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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?

Going Back to Baguio for the Panagbenga 2016

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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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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 manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

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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 bizcenter@diamondhotel.com. For more information on Diamond Hotel Philippines, please visit www.diamondhotel.com. For hotel updates and special offerings, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/DiamondHotelPhilippines 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 www.dusitgold.com to take advantage of this limited time offer and a host of other Dusit Gold privileges.

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Watch your Favorite Disney Stars LIVE in Disney On Ice

We grew up thinking that damsels in distress always get the attention. I am happy that in the recent years, women are depicted as strong and soft at the same time. I see these qualities in my favorite Disney princesses: Merida, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Elsa & Anna.

Merida, with her ball of red curly hair is feisty but have a soft hear for her family. The same is true for Mulan. What I also like about Rapunzel, who was depicted also in the Tangled movie is that she may be strong-willed, yet she follows her mom’s advice. And who doesn’t admire the strong characters of Elsa and Anna of Frozen?

That is why, I can’t wait to see Disney on Ice live in the coming days.

Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

From December 25 until January 3 at the Big Dome (aka Smart Araneta Coliseum), Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival featuring magical moments from across the kingdom with a superstar lineup of Disney royalty. Think of Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and never-before-seen characters Anna and Elsa.

“We are taking a fresh new spin on how we’re presenting the Disney stories. We are weaving together the four worlds of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel as they each embark on their own epic journey,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

You can even sing and dance to popular Disney tunes with interactive and playful segments for kids to be led by Disney superstars Mickey and Minnie, and join Anna as she fearlessly sets off on an epic journey, together with Kristoff and reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in perpetual winter.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

The challenge of live shows is how to capture the scenes truthfully. Lighting will play a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel.

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

“The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival features an astounding display of creativity and talent, with spellbinding Disney stories we have all come to enjoy and love!

Buy your tickets early and visit TicketNet website or call 911-5555 for more details.

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Book your seats now!

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Experience Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome

It’s Christmas time, and there is already excitement in the air. Family and kids have been awaiting the return of the all-time Filipino favorite show, the Disney On Ice at the Big Dome.

There is much to look forward to in this year’s show. Aside from world-class skaters who make up its talented ensemble, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will be featuring Disney’s Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Frozen. This and the other three Disney royal adventures!

Disney on Ice - Elsa and Anna, Frozen

“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

For the first time on ice, watch your favorite Disney stars Anna and Elsa, together with hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in a magical winter adventure.

“The most exciting part of bringing characters like Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is knowing that they have a powerful and inspiring message that resonates with audiences as the sisters discover the true meaning of love,” says producer Nicole Feld.

Audiences will also enjoy comical segments with captivating stories of princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle in a new twist of fairy-tale fun featuring Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast.

Disney on Ice - Rapunzel, Tangled

“By pulling together moments from classic Disney stories to the newest feature film sensation Frozen and combining them with elements of comedy and music, we developed a truly unique way to re-tell each fairy tale,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

Disney's Donald Duck, Fabs, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse

Dazzling costume designs, spectacular set elements, and jaw-dropping stunts are also what make this year’s show even more exhilarating.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

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Moreover, lighting plays a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel.
“The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

Experience Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome from December 25 to January 3 and don’t miss the chance to see your favorite Disney stars LIVE!

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Buy your tickets via TicketNet online or call 911-5555 for more details.

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Slow Food Summit at WOFEX 2015

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What do you remember our parents telling us about eating? Chew your food to avoid indigestion.

These days however, indigestion may come not only in not chewing properly our food but it can also come from eating at fast-food joints or eating hurriedly  because you are off to a meeting somewhere.

Few people know that there are far more benefits from slowing down, and carefully preparing your food and enjoying eating it. A  group of people are actually advocating this. This group says “no” to fast food and fast life, rather they are pushing for glocal (global-local), which support sustainable farming to make sure that you have good and clean food on your table.

Get to know more about Slow Food and the group behind at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2015 from August 5 to 8 at the SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay City.  There is a Slow Food Summit  on August 7, Friday, at Function Room 2 of SMX Convention Center.

What to expect at Slow Food Summit?

  • The Ark of Taste exhibit, a showcase of some endangered Filipino food. The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue designed to preserve at-risk heritage food items that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion. The Philippine list has 32 products listed such as the adlai cereal, barako coffee bean, batuan, criollo cacao, kadios, kamias, some different heritage rice varieties, luyang dilaw to name a few.
  • Pop-up food tasting booths by Down to Earth (free-range meats and chicken), Fresh Start Organic from Negros Occidental, Cordillera Network (heritage rice), Cara Milk Dairy ice cream, Theo and Philo chocolates, Pamora Farm (free-range chicken and eggs), Malipayon Farms, Meliomar (sustainable fish), and ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle.
  • A lot of sharing through educational sessions on interconnectedness and influences of food together: the plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Network and learn from participating chefs Robby Goco of  Green Pastures, Margarita Fores of Lusso and Cibo, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung in Pampanga, Jam Melchor of Healthy Eats food delivery service, and Chele Gonzales of ArroZeria and Vask.
  • Slow Food Lunch

Good deals at Slow Food Summit

Here’s a good deal for those interested to join the Slow Food Summit.

  • Sign up and join Slow Food  online HERE or on-site. On-site membership is only P500 and then you only pay P1,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, plus lunch.
  • Non-Slow Food members will pay P3,000 for the whole day. This early bird rate was only until August 1st but if you email today (or better yet leave a comment below) till August 4th, then you get a chance to pay only P2,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, and lunch.

For more information, visit Slow Food Philippines on Facebook or e-mail slowfoodph@gmail.com. Tickets are available at ECHOstore branches or call Gina at 0905-2871613, or on-site.

Also read Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food by Jeanie E. Javelosa on Philstar.com.

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