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Saturday, November 30, 2019

HBO's Halfworlds season 3 shot entirely in the Philippines

Directed By Mikhail Red And Starring Bianca Umali And Sam Concepcion, The Series Will Premiere Exclusively On HBO GO And HBO In 2020.  (photo via HBO Asia)

We just received a news release from the PR of HBO and its a good news that the upcoming season 3 of Halfworlds is set on Philippine soil and starring our local artist Bianca Umali and Sam Concepcion and wow! directed by Mikhail Red!!! this guy is on fire, because his name is all over the news on international movies and an upcoming movie and now a new series for the global audience.

Read the news below and get ready for more PH mythos creatures roaming in modern era

Cebu Pacific Launches New Pre-ordered Meals

I got the chance to check out the in-flight meals of Cebu Pacific and went to MacroAsia Sats Food Industry in ParaƱaque City to see how they prepare every pre-ordered meal.  

Cebu Pacific’s pre-ordered menu consists of savory meals, sandwiches with vegetarian option and noodle dishes.

Here are the yummy pre-ordered meals you can order online for your next flight.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

LRMC's ikotMNL Mobile App Launched, First and Free Train Guide App for Metro Manila LRT-1 Commuters and Tourists!

Commuting and travelling through LRT-1 trains around Metro Manila has never been more easy and informative with the brand new and free mobile app of LRMC’s ikotMNL app. The app offers a one-stop information train guide for commuters and tourists and be your daily companion at the LRT-1 train stations.

With ikotMNL app, you can check: the train arrivals and departures, see the crowd situation in all stations of LRT-1, access news and announcements, be informed with passenger advisories and get a chat box assistance for customer service assistance and see what tourist spots that are near the train stations. 

The slogan for ikotMNL app is ‘Mamasyal, Magfoodtrip, Magshopping, Mag-ikotMNL’. “Mamasyal”, the app promotes tourist spots by helping tourists riding the LRT-1 trains a detailed direction on how to get there and provide information on local tour operators to help the tourist experience the best sight-seeing spots like heritage sites of Manila. “Magfoodtrip at Magshopping”, the app has information that will give you the best spots for food and shopping places in Manila at the nearest LRT-1 station.

LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso

"This is the first railway and tourism app in the Philippines. We constantly look for modern ways to change the way we move people and this ikotMNL app is an innovative tool to delight our passengers with a comfortable, safe, and convenient experience when riding the LRT-1." said LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso emphasizing the value of innovation in LRMC.

“We are excited to be part of tourists’ Manila adventures with ikotMNL app and the LRT-1,” he said on promoting local tourism especially in Manila with the use of ikotMNL app.

LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso (center) leads the ceremonial launch of the ikotMNL mobile app, with LRMC Communications and Customer Relations Head Jacqueline Gorospe and LRMC Head of Information Technology Randy Sac.

“We’ve spent a considerable amount of time and effort into making the ikotMNL app the best it can be and this early, we already have more features in mind to add to the app. It is our way to keep improving it so that those who have downloaded and yet to download the ikotMNL mobile app may continue to enjoy using it," said LRMC Corporate Communications Head Jacqueline Gorospe.

LRMC officers answer questions from the media about the ikotMNL app.

Here’s what it looks like upon opening the app:

IkotMNL app is an all-in-one package app for transport and tourism. From how to get to your next destination to where are the delicious local food in the metro, this app will give all the details you’ll need and more!

Beep card and QR codes for fares and partnership with merchants are also in the works for future upgrade plans of the ikotMNL app.

Start discovering Manila’s best places and give ikotMNL app a try to navigate your way at the heart of Manila. 

The free ikotMNL mobile app is now available in Google Play and App Store.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

4-day Robinsons Warehouse Sale finally starts on November 14, 2019

The much-awaited #RobinsonsWarehouseSale2019 is finally happening from November 14-17, 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City!  It has everything all in one place—for exciting and convenient holiday shopping where Robinsons Rewards members can get first dibs on exclusive deals from their favorite brands using their rewards cards or mobile app to get discounts of up to 70% plus exclusive perks.

For 4 continuous days of hassle-free shopping at the #RobinsonsWarehouseSale2019, get the best deals on a wide range of items from various top-selling brands. Check out brand-new appliances, compare features, and even get expert advice from product specialists. 

Need a fashion lift?  There is no better time to splurge than this season. Choose from Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, and Burton Menswear, among many others, for the latest fashion trends at great prices!  Top-of-the-line skincare and fragrance like Elizabeth Arden and Benefit Cosmetics are now made even more affordable, for the ultimate haul of glam-worthy goodies.

Those on the lookout for novelty items, accessories, decors and furnishings to redesign their homes can visit TrueValue, Handyman, Daiso, and Savers Appliances. Robinsons Rewards members can earn up to 10 times rewards points for a P1,000 minimum single receipt purchase at Daiso, or get a free shopping bag for a P1,000 minimum single receipt purchase at Handyman.

Parents and kids are also in for a treat as they can earn double rewards points on Robinsons Department Store purchases.  Exclusive discounts are also offered on this season’s hottest toys including Barbie, Vtech, Hot Wheels, Shimmer & Shine, and Kids II, just to name a few. Even Southstar Drug has its fair share of huge savings for its loyal customers.

Drop by the Hit and Win booth, with a single receipt minimum purchase of P3,000, and  Robinsons Rewards members can play for a chance to win even more special prizes, additional rewards points, and premium items!

Part of the proceeds of the #RobinsonsWarehouseSale2019 will go to the Tulong Pambaon Project (TPP) of the Investment & Capital Corporation of the Philippines (ICCP) Group Foundation, Inc. The TPP is a financial assistance program that provides underprivileged Grade 5 and 6 students their daily allowance for food, transportation fare, or other school materials needed to complete their education.

So, make sure to head off to the World Trade Center from November 14 to 17, 2019 for the biggest annual Robinsons Warehouse sale, exclusive to Robinsons Rewards members and Mastercard holders! Not yet a Robinsons Rewards member? Download the app today: and register for free!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Get your Piso seat fare today by Cebu Pacific this 11.11

Wait a minute!!!!  If you are planning to travel around the Philippines or maybe in another country, Then you should check out the PISO SEAT SALE by Cebu Pacific nowgoing on this November 11, 2019, in line with the 11.11 shopping craze!

While everyone are still busy shopping for items,  if you are traveling soon, then you should take advantage of the PISO seat sale.

check out the news release sent to us few hours ago.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

How to win and survive the Lazada 11.11 this year (see checklist of sale items!)

The super big Lazada online shopping sale is here!! The target date is November 11, 2019, and that's tonight!!! well, around 12am! If you are planning to do online shopping and take the advantage of the super sale and discounted items and experience a full convenience of shopping, then I suggest you just stay home or stay online and start adding those sale items to your CART because in few hours, the Lazada 11.11 will start! 

If you are outside your home, be sure that you have your Lazada app with you and a fast LTE signal, so that you can click away the buy now and add to cart buttons in a fast way.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Kapihan sa SM City Dasmarinas - Get to know the local history of your town

I've attend my 2nd Kapihan sa SM last October 2019 in SM City Dasmarinas, I supported SM's monthly Kapihan talks or forum event because the topic is very intesting and its all about Cavite and its history. I've live in Cavite for more than 10 years already and I learned only a handful of historical information about Bacoor - the town I live in.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sofitel Manila Art de Noel Christmas Tree Lighting 2019 and fashion show Debbie Co and Anthony Ramirez

It's Christmas time in the city and also here in Sofitel Manila.  This is the Christmas tree lighting event and Christmas opening that I should not miss. It's already a tradition for me ever since I was introduced to Sofitel Manila and I'm happy that I got a complete attendance since 2013.

The Christmas tree lighting event usually starts there at the upper ground floor of the hotel,  in Le Bar. But for this 2019 I'm surprised that they are now hosting the tree lighting ceremony at the Spiral restaurant area, just below the Spiral staircase.

Now that's something and it break the pattern of the usual upper ground floor event, But then instead of having the ceremony at Le Bar, they arranged the entire bar into a fashion show stage to feature the fashion designed by Filipino designers Debbie Co and Anthony Ramirez.

The event is not just about the Christmas Tree Lighting, but its also featuring Filipino artistry combined with Sofitel Manila's French elegance. We're excited for this collab event and it was very different from the yearly Art de Noel here in Sofitel.

Before the event, we are offered by this cool wine! I think I got 5 glasses which made my face so red the entire night. I also enjoyed their chips and almonds at the table.

The Virlaine Foundation choir started the event by signing some Christmas carols

The host of the night - Ms Gretchen Ho. 

Sofitel Manila hotel general manager Puneet Dhawan opened the ceremony of the Christmas tree lighting. 

Before the tree lighting. A warm toast and cheers for everyone. 

Sofitel Manila executives, VIP guest and team

3...2..1.. Merry Christmas everyone. The 30 foot Christmas tree of Sofitel Manila just lit up. You can visit this giant tree at the spiral staircase of Spiral Manila. 

With Lace Llanora

With our blogger friends - Ted Claudio, Me-an Clemente, Conrad Pineda, Aaron Nomo and Carla Ramos

Sofitel Manila also introduces their holiday season food that will be feature in Spiral Manila

These food can be found in Spiral Manila's 21 Atelier and also special events or chef's table events

Local and international cheese are featured and also some chestnuts, almonds and wines

Mule wines. I only see this every Christmas in Sofitel Manila. One of my fave here is that you can choose a cold or warmer Mule wines

The colorful Christmas booth bazaar are set up at the side of the ground floor of Sofitel Manila. You can buy here some wooden toys for your kids and for your Christmas decor

After the Christmas tree lighting. Sofitel Manila featured artistic fashion design with French elegance by fashion designers Debbie Co and Anthony Ramirez. 

Here's my fashion show photo set of Debbie Co's design









Fashion designer Debbie Co (in black) shows up and escorter by fashion style celebrity Tessa Prieto-Valdes

And here's my fashion show set of Anthony Ramirez







At the end of the fashion show, Anthony Ramirez shows up infront of the fashion runaway together with Debbie Co.

Thanks for reading my blog post for today. I will be posting next about special offers of Sofitel Manila. If you are looking for something special this holiday season, then you should not miss the amazing offerings of Sofitel Manila this Yuletide season.

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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