Golden Birthday Celebration for Ogie With World Vision

The country’s respected Original Pilipino Music (OPM) singer-composer and hitmaker Ogie Alcasid celebrates his 50th birthday with a one-of-a-kind concert dubbed “NakakaLokal!” based on his recently launched album of the same title.
Happening on August 25, 2017 at the KIA Theatre, the awaited musical event will also feature a star-studded line-up including Angeline Quinto, Basti Artadi, Davey Langit, Erik Santos, Iñigo Pascual, Jaya, Kyla, Lara Maigue, Leila Alcasid, Lovi Poe, Men and Music, Solenn Heussaff, and Yeng Constantino.

The concert will benefit child-focused humanitarian agency World Vision and its advocacy campaign, “It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation against Children”. For years, Alcasid has been a staunch advocate and ambassador for World Vision, an NGO which currently assists over 75,000 children nationwide. One of World Vision’s successful sponsored children and now a tenor singer Richard Supat, formerly with FORTEnors, will also join Alcasid in a number offered for the children, especially those living in poor and vulnerable conditions.

For tickets and reservations, visit http://www.ticketnet.com.ph
Ticket prices are at P3,000 (VIP,) P1,500 (Orchestra A,) P1,000 (Orchestra B,) P800 (Loge,) and P500 (Balcony).

This event is presented by World Vision and A-Team in cooperation with PLDT Home.

An Exciting & Challenging 1st Sun Life Aquathlon 9/17/17

 

For the love of sport and a healthy lifestyle, SunLife Philippines have come up with their first ever Sun Life Aquathlon event happening on September 17, 2017 at the Makati Aqua Swim Arena (MASA) and University of Makati (UMAK). 

This event is open to everyone who are into improving their aquathlon experience and does it as a form of cross training. 

The media launch was led by Sun Life’s Chief Marketing Ms. Mylene Lopa, Bullrunner and SunLife Fitness Marketing Ms. Jaymie Pizarro and Bike King’s Ms. Ting Joson who also encouraged all guests to try this out!

Ms. Jaymie also shared that Sun Life Philippines also has Go Well fitness program that is open to the public. With the onset of several health-based sporting events, there is no reason we can’t maintain being healthy and energetic.

For the race details, Ms. Ting requested registrants to register thru Bike King’s website. Deadline for doing so is on August 15th. She likewise explained that regarding race logistics, it was a challenge holding this event at the MASA swimming pool all the way to the University of Makati run track and a pretty exciting route to date.

Read more and click on the Registration on how to go about your application. See you on race day!

DISTANCE
Aqua Full: 400 Meter Swim – 5Km Run
Aqua Lite: 200 Meter Swim – 3Km Run


ENTRY FEE

INDIVIDUAL

Early Bird
June 1 to 30, 2017

Regular Rate
July 1 to 31, 2017

Late Entry
August 1 to 15, 2017

Regisration fee
Online processing fee
Total Reg Fee

2,000.00
    100.00
2,100.00

2,500.00
    125.00
2,625.00

3,000.00
    150.00
3,150.00

 

RELAY

Early Bird
June 1 to 30, 2017

Regular Rate
July 1 to 31, 2017

Late Entry
August 1 to 15, 2017

Regisration fee
Online processing fee
Total Reg Fee

3,500.00
    175.00
3,675.00

4,000.00
    200.00
4,200.00

4,500.00
    225.00
4,725.00

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

  • Deadline for registration is August 15, 2017 or until slots last.
  • Registration fees are non-transferable. Your race bib cannot be transferred or sold to any other individual. Both athletes caught competing under someone else’s registration / or allowing the use of his/her race bib will be banned from joining any Bike King races for a minimum period of two (2) years, at the sole discretion of Bike King.
  • If you are unable to participate, you will not receive a refund for your race entry fee, but you may claim your race give aways.
  • Refund Policy:
    • It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:
      • Any requests received on or before June 30, 2017 will be eligible for a 80% refund.
      • Any requests received on or before July 15, 2017 will be eligible for a 50% refund.
      • Any requests received after July 15, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund under any circumstances
    • If you do not receive a response from the race office within 5 calendar days from request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us again by sending another email to registration@bikekingphilippines.com.
      SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

      Saturday, September 16, 2017
      10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pick up of Race Kits
      Personal Appearance and a Valid ID is Required
      Venue: TBA
      Sunday, September 17, 2017
      MASA, Makati City
      TIME ACTIVITY VENUE
      5:30 AM – 8:30 AM Pick up of Race Kit
      Personal Appearance and a Valid ID is Required
      Swimming Pool (MASA)
      5:30 AM – 8:30 AM Check in of Race Equipment Transition Area (MASA)
      6:00 AM – 11:00 AM Race Expo Track Oval (UMAK)
      6:30 AM Start of Race (1ST Wave) Swimming Pool
      10:00 AM Awarding Track Oval (UMAK)


      RACE INCLUSIONS

      • Sun Life Aquathlon Event Shirt
      • Sun Life Race Belt
      • Sun Life sling bag
      • Sun Life Personal Accident Insurance*
      • Swimming Cap
      • Timing Chip
      • Race Bib
      • Finisher’s Medal
      • Post Race Meal

      *worth P25,000.00 valid for one year from September 17, 2017 to September 16, 2018

      REGISTRATION is ongoing until August 15 only. Please click here http://bikekingphilippines.com/

      I miss running with these sporty friends. Great seeing you during the media lunch, Ms. Mylene, Ms Ting, Gelay and Ms. Jaymie. Thank you much for having us! Appreciate the cool photo, Gelay ☺

Disaster Awareness Month With the Help of BPI-Philam

Press Release: 

The Philippines isn’t new to natural disasters or calamities.

 

Compared to its other Southeast Asian neighbors, our country experiences a wider range of disasters. From floods to landslides, and typhoons to earthquakes – the most recent of which just happened in Leyte with a magnitude of 6.5 – the Philippines continues to endure and survive. Though the government does its best in preparing for and anticipating these times of emergency through awareness efforts and disaster response drills, self-mitigation is still an area that we can further improve on.

 

Surendra Menon, CEO of the country’s premier bancassurance company, BPI-Philam, learned from the resiliency of Filipinos and their experience in times of crisis, believing this has given them a good start in disaster preparedness.

 

“Most Asian countries don’t have typhoons; most of them are prepared for floods, fires, and some earthquakes. But here you have the full range – you have typhoons, you have earthquakes, tsunamis, even volcanoes. Most things about disaster preparedness Filipinos have learned because you’ve gone through it all,” he said

 

Despite this vast experience of the nation, Menon encourages practicing resourcefulness by taking notes from disaster responsiveness of other countries in the region. Having worked and lived in Indonesia, he recalls the massive 1989 earthquake that hit its West Papua region, where countless people died and survivors ran out of supplies in a few months’ time, remaining displaced years after the incident.

 

He believes Indonesians and Filipinos are somewhat similar given their experiences, but Filipinos can up their preparedness by starting with themselves.

 

“Disaster has a long-term impact, but only short-term assistance will come so it’s up to you to bridge the gap between short-term assistance and long-term necessities,” he stressed.

 

 

Micro-preparedness

 

Menon, who served as a Lieutenant Captain for Singapore’s Civil Defense Forces, shared some practical tips that could help anybody self-mitigate in times of disaster.

 

“On a physical basis, make sure you have two weeks’ worth of water in your house. The first and foremost necessity for survival is water,” Menon said. “You will need food – dry food like biscuits that can last for two weeks as well for you and your family should be enough to go around when a disaster strikes and until help comes.”

 

Apart from physical needs, he also reminded Filipinos to have available cash at hand for emergency purchases and backup funds in the bank. “Maintaining an insurance plan would help too,” he said. “Prioritize protection from accidents first, then your health and life [insurance].”

 

 

Prioritize today, protect the future

 

Starting and maintaining financial contingency plans may not seem to be a priority for the average Filipino worker, but Menon believes foresight is a good thing to have, not just for ourselves but for those who matter to us most.

 

“The order of priority for your funds should be ‘today’ first and then ‘immediate emergency,'” he said.

“The next priority after that should be protecting your future income, preferably through a life insurance plan, so your family won’t have to worry about resources should something happen to you.”

 

Confident of the Filipinos’ indomitable spirit – the driving force against some of the worst natural and man-made disasters that hit the region – Menon is convinced the Philippines can only get more resilient through learnings from past calamities and ensure enough preparation for life’s uncertainties.

 

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Flavor of the Month is Pepero!

Don’t you just love ice cream?
Our all-time favorite Dairy Queen recently launched their Blizzard of the Month flavors with us bloggers. And we were not alone. We got to welcome the Pepero Blizzard treats alongside the 2017 Bb. Pilipinas beauty title holders.
The lovely ladies were excited to show off the pepero white cookie mango and pepero almond chocolate blizzard flavors to us all.. 
It’s vanilla ice cream that works perfectly with crunchy and cholatey goodness of Pepero and its almond nuts and mango bits to complete the delight!
For cake lover, you can also try out the Pepero Blizzard cake!

These flavors are available at your nearest Dairy Queen outlets nationwide at a limited time only.

Runner-filled RunRio Trilogy 1 @OkadaHotel

 Congrats to all finishers of RunRio Trilogy 1 finishers!
Congrats to Dingdong Dantes, Coach Rio dela Cruz and everyone involved in this successful Leg 1 held at Okada Hotel in Manila.


RunRio Trilogy Race Series

1st Leg – June 25, 2017 (Half Marathon)
2nd Leg – August 13, 2017 (Afroman Distance)
3rd Leg – October 1, 2017 (Full Marathon)

Enjoyed my 5KM run as always!
Can’t wait for Afroman Distance Leg 2 happening this August 13, 2017 still at Okada Hotel.
See you there!

Majestic Mayon Volcano, Food and Sights Tripping When You’re in Albay

My family originally hails from Bicol, specifically in Camarines Norte. My father is from Daet, while mom was born in Jose Panganiban. Every trip back home is dearly cherished because for me, home is where the heart will always be.

I also advise my travelling friends to come and visit Albay province because of our majestic Mayon Volcano. I ran out of words on how to describe its unique beauty and sheer dominance of the province the very first time I saw it many years back. It’s also true that every angle wherever you go Mt Mayon looks back at you with wonder!

Albay is one province with many hidden and known beauties, it bears beauty that is pure, basic and grand.  Albay has a certain charm that will sweep you off your feet and bring you to the time that was or give you a majestic feeling that is simply indescribable.  With fifteen  15 municipalities and three 3 cities, Albay bears so many things to see and experience.

Governor Al Francis Bichara was a gracious host as he welcomed us to his place. Hospitality reflected on the people, from the people  and this was reflected by the people of the various local government units (Dept of Tourism and Dept of Agriculture) and that of Human Explore Travel and Tours.  The tour given to us was both informative and time worthy.  Tiring as it may be BUT truly worth every moment. Our gratitude to Ms. Dorothy Colle and her people from the Department of Tourism Provincial Division Region V – Albay, Ms. Che Rebeta of the Provincial Agriculture Department and Ms. Farah Sobremisana – owner partner of Pepperland Hotel.  They truly made our visit such a wonder thru their efforts and time generosity.

Albay is filled with old churches, old craft making, worthy places to go to, old houses, natural beauties and beautiful festivities.  With magnificent places around the majestic Mayon Volcano, if you do a whole 360 tour like the one we did ours, one would get to see this natural wonder in all its beauty.  Try to learn also the story behind this famous volcano and and unconver the Daragang Magayon mystery.

From the ruins of Cagsawa (with a average guest of 150pax per day) to the churches in Camalig, Ligao, Sto. Domingo and Daraga, to the calm Sumlang Lake and the historic Japanese caves in Quituinan Hills, to the traditional way of metal smiting in Tabaco, farms and various beautiful parks and landmarks all over Albay, you will never have a dull moment when you decide to do a full exploration of the province.  It is also filled of noteworthy food places that you could and should try out (story and review in another write-up).  Albay also has spring resorts with water source coming from near the volcano or underneath the ground making it cool or even cold depending on the time of the year – such resort is D’ Hacienda Spring and Nature Resort in Guinobatan, Albay.

For active people, I would highly recommend for you to try out the Japanese tunnels/caves in Quituinan Hills.  The trek is not that stressful but the crawling (should you be adventurous enough) is like having an archeological dig.  For historical buffs, try seeing the various churches of the different municipalities and compare notes in terms of its style and story behind it.  Should you wish to see various craftsmanship of the place, go to Sumlang Lake to see the woven beauties of Albay, the metal smiting of Tabaco, pottery shops in Tiwi and pili delicacy making in Legazpi.  Don’t forget to visit the various farms in the province that show the resiliency of the people as reflected in their farms – some of them are IG worthy too.

Experience Albay and, you get to see this natural beauty in all its grandeur.  With clouds or without, Mayon will surely captivate you may it be morning, noon, mid afternoon or sunset.  With its romantic yet tragic story behind this beauty, you will definitely want to be welcomed by it every time you are in the said province.

So when you are in Bicol here in the Philippines, don’t miss out on Albay in your must see list.
It’s one of those memorable trips that you will cherish and come to over and over.

Make lots of travel memories! ☺☺

 

Acer and G Shock Bridge the Gap in a #TimeForUS Campaign

Acer Philippines, a leading tech and innovations company, launches #TimeForUs, a movement that aims to narrow the divide between Gen Xers and millennials. Acer Philippines moves to bring two generations closer through technology, breaking down barriers built on misconceptions and misunderstandings.

“At Acer, we believe that it’s time to focus on bridging the generation divide,” shares Sue Ong-Lim, Sales and Marketing Director of Acer Philippines. “It’s imperative that we see that, amidst the differences between Gen Xers and millennials, they are also a lot alike.”


Acer Philippines also called on rock musician Basti Artadi and spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo, both artistic icons of their craft and time, to collaborate and develop “Time For Us” a musical-and-spoken word piece to drive the message of the campaign. Basti Artadi, vocalist of the award-winning rock band Wolfgang, rose to fame in the mid- to late-90s, making him a legend among those from Gen X.

Hosted by Justin Quirino and Ms. Donita Rose

 

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