Shoppers Share The Love This Holiday With SM Cares’ Bears of Joy

Always looking for new ways to elevate the Filipinos’ shopping experience, SM is taking it a notch higher with its newly launched Magical World of Christmas shopping season. Not only are this year’s centerpieces selfie-worthy, but they also bring a feeling of enchantment for families and friends who are expected to spend more time at the malls throughout the season.

Shoppers have started flooding social media with photos of centerpieces taken from various SM malls throughout the country. Life-like arctic animals, enchanting unicorns, giant drummer boys, magical elves, moving trains, oversized holiday trees, gingerbread houses, and dazzling lights are only some of the centerpieces that caught the shopping scene by storm.

Also expected to bring magic to the entire Christmas shopping experience are live entertainment from popular artists and performers, dazzling fireworks display, and the much-anticipated Grand Magical Christmas Parade. This annual spectacle of holiday icons marching to joyous music has become a source of joy to everyone who go to SM malls either to shop, dine, or simply to enjoy the show.

“We Filipinos are known to be one of those who have the longest celebration of Christmas. We want to make that extra special for our customers through these festive installations and activities,” said Steven Tan, senior vice president of SM Supermalls. “And true to our mission to be the mall for all, we continue to share the spirit of giving through our SM Cares Bears of Joy.”

SM Cares’ Bears of Joy is an annual activity that gives every shopper the chance to share the love this holiday to an underprivileged child. For every purchase of one toy bear, another bear will be given to a chosen beneficiary from an adopted community under the customer’s name.

With all these things happening simultaneously in all SM malls across the country, customers are bound to experience a new level of Christmas shopping that are at once enjoyable and heartwarming at the same time.

Richwell Club Kids Craze Warehouse Sale !

Enjoy buy 1 take 1, freebies and discounts up to 80% off on your favorite toys, baby products, apparel, shoes and more!
Participating brands are Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Mega Bloks, Thomas & Friends, Shopkins, VTech, Chicco, Paw Patrol, Angry Birds,  Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Big&Small, Ollie and a whole lot more!

Mark your calendars now and be sure to swing by RGI Corporate Center, #34 Sct. Torillo cor. Sct. Limbaga, Quezon City.

The warehouse sale event will be open to public on Nov 18-20, 25-27, 30 and Dec 1-4, 9-11, 15-22 (Mon-Fri, 1-6pm and Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm).

Visit Richwell Club on Facebook to know more details.

A Spook-Tacular Makati Street Meet !

Last October 23, 2016, Makati closed off Paseo de Roxas as it hosted its second culinary Street Meet.

Makati once again presented its distinct city vibe by transforming the most iconic business district into a spook-tacular space that brought an array of gastronomic delights, a fun fair for kids, and great entertainment for all.

Scary ghouls and goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches descended upon Paseo de Roxas, offering not just tricks but also lots of treats, musical performances, and fun family activities as hundreds of Makati residents and guests from all over the Metro flocked the streets of Paseo de Roxas.

The event featured a selection of vendors from the famed Salcedo weekend market alongside the nearby iconic Makati landmarks serving as the background to a fun Halloween street experience.

From sun up to sun down, the stretch adjacent to the Ayala Triangle Gardens, became a giant Halloween village—frighteningly fun yet a secure, pedestrian-friendly playground for the young and young at heart. Children and even the adults, came in their spookiest and cutest costumes whilst enjoying the night filled with tricks, treats and musical jams.

“We envision Makati as a place where individuals of all ages can come together and experience Halloween the Makati way and we’re glad that we were able to do it again through the Makati Street Meet” said Shiella Aguilar, Project Development Manager of Makati.

There were different thrilling activities enjoyed by kids and their parents throughout the afternoon-- 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.  The Outdoor Classroom by PlayWorks, Decoupage by LaPomme and an exhibit on the Tungtong River Conservation made it even more fun and exciting for the street revelers.

It wasn’t just the Halloween experience that made the event memorable but also the delicious food and the soothing music brought by Earth Music Jam and other musical performances that kept everyone entertained.

The Makati Street Meet is an event that is truly one for the books as it became the destination for the best food, entertainment and lifestyle offerings while promoting walkability in the area through activities that encourage people to actively use the streets.

“We are delighted that the Makati Street Meet provided the community with another avenue to utilize the streets and celebrate this colorful and spooky time-honored Halloween occasion with us” said Aguilar.

Participating food vendors were 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 is supported by Alveo, Nestle Koko Krunch, Oishi and Hunt and Gather.

For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit and follow MakeItMakati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Young Celebs Kathryn Bernardo and Liza Soberano Endorse AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning

The kitchen used to be a scary place for young people and cooking was a daunting task reserved for mothers and household helps. But technology played a role in guiding people around the kitchen. Nowadays, new cooks search online for cooking videos or check out “food hacks” to be able to produce any dish they want that they can, in turn, show off on social media.

Young celebrities Kathryn Bernardo and Liza Soberano also enjoy cooking for their loved ones. They are the newest tandem to endorse AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. Apart from what can be found in the Internet, Kathryn and Liza became more confident cooks because they can rely on a brand of seasoning to make delicious home-cooked dishes by bringing out the natural goodness of food. Experienced cooks or kitchen newbies can make AJI-NO-MOTO® their best friend in the kitchen – an ally in serving nourishing and enjoyable dishes for the whole family.

The new AJI-NO-MOTO® TV Commercial features three (3) dishes to show the versatility of the product in making all kinds of dishes delicious. Among the dishes are the Omurice, a Japanese-inspired meal composed of rice and omelet, Kathryn’s Adobong Puti recipe, a different take on the classic adobo without soy sauce and the all-time favorite comfort food Beef Nilaga.

AJI-NO-MOTO® can be widely used in a variety of dishes because it has no smell or specific flavor of its own and can therefore be used to enhance the original flavor of food. This is a safe and quality product that is made from natural crops like sugar cane, corn or cassava and manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. AJI-NO-MOTO® enhances taste of food by providing umami taste. Umami is the fifth basic taste also described as rich, savory and ‘malinamnam’ derived from food rich in glutamate like tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, ham and seafood.

Photographers Awarded For Capturing Chinese Influence In Filipino Culture

Inspired by images and colors that beautifully reflect how Chinese traditions and cultures have been embedded in the everyday lives of Filipinos, a group of photographers used their skills to capture images that convey the depth of this relationship. Apart from the noodles, lanterns and fireworks that have become part of Filipino traditions, the Chinese influence can be felt in just about every aspect of the Filipino way of life down the generations. Armed with their cameras, these photographers captured vignettes of this dynamic relationship.

As a living representation of this phenomenon, the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), in cooperation with the Camera Club of the Philippines (CCP), recently launched an online photo contest that aimed to promote the ever-changing Filipino-Chinese culture. Entitled “Connected Community” it perfectly encapsulated the Filipino-Chinese ties. “Connections” loosely translates to guan xi, a relationship of one person or party to another with obligation built overtime or simply—reciprocity.

The online photography competition ran from 8th of August 2016 until 16th of October 2016. It garnered three hundred entries from photographers all over the Philippines.

Last November 3, the winners of this contest were feted by the FFCCCII. From the professional category, Froiland Rivera was hailed the best and took home P70,000, Emerson Catindoy bagged second place and was awarded P40,000, and Dante Peralta emerged as the third placer and received P20,000. Seven other professional photographers made it as finalists namely Noel San Andres (4th), Mary Grace Anne Batalla (5th), Carlito Galamgam, Jr. (6th), Joselito Riñoza (7th), Josefino Mario de Guzman (8th), Richmond Chi (9th) and Romado Javillonar (10th). Apart from the cash prizes awarded to the first, second, and third placer, all ten (10) photographers from the professional category were given Chinese tea sets and plaques.

Meanwhile, for the amateur category, Catherine Aragoncillo bested hundreds and secured the top spot in the category, taking home P40,000 in cash. Ysabel Victoriano emerged victorious in second place with P20,000 in cash, while Bernard Recirdo II was named third placer and brought home P15,000 in cash. Seven other photography hobbyists were named as finalists in the category including Alyssa Uy (4th), John Christian Alvariño (5th), Emman Foronda (6th), Gaea Lei Osilao (7th), Douglas Lopez (8th), Jerrica Sabariaga (9th), and Ryan Malabonga (10th). Similar to the professional category, all ten (10) photographers brought home Chinese tea sets and plaques.

The photos of the finalists were also posted on its Facebook page. Garnering the most number of positive reactions and shares is the photo “The Rockstar Treatment”. Its owner, Mary Grace Anne Batalla, claimed the special prize with P5,000 and plaque.

“We were amazed at the talent and artistry of the winners in capturing the theme, Connected Community,” said FFCCCII President Angel Ngu. “Through this competition, the Filipino-Chinese ties really stood out. The photographers went beyond the obvious Chinese elements. Each photo that made it into the finals really had a compelling story to tell.”

“The entries are all works of art, and serve as a testament to the special bond between the Filipino and Chinese people. Each image showed how deeply interwoven Filipino-Chinese culture is, and will continue to be, in the generations to come,” said CCP President Philip Clayton Yu.

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