Thursday, December 23, 2010

Win a Free Boracay Package from WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc

Bamboo Boracay Beach Resort - Win a Free Boracay Package only from - WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc.

WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc. is one of the most respected and trusted names in Philippines Travel, arranging short trips and family vacations to any of the 7,107 Philippines Islands. We have been specializing in all inclusive packages since 2005 to top destinations like, Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Puerto Galera, Baguio, Tagaytay, and Manila as-well-as other island destinations.

Enter this Contest for a chance to Win A Free Boracay Vacation Package to BAMBOO BORACAY BEACH RESORT only from - WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc.

WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc. is the 1st travel agency in the Philippines to offer FREE VACATION PACKAGES  to BORACAY ISLAND, the number #1 Philippines Tourist Destination. Now everyone has a chance to WIN a FREE all expenses paid vacation to Boracay, and all you have to do is to enter the contest is to CREATE a BLOG and paste this info into it, that’s it, it’s just that easy.

Enter our Free Boracay Vacation Package Giveaway at –

3 Days / 2 Nights - Bamboo Boracay Beach Resort

Enjoy this beachfront resort in Boracay located in station 3, set just a few meter from the beautiful Boracay beach, where you will enjoy beautiful Boracay sunsets and music. The Bamboo Boracay Beach Resort specializing in pampering their guest with beautiful rooms, delicious food, and excellent service from their professional staff.

Flights to Boracay - Manila to Kalibo Airport via Philippine Airlines

No true vacation package is complete without having the air-fare included. WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc. will be including ROUNDTRIP AIR-FARE from Manila to Kalibo and back to Manila. Once you arrive at the Kalibo airport you will be greeted by SOUTHWEST Travel & Tours, and transported to Boracay Island via a tour bus.

Boracay Island Transfers - Kalibo Airport to Boracay (roundtrip)

SOUTHWEST Travel & Tours is the OFFICIAL transport company of WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc. SouthWest Travel & Tours has been in business for over 15 years, and is considered one of the safest carriers in the Philippines.

Daily Breakfast – Buffet Style

The winners to this Free Boracay Package will also have included a daily breakfast, a set breakfast will be served at the Bamboo Boracay Restaurant.

Boracay Activities - Island Hopping Tour

For one full day our winners will enjoy a tour around Boracay Island that includes snorkeling, as-well as visiting surrounding beaches. (does not include entrance fee into Crystal Cove)

Win an iPad and other gadgets with BuzzKorea!

Inspired Together

Korea Tourism Organization’s official global campaign, buzz Korea, will be holding a special event from December 15, 2010 to January 15, 2011 for people to become a part of buzz Korea’s mission to promote Korea through social media.
Buzz Korea will be holding three different events during this specified time frame. We encourage you to participate in all of them!
Event 1: Sign-up for i buzz!
Participants will need to sign-up for i buzz and enter their blog address into the personal information section. By signing up for i buzz, participants will be automatically entered into the event to win an iPad. One lucky winner will win an iPad and five other winners will win a traditional name care case.) 
Event 2: Join let’s buzz!
Participants are to write a post on their travels in Korea into their blogs. By entering buzzKorea into the title or name tag, participants will be automatically entered to win a Macbook Air. One lucky winner will win the Macbook Air and 10 other winners will win an iTunes $20 gift card.
There is one more special surprise. For those who write the best posts, they will be awarded with more prizes. Six posts will be chosen, and the best out of these posts will be given a Samsung digital camera NX 100 and the other five posts will be awarded with a traditional name care case.) 
Event 3: Promote buzz Korea!
Participants are to copy and paste the buzz Korea URL,, into their blogs, twitter or facebook. Afterwards, participants are to register their blogs, twitter or facebook into the buzz Korea website.
One lucky winner will win an iPad and five others will win a traditional name care case.)
NOTE : All winners would be announced on January 31, 2011.

Visit the buzz Korea’s webpage,, for more information. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Loving Bonifacio Global City

People say that one’s lifestyle is defined by one’s city. If that were true, then I probably am a living, breathing fragment of that big scoop of wonderful called Bonifacio Global City. Yes, I have more than enough reasons to love the BGC district. From ultra chi-chi malls to dirt-cheap bazaars, art tours to fun runs, ritzy restaurants to quiet coffee shops, I find myself waking up to interesting everydays right at the heart of BGC.

Dining out can be quite a challenge here with its wide array of restaurants. For an Asian-fusion dinner, my top pick is Chef Laudico at Netsquare. For a cozy and laidback night with scrumptious tapas and some Spanish wine, I usually head towards Barcino in Forbeswood Heights . Being a big fan of French cuisine, I swear by the croissants and aperitifs at Alexandre ( 31st Street ) , the Pinot Noir at Cuillere (Serendra) and the lamb shank Provencal at Je Suis Gourmand (Net One). For a night cap, there are eclectic drinks being served at Distillery in Burgos Circle. There’s always something to do at Bonifacio Global City . Each day holds a wonderful bag of surprises for me---- there’s always a new shop to ransack, a happy mix of people to carouse with, a new restaurant to test and a wave of hot parties to get invited to.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cats Now and Forever this July 2010!

Theatre-philes everywhere are having sleepless nights in anticipation of the biggest theatre event this yearTony winner Lea Salonga is set to star as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats Now and Forever", the second-longest running musical in Broadway history at the Cultural Center of the Philippines- Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo beginning July 24, 2010 until August 2010. She will be joined by an international cast from Australia and the United Kingdom.

The show, based on a T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber including the karaoke killer “Memory”. Before becoming a Broadway sensation, “Cats” first opened in London’s West End in 1981 and went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award and the Tony Award for Best Musical. It originally starred Broadway icon Elaine Page (not to be confused with "Juno" star, Ellen Page.)

The show is brought to us by David Atkins Enterprises, Concertus Inc., Lunchbox Theatrical Productions , The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and All Youth Channels Inc.. Presented by Citi and supported by Infinity powered by Smart,Philippine Airlines, McDonald’s.With the official marketing arm, OOCL  and Dusit Thani the official Hotel.

Get your tickets now before you miss your chance to see the award-winning musical! Here are the Show Dates:                

 SAT July 24 Matinee
SAT July 24 Evening
SUN July 25 Matinee
SUN July 25 Evening
TUE July 27 Evening
WED July 28 Evening
THU July 29 Evening
FRI July 30 Evening

SAT July 31 Matinee
SAT July 31 Evening
SUN August 1 Matinee
SUN August 1 Evening
TUE August 3 Evening
WED August 4 Evening
THU August 5 Evening
FRI August 6 Evening

SAT August 7 Matinee
SAT August 7 Evening
SUN August 8 Matinee
SUN August 8 Evening
TUE August 10 EveningWED August 11 Evening
THU August 12 Evening
FRI August 13 Evening
SAT August 14 Matinee
Ticket Prices:MatineeSAT (3:00pm) 
SUN (2:30pm) 
PhP7000 PhP5000 PhP3500 PhP2000 PhP1000
 EveningsTUE, WED, THU (8:00pm)
SUN (7:30pm)
PhP6000 PhP4500 PhP3000 PhP1500 PhP750
 EveningsFRI, SAT (8:00pm)
PhP7000 PhP5000 PhP3500 PhP2000 Php1000

SAT August 14 Evening
SUN August 15 Matinee

SUN August 15 Evening
Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets. Visit Cats in Manila Facebook page ( and Tumbler page ( for more details and updates.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Am an Explorer!: Conquering Ilocos...on Video

"Explore your mind, discover yourself. There are heroic possibilities waiting to be discovered in every person.– a memorable genius once said

It’s an amazing feeling when you put on your adventurer’s hat, eager to explore a new place and in the process, you end up discovering new things about yourself. An untapped potential you didn’t know was there and was just waiting to be unraveled.

Last May, my siblings and I packed our bags on a three-day, two-night getaway to one of the country's hottest summer destinations, Ilocos. This three-day vanishing act couldn’t have come at a better time. I was more burned out than an effigy at an anti-PGMA rally, and was dying to get away from the pre-election craze. And what could be a better escape than the swirling turquoise tubes of Pagudpud and the lovely smell of beach spray? Or perhaps, a plateful of Vigan longganisa on the side?

So we gleefully embarked on our evening flight to Laoag almost bursting with anticipation. Our first night in Ilocos was spent sleeping and cooling our socks at Northview Hotel, a budget-friendly inn which was a five-minute drive from Laoag International Airport.

 facade of Northview Hotel

The real action began on the second day when we explored the lusty, lusty sun, sand and sea of Pagudpud. We took an almost two-hour ride in an aircon-less bus on our way to the coastal resort town (fare is at P60). Upon arrival at the town proper, we hired a tricycle driver to give us a Pagudpud tour for just a thousand pesos. To sweeten the pot further, we sat down and tantalized our taste buds at a nearby carinderia with an exquisite Ilocano breakfast: dinengdeng, bagnet and the to-die-for Vigan longganisa.

gateway to Pagudpud

We had time to burn what we ate when we took the 1.5- kilometer trek to the majestic Kabigan Falls in Brgy. Balaoi. Jeepneys or even motorcycles are not allowed in the area so we had no choice but to take a sun-splashed walk across rice fields and shallow rivers. If you think this will just be another leisurely trek, think again. The trail runs across low cliffs and dips down to some rocks that could get slippery. Despite that, the trail is too scenic too ignore. You could find yourself stopping sometimes and just admiring the lush greenery.

the trail to Kabigan Falls

 the 90-ft. Kabigan Falls

Next stop was the Patapat Viaduct, a concrete coastal bridge that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag to the Cagayan Valley Region. We posed for a few pictures before hitting the road and leapfrogging to the piece de resistance of this trip – the Blue Lagoon!

Patapat Viaduct

 polvoron-like sand of Blue Lagoon

The beach is L-O-V-E! No amount of advanced information could really prepare you for the beauty of the mesmerizing Blue Lagoon beach. The moment I laid my eyes on it, I wanted to run like a five-year old and bury my head under its polvoron- like sand. Equally-fetching are the Bantay Abot Caves, the Timmangtang Rock and the famed Bangui Windmills which are not hard to miss on the way to the beach.

 clockwise: Blue Lagoon, Timmangtang Rock, Bantay Abot Caves and the Bangui Windmills

We all got into Annie Leibovitz mode and started taking pictures. And that’s when inspiration hit me: this place is too stunning to be frozen in a photograph. It should be captured on a moving medium that could give justice to its natural beauty….Yes, I should make a music video, right here! In Ilocos!

Armed with my dependable digicam and the instincts of an amateur, I set out to explore the creative possibilities of handheld filmmaking. I choose to lipsynch to a cheeky track by one of my favorite artists, Michael Penn. Soon enough, I was having more fun in this trip than ever. Instead of the usual plethora of a bazillion blurred pictures, I bobbed my head and sang along with Michael Penn all the while capturing it on video.

 from top: interior of St. William's Cathedral, the Sinking Bell Tower and the Marcos Museum

The day that followed was spent taking more video shots at the historic town of Vigan. Our timetable was littered with visits to the St. William’s Cathedral, the Sinking Bell Tower and the Marcos Museum in Batac.

 Paoay Church

A major highlight was our detour to the breathtaking Paoay Church (St. Augustine Church), a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its unique 16th century “Earthquake Baroque” architecture. But the real treat was the calesa ride down the quiet, cobblestone streets of Heritage Village (for P50) right in the heart of Vigan. It was a transporting experience to stroll down alleys upon alleys of colonial architecture. It leaves you in a pensive mood and gives you a better appreciation of the past. I wasted no time in setting up my camera and doing silly bits for my video.

 Heritage Park

My Ilocos trip was memorable in so many levels. First, as a traveler with an insatiable wanderlust, I was able to discover the crystal-clear beaches of Ilocos Norte and the heritage of the south. Second, as an explorer who continues to find new avenues of self-growth, I was able to unravel my knack for filmmaking and revel in it. And so without further ado, let me show you the music video I filmed in Ilocos. (see video below).

Proof that Dora isn’t the only explorer around these parts. “I am an Explorer and I use IE8!”.

Mirro sings No Myth from Silverscreen Surfer on Vimeo.
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