Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fireworks display illuminate night sky at SM’s First Fireworks Competition

Lipa City-  Music and creative lights fascinated mall goers as SM City Lipa hosted the grand finals of CALABARZON’s first ever fireworks competition last January 20 and just in time for the celebration of Lipa City’s fiesta celebration.  The competition was judged by Vimee Erice, Former President of Philippine Pyrotechnic Manufacturer and Dealer Association, Inc. and owner of St. Michael Fireworks; Lea Alapide, President of Philippine Pyrotechnic Manufacturer and Dealer Association, Inc. and owner of Pyroheaven Fireworks; and Jen Lee Nuevo Vice President of Philippine Pyrotechnic Manufacturer and Dealer Association, Inc. Bocaue Chapter and owner of Golden J Fireworks. 

The top three finalists were chosen from the elimination rounds held last January 10 and 16 at SM City Batangas and January 17 at SM City Lipa. Dubbed as Fireworks Fiesta, the competition aimed to give a more festive fiesta celebration to the two host cities of SM- Batangas and Lipa.

Placing third is contestant number two: D’ Extacy Fireworks, while contestant number one- DKSL Fireworks, placed second.  Enchanting Sky Enterprises, the third contestant won the grand prize.  The finalists got 50,000, 100,000 and 150,000 thousand pesos of cash prize respectively.  

The fireworks display are judged according to choreography (20%), colors and design (20%), timing and synchrony (30%), crowd appreciation (20%) and technical (10%).   Aside from the fireworks competition, the audience were also delighted by the performance of Rivermaya. 

 “Mala-MOA! (Mall of Asia)” was one of the audience’s comment after seeing the grand finals of the fireworks display competition at SM City Lipa. An estimated number of three thousand people watched this first ever event at the CALABARZON Region. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Southern Luzon’s First Fireworks Competition at SM Batangas and SM Lipa

The province of Batangas will soon host the first fireworks competition in the Southern Tagalog Region this month of January. The fireworks competition will start its eliminations on January 10 at SM Batangas while the second eliminations will be on January 16 on the same venue and just in time for Batangas City’s fiesta celebration. Third eliminations will be at SM Lipa on January 17 while the finals will be on January 20, also at SM Lipa and in connection with the celebration of Lipa City’s fiesta celebration. Dubbed as Fireworks Fiesta, the event aims to give the communities where SM has its malls a more festive fiesta celebration. There will also be band performances and food booths during the eliminations and the finals. Aside from the Fireworks Fiesta, both SM Malls have provided their cities other contributions such as a walking band (musiko), float and events that will highlight the culture of their cities. VIP seats can also be availed with only one thousand pesos worth of purchases from January 5 to 16 at SM Batangas while for SM Lipa, purchases from January 9 to 20 will be honored. For more inquiries please call (043) 7220276 for SM Batangas and (043)7840358 for SM Lipa.

Monday, January 5, 2015


SOS Children’s Village Lipa in partnership with SM City Lipa conducted a four day exhibit last December 8-11, 2014 with a theme: Say YES! Every child needs a FRIEND! An advocacy awareness campaign which aims to generate awareness and publicity about SOS Children’s Villages advocacy with emphasis on its mission and vision thus, invite more friends and donors in the locality of Batangas specifically in Lipa City to support SOS as a child-caring organization providing long-term family-based care and family strengthening programs. Present in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Mr. Johnald Lasin the Village Director, SOS managers and co-workers, Ms. Wendy Cueto-Bautista, the Public Relation Manager. Ms. Bautista, in behalf of Ms. Liza Dimaculangan, the mall manager and Mr. Johnald Lasin initiated the ribbon cutting. The exhibit featured important information about SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, including the organization’s mission and vision, guiding principles, history and success stories of some SOS children using different arrangements. The booth was totally completed in a child-friendly style as to apprise that SOS is a child caring organization. Christmas Balls of HOPE was also one of the main highlights of the exhibit, a fundraising campaign where an SOS FRIEND who wanted to visit the booth was encouraged to purchase ball/s that’s worth 50.00 pesos in such a way that they can be the SOS Children Ninong/Ninang this Christmas, thus grant a child’s wish and make their dreams into reality. Selected SOS staffs became fundraiser too who pleased and invited mall goers to visit the booth every day, giving flyers and explaining the operation of SOS Children’s Villages in the Philippines. The SOS co-workers and SM staffs were the first to hang their Balls of HOPE, followed by diverse new and old SOS FRIENDS. Through the support of many passionate and committed sponsors/friends SOS was able to raise a total of 9,500.00 pesos out of the said activity. SOS CV Lipa got also very lucky to meet number of friends who enthusiastically said YES and signed up to become monthly committed givers starting up from year 2015. Five (5) SOS friends granted the listed wishes of the children and youths through their in-kind donations and had their personal visit to the village. One new friend commit their family to give monthly supply of eggs to the children that will also start on January, 2015. One foreigner, got so enticed on the program of SOS and was eager to do a cover to SOS Children’s Village Lipa. A simple closing program was held on the last day of the exhibit where some selected SOS children surprised the audience with their astounding song and dance performances. Lucas Garcia the special guest and Karla Mae Rodelas a Family Strengthening Program beneficiary gave their unique and jaw-dropping rendition of the song “Sa Isang Pangarap” which inspired the SOS children to dream more and do better--become the best that they can be. Selected SOS kids showed up their thanksgiving dance number to the tune of “Thank You ang Babait Ninyo” to the people who continuously and endlessly sharing their love and support to the whole SOS family. The Fund Development Coordinator, Lean Rose Sandoval, extended her deepest appreciation and gratitude to SM City Lipa for saying YES in conducting the said event. Token of appreciation and certificate was awarded to SM City Lipa for their show of love and support in the successful conduct of Any JUAN MOVEMENT exhibit and Christmas Balls of HOPE, consequently recognizing them as one of the SOS loyal partners in this journey of building a child-friendly society and making a brighter future for the children. Seeing the initiative and courage of people to help and extend their hand was really a gratifying one! A lot of people say no like maybe a hundred, but even if one person said YES, we know in the end it’s all worth it!
Ms. Wendy Cueto-Bautista, PR Manager of SM Lipa receives the certificate and token of appreciation from SOS Lipa Village Director Johnald Lasin (far left) and SOS Fund Development Coordinator Lean Rose Sandoval. Also in the photo is the program host Chrizon Masangkay (far right)