Travel And Music

Music and travel go hand in hand – all the best people love both. It’s amazing how a specific tune can take you back to a place in time and awaken all the senses you felt at that particular place in time. Popular travel tunes often include something by Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Men at Work with Down Under – anyone who’s been to Oz will have great memories of that particular one – and a bit of Toto with Africa. Whatever your top travel tune is, chances are some of the best moments of your gap year will be tied up in music and all those memories will come flooding back in years to come when you’re old and grey and listening to music perched on your hoverboard with fab plugins
Across the world there are bar crawls and party tours with music at their heart. Join one of these in a new, or familiar, destination and you’ll meet new people and see a place from a different perspective.

What’s great is that there is always a nearest store to my location

There are the big parties like the Full Moon Party in Thailand and the raves on Goa Beach that will always be popular with gappers. Then there are the small impromptu celebrations that just happen and are just as memorable and all the more unique. Enjoy and revel in both!


Reliving the History with Zooper Cruise


National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said,“Ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan.” (He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.) This adage is a constant reminder for each one of us to look back where we came from, so that we may learn from the lessons of the past.

Our country has a very rich and colorful history and multi-racial culture as told through history books, literary works, various landmarks, and from the stories passed along by our ancestors through the generations. We may ask ourselves, “How much do we know about our history and culture?” A lot. Or maybe not that much? Decades have passed and most of us can only remember so much about our history and culture relying on books and multimedia sources, among others.


One of the most prominent landmark mentioned in Philippine history books is the Pasig River. National hero and novelist Dr. Jose Rizal even mentioned it in his two books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Due to its geographical location which cuts through several Metro Manila cities, Pasig River became the gateway to the country’s historical, cultural and social life.


Through the years, industrialization has brought so much progress to various sectors of the government and the surrounding nearby communities, thus, Pasig River slowly lost its beauty as more factories were built along or near the banks. But with the recent rehabilitation efforts in place, bit by bit, the Pasig River is starting to gain back its glory.


Now, Zoomanity Group gives us one very good reason to relive and revive our country’s rich and colorful history and culture through the organised tours of the Pasig River aboard the air-conditioned ferries with Zooper Cruise.

So while you are still looking for a good price of musical instruments this tour will be a good alternative.

Zooper Cruise offers all local and foreign tourists a relaxing, fun, enjoyable and educational tour of the Pasig River and the Philippine history. The tour kicks off at the Valenzuela Station in Guadalupe, Makati to Plaza Mexico in Intramuros. The tour offers a glimpse of the famous Malacanang Palace, which is the official residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines and the classic architectural design of the Philippine Post Office Building, passing through decades-old bridges. Tour participants can indulge in the specially prepared snacks aboard, a souvenir photo and a sumptuous lauriat dinner in a restaurant in the heart of Binondo to cap off the day. All these for only Php1,999.00 per person.

Currently, there are two scheduled tours on the following dates: October 15 and November 11, 2016, from 3pm up to 9pm. The pick-up of all tour participants is at Alveo Place in Ayala Circuit at exactly 2:30 in the afternoon. A shuttle will then take them to Valenzuela Station in JP Rizal.

Remarkably, part of the proceeds of the Zooper Cruise tours will benefit the conservation projects of CSR-Zoomanity Foundation under the Yupangco Group of Companies.

Zooper Cruise offers special packages for schools and companies such as Educational Tour, Company Tour and Events, Anniversaries, Birthdays and other special occasions.

For reservations and tour packages enquiries, please contact Grace Nicolas at 09166299381, or send an email to grace@tagmedia.asia.



With its thrust to continuously bring innovations into its developments, Camella – the flagship brand of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. – unveils its newest home offering: The Manors, vertical villages that offer a perfect blend of comfort and convenience of condo living and the friendly embrace of a caring community.


Strategically located at the heart of Vista Land’s communicity developments, The Manors promises holistic lifestyle to its residents with its unmatched access to commercial areas, innovative business districts, bustling expanse for learning and leisure, and more of life’s necessities.


“We, in Camella, continue to diversify to meet our customers’ varying needs and demands for affordable living spaces in most ideal locations. The Manors answers the needs of families, couples, young professionals and property investors for value-for-money living spaces that are close to business and commercial districts,” explained Mr. Red Rosales, Vista Land’s Chief Marketing Officer.

 Launched during a grand event attended by its top sales force who flew in from all parts of the country, Camella presented The Manors at Vista Alabang, a community of 14 mid-rise vertical villages, that offer affordable 30 sq. m studio units complete with modular kitchen, bathroom and laundry area. Each vertical village is fully-equipped with modern facilities and state-of-the-art amenities such as the Great Hall, Pergola Walk, Summer Reading Nook, swimming pool, children’s playground and play court.


The Manors at Vista Alabang is easily accessible via Daang Hari Road, which leads to more access points: from Daang Hari road to Makati via MCX; from Las Piñas to Alabang-Zapote Road via Marcos Alvarez Road; and from Manila to Coastal Road via Molino Boulevard.


“With its strategic location, The Manors at Vista Alabang is guaranteed to earn great value over the years, making it a solid investment,” added Mr. Rosales.


Apart from Vista Alabang, The Manors will also rise in major cities and municipalities across the country such as Bacolod and Davao.


Camella caters to the affordable to mid-income segment of the property market. It has been recognized in an industry study as the most preferred and trusted housing brand in the Philippines. To date, the group has built more than 300,000 homes and maintains a powerful presence in Mega Manila and 36 other key provincial destinations and 95 cities and municipalities.


For more information about Camella, call their hotline at 226-3552. Keep up with the latest Camella information, news, events and announcements through www.camella.com.ph. Like “Camella Official” on Facebook and follow “@CamellaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.


Ruby Anniversary Indulgences at Century Park Hotel

“Ber” months are approaching! It brings endless parties and celebrations. They say age doesn’t matter but at Century Park 

Hotel, it is something we celebrate about.

And in celebration of Century Park Hotel’s successful hospitality business for the past 40 years, it will heat up its ruby anniversary with a host of special treats in its restaurants, beverage outlets and room accommodation. 
Discover a world of international culinary tradition with our daily themed buffet at the Café in the Park for only P 1,430+ per adult, 50% off for children 6 to 10 years old and free for children 5 years old and younger.   

Class up the celebration, bask in the ambiance of the music-filled Atrium Lounge and take advantage of its exclusive promotions. An all-day “Happy Hour” is at stake with a 40% discount offer on all standard drinks. Our special bar chows – tea sandwiches, mini burgers, potato overload, mini pizza platter, seafood platter and cheese platter are best enjoyed with your favorite drink at a very reasonable price.

More treats are in store from Monday to Friday, 4pm to 9pm. Five beers in a bucket are specially-priced at P 400+. Take advantage of our Buy 1, Take 1 promo on cocktail drinks. Indeed, it’s rhythm and booze times two at the Atrium Lounge for the whole month of September.           

Our Anniversary Drink will also be highlighted in all bars. Delight yourself with the refreshingly cool “Ruby Flicker” for only P 240 net per order. Our anniversary wine which is reasonably-priced at P 400+ per bottle will also be available in all hotel-operated food and beverage outlets.

The Deli-Snack provides you with an ample taste of our ruby anniversary offering. From the inviting aroma of freshly-baked breads, mouth-watering choices of cold cuts and sausages to our heavenly anniversary cake – the “Ruby Sparkle”. Century Park is also the proud first home of the Philippine rainbow bagels. This doughnut-shaped, firm- textured roll that comes in three varieties is now available at the Deli-Snack. Whether with cream cheese, choco mousse or peanut butter filling, this P 35 special treat is definitely a perfect take-home surprise.  

“Omedetou” to me and you! Indulge in an irresistible Japanese fare at the Century Tsukiji with our exclusive Ruby anniversary bento for only P 650 net per order. Stir up your meal with steamed pork, prawn and mushroom gyoza. Continue with skewered grilled seafood and red snapper saikyoyaki with rice and miso soup and finish it with a scoop of strawberry ice cream for a satisfying dessert.

Stay, dine and enjoy indulgences and freebies inside the privacy and comfort of your room. Free sparkling champagne for those celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary with us. A complimentary anniversary cake will be given to September 40th birthday celebrants and get an anniversary wine on the house, with your minimum single receipt worth P 4,000.

To cap it all, we give you fantastic anniversary room packages ranging from the P 4,440 net per room per night for the classic superior room to the P 5,440 net per room per night for the deluxe room and Park tower suite. Packages include complimentary buffet breakfast for two at the Café in the Park, welcome drinks upon arrival, coffee and tea-making facilities, daily local newspaper, electronic personal in room safe, use of Fitness Center, temperature-controlled swimming pools and Jacuzzi. Promo runs from September 1 to October 15, 2016.  

Enjoy a one of a kind romantic adventure if you are celebrating your wedding anniversary this September. From September 1 to 30, book a junior superior suite and enjoy an unforgettable set dinner for two right in the comfort of your own room for only 

P 8,500 net per room per night. Finish the stay bringing home a souvenir photo after taking pleasure from your memorable wedding anniversary celebration. Package likewise includes above-mentioned amenities but can only be availed for the whole month of September.

Our very own way of sharing with you our celebration of 40 years of welcome service. For more information, email: information@centurypark.com.ph or call (63) (2) 528-8888. The Century Park Hotel is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation.


Hello Dolly Infants Wear


Hello Dolly is a company that is known for baby clothes which are nice and yet very affordable. In a recent trade launch. President Mr. Hiro Asanda told everyone about the roots and beginnings of the company. Their company was established in 1956 and started with the manufacture of Infants and Children apparel under the brand Hello Dolly. Baby beddings, Bedsheets, Comforters, Pillowcases and Towels under the Canadian Brand for the domestic market.
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Inner Dance With Pi Villaraza

Experience healing and liberation in this native art rediscovered by Pi Villaraza. An emerging practice that has healed scores of people around the world, Inner Dance’s benefits include healing the body, calming the mind and freeing the spirit.
Inner Dance is a healing practice rediscovered by Pi Villaraza that involves consciously cultivating a trance-like state with the aid of music and movement.  
The practice has healed scores of people around the world and its benefits include calming the mind and increasing awareness to healing emotional and physical ailments and providing catharsis and release. 
Pi is an established international healer who’s facilitated and trained tens of thousands of people around the world. His work has helped to establish communities in Europe, the Middle East, America and across Asia much of which has had numerous applications grounded in medical work, education, dialogue, ecology, trauma, neurology and psychology. His work has been documented in numerous articles, movies, radio programs and books around the world for its capacity to heal and transform.
Pi is a Philippine ambassador of the Global Ecovillage Network, and is the founder of Bahay Kalipay and Maia Earth Village in Palawan. He is one of the main proponents of the SHEM or Self-Health Empowerment Movement, which organizes the Wholeness Center Network around the Philippines. Pi is the author of two well-read books, Conscious Trance and Transformation Medicine (co-authored with Dr. Romy Paredes).



HOLISTIC INTEGRATIVE CARE CENTER is a medical facility in the Philippines that offers revolutionary and multi-dimensional approach to patients; taking account of the whole person; addressing mind, body, spirit and all other aspects involved. HICC makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative to provide patients with the best treatment possible. The medical team of Holistic Integrative Care Center, consider their patients as partners. They treat the whole person and not just the disease.  They involve them in every decision-making; from assessment to the healing process. They provide their patients with broad choice of the extensive treatments available and allow them to decide what they think would suit their needs. They consider all factors that influence health and wellness in order to give patients with optimal health and improved quality of life.

HICC aims to provide superior, safe, cost-effective, and patient-centered integrative health services in a caring and collaborative environment, specialized in both treatment of several diseases and promotion of health and wellness. HICC aims to contribute to patient’s health and well-being through promising and exceptional medical care, guided by our core values and innovation in clinical and medical researches.

One thing that really caught my attention was the talk about Integrative Medicine.

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine, which is also called integrated medicine and integrative health in the United Kingdom,combines alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine. Practitioners claim that it treats the “whole person,” focuses on wellness and health rather than on treating disease, and emphasizes the patient-physician relationship.

Integrative medicine has been criticized for compromising the effectiveness of mainstream medicine through inclusion of ineffective alternative remedies, for claiming it is distinctive in taking a rounded view of a person’s health.

Experts explore new ways to treat the mind, body, and spirit — all at the same time.
Many people have never heard of integrative medicine, but this holistic movement has left its imprint on many of the nation’s hospitals, universities, and medical schools.

Treating the Whole Person
Both doctors and patients alike are bonding with the philosophy of integrative medicine and its whole-person approach — designed to treat the person, not just the disease.

IM, as it’s often called, depends on a partnership between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, all at the same time.

While some of the therapies used may be nonconventional, a guiding principle within integrative medicine is to use therapies that have some high-quality evidence to support them.

Conventional and Alternative Approaches

Integrative Medicine is a classic model of integrative care. It combines conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques — all in the effort to treat the whole person. Proponents prefer the term “complementary” to emphasize that such treatments are used with mainstream medicine, not as replacements or alternatives.

What makes integrative medicine appealing? Advocates point to deep dissatisfaction with a health care system that often leaves doctors feeling rushed and overwhelmed and patients feeling as if they’re nothing more than diseased livers or damaged joints. Integrative medicine seems to promise more time, more attention, and a broader approach to healing — one that is not based solely on the Western biomedical model, but also draws from other cultures.

Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their world.

The Mind-Body Connection

A researcher who has done groundbreaking work on interactions between the brain and the immune system, says technological breakthroughs in science during the past decade have convinced even skeptics that the mind-body connection is real.

Physicians and academic researchers finally have the science to understand the connection between the brain and the immune system, emotions and disease. All of that we can now finally understand in terms of sophisticated biology.

That newfound knowledge may help doctors to see why an integrative approach is important. Visit them  at UG11, CPT Condominium, Calle Estacion, Makati City (In Front of PNR Pasay Road Station).


Globe-Pusod, Inc. partnership boosts Taal ecotourism

In 2012, Pusod tapped Globe for the use of ICT to enhance implementation of the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) Management Plan designed to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the Taal Lake ecosystem which covers 13 municipalities and 3 cities in Batangas and Cavite.

One of the key programs implemented by Globe and Pusod to address the area’s environmental issues is the promotion of ecotourism which gives a low-impact alternative to commercial tourism. This not only helps protect the environment but also provides livelihood to communities around the lake. Continue reading


Kenwood Philippines Launch

Last month, at the beautiful British Ambassador’s residence at the posh Forbes Park, I and other blogger friends were lucky to have been invited at the launch of the award-winning British brand, Kenwood.


This particular launch had massive international support with regional directors from Hong Kong, Australia and The UK helping plan, participate and attend the launch. The event itself was held at the British ambassador’s residence and had a one of a kind display featuring a Mini Cooper being pulled by a Kenwood Kitchen Machine. Fun fact: this was the first time this had been done outside of The UK. Continue reading