Just hours away from the Grand Opening of the first UNIQLO shop here in the Philippines! Uniqlo will formally open at the SM Mall of Asia June 15 (Friday).
The event was star-studded, I saw MYX VJ Chino Lui Pio, Champ Lui Pio, Actress Helga Graft, Singer-Comedian KitKat, Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Andrew Wolff, Fashion Icon Rajo Laurel plus the UNIQLO ambassadors – Chris Tiu, Iza Calzado, Chito Miranda minus Nikki Gil.
While most of the guests are wearing coats and tie, I was wearing shorts, sneakers, shirt and jacket.
The program started promptly – and thank God for that. Japanese time is really Japanese time. Event hosts Guji Lorenzana and Tracy Abad introduced first the Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing, Co. Ltd – Mr. Tadashi Yanai who flew in from TOKYO to MANILA literally for this momentous occasion.
After which, Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson, Vice Cahirperson of SM Investments Corp. gave the welcoming remarks.
Mr. Katsumi Kubota, the Chief Operating Officer of Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc. initiated the “Kagamiwari” or the traditional Sake barrel opening ritual and toast together with the Mr. Tanai, Mr. Otoma, Ms. Sy and the Uniqlo Philippines Cast, Iza, Chris and Chito.
After the toast, the UNIQLO stage opened up for a live performance from Chito Miranda and the rest of PAROKYA NI EDGAR – now imagine them singing ‘Mang Jose’ on stage live in front of Uniqlo Japanese execs and guests – the crowd cheered as they performed their popular hits on stage.
The encore was done by the University of the East Chorale together with the UNIQLO Philippines Cast.
Now, the real fun part started after the program – SHOPPING!
The UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia store is located at the 2nd floor just above the Atrium near the main mall entrance. The store is enormous, a total of 1,550 square meters of awesome clothing choices wonderfully organized for shopping ease. The store is divided into different clothing categories:
- Womens UT (*Uniqlo Tshirt)
- Mens UT
- Womens Casual
- Womens Polo
- Womens Bra-Top
- Womens Dress Casual
- Mens Inner
- Womens Bottom
- Mens Sports Casual
- Mens Polo
- Womens Inner
- Mens Bottom
- Mens Business Casual
The UNIQLO slogan is “MADE FOR ALL”, and indeed their store really ensures that there is one for everyone! I found mine, and here are the stuff that I bought at Uniqlo:
Oh yes, I purchased some cool UNIQLO items 2 days before the actual opening and at awesome opening prices. Almost all items were dropped to PhP 590.00 a piece and some even lower. :)