Magical Christmas Carnival

SM City Taytay literally wowed everyone during the 2018 Christmas Launch with its theme: Christmas Carnival! Truly, Christmas, everyone’s favorite time of the year is here!  You could actually feel the Christmas vibe when you enter the mall!

The event area was decorated well in red, gold and white and the carnival theme brought me back to the joys of carnival rides and exciting shows when I was still little girl.

Everyone was treated to a spectacular event with wonderful numbers hosted by the lovely Ms. Saab Magalona!

A series of wonderful numbers followed inspired by THE GREATEST SHOWMAN movie.  The numbers were enhanced even more with Jugglers, contortionists, heart-stopping acrobatics, songs, dances and other theatrics.

Stunning and heart stopping performances


Carnival Fun!

Carnival Jugglers

Christmas Mascots

The event was graced with the presence of Town officials and SM Management and look – Santa flew all the way from the north pole to be with Kids! (And kids at heart too.)


YOu may also see a video presentation through this link:

Visit SM City Taytay and don’t miss the chance to enjoy and have photos of this year’s theme: Christmas Carnival.

Sunshine by Trisha Denise: The EP Album Launch

Soulful. Clean. Tasteful. Pure.

This is how I describe the music of Trisha Denise in her Sunshine  – The EP Album launch last Saturday, Feb 3 at D’Cup Coffee Republic in Pioneer, Mandaluyong where friends, family and fans gathered to hear her music in person.

Photo courtesy of Riza Ponteras


Did you know that Tickets to the EP launch were sold out days before the event? What a nice way to enter the music industry!

Guests were pleasantly surprised to see Timmy Pavino – Recording Artist, The Voice Grand Finalist and Sam Mangubat – Singer/Songwriter, Tawag Ng Tanghalan Finalist,  who shared their talents and supported Trisha.

Timmy Pavino with Trisha
With Jonathan Manalo (left) and Sam Mangubat (right)

Sunshine, the four-track EP includes   “Mahalaga,” “Sunshine,” Belewala” and a bonus track “Both Sides” in collaboration with none other than Jason Dy, The Voice Grand Champion.

With Jason Dy


What I appreciated most are “back stories” –  the stories behind the songs.   These songs, which usually last for a couple of minutes, are created out of beautiful and sometimes painful experiences, coupled with a lot of insights and reflections and lovingly crafted with care, in a way where thoughts, words and music meet. It takes God given talent for one to write beautiful pieces out of life experiences.


Trisha has been songwriting since she was 11 and she has been in love with music ever since she can remember. She grew up loving music together with parents (who are singers themselves) and music-loving relatives.

With the family

She had her share of challenges growing up when she got bullied  in high school which almost pushed her to end her life. But she overcame this “dark” phase and gives credit to her family, the loving support of her mom and dad and her faith in God who’s the source of all comfort, approval and love.

Check out Spotify and add Trisha’s songs to your playlist for soulful, relaxing music. I did.

(I also know that we have to watch out for more of her and her music!)

Congratulations Trisha and the world needs to hear MORE of  your songs!

My Little Pony Grand Christmas Launch

SM Malls truly never fail to cheer and amaze young and old alike with elegant and well designed  Christmas displays and events.  Last Sunday, November 6, Angono townsfolk once again were awed as they experienced a spectacular, oh-so-grand welcoming of the Christmas season in their friendly neighborhood mall – SM Center Angono with its My Little Pony theme for the Holidays!  

img_2239 My Little Pony Magical Holiday!

The event started with a fashion show  by adorable kids in their super nice costumes.




After the fashion show, formal welcome was given to officially start the program.  Everyone was encouraged to support SM Christmas Bears of Joy by grabbing the opportunity to buy a pair of bears for P200, then giving one of the bears to a less fortunate child via SM foundation – a nice way to make a difference this Christmas.



The event was graced by none other than Mayor Gerry Calderon and his family, who later officially “lighted” the mall’s beautiful centerpiece located at the upper ground floor.  He expressed his thanks to SM, in behalf of Angono folks, for helping build quality lives and adding so much merriment to the holidays!


The Equestria girls wowed everyone with their superb dance moves in their uber cute costumes.



The ponies then made an appearance – Rarity, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle encouraging cheers and claps from excited audience.



Adorable Rarity, Apple Jack and Twilight Sparkle

It was then time to light the centerpiece!!!


Countdown begins and it rained confetti!


To top it off,  enter Mr. Santa!

img_2335 Enter Mr. Santa!
img_2350 Mr. Santa giving presents to happy kids!

Thank you SM for an opportunity to sit at Santa’s lap 🙂

img_2243 My Little Pony loot bags and giveaways!
img_2245 My Little Pony cupcake treats!
img_2244 Cotton candy corner
img_2246 Colorful rainbow candies!

This one seems happy with his face paint + take aways!

The event wouldn’t be possible without committed people behind it all.  Thank you and congratulations!

img_2379 SM Center Angono  team who made this lovely event possible!
img_2411 Vaniza Pachoco, Marketing Manager, SM Center Angono and SM City Masinag

Come and visit SM Center Angono and see the spectacular Christmas display for the Holidays!!  Experience a MAGICAL HOLIDAY with My Little Pony at SM Center Angono from November 6, 2016 until January 8, 2017.


Pink, dainty and lovely display.

Thank you SM for a grand, spectacular way to welcome the Holidays and celebrate the birth of Jesus!



Magical My Little Pony Christmas Launch @ SM Taytay

Magical with  bright colors and oh so truly spectacular!

Christmas is truly here as SM City Taytay officially launched and cheered everyone with their theme Magical Holiday with My Little Pony last Saturday, November  5.  What a BIG HIT it was to children and adults alike!


The celebration started with dimmed lights and soft, lovely music by a quartet. Kids were then entertained by a short video showing of My Little Pony and lively christmas songs.


Lovely music by the quartet


` Short video showing


The high-energy  super cute dance number by Equestria girls  all the more excited everyone as they executed cute girly dance moves in their costumes.  Awesome.



Super cute girls in their costumes

These cute ponies made an appearance and everyone loved it!


Taytay municipal officials were there to grace the event and make everything official. Present were Vice-Mayor Carlito Gonzaga, Councilor Pia Cabral and Rizal District Board Member Fernando Cabitac.  They also officially lighted the elegant centerpiece beautifully designed at the ground floor of Bldg, A in SM Taytay.  With  countdown, lights went up, lovely music was heard and then came lots of confetti! Super nice!


Taytay Municipal Officials with the Equestria girls


Confetti everywhere as everything was lighted!

Everyone cheered as Sta. Claus gave My Little Pony bags to the children.  Kids were treated to special assorted  candies, marshmallows,  cotton candy and My Little Pony goodies!


Mr. Santa giving away presents to kids


Lukas enjoyed every minute of the event and had a pic with Santa!


He sure had a grand time


Delightful candies!


My Little Pony Goodies

The set up was vibrant, colorful and beautifully designed. It is super appealing not just to girls but to kids of all ages and even adults! Christmas is truly here.


Vice Mayor Carlito Gonzaga mentioned a connection between ponies and Christmas when he gave his brief speech.  Jesus indeed entered  the holy city of Jerusalem, carried by a Pony! What a beautiful way to start the Christmas merriment knowing that as we celebrate Christ’s birth, we have so much love and joy to give.


Give a child a bear today! 🙂

Thank you and congratulations to SM City Taytay team for making this event possible!


SM Taytay Team – THE TEAM behind the event 🙂

Head over to SM Taytay  and feel the magical rush of the Season!  



Sun Warriors Break Record at Colorful Fun Run

The most colorful and vibrant fun run in Manila recently broke world records with 5,275 runners who all applied sun screen simultaneously before running the 3k, 5k, and 10k routes with exciting obstacles under the scorching sun. The Watsons Sun Warrior Challenge in partnership with Color Manila was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.




Watsons Sun Warrior Challenge + Color Manila with Sun Warrior DJ, ambassadors Yassi Pressman and Dominique Roque together with Karyll and Zara Carbonel pumping up the crowd for the most colorful run after-party at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.




  Watsons Sun Warrior ambassadors Yassi Pressman and Dominique Roque led the way to be a Sun Warrior and pledged to be bold, brave, and always sun-protected. Other Sun Warrior guests include triathlete Kim Atienza and TV host Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon who also bravely took the challenge: keeping skin protected under the sun, running the 3k route and obstacles, and dancing and partying with colors during the sunny Sunday morning.





Hosts Justin Quirino and Zara Carbonel

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the major cause of skin cancer. Exposure of skin under the sun is pummeled by invisible rays that can cause your skin to darken and burn. But the good news is that you can reduce risk of getting skin cancer by protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays. Protecting your skin from it does not mean you have to stay indoors all the time, because being a Sun Warrior means anyone can still enjoy outdoors under the sun.

“A SunWarrior, to me, is someone who is unafraid to go under the sun, enjoy the outdoors, and just have fun,” says resident Sun Warrior Yassi Pressman.

            “For me a Sun Warrior is someone who is not afraid to try out new adventures with friends, family, and someone who is just game for everything,” add Dominique Roque.



So, how does one become a Sun Warrior?

  • Include sun protection in your everyday routine with amazing products like Belo’s Sun Expert Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50, Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock Extreme 80, Cetaphil SPF 69, Kojiesan SPF 69, and Celeteque Dermosicence Sun Care Face and Body Defense Cream SPF50.

Going beyond protection, Olay Natural White prevents the formation of dark spots caused by the sun, giving you fairness that glows; while Vaseline’s Healthy White SPF 30 provides three layers of protection that helps keep skin fair and even toned. Ponds BB Cream is your solution to a brightening foundation cream with UVA and UVB protection; while Neutrogena’s Ultra MD Body Lotion SPF 100 is fast absorbing, water resistant, and lightweight, and infused with a light, fresh scent.

  • For an active day out, get your full sun protection from Nivea Sun Whitening Sun and Collagen Protection SPF 50, Biore UV aqua Rich SPF 50, Sunplay Ultra Shiled SPF 130, Banana Boat Ultra Protect Sunscreen Lotion, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 50, and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50. Of course there’s DWatsons SunCare, a gentle, fragrance free sunscreen specially created for sensitve skin.


  • Make sure to reapply sunscreen to get that full sun protection. Just remember that while sunscreen can protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, a lot of its active ingredients can break down over time.


            Watsons will also be offering an exclusive summer promo for SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders. Sunscreens and skin care range are available in all Watsons Stores and SM Store Beauty Sections.


Watsons is Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, currently operating over 4,000 stores and more than 1,000 pharmacies in 12 Asian and European markets.

Watsons continually sets the standards in the health, wellness and beauty market, providing personalized advice and counseling in health, beauty and personal care on top of its market-leading product range, making customers LOOK GOOD, FEEL GREAT every day. Since 2009, Watsons has been the No. 1 pharmacy/drugstore brand in Asia*.


30 Artists Featured at Rizal Arts Festival

I am proud to say that I am from Rizal – Home of artists, home of beauty.  In celebration of Arts Month, SM City Taytay showcased  30 artists’ work as a tribute to honor and recognize their wonderful work.  The festival was spearheaded by The Rizal Artists’ Federation which aims to highlight beautiful art pieces created by known and budding Artists in Rizal.  30 Years is truly a magical number for them as well as SM Supermalls as they both celebrate their 30th year this 2016!


Cutting Ceremony – (from left to right) Mr. Mr. Nemi R. Miranda Jr., Ms. Andrea “Andeng” Yñares, Ms. Maureen G. Fernandez – SM City Taytay – Mall Manager


12800277_10153577827244773_8081448156451943590_n Spectacular Opening of the Festival
DSC_0909 30 Artists featured in SM City Taytay (Picture courtesy of Mr. Dante Ward of



What’s really exciting is that Channel 2 – Kabuhayang Swak na Swak captured the celebration which all the more added to the excitement and recognition of the artists.  Click HERE to view the TV coverage.




30 Higantes for SM Supermalls’ Big 30


56 SM Supermalls across the country, from Baguio to Davao, begin celebrating 30 years of fun shopping mania on February 29. Ever since SM North EDSA, known as the third largest mall in the world, opened its doors in 1986, Filipinos have come to enjoy the unique family fun mall experience and affordable luxury shopping for all. Today, all SM lovers through the years are invited to visit their favorite SM mall to enjoy a day of fun finds, discounts, deals and freebies.


Higantes in SM tenants’ uniforms getting ready for their parade.



A shopper happily poses for the camera with a Higante



Kids enjoy the 30 Higantes parade at SM Center Angono

Kick-starting the 30th Anniversary events, SM Center Angono paraded 30 Higantes, the iconic symbol of Angono’s colorful tradition. The Higantes were dressed up in SM Center Angono’s tenant uniforms like Jollibee, Chicken Deli, King Bee, Max’s Restaurant, Classic Savory, as well as SM affiliates like ACE Hardware, Watsons, SM Savemore and Mall Administration employees. Shoppers especially the kids happily took photos while watching the 30 Higantes prance around the mall. 30th Anniversary balloons were also handed to shoppers while enjoying the parade.


A total 30 Higantes parade inside SM Center Angono during the 30th Anniversary of SM Supermalls kick off



Higantes in Mall Administration employees and SM Savemore uniforms dance during the parade to the delight of shoppers


The 30 Higantes on Parade will be on tour around SM Malls in Rizal and Marikina on the following dates: SM City Taytay on April 30, SM City Masinag on May 7, SM City Marikina on July 30 and in SM City San Mateo on August 29.

Watch out for the next big 30 happenings in your nearest SM Supermall. For event schedules and more details visit the SM Supermalls official website and follow SM Supermalls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Grand Christmas Parade


Christmas is truly here and SM Malls continue to add merriment and cheers to the season.   On top of the Season Sale, Christmas launch  and the Christmas carols each time we shop, SM City Taytay prepared yet another way to excite and cheer us all.

December 18 launched the GRAND CHRISTMAS PARADE and it started when we all heard Drumbeats!  Christmas trumpets and trombones played as the band marched like toy tin soldiers in their colorful costumes.





The band was followed by Snow Flake Ladies in glittering, sparkling silver and white.

And what is a parade without colorful, glittery costumes worn by pretty, smiling fairies with wings!


The adorable dwarf mascots – sweet, happy and cute in their costumes.




My favorite – Snow White and her handsome prince.


Presents and gifts, followed by Santa’s elves!




The parade circled the mall as everyone watched and got a glimpse of the lovely parade.  It ended with a dance presentation and confetti!



What a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas week! Christmas is truly here –  A joyful celebration of Jesus’ coming to earth that wonderful Christmas night – the best present of all.

This Grand Christmas Parade brought cheers to everyone and made the kid in us alive again. Have a wonderful Christmas Everyone!

SM Cinema opens 55th branch in Angono

What an exciting time for Angono folks as SM Cinema completes the movie entertainment experience in Rizal with 4 new fully digitized cinemas in SM Center Angono on Wednesday, December 16.

I am so happy to witness this historical event and I’m proud for my hometown!


Traditional Clapper Rites to formally open SM Cinema Angono.  



Now Open!  From left to right, Mr. Edgar Tejerero, President, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc, Prof. Ligaya Rubin (Wife of Vice Mayor Antonio Rubin), Hon. Mayor Gerardo Calderon of Angono, Rizal, Mr. Joaquin San Agustin, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Shopping Center Management Corporation, Ms. Edwin Nava, Vice President of Operations, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.

The cinemas boast of its crisp digital surround-sound system and crystal clear images that convey that best theatre experience. Promising to deliver optimum movie-watching, each theatre will cater to 200 patrons in a stadium-like seating, making certain that all patrons will enjoy the view from any seat they choose. As a standard in all SM Cinemas, SM Cinema apportions an area dedicated to PWD to accommodate all varieties of guests.

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197 seats allotted with provision for PWD


Complementing the newest cinema branch on the block is SM Cinema’s official snack and merchandise arm, Snack Time. Snack Time will serve popcorn, drinks, and other snacks, along with the latest movie merchandise that fans will surely love to collect.

The cinema boasts of colosseum type seating equipped Dolby surround sound system and wall to wall 3D capable screen. All ready to entertain families and town folks.

The 4 theatres in SM Center Angono will round off a total of 306 SM Cinema screens found across the entire nation. Reaching out to every corner of the country, SM Cinema secures its location in Rizal with cinemas in SM Taytay, SM Masinag, and SM San Mateo. SM Cinema is the Philippines’ largest cinema and exhibition brand with 60% of the country’s total market share.



Excited for the opening!


Blessing Ceremony


Cocktails for VIPs and Guests



An e-plus card for movie lovers

I’m watching movies using e-plus! As an introduction to reloadable prepaid cashless transactions, ePLUS Tap to Pay provides convenience for travelers, shoppers, movie lovers, and event goers. With one tap of a card, cardholders not only have a faster mode of payment, but can also enjoy perks such as discounts and freebies in various restaurants, shops, theatres, and concerts. ePLUS is the card of the century.

Dive into a world full of exciting and immersive movies right at your backyard in Rizal! SM Cinema Angono opens on December 16, 2015. For more information on SM Cinema, visit or dial (02) 470-2222.


Christmas Launch Spectacular

Bright colors and sparkling decors; Happy smiling faces of both kids and adults.
Carols and cheers in the air, That over-all festive atmosphere.

Christmas started early at SM Supermalls!

Six happy weeks to go before Christmas and SM Supermalls delighted everyone with its theme – A Royal Holiday. Christmas launch for SM City Taytay happened last Friday, November 6 at the Atrium.  The event attracted and entertained hundreds of folks from nearby areas.  Who wouldn’t be delighted to see colorful Christmas trees and little kids in princess’ costumes?

12191844_10153363414144773_2200394961286936008_n Colorful Christmas Tree with SM Bears

Snow White and her apples – Yummy!



The program started at 5:00 pm with Christmas Carols rendered by a choir followed by a couple of songs from Sabrina. Isabel Oli-Pratts hosted the show.  Little kids were made up in their beautiful gowns.


IMG_3915 Isabel Oli-Pratts hosting the event
IMG_3921 Sabrina singer her songs

SM City Taytay’s theme was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – So cute!  Kids just can’t get enough of them and adults simply can’t resist to take a selfie shot.  It is not usually that you get to see the 7 dwarfs!


IMG_3976 Lukas was there too!
12193313_10153363400274773_7034971068097526091_n Santa distributing goodies!
1890543_10203989562058046_7335244547705686223_o SM City Taytay Christmas Launch; Screengrabbed from SMCityTaytay FB page



The kids danced and got bags of goodies – Thank you SM!  I myself had a good time and was especially happy that my son was able to share the fun!  What a happy, spectacular present and treat to all of us as we launch and welcome the Christmas Season – a season to be merry for God sent the greatest present of all – His son, Jesus.

To complete your Christmas gifts, visit SM Supermalls – SM City Taytay and have a wonderful #MerrySMChristmas!