SM’s Fiesta Mexicana Honored The National Day Of Mexico With Music And Fun

SM Supermalls recently honored the National Day of Mexico with music and fun at SM Aura Premier and SM Megamall, in celebration of the long relationship between SM Supermalls and the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines in promoting the two countries’ rich cultural bond. 

The Ambassador of Mexico to the Philippines Julio Camarena VillaseƱor led the SM Aura celebrations that featured a performance by the world-renowned Mariachi ACHAI, rich Mexican cuisine, and its premier drink tequila. The Ambassador mentioned that one of Mexico’s greatest cultural contributions to the world is its traditional gastronomical fare, which had been declared by UNESCO as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity – a title shared only by four other countries in the world.


The Mariachi Achai Ensemble, a group of musicians from the northwestern state of Sinaloa, shared Mexican traditional music and dance with Filipino audiences through performances at SM Aura Premier and SM Megamall.

“Perhaps it is within this richness where Mexico and the Philippines became closer. From the Filipinos, Mexico received the buko (coconut) and mango that we call ‘mango de Manila’. An important evangelizing wave converted the Philippines to Catholicism,” Ambassador VillaseƱor shared. “Today, the new dynamic of our long and strong ties offers the promise that the historic commercial and cultural relations that make Mexico and the Philippines not only friends, but sister countries, will be renewed and mean for each country the natural bridge to enter their respective geographic region.”
The Ambassador also cited SM’s Acapulco-Manila Galleon Museum as a way of continuously promoting this affiliation. “Through SM’s Galleon Museum, we can have people know more about Mexico and its influence in the Philippines and Asia,” he said.

Vice Consul Luis Gerardo Regalado affirmed the Ambassador’s view. “We are similar in so many ways, yet so different in many cultural aspects. It’s the perfect scenario for investments and business,” the Vice Consul added.

Experience Halloween In The Makati Street Meet

The ultimate Halloween street experience is happening this Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 4PM to 9PM at Paseo de Roxas, jam packed with musical performances, engaging family activities, tricks and treats.

Makati will once again prove its distinct city vibe and vibrant community spirit as it transforms an iconic business avenue into a culinary street meet.  A strip of Paseo de Roxas will again be closed as Make It Makati hosts its second Street Meet, bringing together gastronomic delights, a kiddie fun fair and great entertainment for all.

Amidst the trick and treating, musical performances and family activities await everyone at the Makati Street Meet, which promises to delight everyone with spook-tacular experiences and lots of really good food.

Building on the community spirit and the district’s fun vibe, the Halloween Street Meet brings together residents and their guests in a street activity the Makati way. The Street Meet will feature a curated selection of vendors from the famed Salcedo weekend market, a much-loved Makati tradition. Nearby are the iconic landmarks Makati has been known for, now serving as the background to a fun Halloween street experience.

That’s because from 3PM until 9PM, Paseo de Roxas, the stretch adjacent to the Ayala Triangle Gardens, will become a giant Halloween village—frighteningly fun yet a secure, pedestrian-friendly playground for the young and young at heart. Children and their parents can run from their homes straight to the event grounds in their Halloween costumes, enjoying the benefits of living at the center of fun and dynamism.

“Halloween is always fun for kids, so we brought this tradition to Paseo de Roxas, and made it even better. We’d like the Makati community to enjoy this time-honored activity, right here where they live,” said Shiella Aguilar, Project Development Manager of Makati.

Halloween party goers can look forward to a wide range of activities at the Spooky Halloween Town featuring a Hideous Parlor, Masquerade Ball, Wishing Cauldron, Houdini’s Escape Challenge, Magic Monster Photo, Mini Monsters’ Pets, Imaginary Beasts and many more by Hedcen.  There will also be an Outdoor Classroom by PlayWorks, Decoupage by LaPomme and an exhibit on the Tungtong River Conservation at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

For those who simply want to enjoy the good food and lounge around, an Earth Music Jam and other musical performances await guests throughout the evening. 

An assortment of treats can be enjoyed from Salcedo Market vendors who will serve up their signature offerings– baked goods, artisanal delights, hometown favorites, and the most luscious concoctions whipped up by homegrown chefs and foodies.

Participating food vendors are Monster Burger, Elbert's Sandwiches, Saikuro Steak, La Cuisine, Old Fashion Tapa House, Chicken Inasal, Jiro's Lechon, No Fat No Glory, Llanes Farm, Delicane, The Commissary Kitchen, Authentic House of Curry, Merry Moo, Gostoso Piri Piri, Milea Bee Farm, Rafik Shawarma, Don Churro, Easternbloc Inc., Manong's Bagnet, Michelle's homemade putong ube atbp., Rita's Kitchen, Bersi Gyros Shawarma, Tuna Town seafood place, SCM Beverage, Stanford Shaw Brew, Cheryl's Cuisine, Margarita's Paella, Antipolo Delicacies, Pamangan, Bread Basic, and Haici Food Services.

The Makati Street Meet promises fun and excitement and the street vibe that is distinctly, uniquely Makati’s—the locus of the best food, entertainment and lifestyle offerings. This Halloween Street Experience will also showcase the city’s efforts to increase walkability in the area by providing fun-filled activities that encourage people to actively use its streets.

“The Makati Street Meet is another great way to let people discover that there’s lots to do and enjoy just by walking and exploring the streets of the city,” said Aguilar.

The Makati Street Meet is supported by Alveo and Hunt and Gather.

Admission to the street party activities is FREE on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit or like and follow Make It Makati on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Elite Techno Park and RAYA Provides K-12 Students Hands-On Activities In The Field Of Engineering

Elitech Corporation is one of the major suppliers of quality machines and process supplies of leading Semiconductor Companies in the Philippines for 18 years now.  In 2010, the Company ventured to an Educational Theme Park and brought unique attractions from South Korea to the Philippines. Elitech is the first to bring Trick Art Museum and Mirror Maze in the Philippines. To continue the company’s mission to provide outdoor and practical education through School Fieldtrips to our future technical leaders, Elitech Corporation through Creative Science Exhibit Inc. developed new theme parks in Liwasang Darangen CCP Complex Pasay City, i.e. ELITE TECHNO PARK and RAYA.
Elite Techno Park (ETP) was conceptualized two (2) years ago when their engineers and principal investors thought of extending the semiconductor industry to the Filipino students. They have noticed that Semiconductor is very limited in our curriculum which is understandable because of the high cost involved in the facilities and materials. But with the K-12 program of DepEd, they believe that this is the right time to put up this exhibit. Elite Techno Park features the Techno-Vocational Track of K-12 program of the Department of Education in the field of Engineering (Semiconductor, SMT, PCB Assembly and Electronics), Mechanic and Automotive, Air Conditioning, Information Technology (Robotics), Solar Energy and Renewable Resources, Weather Forecasting (Climate Education) and Disaster Awareness and Preparedness. Elite Techno Park has different learning modules for elementary to tertiary level. It provides activities for the visitors to have hands-on experience on each module. It aims to utilize the skills of the students and open job opportunities for them even before their graduation. This will supplement their technical knowledge for their chosen technical courses and this can help them if they opt to enter the corporate world or venture into businesses.  Further, all modules will discuss the importance of technology and its contribution to save our Mother Earth.

Elite Techno Park and Raya are located at Liwasang Darangen (in front of World Trade Center), CCP Complex, Pasay City. 


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Beware Of Fake Beauty Bars And Soap Being Sold In The Philippines

Filipino consumers need to be more vigilant when buying skincare products after news of alleged counterfeit of a popular skincare product have reportedly entered the local market.

Galderma Philippines, the authorized distributor of Cetaphila brand recommended by dermatologists for sensitive skin, received initial reports that counterfeit beauty bars and moisturizers bearing the brand’s name are being sold in the Philippines. These counterfeits place consumers at risk of potential skin harm and severe health issues in the long run. In particular, these include Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, Cetaphil Cleansing Antibacterial Bar, CetaphilRestoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer and Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion 591mL.

Especially for people with sensitive skin, the formulation of the counterfeit products may cause mild skin irritation to serious flare-ups. Moreover, consumer may face the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.

Laboratory tests conducted on samples of counterfeit products show that these counterfeits do not follow established quality specifications of our product. Also, key ingredients found absent in the counterfeit products” said Atty, Edmund Jason Baranda, counsel of Galderma.

Without proper quality control to ascertain the right formulation that goes into each product, the counterfeit item may seriously put the safety and health of consumers at risk and they end up paying more, especially when they expose their skin to unnamed and unchecked ingredients that go into the counterfeit items.

A cheaper price may not always be a good indicator to know if the item is counterfeit or not, as some are produced to look almost the same as the genuine ones - but there would be marked differences in terms of the product’s odor, appearance  and  packaging, owing to the lack of strict quality control during manufacturing and the fact that counterfeit items are produced at cheaper rates to scale.

Here are some consumer guidelines on how to spot counterfeit items:
·       Check if there is a difference in the product’s odor or color with the original;
·       Look at the physical casing or packaging
·       Check if the box has lot number, expiry dates, and brand stickers

Galderma is committed to provide only quality products to consumers which is why we adhere to strict manufacturing protocols and quality controls. The safety of the consumers is of foremost importance to us, especially since we provide products that care for the skin. Galderma has open communication lines with its consumers so as soon as we received information about the counterfeit items, we promptly sought the assistance of the authorities for appropriate action” said Atty. Baranda.

In case you have bought a suspected counterfeit item, kindly report the details of where and when you bought the product to Cetaphil’s official Facebook page Cetaphil Philippines. A customer service representative will respond to your notification.

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