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Closed door ceremonies started as early as 11 am. Held first was a traditional blessing officiated by Rev. Venancio Silva, OSJ, followed by a space clearing ceremony using authentic crystal singing bowls and 7-metal bells flown all the way from Malaysia to create plenty of fresh energy inside the boutique. Opening rites started at exactly 3:00 pm – a very auspicious time for opening business. Ms Gloria Diaz – herself an avid Feng Shui practitioner and who was once featured in the international magazine Feng Shui World, did the ribbon cutting together with WOFS Phils., Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Marites Allen while Nick Allen, WOFS Phils., Inc. Chairman did the ceremonial unveiling of the floor compass. As the Allens jubilantly announced the opening of the boutique, they tied charms to the door and vigorously rang WOFS auspicious singing bells to attract fresh yang energy and good fortune, and to formally welcome the guests in. Among those present were SM VP for Leasing Ms. Daisy Tan Chua, Mr. Ng Chin Fei of SM Keppel Land Inc., National Bookstore Founder and President Mrs. Socorro Ramos, Mr. Ric Ondrick from the ADB, Steven Tan, Allan Brosas and Michael Chan of Podium, Rotary Club of Pasong Tamo President Al Perez, CCJS Law Office partners Attys. Elpidio Jamora, Jr. and Benjie Somera, Jr., friends from the American Women’s Council of the Philippines, British Women’s Council of the Philippines, and in Touch Foundation, as well as friends and representatives from the media.
The guests then gathered in front of the counter to witness the unveiling of WOFS’s signature Dragon and Globe scroll plaque. Nickque Tan, WOFS.Com Franchise Director explained that this ceremony has a symbolic significance as it represents the awakening of the Dragon once a bright light is shone upon it, which as a result will bring powerful and auspicious yang chi to the entire boutique
Undoubtedly, the event highlight was a wish-fulfilling balloon ceremony, where burgundy and gold balloons containing the guests’ handwritten wishes were released into the sky. It is believed that releasing balloons is an effective way if communicating with the Sky Dragon, which has the power to propel all wishes into the cosmos. The event ended with guests treated to a sumptuous afternoon snack. All told, the event was a resounding success.