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SM City Bacolod

  • SM City Bacolod Christmas Tree Display 2017 - Disney Christmas
    A Disney Christmas At SM City Bacolod
    Posted in: Events

    SM City Bacolod has always celebrated the holidays with the lighting of their gigantic Christmas tree. This year, the mall has upped their display with an even grander tree, complete with all the bells and whistles, and a touch of Disney. Yep, you can start your Disney Christmas already by taking your picture with the tree as well as Mickey and Mini Mouse.

    A Grand Disney Christmas Launch

    In the true spirit of the Holiday and of Disney, the launching, which was held last November 11, 2017 (Saturday) was celebrated with Christmas songs, ballet and dance numbers, and, of course, the presence of kids and their parents. After the speeches and performances, the crowd gathered around the 40-foot tree as it was lighted. Balloons, in the same color as Mickey Mouse, were released and the monumental event was topped off with lots and lots of confetti, floating down like the first snow of winter.

    It’s only the middle of November, but why not start Christmas early? We, here in the Philippines, don’t get to have a Disney Christmas often so grab your loved ones and head over to SM City Bacolod. Your kids will love it and so will you.

  • EIGASAI Bacolod 2017 - Opening Night Film Review | Mea in Bacolod
    EIGASAI Opens at SM City Bacolod with Her Love Boils Bathwater (Movie Review)
    Posted in: Entertainment, Events

    It’s not everyday that the City of Smiles is graced with a foreign film festival. In fact, we haven’t had any foreign film fests at all until yesterday. Through the partnership with SM City Bacolod, EIGASAI, a film festival that has been celebrated in Manila for about 20 years, has extended their reach to Bacolod City, giving birth to the first ever EIGASAI Bacolod Film Festival.

    EIGASAI Bacolod 2017 | Mea in Bacolod

    Opening Night of Eigasai Bacolod

    I was invited to the opening and as expected the turn out was turnt up. City officials, several organizations, local media, Japanese citizens living in the city, bloggers (myself included), students and some of the general public were able to enjoy EIGASAI Bacolod’s opening night. The first ever film shown was “Her Love Boils Bathwater”.

    No Spoilers Opening Night Movie Review – 9/10

    Her Love Boils Bathwater is a film that many will appreciate. It’s rated PG and hits close to home as it portrays common familial issues. The film depicts troubles in a marriage, parenting difficulties, extramarital affairs, friendship, and, most of all, a mother’s unconditional love. Rie Miyazawa, main actress, was superb in the film. The rest of the cast was nothing short of amazing too.

    What to Expect

    One shouldn’t expect an artsy film nor a film with a lot of action scenes, but what “Her Love Boils Bathwater” will give you is something closer to your heart and that’s what makes it a must-see. Important FYI: Bring your tissues. A whole box of it. As you may have guessed, it’s a drama film and I know that most of you reading this will probably discount the film because of its genre but I’m telling you that this is far from the usual “chick flicks” you’ve seen on screen. It’s going to be a waste if you don’t see this film – trust me.

    EIGASAI Bacolod Brings You FREE Movies

    Did I mention that the EIGASAI Bacolod Film Fest brings you films for FREE? Yes, that’s absolutely right. This is not a typo. It’s really FREE – all 12 films you can watch with your friends at SM City Bacolod free of charge. Here’s the schedule. I suggest that you go early because the films are under a first-come-first-serve basis.

    EIGASAI Bacolod Trailers

    Don’t forget to LIKE Eigasai PH on Facebook as well as the Mea in Bacolod FB Page for more event updates. You can see all the trailers on my friend DhaDha Garcia’s blog the Blue Ink. Check the trailers here.

  • Bacolodnon Won P100,000 Shopping Spree | Mea in Bacolod
    Bacolodnon Won P100,000 Shopping Spree From SM and Mastercard
    Posted in: Trending

    Yesterday, one Bacolodnon greeted the new year with a big smile. Thanks to a joint project between the SM Store and Mastercard, MS. YVONNE ALLONES, an employee at the Riverside Medical Center, won a P100,000 shopping spree at SM City Bacolod.

    SM Shopping Spree Promo

    How did Ms Allones win? She simply went shopping at the SM Store. For every P3,000 single-receipt purchase using a Philippine-issued MasterCard at The SM Store entitled a cardholder to one electronic raffle entry that gave them a chance to win P100,000 shopping spree at any SM Retail Store. A total of 57 lucky winners nationwide were chosen for this promotion.

    • Josefina Sura from Pasig City
    • Ma. Carmela Dela Cruz from Paranaque
    • Melody Samudio from Lucena Quezon
    • Felipa Banda Sanlao from Baguio
    • Maria Lourdes Fe L. Mallari from San Fernando Pampanga
    • Yvonne Allones from Bacolod
    • Orson Sargado from Davao
    • Rosalla Andal from Naga

    Other shopping spree winners have already been notified by The SM Store representatives. Ms Allones already went around the mall yesterday to do a bit of shopping for herself and her family. The #SMSHOPPINGSPREE promotion is one of the many exciting promotions of the SM Store.

    I just have one question for Ms Allones, how to be you po?

    Watch out for The SM Store’s more exciting promos for shoppers in 2017.

  • Zoofari 2016: Information, Photos and Reminders
    Posted in: Events

    SM City Bacolod is once again presenting ZOOFARI – an indoor zoo featuring different animal groups. The event is already on its 6th year but even if it has been around for a while, Bacolodnons still cannot get enough of it.

    Zoofari entrance and name



    You’ll find ZOOFARI where the former SM appliance center was, at the back of the supermarket. You can’t miss it because it has a circus ticket booth outside where you can buy your tickets.

    Ticket Price

    A ticket costs P50. That’s per individual. If you’re bringing kids along, and I’m sure you will, you have to pay per individual regardless of the age.

    What You Probably Did NOT Know

    • This is actually a sort of fund raising event. Your P50 is actually a donation. This will go to SM Foundation’s environmental projects! A visit to ZOOFARI means that you and you’re kids are going to have fun while helping SM help the environment.
    • The DENR visits and checks all of the animals as they are one of the event partners.


    Animal Photos and Reminders

    You won’t be disappointed! Since the location is big enough, expect to see a lot of interesting animals. It was fun to take photos of them because some seemed to gravitate towards my camera.

    The Miniature Horses and the Donkey

    The miniature horse is kissing my cameraReminder: It is possible to pet the horses and the donkey but please ask permission from the watcher/handler first before doing so.

    I'm petting the donkey's head

    An Emu

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    The emu is the second-largest living bird in the world by height, after its relative, the ostrich. (source: Wikipedia)

    The Armored Crab and the Baby Croc

    This is an armored grab and a baby gator

    I forgot what this crab is called but it looks like one of my son’s hermit crabs only 100x bigger. The baby crocodile knows I was taking a picture of it.

    The Albino Snake

    Albino snake at the SM City Bacolod ZOOFARI

    This was taken by my husband and I have no idea how he did it. I forgot what this snake was but I’m betting it’s a python.

    The Medium-Sized Croc

    A philipppine crocodile. It's also called Mindoro Crocodile

    Another photo taken by my husband

    A croc’s scientific name is Crocodylus mindorensis and I am not talking about the kind of crocs you wear on your feet.

    An Iguana

    An iguana sitting on a tree branch

    Is it looking at the camera? My best friend would love this guy!

    The Baby Cat

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    Yet another photo taken by my husband

    I forgot the name of this little cat but I think it’s a leopard.

    Reminder: Please watch your children carefully. Some of the animals are in cages and some kids have been known to tap or strike the cage. Instruct them not to do so.

    Ibong Adarna

    A colorful chicken

    Again, I forgot the name of this bird but I feel like if the Ibong Adarna was real, it would look like this – vibrant and colorful.

    More Lizards

    Reptiles are striking a pose

    Reminder: You’ve seen Finding Nemo before, right? Do you remember the scene where the dentist’s niece was tapping on the tank and the fish didn’t like it? Ok. The lizards might be feeling the same thing. No tapping on the tank please 🙂

    The Black Apes

    The black apes playing with each other

    Reminder: These babies are grabbers so make sure not to stand too close to the cage. They’re cute but they’ll grab anything.


    A Lot of Birds

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    You’ll see a lot of birds there. My personal favorites are the black birds next to the apes. They look very elegant yet villainous. They’re probably nocturnal which explains the shade and why their backs are turned.


    Another photo by my husband

    Reminder: It’s actually OK to tap on this guy’s shell. Just make sure that you don’t pet it near its face. This is not a snapping turtle but it’s always a good idea to be careful.


    Little Pigs

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    Did you know that you can actually keep one as a pet? These are pot-bellied pigs and I’ve been searching for these ever since I saw Mikey Bustos get his pig Sanggol.


    Last Reminders:

    • Snakes overhead. Yes, you heard me so if you’re scared of snakes, watch where you’re walking.
    • Let’s respect the animals. Make sure not to tap or rattle the cage, make noise so the animal will move, surprise the animal and so on.
    • You are responsible for your children. Let them have fun but never forget their safety.
    • You can take pictures with snakes. Handlers are around so you don’t have to worry about a thing. They are harmless.
    • Opening hours: 1PM – 9PM.
    • ZOOFARI will only be around until Jan 31, Sunday.

    Readers, it’s not everyday that we get an indoor zoo in the city and enjoy looking at exotic and wild animals so make the most out of it and visit ZOOFARI at SM City Bacolod Today.


  • Skechers Bacolod: The First Store in the City of Smiles
    Posted in: Products

    Skechers, the Global fashion-athletic footwear brand, expands its chain with the opening of its first store in Bacolod, Negros Occidental located at the ground floor, north wing of SM City Bacolod. Last October 15, 2015, Skechers officially opened its doors to the Bacolod community just in time for the city’s grand festival, the MassKara Festival.

    Skechers Bacolod Now Open

    The new store offers Skechers’ latest footwear designs for men, women and kids that are perfect for the MassKara festival, the upcoming holiday season and beyond.  The Skechers collection includes the ultra comfortable GO Walk shoe series, the trailblazing GO Run series, as well as the trendiest gym must-have, the Skechers Sport collection.


    Facts I Learned About Skechers During the Opening

    Skechers offers footwear under two distinct categories:

    Lifestyle Division

    Women and Men’s casuals


    Skechers GO Walk


    Charity line BOBS from SKECHERS


    Performance Division

    Skechers GOrun


    Skechers GObionic footwear


    Not actual picture of Skechers GObionic

    What I have my eye on:

    collage skechers

    The Skechers GOWalk 2 is perfect for walking and, from the looks of it, they are very comfortable. A friend of mine walked in them for hours and she told me that her feet didn’t hurt at all. Though I don’t walk or travel that often, a good pair of comfortable shoes is always a good thing to have. I’d personally want something new to wear (it’s a girl thing) as I have nothing like this in my modest shoe collection.


    It’s also a good thing to mention that Skechers has clothes which I didn’t know about until the opening. Expect a price range of around 2k+ – 4k+ for great quality shoes from Skechers Bacolod. Find your perfect pair at the Skechers Bacolod today.



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