Premium VIP tickets for The Killers' Manila concert now available

Get your PREMIUM VIP tickets for The Killers Live in Manila. PVIP means you're in the front row and you have access to the main bar.

Yep, alcohol will be sold during the concert, so yey for all of us! Note though, IT WON'T BE AN OPEN BAR. If you want beer, vodka, rhum, etc., do bring extra cash, yes? Slots are limited so get your premium tickets now by calling 568-6908 / 384-0289 / 727-7765 / 4803208 and look for Ms.Marvie Jareño. She's a nice person. :)

Other ticket prices are as follows:

VIP: Php 5,500.00
GOLD: Php 3,950.00
SILVER: Php 1,550.00
BRONZE: Php 550.00

Call Ticketnet at 911-5555.

See you at January 31, 2010. Venue will be at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Pasay City. Show starts at 8pm.


Winners of Canon PhotoMarathon Philippines 2009 announced

Around 600 photo hobbyists, both amateur and professional, flocked to Tagaytay Convention Center on November 14 for Canon Photomarathon Philippines 2009. Several bloggers were also present--not to cover--but to participate in the 4th leg of this much-awaited photography event.

Ready, Set, Go!

Participants of PhotoMarathon Philippines 2009 pose for the traditional group shot

The PhotoMarathon is an Asia-wide photo competition testing a photographer's creativity and skills. Participants are given a day to perform photography related tasks. Here in the country, no sign-up fee is collected. All successful registrants will be provided with free transportation, food, drinks, and loot bag.

Canon Marketing Philippines President Mr.Ramon Arteficio

Canon PhotoMarathon Philippines 2009 winners are the following:

OVERALL WINNER: Mr. Ramon Castillo (EOS 400D)

OVERALL 1st RUNNER-UP WINNER: Michael Declaro (Powershot SD550)

DSLR CATEGORY WINNER: Mr. Cesario Silvestre Gacoscosim (EOS 40D)


The grand prize winner will go to Osaka, Japan with a companion, an EOS 5D Mark II body, Crumpler camera strap, and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II miniature thumb drive. The first runner-up will get an EOS 500D with standard lens, a local trip, Crumpler camera strap, and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II miniature thumb drive. Other winners will receive the following:

EOS DSLR category
EOS 7D body
Free trip to a local destination
Crumpler camera strap
Canon EOS 5D Mark II miniature thumb drive

Point and Shoot Category
EOS 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens
Free trip to a local destination
Crumpler camera strap
Canon EOS 5D Mark II miniature thumb drive

Video Category
HF10 flash video camcorder
Free trip to any local destination

Congratulation to all the winners!

Here are some of the photos I took during the event. View complete album here.

this kid will pwn you, yes.

JP risking his life for Canon

Jonel Uy and Kin Pasana

ang aking samalamig sa Tagaytay


Bloggers' group shot

I would like to thank Iris, Jonel, Jennie, Jeff, Nicely, Kin, JP, Edel, and Arvin for joining the marathon. I hope you guys enjoyed! See you again next year! :)

Ticket Prices for Paramore's Manila Concert

Paramore Live in Manila Concert Photos!

Here are some of my shots:


UPDATE: Thank you Little Asia for the free Paramore VIP tickets!

Will get my complimentary tickets tomorrow at Little Asia :) Hmm..think I'll claim it at the Tomas Morato branch since it's near my place!

For those who want to watch this year's biggest rock concert at the VIP section (check out floor plan at the end of this post), you may still buy your tickets at the following Little Asia branches:

McKinley Hill (NEW!): The Venetian, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Tomas Morato: 195-B Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Greenhills: 2/F. Promenade, Greenhills San Juan

Want to watch Paramore for FREE? Then avail of Little Asia's Promo!

Get free tickets to Paramore Live in Manila for every Php5,000.00 accumulated receipts from Little Asia. Just present your receipt/s* to the cashier and automatically get two (2) bronze tickets to this year's most awaited music event! This offer is valid until March 9, 2010. Call 373-0609 or 727-5265 for more information.

*Only receipts January 16 to March 9, 2010 will be honored.


Watch Paramore live in Manila on March 9, 2010, 8pm at SM Mall of Asia open grounds.

You may buy tickets to 'Paramore Live in Manila' at all Little Asia branches: The Venice McKinley Hill, Promenade Greenhills, and Tomas Morato. Call them at 373-0609 (Morato) or 727-5265 (Greenhills) for more information.

WEA Men's Paramore Riot! Hoodie, Small

Ticket prices* are as follows

VIP: contact Producer for details
GOLD: Php 3,950.00
SILVER: Php 1,550.00
BRONZE: php550.00

*All sections are free standing

Here's the official Paramore Manila Concert Ground Floor Plan:
click image to enlarge

The VIP section is nearest the stage, middle center. For VIP ticket inquiries/orders, please contact Mr.Charlemagne Lim at 0917-8334223 or 0922-8334223. Slots are limited so get your tickets now!

TGIF Php145 Chicken Fingers on December 11

T.G.I. Friday's Philippines turns 15 tomorrow and they are giving everyone a special treat!

From 6pm to closing time on December 11 (Friday), customers can get the Chicken Fingers for only P145. No minimum purchase required!

hand-battered chicken tenders served with fries and your choice of dip

That's, like, WOW. Maybe the guys at TGIF could also throw in a promo on their margaritas. *wink wink*

This promo will be available in all TGIF branches: Glorietta 3, Robinsons Place Manila, Alabang Town Center, Tomas Morato, Sta. Lucia, Robinsons Galleria, Bonifacio High Street, TriNoma, SM MOA and Ayala Center Cebu.

For more info, check out www.fridays.com.ph


Can you imagine life without digital?


SEAT SALE ALERT: Philippine Airlines offers Manila to Hongkong roundtrip flights for USD98

This December, fly roundtrip Manila to Hongkong via Philippine Airlines (PAL) for only USD98!

Sale Period: December 2 to 7, 2009
Travel Period: December 2 to 15, 2009. Travel must be completed by 15 December 2009

The USD98 fare is inclusive of surcharges and exclusive of government taxes and airport fees. Free 15kg baggage allowance. Valid only on PR 310 and PR 312 Economy Fiesta flights for Manila to Hong Kong.

Flight details are as follows:

PR 310 MNL - HKG
ETD 18:35
ETA 20:45

PR 312 MNL - HKG
ETD 19:35
ETA 21:35

Book and buy now through www.philipippineairlines.com or visit your nearest PAL Ticket Offices. You may alsco call PAL reservations Manila: (02) 855-8888, Cebu (032) 340-0191, Davao: (082) 222-0366 or your travel agent.


CEB implements new booking, cancellation policies

Beginning next month, Cebu Pacific (CEB) will be implementing new booking and cancellation policies where changing the name in tickets will now be allowed.

Candice Iyog, CEB's vice president for marketing, said under the new rules, in the case of voluntary or guest-initiated changes, passengers can reschedule their ticket but more than one day before departure date. This includes modifying flight, route, date of travel and name, or cancelling flights.

Involuntary flight disruptions--such as cancellations or delays by CEB--of three hours or more, meanwhile, would allow passengers to a full cash refund or they may store booking in the "Travel Fund" for future travel without penalties within 30 days.

During situations beyond the airline's control such as weather, bird-strike or closure of airports, tickets are not refundable but passengers my rebook flights without penalties as long as travel is completed within 30 days. Passengers may also store booking in the Travel Fund, but with a penalty since these disruptions are beyond CEB's control.

The new Travel Fund allows passengers to use the value of changed flights within 90 days from the date the fund is created, or to transfer the booking to another passenger. The fund eliminates the waiting time for refunds. Passengers can immediately use the stored amount for their next booking.

"The new policy and Travel Fund benefit passengers by allowing them the use of travel credits anytime within its validity period," Iyog said.

“Our low fares and improved on-time performance (OTP) led to a steady increase in passengers and their concern for convenience is an important consideration for CEB. The new business policy provides greater flexibility to passengers while retaining the advantage of very low fares,” Iyog added.

"CEB implements new booking, cancellation policies" by Itchie Cabayan
People's Tonight (p.2), November 25, 2009


SALE ALERT: Canon 3-Day Christmas Sale at Tiendesitas


Here's another long-weekend gadget sale from Canon!

Enjoy huge discounts and exciting giveaways only at the Canon 3-day Yuletide Season Sale on November 28 to 30, 2009 at Tiendesitas Delicacies Village Lobby. On sale are selected Canon cameras, DSLRs, camcorders and printers. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Canon didn't release the price list, but here are the items that will be on sale this weekend:

DSLRs and lenses:

1000d 450d 500d 50d 40d 5d mark II 50mm 1.8 55-250is 50mm 1.4 85mm 1.8 17-40 16-35 70-200 35mm 1.4 24mm 1.4.

Save up to Php 18,000 on the following units:

DIGITAL IXUS 800 DIGITAL IXUS i7Zoom PowerShot A570 POWERSHOT A580 POWERSHOT A620 POWERSHOT A630 POWERSHOT A720 POWERSHOT A460 POWERSHOT SX100 ZR 830 MiniDV Camcorder ZR 800 MiniDV Camcorder DC 220 DVD Camcorder DC 210 DVD Camcorder

Shop will be open from 12noon to 8pm, from November 28 to 30, at the Tiendesitas Delicacies Village Lobby.

Happy shopping!

World Pyrolympics moved to January 2010

The Executive Committee of the World Pyro Olympics (WPO) '09 announced the RESCHEDULING of the WPO, originally set on November 28, December 5, 12 and 19, to January 2010.

The incessant rains and flooding during the past months have rendered the firing area almost unfit for pyrotechnics launchings which have certain international standards to observe. The participating countries have thus agreed to reschedule the event.

Tickets purchased will still be honored on the new event dates.  Final dates will be announced soon. Ticket holders are requested to contact our hotlines at 568-6908 / 384-0239 or visit the WPO official website for more details.


SALE ALERT: Converse Mega Sale 2009

Converse offers its annual Mega Sale on December 3 to 6, 2009. Visit Megatrade Hall 2, 5/F Megmall Building B, and get up to 70% discount on selected Converse shoes and apparel. No entrance fee. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Happy Shopping! :)


SEAT SALE ALERT: Cebu Pacific Piso fare is Back!!!

Cebu Pacific offers another 'Go Lite' One Peso Seat Sale for all domestic and international destinations!

Sale Period: November 20 to 22
Travel Period: June 15 to September 30, 2010

This promotion is only available via www.cebupacificair.com or through travel agents using the Amadeus global distribution system. Book and buy now  at www.cebupacificair.com or contact reservations hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888, and pay through CEB ticketing offices, online, or via ATM or over the counter in partner banks.

*Go-Lite: 7kg hand-carry baggage
*Optional: Add P100 upon booking for 15kg check-in baggage
*Fares are inclusive of tax and surchages
*Exclusive of airport terminal fees and applicable government taxes



In celebration of the first Boeing 777ER delivery, Philippine Airlines brings you the lucky sevens! Enjoy the PHP777 and PHP1777 special domestic fares (ALL-IN One-way fares on Economy Class INCLUSIVE of V.A.T. ).

The Boeing 77-300ER joins PAL's impressive fleet comprised of five Boeing 747-400s, four Airbus A340-300s, eight Airbus A330-300s, eighteen Airbus A320-200s, and fours Airbus A319-100s.

PHP 777 (Base Fare: PHP 693)

PHP 777 (Base Fare: PHP 693)
Between CEBU and DAVAO

PHP 1,777 (Base Fare: PHP 1586)

Sale Period: November 19 to 25, 2009 
Travel Period: December 01 to 25, 2009 and February 01 to March 15, 2010

Book and buy now through www.philipippineairlines.com or visit your nearest PAL Ticket Offices. You may alsco call PAL reservations Manila: (02) 855-8888, Cebu (032) 340-0191, Davao: (082) 222-0366 or your travel agent.


National Geographic Channel launches Big Blue exhibit in Manila

National Geographic Channel, in partnership with Ayala Malls and The Mind Museum, unveiled a life-size sculpture of the world’s biggest baby blue whale in Manila last November 17, 2009. This is the last stop of the Asian tour that aims to further public understanding of blue whales. Blue whales are the largest creature to ever inhabit the earth. Bigger than the greatest dinosaurs, they weigh up to 200 tons and extend up to 30 meters.

The Big Blue Exhibition will take visitors into the world of the magnificent blue whales. The sophisticated sculpture will be the highlight of the event. It is a life-like rendering of a nine-meter long, two-month old, female blue whale that was created by a team of professional model makers in Australia.

 Baby Blue Whale replica

The exhibition also includes expert sharing sessions, conservation and education activities, and a feature writing competition. It features never-before-seen footages from National Geographic’s groundbreaking documentary, Big Blue.

The Big Blue Exhibition will run in five different venues on the following dates:  Glorietta 5, November 17-26; Trinoma Mall, November 28-December 11; Alabang Town Center, January 4-17; Market! Market!, January 18-February 2; and Greenbelt Mall, February 3-17.

Lorie Tan of WWF

“Te National Geographic Channel is delighted to launch Asia’s first Blue Whale Exhibition in Manila, in partnership with Ayala Malls and the Mind Museum. We hope that this inspiring encounter with this majestic creature will spark imaginations and further interest in marine conservation and how oceans relates closely to the well-being of humans,” said Sonia Jackson, senior vice president for marketing and general manager for Hong Kong and the Philippines of Fox International Channel, the mother company of National Geographic Channel.

The Ayala Malls, led by Ayala Group senior vice president Marivic Anonuevo, is committed to support the National Geographic’s efforts to encourage Filipinos to care for this beautiful creature and raise awareness of marine conservation in the Philippines.

Learn from the expert

National Geographic and The Mind Museum have invited local marine mammal scientist Dr. Arnel Andrew Yaptinchay to host special sharing sessions to inspire students and visitors of the Big Blue Exhibition.

Dr. Yaptinchay is one of the volunteer scientists providing advice on some exhibits for the museum. He is involved in conservation initiatives on threatened marine species such as the whale shark, cetaceans, and dugong in the Philippines. Dr. Yaptinchay has once served as director for the Species Conservation Program of World Wide Fund-Philippines. He will share his experiences with local audiences and answer questions.

Big Blue documentary

Showing on National Geographic Channel 18 November at 7 pm, 21 November at 11 am, and 22 November at 8 pm, the two-hour Big Blue special is the first documentary to uncover the mysteries of the blue whale.

The special features never-before-seen moments in the life of blue whales, with stunning first-time footage of a blue whale calf and its mother and amazing shots of an adult blue whale singing. 

Audiences will also get a unique whale’s view through an advanced technology developed by National Geographic called CRITTERCAM®, which allows unprecedented access into the animal kingdom without human interference.

This state-of-the-art research device was attached to a blue whale’s back to record footages of the animal as it travels deep into the ocean to allow scientists to study its behaviors.

For more information about the Big Blue Multimedia Exhibition and the Big Blue documentary, please visit http://www.ngcasia.com/programmes/blue-whale  

Agatep Team

AAI Media Relations Team


Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana Gives Filipinos the Ultimate Mexican Dining Experience

Pasig City, Philippines – Located at the Foodstreet of Ortigas Home Depot Compound , Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana opened its doors to the public – April of 2009. It is fast becoming a favorite among the Ortigas Yuppies who always seek new places to unwind after a hard day’s work. Not only that, Jalapeno also has Families that frequently come in for early dinners and weekend family gatherings.

Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana is mainly a restaurant that serves authentic mouth watering Mexican cuisine that will surely satisfy anyone’s Mexican food craving. Apart from that --- Jalapeno regulars confess that they enjoy the selection of specialty Mexican cocktails, particularly the slush margaritas and dark and light Mojitos.

Filipinos are adventurous foodies, always on the lookout for something new to try. The diverse taste and love for food of Pinoys make Restaurant Industry a stable revenue contributor to the Philippine economy. For business owners such as Romeo Reyes Jr. and Rommel Ramos , putting up Jalapeno is a sensible idea since it is a specialty restaurant that aims to meet the dining requirements of customers who enjoys variety in their regular night outs. Nothing beats authentic Mexican food with hearty servings and great drinks in a fun, true to its theme atmosphere.

The menu at Jalapeno features a wide array of great Mexican food selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients carefully prepared… also considering the colors, textures and aromas that is distinctly Mexican.

Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana prides itself for having one of the best Chefs in the Metro as its General Manager --- Chef Jonah Trinidad .

“We carefully planned the menu and made necessary research to make everything authentic. Filipino customers are particular when it comes to what they like and what they don’t like. So we really have to study everything carefully in order for us to bring them the ultimate Mexican dining experience” says the young celebrity Chef.

“The menu prices at Jalapeno are very affordable. By thoroughly planning and choosing the where to get our ingredients --we were able to come out with very reasonable price point for our dishes… much lower than other Mexican restaurants around.” he adds


Spotting Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana at the Food Street of Ortigas Home Depot is effortless. The exterior of the restaurant is tastefully designed true to its theme. The quaint and cozy appeal of the Jalapeno sets it apart from the neighboring establishments. From the darkly tainted wooden furniture, the heavy wooden doors and subdued yellow-orange painted walls --- the rustic outdoor seating area sets the mood for guests that they are in for an authentic Mexican experience.

Both for aesthetic and function , a small tequila bar with high metal and wood stools is located by the entrance. Its center piece is a dark- arched wooden display case mounted on the wall-- where different liquors used for their Mexican cocktails are showcased. Also--several small accent pieces are found on the walls and atop the bar to complete look.

The Mexican theme continues as you step inside the restaurant. The remarkably detailed interior design make foodies feel that they are in a small cantina in Mexico. The soft lighting adds up to its customary features and ambiance. The downstairs space is utilized by placing a few tables that comfortably sits a small group. Upstairs— is the main dining space of Jalapeno… wood floors and furniture plus the colorful walls and dim lighting accentuated with rustic decors are combined to maintain the theme.

You will truly appreciate the effort and attention to detail they put into designing the whole place. The homey tone and warm cozy ambiance of Jalapeno wants all guests to feel relaxed and right at home.


Most get intimidated to try out Mexican food because it’s best known for its rich and very spicy flavors. In Jalapeno --- the hotness and spiciness of the dishes is up to you. Much thought and effort was given in creating the menu of Jalapeno to make the dishes as authentic yet still fit the Pinoy palate.

Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana’s menu is divided into several sections: appetizers, soups and salads, fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos and the main course selection. Most patrons that come in groups order a dish or two from each section to sample out what Jalapeno has to offer. Guests often ask for additional servings of dishes they particularly like, afterwards. Plus the variety of dishes will surely appeal to both vegetarians and meat eaters.

The affordable price makes the experience even more worthwhile. For a hearty meal and a refreshing drink, the average tab per person would normally start at 200Php.

The Tacos and Nachos are the most popular among Pinoys. Here at Jalapeno, have a taste of the authentic Mexican taco with your choice of their scrumptious chicken or beef, salsa verde, lettuce and cheese filling served with either a warm tortilla or the traditional taco shell. Not your typical Nacho pica-pica found in most resto-bars, their tasty Mexican Nachos topped with fresh Mexican Salsa, Chili Beef, Jalapeno, Sour Cream, and Cheese Sauce is another appetizer favorite in Jalapeno.

Jalapeno’s Enchiladas, Quesadillas and Burritos have different varieties you can choose from that will surely please both vegetarians and meat eaters. The menu also indicates how mild or spicy some dishes are. If you really want it mild, you can just ask the friendly crew and they will prepare them as requested. You can also order additional flour tortillas, served in a covered container to keep it warm and fresh. And if you want more of Jalapeno’s dips and other add-ons, these are also available.

For refreshments, Jalapeno menu has a wide selection of Non-alcoholic beverages, beers, Specialty cocktails and mixers, shooters and wines that customers can choose from.

Overall--- Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana has achieved the taste, look and feel of a genuine Mexican restaurant. Filipinos can now go on an authentic Mexican food trip without leaving town.


Jalapeño Cantina Mexicana Menu

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