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April 2012

It’s More Fun in the Philippines DOT MEME TVC (International Campaign) 30s and Official Jingle

Travel By April 30, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Title: DOT MEME TVC (International Campaign)

Advertising Agency: BBDO Guerrero
Producer: Jing Abellera / Ino Magno / Anj dela Calzada
Director: Dale Lopez / Meggy de Guzman
Editor: Princess Wendam
Coloris: Musseli Cruz
VFX: Justin Gimeno
Post-Production House: Post Manila


Official “It’s More Fun in the Philippines!” Domestic Jingle

Lyrics by Tin Sanchez
Music by Mike Villegas
Arrangement by Angelo Villegas
Lead Vocals by Jay Padua
Back-up Vocals by Jingle Buena
Additional Vocals and Shouts by Daryl Reyes and Cyril Carbonay
Recorded and Mixed by KC Caballero and Mark Villar at Hit Productions
Produced by Jing Abellera and Ino Magno


Manila Music Festival May 1, 2012

Music By April 30, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

The local music scene is one of a kind. Pulsating with energy, passion, and excitement that rivals the world music scene as a whole, Filipino bands, performers, disk jockeys, songwriters, and dancers alike give their hearts out whenever they perform, making them one of the greatest performers in the world.

Despite the huge number of talents, there are not much musical events in the Philippines. Yes, there are quite a number of annual music festivals such as the Pulp Summer Slam and the San Miguel Beer Oktoberfest, which are remarkable, but with the gifts that our talents have, there simply is no excuse not to come up with a bigger stupefying event that will leave the world so dumbstruck they don’t know what they hit them.


CNN’s ‘Eye On’ series Features The Philippines from April 30-May 6

Travel By April 30, 2012 Tags: , , No Comments

CNN’s “Eye On” is a series that takes the viewers to different countries around the world, highlighting influence and innovation. It showcases interesting places and intelligent people who have the potential to change our world.

PRESS RELEASE Reposted from


Highlights include:

‘Talk Asia’ interviews with President Benigno Aquino III,

Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala

A week of live daily reports and features from across the Philippines

Extensive online coverage and iReport special

CNN’s ‘Eye On’ series is shining the international spotlight on the Philippines, with a special week of programming dedicated to the Southeast Asian country, airing to more than 280 million households around the world.

From April 30 to May 4 ‘Eye On The Philippines’ features live daily reports with Anna Coren from Manila, Batangas and Lake Taal and in-depth reportage from Kyung Lah, providing insight into the tropical country’s people, politics, business and culture. The special week of coverage culminates with a half-hour program featuring highlights from the week, airing May 4 to May 6.

‘Eye On The Philippines’ also includes extensive online coverage at In addition, CNN has launched a special iReport initiative calling on people to share their photos and videos highlighting the sights and sounds of the Philippines, with the best stories and videos featuring on CNN.

On-air coverage encompasses a wide range of special reports, including:

Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III – CNN correspondent Anna Coren sits down with the President at the Malacanang Palace for a rare and in-depth interview for CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’. The President discusses the opportunities and challenges currently facing the Philippines, as well as some of the experiences that have shaped him on a personal level.

Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala – In this half hour interview, CNN correspondent Andrew Stevens talks with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, respectively the Chairman & CEO, and President of the Ayala Corporation, the country’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. The brothers discuss growing up in the illustrious Zobel de Ayala family which founded the business empire in the 19th century, their business philosophy, and what they have planned for the future.

Ballet Manila – Based on the belief that dance could change a child’s life, the first Philippine-based prima ballerina Lisa Macuja started funding lessons for poverty-stricken children in Manila. This summer, the first of her scholarship kids will dance in a prestigious international competition in Hong Kong, a fourteen year old girl whose parents are garbage scavengers.

Call Center Capital of the World – The Philippines has become a location of choice for business process outsourcing in the past decade due to its relatively low operational and labor costs. Combined with the young and vibrant workforce, the Philippines is becoming recognized as the so-called ‘Call Center Capital of the World’.

Anti-Piracy Training – A third of all the world’s seafarers are from the Philippines and since 2006, over 700 Filipino marine workers have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. The Philippine Government is now making every seafarer undergo mandatory anti-piracy training before they go to sea.

Ending Child Labor – Dante Campilan is just 14, but he works seven hours a day, pulling weeds and tiling the soil barefoot. He is one of an estimated 2.4 million child workers in the Philippines. The Philippine government is trying to fight the problem, aiming to reduce the worst forms of child labor by 75 percent by 2015. ‘Eye On The Philippines’ reports on how those efforts are taking shape in one community which survives off the global sugar industry.

Poverty and Pag Pag – ‘Pagpag’ is a Filipino term for leftover food from fast food restaurants which is thrown away in garbage bins but then re-cooked, or sometimes eaten straight from the bins, by the urban poor. This compelling report investigates the situation in the Philippines and the extreme conditions in which these people are living.


Airtimes (all times are in HKT)


Daily Reports and Coverage

Mon April 30 to Fri May 4 at 0700 (live reports) on ‘World Report’

Mon April 30 to Fri May 4 at 2100 on ‘World Business Today’

‘Eye On The Philippines’ Special Half-Hour

Fri May 4 at 2300

Sat May 5 at 1800, 2330

Sun May 6 at 0830

Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto & Fernando Zobel de Ayala

Fri April 27 at 1730

Sat April 28 at 2000

Sun April 29 at 0630, 1330

Mon April 30 at 0830

Tue May 1 at 1530

Thu May 3 at 1230

Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III

Fri May 4 at 1730

Sat May 5 at 2000

Sun May 6 at 0630, 1330

Mon May 7 at 0830

Tue May 8 at 1530

Thu May 10 at 1230

* CNN International is a 24-hour news channel which reacts to live events and breaking news. Therefore, program schedules are subject to change at short notice.


6th Backdoor Ventures Arts & Music Festival

Music and Arts By April 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

For more than half a decade now, Backdoor Ventures had been diligently promoting the arts through a grand one-of-a-kind celebration that gathers thousands of artists of different disciplines and genres all under one roof.

The Backdoor Ventures Arts & Music Festival is a 2-day celebration that gives you a complete and total arts immersion experience. This exciting journey to the world of arts begins as soon as you step inside the festival’s new home at the SMX Convention Center

Experience art exhibits. Talks and workshops. Clinics/demos on painting. Photography. Theater. Arts and Music trade fair. Musical live performances by some of the country’s best performers representing different genres and inspirations. Dance performances from classical ballet to modern dance. Laser light shows. Art films. Shadow play, and many more exciting activities!

12-13 MAY 2012 SATURDAY-SUNDAY 10:00AM-11:00PM

Ticket price is Php100. ONE TICKET PER ENTRY ON ANY DAY.

Tickets now available at all SM tickets/ SM cinema branches nationwide!
For details and regular update, please visit:


Butanding Festival, Donsol, Sorsogon Accommodations

Sorsogon By April 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

I compiled a list of resorts, inns, guest houses and homestays available in Donsol, Sorsogon for those who are planning to go there on a little trip of their own or participating in the festivities of the Butanding Festival.

There are so many choices!


Contact: +639173813404 / +639196882264

Contact Nos.: 09095181150 /09176941687

furnished duplex cottages
Dancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon
c/o Mr. Jun-Jun Belmonte
0906-309-9372; 0920-2739-984,
Total No. of Rooms: 1 4
Accommodation Capacity: 48 pax
Fan/bath P800
Villas 3pax 1500PhP
Sunset Rooms 4pax 2000PhP


Discover Donsol – Destinations and Activities

Sorsogon By April 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Donsol – the “Whale shark Capital of the World” is located at the southern boundary of the Bicol Peninsula, east of the province of Sorsogon. This third class municipality is the home of magnificent wonders of nature. It takes pride in their abundant gifts of nature that fascinated tourists for more than 10 years. Some of the remarkable must-see attractions in this town is the Donsol River that serves as the venue for annual festival events such as the fluvial parade and year-long attractions like Firefly Watching. Moreover, Donsol’s beach coast has taken tourists captive for its beautiful scenery that is most beautiful during sunset. But aside from that, the lush woodlands of Donsol also make it a perfect place to go nature sight-seeing. One may not take time to appreciate the town proper that appears mundane and quiet but in it lies a rich and vibrant culture.

Province: Sorsogon
Region: V (Bicol)
District: 1st District
No. of Brgys: 51
Income Classification: 3rd Class Municipality
Telecommunicatiions: Smart, Sun and Globe
Local Festival: Butanding Festival
Population: 101,833,938

  • Dive with Manta Rays

Concurrent to the presence of the butanding are the manta rays, which also visit the waters of Donsol and nearby Ticao Island, Masbate at just about the same time. Divers frequent Ticao Island’s Manta Bowl Shoal and San Miguel Island for its several dive sites. The area is a known habitat of the manta ray—the world’s biggest rays. Divers can take an hour and a half boat ride from Donsol to Ticao Island to dive with the manta rays.

  • River Cruising and Firefly Watching at Donsol River

When the sun sets, Donsol River comes to life with the light of a thousand fireflies and the murmur of visitors on bancas out on a firefly watching tour. Each banca stops on a spot in the mangrove that line the river to get closer to the fireflies. Here, the fireflies flicker and twinkle, which is meant to attract their mate, while leaving visitors in awe. While you’re at it, look further up and trace the constellations in the sky above. The river cruise provides the best of both land and sky—an amazing symphony of stars and fireflies in a cool, dark night in Donsol.

  • Island Hop from Donsol to Ticao Island

From Donsol, go on an island hopping adventure towards Ticao Island. With a picnic basket and your snorkelling (or diving) gear ready, the boat will take you to Ticao to explore corals, caves and even a waterfall that flows directly to the sea. The ride takes about one and a half to two hours.



Butanding Festival May 14-20, 2012 Events

Sorsogon By April 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Butanding Festival is held every summer in the Municipality of Donsol in the Province of Sorsogon. It is held in honor of the gentle giants that are the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) and their annual return to the vicinity of Donsol. Contributing greatly to the development of the town’s economy and tourism, the whale shark’s peak attendance is  annually anticipated and greatly welcomed by the locals who are directly involved in looking out for the butanding’s well-being.

With the continual increase of sightings of the whale sharks, Butanding Festival would be celebrated more grandly to celebrate and compliment the population increase of the whale sharks. A week-long activity, Butanding Festival would feature all the anticipated festival trimmings of themed parades, street dancing, delicious delicacies, fun music, and much, much more.



Aimed to showcase the locality’s delicious native dishes, food lovers can dig in and indulge on the great number of grilled, stewed, boiled, braised, fried, and smoked food choices. From Bicol Express, laing, pinangat, and kinunot to pili preparations and more, the flavors of Bicol await local and foreign foodies. The week-long food fair offers Bicolano foods and delicacies for everyone to enjoy.


With the natural beauty of Donsol as a ready backdrop, captured moments throughout the festival will surely leave lasting impressions and good memories worth recalling and sharing with friends. Photographers across the region and the country are invited to take part in this competition and make a full creative use of their lenses as they capture the stories unknowingly told by people, the butanding, and the festival.


Butanding Festival 2012 – The First Donsol Off-Road Cross-Country Marathon

Sorsogon By April 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Calling all runners!

1st Donsol Off-road Cross-Country Marathon

Join the celebration as we launch Donsol’s Butanding Festival 2012!

May 13, 2012
Assembly: Rizal Park
Marathon Route: Donsol Proper – Brgy. Tinanogan and Nearby Barangays
Categories: 21K | 5K | 3K
Gun Time:
21K – 5:30 AM
5K – 6:00 AM
3K – 6:30 AM

Champion- Php 8,000
1st Runner up – Php 5,500
2nd Runner up – Php 4,000

Champion – Php 2,000
1st Runner up – Php 1,500
2nd Runner up – Php 1,000

Champion – Php 1,500
1st Runner up – Php 1,000
2nd Runner up – Php 750


First 500 Registrants get FREE SINGLET
21K Reg. Fee- Php 500 with FREE SINGLET for the first 250 Registrants
5K Reg. Fee- Php 250 with FREE SINGLET for the first 150 Registrants
3K Reg. Fee- Php 200 with FREE SINGLET for the first 100 Registrants
*inclusive of race bibs and drinking water
*trophy awaits Champion, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up
Finisher’s Medal to the first 20 finisher for 21K

Registration Sites:

  • Donsol Municipal Hall, Brgy Awii
    Donsol, Sorsogon
  • Donsol Tourism Office
    Brgy. Dancalan,
    Donsol, Sorsogon
  • Fineapply Creative Communications
    Units 3 & 4 Calderon Bldg.,
    Brgy. Cruzada, Washington Drive,
    Legazpi City
  • LCC Mall, Legazpi
    Ground Floor
  • RES | TOE | RUN
    2F Embarcadero de Legazpi
    Port Area, Legazpi City

For more details, visit


Lists of Concerts and Events in Manila

Music, Theater By April 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

I follow Manila Concert Scene on Twitter just because I do not want to ever again be left out on the coming concerts in Manila AND here is a list of the concerts and events happening Manila this 2012, as found on their official website as of April 24. Note that concerts and events are subject to change.

April 2012:
►Sergio Mendez Live in Manila @ SMART Araneta Coliseum(Apr 24)
Avenged Sevenfold Live in Manila @ SMART Araneta Coliseum(Apr 26)
►Gary Valenciano @ Music Museum(Apr. 26 & 27)
PULP Summerslam 12 @ Amoranto Stadium(Apr 28)
Vertical Horizon and Ed Kowalczyk Live in Manila @ SMART Araneta Coliseum(Apr 28)
►Earth Day Jam 2012 @ 9th Ave, Bonifacio Global City(Apr. 28)
►Eric Moo and Maria Cordero @ Newport Performing Arts Theater(Apr. 30)

May 2012:
►Secondhand Serenade Live in Manila @ Sky Dome(May 1)
►Manila Music Festival @ Alphaland Bay City Grounds(May 1)
►Jay Park Live in Manila @ Eastwood Mall Open Park(May 4)
►Jay Park Live in Manila @ Venice Piazza at McKinley Hills(May 5)
►Jay Park Live in Manila @ Lucky Chinatown Mall(May 6)
►Gary Valenciano @ Music Museum(May 9 & 10)
►Visual Music Carnival @ Amoranto Stadium(May 12)
Morrissey Live in Manila @ World Trade Center(May 13)
David Choi Live in Manila @ Music Museum(May 17)
►Jed Madela @ Music Museum(May 18)
Lady Gaga Live in Manila @ SM Mall of Asia Arena(May 21)
Lifehouse Live in Manila @ SMART Araneta Coliseum(May 26)
We The Kings Live in Manila @ Hard Rock Cafe(May 28)
►Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee and Gloc-9 @ Metrobar(May 31)

June 2012:
Taylor Dayne and Edwin McCain Live in Manila @ SM Mall of Asia Arena(June 1)
We Are The In Crowd, This Century and Set Your Goals Live in Manila @ SMART Araneta Coliseum(June 2)
NKOTBSB Tour in Manila @ SM Mall of Asia Arena(June 3)
►Jojo and Michelle Branch Live in Manila @ Smart Araneta Coliseum(June 7)
►Jayesslee Live in Manila @ Robinsons Forum(June 21)
►Innovation WHITE @ World Trade Center(June 23)
►11th White Party Manila @ Orosa corner Nakpil St. Manila(June 30)

July 2012:
►Theater Play: God of Carnage(July 2012)

August 2012:
Cirque Du Soleil: Saltimbanco @ Mall of Asia Arena(Aug. 9 – 19)

September 2012:
►Joe Bonamassa @ OneEsplanade(Sept. 25)
►Cosplay Mania 12 @ SMX Convention Center(Sept. 29 & 30)
►Theater Play: NINE(Sept. 2012)

November 2012:
►Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine, Derek Sherinian Live in Manila @ Sky Dome(Nov 6)
►Don Moen @ Mall of Asia Arena(Nov. 9)
►Skechers Streetdance Battle 2012 @ Mall of Asia Arena(Nov. 17)
►Theater Play: Shrek The Musical(November to December 2012)

December 2012:
Disney’s Camp Rock @ OnStage Theater(Dec 14)




The ones I am most interested in are:


The Greatest Hits Tour: Morrissey Live in Manila 
May 13, 2012 – Sunday
World Trade Center Manila
Ticket Prices:
P5,799 – VIP Section(reserved seats)
P3,710 – Titanium(Free Seating; 1st come, 1st serve seats)
Prices inclusive of 4.48% service charge.




Mall Of Asia Arena

Show Schedule (August 9-19, 2012):

Thursday, August 9 at 20:00
Friday, August 10 at 16:00 and 20:00
Saturday, August 11 at 16:00 and 20:00
Sunday, August 12 at 13:00 and 17:00
Tuesday, August 14 at 20:00
Wednesday, August 15 at 20:00
Thursday, August 16 at 20:00
Friday, August 17 at 20:00
Saturday, August 18 at 16:00 and 20:00
Sunday, August 19 at 13:00 and 17:00

Ticket Prices:

ADULT                     CHILD

VIP                                          Php 10,500                  Php 8,400

PATRON CENTER                         7,500                           6,000

LOWER BOX CENTER                 5,500                         4,500

PATRON SIDES                             5,500                         4,500

LOWER BOX SIDES                     3,500                         2,800

UPPER BOX                                   2,500                           2,000

GA                                                   1,200                             960


That is not to say I am not interested in the Lady Gaga Born this Way Ball Tour or the BSB+NKOB concert, but heck, I cannot even fit the Moz concert into my crazy schedule, so we will just see.


The Beauty Junkee’s Anniversary Give Away

Friends and their Interests By April 24, 2012 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

My friend and beauty blogger Martha Sta. Barbara of the Beauty Junkee is celebrating her blog’s third anniversary and she is giving away prizes worth over P70K! Congratulations Tamarts on your blog’s third anniversary, but more importantly, congratulations on your graduation!

I really must say I am SO proud of you guys in this photo and I truly find it inspiring! Congratulations to everyone! I love this photo! It makes me wanna go back to school and finish my masters thesis!

Some of the 2012 graduates of the Department of Theater Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, in their sablay.

Going back to her anniversary give-away, Martha is giving away goodies worth more than P70K to 16 lucky contest participants.

Though I am not much into make-up, I am a fan of Martha’s blog. I read her entries simply because they are interesting and it’s always like reading a beauty magazine. I ask myself, “Hmm, what is new on the market today? ….Lemme check out Martha’s blog!” I like the fact that she is always so honest and down-to-earth. I also like the fact that her blog site is all about loving oneself and embracing femininity – which I think, every woman, should do regardless of their interests in life.

Check out her contest give-aways here and get a chance to win any one of her (16!!) fabulous prizes.


Contest runs from April 1 – May 31, 2012. 123 entries as of the moment and counting! Good luck everyone! 🙂

Congrats again Martha and have fun in Boracay!


Chronicles: Puerto Princesa City Tour, Palawan

Palawan By April 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

When I was 23, I looked 14, is what I was thinking when I was going through these photos. It was 2005, we were on a school break, and I decided it was a good time to take the bus to Puerto Princesa and endure the 12-hour day trip. The roads were so bad back then that the 238 km (148 mi) trip took that long. There, I met up with H who flew in from Manila, and we took off on a day trip of Puerto Princesa. He arrived early in the morning and we went straight to the Puerto Princesa Catholic church, also known as the Immaculate Conception Cathedral before going for lunch at Badjao Seafront Restaurant. (Just click on the thumbnails to view full size).




Chronicles: Island Hopping in El Nido, Palawan (Part II)

Palawan By April 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

On March 4-5, 2005 , H came back to visit El Nido for the last time. We went aboard Kool Fox with Eric and Derick on the wheel to go around Bacuit Bay, visit some places we have not been to last time and revisit our favorite ones. We visited the lagoons and then landed on Entalula Island.


Entalula Island

Entalula Island seems to have the finest white sand in the Philippines, even finer than the sand on the beach of Boracay. This is a private island and only guests of El Nido Resorts are allowed. This is perfect for those private lunches that the resorts offer to their guests free of charge. The resort staff bring the tables, chairs, umbrellas and everything else. It is JUST beautiful!


Chronicles: Island Hopping in El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By April 3, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Our being out every weekend was especially documented during the months of September to November 2005. I have just arrived from a few days of leave in Manila and came back with a waterproof camera that I took nearly everywhere with me all the time.

On those days, we had access to a red paddle boat that allowed me and my friend Likha to paddle to the island nearest to the town, Cadlao Island, and explore other beaches. Sometimes we also had other friends along with us. It was a great abs and arms workout but it was also the fastest way to get sunburned. The sunblock surely was our greatest best friend.

September 18, 2005

In the morning, Likha and I were off explore Cadlao aboard the red paddle boat. It was absolutely flat when we went out but the waves got really huge on the way back, we had to row the boat sideways. This made the return trip longer by maybe 20-30 minutes but we made it! I did row like a man for we had no life jackets with us. Rose and Del on the house on the hill were watching us worriedly, afraid we would not make it. I’d like to thank my sunblock by the way for making my face shiny on these photos and yet totally protected from sunburn.


In the afternoon, we boarded a boat with Rose (Likha’s mom), and our friends from the Peace Corps, to explore the other side of Cadlao Island.

The peace corps back then lived in these two cottages right by the water on Caalan. When they left, the cottages were bought by a Fil-Brit couple, who in turn, built what is now known as the Golden Monkey Cottages. I used to see them walking around with their monkey. In the photos below, we we’re waiting for our ride right on the beach in front of the cottages.


We usually explore the west side where Natnat Beach is because it has such a beautiful snorkeling site, but this time we explored the east side, dropped by Bucal Island and actually went up Cadlao to see the lake. That involved a trek through limestone cliffs and some planks while on the lake itself.


September 25, 2005

Early morning had us taking a trike to the baranggay of Corong-Corong 3km outside town proper and boarding a boat to Lapus Lapus beach, where a friend of Rose has a beautiful home overlooking the beach. It was the home of a Fil-American yogi and it was evident on the simplicity of the home. Out on the rocks, a balcony was set up especially for yoga and the classes that she holds when she is in the country.

From here, one can see Marimegmeg Beach, Depeldet Island and Pinagbuyutan Island.