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Here comes Pokémon Presents with more updates

March 1, 2022 5:39 p.m.

The Pokémon Company is pleased to present an overview of recent updates on its Pokémon Presents video. 

You can watch Pokémon Presents on its official Pokémon YouTube channel:​ 

Introducing the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet!

The Pokémon series embarks on an open-world adventure, and the newest entries, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, in Nintendo Switch will be released in late 2022!

The premier trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet has been released simultaneously worldwide and its premier trailer can be viewed on the official Pokémon YouTube channel

With Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the Pokémon series takes a new evolutionary step, allowing you to explore freely in a richly expressed open world.

Various towns and cities blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders. You’ll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets—all over! In addition, in these games, you’ll be able to experience the true joy of the Pokémon series—battling against wild Pokémon in order to catch them—now in an open-world game that players of any age can enjoy.

As one of the main characters, you’ll jump into the world of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to go on your adventure. Your outfit will also vary depending on whether you play Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet. Who knows what kind of story awaits you?

The three Pokémon from which you’ll be able to choose your first partner in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are the Grass Cat Pokémon Sprigatito, the Fire Croc Pokémon Fuecoco, and the Duckling Pokémon Quaxly.

How will you meet these three, and what sorts of Pokémon are they? Please look forward to finding out.

After their release, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be able to link with Pokémon HOME. By linking these games with Pokémon HOME, you’ll be able to have Pokémon from other regions adventure alongside you in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet!

Pokémon HOME is a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices (iOS/Android), designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather. By linking Pokémon HOME with other services and software titles, you’ll be able to bring together Pokémon from other games—such as the main Pokémon series games and Pokémon GO—to deposit them in Pokémon Boxes and trade with people all over the world.

For more details about other titles already connected with Pokémon HOME, please check this link: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokemonhome/about/ Please wait for future announcements for details regarding linking Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus with Pokémon HOME. You can also check the official Webpage at https://sg.portal-pokemon.com/game/

Daybreak, a free content update (Ver. 1.1.0) for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, is here!

On February 28, 2022, the Daybreak update was made available and you can its trailer at 

In the Daybreak update, you will begin investigating mysterious mass outbreaks of Pokémon that are popping up all over the Hisui region. You’ll also have a chance to battle powerful opponents—like Legendary Pokémon and wardens—adding yet more options to your Pokémon battle experience.​

Daybreak content will be available after viewing the game’s end credits.​

Massive Mass Outbreaks of Pokémon Reported in the Hisui Region​

A mysterious phenomenon is emerging across Hisui: mass outbreaks of Pokémon in multiple places, accompanied by rainstorms. Head out to investigate with Warden Mai of the Diamond Clan and her partner Munchlax. These special mass outbreaks offer a chance to catch Pokémon that are ordinarily difficult to find!​

Endure the Whims of Arceus in the Eternal Battle Reverie!​

When you go to sleep in your quarters, you can meet Arceus in your dreams and try your hand at a challenge of strength. Your opponents include lots of incredibly strong Pokémon. At times, you’ll battle in inconceivable situations like facing multiple Legendary Pokémon at once. Hone your Pokémon battle skills and see how long of a winning streak you can earn in this new challenge.​

The Eternal Battle Reverie will become available after completing all missions.​

Aim for Greater Heights with Your Pokémon!​

Once you’ve trained up your Pokémon well, you can take on new challenges at the training grounds in Jubilife Village. You’ll be able to take your battle skills even further by battling the wardens that you met during your travels or taking on challenging battles with difficult constraints—such as using only a single Pokémon.​

Plenty More Fun to Be Had in the Hisui Region!​

All sorts of people will begin to visit the photography studio in Jubilife Village, where you will be able to take pictures with them. Other content to make your adventure more enjoyable has also been added.

A gift to celebrate Pokémon Day!​

In celebration of Pokémon Day, you can receive items that will help you on your adventure in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. This gift includes 30 Ultra Balls, 30 Gigaton Balls, and 30 Jet Balls.​

You can receive them by entering the password (ARCEUSADVENTURE) in the Mystery Gifts menu in your game before 23:59 JST on Thursday, March 31, 2022.​ For more details on how to receive gifts via the Mystery Gifts feature, please go to this link: ​https://www.pokemon.co.jp/support-sp/uketori_legends_arceus.html​​ ​We hope you’ll put these gifts to use during your survey of wild Pokémon!​

A Pokémon Legends: Arceus limited animated series is slated for production!

The production of a limited animated series set in the Hisui region has begun. The series features an original story and is slated for release in mid-2022.​

The series will be produced by WIT STUDIO, known for their work on the Attack On Titan animated series and Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us.​ Whether you’ve already set foot in the Hisui region or not, we hope you will enjoy this story all the same.​ To know more, please go to the official Webpage: https://legends.pokemon.com/en-us/

What is Pokémon Day?​

The first games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green were released in Japan on February 27, 1996. For the Pokémon brand that was born from these games, this was a day of beginnings truly worth commemorating. February 27 has come to be known and celebrated by fans outside Japan as Pokémon Day.​

To spread awareness of the special day in Japan as well, the Pokémon Company has set February 27 as Pokémon Day and had the anniversary recognized by the Japan Anniversary Association. In establishing this special day, we hope to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported Pokémon over the years.​

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The search is over for the perfect cup of Joe! Experience coffee time at its finest at SM Supermalls this July

July 11, 2023 1:27 p.m.

Filipinos love their coffee! It’s a staple beverage among Pinoys for a reason: a cup of Joe fuels their day and boosts their energy.

This is why SM Supermalls makes everyone’s coffee time a leveled-up experience with only the best deals and promos for the love of a perfect cup of Joe!

Grab the best in-store coffee time deals

From July 1 to 16, coffee lovers can get over 800 deals available on artisan and specialty iced coffee from well-loved coffee shops at SM. There will also be hot bundles and pairings for those who love their coffee piping hot.

Where art, coffee, and locals come together

A consideration among avid coffee drinkers is having the ambiance to the perfect cup and conversation. Look no further because trendy spots are up at SM! Your favorite malls will set up booths where coffee-preneurs can sell their products. Treat your senses to different blends and varieties of coffee made by a pop-up of small and medium businesses owned by the locals in your area. These spots will have comfortable lounges and eye- catching art backdrops.
Baristas will also show off their skills at the Barista Face-Off, while musicians fill the lounge with mellow music on weekends from July 1 to 16.

Let your #CoffeeTok skills shine through

If you are on TikTok, this is your sign to make the most creative content about coffee! AweSM prizes are at stake for the best Coffee Hangout TikTok entries, with the most likes and views.

For details on how to join, go to @SMSupermalls on all social media.

Enjoy an adventurous ride and sip at the same time

Just outside the malls, SM will be dressing up designated areas for a Coffee Time Biker’s Pit Stop. Bike, stop, and sip your fave drink as SM creates a special stop where bikes may be temporarily parked near the café or at the malls with available open areas or al fresco.

Whether it’s a morning pick-me-up or a midday break, SM Supermalls makes coffee time even more special with its own blend of caffeinated activities from July 1 to 16.

To know more about Coffee Time at SM, check out www.smsupermalls.com or follow @SMSupermalls on social media.

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Women bartenders on creating cocktails with Tanduay, defying stereotypes, thriving in a male-dominated field

March 29, 5:30 p.m.

As renewed interest in cocktails continue to grow, bartenders are also taking the spotlight, and in El Nido and Siargao, two bartenders are paving the way for women to shine in a male-dominated industry. 

Sharleen Antonio works with her husband and fellow bartending professional, Larry Guevara, in one of Palawan’s top beach destinations. Riza Delguime, meanwhile, is a bartender for a leading resort in the country’s surfing haven.

Creating Tanduay-Infused Cocktails

Both women have been bartending for years and share a preference for Tanduay in creating cocktails.

“It’s very easy to mix in cocktails because of its unique and bold character. I usually go for the classic Tanduay Dark Rum in my root beer and rum with a squeeze of fresh lemon,” Antonio said.

She shared that they used Tanduay rums in her bar management class back in college, so she is very familiar with the brand. Collaborating with the brand, she came up with three Tanduay-infused cocktails that are perfect for any time of the year — the Mango Basil Mojito, Tanduay Espresso Martini, and Tanduay Old Fashioned.

Delguime likes Tanduay’s sweet and strong flavor. Foreign customers would usually ask what rum brand she uses in her cocktails and would then request drinks infused with Tanduay rums.

“I have my own signature cocktail, which is perfect when I mix it with Tanduay. We have female guests here in the resort who would request for cocktails that are not too strong, and I would make one for them also using Tanduay,” she said.

Delguime further shared that the bartending scene in Siargao has always been “good and clean.”

“There are different varieties of bars here like sports bars and pool bars, and they are all super busy because of the many tourists who visit our island,” she said. 

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Antonio shared working in a male-dominated industry wasn’t easy in the beginning. Women bartenders used to be seen as just “cotton candies” behind the bar to attract male clients and rake in tips.

“While I may have experienced some catcalling and received some indecent proposals from male guests in some instances, I have to say that I have been lucky to have always worked with my husband behind the bar. In 2016, we joined Pilipinas Got Talent Season 5 to show that there is more to bartending than meets the eye,” she shared.

Advice for Aspiring Bartenders

Delguime advised aspiring bartenders to just be themselves. 

“That would be the key to your success. Bartending is fun, and you get to entertain guests,” she said.

Antonio, meanwhile, has made it her advocacy to educate people about bartending as hospitality and F&B professionals.

“Gone are the days when women were simply considered as bar backs or force multipliers during busy bar shifts. Or worse, simply as ornaments behind the bar,” she noted.

Antonio wants to motivate, inspire, and empower women bartenders and those who would like to start a career in the bartending industry. She and her husband have been conducting workshops and seminars around the country to help aspiring bartenders better their craft.

“It is my wish that female bartenders will continue to flourish and leave their own mark in the field we all so love and are passionate about,” she said.

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First in Manila! All immersive experiences lead to SM with its 3D Whale Shark billboard, Space Tunnel, Golden Gateway, dazzling light shows

November 2, 2022 8:43 p.m.

A 3D Whale Shark Billboard, Space Tunnel, Golden Gateway and Dazzling Light shows
take over the Holidays in Manila.

3D Whale Shark


SM Supermalls celebrates not just joyful, but also fun, immersive and experiential holidays.

This year, we take you to the deep oceans with SM Megamall’s first-ever 3D Whale Shark LED billboard, see the Northern lights at the Aurora Trail of SM City North Edsa, Sparkle at the Light show and Holiday fireworks at SM Mall of Asia, enter the Golden gateway of SM Aura Premier and explore the outer space at the Mega Space Odyssey.

NORTH EDSA’S AURORA TRAIL

Aurora Walk

The illuminating lights of the Aurora Borealis is at the North this Christmas. Walk and indulge in a family friendly immersive experience at the Aurora trail ascending the giant holiday tree with a magical array of lights, forestry, rein-bears & holiday polar express.

MEGA SPACE ODYSSEY & 3D WHALE SHARK

Mega Space Odyssey

Travel to majestic galaxies in outer space and take photos and videos with your space explorer friends.

Experience the first-ever immersive 3D LED tunnel in Manila on October 21 to December 25 at the ground level Mega Fashion Hall (at the back of the Giant Christmas Tree).

SM Supermalls introduces the new 3D technology along EDSA by screening a hyper-realistic 3D Whale Shark at SM Megamall’s LED billboard.

Bringing you the first in the Philippines, High-Definition Immersive content at the heart of the bustling metropolis.

Netizens are awestruck of a larger-than-life Whale Shark peeking out of a digital billboard spanning over 2,000 square foot.

The Mega Whale Shark was first teased on April 27 but customers, tourists and motorists can catch the short preview every 15 minutes starting April 28 at peak hours from 12nn to 10pm daily.

Watch out for the new 3D content this Christmas.

The Philippines has the 2nd largest population of whale shark in the world at over 1,950.

MOA SPARKLE OF LIGHT SHOW AND HOLIDAY FIREWORKS

Sparkle of Light Show

Feel the Christmas spirit as you watch the brightest and merriest indoor Christmas tree music and lights show.

Be in awe as you watch over one hundred thousand lights set to music.

Catch the show DAILY, every hour from 10am to 10pm until end of December at the Central Atrium.

Holiday Fireworks

Enjoy the most awaited and better than ever fireworks display at the MOA Complex every Friday and Saturday from November to December 2022. Make sure to experience this magical moment with your families and loved ones.

AURA’s GOLDEN GATEWAY and NIGHTS OF DAZZLING LIGHTS

Golden Gateway

Tucked behind the giant Christmas tree is a golden gemstone-shaped immersive experience.

In partnership with global smartphone brand TECNO Mobile, technology and art meet to transport all who enter this enclosure into scenes of an opulent holiday palace and fantastical golden worlds.

Simply present P1,000 in single or collected receipts and enter a whole new world filled with glitz and glamour.

The theatrical room isn’t the only technological experience the mall has. Equally spectacular is a choreographed light and sound display at SM Aura Premier’s Skypark at Level 5.

Visitors of the Skypark enter a space with tall tree-like sculptures made of strings of lights. As they go through a forest of lights, a jaw-dropping musical show will entrance and excite them.

Visitors can stop and enjoy the choreographed audio and visual performance at 7pm on all Sunday nights of December, including December 25th itself.

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