Spooky Fun at SM City San Pablo’s Halloween Celebration

Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults. (www.history.com)

As Halloween rolls around, the time has come once again for the young and old to shop for costumes, dress up, and have some spooktacular fun. If you and your kids are planning on spending Halloween at SM City San Pablo here are a few activities you might want to check out.

There will be a Halloween Costume contest for both kids and adults. The best in Halloween costume will have a chance to win 5k worth of shopping money. There will also be a zombie attack version 2.0 where shoppers can feel the Halloween vibe by having selfie with walking zombies. They can surely shop and run as fast as they can! So see you on October 31, 2015 and lets all have fun only at SM City San Pablo! (nwr)

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San Pableño’s benefitted from SM Foundation’s Medical and Health Mission

Around 600 beneficiaries from San Pablo City gathered at SM City San Pablo for medical and dental assistance from SM Foundation’s medical mission last October 14, 2015.

Patients availed of free medical services through SM Foundation’s mobile clinic. These included 50 patients who underwent dental extractions, 42 for x-ray exams and. 27 for ECG. They were also given free snack from Mi Goreng Noodles while waiting for their turn in the consultation area.

Most of the kids received immediate medical care and were given appropriate antibiotics and medication. The kids also received educational toys and popcorn from Chummy Chum, SM Foundation’s medical mission program partner.

SM City San Pablo partnered with the City Health of San Pablo , Provincial Health Office of Laguna, San Pablo Doctors Medical Society, Philippine Red Cross San Pablo Chapter for this years’ the Medical Mission. They have showed tremendous support thus making this event a success. KFC also supported the event by being the official food for the volunteers.

Since 2001, SM Foundation has conducted medical missions that have brought a wide-range of medical services to communities nationwide, especially to those in far-flung areas, through its mobile clinics. At the core of SM Foundation’s health advocacy is the aim to provide a wide-range of medical and dental services to target beneficiaries. Since 2001, SM Foundation has brought these services to marginalized communities through its medical missions and its Felicidad T. Sy Wellness Program. (NWR)

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Seniors’ Day at SM City San Pablo highlights “Oldietorium” Vintage Collection Exhibit

As a sequel to the recently concluded “Grandparents Week” celebration, the SM Cares Senior Citizens Program recently launched “Oldietorium’’ at SM City San Pablo which featured vintage pieces to show the younger generation on how things were done before.

The SM Cares Senior Citizens Program takes on projects that not only recognize the elderly’s vast contribution to their families and the nation but alleviate their stature as important members of society. Danny Chavez Director for SM Cares Program for Senior Citizens said it is the company’s commitment that its deeply rooted values care for the elderly which is consistent with SM’s thrust of being a mall for all.

The antiques on display are from Edgardo Gamo Jr. and Mylen Valena Collections and from Sulyap Gallery Café. Mr. Ed Gamo Jr. started his collection 7-8 years ago. He started collecting small items then as time goes by, he begun collecting vintage items on all genres from religious, military to glassware, furnitures to toys as long as its pleasing to his eyes. Ed Gamo jr. is also a painter and a photographer and maintains an antique shop up to this day in M. Leonor San Pablo City with his partner Mylen Valena.

As for the Collection of Sulyap Gallery Café, Mr. Roy Empalmado and Mr. Arthur Reyes’s collection of antiques started way back on the year 1985. Both collectors share the same passion of collecting the same antique pieces; both are into collecting Philippine antiques. Arthur, a pioneer collector is fascinated in Santo’s (religious icons) from century old wooden crafted Santo’s to Ivory Santo’s. Roy on the other hand is captivated by wooden primitive furnitures. Their combined wide assortment of antiques resulted in a vast collection of Philippine antiques that ever existed in the province of Laguna. From the primitive era to art nouveau, art deco, and neo classic designs, the museum reveals the historical values of the Philippine arts and antiques presented in the most visually stimulating approach.

SM City San Pablo is truly thankful to have such strong and supportive community partners who shares the same goal in highlighting the seniors. The event launched was also attended by the Osca Pamana Senior Citizen’s President Ms. Belen Dionela. (nwr)Oldietorium1

The Best Halo Halo in town -Razon’s of Gua gua is now Open in SM City San Pablo.

Known for their delectable halo-halo and Filipino comfort food, Razon’s of Guagua is now open at SM City San Pablo at the second floor, former Food court area.

A brief history OF Razon’s of Gua Gua is that Razon’s store started as a mini-stall or “refreshment parlor” at the Razon residence in L.M. subdivision in Guagua. Due to the simple yet excellent taste of the halo-halo, the store became extremely popular through word-of-mouth. Today, they have no less than 60 branches all over Luzon and their 60th branch here at San Pablo City.

“How can a simple mix of sun-ripened banana (saging na saba), shredded macapuno, and leche plan with dayap rind taste so good?! It is as if they are blended into perfection that their sweetness does not overpower one another and the its taste is not boringly sweet. There is something with the mix of the ingredients, milk, and shaved ice that makes this the best halo-halo in town. Indeed, it is simple but excellent in taste!” (Excerpt from http://www.anotsopopularkid.com/2013/07/razons-halo-halo.html)

All in all SM City San Pablo is happy to share that Razon’s of Gua Gua is now accessible to san pablenos.

They also take pride with their Pancit LugLug, All Day Breakfast, Kapampangan specialties, and merienda combos like ensaymada, sylnavas, homeburger and many more. So what are you waiting for, Come and visit SM City San Pablo! (nwr)Razons of Guagua-1024


The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) in partnership with the Department of Education, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and SM Supermalls recently had the 3nd National Letter Writing Day with this years’ theme “Dear next president” following the announcement of three Presidential candidates for the May 2016 national election. The nationwide letter-writing campaign is said to be participated by about 50,000 students in celebration of the “World Post Day” held last October 09 at selected SM Supermall branches all over the country.

World Post Day is celebrated every 9th of October annually, to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital of Berne. Its main purpose is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries.

PHLPost’s primary activity to celebrate this day is the National letterwriting Day (NLWD) with the theme “Dear Next President”, which is expected to provide a venue for the Filipino youth to express themselves by engaging in letter writing activities that will not just communicate but touch lives.

“With the 2016 election fast shaping up, we would like to encourage the youth, though they are not yet eligible to participate in the electoral process, to express his or her thoughts and hopes for the next president of the country through a letter,” Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz said.

PHLPost will compile all the letters and hopefully, will be able to present this to the next elected president of the Philippines. Together with thousands of participating youth, the corporation further hopes that the president will take time to look and consider the ideals and recommendations embodied in their letters.

Here in SM City San Pablo , around 265 students from Laguna College, Canossa college, San Pablo Colleges and SPC National Highschool actively participated. Ms. Odith Cadano, Senior Marketing Specialists of Philpost Region 4 said that their forefront advocacy is to revive the art of letter writing by having events like this. PHLPost officials continue to believe that nothing else cultivates romance, nurtures friendship, or helps one stay connected like a hand-written card or letter received at the post office. (nwr)

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SM City San Pablo’s United Nations’ Day Celebration

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The month of October marks the declaration of friendship and partnership of nations united with a mission to preserve peace and advance justice in the world – the founding of the United Nations.

Celebrated across the globe, countries commemorate the special day in their own creative ways. Here in the Philippines, United Nations’ Day is celebrated through a showcase of colourful flags, nationalistic costumes and synergy of cultures. Let us remember the day of peace and celebrate oneness on U.N. Day happening this October 23, 2015 only at SM City San Pablo.

This is a perfect opportunity to teach children about different cultures and get them familiar with the national costumes of various countries. SM Supermalls will hold a contest among public and private schools for the best national costume. The contest is open to students from nursery to kindergarten and one boy and one girl will receive the Best in Costume Award.  The school that has the most number of students will be awarded with spectacular prizes.

What else can signify U.N. Day other than colourful national costumes from around the globe? Feast your eyes on a vibrant centerpiece of SM City San Pablo highlighting the kid in Filipino costume in pabebe wave. See you at SM City San Pablo as we celebrate United Nations’ Day! (NWR)