Thursday, December 5, 2019

Taking a step forward at Marikina’s Solemates Connect

the Philippine Shoe Capital Marikina City will be hosting the very first gathering of the creative catalysts and stakeholders of the local shoe industry: Solemates Connect. The engaging forum jumpstarts a collective conversation about the importance of supporting and nurturing the new breed of Filipino footwear makers, designers and entrepreneurs. 

Solemates Connect is a unified effort organized by local co-creation hub for footwear, Zapateria, Marikina City Government and the Philippine Footwear Federation Inc. (PFFI) in partnership with various community partners of the industry. The event will be held at the iconic heritage point, Kapitan Moy Ancestral House, on the 7th of December 2019. 

Unifying creative catalysts for the shoemakers of tomorrow 

Solemates Connect links the new wave of creatives together through its theme: Engaging Today’s Footwear Innovators. Acknowledging the economic and cultural shift of the local shoe industry as well as the growing community of passionate makers from the younger generation, the activity highlights the need to mold the new breed of footwear-based talent pool with innovation and ingenuity with hopes to continue the city’s heritage of shoemaking.

Co-founder of Zapateria, Unyx Sta Ana notes that “there is a need to entice creatives to jump into the world of footwear. The resiliency of this industry is founded upon Fiipino ingenuity. We believe that the next generation can become trailblazers of such a great industry, learning the wisdom and mastery from the earlier generation”. 

The forum will feature a keynote from the father of the host city, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, speaking about his vision for the local shoe industry as well as the on-going development supporting the sector. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez will also serve as a keynote speaker to share his insights and perspectives about the thriving footwear communities. Invited speakers include designer-entrepreneur Zarah Juan, British Council representative Marc Ocampo, Via Venetto president Ging Pajaro and founder of I CAN MAKE SHOES Amanda Overs. Footwear industry leaders will also participate in a variety of panel discussions. 

Creativity beyond footwear

In line with the discussions of passion projects and creativity, Solemates Connect has lined up performers of different art forms. The Marikina Rondalla Club along with the Marikina Dance Guild and Cultural Group will showcase their talents as intermission performers. Local independent band Sugarcane will be premiering their original songs along with a spoken word piece done by Filipino writer Jesh Alberto. Top billing for the event will be Shaira Opsimar and Joshua Bulot of iconic Filipino musical Rak of Aegis.

For more information and how to register, get connected to Solemates Connect by visiting

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New Estancia Wing offers a holiday escape with new offerings

Everyone needs a respite from the pressures of urban living. With the holidays fast approaching, bringing with it a flurry of activity, it becomes doubly necessary to find a place where one can escape to – like the new wing of Estancia Mall.

With the latest branch of the SM Store, the first Ortigas Cinemas, and a well-curated selection of dining and retail shops, the new wing of Estancia is a destination in itself, promising an invigorating experience for everyone. The new wing opens its doors to the public on November 29, 2019, in a celebration graced by celebrity guest Heart Evangelista-Escudero. Also in attendance are President & CEO of Ortigas Land Mr. Jaime E. Ysmael and Atty. Jeron Manzanero, City Administrator, Pasig City.

For sure, the shops at the new wing will delight mall-goers. The SM Store, covering over 13,000 square meters, offers the widest selection of merchandise that one can ever dream of, serving as a one-stop destination for the shopper who wants access to the most popular brands for fashion, personal accessories, gift items, houseware, toys, and everything else.

Movie buffs, on the other hand, will enjoy watching blockbusters from the first ever Ortigas Cinemas, with ultra-comfortable seats, and world-class facilities. With bold golden accents and a hint of class and modernity, it houses a total of 4 regular cinemas and 2 premier cinemas called The Screening Room. Even the snackbar aptly called Reel Bites veers off
the traditional quirky look and instead employs a sparkly look that’s just as modern, blending
seamlessly into the overall glam of the interiors.

All cinemas are equipped with world-class seats to offer comfort that elevates the movie experience. For The Screening Room, seats are extra luxe with plush recliners with adjustable foot and backrests. Truly, these were designed to go beyond style and cater to
movie patrons and provide maximum comfort for the ultimate movie experience that’s truly
distinct to Estancia.

Set to open their doors at the new wing are Chinabank, Johnson Fitness, Pet Express, Sewterrific, The Horologist, Great Image, The Medical City, Miniso, Rock N’ Sole, Motostyle, Philip Stein, Wristshot, Chronos, Luna by Drake Dustin, Devaluchi Joaillerie, Vision Express, Retail Lab, Watsons, Elite Skin Perfection, Ultra Athletics, Young Artist Studio,
Customistation, Empire Golf, Fitness Army, Stylash, Sanbry Men’s Grooming, Affinity Dental, Brow Studio, Barenaked Sugaring Salon, Nailandia, VCF, Luxe Glow, The Color Bar, Noah Wellness Center, Skin Station, World Balance, Mimosa Spa, One Life Studio, Step by Step Performing Arts Studio, Audiophile, Long Live Play, Urban Gadgets, Gameone, Digital
Walker, Latt Liv, Gotcha, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and Gizmo Central.

Dining outlets at the new wing include Sigekiya Ramen, Hot Pot Session, Pho Hoa, My Thai
Kitchen, Chatime, Dekada, Buca Di Beppo, Café Dulcinea, Happy Lemon, Boteyju Bar, Paper Moon Café, Annabel Lee Café, Tuan Tuan, James and Daughters, Starbucks Reserve, Scout’s Honor, Tokyo Milk Cheese Café, Versus Barcade, OneZo Tapioca, 101 Sandwich, Roti Shop, Crisostomo, Red House Shabu Shabu, Super Café, Macao Imperial Tea, Sbarro, Earl of Sandwich, Naughty Nachos, Wu’s Kitchen, Blue Wonder Coffee, Agave Mexican Grill, J&G Fried Chicken, Gongcha, Hanako, Papa Diddi’s, Torch and Twenty Four

“We are confident that the Estancia expansion will elevate the retail shopping experience of Filipinos, especially nearby residents. We have lined up activities as well to ensure that they could enjoy Christmas festivities in the conveniences of Estancia,” said Mr. Ysmael.

Coinciding with the opening of these outlets is the roll-out of exciting activities throughout December. Running until February is the Holiday Feast with Treats, a partnership with Mastercard and Zomato, which entitles diners to special perks and privileges for every P2,000 spend using their Mastercard debit, credit, and prepaid card in participating restaurants.

Other holiday highlights are the special performance by the Philippine Ballet Theatre of The Nutcracker on December 1; a Toy Festival from December 2 to 6; the MIIS Kids Can Bazaar on December 7; and the MissDi x Jeffrey Rogador Fashion Show on December 8. There will also be Santa Meet and Greet and fireworks every Saturday of December.

For those who want self-development opportunities, there will be a Holiday Craft Festival from December 9 to 13; the Belle de Jour 2020 Power Planner launch on December 14; a Konmari Talk on December 15; and a Coffee + Planner Festival from December 16 to 22.

In keeping with Filipino tradition, Estancia will hold the Simbang Gabi from December 15-23. This will be followed by a joyous Christmas Carol performance from December 23 to 25 that will bring everyone into the spirit of the season.

For sure, Christmas will be extra memorable at Estancia, with its expertly curated offering of
fashion, dining, wellness, neighborhood services, and entertainment. 

For more information,
please visit or check out Estancia’s social media pages: |

Monday, December 2, 2019

Aiko Melendez is now the official Ambassador of F2N Theobroma Superfood

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