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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Celebrate Your Kiddie Birthday Parties with Chickie Boy at Max's Chicken Restaurant


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Chickie Boy just had his Birthday Party at Max's Chicken Restaurant located in Sct. Tuazon in Tomas Morato on a Saturday August 5, 2017.

That cute and huggable mascot of Max's Chicken Philippines is simply to adorable to ignore. It got the attention of the children immediately when it went up on stage to perform some dance numbers together with some dancers.

As expected, lots of kids were present together with their Mommies and Daddies to celebrate the special occasion. Just after the registration where kids will immediately get party hats, you'll s first see the colorful line-up of cakes that you could also have when you celebrate your own kids' birthday at Max's chicken restaurants.

But chicken may have built the restaurant to one of the giant restaurant chains in the country, they also have several specialties available for everyone's food craving. But for this day, what was available were the food design to satisfy the children. With food coming from sister restaurants of Max's, like donuts from Krispy Kreme, pizzas from Yellow Cab, and healthy drinks from Jamba Juice.

‘Filipino’ for the Young Filipino: 2017 Art In Island On-The-Spot Painting Competition


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Art In Island will be having its first ever ‘On-the-Spot Painting Competition,’ open to all talented and young Filipino artists ages 12 to 18 years old. Interested students from different public and private schools will compete on September 30, 2017, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in Art In Island Museum, Quezon City. The painting competition will have the theme ‘Filipino.’ The word ‘Filipino’ has different meanings and the finalists will have to show it through their paintings. Art In Island would like to promote and recognize the talent of the young Filipino artists here in the country.

If interested as participant and for more information, visit facebook.com/artinisland or call us at 421-1356.

Learn, UnLearn and ReLearn: Are Bloggers Required to Be Experts, or at Par with Journalists?


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Those new Chevening scholars from the media know better that even though they know a lot already and are experts already in skills like making Documentaries, they still are willing to learn more from other experts.

"Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme offers awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study for a master’s degree in any subject at any UK university." - Scholars4Dev

We believe that there are so many things that could be Re-learned or Un-Learned in order to improve oneself. They don't do it on their own. They look for ways to learn even if it means learning it from other people.

This is why many organizations still offer their services to even professionals because LIFE is supposed to be a never-ending learning process. Do not assume that everyone around you should know better, especially bloggers who mostly do not have formal training on covering events like how journalists do it.

Bloggers attend events for the experience. Although preferred, they should not be required to be experts when they attend events like an Italian Food Tasting. Don't expect them to know about Croxetti and other sophisticated or high-end Italian dishes, and then criticize them all over social media to prove some vague points. It was never their fault the event organizers decided to invite them at their event.

And for the other "well-respected" blogger to gossip about them, who did nothing to correct the mistakes of the "clueless" bloggers, we no longer believe you deserve the respect based from what you did. If we were you, we could have approached the other bloggers in a friendly way and told them right there and then that particular Italian dish is supposed to taste like that.

This reminded me about the story of a foreign restaurant owner about a top food blogger who criticized his authentic Buffalo Wings because of its taste. Unknown to the top food blogger, that is the actual authentic taste based from the original.

As we can see, most of us taste food based on our own preference, we do not really need to know the technicalities if we just want to share our own preference for food. Though it helps to be informed of how dishes are supposed to taste, you don't expect everyone around you should be as knowledgeable as you are.

Don't try to make bloggers like the well-trained journalists, broadcasters, and other members of trad media. They may opt to level up to that direction, but they are absolutely not required at all. There is a great reason why they are called bloggers. Don't try to make them something else other than people who find joy in experiencing what life has to offer.

Bear in mind that we are not trying to make this a bloggers-versus-trad media issue, it just so happens that the thread starter is a member of the media and people involved in the issue he raised are bloggers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa of Batangas Launches New Resto and Cafe


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Congratulations to Chateau Royale hotel resort & spa which recently opened up new attractions
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Chateau Hotel Resort & Spa, is definitely the biggest of its kind in Batangas, and we are proud to have been able to visit it at this time when they are continuously upgrading its facilities, plus the opening of a new restaurant called The Orchid Asian Grill that features Asian dishes, and a coffee shop that offers coffee like how Batangenos would like it.

The Orchid Asian Grill boasts of Asian dishes like Japanese, Korean Chinese and Mongolian, that will surely have you wanting for more once you tasted them. It's located within an orchid garden where you could appreciate the beauty of the plants, and dine at your heart's and stomach's content.

We had Executive Sous Chef Billy Francisco on video to show us some of the dishes available and also a short video message from him so people would know whom to look for when at Chateau Royale.

But wait, there's more, because dishes here are inspired to make like Teppan Yaki Style wherein they cook the actual food, coming fresh with farm ingredients, in front of customers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Glaiza De Castro, Mocha Uson, Richard Gordon Joins PCCAI Officials at Photo Exhibit Launches


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The Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Inc., (PCCAI) successfully held two launches of their photo exhibit featuring their years of work and charitable activities.

The first launch was held on July 25, 2017 at the Fisher Mall located in Quezon City and the second one on August 2, 2017 at the Lucky Chinatown Mall located in Binondo, Manila City.

Gracing the first launch is Glaiza De Castro, who was recently appointed as the PCCAI ambassadress of goodwill, and Senator Richard Gordon, who has been very supportive of PCCAI throughout the years, gave an inspiring message to all after the speech of PCCAI President James Dy.

For the second launch, Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO) ASec Margaux "Mocha" Uson and Congressman Conrado Estrella, were the honored guests who also spoke a few messages to the attendees immediately after PCCAI President James Dy's speech.

Also present is Dr. Benito Goyokpin, PCCAI Chairman of the Board, and their other officials and board members.

Enjoy an Ultimate Tech Festival During August Cybermonth at SM Supermalls


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Get your fix of the latest gadgets this August as Cybermonth 2017 kicks-off at SM Supermalls.  

This will be the ultimate tech festival for mallgoers in 63 SM Supermalls especially now that almost everyone is fascinated with gadgets like smartphones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets. Techies. gamers and gizmo lovers rejoiced upon this announcement.

A media launch was held on August 1, 2017, at the 4th floor of The Annex, SM North EDSA, Quezon City, specifically at the Cyberzone area where many technology and gadgets vendors from computers to smartphones are available for sale at the many stores in the area.

Cosplayers prominent at the launch were all technology-based characters like Iron Man and Transformers like Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, Megatron and others.

Featured brands at the event were Vivo, Asus and Smart who had representatives talk about the brand and their latest products.

McCoy De Leon, a brand endorser of Vivo, was a featured celebrity who performed a few song numbers.

Mall shoppers would enjoy amazing month-long gadget sales where they can get up to 50% off on select gadgets and accessories.

There will also be the Game Con happening every weekend of August where you can discover the latest in gaming products and technologies.

ROG Masters: The Philippine Qualifiers is a partnership between SM Supermalls and Asus where live gaming competitions will happen for DOTA2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) where Php200,000 worth of prizes is at stake. 

We could also join a digital promo where we need to share our gadget discoveries, use hashtags #FirstDibsAtSM and #SMCybermonth to get the chance to win them.

To find out more about Cybermonth, visit http://www.instagram.com/smsupermalls

AirAsia is Geeks on a Beach Official Airline Partner


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AirAsia Philippines is the official airline partner of this year’s Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) international tech and startup confab.

This year’s edition of GOAB, renowned for its unconventional work and play by the beach format, will be held in Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on August 24-25.

AirAsia, which has been supporting GOAB since 2015, is servicing several flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan from Manila and has recently introduced flights from Davao and Cebu to Palawan last April.

“For the third straight year, AirAsia is supporting GOAB as part of our efforts to support promising startups and grow the tech scene in the Philippines,” said Captain Dexter Comendador CEO of AirAsia Philippines.

The airline, known as Asia’s leading and largest low-cost carrier, is also renowned for transforming air travel into a more convenient experience with tech innovations like web, mobile app, e-boarding pass and kiosk services.

“By giving startups, creatives, and tech entrepreneurs a global stage for new learnings and opportunities for meeting potential partners, GOAB has more than made a difference and we are thrilled to partner with AirAsia, a truly Asean airline and a global brand,” said Tina Amper, TechTalks Founder and GOAB Lead Organizer.

Some of the brightest minds in the industry from the USA, Singapore and other countries will be present at this year’s GOAB. Invited to speak are Yobie Benjamin of Token.io and ClickSWITCH.com, Chris McCann of Greylock Partners, Kay-Mok Ku of Gobi Ventures, Manny Ayala of Endeavor, Aldo Carrascoso of GylcoProX Biosciences, Prasad Vanga of Anthill Ventures, Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay Corporation Miguel Perez of Ayannah, Jason Torres of Ticketbase.com, and Chris Tran of North Ridge Partners.

PLDT, Smart, Voyager, PayMaya, ePLDT, Smart DevNet, PLDT Enterprise, and PLDT Innolab, and Ideaspace are supporting GOAB as co-presenters while ASPACE Philippines is co-producer. GOAB is held in partnership with the City Government of Puerto Princesa, Palawe├▒o ICT Association, and DOST-PCIEERD.

GOAB is organized by TechTalks.ph, powered by Sym.ph, branding by Happy Garaje, and pr by PRWorks. For registration or partnership information or further details, visit www.GeeksOnABeach.com, follow on Twitter/Facebook Geeks On A Beach, or contact hello@GeeksOnABeach.com.

Coke Studio: OPM Artists Collab for Special Music Offerings on TV5


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We often see singers, musicians, artists, and many others in similar fields in entertainment collaborate to produce alternative offerings to their fans or audience. You'll see them partner with each other at albums, concerts and gigs, but I believe this is the first time that a collaboration as big as this one, spearheaded by Coca-Cola Philippines, has ever been made.

The softdrink brand has put together several artists in one project which grouped several artists into two, to come up with musical offerings that fans would go gaga over - preferably for a long time and not just a fad.

Based on studies, OPM artists are still preferred as second to foreign ones. Filipinos still love to hear music from foreigners rather than our very own Filipino musicians. Well, we need not tell you that we still have a long way to go to reach 100% patriotism, which also probably why it makes us a lot more knowledgeable when it comes to content outside the Philippines. Interesting enough, we would see foreign artists frequently being flown in the country for special concerts at fabulously high ticket prices, while Filipino artists get an itsy bitsy of that.

We have to commend Coca-Cola for sponsoring such an activity, and TV5 for broadcasting these special collaborations among artists. We need more of these to keep OPM alive and kicking because we believe that we can soar higher with regards to the music industry if only we make and maintain OPM as cool as foreign music.

Court Denies TRO on PUV Modernization


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The PUV Modernization Program is still a go.

This, after Quezon City RTC Branch 80 denied yesterday, 14 August 2017, the application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas - Genuine Organization Inc. (Stop & Go) against the implementation of Department Order No. ‎2017-011, otherwise known as the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG), issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last 19 June 2017.

In a statement, Atty. Reinier Paul Yebra, DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement, emphasized that the granting of a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) to PUV operators is not a right, but a mere privilege, subject to police power of the state through the DOTr and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Usec. Yebra likewise argued that there is no urgency and irreparable injury that will justify issuance of the TRO as the target roll-out and full implementation of the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) is still in 2018, and that LTFRB has not yet issued the necessary Memorandum Circulars as basis of specific implementation schedules.

As a major component of the PUVMP, the OFG introduces reforms in granting of franchises by implementing new rules in planning routes and improving standards for operators and vehicles. Under the Guidelines, local government units (LGUs) will plan public transport routes based on the current travel patterns in their areas. These routes will be reflected in the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) of LGUs which will serve as basis for the issuance of franchise by the LTFRB.

The release of the OFG has paved the way for the lifting of the moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for the issuance of CPCs, which was in force since 2003. This forms part of the PUVMP that seeks to provide safer, more comfortable and environmentally sustainable mode of public transport to commuters by upgrading vehicles to meet international safety, energy efficiency and emission standards.

Other proposed specifications of vehicles under the PUVMP include an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, a GPS navigation system, dashboard cameras, Wi-Fi, and speed limiters.

Mga Awit At Tula Sa Wikang Pilipino Sa Byahe sa Metro


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Maligayang Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa ngayong Agosto!

Isang lupon ng iba ibang grupo sa musika at pagtula ang kasalukuyang nagtatanghal sa loob ng LRT 2 Stations simula noong Agosto 10 hanggang Agosto 31. Layon po nila na tumulong sa pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman sa mga tao ng ating pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2017 sa pamamagitan ng libreng pagtatanghal sa wikang Pilipino ng mga awit at tula. Sa pakikipagtulungan ng pamunuan ng LRTA, sila po ay sumusuporta sa gawain at adhikain ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino para sa buwan na ito.

Ang slogan sa taong ito ay "Filipino Wikang Mapagbago" at naniniwala sila na malaki ang maitutulong ng pagpapalaganap sa paggamit ng wika sa larangan ng turismo, edukasyon, kultura (kasama na ang musika at tula, hanggang sa media) gayun din pagpapakilala sa talento ng Pilipino. Sa pamamagitan din nito, nais nila maibalik ang interes ng tao sa musikang Pilipino maging sa iba pang uri ng sining na pinakilala ang Pilipinas.

Sila ay nagsimula sa pagtatanghal sa mga kalye nuong Oktubre 2014 kung saan kami po inilathala din ng Interaksyon TV5 at nakapagdaos na din ng isang maliit na konsyerto noon sa People's Park In The Sky sa pahintulot ng Munisipyo ng Tagaytay kung saan sila ay tumugtog ng mga pinasikat na awiting Pilipino at inilathala ng Wazzup Pilipinas at Rappler. Ito ang kanilang unang pagtatanghal na lahat ng awit at tula ay sa ating sariling wika.

Ang mga musikang kanilang aawitin ay mga pinasikat na awit sa wikang Filipino at mga sariling obra sa wikang Filipino ng mga kasamang manunulat. Gayundin din ay kanilang ipapakilala ang mga likhang tula, tulang liham at talumpati sa Wikang Filipino ng ilang kasamahan na naglaan ng panahon para sa gawaing ito. 

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