Free Bruno Mars Concert Ticket from Max’s Restaurant!

Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars will be coming to Manila this coming March 22, 2014 for his Moonshine Jungle Tour. Even though there were very minimal advertisements, the tickets are already sold out (no surprise there). But if you’re a big fan of Bruno Mars, don’t fret, you still get a chance to get free tickets and watch him perform live this coming Saturday! How? Read on!

[PRESS RELEASE]

Max's Restaurant to Share World-Class Experience at Bruno Mars Concert Live in Manila

Global Filipino brand Max's Restaurant boosts its support for international recording artist and two-time Grammy awardee, Bruno Mars by announcing that it is the official restaurant of The Moonshine Jungle Tour: Bruno Mars Live in Manila concert.

Slated to take the stage on March 22, 2014, 8:00 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the "Nothin' On You" half-Filipino vocalist is expected to draw in thousands of Filipino "brunofanatics" and concert enthusiasts. Mars' much-awaited stop in Manila is part of his ongoing world tour to promote his second studio album, "Unorthodox Jukebox." Part of the proceeds from his concert will be donated to helping Yolanda victims.

Born Peter Gene Hernandez, Bruno Mars grew up in a musical family. His father, Peter Hernandez, was a Latin percussionist while his Filipino mother, Bernadette "Bernie" San Pedro Baluyot, was a singer in Hawaii. Mars wrote and performed music at a very young age and was exposed to a diverse mix of reggae, rock, hip hop and R&B music. He had his share of hurdles early on in his career, but his persistence to succeed and remarkable gift in music helped catapult him to worldwide fame. It was only a matter of time before he captured the world's attention after helping popularize hits like "Nothin on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy.

"Max's, a global Filipino brand, believes in showcasing the exceptional talent of Filipinos. We are very proud to support a multi-awarded international artist like Bruno Mars. As the official restaurant of his Moonshine Jungle concert in Manila, we share Bruno Mars' love for great music and world-class food. It is an experience that we would love to share with every Filipino," shared Bobby Simborio, Corporate PR and Media Manager for Max's Group of Companies.

Bruno Mars is one of the most respected and in-demand artists today. He has sold over 115 million records all over the world as a singer, producer and songwriter. A recipient of a number of prestigious awards, Mars has also catalogued 22 Billboard "Hot 100" hits. He was named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011, and was ranked number 1 on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2014.

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Watch Bruno Mars live on March 22, courtesy of Max's Restaurant. Just 'like' Max's on Facebook and fill up the online entry form to win free concert tickets. Every day, one fan will be chosen to win 2 Moonshine Jungle tickets for free! For more updates, visit Max's Restaurant's Facebook fan page or log on to www.maxschicken.com.

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Experience Marco Polo Manila for only Php5,500!

Marco Polo Hotel Manila
Address: Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: +632 7207777
Email: manila@marcopolohotels.com
Website: www.marcopolohotels.com
Facebook Page: fb.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila
Twitter and Instagram: @MarcoPoloManila

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[Press Release]

Fresh Encounters Room Offer: Meaningful Journeys Begin Here!

On the occasion of the opening of the new Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, book a stay from March 08 to August 31, 2014 and take advantage of the introductory room offer of Php 5,500 net per night inclusive of sumptuous buffet breakfast for two at Cucina, complimentary high-speed internet access and late check-out of up to 4PM (subject to availability).  As bonus, a consumable dining credit worth Php 800 per room per night will be given so guests can sample the distinct food & beverage offerings of the hotel during their stay.  Offer is valid for local residents only.

For more information contact (632) 720 7777 or book online via www.marcopolohotels.com or email:manila@marcopolohotels.com.  Visit facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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The room looks gorgeous and the deal is super sulit! This is the perfect time to do a Summer Staycation! I can’t wait to try this hotel really soon! :)

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Artisan Bread Goodness at Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe

Harina Artisan Bakery Café (Formerly Monsees Café)
Location: 118 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City
Contact Number: (02) 3526721
Store Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 9pm.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harinacafe
Twitter: @harinacafe
Instagram: @harinacafe

Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe  (26)

Formerly know as Monsees Café, Harina Artisan Bakery Café officially re-opened its doors to the public this November. From a smaller neighborhood bakery, Harina is now ready to accept a bigger audience and offer a more extensive line-up of dine-in and take-out breads and meals.

ar·ti·san  [ahr-tuh-zuhn]: a person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually byhand or using traditional methods.

Upon arrival at Harina Café, you will be greeted by a couple of beautiful red doors which will lead in to a very homey and cozy dining area. A bunch friendly staff will assist you inside the cafe. The café is divided into 2 parts, there’s the dining area and the take out area where you can choose and buy their Artisan Baked Goods.

What makes Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe special?
”Everything is a labor of love. The baking is done the traditional way, without shortcuts and chemical additives. Since chemical additives are not used, the flavors of each ingredient are fully developed. It wasn't necessary to add chemicals to bread for centuries and Harina believes that it still isn't. Nothing less than premium ingredients are used. The breads are hand rolled. They do not mass-produce their breads, they are baked in small batches rather than on a vast assembly line. An interesting corner is their open baking area which allows customers to see how some of their products are made.”

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AirAsia Zest’s Amazing In-Flight Meals and More!

AirAsia Zest, The Right Way to Fly!
Book now @ www.airasia.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AirAsiaPH
Customer Service Number:+632 742 2742 (AirAsia and ZestAir Philippines)

Air Asia Zest

NEW PARTNERSHIP

The Green+Orange Planes are gone and they are all turning RED!

You may have noticed some changes in the local airline scene recently. AirAsia Philippines, formerly flying from Clark Airport are now flying from NAIA Terminal 4 (Old Domestic Terminal) and Zest Air Planes are now being converted into Red AirAsia Planes. Not to mention the redirection on their website. That is because AirAsia Philippines and Zest Air have joined forces to create a new formidable force in the Philippine Airline Industry - AirAsia Zest now in Manila!. Banking on each other’s strengths, Zest Air’s local experience and AirAsia’s regional connections, AirAsia Zest Plans on stepping up the competition and further lowering down the costs of flight for the Philippine Tourism Industry. I believe this new partnership will definitely drive growth in the Philippine Tourism Targets and provide new destinations to travel hungry travelers and under-serviced flight destinations.

NEW DESTINATION(S)

AirAsia Zest is off to a great start by offering a first in the Philippine Airline Industry – Flights to Miri Malaysia. The Inaugural flight from NAIA 4 to Miri Malaysia will take place on December 7, 2013 and will be joined by Tony Fernandes himself and his new chief of staff (the Apprentice) Jonathan Yabut.

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An Incredible Island Vacation at Bluewater Sumilon

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Location: Sumilon Island, Oslob, Cebu Philippines
Contact Number: +6332-3183129 (Cebu) | +632-8175751 (Manila)
Email: sumilon@bluewater.com.ph
Website: http://www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BluewaterSumilon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueSumilon

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort  (62)

It was a dream come true. I have been to a lot of different beaches here in the Philippines but enjoying the sun, food, and the sand in your very own private island resort was a surreal experience. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is located 3-4 hours drive south of Cebu Island, it is just a couple of towns away from the southern most tip of Cebu – your jump off point to Dumaguete and Siquijor. Upon arrival on their Mainland Port/Reception area, we were greeted by their super friendly staff. From there going forward, we were officially on vacation. No need to lift a finger on carrying our luggage and stuff.

ISSAAS: Linking Agriculture with Tourism

I recently attended the press release session of ISSAAS (International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences) during the start of their 2013 Congress here in Manila. I am a big fan of Agri-Tourism so I thought I’d listen in and get their thoughts on some burning issues related to Agriculture and Tourism as well.

ISSAAS 2013 Congress

Global Warming

One of the main issues of the Agriculture Industry is Global Warming so to mitigate this, they are trying harder to keep up with the changes in the environment. They use more water for irrigation and on the other side, they use more storm resilient crops to survive sudden storms and typhoons. Agriculture was not as it used to be but we must keep up and stay resilient to keep the food basket full.

Attracting Young Minds

The new generation of adults are leaving the farm and very few are taking Agricultural related courses in place of more popular and in-demand city courses. This problem is the same across all countries. Young people are moving out of their Family Farms to move to the city, leaving the farm to be ran by their old folks with no clear future on succession. To mitigate this, countries are offering free Agricultural Courses to individuals who want to pursue a career in Agriculture. Even in the Philippines, UPLB offers subsidies to some agriculture related courses. In Japan, they included “Farm Visits” to the Educational Field Trip Itinerary to familiarize the students about the farm activities – in the hopes that they will like it and get a career in Agriculture.

GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms

A surprisingly sensitive topic between the members of ISSAAS. Some are ok with it some were not so much. But among all the answers given, what struck me was – it really exists. GMO is being used for the food security of the world BUT unfortunately, there are no extensive research or studies on the long term effects of these GMO Products on humans and the environment. Everything is still in the Gray Area.

Plantation Based Farming

Plantation based farming is basically utilizing a huge amount of land dedicated in the production of a certain produce. For example: Banana Plantations, Coconut Plantations and now the ever Growing Palm Plantation for the production of Palm Oil. The challenge here is, huge amounts of lands are being used as plantation lands since it is easier to maintain focus on a certain product than to allow other produce to be planted and harvested. More and more chunks of land are being converted into Palm Plantation and less and less lands are being used for other crops.

Organic Products

Organic Stuff are becoming more and more popular nowadays and people are paying the premium. The problem is, particularly here in the Philippines, there are only few private organization which offers organic certifications and no government official seal on organic products. That is why even though products are marketed as organic, the public is not really assured of the authenticity of the seal and at the same time, the public is not even aware that there should be a seal of authenticity. Currently, the organic farming relies on trust.

Agri-Tourism

Agri-Tourism is becoming bigger and bigger nowadays. In Japan, they have farm tours where you can actually take part of the actual farming process – Hands On! In the Philippines, there are bee farm plantations, strawberry picking in Baguio and other family or privately owned farm restaurants and resorts which cater to tourists. The challenge for the organization is to raise awareness about Agri-Tourism, make it more mainstream and to get more support from the government.

Member Countries of the ISSAAS meet every year to present new technologies and to impart the best practices in the Agricultural Industry. Last 2012 and this year 2013, ISSAAS Congress were held here in the Philippines. The 2014 ISSAAS Congress will be held in Japan. To know more about ISSAAS, visit their website at ISSAAS.ORG.

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Manila Taxi Fare Guide Table (By Distance and Time)

Manila Taxi Fare

Most locals who ride the Taxi regularly within Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao are familiar with the standard Philippine Taxi rates. Most passengers like me even have historical records on how much my meter will cost to get me from one point to another since we often go on certain places on a regular basis. But if your still have doubts about your taxi’s meter reading, here’s a quick table guide on how to compute your taxi fare within the Philippines. I saw these when I was riding a MGE taxi a few weeks back when I was heading home.

The Philippine Standard Taxi Rate or Computation is as follows:

Flag Down Rate: P40.00
+
Distance Rate (every 300 meters) P3.50
+
Wait Time during stops and traffic jams (every 2 minutes) P3.50
=
Total Fare

I know its hard to compute the estimated fare because of the combination of time and distance charging and not to mention, the horrible traffic situation in Manila so let these table guide your trip cost estimation:

Here’s the Philippine Taxi Fare Guide by Distance (Manila, Cebu, Davao)

Philippine Taxi Fare Guide By Distance

Here’s the Philippine Taxi Fare Guide by Wait Time (Manila, Cebu, Davao)

Philippine Taxi Fare Guide By Wait Time

It is not a perfect system, the final meter reading still rules but at least if you are planning on taking a cab in Manila often, it pays to be informed and like I said, store some historical data on how much does it really costs (at least on average) to get around Metro Manila via the Cab.

To get the actual distance between your destinations, you may always consult Google Maps! :)

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It’s Official! H&M’s First Philippine Store will open in 2014!

H&M Logo

There used to be a time that when we travel abroad we drop by Uniqlo, Forever 21, Cotton On and H&M to buy good but not so expensive clothing stuff to bring home. Luckily, the first 3 stores already opened its huge stores here in Manila and people are just waiting for the other big one to complete the puzzle – H&M.

Rumors have been circulating recently about the opening of the first H&M Store here in Manila but there was no formal confirmation – until now! If you love H&M, you’ll be glad to know that in 2014, H&M Philippines will open its doors in SM Megamall! Not much details were provided on their website but it’s a start… read on.

H&M Philippine Opening

Source: H&M Newsroom

Having Megamall as the first H&M Philippines location, my bet is the SM Group is behind this deal.

Now I am just waiting for one more European brand to hit Manila – IKEA!

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First Glimpse of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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The newest 5-star hotel will be opening its doors soon in Ortigas Center! The world renowned Marco Polo Hotels will be opening its very first Hotel at Meralco Avenue Ortigas Center, one of the country’s premier business district. Another 5-Star addition to the Hotel Roster in the Area.

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[Press Release]

Explore the new hotel experience at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Thursday October 24, 2013 Manila, Philippines

AFTER two decades, a welcome transformation to the Ortigas skyline will be finally unveiled with the opening of the brand new Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.  Marco Polo Hotels Group continues to increase its presence in the Philippines with the scheduled soft-opening of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila on February 8, 2014. 

Nestled in the vibrant and growing commercial business district is the first purpose-built 5-star Marco Polo hotel in the country offering distinguished guests 316 large and well-designed rooms and suites, including two (2) Continental Club floors that accords unrivalled privileges and benefits. Adjudged to be the most beautiful in town and one of the best among Marco Polo hotels in the world, it is exclusive for guests who desire a higher level of luxury on top of its impressive new Continental Club lounge. 

The hotel, a product of sophisticated design and well-planned development, is bestowed as the first sky hotel in the country with dedicated floor areas exclusively for business and recreational use.   The floors are accessed via high-speed elevators including the first sky lobby in the Philippines nestled at the 24th level of the hotel tower offering unparalleled views of the cityscape. 

Adding to Manila’s best dining destinations are four (4) signature outlets guests can choose from.  Café Pronto, the relaxed and friendly coffee area will offer a wide range of designer coffee, specialty teas and freshly baked items good to dine-in or to go; Cucina, the all-day dining restaurant will feature live show kitchens; Lung Hin , the contemporary Chinese restaurant will serve traditional and authentic Cantonese food in a new, fresh and modern style; and  Vu’s, the first of its kind sky bar and lounge located at the 45th floor of the hotel, will offer Mediterranean tapas, signature cocktails, wines, sprits, and champagnes amidst an awe-inspiring vista of the Marikina Valley, the Mountain Range of Antipolo and the Laguna Lake along the east and the vibrant Ortigas Skyline with the world-renowned Manila sunset as backdrop at the west side.

For momentous events and corporate meetings, the Marco Polo Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 600 guests. In addition, the eight (8) function rooms can accommodate 250 guests. Moreover, experience the innovative design of the Connect Lounge, a gallery with an integrated business center that will offer guests a modern work and social space.

The journey of guests will be complemented by the hotel’s recreational facilities that include an indoor infinity pool, fitness center and spa.  Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet service will be available all throughout the hotel to provide savvy business and leisure travelers a lifestyle of work and play seamlessly.

Marco Polo Ortigas Photo (Rendered)

Marco Polo Ortigas Photo (Rendered)

Embraced by the expert hands of a highly recognized global hotel chain

The Marco Polo Hotels Group is an international hotel chain based in Hong Kong and operates hotels in the Asia Pacific region including Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the The Wharf (Holdings) Limited with diversified assets and portfolio in media, communications and property investments.  Banking on the tourism and hospitality growth sector of the Philippines, the group is expanding its presence in the country with the opening of a 316-room five star hotel in the Ortigas business district. This world-class development was achieve through the creative ideas and brilliant planning from a team of internationally renowned designers: Architectural Design Concept by MOHRI, Architect & Associates, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan and Interior Design Concept by GLYPH Design Studio based in Canada.

In partnership with Frontier Ortigas Hotel and Resort Corporation, established by Filipino business tycoon Mr. Samuel Po of First SLP Holdings, the group will manage and operate the new Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.  The opening of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila will be a milestone celebration that will mark the Marco Polo Hotels Group’s presence in the country’s capital. 

For more information contact:
Phone: (632) 720 7777
Website: www.marcopolohotels.com
Email: manila@marcopolohotels.com
Facebook: FB.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila
Twitter and Instagram: @MarcoPoloManila

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I have seen Marco Polo Plaza Cebu and Tried its buffet and it was really good. Can’t wait to try this hotel on February!!

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Lazada’s Biggest Online Sale of the Year! Up to 70% Off!

Christmas is fast approaching and it is time to hit the stores once again to do some Christmas shopping! Some of us (including myself) are not big fans of crowded malls and tiangges but still want to get the best bargain for this season. So what if I tell you that one of the biggest legit online/ecommerce store in the Philippines will be having their biggest online sale this year! Get up to 70% discounts on your favorite items while saving time, money and effort while doing your shopping! Shop till you drop without even leaving your home or office. :)

See below for more details about Lazada Philippines Online Revolution Biggest Online Sale!

Lazada Philippines Online Revolution Sale

[Press Release]

LAZADA starts its biggest online sale of the year on 11/11

Lazada.com.ph, the biggest shopping mall in Southeast Asia, today announces the start of the Online Revolution on 11/11/13 (Monday).

The Online Revolution will take place from 11/11 to 12/12. The concept is based on Cyber Monday from the US: the biggest online shopping day which takes place every Monday after Thanksgiving. The Lazada Online Revolution will be a month full of special events and deals. This event will revolutionize online shopping by giving away great discounts and exciting prices on the website.

The CEO of Lazada Philippines, Inanc Balci said: “Our 12-12-12 campaign last year was very successful with our customers and we decided to make a tradition and movement out of it. This year, we are expanding the scale of the online revolution. We have very exciting events and deals with our partners. In short the Online Revolution is set to change the old ways of and bring about superior means of shopping which is online shopping, a one stop solution.”

Every hour from 11AM-11PM, 11 hot deals will be revealed up to 70% off. Apart from that, each hour slot will feature a surprise item that can be purchased for Php 11 only! That could be a 32” LED TV, a camera, laptop and other exciting surprises.

There’s even more! Lazada will be giving all VISA cardholders a BIG treat (Credit and Debit cardholders.) They can get additional 15% off on aALL items on top of the huge discounts Lazada is already giving. Catch it from 2-4pm on 11-11-13. Imagine buying a brand new iPhone 5C for only at Php 21,000 ++ (SRP: Php 25,000).

Throughout this lavishing week of great deals, Lazada will even feature a bundle campaign wherein selected items will be bundled with awesome items, plus a campaign for branded watches, fashion, mobile and tablets etc with discounts of up to 70% off.

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