Christmas 2016: Robinsons Galleria Ortigas

Christmas 2016 at Robinsons Galleria
Christmas decor on the atrium of Robinsons Galleria Ortigas
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City

The 5-story Robinsons Galleria, located at the busy EDSA-Ortigas Avenue intersection, is the flagship mall of Robinsons Malls – one of the three major mall/retail chain operators in the Philippines.

To say that the mall’s main entrance fronting EDSA is underwhelming is an understatement. Aside from the fact that little updating had been done to the facade since the mall complex opened in 1990, the simple bright lights installed for the Christmas season pictured above did little to make entry to the mall more enticing. To be fair with the mall, it didn’t need any help promotion, as foot traffic in the area is incredible at any given day.

While mall workers were decorating Christmas lights October 29, 2013 (Christmas decors are usually done at this day, right after Halloween decors are taken down), fire broke out at the clothing and toys section of Robinsons Galleria. Now, that happened 3 years ago and it wasn’t clear in the reports whether the Christmas lights were to blame for the fire, but probably this explains the rather lackluster effort from the mall?

Christmas 2016 at Robinsons Galleria

Everywhere in the mall, the white Christmas lights are paired with blue and green lights. This is an odd choice of color combination, but I think it works. Also, I love the reindeer scupltures. What do you think?

Seven Years

Techportal at UP-Ayalaland Technohub
Techportal at UP-Ayalaland Technohub
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

According to my WordPress dashboard:

It’s been 7 years since my previous blog entry “much closer” was published. Here’s how the post has performed so far…



See, I like this blog a lot but I am certain that I will never have the time to commit to it fully. I can abandon it for another seven years – or I can update it when I happen to have some time and I am in the mood for blogging about Metro Manila. I think a post in a year, or two, looks better than none at all.

So I’m giving this kid another chance and this time I won’t pressure myself to post stuff daily.

For my first post in ages, I’m posting a photo of my current turf – Diliman district in Quezon City. I never would’ve thought that I will be working in Quezon City but opinions, and many other things, change in seven years. I have been based in Quezon City for almost two years now, I’ve been living here for about a year (though I will be relocating soon, and the move, as well as the changes that have happened, deserves a different blog entry).

If you look at the photo above, you’ll see metal rings allotted for bike parking.  Metro Manila is making some progress in terms of promoting bike culture. Yay! What didn’t change? The quality of our Internet connections! It is still dismal, in spite of the minor improvements implemented here and there. But I believe it’s okay to post bigger pictures now. So from now on, I’ll be posting photos that are a bit larger than the ones I’ve posted ages ago. Edit – ugh, the current theme I use crops the right side of the photo!

This blog needs a “major overhaul” (Tan Cardoso, 2014). I’ll think about what else needs renovation in this little space occupying the world wide web (we don’t call it that anymore, do we?).

to cheer up

UAAP cheerdance fans, Araneta Coliseum
Cubao, Quezon City

The UAAP Cheerdance competition is an annual event where the official cheering squads of every UAAP member universities compete for the prestige, the record and the cash prize. This year’s event was held last month, either September 6 or 7 I can’t remember. I went to the place with my sister but she was the only one who actually saw the event with her friends. I roamed around Araneta Center to take photos instead. That means I don’t have any with the performances as subject.

According to Wikipedia this year’s event hold the record for the total number of spectators- 23,443. Most of them are students around college level, especially from member universities. University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas supporters are always the two largest crowds. These two universities are considered cheerdancing powerhouses, and they enjoy a hyped rivalry most likely because these two, along with Far Eastern University who usually rounds up the top 3, are the only consistent squads in recent cheerdancing history. But that doesn’t stop the fans, students and alumni of the remaining 5 squads from wishing their respective squads well.

On the image we see UAAP fans in their school colors, with cheering paraphernalia. The guy in the middle wears a red shirt but sports a yellow balloon sculpted to signify tamaraw horns. Most of the people in the photo are college students. They all look too young nowadays.