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Sunday, January 23, 2022

"The Presidential Interviews" ni Jessica Soho: A Summary

Napanood niyo ba ang The Presidential Interviews ni Jessica Soho sa GMA-7 noong January 22, 2022? Pinanood ko ng 2 beses. Napakaganda ng mga tanong -- well-researched.

Very confident ang sagot ng lahat ng candidates. Kita mo talaga ang puso na pagsilbihan ang bayan. May pinaghuhugutang karanasan sa pamumuno at paglilingkod. Lahat sila ay naka-angkla sa batas ang mga dapat gawin para sa bayan. 

Vice-President Leni Robredo - sanay na talaga sa pagtulong, alam ang ginagawa, galit sa korupsyon at panloloko sa taumbayan; matapat, tiyak sa gagawing pagbabago, hindi natatakot na labanan ang masasamang gawain.

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso - sanay sa serbisyo-publiko at pagpapaunlad ng lungsod, galit din sa korupsyon, sigurado sa mga plano. Ipagpapatuloy at kokopyahin ang mabuting ginawa ng iba, iwaksi ang maling gawain, at papanagutin ang mga may kasalanan. Nilinaw rin ang isyu ng pagiging "balimbing" umano. Tanggap ko ang paliwanag niya ukol dito.

Sen. Ping Lacson - Bihasa sa law enforcement, legal terms at politics, magaling magpaliwanag, napakarami nang pinagdaanan sa pulitika. Naniniwala na "ang tama ay ipaglaban, ang mali ay labanan."

Sen. Manny Pacquiao - sinsero sa pagtulong sa kapwa, galit sa korupsyon at mga maling gawain, alam ang mga gagawing pagbabago ngunit ang ibang paliwanag ay medyo basic at general. Kailangan pang hasain ang sarili sa ilang legal terms para mapalawak pa ang kaalaman. Naniniwala na "dapat laging ipatupad ang batas (ang tama), parusahan ang may kasalanan, gawing pantay ang batas sa mayaman at mahirap."

Sen. Bongbong Marcos - takot sa graded recitation kaya absent na lang para safe. Sinayang lang ang pagkakataon na patunayan ang sarili sa publiko. Sayang at di natin narinig ang mga tanong na nakahanda para sa kanya.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Rewrite your story with Viviamo’s 2022 planners and journals

Surely, you still have a holiday hangover. There’s something about being able to spend time (albeit online or in small groups) with friends and loved ones in this cuddle weather that allows us to have restful minds and peaceful hearts even just for a moment.

In this moment, you’re probably high on natural endorphins and have a renewed sense of clarity. Don’t you just want to hold on to that feeling as you walk into a brand new year?

We’re approaching 12 months of endless opportunities; 52 weeks and ways to be better; and 365 days of unknown possibilities. The power to right our wrongs is upon us! 

“COVID-19 has left many feeling displaced. ‘I’m stuck. What can I do? How do I move forward?’ The pandemic has affected us in so many ways, bringing up fear, worry, and even languishing. We, at Viviamo, want to reassure Filipinos that these feelings of hopelessness and despair can be replaced with hope and positivity. That is why we offer you the tools to help you switch from that mindset of ‘simply surviving’ to thriving! We have the power to rewrite our own stories,” shares Viviamo CEO Darlyn Ty-Nilo.

For 16 years now, Viviamo, makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, has been creating empowering products. Scratch that – more like, Dreampowering products – Dreampowerment is an advocacy so close to the core of Viviamo’s purpose and has grown a 10,000+ strong community through The Bella Tribe, BDJ Plan With Me and You Got This Facebook Groups that ultimately help Filipinos desire a life full of love and joy through mindfulness, journaling with love, planning with courage and this year, coaching for abundance.
 
Literally, turn a new page in your life with any of these products from Viviamo’s 2022 Collection:

The Belle de Jour Power Planner (P599, P699, P1,199) is not a planner with empty pages. It’s a LIFE PLAN. BDJ believes in you even when you don’t believe in yourself. The 2022 edition is the support you didn’t know you need that will allow you to declare your purpose in life. It gives you the space to remember who you are in 4 stylish designs that suit your personality and packed with lifestyle coupons from over 40 brands; free mobile and desktop wallpaper downloadables, Spotify playlists and NEW features this year include free virtual reality meditation videos and 12 Coaching Experiences led by 12 world-renowned experts in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Strengths Finding, Reiki Masters, Holistic Aromatherapists, Business and Beauty Experts, Energy Healers, Positive Psychologists, Motivational and Image Training Professionals in the BDJ Coach Quenza App that you can access from the pages of the BDJ Planner.
 
“I wasn't much of a journaling person and was satisfied with simply writing my schedules on sticky notes. However, last year was highly toxic for me and I was in an identity crisis. When I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw an advertisement for the 2021 Journal and was intrigued with the design --the girl on the cover is beautiful and she looked confident. I liked the design, the content, and the marketing strategy so I decided to give journaling a try. A year has passed and I don't think I can ever live without your journal; I don't think I can ever use another journal if it's not the BDJ version. I've imprinted my soul into it and I will continue to support you as your journal has with its owners.” shares Trisha Manao, one of the many users of the BDJ Power Planner.
 
The Navi Journal (P599), on the other hand, invites you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery and features 12 magnificent staircases around the world that you can virtually explore through the exclusive I Am Cardboard virtual reality videos embedded in the QR codes of the monthly dividers throughout the year.  Despite their grandeur and intricacies, these captivating staircases are still just a small representation of what your mind can create. And yes, it has a coupon booklet too!

You might be thinking, “You never know what will happen in life. There are things that are out of your control.” This is why you struggle with using a planner. The 2022 Everything is Possible Planner (P599) is inspired by phases of the moon that embody inspiration, renewal, and unwavering energy, this year’s EIP Planner is what you’ve been waiting for. Featuring 13 Monthly Calendars (covering Dec 2021 to Dec 2022), special Pages that help you achieve your goals and open possibilities and a vertical weekly layout with timestamps, EIP has been helping people achieve their big and small goals for a decade now. It's a planner that's designed for go-getters like you who know exactly what they want and will do anything it takes to make those dreams happen. Now is the right time to finally stop feeling like a victim of circumstance and start living the life you want. It’s not too late. It never is. Just as the moon transitions, so will you.

And finally, The Focus 2022 Journal (P550) is a guide to help you accept your life as it unfolds. With each phase, chapter, or stage of life comes new challenges and experiences that make up the fabric of our lives. It’s a great tool to inspire you to shove the distractions aside and put your goals to the forefront. With it’s dedicated weekly grid layout and unique worksheet pages, you will be able to start building the tomorrow you want with laser-like clarity.

Viviamo also has beautiful leather Quest Journals (P280, P499, P699, P999) in 4 sizes that you can switch out fillers and create a journaling system with, along with calendar pads and other productivity tools! Who says you only need one notebook? Get a journal for every aspect of your life, every piece of your brain to start rewriting your story.

Pour out your worries, visualize your dreams and turn them into actionable plans with these exciting journals from Viviamo! Choose all or any from www.shop.ilovebdj.com and www.crazyaboutpaper.com.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

FBN 10th Annual Christmas Party: A fun-filled and meaningful day

The Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active Philippine-Based community of bloggers and influencers in the country, held its 10th Annual Christmas Party virtually last December 12.

FBN currently has almost 2,000 members around the country and continues to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers to interact with other members even those based overseas. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from several brands are co-admins Divine RC and Richard Mamuyac and Lariza Garcia.

The yearly event serves as a venue to reacquaint with fellow members around the country, celebrate the holiday season and create great new memories. Just like last year, the gathering was conducted online and livestreamed within the official FBN group page. Aside from the exciting prizes given away during the virtual games and raffle draws, a couple of members received financial assistance to support them in their family medical emergency. Indeed, it was both a fun-filled and meaningful day at the same time.

Different PR groups and brands and individual sponsors were acknowledged during the event for supporting the online community in 2021 and hopefully for more years to come. This year’s virtual event is made possible by the following generous donors:

PR Partnerss - CAT PR, i55 Talent Hose, Page One, M2.0 Communications, Comm&Sense, ROAR Agile, GPS TV, BIOCOCO, Full Circle, Pro Communications Inc. Pro Solutions ,Full Circle and Ripple 8.

Brand and Individual sponsors - Pacific Sunrise, Goodah!, Cebuana Llhuillier, Glorious Blend, Rex Education, Gur Lavi Corporation (Telavi); Dyna Drug Corporation, Diana Stalder, Sagada Harvest, Stevia Natural Sweetener, a number of fellow FBN members and public servants like Rep. Eric Yap of ACT-CIS partylist, Rep. Joey Salceda (2nd District of Albay), Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento (1st District of Samar). Rep. Mike Defensor of Anakalusugan partylist, General Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Deputy Commissioner Randy Escolango of the Philippine Insurance Commission.
 
With the great support and opportunities that FBN received this year from partners companies and brands, the group is looking forward to more campaigns and activities that members can join and engage with in the coming new year.

Let us claim that 2022 will be a better year for all of us. Cheers to more success and blessings!

Friday, December 31, 2021

Alabang Twin Cinema (ATC) shot in the film, "Nakagapos na Puso" (1986)

If you want to see the old interior of Alabang Twin Cinema or ATC (now known as Alabang Town Center), there is a short scene in the film, “Nakagapos na Puso” (1986) that shows this. The film starred Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Edu Manzano, Tonton Gutierrez, Sandy Andolong and 2 introducing actresses: Dawn Zulueta & Vina Morales. It’s in 1hr: 6min of the film.

ATC used to be only a cinema (with 2 theaters), not a mall yet. When the area was demolished for a bigger structure, it closed for about 9 months for construction/renovation in 1998-99. 

The new ATC cinema then (outside the building of ATC and outside the 5 theaters) was designed by artist Robert Alejandro, one of the siblings who owned Papemelroti, a gift shop (where “RO” stands for his name, Robert). He worked for GMA documentaries before as a reporter/broadcast journalist.



The old pencil drawings of Robert on the wall & ceiling of ATC Cinema was the same style he drew on the walls of their now-defunct family business, The Filipino Bookstore. This bookstore used to be at ATC mall & at Taft Avenue Manila, just across De La Salle University.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Healthy, hassle-free holiday bundles from The Goodwill Market

'Tis the season to show you care by sending healthy goodies from The Goodwill Market to family and friends. The gift baskets have been carefully curated to fit different lifestyles, filled with wholesome products that focus on health and wellbeing. 

What’s more, they can be delivered safely and conveniently to your loved ones doorstep via orders on The Goodwill Market website. You don’t have to leave the comfort and safety of your home to send out healthy and high-quality gifts this Christmas. 

The Goodwill Market is an online shop owned and operated by Dygen Pharma Distribution Corporation (DPDC), a subsidiary of Dyna Drug Corporation. Its mission is to make premium brands more accessible to Filipino consumers with online orders and fuss-free delivery. “This is a very valuable e-commerce service especially as everyone stays safe inside their homes” says DPDC General Manager May Panganiban. “Our gift packages contain a wide selection of health and wellness products that are sure to add a spark of joy to the holidays.”

Here are some of the gift selections that you can send as corporate giveaways, or as personalized gifts to your loved ones.

1. The Holiday Flavor Pack delivers goodies that are fit for the season’s feasts. It contains a selection of imported pasta sauces for easy meals made special.

2. Work from Home (WFH) is a healthy spread of snacks and ingredients that are perfect for who like to bond over good food while working. Wholesome meals and snacks are more accessible with tasty treats and premium ingredients.
   
3. The Lunch Box Buddies is the perfect gift for parents who shower this kids with love and care. It’s got everything they need to make bath time fun while taking care of baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also got kiddie vitamins for that extra boost of protection.  

Make your Christmas list and check it twice. Find out which gift sets from The Goodwill Market will fit your friends and family members best, or check out the other items that are available at www.goodwillmarket.ph and its official social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and have these wholesome gift packs delivered directly to your recipient hassle-free.  Book your corporate giveaways, customized orders and special requests through customer@goodwillmarket.ph

Christmas feast ideas that you'll love

There are two traditional feasts that Filipino families often look forward to during Christmastime: the Christmas Eve Noche Buena and the one that follows on the 25th itself, which is often held as part of a festive family reunion. Either way, expect those in charge of preparing the dishes to pull out all the stops to serve the most delectable food on the table for everyone to enjoy. 

And if that happens to be you, chances are high that you already have some recipes in mind to make each of these feasts a gastronomic delight to remember. They might even be all-time family favorites, or even hand-me-downs from your great-great grandparents. Having said that, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to learn a few more recipes just to keep things fresh and put something different on the table for Christmas. Two that are guaranteed to make you look like Master Chef are: Meatballs in Black Truffle Sauce and Three-Cheese Truffle Macaroni and Cheese.

RECIPES:

Meatballs in Black Truffle Sauce

Ingredients:
• 2 slices white bread crusts removed, broken into pieces
• scant 2/3 cup whole milk
• 2 1/4 cups finely minced ground beef (or a mixture of meats, such as pork, chicken or turkey)
• 1/2 cup meat pâté
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• Plain all-purpose flour, for dusting
• Olive oil for frying

FOR THE BLACK TRUFFLE SAUCE
• 1 tablespoon + 2 tsp butter
• A drizzle of olive oil
• 1 bunch spring onions scallions, finely chopped
• 1 carrot finely chopped
• 1 heaped cup button or oyster mushrooms finely chopped
• 3 1/2 tablespoon plain all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup white wine
• 2 cups beef chicken or vegetable stock
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
• 1/2 cup double heavy cream
• 1/2 teaspoon Umbria Black Truffle Sauce

Instructions
1. Place the bread in a bowl and pour over the milk. Set aside to soak.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the meat and the pâté. Add the soaked bread and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix until smooth and well combined. Form meatballs by rolling walnut-sized pieces of the mixture between your hands. They should be about 1oz each. Dust the meatballs in flour.

3. Heat some oil in a shallow pan over a medium-high heat and fry the meatballs just until they are golden. Do not overcook at this stage as we are going to finish them in the sauce. Set aside.

4. To make the sauce, heat the butter and olive oil in a pan over a medium-low heat and add the finely chopped spring onions, carrot and mushrooms. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is transparent. Reduce the temperature to low and add the flour to the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to make a roux. Cook for about 4 minutes and then add the wine, continuing to stir until you get a paste and the alcohol has evaporated, then add the stock with the salt and rosemary. Keep stirring and cooking until the sauce thickens, then add the cream, stirring so that the mixture doesn’t split or curdle. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes.

5. Put Umbria Black Truffle Sauce into the sauce, mix and fold and serve hot.

Three-Cheese Truffle Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter, divided
1 cup mushroom (75 g), sliced
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk (240 mL)
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (110 g)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (100 g)
2 cups shell pasta (400 g), cooked

TOPPINGS:
½ teaspoon Umbria truffle oil
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

Preparation:
1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper and cook until the mushrooms are softened. Remove from the pot.

2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour to the pot. Whisk until the flour is toasted, approximately 2 minutes.

3. Add the milk while whisking continuously to avoid lumps. Cook until the sauce is thickened.

4. Whisk in the Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and season with salt and pepper.

5. Add the cooked pasta and mushrooms. Mix until the sauce coats the pasta well.

6. Top with Umbria truffle oil, fold and add chives.

Of course, it’s understandable that you’d stop at nothing to make these year’s Christmas celebrations as grand as possible. After all, last year’s Holidays were mostly muted due to the pandemic. Now, the scourge that is COVID-19 is still here, but the country is showing signs of recovery and the quarantine restrictions are easing as a result. 

However, that doesn’t mean you and your family should be letting your guard down. Rather, continue to be vigilant even as you think of ways to gather everyone this Christmastime—ideally, sharing some sumptuous Meatballs in Umbria Black Truffle Sauce and servings of mouthwatering Three-Cheese Umbria White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese.

Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Fun and educational site perfect for a family bonding activity

The internet offers a wide variety of online games from innovative highly visual new games to the old time classics which still appeal to a lot of people.  One of the old time favorites is the Solitaire which comes in many variations. The hidden object game is also a favorite choice for those players who are looking to challenge their visual prowess. 

While we are searching for classic games to play online, there are many websites that carry these games and one of them is Solitaire.Org

Here are some of the most exciting games from the site.

Solitaire Freecell
Freecell is a fun variation of the classic Solitaire. You can play Freecell on this website many times whenever you need to take your mind off from work.  It’s a good breather, a nice way to take a break. 

In this game you are dealt with cards facing up which is very good. The interface is quite simple and offers a neat way to play your cards. With unlimited shuffle, you could easily restart the game if you don’t like the previous dealings. The background music is quite relaxing too - jazzy tunes. 

Hidden Object
What a cool way to take a break finding hidden objects. Hidden Object games can really clear your mind with your eyes focusing on the things you need to find on the screen. There are several choices for the Hidden Objects such as Garden and Hotel themed games. The images are beautifully presented and very nice to look at taking you to places that are pleasant. You will find enjoyment and temporary solace in playing the Hidden Objects. It could be quite challenging as you get to advance to higher levels. 

The hint button would help once in each level which is cool. And in cases you weren’t able to complete the game, there is the restart game option that would present different new objects and they are all pretty to look at as I go searching for the object required. Really nice and entertaining game indeed.

Logic Puzzles
Logic puzzles require the use of the process of logical deduction to solve. This type is very challenging although it does not involve numerical or geometrical considerations. When you solve logic puzzles, you are taking your brain to the gym. Puzzles exercise parts of your brain that may not be stimulated otherwise. 

Logic puzzles are beneficial. Apart from the very obvious – they reduce boredom - they also help boost brain activity, encourage systematic thinking and build confidence. For the ultimate puzzle challenge, you can try out from 8 games choices from the site, which includes the classic Minesweeper, Chess and Sudoku.

Anyone looking for some time off from work or side hustles or household chores will definitely enjoy what this site has to offer. Everything is free to play and can be enjoyed directly from the browser. You can enjoy it anytime and anywhere you go for as long as you are connected to the internet. The puzzle games are not just entertaining but also educational which is why this site is perfect for a family bonding.


Saturday, December 11, 2021

Filipino Bloggers Network holds 10th Annual Thanksgiving Party

It was a decade ago when the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active Philippine-Based community of bloggers and influencers in the country, held its first-ever Thanksgiving Party in a hotel in Quezon City.


This coming December 12, FBN will hold its 10th Annual Thanksgiving Party virtually to reacquaint with fellow members around the country and reminisce 120 months of challenges and cheers; 3,650 days of networking; countless stories and priceless memories.        

Although the gathering will still be online just like last year, FBN members anticipate the annual get-together as an opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old pals they have not seen for a while, not to mention the chance of winning some exciting prizes from the games and raffle draws. Representatives of different PR groups and brands will also grace the event to personally thank members of the online community who have supported them in the past years.

FBN currently has around 2,000 members across the country and abroad and continues to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers to interact with other members, even those based overseas. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from several brands are co-admins Divine Reyes, Richard Mamuyac and Lariza Garcia. 

This year’s celebration is supported by the following generous sponsors:

BRANDS
PR PARTNERS
BLOG SPONSORS
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC SERVANTS: 
  • Rep. Eric Yap, ACT-CIS partylist 
  • Rep. Joey Salceda, 2nd District of Albay 
  • Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento, 1st District of Samar 
  • Rep. Mike Defensor, Anakalusugan partylist 
  • General Guillermo Eleazar 
  • Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte 
  • Deputy Commissioner Randy Escolango, Insurance Commission

With the overflowing support and opportunities that FBN received this year from different companies and even from fellow members this year, the group sees bigger, better and double opportunities and events in 2022!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

HSMA GPSTV presents “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us” Season 2

As travel gradually opens up for tourists, the travel industry is gearing up and has been preparing for the arrival of guests for the past year.  See first hand, the work and smiles behind your favorite Philippine destinations with Kevin Lapeña in his journey and rediscovery of the Pearl of the Orient on Hotel Sales and Marketing Association’s -  Go Philippines Soar High TV (GPSTV) Season 2: Walk and Talk with Us.

Presented by  HSMA, the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB),  get a glimpse of how beautiful and exciting it is to travel once more. GPSTV Season 2 only scratches the surface of what the 140 member hotels and more than 7000 islands the Philippines has to offer. The HSMA together with the rest of the Philippine tourism industry  are hopeful and are ready to welcome the wanderlust travellers who have been cooped up in their home.

Join Kevin’s fun and educational adventures as he travels through your favorite local destinations. Catch new spots you’ve never heard of before, hear the stories and get a taste of the rich culture every location has in store. Let GPSTV serve as your guide for your next adventure so you can learn how to Go Safe before you Go Travel. In support of the show’s mantra to #GoSafeGoTravel,  the HSMA member-properties are almost at 100% vaccination of its 15,000 personnel against coronavirus and are ready to open doors to guests

Journey through the streets of Manila, rediscover the colorful Chinese-Filipino culture in Binondo. Get a taste of what it’s like to live in 18th century Manila in Intramuros through its classic cuisine. Experience a different dining experience in the Entertainment City. Find yourself an urban cocoon as you hustle with “work from hotel” and extended business stay hotels, in and around the metro. Go down south to Tagaytay and breathe a bit to enjoy the fresh air of the mountains and lush sceneries along Taal Volcano. If you’re feeling grand, fly to Cebu to catch the waves, what more can you ask for? Sun, Sand, Sea, and Seafood! Filled with culture, friendly people, delicious food, it really is more fun In the Philippines.

See more of Hotel Lucky Chinatown, The Bayleaf Intramuros, Nobu Hotel, Manila Marriott Hotel, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Quest Hotel Tagaytay,  Quest Hotel & Conference Center - Cebu, and Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort on this season’s  mix of cultural adventures, leisure and business travels. With HSMA’s 140 partner hotels and resorts, there is definitely a wide range of options for every traveller’s needs. 
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Go explore with us and travel the Philippines again, it has been waiting for you. But before you go on your next adventure, being prepared always goes a long way. Plan your trip, follow all necessary public health protocols, and keep yourselves updated. For everyone to enjoy a worry-free travel experience, always remember to Go Safe before you Go Travel. Go Philippines Soar High! Mabuhay! 

Catch HSMA’s GPSTV Season 2 on CNN Philippines on Saturday, December 11 at 7PM and Sunday, December 12 at 9AM (REPLAY).  Catch us also on Facebook and Youtube @GPSTVOfficialPH for our bite-sized episodes and the latest on domestic travel.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

New holiday video captures ChristmaSaya celebration at SM


There is nothing quite like the joy that the Christmas season brings! And SM is spreading even more good vibes and Christmas cheer as it unveils its newest holiday video, Ngayong Pasko, ChristmaSaya sa SM, which you can watch here.

The 45-second heartwarming video, which aptly plays a re-arranged rendition of the Boyfriends’ iconic "Sumayaw, Sumunod," shows split screens of families and friends happily celebrating, dining, or shopping from home via the SM Malls Online app or at SM malls, signaling that we now have many safe options to enjoy the holidays this year.

As quarantine restrictions have eased, SM malls are ready to welcome us back with safety measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being. As one of the first establishments to acquire the Safety Seal in all its malls nationwide, SM ensures that all its malls are regularly cleaned and sanitized. All SM employees are fully vaccinated and all health protocols of the IATF and the LGUs are strictly implemented for everyone’s safety.

For many of us who missed the incomparable taste of piping hot specialty dishes such as ramen or paella when dining out, SM’s new video shows us that, with social distancing measures in place, one can safely dine at one’s favorite restaurants, indoor or al fresco. This is also the perfect time to Christmas shop for those high value gifts that are best bought in mall, such as gadgets and phones at Cyberzone where a salesperson can explain the latest hi-tech features to you, smart appliances that require a personal tutorial and – last but not least- shoes! One is never sure what shoes online would look like when they are delivered, while a trip to an SM Mall offers an endless variety of choices you can try on for that perfect comfort fit.

If you opt to stay at home this season, SM’s ChristmaSaya video shows you can complete our gift list from home through the SM Store Gift Registry and the SM Malls Online app. It’s easy! Just ask family and friends to register via The SM Store Gift Registry (https://www.thesmstore.com/pages/gift-registry) and come up with their wishlists which can be shared through SMS, Viber, Facebook, or email. Plus, it comes with exclusive perks such as free delivery and free wrapping of gifts. You can take the kids with you to pick the gifts up at the curbside, too.

So, whether you’re celebrating Christmas from home or getting into the festive spirit by marveling at the dazzling decor at the malls, joyfully embrace the season and have a festive celebration with your loved ones, as SM’s new video happily sings: Sumayaw, sumunod ka sa indak ng panahon, makisama, mag enjoy ka ngayon!

SM implements strict #SafeMallingAtSM protocols nationwide and offers an equally convenient online shopping option with the SM Malls Online app on Google Play or App Store. To know more, visit www.smsupermalls.com and follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts.