Go Ahead and SLIDE!!!

Slidefest Philippines 
April 16 and 17, 2016 
Pacific Rim Street 
Filinvest City, Alabang
8AM – 10PM

Slidefest-Philippines2Slidefest Philippines is the first family-friendly, adrenalin-pumping GIANT slip-and-slide water event in the country. It is more than just a slide, it’s a festival. There will be music, food, drinks, water balloons, water guns, and the biggest slip-and-slide ever to hit the streets of the Philippines.

slidefest2Always flash those big smiles for cameras on strategic locations to best capture your unforgettable slip and slide moments! 

Slidefest-Philippines-2016My sister and I are trying it for the first time this Sunday weekend and we’re soooooo eggzoyteeeed! Hope we don’t forget to bring our sunblocks, haha!

Just visit  http://www.slidefest.com.ph/ for extra details and how to join. Perfect idea for a really splishy splashy weekend bonding with family and friends!

Many thanks Ms. Judy for the chance to experience this foamy thrill!  ☺☺☺




BALLET MANILA Sends Promising Dancers to Russian Fest

bmBMDance dreams can come true you know especially when you really work hard on it plus be in the company of rightful people who can help you make those aspirations happen.

Four young and promising dancers will represent Ballet Manila in the DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival, to be held from April 16 to 25 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

BM junior company members Nicole Barroso, Marinette Franco, Alvin Dictado and Joshua Enciso, were all handpicked by their artistic heads to participate in the prestigious festival, which will bring to the fore the fruits of their years of rigorous training in the Russian Vaganova method.

Fourteen-year-old Nicole, the youngest in the group, is a silver medalist (Junior B category) of the 2015 Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong, where Marinette, 16, was also a finalist. “Having trained exclusively in the Ballet Manila School, they both exude the style and technique of the Vaganova-trained dancer,” observes artistic director and prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, who is also the BM School director. “However, as individual artists, they are complete opposites when it comes to strengths. Whereas Marinette is tall and long with beautiful lines and extensions that go up and away, Nicole is a compact soubrette who is fast, charming and a turner.”

On his selection of the male delegates, co-artistic director Osias Barroso points out that both have “marvelous stage presence.” Joshua, 16 and an AGP finalist, is described to have “a wonderful ballon” while Alvin, 15, is “light on his feet.” Adds the former ballet master and principal danseur: “Although they are young, these boys have a good working attitude and they deliver onstage. I am confident that they will treasure this experience and strive harder to improve on whatever  physical limitations they may possess.”

Now on its 15th year, the DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival has become one of the most significant and highly-anticipated festivals in the international ballet calendar, featuring some of the brightest dancers, choreographers and companies in the world – from the keepers of the legendary classical tradition to the mavericks of modern dance. Gracing this year’s festival are ballet stars Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet), Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet), Elena Algado (Ballet Nacional de España), Silvia Azzoni (Hamburg Ballet), and Yonah Acosta (English National Ballet), among dozens of other internationally renowned soloists. Participating companies include the Bolshoi Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, the Vienna State Ballet, among others.


One of the integral elements of the DANCE OPEN is its Master Class program for young dancers, which gathers students from around the world for a week of rigorous training in the Russian ballet school tradition, which is considered to be the best in the world. “Since ballet is an art that is handed down directly from teacher to student, we know that our BM kids will gain invaluable experience training under legendary ballet professors such as Gennady Selyutsky and Elvira Tarasova, who are both esteemed national artists of Russia,” says Lisa, adding that at least two of the coaches – Igor Petrov of the Mariinsky Theater and Veronika Ivanova of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet – were her own contemporaries during the four years she spent studying and dancing in St. Petersburg.

On April 24, after completing their Master Classes, the four Filipino teens will join their international peers in performing at the “Young Stars Gala” scheduled at the historic Hermitage Theater, where they will be dancing on the very same stage where ballet icons like Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky took flight over a century ago. They will also participate in museum tours, as well as cultural and artistic exposure trips arranged especially for the junior delegates.

“I feel that this chance to train and perform in the very heart of Russian ballet will have a very positive impact on our young dancers,” Osias shares. “Given more opportunities like this, I am certain that they will all mature into able guardians of the BM tradition, which values excellence in the classics above all.”

Many thanks to Ms. Lisa and Sir Osias for sending a handful of your best. Good luck to all the promising four BM dancers. Make your mentors, coaches and families proud!

Follow and Like Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @balletmanila for the latest news and updates regarding classes, workshops and upcoming season shows.

PLDT Smart SME Nation gears up for its biggest tech summit for MSMEs

 TechIsland 3.0 to equip businesses for holistic digital transformation

pkdtManila, Philippines – PLDT Smart SME Nation’s annual business convention for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is back, this time to help Filipino MSMEs discover uncharted terrains in the ever changing digital landscape.

Now on its third year, TechIsland aims to educate, enable and empower MSMEs to solve real life business challenges through technology. In the past years, the forum focused on introducing MSMEs to ICT solutions for business. According to VP and PLDT Smart SME Nation Head Mitch Locsin, TechIsland 3.0 will now focus on “conquering new territories and markets in today’s dynamic business by harnessing digital tools and platforms.”

“We’ve already established that digital is here and it’s here to stay,” he said. “Now that everyone is on it, it’s time to challenge the standard business mindset and give our MSMEs a new perspective in managing their businesses, capturing and expanding their markets and handling competition. Online is where the action is, and we’re giving MSMEs the tools to thrive and survive in the digital arena.”

Happening on April 22 at the Harbour Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the highly anticipated business-to-business ICT forum is expected to draw in over a thousand participants including industry leaders, multinational organizations, start-ups and MSMEs from various industries. Unlike in previous years where participation was limited to IT practitioners, this year’s TechIsland 3.0 is now open to more people including professionals in the fields of marketing, sales, engineering, finance and procurement.

 This year is also historic in TechIsland history because, for the first time, slots will be open to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The formidable line-up of plenary speakers include PLDT EVP, Head of EICB and ePLDT CEO Eric R. Alberto, DENTSU Jayme Syfu Chief Executive Officer and “Chairmom” Merlee Jayme, PLDT Chief Strategy Officer Winston Damarillo, and Uber Manila General Manager Laurence Cua, among others.


Registration to TechIsland 3.0 is free. For more information on how to be part of this historic gathering of ICT leaders and innovators in the Philippines, go to techisland.ph.

Want to Try the MX4D Movie Experience @VistaCinemas ?

vistaBatman v Superman
Vista Cinemas
Vista Malls
Cinema 1 MX4D
Cinema 4 Dolby Atmos
vista3One of the coolest thing about the MX4D experience I’ve encountered was the sense of smell! Was pretty awesome!

Play and Learn with Super Stevie and Superdudes at Century City Mall

super2Superdudes is a funny and quirky children’s book created by Stevie Nicholson, a former member of the well-loved Australian children’s musical group Hi-5. The book, with illustrations by Nick Rudich, focuses on capturing the imagination of children in a playful and engaging way and is based on the philosophy that absolutely anyone and anything can be Super!

On April 16 at 1:30PM, 3:30PM and 5:30PM, enjoy the ultimate Superdudes experience with a Show and Workshop featuring Stevie Nicholson and the Superdudes in a fun-filled stage show! A ticket of Php 1,500 admits 1 child and 1 adult, and comes with a free Php 1,500 worth of Century City Mall Gift Certificates!

superbookWhat a privilege and blessing it is to have met High 5 alumni, Stevie who’s bubbly and perky character seems to have acquired endless energy especially during his media interviews. The children and toddlers alike love to be around him and during the Superdudes book launch, the parents and their guardians were also as excited meeting Super Stevie upclose.

“There is something with the kids here in the Philippines!” declares Stevie. “That is why it’s great to be back!”
You and your friends are always welcome here in the country Stevie. 
superThis junior reporter-blogger had a blast while doing Q & A with Super Stevie

So come along on an adventure and meet Stevie together with Pencil Pirate,Flutterby and Bubble Trouble! 
Tickets are available at http://www.ticketworld.com.ph. The Concierge booth at the ground level of Century City Mall will also offer tickets starting April 4. For further inquiries call the Century City Mall Concierge at 705-6200 loc. 111/112.

It’s TRENT as the (Final) @americanidol


@Trent.Harmon.Music will never forget April 7, 2016. He just made history!

America has decided and voted for #TrentHarmon to win as its final @americanidol grand champion after 15 memorable seasons! Congrats congrats from us all here in the #Philippines. Here’s hoping you’d come and visit us here in #Manila very soon.
trentguitarWe know you really did a great job and the Heavens has heard your prayers and rewarded you with a lifetime gift. Take care of your talent and here’s wishing you utmost success in your dream of becoming one of the best in your chosen singing career! Can’t wait for your CD and more songs from the heart ♥♥♥

Thank you and congrats to the entire hardworking, dedicated staff and team of #AmericanIdol for the many wonderful years of bringing out the best of the best singers that America can offer. You will be missed! Definitely!

Photo credits to @americanidol and Trent Harmon’s Facebook page. Thanks a bunch! ☺

Ulboc, Cray and Stuart Headline National Open 2016

This year’s version of the National open is unique in many ways. First, this year’s championships year marks the forging of a long-term partnership between Ayala Corporation and the PATAFA, after long hours of comprehensive discussions. Hence, the 2016 edition is billed the Ayala Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships. In addition, this year’s National Open returns to the Philippine capital, the hub of athletics in the country. The three-day scorching, live, action-packed competition will be held on April 7, 8, and 9 in PhilSports (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig. It will be open to the public.

The competition will kick off at daybreak on April 7 then culminate on April 9 by 5:00pm. On each day, competitions will start at 6 AM and then have a 6-hour mid-day break and resume at 4 P.M. to end at 8 P.M. The six-hour break is to give the competitors and technical officials a respite from the extreme summer heat and to follow international conventional practice.

DAY 1  – April 7, 2016  (Done)

6:30am     Long Jump     FINAL     Women     —> Marestella Torres (will it be her swan song; will she be able to make the 6.70m Olympic qualifier?)
4:30pm   Hammer Throw    FINAL    Men    –> Caleb Stuart (his main event; he set a new SEA record in the last SEA Games)
7:30pm    4x100m Relay        FINAL    Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)
DAY 2  – April 8, 2016
8:30am    3000m Steeplechase        FINAL     Men        –> Christopher Ulboc (won the gold in the last SEA Games)
6:45pm    4x400m Relay        Semi-Final        Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)
8:00pm    4x100m Relay        FINAL    Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)
DAY 3  –  April 9, 2016
4:00pm    Pole Vault        FINAL        Men        –> EJ Obiena (the fastest improving member of the national team; he is 10cm close to the 5.70m Olympic qualifying mark)
6:00pm    4x400m Relay        FINAL        Men        –> Eric Cray competes as part of a relay team ((Rio Olympics qualifier)

The 2016 Ayala Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships is title-sponsored by the Ayala Corporation, co-presented by Milo Nutri-up and the PATAFA supported in part by the Philippine Sports Commission and the IAAF with major sponsors Foton Philippines, PCSO, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Appeton, Asics Watch, L TimeStudio, and media partners Business Mirror, Business Mirror Health & Fitness Magazine, and the official radio station Mellow 94.7.

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