SM Center Angono in My Heart and Home

Of all the SM malls and centers in the country today, my favorite is the one nearest to my heart and my home – SM Center Angono.

The 50th SM mall proudly opened its doors last Friday, November 14 at 10:00 am to welcome us all.  It fully complements Angono, Rizal, the Arts Capital of the Philippines and home to the ‘Higantes Festival’, with its brightly colored exterior and artsy entrance markers.  It has two strategic entrances (one of which is a stone’s throw away from my village), is 42,000 square meters wide and has three levels.

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Excited for the opening!

I am just SO thrilled (literally) to witness its opening. It was a long awaited day for me, the whole town and folks – young and old from nearby places.  For years we have been waiting and dreaming for an SM store near our place.  As early as 9am, people are lining up, eager to have a first glimpse of the place.  It was sensational! Traffic was building up! I remember having goosebumps when they began the countdown! What a joy this brings to all of us, especially this Christmas season.

We were greeted immediately by the happy and sunny ambiance of the mall. What I saw immediately was the big digital screen of the events center area capturing the stream of people coming in. Wow! there’s just so many people everywhere.  There were also a lot music and dance presentations to add to the festive mood.

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Music and presentations added to the festive mood!

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SM Prime Holdings President, Mr. Hans Sy with Mayor Gerry Calderon and local government officials.

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Me and my friend Dianne are so happy to snag a pic with Mayor Gerry Calderon and Mr. Hans Sy.

In the afternoon, a show by Procter & Gamble was hosted by pretty Ms. World Philippines 2012 (Water) Sam Purvor and bubbly DJ Justin Quirino of 99.5 PlayFM.  The beautiful Ruffa Gutierrez graced the event.  Oh My! She’s really stunning, especially up close.

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Hosts Sam Purvor and Justin Quirino with Ruffa G.

Ruffa said hello to everyone and stated that in the movie “Working Girls” she stated a line saying “May Starbucks ba sa Angono?” Everyone in the audience laughed.  I think it is so nice that she was there to welcome everyone.

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Pretty Ruffa!

 So what’s in it for us?

Here are some of my favorites:

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Some of the stores I’ll definitely buy from!

I  noticed a lot of food stores and kiosks too! There’s Razon’s, Cocoro Japanese Resto, and Savory.  Jollibee, Pizza Hut, Max’s, Red Ribbon, Goldilocks and Dairy Queen are to open soon.  There are a lot of blended drinks and snack kiosks and stalls.  Also worth waiting for is Gandang Ricky Reyes Salon, Mint and Bench.

Angono people now have a lot of choices and tambayans:  Farron Cafe, Bibingkinitan and hopefully, Starbucks!  (Oh please!)  Unofficial reports say that there is a provision for Cinemas! Wow! Another reason for us to be excited!

In addition to the Events Center and Bazaar area, SM Center Angono has designated areas that pay tribute to well known Angono artists – Charlie Anorico, Botong Francisco and Lucio San Pedro.

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By Charlie Anorico

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By Botong Francisco

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Ugoy ng Duyan by Lucio San Pedro

There are also dedicated areas for current local artists to proudly showcase their work.  What a blessing to home grown talents and artists.  Finally, they now have a venue where people can appreciate their art!

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Wood carved Miniature Higantes

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Colorful Representations of Higantes on Display

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Amazing Art from local artists near the entrance

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More Art

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And More Art as tribute to artists

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Bazaar Area

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More items and stuff

A Home Run in our Hearts

I have visited and frequented a lot of malls with varying sizes.  But there’s something about enjoying a place that is within your hometown because it hits you straight to the heart BIG time!  I know for sure that SM Center Angono hits a HOME run in mine and for all of us here in Angono because it is not only near our HOMES,  it is near our HEARTS! (Awww!)

God bless Angono and God bless SM!

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Finding (and Wearing) Your Perfect Scent

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“You are never fully dressed without perfume.”  ― C. JoyBell C.

Do you love wearing fragrance?  I do! Not only does it “complete” my look, it gives me joy and motivates me to head out the door and do what I have to do.  I find that it adds beauty not just to the senses, but helps prep my emotions as well.

It is no wonder that even the Bible speaks of fragrance – of cinnamon, precious oil, myrrh and incense.  If ever you are feeling down, Proverbs 27 states that oil and perfume makes the heart glad. In my case, my favorite perfume really does lift my spirits! As in!

But did you know that is actually a better way to find that perfect scent and properly wear them?

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR PERFECT SCENT?

1. TRY  BEFORE YOU BUY

When it comes to scents, you’ve got to shop around. Try before you buy.  Choosing a scent is just so subjective that you may actually have to look around for the one that “fits” you.  Don’t just try a recommendation by a friend, what may be good on them may not be for you.  Our own body chemistry actually plays a big part when choosing scents.

2. YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THE NOTES

Notice that each scent has “top” and “bottom” notes.  Make sure you love both.  The first thing you smell is the “top” or the “sales” note.  After 30 minutes to an hour, the scent you smell is now the “bottom” note.  Do you like both?  This would help you decide if the scent complements you.

3.  WHEN, OH WHEN?

To find “your” scent, try  to think about when (season or occasion) you’ll be wearing it.  During summer for example, you may opt for something citrus or something refreshingly light.  What you may wear to hang out with your friends might be different with what you’ll opt to wear for dates with someone special.  This is helpful when you already have a collection of scents.

HOW SHOULD I WEAR IT? 

1.  It is best to apply fragrance to your pulse points. The warmth in these areas heat up the scent and allows you to smell it better. Pulse points are spots like behind your ears, inner elbows, wrists.

2.  Avoid rubbing wrists as you make the top notes evaporate quickly. Such a waste!

3.  Avoid spraying on your clothes – they may leave a mark, or worse, stains!

4. Some people I know spray very lightly on their nape and hair.

A WORD ON STORAGE:

Remember to keep them in a dry, dimly lit area, such as your closet.  Avoid the bathroom and the refrigerator as the humidity in these places may affect the chemical make in your perfume.  When properly stored, your perfume can last for 3 years (or even more)!

THE SCENT LAB and My Love for Variety

I already have a small collection of favorite designer perfumes but sometimes I’d like to try something new that doesn’t injure my bank account!

The SCENT LAB helps me to enjoy a variety of quality scents! (One thing about me, I love variety.)  They use high quality fragrance oil imported from Grasse, France.

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It is long lasting because it is Eau de Parfum where the oil concentration is 20%, compared to Eau de Toilette where concentration is anywhere from  5 to 15% only.  It lasts for about 4-5 hours.

The magic here is how super close (if not surprisingly exact) these scents are to the original!  Yet, it is pocket friendly and my make-up / “kikay” kit loves it too!  I love that I can carry them around with me without a hassle! (I cannot imagine myself carrying a bulky and chunky bottle in my bag.)

Use them or give them as gifts or giveaways.  They can customize the label to include your name or business info to promote your business.

Shipping is FREE for MMla and P45 for provincial areas.  It comes in the following available sizes:

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  “Perfume is the most intense form of memory.”   – Jean Paul Guerlain

Bloom, BLOSSOM and grow.