PHILIPPINES: SM Group honored with 10 awards at the Corporate Governance Asia magazine’s 7th Asian Excellence Award

PHILIPPINES: SM Group honored with 10 awards at the Corporate Governance Asia magazine’s 7th Asian Excellence Award


JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) and its subsidiaries bagged 10 awards from Hong Kong-based Corporate Governance Asia magazine in its 7th Asian Excellence Award held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong last June 9.

SM and its subsidiaries SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) and China Banking Corporation (China Bank) were chosen as awardees from the Philippines. The 7th Asian Excellence Award 2017 is touted as Asia’s biggest event on IR and Governance awards in Asia in the past seven years.

The magazine recognized SM Director and former President Harley T. Sy, BDO Chairperson Teresita T. Sy-Coson, BDO President Nestor Tan, SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey Lim and China Bank President Ricardo Chua as Asia’s Best Chief Executive Officers or CEOs.

Cited as Asia’s Best CFO are former SM CFO Jose Sio, now wearing the hat of Chairman and BDO EVP and Treasurer Pedro Florescio III.

SM, SM Prime, BDO, and China Bank bagged Best IR Company including Best Corporate Communications (for SM and BDO), Best Environmental Responsibility (for SM Prime) and Best IR Professionals for SM SVP for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Corazon Guidote, BDO SVP for IR and Corporate Planning Luis Reyes, Jr. and China Bank SVP for IR and Corporate Relations Alexander Escucha. This is the 6th year that SM clinched the Best IR and Best IR Professional awards.

The Asian Excellence Awards are designed to recognize the achievements and excellence in management acumen, financial performance, corporate social responsibility, environmental practices and investor relations of Asian companies. Since its inception in 2011, CG Asia has bestowed accolades on the Best CEO, Best CFO, Best Corporate Social Responsibility, Best Environmental Practices, Best Investor Relations, Best Investor Relations Professionals and Best Financial Public Relations Companies.

Corporate Governance Asia is now read by 12,000 of the most important companies in Asia and provides incisive editorial content with extensive coverage on the latest and current developments, legislation, case studies and various analyses relating to corporate governance practices in Asia.

About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation is a leading Philippine company that is invested in market leading businesses in retail, banking and property. It also invests in ventures that can capture high growth opportunities in the emerging Philippine economy. It looks for market leaders or those with potential to become leaders in their chosen sectors that offer synergies and attractive returns and cashflows.

SM’s retail operations are the country’s largest and most diversified with its food, non-food and specialty retail stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is the largest integrated property developer in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property developments. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest bank and China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the 7th largest bank.

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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation


PHILIPPINES: SM group continues commitment to the government and Go Negosyo’s initiative to promote produce grown by local farmers

PHILIPPINES: SM group continues commitment to the government and Go Negosyo’s initiative to promote produce grown by local farmers


Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the fourth quarter of last year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the help of Go Negosyo, finalized an agreement with supermarket and restaurant chains to source directly from local onion farmers and help them sell their produce. As the first to support the initiative, SM Markets immediately ordered and successfully moved 20 metric tons of Nueva Ecija onions. To continue its support, the company has already placed a new order of 100 metric tons or approximately 90,718.5 kilos of red and white onions from Nueva Ecija-based BONEA Multi-purpose cooperative, the local source endorsed by DA Secretary Manny Piñol. The onions are expected to arrive on the second week of March and will be available in select SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore Market, and Waltermart branches in Metro Manila.

SM Markets’ continuing support is part of the SM group’s commitment to the government and Go Negosyo’s initiative to promote produce grown by local farmers. Led by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and Presidential Adviser on Economic Enterprise Joey Concepcion, the program aims to provide local farmers better access to the market through SM’s chain of stores and other retailers all over Metro Manila.

“Our customers have embraced the DA’s initiative to help the local farmers of Nueva Ecija. We are very pleased to report that we have ordered more than double the previous quantity of onions and we are making it available in more SM Markets stores this time. So far, the partnership between DA and major retailers is going well and we are looking forward to more joint ventures in the future,” says SM Markets consultant for external affairs Pong Ejercito.

With 48 SM Supermarket branches, 146 Savemore Market stores, and 44 SM Hypermarkets, SM Markets remain the largest food retail chain in the country. The group bagged the Philippine Retailers Association’s Best Supermarket award two years in a row with SM Hypermarket gaining Hall of Fame status in 2015. SM Markets has also won numerous DTI Gold Bagwis Service Excellence Seals with SM Supermarket being the first food retailer to win the Corporate Gold Bagwis Seal in 2014 with SM Hypermarket and Savemore Market following a year after. As one of the pioneering supermarket chains in the country, SM Markets continues to deliver world-class products and services to over 230 cities and municipalities nationwide and counting.

For queries, please contact:
Marketing Communications Group
Frances Corsiga – 09175305636
Olivier Guevara – 09175466877

Source: SM Investments Corporation


PHILIPPINES: SM Foundation renovated 14 health centers and conducted 114 medical missions nationwide In 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Apr-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2015, SM Foundation further strengthened its health programs by focusing on the needs of its host communities. During the year, SM Foundation renovated 14 health centers and conducted a total of 114 medical missions which benefited 90,932 patients nationwide.

SM Foundation extended its support to the health and medical needs of the military last year. An example of this is the renovated Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) Training Batch Dispensary in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The room-turned-health facility now serves the members of SAF, branch employees, their dependents, as well as the 471 SAF commando students who are currently undertaking their training in the center.

Aside from the renovated structure, SM Foundation donated brand new equipment such as oxygen tanks with regulators and carriage, nebulizers, stethoscopes, surgical sets, and sterilizers. SM Foundation also donated new beds and other furnishings for the additional comfort of its patients and staff.

Other health facilities completed by the Foundation in 2015 include the La Trinidad Main Health Center, Tuy Main Health Center, Indang Main Health Center, the Soldier’s ward at the Camp Aquino Station Hospital, the Pediatric ward at the Laguna Provincial Hospital, the Out-patient ward at the Philippine General Hospital, and the Pediatric ward at the Ospital ng Paranaque to name a few.

Through upgraded health centers, these facilities can now serve more patients and increase their scope in accommodating different kinds of health and medical needs.

From its inception up to the end of December 2015, SM Foundation’s medical program renovated a total of 115 health centers.

Also supporting its aim of providing free and accessible health services, SM Foundation conducts medical missions throughout the country especially in areas where medical care may be too scarce or expensive.

Especially in times of calamities, SM Foundation conducts medical missions in tandem with its immediate disaster response program. In the aftermath of 2015’s Typhoon Lando, SM Foundation rolled out 14 medical missions to affected communities in Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, La Union and Tarlac. SM Foundation also continued its medical support for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda by conducting 9 medical missions for Yolanda-survivors in Leyte, Samar and Cebu.

SM Foundation likewise strengthened its efforts in combating specific diseases. In August 2015, it conducted a joint medical mission with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) at the Sisters of Mary Girlstown Campus in Silang, Cavite. Here, students received free medical services from SM Foundation and also underwent check-ups for possible cases of tuberculosis through the joint effort of PBSP and local government units.

2015 also marked another milestone for SM Foundation’s medical mission program as it welcomed its fourth mobile clinic. The new mobile clinic will increase the number of communities served by its medical missions nationwide.

As of end 2015, SM Foundation’s medical missions have conducted a total of 1,131 medical missions which benefited 840,313 patients since it started.

Another health and medical initiative of SM Foundation is its Oral Health Project in Nasugbu, Batangas. This project aims to create awareness among children in Kinder and Grade 1, as well as their families, on good oral health and hygiene. The project is slated to run for five years, and started with an initial batch of 109 students in 2012. Dental check-ups and awareness seminars for the community are done in tandem with SM Foundation’s quarterly medical missions in Nasugbu.

This project is in partnership with the UP Pahinungod Society which helps deploy dentists to conduct the oral examinations, preventive and restorative treatment, and health education to the children.

As of end 2015, SM Foundation supported 271 students, now attending Grade 2.

The SM group, through SM Foundation, also believes in extending its health and wellness initiatives to its employees through the SM Employee Blood Bank. Established in 2011 and in partnership with the Department of Health Philippine Blood Center (DOH-PBC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the project holds bloodletting activities across the SM group and its subsidiaries. Collections are shared among the two blood banks of DOH-PBC and PRC and are made available to SM employees and their immediate relatives, free of charge.

In 2015, SM Foundation was able to collect 321,300 ml of blood or 714 bags from successful SM employee-volunteers. SM Foundation also received its fourth Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health for this project last year.

SM Foundation believes that in order to empower communities, quality health care must be in reach. Decades after its establishment, SM Foundation continues to create more opportunities for its health and wellness programs to widen its reach and support the growth of even more communities.

About SM Foundation
SM Foundation envisions a Philippines where everyone has the opportunity for self-improvement and the environment is sustained for future generations.

For more than three decades, SM Foundation has served as the social development arm of the SM group of companies. Using its vast reach and presence in communities all over the country, SM commits itself to creating a cycle of positive change through strategic and targeted approaches and investments in areas of food security and sustainable agriculture, health and wellness, education, sustainable environment, shelter and care for people with special needs.

SM Foundation will continue to create opportunities wherever it goes as proof that wherever we are, opportunities are sure to follow.

For further information, please contact:

Connie Angeles
Executive Director for Health
SM Foundation, Inc.
Tel. No. 857-0100 loc. 1678

Source: SM Foundtion


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PHILIPPINES: SM Foundation renovated 14 health centers and conducted 114 medical missions nationwide In 2015

Philippines: SM Group to bring the Disney brand of stories closer to Filipinos through mall, retail, entertainment and amusement opportunities

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 1, 2015), the SM Group announced a collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia to bring the Disney brand of stories closer to Filipinos through mall, retail, entertainment and amusement opportunities. The two companies aim to bring Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars brands to life through unique Disney experiences at SM’s many leisure and entertainment properties. Fans can look forward to a host of innovative offerings including Disney branded events, promotions and other unique experiences themed around fan-favorite Disney brands and characters.

“We are thrilled to be associated with the iconic Walt Disney Company. Mr. Henry Sy Sr. envisioned and purposed a second home for Filipinos across the nation where they can create memorable bonding activities with their families through amusement facilities, retail centers, and food establishments, all found in one mall,” says Edgar Tejerero, president of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. “65 years later, and with 52 malls across the Philippines, it had just been high time that SM forged an official collaboration with the best family entertainment company in the world.”

“Every day, we make millions of Filipinos laugh and smile with our stories and characters from Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. We have worked with the various arms of SM group over the years and today we are delighted to announce our collaboration on a comprehensive plan to create magical moments and memories that will last a lifetime for fans across the Philippines,” said Rob Gilby, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

Both SM and Disney have given, and continue to give, customers happy lifetime memories across all generations. Both brands offer a legacy, a tradition, a way of life—a world that customers identify with and find attachment to. Through this partnership, SM will continue to create these experiences and bring the Disney magic closer to Filipinos.

SM has synergized the efforts of all its subsidiaries — including SM Supermalls, SM Markets, The SM Store, Toy Kingdom, and its lifestyle and entertainment arm, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. – to produce a complete and one-of-a-kind Disney experience for its patrons: from the moment they enter the mall to watch a movie, to the time they purchase their favourite snack and Disney merchandise. Patrons can also take their SM Cinema and Disney experience with them home, or wherever they go, through the newly launched Blink app.

As a precursor to an already successful association, Disney and SM have worked hand in hand to bring multiple experiential events to the Filipino families such as the recent Avengers Experience in SM North Edsa, wherein guests were treated to life-size characters, avenger-themed games, and a meet and greet with Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow.

To officially jumpstart its formal bond as allies, SM and Disney will be launching a “Star Wars Galactic Christmas” to welcome the latest instalment of the movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The exhibit will include life-size figurines of characters from the movie, interactive games, and official merchandise from the SM Store and Toy Kingdom.

Watch out for the “Star Wars Galactic Christmas” event in Select SM Supermalls near you.


About SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI is the lifestyle and entertainment solutions company of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in movies, events, and leisure. Starting with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, as its sole marque, the company grew into fourteen major brands. Currently tucked under its belt are: SM Cinema, Director’s Club Cinema, IMAX Theatre, XD: 4D Theatre, WM Cinemas, SM Skating Rink, SM Bowling and Leisure Center, Exploreum, Galeon, Snack Time, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, Mall of Asia Arena, SM Tickets, and Blink.   SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.

About The Walt Disney Company in Southeast Asia (NYSE:DIS)
The Walt Disney Company has been active in Southeast Asia since 1995 when Disney Channel first launched in Malaysia and has grown to five offices in the region (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines) with the headquarters in Singapore, employing over 300 permanent staff. Disney is one of the most active and largest global entertainment companies in the region with diversified businesses in film, consumer products, publishing, mobile content, television and family entertainment overseeing content from six key brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, ABC and Lucasfilm.

Television is a key driver in growing the Disney brand in the region. The three Disney-branded channels available across the region are: Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. The company also distributes Disney owned programs and channels to television, mobile, broadband and on-demand platforms to over 25 Southeast Asian providers including terrestrial broadcasters, pay-TV and channels as well as digital platforms.

Studio Entertainment reached new box office heights with several titles in 2015. Big Hero 6 was a phenomenal animation success for SEA, and set new records as the biggest animation release of all time in several markets. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron achieved the Biggest Opening Weekend in Philippines and was the 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

As one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality digital experiences, Disney Interactive produces interactive entertainment for the whole family including multi-platform video games, online short form video, mobile and social games and digital destinations across all current and emerging media platforms. Entertaining guests of all ages, Disney Interactive’s key products include the video game platform Disney Infinity, top virtual world for kids Club Penguin, popular mobile franchises like Frozen Free Fall and Disney Tsum Tsum, top online destinations for kids, parents and fans including, Oh My Disney, and and the Disney social network reaching more than 1 billion guests on Facebook.

From apparel and toys to food and stationery, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the world’s leading licensor and works with over 400 licensees across all product categories in Southeast Asia for all ages and lifestyles. Disney Publishing is active in 6 countries in 6 different languages in Southeast Asia, publishing a diverse range of products in the region including story, activity and e-books, magazines and comics that reach a wide demographic from pre-schoolers to pre-teens and adults. For more information, please visit

For more information, kindly contact:
Stephanie Henares
Public Relations Manager
SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.


Philippines: SM Group to bring the Disney brand of stories closer to Filipinos through mall, retail, entertainment and amusement opportunities

A magical world awaits. From left: SM Lifestyle Entertainment President Edgar Tejerero; SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy; The Walt Disney Company, Asia President Paul Candland; and The Walt Disney Company, Southeast Asia, Managing Director Rob Gilby. They are joined by Disney’s most loved characters Donald and Daisy Duck, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Goofy.