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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.

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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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John Lloyd Cruz, Western Union’s Global Ambassador

Western Union moving money for better


This standee welcomes me just right outside the Diplomatic Hall at Marriott Grand Ballroom

Yes, John Lloyd Cruz (Lloydie or JLC to his fans), one of the most acclaimed actors in the Philippines today and is recognized as the Philippine Box Office King for his effective portrayals in many award winning Filipino movies, is the new Western Union’s new Global Ambassador for Overseas Filipinos around the world who are sending money for better.

John Lloyd Cruz is the New Global Ambassador of Western Union

John Lloyd Cruz is the New Global Ambassador of Western Union, and feels right at home.

When asked why he accepted this new role, Lloydie said that he wanted to enhance the leadership and emphasize the reliability and dependability of Western Union that Overseas Filipino Workers come to love and trust.

Western Union’s SVP for Southeast Asia & Oceania, Ms. Patricia Riingin also shared that when her marcomm team decided on Lloydie to be the new face of the company, she knew the team made the right choice. Marketing Director, Steve Peregrino said that Lloydie’s character, which is reinventing, being approachable, friendly, and evolving successfully, are the very same values that Western Union is living.

Making him the ambassador for all overseas Filipinos around the world who are sending money for better fits John Lloyd well. Aside from portraying yet another remarkable character in his upcoming Star Cinema movie Just the 3 Of Us, John Lloyd Cruz will also introduce a new wave of Western Union® services as the company takes the lead in reinventing ways to transfer money in a very digital era.


John Lloyd Cruz will bring more credibility to the Western Union (WU) brand.

With more and more Filipinos evolving to embrace the digital age, Western Union is working its way to becoming the market leader in the digital money transfer market. Globally, Western Union has launched WU Connect, a platform that embeds Western Union’s robust global money transfer through third-party platforms. By tying up with leading chat applications WeChat and Viber, consumers can now send money virtually anywhere in the world. With this new feature, Western Union aims to provide solutions and services that will flawlessly integrate into the consumer’s digital habits and lifestyle.

The global brand campaign will roll out this year in the Philippines and in overseas countries including the United States, Canada, and other countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia where many Filipinos live and work.

#JLClovesWU - John Lloyd Cruz proud to be part of the Western Union Company

John Lloyd Cruz proud to be part of the Western Union Family

John Lloyd Cruz shares he is excited to become the new leading man of every Overseas Filipino

John Lloyd Cruz shares that he is excited to become the new leading man of every Overseas Filipino.

“John Lloyd Cruz mirrors Western Union’s strengths of having a long and successful track record. He also relates to Filipinos’ aspirations of having an improved family life. As Western Union’s global ambassador for every overseas Filipino, his new role is to advocate moving money for better to every overseas Filipino,” says Patricia Riingen, Senior Vice President, South East Asia and Oceania.

Contract Signing for John Lloyd Cruz new endorsement - Western Union

Contract Signing for John Lloyd Cruz new endorsement – Western Union

“I am very honored and excited to take on this new role, this time not on reel but in the real lives of my fellow Filipinos around the world. I am one with Western Union’s purpose and goals as I admire how Filipinos sacrifice every day to build better lives for their loved ones. In representing Western Union, a company that has grown with Filipinos here and abroad, I am challenged to get to know my kababayans more so that I can effectively do my part in motivating and helping them to uplift their lives, and that of their families.” says John Lloyd Cruz.

#JLClovesWU - Media Launch

#JLClovesWU – Media Launch at the Diplomatic Hall, Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom

#JLClovesWU - reliable & dependable

Western Union depicts reliability & dependability, which OFWs expect from their partner in sending money for better.

#JLClovesWU - Ms. Patricia Riingen, SVP, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company

Ms. Patricia Riingen, SVP, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company, shares that Western Union pioneered the idea of moving money.

#JLClovesWU - Ms. Riingen, Western Union Money Transfer Services has 55,000 locations worldwide

Ms. Riingen further shares that Western Union Money Transfer Services has 55,000 locations worldwide.

#JLClovesWU - Mr. Steve Peregrino, Marketing Director, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company

Mr. Steve Peregrino, Marketing Director, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company, shares that there are 47M active Facebook users. Philippines is the highest digital population worldwide.

Western Union then according to Mr. Peregrino wanted to go omnichannel to reach out to as many Filipinos overseas as they can. He further adds that there are 30 million mobile users, with PH as the fastest growing mobile market in Asia, doing the following activities in this order:

  1. Social media
  2. Shopping
  3. Travel
  4. Gaming

Thus the decision of Western Union to go digital and launch the WU connect platform leveraging chat apps such as WeChat and Viber.

#JLClovesWU - managing money with a click or swipe

WU Connect Platform is helping OFWs manage money with a click or swipe.

John Lloyd Cruz and his first Facebook Livestreaming experience up in WUPinoy

John Lloyd Cruz and his first Facebook Livestreaming experience up in WUPinoy. Visit the WU Pinoy Facebook page for more…

John Lloyd Cruz reaches out to Overseas Filipino with his first Facebook Live engagement

John Lloyd Cruz reaches out to Overseas Filipino with his first Facebook Live engagement.

John Lloyd Cruz is now part of the Western union Family

John Lloyd Cruz is now part of the Western Union family.


John Lloyd Cruz is now part of my blogging memory. :))

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Megaworld and Lamudi Philippines Reach Out to Market Online

Property giant aims to further strengthen online presence for the millennials

Megaworld Partners with Lamudi

Megaworld Partners with Lamudi to reach out to millennials

The way to go these days is online.

That’s why for the real estate industry, easy and real-time viewing of the property is the fast-emerging trend, especially if your market is accessing your business online or through mobile.

And here’s an interesting fact I gathered: 25-year-olds are already buying properties. In fact, they consider buying a property as more important than buying cars. Where was I when i was 25? Ha ha!

Realizing the importance of the digital evolution, real estate giant Megaworld partnered with online property portal Lamudi Philippines to strengthen its online campaign for San Antonio Residence, a new Makati project that eyes tech-savvy millennials as a primary market.

“San Antonio Residence is Megaworld’s 20th residential masterwork in the Makati central business district designed as the ideal home for millennials. Its location and amenities complement the fast-paced lifestyle of the millennials, enabling them to make the most of their time, whether it’s moving up the career ladder or being with their loved ones,” says Eugene Em Lozano, Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Makati CBD, Megaworld.

Taking advantage of Lamudi’s premier listings, recently upgraded mobile app and expert market data, Megaworld will up the game in real estate online advertising. “Now that digital is the way to go in real estate, we believe that Lamudi’s online expertise can help us reach our target market,” adds Lozano.

Lamudi Philippines, together with (which the former acquired in 2015), is now the dominant real estate listings portal in the Philippines. And in effort to make itself the go-to place for everything related to real estate, the company also released its Real Estate Market Report for 2015.

“Our website’s large amount of page-views and visits are indicative of how much more potential buyers and renters look online to explore their increased real estate options. With this in mind, we tailored our products and services to the needs of our clients. For Megaworld Makati, our online marketing campaigns fit their carefully designed project meant to cater the modern lifestyle of young Pinoys,” says Jacqueline van den Ende, Managing Director of both Lamudi Philippines and

Here are some stats presented during the media event set for this partnership at the Newport Ultra Cinemas (And oh, we got to watch Batman v Superman, too!).

Megaworld+LamudiPH - yolo

Yeah, YOLO, so why not invest wisely!

Megaworld+LamudiPH & the millennials

Millennials may be glued to their gadgets, but did you know they are now investing, too? A pleasant surprise!

Megaworld+LamudiPH & the mobile market

The mobile market in the Philippines is significantly growing.

Megaworld+LamudiPH & the mobile market 2

People are spending time online on the average, 5.2 hours.


Millennials are doing transactions in their mobile phones.

Scheduled to be completed in 2020, San Antonio Residence is equipped with exciting amenities such as the very first B.O.N.D. (Begin, Open, Nurture, Discover) area, a Street Fitness Park and a two-story mall. This residential condo project is also conveniently located along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., a stone’s throw away from all landmarks of the Makati CBD.


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

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Megaworld is the Philippines’ largest and pioneer developer of integrated urban townships that provide an efficient mix of residential, office, commercial and institutional developments to create the LIVE-WORK-PLAY lifestyle communities. Aside from being the top builder of residential condominiums, it is also the largest developer and lessor of office spaces in the country today. The company is also a master-developer of themed lifestyle malls and commercial centers, most of them have been regarded as tourism hotspots, in its various townships across the country. For 26 years, Megaworld had already launched 20 integrated urban townships in the Philippines with a secured total land bank of 4,000 hectares across the country. To date, Megaworld has unprecedented track record of completing more than 350 residential buildings, office towers, malls, commercial centers, and hotels across the Philippines. For more information, visit

Going Back to Baguio for the Panagbenga 2016

Probinsyano float in Panagbenga 2016-min

Probinsyano float in Panagbenga 2016 with Coco Martin, Maja Salvador, the highlight of the parade

When my sister-in-law invited me to go with her to Bagiuo and see Panagbenga, I got really excited. We both were, actually. I can’t remember which year I went the first time, but I remember big floats with beautiful fresh flowers parading down Session Road, which was packed with tourists.

With that in mind, off we went!

Cool breeze welcomed us when we reached Baguio around 7PM, Friday, February .

Hungry and tired (I was working on my lappy during the whole trip; good thing I didn’t feel dizzy at all!), we just dropped our bags at Tulip Apartelle (which deserves a separate blog post) and headed out to grab dinner. We ended up at Rose Bowl Chinese Restaurant and yes it was a cold night but we still had our pure and fresh strawberry shake. Ha ha!

The activity on Session Road for Saturday was street dancing. We wanted to watch but we couldn’t get a good vantage point even if we were already in Zola Café. All the verandas of the café and tables by the windows were reserved and paid for!

So, we just watched the program on TV there. Ha ha! We went up to Baguio to watch the festivities on TV. Hilarious! The waiter was nice though because he volunteered to take a few photos but they were in my SIL’s iPad and wasn’t able to get a copy. I just observed that the dancers were sparse, though.

For Sunday, we really reserved a spot by the window to see the floats of the Panagbenga parade. Even though I was running a high fever (due to the cold, perhaps), I still got up and witnessed the most-awaited parade of floats made of fresh flowers.

7-11 Float at Panagbenga 2016

7-11 Float at Panagbenga 2016 with former PBB housemates

Coke Float at Panagbenga 2016

Coke Float at Panagbenga 2016

DOT Float at Panagbenga 2016

DOT Float at Panagbenga 2016

Efficascent Oil Float at Panagbenga 2016

Efficascent Oil Float at Panagbenga 2016

God is our Refuge Float at Panagbenga 2016

God is our Refuge Float at Panagbenga 2016

NLEX Float at Panagbenga 2016

NLEX Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pascual Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pascual Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pepsi Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pepsi Float at Panagbenga 2016

Sitel Float at Panagbenga 2016

Sitel Float at Panagbenga 2016

Zagu Float at Panagbenga 2016

Zagu Float at Panagbenga 2016

URC Float at Panagbenga 2016

URC Float at Panagbenga 2016

Float at Panagbenga 2016

Float at Panagbenga 2016

Float at Panagbenga 2016 2

Float at Panagbenga 2016 2

MELASON Float at Panagbenga 2016

MELASON Float at Panagbenga 2016

To our surprise, there were only few floats, and few major companies who joined. The parade started around 8ish in the morning, and it ended a little past 10am. Rather a short for a major event. To be honest, not quite what I expected. I guess I miss the grand floats in the early years.

Although, a bit disappointed by the parade, still we enjoyed our Baguio trip. We didn’t go to the usual places anymore as we have seen those in the past trips there. Being both accessories obsessed, my SIL and I just scoured the shops selling silver ware and we got ourselves some, of course! Ha ha!

This 4th time that I visited Baguio, I just noticed that the city is less green, not as clean, not as well put together. I hope when go back, I will smell again the pine trees, see more green, and be comfortably embraced  by the cool, chilly wind.

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