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Christmas is such a big deal for Filipinos. It is the largest celebration in the country and Christmas songs play as soon as the Ber months begin.  We are all excited to decorate our homes, buy gifts, plan parties, and even travel distances to be with our loved ones. Christmas spirit fills the air everywhere. When Christmas comes, you can't miss it.

I must admit, I was a bit sad this year. I know the pandemic will change the way we celebrate. But looking on a different perspective, our present situation has somehow made me realize  the real purpose of Christmas. Over the years, Christmas has become a source of emotional stress for those who are alone or lost a loved ones. While the financial burden of gift-giving has made other people feel inadequate. It should not be that way. 


A Dazzling Magical Christmas

SM City Marikina has been outdoing itself every year when it comes to Christmas decorations. It never cease to keep me from wondering what they'll come up with. With the challenges the even big businesses face, SM City Marikina opted for a simple and yet elegant Christmas centerpiece. 

The Dazzling Magical Christmas has unwrapped God's Christmas gift for us: the gift of love and hope.



"Ang launching ng Christmas centerpiece display, ito ay simbolo ng pag-asa. Pag-asa sa bawat Filipino kahit na lugmok tayo sa ganitong panahon, pandemya... tayo ay naniniwala na may bagong bukas po ang ating bansang Pilipinas." - Marikina City Vice Mayor Doctor Marion Andres



During the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, SM City Marikina honored our front liners who tirelessly and unselfishly ensure that we are all safe even if it means putting their lives at risk. They sacrifice spending time with their families so we could be with ours.




The Bears of Joy are also inspired by our front liners. You can choose from Kit the Doctor, Heart the Nurse, Ace the Soldier, and Max the Police. It has been an annual tradition of SM Cares and Toy Kingdom to share the joy every Christmas by donating a bear with every purchase. All you have to do is purchase a pair for only 200 Pesos. You can bring home one bear and the other one is for donation to SM Cares' chosen beneficiaries.




Christmas is about love, hope, reconciliation, and giving. It's time to have a meaningful celebration. 


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