Saturday, September 19, 2020

51 MORE Power Employees Regularized In A Surprise Ceremony

51 employees of MORE Power Iloilo have been regularized after 6 months of service in the said power company here in Iloilo City last September 16, 2020.

The regularization was a surprise ceremony held at the Iloilo Convention Center at the aforementioned date. This was attended by MORE Power’s staff and top officials.

Each of the 51 personnels’ names were called as they went up the stage to receive their certificates and official IDs. The awarding ceremony was led by MORE Power President Roel Z. Castro and Network Operations Head Engr. Edwin Montemayor.

Moreover, the surprise ceremony made some employees emotional, as they were not expecting to be given the “regular” status in just a short length of service in the said company. Most of them were not regularized in their previous company despite a long term, even decades, of service.

Endo (End of Contract) or Contractualization, is not new among the 51 workers. MORE Power, however, put this to an end.  “[We] recognized the essential roles of each of these workers who worked so hard 24/7 for the betterment of Iloilo City”, Ma. Cecilia Pe-Calunod, power utility’s head of customer care, said.

"MORE Power needs you - your talent, your skills, your perseverance. We need you as much as you need us," she further added.

Such words during the surprise ceremony sparked a series of emotions to the attendees. Alexis Nacionales, a line testing technician working for Network Operations Dept., was deeply grateful for his new employer and was emotional as he shared his experience in previous DU.

"More than 17 years kami nag-ubra sa ila wala gid kami nag-regular, ginpabay-an pa. Nadisgrasya ako, nag least naka-survive. Gapasalamat gid ko sa MORE nga naregular kami. Sa mga upod ko man, amo ni ginahulat naton nga ma-regular. Thank you gid sa kay Sir Roel Castro kay nagsulod sila," quoted Nacionales.

Castro, on the other hand, acclaimed the 51 employees who took the risk to leave their previous employer and chose to join MORE Power.

"I know it was difficult for you to make a decision six months ago to join MORE. You were torn between staying with the old company or joining a new company that you don't even know...I salute all of you 51 who had the courage to come forward and say I will join MORE," Castro said.

While MORE Power focuses on the welfare of its employees, Castro stressed that the business organization is geared towards good service to Ilonggo consumers.

"We want each and everyone to be treating our consumers the highest respect, the best-accorded service that we can give to our consumers. That is how I treat all of you. We are giving you the best because we want you to give the best to our consumers," Castro said.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused employment instability, job loss, and displacement of workers. The regularization of MORE employees, who came from the previous power distribution utility, gave the employees another chance at a meaningful career and a stable source of income for their respective families.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Your City Shopper Offers Free Delivery In Iloilo And Roxas City

Your City Shopper, the delivery service of SM City Iloilo, is offering free delivery this whole month of September!

Shoppers who opt to stay home can still order food from their favorite restaurant, gadgets from Cyberzone, groceries from the Supermarket, apparel from their favorite fashion store, essentials from the pharmacies, tools from Ace Hardware, and anything else they need inside SM City Iloilo.

This free delivery service is valid for orders placed from 1PM-5PM, with a minimum order of P500 for orders within Iloilo City, Pavia, Leganes, and Oton.


Together its delivery partner Palihog Pls., Your City Shoppers extends its reach to Roxas City every Sunday of September. And yes, it is still for free!

For a minimum purchase of ₱3,000 and a minimal fee for purchases below ₱3,000, Roxas residents can have their food, tools, clothes, baby essentials, kitchenware delivered in Roxas City.

A cut-off for orders is set at 2pm every Saturday.

To place orders thru Your City Shopper one can click on the link or call 0946 215 8087(Smart) and 0975 259 2900(Globe)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Globe Spearheads Network Upgrades In Key VisMin Cities

Globe has started its network upgrades in eight key areas of Visayas and Mindanao to address the growing connectivity needs of its customers.  The network upgrades will provide mobile customers with better data and call experience while broadband customers will experience improved data services. 

Network activities are scheduled in Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu CIty, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City,  Bacolod City, Iloilo City, and Boracay in Aklan from September until the end of this year.

There are currently a lot of households that are looking to be connected for work, learning, and entertainment due to the community quarantine. Globe hopes to fill this demand with its aggressive network upgrades and expansion that will happen in different parts of the country.

“We are adding capacity throughout the country  to serve  the increasing data demand of our customers and continuously improving network service quality. Our teams are out there deploying new technologies, new equipment as we heed the call of the nation for better data connectivity,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

The upgrade of existing infrastructure in VisMin involves building new cell sites,  and adding more 4G/LTE technologies to increase data capacity and improve internet speeds.

Customers in the affected areas may experience temporary disruption in their mobile and broadband data services during this period.  Globe shall issue an SMS advisory to its affected mobile and broadband customers prior to the scheduled upgrade activities.

Every year, Globe allocates a significant portion of its service revenues to capital spending, majority of which goes to network and capacity builds.  This is part of the company’s commitment to support 10 of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG No 9 on Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure since investments in infrastructure are crucial for the country to achieve sustainable development.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

#EveryJuanWillFlyAgain with Cebu Pacific's 9.9 Super Seat Fest

BER months mark the start of the holiday season, and the Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, welcomes it the way it knows best – with a 3-day Super Seat Fest. Bring out those inner BER-yaheros and BER-ready to book those low-fare flights for your 2021 trips!

From September 9 to 11, ALL destinations will be up for grabs for as low as PHP99 (base fare). The 9.9 Super Seat Fest is the holiday seat sale that everyJuan who has been raring to fly on a getaway, has been waiting for.

It is the perfect time to start filling next year’s calendars with travel plans to visit beaches in Boracay and Siargao, and support other local cities and provinces, as the travel period for this sale is from May 1 until August 31, 2021.

PHP99 flights to international destinations will also be available during this Super Seat Fest. So those who have been missing the breathtaking sights and delicious cuisine in Bali (Indonesia), Bangkok, Dubai, Japan, Korea, and more can finally fly for less, with low fares from Cebu Pacific.

Bookings can be done via the Cebu Pacific website ( or its mobile app, available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store. Payments may only be made through online channels on September 9, while payment centers will be available on September 10 and 11.

To ensure that #EveryJuanWillFlyAgain with peace of mind, Cebu Pacific has put in place safety protocols and contactless flights guidelines; and adheres to stringent on-ground and inflight preventive measures, in accordance with global aviation standards. All CEB aircraft undergo extensive daily disinfection before, during, and after every flight.

As an added reassurance for everyJuan, more flexible booking options have been made available. Passengers who have existing travel funds in their accounts may use this to book new flights this Super Seat Fest. More information about Flexible Bookings here.

So mark your calendars and BER-ready to book a holiday gift of flights for yourself and loved ones this September 9 to 11!

For more information, visit or stay tuned for updates on Cebu Pacific’s official Facebook (
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Monday, September 7, 2020

Alex Gonzaga Is The Newest Brand Ambassador For The SM Store's Call To Deliver #143SM

“It’s like you’re bringing The SM Store inside your home,” says Alex about The SM Store’s  Call to Deliver service.

The SM Store’s Call to Deliver service has a new face, and a new easy to remember hotline number.  With that, its new ambassador, television host, actress, and singer Alex Gonzaga highlights Call to Deliver’s hotline number #143SM (#14376).

Bridging the convenience of online shopping and premium in-store customer assistance, Call to Deliver started out with a few stores in the Vismin area on April 13, 2020 to be able to assist locked-down customers who would be needing essential items from the store.

Since then, it has become available at all SM Stores nationwide. And it’s easy to see why shoppers love SM’s Call to Deliver service. It makes everyone a little bit special by bringing a new, complete, and happy shopping experience to customers by providing you with your own personal shopper thru Viber ordering/video call ordering/virtual shopping and offering multiple payment options that include Cash on Delivery, Credit/Debit Card, Contactless Payment Options like GrabPay and Gcash, online payment and even bank transfers. It also accepts SM Gift Cards and SM Sodexo Gift Passes.

Enjoy your items in front of your door as SM Call to Deliver delivers nationwide. Sixty-four (64) branches of The SM Store are ready to deliver your items the next day after completing your transaction.  Or you may opt to pick-up items at your own convenience thru the allotted curbside pick-up point.

Alex calls #143SM for her everyday essentials, her gadget’s accessories as well as items for the home.

Alex, who says she and her family have been SM customers for many years, recalls trips to Megamall and North EDSA from their home in Taytay, excursions she considers very much like “a trip to Baguio.” She remembers her Mom bowling at SM North EDSA, and being proud when she received her Prestige Card.

With that, as brand ambassador, she is “happy to be part of this family, this brand, this product that Filipinos have trusted for years. It’s really an honor and privilege to be part of SM’s new service.”

And she’s loving this new way to shop as with a personal shopper, “it’s nice to be able to talk to someone for orders. It feels good if someone can answer your questions and make some recommendations when you want to buy something.”

Likewise, “knowing that there’s an existing physical store, gives me confidence that I’m  making a legit transaction.” She’s also delighted that Call to Deliver has multiple payment options, is available at all SM Stores nationwide and offer delivery and pick-up options. 

The SM Store launches its new ambassador for its Call to Deliver service Alex Gonzaga and its new hotline number

“It’s like you’re bringing SM Store inside your home,” she says “That’s how convenient it is."

As someone who considers shopping retail therapy, Alex’s picks include “everyday essentials like toiletries and face masks, things for the home especially kitchen accessories, gadgets, as well as clothes from the SM Store’s Call to Deliver service.”

What’s on Alex’s CTD list for her loved ones? A comb for fiancé Mikee, an air purifier with humidifier and electric fan for Mommy Pinty, water spray for plants for Daddy Bonoy, and candle for sister Toni, and trains or cars for nephew Seve.

The SM Store Call to Deliver now made even easier!  Just call #143SM (#14376), place your order with the personal shopper that will be assigned to you and follow payment instructions, and have your items delivered or arrange store pick up.

The SM Store Call to Deliver service is part of the SM Store's continuous commitment to serve the ever-changing needs of its customers.


Iloilo Business Park Leads Call For Ilonggos To Help Revive Iloilo Economy

Iloilo Business Park (IBP) is joining hands with the local government of Iloilo City and other sectors to boost the city's fight against COVID-19 and just jumpstart economic recovery.

Various leaders from the government, business, and medical sectors are calling on Ilonggos to shop, dine, and patronize local businesses to help them get back on their feet.

"We need the Ilonggos' cooperation to follow and observe safety protocols to help the city recover from this pandemic. Iloilo has been enjoying an economic boom in the past years, and the only way for us to sustain that is to support our entrepreneurs and their businesses. There's no need to fear going out and do what we want to do, as long as we continue to adhere to all the safety measures and educate others to help curb the spread of the virus in the city," says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Iloilo Business Park (IBP).

Iloilo Business Park is demonstrating its staunch commitment to highlight safety in the city above all by presenting the iconic Gen. Martin Delgado's statue wearing a giant Hablon facemask crafted by Ilonggo fashion designer Jeff Ticao. The initiative was made to remind Ilonggos to do their part in adhering to minimum health standards to prevent the spread of the virus.

"IBP remains safe for Ilonggos. Every component of this township - from the hotels, residential condominiums, even the mall and its tenants - strictly implements and complies with the government's safety and health standards. This is how we remain one with the city's Bato Iloilo (Fight Iloilo) campaign," shares Palmares-Fong.

Also coinciding with the unveiling of the statue is the ceremonial turnover of the training manual on safety and sanitation developed exclusively by The Medical City (TMC) for Festive Walk Iloilo. Festive Walk Iloilo has teamed up with the premier medical network to boost its sanitation and infection control measures and enhance the capabilities of its own sanitation teams.

'We are committed to working closely with the city government in the fight against COVID-19. We have enhanced our safety and sanitation capabilities through our partnership with Safeguard and The Medical City and we are more than ready to provide Ilonggos with the safest shopping environment possible, where they can enjoy and at the same time help local businesses thrive even during these challenging times," says Ford Tan, General Manager, Festive Walk Iloilo.

Among the safety measures being implemented at the mall and other establishments in the township include foot baths in all entrances, mandatory temperature checks, provision of alcohol and hand sanitizers at building and store entrances and comfort rooms, establishment of hand washing stations, and educational signages and safety reminders in all visible areas.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Bike-Friendly Parking At SM Supermalls

With more and more of us turning to biking as a mode of transportation during the Community Quarantine, SM Supermalls has created bike parking facilities across its malls.

With organized and secure parking zones designated solely for bicycles, SM hopes to make the riding experience safe and convenient for the growing number of bike commuters, especially in communities where SM malls are located. And the good news is that these spaces are currently free of charge.

The Podium’s covered bike parking facilities are conveniently located near the mall’s driveway and feature upright bicycle racks designed for additional security and easy maneuverability for bikers.

S Maison’s covered bike parking area offers bike racks with multiple locking points for customers to easily secure their bikes.

Customers can enjoy a safe, easy, and convenient parking experience at SM Aura’s designated bike parking zone conveniently located near the mall’s entrance.

SM Marikina’s organized and spacious parking zone dedicated solely for bicycles.

For customers who prefer to protect their bikes from the elements, there are covered bike parking areas in SM Aura Premier, The Podium, S Maison, and SM Marikina.

SM By the BAY’s conveniently located wave bicycle racks offer secure and efficient parking for cyclists.

Street-level parking right in front of SM BF Paranaque’s entrance provides an easy, safe, and convenient parking experience for the mall’s bike-riding customers.

SM Olongapo Central’s cycling community can enjoy its spaciously designed bike facilities.

For customers who enjoy the convenience of street-level parking, Mall of Asia, SM By the BAY, SM Megamall, SM BF Paranaque, and SM Olongapo Central are among the malls that offer bike parking areas near the mall’s entrance.  

Bikers can enjoy safe parking at SM North Edsa’s designated bike parking area. Bikers simply register in a logbook and submit ID for a bike parking pass as an added layer of security and peace of mind.

Customers have one less thing to worry about when it comes to bike parking safety with on-duty guards manning and securing bike parking areas at all SM malls. Other security measures such as at SM City North Edsa require customers to register in a logbook and submit ID in exchange for a bike parking pass as an added layer of security.

SM City Iloilo’s bike racks are conveniently located at the entrance of SM Southpoint facing the diversion road, where the city bike lane is located. 

In SM City Iloilo, bike parking is conveniently located at the entrance of SM Southpoint facing the diversion road, where the city bike lane is located.  Another space is located at the perimeter area of the mall near the motorcycle bay. These facilities are up for further improvement to provide more bike-friendly convenience to the users.

To further promote Iloilo as Bike-Friendly City, across the mall is a mural that highlights the bicycle as means of transportation to help ease the traffic flow in the city, to lessen carbon emission, and promote a healthy lifestyle. The art is a showcase of the city's desire to be a truly liveable place for all Ilonggos. The project is thru the unified efforts of SM City Iloilo, Mayor Jerry Treñas, Iloilo City Government, Boysen Paints Philippines, Philippine Institute of Architects, Inc. - Iloilo Chapter, and Sigahum Artists Group.

With SM’s bike-friendly facilities, customers can look forward to a safe, convenient, and enjoyable biking experience. Importantly, SM aims to support inclusive mobility. and hopes to encourage more people to take up biking as a healthy and environment-friendly alternative means of transportation beyond the pandemic, which is part of SM’s Green Movement campaign promoting clean, green, sustainable communities.