#SparklingSMAllidays: Top 10 Balikbayan Activities
By The Lifestyle Staff
December 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm

As each day inches us closer to the holidays, Lifestyle.INQ and SM Supermalls have partnered up for a series all about gift-giving and holiday ideas. Watch out as each week we will have videos and lists all to help you get just what you need to spread Christmas cheer. Visit lifestyle.inquirer.net.

For us Filipinos, the holidays are a time for family. It is that special time of the year when our relatives and friends who are spread out across the world will finally gather in one place to merrily make up for lost time.

What better place to extend such grand gatherings than in an all-in-one spot where every member of the family will have something to enjoy?

Below, we round up the top 10 activities you can enjoy with your balikbayan loved ones. All of these sites, attractions, and activities can be found in the vast and sprawling SM Mall of Asia (MOA) complex.

Lakbay Museo at S Maison

In Lakbay Museo, the family can explore through all regions of the Philippines in just two hours, in one immersive, Instagram-worthy experience without leaving Manila. The tour package features 14 unique experiences and 11 different destinations that include walking inside the Mayon Volcano, the challenge of balancing a palayok on your head, and swimming in a giant rice bowl, among others. For inquiries and packages, visit lakbaymuseo.ph


SM Skating at Mall of Asia

SM Skating Mall of Asia is an international, Olympic-sized ice skating rink. It is home to the Philippine Ice Hockey team, and has been hosting both international and local tournaments for several ice sports including Figure Skating and Ice Hockey, with the recent one being the 2019 South East Asian Games. SM Skating reinvents its skating rink through one-of-a-kind events and partnerships with local and international brands. For updates on promos, events, and competitions, visit facebook.com/smskating


SM by the BAY Amusement Park

What better way to spend a bright, sunny day than at a seaside amusement park that features a selection of fun ride and games, as well as a variety of food stalls? Don’t miss getting to ride the MOA Eye, the highest Ferris wheel in the country, overlooking the Manila skyline. And the view of the city’s dazzling lights is equally beautiful at night, too!  


SM Bowling at Mall of Asia

SM Bowling Mall of Asia is an all-in-one leisure center equipped with modern synthetic lanes and up-to-date scoring systems for patrons. Aside from bowling, patrons may also enjoy a variety of activities including billiards, basketball hoops, and virtual reality.  It is a great place to hang out, have a friendly competition between family and friends, and enjoy some good music and food. For more information on rates and events, visit facebook.com/smbowlingcenter


Karaoke at Centerstage Family KTV

Because a Filipino gathering isn’t quite complete without some requisite singing, some karaoke should definitely be on your to-do list. Centerstage Family KTV offers different rooms and amenities depending on your group’s size and requirements. 


Disney On Ice presents Live your Dreams at the SM Mall of Asia Arena

Celebrate the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Live Your Dreams! See how far Moana goes to save her island; Anna races to save Elsa and stop winter; Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream; fearless Belle uncovers Beast’s gentleness; Cinderella makes her wish come true; and Miguel listens to the music in his heart. Discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice! For tickets and schedules, visit www.smtickets.com or follow the official SNS pages of  SM Mall of Asia Arena, @MOAArena

Catch a flash sale of Disney On Ice presents Live Your Dreams’ Special Holiday Offer happening on December 7 to 8! Save 20% on Lower Box and Upper Box tickets valid for all show dates. Get your tickets at smtickets.com or at any SM Tickets outlet nationwide!


Dessert Museum at S Maison

The Dessert Museum is an interactive play-and-learn experience and IG-worthy place that is a treat for both your eyes and tastebuds. Make your way through eight rooms filled with mouthwatering, sugary attractions. Two things are always on offer here: sugar and selfies! For packages and a sneak peek to the sweet treats, visit thedessertmuseum.com


Director’s Club at S Maison

The Director’s Club Cinema is a unique movie-going experience that elevates film showing with plush leather seats, an exclusive menu for guests, and an in-house butler service. The Director’s Club one of a kind experience is available at Level 2, S Maison. For current screenings and more information, visit smcinema.com/home/dc


SM by the BAY’s Unlimited Buffet Offerings

The merriment of the holidays call for nothing less than a feast! The SM By the Bay strip happens to be the wondrous mecca of eat-all-you-can offerings. The options here are as unlimited as they are varied, from Korean barbeque and other Asian cuisines, to traditional Filipino dishes and the best of desserts. Restaurants here include Vikings, Buffet101, La Fiesta, Four Seasons Hotpot City, Gen Korean BBQ House, and more.


Shopping at Kultura

When it is time to cap off the day with some Filipino-flavored shopping, Kultura is the place to go. Kultura is a one-stop shop where Filipino artistry and craftsmanship is highlighted, in a range of products that include homeware, fashion, and souvenirs. Be sure to check out Kultura’s special product line Crafts for a Cause, which supports various foundations working with marginalised communities. Visit kulturafilipino.com for more information.

This December, SM Supermalls and BDO are once again bringing a one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration to overseas Filipinos and their families with star-studded Pamaskong Handog events headed by Piolo Pascual – happening at SM Seaside City Cebu Mountain Wing Atrium on December 7, SM City Davao Event Center, Annex on December 14, and SM City Telabastagan Event Center on December 21.

Plus, exclusive holiday deals from The SM Store, Kultura, and SM Supermarket and SM Hypermarket await OFWs and BDO Kabayan Account Holders in SM malls nationwide! For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.comwww.bdo.com.ph, or BDO Kabayan Facebook page.

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