How did you spend the special day for your moms? Mine was almost a whole month celebration, attending events for moms like this one.
Just as the month for mothers was about to end, Good Housekeeping Philippines, a magazine of Summit Media, had this one afternoon event for urban moms like me, in my side of town– Mall of Asia!
Called GHMums (or Modern Urban Moms of Manila), the event featured booths, workshops, and prizes for its attendees, mostly mothers, who took this time to relax as they shop, learn, and enjoy.
I did. Here are some of the things I did that afternoon:
Here’s more about the event, which I really hope would happen again next year. Hapoy Anniversary, Good Housekeeping Philippines!
Good Housekeeping Philippines, the leading family and home magazine in the country, in partnership with SmartParenting.com.ph and Yummy magazine, recently held the newest gathering of Modern Urban Moms (MUMS) on May 28, Saturday, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM, at the SM Mall of Asia Main Mall, Atrium.
For hardworking moms who don’t want to compromise style and beauty, Elaine Natividad, Beauty and Features Editor of Good Housekeeping, shared “10 Ways to Style Your Scarf,” while Ara Fernando, Lancome PH Ambassador for Make-up, conducted a “Basic Brow Masterclass.” For moms who face the perpetual problem of clutter, Editor-in-Chief Tisha talked about organizing homes with “Say Goodbye to Kalat.” Simple physical exercises at home were presented by Managing Editor Angela Constantino Aquino in “Health Hacks,” while Anika Ventura, professional travel and lifestyle writer and editor, talked about “Everyday Fitness.” Roselle Miranda, Good Housekeeping’s Food Editor, demonstrated some no- cook dishes for moms pressed for time. And lastly, a calligraphy class was conducted by Staff Writer Nicole Sindiong, together with professional teacher and calligraphy artist Paola Esteron.
Good Housekeeping MUMS of Manila was presented by: SM Supermalls and Scotch Brite, with Major Sponsors: Pioneer Epoxyclay and Baby Company; and Minor Sponsors: Downy Baby Gentle and Goldilocks.
For more details, follow Good Housekeeping on Facebook: facebook.com/goodhousekeeping.ph, and on Twitter and Instagram: @goodhousekeepingph. Good Housekeeping is available on newsstands, and in bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of Good Housekeeping is also available for download through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, and Zinio.
Real talk. I am not that keen in celebrating Halloween, even now that I have a kid. Besides, isn’t it that Halloween celebrations here in the country started just in the past decade?
As kids, our Halloween–make that All Souls Day– celebrations include the traditional viewing of a special “Magandang Gabi Bayan” episode on a Saturday night, either in our home or on one of our cousins or friends in the same compound. We’d scare each other out with the stories in the show, or literally playing “mumu,” or ghosts complete with blankets as makeshift costumes and flashlights as props. We’re happy crazy with that.
And now, so many Halloween events have sprouted, and even establishments are garbed up in orange/black Halloween fashion. Let’s celebrate it, with meaning and purpose! Here are three unique and meaningful events where you can take your children to.
1. Celebrate with orchestral music
Our favourite orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with its conductor, Maestro Olivier Ochanine, will have a special performance with…volcanoes?! “Tricks and Musical Treats, A PPO Family Concert” will feature a musical storytelling of Flowanda, the explorer of the land of Volcano Milava at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 4:00 PM. There will be pre-concert activities starting at 2:30 PM which include a musical instruments petting zoo wherein children can experience playing different orchestral instruments assisted by the members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. There will also be trick or treat and lobby activities. The children are encouraged to come in their costumes.
This is a good way to introduce orchestral music to our children, and children at heart. Not only that, watching this concert also shows your support for our local artists, music, culture and arts.
For more information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.
2. Celebrate with saints
Halloween is the eve of All Saints, which is the first day of Allhallowtide, the third day being All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). In the previous years, we get to celebrate this with a homeschooling group, called Rockers Philippines. Last year, Aria came in as St. Cecilia, patroness of musicians.
Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows will have their Kingdom of Heaven Fair on October 31. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
3. Celebrate as a superhero
Trick or treat for a cause! UNICEF is calling on all superheroes to raise funds for children in need. Visit any Toy Kingdom branch to get your Trick or treat kit, or UNICEF Philippines website for details.
Take your pick, or do all three! And celebrate a unique and meaningful Halloween with your family.
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Downy sure knows how to pamper moms. Our own moms, no less.
The same moms who carried us in their womb for nine months, who cradled us to sleep, fed us, gave us a bath even if we so resist, who raised us up while protecting us from harm.
The very moms whose scent we will never forget.
Just in time for Mother’s Day yesterday, a celebration of mothers was held last week. The invitation said we can bring along our mom. I did bring my mom, and brought my daughter, too.
The short program was hosted by Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, who shared her own experiences as a daughter to her mother and as a mother herself.
Then, we were treated to a sumptuous lunch while being serenaded by actor and singer Guji Lorenzana. Downy also prepared a simple AVP, in which they asked us to send in greetings for our moms.
Glad to have seen mommy friends from the blogosphere, met new friends, and to spend the day with two women I love most–my mom and my daughter.
Thanks to Downy and Greenbulb PR for inviting us to celebrate with our own mothers.
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