Shall I see you at SM Mega Fashion Hall, ‘palangga’? | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

MMDA chairperson Francis Tolentino, SM Store president Jorge Mendiola, SM Prime Holdings Inc. president Hans Sy and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos at the Mega Fashion Hall opening in SM Megamall
MMDA chairperson Francis Tolentino, SM Store president Jorge Mendiola, SM Prime Holdings Inc. president Hans Sy and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos at the Mega Fashion Hall opening in SM Megamall
FELICIDAD Sy, SM founder Henry Sy and Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS

The SM Group continues to innovate with the recent opening of Mega Fashion Hall—a newly expanded wing at SM Megamall.


As its name suggests, Mega Fashion Hall will showcase world-class fashion brands that will be opening their first stores in the Philippines.


Aside from Uniqlo and Zara, which had already opened in other SM Mall branches, some of the labels that will delight shoppers at Mega Fashion Hall include Denmark’s Vero Moda, Spain’s Pull & Bear and Uno de 50, LA-based Joe’s Jeans, London’s Savile Row and Burton, French shoe brand Nao de Brasil, and US skincare label Philosophy.


Mega Fashion Hall also introduces international dining concepts such as Hong Kong’s Michelin-star dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan, Japan’s Saint Marc Café, and gyoza specialist Osaka Ohsho, as well as homegrown specialty restos like Abe, artisanal pastry shop Chez Karine and the hearty Viking’s Buffet, dahlings.


Film buffs will be glad to watch the latest releases at the larger-than-life IMAX Theater, and the Director’s Club which is available for private screening functions.


SM Megamall’s new wing, the Mega Fashion Hall

Sports enthusiasts will have a fun time at the Olympic-size ice skating rink and a fully computerized 14-lane bowling center.


Mega Fashion Hall was built by a team of designers, architects and contractors: Arquitectonica, Caza and Edge; W.V. Coscolluela and Associates, architect of record; DA Abcede & Associates, project manager; and New Golden Builders & Development Corp., general contractor.


So, shall I see you there, palangga?


Uniqlo opening


UNIQLO’S Katsumi Kubota and H&M’s Fredrik Dahl

Speaking of Uniqlo, this hot Japanese fashion brand occupies three floors at its latest store in SM Megamall. The reason why the label is such a hit in Manila, dahlings, is its top-quality, innovative and functional apparel, which is suited to the demands of today’s dynamic lifestyles.


Uniqlo’s opening at SM Megamall was packed, palangga, with models and athletes, including the Alaska Aces basketball team. Many of them swear they’re avid consumers of the brand.


UNIQLO’S COO Katsumi Kubota and GM Geraldine Sia

At the event, Uniqlo Philippines chief operating officer Katsumi Kubota said: “We are confident that Uniqlo is set for continued rapid growth in the Philippines. Our expansion is rooted in our sincere desire to bring the joy of truly great clothes to Filipinos.”


The best thing about Uniqlo, palangga, is that it won’t make your wallet cry at all.


Uniqlo has four new stores in Robinsons Place Manila, SM Clark, SM BF Parañaque and SM Dasmariñas.


World War II docu


PETER Parsons, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg; Spyron-AV Manila’s Lucky Guillermo; and PVB chairperson Roberto F. de Ocampo, OBE

A special World War II documentary, “Corregidor: The Road Back,” recently premiered at the US Embassy in Manila, bringing together ambassadors, other members of the diplomatic corps, renowned historians and researchers, war veterans and other VIPs.


The event was sponsored by the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB).


ROBERT Hudson and former President Fidel V. Ramos

Written and produced by Peter Parsons and Lucky Guillermo of Spyron-AV Manila, the 53-minute documentary features never-before-seen footage of the battles in Corregidor, interspersed with interviews of surviving American and Filipino soldiers.


The film flows spontaneously and proceeds in chapters. It narrates scenes during the capture of Corregidor by Japanese forces in 1942, and its eventual recapture by the Americans three years later during the liberation of the Philippines at the conclusion of the war.


The gala premiere held at the Charles Parsons Ballroom of the US Embassy had guests including US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg, former Finance Secretary and chair of PVB Roberto F. de Ocampo, former President Fidel V. Ramos, Col. Emmanuel V. de Ocampo and James Zobel of MacArthur Memorial.


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