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Family Mart opens at Glorietta 3
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I don’t think I’ve ever been to Japan without having stopped at Family Mart—usually late at night when most shops have closed. My favorite Family Mart has to be the one at Daikanyama T-site

Family Mart

Family Mart is like a Japanese 7-11, but way cooler—because of the Japanese magazines, the Crunky chocolate, the packed meals, and the Muji stationery!

Family mart
Family Mart

Now, Family Mart, Japan’s largest convenience store chain, has opened its first branch in the Philippines at Glorietta 3—without the stuff I mentioned above. But it does offer a lot of other options not found in your typical convenience store.

Family Mart Glorietta 3 façade

Brought in by Stores Specialists, Inc. and Ayala Land Inc. together with foreign partners Itochu Corporation and Family Mart Corporation, Family Mart is set to open 40 stores this year across Metro Manila.
Stores at Glorietta 5, Ayala Avenue MRT Station 3, and Exchange Regency in Ortigas are currently in progress, while Eastwood City, Pasay City, and Cavite are also in the works. The brand aims to open 300 stores in the next five years.

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Some of their offerings include healthy fruits and salads
fruits and salads

Sandwiches
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Sushi plates
sushi plate

Cha Soba
cha soba

Katsudon in the cute packaging
katsudon

Chicken Teriyaki roll
chicken teriyaki roll

Japanese snacks
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Japanese snacks

and drinks
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Plus Filipino favorites, like Pancit Canton and Malabon
Pancit Canton and Malabon

Fried chicken meal and fries, and so much more!
chicken meal and fries

During the opening at Glorietta 3, Family Mart Executives observed the customary Kagami Biraki, where they opened a cask of sake as a sign of celebration and good luck.

FamilyMart Executives and VIP Guests perform the Kagami Biraki, a traditional Japanese ceremony. From left to right: Isamu Nakayama (President, FamilyMart Japan), Fernando Zobel de Ayala (Chairman, Ayala Land), Anton Huang (President,  Philippine FamilyMa

Participating were (from L-R): Isamu Nakayama (President, FamilyMart Japan), Fernando Zobel de Ayala (Chairman, Ayala Land), Anton Huang (President, Philippine FamilyMart), Junji Ueda (Chairman and CEO, FamilyMart Japan), Yoshihisa Aoki (Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer and President Food Company, Itochu Corporation), Masaaki Kosaka (Managing Director and Managing Executive Officer, FamilyMart Japan), Tony Aquino (President and CEO, Ayala Land), Kenichiro Koreeda (Deputy Head, Japanese Embassy)

Fernando Zobel de Ayala (Chairman, Ayala Land) and Anton Huang (President, Philippine FamilyMart)
Fernando Zobel de Ayala (Chairman, Ayala Land) and Anton Huang (President, Philippine FamilyMart)

Crickette Tantoco, Tony Aquino (President and CEO,  Ayala Land), Zenaida Tantoco (President, Rustan Commercial Corporation)
Crickette Tantoco, Tony Aquino (President and CEO, Ayala Land), Zenaida Tantoco (President, Rustan Commercial Corporation)

Jaime Pineda and Catherine Huang
Jaime Pineda and Catherine Huang

The Unilever team: Terri Sy, Freida De-Guzman, Betsey Isla, Ralph Umali, Pat Gan, Trishia Cu, Clint Raypon, Elo Siccion, Fredy Ong, Carl Cruz, Janmar Roque
The Unilever team: Terri Sy, Freida De-Guzman, Betsey Isla, Ralph Umali, Pat Gan, Trishia Cu, Clint Raypon, Elo Siccion, Fredy Ong, Carl Cruz, Janmar Roque

Isamu Nakayama (President, FamilyMart Japan), Bobby Dy (EVP and COO, Ayala Land), Junji Ueda (Chairman and CEO, FamilyMart Japan), Anton Huang (President, Philippine FamilyMart), Junichi Yamashita (Chairman, Philippine FamilyMart)
Isamu Nakayama (President, FamilyMart Japan), Bobby Dy (EVP and COO, Ayala Land), Junji Ueda (Chairman and CEO, FamilyMart Japan), Anton Huang (President, Philippine FamilyMart), Junichi Yamashita (Chairman, Philippine FamilyMart)

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#JAGorigins winners announced
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After 396 valid entries to our recent promo, here are 10 winners of two VIP tickets each, to see Nina Garcia at the JAG Origins fashion and style forum at SMX:

Nina Garcia

1) Karen Aligato
2) Vanessa Angela Reyes
3) Eunika Fernando
4) Victoria Benedicto
5) Jonalyn Salo
6) Ralph Gregor L. Castillano
7) Kaye Lantoria
8) Celine Mallari
9) Rowena Barazon
10) Pearl villamor

The following will each receive either a pair of JAG ankle-cut jeans for women or JAG stretch jeans for men:

1) Christian Ilisan
2) Kristine Joy Diaz
3) Romy Antonette Pena
4) Ilene Rina Biong
5) leo garcia
6) Anthony Garcia
7) Pearl Joy Manalili
8) Thea Marie J. Moreno
9) Cheska Que
10) Miraflor Cipriano
11) Fiona Nesse Tindugan
12) Regine Anne Sibayan
13) Kylie Shayne Go
14) Patrick Dimaranan
15) John Xandre Baliza
16) Cel Baltazar
17) Celine Mallari
18) Brian Brandares
19) Chrystal Ventura
20) Michelle S. Lugasan

Winners, please wait for a confirmation email from JAG with instructions on how to claim your prizes.
Thank you and enjoy!

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Who wants to see Nina Garcia in Manila? (or win JAG jeans) #JAGorigins
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Nina Garcia—fashion expert and creative director of Marie Claire—is set to arrive in Manila to promote JAG Origins, a fashion and design advocacy program to benefit Filipino design students and budding fashion entrepreneurs.
On May 24, 2013, the celebrated Project Runway judge will be at Philippine Fashion Week at the SMX Convention Center, to lead a forum-type discussion that will focus on global style, design, and fashion trends worldwide.

Nina Garcia

Sharing her global perspective on fashion, Nina will give guests a sneak preview of what’s to come for JAG Origins 2014.
During the forum, Filipino designers Jerome Salaya Ang, Normal Noriega and Jeffrey Rogador will present special collections that will highlight Filipino artistry.
The forum will culminate in JAG’s Holiday 2013 fashion presentation, featuring JAG’s Ankle Cut Jeans for women and JAG Stretch Denims for men.

NIna Garcia

Do you want to see Nina Garcia in Manila?
I’m giving away ten pairs of VIP tickets to the JAG Origins forum at SMX. That’s 10 winners of two VIP tickets each.
Plus, 20 pairs of JAG ankle-cut jeans for women or JAG stretch jeans for men will also be given away.

Here’s how:
1) Open to anyone with a Twitter or Facebook account.
2) Follow @Jagjeans76 on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
3) Click on the Tweet or Like button at the bottom of this entry.
4) Register HERE.
5) Contest runs from May 21-22, 2013.
6) Winners will be raffled electronically and posted here on Chuvaness.com.

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The Sarah Jessica experience at SM Aura
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Last Thursday, everything was all about Sarah Jessica Parker opening the new SM Aura mall in Taguig.
Almost everyone I knew was going to be there, including my husband who opened the 16th Pepper Lunch store at Food on Four.
I was invited by SM’s Millie Dizon to SJP’s press conference at 6 PM.
I left the house around 5 PM and got there at 5:30 PM.
Here’s what greeted us: massive but moving traffic.

SM Aura opening day
SM Aura opening day

It was well-organized.
A couple of days prior, everyone was asking if I would be attending, and some asked if I could bring them in, like Paulo and Jujiin who are known to dress crazy, even on a regular day.

Paulo and Jujiin

I told Jujiin, “If you go, can you please not wear a costume?”
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw them all dressed up like this:

Jake, Matt, Jujiin, Paolo
L-R: Jake Galvez, Matt Gozun, Jujiin Samonte, Paulo Castro

We all went in for the presscon, but it was crazy crowded. I have to thank these guys and Elmer Lapeña of SAGA for helping us get through security. Joey Mead was hosting.

Joey Mead

Everyone was there

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Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura
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I’m so grateful I was able to secure a front row seat, but the presscon was crazy. Not a good idea to mix the press with the fans, because this was my view:

My view
My view
My view

Behind me: Saab and Maxene Magalona with Mary Ann Tinio and Teddyboy Locsin, who patiently tried to listen through the noise

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Seriously. The fans would not stop chattering, we could not hear a thing.
Anyway, Sarah Jessica Parker was a vision in a simple black dress, no vulgar jewelry, just simple hair and makeup.

Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura
Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura

She is much more beautiful in person, I just can’t put my finger on why as she is not a conventionally beautiful woman.
We are the same height, but she is probably 30 lbs lighter.

Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura

I wish I had better pictures, but butts were in my face.
These pictures I borrowed from Instagram. She is really beautiful.

Photo: liza ilarde
Photo: Liza Ilarde

Photo: Deneb Villanueva
Photo: Deneb Villanueva

Photo: deneb villanueva
Photo: Deneb Villanueva

Photo: kat malicsi
Photo: Kat Malicsi

I wasn’t able to look inside the SM Store with its new look, but I’ll be back when the crowd thins out.

The SM Store

Tried to eat at Pepper Lunch but it’s been packed since it opened at 11 AM on Thursday.

Pepper Lunch at SM Aura

My friends and I ended up checking out what’s open. Digital Walker has a gorgeous store on the 4th level

Digital Walker at SM Aura

Forever 21 had a crazy queue when it opened to the public yesterday

Forever 21 at SM Aura

Passed by Cotton On

Kevin and Cedric at Cotton On

Spotted: Yvette Fernandez after a shopping spree

Yvette Fernandez shopping

Passed by briefly at the cocktails, where I saw Robby Carmona, Cedric Cid, Dong Ronquillo, and Tim Yap

Robby, Cedric, Dong, Tim

Ended up at Uniqlo to buy the lounge pants I’m wearing now

Uniqlo at SM Aura

Overall an exciting experience. Haven’t seen so many people in suits in Manila, and SM Aura has the aircons to accommodate them, even in this heat.

SM Aura on opening night

I’m scared of crowds, so I’ll be back to check out the rest of the mall—maybe next month. 🙂
Watch this!

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