Reasons to visit Boracay

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Island Cove’s New Business Venture

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is known to be the most sought resort in the province of Cavite. The company has provided leisure, relaxation and amazing dining experience to the Filipinos in the past 20 years. As the company grows, new business developments are realized.

Since Island Cove is known for its events and functions, the company has opened its first ever food service solutions called Island Cove Food Services, Inc. (ICFS). ICFS provides catering service solutions for socials and corporate events held outside the resort, volume food preparation and delivery, pre cooked/ portioned food supplies and healthy meal plans.
Island Cove has seen the potential of sharing its expertise in the field of Hospitality Management to individuals who wish to polish their craft. Because of this, the company has decided to open its first learning institution – the International Skills Learning Academy or ISLA. ISLA offers TESDA courses (such as Housekeeping) and lifestyle courses such as Kiddie Cooking Class, Baking Class and Events Management. ISLA also offers FoodSHAP Food Safety courses. Completers of the course will be accredited as licensed food handlers by the Department of Health.
Island Cove is also very much excited to address the laundry service needs of the nearby hotels and accommodations as it offers its own Laundry Service. The Island Cove Laundry Service offers state of the art industrial sized washers, ironers and dryers that are managed by experts in the field of Housekeeping and Laundry Service.
To know more about Island Cove’s new products, you may call: (046) 434 4313 or 0917 706 1406.
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Long Weekend Staycation at Seda Vertis North

Seda Vertis NorthSpend your long weekend holiday at Seda Vertis North, the largest and newest hotel in Quezon City. Enjoy the introductory rate of P3,888++ with buffet breakfast for two at Misto, complimentary Wi-fi, use of e-lounge, gym and pool.

Booking period is until June 30, 2017. Stay date is until December 15,2017. For reservations, email or call 739-8888. Seda Vertis North is located at Astra cor. Lux Drives, Vertis North, Quezon City.

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Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, The Musical audition set!


Grand Leisure Corporation, in cooperation with Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, announce the audition for Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, the Musical on June 16, Friday, 2pm to 7pm., happening at the Architectural Center Club, 2060 Palma St., corner Rockwell Drive, Makati City.

The musical serves as tribute to the late National Artist for Film, Lino Brocka.

Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng LIwanag the musical, highlights the life of Julio Madiaga, an innocent provinciano who wandered to Manila fueled by his romantic quest, to find and rescue his beloved, Ligaya Paraiso.

The musical version’s stage director is Joel Lamangan. Libretto by Jose Victor Torres & Em Mendez. Musical Director is Von De Guzmán, Douglas Nierras is the choreographer & Jun Pablo for Production Design.

For those who will audition on June 16, they must prepare one song and one dance number.

For queries, & more information SMS/call 09179046778 (Chriz) and 09175543652 (Leslie).


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‘Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit’ for marine conservation opens at Solaire

In celebration of World Oceans Day, captivating underwater photos of multi-awarded photographers Anna Varona and Danny Ocampo presents ‘Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit’ for marine conservation opens at Solaire. 

The exhibit is to highlight the beauty of the Philippine oceans and the urgent need to protect them and also to help the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in their continuous efforts to conserve Philippine oceans and the communities that greatly depend on them.

WWF-Philippines’ work in protecting the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park inspired the declaration of a one million hectare of MPA by the Municipal Government of Cagayancillo through a municipal ordinance covering its entire municipal waters and surrounding open sea.
A sea turtle seen at the waters of Tubbataha Reefs National Park
The exhibit showcases a visual spectacle that will allow the public to see the beauty of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) such as the Marine Sanctuary in Tingloy, Batangas, Apo Island in Negros Oriental, Cagayancillo and Tubbataha in Palawan, and Tañon Strait in the Visayas.
Anna Varona and Danny Ocampo presents ‘Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit
Anna Varona, who is a responsible tourism advocate and a marine warrior on top of being a professional photographer, believes that this endeavor is very much aligned with the 2017 World Oceans Day’s theme ‘Our Ocean, Our Future’ because it aims to spread awareness on the role ofMPAs in long-term food security.

“MPAs ensure that our coastal resources are given the chance to regenerate and provide us food now and in the future. Aside from that, our fishermen are given much more stable and sustainable livelihood,” she said.

One of the featured photographs in the Rule of 2/3rd Exhibit.
Danny Ocampo, who also campaigns for ethical and responsible diving and photography, hopes to influence tourists to be more responsible when they visit MPAs, especially since Apo Island has been instrumental in his journey towards marine conservation work. 

“Apo Island continues to inspire not only me but hundreds of individuals, organizations and policy makers here and abroad who have been there. Sadly, its popularity is beginning to be its bane and measures have to be taken to ensure that tourism and conservation complement each other,” he stated.

Canon Philippines sponsored the printing of all portraits including the postcard versions of select photos that will be sold to help the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.
The exhibit, which is supported by the Department of Tourism, is open to the public until June 22, 2017.
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Grammy-winning band Phoenix new album, Ti Amo!


Ti Amo

Released June 9th – Loyaute/ Glassnote /Atlantic


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(Photo by Emma Le Doyen / Art direction Studio Mitsu)

Grammy-winning band Phoenix are thrilled to announce their new album, Ti Amo, set for release on June 9, 2017 via Loyaute/Glassnote/Atlantic Records. The band – comprised of Thomas Mars (vocals), Laurent Brancowitz (guitar), Christian Mazzalai (guitar), and Deck D’Arcy (bass) – detailed creating the album to the New York Times earlier this week, who called it “the band’s most unabashedly romantic record yet.”  Ti Amo’s first single, a brilliant, shimmering explosion called “J-Boy,” can be heard HERE.

Phoenix will be playing “J-Boy” for the first time on television on Tuesday, May 2nd, when they debut it on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Ti Amo is Phoenix’s first album since 2013’s critically lauded Bankrupt!.  Produced by the band and recorded at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) with the help of long time collaborator Pierrick Devin, Ti Amo is – in the band’s own words – an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence, it’s also a record about their European, latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues.

Phoenix have also recently confirmed that as part of the huge upcoming world tour (which kicks of in America on May 12th) they will be swinging by Worthy Farm to perform at this years Glastonbury Festival. They will return to UK shores in September for a massive headline show at London’s Alexandra Palace on the 30th September. Full tour dates are below.





Ti Amo track listing:

1.  J-Boy

2.  Ti Amo

3.  Tuttifrutti

4.  Fior Di Latte

5.  Lovelife

6.  Goodbye Soleil

7.  Fleur De Lys

8.  Role Model

9.  Via Veneto

10.  Telefono



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CEBUCON 2017 features new technology, innovations, other products for construction industry

Construction Show Cebu or CebuCon, a popular industry event of choice to launch products, recently concluded and featured again new technology, innovations and product solutions for the construction and building industry held at the Sky Hall and Mountain Wing Atrium of SM Seaside City Cebu.


Among them was a revolutionary design tool—the latest progeCAD for design professionals and practitioners. This is an affordable CAD software that uses *.DWG file format. It’s easy to learn and use with built-in useful equipment.

“The progeCAD Professional 2018 is our next generation of alternative CAD product in the market set to handle bigger sized files. The best version [eve],” said Ar. Dennis S. Mayo, technical director of Architechnologies, Inc., its sole authorized distributor in the Philippines since 2012.

“With CEBUCON’s 25th year celebration, it is a very good venue to launch the latest offering of progeCAD. It is our belief that there are still a lot of professionals, who need the benefit of an affordable CAD package. We believe that CEBUCON shares with us the commitment of sincerely serving the AEC [Architecture, Engineering, Construction] industry and with this partnership, we believe we can tap more potential customers and expand our business networks,” he added.

While property developers describe their subdivisions and condos as perfect place to live, work, play and even retire, Newluxe International, Inc. has complete packages of outdoor and indoor playground facilities and equipment to offer them. Based in Cebu, the company provides cost-effective play solutions and high-quality fun, stimulating, challenging and yet safe children’s playgrounds that suit the needs of these communities.

19021620_10211018395308828_390227698_nCarron Group of Companies, another new exhibitor, is geared on tapping the growing number of property developers who see the great business potential on water parks and entertainment centers. Its expertise covers project design, planning, operations management; as well as manufacturing, supply and installation of facilities and equipment for these tourism establishments. It also offers turn-key projects.

Established in 1996, the company started manufacturing locally built amusement rides using European technology with imported and locally sourced parts and components. Among its clientele are Star City, Sky Ranch Tagaytay, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Star Mall Group, Sta. Lucia Realty & Dev., Inc., Splash Town Water Park, Robinsons Land Corp., Filinvest Alabang, Inc., Jed’s Island Resort, Miriam College. It has also supplied amusement rides abroad to countries like Italy, Saudi, Qatar, Dubai, New Zealand, Nigeria, Australia and China.

Other new products launched, included MAS Paints eco-friendly coatings for interiors and exteriors decorative textured paints and wood paints ideal for furniture, cabinets, counter tops and other indoor surfaces with its special effects paints for wood to mimic different surfaces like leather, metal, marble and others. MAS Paints’ solvent and water-based dyes stain varnish wood transparently bring out the natural characteristics of wood grains.

With the shift in environmental friendly activities, Vertical Difficult Access Solutions, a young Cebu-based firm founded in 2016, promoted rope access services for industries requiring inspection, maintenance or repair and accessibility in hard to reach points.

These were just few of the featured products witnessed by the trade professionals, property developers, owners and consultants during the four-day event that took place from June 2 to 5.


At 25, CEBUCON remains relevant by showcasing a comprehensive range of product solutions, innovations and expertise for the built environment. “From the first nail to the last nail,” as they say, this is what CEBUCON is all about.

Themed “25 Years of Building Business Networks in the Construction Industry in the Southern Philippines,” CEBUCON welcomed, among its trade visitors, representatives of various hardware associations in the country from the Philippine Hardware Foundation, Inc. in Manila to its counterparts from Davao Hardware Association, Bacolod Hardware Merchants and those from other provinces in Visayas and Mindanao like Iloilo, Bohol, Dumaguete, and General Santos City. This was made possible through CEBUCON’s long time partnership with Cebu’s Hardware Consolidated, Inc. (HCI).

The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) District C-1 had its special participation by presenting design concepts on Maritima building via its local chapters. Built in 1910, the Compania Maritima was once known as the Fernandez Building.

It was occupied by the Shamrock Hotel during the pre-war years, but the building’s internal structure and roof were destroyed during the liberation of Cebu City in 1945. After the liberation, the crumbling building was repaired and became the main office of Compania Maritima, one of the biggest shipping lines in Cebu City serving many key cities in the Philippines. It also occupied the first international port in Cebu. But the company filed for bankruptcy in the late 1980’s and the building has been abandoned ever since.

CEBUCON was organized and managed by L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc., in tie up with the HCI.

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10 Reasons why you shouldn’t miss this year’s MAFBEX

Are you ready for the Ultimate Foodventure?

It’s that time of the year again for the biggest food show in the country – the Manila Foods and Beverages Expo, bringing together a flurry of gastronomic wonders on June 14 to 18, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the World Trade Center Manila. Organized by MAFBEX Events Management (a subsidiary of Worldbex Services International) and presented in cooperation with the Young Hoteliers Exposition and the Organization of Bar Professionals, this year’s show is sure to be packed with tons of surprises and exclusive events.
To give you an idea, here are some among the many reasons why you should not miss the 11th MAFBEX!
1. Tasting Opportunities



Set to occupy a total of 15,000 sqm of exhibition space, which will house close to 500 exhibitors, explore and sample the diverse array of food and beverage products from both local and international brands.

2. Fresh Local Produce 


Presented in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry, a special pavilion will be showcasing local and homegrown goods from all over the country. Among these include Guzto, Pia, Bahaghari Banana Chips, Merl’s Delicacies, The Cracking Monkey, Seaweed Products, Wild Honey, Coconut Oil, Organic Salted Eggs, and Tamarraw rice among many others. Select regional offices including the Regional Field Office I, II, III, and IVA will also display their local produce at the pavilion.

3. Franchising Zone


More than just a destination for foodies, those who wish to venture into the food business are encouraged to visit the Franchising Zone. Among the participating companies include Delicious / Feicitas, KJA Globe, Mega Food Cart, Fosse Coffee Kiosk, Masterchef, David Fusion, JC Worldwide, and Pampanga’s Best.


4. Chefs of the World

A highly-anticipated event highlight at MAFBEX shows, the Chefs of the World gives you a unique opportunity to witness renowned chefs in action and even talk to them during the meet & greet session! Headlining this year’s Chefs of the World are Pokwang, Chef Sharwin Tee, Chef Deejay Santos, Chef Michelle Adrillana, Chef Mitchie Sison, Chef Philip Goulding, and Chef Alain Rion of Sofitel, to name a few.

5. Free MAFBEX Seminars

Feed not only your tummy but also your mind at this year’s MAFBEX Seminars. Open to all and free of charge, learn a thing or two straight from the F&B industry’s top practitioners and influencers.

6. Live Cooking Demos

Wouldn’t it be great if you could prepare your favorite dishes at home? Learn from the best as MAFBEX hosts a series of cooking demos by the most prominent chefs in the country such as Chef Boy Logro, Chef Dang Adrias, Chef Jackie & Maai Florendo, and Chef Xavier Btesh.

7. YHE Interschool Competition

Want to try something new? From a grueling Black Box challenge and Cake Decorating Competition to the Flair Cup 2017, Market Basket Challenge, and the Mocktail Punch Competition, bear witness to live culinary competitions for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

8. National Bartending Championships

Enjoy a boozy spectacle with the first-ever HRAP National Bartending Championships. To showcase their bottle flipping and flair skills at the Flairtending Competition are representatives from the Baguio Country Club, Cafe Havana, Dusit Thani Hotel, Holiday Inn, and Resorts World Manila. Meanwhile, to showcase their cocktail concoctions on the spot at the Classic Bartender Competition are contests from the Baguio Country Club, Diamond Hotel, Dusit Thani Hotel, Pan Pacific Hotel, Sofitel, Bellevue Manila, and OKADA.

9. MAFBEX Culinary Cup: Home Chef Edition

Like a scene straight out of your favorite reality cooking competition show, feel the action heat up as amateurs battle it out for this year’s MAFBEX Culinary Cup: Home Chef Edition. Divided into two rounds, the semi-finals and the grand finals, home chefs will be tasked to collect their ingredients on the spot and cook up a culinary masterpiece for the honor of being hailed as champion as well as a chance to win awesome prizes.

10. Eat for a cause

It’s not every day that you eat and get to help someone in need. At MAFBEX, you get to do both as part of the proceeds of the show will go to the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.

For more information, you may follow #MAFBEX on Facebook and Instagram!

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