Local farmers with Ayala Malls head of operations and leasing Myrna Fernandez (third from left), Steps Dance Foundation director Sofia Zobel Elizalde (fifth from right), Department of Agriculture director Carolyn Castro (fourth from right), Ayala Malls group head Rowena Tomeldan (third from right) –photos by Earvin Perias
Ayala Malls just made Christmas shopping less maddening.
While Christmas is one of the most festive holidays in the country, it is also a season associated with heavy traffic and long queues as legions of shoppers troop to the malls.
This year, your Christmas experience—from shopping to entertainment—can be less stressful, thanks to Ayala Mall’s new mindful services for its patrons.
Greater accessibility and convenience await commuters as hubs of P2P buses are installed at strategic locations around the malls. Grab and Uber customers will also be happy to know that there will be promo codes of up to 50-percent off for trips to Ayala Malls. If you’re bringing your own car, there’s valet service available, or you can have a parking slot reserved for 30 minutes so you can park, shop and go without hassle.
Have your gifts wrapped for free and spare yourself the trouble of delivering them by choosing the services of Grab Express.
Want to avoid the crowd altogether? Online shopping also got more convenient as Ayala Malls launches its Christmas catalog with Zalora. There’s a comprehensive list to help you with your gift ideas, and have them wrapped and delivered straight to recipients. Find your favorite brands from Ayala Malls by logging on to www.
“The holiday season is the most celebrated occasion in the country, and we all know it is the busiest time of year,” Rowena Tomeldan, Ayala Malls Group head, said. “Ayala Malls put together a series of initiatives that will make this season easy and convenient for our customers.”
Organic and fresh farm produce at farm gate prices comes to the city as Ayala Malls and the Department of Agriculture hold the TienDA Farmers and Fisherfolks Outlet. It aims to provide farmers and fisherfolks a venue to sell their produce directly to consumers.
“The project seeks to eliminate unnecessary layers of middlemen in the supply chain, hence allowing our farmers and fisherfolks to command fair and reasonable prices for their produce,” Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. “This will also help us assess and analyze the demand for agriculture and fisheries products in the different parts of the country.”
There will be fresh fruits, such as mangoes and pomelos from Region XII; Badaco pasteurized fresh milk from Malvar, Batangas; Tinawon rice from the Cordillera; black rice from Mountain Province; Rose Organic Salted Egg from Sta. Rita, Pampanga; Zamboanga’s famous Alavar Sauce; a variety of organic vegetables and seafood; and much more.
“Catch TienDA sa Ayala Malls” will be at Abreeza on Nov. 18-19; Ayala Center Cebu on Nov. 25-26; UP Town Center on Dec. 2-3; Alabang Town Center on Dec. 9-10; Ayala Malls The 30th on Dec. 16-17; and Solenad on Jan. 18-21.
Wholesome entertainment also marks this year’s Christmas experience at Ayala Malls.
Steps Dance Studio presents “I Got Stung,” a musical performance inspired by the music of Sting directed and choreographed by James Laforteza, at Ayala Malls The 30th on Nov. 26 with Gian Magdangal; MarQuee Mall on Dec. 2 with Sam Milby; and Ayala Center Cebu on Dec. 9 with Piolo Pascual.
Listen to the winning pieces performed on their recent competition in Vienna, Austria, as the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra tours the metro, at UP Town Center, Nov. 18; Alabang Town Center, Dec. 1; and TriNoma, Dec. 2.
Glorietta Makati will feature the Gift Giving Market until Dec. 31, and a Christmas village complete with food stalls, the Nativity, and a choir until Dec. 22.
Alabang Town Center presents “Bamboo Live!” on Dec. 2, and Lani Misalucha on Dec. 17. Fireworks in the Sky will be held on all weekends of December and Jan. 1, 2018, with Mas Y Mas holiday shopping promo from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31.
The Christmas Village will highlight TriNoma at the Cinema Lobby until Jan. 7, 2018 and a “Yuletide Rhythms Park Music Series” and “Festive Fireworks” will be held at the TriNoma Park on Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Ayala Malls Vertis will host the “12 Days of Symphonies,” in which different talented artists will enchant the audience with Christmas carols. Marquee Mall will feature an amazing fireworks display at the Giant Lantern Festival on Dec. 29 and 30, while Centrio will have “Magical Nights of Lights” until Jan. 14 and a Yuletide Fair until Dec. 25.
Abreeza will also host a Mindanao Trade Expo Christmas Bazaar, Pre-Christmas Arts and Crafts Bazaar, and a pre-Christmas Organic Fair. Plus, there will be a Christmas Musical Ride that rolls out today, Nov. 12.
The tunnel artwork at Greenbelt 3 by Ayala Corp. chair emeritus Jaime Zobel de Ayala has also been unveiled.