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Malaysia Shopping Malls Association Toured SM Supermalls

Malaysia Shopping Malls Association, also known as Persatuan Pengurusan Kompleks (PPK Malaysia), expressed fascination over SM Supermalls’ facilities and operations during a recent visit to the country. The group’s representatives were in the country to tour local malls, including SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and SM Aura.

While this isn’t PPK Malaysia’s first visit to the Philippines, this year’s study tour introduces a new aspect of the trip, which is to focus more on mall operations apart from design and architecture, format, retail mix, marketing and promotions.

 “The tour is about learning new concepts and new ways of mall management. We also get exposed on how cultures and other malls differ when it comes to mall designs, operations and marketing,” said Vincent Chong, PPK Malaysia assistant treasurer.

PPK Malaysia Executive Director Evelyn Lo said that members of the tour group were particularly impressed with SM Aura’s sky garden and SM’s overall security features.
“I think they were impressed and taken aback by SM Aura’s top floor—that it’s outdoor. We don’t do that in Malaysia. Malaysian malls are enclosed and air-conditioned,” Lo revealed. “They also found it interesting that there are a number of security guards in Philippine malls and all your guards are local people. Back home, the guards are mostly non-locals. We found out today that metal detectors have long been a part of your shopping culture and we don’t have it there (Malaysia) yet. You also have K9 dogs inside the malls. We usually place K9 dogs outside the malls,” Lo revealed.

When asked about the best practices of SM, Chong mentioned important highlights. “We find that you are able to get the locals to come in and join in the security department. The group noticed that not only are they willing to become security personnel and proud of the job they’re doing, they consider it a good career. If it can be done here, we should be able to do it back home,” he said.

 “We come to Manila in general because the shopping scene here is great.  It’s so vibrant. You have mid-range malls like SM Megamall which includes a higher end Fashion Hall area. There’s SM Aura which has a different format while the SM Mall of Asia is huge. We have to learn more about the mall industry from the outside but in Asian context,” Chong noted.

PPK Malaysia is a group that conducts regular study tours to learn the best mall practices in the region. It is the recognized representative of shopping centers in Malaysia whose members obtain first-hand notification and information on nationwide issues and events affecting the industry.

Samsung and Yuchengco Museum Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50 Instagram Contest Up Until September 30

In August, Samsung and Yuchengco Museum launched Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50, an Instagram contest, which aims to strengthen Filipinos’ patriotism and appreciation for public art.

The Instagram contest commemorates the works of nationalist Filipino sculptor, Eduardo Castrillo, as he celebrates 50 years of being a professional artist. Known as the monument maker, Castrillo created masterpieces such as Binhi ng mga Bayani found at Rizal Park, and People Power located along EDSA, which are vivid reflections of the Philippine history and culture.

Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50 has run through the entire duration of August, and will be extended until September 30 to accommodate more entries.

Same contest mechanics remain applicable. See them below.

1.    Post a photo of any of the select public art monuments on Instagram, and tell us what it means to you as a Filipino. Be as expressive and creative Tag @CastrilloCultureConnect and use the hashtags #SamsungCultureConnect and #Castrillo50. (See list of select monuments here.)
2.    Up to three entries per person may be submitted under professional or open category. First-place winners under each category get a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and a Gear VR. Winning contest photos will be featured on the Culture Explorer application.
3.    Winning entries will be announced online on October 7, and will be awarded on October 13. Winners are to be contacted regarding the awarding through Instagram.

For more details, visit, and follow @CultureConnectCastrillo50 on Instagram.


1.    Raha Sulayman, 1976, Raha Sulayman Park, Malate, Manila

2.    The Heritage of Cebu, 2001, Mactan, Cebu (History of Christianity in Asia)

3.    The Spirit of Pinaglabanan  1974, (heroes of Phil-Am war commemorating Pinaglabanan), San Juan, 1974 – at Barrio Paraiso, Pinaglabanan, San Juan

4.    The Light and Sound Sculptural Tableau on the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, 1991 , Rizal Shrine, Luneta

5.    Rizal, RCBC Plaza

6.    Life and Heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio (Relief) Shrine, Manila

7.    Andres Bonifacio, 1987 6.3 meters, Fort Bonifacio Manila

8.    Emilio Aguinaldo, Trece Martirez City Hall, along Governor’s Drive, Cavite

9.    Emilio Aguinaldo, Bacoor Cavite

10.  Binhi ng mga Bayani, environmental relief 1995 in Rizal Park (near the gardens)

11.  Bantayog ng Mga Bayani, 1992, Quezon Avenue corner EDSA

12.  People Power, 1993, EDSA

13.  Spirit of EDSA , RCBC Building, Makati, 2001

14.  Youth’s Cry of Defiance, 1966, 5.6 meters, cut and welded steel, Fort Santiago, Manila

15.  The Cry of Tondo, 1978, Isla Putting Bato, National Housing Authority Project, Tondo, Manila

16.  Paghimudos, Bacolod City

17.  Katuparan ng Pangarap ng Lahi, 1989, GSIS Building, Reclamation Area, Roxas Boulevard, Manila

18.  Diwa ng Batangueno, Batangas City