MAY 18, 2021

As part of SM’s commitment to bring joy to communities where it is present, SM partnered once again with Bakod Bayan Integrated School (BBIS) in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija to support the local faculty and provide them with school essentials for the ongoing modular learning of their students. In 2016, SM Foundation generously donated a new 2-storey, 4-classroom building to serve the school along with its Sama-Bajau enrollees.

Employee volunteers from The SM Store and SM Supermarket Cabanatuan distributed backpacks, school supplies, shirts, and shoes for the students. The teachers also received grocery packs and a special gift from The Body Shop as a way of thanking them for their tireless efforts to continue the education of the students despite the current challenges. 

“This is a wonderful blessing given by SM to the teachers and students, it feels great to be part of something so meaningful,” said Oliver Sagurit, from The SM Store. 

The summer heat was not a problem for SM’s eager employees as they rolled-up their sleeves and repainted the school building.

The SM Store employees also repainted the 2-storey, 4-classroom building donated by SM Foundation in 2016.

“We’re all blessed to be part of this activity, we’re happy because we know all our efforts for the students will a go a long way,” said Ranela Sangoyo, from SM Supermarket.  

Employees eagerly repainted the classroom walls and window frames despite the blistering summer heat. 

The donations arrived as the students and teachers, as well as the parents, are continuing to adjust to the modular type approach to learning. “We are indeed very thankful to have been chosen again by SM to receive these much-needed and timely donations. These donations will make life for our teachers, parents, and students a lot easier” said Artemio J. Dionisio, Principal of BBIS.  

The SM Store employees arranging and sorting the various bags, shirts, and shoes for the students and teachers of BBIS.

“I’m simply happy to be chosen as one of the volunteers today. SM will continue to help more communities just like here in Bakod Bayan,” said Louie Liwanag, The SM Store Call To Deliver, Sales Representative. Through this activity, SM hopes to bring joyous cheers and inspiration to students and teachers.

SM employees happily waving after another a successful and #AweSM day of bringing joy and cheer to the students and teachers of BBIC.

“I’m happy to work for a company that responds to the needs of the community. That’s why when the call went out for volunteers, I did not hesitate and volunteered immediately,” said Precy Martin, Children’s Fashion Manager, The SM Store. 

About: The SM Store is the Philippines’ largest department store chain with several branches nationwide. Since our first store opened in 1958, The SM Store has been a long-time favorite one-stop-shop with the best product variety, shopping convenience, and value for money. We offer a great selection of menswear, womenswear, children's wear, all kinds of beauty products, and things for the home. You can also find stationery, electronic gadgets, snacks, toys, hardware, and fun Philippine souvenirs here.



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