Reasons to visit Boracay

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Wanderland Music Fest Heads to Filinvest City

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Filinvest City brings Wanderland Music and Arts Festival to the south of the metro on March 4, 2017. The event will take place at the newly developed Filinvest City Event Grounds. The outdoor event venue, which is ready to accommodate the biggest events in the country, is sure to give a refreshing vibe to all guests.

Themed Wanderland Jungle, this year promises to be even more exciting as international names including The Temper Trap, The Ting Tings, Explosions in the Sky, Yuna, Purity Ring, Honne, LANY, and Woodlock, as well as home grown indie artists such as Up DharmaDown, Tom’s Story, Gab and John of Urbandub, Fools & Foes, Reese Lansangan, Lola Amour, Banna Harbera, and Mickey Sulit come together for a roaring good time in Filinvest City.

Adding a colorful jungle vibe to the music festival are live art performances from talented muralists and illustrators including Jappy Agoncillo, KFK Collective, Quatro Hapimeel, and Ysabella Lalu.

With thousands of Wanderers each year, they can definitely expect a feast for the eyes and ears as they enjoy good music. All these take place amid lush green sceneries of the outdoors at Filinvest City.

For more information, visit Wanderland’s website at http://wanderlandfestival.com/.

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THE VOICE EXCLUSIVELY RETURNS TO STAR WORLD

Star World, FOX Networks Group (FNG) Philippines’ number one female-oriented general entertainment channel announced today the return of the well-loved and three-time Emmy winning talent show, The Voice. The Voice Season 12 exclusively premieres in the Philippines on February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) only on Star World with live telecasts every 2:00 PM and primetime replays at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM respectively.

Exciting turn of events are in-store for the viewers on the latest season of The Voice as we continue on the search for the next best voice that will shake the music industry to the core. The season premiere of The Voice marks the sweet return of Gwen Stefani as she once again secures her judging spot, rounding up the girl power action on the competition up against Adam Levine and once again reunited with her partner, Blake Shelton.

The latest season of The Voice boosts a bigger, better and more engaging experience than it has on its previous season by bringing in the biggest and most recognizable names in the music industry as adviser to the coaches, making everything a match made in heaven; Celine Dion joins Gwen Stefani as an adviser taking the femme fatal action to high roads. On the other corner of music, five-time winner of show, Blake Shelton is joined by Luke Bryan — a tandem easy on the eyes and easy on dynamics as the two have worked together before to co-host the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Adam Levine pairs up with a legend, John Legend that is. These swoon-worthy gents collaborate to take ordinary people to the next level while keeping their dapper in check. Running on her second season for The Voice, Alicia Keys, is all about winning as she teams up with award-winning hip hop artist DJ Khaled, and everyone sure knows, that all he does is win no matter what.

With all these great additions to The Voice stage, the stakes get even higher and better as the season presents extended Blind Auditions, making room for far more artists, far more voices and far more drama — leave it to host Carson Daly to make sure things don’t get out of hand. As the latest season steps up in more ways than one, Star World stays true to its promise of delivering only the best and premier content and immediately brings it fresh from the US!

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Star Cruises reveals new travel opportunities in first ever Cruise Fair

Traveling is the newest and fastest growing trend as today’s tourism industries are further developing and traveling destinations all over the world become much accessible to the public. Now, more and more people are opening their doors to new travel opportunities whether it be local or abroad, by sea or by air.
From March 1 to 5, 2017 the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises, is making its way to Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk to showcase the company’s newest travel offers and promos especially for this summer.
Have an experience of a lifetime onboard Star Cruises with Superstar Virgo as it embarks on a roundtrip cruise from Manila to Laoag, Taiwan and Hong Kong this March 19 to May 23, 2017!

The event is also set to celebrate the opening of its new homeport in Manila, marking Star Cruises as the first cruise industry to do so in the Philippines’ capital region, allowing Filipinos to reach further destinations in the Asia Pacific much closer, hassle-free and visa-free.

As such, Star Cruises booths will be set up by the mall entrances with the company’s travel agency partners attending the area to accommodate interested travelers and tourists.

“Star Cruises was the first major cruise line to recruit Filipinos 23 years ago for our cruise ships and now we are pleased to be the first international cruise line to welcome Filipinos on board Superstar Virgo as our guests from our homeport in Manila,” says President of Star Cruises Ang Moo Lim. “Worldwide, nearly 25 million people have enjoyed a cruise in 2016 and we are extending this opportunity for Filipinos to join their ranks from Manila – and at an affordable price.”

 As the new homeport opens, the company is now launching new luxury cruise trip opportunities straight from Manila to Laoag, to Taiwan and Hong Kong starting March 19 to May 23, 2017!

 Summer is fast approaching and no better time than now to explore and discover what awaits you onboard the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises

 To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booths at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk from March 1 to 5 during mall hours, or visit the Star Cruises official website at http://www.starcruises.com.

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JDI takes 158 customers in an incentive trip to Jeju Island, South Korea

Participants pose for a photo during their trip to Jeju Island, South Korea, a free gift from Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI).
Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) takes 158 customers to Jeju Island, South Korea, known as the “Island of the Gods” for a four-day vacation. 

As a “thank you” to its customers, Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) recently took them to South Korea’s Jeju Island, a place that is known in the travel industry as the “Island of the Gods,” for a four-day vacation.

A total of 158 customers that included dealers, distributors, and mango contractors—and six JDI representatives—joined the trip that lasted from January 4 to 7.

Participants in the Jeju Island incentive trip of Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI)  listen attentively to the unique culture of Seoungeup Folk Village.

The fun getaway featured trekking on Mt. Halla, South Korea’s highest peak; a visit at the gravity-defying Mysterious Road; a look at one of the nation’s monuments—the Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff; and a glimpse of Seongsan Ilchubong, the “Sunrise Peak” formed five thousand years ago by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed.

Customers of Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) take a photo in front of the Teddy Bear Museum during their Jeju Island incentive trip. 

The happy vacationers also enjoyed the attractions at Glass Castle, a glass art theme park; viewed the adorable displays at the Hello Kitty and Teddy Bear museums; strolled the gardens of, and checked out the zoo at, Hallim Park; visited the historic and cultural Seoungeup Folk Village; watched the classic Painters Show; and saw the famed sensual and erotic sculpture park, Love Land.

During breaks from exploring tourist destinations, the travelers shopped and dined at Jeju Island’s shopping destinations: Ginseng Outlet, Duty Free, and Chilseongro Street.

Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) Jeju Island incentive trip participants enjoy delicious Korean cuisine. 

Kaye Aguilan, JDI product manager, said, “We at JDI believe that this incentive trip is a way to thank our loyal customers, and at the same time, strengthen our relationship with them.”

“We value our dealers, distributors and contractors, and this is just one of the many ways we can express our gratitude,” she added.

The participants were from different provinces of the Philippines: Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Benguet, Tuguegarao, Isabela, Batangas, Quezon, Palawan, Mindoro, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Butuan, General Santos and Cagayan de Oro.

The trip was arranged to reciprocate the support of these customers in purchasing a package of JDI agro-products—insecticides, herbicides, molluscicides, fungicides, seeds and yield boosters.

Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI), a member company of the Jardine Matheson Group, represents a number of leading brands in crop protection, local and foreign-made pesticides, plant growth regulators, plant nutrition, hybrid rice seeds, and vegetable seeds.

For more information, please visit www.jardinedistribution.com

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The 8th Manila Transitio Festival 2017

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In February of 1945, at the close of the second world war, “The Battle of Manila” devastated the capital city of the Philippine Islands. Caught in a clash between the armed forces of the United States and Japan, Manila, once known for it’s architectural beauty and gracious citizens, had been battered and brought to her knees. Collateral damage in a war not of her own making.

By March, the districts from Caloocan to Malate lay in ruins; the 300 year-old walled city of Intramuros was reduced to rubble, and over 100,000 of the city’s civilians lay dead.

But the worst loss of all would happen after the war. In the decades that passed, the people of Manila chose to forget “The Battle of Manila”. Instead of rebuilding the city’s grand churches and monuments, the survivors of this tragedy chose to remove themselves. By the 1980s, the city of Manila, once called the Pearl of The Orient, had become mess of uninspired commercial developments, parochial gated communities, and indigent informal settlements. Manila’s heritage sites fell into neglect and her history dropped from consciousness. A huge gap was blown into the collective national memory. Until today, seventy two years later, there is still no national holiday nor monument dedicated to “The Battle of Manila” nor the 100,000 souls who perished.

For the last eight years, Intramuros Administration, #vivamanila, and Carlos Celdran have hosted a gathering called Manila Transitio as a way of remembering the “Battle of Manila”. This yearly commemoration is defined by a public picnic, an art exhibition, a community ritual, and an open air concert held inside one of the many gardens of Intramuros. This event hopes to remind Manila’s residents that they once lived in a proud, beautiful city and that the memory of the 100,000 civilians who died in the battle should be honored.

Ultimately. Manila Transitio is really all about recognizing the city’s changes; Manila’s transitions from what it was, to what is, and to what it can possibly become in the future.

DETAILS:

Guests of Manila Transitio can bring their own blankets, picnic baskets, dogs, friends and family.

Guests can set their blankets out on the grass and spend the day into night watching the concert in front of them, appreciating the art surrounding them, and sharing a community spirit.

There is no dress code; cosplay is encouraged. Filipiniana is recommended.

Food and drink will be available from vendors on-site.

Quiapo candle ladies will also on site to grant wishes and add a spiritual element to the evening.

As a highlight, there will be a surprise community ritual as a symbolic gesture.

Our theme for this year’s memorial is: “Folk Art. Folk Traditions. Folk Music”. Work by artists: Russ Ligtas, Mitch Garcia, Ian Madrigal, Martin Lorenzo De Mesa, Mars Bugaoan, Jodee Aguillon and Hataw, Leeroy New, Derek Tumala, GA Fallarme, Denis Lagdameo, Rosa Mirasol Esguerra Melencio, and Tad Ermitaño will be set all around the gardens.

In line with this year’s theme. the main stage will spotlight the “Tres Marias”, a trio consisting of Bayang Barrios, Cookie Chua, and Lolita Carbon. Three powerful women considered to be the country’s foremost voices in rock, folk, soul and protest music.

Paolo Garcia (Parallel Uno) will DJ music between sets.

This year’s food and drink vendors: XO1946, Edgy Veggy, Ralph’s Wines, Distileria Limtuaco, Curry Wurst Meister, Ziazan Mezze/THC, V Hotel, Public School/Kalsada Coffee.

At the door, guests will pay an entrance fee of any amount at their discretion. One peso is appreciated just as much as one thousand pesos. Pay what you can.

We hope to see you there.

THE 8th MANILA TRANSITIO FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 26, 2017
SUNDAY
BALUARTE SAN DIEGO, SANTA LUCIA CORNER MURALLA STREET, INTRAMUROS
3:00PM to 11:00PM

ENTRANCE FEE: PAY WHAT YOU CAN

Hashtags: #manilatransitio #vivamanila

VIVA MANILA!

Contacts:
Carlos Celdran
09088975515
vivamanila1@gmail.com

Photos of 7th Manila Transitio 2016 by: Ivan Sarenas

Painting of “Sueño de Manila” by Carlos Celdran

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“Sister Act” the musical in Manila

Music enthusiasts will be thrilled and dazzled by the exhilarating song numbers and hilarious scenes from a much-acclaimed Broadway musical comedy when “Sister Act” premieres on June 27, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire, Entertainment City, Pasay City.

The show opens the two-week Philippine run of the hit Broadway musical that is part of the Asian leg of the American production’s Asian tour for 2017. The musical will run for only two weeks with no extension.

Touted as America’s new musical comedy classic, “Sister Act” brings to the musical theater scene a stage re-creation of the music and general story of the hit 1992 film comedy of the same title, but with an all-original score and script and spectacular production design.

The play will leave the audience breathless as it they follow for two-and-a-half delightful hours the funny adventures of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent.

Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly re-discovers her own.

The musical features original music and score with a big Broadway sound written by the most acclaimed composer of our time, 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “”The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), with lyrics by Glenn Slater. The story was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas. Carter Beane.

It had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in the Fall of 2006, followed by a production at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on the Winter of 2007. The West End production began previews at the Palladium Theatre in London on May 7, 2009, while the Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011 and officially opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre.2

Seen by over 6 million theater-goers across the globe, “Sister Act” has been performed worldwide in Milan, Vienna, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and on tour throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. It has also been played in Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Spain.

The musical received five Tony Awards nominations in 2011: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Alan Menken-music/Glenn Slater-lyrics), Best Book of a Musical (Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Actress in a Musical (Patricia Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark)

It was also nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.

The musical has drawn widespread critical acclaim for being a “fun, funny and feel good” act, with The New York Post describing it as “ridiculously fun” and The Huffington Post lauding it for providing fans “an unbridled joy.”

Sister Act is Ovation Productions’ second Broadway musical presentation; with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 2 years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as it’s first.

Media partners are Fox, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and BusinessWorld. Produced by Ovation Productions in cooperation with Broadway Entertainment Group, and Troika. Tickets at P6500, 5500, 4500, 3500, 1500 available online at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call (02) 981-9999. Avail of 10% Early Bird Discount from February 12 -28, 2017.

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La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel: The Vacationers and Celebs Choice Resort

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La Carmela de Boracay, the iconic resort/hotel owned by Boy So is the answer to every vacationers’ needs. The resort hotel has everything anybody needs when on a holiday in the paradise island of Boracay.
Ocean View Suite
La Carmela de Boracay is known by both local and foreign tourists for its affordable rates, homey interiors, pleasant staff and crew and accessibility. It is also the most suitable choice for occasions like birthdays, holidays, wedding anniversaries, and other events because of its affordable rates and the amenities necessary in celebrating such occasions.
The Premiere West Lobby

La Carmela de Boracay is frequented by local celebrities, including Boy Abunda and his celebrity friends. The resort hotel has been featured in some of ABS-CBN’s shows. It is no surprise if one spots a local celeb in the pool or having breakfast or dinner in its dining room.

La Carmela de Boracay is centrally located at Station 2, near the Tourist Center, in the heart of Boracay. It is at the center of the island, only a few meters walk to the shopping mall or the market.

The Celebrity Suite

Making room reservations in La Carmela is easy. It’s staff and crew will offer answers to every reservation question.

Facade of La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel

The hotel offers beachfront convenience at affordable rates on Holidays. It also has special package rates for groups, barkadas and families.

La Carmela which was built in 2011, has now five buildings.

The Main Building houses Standard, Semi Deluxe, Main Deluxe, Panorama Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms.

The Executive Wing includes Executive Deluxe, Panorama Deluxe, Family-room Wing, and Panorama Super Deluxe rooms.

 

The Premiere East and West building offers Premiere Deluxe and Premiere Super Deluxe rooms.

 

The Ocean View building has Premier Ocean View, African Safari Suite, Greco Roman Suite, and Celebrity Suite.

 

Hospitality among the hotel staff and cleanliness in the hotel are of utmost importance. La Carmela de Boracay sees to it that its guests are comfortable and happy in their stay at the hotel resort.

Since 2011, La Carmela has been frequented by both local and foreign the tourists. It has a steady stream of guests from all walks of life. Everyday is peak season for the hotel-resort.

“We want our guests to feel at home while vacationing. It is important to us that they have a happy and wonderful experience in La Carmela,” says Boy So.

This year, La Carmela De Boracay has lined up a series of activities for guests to enjoy.

We will be more active in engaging the public in our entertainment activities. Gusto namin mas mapasaya pa sila,” adds Boy.

 

For more information visit La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel’s official Facebook page

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