Good news to all Filipinos who love everything Korean!  Yes, that includes you, you know who you are, Koreanovela addicts, Korean food lovers and K-Pop fans!

Hmmm…. Koreanovela addicts must be thinking hard where the heck they saw Zoo coffee (주커피) before! Well, you’re not imagining things. You saw Zoo Coffee from the K-drama “The innocent Man” (착한남자).

All their cafe scenes were filmed at Zoo coffee, including those scenes where Kang Choco (강조), Kang Maru’s sister was working in the cafe.

The first ever branch of Zoo Coffee Korea is now officially open at Alphaland Makati. Just outside the cafe’ is a towering life-sized giraffe! Whoahhhhh! The giraffe is so huge! He’s practically a foot away from the ceiling!

This is the Zoo Coffee angle from inside the Alphaland Makati premises.  Outside seating and alfresco area are available on both sides of the cafe’.

The Coffee shop’s view at the left side corner of the main entrance.

Safe and hygienic stuffed animals greets you upon entering the cafe. The life size stuffed animals throughout the coffee shop attracts not only the kids but also the kid at heart. 
Meet my date at Zoo Coffee Mr. Panda. Like me, he loves the hot Ginseng Honey tea too!!!

Once inside you’ll be transported to a whole new world of animal prints and stuffed toys! 
Starting with the jungle and Zebra light box counter that is very detailed and makes your imagination flies and transport you to a virtual African jungle. 

You would not miss this giant artificial tree smack right at the center of the cafe’ with toy monkeys and snakes hanging on its branches.   This giant size tree has a real peels of Platycaraya strobilacea (touch it and feel the peel!) dominates the landscape of the cafe’. 

At the side of the food counter,  you would find a white tiger and a giraffe looking intently at those glorious food display.  The presence of these stuffed animals and tree brings out the jungle theme of this one-of-a-kind cafe.

Not to be missed is the exotic wall silhoutte (Barrisol)! I love its soft light. It is like a backdrop of a twilight in the African plain.

Inside the cafe’ friends and colleagues could hold meetings and have a nice conversation. Look at those walls in zebra print.  

Alone? Brokenhearted? Don’t worry you can hug and have a coffee date with the cafe’s safe stuffed toys manufactured by a company that manufacture non-toxic dolls.

A customer having a tête–à–tête with a cute panda and a gorilla at Zoo Coffee.  Well, he’s checking his phone so I guess he’s inviting his friends to join him at the cafe’.

Various pictures I took inside the Zoo Coffee.

The giraffe shelves is so cute!  I absolutely love this! The collectible mugs looks amazing on it!  Please take note of the little giraffe on its side. Isn’t he adorable??? So cute!

The second picture shows the Zoo Coffee executive from Korea. He is cute too! Ha ha ha! Sir/ Mr. Executive please let me taste the bestsellers for free! I am not joking. Ha ha ha!

Zoo Coffee Philippines spokesperson hugging Mr. Panda 

Various food choices awaits you at Zoo Coffee. Prepare to shell out at least a few hundred bucks for a simple order.

The owners are so kind they let me taste their banana waffle for free during the blog conference.  It was good. The bananas are real and not the powdered banana.  But I am looking forward on trying their bestsellers next time around.

This taste like 7-11’s hot dog sandwich. It was good. Please offer rice meals for us Filipinos in the future.

I have not taste this. I only took a quick photo of it when it was served to another blogger.

You have three cup sizes to choose from for your coffee or tea. Note the animal print on their take-out cups. So cute!

Gelato’s different flavors at Zoo Coffee.  I was not able to taste this because they did not served this to us.

The various nooks and corners are very ideal for an instagramable selfie. 

Verdict: 3 stars ***

The coffee is average. The prices are affordable. The service is friendly. An interesting place to have a cup of coffee.

The next time you find yourself bored and without a date try to drop by Zoo Coffee and enjoy its food and the atmosphere it has to offer. I think the zoo like environment of the coffee shop will help you educate your children about loving other God’s creation. 

Zoo Coffee

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Be a blessings to others!

Be God’s vessel!


#ZooCoffee #ZooCoffeePhilippines, #ZooCoffeePH #Alphaland #AlphalandMakati

myPAL Roam Internet Everywhere

myPAL Roam Internet Everywhere

Hello there, Fellow travelers! I know that just like me most of you can’t afford to be offline while you travel. Right? My friend L for example can’t wait for a day or two to share her travel experiences! She wants to update her loveones and friends in real time! Yes! Up to date, real time picture sharing and Facebook Live is now the in thing! With the proliferation of games and activities on line most people can’t afford to be offline. Well, fret no more! Philippine Airlines (PAL) launched a new service innovation called the myPAL Roam — a global mobile hotspot that provides easy, fast, secure and affordable mobile data anywhere in the world. Yehey! To my cousins who love traveling you ought to rent one when you travel again! 

The flag carrier’s newest offering comes into reality through its partnership with Skyroam.

The airline’s newest offering was launched at Green Sun hotel in Makati City.

The one thing that I love about PAL is that they are fully aware of their passengers’ need to stay connected anywhere in the world. No wonder, the Philippine’s flag carrier never stop to innovate to further enhance the travel experience of each one of us. 

PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista told hundreds of attendees during myPAL Roam’s formal launching that whether you’re flying across the country or halfway around the globe, PAL made sure that they’ve got you covered.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How much is the rent of myPAL Roam?

A reasonable fee of only P490 per day

Where to rent myPAL Roam Wi-Fi device?

1. You could rent it at PAL boutique located in the PAL ticket office lobby, PNB Financial Center in Pasay City.
2. Or at the NAIA Terminal 2 departure area 
3. log in at roam.philippineairlines.com.

Do I need to make a deposit?

Yes! A Php4,000 deposit will be required for anyone who will avail of the mobile hotspot service, which is forfeited if one misplaces the device. Well, that’s fair enough.

Where could I return the Wi-Fi device?

The device may be returned through the following channels:

1. PAL boutique
2. NAIA Terminal 2 arrival area
3. Home pick-up
4. Onboard return service.

Users may enjoy internet access using the myPAL Roam in over 80 countries. These are the following:

Argentina, Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cambodia, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway,  Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saipan, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden,   Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela and Vietnam.

PAL ancillary business unit vice president  Kevin Hartigan-Go said “with almost everything just a click away, getting connected is key. This technology on connectivity has allowed us to be linked to virtually anyone, anywhere in the world.”

myPAL Roam is the latest addition to PAL’s service innovations, which already include the myPAL Player, myPAL Wi-Fi and the myPAL Mobile — components of the myPAL eSuite. 

The airline also recently launched the PAL boutique, an exhibit store featuring Filipino talent, coffee Table book and craftsmanship.

I can’t wait to try this newest innovation! #myPALRoam #PhilippineAirlines #PAL

Philippine Airlines Launches Coffee Table Book

Philippine Airlines Launches Coffee Table Book 

The country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), has launched a coffee table book to mark its 75 years of flying to various destinations here and abroad at the Badjao room of Century Park Hotel last July 1, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

The title of the 200-page book is “75 years of celebrating the heart of the Filipino, honoring the past, celebrating the present and innovating the future”.

Travel through PAL’s 75 years of wonderful history when you browse through the pages of your very own copy of PAL’s Coffee Table Book. 

Book lovers would surely love all the photos and trivia that could be found in the book. It contains a lot of history and information unknown to many. 

Be amazed on how PAL evolved since its maiden flight with only five passengers from the Nielsen Airfield in Makati City to Loakan airport in the northern part of the Philippines- Baguio City on March 15, 1941 to what it is now at present.

I learned that the first international stewardess was a Filipina named Rebecca Versoza Santos who was married to a PAL dentist.  Interestingly, the first female commercial pilot in Southeast Asia is also a Filipina! Her name is Aimee Carandang-Gloria,  who by the way was present during the launching. 

I personally love how the editor, Jonathan Gesmundo and his writers and staff lovingly put together and summarized in one book all of PAL’s past and present airplanes type. Mr. Gesmundo successfully collated all data since 2011. He definitely captured each decade’s achievements and challenges. 
The book not only affirmed Philippine Airlines’ place in aviation history but it also boast the sense of pride of every men and women who ever worked with the airlines. 
I strongly believe that every Filipino and PAL enthusiast should buy a copy of the Coffee Table Book because it is not only “siksik liglig at hitik na hitik sa inpormasyon” but also because for every book you buy part of the proceeds of book sale will go to PAL foundation that never stop lending a helping hand to our poor brothers and sisters in different parts of the world.

To learn more about Pal’s colorful evolution grab a copy of PAL’s Coffee Table Book! It is a collector’s item! Teach your kids about the history of PAL! 

The generation to come will surely love PAL’s diamond history summarized in one (1) hardbound Coffee Table Book available for sale at PAL offices and online for only Php1,975 through www.philippineairlines.com and via Facebook at Philippine Airlines Boutique.


Traveling by air has never been this good.DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Philippine Airlines (PAL) had an airplane with a lip mark on its nose? 

Pal pioneered sky beds for long-haul flights in 1979. 

My very first domestic airplane ride was with a PAL turboprop plane. Yes, that plane with a very noisy propeller (elise). 

#PAL #PhilippineAirlines #PAL75Years #PALCOFFEETABLEBOOK #TheHeartOfTheFilipino #ShiningThrough #Filipino’s Trusted Airlines

Global Wellness Day Philippines 2016

Global Wellness Day Philippines 2016

July 11, 2016 marks the very first time that the Philippines participated in the Global Wellness Day celebrated every second Saturday of June every year worldwide dedicated to living well.

Finally, Filipinos can now proudly say that “We say YES to Global Wellness Day!” 

The organization’s slogan “One day can change your whole life,” has confronted me to my face because of my health issues and largely due to the fact that at 5’6″ I am overweight, I can’t even see my neck anymore 🙁  I have a standing offer from a good Samaritan to start my beautification “balik alindog” (back to shape) program but my brother keeps on urging me to go back home to our province to help out in our family business. Tuliro, di makakain, di makatulog, nakakapangit ang stress na ito! The event invite that I got is very timely indeed. 
So on the second Saturday of June, I woke up at 5 o’ clock in the morning, took a bath then got dress, then put inside my backpack an extra pants and shirt plus my crocs slippers just in case I need to change. Of course, I also brought with me my make-up kit, brushes, eye make-up, eye lashes curlers, powder, cellphones, charger, extra batteries, basically almost everything inside my house. Ha ha ha!
Whether you admit it or not, all of us would like to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. Living well is almost the entire world’s shared dream. Even some bible verses had mentioned wellness as part of God’s plan for all of us.

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body”, according to the bible.

I was already panting like a dog when I reached Three Salcedo at around 7 o’clock in the morning and was instructed to climb the stairs, with my heavy full-packed backpack. With a heavy backpack errr heart, I glance at the stairs. It doesn’t look like “the second floor” to me…shocks! I already walked a good one (1) kilometer trying to locate Tordesillas Street in Makati. I then slowly went up “the second floor” ( rolling my eyes here, it looks like it’s “the third floor” ha ha ha!  Hello fellow attendees do you agree? Yeah? ) I heave a sigh of relief when I reached the top of the stairs, yes! Success! I immediately make a right turn and found the exact location of the event. I  then register at the booth and look around the gym. I don’t recognize a single soul.  I then asked for a glass of water. The water I drank after that high flight of stairs tasted so good that I had to ask for another glass. Whoah! Then from out of nowhere, achi Joy appeared! Yes! My fairy godmother is here! She is the one who invited me and I immediately walk towards her and exchange pleasantries.  Sexy and a super mom personified achi Joy doesn’t look her age. She exudes wellness in the real sense of the word! She’s beautiful inside and out.

Firefighters, volunteers, fitness buffs, motorcycle enthusiasts, men, women and their children from all walks of life troop to FTX fun intense fusion training at the second floor of Three Salcedo at Tordesillas St., in Makati City.

We were then given food to nourish our body.  The wellness breakfast consists of organic bihon and malunggay pandesal served with coffee. Breakfast combined with yoga will give you a certain high. The meal is simple but delicious.  We were then introduced to the event organizer Vicky.  

The positive energy of the people who attended the activity rubbed off on me.  I totally enjoyed the exercises, the yoga and the inspiring talk given by Charmie De Leon of Healthway.  Christian Church pastor Manu Reyes aka the “Fitness Pastor”, fitness brand ambassador and consultant for corporate fitness solutions discussed how a good deed daily keeps you healthy. I particularly like the talk given by political satirist/ director/ commercial actress “Juana Change” a.k.a Mae Paner. 

As a political activist, we know Juana Change as the woman with balls. So, I was surprised when she shared to everybody that she’s among the thousands if not millions of Filipinas who were brain-washed by commercialism into believing that each one of us must look like “Anne Curtis” who happens to be “maputi”  (fair skin) while a typical Filipina like Mae Paner has “maitim na balat” (dark complexion).  Anne has a “matangos na ilong”(prominent nose) while Mae has “ilong na pango” (flat nose).  Anne is sexy and Mae is 267 Ibs. at 5’2″.  Anne has a long straight hair and most Filipinas has curly or wavy if not frizzy hair.

Well, can you blame her for thinking that way? No! Because, almost everyone, including me thinks the same way too!  Well, not with the “maputi na balat” (fair complexion) part though because I was never afraid to walk under the heat of the sun especially before when I can still travel. 

Where did this low self-esteem came from? Commercialism! ( Mismo!) Commercialism dictates who and what should be beautiful. Ika nga, ikinakahon ng commercialismo ang mga babae sa panahon na ito. ( Women of today became the girl in the box).

But, Mae found a way to get out of that box. She told her reflection that she is beautiful period. And boy was she surprised when her boy crush suddenly said that she looks different that day, that there is something about Mae that is different and that she looks beautiful!  She found for herself the ultimate key to wellness! It was liberating! The acceptance of what and who she is!  A beautiful creature of God. From then on she radiates that aura. 

Mae even posed nude to more than 80 painters. And she said that she even landed at the cover of playboy magazine in 2013 and became the lead star of a movie. Mae said she was the star at that “Boysen” commercial where she played as the nagger wife. Mae also shared with us that she’s a Pieta actress and she had also directed several commercials.

Mae’s realization was indeed mind blowing! It is in loving yourself pala, growing and flourishing in mind, body and soul that we attained physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We need to have an unconditional self-acceptance, an understanding of our own faults and acceptance of our imperfections while still trying to be the best version of ourselves. It is only by loving and accepting yourself that you could begin to love others as well.

Mae and Ms. Vicky awarded the spa gift certificate to the first raffle draw winner named Jewel, a motorcycle enthusiasts and volunteer who according to his mentor Mr. Mel has a pure heart, generous in giving help to other people. A jewel in the real sense of the word.

Living well does not only constitute physical fitness but also doing a good deed everyday.
You could see by the look on their faces that they are happy! They’re ecstatic while dancing and loving it.
The husband and wife that exercise together stays together.

The singing firefighters?

The body needs to move in order to function well. Moving with spiritual intent leads to a healthy, blooming and develop body. A strong body is a foundation for a balanced physical, mental and spiritual lifestyle.

Manifest your vision into reality.

The children are never too young to start celebrating wellness with their parents.

There was also a free hand massage, make-up and half-body massage plus raffle prizes.

Thank you Mary Kaye for my hair and make-up! 
Happiness radiates from inside out.

I hope to be invited next time around. Thank you for the invitation achi Joy, I truly enjoyed the event. Thank you Ms.Vicky and to your friends who became my friends too that day! You helped me realized that I am beautiful indeed because I was made in the image and likeness of my God.  It was completely liberating!

Kudos to all of you for a job well done!

Be good to yourself. Treat your body well. Men, women, or whose gender is in between, together with your children, please celebrate with us the next time around!
Global Wellness Day Philippines, Fitness, FTX, Gym, Global Wellness Day, 2016 Global Wellness Day

The 7 Steps of the Global Wellness Day Manifesto

  • Walk for an hour

  • Drink more water

  • Do not use plastic bottles

  • Eat organic foods

  • Do a good deed

  • Have a family dinner

  • Sleep at 10:00 pm

Sun Life of Canada Celebrates June as Financial Independence Month

Sun Life of Canada Celebrates June as Financial Independence Month 

“It is not your fault if you were born poor. But to die poor would be the fault of no one but yours”.

Lorna has been unemployed for the last ten years. Due to a valid medical reason. She is one of the lucky ones who enjoyed the unwavering support of her family and friends. She was lucky enough to have been able to saved money when she was still actively working. Lorna may not be actively working but she gets by through the help of her savings and investments. 

Lorna’s classmate Fe is not as fortunate. Fe is the “isang kahig isang tuka type”.  It simply means no work, no pay.  She hardly had enough money to splurge.  Fe, has hardly able to have both ends met. Fe can’t even maintain the medicines that she needed to take. Oftentimes, Fe has to line up at the PCSO office in order to have the money she needed for her medication. She’s still employed but it seems to her that her salary was not just enough for all her expenses.

When you compare Lorna and Fe, you’ll easily recognize who had the financial independence to insure her future. Everyone’s health changes with age, and as time goes on we’ll spend more money to manage it.

Life is full of surprises. You never know what the future holds tomorrow nor in the days to come. 

Just like me, many Filipinos are not investing in financial products because they are unaware of its importance and value. Good thing there’s Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. 


Last June 1, 2016, a Wednesday, Sun Life of Canada launch the month of June as financial independence month. Ms. Valerie Pama, President of Sun Life asset management encourage everyone in the Philippines to be financially independent and have money for life.  

A mini-workshop on how we can RI5E to be more financially independent and rise onwards to a financially free Philippines with Mr. Aya Laraya of Pesos and Sense followed to promote financial literacy. Sun Life aims to educate the people on how to address their financial quotient.
We should be like the ants and the bees who reserved enough food and honey for the future.

We should always remember that each and everyone of us need money in order to survive in this world.  We could not always rely from the government or from charitable institutions to provide for your needs.

Money for Life is a comprehensive, personalized financial planning program that will ensure a client will have sufficient funds for every stage of his life. 

Find out more on how you can have ‪#‎Money4Life‬ while getting a chance to have fun with Piolo in Japan!  Hop on the MFL Express: Bus to the Future to find out how!  Just swing by http://www.travelonshoestring.com/2016/06/4-ways-to-win-thru-m4l-express-of.html

I was lucky to be among the first ones who were able to experience the Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. “Bus to the Future” equipped with the latest VR headseats wherein I was able to view Papa Piolo in a 360-degree visual reality video talking about the value of financial planning. After which, I was transported to different scenarios based on my chosen life stage. It was so cool! Imagine I was able to live the lifestyle I’ve been dreaming of, for a minute there, I thought it was real. I was really encouraged to start planning for my future through Money for Life and Sun Life’s insurance and investment products now. I am excited to jump start a better financial scenario for myself.

Did you know that?

Did you know that you can start your journey to financial independence for as low as P500, which you can accumulate until it reaches Php5,000. Forced savings Baby! Kaya, Right? Yes! One type of investment that you and I can start with is the Sun Life Prosperity Funds where one can start from a miminum invest of Php5,000. It has a high potential returns that will be diversified among other financial vehicles to minimize risk. It is very flexible. Yes, you can even change your mind as to where you would like to place your funds. Don’t worry you can do so with no ectra charge at all. Your funds will also be managed by professionals who are knowledgeable in their field and will ensure that your funds will generate the most returns whether short term or long terms. And the best thing about this fund, Sun Life offers a very attractive option wherein you can redeem the fund any time at its current fund value. Saan ka pa? Naku day, I’ll definitely try this! Join ka na! Remember if you are still breathing it is not yet too late. 

Curious on how you too can experience what I’ve experience? Don’t worry Sun Life will bring the “Bus To The Future” at the following locations and all you have to do is hop on:

June 11 – Bonifacio Global City High Street
June 19 – Eastwood 
June 25 – SM City Cebu
July 2  – Solenad, Nuvali

Even students can partake at this activity. The earlier you dip your fingers in financial planning, the better! Yes, you are reading it right! The younger you are the better for you to start planning for your financial goals. So, students, please note that the Bus To The Future will park at these campuses on the following dates:

June  2 – Mapua Institute of Technology
June 12 – Ateneo Graduate School of Business
June 16 – De La Salle University
June 17 – University of the Philippines Diliman
June 20 – San Sebastian College
June 24 – University of San Carlos Cebu
June 29 – Lyceum of the Philippines Manila
June 30 – University of the Philippines Los Banos

Sun Life financial advisors will be on site to accommodate your inquiries. So huwag kulpa kulpa! Go na gyud!

To those of you who are more comfortable doing your transactions online, Sun Life has made it easy for you through Money for Life e-Planner. All you have to do is go to www.moneyforlife.com.ph and start your financial planning. Through the e-Planner, you can get product recommendations and even purchase mutual funds products from Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc.

Smile, enjoy your financial journey!


4 ways to win thru the M4L Express of Sunlife of Canada: Bus to the Future!

4 ways to win thru the M4L Express of Sunlife of Canada: Bus to the Future!

How lucky could you get? Well, you are one lucky individual because you came across this post!  Because you can now have a chance to meet and go to an all expense vacation in Japan with no other than Sunlife ambassador Papa Piolo Pascual!!!! Yeah!  Read on!

M4L Express: Bus to the Future!

MEET and Greet Piolo in Japan
MOMENTS with the Bus to the Future
MILESTONES of your Life Stage
MEMES and Tips from the Prosperity Tree

A. MEET and Greet Piolo in Japan!!! Yes!!!!

Step 1: Spot our “MFL Express: Bus to the Future” in any of its bus stops
Step 2: Get on board by getting tickets on-site or by securing “fast pass” tickets through Sun Life Philippines’ Fast Pass Facebook App
Step 3: Experience our first-ever Virtual Reality program on the bus to take a peak of your possible future
Step 4: Claim your raffle entry from the Sun Life Advisors on the bus for a chance to win one of 5 Sun Life Prosperity Cards worth P20,000 each or a trip plus meet-and-greet with Papa Piolo Pascual in Japan.

Promo Duration: June 1 to July 3, 2016
Japan Trip schedule: July 25, 2016

B. MOMENTS with the Bus to the Future

SPOT and snap a photo of the MFL Express: Bus to the Future as it drives around EDSA Taft, North EDSA, Pasay and BGC starting June 3 until June 10. Post the photos on social media using the hashtags #Money4Life and #SunLifePH to get exciting prizes.

C. MILESTONES of your Life Stage

VISIT any M4L event, SNAP your photo in our life stage booths, and UPLOAD your photo over social media using the hashtags #Money4Life and #SunLifePH for a chance to win Instax cameras!

D. MEMES and Tips from the Prosperity Tree

PICK instant prizes at the Prosperity Tree in any M4L bus stops and get the chance to win a P5,000 Sun Life Prosperity Card

M4L Express Mall Bus Stops with special guests Clara Benin and Brisom:

June 11 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave.
June 19 Eastwood, Quezon City
June 25 SM Cebu Atrium
July    2 Solenad 3, Nuvali

M4L Express School Bus Stops:

June   2 MAPUA Institute of Technology
June 12 Ateneo Graduate School of Business
June 16 De La Salle University

June 17 University of the Philippines Diliman
June 20 San Sebastian College
June 24 University of San Carlos Cebu
June 29 Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila
June 30 University of the Philippines Los Banos

What are you waiting for? Go and catch the bus to the future!

Meralco consumers enjoy lower power rates in May

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Meralco consumers enjoy lower power rates in May
·        Earlier this month, Meralco announced that the rate for its residential customers in May would go down by 41-centavos per kWh, thereby bringing it down to Php 8.44 per kWh.
·         For a typical household consuming 200 kWh, this translates to a reduction of around Php 82.00 in their electricity bill.
·        This month’s overall rate is lower by Php 1.54 per kWh compared to May 2015’s Php 9.98 per kWh. It is also the lowest since January 2010, or over a period of six years.
·        The decrease in the overall rates was primarily due to the generation charge, which decreased by PhP0.21 per kWh from last month.May’s generation charge is the lowest since October 2004.
·         Transmission charge likewise registered a decrease of PhP0.10 per kWh due to the reduction in NGCP’s ancillary charges and slight decrease in Power Delivery Service (PDS) charge.
·         Taxes and Other Charges also decreased by PhP0.10 per kWh following the reduction in generation and transmission charges.
·        Meralco’s distribution, supply, and metering charges, meanwhile, have remained unchanged for 10 months, after they registered a reduction in July 2015.
Meralco does not earn from the pass-through charges, such as the generation and transmission charges. Payment for the generation charge goes to the power suppliers, while payment for the transmission charge goes to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
Where Your Money Goes
MA Forum Pie Chart
What you pay in your bill also goes to these other components of the electricity supply chain.
GENERATION CHARGE is the largest component of the bill. It comprises the total of all costs charged by the different generation companies that provide Meralco with power supply. These include San Miguel Corporation, Aboitiz Power, DMCI, First Gen, AES, and EGCO. In special cases, this may include charges from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).
TRANSMISSION CHARGE goes to NGCP. Of course, there are also government taxes and other charges warranted by government regulators to ensure the industry’s viability. 
Instead of each of these entities delivering bills to your doors and collecting payment, Meralco consolidates all charges in one electric bill, before sending it to you. Then, Meralco collects payment and pays the other companies and the government in behalf of its consumers.
DISTRIBUTION CHARGE is the only amount Meralco receives for its services. Distribution charge is not as unpredictable as other charges because it is regulated by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). In fact, the distribution charge decreased last 2014, became even lower last 2015, and has not changed since then.



Warm welcome. The Jollibee team (L-R) – Regional Business Unit Head for Metro North Mike Castro, AVP for Marketing Kent Mariano (fourth from left, back), PR Director Arline Adeva, Chief Global Marketing Officer for Jollibee Global brand Francis E. Flores (6th from left, back), Assistant Brand Manager for Jolly Spaghetti Luis Berba and Corporate PR and Events Manager Dennis Reyes, gave Jodi and Thirdy a warm and jolly welcome to the Jollibee Family.

Jollibee recently welcomed Jodi and Thirdy as the newest brand ambassadors for Jolly Spaghetti during the media launch held at the Ortigas Roosevelt branch.Jodi and Thirdy, who stars in the latest TV commercial for for Jolly Spaghetti, shared their own personal experiences, from happy memories when she was a kid and to how she now enjoys the same bonding moments with Thirdy. The Jolly Spaghetti Sweet-Sarap Moments event also featured fun games for the media guests and their kids.
Batang Jollibee at heart
Jodi confesses to being a certified Batang Jollibee, even before she got into show business.Her mother worked hard to raise Jodi and her siblings,bur made sure to devote her Saturdays to quality time over her children’s favorite Jollibee treats.
“Every Saturday, iti-treat niya kami sa Jollibee sa may Landmark food court,” Jodi recalled. “Talagang masasabi ko na kinalakihan ko si Jollibee. At hinde lang yon, kasi bawat party, bawat celebration, talagang naging part siya ng family namin at ng pamilyang Pilipino.”
Growing up, Jodi said she would often order Jolly Spaghetti and Jolly Hotdog, and it became staples in her bonding moments with her mon.Now that she’s a mother herself, she wants to pass on the same joyful experience to Thirdy. The 10-year old loves the cheesy, meaty, and sweet-sarap flavors of Jolly Spaghetti.
“Wala akong nakilalang bata na gusto maasim na spaghetti. ” the actress remarked candidly. “Especially Filipino children. I believe na nakuha ng Jolibee yung manamis-namis na timpla na hinahanap-hanap ng bawat batang Pilipino.”
Mom first, actress second
Jodi remains simple even with her celebrity status and recent accolades for her stellar TV performances. Despite her busy schedule, she makes sure that spending quality time with Thirdy is her priority, just as her own mother did years ago.
The actress related that she and Thirdy can spend hours just talking about anything, especially over their favorite Jolly Spaghetti. They often order “C3,” the Jolly Spaghetti and Chickenjoy combo, for delivery or drive-thru.
“Sa hapagkainan, that’s where the bonding happens. Nakakatuwa si Thirdy when you spend time with him. He’s a very opinionated child. Baka pwede siyang maging lawyer.” Jodi proudly added.
Perfect Choice for Jolly Spaghetti
Jollibee likewise is equally happy and excited to welcome Jodi and Thirdy to the family. “Jodi and Thirdy are the perfect endorsers for Jolly Spaghetti.” said Kent Mariano, Jollibee Assistant Vice President for Marketing. “Despite Jodi’s celebrity status and hectic schedule she believes in making even the smallest of moments count when it comes to strengthening her bond with Thirdy and her family. Jodi’s own story and personal experiences of bonding with her mom and now with her son is something that many Pinoy families can relate to. We at Jollibee have always proud to be part of such memorable moments.”
The latest TVC features Jodi reminiscing her bonding moments as a kid with her mom, and fast forward to the present, Jodi letting Thirdy experience the same happy moment while enjoying their favorite Jolly Spaghetti.



It’s Slimmer’s World Ninth year of holding Miss Bikini Philippines.  This year’s winners are Christine Opiaza who was crowned Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 at the end of the pageant finale held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater just inside Resorts World Manila last Friday, May 20, 2016. She succeeded Miss Bikini Philippines 2015 Tim Alsowyed.  Regine Anillo took home the 1st Runner Up trophy.  Meanwhile crowd favorite Ivy Tapic was this year’s 2nd Runner-Up.

Opiaza also won Special Awards such as Best in Creative Posing and Miss Personality by Spectrum Med.

Congratulations to all of the three winners!