Monthly Archives: February 2016

Can’t Wait for Madonna Rebel Heart Tour in Manila!

Globe-Madonna Rebel Heart Tour

I can’t wait to see Madonna!

Before Globe Telecom’s invitation to get exclusive ticket deals from them, my college barkada already got our tickets through the Citibank early offer. We got our tickets, thanks to Che, who got them last August 2015 (yes that early!) through Citibank card.

Actually, we got the tickets because we were under the impression that we would get it much cheaper if we availed that early. But no. The tickets are priced the same.  Buti na lang we got those gen-ad tickets lang!

In any case, I am, or my friends who are 80s babies, can’t wait to see Madonna Rebel Heart Tour. We are even thinking of going with our 80s costumes or favorite Madonna look. Ha ha!

Madonna is an icon during my high school to college days. We sang, danced, and partied to her songs. We would mimic her, too. It was a fun fun time for me and my generation.

I once performed her “Material Girl” in an office party. Ha ha!

Performing "Madonna's Material Girl"🎵 🎶 I’m a material a material girl 🎵 🎶

So, I cannot miss this concert.

The concert will be this coming February 24-25 at the Mall of Asia Arena. We are watching the second night.

If you want to  be part of it, you can still get your tickets.

Through Globe:

Globe-Madonna Rebel Heart Tour

Or through SM Tickets.

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10 Fast Facts about EDSA

EDSA - Guadalupe, Makati Circa 1980sEDSA – Guadalupe, Makati Circa 1980s

EDSA - Ortigas Circa 1985s

EDSA – Ortigas Avenue Circa 1985s

I first knew of EDSA looking like these.  In fact, I could still remember crossing the avenue by foot from Gate 5 Camp Crame to the other side when I would be going to Greenhills.

But EDSA now looks very different.

The Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, or EDSA, never fails to elicit a groan from drivers and commuters who have to traverse it every day.

But before it became the bane of Filipino motorists’ existence, the road was best known for being part of one of the most significant parts of our history. In 1986, EDSA literally and figuratively became the way to freedom when over two million civilians, politicians, and religious figures stormed the highway in a peaceful protest of the Marcos regime, and proved what a unified nation can do.

In honor of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution, offers 10 quick facts about the historic main thoroughfare of Metro Manila.

  1. From end-to-end, EDSA is around 23.8 kilometers. That’s roughly the length of 1,561 professional basketball courts, or 14,691 Filipino males (who are said to be 162 centimeters tall on average) who play in them.
  2. EDSA passes through six cities of Metro Manila: 11 kilometers of the road is within Quezon City, and the rest is divided among Caloocan, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Pasay.
  3. EDSA has gone through many name changes over the years. It started out as the “North-South Circumferential Road” during its construction back in the 1930s. After the country’s independence in 1946 from the Japanese occupation, EDSA was briefly named “Avenida 19 de Junio” or June 19 Avenue, the birth date of national hero José Rizal. Another former name was “Highway 54,” due to the misconception that the avenue is 54 kilometers in length. It wasn’t until 1959 that Republic Act 2140 was passed declaring it the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue after the Rizaleño historian, jurist, and scholar.
  4. In its conception, EDSA’s northernmost point was only supposed to be the Balintawak terminus and the southernmost end the South Luzon Expressway. But in 1965, the northern tip was extended to the Apolonio Samson Road, and the southern part to Roxas Boulevard until 2006, when it was further extended to the SM Mall of Asia.
  5. EDSA touches three of the country’s busiest financial and business hubs: the Makati Central Business District, Ortigas Center, and Araneta Center.
  6. There is currently a petition pending in the House of Representatives to rename EDSA “Corazon Aquino Avenue” in honor of the late president, who led the 1986 revolution.
  7. Since the People Power Revolution, EDSA has been the site of many other protests against succeeding administrations. EDSA II was a four-day rally in January 2001 that successfully ousted former president Joseph Estrada. In 2006, various groups picketed along EDSA to protest then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s declaration of a State of Emergency. During the 29th anniversary of the first People Power Revolution, a demonstration was staged at EDSA Shrine against current president Benigno Aquino III and the supposed inadequacies of the government.
  8. In a 2013 piece by columnist Botchi Santos for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), he revealed that over 360,000 vehicles use EDSA every day. An unfortunate number, because according to PDI’s Rene S. Santiago, under ideal conditions, EDSA should have a capacity of only 200,000 vehicles a day.
  9. Speed limits are implemented along EDSA: 40 kph for cars and motorcycles, and 30 kph for trucks and buses. But due to the number of vehicles traversing the thoroughfare, traffic moves at an average speed of 15 kph.
  10. There are at least 10 condominiums built right along EDSA, including DMCI’s Zinnia Towers and New San Jose Builders, Inc.’s Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City; Avida Towers Centera in Mandaluyong; Empire East’s San Lorenzo Place in Makati; and SMDC’s Shell Residences in Pasay.

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Marriott Manila is one with LGBT in Celebrating All Kinds of Love

Why go with just plain red when you can celebrate the spectrum of Love?

Love Won Valentine at Marriott Hotel Manila

For February, Marriott Manila is taking Valentine’s Day in its most colorful form in support of the freedom to love who you love. Whether you’re raising a glass to all kinds of love or celebrating your independence, the hotel has prepared a colorful fete for you to partake.

If your appetite is as big as your love for your partner, Marriott Café satisfies your craving and takes you and your palate on a romantic stroll to a colorful range of international cuisines. Fall in love with their hefty spread of filling choices such as tiger prawns, prime rib, oysters, tepanyaki and foie gras with nimble chefs on standby to cook it the way you desire it. For only Php 2250 for February 13 lunch buffet and Php 2650 for Feb 13 and 14 dinner buffet and Sunday brunch, renew your love with each other in the Café’s “Make Room for Love”. Have the liberty to express affections through the do-it-yourself dessert corner and create rainbow connections with your own confections, to share with your bae.

Make Room for Love at Marriott Hotel Manila Marriott Hotel Manila Celebrates All the Colors of Love

The ideal mate deserves an ideal meal, don’t you agree? If you’re looking for a fancy treat, we suggest you fire-up an intimate dinner with your partner and indulge in the finest steaks and wine in the city at Cru Steakhouse. Don’t miss out on the Strawberry Semifreddo for a sweet ending that’s worthy of sweet sharing, available from Feb 13 to 14 only. A limited edition Valentine offer, this colorful treat is a combination of ice cream and frozen mousse with fresh strawberries molded in two hearts, a reinvention of the classic Italian dessert for only Php 450.

CRU Steakhouse, Marriptt Manila Hotel

Cru Strawberry Semifreddo, Marriott Hotel Manila

Are you a fan of Madonna but don’t have tickets to her show? You and your boo should swing by the Greatroom and get ready to party on the Madonna Madness in celebration of love equality. Take a sip or more of the Mad Mixes inspired by the Queen of Pop such as “Material Girl”, “Take a Vow”, “Vogue” and “Frozen” with price ranging from Php 290 to Php 350 only. And because the hotel wants you to experience the Rebel concert, revel with the hits of the icon of love equality with live performances on weekends for the whole love month.

Looking for a sweet gift for your partner or just an edible souvenir of your vibrant date? Make a quick stop at the Marriott Café Bakery to grab something for your love. Filling for your eyes and tummy, get ready to swoon over their colorful collection of cakes, cupcakes, cookies gelatos and French macarons available until February 14 only.

Love took a leap, conquered and won. Marriott Manila supports love equality and we want to celebrate all kinds of love for the whole month of February 2016. For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

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8 Affordable Condos Within 30 Minutes of a Business District

City living doesn’t always mean expensive, and affordable doesn’t always mean low quality, as evidenced by the best affordable condos in Metro Manila

Condominium living is prevalent in highly urbanized places like Metro Manila, and just like the high cost of living associated with big cities, prices of condominium units also tend to be significantly high.

This should not deter home seekers from choosing to live in Metro Manila. There are many affordable options in the current market that do well to meet big city living needs. These condos are even within the area where major business centers are, so commuting to and from work won’t be a problem for future owners.

Let me share with you a list of options to choose from.

East Raya Gardens, DMCI

1. East Raya Gardens
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: Pasig
Price: Php3–5 million
Distance from Ortigas Center: 19 minutes without traffic via Mercedes Ave. (based on Google Maps estimates)

Located along Mercedes Avenue in Pasig, this 2.9-hectare residential enclave is by DMCI Homes, and in keeping with the developer’s no-frills, distinctive style, it also features a Balinese-inspired design. It is composed of eight medium-rise buildings complemented with 500 square meters of lush Balinese gardens and water features for a relaxing environment. Prices for units range from Php3 to Php5 million, with Lamudi currently having 96-sqm, three-bedroom unit currently listed for Php4,255,800.

Verawood Residences, DMCI

2. Verawood Residences
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: Acacia Estates, Taguig
Price: Php3.5–9 million
Distance from Bonifacio Global City: 26 minutes without traffic via Bayani Road or C5 Road

Another resort-style development by DMCI Homes, Acacia Estates is a massive residential community at 150 hectares. Unit prices at its Verawood Residences section—a two-tower, medium rise condo estate—range from as low as Php2.9 million for a two-bedroom inner unit to Php5.1 million for a newly turned over three-bedroom unit.

Amaia Skies Cubao, Amaia Land3. Amaia Skies Cubao
Developer: Amaia Land
Location: EDSA corner Tuazon Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Price: Php1.4–2.9 million
Distance from Ortigas Center: 22 minutes without traffic via EDSA

Situated in Cubao and just a stone’s throw away from the Araneta Station of MRT-3 and Cubao Station of LRT-2, Amaia Skies can be considered one of Metro Manila’s transport-oriented condos. This three-tower development, aimed at young professionals, offers units ranging from 18 to 34 sqm, with prices from Php1.4 to Php2.9 million.

Cambridge Village Pasig, Empire East

4. Cambridge Village
Developer: Empire East
Location: Pasig-Cainta
Price: Php1.3 million for a 30-sqm unit
Distance from Ortigas Center: 23 minutes without traffic via East Bank Road and Ortigas Avenue

A project by Empire East, Cambridge Village in Cainta, Rizal, is quite close to Pasig and Ortigas Center and can be considered one of Metro Manila’s best-known affordable condos. It features a number of amenities to residents’ convenience, such as retail spaces, swimming pools, and a clubhouse with an 81-seater mini-theater, among others. A typical one-bedroom, 30-sqm unit here is currently listed in Lamudi for Php1.3 million.

The Columns, Alveo Land

5. The Columns at Legaspi Village
Developer: Alveo Land
Location: Legaspi Village, Makati
Price: Starts at Php3.8 million
Situated inside the Makati CBD

Situated in one of Makati’s most prominent sections, The Columns Legaspi Village is well worth a buyer’s investment based on the location alone. A project by Alveo Land and patterned off of their highly successful The Columns Ayala Avenue, the two-tower condominium provides residences close proximity to all the key the locations in the city, including Ayala Avenue, the city’s numerous commercial centers, and the Makati Medical Center, among others. Unit prices start from as little as Php3.8 million for a 36-sqm studio unit.

Bonifacio Heights, DMCI

6. Bonifacio Heights
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: Taguig
Price: Php5.4 million for a two-bedroom unit
Distance from Bonifacio Global City: 7 minutes without traffic via Lawton Avenue

Judging from its location alone, buyers will get their money’s worth in Bonifacio Heights due to its proximity to McKinley Hill, McKinley West, and Bonifacio Global City. This medium-rise condo estate by DMCI Homes has 17 mid-rise buildings, and offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. A two-bedroom unit is listed in Lamudi for Php5.4 million.

Amaia Steps bicutan, Amaia Land

7. Amaia Steps Bicutan
Developer: Amaia Land
Location: West Service Road, Brgy. Sun Valley, Paranaque
Price: Php1.5–2.9 million
Distance from Makati CBD: 18 minutes without traffic via the Skyway

Its first tower to be completed early this year, Amaia Steps Bicutan, situated along the West Service Road (close to SM City Bicutan) offers units ranging from 22 to 44 sqm priced from Php1.5 to 2.9 million. This property is also quite accessible from the airport.

Tribeca Private Residences, Landco

8. TRIbeca Private Residences
Developer: Landco
Location: East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa
Price: Php2.8–3.6 million
Distance from Makati CBD: 22 minutes without traffic via the Skyway
Distance from Filinvest Alabang: 13 minutes without traffic via the West Service Road

Landco’s resort-themed condo project in Muntinlupa, TRIbeca’s main appeal is its easy access from the Skyway and the South Luzon Expressway, which makes travel to either the Makati CBD and Filinvest Alabang a breeze. It is comprised of three towers, offering modestly sized one- and two-bedroom units, which are ideal for starting families and young professionals. Two TRIbeca properties are currently listed in Lamudi for Php2.8 million (27 sqm) and Php3.6 million (38 sqm).

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Diamond Hotel Celebrates Love

Looking for the ideal setting to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day at Yurakuen Main Dining Area

Check out Diamond Hotel’s Valentine weekend offering with enticing culinary recommendations, charming ambiance and an overall enchanting experience.

This Valentine weekend, February 12-15, 2016, the hotel’s Valentine Room Packages make for an unforgettable romantic sojourn. Stay in a Deluxe Room for only Php 7,300 nett per night inclusive of massage for two OR book the Php 9,500 nett per night package inclusive of lunch or dinner for two. Both room packages are complemented with breakfast buffet for 2 at Corniche, unlimited wifi access for 2 devices, and access to the wellness facilities. Room packages for the Suites and Premier floors are also available.

Satisfy your partner’s food craving with specially prepared culinary dishes. For your sweetheart, Corniche Restaurant offers a Pre-Valentine and Valentine Lunch and Dinner buffets from February 12 to 15, 2016 for Php 2,980 nett per person inclusive of a glass of Moet & Chandon.

At Yurakuen Restaurant, partake of a splendid Japanese feast from February 12 to 15, 2016. An 8-course Kaiseki Set Dinner Menu, priced at Php 2, 480 nett per person inclusive of a glass of Moet & Chandon, awaits couples who want to celebrate their love.

The Sky Lounge on the soaring 27th floor sets you high in love from February 12 to 15, 2016 with an entertaining evening for only Php 500 nett per person inclusive of 2 standard drinks.

The Poolside is the perfect venue for a wonderful Valentine al fresco date from February 12 to 14, 2016. Dine under the stars with your loved one for only Php6,500 nett which includes 6-course set dinner for two with a glass of wine and a violin serenade.

All ladies dining on February 14, 2016 will receive a special gift.

For Valentine gift ideas, visit the Lobby Lounge and select from an array of luscious cakes and melt-in-your-mouth chocolates for your special someone.

Diamond Hotel's Valentine Heart-shaped Cheesecake

Heart-shaped cheesecake

Heart-shaped Macaroons with Raspberry filling 1-min

Heart-shaped macaroons with raspberry filling

Romantic Baked Cheesecake 1-min

Romantic baked cheesecake

Promotions may not be combined with any other discount or offers. Prior reservation is encouraged. Room package is valid for local residents only. Other terms and conditions apply.

For room reservations call (632) 528-3000 ext. 1141 and for restaurant reservations call (632) 529-3000 ext. 1121. Prior reservation is encouraged and room package is valid for local residents only. Promotions may not be combined with any other discount or offers. Other terms and conditions apply.

Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila. For inquiries, please call (632) 528-3000 or email For more information on Diamond Hotel Philippines, please visit For hotel updates and special offerings, follow us on Facebook at and Twitter, Instagram and Youtube at @DiamondHotelPh.

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A Magical Couple’s Getaway to Dusit Hotels & Resorts

Stay at Dusit Hotels & Resorts

Escape into a world of Dusit magic where romance never ends. Indulge in an exquisite dinner under the stars or a relaxing couple’s massage, and all the pampering amenities designed to let you savour every moment with your special someone.

Take advantage of the Dusit Gold Valentine’s Special and enjoy a suite romance throughout the Month of Love.

Enjoy a special 30% off for any suite bookings now through Feb 29, 2016 by becoming a member of our Dusit Gold loyalty program. Sign up now for FREE on to take advantage of this limited time offer and a host of other Dusit Gold privileges.

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Bike Lanes Around the Metro

Most Conducive Places to Bike in Metro Manila

While you’re waiting for our roads to become biker friendly, check out the spots around the Metro where you can safely bike to fitness.

Traffic in Metro Manila is getting unmanageable by the day. Thus, the proliferation of motorcycles or motorbikes on the streets, even in major thoroughfares. The bicycle, however, has not picked up to be considered as a serious means of transportation, except maybe for a couple of friends I know who bike their way to work.

But many in Metro Manila take the bike to stay fit or as part of a more extensive fitness routine.

So, where are the roads that are safe for biking? Lamudi Philippines takes a look at some recommended areas in the metro where you can stay fit by enjoying a bike ride.

The Commercial Route

It’s good that commercial and business development these days also includes suitable places for biking. These places have become ideal spaces to bike, thanks to the amount of room they’ve allocated for visitors and their resulting foot traffic, and being one of the more secure areas for leisurely activity.

1. SM Mall of Asia Complex

By Roberto Verzo, Flickr

The MOA Complex can be a little cumbersome during peak business hours, but it is quite a place to bike around early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The main area to bike around in is Sunset Blvd., which is at the back of the Mall of Asia and faces Manila Bay.

This track is approximately 1 kilometer long. A recommended route is to go around Blue Wave then back via the Mall of Asia main street where the large globe is located. Completing the route is just a little less than 5 kilometers.

2. Bonifacio Global City

By Alveo Land, Wikimdia Commons

Thanks to its well-thought-out urban planning, Bonifacio Global City is able to accommodate riders with dedicated bike-lanes. All this while the area continues to increase in population and continues to develop into the leading business district that it is.

While the area can be quite large, most of it is suitable for biking despite the sizable amount of foot traffic it also receives during peak hours. A route along 38th Street, in particular, is a good place to ride as the modest route offers climbs sufficient for training.

Community Rides

Of course there’s nothing better than logging miles in in an area that feels homey and is devoid of the distractions that come with commercial establishments. While it may come as a surprise to those who don’t live in the region, Metro Manila actually has a number of areas that provide that community atmosphere for riding.

1. University of the Philippines Diliman Academic Oval

By Ramon F Velasquez, Wikimedia Commons

Looking for a space for outdoor sports activities, it’s a definite must to include the UP Diliman Academic Oval. It is one of the most ideal biking areas in the metro. With dedicated lanes for runners and bikers alike, fitness enthusiasts can alternate their training with ease in the area.

Located near the Teacher’s Village inside the community-like campus, the oval is best for a weekend ride, as the dedicated lanes expand since the road is closed to all motor vehicles every Sunday. Measuring a total circumference of 2.2 kilometers, several laps around the oval is ideal for distance training.

2. Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
By Lt Jin Panganiban, Wikimedia CommonsThere are two ways that one can get a quick pedal workout inside Camp Aguinaldo. One is on the dirt-road racetrack found on the premises, ideal for those who are beginning to transition to mountain biking. The trails are short and technical, and are conveniently located near several food concessionaires, providing a convenient training ground for a mountain biker who can’t make it out of town.

The other way to ride in Camp Aguinaldo is to simply do so along its roads. Motor vehicles are made to maintain a modest speed limit due to their being in a camp, making it relatively safe for cyclists. Getting inside can be a little bit of a chore since proper identification is required, but a purpose is easy to provide since other cyclists do frequent the area.

Pedal Outward

Bike trails, and the surroundings in general, tend to become a little more photogenic when one moves farther out in Metro Manila. The less buildings and motor vehicles to contend with, the easier it is to ride faster, longer, and simply enjoy the activity more. There are a few notables in the outskirts and right outside the Metro Manila.

1. La Mesa Nature Reserve, Quezon City
By Wikimedia CommonsA bike-riding story on Metro Manila cannot be done without mentioning La Mesa Nature Reserve in Quezon City. Located northeast of Quezon City near SM City Fairview, this dense forest offers over 50 kilometers of tracks, dirt roads, and fire roads that can be traversed with a bike.

Probably its stand-out feature is how one can sometimes feel like they are so far away from the metro and truly enjoy their ride in nature, yet are still actually within the confines of the region. While devoid of clutter common in the city, the reserve has toilets, bike washes, a moving refreshment stand, and other conveniences that make it a rider’s dream.

2. Filinvest City, Alabang

By Jojo Nicdao, Flickr

While it can undoubtedly be included among the top in commercial biking routes, Filinvest City separates itself from the others for the reason that it has a substantial amount of greenery for a business district, and is one that actually includes bike paths in its master plan. The area is a popular location for various running and riding events as well.

Lush landscape, tree-lined pathways, and shaded canopies, coupled with modern conveniences just a couple steps away, and Filinvest City is indeed an ideal biking location for residents and visitors. Foot and vehicular traffic may get a little heavy because it is after all a commercial district, but it is comparatively easier to ride around in compared to busier parts of Metro Manila.

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