​SM No.1 Tax Payer In The Local Business Tax and Real Property Tax

Consistent with its value on good governance, SM maintained its position as one of the country’s top taxpayers for taxable year 2015. The mall company received several awards from different communities where it emerged as the no. 1 taxpayer in the Local Business Tax and Real Property Tax categories, while keeping its top positions in other localities spread across the country.

For local business and real property tax categories, SM Megamall, SM City Masinag, SM City Bacoor, SM City Molino, SM City Baguio, and SM City Naga emerged as the no. 1 taxpayers in their respective communities. SM Malls located in Quezon City namely SM City North Edsa, SM City Sta. Mesa, SM City Fairview and SM City Novaliches received the Hall of Fame award for being a consistent top taxpayer in 2015.

Top real property tax awards went to SM Southmall, SM Center Las Piñas, SM North EDSA, SM City Fairview, SM City Novaliches, SM City Dasmariñas, SM Marketmall Dasmariñas, SM City Sta. Mesa, SM Baliwag, SM Cauayan, SM City Lucena, SM City Olongapo, SM City Rosales, SM City Rosario, SM City San Pablo, SM City Taytay, SM City Tarlac, SM City Consolacion, SM City Cebu, and SM City Bacolod. Other cities and municipalities that benefited from taxes paid by SM include Apalit, San Fernando and Mexico (Pampanga); Batangas City; Calamba City and Santa Rosa City (Laguna); Iloilo City; Lipa City; Manila; Marikina City; Marilao (Bulacan); Muntinlupa City; Pasay City; and Valenzuela City.

For taxable year 2014, SM landed on the 9th spot of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s top non-individual taxpayers list, contributing over Php3.1B in paid taxes.

“Part of our mission is to provide opportunities where we are present. It is our social responsibility to pay our taxes transparently and on time so that our respective communities can continue to finance its own economic development programs,” said Ms. Annie S. Garcia, President of SM Supermalls.

SM’s presence in communities has helped create jobs and opened doors for local businesses, big and small, to take advantage of the mall’s large customer traffic. The mall company has also helped in turning communities into tourism destinations because of its premier shopping, dining and lifestyle products and services.

Lazada launches 11.11 with more than 1M deals

The biggest online shopping event in Southeast Asia kicks off today, November 11, 2016 with the participation of more than 12,500 local and international brands and 6,000 merchants. This month-long shopping event is Lazada’s fifth Online Revolution since its launch in 2012.
This year’s theme is ‘Brands for All,’ putting customers’ favorite brands in the spotlight. Customers can expect jaw-dropping, well-curated offers, and exclusive launches of branded items.

These deals come on top of the wide and growing assortment on Lazada. To date, Lazada boasts an unmatched catalog of close to 30 million products for consumers across six Southeast Asian countries. In the Philippines, the assortment grew 4x more than in 2015.

Lazada will offer everything customers love – from huge discounts to flash sales and exclusive bundles. P11 peso deals featuring a Virtual Reality Box, LED light bulb rotating lamp and a Genius gaming mouse among many others, are up for grabs.  Limited-time flash deals on a 32” Slim LED TV for Php 5,499, a Fujidenzo 20L microwave oven for Php 1,999, a Star Mobile 4.5” smart phone for Php 999, an HP desk jet printer for Php 888, and a L’Oreal lip and cheek palette set for P399 are only some of the many highlights during this mega shopping day. Perfect value indeed for all the Christmas gift-seekers out there.

The deals extend to over 17 product categories including Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home & Living, and Electronics. Lazada is focusing deep into its customers’ interests with weekly specials- a curation of items for beauty fans, supermoms and families, techies and fashionistas.

As if these weren’t enough, Lazada will also launch games to make Christmas online shopping more fun. Follow Lazada’s social media channels to get free shopping vouchers, brand giveaways from Samsung, MamyPoko, Unilever, JBL, Lenovo, and more.

“Online Revolution was launched in 2012 so more consumers could experience the ease and benefits of online shopping. Since then, Online Revolution has become the biggest shopping event in Southeast Asia, where consumers can find amazing deals from the most popular brands conveniently from their smartphones or laptops,” said CEO Inanc Balci. “This year, we have secured commitments from big brand partners for more than one million deals to make Christmas shopping more exciting and effortless for Filipinos. The best of the world is truly at everyone's fingertips now, more than ever.”

Lazada has also partnered with top brands to make shopping more rewarding. Use your MasterCard to get an additional 12% off on top of already discounted prices. And if you’re feeling lucky, Isuzu Philippines is giving away a brand new pick-up for more out of town road trips, and Turkish Airlines is raffling off air tickets to fly you off to your dream vacation. 

Ever tried making a wish whenever you see 11.11 on your watch or clock? No need to be on the constant lookout because Lazada’s Online Revolution is guaranteed to make your Christmas shopping wishes and dreams come true with an awesome plethora of deals and steals. Visit www.lazada.com.ph or download the Lazada mobile app for free to join the biggest online shopping event of the year. Sale runs from November 11 to December 12.

Movie Musicals Watched And Appreciated By Deaf And Blind Students

Disney’s animated fantasy musical got us all singing “Let It Go”, out loud or in our heads, for days on end. Some of us may have probably seen the movie where it came from, “Frozen”, a thousand times. This record-breaking film is a must-see, not just for its magical visuals but also for the inspiring songs and music within the story. It would be a shame for anyone not to see it – including the visual and hearing impaired among us.

Fortunately, some of the students and faculty of the Philippine School for the Deaf and the Philippine School for the Blind got to enjoy the movie musical in all its glory. “Frozen” was one of three movies that SM is featuring on the second leg of its Movies for the Deaf and Blind program under its CSR arm, SM Cares. The Angelina Jolie-starrer “Maleficent” and the fantasy action film “Pan” are the other two films that the deaf and blind audiences can now enjoy in 20 SM cinemas nationwide.

In this kind of special movie, audio-description and closed captioning features are used. The audio-description involves a narrator who describes every key visual element in the movie that the blind is not able to see: the action, scene changes, the actors’ gestures, facial expressions, costumes, and even on-screen text. The narration is inserted in between pauses or in gaps within dialogues whenever possible so that the blind audience can follow and understand the unfolding story.

Closed captioning, on the other hand, is a higher level of “subtitles” as we know it. It transcribes the dialogue between the characters in the film and flashed directly below the scene. What makes it work better for the deaf audience is the fact that even the sound effects, ambient noise, and other sound that are important in the scenes are included in the caption.

“Frozen” being an animated film and a musical, one would think that it would be a stretch for either the deaf or the blind to fully appreciate it. But Mrs. Ligaya Coral, a 30-year teacher at the Philippine School for the Deaf proudly claims that the deaf students and their families actually loved the movie experience, adding that they can even perform the songs themselves through sign language.

“We are thankful that there are movies like these now. The kids can appreciate the movie without needing an interpreter for them to know what’s happening in the story,” Mrs. Coral said.

Ms. Liza Lyn Lopez, a blind teacher, especially loved “Love Is An Open Door”, a duet between Anna and Prince Hans. “This kind of project means a lot because we, the disabled, rarely get exposed to something like this,” she said, referring to the movie experience.

Right now, a law had already been passed for using closed captioning in local productions. The MTRCB hopes to follow this up with audio-description soon. With partnerships between the private and public sector like SM, Deaf Blind Support Philippines, CALL Foundation of the Blind, and MTRCB, it would be possible to expect vernacular versions of audio-descriptive and close captioned movies as well.

Pokemon Battle Gear Inside Jolly Kiddie Meal - Rare Pokemon Characters

The young or even the young at heart now has an added reason to get excited with the latest Jolly Kiddie Meal offering – the Pokemon Battle Gear!

Featuring your favorite and rare Pokemon characters - Pikachu, Tepig and Oshawott, kids of all ages can enjoy playing with these loveable pocket monsters, along with their favorite Jollibee meals.

Unleash the powers of Pikachu Electro Launcher by attaching the electroball on its tail. Push it down to release Pikachu’s high voltage ball of lightning! You can also catch rare Pokemons Tepig Fireball Blaster and Oshawott Water Cannon. To ignite Tepig, insert the fireball in Tepig’s body and press the tail to fire away. The Oshawott Water Cannon makes a splash in the battle ground with its water squirting feature. Just detach the cap found at its back, pour water inside the body then press the button and squirt with water from Oshawott’s mouth.

Catch them all at a store near you with every purchase of a Jolly Kiddie Meal: Jolly Spaghetti Meal at P95, Yum Burger Meal at P96 or Chickenjoy Meal at P122. Each package comes with its own Jolly Joy Box. The Pokemon Battle Gear is available in all Jollibee outlets until November 12.

Merrier Christmas Deals Which Can Save You 25% On Samsung Appliances

If Santa has elves to help him through the busy Christmas season, moms and dads, too, need their “Partners in Life” to provide efficient and reliable help at home, especially during the holidays. 

Samsung Philippines offers a merrier and hassle-free Christmas with generous discounts and freebies on Samsung Digital Appliances through the Merrier Christmas Deals promo.

Customers can save up to P36,000 or 25% off on the latest Samsung Digital Appliances for straight payments and up to 15% off for installment purchases. Customers are also entitled to a dining treat at House of Wagyu or Marriot Hotel–Cebu when they avail of 0% Citi PayLite for 12 months with their Citibank Credit Card.

The Samsung Merrier Christmas Deals promo is available on a wide-range of Samsung refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, and microwave ovens.

With all the upcoming Christmas parties and reunions, it’s high time to get a bigger yet power-saving refrigerator to store the party fare and Noche Buena feast. Likewise, the family might be in need of a bigger and better washing machine to lessen laundry days, be energy-efficient and make more cherishable moments with the family during the holidays.

For those with friends and family relatives visiting for the holidays, a reliable air conditioner is a must-have for a good night’s sleep. It also pays to have a reliable microwave oven that does more than heat food but can also grill and fry without the use of oil to serve more delicious and healthy options for family and visitors.  

Now is the best time to reward yourself and your family with the latest home technologies from Samsung. Visit a participating Samsung authorized dealer today to learn more about the promo, or visit http://www.samsung.com/ph/offer/da2016