Smart Advocates Safer PH through Social Media Communities

Social Media Day is celebrated worldwide every end of June to recognize how social media has revolutionized the way people communicate and interact. Last June 28, 2014 at SM Aura, Social Media Day was staged by TweetUpMNL and various partners. More than 1,000 participants representing 25 various communities attended the activity in Manila. In line with this, Smart also supported similar community events in the cities of Davao, Cebu, Baguio and General Santos by way of connectivity and sponsorship.

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) encouraged members of the various social media communities celebrating Social Media Day to be better prepared for disasters and emergencies as part of its #SafePh advocacy. According to Ramon R. Isberto, Public Affairs Group Head at Smart "Promoting the culture of preparedness couldn't have come at a better time as the Philippines observes the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July. We call on everyone to continue using social media for the common good”.

Smart tapped one of its #SafePh partners, Louie Domingo, executive director of non-government organization Emergency Research Center, to share practical tips on creating one's emergency balde (plastic bucket) or e-balde.  More than  just a container for liquids, the e-balde can also be used to hold emergency preparedness items such as bottled water, flashlight, lighter, candle, multi-purpose tool, first-aid kit, pea-less whistle, extra clothes, radio, lifesaver or salbabida, umbrella, and food items that don’t need cooking and have longer shelf life.

Louie Domingo of Emergency Research Center, and a partner of Smart for its disaster preparedness initiatives, shows the contents of the emergency balde (e-Balde) at the Social Media Day Manila.

Smart distributed sample emergency kits to representatives of each of the social media communities that participated during the event.  The sample emergency kits will serve as their guide on the basic items that one needs to have in preparation for disasters and emergencies.

As a key pillar under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Smart has been actively promoting the culture of preparedness not only within its ranks but also with partner-communities, including the millions of its subscribers, and the public in general, under the SafePh advocacy.

Social Media Day team from General Santos City.

In partnership with developer communities, Smart has been promoting the development of mobile apps to aid in disaster preparedness, management, and response like Project NOAH Mobile (the mobile version of the Department of Science and Technology’s Project NOAH site), PINDOT or Provincial Information Network on Disaster Occurrences and Threats (used by the Province of Albay for its disaster management initiatives) and Batingaw (to be used by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for disaster management).  
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Atman Spa: Battle Your Daily Stressors

Is it accurate to say that you are continually taking a gander at the time and hoping that you have the ability to stop it? It is safe to say that you are continually spreading yourself excessively thin and feeling the weight of everyday office or even school stress? Provided that this is true, then it’s about time that you take a minute to stop and relax. Your body can't be in a state of anxiety constantly. So once in a while, reward yourself. Pamper yourself at Atman Spa.

Shouldering a heavy workloads and school tasks make me dull, for that matter, the adage goes. So regardless of how busy my work schedule is, how a buttload of school stuff I have and regardless of how full of meetings my day may be, I still need to find time to avail the heavenly spa treatments. On my day-off, or perhaps even after a long day at school, I won't forget to drop by this little haven at Magsaysay Avenue, GenSan City.

What are some of the self-pampering spa treatments that you can try at Atman Spa? Well, the usual body massage services are available, but the Atman Signature Massage for an hour is a must try. If you think that Atman Spa is lavish, then you might want to think again... They provide spa treatments that will satisfy you with a very reasonable value! Also, if you think you can only go solo, Atman Spa has a two bed in a room too that you can your share. So, the next time that you want to hit Atman Spa, you can very well tag your friend or your significant other with you. This will certainly provide you with a spa experience like no other!

You can also avail of Whitening Body Scrub, Coffee Facial Mask, Exfoliating Body Scrub and Thai Herbal Ball Massage. And if you feel that you can't get enough of the pampering at Atman Spa, then you can take home that kind of indulgence. The very same oil massage products used in the treatments are available for sale. So anytime, you can recreate that Atman Spa ambiance right in the comforts of your home.

Spoiling yourself is not generally modest. So you would require a sensible measure of the venture. Even now, treating yourself at Atman Spa sometimes won't make a humongous gap in your funding. When it’s all said and done, you have been working your butt off for all intents and purpose all-week. So what's a little breather from each one of those stressful meetings, school chores and work duties?

Now, after a luxurious spa treatment at Atman Spa, you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated. You will be ready for yet another battle with the different stressors in your life. You will not only feel healthy, but you will feel confident too. Truly, an indulgence at Atman Spa is an investment whose roi you can immediately see.

Don't forget to check out what Atman Spa has in store for you.

For reservation, please call 083-3017891, 09482830883(smart), 09059644640(globe).
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SumoSam: Japanese Food in GenSan

I really have a sense of reluctance in trying Japanese foods for the reason that I'm really into Thai cuisines. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t tried one yet. Actually, I had an enormously scrumptious experienced at SumoSam; the one they have here in GenSan.

Unlike from other Japanese restaurants, I liked the foods I had at SumoSam because it suited my taste buds and the place is good to chow with. I would recommend that you go with family and friends because it would be quite expensive if you eat solo or only with 2-3 people. But nonetheless, each food is worth every penny you spent.

Here are some of the foods I tried that would definitely make your appetite kicking:

Vegetable Ramen

Beef Niku Udon

California Maki

Dynamite Roll

Fried Japanese Rice

Chicken Teriyaki (ala carte)

My stomach was jam-packed with satisfaction of what I had; and remarkably the Fried Japanese Rice, Dynamite Roll, and Chicken Teriyaki (ala carte) were for the win! I would surely make time to go back again.

SumoSam is located on the ground floor, Fountain Area of SM City- General Santos. It’s on the right side, beside the exit. They also accept delivery and catering service.

For more details and list of branches across the country, visit Facebook: SumoSam
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SMART LTE now in SoCCSKSarGen!

Now-a-days, people who are using their mobile devices in staying online are now after with a strong internet connection, but what more can you expect when the area around you can just merely on its 2G or 3G signal? Well, it would be a heaven's gift if there will be a 4G mobile signal. This would give you a LTE network, which data speeds are up to 10 times faster than the current 3G network you have. Isn't that amazing?

LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is known as the fastest fourth generation (4G) wireless technology in existence; and Smart, being the first telco to bring LTE in the Philippines has already provided LTE spots across the country and for its new stretch, SMART activated 10 spots around SoCCSKSarGen. Woot! Woot!

Here as follows are the areas that are now Smart LTE activated:

General Santos City
  • Makar
  • Tambler
  • Santiago
  • Lagao
  • San Isidro
  • Bula
  • Rambutan
  • Dole
  • Piltel
  • Barrio 1
By bringing LTE around SoCCSKSarGen, Smart is ahead of most of its competitors; and to entice more users to experience the wonders of Smart LTE, Smart Communications offers the same level of speed to prepaid users. LTE network requires an LTE device optimized to Smart LTE frequency and a Smart LTE Prepaid SIM. For prepaid users, you may refer to the photo below for the data packages.

Indeed, the wait is over. You don't need to hold up any longer to load sites and stream on your telephone.

For more information on Smart LTE, visit
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Mindanao Cyber Expo - GenSan Leg, Successfully Held!

General Santos City - The recently concluded 2-day GenSan leg event last July 12 and 13, 2014 of Mindanao Cyber Expo was successfully attended by numerous online gaming enthusiasts; not to mention, a great number of anime fanatics and cos-players were there to celebrate too.

The event was divided into two parts, which are the Pre-events and the Grand Finals. The pre-events were held in different participating SM Malls in Mindanao, namely, SM City General Santos, CDO and Lanang in Davao City. Winners during the pre-events will then advance to the Grand Final game to be held at SM Lanang. 

League of Legends, Counter Strike, HON, Yu-Gi-Oh and Hereos of Newerth are just some of the games played during the semi elimination round. Participants are not purely from GenSan only, but there were a lot of players who joined from nearby communities and provinces. The event was graced by Councilor Dominador S. Lagare III, a representative from LGU General Santos City. 

Aside from the inline tournaments set by the organizers, everyone was entertained by different groups of anime geeks with their lovely sing-and-dance productions. The event was cap with awarding of prizes and naming of people who will travel to Davao to vie for the Grand Finals on July 25 and 26, 2014.

This event was powered by ASUS REPUBLIC OF GAMERS, GIGABYTE, GameX, Blinque Computer Sales [Gensan], PLDT,, MICA Gaming Festival and Ambox Davao. Special Thanks MICA Members: Beehappy Icafe, Ric Net Cafe, My Choice Internet Cafe, 3RG Internet Cafe, and Muster Station.

But above all, this event was made promising by E-Squared Events Inc.
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