Experience Art Karnival at Skygarden SM City North Edsa

Summer at SM City North Edsa offers a unique sensory experience for all mall-goers. 

This summer SM City North EDSA comes up with ART KARNIVAL which is an interactive and fun exhibit that engages everyone to experience art on a more personal level.

Gaby dela Merced (far left) is a co-owner of Vinyl on Vinyl gallery

Not going with the usual summer ideas for a mall, SM City North Edsa has cooked up something different through a sensory voyage via visual arts. Through a partnership with Vinyl on Vinyl, which is the coolest art gallery for pop culture arts, SM City North Edsa is able to show support to young artists Anjo Bolarda, Bato, Blic, Garapata, Jeffrey Jay Jarin, Tyang Karyel, VOV Studio and Whooop.

talented Reese Lansangan

This edgy initiative by SM City North Edsa hopes to spearhead a new appreciation of art in the north.

art deco at the Art Karnival entrance arch

art by Whooop

VOV Studio's water creature

Each piece in this exhibit is carefully selected and place in area that would bring not only the art piece itself but the surrounding area as well. As mall goer walk the winding path, art installations pop out at them, drawing their eyes to their surroundings, stimulating interest. This whimsical almost fantasy-like world perfectly complements Skygarden’s tenants.

mural by Blic

Artist Bench

3d Intercative art

Viva Malinena wokr of art

Come to SM City North EDSA’s Art Karnival at the Skygarden. 

(yours truly) Grateful to be part of the ART KARNIVAL opening on April 21

The exhibit, which runs the entire length of the Skygarden, highlights unique installation pieces by each featured artist curated for the space by Vinyl On Vinyl. The exhibit runs from April 21 to June 12, 2017.


Summer Sale is on at the 13th Binondo Warehouse Sale

Summer is not yet over and so does sizzling hot sales! 

Grab those pair of shoes or that bag just right for the season at mark down prices during the Binondo Warehouse Sale happening at Binondo, Manila on May 1-7, 2017, from 10am to 7pm. 

The Binondo sale features shoe brands like Hush Puppies, Reebok, Sebago, Crocs, Timberland with up to 70% discount.  Bags and accessories brand like Karrimor, Philips, Targus, Darlington and Ogio also offer price cuts to complete your gear on that most awaited vacation.

The sale also features bags for the upcoming schoolyear. Visit the event and find the bag suited for you or your kids less the high cost.  Wear that newest trend this summer without breaking your budget. The best thing is the event is free admission to everyone.

RCBC Bankard is the main credit card partner and is offering 0% interest on up to 12 months deferred payments to all its credit card holders who will shop during the sale. All credit cards are accepted.

The Binondo Warehouse Sale will take place at the ground floor of State Center Building along Juan Luna St., very near from Binondo Church.  It is open during the the holiday (May 1, Labor Day), Saturday and Sunday (May 6-7).

The event is free admission to the public and all major credit cards are accepted.

This event is organized by Metro Creative Themes Inc. in partnership with RCBC Bankard: Making Your Life Better!, Sun Cellular and World Vision Philippines.

Special thanks to our media partners: WhenInManila.com, Ask by Flow Galindez and Congeniality Tess blog.

For more information about the event, call Metro Creative Themes Inc. at 239-3807 or 399-2935.

You may also follow us through our social media sites: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mcteventsmngmnt

Travel, Work and Play with Targus®

New backpack sizes in refreshing colors with the latest Seoul 2017 Collection

[PHILIPPINES, APRIL 2017] A leading brand in laptop cases and accessories, Targus® Inc. unveiled their Seoul 2017 Collection, the all-rounded solution to travel, work and play.

Embedded with new and advanced features, the Seoul 2017 Collection is multi-functional, making it suitable for all sorts of activities for both men and women. Reliable and highly compact, the Seoul 2017 Collection features two sizes: 15.6” and 14”. The newly launched Seoul 2017 Collection comes in four different colours that exude warmth and vibrancy.

The Seoul 2017 Collection

Warm and Refreshing Colors
To showcase that unique personality

With an array of colors lined up in the Seoul 2017 Collection, both men and women can expect to find one that showcases their unique personality. Inspired by urban lights, the backpacks come in two varying tones – one reminiscent of the night, giving off a trusty and matured vibe while the other a reminder of warm city lights.

The 15.6" Seoul Backpack comes in three different colors – black, turquoise and rust. On the other hand, 14” Seoul Backpack comes in two varying colors – black and plum. For a modern and low-key look, opt for the backpack in black and rust. Those seeking a refreshing and delightful burst of colors will fall in love with the turquoise and plum backpacks. Furthermore, the backpacks come in printed inner lining.

Spacious Compartments
For maximum usage

The Seoul 2017 Collection has a capacity of up to 25 litres and weighs in at 0.63kg. This series incorporates slimmer laptop and tablet pockets engineered by Targus®. A dedicated compartment is designed to fit either a laptop up to 15.6” or a 15” MacBook®. The 12.9” iPad Pro™ or other tablets can fit into the tablet pocket snuggly.

The backpack also features a spacious main storage and user-friendly workstation for gadgets such as camera, charger and other accessories. There is even a mobile charging compartment for that quick access when charging mobile gadgets on-the-go.  Side zippered pockets with gusset allow fast and convenient reach for personal items while a security hood fastens the backpack to prevent items from shifting, keeping them in place.

Relief for a Comfortable Travelling Experience
Distribute weight evenly 

Designed for all activities in mind, the Seoul 2017 Collection pays attention to details for users to work, play and travel with a peace of mind. Travelling and commuting can be tiring; and the contoured padded mesh back panel provides support for the back. Adjustable and retractable shoulder straps are fitted to allow adjustment according to one’s preference. 

For travelers, there is an integrated trolley system to slot the backpack onto the luggage for convenient travel. Additionally, a hidden cushioned handle offers a dual handle design for an alternative carrying solution to make every journey more enjoyable.

Quality Materials and Finishing
For protection of valuable items

The Seoul 2017 Collection features a 200D nylon dobby to finish off with a modern and stylish outlook. Exclusively on the 15.6” Seoul Backpack, a high quality D-ring and extra bottom padding is used to provide extra protection. Water-resistant on the shell fabric and bottom base, commute worry-free with a durable body material.   

The Seoul 2017 Collection is available at ₱3,999.00 in the following stores:

SM Department Store Makati
SM Department Store Mall of Asia
SM Department Store North EDSA
SM Department Store Megamall
SM Department Store Aura
SM Department Store Cubao
Rustans Gateway
Rustans Makati
Rustans Shangri-la
Rustans Alabang Town Center
Landmark Trinoma
Cash & Carry Department Store
Plug+ Play Terminal 3

About Targus®
Targus® created the mobile accessory category with its invention of the laptop case over 30 years ago. The company continues to advance the mobile accessories category with innovative and relevant solutions for today's lifestyle. Targus products enhance productivity, connectivity, and security, liberating consumers to use their mobile devices in any and all environments with the utmost convenience and comfort. Founded in 1983, Targus’ headquarters are located in Anaheim, Calif., with offices worldwide and distribution agreements in more than 100 countries. For more information on Targus visit http://www.targus.com. 


Solane: It’s all in the family

They say running a business with family members can be tricky – not only does it blur the line between what’s personal and professional, but it also has the potential to bring out the worst in you and your relatives.

For the owners of Fabson Inc., a family-owned corporation that distributes Solane LPG in Iloilo City, working with close relatives has brought out the best in each of them. Eric Santos, head of marketing – and son of the owners – shared: “It’s a family-owned company but we strive to be professionals. And it comes naturally since we grew up working together. It’s an environment that we are used to.”

Fabson founder Loreta Santos and head of marketing Eric Santos with ISLA LPG Corp. (ILC) communications manager Marco “Mico” Cruz (leftmost) and account manager
Kyle Yulo (rightmost)

Looking at the company’s consistent growth in the past 48 years, it really looks like working with family is something that Fabson employees thrive in. Pioneered by Eric’s aunt as a single proprietorship in April 1968, it was then handed over to their mother, Loreta Santos, who managed to keep the company afloat with her prowess for finance and treasury. However, despite enjoying many years of success as a single proprietorship, they thought it could benefit more if it was turned into a corporation.

Spearheaded by their father, Winston Santos, who is also a former Shell executive, Fabson officially became a corporation in 1994, bringing with it the core value of Shellane (now Solane): “We care.” Under the management of Winston, the company became a more organized entity with different departments in place. 

“Before my dad took over the business, it was like a mom and pop store. There were no retail outlets and there was no formal organizational structure. It was ran sari-sari store style, and we couldn’t grow as much,” said Eric, who also works with his sister, Pien, the COO.

According to Eric, his dad applied everything he learned from Shell, one of the top petroleum companies. He deployed retail sales executives and commercial sales executives to cover designated areas. “From handling a network of ten retail outlets, it grew to 20, and now we have around 600 outlets covering the whole area of our network,” he said.

In addition to Winston re-engineering the company, each member of the family was encouraged to be very hands-on with the business – from knowing the products by heart to studying routes of their delivery trucks.

Their immersion in the business is part of the reason why the familial relationship extends to their employees. With the “we care” core value, employee retention grew, and each staff members treated as an extension of their family.

Eric adds that every employee is trained to provide topnotch service to customers, including the 7-point safety check, Hatid Bahay, and 24-hour service. He notes that these after-sales initiatives are factors that help minimize the number of consumers who would buy at independently refilled outlets as they realize that the quality of genuine Solane products and the service they get makes it more cost-efficient in the long run.

Without a doubt, these business practices have made it possible for Fabson to become the longest running Solane distributor in Iloilo. Adds Eric: “This kind of business is something you have to immerse in because if you just leave it there, it can grow but you will not appreciate it as much. You have to sacrifice a lot, and you have to know your products very well.”