Just Launched: PhilSpas Massage Spa Listing In The Philippines

We are very proud to present the launch of one of our new sites for this year!

These season of holidays, we have been very tired on making preparations, shopping for gifts, and cooking food. Sometimes all you wanted to do is just rest, or maybe get a massage. It was the perfect time that a new Philippine Spa directory and listing has been launched.

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PhilSpas.com is a sister company of the number one spa directory that we had since 2010, Manila Touch. It was about time to launch another spa directory that will cater to all spas in the country. Manila Touch will now be dedicated for NCR spas alone.

Catering to different spa enthusiasts around the country, PhilSpas aims to cater to a more luxurious massage fans all around the city. We have already put on at least the first 20 spas and are targetting to put hundreds in the next coming months.

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You can search for spas near your location, equipped with maps and complete information on each establishment. Check out this photo below. Looks like some sort of Pokeradar huh? Haha!

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Try our PhilSpas.com today and start relaxing!

Okada Manila: Free Preview For Everyone This December

Manila, Philippines — Okada Manila, the country’s largest world-class integrated resort, is officially turning on the holidays as it gives a glimpse of the most anticipated 44-hectare property on December 21.

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Okada Manila’s preview will host a Christmas concert featuring world-class performances from top Filipino artists Lani Misalucha, Regine Velasquez, and Bamboo.

The concert is free and open to the public. Complimentary transport service will also be provided from SM Mall of Asia to shuttle guests to the property during the preview event.

There will be a spectacular firework display beautifully enhanced with a laser light show that can be seen as far as Quezon City. This spectacle of lights is the first of its kind in Manila and a preview to what guests can expect from one of the newest and most magnificent entertainment complexes in Asia.

For more updates, check Okada Manila‘s social media networks: Facebook, Instagram

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino To Open This July

After a long wait, Midori Clark Hotel and Casino will finally open its doors to the public. The hotel is still on soft opening stage, therefore some other facilities are not yet in full service such as the pool, KTV bar, Mahjong rooms. The hotel will initially open less than 50 rooms out of 111 but rest-assured that guests can already experience the best services.

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To all wanderlusts and travel junkie – the newest luxury hotel in Pampanga is paving their way to open doors to their guests on July 1, 2016. Midori Clark Hotel and Casino will soon be the home away from home for discerning tourists with exquisite taste, everyone better start checking the SlotsReview.ca to get some practice. Located in the heart of Clark Freeport and just less than 2 –hour drive from north of Metro Manila. The hotel features 111 well-appointed rooms
surrounded with the lush green environs of Clark Freeport.

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Midori Clark Hotel and Casino boasts state-of- the-art facilities and amenities that will definitely satisfy their guests’ needs and wants as they escape from the bustling metro or simply enjoy relaxing moments with their families. Be prepared to be pampered from head to toe with their in-house fitness center and spa center which offers variety of massage and beauty treatments. Enjoy high-level enjoyment with their especially designed entertainment areas ranging from wines and cigar lounge, open-air gardens, casino, KTV clubs, mahjong rooms and live entertainments during weekends.

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Sumptuous dishes will invite you to gastronomic adventures with their 5 dining outlets that will satisfy your sophisticated palates. Whatever you are craving for, Midori offers it all. Dine in Toscana Dining for an international cuisine that will keep you yearning for more. Sip your favorite wine in a sophisticated ambiance at Baccus Lounge or take a whiff of expensive liquor and world-class cigar collections in their
gentleman’s club, Cigar Maduro. Looking for a venue to have your daily caffeine fix? Coffee and tea
lovers would definitely enjoy Café Midori which will greet you once you enter the hotel’s lobby and it is
open 24 hours..

Soar into new heights of luxury and lavishness with Midori Clark Hotel and Casino. Enjoy the highlife right in the heart of Clark Freeport and experience a whole new side of opulence. Midori Clark Hotel and Casino is located along C.M. Recto Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines. About five (5) minutes away from Clark International Airport and less than 2 hours drive from north of Manila. You may visit their website at www.midorihotel.com or call +63 45 308 8888 or email reservations@midorihotel.com to avail their very limited offer as they launch their soft opening.

The All-New Sirao Flower Garden in Cebu: All You Need To Know

It was the perfect timing for us finally.

Last year, we’ve heard about this fuzz about a certain flower farm in Cebu that went viral because it looks amazing as if you’re not in the Philippines with all the beautiful, colorful flowers around. Take a look at this one taken by an Instagram user tonipino:

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We were ecstatic to look for the place and take pictures since we were Cebu-bound a few weeks in, But when we arrived there during the last week of November, the flowers were already gone and harvested. Awww…

We’ll be back. That’s for sure.

There was only one weapon left for us to find the perfect timing: constantly searching for #Sirao photos in Instagram and Facebook. And when John’s niece was found in one of those with photos taken just a few hours ago, we’ve decided to finally give it another go. Oh, and we are here in Cebu already for Sinulog that’s why. (Read: Sinulog Party Tips and Survival Guide 2016)

How to get there (if you are commuting): You have two options if you’re coming from the city. The first one is to take a jeep or a cab to JY Square located at the end of Salinas drive in Lahug. Your easiest landmark is McDonald’s. The habal-habal drivers will drive you there at around P150.00 for a round trip (JY – Sirao – JY) . But you have to take note, the drivers will charge you somewhere between P100-P200 per hour of waiting for you. Compute that and you might pay around P350-P550 per person. Another option is to find a cab at JY Square. This is a bit tougher because we had to convince the driver for a good contract price (all the driving up and waiting), and we ended up spending P1,200, but that’s for everyone already.

On the other hand, if you or your friends are driving, it won’t be as tricky anymore as last year because now you will be able to find banners around Busay leading you to the farm. But in case you’re having a hard time:

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Upon arriving at the place, it did not seem to look as how it was on the photos that we saw. Good thing the owner of the place was there when we went there so we can get her share of the story. Take a look at the garden view from the entrance.

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Note: There’s a maintenance / entrance fee of only P30.00 per person. But if you are doing a prenup shoot, each person / crew will cost you P200.00.

Look at all those flowers on the right! The owner told us that if you come to this place at the peak season (set around either April – May, and October – November), you will find the ENTIRE place bombarded with almost human-sized flower plants! Those are the ones that captivated the social media and even TV Patrol.

But nonetheless, the place looks just as lovely on off-peak simply because you won’t have a hard time taking the best SOLO photos or ones with your friends. On its peak, you will have a bunch of photobombers with you! Probably like this one thanks to simplygilian.blogspot.com:

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Here are some of the best photos we’ve taken using iPhone 6, a DSLR camera, and a GoPro. Take note that we have decided not to intensively edit the photos (most of them unedited actually) so you can see the raw flower beauty. What you see here is what you will see there for real!

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Find the best angles, and you’ll end up with these cool shots!

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There’s also this cute windmill in there they call the area “Little Amsterdam”. Soon, that particular area will rise a different breed of flowers where seeds are brought from Amsterdam! That’s one to watch out for in the -Ber months.

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Then, you can complete your Sirao experience by getting some cool memorabilia, a cold cup of Buko Salad Juice (we liked it a lot!), or a sweet corn on stick available on the souvenir store downstairs.

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Overall, it was quite an amazing experience. John already had his share of an TULIPS farm shoot when he traveled in Canada, and THIS, is our own cute version of it! Pay a visit soon, we’ll be back once the flowers are in full bloom! Pit Senyor!

ETC Presents Sinulog Cebu Paintensity 2016

Because you asked for it, they’re bringing it back! It’s their 3rd year and we haven’t missed a single year enjoying this huge event of foamy, wet and wild party!

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For the third time, ETC joins one of the most distinguished, grandest and colorful festivals in the Philippines- Sinulog. ETC parties with Cebuanos and tourists with a spectacular show that fuses high-energy music, art, dance, and paint featuring DJs from around the country: DJ Ace Ramos, MC Pao, DJ Funk Avy, Martin Pulgar, John Monreal, and many more!

ETC’s PAINTensity is a one-of-a-kind colorful festival. From the famous Sinulog street party, unlimited drinks, paint blasts, paint spraying installations and exceptional performances by renowned DJs in the Philippines! Check out this video from last year. (Marlo why are you here??)

And it’s confirmed! ETC PAINTensity is heading back to Cebu! It’s all happening on the 16th at Phase 3, Cebu Business Park.

ETC is also giving away limited edition ETC Paintensity shirt at the venue. Admission is FREE!

For more details and updates, check out ETC on www.facebook.com/etctv and follow us on Twitter and Instagram via @etc_channel. Don’t miss out on the fun at #etcpaintensity2016!

Sinulog 2016 Partying Survival Guide: Events, Tips, Schedule

Last Updated: January 6, 2016, 3:14PM. This page will constantly update to complete all details you will need in attending parties around Sinulog week.

Pit Senyor again!

It’s my 3rd year to attend Sinulog! Yey! And John’s… well, Nth. It was so much fun attending the mother of all festivals. And there are waaayy too many things you can do during your stay in Cebu, mostly eating and checking great places around.

But each of us must choose a path, and we’re taking the pretty much balanced version: 40% tradition, 40% partying, 20% Cebu adventures.

We are all aware that the 2016 edition of Sinulog Festival seemed a little bit more strict. Sinulog Foundation, Inc. has restricted street parties on the official Streetdance Festival Route (The “Carousel”).

 

While the said foundation did not disclose the complete reason why they made it that way, we both assumed the following reasons:

  • Tourists from all over the country were getting the festival dancers DRUNK! Yes that’s right. Pretty irresponsible huh? Imagine all the hardwork and effort (some contingents rehearse a full choreo for almost half-year!) to deliver a perfect routine to celebrate Sto. Nino de Cebu, and then voila! You’re just gonna give them alcohol shots throughout.
  • Drunk people passes out on the dance route. There have been a couple of photos on the internet showing a bunch of guys and girls sleeping on the streets and it brought mixed reactions from the netizens especially from the ones living in Cebu. Some slept on the festival route. Not cool.

If you haven’t read our Cebu Sinulog Tips Survival Guide, take some time to check it out. Those are the basics! Now here’s some additional points to ponder for this year’s Sunday big day!

Prepare A Disposable, Thick Footwear

As part of our observation during the past 2 years, we were on a “perfect attendance” of getting our foot cut mildly from the broken bottles around the streets. This is possible especially when you bring yourself on that baseline walkway (and possibly a stampede), and people lead your feet to the bangketa, which usually has those dangerous sharp pieces ready for their victims. Best is to wear a durable shoes, but something that’s not hard to wash from all the paint and stains after the big day.

Don’t Solo If You Get Drunk Easily

Make sure you have the entire gang with you so you don’t end up waking up on a public establishment at 5am.

Eat. Pray. Party. Love

I will have to mention this again. You got at least 3 nights to eat all Cebu’s delicacies, drink all the alcohol you’d like, and dance ’til all lights are out. Why not spend at least an hour to pay homage to Sto. Nino de Cebu, the very reason why the festival exists in the first place?

Don’t Trust The Wide Open Spaces In A Crowded Area

It’s because those spaces will either contain: A huge amount of broken bottles; canal and the burak; or a drunk person. So just keep and walk in flow with the crowd.

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Locked and loaded for the week’s events? Here are the definitive list of this year’s Sinulog events you can spend the entire evening partying out!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016

LifeDance Cebu 2016

Probably one of the biggest events to watch out for with the biggest lineup of local and international DJs. New World Sound from Australia, Tom Swoon from Poland, Felguk from Brazil, and DJ Snake from France, and a whole lot more. Happening in San Pedro Calungsod Shrine Area in SRP on January 15, 2016. For more info and tickets, visit LifeDanceCebu.com.

Jungle Circuit Party Sinulog

Checkout Hyper Club Roof, the Club that Jungle Circuit Party will invade this SINULOG Friday, January 15, 2016. Choose your Table and Call the Jungle Hotline at 09178615747 or message us at www.facebook.com/junglecircuitparty. Buy your tickets now for PhP300 only at SM Ticket Centers Nationwide or online (https://smtickets.com/events/view/4063). Featuring DJs Travis Monsod, Marc Marasigan, Jay Santos, Toy Armada, Brian Cua, Cal Soesanto, Ed, MC Orion and Martin Buen! UNLEASH THE ANIMAL WITHIN!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016

Paintensity Year 3

Because you asked for it, we’re bringing it back! ETC PAINTensity is heading to Cebu in January! Keep it here at Our Travel Dates for more details.

#GETFOAMED By Phenom

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Get wild, get wild again, and get foamed! Phenom Productions presents #GetFoamed, happening at Escario Central starting 8PM on January 16th.

BroadkastPH Sinulog 2016 Foam Party

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The wildest FOAM PARTY in the heart of Metro Cebu. 106.7 Home Radio Cebu x LIGHTBULB PROJECT with Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. – Primera Light Brandy brings you “BROADKASTPH SINULOG 2016”. Come and join us on January 16, 2016 at CAP Theater Cebu – PARKING LOT and witness a party like no other. Lots of surprises and giveaways are up for grabs just for you. Tickets are sold for php250 with FREE Sinulog shirt (until January 10 only).

Ditch Saturday Pool Party

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It’s an all-out pool party in Mactan! Gather your friends and bring out your best swimwear as Phenom Productions and Waterfront Hotel and Casino bring you DITCH SATURDAY, happening on Aquarius on the 16th of January. For reservations, contact 09173238000.

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Invasion Cebu 2016

The Invasion Tour is coming home to where it all started: the Sinulog Festival in Cebu! Get ready to experience a wide range of Filipino talent plus a couple guests from the Netherlands, who will be introducing new music and a new sound to the experience. There will probably be a new sound system so to insure that I don´t damage my ears I´ll make sure to bring along the earplugs I was recommended from this earplug advice for concert goers.

Get your paint and whistles ready, gather all your friends and see you in Cebu! Priiititit!

Book your tickets online at http://bit.ly/sinulogtickets

HyperWonderland Cebu 2016

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Hyper Cebu and JCI Cebu Inc., present you Hyperwonderland Sinulog 2016. It’s a neon rave party happening on 17th January 2016 (Sunday) at the Vibo Place in Escario Street. General Admission tickets are priced at P250.00 while VIP is at P1,300.00. Tickets are sold at Red Mango (4th floor) in Ayala Center Cebu.

Sensation Sinulog 2016

Just imagine the banderitas blown by the high speed winds and listening to orchestral version of Sinulog. Here it is! More details coming really soon.

Let’s all be a little bit more responsible this year, and we’ll make Sinulog an even funner, celebratory, bigger for each and everyone. That’s whether you are a party junkie, or simply a festival fan. See you!

Waking Up From A Long Blogging Nap

What a long blog hiatus it was, so we’re coming back with a huge blast!

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It’s been almost 4 months of unwritten stories here at our LGBT couple travel blog, and it made us feel bad that we weren’t able to share the wonderful experience we’ve had during this year.

But we’ll cut this story short: WE ARE BACK! And here’s what in store for our still loyal readers!

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  • Cebu’s Temple of Leah
  • SM Seaside City Cebu as in opens!
  • Beauty of Bataan Beaches
  • Sirao Flower Garden
  • Sinulog 2016
  • Ayala Triangle Gardens
  • and many more!

So we’d like to ask for a small favor to please also follow our travel journey on Instagram at http://instagram.com/OurTravelDates. Let’s do this!

Zedd True Colors Tour 2015 Live in Manila

Zedd Live in Manila is happening again presented to you by Neverland Manila.

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EDM superstar Zedd returns and will bring his on-going world tour, True Colors Tour to Manila on August 8, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Ticket Prices:

▪ GOLD (Dance Floor): P3,905
▪ LOWER BOX: P2,540
▪ UPPER BOX: P1,370

For VIP table reservations please call 02-8082426 or 09083033431.

Tickets are also available at the Neverland Manila office, smtickets.com, and all SM Ticket outlets nationwide.

Zedd True Colors Tour Manila is presented by Neverland Manila.

2015 Updated List Of Items Prohibited In Philippine Flights

Recently, the Department of Transportation and Communications-Office of Transportation Security has released an updated list of prohibited items that applies to flights originating from here in the Philippines.

The memorandum, MC2015-02 posted by the Office for Transportation Security, says around 7 categories of items are not allowed in the flight, cabin or check-in.

Here’s an infographic rundown of what you can pack for your next travel:

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But of course, there are exceptions. Such as medications, baby milk/food and special delivery requirement.

Have a safe and happy trip! Don’t forget to share this to your travel buddies!

Watch Minions FOR FREE With GMovies’ Potato Night!​

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Show up in yellow, present your smartphones with the GMovies app and Gary at the Movies Viber Stickers to be one of the 200 LUCKY PARTICIPANTS of our special screening.

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Film­tastic prizes will also be given away! Here’s how:

  1. Wear a yellow top. Anything within the shade of yellow is good with us. If you want to go all out and be your own Minion, you might just snag a cool prize from us!
  2. Download the GMovies app on the Playstore or Appstore.
  3. Download the “Gary at the Movies” sticker pack on Viber.

So it’s a movie date on the 8th? Screening will be at 7:00 PM in Glorietta Cinema 4.

Registration starts at 3:00 PM at the GMovies booth located at Glorietta 4’ cinema lobby. Only first 200 people with all three requirements will be given a ticket each! See you there! Kan pai!

For more details, keep tabs on our Facebook Page (https://facebook.com/GMoviesApp) and Website (https://GMovies.ph/Promos). For immediate questions, you may email us at gmovies.support@globelabsbeta.com.

About GMovies

GMovies ​is a mobile app which lets you buy movie tickets from the convenience of your smartphone. Downloaded more than 220,000 times on App Store and Google Play Store, GMovies is the first of its kind in the country! Current cinema partners include Ayala Malls Cinemas (except Bonifacio Highstreet, Alabang Town Center, and Fairview Terraces) and Power Plant Cinemas! More cinema partners are coming your way very soon.

Plan your movie date ahead without even setting foot on the cinema! Make a beeline for the movie theater’s door, pull out the e­ticket from the app or your phone’s gallery and present it to the cinema porter. How awesome is that?