38% of consumers would abandon social media accounts for privacy



By Rose de la Cruz


Data privacy is still a topmost concern of most social media account holders.


The recent study of Kaspersky, a leading data security company, revealed that 38 percent would give up their social media accounts to guarantee digital privacy for the rest of their lives.


Fears surrounding protecting digital privacy have made consumers more anxious about the use and distribution of their personal information on the internet. The report outlines how and why consumers’ personal information is becoming incredibly valuable to them. 


Social media services, like Facebook, Instagram or…

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 Last Batch of Yolanda scholars of SM Foundation graduates


By Rose de la Cruz


From the rubbles of Yolanda, which hit Eastern Visayas in November 2013, the last batch of 60 scholars (out of 100) finally completed their various 5-year courses from scholarships granted by the SM Foundation Inc. Those that graduated last year took four-year degree courses.


They now look more positively at life—having completed their college degree and would soon be preparing for licensure exams—but for those that finished last year, all of them are gainfully employed now.


They formed part of the 270 scholar-graduates that proudly marched at the 23rd annual presentation…

Read more: Last Batch of Yolanda scholars of SM Foundation graduates

Kids buying online up threefold in 12 months



By Rose de la Cruz


Children buying from online retail stores have more than tripled in the last 12 months, amid shift in browsing behavior.


This, according to Kaspersky’s annual report on the kids’ safety, which is based on anonymized statistics its products with parental control functionality.


Kaspersky noted that the kids’ appetite for online retails sites grew threefold or from 2 percent to 9 percent.


The report findings demonstrate that, very much like adults, children are enjoying the benefits of online shopping and are browsing (and sometimes buying) in a way which will…

Read more: Kids buying online up threefold in 12 months

 52 of the 2019 SM scholar graduates bring home plum


By Rose de la Cruz


Exactly 52 of the 270 college graduates of SM Foundation’s scholarship program are bringing home honors and pricey plums as they march during the mass graduation to be held by the foundation on June 26 at SMX Convention Center.


Of these hardworking scholars—all of whom were plucked from indigent and marginalized families—2 are sum cum laude; 15 magna cum laude; 31 cum laude and 4 with academic distinction.


The foundation pays for the plane fares and billets the scholars with no relatives in Metro Manila to ensure their attendance to the…

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 SM Foundation’s schoolbuilding donation will build relationships


By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Education School’s superintendent of Balanga noted that the 2-storey, 4-classoom well-furnished schoolbuilding donated by SM Foundation to the historic Balanga Elementary School is not just a building to enhance the learning experience of its beneficiaries but would surely foster relationships.


Thus said Dr. Carolina Violeta, OIC Schools Division Superintendent, DepEd, Balanga City, in her speech accepting the schoolbuilding donated by SM Prime through SM Foundation, when she said that the beautiful edifice would not just create a conducive learning experience to the Grade 6 students who will occupy it…

Read more: SM Foundation’s schoolbuilding donation will build relationships

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