Awaken to Christmas

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PHOTO shows (from left) chief executive officer and president of Ayala Land, Inc. Bobby Dy, founder and managing director of Steps Dance Studio Sofia Zobel-Elizalde, head of Ayala Malls Group Yeng Tupaz, Gary Valenciano, chairman emeritus of Ayala Corporation Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Bambi Mañosa–Tanjutco and Ayala Malls deputy head Mariana Zobel de Ayala.

Ayala Malls takes the Filipino Christmas spirit to amazing heights with its annual festivities.
“As a nation, we have always looked forward to Christmas. At the heart of the Filipino Christmas is love for family, embracing traditions and celebrating togetherness — all these you will feel and experience in different shapes and forms from each and all of our Ayala Malls. We are excited to refresh it up for thousands of families who spend the season with us, and invite everyone to Awaken Amazing Christmas Wonder at Ayala Malls,” says Jennylle Tupaz, head of Ayala Malls Group.

Festive harmony

In the spirit of reigniting the tradition of song and playfulness, Ayala Malls hosts “Awit at Laro,” a project that celebrates music and culture by reintroducing traditional Filipino games to a new generation of youth through music and the arts. The project, the brainchild of Gary Valenciano and Bambi Mañosa, aims to raise funds for Unicef, the Tukod Foundation and the Shining Light Foundation.

The Awit at Laro album features 10 reimagined traditional songs and 10 brand new songs about Filipino games that we’ve loved and perhaps lost in childhood. This Christmas will be the time to experience them again and share them with the younger ones through the uplifting tunes in collaboration with top Filipino composers and singers. There will also be an “Awit at Laro” concert, which will tour 21 malls throughout the country during Christmas season, spreading the joy of music across the Philippines.

Directed by Paolo Valenciano, it will feature Gary Valenciano, Steps Dance Studio and artists from the album, including Kiana Valenciano, Jona, Gab V, Katrina Velarde, Darren Espanto, Lara Maigue, Yeng Constantino, Joey Ayala, RJ Dela Fuente, AC Bonifacio, Daryll Ong and Janella Salvador. The shows began on 3 November and will run until 22 December at Ayala Malls across the country.

Bobby Mañosa’s door artwork entitled “Taguan.”

Acts of generosity

More than about receiving presents, Christmas is about giving. Making more kids happy this holiday season, Ayala Malls launches “Laruang Aguinaldo.” From 3 November to 16 December, participating department stores and toy stores will be selling toys that customers can purchase and donate to Unicef and Kids 4 Kids.

Time-honored traditions

On 3 November, Ayala Malls officially launched the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting, as well as Filipino-inspired décor using vibrant colors and designs reminiscent of indigenous textiles that are also the inspiration for the work of Ayala Corporation chairman emeritus Don Jaime Zobel which is featured at the Greenbelt tunnel every year.

The mall chain will also be offering community shows, cantatas and concerts throughout the holiday season, and, on top of Ayala’s traditional fireworks and light shows, awaken amazing lights of wonder through “A Night of Lights” at the Ayala Malls, a 3D projection mapping in partnership with Panasonic every weekend from 16 November to 23 December at Glorietta, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls Fairview and Ayala Malls Solenad.

Shoppers are invited to end the night with Simbang Gabi and feast on classic delicacies such as bibingka and puto bungbong at the Town Plazas.

Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala’s work for his contribution to the “Awit at Laro Door Charity Art Sale.”

Support for the homegrown

Ayala Malls won the prestigious Gold Award for Cause-Related Marketing for TienDA sa Ayala Malls at the 2018 ICSC Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards, held last 23 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the only mall in the Philippines to win an award, and a gold one at that.
In 2017, Ayala Malls partnered with the Department of Agriculture to bring to life TienDA sa Ayala Malls, a roving farmer’s market that put the much-needed spotlight on Filipino farmers, and gave them the opportunity to sell their produce directly to consumers, without the need for middlemen.

The International Council of Shopping Centers is the premier trade association of the global shopping center industry. The ICSC Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards recognizes excellence within the region’s shopping center industry. Awards are given for outstanding achievement in marketing and design/development of retail properties and retail store design.
As the sole winner from the Philippines for this year’s Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards, Ayala Malls affirms its position as the country’s premier shopping destination, and among the world’s best.

Visit our local farmers at the TienDA at Ayala Malls The 30th on 1 to 2 December.

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