My Return to Intramuros

Going back to Intramuros is visiting also a home. I have spent my high school and college days here in Intramuros way back when I was studying in Letran.

When I found out to my wife that she will have have a tour in Intramuros, I am interested to revisit it again and reminiscence the glimpse on what happen 20 years after I was been.

We took our historical tour by riding in a tranvia – some sort of a streetcar during a pre-war era.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

 

Our first stop was Fort Santiago –  oldest Hispanic stone fortress in the country where they still relive the Kalesa riding around which even the drivers are in uniforms.  Fort Santiago is also transformed into park with greenery along the area amidst its historic ruins.

We got a tourist guide – Mr. Jeff Velasco of Mabuhay Guides,which explained more each places that let me appreciate the history of Intramuros.

 

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Enter the site which believe to be the fort of Rajah Soliman and was continued to modernized by other governors as their line of defenses.   Inside was the Rizal Shrine and Baluarte de Santa Barbara which was reconstructed to give tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal where he was detained during his trial.  This served also a gathering of Rizal’s collection from his books, furniture and even dresses he used.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Infront Fort Santiago is the famous Manila Cathedral which was said to be rebuild eight times – from earthquake, typhoons and war just to rise again and again its structure.  It is officially named Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

 

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Palacio del Gobernador which said to be state residence of the Governor General of the Philippines and office of the Supreme Court.  It also housed shelter to civilians during World War 2.  It was reconstructed last 1976 for government offices.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

 

San  Agustin Church is the oldest church in the Philippines which was declared by UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

 

After our whole day escapade with Intramuros, it is glad to know that our government has the effort to preserve the Walled City and still revive its illustrious structure.  It is really nice to come back and return to relive historical value in this present generation.

 

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

This is a Travel Write-up entry to the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012 organized by IntramurosManila.Asia.

IBC 2012 is fully supported by the Intramuros Administration, Barbara’s Restaurant, Celdran Tours, Mabuhay Guides, Pilgrimage Pilipinas, Castillan Tours, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc., DigiEntrepreneur, DigitalFilipino, Third Team Media, Payless Pancit Shanghai, Ruthilicious, Ruthilicious Fanpage and GadgetGambit.com.

 

Great Northern Sale at SM City North Edsa

As February opened this month, SM City North Edsa brings your the “GREAT NORTHERN SALE” from Feb 2 to 5!

It i not only the month of love but a month to be generous because SM City North Edsa is also giving discounts up to almost 70% off on the original price.

Marked also your calendar for many events happening also this month of February.

 

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During this event, you can get one FREE – Crave & Save Card at The Block Redemption Booth 2nd Floor near the Giant Shopping Bag on Feb 2, 2012.  The said card entitled you to get freebies and 10% discount on restaurants from February 2 – 5.
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I am not from the north but was living there before.  Most of the relatives especially my parents were just near and sharing this one will give them this benefit to visit SM City North Edsa.

For more information, visit the Facebook page and win some freebies: SM City North Edsa

Visit also their event page: SM’s Great Northern Sale

Unofficially Yours this Valentine 2012

Star Cinema’s offering this Valentine 2012 – Unofficially Yours, a romantic comedy movie which starred by Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz.

Unofficially Yours tackled about a relationship that started in a one-night stand.  The guy believed in love to be committed and permanent while the girl doesn’t want to fall in love only casual, no ties and only fun.

This is a bold step to initiate the theme of the story but a twist to make how beautiful a love can bring to different people with different perspective which is according to their box-office director Cathy Garcia Molina. This is something to watch for!

Unofficially Yours opens on February 15, 2012 in over 100 theaters nationwide.
Unofficially Yours

Unofficially Yours

Unofficially Yours

Unofficially Yours

Unofficially Yours

Unofficially Yours

Unofficially Yours

Why is it More Fun in the Philippines

This is my photography sharing why I am honed to take my hobby to the next level – that is capturing everywhere the beauty of Philippines.   I just took pictures.  But then I realized there were always a beauty behind it especially  places around the Philippines.  People do not realized how wonderful our country is.  This is my way on supporting how we can love our own country for just sharing the wondrous places our family been.

Yes, its really more fun in the Philippines!
It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

This is a pre-qualifying entry to the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012 by IntramurosManila.Asia. This campaign is fully supported by the Intramuros AdministrationBarbara’s RestaurantCeldran Tours, Mabuhay Guides, Pilgrimage Pilipinas, Castillan Tours, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.Payless Pancit Shanghai, Ruthilicious and Ruthilicious @ FB.

Launching of Enchanted Kingdom and Coca-Cola Partnership

Last January 22, we witnessed the launching of Enchanted Kingdom and Coca-Cola partnership entitled  – Refreshing Magical Moments with Coca-Cola only @ EK.

A red letter day as Enchanted Kingdom transformed into a refreshing ensemble of their newest official beverage sponsor, Coca-Cola.
Launching of Enchanted Kingdom and Coca-Cola Partnership
Launching of Enchanted Kingdom and Coca-Cola Partnership

To add more excitement and celebrate Chinese New Year, there was a parade of characters from Eldar the Wizard, EK mascots, Dragon and Lion Dances, pandas, terracota soldiers and Wushu Exhibitions.  Me, getting pictures  while my wife was busy watching the said parade.

Aside from the parade, we got to enjoy different rides as we braced ourselves to fun, fun adventure.

For the launching, Enchanted Kingdom and Coca Cola gave away free Coke products to the first two hundred lucky park guests.

For more information, visit their:

Website:  http://new.enchantedkingdom.ph/
Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/enchantedkingdom.ph

 

Launching of Enchanted Kingdom and Coca-Cola Partnership

SM North Edsa Chinese New Year 2012

Last January 15, SM North Edsa opened its celebration of Chinese New Year 2012 at the Atrium, The Block. With the theme of the Water Dragon, the event was hosted by Chris Tiu doing some story telling which Richard Yap (Papa Chen in tele-series “Binondo Girl”) acted the Chinese Emperor.

There were wushu demo, dragon/lion dance, and singing choir that gracefully showcased and complimented the whole Chinese Culture.

I cannot pick the best picture that I have got during the said event.  What I will be sharing to you were the complete coverage.

For more information and updates, visit: SM City North EDSA‘s Facebook page

 

Healthway’s One-Stop Card

Me and wife got to visit Healthway at Glorrieta 5 when we were strolling at the mall.

Healthway is a modern clinic that offers a one-stop-shop setting where medical/diagnostic  services with complete laboratories that matched to those top hospital.  Most of their clinics were located at the mall and assisted by  experienced doctors/medical practitioners.
Healthway

We were able to introduced also about Healthway card, a membership card that can share with family/ friends and this can be reloaded.

This card can be a payment  for consultations, laboratory & diagnostic services, imaging procedures, medicines, aesthetic services and dental procedures.  This can be use for Executive Check-Up, Annual Physical Exam and minor surgical procedures.

Some of the card features:

  • The amount loaded and benefits are transferable / shareable.
  • Additional or supplementary card is optional.
  • Valid at any Healthway Medical clinic.
  • Lifetime card membership.
  • Fixed fee of Php 200 for consultation with Healthway’s Primary Care Physicians and Dentists as long the card is active and with a minimum initial load of Php 1000.
  • Fixed fee of P400 for consultation with specialists except for Neurologists.

For more information, visit their website – http://www.healthway.com.ph/healthwaycards

We have the chance to tour around the clinic.  Some of these where dental, laboratory, dermatology, diagnostic, out-patient surgery  and pharmacy.

Overall, the high-end technology for medication, cleanliness and  friendly staff will let me go back to try their services.

Healthway

 

Healthway

 

Healthway

 

Healthway

 

Healthway

 

Healthway

 

Healthway

Immortal by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is a worldwide phenomenon singer and song writer during my teenage years that made us love all  his songs.  When I found out that Sony Music Philippines will be launching his album “Immortal”, have shown interest to join and witness the listening gig.

Michael Jackson Immortal

Priced at P 550.00 in the Philippines, the double disc Michael Jackson’s Immortal album includes 27 tracks.  To make it more hip in this present generation, all original songs got this remixes and mashups arranged by esteemed known musical designers.

Set of Tracks Per Disc

DISC 1:
1. Workin’ Day and Night (Immortal Version)
2. The Immortal Intro (Immortal Version)
3. Childhood (Immortal Version)
4. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin (Immortal Version)
5. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Immortal Version)
6. Dancing Machine/Blame It on The Boogie (Immortal Version)
7. Ben (Immortal Version)
8. This Place Hotel (Immortal Version)
9. Smooth Criminal (Immortal Version)
10. Dangerous (Immortal Version)
11. The Mime Segment: (I Like) The Way You Love Me/Speed Demon/Another Part of Me (Immortal Version)
12. The Jackson 5 Medley (Immortal Version)
13. Speechless/Human Nature (Immortal Version)
14. Is It Scary/Threatened (Immortal Version)
15. Thriller (Immortal Version)

DISC 2:
1. You Are Not Alone/I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Immortal Version)
2. Beat It/State of Shock (Immortal Version)
3. Jam (Immortal Version)
4. Planet Earth/Earth Song (Immortal Version)
5. Scream/Little Susie (Immortal Version)
6. Gone Too Soon (Immortal Version)
7. They Don’t Care About Us (Immortal Version)
8. Will You Be There (Immortal Version)
9. I’ll Be There (Immortal Version)
10. Immortal Megamix: Can You Feel It/Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough/Billie Jean/Black or White (Immortal Version)
11. “Man In The Mirror” (Immortal Version)
12. “Remember The Time/Bad” (Immortal Version)

We have also the chance to enjoy music from Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson World Tour which also gave us a glimpse on their live shots during the performance as shown below:

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We also personally met Albert Sunga and Pete Girrard Tan, Marketing Managers of IVORY who also shared to us the “Immortal Fly-Away Contest which is open to Philippine residents.

To join:

  • Get a copy of Michael Jackson “THE IMMORTAL” Album in standard 1-CD or 2-CD Deluxe album
  • Take your photo of you and with a friend holding the IMMORTAL album
  • Send the photo to mj@pongr.com or upload it at the MJ Immortal Contest section on the Official Michael Jackson Facebook page.

For more information on the contest mechanics, visit – http://theblackfedorablog.com/2011/11/the-immortal-fly-away-contest-is-open-to-philippine-residents/

Michael Jackson Immortal

Michael Jackson Immortal

It was a fun filled afternoon listening pop immortal megamix music to fellow friends/colleagues who also got this same passionate feeling to Michael Jackson.

For more information:

Visit  Facebook Fan Page by  Ivory Music & Video –  the exclusive licensee and distributor of Sony Music Philippines.

Michael Jackson Immortal

Michael Jackson Immortal

SM Southmall IMAX 3D

Our family got the opportunity to witness the first IMAX 3D in the south located at SM Southmall Cinema at the 3rd level.

With the IMAX 3D Theatre, we see more, hear more, feel more – an ultimate & most immerse cinematic movie experience one can imagine as if you become part of the movie.

SM Southmall IMAX 3D

SM Southmall & IMAX Theatre presented a special advanced screening of Adventures of Tintin to let customers experience the excellent movie quality in IMAX.

SM Southmall IMAX 3D

Adventures of Tintin is directed by Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg and Oscar winning producer Peter Jackson: an epic, globe-hopping quest with one-of-a-kind mix of action, humor and scintillating tale spin in a 3D motion picture event.

Here is the You-Tube Movie Trailer:

The premier of The Adventures of Tintin is just one of the many blockbuster movies that SM Southmall had lined up for the South Metro Manila residents.

Our family will definitely anticipating our next IMAX movie experience.

Visit their facebook fanpage link: http://www.facebook.com/smsouthmall

SM Southmall IMAX 3D

Dirt Bike Weekend at Nuvali

November for outdoor cycling calendar is the much-awaited Dirt Bike Weekend 2011.  Dirt Bike Weekend Festival was held at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna last November 26 and 27, 2011.

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Last year’s event was a success that saw the action from over 500 participants and this year’s event happening looks bigger and better.

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

It’s time once again to put the pedal to the metal as each categories showcased exhibitions for every competitive cyclists in town ranging to all ages – young and old alike.

From cross country, 24-hour race, four cross and mountain bike orienteering  – these adventure yet fun-filled biking were action packed to witness.

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2011

Overall, Nuvali once again graced a successful event for the health buff raising the place as a perfect venue for bikers – a suitable facilities for sports and outdoor recreation.

Visit their website for more future events – www.nuvali.ph