Saturday, 15 July 2017

Kammechor Manila Wins in the 1st Leonardo da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence, Italy

Another choral group has brought pride for the country. Kammerchor Manila has been declared the Grand Prix Winner in the 1st Leonardo da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence, Italy last July 14, 2017. After competing against 11 choirs from Europe, Asia, and Australia, the group has emerged victorious during the Grand Prix Round, garnering a score of 94.30 points.

The group also received gold diplomas and was declared as category winners of three categories namely, the Mixed Choir Category (96.25 points), Modern and Contemporary Music Category (97.81 points), and Popular, Folk, Gospel, Barbershop, Jazz and Modern Ensembles Category (96.56 points). They also placed second in the Sacred Music Category (95.94 points) where they also received a gold diploma.

Aside from these, the group also received these special awards: Best Male Soloist for tenor Reyjhon Regis for the song Let it Be and the Audience Special Prize. Prior to the competition in Florence, the group also competed in the 8th Musica Eterna Roma in Rome, Italy last July 5-9, 2017. They were a finalist in the Grand Prix Round and was declared the category winner of the Mixed Choir Category, which was the most weighted category of the said competition. They also received gold diplomas in the Mixed Choirs Category, Gospel and Spiritual Category, and the Musica Sacra Category.

Congratulations Kammerchor Manila! Mabuhay ang Korong Filipino! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

6 JLofied Tips on How to Make the Most out of Your Upside Down Museum Visit

"Imagination mo ang limit mo!" And yes, Upside Down Museum will really challenge their guests to stretch their imagination further.

My family and I had a chance to visit Upside Down Museum and we can't help but compare it to Art in Island because it has the same concept. But unlike Art in Island, this interactive museum in Pasay will make you think more on how to achieve those picture perfect poses. 

About Upside Down Museum 

Upside Down Museum's inspiration was taken from Malaysia / Thailand / Taiwan and USA. People flock to these museums to see something familiar yet different - turning houses upside down. The Philippine edition decided to do it ten-fold bigger and added more illusions to expand the experience. All these in a 1,700 sq. ft of fun and excitement for P450 per person.

Mahilig ka bang mag selfie? Are you looking for a weekend family activity? Or you just want to let loose and act like fools without being judged? If yes, I think this is a great place for you. Pero paano mo ba masusulit ang entrance fee? Here's how:

1. Ilabas ang talent sa acting
To achieve that concept in each gallery, you should be part of the set-up. Mas kapa- kapaniwala if you will play your role.
Goblin lang ang peg!

2. Mag stretching muna
There are poses that requires you to flex your muscles to achieve that perfect shot. Para iwas sa pulikat, kaunting stretching before you enter the museum.

3. Happy Tummy = Happy Photo
There is a Korean cafe inside the museum but with limited selections of meals, so eat elsewhere before heading to the museum.

4. Charge Phones and Cameras
Siguraduhing fully charged ang mga phones and cameras. Kung hindi, para kang pumunta sa gyera ng walang bala. Take as many photos as possible. Don't worry each gallery has an assigned marshal that will guide you with the scenes and poses, and take all your photos for you, free of charge.

5. Magsuot ng comfy clothes
There are some poses that are quite challenging, so refrain from wearing skirts.

6. Bawal ang KJ. Just Have Fun!
Just let loose and act like fools. 

Here are some of our favorites, enjoy!

Ticket Price - Php 450

For Group Tours and Discounts - Look for Grace or Pau
(02) 834-8997 / (02) 551-5530 / (02) 506-0080
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Travel and Tour Operators Meet 2017 by Zoomanity Group

On June 29, 2017 from 9AM to 2PM at Makati Sports Club, Makati. More than 300 Travel and Tour Operators will be in one roof for the yearly Zoomanity Group event.

Zoomanity Group is composed of different theme parks and Restaurants in the Philippines like Zoobic Safari, Zoocobia, Zoocolate Thrills, Paradizoo, Residence Inn, Misono Japanese Restaurant, Jinsei, Nanten, Midori and Yakitori Daitokyo.

Zoomanity group is the leading company in theme park industry under the Yupangco Group of Companies. Envisioning worl class, innovative and enjoyable facilities from Northern to Southern Philippines by providing the best tourist destination and nature educational experiences with the facilities that is uniquely design to provide enjoyment to visitors of all ages. 

A tour operator typically combines tour and travel components to create a package holiday. They advertise and produce brochures to promote their products, holidays and itineraries.

The objective of the Travel and Tour Operators Meet is to acknowledge the contribution of these different companies in the tourism sector by the award winning entrepreneur, Robert Laurel Yupangco, the CEO of Zoomanity Group. Tourism is an important sector for the Philippine economy. The country is known for having its rich biodiversity as its main tourist attraction. Its beaches, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots are among the country's most popular tourist destinations.


3rd Foor, Yupangco Building, 339 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Makati City, Philippines
Mobile: 09166299381 (Zoolit Booklets Inquiries Only)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

2D1N Macau Itinerary (Part 1 of 2)

Just an hour away from Hongkong, Macau is considered to be the Las Vegas of Asia. It has drawn a lot of tourist because of its mega-resort and casino center and interesting historical sights.

If you are planning to visit Macau from Hongkong and experience more of its "Vegas" side, here's a suggested itinerary to help you plan your 2D1N Macau trip.


Getting to Macau by Ferry (from Hongkong)

There are two popular ferry terminals in Hongkong. China Ferry Terminal is located in Tsim Sha Tsui while the Hongkong Macau Ferry Terminal is near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Center on Hongkong Island.

While in Hongkong, we stayed at Best Western Grand Hotel located in Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, so China Ferry Terminal is very close to our hotel. You can take a 15 mins walk or take a taxi if you have luggage to carry.

Since we will be staying at Holiday Inn, located at Sands Cotai Central Cotai Strip, we booked Cotai Water Jet  (Kowloon China Ferry Terminal to Macau Taipa Terminal). To maximize your time for the trip, book the earliest schedule between 7 to 8 am.

Book your tickets 2 days before your trip to avoid inconvenience.

Here's the schedule with fares:

Upon arrival in Macau, passengers are greeted with convenient, complimentary rides on their luxury air-conditioned coaches to the doorsteps of Sands Macau, The Plaza, Four Seasons, Venitian, Holiday Inn, and Sands Cotai Central. Just look for your Hotel logo to know where to board.

The Historic Center of Macau

We arrived at our hotel around 9:30am, however check in time is at 3:00pm. Make use of the time to visit the other side of Macau which includes St Paul Ruins and Senado Square and have your lunch there. Just leave your things at your hotel concierge. You can take a short free bus ride from your hotel which starts at 11:30 am and leaves every 15 minutes. 

After a few minutes of walking, we finally reached our destination, Senado Square, Monte Fortress, St. Domic Church  and St. Paul Ruins. Make sure not to miss this in your itinerary.

Here are some of our photos during the trip.

Have  lunch in this area and experience the authentic taste of Macau

at the Ruins. Ang daming tao!

Macau's famous egg tart! Ang sarap nito!

Heard about a lot this pork chop bun, but I was disappointed. Walang lasa!

After 3.5 hours of exploring the area, we went back to the Cotai Sands area and checked-in at our hotel. 

A Little of Vegas, Venice and Paris

After checking in, we took a rest for a while. We spent the night visiting casinos, hotels and more hotels around the Cotai area. And because it is physically impossible to visit all the hotels in the area, we have chosen to visit only  the following hotels :

1. Holiday Inn
2. Conrad
3. Seasons Hotel
4. Venitian 
5. Parisian
6. Hard Rock Hotel
7. City of Dreams
8. Galaxy
9. Vision City

We fell in love the Eiffel Tower. Make sure to check out the Macau Eiffel Tower Light Show and experience this part of Paris in Macau at night.

Parisans' Eiffel Tower at Night
Hard Rock Hotel

Our hotel room at Holiday Inn Cotai

Macau Venitian


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Zooper Zummer at the Happiest Places

This season of relaxation, enjoyment and long vacation trips, surely your family, friends and love ones are planning to make this summer vacation a memorable one, unique and matchless compared to your previous summer escapades. These and more is something Zoomanity Group’s “ZOOPER ZUMMER” has to offer. Prepare to experience a very exceptional summer adventure as we give you a line-up of very interesting, exciting and fun-rich activities.

Going to the North from Manila is where the wild adventure happens. Bring out your animal instinct as Zoobic Safari being the only tiger safari in the Philippines located in Subic, offers an amazing experience for everyone. Hang on for a new wave of safari adventure in this exotic sanctuary with its latest attractions, Eggziting Story, newborn animals like donkey and Clydesdale horse. Another attraction to look forward  is the opening of Safari 3, a safari ride featuring White Tigers, Lions, Ligers and Tigons. Zoobic Safari also brings back the much awaited “Night Safari”, packed with more thrill and excitement. Discover your braver side and tour around this exotic sanctuary at night, the first of its kind in the Philippines, all Saturdays from April 1 to May 27, 2017 including April 14, Good Friday.

Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark Pampanga offers you a different fun filled experience. Attractions include the Maze, Zoocology Museum, The Barn, Menagerie, Giant Slide, and the Zooc Ride the first and only gravity car ride in the country that's safe for all ages. Enjoy a night of fascinating show in Zoocobia Night Owl every Saturday from April 1 to May 27, 2017 featuring Animal Parade, Horses on Parade, Aeta’s Tribal Show, Neon Show (Philippine Pride and Adventure Rides, LED Dancers, and Night Owl Dancers).

Beside Zoocobia is Clarkzilla, it is the newest extreme adventure destination in Pampanga that offers a “Dubai Feel” experience. Prepare and enjoy the mind blowing drive towards the slopes, mud and terrains using a well-secured leisure vehicle. Challenge yourself to zooper up your 4x4 experience by crossing river, lahar and Mt. Pinatubo. Go beyond your limit and Blast it off the road. Experience other exciting activities like Zip line, ATV Ride and Camel Ride.

Want some more? Try also Residence Inn Tagaytay a perfect getaway destination all the way to South. It is famous for its mini zoo and breath-taking view of Taal Volcano. With a majestic location and spectacular show Residence Inn also offers a day tour zoo adventure, zip line, wall climbing, and horse-back riding. Witness our very own cirque du soleil inspired show, in “Green Magic Show” every Saturday starting April 8 to May 27, 2017. It is a magical presentation featuring green mythical creatures representing the environment. Watch out for a heart-stopping performance that will surely tickle your curiosity and imagination. Another picture perfect attraction in Residence Inn is the 1 Million Litez, a grandiose display of different lights inspired by Nabano Nosato in Japan.

A side trip from Residence Inn is a relaxing ambiance of nature and farm – Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite. A 12 hectare farm land with lots of flowers, vegetables, and farm animals that is ideal for family bonding. It’s a combination of a farm and a zoo that aims to promote inclusive growth in the field of Agriculture. Experience a very Pinoy style staycation in Banig and Breakfast the newest amenity in Paradizoo. Sleep and dine in a modern kubo style accommodation with pinoy games and facilities to try.

And all the way to the Visayas region, visit Zoocolate Thrills, the only adventure Theme Park in Bohol. This promising tourist destination in Bohol offers captivating attractions for everyone. A river cruise is provided for those who want to explore the Loboc River, our fun zoo with different animal encounters such as ostrich, tigers and bearcats. We also offer tram ride, horse ride and zip line.

Enjoy these wonderful activities in Zoomanity Parks where the happiness begins. Get exciting discounts and freebies by liking Zoomanity Group’s official facebook fan page at For more info please Call:  847-0413/ 899-9824; Text: 0927-5899696. Email: or visit our website at .

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Mystical Sumucab Twin Falls

“Tatlong bundok at walong ilog ang aking tinawid, tatlong limatik din ang walang awang nanamantala ng aking katawan, marating ka lamang!”

I posted this on my IG a few days ago during our #CavEAT exploration together with some of my blogger friends. When I was invited to join this eco-tourism event, I readily said Yes without any hesitations. I guess I’ve been watching too much travel shows from Travel Channel that’s why I am very curious what and how it feels like trekking on a virgin tropical and swampy forest. Episodes from “Globe Trekker Asia” and “Pacific” were flashing in my mind and it looks fun to me. Now, as I write this post, I realize that I am after for the challenge more than the fun part of it. I’m nearly on my mid-40s and there is still this hunger in me to try things I could have done two decades ago.

So I packed my backpack and head to Cavinti, Laguna. 

Cavinti is a third class municipality in the province of Laguna. It is situated on the eastern side of the province of Laguna.The town is bounded by the municipality of Lumban in the north, Sampaloc and Mauban Quezon in the east, Pagsanjan in the west, and by Luisiana in the south. It has 19 barangays which include the Brgy Sumucab where you can find the mystical Sumucab Twin Falls.

Photo Credit : Herald Bebis 

Challenge accepted

Passing through several rice fields and coconut plantations, the trek started well until we entered the forest area.  (This trail does not have a name yet so let’s just call it the “Sumucab Trail”) Along the way, thick, wet and slippery mud due to intermittent rainfall will test your flexibility, endurance, balance and your willingness to stay alive. We walk barefooted to avoid slipping down and to have control over our balance from the muddy and rocky trail.  There were some areas that the mud is almost knee deep and your slippers, no matter what brand, is nothing compared to the almost “quicksand” quality of the soft mud.

During the trek, you will be greeted by various bugs such as ants, spiders and the most popular of ‘em all, the “limatik”. I should have known this earlier so I can wear leggings instead of wearing shorts.

After two hours of trek, the Twin falls of Sumucab welcomed us with its splendid beauty.   

A hidden gem

Like any treasure hunting stories we have seen in the movies, all the treasures were hidden and only the brave the brightest and the deserving can only witness the hidden and rarest gems. The waterfalls giggles excitedly on its journey across its rough rock path. It feels that the “twins” were very happy to see us.

We had our lunch while admiring the beauty of the twins. A sumptuous lunch of chicken adobo, fried tilapia and shrimp okoy was prepared for us by the locals, enough to nourish our tired body.

And finally, we immersed ourselves in the icy cold water and ran like a child into its mothers’ arms. The refreshing water energized us and prepared us for our next journey.

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing, so as the song goes.

We took the “river trail” expecting that it will be a lot easier and faster. I crossed eight rivers, saw dead snakes, got bitten three times by limatik, experienced foot/leg cramps thrice, crawled under a fallen tree and perfected my balancing act on the various rocks and boulders in the river.

But I enjoyed this trail better than the “Sumucab trail”. I had fun waddling my feet in the cold yet calm river. I even managed to pose for the camera knowing that I made it this far.

How to get there:

1. Ride Sta. Cruz Laguna bound DLTB or HM Transit Bus in Buendia Terminal or Cubao Terminal
2. Bus fare to Sta. Cruz, Laguna is Php 140-150 pesos (air-con bus)
3. Drop off at HM / GreenStar Transport terminal
3. Ride a jeep going to Sta. Cruz market and from there ride the Lumban-Cavinti Jeep
4. Ride a tricycle going to the town proper 

Reminder :
1. It is very dangerous to visit the Twin Falls without any local guide. Register first with the tourism office and ask for an accredited guide.
2. Make sure you are physically fit before the trek. 
3. Always bring and apply mosquito repellant lotion
4. Wear hiking shoes or sandals. The trek requires your body to be on top condition because there is a lot of walking.
5. Have something to refuel your body and have it placed on a back-pack during hiking/trekking.
6. Wear  hat to protect your head and skin.
7. Wear leggins as much as possible. You need to protect your lower body from getting scratched and sliced by grass. Also to protect you from mosquitoes and limatik.
8. In case, bring pain reliever tablet to help soothe your body from aches after all those strenuous activities.