Wonder Treats: This December, All We Want for Christmas Is…

Wonder Treats: This December, All We Want for Christmas Is…

A nice helping of spectacular holiday deals and steals, places to see, pop-ups to visit

In keeping with the very Pinoy tradition of three-month-long Christmases, we started rolling out our holiday-themed features early (switching things on almost as quickly as malls unearthed their Jose Mari Chan records). Now that December’s finally here, we’re ready to loosen up those purse strings for one last hurrah in 2019. Shopping for new threads is always a viable prospect. But for those in it for worthwhile experiences and being able to take advantage of massive holiday sales, there’s something here for you, too.

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For this edition of Wonder Treats, we’ve filtered through the countless holiday promos jamming our inboxes to present the most worthwhile of deals and steals in December as well as events that are worth your time this month. Scroll through to check them out!

Did Someone Say Free Instax?

The charming instant camera brand by Fujifilm wants you to know that Christmas came early this year

Get ready for an epic holiday team-up: ASUS and Instax are teaming up and giving away instant cameras in line with its SHARE 2019 campaign. For a limited time only, ASUS customers get a chance to receive free Instax cameras as well as other goodies with every purchase of an ASUS laptop. Among those cameras up for grabs are the compact and popular Instax Mini 9 (worth ?3,999) for the Classic Bundle, the sleek and cool Instax Square SQ6 (worth ?7,999) for the Style Bundle and the new Instax Mini LiPlay (worth ?9,999) for the Creator bundle.


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This promo runs from November 18 to December 31 and is applicable at all participating ROG stores, ASUS Concept Stores nationwide and via For the full mechanics and how to claim your bundled items, visit the official Share 2019 microsite at

Ayala Malls Paints a Picture of How to Spruce up Your Home for the Holidays

For those excited to deck the halls but need some serious inspiration

Ayala Malls’ home and specialty stores get their items curated in eye-catching sets styled by celebrities and renowned interior designers in “Stylescapes.”

Over in Glorietta, Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and award-winning events stylist Zenas Pineda present a feast for the senses with their Filipino-themed “Halo-Halo Noche Buena.” This will be on display at the Glorietta Left Wing until January 12, 2020. Meanwhile, in TriNoma, jump down the rabbit hole to discover the “Alice in Wonderland” Stylescape styled by Dr. Aivee Teo and events stylist Gideon Hermosa on exhibit at the L1 of TriNoma until January 12, 2020. Down south in Cebu, Teresin Mendezona and Eva Gullas present “Colonial Cebu” at the Alcoves Lobby of Ayala Center Cebu. Inspired by the Queen City’s rich history and culture, this Stylescape highlights Cebuano arts and crafts with capiz and burdado details as some of the prominent elements that celebrate heritage and traditions. This will be on display until January 12 as well.

Usher in 2020 with Alabang Town Center’s Stylescape (on exhibit from January 6 to 31, 2020) curated and styled by actor Derek Ramsay and Zenas Pineda. Entitled “British Party,” the vignette set up at the Corte De Las Palmas pays homage to Mr. Ramsay’s English lineage. Lastly, it will be all about “Trends for 2020” at the Greenbelt Stylescape, where Tessa Valdes and Cyndi Fernandez of Moss Manila are slated to present modern and luxe interior design ideas shaping the new year. This final leg of Ayala Mall Stylescapes will be exhibited at the Greenbelt 5 Gallery from January 6 to 23, 2020.

Holidays With Johnnie

Looking for a foolproof gift or something to bring at a Christmas party? Say hello to Johnnie. Johnnie Walker that is
Wonder Treats: This December, All We Want for Christmas Is...

For the person on your list who knows his or her whisky, there’s a Limited Edition Johnnie Walker Gift Pack to choose from—Johnnie Walker Red Label 1L, Black Label 1L, Double Black 1L, Gold Label Reserve 750mL, Green Label 700mL and 18YO 750mL. You can get these specially designed packs for every purchase of any regular variant. What makes it special? The design on the packaging by designer Richard Malone. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose, just in case you don’t know which bottle to get:



Johnnie Walker Red, P695 


Zesty: thanks to hints of fresh apple, pear and



Johnnie Walker Black, P1,399 


Rich and smoky: perfectly balanced, with dark fruit notes from European oak sherry casks, and vanilla spice


Johnnie Walker Double Black, P1,599 


Intense and smoky: features flavors of peat smoke, raisins and fruits


Johnnie Walker Gold, P1,499 


Bold and multi-dimensional: a combination of rich fruit, vanilla and cream


Johnnie Walker Green, P1,499 


Fresh: has rich flavors of apples, pears and orange zest complemented by creamy vanilla and spice notes


On a budget? Check out Johnnie Walker Pocket Scotch. Don’t underestimate its size; each bottle makes six servings. Available in Red Label and Black for P175 and P375, respectively. Exclusively sold at 7-Eleven stores until December 2019.

Wonder Treats: This December, All We Want for Christmas Is...

For more information, check out Johnnie Walker on Instagram.

New Mall Alert: The New Estancia Wing Opens Just in Time for the Holidays

Here, you’ll find more shopping and dining options, an SM Store right at the heart of Capitol Commons and the first-ever Ortigas Cinemas

Coinciding with the opening of the new Estancia wing is the roll-out of exciting activities throughout December: Running until February 2020 is the Holiday Feast with Treats, Estancia’s partnership with Mastercard and Zomato, which entitles diners to special perks and privileges for every P2,000 spent using their Mastercard debit, credit, and prepaid card in participating restaurants.

Other holiday highlights include the special performance by the Philippine Ballet Theatre of The Nutcracker on December 1, a Toy Festival from December 2 to 6, the MIIS Kids Can Bazaar on December 7 and the MissDi x Jeffrey Rogador Fashion Show on December 8. There will also be Santa Meet and Greet, and fireworks every Saturday of December.

For those who are big on self-development and improvement, meanwhile, there will also be a Holiday Craft Festival from December 9 to 13, the Belle de Jour 2020 Power Planner launch on December 14, a Konmari Talk on December 15 and a Coffee + Planner Festival from December 16 to 22, 2019.


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Also set to open their doors at the new wing are Chinabank, Johnson Fitness, Pet Express, Sewterrific, The Horologist, Great Image, The Medical City, Miniso, Rock N’ Sole, Motostyle, Philip Stein, Wristshot, Chronos, Luna by Drake Dustin, Devaluchi Joaillerie, Vision Express, Retail Lab, Watsons, Elite Skin Perfection, Ultra Athletics, Young Artist Studio, Customistation, Empire Golf, Fitness Army, Stylash, Sanbry Men’s Grooming, Affinity Dental, Brow Studio, Barenaked Sugaring Salon, Nailandia, VCF, Luxe Glow, The Color Bar, Noah Wellness Center, Skin Station, World Balance, Mimosa Spa, One Life Studio, Step by Step Performing Arts Studio, Audiophile, Long Live Play, Urban Gadgets, Gameone, Digital Walker, Latt Liv, Gotcha, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and Gizmo Central.

For more information, please visit or check out Estancia’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

Make Your 12.12 Shopping Spree Worth It at Lazada

The e-commerce player has become the first in the country to introduce a digital giving platform

In the lead up to Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale, the e-commerce platform introduces a digital giving platform as part of its overarching “LazadaForGood” campaign. This allows shoppers to add “heart-to-cart” and support local communities and causes through direct donations on the Lazada platform. “At Lazada, we are a platform that takes meaningful partnerships seriously online and offline,” shared Chief Marketing Officer Neil Trinidad. “As the leading online lifestyle destination in the country, it is our duty and responsibility to empower and demonstrate real human connection and meaningful shared experiences.”

Shoppers can now support causes close to their hearts with these local and international advocacy partners in mind: Habitat for Humanity, Young Focus, Caritas Manila, MovEd, UNHCR, Hero Foundation Inc., UNICEF, WWF, Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, HOPE and CCEF.

This December, All We Want for Christmas Is...

Enjoy discounts of up to 90% off on more than 12 million deals from your favorite local and international brands and sellers at Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale. Set your alarms as the biggest discounts will come your way from 12MN to 2AM and 12NN to 2PM. Most importantly, donate to a good cause by adding your Heart-to-Cart.

To know more about Lazada’s Digital Giving platform, click here.

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