Getting the best tour this Christmas

The Aguinaldo Shrine at night.
Kawit Celebrates Christmas with a Historical Touch 

Are we almost done in Christmas shopping? or school break is in but nothing to do? Why not spare some time by visiting or revisiting one of the historic places of the Philippines? Christmas has always been a part of the Filipino tradition and culture and what better way to celebrate the holidays is by visiting some of the most historic sites in the country with your friends and loved ones.

Mural inside the museo in Aguinaldo Shrine.
Kawit in Cavite is one of the most sought-after historical sites in the country today and it is one that you should visit this Christmas Season. Kawit, Cavite is home to some of the most historic sites in the country. This is where the Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo. There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era. Beyond the Shrine also are other sights to see including the “Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo” hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s.

The Pandayan humble shop. 
Kawit also boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the 'Pandayan' or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local 'Pandayan' is open accepting made-to-order on-site requests or support their craft by buying ready made items in their humble shop. The items are handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. Search for Pandayan Street. It's 10 minute walk from St. Mary Magdalene Church, you can ask the locals to guide you there.
Bisugo's Eatery special puto bumbong at reasonable price at 30 pesos.
The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit. Look for 'Bisugo's Eatery special putobumbong' along the highway.

Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. The Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019 and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in celebration of the event. A fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lights at the Freedom park was also held. Make sure to visit Kawit Cavite this Christmas Season and enjoy the season filled with pride of our own heritage and historical sites in Kawit. The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas season.

For more information please visit Kawit Public Information Office Official Facebook page: 

On the side note: Please be in your comfy and stylish outfit when you visit these historical places. You'll love the ambiance of the place. It's open for the public. May we highly suggest this for you to enjoy your visit in Kawit, Cavite. Be there on weekdays and morning. Thank you.


Health | High five for the Global Handwashing Day

P&G and Safeguard Philippines joins forces with Manila Water Foundation in celebrating Global Handwashing Day last October 15, 2019 at the Bagong Nayon IV Elementary School in Antipolo City, Rizal.
Safeguard Philippines spreads awareness on proper handwashing in schools and hospitals

Manila, 15 October 2019 - CLEAN HANDS promote good health! CLEAN HANDS prevent infections! CLEAN HANDS save lives. Since 2008, Safeguard Philippines has been celebrating Global Handwashing Day alongside various institutions and communities. This 2019, Safeguard Philippines partnered with Manila Water Foundation and the Philippine General Hospital to once more promote greater awareness and vigilance on the benefits of CLEAN HANDS, especially in schools and hospitals.

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is celebrated every October 15 by more than 200 million people in 100 countries. Each year, GHD aims to promote a global culture of clean hands through handwashing with soap and water. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things anyone can and everyone should do to stay healthy. Studies have shown that hand washing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. During this period when our country is affected by various infectious diseases, it is now even more urgent to remind all of us of the importance of keeping our hands clean by washing our hands. Handwashing with soap is an effective way to prevent many infectious diseases and saves lives.

The GHD theme this year “CLEAN HANDS FOR ALL” means we must find a way that all people from all walks of life, in both urban and rural areas, whether in public or private places, in all homes, schools, workplaces, have access to basic hand washing facilities with soap and water. Most of the time handwashing is easy and affordable but sometimes some places can have challenges which limit access to the usual handwashing facilities.

Raising awareness one school at a time

Learning how to correctly wash our hands is a fundamental skill our children must learn. Getting into the clean hands habit by frequent hand washing, especially before eating and after using the toilet is valuable to good health and favorable personal development. Schools and school teachers are among the most important partners of Safeguard Philippines through the years of GHD. Many schools, however, do not have sufficient handwashing facilities.

Months leading to this significant celebration of proper hygiene, Safeguard partnered with Manila Water Foundation in the construction of 5-faucet handwashing facilities and the provision of hygiene kits in more than 30 public schools in key cities nationwide, to benefit more than 100,000 public school students and teachers.

P&G and Safeguard Philippines together with the Antipolo Government Mayor Andeng and Councilor Susana, executives from DepEd and Manila Water at the Inauguration of the 5-faucet hand washing facility held at the Bagong Nayon IV Elementary School in Antipolo City, Rizal. [1st row L-R] P&G Corporate Communications Manager Charmaine Banzuelo, Safeguard Philippines Communications Manager Jeune San Juan, DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali, Bagong Nayon IV Elementary School Principal Erwin Acorda, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares, Antipolo City Councilor Susana Say; [2nd row L-R] MWF Executive Director Reginald Andal, Dr. Rommel Bautista, MWF Rizal Area Business Manager Kristoffer Sabater, DepED Schools Division Superintendent Region IV-A, MWF East Zone Business Manager Marvin Panday, and DepEd Medical Officer Dr. Rico Reyes.

In the spirit of CLEAN HANDS FOR ALL, last October 14, more than 100 Grade 4 students in Antipolo took part in a handwashing session to coincide with the inauguration of hygiene facilities which were built in 20 Antipolo schools with the support from Safeguard and Manila Water Foundation. Two thousand hygiene kits containing a towel and Safeguard hand soap were also distributed to the children at the celebration, which also highlights their Lingap Eskwela-Linis Lusog Kabataan collaboration. Antipolo City Mayor Andrea “Andeng” Bautista-Ynares graced the event and shared the importance of private sector partnerships to keep kids in schools! This message was echoed by the DepED Public Schools Division Superintendent Region IV-A.

For this year’s observance of Global Handwashing Day, Safeguard has also partnered with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to promote greater awareness of the benefits of handwashing, particularly in a major hospital.

Renewing the commitment to Clean Hands in Healthcare Settings

Large hospitals such as the Philippine General Hospital are strategic partners in the CLEAN HANDS Campaign. PGH is considered the biggest modern government tertiary hospital in the Philippines, servicing more than 600,000 patients annually. In any ordinary day, the PGH has over 2,000 patients either in any of its 19 clinical departments admitted in their wards or being seen in any one of its out-patient clinics. CLEAN HANDS in PGH advocates use of alcohol and handwashing and part of Patient Safety.

At the signal of 10am of October 15, the entire PGH community joined the Simultaneous Hand Hygiene Event and performed hand hygiene whether they were in the clinical areas, wards, clinics, operating rooms or in classrooms or conferences. Through this event, each and every healthcare worker reaffirmed his or her commitment to Clean Hands. All PGH department chairs, chief nurses, and administrative staff of the hospital signed their commitment to include Hand Hygiene in training and service activities. Advocacy for Clean Hands is expanded to the university community as well. Hand Hygiene posters created by the medical students were featured. Nurses and doctors also taught hundreds of parents, family members and bantays of PGH patients to understand the importance of handwashing in their own families. Hopefully this activity cascades the benefits of Clean Hands campaign to their homes and communities.

“Handwashing is one of the most important hygienic practices that children and health workers have to take to heart. This is why Safeguard proactively promotes the practice of washing hands with soap. Through the Global Handwashing Day celebration, we hope to raise even more awareness on its health benefits,” said Clarence Lim-Ignacio, Safeguard Brand Manager.

Together, let us renew our commitment to practice handwashing and help stop the spread of illnesses that can be caused by germs. Whoever you are, whatever you do, practice frequent handwashing. Observe CLEAN HANDS not only during the Global Handwashing Day and every day from this day onward. And let us all work towards Clean Hands for ALL, this means no one is left behind in these efforts.



Beauty | Wacoal Philippines on it's 30th year

In celebration of Wacoal Philippine's 30th mark of helping Pinays on their daily lives, the brand launched a campaign for women titled 'Wacoal's Women of the World'. They've installed a five (5) day interactive exhibit located at the 3rd Level of SM Makati last June 26 - 30, 2019.

In line with their anniversary theme "Uplifting Women for 30 years", the brand exhibited remarkable stories of 30 women from various fields such as social entrepreneurship, aviation, art management, publishing, public speaking, content creation, and personal branding among others.

Right on the spotlight of the exhibit were the portraits of 30 multi-hyphenate women, as well as their stories of hardwork and success. Some of them led talks on their personal journey, and how each and every one can make their mark, too.

This embodies the company's persistence in helping more and more ladies realize their significance and excellence no matter where they are, no matter what lifestyle they have chosen to live and pursue.

Part of the campaign's amazing roster of individuals; include sports broadcaster and enthusiast Dyan Castillejo, advocate of renewable energy Ruth Yu Owen, campaigner of strong social responsibility and designer Zarah Juan, and visual artist Celeste Lecaroz.

"From the products that we offer, to the advocacies we promote, our brand guarantees that every single Filipina realizes their beauty and worth," Ann Christine Palisoc, president of Philippine Wacoal Corporation, said.

Such empowering campaign direction - highlighting the transition from challenges to achievements - not only mirrors who the company stands for, but how it has also reached its current stature in the intimate apparel industry.

"When we started it, it was real struggle with the department stores who expected us to offer discounts. But through constant communication, they began to understand our brand values. The superior quality of the products spoke for themselves and today, the department stores have become valuable business partners with relationships based on trust," shared Palisoc.

Aside from moving stories and engaging discussions, each day of the interactive exhibit was packed with activities and concepts  that further show the company's value for freedom - freedom to explore, move and have fun.

Traveling is our way to discover new things. The venue featured travel-inspired photobooths in 3D setup where in the Wacoal brand has establish its presence on the following top international destinations; Eiffel Tower of Paris, New York's Statue of Liberty and Cherry Blossoms of Japan.

Event goers unleashed their creativity with the 'Create Your Own Power Frame', which allow them to become cover model of their own magazine. Other exciting activities also include glitter tattoo, tarot card reading, and of course, participants also tried on different Wacoal items on site.

Aside from the June 26 to 30 exhibit, the company also held a dinner gala last June 4 to recognize the notable people behind the brand's success in the country. It also showcase their accomplishments and bigger plans in the following years to come.

"Our focus is to grow the boutique business and further elevate the brand image by providing more exciting premium product lines and even better customer service. Better customer service means improving one's total experience, from better facilities offering more comfort  and privacy to better communication with our beauty advisers," said Palisoc.

One can expect Philippines Wacoal Corporation to continue to offer high quality functional and comfortable products but in addition to this, even more premium products featuring elegance and comfort while consistently enhancing the beauty of the woman's body. You can also watch out for more exciting new product lines including lingerie, men's underwear, and more activewear for women.

For more information about Philippine Wacoal Corporation, give them a like and follow them on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wacoalph/ and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wacoalph/ . To know more about the stories of the 30 Women of the World, visit https://wacoalwomen.com/ .


Business | Good news for Filipinos based in Singapore using the LBC - Kabayan Remittance

What the overseas Filipinos in Singapore can benefit in the recent partnership of the Philippine's big courier company and Kabayan Remittance PTE LTD. Singapore? It creates and provides Filipinos with the fastest, safest and convenient money transfer service from Singapore to the Philippines.

In addition, the clients of Kabayan Remittance and their chosen beneficiaries gain immediate access to more than 1400 LBC branches throughout the Philippines and may select any of these branches as contact points to accept their remittances. Not only can customers utilize LBC's vast network through the Kabyan Remittance, they can also bank on LBC's expertise and reliability in ensuring that the remittances sent by Overseas Filipinos to their love ones are delivered effectively and efficiently.

LBC actively seeks for ways to expand and grow their services. One of this is by partnering with companies like Kabayan Remittance PTE LTD. Singapore, LBC is able to reach more places across the globe and provide global Filipinos with the superior money remittance service they deserve.

LBC is the Philippines' market leader in retail and corporate courier and cargo, money remittance, and logistics services. With a growing network of over 6,400 branches, hubs and warehouses, partners, and agents in over 30 countries. LBC is committed to moving lives, businesses, and communities. Listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange through LBC Express Holdings, Inc., LBC aims to deliver value to all of its stakeholders, as it has for over 60 years. Founded in 1945 as a brokerage and air cargo agent, LBC pioneered time-sensitive cargo delivery and 24-hour door-to-door delivery in the Philippines. Today, it is the most trusted logistics brand of Global Filipino.

Visit their official website for more services https://www.lbcexpress.com/ or call telephone +632 8585 999 (Metro Manila), 1 800 10 8585 999 (Provincial), +632 9086 522 (Solutions) and follow their official social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LBCExpress/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/lbcexpress


Business | Meaningful banking with Metrobank

For our hard earned money from work, side-projects and gigs. We want the best option for us to save, earn and grow in a bank. The Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) is one of the top 5 best banks in the Philippines and the strongest bank holder. Being the top of their league they recently launched its Meaningful Banking campaign with an aim to elevate its promise of "You're in Good Hands" at the Grand Hyatt Manila, Taguig.

In the early years of Metrobank, it's reason for being has always been to serve customers extraordinary well by helping them spot opportunities and working together to realize their --- dreams whether to scale up their business or achieve their goals wherever they are in life.

"In this day and age, we see a lot of developments as our customers continue to evolve. Thus to keep our promise of keeping them in good hands, the bank must evolve as well," says Metrobank President Fabian S. Dee. "Today, we announce the start of the next stage of Metrobank's transformation journey as we aim to deliver Meaninful Banking for our customers at the heart of everything we do-- to listen and understand them as we strive to move, change and grow together."

As it begins a new journey to Meaningful Bankin, it introduces a new communication campaign featuring its new Metrobank signature frame that serves as visual focal point highlighting its customers' meaningful stories. In the near future, Metrobank aims to provide new and more relevant products and services that help fulfill customers' purpose and dreams.

From driving financial literacy to honoring outstanding Filipinos, to helping the communities it serves; the bank is also committed in supporting meaningful initiatives which can contribute to nation-building. It goes beyond building just a business and aims to make a real difference in Filipinos' lives -- redefining banking that is made truly meaningful.

"Meaningful Banking is Metrobank's north star as we start on transformation journey," says Metrobank Chief Marketing Officer Digs Dimagiba. "Even if we are not yet able to serve them perfectly now, we commit to continiously improving so that we can deliver Meaningful Banking every step of the way, for the customers of today and tomorrow.

To learn more about the campaign, visit their official website https://meaningfulbanking.metrobank.com.ph/ or their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MetrobankCardPH/


Beauty | Going J-idol look with Novelina

I have visited this FREE Hair Color application from Novelina at the 3rd level of Cash and Carry, Makati.

I'm excited and nervous to try this Novelina Zeelkee Cream Hair Color with Keratin. It's formulated in Japan - so it's safe. They have handful of colors to chose from; Natural Black, Chestnut Brown, Golden Brown and Natural Brown. If you prefer add wow factor, Burgundy and Crimson Red. I've picked Chestnut Brown to complement my warm skin tone and for personal taste, it's close to auburn - red.

A little back story, I grew up keeping my hair with its natural color because I'm afraid of hair coloring products that will make your hair dry. There are times I want to change my look without applying direct color on my hair. I've invested on daily wigs but the longer I use, it feels heavy and it felt unreal on the photos. I have to keep a mental note to wash the wigs and comb it often that ate my time for my passion projects. I need to do something.

An invitation of free hair color came by and I asked myself why not I take the chance of having my hair colored? If I'm starting to be lazy to use my daily wigs and growing tired with my natural hair color.

Daisy, the person assisted me, introduced me with the product. The product have a brush and tube liquid mixture. She brushes the mixture evenly on my hair root to tips and by layer until the small bowl is empty. (PS. If you have longer hair and want to achieve vibrant color, you may opt to add more of the same color. It costs less than 50 pesos.)

To let the color mixture stick to your hair, you need to keep it at least an hour. You can go browse on your phone or read e-book while waiting. The estimate price for this DIY Hair color with keratin is around 300 pesos. It's affordable.

Sharing with you the before and after (days of) application:

My natural black hair are growing out my previous hair color from my last salon visit. This leaves the Chestnut Brown color stays at the mid to tip of my hair. I'm happy with my result - slight ombre similar to few J-idol (Japanese idol) girl group. It looks gorgeous with flash and under the sun.

For better result, if you're blessed with lighter hair color or you recently have your hair bleached. When you DIY or visit their booth, the color will be noticeable. If you're afraid of getting your hair dry from using the product. They have Novelina Hair and Scalp - Keratin Treatment, to add shine and smoothness.

Catch Novelina mini booth on the following malls below:

June 1 - 30, 2019 --- Cash and Carry Mall, 3rd Level (near food court area)
June 1 - 30, 2019 --- Metro Angeles, Pampanga
June 13 - 30, 2019 ---  Metro Fairview, Quezon City

Give them a like to get updates from Novelina Official Facebook page:


Sports | PCCI Cares Run For A Cause on it's 4th year

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) holds its 4th PCCI Cares Run For A Cause 2019 on May 25, 2019.  To be held at the Liwasang Ulalim, CCP Complex in Pasay City with a twist for this year, they will be introducing bubble foam.

"Every year, we want to treat our members and the public with a memorable run to enjoy.  Thus, we keep on reinventing our fun run activity to give our runners a unique experience,"  says Ms. Nora Lacuna, PCCI Chairman for CSR.

PCCI does this annual fun run as a way of giving back to the people in the community.  PCCI Cares is all about sharing and caring.  Staging this running event does not only spark joy but also allow them to continue their CSR activities that help the communities especially during a disaster.  The association believes that communities should be disaster ready whenever a calamity arises to prevent severe casualties.  "This run is all for a good cause as proceeds will go to PCCI's CSR activities to help disaster efforts," adds Ms. Lacuna.

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Poster from PCCI Facebook page

This coming run has three categories 3 k, 5 k, and 10 k. 
Registration fees are as follows; 
  • Php650 for 3 K
  • Php700 for 5 K
  • Php750 for 10 K.
To join, register at www.goohrana.com
You may also register at selected Chris Sports branches nearest you.
Do inquire on Chris Sports Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chrissportsph/

Participants will receive the following; singlet, race bib, finisher's medal and freebies from their generous sponsors.

For more information, contact the PCCI secretariat at (02) 846-8196 or 0995-3273541 and look for Mr Levin Prudente.  You may also reach Ms. Nikka Ramos of Aldenver Marketing, Inc at 0927-8484533.

Follow PCCI Official Facebook page for updates.


**Used photos with permission from www.katooga.ph


Entertainment | Pinoy Otaku Festival is coming to Robinsons Novaliches

Let’s Play! Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu

One of the much-awaited events this summer, Pinoy Otaku Festival is back this 2019! Bringing the audience more interactive games and guests plus a bigger venue.  Red Cloud Interactive, Naruto Cosplayers PH and Robinsons Novaliches bring you Pinoy Otaku Festival (POF) 2019: Asobu on May 17-19, 2019 at the Trade Hall of Robinsons Novaliches in Quezon City.

Bigger venue, more interactive games – Pinoy Otaku Festival has been known for its event which focuses on the true Pinoy Otaku identity and Filipino’s dedication as manifested by the current trend in popular culture.   It is a celebration of Japanese pop culture and how Filipinos enrich it, by experience our own culture as well through the latest popular culture as the event combine cosplay, music and the Filipino's heart of gold for helping people.

The title theme of the event “ASOBU” means “Let’s Play” and will focus more on interactive experience for all attendee. It will also include the traditional cosplay competition, karaoke, and Battle of the Bands.
Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019 Highlights
This event focuses on giving highlights on the much-awaited on-stage games and the much-awaited Otaku Choice Awards to be held on May 17. During that day, nominees will gather and will be given awards for their dedication from the different categories as voted by people thru the online nomination and voting. Tom’s Workstation by Tomas Jefferson Hernandez is the official trophy provider for OCA 2019.

Other event highlight includes POF 2019: Art Attack, Karaoke Battle Royale, Fantasm: Inter-school, POF 2019: Battle of the Bands, Your Cosplay Sounds Familiar, Cosplay Championship League, Otaku Bazaar and booths, Panel discussions, and more.

If you are into interactive games then try joining and win cash and freebies during Otaku Deal or No Deal, Anime Quiz, Otaku Singtunado, Otaku Singing Bee, Name That Tune, and more.

This year POF 2019 is bringing more interactive panel discussions across the 3-day event.  Topics are selected by the community from a voting process.  Topics this year include: (1) Sexual Harassment in Cosplay; (2) Status of Esports in the Philippines; (3) How to win competitions; (4) Piracy and Anime Fandom; (5) How to become a successful game streamer; and (6) What does it take to be an Idol?

Tons of Special Guests

Featuring special guests from both Japan and Philippines: Yohgen, Gekitora, Hiro Saeki, Kazuki, Gloco Gaming, Yu-En Cosplay plus Filipino bands which are also into both Philippine and Japanese pop cultures: FREETIX, Kanjiru, Neko Hunter Band, and Kulaspiro.

Ariel Villasanta, the other half of the comedy duo Ariel and Maverick with Maverick Relova. They pioneer the comedy reality-show in Philippine TV and now has an upcoming movie entitled, "The Untold Story of the Kings of Reality Shows".  He stars in Totoo TV, Mommy Elvie's Problematic Show (TV Series), and Pinoy Meets World (TV Series).

The event will also highlight the world of idols as it rises here in the Philippines: Aidoru Sozai, AOS49, CH4U, IVY! Musume, JAPHDOLLS PH, Pepper Keibu, Poly V, Sophia the Artist, Tanchikon, and Ureshii-san Tomodachi.

POF 2019 hosts include Kiel from Choji PH, Tessa Carbonell, Justin Villaseran, Geneva Cabading and Fatima Jongco.

Event Tickets and Charity
Ticket price is set at Php 100 per day.  If you will be attending for 3 days, then get the 3-DAY PASS at Php 300 (3 Days access to the convention and includes participation in the raffles).

For those who want to have more perks at the event, you can avail the 3-DAY VIP ACCESS for Php 500 (3 days access to the convention only, participation in Animazing Race, Premium Raffles, and many more).

You can get tickets online via Ticket2Me.

Pinoy Otaku Festival is partnering with House of Light and Hands of God Charity Works, by giving part of the proceeds (ticket sales) to help support them in their various activities.  House of Light is a support group and help them create more awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, and Hands of God Charity Works provides care for less privileged children.

POF 2019 Event Partners
POF 2019 is being made possible in cooperation with CIIT College of Arts and Technology, MC Hotel Fairview, and Hotel Fox with the help of VR Café, and Jerry's Life Size Statues and Collectibles.

The event is also brought to you with the help of various Otaku organizations as follow: Team Oke Gakuen, El Chorizo Cosplay Group, The Otaku Philippines, Z Warriors, Toushin – Ateneo, UP AME, PNU NAMI, JDoramaEiga PH, and FurryPinas PH.

Media Partners include Astig.ph, TechKuya, Wazzup Pilipinas, Keepsakes., The Cosplay and Anime Café, OtakuPlay PH, Game Seer, Reverie Wonderland, Ayaldev, Setsu Ani, Sutil Si Isco, Zing - Edge Manila, Mauvish Crimson, AniRadio PH,PopLife TV and Jherzoned.

You can buy tickets online thru the event’s ticket partner, Ticket2Me. Visit https://www.ticket2me.net/e/1607 to purchase your tickets.

For more information visit Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu official website at http://pof.narutocosplayers.com/. Use the official hashtag #POF2019 and #POFAsobu and check the event’s official social media channels for more updates.

About Pinoy Otaku Festival

The annual event of Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) which promotes cosplay, anime, pop culture, and more. Held annually every May. Celebrate Japanese Culture and how Pinoys enrich it. Experience our own culture as well through the latest popular culture as we combine cosplay, music and the Filipino's heart of gold for helping people.

About Naruto Cosplayers PH

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is one of the largest cosplay and Japanese culture based organization in the Philippines with a background in events organizing and cosplay for a cause/charity works. The organization was featured several times in mainstream media and new media for its various activities. The organization is founded on October 10, 2010 which is the birthday of the anime character Uzumaki Naruto.

About Red Cloud Interactive

Red Cloud Interactive Marketing Service (or Red Cloud Interactive) began as an informal freelance team in 2010 brought about by the need to organize events usually related to cosplay and music. In 2018, the value of the portfolio accumulated by the group leader to its formalization as a business managed by a group of friends.


Fashion | Get your summer favorites from Sun, Sand, and Squad collection

It's the season for the weekend getaways and embrace the vitamin sea. You might have missing items to add in your ootd. Do not worry because Shangri-La Plaza got you covered with their stylish summer pieces. Their Summer Fashion Show 2019 titled Sun, Sand, and Squad brought to you their adored prints, hues of blue and sailor pieces that would fit in your getaway trips.

Back by popular demand, sailor stripes and chic anchor prints populate resort dressing. Get these seafaring looks from adorable sailor-inspired outfits for kids, to collegiate, sporty-luxe grown-up versions. 

From tropical and botanical, to floral and geometric, fashion still has a preoccupation for prints. Wear them all over, madly and merrily. Wear art on your sleeve – literally – and take on the modern, updated tie-dye. These aren’t just for hippies anymore. 

Nothing spells summer better than pops of color. Try the yellow-white-gray-black color combination creatively inspired by a sea gull on a rocky shore to inject more oceanic vibes. Or dive right in with cool blue, aquamarine, and turquoise, green sea anemone, and fiery coral shades of a world under the sea.  

The color story continues with soft, pale pastels for sweet-toothed toddlers, or standout neon colors for the bold and beautiful. Stay fresh with the season’s coolest shade, sage green, especially when paired with crisp whites and neutrals. 

Stock up on graphic tees and wear them with everything, from skirts to lounge bottoms, and under strappy dresses. Boiler suits have been elevated from utilitarian protective garment to stylish and functional summer piece. 

Denim is forever a style staple with the runways and city streets seeing a millennial revival of the classic blue jeans of the 80’s and 90’s, and the girls rocking sexy denim-and swimsuit combinations. 

Higher temperatures mean showing more skin. Go Kim K-esque by wearing spandex as outerwear, or don the sartorial pick of summer, shorts, which have morphed into ultra shorts this season – higher on the gams and in Crayola colors, to turn a few heads at the beach and on the streets.

Keep professionally cool and chic in tailored modern suits in ocean hues, and channel that inner bohemian with crafty, artisanal handiwork on maxi dresses for a relaxing day off. Sophisticated summer evenings call for couture in blue hues with dramatic big bows, fringes and ruffles. 

Shop all these hot #SunSandSquad trends from the show at Shangri-La Plaza to #FeelTheShangVibe this summer! For kids and teens (5:00PM), browse and buy must-have pieces at Ever New, Gap, Gingersnaps, Great Kids, Joe Fresh, JustG, Mango, Mothercare, Old Navy, Onitsuka Tiger, Periwinkle, Plains and Prints, Rustan’s Department Store, Sky Castle, Stradivarius, Superdry, The Original Penguin, and Unarosa. 

Checkout men’s and women’s wear favorites (7:00PM) at Anne Klein, Bayo, CLN, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Details, Ever New, Fino, Flower Collection, John Herrera, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Plains and Prints, Rajo!, Rustan’s Department Store, SC Vizcarra, SkyCastle, Styled, TM Lewin, Unica Hija, ViseVersa, and Weave. 

For inquiries, call 370-2500 loc. 597 or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage. Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.


Passion Project | Pinoy barista champion builds a coffee school for our kababayans

A business owner and the 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion holder, Michael Harris Lim, who is the first Filipino to move in the Semi-finals of the World Barista Championship in Boston, USA. He brought his advocacies with him and heard by the international stage, he continues to carry out his life’s work of creating a fully-sustainable coffee economy and takes another step towards realizing this vision—by officially opening the Institute for Coffee Excellence.

He opens this institute with his commitment to developing a variety of educational initiatives that focuses on instilling positive values that will help the learners grow and excel as coffee professionals.

Since he first ventured in the coffee business in 2001, he has been committed in providing solutions to elevate the quality of local crops and equip the Filipino farmers with tools and knowledge to help them keep up with the evolving industry. But through the competitions, Harris was able to see the industry in the perspective of a barista which made him realize that they also needed training in delivering the best coffee experience. As he stated, “This journey has inspired me to create a space to nurture the baristas and our Filipino coffee farmers.” Thus, he built the Institute for Coffee Excellence to have its thrust work at both ends of the spectrum: for farmers and baristas.

Harris envisions the institute as an instrument in fostering a community that works together for total sustainability to achieve the ultimate goal of having an increasingly steady food and coffee security for the Philippines and for the future generations to come. “The transformation of a community begins with education. In the case of our coffee community, I believe we would have to start by empowering our farmers and baristas with the knowledge, values and passion to work towards a beautiful coffee future,” he shares.

Prior to his participation in the national and world competitions, Harris makes vigorous effort in extending a helping hand to the thriving coffee industry as a social entrepreneur. While he actively supports coffee-producing communities in Benguet through the platforms he built such as the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE) and The Giving Café, his eagerness to create greater initiatives that will benefit the local industry never ceased.

Driving his inspiration from the members of the coffee community, he's also aiming to make the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence as the country’s National Body licensed by World Coffee Events to hold the next competitions in 2020.

To know more about the Institute for Coffee Excellence,
visit their website: www.coffeeexcellence.org


Entertainment | A weekend full of exciting activities at the Hot Air Balloon Festival

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photo from Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Festival official FB page
It's becoming a tradition that Clark paved the way for the much anticipated annual event at the Clark Global City grounds. This year’s Hot Air Balloon Fest (HABF) was filled with activities for guests at any age. Kids had a blast at the inflatable and slide attractions, magic show, bubble show, and cartoon character shows. The adults got to enjoy a wide selection of food and shopping choices, and were treated to a nightly concert featuring some of the hottest local bands such as Slapshock on Friday, Kamikazee on Saturday and SM City Clark Castaway bands Ely Buendia, Hale, and Unique Salonga on Sunday.

Car and motorsports enthusiasts had their treat at the HABF, as it is the host event of some of the most anticipated motorsports event, which include the National Drift Championship, National Slalom Series, Philippine Rallycross Series, and Philippine Autocross Champonship Series.

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photo from Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Festival official FB page

The Philippine Autocross Championship series was dominated by Carlos Anton (37.61 in FWD Class), Inigo Anton (38.05 in FWD Class), Estefano Rivera (38.27 in FWD Class), Jevoy Moreno (39.80 in EMC Class), and Mikko Briones (39.88 in EMB Class), who were named Overall Top 5.

The 2nd leg of the 2019 Race Motorsports Club Phoenix Pulse Technology National Slalom Series named Estefano Rivera of PMMS Racing Team as overall best time of the day and front wheel best time of the day by clocking 39.10. Teammate Powee Base came in second with 39.84, closing the 3rd spot is Jevoy Moreno of JAF Racing Team with 40.32, Richard Gallardo with 40.70 claimed 4th, and Douglas Maningding of Speedmode Racing Team came in 5th with 41.50.
Joseph Ortega of Pongga Racing Team captured the Rear Wheel Production Best Time of Day with 42.90. While Rod Chang of JAF Racing Team Bulacan bagged the Novice Best Time of the day with 42.06.

Meanwhile, in the National Drift Championship, Boodie Dabasol was named Champion in the Pro Class, followed by Mark Bernardo in 2nd Place, Ralph Tan in 3rd Place and David Feliciano in 4th Place. In the Amateur Class was dominated by Patrick De Guzman as Champion, Luis Sayson came in 2nd Place, Junjun Yapo in 3rd Place, and Ali Khalid in 4th Place. Best Livery award went to Boodie Dabasol, while Best Team award went to Team GMW.

Rally Cross winners are, Choy Mabunay, Harly David, and Tygr Espino for Group 1; Steve Acayan, Paul Santos, and Mon Dimapilis for Group 2; Louie Camacho, Mon Dimapilis, and Paul Santos for Group 3; John Dizon, Marvin Susara, and Paul Santos for Group 4; Johnsy Reyes, David Feliciano, and Charlie Cruz for Open Class; JC David, Jerome Arcenas, and Allan Sarmiento for UV Class; Aldrich Garcia and Keanu Dominado for AWD Class; Jun Magno and Raab Hizon for RWD Class.

Additionally, the HABF was also the event that hosted the dance competition that gathered 11 dance groups from different cities. Bagging the 3rd place is United Boys from Pampanga, 2nd place was cornered by Junior FMD Extreme from Marikina, while another group from Marikina, Kingdom Warriors, took home the 1st place slot. The winners were adjuged as the best by a panel of experts in the field of dance, including Gab Valenciano an award winning dancer, music producer and performer, he is also the a creative director and top earner for Frontrow International; Tet Andolong, a former Dyna Dancer and the editor of the Motoring, Property and Journey sections of Business Mirror; and Samantha Regino former street, jazz and contemporary dancer and the present marketing manager of Backstage Events.

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Live band concert at night featuring Kamikazee. Photo from Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Festival FB page.

The Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Fest was sponsored by Frontrow International, co-presented by SM City Clark, powered by Phoenix Pulse Technology, and in partnership with Clark Global City, Leechiu Property Consultants, and Holy Grill. Cebu Pacific Air is the official airline partner.

Other supporters of the event are: NLEX/SCTEX, Dickies Philippines, San Miguel Brewery, The Medical City Clark, Pioneer Life Inc., and PAGCOR.

Media partners include Business Mirror, Autocar, The Manila Times, and Wheelsph. While, Backstage Events is the official event management partner of the The Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Fest.

For more information on the event, follow their official (Facebook, Twitter and IG) accounts @clarkglobalcityhabf.



Business | Yummy icey treats needs a world class ice-making machines

Schuyler strive to be a catalyst for the further development of the cold chain solution in the country. They provide refrigeration technology which offers clients the convenience of having locally available ice making machines, cold storage/ walk-in freezer and blast freezers.

Schuyler walk that extra mile to place self-contained facilities directly to local fishing and farming communities, benefiting the fishermen, the farmers and the livestock suppliers. Such facilities translate to increased productivity, higher food quality, and improved trade opportunities.

Schulyer in partnership with business enterprises who share the company's vision, aims to bw the frontrunner in ice-making, cold storage and blast freezing, geared towards making available the freshest sea and farm produce to satisfy local market needs and expand the market reach of the products globally.

Below are their world class ice making machines which only uses top of the line brand for refrigeration parts.


  • the first in the Philippines as fully-automated block ice machine.
  • machines raging from 0.5 to 30 tons of block ice a day.
  • high in density, clear as crystal, hard and doesn't melt easily.
  • shorter freezing time.
  • fully automated machine.
  • no installation needed, unit is complete/ finished (integrated unit).
  • superior quality aluminum plate evaporator that is energy efficient and durable. Each compartment freezes and produces block ice. This contact freezing is faster and more efficient - higher efficiency with low energy consumption.
  • 304 stainless steel plate condenser has both air and water cooling.
  • unit has evaporation hydraulic auto unloading of ice blocks.
  • one-piece design (flashcold patent). Can easily moved from one place to another. Substantial savings on construction cost, savings on space and transport cost.
  • adopts an intelligent remote operating system (PLC, English and APP are supported). Needs minimal work force.
(add-on option)
  • stronger and sturdier structure gives unit a longer life span - more than 30 years.
  • ice produced and can be used for food application.
  • superior after sales support.

  • directly formed at low temperature, ice flakes are as cold as below -8°C.
  • Ice flakes are dry, clean, beautiful in shape, convenient, and not likely to lump.
  • full contact with refrigerated objects for good preservation effect.
  • it cannot damage the surface of refrigerated objects.

  • the ice is hard and powerless.
  • it is transparent, sanitary and environment-friendly.
  • outer diameter: 22, 29, 35, 41 mm, and can be customized.
  • has longer melting time.
  • suitable for storing and transporting.

For more information about the products and where to get it. Visit Schuyler's Facebook page here:



Sports | Alaska Fortified brings Basketball Power Camp in Baguio, Manila and Bacolod

Get ready Bacolod for Alaska Basketball Power Camp on May 10. Alaska sports resumes its annual program in teaching young athletes the fundamental skills and core values of the game by holding Alaska Basketball Camp 2019. Over 300 kids joined the first leg of the camp in Baguio and Manila. The kids will be trained by Alaska-certified coaches headed by the Power Camp Director, Philippine Basketball Association legend and Alaska Aces Assistant Coach Jeffrey Caraiso together with the Alaska Aces players Simon Enciso and Abel Galliguez.

Cariaso said that they make sure that they teach them the core values that they believe in not only to become good people but also to become good athletes. “We want to instill them the value of hard work, determination, discipline, and respect,” added Cariaso.

Alaska Sports is focused in promoting sports program that shapes, trains, challenges and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Alaska Sports also wants to teach children that the true spirit of participation is not just winning the game but it’s about the spirit of learning the values or determination, hard work, teamwork, and spirit of discipline and sportsmanship.

Alaska Milk Corporation is a pioneer towards promoting affordable nutrition and active lifestyle in the Philippines and aims to teach a new generation of children to become better at sport through the Alaska Power Camp.

The Alaska Basketball Power Camp teaches more than basketball skills. It also instils the value of discipline, hard work, teamwork and determination and teaches the importance of proper nutrition and active lifestyle for the growth and development of the camp participants.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their children in Alaska Basketball Power Camp and let their children experience the fun and benefits of what sports will bring to them.

Registration form is available at www.alaskamilk.com/Alaska-sports, present printed registration form and proof of purchase or official receipt from February 2019 up to present at the start of the camp. Walk-in participants are also welcome for all three camps.