Thursday, June 23, 2016

Find ‘Dory’ at SM Cinemas

SM Cinema, a brand under SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc and Disney is working to bring back to Filipino families the habit of watching movies together. SM Cinema and Disney joined forces to create an unforgettable experience with Disney·Pixar’s “Finding Dory” installation. SM Cinema invites you to find Dory through interactive exhibits at Mall of Asia this June. The friendly but forgetful fish discovers her way to IMAX theatres and SM Cinema branches nationwide beginning June 16.

SM Cinema joins the funny and loveable but forgetful blue fish named Dory as she embarks on another big adventure in Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the eagerly awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo.”

In anticipation of the year’s most heart-warming animation, SM Cinema invites families to just keep swimming at the Mall of Asia. With activities distributed in the mall, finding the amnesiac blue tang fish has never been this fun! At the MOA activity center, a Dory-themed exhibit features games such as the Water Tank Escape: help Dory escape from the Marine Life Institute’s water tank by finding her in a wind tunnel filled with different fish! Bring Dory home through the buzz wire game where players are tasked to go through an electric maze taking Dory from the far flung ends of the sea to her family. Help her remember her past: At the Exploreum, patrons are invited to a magnified memory game. Take a selfie with Dory at IMAX! Find the well-travelled blue fish at IMAX lobbies and post a selfie for a chance to win premium items from Disney.

Spend a day with your family at SM Cinema, as Dory sets out to find hers. Visit Disney·Pixar’s “Finding Dory” at Mall of Asia and in IMAX theatres nationwide from June 10 to June 22. Catch Disney·Pixar’s “Finding Dory” on June 16 at IMAX, Director’s Club Cinema, and SM Cinema theatres across the country.

For more ticket inquiries and information, log on to or follow SM Cinema @SM_Cinema on twitter and instagram, and /SMCinema on Facebook.

About “Finding Dory”

Disney·Pixar’s welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio take off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marin Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL·E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OFTERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL·E”), Disney·Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into Philippine theatres June 16, 2016.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Grand Launching of the Bellevue Kids Club

Last Sunday, my daughter and I went to Bellevue Manila for the Bellevue Kids Club launching.

The event showcased just how beautiful our culture is with its Filipiniana theme. Colorful buntings accented with bamboo and sombrero hat displays channelled the Filipino Fiesta set up. Kids and parents were entertained by Indak Lahi's rendition of popular Philippine folk dances from the different regions. They did the Banga (pot dance) which I really loved. I watched how the heavy earthen pots, filed up as many as four or five, are balanced on the heads of maidens as they trudge to the beat. The banga balancing act alone was amazing.

Museo Pambata held a shadow play for kids and the young at heart. The show is based on how Magellan came to conquer the Philippines after acquiring Enrique in a slave barter.

They were games and raffle draws in between activities. The adults had a blast with Limbo Rock. All pass beneath the bamboo pole being held up by two people while leaning backwards. The pole is lowered a few inches after each successful round and those who touch the ground with a body part other than their feet were eliminated. This game of elimination went on until few participants remained and declared as winners.

Each kid was given an activity passport to complete which in turn will be exchanged for a goodie bag of treats at the end of the program. Faber Castell had coloring craft activity set up for kids.

Toddlers and preschoolers had their face painted on on of the booths. The Belo Baby booth gave out soaps and colognes.

The play area and the candy/chocolate/popcorn buffet on the other side of the Laguna ballroom was popular among the young children as well.

Bellevue Manila had sorbetes, putong puti, turong halo-halo, biko and gulaman in the traditional Pinoy festive style.

Bellevue Manila will be holding its Bellevue Kids Club every Sunday during lunch. Kids can join in the playroom and participate in alternative learning experiences with their parents.

The BKC initiative is part of the Bellevue group of hotels to provide wholesome activities for young families to create meaningful memories.

If you have kids aged 12 years old and below, you can sign up here to receive Bellevue Kid's Club updates.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Acuatico Beach Resort inaugurates its Azul Bar & Cafe

The Azul Bar and Café launched last June 6, 2016. Guests and media were treated to great food and drinks plus a night of great voices and great guitar playing!

The powerful acoustic ballads by Aisa Seguerra and Nyoy Volante rocked the night away!  Nyoy Volante's music was a shout-out to all OPM lovers like himself. He sang "Nasaan Ka Na" plus a couple of requests from the audience.

Jim Paredes and Zion Aquino also did amazing renditions of the classics plus contemporary music.

This new two-storey entertainment venue sits at the gates of Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas.

The place itself is part bar, part cafe, with plenty of seats for chilling with a coffee in the early evening and standing room for when it heats up at night. There are plenty of comfy sofas upstairs for VIPs with a great view of the performers.

Azul Bar and Cafe serves a variety of sandwiches, salads, appetizers, flatbreads, and entrees, as well as Tex-Mex favorites.

If you crave for burgers, pizza, nachos, fries and popular barchows, then this is the place to go!

Azul Bar and Cafe is the perfect place to sit back with a beer or creative cocktails and see how  cool people from the south have fun.

 Check out the acoustic power ballads on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights! Dine in relaxed and dim light homey atmosphere, or go al fresco style on the patio as live music entertains you. And if the feeling grabs you, you are free to go up and sing with the performancers!

You can look forward to delicious food, refreshing drinks, plus great hospitality service at Azul Bar and Cafe. Acoustics and entertainment repertoire on weekend nights will surely get the crowd going.

Azul Bar and Cafe

Bgy. Laiya, San Juan, Batangas 4226
Phone 0915 883 7521

Monday, June 20, 2016

Philippine's two-day ICT Leadership Convention commences

Philippine companies get a chance this week to take a hard look at how digital technologies are changing the rules of the game for their businesses at the 2016 Philippine ICT Leadership Convention.

The ICT Convention hosted by PLDT Enterprise,  runs from June 20 to 21 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom Manila.  Dubbed as "Digital Now", the two-day event focuses on how disruptive technologies referred to collectively as “SMACS” (Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud and Security) are reshaping the strategies of enterprises and organizations.

Invited to the convention are top level executives, business leaders, and decision makers from the country’s leading enterprises across various industries. Presented in association with premier global market intelligence provider IDC, the convention will provide these business leaders with in-depth information on the future of the digital enterprise and the breakthrough technologies that will prominently figure in their business roadmap.

Going digital is a must for enterprises and organizations nowadays. Enterprises leverage on new technologies to to transform the way they do business with their customers and employees. The ICT Leadership Convention seeks to help enterprises make the shift to thrive in a more digitally-empowered Philippines.

Aside from presentations by industry leaders and technology experts, the 2-day convention will also allow guests to experience various digital technologies within the enterprise environment through workshops, exhibits, and plenary discussions.

“The advent of new digital platforms has introduced disruptive technologies that are changing the way enterprises are interacting with consumers and the digital world. Through the convention, PLDT, along with industry leaders, will provide our insights to serve as a knowledge base for enterprises, enable them to take advantage of these disruptive technologies, and promote growth in their businesses,” said PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT CEO Eric R. Alberto.

Attendees can also participate in breakout workshops focused on specific technology tracks that include Data Center and Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, M2M and Internet of Things, Digital Engagement, Cyber security, and Unified Communications and Collaboration. These topics, designed to provide a holistic approach to the benefits of technology tracks to enterprises, will enable participants to better understand the solutions that are at their disposal, and how these can significantly impact their businesses.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Goldilocks Great Cake Caper promo

For weeks now, social media has been abuzz, discussing a truly perplexing occurrence: all throughout the city, the giant 50th Anniversary cakes plastered on Goldilocks billboards have simultaneously disappeared.

At first, netizens concluded that it must have been an isolated case limited to a particular billboard, but the chatter soon revealed that it was a nationwide phenomenon.

Compounding the mystery is that the company itself does not seem to know where their cake went. There were numerous inquiries posted on the official Goldilocks Facebook page (GoldilocksPH) and some even directed their queries to company officials whom they assume can shed little light on the enigma. There is a growing sense of concern and mild panic, as countless Filipino lives have been touched by the country’s best-loved bakeshop over the years.

The good news is that there have been a number of cake sightings. In order to encourage people to help join the search, Goldilocks has even offered a cash prize to winning entrants.

To join in the hunt, simply spot the missing cake (stay tuned for clues) and take a selfie together with it. You then have to upload it to a dedicated microsite with your name, age, address and contact details on or before June 27.

Each participant is allowed to submit up to three photos with a maximum size of 2MB.

The draw will be held on June 29, 2016 at which Goldilocks will choose five (5) winners of P 10,000.00 cash and ten (10) winners of P 5,000.00 worth of Goldilocks gift certificate.

Will you be the one to solve the great cake caper? Check out and follow them on Facebook or Instagram via GoldilocksPH to learn more about the mechanics of the Goldilocks Missing Cake Promo.

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