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DAY6 in Manila : You are Worth The Wait!

South Korean K-Pop Band DAY6 serenade Philippine fans in a sold-out concert on Saturday,  06 October at Kia Theater. 

The five-member band composed of Park Sungjin (lead vocalist), Park Jaehyung (guitar), Kang Younghyun (bass), Kim Wonpil (keyboard), Yoon Dowoon (drums), melt the hearts of their My Day Ph fans and promised them that they will be back soon.

More than 20 songs were performed including their recently released single "Shot Me," "You Were Beautiful and Congratulations" made the concert an unforgettable night for the fans.
  


Their 1st World Tour "Youth" kicked-off in Seoul and will end in Jakarta for 2018. Additional concerts for 2019 were already released.




I went to the concert with my teens. I personally witnessed how their fans went crazy over this K-Pop band. I actually don't know that much about them, but I am quite familiar with their music. My personal favorites are  Letting Go and Shoot Me.

Dahil hindi naman talaga ako fan, ano ang ginagawa ko dito?

Yung feeling ng pagiging nanay and event organizer mode ko ay nag activate during the concert.  Yung tipong tinabihan at binakuran  ko nga mga event security and organizers to check on security protocols, paano ang flow sa pila, etc. I also assisted sa pag arrange ng pila para walang siksikan. 

Masunurin naman ang mga bata. Organized ang mga fandom, clean fun lang, walang gulo. But you need to  prepare your eardrum, grabe sila sa tilian.

Pasig River Master Plan Completed

The PRRC, in collaboration with UP PLANADES, designed the Pasig River Integrated and Strategic Master Plan (PRISM) with a vision that by 2032, the Pasig River and its surrounding basins are resilient life-sustaining ecosystems that are able to support diverse human needs and biodiversity towards inclusive, harmonized, and balanced development co-managed by competent and adaptive institutions with responsible and empowered communities.

This new restoration strategy covers water quality management, stream flow management, catchment management and riparian management so that the Pasig River will again enshrine socioeconomic, aesthetic, environmental, recreational and cultural values amid changing risks and natural perturbations.
The illustration below provides a brief summary of the integrated wastewater treatment systems, one of the 19 priority projects proposed in the PRISM to help improve the water quality of the Pasig River, and for concerned agencies to comply with concession agreement, and other environmental laws.


Philippines' Pasig River Vies for Asia River Prize Award; Competes with China's Yangtze River

The Philippines' Pasig River, the cradle of early Manila civilization, has been selected as a finalist in the first-ever Asia Riverprize by the prestigious International RiverFoundation (IRF) which recognizes and rewards organizations who are making a difference through effective river basin restoration and management programs.



It is a back-to-back nomination for the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) who just came from a successful campaign in the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize competition where the Pasig River was hailed as runner-up to the winner, San Antonio River of Texas, USA. PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia says that “the consecutive entries of the Pasig River as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Thiess International and Asia Riverprize, respectively, is a testament that the world recognizes the efforts of the Philippine government to restore the Pasig River and its environs since PRRC was established in 1999.” Initially, the competition was called the Asia-Pacific Riverprize Awards which was opened to entrants from New Zealand, Australia, and 45 other countries. However, according to the IRF, due the to the high number and quality of entries received, they have made the decision to split the promoted Asia-Pacific Riverprize into two: Asia Riverprize and another category for the Australasia Riverprize. After a series of tedious deliberations, the IRF has announced and congratulates the organizations chosen as Asia Riverprize finalists with the highest honors in river restoration and protection namely: the Pasig River (Philippines) and the Yangtze River (China). Goitia adds “last year, the Philippines is the only third world and developing country that made it into the international finals and bravely competed with the US and the United Kingdom. In this year’s Asia Riverprize, we will be facing another super power – the red dragon, China. However, with an indomitable spirit, we remain steadfast and optimistic that we will stand triumphant in the end.” In behalf of the IRF’s board of river basin experts, IRF Director Professor Bill Dennison says that “these different river stories are united by a common theme: excellence in river management.”
The Riverprize is not a competition of which river is more beautiful or cleaner. This is the reason why the IRF, comprised of river management experts and professionals from around the world, has given importance and consideration to the rehabilitation efforts of the PRRC to bring back the Pasig River system to life. It has acknowledged PRRC’s commitment in delivering quality projects, programs, and activities in easement recovery, housing and resettlement, riverbanks development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness. Compared to the 1990s when it was declared "biologically dead," the Pasig River's condition now has significantly improved. Although the Pasig River development is a work in progress, many areas along the historic river have already shown signs of aquatic life and it has already become conducive for transport, recreation, and tourism. PRRC’s Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia, together with Public Information, Advocacy and Tourism Division Head George Oliver G. De La Rama, will be presenting and defending the Philippines’ Pasig River entry to a panel of esteemed judges in the upcoming 21st International Riversymposium on October 14 to 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Members of PRRC’s Management Committee will also form part of the Philippine delegation. The winner of the 2018 Asia Riverprize will receive widespread global recognition which can build new partnerships, provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge and best practices, and open doors for international support. Furthermore, the winner will automatically qualify for Stage Two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2019. As one nation, the PRRC seeks everyone’s support to its Pasig River entry in the 2018 Asia Riverprize. The Pasig River's victory is the victory of the Philippines and every Filipino who works hard and shares the same vision of saving our waterways and the environment. It will be the triumph of all who believe that the dream of a clean and alive Pasig River is within reach!

Top 5 Reasons To Take an ACEtacation at ACE Hotel and Suites

There are countless reasons why we should take that well-deserved vacation.  But sometimes, due to financial limitations, it is better to take a staycation rather than a vacation.

Staycation ("stay and vacation") refers to a way of taking a break without leaving your home or your city.  It may involve day trips to local attractions and may or may not require overnight accommodations.

And if we wanted to take a break without breaking the bank,  there's always one hotel that comes to our mind --- ACEtaycation at ACE Hotel and Suites.

Why do we love ACE Hotel and Suites?   Here are our Top 5 Reasons.


1. ACE Water SPA - Hydrotherapy Massage

Number 1 on the list, of course, is ACE Water Spa.

Hydrotherapy massage is a kind of therapeutic massage that utilizes "Ultrasonic Jet System" that massages specific areas of the body with its aquatic strategically located to relax and soothe tired and aching muscles.  

Hydrotherapy reduces muscle tension and relieves pains, rehabilitates injured muscles, boosts the immune system, and encourages detoxification, among others.

How can I resist the hot herbal pool after lounging at the dry sauna for 10 minutes?  The smell, the temperature of the hot herbal pool is truly relaxing.



2.  ACE Internation Buffet

Have a taste of the world on your plate!  Treat yourself in the buffet selection of the finest cuisines of Ace International Buffet and indulge in unlimited drinks coupled with salad bar, pasta, grill, carving stations and more.

Don't leave the restaurant without trying their shabu-shabu and maki. Shabu-Shabu sharap!

Open daily from Monday to Sunday
     serving Lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
     serving Dinner from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For inquiries and reservations, please call +632.2.4628224 or +63.9175499196



3.  Party! Party! Family KTV

Love videoke?  Then sing your heart out and enjoy the night with family and friends at Party! Party! Family KTV.  As a matter of fact, I celebrated my 41st here together with my HS Barkada and it was really fun reminiscing our high school life through songs.

Party! Party! Family KTV offers the following packages :


     2,500 net for maximum of 10 pax

  • inclusive of 3 hours use of Standard room
  • five (5) orders of any of the following drinks : iced tea, lemonade, orange juice, hot tea, brewed coffee, bottled water, softdrinks, San Mig light, Pale pilsen
  • one (1) set of any of the following choices :  (a)  Chicken lollipop, spiral fries, onion rings; (b) salt and pepper calamari, spring roll trio, tortilla wrap
      4,800 net for maximum of 20 pax

  • inclusive of 3 hours use of Superb room
  • ten (10) orders of any of the following drinks : iced tea, lemonade, orange juice, hot tea, brewed coffee, bottled water, softdrinks, San Mig light, Pale pilsen
  • one (1) set of any of the following choices :  (a)  Pepperoni pizza, fish and chips, burger poppers; (b) quattro pizza , yaki sausage, salt and pepper calamari
      6,000 net for maximum of 25 pax

  • inclusive of 3 hours use of Superb room
  • ten (10) orders of any of the following drinks : iced tea, lemonade, orange juice, hot tea, brewed coffee, bottled water, softdrinks, San Mig light, Pale pilsen
  • one (1) set of any of the following choices :  (a)  Pepperoni pizza, fish and chips, burger poppers, four season maki rolls; (b) quattro pizza, yaki sausage, salt and pepper calamari, four season maki rolls

Located at the 6th floor of D' Ace  Plaza 
Monday to Thursday -  5:00 pm to 1:00 am
Friday and Saturday - 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Sunday - 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm



4.  Sky High Bar

Imagine this.  A 360-degree  view of the Metro as you sip a glass of your favorite cocktail. Visit the Sky High Bar to get a different kind of high atop the Ace Hotel and Suites as you munch on yummy chow, entrees, and appetizers while sipping a delightful concoction.

Penthouse, 21st floor, Ace Hotel and Suites
Sunday to Thursday - 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday and Saturday - 5:00 pm - 2:00 am




5.  Accommodation

Indulge in style and comfort at any of their well-appointed rooms, whether it be business on weekdays, leisure on weekends, milestones worth celebrating or bond with your family especially on a long weekend.


 
 


So next time you feel like you need to take a break, head on to Ace Hotel and Suites for that perfect staycation.


ABOUT ACE HOTEL AND SUITES
United St. corner Brixton St.
Pasig City, Metro Manila 1603
Email : inquiries@acehotelsuites.com
http://www.acehotelsuites.com/

Ang Huling El Bimbo : Pagbabalik Tanaw sa Nakaraan

"Gusto mo ba?......Gusto mo ba?...... Gusto mo bang......sumama?"

Pagkatapos manuod ng Huling El Bimbo, umuwi akong nag-iisip.  

Iniisip ko nung mga panahong nasa kolehiyo ako.  Kamusta na kaya ang mga kaklase ko?  Kamusta na din kaya yung palagi naming tinatambayan tuwing lunch time? Nagbebenta pa din kaya sila ng estopado?  Isa ito sa mga paboritio naming ulam nuon.  Kamusta na din yung computer shop na lagi din naming tinatambayan nuon? Dami kong naubos na pera kaka-rent duon.

Kamusta na kaya yung mga manliligaw ko?  Kamusta na din pala ang mga crush ko nuon?  Tumaba na din kaya sila?  

At isa isa kong binalikan ang mga ala-ala.

Ang mag joy ride sa Antipolo at mga inuman sa Tia Marias sa Greenhills kahit walang pera.  Memorable eto kasi first time kong malasing.  I was only 16 years old.  My gash, bawal pero nakainum padin ako at nalasing.  Buti walang nangyari, hindi katulad ni ..........<spoiler alert>

Kamusta na ang Club Dred?  Kamusta na din ang mga paborito kong banda katulad ng Introvoys. Naalala ko, may nagawa pa akong tula para sa kanila. Minsan isang panahong nag-concert sila sa university, isa ako sa mga organizers kaya hanggang ngayon naalala ko ang mga pag-papatawa ni Paco Arespacochaga sa back stage.

Bigla ko ding naalala yung kaklase kong nagintroduce sakin sa musika ng Eraser Heads. Tinanong ko sya bakit ganyan ang lyrics, may pagmumura pa?

Kamusta na din pag-rarally namin sa harapan ng Pop-eye.  Ano nga ba ang ipinaglalaban ko nuon?  Karapatang pang-tao?  Pagbaba ng tuition fee?  Ano nga ba?

Kamusta naman din ang mga sandamakmak na org na sinalihan ko?  May mga sikat na ba sa kanila?  May mangilan ngilan napapanuod ko sa entablado.  Meron ding sikat na napanuod ko minsan sa Ms. Saigon.  Meron ding may mga sumikat na na album.  Masaya ako para sa kanila.

Minsan sa may Theresa, tayo'y nagkatagpuan
May mga sariling gimik at kanya-kanyang hangad sa buhay
Sa ilalim ng iisang bubong
Mga sekretong ibinubulong
Kahit na anong mangyari
Kahit na saan ka man patungo

Maraming masasaya, malulungkot, mga struggles na pangyayari.  Ngunit sabi nga sa kasabihan "Our past makes us who we are in the present and based on the decisions we made and are going to  make in the future, will decide our fate..."

Masarap din minsang balikan ang mga nakalipas na alaala.  Maraming Salamat sa aking mga tunay na kaibigan!

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Malamang isa din eto sa naging epekto sa inyo pagkatapos nyong manuod ng Huling El Bimbo! o di kaya'y magiging epekto sa inyo para sa mga hindi pa nakakapanuod.

Pwede pang humabol hanggang September 2 nalang.

Source :  Resorts World Manila's website
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Ang Huling El Bimbo is a story of friendship told through the songs of the most iconic Pinoy rock band from the 90's.  It is an original story that should resonate with people who understand how the powerful bond between friends shapes our lives. It will also be a nostalgic journey, driven by songs that have become part of the collective Pinoy psyche.

Written by prolific playwright Dingdong Novenario, the musical will feature a stellar production team headed by one of today's most respected stage directors, Dexter Santos.

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Some of our Photos during the Gala Night
with Ely Buendia of Eraser Heads
with the main cast
Mark G., Boo Gabunada, JLo, Tanya Manalang, Bibo Reyes, Reb Atadero

JLo and Mark with the El Bimbox