CBN and  Piolo’s first drama series after four years.  Ms Arianne said, “Testament to our commitment to bringing the best premium Asian  entertainment to Viu-ers, we are happy to work with ABS-CBN once again to bring  the Philippine adaptation of Flower of Evil to all of Viu ’s 16 markets

The significance of Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

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Artist's illustration of SM's rainwater collection facility in 22 SM Malls nationwide. A person’s safety during calamities is mainly dependent on their community’s disaster preparedness. No matter how ready they are for all possible catastrophic scenarios, every bit of preparation can go down the drain if their community cannot respond effectively to such events. It is why a community-based disaster risk reduction and management plan (CBDRRMP) is essential. It places the responsibility of being prepared for calamities and other emergencies on the community as a whole, ensuring that organizations, households and individuals can work together in making their community more resilient in the face of disaster. CBDRRMP is important, especially for countries highly vulnerable to disasters, such as the Philippines. Situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire and typhoon belt, the Philippines is frequented by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and typhoons respectively. The country ranked

Discover a new side of Nadine Lustre, Yassi Pressman & Rei Germar in the latest OPPO TVC

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The global smart device brand OPPO recently unveiled their newest TVC, featuring multidimensional personalities who are known to push the boundaries in their respective crafts: Nadine Lustre, Yassi Pressman and Rei Germar. Throughout the video, the three women showed they’re not just one-trick ponies - they can do it all!   Vlogger and content creator Rei Germar kicked off the video revealing her inner thrill-seeker. Known for her fashion inspirations, this time Rei was shown as a daring go-getter, drifting and doing car tricks behind the wheel.   Meanwhile, entertainer and entrepreneur Yassi Pressman who, throughout her career, has graced the stage with her show-stopping dance moves, unveiled her classical ballet training to show her elegance.   Finally, multihyphenate Nadine Lustre took on the world, rounding up the video in the heart of Paris. Dressed in head-turning pieces representing how she can pull off any style and conquer any role, Nadine sashayed across the French capital’s

Vibal Foundation Launches Colección Iberoasia Imprint with Dolors Floch’s Martín de Rada

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Vibal Foundation, Inc. (FVI) commemorated women’s month with the launch of the first book in its Colección Iberoasia series: Martín de Rada (1533–1578): Scientist, Missionary, and Spanish Philippine Diplomat to China by Dolors Folch, an eminent Spanish scholar of East Asian Studies. This landmark volume has a Spanish edition as well as an English-translated edition. About Martín de Rada (1533–1578): Book Highlights In this first volume of VFI’s Colección Iberoasia imprint, sinologist and professor Dolors Folch recreates the ideals, life, times, and works of Fray Martín de Rada, both a man of science and a man of the cloth, who arrived in the Philippines in 1565 with Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s expedition that established a Spanish colony in the islands. An expert in astronomy and mathematics, indispensable for the invading Spanish missionaries and conquistadors, he was not just a witness to the first two decades of colonial rule in the Philippines, he was also the first to describe Chi

Filipino band of Mercury teams up with Chinese breakthrough producer Crazy Donkey on new single “New Highs”

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Alternative pop/soul outfit of Mercury continues their winning streak with the release of ‘New Highs,’ their collaborative single with prolific producer Crazy Donkey. Incorporating elements of house and Brazilian bass effortlessly alongside Nathan Huang’s vocals, ‘New Highs’ showcases the natural instincts that have made 16-year-old Crazy Donkey one of the most exciting names to come out from China in the last 12 months.  Crazy Donkey worked on the lyrics of ‘New Highs’ with multi-platinum award-winning lyricist, Jesper Borgen, who has been responsible for writing hits from the likes of Alan Walker, Bebe Rexha and many more. Furthermore, there will be an alternate Mandarin language version of the song made available with local rapper, Kaka, on April 1 as well. Filipino band of Mercury expressed excitement in working with the talented producer despite the difference in sonic approach. “To be able to work with him with this type of sound was a bit of a challenge but at the same time f

Rex Orange County announces new album, Who Cares? New single and video “Keep it Up,” out now!

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Rex Orange County returns to announce his forthcoming album WHO CARES? , which is due March 11th via Sony Music. Along with the announcement, Rex also shares the new album's lead single and its accompanying video in "KEEP IT UP." In the video, Rex is seen dancing his way through Amsterdam's busy city center as he performs the track alongside musician Benny Sings, with whom he created WHO CARES? over the course of a few sessions in Sings' Amsterdam studio. Today's release is Rex's first since 2020's Live at Radio City Music Hall EP taken from his two sold-out shows at the venue in 2020 just before his international Pony tour was cut short in Berlin due to Covid-19. As it turns out, however, that tour being cut short is part of the genesis of this album. After spending the bulk of 2020 quarantined back home in the UK, Rex made the trek to Amsterdam that fall to record with Benny Sings, with whom he crafted the 2017 platinum selling breakout single &quo

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