Today is the 118th Independence Day of the Philippines and various establishments are celebrating this occasion. In Bulacan, the center of the Philippine First Republic, SM Supermalls created unique centerpieces on the various malls in order to create special freedom ceremonies and festive gatherings.
|The two- meter panel tile mosaic in SM City Marilao is made up of recycled materials and the pieces of old tiles forming the map of Philippine Island.|
SM San Jose del Monte, the newest SM Mall in Bulacan features a giant Borlas De Pastillas Filipiniaña Gown inspired by the art of wrapping pastillas in intricately designed papel de hapon. It is not an ordinary gown because of its huge size of 8 feet. This is in honor of the iconic food artisan and the legendary pabalat maker of Bulacan, Luz Villaseñor Mendoza-Ocampo or better known as Nanay Luz. This was complemented by the origami inspired clothing exhibit, dramatic paintings from the Artist Guild of San Jose Del Monte and Pinoy Hugot Wall laden with witty statements on patriotism and love for the country.
SM City Baliwag on the other hand is featuring a giant Philippine map with a hanging Philippine Flag and freedom wall on the background. The map was created by various individuals which tells the story of unity of the Filipino people. This is in partnership with Scotch, Post It and 3M Philippines. The 24 feet Philippine Map Diorama located at the Mall Atrium. The centerpiece, which was made up of thousands of post-it notes,was artistically crafted by the mall’s employees and security personnel as well as students and girl scouts in Baliwagincluding SM little stars candidates and winners. Special paper folding techniques were likewise carried out to different Bora Bora Collection Post- it notes to fill the message board and form a unique representation of the Philippine Islands.
At SM City Marilao, the two- meter panel tile mosaic mural graces the front of the mall. Using recycled materials,the pieces of old tiles were glued to a Masonite panel to create image of the Philippine Land Mass. The mural include legend of the first provinces in the Philippines that declare war against Spanish oppression.
Simultaneous flag raising ceremony were also conducted across all SM malls. Later on, various activities will also be conducted among the malls. Students and active members of various civic groups in SM City Baliwag will serenade shoppers with renditions of classical Filipino songs. Shoppers will likewise relive cultural tradition in SM City San Jose Del Monte with the pastillas wrapper making demonstration and live painting session by the Artist Guild of San Jose Del Monte. While homegrown artist Alliyah Cadelina will belt out best of OPM songs as grand fireworks display will cap off the event celebration in SM City Marilao.
|“Alab ng puso para sa iyo” is one of the phrases posted on the Pinoy Hugot Wall. It incorporates a lyric from “Lupang Hinirang” into a “hugot line” that millennials can definitely relate to.|
The exhibit in SM City San Jose Del Monte will likewise be complemented by a Filipiniaña Fashion Show, festive cultural dances of FCPC Baliktanaw dance troupe and vibrant musical entertainment by Banda Kawayan.
Mall goers will also be able to get revolutionary discounts on great items during the Independence Day Weekend Deals.
SM Malls in Bulacan celebrate Philippine Independence to give tribute to the country’s history stand made on June 12, 1898. This event is an annual celebration participated by employees, tenants and shoppers of the mall as well as the communities in which SM serves.
Happy Independence Day and may this day be a reminder of how great it is to be a Filipino.