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Going beyond the thrill of shopping to the joy of giving

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“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”


The words of Washington Irving are as timely as ever. This year the spirit of charity and generosity assumes greater strength because of the calamities the country has suffered.


In light of this, Rustan’s Department Store shares the joy of giving through the country’s  patrons and advocates of charity foundations.

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Among them is ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. led by managing director Gina Lopez.


“The true spirit of giving is one that is unconditional—and comes from a genuine space of caring for the other. Gifts bought from that intention make the best gifts,” says Gina.


Also an environmentalist, Gina is proud mother to  Benjamin and Roberto.


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“Rustan’s has great quality products and covers all age brackets. So it’s a good place to go if you want to finish all your shopping in one day,” she says.


From Men’s, Ladies’, Children’s, Teen’s, Fine Jewelry to Home section, Gina gets good finds at Rustan’s. “The most important, of course, is if they will find it useful in their lives, and if they will like it.”


Known for being a gracious host, Irene Martel Francisco, managing director of the country’s premiere society glossy, the Philippine Tatler, is known for her tasteful dinners.


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“Christmas is a time to remember with gifts those we care for, but the culture of giving and being relevant should be with us daily,” she says. “I think we should share a life of meaning with those we love. The true spirit of giving should be in our hearts all the time.”


Irene’s Christmas is filled with family traditions. “Going to get your gifts at Rustan’s is very comforting and secure for me. It has become tradition to check out the store for gifts as it has everything under one roof and the service is always good. Rustan’s is very festively decked out for the holidays and puts you right in the mood to shop,” she says.


“I try to look for things that Randy and Isabel will want to use and enjoy. I don’t really focus on a brand. I look at what they will like and get these items for them. Of course, they have to be of good quality and style,” she asserts.