Wednesday, December 23, 2015

First Laser Projection System in South East Asia opens at SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu

SM Cinema will be the first in all of Southeast Asia to use the film industry’s latest movie asset: the laser projection system.

SM Cinema redefines the premium 3d cinema experience by launching Southeast Asia’s first laser projection system at the forefront of Cebu, SM Seaside City. The Christie® 6P laser projection system will be used on SM’s new large format theatre entitled “LARGE SCREEN FORMAT,” cinema which boasts of a super-sized screen almost 30% larger than the regular cinema screen size. Representing the pinnacle of laser-illuminated projection, the Christie® 6P laser produces the brightest images with 80% illumination. The Christie®6P laser offers the best 3D platform that accurately reproduces the colors of the actual movie set, developing the most immersive cinema experience.

The Large Screen Format theatre also proudly uses the DOLBY ATMOS Sound System and the top-of-the-line Christie Vive Speakers, engulfing its audience in riveting surround-sound. The Large Screen Format will house 351 guests, seating patrons in a stadium-like setting.

First Laser Projection System in South East Asia opens at SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu

THE FIRST SM CENTER STAGE IN CEBU


SM Cinema opens the first “CENTER STAGE” in Cebu at SM Seaside City. A hybrid between a cinema and a stage theatre, “CENTER STAGE” is the perfect venue for movie premieres, community plays, school programs, and live events with a maximum capability of 830 seats. Aesthetically striking even from its grand lobby, the theatre boasts of a versatile space with ample theatre lighting, 2 standard dressing rooms, and 1 star dressing room. On days that the theatre is not used for events, the cinema screen plunges down to reveal an impressive space ready for movie-watching. The Center Stage in SM Seaside City Cebu follows suit to the Center Stage in Manila, which has served as home to majestic movie-watching, pageants, concerts, and other grand occasions. 

Offering the best movie options in the country: SM Seaside City Cebu earlier opened with 2 Director’s Club Cinemas and 4 regular sized cinemas at the SM Seaside City Cebu.

IN TIME FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS


The LARGE SCREEN FORMAT and CENTER STAGE opens just in time for the most-awaited galactic saga of the year: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Watch the latest sequel to the epic film at the country’s best cinemas.  SM LARGE SCREEN CINEMA will carry the film from its opening date on December 17 and all throughout MMFF, while cinemas such as the Center Stage will screen the film on the movie’s first week and will resume content on January 8 onwards.

The LARGE SCREEN FORMAT and CENTER STAGE may be found on the 2nd floor of SM Seaside City Cebu. For more inquiries, log on to www.smcinema.com.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Philippines AirAsia Launches Restaurant in the Sky

Brand new in-flight meal features gourmet Filipino dishes
and Asean-inspired creations


MANILA, 15 December 2015 – Craving for sisig from 35,000 feet above? AirAsia guests flying to, from, and within the Philippines are in for a wonderful treat as Philippines AirAsia today officially started serving hot meals from its newest in-flight menu concept themed “Santan” which replaces AirAsia Café as part of the airline’s latest offerings to enhance customer experience while flying.

Fresh new items include Bangus Sisig, a Filipino dish made of chunks of boneless milkfish sautéed in onions seasoned with salt, pepper and spices. Buffalo Chicken Strips and Barbeque Cola Beef are tasty versions of grilled meat with smoky sauce paired with tomato rice or roasted potatoes. Those who are watching their calories, meanwhile, must try the new Vegetarian Chickpea Curry or the classic Maan’s Pasta Arabiata. New dishes are available for on-board and pre-book purchase in all Philippines AirAsia flights to/from Manila, Kalibo/Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea.  

Other delectable dishes also pay tribute to ASEAN flavours such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Beef Caldereta and Adobo hence the menu is titled: Santan, an essential ingredient in Malay cooking which refers to the liquid obtained from pressing shredded coconut meat. Santan is thick, creamy and often use as a substitute for butter, cream or soup stock in Asean cooking.


Apart from the new hot meals, guests will be able to choose from variety of sweets with choices such as Lemon Torte, Banoffee Cake, Sinful chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies from as low as P80 for on-board purchase and at discounted price for pre-booked.

All AirAsia guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to save up to 20% as compared to purchasing their meals on board, with a guarantee that their preferred meals are available during their flights. Guests who have booked their flights without meals, meanwhile, can easily add them in via the ‘Manage My Booking’ option after logging in to www.airasia.com.

 Philippines AirAsia Commercial Head, Gerard Peñaflor said, “We value customer experience at all points of the journey – from the purchase of the ticket to leaving the airport, on board, and onto the destination. This latest enhancement in our in-flight menu makes flying with us also a delightful dining experience.”
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Myanmar’s New Luxury Strand Cruise Sets Sail Along Fabled Ayeyarwaddy River With Chinese New Year Offers

Traditional ‘Year of the Monkey’ celebration with 20% discount on voyage from Bagan to Mandalay, departing February 8, 2016

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - Dec 16, 2015 - The newly-launched luxurious Strand Cruise re-invents the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel with a contemporary river cruise experience and offers a 20% discount aboard Myanmar's newest and most luxurious river vessel with a special Chinese New Year voyage exploring the fabled Ayeyarwaddy River.


Sail Myanmar's Newest Luxury Experience, The Strand Cruise, for Chinese New Year

The promotion also includes celebrations welcoming the Chinese 'Year of the Monkey' on a 4-night voyage aboard the 5-star colonial-style cruiser departing on Monday, February 8, 2016.

The cruise rekindles the 'Golden Age' of travel voyaging from the awe-inspiring plain of temples of Bagan to legendary Mandalay.

With 24-hour butler service in 25 cabin suites with French balconies and two signature Strand Suites with private balcony, The Strand Cruise is an exceptional luxury experience, complete with gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, spa pampering, lounge library, gym and swimming pool.

Exclusive guided tours, afternoon tea, informative lectures, cultural encounters ashore, outdoor BBQs, amusing party games including a Mandarin speaking close-up Magician, elegant cocktail parties and wine-paired gourmet dining are all part of the convivial 'Golden Age' adventure.

On the Chinese New Year cruise, on-board live entertainment includes traditional New Year games, mahjong, treasure hunts and competitions. The celebration cruise culminates in a symphony of firecrackers and exchange of hong bao [traditional red packets], before a banquet featuring traditional Jiaozi to welcome the Year of the Monkey.

The Strand Cruise is embarking on a series of celebratory maiden voyages on its Festive Season launch by The Strand Hotel in Yangon, a distinguished colonial icon once acclaimed "the finest hostelry east of Suez".

With a guest list from royalty and nobility to eminent authors Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, the hotel now promises an "unrivalled experience" of one of Asia's most captivating waterways aboard the new 61-metre colonial-style cruiser.

The Chinese New Year promotion discounts the four-night cruises to a starting price of US$2,888 (usually from US$3,592). Bookings can be made via Myanmar tour operators or direct by contacting captain@thestrandcruise.com or the website www.thestrandcruise.com.

"The new cruiser re-invents the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel with a contemporary river cruise experience," said Molly McBride, Manager of The Strand Cruise. "What makes a journey along the Ayeyarwaddy River so special is the fascinating landscape through which you glide, from ancient temples to daily life of the communities living at the water's edge. Over Chinese New Year, we're making the experience is even more memorable with celebrations welcoming the Year of the Monkey."

Olivier Trinquand, Vice President The Strand Hotel & Cruise, added: "The Strand name has been associated with luxury hospitality and a pioneering spirit in Myanmar for the past 114 years. Our unsurpassed knowledge of this beautiful country enables us to bring to life the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel.

"Securing exclusive private moorings and creating uniquely authentic experiences onshore, we visit more off-the-beaten-track villages and landmarks for a more genuine interaction with local communities and cultures."


SOURCE: The Strand Cruise

Friday, December 11, 2015

Philippines AirAsia Gears Up for 2016

Promo fares for domestic and international flights to/from the Philippines are up for grabs now!

MANILA, 7 December 2015 – The hype is building up for AirAsia in the Philippines with the consolidation of its operation two years after its local unit, AirAsia Inc. signed a partnership agreement with home grown airline ZestAir in 2013.

Philippines AirAsia CEO, Joy Cañeba said, “Efficient service to our guests and safety are at the heart of everything we do in Philippines AirAsia. We are here to provide only the best value and world-class service that every Filipino deserves.”
Philippines AirAsia has replaced the AirAsia Zest brand following the approval from Philippine regulatory authorities in September by the Securities and Exchange Commission and in December by CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) and CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) this year.

The airline has a total of 927 regular employees after the transition to a single operating certificate in September. Captain Dexter Commendador was also recently appointed Chief Operating Officer.


To celebrate the announcement, international and domestic flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Kalibo(Boracay), Tacloban, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and South Korea are on promotional sale from as low as P1,299, all-in and one-way only and available for booking at www.airasia.com from today (December 7) to 13 December 2015. The travel period for this promo will be for immediate travels now until 30 June 2016.

Guests may also opt to complement their trip with Philippines AirAsia’s in-flight meals and get as much as 20% discount for pre-booked Bangus Sisig, Beef Caldererta, Adobo, Vegetarian Chickpea Curry and other ASEAN flavoured dishes.   
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).

BPI Sets New Banking Trend With Make The Best Happen Campaign

CEBU CITY—Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is setting a new trend in banking with its Make the Best Happen campaign.

Over and above offering its slew its range of products and services, BPI first of all wants to support its clients by helping them focus on their life aspirations.
BPI, the first bank in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region, has a wide range of consumer, corporate, and investment banking products and services.
In a statement, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President, said the bank wants to focus on needs-based financial planning where individuals make decisions based not on returns but on the goals they want to achieve.

The process begins with helping clients identify their life needs and goals and then create a priority list based on those aspirations. Clients are then encouraged to make personal financial assessments, computing, among others, one’s net worth, cash flow requirements, and even emergency funds.
Based on this initial assessment, BPI helps clients create a game plan, mindful of their budgets, goals, risk profile, and investment options.

“BPI empowers Filipinos to make the best of their lives happen by through its innovative and accessible financial solutions,” Consing said. “We strive to know and understand the individual circumstances and financial needs of our clients, then offer financial advice. Only then do we propose certain solutions that are suitable and customized for each and every client.”


Tricia Quiambao, Head of BPI’s Strategic Brand Management, said BPI’s Make the Best Happen campaign is a different look on banking. “We put a premium on understanding our clients and their needs, whether it’s to travel, or start a business, or fund their children’s education,” she said.

“As people become more and more aware of the world around them and the many possibilities and opportunities it offers, BPI would like to enable them to accomplish those goals and aspirations better, faster and more efficiently.”Rally Jereza, BPI Division Head for Visayas and Mindanao, added: “Cebu has been a hub of out-of-thebox thinking, and BPI feels right at home with our trendsetting solutions. With Make the Best Happen, we aim to expand the conversation with our clients and friends, beyond solutions and into actual life and lifestyle choices.”

The microsite devoted to the Make the Best Happen campaign—makethebesthappen.phaddresses some of the top life and lifestyle goals of most individuals: travel, health, parenting, shopping, future, and dining. Its content is enriched every week with updated content derived from current areas of interest.

Bank of the Philippine Islands l 6768 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 PH l (02) 816 9223 l bpiexpressonline.com I 2 ABOUT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS BPI, the first bank in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, is a universal bank with an expanded banking license. Together with its subsidiaries, BPI offers a wide range of financial services from consumer banking and lending, asset management, securities brokerage and distribution, insurance, leasing, foreign exchange, and corporate and investment banking. BPI is a leader in Philippine banking, with its high market capitalization, strong Tier 1 capital adequacy ratio and healthy shareholder return, all promoted and supported by prudent management.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

CBC Bloggers to Stage Cebu Blogging Summit 2015

CEBU CITY -- Cebu Blogging Summit, a free event organized by the bloggers, managers and leads of Cebu Blogging Community, is an annual conference for bloggers and friends who want to learn more about the craft. This year’s blogging summit will be held at Century Plaza Hotel on December 12, 2015, Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

With a theme: #CBClevelup: Cebu Bloggers 2.0 (Cebu Bloggers as Thought Leaders and Opinion Makers), the objective of this year’s Cebu Blogging Summit is
to empower bloggers especially those who have been blogging for a long time to become thought leaders, social media influencers and opinion-makers. Through the
event, the organizers can encourage more bloggers to be empowering online personalities in Cebu.

“This year’s blogging summit aims to empower those who have been blogging for a few months or years and those who have been thinking to start their own blog sites to kindle their passion and improve their blogging skills”, says Bjornson Bernales, the Chairman of Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 organizing team. “

We have been encouraging the bloggers in Cebu Blogging Community to level up and venture on things within the realm of blogging such as digital marketing, content writing and entrepreneurship. Honing the skills may take time. But this is where the managers and leads of the blogging community regard the opportunities to support other bloggers in the spirit of social good,” Bernales adds.


Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 is staged for bloggers and those interested to start their blog sites to be connected with other bloggers in Cebu and in the Philippines. Newbie bloggers can learn from the event the blogging ways-- from starting a blog to monetizing it to attain blogging sustainability.

Resource speakers include the top bloggers of Cebu and members of Cebu Blogging Community. Invited speakers also include personalities in Philippines blogosphere and politics.

Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 is presented by eStrat Media and co-presented by PLDT Home.

Century Plaza Hotel is the venue partner of Cebu Blogging Summit 2015.

Platinum Sponsors: Hosting Visa and Geiser Maclang
Gold sponsors: Diamond Hotel and Suites, Happy Soy, Global Hub Serviced Offices,
Silver sponsors: Ginto Chocolates, SuWhat, Omnia Bellus Spa, SongHits BTC,
Bronze sponsors: Waki Waffles, Maverick Ideas
Media Partners:  Philippine Information Agency, Bjorn Cebuano, iNewMedia.org, CebuBloggingCommunity.com

Event partners: NarvasaMary.com, ExoticPhilippines.info, ChannelMarie.com, VanillaHouseWife.com, TwoWayTravels.com, KalamiCebu.com, WonderfulCebu.com, Zuprome.com, Mommywanders.com, NestedThoughts.com, Emjaefotos.com and PinoyMetroGeek.com.

Blog partners:  ViajeraCebuana.com, BisayaShortFilms.blogspot.com, MaeCimafranca.com, Rockxscissors.com, WhyCebu.com

Community partners: GBG Mandaue, GDG Cebu, GEG Cebu, Yabe Portal

For more information, please visit cebubloggingcommunity.com.

For inquiries, contact Bjorn Bernales at bjorn@estratmedia.com or on mobile at 0947-094-0350.

About Cebu Blogging Community

Cebu Blogging Community (CBC) is a community-driven group formed to unite bloggers in Cebu under a collective purpose.CBC aims to establish camaraderie among bloggers, improve blogging skills of members, and provide support to bloggers aspiring to reach the top of their respective niches. The community embraces social responsibility by providing great content that promotes social awareness.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Haier offers a larger, wider and smarter choice through U5000A Android TV

The fast-paced lifestyle Filipinos currently live on demands more time out at work and lesser time inside the home, thus the emergence of internet and smartphones was convenient to everyone, most especially Filipinos are known to be avid followers of television programs and movies. In spite of this, according to a survey conducted by Nielsen Philippines (2015), Filipinos still prefer the bigger screens as their medium of entertainment.

Haier, the number 1 brand of consumer appliances, presents an innovative platform where people can enjoy streaming at their own time in the comfort of their homes, on a bigger screen than their computers and phones.

The new U5000A Android TV has a pre-installed Android system that is officially GMS-certified, granting the consumers easy upgrade of the TV’s Android system. Commonly used applications such as Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube are pre-installed cater to the consumers’ video, game and entertainment demand.


With its ultra-thin frame, the new U5000A series stands out with a modern and elegant look, available in 43” and 49”. This range offers a TV Direct LED with Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, a 6 mega (6,000,000:1) dynamic contrast, 50 Hz frequency, a 400 F2R image refresh for clearer viewing, Android 4.4 Kitkat OS, and boasts its Smart Share, Smart Control, Multi-compatibility, and wireless internet connection features.

Moreover, it includes a QuadCore CPU plus 8GB Flash, 3 HDMI ports, AV, DVD, PC Input, 1 headphone port, 1 scart connecter, 1.4a, automatic volume limiter, 2 USB ports for cloning, 2 lots of 2 X 10W loudspeakers, 1 S/PDIF numerical interface, TimeShift, and A+ energy rating.

Once connected to the internet, either through WiFi or an Ethernet cable, downloading and watching shows and movies from Google Play, as well as listening to music straight on your TV will be more convenient. Consumers can now transfer files directly from other gadgets and play games downloaded from Google Play in full HD.

Haier’s second range of Smart TV will definitely bring its users to a whole new entertainment experience, which is larger, wider and smarter.



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About Haier

Haier is a leading first-class brand of innovative home appliance products and services that creates value for consumers beyond their expectations. Haier is about inspiring Filipino homes to live life in a higher standard with more energy-efficient, user-friendly and environment-friendly home appliances – ‘Smarter Life, Better Planet’.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

World no. 1 tennis legend Serena Williams to headline Philippine Mavericks in IPTL 2015

Presented by the country’s most powerful broadband PLDT HOME Fibr

The country’s most powerful broadband PLDT HOME Fibr is set to bring in the world’s top tennis players for season two of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) once again.

Commencing on December 2 in Kobe, Japan, the IPTL’s three-day Manila-leg will be played from December 6-8 at the Mall of Asia Arena as part of a five-nation tour. Scheduled stops at New Delhi, Dubai, and Singapore will follow.

Headlining this year’s crop of tennis superstars for the newly-branded Philippine Mavericks team is none other than the current number one Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) pro, Serena Williams.
Known as ‘Meka’ and ‘Momma Smash’, Williams has won the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined for active players, male or female. Her assault on the four major tennis competitions, also known as the Grand Slam—the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, played in that order—has elevated Williams to such lofty status that winning four of those tournaments in a row is now referred to as a “Serena Slam”.


She has achieved this twice in her career: once between 2002 and 2003, and recently with her win at the 2014 US Open and through the first three Grand Slams of 2015. Williams holds a total of 34 Grand Slam titles, putting her seventh on the record books.

Only the fourth player in WTA history to reach 250 weeks as the world’s top seed, Williams recently surpassed Chris Evert, who was ranked number one by a total of 260 weeks, by an additional week. 
The only players ahead of Williams are the retired greats Martina Navratilova (332 weeks) and Steffi Graf (377 weeks). Since Williams still actively competes and shows no signs of slowing down, it is likely that she will soon hold the all-time record.

A powerful server, Williams was once clocked at a peak serve of 128.6 mph (207.0 km/h), the third fastest in history, putting her behind her sister Venus (at 129 mph) and Sabine Lisicki (131 mph).

Accompanying Williams on the Philippine squad are Mixed Doubles Grand Slam titleholder Richard Gasquet, Wimbledon Championships WTA titleholder Lisicki, 2013 Australian Open Mixed Doubles titleholder Jarmila Gajdosova, the youngest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top 100 Borna Coric, ATP World Tour Doubles titleholder and Pinoy pride Treat Huey, and World No. 8 in men’s singles and Mavericks Team captain Mark Philippoussis.

The IPTL format will be similar to 2014, where world-class tennis pros will be grouped to represent teams from India, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan as an added fifth team in 2015.

“With its expanded lineup, season two of IPTL is definitely going to be bigger and more extraordinary,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said. “The competition features more than 30 international tennis superstars, and with legend Serena Williams serving up our very own Philippine Mavericks, PLDT HOME Fibr is very excited to bring this level of premier entertainment to our Filipino sports fans.”

As a treat to customers, all PLDT HOME Fibr subscribers are entitled to a 20 percent discount for their tickets to the IPTL Philippine leg. They also get a chance to win VIP tickets complete with a red carpet treatment—two-way rides via the luxury car service Uber Black so that they can arrive at MOA Arena and go home in style.

PLDT HOME Fibr delivers powerful Internet of up to 1 Gbps, allowing high-speed browsing of multiple websites and the country’s first symmetrical speed service. Recently, it launched the new PLDT HOME Fibr Plan 2899 which offers 50 Mbps. Customers who apply before January 31, 2016 will have their speed boosted to 100 Mbps for the first six months of their subscription.

For more information on the country’s most powerful broadband, visit pldthome.com/fibr.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AirAsia Travel Advisory: Self Check-In and Arrive Early At The Airport This Holiday Period

  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to scheduled departure flights
  • Utilize Web, Mobile or Self Check-In Kiosk services for your travel convenience
  • Pre-book sufficient check-in baggage allowance and inflight meals to avoid disappointment

MANILA, 30 NOVEMBER 2015 – AirAsia would like to encourage all guests travelling during the holiday period to conduct self-check-in and arrive at the airport earlier to clear all travelling formalities and avoid the expected congestion due to the surge of passenger numbers throughout this period.

Guests are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours for AirAsia flights prior to the scheduled time of departure of their respective flights and to perform Self-Check-In via Web, Mobile app or Kiosk services for their travel convenience.

Self Check-In via Web, Mobile or Kiosk services are available from 14 days and up to 1 hour prior to departure for all AirAsia flights. It is also highly recommended for guests to print out their boarding passes before arriving at the airport to ease their travel process.

For guests with baggage to check-in, Baggage Drop counters close 60 minutes before flight departure. As congestion is expected at the baggage drop counters, immigration checkpoints, security scanning, and baggage clearance during this holiday season, it is advisable to complete the baggage drop process and proceed to the boarding gate as early as possible.

The airline would like to remind guests that only ONE piece of carry-on cabin baggage weighing no more than 7kg and within the 36cm (h) x 23cm (w) x 56cm (l) dimensions are allowed. Guests are also advised to ensure they have pre-book sufficient baggage allocation for their travels, and can always add more baggage allocation via the ‘Manage My Booking’ feature on the website.

AirAsia Travel Advisory Self Check-In and Arrive Early At The Airport This Holiday Period

It is also recommended for guests to pre-book their meals online to avoid any disappointment and ensure their preferred meals are available during their flights. Pre-booked meals are available up to 24 hours before scheduled departure time via the ‘Manage My Booking’ feature as well.

Guests with group booking, reduced mobility or with special needs are only allowed to check-in at the counter and should allocate more time to clear all travelling formalities. Rest assured, AirAsia’s ground staff will be available at the airport to assist all guests with their travelling needs and to ensure a pleasant journey for everyone.

AirAsia would also like to wish everyone a pleasant journey and happy holidays ahead.
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).

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