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DINA DELA PAZ-STALDER, AWARDED AS MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA IN THE WORLD

Another Filipina is awarded in the 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA IN THE WORLD.
Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, a skincare expert, was awarded with this prestigious recognition, specifically in the Founder and Pioneer Category (Global FWN100 Award) in Toronto, Canada on October 27, 2017, by Filipino Women’s Network. She was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.
The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 Filipino women who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace. It distinguishes them for their outstanding work in their respective fields, and further recognizes them for their achievement and contributions to society. Dina Dela Paz-Stalder’s award and global recognition is another evidence of Filipino pride as she proves that Filipinos are also global leaders in terms of skincare innovations and extraordinary leadership.
Started from just a small steel pot for skincare formulations, she now owns and leads the Stalder Group of Companies which includes Stalder Laboratories Incorporation (a cGMP-certified, Halal-certified and FDA-approved manufacturing plant located in San Pablo, Laguna), the BCP Dermatological Corporation (the marketing arm), and the Diana Stalder Face, Body, Skincare Center (formerly known as Dermaline Facial Center).
Aside from being an entrepreneur, Dela Paz-Stalder is a strong advocate for causes such as the environment and community development.
For community development, it would have been easier to build a factory in an industrial zone, but as a farmer’s daughter, the grit and determination that served her well in business is something she applies equally to her advocacies. So she opted instead to empower her town mates, and give back to her hometown. As far as environment is concerned, at all levels of production, she is adamant about waste segregation and sludge/water recycling. Working with the Mother Earth foundation, the community has also produced malunggay tea, mushrooms, and green charcoal. With this, Dela Paz-Stalder was recognized with a blue ribbon award from the Laguna Lake Development Authority, an honor bestowed upon environmentally responsible businesses.
“I feel overwhelmed with this recognition, as I did not expect to be given this prestigious award.. Being one of the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award: Founder & Pioneer gives me the opportunity to show my capability as a Filipino and as a woman in inspiring business entrepreneurs. Now, I am more motivated to encourage more people with my story – from my humble beginnings to the dazzling height of success. May we all continue to work together, nurture and empower this unique group, FWN,” said Dela Paz-Stalder.
From left to right: Diana Stalder; Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves, FWN Board Secretary; Foreign Trade Service Corps Assistant Secretary Maria Roseni Alvero, FWN Policy Committee; President & CEO of Stalder Group of Companies Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, the FWN 100 Most Influential Filipina Awardee for Founder and Pioneer Category; and DTI Undersecretary for Industry Promotion Group Nora Terrado
President & CEO of Stalder Group of Companies Dina dela Paz-Stalder

From left to right: Hon Thelma Boac, Global FWN100 Awards Trustee; Susie Quesada, FWN President; Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves, FWN Board Secretary; President & CEO of Stalder Group of Companies Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, the FWN 100 Most Influential Filipina Awardee for Founder and Pioneer Category; Hon. Marilyn Mondejar, FWN Founder and CEO; Maria Beebe, Ph.D, FWN Board Chair

FWN awardees world wide

Authentic Tonkatsu experience at Katsu Sora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filipinos have a big appetite for Japanese food including tonkatsu, a breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet. Taking this delectable dish to new heights is Katsu Sora, home of premium Tonkatsu and Japanese dishes, with its panache that promises authentic Japanese dining.

Derived from Japanese terms Katsu, which is short for tonkatsu and Sora,” which means sky, Katsu Sora is dedicated to offering only the highest quality tonkatsu and a host of other Japanese dishes. This goes with a salad bar where diners can enjoy a wide range of healthy greens and fruits, among others, delivering a satisfactory experience in a class of its own.

Katsu Soras four kinds of world-class pork

Katsu Sora takes pride in four kinds of world-class pork. One of which is the Iberico Pork, a highly coveted pork imported from Spain and comes from the family of black Iberico pigs. With a meat that has butter-like texture and is rich in Oleic acid that raises good cholesterol and helps lower bad cholesterol, customers are in for an exceptional and healthy Japanese treat.

Katsu Sora also offers Shimofuri Pork, yet again originating from Spain and comes from a pure line of Duroc. Called the Black Angus” of pork, it has a high percentage of marbling that results in a tender and flavorful meat.

Dubbed as the Wagyu of pork, Kurobuta pork is known for its melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Savor the taste of a meat that comes from a line of heritage pigs called Berkshire, which is bred in Kogoshima, Japan.
Authentic Tonkatsu experience at Katsu Sora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not the least, Katsu Sora serves Sakura Pork, a grain-fed pork from Canada specially bred for the distinct Japanese taste buds. Fed with barley, it has a lighter color and a firmer texture. Its meat is moist with a mild flavor and a clean finish that will surely excite the taste buds of Katsu Sora diners. Salads, dressings, and a wide selection of good food

What makes Katsu Sora more unique is that it gives its customers free reign in choosing their rice, soup, and ingredients to create their own salad. Imagine the infinite number of combinations that you can make with each visit, making your dining experience more amazing.

With an unlimited refill at the salad buffet bar for all sets, you can choose from different kinds of greens and ingredients. This includes Romaine Lettuce, cucumbers, shredded cabbage, broccoli, fresh fruits in season, white onions, fresh tomatoes, corn and cherry tomatoes, to name a few. Katsu Soras delicious potato salad and tasty pumpkin salad are popular among patrons. As for the dressing, you can choose from up to 12 options such as Soy Sesame dressing, Grated Onion dressing and Wasabi Creamy Dressing.

Pair your favorite Katsu Sora set with a hearty serving of either Awase Miso or Shin-su Shiro Miso soup. Forget guilty pleasures as Katsu Sora serves brown rice for those who are health conscious.

If youre not up for pork, though, try one of the chicken katsu or seafood sets. Light meals such as Katsu Sandwich, Menchi Katsu Burger, and Ebi Tempura are also served. Katsu Sora also offers a la carte dishes like kaarage, edamame, tempura, chahan and yakisoba.

Dine at Katsu Sora to satisfy your cravings for authentic and unique Japanese cuisine. Visit any of the Katsu Sora branches at SM City BF in Paranaque City, TriNoma Mall in Quezon City, Glorietta 4 in Makati, Promenade Greenhills in San Juan City, Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City, Ayala Malls Serin, The District in Tagaytay City, Solenad in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, SM Clark in Pampanga or SM Pampanga. For more information, visit http://katsusora.com/.

AXA Myambition

AXA Philippines has launched MyAmbition,
an affordable investment and life insurance plan that you can avail of online.

Today’s young professionals are ambitious and often on-the-go. They work hard and at the same time want to pursue their own passions. As they focus on their careers, they want to maintain a work-life balance, and ensure that they are also preparing for their ultimate ambitions. Some would want to travel around the world, have their own business, or pursue a pricey hobby like golf or scuba diving.

Recognizing the need for investment and protection of today’s discerning consumers, AXA has launched MyAmbition, an affordable investment and life insurance plan that you can avail of online. Designed with your busy lifestyle in mind, the convenience of availing of an investment product with just a few clicks gives you an attractive option to help fulfill your ambitions in life.

MyAmbition can be availed of with a one-time investment that starts at onty P50,000, a great opportunity to put that 13th month bonus or extra savings to better use. You can also invest up to a maximum of P125,000. The funds are professionally-managed by the AXA group to give you security and peace of
mind.

MyAmbition gives you a range of options to suit your risk profile and financial goals. There’s an investment fund for conservative investors, a balanced fund for those who have a moderate appetite for risk, and an aggressive growth fund for those who want to maximize the potential of their investments.

Application is easy. Just visit http://www.axa.com.ph, and click on MyAmbition. You can assess your investment profile, pick an investment portfolio, and pay for the policy with your credit card. Debit card and other online paymment options are also available.

“Our innovative digital solutions address the unique demands of digital natives. You can avail of MyAmbition through our e-commerce site. You can also download MyAXA, the mobile app that allows our clients to access policy information anytime, anywhere.” says Rahul Hora, President and CEO of AXA
Philippines.

On top ofthese benefits and conveniences, MyAmbition gives you life insurance coverage of 125% of the single premium or the Account value, whichever is higher. Should you choose to keep your funds longer, you can receive a Loyalty Bonus of 5% of the average account value to be paid on the 10th and 20th year.

“We understand the needs of today’s professionals. MyAmbition takes their lifestyle needs into consideration it is affordable, available online, easy to purchase, can meet various investment considerations, and is payable via a credit card. MyAmbition’s combined offering of affordability, convenience, and flexibility will definitely help young and mature Filipino professionals achieve their financial goals and fulfill their ambitions,” adds AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Amor Balagtas.

ABOUT THE AXA GROUP
The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 166,000 employees serving 107 million clients in 64 countries. in 2016, IFRS revenue amounted to Euro 100.2 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.7 billion. AXA had Euro 1,429 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016.

The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker s symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 Bloomberg: CS FP -Reuters: AXAF. PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY.

The AXA Group is included in the main international SRl indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.
It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance initiative (UNEP FI).Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.

ABOUT AXA PHILIPPINES
AXA Philippines is a joint venture between the AXA Group and the Metrobank Group, one of the country’s largest financial conglomerates. AXA Phlippines is 2nd leading life Insurance company in the country, with P21.6 billion in gross premium income reported in 2016, and over 811,000 customers protected under various individual and group life insurance products.

Most recently, AXA Philippines announced its entry into the non-life insurance business with the acquisition of Charter Ping-An, the 5th largest non-life insurance company in the Philippines.

AXA Philippines recently launched Retire Smart, an investment and insurance plan

AXA Philippines helps Filipinos become retirement-ready. AXA Philippines recently launched Retire Smart, an investment and insurance plan, which helps Filipinos build a future fund for retirement. The cruise-themed event featured fun-filled activities designed to have guests imagine an enjoyable retirement. A panel of distinguished speakers in different life stages were invited to talk about their thoughts, plans, and tips for retirement.                 AXA Philippines wealth management segment director Tony Isidro; AXA Philippines president and CEO Rahul Hora; Happy Skin Cosmetics founder Jacqueline Yuengtian Gutierrez; entrepreneur and former broadcast executive Jose Ramon “Monchet” Olivez; Sarsa and Kafe Batwan Chef JP Anglo; columnist, author, and former advertising executive Barbara Gonzalez; and AXA Philippines chief customer officer Amor Balagtas

Experience the Power Mac Center Spotlight

The Next Big Thing
Power Mac Center Spotlight presents Romantic Restored Films from all Decades

If you’re looking for a unique entertainment experience, look no further than Circuit Makati. The renowned entertainment district, known for hosting most of the country’s biggest concerts and events has now partnered with ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula to introduce a one-of-a-kind film night– Spotlight Movie Box, a movie experience for avid fans of Philippine cinema.

Last October 14 to 15, romantic movie fans get to enjoy their favorite local cult hits at the Power Mac Center Spotlight for an exclusive movie-marathon featuring romantic classics like Nasaan Ka Man, Got2Believe, Forevermore, and One More Chance.

Power Mac Center Spotlight, is an intimate and flexible performance venue designed to offer one-of-a-kind experience for audiences.

“We’ve rounded up these all-time romantic films for a one-off movie screening inside the Power Mac Center Spotlight—a venue known mostly for hosting theater performances, and have now converted into a cinema house just for the occasion,” explains Mel Ignacio, Assistant Vice President of Ayala Land “Our intent is to show the versatility and possibilities that our venue could offer.”

One More Chance, directed by Cathy Garcia Molina stars John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonza, Derek Ramsay and Maja Salvador and tells the story of a long time couple who go on their separate ways but is given a second chance at love. Got 2 Believe is a classic 00s hit starring Claudine Baretto and Rico Yan, which tells the story of a cynical photographer who meets a wedding planner who changes his mind about the idea of ‘happily ever after.’ Forevermore, starring Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa tells the romantic story of a young engineer who returns to his hometown where a woman who has been in-love with him since childhood is given a chance to spark a romance. And Nasaan Ka Man, a romantic thriller with stellar performances from Claudine Baretto and and Jericho Rosales.                                                     There’s definitely a lot to look forward to in Circuit Makati in the coming months. Whether you’re an avid movie-goer, a fan of Philippine cinema or simply out to exploring hidden gems of the city’s premier entertainment district.
For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit http://www.circuitmakati.com or like and follow Circuit Makati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For inquiries in leasing the Power Mac Center Spotlight, email bernabe.mia@circuitmakati.com

Ayala Land is the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates, offering a diverse mix of properties such as residential, retail, office, hotels, and leisure developments, that support local economic growth and nation-building. The company was established in 1988 as the real estate arm of Ayala Corporation, a pioneer conglomerate and builder of the country’s premier financial and commercial district, now known as Makati Central Business District and Ayala Center. Today, Ayala Land has a total of 23 sustainable estates and is present in 55 key growth centers nationwide. It has five residential brands, namely Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, Avida, Amaia, and BellaVita, which deliver quality homes to a broad segment of the housing market. Its commercial

F1 Hotel Manila Appoints Angelo Timban as Executive Chef

F1 Hotel Manila Appoints Angelo Timban as Executive Chef

An award-winning chef, emblazoned with his admirable skills & great knowledge in culinary, is now hailed as F1 Hotel Manila’s new executive chef, Angelo Chubby Timban. Chef Angelo, earned his magnificent skills from some of the industry’s largest names, such as Resorts World Manila, Discovery Suites, Shangri-La Boracay, Traders Hotel, and Manila Pavilion. With his astonishing experience, he is now more than prepared to showcase his marevelous talent in the central business district of the metro, Bonifacio Global City.

Formally appointed as the Executive Chef of F1 Hotel Manila, Chef Angelo will lead all the hotel’s kitchen operations, from F All-Day Dining (the hotel’s main restaurant), Canary Lounge (the hotel’s bar), and to all the banquet and social events. Chef Angelo has been exposed to culinary competitions and exhibitions for years, which makes him accustomed to bag awards as a product of his amazing skills. In accordance to this, Chef Angelo participated the World Food Expo from 2003 upto 2010. He also snatched the golden award for Philippine Culinary Cup 2014, and continued to gain honors in National Food Showdown 2014 as Silver Awardee for Chefs War Regional, not mentioning all the awards he gained years prior.

Aside from his talents in culinary, Chef Angelo takes out his time to other activities. Who would have known that a tough-looking guy like him is fond of Bonsai culturing? No doubt Chef Angelo has incorporated his creativity in cooking with bonsai breeding, which reflects to his great perspective in arts.

F1 Hotel Manila shall expect more delightful and flavorful dining experience as Chef Angelo takes on to local and international cuisine, with a modern twist on the country’s gastronomic traditions. Some of Chef Angelo’s signature recipes are Prawns with Charred Leek Mousse, Shitake Mushroom Gratin, Ika Sumi Maki, and more selection of dishes to look forward to.

Experience this whole new culinary adventure with Chef Angelo Chubby Timban by visiting F1 Hotel Manila. For inquiries, call 908-7888 or visit f1hotelmanila.com.

 

Nailaholics Celebrate #NationalPamperingDay Again

Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day
#NationalPamperingDay
When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM. Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Grab this once a year Visit http://www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.
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Nailaholics is an urban destination that offers its customers an escape from the daily grind through its exceptional interiors and exceptional pampering service. It currently has more than 50 branches nationwide, including in Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

LTO Temporary Offsite Printing Office opens here at SM Marikina

LAUNCHING OF THE OFFSITE PRINTING OF 5YVC

Good news to all Marikenos, LTO just opened a new Satellite office inside SM Marikina Mall.  It will cater the printing of license Card.  The implementation of the Five Year Validity License Card, by LTO NCR employees as the “5YVC” started last 10 October 2016 with the issuance of the Administrative Order No. 2016-034, re: Rules and Regulations Providing for a Five-Year Validity Driver’s Licenses and Conductor’s Licenses. This in in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 10930, amending provisions of RA 4136 otherwise known as Land Transportation and Traffic Code, particularly Section 23.

From October 10, 2016 to August 28, 2017, we have accumulated 3.6 million drivers and conductor’s licenses issued with the so called paper licenses” or
the Official Receipts (OR) used as license while the procurement and development of the system for the issuance of 5YVC is ongoing. Of the 3.6M backlog or paper licenses, 1.2M come from LTO-NCR.

The 5YVC is superior compared to the licenses issued in the past. It is laser – engraved in polycarbonate material, which is more durable and hard to copy. The security features are enhanced consisting of biometric features under the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to ensure uniqueness every card produced and added information to complete the the necessary personal details of the licensee such as the blood type, the holder options to be or not be an organ donor and the person to be notified in case of emergency including the contact numbers.

The roll out of the 5YVC was on August 29, 2017. The enthusiasm of claimants reaulted to the influx of people in all 39 licensing units in NNCR. Some have to wait for hours to get their plastic cards.

To remedy this aituation, LTO NCR in cooperation with SM malls will open LTO kiosks in 6 malls in SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Southmall, SM Cherry Supermarket, specifically dedicated to printing/ distribution of the DL cards with 5 year validity. Negotiation with other mall owners is ongoing to open more LTO kiosks to address the backlog operation.

On 6 October 2017, two offsite kiosk located at the NCR Araneta Avenue and at SM Marikina will be launched.

Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Gavante, LTO Chief, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the management of SM Malls for providing LTO free spaces for offsite printing of Driver’e Licencs card with 5-year validity.

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LTO DRIVER’S LICENSE BACKLOG PRINTING
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) implemented the 5-year validity driver’s license card starting
October 2016 in response to the call of President Duterte to lengthen the validity period for convenience of the public. However, the availabillty of the cards was delayed, thus, acumulating backlog printing of Over 5 miltion nationwide, For National Capital Region (NCR), the backlog reached i millon cards.

In its desire to provide promote issuance of the driver’s license cards to those who have already applied but without license cards yet, SM Supermall” assistance was sought to provide a Temporary Offsite Printiing Office iin selected malls from October to December 2017. The following malls are identifed to provide the service: SM Marikina, SM Southmall, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, SM Manila and Cherry Shaw.

The LTO Temporary Offsite Printing Office at SM Marikina will be launched on October 6, 2017; opening of the LTO Temporary Offsite Printing Office in other malls will follow LTO officials who will grace the Events are: Chief/Assistant Sec. Edgar Galvante, Executive Director Atty Romeo Vera Cruz, NCR Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto and other NCR District Officers. Ms. Annie Garcia, President of
SM Supermalls will l likewise attend the launching. Alsoinvited to the launch are Mayor Marcelino Teodoro and Vice-Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz.

Simultaneous with the iaunch of the Temporary Offsite Printing Office, a MOA signing between SM Prime Holdings, inc. and tand Transportation Office will take place at SM Marikina.

STAR WARS: FORCE FRIDAY II AT THE SM MALL OF ASIA

STAR WARS: FORCE FRIDAY II AT THE SM MALL OF ASIA

The Star Wars Force Friday II event was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia atrium. The event marked the global launch of merchandise from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which saw excited Star Wars fans of all ages present to be among the first in the Philippines to get their hands on the products. This global launch event was held simultaneously in different countries and cities.
Toy Kingdom in partnership with The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) unveiled toys and merchandise from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars fans had the rare opportunity to get a first look at the newest line of toys and collectibles, while toy collectors also had a glimpse of the limited-edition items.

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Aside from the unveiling of the toys, Star Wars enthusiasts enjoyed exciting activities such as the “Jedi” tutorial.
Star Wars: Force Friday II is in its second year, with the first being the 2015 global launch event that simultaneously happened in 12 countries and 15 cities. Star Wars enthusiasts also gathered at SM Mall of Asia at 12 midnight to witness the unveiling of toys and merchandise from the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys and merchandise are now available at all Toy Kingdom Express outlets in The SM Store, as well as Toy Kingdom stores in selected SM Supermalls. Also visit http://www.toykingdom.ph for more updates.

Members of the 501st Legion Philippine Garrison led the unveiling ceremony of the Star Wars Force Friday II at SM Mall of Asia. Force Friday II was held simultaneously in different countries and cities.

The 501st Legion Stormtroopers along with Darth Vader during the Force Friday II event at SM Mall of Asia. During the event, Star Wars fans had the rare opportunity to get a first look at toys and merchandise inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Representatives from Disney Philippines, Toy Kingdom, and Hasbro together with the 501st Legion Stormtroopers and Darth Vader during the Force Friday event.

Star Wars the Black Series Stormtrooper. This 6-inch figure of a Stormtrooper depicts the loyal soldiers in the Star Wars Empire. The figure has premium quality details and comes with a character-inspired accessory.

Little Star Wars fans Elysse German and Zac Caliwan in their Jedi costumes.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Black Series Rey (Jedi Training) Force FX Lightsaber. Train like a Jedi using this lightsaber that is made of real metal hilt. It also has real sound effects and a display stand inside. Now available at Toy Kingdom.

Members of the Philippine Lightsaber Guild Gabriel Salubayba, Lanz Buly and Timothy Salubayba showing their own Lightsaber during the Force Friday II event at SM Mall of Asia.

Lego Star Wars 75529 Elite Praetorian Guard. This 9 inch Elite Praetorian Guard dressed in red armor and highly unique helmet design guards the First Order. It also features a very sturdy design, movable arms and two weapons suited for an intense play.

Members of the “Pinoy Star Wars Kolektors” enjoyed buying their new Star Wars toys during the Force Friday II event.

Lego Star Wars 75187 BB-8. Bring the thrill of Star Wars to your home with this BB-8 droid replica. This 9- inch BB-8 features authentic details, a rotating head and over 1,100 pieces. It also comes with small BB-8 figure and display stand making it perfect for display.

Actress and blogger Saab Magalona together with her husband Jim Bacarro and mother Pia Magalona were spotted during the last Star Wars Force Friday II at the SM Mall of Asia.

Lego Star Wars 75188 Resistance Bomber. This 13 inch Resistance Bomber has a bomb release function, elevating rear guns, and two mini figure front cockpits. This set also comes with six bombs, two spring loaded shooters and five mini figures.

Andrew Villar, a Star Wars fan and collector since 1977, was first in line during the Force Friday event together with his children Ally, Alden and Amos Villar who are also die hard Star Wars fans.
Star Wars BB-9E App-Enabled Droid. Experience the power of droids with this BB-9E that is built with sophisticated technology. Connect this droid in your smart device and watch it patrol around and move his dome.
Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. Connect this BB-8 droid in your device and watch the loyal droid of Poe Dameron move around and execute his independent behavior. This is also built with strong exteriors to endure any battle.
Star Wars R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid. Bring this R2-D2 droid with you and control it as you wish using your smart device. This droid also features functional rear LED lights and integrated speakers.

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY TO SM HOME

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY TO SM HOME

Christmas has come early to SM Home. And the store has been filled with all things merry and bright since early September, giving customers great ideas on how they can bring the joy, love and beauty of Christmas to their homes.
Walking along the SM Home Bridgeway at the fifth level of SM Makati is like entering a Christmas wonderland. Giant nutcracker soldiers greet customers with their fairy tale costumes, leading them to a world of lush holiday trees, jolly Santas, delightful Christmas villages, dazzling lights, bountiful wreaths and garlands.
There are also more than 500 Holiday ornaments to choose from, modern expressions of traditional holiday trimmings have an artisan touch that celebrate all that is creative and classic. With probably the widest assortment of décor in town, SM Home shares with us some tips of how to bring the holidays to our homes.


Classic Charm. Create a cozy and casual holiday living room with classic reds and greens that never go out of style. Add shades of white to create a refreshing theme, and don’t forget a bit of sparkle for added flair. Nutcracker toy soldiers, potted poinsettias and Christmas trees, carousel and candy cane ornaments, show globes, and miniature vintage villages will help showcase a traditional holiday scene at home.
Contemporary Luxe. Metallic shades make an elegant and polished holiday look. Mixing silver and gold – with a touch of antique brass and champagne – into your Christmas design adds warmth to your home, but with a luxurious feel.
Modern Opulence. Deck your halls with rich royal colors – amethyst, sapphire, tourmaline, and citrine – to create and chic and sophisticated holiday look. Make a beautiful and bold statement with glittering Christmas balls, jester mask ornaments, and oversized finial ornaments with ribbons,
Pretty Whimsical. Holiday décor can also be lighthearted and whimsical. Combine pretty pastels – baby blue, creamsicle, cotton candy, and chartreuse- with sweet dessert ornaments – gingerbread, cupcakes, ice cream, and doughnuts – for a playful spin that kids and kids at heart will definitely adore.
The latest Christmas Décor collection is available at the SM Home section at all SM Stores. Also, visit their largest Christmas Décor Display at the SM Home section in SM Makati.

Christmas comes early to SM Home, and walking along the Bridgeway of its SM Makati Store is like entering a Christmas wonderland. It has the largest Christmas collection with more than 500 ornaments to choose from.

Giant Nutcracker soldiers surrounded by Christmas trees greet customers at SM Makati.

These Glittered Santa cones can be used as a table topper or as a greeting near the front door.

Traditional Santa in red and green with plaid accents and loads of charm.

Metallic shades make an elegant and polished holiday look.
Add depth by setting up these décor items in varying heights. These elements can be corralled on one side or can be sprawled along the length of a table.
A hint of gold and silver that can make your table top more glisten and festive. Use a tray to bring these non-holiday items together and keep them in one place.
Create a Luxe Vintage feel with these glittering ornaments.
Jester Masks for a regal, opulent arrangement.
Hang oversized finials over the dinner table to give a chic and sophisticated holiday look.
Use this glittered ball with its perfect combination of hues as your color guide.
This amber-colored snowflake will make a bold and beautiful statement on your tree.
Spark curiosity among your guests with these sugary table toppers that look realistic and almost good enough to eat.
Bring the sweet side of Christmas to your home with these sugary trinkets.
Cheery doughnut and gingerbread ornaments.
A LED Lit Polar Bear display is a nice greeting is a nice greeting near the front door or the foyer.

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