How Much Do You Know About Philippine Independence?

Philippines is known around the world for its rich and diverse culture that has truly captivated the hearts of many tourists—foreign and local alike. But did you know that its rich and diverse culture roots down to one of the world’s most interesting history known to man. While many people are aware that June 12 holds a special place in many Filipino’s heart, there are still many that are unaware of its true essence.

Here’s an Infographic by M2.0, the leading PR company in the Philippines, on what went down on June 12, one of the pivotal moments in Philippine History, plus facts that many Filipinos would want to know.

118 Years After: How Well Do You Know About Philippine Independence?

Be part of the action, The Amazing Race Asia Season 5

Want to Join The Amazing Race Asia Season 5? Here’s how!

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is bringing back The Amazing Race Asia for a fifth season.

Allan Wu hosts The Amazing Race Asia Season 5

Allan Wu hosts The Amazing Race Asia Season 5.

Hosted by Allan Wu, The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is looking for couples or pairs (with pre-existing relationships) who are ready to face different challenges as they race around the world.

Contestant Requirements:

1. Aged 21 years old above
2. must have valid passports
3. must be a citizen or resident of Asia
4. Physically and mentally fit
5. must be outgoing, adventurous and socially savvy
6. At least one member must have a driver’s license and can drive automatic transmission and manual transmission

The site is now open for application and this can be found at: www.axn-asia.com/TARA

Interested applicants would need to fill out the online application form on the website and will have to submit a 3 minute audition video online.

AXN was home to the previous four seasons, with the most recent edition concluding in 2010, and will now air season five. The show will debut in its fifth run on AXN in late 2016. Ten teams chosen from across the Asia-Pacific region will compete for a chance at the winning crown and US$100,000 in cash.

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Marriott Manila Hotel Brigada Eskwela STS team

Marriott Manila Joins Brigada Eskwela

A Weeklong Cleanup and Beautification Project for The School for the Deaf in Pasay

Marriott Hotel Manila visits the Philippine School for the Deaf, an educational institution for the hearing impaired in Pasay City, Philippines, with a mission to serve and give back to the community.

Carrying paint buckets and brushes in their hands as tools and bringing the Spirit-to-Serve value in their hearts, Marriott Manila’s associates joined the school cleanup project. The activity, also called “Brigada Eskwela”, aims to gather volunteers from different organizations to clean up and beautify the school before its door opens for students this coming academic year.

Living the value of giving back, the hotel is the first to do the cleanup among hundreds of volunteers.

Marriott Hotel Manila General Manager, Bruce Winton

Marriott Hotel Manila General Manager, Bruce Winton led the team to exemplify the Spirit to Serve.

Headed by General Manager, Bruce Winton, there were 50 brilliant hosts from Marriott Hotel Manila who signed up to participate and represent the whole hotel for the project. Aside from the community service, the hotel shouldered the materials needed for the cleanup, such as buckets of paint, thinner, brushes and rollers which will help in adding more life to the school visually to inspire the kids. Having a clean and beautiful environment,  the school will surely inspire the students  and motivate them to excel in their studies.

The volunteers were divided into 3 groups: the first group is in charge for painting the pavement gutters, another group for fences while the last group paints the classrooms and corridors.

50 brilliant hosts from Marriott Hotel Manila signed up for Brigada Eskwela

50 brilliant hosts from Marriott Hotel Manila signed up for Brigada Eskwela.

Marriott Hotel Manila is known for their socio-civic services for the community. The Spirit-to-Serve value was instilled in Marriott International’s employees by Mr. Bill Marriott, founder and CEO of the renowned International hotel chain. He believed that supporting the communities makes the company stronger. It is his ideals that Marriott associates should take care of the guests, each other and the communities. These humbling values strengthen each brilliant host’s passion and dedication for their work at the same time benefiting more individuals than just one’s self.

Marriott Manila Spirit to Serve team

Marriott Manila Spirit to Serve team

Mariott Hotel Manila hosts displaying their Spirt to Serve.

Mariott Hotel Manila hosts displaying their Spirt to Serve

This charitable act of service is part of Marriott Manila’s annual activity, Marriott Associate Appreciation Week (May 16 to 20, 2016), celebrated worldwide by all Marriott International properties to commemorate its founding. The week-long festivities include programs for associates such as Zumba classes, darts competition and lip sync battle. The week will end with the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Marriott, a pageant to hail the worthy hosts that embodies the Marriott cultures and ways.

Marriott Hotel Manila is located at Resorts World Manila. For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

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SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee, Biggest Free Doughnut Treat!

 

KK and SM

SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee are teaming up for the biggest free doughnut treat!

SM Supermalls is bringing back its “Download & Win” in-app mobile game and sweetening the deal by giving away 3 Original Glazed® Krispy Kreme doughnuts each to 100 unique SM Supermalls mobile app registered users every day from April 30 to June 30, 2016.

How’s that for a tasty treat?

Embedded within the SM Supermalls Mobile App, “Download & Win” was the first digital scratch card promotion in the country. Its launch during SM Supermalls’ 30th Anniversary was marked with the giving away of exciting prizes such as free mobile data, free Spotify, Facebook, Games, Unli-Call and Unli Text every day for the entire month of March.

The celebration resumes this month with a shower of doughnuts! And joining can’t be simpler – just download the mobile app and get a chance to win.

Digital Scratch Card

Get your digital scratch card via the SM Supermalls mobile app.

Upon signing up in the SM Supermalls mobile app, you will receive a digital scratch card on the app. Scratch off the gray area to find out if you won. Get another shot of winning the next day until the end of the promo period. With some good luck and the daily habit of checking the app, you’ll be closer to sinking your teeth into those tasty doughnut treats for free.

The SM Supermalls Mobile App is free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is loaded with other features that let you plan your shopping even before you get to the mall. A unique feature of the app is the Feed section that highlights the latest store offerings, discounts and promos, services, as well as movies and events in SM malls nationwide. It also has the Mall Directory that provides a complete list of establishments in the malls while the Mall Map shows the exact location of all stores and mall facilities.

To keep up to date on what’s new, visit SM Supermalls website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viber Public Chat, and Snapchat.

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Looking for Foreclosed Properties to Purchase?

Lamudi Data Shows Where Buyers Can Find Foreclosed Properties

Global real estate portal Lamudi Philippines studied its data on foreclosed houses

In case homebuyers are wondering where they can get affordable houses, cities in Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal right on the fringes of Metro Manila offer them the most viable options, as these areas are teeming with foreclosed properties, according to data from global real estate website Lamudi Philippines.

In its latest data analysis, Lamudi found that the cities of San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan), Dasmariñas (Cavite), San Mateo (Rizal), Bacoor (Cavite), and Santa Rosa (Laguna) have the most number of listed foreclosed houses in the website. These are followed by Antipolo (Rizal), Imus (Cavite), Caloocan (Metro Manila), San Pedro (Laguna), and Quezon City (Metro Manila). Caloocan and Quezon City are the lone Metro Manila cities that made it the top 10. Together, these cities comprise 51 percent of all foreclosed houses listed in the Lamudi website.

In terms of prices, San Jose Del Monte offers the most affordable foreclosed houses among the top 10 cities. Foreclosed houses in this Bulacan city average Php336,000. Quezon City, meanwhile, offer much pricier foreclosed houses, averaging Php5.33 million.

CITY AVE. PRICE NO. OF LISTINGS
San Jose del Monte P336,000 1,046
Dasmariñas P686,000 635
San Mateo P503,000 487
Bacoor P1.67 million 320
Santa Rosa P1.08 million 253
Antipolo P2.45 million 225
Imus P1.40 million 221
Caloocan P1.54 million 171
San Pedro P1.49 million 147
Quezon City P5.33 million 145

Average prices of foreclosed houses listed on Lamudi Philippines. Data as of March 31, 2016.

Onsite Search

In terms of onsite search volume, Quezon City is the most-searched city for foreclosed properties in the Lamudi website from January 1 to March 31, 2016.

More than 6 percent of all searches for foreclosed properties conducted during the period involved Metro Manila’s largest city. Quezon City is followed by the cities of Las Piñas, Parañaque, and San Jose del Monte, the provinces of Benguet and Laguna, and then by Caloocan. Together, these areas captured almost 20 percent of total search volume for foreclosed properties in the Lamudi website.

Filipinos’ interest for foreclosed properties has also been increasing every quarter, at least according to Lamudi data.

The property website showed that search volume for foreclosed properties increased 5 percent from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015; 9 percent from Q3 2015 to Q4 2015; and a remarkable 75 percent from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016.

On the other hand, the proportion of searches attributed to foreclosed properties in relation to total searches made has also been increasing every quarter: 1.42 percent in Q2 2015; 1.68 percent in Q3 2015; 2.15 percent in Q4 2015; and 2.34 percent in Q1 2016.

Filipinos Still Uneducated About Foreclosures

However, foreclosed properties may not be on most people’s game plan when buying their first property. Perhaps because of pity or because they feel they are taking advantage of others’ misfortune, Filipino homebuyers may hesitate to buy foreclosed houses.

But this should not be the case. According to Ramil Arquileta, CEO of My Saving Grace Realty and Development Corp., a firm that specializes in foreclosed properties, foreclosed properties offer homebuyers that best affordable option in order for them to finally afford a home.

There are several advantages of buying foreclosed homes, according to Arquileta. “For one, the buyer can use regular housing loan or mortgage financing to acquire the property.”

In addition, the property will also be sold for the outstanding mortgage balance owed by the previous owner to the foreclosing mortgage holder. This means the property will be sold at a much lower price. Most importantly, as properties that became foreclosed are under the name of the foreclosing bank or mortgage holder, the titles will be clear, eliminating the risk for homebuyers to get scammed.

However, Arquileta advises would-be buyers of foreclosed properties to buy only from banks and their accredited brokers/brokerages to minimize the risk of ending up with a problematic property.

But Filipinos’ attitude toward foreclosures looks to be changing gradually, as shown by Lamudi’s data. As more and more banks and financial institutions are exploring online tools to market these non-performing assets, Filipinos will find it easier to discover and inquire about foreclosed properties. At least three major banks are now working with Lamudi to effectively market their acquired assets. As of this writing, there are almost 19,500 foreclosed properties listed on Lamudi, ranging from houses and condos to parking spaces and residential lots.

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ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 34 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit http://www.lamudi.com.ph

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Derek Ramsay, My Candidate

My Candidate

My Candidate, the Movie

My Candidate, the Movie

Derek, Iza & Shaina give the election season a romantic twist in “My Candidate”

Now, that the election fever has died down. The Filipinos have voted, and lucky candidates have emerged the winners. I think it’s time to get that much needed break and watch a movie. If you have unfriended your favorite movie buddy during the campaign period, well, pick from your loyal friends. *wink*

Showbiz hunk Derek Ramsay, Iza Calzado and Shaina Magdayao give us a different tale of love and romance this election season via “My Candidate” from Quantum Films, MJM Productions, Tuko Film Productions at Butchi Boy Films, producers of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed romantic-comedy films, “English Only, Please” and “#Walang Forever.”

The film is set against a political background and so, it is timely as today’s headlines.

Derek plays Congressman Sonny Suarez, now seeking a Senate seat. He may be a perfect candidate but is painfully shy and a bit withdrawn.

Iza, meanwhile, is Vera Sanchez, Sonny’s erstwhile girlfriend and archrival in his senatorial bid.

She possesses strengths lacking in Sonny.  She's charming as well as engaging but is not able to relate to people from the grassroots.

Shaina is Billie Pono, a life coach and communications trainer.  Sonny’s campaign team hires her services to help polish their candidate’s public speaking skill and innate charisma.

Billie succeeds at turning Sonny into the dream candidate and the two become close while at work.

In turn, Sonny is able to unleash some unresolved issues  in Billie’s life, including her insecurities thereby making her a better version of herself.

The movie’s teaser immediately earned almost a million views, shares and likes the minute it was posted on the “MC” Facebook page.

Netizens swore by Derek, Iza and Shaina’s outstanding performances.

Shaina held her own against Iza in the film, and this may be considered as her biggest break as a lead actress.

Shaina definitely gave the role her all, especially in scenes where her character finds herself slowly falling in love with Sonny.

Take note, Derek and Shaina also register very strong positive vibes on screen. Their romantic scenes together are neither hard sell nor put on, so, their pairing is indeed one of today’s freshest, newest romantic-comedy tandem.

No wonder, Direk Quark Henares is satisfied with his three main stars plus the support cast composed of Al Tantay, Nico Antonio, Ketchup Eusebio, Ricci Chan, Jun Sabayton and Tirso Cruz III in a special role.

The movie imparts all these funny situations during election time coupled with the resounding message that it must indeed be: “Bayan Muna Bago Puso.”

Also part of the movie is box-office director Dan Villegas, who serves as Creative Producer.

Direk Dan is the genius behind such award-winning and blockbuster films as “English Only, Please” and “#Walang Forever.”

His latest hit project is “Always Be My ‘Maybe.'”

Fresh concept. Hilarious story telling. New screen combination.

“My Candidate” gives the election season a romantic twist starting May 11 in theaters nationwide.

FILM              :           “MY CANDIDATE”
CAST              :           DEREK RAMSAY, IZA CALZADO, SHAINA MAGDAYAO, NICO ANTONIO, AL TANTAY, KETCHUP EUSEBIO, RICCI CHAN, JUN SABAYTON ,CHRISTINE BABAO and TIRSO CRUZ III in a special role
DIRECTOR    :           QUARK HENARES
PRODUCERS :          QUANTUM FILMS,  MJM PRODUCTIONS, TUKO FILM
PRODUCTION and BUTCHI BOY FILMS
PLAYDATE   :            MAY 11, 2016

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Potipot Cove

#Destination, Potipot Island

Potipot Island

#Destination: Potipot Island

Potipot Island. Some call it the most photogenic island, and I tend to agree. It’s a small strip off island in Zambales. It’s a kilometer or a 5-10-minute motorized banca ride from any drop-off resort in Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. I just couldn’t remember the resort across from the island that we stayed in. Ha ha! Will update this blog once I get the name of that resort.

I actually went there in May 2011 with my former colleagues. I know super late post! But better late than never. I can’t show you all our photos because those are like pictorials already. He he!

So let me show you, Potipot Island through these photos.

Banca to Potipot Island

Take a 5-10 minute ride in a motorized boat (banca) to Potipot Island.

The banca to Potipot Island

The banca ride to Potipot Island

Approaching Potipot Island

Approaching Potipot Island

Potipot Island

Nearing Potipot Island

Periphery of Potipot Island (FLM)

Reaching Potipot Island

If I remember, this is the only structure in the island, which serves as an office. There are no inns, no accommodation. But you can pitch a tent, but by nighttime you have to leave the island.

Tree and Beach on Potipot Island (FLM)

Trees lined up along the beach front, and this surrounds the whole island.

Periphery of Potipot Island

More trees and beach, and clear waters surrounding Potipot Island.

More Trees on Potipot Island

Trees provide shade in the inner or center part of Potipot Island.

A clearing at the center of Potipot Island

A clearing at the center of Potipot Island

Posing on Potipot Island

Happily posing on Potipot Island. I just got back from a trip in Boracay here.

On a drift wood at Potipot Island

On a drift wood at Potipot Island. Driftwood abound there, and usually serve as photo opp background. :D

Getting a tan at Potipot Island

Getting more tan at Potipot Island, after spending a week in Boracay. Ha ha!

Posing with a driftwood

Posing with a driftwood, Potipot Island

Reflecting on life on Potipot Island

Reflecting on life on Potipot Island… naks! ;))

The clear water kisses the white sand of Potipot Island.

The clear water kisses the white sand of Potipot Island.

Clear waters surrounding Potipot Island

Clear waters surrounding Potipot Island

Sunburnt at Potipot Island

That was the first time that I got really sunburned!

Resort in Zambales

We stayed in this resort. We rented that house that you can see in this picture. From this resort, you can already see Potipot Island.

Sunset view of Potipot Island from across the resort.

Sunset view of Potipot Island from across the resort.

We had fun going around the small island, taking photos, walking, talking, laughing, and just feeling the sand and ocean water.

We took a private van going to the island, so I can’t really give you clear directions going there. All I can remember is that it took us 6 hours to get there, but it was all worth it!

I stumbled upon a good resource about Potipot Island HERE. Check it out!

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Spend Your Summer at Zoomanity Theme Parks

Zoobic Safari

Enjoy your summer family bonding in Zoobic Safari

This is why I love summer! It’s the perfect time to bond with family and friends and see places.

So where are you spending summer this year? Are you looking for FUN and EXCITEMENT at the same time? Let Zoomanity Group Theme Parks spell them for you.

Zoobic Safari

Think of tigers, crocodiles, snakes, lizards… all alive and wanting to interact with you. These are just some of the animals you can see in Zoobic Safari. It is one tourist attraction in Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure. Embracing a 50-hectare land, local and foreign guests can expect an astonishing sight of diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their simulated natural habitat. It features a wide range of habitats present in the forest due to the terrain, presence of streams, and fringing grasslands. These represent the major habitats for varied exotic animals featured in Zoobic Safari Adventure Park. This makes the attraction the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines with more than 50 tigers. Don’t forget also the usual breed of tigers and lion known as Ligers.

Address: Group I, Ilanin Forest Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Ticket rates: Adult – P545.00 Kids – P445.00

Paradizoo Theme Farm

Ever want to give your favorite Tita, Tito or Grandparents a tour in a place full of rich gardens and farm animals? Or you just want to enjoy the weekend with your husband and toddler? Your best destination is the Paradizoo Farm in Mendez, Cavite! See the gardens full of vegetables and floral designs. Have a chance to interact with different interesting farm animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride a cart drawn by an albino carabao.

Address: Km. 63 Panungyan Mendez, Cavite
Ticket rates: Adult – P149.00 Kids – P99.00

Residence Inn and Zoori

Do you want experience the cool breeze of Tagaytay while enjoying a rush of excitement and the breath-taking view? Then Residence Inn is for you. It is famous for its Mini Zoo and its excellent location overlooking Taal Lake. I am sure everyone in the family will enjoy this one. Of course, Tagaytay trip isn’t complete without having “Bulalo” or “Tawilis” and pair it with the palate-bursting “Dynamite” or Chili cheese rolls in their restaurant, the Gazebo. Don’t forget to try also the Zipline overlooking Taal volcano. Residence Inn is the perfect place to go if you are on a budget and you are looking for a place away from the city.

Address: Km. 65 Barrio Neogan Tagaytay City
Ticket rates: Adult – P249.00 Kids – P199.00

Zoocolate Thrills

Now,  if you want an out-of-town adventure, fly to Visayas! Zoocolate Thrills is the only Adventure Theme Park in Loboc, Bohol managed by Zoomanity Group. This promising tourist destination in Bohol offers captivating attractions for everyone. A river cruise is provided for those who want to explore the Loboc River. This fun zoo has different animal encounters & enrichment such as ostriches, tigers, and bearcats. They also offer tram ride, horse/buffalo ride and zip/zing ride. Isn’t that fun and exciting?

Address: Barangay Gotozon, Loboc, Bohol
Ticket rates: Adult – P99.00 Kids – P99.00

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

You want a ZOO-per thrilling experience? Zoocobia is much more than a place to view animals. It is a complete educational and fun experience. Situated in the beautiful, lush, forested foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone, Zoocobia is an ecological experience of impressive proportions.

  • It has a gravity car that is patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore—The Zooc. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves!
  • Have a close encounter with colorful birds perched on tree branches. You will delight at their bright colors and melodious chirping.
  • The PHILIPPINES PRIDE showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines – they are indeed the country’s pride.
  • Be amazed with their Garden Maze that features various animals topiaries. The thrill is when you go through the labyrinth and the challenge is to find yourself out of it.
  • All roads lead to “The Barn” where many animal-related activities happen. Experience bottle feeding baby farm animal such as goats, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
  • See a unique collection of stuffed real animals that have been preserved by our taxidermist at the Menagerie.

Address: Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City
Ticket rates: Adult – P295.00 Kids – P295.00

Isn’t that fun and exciting? Book now and avail of the 10% when booked online. Click here.

And to pray tribute to all the graduates, grab the chance to experience the Zooperb Blowout!

Zooperb Blowout

Zooperb Blowout for graduates

Zoolit Coupons!

For only Php399 per booklet, you will receive the following coupons that you can use to all 5 theme parks under Zoomanity Group; 6pcs 50% off for entrance 6pcs Buy 1 take 1 for entrance 2 pcs 50% off for hotel accommodation 1 pc 20% off van rentals 1pc 30% off at Resto 1 free photo and more.

All these savings worth more than Php10,000! To order, please call or text 09166299381.

Zoomanity Group

Zoomanity Group, the happiest places!

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#TBT: Do you Remember the Old Park Square 1?

Old Park Square 1

Old Park Square 1 and Glorietta 1&2

Park Square 1

Old Park Square 1

Park Square 2

Old Park Square 1 still connected to SM Makati with a foot bridge.

Let me do a Throwback Thursday today. Do you remember the old Park Square 1?

The carkpark with establishments on the ground floor used to be my source of good and affordable tech stuff such as cameras, computers, laptops, mobile phones, and even sporting goods.

RJ Guitars were used to be sold there, too.

There was also an outlet of National Bureau of Investigation, where people can renew their NBI clearances.

There was Magoo pizza, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut.

Computer Shops such as Octagon, PC Corner. Camera shops like Canon. Sporting stores Toby’s and there are 2 others actually.

There was a Coleman shop and a frame shop.

There was also a Jesi Mendez salon and a Linea Italia shop that sells high-end branded clothing, shoes and bags in 50% year round.

My college barkadas also used to go to one of our favorite Chinese restos there. I can’t remember the name now. Ha ha!

There was also a pet shop, and a big Sony store. Then a branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

Much later, there a Sun shop there. Then just right before it was renovated, a Japanese store opened.

What are your memories of Park Square 1?

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