SM, BDO receive highest honors for sustainability

    SM Investments Corp.(SMIC) and BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO) were recognized by Hong Kong-based multi-media company Asset Publishing and Research Ltd. for their performance in sustainability amid a year that put to the test companies’ commitment to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG).

    Both companies received Platinum Awards, the highest honors under The Asset ESG Corporate Awards 2020 for the 12th consecutive year for SMIC and the 11th straight year for BDO.

    The Asset ESG Corporate Awards are the longest running ESG awards in Asia given annually by research house, Asset Benchmark Research.

    With regard to the assessment process, companies were evaluated on a range of factors including financial performance, management, corporate governance, social and environmental responsibility and investor relations.

    PHirst Park Homes now the Official Home of
    Pinoy Big Brother Connect Season 9

    PHirst Park Homes, the First Home Buyer Brand of Century Properties Group and Mitsubishi Corporation, is now the Official Home of Pinoy Big Brother Connect Season 9.

    Currently airing daily on cable via the Kapamilya Channel, A2Z Zoe TV on free TV, iWANT TFC, and ABS CBN Entertainment’s Youtube and Facebook channels, PBB Connect brings Housemates from different backgrounds performing tasks and challenges together.

    “We at PHirst Park Homes are pleased to be in partnership with Pinoy Big Brother and the official home of PBB Connect Season 9. The PBB Housemates are truly reflective of the Filipino spirit: courageous, persevering, and motivated towards success. Our homebuyers at PHirst Park Homes also worked hard to secure a bright future, and it is truly heartwarming to be instrumental in giving the Housemates a chance to own their dream home at the end of the season,” said Loren Sales, PHirst Park Homes’ Vice President for Customer Management Group.

    PBB Connect’s Big Winner will become a lucky homeowner of a unit from a PHirst Park Homes project. PHirst has so far launched 104 hectares of house and lot communities in Tanza (Cavite), Lipa (Batangas), San Pablo (Laguna), Calamba (Laguna), Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas), Pandi (Bulacan), and most recently, Magalang (Pampanga).

    PHirst Park Homes brand ambassador and proud homeowner Robi Domingo, who also hosts PBB Connect Season 9, said: “I’m very proud and excited to be working with both PHirst and PBB Connect on this show. As a brand for first-time homebuyers PHirst is the perfect official home for PBB and its loyal following of viewers who may be looking to own a safe, secure and complete home at very attainable prices.”

    Every PHirst Park Home carries the brand’s signature 4Cs: Complete and well-provisioned homes with a perimeter fence and gate; Conceptive amenities that promote a healthy and holistic lifestyle; Connected living via WiFi zones and shuttle service; and a Convenient and simplified selling and buying experience.

    EK’s Enchanting Dinner in the Sky


    From the heart of the most loved Philippine theme park Enchanted Kingdom, feel the magic this season of hearts with the most romantic treat aboard the towering Wheel of Fate! Celebrate love with a Korean twist with Enchanting Korean Dinner (K-D) in the Sky, EK’s signature—and sky-high first quarter offering.

    Feel “Extra Kilig” as intimate diners are treated to flavorful Korean fare while listening to their favorite Korean hits, with breathtaking citylights to complete the picture. From January 30 to March 7, 2021, book your Korean-inspired weekend date with your special someone and experience magical dining 130 feet in the air, only at Enchanted Kingdom.

    Enchanting K-D in the Sky offers Couple Packages at P2,000.00, inclusive of 2 Regular Day Passes, Korean meals and face masks for two; and Group Packages at P3,900.00, inclusive of 4 Regular Day Passes, Korean meals and face masks for four.

    Ayala Land bests Asean Corporate Governance scorecard

    Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) was once again recognized for its outstanding corporate governance practices by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), after being named one of the top publicly listed companies at the 2019 SEC-ICD Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard Awards (AGCS). The virtual awards ceremony was held on Jan. 29, 2021.

    ALI ranked among the top three publicly listed companies (PLCs) in the Philippines and Top 20 in the Asean region based on the 2019 AseanCorporate Governance Scorecard Assessment of the Asean Capital Markets Forum (ACMF), which was organized in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    “Reflecting its strong and consistent adherence to good corporate governance practices, Ayala Land is part of the prestigious Asean Asset Class PLCs that scored a minimum of 97.5 points in the scorecard. Together with Ayala Land and Globe, Ayala Corporation and BPI were also recognized for this honor,” announced the ACMF.

    As part of its efforts to promote regional integration and the ASEAN region as an asset class, the ACMF and ADB have jointly developed the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard as an assessment based on publicly available information and benchmarked against international best practices on corporate governance.

    This is supported by a rigorous methodology developed by corporate governance experts across the region to assess the corporate governance standing and performance of publicly-listed companies in the six (6) participating Asean member-countries namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    “This award is very meaningful to our company, especially since good corporate governance has always been integral to the way we do business and has been a pillar in executing our plans. With the onset of COVID-19, its importance is highlighted now more than ever as we pivoted to adapt to this ‘next normal’,” said ALI president and chief executive officer Bernard Vincent Dy.

    ALI was also one of the top performing Philippine publicly-listed companies under the 2018 ACGS as it received the highest four-arrow recognition. It has consistently ranked among the leading companies in the scorecard through the years as it continues to practice good corporate governance in compliance with its own corporate governance manual, the code of corporate governance and all listing rules of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippine Dealing Exchange Commission (PDEx).

    The Maya Kitchen goes virtual

     The Maya Kitchen workshops have shifted to Zoom still guided by  a chef instructor doing the classes live online.

    All classes are designed for adults unless stated otherwise. Students below 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult to join a workshop.

    The virtual workshops this month will be conducted by in-house instructor chef Dan Wilford Libunao and guest instructors chefs Heart Cadiente and Carla Asence.

    The Maya Kitchen kicks off its February lineup with the Cookies and Bars Class on February 10 at 10 a.m to 12 noon; Family Valentine’s Cooking & Baking Class,  February 13 , 1 to 3 p.m.;  Knife Skills Class,  February 17,  1 to 3 p.m.; Basic Cakes Class,  February 20,  1 to 3 p.m.;  Cupcake Class,  February 24 at 10 a.m. to 12 noon and; Spanish Cooking Class,  February 27,  1 to 3 p.m.


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