SMDC Bootcamp, NOVOTEL Manila Online Store, YONDU Certificates


Empower resident entrepreneurs

SM Development Corporation (SMDC) officially kicked off its Start-up Boot Camp with a forum on how to grow and start a business, held on May 28 at the Grass Residences clubhouse in Quezon City. Hosted by top GoNegosyo entrepreneurs, the SMDC Start-up Boot Camp brought together 56 residents from various SMDC properties.

Upholding an entrepreneurial spirit, SMDC plans to bring its startup boot camp to its other developments to equip its residents with the right tools and knowledge to launch and grow their passion projects.

Hospitality Changer: My Novotel Manila Boutique

Novotel Manila Araneta City launched its first cloud of hotel services for residents: My Novotel Manila Boutique, a new online retail concept where hotel guests and Novo fans can purchase popular stays, unique spa treatments, buffets and a variety of items from the hotel’s famous TakeMeOut menu.

Timeless, classic and new arrivals are available in one click on My Novotel Manila Boutique. With just a few taps of the finger, epicureans can taste chocolate chip cookies or pan au chocolat from Indulge Boulangeri. Choose from a variety of salads and artisan sandwiches from Gourmet Bar’s from the hotel’s own organic farm in El Dorado, San Mateo, Rizal. Or sample one of Take Me Out’s specialty dishes, butter chicken masala, or 6th Manila’s premium drink menu.

TakeMeOut by Novotel Manila will cater to your cravings, whether it’s for a casual lunch, a special occasion, working from home, a romantic dinner for two, or just a great quick lunch at work. Or for a personalized intimate meeting thanks to the hotel’s Memorable Moments or a wedding preparation for a loved one thanks to the Social tab. Soon, Novo fans will also be able to order more exclusive hotel services online, such as flower arrangements, home catering and more.

The online store is available 24/7 and takeaway food and drinks are available from 9am to 9pm daily, ordered directly through

Yondu Earns Acumatica Gold Certification

Information technology solutions company Yondu has achieved Acumatica Gold certification, gaining a stronger foundation in enterprise resource planning (ERP). Acumatica’s Gold Certification represents high standards for ERP business consulting.

Partnering with Acumatica for system-integrated, cloud-based ERP software enables Yondu to guide companies through their ERP journey, as well as empower and help them scale. Customers can access critical data anywhere, paving the way for improved management and business results.

This innovation is part of Yondu’s support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of the Globe Group.

The Yondu team has met Acumatica’s training and personnel requirements, including Certified Business Consultants, Sales Consultants, Marketing Specialists, Implementation Managers, and Support and Technical Specialists, among others. Yondu has also received Support Best Practices accreditation, partners with different organizations, and offers webinars on business digitization and automation.

Leader in sustainability

June Cheryl Cabal-Revilla, director of finance, risk and sustainability of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), has been named Campaign’s Women Leading Change Awards Asia-Pacific 2022 Sustainability Manager.

Recognized among exceptional women who lead, inspire and motivate greatness in their respective fields, Cabal-Revilla has transformed the company beyond being purely profit-driven, sustaining its operations and advocacy for generations to come.

With her holistic, forward-looking perspective and blossoming passion for purpose, she has established herself as a catalyst for change to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and drive strategic growth.

“I gratefully share this recognition with my MPIC family, the entire MPIC group and the MVP group at large. It is proof that our collective efforts are paying off as we live out our commitment to creating a better life for our compatriots,” Cabal-Revilla said.

Cabal-Revilla wears three vital hats as CFO, CRO and CSO, which gives him the advantage of being at the center of all business matters and driving change within the company.

Insular Foundation supports ALS-CLC

(From left to right) Nicolas Butaya ESL mobile teacher; Rolly Ortiz. Jr., and Elbert Francisco, Education Program Specialist II; Audie S. Borres, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Division, Bukidnon Division; and Kathlea Kristine De Los Santos, district coordinator for ALS.

In partnership with the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation (CLFI) and the Department of Education (DepEd), the Insular Foundation recently donated information and communication technology equipment to the Tankulan Alternative Learning System-Community Learning Center (ALS-CLC) to Manolo Fortich, his first adopted center. in Mindanao and fourth nationwide.

The Foundation donated a laptop, printer, TV, wi-fi router, USB key, headphones and wi-fi charging cards to this center where 200 out-of-school youth are enrolled.

The Insular Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Insular Life (InLife), first supported the alternative learning system in 2019 through CLFI. The Foundation provides five-year support through the donation of ICT equipment, reproduction of modules and provision of learning materials to Pedro Guevara Elementary School in Manila, Muntinlupa City Jail, Mandaluyong City Women’s Correctional Facility and Tankulan ALS-CLC in Bukidnon. . The three centers in Metro Manila serve nearly 1,000 learners.

Scholarship program now in its 3rd year

The BPI Foundation, the social development arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), is seeking a new group of scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The BPI Pagpupugay program aims to support close relatives of frontline doctors who have contracted COVID-19 or died in the line of duty during the pandemic.

“Pagpupugay” is a five-year scholarship program with an initial fund of 1 million pesos per academic year. Five fellows were chosen in 2020 while 10 fellows were added in 2021, to be assessed for annual renewal. For the 2022-2023 academic year, eight additional scholarship recipients will be selected. Each scholar will receive a maximum of P100,000 scholarship funds per academic year to cover tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses.

Eligible applicants are next of kin of frontline physicians who contracted COVID-19 or died in the line of duty during the pandemic. Interested students can apply directly to partner schools of the BPI Foundation

Innovation at Lazada

Lazada continues to regularly develop new strategies and tools 10 years after its creation.

During the 2nd edition of Lazada Talks, Lazada Philippines Deputy General Manager Carlos Barrera identified some groundbreaking innovations introduced over the past decade: the development of a marketplace model that connects sellers and customers, and the launch of the LazMall platform, guaranteeing 100% authentic items from more than 10,000 local and international brands.

Barrera also pointed to innovations in logistics where Lazada has built sorting centers that automatically ship tons of items each day and introduced same-day delivery service.

In the area of ​​payment innovation, the brand has introduced cash on delivery terms that have democratized customer access to e-commerce.

The event also featured successful Lazada merchants Kyla Canete of accessories brand Tala by Kyla; Howard Paw from Digits Trading Inc., a distributor of lifestyle products and Lester Cuneta from Synagie Philippines who shared their journey on the digital platform.

Kroll expands to PH

Kroll, a leading provider of data, technology and insights related to risk, governance and growth, today announced its expansion into the Philippines with the opening of a new office in Manila.

The new office will focus on the following areas of business growth: creating a global business solutions team enabling Kroll to strengthen customer service, realize additional operational efficiencies and invest in new capabilities technologies for growth, and to establish Kroll’s state of the art. art cybersecurity operations center, providing 24/7 threat detection, response and actionable intelligence to customers across the region

To meet the growing demand for cyber risk and security consulting services in the Philippines and APAC, Kroll’s Manila office will also provide proactive services, such as managed detection and response monitoring ( MDR), Cyber ​​Security Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Cyber ​​Due Diligence, Virtual Information Security Officer (vCISO) and Data Protection Consulting for organizations.

Art exhibition

Shangri-La Plaza is hosting Sinag, an art exhibition that runs at the Grand Atrium until June 18. With participation from local galleries in the Shang, the event aims to highlight Filipino creativity and culture in time for the country’s 124th Independence Day celebration.

Art Circle Gallery organizes Tangkilikin Ang Sariling Atin with Otep Bañez Jef Albea, Ramon Cajipe and Glenn Cagandahan. Galerie Raphael takes Kalayaan: Isang Parangal to Sinag, bringing together 25 artists to present the different aspects of freedom in the Philippines.

The exhibition also features works by National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz and Medal of Merit winner Juvenal Sanso.

Clorox PH partners with PAL

Clorox Philippines has partnered with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to supply Clorox products at airport hubs and PAL ticket offices across the Philippines.

PAL has received Clorox Expert Disinfecting Sprays, Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes Cartridges, Clorox Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner and Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaners to disinfect its vital facilities and amenities.

“We remain committed to improving the lives of every Filipino every day with our Clorox products during these uncertain times. And through our collaboration with PAL, we are pleased to be able to help keep their travelers safe,” said Monique Gonzales, Marketing Manager for Southeast Asia, Clorox International.


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