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Saturday, March 31, 2018

TPB Supports Film Tourism with "Cine Turismo"

March 31, 2018 0 Comments

(TPB), The Tourism Promotions Board an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to give recognition to 8 Filipino-made and two foreign movies that have showcased the beauty of the Philippines and have helped promote Philippine tourism through a film.

To serve as one the launch activities of Cine Turismo, a new campaign spearheaded by TPB under Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano, the recognition will be given to honor Filipino directors and their films that were shown in 2016 and 2017.

“Film tourism is a steadily growing industry in the country,” says Cesar Montano, Chief Operating Officer of the TPB. “The project is created to acknowledge the many films and filmmakers that, through their wonderful portrayals of the Philippines, have aroused interest and boosted tourism in local tourist spots.”

This is a timely move the by Tourism Promotions Board in light of the pending Film Tourism Bill (SB 1330) sponsored by Sen. Grace Poe and introduced by Sen. Sonny Angara, which recognized the “Potential of international and local motion picture production to create jobs, grow the economy and raise the nation’s international profile” and seeks to offer incentives to production companies who choose to showcase the Philippine destinations and the nation’s historical and cultural heritage, or champion Filipino film practitioners and artists in foreign productions.

Films to be honored are the following:

Sakaling Hindi Makarating
Directed by Ice Idanan and shot in Ilocos, Siquijor, Batanes, and Zamboanga.

Directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil which showcases Timberland Heights and Benguet.

Camp Sawi
Directed by Irene Villamor, set in Bantayan Island.

Patay na si Hesus  
Directed by Victor Villanueva, featuring a road trip to Cebu

Apocalypse Child
Directed by Mario Cornejo’s set in Baler; 

Directed by Paul Soriano, which showcases the island of the Siargao

Directed by Nerissa Picadizo, that features Mt. Pinatubo; 

and Kiko Boksingero 
Directed by Thop Nazareno and is filmed in Baguio.

Honorees have been chosen based on the following criteria: 

  1. Is made by a Filipino production house
  2. A full-length film (minimum of 75 minutes)
  3. Commercially release within the last two years
  4. Was shown in the Philippines or at international film festivals 
  5. Showcases the destination extensively or must be a setting for the majority of the scenes 
  6. Portrays the country in a positive manner, provides a general awareness of the locale and has created a positive impact on the community ad perception of its people.
  7. Has promoted and preserved culture and heritage and reflects the country’s history; enriches Filipino values and traits such as resilience, the Bayanihan spirit, hospitality, and patriotism; 
  8. Has inspired and excited the viewer to visit the country, and must have induced travel among moviegoers; and 
  9. Has generated revenues and create jobs in their locations, as well as new trade and businesses.

Special citations will also be given to South Korean films Mango Tree, directed by Lee Soo-Sung and shot in Cebu, and Romantic Island directed my Cheol-Woo Kang and shot in Boracay.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Partakan Festival 2018: Biking and Motoring Enthusiasts rev up for the ride of the year!

March 25, 2018 0 Comments
All Roads Lead to PARTAKAN 2018

All are set for PARTAKAN 2018.  On its 5th year, biking and motoring enthusiasts rev-up for the Ride of the Year, Partakan Festival 2018.  This is bigger than ever--with more pumped up activities that pay tribute to the freedom, passion, and camaraderie on the road!

Partakan has earned a reputation for the most fun and challenging happenings, and this year's edition is no exception. Bikers and motoring enthusiasts everywhere can join the event’s premiere attraction. 

Here's a glimpse of my previous Partakan Festival experience.

AMAZING RIDE, a multi-stop journey from Clark to Pozo Robo in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, where man and machine conquer challenges to emerge as the best of the best, answering the call of the road, driving through some of the country’s best trails and countryside. To sweeten the ride, a cash prize awaits the champions!

More rugged bikers are invited to outpace self and peers in AUTO-MOTO, to satisfy their need for speed.  And in true PARTAKAN tradition, the 3 days of adventure riding from March 28-31 culminate in an all- day and all-night beach party where everyone can rock with the Battle of the Bands, or shoot the breeze at the beach as ladies strut their stuff in the Bikini Open. What’s more, the last day, April 1, offers even more exciting thrills that bikers will enjoy like AUTO MOTO, Bail Out Challenge and other side events!

Calendar of Activities
 - Opening Ceremonies at Clark Parade Grounds, Angeles, Pampanga
- Gun Start for the Amazing Ride

MARCH 29, 30, 31
- Amazing Ride speeds on to the finish line

- All riders are expected to be in Pozo Robo by 12NN

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM: Auto-Moto speed test challenge
10:00AM -5:00 PM: Bail-out challenge and other beach activities
01:00 PM -5:00 PM Battle of the Bands
 6:00 PM - Awardig Ceremonies
8:00 PM - Bikini Open
9:00 PM - Grand Raffle


So, if you're up for the challenge and fun, join us as we celebrate the festivities and promote the country’s biggest moto-tourism adventure ride that attracts bikers from all over and sets the bar higher with new challenges and offerings.  

To those who like to join the AMAZING RIDE, application is online currently on-going, to close at 10AM of March 28, 2018! For just P250 per rider, we will have in store cash prizes and other surprises from our valued sponsors! Just visit

Brotherhood, Passion and  Freedom on the open road. VIBERE. LIBERARE. LAETERE. Go PARTAKAN!!

You might want also to check my previous post about Partakan Festival 2017.

To know more about PArtakan FEstival 2018, visit

Monday, March 19, 2018

Lubao International Balloon & Music Festival 2018

March 19, 2018 1 Comments
Lubao Balloon and Music Festival

This 2018, Lubao International Balloon & Music Festival is going five and up!

The Lubao International Balloon & Music Festival is turning 5 this year and will once again be showcasing 30 awesome HotAir Balloons with 8 unique shapes from all over the globe that will surely make the crowd amazed by it.

As always, there will be performances starting from morning to night that will truly excite everyone and be entertained.

Festival Schedule:

The Hot Air Balloon Flights

The gorgeous hot air balloons take flight early in the morning where the wind and weather conditions are most ideal.

The Night Glow
The festival is set to light up the evening featuring the Hot Air Balloon Night Glow.

Music Line Up  and Activities

New and Exciting Activity throughout the day Off Road and Rally Cross: Bazaars, Kit Flying, Inflatables, Outdoor Zoo, Aerial show UltraLight Activity.

Festival Schedule and Ticket Information

Ticketing Details: 
General Admission – Php300/day 
Entrance Ticket to Flying Area - P500/person.
Limited slots only for safety reasons.

Where to get Tickets?
Online: | All SM Ticket Outlets Nationwide | On-Site

How to get there?

Directions going to the event venue via NLEX

Take the North Luzon Expressway and then take San Fernando toll exit. Turn left towards Jose Abad Santos Ave. (Formerly Olongapo - Gapan road) Head towards the town Lubao, passing Gua-Gua - Sta. Rita Intersection and Golangco intersection (Brgy. Prado Siongco is the last barangay of Lubao before Bataan) The venue is at the right side of the highway, before the Pampanga and Bataan welcome arch. 

Directions going to the event venue via SCTEX

Take SCTEX toll Plaza heading towards Subic. Take Dinalupihan toll exit; then turn left to Lubao

The venue is right after the Bataan - Pampanga welcome arch

Directions going to the event venue via TPLEX/SCTEX

Take TPLEX towards SCTEX Toll Plaza heading to Subic. Take Dinalupihan toll exit; then turn left to Lubao. The venue is right after the Bataan-Pampanga welcome arch  

Transit from Manila

Take Genesis, Victory Liner, and Bataan Transit bus going to Olongapo, Mariveles, or Balanga ask the bus conductor if they will pass by Lubao, Pampanga. If the bus will pass Lubao, then ask the bus conductor to drop you off at Pradera Verde where the Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place. All bus liners take a bus stop over in Lubao. For Victory Liner, its 15 minutes away from Pradera Verde

From San Fernando Pampanga

Ride a Jeepney going to Sta.Cruz or Gua-Gua. Go down to the Jeepney Terminal. In the Jeepney Terminal. Ride a Jeepney going to Dinalupihan. Ask the driver to drop you off at Pradera Verde where the Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place

From Bataan and Olongapo

Ride a Jeepney going to Dinalupihan, Bataan. Go down to the Jeepney Terminal/ In the Jeepney Terminal. Ride a Jeepney going to Sta. Cruz or Gua-Gua. Ask the driver to drop you off at Pradera Verde where the Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place or Ride a Victory Liner bus going to San Fernando, Pampanga or Manila. ask the bus conductor to drop you off at Pradera Verde where the Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place

See you there, and share your pictures taken at the event with the official hashtag #LUBAOIBMF2018

Heads up for these Performances to watch out for!!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Live and travel wisely with GetGo

March 12, 2018 0 Comments

Live and travel wisely with GetGo and its lifestyle partners

Finding the right balance between work and personal life will always be one of the struggles of millennial moms. As both career- and family-oriented individuals, they strive to provide only the best for their loved ones to live a peaceful and happy life.

In recognition of their amazing roles, GetGo, the lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, makes prioritizing and handling things simple yet rewarding for millennial moms. Its network of trusted retail, hotel, and bank partners offer benefits for the satisfaction and convenience of the whole family. GetGo also repays mothers with points that can be used to take her or the family on free flights to weekend getaway or holiday vacation destinations.

Mothers can stock up on a month’s worth of groceries at any Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Selections, and Robinsons Easymart branches nationwide. From carrying the freshest choices of fruits and vegetables for the family’s everyday wellness to finding travel essentials on a bundle, moms can save on costs to go on a budget-friendly adventure with the kids. Each P200 spend on groceries earns 1 GetGo point. You can also shop with the family at Robinsons Department Store for the newest clothing items while enjoying GetGo points for every P100 spend.

As you prepare for much-awaited family bonding time, make sure to have accommodations all set by booking at any of GetGo’s hotel partners. Enjoy a relaxing staycation and recreation with the kids at Summit Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria or Holiday Inn Manila Galleria. You can also get a suite and spend the weekend to unwind at Taal Vista Hotel, Pico Sands Hotel, Radisson Blu Cebu, Park Inn by Radisson Clark, or Park Inn by Radisson Davao. Every qualifying stay at these hotels gives you up to 500 GetGo points.

You can enjoy local tourist sites by going on a weekend road trip with the family fueled by Petron. Every 2 Petron Value Card Points earned from filling up can be converted to 3 GetGo points. Or you can fly to your dream destination by purchasing flights with UnionBank’s Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit Card and Platinum GetGo Credit Card where each P30 spent can be converted to 1 GetGo point for future adventures. You can also give them the lifestyle they deserve as every 2 UnionBank Rewards Points, 3 Citi Rewards Points, 5 BPI Express Credit Real Thrills Rewards, 2.4 EW Limitless Rewards Points, 3 RCBC Bankard Airmiles, 1 Metrobank Shopping Point, 2 BDO Elite Points, or 3 BDO Regular Points earns you GetGo points.

Living in the city can sometimes be a hassle for mothers who are leading a fast-paced lifestyle. Luckily, Robinsons Residences offers Ring Rob Concierge to help families get settled in conveniently with its housekeeping services that deliver comfort right at the doorstep. Every P200 worth of eligible service is equivalent to 1 GetGo point.

Moms can treat themselves with the latest beauty and fashion items by going on an online shopping spree at Lazada. Paying for expenses is made more convenient for the busy mothers through financial services offered by Cebuana Lhuillier or transacting online with Dragonpay credits. Every P10 spend on, two (2) Cebuana Lhuillier 24k Rewards Points, and each successful transaction with Dragonpay via its mobile app earn GetGo points for free flights.

Indeed, GetGo’s partners make life easier and exciting by giving opportunities to travel for free with the family. Not yet a member? Visit for more information on how to join.

Stay updated on the programs and latest promos by visiting the website and by liking GetGo PH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Okada Manila Opens The Newest "PLAY" Place for Kids

March 06, 2018 0 Comments

#TeamBornea at PLAY at Okada Manila

The Newest "PLAY" Place for Kids is located at Okada Manila

There's a new "Play" place not just for your little ones, but for the tweenies’, teens and even for the young at hearts. PLAY is located inside that shining-shimmering by day and majestically magenta lights at night of that superfine five-star hotel, Okada Manila


Child’s PLAY: When inspired learning is all fun and games.

A family-friendly indoor facility that promises not just fun-filled playday but also offers a full line of dedicated learning programs aiming and enhancing the holistic development of children. 

Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young

Playis one, if not the most effective way for children to learn more about themselves and the world around them. It is through play that kids start building a sense of self-worth and where they begin to learn the ability to concentrate and let their imaginations fun free.  Drawing, doodling, or even playing with dough or dolls, for example, encourage children to become more creative and express themselves more freely.  Letting them build their own structures through, blocks, shapes, and puzzles, on the other hand, help them organize things and develop their sense of logic. Allowing them to interact with other kids through free play helps them polish their social and motor skills while also improving their strength an immunity. 

 Other Information: 
Dress Code (adults & children): Long-sleeved shirts, and pants. 
Socks at all times (available for purchase) 
Age Limit: 16 years old 
Operating Hours: Sun to Thu - 10AM to 10PM | Fri to Sat - 10AM to 12MN 
Play Rates P750.00 (5-hour playtime)

These are just a few of the things inspired learning through fun and games can do to children. Interestingly, this is also the very same approach Okada Manila is taking as it promotes the holistic development of kids of all ages with the opening of the latest inclusive and multi-functional entertainment and leisure fac8ility within their expansive location: PLAY at Okada Manila.

Inspired Approach to Creative Learning

Just when you thought you’ve seen and experienced basically everything that established play spaces in the metro can offer, along comes a new “play arena” that promises a lot more for your children than just a fun-filled playday.

Play at Okada Manila goes beyond with a full line of dedicated learning programs aimed at enhancing the holistic development of children.

“PLAY stands for ‘Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young.’ It is Okada Manila’s family-friendly indoor fun facility where child’s play is elevated to an engaging and enriching experience," says Ivaylo Ivanov, Vice President for Hotel Operations.

PLAY’s management team is led by certified expert coaches and licensed teachers trained to provide guests the highest standard of care and fun learning.

The facility offers dedicated learning programs designed to address the developmental needs of children, which include the following:

Colors and Creations: 
An arts and crafts program designed to develop creativity and imagination by improving the use of fine motor skills through detailing, color coordination and artistic impression plus work behavior like sitting tolerance, focus, and concentration.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: 
a program aimed at enhancing child’s development as they explore the world around them. This also includes sessions for caregivers to stay updated and improve their communication,child0minding and domestic engineering skills, as well as one-on-one sessions for a specific academic tutorial (e.g., math, science, and reading) and special needs therapy (i.e., occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy)

Music and Movement: 
which help harness and showcase the natural talent of kids through group sessions focused on dance, music, and the performing arts.

Life Skills: where kids are trained in classes that focus on practical matters, such as social graces, good housekeeping, creative writing skills, anti-bullying, natural remedies, aromatherapy, and personal nutrition.

All-out fun for Kids, Tweenies, and Teens

“We know for a fact that allowing children to play, explore, and interact with other children, either in a free or structured manner, rewards them with a lot more beyond just a few moments of fun,” adds Vikki AquinoDirector of Spa, Fitness, and Reaction. “That’s basically the idea we had for PLAY. We want to have a space where they can learn, grow, and understand more of the world around them, all while they are having fun and simply being the kids that they are.”

PLAY is designed to become a multi-functional platform that addresses the recreation and learning needs of kids aged 1-16 years old. PLAY boasts of eight (8) purpose –built play areas that will reward kids with the fun and adventure they crave for, no matter what age they are in.

Mini Steps & Mini Me
A dedicated play and learning space for children aged 0-3 years old

Wizard’s Den
An interactive video game space where kids use gestures to defeat mythical creatures.

Little Town
 Allows children hands-on play in banking, postal, school, grocery and home environment to gain valuable learning and practical experience of every day grown-up life.

Little Park
A two-level playground, and maze where toddlers can spend their limitless energy and explore their physical strength.

Sports Zone
An active zone with artificial grass court for sports games.

A multi-level playground and maze for kids over 110 centimeters

The Stage
Where kids can unleash their inner performer and cultivate their singing, dancing, acting, 
and public speaking skills.

My Party Place
A gaming and events space that can host birthday parties, corporate events, team-building activities, or any special occasion.

Snaps from Play at Okada Manila
The kid’s fave section at PLAY. 
The huge slide


The facility, which can be accessed via the Coral Wing lobby of Okada Manila, can accommodate up to 30 guests at a given time. It will also have several other features, like child-friendly comfort rooms, an emergency response team composed of first-aid qualified PLAY coaches and marshals, a snack bar, a kiddie gift shop, and over 30 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to ensure that kids will have all the fun they want within a convenient, safe, and secure environment.


Every child grows and develops at a pace that’s uniquely their own. See them fulfill early life milestones while they slide down giant chutes, conquer padded obstacle course, put basketballs through a hoop, play pretend grocery shopping with other kids their age, and sing and dance to their heart's delight at PLAY, Okada Manila’s latest play space, and multi-functional learning arena.

PLAY at Okada Manila
For inquiries email or call +632 5555-77-9
Play Rates P750.00 (5-hour playtime)