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Filipino Pride in Art and Food at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila

 

 I am honored to celebrate Philippine Independence month in style with a 2-in-1 event at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila. There’s the Hiraya art exhibit organized by the hotel in partnership with art festival organizer Art in the South, back to back with Pistahan sa Cafe 8 buffet promo featuring our favorite Filipino dishes and beverages. Hiraya art exhibit runs from June 7 to July 2, 2017 with the following artists as participants: Below are what you can expect in this amazing showcase of Pinoy creativity: During the launch at Crimson Hotel’s The Gallery, two kinds of free cocktail drinks plus […]

ASIAN AIR SAFARI SEASON 12 ETHIOPIAN ADVENTURE

Asian Air Safari Season 12 pilots Ethiopian adventure

 

 Ethiopia, known as the cradle of the world’s first inhabitants, is a landlocked country in Africa and is the second most populous nation in the continent, next to Nigeria. A vast land for wild and feral animals, Ethiopia is also home to a number of ethnic tribes that is part of the 100 million population of the region considered from which modern humans first set out for the Middle East and places beyond. Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, with its vast fertile West, jungles, and numerous rivers. Hosted by real-life pilot Capt. Joy Roa, Asian Air Safari show has been to over […]

EUGENIO LOPEZ CENTER EVENTS PLACE ANTIPOLO CITY

Eugenio Lopez Center, a view of panoramic metropolis and nature’s exceptional beauty

 

 While I was typing the headline for this article, I was thinking of the best caption that would catch the attention of whoever is going to read this. Together with a small group of lifestyle and travel bloggers, I was invited to visit Eugenio Lopez Center (ELC) in Antipolo. ELC spawns with an area of 5,250 square meters atop a 10-hectare property situated on the highest hill along Sumulong Hi-way in Antipolo City. Eugenio Lopez Center offers an ideal venue for team building, function room meetings, theater viewing, and also dining and accommodation with 38 modern rooms to cater corporate and […]

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Cinco de Mayo Promo at Crimson Hotel

 

 Celebrating my belated birthday this 2017 at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila became even more special with the opening of Buen Provecho, a Mexican buffet promo just in time for Cinco de Mayo. From May 5 until May 14, the hotel’s main restaurant Cafe 8 will serve tacos, burritos, tequila and more for lunch and dinner. I was lucky to have my lunch at Cafe 8 on the first day of the promo, hence I had the opportunity to hear the educational speech of Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villasenor (educational as we learned so much from him about the origin […]

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Easter Party with the Angry Birds at Crimson Hotel

 

 Big and small kids of the south celebrated Easter 2017 with an Angry-Birds themed event at the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila Grand Ballroom. It was a two-day affair (Black Saturday and Easter Sunday), and I decided to bring my ten-year-old daughter Mira to her first-ever Easter kiddie party on day two a.k.a. Angry Birds Excellent Easter. Mira used to play Angry Birds every weekend, so seeing the Easter decorations and the Angry Birds mascot made her look back at how she loved the game so much.   There were so many things to do before the actual Easter Egg […]

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Best Gourmet Burgers Down South

 

 Like burgers? Love movies? Have the best of both worlds with Blockbuster Burgers by Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila. Visit Crimson Hotel’s Cafe Eight anytime this April and get yourself a fully-stuffed burger named after a classic blockbuster film. Let me warn you guys: for diners like me who can only consume small servings or a single regular-sized fastfood burger in one sitting, one order of any Blockbuster Burger menu item can already be considered good for two people (except the Titanic burger, which a minimum of four people can finish, ideally…hence its name). The Titanic burger’s got: Half kilo […]

4TH PARTAKAN FESTIVAL ANGUIB BEACH

4th Partakan Festival in Anguib Beach is ready to go

 

 It’s great to see three of the most trusted motorbike brands in the Philippines coming and joining together for one special occasion that aims to celebrate brotherhood, passion, and freedom of motorists, the 4th Partakan Festival, which will happen on April 14-15, 2017 at Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Ronald Carreon, Department Head of Sales and Marketing, Honda Philippines Inc.; John Carlo Roque, Regional Head for North Luzon, Yamaha Motor Philippines; and Dan Darang, Brand Manager, Kawasaki Motors Philippines Inc. join forces for the annual Partakan Festival to provide sponsorship, bike clinics, camaraderie, family bonding, and promote Moto-tourism in this side […]

ROBINSONS DEPARTMENT STORE FEATURES GO LOKAL!

Robinsons Department Store embraces local ingenuity through Go Lokal!

 

 The Philippines is a country that is full of ingenuity. They just have to discover and given the right exposure, original homegrown products can be at par with their foreign counterparts. 99% of entrepreneurs in the country consists of micro-entrepreneurs, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon V. Lopez during his acknowledgement remark last March 24 for the official opening of Go Lokal! in Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Place Manila. “I (and behalf of DTI), thanked Robinsons Group for recognizing these entrepreneurs and through Go Lokal!, they are given a chance to get inside malls, get exposed […]

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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 […]

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Wellness Staycation South of Manila

 

 This is your chance to be fit and healthy this summer when you book your stay at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila with the Fit and Fab package (until March 31, 2017). I had the chance to join one of the wellness sessions for all hotel guests (not just for those under Fit and Fab) and diners in partnership with Nurture Wellness Village: Tai Qi Gong. Ladies, wear your most comfortable work out clothes on and join our Tai Qi Gong session by Nurture Wellness Village at The Deck Bar tomorrow from 5-6pm exclusive for Fit and Fab room package […]

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 […]

CHINATOWN BINONDO FOOD WALK TOUR ON A BUDGET

Chinatown Binondo Food Walk Tour on a Budget

 

 It’s always a walking experience of history whenever we had the chance to do a food walk tour in Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world. It’s not only the food that made the food walk tour interesting but also the places that surrounds with people living and culture that shows the history of Binondo. Also it’s also the time of the year as Chinese celebrates the annual Chinese New Year. For this year, 2017, the Chinese welcomes the coming of the Year of the Fire Rooster. The Chinese Lunar New Year day begins on January 28, 2017. We’ll talk […]

PAMINTUAN MANSION HERITAGE TOUR IN PAMPANGA

A NorthPine Land Inc. Heritage Tour of Pampanga

 

 Yesterday, we had a great and wonderful time exploring and rediscovering one of the places in Central Luzon that helped in shaping the history and political state of our country. Pampanga is one of the eight rays that represent the Philippines provinces in our national flag. Pampanga is also considered as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. And when you talk about food, certainly, Pampanga has a lot of them. Our tour in Pampanga was part of the Bloggers’ Appreciation Tour of Pampanga hosted by NorthPine Land Inc. to show the beauty of the province as well as to take a […]

SAMBALILO FESTIVAL CAVINTI LAGUNA

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 […]

VISIT GUAM 2016

Getting to know more about Visit Guam 2016

 

 Aside from being a great vacation destination, awesome shopping experience, touristy spots, etc., we still have a lot of things which we should know and discover if we are going to Guam, a tropical island similar to the Philippines and is only 3.5 hours away from Manila. First, to be able to visit Guam, we must have a valid US visa (non-immigrant (tourist) visa is the most easiest to obtain) which we can all apply at the US Embassy in Manila, pay the visa fee $160, and schedule the appointment online to be able to proceed to the next step, […]

TOP THINGS TO DO IN ISLAND COVE HOTEL AND LEISURE PARK

Things to see, do, and enjoy inside Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park

 

 Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is a complete getaway package that you’ll get to experience once you enter the premises of the 36-hectare Mediterranean inspired island that is 15 minutes away from SM Mall of Asia. It’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss and perhaps staying for a day-trip is not enough. The best to experience the whole of the resort island is to enjoy the complete accommodation via staying in one of the hotel rooms or villas for longer days. A 3N/2D vacation is good enough for you to enjoy the fun and relaxation that Island Cove Hotel […]

20TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA

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 […]

ISLAND COVE HOTEL AND LEISURE PARK CAVITE

Quick destination guide to Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park

 

 Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, located in Kawit, Cavite, has been around since 1997 and it is known as  a pioneer in tourism industry with respect to the introduction of a multitude of attractions that attract both local and foreign visitors searching for a wonderful and perfect getaway destination, not far from the city life, very convenient and accessible from the nearest international airport.   Island Cove is a family-oriented adventure destination with various sports and recreation facilities, a hotel, and numerous restaurants to choose from the 36-hectare Mediterranean inspired island, which is approximately 25 minutes away from Manila, or if […]

BUDGET AIRLINES CEBU PACIFIC AND AIRASIA FOR CEBU SINULOG FESTIVAL

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 […]

CEBU PACIFIC JUAN FOR FUN BACKPACKER CHALLENGE 2015 WITH MS. CANDICE IYOG, CEBU PACIFIC VP FOR MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION.

Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun 2015 kicks-off in Bangkok and exciting choose-your-own destinations in PH

 

 After their send-off last June 23, five teams composed of young travelers from different college and universities in the Philippines embarked on an exciting and fun adventure for this year’s Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2015. Team DoMaRo, Team Extreme, Team Iskapade, Team Juan Big Fight, and Team Square immediately flew in Bangkok, Thailand and started their 3-day adventure co-presented by GetGo, Cebu Pacific‘s lifestyle rewards program, and Nissin Yakisoba. This year’s challenge major sponsors are Smart Bro, Boreas, and Canon. Juan for Fun 2015 is also supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and […]

HSMA OFFICERS CHRISTINE URBANOZO-IBARRETA, MARGIE MUNSAYAC, ROSE LIBONGCO, TOGETHER WITH TPBPHIL COO DOMINGO CHICOY ENERIO III.

The search for the first Virtus Awards awardees is now open

 

 Last May 28, the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association (HSMA) launched its first-ever Virtus Awards, the biggest and most prestigious sales and marketing competition in the travel and tourism industry in the Philippines. The announcement of the opening for the search of nominees and launching of the official website happened at Diamond Hotel and witnessed by HSMA and Virtus Awards officers together with special guests General Managers and Directors of Sales and Marketing of members of world-class properties, hotels and resorts in the country. The maiden competition launching also invited the presence of Tourism Promotions Board (TPBPHIL) COO Domingo Ramon ‘Chicoy’ […]

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Up Dharma Down promotes ‘all the good things’ about Singapore with their latest single

 

   Emerging four-piece Philippine indie band Up Dharma Down (UDD) revealed the beauty of Singapore releasing another eargasmic hit entitled “All the Good Things” In collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board, the latest single defines all of their unique experiences as a band, inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of Singapore. “Through this collaboration with Up Dharma Down, we hope that Filipino travelers will view Singapore as a destination where they can partake in unique experiences across retail, dinning, entertainment and attractions,” expressed Adrian Kong, the Area Director for Philippines and Brunei of Singapore Tourism Board. In the event last May 19 at […]

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 […]

CEBU PACIFIC JUAN FOR FUN BACKPACKING CHALLENGE WINNER IN JAPAN. Sesi was enamored by the culture, charms and cuties of Japan, and vowed that he will come back.

Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun winner continues the Juandering Mode

 

 A Juanderer never says no to adventures. A rush of adrenaline streamed over the twenty-five-year-old teacher from Dumaguette teaming up his mates from Siliman University for Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacking Challenge in 2013. Sesinando “Sesi” Quilao joined forming Team Crimson with Patrik Norouzi and So Myeong Lee. They toured around the country from Manila to Kalibo, Dipolog, Palawan, Davao, and Cebu. Team Crimson sealed the victory awarded as champions after the challenge. They savored 12 Cebu Pacific roundtrip tickets to any international or domestic destination plus premium gadgets and travel gear. “With our ticket prizes, we got more […]