Angels Walk - Annual Walk For Autism Awareness Viewed Worldwide

For the first time in 17 years, Angels Walk – an annual march to bring awareness of autism in the Philippines – was viewed worldwide via livestream. The international autism community, along with families and supporters, saw a record-breaking number of participants march around the SM Mall of Asia grounds coming from inside the jampacked MOA Arena.

Around 24,000 online registrants expressed their interest to participate in this year’s event, with more on the wait-list trooping straight to the venue. The activity started inside the MOA Arena with entertainment coming from talented performers with autism, with no less than Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez cheering from the audience.

ASEAN Deputy Secretary General HE Dr. AKP Mochtan witnessed the event, along with Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings, Annie Garcia of SM Supermalls, and other leaders from the public sector. Delegates from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand were also present.

“We consider this event as one virtual group hug. Once a year, if you have a child with autism, you can come to MOA Arena without fear of judgment,” said Mona Magno-Veluz, president of Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP). “The theme is Philippines A-Ok, which means we want the Philippines to be okay with autism. We want a more inclusive society for autistic people where they get equal opportunities.”
“This used to be just a gathering of parents with autism. Today, since we have grown by leaps and bounds, we have to be more sophisticated with mounting our event so we can appeal to this wider audience,” Veluz added.

ASP got a big boost from the free use of the venue, with volunteers giving their expertise in production. SM, through its CSR arm SM Cares, has been supporting Angels Walk since 2007.

“We took the challenge that Mr. Hans Sy gave us a few years back, to raise the number of participants for Angels Walk. True to his word, he gave us MOA Arena as a new venue to accommodate the thousands more who wanted to participate,” said Engr. Bien C. Mateo, SM VP for Operations and Director for Program on Disability Affairs. “In 2016, SM Food Retail started training persons with autism in several branches. There is an intention to continue and expand this program this year to more branches nationwide.”

Angels Walk was also held in Davao, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, and other provincial areas. Delegates came to the MOA Arena from different parts of the country and abroad, coming from as far as the US and Canada. ASP is part of the ASEAN Autism Network, and is currently working for accreditation as ASEAN NGO.

Enjoy The Season Of Love With The New Jack ‘n Jill Nips Color Series

Jack ‘n Jill Nips gives the young and young-at-heart a fun and playful way to enjoy this season of love with the new Jack ‘n Jill Nips Color Series.

Each pack of this limited edition treat contains single-colored button-shaped candies that have assorted Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate and Peanut centers. Available in Yellow, Blue and Red variants, Jack ‘n Jill Nips Color Series is the perfect gift to show your feelings to your loved ones.

Express your fun and playful side through the pick-up lines found on every pack of Jack ‘n Jill Nips Color Series. Nips Yellow signifies a budding love felt during a first meeting or a first date, Nips Blue is for that special person that has captured ones’ affection and admiration, while Nips Red celebrates the romance in a current relationship.

Whatever your status may be – whether you’re happily committed or simply single and contented, you can spread the love and sweet vibes with every pack of Jack ‘n Jill Nips Color Series. Make Valentines more fun and playful and grab and share all 3 packs (Php10.25 SRP each) of this limited-edition treat. Your favorite candy-coated chocolate is available at leading groceries and supermarkets nationwide.

Express yourself in a fun, playful and color-ful way with the new Jack ‘n Jill Nips Color Series. Each pack contains single-colored button-shaped treats in assorted Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate and Peanut centers.

Roberto's Filipino-American Fusion Steakhouse - Delightfully Delicious Menu At An Affordable Price

As the love month rolls in, many are looking for places to spend time with their special someone, but Metro Manila traffic is proving to be a challenge as it eats out most of the people’s precious time. This year, escape the metro and visit the wonderful sights of the north to sample a delightful local favorite.

RDF Feed, Livestock and Foods Inc. (RDFFLFI), the company behind Fresh Options meat shop, continues to churn out quality and innovative food offerings through Pampanga’s pride, Roberto’s.

Located north of Metro Manila, Roberto’s is a Filipino-American fusion steakhouse that serves not only choice cuts of meat, but the freshest as RDFFLFI employs an efficient food production line where all meat cuts are strategically prepared according to the restaurant’s demands. 

For Valentine’s, Roberto’s is collaborating with Chef Charles Miller, a renowned American chef who’s currently the Executive Chef of the Perry’s Steakhouse in Dallas, to develop delightfully delicious Valentine’s menu at an affordable price from February 11 to February 15.

Some of the must-try dishes you can expect from Chef Charles are:

Rosemary Butter Roasted Chicken

Cream of Broccoli Cheese Soup

24 -Hour Marinated Roast Pork Loin with Tropical Chutney
Chef Charles is also concocting signature drinks like the Ultimate Berry Splash, Chocolate Lovers Delight, and Sparkling Sour Apple Champagne.

“Cooking has always been a passion of mine and I always come up with different ways to combine different flavors and textures so that people will enjoy each sumptuous bite. You can say that I am an innovator in the kitchen, but I leave the meat handling innovations to Dr. Robert,” shares Chef Charles.

Roberto’s is located in SM City Clark, SM City Pampanga, Balanga Bataan, Vista Mall Bataan, Guagua Pampanga, Iba Zambales, and soon to open in SM North Edsa. Follow them on Facebook via @Robertoscoffeeandtea or contact 0998.961.6902 for more details.