SM City San Lazaro and SM City San Pablo recently celebrated the grand launch of their respective SM Global Pinoy Centers by honoring notable Filipinos from their respective communities. The honorees have been chosen because of their valuable achievements here and abroad.
From Left: Lea Casamayor, SM San Lazaro mall manager; Glenn Ang, SM Global Pinoy program director; Annie Garcia, SM Supermalls president; Raul Sunico; Francis Libiran; Cris Valdez; Reynald Logro; Ma. Theresa Logro; Liza Silerio, SM Supermalls VP for operations; and Johanna Rupisan, SM Supermalls regional operations manager.
SM City San Pablo gave awards to Dionisio Pullan, environmentalist; Dra. Lourdes Cruz, president of National Research Council of the Philippines; James Cooper, first Filipino make-up stylist of Hollywood stars; and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, who is one of the founders of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions.
SM City San Lazaro recognized Francis Libiran, Philippine-based Filipino designer both here and in Hollywood; Dr. Raul Sunico, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Cris “Kesz” Valdez, first Southeast Asian awardee of a Nobel Peace Prize for Children; and Chef Pablo Logro, first Filipino executive chef in a 5-star hotel.
SM Supermalls, through its Global Pinoy Program, recognized the Filipino achievers for their contribution to the economy and upholding their respective families. They are also instrumental in providing inspiration to many Filipinos who want to make it big in foreign lands.
“We salute our Global Pinoys for their achievements abroad. They form part of the reasons why we at SM continue to pursue various means by which we can provide for our customers not only excellent products and services, but assistance to the Filipino family as well,” said Glenn Ang, SM Supermalls VP for operations and SM Global Pinoy program director.
The Global Pinoy Center opened its first branch in December 2009 at SM Mall of Asia. It works alongside the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to ensure that the needs of OFWs and their families are provided through the convenience of having such centers in SM malls.