Reasons to visit Boracay

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DreamPlay holds the first ‘Trolls Sing Off’ for children

DreamPlay, City of Dreams Manila’s DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space, is searching for talented children ages 6 to 12 years old to join and sing their favorite Trolls movie soundtrack in the first “Trolls Sing Off” and vie for the grand prize of: P20,000, DreamPlay annual pass and plaque, P3,000 gift vouchers at DreamShop and Chez Gingy, an overnight stay at Nobu Hotel Manila and other exciting prizes.

Weekly elimination rounds will be held on April 23 & 30, and May 13 & 21 at 2pm. Qualifiers will compete in the semifinals on May 7 & 28, 2pm where six finalists will be chosen to compete in the grand finals on June 12, 2pm. Finalists will also bring home four complimentary DreamPlay passes, P1,000 DreamShop voucher and a souvenir photo with Dreamworks characters.

Criteria for judging in the “Trolls Sing off” are 30% voice quality, 30% song rendition%, 20% star quality, 10% audience impact and 10% stage presence.

DreamPlay is now accepting signed entry forms including parent’s consent together with a copy of the contestant’s birth certificate and his parent’s identification card until May 7. Interested parties may fill out the entry form at DreamPlay or send an email to to get the form.

Terms and conditions apply, per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 4112 series of 2017.

For further inquiries and information, interested parties can call 800 8080 or e-mail or visit

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STAR CRUISES and DREAM CRUISES PH launches another leg of the cruise fair

Make your way down to the CRUISE FAIR and pick out the cruise perfect for your summer cap-off trips, mid-year adventures or even for the year-end holidays happen! #LoveStarCruises #DreamCruises



Exclusive promos and offers await as Star Cruises and Dream Cruises brings another round of the Cruise Fair happening on April 18 to 21, 2017 at the Robinsons Magnolia Atrium


Hong Kong, 8 July, 2016 – Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, alongside the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises has once again announced another run of the Cruise Fair, highlighting exclusive promotions for the SuperStar Virgo Manila deployment, as well as the other Asian itineraries of the cruise lines’ fleets.


From April 18 to 21, 2017, Star Cruises and Dream Cruises picks up off on the success of the initial run of the Cruise Fair last March 1 to 5, 2017 in Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk. This run showcases the perfect cruise offers capping off the SuperStar Virgo in Manila deployment as well as new offers perfect for mid-year trips and year-end holiday vacations all exclusive for this 2nd Cruise Fair.


The Cruise Fair’s main promotion highlights the 6 Day/5 Night roundtrip itinerary of SuperStar Virgo to Laoag, Ilocos Norte to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Hong Kong, exclusively offering the following:

Let your dreams set sail as the chance to go aboard on a cruise of a lifetime is back once again, as Star Cruisesand Dream Cruises bring you the 2nd ever CRUISE FAIR!


Mother’s Day Special


– Special onboard cruise treats for Moms sailing on May 13!


Inclusive of Eye Society eyewear, Bridge and Galley tours, plus exclusive invite to Captain’s Tea Party



May Birthday Cruise Package


– Free birthday package onboard for cruising May celebrants


Inclusive with HKD 200 onboard credit, room set up decoration, Complimentary birthday cake, and birthday certificate signed by the Captain


30% + 10% promotions + Additional OBCR


– 30% off running promotion plus additional 10% off promo rate


– Per cabin entitlement of HKD 800 for May 3, 4, 8, & 9; HKD 500 for other departures


Senior Citizens at 70%


– 70% off Senior Citizens for departures on April 23 & 28, May 3, 8, & 23


Free Cycling Tour


– Bring your bike and cycle around Kaohsiung for May 18 and 23

Other promotions are also offered for this Cruise Fair:

Genting Dream 5N cruises – ex Hong Kong and ex Singapore for Buy 1, Take 1 at selected departures

SuperStar Virgo 3N Farewell cruise – ex Manila on May 28 to 31 2017 at 50% off

SuperStar Virgo 7N cruises – ex Shanghai/Osaka/Yokohama on July to Nov 2017

SuperStar Gemini 3N or 2N cruises – ex Laem Chabang at 65% off

SuperStar Libra 3N cruises – ex Penang at 50% off for Low and Mid seasons

Star Pisces Overnight cruise – ex Hong Kong at 30% off all pax


As the calendar shifts to travel season, there is no way to explore and discover what awaits you beyond the shores than the top cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises and Dream Cruises.


To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booth at Robinsons Magnolia Atrium from April 18 to 21 during mall hours, or visit the Star Cruises official website /

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New busport opens in Araneta Center to upgrade commuting experience of travelers

In its continuing commitment to provide only exceptional services to the public, the Araneta Center opens another top-of-the-line facility, the Araneta Center Busport (ACBP), to ease the traveling woes of commuters heading to and from Bicol Region, Visayas, Mindanao, and Southern Tagalog.
Launched on March 14 with no less than Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo as guest of honor, the new bus station comes with modern amenities like air-conditioned passenger lounge, a check-in baggage counter, and centralized automated ticketing system.
The Araneta Center BusPort is the first of its kind in the Quezon City that serves as a stopover for air-conditioned buses from 17 bus companies.
It is strategically situated across Ali Mall, where passengers can stop by for meals or do their last minute shopping for their traveling needs. Other upgraded features include commodious bus loading berths, electronic widescreen bus schedules, and a public address system. As with airports all over the world, boarding priority is given to the elderly, pregnant women, people with disability (PWD), and adults with children. It also has clean and spacious toilets and a nursing station, and a counter to check-in baggage in excess of 10 kilos.
The new busport also puts premium on travelers’ safety and security. It is equipped with CCTV systems and walk-thru detectors, and imposes strict no ticket-no entry policy for the Passenger Lounge.
The Araneta Center BusPort is launched just in time for Holy Week and even summer break when many are expected to head to the provinces to be with their families. This ultra-modern facility is located at the ground level of Manhattan Heights, Gen. Romulo Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City. 
For more information, please visit or call its ticketing office at 5884157.
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PayMaya: Seven Amazing Reasons To Travel Solo

Solo travel may sound daunting but it’s really easier than people think. It can be a highly rewarding experience and an opportunity to grow as a person. Here are seven important lessons that people can learn while traveling solo:


1.  Learning to respect acts of kindness


When exploring a foreign city, a little kindness goes a long way. This is why you will be more appreciative of small acts of kindness when traveling on your own. More so, appreciating kindness makes people kinder and more patient themselves.



2. Learning that going outside of the plan is sometimes better

Itineraries are essential but if during the trip things go out of plan, know that you can still make the most of the experience. If you wake up too late or miss the show you wanted to catch, don’t fret. Let your heart take the lead and make it an opportunity to explore.


3. Learning to live in the present and cherish it fully

If the purpose of your trip is to connect with a place and its people, then consider going alone. Spending time alone lets you pay more attention to your surroundings. It will be easier to cherish little things that you don’t usually notice, like orange sunsets, ocean waves, and the chilly night time breeze. In turn, experiences can be better felt and memories will tend to last.


4. Learning to enjoy your freedom

Not having to wait on anyone or to go with their preferences are a few perks of traveling alone. It’s all about you – what you want, where you want to go, and when. Only your needs matter. You can even plan something and change your mind last minute. Indulge yourself in what makes you happy.


5. Learning to be independent

If you’ve always had someone arranging the trip for you, it’s about time you learn to do it on your own. Book your own flights and accommodation, learn to find your way around, and catch yourself learning more about you.


6. Learning to step out of your comfort zone

Solo travel opens a chance to challenge yourself. There’s no better time to take on an adventure, to talk to strangers, to learn about a new culture, to read a good book, or to explore cities by bike.


7. Learning to look at life with fresh eyes

The things that you’ve learned in your travels will make your life richer. At best, you will cultivate more appreciation for your own life and the world you’re in. It’s easier to feel at peace and content and it makes you thrilled to go on your next solo adventure.



What’s better than traveling solo? Traveling for free, of course! PayMaya rewards its young and adventure-seeking users with a chance to travel for free in the PayMaya Travel Blowout promo. Through the promo, users stand a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for four to Japan this April, with P50,000 pocket money. Users earn raffle entries whenever they pay their bills through the PayMaya app, or whenever they use PayMaya for purchases worth P1,000 and up from April 1 – April 30, 2017


PayMaya is a free one-stop-shop finance app that lets users shop and pay online, buy prepaid and data load, and pay bills in-app through a virtual Visa card for Globe subscribers and a Mastercard version for Smart, Sun, and TnT subscribers. Users simply have to download the app, register, and load up to shop anywhere Visa or MasterCard is accepted. With PayMaya, they can access Netflix, Spotify Premium, Zalora, Lazada, book flights and more! PayMayaphysical cards, used for transactions in physical stores such as restaurants, groceries, and malls here and abroad, are available at, free of delivery charges nationwide. It comes with a Beep variant that can be tapped to ride the trains, buses, and any other mode of transportation that accepts Beep.


Users can reload their PayMaya in any of the over 15,000 top-up stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven with CLiQQ kiosks, Ministop with Touchpay kiosks, Wellcome, Shopwise and 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, UnionBank ATMs, and online banking via BDO.


For more information, visit

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TravelBook.PH’s 4th Anniversary Summer Blowout recently celebrated its fourth year anniversary as formally launched its travel blowout and Super Summer Sale at Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas. is considered to be one of the biggest online travel e-commerce company here in the Philippines with over 3,000 hotels, resorts and other various types of accommodations listed in their website and mobile app!

TravelBook.PH has been operating for four years now and their published rates include special deals with local hotels as they operate locally too. You can book online or through their call center at 6621111. You can also conveniently pay through credit card, bank deposit, over-the-counter (OTC) banking, or bayad center facilities. They also have the option of letting you pay at the hotel when you arrive which would be convenient for those who don’t have a credit card.’s primary mission is to “provide more opportunities of traveling for all local people.”

Tonipet Gaba

TravelBook.PH’s 4th Anniversary Summer Blowout event was hosted by GMA talent and TV?Events host, actor and director Tonipet Gaba.




Present during the event were Travel Book Philippines, Inc. CEO Hiroyuki Murai, GM Takumi Nakazawa, marketing and business development officer Pinky Librada and Department of Tourism Asec. Ma. Lourdes Japson.

Also present were some celebrity influencers including Alwyn Uytingco and wife Jennica Garcia; Say Alonzo; Dani Barretto; Kerwin King; Dee Gee Razon; Kim Cruz; Richard Juan; and Chienna Filomeno. presents the ongoing Super Summer Sale that features great offerings of more than 50-percent off and special stays worth P100 on select hotels and resorts. Another offering is the Konnichi-WOW monthly raffle for guests who have made online bookings through the website or the mobile app.

From March 11 to May 31, clients will get a chance to win a trip to Japan for two with full accommodation and pocket money. A winner will be drawn every month until May. offers exclusive reward points. Earn 5% rebates in points for each successful bookings. The points are as good as cash and can be used to get automatic discounts on your next booking. 1 reward point is equivalent to 1 Peso.

At an average, the site receives around 200,000 unique visitors in a month and even more during peak seasons.

For details and bookings, visit at or download app on iOS and Android platforms.

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City of Dreams Manila fosters Employee Engagement and gives back to the community

Employee engagement and involvement in the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts are among the key drivers that foster employee satisfaction and well-being in City of Dreams Manila. Inspiring action, recognizing and expressing belief in the potential of its employees, the luxury integrated resort’s motivational and fun undertakings recognize outstanding performance, showcase diverse talents and promote sociability, alongside employee volunteerism that boosts morale.

“As City of Dreams Manila celebrates its second year anniversary, we recognize that human resources are one of our most invaluable assets and we are committed to deliver delightful and engaging experiences for our employees through our various activities. We endeavor to inspire them to take pride in their profession and have a sense of belongingness. As we stress the importance of observing work and life balance and being more productive and creative in their respective jobs, we motivate them to be actively involved in community outreach programs,” Property President Geoff Andres states.

Building Dreams: City of Dreams Manila CSR program spearheaded by Property President Geoff Andres together with employee volunteers built shelters for impoverished communities.

Employee Engagement

To recognize outstanding performance, the luxury resort presents “President’s Award,” a prestigious annual recognition given by the Property President for six outstanding employees from the ranks of associate to managerial level and front-of-the-house and heart-of-the-house categories. Selecting the best from some 5,000 employees, a stringent nomination process draws out the most outstanding performers. The awardees receive a trophy and pin, cash prize and gift vouchers, and a special dinner with the Property President. Two of the awardees last year also represented City of Dreams Manila in the regional BMW Hotelier Awards 2016 held in Macau.

Fun and engaging employee activities include a monthly talent competition from which the year’s grand prize winners are awarded a cash prize of P8,888, an overnight accommodation at Nobu Hotel for two persons and gift vouchers for the complex’s various facilities. Other competitions held last year were holiday décor-making among the various departments, which awarded P15,000 to the grand prize winner; a poster-making contest that revealed latent artistic talents vying for the plum prize of P10,000; and the spectacular annual employees Christmas party.

Mr. & Ms. City of Dreams Manila: Property President Geoff Andres and celebrity Audrey Miles awarded Mr. & Ms. City of Dreams Manila title to Iriz Bjergh Rodrin, Bell Captain, Concierge Department of Nobu Hotel and Elena Faith Cariño, Training and Development Assistant, Human Resources Department, respectively.

The first Mr. and Ms. City of Dreams Manila pageant was launched late last year, where a series of preliminary rounds screened over 38 contestants vying for the title, as 16 finalists composed of eight men and eight women competed in their sportswear, cocktail and evening long gown. Iriz Bjergh Rodrin, Bell Captain, at Nobu Hotel and Elena Faith Cariño, Human Resources Training and Development Assistant were announced as Mr. & Ms. City of Dreams Manila 2016 respectively. Aside from a cash prize of P20,000 each and other attractive prizes, they were given the opportunity to attend the Miss Universe 2016 Governor’s Ball.

City of Dreams Manila also recognizes the importance of work and life balance for its employees, encouraging them to take scheduled vacations for rest and recreation – for which “Picture Perfect”, an enjoyable activity wherein employees submit their most interesting holiday travel photos. Zumba Nights, and “Palarong Pinoy” mini-olympics fostering team camaraderie and local culture are held for fun and fitness, while livelihood workshops and seminars are also offered for employees and family members.

“These undertakings advocate the well-being and productivity of our employees and develop their multi-faceted talents as they stand committed to create a positive impact for the community at large”, adds Andres.

CSR Participation

Building Dreams: City of Dreams Manila executives and employees together with Gawad Kalinga team participated in the construction of new houses to improve the living conditions of some 1,000 families presently residing at Gawad Kalinga Mangahan Kawayan in Parañaque. The activity targets to build roughly 600 homes within the next three to five years.

Supporting City of Dreams Manila’s corporate culture and vision towards community service, its employees actively volunteer their time and services in charitable and civic institutions, building homes and rehabilitation for indigent communities, participating in environmental activities such as tree planting and coastal cleanup, Red Cross blood donation drives, and visits to various orphanages, homes for the elderly and nursing homes. .

Child Haus Foundation at DreamPlay: City of Dreams Manila executives hosted a day of fun for cancer-stricken children of Child Haus Manila, in support of the Cabinet Spouses Foundation, and businessman Hans Sy’s and entrepreneur Ricky Reyes’ adopted charity.

For its year-round “Spoonful of Dreams”, City of Dreams Manila’s has adopted Parañaque’s Bahay Aruga orphanage as its key CSR beneficiary. Since the resort’s pre-opening, it has been conducting feeding programs, rehabilitating the facilities, and hosting field trips and varied activities that bring joy and learning to the children. Other children institutions supported by City of Dreams’ volunteerism program are My Father’s House in Sucat, Hospicio de San Jose and Virlanie Foundation in Metro Manila. Early this year, the integrated resort hosted cancer-stricken children of Child Haus Manila, in support of the Cabinet Spouses Foundation, and businessman Hans Sy’s and entrepreneur Ricky Reyes’ adopted charity. The children were treated to a day of fun at DreamPlay, the DreamWorks animation-inspired interactive play space.

For “Connecting Dreams”, the employees have also volunteered their time, provided meals and interacted with senior citizens at Anawim Home for the Aged and Graces Home for the Elderly; and persons with disabilities at the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan.

“Building Dreams”, another City of Dreams Manila CSR program, sees volunteers building shelters for impoverished communities. Together with Gawad Kalinga, employees participated in the construction of new houses to improve the living conditions of some 1,000 families presently residing at Gawad Kalinga Mangahan Kawayan in Parañaque. The activity targets to build roughly 600 homes within the next three to five years.

Growing Dreams: City of Dreams Manila’s tree-planting activity was held in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Employees donated over 1,600 seedlings for the project, while close to 100 volunteers planted trees in Barangay Perez, Calauan, Laguna.

“Growing Dreams” is City of Dreams Manila’s tree-planting activity in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Employees donated over 1,600 seedlings for the project, while close to 100 volunteers planted trees in Barangay Perez, Calauan, Laguna.

City of Dreams Manila’s employees actively embrace their role in environmental conservation, participating in the Annual International Coastal Cleanup program. Last year, over 100 volunteers mostly from Security and Table Games departments partnered with about 70 members of the 107th squadron of the Philippine Coast Guard and initiated a coastal cleanup along the Manila Bay area, covering a shore-to-bay distance of roughly 10 meters by a shoreline distance of close to 100 meters. The efforts yielded hundreds of kilos of rubbish which were moved off the water’s edge and later on collected by the local city government.

City of Dreams Manila’s continuing CSR with The Philippine Red Cross engages employees in regular blood donation drives, for which it was recognized last year with a Diploma of Service during the Philippine Red Cross’ Annual Recognition Ceremony, celebrating the heroism and selflessness of volunteer blood donors.

Chocolatier seminar and various livelihood workshops are held for City of Dreams Manila employees.
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How millennials are affording the life they want today ( #lifegoals )

Travel is now an escape, a reward, and a passion for all, and millennials are embracing this newfound love with a gutsy attitude and an effective strategy to boot.

Smart travelers Adrian Cailao, JJ Se and Aia Tabal share their secrets on how to travel freely, sign up for graduate school, and pursue multiple dreams today.
Get started on your #lifegoals
“I usually travel with a group of friends. We plan ahead, about a year in advance. We look for airline seat sales. We read blogs on budget traveling and we have a pool for travel fund,” Adrian expertly explains.
Certified millennial traveler Adrian enjoys quick escapes while working on his life goals.

Listing traveling under his core interests, this 29-year-old has explored much of the archipelago, experiencing the Philippines’ most beautiful for self-discovery and relaxation.

His colleague JJ agrees with him. He says travel is a great means to expand his range of experiences. “I’ve seen the hanging coffins in Sagada, experienced the culinary heritage of Central Luzon, and explored the underground river of Palawan. I also went on my first solo flight abroad to Malaysia and Singapore last year.”

JJ, however, is the first to say that dreams don’t just fall into one’s lap. When he isn’t out posting his adventures on Instagram, this traveler is busy shuttling between his work in Alabang and UP Diliman for his graduate classes. He explains, “I live in the south so I have to go back again, go home to get rest, and repeat the routine the following day.”

Another achievement unlocked. Aia adds Norway to places she has visited.

Fortunately, he has a colleague like Aia, who he can look up to. Newly-graduated from Ateneo Business School, the MBA-Regis degree holder is now looking for a fresh set of adventures. “I plan to enroll in baking or cooking classes. For travel goals, I am planning my next trip to Australia and Maldives. My sister and I went to Norway just a few months back. Now, we’re drafting our shared travel list,” Aia excitedly adds.

No one would have guessed that this career-driven millennial is also a wanderlust and has explored much of the Philippines and popular Asian destinations like China, Korea, and Japan.

Win your own success with this millennial secret

Millennials do not wait for a “break” to excel, achieve, and experience the world. Adrian, JJ and Aia exemplified this, when they decided to invest in the life that they want. Their Insular Life policies have helped them outline their adventures, without sacrificing their personal milestones.

JJ allots time to enjoy Philippine marvels like the San Juanico Bridge.

JJ explains, “Honestly, I didn’t understand the importance of life insurance before. To me, it was something that ‘adults’ should get, in case something bad or unexpected happens to them. I didn’t know it as a tool that can help me fund my goals.”

Adrian reveals that, at his age, he already has two years’ worth of financial tracking records. He uses them to strategize on his spending and investments. “If a travel would not fit the budget, I have to say ‘no’. I’ve learned to focus on my goals and now I am building up my insurance policies and investment profits to fund my next travel goals in Europe and America.”

For Aia, saving up for goals is just a matter of developing the right habits. She says, “I compute my expected cash inflow for the year, deduct expenses including my premiums for Insular Life’s Wealth Secure, and then plan out my trips. If budget permits, I also do top-ups for my Wealth Builder policy, because I’m planning to withdraw some of it for my future international trips.”

Follow these thrill seekers and enjoy living in the moment, not just for the moment. Start your own Magandang Araw with Insular Life and plan ahead to secure a fulfilling, financially-free and exhilarating Magandang Bukas.

Visit to know how you can start achieving your #adulting goals.

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