Its going to be a shame if you call yourself a runner and not support (or celebrate your running to ) any of the 8, yes 8 races happening just for this coming sunday alone May 27. One of the most interesting would have to be Anson’s Fun in the Sun. Why? The new twist in this run is that runners in the 10k and 16k category get to do an “extreme” feat of vertical running in a McKinley Hill parking building constituting to about 3.84Km. Thats definitely fun under the sun! To cool you off in your run there are going to be sponge stations for the 10k and 16k category.
Im sure awarding ceremony is going to be packed as usual with the prizes galore thats going to be raffled off in the run. I got to chat with Ansons Business Development Manager Joy Ng and Corporate Officer Marlon Magnait. They said that the 2nd year of Ansons Fun in the Sun will have full support of their sponsor appliance brands as well, making the run truly more fun in the sun this fiesta season. Speaking of fiesta, the run is going to have a fiesta theme with “till supply lasts fiesta freebies like bibingka, taho, dirty icecream”.
I enjoyed my chat with Ms. Joy because being in the family business I asked her a bit of history of Ansons. I thought Ansons was derived from am english name or of anglo saxon descent, it so happens that Ansons was derived from Fookien which translates to “Everything flows smoothly”.
Ansons started in the 1960’s as one of the leading department store’s in Binondo. Most popular during the time I grew up is the old Anson’s Department Store building in makati, built in the early 70s. During that time, and into the 80s and early 90s, Anson’s was once a major department store in league with the nearby Rustan’s, SM, Syvel’s (until 1988), and (beginning in 1989) Landmark Department Stores. By around 1994-95, however, the Anson’s has focused on appliance and electronics retailing.
Ansons is close to my heart because as a child. Sundays is fun time with the family and we didnt have so many malls to choose from back then and seeing the Ansons logo, aside from COD, SM and Rustans puts a smile in my face. For those residing or commuting along makati Its illuminated neon sign – once a big highlight in its 70s-80s heyday – used to light up at night.
[Photo and text credits to credits to Homer Taguiwalo Flickr Account: Snackycakes]
The new and better Ansons now has 10 branches spread out in the metro. Ms. Joy says that what sets Ansons apart from other Appliance retailers is the service level of their staff. The staffs knowledge in product and equipment. Notice also that in all Ansons stores, it is very spacious and conducive to just lounge around and window shop and on splurge occassions for me, actually shop!
Ansons is close to my heart as it is brought me smiles when I was a kid, I look forward to running this sunday, surely Ansons is going to bring that childlike smile back to my face.