SM Cinema’s Sine-Sindak Horror Film Festival: A Halloween treat for everyone

This coming Halloween, prepare yourselves to be horrified and get ready for your loudest scream! SM Cinema, the largest film exhibitor in the country, together with CrystalSky Multimedia, a key distributor of  internationally renowned films, brings you the scariest film fest of the year, the 1st ever Sine-Sindak Horror Film Festival on October 24 to 30, 2018!
Sine-Sindak features the following international horror movies that will surely send shivers down your spine.

The Hoarder (USA)
Ella (Mischa Barton) discovers her boyfriend is renting a secret storage unit, which she initially thought her partner is using as a hideout for his affair. Unfortunately, she together with her best friend Molly (Emily Atack), discover something more terrifying instead. She will also meet a group of strangers to help her face a deranged killer lurking in the darkness.

The Dead Room (USA)
Witness the terrifying ordeal of two cynical scientists (Jed Brophy and Jeffrey Thomas) and a young psychic (Laura Petersen…

Globe Telecom, KonsultaMD launch Hope Bank for people needing mental health support

Globe Telecom, in partnership with 24/7 health hotline KonsultaMD, has launched Hope Bank, a safe online space for everyone to openly express their feelings and thoughts about mental health.
Through Hope Bank Facebook community (, members may share messages of hope that troubled people can access for encouragement, strength and inspiration. To contribute to the platform, members may post using the hashtag #SeeYouTomorrow, both on their personal profiles and in the group.  The messages may be in the form of photos, artworks, quotes, songs/lyrics, video or anything that reflects their expression of hope.
Mental health issues affect people from all walks of life including well-known personalities, the latest among them is American singer and actress Selena Gomez who is reportedly seeking medical treatment after suffering from emotional breakdown.
“Many people with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder have to hide their illnesses ev…

Megaworld's Belmont Hotel to rise in Iloilo Business Park

Megaworld is building its fourth Belmont Hotel inside its 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park township in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
With a budget of P1.5 billion, Belmont Hotel Iloilo will have 405 suites, composed of a mix of Twin Suites, Queen Suites, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and Specially-Abled Suites for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The 12-storey hotel, which is the third in the entire township, will be located along the stretch of the 1.1-kilometer long Festive Walk Parade, just a walking distance to the iconic Iloilo Convention Center and the Festive Walk Mall.
It will have its own swimming pool with in-pool lounge, landscaped deck with pool bar and outdoor lounge, fitness center with sauna, function room, and an all-day dining restaurant.

“We have seen the huge potential of Iloilo as a tourism destination. With the Iloilo Convention Center as a main facility for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE), there is no doubt that Iloilo City needs another world-c…

#NationalPamperingDay is more relevant today than ever

Career-driven, busy lifestyles mean people today are expected to be working day in and out. While it can be very fulfilling, needless to say that it can also be very stressful. In fact, a study conducted by CNN Philippines notes that things like bosses, deadlines, co-workers, schedules all contribute heavily to daily stress.
Stress-related disorders and diseases have been on the rise, often manifesting itself as anxiety or illness. But while we can’t really do anything about having to go to work, or easing the traffic, we can do something about how we cope with stress. Because unless something is done to manage it, people will end up stuck in this endless vicious cycle.
A day dedicated to self-care, relaxation, and your wellbeing is more relevant in a day and age where pampering always seems to take a backseat to priorities and responsibilities. And this is where #NationalPamperingDay comes in.

October 17 essentially serves as a nationwide reminder for everyone dealing with the hassles …

Cine Europa: An ironic view on Belgian nostalgia and intergenerational conflicts

A nostalgic, yet ironic glimpse of the disappearing past will be the highlight of the Belgian entries in this year’s featured films in Cine Europa.
European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said that this is the 7th time that Cine Europa travels to Iloilo City.
Cine Europa runs from 9 to 14 October 2018 in SM City Iloilo and Cinematheque in Iloilo City, with 28 movies from Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Norway.
The presence of three Belgian movies, Allez Eddy, Groenten uit Balen and En amont du fleuve in the festival mirrors Belgium’s cultural diversity and its dynamic film-making tradition.
The comedy film Allez Eddy puts forward the Belgian heritage of cycling, particularly in Flanders, as it features the vibrant journey of an 11-year-old child in meeting his idol Eddy Merckx, fourfold winner of the Tour de France. The film reflects family and community values and the fasci…

Dok Ferj Biron shares plans for Iloilo’s economic empowerment

The man behind landmark bills in Congress is all set to implement policies that will transform Iloilo into an economically competitive province with the development of economic zones that will generate employment, provide greater opportunities for business, build more infrastructure, and improve access to health care and better education.
In a media conference held on the day he filed his certificate of candidacy for Iloilo’s 2019 gubernatorial elections, Congressman Ferjenel Biron shared how his four terms as Iloilo 4th District Representative shaped his vision for the overall development of the province.
A self-made man who rose from the pits of poverty to finish his degree in medicine and put up his own pharmaceutical business, Dok Ferj Biron is known as the “working congressman” who authored significant bills such as the Cheaper Medicine Act of 2008, Food and Drug Administration Act, Gift Check Act, Ease of Doing Business Act, among many others.

According to Dok Ferj, it was a privil…

SM Iloilo employees plant trees in Anilao, Iloilo

SM Iloilo employees, together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 6 (DENR 6), held a tree planting activity at Brgy. Cag-an Anilao, Iloilo last October 7, 2018.

Volunteers from the SM City Iloilo along with other SM groups like the SM Markets, SM Savemore, SM Store and Jollibee, agency personnel and partners from the Department of Environment and Natural Resourses 6, Cenro Barotac Nuevo and the members of beneficiary people’s organization Cag-an Upland and Lowland Development Association planted 12,000 fruit bearing tree seedlings in the 24 hectare area in the said barangay.
The tree planting activity is part of the 60 years celebration of SM in the country. It aims to support the environmental programs of the government and the “Grow a Million Trees” campaign of SM Foundation and SM Markets.

In celebration of SM Supermalls’ 60th anniversary, a nationwide tree planting activity was held across different locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

A total of 60,000 trees…