Mall culture in the Philippines is not like anything in the world. Not even our neighbouring countries treat malls the way we do. It’s not the usual shop and dine space. We literally want our malls to be a one stop shop. Possibilities are endless. From groceries, to pharmacies, clinics, spas, barbershops, arcades, movie houses, gyms, parks, concert halls, galleries, and more. We even hear the mass in the mall.
But before our country has decided it will compete in creating the biggest and fanciest mall there is, Metro Manila had its first air-conditioned mall in 1976 under the name Harrison Plaza (HP). It’s the neighbourhood’s place to be. That’s what we used to call it. Actually, sometimes, we still do. Because it is. HP still has a charisma, and can offer a variety of things, big malls can’t.
A good friend of mine was participating in a fashion competition a few years back, and she was looking for a particular pair of shoes. Naturally, she visited the big branches of SM first to look for stocks, but she failed. Just when she was about to give up, she went back to HP and voila - the shoes she wanted for her show were readily available.
Because there are fewer visitors in HP compared to the big malls, anyone looking for a good deal has a greater chance of closing it there.
It was Pentecost Sunday when we went to Singapore this June, and I remembered one of the things I'm thankful for this year - joining a fellowship at work.
My faith has always been a big part of me. Growing up in a religious family, attending a Catholic school up to graduating from a Catholic University. My faith helped me grow through the challenges that life has brought me, and guided me when others, too, needed some help or an advice. The hunger to know more about God, and being marvelled everyday by the fulfilment of His promises to us have been driving forces for me and my family.
Something that keeps me energised in the morning and grateful in the evening is the fact that despite the tests and some setbacks, God never fails to bless us. There is always something to be thankful for. Like the apostles who were tasked to preach the good news, we are all given gifts by the Holy Spirit. Knowledge and wisdom to understand and be certain about life - even simple ideas like what to write on a report or what to say to a customer, to the decisions we are able to make, keeps me grateful.
We are also blessed with so much strength. Being able to open our eyes each day is already a gift. More so to actually carry out tasks, travel, and discover things.
God also ensures that we are never alone. The right people are always there at the right time to support and guide us. In those environments we continue to develop as individuals and as His children.
Truly, He never fails to provide and to envelope us with so much love. John 14:26
Everyone deserves a nice haircut. From a classic pompadour to a modern buzz cut, our hair boosts our confidence, and can enhance our personality.
This June, who deserves that dapper experience better than our good old man who raised us to the persons we are proud to be. Groom Me Barbershop invites us to treat our dads, or ourselves, to a top-notch haircut with a peppermint mentholated treatment until the end of the month for Php 1,000.
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Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.