What a Grand #DongYan Wedding! Best Wishes!

Philippines’ primetime actor and actress Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera finally tied the knot December 30, 2014 at the actor’s childhood parish, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City. In attendance were at least 700 guests from business, politics, showbiz, friends and relatives. The church was adorned by imported flowers. It was magical

Reception for 1,000 guests happend at the Mall of Asia Arena. The creative and prodution team transformed the place into a stunning and elegant Spanish-inspired dining hall. It was nothing short of wonderful and so much more! Ever piece of item form the church down to the reception had a significant value to the royal couple…

Congrats and best wishes Dingdong and Marian,,,you are loved! God bless and May you have babies really soon!

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From SM With Love: Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoy

It’s this time of the year when families reunite and celebrate the happiest season of the year…the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ…the occasion is a lot joyous especially to the dear loved ones working abroad who will be homesick no more …

Now on its 3rd year, the SM Global Pinoy Program through Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy held a grand homecoming last December 15, featuring celebrities like PioloPascual at SM City Dasmariñas, Angeline Quinto at SM City Clark, Xian Lim at SM City Bacolod, Sam Milby at SM City General Santos, and Daniel Matsunaga at SM Southmall. Our Global Pinoys and their families also enjoyed exclusive discounts from selected stores at the SM Supermalls’ Balikbayan Specials.

The SM Global PinoyProgram aims to honor the OFWs and their families. To pay tribute and appreciation for our modern day heroes, SM Global Pinoy provides them with an exclusive lounge inside the SM Supermalls malls nationwide and gives them access to exclusive events, activities, perks and privileges.

This December 29, our Global Pinoys may also get a 10% discount on all items for a minimum of P2, 000 single-receipt purchase at The SM Store Pasalubong Sale. Simply present your SM Global Pinoy or BDO Kabayan card.

To add to their #MerrySMChristmas, our SM Global Pinoy guests received several prizes and freebies from the SM Global Pinoy partners: BDO, SM Store, SM Cinema, E-Plus, Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, Barrio Fiesta SkinWhite, Tom’s World, Informatics Institute, V.Y. Domingo Jewellers, Nokia.

SM Supermalls is dedicating this Christmas video to all our bagong bayani…the hardworking Overseas Filipino Workers…

A blessed Christmas to all Pinoys around the globe! 

Ciao Italia – The Venetian Condotel Staycation Review

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Everytime I travel with my mom and sister locally or abroad, we make sure we have a really good and affordable place to stay in where our belongings and other stuff will be safe and secured. But what about a staycation in the city?

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The lobby of the Venetial Condotel. All dressed up for the Yuletide Season.

And speaking of a place to stay in, yours truly is grateful to have been recently invited by a kind fellow blogger for a staycation experience right in the very heart of Manila. Knowing downtown Manila as having very interesting and years old of stay-in apartelles and lodges, discovering a new place is like a breath of fresh air.

Say hello to VENETIAN CONDOTEL conveniently located at the very corner of Aurora Boulevard and Felix Huertas St. in downtown Sta. Cruz, Manila. It is also a few blocks away from Chinese General Hospital and at least five to ten minutes from the Blumentritt-LRT Station along Rizal Avenue or Avenida. You can’t miss the building because of its bright orange red and yellow combination.
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It was a Saturday and after settling in at Room 306, my staycation buddy, who happened to be my Mom, were wowed by the elaborate jungle-themed room assigned to us at the third floor. And on top of our double-sized bed were our towels shaped like a giant bow! Simply lovely! It came to a point we did not want to touch our towels because of its nicely folded design. But since we needed to freshen up, we made sure we took great towel pics!
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The next elaborate thing in our room was the lifesize mirror with intricate side wood carvings that is baroque in nature. It’s not everyday you get to see huge mirrors in every condotel. Only at the Venetian Condotel you can.
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Boasting of having 25 rooms with Venice, Italy elaborately-inspired themes. thus the condotel name “Venetian” was derived from. One gets the feeling how it feels like to be in an Italian-inspired room. Something not usual in most condotels.
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Each room is furnished with a cable-ready TV, aircon and a bathroom with bidet among others. I love those washing gadgets!
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After freshening up and having dinner, my mom and I watched some cable shows until passed one in the morning. We’re such cable TV addicts having a very relaxing weekend experience at a cool condotel!

I also had the chance to have a peek at the other rooms in the 6-storey condotel. Admiring the elaborate bed head boards with side bed tables and chair in terno. Including the baroque wrought iron staircase leading to the 6th floor which gives you a great view of this side of Manila overlooking some parts of Caloocan and Quezon City. Rooms are studio-type and perfect for single and at least four pax occupancy,
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The Venetian Condotel also features a 100-200 seater Conference Room located at the 2nd floor ideal for lectures, talks and other indoor functions. We were informed there is a group of HRM students who hold some of their lectures there.
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You may ask, “So how much is it?”  There is a daily rate of P1,388 and P22,500 monthly for those who wish to stay longer and make it an alternative home. Not bad for a condotel set up! The premises is also equipped with a CCTV camera for security purposes.

One can also order in food and meals available on their menu if they don’t feel like eating out. I glanced at the list and the prices affordable.
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Our overnight staycation wrapped up quickly but nicely as we checked out by noontime Sunday recharged and ready to face another gruelling busy week.It was like undergoing a hearty spa session!
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If you are on the look out for a reliable and affordable condotel in this side of the city, the VENETIAN CONDOTEL  is the place to be. Try checking in now or refer your family or friends who are in need of a budget-friendly place.

For more info check out their
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/VENETIANCONDOTEL  Give them a text or ring
them up for inquiries at:
0917-923-2948
0925-554-0769
0939-934-7254
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My Mom who is very particular and meticulous when it comes to hotel stay ins was pleased with her Venetian Condotel experience. Not to forget to mention, we both loved the drapes and curtains of our room. Stylish and again european-inspired!
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Thank you Room 306 we miss you already and our appreciation to Ms. May and Aiza and the rest of management of the VENETIAN CONDOTEL for our fun relaxing experience. Staying in a condotel need not be that super expensive.
Many thanks Ms. Margaret Gomez for the kind invite and the thought of inviting yours truly to experience something fancy and truly Venetian!

Note: As of this writing, there is an ongoing DPWH road construction in front of the hotel. But as they say, “It’s business as usual!” 

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L.O.V.E. by Luke Sydnor (youtube)

What a Superbike Blast! Congrats Philippine Ducati Weekend 2014

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These mega superbikers painted the town red!

The 2nd Philippine Ducati Weekend held November 22-23 at Clark International Speedway was a smashing success! All thanks to the Ducati bike owners who graced the event together with their families, friends and fellow riding club mates.

Ducati Philippines’ General Manager Marc de Joya was at the entrance arc himself to welcome us media and bloggers to the exciting weekend event.

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The activity area was full-packed with several fun attractions to the participants and guests. Kids and adults alike had a grand time at the Inflatable Slide, Velcro Wall, Dunk Tank, Henna Tattoo, Spa and Caricature Corner, Photo Booth and of course the exciting Bull Ride! There was a Bike Wash area where a couple of very sexy foreigner bike wash ladies ready to clean and wash those Ducati bikes. I met and had pic with one of the ladies. Thank you Joanna for our photo op!

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Some of the riders took part in a short but fun obstacle course that tested their precision and speed by finishing the course in less than a minute!

A cool display of the popular Ducati Monster and Panigale bikes was set up and we could not stop taking pictures of it. It is not everyday we get to see these road wonders.
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Of course the main event of the PDWeekend was the appearance of former Superbike World Bike champion Carlos Checa who arrived at the Speedway in VIP style! Via a shiny blue helicopter, woot woot! That’s what I call, “grand entrance”!
IMG_20141122_105730Carlos is considered as one of the “rock stars” of the global Ducati community.

After landing, Carlos immediately checked the tracks out and rode onto his Ducati bike. It’s his way of shaking off jetlag as well I believe, haha! Being the world champ that he is, Carlos showed off his riding and super bike skills and even taught/shared some tips to fellow Ducatistis as he rode with them on the Speedway.
IMG_20141122_112552He then obliged for photo ops and autograph signing to the riders and bike enthusiasts alike myself included. I had my red 2XU cap signed by Carlos and it was a thrill!

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Later that evening, a press conference was held at the Piano Bar of the Fontana Resorts Hotel.
Together with Carlos at the VIP table were ATAT’s Jay Carrion, young riders Raniel Resuello with TJ Alberto, Marketing Director for Asia David James and Ducati Philippines’ President Toti Alberto.
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I got the chance to ask 17 year old TJ, the son of Mr. Alberto how he manages to train on the tracks while attending school. “It is not easy to train while going to school. But I am able to manage it through discipline. I mostly train during the weekends,” he shared.

FYI: TJ has been riding a motor bike since he was 10 years old.
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I also asked Mr. Checa what kind of legacy he would like to impart to his fellow bike riders. He gave a great response. ” It is not everyday you win in your tournaments or competitions. There will be others who will be better than you. You must have the passion and dedication in everything you do. Practice and make sacrifices. When you do these, anything can be possible.”

Very inspiring!
IMG_20141122_202254To also welcome the nice shiny yellow Ducati Scrambler in the Philippines, a luau-inspired pool party was held the same evening which was open to all participants, family and guests of the PDW. Unlimited house drinks, cocktail and pica pica food were served and believe me, I had a stomach-full of it, haha!

Many thanks to Sir Toti Alberto for the media dinner held at The Grill of Fontana Resorts. We appreciated it a whole lot!
IMG_20141122_204924GrillOverall, it was a really great and fun Philippine Ducati Weekend 2014. GM Marc was pleased to share very good sales of Ducati bikes this year and how the RP Market is faring well in Asia.

I have always been impressed with these king of the road Ducati super bikes. it may be one of the most expensive bikes out there but it is all worth the price. Seeing and hearing them dominate the road especially the super highways is now music to my ears.
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Congratulations to the organizers of PDW 2014 weekend. Looking forward to your next great events. Many thanks for the kind invite Ms. Cherry Bustamante-Burwell.

Long live DUCATI !!!

And finally, here you are…December!

hello decemberI guess this is all what we are waiting for to celebrate… the Yuletide Season aka the most wonderful and colorful glittery time of the year!
A season of joy, hope, giving and sheer happiness…
The time to  celebrate the birth of Jesus, Our Redeemer…

For most places around the world, there will be snow, but here in Manila in Asia, we have cold weather and slight drop in our temperatures. Excited to wear my sweaters and thick jackets!

Christmas parties and gift-giving among families, relatives and friends will be a-plenty.
So do your shopping now to avoid the dreaded holiday rush

In the meantime, let me check if I am in Santa’s list this year…for I have been a very good child, haha!   ☺☺                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             !

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