Asia, Batangas

Sinag Schools program powers up school in Batangas

SM Foundation (SMFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group, together with Maxeon Solar Technologies, recently powered up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School (LPES) in Batangas through the Sinag Schools program.

This social good collaboration between SMFI and Maxeon aims to provide clean and renewable energy to schools in grassroot communities by installing solar panels on an SM school building, especially to those that have low operating expenses.

In addition to the solar panel installation which intends to power positive change in the way energy is consumed in public schools, the program also aims to enhance the understanding of students in terms of energy management and the need to transition to cleaner energy alternatives with lower environmental impacts.

Through the Sinag Schools program, SMFI and Maxeon installed 21 solar panels— estimated to produce 6510 watt-p—on an SM school building in Batangas.
Through the Sinag Schools program, SMFI and Maxeon installed 21 solar panels— estimated to produce 6510 watt-p—on an SM school building in Batangas.

“Through this program, we want to power up the learning and development of young people. We want to help teach young people about solar energy, about renewable energy. We want to power up the next generation to help save our planet,” Maxeon Fab4 General Manager Glenn Everett said.

The SM school building at the LPES, which was donated by SMFI in partnership with SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) in 2017, now boasts 21 solar panels—estimated to produce 6510 watt-p. With the savings on electricity, the school may realign their budget to more efforts and other innovations that will give the students an environment more conducive to learning.

It takes a village to raise a child
SMFI executive director Debbie Sy underscored the importance of collective efforts in advancing the learning experience of every student in the country: “We believe that collaboration can drive growth and become a force for good in addressing societal challenges. CSR partnerships can create solutions that improve society by fostering learning, promoting innovation and gaining access to new technologies, such as the Sinag schools program. CSR collaboration can pool resources, both financial and human resources – between multiple organizations which can amplify social good impact.”

“The establishment of an ever-evolving CSR strategy and partnerships will help companies and non-government organizations in developing and implementing crucial social good programs over decades while having procedures in place that integrate social and environmental priorities into CSR core strategy – all in close collaboration with stakeholders,” she further added.

Moreover, Everett mentioned how SMFI and Maxeon share the similar set of values and interest when it comes to helping Filipino learners: “We have this concept of powering positive change in the world. We are happy to be working together with SM Foundation to power up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School.”

“Individually, we can do so much. But together we can do actually more. For us to bring our solar technology and SMFI to bring in their schools, these things are much better together than they would be apart,” he concluded.

Spreading social good all the way
SM Foundation made sure to truly touch the lives of the learners and teachers of LPES as it donated eight desktop computers, 200 bags with school supplies, and more than 160 pcs brand new kinder and elementary books to further promote the love for reading among the students. Clothing items for parents were also distributed.

For more information about this initiative, follow SM Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube: @SMFoundationInc.

Maxeon is headquartered in Singapore. The company designs, manufactures, and sells Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels. Maxeon has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. Maxeon is a leader in solar innovation with products that span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,700 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a +35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.

SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program. This social good initiative aims to promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities.

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Asia, Hotels, Pasay City

Midas Hotel and Casino employees get vaccinated against COVID-19

Midas Hotel and Casino, a luxury boutique hotel in Pasay City, proudly announces that its frontliners and staff are now fully vaccinated. With this, the hotel re-opens its indoor and al fresco dining areas, with limited seating capacity. Prior to this, the hotel has prepared for the re-opening by implementing sanitation measures to ensure safe dine-in spaces. The hotel continues to serve takeaway orders for pick-up or delivery.

With the help from the Pasay City local government unit (LGU) under the leadership of City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano, and the Pasay City Alliance of Tourism Advocates (PCATA), the hotel’s fully vaccinated employees got their jabs done for a worry-free work environment.

“It is equally important for us to bring peace of mind among our staff who we consider as our pillars in these uncertain times. Now that we’re fully vaccinated, we continue to give our guests and patrons only the best which they deserve,” said Midas Hotel and Casino General Manager Lily Santos Adrid. “

The boutique hotel continues to follow minimum safety protocols required by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the IATF. Daily cleaning and sanitation of rooms and other parts of the hotel are observed to ensure safe stays. Sanitizers and posters that contain safety reminders are also placed in strategic locations within the hotel.

The hotel welcomes quarantine guests and essential bookers to stay. They can book a room today through this link or call the hotel’s reservations team at +63 7902-0100 or email at info@midashotelandcasino.com for more details. Individuals and families who would like to sample and order their favorite Midas Hotel and Casino food can do so by calling 09175217853 (Globe) or 09985626474 (Smart) or contacting Ms. Je-Ann Dela Cruz at 09175654712 or jessica.delacruz@midashotelandcasino.com for more info.

About Midas Hotel and Casino

Nestled in a bustling city, Midas Hotel and Casino stands tall in its grandeur as it welcomes upbeat travelers and families looking for a safe and delightful place to stay. The hotel’s 226 spacious rooms, four food and beverage outlets serving sumptuous local and international cuisines, a quaint little spa, a contemporary gym, expansive event venues, impressive casinos, and modern lifestyle shops coupled with heightened safety and security protocols present a comfortable and satisfying experience that lingers in the memories of its guests the world over. The hotel’s dedicated team known for its warm hospitality also ensures a pleasant stay for each guest, making this hotel a preferred brand for people with discerning taste. For those who desire the only finest things that life has to offer, Midas Hotel and Casino is the perfect hotel choice.

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Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Southeast Asia, Travel

Where to Stay in Siem Reap in Cambodia?

I visited Siem Reap, Cambodia for the first time last time for my birthday. I traveled from Manila with connecting flights from Changi, Singapore to Bangkok, Thailand. From BKK I took a long bus ride to Siem Reap. I spent almost 3 days in Siem Reap, specifically in Tresor d’Angkor Suite located at Krous Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey. Then took another night bus to Phnom Penh then had a quick visit at Ho Chi Minh before heading back to the Philippines.

Where to Stay in Siem Reap in Cambodia? There’s a lot of cheap hostels but if you want to splurge in a hotel room there’s a lot of 5-star hotel that’s near the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park. Read a lot of reviews first before choosing one 😉

 

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