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Discover Independence with The Discovery Leisure Company

Discover Independence with The Discovery Leisure Company

Having a vacation is liberating. It sets me free from stress and workload, even for a short period of time. Of course, new experiences give me the freedom to explore. If you want to continue the quest for freedom, be it in the city or in an island, you better check out The Discovery Leisure Company’s Discover Independence deals. This homegrown hospitality group helps you travel just the way you want to. Book online at http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/discover-independence and use the promo code: FREEDOM from 12 to 19 June 2016 and get as much as 50% savings on room rates for stays until October. You can choose to break free at either Ortigas or Makati, perfect for foodie adventures and retail therapy for the cosmopolitan you. After a day of shopping at the nearby Megamall or The Podium, retreat to any of Discovery Suites’ rooms for half the price, starting at PHP ...

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Experiencing the Malasimbo Festival 2016 Magic

Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival 2016

Last month, I had the chance to attend the Malasimbo Festival 2016 in Puerto Galera. I know, I know, that’s during the Holy Week and should have written about it earlier. Unfortunately, I got caught up with work and some unfortunate incidences – my media files got corrupted, and my phone was lost. Enough of the excuses. Just let me share with you my Malasimbo experience. The Malasimbo Festival started in 2011. Visualized by French expat Hubert d’Aboville who owns a piece of property on top of the mountain that looked like a natural amphitheater. He dreamed of having a musical event on the island. The festival name was taken from the mountain where the event is held every year. I’ve read and heard about it, but never really took interest in it. For one thing, I think I’m past the age of attending live concerts and partying, which is ...

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Windows By The Bay at Hotel Jen Manila is Now Open

Windows by the Bay at Hotel Jen Manila

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, experience Windows By The Bay at Hotel Jen Manila. In his opening remarks during the opening, hotel General Manager Edward Kollmer said, “Calming, breathtaking, inspiring, and magical. These are the moods that we want our guests to experience by the moment they enter Windows By The Bay.” He was joined by Ms. Kitchie Benedicto-Paulino, Chairman/CEO of New Riviera Hotel Development Corp. and Ms. Pia de Leon Ongsiako, Chief Operating Officer of New Riviera Hotel Development Corp. together with Ms. Earth 2015 Ms. Angelia Ong. Partners were delighted as Hotel Jen Manila’s Executive Chef Dirk Fiedler served his appetizing nibbles. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the free-flowing light bite creations of pizza puffs and meat feast consisting of salami, parma ham, smoked ham, olives and cornichons perfectly paired with wines and cocktails At Windows By The Bay, you can just sit ...

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Relaxing Tagaytay at Estancia Resort Hotel

Relaxing Tagaytay at Estancia Resort Hotel

Estancia Resort Hotel brings a relaxing Tagaytay in your every visit. With Santorini-inspired villas, unadulterated terrain, delicious food and the beautiful scenery, it’s perfect for a grand family time, a charming business venue, or the venue for your dream wedding. I had a chance for a private tour and I immediately fell in love with the entire resort. It was very timely because of the stressful environment I’ve been several weeks now at work. As a matter of fact, I dream of going back for a staycation. I’ve been to Tagaytay several times, but the visit is always filled with activities. I’m looking forward to relaxing and just letting time fly by me. The clusters of villas patterned after the villages of Greece’s most popular seaside island overlooking Taal lake and volcano is just one of the things I look forward to in my next visit Estancia Resort Hotel. Located ...

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Let Hotel Jen Manila be Your Holy Week Haven

Hotel Jen Manila

Let Hotel Jen Manila be your humble home this Holy Week while fulfilling your Lenten traditions. There is no better way to strengthen relationship but in practicing faith. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone – enjoying family time and observing religious rights. Book a deluxe room at Hotel Jen Manila from March 21-27, 2016 for only Php4,800 nett per night and enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast for two at our Latitude Restaurant. You also get a 20% discount at the hotel’s F&B outlets. A staycation is definitely a great time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Above all of these, you can hop on to our complimentary scheduled shuttle service which will drop you off to one of the country’s most iconic religious site, the Manila Cathedral. Here you can start your Lenten practices and have some time to reflect and pray. From here, you can visit ...

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Summer at Aquaria Beach Resort

The Entrance at Aquaria Beach Resort

As I was packing up to check out from the hotel I stayed over the weekend when a message popped out on my phone asking me if I’m available the next day to an out-of-town getaway to Batangas. I love the beach and so I immediately agreed to it. The weather is really getting warmer and having missed the pool on my staycation, I’m looking forward to start summer at Aquaria Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas. So on a Monday morning, I braved the MRT shuffle to get to our meetup point in Makati. I’m glad I did. Read up to know why. It was raining in the city but I’m not concerned at all. I know I’m going to enjoy the beach, rain or shine. But the sun smiled on us and gave us a good weather. Upon arrival at Aquaria Beach, we were greeted with a cold towel and a bottle ...

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Vamos A Malolos – Tracing the Roots of Philippine Republic

Vamos A Malolos. In English, it means “Le’ts go to Malolos” and so I did on the 15th of December, a rainy Monday, along with the rest of the invited media representatives. While on the bus, I was given an introduction of Malolos through the brochure that was distributed to everyone, and through a movie about the women of Malolos playing on DVD as we traverse NLEX. In between, our tour guide would inject information reinforcing what I was just reading, and/or watching. Not to say that I dislike history, it’s just that those bits and pieces I learned in school was somehow lost in my memory. But suddenly, I began to appreciate the stories and history unfolding in my mind. My interest in Malolos grew as we approach our destination. Malolos has a huge part of the Philippine history. During the Spanish colonization, residents participated in the revolution. The ...

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Sky Ranch Pampanga Amusement Park Now Open

Sky Ranch Pampanga Ferris Wheel

Sky Ranch Pampanga Amusement Park is now open to the public. I was able to cover the media launch on the last week of November and was able to experience first hand how fun it could be for the whole family. If my memory serves me right, this is the 2nd Sky Ranch amusement park in the country, the first being the one in Tagaytay. I’ve only passed by it the few times I’ve been to the area and never had the chance to explore it. So the invitation to Pampanga was a welcome opportunity. Sky Ranch Pampanga is just beside SM City Pampanga. We left Quezon City after lunch and was at the venue in a little over an hour. We waited for the blessing for the entire theme park to open. After all formalities, we were able to roam the entire place. The theme park in Pampanga is ...

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Skyscanner Shares 5 Booking Tips for Filipinos

5 Top Destinations for Filipinos

Skyscanner shares 5 booking tips for Filipinos when traveling to the 5 top overseas destinations — China, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Thanks to budget airlines, traveling overseas became very popular in the country. What the rich are able to do several years back is now possible even for ordinary people. Skyscanner’s booking tips is very timely for 2014 as everyone plot their next travel itinerary especially with the release of the Philippine holidays for this year. To maximize the budget, we are always on the look out for seat sale which requires booking in advance. But even when there is no sale, it is apparently possible to save on airline fare when booking is done early. Here are the 5 booking tips for us Filipinos for the top 5 outbound destinations: China – Save as much as Php7,000 per flight when booking is done 28 weeks in advance. That’s ...

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