A Zoobic Night Safari this Holiday Break

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Oh no, don’t let this long holiday break end without doing something special like this one at Zoobic Night Safari. This thing happens at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Group 1, Ilanin Forest at the Subic Freeport Zone and will only last until January 6. You won’t see it until March so that’s a long time if you actually miss it. This would be a great opportunity for your kids or lovers to get up close and personal with the cute zoo animals under the dark cold sky.

You’ll be entertained by world class Filipinos and escorted through a night scaped jungle while being guided by kind greyhounds. You’ll see snakes, iguanas, lizards of all kinds in the Serpentarium. You’ll also get to pet some of them through a trail and see how they move while living through the night as some of these guys are nocturnal, including Tigers in their own habitat!

You’ll also see lions, crocodiles, birds and other animals while they go about their everyday chores, not usually seen in the Zoo during daytime. You will also be treated to a world class show, cast of Filipinos so you get a dose of culture even if you’re in a predatory mood.

Entrance fees only costs Php 895 for adults, Php 795 for kids 3-4 ft. It already includes dinner, but if you opt not to have food just get 100 off of that price. If you are bringing some kids shorter than that, they get in for FREE. Now isn’t that a nice deal?

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Fun with Fans of Gabbi Garcia

Friday, December 29, 2017

It's been a while since we've seen Gabbi Garcia, I think the last time was when she was having lunch with her family at Rockwell at the Grove a couple months back. Of course we've seen her in different projects on GMA too and to say the least, she's been very busy because aside from the numerous fashion spreads, she's got an international commercial, several guestings and an upcoming show this 2018 which all GabRu fans should watch out for. It was also her birthday a couple weeks ago and on this event, she chose to spend it with some of her dearest supporters, her fans who have been there for her since day 1. 

The event was hosted by good looking Joshua Jacobe of GMA Artist Center. I could feel he's also a bit captivated by Gabbi's beauty, I mean who wouldn't right? Hehe.

Gabbi was pretty much overwhelmed seeing some of her fans who came all the way from far flung provinces just to see her that afternoon. She couldn't help but get emotional hearing stories from her fans who took time, spend their own money just to support her in her current shows and projects. We also got to ask her a few questions during her birthday event at CAVE in Tomas Morato.

Gabbi would like to thank her sponsors Pantene, Goldilocks and GMA Artist Center for helping her get in touch with her fans that afternoon. I only wish her the best as she faces the challenges of 2018, and hope all her career choices be a smart one because she deserves to be happy.


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Watching Better MMFF 2017 at Ayala Malls

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It's been an absolutely fun day to watch entries of MMFF especially when I'm doing it in Ayala Malls Vertis North. I started very early in the morning and saw lines were long, but definitely still organized. What's special in Ayala Malls Vertis North is the comfort that you get in your seats, it's all lazy boys! Aside from that, I think it's by far the largest cinema I've been in. I have never been to a cinema that needed an elevator to go to your seats. 

I also got into a special place, it felt secluded and less people were there, perfect for me who don't like much crowds.

This is Metro Manila Film Festival 2017, an annual showcase of Filipino films designed for families. Entries come from big and small film companies and to be part of the final entries, is but a great deal. So I decided 3 movies in one day. 

The Revenger Squad

It's like a toned down GGV show with full on costumes and pink fluff. Good comedy, a little wordy and slapstick but you'll like it because Pia Wurtzbach and Daniel Padilla is here. Vice still is the Queen of the show but her antics with the rest of the squad comes a close second. Pia also is good here that I'd wish her to be the next Darna. I don't think it is for young kids though, because some parts are violent, perhaps a PG rating would be fit but I'm not MTRCB.

Chances are this would win the box office, and prolly that Child star thing, the kid here had his own spotlight.


It was a feast for the eyes, like watching Instagram filtered film for a few hours. It's very light, like the story. It's also an infomercial, to promote waste management and tourism. Everything is so picturesque, you'll prolly get bitten by the surfing bug even if you don't know how to swim, make friends, and maybe bring life to an ailing relationship. They found themselves in this movie, so apart from expecting great acting from Jericho Rosales and Erich Gonzales in this film, you'll also marvel at their body, and the soft story they wanted you to see.

Whoever did the cinematography and color grading deserve an award.


Going to give them a run for their awards is Larawan. I wouldn't be surprised if this won a lot of awards. It's a period film set in either 40's or 50's in old Manila. I fret they had fun interpreting this from Nick Juaquin's piece which was originally done as a stage play. From rat catching, old vaudeville, old maids, old men, old photographs and a legendary painting, it was so much fun to see it in a musical. It's refreshing to see and hear Filipino lyrics, sung beautifully by some of the country's best singers and performers. I also LOVE the tight shots, easing in to serious faces of these characters. I like the story and how they told it in one location.

Joanna Ampil might get a Best Actress nomination, even a win. 

The MMFF 2017 movies were just awesome but the comfort I got from watching movies at Ayala Malls Vertis North or any other Ayala Mall for that matter made it all even better. The movie house is just different, it's easily accessible from where I live and food can be brought in. That's not an option in other establishments so if you're planning to see entries from Metro Manila Film Festival 2017, you know where to go!

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IMPOSSIBLE Starts Today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

Monday, December 25, 2017

Impossible is the world’s greatest magic show, ran for 2 years in UK and six magical acts will be here in Manila on Christmas day. Magical Bones, Ali Cook, Chris Cox, Bello Knock, Ben Heart, and Josephine Lee will make you drool over their acts all in different ways. It starts today (CHRISTMAS DAY) and will have two shows at 1PM and 7PM. They will be here until January 3 so if you're looking for good family fun, you shouldn't miss this world class show!

Chris says “I’ve been doing magic since I was 7, but been doing this show for 2 years. We have performed in about 100 countries, we have really performed in front of a lot of audiences.”

Bello adds “We might not have the helicopter but we have other stuff that people hasn’t seen yet. I look like a clutz, I feel like a clutz, people laugh so might as well go with it. They say the fear of being in front of large audiences, being laughed at, I’m doing that for a living now. It’s three death defying stunts that I’ll do in the show so you have to watch out for that.”

Josephine Lee on the other hand was giddy and says “I’m here to have fun and these risks on stage is done to motivate, inspire and make people keep going at what they do.

Ben Heart says “We are looking forward to design a show, high tech magic, dangerous things like fire water and fun, you love Christmas so much that we had to add that in as well. We just would have fun that evening, so we’re looking forward to see you!”

Magic Bones says “We might have bomed a few acts, we just had to go with the flow and improvise. People don’t come to see you go wrong and not according plan and do a new thing if one doesn’t work out. I don’t get scared, I just go into performance mode and play with the audience while I'm here.”

I'm already preparing so I can go later at 7PM so see you at the Araneta Coliseum! :) This is produced by WILBROS.

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ACER x SM Holiday Promo Launch

I was a bit late but savored one of the most awaited performances that evening as ACER Philippines and The SM Store launched their holiday promo. Now this is crazy because aside from letting us hear the heavenly voice of Morisette Amon, live at the SM Megmall Fashion Hall, they gave us the best news that any ACER consumer would want to actually hear.

In a nutshell, when you purchase participating models of laptop computers from ACER, you’ll get exclusive promotional vouchers which you can use at any THE SM STORE branches. For the CORE i3 laptops and desktops, you get Php 1,000 gift vouchers. For CORE i5 ones, you get Php 3,000 while those who get CORE i7, you get Php 5,000 vouchers for it. Pretty good deal right?

The promo though will only last until December 31 (so you better purchase now), but the Vouchers will be good until next year. I plan to buy a suit with it, they accepted mine in SM Cubao Department store.


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Christmas With Great Connections

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Not a grinch!
It's Christmas and there are parties left and right. My last count is around 15 just this month and that doesn't even include the ones that I attended outside my family. That means I have a LOT to be thankful for and that includes YOU reading this stuff. Don't even think you're not important. Now I received 2 gifts this month that surprised me because honestly, I didn't know I would need it at an opportune time. At home, I do have a PLDT line that I use for my gadgets and other internet enabled devices. I need some of them online 24/7 for security and remote management because it's just not a good thing if I don't keep watch of people at home, including the guests we have who also use our home network.

I think the luck gods and goddesses heard me when I pleaded for solutions. You see, my connection is just enough for the devices that I have at home. When a guest requests for connections and other things that they may do for their internet needs, I give them access to a separate network but it still uses the bandwidth I have at home. I still need to function and the other devices to work but I received 2 gifts just the other week. A friend gave us a brand new Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Home Wifi device, then in a Christmas party I attended, I won another one from a raffle (Thank you LionheartTV and Smart!). So now I have two of these.

You see, this device isn't just a thing that I'd be able to install at home. It's also a router which means I could use it for multiple devices if I needed to. So I took some of my devices from my existing network and used this instead. What does that mean? My guests would be able to use my network with ease, while I use this one to get me faster download and upload speeds because it's on Smart's LTE network. This thing is 700MHz LTE ready which means I'll be enjoying the connection even indoors. Now what do I do to set it up? NOTHING, because all you need to do is just plug it in and connect. Here's what it looks like inside the box.

So you have the box, the unit, the manual, the quick install guide, the warranty pamphlet, the ethernet cable, power cable and the two plastic stands (if you prefer your device standing up).

I took it out, it's quite small so you can actually take this on your luggage when you travel.

Plugged it in and turned on the ON switch on the side. You can access it two ways, one is wired (with the ethernet cable provided) or connect to the wireless network (commonly labeled properly with Smart Bro prefix).

Go to your WIFI settings on your phone and connect to the network, use the default wifi password smartbro on lowercase letters.
This device looks for he best signal, so make sure you place it on a location where the signal turns BLUE. If it turns RED, then you're getting very minimal signal (when it blinks check if the SIM card is there!). As for the speed, it's completely lovely where I am. I could upload videos at my home usually an hour for a few minutes worth on Youtube, but when I used the Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Home Wifi, it took me even shorter minutes than the actual video (a mere 2-3 minutes for a 5 minute worth video). If that doesn't impress you and your friends, I don't know what will. Oh and the whole thing can be customized just by logging in on www.smartbrosettings.net on your browser. That's also where you will load it up, receive texts and modify the network name and WIFI password. It's easy to save that in a different one for more security.

The good news is that Smart Bro Prepaid also has a new promo called Home Boost 15. It's the value-packed add-on to Smart's existing Giga Surf 50 promo. It's the BEST DEAL especially for heavy data users like me. If you're into downloading apps, movies, music, video or are content creators, I suggest you get this on top of the Giga Surf 50 you always subscribe to. Now there's no more worries if you're watching iFlix on cold nights like today. What's even better is that this already comes with free 10GB of data valid for 7 days. You'll also save a lot too because apart from those promos, you'll only be spending around P15 for 1GB, have it monitored like a hawk on the device interface too. You'll be in control and avoid bill shock where that happens.

Now you don't have to hog on your own bandwidth and internet connection because once you get it fast like mine, you'll have MORE time to use for celebrations, reunions and talk with your family. It's these connections that count the most, because as far as I'm concerned THIS IS PRICELESS. Now go out and make memories out there, have a happy Christmas!

For those who would like to know more about the Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Home Wifi, visit www.smart.com.ph/homehelp or call 8881111 or dial *888 on your Smart mobile phones. This only costs Php 1995.00 (available via store.smart.com.ph), you can also go to Smart centers nationwide!

Now that you've got this on your list of gifts to families, let's all connect like never before this Christmas! How about that?!


Vivo Gives Back To Soldiers of Marawi

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Top 5 brand Vivo Philippines isn't just going to stand there and do nothing. On December 17, 2017 they went out and visited injured and recovering soldiers at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Hospital in V. Luna, Quezon City. Executives from Vivo and their celebrity endorsers were in attendance to give these brave frontliners some cute entertainment so they could feel the spirit of Christmas. 

It was tough out there, some of them couldn't even take a bath for days unless they re-supply their arms and rest a bit. They also didn't sleep that much so they won't let the people of Marawi City and our country down when some rebels tried to force their way in the once glorious city.

Kisses Delavin, KZ Tandingan, Darren Espanto, Jason Dy sang their heart out and listened to the soldiers stories while they were there in hopes to ease their conditions a bit now that they are done with their job and recovering. Albeit some of them have gunshot wounds, amputees, or psychologically affected, you won't see them falter, but instead still see them all tough because they knew they were doing it for our people, a noble deed.

Towards the end of the program, Vivo Philippines presented a cheque for Php 100,000 to be given as aid for the rehabilitation and recovery of patient soldiers and a heartwarming video dedicated to them found here: (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil/videos/525331654510639/?id=296173570575105&brand_redir=296173570575105)

I prayed for them this evening in the hopes they too would spend a lot of time with friends and family. 

Merry Christmas! 


New Online Skincare Shop: Exuviance by Ross

Friday, December 22, 2017

We met with Ms. Ross Licup over lunch the other day for the launch of Exuviance by Ross, a new online health and beauty store over at http://www.exuviancebyross.com. She's the owner, but I felt how very passionate she was about the products that she carry. Her success in the beauty industry didn't come easy as it has stemmed from her near death experience. To cut the story short, she had a rare immunity and health problem in the past which she and her husband survived from. She was told by local doctors to only have  few months to live after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but then she sought for cures outside the country. 

She participated in programs, unconventional clinical tests and procedures and kept herself positive all throughout the ordeal, ultimately to find a cure and successfully battling that against the odds. This experience not only made her better, but exposed to find the best solutions from around the world which she saw was effective. All the results with these products made her realize to start advocating how people should take care of the body and our largest organ, the skin. She then knew how they introduced proteins, nutrients that can be naturally absorbed by the skin without relying on anything artificial. She saw how these products were good to slow down aging, to reverse it, and result to younger looking skin in a process called skin buffing, which is a treatment for your DNA which she pronounces are not new discoveries. These are just probably one of the few things that doctor's wouldn't tell you so you would go back to their clinics. 

Heliocare has once a day dietary supplements made with natural extracts. It's packed with antioxidant properties which may help your skin protect itself.

Ms. Ross Licup for Exuviance by Ross says “As we age, the skin’s regenerative cycle including our body’s functions slow down and deteriorate. The same happen to our skin’s ability to regenerate and naturally repair itself.

Ms. Licup says "We want to get to our consumers get the top quality products from our health and beauty online store in a very affordable price. I have personally tested them, I used these products and apply it on me, my family and friends. We have products that we exclusively distribute so if you compare them with other online stores you won't get it the same price as we have. We have water based foundations, anti aging treatments, no surgery involved. We have foundations that firms up the skin, which you can wear the whole day as it stays for the longest time even under a spot light. You won't have to cover anymore, just a few touch ups, some of the best regimens which would cost you thousands of pesos, you could get it at a better rate in ours. If we can afford to look for these treatments and we can't have access to it, what more with other people? We are very happy about the results of our products, and I wish people see that when we have it in our store. I hope they see the value in that."

In order to get registered in the new online store, you must add to cart and purchase products from the store first. It will later on ask you for your details so take note of that. If you see some products that are listed there but without an add to cart function, chances are it's already sold out. You may find alternatives there because they have various SKU's from different brands. Mind you these are handpicked by Ms. Ross Licup herself.

Each purchase online would actually also earn you points and you can use that to get free services from their salon, which can be scheduled and availed by appointment on a later date. You can also purchase services on the site and get points as well, so you definitely get more.

They also have BiRetix Duo gel and mask used in the treatment of acne to lower inflammation, to clear, unclog pores and reduce redness in the skin. This would be good for oily ones like me.
They also have Endocare creams which promote skin regeneration, that would be good for aging or damaged skin. Fix those eye bags for you before you put on make up in the morning.
The store also has the Sparitual line, a vegan - eco friendly product line from nail polish to body lotions to bath tonics... they have it.
For those who want smooth shiny hair, the online store also has Neu Du hair treatment products and shampoo, so you get clean as a whisk and stay gorgeous all day.
These Endocare C Pure products have Vitamin C which would brighten your skin, helps in skin regeneration and is anti aging. Best of all, it's oil free so those with oily skin like me don't have to worry.
I was specifically interested about these Sparitual Bath scrubs and salts. It will be the perfect way to spend my staycation at hotels because I usually spend a LOT of time in the bath tub. That's where I usually get lots of rest. Now I can make my skin even better as it is!
Revitalash products are known for their mascara primers, thickening mascara agents and other lash products. If you're a girl who needs this on their face, their's is cheaper than in stores in the country because they source it directly and supply them with it.
Last but not the least are the dermatologist developed skin care by Exuviance called NeoStrata. They have something for your skin concerns as this line addresses aging, wrinkles, pigmentation, oily skin and others.
If you're out for taking care of your precious face, they have pure collagen in a mask form. Theirs is more affordable than the ones out in the market. So if you want to save a few bucks, this would be a good place to start.

Now you know her story, you could take a trip to the new online beauty portal http://exuviancebyross.com/ today so you could take your skin regimens to another level. She's used these products herself and vouches of their effectiveness because she's done the legwork of picking each piece that had made her well and still gorgeous at her age over the years. I have tried ordering through the website and currently they have BDO balance transfer and over the counter as payment method. Soon, they'll also be adding other banks and a corporate Paypal account so it would be easy for online transactions. I've already seen some of the items on the website have been sold out so if I were you, avoid the holiday rush and get your skin, bath and hair essentials now at Exuviance by Ross' online store. They also have free delivery for orders Php 10,000 and up. Aside from that, they have clinic and spa services which also can be purchased at a huge discount on the website. Their physical clinic is just at Arnaiz in Makati, just a stones throw away from the SM Makati-Glorietta- Greenbelt area.You may schedule your appointments there.

 Cheers to good skin!