The Victoria Court Experience (pr)

Victoria Court has a dream. That dream is to transport its guests to a different reality from the time one drives into the properties until they check out. Victoria Court has a vision. That vision is to be the perfect host and delight guests every time, every stay.

Having these challenges in mind, the team has come up with #TheVCExperience – a campaign aimed at informing guests of the distinction that comes with staying at Victoria Court. What makes Victoria Court unique? What sets Victoria Court apart from its competitors? It is #TheVCExperience.

#TheVCexperience showcases everything you can possibly do at Victoria Court. Victoria Court’s goal is to own milestones. From Anniversaries to thematic debuts, they offer the experience customized and catered just for you. Being known for having Superthematic Suites that cater to one’s fantasy date or perfect thematic party, why not party in costume or character. Choose who you want to be for your birthday or stag party. If you want to be the President of the United States for a day, try the Oval Office at Victoria Court Pasig. Addicted to game of thrones, choose your Kingdom and win the Throne at Victoria Court Cuneta. So many themes to choose from – Be Someone Else today.

Wanting that perfect place for a proposal? Choose from Victoria Court’s destination suites. Santorini, Maldives, Sedona, Bali, whatever backdrop you wish, they can provide. Victoria Court will do everything it can to make her say YES. Share with the world how She said Yes.

Dance like no one is watching or try to hit those high notes, in the privacy of your own suite with only your friends to see and hear. Party Beyond Ordinary is Victoria Court’s promise.

Relax and put your feet up. Victoria Court’s amenities include Jacuzzis and intimate tubs where you can just forget the world, even just for awhile. Enjoy the LED Flat Screen TVs and surround sound system and cheer for your favorite Ms. Universe candidate and scream as loud as you can when she wins.

This 2015, Victoria Court will be coming up with more themes and packages experiences to tickle your fancy. Victoria Court’s dream is to give you the perfect experience for that once in a lifetime milestone. Victoria Court’s vision is to be THE perfect host at that perfect moment.

Find your Sweet escape, Party Beyond Ordinary, Feel the distinction and let Victoria Court share with you #TheVCExperience.

For inquiries and reservations, please call us at 0917-9810084. Follow @victoriacourtvc on Twitter and Instagram and like our Facebook Fan page facebook.com/VictoriaCourtph or check our website at www.victoriacourt.biz for new promos and events.

Salute to the fallen heroes

Image posted on my IG and Tumblr

Heroes were supposed to be recognized by the job well done, that their chosen profession has put their lives at stake for the sake of our country.

I was saddened and disappointed by what the President did. Schedules may need to be followed, but in times like this, we need to weigh down what’s really important: to salute those who offered their lives in order to serve the country, or to drop by to the inauguration of a certain automobile plant.

Priorities needs to be set. I cannot blame the people at the automobile plant for they just invited the President for the inauguration, and for sure they will understand if Mr. President will not be present to their event and he’ll rush to the Villamor to salute these fallen police officials.

I know the pain of losing someone in the battle. I have relatives who are in the PNP and the military, and some of them lost their lives while on the line of duty. For sure it’s gonna be hard for the families of the fallen soldiers to face the harsh reality of losing someone in this grave incident.

I can only pray for peace and justice to our dear heroes and to their families. These heroes died in vain for their superior’s own personal gain. #harshhtruth

Dear SAF heroes, we will never forget your bravery and the courage to stand up against the militants in mindanao. We will never forget you.

Fusion: The First Philippine Music Festival

As a chorister, I admire Filipino musicians and artists who are proud to showcase their originality and to showcase their love for music. I admire Filipinos who made it big, expanding their audience and to share the music globally.

at this time, Filipinos are patronizing foreign music. Sad as it seems, there are less people who are not patronizing OPM, maybe because of the growing jeje community, that if only OPM music today can be as good as OPM music way back…

Music is a vital part of our culture. It may define who we are as Filipino people and this is why it is very important for us to preserve Original Pinoy Music (OPM).

Hapee and Fusion

FUSION: The 1st Philippine Music Festival aims to promote and better appreciate OPM especially by the youth despite the entry of foreign influences. This event is considered to be the first ever gathering of top Filipino artists from different genres to celebrate Philippine music.

The said event will be held at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds on January 30, 2015, 3pm.

Headlining this exclusive Filipino line-up of music icons are Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo, Parokya ni Edgar, Yeng Constantino, Andrew E, Noel Cabangon, Kamikazee, Rico Blanco, Wolfgang, Gloc-9, The Dawn, Ebe Dancel, Joey Ayala, Tres Marias, Sandwich, 6cyclemind, Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis.

Hapee Toothpaste, the leading Filipino-brand toothpaste, is excited to support Carat Philippines in mounting Fusion. It highly recognizes Pinoy pride, thus, supports Filipino talents. Hapee is also known for its deep understanding of Filipino emotions.

Tickets are now available at all Ticketworld, Ticketnet and SM Tickets outlets nationwide and through online.

Want to get free tickets from Hapee Toothpaste? Visit www.facebook.com/HapeeToothpaste for details.

Follow the official social accounts!

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#HapeeFoFussion

Notte D’ Eleganza – The Antica Murrina Venezia Philippine Launch (pr)

World-renowned Italian Brand Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, makers of fine Murano Jewelry and accessories is now proudly launched here in the Philippines by Mr. and Mrs. Nardone of Porta Lucerna Trading. It is with excitement and flair of a night of fashion, that the introduction to Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, was sparkling in glamour and elegance, here in Makati at the Buddha-Bar.

The marriage of the artistry of the East and the West was highlighted with a very colorful Jewelry fashion show that showcased the exquisite pieces of Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, and a collection of classic and colorful resort collection by fast rising designer Ryan Madamba. High note of the night was, that all the dresses were made of local fabric “Abel Iloco”, a hand-loomed cloth proudly made in the Northern Province of Ilocos Norte. The owners, Jenny and Mom Nardone together with Ryan Madamba were the soul curators of the Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, pieces that was showcased during the show highlighting unique Murano jewelry and its craftsmanship through the 31-piece Murano Jewelry collection line, personally chosen from the Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection Antica Murrina Venezia © ™. All of this paired with the dresses for chic casual looks to the most glamorous evening parties for women of varied ages by Ryan Madamba. The event was held at Buddha Bar, hosted by charming and witty Issa Litton and was well attended by Manila’s Who is Who from society circles, fashion, politics, show business and industry leaders including Ms. Imelda Marcos, several Ambassadors and several Misses of the Beauty pageant world.

Murano is known for glass-blowing since the 12th century. It’s famed Maestros as glassblowers creating vast and elaborate chandeliers, wondrous mirrors, and especially at Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, timeless and beautiful Jewels. Visiting Murano and Venice, is like watching an art from another world, as skilled Italian craftsmen and women shape light and color into the unique beauty of each Murano jewelry. Antica Murrina Philippines is proud to represent its beautiful collection, which cleverly combines a tradition of craftsmanship, with contemporary design and an awareness of current trends.

Notte D’ Eleganza which means “A night of Elegance” in Italian, is underlining a premium accent on local artistry and what better way to present these beautiful creations by way of a spectacular fashion & Jewels, combines in one show, graced by some of the most fashionably chic women of today. Manila’s beautiful and known ladies from different facets of society sashayed the runaway as muses of the night wearing each of pieces from the latest Antica Murrina Venezia collection in the likes of Tessa Prieto Valdez, a certified muse in the social scene who is a writer and an interior designer, fashion-savvy Editor in Chief of Mega, Peewee Reyes- Isidro, Divine Lee a media personality and popular endorser and blogger, young actress Ritz Azul of TV 5, Kylie Padilla of GMA 7 and pop royalty, Keana Valenciano from ABS CBN, Rica Peralejo Bonifacio, an actress, singer and blogger, Charmagne Laconico – Beauty Editor of Metro Magazine, Rocio Olbes – one of Manila’s It-Girls and social advocate for welfare of livelihood projects for women in need, the beautiful and fashion-savvy socialites, Jerika Ejercito and Camille Farinas Mathay, Abby Asistio, a musician and social advocate for Alopecia Awareness alongside the top models headed by Asia’s Next Top Model’s Jodilly Piendre ending the glamorous night together with the brand ambassadress, the Face of Antica Murrina Philippines, Ms. Maggie Wilson-Consunji, who walked in beautiful Abel Iloco creations and accent unique masterpieces from Venice.

For the Fashion collection, Ryan Madamba explains his inspiration, “having known the owners personally, Jenny and Mom Nardone who were inspired with the unique craftmanship of Murano jewelry during their travels to Venice, enlightened me with surprise and awe when they shared how the craftsmen of Antica Murrina Venezia © ™ blow and handcraft each piece by hand, painstakingly to come up with all these one of a kind jewelry and all its unique colors inspiring a colorful yet classic and clean design in my head. Their expressed love and appreciation for handcrafted creations likewise reminded me of the artistry of Abel Iloco from my home province of Ilocos Norte. Immediately I thought there was no better way to welcome such an esteemed Italian brand but to marry it with our own. During the creative planning of the show, Mom and Jenny made sure that the handcrafted jewelry and accessories we perfectly partnering with the creations of classic and clean lines of each dress from my colorful collection. We wanted to showcase that whether you are dressing up for the beach, work, a casual tea with friends, a walk in the mall or attending a black-tie gala, the Antica Murrina Venezia © ™ collection will accompagny and dress you up in elegance and glamour each and every time.”

Mr. and Mrs. Nardone, who are the driving soul behind Antica Murrina’s arrival to the Philippines , and who are also the creative purveyors behind the interior design firm Porta Galleria (www.portagalleria.com) here in Manila, offering an unique world of Fusion interiors, and lighting solutions inspired from world class brands, thought it was timely and such a perfect addition to the elite lifestyle pieces that complement people with taste for unique and timeless, classy pieces. And Antica Murrina Philippines was born .

“The goal for this event is to spread knowledge of this unique and extraordinary creativity, craftsmanship and artistry that make authentic Murano craftmenship a choice of excellence for a Made in Italy product which is another milestone and special highlight in the many successful and well loved brands under Porta Galleria” – when asked how she feels about bringing Antica Murrina in the country, Mrs. Jennifer Nardone, replied with so much enthusiasm. A jewelry designer herself, she believes in the timeless elegance of each Antica Murrina jewelry hence deciding to bring the brand to the Philippines, so more Filipinas could be mesmerized by its collection. As Jennifer Nardone will put it, “when my husband introduced me these hand crafted Jewels, if I may say, I was right away attracted and caught by its flawless beauty and uniqueness. The vivid colors, the melting crystalline perfection and the elegance are beautiful accents to every stylish women’s wardrobe.”

One of the guests of honor, flying in from Italy was Antica Murrina Venezia © ™ CEO, Robert Ciotti, who could not keep his excitement throughout the show. During the event he on his Blackberry sending photos and real time updates to his team in Italy calling the launch a fashion event that could have been staged and rival events in Europe. “I was blown away,” he says. “I came knowing it will be a great event but this exceeded my expectations. And as we are looking into more presence in Asia, I could not have asked for better representation for Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, as Mom and Jenny Nardone who are our partners now in Philippines. The dresses were beautiful and did perfectly complemented our Jewels from Murano. Such a beautiful collaboration that makes me even more excited for a brighter future for Antica Murrina Venezia © ™ here in the Philippines.

Mom and Jenny Nardone focused on the experience of bringing “Venice jewels” here to the Philippines and gave a glance to everyone, on how master glass makers perfect every piece of jewelry through an exciting fashion show, complete with enchanting music and dramatic lighting, lush and elegant theme that mesmerize the senses. This event was co-sponsored by Ledcore , Porta Galleria, Okee Vitamin Drink, Bestworld Beverage International Inc, Cygnal Travel & Tours, Light Skin Organics, It Figures Skin Care Clinic, and Iphor Trading Inc.

When asked Mr. Mom Nardone, the President of Antica Murrina Philippines, what separates Antica Murrina Venezia © ™ from other jewelry and he was very delighted to say “Each Antica Murrina Venezia © ™ Jewelry is handcrafted, so every piece is literally an UNIQUE PIECE. For me Antica Murrina Venezia © ™, is more than just a Jewelry brand. It is a lifestyle, it is Luxury per se, it a slice of Venice and “la dolce Vita Italiana” in each of the pieces, that comes along, when a woman wears Antica Murrina. And that alone, is priceless!”

Antica Murrina Philippines Flagship store is located at the New World Hotel Galleries , right on Makati Avenue, corner Esperanza Street, in the centre of Makati City . Tel : (02) 810 0105 09285202881 www.anticamurrina.com.ph , contact@anticamurrina.com.ph

The beauty of Manila by night

I was invited to be part of Manila By night v3.0 last December 30, 2014 by the Powerhouse G5, and unlike last year’s event, we went on different places to capture Manila’s historic sceneries that are often neglected by everyone. This event is open for photographers, history buffs and those who want to explore Manila after the sun sets, as we explore Manila in a different setting.

We went on different places, starting from Casa Boix in Quiapo, Nakpil-Bautista house, Ocampo compound, Quiapo Church, Plaza Sta. Cruz, Escolta, Binondo, Manila City Hall and made our last stop in Luneta. It’s a different feeling actually, to explore the place that you’re familiar with while at night, to take pics and to learn on the structures that’s still standing and its connection with the country’s history.

I joined the second installment of Manila by night last 2013 but I wasn’t able to finish the event due to time constraints. But despite that, I enjoyed it overall.

I learned a lot from the seasoned photographers on how to take gorgeous pictures at night by adjusting the settings on my mobile phone (i’m using my Starmobile Diamond D1 anyway, and yes i’m into mobile photography) and to appreciate the beauty of Manila as the sun sets in.

And this is what Manila is all about. It’s unique beauty can be seen not only be seen in the morning, it can also be seen at night.

Being born and raised in Sta. Cruz, Manila, I admit that I still need a lot to learn, from the history of the structures to the significance of the landmarks, it makes me think that how I wish that the government took care of these historic landmarks, preserve it and make it known to the public on its significance to our history today.

Well anyway, here are some of the pics taken from my phone. Hope you’ll enjoy!

Capitol Theater in Escolta
Back of Philpost
Binondo
Bonifacio monument and Manila City Hall
The newly renovated Binondo Church
The Powerhouse team with Stephen and Ron

More pictures here in my fan page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.399524053550666.1073741868.163226770513730&type=3 For those interested in taking part of the Manila By Night, check out their fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/manilabynight

Get to know more about Supreme Business Solutions

 

To those who are looking for a great business opportunity, you might want to check out what Supreme Business Solutions has in store for you.

Supreme Business Solutions is a promising direct selling company that offers products for health, beauty and wellness. It is also the first direct selling company that showcases Garcinia Cambogia, a one-of-a-kind product that effectively loses weight without any side effects. The the first of its kind here in the country, Supreme Business Solutions also holds products that is perfect for your beauty needs.

We were given full sized samples of their products during the launching of SBS, and here are some of them: (will make a review on their products soon!)

Dead Sea Salt Scrub – used for exfoliation to remove dead skin cells to help nourish and smoothes the skin

Glutatione + Collagen Soap – for younger and whiter skin

Like a Virgin Soap – feminine hygiene soap for girls to helps to achieve a more healthy and tighter skin down below

L-Arginine Plus – food supplement product that helps improve the well being and prevents erectile dysfunction for men

Garcinia Cambogia Plus – Food supplement that is designed to help lose weight without any harsh side effects.

Other products featured from Supreme Business Solutions includes the following: Glutathione Lotion with BB Cream and Sunblock SPF45,Perfume for men and women, Supreme Mangosteen Drink, S Beauty BB Cream, S-blend Coffee, Turmeric Capsule and Humus Organic Liquid Fertilizer.

Supreme Business Solutions has a main office at the heart of Makati, Guadalupe, Quezon City and Bulacan. They also have satellite offices in Baguio, La Union, Singapore and The United States of America.

For more information about Supreme Business Solutions, check our their official social media accounts:

Like their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/supremeworldwide

Follow them on Instagram: @weare_supreme

Follow them on Twitter: @ weare_supreme

Certified Bloggers’ wholesome christmas party at Victoria Court

 

who would have thought that we will be having a christmas party – at the motel? 😛

With my fellow #FoodTripForTwo blogger/sidekick/crazy gerbil/partner hihi!

Pls don’t get me wrong, we had a wholesome event after all. And it was a surprise for us that Victoria Court is a great place to hold small gatherings and parties for the whole night of fun.

We all know that everyone can stay at the motel for a couple of hours (usually 3 hrs) for a quick rest and for some, a quick intimate encounter and some for an overnight stay or two, but who would have thought that it can also be used for wholesome parties, like the one that we had last December!

That bed from Victoria Court’s Aasgard suite – cool beans!
Thor’s mighty hammer, sadyang hindi nya kinayang tanggalin hohoho!
Videoke fest with the master of ceremonies, Ivan Saldajeno of Dugout.ph!

We had our party held at VC Malate’s Asgard suite, where it depicts the scenes from the movie Thor. It was a 2-story suite that is equipped with a videoke, comfy chairs, majestic bedroom and a jacuzzi.

crappy food pic from yours truly, but I swear they were superb!

Victoria Court also caters to their guest with delicious treats, we were told that the food is good for 10 persons but we’re surprised that the servings are all delicious and huge! Food from VC is more than enough for us members of the Certified Bloggers and we went home so busog, burp!

White elephant everyone? 😀

We had fun and games during the event and we all enjoyed it! The white elephant and the exchange gifts also went well. Me and #LeBoyf enjoyed went home happy and it’s fun to meet fellow bloggers who also had fun during the christmas party.

All of us bloggers enjoyed our blorgy (blogger’s orgy) at the Victoria Court, looking forward for our next christmas party this year!

I would like to thank Ate Sol and Kuya Aris Razo, Victoria Court and to my fellow bloggers as well for the successful event!

Pope Francis

 

Mabuhay Pope Francis! 😀 Photos from Rappler

I had to admit, I’m also excited on Pope Francis’ visit here in the Philippines. His works, teachings and gestures makes him a living example for all of us Christians, and I admire him for his humility, compassion and love for the poor and needy.

 

Hoping that everyone will live by his example. And yes, I’m excited to see Him at one of his public appearances while he’s here in the country. 🙂

 

Hoping to see you soon on sunday lolo Kiko! 🙂

 

Bohol Travel Fair 2015

 

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Despite being harassed by the seasonal typhoons and the devastating earthquake that wrecked most of its historical landmarks, Bohol emerges as one of the top tourist destinations here in the country. With its pristine charm, one can’t resist to go back and experience what Bohol has to offer for everyone.

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Visit Bohol 2015 is a 3-day event that seeks to promote and to showcase Bohol’s gorgeous attractions and its world-class resorts and facilities to everyone who wants to take a glimpse to this beautiful province.

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The 3-day Bohol Fair is held at the Glorietta Activity Center starting today until January 11, 2015 and is organized by the Bohol Provincial Tourism Council under Atty. Lucas Nunag.

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The event should not be missed, for the said event offers discounts on Bohol’s known resorts and tour attractions, as well as massive discounts on their budget airline partner, Air Asia. Apart from that, Guests will be serenaded with the world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir during the 3-day event.

This should not be missed! For more details, check out the poster below for details.

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Recap: Color Manila 2015!

I made it a habit to join and to volunteer for Color Manila since its launch, and I’ve been a witness to all the changes at the said fun run. This year’s event however, is special because of the spectacles that happened during the whole event.

From being part of the kikay pink team last 2012 to being the assistant lead to last year’s yellow team, I was assigned by Sir Jham to lead the blue team to beautify, decorate and create design ideas for our station, and just about we were to install our designs we were informed the last minute that we need to change places with the other color team. It was a hassle for us to adjust once again and to make last-minute changes, and good thing that we were able to accomplish so much for such a short time.

Team Blue! Team Lapreza! Team Panagbenga! Photo credits from Sir Jham

Presenting… the Panagbenga Festival from the Blue team!

Despite making our preparations just days before the event, we were able to collate ideas – blue backdrop design, tarp layout designed by the talented assistant team lead Chris, and costume design from Lyka. With the help of Geof, Addy, Grace, Eliza and Annie, backdrops were installed, paper flowers were placed, blue powder were scattered. We are now ready to spread the colors to all the runners!

Everything went crazy after the influx of number of runners running after us asking for blue powder for themselves, that all of us volunteers can’t even control them on getting on our powder containers. We are all dead tired afterwards because of the people and of lack of sleep.

All freshen up! Photo from Geof!

But despite that, we managed to get along with the runners who wants to have a photo-op with us, and imagine the smiles of the runners hahaha! feeling artista lang! Well pagbigyan nyo na kami dahil minsan lang sila may makatabi na real-life smurf/avatar lols! XD

we all went at the side of the stage afterwards to have a quick chat with the members from other teams and to rest as well, when suddenly our team was called on the stage, we were like, “bat tinatawag ang blue team sa stage?” then we were shocked that we won the best color station this year! We went on all sorts of crazy after the announcement, and I’m thankful that all the hardwork and lack of sleep paid off, big time.

Congrats to us blue team! pic’s from Geof!

Thank you to my team mates, and of course to Sir Jham for this wonderful opportunity, till next year! 😀

Blue Team/Team LaPreza/Team Panagbenga

Cristal Maramag
Christopher Sta Cruz
Elisa Donaire Alberca
Annie Senora
Lyka Sadiaza
Addy Magbanua
Grace Aragon
Geof Lopez

Picture credits from Jham Mariano and Geof Lopez, Check out the rest of the pics from Geof’s blog here!