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Reader’s Digest Votes SM Supermalls Best Mall

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Reader’s Digest, the book Baby Boomers and Generation X-ers grew up with, has again cited SM Supermalls as the most valued and preferred shopping mall brands in the Philippines for the fourth year in a row. SM Supermalls was awarded the Platinum Trusted Brand in the Shopping Center category last June 30, 2015 under the annual Trusted Brands Survey conducted by Reader’s Digest.

SM Supermalls is the largest shopping center operator in the Philippines, providing shopping, dining and entertainment options to millions of shoppers daily in over 50 malls in the Philippines and six in China. Delivering the ultimate in family fun mall experience is the brand promise of SM Supermalls and it partners with the best local and global retailers.

SM Supermalls, owned by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and was started by Henry Sy, Sr. in 1958 as Shoemart, with a store in Manila. In the 1960s Shoemart expanded its shoe store chain. It is one of the pioneers in the new urban centers in Makati and Cubao. By the 1970s, Shoemart was a full-line department store, shifting its name from Shoemart to SM. In the 1980s, the company diversified and ventured into the supermarket and home appliance store business. It opened the first “Supermall” store in 1985 in Quezon City called SM City North EDSA.

Read more about it at EPR Retail News.

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Free Public WiFi Hotspots in Metro Manila Activated

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will begin the pilot testing of its P1.4 billion “Free WiFi in Public Places” project this July 2015. Originally planned to be a limited service up to 256 kbps speeds, this limit will now be removed allowing speeds that cater to streaming video sites like YouTube.

The six areas that will commence the pilot test are:

  • Rizal Park, Manila
  • Quezon City Hall, Quezon City
  • Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
  • Philippine Coconut Authority (Philcoa), Quezon City
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) office, East Avenue, Quezon City
  • Social Security System (SSS) office, East Avenue, Quezon City

The next free WiFi hotspots planned for activation will be in the area of Pasig City and Mandaluyong City.

Read more from source: Philstar.com.

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Philippine Airlines to Double Flights to Canada

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The flag carrier of the Philippines is eyeing to double its frequency of flights to Canada very soon, after the successful conclusion of talks between both countries on air flights. The Philippine panel secured seven additional flight frequencies per week to Canada and Philippine Airlines (PAL) will pursue trying to get all these entitlements with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Once approved, the number of flights per week PAL does between Manila and Canada will double from seven to fourteen.

At present, PAL flies seven times a week to Vancouver and three times a week to Toronto with a stopover in Vancouver.

“With the successful conclusion of the government- to- government air talks, we look forward to flying twice daily to Canada and offering our passengers greater flexibility and choice,” said PAL President and COO Ramon Ang in May of this year.

Source: philippineairlines.com.

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Manila in World’s Top Property Investment Cities

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Manila came in fourth out of the top most attractative global destinations for real estate investments based on a report entitled “Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2014” by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Urban Land Institute, as reported by the Business Mirror. The other countries in the report are Sydney, Shanghai, Jakarta and Tokyo. Last year’s report ranked Manila in 12th place. Tokyo jumped twelve spots to become number one in this year’s report.

However, it is not clear in the news report whether the term “Manila” may mean Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes the City of Manila and some of the fast-growing cities in real estate development like Makati, Pasig, Taguig, and the surrounding cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City, San Juan, and Valenzuela, as well as the Municipality of Pateros.

Read more at Business Mirror.

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Introducing Soiree Beaujolais 2013 in Manila

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The French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines—Le Club recently held a different kind of press conference in the Roma Salon of The Manila Hotel yesterday evening, Thursday, October 24, 2013. For one, it was more of an upscale social club party with lots of white and red wine and lots of French-inspired food. But the other thing that made it different was the presence of Filipino bloggers representing well-known online resources like Juan Manila Express, Work@Home Pinas, Digital Spidey, RogueWriter, Enjoying Wonderful World, WazUpPhilippines and (yours truly) MiniPhilippines. Other broadsheets were also present including What’s On Expat Philippines. Arabelle Jimenez, Managing Director of e-Crit Com and long-time media publicist of the chamber, was responsible for inviting the online and social media writers to the affair.

Click to zoomCyril Rocke, the current President of the chamber, hosted the evening together with Champagne Morales (daughter of known singer Dinah Dominguez). Monsieur Rocke began by announcing the upcoming event on November 21, 2013, at the Tent City of The Manila Hotel – Soiree Beaujolais 2013. The chamber has been celebrating the Soiree Beaujolais for the past 22 years in conjunction with a simultaneous gala in most countries of the world where there is a sizable French community including France, of course.

The gala intends to celebrate the launch of Beaujolais Nouveau – the new wine from the rich, fertile grape fields and wineries of Beaujolais region. It is the most popular vin de primeur or nouveau, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November every year. Hence, this special day will also be celebrated by the French community in the Philippines together with guests from the diplomatic, corporate and social registers of the country.

According to Monsieur Jean Caillard, Managing Director of the chamber, the whole event will attempt to recreate the moments of Parisian street scenes with couture, music, food and, of course, wine. His Excellency French Ambassador Gilles Garachon will do the honors of uncorking the wine. Performers, couture and jewelry will parade the event, thereafter.

All the wine, cheese and delicatessen are being flown in from France while The Manila Hotel will prepare the other hors d’ oeuvres, charcuterie, oysters, salads, hot French cuisine, pastries and desserts.

Many of the major and minor sponsors include French companies operating in the Philippines like LaFarge Cement, Le Cellier (who provides many of the French wine available in the country), DataOne Asia (owned and managed by Monsieur Rocke), and French oil and gas company Total, to name a few.

For those who would like to enjoy this rare opportunity to savor the Beaujolais Nouveau, including all the French culture and gastronomic experiences this event has to offer, the chamber is selling limited tickets priced at 3,000 Pesos per person. For reservations and ticket sales, please contact the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines—Le Club at telephone number 813-9005 or e-mail events@leclub-fcc.org.

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Title photo from aglassafterwork.com | Other photos by @raffypekson for MiniPhilippines.com

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Hong Kong Casino Giant Melco May Partner with Henry Sy Jr.

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News broke today that casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (MPEL) is exploring options to open a casino in the Philippines. The company is said to be partnering on a billion-dollar casino resort in Manilla, the capital city. The latest rumors have Melco partnering with the Philippines’ richest man Henry Sy Jr. The deal would see a 50-50 joint venture between the casino, hotels, and entertainment available at the property.

The city, which had 1.7 million people as of 2010, is the second most populous city in the nation. The Philippines are hoping to turn a portion of the Manilla region into a gaming area similar to the Las Vegas strip.

Read more at Seeking Alpha

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

More on How to Help Typhoon Sendong Victims

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More updates on how to help Typhoon Sendong (Washi) victims in Mindanao through the United Nations, Canadian Red Cross and the La Salle community – donations, volunteers, wire transfer and bank deposits. PLEASE SHARE!

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Image from various sources compiled by Raffy Pekson II

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