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Shangri-La Plaza celebrates valued partners, new gen of business leaders


This article was initially featured in the Inquirer Mobile App on February 10, 2024 authored by Tessa Prieto.

Shangri-La Plaza hosted on Monday an unforgettable evening dedicated to celebrating its most esteemed partners and retailers.

After a five-year hiatus, Shangri-La Plaza’s Retailers’ Thanksgiving Night makes a fitting comeback to feature insightful discussions among the new vanguards of business and retail, enlightening exchanges among friends and colleagues, a talk about the Year of the Wood Dragon by Venus Wang-Lysiak, a real estate specialist and Chinese metaphysics master from Singapore, and great music courtesy of the Philippines’ concert king Martin Nievera.

All these have been meticulously curated to set the stage for a prosperous year ahead.

Working with the best partners

The Belo Group managing director Cristalle Belo-Pitt headlined the night with a presentation, where she shared the group’s“secret sauce” to staying relevant—which is as simple as “going back to your why.” She pointed out that when Dr. Vicky Belo started the business, her goal was to make the Philippines the most beautiful country in the world one person at a time.

“And we did that and continue to do it by bringing in the best technologies from around the world to our country,” she said.

Belo-Pitt also highlighted the importance of working with the best partners. The value of getting the right location, spaces that put attention to details, and the care and support that Shangri-La Plaza consistently extend to The Belo Group are worth all the effort.

“I really attribute our success here to the support that we get from the management. We feel heard whenever we tell them about our goals for the year.” Belo-Pitt added.

New gen of business leaders

Following Belo-Pitt’s presentation, broadcast journalist Karmina Constantino moderated a panel discussion on the experiences of some of the leading brands’ new generation of business leaders.

Belo-Pitt was joined by Vohne Yao, managing director of the hip eyewear brand Owndays Philippines and a director for luxury watch purveyor Lucerne Group; Toby Claudio, president of the leading multi-brand sports and fitness retailer Toby’s Sports; Rajiv Mirani, president of Vogue Concepts, which brought international brands like Ever New, Parfois, Levi’s and Yves Rocher to the Philippines; and Vania Romoff, a renowned fashion designer and the creative genius behind her eponymous RTW brand that offers pieces that celebrate the modern Filipina.

Wang meanwhile built on the insights from the panel discussion to deliver an engaging and helpful guide for Shangri-La Plaza’s retail partners.

Her talk provided practical advice centered on leveraging the Chinese Zodiac forecast and attributes of the business owners themselves as well as their teams and applying these in their business operations. She also offered certain adjustments that retail partners can execute in their spaces, relationships, and investments to prepare for any challenges and further enhance their businesses for the auspicious Year of the Wood Dragon.

Wonderful opportunity

With some of the biggest names in business in attendance, Shangri-La Plaza’s 2024 Retail Partners Thanksgiving was truly wonderful opportunity for Shangri-La Plaza to celebrate its continued commitment to innovation in support of its valued retail partners.

“Shangri-La Plaza is honored to host a gathering that strengthens our partnerships with the new guard—the next generation of retail leaders— while coming up with ways to help nurture the businesses of all our retail partners,” said Joy R. Polloso, executive vice president for Commercial and Retail of Shang Properties Inc., in her closing remarks.

“We are boldly moving forward in 2024 with new developments that allow us to build for better and continue to be Inspired by Shang. All these moves are centered around Shangri-La Plaza working hard to be a good partner with all of you,” Polloso added.

The new generation of business leaders with Shang Properties officials Shangri-La Plaza hosted an unforgettable evening to celebrate its most esteemed partners and retailers.

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