MAFBEX 2017: The Ultimate Foodventure

Seeking to restore the child-like curiosity and wonder that once defined our relationship with food, theManila Food and Beverage Expo or simply, MAFBEX invites everyone to go on the “Ultimate Foodventure” as it returns to deliver its 11th installment on June 14 to 18, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

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Organized by MAFBEX Events Management, a subsidiary of Worldbex Services International,and presented in partnership with the Young Hoteliers Exposition (YHE) and the Organization of Bar Professionals (OBP), MAFBEX 2017 is set to occupy a total of 15,000sqm of exhibition space as it expects to house over 500 booths – thereby anticipating no less than 50,000 visitors throughout its five-day run.

In line with this year’s theme, MAFBEX 2017 will be all about diversity. With that said, apart from showcasing a huge variation of the most outstanding homegrown food brands, visitors are bound to get a taste of international flavors with dedicated booths for foreign exhibitors. Among the participating countries include Italy, Spain, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Indeed, MAFBEX shows are nothing short of overwhelming. To ensure that visitors enjoy all that it has to offer with much ease, comfort, and efficiency, MAFBEX will divide its aisles into product zones including Franchise, Equipment, Food and Beverage, Condiments, Packaging, Kitchenware, Organic Products, and Halal.

Beyond your usual food expo, another unique component of MAFBEX is its signature event highlights. Gearing to make a comeback this year are the YHE Competition, which turns the spotlight on up and coming culinary students; Chefs of the World, a series of live cooking demos by locally and internationally renowned chefs; the Franchising Zone, a hub where interested entrepreneurs may get in touch with the hottest franchises in the market; the highly anticipated MAFBEX Seminars, and last but not the least, the MAFBEX Culinary Cup Home Chef Edition, an amateur cooking competition that aims to recognize talented home cooks. This year, P30,000 worth of cash and other prizes await the winner.

Over a decade since its first edition, MAFBEX continues to be hailed as the biggest and most sought-after food expo; one wherein friends and families may gather round to explore new tastes and flavors as well as enjoy other fun and exciting food-related events and activities. This time around, MAFBEXseeks to promote a sense of adventure not only among foodies but also within communities of trade professionals who are looking to explore business opportunities within the F&B industry.

MAFBEX 2017 is for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and is presented with the support of the following: Hotel Restaurant Association of the Philippines, Filipino International Franchise Association, Halal International Chamber of Commerce & Industries in the Philippines, Meat Importers and Traders Association inc., National Dairy Authority, Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Philippine Calamansi Association, Inc., Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippine Coffee Board Inc., Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc., Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Philippine Marketing Association, and the Philippine Franchise Association.

For more information, follow @ManilaFoodsandBeveragesExpo on Facebook and on Instagram.

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Amaia opens ‘Eat City’ at Amaia Scapes Pampanga

Amaia Land once more rode on the enormous popularity of food parks by recently launching Eat City at Amaia Scapes Pampanga, a 19-hectare sprawling development on Magalang-Angeles Road in Mexico, Pampanga.

It is Amaia’s first Eat City in Pampanga, dubbed as the country’s culinary capital.

Eat City features a group of food concessionaires that offer a wide variety of Filipino comfort dishes, grilled specialties, and other freshly cooked meals.

Since its opening last May 19, it has been luring entire families and barkadas looking for casual but robust food fare.

At Eat City, foodies make their choices at hawker-style stalls and stands and dine, al fresco, in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.

Bright lights complement lively music, engendering friendly vibes and encouraging people to interact and share a table with other guests—mostly Amaia’s residents and homeowners and walk-ins from neighboring communities.

This wholesome scenario is precisely what Amaia envisioned when it put up Eat City in other Amaiaproperties such as Amaia Scapes General Trias in Cavite and Amaia Novaliches Estate, which comprises Amaia Series Nova, Amaia Steps Novaliches, and Amaia Square Nova.

In fact, Amaia Land executives aver that the opening of its newest branch of Eat City gives potential buyers a glimpse of how life as homeowners in Amaia Scapes Pampanga would be. “It is a life that is enriched by a strong sense of community fostered by goodwill and friendly vibes,”they affirm.


Amaia Scapes Pampanga is a property development that offers well-designed, high-quality residential units and amenities that prospective homeowners will take pleasure in—refreshing patio greens, a swimming pool, and a clubhouse on a tree-lined spine road.

Eat City at Amaia Scapes Pampanga is open Thursdays through Sundays, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. While there, customers and guests who would like to know more about Amaia Scapes Pampanga may likewise check out Amaia’s model units.

Committed to providing affordable quality homes to Filipino families, Amaia Land offers buyers flexible payment schemes such as cash, deferred cash, and in-house and bank financing.

For inquiries about Eat City and Amaia, contact 09277489909, visit or

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4th Annual Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival Returns June 3


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 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 (, 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, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.

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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 ( 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.

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Responsible Traveling and Palawan’s Pearl Farming Industry up next on AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne

Aerial view of an island in Taytay, Palawan, one of the country’s pearl farming sites.

(Image by Marc Josse)
As AirAsia continues to promote #HowIFly campaign, the world’s best low cost carrier recently visited a pearl farm in Palawan for the upcoming new episode of AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne.

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 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!

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Construction Show Cebu remains relevant at 25

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. 

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Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo and partners celebrate two years of #FlyForFree

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 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.



About GetGo

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!

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