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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Somerset Olympia Makati: A Pet-Friendly Serviced Residence Celebrates Its First Puppy Hour

One of the most common dilemmas of furparents like me is the idea of leaving our pets when traveling. To be honest, I am really not comfortable about leaving Crumpy thus, it's either I bring him along if we get to find a place where pets are allowed or just simply cancel the trip.  

So far, we were lucky to find pet-friendly accommodation in Cebu, Kalibo, and Tagaytay. Thus, I was very excited and happy to learn about Ascott Limited's Somerset Olympia Makati. 

Ms. Susan Salcedo, The Ascott Limited Philippines’ City Manager said, “Because there are only a few pet-friendly properties in the hospitality industry in our country, Somerset Olympia Makati offers a home for your pets”

Aside from offering a home to our dear furbabies, The Ascott Limited's Somerset Olympia Makati also celebrated its first Puppy Hour last April 30, 2019. 

In line with the international celebration of the pet month, Somerset Olympia Makati celebrated the value of pet ownership that brought together dog owners, bloggers and a non-profit organization in raising awareness for a good cause. 

The participants had a chance to tour around the facilities of the serviced-residence together with their dogs as Somerset Olympia Makati is the first pet-friendly property of The Ascott Limited in the Philippines.

The said event also discussed the current state of the lives of military working dogs (MWD) and contract working dogs (CWD) in the Philippines through the invited guest speakers and founders of Hound Haven Philippines, Maxin Arcebal, CEO and Chelsea Pecson, COO.

The success of Puppy Hour was made possible by its partners namely Fur Magic, Sleeky, St. Roche, Nutram, Bow House, Pet Express, Vitality, and Whole Pet Kitchen.

The Ascott Limited's Somerset Olympia Makati is definitely not just your mere serviced-residence. It is perfect for those travelers or families who would not want to leave their pets in the corners of their homes like me. 

So, I guess we're off to Metro Manila soon and now, I can bring Crumpy with me when I attend the Global Authors Summit in November. 

Who's up for a doggie play date in Makati? 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

How to Organize a Block Screening at Citymall Cinema?

Last April 27, the Negros Online Workers, a local community of freelancers based in Bacolod organized a block screening for Avengers: Endgame. It was a random idea that we had since we were having a hard time getting advance tickets for the movie plus we want to enjoy lazy boy seats while watching the 3-hr movie. 

Fast forward, the block screening was a success. The tickets were sold out in an hour and we had local companies such as Dojo 8 Coliving Space, Ask Franco Ryu Karatedo, Verde Nua and Lunasterra who became our raffle sponsors. We also had free siomai.

And since I am getting a lot of inquiries on how to organize a block screening, here are 4 steps in organizing a block screening at the Citymall cinema. 

Step 1: Call or visit the cinema and ask for availability. Check with them your preferred date and time. If screening time/schedule is not yet available, give them an idea if you would like a morning, afternoon or evening screening. 

Step 2: Once you have confirmed that the schedule is available, submit a letter of intent via email signifying your interest to organize a block screening. This will be forwarded to Citymall's head office. Approval normally takes 1-3 business days and you will be notified via call or email.  

Step 3: Once approved, pay the downpayment. Downpayment should be at least 50% of the total cost and the balance can be paid on the screening date. 

Step 4: Pay the balance and claim your tickets. Citymall will be issuing their usual tickets and all your guests need to submit this upon entry. 

Please note that if you will have product samplings or activations and displays, you may be required to submit another letter of intent subject for approval.