Watch your Favorite Disney Stars LIVE in Disney On Ice

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You have read about our excitement to watch 2015 Disney on Ice. By now, I am sure you would have known why watching Disney on Ice has become part of our Christmas traditions. Of course, my kids have been rooting for different Disney characters each year. All the rave still go to the Frozen cast, Princesses Elsa and Anna. My boys have all the lines memorized for Kristoff and Olaf!

Kids are ecstatic when they realized that the touring show that enchanted audiences from across the globe is back with yet again another exciting run of Disney On Ice at the Big Dome.

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Starting December 25 until January 3, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will feature magical moments from across the kingdom with a superstar lineup of Disney royalty.

See your favorite Disney characters from The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and for the first time ever – the Academy Award® winning and number one animated film of all time Frozen.

“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

Expect a spectacular production filled with adventurous and comical segments shared by well-loved Disney princesses Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and never-before-seen characters Anna and Elsa!

“We are taking a fresh new spin on how we’re presenting the Disney stories. We are weaving together the four worlds of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel as they each embark on their own epic journey,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

Sing and dance to popular Disney tunes with interactive and playful segments for kids to be led by Disney superstars Mickey and Minnie.

Also join Anna as she fearlessly sets off on an epic journey, together with Kristoff and reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in perpetual winter.

Dazzling costume designs, spectacular set elements, and jaw-dropping stunts are also what make this year’s show even more exhilarating.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

Moreover, lighting plays a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel.

“The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival features an astounding display of creativity and talent, with spellbinding Disney stories we have all come to enjoy and love! Buy your tickets early and visit TicketNet website or call 911-5555 for more details.

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What could the Filipino Online Christmas Shopper Buy Next?

rsz_1mbp_pinkMANILA, PHILIPPINES – The overflowing number of products out in the market makes it almost impossible for Filipinos today to decide what the best ones to buy are. Now that the Christmas season is fast approaching, every consumer is faced with a streamline of options from the latest electronics, stylish clothing, fast moving consumer goods, and even in demand sensational items.

Lazada, the Philippines’ One Stop Shopping and Selling Destination, knows the trendiest products out there to be enjoyed by consumers online. In a study conducted by Lazada, Bluetooth watches, GoPro action cameras, laptops, drones and smartphones ranked as the top products preferred by Filipinos to have this Christmas. Filipinos nowadays search for unique finds that are hot, sensational and at the same time worth the money. The infograph below illustrates the rest of the findings.

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Lazada, with its nationwide delivery, makes these products accessible to Filipinos whether they’re in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao. What makes shopping at Lazada even more advantageous is that you don’t have to experience the heavy road congestion going to the mall in order to purchase what you want. Also, you can buy products and have them delivered to your friends and loved ones wherever they are in the Philippines. And if you’re still thinking of which products are best to give to friends in other parts of the country, below are Lazada’s best-selling products per region.

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55% of Filipinos spend most of their time browsing and researching for products which could potentially catch their interest. In this case, where the consumer doesn’t have anything specific in mind, browsing through categories could help with their purchase decision. Finding the best product within the category list is essential in choosing the right Christmas gift. In a comparative research of Lazada, we found out that for both Google and Lazada, the top-searched categories are Mobiles & Tablets and Computers & Laptops. Below are the top categories per platform.

Filipinos have truly engaged themselves in the wireless world. Lifting data from Google, 65% of Filipinos are actually online shoppers. Filipinos have wide access to the internet with 5 out of 10 being online daily. They usually course their online activity through mobile (the highest), followed by computer and tablet. Lazada has an available platform for each of these means to access the internet and the online shopping community. Filipinos start researching for ideal Christmas presents online as early as July and reaches its peak by November. Moreover, Filipinos consider these top three attributes whenever they shop: (1) value for money, (2) price, and (3) quality – all of which are trademarks of what Lazada has to offer to every consumer

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Filipinos are truly one of the trendiest shoppers. With all the best products and deals in store for them, it is a matter of choosing the best product to give this Christmas. The Filipino Christmas online shopper is not only the best giver but also awaits to receive the best gifts s/he could get during this most wonderful time of the year.

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Lazada 
is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

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Taking Gifting to the Next Level

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I am sure that for all my mom readers, having kids at home means Christmas starts earlier than usual. In fact, as we speak, we already have the Christmas tree set up and had our first Christmas activity with kids, an afternoon spent completing craft with styro, paint and glitters.

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So yearly, my family and I complete these Christmas traditions that not only allow us to celebrate the reason for the season, Jesus, but also allow us to build traditions that display our family culture/values and the things that we are passionate about. Among the things that we do yearly as a family include: a Jesus birthday party, watching Disney on Ice, Christmas pajama nights with bibingka and hot choco, and putting up our Christmas calendar of family activities (Dec1 to 24).

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Christmas Traditions calendar, each bag contains a picture of a Christmas family activity we have agreed to do from December 1 to 24: e.g. watching Ayala lights and sounds show, Christmas family devotionals, Christmas game and crafts night, etc.
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Christmas tradition : Pajama nights served with bibingka and hot choco, enjoyed over watching a movie that kids have chosen to watch together at home.
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Christmas Traditions calendar, each bag contains a picture of a Christmas family activity we have agreed to do from December 1 to 24: e.g. watching Ayala lights and sounds show, Christmas family devotionals, Christmas game and crafts night, etc.
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Christmas tradition: family portrait taken yearly, which we also use as Christmas cards to go with the gifts from kids.

Also, we are excited to fill up our Faith Jar, where all of us put in what we are believing God for, for the coming months or for the coming year. It is a great activity to build prayerful lives with our kids and allows them to see a God who answers prayers. For this Christmas, what tops my prayer list is for us to be able to celebrate the year’s blessings. For one, I would like to get my husband the perfect staycation for December, yep, he has been planning for us to be on one without the kids. I love my four kids to death, and me and my husband has become creative as it gets pretty challenging to carve couple-time away with four kids. While my boys plan to get the latest Lego toys this year, while my daughter is praying for a pink bike.

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Last year, it was also a year to give back as I joined some of my friends visit a public elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving activity. I am praying to be able to do the same this year. There are just so many ways to give back this Christmas, I know of a family who would drive around on Christmas eve to give away Christmas bags to homeless families on the streets. Some join Christmas outreach activities with the entire family. If you do not have the time to spare, you can always give back with SM’s Give a Bear of Joy Today.

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For more updates about this year’s “Merry SM Christmas” campaign, visit SM’s official Christmas microsite and follow its official social media accounts at SM Supermalls Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber. Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.”

However you plan to celebrate your Christmas season with your family, please keep in mind that the most meaningful celebrations you can do are the ones that include the ones who are dearest to you. Plan ahead and let me know what your Christmas plans are.

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Christmas Buffet? Tuscany at Manila Pavilion’s Seasons

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Do you and your family enjoy celebrations over food? Buffet parties? Are you always in charge of organizing Christmas parties for your family or friends? Seasons, Manila Pavilion Hotel’s lifestyle restaurant welcomes the start of the holiday season with its first themed dinner buffet starting this October 23. A festive selection of Italian dishes exclusively prepared by a naturally born Italian himself, executive chef Giovanni Sias and his award-winning culinary team.

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Tuscany is a splendid place located in central Italy. It has a rich heritage and culture which have attracted tourists from all corners of the globe. Tuscan cooking is characterized much like its beautiful landscape that is clean, sober and soothingly simple. To give a taste of Tuscany to Manila Pavilion’s esteemed guests, Seasons presents a smorgasbord of authentic Italian specialties.

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Diners can choose from four live culinary stations from appetizers, noodles, grill items, down to desserts, give diners more gustatory options for a splendid repast. Taking from Italy’s richest cuisines, must-try signature dishes include midollo in salsa verde, stinco de agnello in umido, tortelli di zucca, fegatini di pollo and cantucci toscani among others.

Seasons all-you-can-eat themed revelry is offered at Php999nett for dinner every Friday only. For the gastronomic adventurers who want to further satisfy their cravings, they can fete also on a la carte menu teeming with dishes from around the globe.

Set amidst a nature-inspired atmosphere accentuated with a vibrant interplay of colors, Seasons is located at the lobby level of Manila Pavilion Hotel and is open daily from 6am to 10:30am for breakfast buffet, 11:30am to 3:00pm for lunch and 6pm to 10:30pm for dinner.

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Visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila.  Log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

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