The festive Night Market in Greenhills is back

Published November 5, 2021, 12:40 PM

by Noel Pabalate

Ortigas Malls launches their first-ever loyalty card and fundraising online concert

“It feels like Christmas again,” Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni, president and CEO of Ortigas Malls, said in his welcome remarks during the opening of the Greenhills’ Night Market at G Strip open parking last night, Nov. 4, 2021.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora (Center) with first lady Keri Zamora and daughter Amanda Zamora led the ceremonial opening of Christmas lights in the Night Market on Nov. 4, 2021. Also in photo are (L-R) Maritess Ortigas; President of IPWG Aio Hernandez, Ortigas Malls President and CEO Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni, Vice President of Ortigas Malls Arch. Renee C. Bacani, and Vice President, and Head of Corporate Resources Atty. Michael David I. Abundo.

Indeed the spirit of joy was in the air as guests spent quality time with family and friends, dining and shopping, something that has been limited during the quarantine season.

Diners were overwhelmed with over 50 food stalls offering a wide selection, representing different cuisines around the world. Fully vaccinated visitors enjoyed alfresco dining as they savor flavors of Pinoy viand and street foods, American burgers, Korean corn dog and tteokbokki, Italian pasta, Japanese okonomiyaki and takoyaki, Middle East shawarma, among others.

Mayor Francis Zamora checks Pinoy favorites ihaw-ihaw

Meanwhile, what is in store for shoppers are tiange-priced products such as Christmas decors, locally made fashion apparel, gadget accessories, stuffed toys, and many more, which you can find not only on stalls but also at the minivans parked on the side.

A minivan turned mini shop of fashion clothes

The venue was packed and looked overwhelming at first glance but Ortigas Malls Vice President Arch. Renee Bacani ensures that all employees of the participating merchants are fully vaccinated and that there will always be protocol officers who are strategically in place to remind visitors to strictly observe health and safety standards.

The Night Market will be running until Jan. 7, 2022, and will be open everyday at 4 p.m. And since the curfew was already lifted in Metro Manila, diners and shoppers can stay until 11 p.m. However, minors under 12 years old are still not allowed in the night market.

Food lovers wait for their Korean corn dog and tteokbokki order

Believing that Christmas is not just a season of joy, Ortigas Malls also launched their heartwarming event of the year “Christmas with the Stars,” an online fundraising concert. They teamed up with the Kilabotitos Ogie Alcasid and Ian Veneracion to raise funds for the benefit of the Independent Production Workers Group (IPWG), an organization that provides assistance to creatives in the entertainment industry who work in concerts, theater, and other live events. To date, 70 to 80 percent of these workers are still struggling to find work.

Diners line up at this stall offering Pinoy street food such as kwek-kwek and dynamite

So this time, your P1,000 single or accumulated receipts from any establishment in Ortigas Malls won’t just go straight to trash bins because it will entitle you to a free ticket of the online concert scheduled on Dec. 11, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Guests order Italian lasagna and pasta

“It’s been oft-repeated that Christmas is not only a season for joy but is also a season for giving. We wanted to combine both with Christmas with the Stars—not only will our mall-goers and fans be treated to a night of good music and good company, but they will also be able to help our live entertainment production workers get back up on their feet,” beamed Renee.

Apart from the fundraising concert, Ortigas Malls also unveiled its first-ever loyalty card — the Ortigas Malls Community Card, which is designed to give mall-goers a VIP experience in all of its malls in Greenhills, Tiendesitas, Estancia, and Industria.

Fruit juices are also up for grabs

The card allows patrons to enjoy real-time perks such as free parking and carwash, free use of Shopbox, free shopping fee from My Home Dashers, and discount coupons from Ortigas Malls merchant members.

“This is our way of giving back to the community and is only a teaser of more perks, privileges, and functionalities coming for our Community Card members,” said Renee.

Talking about the community, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, who graced the launch and traditional Christmas tree lighting last night, said that Ortigas Malls’ events are a great help in the community’s livelihood and the economy of the city. Although San Juan has 91 percent decline of active COVID-19 cases and has reached herd immunity, Mayor Francis insists on following all safety protocols to celebrate the holidays joyously.

Preparing shawarma for the night

With the opening of the Night Market and grand launch of the online concert and community card, Ortigas Malls hopes to make up for time lost through giving patrons venues to find their way back to the things they enjoy doing as well as discover new and rewarding ways to have fun with their loved ones.