Taiwan Excellence taps Iya Villania as Image Endorser

TaiwanExcellence_EnglishTaiwan Excellence group recently launched its string of participating global brands and the presentation of model, actress, host & VJ, Iya Villania as its newest and latest image endorser held at Fairmont Hotel in Makati. Congratulations Iya and to the board members of Taiwan Excellence!


NBA3x presents DeMar DeRozan in Manila July 4-6



NBA 3X Philippines 2014 presented by Sprite returns to Manila at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall from July 4 – 6, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sprite announced today. Now in its fourth year, the event combines exciting 3×3 on-court competition with free authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages.

NBA 3X Philippines 2014 presented by Sprite celebrates basketball and NBA culture with free fan activities including a slam dunk contest, basketball clinics, 3-point shootouts, skills challenges, autograph sessions, and more. To keep fans entertained, there will also be performances by an NBA dance team, an NBA mascot, live bands and DJs, as well as NBA merchandise giveaways.

 2014 NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors will headline this year’s event and be on hand to help run clinics and interact with fans.

 DeRozan guided the Raptors to a 48-win season—the team’s most successful regular season campaign ever—and helped steer them back into the Playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 NBA Season. DeRozan led the team in scoring (23.9 ppg) and minutes played (40.3 min) during their postseason run.


“I’m excited for my first visit to the Philippines to experience the country’s unique culture and to be a part of NBA 3X,” said DeRozan. “Filipinos are world-renowned for their passion for the NBA and I can’t wait for this exciting showcase of their basketball skills.”

The competitive 3×3 tournament features divisions for boys under-18, under-16, and under-13, and for girls under-18 and under-16. The event will also include open categories for both men and women along with an invitation only Celebrity Division featuring popular local TV and music personalities. Registration for NBA 3X Philippines 2014 presented by Sprite began June 6, on a first-come first-serve basis, thru June 27 or until all slots are full. NBA 3X Philippines 2013 saw record levels of demand with more than 170 teams on the waitlist vying to get a spot into the tournament. As a result, the Philippine International Convention Center will once again be utilized as a secondary venue to accommodate the teams.

“NBA fans in the Philippines have been treated to a historic year of activities with the staging of the first-ever NBA preseason game in Southeast Asia in Manila, followed by the opening of NBA Cafe Manila—a first-of-its-kind NBA destination,” said Carlo Singson, Philippines Country Manager, NBA Asia. “With the return of NBA 3X Philippines presented by Sprite, we continue our goal of providing our loyal supporters with authentic ways to engage with the NBA, be it through events, television programming, NBA.com or social media.”

Leading the Coca-Cola Company’s brand association with the NBA is Sprite, the world’s leading lemon-lime sparkling beverage and the Philippines’ no. 1 flavored soft drink. Sprite has been the Official Soft Drink of the NBA in the U.S. since 1994.

“In a country where both Sprite and street basketball are tremendously popular, we are glad to be able to support programs that encourage people to play basketball, stay physically active, improve strength and endurance, achieve energy balance, and drink Sprite,” said Teejae Sonza, Marketing Manager for Sparkling of Coca-Cola Philippines. “Sprite has been the presenting partner for NBA 3X Philippines since its launch in 2011 and we look forward to another great event for the entire family to enjoy.”

Along with presenting partner Sprite, official partners of NBA 3X Philippines 2014 include adidas, Smart Communications and PLDT, KFC and Phoenix Petroleum, with Acer and Spalding serving as supporting partners. Official NBA broadcasters are ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Basketball TV.

 All participants of the NBA 3X Philippines 2014 presented by Sprite will receive a jersey and NBA sling bag. There will also be prizes for the winner of each division. Registration fees for the age divisions run at Php1,000 per team, and for open divisions at Php1,600 pesos per team.

For more information on NBA 3X Philippines 2014 presented by Sprite and to register for the 3×3 tournament, log on to www.nba3x.com/philippines. Fans can also get updates on the event by following the NBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nba_philippines and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/nba3xasia and www.facebook.com/philsnba.

Happy #Zoocial Media Day!

zmdayZoomanity Group, the leader in Theme Parks in the Philippines with CEO Robert Laurel Yupangco is celebrating & joining the whole world for the 3rd Annual Social Media Day with “Zoocial Media Day for Bloggers” event on June 28, 2014 and inviting Bloggers to visit Paradizoo Farm in Mendez, Cavite and Residence Inn, Tagaytay for free and with transport provided.

This is to give thanks for the support of the online influencers in making the different theme parks (Zoobic Safari in Zambales, Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga,  Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Residence Inn, Tagaytay, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol & Z Planet inside Star City in Manila) under Zoomanity Group as the preferred destination of families, students and tourists for their relaxing time & when they just like to be in nature and to have an animal encounter.
For the Zoocial Media Day event for Bloggers, expect to be in nature and agricultural setting inside the 12 hectares farm facility of Paradizoo. Enjoy the vegetable picking, farm animals encounter like Ostriches,  Horses in different sizes, Pot belly pigs,  learn about the bees then try the Zing line ride afterwards.
Just recently, Zoomanity Group celebrated the year of the horse with the biggest horse parade in the Philippines and proudly showing off their different breed of horses from Stallion to miniature horses.
The other theme park to be visited on June 28, 2014 is Residence Inn at Tagaytay City. It’s a 2 hectares facility with an exclusive rooms since there are only 12 units overlooking the majestic Taal volcano of Batangas. At Residence Inn, you will find exotic animals from different colors of Burmese Python, Tigers, Crocodiles to the king of the jungle: the mighty lions.
According to Marketing & Branding Consultant Grace Bondad Nicolas, “The owner of this company Mr. Robert Yupangco believes about the power of Social Media thus supporting the awareness for Social Media Day. Zoomanity Group is inviting Bloggers to join in this annual event to have a Zoorific experience.”

I really love animals so much so seeing and being with them upclose. Being at Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite for the first time was a lot of fun! The theme farm is sooo huge at 12 hectares with a lot of areas to explore! I was impressed that they also breed animals that’s why it’s ok to sell some to the public. The welcome drink of lemon grass “tanglad” juice was very refreshing and had just the right combo of lemon and honey for my tasting. Our assigned tour guide was Ms. Karen who accompanied our group and has a mastery of the entire place! 

All of their animals are simply adorable. Felt like a kid again taking pics of horses, cows, ostriches, rabbits and even pot belly pigs! And speaking of cows, they have a resident cow named Voltes V due to her 5th limb! Amaaazing! Me and fellow bloggers took lots of pictures!

We even learned how to milk a goat! Well at least a couple of us. It’s not easy milking them since you have to be extra careful not to hurt them in the process. One must also be hygienic at all times to ensure no untoward infection happens.

Aside from these exciting animals, Paradizoo also has a very lovely and colorful flower garden which can be the perfect wedding or anniversary venue. The different colored-butterflies endlessly flying over various flowers inside the Butterfly House is as fun as always. Very challenging to capture these winged wonders in action on cam. Paradizoo also breeds Bees and sell some pure honey produce. The caretaker shared with us there is bee season for harvesting honey and it is during the rainy season that’s most challenging for them to maintain the thousands of bees. 

There is also a Pet Cemetery inside the farm and a replica of a Noah’s Arc beside it. Remember in the Bible when Noah tried saving all the animals before the Great Flood? It’s the depiction on just how abundant the animals are at Paradizoo.

Some of my fellow bloggers bought lots of plants and vegetables at a good price. I had a fun time seeing all the popular plants and herbs i see in the Food Network channel. They have lots of basil. parsely, mint, lettuces, beans and I believe the entire veggie listing in the popular Bahay Kubo song!

Our fun did not end at Paradizoo for we were brought next to Casa Alegria for a hearty lunch with a perfect view of Taal Volcano overlooking Taal Lake! The road going down was very steep and challenging to our driver. Good job kuya! The moment we arrived, all of us headed up the rooftop for lots of photo ops with the cute volcano and out came the monopod selfies and groupies, haha! We were served crispy pata and a very yummy soup and tasty green mango ensalada! Healthy drink was courtesy of buco water direct from the husk! I felt we were dining by the beachside, haha!

Ms. Arlene who manages the place gave us a quick tour of the rooms all with a perfect view of Taal Volcano in all angles. They have Family Rooms and a Couple’s Room just right for honeymooners, celebrating their anniversaries or simply a relaxing romantic vacation. Very good referral to families or barkadas looking for affordable alternative hotels to stay in this side of Tagaytay.

Another great place to visit to in Tagaytay is Residence Inn. You thought it’s only for staying in but the place also has more animal attractions and a cool zipline overlooking the lake! Our group had one of the best hands on experience holding a live albino python named Alvin! It was my first time to actually hold a cold snake! Whoa their scales for me are ticklish! I have really brave fellow bloggers who even had solo pics with Alvin, like me! We also had a sit beside shot with a baby Bengal tiger who really loves to drink milk! Again, my first time to actually sit beside this wild but well-loved creature. Gooo USTe!

Was also fun having our pics taken with the resident cuckatoo, iguana and owl! I called it the Harry Potter owl haha!

I love ziplines! And I did not miss the chance to also try this one which looked like a very good try for beginners or who haven’t tried zipping before.


Team Gilas 2014 FIBA Jerseys Launched

GE DIGITAL CAMERAGE DIGITAL CAMERACongrats Team GILAS PILIPINAS on your new spanking uniforms & thank you NIKE PH!

Great Tasting You Again …CAJUN!

CAJUN DINNER at Megamall courtesy of FILA PH for bloggers who covered their FILA ‘PINAS MEET & GREET Mall Tour June 21, 2014
It was great tasting you again after having first tasted you at your Quezon City branch (original)
Your spare ribs are yummy & soooo tender! We ordered salad, the Family Platter, and desserts. Due to excitement, forgot to take a picture of my Hawaiian Burger, aww! IMG_20140621_193945GE DIGITAL CAMERA??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????YumYumYumYum2Ooops, ice cream choco cake dessert on the right almost wiped out!

Bonus treat from Cajun management – thank you for the Chef Tony’s Caramel popcorn (my fave flavor) and  Jalapeno chips!
YumYum3Corn22CooL photo-ops with fellow bloggers Lariza Garcia & Rey Esteves and Philippiue Volcanoes rugby players at dinner. Nice pics as well with one of the managers, Sir Ed ☺ Till next time Cajun! IMG_20140621_202132VolcaPauloKitMeeeeVolcaHarryMeJakeDavidGazRu22222Me&MgrED
Many thanks FILA PH and CAJUN, Megamall. thank you for the assistance Sir Ed and your mighty crew & staff  ☺☺☺

FILAPh Weekend Meet & Greets

It’s FILA Weekend!
Come drop by their stores June 21 & 22
for a chance to meet & greet
Fabio Ide, Tim Yap, Tessa Prieto-Valdez, The Volcanoes
and newest brand ambassador
Michael Martinez (June 21 6PM at SM Megamall FILA Store)



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