Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Customers Cradle opens at Daang Hari, Bacoor, Cavite

Are you looking for an auto repair shop or parts store in the south of Metro Manila?

Now you can take the guesswork out of the whole service and repair experience. You'll see how the car care veteran and industry expert, Customers Cradle, excels in the cars business, customer service and motorist satisfaction for the past 27 years. It formally opened its second shop along Daang Hari Road, Molino IV, Bacoor, Cavite earlier today. It was established to cater to loyal patrons from Cavite and Laguna, who used to traverse the Alabang-Zapote Road just to reach Customer Cradle.

"We set up the new shop to cater to our loyal customers from the south of Manila who used to deal with the usual heavy traffic on Alabang-Zapote Road just to be able to have their vehicles serviced at Customers Cradle,” Proprietor Why Dagondon reveals. “With this new branch in Bacoor, they can now get the same service they have come to rely on from us in an area where traffic is relatively lighter,” he adds.

Customers Cradle is a one-stop automotive facility equipped to handle all of the motorists’ car care needs, such as major engine overhaul, state-of-the-art 3D laser wheel alignment, professional diagnostic scanner, dyno tuning, under chassis work, car detailing, nitrogen tire inflation, change oil, tune-ups, and auto detailing. Their newest facility had parking at the lower ground area.

It has a spacious, air-conditioned lounge, where customers can watch TV, read or browse the internet while waiting. It even has a kiddie activity nook to keep the young ones entertained as their parents go on with their business.

The activities started with the blessing of the 3-three level car shop followed by a short program with Bianca King as host.

An integral part of Customers Cradle’s service is their computerized monitoring system. Through it, customers can see the status of the repairs being done on their cars in real time.

This monitoring system allows the customers to have an idea of how much time they need to wait before the repairs or services are completed. This is particularly useful to busy customers who need to tightly schedule their activities for the day.

“As soon as customers drive into the shop, our attendants key in their pertinent details on a computer tablet, including the services that are needed to be done for their vehicles,” Dagondon describes. The customers can then see the progress of the service being done to their cars on computer monitors located at the customers’ lounge itself.

Dagondon, who himself is a car enthusiast with several functioning vehicles in his garage, states that over the course of 27 years, Customers Cradle has built a following of loyal customers who have placed the care of their valued cars to their shop.

“It’s really not a wonder that Customers Cradle has amassed quite a number of loyal customers,” states JL Gamboa, IWS and Retail Channel Marketing Manager of Shell Philippines, Customers Cradle’s brand partner. “Their service is not only top-notch, the effort they put into making sure the customers are happy with their service is something to truly admire,” Gamboa adds.

“This is the reason why Customers Cradle has been a long-time Shell partner. We believe in their commitment to service excellence. More than that, they trust in our lubricants. We are not just a supplier to them but a business partner that advises on how both businesses can grow,” Gamboa stresses.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tourism Promotions Board Cine Turismo honors 12 Films

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), recently mounted its first Cine Turismo---a campaign to honor Filipino directors and their films that have showcased the beauty of the country and have promoted Philippine tourism through film.

Now, Cine Turismo recognized 10 Filipino-made and two foreign movies in an awarding ceremony held at the Diamond Hotel Ballroom last March 15, 2018 to give recognition to those that have showcased the beauty of the Philippines, helped promote Philippine tourism through film that have boosted interest in local tourist destinations.

“DOT seeks to honor the efforts of Filipino filmmakers and producers to display the country’s vast beauty,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo.

The awarding ceremony is part of the launch activities of Cine Turismo. The event were attended by directors and producers of the selected films, TPB Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano, DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, and other special guests.

Thanks to social media we are now made more aware of all the beautiful places and destinations here in our county, with more new discoveries being shared by some adventurous travelers every single day. Now, even local filmmakers have been inspired to feature these hidden wonders in their films which in turn spurs more interest and eventually helps boost the tourism industry of the place.

This is why Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano, came up with Turismo campaign that brings together two of the things he loves most–Tourism and Film making.

“Today is a good day to make them more together to help in the progress of our country,” he said. “Film is a medium that has always inspired me. … It will be an honest statement to say that I am totally in love with the film industry,” Montano said at the awarding event held at the Diamond Hotel Manila.

“Film tourism is a steadily growing industry in the country, this project is created to acknowledge the many films and filmmakers that, through their wonderful portrayals of the Philippines, have aroused interest and boosted tourism in local tourist spots.”

Honorees have been chosen based on the following criteria: 1) made by a Filipino production house; 2) is a full-length film (minimum of 75 minutes); 3) commercially released within the last two years; 4) was shown in the Philippines or at international film festivals; 5) showcases the destination extensively or must be a setting for majority of the scenes; 6) portrays the country in a positive manner, provides a general awareness of the locale, and has created a positive impact on the community and perception of its people; 7) has promoted and preserved culture and heritage and reflects the country’s history; enriches Filipino values and traits such as resilience, the Bayanihan spirit, hospitality, and patriotism; 8) has inspired and excited the viewer to visit the country, and must have induced travel among moviegoers; and 9) has generated revenues and created jobs in their locations, as well as new trade and businesses.

Films that were honored are Sakaling Hindi Makarating, directed by Ice ldanan and shot in llocos, Siquijor, Batanes, and Zamboanga; Director Ellen OngkekoMartil’s Lakbay2Love, which showcases Timberland Heights and Benguet; Paglipay from Director Zig Dulay, set in the mountains of Zambales; Camp Sawi by Director Irene Villamor, set in Bantayan island; Patay na si Hesus, directed by Victor Villanueva; Director Mario Cornejo’s Apocalypse Child, set in Baler; Siargao by Director Paul Soriano, which showcases the island of the same name; Director Bona Fajardo’s I Found My Heart in Santa Fe, set in Santa Fe in Cebu; Requited by Director Nerissa Picadizo, which features Mt. Pinatubo; and Director Thop Nazareno’s Kiko Boksingero, filmed in Baguio.

For lce ldanan, whose protagonist for Sakaling Hindi Makarating goes on a journey around the Philippines, there was an intention to display these places. “l’ve been to those places and l chose locations that are hard to go to at bihirang-bihirang puntahan ng mga tao dahil hindi sila sikat like Cebu, Boracay, or Palawan.”

For Nerissa Picadizo, who directed “Requited,” the location was a reflection of the film’s protagonist. “Matt’s personality is like that of Mt. Pinatubo. He was once a beast of nature, yet he matured into a beautiful soul at the end of the story where he learns to redeem himself,” she related.

More than understanding characters, films also help in a deeper appreciation and understanding of a place. Mario Cornejo, director of “Apocalypse Child,” said Baler is “a beautiful, magical surf town where Francis Ford Coppola shot the surfing scenes of the classic film ‘Apocalypse Now.’

“Local legend has it that when that film wrapped, they left a surfboard prop behind floating in the ocean. Five local boys used that board and taught themselves to surf, becoming the first Philippine surfing champions,” he explained.

“Kiko Boksingero” director Thop Nazareno said locale was important in setting the right mood for his film. “Baguio is very cold; walang masyadong tao. Tahimik. Nakadagdag sa longing ni Kiko ‘yung lamig, and isolation,” he related.

Bona Fajardo of “I Found My Heart in Sante Fe” discovered more than beautiful spots – he was amazed by the locals.“Namangha po kami sa talent ng Cebuano,” he recalled, “Lahat po sila sa Manila nagtataka bakit dalawa lang ang artista. Pero hindi nila nararamdaman na dalawa lang ang artista. Ibig sabihin, nagbe-blend nang tama.”

“Lakbay2Love” filmmaker Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil hoped that the audience would want to preserve the beauty that they see on screen. “It is awesome when we hear people recommending the film to those who want to see how beautiful the Philippines can be. Along the way, we hope the story communicates to viewers the need to take care of such beauty.”

Special citations were given to South Korean films “Mango Tree,” directed by Lee Song-Sung and shot in Cebu, and “Romantic Island,” directed by Cheol-Woo Kang and shot in Boracay. Film Tourism Bill

The TPB also reiterated its call for passage of the pending Film Tourism Bill (SB 1330) sponsored by Sen. Grace Poe and introduced by Sen. Sonny Angara.

The Film Tourism Bill recognizes the “potential of international and local motion picture production to create jobs, grow the economy and raise the nation’s international profile” and seeks to offer incentives to production companies who choose to showcase Philippine destinations and the nation’s historical and cultural heritage, or champion Filipino film practitioners and artists in foreign productions.

“Film tourism is a steadily growing industry in the country,” says Montano. “We’ve seen how wonderful portrayals of the Philippines in various films, local and international, have roused interest and boosted tourism in local tourist spots.”

The passage of the Film Tourism Bill will facilitate the promotion and marketing of the Philippines as a location through a website or manual, providing easy access to information on how foreign productions can shoot in the country. It will also assist in the implementation of reward and incentive packages for foreign productions planning to shoot in the Philippines, as well as the processing of documents and permits.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Yellow Cab Pizza's New Drum and Thigh offering will surely heat up your summer!

I usually frequent the Yellow Cab for its Dear Darla specialty hand rolled pizzas. And of course, I have these paired with their Squad Box Chicken Hustlers. I love the way they serve these perfectly fried chicken pops in New York BBQ and Korean BBQ flavors.

Now, Yellow Cab is fueling everyone’s hunger again with the launch of the new Drum and Thigh offering! Starting at P189 (a la carte), you get to enjoy two huge servings of fried chicken in some well-known classic flavors and a few new, amazingly tasty ones.

The new Yellow Cab Drum and Thigh  comes in six signature flavors: Hot Chix, Salt and Pepper, Garlic Parmesan, Sriracha, New York Barbecue, and Korean Barbecue.  You may also opt to get these savory glazed fried chicken with your choice of Italian Red Rice or Baked Potato Wedges (P 239).

The unveiling of these new additions to the Yellow Cab Pizza Co. menu was held last March 16, 2018. Invited bloggers and influencers had a grand Friday afternoon  at their Ayala Mall the 30th branch with the engaging activities and games highlighting the launch.

The media were grouped into three even before the served the meals.  The three teams competed against each other in order to garner the highest points at the end of each game level.  First up was a blindfold taste wherein the participants had to correctly name the flavor assigned to them. Next was a Sriracha challenge where contestants were asked to whistle afterwards.  There was a KPOP move contest afterwards and then a game reenacting an iconic movie scene  as a culminating activity. The second team (Wakanda) was hailed as the grand champion for getting the most points at the end of the program.

We then had a grand time partaking of the Drum and Thigh feast spread that Yellow Cab prepared for us. 

If you like it smoky and sweet like I do, then the New York BBQ and Korean BBQ flavors are for you.  Sriracha and the Hot Chix go well for those who like some extra spice on their chicken. Yellow Cab’s   Garlic Parmesan Drum and Thigh tossed in garlic butter and topped with parmesan is also a must-try.  And of course, you will never go wrong with the classic  Salt and Pepper flavor.

We also indulged in their ice cream flavors-- Dark Chocolate, Nutty Pistachio, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, and Rocky Road.

Get the new Drum and Thigh in all Yellow Cab in all branches nationwide!

Promo Bundles for a hungry brood also run until end of March 2018. For P789, you can get 3 orders of Drum and Thigh with your choice of Baked Potato Wedges or Italian Red Rice, and a 1.5L soda. And for P 999, you can get 2 orders of Drum and Thigh with Baked Potato Wedges or Italian Red Rice, 1 10” Classic Pizza, and 1 Large Pasta. You can choose from either the Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta, Chicken Alfredo, or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

The Boom Bundles Promo is available for Dine ln, Take Out, and Delivery in all branches except Brent, MOA Arena, Kidzania, and Camaya.

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