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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

PH Post Office releases National Teachers’ Month 2022 commemorative stamps


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The Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) issues stamps and official first day covers for National Teachers’ Month (NTM) 2022 on October 5, 2022, with the theme, “Gurong Pilipino: Dangal ng Sambayanang Pilipino”.

“In coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc., the Post Office attractively design stamps to honor the hard work, sacrifices and dedication of our Teachers in molding the society”, Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio said.

Every fifth day of October is designated as National Teachers’ Day pursuant to Republic Act No. 10743. This is also the culminating activity for National Teachers’ Month, when all teachers are praised and celebrated.

The stamp design focuses on Filipino teachers, who in the illustration symbolizes the nurturing figure towards her student in protective embrace and guidance. The teacher’s face represents the sun in the Philippine flag, which illuminates the path towards a bright future.

Teachers not only educate in the academic sense – they are also dignified beacons of imitable, good morals. The serene image of the teacher in the design also represents the common attribute of teachers being a source of refuge for students. The National Teachers’ Month logo appears prominently on the stamp design.

Post Office In-house stamp designer Agnes C. Rarangol did the layout of the stamps.



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Pinay pioneers in biomedical and marine research win TOWNS 2022 Award



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From the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to the forefront of ocean research, Filipina scientists from the University of the Philippines - Diliman College of Science (UPD-CS) are leading the country and the world in life sciences.

Two of the 11 winners of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) 2022 are both experts in life sciences from the UPD-CS. As Director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), Dr. Pia D. Bagamasbad has been a key player in the country’s pandemic response, while the Marine Science Institute’s (MSI’s) Dr. Aletta T. Yñiguez has continually been helping to improve the lives of fisherfolk and uplift the country’s fisheries sector through her work in marine ecology.


Spearheading Philippine COVID-19 response

With her years of extensive experience in using RT-PCR for various biomedical applications and assays, Dr. Bagamasbad quickly rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on, she was able to train over a hundred medical technologists from dozens of testing laboratories and hospitals across the country in the use of RT-PCR testing. She is also deeply involved in research towards better understanding the molecular basis of hormone action and hormone-dependent cancers. As a researcher, she continually advocates government support for STEM practitioners, especially women scientists.

“My vision is for our country to get to a point where we have eliminated most, if not all, barriers to scientific progress, and prioritized the development of STEM professionals to give them enough motivation to stay,” Dr. Bagamasbad says.


ARAICoBeH, HABHub help empower fisherfolk

Meanwhile, Dr. Yñiguez is a well-known advocate of sustainable fishing practices and a staunch defender of marine ecology and biodiversity. Her marine research is focused on developing technologies and practices that can help oversee and protect coastal ecosystems, including an early-warning system for harmful algal blooms called HABHub. She and her team also developed a coastal monitoring system, officially called “A Rapid Assessment Instrument for Coastal Benthic Habitats”—but affectionately referred to by its tongue-in-cheek acronym, ARAICoBeH—that provides a low-cost way to take underwater photos of endangered areas such as coral reefs. Ultimately, Dr. Yñiguez is working towards forging close partnerships between coastal communities and public and private entities so that the science can be mainstreamed.

“It's understandable that we want to have more and better production for a growing population and for economic growth, but the science and technologies to ensure sustainability and thus the health of the ecosystems for marine resources should also go hand-in-hand with these,” Dr. Yñiguez explains.


Inspiring future Filipina scientists

As professors at the UP Diliman College of Science, Drs. Bagamasbad and Yñiguez both continually inspire young students to become the country’s next generation of scientists. Their TOWNS win is a testament to the country and to the world of what Filipinas can aspire to and achieve.


Since 1974, the TOWNS Awards have been bestowed on outstanding Filipino women between the ages 21 to 50 years old who have contributed invaluably to the country’s economic, social, and cultural development, as well as to national security and unity. The Awards are given every three years by the TOWNS Foundation, a non-profit organization whose members are committed to using their experience, skills, and resources to improve quality of life and to serve as catalysts for national development.


PDB PHOTO.jpg - National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Director Dr. Pia D. Bagamasbad was at the forefront of the Philippines’ COVID-19 pandemic response, training hundreds of frontliners in the use of RT-PCR testing methods. (PHOTO CREDIT: Dr. Pia Bagamasbad)


ATY PHOTO.jpg - Marine Science Institute professor Dr. Aletta T. Yñiguez is seen here exploring Benham Rise in 2019. Her marine research is geared towards empowering fisherfolk and conserving marine ecosystems. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jean Utzurrum)


In celebration of UPD’s Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Month, Dr. Bagamasbad and Dr. Yñiguez will be speaking at the online event, “A Woman’s Place is Everywhere: A forum on the multidisciplinary works of UPD-CS’ TOWNS 2022 Awardees.” Free and open to the public, the forum is hosted by the UPD College of Science and is scheduled for October 20, 2022 at 2:30-4pm. Those who are interested to attend may register via https://bit.ly/STSMonth.



Calle Con: Urban Music & Fashion Festival Mounts Its Comeback Event After 3 Years


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Since its founding in 2019, Calle Con has made history in the local urban community scene by bringing together the country's biggest local fashion brands, local artists, and the people within the local street culture. During the event’s first stint, Calle Con made history by gathering 32 live acts, and 54 local brands in a “first of its kind” event. This brought more than two thousand street culture enthusiasts under the same roof, celebrating the same culture.

This year, Calle Con completes its comeback after 3 years. Upping their game and taking a major step further by formally announcing a 2-Day Festival this November 11-12, 2022 at Metrotent, Metrowalk, Pasig City. Calle Con will house over 50 live performances from the country's biggest hip-hop artists, 80 Local streetwear brands, 10 streetwear fashion shows, a Game of S.K.A.T.E. Tournament, and an all styles dance battle. Brought to you by the founders; Rekta Sa Kalye, Midas Music and Entertainment, and TMP Productions, Calle Con culminates the comeback year of events and live gatherings by mounting the biggest and most prominent event in Philippine Hip-Hop! This is Calle Con 2022!


CALLE CON 2022: BATANG CALLE

We bring back the stories from the streets to a bigger stage. We look back to how it all started.

Highlighting every story of passion and talentfrom their diversified roots.


ABOUT REKTA SA KALYE

Rekta sa Kalye is a Philippine-urban events production and management Company founded by Vince Marasigan also known as Droppout. Known for mounting events in large scales bringing together high-demand acts, Rekta Sa Kalye has made its mark in the culture and in the industry.


ABOUT MIDAS MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Midas Music and Entertainment is a multifaceted talent management, events, and production Company founded by Nick Hernandez. Priding itself with managing some of the country’s biggest Hip-hop Artists.

Midas brings you music and entertainment in it’s purest form.


ABOUT TMP PRODUCTIONS

TMP Productions is a Philippine-based events management, talent management, and production Company founded by Douglas Brocklehurst in 2017. TMP Productions Inc. boasts an ecosystem that caters to almost every area of music and entertainment. TMP Productions Inc. is the company behind the biggest artists, events, and innovations in the local music industry for the past half-a-decade.

Get up to date on the latest announcement and more from Calle Con: Urban Music and Fashion Festival by following us on Facebook, and Instagram.



#ShootShareYourCordillera Experience Travel Vlog - Bontoc, Mountain Province


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#ShootShareYourCordillera #WazzupPilipinas

#FindYourselfInTheCordilleras 

Are just some of the trending hashtags today after the Cordillera Administrative Region announced their 200k prized competition.

This is my official entry for the Department of Tourism - Cordillera Administrative Region Office "Cordillera Experience" travel vlog competition. 


CLICK BELOW TO WATCH THE MOUNTAIN PROVINCE VIDEO BLOG


https://fb.watch/fYUZCvZI2_/




With just a mid-end smartphone, and not those high-tech and expensive gadgets, I capture the memories of our adventures at different destinations genuinely expressing my appreciation of the beauty of the Philippines.

I know there are a lot out there with advance equipment and videography skills especially on editing, but I should say that I put everything on this by heart, never scripted, never rehearsed, never dictated, always impromptu and sincerely coming from the heart.

Please help me by Liking, Sharing and Commenting on the actual video. Please click the video first, then Like, Share and Comment.

Thank you very much, and advance congratulations to all the participants, especially the chosen winners.

Highly recommended to create a vlog about your tour just like this:

https://fb.watch/fXqv1QQ5Za/


#ShootShareYourCordillera 

#FindYourSelfintheCordilleras 



Travel is Returning and Intent to Spend is Strong, Despite Rising Costs


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The new Traveller is digital savvy, strongly influenced by social media and more inclined to combine work and leisure in their travel.

A survey of more than 8,000 travellers globally, including 2,461 travellers in China, Indonesia and Thailand, reveals a growing appetite for overseas travel as countries reopen, that hasn't been dampened by rising living costs.

The annual Changing Traveller Report 2022 by SiteMinder (ASX:SDR), the world's leading hotel commerce platform, also found that about half of respondents – 48% of travellers in China and Thailand and 52% of travellers in Indonesia – intend to travel "internationally or domestically" over the next 12 months. Millennials (age 26 to 41) form the largest segment who plan to travel, accounting for 58% of travellers in Indonesia, followed by 56% in China and 52% in Thailand.

As the largest accommodation-specific traveller survey globally, insights from SiteMinder's 2022 Changing Traveller Report showed that:

Gen Z (age 18-25) are also the most likely to be influenced by the social media presence of the property they book, compared to other age groups. Thai travellers are the most influenced by social media, with 78% of respondents saying they are "very influenced" or "influenced" by the property's social media presence in their booking decision, followed by 75% in China and 74% in Indonesia. In fact, respondents in every age group agree they are all influenced by the social media accounts of the accommodation they book.



Bleisure continues to be a growing trend with 49% of Gen Z global travellers most likely to take a working holiday, followed by 46% of Millennials. 65% of Thai travellers, almost two in every three, are the leaders in bleisure travel, followed by 62% of Indonesia travellers and 47% of Chinese travellers. In fact, a quarter or more of travellers from every country surveyed in the report will be bleisure travellers on their next trip.
Travellers are likely to change their perception of the accommodation provider if they have a negative customer experience when accessing and using the accommodation provider website, for example if the website is slow or the payment process is not secure. A high proportion of travellers – 89% in China, 72% in Indonesia and 75% in Thailand – said they are "very likely" or "likely" to change their perception when the accommodation provider is not using technology effectively.

  • The use of AI and robots by accommodation providers to replace hospitality professionals is also well accepted with 86% of travellers in China, 85% of travellers in Thailand and 76% of travellers in Indonesia saying they are "very supportive" or "supportive" of accommodation providers using AI and robots to automate previous human work processes.

Sankar Narayan, Managing Director and CEO of SiteMinder, said, "We can see that optimism is returning from travellers to the tourism sector, and there is demand for travel as travel restrictions and health concerns abate across the world. Despite inflation and rising costs, travellers are reporting they are undeterred and do not intend to cancel their travel plans, which is a positive sign for accommodation industry resilience and travel globally, particularly in Asia.

"The long-awaited recovery of travel has also emerged with a new type of traveller, who has higher expectations from hotels and their travel experiences than ever. We can see that, more than ever, travellers now have ambitions to book, travel, work, connect, and experience the world with the greatest flexibility and security possible."

The extensive report also extensively uncovers five key travel trends set to inform and inspire the accommodation and tourism industry:

  • The Macro-Travel Trend: The urge to travel is stronger than rising inflation
  • The Digital Influence Trend: Right now, travellers are the most winnable consumers on earth
  • The Bleisure Trend: Working travellers want the hotel of the future, today
  • The Trust Trend: Every digital touchpoint matters for the new trust-critical traveller
  • The Human Connection Trend: Tech-enabled travellers are not willing to compromise on human connection


Explore SiteMinder's interactive hotel experience to gain more insights and to read the full report.



Survey methodology

Powered by Kantar, in August 2022, SiteMinder undertook a survey of 8,182 travellers aged over 18 years in August, 2022, in 10 markets, including Australia, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Thailand, UK, USA. Respondents were asked 25 accommodation-specific questions, and were split up by gender, generation, location (urban, suburban, rural), travel plans, work plans and the type of accommodation they plan to stay in next. The data was supplemented with reports and data from McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, Paysafe, and others.


About SiteMinder

SiteMinder Limited (ASX:SDR) is the world's leading open hotel commerce platform, ranked among technology pioneers for opening up every hotel's access to online commerce. It's this central role that has earned SiteMinder the trust of tens of thousands of hotels, across 150 countries, to sell, market, manage and grow their business. The global company, headquartered in Sydney with offices in Bangkok, Berlin, Dallas, Galway, London and Manila, generated more than 100 million reservations worth over US$35 billion in revenue for hotels in the last year prior to the start of the pandemic.

Across the 3 countries polled in Asia Pacific, 71% of travellers in China and 56% in both Indonesia and Thailand, said that inflation had "no impact" to "moderate impact" in their decision when planning and evaluating the cost of travel. Respondents who cite a "moderate impact" also stated that cheap accommodation rates are not the most important factor when booking their travel.


Japan-Affiliated Telco - InfiniVAN, Inc. is now ISO 9001:2015 Certified


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Telecommunications and digital solutions provider InfiniVAN, Inc. a subsidiary of Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed IPS, Inc., has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization Certification ISO 9001:2015 for its Quality Management System (QMS) that secures the quality and reliability of services to its clients or customers.

ISO 9001:2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system. The breakthrough is part of the company’s consistent commitment to be recognized as a company that redefines the standards of quality and service in the telco industry.

After management consulting and training firm FCU Solutions, Inc. conducted an Appreciation Workshop for ISO 9001:2015 at InfiniVAN, Inc. in November 2021, the company was inspired to take on the standard certification. This meant it would work towards and commit to provide products and services that meet customer and other related requirements, develop and implement a Quality Policy to fulfill its objectives, demonstrate leadership and commitment to the QMS, reduce the risks in the implementing processes and improve the performance of the QMS.


“We moved towards ISO certification because we aim to be the benchmark for telecommunications and digital solutions and prove it too. With the ISO certification, our customers will be assured of the quality of our service and our commitment to continually improve on our offerings. It will demonstrate our mission and vision towards continuous and sustainable improvement,” said Engr. Edgardo A. Opulencia, InfiniVAN’s COO.

Engr. Opulencia added that the ISO certification is a milestone and a great achievement for the company as a whole as it prepares and continuously improves Infinivan’s conformities, processes, and operations. With it, InfiniVAN’s top management commits to ensure adequate resources and support to help the company achieve its goals.

InfiniVAN, Inc.’s services and coverage areas can be found at www.infinivan.com. For more info, please call (02) 7-368-5232 or send an email to info@infinivan.com.

Why You Shouldn’t Try to SexChat with Pornstars on Websites





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If you’re into sexting then you’re also going to be very into the idea of doing it with a porn star. That’s because you’re getting everything that you could possibly want. You see these porn stars all the time when you’re horny. You see the things that they can do with their bodies, and you can’t stop imagining what it would be like to do it for yourself. You can keep watching your favorite porn stars or you could take it to the next level. You could try to actually sext with them and interact with them directly. That’s something that most people would never be able to resist. Still, it’s not going to be everything that you want it to be. The simple fact is that sexting with porn stars is never really a good idea. If you ever try it out, you’re just going to end up unsatisfied and disappointed.


Why sexchat is not a possible option with pornstars?


  1. Pornstars don’t have time for you
  2. Onlyfans stars pay people to pretend to be them
  3. Sending messages are expensive
  4. They will reply you to sell their services
  5. Arousr is the best sexchat site for you


1. Pornstars don’t have time for you

There are two major options for sexting when it comes to online platforms. One is Sext Panther and the other is OnlyFans. Both of them make it seem like they can show you the kind of good time that you just can’t find anywhere else. That’s just not true. Both of the sites have porn stars, but they also have reasons for not using them. The biggest problem with Sext Panther is that the porn stars are only online to sell their content. If you want to sext with them then you’re going to be out of luck. You won’t talk to them directly and you’ll only end up wasting your time.
 

2. Onlyfans stars pay people to pretend to be them

OnlyFans is pretty much the same. They have very famous porn stars that have hundreds of followers. There’s no way that they’re ever going to be able to sext with all of those people directly. That’s why they end up paying other people to pretend to be them online. If you ever think you’re sexting with a porn star, then you’re really just talking to a stranger who’s trying to earn the porn stars money for her and that’s not a good thing.


3. Sending messages are expensive

Then you get to the cost of the whole thing. When you’re sending messages to porn stars on a site like SextPanther then you’re also going to be spending a whole lot of money. If you were getting what you want in return, then it wouldn’t be a huge deal. You’re not, though. In fact, what you get on this site isn’t even worth getting it for free. The girls here are never going to care about your fantasies or making you happy. You’ll have to pay to send every single message and you’ll never hear back from the porn star.
 

4. They will reply you to sell their services

The only time you’ll get a message back from her will be when she’s trying to sell you more videos. You’ll never have a night where you actually play around with her and that’s what you’re after. If you want to be able to actually sext with someone then you have to find a girl that’s not a porn star. You need an amateur girl who’s only after a good time. When you manage to find her, you’re going to have a totally different experience that you’re going to be able to enjoy.


5. Arousr is the best sexchat site for you

If you want to have a good time over a hot sexchat session, then you really need to be on Arousr instead. This is a site that never promises you porn stars. It only has amateur girls who just want to sexchat with someone new. These women only log on when they’re horny and in the mood to sext with a stranger. That’s because there’s really nothing else to do on the site. It’s a platform for women to find men to make them cum and that’s it. When you see the girls for the first time, it’s going to be obvious that they’re just regular girls. They can provide all of the filthy fun that you’re after because they want to have it just as badly as you do. You can see the girls before you send them a message and they’re always going to respond to you. They’re going to do anything they can to get you to pick them over the other girls. They need your sext messages to turn them on while they touch themselves and you’ll always find a girl who’s willing to cum with you.

Why the dollar power and weakening peso affects ordinary Filipinos the most.


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Filipinos to prepare for the worst The Philippine peso could further depreciate to P65 to P68 against the US dollar in the coming days.

Because the dollar power and weakening peso issue has to be discussed, here’s a brief explainer and analogy on why it affects ordinary Filipinos the most.


1. The Philippines has no industries.

While it may seem that “there are” industries in the country, they are mostly owned by foreign investors or multinational companies. This means that we can’t produce basic goods on our own such as oil, transpo, telcom, basic metals, etc.


2. US has industries and control of most of the products in the world.

US imperialism, or domination of US over a country’s economic, political, and cultural aspect, has ensured that it has its hands over strategic industries such as oil [1] through warfare and aggression.

At the same time, its economic policies (having one of the dominant currencies in the world) do not only occur in US but can seep through to other countries: such as the US Federal Reserve’s increase of interest rates to fight inflation in their own country which can weaken peso.


3. Given this economic relation, where will the Philippines buy basic commodities?

From US. But with the currency exchange, we will need more peso (58.80) to purchase the same product that amounts to 1 dollar - which means that prices will also increase for low income Filipinos.


4. While this may seem “good” for OFWs (since a dollar of remittance would mean more peso for their families here), it’s “benefit” would be canceled out by inflating price of goods that their families would have to pay.

In short, mataas nga ang padala, mahal naman ang bilihin.


5. This may also be interpreted as an “advantage” for local producers and agrisector - since imported products would be harder to get in, meaning less competition.

However, due to the continued negligence of the state over our farmers and agriculture, resulting to the overdependence on imported goods (such as rice, sugar, salt, etc.), local producers can only do so much, and the government would still have to pull in products from outside.

Unless agriculture and our farmers get the support they deserve, we remain food insecure and dependent.


6. How do we remove our reliance on US and the absurd dollar-peso relation?

Through national industrialization based on genuine agrarian reform. Improving our agricultural condition and building industries able to produce our basic necessities ensure our economic independence.

If we have sustainable agriculture, where the demands of our farmers (such as land distribution) are met, we can produce healthy and affordable food for the country.

If we have our own industries, we can produce affordable basic commodities for the ordinary Filipinos.

We would not be needing to maintain the import-dependent and export-oriented characteristic of our economy. Which means, we can and will also be sustainable without the intervention of US and its economic policies.

Our peso would not need to contend with dollar.


"It's not the lack of love for our country that's driving Filipinos to work abroad, it's the notion that we need to endure and settle for less just to prove our love and loyalty for a country that doesn't even listen nor care for our pleas"



References:

[1] https://t.co/1aeiVQJEtd

[2] https://t.co/ZM3zLpSpZE



Written by: Ajay Lagrimas

Aliw Awards 2022 set for December 5


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The 35th Annual Aliw Awards presentation on Aliw Awards Foundation’s 45th year will take place on December 5,2022 at the prestigious Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion, after an absence of a year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was announced by Founding President Alice H. Reyes , who bared that preparations are in full swing for the event, much-awaited by the entire live entertainment industry.

Executive Committee Chairman for the 2022 awards is Irma Meg Ventolina Loyola, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is Rema Tan Manzano.

Directing the presentation rites is Jose Maria Hilario while the TV coverage will be directed by Joey Nombres, who is also chairman of the Screening Committee.

Nominations for the different categories of awards will be accepted by the foundation starting on October 15,2022.

“ We hope to rise from the ashes of Covid-19, like the Phoenix, with a spectacular presentation,” Reyes declared.

She added that , due to the dearth of live performances during the pandemic, there will be less categories, although one or two new ones will be added.

In the 2020 Aliw awards, held during an Aliw Congress that year, she noted that there were over 50 categories .

To be given their Lifetime Achievement Awards this year are Vic del Rosario, Johnny Manahan, John Lesaca, Nanette Inventor and Jay Enriquez.

Reyes further announced the launching of the Aliw Legacy Awards for individuals who have left their mark in the fields of live entertainment and public service.

Reyes expressed the hope that other Aliw benefactors will join PAGCOR, Greenfield Development Corporation and the Quezon City Government under Mayor Joy Belmonte in supporting this year’ s event which aims to raise funds for the displaced live entertainers during the pandemic.

A limited number of tickets to the dinner-show are available. For information, please call 89215135.

Dusit Thani Maldives recognised by South Asian Travel Awards 2022


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The luxury resort won two gold awards at the prestigious annual event for its commitment to sustainability and hospitality.

At a glittering gala dinner on 30 September 2022, representatives from Dusit Thani Maldives were delighted to celebrate the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2022 and receive the Gold Award for Nishan Senevirathe Best CSR Programme and the Gold Award for Leading Family Resort.

SATA has been recognising the best of South Asia’s hospitality and travel industry since 2016. 

The prestigious annual event – hosted this year at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi in the Maldives – honours stellar organisations and individuals in a range of categories. Eligible candidates can be nominated in up to three categories, and the winners are selected in two phases: 40% via online votes from the public and 60% by hotel presentation.

The team from Dusit Thani Maldives was honoured to be awarded gold in two categories that reflect Dusit’s core value of care: CSR and family. Attending the gala on behalf of the whole staff were General Manager Mr Jacques Leizerovici and Marketing and Communications Manager Ms Iryna Okopova. 


Mr Leizerovici said, “We are delighted to accept these awards, which are a testament to the dedication and the hard work of the entire team. We value the recognition for our commitment to sustainability as we continue to create unforgettable experiences for guests of all ages.”

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – the Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve– Dusit Thani Maldives is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital city, Malé, or a 25-minute domestic flight and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Airport.

Surrounded by a house reef full of marine life, the resort’s luxurious over-water villas and residences await guests seeking island adventure, fine dining, and relaxation. Devarana Spa offers elevated treatment rooms among the coconut trees, and full-service amenities ensure every whim is catered to.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Meet Toots, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore’s Green Ambassador

 


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To mark Children’s Day, the resort rolls out its refreshed mascot to enliven the stay experiences of its young guests amid its host of family friendly facilities. 


Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, the only beachfront resort in the country, invites guests to meet Toots. The resort’s green ambassador has a brand-new look and ready to meet guests from 7 October to celebrate Children’s Day. Guests will have the chance to meet and get to know Toots during their stay at the resort.

Toots lives by the motto “Green and good vibes only” and promises to extend a fun and welcoming experience to guests both young and old. He will make appearances to mingle, take photos with guests, and give free hugs as he shares his love for travelling and making new friends. 

Toots is an Asian Tree Frog, a species that can be found in Sentosa island. As the Green  Ambassador of the resort, he encourages the conservation of natural habitats to protect all species, especially endangered ones. He will be seen participating in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities around the resort such as beach cleaning.

Before the official launch on Children’s Day, the public can “play with” Toots virtually on the resort’s social media @RasaSentosa, via Augmented Reality (AR). A contest rewarding the most fun use of the AR feature with room and dining vouchers will be held from 23 September to 2 October. More details will be available on the resort’s Instagram account @RasaSentosa.

Families wishing to up the ante on their resort experience can look forward to the Rasa 

Sentosa Kids Activity Book featuring Toots and his family, given to every child residing in the resort. Kids can enjoy hours of wholesome fun playing pool bingo, colour the peacock after spotting one, or even hunt down the frog statues in the property. The Adventure Hunt is one not to be missed, where stickers can be collected from various spots in the property, while the children embark to discover its nooks and crannies. There is even a prize up for grabs at the end of it.

Hungry? Feasting and fun times await on Fridays and Saturdays at Silver Shell Café as the restaurant’s Seafood Sensation buffet dinner - a delectable spread of live oysters, snow crabs, Boston lobsters and premium seafood cooked in various styles - is enhanced with activities specially curated for little ones. Young diners can be enthralled by entertainment that includes magic performances, balloon sculpting, and face painting. More dinnertime fun awaits with do-it-yourself mocktail making and cupcake decorating kits. Every child takes home a goodie bag of Toots merchandise as their memento of the resort too!

Can’t get enough of Toots cuteness? Guests can take Toots home by purchasing a plush toy at the Resort’s Rasa Shop (SGD 29.90+). His lime green tones and cheerful expression are sure to charm children and keep them happy.


Family Fun All Day

Along with the many comfortable family accommodation options featuring spectacular sea or tropical views, and the introduction of Toots, the resort has no shortage of facilities for the young ones to busy themselves. There are water slides, a children’s pool under a canopy and a fun splash pad. For more action, sea sports activities such as kayaking, pedal boating and stand-up paddle boarding at the resort’s private beach are sure to entice those looking for some sun, sand and sea. Daily activities at the pool and beach with the resort’s Fun Team are also available for guests to participate in.

Cool Zone, the resort’s indoor kids club for up to the age of 12, houses a giant tree-house slide, which whizzes the young ones from three storeys up into a colourful ball pit, and a mini jungle gym. Storybooks, toys and a host of engaging activities organised by the resident team

are available for children to enjoy as well. Those seeking some fun next to Siloso Beach can head to outdoor playground, Nestopia, just a five-minute walk from the resort. The unique open-air space, with 17 play sections, features netted obstacle courses connecting three giant nests and two of the longest slides on Sentosa.

For reservations and more information:

Room stays

Email: reservations.sen@shangri-la.com

Phone: (65) 6371 1088

Dining

Email: fbreservation.sen@shangri-la.com

Phone: +65 6371 1966


Singapore fintech Robocash Group announces Audited First Half 2022 financial results


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A Singapore fintech holding, Robocash Group publishes the audited financial statements for the first half of 2022. The Group’s revenue is up by 53.1% to USD 214.2 M, over the same period of 2021.

Robocash Group, a Singapore-based fintech group of companies of digital financial services operating in Asia and Europe, today announced its audited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

The revenue for the period amounts to USD 214.2 M, a 53.1% increase from USD 139.9 M for the same period of 2021. The net profit stands at USD 14.3 M. The development of new digital financial services in the Philippines resulted in a slight slow-down in growth of net profit compared to previous years. However, this effect does not stray from the Management's estimates, and the Group continues to show positive results. According to the Management’s estimates for the period ended August 31st 2022, the Group’s net profit has amounted to USD 32.2 M, greatly exceeding the initial plans. The retained earnings have grown to USD 75.5 M, up by 37.5%.




Natalya Ischenko, CEO of Robocash Group, comments on the company’s performance: “Our core digital financial services are engaged in select markets in Asia that, in our view, have significant growth potential. The results for the first half of 2022 reflect the strength and resilience of our Group, our team and our position in each operating market, despite the challenges of the current market environment.

We are committed to our strategic plan towards expansion and development of the full range of financial products in Asia. The clients and their impressions of our services are to remain at the heart of our business model and we continue to support our customers in every financial need quickly and conveniently.”

The Interim Condensed Combined Financial Information for the six-month period ended 30 June 2022, was prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards and has been reviewed by a Tier 10 auditor FBK Grant Thornton

La Union Makes History as First PH Province to Obtain IMS Certification in All of its District Hospital


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Gov Rafy Ortega-David (6th from left), former Gov Pacoy Ortega (7th from left), and Board Member Cynthia Bacurnay (5th from right) with the ISMS Auditors and the Chief of Hospitals of the province of La Union.



The Provincial Government of La Union lauds the perseverance of every front liner and employees of La Union District Hospitals who were awarded with the Integrated Management System (IMS) Certification, making La Union as the first ever province in the whole Philippines to house hospitals that passed the three IMS standards.

The district hospitals, namely Balaoan District Hospital (BalDH), Bacnotan District Hospital (BDH), Caba District Hospital (CDH), Naguilian District Hospital (NDH), Rosario District Hospital (RDH), and La Union Medical Center (LUMC), were audited thoroughly after passing all the standards that include ISO 9001:2015 or the Quality Management System (QMS); ISO 14001:2015 or the Environmental Management System (EMS); and ISO 45001:2018 or the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS). Adhering to these standards is an indication of the people-oriented service from the employees, complying with the values of the province.

Among the good points emphasized by the auditors include commendable commitment by the top management and staff in implementing IMS; detailed SWOT Analysis and Risk Registry; Comprehensive IMS Management Review minutes of meeting; Availability of EMS Procedure; Commendable presentation of records and documents, and the competency of all workers; valid with PRC license. These are all essential factors in obtaining the highest standards in the services relating to the systematic integrated management system of the medical and health sector in the country.

The auditors also commended the compliance of the hospitals that were evident in how they ensured that all the rules and regulations were followed, and the requirements needed were provided. With this, the hospitals secured the first spot in the whole country in obtaining IMS Certification. This award is a manifestation of the diligence and persistence of the employees in contributing to the welfare of every Kaprobinsiaan.

Rooted in the initiative of immediate past Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, Governor Raphaelle Veronica “Rafy” Ortega-David commits to support the district hospitals and their employees as they continue to reinforce their effort and strive to pursue a more improved systematic integrated management system in the Province following the collective help from every Kaprobinsiaan centered on #LaUnionPROBINSYAnihan.


Gov Rafy Ortega-David (extreme right), former Gov Pacoy Ortega (second from left) with the ISMS Auditors and the Chief of Hospitals of the province of La Union.


The said certification was awarded by Rannie Bernardino, the lead editor of National Quality Assistance (NQA) Philippines during the PGLU Capitol Flag Ceremony on Oct. 3, 2022. The certification was received by Gov. Rafy, BalDH Chief Dr. Mark Anthony Tomboc, BDH Chief Dr. Zenserly Pagaduan, CDH Chief Dr. Gretchen Aromin, NDH Chief Dr. Dan William Dacanay, RDH Chief Dr. Michelle Arellano, and LUMC Chief Dr. Glenn Earnest Fonbuena.

Coins.ph Teams Up with PBA Veteran Jared Dillinger to Help Build Financial Access to Crypto and Web3


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Popular basketball player and crypto influencer will collaborate with Coins.ph on an educational video series called Courtside Crypto to help Filipinos take control of their crypto journey



Coins.ph (“Coins” or the “Company”), the Philippines’ leading crypto exchange platform, is excited to announce an upcoming partnership with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star Jared Dillinger on a series of educational videos and social media engagements to empower basketball fans and Filipinos everywhere to take control of their finances.

Dillinger is a 14-season veteran of the PBA and a fan favorite in the Philippines with eight championship titles to his name, most recently with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. He formerly played for the Philippines under Gilas Pilipinas. He is also a crypto and NFT enthusiast who got his start in the Web3 space during the pandemic.

“Jared is the perfect person to lead our newest educational outreach efforts because he knows these technologies himself and is deeply embedded in the Web3 community. Our partnership with the PBA is all about spreading awareness and understanding among basketball fans, and this collaboration with Jared is an exciting extension,” said Coins CEO Wei Zhou.

“We are all aware of the steep learning curve that beginners go through in their crypto journeys. I am excited to help bring basketball and crypto together through Coins.ph. I strongly believe crypto and Web3 are the new digital eras we are moving towards, and there is no better time than now to start learning and exploring. I hope that through educating others, I can help change their lives for the better,” said Dillinger.

As a Coins Champion, Dillinger will promote crypto education through the Courtside Crypto educational video series, which will be available on TikTok, YouTube and the official Instagram channels of Coins (@coinsph) and Jared Dillinger (@jdaredevil2). The videos will explain some of the basic concepts around cryptocurrencies, NFTs and other digital assets, with the first episode scheduled to kick off in the first week of October. Fans and followers will also get a look inside the everyday life of a PBA player and a chance to interact with Dillinger online and ask questions about his experiences as a professional athlete and crypto investor.

The Courtside Crypto series is the latest development in the long-term involvement of Coins in Philippine sports.

In June this year, Coins became the exclusive crypto partner of the PBA with a vision of bringing crypto and financial inclusion into the basketball world. Coins strengthens this relationship through ongoing collaborations with popular and influential PBA players like Dillinger, whose involvement will help increase fans’ awareness of crypto and Web3.

While the Courtside Crypto video series is the latest educational initiative spearheaded by Coins, the company has separately launched Coins Academy, a collection of educational resources on its website earlier this year. Coins Academy empowers everyday Filipinos to boost their cryptocurrency and financial knowledge within and beyond the crypto community.



About Coins.ph

Launched in 2014, Coins.ph is the most established crypto brand in the Philippines and has more than 16 million users. Through the easy-to-use mobile app, users can buy and sell a variety of cryptocurrencies and access a wide range of financial services. Coins.ph is fully regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and is the first crypto-based company in Asia to hold both Virtual Currency and Electronic Money Issuer licenses from the central bank. For further information, contact marketing@coins.ph.



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Solon, advocates push for Trans Fat Free Philippines Law to ‘protect Pinoy heart’


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A group of doctors, lawyers and a lawmaker on Thursday expressed alarm over the rising incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) among younger Filipinos. In a press conference to commemorate World Heart Day, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) said that Filipinos who suffer from stroke and other heart conditions are getting younger.

“Heart problems are no longer just old man's disease,” said Dr. Luigi Segundo, Director of PHA. “There is an alarming trend of Filipinos in their thirties having premature heart attack and stroke,” he added.

PHA linked CVDs to the high intake of trans fatty acids and a sedentary lifestyle, among other factors. Industrially-produced trans fatty acids or iTFAs are a toxic compound added by food manufacturers to their products to prolong their shelf life. Margarine, baked goods, and instant coffee are just some of the food items known to have high traces of iTFA.



Heart disease kills 345 Filipinos every day

Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Atty. Ma-anne Rosales-Sto. Domingo of public interest law group ImagineLaw said that CVDs like coronary heart disease and stroke remain to be the top killer in the Philippines. “Every day, 345 Filipinos are killed by heart disease,” she said. “Eliminating trans fat in the Philippine food supply should be a priority to break this deadly chain and improve Filipinos’ heart health,” Atty. Rosales-Sto. Domingo added.

Dr. John Juliard Go, National Professional Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Philippines, said that iTFA causes heart disease and deaths, and has no known health benefit. Trans fat elimination will save lives and prevent CVDs, according to the WHO.

“Trans fat elimination is a multi-sectoral work, and we encourage all stakeholders to support and work together to reduce premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases,” Dr. Go urged.



Trans Fat Free Philippines Law pushed

Early this year, Laguna 1st District Rep. Ann Matibag filed House Bill No. 1485 or the Trans Fat Free Philippines Bill that will prohibit the manufacture, importation, distribution, and sale of processed and prepackaged foods with high trans fat content.

“The bill will also provide for training for food manufacturers to allow them to switch to healthier fats and oils, and for research on other healthy alternatives,” said Rep. Matibag.

Counterpart measures were also filed in the Senate by Senators Nancy Binay, Risa Hontiveros, Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Jr., and Joel Villanueva. Four other similar measures were filed in the House of Representatives. All bills are pending in their respective Committees on Health.

ImagineLaw urged the House and Senate leadership to act on the said measures. “We urge the health committees of both chambers to set the hearing for the trans fat elimination bills, as soon as possible,” Atty. Rosales-Sto. Domingo said.

“The time to act is now – by removing trans fatty acids from the food [Filipinos] will eat, the risk of them contracting heart disease will be significantly reduced,” Rep. Matibag concluded.

“13th of September” -- The Philippines’ official entry to THEATERWELTEN’s theater worlds 2022 all set for October 15 performance, Germany


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After its celebrated run in the 9th Festival International de Théâtre De Mont-Laurier in Quebec, Canada, “13th of September” is all set for yet another international show at the THEATERWELTEN 2022 on Saturday, 15 October 2022 at the Cultural Center Dieselstrasse in Esslingen, Germany, now with the support of the Philippine and German government, National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and Bund Deutscher Amateurtheater (BDAT). This opportunity and privilege to represent the Philippines fulfills one of the goals of BOGT Philippines to create and produce shows for international theater festivals.

“13th of September” is a Reimagination of Lanie Robertson’s “The Insanity of Mary Girard”, written and translated by playwright Eljay Castro Deldoc, directed by Riki Benedicto, with actors Marco Calilao, Norman Peñaflorida, and Lao Rodriguez who now takes the role of Mary Girard.

JayLo Conanan (Production Designer), Katreen Dela Cruz (Production and Stage Manager), Roldan Lozano (Lights Designer), and Ces Valera (Projection Designer) complete the delegation of 8 who will fly to Germany this October.


THEATERWELTEN is both a festival and an international theater encounter. It is held every two years since 2015 and - due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic - had its first ever digital festival in 2021, which was also attended by BOGT Philippines. This year’s festival will be held from 13 - 16 October 2022 with performances coming from 8 countries: Philippines, Ukraine, Chile, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Germany, and Israel. An accompanying symposium will examine the topic of “Theater and Safe Spaces'' from local and global perspectives: Is theatre a safe space? How does it affect participation in social events?

The Philippines’ representation at the festival does not end on the stage after the curtain closes as Director Riki Benedicto leads two days of Stage Combat workshops (October 14 and 15, 2022) in Sporthalle der Gemeinschaftsschule. Stage Combat is an artistic representation of fighting based on principles of reality using techniques that ensure the safety of actors on stage, all the while showcasing the fight’s aesthetic aspects and dramatic power.

Any play can, practically, be “based on a true story” but “The Insanity of Mary Girard” is one of the few that took real-life events into a haunting and highly theatrical piece. Mary Girard (1758–1815) was committed to an asylum in 1790 where her husband declared her legally insane. During her confinement, she gave birth to a baby girl – unsure who the father was – who died five months later. After residing in the insanity ward for 25 years, she was laid to rest somewhere on hospital grounds, her grave unmarked.






SYNOPSIS

Sunday Evening, Mary Girard is preparing for her last night in Pennsylvania Asylum. Now, 56, her age is visible after more than two decades re-living the moments of her life inside the asylum. While doing her daily routine and preparation with other patients, her past is dawning inside her, the memories of her mother, husband and her dear daughter are right in front of her and it seems like she’s “sane” once again. As for her last night with the tranquilizing chair, she will fight and relive the moments of lies and betrayal that have never been proven.



ELJAY CASTRO DELDOC - PLAYWRIGHT

After the launch of one of his notable pieces, “Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog” with Tanghalang Pilipino, ELJAY CASTRO DELDOC makes his debut in the international scene with “13th of September” together with his dramaturg, Drew Espenocilla. In this piece, they illustrate the “present-time Mary Girards” as victims of a harsh society whose leaders are oblivious to the horrendous truth – that the Philippines is living within a culture that emphasizes resilience and humor amid suffering and pain making it difficult to talk about mental illness where you have no other choice but to be strong – both mentally and emotionally. They regard that, as people, we put so much importance in being able to roll with the punches, almost to the point that it’s a requisite to master how to laugh in the face of misfortune. This is why, despite the growing call to recognize mental health as a legitimate public health concern, initiatives to resolve this remain limited.

Eljay has been a part of The Virgin Labfest for six consecutive years since 2013. His most notable plays are first staged in this festival: “Owel”, “Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal”, “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”, and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award-winning “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All the Overcoat”. In 2016, “Si Maria Isabella…” was mounted by Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco, California. Recently, he ventured into producing teleplays as a part-time writer for GMA 7. He’s part of the writing team of “Juan Tamad”, “Naku Boss Ko”, “Conan My Beautician”, and “I Heart Davao”.



RIKI BENEDICTO - DIRECTOR

Director RIKI BENEDICTO has headed several productions with Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Virgin Labfest and Dulaang Filipino. True to BOGT’s primary objective, he has been consistently elevating the presence of Philippine theater globally with his directorial works in Dulaang Filipino’s Out at Sea (7th Montreal International Theatre festival) and Oedipus (7th Festival international de Théâtre de Mont-Laurier). The latter was awarded Best International Performance and special Jury prize in Teatralny Koufar in Belarus, SETKANI/ENCOUNTER International Theater Festival’s SWAG Award in Brno Czech Republic and Best International Performance in Escenamateur Spain. Solomon also won Best International Performance in Escenamateur Spain.

He received Best Director for a Musical and Best Director for Non-Musical nominations from ALIW awards in 2017 and 2018, respectively, Best Director for Philippine LEAF Awards 2020, and he is also the first ever Filipino professional jury in SETKANI/ENCOUNTER International Theater Festival in Czech Republic last 2021.

Riki is, once again, putting forward another universal concern in Eljay Castro Deldoc’s “13th of September” where he aspires to “challenge society’s restrictive definition of sanity, gender and sexuality or even your perception of truth - truth is relative.”



CAST

NORMAN PEÑAFLORIDA wears many hats in the events industry and in theater - Production Designer, Stylist, Stage Manager, Host, Actor and Singer and the proud and hard-working proprietor of THE CLOSET Events and Image.

His wide range of theater experience traces back to Gantimpala Theater Foundation, for decades he acted on several productions of the company under the artistic direction of the late Tony Espejo. From the famous Four Classics to original Filipino musicals. He was the 2018 ALIW awardee for Best Featured actor for Artist's playground "Geegee at Waterina" and the the first Outstanding actor in a featured role in the 1st Philippine L.E.A.F awards for "Nakakapagpabagabag".

With a natural leaning on design Norman was part of the Philippine delegate to the ASEAN Design Workshop and and currently the resident stylist of the award winning cultural online program of the National Commission for Culture and The Arts' (NCCA) "PADAYON".

Currently he is the co-chairman of UNESCO - International Theater Institute - Philippines Center.



MARCO EDWARD CALILAO was a former member of Sining-Lahi Poly Repertory. He has been part of several productions as an actor and production staff. Some of the memorable plays were Orlando Nadres’ “Hanggang dito na lamang at maraming salamat”, Chris Marinez’s “Sabado sa Sams” and “Last Order sa Penguin”; and Rody Vera’s “Luna: Isang Romansang Aswang”. He also had the chance to be one of the contestants for a noontime show, Its Showtime’s “Ms. Q&A: Intergalaktik” where he won Best in Chukchak.



PAOLO RODRIGUEZ, a.k.a. LAO, completes the cast taking along with him his expertise on television and film acting. Among his notable appearances were Erik Matti’s BuyBust, OTJ The missing 8 and Honor Thy Father, Halik sa Hangin and The Broken Marriage Vow. He was part of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company in 2002. Since then he has performed in a wide variety of productions, from his very first, Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon, to musicals (Zsa Zsa Zaturnah and Noli Me Tangere) to his title role and the critically acclaimed The Romance of Magno Rubio.

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The artistic team of “13th of September” are as follows: Riki Benedicto (Director), Eljay Castro Deldoc (Playwright), Drew Espenocilla (Dramaturg/English translation), Jay Lorenz Conanan (Production/Costume Designer), Roldan Lozano (Lights Designer), Ces Valera (Projection Artist), Paw Castillo (Photo and Graphic Artist), and Jared Acuna (Video Artist).



BOGT Philippines is a team of professional theater and film practitioners based in Manila, Philippines. The group’s major goal is to create and produce shows for different international theater festivals. They want to boost the presence of the Philippine theater in the international realm and at the same time, bring home and share their learnings to Filipino professional and school-based theater companies.

For further details, please check their social media: Facebook (BOGT Philippines). #sep13mberPHL #sep13mberGER

The World's eight best escape rooms worth traveling for!


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Are you excited by the title? I mean, you should be! 10 Best Escape Rooms? Every escape room lover's dream! But we've covered you even if you don't know what escape rooms are! Let's go along on this ride, shall we?


Escape Rooms are the rooms where you go to play but in real time! In simple terms, you get locked up or stuck in a room where it's hard to escape. And now you have to find tools or a way out of it. And the way out is laced inside the room with puzzles, clues, and hints in between! So, everything is laid out in front of you to solve it. In short, with the help of these puzzles and tips, you have to find the key or solution & then you have to escape the room!


Now that we know what Escape rooms are let's go towards the World's eight Best Escape Rooms Worth Travelling For!

 
The Laboratory in Bunschoten, the Netherlands

The thrilling escape room with only a 50% chance of getting out! It's based in Bunschoten, Netherlands, and it's quite a treat. It's often rated as the best escape room in the Netherlands! It was founded on a great storyline... The website says...

"The infamous Doctor Steiner has gone completely mad. The mysterious and cold ambiance is still present after 72 years in this first escape room of all escape rooms in The Netherlands.

Will you and your team be capable of discovering what Doctor Steiner experienced 72 years ago?"

You get time, access to the theme, several other pools, and arcade games beforehand! It's said to be very logical & based on simple problem solving that you are bound to fall in love with!

 
The Mr. X Mystery House in Shanghai

It's a famous one from China! It has five rooms full of mystery and puzzles, starting from the entrance! It's based on many themes from various cultures. You will be given one hour inside each room and can go in a group too! It's a sensory experience for both mind and body as these are hard and require your body to wriggle in small places, slide like a ninja, and even go through lasers. You must use your whole mind and body to get out of this one!

 
The Room Berlin

This is also a very challenging one! It consists of 4 rooms filled with different themes, and you're given 60-75 minutes to finish each one! These are amazingly crafted for people and offer some serious graphics and aesthetics! You will be amazed by how wonderfully they are made! Words are not enough to describe how amazing these are! They are award-winning escape rooms, so you know you are in for a real deal! They received the Golden Lock-In award in 2017 and many later on! If one visits Berlin, one should check this out!


Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game in Birmingham: 

- This is an excellent place to explore... They have three different rooms to go and solve, which are not scary. You get 60 minutes with your team of 2-8 people. Here, you might need to find proof of a conspiracy, a cure to an epidemic, or the answer to a classroom mystery! But don't underestimate them, as they are pretty tricky to get around! You should go to Birmingham for this cause!

 
Paradox Project 2

The Bookstore Escape Room Athens: - This one is a whole house for you to solve! Filled with secret basements and passageways and a unique theme with scary elements, this is sure to get your heart pumping! You have earned yourself 200 minutes in total to solve it! It is inside a bookstore that is so unique and new. It's the best way to experience real escape as it's a whole house to solve. The pictures are something worth checking out as well. Worth visiting Athens for!

 
The Basement in Los Angeles

The city of Hollywood has a fantastic escape room on the board! This is rated as the best #1 Escape Room in the USA! And it's said to be quite scary. Many people are terrified to go there. So only go if you are a brave heart in real life! You are locked in a basement of a cannibalistic killer/psychopath who has had a traumatic childhood and a weird sense of justice revolving around him. You have only 45 minutes to do it before his dinner. With several things distracting you and scaring you on your way. Can you escape?

 
The Office in Philadelphia

What would you do if you were just stuck in an Office forever? This is a nightmare for all of us, and this escape room fulfills this nightmare! There are tables, desks, and computers filled with scary elements and loads of puzzles! You will get stuck in this dull place and feel like there is no escape like you do in real/day-to-day life. But here, you can escape! You must solve puzzles and mysteries and get out of this Office themed escape room soon!

 
The Catacombs Escape Room Paris:

Saved the best for the last! Have you heard about the Catacombs underneath the beautiful city of Paris? These are underground ossuaries (where remains of the dead are kept) in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris' ancient stone quarries. Imagine an escape room theme to this! It's not for the faint of the heart, as it's pretty scary! Do it only if you can handle these tunnels.


That's all for the ten best escape rooms in the World primarily catered to you! Do visit them once, whether you are traveling in the country. Or visit the country only for these escape rooms, if you can! Try these out, and let us know your experience in the comments below!


Author Bio: Charlotte Lin is a content creator at escaperoom.com. She’s a passionate young woman, mother to an amazing nine-year-old, and an avid reader. Over the years, writing has helped her explore and understand the world as well as her own self. She loves to travel, meet new people, and spend quality time with her daughter. You can find her on LinkedIn.  

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