• SHERYLLE SANTARIN-DE DIOS AND HER CAVITE

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    While Cavitenos are known for their heroism and business acumen, beauty is also in their blood. 1996 Mutya ng Pilipinas Sherylle Santarin- de Dios, who in the same year became the first Asian to win the Queen of the Year International title in Malaysia, comes from a family of beauty queens.

    “I have two aunts and a cousin who have won beauty contests,” she says. “My sister Sheela Mae was Binibining Pilipinas International 1993.”

    Although she has traveled extensively and now lives in Malabon, Sherylle continues to visit her hometown whenever she can to be with her family, catch up with friends, and visit her favorite places. This is her Cavite. This is her SM.

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    At the My City, My SM launch in SM Rosario in Cavite:  Prime Minister Cesar Virata,  Emilio “Orange” Aguinaldo IV,  Mutya ng Pilipinas 1996 Sherylle Santarin-de Dios, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, and Rosario Mayor Jose  “Nonong” Ricafrente, Jr. with SM’s Ritchie Tan Gonzales and Millie Dizon

    Manila Bulletin: What was it like growing up in Cavite?

    Sherylle: I come from a big, close-knit family. My memories of my hometown are fondest during the Christmas holidays. I remember the whole town preparing colorful displays for our yearly Paskuhan event, and the native delicacies like the Samala cakes, which we would always line up for.

    MB: What has kept you busy since the time you won your title?

    Sherylle: I am now married to businessman Efryl de Dios and we have two children, Gian, who is eleven and Cheska who is nine years old. We now live in Malabon. I also do occasional commercial modeling, and like to write.

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    Sherylle Santarin-de Dios infront of the Aguinaldo Shrine, one of the country’s most important historical landmarks located at Kawit, Cavite

    MB: Now that you live elsewhere, do you miss your hometown?

    Sherylle: Of course, and I make it a point to visit my family in Cavite twice a month. Cavite will always be the home I’ll want to come home to, no matter where in the world life may take me.

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    SM has changed the landscape of Cavite and the shopping lifestyles of the Cavitenos with 4 SM Supermalls located at Dasmarinas, Bacoor, Rosario and Molino

    MB: Do you like shopping at SM?

    Sherylle: Oh yes. My mother Evelyn was one of the first distributors of SM Gift Certificates in Cavite, and as a young girl, we would often travel to Manila to shop at SM.

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    Sherylle Santarin-de Dios bonding with daughter Cheska at Austin Land, an indoor playground in SM City Bacoor.

    MB: What do you like best about shopping at SM?

    Sherylle: It’s the convenience that SM affords my family. While my husband is at ACE Hardware and my kids are at Toy Kingdom, I am at the department store for everything for everything else that my family needs. My kids also like playing at the indoor playground, cinemas, and when they are at the SM Mall of Asia, the bowling center and the Ice Skating Rink. Just to show you how much I love shopping at SM, I have Prestige Card to prove it.

    MB: How did the opening of SM’s four malls in Cavite change the lifestyles in the province?

    Sherylle: My friends and I were ecstatic when SM City Bacoor opened in 1997. Before that, we would have to take an hour or so trip to SM Makati or SM Harrison to buy what we needed. When SM opened in Bacoor, we would get together at the mall for shopping and bonding.

    SM has really changed the lifestyles of Cavitenos, and become the ultimate meeting place for friends and family in the province.