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Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017


 It was out first time to cover the hot air balloon show in Lubao last April 6 and it was a great day to be there on its first day. This happens to be its 4th year since its inception which is now annually held in Pradera Verde, a 360-hectare sports and leisure complex in the first-class municipality in Lubao, Pampanga and is a two hour and thirty minutes drive from Quezon City. We left Eton Centris by 2:30 AM and we reached our destination by 4 AM. It was still dark and we have to get familiarized with the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Sambalilo Festival of Cavinti Laguna


 It was our first time to join the Cavinti Eco-Extreme Adventure and based from what we’ve heard prior to our joining, the road to this adventure is not the ordinary kind. It has a very active and physical type of outdoor fun and adventure. Going to Cavinti is a 3 to 4 hour travel time from Manila (depends on the traffic situation. You can either commute via South Luzon Expressway or via Marcos Hi-way, south-east of Manila. It is 11 kilometers away from the provincial capital via Pagsanjan route. Our group EATgetaway drove from Manila via SLEX with full-tank gasoline from CALTEX on the way to […]


Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu EATgetaway experience


 This year, we were back for the second time in Cebu. We were in Cebu last Sinulog Festival in January and this time it’s for the Weather Philippines Foundation Social Media Summit held last July 21-22, 2016. Our flight and hotel accommodation for the 2-day summit was sponsored by Weather Philippines in partnership with Cebu Pacific Air and Summit Circle Hotel. Weather Philippines Foundation invited several bloggers from Manila representing Weather Wiser Influencers to the Social Media for  Knowledge Mobilization and Disaster Preparedness with Rappler Philippines and City Savings last July 22.   Educators from Cebu universities and schools were also […]


Big events coming for 21st PIHABF, Miss Aviation, and Asian Air Safari with Capt. Joy Roa


 For twenty years, Capt. Joy Roa spearheaded the love for flying to a new and different heights in the Philippines and around the world, producing an awesome hot air balloon festival which we all know as the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta boasts of many things that fly like the aviation formation in the sky, hot air balloon, radio controlled aircraft, among other flying activities. The next PIHABF will be on February 9-12, 2017 and the organizers are already preparing for another extravagant event to make everybody fill their hearts with joy […]


A quick and exciting guide to the 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta


 Every year, the hot air balloon festival in Clark, Pampanga, showcases bright and colorful balloons flying up in the air and different aeronautic exhibitions to delight all the people arriving at the Clark Airfield location that can house hundredths of thousands spectators from the locals and foreigners visiting the Philippines. If you’re into visiting more places and discovering new destination, include the 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in your itinerary. It’s an on-going event that started yesterday, February 11 and will go on until February 14, 2016. Bring your Valentine’s Day date, your barkadas, or your family to this once in […]


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 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. […]


Which budget airlines, Cebu Pacific or AirAsia, offer big savings for Sinulog Festival?


 Now that Sinulog Festival is fast approaching, a lot of travelers from Manila and outside the country are preparing for their flight details going to the province of Cebu to experience the once in a year colorful festival which will start from January 12 up to February 2, 2016. The highlights of the festivity though will begin on January 15 with the Grand Parade happening on the 17th. Like many travelers, I am looking at January 15 – 19, 2016 as best visiting dates to go to Cebu from Manila and I am carefully studying which among Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines can give me […]


Quezon City 75th Diamond Jubilee events and schedules


 For the first time in Quezon City‘s history, a grand event will be witnessed by its constituents and guests as the 75th Diamond Jubilee revs up with a Mardi Gras parade of 500 full costumed festival dancers from the Philippines’ grandest and biggest fiesta celebrations. The City will bring home culturally-charged and fully synchronized dance exhibitions from Aklan‘s Ati-atihan, Iloilo‘s Dinagyang, Baguio‘s Panagbenga, Bacolod‘s Masskara, and Davao‘s Kadayawan to kick-off in Tomas Morato on October 10, 2015. This event will be enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. It’s a chance to experience five of our country’s best festivities all in one day without […]


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila celebrates Oktoberfest 2015


 Sofitel Philippine Plaza is celebrating its 77th Oktoberfest Buffet Menu on October 16th and 17th. But before we savor the feast, here are 5 of the top Oktoberfest trivia that we like to share to all of you. History The first ever Oktoberfest in world history took place on October 12, 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I of Bavaria, married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, (from Sachsen) also a German Princess. Bavaria became a kingdom in 1806, when Napoleon abolished the Holy Roman Empire. The magnifique 5-day celebration had over 40,000 revelers. Horse races in the presence of the […]


Hotel Jen Manila welcomes Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant finalists


 Aliwan Fiesta 2015 sizzles with Festival Queen Competition of 21 beauty candidates all vying for the crown for this year’s Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant 2015. To kick-off the beauty search, the press conference for Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant 2015 was held recently at Hotel Jen Manila presenting all the 21 finalists. The Festival Queen Competition is one of the attractions in the Aliwan Fiesta 2015 happening at the CCP Complex, Manila. The Aliwan Fiesta is now on its 13th year and is presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Cities of Manila and Pasay. Over 5,000 delegates from various […]

2015 Guam Live International Music Festival

Nick Jonas and Tinashe to perform at the 2nd Annual Guam Live International Music Festival


 The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is pleased to announce singer, songwriter and performer Tinashe and multi-talented artist Nick Jonas are confirmed to perform for the 2nd Annual Guam Live International Music Festival slated for June 5-6, 2015 at Paseo Stadium in Hagatña. The Rising Star The stunning 21-year old star, Tinashe brings a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by hip-hop attitude, pop flavor, rock swagger and electronica spark. This specific and unique mixture of genres can be traced back to her childhood in Los Angeles and her father’s Shona Heritage from Zimbabwe.   Tinashe’s released Aquarius, her debut […]

3RD ANNUAL GUAM INTERNATIONAL MARATHON 2015. Photo highlights credit from Guam Visitors Bureau Facebook page.

Largest road race Guam International Marathon 2015 took place with more than 3,000 runners on Sunday


 Hafa Adai! The largest road race – the 3rd Annual Guam International Marathon, with more than 3,000 participating runners from Guam, CNMI, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Palau, the United Kingdom, and the United States was held yesterday, Sunday, April 12 at the Gov. Joseph A. Flores Memorial Park, Ypao Beach in Tumon, Guam. Participating runners took the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon (13.1 miles), or the Full Marathon (26.2 miles) race distance. First male finisher Yusuke Inose finishes at 2:41:22 while Sung Hwa Ryu finishes at 3:08:42 for the female division in the successful Guam full marathon […]


Lubao International Balloon Festival is back on its 2nd year


 When you’ve missed a big event with giant balloons flying up in the air on a grand festivity, you would be waiting another year round just to see them again. Not anymore. Expect a bigger and more festive event as Pilipinas International Balloon Festival Inc. (PIBF) together with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) and Pampanga Provincial Government spreadheads the 2nd Lubao International Balloon Festival (LIBF) on March 26-29, 2015 in Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga. Activities such as water balloon fight, motor paragliding, paint ball exhibition, night glow and fireworks display will happen aside from the 40 colorful […]


Love is in the air at the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon #FlywithFlickr


 Yesterday, Feb. 12, was the first day of the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon which is being held at Clark Field in Pampanga and will continue until Feb. 15, 2014. We joined the crowd by noon time hoping to see the much-awaited Hot Air Balloon Fly-in by late afternoon. And while waiting, we content ourselves by walking around the area, took some photos, and upload some of it in our Flickr account. Those who have Yahoo mail accounts are automatically subscribed to Flickr and you just have to log-in your email username and password to get access to it. Things […]


19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival happens on Feb. 12-15, 2015


 Last year, there were no celebrations of Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF)… What we meant, officially there was none. The last Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival was staged in 2013, the 18th year. It was supposed to be followed in 2014. Hence a break and needed preparation were done, skipping 2014, to present the BIGGEST ans comeback of the Philippines’ first, foremost and longest-running gathering of aviators and aviation enthusiasts from around the globe is back for another Weekend of Everything That Flies! Yes, Philippines! This year’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival is set on February 12 to 15 […]

SINULOG SA KABANKALAN CELEBRATION. Photo credits to Azrael Coladilla.

39th Sinulog sa Kabankalan kicks off third week of January 2015


 Last year, our friends Azrael, Raffy, and Ron covered Sinulog de Kabankalan Mardi Gras 2014, a yearly celebration held in Kabankalan City, at the heart of Negros Island. A festival of thanksgiving with the Sinulog sa Kabankalan happens on the third week of January. This month culminating in a grand weekend of revelry from January 16-18, 2015. It is both a cultural and religious celebration venerating the Santo Niño. “It’s a super fiesta celebration here in Kabankalan City. There are lots of street vendors, street food and ukay ukay, and souvenir store around the public plaza. The place is jam packed,” narrated Azrael on […]


Baguio bound? Try The Residences at Brent on your next staycation


 Baguio is still one of the top places that many folks would rather be visiting anytime of the year, not to mention during summer and the holiday season. Baguio is a long-hour drive from Manila, maybe 4-6 hours, depending on traffic, yet the City of Pines never loses its magic, it’s charm, it’s enigma to visitors, foreign and locals, alike. Maybe because Baguio reminds us of our childhood memories? Of mountains and strawberries? And yes, the pine trees. It feels like home. Baguio is home. This Christmas, or should you be going to Baguio anytime sooner, The Residences at Brent […]

SOIREE BEAUJOLAIS 2014. Members of the Board of Directors of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, from left to right, Jean Caillard, Steven Rouche, Cyril Rocke, Bernard Flour, and Martin Ruby. Photo credit: Edel Santiago.

Soiree Beaujolais 2014 comes alive once more at the Manila Hotel


 How time flies so fast like it seems it was only yesterday when we were gathered with rest of the Philippine Bloggers Network to Soiree Beaujolais which happened last year of this same month.  From there we have learned that every third Thursday of November each year, millions of cases of Beaujolais Nouveau young red wine make their way down the hills in the French region of Burgundy to the bars and cafés across France. Not all cases are unloaded within French boundaries, as more will soon be opened in other parts of the world. And so we’ve met a […]

PROFESSIONAL POKER COACH AND ORGANIZERS. Ron Regis and Marco Aventajado joined the WPT Bloggers Night held last October 9 at Solaire Hotel and Casino.

Solaire hosts first-ever WPT National Philippines


 Now we understood why there are people who get into the card game of poker, not because it’s not addicting (because it does) but it’s the fun that enticed a player’s experienced for every hand rolled in the table. Thanks to Solaire Resort and Casino, which is now the most LIKED integrated resort page in the Philippines on Facebook, for making us experience the life inside a poker table even if it was just for a short time only. Incidentally, Solaire will be hosting the 1st World Poker Tour National Philippines that will happen from October 16-28, 2014. The game of […]

WINE AND DINE FESTIVAL IN HONG KONG 2013. get a chance to experience Wine and Dine festival in Hong Kong.

Find out here how you can get a chance to wine and dine in Hong Kong


 Hong Kong Wine and Dine Month is a celebration happening every November with the exciting Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival kicking off the month-long celebration. The Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival is a four-day epicurean extravaganza (October 31- November 3), making it onto the Forbes Traveler top 10 list of international food and wine festivals in its inaugural year. Since then it has reached new heights with more than 188,000 visitors in 2012. And you are about to get that chance to experience Wine and Dine Festival when you visit and shop at Greenbelt from October 1 – […]

Axe Philippines joins the 18th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta with HOHOL surprises.

Axe Philippines joins the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival with HOHOL surprises


 Today, February 21, the 2013 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival soars high above the sky from the Omni Aviation Grounds to celebrate the annual balloon fest organized by government agencies promoting Clark Freeport Zone and Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF). And this year, Axe Philippines joins the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival with HOHOL surprises when it revealed its gigantic five-story hot air balloon shaped like a NASA space-shuttle; Axe’s heroic astronaut; pretty Axe girls; and celebrity deejay Jinri Park, who joined the fun on the first day opening of the festival. Department of Tourism (DOT) […]