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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Istorya ng Kultura at ng mga Obra Natin (I.K.O.N.)

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This year’s Istorya ng Kultura at ng mga Obra Natin (I.K.O.N.) marked another Milestone in the events’ scene in Tagaytay. A weeklong celebration of arts, culture, native products, talents and people in the heart of the South was truly remarkable and authentic. FORA Filinvest Lifemalls in partnership with When in Manila, DTI Cavite and NDN Entertainment Productions celebrated the Heroes Month last August 26 to September 1, 2019 with a bang at FORA Activity Center. This week-long celebration of our ARTS, CULTURE, PRODUCTS, CRAFTS, TALENTS and ARTISTRY is entitled IKON (Istorya ng Kultura at ng mga Obra Natin, and is now a signature event of FORA Mall Tagaytay. Attracting an average of 800 foot traffic daily, more than 50 exhibitors and participants were very satisfied with the maximum exposure of the event, giving them the opportunity to advertise their local products and their works of art. This event also is a collaborative effort of different groups of artists, media, celebrities and many more.

I.K.O.N. 2019 featured the following;

Artreach Missions founded by Cowee Pascual

Tagaytay Moms of Kat Ambion

KREON Community founded by Karen Aya

Alfonso Cavite Organic Farmers Agriculture Cooperative with its President Noel Cruz

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Tagaytay artworks

headed by Jail Captain Aris Villaester

Sketch Pinoy of Jay Gatdula

Kable by Armando Nero Sr.

Department of Trade in Industry Cavite led by Ruy Manaog

La Liga De Los Artísticos

Nitya Lila, Artist Advocate for Climate Revolution at DAKILA, founder of YOGI Fair

Edwin Uy, King of the Philippines’ National Costume and designer of

Designers Circle Philippines

Manny Halasan, Fashion and Jewelry designer and Crown Maker

Cris Villanueva, Actor, Sculptor, Artist

Zharine Villanueva, Fashion and Jewelry designer, Painter, Artrepreneur

Vidal Crafts

Sequins and Pearls of Donna Elortiz, an inspiring Makeup Artist from Silang Cavite

Spoken Word Performances from Malayang Tala

Kenn Piczon

Van Dela Cruz

Pepe Mangubat

Cultural Song performance by ABAKA or Ang Bagong Kalinangan Group

Cultural Dance Performance by La Salle Filipiñana Dance Company

Song Performance by Kaye Panopio, Tawag ng Tanghalan Semi Finalist

VIP presence of Mayor Randy Salamat of Alfonso Cavite and

Vice Mayor Raymond Ambion of Tagaytay.

The event was hosted by Super Mac, Miss World 2017 Second Princess and 2018 Miss Tourism Worldwide Zara Carbonell and the country’s most influential and controversial motivational speaker, Manu Respall, a.k.a. MR Speaks.

To honor this year’s outstanding Filipinos in Cavite for their exemplary work, IKON awarded a pottery plaque created by artist EJ Espiritu of Cornerstone Pottery Farm. This year’s honorees were! Ms. Cowee Pascual of ARTreach Missions Inc., Ms. Katrina Ambion of Tagaytay Moms, Mr. Armando Nero Sr. of Kable, Kreon Community, Mayor Agnes Tolentino of Tagaytay City, and Ms. Nitya Lila of Dakila.

Fora Mall intends to hold this event every year and to continue to provide a platform for people to discover and enjoy art while promoting the local art scene. Watch out for another fun-filled and colorful event in the IKON 2020.

I.K.O.N. (Istorya ng Kultura at ng mga Obra Natin) is FORA’s advocacy to honor and feature silent heroes, celebrating culture, love of country and the arts. This year’s celebration will not be possible without the collaborative efforts of FORA team headed by Filinvest Lifemalls VP Joy. R. Polloso, Miss Maria Martha Asuzano, Miss Jingle Medriano, Cristel Colapo and Mr. Adrian Legarda. Also, I.K.O.N. event was spearheaded by NDN Entertainment Productions headed by their President, Norilyn D. Nero, General Manager, Mac Nero, Marketing, PR and Social Media Account Manager, Ricardo Osita, Production Team headed by Dave Cortez, RJay Mayo, RJay Libramonte and Armando Nero Jr.

I.K.O.N. would also want to thank our partners who helped us in staging this one of a kind event,, A2Z TV, Passion. Fashion. Trends., ARCOM, RAMP Inc., Vloggers Association, MR Speaks, GRABETY Media, Village Pipol, Modern Moms World, Critical Beauty, Experience Travel and Living, Iconic Manila, Quezon City Traveler, Filipino Vines, Hollywood Weekly, Entertainment News Portal, Designers Circle Philippines, WoW Very Good Live, Trifoglio, and Bioessence Tagaytay, and Miss Timmy Cruz’ Uptimmystic.

This Annual event is really an authentic event that we Filipinos should be proud of. Visit Tagaytay City and #CreateTheMoment with your family and friends at FORA Mall. To stay up-to-date with the mall’s events and activities, follow them on Facebook @FilinvestLifemallsFORA and Instagram @foramall.

Let us continue championing the cause for Filipino artists and our love for our country, culture and the arts through our future initiatives. See you at I.K.O.N. 2020!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Relax in the Philippines: 7 Most Beautiful Beaches and What To Do There

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Today we are going to tell you about 7 the most attractive beach destinations in the Philippines.

South East Asia is one of the most popular destinations for all the beach enthusiasts from all around the world. Its hotspots like Bali and Thailand are well-known for the mesmerizing views of turquoise waters and white sand so actively sought after by everyone willing to enjoy a beach holiday with plenty of seafood and breathtaking sunsets. However, due to its ever rising popularity it may be getting a tad too crowded as more and more people are looking to go on a holiday there.

If you would like to experience all the cool features of the South East Asia coast yet would rather opt for a less-discovered alternative, Philippines may be exactly what you are looking for. It is a great location for everyone who wants to live to the fullest and visit the beaches ranked top 10 in the world.

The Philippines consists of over 7500 islands, so there is definitely plenty of options to choose from. Maybe even way too many, hence here is out top 7 most beautiful beaches to relax in Philippines:

#1 El Nido, Palawan

El Nido tops this list as it has been called to be the most picturesque destination in the Philippines and number 14 most amazing beach in the world by CNN. Apart from that, El Nido has been repeatedly featured in Conde Nast Traveller as one of the best beaches in the world. And that is most definitely for a reason. Just like many other beaches on the coast it has the amazing crystal clear water and white powder-fine sand, but what really makes this beach stand out among other location is the views that open to visitors who decide to go there. And the best thing is that the beaches on the island are still much less developed than elsewhere around the Philippines, hence you are given an opportunity to enjoy the pure, unadulterated nature.

There are plenty of things to do on the island. It is most well-known for its diverse marine life, beautiful lagoons, karst limestone formations as well as prehistoric caves and waterfalls. El Nido is home to more than five types of forest and three large marine habitats. Therefore, it is great to come to observe various marine species: there are large marine mammals such as dolphins and dugongs (six of which are intrinsic to El Nido exclusively), over a thousand different species of fish and over 100 types of coral in the waters surrounding the island.

Furthermore, El Nido is also where the largest marine reserve and sanctuary of Philippines is located. The total area of 903.21 square kilometers contains one of the most diverse ecosystems worldwide. In fact, it would be particularly appealing to those willing to see swiftlets with their own eyes. These exotic birds build their nests entirely with their own saliva, which is the key ingredient of the famous bird’s nest soup.

It makes El Nido not only perfect for those who would like to catch some sun and lay on the soft sand, but also for those fond of diving and exploring the underwater world as well as hiking and observing the nature.

The best time to visit this beautiful island is in the winter time, from December to March, as the weather is the nicest during this period, and there are fewer tourists. On the other hand, if you are looking to go on a holiday in April or May expect to be faced with a larger number of visitors and therefore increased prices due to the high season.

#2 Boracay, Aklan

Boracay is much smaller than the previous island, yet it still is packed with multiple resorts. In fact, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines as the island has a very diverse infrastructure and can accommodate both those guests looking to relax in a high-end luxurious hotel and those travelling on a budget.

And it is not only the level of the room one can get that varies in Boracay. The island has something appealing to offer to all kinds of tourists starting from those looking for full relaxation and a chill holiday on the beach to those trying to embrace active lifestyle to real party animals. Boracay has it all!

In the daytime, Boracay can boast its tranquil environment that would be great for everyone who is looking for a remote paradise-like location to get the perfect tan. One of the world’s finest beaches according to multiple respected sources, the White Beach, it a part of Boracay. It is located on the western side of the island and attracts tourists from around the globe with its gin-like water and perfectly fine white sand. Apart from that, it also has extremely rich sea life that one can observe by snorkeling or helmet diving. On the eastern side of Boracay there is Bulabog Beach that offers similar views but is the complete opposite to the White Beach in terms of the activities one may do there. Since it has strong winds all year round, it is perfect for extreme sports such as windsurfing.

As the night grows Boracay becomes the mecca for partiers from all around the Philippines because of the outstanding nightlife the island offers. All the best pubs, clubs and bars are located there.

#3 Samal, Davao

Samal is among the most developed travel destinations in the Philippines so it is suitable for those travelers who would like to have a vacation with class. It has a large number of various pink and white sand beaches, which are a rare find anywhere outside of the Philippines. Moreover, Samal is the home to several world-class resorts such as Pearl Farm and Kaputian Beach Resort.

Samal is your top choice if you are looking for a relaxing holiday filled with lounging and eating fresh seafood, as it is great for both! As well as that, you could also check out the vanishing island. It is a popular tourist attraction which mesmerizes people with the fact the island disappears completely as the tide rises.

#4 Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

In 1973 Puerto Galera became a UNESCO-protected site because of its incredibly dense population of marine species (according to research conducted by the University of the Philippines, the densest in the world). Therefore, this is the top destination for everyone looking for a place to dive. In fact, Puerto Galera is among one of the most popular Asian diving sites, so you should definitely check it out if you are interested in admiring the numerous underwater creatures indigenous to the island.

Even if snorkeling and diving is not something you are after, you should still definitely add Puerto Galera to your bucket list as it is generally a great beach that would make a perfect background for your holiday pictures for the gram! Moreover, there are plenty of standard beach activities such as water sports, lounging, etc. Unfortunately, however, if you are a foodie, Puerto Galera is not particularly famous for providing delicatessens.

#5 Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Pagadpud is not exactly easy to access, but this is especially what makes it so tempting for an experienced traveler. Those down for a little adventure can enjoy visiting this island that zig zags around headlands. Apart from white sand and crystal clear water, it can also offer a not so rare in the area sightings of large mammals such as humpback whales and other cetaceans.

#6 Mactan Island

Mactan Island is one of the most densely islands in the Philippines as its population is over 430 thousand people. This means, the island has a rather developed infrastructure and has a large number of tourist attractions.

It is a coral island, which implies it has outstanding marine diversity. Therefore, one of the key activities people visiting Mactan Island may do is diving and snorkeling. However, Mactan Island is equally as good for those looking to have an active holiday as it offers a lot of water sports such as wakeboarding, jet skiing, and parasailing.

#7 Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island

Paradise Beach truly lives up to its name! It is the honeymooners’ favourite for a number of reasons. The first and the main one being the fact that it is a very desolate beach, hence all the adventurous visitors can have some privacy and hide from the world in their own little paradise on Earth. Most of the times, couples arriving to Paradise beach find themselves being completely alone.

There is no developed infrastructure here, nor any other distractions. Just you and nature, undivided and undisturbed. Do whatever your heart pleases, and enjoy the connection with the divine!

Author’s Bio: Cheryl Hearts is a talented journalist from Boston, Massachusetts. From an early age, she was into writing so she decided to make it her career. Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Journalism has boosted her desire to grow as a journalist and currently she contributors to major media publications. Cheryl also runs her blog where she shares her opinion on topics trending in modern society.

Friday, September 20, 2019

EKs Princess for a Day Promo Gives Kids a Free Entrance

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Get the chance to channel your inner Princess Victoria or Princess Maphista. Dont miss the opportunity to become one. Kids age 3 to 12 years old who are dressed up like a princess are qualified to Enchanted Kingdoms Princess for a Day promo and enjoy a FREE entrance at the countrys world-class theme park.

Promo is applied on weekends from September 22 to October 13, 2019. Companions can also enjoy a 20% discount on their purchased tickets (maximum of 10).

Tickets are available at the Front Gate ticket booth, Group Sales Office (left side of the parks main entrance), and Makati Sales Office. All purchased tickets are not allowed for rebooking. Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other promo, and the Junior, Senior Citizen, and PWD and other special discounts.

For inquiries, you can send an e-mail to or call (02)

830-3535. Like Enchanted Kingdoms facebook page at for announcements and updates.
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