NU Pep Squad leads SM Dance at #AweSM “Sweet 60” weekend party

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The night could not have been any sweeter as SM celebrated its 60th anniversary with an exciting dance routine, the SM Dance, which was led by the National University (NU) pep squad, at the #AweSM “Sweet 60” weekend party at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Shoppers were in for more sweet surprises as top singers, Radha, Bituin Escalante and Frenchie Dy belted out a series of entertaining songs. The singers were later joined by Ramonne Rodriguez of The Voice and Annastacia Penny of SM Little Stars for an #AweSM performance of SM’s “We’ve Got It All” jingle.

SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan, SVP for marketing Jonjon San Agustin and SM Megamall AVP for operations Christian Mathay welcomed everyone to the event. Mathay said, “Our #AweSM 60th anniversary celebration officially begins with an #AweSM ‘Sweet 60’ weekend party in all 70 SM malls nationwide. Expect a lot of fun and exciting surprises coming your way during our weekend activities happening from May to October, and watch out for #AweSM deals from food to fashion and other finds.”

As one of the highlights of the event, SM also held a giant logo projection mapping show at SM Megamall’s facade along EDSA.

The #AweSM “Sweet 60” weekend party featured interactive play experience, where shoppers immersed themselves in a fantastic wonderland of colors and desserts. In partnership with Boysen, Fruits In Ice Cream, The Dessert Museum, and The Lost Bread, SM Megamall’s #AweSM Weekend Party was an Instagram wonderland where everyone splurged on dessert treats and freebies, and snapped photos at the different activity stations.

 

For more information about #AweSM 60 years, visit SM Supermalls Facebook page or check out www.smsupermalls.com.

 

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Little Big Shots: TNT Boys ‘Somebody to Love’ Has Good Story Behind It

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In the Season 3 episode of Little Big Shots, “Give Us S’mores,” host Steve Harvey meets the singing trio TNT Boys from the Philippines. They choose to sing the Queen song “Somebody to Love,” and they nail it. The soul-searching song, written by the late Queen lead singer and pianist Freddie Mercury, is about a man who questions his life without love and the role of God in his lonely life. The lyrics include: “Lord what you’re doing to me (yeah yeah)/ I have spent all my years in believing you/ But I just can’t get no relief, Lord!” When Queen recorded the song, the band layered their voices so it sounded like a giant gospel choir.

It’s well known that Mercury was heavily influenced by the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin, while writing “Somebody to Love” in 1976. In the interview below, he says he would love to have Franklin sing “Somebody to Love” but it never happened. “I wish I could sing like her,” says Mercury. “When I sing, I think of her.” New episodes of Little Big Shots air Thursdays at 8pm on NBC.

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.

It’s a matcha and mocha summer 2018 for Starbucks Philippines

Most people associate summer with fruity or fizzy concoctions but for summer 2018, Starbucks Philippines is going a darker and richer route with two new drinks that it says are “unapologetically bold” in flavor.

On Saturday, April 7, the Philippine franchise of the worldwide coffee giant offered media and bloggers a peek into its offerings for the summer months. The highlight, of course, were the two Frapuccino blended drinks that will officially hit stores on April 11, Wednesday.

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There’s the Tea-Ramisu (yes, what pun!) for tea lovers and Midnight Mocha for espresso addicts. (Pricing: P165 for tall, P180 for grande, and P195 for venti).

The Tea-Ramisu is a matcha and cheesecake party in your mouth. It’s a blend of matcha, whipped mascarpone cheese, topped with whipped cream and green tea cookie crumble.

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Midnight Mocha, meanwhile, is a mix of java chip and whipped cream. There are two – yes, two – layers of whipped cream in this drink so suffice to say, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Aside from the drinks, the coffee chain is releasing new snack options, including the Pistachio Dome (P175 for a slice; P1,575 for the entire cake), the Chocolate Babka(P105), the Maple Pecan Danish (P65), Spinach Mushroom Dutch Pancake (P175), and the Classic Italian (P175).

Ready-to-eat snacks like the La Mere Poulard Cookie and the Walkers Shortbread Cookie (both P65) round up the new food offerings.

Coffee lovers who’d rather brew or stir their own cups of coffee can check out the Single Origin Series Colombia Huila (P445 for a bag) or the Starbucks Via Iced Coffee (P195 for a pack). Starbucks Reserve branches will also be selling the Colombia Cauca and the Brazil IP Estate (P595 for a bag).

The coffee chain will be releasing new tumblers and mugs for the summer months, as it does every year.

Filipinos Slip Off Clothes for Century Tuna’s ‘Underpants Run’ in Manila

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Sexy and Hot Pinoy joined the Century Tuna’s first ever ‘Underpants Run’ which happens last Sunday, April 8, 2018 at The Pacific Rim, Filinvest City Alabang. But don’t get us wrong, there is no body-shaming as everyone of all sizes were welcome at the event. Clothed in just their underwear, loincloths, tutus or body paint, hundreds of semi-naked young people pounded the streets of Manila in an unusual race that brought a sweaty spectacle to the capital.

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Participants could choose to run at three, five or 10 kilometers. Joined by Century Tuna Superbods Ageless finalists and Century Tuna’s brand ambassadors Alice Dixson,Gerald Anderson and Matteo Guidicelli. There is actually a dress code, such as undergarments and bottoms must be at least 8 inches above the knee. While more daring participants wore G-strings and body paint, others opted for silly costumes such as grass skirts and baby-blue ballet tutus, there were feathers, Egyptian costumes, superhero masks and odes to traditional (tribal loincloths).

Cole Sprouse in Manila for Bench

Remember Cody? From ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ a Disney sitcom during our earlier days.

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Well He is definitely not the ‘Geeky’ twin brother anymore!!!

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And we got good news!!!!

Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, is finally coming to Manila on April 20, 2018.

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Bench and Wilbros Live made announcements on their social media accounts. Cole is one of the international endorsers of the brand.

As for the mechanics, fans should buy P1,500 worth of regular items from participating Bench stores at Glorietta 2, TriNoma, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and Bonifacio High Street in order to get a seat at the venue. To get a meet and greet pass, fan will have to draw from a fishbowl after receiving a stamp. If a fan gets a paper with a star,you will get a slot to meet and greet Cole at either SM Megamall or the Glorietta Activity Center.

Brought to you by Bench and Wilbros Live.

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