Rainy Skies, Sunny Smiles

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The dark skies and cold breeze are slowly welcoming us. And in these times don’t you wish you had someone to share a cup of hot chocolate with? Or someone to stay at home and watch movies with?

Change out of your jammies, hop on to your car and head on to Enchanted Kingdom. What’s better than creating your kilig story at the most magical place in the country?

Share an umbrella as you stroll around the park, hold each other’s hands as you go through the Space Shuttle’s loops, and fly off to the different provinces of the Philippines with Agila: The EKsperience.

Check out the Enchanted Kingdom’s (EK) entertainment offerings for the this month. Catch Enchanté’s newest show Bayani: La Liga Filipina and witness the Filipino heroines take on a modern mission every Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Eldar’s Theater.

Sing and dance with the EK’s premier all-female vocal group Victoria’s Way at 5:45 and 6 p.m., and let the Kingsmen serenade you with pop music and all-time favorite songs at 4 and 6:45 p.m. at the Bandstand every weekend.

The EK has also prepared treats for the kids. Have light and fun moments with Dwayne and Friends at 3:45, 4:45 and 5:50 p.m. at the Eldar’s Theater, Bandstand and Boulderville. They can also have close encounters with live animals during animal encounters at Boulderville at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Don’t let the rain stop you from wearing your brightest smile. No matter what season it is, the EK is always ready to give you a magical experience.

This rainy season the park will be open on Friday (12 noon to 7 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) only from June 2 to August 12.

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Filinvest Mimosa+: Revitalizing leisure destinations up north

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With exceptional amenities set amidst an abundance of greens, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, the newest integrated township in the north, is fast-becoming the preferred destination for vacations in Clark, Pampanga.

Centerpiece attractions

The sophisticated Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark and the award-winning Mimosa Golf Course—all harmoniously co-existing with rich flora and mature trees in the estate—are considered the current centerpiece attractions on Filinvest Mimosa+’s well-maintained 201-hectare expanse. As they collectively preserve the impressive Filinvest Mimosa+ environment, these two tourism-oriented properties continuously attract visitors seeking fine accommodations or a challenging round of golf.

The premium Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark

In keeping with Filinvest Mimosa+’s commitment to be the top leisure destination in the north, the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark is now undergoing extensive renovations to maintain its world-class status. But more than this, the hotel is a favorite for staycations with their well-appointed rooms, the signature Mequeni restaurant, where guests can indulge in some of the most famous Kapampangan dishes, the Charley’s Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines, and champagnes, as well as the swimming pool which has become every kid’s favorite. Villa living is also taken to the next level at Filinvest Mimosa+ with its two new opulent Grand Villas, each offering three bedrooms, a living area, grand bathroom, and private swimming pool that overlooks the estate’s greeneries. For an even more luxurious and personalized experience, a personal butler is assigned to each villa.

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The Mimosa Golf Course and its attractive promo packages

The Mimosa Golf Course of two par-72, 18-hole courses cover a total over 150 hectares, more than half of the whole estate. This legendary golf course has played host to a number of prestigious tournaments and top golfers, including Tiger Woods. As a membership-free golf course, it continues to attract a strong base of returning guests of varying skill sets, as they enjoy every challenging hole. Every month, the club also offers irresistible golf promotions including a sumptuous weekend brunch by the greens.

 

One of these is the Mimosa Summer Swing package—available until July 31, 2018, with rates that start at Php 6,550.00. The Mimosa Summer Swing package offers an activity-filled summer vacay for the whole family. This includes a stay at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark, green fee for 18-holes golf play at the Mimosa Golf Course, consumable food and beverage at the Q by Mimosa, and access to the pool and other hotel amenities.

The verdant Acacia Park

Another point of pride of Filinvest Mimosa+ is the newly developed nature sanctuary called the Acacia Park. Located just across the Quest Hotel and Conference-Clark, it is a place for respite that features a verdant landscaping with a profusion of trees and gazebos where one can sit down and relish the relaxing environs. It is a perfect spot for having a picnic and even for stargazing. Families and friends can also enjoy more outdoor and recreational activities as Filinvest Mimosa+ purposely integrated foliage-canopied walking paths and bike lanes in its progressive masterplan. The Acacia Park—where fresh air and clear skies can be savored—marks the beginning of Filinvest’s vision to transform the Mimosa estate into a green township.

A masterplan like no other

Other exciting future attractions at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the $200-million world-class integrated gaming complex, a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip that will offer specialty boutiques and unique dining concepts, and a sprawling Events Grounds and the Mimosa+ Events Pavilion that are set to host some of the country’s biggest music festivals, summits, and conferences.

As Filinvest Mimosa+ progressively works toward putting all four components—leisure, business, nature, and hospitality and residence—in place, no doubt, it will soon be the premier destination in the north.

To learn more about the many exciting things that Filinvest Mimosa+ has to offer along with all coming developments, visit its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MimosaPlus/.

ISLAS PINAS, THE NEW ICON OF TOURISM THROUGH FILIPINO CUISINE, OPENS AT DOUBLEDRAGON PLAZA AT DD MERIDIAN PARK

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Islas Pinas, an indoor “Filipino Food & Heritage Village” and a new, distinct destination for both local and

international guests, is now open at the DoubleDragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Designed to showcase the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture, this new establishment lets guests discover, explore and experience the Philippines’s heritage sites, natural resources, hospitality and most importantly, its cuisine.

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The result of collaboration between DoubleDragon Group and Chef Margarita Forés, Islas Pinas is a project that aims to inspire love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by showcasing the country’s beautiful sites and diverse regional cuisines. With a seating capacity of over 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 square meter space, Islas Pinas is the perfect place to give visitors a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer.

ISLAS PINAS also hosts an authentic Sarao Jeepney, which for many generations became the king of the Philippine streets especially in the countryside.

“DoubleDragon has always believed in embarking on projects with relevance. We believe Islas Pinas will be a landmark in the country, and will showcase the diversity not only of our cuisine and handicrafts but also our landscape and architecture brought about by the rich heritage and culture of the country,” says

DoubleDragon’s Chief Investment Officer Hannah Yulo.

At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés whose

mission is to bring Filipino cuisine to global prominence. Thus, Islas Pinas is a vision coming to life for her, where Filipino food is not just on the sidelines but at the centerstage.

“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”

It is her aim for guests to experience the Philippines with their five senses and beyond. Thus, aside from the culinary delights and a picturesque interior design worthy of Instagram posts, the venue will also feature modern and traditional cultural performances and games to ensure a fun and truly Pinoy ambiance.

SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favorites like our TAPSILOG (TAPa – salted beef, SInangag – fried rice and ItLOG – fried egg) and Batchoy, an Ilonggo noodle soup with pork offal, crushed pork cracklings and beef loin.


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or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes. BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks like pansit (fried noodles) and puto (rice cakes) are usually served, while PANADERYA offers neighborhood bakery favorites such as pan de sal and kalihim. TUSOK-TUSOK, on the other hand, offers urban street food finds like barbecue on stick, isaw (grilled chicken intestine) and kwek-kwek (fried quail eggs).

PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (cold drinks with different flavors) will be available. Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to their preference.

All these will be available daily, without the scorching heat and pollution as the space is fully airconditioned. Located at the bustling DD Meridian Park in the Bay Area along EDSA Extension and Macapagal Avenue, Islas Pinas can be easily accessed using both private and public transportation.

“Because of the ideal location of DoubleDragon Plaza at DD Meridian Park – our close proximity to the airport terminals and being only about 5 minutes away from NAIA X – we believe ISLAS PINAS will become a must-visit stopover for both domestic and international tourists visiting the capital,” said DoubleDragon’s Chairman Edgar Injap Sia II.

ISLAS PINAS is the main anchor of DoubleDragon Plaza, which forms part of the 4.8 Hectare DD Meridian Park commercial and office complex.

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2018 Philippine Destinations for Millenial Travellers

Wondering where are the best places to visit in the Philippines this 2018?

Here’s a list of some of the finest and grandest destinations in our beautiful country:

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Jaybanga Rice Terraces in Lobo, Batangas—DOT Director Czarina Zara-Loyola says one need not travel six hours just to see amazing rice terraces. “The Rice Terraces in Barangay Jaybanga is one of the destinations the DOT is promoting as a must-see destination this year,” she said. While the rice terraces in Lobo may not be as far-reaching and as high as Banaue’s, or as old, it is still quite a breathtaking site. Built by hand by the locals, the mini-terraces are lush and green, and as soon as harvest time is near, it gives off a yellowish-gold glint from the ripening palay.

“Beyond the rice terraces, Lobo itself is a pleasant locale to explore,” Loyola added. “It has mangroves, the Ulupong waterfalls, and the Malagundi Coral Wall, which has attracted a number of divers because of its rich and diverse marine life.”

It’s takes about 3.5 hours to get to Barangay Jaybanga from Manila by private car (from SLEX take the San Jose/Ibaan toll road, then turn left going to Lipa). By bus, take the one going to the Batangas Pier and go down at the main bus terminal. From there, take a jeepney ride to Lobo. There are a number of resorts to stay in at Lobo , but if you have more days to spare, drop by the beach in San Juan first, hang out at a local resort, then proceed to Lobo the next day.

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Siargao, Surigao del Norte— Our travel experts were unanimous in recommending Siargao as one of the places to be in 2018. It used to be haven for local and a few international surfers, but since the increase in the number of carriers offering direct flights, the destination has attracted a diverse array of travelers longing for secluded white beaches, quiet spaces and a night life reminiscent of the early days of Boracay.

“There’s more to surfing in Siargao,” according to Charo Logarta Lagamon, director for corporate communications of Cebu Pacific. “While the ber months make Siargao any surfers’ paradise, the summer months make Siargao a haven for any beach-lover and nature-trippers with enchanting lagoons, caves, coral reefs and bizarre rock formations. Neighboring Guyam and Naked islands boasts of pristine white-sand beaches and great snorkeling; while the Magpupungko Tidal Pool has bizarre rock formations with a natural pool. It’s separated from the ocean by a large reef.”

Most of the accommodations are located in the municipality of General Luna, but there are other resorts and hotels that offer visitors enough privacy, but still being accessible to the main road.

Cebu Pacific flies six times a week between Manila and Siargao; and daily between Cebu and Siargao.

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Masbate—To a people of a certain generation, Masbate was once a place famous for its mythical flying monsters like the aswang. Unknown to many, the province was one of the first areas in the Philippines settled by Spanish colonizers. “People have forgotten that Masbate is rich in Spanish history,” according to Aileen Clemente, president of Rajah Travel Corp. “One of its most famous Spanish-era landmarks, for example, is the Aroroy Lighthouse in Bugui Point, which continues to stand to this day.”

There are also a number of heritage homes designed in the bahay na bato mold prevalent during the Spanish era, which can be found in the city proper (Villa Bayot where a Santo Entierro—the dead Christ—lies encased in glass), as well as in the municipality of Monreal, and on Ticao Island.

Now one of the main cattle raisers in the country, Masbate also hosts a rodeo festival every April, Clemente added. Aside from a parade of horses and cattle, dancers dressed in Western cowboy outfits strut down the main avenue, or participate in cattle wrestling contests. She also said the province is teeming with marine life—“it’s a good place for diving and see manta rays. It is on the migratory path for sea creatures.”

Homestays are available in Masbate, as well as in other islands, as there is only a smattering of adequate accommodations in the city proper.  CEB flies from Manila to Masbate once a day, and from Cebu, also once daily. (Pro tip: Flying from Manila to Masbate via Cebu is slightly cheaper, with many flights to Cebu to choose from.) Alternatively, you can take the Isarog bus that leaves from its Edsa or Araneta-Cubao terminals going to Masbate, with fares from P800 to P2,000+one way, depending on the bus type.

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Biri Rock Formations in Northern Samar—One of the destinations DOT is also promoting, the Biri rock formations, is one of those awe-inspiring tourist spots that are, unfortunately, still quite a distance to travel to. For now, only Philippine Airlines flies to Catarman, the capital of Northern Samar, from the Clark International Airport in Angeles, Pampanga (one flight every M-W-F-Su), and even then, one must ride a jeepney (to Lavezares town) then a boat to get to Biri Island.

There are also very few accommodations to stay in on the island, mostly bed and breakfasts, so we’re talking about raw and rustic here. (A few on the list are Glenda’s Bed and Breakfast, Villa Amor and Biri Resort.) But DOT Director Loyola promises that seeing the rock formations up close is worth the long trip. “Shaped by wind and waves, these massive rocks  are chiseled in different directions creating unique patterns and colorful designs,” she explained. These natural geological sculptures are to be found along the jagged coastline of this weather-beaten island.  She added the island itself is a good spot for diving and a tour of mangrove areas.

Other islands worth exploring in Northern Samar are San Antonio, with its magnificent white beaches, and Capul, which was once the last pitstop for Spanish galleons before making the long trip to Acapulco in Mexico. Capul is known for its centuries-old lighthouse and Capul Church, which was established by the Jesuit Order in the 16th century, according to Loyola. To get to these islands, take a van or jeepney from Catarman to Victoria (if you’re going to San Antonio), or to Allen (if going to Capul), then a boat to your end-destination.

Enjoy irresistible summer deals from Discovery’s hotels and resorts

 

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Have a Happy Summer with The Discovery Leisure Company. Create blissful memories on bright sunny days, whether it’s a city escape or an island getaway.

Dive into the stunning beauty of Club Paradise Palawan, a private island resort in Coron. For a minimum of two nights, enjoy a Garden View room for P11,200++ or a Sunset Villa for P12,800++. Delight in buffet breakfast for two adults and two children below 12 years old, roundtrip Busuanga Airport transfers, and a serving of Firefish Restaurant’s “Bowl of Happiness” – different flavors of homemade ice cream, ideal for sharing. Stay date is until June 1, 2018.

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Revel in a Week Date Dream at Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, with special rates for a Deluxe Suite for only P6,354.38++, and a Premier Suite for just P7,169.04++. The generous offer comes with complimentary set dinner for two and Country Breakfast for two at Restaurant Verbena, wine and cheese platter at sundown, and milk and cookies before bedtime. Use promo code DREAM. Stay period is until November 28, 2018, Sundays to Thursdays except long weekends and holidays.

For a truly unforgettable summer break, book a room at the Discovery Primea Makati’s Business Flat, Business Suite, Executive Suite, or Primea Suite at 10% off the Best Available Rate. The room package includes tempting culinary offerings such as daily gourmet breakfast and one order of pizza of your choice at Restaurant Tapenade, one round of cocktails for two at EDGE, and 20% discount on food and beverage. Take a dip in Discovery Primea’s iconic infinity pool, or break a sweat in the hotel’s 24-hour gym.

Tech-savvy guests will love the complimentary use of Handy smartphone and High Speed Internet Access. Don’t forget to use the promo code DISCOVER. Stay dates are from April 10 to June 30, 2018.

Not to be missed as well is the Weekend Steals deal at Discovery Suites Manila, with rates starting at PHP 3,665.99++ for a Junior Suite Deluxe. This offer includes breakfast buffet for two at Restaurant 5, access to the swimming pool, fitness center, and children’s playroom, as well as weekend kiddie activities on Saturdays, 4pm to 5pm. Stay Period is from April 6 to July 1, 2018, Fridays to Sundays. My Discovery Elite members are entitled to a complimentary upgrade from Junior Suite to One-Bedroom Suite, subject to availability. Use the promo code LEISUREWEEKEND to enjoy this special deal.

 

For more information on these irresistible summer deals, visit www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com.