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BGC lights, sales for Christmas

BONIFACIO Global City (BGC) during Christmas is known for its sparkling lights, gastronomic experiences, shopping choices, and Christmas events. The ongoing pandemic is not slowing things down. With “Lights will guide you home” as this year’s theme for Christmas festivities in BGC, it celebrates what matters most — the gift of health, friendship, family, and community. This year BGC goes back to basics by stripping down the frills and focusing on a warm and bright display of lights embodying the holiday spirit,with the whole stretch of Bonifacio High Street filled with colorful light decors. Bonifacio High Street hosts its biggest sale of the year from Nov. 26 to 30, with huge discounts (up to 70%) and deals from over 70 participating brands like Sole Academy, Uniqlo, Nike Park, Adidas, Aldo Shoes, Old Navy, Fully Booked and more. There will also be treats from Romulo Café, Malongo Café, Chili’s, The Alley, You+ Clinic, Faces and Curves, Tempur, and many more up for grabs this holiday season. Visitors will also have a chance to win a shopping spree: 10 winners of P10,000 worth of gift certificates from Bonifacio High Street’s flagship sports brands Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are up for grabs. For every P2,000 single or accumulated receipts, dated Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, a shopper earns one raffle coupon entry. Winners will be announced on Jan. 4, 2021, at 3 p.m., through Bonifacio High Street’s official Facebook page. People who prefer to stay at home can still join the fun through Bonifacio High Street’s Live Holiday Shopping online shopping party, which will be aired on the Facebook pages of BHS. To make the holiday season special for the kids, children are encouraged to send their wish list online in the form of letters, videos, and comments for a chance to be one of the three lucky winners who will get their wish granted by Santa. Visitors also get a chance to receive a Christmas feast from BHS food merchants by posting photos of them in BHS talking about the reasons why they choose to celebrate their milestones and why they keep on coming back to Bonifacio High Street. Finally, in the first week of December, BHS goers will get a chance to spot Santa live as he rides an e-scooter in his very own PMD lane, falls in line for coffee, eats al fresco, or gives away gifts at the BHS amphitheater. Visitors can post all about Santa online and get a chance to be one of the five winners of P1,000 worth of gift certificates from MUJI. Health protocols will be strictly implemented to ensure a safe and seamless shopping and dining experience for all. For more details, visit  Bonifacio High Street’s official Facebook page as well at https://www.facebook.com/BoniHighStreet/ for the latest updates and announcements.

Tod’s bags get a makeover

TOD’S has launched its new Signature Bags, a series of versatile top-handle handbags featuring the iconic pattern inspired by the imprint of the house’s famed Gommino loafer. The new designs represent a revision of the original Signature pattern by the house’s new creative director Walter Chiapponi, a part of his mission to reaffirm Tod’s excellence in leather work and overall dedication to craftsmanship in a contemporary context. This reinterpretation of an icon sees a loosening of the Signature pattern, giving space for the natural quality of the leather to breathe and shine, while retaining and celebrating the circular pebble motif that echoes the base of the Gommino. Anchored by the signature Timeless T buckle, discreetly settled at the flap opening, the Matelassé texture is retained. The new design also better salutes the caliber of the raw materials. In the Philippines, Tod’s is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., with boutiques at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Shangri-La, and Shangri-La Plaza.

Montblanc honors Elvis Presley with pen series

MONTBLANC tells the story of cultural icons who made their mark on history through its Great Characters Edition, and is dedicating its latest Great Characters Edition to Elvis Presely. The collection is made up of three writing instruments, each one paying tribute to an important stage of Elvis’ career: a Special Edition inspired by his special 1968 comeback concert, a Limited Edition 1935 evoking his time in Las Vegas and a Limited Edition 98 based on the Aloha from Hawaii concert broadcast via satellite to 1.5 billion people across 40 countries. Many design details of the Special Edition are inspired by Elvis’ love of cars. The silhouette of the writing instrument is inspired by the shape of a spark plug, and his quote “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine” is embossed on the cone. The V shape of the clip and its eight-hole design reminiscent of the engine block are a further tribute to Elvis Presley’s love of cars. The pattern on the cap and barrel of the Special Edition are inspired by a ring custom-made for the famous Aloha in Hawaii concert. The top of the clip is decorated with the initials “EP” in reference to the design of his sunglasses. The Montblanc emblem on the cap top is combined with the ELVIS logo, the first time the iconic emblem has been adapted. The barrel is adorned with “Elvis has left the building.” The Special Edition comes in black resin, the color of the leather suit he wore for the 1968 NBC Elvis’ TV Special, enhanced with platinum-coated fittings. The Limited Edition 1935 features a lacquer eagle inlay worked into the cap inspired by the cape Elvis wore during the Aloha from Hawaii performance. “Jailhouse Rock,” is engraved on the handcrafted, rhodium-coated Au 750 solid gold nib. The cap of the Au 750 solid gold Limited Edition 98 fountain pen is adorned with the eagle from his costume. It features a floating Montblanc emblem with gold dust beneath; the little pillar in the center of the dome is a reference to Aloha in Hawaii’s being broadcast via satellite, and the dust represents Elvis’s performance. The Au 750 solid gold nib is embellished with an engraving of the song “Suspicious Minds.” Montblanc is also introducing a Montblanc Great Characters Elvis Presley limited edition ink in Old Glory Blue, as well as a white calfskin leather notebook with digital print and stud design of the eagle, a pair of steel and lacquer round “Elvis” cufflinks, and a steel and leather bracelet. The Montblanc Great Characters Elvis Presley Edition is available at Montblanc boutiques worldwide. Montblanc is at Rustans Makati, Rustans Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu,Greenbelt 5, City of Dreams and Resorts World.

Sodexo GCs go virtual

SODEXO Benefits and Rewards Services offers a multitude of exclusive deals for its corporate clients and consumers for the holidays. For companies to reward their employees in a safe and efficient way during these times, Sodexo is also launching its new digital solution, the Sodexo+ app to complement their paper solution, Premium Pass. “We recognize the challenges faced by companies and business owners since the onset of the pandemic. Through our products, we want to help them enhance employee engagement through meaningful rewards, while getting the most value. Now, Filipinos can share and receive GCs in an instant and contactless way,” says Sharon Kayanan, Sodexo Marketing Director. With Sodexo+, the gift certificates can now be distributed from an easy to use web portal into a free app. Through the app, users can then enjoy their digital GCs at merchants nationwide and purchase e-vouchers from e-commerce giants Shopee and Zalora. Users can also share their GCs with other users through the “Share GC” feature on the app. Since September, Sodexo has been treating its corporate clients with early holiday deals to reward their employees as well as their customers to help keep them engaged for the rest of the year and beyond. There is Sodexo’s One-derful Christmas Gifts, in which a minimum of P100,000 Co-Branded GCs gets 1% off or a rebate. Promo duration runs until Dec. 31. Then there is Buy More, Get More: get free P500 worth of Sodexo+ credits for every P1M purchase of Sodexo GCs. Promo duration runs until Dec. 31. There is also a Digital Christmas Ham or Basket: Instantly distribute gifts to employees, partners, and customers with Sodexo Digital Christmas ham or basket GC. Promo runs to Dec. 31. Until Dec. 31, consumers can also enjoy exclusive freebies and discounts when they use their Sodexo GCs at selected Miniso, Red Ribbon, Krispy Kreme, Yellow Cab, and Figaro Coffee branches nationwide. The Sodexo+ app is available for download on both IOS and Android smartphones. For more information on Sodexo+ and Sodexo’s Christmas deals and offers, visit and sign-up at bit.ly/SodexoChristmasDeals. For personal gifting needs, you can also buy Sodexo gift certificates at www.gcregalo.com and have these delivered to your doorstep.

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