Save the Children’s #LahatSanta Campaign Wants You To Put On Your Santa Hat + Be A Hero For Kids  

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Save the Children Philippines launches  ‘Lahat Santa’, inviting all individuals,
companies, associations, and schools to become a hero for the country’s children this Christmas

Save the Children launches its new Christmas campaign #LahatSanta, giving everyone an exciting opportunity to become Santa to poor kids.

“In the Philippines, 1 in 3 children suffers from stunted growth due to hunger and malnutrition, and this means that they won’t be able to reach their full potential. Poor families struggle to feed their children and it’s estimated that 1.5 million Filipino children go to sleep hungry every night, not having eaten a thing all day,” says Dr. Amado Parawan, Save the Children’s Health and Nutrition Advisor.

Be a hero, wear a Santa sombrero!

Lahat Santa is a new fun way to celebrate Christmas! Save the Children encourages individuals, schools and companies to wear their Santa hats, raise funds in their own creative way and make the holidays much more meaningful by donating to Save the Children’s programs.

Upon signing up on, participants get a free fundraising kit which includes a coin bank, Christmas poster, and a Santa hat. The kit includes ways you can fundraise, from bake sale to the good old Christmas caroling – it is up to the participants how they’ll spread the cheer.

On the day of action on December 15

Save the Children calls on participants to put on their Santa hats and shout out on social media how they are fundraising for Save the Children using hashtag #LahatSanta. The fun does not stop here. On December 17, a fun run will be organized to benefit Save the Children’s Christmas campaign.

Filipino artists and influencers such as Ria Atayde, Bianca Guidotti, Jeushl Wensh Tiu, and Trish Ramos have also expressed interest in the campaign. Many reputable companies have also come together to support Save the Children’s campaign, including BPI Foundation, Family Mart, Strong Media Advertising Solutions Inc., Light Network, Nyxsys, OLX, ANC, Business Mirror, Page One, Manila Scope, Philippine Graphic, Lamudi, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Manila Business Insight, Pilipino Mirror, Zen Health and When In Manila,

“With every Lahat Santa hat comes great responsibility. Your commitment to Lahat Santa campaign could mean life-saving support for a child. Your donation can provide treatment to babies suffering from malnutrition and help expand our programs that could impact their lives in the long run, Save the Children’s Head of Strategic Partnerships, Riel Andaluz, reminds the public.

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Head of Strategic Partnerships for Save the Children Riel Andaluz invites the audience to put on their Santa hats and join the organization in becoming ‘Lahat Santa’ for the Philippines’ children

Here are the steps to join #LahatSanta Campaign

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Have A #MerrySMChristmas2015 As Your Favorite Cartoon Comes To Life!

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Kids and kids-at-heart are expected to enjoy an enchanting Christmas at all SM malls nationwide starting this weekend, November 6 to 8, with well-loved cartoon and toy characters joining the launch revelries of SM’s Grand Christmas celebration.

Festivities start at SM North EDSA on Friday, November 6, where all-time favorite Disney characters will be present during the launch of “A Season of Magic”. To make the event more meaningful, children from a selected beneficiary will be given a chance to personally meet Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and have a first peek at the main attraction –  the Disney Village. A medley of favorite Disney songs will be performed by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir.

Throughout the weekend, the fun continues with other malls all over the country simultaneously launching their own Christmas centerpieces featuring various animated characters and Christmas themes. These include Disney’s Frozen, Barbie, Cartoon Network, Toy Factory and 100 Elves, Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Nickelodeon, Disney Princess, Disney Junior, Adventure Time, Lego Christmas Adventure, and Sanrio Holiday, among others.

According to Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls’ Senior Vice-President for Marketing,“We are just as excited as children everywhere as SM officially starts the holiday with our biggest themed Christmas celebrations yet. Christmas at our malls is for kids and the young at heart, so we have gathered the most number of cartoon and comic character themes everin our 55 malls nationwide.  Each mall will be decorated with giant installations and picture-worthy pockets of Christmas fun that will form part of kids’ memories until they become parents themselves.”

Although these attractions will be open to the public throughout the Christmas season, the public is enjoined to bring their families, kids, relatives and friends to enjoy the weekend launch activities at any SM mall.

For a complete schedule of activities and launches, please go to SM’s official Christmas microsite, follow its official social media accounts at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber. Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.

Jared’s Quips

Truly Christmas is made even better with all the beautiful display SM sets up during the season. These displays and exhibits have been part of many people’s Christmas celebration and tradition. We are looking forward to seeing Mickey and the Disney gang this afternoon at SM North Edsa + we hope to see you all there! ^_^

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Celebrating Christmas in School

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i don’t believe i told you all about our christmas celebration in school. this is the first time i am joining a christmas party in school as i’ve just started schooling this year + i did enjoy it! the weekend before our party, mum + i were busy preparing my gifts for my classmates + my teachers. mum made goodie bags out of colored papers we have readily available + i put a lot of big hero 6 stickers onto these bags as decorations. mum also found this cool christmas gift tags printable on pinterest, which i used to write in the names of my friends + teachers. we packed a variety of candies + a couple of colored pens on my classmates’ bags, while mum stashed a couple of girly stuff on my teachers’ bags. i do hope they like the gifts we prepared for them!

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our school party started with a program at the gym hosted by a local fast food. everyone from prek1 to grade 6 were in the gym that day, along with our teachers. contests were also held for everyone to join. i joined this fun game with my classmate, wesley, where we were to follow the instructions like “put your cheek on your partner’s cheek” and the likes. it was a pair of our schoolmates from the other pre-k2 class who won this contest.

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after we participated in the program at the gym, we proceeded to our classroom to continue our party. we were served fried chicken + rice, burger + juice. as we were eating, we also distributed the gifts we prepared for our classmates. + while finishing our food, the exchange gifts started.  it was charlene who picked me from our exchange gifts + she gave me this cool ninja turtle toy with music + light. i picked mavey + i gave him this cool truck diecast we got for him. i sure hope he likes it!

how was your christmas celebration in class?

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the world’s first battery-operated playground by energizer

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Mum was recently invited to the launch of the Energizer Playground at the Activity Center of Trinoma in Quezon City. I was more than happy to tag along + was excited at the prospect of seeing battery-operated toys. I was hoping to see familiar character toys + I never went home disappointed! Read more about our experience to know why I enjoyed this day out. 🙂

The Energizer Playground

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Jollibee spreads holiday joy with Christmas caroling flash mob

jollibee makes Christmas more fun as they continue to fulfill its mission to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the biggest, longest + jolliest yet as it brings the spirit of Maaga ang Pasko nationwide, with a series of Christmas caroling flash mob events. this exciting performances were captured in a video recently uploaded on youtube.

the caroling flash mob events were held in three different locations starting with Market!Markert! in Taguig City where actor Jao Map, singer and former South Border vocalist, Duncan Ramos, and The Voice of the Philippines Season 1 finalist Morissette Amon serenaded the mall goers with beautiful Christmas tunes along with the Lumen Anima Chorale and Singles for Christ Choir.

the second caroling flash mob location was at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu City where singer and stage actress Tippy Dos Santos, singer and Cebu host Christine Fernandez, along with the University of Cebu Chorus sang to busy travelers milling about.

finally, the 3rd leg of the Jollibee caroling flash mob was held at Rizal Park in Davao where Star Power reality talent show 1st runner-up, Krissel Valdez, Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World at the World Championship of Performing Arts 2014,  Lloyd Montebon performed to the delights of local park visitors.

add more Christmas cheers with the Jollibee Christmas caroling flash mob video, do share it with your families + friends to share the heart-warming cheers with them!  :Wink:

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