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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Puerto Princesa: Cruising to be a Top MICE Enclave

The after-effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic which crippled the tourism industry can still be felt in the Philippines. However, Puerto Princesa, the “Heart of the Best Island in the World,” harnesses its vast potential not only as a destination of choice but also as a preferred center of MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, and events) to forge ahead and move forward.

Paradise in Profile

Puerto Princesa is the center of trade and commerce, education, communications, and public administration of Palawan. Its strategic location is within the growth corridor of the BIMP East ASEAN Growth Area.

Known for its UNESCO World Heritage site Underground River, it shares 50 percent of the tourist arrivals in Palawan and in the region, making it the biggest contributor to its economic growth. In 2020, Palawan logged a partial number of 157,051 tourist arrivals, 71,889 of which were visits to PPC.

A tropical paradise with a bustling urban center perfect for business-with-leisure trips, PP is blessed with lush rainforests and white-sand beaches hours away from the city proper, where a banking and commercial boom has made life easier for workaholics and busybodies.

Puerto Princesa is a relatively young settlement, having been established as a city only in 1970. The first settlers arrived on March 4, 1872; a date celebrated every year as the foundation day of the city.

As part of the Philippines’ last frontier, the city is rich in natural resources. It is the country’s largest city with a land area of 253,982 hectares. A chain of mountain ranges runs through the entire length of the city, dividing it into two distinct areas – the East Coast and the West Coast.

A significant portion of the city retains its indigenous vegetation, rainforest, mangroves, and coastal ecosystem, all of which support an amazing array of wildlife. In terms of species biodiversity and its wide range of ecosystems, Puerto Princesa is of national significance.

The famous and must-visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which was formerly known as Saint Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, covering a protected area of 22,202 hectares is a haven to endemic flora and fauna. UNESCO has inscribed the park as a World’s Heritage Site on December 4, 1999.

Calendar of Events

With a tropical climate and the warm welcome of its people, foreign and Filipino tourists can bask in Puerto Princesa’s embrace all-year round. In January is the Chinoy Festival, which celebrates the new year with ground firecrackers at the Chinatown Center, and with dragon dances and lion dances in major malls and hotels. Every February 14 is the Love Affair with Nature, which is marked by a mass wedding as well as letting citizens express their love for Mother Nature through participating in mangrove tree planting activities.

In March is the Balayong Festival, which commemorates the founding anniversary of Puerto Princesa highlighted by street dancing, float parade and planting of Palawan Cherry Blossoms. In April is the Pangalipay sa Baybay, a summer extravaganza at the baywalk. Activities kick off with parade and fireworks display, dance competition, cheerdancing and boat race.

In June is the “Pista y ang Cagueban,” a time when citizens celebrate the Feast of the Forest and plant thousands of different tree species.

September is Tourism Month, which is celebrated with great performances, exotic cuisines and a showcase of various talents and services in the local tourism industry. Every third Sunday of September is Coastal Cleanup Day, an international activity whose objective is to preserve and safeguard Mother Earth’s resources along the shorelines.

November is the Subaraw Festival, which is a fun-and-activity-filled celebration of Puerto Princesa’s very rich biodiversity. December celebrates Light a Tree, a merry event where a giant Christmas tree is lit up to start the Yuletide Season. This comes with Christmas carols, dances, and music.

Mighty MICE

The Department of Tourism sees the huge potential of Puerto Princesa, a city known for its remarkable attributes in MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), as a preferred location for meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE).

In May, Regional Director Zeny Pallugna of DOT MIMAROPA in a discussion with City Tourism Department (CTD) chief Demetrio Alvior Jr. Said they are pushing for Puerto Princesa as a MICE destination, where tourists can be enticed to stay longer to enjoy the city’s attractions.

During the “Amos Ta Ren sa Puerto Princesa” radio show, Pallugna said that the city is well on its way into becoming a MICE location because of it is capable of hosting events such as Ironman 70.3 Puerto Princesa and an international dragon boat competition.

“Aside from that, maybe in the future we can conduct a 101 on MICE. We can do that, and then identify the different function facilities for the MICE market,” Pallugna said, as quoted by Palawan News, so the regional tourism office can start promoting the city at the end of the year, or next year.

Another goal for Palawan, Pallugna emphasized, is to train more community tour guides, and recalibrate their skills continuously, so they could help promote and showcase the “Filipino brand of service” globally.

“The second thing is—MIMAROPA is, whether they like it or not, we are the cruise capital of the Philippines. Imagine it, we have 139 cruise calls in the Philippines, 22 of them is in Puerto Princesa; 41 total within the MIMAROPA Region,” Pallugna pointed out.

The regional director of the DOT also mentioned that they plan to introduce the national program called “Philippine Experience” to the city, which includes the well-received Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo, which the local tourism body plans to replicate.

Alvior, meanwhile, said that Puerto Princesa’s main focus is on the MICE industry. As such, City Mayor Lucilo Bayron actively encourages investors and venture capitalists to build convention centers in strategic areas such as Quito and the environmental estate in Barangay Sta. Lucia.

“Actually, we were discussing tourism activities, and the mayor suggested that we should expand the Quito area. There is a focus on MICE, so we are working on establishing convention centers,” Alvior was quoted by Palawan News.

Cruise Capital

This November, Puerto Princesa City enjoyed a surge in tourist arrivals with the celebration of the Subaraw Biodiversity Festival, which drew international participants, and the scheduled arrivals of more cruise ships as Christmas approaches.

During the opening ceremny of the Subaraw Biodiversity Festival, Mayor Lucilo Bayron said that the aim of the city to make the event international is once again gaining momentum after being adversely impacted by the pandemic. In recent years.

“We need to add more international events to attract more tourists from other countries. And this year, we have incorporated international events in the celebration – wild bird photography race, Ironman 70.3 challenge, and international dragon boat race. Our Miss Subaraw is already a national event with the winner coming from Angeles, Pampanga, and this year, we already have 10 foreign candidates,” Mayor Bayron said, as quoted by Palawan News.

Meanwhile, a luxury ocean liner called MS Silver Whisper dropped anchor in the city in early November, indicating greater opportunities for the local tourism industry to prosper.

Touted as a cruise ship for the rich and famous, the MS Silver Whisper brought 382 vacationers and a crew of around 300. Registered in Nassau, Bahamas, the 610-foot, 10-storey vessel is operated by Monaco-headquartered Silversea Cruises.

The MS Silver Whisper is the first of six cruise ships that will be visiting Puerto Princesa’s shores this November, the City Tourism Department excitedly announced.

CTD chief Demetrio Alvior, Jr. said that guests aboard the ship will tour several key attractions in Puerto Princesa, with the underground river in Barangay Cabayugan on top of the list. The ship will then sail off to their next port of call in Coron, also in Palawan.

The city anticipates heightened tourism and overall economic activity with upcoming cruise ship arrivals scheduled on November 4, 8, 16, 18 and 28, Alvior shared.

Five more massive vessels are scheduled to arrive in November and December will welcome the MV Norwegian Jewel and the MV Aida Bella. The MV Norwegian Jewel will bring in about 2,500 people; the MS Westerdam, 1,964 individuals; and the MS Star Breeze, around 327 passengers.

Alvior noted that unlike in the past when international tourists arrived mainly by airplane, the city’s expanded tourism program has paved the way for more visitors to arrive by sea.

The city official said that stakeholders in the tourism sector are being encouraged to provide exemplary service that will showcase the renowned Filipino hospitality to solidify Puerto Princesa’s place as a tourism center and give the local economy a much-needed boost.

Alvior also encouraged Puerto Princesa’s tourism frontliners to treat all visitors with the highest level of care and to exemplify the unique Filipino standard of service.

“The influx of tourists will keep us on our toes, but it's a bustling pace we look forward to," Alvior told Palawan News.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Santa's Bringing You a New Smartphone This Christmas: You Deserve It!

Ring! Ring! Ring!

Hear that? It's the melodious chime of a brand-new phone waiting to be unwrapped this Christmas to celebrate your achievements, hard work, and sacrifices throughout the year.

As the year comes to an end, there’s no better way to reward yourself than getting a new smartphone. It not only boasts style and innovation but also injects more vibrancy, connectivity, and functionality into your life.

If you’re looking for the best smartphone that matches your lifestyle, you can consider one of these gadgets, recommended by the country’s leading financial and lifestyle partner, Home Credit. Plus, Home Credit's holiday offer makes owning these brand-new smartphones a breeze. With the 0% interest rate offers on various phone installment loan options for up to 18 months, you can bring home one of these best-selling smartphones without breaking the bank.

Realme 10 Pro 5G

If you're in search of a smartphone that strikes the perfect balance between performance and style, the Realme 10 Pro 5G is an excellent choice.

It offers a blend of power and elegance, making it an ideal companion for your daily life.

This Christmas, make sure to capture every special moment, as the 64MP main camera of the Realme 10 Pro 5G can take high-quality photos and videos in various lighting conditions. It also comes with a range of features that cater to photography enthusiasts, such as RAW shooting and manual mode.

Oppo Reno 10 Pro 5G

The Oppo Reno 10 Pro 5G is a smartphone designed to leave a lasting impression.

Its design is a work of art, and its performance is nothing short of remarkable. The powerful processor ensures you can handle any task with ease, and the 5G connectivity takes your online experience to the next level.

The 120Hz AMOLED display is another standout feature of the Oppo Reno 10 Pro 5G, offering a smooth and fluid viewing experience with vibrant and accurate colors. camera system is a marvel, allowing you to capture stunning photos and videos, making your memories truly unforgettable.

Vivo V29 5G 512GB

Tired of constantly running out of storage space? Here's the perfect phone for you! The Vivo V29 5G 512GB is a smartphone that stands out with its massive storage capacity and impressive 5G capabilities.

Whether you're into gaming, photography, or simply need ample space for your files and apps, this phone has you covered. Its sleek design and vibrant display make it a joy to use, and the camera system ensures you can capture and share your life's moments with ease.

Honor 90 5G

The Honor 90 5G is not just a smartphone; it's a symphony of innovation and style.

At its heart lies the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, a true flagship champion that doesn't just promise excellent performance; it practically dares you to push the limits of what a smartphone can do.

Honor 90 5G is so efficient that it gifts you with extended battery life. With the Honor 90 5G, you won't be tethered to your charger; you'll be free to explore, create, and connect, all on a single charge.

Whether you're drawn to the power of the Realme 10 Pro Plus 5G, the balance of the Realme 10 Pro 5G, the artistry of the Oppo Reno 10 Pro 5G, the massive storage of the Vivo V29 5G 512GB, or the innovation of the Honor 90 5G, Home Credit can help you have the perfect smartphone to match your aspirations.

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Shopping Mall Philippines.

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Discover the Best Smart TVs this Christmas Season via Home Credit

Elevate your entertainment now to enjoy a 0% interest offer this festive time of the year!

With Christmas just around the corner, many are gearing up to make their holidays even more special by upgrading their home entertainment setups. And let's face it, most Filipinos absolutely love great entertainment! Most of their holiday wish list often includes a new television that they can use for streaming online shows, watching their favorite telenovela or even connecting to their karaoke set.

Home Credit, the country’s leading consumer finance company, recognizes this, and is dedicated to making home entertainment upgrades a reality by offering a selection of top-selling TV brands. What's more, Home Credit bolsters the deal with its 0% interest offer on various installment options for up to 18 months, helping customers meet their holiday goals with affordable TV loans.

Here's a look at some best-selling TV model choices from for the dream home entertainment upgrades this Christmas.

Elevate entertainment with Samsung's Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV 55”

Immerse in a captivating cinematic experience with Samsung's Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV 55". This remarkable 55-inch television boasts a dazzling 4K HDR display that will breathe life into the best movies, sports events, and games. With its sleek Titan Gray design, versatile connectivity options, and immersive audio system, it's the ultimate addition to one’s home entertainment setup.

The Samsung Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV 55" comes equipped with a Tizen Smart TV operating system, offering Wi-Fi connectivity, HDMI and USB ports, and a user-friendly remote control. Its crystal-clear resolution of 3840 x 2160p ensures breathtaking picture quality.

Immerse in crystal-clear viewing with LG's 4K Ultra Smart TV 43”


LG's 4K Ultra Smart TV 43" is the gateway to an unparalleled viewing experience. With its sleek and slim black design, this television adds an elegant touch to users’ living space. The 4K Ultra HD display format, boasting a pixel resolution of 3840 x 2160p, guarantees stunning picture quality, whether one’s enjoying their favorite series, movies, or even live concert streaming.

Connectivity is a breeze with options like Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, RF In, Bluetooth, and Optical Digital audio out. With its user-friendly webOS 23 operating system, navigation becomes effortless. Featuring a 43-inch diagonal screen, this TV brings entertainment to life with vibrant visuals. It's perfect for transforming one’s home into an entertainment hub, delivering clarity and detail that will leave them amazed.

Experience cinema at home with TCL's 43" 4K HDR Dolby Vision Android Hands-Free TV

Enhance the home entertainment experience with TCL's 43" 4K HDR Dolby Vision Android Hands-Free TV. Featuring the latest version of Google TV, this television comes with essential upgrades in speed and security, providing a seamless and protected viewing experience. With access to over 7,000 apps and a vast library of 700,000+ shows and movies, everything one loves to watch is now in one place, offering a pure, distraction-free TV experience.

TCL's TV is designed with precision in mind, featuring a millimeter-thin stylish trim that delivers a broader and wider sense of entertainment. It's not just about style as the integrated build protects against moisture and dust, ensuring durability. The innovative rear pyramid design adds an extra layer of protection.

With Certified Google TV, Wi-Fi connectivity, DTS-HD Decoding, and multiple input and output options, this 43-inch 4K UHD TV from TCL provides a sophisticated yet user-friendly package for your entertainment needs. Whether for streaming favorite shows, gaming, or simply watching the news, TCL's TV ensures enjoyment in style and top-notch performance.

Level up your viewing experience with Devant's Full HD Smart TV

Perfect for an entertainment hub transformation Devant's Full HD Smart TV offers users a sleek design and impressive features, that sets this television as the centerpiece of their home entertainment setup.

Devant's Full HD Smart TV is not just any TV as it's designed to offer an exceptional viewing experience. Running on the Vidaa U operating system, it provides seamless navigation and a range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, LAN, and Bluetooth. With a 43-inch diagonal screen and a Full HD display format featuring a pixel resolution of 1920x1080p, it ensures breathtaking picture quality. The dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 adds depth to your visuals, making content come to life.

Whether for streaming, gaming, or simply enjoying one’s favorite programs, Devant's Full HD Smart TV is here to enhance viewing experience.

This holiday season, upgrading your home entertainment setups is made easier with these best-selling, top-notch TVs. And with Home Credit’s 0% interest offer on various installment options for up to 18 months, one can achieve their holiday goal of buying the best TV that fits their lifestyle.

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Shopping Mall Philippines.

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Rex Education at the 2023 CEAP National Convention

Joins Thousands as Pilgrims of Hope on the Path to Synodality

In an era marked by unprecedented challenges and transformations in the field of education, this year’s CEAP National Convention holds special significance. CEAP has long been at the forefront of transformative education, advocacy, solidarity, and synodality. Every year, this incomparable event provides a platform for educators, administrators, stakeholders, and partners to come together, exchange ideas, collectively address the ever-evolving needs and challenges of the educational sector, and celebrate as a community.

Rex Education also witnessed that the CEAP National Convention is also a spiritual and intellectual journey, an odyssey that reflects the member-institutions and partners’ common aspirations to inspire hope, navigate challenges, and promote quality education for all, with Catholic faith at the core. This year's convention, bearing the theme "Pilgrims of Hope: Exploring Pathways to Synodality" is a testament to CEAP’s continuing journey and support of the Church and society through the promotion of Filipino Catholic education. Rex Education is grateful to be part of the CEAP convention.

In this journey, REX, with its decades-long commitment to Philippine education steps onto the convention stage reaffirming its role as duty-bearers of education and an ally to educators and educational institutions, including Catholic schools and organizations, among others. The theme of synodality—journeying together as people of God—is intricately woven into the fabric of REX's story and its mission to nurture every child for lifelong learning—a journey of a lifetime, for every Filipino whole learner.

Rex Education Hub: Paths to Lifelong Learning

For the CEAP convention, REX brought back its Educational Hub, featuring its diverse and extensive collection of educational resources spanning early childhood education through the formative years in K–12 and to higher education and professional or adult education. Rex Education’s wide array of quality and thoughtfully developed learning materials have been designed for every learner, from early childhood to adulthood, REX is present in every stage and opportunity for the child to learn, be happy, and succeed in life.

REX’s resources also offer a comprehensive selection of solutions for teachers, parents, and learning companions, all to complement and enrich teaching and learning processes and experiences, including values that foster learner development.

Under Early Childhood Education (ECE), REX exhibited its Little Explorers brand with over 100 titles, including the Hello Animals books. With a focus on values and holistic development, they are designed to stimulate young minds, encourage creativity, and lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

REX also offers a broad range of resources for the K–12 program. For this year, REX introduced some of its latest titles for 2024. These include worktexts in Science, Math, and Language, aligned with the evolving needs of learners, educators, and educational institutions.

As learners progress to higher education and embark on their professional journey, REX continues its committed presence in their overall growth. REX also unveiled its latest educational resources at the event, encompassing various fields, including Business and Accountancy, Criminal Justice Education, Teacher Education, Hospitality and Tourism, and General Education programs. These newly introduced materials are expected to equip students with the essential knowledge, skills, and values required to excel in their chosen career paths.

REX's participation at the 2023 CEAP National Convention goes far beyond featuring its educational resources. It symbolizes dedication to learners of all ages. It is also a testament to Rex Education’s unwavering commitment, just as with the other CEAP delegates, to journey together, with hope, toward a brighter future for Philippine education.

REX supports DepEd's MATATAG Agenda

REX's participation at the convention is also a resounding declaration of support for DepEd's newly launched MATATAG Curriculum. The MATATAG Curriculum is expected to decongest the present K to 12 Curriculum by reducing the number of competencies and focusing more on the development of foundational skills, and in the process improve students’ learning outcomes.

"REX is in full support of the MATATAG agenda, particularly the initiative of making the curriculum relevant to produce job-ready, active, and responsible citizens," said Don Timothy Buhain, chief executive officer of Rex Education. "We believe that the implementation of the new curriculum will further enhance the quality of education in the Philippines and contribute to the holistic development of our learners."

REX's dedication to this agenda goes beyond words; it is reflected in its initiatives and actions. REX engages education duty-bearers, Edukampyons, and aims to build their capacities for respecting, protecting, and fulfilling every Filipino learner’s right to quality education. As such, REX continues to collaborate with curriculum development experts, respected authors, seasoned educators, subject area coordinators, and other subject matter specialists in the development of quality learning materials.

Overall, the 2023 CEAP National Convention remains a force and inspiration for the Catholic faithful in the educational sector and a symbol of resilience and hope for today’s generation and the future. Held on October 17–20, 2023, at the Water Front Hotel, Cebu City, CEAP 2023 successfully brought together over 3,000 delegates nationwide.

Unwrap the Gift of Connection: Find Your Ideal Smartphone for Christmas!

Get yours today and enjoy a 0% interest offer with Home Credit

With the holidays just around the corner, it's the perfect time to treat yourself or your loved ones with a new smartphone. As you prepare for the festivities and the joy of giving and receiving, consider the gift of modern technology. A new smartphone can open a world of possibilities, from staying connected with loved ones to capturing cherished memories, and more!

If you’re looking to upgrade to a new smartphone, ensure that its specifications fit your lifestyle. Home Credit, the Filipinos lifestyle partner, lists some of the best-selling smartphones you can choose from this holiday season.

Each of these smartphones has unique features, making it the perfect present this holiday season.

Apple iPhone 11: A Perfect Blend of Performance and Style

The Apple iPhone 11 64GB or 128GB combines the vibrant 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display with the potent Apple A13 Bionic processor. Its 64GB or 128GB storage and 4GB RAM strike a perfect balance for swift performance. With a dual-camera system and IP68 water and dust resistance feature, this sleek device caters to tech enthusiasts who appreciate style and substance.

The iPhone 11’s dual-camera system also captures wide-angle shots and selfies with 12MP lenses and advanced TrueDepth technology. Stylish yet rugged, this iPhone boasts a battery ready for an active lifestyle, ensuring a remarkable smartphone experience.

Realme 11 Pro+: Powerful Performance and Immersive Display

The Realme 11 Pro+ introduces an industry-leading 200MP camera for unparalleled photography, especially in low-light conditions. This smartphone offers multifocal length lossless zoom, fast focus Super QPD technology, and stable OIS, elevating your photography experience. The fusion of high-quality hardware and software guarantees exceptional results.

Powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 7050 processor, the Realme 11 Pro ensures seamless performance with 512GB storage and 12GB RAM. The 6.7-inch display, Android 13, and Realme UI 4.0 features deliver a user-friendly interface. This device redefines smartphone photography and combines it with robust performance, making it an exciting choice for enthusiasts.

Realme 10 Pro 5G: Elevating Visuals and Performance

The Realme 10 Pro 5G offers a dynamic visual experience with its expansive 6.72" FHD+ LCD, boasting a 1080 x 2400 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch sampling rate. Weighing just 190g, this device packs a 5000mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, Android 13, and Realme UI 4.0 for efficient functionality. It supports dual SIM and microSDXC, making it a compelling choice for those seeking an uninterrupted, visually captivating smartphone experience.

With its 108MP main camera and 16MP front camera, the Realme 10 Pro 5G ensures stunning photography. The device, with dimensions of 163.7 x 74.2 x 8.1mm, offers a stylish, compact design. If you're looking for a smartphone that seamlessly combines stunning visuals with reliable performance, the Realme 10 Pro 5G stands out as an excellent option in the 5G smartphone arena.

Oppo Reno 10 Pro 5G: Masterful Imaging and Sleek Design

The Oppo Reno 10 Pro 5G redefines mobile photography with flagship imaging hardware that captures stunning footage and ultra-clear master-quality pictures. Weighing just 185g, this smartphone boasts a 1080 x 2412-pixel resolution within a 6.7-inch screen, ensuring vivid visuals. The device supports dual SIM functionality, and its sleek dimensions of 162.3 x 74.2 x 7.9mm make it a compact and stylish choice. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset and an Android 13 powered by ColorOS 13.1 operating system, it delivers a seamless and efficient user experience. Plus, with Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, and aptX HD, connectivity is top-notch.

Vivo V29 5G 512GB: Cinematic and High-Performance

The Vivo V29 Series redefines smartphone photography with a 50MP Wide-angle Group Selfie camera and professional-grade video capabilities. This Vivo phone’s 512GB ROM ensures seamless multitasking, while an 80W fast-charge capacity keeps you powered up. The device offers ultra-dual stabilization for shake-free videos, a 120Hz refresh rate, and an immersive 3D Curve POLED Screen for captivating visuals, promising cinematic experiences and robust performance.

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, the device operates on Funtouch OS 13 based on Android 13. The stylish, compact design, weighing 186g and measuring 164.2 x 74.4 x 7.5mm, adds elegance to its cutting-edge specifications. The Vivo V29 Series is the ideal choice for those seeking top-notch photography and high-performance capabilities in a visually appealing smartphone.

Honor 90 5G: A Glimpse of Luxury

The Honor 90 5G is a testament to simplicity and luxury. With a weight of 183g, it strikes the perfect balance between portability and performance. This Honor phone features a remarkable 1200 x 2664-pixel resolution on its 6.7-inch screen, offering a visual experience that's both vibrant and immersive. It supports dual SIM functionality, operates on Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 Accelerated Edition chipset. Running on Android 13 with MagicOS 7.1 operating system, it offers a seamless and efficient user experience.

The Honor 90 5G's dimensions, measuring 161.9 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, reflect a sleek and elegant design. With its focus on efficiency and luxury, this device is a compelling choice for those who value both style and functionality in a smartphone. The Honor 90 5G promises to deliver a touch of opulence to your everyday mobile experience.

All these best-selling smartphones are the perfect choice for your upgrades this Christmas. And since it’s the season of giving, treating yourself or your loved ones with these latest gadgets is made easier with Home Credit’s 0% interest offer on installment plans. This special offer ensures that you and your loved ones can enjoy the latest smartphone without breaking the bank.

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Shopping Mall Philippines.

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Friday, November 10, 2023

Don't Miss Out: Big Bad Wolf Wraps Up Its Bacolod Adventure in Its Final Weekend In The City of Smiles

Brace yourselves, Bacolodnon readers! The world-renowned Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is gearing up for its final weekend in Bacolod City this weekend, promising a literary adventure like never before. As a bookworm, all I can say is --- YOU SHOULD NOT MISS OUT. 

This is the first time the Book Sale has held here so, seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab your newest literary read along with several freebies, giveaways, promos, and unbelievable discounts of up to 95% off because we certainly did! 

Throughout its tour in the City of Smiles, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale has called SM City Bacolod its home. Guests can visit the venue at the Ground Floor of SM City Bacolod from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, immersing themselves in the literary wonderland that awaits. Explore aisles of books, indulge in the joy of discovery, and take advantage of the exclusive offerings awaiting you.

The event is also worth going to due to the unbelievable prices, discounts, deals, and promos exclusively found at the event. Not only that, but the largest selection of books will be there as well, from prized bestsellers, fantasy, non-fiction, and more!

Visitors to the event can also stop by the Unbelievable Corner, where you can find books being sold for P60, P100, and P120. With the holiday season coming up, you can not only snag a new book for yourself but also spread the joy of reading by picking up thoughtful and budget-friendly gifts for your loved ones. The Unbelievable Corner is a treasure trove of affordable reads, ensuring that the spirit of giving and literary delight goes hand in hand this festive season.

Would you believe these books are available for Php 60 only? 

Extend the happiness of a good read by participating in Big Bad Wolf’s Red Readerhood Program, a collaboration with Gawad Kalinga which invites readers to make a difference in the lives of others by purchasing and donating books at the event’s designated Red Readerhood Corner booth.

Whether you're a seasoned book lover or a casual reader, this is your golden opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of literary wonders. With exclusive discounts, a Bargain Corner filled with affordable treasures, and the chance to contribute to the Red Readerhood Program, it's more than just a book fair — it's a celebration of reading and giving back.

For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf Books’ grand return to the Philippines, please visit:

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Book Feature: Shoot to the Stars + Exclusive Author Interview with Vittena Eloisa Tiongson Vibar

Death is a very complex thing to understand. It involves too many negative emotions, sadness, fear, anger, grief, hopelessness and misery. No matter how much they say it inevitable and it's part of the normal cycle of life, it is one of the things that is so hard to accept. Many of us fear the loss of our loved ones. 

However, knowing you are the one going to die soon or that you are running out of time is a totally different story. Nothing can prepare you for a news like this.  

The book, Shoot to the Stars is about a diagnosis of an incurable neurodegenerative disorder that severed the main character's (Kerri) time shorter than willed, foreshadowing an early demise. Fate leads her to a serendipitous meeting with Jared, an eccentric Hollywood musician and spontaneous philosopher, who grapples within himself a longing to fill an inner void. Jared carries Kerri under his wings as she finds her epiphany in a Hollywood musical cult.

If you loved or cried a lot reading John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" then this book is for you. Just imagine it intertwined with classic rags to riches tale like "Cinderella"

The story will make you ponder - "What if you were given a chance to life, to relive dreams and hopes with no bounds, and to love with no limits... except for time?" 

This book by Author Vittena Eloisa Tiongson Vibar features a beautiful and unique tale in a culture deeply entrenched in pop idol reverence. (We can so relate!) The main characters, Kerri and Jared embark on restless yet whimsical adventures along the philosophical strings of love, dreams, and fate while navigating the distractive glamour and excess as they edge towards powerful awakenings in search of life's meaning. 

And today, we are so happy to get to know more, Author Vitz, an academic achiever who swerved away from the nursing profession to do creatives as she shares more about this masterpiece. 

1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

The story includes some very familiar people in the popular music scene locally and internationally. They appear as cameos. The story setting jumps from country to country. The story can be described as extravagant yet still grounded and heartfelt.

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

Honestly, there was no focal point for inspiration on this one. Here it goes: It was way back my first try of venturing here in Manila from Mindanao, which didn't turn out well. Later, I found a small yet quite pricey room space around Malate and shut myself in there, for months. Cut off social media and everyone even my family, from expectations and all. 

In that small room in Manila, I dipped really deep in depression. Mind shutting down and such. Everything was black and white. And yet, like a person drowning, the mind drowning in depression is independently/automatically trying to catch its breath, clawing for dear life and it independently creates scenes of exaggerated hope, almost intoxicating itself with colors and dopamine (I could feel the adrenaline rushing during that time) and I had a scratch paper or tissue towel at that time and so I wrote the first scene that the mind delivered to me. And for the rest of the book, I kept up with writing its entirety.

This novel was born out of darkness, but the process of writing it lit a fire in me—one that I thought had been extinguished.

I think it’s hope --- the epinephrine that revives anyone even in the most dire of situations. It drugged me into writing a life, despite inevitable death, is given a chance by destiny to live longer a bit but in a grander way.

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

It took me two years to 'finalize' the book. Actually, the novel has multiple versions with slight differences, and was revised at least 6o times, I guess. My aim was to direct the novel to bridge local and international markets through utilizing commonalities like music, Golden Age ambition, the universality of plight, a little bit of “fate” thing… it took time to tie all those together.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

Trying to incorporate social issues, sense of familiarity, and ontology/philosophy in a “romance novel” model… Delivering a sense of uncanny speculation that an exaggerated story might be true or that it can plausibly happen in reality. And being “medically accurate” in terms of describing and mending the protagonist Kerri’s Huntington’s in the novel.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

Life’s too short. Love as much as you can. Dream as much as you can. Hope as much as you can. Life is not all about fame and money. It’s all about how you live it.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or writing the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Yes. Looking forward to write new books. I plan to finish a scifi novel and complete an anthology of short stories.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you?

The book is available on the 8letters website and through Shopee and Lazada. 

Ebook is available on Gumroad

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Citadines Bacolod City: Unlocking Potential in Panay Region’s Hospitality Sector

The Ascott Limited, a leading international hospitality company, will be redefining the industry once again with Citadines Bacolod City, the newest addition to its roster of properties. Located in the heart of Bacolod.  The premier-serviced residence, which marks Ascott's maiden entry into the city, is positioning itself as a game-changer in the local hospitality scene.

Bacolod City, known as the "City of Smiles" is a vibrant and progressive urban center located in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is the capital city of the province and serves as its economic, cultural, and administrative hub. The city’s rapid urbanization has had a significant impact on its tourism and hospitality sector, transforming it into a thriving destination that attracts both domestic and international travelers.

Gearing up for 2024, Citadine’s targeted venture is Bacolod’s well-celebrated Masskara festival, which attracts tourists from all over the world. A part of their preparation was the exclusive VIP Night last October 19, which welcomed special guests Mr. Jose Franco Soberano, COO of Cebu Landmasters, Mr. Mathias Bergundthal, Director of SLI Hotels and Resorts, and Mr. Alec Lsutre, President of Capitaine Inc. The event gave a peek into the fun and excitement Citadines has planned for the upcoming year, featuring Masskara performers all night long - drummers, dancers, and singers - giving Bacolod a taste of what’s to come. 

The VIP Night also explored “How Citadines will Change the Hospitality Landscape in Bacolod” with Ascott General Manager Philip Barnes, opening with an optimistic eye for the upcoming opening.

The Citadines brand is committed to providing a seamless blend of convenience, comfort, and connectivity to cater to the diverse needs of both business and leisure travelers. Each Citadines property exudes a distinct style and character, reflecting the local culture and community, while maintaining a consistent philosophy of “bringing you to the city, and the city to you”. 

Looking forward to its opening in 2024, A property viewing was also integrated to boast the array of world-class amenities designed to elevate the guest experience. Showcasing the infinity pool, which offers stunning views of Bacolod's skyline, and the fully equipped fitness center to cater to health and wellness enthusiasts. Citadines excites everyone with a teaser of their several restaurants. For those wanting to try out local cuisines and regional specialties, stop by Citadines’ Negrense, your one-stop destination for all the delicacies Negros Occidental. The property’s team of chefs will collaborate with local cooks to deliver flavors unique to each city in the region. 

Viennoiserie and Italian, Citadines Bacolod City’s lobby cafĂ© and bakery, will treat guests with an irresistible blend of aromatic coffee experiences through its collaboration with Coffee Culture, a popular and innovative artisan coffee roaster of local and imported beans. Aligning with the property’s brand signature, “for the love of coffee”, guests can choose from a menu inspired by the local coffee culture and leisurely enjoy food and beverages in an ambiance that radiates comfort and sophistication. Viennoiserie and Italian’s skilled baristas are devoted to transforming each cup of coffee into a journey of flavors, using carefully sourced beans that reflect the essence of the region's coffee heritage.

The property also boasts a selection of versatile event spaces, thoughtfully designed to accommodate a wide range of gatherings and occasions, such as a grand ballroom. This part of the property provides a spacious and versatile venue, making it an ideal Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) destination in the region. With its state-of-the-art facilities and adaptable layout, this pillarless marvel is poised to be a true game-changer in the MICE industry in the area, setting new standards for elegance, flexibility, and sophistication in event spaces.

"As a property managed by The Ascott Limited, Citadines Bacolod City exemplifies our commitment to providing a seamless blend of comfort, convenience, and top-notch service," said Philip Barnes, the Ascott Limited’s Country General Manager. "We are delighted to bring this exceptional brand to Bacolod City and offer travelers a sophisticated stay experience."

The property’s strategic location puts it in close proximity to several of the city’s key amenities and facilities. This includes some of Bacolod City’s top universities, shopping malls, central business districts, and restaurants. Citadines Bacolod City’s central location makes it an attractive choice for business and leisure travelers seeking a well-connected base to explore the city's vibrant offerings.

Along with Bacolod’s rapid urban growth, Citadines Bacolod City’s establishment in the city can help pave the way for further economic boon for the area as a whole. The property’s capacity to become a MICE destination leader in the region can significantly contribute to the city’s revenue generation, business opportunities, and diversification of income. It can also help maintain the region’s occupancy levels, especially during special cultural events like the Masskara Festival, and promote the Ascott brand to the Visayas region.

In terms of future growth, Ascott believes Citadines Bacolod City presents a steep growth potential in the coming years. With Bacolod's popularity as a travel and business hub continuing to soar, the property is well-equipped to cater to the increasing demand for sophisticated accommodations and events facilities. Through its establishment in Bacolod, Ascott aims to strengthen its brand presence in the Panay area by exploring opportunities for expansion and enhancing guest experiences in other key cities within the region.

As Citadines Bacolod City opens its doors to the public, the property invites guests to indulge in a world-class stay experience, backed by Ascott's legacy of exceptional service and unparalleled hospitality. Guests can reserve and advance and look out for updates by visiting the property’s official website and the following social media pages, Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

5 Reasons to check out the You Should Be Writing event on November 4

Independent publishing house HS Grafik Print / PaperKat Books ushers in National Novel Writing Month and National Family Literacy Month with a whole-day creative festival

On November 4, 2023, PaperKat Books will be holding its first-ever creative festival dubbed You Should Be Writing. This all-day event at Estancia at Capitol Commons in Pasig City will be a haven for book lovers, aspiring authors, and creative folk.

What can you expect? Here’s everything to see and experience on this whole day event:

Admission is free

The best things in life are free—and the You Should Be Writing event is one of these! You can sit back and relax with a cup of coffee as you listen in on the program. The whole-day program includes story reading for kids, publishing talks, and back-to-back book launches. Admission is free, but you can also register here ( or scan the QR code in the event poster to join the online raffle and get free ebooks!

Discover your next great read

There will be no shortage of beautiful books from Filipino authors at this event. From crime novels to speculative fiction, as well as poetry collections to short story anthologies, you may just find your next favorite book—and author—here!

Be inspired by your fellow creatives

Fans of rom-com novels, speculative fiction, Filipino fantasy, crime fiction, and non-fiction will be in for a treat, because several PaperKat Books authors will also be launching their books at the event! Many of them are first-time authors, too!

Plus, select PaperKat Books authors will also be sharing their thoughts about their self-publishing journey. If you’re a writer who needs that final push to finish your manuscript, you might just be inspired when you hear the stories of fellow writers who have already done it.

Learn from publishing experts

Want to learn more about book writing and the publishing process? PaperKat Books is bringing together its publishing mentors from FEU Publications and The Publishing Consultant to answer your burning questions on how you can finally bring your story to life.

Get your creative juices flowing

Stuck in a creative rut? Get inspiration from the wide variety of activities happening throughout this whole day event. Meet and chat with Filipino authors. Listen in on the poetry reading session and story reading with kids. Explore the “Authors’ Playground” where PaperKat Books authors, as well as other local creatives will sell their books and merchandise.

On choosing the Estancia at Capitol Commons to be the venue of PaperKat Books’ first big event, Head of Publishing Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla said, “Since Estancia at Capitol Commons opened, a lot of arts and lifestyle-related events, including painting exhibitions, music, and fashion, have been held here. There are also many areas at the mall where you can sit down and write, and they're all free. The location and the vibe are perfect for people who want to write away from home.”

Eustaquio-Derla added, “That's why we chose Estancia at Capitol Commons to be the Ground Zero of our You Should Be Writing movement. Help us in this movement to encourage more people to write and finish their manuscript, because publishing dreams should have a deadline. And yes, if you want to become a published author, you should be writing.