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Spot your plants: Green Hub and Urban Gardening/Farming Fair at SM City San Mateo and SM Center Angono

 The fascination for plants definitely boomed and bloomed in this pandemic. All of a sudden, almost everyone’s plant collection has grown exponentially. Even scientific names of each plant are now colloquial terms to plant moms and dads. Most plant enthusiasts now are wary about the right combination of soil, light, watering for particular plants that they have. SM Supermalls got plantitas and plantitos covered by bringing a hassle-free plant shopping at the malls with Green Hub and Urban Gardening Farming Fair at SM City San Mateo and SM Center Angono

Lush greens whelm the Green Hub of SM City San Mateo located at the mall’s 2nd level. Plants of different varieties are available to complete every plantita or plantito’s collection. Crafty Seeds brings succulents, palms, lucky bamboos, succulents, vines, flowering plants even herbs. 

Rizal Cactus and Succulents fills SM Center Angono’s Urban Gardening/Farming Exhibit with beautiful and stable cacti succulents, rubber trees, even Hoyas. They also conduct free lectures on how to graft cacti, propagation and proper care of house plants. SM tenants like Ace Hardware and Japan Home Center also offer their gardening materials for a complete plant shopping experience.

Stay connected with the latest updates of your favorite shops through official social media accounts of your nearest SM Supermall.


 Long known for its health and environmental benefits, biking has since emerged as a choice way to commute during the recent pandemic. 

With bicycles becoming more widely used, SM Supermalls through SM Cares is creating bike-friendly infrastructures and facilities to give the growing number of bike commuters and enthusiasts a safe, convenient, and enjoyable experience.

The Bike-Friendly SM initiative will roll out at the SM Mall of Asia this September, and across all SM malls nationwide in the coming months.

“By transforming our malls into bike-friendly establishments, we hope to support inclusive and safe mobility, and promote a culture of cycling, “says SM Engineering, Design, and Development President Hans Sy Jr. who conceptualized and spearheads the project. “It is part of a comprehensive plan to make communities where SM malls are located, more inclusive, livable, and sustainable.”

The SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is leading the way with bicycle lanes in the MOA Complex complete with bike-centric street signs. In addition, SM will enhance its bike parking capacity, install repair stations, a helmet depository, and bike supply and refreshment stations.

“We have designed our bike facilities to be enjoyed by all members of the community across all ages and biking abilities, whether it be for utilitarian or recreational purposes”. Sy added, “SM hopes that this will encourage more people to take up biking as a healthy and environment-friendly mode of transportation”.

Through this initiative, SM will build a connected network of bike lanes on all roads in the MOA Complex stretching up to 18 kilometers, including a dedicated bike lane along J.W Diokno Boulevard. Future plans consist of connecting SM’s network of bicycle lanes to major roads in the metro.

Likewise, clearly visible bike-centric road signs will also be installed to provide riders and motorists with easy and orderly routing within the Complex. SM’s road signage is based on NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) US Standards implemented by member cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.

Here’s what cycling enthusiasts can look forward to as SM goes bike-friendly:

  • Convenient, safe, and accessible bicycle parking. SM will ramp up its bike parking capacity in MOA by fifty percent, with additional bike racks and new street-level bike parking zones steps away from mall and shop entrances.
  • Bike Repair Stations will be placed in strategic locations to assist the pedaling public for their emergencies and maintenance. Each Repair Station is equipped with a bike stand, floor pump, and essential tools that customers can also use for free.
  • A Helmet Depository for a worry-free, end-of-ride experience. Bikers can simply leave their helmets at no cost at the Helmet Depository located at Ocean Drive for their trips to the mall.
  • · Bike Vendo Machines carrying ride essentials such as bike tubes, lights/blinkers, bike locks, repair kits, tire patch kits, hand wipes, ponchos, gloves, and multitools. A separate vending machine for hydration and energy snacks will also be available. A Seaside Bike Kiosk offering a wider range of accessories and gear will be available for sale.

In addition to bike infrastructure, SM will spearhead information sessions on road safety, first aid, basic bike repair, and biker and motorist etiquette in partnership with biking communities.

With the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, customers can now look forward to a safe, convenient, and enjoyable riding experience. The project is also one of the highlights of SM’s Green Movement campaign promoting environment-friendly initiatives for sustainable communities.

Issuance of Marriage License in Antipolo

Part of the wedding preparation is to ready your Marriage License. It took me several days to check out the requirements for Church Wedding but of course, prior to that, you have to get your license first from the local civil registrar. Most vlogs and blogs I've searched mentioned a disclaimer that processing, requirements, costs may vary depending on your municipality, and fees may change over time.  - if you're looking for requirements of license herein Antipolo, you're on the right page.

Our wedding is scheduled for December 2020 and 3 months before December we'll start to get our requirements. Pandemic was a challenge for those who are getting married by the year 2020 (hopefully easier for 2021 weddings). Since I can't travel to the local civil registrar in Antipolo, I asked the latest requirements on their Facebook page. 

Antipolo Local Civil Registrar Location: 2nd Floor, GAD Building - (malapit po sa Sumulong Park at City Hall).

Contact Details: 8689-4562


Where a marriage license is required, each of the contracting parties shall file a separate sworn application for such license with the proper local civil registrar of the place where either or both of the contracting parties reside. The local civil registrar concerned enters all applications for a marriage license in registry books files strictly in the order of receipt. When the license is issued, the same shall b valid in any part of the Philippines for a period of 120 days from the date of issuance, and shall be deemed automatically canceled after the expiration date even if the contracting parties have not made use of the license

  • Individuals with the legal capacity to marry (Single, widow/widower, annulled)
  • Duly accomplished application for Marriage License
  • Birth and Baptismal Certificates of Contracting Parties
  • ID Picture (1x1 or 2x2 inches)
  • CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage
  • For 18-24 years old, Pre-Marriage Counselling Certificate
  • For 18-20 years old - consent and appearance of both father and mother / surviving parent/guardian in the order mentioned
  • For 21-24 years old - advice and appearance of father/mother or guardian
  • Decree of Annulment. if annulled
  • Certificate of Finality, if annulled
  • Annotated Certificate of Marriage, if annulled
  • Decree of Divorce, if applicable
  • Death Certificate of Spouse, if widow/widower
  • Foreigner - Legal Capacity to Marry from the country of citizenship
  • Photocopy of Passport for Foreigner

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm; No Noon Break

Processing of application 20 minutes

Posting Period 10 days

Fees: Php 390

Our experience in processing these requirements will be shared soon.

ACE Hardware celebrates New frontline heroes with a Special Sale

ACE Hardware celebrates today’s new frontline heroes with a special sale now ongoing until September 30. This will give shoppers spending more time at home a chance to clean, organize, and redecorate their surroundings, as well as grow their urban gardens.

What’s in-store and on-line? Up to 50% off savings and an extra 10% off discount on all items (except chemicals and batteries) for a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2000. You can avail double points on all ACE branded items using Ace Rewards Card when shop.

Surviving Quarantine Life with Farming and Backyard Gardening

 Two SM Foundation Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program graduates in Antipolo City tell their stories

Edgar Moreno works on his pechay farm in Boso-Boso prior community quarantine implementation

Boso-Boso is an outskirt of the City of Antipolo in Rizal. It is a growing rural community with farm lands at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Residents in the community were beneficiaries of the SM Foundation Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan program in February to May of 2016.

One of the beneficiaries is Edgar Moreno, a resident of Boso-Boso and owns a vegetable farm within the community. Prior to his KSK training, he always had challenges in keeping his crops and produce healthy. After three months of weekly trainings, Edgar effectively applied his learning on his own farm. He has then grown his produce to several hundreds of kilos even a ton of vegetables. For the past four years, he has been supplying fresh vegetables to several markets in Marikina, Pateros and Pasig.