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Flaunt Your Pride with Pantene

 The freedom to fully express one's identity without fear of judgement is the fruit of years of fighting for equal rights and representation, and every June, we celebrate how far we've come with LGBTQIA+ Pride month.  

It takes courage to embrace your truth and tell your story to the world. That's why it's important to put the spotlight on those who have already found the courage and confidence to flaunt their pride, so that they can inspire others to do the same —  just like these strong women.  

Mela’s journey to womanhood began with her hair. After years of wearing synthetic wigs or putting a bath towel over her head, she finally let her hair grow long. “At first, I tried to joke about it, “Ma, pagbigyan mo na ako! Rocker na ako ngayon!” She shared on her Instagram post. As time went by, she realized that having straight, smooth, and jet black hair felt right. “I was meant to rock my hair with confidence.”

She found pride in her crowning glory and made sure to give it the proper care it needed. “… Everytime people complimented my hair, my honest, consistent, and confident reply has always been, “Alagang Pantene yan!”, Mela proudly shared in her Instagram post. “I have always flaunted my hair with pride because [it] reflects my journey to being the free and authentic Mela that I am today. As a proud trans woman with feminine expression, my hair has been my source of power. And that’s definitely Salontastic!”

“As a member and supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, I, too have my own journey in raising my voice for my happiness and myself.” Chezka shared on her Instagram. 

Chezka, like many others, was afraid of how her family and friends would react to her identity. So, she joined predominantly female activities like modelling and beauty pageants as she tried to figure out how she wanted to present herself. Later on she realized that she wanted to express herself physically as a woman, “…and that’s why I started growing my long straight hair with Pantene. Because Pantene has always been there in helping me feel stronger and Salontastic! Flaunt your #Pride with Pantene. I’m truly thankful for my community in helping me understand them and myself. Know that you are not alone and that we are heard.”

Allies also play a role in helping make the LGBTQIA+ community a safe space by fostering a culture of acceptance and respect, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

Gabbi, an ally, shows her full support for the LGBTQIA+ community in her Instagram post. “I’ve always been a proud supporter ever since I was young. I believe that everyone should be treated with love and respect. There is definitely no room for hate in this world! Everyone can be Salontastic regardless of gender!”

Let your hair take pride and flaunt it with Pantene Miracle Conditioners. With Pantene Keratin Straight Miracle Conditioner you can help reduce frizz for that sleek, straight look. While with Pantene Collagen Miracle Conditioner, you can turn dry, frizzy hair into shiny, Salontastic hair.*

Both conditioners are formulated with a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, with special ingredients like Miracle Serum, real Collagen, and Keratin straighteners that moisturize hair and help strengthen hair against damage* to give you everyday #Salontastic results. 

Take pride in your hair and get that #SalontasticTransformation with Pantene. Explore more from Pantene’s wide range of haircare products through the P&G Shopee Mall store.

PCPPI Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. Newest Headquarters


Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—recently moved to its new headquarters in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. The 2,000 sqm modern facility is part of a master-planned business district at the heart of Northgate Cyberzone by Filinvest.

Building a new headquarters is PCPPI thinking beyond the pandemic. It is our opportunity to align our workplace with what PCPPI stands for – innovation, resilience and growth,” said PCPPI President and Chief Executive Offcier Frederick D. Ong.

The new office is fully-equipped with the latest audio and video equipment, employee lounges, and built-in air purifiers for the comfort, convenience and safety of PCPPI employees when they return to work. Its previous corporate office in National Road Tunasan, Muntinlupa City remains to operate as among the company’s manufacturing plants in the country.  

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc’s management, led by President and CEO, Frederick D. Ong (leftmost) inaugurated in early June the new headquarters together with Muntinlupa Deputy Administrator Roger John Smith (3rd from left). In photos are Atty. Carina S. Bayon, PCPPI Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs (2nd from left) and Ms. Vivian A. Cheong, PCPPI Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs and Communications (rightmost).

More SM Malls in the East hold Community PAWntries

 Continuing the ‘Bayanihan’ power of Community Pantries around the Metro, more SM Malls in the East have setup Community PAWntries for the benefit of dogs and cats in the surrounding communities of SM in Antipolo City, San Mateo and Angono, Rizal.

SM City Masinag, SM City San Mateo and SM Center Angono together with Nutrichunks, treated hundreds of pets with nutritious pet food for free. Pet parents also had an opportunity to have their fur babies checked by veterinarians for their pet’s medical concerns. In SM City Masinag, fur babies also receive their anti-rabies vaccines from the Antipolo City Veterinary Office.

“We are thankful for the turnout of the Community PAWntries in SM. We look forward to continue this activity in the coming months to further inform the communities that SM Malls are pet-friendly and we think of the welfare of their pets because they are part of their families, too,” said Ma-ann Hipol, Group Marketing Manager for SM Supermalls.

Follow SM Supermalls on its official social media accounts to get updates on the next stop of SM Community PAWntries


 Always the Helpful Place, ACE Hardware shares with us a gift guide for Dads of all types on Father's Day. 

For the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Dad, there are high-performance drill sets that can complete a wide variety of projects like cutting, drilling, and plumbing with its attachments and accessories complete with safety features. Home repair projects are also made easy for Dad with ACE-branded durable hand tools. There are also wet and dry vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters that remove airborne particles. 

For the Outdoorsy Dad, he’ll be king of the grill with the durable and portable ACE squared charcoal grill. Perfect for backyard barbecues.  


For the Car Lover Dad, there are tire inflators for roadside emergencies and powerful high pressure washers for essential cleaning tasks. 


For the Plantito Dad, ACE Hardware has a best- selling gardening tool set including a trowel, a transplanter, a cultivator, a bottle spray, pruning shears, and a lightweight plastic case. 

Make your Dad feel extra special and loved this Father's Day with ACE Hardware's amazing tools and items. Available in all ACE branches nationwide, you can avail these thru in-store or online. To order, dial ACE Hotline #11223 or click http://call-collect.acehardware.ph/. Or shop online at ACE Hardware official store in thesmstore.com, ShopSM, Lazada or Shopee. You can also get rewarded each time you shop, earn points and enjoy exclusive offers with ACE Rewards Card. 

SSS Maternity Benefit 1 and 2 Online Filling

What is SSS Maternity Benefit? 

This maternity benefit is granted by SSS to all qualified female members to receive financial assistance due to childbirth or miscarriage. 

Maternity 1 or Mat 1: Notification to SSS that you're currently pregnant and will avail of their maternity benefit

Go to E-Services > Submit Maternity Notification and select the expected date of Delivery and how would you like to allocate maternity leave credits.

Maternity 2 or Mat 2: Submission of requirements after delivery or miscarriage

Go to E-Services > Submit Maternity Benefit Application

Enter date of delivery or miscarriage date & # of pregnancy, then upload the requirements such as Ultrasounds and Hispatological reports.

So instead of going to the SSS branch to submit all the physical copies of the requirements, you can just submit it online. Make sure that you have a validated bank account and contact details are also updated.

June 14 - Submission of my MAT2 via SSS website. I just took photos of my documents through my phone.

June 22 - My application got disapproved. An SSS approver called my registered phone number and advised that I need to upload any of the following BIOPSY/HISTOPATHOLOGICAL RESULT, RECORD OF OPERATION/D&C REPORT OR ULTRASOUND RESULT with the OB's license / PRC number since I got miscarriage. It's the only needed file to be uploaded before she can have it marked as passed. Good thing I got my D&C Report with my OB's license number.

June 23 - I got an approval email from SSS.

June 25 - It was finally credited to my BDO account. Our hospital bills, medicine, and check-ups now got reimbursed.