Monthly Archives: March 2010

Reflections of Moscow and the Metro Bombing

by Nono Delid

The recent deadly bombing in two Metro stations in Moscow left the Russian nation in mourning and resolve to search and punish the perpetrators. Fear of the same calamity likewise gripped the Russian capital. I join the world in condemning the incident as I sympathize with its people on this tragedy.

Seeing those pictures in international media and reading them from papers left me reflect those times many years ago when I was in Moscow, circa 1984 when “glasnost and perestroika” were not yet around. For those who are fond of real spy stories, from Mossad, CIA, Scotland Yard to KGB, the place Lubyanka maybe too familiar; specifically Lubyanka prison which was then, to Western observers, almost synonymous to Gulag. Because this is where the main headquarters of the famous KGB was located. Today, it is also the headquarters of the Federal security Service, the agency tasked to protect its citizens. The first bombing took place in nearby Lubyanka Metro station.

I remember this place quite well. Daily, on our last week in Moscow back then, we would pass by it, or ride the Metro through this station. Because this station was very close to our hotel, the Rossia Hotel, which was just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin and Red Square.

We have been amazed by the magnificence of Russia’s Metro Subway stations that we would just then joyride from station to station. In many instances, we got lost, because many stations were actually several levels below ground levels. Everyday, millions of Russian people use the Metro. One time coming in from the central city of Liepetz, we disembarked from a Moscow central station and that was when we realized that at least 5 million people use that line daily.

Easter Eggcitement at Marriott Hotel Manila

PASAY, MANILA – This Lenten Season, Marriott Hotel Manila adds an egg-stra special touch to the holidays. Celebrate with us and step into a blissful retreat with your family with lots of fun and surprises!

Easter Delight

From March 29 to April 4, stay for a minimum of 2 nights for only $105++ per day and enjoy a daily buffet breakfast for 2 at Marriott Café. Avail of this offer and we’ll throw in 2 tickets to the Easter egg hunt activity for free!

Easter Brunch and Eggciting Hunt

Come Easter Sunday, April 4, the hotel will be jam-packed with eggstravagant offers. From 11am to 3pm, feast on a wide selection of local and international delights in a buffet at Marriott Café for only Php1850nett. In line with the season, the cuisine features sumptuous Easter specialties and a special dessert counter to give your meal a sweet finale. What’s more, you’ll also get a free entrance to the Easter egg hunt activity when you grab a bite of this buffet.

Kids will surely jump for joy for a fun filled and action packed activities from 2pm to 4pm at the Grand Ballroom. For only Php500nett, kids can enter a world of barnyard-inspired Easter Egg hunt and play with bouncy inflatable’s, participate in egg hunting, egg painting, magic tricks, face painting and other activities in store for them. Treats from Monterey and Magnolia Chicken plus goodie bags filled with Hershey’s, Orion Chocopie, Sipahh straw, Total Girl Magazine and Star Paper Stationary are sure to be a sweet surprise too.

As Easter is a time for the family, Marriott Hotel Manila is the best place to spend it in.

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Marriott Hotel Manila is set in the world class tourism complex of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is merely a 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap

Easter Fun at Tapella Restaurant

Easter gives more reasons to have fun with family and friends with Tapella Restaurant’s Easter Fun. Kids will jump for joy and have a blast on Sunday April 04, 2010 from 4pm-7pm with magics, mimes and clowns! Games and tricks, egg painting contests, balloon twisting, fun filled activities and loads of prizes await kids in the much Easter Egg Hunt. Gather the most number of eggs and get prizes from Star Paper. What’s more is that kid’s will be delighted with dunkin’ donuts upon registration plus yummy spaghetti and other kiddie snacks while enjoying the event. For only php500nett, kids and family will have a holistic Easter Sunday.

Kids at heart will also enjoy sumptuous Easter especial starting from php300 and delight in the comforts of Tapella’s serene ambiance.

TAPELLA is another Spanish dining creation by Gaudi. Located in the cosmopolitan Greenbelt 5, TAPELLA is open all day and night and offers a wide variety of Spanish cuisine served in an informal and relaxed ambience. Headed by Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho, the restaurant specializes in tapas and paellas plus a wider range of salads, pastas and desserts served the Spanish way that will surely perk up your gustatory spree. The wine selection is from around the world valued well for money. The ambiance gives a modern and relaxed atmosphere with interiors designed with red and beige accent.

For inquiries and reservations please call 7572710.

Del Monte Fruit Snacks Fit N’ Fab 4 Challenge

And The Burning Continues…

Summer is getting hotter than ever as the hottest and hippest event in town burns more and more calories, the Del Monte Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks Fit ‘n Fab 4 Challenge! The second phase of burning has begun, bringing more and more of you hip and young people closer to your desired fit and fabulous bodies.

Saturday, February 27, marked the start of the Road to Fitness of Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks Fit ‘n Fab 4 Challenge as it hit The Spa, in Fort Bonifacio. A workout session was held at Barre 3, an exercise studio that offers the first and only workout that combines the grace of ballet barre, the wisdom of yoga and the strength of pilates. Here, our participants learned how to have the length of a dancer and the strength of an athlete with a highly effective 60-minute workout.

The following day, our participants engaged themselves in an exciting and fun-filled game of badminton at Smart Shot located in Agoncillo Street, Manila. In this session, our participants learned the importance of exercise and active living, all done while having fun with your barkada.

More sessions are in store for those of you young and hip people who missed the previous two sessions.  Just visit the website at www.fitandfabfour.com to get the different class schedules. Slots are limited so hurry, call 02-775-98-51 or text 0928-966-91-24 for your reservations.

Aside from these weekend fitness activities, a series of F.I.T. (Fast Intensive Training) Workout videos were developed with the help of Sports Scientist and Master Coach, Jim Saret for your daily workout. The F.I.T Workout or the Fast Interval Training is a four-minute workout, characterized by bursts of fast-paced intensive exercise designed by Coach Jim. Partnered with Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks, it can help you burn at least 400 calories everyday and it continues to burn even when you’re done with the workout! The best part is it only takes four minutes and you can do this anywhere! For those who want to learn the F.I.T. workouts, you can catch them in fitandfabfrou.com.  Every week, we teach you a different set of exercise to help you burn!

Final weigh-in for Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks Fit ‘n Fab 4 Challenge is on March 26-28 @ ROX Bonifacio High Street and March 27-28 at Gateway Suites, 4th floor, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center.

Remember, your workouts work better with Del Monte Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks as part of your routine. Look fit, burn right and be at your hottest this summer!

Champagne Sunday Brunch at Marriott Hotel Manila

PASAY, MANILA – Sundays have always been set aside as a day of relaxation, an opportunity to re-energize and to spend time with loved ones. This is why Marriott Hotel Manila is proud to introduce its Sunday Champagne Brunch at Marriott Cafe, a day made up of delectable food, free-flowing champagne, sparkling wines, and fun-filled activities for children.

Every Sunday, from 11:30am to 3:00pm, Marriott Café will feature a smorgasbord of international cuisine, such as fresh seafood on ice, delicious dim sum, Chinese BBQ with Peking duck, delightful salad selections, and carving lights with prime rib. Afterwards, indulge in sinful desserts, scrumptious artisan breads, a chocolate fountain, and more!

For Php2200nett, guests can savor the Champagne Brunch, with free flowing Moet Chandon champagne and a selection of quality sparkling wines.  Guests can also choose to enjoy the brunch with unlimited sodas, iced tea, coffee, and tea for only Php1650nett. Children below 12 years old get in for Php825nett, while children below 6 years old get in for free.

Marriott Café’s bright and modern interior offers a distinctive atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Crisp service and balanced design create the perfect ambiance above all others. What’s more is the children corner at the hotel lobby that features kid’s activities, clowns, magic’s, face painting, and balloon twisting.

Marriott Café is located at the Ground Floor of Marriott Hotel Manila, located across NAIA Terminal 3. For more information and reservation, call (632)988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap.

ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
Marriott Hotel Manila is set in the world class tourism complex of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is merely a 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club.


While there, perhaps you’d also like to check out their Quan Spa for some rejuvenation and relaxation.;)

Bing Lao’s Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop in Bagiuo

U.P. FILM INSTITUTE  BAGUIO SUMMER WORKSHOP 2010
U.P. Film Institute in cooperation with
Dulaang UP Baguio & College of Arts and Communication & Baguio Writers Group

BAGUIO FOUND STORIES: ADVANCED SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP with Bing Lao

Take the next step with multi-awarded screenwriter and script consultant
Armando “Bing” Lao, whose works include Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay,
Jeffrey Jeturian’s Tuhog and Chito Rono’s Itanong Mo sa Buwan.
Schedule: April 5-10 (6 days)
Time: 1:00pm at 4:00pm (total of 18 hours)
Course fee:  Php4,000*
Venue: U.P. Baguio
*excludes transportation, lodging and meals
*php500 down payment is required to ensure a slot.
*10% off for those who register (fully paid) before MARCH 12, 2010

OPEN TO ALL. NO SCRIPT REQUIREMENT.

Drop by our office at UP Film Institute, 2nd floor Cine Adarna bldg. Magsaysay and Osmena Ave, UP Diliman campus, QC. Office hours, 9am-6pm.

For Inquiries: 925-0286
Email: upfi_workshops@ yahoo.com. ph
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University of the Philippines Film Institute
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For workshop inquiries:
Cine Adarna, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City
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