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Juan For Fun 2017 Backpacking Challenge


Three graduating college students from Davao City won the Juan For Fun (JFF) 2017 Backpacking Challenge, each taking home a Cebu Pacific Travel All-You-Can pass for unlimited local and international short-haul destinations for one year, plus pocket money from co-presenters GetGo and Union Bank. The three students—18-year-old Gloria Andrea Mendoza; and 19-year-olds Christian Dominic Ang and Chyn Ira Crisostomo, comprised Team Juanton in the annual event presented by Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading carrier.


Now on its sixth year, the Juan For Fun Backpacking Challenge brought teams of young adventurers on an epic, seven-day fun race across the country, with P40,000 in pocket money, Boreas backpacks, and Oppo camera phones. This year’s JFF run had the final five teams locked in over 300 activities, done in over 25 locations, in just seven days—the most number of activities registered in Juan for Fun history.

Team Juanton beat four other teams—Team Phun of Bacolod City; Team Malackai of Baguio City; Team Patsada of Cagayan de Oro and Team Barbie from Metro Manila, with an adventure travel itinerary that covered Dumaguete and Siquijor—destinations never before visited by JFF contestants. They ventured to the waters with island-hopping and scuba diving before proceeding to Cebu and then to Legazpi. They also took home minor prizes for the Chippy Kada Challenge and Smart Challenge. The Davaoeño team is also the youngest among all the competitors. 

Throughout the seven day-adventure travel challenge, the top five JFF 2017 sought to experience the Philippines’ vibrant cultural tapestry as seen in the regions’ different modes of transportation, specialty dishes, and local practices, transporting their followers on social media with enthralling images. 


“The Philippines is a beautiful country and many Filipinos have not had the opportunity to explore their own country. Juan For Fun is our way of advocating travel within our own country—especially for young Filipinos. There is much to see and do in the country and this one of the reasons why we continue to expand and offer flights to destinations in the Philippines. We want to make air travel easy, affordable and accessible for everyJuan,” said Charo Logarta-Lagamon, Cebu Pacific Air corporate communications director, as she congratulated the finalists.

Team Patsada of Cagayan de Oro came in second, with friendship nurtured on the road, after visiting Coron, Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao. Team members Ron, Rene, and James are now intent to see more of the Philippines by travelling. In third place was Team Barbie, with members Marlou, Adonis, and Carl posting photos and videos frolicking along the shore of Puerto Princesa. Donning their signature straw hats, the team paddled their way to Siargao and Boracay before heading back to Manila. On the other hand, Team Phun of Bacolod City and Team Malackai of Baguio City shared fourth place. TeamPhun members Bryan, Alfed, and Josh boosted their team work as they made their way from Cebu to Davao and Camiguin. They wowed their followers with Amsterdam-like views, creative lighting effects on a field of roses, trick eye exhibits and natural wonders, showing travelers they don’t need to wander far to see delightful views. The boys of Team Malackai—Kahel, Ian, and John—were pumped up with their “great outdoors” itinerary. After winning the Coaches’ Choice Award, they went off to Bohol, Cebu, Surigao and Surigao del Sur to find the best experience whether in the air, on land, or at sea.

This year’s travel content expert coaches also rallied the teams with their travel tips and backpacker challenges. YouTube Vlogger Wil Dasovich, Becoming Filipino advocate Kyle Jennermann, Beautiful Destination Social Media Strategist Ren Sapitan, international blogger of JustOnewayTIcket.com Sabrina Iovino, and returning coach and travel writer Jude Bacalso were onboard, urging the five finalists to have the most epic ride with Cebu Pacific.

The Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2017 has Boreas Gear as the official travel gear and Oppo camera phone as the official camera. The challenge is also endorsed by the Department of Tourism.

Find out the best way to travel across the Philippines with Cebu Pacific. Retrace the adventures of the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2017 teams by visiting www.facebook.com/cebupacificjff and stay updated on the airline’s new and exciting programs by following Cebu Pacific’s official Facebook and Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) pages.

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Lakbai on TV5

 Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte has been bitten by the show biz bug. The 29-year-old bachelor, youngest son of President Duterte, will be featured in an eight-part “adventure-travel-reality” TV show called “Lakbai” on TV5.“Wala eh, hindi ko na mapigilan kasi, ‘di ba? Nag-decide na lang ako to try show biz (I can’t help it, I can’t stop it, isn’t it? I just decided to try show biz),” the young Duterte said at the show’s launch held at Aracama at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City on Wednesday night.

Lakbai” is a condensed take on the Visayan phrase “lakaw ta, bai” or “let’s go, friend.” It is also a play on the Filipino word “lakbay” which means “to travel.”

Baste confessed that show biz denizens did not have a hard time luring him in. “They didn’t convince me. Desisyon ko lang ito. Sayang din naman iyong suweldo. Iyon lang naman iyon (This is my decision. It would be a waste of money if I passed on the chance. That’s all there is to it),” Duterte shared

“If this doesn’t work out, puwede naman akong umuwi sa Davao (I’ll go back home to Davao),” he added.p

TV5 Head of Programming Mell Yazon-Tolentino told the Philippine Daily Inquirer at the sidelines of the launch that the station approached Duterte for a TV project, and arrived at the reality format to convince the presidential son to give it a shot.

“It took us several months of negotiations,” the TV executive added.

“There’s a close collaboration with Baste. You will see in this show a different side of him,” Toelntino shared.

For his first venture into show business, Duterte asked TV5 to include some of his friends, because “I’m camera shy.”


Making Duterte’s first foray into TV more comfortable for him are some of his closest friends — lawyer Alexis Lumbatan, S’Boi Malicay and Andrei Apostol. A special guest will also appear in each episode.
Completing the gang is internet star Bogart the Explorer, also a Davaoeño.

The show, which will air every Sunday night after the Philippine Basketball Association games, runs for an hour per episode, and will cover two to three places per installment..

“Lakbai” premieres on May 21, after the PBA match between Ginebra and San Miguel. 

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Star Cruises brings surprises to Filipino globetrotters in Captain’s Night

Leading Asia Pacific cruise line Star Cruises brings surprises to Filipino globetrotters in Captain’s Night
Travel is the new black now that it has become a huge sensation among the youth and adults alike. Whether it’s a local tour or trip abroad, by road, air or sea, people go out to see and enjoy the world that’s beyond their four walls as the tourism industries develop, growing more efficient and becoming more accessible to the public.

From March 1 to 5, 2017, the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises, makes its way to the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk to showcase its new and available cruise offers and promos especially for the summer. Star Cruises travel agency partners will be at their designated booths by the mall’s entrances to accommodate interested tourists and travelers.


As the company starts off its 5-day promotional event with the launch of Captain’s Night on March 1, guests from the media, and other celebrities and personalities gathered there for a short soiree, along with the new faces of Star Cruises ‘It Boy’ LA Aguinaldo and Miss International 2016 titleholder Kylie Verzosa. Along with them are also Star Cruises Assistant Vice President for Sales Andrea Manzano, and Star Cruises Senior Vice President for Sales Michael Goh who gave a short speech during the program.
The event was also set to celebrate the opening of Star Cruises new homeport in Manila, an achievement that marks the cruise line as the first major one to mainly dock and deploy from the Philippines’ capital region, giving Filipinos the opportunity to reach further destinations in the Asia Pacific much closer from home, while being hassle-free and visa-free.


With the new Manila homeport, Star Cruises has now made new luxury cruise trips available, coming straight from Manila to Laoag, then to Taiwan and Hong Kong starting March 19 to May 23, 2017!


As the season shifts to summer, there is no way to explore and discover what awaits you beyond the shores than onboard the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises.
To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booth at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk from March 1 to 5 during mall hours, or visit Star Cruises official website at www.starcruises.com.

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SATISFY YOUR WANDERLUST IN SAPPORO

 Japan welcomed 20 million tourists, mostly from China and Taiwan in 2015. Thirteen million of them visited Sapporo City in the north. It may not be as familiar to Filipinos who prefer to travel to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. 

In no time, however, the adventure-loving among us will add to the number of tourists who will fall in love with the dynamic capital of Hokkaido. Sapporo is ready to satisfy our wanderlust, and it has fantastic offerings that Filipino families and young travellers can’t resist.

Sapporo Snow Festival

A can’t-miss attraction is the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, which is one of Japan’s biggest events with millions of visitors each year. This winter spectacle displays snow structures and ice sculptures from local and international participants. At night, they are colorfully illuminated to the delight of night-time viewers.

Snow Activities

With its reputation as a world-class ski-resort destination, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, Sapporo is an ideal place for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. It also boasts of outdoor hot springs where you can soak your body while surrounded by Sapporo’s awesome snow scenery.

Nature Worship

On warmer months, the city is also postcard-pretty. The cherry blossoms are as stunning as those you can see in the southern parts of Japan. The mountain trails beckon you for a climb. And even if you just walk around, you will surely behold the natural wonders of Sapporo.
Foodie Heaven
Sapporo is famously called the “City of Food,” because it is a paradise of ingredients from its dry field, rice and dairy farming and fishing industries. It is known for its Ramen noodles, Japanese curry, sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and seasonal sushi. All these culinary dishes can be paired with sake or fresh flavor of Classic, a variety only found in Hokkaido, or other beers available only at the Sapporo Beer Garden.
Shopping Paradise
Sapporo is in step with whatever trend is sweeping Tokyo’s fashion set and the habitues of Harajuku. The shopaholic will find her retail paradise in Tanukikoji, a shopping arcade that has been in operation since the frontier period. Tanukikoji is an approximately 1km-long arcade with around 200 shops that runs east to west in downtown Sapporo. It’s also a great place to buy Hokkaido souvenirs.
Clean City
Just like Kyoto, Sapporo is known for its functional grid of streets and avenues, making it more convenient for visitors, whether families or solo travellers, to move around and explore the city and its environs. The residents are courteous, well-educated and disciplined. Thus, Sapporo prides itself in its clean surroundings and sustainable way of living.
Convenient Stay

Sapporo is as cosmopolitan as any first-class city. Five-star hotels, apartment hotels and affordable inns are all over the city at rates that whole families or solo travellers will enjoy. You can stay at a place that is nearest to the tourist spots you wish to visit. Transportation and traffic is smooth that there won’t be a problem getting to your desired location.

So set your sights on Sapporo – even if you are a frequent traveller or a first-time visitor to this wonderful city. It will always charm you with its irresistible offerings and countless attractions. For millennials and the hardworking Filipinos, Sapporo City is, definitely, the destination in 2017.

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The 30-meter “Play Mountain” at the Moeremuma Park located at the outskirts of Sapporo is the perfect location for sledding where lots of kids and their parents flock to have fun in the snow.  
 
 

The snow sculpture of the HBC France Square at the Sapporo Snow Festival stands 49.8 meters high and 44.8 meters wide and is lit up every night in the color of France’s flag.  


 

The first dome in the world equipped with a system for switching between turf for baseball and football – the Sapporo Dome is the northern most all-weather dome in Japan.  
 
 

The Historical Village of Hokkaido, or Kaitaku no Mura, is a 54-hectare outdoor museum located at the Nopporo Forest Park in suburban Sapporo. The museum is organized into 4 sections: a town, a fishing village, a farm village, and a mountain village. Each section creates an atmosphere that effectively gives you an idea of what life was like in different parts of Hokkaido during the olden days.
 
The Historical Village of Hokkaido, or Kaitaku no Mura, is a 54-hectare outdoor museum located at the Nopporo Forest Park in suburban Sapporo. The museum is organized into 4 sections: a town, a fishing village, a farm village, and a mountain village. Each section creates an atmosphere that effectively gives you an idea of what life was like in different parts of Hokkaido during the olden days.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2017


On April 23, 2017 marks another of raising the public’s consciousness about environmental issues and health and fitness for National Geographic, which celebrates its eighth straight year of holding Earth Day Run. Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Day Run 2017 aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts and Eco Warriors to register and run for the environment. The event will be held not only in Manila but simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year and effectively spread the vision and advocacy of Earth Day Run across Asia.
At Earth Day Run 2017, National Geographic will be celebrating eight years of social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hashtag #8withEDR. With the hopes of mobilizing all the Eco Warriors of previous Earth Day Runs, this year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. Participants from previous Earth Day Runs will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bags and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition themselves and recover in comfort.




This year’s new participants can also join in the celebrations for Earth Day Run’s eighth anniversary by visiting the 8 Years of EDR Gallery at the race village and learning about what the event has accomplished over the years, including the environmental and social initiatives it has benefited with the help of its registered runners. Visitors to the gallery will learn how their participation at Earth Day Run has made a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines as well as how their actions as individuals can affect the environment.

Earth Day Run 2017 in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, where participants can join 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K categories. The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part, from fun-runners of all ages to the serious marathon runners who regularly compete. This year, Earth Day Run will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials. Finally, to make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.
Last year, Earth Day Run participants ran to benefit such causes as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or “Gift of Life” village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions that reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the Marine Protected Area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and beefing up reforestation efforts in the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which supplies Metro Manila with fresh water. Registered runners at Earth Day Run 2017 will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness by joining this year’s event, but will also be doing their part in contributing to National Geographic’s environmental efforts.
“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Content and Marketing at FOX Networks Group Philippines.
Interested runners of all ages can join National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2017 by registering at natgeoearthdayrun.com and from March 1 to April 16, 2017.

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 OZAMIZ DECLARED AS ALMOST DRUG FREE ACTIVITY CITY IN THE SOUTH

 New Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido declares that Ozamiz City is a near – 0 – drug free activity in the whole of Misamis Occidental. Out of the 10 drug test buy activity conducted, only 2 of it held illegal drugs and it is not clear whether the source is from the city itself or from another location.
Transferred from Albuera, Leyte last 2016, Police Chief Inspector Espenido is glad to find the local government open to discussions on drug bust activities in the city. After being tagged as the new drug-buster of Leyte, Espenido is now faced with clearing the name of Ozamiz City as an active drug activity place in Mindanao. From the latest regular session meet last January 16, 2017 held at the city hall of Ozamiz, he was invited to present his assessment on the latest drug activity in the city. For him, this open door policy exhibited by the local government is a positive sign for him to create a good relationship with the local government and the police force.


Based on his assessment report presented to the local government, the drug activity of the place is quite minimal compared to the perception of those non-residents of the said city. His is quite positive that this present trend will lead from minimal to 0-drug related activity in a couple of years since the local government is in full support in eradicating all illegal drug activity in their city.


From the side of the local government, they are quite pleased with the assessment report presented by the new police chief inspector and shall continue to maintain an open door discussion with the police force to help eliminate the false assumption held by those who has initially believed in the high drug activity in the city.  
This latest development between the police force and the local government is a clear sign of a hand-in-hand cooperation and relationship in fighting all illegal drug activity in the area of Misamis Occidental starting with Ozamiz City.

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Century Park Hotel Welcomes 2017 with Celebration of Feasts and Flavors

Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of Manila’s deluxe hotels, welcomed the New Year with a superb lineup of events, dining options and special promos.

As CPH turns 41 this 2017, the hotel has arranged a colorful variety of offerings for the months of January to February. 
 For January, guests may enjoy several events at the Atrium Lounge and Lobby. The Deli-Snack Counter is open all month long for an array of pastries, bread, wines and goodies for sale. A dinner buffet in celebration of the Chinese New Year will be available at the Café in the Park on the 27th, Friday at 6PM,

 There will be a Lunch and Dinner Buffet for only P 1,500 ++ per adult and at 50% off for children 6 to 10 years old on January 28. Children 5 years old and below eat free.

 Century Tsukiji, the authentic Japanese restaurant at the hotel will have Shabu-Shabu Cravings, highlighting the famous stew for lunch at 11AM to 2PM and dinner at 6PM to 10PM. On February, dining promos will focus on the celebration of the Love Month. 

Your love is as sweet as the delectable creations from our Deli Snack. Surprise your loved ones with our specially-made Valentine’s cake.

 

Valentine’s Cake

Eat Takes Two, A Valentine’s Day Buffet will be available on February 14, 2017 starting 5:30PM at the Cafe in the Park.  Aiko Ka Set Menu for Two, A Lovers’ Set Menu, can be enjoyed on February 14 & 15 at 5:30PM to 10PM at Century Tsukiji.

At the Atrium Lounge where guests can chill out and be entertained by good music, a Special Valentine’s Day Set Menu will be offered from February 13 to 15, 2017 at 5:30PM to 9:30PM. A Valentine’s Cocktail of the Month will be up on the menu for the entire month. 

Couples can take pleasure in an overnight stay at the hotel with free buffet breakfast for two at the Café in the Park with CPH’s Valentine Special Room Package. This goes with an in-room SPA for two. The promo will be available from January 20 to February 20 for the Superior Room at P 5,500 net/room/night and the Deluxe Room at P 6,500 net/room/night. 

“Century Park always does an active participation in the recognized holidays by indulging guests with a wide array of activities and treats. More than being a home away from home, the hotel will always be an exciting place for fun and entertainment,” said CPH GM, Anthony Tan. 


For more information on CPH’s upcoming promos and events, guests may visit http://www.centurypark.com/ or contact information@centurypark.com.ph and telephone number: (63) (2) 528-8888.

The Century Park Hotel was launched in 1976 and remains one of the finest hotels in Manila. It is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation with local and international patrons. The renowned establishment has over 500 rooms in variety of types and facilities for complete dining and leisure experience. To know more about The Century Park Hotel, visit http://www.centurypark.com/ or contact information@centurypark.com.ph and telephone number: (63) (2) 528-8888.

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Filipino Bloggers Network Get-Together 2016

Filipino Bloggers Network Get-Together 2016: Another Year of Productive Partnerships

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It was a night of great fun, awesome giveaways, delicious food and meeting new friends at the 2016 Christmas party of the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, in cooperation with MetroBuzz Bloggers held at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant in Mandaluyong City last December 28, 2016.

Blogger members took the opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different PR groups and brands also graced their event and personally thank bloggers, online writers and influencers who have supported them in the past years. Continue reading

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DTI’s Go Lokal signs MOA with Enchanted Kingdom

The Department of Trade and Industry signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the biggest and leading theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom (EK) for its Go Lokal Store Project.here EK is one of the first retail players that supported the Go Lokal Store Project of DTI which primarily aims to extensively promote products through provision of store space that will offer locally-made quality products of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from across the country. At present, EK selected 25 MSME suppliers from various regions that will be featured in the said theme park.
The Go Lokal project is an initiative to give greater market access to MSMEs. It makes available the best of Philippine products to the domestic market and growing demand from the tourism industry. The Go Lokal Project is part of the One Town, One Project (OTOP) program of DTI. Go Lokal stores will be soon located in malls, ports of entry and tourists spots in partnership with the private sector.

DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado led the signing ceremonies with Mr. Mario O. Mamon, Chairman and President of Enchanted Kingdom. Also present during the signing ceremonies were Mrs. Cynthia R. Mamon, COO of Enchanted Kingdom; DTI- Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion Director Rhodora M. Leano and Assistant Director Marievic M. Bonoan; and Ms. Cheri Consunji, Merchandising Head of Enchanted Kingdom.

“DTI has been working to bring Go Lokal to different consumer-frequented areas to further showcase to the domestic market the quality and world-class MSME products from various regions,” said Undersecretary Terrado.
After the signing ceremony, the formal launch of the Go Lokal store at the Pugad retail area of Agila Theater was held on December 14 in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Enchanted Kingdom also simultaneously launched the Agila Theater which boasts of the largest screen in Southeast Asia and the latest immersive 4-D motion theater technology that will feature the stunning beauty of the Philippines while simulating an interactive flying experience.

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Century Park Hotel is All Set for 2017!


Your home away from home, Century Park Hotel, is going big this New Year’s Eve with extravagant lineup of surprises and treats.

 

As part of its annual campaign to spread holiday cheers to its patrons, Century Park Hotel is hosting “Let’s go for 41!” a New Year countdown party to welcome 2017 and the hotel’s 41st year in business. The hotel is all set for this grand event happening on the night of December 31st.
“Welcoming everyone at the hotel to celebrate joyous events like the New Year is a passion everyone at Century Park Hotel has been gladly organizing for decades. The hotel is turning 41 in 2017 and we are delighted to embrace a new year of fine service and good relations with our patrons old and new,” shared Century Park Hotel’s GM, Anthony Tan.

 

The festivity will kick off as early as 9 in the evening at the main lobby, the Atrium Lounge, and the hotel’s popular bar, Top of the Century. For a P1, 500 ticket, guests will be regaled with a cocktail buffet, two standard drinks and entries to exciting raffle prizes. Early birds will get special freebies.

 

Subject to slot availability on the day and for a minimum beverage consumption of P350, customers of popular buffet dining, Cafe in the Park, and Japanese restaurant, Century Tsukiji, will get free passes to either of the parties.

 

The hotel arranged two countdowns that will simultaneously take place at both special venues. Chanteuse Irene Soriano and pianist Bobby Cabral will keep it a lively and memorable night as they provide musical entertainment at the Top of the Century. Other artists will be present to liven up the Atrium Lounge. 

 

Located at Malate, Manila, Century Park Hotel is at the heart of culture, business and tourism district and is one of the finest hotels in the city that hosts several themed events for all occasions.

 

For reservations and inquiries, contact (02) 528-5907 or email foodbev@centurypark.com.ph.