The country’s top Apple product retailer recently launch its Pixelworx campaign that advocates the use of technology in the creation of arts.  The launch of the campaign was initiated through the introduction of PMC’s art ambassadors and the announcement of its multimedia awards winners.

The four ambassadors that were introduced during the event were Jay Contreras for photography, Nikki Luna for visual arts, Electrolychee (Marcus and Bru Nada) for graphic design and Leeroy New for sculpture. The four art ambassadors conducted free workshops and live demonstrations at PMC classrooms for the past two months.

The event was also the venue where PMC awarded the winners of its multimedia competition wherein 6 winners were chosen from the 20 finalists who submitted their work a few months back. The winners were given prizes including iPads, Wacom tablets and PMC gift certificates.

When traveling, you will likely have three consistent companions: your family (if you’re bringing them), your plans (if you have any), and your smartphone (no ifs, ands or buts). You will likely use your smartphone more than anything to navigate, communicate, and do whatever you need to do to make your travelling as smooth as possible.

What makes a smartphone so great is that there are all sorts of different applications available to make your life so much easier. If you are having a hard time navigating a new city, GPS apps abound. If you can’t understand a language, translation apps are available. If there isn’t an app for one of your needs yet, give it time, and someone will create it.

Here are 5 apps for your smartphone that will help you make sure that your trips go perfectly:

Trip Splitter takes care of who owes what when handling expenses on a trip or dinner. It works great even for large parties because you can put in as many participants as you want. You can also email participants a reminder after the trip is over if you don’t want to take care of everything right away. This is great for travelling in a large group that isn’t necessarily financially linked or for certain business situations

This is a travel app that has equal use at home, allowing you to split up a shared bar tab or simply let you figure out how much everyone owes for pizza. If you find yourself a social person, this app is definitely worth downloading.

If you are travelling, then a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be the savior to your privacy and data. If you are travelling, you are likely using many public networks, which can be incredibly risky to use since hackers can intercept sent data (including private communications and financial information) over unprotected networks and then use it against you.

What a VPN will do is connect your computer through an encrypted “tunnel” of sorts to an offsite server that no one can infiltrate, and this server will handle your requests and send you whatever information you want just like normal. Using this server also has the benefit of masking your IP Address and location data, which means you can get around regional restrictions and even possibly allow you to take advantage of regional pricing for airline tickets.

There are several options to choose from, but ExpressVPN is a great choice in particular due to its compatabilty with smartphones on any operating system.


If you are travelling to a major city, you should check out Citymapper. It is one of the most popular and highest-quality apps for figuring out transit (in almost any form) in major cities, particularly in the United States, which can be harder to navigate than many European cities. Some of the things that are especially useful are real-time updating of departure times, bike routes, and alerts if there is a disruption on a route so you can adjust accordingly.

If you put in a location within a city, this app will find a way for you to get there. In fact, it will probably find multiple ways for you to get there. When you’re in a new place, there will be nothing you are more thankful for.

If you are going to a different country that doesn’t speak English (which is most of them), you want this application on your phone. While not perfect, Google Translate is improving constantly. It has most every language you will need and is fast enough to beat out most other translation devices available and certainly faster than lugging around a two-way dictionary for each language you might need.

This one might be considered a little extreme for some, but jet lag is awful and can ruin a day or two of a perfectly good vacation. If you don’t want this to happen, then Entrain is the app you need both before and during your trip.

It provides you with a schedule and data for when you should seek light in order to help your body adjust to the new time zone as quickly as possible. You can use this data to adjust your circadian clock and keep up your energy after your flight. With lots of options at the press of a thumb, you won’t need to figure out anything else to get your sleep cycle in check.

Thank you for reading. Please note that any applications listed here can be found on both iTunes and Google Play. I hope that you have found something here that you are looking for so that you may travel with improved safety and convenience.

The country’s biggest book fair is back for all book worms near Pasay City. Now on its 36th year, the Manila International Book fair is setting up shop at the SMX Convention center to bring the largest and most diverse collection of literature whether it’s for leisure or for academics. The MIBF will be held on Sept 16-20 and will feature various publication companies as exhibitors.

To know more details about these event, do check out the PR materials sent to us by MIBF’s organizer Primetrade Asia, Inc.


One of the country’s most awaited events for book lovers is back as the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is set on Sept. 16-20, at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Now on its 36th year, the MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading, including bestselling novels, to textbooks, to graphic novels, to religious publications, to stationery and school supplies. The MIBF is also the go-to event for this year’s biggest book launches, signings, contests, dialogues with readers, and other literary events. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

Joining this year’s book fair are Abiva Publishing House, Inc. Academic Book Sales, Inc, Adarna House, Inc., Adbox Book Distributors, Alexan Commercial, Alpha Stream Marketing, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Asia Pacific Publishers Association (APPA), Asia/Pacific Circulation Exponents, Inc. (APCEI), Ateneo de Manila University Press, Bantay OCW Foundation, Inc., Bayard Assumption Media Foundation, Belview Co., Inc., Book Trends Enterprises, Bridge Publications, Inc., Brilliant Creations Publishing, Inc., C & E Publishing, Inc., Catholic Book Center , CD Books International, Inc., Cengage Learning , Central Books , Christian Growth Ministries, Inc. (CGM) , Christian Literature Crusade , Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. , Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. , Creative Mind Books Center , CRW Marketing Services for Publishers , Cunanan Map House , Data Science and Technology Corporation , and Edcrisch International, Inc.

Also participating at the book fair are Elsevier Science and Technology , Emerald Headway Distributors, Inc. , F & J de Jesus, Inc. , Far Eastern University Publications , Fastbooks Educational Supply Inc. , Felta Multi-Media, Inc. , Filway Marketing, Inc. , Forefront Book Co., Inc. , Fujian Publishing Industry, Fully Booked (Sketch Books, Inc.) , Global International Education Link, Grolier International- Cyclophil Division, Goethe-Institut Philippinen , Golden Books Services, Inc. , Great Books Trading , Gunnar Lie & Associates Ltd , Heartshaper/Lighthouse Educational Corporation , High Access Line Phils. Corp., IBC Book Consolidators, Inc., IBON Foundation, Inc., iGroup , Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing Corporation , IRH Press Co., Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc. , Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Lighthouse Inspirational Books and Gifts, Inc. , Linar Educational Materials, Inc. , Logos Publications, Inc. , Lyric Piano and Organ Corp. , Maxcor Publishing House, Inc. , Meganon Comics Publishing House , Megatexts Phil., Inc. , Megaviz Publishing, Mind Mover Publishing House, Inc. , MSA Publishing House , and National Book Store, Inc.

Meanwhile, the National Historical Commission of the Phils. (NHCP) , Navigator Ministries, Inc. , New Century Books , New Day Publishers , OMF Literature Inc. , Overseas Publishers' Rep. Assn of the Phils. (OPRAP) , Paulines Publishing House , Perbadanan Kota Buku, Periplus Editions, Philippine Bible Society , Philippine Christian Book Store (PCBS) , Phoenix Educational Systems, Inc. , Precious Pages Corp. , Publishers Group West , Readers Knowledge Bookstore , Rex Book Store, Inc. , Shepherd House Publishers, Inc. , Shepherd's Voice Publications, Inc. , Sinag-Tala Publishers , St Pauls , St. Mary's Publishing Corporation , St. Matthew's Publishing Corporation , Summit Publishing Co., Inc. , The Bookmark, Inc. , The Ramakrishna Society of the Philippines, Inc. , Touchlife Global Foundation Inc. , Tradewinds Books , University of Santo Tomas Publishing House , University of the Philippines Press, Vibal Group , Viva PSICOM Publishing Corp. , Wiseman's Books Trading, Inc. , Word & Life Publications , and WS Pacific Publications, Inc., Blue Silver and Black Marketing, Cosmos Bazaar, Gentle Star, Jevzam’s Enterprise, LPI Rack Range Philippines, Merr-C Society of the Word Foundation, and Mindwerks are also joining.

Aside from the varied list of exhibitors, the MIBF will also host two co-located events. The latest trends in technology will be discussed at the Digitech Manila Conference and Expo on September 17-18. Meanwhile, one of the most awaited events for anime lovers and cosplayers, the Best of Anime 2015, is slated on September 19-20.

Lazada has recently teamed up with ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata 163 most likely as part of their corporate social responsibility activities. The online retailer has recently visited the Bantay Bata site in Calauan, Laguna and has pledged to help these children by donating a certain amount of their sales from July to October made by using their special Bantay Bata voucher.

Check full details of this campaign by reading their press release below. 

MANILA PHILIPPINES - Lazada, the Philippines’ One-Stop Shopping and Selling destination, recently partnered with ABS CBN’s Bantay Bata 163 in reaching out to children displaced by recent calamities.

Last July 3, 2015, Lazada Philippines, together with Bantay Bata 163, brought smiles and laughters to over 100 kids when they visited the Bantay Bata Site located in NHA Calauan, Laguna. Lazada PH employees together with the company’s CEO, Inanc Balci, shared an afternoon with the kids through healthy lunch, games, and other fun-filled activities. Later that afternoon, the kids of Bantay Bata in NHA Site Calauan Laguna received school supplies and educational toys. The afternoon was filled with joy and hope as Lazada Philippines pledged its support to the cause of helping out Filipino children.

In line with this, Lazada is giving away P300 worth of vouchers with a minimum purchase of P3000, exclusively for the Toys, Kids, and Babies category.  These vouchers will be available every month for a week from July 27 until October 2015. Enjoy this discount using the voucher code BANTAYBATA and for every voucher used, P50 will be donated to Bantay Bata 163. Grab the opportunity to help out and head on to and spread the joy of giving.

Let's face it: owning a car can be very convenient, especially if you travel a lot. It doesn't matter if you travel for work or leisure. Cars can get you places faster, and provide you with personal comforts that traveling by bus or train can't give you. However, not everyone owns a car, or can drive a car. This is where car rentals come in.

So when exactly is the best time to rent a car? Let us help you figure it out!

1.    Long Road Trips
Driving from Point A to Point B can get exhausting, especially if you'll be traveling by car for extended periods of time. If you want to relax during a long road trip, rent a car so you can be at ease. Also, your current car might not be equipped for long-distance travel, so it will be more convenient and budget-friendly for you to rent a car, than risk getting your own vehicle damaged during a long drive.

2.    When Your Car is Out of Commission
Picture this: you're driving down the road, following traffic rules and regulations, when someone crashes into your car and renders it useless for the next few weeks. It's the absolute worst thing that can happen, especially if you need your car to get to work, or drop off and pick up your children from school. While your car is at the mechanic's undergoing repair, you can rent a car to go about your daily business. The costs of the rental can even be covered by your car insurance, so be sure to get a policy with car rental benefits in case you send your car in for repairs due to an accident.

3.    Vacations
Summer vacation is the perfect time to go to the beach for a few days. Some families even go to their ancestral homes in the provinces to spend the entire vacation there, while hosting a big family reunion. Renting a car can ease your minds about transportation going to and from your vacation destination. Not only that, you can even have the car rental so you can move around the area with ease, especially if you're staying in the provinces for more than a few days.

4.    Going To & From the Airport
You have your own car, yes, but when you need to fly out of the country, it's a hassle looking for a place to park your car for the entirety of your trip abroad. Plus, if you’re taking a lot of luggage with you, taxis might not be the best choice of transport coming from your home to the airport. Renting a car can help you with this problem! The same can be said of coming from the airport when you have balikbayan boxes filled to the brim with pasalubong for your family and friends. Don't settle for a taxi when you can rent a car!

5.    First Dates
They say that first impressions last. So how about this? If you don't have a car, rent one (chauffeur included) and pick up the girl of your dreams with a nice, sleek ride. Maybe ask what her favorite car is, or her dream date vehicle. It would definitely make a good impression. Plus you can take her wherever she wants to go, and you get to keep your eyes on her, and not on the road during the entire trip! Romantic, right?

6.    Weddings
This is your big day! And since this is a very special day, you'll want a very special car for the bride. Don't settle for your grandparent's sedan. Rent a car!

7.    Formal Events
Prom? Someone's anniversary? A friend's wedding, and you're part of the entourage? High school reunion? Fancy dinner with the in-laws? Don't worry. You can still stay classy even if you don't personally have a car. Renting a car for events like these can help you worry more about yourself than how to get to these events!

8.    Business-related Travel
If you have errands for your company, or if you're a multinational company with foreign visitors needing a tour around the city and not enough company vehicles to go around, then renting a car can solve this problem! You can even rent a car to pick up and/or drop off your foreign guests at the airport, to ensure that they have a smooth and comfortable experience in the country.

9.    Company Excursions
Company trips are always fun, be it a corporate team-building exercise, a general company outing, a business trip, or an out-of-town meeting. What's not so great is if your company doesn't have a fleet of cars to get large groups of people to the trip destination. But did you know that companies can rent vehicles for this purpose? It's easy and affordable, too!

10.  Moving
If you're finally leaving your parents' space and moving into a place of your own, but you don't have the means of moving all your things from your parents' house to your new condo... That's right, rent a car! An SUV should be able to help you pack in all your moving boxes and transport them and yourself to your new pad easily!

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Want a taste of Europe without the hassle and cost of travelling to another continent? You might be pleasantly surprised to know that a very attractive alternative is accessible to you right here in Southeast Asia. The Philippines is a gorgeous underrated holiday destination, chock full of European influences and western charm – left behind by the Spanish Colonial Era (1521 – 1898). For those seeking a little more cultural enlightening past the beaches of Boracay, we recommend a historical tour of the Philippines’ best-kept Spanish heritage sites. After all, how can anyone complain about a history lesson when you’re on holiday?

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

First up on anyone’s list of Spanish scenic sites should only be Vigan City. This capital city of the province Ilocos Sur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and with good reason. It’s one of the last remaining Hispanic towns in the country with its structures still intact. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Vigan was the center of Spanish colonial power; today, the town is a living testament to the Spanish Colonial Era, exerting strong cultural influence to the modern Philippine nation.

Paved with cobblestone streets and unique Spanish colonial architecture, Vigan City exudes old-world colonial charm, inviting you to take a step back in time. The town plaza, Plaza Salcedo, is a good place to start if you’re up for a walking tour. But to truly experience Vigan at its finest, ride a calesa (horse-drawn buggy) down the picturesque Calle Crisologo – open streets lined with authentic Spanish Era ancestral houses, and Vigan City’s crowning glory.

San Agustin Church, Manila

Located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila, the San Agustin Church is one of four proud members under the Baroque Churches of the Philippines – a collection of the most treasured Spanish-era churches in the country, that served as the political backbone of Spanish colonial rule.

The original San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, was the very first religious structure constructed by the Spaniards on the island of Luzon. Today, it is the third church to be erected, but the present edifice is still nothing short of magnificent, having been patterned after the medieval Augustinian temples of Mexico.

Known for its interior, the Church promises an enchanting experience, complete with traces of the original Mexican wall painting, and choir seats carved with ivory inlays of the 17th Century. Intramuros may have lost its shine as the nerve center of the country during the 350-year Spanish rule, but the grandeur of Spain lingers in its ruins, and certainly in the San Agustin.

Taal, Batangas

The heritage town of Taal is famous for two things – its old ancestral houses, and being home to the largest church in the Philippines and Asia. Enter the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, which stands at a massive 88.6 metres long and 48 metres wide.

Around town you can find historic and grand ancestral homes, some of which have been converted to museums open to the public. Head over to the Villa Tortuga for a slice of upper class life during the Spanish regime – the dinner package includes dress-up time where you can don period dresses and have it immortalized in a souvenir photo. A tourist trap? Maybe, but Taal was declared a National Historical Landmark for a reason.

Santa Maria Church, Ilocos Sur

Ilocos Sur isn’t just known for Vigan City. This Philippine province is also where the Santa Maria Church, or the Nuestra Señora dela Asunción, can be found. Curiously enough, the Santa Maria Church isn’t built following the traditional Spanish urban town plan of situating a church in the heart of the town plaza. Instead, it stands alone majestically on the crown of a freestanding hill enclosed completely by a high stone wall – a true fortress!

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines, the Santa Maria was built on top of a hill as a religious center by both the friars of the citadel and the soldiers of Spain. Made entirely of brick, it makes for quite a sight, especially with the sweeping stone stairways connecting it to the town, and to a cemetery. The outer walls are built with buttresses of typical Earthquake Baroque architecture, which is probably why it still stands today in its original form.

Malolos City, Bulacan

Hailed as the Premiere Heritage City of Bulacan, Malalos City shines with historic importance, having been the center for many vital events that took place during the transition from the 19th to the 20th century – such as the establishment of the Constitutional Convention.

Take a scenic stroll around the many ancestral houses from the Spanish and American Colonial Eras, or wander through the numerous Spanish colonial churches and chapels scattered around. Malolos is one of the few towns in Philippines with three Spanish-era churches: the Barasoain Church, Malolos Cathedral, and Sta. Isabel. In August 2001, the historic little town of Malolos was declared a National Heritage Landmark.

The Barasoain Church is a Roman Catholic Church built in 1630, and is home to many prestigious titles. It housed the first Philippine Republic, as well as the Constitutional Convention – carving for itself a name of incredible historical importance amongst Filipinos and tourists alike. Doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines.

Miagao Church (Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church), Iloilo

Last on the list doesn’t make this any less of a ‘must-see’! Looking at the grand Baroque architectural style of the Miagao Church, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re suddenly in Europe. Don’t be fooled though, the church façade is a mixed influence of Medieval Spanish, Chinese, and Muslim elements, embellished with Filipino folk motifs, making it a stunning fusion of cultures.

Also known as the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, the Miagao Church is the third member of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines – and with good reason. This mighty fortress has withstood typhoons, earthquakes, and even rebellious arson during the revolution against Spain in 1898, and the Philippine-American War.

The distinct yellow-orange sandstone is reminiscent of old western gothic cathedrals, and the Miagao Church is a shining example of a traditional Spanish Baroque fortress. And standing on the highest point of the town, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be glad you made the trip. 

About the AuthorWriter Amanda is only 156cm, but has a big heart for travel. When she’s not daydreaming about cruising open-top convertibles down Sunset Boulevard, you can find her furiously googling for budget flights on Kayak. And one day she will own all the shoes in the world. She also writes for

They say June is a month filled with weddings and we all know that weddings is usually followed by the couple's honeymoon.Europe is probably one of the top picks of a lot couples for their dream honeymoon destination, because who wouldn't want to spend that special day in a place filled with historical monuments and scenic landscape. For couples who are considering having their honeymoon in Europe, Paris and Rome are two of your best options. 

Our friends from have created this awesome infographic that compares what Paris and Rome have to offer to tourists and travellers (especially honeymooners).

Paris vs. Rome

Face it: money is definitely one of the most important things in the world. And because it is important, it’s just imperative that it should be used well and must be taken care of—unless you want to go broke and end up living in misery.

Well, with the economic status of the Philippines these days, saving money and making practical budget could sometimes be a problem. But, it doesn’t mean that your financial troubles can no longer be solved. Here are some financial problems and simple solutions that can be done.

1. Overspending 
The Solution: Control yourself and cut back on your expenses.

Sometimes, when you have all this money on hand, you feel like it’s endless and that you can spend it all right away, and you just buy whatever you see in the mall.

Well, you can control your expenses by making a list of what exactly you need to buy and by going where you know you can buy these things instead of going to each and every shop in the mall. This way, you won’t be tempted to pick up and buy the very first thing you see.

2. High Bills
The Solution: Review your bills and see why they’re that high.

The problem with most people is that they don’t try to understand the root of the problem. So, the electric bills have reached an all-time high. Why don’t you ask yourself and your family why?

Maybe, you have the electric fans and the air-conditioners on the whole day, or none of you turns off the television even when no one is watching. Or, maybe the water bill is high because some of you spend 1 to 2 hours in the bathroom. Realizing what you’re doing will help you see how much you really have been spending—and will help you decide that you need not only save money, you need to save water and electricity, as well.

3. Debt
The Solution: Take care of the necessities first.

Sometimes, debts happen because people think that they don’t have enough money and that they need more just so they could buy whatever it is that they want to buy, but the thing is that you can actually make use of what you have with you instead of resorting to other people for financial help.

Credit Cards are also big sources of temptations—and debt. The thing is, when you have a credit card, you tend to buy more than you should. But just imagine, without that credit card, you’d know exactly how much you have with you and how much you could spend—so you wouldn’t have to pay for anything else later.

If you have debts, make sure that you address them rather than escape from them. Paying little by little is so much better than not paying at all.

4. Source of income is not enough
The Solution: Try online jobs.

And finally, if you feel like your income is not enough or your husband’s income can no longer fit the family’s needs, remember that it’s okay to take online jobs. These days, so many opportunities are available online. You can work as a copywriter, a translator, or an ESL teacher, among others, while in the comfort of your own home. Taking other jobs would definitely get you on the road to financial freedom.

Remember, for every problem, there is a solution. You can work through your financial problems—this guide is the perfect start. Good Luck!

Author Bio: eCompareMo is the country’s leading and complete comparison portal intended for Filipinos looking for quick, secure, and complete banking and insurance products in the Philippines. We streamline the comparison and application products to help Filipinos make informed decisions when it comes to their finances. Like us on facebook or follow us on twitter to get more financial tips.

Women and beauty are synonymous with each other and 2014 saw women take to beauty and skin care in a big way. No longer are women looking at just quick repairs but are now focusing more on using make –up and beauty products for a better skin and are focusing a lot on their skin care regime to look fresh and beautiful naturally, rather than succumb to surgical or non-surgical procedures which can have drastic side effects too.

Let’s look at some of the major up-coming beauty trends this year so that you do not feel out of place and can follow the latest trends, straight from the runway and red carpet celebrities:

1.Go natural

Women are going all out for natural products with no chemicals to protect their skin from any harm. You may get some fabulous natural products by using nykaa coupons. However be careful as all that claims to be natural or organic need not necessarily be one. Read the back label carefully and scan the list of ingredients to be sure. Also have a look at the product reviews and the brand image before you try it on yourself.

2.Try virgin coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil is pure coconut oil that is extracted from a wet coconut. It is excellent not only for your skin but can also be consumed for losing weight and boosting your immunity. It gives a natural glow to the skin, takes away all dryness and prevents skin allergies and infections. Coconut oil can also replace the oil in which you cook and do wonders for your body.

3.Experiment with Bright Pink Lipstick

Enough of the nudes and earthy shades; this summer look bright and beautiful with a dash of pink on your pout. It would add color to your face and you would feel and look energetic and feminine. With these bright lips you would not need any other make-up on the face. Just team it with a nude make-up on the face and look rocking. Even a simple garment would look bright and colorful when teamed up with a bright pink lipstick.

4.Dewy Skin

Another hot favorite look on the runway this year has been the dewy look. Fresh, glowing, dew skin is a hot favorite amongst all. You just need a good base, concealer, a dash of peach blush and a suitable lip color and you’re all set to look dew-drop fresh.

5.Use your makeup for skincare

Opt for make-up that promises to repair your skin with powerful skin treatments, like a foundation that acts like an antioxidant or concealers that are anti-aging agents etc. You can get best offers on make up at SaveMyPocket and save quite a bit of money. Do not buy make-up just for looking dolled up. The bottom line is you should apply only that product which is good for your skin and apart from making you look beautiful, it helps repair the damage in your skin.

About of the Author: 

The article is written by a renowned blog writer, Vanshika Kardam, who has special expertise in articles on gadgets, smartphones, appliances and has a very good readership. 

SpeedyCourse Philippines in collaboration with Hurom Slow Juicer is giving a free health and wellness seminar this week entitled Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellness.

The event will feature Maria Socorro Cocoi M. Andal, a naturopathy and Health & Wellness advocate. She will be delivering a talk about how the human body needs true nutrition and how fruits and vegetables transformed into juices can provide these nutrients.

She will also be giving a demo using a Hurom Slow juicer on different juicing recipes for multi-dimensional needs. The free juicing seminar will be held on March 28, 2015 at the roofdeck of Prestige Tower in Ortigas at around 9PM to 12 midnight.

One of the things my dad always told me: if I wanted to drive, I have to always be calm, cool, and collected. Back in the day, I was a very angry young adult that had the tendency to throw F-bombs and PIs in loud volumes, so my dad never allowed me behind the wheel.

Years later, I can imagine why! Driving around in the streets of the Philippines, especially Metro Manila, can drive anyone mad with anger, and that can lead to road rage, which leads to, well, car "accidents." These sorts of accidents don’t always enjoy car insurance coverage, so it’s always best to avoid getting angry while on the road.

That’s just but one tip or advice if you want to drive safely around the Metro or if you’re planning to go on a long road trip for the weekend: keep a calm, cool, and collected attitude on the road.

Some friends of mine turn to just doing loud commentary on how bad driving is on the roads of EDSA, C-5, and Commonwealth while they drive down these roads instead of rolling down their windows and dropping loud F-bombs. Some even manage to find their inner Zen while driving— an amazing feat, really!

But what other tips are there besides keeping a cool head to drive safely on road trips?

1. Stay Healthy

Yes, stay fit and healthy! Avoid driving when you feel a headache coming up, if you have a bad stomach, or if you’ve just taken medicine that can make you drowsy. Regular medical check-ups to make sure your eyesight is road safe is also a good idea: you need to keep your eyes on the road, after all!

2. Stay Alert

Always keep your eye on the road. Check your mirrors: side view and rear view, to see oncoming vehicles from behind you. Don't forget to use signals when turning. If you think you're too tired to drive, don't! Same if you're feeling sick or sleepy.

When I go to road trips with friends, there always has to be someone awake to chat with the designated driver, so he doesn’t fall asleep. You need to stay alert and your reflexes fast since you need them while driving.  Definitely avoid driving when you’ve just had one too many beers—that’s driving under the influence, and is punishable by law.

3. Plan Ahead

Always plan the route you're taking beforehand. Check traffic sites to see which roads are blocked or congested so you can avoid getting stranded in the middle of nowhere for hours. This will only stress and tire you out, making you uncomfortable during the drive.

4. Go Hands-Free

And by Hands-Free, we don’t mean hands-free on the wheel! Put your devices on hands-free mode. Install a phone dock on your car’s dashboard so you can easily utilise the voice functions of your phone. Phone docks can also help you greatly if you have a GPS app or a social traffic app like Waze to help you avoid heavy traffic. Going hands-free means you will have less distractions while driving, and you can keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.

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Looking for a good place to go on a date this Valentine’s day? Akira and Sumo Sam are offering its patrons some freebies to make this special day even sweeter. From February 12 to 15, the two restaurants will be offering free desserts to its customers at select branches in and out of the metro.


From Feb. 12-15, get a free dessert for minimum purchase of P1500. Available at SumoSam branches in Marquee, Rockwell, Shangri-la, Trinoma, Gateway, Greenbelt 3, MOA, Megamall, North EDSA and Nuvali.

Akira: The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki
From Feb 12-15, get a free Orange Flambé vanilla ice cream for minimum purchase of P1,500. Available at Akira branches in Shangri-La Plaza, Robinsons Magnolia and Alphaland.

Now on its 19th year, the hot-air balloon festival in Clark, Pampanga is one of the much-anticipated events in the country. The festival is dubbed as the biggest gathering of local and foreign aviators performing different sorts of aerial activities aside from the main highlight of the festival which is the hot-air balloon flying. In lieu with the coming festival, which will be held from February to 12th to 15th, here are the scheduled activities during this 4-day event. 

On the first day as well as the second to the fourth day, the day will start with an RC UFO flying. Before the actual balloon flight, there will be a skydiving and after that, a motorized paragliding exhibition. Around 9am, the activities will continue with a microlight aircraft formation flights with flour bombing. A car drifting show is also included. Other aircraft shows to follow are fly-bys and aerobatic maneuvers, RC aerobatics show, and tandem sky jump. By 11am, a light aircraft balloon bursting competition will begin. This is an activity that will occur from the first to the fourth day of the festival. Aside from more aerobatic shows and aircraft demonstration, there will be a kite flying exhibition and rocketry in the afternoon.

On the second day, almost the same set of activities will be witnessed. This time, however, there will be new sets of riders and pilots. For instance, an aerobatic glider flight and RC jet turbine model aircraft demonstration.

On the third day, which will fall on February 14th (Valentine’s Day), there will be a concert around 6pm and before the Night Glow starts. Night Glow is an activity wherein all hot-air balloons will be lit while on the field. Nonetheless, other activities to watch out for are helicopter flight display, paragliding tow exhibition and rescue demonstration courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard. That is, apart from the usual aerobatics shows and skydiving exhibitions. 

On the last day, other than the staples of the event (aircraft formation flight, aerobatic show, skydiving exhibition, fly-bys, aircraft demonstration, etc.), there will be a hell demonstration, again, to be performed by the Coast Guards. On the evening, the 2nd Night Glow will occur. This will be capped off by a grand fireworks display.

From the first to the fourth day, hot-air balloon fly-in will start at 5pm after the motorized paragliding exhibition.

Spectators are welcome to experience the activities. You may purchase a paragliding ticket for $100, an airplane ride ticket for $120, a balloon ride ticket for $300 and tandem skydive for $400 each per participant. A general entrance ticket is available for Php300 valid for only 1 person for 1 day. The organizers are also offering a VIP ticket inclusive of priority entrance, afternoon tea, and lounge access. Tickets are available online. Children 3ft and below will be admitted free of charge.

Indeed, this will be a weekend of everything that flies. Bring your friends with you and marvel at the magnificence of hot-air balloons in the sky. This is a once in a lifetime event where you can witness various flying activities in one place.  Surely, this will be a weekend filled with adventure and fun!
About the Author :  Jeric is a Filipino guest poster that is currently working as a copywriter in Optimind Technology Solutions, a digital marketing agency that provide services including SEO, web design, Facebook and mobile app development.

There are already a number of Japanese restaurants that are scattered all over the metro but none of them have yet to establish a name for itself as the defacto brand when it comes to Japanese cuisine. One particular restaurant that’s trying to put its name on the map is Sumo Sam.

A couple of weeks ago, our editors got an invite to a movie screening in Makati and was lucky enough to get gift certificates to Sumo Sam. So my friend and I took the GCs and decided to check out what kind of food this resto had to offer.


Sumo Sam isn’t exactly what you’d call an authentic Japanese restaurant. Instead, it offers food that’s what you would call as Japanese fusion – a cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions, which in this case Japanese and Filipino flavors.

Their menu offers a comprehensive option of Japanese delicacies from sushi, sashimi, tempura, soups, ramen, noodles, donburi and bento among others. We tried fried gyozas, the all meat fried rice and chicken tempura with fried potatoes.

I’m not really a big fan of this particular type of food, but all in all, the experience was quite adequate. The chicken tempura was really delicious, well-cooked and comes with a mayo-based dip. Gyozas on the other hand, were crispy, though I would have preferred if the dipping sauce was a bit more out of the ordinary. Lastly, the all-meat fried rice was okay, although I think it doesn’t need the shredded nori on top.


The restaurant’s services were in fact very fast. The food we ordered was served in fewer than 10 or 15 minutes and the staff were very attentive whenever we call their attention. We also ordered a bottomless drink and we were surprised that the staff was constantly refilling it even without us asking.


The Sumo Sam branch that we visited was the one at SM Megamall just beside the food court. Honestly, I think the restaurant should invest in making their place a bit better or actually consider moving to a different location. The ambiance was actually the worst part of the dining experience.

As it is located just beside the food court, a lot of people are passing us by all the time making the place a bit noisy for us to eat comfortably. The dining area is open and gives the restaurant quite a tacky feel, which doesn’t really reflect the price they’re charging for their food.


To sum it all up, Sumo Sam offers a somewhat unique menu of Japanese fusion. In terms of taste, its food can do some sprucing up to accentuate its Japanese flavors. As for its branch at SM Megamall, we wish they could do some renovation and get the place a bit cozier and quieter or better yet, move to a better location with better seating.

Are you looking for something girly to wear on a date with your significant other? 

Here are some style ideas that you can get from Lee Gyu Won (Park Shin Hye) from the Korean Drama Series, Heartsrings. Lee Gyu Won wore a lot of skirts in the series, a few shorts and no pants at all. You can see her most of the time in a blouse + cardigan + long skirt + sandals combo. 

Next, is the shirt + shorts/mini skirts + sandals combo.

Being comfortable on a date is very important, that's why it's alright if you'll leave your stilettos at home and wear a pair pretty sandals instead. This won't hurt your feet when you and your significant other decide to do some walking. 

Are you thinking of getting long skirts and sandals too for your next date, visit Zalora Philippines! You can also Find women's tops at .

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