Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Enjoy the scene at World Premieres Film Festival 2016.

Some of this year's actors and Film makers for WPFF 2016.
Now on its third year, World Premieres Film Festival headed by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is back, starting this June 29 up to July 10 with almost 60 films all around the globe, plus a lot film showcase including Filipino Film Classics like “Pagdating Sa Dulo”  by Ismael Bernal that was digitally restored and serve as the opening film of the festival.

“We pride ourselves in having the selection of our main competition, which this year are 6 international Films that yet to be seen or screen outside of their origin country, so more or less the first time they are going to show to a foreign audiences, and Word Premiere also hopes to always have a varied line up, different sections, different films that really showcase the culture and films of different countries all over.”  Quintin Cu-Unjieng, Project Development Officer of FDCP.

This year’s venue of Festivals also spread within the metro, there is at Cinematheque Centre Manila, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Greenbelt 3, Shang Cineplex and Uptown Cinemas. All of this participating Cinemas will only charge P100 per ticket.

The 12 day Festival had the following sections, Main Competitions, Filipino New Cinema, Intercontinental, Vietnam-Country of Honor, ASEAN Skies, Spotlight: China, and many more.

But why they are doing this Festival in the Philippines only, since its scope is bringing the world of Cinema to everyone, Co-Unjieng explain that it is pioneer here in Manila that’s why it is the home of World Premieres, aside from movie screening they also conducts seminars and talks by participating film makers, on how they create or film their masterpieces.

“The main mission is to just develop a international showcases within the Philippines, where Filipino viewers as well as international will have the chance viewing different films, as varied as cultural diverse as they can, from different countries around the world.” Cu-Unjieng explain.

For complete list of participating movies and schedules please visit www.wpff.ph or email info@wpff.ph you may call them also at (02) 256-9908 or check out www.facebook.com/worldpremieresfilmfestival
FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos
WPFF is headed by FDCP, in partnership with National Film Archives of the Philippines, with some ASEAN Partners and few other International Film and Cultural institutions.

See you at the movies and #enjoythescene 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tiya Ising’s, the history on food.

For millennials in Palawan, Lola Itang is a classic restaurant that has witnessed many important occasions. It was mostly the venue for some press conferences of notable national and local officials. Sadly, it needed to fold down to give way for the bed and breakfast theme of its pension house.
Good thing, Tiya Ising’s is born to continue the legacy of Lola Itang in providing Filipino comfort foods not only for Palawenyos, but for those who visit the City.

“Just last November (2015) we open it. Another concept, still Filipino foods pero may touch of history in its interior. It’s all about old Puerto, everything na makikita nyo na pictures are historical places na yung iba kasama pa sa mga tours.” Katrina Austria, Owner and Manager of Tiya Ising’s explained.
The 40-seater restaurant located in Roxas Street beside the former Lola Itang Resto, is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 9pm. Menu is almost the same with Lola Itang. They are famous for its Kare-Kare, Adobo, Fried Boneless Bangus, Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali. Most of the meals that are served are home cooked meals that according to Kristina are their own recipes that their family kept for many years now.

But what challenged Tiya Ising's is the research and compiling of old photographs that served as one of its main attractions. According to Austria majority of the photos are from her family collections, and from Amar Studio, one of the oldest photo studios in Palawan.
But who is Tiya Ising?
“TiyaIsing is my lola, sister of my Lola Itang, and she’s still living with us, lola na tiyahin.” Austria said.

The area where Tiya Ising is located is on the place where the glorious Puerto Princesa is situated. The building itself is a former bowling arena that is surrounded by many old houses by some early matriarchal family in the City. It is also a stone’s throw away to the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral.
Tiya Ising's famous Kare-Kare
So if you’re looking for good Filipino food with an array of Palawan’s history, come and visit Tiya Ising’s. The prices are affordable that usually good for groups. In less than P500, definitely you’ll have a full stomach.
For reservations, and for some special occasions, you may find them in facebook.com/tiyaisings or call or text them at 0917-561-4952 and 0999-473-9006, Telephone number (048)723-1075. 

Edison, The guides of Fireflies.

The Enthusiastic Edison Dalanon.
I heard mixed feedback about firefly-watching tour conducted in Puerto Princesa City in the past. Some say there are no fireflies to see, some say the food they serve is great.

Then finally, as I explore my beloved city this summer of 2016, I had the chance of experiencing this new attraction at night. With the assistance from the City Tourism Office, through my former colleague Michie Hitosis and other nine bloggers from Manila, we witnessed right before our eyes this amazing fireflies-watching tour in Sicsican River.

We were late due to some miscommunication but our friendly tour guide Edison Dalanon cheerfully welcomed us on board on their floating resto at the Baybay. This is the place where I grew up when it was known as Sea Plane Base 1 and 2.

There was a lady singer serenading us while cruising the Puerto Bay and enjoying the sumptuous meals they prepare. It’s an eat-all-you-can drama with the view from the bay.  As soon as we finished our meals, we were told to transfer to the first boat that fetched us from the pier of Baybay for a 15-minute ride going to the Sicsican River, and we have to transfer again to another smaller boat that will take us inside the river.

During those travel moments, I noticed how our guide Edison impressed us. His skills are beyond ordinary. You will know he is knowledgeable enough for his job. He does his research well and can explain very well everything about fireflies with his humor.

As we traverse the inner Sicsican River in a gloomy night background, Edison challenged us to identify all the stars in the heaven. True enough, he even knows all the names, positions and locations of the stars. He brought a flashlight that could reach almost the stars that made all of us amazed. We were clapping and even calling him a Jedi for that moment. That part was so magical indeed.
Deep inside the River, Edison showed his craft in showing us the real habitat of fireflies located beneath the mangroves. With his red flashing light, the trees were lit like Christmas in the malls. We were stunned and we were grateful that we experienced it. We saw around four trees in total full of fireflies that evening.

After the viewing, we had the chance of getting to know more of our guide. Edison told us that he is doing this part time job for almost four years. He is a radio jock in a local FM station and he really loves talking. Originally from Pasay City, he moved to Puerto Princesa along with his family.

“Tour guiding is a passion. So kung hindi mo talaga passion, why study? It’s a just a waste of time.” Dalanon said.
Inside the floating resto.
Aside from Fireflies-Watching tour, Dalanon also does guide tours for Dolphin and Whale watching tours that usually takes place early morning on a daily basis. Obviously, he loves my City and a legit victim of kambakkambak syndrome, a local saying that when you visit Palawan and you wish to stay there for good, you are stuck with this syndrome.

“It’s really amazing to see fireflies on their own habitat, and you’ll have a dinner in our floating resto. We serve it hot and fresh. It’s hard to tell, hard to explain. All you need to do is do it and you’ll be amazed.” Dalanon said in closing.

For inquiries on the said tours, you may contact Dolphin & Whales Travel and Tours. They also have Facebook page and can contact them at mobile number 09152632105.

Note: I don’t have enough photos since Fireflies watching requires a much high quality kind of camera, plus I enjoyed the moment since I was amused so much I forgot to document it. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The “Live to Move” a concert to fitness.

Fitness enthusiasts gather to this four type wellness and health event to pro-long life and appreciate it’s benefits to a healthy you, its called “Live to Move” held last June 5, 2016 at the Bonificaio Global City Amphitheater, headed by FWD Philippines, a fastest growing insurance company today.

The routines are all arrange in four corners happening simultaneously, the Move to the beat for Hiphop, Move to fight for kickboxing, TRX and cardio, and Move to the Groove for Zumba. Leading this campaign are Fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret.

According to Marketing Head of FWD Roche Vandenberghe, this is the culmination of a almost a year campaign in promoting healthy lifestyle, they been around the country and will be back again next year since it is a hit for those who love to party in a healthy way.

“In stressful world, people always have the excuse not to exercise, but in fact it only take 4 minutes to exercise and have a full tone body if you make it a habit. For the longest time as well when you talk insurance, it is a sad stories, but why not celebrate living, celebrate life itself, and live to more as born.” Vandenberghe said.

FWD commission the Saret couple to be the key influencer for this campaign, not only because they are famous for being Fitness guru in some reality TV shows such as The Biggest Loser, Pinoy Edition,  but Coach Jim is the winner of FWD adventure race way back then, and since then he carry the brand for healthy living. Coach Jim is also the fitness coach of Philippine Team in many sports.

FWD aims to inspire the nation to get healthy, and the event is also in support of the Philippine Heart Associations 5100 advocacy, that encourage people to eat fruits and vegetables, two hours recreational screen time, moderate activity, zero smoking, and no to soft drinks.

FWD Life Insurance Corporation (“FWD Life”) is the first life insurance company licensed by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines under the new Insurance Code. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014. After its first full year of operations in 2015, FWD Life now ranks #13 in terms of total premium income according to the Insurance Commission’s end-2015 report1.

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore, offering life and medical insurance, employee benefits, and general insurance across a number of its markets. Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business arm of investment group, Pacific Century Group.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by leading digital technologies. Through this customer-led approach, FWD will achieve its vision to become the leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

For more information please visit WWW.FWD.COM.PH. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Legacy of the islands: An exhibit on prehistory at Palawan Heritage Center.

The Cradle of Philippine Civilization (Photo by Christian Aligo)
For nearly two million years, humans have inhabited the tropical islands of Southeast Asia. Their fossil remains are among the earliest discoveries ever made in prehistory. The places where they once lived and the objects that they left behind hold clues to their everyday life, their relationship with the environment, and their beliefs. Today, this rich legacy is situated in an increasingly globalized and rapidly-developing Southeast Asia, and its stakeholders are faced with the challenges of the modern world. Nevertheless, its importance for both science and heritage calls for it to be treasured, managed, and protected. It is within this context that the current exhibit, Legacy of the Islands, is being held at Palawan Heritage Center (Legislative Bldg, Palawan Provincial Capitol, Puerto Princesa City) The exhibit opens last May 30, 2016.
Ribbon Cutting. The fornal opening of Legacy Exhibit.
Envisioned as one of the culminating activities of the PREHsea Project, Legacy of the Islands tells the story of the first humans who settled the Southeast Asian archipelagos, and what that story means for us today. From Homo erectus in Java to Homo Sapiens in Palawan, the exhibit traces their adventures across the islands of the region, their adaptations to changing environment’s, and the material expressions of their thoughts and beliefs. On display are key artefacts from these two major islands, such as human fossils, stone tools and many others. The exhibit also gives a glimpse into how scientists study prehistoric sites and collections in order to reconstruct the past. Visitors will learn about the process of archeological research, from field excavations to laboratory analyses, through informative photographs and posters. Finally the exhibit also sheds light on the complex relationship between the rich prehistoric heritage of Southeast Asia and its stakeholders today. Challenges in site conservation, the importance of public awareness, and the relationship of indigenous communities to their environment are only some of the diverse themes on feature.
Inside the Heritage Center. (Photo by Lee Rosales)
Palawan, notably through Tabon cave and other neighbouring archeological sites in Lipuun Point, Quezon, plays a key role in the PREHsea Project and in Legacy of the islands. The presence of our species (Homo Sapiens) on the island as early as 40, 000 years ago, one of the rare occurrences in the island Southeast Asia, suggests that Palawan certainly holds a central place in the story of early human migrations across the archipelagos of the region. While well-known for its beautiful terrestrial and marine landscapes as well as its rich flora and fauna, Palawan also has an incredible cultural legacy, from prehistory until today. As is the case with the province’s natural resources, its cultural resources must also be properly identified, managed and protected. Aside from fostering pride in heritage and enriching identity, they represent an opportunity for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. The PREHsea Project aims to contribute to this by properly assessing and validating the scientific value of prehistoric sites in Palawan through research, as well as by facilitating international exchange of best practices in the management of prehistoric heritage.
What to see inside the exhibit (Photos by Christian Aligo)
From the outset, Palawenos have been key participants in the project. PREHsea activities have always been implemented in cooperation with local government units, and in Palawan, support has been heartwarming from both municipal and provincial authorities. For this exhibit, the provincial government has extended its generous support in providing the Palawan Heritage Center as the exhibit venue. Various artists and craftsmen from the City participated in the preparation of the exhibit. On the broader scale of the project, students from the Quezon Campus of Palawan State University participated in various activities, such as archeological excavations and collections management at Lipuun point. Municipal and provincial officials also took part in international meetings to exchange best practices with their Indonesian counterparts.

About the PREHsea Project.
Launched in 2012 at Quezon, Palawan, the PREHsea Project (Managing Prehistoric Heritage in Southeast Asia) is the continuation of a long term scientific and academic collaborations between Indonesia, the Philippines, and France. It is jointly piloted by the Sangiran Early Man Site Conservation Office in Indonesia, the National Museum of the Philippines, and the Museum national d’histoire naturelle in France. The project forms part of HEADS (Human Evolution, Adaptation, Dispersals, and Social Development, a World Heritage Thematic Programme of UNESCO) and is financed by the European Commission.

The PREHsea Project aims to strengthen the cultural sector of Prehistory and Human Evolution in order to promote cultural diversity, international cooperation, and sustainable economic, social and human development. Through regional collaboration, inter-sectoral partnerships, and thorough local dialogue, the project develops good management practices for prehistoric properties. These practices help in safeguarding the properties integrity, assessing their authenticity and value, making them accessible for all socio-cultural categories, and fostering local socio economic development.

Activities carried out under the project include various meetings in Palawan (Quezon and Puerto Princesa) and Java (Sangiran and Jakarta); field schools for archeological excavation and collection
Study in carefully chosen sites, also located in Palawan and Java; train-abroad programmes in different scientific fields in Europe and Southeast Asia, and dissemination efforts, from scientific and generalist publications to the current exhibit.

For more information visit www.prehsea.eu . (PR)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Araneta Center introduce soon to rise CyberPark Tower 2.

IN Pursuit of continuing redevelopment of Araneta Center in Quezon City, the soon to rise CyberPark Tower (CPT2) is introduce to the public, thru a groundbreaking ceremony recently at the actual site, wherein the almost 30 storey building is being constructed since February of this year.

The ceremony is headed by Araneta Center, Inc Vice Chairman Judy Roxas, officers of Megawide Construction Corporation and the BinibiningPilipinas Queens 2016 as witness. The event start with a holy mass followed by blessings, and the ceremonial Time Capsule planting, and the first cement pouring of the soon to rise tower.

According to Antonio Mardo, Senior Vice President for Operations of Araneta Center, the said building is a Business Processing and Outsourcing hub only, and so far it will be the highest sky crapers of the Centers, a 3 level higher to the newly built CPT1.

“We are now constructing a green building or what we called LEED Compliant, so we are looking at energy efficient, we have rain water collector system so we can recycle, the windows are double pinned and we have to do this.” Mardo said. 
The Bb.Pilipinas Queens 2016.
CPT2 is the second of the five buildings program to built by Araneta Center with a P15Bilion master planned budget within 35 hectares in the inside the famous Center in Cubao. The pioneer mecca of entertainment and commercial center started its roots early 1960’s, and until now it continue to be the leading place to be mixing with corporate, leisure, retail, hospitality and residential destinations in Metro Manila.  CP2 is targeted to be completed by second quarter of 2018.