San Pablo City 2013 Election List Of Candidates

The campaign period for this year's Local Elections has started and the list below will let you know who are the candidates for the Mayoralty, Vice Mayoralty and City Council positions here in our city.

Street Dancing Competition San Pablo City Coco Festival 2013

It's the biggest and the most colorful event of the entire festival. It's also the event that brings in more people to our city during the Coco Festival Celebration.

San Pablo City, It's More Fun In The Philippines

Well, I have not been to many places in the Philippines but I can definitely say that it is more fun in San Pablo City.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Cities I Would Like To Visit Someday → London

I've lived most of my life here in San Pablo City and I'm very happy living here. I do have a few complaints here and there about the city but they're not major complaints.

Big Ben, London England, United Kingdom

Now, even though, I'm very happy living here in San Pablo City, I still dream of visiting other cities in other countries and one of those cities is the City of London in England.

From what I've seen in pictures, movies and other media, London looks like a beautiful city to visit. It has a lot of popular places that I want to see like the Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Tower Bridge to just name a few.

Of course, after seeing all these popular places, I would return back home to San Pablo City. I don't think I would want to live in London not because it's a bad city but because I know virtually nothing about it.

I wouldn't even know where to live and how much it will cost to live in London. I'm sure there are London Apartments that are affordable and nice to live in but, at my age, I think it's better to just go back home to San Pablo City.

The apartments here in San Pablo City may not be as awesome as those London Apartments but, I'm sure apartments here are way much cheaper than any London Apartments.

Anyway, I'm not going to bore you any more by making this blog post even longer but I do hope you enjoyed this short post from your fellow San Pableño.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SM Celebrates the National Book Reading Day (Press Release)

Elementary students of San Isidro Elementary School participated in story reading event in SM City San Pablo last Tuesday, July 21 in celebration of the National Children’s Book Reading Day.

Rence Rapanot, the Voice Season 2 finalist and San Pablo City Councilor Karla Adajar , both natives of Laguna were the book readers for this year’s celebration.

Aside from the story readings, the participants received books from Vibal Publishing. Some of the kids also took home prizes from participating in the games from KFC and Jollibee.

SM Supermalls has been celebrating the National Children’s Book Reading Day across all its malls in annually since 2009. Through its SM Cares Program for Youth and Children’s Welfare, SM campaigns the love for books and reading among kids. This year’s event was held in partnership with DepEd, the National Book Development Board, Vibal Publishing, BDO Foundation and SM Foundation.*

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Voter's Registration At SM City San Pablo And Waltermart Community Malls (Press Release)

The Commission on Election recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Waltermart Community malls to set up satellite voters' registration and biometrics validation services in their malls.

With this, qualified voters may now register at the country’s first and leading community malls, and have their biometrics captured to vote in time for the May 2016 national elections.

In support of Comelec’s “No Bio, No Boto” campaign, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the poll body decided to bring this service to malls to help some voters who find it "difficult or inconvenient" to register in their local Comelec offices. Waltermart is a good choice as its malls are highly accessible and are conveniently located within communities.

“Waltermart community malls started toward specific communities which are not actually being served by the larger malls. So if you look at the places that are being served, these are unique places, and that’s what we are very thankful that Waltermart is supporting us as well.” Bautista said.

Meanwhile, Waltermart General Manager for Operations, Mr. Jeck Buñing said that the campaign is aligned with Waltermart’s vision and mission in uplifting lives of the communities it serves. And by holding the voters registration in their malls, they can assure them of convenience, safety and security.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Waltermart Community Malls have collaborated on the “No Bio, No Boto” campaign to set up satellite voters’ registration and biometrics validation services in their malls. Signing the memorandum of agreement are Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, Comelec Office of the Chair Head Exec. Asst. Atty. Marina Demeterio and Comelec Acting Public Relations Officer V Leo Lim,  with Waltermart General Manager- Operations Jeck Buñing and Waltermart VP- Business Development Jojo de Guzman.

The voters' registration and biometrics validation are available during mall hours in 11 Waltermart malls with the following dates: Waltermart Sta Rosa- July 3 & 4, Waltermart Makiling- July 15, Waltermart Tanauan & Waltermart Calamba- July 17, Waltermart San Fernando- July 17-18, Waltermart Guiguinto, Waltermart Sucat and Waltermart General Trias- July 25, Waltermart Sta. Maria- July 31, Waltermart Plaridel and Waltermart Gapan- July 31- August 1.

SM City San Pablo will also be the venue of the biometrics registration on Saturday July 18,2015 from 10 am to 5pm. The “no bio no boto” campaign will be offered for voters in the District 3 area only. SM City San Pablo will also have its 3 day sale within that period July 17-18-19th.

SM Mall Guard returned 35,000 cash to a Cinema Patron (Press Release)

Countless good deed have been mentioned and have gone viral over social media that truly deserved a lot of commendation.  Just like Lady Guard Wilma L. Precentacion who returned a Sling Bag with cash inside amounting to Php 35,000.00 on the same day after her clearing routine at SM Cinema. She immediately turnover the bag in the CRS Office  for safekeeping where after few hours the owner came looking for it.

The owner of the bag Mr. Josef Brent Arban felt relief after his bag was located and he gave his gratitude to LG Precentation.

Same thing happened to Roving Guard Hernie Arabejo of Corinthians Integrated Security Incorporated when he returned a wallet he found during his roving inspection. The wallet contained ids and cash was also returned that same day to Nicole Mariane P. Ibe, a shopper of SM City San Pablo.

Good Deeds like these only shows the commitment of SM City San Pablo’s Guards to the corporate value of the company which are integrity and honesty to the duty that best speaks well of the attributes of a Good SM Security Force. (NWR/PRO)

Friday, July 3, 2015

My City, My SM, My Cuisine Cookbook Wins 2 Gourmand Awards

The My City, My SM, My Cuisine cookbook recently won two Gourmand World Cookbook Awards during recent ceremonies in Yantai, China.

The book was honored with a Prestige Award by the International Jury, and placed third in the Local Cuisine category, qualifying it to be among Gourmand’s Best in the World.

Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is sometimes described as the Oscars of Food Awards.  It celebrates cookbook and wine publishing, and features many renowned chefs every year.

This year’s awards drew more than 12,000 entries from 205 countries.  “It is a big success to be in the list,” says Gourmand Awards President Edouard Cointreau.  “The quantity and quality of entries has reached a new high this year.”

“A total of 205 countries participated in the Gourmand Awards,” he adds. “All the books listed are truly excellent in very different ways.”  If Mr. Cointreau’s name sounds familiar, he was born in the family of Cointreau liquor on his father’s side, and Remy Martin and Cognac Frapin on his mother’s side.

A celebration of Philippine regional cuisine, the book is a compilation of the My City, My SM, My Cuisine campaign that SM spearheaded from 2012-2013 in key cities around the Philippines where SM has malls.  A joint project with the Philippine Star, the campaign had more than 20 stops in SM’s host cities as far north as Baguio and as far south as Davao.

Published by SM through People Asia, the book has a special focus on heirloom recipes, a treasure trove of culinary gems from prominent families from each city.  In San Pablo in Laguna, Don Ado Escuder’s Pancit buko was featured and Dr. Jaime Alip and his wife Ms. Annie shared their wonderful stories, and their prized family recipes – Kinilaw na Palakpaking Hipon and Kinamatisang Ayungin.

Some of these families had heroes for ancestors, and their descendants happily shared the favorite recipes of General Emilio Aguinaldo, Dr. Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and Mariano Ponce; as well as that of food historian Mila Enriquez.

Food is also culture, and the book also highlights community cuisine from the Cordilleras, the Aetas of Olongapo, the Manobo and Maranao of Davao, the T’boli of GenSan, as well as Barangay Iponan from Cagayan de Oro.

The My City, My SM, My Cuisine book is available at Kultura Filipino stores at SM Aura Premier, SM Makati, the SM Mall of Asia, and SM Megamall.

Monday, June 29, 2015

SM City San Pablo Supports Eco – Awareness Thru Green Film Festival

SM Prime Holdings created the SM Cares program which consolidates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ranging from environmental conservation, assistance to persons with disabilities and special needs, elderly and nursing mothers, as well as care for children, women and OFWs.

The SM Environment Committee is just one of the groups under SM Cares and it specifically aims to promote environmental sustainability through, mall, tenant and community endeavors while simultaneously combining “going green” with good business. We highlight our award-winning projects that include, among others the Trash to Cash recycling market held in the malls every first Friday and Saturday of the month, the Green Retail Agenda forum for mall tenants, contractors, and suppliers and of course, the SM Supermalls Green Bag. The SM Environment Committee aims to involve education as a primary way to cultivate the love of the earth.

The SM Green Film Festival (GFF) project aims to educate and make aware Filipinos to the plight of our earth today, a visual information campaign for eco-awareness. Starting July 2015, SM will open our cinemas to students for a free screening of environmentally-theme films and documentaries. The GFF is to be held every third Tuesday of the month, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in 57 cinemas of the SM Supermalls and Waltermart. The target is to reach 1 million grade school and highschool students. March and December will have special screening dates on the first Tuesday of the month due to the class schedules. The malls are encouraged to add more screen dates for special student groups to reach the goal.

The materials to be screened will consist of environmentally-themed films and documentaries. We will prefer films in the vernacular so that the school children will better understand the issues and the concerns we all face in the Philippines. Our partner GMA 7 has agreed to provide the initial materials, two station-produced documentaries entitled “Ground Zero” and “Pagbangon” which run for approximately 50mins each. The former features natural disasters here and abroad while the latter is an award-winning documentary on the effect of Super Typhoon Yolanda on survivors. The Climate Change Commission has also contributed a 5-min info video on the Top 15 Ways to LEDS (Low Emission Development Strategies).

To spread the environmental advocacy using the visual medium, SM aims to show the beauty of our planet, to teach the value of conserving our shared resources and to plan and practice environmental efforts towards a sustainable future for our children’s children.  SM Prime Holdings President, Mr. Hans T. Sy, is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and has committed to furthering disaster awareness locally, in our places of operation as well as our tenants and customers which we consider stakeholders in our company.  *Launch is on July 7 2015 at 9 am Cinema 2 and for seat reservation in SM City San Pablo you can call 5210008. (nwr/pro)

Friday, June 26, 2015

My City, My SM, My Crafts


San Pablo City in Laguna, the City of Seven Lakes, is known for its scenic beauty and timeless history. Nesting at the foothills of Mount San Cristobal and Mount Banahaw, it is an urban-agricultural community rich in coconut plantations and aqua culture.

Fast becoming a hub for government and private enterprises, including an SM Mall, it I also emerging as a premier tourist destination.

San Pablo’s lakeside charm has been a source of inspiration for the community surrounding it, many of who are talented in the arts and known for their excellent craftsmanship.

Mallgoers recently had a glimpse crafts from San Pablo and the rest of My City, My SM, My Crafts recently made a stop at SM City San Pablo.  A joint project of SM, DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade, and the Philippine Star with support from CITEM and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, it is a celebration of traditional arts and modern Philippine design in the cities where SM has malls.

No less than Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez and Pila Mayor Wilfredo Quiat graced the event together with Laguna Provincial Board Member Angelica Jones, San Pablo Councilor Arnel Ticzon.  Project partner DTI came in full force led by DTI Provincial Director Susan Palo; while officials from the Department of Tourism – DOT-IV-A Chief Tourism Officer Marites Castro and San Pablo Tourism Officer Donna Eseo also showed their support for the project.

Internationally renowned make-up stylist James Cooper and Lucena Council for Culture and the Arts Chairman Archie Ilagan were also present.

SM officials led by SM Senior Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon and SM City San Pablo Mall Manager Timothy Exconde and Assistant Mall Manager Abigail Mole gave the guests a warm welcome.

Guests enjoyed the program, which included a video presentation featuring Tarlac’s world- class crafts featuring Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and Card –MRI Founder Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip as the video’s tour guide.

The event highlighted two facets of lakeside fashion: Filipiniana gowns by social enterprise Mga Likha ni Ina; as well as a dazzling collection by the San Pablo Circle of Fashion Designers inspired by the Seven Lakes of San Pablo.

Designers featured included Chris Gamo, Chico Estiva, Cecil Buenavidez, Raul de Chavez, Nicky Hernandez, Chiva Siason, Louie Pangilinan, and Jenny Belen.

It also featured the awarding of the Storyteller Doll Making Contest wherein ten participants had a one- week workshop by Casa San Pablo at the mall.

Elaine Monasterial got the judges’ nod for the top prize, for which she received P5,000.00 in gift certificates.

Judges included artist Carlito Ortega, Renel Batralo of Rolyolikha, and Forest Wood Garden’s Myrna Frago.

But the My City, My SM, My Crafts centerpiece was clearly the Craft Market inspired by the traditional Bahay na Bato in Luzon.  This beautifully designed showcase was a treasure trove of the best of the best crafts in the province, and was an instant hit among SM City San Pablo shoppers.

The Craft Market showcased Laguna’s amazing crafts: Sarilikha and Rolyolika’s exceptionally hand crafted products that reflects the rich cultural heritage of Pila, Laguna; Leandro Baldemor’s amazing woodworks from Paete, the Carving Capital of the Philippines; and sculptor Carlito Ortega’s figurative pieces inspired by Laguna folk art.

Casa San Pablo’s An Mercado-Alcantara showed how she transforms clay into beautiful storyteller dolls, a form of pottery art that is often used as a teaching tool to instill traditional cultural values and beliefs in the younger generation; while designer Patis Tesoro showcased one of her many talents through her collection of dolls dressed in exquisite Filipiniana costumes.

Social enterprise CARD-MRI highlighted its Mga Likha ni Ina collection, which features clothes made from fabric traditionally handcrafted by the T’boli, Mangyan, Ifugao, and B’laan cultural communities.  These products are not only beautifully crafted, but are also a source of livelihood to millions of Filipinos.

My City, My SM, My Crafts is a take-off from the previous My City, My SM campaign, which promotes tourism, and My City, My SM, My Cuisine, which highlights the culinary specialties in cities where SM has malls.  A celebration of traditional arts and modern Philippine design, it aims to showcase the best of the best Philippine crafts in each host city, providing livelihood opportunities, as well as a platform for cultural exchange.

The SM City San Pablo launch is the tenth in the Second Season of the My City, My SM, My Crafts road show after SM City Clark, SM City Masinag, SM City Lipa, SM City Calamba, SM City Baliwag, SM Lanang , SM City Bacolod, SM City Tarlac, and SM City Olongapo.

The first season made stops at SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Lucena, SM City Batangas, SM City Davao, SM City Naga, SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City Marilao, SM City Taytay, SM City Pampanga, SM City Cebu, SM City Iloilo, and SM City Baguio. The next stop will be in SM City BF in Paranaque.

Here are more pictures from the event.

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