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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cebu tripping day 2 - Maribago Beach and Cebu Heritage Walk

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with travel bloggers micamyx.com and byahilo.com

I woke late in the morning and already failed myself to see my first sun of the day here in Cebu, but its okay, the morning greeted me with a very nice breakfast buffet at the Allegro dining area here at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort. I met our travel bloggers and media friends there and I'm happy because there are bacons, eggs, longganisa, tocino and fried rice, and sympre! I killed myself by eating lots of bacon hahhaha. Then after discovering our scheds, I decided to have a tour myself in Maribago and check out their facilities and attractions under the morning sun.Then after freshning up, we gear up and start the Pasilyo sa Kabilin (Cebu Heritage Walk) that was organized by www.cebucitytourism.com

check out some pics below
no Az Travel Video Blog today as of now, will sleep early today and get read for another round of tour and also visit Sumilon Island in the morning. We will leave Cebu later at 7am. so bye bye Cebu! ( hello to Cebu Bloggers Society!)

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Infinity pool and beach front at Maribago
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Jonel, Anika and Charl at Allegro, & Melo enjoying that ice cold Melon drink infront of Basilica de Sto.Nino
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Me as a katipunero and bloggers group pic with the owner of Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

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Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral and Fort San Pedro (oldest fort in the Philippines)

Cebu Heritage Walk is awesome! It was like walking to a wikipedia and history of Cebu and Philippines.

we visited :
Fort San Pedro
Plaza Sugbu
Magellan's Cross
Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino de Cebu
Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral
Plaza Hamabat
Colon Street
Plaza Parian
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Casa Gorordo
Jesuit House of 1730 (oldest house in the  Phil.)

and to end our tour- eating lunch at CNT Lechon and did some danggit and Otap shopping at Tabo-an street.
Will do a separate post of each attraction soon here in my blog.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Az Travel Video Blog : Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort day 1


Me and 4 travel bloggers are here to check out the 20 year old beach resort here at Buyong Maribago, Mactan Island Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort is so big and they got lots of rooms and spa services, we arrived this afternoon and took some video blog and it ended in a fine dinner with a samba band, hawaiian dance and fire poi dancers.We also saw President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attending a birthday dinner of some official person.

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This is day 1, and more to come in our next Az Travel Video blog. I'm using my Sony PSP here to record the video and hoping to grab soon a Sony Bloggie in the coming weeks.

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me and Bianca Gonzales at the Avon Summer collection 2010 launch

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I met Bianca Gonzales at the AVON Summer Collection 2010 launching at this new place called "The St. Francis Shangri-la Place" near Shangri La mall and the event was held at the Penthouse section. It was an awesome event and they showcase their AVON summer fashion and swim wear for female and male. Bianca is the new face and also endorser for Avon Mix, the event was hosted by Avon Fashions Style Ambassador Ruffa Gutierrez and she introduces to us the new Avon Philippines President and General Manager, Mike Gudgin.
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I will post more coverage soon, but first check out my sister's Avon Fashions Unveils Sizzling Summer Collection 2010   and AVON Fashions Penthouse Summer Collection 2010 Press Launch

Cebu tripping day 1

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Its my 3rd time to ride a plane and 2nd time to visit Cebu again. I just experienced for the 1st time that 1 hour airplane delay, air traffic was expected and we waited for an hour before the PAL take off. We arrived here in Cebu and went to our target beach resort and enjoyed a little tour, food fest and chikka time with travel bloggers. Tomorrow will be a busy day for an awesome heritage tour. (pics below)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Going back to Cebu City today!

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preparing my stuff and ready to fly and swim to Cebu City at 3pm
yay!

Tron: Legacy Teaser Trailer (Official)


Forget everything! and watch this new teaser trailer of Tron Legacy. This trailer was shown at the IMAX 3D of Alice in Wonderland.

TRON: LEGACY is a 3D high-tech adventure about a father and son (JEFF BRIDGES, GARRETT HEDLUND) who embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

A New Hero Rises in PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

PrinceOfPersia_JGyllenhaal_02From the team that brought the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia .

In the film, a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal)) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Internet Marketing clowns

This afternoon was my 4th discussion about these people who call themselves internet marketers, I am so disappointed that they conduct lots of seminars and heard from experts that they teach the wrong way in using internet in marketing. I don't know how they end up there and now our internet marketing experts are now avoiding these seminars or conference to join them as speakers for that seminar event.

I heard some teachings that they shared and we laughed and  the lecture was some thing that we can call spamming. wow, will a company use spam emailing ?

But, they are really successful in this seminar business, but we don't hear them in the industry field or see them in the field, or never heard anything that made them popular. I just can't get that point. But I open up myself and got this interest to listen to their next seminar. Curious lang talaga ako kung ano yung tinuturo nila. And I'm just worried that some company might use a wrong action on how to utilize the internet in marketing their brands. I even heard a person was the top SEO specialist in the country, but then my sister checked the person's official site, the result was zero page rank and it was not optimized correctly. oh no.

But then, happy that I ate a quarter pounder with cheese after this funny discussion with an expert.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Let's bead it! with these Bikinis

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Freeway just launched their summer collection 2010 with the natural coco beads and hand painted swim wear designs that is perfect for wearing it in the pool or at the beach. Flattering, sexy and fresh. Aside from stunning swimwear, Freeway’s Summer Collection includes the most coveted big mesh cover-ups in many flattering silhouettes, and wide assortment of summer dresses, shorts and tanks for that dressy casual summer feel.

more photos below

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I just received this sms message from the local prod. and they want to explain and I will post it here to deliver the message to all VIP ticket holders (who bought the tix).

(original post was deleted due to the request of the local prod. )

photo above is from Hayley's blog http://yelyahwilliams.tumblr.com/

Hayley, i'm moving on


got this pic from Andrew Weiss twitpic. According to some fans, Andrew Weiss was incharge for the Paramore tour in Manila, an I guess Andrew Weiss is the one who decided to move the VIP to the GOLD area.

ang galeng noh? I'm going to leave it here, since they got all your money na, baka wala na din tayo magawa dyan. sayang talaga.. it was a good concert, but they left here a lot of disappointed VIP concert goers.  I;m going to Cebu tomorrow and want to move on. see you all on the next concert

Iron Man 2 - movie trailer 2 (March 2010)



Awesome trailer! looks like a series of ARMOR WARS

Then And Now Massive Music Festival 2010

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Got a Facebook invite and saw that they are starting to promote the website already.

I assure you that the era of foreign music concert will change here in Philippine soil
Then And Now Massive Music Festival 2010 is the new beginning! yeah! nobody nobody but chooo

the VIP-GOLD ticket area mixed up at the Paramore concert and a disappointed fan email VIP ticket holder

I received an email from a VIP ticket holder for the Paramore concert and she's upset too.  I felt the same way and felt cheated. Its the fault of that foreign production for changing the audience location for the last minute and as the bouncer and ushers say " the foreign prod wants the gold ticket holders to be placed in the VIP section and the VIP to be transferred to the Gold section, because they don't want the VIP to get hurt, and its the order of the foreign prod and Paramore, and we can't do about it because they say it was their show"

let me get this straight mr. foreign production, the show is not yours..it is for the Paramore Filipino fans.For me, I'm attending big rock concerts for years in my life and I never even encounter a VIP person get hurt in a rock concert, you see that my last rock concert is SEPULTURA last year and it was like hell, but we are at the VIP section with my sister and all areas are secured and never got hurt. Maybe these foreign prod are a NEWBIE in concert productions.

I like to warn other producers in other countries to be aware of this situation, and also a warning to all local prod. in dealing with foreign prod.

Paramore concert seat layout, check out the VIP and GOLD section ( click pic to enlarge)

got a hot tip that the Paramore road manager really want to move the VIP to the GOLD area, and they threatened our local producers like "vip will be moved, else we won't do the concert."

and then according to a friend who got talk with our local prod. they say they will do something and try to make up on what happened earlier. Like offer autographed items or have a meet/greet or other items just to make up for the money used to buy that VIP ticket.

anyway, since many  VIP ticket holders walked out and having a fight with the bouncers, let me post this email with the sender's permission and also shouted from a VIP ticket holder and a Paramore fan, and they want a refund :) (read the story below)

Manila Bloggers at Paramore concert in Manila

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Paramore concert live in Manila 2010 - photo coverage

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Here's some of the photos I have using a Nikon compact digicam, I really want to use a DSLR but the concert prod is very strict and it is not allowed to shoot photos there using DSLRS. And it kinda sucks that the VIP were transferred to the GOLD area and GOLD ticket holders were transferred to the VIP area. It was the stupidest act by this foreign production.And I'm glad that we got free VIP tickets and I feel sorry for those who have bought it.

I also feature other photos from fans who were there last night
more photos below

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Paramore concert live in Manila 2010 - live blogging and plurk updates

I will attempt and do a live blogging, same thing I did during the 1st Eraserheads reunion concert.
just refresh the page in order receive new updates. or wait it to refresh automatically.
read the updates below

20,000 people at Paramore concert in Manila 2010

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I just received this sms message from the concert producer and it looks like we got around 20,000 people (maybe based on ticket sales) that will watch the Paramore concert in Manila 2010.

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"Hi, the show will start at 8:30pm sharp. Gates will open by 5:45pm, but you can fall in line as early as you want. Expect EDSA to be really traffic tonight since about 20,000 people are going to SM MOA. I advice you to leave really early, other than that, let's enjoy the concert tonight. I guarantee you, Hayley will bring the house down! Her voice is amazing!"

Hayley's excitement
and here's a twit message from Hayley
"Just got to the venue in Manila. Holy man it's the coolest biggest outdoor thing we've ever headlined. Thank you to our fans here! Party!
"


Interview with Clash of the Titans movie director Louis Leterrier

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From director Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2,” “The Incredible Hulk”) comes Warner Bros.’ new fantasy adventure “Clash of the Titans” starring Sam Waorthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.

Shot in Leterrier’s kamikaze, high-octane style and set for release around the world in both 2D and 3D versions, “Clash of the Titans” is an action-packed epic that plunges into the world of mortals and gods, with spectacular settings and amazing creatures which have never before been portrayed on this scale. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus ( Worthington ) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.

K-On! anime premiere in Animax this March 2010

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In her first year at high school, Yui Hirasawa is searching for a club to join. At the same time, drummer Ritsu and her bassist friend Mio are trying to save the school's pop music club from being closed down due to a shortage of members. Managing to recruit Tsumugi to play the keyboard, they need just one more member to allow the club to continue running.(more below)

Paramore concert live in Manila 2010 - tonight!!

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Today is the big night! Paramore will have their first ever concert here in Manila, and kids of this new generation will be there to watch them perform live at the concert ground of SM MOA. Photo above is my VIP complimentary tickets of the concert. I'm bringing a lucky person with me to use the other VIP ticket. I like to thank Charle of Little Asia restaurant for sponsoring our VIP tickets concert.

I also research and saw some updates of Paramore stay here in Manila, just scroll down and check out the pics.

Climate Change: A Philippine Tourism Issue As Well (Boracay and Mactan Island will be under water)

OMG! this is really serious! Boracay and Mactan Island will be phase out in the next long year due to the rise of high sea level.  - "key tourism facilities in the province – the airport, coastal highways, as well as historical landmarks and natural sites such as beaches – will be under water."

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The climate is changing. The earth is warming up, and it is seen as one of the greatest threats facing the planet.

As climate change could wreak havoc to the world’s weather patterns, it should also be a major concern for tourism, said Tourism Secretary Ace Durano at the sidelines of the recently concluded ‘Eco-Mismo: The Philippine Conference on Ecotourism and Eco-Productivity’ held at the Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu City. (more below)

Burger King Philippines now serving BEER!

Burger King now serves BEER!
this is not a drill..
I repeat.
Burger King now serves BEER!
this is not a drill.


Our resident Manila Blogger Dani just discover the wonderful news of BK as she crosses the street after claiming her Paramore ticket at Little Asia in Greenhills. And now BK serves ice cool San Mig Light, San Mig Pale Pilsen, Coors Light, and Coors Original in selected outlets.

If you want to know which branch, then I suggest drop by to her blog to know the story " Burger King Philippines Now Serving Beer "

Friendster.com displays Azrael's Merryland Blog banner ad

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I finally saw it! wow!! thanks Friendster.com

This afternoon, I launched a fun contest for everyone about being a bounty hunter and the task is for you to log in to your Friendster account and try to catch my blog banner ads in the UI of Friendster. And now! Finally! after months of waiting and searching, one blogger finally caught and because she's the first one to capture it and send a complete screen caps of the UI with my banner ad. She will receive a gift from me, its like a prize for a contest. (take note this is not an official contest by Friendster, I just did this only for me to find my banner ad in their site)

Congratulations to
Ruby Ricafrente
www.pinaymommyonline.com

according to Ruby : "finally saw Azrael's ad at friendster after almost an hour of hunting!"

prize will be settled next week after my arrival from Cebu.

do you guys want more bounty hunter game?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Alice In Wonderland - Grosses P47.9-M in 4 Days, Opens at No. 1 in Phils

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Philippine audiences headed down the rabbit hole this weekend, as Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” opened at No. 1 with a nationwide gross of an amazing P47.930-million in 144 screens for the March 4-7 frame. This was announced March 8 by Victor R. Cabrera, managing director of Walt Disney Studios which locally distributed the film. (more below)

mga eksena sa San Miguel Beer Sarap Mag Babad foam party

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This is one of the scenes from the foam party last Friday at Edsa Central Greenfield. I will post more photo coverage soon. But I like you to check out some videos captured by my awesome sister.

03-05-2010 Parokoya ni Edgar - in San Miguel - Sarap MagBabad Foam Party

03-05-2010 Sugarfree in San Miguel - Sarap MagBabad Foam Party


Be a bounty hunter and get a gift from me

be a bounty hunter - the first person who can email me a screen cap of my blog's advertisement in friendster.com will get a gift from me.

its a banner ad of my blog. it could be in the UI page or in the profile page. friendster promised me an ad.and i havent seen it since jan. 2010, and they run it again last friday.

so help me, just to find out if they really posted my banner ad in their UI pages.

it will be a fun game too.

email me your screen caps catch at azrael at gmail dot com

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Neil Gaiman and Fully Booked to launch Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards Anthology

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Fully Booked is bringing multi-awarded and best-selling author Neil Gaiman to Manila to launch the Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards Anthology, a compilation of winning entries from the contest’s first three award seasons.

Neil Gaiman and Fully Booked initiated the “Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards” in 2005, after Gaiman visited the country for the first time. During that visit Gaiman and Fully Booked decided to help spur the growth of unrealistic fiction in the country, after the author realized that “there is already a fine tradition of realistic fiction in Filipino literature.” (more below)

John Lloyd Cruz's "Ingat Ka" Moments on the Big Screen

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So how does multi-awarded actor and Box Office King John Lloyd Cruz show his love?

In his lovable portrayal of his characters – whether as Popoy in “One More Chance” or as Miggy in “a Very Special Love” &; “You Changed My Life,” John Lloyd consistently shows an innate sensitivity.

ASAP Lifestyle shirts released by BUM

ASAP shirts are now available! this will be perfect for all fans of the tv variety show ASAP of ABS CBN. I posted some designs that like and the whole apparel line licensed and produced by BUM, catering to young people who have a keen sense of style. With a wide selection of t-shirts and blouses with various music-inspired prints, ASAP Lifestyle takes its inspiration from the modish fusion of music and fashion.

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The entertainment industry has always been everyone’s window to the world of fashion. Whether it be local or international, showbiz has provided everyone a glimpse of what’s hot --- and what’s not. The moment a star goes up the stage and starts performing, it isn’t just the performance that matters. It’s the wardrobe, the hair, the make-up, and the total packaging that screams at the audience.

SM Supercenter Molino - wifi and food bloggers event (field report)

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It's my 2nd time here in SM Supercenter Molino, and the last time I visited was last 2005 after it was opened to the public. We did our groceries here and also checked what's in it and saw that the structure of the mall is unique from other SM malls.

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SM Supercenter Molino opened on November 18, 2005. It was built in the middle of 4 SM Supermalls - Bacoor, Dasma, Sta. Rosa, and Southmall. Market is composed of family, college students, and market goers. They have 3 operational food stalls - Sizzling Plate, Inihaw Express, Chansel pizzahouse, and 7 food carts located at the SM Food court. (read more below my feature)

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this post just won 1st place in a blogging contest hahaha..tnx guys

Flash flood and hail storm hits Melbourne, Australia today

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We just received a sms message from Joni, sister of Lace who lives in Melbourne, and they informed us that they are okay and the city just experienced a massive storm surge, flash flood and hail storm. She gave a news site form Au. and we saw those freaky photos of the flash flood. Looks like they experienced an Ondoy Typhoon like that hit Manila last year. Btw, Happy Birthday to Joni, hope all of you are okay and fine.
(more photos and videos below)

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.


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