Archive - March 2016

Cebu Mall Hours for Holy Week 2016

Holy Week Schedule The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

The Holy Week in the Philippines is marked with a lot of religious activities. In this light, establishments close their doors particularly on Maundy Thursday (March 24th) and Good Friday (March 25th).

Here in Cebu though, major malls have announced that they will remain open on Maundy Thursday and Black Saturday.

If you’re in Cebu and you have plans to hit the malls for some shopping food trip or just to get a bite to eat, take note of the following mall hours:

 

Mall Hours Holy Week

Cebu Mall Hours for Holy Week 2016

 

Thursday, March 24

SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Parkmall, and J Center Mall will be closed on Maundy Thursday.

Ayala Malls Cebu is open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Pacific Mall Mandaue is open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

 

Friday, March 25

All malls have announced that they will be closed on Good Friday.

 

Saturday, March 26

Most of the malls will open and will go back to their regular operation hours. Take note of the following schedules:

SM Supermalls (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

  • SM CITY CEBU
  • SM SEASIDE
  • SM CONSOLACION

Ayala Malls (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

Robinsons Malls (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

  • Robinsons Fuente
  • Robinsons Cybergate
  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu

Parkmall (12:00 NN – 9:00 PM)

J Center Mall (9:30 AM – 9:00 PM)

Pacific Mall Mandaue (9:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

 

Colonnade Mall, however, announced that they are still closed on a Black Saturday.

 

 

Meanwhile, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-Lapu City, have said that several of their stores are still open for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Check out their schedule, here:

Holy Week Schedule: The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

Holy Week Schedule: The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

 

All malls are back to normal operating hours on Easter Sunday.

 

Enjoy the Holy Week everyone!

“Naa koy car” and the Power of Symbols

Adam Atler in  his book “Drunk Tank Pink” said that symbols are magnets for meaning. Symbols inspire reactions much similar to labels and shape how we think, feel, and behave.

 Although not as strong as visual symbols, social symbols like “having a car” can connote a host of whole other meanings.

 Having a car might mean you are person (or you belong to a well-off family) who can afford the costs of having a car – downpayments, monthly amortizations, maintenance, upkeep, repairs. It also means you have or live in a home that actually has a garage.
 In purchasing real estate, homes with carports can mean that the feature adds up to the cost in floor areas of a house. Condominium developments even charge you an amount that could almost equal a new home if you decide to have parking space for your vehicle.

 

 Thus, the merits of having car brings to a person. It’s the symbol of a car that associates you with wealth or being “may kaya”. The symbol is a magnet for meaning and has the power to shape the thoughts, feelings, and behavior towards other people.

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Like other symbols, having a car will lack meaning unless tied to an existing meaningful concept. One concept is that having a car is a ticket for guys to “get girls”. This is especially true here in the Philippines where car is considered a luxury and not a necessity. Thus, the current meme of “naa kay car” which seems to show that girls nowadays will only date guys if they have a car.

 

 How true is that meme nowadays? Does having a car also show a guy’s honesty, intelligence, open-mindedness, humor, thoughtfulness, ambition, understanding, spontaneity, listening skills, respectfulness, consistency, trustworthiness, humbleness, and reliability – all of which are said to be personality traits of perfect boyfriend material?

 

 As the book Drunk Tank Pink mentioned, “symbols and images are so powerful because we perceive them so effortlessly and so rapidly”. It helps us easily process our thoughts and behaviours by priming and preparing us.
  • Have a car? You must be rich!

  • Have a car? You could easily buy me other things!

  • Have a car? You can pick me up from school!

  • Have a car? We can easily have joyrides!

  • Have a car? Sugton na taka!

  • Have a car? Yes, uyab na ta!

Ignore perhaps that fact that the person “nga naay car” (with a car) may be nothing more than just another tenant still living in his parents home, borrowing his parent’s car with the illusion that driving a borrowed car can somehow win him favors and hearts. How’s that for meaning?

 

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This one example along with a whole lot of other social symbols influence us in a way that makes us think that the curated self is nothing but a farce. The self that we project on Snapchat or Facebook is nothing short of a curation of the concepts that show how much we value superficiality.

 

Symbols are definitely forces that shape how we think, feel, and behave. Especially in this digital era with people having the attention span of a goldfish.
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