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Pampanga Tour 2016



My first time in Pampanga City. It was great and i really enjoyed it a lot. The name "Pampanga" comes from the word pangpang meaning riverbank, a fitting name for a flat country crisscrossed by a hundred small branches of the Pampanga River. The province lies in the southern portion of the central plains of Luzon. Pampanga has old  historical churches. 

PAL Launches an Enhanced Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity System


I'm excited about this Philippine Airline event and they officially re-launched today its new Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity System providing passengers a redefined, innovative and entertaining way to fly. This is very useful for me if I'm in a flight with PAL because I can contact my love ones and friends if I'm already near to my destination and I can post some pictures in social media. The system has four components: myPAL eSuite, myPAL Player, myPAL Wi-fi and myPAL Mobile, you can ask also some assistance with the flight attendant how to connect with their system. PAL is doing a good job and people will really enjoy all of their flights going abroad or just here in the Philippines, and I hope so I can experience it this new system of PAL.


The Banana Plantation and Resort


Davao City has a lot of beautiful places that are breathtaking views and beaches. Also in our the tour, we visit the banana and coconut plantation, and the banana beach resort. The world's only beach resort with a banana and coconut plantation, and it is located in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines. The banana plantation is owned by Hijo Resources Corporation. The largest Banana and Coconut Plantation in the Philippines, also it has a beach resort here.

PEARL FARM DAVAO READ HERE

Travel Escapade at Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island

The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is one of the best resort here at Samal Island. Though it is my 1st time going here, I know that I will have the best time here with the PHITEX participants and fellow travel blogger friends. The participants of the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), is truly amazed how beautiful and wonderful is the Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Even us Filipino travelers are really excited about this tour. 


Seda Hotel - Davao City Philippines

Davao City is one of my favorite places here in the Philippines and this is the hometown of our President Rodrigo Duterte. Davao has plenty of beautiful places that are not well known. The Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) chose the Davao City because of the safest and lots of beautiful places here and for the tourist to check out how wonderful the city is. 


The Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City

Philippine Eagle Center is one of the tourist spots in Davao City. The Eagle Center is located at Malagos Baguio, District Davao City. It will take you about an hour going to the Philippine Eagle Center. 

KNOW WHERE TO STAY IN DAVAO READ HERE

Upscale Lunch at Le Jardin French Restaurant

Le Jardin is an excellent French restaurant in an upscale side of Taguig. Located at W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City. The restaurant is open from 10 am to 3 pm daily. 

Upon entering this restaurant it gives you right away a relaxing vibe and very romantic feel. A perfect place to dine with your partner especially if you are celebrating special occasions.





Do you always fancy eating in an upscale restaurant or perhaps always on a budget? One of the best places to bring your girlfriend or partner is here at Le Jardin French Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.



Celebrating Birthdays at View Park Hotel Tagaytay


Birthdays are best to celebrate with your family and loved ones. My family lives in Zamboanga, Davao and in Manila. I can't remember when was the last time I celebrated my birthday with my brothers as we all have our separates lives now. But I am the luckiest guy to celebrate my birthday at the View Park Hotel Tagaytay with my girl. 

Going to Tagaytay from Manila is 2 to 2.5-hr drive with a little traffic. You have 2 options, one is via SLEX Sta Rosa Exit and the other is via Aguinaldo Highway Las Pinas - Cavite way. Via commute you can take Silang-Tagaytay Bus from Manila Park and Ride Terminal Bus Station. 


View Park Hotel is located at Calamba Road West Sungay Tagaytay and right in front of Picnic Grove Tagaytay.  Hotel Room prices range from 2,900 pesos to 4,000 pesos with breakfast buffet and free use of swimming pool.

It was really a surprise from my girl and View Park Hotel staff to have a special birthday celebration here. They managed to surprise me with these - cake, balloons, and bed of flowers spelled "Happy Birthday".

The following day at breakfast the hotel staff again surprised me with an ice cream dessert and sang "Happy Birthday" song to me together with the other hotel guests. It was memorable and a first-time experience for me. I could never ask for more my love.

















Thank you View Park Hotel for these birthday surprise! I had the best Birthday ever and I can;t wait to spend another special occasion here.





Lunch Out at The Sunny Side Cafe in Boracay

Boracay is the most popular beach here in the Philippines. The island has plenty of restaurants and coffee shops. One of the best (for me) restaurant here is the Sunny Side Cafe. There's a lot of foreigners and locals dining here. If you wanna splurge with your partner or family and friends and share awesome goodness food try Sunny Side Cafe.

KNOW WHERE TO STAY CHEAP IN BORACAY READ HERE


Mandala Spa & Villas

The Mandala Spa & Villas

Upon entering this huge property, you can immediately feel the relaxing ambiance and tons of trees and plants will welcome you here. Mandala Spa is just along the road right after Station 3 - D' Palengke. You will not miss this huge signage outside the property. 




The place was very relaxing and the calmness vibe around the property and you feel relaxed right away. 

 View of the reception area.








I have been to many spas and this by far the most and on top of my list now.



Who wouldn't love the nature and ambiance here at Mandala Spa? I mean, it's perfect for honeymoon and couples.




Also, they are selling organic products and some pasalubongs/gifts for your friends/family.



Before they start the massage, they will clean first your feet and massage it just a little bit. After that, they will ask you and let you smell 4 different oil that you may choose 1 to use on your body massage.



This massage room has a bathtub and you can also take a bath here before you start your massage.
 

The quiet, relaxing and wooden spa room will give you the utmost relaxing feel. I had 60-minute Mandala Spa traditional spa. It was a memorable and the most relaxing and lavish massage I ever had. Thank you Mandala Spa for letting me experience your 5-star spa service.

For more information and reservations:
www.reservations@mandalaspa.com
Telephone Number: (+63 36) 288 5857 / 58
Cellphone Number: (+63 917) 634 8430

BGC Hostel: Be at Your Greatest Comfort

BGC hostel, is one of my favorite hostel so far. It has clean rooms, colorful designs and hostel staff are nice and courteous.  

This hostel is really near EDSA, located at 2855 Danlig street, Pinagkaisahan Makati City. The hostel opened October 2015. The place is very new and very clean. For only 499 pesos per bed you can experience  a comfy hostel stay here.



3 storey hostel building of BGC Hostel and Dorm.



I love the decorations here it's very artistic and colorful. Pop art and colorful decorations are now common in Manila Hostels which I love actually.





We stayed at the 2nd floor with a small living room set here. You're family or friends can hang out here.



Comfortable, clean bunk beds on our 8-bed room. It has also small curtains that gives privacy while you're sleeping.






Room has private shower and toilet.



Lockers for your belongings.



Thanks BGC, I had a great and wonderful experience here.

Why I'm not Mad at The Mad Monkey Hostel in Boracay

The Mad Monkey Hostel


It's my first time in Boracay and we stayed at the Mad Monkey Hostel. This hostel is a 3 storey building. When you enter the hostel, 2 swimming pool will welcome you and their friendly staff as well. 

When we went to our respective room assignments I was surprised that rooms are spotless and doesn't even look like a hostel or cheap accommodation. It's simple and has comfy bed and ensuite bathroom. The room is equipped with air-con, small table, but no television. I love also the bamboo furniture's in this hostel - it's very relaxing and Asian feel.

Mad Monkey also offers great choices of Breakfast. From American Breakfast to Silog Choices. I have tried all of it and I love it all.

Lets check out some of the pictures taken at the mad monkey hostel.



Reception area.


Private rooms and coed dorm rooms are all available here.


Wooden double deck for dorm rooms

This is good for a family or group of friends, even for backpackers also. Most of their guest here are foreigners.



A filipino Bamboo chair which adds Asian/Filipino vibe at this hostel.





Pool where guests and even non-guest can swim here, given that they have to purchase food and beverage at thei restobar.



Big servings of plated breakfast to fill our tummy.

Why I'm not mad at Mad Monkey Hostel is because it has all the needs and wants of a budget traveler with a feel of hotel ammenities and services.

To know more visit at http://madmonkeyhostels.com/boracay. With contact number: 09052479898.

Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm in Palawan

The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

The Puerto Princesa Palawan is a Big Prison farm - Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm. The prisoners here are working at the farm as laborers. The government build this so that the prisoners can work and live life like normal and some of them are allowed to be visited by their family. This is my 1st time to visit a place like this. When we think about a prison, first think that came to your mind is a living hell but here they work and prisoners are trying thwir best to change for better. Some of the prisoners are free here, but they prepared to stay here in Iwahig because life is here for them and they have this thinking that people outside will always have stigma about ex convicts. So some of them chose to stay here. The work of the prisoners here is to plant a rice. 


Lets check out the pictures of Iwahig. I got few pictures only.



This is the main entrance of the Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm. The security here are very strict. Drivers are always living their ID's here.



This is there Rice Farm. 




Look at that, another prison cell ahead. We did not go there anymore. On the road, you will see many inmates that are done doing their jobs for the day. 




These men used to be a prisoner here in Ibawig. We ask if we can take pictures of them. The inmates told us, "its ok to take picture of us because we are free already". They are selling some product that they personally made.




Another great day in Puerto Princesa Palawan. Life here is really peaceful. Lot's of places to go here and you will really enjoy your stay in Palawan. You need to experience going here in Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm and know the history and talk to the men here. It's surprisingly safe here unlike other prison in the Philippines. 

The Underground River in Puerto Princesa Palawan


I'm so excited to witness this historical and most beautiful place in Palawan. The nature here and the wild life is so amazing. The Palawan's underground river is very popular to tourists because of the beautiful historical structure inside of the underground river cave. Also you can see lots of small bats and small birds. At 1st the smell is really too much because of the bat pee and poop. But if you're in the middle of it, the smell starts to fade away. 

Basic Black


I have always been comfy wearing a simple shirt and khaki shorts. A casual wear is my go-to outfit whenever I will go out with my girl or with buddies. 


I have a very few polo shirts and I have tons of shirt from all basic shades.


Snickers from Polo RL is very comfy and I'm loving the Navy Blue with few shades of Tangerine.


Top - Bench Shirt
Shorts - Bazaar
Shoes - Polo RL
Watch - Alexandre Christie

So, how do I look?





The 2016 ASIA CEO Awards Launches It's Search for the Best Businesses and Leaders

The ASIA CEO Awards announces the opening of nominations in the different categories of the most prestigious business performance recognition in the ASEAN region. Presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, the Asia CEO Awards honors outstanding individuals and organizations that have set high standards in industry practices and achieved phenomenal success in its performance.

  
The largest event of its kind in the Philippines, the Asia CEO Awards aims to promote the Philippines, one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, to the global business arena. It gathers the grandest alliance of local and international business leaders in 
paying tribute to their remarkable achievements.

  
Nominees undergo a stringent screening process conducted by a Board of Judges whose members include some of the most prominent figures in the Philippine and Asian business. The finalists and the winners of the different categories are announced and awarded in a glittering gala dinner attended by senior executives and leaders of business on October 18, 2016 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport Complex, Pasay City.


The awards are given to the most accomplished leadership teams and individuals currently operating in Philippines and the region. It gives due recognition to extraordinary leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement for their organizations and their contributions to the welfare of others.

  
The categories in the 2016 Asia CEO Awards include: TCS Executive Leadership Team of the Year, SyncHRony Global Top Employer of the Year, SMART Enterprise Global Filipino Executive of the Year, JLL Expatriate Executive of the Year, ADP Service Excellence Company of the Year, Globaltronics Most Innovative Company of the Year, Capital One Young Leader of the Year, ADEC Innovations Green Company of the Year, ASKI Global CSR Company of the Year, I-Remit Heart for OFW’s Company, LBC Business Solutions SME Company of the Year, Technology Company of the Year & ASEAN Company of the Year.


The Board of Judges of Asia CEO Awards, presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, include some of the most accomplished and recognized figures in the business community in Philippines. The evaluation process is scrutinized by KPMG. Judges with Commercial involvement with any of the nominated organizations and individuals inhibit themselves from voting.


1. Dr. Bernie Villegas Philippines Distinguished economist, author and professor of the University of Asia and the Pacific.
  

2. Don Felbaum USA Founder and Chairman of the ICT Committee and Health Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, former President of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

3. Jose Cuisia Philippines Current Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States of America and former Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines.  Also is vice-chairman in the Philippine American Life and General Insurance Co. 


4. Jun Palafox Philippines Principal Architect of world-renowned architectural design and planning firm, Palafox Associates. 

5. Oscar Sanez Philippines VP – International at San Miguel Purefoods and former CEO of Business Processing Association of the Philippines.  Winner of Lifetime Contributor awards at Asia CEO Awards 2010.
  

6. Richard Mills Canada Former President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.


The Asia CEO Awards 2016 is being staged with the support of the following: Title Sponsor: PLDT Alpha Enterprise; Elite Sponsors: ADEC Innovations, ADP, ASKI, Global Ltd, CapitalOne, Globaltronics, I-Remit, and JLL; Founding Sponsors: LBC 
Business Solutions, Smart Communications, SyncHRony Global, and Tata Consultancy Services. This year’s Official Knowledge Partner is Pwc; official venue is Marriott Manila. 

Caltex™ all-new Techron® Glides into Retail Stations

New Clean & Glide technology improves fuel economy over time by delivering enhanced engine protection and maximized power.



Manila, Philippines, June 28, 2016 — Ever conscious of the needs of motorists, the Caltex™ brand has reformulated its signature additive package with the addition of a new Clean & Glide technology™. The new active ingredients are specifically designed to clean and protect metal surfaces within the engine. Helping reduce friction and thus wear and tear between key engine components, Clean & Glide technology delivers enhanced engine protection, improved fuel economy and maximized power with continued use over time, all key in helping provide a more reliable motoring experience.





The benefits of Caltex with Techron® have long been known and making changes to a proven formula was not undertaken lightly. Chevron, which markets the Caltex™ brand, conducted stringent laboratory tests and accumulated up to 600,000km of real world fleet tests to ensure the final formula provides optimum results for the everyday motorist.




   Picture's Taken from the event.




The ability of the new formulation to protect metal surfaces was proven in the High Frequency Reciprocating Rig (HFRR) laboratory test. The standard diesel lubricity test was modified to safely assess the lubricating properties of gasoline. The results indicated that when compared to its predecessor in a controlled environment, Caltex’s new formulation with Clean & Glide technology was able to reduce metal wear and friction by an average of 38 percent and 41 percent respectively using gasoline from around Asia Pacific and South Africa. This is important because Caltex with Techron® is formulated to instantly reduce friction in the upper cylinder area of your engine. With continued use, Clean & Glide technology will begin to build–up in your car’s crankcase lubricant to replenish friction modifiers that are consumed during normal operation. Separate laboratory tests simulating this build-up of Techron® in the lubricant demonstrated the effectiveness of Clean & Glide technology™ to improve fuel efficiency by up to 3 percent, when compared to the previous formulation.


“The addition of our new Clean & Glide technology™stays true to the evolving nature of our Techron® fuel offering. Our products are continuously being improved in anticipation of future engine technology and local market needs. For motorists, a quick Caltex stop now delivers  gasoline grades that help treat their respective cars right, providing additional benefits without compromise,”  said Peter Morris, country chair of Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants.


He added that the new 5-star fuel is a further testament of the brand’s desire to provide the best possible fuel for motorists. “We are confident that our best gasoline yet meets expectations and have enlisted engineering expert Grant Imahara, formerly of Discovery’s Mythbusters series, to creatively demonstrate the benefits of Clean & Glide technology which will be showcased on television soon.”



The new and improved Techron with Clean & Glide Technology will be available across all gasoline grades at Caltex service stations starting July 1. To gain the benefits of a more efficient engine more quickly, motorists may opt for Caltex Platinum  with Techron®, with 50 percent more active ingredients of Clean & Glide technology™ to make it faster-acting. Caltex Platinum with Techron® is set to replace the Gold variant.







The addition of Clean & Glide Technology is another relevant innovation from Caltex™, joining the ranks of TechronD for diesel engines and Techron Concentrate Plus, a concentrated additive that provides a deep clean for gasoline vehicles in one tankful.


About Chevron


Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.




About Chevron Philippines, Inc.


Chevron Philippines, Inc. has been in the Philippines for over 90 years, offering high quality products and services. To date, we have more than 700 Caltex stations, and sell a range of petroleum products, including Caltex with Techron® gasoline and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, kerosene and jet fuel. Chevron has 18 facilities in the Philippines, including major terminals, depots and sales offices. Our import terminal in San Pascual, Batangas forms the hub of our transportation and supply operations in the Philippines. Chevron also provides jet fuel for airlines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Chevron also markets Delo® and Havoline® lubricants, coolants and other lubricating oils and greases through distributors to consumer, commercial and industrial customers. More information on Chevron Philippines, Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.