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April 2013

Earth Day/Week on Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

RMAF By April 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

At Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation’s social network sites, Earth Day was not only celebrated for one day, but for a week! These posts, from RMAF’s Instagram appeared on April 22-26, 2013. Kudos to the foundation’s social media team!

Sithiporn Kridakara (Thailand), Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service, 1967.

Angel Alcala (Philippines), Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service, 1992, for his pioneering scientific leadership in rehabilitating the coral reefs of the Philippines and in sustaining for Filipinos the natural abundance of their country’s marine life.

Chandi Prasad Bhatt (India), Ramon Magysaysay Awardee for Community Leadership, 1982.


Digital Photographer Philippines 7th Anniversary – May 4, 2013

Photography By April 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Spread it like a virus.. The biggest FREE photography event in the country is happening on May 4! Lectures and live shoots from the best filipino photographers, great raffle items, awesome exhibit, booze, and everything nice.. Save the date and share to all your friends. Leggo!

For more information, visit the following websites:
Facebook: DPP Magazine


Travel Factor’s Forever Summer 2013 – Zambales

Travel Factor, Zambales By April 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments


You’ll begin your adventure with a scenic roadtrip to The Circle Hostel, San Felipe, Zambales, our home for the weekend. Looking around, you’ll see the many adventures that await you. Take a walk on the quiet beach. Be one with the ocean and try surfing. Go skimboarding. Or just simply soak in the sun. You’ll then feast on a sumptuous barbecue lunch, maybe down it with a cold bottle of beer.

You’ll want to take a nap, soak up more sun, create some art at the hostel, or surf. Or you could join the Forever Summer Yacht Party. Sail into Subic Bay aboard a beautiful yacht, feel the wind your face, catch some salt in your skin. Listen to the best island beats by DCFER, swim in the ocean. Watch the sunset.

A bonfire waits for you back at The Circle Hostel. You clink bottles and glasses with your new found friends. Coffeebreak Island takes the stage and deliver their dose of sweet island music. You wish this could go on forever. The sun rises, and the ocean invites you in.

Jun 1-2, 2013

Registration is now open:

FOREVER SUMMER is brought to you by Nescafe-in-a-can, Victory Liner, Maggi Magic Meals, OtterBox, Mellow947Dencio’s Bar and GrillLagu and The Circle Hostel.


Sa Wakas – A New Rock Musical April 13-28, 2013

Music, Theater By April 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

1. Watch Sa Wakas on April 13 and 14. Tickets are available at Ticketnet or through
2. One winner will be picked per show (April 13 – matinee and gala, April 14 – matinee and gala) with a total of four winners for the opening weekend.
3. Winners will be determined through a raffle based on seat numbers and will be announced during the intermission.
4. To claim the prize, winner will need to present ticket to the registration for validation.
5. VIP Pass will include the following: One (1) Sa Wakas Shirt, Signed Programme, a Sugarfree CD signed by Ebe Dancel, and Backstage Pass for two (2) to meet and greet the cast after the show.
6. Prizes should be claimed on the same day.


Vans Off the Wall Summer Music Jam – May 11, 2013

Music By April 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The concert will feature the best solo artists and bands in the country include Kamikazee, Urbandub, Save Me Hollywood, The Chongkeys, Moonstar 88, Rocksteddy,  and Franco.

Tickets to Vans Summer Music Jam 2013 will be available at all Vans Concert Stores and SM Department Stores

VANS OFF the Wall Summer Music Jam is brought to you by Vans with co-presented by The SM Store and Monster Energy.
Are you wondering how to get tickets? This is how:


The SM Cartoon Fest Launch at SM City Fairview

Family, Other Events By April 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

The SM City Fairview Annex Atrium was jam packed with moms, dads, kids, kids-at-heart, babies in strollers, mascots, as well as all kinds of cartoon character goodies this Friday afternoon. We quickly circled the entire area to find entrances, and to get an idea of the event’s general lay out, so we knew what we needed to do in that sea of people. Stage and audience area on one end, the booths and play centers in the middle, and the gift shop on the other end, next to the registration booth and main entrance to the cartoon fest. Check!

SM Cartoon Fest - SM City Fairview

We went around the booths as the characters were being introduced one by one onstage and the booths were still empty. We found a booth that Lia loved at first sight: the Barbie Ballerina booth, where there was a table for coloring pages and activity books, as well as a table where she could get her nails painted. My 4-year old daughter did not like the idea of having her nails painted, but took a seat without a moment’s hesitation on the activity table and started coloring Barbie pages.

She had to stop coloring when Spongebob went onstage and shrieked with delight upon the explosion of the confetti. Confetti that kids would love throwing onstage, up in the air, and at each other, afterwards.

SM Cartoon Fest - SM City Fairview

At five o’clock, the characters went to their respective booths one by one so kids could come meet them, or have their photos taken with them. Lia, upon going through all the booths, also one by one, and overwhelmed with the mascots’ sizes, said they were all scary so we went around the shop instead. And here is where she found the most joy, amidst the Barbies.

SM Cartoon Fest - SM City Fairview


SM Cartoon Fest Launch, SM Fairview, April 12, 2013

Other Events By April 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The SM Cartoon Fest is launching this coming Friday at SM Fairview from 4pm onwards. Go and bring the kids and the kids at heart!

Expecting a deluge of kids and kids-at-heart with their families at the SM Supermalls this summer, the country’s largest chain of malls is launching the biggest and only gathering of 38 cartoon characters in 44 malls nationwide on April 12. Dubbed “ SM Toonfest”, the summer-long festival that ends May 31 will feature a never-seen-before number of activities and cartoon-related toys and interesting finds for the whole family and the cartoon-lover to enjoy.

The SM Toonfest will showcase meet and greets with beloved characters such as Spongebob and Patrick, Dora and Boots, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Polly Pocket, Monster High, Big Bird, Bugs Bunny, Barbie, Green Lantern and many others. Fun activities include face painting, coloring contests, exciting raffle prizes, scrapbook making, cartoon film showings, arts and crafts shows and one-of-a-kind play centers and game areas. Special discounts will be available for toys and other character items on sale.SM’s Toonfest is supported by Bates/Nickelodeon, Richprime, Pacific Licensing, Honeybarn, Solar, Click Licensing and Astroplus/Magnavision, among others. With all the beloved cartoon characters in the malls this summer, SM can truly say, Everything’s Here.Watch out for more details on SM Toonfest events and promos


No Ordinary Summer with Franco, Urbandub and Queso [Update!]

B-Side By April 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Along with the new logo (awesome logo by the way), is the new venue and new poster for Cross Fade Productions‘ No Ordinary Summer gig with full-set performances from FrancoUrbandubQueso with Salamin and Dhruva Tara.

The venue has been moved to the B-Side courtyard, with the same ticket price. All previous ticket holders can use the same ticket.

Here is the Facebook event page:

For more information, contact/connect through the following:

Contact number:  +63.916.312.2483

To get to the venue:

The Collective (7274 Malugay St.), Makati

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:

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Revisiting Battalia Royale – A Dialogue

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By April 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

If you are a fan of Philippine Theater, and/or the production Battalia Royale, or interested in Contemporary Community Theater and Contemporary Theater Community, Crowdfunding Theater and The Blank Ticket Concept, you may wanna drop by the Pugad Lawin Studio this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3PM.

Open to the public meryenda + Talk/dialogue/ kuwentuhan on revisiting Battalia Royale, independent theater, Sipat Lawin Line-up for 2013, Grand Shift to Contemporary Community Theater and Contemporary Theater Community, Crowdfunding Theater and The Blank Ticket Concept. 

Bring meryenda to share! 🙂 Send a private message to confirm attendance. Bring friends!

 For more information, visit the Facebook event page here:

Or connect with Sipat Lawin Ensemble on Facebook.


Travel Tidbits: Ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran

Bohol, Cebu By April 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Coming from Bantayan Island, I took the bus from the port of Hagnaya to Cebu City and a cab from the Cebu North Bus Terminal to the port of Cebu to catch the 15:35 Ocean Jet ferry bound for Tagbilaran.

Fare was supposedly Php800 for both Open Air and Tourist/Airconditioned classes, as indicated on the website, but paid P500 (plus Php20 for the terminal fee) because there was an ongoing promo. How lucky!

*Click here for Ocean Jet fares and ticket info for their other destinations like Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Iloilo, Jagna, Siquijor.

The issued tickets have seat assignments but they really let passengers sit anywhere they like as long as the seat is empty. I dislike being in the airconditioned areas of ferries because to be honest, much as I love boats, and I travel a lot, I have motion sickness. I have always had motion sickness. So much so that I never took fun rides. I have never been to Enchanted Kingdom! Only because I would not be able to do anything there. I always booked the top deck of the Super Ferry or Negros Navigation too. So on this ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran, I took a seat, the best one actually, on the Open Air part of the ferry, with a direct view of the entire back part of the boat. And these are what I got because of that.

Travel Tidbits: Ocean Jet Ferry Cebu to Tagbilaran

I don’t know what I was passing by but I took photos anyway.

Travel Tidbits: Ocean Jet Ferry Cebu to Tagbilaran

Travel Tidbits: Ocean Jet Ferry Cebu to Tagbilaran


Travel Tidbits: The Road Southwards, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Palawan By April 5, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I got an invitation from the owners of Makulay Lodge to go to their house south of Puerto Princesa and I was eager to go. The lodge in El Nido is now being managed by their sons, Likha and Kalikasan, while the owners live in their house in Luzviminda, about 20 kilometers outside of the city proper of Puerto Princesa. There are two ways to get there, by land via bus or van bound for Aborlan or by boat, from the port at Callebajo to the port in Mangingisda.

Fresh from the very first flight of the day from Manila via ZestAir, I stepped into the cool and crisp morning air of Puerto Princesa and headed directly to Itoy’s Coffee House. I love Itoy’s Coffee House. I have been going there since 2008 and I like how they have improved through the years. The service is great, the staff, friendly, the coffee, good, even if the food is not so much. What I like best about them is that they are open at 7am. I stayed there for three hours before hopping on a multicab going to the San Jose terminal.

When I got to the terminal, the van that would pass by where I was getting off only had three passengers and was waiting for, probably, 10 more people, and I was told that it might take an hour for it to leave. I was advised to take a bus instead. A bus bound for Aborlan was pulling out of the terminal when I got there and it was full to the point of overflowing. I nevertheless threw my bags into the bus, near the doors, and hoisted myself up. I was laughing while thinking, “Igzoydiiing!”

I sat on my bags and held on tight. The sun was bright, the sky, blue, and foliage, green. The fresh breeze rushing through the windows rustled everyone’s hair, clothes, luggage, and even our spirits. Especially mine. Sitting on top of my bags, my booted feet dangling almost out the bus doors, I felt happy and free. I love open bus rides through rural areas.

It was a very narrow bus with two seats on each side, bright green outside, and very colorful inside. The baggage was so much that it was as high as the passengers’ shoulders and heads. Even I sat on two layers of bags.

Travel Tidbits: Puerto Princesa to Aborlan

Travel Tidbits: Puerto Princesa to Aborlan

Travel Tidbits: Puerto Princesa to Aborlan

The highlight of this bus ride was being reminded it was the blooming season for one of my favorite trees – the Palawan cherry (Cassia nodosa or Cassia x Palawan Cherry). The trees lined the road and made the scene very pretty.

Travel Tidbits: Puerto Princesa to Aborlan


Easter Egg Painting at Young Artists’ Studio Greenhills

Family, Music and Arts By April 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

It was a really fun Easter activity for the kids last Sunday at the Greenhills branch of Young Artists’ Studio.

Lia had been really looking forward to this egg painting activity and she was delighted to see the venue. The Young Artists’ Studio is located inside Sound Learning Therapy Center on the 3rd floor of the Promenade Bldg. at the corner of Wilson St. and P. Guevarra St., Greenhills, San Juan.

Young Artist's Studio: Easter Egg Painting

Young Artist's Studio: Easter Egg Painting

Young Artist's Studio: Easter Egg Painting