Saturday, February 02, 2013

Window Shopper: Spend your lucky money gift at Lucky China Town Mall

Text by Ana Valenzuela | Photos by Analy Labor, · Thursday, January 31, 2013 · 8:23 am
Traditional rickshaw await shoppers for some snapshots at Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila. Photo by Analy Labor,
On Chinese New Year ‘s Eve on February 9 and New Year on February 10 this year, Chinatown in Manila becomes the focal point of various activities celebrating the beginning of another Chinese lunar year. This cycle, it’s the Year of the Water Snake.

During this time, “lucky money” placed in red envelopes called hong bao (in Mandarin) or ang pao (in Hokkien) is given as a gift especially to children while adults usually exchange gifts. People are encouraged to wear red, a lucky color, as well as urged to think happy thoughts to start the new year  on a positive note.  Food also becomes an important part of the celebration as lucky dishes such as tikoy, believed to aid growth and prosperity, and a whole fish with its tail and head intact, which signifies harmony throughout the year, are served and ejoyed together by the family.
Enjoy a full-on Chinese New Year experience by heading to Binondo during that weekend and where bargain shopping easily comes to mind. Who knows what lucky charms you might also stumble upon in this district.
The first Chinatown in the world—also named as one of the best Chinatown’s by CNNGo last year—is also getting a bit of a face lift as it welcomed a different mall in the area, the Lucky China Town mall, just last year.
At the atrium of Lucky Chinatown, shows and concerts are mounted during weekends. Photo by Analy Labor,
“It used to be just a place where you can find wholesale and bargain malls. Lucky Chinatown offers shoppers the experience of luxury,” says Kevin Tan, first vice president and head of Megaworld Commercial division. “The shops here are not the typical bargain stalls in Binondo. It has a unique mix of tenants, both foreign and local, that raises the bar for doing business in the district.
It’s a logical development as Chinatown, a significant finance and business district, has its share of affluent Chinese families as residents.
Lucky Chinatown has three parts, the mall itself, Chinatown Walk and the soon-to-open museum. As a heritage project, it plans to open a museum showcasing the best of Chinese culture, paying tribute to the history of Old Binondo as well as highlights the rich history of Chinese immigrants and the cultural diversity of Manila. With these, it aims to revive Binondo back to its glory days as a thriving commercial, shopping, and tourism hub in Manila.
Have a lucky meal on Chinese New Year at this seafood restaurant or in any of Lucky Chinatown mall's many Asian and international restaurants. Photo by Analy Labor,
“Lucky Chinatown also aims to complement the lifestyle of the residents of Binondo. Most cities have full-scale malls that are booming. It was only right for the busy district to finally have its own,” says Tan. The mall gives a friendly door to business owners and students looking for some relaxation without having to go to another mall in the next city.
The mall includes cinemas, coffee shops like Starbucks,; restaurants like Tao Yuan, Kig Chef, California Pizza Kitchen, Bon Chon Chicken, Uncle Cheffy, Kuse, Sumo Sam, and Red Crab Alimango House; retail stores like Bench, Mango, Cache Cache, Penshoppe, Maldita; and a host of service shops such as spas, salons, and telecom stores.
Established shops such National Book Store fill Lucky Chinatown mall, no need to go to the next city anymore for the malling experience. Photo by Analy Labor,
“We are overwhelmed with the feedback that customers have been giving. Shoppers are delighted to find that such a mall now exists in Binondo and it shows as the sales of our tenants were beyond their expectations,”  Tan shares.
• Lucky Chinatown is located at Reina Regente St. corner Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila. Mall hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At Lucky Chinatown mall, familiar retail brands and shops found in shopping centers elsewhere in the metro are now available. Photo by Analy Labor,

Iconic Camay brand gets fresh-faced Angelica Panganiban as its newest girl

Text by AnaValenzuela | Photos by Peter C. Marquez,
Actress Angelica Panganiban joins the list of the most beautiful Filipinas featured in Camay's ads. Image from Camay Philippines' official Facebook page.
With a long line of regal women, such as beauty queens Sabrina Artadi, Cita Revilla, and  Paquita Roces Revilla who have once posed as endorsers, iconic brand Camay recently unveiled its newest Camay  girl, Angelica Panganiban.
Like the new Camay soaps and shower gel, Panganiban is confident, fierce, and irresistibly attractive, which makes her perfect for to be this generation’s Camay girl.
Known for its classic Romantique Rose variant, Camay now comes in both soap and shower gel, and with added variants such as Dynamic Grapefruit and Creme Vanilla. Image from Camay Philippines' official Facebook page.
Apart from these qualities, Panganiban also disclosed that she pampers herself with long showers or baths. She starts her day with a bath, with the different Camay soaps and body wash ranging from Romantique Rose, Crème Vanilla, and Dynamic Grapefruit of course. “[Thanks to Camay] My skin becomes soft and scented so I feel even more beautiful,” she says. “Sisimulan mo yung araw mo na mabango ka,and fresh na fresh,”
Then, at the end of a long day for the actress, nothing beats treating herself to a hot shower for de-stressing and relaxing. She shares, “I really love Camay for the luxurious experience it gives me.”
Hosts Bianca Gonzalez and Tim Yap introduce new Camay Girl Angelica Panganiban. Photo by Peter C. Marquez,
On her relationship with John Lloyd Cruz, Panganiban reveals that they only have  brief moments to share, “bihira talagang magkita, bihirang magkasama,” the Kapamilya star says. “Kapag may free hour kami like for example, tapos na ‘yung gathering ko with my family, puwede ko siyang puntahan and vice versa. Sinusubukan naman naming magkita at least once a week.”
Still, when they are together Cruz has only one thing to say when he gets hold of that radiant smell. “Mabango!” she says with a laugh, talking like a true, fun, and fearless modern-day Camay girl.
The Camay Philippines team, from left Clint Navales, Country Communications Manager; Raffy Fajardo, Country Marketing Director; beauty queen Krista Kleiner; event host Tim Yap; Deirdre de Padua, Brand Communications Manager; and Chad Sotelo, Country Marketing Manager.