PHOTOS: Panagbenga Festival 2015 Vibrant and Lively Street Dance Parade


Now on its 20th year with the theme "Across 20 Years of Blossoming Together," the street dancing parade for the Panagbenga Festival 2015 was held this morning along the major streets of Baguio City. It was participated by different groups in flower-themed costumes categorized to - Elementary, Secondary and Open Categories. The final showdown competition was held at the Athletic Bowl where they once again showcased their dance performance in front of a huge crowd.

8 Mobile Phone Travel Hacks You Should Know (But Probably Don't) #8 Is Hilarious, But It Works!

Travels Hacks For Mobile Phones

A mobile phone is one of the most basic necessities we bring when we travel. We use it in so many ways - to call, send an SMS, browse the web, play games and so many other useful things. But, no matter how smart your phone and the applications installed in it, there would be some tricks and clever ideas that may seem ordinary, but when when you try, it really works! So, here are some travel hack ideas for your mobile phones that you may need during your travels. Enjoy!

TOP PICKS: 5 Exciting Things to Expect at Amelie Hotel Manila

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Named after the owner's granddaughter, Amelie Hotel Manila officially opened last week in time for the Chinese New Year. As one of the newest boutique hotels in Manila, I am quite excited to be invited to witness its grand launch. We had the chance to see the property which boasts of 70 professionally designed guest rooms with a theme of old Malate. With this, let me share to you my "top 5 exciting things to expect at Amelie Hotel Manila."

GADGET REVIEW: KingCom S!gma Stone, "Affordable and Stylish Smartphone for your Travels"

KingCom Sigma Stone Smartphone Review

I always travel with my mobile phone. Why? Because I need it to contact hotels, browse the web, check out restaurants and to keep me entertained during long road trips. It is also my way to stay connected on the internet through mobile data connection to update my social media accounts and sometimes do a little online work while traveling. A good and reliable smartphone is what I need on my travels.

AFFORDABLE HOTELS IN PASAY CITY: Gran Prix Econotel in Pasay City (Metro Manila)

Affordable Hotels in Pasay City Gran Prix Econotel

Gran Prix Econotel Pasay is a member of the Gran Prix Hotels group that can be found in other locations such as Manila, Cubao (Quezon City), Tarlac, Cebu and Boracay. It is conveniently located at the Victory Liner Bus terminal along EDSA in Pasay City. Its proximity to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the MRT and LRT, SM Mall of Asia and other business and commercial establishments makes it an ideal place to stay for business and leisure travelers visiting the city of Manila.

TOP PICKS: 6 Hiking Spots Near Manila You'd Never Believe Were Ideal For Romantic Dates

Hiking Destinations Near Manila

Tired of the usual dinners and movie dates? Looking for fun new experiences to try with your significant other? For a truly adventurous date, why not make plans this weekend for a trip out of town? Try something healthy and "outdoorsy", not the usual summer places in Manila you've been visiting repeatedly. Here, we've got six spectacular day hike destinations that are just a few hours' drive away from the city.

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Batanes (Or Should You?)

Updated Batanes Budget Travel Guide 2017

Batanes doesn't have Starbucks, Mc Donald's, Jollibee, a movie house or a shopping mall, but it certainly has a lot to offer. If you’re used to fast-paced life and all the comforts of urban living, Batanes will certainly make you realize that it is also good to slow down and enjoy the best of what life has to offer. Planning a trip to Batanes? Think again! Even before booking your airfare, you should read this first.

EUROTILES at the Worldbex 2015 on March 11-15, 2015, World Trade Center, Pasay City

EUROTILES at the Worldbex 2015

Dubbed to be Asia’s most attended construction exposition, The Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition 2015 (WORLDBEX 2015) is set to be held on March 11-15, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Participated by more than 500 exhibiting companies and more than a thousand booths, it is a grand gathering of local and international building and construction companies showcasing a wide selection of high-quality building materials, interior decoration products, renovation tools, electrical and mechanical engineering tools as well as high quality construction services and many more. It is the annual construction trade show you shouldn't miss!

World's 1st "DreamPlay by DreamWorks" at City of Dreams Manila

Things to do at City of Dreams Manila Philippines

DreamPlay by DreamWorks at City of Dreams Manila is the world's first DreamWorks-inspired education-based interactive play space. Set to officially open this 1st quarter of 2015, both kids and adults can interact with their favorite DreamWorks movies such as Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, among many others. This is a great place to engage in exciting and interactive activities such as creative storytelling and educational play. A place that will surely be enjoyed both by kids and the "young at heart."

The New CrispyJuicyExtraordinarylicious Jollibee Glazed Chickenjoy

Jollibee Glazed Chickenjoy

I have always been a fan of Jollibee Chickenjoy. That is why, it is such a delight to know that there's a new twist added to everyone’s favorite "langhap-sarap" Jollibee Chickenjoy. For lunch, Jollibee sent me a bucket of Jollibee Glazed Chickenjoy while enjoying my time here in Angeles City, Pampanga. It made me so excited to finally have a taste of this new Jollibee product.

6 Signs You Didn't Know That You've Survived a Trip to the Philippines

6 Signs That You've Survived a Trip to the Philippines

The island country known as the Philippines is one of those tropical wonders we all daydream of visiting while pinned within the four walls of our cubicles. The lush vegetation, incredible food, white sandy beaches, and rich cultural heritage is endlessly alluring. If you’re lucky enough to break free from the monotony of your 9 to 5 and visit this magical oasis, you may experience some lingering side effects from the sheer awesomeness that was your trip to this Southeast Asian gem.

WHERE TO EAT IN ROXAS CITY: ACC Coffee & Crepe at Robinsons Place Roxas in Pueblo de Panay Capiz

Where to eat in Roxas City ACC Coffee and Crepes

From its humble beginning as a waiting room for Dr. Victor Acepcion's clinic patients in Pavia Street that became a snack house, ACC Coffee & Crepe now has a newly-opened branch at Robinsons Place Roxas inside the sprawling property called Pueblo de Panay in Roxas City. Their menu boasts of carefully crafted coffee drinks, salads, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and of course, their handcrafted sweet and savory crepes.

HOTELS IN MANILA: City Garden Suites Manila, “Elegant, Classy and Value for Money Accommodation in the Heart of Manila”

Hotels in Manila City Garden Suites

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines is one of the most highly urbanized cities in the country. Being a commercial and business hub, the city offers a wide array of hotels and accommodations to stay in for tourists and travelers whether on business or leisure trips. Depending on your needs, there are hotels, inns, lodges and hostels for you to choose from. Last January 2015, I was able to stay at one of mid-class hotels along Mabini St., City Garden Suites - Manila.

TOP PICKS: 5 Reasons Why You Should Dine At The Buffet International Cuisine

Buffet Restaurants in Quezon City

The Buffet International Cuisine is a fine dining buffet style restaurant located along Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City. Headed by Korean Chef, Park Gi Won, "The Buffet" offers authentic and original varieties of dishes from appetizers, to main courses and desserts that will surely be a delight to every guest.

12 Photos That Will Make You Regret Not Being At The 2015 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta In Clark Field Pampanga

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2015 Clark Pampanga

Considered as the "grandest and most anticipated ballooning event in the Philippines," the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta happened last February 12-15, 2015. Now on its 19th year, the #PIHABF2015 once again had a successful staging of this annual ballooning event. The skies of Clark Field, Pampanga were filled with more than 30 gigantic and colorful balloons delighting the huge number expectators attending the event. It's another weekend of everything that flies!

TOP PICKS: Things To Do at CITY OF DREAMS MANILA, Philippines

Things to do at City of Dreams Manila Philippines

Last February 2, 2015, I was fortunate to be invited to the grand opening of City of Dreams Manila. We had the chance to roam around and to see what's inside this most-talked about leisure and entertainment complex located at the gateway of Manila's Entertainment City in Parañaque City. Poised to become the premier leisure and entertainment destination in the Philippines and within the region, City of Dreams Manila offers a wide array of activities and things to do that will certainly leave every guest with a thrilling and exciting experience.

PHOTOS: 2015 Philippine International HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA in Clark Field Pampanga

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It's another weekend of everything that flies, as the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2015 (PIHABF 2015) officially opens today in Clark Field, Pampanga. More than 30 colorful and gigantic balloons flew at the break of dawn to the delight of the expectators attending the event.

HOTELS IN DAGUPAN CITY, PANGASINAN: Hotel Le Duc, "Modern and Newest Hotel in Dagupan City"

Hotels in Dagupan City

Initially built to cater to the Hospitality Management students of Lyceum - Northwestern University, Hotel Le Duc in Dagupan City opened as a hotel in 2014. Managed by the university's College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management, it is a 30-room, 5-storey hotel located right beside the Lyceum-Northwestern University along Tapuac district, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Catering to local and foreign tourists visiting this side of the Northern Philippines, this is definitely one of the most modern and newest hotels in Dagupan City.

Japan's Akariya Fireworks at the 6th International Pyromusical Competition 2015 at SM Mall of Asia

Japan Mall of Asia Pyromusical Competition 2015

After the awesome opening exhibition performance by the Philippines, it was followed by Japan's Akariya Fireworks as the first competitor in the 6th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition at SM Mall of Asia. Though it started slow (and a bit boring), Japan pulled it off with a dazzling display of fireworks and music toward the end of their performance.

Video Streaming Service HOOQ Launches in the Philippines

Video Streaming Service HOOQ Launches in the Philippines

Globe Telecom officially announced their partnership with Asia's first Video On Demand service, HOOQ! Last week, during our "5th Wonderful World with Globe," Globe Telecom announced their venture into VOD (Video on Demand) with Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment start-up venture called HOOQ. This digital streaming service will enable streaming and downloading of your favorite shows on your device or platform of choice to deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programs.

The Philippines at the 6th International Pyromusical Competition 2015 at SM Mall of Asia

Philippines Photos Pyromusical Competition 2015 Mall of Asia

Last weekend, the Philippines opened the 6th International Pyromusical Competition 2015 at Mall of Asia with an "opening exhibition" of spectacular fireworks display. Presented by Platinum Fireworks Inc., the performance was coupled with popular music such as "All of me," "All about the bass," "Always" and others. It was really such a delight to watch!

Microtel Mall of Asia's Dinner Buffet for the 6th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2015

Microtel Mall of Asia Dinner Buffet for the 6th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2015

The skies of SM Mall of Asia once again brighten up with awesome fireworks display as the 6th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2015 officially opened last weekend. We were so lucky to watch it from above as we dine at Microtel Inn and Suites Mall of Asia's roof top. I've watched the Pyromusical Competition in the past, but this is the first time I've seen it from above. It was truly awesome!

TRAVEL TIP: How to Get to Hanoi, Vietnam from Manila, Philippines?

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Hanoi, Vietnam

How to get to Hanoi, Vietnam from Manila, Philippines? Cebu Pacific, one of the Philippines' largest airline companies is the only airline operating direct flights between Manila and Hanoi. Using Airbus A319 aircraft, Cebu Pacific Air flies 3 times weekly (Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturday) from Manila to Hanoi with return flights from Hanoi to Manila every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

RESTAURANTS AT SM CITY BF PARAÑAQUE: Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant SM City BF Parañaque

Buffet Restaurant in SM City BF Paranaque

Known as one of the largest buffet restaurants in the Philippines, Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant recently opened its 7th branch. Located at the 2nd level of SM City BF Parañaque along Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat Road) corner President's Avenue in BF Homes, Parañaque City, it aims to cater to the residents living in south Metro Manila such as as Parañaque, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa; as well as nearby provinces of Laguna and Cavite.