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Friday, April 07, 2017

Hotel 101 Manila - staycation on a budget near SM Mall of Asia


Staycation success! here at Hotel 101 Manila. I didn't expected that me and my family will super enjoy our stay here. Hotel 101 Manila's Happy Room is the best! Its hard to leave their room because its so comfortable, the aircon is cooler, the bathroom is nice and everything we need is here ---includes ultra fast speed WIFI internet. OMG!

Playa Laiya Beach Club in San Juan, Laiya, Batangas - a luxurious paradise for your summer getaway

pic via Playa Laiya website
Playa Laiya Beach Club, an exclusive resort for its residential community has opened its doors for corporate booking late last year of 2016. This is good for everyone who are hunting for a private resort with less crowd, you can now relax and enjoy the summer beach escapades for a day here at Playa Laiya Beach Club with no worries.

Aquaria Water Park in Calatagan, Batangas - all season adventure with the pool, slide, beach, and sand bar!

Aquaria beach resort in Calatagan, Batangas photos by Azrael Coladilla of

Aquaria Water Park in Calatagan, Batangas is changing every year and I'm surprised that they still have new things to offer and not just the slide, the pool and the beach. I also heard that there's a newly discovered sand bar few minutes away from the beach of Aquaria Water Park.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Big Dome lights blue for autism awareness

Just like the Empire State Building in New York, the CN Tower in Canada, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even Niagara Falls, the Philippines' iconic entertainment and sports landmark fondly called the Big Dome has been lit up blue for a good cause.

On April 3, the Smart Araneta Coliseum's main gate was lit blue in line with the global campaign to support World Autism Awareness Day (April 2 in the US), declared by the United Nations. With April being the World Autism Awareness Month, the "Big Dome Lights Blue" project supports the global autism community – a symbolic gesture behind a bigger aim to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism. 

"Big Dome Lights Blue" was a joint effort of the Araneta Center, Inc., the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. (JAAF), in partnership with the Philippine Associate for Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, Inc. (PACDLD). Prior to the ceremonial lighting of the Big Dome's main gate, PACDLD held its first-ever Autism Advocate Awards at the Gateway Gallery on the 5th level of Gateway Tower, in recognition of several medical professionals and parents that have made advances and contributions to Autism Awareness and Advocacy in the Philippines.

A short program followed at the gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PACDLD co-founder Ms. Felicite Jean Gonzales said a few words, and introduced special guest Mr. Rizalio Sanchesz, the Chief of Information, Education and Communications Division of the National Council on Disability Affairs, who also delivered a message of gratitude for the "Big Dome Lights Blue" effort. 
Before the Big Dome was bathed in blue lights, a handful of children with autism and other learning disabilities, collectively called Kontra Gapi Plus, performed using Filipino ethnic instruments. Trained in art and performance by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the wonderful kids showed the audience that no disabilities could hamper their leading productive and creative lives. Their joyful performance and demeanor onstage proved an inspiration to all. 

"We are proud to support this global awareness movement and the advocacy of acceptance of people living with autism," noted Ms. Diane Romero, the Executive Director of JAAF, in her speech during the event. "Our founder, Don Amado Araneta, has always envisioned the Center to be a place that welcomes all, and our participation here signifies our commitment to his vision. Today, we light up the main entrance of the Big Dome blue to signify our belief that we can be partners to tireless groups like the PACDLD  and the Autism Advocate Awardees in the movement towards acceptance, appreciation and protection of children and individuals living with autism and other learning disabilities."
 "Big Dome Lights Blue" is just one of the CSR activities of the Araneta Group in support of autism awareness. Future plans include activities in partnership with groups like PACDLD in disseminating information on autism, holding art and crafts workshops for kids with autism, and training frontliners in recognizing and giving proper response to people with autism. 

The 1st AUTISM ADVOCATE AWARDS, April 3, 2017 PACDLD gives recognition to several medical professionals and parents that have made advances and contributions to Autism Awareness and Advocacy in the Philippines. In the Professional Category, awardees included Dr. Cornelio Banaag Sr., MD, known as the country's "Father of Child Psychology"; Dr. Lourdes Carandang, PhD, one of the country's foremost clinical psychologists; and Dr. Mutya San Agustin, MD, the founding president of the Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association; among others. In the Parents Category, among the recipients were Leticia Buhay, founder of the Maria Lena Buhay Memorial Foundation; and the late Benjamin De Ocampo, who spearheaded the Special Olympics for children with autism and other disabilities that began in 1984.

Today: Catbalogan City is hosting the 2017 United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific Conference (UCLG ASPAC)

Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar, is hosting for the 1st time an international conference that will be attended by 100 foreign delegates coming from 19 countries for the  2017 United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific Conference (UCLG ASPAC) this April 4-7, 2017.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 this April 6-9, 2017

LIBF 2016 (30)

The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 will fill our Philippine skies once more with 30 colorful and giant hot air balloon this April 6-9, 2017 and also the entire grounds of Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco in Lubao, Pampanga will showcase our country's best in cultural performance and local artist in a 4 days non stop music and live band performance.

PBNet Invades Mondays at Revel at the Palace #MadeItThroughMonday

This evening of April 3, 2017, starting 9:30PM-onwards at the Revel Club, Palace (Pool Club) Uptown, BGC. Its the time for you to celebrate how you conquer your Monday. Some of us need a break even its the start of our work day of the week.

Revel invites you for their "I made it through Monday!"

And if you want to learn about blogging, social media or just talk about anything that  tech, pop culture, digital marketing or the other mumbo jumbo stuff, then head to Revel tonight and look for the PBNET table (Philippine Bloggers Network)

My group will be there for the entire evening to have their own "I made it through Monday!" to add more fun of the Monday night out, we invite you also to visit our table and have a chat!

take note: KKB ito ha. 

Just look for Raffy Pekson or Ted claudio at the table. 

For table reservation, contact WhatsApp/Viber - 09178373726
See you there and happy Monday!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Ellada Hotspring Resort in Pansol, Laguna - best modern hotspring resort in Laguna


February 18, 2017 - For the birthday month of my wife Lace, she organized another summer outing for our family and also to celebrate her birthday! I was not aware at first that she booked already a day trip stay here at Ellada Hotspring Resort in Pansol, Laguna. Im not sure how she discovered the resort, maybe thru a Facebook sponsored ad or something she Google research about private resorts in Pansol, Laguna.

Munting Buhangin beach resort in Nasugbu, Batangas - the best beach near Manila!

munting buhangin beach resort in nasubu batangas by azrael coladilla (19)

Our beach trip here at Munting Buhangin Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas is now a family tradition every year. Because it is the nearest best beach resort in Cavite and also in Manila with a travel time of 2 hours only, we first tried our summer beach day here last 2015, we stayed for a day trip only and our discovery of this lone beach resort is an accidental kind, we learned about the affordable rates after we stayed overnight at a nearby luxury beach resort.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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