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2019 SEA Games: Where to buy tickets as low as P50

Oct 03, 2019 - 1:35 PM

You can now buy tickets to watch your favorite sports in the 2019 SEA Games!

TICKET DROP. The 2019 SEA Games tickets go on sale on October 3. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Forever 21 stays open in Philippines, says SM Retail

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Forever 21 finds love in the Philippines, even as its parent company files for bankruptcy in the United States

Here's where Panda Express is opening in the Philippines

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:19 PM

They didn't say, however, when the first branch is opening

HELLO, PANDA. Panda Express will be opening in the Philippines soon. Photo courtesy of JFC and Panda Express

SM Supermalls kicks off the Christmas season with #SparklingSMallidays

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Get up to 70% discount at SM pre-holiday sale from October 25 to November 3

Osmeña files suit vs Cebu City government, real estate conglomerates over SRP deal

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The ex-mayor also seeks to stop the city from using proceeds from the SRP to fund the local government's P2.5-billion supplemental budget

LAND SALE. Cebu City is funding its budget from partial payment of property sold in 2015. Former Mayor Tommy Osmeña wants to stop it. Road file photo from Cebu City's website

SM’s Hans Sy on disaster resilience: ‘Private sector should invest in cities’

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

SM and private sector partners ‘adopt’ disaster-prone cities, Naga and Iloilo, for national resilience campaign

SM net income up by 27% to P23 billion in H1 2019

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:20 PM

As of end-June 2019, SM's total assets are at P1.1 trillion, a 5% growth

SM Prime earnings rise by 16% in 1st half of 2019

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Integrated property developer SM Prime cites the stable Philippine economy as a factor in its double-digit growth

Kids can watch movies for free at SM Cinemas

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Until December 2019, kids 4 feet or below can watch certain movies at SM Cinemas nationwide for free!

Police officer, two others killed in separate incidents in Cebu in 24 hours

May 22, 2019 - 12:53 PM

A former cop whose daughter is a member of the political party of outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña is killed near a police station

AMBUSH. The body of former police officer Delfin Bontuyan leans on the hood of a taxi after he is ambushed Tuesday, May 22. Photo from the Facebook account of Tommy Osmeña

GrabPay now offered for SM Cinema ticket purchases

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Consumers may either purchase their tickets at the cinema or on the SM Cinema website using GrabPay

MOBILE WALLET. Huey Ooi Tyng (L), GrabPay Managing director for Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia poses with Mara Coson (R) of SM Investments Corporation in front of an SM cinema counter. Photo from Grab

Supreme Court stops SM Baguio from cutting more trees

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) The mall giant cannot proceed with the earth-balling of trees in Baguio City until it secures a new Environmental Compliance Certificate

EXPANSION. SM Baguio is stopped by the Supreme Court from cutting more trees to give way to its expansion. File photo from December 2017 by Lian Buan/Rappler

SM Prime Holdings adopts Parañaque River, estuary

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:40 PM

SM Prime Holdings will help the government improve the water quality of the Parañaque River and Estero de Gallina to the point where they can support aquatic life

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu visits an informal settlement along Estero de Gallina in Pasay City, where some 140 families currently reside in. These families will be relocated by the government. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

SM Supermalls introduces first in-mall customer service robot

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Now at SM Megamall and coming soon to other SM malls, SAM is designed to help with directions and provide mall information about the latest deals, promos and events

SM Holdings breaks ground to build SM City Sorsogon

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:05 PM

When completed in 2020, SM City Sorsogon will be the biggest mall in terms of land area in the Bicol region

Mayor Sally Lee and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes lay down the capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of P4 billion SM City Sorsogon. With her is governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza and officials of SM Prime Holding.(RHAYDZ B. BARCIA)

SM Pampanga robbery: Burglars dig a hole through drainage, cart away jewelry

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The robbers pass through a creek, then dig their way into the mall's drainage system. Inside, they cart off, as well as, throw away several pieces of expensive jewelry

Mak Tumang to hold fashion exhibit in SM Mall of Asia

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'The Universe' features 9 gowns worn by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

More malls drive SM Prime's 2018 net income to P32.2 billion

Feb 11, 2019 - 6:15 PM

SM Prime Holdings rakes in more cash in 2018 as its mall business expands further outside Metro Manila

DOTr borrows buses to provide free rides from MOA to PITX

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The buses are from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard

FREE RIDES. There are free shuttle services from MOA to PITX. Photo from DOTr

Malacañang: Henry Sy Sr a 'pillar of Philippine economy'

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mr Sy exemplified the hardworking Filipino. As a family man, he had moulded his children into his own image: humble, hardworking and a man of prophetic vision,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HALF-MAST. SM flags are at half-mast at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on January 19, 2019 for the death of owner and tycoon Henry Sy. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Labor groups thank Henry Sy Sr as 'biggest job provider'

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'We also recognize as part of his lasting legacy for workers and their families his last-minute efforts to commit to voluntarily regularize and directly hire thousands of SM employees into SM over a period of time,' a labor group says

JOBS. SM Supermalls have regularized more than 11,000 workers in 2018. Rappler file

From Shoemart to SM: A briefer on the Philippines' most ubiquitous mall

Jan 19, 2019 - 2:58 PM

From just selling shoes to now being a nationwide household shopping name, how did Shoemart grow into the SM legacy we know today?

FAST FACTS: Remembering Henry Sy Sr

Jan 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Learn more about the man who built SM

Henry Sy Sr dies at 94

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) SM Group founder Henry Sy Sr, the Philippines' richest man, passed away peacefully in his sleep,' the SM Group says in a statement

HENRY SY. Photo from Forbes

SM regularizes 11,660 workers in 2018 – DOLE

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Meanwhile, Jollibee has regularized some 1,000 workers this year and has committed more for next year, says the Department of Labor and Employment

REGULAR. SM Malls regularized over 11,000 workers. Mall background photo by Shutterstock

LOOK: Long lines at SM Tickets outlets for blockbuster UAAP Finals 2018

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Fans were complaining about scalpers selling tickets for more than double the actual price

Here's where you can watch Coldplay's 'A Head Full of Dreams' documentary

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:40 PM

It'll only be showing for one day, so buy now and get ready for a screen full of magic!

SM Aura Premier embraces a greener community with Lush Initiative

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

SM Aura Premier officially launches the Lush Initiative program, an ecological movement that showcases a round-up of eco-friendly activities to help build better lifestyle spaces.

Margaret Zhang on living creatively, being confident, and owning your style

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

This Chinese-Australian style icon is more than just her gorgeous Instagram feed

Typhoon Ompong: Free parking at SM, Ayala, Robinsons, Megaworld malls

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Overnight parking fees are waived for select malls as heavy rain and floods are possible due to Ompong (Mangkhut)

Here’s your chance to meet 'Prince Ian' of Thai 'Princess Hours' in PH

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Thai actor Sattaphong 'Tao' Phiangphor is heading to Manila

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Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Philippines detains 34 Chinese men for working illegally

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Chinese men got employed as construction workers, says the Bureau of Immigration, adding that Filipinos reportedly cheered when they were arrested

Generic image courtesy of Shutterstock

Rondina, new partner vie for BVR Manila crown

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

UST standout Sisi Rondina teams up with rising star Babylove Barbon in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open

TOURNAMENT STAR. Sisi Rondina (right) headlines the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open participants. Photo from BVR

IN PHOTOS: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 fans day

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The film festival holds its caravan at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Olongapo mayor, execs to defy suspension order

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino says the Ombudsman’s decision to suspend them for 6 months over misconduct is unfair

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY? Supporters of Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino brought in front of city hall 3 signifying the death of democracy in Olongapo. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Ombudsman orders 6-month suspension of Olongapo mayor, city officials

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The complaint against Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino, Vice Mayor Aquilino Cortez Jr, and members of the city council stems from the city government's approval of the long-term lease of government land to SM Prime Holdings Incorporated

OLONGAPO CHIEF. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino and other city officials face a 6-month suspension over with city government's lease agreement with SM Prime Holdings Incorporated. Photo from Mayor Rolen Paulino's Facebook page

Fire hits building under construction at SM Megamall

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Fire out' is declared at 1:30 am on Friday, June 29, around 6 hours after the blaze began

Photo by Pocholo Felix

SM Group celebrates its 60th anniversary

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:16 PM

Expect fun activations and great deals until October!

SM 60th. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

You can now get the freshest herbs atop SM Aura Premier

Jun 04, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The country’s first in-mall herb garden is at the mall’s Skypark Lawn

Opening the gates of SM’s “Boxes of Greens.” Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SM City Telabastagan opens in Pampanga on May 18

May 17, 2018 - 6:15 PM

SM City Telabastagan, SM Prime's 3rd mall to open this year, will have 55,000 square meters of gross floor area

3RD THIS YEAR. Located along Pampanga's major thoroughfare McArthur Highway, SM City Telabastagan will open with two floors of shopping, multi-cultural dining and entertainment zone. Image from http://sminvestments.com/

SM Aura Premier creates awareness on climate change this summer with polar bear exhibit

May 10, 2018 - 11:46 AM

“On Thin Ice, an Art Installation for a Cause” will be on display from March 22 – May 31 at the Skypark of SM Aura Premier

LOOK: Mayweather goes mall hopping in Manila

May 10, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Back from his R&R in El Nido, Floyd Mayweather gets a taste of Manila's mall culture

Photo from Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

SM gets income boost from property, retail units

May 09, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The listed conglomerate of the Philippines' richest man posts a 10% rise in net income for the 1st quarter of 2018, thanks to its core businesses

STRONG RESULTS. SM president Frederic DyBuncio says: 'We continue to build on our strong 2017 performance with revenues rising faster in the first quarter this year.' Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LOOK: Duty Free Philippines to open luxury store at SM Mall of Asia complex

May 07, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Aside from Luxe Store at SM Mall of Asia, Duty Free Philippines Corporation will open Landside Store at NAIA Terminal 3 in June

ARTIST'S PERSPECTIVE of the Luxe Store, which is expected to open at the SM Mall of Asia complex in June 2018. Image courtesy of Duty Free Philippines

SM City Urdaneta Central opens in Pangasinan on May 4

May 03, 2018 - 4:50 PM

It is SM Prime's second mall in Pangasinan, and the second of 5 provincial malls that the real estate firm is opening in 2018

 Image from SM Prime

SM Group to expand, but not keen on telco

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:05 PM

SM Investments Corporation does not plan to go into the telecommunications industry, citing its lack of know-how and the high capital budget requirement

EXPANDING FOOTPRINT. SM president and chief executive officer Frederic DyBuncio says SM group is looking to invest in 'partners' in high-growth sectors. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DoubleDragon inks P4.97 B in deals for more SM Savemore supermarkets

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The simultaneously signed contracts involve the supermarket lease for 22 new CityMall sites expected to rise around the Philippines within the year

Passwords: Security, vulnerability, constraints

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Technological progress has made brute-force password-search tools, like 'John the Ripper' extremely effective. As a result, attackers can find passwords fairly easily by following their electronic fingerprints.

How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

11th NBTC season to showcase talents of 32 teams in new format

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Aside from giving more exposure to the high school teams, NBTC aims to produce alumni like Troy Rosario and Jeron Teng who have taken their talents to the PBA and Gilas

11TH SEASON. The NBTC expands to over 80 cities across the Philippines in its 11th season. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler