My Little Pony Grand Christmas Launch @ SM Center Angono

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!  


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!


Enter Mr. Santa!


Mr. Santa giving presents to happy kids!


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


My Little Pony loot bags and giveaways!


My Little Pony cupcake treats!


Cotton candy corner


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!


SM Center Angono  team who made this lovely event possible!


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!




Clarita de Luisa Retreat House and Camp Site, Morong Rizal

Are you looking for a retreat house, convention hall or seminar venue in Rizal area? Are you looking for a place to unwind – maybe have a picnic with a group of friends? Then, you might find this useful.

One Saturday, my mom, dad and church mates got together at Clarita de Luisa retreat house in Morong Rizal. It was just a 45-minute drive from my hometown in Angono. The place has a cozy, homey, rustic feel to it





It also boasts of nice amenities – session halls, dining area, conference rooms and accommodations.


Dining Area / Session Hall


Session Hall




I especially like the design of the place. It has rustic- modern feel to it, visible in the choice of furnishings made of wood, rattan, glass and other materials. It is really a place to unwind and just chill. The air is fresh, with many plants and trees to simply connect you with nature. As an employee, I’m often used to seeing buildings, buses, cars and traffic so I really appreciated the fact that I tagged along and brought my son with me.


And of course, what fun would it be without food shared with family and friends?


Family and Friends



I was told that the place is often rented out by various groups for summer camps, conventions, seminars. My dear brother recently attended a 4-day camp in there and he enjoyed it.






They are located at Sitio Bumbungan, Morong Rizal.  For those who are interested, visit their FB page:  Their contact numbers: 0917 813 5943  and 0917 866 8851.


Lovely Dining Experience at Filio Bistro

The husband took me out on a date and we went to this lovely place with super good food and a delightful ambiance – the cool kind where you can take your friends for an afternoon treat and can enjoy catching up with one another.  A cozy, special place to bring your special someone for a date, or if  you’re like me, a nice, a homey place to enjoy a favorite book or surf the net and simply unwind.


Filio Bistro – Cafe and so much more!

Filio’s warm and welcoming ambiance



Cozy and homey hang out place



Lovely desserts!

The place is quite impressive with its glass windows, high ceilings, open spaces and thoughtful lighting.  The dining area – tables and chairs is made of fine wood. You can tell that the artwork and designs were tastefully chosen.  Relaxing music plays in the background.   You also would have the option to choose to dine open style in their foyer for a real taste of Antipolo breeze.  Over-all, you would feel the welcoming and relaxing vibe the moment you walk though its doors.

Our order taker knows the food selections well and can give you advice.  And the food??? Oh so yummy!  Let me put it this way, the food, is comparable (if not better) to the food you can have in Ortigas, Taguig and even Makati and these places are hours away from Rizal!  I can say that with Filio’s good food, I should’ve asked for Chef’s name! (Note to self – meet the chef next time!)


Yummy BBQ Ribs – so soft, tasty with their special sauce and well cooked meat that falls off the bone, with choice of 2 sidings: mashed potato and grilled veggies



Delectable Pesto pasta with grilled chicken and bread. Wow!



Cheesy fries with a twist – tomatoes!

We  also enjoyed their Frappe’: Mocha and Dolce de Leche.  We had fun talking about stuff that we forgot to take pictures of what we ordered! 😦

I noted that there is a provision for a function room for special occasions or company meetings.  There’s also an option for diners to stay in the foyer and experience the cool, breezy Antipolo Air.


a foyer / veranda for open dining

Don’t you just love good food and all the more appreciate it when you enjoy it in a relaxing ambiance?  Then you have to visit Filio Bistro, a place I would definitely come back to in Antipolo.

Filio is located at HI-5 Arcade, Sumulong Memorial Circle, Brgy. San Jose Antipolo, Rizal.  Their business hours are from 9:00am to 1:00am daily.  They vary their schedule during holidays and special occasion.  You may get in touch with them via 0906-333-RIBS (7427). The also have an FB page.

It is truly nice to know that we Rizaleños do not have to travel so far to find a cozy, warm place, with good food and dine in style.

We will visit you again, Filio!