“Manga Festival in SM City San Pablo”

SM City San Pablo held the Manga Festival that showcase how culturally diverse and open San Pableños are to the Japanese culture. For definition Manga are “comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.” It is different from Anime, the difference? in very simple terms, Anime is a cartoon and Manga is a comic.

In fact, they have actually created a society around them with avid participants and followers. Each group is loyal to their chosen format because of their connection with the characters. However, when a Manga character, is picked up for an Anime series, there can be a crossover audience. Also some fans, prefer the subtleties of Manga drawings to the brashness of the Anime illustrations. There is a definite difference in appearance when viewing a character that is portrayed in each medium.

Although the medium is different, Anime and Manga share similarities as to the way the facial features of their characters are exaggerated and the stories are told in serial form. Here in SM City San Pablo. A white BMW was turned into canvas as we gathered Manga lovers to draw their favorite comic characters. During the campus week, several school participated in the Manga drawing festivities and their works were displayed in the mall for everyone to see. It really attracted a lot of shoppers , young and young at heart.

Regardless of the similarities or differences and the like versus dislike of each, what is certain is that Anime and Manga has made its way from Japanese Culture into Filipino Culture in a big way. And it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.


SM San Pablo’s Oldies but Techies just in time for the #Cybermonth2017

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The SM City San Pablo has prepared an upbeat “Oldies but techies” event to keep senior citizens connected to the modern world.


Niña Wong , SM San Pablo PR Manager said that “Its innate for Filipinos to sing and everyone knows how have fun with karaoke and with the popularity of smart phones its nice to teach our elderlies on how a portable rechargeable wireless bluetooth speaker microphone works. It’s really like a new skill set for our seniors knowing that they can do karaoke anytime anywhere”.


She said the technology refresher program, which is implemented in all SM City’s supermalls nationwide, is one of the many programs for senior citizens under SM Cares in partnership with its mall tenants. In SM City San Pablo, they have partnered with Ace Hardware in teaching the seniors on how the portable mic works. The event was held in the Cyberzone area and it was a fun afternoon filled with music. Some of the shoppers showed support by singing along the senior participants.


“We really want to make our grandparents feel welcome and special from the moment they enter our malls until even they leave,” Wong said.


To date, the mall has granted free movie pass for seniors in the city on a daily basis and other social programs benefiting the marginalized and disadvantaged sectors here.


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ACE Hardware, the one stop shop for the latest home improvement solutions, was recently elevated to the Hall of Fame in the Foreign Brand Retailer – Home Improvement Category during the Philippine Retailer’s Association’s 20th Outstanding Filipino Retailers & Shopping Centers of the Year Awards at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino.

ACE Hardware, one of the leading hardware stores in the United States, opened its first franchise in the Philippines at SM Southmall, Las Piñas in 1997. Since then, it has grown to become one of the country’s leading home hardware chains with more than 150 ACE Hardware branches nationwide and still growing.

ACE Hardware carries a wide range of hardware products and power tools, electrical and plumbing equipment, paints and sundries, building materials, outdoor equipment, and items for the car and the house. It also has a lawn and garden section for gardening needs and a pet section for the animal lovers.

This is the third- time ACE has been honored with a PRA Award, thus elevating it into Hall of Fame status. Others include the OFR-Category Killer Award in 2013 and OFR-Best Home Improvement Center Award in 2015.

Philippine Retailers Association has over 400 member companies, covering a wide scope of the distribution chain, in its fold — from retailers, mall and shopping center operators to traders/suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers, among others.

PRA’s annual search for the Outstanding Filipino Retailers seeks to recognize Filipino retailers who have epitomized the model of a successful retailer in terms of growth and good ethical business practices.
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SM Cinema San Pablo together with other SM Malls will bring a diverse array of compelling Filipino stories on screen with the celebration of this years “Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino”.

In partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), SM Cinemas will exclusively screen Filipino films from August 16 to 22.

“Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is a celebration of  that unique “Tatak Pinoy” culture while supporting our dynamic and very promising Philippine Cinema” shares SM City San Pablo PR Manager Ms. Niña Wong. We are happy that all four of our Cinemas will be dedicated for these Filipino made films for screening.

Students from various schools and universities are encourage to watch as SM Cinema will be offering student rates for as low as P100 during the duration of the festival. In addition to the student rates, SM Cinema will likewise offer a 4+1 promo; buy four tickets and get one for free. Cinema Patrons may also purchase a limited edition of PPP branded ePlus card for P990 which patrons may use to watch six (6) different PPP films.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is a celebration of Filipino films in line with the ‘Buwan ng Wika’. Film Development Council of the Philippines’ partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. aims to bring different kind of genre films that are fresh, engaging and uniquely Filipino. It also aims to encourage wider appreciation on Philippine Cinema.

Films that will be part of the week-long festival are AWOL, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B, Bar Boys, Birdshot, Hamog and 100 Tula Para Kay Stella. For inquiries you can call SM Cinema San Pablo at 5210008 loc 142.


The Premier Apple Partner in the Philippines to Open in SM San Pablo

Established in August 1994, Power Mac Center is a recognized Apple Premium Reseller, Authorized Education Reseller, Authorized Training Center and Authorized Service Provider in the Philippines. With over 21 years of experience in the Apple business, Power Mac Center has become a reliable retailer and service provider of Apple products to the Filipino consumer.


Power Mac Center is the leading Apple Reseller in the country. Now opening in SM City San Pablo– Power Mac Center continuously expands to broaden its reach and serve the needs of the growing market.

Bringing you the finest in premium accessories and Apple supplements, Power Mac Center delivers exclusive audio devices, sleek Apple cases, and the latest in wearable technology. We provide innovative products that appeal to each individual lifestyle.

Set to be the landmark store here San Pablo, Power Mac Center is set to open this Friday, August 11,2017. The store is conveniently located at the second level Cyberzone Area of SM City San Pablo. For more updates be sure to like SM City San Pablo Facebook and Instagram page.

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