Tuesday, December 22, 2015

EMBOA hosts Christmas Festival

500 indigent children in Manila received their early Christmas gifts from Ermita-Malate Business Owners Association Inc. (EMBOA) last December 18. The newly-landscaped Remedios Circle was teeming with kids gathered together from various barangays.

EMBOA is a business association of 130 establishments around Ermita-Malate which aims to revive and restore Ermita and Malate’s appeal to local and foreign tourists. According to EMBOA President Michelle Pe, the Ermita-Malate district's extraordinary was exemplary to other cities in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. Atop its world-famous sunset, foreign tourists frequents restaurants and bars at the Remedios Circle and nearby streets to listen to opera singers.

It was at a height of fashion, culture and entertainment. EMBOA seeks to bring back Ermita-Malate to its old glory days.

The EMBOA Handog Pasasalamat is their way of raising awareness in the local community. This festival was held in Partnership with the Manila City Government. Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada joined the Tourism officials, barangay officials, and EMBOA in the celebration of Christmas joy.

The highlight of the festivities was the distribution of gifts to 500 children.

The Manila Band played Christmas beats to start off the evening. Choirs filled the air with holiday cheers. The Philippine Women’s University (PWU) Choir headed the Christmas carols. Unibersidad De Manila (UDM) amazed the audience with their dance performances.

EMBOA tookusaroundto visit different member hotels to get acquianted with their facilities and affordable accommodations they are offering.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

First Lego-Building Competition Grand Finals in the Philippines

Last December 19, 2015 Lego Enthusiasts of all generations assembled at SM Southmall to witness the grand finals of the very first Lego-Building Competition in the Philippines! Qualifying rounds in three categories were held every Saturday from November through December 5. Winners received P1,500 worth of LEGO sets and then qualify to compete for the Grand Finals.

The LEGOlympics winners from the elimination rounds converged once again to outperform each other. The LEGOlympics competition was divided in three (3) categories:

• Kids (4-12 years old)
• Teens (13-17 years old)
• Adults (18 and up)

In the Grand Finals, participants were given one set of LEGO bricks to create and build something within the given theme and time limit of twenty (20) minutes. Judges then went around to assess each piece and grade each creation based on the following criteria:

• Creativity
• Stability
• Nearest to Reality

Grand Finals winners took home these prizes (per category):

1st Prize P10,000 worth of Cash prize, SM Gift Certificates and LEGO Loot Bags/Toys
2nd Prize P5,000 worth of Cash prize, SM Gift Certificates and LEGO Loot Bags/Toys
3rd Prize P3,000 worth of Cash prize, SM Gift Certificates and LEGO Loot Bags/Toys

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