SM opens first mall in Zamboanga

    SM City Mindpro opened its doors in Zamboanga City, on Tuesday, December 8, bringing great shopping, leisure, and entertainment to this beautiful western Mindanao city.  It is SM Prime Holdings’ 76th supermall, the seventh in Mindanao, and the first in the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

    Strategically located in a 13,078 square- meter site along La Purisima Street and Campaner Street in Barangay Zone III, SM City Mindpro will serve shoppers the Zamboanga Peninsula including those from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, and Pagadian.

    The four-level 59,383 square meter mall is within a short walk to the well-known Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Pershing, Paseo Del Mar and nearby pier.

    The SM Store and Mindpro Supermarket are SM City Mindpro’s major anchors, along with SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Surplus, Miniso, and Sports Central,  as well as fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, bookstores, a Cyberzone and service and wellness outlets.

    Specialty restaurants and international and local food chains  like Hap Chan, Pancake House, Bigby’s, Buffalo Wings N’ Things, Dunkin Donut, Cinnabon, Pretzelmaker, Chatime, and Macao Imperial Tea will complete the setup.

    Zamboanga based brands like Bay Tal Mal, Turkish Grille Plus, Casa Velyn, South Avenue, Kape Sur, Sophia Jewelry, Oro Italia Fine Jewelry, among others. The mall also brings great entertainment to Zamboanga City with its four state-of-the-art cinemas.

    For customer convenience, SM City Mindpro has six parking levels with 481 car slots, 53 motorcycle slots, 12 for PWD vehicles as well as tourist transport terminals.

    SM City Mindpro is on the forefront of safe malling, enforcing high standard hygiene checks and health protocols in the city through advanced, touch-free technology that creates a seamless shopping experience for all.

     MakatiMed opens Wellness Center

    Makati Medical Center recently opened its MakatiMed Wellness Center at the 7th floor of Ayala North Exchange Tower 1, 6796 Ayala Ave. corner Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    Designed to provide a convenient and comfortable facility for consultation, diagnosis, and outpatient procedures, the Center, according to MakatiMed president  and chief executive officer  Pilar Nenuca  Almira, “caters to every individual (pediatric and adult), and was set up to preserve the good health of patients, for early detection, and for ascertaining the diagnosis of possible illness.”

    Offering holistic healthcare and a wide range of procedures, the Center offers diagnostic imaging services including bone mineral densitometry, general ultrasound, mammography, OB-GYN ultrasound, sonomammogram, and x-ray.

    Skin and laser services cover body contouring, body sculpting, hair reduction, lift and firm, skin renewal, skin whitening, and tattoo removal; while health screening services include electrocardiography , weight management counseling, laboratory procedures, and primary care consultation.

    Watsons Card celebrates 2nd anniversary

    Watsons, the flagship health and beauty brand of the global A.S. Watson Group, a leading health, beauty and wellness retailer in the Philippines, recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of their loyalty program now with more than 3 million members nationwide.

    The Watsons Card was launched in 2018 to give its frequent shoppers exclusive perks, discounts, exciting deals and more value for money.

    To kick-off the 2nd anniversary celebration and Grand Member Sale, Watsons went live on their Facebook page. As a gesture of thanks to its millions of members, there were exciting deals and up to 50% OFF on more than a thousand great selections of health and beauty products through the Watsons Card Grand Members Sale.

    Watsons Card benefits include lifetime membership, earning/redeeming of points, getting exclusive discounts, 2x bonus points on Watsons Brand products, access to member events, privileges in select partner establishments, and access to more perks and rewards such as an annual sale to all Watsons Card members.

    Watsons Card members who accumulate a minimum of P 35,000 in annual spend are qualified for Watsons Elite membership. Elite members can enjoy priority service, free delivery at Watsons online or Call & Delivery service, access to Elite concierge by having a personal shopper and an assigned store officer at the store, exclusive Elite discounts, a birthday treat (earn 10x points on your first transaction during your birth month, 5x bonus on Watsons Brand products and access to Elite member events.

    Shop online at or try Watsons’ Call & Delivery to get your orders within 24 hours. Or download the Watsons App through the following: Google Playstore:; App Store:; and the Huawei App Gallery:

    Safe Christmas shopping at The Outlets

    Shopping at both The Outlets at Lipa and Pueblo Verde is sure to be safe as both are masterfully designed and professionally managed to adhere well to public health codes.

    The Outlets at Lipa is located in LIMA Estate in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas while the Outlets at Pueblo  Verde is located in  Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) II in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

    The Outlets have a sprawling open-air format, allowing for social distancing so visitors can better appreciate the fresh air, surrounding green parks and landscapes, community art spaces, individual storefronts, and al fresco dining. Roving guards help ensure health protocols are enforced. Given the stress, prolonged isolation, and physical inactivity that have resulted from the pandemic, going outdoors and communing with nature – while wearing a mask and following safety guidelines – provide a host of benefits to one’s mental health and immune system.

    Both branches are open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. , according to the community quarantine guidelines. Mall tenants and visitors also follow strict social distancing protocols and safety measures.

    Samsung provides aid to families affected by Typhoon Ulysses

    Samsung Philippines extended its help through free services to the residents of Marikina City affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

    Thirteen washing machines were deployed to offer free laundry services for families and residents at the Jesus Dela Peña Barangay Hall in Marikina City. An entertainment system with smart television and a sound tower speaker was also installed to provide entertainment while they wait. A product check-up booth was also set up to offer free evaluation and discounts for restorations on any Samsung appliances.

    The campaign ran from November 19 to December 2  where Samsung was able to help over 1,000 residents, processed almost 7,000 kilograms of laundry, and performed over 70 free check-ups on different appliances.

    SMC nears completion of P352M  housing community

    San Miguel Corp. is nearing completion of a P352-million sustainable community in Sariaya, Quezon, site of the integrated agro-industrial complex the company will build.

    Some 127 families who relocated from the town’s risky coastal areas have  transferred to SMC’s 5.4-hectare San Miguel-Christian Gayeta Homes.

    Apart from the 450-unit housing complex, SMC has built the Sariaya Fisherman’s Dock, and the San Miguel Market to provide families with the means to thrive and develop resilience in the face of challenges.

    Each housing unit in the community, built under Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) standards, has a lot area of 54 square meters that can fit a bedroom, toilet and bathroom, kitchen, dining area, and loft capability.

    The community has an overhead water tank with 136,000-liter capacity, a dedicated sewage treatment plant made of natural reed beds, a multi-purpose hall, park, daycare center, livelihood center, e-library, and a clubhouse consisting of covered basketball court, multipurpose hall, and playground garden.

    FedEx supports SMEs

    FedEx Express recently discussed at the Philippine Economic Briefing, how the company continues to leverage its extensive network and logistics capabilities to help Philippine businesses – large and small – build resilience and grow in the post-pandemic world.

    The Philippine Economic Briefing is an annual gathering of Philippine government officials and senior executives of several major US companies with operations in the Philippines.

    Mark Shorney, vice president for operations, FedEx Express Southeast Asia, cited the need to help enterprises address various logistical challenges such as reduced cargo capacity, uncertain demand, and the need to help businesses tap into the accelerated shift to eCommerce. Shorney underlined FedEx continued commitment to its customers in the Philippines, as it marked its 36th anniversary in the market with a  $30 million investment in the Clark Gateway facility.

    Alongside its holiday preparations, FedEx is reinforcing its capabilities to support shipments of COVID vaccines worldwide.

    FedEx has the largest cargo fleet of airplanes in the world, an established healthcare logistics network of over 90 cold chain facilities, and the development of technology-based solutions like SenseAware for time and temperature-sensitive shipments and a dedicated healthcare team. It has the flexibility and customized solutions, including charter flights, refrigerator trucks and trailers, warehousing, thermal blankets, and temperature-controlled containers, to help safely move temperature sensitive shipments, such as vaccines and other bioscience shipments, around the world.

    Skyrocket Studios Partners with MoEngage

    To strengthen its presence in Asean, global customer engagement and analytics platform MoEngage has partnered with Manila-based digital marketing agency Skyrocket Studios.

    Headquartered in San Francisco, California, MoEngage has offices in nine countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, and over 1000 customers across 35 countries. Just recently, the company announced its partnership with CIMB Bank Philippines and Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC).

    “Skyrocket is always looking for opportunities to grow and build relationships with partners in order to broaden our digital marketing capabilities for our clients. We are deeply grateful for the trust that MoEngage has placed in Skyrocket, and we are looking forward to introducing their products to our past, current, and future partners,” said F. Patrick Cuartero, chief executive officer of Skyrocket Studios.

    MoEngage’s mobile-first customer engagement platform brings together native and third-party data sources to help marketers create a comprehensive, unified customer profile.  Customers can harness the benefits of its strong partner ecosystem, including partners such as Mixpanel, Segment, and Amplitude.


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