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SM provides learners with environment conducive to learning

More than just an area where students gather to hold classes, a school environment plays a vital role in learners’ cognitive development. Research has shownthat with an environment conducive to learning, students increase their attention and focus, and they are more motivated to practice higher-level critical thinking skills.

Adamant to provide students with venues where they can fully hone their skills and knowledge, SM Foundation (SMFI)—the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group—cemented its partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) in 2002 through DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Program.

Through this, SMFI builds SM school buildings in grassroot communities, complete with basic furniture and equipment. More so, SMFI integrates specialized features to each SM school building to address the unique needs of their school recipients—some received rooms dedicated as a guidance office, a clinic, a mini-library, and some even got a water tank and a handwashing facility.

To date, SMFI has turned over more than 100 SM school buildings nationwide with the help of its partners, which share the same aspirations for the Filipino learners and teachers. One of which is the SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) - one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia. Since the project’s inception, over 90 SM school buildings out of the more than 100 were built through the social good collaboration with SM Prime.


Galing Pook Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Local Government Programs for 2022

Ten outstanding local governance programs were recognized in the 2022 Galing Pook Awards held at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace last Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Galing Pook Foundation with its co-presenters SM Prime Holdings Inc., and the DILG-Local Government Academy, and sponsors Cebu Pacific and Airspeed named local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that promote innovation and excellence.

Caption: President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. recognizes the 10 winners of the Galing Pook Foundation 2022 at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace. He commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. With them in the photo are: Galing Pook Foundation chairman Mel Sarmiento, Local Government secretary Benjamin Abalos, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri. 

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. He stressed how strong collaboration between the public and private sector can lead to more meaningful and successful programs that truly benefit the Filipino people.

What New Hobby Can You Do Without Technology?

I am happy to say that I have found my non-tech hobby in Crafting which I have been sharing here on the blog.

For the majority of us, we waste so much time these days on technology that we forget to come back into the real world. Well, the time has come for you to put your tech down, and start looking into some of the hobbies that you can take part in, that don’t involve any! They are super fun, we promise, you just have to give them a chance. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more about what these are.

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UST’s Henry Sy Sr. Hall to boost health education

Pursuing its objective of driving Philippine social development by fostering the youth and the culture of excellence through education, the Henry Sy Foundation, Inc. (HSFI) recently inked a partnership with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Research and Endowment Foundation to construct a building that elevates health education in the country.

Happy Crafting | Invites for My Daughter’s Birthday

Every year, I look forward to my daughter’s birthday. I just love the thought of prepping for her to celebrate. Last year though, we did not do a grand celebration as I was preparing for a big purchase and we needed to save on expenses. 

Even though this year was pretty difficult for the family as we struggled financially and with mental health - I felt it would be a good time to still allow my daughter to celebrate as we see how important friendship is to her. 

I had her choose between celebrating in school with her classmates or just a day out with limited friends. She chose the latter. She was happy to choose 3 of her besties. I still wanted to make it special for her - so I decided to make it a little girl’s day out. We planned together the activities, her outfit, the loot bags and her invites to make it special. 

Now, crafting is just my happy space really. I love the challenge of putting something together then seeing the outcome. Really brings me joy. 

To start, I asked her to choose a color palette - as long as she felt it was something she liked then I was happy. Initially, it was going to be a milk tea theme but with changes in venue - she was fine to opt for a non-coffee frappe as she loves these too. 

Her color palette was a combination of pastel colors and with the inclusion of black. 

Here is what it looked like with the use of Canva

And here is the outcome when printed and with a sprinkle of magic:

I felt this sense of happiness when I saw the output from Canva to this. I can just imagine if I had it made versus making itself, it would not have the same feeling at all. What do you think of the output? Have you also made any DIY invitations lately? 


Layout App: Canva App for iPad

Inks Used: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Mustard Seed from The Crafters Marketplace

Card stock from Shopee

Blending Technique by KMheARTmade

Machine Used: Sizzix Vintaj Bigkick from Shopee


FIRST IN MANILA: A 3D Whale Shark billboard, Space Tunnel, Golden Gateway and Dazzling Light shows- ALL Immersive experiences lead to SM.

SM Supermalls celebrates not just joyful, but also fun, immersive and experiential holidays. This year, we take you to the deep oceans with SM Megamall’s first-ever 3D Whale Shark LED billboard, see the Northern lights at the Aurora Trail of SM City North Edsa, Sparkle at the Light show and Holiday fireworks at SM Mall of Asia, enter the Golden gateway of SM Aura Premier and explore the outer space at the Mega Space Odyssey.

It’s a Happy Christmas at SM Supermalls!

 SM Megamall starts to spread sparks of happiness with an out-of-this-world Christmas event

SM Supermalls brings back the excitement in every visit, joy in every sight, and a magical connection in every experience that will make every Filipino’s Christmas happier and brighter.

Ode to outer space: An out-of-this-world celebration starts at SM Megamall

SM officially ushered the holiday season with an out-of-this-world celebration at the Mega & Bright: Christmas in Space 2022 at the SM Megamall on October 20.