Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rinnai: Enhancing Culinary Passion with Advanced Precision

In essence, cooking is in itself an art form. The pursuit of the perfect dish takes time and effort. Just as how a writer is nothing without his pen, a kitchen connoisseur is reliant on the tools he or she has to work with.   

Mitsui Philippines General Manager John Chuakaw demoing 
the self-cleaning and safety features of Rinnai’s line of cooking range 
The careful manipulation of fresh ingredients to produce exquisite dishes is not possible without the proper appliances required. This is where technology comes in. Rinnai, the no. 1 appliance brand in Japan since 1920, seeks to elevate the way Filipinos prepare their meals with tabletop stoves, hobs, cooking ranges, and range hoods designed with the precise performance of Japanese technology.   

Fire Up the Efficiency   

More than a kitchen appliance brand, Rinnai delivers the precision required to cook meals crafted to exceed even the most discerning of tastes. “Rinnai Philippines is proud to introduce a whole new range of kitchen appliances that will prove to be essential in the Filipino household,” shares Mitsui Industria Corporation’s General Manager John Chuakaw. “All our products come with a slew of exciting features designed to bring ease, comfort, and convenience to the Filipino’s cooking practice.”   

From tabletop stoves that use stainless steel burners, to built-in hobs made with heat-resistant tempered glass, Rinnai specializes in sturdy, durable, and innovative appliances that revolutionize cooking for the average millennial.   

The hotplates are even sourced from the world’s finest as renowned German electric heating component manufacturer, E.G.O, produces it. Moreover, Rinnai’s line of freestanding cooking range is fitted with Sabaf® burners, the world’s best in advanced burner technology. And to make things easier, the catalytic cavity of Rinnai ovens can absorb grease and even reduce odors.   

A Culinary Upgrade   

Rinnai’s impressive lines of cooking appliances are made for Filipinos looking to invest in a full kitchen set-up or outfit a newly purchased home. As a purveyor of high-end, technologically advanced, and visually appealing kitchen equipment, Rinnai makes it possible for today’s culinary hopefuls to adopt the measured discipline professionals have with their cooking.   

In addition, cooking with a Rinnai appliance adds a touch of sophistication to the way meals are prepared at home. “Rinnai’s innovation has me fully-equipped to serve my kids the meals they deserve,” says Celebrity Chef Rosebud Benitez. “The technology really makes the difference. Not only does it elevate my craft, it’s precision engineering makes working in the kitchen a breeze.” Rinnai appliances are made under the premise that even the simplest of dishes require precision.   

Award-winning pâtissier Chef Miko Aspiras attests to both this and the kind of craftsmanship the Rinnai brand brings to the table. “Dessert-making is very visual. You delight people with the textures, the colors, even before they can respond to the taste,” Chef Miko explains. “Coming up with the exact plating requires measure and precision. Rinnai’s appliances help me do just that. Without it, I don’t think my creations would be that social media-worthy.”   

Through Rinnai’s technology, standards are taken a notch higher, allowing people to enjoy more comfortable lifestyles, a commitment that SM Appliance also happens to uphold. "Through our presence at SM Appliance, the largest appliance retailer in the country, Rinnai is made readily accessible and available to more and more Filipinos," John adds.   

In essence, a modern kitchen fitted with Rinnai appliances gives today’s millennial the ability to offer their families and friends a taste of something prepared with both passion and precision. “With Rinnai, all you need is creativity for your craft. As for the precision, Rinnai has got you covered,” ends John.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Understanding the LRT-1 Commuter

I used to ride LRT-1 when I was still single and working in Makati. It is always packed with people so there is no doubt that they considered this for marketing research.

Press Release

In the largest transit research on LRT-1 riders done in recent times, marketing agencies PHAR and TNS (part of Kantar Media), interviewed 3,500 LRT-1 commuters in considerable depth. 

Results of the survey shed some interesting insights: 

* Out of a total of 4.99 million people that comprise the Manila NCR workforce, approximately 500,000 people (10%) ride the LRT-1 on a daily basis. 

* The gender split is equal with 49% of commuters being female.

* The average journey time is approximately 42 minutes each way (from arriving at the station, queueing for tickets, riding the train and exiting at destination). 

* LRT-1 commuter demographics skew heavily towards 18-29 year olds (59% of commuters). Very significant in comparison to the overall Manila NCR workforce has 30% in the 18-29 year old bracket. 

* 88% of commuters are either working professionals or students. Within the working professionals, the average monthly income is 15,000 pesos, and whereas for students the disposable income is 212 pesos per day. 

* In terms of device ownership, 97% own a mobile phone, whereas 44% own laptops. 

The study also measured high and medium usage categories for these commuters and the brand preferences within the categories revealed interesting insights into purchasing behavior and market share of the top brands in the Philippines. For instance: 

Certain categories had clear market leaders like toothpaste (Colgate), bath soap (Safeguard) and softdrinks (Coca Cola). But on the whole, most categories saw close competition between a number of brands fighting for market share and share of voice. These categories include shampoo, canned meat, branded clothing, laundry bars, laundry powder, snacks, chocolate and candies, fruit juices/beverages and cosmetics, amongst others. 

Within the services categories, there were clear leaders in certain segments like domestic travel (Cebu Pacific) and cable television (Sky Cable), but in most categories, there was a hard fought contest. These categories include insurance, banking, loan services, and credit cards. 

Prem Bhatia, Managing Director of PHAR said, “Transport forms an integral part of the urban landscape and opportunities for brands, basis dwell time and engagement, are immense. The LRT-1 commuters are early jobbers and therefore a perfect audience to develop a brand relationship with. Take financial services for instance – two thirds do not have bank accounts, and 10% have credit cards. The headroom for growth is tremendous.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Shopee Kicks Off Christmas Shopping Season in November

Shopee, one of the leading mobile marketplaces in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announced the November 11 launch of its Shopee Christmas Time deals, officially starting the online shopping holiday countdown.

Known for celebrating the longest Christmas season in the world, Filipinos will be able to enjoy thousands of deals on a lot of items they want and need, ranging from lip kits, today’s trendiest clothes to some of the most popular toys of the year. 

"Our buyers and sellers love getting and giving the best deals on the holiday season's hottest products. Our Shopee Christmas Time campaign allows them to do that most conveniently on their phones while enjoying Free Shipping on their orders," said Macy Castillo, Head of Commercial Business at Shopee. 

"This Christmas, we're encouraging our users to save their time for those who matter most to them, so we're offering more deals than ever before. We hope this allows our buyers to shop for the perfect gifts anytime, anywhere they are rather than spend time in traffic to go to crowded malls." 

Shopee will be having multiple promos throughout this Christmas period, with discounts up to 88% off, Flash Sales, and surprise gifts among others. Filipinos may download Shopee on the App Store and Google Play for free.

“Connected Community”: Photographers Recognized for Capturing Ever-Evolving Filipino-Chinese Culture

Inspired by images and colors that beautifully reflect how Chinese traditions and cultures have been embedded in the everyday lives of Filipinos, a group of photographers used their skills to capture images that convey the depth of this relationship. 

Apart from the noodles, lanterns and fireworks that have become part of Filipino traditions, the Chinese influence can be felt in just about every aspect of the Filipino way of life down the generations. Armed with their cameras, these photographers captured vignettes of this dynamic relationship. As a living representation of this phenomenon, the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), in cooperation with the Camera Club of the Philippines (CCP), recently launched an online photo contest that aimed to promote the ever-changing Filipino-Chinese culture. Entitled “Connected Community” it perfectly encapsulated the Filipino-Chinese ties. “Connections” loosely translates to guan xi, a relationship of one person or party to another with obligation built overtime or simply—reciprocity.

The online photography competition ran from 8th of August 2016 until 16th of October 2016. It garnered three hundred entries from photographers all over the Philippines. 

Last November 3, the winners of this contest were feted by the FFCCCII. From the professional category, Froiland Rivera was hailed the best and took home P70,000, Emerson Catindoy bagged second place and was awarded P40,000, and Dante Peralta emerged as the third placer and received P20,000. Seven other professional photographers made it as finalists namely Noel San Andres (4th), Mary Grace Anne Batalla (5th), Carlito Galamgam, Jr. (6th), Joselito Riñoza (7th), Josefino Mario de Guzman (8th), Richmond Chi (9th) and Romado Javillonar (10th). Apart from the cash prizes awarded to the first, second, and third placer, all ten (10) photographers from the professional category were given Chinese tea sets and plaques.

Meanwhile, for the amateur category, Catherine Aragoncillo bested hundreds and secured the top spot in the category, taking home P40,000 in cash. Ysabel Victoriano emerged victorious in second place with P20,000 in cash, while Bernard Recirdo II was named third placer and brought home P15,000 in cash. Seven other photography hobbyists were named as finalists in the category including Alyssa Uy (4th), John Christian Alvariño (5th), Emman Foronda (6th), Gaea Lei Osilao (7th), Douglas Lopez (8th), Jerrica Sabariaga (9th), and Ryan Malabonga (10th). Similar to the professional category, all ten (10) photographers brought home Chinese tea sets and plaques. The photos of the finalists were also posted on its Facebook page. Garnering the most number of positive reactions and shares is the photo “The Rockstar Treatment”. Its owner, Mary Grace Anne Batalla, claimed the special prize with P5,000 and plaque.

“We were amazed at the talent and artistry of the winners in capturing the theme, Connected Community,” said FFCCCII President Angel Ngu. “Through this competition, the Filipino-Chinese ties really stood out. The photographers went beyond the obvious Chinese elements. Each photo that made it into the finals really had a compelling story to tell.” 

“The entries are all works of art, and serve as a testament to the special bond between the Filipino and Chinese people. Each image showed how deeply interwoven Filipino-Chinese culture is, and will continue to be, in the generations to come,” said CCP President Philip Clayton Yu. 

To see images of the winners, check out

Friday, November 4, 2016

Hack the Climate Pushing for Clean Technology In Leyte

In the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Hack the Climate will stage its first ever Clean Technology Hackathon and Training happening in Palo, Leyte and Tacloban City. It is part of the 8th NICP ICT Summit 2016, in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), DOST Region 8, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus, Seed4com,, Millenia Suites, ThinkLab and Unionbank of the Philippines. 

Hack the Climate is a climate change themed Hackathon that is formed out of the desire of a two Princeton University College Students, named Michael Lanchanski and Jacob Scheer to help the Philippines in their battle for climate change through Technology and Innovation. With the help of their Filipino counterparts, Elaine Cedillo, Diego Jose Ramos and Rizzel Jill Dy, Hack the Climate was born in June 2013. 

“Hack the Climate in Leyte is our 5th since we started and we hope that we can bring this project across the country” said Elaine Cedillo, the lead project coordinator for this leg. “Hack the Climate is more than just a hackathon, it is our advocacy. Educating the students and young professionals about the adverse effects of climate change while challenging the developers to create a solution for climate change adaptation or mitigation, and through that, the participants are empowered to do something to help our environment,” she added 


This year’s Hackathon is dubbed as “Hack the Climate Cleantech-Loban” and it will be a three-part event. They will be launching their first solar e-Learning facility for Alternative Learning System and a Solar Night Lamp assembly livelihood training program for the out-of-the school youth and partner NGO’s, plus a conference – hackathon about Climate Change Mitigation and CleanTech.

Philippine Toy Library located at Palo District 1, Barugo Leyte with more than 100 learners and at Pambujan, Samar with more than 90 learners will be the beneficiaries of an e-Learning set-up consisting of laptops from Huawei Philippines powered by solar panels which will be donated by Unionbank of the Philippines through their Go Beyond CSR. The Solar Night Lamp that will be produced during the training will be donated to a fishing community in and around Tacloban. 

The hackathon, a coding marathon, happening on November 9-10, 2016 at Philippine Science High School in Palo, Leyte, involves a specific theme where participants will be creating web or mobile applications, or hardware solutions. The conference happening simultaneously with the hackathon features speakers to educate and enlighten the audience to what is happening with our environment and how it affects each and every one of us, and different technologies which can be used to help in creating solutions. 

Clean Techloban is supported by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. and the OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. and organized by Redwizard Events Management. For more information you may log on to : or like their facebook page

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Skechers End of Season Sale

I was supposed to share this last August but I totally forgot about it. I just remembered it today when I'm cleaning my photo gallery. 

Last July 29, I received a text from Skechers regarding their End of Season Sale. #skechers

“Skechers End of Season Sale is happening on August 1-31! Get 50% off on footwear plus lots of discounts promos to choose from. Enjoy comfort & style with Skechers” 

But I did not bother to go to the store because I have no budget for shopping but I’ve been meaning to buy their Go Walk Shoes for so long. Last August, my husband decided to bring us to Singapore for my birthday celebration. Yey! So few days before the trip we went to SM Southmall.  

We’re supposed to buy luggage but we ended up buying Skechers shoes. #skechershoes Good thing they have a branch in Southmall. 

So we checked the sale but unfortunately, the one I like is not on sale but I still bought it because I really need comfy shoes for our SG trip and birthday ko naman. lol

P2865 - sale price
I can’t remember the original price of the two shoes but I think we got it for 20-30% discount. 

P2555 - sale price
I bought Skechers shoes last year so this year I bought Skechers shoes again for my son. Birthday gift (thanks to Wowa) din so he waited for almost 2 months pa bago magamit. Hehehe! But I'm happy because I got a discount. 

Read: 7 Things for 7th Birthday

Anyway, we are happy with our Skechers shoes, indeed they are comfortable shoes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November Sale Alert

Whenever there is a sale alert, we don’t normally go to malls because I find it stressful looking for something to buy. We will just go if we really need to buy something and we want to take advantage the discount kahit 10% off pa yan.

Yesterday, we were supposed to go to Wilcon because we need to buy shelves but unfortunately, the store was closed (November 1) so we just went straight to SM Sta Rosa

Whenever I saw Uniqlo store, I always check their stuff because they always have a sale or clearance sale. It is nice to buy clothes at discounted price, right? I bought Heattech Fleece Shirt and Sweater for my two boys because it was on sale. 

Heattech Fleece Shirt P590 to P290, so I bought three available colors. The Heattech Fleece Sweater P790 to P490, so it is really a steal. I did not buy anything for myself at walang nakasale na Heattech for me. Huhuhu! My husband is planning a trip up north this coming holiday so tamang-tama ito para sa cold weather. Lamigin pa naman kami. :) 

I saw Terranova, they have a sale up to 50% off so I also checked the store. While looking at the kid’s clothes, the staff informed me that if I will reach P2000, there is additional 30% discount sa total. Waah! I was supposed to buy jacket only at P695 but because of that discount, dinamihan ko na. Napaaga ng Christmas shopping! Hehehe! 

White longsleeves shirt P495 to P295 
Striped longsleeves shirt P695 to P295 
Gray longsleeves shirt P495 to P295 
Blue longsleeves polo P995 to P595 
Blue Sweater P1295 to P695 

Total: P3975 (original price) 

       P2175 (sale price) 
       P1520 (additional 30% off) 

I bought 5 items and my total is only P1520. Ang mura di ba, pwede din pang gift so check Terranova SM Sta Rosa because they have this promo until November 6, only. I’m not sure if available in all branches but you can check. 

We’re going to buy shelves di ba, so we went to Ace Hardware but my husband did not find anything he likes so we did not buy anything. Nung palabas na kami, I saw bookshelves and may nakalagay na 30% so we verified kung P1299 less 30% pa and the staff said yes. We bought the bookshelves at P909.30, not bad di ba. 

Read: List of Christmas Bazaars

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time matters: Maximize the Crucial Window of Talent Development and Nurture your Child’s Gifts to Excellence

For parents, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing their child succeed. We all know the important role parents play in helping their child reach their highest potential. But did you know that there is a perfect time for parents to be present in helping unlock their child’s talents and passions? 

“The crucial window of talent development presents itself only at a child’s critical age of learning, which happens during a child’s 1st 6 years of life. This is the optimum time for parents to help their child stimulate his or her brain to pave way for better development. Aside from proper nutrition and a stimulating environment, parental support is imperative at this stage,” shares Dr. Joselyn Eusebio, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician.

Further emphasizing the importance of parents’ role at this particular learning phase, Didi Manahan M.S. Ed., expert in early childhood and elementary education, and the directress and founding partner at Keys School Manila and Explorations Preschool says, “A child can grow or develop a talent through possessing life skills, and acquiring this set of skills entails thorough guidance and strong support from parents and teachers. It is vital that parents respond to their child’s areas of interest, strength and need, to ensure the child’s success.”

Having been the parents’ trusted partner for more than twenty years, PROMIL PRE-SCHOOL aids parents in helping their children achieve their potential by providing them with the unique combination of brain & body building nutrients which help support learning during the crucial window of talent development, and by creating avenues like I-SHINE that help parents hone their child’s talents to their maximum potential. 

Now on its fifth year, I-SHINE Talent Camp continues to enable parents to develop, celebrate, and support their child’s talents, while inspiring other parents to do the same. 

Open to kids above three years old, I-SHINE Talent Camp 5 has three camps – Stage Camp, which includes both singing and dancing, Music Camp, and Art Camp.

The children are given the opportunity to work with high-caliber mentors who are meant to draw out each of their talents and enable them to reach their full potential. Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy and Rico Blank team up to coach the Stage Camp, Mr. Ryan Cayabyab shares his mastery of music to the Music Camp, while Robert Alejandro uses his artistic vision to mentor the Art Camp. 

I-SHINE Season 5 is bigger and better, allowing the participants more opportunities to celebrate, develop, and showcase their exceptional talent, helping them become their best. PROMIL PRE-SCHOOL’s I-SHINE Talent Camp 5 is now accepting entries from kids all over the nation. For more information, visit

Friday, October 21, 2016

Get Cash, Rewards with Snapcart’s Latest Updates

Snapcart users can now enjoy the app more as it brings in more updates and added features to increase cashbacks, simply by snapping receipts! 

Snapcart is a mobile app that gives its users cashback by simply taking a snap of grocery receipts. In turn, data gathered from receipts provide real-time shopper insights to the app’s partner brands. 

To bring in more rewards to app users, Snapcart announced users may take a snap, not just of grocery – but other retail stores such as pharmacies, health and beauty stores. This will eventually expand to all retail establishments including food & beverages, electronics, and apparels, to name a few. Rewards increase as users regularly use the app. 

“We received an overwhelming response from users. We got more than a thousand downloads per day in the first weeks of the launch, surpassing our already strong results in Indonesia, but we still got questions on what receipts to upload. To take the guesswork out and make it more rewarding for users, Snapcart decided to update its features to accept all types of receipts. We also made it more engaging by introducing in-app games that could let users win even more rewards”, said Snapcart Co-founder, Mayeth Condicion.

The new game is called Snaptastic, an in-app bonus game feature where users can accumulate coins just by filling out in-app surveys, watching videos, taking selfies with their favorite products, or guessing mystery products. These coins may be used to increase users’ chances of getting cash, and other interesting surprises like shopping vouchers from Snapcart’s partner brands. 

What’s in it for enterprises? 

On a global scale, e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay dominate the use of real-time data analytics. Off the shelf brands continue to rely on manually gathered and limited data on consumer preferences and behavior. 

In the Philippines, the online retail market accounts for more or less 3% of the population, majority of Filipino shoppers still prefer doing their shopping off the shelf, thus the need for a more efficient way to gather offline and online data. 

Snapcart technology is able to bridge the gap in gathering online and offline data by analyzing receipts in real time, and providing meaningful insights on how to understand customers better, to grow brands, and to see what drives growth or assess effectiveness of marketing promotions and campaigns. 

As Snapcart processes more variety of receipts, the app can expand data analytics services to industries beyond Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) to fashion, electronics, or food and beverages brands to name a few, providing more brands with better understanding of shoppers’ habits and preferences. 

Snaptastic makes shopping more fun for users. While users have fun playing the in-app game, and increase cashbacks, brands on the other hand, gain more insight on consumer behavior through surveys, crowd-sourced images or more receipts that they submit while playing the game. 

This is a breakthrough in an otherwise traditional way of conducting and answering surveys, and helps obtain even deeper insights about shoppers. 

For more information, visit the Snapcart Asia website or Facebook and download the app at the Google Play Store.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

List of Christmas Bazaars

It is the time of the year again when everybody is busy making their own Christmas gift list. Bazaar is very popular during this season because it is a good alternative to buying gifts for the holidays.

Sharing with you the Christmas Bazaars around the metro. I will try to update this list for more options. #bazaar #holidaybazaar

Urban Flair Manila Bazaar

October 21-23, 2016
11AM - 9PM
Metrotent in Metrowalk
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Momzilla Fair

October 22-23, 2016
10AM - 8PM
4/F Century City Mall

Mommy Mundo x Manila Sundance

October 28 - 30, 2016
World Trade Center

Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaar 

November 18 - 20, 2016
Globe Circuit Events Ground
11AM to 12 MN

Noel Bazaar

November 18 - 30, 2016 
World Trade Center 
11AM - 9PM Friday to Sunday 
12NN - 10 PM Monday to Thursday 

December 2 - 4, 2016 
Filivenvest Tent Alabang 
11AM - 9PM 

December 15 - 18, 2016 
SMX Convention Center 11AM - 9PM 

St James Christmas Bazaar 

November 24 - 27, 2016 
Ayala Alabang, Village

Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar

December 9 - 11, 2016
9AM to 9PM
Cuenca, Park Ayala Alabang Village

Karl Edward Bazaar 

December 3 - 4, 2016
December 10 11, 2016
December 17 - 21, 2016
Green Sun Makati

World Bazaar Festival

December 3 - 23, 2016
10AM - 12MN
World Trade Center

Sunday, October 9, 2016

List of Trick or Treat Party 2016

Halloween is fast approaching and if you have kids, I’m pretty sure that you are looking for Trick or Treat events where you can join. I’m not sure if my son is still interested in Halloween party but I searched for different events just in case he want to attend one.

Check: Halloween Costume Ideas

Fun Ranch

Boo-Time Halloween Party

Friday, October 28, 2016
3 - 6PM
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10Am - 1PM

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM
Sunday, October 30, 2016
10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM

Marco Polo Ortigas

Spooky Party at Vu's 
P500 for ladies and gentlemen

Somerset Alabang Manila

Trick or Treat
October 29, 2016 3-5PM
P600 kid inclusive of Halloween and Goody Treats

The Fields, Nuvali

Monsterrific Halloween
October 22, 2016
Admission is FREE

Taal Vista Hotel

Ghost Night Out
October 29, 2016
3-6PM at Ballroom 2 and 3
P890 Adults P400 Children
1-12 years old inclusive of snack buffet and prizes

Read: Trick or Treat Experience at Taal Vista Hotel 

The Bellevue Manila

Monster Misfit 
October 29, 2016 
1PM Tower Ballroom 
P990 nett Inclusive of snack buffet, entertainment, games and loot bag. 

The Bellevue Bohol

Monster Misfit 
October 29, 2016 
12NN at the Garden 
P650 nett Inclusive of snack buffet, entertainment, games and loot bag. 

Vivere Hotel 

The Mighty Comicon “A Halloween Bash 2016” 
October 29, 2016 
10AM - 2PM Vivere Ballroom 2/F 
P700 adult P900 child Get a chance to win an XBOX 1S in our Costume Competition and other exciting raffle draws from the sponsors!

Crimson Hotel Filinvest City 

Harry Potter Staycation Package 
Php7,499 nett* 
- 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS accommodation in a deluxe room 
- 2 tickets to Harry Potter Trick or Treat 
- Buffet breakfast for 2 at the award winning Cafe Eight 
- Wifi access 

* Early bird rate (book from Oct. 4 to 15) 
** Stay dates are from October 28 to 31, 2016 

For inquiries and reservations, please call 863 2222 and look for AJ of Reservations. 

Harry Potter Trick or Treat Crimson School of Witchcraft & Wizardry October 29, 2016 
2PM to 5PM I Grand Ballroom 


1. Magic show and games 
2. Azkaban horror house 
3. The Chamber of Secrets - kids salon featuring face painting, kiddie tattoo and nail art 
4. Half Blood Prince - cookie design booth 
5. Wizard's cotton candy booth 
6. Harry Potter photo booth 
7. Meet & greet with Harry Potter 
8. Harry Potter film showing with unlimited popcorn (conference room) 
9. More best in costume categories 

Php998 (entrance, food and loot bags) 
Ages 2 and below are free of charge (no food and loot bags) 

For inquiries, please contact Yelle of Events at landline 863 2222 local 1204, mobile phone 0998 590 0435 or email at 

Acacia Hotel Manila

Creepy Circus 
October 31, 2016 
11AM to 2:30PM at Grand Acacia Ballroom 
P1,050 Inclusive of parlor games, entertainment, heavy brunch buffet, goodies bags and raffle prizes. 

EDSA Shangri-la Manila 

Spooky Monstercation 
October 30, 2016 
1PM at Lower Lobby P2000 

F1 Hotel Manila 

Pirates and Pixies “Halloween Party on the High Seas” 
October 29, 2016 
10Am - 2PM at Infinity Ballroom 
Regular ticket rate: Php 988 nett per person including brunch. 
*Kids aged two (2) and below are free of charge. 
Adult companions are charged at full ticket price. 
To purchase, go to F All Day Dining Restaurant located at the 3rd level of the hotel from 7AM to 7PM. For inquiries, please call (02) 908-7888.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

River's Safari Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Celebrate Birthdays with Honey Flavoured Ice Cakes

Giant Panda Forest is one of our favorites in River Safari, we were lucky that we saw Kai Kai in person during our visit last month. Jia Jia was hiding at that moment and we only saw her at the CCTV. lol

Read: River Safari

Anyway, the two giant pandas celebrated their birthdays, check the press release below.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia enjoying their honey-flavoured ice cakes. In a recent update to their Red List of Threatened Species, giant pandas were downgraded to ‘Vulnerable’ from ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore 

Press Release:

Keepers at River Safari recently threw a birthday bash for giant pandas—Kai Kai and Jia Jia—with honey-flavoured ice cakes decorated with apple and carrot slices, some of their favorite treats.

Male Kai Kai celebrates his ninth birthday today, and female Jia Jia turned eight on 3 September 2016. Their ice cakes weighed a collective 7kg, and took keepers four days to make. 

Both giant pandas arrived in River Safari in 2012 on a 10-year loan from China. Kai Kai and Jia Jia entered their second mating season in April earlier this year, but both natural mating and artificial insemination had been unsuccessful. From weeks of displaying pseudo-pregnancy behaviour, female panda Jia Jia is gradually returning to a quiet life of normalcy. 

Keepers and vet remain optimistic for a future Singapore panda cub as Jia Jia is still very young (teenager in human years), and will continue to employ conservation breeding techniques proven to be successful before in other zoos. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pokémon Go: Go wild catching ‘em all at Singapore’s Wildlife Parks!

Are you a fan of Pokemon Go? If you are playing Pokemon Go game, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy visiting the four zoos of Wildlife Reserves Singapore. 

We have visited the four zoos just last week and we saw different Pokemon maps around the zoo. You can download the Zoo Map and Pokemon Maps on their website. 

To save money, you can avail the Park Hopper Special ticket. We availed the Park Hopper Plus ticket at SGD79 adult and SGD59 kid because it also includes the tram ride, Amazing River Quest and Carousel Ride for kids. 

Read: 5 Days in Singapore with Kid

Press Release

Pokemon Go is now officially a global craze with fans worldwide vying to be the country’s next Pokemon Master. 

To that end Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the holding company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, welcomes aspiring trainer visitors with a “Wildlife Survival Guide” which arms them with a new special edition “Pokémon Go Map” designed for each park. 

With a total of 78 Pokéstops and 8 Pokémon Gyms to be found across all four wildlife parks, visitors can embark on their quest to ‘”be the very best” here at the WRS. While taking in majestic views of the animals, most of them rare and royal, trainer visitors can also take the opportunity to seek out rare Pokémon creatures around the parks. There are reports of Snorlax found lounging at the entrance of Singapore Zoo, precious Eevees seen visiting the new baby elephant at Night Safari, a Spearow perched on a tree with the lories at Lory Loft of Jurong Bird Park, and rare glimpses of the awe-inspiring Gyarados swimming with the manatees at the Amazon Flooded Forest in River Safari. 

What’s more, WRS is now offering “ParkHopper Specials” that offer admission to all four parks for the price of two. 

4-Park Admission: 
Singapore Zoo 
Night Safari 
River Safari 
Jurong Bird Park

Adult S$69 Child (3 – 12 years old) S$49 

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National Strategy to Conserve Elusive Native Raffle's banded Langur Launched

Collaborative effort between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and National Parks Board to save critically endangered primate; only one of three primates found in Singapore a valued part of country’s natural heritage 

The Raffles’ Banded Langur is a shy and elusive primate
 that is considered critically endangered at the national level. 
This National Day month, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and
National Parks Board are joining hands to safeguard 
this species’ survival with the launch of a national 
conservation strategy for the Raffles’ Banded Langur. 
Singapore’s Raffles’ Banded Langur (Presbytis femoralis femoralis) is getting a boost this National Day month, with the launch of a national conservation strategy for the critically endangered species. Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh, who will serve as patron of the project, launched the initiative during a ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Immediate priorities include managing the habitat and population through habitat enhancement such as establishing green corridors and exploring options for providing connectivity across forest fragments, focused enrichment plantings based on our understanding of the dietary requirements of the langurs, gathering data to understand more about the movements and habitat preferences of the langurs, and securing the necessary commitment and resources to ensure the long-term conservation of the Raffles’ Banded Langur in Singapore and Malaysia. 

A workshop was held at the Singapore Zoo in early August in which over 30 stakeholders from 15 organisations, including representatives from Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), National Parks Board (NParks), International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Primate Specialist Group, Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia, conservation NGOs and universities came together to jointly develop a conservation strategy for the Raffles’ Banded Langur. The workshop was funded by WRS and facilitated by IUCN.

Securing a future for the Raffles’ Banded Langur will require targeted action in a number of areas. Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund will engage Ms. Andie Ang, who has studied the langurs since 2008, and is a member of IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, to set up and chair a Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group. The working group will glean outputs from the recent workshop to map out a Species Action Plan, which will be used to guide and implement the conservation work for this species in the coming years. 

The project is fully supported by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund over the next two years. One of only three non-human primates to be found locally, the Raffles’ Banded Langur was first discovered by Sir Stamford Raffles 194 years ago. Up to the 1920s, they were still reported to be common in Singapore across Changi, Tampines, Bukit Timah, Pandan and Tuas. Deforestation for urban development led to the shrinking of their habitat such that the Raffles’ Banded Langurs were confined to only the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR) and Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) in the 1980s. In 1987, the last member of a troop living in BTNR was reportedly mauled to death by a pack of dogs.

By 2010, it was estimated that there were 40-60 Raffles’ Banded Langurs left in Singapore. This subspecies can also be found in southern Peninsular Malaysia, where a number of isolated populations continue to be threatened by habitat loss and conversion. Small and isolated populations have a heightened risk of extinction from the effects of genetic deterioration, extreme weather, disease outbreak and other catastrophic events.

Dr. Sonja Luz, Director, Conservation and Research, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “It is a fitting time to embark on a consolidated, comprehensive and integrated conservation strategy for the Raffles’ Banded Langur, to ensure the continued survival of this highly charismatic primate. This conservation project is of national importance for Singapore, and together with NParks, we are fully committed to be a part of the pioneering approach to manage the species over the long-term so Singapore does not have a primate going extinct on our watch.” 

Dr. Adrian Loo, Director (Terrestrial), National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board, said: “Reforestation, setting aside buffer parks such as the upcoming Tho.on Nature Park and enrichment planting over the years have improved the rainforest habitat of the endangered Raffles’ Banded Langur. This will further help increase the foraging area and connectivity for the species, which saw an increase since the early 1990s. Even so, a multi-pronged approach is required to ensure the full recovery of the species. Thus, NParks looks forward to working with our stakeholders to guide the development of long-term conservation and management strategies for this shy, elusive species. We hope to see these animals thrive in our forests one day.” 

Primatologist Ms. Andie Ang, of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group said: “The development of a regional Species Action Plan signifies a first collaboration between Singaporean and Malaysian authorities, universities, and NGOs in the research and conservation of the Raffles’ Banded Langurs. Besides ensuring that the habitat of the langurs is protected and restored, we hope that this joint effort can also help raise public awareness and appreciation of this primate and the natural heritage in both countries.”