Celebrating Smiles Through Art

Acts of Kindness Hosts Art Exhibit Benefiting Smile Train, the World’s Leading Cleft Charity

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Artwork from Smile Train’s cleft patients.

On July 19, Acts of Kindness and Solaire Resorts and Casino unveiled, “A Celebration of Smiles: Creating smiles and second chances at life through art,” an art exhibit benefiting Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity. The exhibit is being held at Solaire’s The Shoppes Artway.

The exhibit features artwork by local and international artists, and some of Smile Train’s former cleft patients. The artwork will be available for sale until September 2 and will help raise funds and awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines.

“We are grateful that Acts of Kindness is hosting this art exhibit to help raise awareness for Smile Train and our local programs here in the Philippines. Through this initiative, not only is Acts of Kindness able to showcase local and international talent, they are also able to help create a brighter future for children born with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Smile Train to help fund various local programs to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care for Filipinos.

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Artworks by Mr. Roberto Sanchez.

The art exhibit showcases pieces from Roberto Sanchez, a DJ and entrepreneur by trade, but creatively a self-taught artist. Sanchez works are primarily expressionistic, dramatic portraits replete with distorted, thick lines and incongruous forming gnarly surfaces of painted faces.

This artist duly approaches his paintings with a process that aims to capture the essence of the portrait subjects. While he technically addresses physicality and form, he is keenly interested to understand and capture in his canvas real presences from his subjects.

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Mr. Roberto Sanchez himself.

He takes particular cue with the eyes which for him spells and define the character of the subjects. And even if the frames are still unfinished, they already evoke such entrancing stillness, energies, and completeness. They have the ability to charm and confuse.

Sanchez finds affirmation when his painted subjects find themselves in his works as they connect with their painted likeness in canvas.

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Artworks by Jon Ray Fernandez.

Jon Ray Fernandez is an airline professional turned mixed media artist. A self-taught visual artist, Fernandez started off with zero art education since it never occurred to him that art could possibly be a career.

Originally from Bacolod City, he left the country to travel the world. After being based in London and the Middle East for a number of years, he came back to the Philippines in 2015 with plans to continue his aviation career. Eventually, he stumbled upon the world of art and there found his true calling.

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Mr. Jon Ray Fernandez himself.

As a visual artist, his main objective is to bring beauty and fun back into local art. He started posting his works on social media, gaining a fan base around the globe. With Pedro Almodovar, muse Rosie De Palma, and actress Emmanuele Beart admiring his works, this led to patrons buying his pieces.

Camy Cabral, a full-time artist with a background in design and advertising; and Albrecht Behmel, an award-winning artist and best-selling writer whose works have been shown in Paris, Beijing, New York, Moscow and London. Despite coming from different backgrounds with different styles of artwork, these artists came together to offer their pieces all for a good cause.

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My son, posing with his fave artwork from the exhibit. These are works of Albrecht Behmel.

Apart from the seasoned artists, some of the artwork is from Smile Train’s former cleft patients including: Julia Robert Capili, Angel Ibo, Pearl Angeli Miranda, Jervy Hobo and Nickson Cabote. Having interacted with the guests, these individuals have shown how far they’ve come since their initial cleft surgery.

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Raix with some of Smile Train’s cleft patients.

“We hope that we can continue to raise awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines and all over the world through these small acts of kindness,” says Flaviano. “We want to continue to spread smiles and encourage others to do the same.”

For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.

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Summer Rhythm Hip Hop and Ballet Dances for Kids

Moms and dads out there, still looking for a summer activity for your kid? How about Ballet and Hip Hop Class? Bet?

Last April 10, Araneta Center together with Dance Plus Philippines launched their Summer Dance Program – Summer Rhythm. These workshops will be held every Tuesday and Friday from April 10 – May 18, for kids 4-15 years old. Sessions are held at the Ali Mall Activity Area their space is great for the workshop because of the spacious area where kids can easily move and groove.

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Classes are facilitated by the dance instructors from Dance Plus. Dance Plus, also known as ‘your studio without walls’ partners with schools, malls, and condominiums to share the gift of dance to as many children as possible. Leaving children priceless memories this summer.

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Raix was very excited once I told him about the hip-hop class. He loves dancing and his favorite moves are from Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’. At first, he was really shy to show his moves but eventually got the hang of it. 🙂 He may not still get the ‘angst’ of hip-hop dancing but still, Raix is a great dancer.

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As a “stage mom” I don’t just watch my son but also the instructor. I was very impressed actually, Teacher Arlene started their class with a warm-up and slowly introduced a few steps after. What really surprised me is that before ending the session kids also cooled down. I danced during my school days but never taught about that. Great job Dance Plus!

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Thank you Teacher Arlene!

Thank you so much to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Araneta Center for the wonderful opportunity.

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Team Mommy Bloggers!

Here’s How to Join:
From April 10 – May 18, 2018 every P1000 single receipt from any Araneta Center establishment ( Gateway Mall, Gateway Tower Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza, Farmers Market, Novotel, Coliseum Circle Restaurants, KIA Theatre Arcade, Telus Arcade, Cyberpark Tower 1, Shopwise Arcade Restaurants, Araneta Center Bus Station & Busport, and Manhattan Parkway, Parkview, and Heights Arcade), four (4) Cineplex tickets (Gateway Cineplex 10 or Ali Mall Cineplex 4) entitles the customer to one (1) FREE Ballet Dance Class and one (1) free Hip Hop Dance Class at Ali Mall Activity Area.

Customers must present their receipts at the concierge booth located at the ground floor of Ali Mall to claim their free dance class stubs.

Strictly one transaction per receipt only. For receipts exceeding P 1000, only a maximum of 1 free Ballet Dance and one (1) free Hip Hop Dance Class stubs shall be given.

Schedule of classes:

April 10,13,17,20,24,27
May 1,4,8,11,15 &18

Ballet Class – 10am – 11am (4-7 yrs old)
11am – 12 nn ( 8-15 yrs old)

Hip Hop Class -1pm- 2pm (4-15 yrs old)
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Raix at the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew 2018 Media Launch

It’s summer once again! Kids are excited to go out and play while moms and dads think of ways on how to make summer fun and educational at the same time. Nothing to worry, because McDonald’s offers both!

Luckily for us, Raix got invited to be part of the coolest team this Summer – McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop. It was a one day activity where they were able to experience unique exciting activities.

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This annual summer program is now on it’s 26th year. It is for kids 6-12 years old. Here our kids will experience all the fun things that make up McDonald’s through play-based activities, allowing them to learn good values, build confidence and discover new talents, all in the company of new friends!

The Kiddie Crew Workshop will teach our kids what it is like to be working at McDonald’s. My son Raix had so much fun making his own cheeseburger and greeting customers at the drive-thru and front counter as he gets their orders.

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His very own cheeseburger. Yummy!

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His first time to experience working in the drive-thru area.

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Ready to serve the order! 🙂

Aside from experiencing work done at McDonald’s, children will also get the opportunity to express their talent in arts and dancing.

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His very own Happy Meal Box.

By being part of the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew, Raix learned new skills, gained new friends and experienced a lot of learning and FUN! So what are you waiting for? Enroll your kids in the nearest McDonald’s store and give them an unforgettable summer experience!

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Raix and his new found friends loves McDo! 🙂

Here is the list of activities you kids will be doing during this workshop.

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Are you worried that you cannot join this workshop because of the 5-weekday schedule? Good news! This year McDonald’s offering a 2-day Weekend Workshop.

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For a complete schedule and list of branches you may visit their link: http://mcdokiddiecrew.com/

You may also watch Raix’ Kiddie Crew Experience

PROMIL Four i-Shine Talent Camp 6: Discovering your child’s potential through fun, learning activities

What does your child do well? As parents, we know that our children already have the skills one sort or other. Some kids will have a knack for singing, while others will excel in painting.

Letting them explore on their own is essential to discover and nurture their true gifts. For instance, motivating kids to participate in various activities is a good opportunity to discover their interests. Aside from stimulating their creativity, doing this will also help push children to explore their full potential.

While they are young, allowing your kids to realize their talents is helpful in honing their skills. And as parents, we can be the number one support that they need.

Last February 24, Raix and I were very fortunate to be invited to Promil’s iShine Talent Camp Launch for this year. Personally, this is something I look forward to for Raix back when he was still a baby. I recall that I imagine him joining the talent camp, singing and dancing with the other kids. So, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity!

As we got to the venue we got more excited as we are greeted by these cool photo op backdrops.

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Raix was very happy to be able to hold and try this guitar. 🙂

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The Promil 4 iShine Talent Camp 6 launch was hosted by the Multimedia Star Ms. Toni Gonzaga. Mommies and daddies are taught on what Promil has to offer our little ones by doctors and food scientist & nutritionist.

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Left to RIght: Dr. Tippy Tanchanco, Dr. Leticia Ho, host Toni Gonzaga-Soriano, actress Dimples Romana, and Mary Jude Icasiano

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Yvette Villegas, the brand manager of PROMIL® Four, said that the i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 brings a whole new fun, and learning experience for parents and their kids.

“We’re so excited to finally open the most exciting PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 yet, where we will witness, once again, the awesome talents of the young participants,” Villegas added. “This year, we are also bringing back our camp masters on board, who will help discover, nurture, and inspire their talents so that they will shine brightly.”

This season, the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 showcases four different workshops namely, Music, Dance, Arts, and Engineering. Maestro Ryan Cayabyab returns as the camp master who will lead the Music Workshop, Teacher Georcelle Sy, of the G-Force Dance School for the Dance Workshop, Teacher Robert Alejandro and his team from Papemelroti for the Art Workshop, and a new set of workshops focused on Engineering to be led by Teacher Lei Sta. Maria of Engineering for Kids.

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Left to right: Mr. Robert Alejandro, Teacher Georcelle, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Ms. Lei Sta. Maria

We were also amazed by the Promil iShine Talent Camp graduate’s presentation. They sang, danced and one of them played the drums! These kids are so talented! 🙂
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The best part of the event was when the kids got the chance to experience what is in store for them this year at the Promil iShine Talent Camp. My son Raix sure had fun! 😀 We will share to you his experience through his YouTube Channel – Raix at Play.

The PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 will run from April 2 to May 3, 2018. It will be conducted in different locations in Metro Manila and will be concluded through a recital on May 11, 2018where the participants of all four workshops will perform.

The PROMIL Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 will also visit key cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao via road shows to allow children outside Metro Manila to experience the thrill of the workshops.

PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 is now accepting enrollees for the summer activity. To enroll, parents should purchase any of the participating PROMIL Gold® Four or PROMIL® Four variants, which has a corresponding discount to any of the kid’s chosen talent workshop. The pre-registration, on the other hand, will be done online through PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 website.

Who knows your child may be the next Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander Graham Bell, Elvis Presley or Madonna.

Since its inception, the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp helped discover and nurture the young Filipinos’ gift in partnership with parents. It is initiated by PROMIL® Four, a milk brand, specially formulated for children above three years old. It is also the only brand that contains NUTRISSENTIALS®—the combination of the unique and important nutrients that help support mental and physical development to help Nurture the Gift, together with balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

To know more about PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6, visit www.ishine.ph. You may also log on to www.wyeth.com.ph to know more about  PROMIL® Four.

Join the LEGO Friends and be part of Heartlake City

My little boy, Raix is a LEGO lover. His fondness to it is just overwhelming. As young as 3 years old, he can build small lego sets by following the manual. Honestly, he is even better than me! Haha. When he knew that we got an invitation to a LEGO Friends event he got so excited! 🙂

The LEGO Friends event was held last June 30 at the Ayala Malls the 30th. The event was also a launch of the weekend LEGO Friends Weekend Activity.

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LEGO Friends

LEGO Friends is a product range of the Lego construction toy designed primarily for girls. Introduced in 2012, the theme introduced the “mini-doll” figures, which are about the same size as the traditional minifigures but are more detailed and realistic. The sets include pieces in pink and purple color schemes and depict scenes from suburban life set in the fictional town of Heartlake City. In the initial wave of sets, the larger sets include bricks that can build a veterinary clinic, a malt-style café, a beauty salon and a suburban house; smaller sets included a “cool convertible,” a design studio, an inventor’s workshop and a swimming pool.

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Meet the LEGO Friends Characters

LEGO Friendstheme center around five best friends, each with their own unique personality, who live in the beautiful Heartlake City, where there are lots of cute animals to take care of, shops to visit and houses to live in.

Get to know the five core characters—named Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia and Stephanie!
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Stephanie is a confident natural leader. She is very social, creative and organized. She loves planning events, parties, and soccer. She also enjoys talking to people, writing stories and dancing ballet as well. Her signature colors are white, magenta and light pink, and her favorite food is cupcakes.

Olivia is an environmentalist who enjoys science, nature, and history. She also enjoys inventing,hiking, taking pictures, school and drawing. She is also a caretaker of a newborn foal. Her signature colors are pink, purple, and white. She is very intelligent and focused, yet at times clumsy.

Emma is the fashionista of the group, Emma is a very stylish and trendy girl who loves style. As shown in the sets she appears in, she enjoys fashion design, making jewelry, interior design, makeovers, English horseback jumping and karate. Her signature colors are purple and pink. She is very fashionable, yet sometimes forgetful and unable to speak up for herself.

Mia is the animal lover of the group, Mia is also a vegetarian. She enjoys taking care of and spending time with animals. She also excels atsports, training animals and drumming, and enjoys riding horses, camping and magic tricks. Her signature colors are light blue, green, and purple. She is very caring and athletic, yet somewhat stubborn.

Andrea is the musician of the group. She is a talented singer and great at making up her own songs. She loves anything that pertains to music: singing, playing the piano, dancing, and drama/theater, and is also a great cook, as she works at a café, as well as a loving for bunnies. She is practical, yet at times overly dramatic. She is sometimes a little full of herself, but she normally learns her lesson.

Exciting Games and Prizes

The most exciting part during the LEGO Friends event launch was the games. One of which is the Lego Friends Speed Building Competition.

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I asked Raix what he want to build. He said he wanted to make a sword like from Star Wars. Here is his light saber. 😀

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He had an awesome time building this. Imagine building something with just 60 blocks! It was like show-and-tell, kids are asked what they built. I was so proud of Raix because he didn’t get shy when he was asked about his entry. 🙂

We were not able to win Major Prizes from the two games but we got lucky and was picked during the raffle! Yey!!!

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We also got a bag of LEGO goodies! Thank you so much Lego Philippines! Raix can’t wait to open it all! Watch out for our unboxing and toy review on Raix’ YouTube Channel

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Dads and moms if you are planning on a family activity this weekend this LEGO Friends Weekend Activity will surely be a big hit to your kids. Also a fun way to bond with them. 🙂 Head on over to Ayala Malls the 30th to win awesome LEGO items. Registration starts 11AM. I assure you that your family will have “blocks and blocks” of FUN!!!

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Our Vita Cubes 2 Good Vita Experience

Vita Cubes wasn’t new to our ears. We, – yes we, I am guilty – first had a taste of these cute cube-shaped jellies from another event as a FREEBIE. When I saw it from the loot bag, I got pretty curious and opened it. Upon seeing the jellies I was like – eewww, I don’t like this! yes mommies I don’t like jellies – BUT upon checking the label and saw that it is a vitamin, I said, REALLY? This might be good. So I took one and to my surprise, it isn’t bad after all! 🙂

My son who was fond of jellies saw it, took the package from me and tasted it! And he really LOVE it!

Last October 22, we were so lucky and got invited by Vita Cubes to attend their special event at BGC Active Fun. 🙂

Raix and I were soooo excited!!! I am excited to meet mommy bloggers while of course the little one was excited to play and have lots of FUN!!! As soon as we get there, here’s what we did! 🙂 PICTURE! PICTURE!

We were greeted by these. A CAKE BOOTH! 🙂 These were later on given to the kids to make and design the way they like it while mommies and daddies listened to a wonderful talk.

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Here is his decorated cake and he just can’t wait to taste it! 🙂

All around the place are samples and a candy buffet for the kids and kids at heart.

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Caught him taking some of the Candy Vitamins! Haha

There were also games, magic show, flip book photobooth and the food was superb! Our over-all experience was one of a kind! PLUS! We get to bring this loot home. Thank you Vita Cubes and Rebisco.

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Not only that, the kids were also given an hour of free play at Active Fun’s Indoor Playground. (Raix was so excited we didn’t had a picture inside.) 🙂

Once again THANK YOU Vita Cubes!!! 🙂

For mommies out there. Try VITA CUBES now. These are cube-shaped jelly candies that come in five different flavors — strawberry, apple, grape, orange, and mango.

Aside from having a delicious taste, Vita Cubes is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals that are important for growing children.

LYSINE — Contains 70% of the child’s RENI. Aids the body in proper growth and energy production. Also helps in calcium absorption.

ZINC — Contains 70% of the child’s Recommended Energy and Nutritional Intake (RENI). Zinc is known to help in proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, energy metabolism, and in increasing the rate of healing for wounds.

VIT. AContains 40% of the child’s RENI. Helps in increasing the body’s immunity to fight infections. Also plays an important role in ensuring healthy eyes and bone development.

VIT. BSupplies 30-70% of the child’s RENI. Promotes growth and strength. Stimulates child’s memory in their formative years. Helps boost the oxygen circulation in the body, especially the brain, which in turn will improve concentration.

VIT. CSupplies 30% of the child’s RENI. Helps form and repair red blood cells, bones and tissues. Helps your child’s gums stay healthy. Strengthens your child’s blood vessels, minimizing bruising from falls and scrapes. Helps cuts and wounds heal, boosts the immune system, and keeps infections at bay. Helps the ody absorb iron from food sources.

VIT. ESupplies 40% of the child’s RENI. Boosts the immune system and helps the body fight germs. Keeps blood vessels open wide enough for blood to flow freely. Helps the cells of the body work together to perform many important functions.

WHERE TO BUY?

  • Vita Cubes is available at all Mercury Drug outlets, SM Supermarkets, Robinson’s Supermarkets, Waltermart, Landmark, Puregold, and other leading supermarkets and local grocery stores nationwide. It is also available in Mini Stop outlets.
  • May be bought per box (containing 10 pieces of 50g-pack) or per individual 50g pack.
  • Vita Cubes Singles (Php 1.00 per piece) may also be bought at sari-sari stores, supermarkets, and local grocery stores near you.

HOW MUCH?

  • Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for a 50g-pack is at Php12.00.

Grab yours now mommies. You will never have to force your kids to take their daily vitamins! 🙂

TMNT Out of the Shadows

Since I was in my elementary days I am an avid fan of four awesome green heroes who loves pizza. These ninjas were my idols ever since. From Leo’s leadership, Donnie’s intelligence, Mikey’s goofiness and of course Raph’s aggressiveness. The last time I was able to watch them in television was year 1996. When these green guys are back in screen by 2003 I introduced them to my girls, just like me they loved them! Luckily hubby also likes these half shell heroes. 🙂

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The return of these turtles by 2012 in NICKELODEON was timely to me having a little boy. And yes, they are one of his favorite TV characters. He likes them all especially Raphael. When asked why, “Because he is strong!” Haha

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Last 2014, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures released a reboot movie entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The clip our family liked the most was when they were in the elevator and performed a short rap. 😀 My little boy even asked me to have it downloaded in his tablet. That movie was his favorite for almost 2 months!!!

This 2016, we got really excited as they released a sequel entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. We definitely wouldn’t miss watching it in the big screen.

Luckily for us, as we checked Nick-asia.com, they were giving away FREE tickets for 4, for the Premier Movie Screening. And yes, we WON!!! Woot! Woot! The kids were so excited and can’t hardly wait, oh well,  OK, I admit, I was MORE excited than they are! 😀  But then as we were still overwhelmed by winning the tickets, I got a word from Richprime Global Inc. that on that same day, they, together with Nickelodeon and Toy Kingdom will launch an unveiling of the Turtles. Who can get luckier than we did. 😉

On June 1, 2016, the Mall Atrium at the SM Mall of Asia was turned into GROUND ZERO NEW YORK. It was like you really are in New York. They set up a maze for the kids, and a small obstacle race track.

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 There was a short trivia game for the Ninja Turtle Fans. My little boy get to win a prize too. 🙂

 There are also merchandises up for grabs, shirts, action figures, even plushies! So cute!

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At the other side, they placed a mini-game for the kids. The Laser Lockdown Challenge. It was a dark room with lasers. Kids need not to touch or get hit by the lasers in order to get outside. I wasn’t able to get inside, – too many kids inside – and taking pictures inside with flash will ruin their playing experience. 🙂

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View outside of the Laser Lockdown Challenge.

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Safety gears and safety reminders.

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Kids need to wear these protective gears before playing.

Finally! The much awaited unveiling!

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BOLDER. BIGGER. BADDER.

It was like the real thing!!! They are really huge! People just can’t get enough and took their selfies & groufies with these life-size turtles.

After much excitement from the big reveal, next stop was the cinema. As we fall in line to claim our tickets, we were greeted by a bunch of ninjas. These ninjas are very friendly and talented. They danced, performed a few tricks and allowed kids to have their picture taken with them.

 The best part aside from the movie were the FREEBIES!!! Popcorn, candies, chocolates PLUS games for kids! It was so much fun! 🙂 The movie was GREAT! My little boy got hooked on it. I was amazed at how he got to understand the movie. Maybe it was just because these TURTLES really amazes him.

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Once again, thank you so much to Nickelodeon Asia for the movie ticket give-away and Richprime Global Inc and Toy Kingdom Ph for the activities during the TMNT Unveiling. Cowabunga!!!