Sunday, November 1, 2015

SINULOG 2016 - Schedule of Activities

The biggest and grandest festival in the Philippines in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño. Celebrated every third weekend of January. This 2016, Sinulog Grand Parade will be on January 17, 2016 (Sunday). 

Sinulog 2015 - Bascilica del Santo Niño -
During the Novena Mass at Basilica del Sto. Niño - Cebu. 

SINULOG 2016 Schedule of Activities
(as of November 1, 2015)

December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016 : Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.


December 26, 2015 – January 23, 2016 : Sinulog 2015 Photo Exhibit @ SM City Cebu

January 3, 2016 (Saturday)  Sinulog Fun Run

5:00 A.M. : Elimination Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew

January 7, 2016 (Thursday)  Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus

4:00 A.M. : Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 A.M. : Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 A.M. : Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2016

January 8, 2016 (Friday)  Sinulog 2015 Kick Off

10:00 A.M. : Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. : Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
6:00 P.M. : Sinulog Choral Competition Grand Finals @ Fuente Osmeña
7:00 P.M. : Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 P.M. : Street Party Bands

January 9, 2016 (Saturday)  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan

1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by Department of Education - Cebu Province
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2015 Pre Pageant Night @ Ayala Activity Center
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol @ Fuente Osmeña Circle
9:00 p.m. : Concert @ Fuente Osmeña Circle, Street Party

January 10, 2016 (Sunday)  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan

3:00 A.M. : Cebu City 2015 Marathon –
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City  Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by University of San Carlos, Cebu Normal University, Salazar College of Science and Institute of Technology
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 11, 2016 (Monday)   

6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)                 

6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2016 (Wednesday)      

9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) by Department of Education - Cebu City Division
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2016 Coronation Night @ Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2016 (Thursday)

9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:00 P.M. : Balik Cebu Welcome Party @ Ayala Activity Center
6:30 P.M. : Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8:00 P.M. : Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog 2016 Idol Grand Finals @ the Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 15, 2016 (Friday)  Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)

4:00 A.M. : Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña - Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers)
                  @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:00 P.M. : Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew Finals @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Sinulog Festival Queen 2016 Coronation Night @ Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 P.M. : Cebu Popular Music Festival @ Cebu Coliseum

January 16, 2016 (Saturday)           

6:00 A.M. : Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Santo Niño
12:00 P.M. : 10th "The Street Vibration & Big Bike Rally 2016" by V-max Owner's Group, Inc. Cebu Chapter
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. : Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. : Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 17, 2016 (Sunday) Sinulog Grand Parade

4:00 A.M. : Mañanita Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. : Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma
8:00 A.M. : Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. : Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. : Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show @ SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. : Concert Series sa Sugbo @ SRP Grounds
12:00 MN : Sinulog Fireworks @SRP

January 18, 2016 (Monday)  : Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 22, 2016 (Friday)    “HUBO”

January 25, 2016 (Monday)   : First Cebu City Triathlon –

January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)   : Judging Sinulog 2016 Photo Contest

January 27, 2016 (Wednesday)  : Judging of Finalist in Short Film / Video Documentary and Music Video Contest

January 30, 2016 (Saturday)                                

1:00 P.M. : Screening of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. : Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

January 29, 2016 – February 6, 2016  :  Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2016" @ SM City Cebu 


Below are my photos of Sinulog 2015:
Sinulog 2015 - Bascilica del Santo Niño -
Rain or shine.

Lifedance 2015 -
Lifedance 2015 @ Sugbo Grounds, Cebu.
Cedric Lucero of
With Chef Niño. :D

Mark Gregana, Melchur Tolentino and Cedric Lucero - Sinulog 2015
With friends from Davao. On our way to Baseline, Mango Ave. Cebu City. :D
Cedric Lucero -
Strangers. Ha ha ha!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LIST: 2016 Philippine Holidays

Plan your vacations. Palace releases 2016 Philippine holiday dates.

The Proclamation No. 1105 signed by President Benigno Aquino declaring the regular holidays and special (non-working) days for the year 2016. There are ten regular holidays and nine special non-working days.

Please refer on the list of 2016 Philippine Holidays below:

Regular Holidays

New Year's Day  Friday, January 01, 2016
Maundy Thursday Thursday, March 24, 2016
Good Friday Friday, March 25, 2016
Araw ng Kagitingan Saturday, April 09, 2016
Labor Day Sunday, May 01, 2016
Independence Day  Sunday, June 12, 2016
National Heroes Day Monday, August 29, 2016
Bonifacio Day Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Christmas Day Sunday, December 25, 2016
Rizal Day  Friday, December 30, 2016

Special (Non-Working) Days

Chinese New Year Monday, February 08, 2016
EDSA People Power Revolution  Thursday, February 25, 2016
Black Saturday  Saturday, March 26, 2016
Ninoy Aquino Day  Sunday, August 21, 2016
All Saints Day Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Additional Special (Non-Working) Days

Saturday, January 02, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Philippine Holidays
2016 Philippine Holidays

2016 Philippine Holidays
2016 Philippine Holidays


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Globe Telecom first to host nationwide Clash of Clans tournament on July 25

Globe Telecom first to host nationwide Clash of Clans tournament on July 25 -

Partnering with CoC Philippines, the biggest Clash of Clans community in the country with over 65,000 members
Globe Telecom, through its digital brand for the youth Globe Prepaid, is set to host the country’s first Clash of Clans tournament starting on July 25 with over P2 million worth of prizes at stake.
As the purveyor of the Filipino digital lifestyle, Globe is conquering the mobile games arena with its GoSURF consumable data plan, which gives customers free access to top mobile games such as Clash of Clans.

Globe Telecom first to host nationwide Clash of Clans tournament on July 25 -

Together with Clash of Clans (CoC) Philippines, the biggest Clash of Clans community in the Philippines with over 65,000 members, Globe is calling on all Clashers to join the first-ever nationwide #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans tournament. Clashers are expected to bring out their best strategies in a series of two-day competitions that will be held in Manila, Laguna, La Union, Cebu and Davao. Globe worked closely with CoC Philippines to put up the tournament including its rules and regulations.
“The gaming community in the country is growing and it just shows how mobile gaming is gaining ground. We are excited to partner with CoC Philippines to bring the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans tournament to CoC players and communities nationwide. True to its name, this will be a next-level gaming event where participants can meet and share a common interest. Globe is excited to mount these types of events because it gives us the opportunity to support the passions of our customers, specifically the youth, which includes gaming. Not only do we strive to offer them offers that suit their digital lifestyle, but also experiences and events that harness their passions and interests," shares Dan Horan, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe.

Globe is set to giveaway over P2 million worth of cash prizes, gadgets and gems to the tournament’s finalists and winners.
To qualify, interested players must be a Globe customer registered to GoSURF50 which gives users 300MB of data for mobile browsing and an additional 400MB of data to access top mobile games such as Clash of Clans, Spotify, and Facebook for only P50 valid for 3 days.

Must be at least at Town Hall 3 and above to compete for the individual category or Town Hall 7 and above for the clan category.  -

Players should have a mobile device with internet connectivity and the Clash of Clans mobile game app and must be at least at Town Hall 3 and above to compete for the individual category or Town Hall 7 and above for the clan category. Troop level per Town Hall will not be considered. To register, players may just visit the Globe Prepaid booth located at the tournament venue.

Catch the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clash tournament presented by Globe Telecom and CoC Philippines on July 25-26 at Abreeza Mall, Davao; July 26-27 at TriNoma Mall, Quezon City;  August 1-2 at CSI Mall La Union and on August 28-29 at Ayala Center, Cebu. /PR

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Skytrax names AirAsia as world's best low-cost airline for 7th Consecutive Year

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes with Joy Caneba, CEO of AirAsia Philippines

PARIS, 16 JUNE 2015 – AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of the AirAsia Group has been named the ‘World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin’ and ‘Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat’ for the third consecutive year.

Skytrax is the global benchmark of airline excellence and one of the most prestigious accolades for the airline industry with 19 million customer surveys completed worldwide by over 160 nationalities, measuring standards across 41 key performance indicators of an airline’s front-line products and services.

Tan Sri Rafidah, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad and Benyamin Ismail, acting CEO of AirAsia X Berhad were present to receive the awards at the Skytrax World’s Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.

Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, the Group CEO of AirAsia X said, “We are thrilled to know that our guests have been enjoying the AirAsia X Premium Flatbed seats and we will work to further enhance our guests’ comfort and maintain our position as the best premium class cabin & seats in the low-cost airline category."

Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia; Mittu Chandilya, CEO of AirAsia India; Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia; Tan Sri Rafidah, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad; Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia;  Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad ; Joy Caneba, CEO of AirAsia Philippines; Benyamin Ismail, Acting CEO of AirAsia X Berhad.

Both the AirAsia and AirAsia X Group have carried nearly 300 million guests since their inception. AirAsia was established in 2001, and AirAsia X started off in 2007.

In 2014, the AirAsia X Group has expanded with the establishment of Thai AirAsia X (airline code XJ) and Indonesia AirAsia Extra (airline code XT), apart from the Malaysian-based AirAsia X Berhad (airline code D7).

The AirAsia X Group operates 26 Airbus A330s with an average age of 5 years and has a firm order of 55 Airbus A330neos with first delivery to begin in 2018.

The AirAsia X Premium Flatbeds feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen. Premium Flatbed guests also enjoy premium complimentary products and services including Pick A Seat, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Baggage, 40kg Baggage Allowance, Complimentary Meal and Pillow & Duvet.

Stay updated with AirAsia and AirAsia X’s activities via Facebook ( and Twitter ( /PR

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Turning Passion into Profit

Georgina Wilson - Sunnies Studios - Globe -
Sunnies Studios’ Georgina Wilson shares her journey of starting her own business and how technology drives its success
Georgina Wilson - Sunnies Studios - Globe -

It’s a little-known fact that business was always a favorite conversation topic for renowned international model and Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 host Georgina Wilson. With a multitude of successful fashion campaigns and hosting stints under her belt, it is impressive to note that Georgina is beauty and brains with a double major degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Sydney.

Her strong business acumen is furthered fueled by conversations with fellow entrepreneurs and friends Bea Soriano, Eric Dee and Martine Cajucom, as well as her love for all things fashion. With a fascination on how start-up brands grow to achieve success, together they put up Sunnies Studios, Inc., now one of the country’s biggest eyewear brands.

Since its launch in 2013, Sunnies has beefed up its mainstream presence as evident in its vibrant ads on major billboard sites and online platforms. With chic eyewear as the focus of their business, Georgina, Bea, Eric and Martine set out to build a brand that resonated with today’s generation. 

Sunnies houses on-trend and vintage-inspired unisex sunglasses.  With 30 outlets now rolled out across the country, its designs remain effortlessly. When asked how they were able to do it, the partners shared that it took hard work and perseverance to open their first shop. As Georgina shared, “We pursued building Sunnies not entirely knowing the challenges that lie ahead but knowing that we would always work on them together. That’s why it is also good that the four of us decided to do this together because we complement each other’s ideas and vision for the brand.”

From choosing the sunglass designs, making the shop posters, and heavy lifting stocks to the trunks of their cars, all of them are very hands-on. In hindsight, they all believed that doing all the legwork themselves led them to better understand their business venture inside out.

Doing business with friends also made it easier for them to divide work based on their areas of strength. Georgina was in charge of marketing, Martine became creative director, Eric handled finance, and Bea was on top of operations. As they performed their roles, one of the things that became clear to all four was that, in business, you have to act fast to seize windows of opportunity. With this key insight, they tooled themselves and their outlets to operate in a flash.

One of the best moments that showcased the go-getter attitude of the Sunnies Studios partners is last year’s Labor Day promotion. With only one-day lead time, the partners decided to have a Buy 1 Get 1 offer for the first store hour of May 1st in all their outlets nationwide. To pull it off, Eric created a chat group on a mobile app to get everyone on board in no time. With the help of social media promotions, people were already lining up in Sunnies shops even before they opened the next day.

Instances like this underscore the primary need for a reliable connection. Staying in touch even while mobile lets entrepreneurs like the Sunnies team to run their operations wherever they are. As Eric Dee said, “We make sure our outlets have internet access and that we are all equipped with mobile data for instant internet connection anytime, anywhere. That’s why we subscribe to a Globe myBusiness Postpaid Plan which allows us to mobilize our teams through texts, calls, and data whenever a big opportunity such as the Labor Day promo comes along.”

“To move at the quick pace that consumers are accustomed to today require tools and solutions made specifically for businesses like Sunnies Studios. We have powered Sunnies’ communication requirements to enable them to grow their brand in their own terms and at their own pace,” adds Martha Sazon, Globe Senior Vice President for Small & Medium Business Group. Sazon continues that it is a privilege to be a part of every business’ journey and adds, “With partner start-ups like Sunnies and with driven business owners like Georgina, Eric, Bea, and Martine, we continue to better understand what entrepreneurs need and what will make their business a success.”

Alongside Globe myBusiness’ innovative customizable postpaid plans, the small and medium enterprise arm of Globe also offers a portfolio of solutions that are made for entrepreneurs. Globe myBusiness solutions are created to maximize profits through services like mobile point-of-sales solution Globe Charge, boost efficiency with vehicle trackers and CCTVs for asset management, and aid in additional business advertisements through Large Format Displays (LFD).

To learn more about Sunnies Studios, check out Georgina, Bea, Martine and Eric’s video through the Globe myBusiness YouTube channel and in social media with hashtag #InspiringSuccess.

To know more about Globe myBusiness products, visit or email You can also follow the official Globe myBusiness Facebook page and on Twitter: @GlobemyBusiness or call its dedicated hotlines at (02) 730-1010 in Metro Manila and Luzon, (032) 401-1010 in Visayas and (082) 321-1010 in Mindanao. /PR

Sunday, June 14, 2015

2GO switches to Microsoft Office 365 provided by Globe Business

Globe Business, through its IT Enabled Services Group, once again enables 2GO Group Inc, the largest, premier logistics provider in the Philippines, with another cloud-based solution -- Microsoft Office 365.

To date, 2GO is Globe Business' biggest Microsoft Office 365 client with almost 3,000 licenses. As the world’s leading productivity application, Microsoft Office 365 provides enterprise-grade tools that brings together familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications that lets its users get things done easier and faster. 
Gabriel David, CIO of 2GO Group had this to say:  “Our email prior to O365 was a hosted MS Exchange provided by a local vendor. The main reason why we transferred from our old provider to O365 is reliability, plus the fact that O365 offers bigger storage and better collaboration tools.  Because of  the frequent issues and non-commitment by the local vendor to improve their infra and technology, we decided to look for other alternatives.  We did an in-depth study of O365 and other email solutions that could offer the same services. For us, O365 came up the strongest due to its technology, functionality and ease of use.”

David also continued that O365 deployment was reasonably easy. It took them around only one month to deploy almost 3,000 emails. There were a few challenges with the migration but with the help of Globe, issues were immediately addressed. “We wanted a single point of contact for the email, and when we found out Globe was a Cloud Service Provider of Microsoft, we were confident enough to work with them as majority of our infrastructure for  our Data Center and Back-up-as-a-Service (BaaS) is with Globe.  Our core services such as Direct Internet, MPLS and Wireless Mobile are also with Globe Business.”

“We thank 2GO for their continued business partnership.  Globe is a leader when it comes to innovation and we want to share what we know with our customers as we continuously look for solutions to their business pain points.  We partner with renowned companies the likes of Microsoft to give our customers the edge, as we enable them in their journey to digital transformation,” shared Rey Lugtu, Globe Vice President of IT Enabled Services.

(L to R) Lauro Lucas, Globe Enteprise Group Senior Account Manager; Rey Lugtu, Vice President, Globe IT Enabled Services Group; Gil Genio, Globe EVP & COO for International and Business Markets , Jerry Cruzabra – CFO, 2GO Group, Gabriel David, CIO, 2GO Group and Patricia Sadorra, Globe Enterprise Group Sales Cluster Head
With O365 provided by Globe, 2GO employees can easily access, store, transmit, and manipulate information, application and files virtually anywhere on PC, Mac and tablets. Powered by Microsoft Exchange Online, O365 allows users to sync and access business-class emails, Instant Messaging (IM), contacts and shared calendars that are on schedule.  O365 also lets users view and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files on multiple mobile devices from any browser.

Globe IT Enabled Services offers a range of IT solutions such as industry-accredited data centers, cloud solutions and managed services as well as a complete portfolio of business applications like machine-to-machine and productivity tools. To learn more, visit, contact your Globe Business Account Manager, or send an email to

Classic Mexican Telenovelas on BEAM Ch 31

Good news for lovers of classic Mexican telenovelas who are looking for an alternative to local and Korean standard drama fare.

Tagalog-dubbed hits La Madrasta (The Stepmother), Palabra de Mujer (A Woman’s Word), and Big Love (Llena de Amor) now air daily over BEAM UHF Free-to-Air Channel 31 in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Naga, Iloilo, and Zamboanga.  The programs are also available on cable in NCR via SkyCable Channel 72, Destiny Cable Channel 80, Cable Link Channel 82, and CableStar Channel 4, and Skycable Channel 20 in Cebu, Davao, and Baguio.  Airing starts daily from 5am - 7am and 7pm to 11pm with catch-up marathon on weekends in the same time slots.

Hit Mexican telenovela classic La Madrasta returns to the small screen with Victoria Ruffo and Cesar Evora.
 La Madrasta, which starred Victoria Ruffo and Cesar Evora, was an unexpected success when it was broadcast in Mexico back in 2005.  The drama is about Maria who was wrongly-accused of murder.  After many years in prison, she returned to be with her children and exact revenge on his husband Esteban who turned his back on her during the ordeal only to later be torn between her desire for justice and finding the strength to forgive.

A Woman’s Word, on the other hand, premiered in 2007 and is also the name of a TV talk show featured in the series.  It follows the intertwined lives of Vanesa, Fernanda, Paulina, and Matilde who despite their very different social backgrounds, embarked together on an exciting adventure in search of their personal fulfillment as professionals, and more importantly, as women. It was top-billed by Edith González, Yadhira Carrillo, Ludwika Paleta, and Lidia Ávila.

The lovely cast of A Woman’s Word, namely: Edith Gonzales, Yadhira Carrillo, Ludwika Paleta and Lidia Avila.
Meanwhile, Big Love which was aired in 2010, tells the story of Marianela, who may be huge in weight but is very positive in life even though she lived most of her childhood without the love and warmth of a family.  Played by Ariadne Diaz, Marianela experienced struggles in countless family intrigues that led her to live with her aunt in Spain.  After her aunt’s death, she went back to Mexico filled with optimism and self-confidence, determined to find her big love.

Ariadne Diaz playfully enacts a scene in Big Love.
The Spanish telenovela trend in the Philippines started in 1994 but began dwindling in popularity about a decade-and-a-half later as Asian dramas took over.  However, it continues to have some following particularly among young-to-middle aged women.

BEAM Channel 31 is a free-to-air TV being operated by Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media, Inc. (BEAM), owned by a joint consortium led by Bethlehem Holdings, Inc., an investee of Globe Telecom’s Retirement Fund.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Compass Hunt by Taft East Gate Cebu

Want to win Go Pro this summer? Taft East Gate Cebu is giving away Go Pro this summer! Just take a photo of the compass and tag Taft East Gate.

Photo by: Taft East Gate
Taft Properties is the real estate company of Metro Gaisano Group, the company behind Metro Department Store, the developer of Soltana Nature Residences - a resort inspired condominuim in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu and now developing Taft East Gate. 


1. Spot and take a photo of the Taft East Gate's COMPASS icon (see photo below) located at Pope John Paul II Ave., Corner Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City. You can also win other exciting prizes by taking a photo of Taft East Gate Icons / MOdels inside Metro Ayala Center Cebu.

Taft East Gate - Cebu. Photo by: Taft East Gate Official
2. Follow and like Taft East Gate's Offial account on Instagram and Facebook. 

Instagram: @TaftEastGateOfficial

3. Upload photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag:

#TaftEastGate #CompassHunt

4. Winners will be picked via raffle from April 20- April 30, 2015.

Other prizes:

Power Bank
Metro Gift Certificates worth P500 and P1,000

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Taft East Gate Cebu by Taft Properties

Taft East Gate - Cebu. Photo by: Taft Properties
The company behind the tallest building in Cebu - Horizons 101 and the resort-inspired condominium - Soltana Nature Residences is venturing to its new project in the heart of Cebu City - Taft East Gate.

A master-planned, mixed-use development comprised of 4 high-rise towers . A community in the heart of Cebu City supported with dinning and retail outlets to be developed in four phases.

It is conveniently located in the middle of the most popular business district in Cebu – Ayala Business Center and Cebu IT Park. Its strategic location allows professionals and business owners to keep a life of comfort, convenience and style.

Taft East Gate condominium will also house the most popular retail shops offering its occupants to shop without leaving the grand lobby of the condominium. SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu are only within a walking distance for more shopping choices.

Phase 1

Unit types offered: Studio, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom
(Balconies on selected units)

Total no. of units: 894 units

Floor Plan - Photo by Taft East Gate
Studio Units. Photo by Taft East Gate
1 Bedroom Unit - Photo by Taft East Gate
2 Bedroom Unit - Photo by Taft East Gate
Photo by Taft East Gate
The main features and amenities include the following:

Retail Shops
Swimming Pool
Multi-purpose Hall
Landscape Garden
Fitness Gym
Jogging Path

Other building features:

Standby Generator Set
Fire Alarm System
Four (4) High-Speed Elevators with Key Card Access
WiFi Connection in common areas
CCTV Cameras
24/7 Security

Location: Cardinal Rosales Avenue corner Juan Luna Avenue, Brgy. Mabolo, Cebu City
Land area: 15,000 sqm
Type of development: Mixed-Use Residential Development
Mobile No: +63 916 232 5343
Email Address:
Skype Account: tafteastgate
Official Website:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Singapore: Your Gateway to Priceless Experience

Planning to visit Singapore anytime soon this year? There are daily flights to and from Cebu to Singapore vice versa. You might want to read this post first to see what Singapore has to offer.

Day shot Marina Bay area - Singapore Flyer, GBTB, MBS and the highways . Photo by: Singapore Tourism Board 
Singapore gears up for another year of thrills as the country proves it's a place to see where the world is heading with a slew of grand festivities set to take place in 2015. Visitors of all ages can expect only the best experiences in Singapore. Whether it's  your first-time or you regularly visit, Singapore never runs out of celebrations that let you journey to a world of unique experiences set to spark wonder and excitement at every turn. This 2015, get ready for spectacular adventures, starting with:


World Gourmet Summit - 06 April to 03 May 2015

A celebration of culinary diversity since 1997. An annual epicurean festival that showcases the craftsmanship of prestigious chefs around the globe. Witness the world class culinary chefs from Spain, France, UK, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. List of chefs here. For the calendar of events, please click here. For more details about the event, you may visit their website at:

Great Singapore Sale - 3rd week of May till middle of July 2015

Interior shot of the shops in Bugis. Photo by: Singapore Tourism Board
If you happen to visit Singapore from 29 May to 26 July 2015, you are just in time for the Great Singapore Sale. Enjoy great deals from fashion, jewelry, watches, toys, electronics, and more, all over Singapore! The event also offers exclusive privileges from MasterCard® – Official Card of the Great Singapore Sale 2015. For more details, please feel free to visit:

South East Asian (SEA) Games - June 5 - 16, 2015

The goal of this event is to strengthen the ties of the South East Asian nations. It is Singapore's fourth time hosting the SEA Games which the country also commemorates the 50th year of independence. There will be 36 sports and 402 events this 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015. The Philippines will be sending approximately 400 athletes to participate in 33 sports. Visit the official website of 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 at:

2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix - September 18 - 20, 2015

Singapore has been the proud host of the world's only street night race since 2008. The backdrop of heritage buildings, modern architecture and breathtaking skyline culminates in an unparalleled combination of sights, sounds and a festive atmosphere. Come September 2015, the adrenaline-pumping non-stop action will once again enthrall crowds for the eighth year as the world's finest drivers prove their mettle on the challenging Marina Bay Street Circuit. Be part of a world-class event that combines gripping race action with an all-day entertainment program featuring international headliners, dazzling productions and delightful roving performances.

Race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd has unveiled three award winning, multi-platinum headliners for the 2015 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX entertainment line-up. American Grammy award winning acts Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 will headline the Padang Stage, Singapore’s largest outdoor entertainment stage. Over at the Village Stage, one of Britain’s most iconic and influential bands Spandau Ballet will be making their Singapore debut at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Race fans can enjoy significant savings of up to 25% off regular ticket prices during the early bird phase for the eighth installment of the world’s only street night race to be held on 18, 19 and 20 September. Marina Bay Street Circuit.

ZoukOut - Held on the weekend of the 2nd week of December

Singapore’s biggest annual dance music festival, ZoukOut. Tagged as “The time when light appears in the morning; dawn”. Usually held at one of the beaches on Sentosa island, a sun down to sunrise party, two days of best electronic music. 

Planning to make a trip and witness how Singaporeans party? You can buy ZoukOut tickets online. Just login to: For more details, please visit the ZoukOut Official Website at:

Attractions in Singapore:

Breakfast with Elmo & Friends - Available on Saturdays till 1st August 2015

Start your day right with Elmo and friends. Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa offers you a hearty breakfast buffet with a variety of delicious treats accompanied with fun and hugs by your Seasame Street's favorite characters. Available on Saturdays only until August 1, 2015. Don't forget to bring along your camera when you visit. More details on:

Trick Eye Museum Singapore - Located at Resorts World Sentosa 

Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, which refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions. With that, 2D paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings appear to pop out of the surface and come to life. Visitors are more than welcome to explore the various themed galleries with their eyes, hands and even cameras. Step inside the paintings to complete a visual narrative with your creative poses, and watch a “tricky” story unfold before your camera. 

Singapore is the very first stop of Trick Eye Museum’s foreign venture with a museum situated on the island of Sentosa. There are a total of 90 artworks in the museum, which consists of six zones in different themes- 'World of Masterpiece', 'Safari Kingdom', 'Star of Circus', 'Dream of Fairy Tale', 'Love In Winter' and 'Adventure Discovery'. Several artworks are designed with elements of Singapore's culture such as horse-racing and also Singapore's most iconic symbol - the 'Merlion'. Classic artworks of Trick Eye Museum such as the ‘Ames Room’ and ‘Magic Table’ are also featured. Trick Eye Museum is an attraction for people of all ages coming together with friends, families and their loved ones. Embark on the adventure as you enter the 3D battle field. At Trick Eye Museum, you’ll be creating unforgettable memories with friends and family amid fun and laughter, with a dash of educational and cultural enrichment. A fun and engaging photo experience awaits you!

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pose for photos with your favorite celebrities at 10 fully themed interactive zones that feature realistic wax figures bearing an incredible likeness to the real deal.

The renowned Madame Tussauds Museum – now in Singapore – is the place to be for a star-studded experience like no other, whether your dream has always been to ‘meet’ Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Sebastian Vettel or Lady Gaga! In addition, Madame Tussauds Singapore and Singapore Airlines recently announced the launch of a wax figure of the iconic Singapore Girl, one of Singapore’s best known icons.

Madame Tussauds Singapore is located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa and sits alongside Images of Singapore LIVE which is now open to the public. Images of Singapore LIVE introduces an entirely new element with live actors, telling stories about Singapore’s history. The two attractions are linked by the ‘Spirit of Singapore’ boat ride, the first-ever boat ride that lets visitors travel through a fantasy tropical garden that doubles as a cultural celebration of the city.

Alive Museum

Alive Museum is Singapore’s brand new fun and entertainment destination. Suitable for people of all ages, be it families, couples or tourists, the Alive Museum infuses and modernizes the concept of art into fun and entertainment. Sprawling over 10,000 sq ft, more than 80 artwork exhibits are brought alive with 3D painting, shading and drawing techniques that create visual illusions.

Visitors will not only be able to experience magical ideas in reality by touching and watching objects, they will be part of the masterpiece. Three genres of art in the form of 80 masterpieces including Trick Art, Digital Art and Object Art will give you lots of fun. At Alive Museum Singapore, visitors may get up close and see 9 locally themed paintings in addition to the other interactive pieces on exhibit.

Tulipmania Floral Display - Gardens by the Bay

Garden display with red colour flowers. Photo by: Singapore Tourism Board

The highly anticipated, annual Tulipmania display returns at Gardens by the Bay in March - this time amidst a colourful setting of magical fairy tales. In this third edition, visitors can look forward to an even wider selection of tulips at Tulipmania - over 40 varieties in a myriad of hues and forms.

Tulipmania is the second of six chapters in Gardens by the Bay's storytelling journey in 2015. This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes as told through the language of plants.

The highly anticipated, annual Tulipmania display returns to Gardens by the Bay from March 20 to May 10 - this time amidst a colourful setting of magical fairy tales. In this third edition, visitors can look forward to an even wider selection of tulips at Tulipmania - over 40 varieties in a myriad of hues and forms! Look out for captivating blooms like the scarlet "Red Riding Hood," the “Purple Prince,” and the “Orange Princess” as they grace familiar fairy tale settings like Cinderella‘s carriage, Rapunzel’s tower, and the ginger bread house of Hansel and Gretel. There’s even a tulip named “Singapore”!

Whatever the occasion, whether it is a family vacation, romantic getaway or a barkada trip, Singapore refreshing experiences for visitors promises to bring out the most unforgettable of experiences that will last a lifetime.

Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.

Nature's Paradise Photography Exhibition

Home to over 1.3 million plants and a diversity of fauna including birds, butterflies, dragonflies and even others, Gardens by the Bay is an eco-paradise for nature lovers and photographers. Be inspired and let the wonders bloom as you step into nature's paradise with a collection of winning and featured photographs from our visitors.

Date: February 6 - April 30, 2015
Time: 5:00AM to 2:00AM
Location: The Colonnade
Details: Admission is free.