- 4th Annual Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival Returns June 3
- Cebu Pacific : MINDANAO TRAVEL ADVISORY
- Responsible Traveling and Palawan’s Pearl Farming Industry up next on AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne
- Construction Show Cebu remains relevant at 25
- Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo and partners celebrate two years of #FlyForFree
- ABS-CBN Advocacy Arts Arts Exhibit Asia awards Band Batangas Boracay Business Casino Filipino Cebu Pacific Celebrations Celebrities Celebrity Concert Concerts Department of Education Department of Transportation and Communications DepEd Dept. of Tourism DOT DOTC entertainment Epson Events Family Filipino food Globe GMA Network Health Hero Hotel Hotels It's more fun the Philippines iTunes Life Lifestyle Love Manila manila bay area MasterCard Metro Manila Music Musical News Ninoy Aquino International Airport OPM pan pacific manila Philippine Philippine Airlines Philippines Photography Resorts World Manila restaurants Singapore Singapore Airlines Smart Araneta Coliseum SM Mall of Asia Song Sports Stageplays technology Theater Tourism Tourism Promotions Board TPB Travel Travel + Leisure TV Program Twitter Universal Records VPY2015 youtube
- Follow Arts, Travel and Music Magazine on WordPress.com
The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and Lotte Duty Free announced that the 4th Annual Lotte Guam Live International Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017, at theGovernor Joseph F. Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park in Tumon, Guam.
“We’re looking forward to bringing back different genres of music from hit makers in this region, including K-pop and a blend of Guam’s love for reggae and island music,”said GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight. “When you add the iconic backdrop of Two Lovers Point and the world famous Ypao Beach, we have everything we need for local residents and visitors to enjoy Guam’s biggest annual international music event. We encourage everyone to get their tickets and give a warm Håfa Adai welcome to our performers.”
Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! will be headlining Guam Live this year. Their debut single “Rude” accumulated 1.2 billion views on YouTube and rose to the top of the charts in the United States and United Kingdom. The multi-platinum band will also perform their other hits “Don’t Kill the Magic,” “Let Your Hair Down” and “Lay You Down Easy.”
Adding to the international flare, Korean hip-hop group, “My Fans are Better Than Yours,” orMFBTY has been confirmed to perform at Guam Live. Consisting of Korea’s most influential hip-hop artists Tiger JK and Yoon Mi-rae, as well as rapper Bizzy, MFBTY debuted in 2013 with their single,“Sweet Dream” and followed with their album, “Wondaland,” in 2015.
New Zealand/Australian island reggae artist Sammy J, best known for hits like “No Sleep” and“Say That You Love Me” will take the stage. In addition, island hip hop sensation Spawnbreeziewill perform his smash hits “Oh my goodness” and YouTube hit “Don’t Let Go.” Guam Live also welcomes Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer and songwriter Anuhea, known for her hit singles“Sweet Thing” and “Island Inside Me.”
Rising progressive rock reggae local band The John Dank Show will be returning to Guam Live,performing hits from their self-titled EP and album, “Lights” such as “EZ4U,” “Playing my part,”and “Current.” Local hip hop sensation Jed Antonio will also take the Guam Live stage again as a solo act with fresh beats and popular hits such as “The Low” and “Lately.” Guam’s David “Davidior” Park will cap off the star-studded Guam Live lineup, fresh off co-producing and releasing“I’m the One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper andQuavo. The number one single has already been viewed over 140 million times on YouTube.
Tickets are available at all 76 Circle K locations and online at www.guam-live.com. General Admission is $50 per person and $60 at the door.
For music festival updates and other special announcements, go to the Guam Live website and followGuam Live on Facebook (facebook.com/GuamLiveIMF), instagram (@guamliveimf) and twitter (@GuamLive).
The 2017 Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival is presented by United Airlines, Docomo Pacific, 76 Circle K, Guam Auto Spot, Pacific Islands Club, The Stations of KUAM, and Heineken. The GVB signature event is also brought to you by Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Monster Energy, Pepsi, Sixt Rent A Car and Pacific Star Resort & Spa. Special thanks is given to Skyy Vodka, Patron Tequila, Jack Daniel’s, Jamaican Grill, Fence Masters and Uno Magazine.
To know more about ≠+ you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/visitguamph, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.
Operations of Cebu Pacific in Mindanao remain normal, with no restrictions or limitations imposed on air travel by the authorities.
However, in light of recent situation in Marawi City and the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo strongly advise all its passengers to allot sufficient travel time to get to the airports due to the heightened security measures being implemented. Heavy traffic is also anticipated around the areas as numerous check points are expected to be put up.
Guests flying to and from any Cebu Pacific or Cebgo destination in Mindanao from May 25 to 31, 2017 who are concerned about travelling at this time may opt to rebook their tickets from free within 30 days; or place the cost of the ticket in a travel fund for future use.
For flight rebookings or other concerns, guests are advised to contact the Cebu Pacific hotline at +632 7020-888.
They may also message the official Cebu Pacific Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cebupacificair) or Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts.
CEB also reminds its passengers of the following:
· Remember to bring a valid ID* to be presented during check-in and boarding.
· Liquids, aerosols, and gels inside a hand-carry bag should be in a container (100 ml or less) and they should be placed in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag.
· Be conscious in bringing objects with sharp edges (i.e. nail files, nippers, nail cutters, scissors, etc.) as these may not be allowed in your hand-carry baggage
· If you are bringing gadgets like your laptop, be prepared to take it out for inspection
We sincerely hope for our guests’ understanding, as everyone’s safety remains our priority.
AirAsia launched the #HowIFly campaign, a social media advocacy that encourages and educates everyone on how to be responsible travelers as they discover new destinations.
Palawan known as “The Last Frontier”, is a familiar travel destination as it is home to rich rainforests, scenic diving sites, primeval caves and beautiful beaches. Unknown to many, Palawan also hosts one of the largest areas of pearl farming – a unique industry in the country. This makes a necessity for the local community to be a prime mover of sustainability to balance conservation and progress. One of the key players in pearl farming in Palawan is Jewelmer, a leading jewelry company that takes sustainability at the heart of its operations.
Learn more about the beauty of pearl farming, the role of the business community on environmental protection and the AirAsia’s #HowIFly campaign at the next episode of AirAsia’s “Red Talks with Daphne”, hosted by award-winning TV host and producer, Daphne Oseña-Paez.
Entitled Destination: Harmony, it will talk about pearl production, and delves into the ongoing campaign to protect Palawan’s marine biodiversity through responsible eco-tourism and the AirAsia’scontinued advocacy in educating people to be responsible travelers.
Red Talks with Daphne’s 5th episode will be available on AirAsia Philippines’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/airasiaph on May 20, 2017.
AirAsia, voted the world’s best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years by Skytrax, produced a 6-part web series featuring some of Asia’s best-kept attractions, rich cultural heritage, and inside stories about people and the airline that broke travel norms and made flying possible for everyone across Asia and beyond.
AirAsia “Red Talks with Daphne” was also made possible by AirAsia BIG Loyalty Program. AirAsia’s award-winning loyalty programme, AirAsia BIG Loyalty allows members to earn AirAsia BIG Points to redeem free AirAsia flights, hotel stays and more. With over 100 partners worldwide, there are plenty of ways to earn points. And every month during the member-exclusive Final Call Sale, flights can be redeemed from only 500 BIG Points!
Marking its milestone at 25, Construction Show Cebu (CEBUCON) is set to take the center stage at the Sky Hall and Mountain Wing Atrium in SM Seaside City Cebu, from June 2 to 5, 2017.
With the theme “25 Years of Building Business Networks in the Construction Industry in the Southern Philippines,” CEBUCON remains relevant by showcasing product solutions, innovations and expertise that meet the current and future demands of the industry in the region.
It was first conceived and organized in 1993 to be aligned with the vision that Cebu will become a major gateway of trade and tourism in the region.
CEBUCON Organizer L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc.’s managing director, Lilibeth D. Abais, said that this milestone event is evident that CEBUCON delivers its commitment to be a vital trade link between suppliers and their market in the region’s construction industry as the popular venue for product displays, launchings, market tests and networking event among industry trade professionals, suppliers and stakeholders.
One of CEBUCON’s pioneer and regular exhibitors, Manila-based industrial and power tools distributor Elektro Werk, Inc. (EWI) President James N. Tan stated that “with the exposures we have at CEBUCON it had contributed to our business growth. CEBUCON, as always, is beyond showcasing. Its organizer, L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc. extends value-added services to both its exhibitor and visitor markets even beyond the event.”
Cebu Belmont, Inc.’s vice president for operations Engr. Felomino D. Ang, shared the same opinion: “[It] truly understands the local market, especially Cebu and Visayas.” This is one of the reasons why their company have been consistently collaborating their exhibit participation at theCEBUCON with their principals and suppliers.
One of its consistent trade visitor, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) National Auditor Architect Eldred Caesar I. Tan, commented that “the Construction Show Cebu is an innovator and in the forefront of this kind of exhibition in the part of the country. It has showcased materials, tools and equipment and have provided for intellectual stimulation by holding seminars attended by architects, engineers and allied professionals. CEBUCON has benefited not only those directly involved in the construction industry but also the home and building owners in particular and the general public.”
A first timer to CEBUCON is Architechnologies, Inc. to introduce its new software to the local market. “The ProgeCAD Professional 2018 is our next generation of alternative CAD product in the market, set to handle bigger sized files, this is the best version yet. We believe the event is an excellent venue to launch the latest offering of ProgeCAD,” stated technical director Ar. Dennis S. Mayo. “It is our belief that there are still a lot of professional who need the benefit of an affordable CAD package. We believe that CEBUCON also carries that belief of sincerely serving the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry and with this partnership, we are tapping the potentials and networks unreachable to us (at the Architechnologies),” he added. As Construction is a booming industry across the country.
The robust building activities spread out in other parts of the nation given the massive national infrastructure spending by the government. For instance, in Central Visayas, majority of construction activities in the region are located in Cebu, including the P27.9 billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), which had its groundbreaking last March; the P50-billion Metro Cebu Expressway that is set to start next year; the P9.2B New Cebu International Container Port; the P98 billion 25-kilometer Cebu rail project; and the P420 million worth Metro Cebu flood control projects, among others.
Bohol and Siquijor also saw rapid infrastructure developments since the first semester of last year. Such strong growth of the construction industry here and elsewhere nationwide is seen to keep its momentum on the back of sustained economic fundamentals. The Philippine construction industry is expected to continuously grow in the next three years, bolstered by the residential and infrastructure markets.
From $30.2 billion in 2015, Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) projects the sector to reach $47 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 9.22 percent. As reported by BMI Research’s Philippine Infrastructure Report last January, construction industry is predicted to grow from P1.09 trillion this year to P1.73 trillion in 2021. The sector’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product is, likewise, projected to expand from 6.8 percent in 2017 to 7.3 percent in four years.
These prospects open new opportunities for L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc. to make CEBUCON more responsive to the needs of the local construction industry. The exhibit’s major cooperating agency is theHardwares Consolidated, Inc.
GetGo, Cebu Pacific’s exciting lifestyle rewards program, is not only celebrating two years of providing every Juan free flights to their dream destinations, it is also giving gratitude to partners who have made GetGo truly a rewarding experience for its members.
To mark its second anniversary, GetGo gathered its program partners for a night of revelry that celebrated their shared passion to provide Filipinos with the best ways to #FlyForFree.
Held at The Blue Leaf in McKinley Hill, the Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo 2nd Year Anniversary and Partner’s Night event treated guests to a cheerful evening of recognition, tickets to free flights, exciting prizes, and a promise of stronger partnerships for more rewards offers.
|GetGo Loyalty Division general manager, Nik Laming, gives a message of thanks to their growing number of partners.|
“When we launched GetGo, we wanted to make it innovative—a driver of business and of fulfilling the Filipinos’ dreams to travel for free,” said Nik Laming, GetGo Loyalty Division general manager.
“With the help of all our partners, we have delivered overwhelming results and we are grateful for all of the support, the business, and the hard work that helped shape this program and make it what it is today.”
Staying true to the concept of providing the most rewarding travel experiences through essential daily spend, the celebration also took attendees to a travel-inspired evening with creative destination photo walls, complete with awarding free tickets to Japan and a Coldplay concert to winners of the event’s social media contest and games. Special awards were also given to program partners whose efforts paved the way for more Filipinos to get into the GetGo lifestyle.
Giving back on its 2nd year
|Here’s 2 Going Places. Nik Laming and Mike Szucs (center) share the stage with their industry partners that helped GetGo’s #FlyForFree concept soar even higher.|
GetGo sponsored several Cebu Pacific inflight games where it gave away 1,000 GetGo points each to winners. Grab promo codes were also awarded to inflight game winners in all Manila-bound Cebu Pacific flights.
A GetGo 10-pt Sale enabled travellers to grab the best travel deals to Cebu Pacific destinations. Holders of Cebu Pacific Credit and Debit Cards by UnionBank were also treated to an exclusive Beauty and the Beast screening at Robinsons Magnolia.
To date, GetGo has accumulated more than 3 million members and has given away about 47,175 and 20,115 free domestic and international flights, turning a simple loyalty rewards program into a lifestyle that most Filipinos now aspire for.
|Nik Laming offers a toast to the partnerships that have provided GetGo members with the most rewarding travel experiences.|
With the support of program partners such as the country’s leading banks, hotels, resorts, retail, product, and service establishments, GetGo has grown into a lifestyle program that gives value to people’s daily activities. And with more meaningful partnerships in the pipeline, members can only expect a more exciting and an even more rewarding GetGo experience, as flying for free and creating lasting travel memories become easier to achieve for EveryJuan.
|Cebu Pacific chief executive adviser, Mike Szucs, shares the importance of building strong partnerships towards success.|
“GetGo is an ecosystem that thrives when we add the right components, elements, and partners into it. With new partners come new earning and redemption opportunities, and that makes it even better for everyone,” saidMike Szucs, Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser.
|Hosts Kara David and Chico Garcia welcome everyone to the GetGo 2nd year anniversary event and partner’s night celebration.|
On its 2nd year, GetGo and its partners have transformed Filipinos’ everyday spending into the most rewarding of experiences.
Do you want to #FlyForFree? Visit www.GetGo.com.ph or call +632 71-GETGO (43846) to discover how you can avail of a GetGo membership card, learn about the loyalty program, its partners, promos, and how to start redeeming rewards points. The latest updates are also on GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
GetGo is the lifestyle rewards program by Cebu Pacific that gives its members free flights just by flying Cebu Pacific and from everyday spend. Use the points to book your dream Cebu Pacific destination—for free!
City of Dreams Manila pays tribute to moms with a variety of indulgent dining choices at its award-wining restaurants and special treats at DreamPlay, the DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space, in celebration of Mother’s Day.
At Nobu Manila, the entire family can indulge in a lavish Sunday brunch buffet on Mother’s Dayhighlighting Japanese spice-rubbed steamship round of Wagyu beef, lobster Miso Sinigang, baked salmon, Nobu-style Kare-kare and seafood fried rice.
As an added treat, moms get a chance to win a Nobu spa for two in the Mother’s Day raffle draw. Nobu Mother’s Day brunch, inclusive of sodas, juices, mocktails, and iced tea is at P3,880++ per person. For an upgraded beverage package, P990++ and P1,990++ will be added for alcoholic drinks and premium champagne, respectively. Children ages six to 12 years old dine at half price while those five and below are free-of-charge.
Mothers and their families craving for premium Cantonese cuisine will be spoiled with ambrosial delicacies in the two Mother’s Day special set menus offered for lunch and dinner at Crystal Dragon from May 1 until May 14.
The six-course Munificent menu, offered for two to eight persons at P2,380++/person, consists of: the specialty appetizer platter of deep fried prawn balls with crab meat, chilled marinated spicy jelly fish, steamed abalone sio mai dumpling; braised seafood treasure with bird’s nest in superior broth; steamed cod fish fillet with cordyceps flower; sautéed fresh scallop with spicy XO sauce and celery; braised efu noodle with shredded pork and vegetables; and double boiled eight treasures with ginseng soup.
The eight-course Virtuous menu at P4,380++/person, an expression of fondness for maternal virtues, is good for eight to ten persons and consists of: Cantonese “Four Seasons” combination platter of roasted duck rolls, deep-fried prawn balls, simmered shredded pork ear with spicy vinegar and marinated chilled smoked pork; home-style steamed tiger grouper with cordyceps flower; roasted U.S. duck in Cantonese style with plum sauce; wok-fried butter prawn with crispy pumpkin; braised abalone with mushroom, bean curd and broccoli; pan-fried egg noodles with seafood and baby cabbage; and a dessert platter of chilled mango puree, red bean snow skin and egg custard bun.
For an outdoor family affair on Mother’s Day, a barbecue buffet awaits at the beguiling resort ambiance of Wave poolside bar and restaurant from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Grilled prawns with lime, chicken Inasal, Lapu-lapu wrapped in banana leaves, black squid paella and aioli, oven-baked hickory-smoked Black Angus beef brisket and roasted chicken are on the buffet plus hot-off-the-grill Angus beef burgers, a selection of cheeses, dessert and crepes, and a Caesar salad station. The barbecue buffet is at P1,280.++ per person and includes one round of iced tea, soft drinks, fresh chilled juices or fruit shakes. Guests add P700++ per person for a selection of free-flowing non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and cocktails.
At Red Ginger restaurant, moms dining on May 12 to 14 for lunch or dinner can avail of a whole Ube Violet Velvet cake at a special rate of P800++.
Also from May 12 to 14, the Café Society offers Mother’s Day flowers as gift for moms, from potted orchids to bouquets of roses.
Families can opt for a fun-filled Mother’s day celebration at DreamPlay where one complimentary ticket is offered to moms if with at least two kids, and 50% discount on one ticket if with one child.
DreamPlay also offers a Mother’s Day VIP Package at P1,500 per person, which includes a DreamPlay Pass, DreamPlay t-shirt, complimentary souvenir photo, VIP access to all the attractions, and activity passes to create-your-own heart shaped gingerbread with dedication for mom and Dreamworks-inspired Mother’s Day card to be displayed at a special wall. A special dance number of Fiona with the Dreamers also awaits guests.
UnionBank of the Philippines together with University of Santo Tomas (UST) thru Miguel de Benavides Library and Archives of UST launch Semper Lumina (Always the Light), massive multivolume catalouge of rare books and documents at the Garden Ballroom of the Edsa Shangri-La in Ortigas. UST Rector Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. and UnionBank CEO and chair Dr. Justo A. Ortiz lead the launch on May 5, 2017.
In an effort to share to a wider world the priceless collections that have “nourished the minds of countless generations of Filipino students” Semper Lumina launched a six-volume catalogue of rare publications, a two volume catalogue of the UST Archives, and the Heritage digital library.
The Herculean project titled “Semper Lumina” (Always the Light) features the vast treasures found at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library and the Archivo de Santo Tomas. It is a follow through of“Lumina Pandit” (Spreading the Light), an international exhibit of the rich collection of Asia’s oldest university with accompanying two-volume catalogues showing such holdings.
|Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P.|
“The collection of rare books of the UST Library is an eloquent witness to the role of this institution in nurturing the values that have contributed to the birth and growth of this nation,” wrote UST prefect of libraries Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P., in the Volume 1 prologue. He served as the catalogues’ general editor.
Volumes 1 to 3 feature catalogues of rare books housed at the UST Heritage Library section dated 1492 to 1900, while Volume 4 covers rare Filipiniana periodicals up to 1945.
Among the 466 books printed between 1492 and 1600 included in Volume 1 are Josephus Flavius’ “De Bello Judaico” (The Jewish War, 1492), Nicolaus Copernicus’ “De Revolutionis Orbium Coelestium Libri VI” (1542), and the Biblia Regia Plantin or Polyglot Bible (between 1569 and 1573), among others.
Totaling to 5,861 entries and presented in three parts, Volume 2 focuses on the collections of UST acquired in three centuries (17th to 19th centuries) and used as textbooks by the University. Among the books in the collection is Pope Leo the Great’s “Opera Omnia” (1614). This volume is one of the catalogues of Lumina Pandit II.
Volume 3 showcases the UST Filipiniana rare collection, which is considered one of the richest of its kind in the Philippines. Publications included are the first edition of José Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” one of the three original copies preserved by UST.
Rare Filipiniana periodicals like “La Solidaridad” and “La Independencia,” are shown inVolume 4
Meanwhile, a separate catalogue in two volumes for the collection of the UST Archives (becerros, folletos, and libros) will also be released with archivist and respected Philippine church art and architecture historian Prof. Regalado Trota José as editor.
Documents included in the catalogue are the Foundation Act of 1611, Apolinario Mabini’s 1898 Decalogo, copy of Rizal’s “Ultimo Adiős,” and documents in baybayin (1623), recently declared National Historical Treasures by the National Archives.
Digitized versions of books and periodicals from the UST library (834,000 pages) may be accessed through the UST Digital Library (digilib.ust.edu.ph). As of date, a total of 1.5 million pages has been scanned, which will also be uploaded on the website.
|UST Rector Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P|
|UnionBank CEO and chair Dr. Justo A. Ortiz
Asia’s only Pontifical University finds its roots to the donation by Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P.,second Archbishop of Manila and founder of UST, of his personal library collections.