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Sunday, November 19, 2017

SM City Puerto Princesa officially started the Holiday Season.

 Christmas is truly magical in the Philippines. As we count down the days to the big Philippine holiday, SM City Puerto Princesa started the joy of this season for the people of the City and Palawan with the unveiling of its spectacular Christmas centerpieces on November 10, 2017, Friday at 6PM.

Palawan’s ultimate shopping and lifestyle destination together with City officials led by Mayor Lucilo Bayron started the season on high gear with unique musical performances and the grand reveal of enchanting Yuletide displays.

It was a festive and Disney-ish day in SM City Puerto Princesa as the mall made holiday magic with Mickey and Minnie.
From carols in the malls and amazing deals to being a one-stop Christmas wonderland for holiday needs, SM always makes it a point every year to provide shoppers a whole new Christmas experience for the entire family to remember and cherish forever. It is because of this dedication that SM has long been a part of every Filipino family’s Christmas traditions and celebrations.

Complete with sparkling lights, whimsical archways, amazing discounts, and fun activities, 65 SM Supermalls nationwide will join the whole country in drumming up anticipation for Christmas.

SM Supermalls is also continuing its gift giving program, SM Cares brings back Bears of Joy, which allows Filipinos to share the Christmas cheer to children. Anyone can join by simply buying an SM Bear of Joy at any SM branch. For every purchase of the cute stuffed animal, SM will also give one to children from charitable institutions.
Continue sharing the gift of joy this Christmas by donating pre-loved or brand new toys at Toy Kingdom or The SM Store Puerto Princesa and receive a P50 discount coupon. You may use the coupon for every P500 single receipt purchase at The SM Store Puerto Princesa. Promo runs until December 31, 2017.

All are invited to be part of the magic this Christmas, as SM City Puerto Princesa goes all out with non-stop Yuletide fun starting on November 10. Stay updated with #SmagicalChristmas2017 and head to SM City Puerto Princesa to enjoy exciting deals and fun activities with your family for a truly meaningful Christmas. Visit and like SM City Puerto Princesa Facebook Page and Instagram for updates and more details.  (PR)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Artist Playground first theater fest “Rated AP” continues with G9 series.

 Artist Playground in pursuance of its objectives of creating opportunities that facilitates a collaborative environment for artists from all fields of art and providing a context in which the processes of making art can be explored is proud to announce its very first arts festival entitled “RATED AP”.

It is a festival that celebrates the creativity and talent of young artists. This festival is created to provide a platform for young and budding artists to showcase their talent and artistry. Students of participating colleges and educational institutions are given the opportunity to showcase their works and share their art to legitimate audiences to be subjected for appreciation and appraisal.

The festival promises an exciting experience, we believe it is the first of its kind, for it is a brave endeavor that banks on the freshness of the materials to be presented, the rawness of the talent to be showcased and the novelty of the ideas that sets each of the productions directions.

Rated AP promises a total art experience wherein performance arts, music sessions, drawing and painting activities, gallery visit, open microphone for spoken poetry, short (10 minute) plays, a one act play and an OPM musical review will surely be astonishing treats that guarantee complete and one-of-a-kind art experience.


Under the artistic supervision of Paul Jake Paule, the list of productions are as follows:
BAYAD
Isinulat ni RENALYN ALVARAN
Sa Direksyon ni Alleah Hugo
Ito ay tungkol sa apat na tao kung saan ay sila Mang Berto, Ate Marilou at Benito ay may kanya kanyang tinatahak na landas at suliranin sa buhay. May mga trahedyang nangyari sa kani-kanilang buhay. Si Polo naman dito ay isa lamang karaniwang tao, dito ay makikilala niya ang iba't-ibang klaseng tao na may mga pinag dadaanan sa buhay. Sa huli ay marirealize ni Polo na bawat tao may may kanya-kanyang landas na tinatahak at kahit pa gaano ito ka bigat o kahirap ay dapat nating ipagkatiwala ng ating buhay sa Panginoong Diyos.
DRIVER-JOSHUA ADAMERO
POLO-MICHAEL CABUBAS
MANG BERTO-EMMANUEL DELIARTE
ATE MARILOU-RIZZADEL AZAÑA
BENITO-ANGELO ENORIA

FIRST LOVE
Hango sa kantang “Ang Love Story Ko” ni Gloc 9
Isinulat ni Kimberly Claire Somoza
Sa Direksyon ni Alex Gallo
Ito ay isang kwento ng pag-ibig na umiikot sa buhay nila Romeo at Juliet. Aksidenteng pagkikita ang naging dahilan kung bakit sila nagkakilala at kung paano nabuo ang kanilang pag-iibigan. Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon, sa araw ng kanilang kasal ay natigil ang seremonya. Sa huli, masusubukan kung mangingibabaw nga ba ang epekto ng unang pag-ibig o magdudulot nga ba ito ng sakit sa dalawang tao.
Romeo: Robert Macaraeg
Juliet: Marielle Nicole Estalani
Barker: Vincent Ariola
Ralph: Jester Ramirez
Maria: Roxy Hipolito

MAGDA
Isinulat ni WENNA DIAZ JARITO
Sa Direksyon ni Roxy Hipolito
Ito ay kwento ni lena na minahal ng mag amang si Ernesto at mang ruben. Umalis si ernesto upang balikan ang kanyang ina ngunit sa kanyang pag balik ang mahal nyang si lena ay pag aari na ng kanyang ama . Inakala ni ernesto na mahal talaga ni lena si mang ruben ngunit ang hindi nya alam ay pinagbantaan ni mang ruben si lena na kikitilin ang buhay nito kung hindi papayag naging maging kabiyak sya nito.Ang pagmamahalan nila ernesto at lena ay nagpatuloy ngunit sa huli ay parehas silang nagduda sa pag ibig na namamagitan sakanila . Ang kwento ay iikot kela lena at ernesto na nagmahal ngunit hindi sa tamang pagkakataon.
Ernesto - Brix Vargas
Lena- Alyssa Tuibeo
Mang ruben- Christian Garcia
Tiya Conching - Rhea Bueno
Kulas- Arjie Rebuldela

FIRST LOVE
Hango sa kantang “Ang Love Story Ko” ni Gloc 9
Sa adaptasyon ni Ms. Kimberly Claire Somoza
Sa Direksyon ni Celine Manalo
Ito ay patungkol sa pag-iibigan ng dalawang umiirog na sina R at J, na nagsimula sa hindi inaasahang pagtatagpo ng kanilang landas na mauuwi sa pagiging magkasintahan. Ngunit susubukin ang kanilang pag-iibig na sa dulo ay masasaksihan kung ano nga ba ang tunay na kahulugan ng una at wakas na pag-ibig.
Christian Garcia bilang si Barker
Roxy Ritz Hipolito bilang siMaria
Julia Garcia bilang si J
at si Joyan Que bilang si R

ITIM NA SAMPAGUITA
Isinulat ni Elisia Jades Malicdem
Sa Direksyon ni Emmanuel Deliarte
Ito'y kwento ng dalawang tao na si ernesto at si magda na pilit ikinukubli ang nararamdaman sa isat isa sa kadihalanang ang ama ni ernesto at ang ina ni magda ay nagkaibigan. Si ernesto na tinuturing nakuya ni magda naging kalakasan nya sa tuwing nanghihina sya at si magda na tinuturing ni ernesto na bunsong kapatid at minamahal nya. Ang kwento ay tatakbo sa kung paano ipagtatapat ni ernesto ang pagmamahal nya para kay magda at kung pano susuklian ni magda ang pagtatapat ng nadarama sakanya ni ernesto.
Ernesto: Garry marino
Magda: alleah hugo

SCANDAL
Sa adaptasyon ni Mari Jean Moises
Sa Direksyon ni Beaulah Mae Saycon
Umiikot ang kwento na ito sa dalawang karakter na sina Marlon, isang reporter at ang kanyang kasintahan na si Geneiva. Sila ay nagcheck-in sa isang motel sa Recto nang naghagis ng bomba ang mga aktibistang nagrarally sa kahabaan ng Recto habang sila at nagtatalik kung kaya't nasunog motel.
Marlon- Christian Silang
Geneiva - Julia Garcia
Maintenance - Christian Garcia
Reporter - Rey Ann Guilas

HINAHANAP NG PUSO
Hango sa kantang "Hinahanap ng Puso" ni Gloc.9
Sa adaptasyon ni Kate Rose Urrutia
Sa Direksyon ni Jester Ramirez
Umiikot ang kwento sa panandaliang pagiibigan ni Katy at ni Jake, dahil sa magulong isip ni Katy,dahil sa murang edad ng pakikipagrelasyon nito kay Jake. At mas maiintindihan ang tunay na halaga mahal mo kapag wala na ito sa piling mo, pag dating ng tamang panahon.
KATY - Cristine Olivar
JAKE - Robert Macaraeg
ANNA - Steffi Ann Dela Cruz
BABS - Janine Chua Guat Tan
RJ - Jairus Soldevilla
GUIS - Vincent Arriola

SCANDAL
Isinulat ni Mari Jean Moises
Sa Direksyon ni RJ Monsales
Ito ay umiikot lamang sa dalawang karakter na magkasintahan. Na sina Marlon at Geneiva, si Marlon ay isang reporter at si Geneiva ay highschool lang ang natapos. Sila ay nag punta sa isang motel at dun nag talik. Pero di nila alam na sa labas ng lugar na ito ay may nagrarally at sa di nila inasahan may naghagis ng bomba sa motel kaya ito ay nasunog.
Marlon- Christian Garcia
Geneiva- Beaulah Saycon
Maintenance- Khristopher James Amaba
Reporter- Erica Avendan

ITIM NA SAMPAGUITA
Isinulat ni Elisia Jades Malicdem
Sa Direksyon ni Michael Jay Cabubas
Ang dulang ito ay tungkol sa dalawang magkababata na si Magda at Ernesto na parehong naglilihim ng nadarama sa isa’t isa. Si Magda na gustong umalis sa impyernong kinasasadlakan niya, at si Ernesto na walang ibang hinangad kundi ang malaman ni Magda na mahal niya ito. Umalis si Magda sa kadahilanang gusto nitong maging Malaya. Pinuntahan siya ni Ernesto sa Maynila at doon pinatay ni Magda si Ernesto.
Magda – Loreinne Baniqued
Ernesto – Leonardo Bania
Tatay – Christian Garcia
Tanikala:
Rhoda Mae Manugo
Eunice Bido
Jim Lorenz Bolences
Krsitopher James Amaba
Maria Vera Panisales
This festival is created to provide a platform for young and budding artists to showcase their talent and artistry. Students of Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Valenzuela taking up Bachelor in Communication Studies Major in Theater Arts and Philippines High School for the Arts. For Ticket Inquiries/Reservations, message Kimberly Claire at 09759193179.

Rated AP has 9 plays adapted from Gloc 9 songs. November 18-19, 2017--1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm. Ticket price: Php 150.00 for 9 great plays. Venue: Arts Above 112 West Avenue QC.  (PR)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Famous Bisaya Rock Musical "Gugmang Giatay", now in Manila this November.

Cebu’s runaway theatrical hit - the original Bisrock jukebox musical, GUGMANG GIATAY will be holding limited shows in Manila on Sunday, November 26, 4 p.m., during BGC Passionfest, and again from Tuesday, November 28 until Thursday, November 30, 8 p.m. All Manila performances will be at the Globe Auditorium of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig.

Written by award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and Internet sensation Rowell “Medyo Maldito” Ucat, GUGMANG GIATAY is your (a)typical romantic comedy, with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor. The musical features landmark Bisaya hit songs, both contemporary and classic, written by such iconic talents as Max Surban, Cattski Espina, Insoy Niñal, Jude Gitamondoc, Medyo Maldito, and Junior Kilat, among others.

Synopsis
A small, close-knit neighborhood is #shookt when Inday, a down-to-earth girl, lets slip that all is not well in her relationship with Undo, her long-time musician boyfriend. A surprising sequence of events ensue as gossip, pretense, and confessions lead them and their closest friends and associates to address the situation in their own well-meaning but often misguided ways, leading to even more complications. The disparate group proves that while love is indeed accursed, it can lead to surprisingly desirable ends, if one lets it.

The Manila staging of GUGMANG GIATAY will feature award-winning actor Bong Cabrera in the role of Ben. Cabrera is known for his role in the 2011 film Sa Ilalim ng Tulay, for which he won the award for Best Actor in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. He also won Best Supporting Actor for the 2013 film The Guerilla is a Poet in the CineFilipino Film Festival.

The other cast members are as follows: Von Saw, Lourdes May Maglinte, Shiella Pestaño-Gemperoa, Shane Reseroni, Joer Gallur, Paola Pia San Diego, Jeyve Daño, Jan Echevarria, Davelyn Cuenco, Heidi Pogoy, Alem Garcia, Malaya Macaraeg, Kristian Ray Malintad, Dion Cecilio, Lauire Tul-id and Dustin Tagalog.

Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, the producer of GUGMANG GIATAY, says she backed the stage musical because she believes it has the power to touch lives. “I had fun reading the first draft to the final uncensored book,” she said. “I could not let go of it! I love it so much and I believe that Filipinos deserve to see it on stage. It has the potential to transform the theater scene here in Cebu and hopefully make Cebuanos a more supportive and engaging audience.”

Genuinely funny and entertaining, GUGMANG GIATAY also aims to elevate local pop culture to the musical stage. The musical, in its entirety, is a tribute to anything and everything Bisaya, says Enclona-Henderson.
Tickets may be acquired through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

GUGMANG GIATAY is produced by 2TinCans Philippines in partnership with the BGC Arts Center, in cooperation with Offbeat Concepts Production House. It is directed by Edison Jingle Saynes with choreography by Vince Gaton. For more information, visit 2TinCans Philippines on Facebook at facebook.com/2tincansphils and Instagram at @2tincansph. Like GUGMANG GIATAY on Facebook at facebook.com/gugmanggmusical. (PR)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ground Zero exhibit to open this November 11.


Ground Zero presents works across various media that explore escape as a viable aesthetic and political—that is to say, artistic—response. Here, escape is not about a naïve denial of the real, but an acknowledgment of the absurdity that dominates the political sphere and increasingly, the hype-culture of contemporary art, and thereafter taking a moment to step aside.

In this idea of escape, one remains in the midst of everything, in a paradox of stopping in motion. “Umuwi na tayo,” goes the song by the Eraserheads, “dahil wala ng sense ang ating mundo" which in translation goes “Let’s get back home since the world doesn’t make sense.”

Where or perhaps more precisely, what home is, sustains itself here as a lingering question whose openness is not only the rationalizing premise of the group exploration, but is also the very aesthetic held forth: these are works that could still the mind, that a new perspective might be born, one without prescription, out of the rare freedom that stillness yields.

Part of the sales proceed goes to rehabilitation of Marawi. Participating Artists are Celine Lee, Jose Tong, Kevin Nieves, Marc Gaba, Nasser Lubay, Racquel De Loyola and Wipo. Ground Zero open November 11 and run until December 9, 2017 at District Gallery in Quezon City.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OPM Classic Hits to be featured at "I Remember A Boy" stage play.

When the going gets tough, where do you get your strength?

Artist Playground’s Playlist TRACK 2 proudly presents I REMEMBER A BOY - an original musical revue featuring OPM’s most classic hits on Nov. 11 – 12 at Arts Above located at West Venue Bldg., 112 West Avenue, QC.

Made by Millennials, for Millennials, AP’s Playlist, Track 2: I Remember A Boy, is about a group of friends who reunite at a cafe they once frequented when they were still college students. They shall recall how their friendship came together, how they fell in love and fell apart. While reminiscing on their past - remembering the best and worst memories - they unearth feelings which were once laid to rest. With ties severed and hearts broken through the years, will this short reunion allow them to rekindle old flames and begin anew?

This fresh yet nostalgic story of love and friendship that transcends time will be featuring six young, experienced and talented performing artists: Kathleen Francisco, Cathrine Go, Philippe Go, Joe Henson, Mariella Laurel and Miko Manguba.

With musical direction by award-winning Jesse Lucas, I REMEMBER A BOY will relive to the younger audience the beautiful and meaningful melodies of classic OPM hits dating from the 70s to the 90s.

I Remember A Boy is presented by the ALM Foundation, co-presented by South Hub Productions, Hues n Cues Lighting Design and Mismo Studio, with its major sponsors: Elle Battung and Sandstone Productions; and minor sponsors: Andrea Zubiri Photography, Nina Carlos Makeup.
Show Dates and Schedule:
November 11 (Saturday) : 7PM- 9:30 PM
November 12 (Sunday) ) : 7PM- 9:30 PM

Ticket Price: Php 800.00, inclusive of one (1) drink;
Php 600.00 for students, senior citizens and PWD, inclusive of one (1) drink
Tickets are available at Ticketworld. At https://goo.gl/rkihRE

PROMO: Buy 5 Get 1 Free, for regular priced ticket (Php 800) until Nov 5, call Kim at 0975 919 3179. (PR)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Adriano Moraes not underestimating Filipino foe in upcoming title defense

Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes may have just reclaimed the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Championship nearly three months ago, but he is already preparing for the first title defense of his second reign as the division’s kingpin.

The 29-year-old Brazilian champion is slated to put his coveted gold-plated strap on the line against Filipino prospect Danny “The King” Kingad in the co-main event of ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 10 November.

Moraes may be riding a wave of momentum after snapping archrival Kairat Akhmetov’s perfect 23-bout winning streak via unanimous decision and unifying the ONE Flyweight World Championship in a title unification rematch this past August, but he will not overlook Kingad as his Filipino foe is a legitimate threat to his second title reign.
“Danny Kingad is a great competitor and he has earned the highest level of my respect. If anything, there is no chance of me underestimating him. That would be unwise,” he stated.
A true warrior from the mountains of the Philippines and one of the top prospects to come out of Baguio City with an immaculate record of 5-0, Kingad is a tremendous striker who possesses well-rounded grappling skills.

Due to his outstanding run in local promotions, ONE Championship noticed Kingad and gave him a spot on the undercard of ONE: Global Rivals in Manila in April 2016.
Kingad came out on top of his maiden ONE Championship assignment by scoring a first-round technical knockout of Malaysia’s Muhamad Haidar.

The young Baguio City native had an impressive follow-up to his ONE Championship debut by submitting compatriot Eugene Toquero with a first-round armbar in December 2016.
In his most recent trip to the ONE Championship cage, Kingad turned in a complete performance, putting his wide range of techniques on full display in a unanimous decision conquest of Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman this past April.

“He is a young martial artist, undefeated, and a Wushu champion with good takedowns and good hands,” Moraes evaluated. “He is talented, and he has had good matches with the organization.”
Against Kingad, Moraes stressed that he will be preparing for the best version of his Filipino counterpart.

“I am preparing for the best Danny Kingad possible, and that is the only way I can prepare to be at my best. I believe this match is going to be a battle between two top-notch martial artists. It is going to be a battle from start to finish,” he expressed.
Moraes is eager to remain as the organization’s 61.2-kilogram titleholder and prove that he is the best flyweight on the planet at the expense of an undefeated standout like Kingad.

“It will be my first time in Manila. I am very excited to compete against Danny Kingad. Deep in my heart, I know that I am the best out there. I am here to prove it. I feel great to defend my belt in Manila, expecting to hear the words, ‘And still,’ once again,” he ended.


​​​For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh ampionship. (PR)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Puerto Princesa seniors get free movies at SM Cinema.

Mondays will become movie date day for senior citizens in Puerto Princesa City as SM Prime Holdings Inc. announced Senior Citizen Free Movie Day.

By simply showing their ID Cards issued by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), senior citizens will have a 100-percent free admission privilege to the SM Cinemas on Monday First Screening provided this does not fall on a regular or special holiday.

The free pass is exclusive for the use of the senior citizens only and valid only at the SM City Puerto Princesa Regular Cinemas.

Sneak preview, advance screenings, premiere nights, special public screenings, reserved screenings, and sports or live events shall not be covered by the said admission.

Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entries shall be exempted for free viewing during the first two weeks of their initial screenings.

This will definitely be a blessing to our senior citizens. With our movie industry starting to gain grounds again, our lolos and lolas can now enjoy, relax, and see their favorite actors for free.

For movie schedules and more information, like SM City Puerto Princesa Facebook Page or visit SM Cinema at the upper ground level. (PR)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cabalen opens store in SM Puerto Princesa, 1st in Palawan.

Cabalen's very own Dinuguan. 
Armed with passionate will to serve excellence on every plate, strong sense of community and a burning desire to showcase the underrated greatness that lies within the colorful and vibrant tastes and flavors of Philippine cuisine, Cabalen marks its legacy as it finally opens in Palawan at SM City Puerto Princesa on October 19, 2017.

Cabalen champions Kapampangan dishes as it reaches distinctive areas and is now on its 33rd branch – with one international branch at San Bruno, California. Cabalen continues to be the frontrunner in the country’s restaurant industry for more than three decades.

Tagged as the Home of the Best Kare-kare and known for their sumptuous dishes like Caldereta, fresh and flavorful Beringhe, crispy Pritchon, and sweet and unique Tibok-tibok, Cabalen provides a premium line – value buffet that never fails Filipino food cravings.
Caldereta.
Remaining true to its mission in bringing Filipino families closer together by offering functions where families could celebrate momentous occasions like no other, Cabalen has proved its position as the standard of excellent Filipino cuisine with its freshest ingredients and the most stringent quality control.

Taste the goodness of Filipino cuisine on the best-valued price at Cabalen: the family’s all-time and leading buffet favorite.
Beringhe.
Visit and dine on their newly opened store at the upper ground level of SM City Puerto Princesa. For more information, visit their Facebook Page: CabalenRestaurant or email them at function@cabalen.ph. (PR)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kuya J opens 100 stores in SM Puerto Princesa.

Actor Jericho Rosales opens Kuya J resto in SM Puerto Princesa.
 Kuya J Restaurant, the once hole-in-the-wall in Cebu and now one of the fastest growing casual dining restaurants in the country, has done no other Filipino restaurant has achieved – to open 100 stores in just 2 years after its launch.

The restaurant celebrated its huge milestone #CheersTo100 at the Event Center of the recently opened SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan, together with its one and only blockbuster bida, Jericho Rosales.

“We wanted the 100th store to be significant. We chose Puerto Princesa City to house our 100th store because the City plays a vital role in tourism and community development,” answered Winglip Chang, President and Chief Executive Officer of iKitchen, the company behind Kuya J, when asked about the reason for placing Kuya J’s restaurant in SM City Puerto Princesa.
Hundreds of fans and Kuya J lovers gathered to take part in the celebration with Echo serenading them with a medley of his top hits.

“Our 100th store is not only a result of the hardwork and passion of the entire Kuya J family. It’s actually more of the overwhelming love and support of Filipino families all over the country,” shared Mr. Danny Pumarega, Chief Operating Officer of Kuya J.

Most guests of Kuya J during the event were first-time to visit the restaurant complimenting the interiors, which are clean and homey with relaxing furniture that makes you enjoy the food even more.

Mr. Chang also said, “We are not going to stop at 100 stores. We want to continue building as many stores as possible together with continuous improvement.”

Looks like Kuya J is showing no signs of slowing down in letting Filipinos get a taste of its delicious dishes and the heartwarming experience that goes with it. Now, if Kuya J has done what seemed impossible possible, just imagine what it can do in the next year or two.
Who is Kuya J?
Kuya J Restaurant, formerly known as “Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J,” started as a humble eatery along the streets of Cebu. But with Kuya J’s undeniably delicious dishes, mouthwatering words of recommendation quickly spread into every Cebuanos’ palate. With that, Kuya J instantly became one of the well-loved restaurants in Cebu.

But who is Kuya J? There were a lot of curiosity among locals about who is referred to in Kuya J’s name.

The President of iKitchen answered that the restaurant’s name refers to no particular person, but a brand that symbolizes the Filipino family where there are a lot of names starting with J like Jose, John, Joseph, and Jericho.

To this day, the restaurant continues to satisfy every Filipino family’s appetite nationwide. Using only the freshest ingredients available, Kuya J cooks up a storm of delicious Pinoy food in every corner of the Philippines.

Does Jericho own Kuya J?
“In a way, yes,” said Jericho Rosales in front of the media, who got a chance to have an intimate moment with the bida and Kuya J’s top management talking about the monumental feat and the exciting future of the restaurant.

The blockbuster bida added that Kuya J became a part of him as he took pride in the brand that truly embodies the Filipino culture that is family-oriented.

Echo is actually the perfect endorser for Kuya J. He is one of the award-winning drama actors in the country and the best Kuya to his family. Kuya J finds him very inspiring with his trait of always putting his heart into everything that he does, especially when touching people’s lives.
Kuya J Favorites
After trying the food at Kuya J Restaurant, one could not be surprised how much people love their interpretations of Filipino favorites, which are very reasonably priced. Some of the local favorites so far are the following:

The Grilled Scallops (P230) is a fresh reminder of Cebu because every restaurant there has some version of this dish. Each scallop shell is covered in a generous amount of cheese and garlic that enhances the umami flavor of the seafood.

The Chorizo Dinamitas (P170) might be thought to be super spicy, but an initial bite could lead anyone to eating more. Chopped Cebu chorizo and cheddar cheese make it a salty-sweet appetizer with a nice crunch and mild spiciness.

The star of the feast at Kuya J is their Kuya J’s Crispy Pata (P490/regular, P695/family). Served on a wooden board with a serving ready to cut up the crispy pork trotter into easy to eat pieces. The skin is satisfyingly crispy with tender, juicy and flavorful meat inside. The fat is also just a thin layer between the skin and the meat, perfect.

Another dish they are proud of is the Kare-Kare (P399). The sauce goes really well with rice while the ox tail has been cooked fork tender. This will really make you eat more rice than you intend.

Be sure to save room for dessert like the showstopping Mango Pandan (P80). You’d hardly expect a glass of mango and pandan jelly cubes with condensed milk to be topped with beautiful spun sugar. Or you might want to try their very Espesyal Halo-Halo treat. A sweet ending to a Filipino feast.

#Cheersto100 Treat
In addition to its 100th store celebration, Kuya J has prepared an espesyal treat for its customers. From October 7 to 31, 2017, 2PM to 5PM, the Kuya J Original and Ube Halo-Halo Espesyal will be available at 50% off. So that means everyone can enjoy the uniquely delicious dessert for only P55 at any Kuya J Restaurant branches nationwide.

Kuya J Restaurant is a Filipino casual dining restaurant that offers quality dishes such as Crispy Pata, Grilled Scallops, Bulalo, Sisig, Roast Chicken, and more. Visit their website at www.kuyaj.ph to know more about Kuya J. (PR)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Two Is Bitter Than One, The Ampalaya Monologues Year 2.

To celebrate two years of artistic bitterness, the team from Ampalaya Monologues have decided to double up the bitterness with a one-night only anniversary show “Ampalaya Dialogues #TwoIsBitterThanOne” on October 14 – Saturday from 7 pm – 10 pm at the PETA Theater Center located at Eymard Road, E. Rodriguez Q.C.

Ampalaya Dialogues #TwoIsBitterThanOne will showcase six short one-act plays that will feature two characters in each story. All of which are written by Mark Ghosn and will be performed by actors of Theatre in Alternative Platforms (TAP).

Known for being the country’s most popular venue for ‘hugot’ artistry, Team Ampalaya promises that this year’s feels-fest will still have those witty and relatable punchlines that are combined with unique, heart wrenching, yet entertaining stories. A formula that we’ve all been a fan of and has served as their trademark throughout the years.
The 6 One-Act Plays.

Tayo, Sa Pagitan Ng Mga Salita
Starring: Thalia Nicole and Kenneth Monserrate
Drei and Alex are bandmates who are working on a spoken word and music collaboration for their upcoming gig. But what started as a collaboration session is slowly turning into confessions of hidden feelings that they can only express through poems and songs. Will they finally put a label on their relationship or will words get in the way?
Mga Naiwang Tanong sa Huli Nating Tag-araw
Starring: Mark Ghosn and Alvin Nakassi
College classmates Arman and Drew accidentally meet again 7 years after they last saw each other. They decide to reminisce about their friendship over wine and pasta. As they do so, untold stories from the past emerge, forcing them to face the feelings that they’ve been trying to forget since their last summer together. As the night goes by, will one unasked question finally get its long awaited answer?

Huling Kuha
Starring: Berna Manipon and FJ Gonzales
On the day of their pre-nup shoot, law students Arthur and Dawn find their relationship in the middle of a trial. As evidences emerge and allegations are thrown at each other, will they be able to save their wedding or do they have to decide on a much harsher verdict? When is love more important than the truth?

Kung Paano Tayo Tinalo ng Pag-ibig
Starring: Yan-yan Gervero and Hogi Cadlum
Angie contemplates on whether or not to continue her marriage with Darwin/Dara, her cross-dressing husband who is about to give birth to her new identity. As Dara convinces Angie to take the risk, they are both faced with questions about what love really is and how they have the chance to change its meaning. Are you willing to lose yourself to let love win?
Beauty and the Bes
Starring: Janine Lloce and Emman Jimenez
This kilig-comedy features the well-loved ampalaya character, Bes. Fresh from a not-so-successful tinder date, Bes decides to go at it again, this time, on a blind date. But on her way to, she got trapped in an elevator with a perfectly looking, super handsome, drool-worthy gentleman. Is this the chance encounter she’s been waiting for? But wait, why does he look so familiar?

Babies and the Bridges They Burn
Starring: Gracia Paterno and Ysai Cajilig
How do you burn a bridge? In the case of frenemies Ara and Ally, it takes a lot of manipulation, brainwashing, backstabbing, blackmailing and name calling to do so. But what’s a baby got to do with it? Let’s just say it holds the match to light up the fire. Get ready for a sassy war. Watching bridges burn hasn’t been this enjoyable.


MONOLOGUES AND SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES
What’s a Team Ampalaya show without the monologues? The show will also feature new Ampalaya Monologues as performed by Dave Ramones, Pat Sy, Ristichen and Abe Herma. As well as performances from some of today's best spoken word artists: Louise Meets, Jihad Mambuay and Zuela Herrera of Words Anonymous; Jerome Cleofas and Sofia Medina of Collaboratory PH; Rommel Pamaos, Ansherina Jazul and Angela Pamaos of LAPIS; Carlo Hornilla of Karibok Collective; Leandro Reyes and Mark Dimaisip of Loudmouth Collective.

LIMITED SEATS | ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
Limited tickets for this one night only event is P500 only and is available at Ampalaya Monologues facebook page www.m.me/AmpalayaMonologues. Please note that video taking will be prohibited during performances.

LIMITED SEATS | ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
Limited tickets for this one night only event is P500 only and is available at Ampalaya Monologues Facebook page www.m.me/AmpalayaMonologues. Please note that video taking will be prohibited during performances. Don't miss this rare event! See you there! (PR)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Peacock (Tandikan) Models, Costumes highlight Puerto Princesa Festival at SM.

With teal, black, gold, and various shades of blue, Tandikan (Palawan Peacock) has inspired the true color of Puerto Princesa’s celebration of its ecological grandeur and tourism development.  An endemic of the City and Palawan, Tandikan has been both a symbol and a reflection of a flourishing urban city in the middle of a lush landscape and crystal-clear waters.

Puerto Princesa City celebrates and honors this symbol of its pride this September through the Tandikan Festival in line with the Tourism Month celebration. To highlight the said festivity, a parade of locally designed and crafted Tandikan costumes is showcased at the 2nd Floor of the newest lifestyle destination in the City and an additional landmark to the Best Island in the World, SM City Puerto Princesa.
The ingenuity and meticulous craftsmanship of all Tandikan costume designs not only presents the talent and creativity of locals but also the amount of cultural-regard and pride in being a Puerto Princesan. For several years, a Tandikan costume competition is being held as part of the said celebration. Most often, this is worn by Miss Tandikan candidates in one of the pageant’s major segments.
When the festival started, several costumes were also worn by tourist guides, students, and other representatives of tourism stakeholders in the City during the Tandikan parade.To cap the display of costumes at SM City Puerto Princesa, there was a live-mannequin exhibition of the dresses by local models on Sept. 29 and a fashion show on Sept. 30. (PR)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Leony Lampitoc, Bandillo Ng Palawan, May 20-26, 2002.

 We will never forget our first time, I am talking about my first coverage as a media practitioner that cover a national pageant, its because a Palawenya is representing our place. The candidate is no less than the exotic Emarivy Leony Lampitoc, whom I witness her journey as muse of her school, to a provincial meet and up to Miss Philippines.
Leony is now married and base abroad, she still misses her Beauty Queen days and competing with other girls, Leony along with Apple Fernando are the two Palawenya who compete for Miss Philippines-Earth, where the winners became the county's representative to Miss Earth pageant.

here is the story in my column about the said coverage.

Monday, September 25, 2017

239 local farmers complete ‘Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan’ program

After six months of training at the Palawan Agricultural Experiment Station (PAES) in Bgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, 239 program beneficiaries graduated as part of the 139th Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Rural Farmers’ Training Program held at SM City Puerto Princesa Event Center, September 22, 2017.

The graduates are composed of traditional farmers, members of 4Ps, and college students from 29 barangays in Puerto Princesa City as well as from the Municipalities of Aborlan and Roxas.

“Huminto na ako dati sa pagtatanim. Pero dahil sa KSK, gusto ko na muling magsimula at gamitin ‘yong mga natutunan ko,” shared Mr. Godofredo Morales during the KSK graduation ceremony. (I already stopped farming. But because of the KSK Program, I would like to start again and use what I learned there.)
KSK is a nationwide livelihood project of SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) that aims to empower local community members through proper training and guidance on handling and growing crops and other agricultural techniques applied to high-valued fruits and vegetables.

“This is a ‘win-win’ situation for the Foundation and the farmers as well as it creates a new breed of suppliers straight from their farms”, SMFI Assistant Vice President for Outreach Program Ms. Cristie Angeles said.

The activity enabled farmers and other participants to be equipped with knowledge and skills on the latest technologies in farming and network their products to the SM Supermarket in the city.

Miss Angeles further said that farmer empowerment is key to uplifting communities and the lives of the people through this income opportunity and “to keep the farming industry in Palawan lucrative”.

The said program further provides assistance in turning the knowledge and skills of the participants into a profitable and sustainable livelihood activity with the participation of Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the City Government of Puerto Princesa through the City Agriculturists Office.

The training program culminated with a 2-day closing ceremony. The first was held in the Demo Farm in PAES where participants and partner agencies celebrated the Harvest Festival with a farm yield mini-market, a showcase of talents in singing and dancing, a cook-off among participants, and some fun games. The next day was the graduation rites for the participants who completed the program.

Immediately after the graduation ceremonies, KSK graduates organized themselves to form their farmers’ association that will represent and lead their batch in creating a cooperative for farmers.
The initiative to form an association gained support from SM Foundation and other partner agencies. In turn, the DSWD offered starting capital fund for them with no interest. The Department of Agriculture further offered sustaining support on needs in facilities, equipment, and other input materials. (PR)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Si Janus Silang book 2 to open on stage this Sept 20.

Carlo Vergara, Jenny Jamora and Earvin Estioco.
Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, opens its 39th Season: Performing Change with Guelan Varela-Luarca’s adaptation of Edgar Calabia Samar’s award-winning Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang.

The Janus Silang series is critically acclaimed with the first book, Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon, winning the 2016 National Book Awards’ Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language and the 2016 National Children’s Book Award for Best Read for Kids. The second book, Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang, also won the 2017 National Book Awards’ Best Novel in Filipino early this year.

Aside from adapting the book into a play, two-time Palanca First Prize winner Guelan Varela-Luarca is also tasked to bring it to life at the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater starting Wednesday next week. Theater veterans Jenny Jamora, Carlo Vergara, Renante Bustamante, and Xander Soriano act alongside Tanghalang Ateneo’s promising stable of actors.

Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Mananaggal-Mambabarang follows the titular character, Janus Silang, as he continues his search for Tala to defeat the threat of the Tiyanak to humanity. Revisiting old friends and getting to know new ones, Janus dives further into the realm of the unknown through the mysterious ability of the twins Miro and Mira who can traverse from the human plane Daigdig to the supernatural plane Kalibutan. As his allies grow, so too do Janus’ foes as both enemies old and new appear from both his and his caretakers’ pasts. Facing danger on both planes, time is running out for him to truly understand his role in putting a stop to the Tiyanak’s reign.

Tanghalang Ateneo’s Earvin Estioco returns to play the title role of Janus Silang, a teenager who unravels his hidden destiny amidst the death of his parents and the dangers of both the past and the future.

Carlo Vergara alternates with Renante Bustamante as Mang Joey, a bagani (protector of the Pusong bloodline) who becomes Janus’ protective yet doubtful mentor.

Jenny Jamora alternates with Bina Basilio, as Manananggal, a being whose motives and history intertwine not just with Janus’ but with his caretakers’ as well.

Xander Soriano is Mang Isyo, Mang Joey’s brother who must decide to either face or evade the demons of his past.

Jacob Whittaker and Quiel Quiwa alternately play Renzo, Janus’ closest companion in facing the dangers surrounding his destiny.

AJ Umali alternates with MJ Vitug as Mira, a bagani with the ability to travel from the mortal plane Daigdig to the supernatural plane Kalibutan.

Shawn Landayan alternates with Lucas Abaya as Miro, Mira’s twin brother who has yet to discover his own part to play in the coming war.

Tanghalang Ateneo’s ensemble of promising actors complete the cast.

The artistic team of Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon is composed of Tanghalang Ateneo Artistic Director and Moderator Glenn Sevilla Mas, Guelan Varela-Luarca (Direction and Adaptation), Gentle Mapagu (Assistant Director), Delphine Buencamino (Choreography), Gwyn Guanzon (Set Design), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design), D Cortezano (Lights Design), Arvy Dimaculangan (Sound and Music Design), Sig Pecho (Puppet Design), and Zoe de Ocampo (Graphics Design).

The playdates of Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang are September 20-23, 26-30, October 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21. Performances start at 7:30PM while Saturday matinee shows start at 2:30PM. Performance venue is the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater at the university’s Fine Arts Annex Building.
For questions and additional details about the show, please contact Chloe Fabul (09989843127).
Connect with Tanghalang Ateneo online through the following social media networks:
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Festival of Windows 2017 celebrate People's Theater for Development.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), recipient of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards is organizing a week-long festival that highlights the role of arts in development, as exemplified in the various advocacy campaigns the pioneering theater company has engaged in the past 50 years – Children’s Rights, Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality, Youth and the Millenials, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Human Rights.

Happening on October 24-29, 2017, the festival will feature PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES and DISCUSSIONS. It will showcase some the best advocacy PLAYS of PETA and its partners. There will be 13 performances from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, 3 Performances from Cambodia and Thailand. Festival participants can expect to learn new skills through workshop sessions on songwriting, Shadow Puppetry, Physical Theater, Improvisation, BOAL Forum Theater, Circus Techniques and more! Exciting Keynotes, Lecture Performances and Special Interest Group Discussions will give participants a look into the experiences, success stories and the challenges of practitioners and experts, particularly in the areas of Building creative communities, Public spaces and awareness, Participation, Capacity Building, Participation, and Partnership and Stakeholder Building.

The Festival of Windows will gather more than 120 performers, 40 experts and speakers, hundreds of artists, arts managers, audiences and participants from different parts of the globe.

Festival passes are available at P 4,500.00 each (P3,500 for students) and entitles holder access to all the opening and closing reception, lecture performances, main stage performances and one workshop or 2 huddles a day. Day passes are also available for P 1,000 per day (P 800 for students). For those interested to watch specific shows, tickets are also available for all Lecture-performances and Main Stage performances.

The Festival of Windows is presented by PETA in partnership with Starbucks, Save the Children, Development and Peace and the Festival’s Major Hotel Sponsor, Madison 101.

For details of Festival, visit the official website – www.petafestivalofwindows.com. For more information and registration, please call the FESTIVAL OF WINDOWS SECRETARIAT at 7256244 or email us at festivalofwindows@petatheater.com. (PR)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Roy Doliguez feels he has a lot more to prove in ONE Championship

Roy “The Dominator” Doliguez has been a top contender in the ring or inside the cage, but he still feels that he has something more to prove as he attempts to sparkplug his professional martial arts career under the ONE Championship banner.

Doliguez, a former ONE Strawweight World Championship title challenger, is scheduled to face Yago Bryan of Brazil on the undercard of ONE: TOTAL VICTORY, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, 16 September.

The 35-year-old native of Sarangani Province was once considered as one of the brightest strawweight competitors in the Asian region, but his billing lost its luster due to a string of setbacks.
When Doliguez made his ONE Championship debut against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke for the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Championship belt in May 2015, he yielded to the highly-touted Thai combatant via fifth-round technical decision.

Doliguez tried to bounce back from his loss to Amnuaysirichoke by squaring off with Riku Shibuya in January 2016, but he dropped a three-round unanimous decision to the Japanese stalwart.
A victory inside the ONE Championship remained elusive to Doliguez as he bowed down to Alex “Little Rock” Silva by third-round submission last February.

Doliguez has the chance to arrest his three-bout losing skid as he squares off with a fellow former title contender in Bryan at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY.
“Getting into ONE Championship was a dream came true. So many good and talented martial artists are part of this organization’s roster. Like any other competitor’s dream, I also wanted to be in a good and big promotion to showcase my talent,” he said.

“It is very much important to me to win in this coming bout against Yago Bryan. I want to show to those who believe in me that I can make it not just for myself, but for all,” Doliguez added.

Doliguez is looking to showcase his striking in this upcoming matchup, and is enhancing those skills at the famed Wildcard Gym owned by Manny Pacquiao in Sarangani.

While he is focused on his stand-up skills, Doliguez is also prepared to earn a victory on the ground.
“The Dominator” plans to continue sharpening his takedown defense and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his crew from Elorde MMA in Manila for final preparations before event night.

Carrying the pressure of having lost three-straight matches in ONE Championship, Doliguez is determined to come away with the breakthrough win.

“I am aiming for a knockout,” he bared, knowing full well that he needs nothing short of a total victory in order to bounce back from his series of losses.

Another defeat could see Doliguez lost in a sea of aspiring contenders and rising prospects, which is something that could jeopardize his hopes of contending for the ONE Strawweight World Championship yet again.

Although a tough task is in front of him, Doliguez is more fired up than ever to deliver a winning performance at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY.

“People ask me why I am still competing, and I tell them that I just like to do it. I will go on as long as I can because I love martial arts. I love competing. I love training. This is my life,” he justified.
“Yago Bryan is a human like me, and everyone is beatable. I always put that in my mind.
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That’s why I'm​ confident and focused. I know on September 16 that I will prevail over him,” Doliguez assured.

​For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh ampionship.

About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more. (PR)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Asiatravel.Com Earns Ptm’s Top Grosser Award For The 3rd Time

Asiatravel.com, Asia’s leading online travel agency, bagged the Top Grosser award for tour operator and travel agency category in the recent 28th Philippine Travel Mart held on September 1-3, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

The 28th PTM was attended by over 250 exhibitors from different travel sectors such as airlines, hotels, resorts, theme parks, local government tourism units, and provincial tourism offices. Regional sectors also showcased their cultural dances, food, products, and tourist spots. La Carmela Hotel Boracay was the top grosser for accommodation sector while Magnum Air (SkyJet) earned the top award for transportation category.

“Winning for 3 consecutive years is not an easy task. It is a product of brilliant minds working together for a common goal to satisfy the complex travel needs of our customers,” said Nikki Rocha, Executive Vice-president.

Asiatravel.com was awarded as the Top Grosser for PTM 2015 and 2016 and was also recognized as the Best Online Travel Agency by the TTG Awards for 4 consecutive years. It is Asia’s leading online travel company that offers a global inventory of over 200,000 hotels, 500 airlines and 8 million travel products worldwide.

Serving customers worldwide through 13 major language sites, its 17 offices in Asia, Middle East and Europe operate and provide 24 X 7 customer services. (PR)

The first SM Mall in MIMAROPA to open this September 15.


DISCOVERING PALAWAN, DISCOVERING SM CITY PUERTO PRINCESA

Known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan is a natural wonder with its vast tracts of tropical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness.

The province is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, which is surrounded by about 1,780 smaller islands and islets. Rocky coves and sandy beaches lie in primordial splendor along Palawan’s almost 2,000-kilometer coast. Renowned underwater explorer Jacques Costeau has described Palawan as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath its seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs; while myriads of fish swim in these underwater gardens.

Palawan has probably more protected areas than any other province – the Calauit Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary with its exotic and endemic species of animals roaming freely; the El Nido–Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area with its edible bird’s nests and limestone cliffs; and the Tubbataha Reefs, a pair of coral atolls that was named a world heritage site in 1993.

In the heart of Palawan lies the City of Puerto Princesa, a tropical paradise with a bustling urban center perfect for business with leisure trips. Lush rainforests and white sand beaches are simply hours away from the city proper, where a banking, commercial, IT, and BPO boom have made it one of the country’s fastest developing cities.

And then, of course, there is the Puerto Princesa River National Park, another world Heritage Site that has one of the longest underground rivers in the world with its old growth forests, cathedral caves, limestone cliffs, and unique flora and fauna.

It is said that every island is an adventure in Palawan, and there will be so much for both residents and the many tourists to discover when SM City Puerto Princesa opens its doors to the public on September 15, 2017.

Envisioned as Palawan’s premier mall, SM City Puerto Princesa is a resort style complex that reflects the province’s tropical feel while integrating SM’s innovative design approach. SM Prime Holding’s 64th mall will serve shoppers in Puerto Princesa and Palawan, as well as residents of the nearby provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon in the MIMAROPA region.

Strategically located in a 47,000-square meter site along Malvar corner Lacao Streets in Puerto Princesa, the three-level 54,000 square meter mall will create a unique identity along the island’s most popular thoroughfare and within a short walk to the well-known Baywalk Park and nearby pier. Striking glass walls at the main entrances and a dramatic linear overhang stretching along Malvar Street create an impressive and inviting appearance for the mall as approached in every direction.
But what makes SM City Puerto Princesa an exciting new lifestyle destination?

· It is a Resort Style Complex in an Urban Paradise. Lush landscaping and reflecting pools integrate the mall into its setting while providing sheltered walkways for pedestrians along the street.

The mall’s interiors are distinctly crisp and modern with textures and relaxing colors that give one the sense of being on a tropical holiday. At each opening to the floor above, walls clad in a unique plaster give a texture of continuous and soft waves. An elaborate ceiling displaying hundreds of delicate handcrafted wooden lanterns not only ample natural light, but add to the Palawan feel.

· Great Shopping + Leisure + Entertainment. With The SM Store and SM Supermarket as its major anchors SM City Puerto Princesa brings to Palawan a mix of SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Surplus, Miniso, and Sports Central; as well as national and global brands in its 180 food and retail shops.

Eating out options include specialty restaurants, and international and local food chains. Dining in the mall is experiential, not only because of the exciting food choices, but also because its two levels of restaurants give diners amazing views of the Puerto Princesa Bay and Thumb Peak.

The mall will also bring great entertainment to Palawan with its three state of the art cinemas and two Director’s Club theaters.

· First in Palawan Brands. SM City Puerto Princesa adds a lot of lifestyle excitement when it gives residents wide array of dining choices with the opening of the first Mesa restaurant, Kuya J, Cabalen, RibShack, Turk’s Shawarma, BreadTalk, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Techies will love Palawan’s first Powermac and Rulls stores in the mall’s Cyberzone, while DermCare, Belle La Peau, and Dent XP give new concepts in looking good and feeling great in the wellness area. Global apparel brands will further increase Palaweños’ excitement with Hush Puppies, Macbeth, Memo, Regatta, and Toby’s.

· Homegrown Brands. Shoppers in SM City Puerto Princesa will also enjoy the best of Palawan brands like McCoys Brickoven Pizza, Isla Casoy De Palawan, Vogere by Bong Villanueva, Divine Sweets, Puerto Electronico, Banh Pho Chao Long, and more.

· A Travelers’ Lounge. With Puerto Princesa City and Palawan as a tourist haven, the mall complements the tourism-related offerings available by providing an alternative relaxation hub for visitors where they could rest, bathe, book flights, and seek assistance on other concerns.

· A Commitment to Sustainability. The mall is designed to achieve a sustainable future. Natural lighting, 6” CHB walls with an Exterior Insulating System, and Solar Panels make it a cost-efficient and energy saving building in line with SM Prime Holdings’ commitment on disaster mitigation measures and carbon footprint reduction.

A Sewage Treatment Plant treats restaurant and toilet wastes with a Treated Water Recycling Tank System. toilet flushing, plants irrigation, cleaning/maintenance and other non-potable purposes that help in the conservation of freshwater. Recycled Water will also be used on the Air-conditioning System’s chilled water and cooling towers to reduce fresh water consumption. Paver Blocks will be strategically used on the parking areas to allow rainwater penetration in the grounds to replenish underground water table.

Solid wastes will be managed in accordance to local and national standards of segregation, recycling, reusing, and sending to the sanitary landfill. This is even elevated to a more inclusive advocacy in SM’s Trash to Cash initiative.

For customer convenience, SM City Puerto Princesa will have a two-level parking area with 398 car slots, as well as a tricycle and jeepney terminal.

SM City Puerto Princesa’s project team includes Robert Meckfessel – DSGN Associates, Design Architect; Jose Siao Ling & Associates, Architect of Record; D. A. Abcede, Project Manager; KHMAYA Builders, General Contractor. (PR)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Palawan Bar. Bandillo Ng Palawan, March 12-18, 2007.

Palawan Bar in Cubao, QC.
When millinneum year strikes, Palawan by that time is known as the Bar in Quezon City, every time we utter the word Palawan to non-Palawenyos, the in return joke is that I am always there, and they are referring to this Bar in Cubao, identified as the the Gay mecca of QC.

Later on, this Bar got involve in a news due to bomb threat and I got the piece of news that the alert was implemented in all the night bars in the city of Puerto Princesa, that later on retracted that it is intended only to the said bar in QC.

We visit this Bar and did a feature on it, the last time I visit Cubao particularly Palawan Bar in 2016, its still up and running, 1 and 2 Bar but its glory already diminished, the place already look old and need further construction to bring back its fame. LGBT members is still their number one patrons.

Here is the clip of our feature on Palawan Bar, and the reason why they name it after the Best Island in the world.