LUBAO INTERNATIONAL BALLOON AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017

How to get to Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017

 

 The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 (LubaoIBMF2017) is a yearly hot air balloon festival held in the province of Lubao, Pampanga. As of press time, there are about 30 international balloonist who will be joining to shower the skies with their amazing giant balloons. To top it all, there will be live performances from local band such as Sponge Cola, Parokya ni Edgar, and Bamboo every night (April 6-9) at the festival with the addition of famous international artists like Red Foo (LMFAO) on the last day. Gates will be open from 4 Am to 12 AM. General […]

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Like in Vietnam, When in Alabang

 

 I wasn’t that familiar with Vietnamese cuisine (I’m more into Thai, Korean and Japanese), until I grabbed the opportunity to have “A Taste of Vietnam” at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila’s Cafe 8 restaurant. The hotel invited media personalities and bloggers last March 10, the very first day of this Vietnamese dining showcase led by three Vietnam-based guest chefs Nguyen Thi Khanh Ngan, Tran Kim Hoang Trong, and Vo Van Chien. Savour Vietnamese dishes as we bring you three chefs taking over Cafe 8 and serve you authentic dishes on March 10 -18. Call 863-2222 for reservations. #CrimsonFilinvestCity #TasteofVietnam #CrimsonHotel […]

21ST PHILIPPINE HOT AIR BALLOON FEST

21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

 

 Rumors has it that the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will going to be the last. It’s basically weird if it’s true for the organizers to suddenly stop this annual festival when it is one of the most awaited happenings in Clark, Pampanga every year. If you ask us, we don’t believe that it’s going to be the last. From what we understand, they’re just relocating the venue where the fly-ins  should be held for safety purposes. For the past two years that we’ve covered the PIHABF, the venue was always at the Clark Airfield inside the Clark […]

DECLARATION OF FIRST PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC MALOLOS

This is the ‘forgotten’ history of the First Philippine Republic

 

 In school, we were taught of the Declaration of Philippine Independence as it happened on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. It was diligently remembered and has been declared a national holiday. Good for us. Because that day reminded us how, we Filipinos, fought for our freedom and independence from the colonial rule of Spain. But what about January 23, 1899? How many of us remember what significant event happened during this date? The province of Bulacan, particularly in the city of Malolos remembers because that date was the day the Malolos Constitution declared the Filipino-led government – otherwise known as the […]

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A Merry Magical Disney Christmas in SM Lanang Premier

 

 SM Lanang Premier invites everyone to come and see the Disney Christmas Village centerpiece and enjoy a Merry Magical Disney Christmas Holiday for the whole family. The Disney Christmas Village opened to the public in November and will run until January 8. The Christmas Holiday centerpiece includes Disney Pop-up Store with items like apparel and toys for sale at The Atrium near the Fountain Court. Aside from the centerpiece, SM Lanang Premier is also popular for their dancing fountains located at the Fountain Court Grounds. It is like a walk in the park as shoppers and guests enjoy the wonderful […]

Yule Duel Christmas Show Choir Competition in SM City Davao

 

 SM City Davao, the first SM mall in Mindanao, held a one-day musical choir competition and gave away a total of P30,000 in cash prizes plus plaque and Certificate of Appreciation to group participants. Yule Duel, a Christmas Show Choir Competition was held last December 18 at the Annex Building of SM City Davao. Participating chorale group were Conexus Harmonia Chorale Tagum City National High School, Sto. Tomas Youth Choir, and Denians Voice Ensemble. Three guest judges were also present during the competition and gave scores to participants based on different criteria. The Denians Voice Ensemble bagged the 3rd place […]

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SM City Cebu Christmas Village

 

 First SM mall outside Manila built in 1993, SM City Cebu celebrates its 6th Christmas Village this Holiday Season. The Christmas Village started with 90 dioramas of villages that grew to almost 700 pieces today.  These diorama displays are owned by Clayton and Georgina Tugonon. The Christmas Village centerpiece took 11 days to set-up at the SM City Cebu’s North Wing which was launched last November 11 just in time to celebrate the Christmas Holiday in Cebu. The new addition the diorama display are the collections of the Churches of the World. This year’s Christmas Village centerpiece was organized with […]

SM City Pampanga Glittering Holiday Parade

 

 The longest mall in the Philippines measuring in 980 meters, almost 1km in distance, celebrates a Glittering Holiday Parade with featured characters from Nickelodeon. SM City Pampanga will treat shoppers, especially the kids with a grand holiday parade during all Sundays of December (4, 11, 18, and 25) happening at 6 PM and 8 PM right in front of Sky Ranch Pampanga. Nickelodeon characters like Sponge Bob and Patrick Star; Dora the Explorer and Boots; Paw Patrol; and the team of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are featured in SM City Pampanga’s Glittering Holiday Parade. Sky Ranch Pampanga, which opens daily […]

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SM City Trece Martires Grand Magical Christmas Parade

 

 SM City Trece Martires held a Grand Magical Christmas Parade today, December 9 that also coincides with the gift-giving Bears of Joys to the delight of kids and young-at-heart. The Grand Magical Christmas Parade highlighted a magical parade with production performance by the 75 talents of Lea de Castro Music Studio and Artist Center from Imus, Cavite. Guests and participants who bought Bears of Joys were entitled to free entrance and photo ops with the characters from the Grand Magical Christmas Parade. Pairs of Bears of Joys are available in all SM Stores for P200. Each purchase will entitle the […]

Converse Fall-Holiday 2016 Counter Climate Footwear and Apparel Collection Press Preview

 

 Converse has been around for more than a hundred years and younger generations have found love to this sneakers shoe brand. Why? Because the brand keeps on innovating. Remember when they released the Chuck Taylor All Star II in 2015? The classic Chuck Taylor was given a more comfortable design feature yet retaining that original look that everybody love. This year, Converse produced another great design by coming up with a waterproof sneaker design opt to battling weather head-on this Fall/Holiday 2016 season, combining classic with premium, weatherized features. The debut of the Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear and Apparel Collection […]

LAPU-LAPU MONUMENT AT CEBU PROVINCIAL CAPITOL

Weather Philippines Foundation gets urbanized with Cebu Heritage Tour

 

 Did you know that long before the colonizing powers of the West arrived, Cebu was once called Zubu and was already an important trading center and one of the oldest trading location known as parian is here in this city? Before Ferdinand Magellan, it was the Chinese traders who discovered and were particularly attracted, not only to goods; but tot the honesty of the natives of Zubu, and it was the ‘ideal safe harbor’ because of the protection in the east given by the Mactan Island. This was just an introduction of what we rediscovered during our recent stay in Cebu. […]

ALOMAH'S PLACE IN BUKIDNON

Take a look at Alomah’s Place, Manolo Fortich’s nature and organic farm haven

 

 Our first day in Bukidnon gave us the chance to see one of Brgy. Dahilayan’s nature haven perfect for overnight stay and camping if you’re visiting Dahilayan Forest Park. We are talking about Alomah’s Place, a nature and organic farm opened by Benjohn and Grace Mahistrado for vacationers, tourists, and those who need a place to stay for retreat camp. Alomah’s Place is located in Manolo Fortich, the place of Del Monte pineapple plantation farm. It was during our Agricultural Training Institute’s Organic Agriculture Bloggers Tour when we experienced our first night in Alomah’s Place. Alomah’s Place encourages the consumption […]

"I WILL NEVER QUIT. I WILL NEVER STOP. I WILL NEVER WITHDRAW!' - MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO

Why Miriam Defensor Santiago should be the next President of the Philippines

 

 We ran an article about the Poe-Escudero tandem last August 2015 when the talks of pairing them were being boiled on the press. It was an exciting tandem so to speak. It was before the height of Grace Poe’s citizenship controversy. And as much as the pairing elicit fun fare, we thought that an Escudero-Poe tandem could be much better choice instead of the other way around. We just based it on both Escudero and Poe’s political experiences, and the former has the most advantage when it comes to that field. Still on that article, you may want to read Escudero-Poe […]

LIFEMATE RUGGED RIDE MT. PINATUBO TREKKING ADVENTURE

Important things to know and preparations for Mount Pinatubo Day Tour

 

 Mt. Pinatubo is as always an active volcano located in the tripoint in Luzon, namely the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales. Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, the massive and biggest explosion of that decade, so big that the effects of the eruption was felt almost every part of the world. Continuous ash falls and lahar devastated livelihoods, crops, and ruined  natural landmarks in the area. Subsequently, after many years, the road to Mt. Pinatubo opened to tourists and visitors to see the majestic crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo – a seven kilometer one-way walk/trek from the base land to the crater view deck […]

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2016 Elections: Top 5 Presidential Candidates’ Platform Guide

 

 What are the things that set candidates apart from each other? The Philippine National Elections is upon us and it is certainly worth knowing their plans to run the country for the next 6 years.     Check out this infographic from M2.0 Communication, a leading PR Company in the Philippines, that aims to educate Filipinos about the different platforms of the Top 5 Presidential candidates in order to make a wise decision. Viewed 46681 times by 4381 viewers

PETRON LAKBAY ALALAY

Petron Lakbay Alalay continues 30 years of road safety

 

 This Holy Week, Petron Lakbay Alalay is back on the road, continuing its 30 years of empowering road safety to motorists and provide best day experience on the road when they travel this season. Through Petron Lakbay Alalay, motorists are assured of worry-free travels and always ready journeys. This year, Petron Lakbay Alalay becomes an enabler for drivers to become responsible motorists on the road through its mission of SAFETY through empowerment. A true and genuine advocacy, it aims for the long-term benefit of helping Filipinos change their mindset and attitude towards driving. More than the usual roadside assistance and […]

PLATINUM FIREWORKS INC. EXHIBITION

About last night’s Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2016

 

 Last night, March 19, was the final presentation of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2016 which was held successively from February 13, every Saturday, 7:30 PM at the Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia, up until yesterday evening where the grand winners were proclaimed before the Philippine Platinum Fireworks team showcased their final exhibition for this year’s competition. 2nd place went to Polaris Fireworks from People’s Republic of China and 1st place goes to Steffes-ollig Feuerwerk from Germany. The grand winner of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2016 is Pyrotex Fireworkx LTD from United Kingdom. I was able to take some decent shots of  U.K.’s fireworks display in front […]

GRABCAR WELCOME AT NAIA TERMINALS

Passengers can now book GrabCar in NAIA Terminals upon arrival at the airport

 

 With the recent announcement of GrabCar’s approval of TNC accreditation in NAIA, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)  has open its gates to GrabCar to pick-up passengers in all its four terminals. Grab booths will also be provided for passengers whoe does not have the Grab mobile app yet to assist them in bookong their rides. Here are the four pick-up locations as reported by techpatrl.com: Terminal 1 – Main Arrival Curbside Terminal 2 – Inner Arrival between Bays 7 & 8 Terminal 3 – Secondary Arrival Curbside between Bays 5 & 6 Terminal 4 – Curbside GrabCar drivers will be allowed […]

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List of powerful women in House of Cards Season 4 universe

 

 And because it’s Women’s Month, it’s about time we get to take a look at the powerful women in Netflix’s House of Cards Season 4. But before we go on and if you’re a fan (or not), we remind you that this post contains spoilers you wouldn’t want to know. Unless you’ve seen the full Season 4 when it was aired on RTL CBS Entertainment last March 5, then you’re welcome to read on. Let’s start with Daisy Jones. She is one of a hell feisty Congresswoman from Texas and she aint backing out from politics without giving her daughter, […]

GRINGO HONASAN A SOLDIER TURNED REBEL WITH A CAUSE

Gringo Honasan Transcribed (Part 2): “I looked at him (Marcos) like a god”

 

 As promised, here is the second part of our conversation with Senator Gringo Honasan. In continuation of his platforms and agenda, he speaks of tax-exemptions, government funding, his first order of business if elected as vice president, and how he looked at Marcos during his time as a soldier, pre-EDSA People Power days. Tax-exempt for below PHP 30,000 earners “Nasa platform namin yan. Any income below P30,000 tax-free. The only sure things in life are death and taxes. Hirap na hirap na nga pahihirapan mo pa? It’s unfair. Tax na natin yung top 1,000 corporations na walang ginawa kung hindi […]

GRINGO HONASAN, SOLDIER, REBEL, POLITICIAN

Gringo Honasan Transcribed (Part 1): “I’ll put my 42 years of public service on the line and tell the people that what makes me different – the strength, courage of my convictions, and the audacity to make things happen. I will help solve crimes or die trying”

 

 Election period or not, we have had the opportunities on several occasions to meet and sit down with former soldier-turned-rebel-turned senator Gregorio Ballesteros Honasan II, mostly commonly known as Gringo Honasan, and every time we see him it’s always the same man we’ve met like the first time we met him some couple of years ago. The gallant Honasan, who would be turning 68 this March 14, was an ordinary  soldier for 17 years prior to his 7 years stint as a rebel, and 18 years as senator. He’s keen and planning to retire on 2019, “But I think God wants […]

SAMSUNG UNVEILS THE NEXT GALAXY: SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 AND S7 EDGE

Unpacking The Next Galaxy with Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

 

 Local Unpacking Never liked the S6 Edge before (I own a Samsung Galaxy S6), but this time around, until I saw the first batch of the global unpacking of the latest devices from Samsung, I’m beginning to appreciate the S7 Edge. Together with Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge gave a promising innovation in the era of mobile technology. The Global and Local Unpacking also showcased the release of Samsung Gear VR and Samsung Gear S2 series. In the Philippines, the Local Unpacking was held at the prestigious Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Taguig City, a few hours after the Global […]

SPACE EDSA SHARED LIVING IN THE METROPOLIS

If traffic and long hours spent on the road are problems we just can’t take anymore, Space EDSA is the solution we’ve all been waiting for

 

 Think of the long lines to get to the train when you board the MRT in the morning and during the rush hours in the late afternoon. Think of all the commuting woes and problems you’re experiencing going to your work place and coming home very late at night because of the never ending carmageddon. Aint it just frustrating to come home never had to spend quality time with your loved ones because you’re too tired from the long hours of traveling because of bumper to bumper traffic situations in EDSA? Or are you simply a student or BPO agent […]

SINULOG FESTIVAL A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION IN CEBU

Quick guide to Cebu’s Sinulog Festival weekend celebration

 

 I would have never been more inspired to share my Sinulog experience if I haven’t participated in this year’s weekend celebration in Cebu. Christmas season in Cebu doesn’t end in December. The revelry and merrymaking continues in January or until Sinulog festival ends, third week of the first month of the new year. For this year, the Grand Parade was held on January 17, Sunday. What is Sinulog? Sinulog celebrates the feast of Sto. Niño ‘Viva Pit Senyor’ with week-long festivity including a showcase of parade of competing cultural dances. The grand fluvial procession parades in different locations that is significant […]

PLUS63 MUSIC FESTIVAL 1ST WAVE

Plus63 music fest debuts in time for Sinulog 2016 weekend celebration

 

 Named after the Philippines’ country code, Plus63 music fest debuted first wave at Cebu International Convention Center Grounds in Mandaue City last January 16 as Cebu province celebrates Sinulog 2016. Crowds flocked CICC grounds from 3PM to 4AM and all dance and rock to the beat and music of Plus63 performers which included local band Powespoonz, DJs The Zombettes and Mark Marasigan, and headlined by Steve Angello. I arrived at the venue past 12 midnight and bought a ticket for PHP 1,200 sold on the day itself. The ticket price was higher compared from the tickets sold for early birds. […]