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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Davao City - Events and Happenings - Kadayawan blog series part 3

During the Kadayawan Festival, we got to visit and attend some of the highlights of the Kadayawan festivity, its a month long celebration and there lots of line up of events that are launched to promote the culture and heritage of the Davaoenos and also to honor the 11 tribes of Davao.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Davao City - where to eat? Where to dine in? Cheapest eat? - Kadayawan blog series Part 2

For my second part of my Kadayawan blog series, I will feature here the food, the restaurant and must try food specials in Davao city. There are a lot of resto and fast food to try, but if you dont know where to start, just read my post here and see if it can be added in your travel itinerary.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Davao City - where to go, hang out, discover and learn - Kadayawan blog series part 1

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog post about my trip to Davao City. Its my 2nd time here and I’m very thankful that I got invited by the TPB to be part of the 5 days tour in Davao City and also attend and cover the Kadayawan Festival.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 YouTube NextUp and Pop Up Space Manila! - know the winners and see the new pop up studio

I traveled all the way from Sorsogon and flew a plane on an early morning flight and right after I landed here in Manila, me and Ted went straight to BGC to attend the annual YouTube event - the revelation of 12 winners from the YouTube NextUp Class of 2018 and also the opening of the collaboration day for all invited YouTubers to try the Youtube Pop up Space.

Coke Music Studio season 2 is here to bring home more OPM music to old and new listeners

Coca Cola, one of the biggest beverage brand in the world is bringing you back the Coke Studio Philippines, on its 2nd season, they launched it with a new sub-title “Homecoming”. Coke Studio Homecoming will be more different from the previous years, but the collaboration of two artist will still be present, but they will bring new content that will feature more about the artist, the origin of the band or artist and also its place of where the music started.

Monday, September 17, 2018

My first authentic Viking party - Crayfish Party 2018 at Sofitel Manila

Finally! I just attended an authentic Viking party and we didn’t know that a Nordic association, Nordcham Philippines, is organizing this event every year here in Sofitel Manila. We’re glad that they’ve partnered with Sofitel Manila to for this year to introduce this Nordic tradition.

DC Superheroes Cafe Philippines in SM Megamall - the best themed resto in Manila

DC Superheroes Cafe is one of the best themed restaurant here in Manila, and the good part here is that it is an official branch in the Philippines, coming straight from the early branch in Singapore. The name of the resto, the menu and the interiors are all officially licensed by DC Comics.

LG honors the injured liberators of Marawi with a donation to the AFP Health Service Command on National Heroes Day

On its 30th anniversary, LG donates air conditioners, washers, TVs and a refrigerator to benefit Marawi soldier casualties and other injured soldiers at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center.

In the spirit of National Heroes Day, LG Electronics reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to providing assistance to the community with a donation-in-kind to the Victoriano Luna Medical Center (VLMC), a government hospital that provides sanctuary and support to injured soldiers, including those who suffered casualties in the Marawi siege.

In a simple ceremony held on August 29 at the AFP Health Service Command, Mr. Inkwun Heo, Managing Director of LG Philippines, handed over ten (10) 1.5 HP Dual Cool Inverter Split Type Air Purifying Deluxe Airconditioners, two (2) 13kg Inverter Top Load Washing Machines, one (1) 24 cu ft Side by Side Refrigerator and ten (10) 43" Smart TVs to Col. Jeffrey Jake Gallenero, Philippine Army MNSA, Chief of Staff, AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC). Also present were the chiefs of each operating unit and staff of the AFP Health Service Command.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pinoy Music Power: PhilPop Reveals Top 30 Songs and Interpreters for 2018

Festival Chairman and PhilPop Board Member Sir Ryan Cayabyab
Recently I attended the reveal of PhilPop’s Top 30 songs together with the composers and interpreters lineup for 2018 at Cafe 1771. PhilPop’s yearly songwriting competition always brings the best songs around the country.

Sir Ryan Cayabyab opened the program with his talk stressing how important to include and give voices not only to a specific demographic and also cater to compositions that can have an impact to Filipino’s music and soul.

Go to Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen-SM Aura for your hot and tasty premium Japanese ramen

During cold weather, we always crave for some hot and tasty ramen. But when the ramen boom started few years ago, lots of ramen house and restaurant opened their doors to serve us ramen lovers. But after quite some time, we learned how to select the best ramen ever here in the metro.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Starbucks Philippines releases anniversary collection, cards, merch, coffee and featured beverages for Sept-Nov 2018

Starbucks is celebrating their anniversary for this month of September, in line with the celebration, they are releasing the limited edition merchandise for their anniversary theme collection. Starbucks collectors get ready and don’t miss the merch with several designs of the iconic siren character of Starbucks.

GCash partners up with Lazada, to provide a more convenient way of online shopping in the Philippines

A new way of payment on Lazada have been made available thru the help of GCASH.

Announced last September 12, 2018 at Yes Please! Bar in BGC, GCash and Lazada Executives talked about this major partnership and how it will help users shop more conveniently with the use of GCash.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Make First Moments Happen campaign will inspire you more to travel

Cebu Pacific just launched their new campaign - Make First Moments Happen, a campaign that can inspire everyone to travel and also bring back good memories during their first time experiences that gave a big impact to their life. For example, first time to ride the plane, first travel solo, first time to eat an exotic dish, first time to get lost, first time to jump and do cliff diving.

Authentic Vietnamese Flavors at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City

Cafe Eight of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City continues to bring a monthly of food specials at their buffet section. For the end of August and start of the first week of September (Aug 31-Sept 7, 2018). They’ve offered the freshest food from the Land of the Dragon People.

BPI Housing Loan gives the lowest rate in the market + PHP60,000 processing fees are covered

Im not really good in explaining this, because I totally suck in bank stuff, but when I got a chance to have a lunch with some folks at BPI, I was informed that their new offering for a BPI Housing Loan has the lowest rate in the market, that’s 4.7% per annum.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pampanga - where to go and where to eat (a tour with NorthPine Land)

Pampanga is so vast and there are a lot of place to visit, food to eat and try, and lots of things you can experience. But visiting them all in one day is impossible, you need to plan your travel and visit every week or month, just to explore all the great wonders of Pampanga. This is my 3rd tour here in Pampanga and I’m learning a lot already, but there’s still more places to visit and here’s a continuation of my adventure.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Owl spotted infront of our house last night - PART 2 (after 2012 sighting)

Finally we spotted the wild owl living in our village --- it was a big snowy white owl!!! its so beautiful and I thought it was a cat hiding from the bushes, and then it flew away when I used the flash light to check out the grassy front lot when my wife saw the big bird for the 2nd time.  (joke ko pa, naku baka aswang!)

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Tour in NorthPine Land’s Montana Strands in San Fernando, Pampanga

If you have a budget like around 1.9 M or above, and you want to stay away from the crowded and stressful traffic in Manila. The only option that is left for you to have a peaceful home is to live away from the city and transfer yourself for good in the province. Pampanga is the one of the liveable town and its only 1 ½ hour away from Manila, the good part when you live in Pampanga is that it feels like you are staying in a bigger city than Manila. Its not crowded and there are lots of malls, tourist sites and also its near Clark Airport.

Monday, September 03, 2018

RCBC GoSavers Kiddie and Teen Savings Account - a savings account with insurance package for kids and parents

Today parents teaches their kids how to save money and be financially independent when they grow up. The first step is that they teach them how to save money and store their savings in their own piggy bank, then they let them know how to do budgeting so that they can use their own money and spend it wisely.

Here’s how you can get FREE gas for your car for the rest of your life -- from SEAOIL

This is not a drill, this is a real news from SEAOIL. Every year they are running a promo contest -"OH My Gas!", they are giving away free gas for raffle winners, and the gas supply will be available for you for FREE for the rest of your life. On its 2nd year, the promo is back inline with SEAOIL's 40th anniversary this 2018.

“Last year’s ‘Lifetime Free Gas’ promo was so successful, and was received so well that we decided to run it again this year. This is not just to thank our loyal customers, but also to celebrate the successes of SEAOIL over the past years,”

To join, just read the details below

Mister Donut teams up with Presto and Hi-Ro to launch these new classic of donuts

Mister Donut is bringing a throwback for everyone, for those who are aware the top food hits back in the 90s, then you might recognize these brands that you loved back then. Since August, Mister Donut surprised us that they've collaborated with Presto and Hiro cookies, they've launched two kinds of new donuts in Mister Donut and these are two classics that are returning for the new generation to try it.

Asus Zenfone 5 smartphone - the best Zenfone model for photography, gaming and entertainment

Few months ago I got a chance to do a quick hands on test with the new Asus Zenfone 5 smartphone, thanks to Ted Claudio for lending me his phone, I did a quick hands on to try the new camera, feel and touch the smooth body of the smartphone and also perform a vlog test to see if the Zenfone 5 is a perfect partner for vlogging and to my conclusion, it is a good phone for recording videos and also vlogs.

12 of the most promising creators selected for YouTube NextUp Manila 2018

YouTube NextUp has chosen 12 applicant-creators from all over the Philippines to take the next big step for their YouTube careers. The contest that grooms up-and-coming talents on the platform will reveal the list of winners on September 7, 2018 at the BGC Arts Center.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

The launch of Nayong Landing - a new Nayong Pilipino, a Filipino-Inspired Iconic Integrated Resort

It took me some weeks to start a blog post about the controversial Nayong Landing. At first Im not aware that the event that Im going to attend is all about the launch of a new Nayong Pilipino.I was so excited about the announcement about the plan to put a much modern version of the Nayong Pilipino, which we know that is a place to learn about culture and heritage of the Philippines, local and foreign go here if they want to learn and experience the way of life of the people of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bring your own bottle and refill it with bath essentials at Eco Hotel Philippines’ Zero Waste Store

Eco Hotel Philippines, a hotel operator and manager in the Philippines that promotes zero waste lifestyle, travel responsibly and protection of environment. Its rare to see a hotel that add the eco friendly lifestyle to their business model, but we’re glad that they are the first, or might be the first to push a message that we should take care of our environment.

Cebu Pacific now flying from Manila to Melbourne, Australia

Cebu Pacific just announced recently this August 2018 that they can fly you a round trip Manila to Melbourne, Australia 3x daily. The direct flight to the land of kangaroos is around 8 hours and you will be riding a Cebu Pacific’s bigger plane - Airbus A330 on a low cost price.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 1, 1898 Bacoor Assembly - the official Proclamation of the Philippine Independence

A long forgotten part of our country’s history was discovered last year 2017 from an old mansion in Bacoor, Cavite. The old mansion aka the Bahay na Tisa was like our 1st Malacanan Palace, a place for the 1st leader of the Philippines to do office and finalize the proof of document for the freedom of our country, we thought that the Philippines’ Independence Day was on June 12, 1898, but the real deal is that the official is on August 1, 1898.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Seascape Village Bay Market - Lunch at MAZU

Seascape Village Bay Market is newly opened near Sofitel Manila and Manila Film Center, its not yet in full blast because some parts of the area are still under construction, but the restaurant and seafood market are now open to serve all foodies and people who want to buy fresh seafood.

German Club Manila's 80th Oktoberfest is set for October 4-6, 2018 at Solaire Tent

The annual Oktoberfest event by the German Club Manila, the authentic kind of Oktoberfest, has a new venue for this year. After several years of organizing the event in Sofitel Manila, they now moved to Solaire Tent to bring you the best of the German culture and celebrate the merry making and the fun of drinking German beers.

So save the date -- October 4-6, 2018 at the Solaire Oktoberfest Tent for the 80th Oktoberfest

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Air Asia #DaretoDream online videos premiered with 1st episode entitled "Magnet"

Air Asia just launched a new campaign at their Facebook Page. Its a video series about their #DaretoDream campaign.

The first video with the title: "Magnet" is about the story of a son and his mom. The video will serve as a reminder to us to give back to our parents or guardians who are there to support us to fulfill our dreams, but we didn't know that our parents or a supporter have also their dream.

Watch the video below and learn how the mother and son story is related to the Dare to Dream campaign by Air Asia.

The Dessert Museum in S Maison at The Conrad - what’s inside and how to have fun

Its to visit the candy and sweet at The Dessert Museum in S Maison At The Conrad. Its a dessert and candy theme park for all ages. What’s inside? Large scale of your favorite dessert, candies and sweets, some of it are mock up and replica for your photo op and Instagram posting. Everyone go here to have fun with the exhibit and also enhance your photography and IG posting skills haha.

Meet the Pinoy top Starbucks barista to compete at 2018 Starbucks Asia Pacific Regional Barista Championships

Our country's very own Starbucks coffee master, Steaven Bueno will fly to Vietnam to compete for the 2018 Starbucks Asia Pacific Regional Barista Championships.

More power to you! and we wish you win the competition!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cebu's best lechon - Rico's Lechon opens new branch in Manila

When you go to Cebu, its hard to miss that eat a Cebu lechon or roasted pig. Its a kind of Filipino food that is loved by many people and even foreigners. Cebu lechon became a big hit because of its different kind of recipe and roasting style, their version is much more tasty, less fatty and you can also choose if you want the original recipe lechon or the spicy chili lechon.

Party like a Viking at Crayfish Party in Sofitel Manila this September 8

This September 8, 2018 the vikings will invade Manila! A different kind of party will be introduced and we didn’t know that this party and celebration is going on every year here at Sofitel Manila brought to you by the Nordcham Philippines, a Nordic community here in our country and they want to showcase the Nordic tradition.

Mesa Osquare Greenhills: Your Innovative Filipino Food and Asian Fusion Restaurant in Greenhills

Filipino food with a modern take and Asian fusion was my impression with Mesa Osquare Greenhills. They offer Filipino food with a refreshing way of serving the dishes we have grown to love.

I was able to check them out recently at the Osquare Mall at Greenhills. It's also my first time in Greenhills and was delighted as I check out the nearby malls and establishments.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Baker & Cook in S Maison at the Conrad - my new fave cafe and resto


Me and my wife went to S Maison to eat our brunch, we decided to go there just before attending an event near SM MOA. S Maison is our fave mall today and we regularly visit this because its much more quiet and not so crowdy.  Getting a table in any cafe or resto is so easy because there's few people in it on  a weekday

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hawker Chan in Manila - taste and try in SM MOA


Hawker Chan - the name of the resto is not familiar to me, but I know the word "hawker" when I heard about it, then this resto or fast food maybe from Singapore. Then the word or name "Chan" comes next, and I figured that this might be the name of the chef.  --- yeah I was right.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Taste X event introduces different food concepts from Josiah's Catering


Cheers to Josiah's Catering for the success of their annual Taste X event, a carnival of food tasting added with amusement at the SMX SM Aura. Its my first time to attend the event and I can say that I super enjoyed the entertainment of circus acrobats, magicians and the comedy skits, but the most enjoyable part is to taste the different food provided by the food and resto brand of Josiah's Catering.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Unboxing - Fujifilm X-T100


I've been waiting for this moment to unbox a new camera and after 4 years I finally embraced the mirrorless camera system once again!  Thanks to Fujifilm Philippines for bringing this great camera here in our land and this is the most awaited new model because the camera got everything we need for photography and videography.

Before we proceed to the unboxing, check out the tech specs below and the features of the Fujifilm X-T100

Gen Con 2018 - America's best 4 days of tabletop gaming convention

"Gen Con" was first held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from 1972 to 1984 and moved to its new location in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2003.

This annual 4 day event attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year showcasing different gaming events and exhibitions at the Indiana Convention Center including its hotel partners and Lucas Oil Stadium. The Best Four Days in Gaming™ is from August 2-5, 2018.

Since am a newbie to attend this event. I'm going to share some pointers you need to know when attending Gen Con :)

I flew from Chicago to Indianapolis on Thursday morning (August 2) since my sister arrived on Wednesday and booked a hotel room at Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. I took an Uber from Indianapolis airport to the hotel and my 4 day adventure begins. I'll be posting more of personal experiences on my blog -

Lucky that I got a TSA PreCheck so that means am not going to remove my shoes in the security checking machine!

Welcome to Indiana!!!

Ordering Tickets and Badges
The single day pass is $60 each day Thursday or Friday, $70 Saturday and $15 Sunday. You must purchase in advance if you want to buy the 4 day pass for $110. Children under 10 can go with a free wristband.

Register to Gen Con website to be able to purchase the badges. There were also activities/events that require tickets with purchase so you have to check the schedule calendar to reserve your spots.

Official Gen Con Website -

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Claiming your badges
There are two ways to receive your badges: mail additional $10 shipping/delivery fee (for advance purchases) and pick up at Will Call which starts on the day of the event (they're open 24 hours so make sure to schedule an extra hours for pick up as line gets crazy during the day).

Hotel Check Ins
Indiana Convention Center is accessible to partner hotels like Marriott, Embassy Suites, Westin, Crowne Plaza, Hyatt Regency and a lot more hotels nearby. The event venue has a Skywalk bridge wherein you can walk from convention center to hotels, establishments and Mall without going out to the streets. It is very convenient and we just walked around to check out gaming activities on each hotels.

Exhibit Hall, Exclusive Gaming Rooms and Schedule of Events
Gen Con is really huge! The exhibit hall opens from 10 am to 6pm Thursday to Saturday and ends on 4pm on Sunday (last day). See the exhibit hall layout here

You must have a plan on which event you're going and you can check the schedule on your dashboard or use the Gen Con event finder or grab a copy of the Gen Con magazine for venue layout and programming.

Where to eat?
There were food stalls inside the convention center. But if you want to eat outside, there are food trucks at the back of the Indiana Convention Center (Georgia St). Or, dine at any of the restaurants outside. Circle Centre Mall has a food court if you have free hours, you can drop by and relax.

Games! Games! and more Games!
There were schedule games and demo games you can borrow. Make sure to ask permission first or register on the booth before you grab the games and seat on their table. There were free demonstrations and ticketed (paid) games, so better select which games you are interested to play.

Gen Con Exhibit Halls - you can play games here when you purchase the games or ask for the next schedule for gaming in the library (with fee).

My sister, her husband and their friends are inside this hall playing Pathfinder. This is a purchased ticket gaming.
Some photos inside the exhibit hall. 
The hall is crowded so I didn't take more photos inside the selling area.

Kids building a bridge (forgot the title of the game)

Super Robo Rally

Taking Photos
There were cosplayers on every corner of the convention center. Make sure to ask their permission first before taking photos. There were performers too! Make sure to bring your digital cameras with you or have some space on your phone memory so you won't miss the opportunity!

Not a gamer? You are still welcome!
You can still attend Gen Con because there are several activities they offer to non gamers like crafting, dancing, baking decorations, sword fighting, make up, watching movies, meditation and relaxation.

You can register in advance (some with purchase ticket) and enroll at those classes!

Gen Con Official Souvenirs
There were booths that sell official Gen Con merchandise from shirts, shot glass, tumblers, baseball caps and jackets prices ranging from $7 to $40. I took home a Gen Con shot glass!

The shirt on the ride side sold out at the very moment they released the shirt! 

Gen Con Hauls
I'm flying back home on Sunday afternoon so I won't be able to buy huge boxes of games so instead I bought something really handy! While waiting for my flight back to Chicago, my Mom texted me that some board games were at 50% discount few minutes before closing at 4pm (next time, I'll choose an evening flight to be able to score goodies!)

Overall, I must say that this is the biggest convention I've attended! I may purchase a 4 day pass next year and make another exclusive blog post with top game picks and new launches.

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See you next year!

From Windy City Chicago with Love

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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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Sept 10
12nn - travel event in Makati

Sept 11
4pm - smartphone launch in BGC

Sept 12
3pm - music event in Ortigas
5pm - tech event in BGC

Sept 13
10am - travel event in Manila
7pm - DigistarPH party in BGC

Sept 14
11am - lifestyle event in SM MOA

October 6
6pm - Oktoberfest in Solaire Tent