BAGUIO CITY - Thousands of public school pupils in Northern Luzon and other regions of the country received 60,000 pairs of shoes from the SM group under the “Change a life, Shoe some love” project, as SM marks its 60th founding anniversary (#AweSM 60th anniversary).

“Now after 60 years, SM would like to give back to the community by giving out 60,000 shoes to different public schools nationwide accumulated by a collaborative efforts of the company, the employees, agency personnel’s, tenants and other partners as our way of saying thank you to everyone,” said SM’s Mark Carlo Herrera.

At SM City Tarlac, employees led the distribution of 1,000 pairs of shoes to pupils of Asturias Elementary School, Mapalacsiao Elementary School and Carangian Elementary School.

SM City Baguio also donated a total of 1,000 pairs of shoes to Bakakeng Elementary School, San Carlos Heights Elementary School, Irisan Elementary School, Sto. Tomas Elementary School, Piminggan Elementary School, San Pascual Elementary School, Taloy Norte Elementary School and Tabu Elementary School.

In Pangasinan, 20 employees from SM City Rosales volunteered to distribute 1,000 pairs of shoes to 12 schools, namely, Cabalaoangan Elementary School, Camangaan Elementary School, Carmen Elementary School, GuilingColiling Elementary School, Palakipak Elementary School, Pangaoan Elementary School, Rabago Elementary School, Rosales South Central School, San Bartolome Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Sitio Baong Elementary School, Tomana Elementary School and SPED Center.

Students waved banners with the message ‘Agyaman Kami’ (Nagpapasalamat kami) to show their gratitude to the SM group.

Kristal Gayle Agbulig, Public Relations Manager of SM City Cauayan in Isabela said another 1,000 pairs opf shoes were distributed to pupils of Minante 2 Elementary School in Cauayan City, Naguilian-Bacolud Elementary School, Tubo Elementary School, San Ignacio Elementary School in Ilagan City, Isabela.

60 years after the first Shoe Mart (SM) store was opened, Henry Sy Sr.’s SM group has evolved into a giant conglomerate that operates 71 malls in the Philippines and several more in China. (with a report from Leizle Basa – Inigo)