Sabado, Abril 29, 2017

Amihan Global Strategies Launches AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS, a Cloud-Native Infrastructure to Accelerate Enterprise Digital Transformation.
New technology enables entetprises in Southeast Asia to become modern,digital companies through hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Los Angeles, CA and Manila, Philippines - Amihan Global Strategies announces the immediate availability of AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS, a cloud - native infrastructure solution that accelerates digital transformation by augmenting the existing IT systems of large enterprises with the agility of remote servers in the cloud.

AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS merges the best of two worlds: world-class technology, based on Google's pioneering Kubernetes Platform, and regional expertise catering to the specific needs of the largest enterprise in the ASEAN Region. Designed as8 a fully managed service solution and 100% OPEX subscription model, AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS is the only cloud solution that is optimized for Southeast Asia.


" The cloud is step one of digital transformation, " said Winston Damarillo, Executive Chairman of Amihan. "It's the infrastructure for innovation that allows you to experiment, grow, and adopt in ways that are necessary to keep up with the pace of customers' digital appetites."

AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS enables companies to deploy new services faster, harmonize legacy and next generation apps in a unified ecosystem, and perform complex data analytics all in a single platform. It aims to transform the IT infrastructure of legacy companies, starting with their data center: the nucleus that powers business applications and houses business intelligence.

AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS is based on Kubernetes, a container management tool that was initially developed by Google and is now managed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ( CNCF ), of which Amihan is a member. Furthermore, AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS is built on the NEC DC 2000 hardware platform, which delivers world-leading density of compute, memory and storage.

" NEC is excited to collaborate with AMIHAN to deliver a state of the art Cloud Native Platform in Southeast Asia, " says Tatsunori Shibata ( Head of Go-to-market, Bigdata & Cloud platform business, NEC Corporation ). " The NEC DX 2000 is a perfect fit for the workloads of the fastest growing digital companies in the region. "


Digital transformation is a complex process that involves drastic changes in culture, business practices and IT Systems. AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS simplifies this by minimizing time spent on compatibility issues, unifying data sources, investing in new systems, and ensuring latest cybersecurity and data privacy standards.

AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS enables a deliberate transformation of a company's existing IT systems to the cloud through its virtualization platform based on Open Stack, which will house legacy Linux and windows servers, Acaleph Storage, a data secure enterprise wide storage platform; and Kubernetes-managed Docker to accelerate application development. In addition, AMIHAN CLOUD BLOCKS can seamlessly federate with Google Cloud Platform to enable a scalable hybrid-cloud across all its services.

" Enterprises are using open source technologies like Kubernetes to deploy cloud native architecture models that support fast, agile application development," said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of The Cloud Native Computing Foundation. " We are pleased to support our members in their efforts to deliver engineered solutions for the modern enterprise "

CONTACT: RAQUEL G. HIZON ( 7215944/ 09189230694 )

Martes, Abril 25, 2017

The Global Swim Series is the LARGEST swim series in the World

The Global Swim Series is the LARGEST swim series in the World with over 64,000 participants in 95 Races across 29 Countries.

The Global Swim Series is a collection of independent races from all over the world that have joined together to promote open water swimming and a healthy, active and adventurous lifestyle.

We have races from around the world with thousands of swimmers that participate in GSS races, but are also able to compete against swimmers from around the world using our unique Global Ranking system that recognizes both speed and participation!

We invite swimmers of all abilities, from all over the world to check out the GSS races in your area or plan a trip and join us to start collecting your GSS Points and building your Global Ranking!

New in the 2016/17 Season we are hosting 4 Regional Championships as well as the 1st ever GSS Global Championships!

Local Info:
The GSS Ph will be the inaugural race for the Philippines, winners from the Philippine leg along with the winners from GSS Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam will then compete with each other on GSS SEA in October 2018.

GSS Ph will be on June 25, 2017 @ ACEA Beach Resort in SBMA.

GSS Ph Race distances will be: 5km, 2.5km, and 1.5km both for Male and Female with 15y/o and below then 5 year age group increments (16-20, 21-25, and so forth)

GSS Ph will support in the development of the Philippine Open Water Swimming Team.

Bert Lozada Swim School will launch Pool to Ocean Swim Classes for all sort of swim abilities.

Organizing Team:
S-Link Sports Management (Multi-Sport Events organizing company with emphasis on Tenchical Management, Multi Media Activations, Medical Team, and Sports Marketing) & Bert Lozada Swim School (More than 60 years  teaching experience and swim schools all over the country).

Sabado, Abril 22, 2017

Herbalife Philippines is the Official Nutritional Partner of the Philippine Volcanoes

Herbalife Philippines Is The Official Nutrition Partner
Of The Philippine Volcanoes

Press Release:
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (APRIL 10) – Global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition proudly announces its newestsports partnership with one of the most exciting team in the local sports scene to date, the Philippine Rugby Football Team-Philippine Volcanoes

Herbalife Philippines General manager Rosalio T. Valenzuela and Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) President Rick Santos led the contract signing which was held at Herbalife’s Philippines corporate office. Also present to witness the momentous event were Herbalife Philippines’ management team; PRFU’s William Bailey (treasurer), Ada Milby (secretary-general), Jake Robrigado Letts (National Teams Head), and national team players’ Justin Villazor Coveney and Acee San Juan.

“This is another milestone for Herbalife Philippines, as this partnership exemplifies the company’s commitment to a healthy, active life, supported by good nutrition. Together with the Philippine Volcanoes, we are confident that we caninspire more people to make better choices towards a healthier lifestyle,” said Rosalio T. Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.

The Philippine Volcanoes are one of the Philippines most successful national teams. Just recently, they bested 10 other countries to win the top prize in the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy Series competition in Qatar. Currently, the team is ranked first in the Southeast Asia (SEA) after bagging the gold medal in the 2015 edition of the SEA Games.

With the recently forged partnership, Herbalife becomes the Official Nutrition Partner of the Philippines Volcanoes. The team will receive a monthly supply of products which includes the recently-launched sports nutrition lineHerbalife24 F1 Sports and Rebuild Strength. 
“Our partnership with Herbalife Nutrition is inspired by our shared commitment towards improving lives through an active lifestyle and healthy well-being. The collaboration provides a much-needed boost to the development and promotion of Philippine Rugby as the PRFU focuses on grassroots development and defending the Men’s and Women’s 7s medals at the SEA Games,” said Santos.

Herbalife Philippines General Manager, Rosalio T. Valenzuela and Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc. President Rick Santos sealed the news sports partnership via a contract signing ceremony held at Herbalife’s corporate office.
Herbalife Philippines General Manager, Rosalio Valenzuela and Philippines Rugby Football Union Inc. President Rick Santos raised their glasses for a shake toast right after the contract signing. Joining them are (from right) William Bailey, Ada Milby, Acee San Juan, Jake Robrigado Letts and Justin Villazor Coveney.

 About Herbalife                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people's lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Independent Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2016. The Herbalife website contains a significant amount of financial and other information about the company at The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted. To learn more, or

Martes, Abril 18, 2017

Wild Juan - Where East Meets West
Chef Thomas Murillo
April is a busy month for a good number of people in the food service industry as Madrid Fusion 2017 takes place.  From April 6 – 8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, people from near and far places come together to share their passion for food.  Part of the delegation representing Calabarzon is the chef behind the placed tagged as “definitely not your ordinary food find among the rising places at Tagaytay Ridge”; this is Chef Thomas Murillo of Wild Juan.
His love for food started young and he took his first step towards it during his sophomore year as a Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at the College of Saint Benilde.  He decided to take commercial cooking and culinary arts at First Gourmet Academy and had his apprenticeship at 2nds after.  This lead him further by becoming one of the pioneering member behind Paprika PH and years later his own restaurant at a family-owned place at Tagaytay Ridge.  Wild Juan is born.

Wild Juan bears the concept of East meets West and is delivered with the hospitality of Filipinos in the Southern part of Luzon.   His food creations are something that we are all familiar with but are delivered with a twist and flair.  Perfect sample are the Sisig Paksiw, Krispy Kasoy Kare-Kare (KKK) and Gumbulalo.  Three common dishes but comes with a new level of flavor and goodness due to techniques and passion.
Learning never ends for Chef Thomas as he earns his NCII Commercial Cooking and ServSafe:  Food Safety & Sanitation certificates.  He pushes himself to be the best and at par to the world, thus making his quality for food high and passion much higher.  He doesn’t stop there as he then shares his knowledge and passion this coming Madrid Fusion 2017 to foreign delegates and proudly represent Calabarzon.

Chef Thomas Murillo, stays humble yet proud of his craft thus from love of food it now is a burning passion.  Come at the biggest food event this season at the SMX in Pasay or visit Wild Juan located at KM 68 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and experience the comfort and passion that he shares at every plate served.
The Wild Juan is located at KM 68 Pinesville, Tagaytay- Nasugbu(National) Highway, Tagaytay City, 4120, Philippines

For Inquiries/reservation: +63 9154324196    +63 9178404211

Lunes, Abril 17, 2017

LAUGH OF THE CENTURY- "A Night of Comdey & Laughter"!

When was the last time you had that teary-eyed-while-rolling-on-the-floor chuckle? Consider yourself blessed if you just had one!

From waking up at 4am to be drenched in sweat in a 5-hour traffic to a monsta-boss who’s speaking Martian, who would have time for a jaw-locking comedic chance?  Tame your stress level down and have the Laugh of the Century!
Experience Manila’s finest stand-up comedians and witness them tackle issues with their funny angles. Have a look at Winer Aguilar, Victor Anastacio, James Caraan and Alex Calleja crack the audience up.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Rates at 50% off from April 1 – 20 at Php300 for Regular Admission or Php 450.00 which includes UNLIMITED Drinks (yep, you read it right!)

Gather the crew and give them that Laugh of the Century on April 21 at 5F Event Center Century City Mall, Salamanca St., Corner Kalayaan Ave., Makati City at 6pm – 9pm.  To reserve tickets, call 0937-8247013.

Laugh your lungs out this Friday and gear up fine for the upcoming work week!


By: Arnold A. Alesna
Madrid Fusion Manila 2017, the biggest food event of the year, went into a spin as Region 10 brought in the best of the province in a variety of kakanin.  With Regional Director Marie Elaine S. Unchuan of the Department of Tourism (DOT) leading the way, Region 10 aimed to win the heart and stomach of all attendees of the event, local and foreigner alike.

A good number of gastronomic wonders are to be expected and seen at this year’s Madrid Fusion.  Region 10 was all set to give and serve their own tongue-wonder creations and win the hearts of people to come and explore and taste what they have to offer as a region, as a province and as Mindanao.
With this year’s delivery of the best delicacies from the region, RD Unchuan aimed to let people knew that there is truly more than what is known about Region 10.  From point to point of the region, the whole Region 10 DOT was ready to wow those in the event with what they were presenting in the 3-days event.  From Bukidnon to Misamis Occidental, a good selection of delicacies was presented as part of the gastronomic wonder of the region.  The delegations are as follow:  RD Marie Elaine S. Unchuan - DOT10, Josephine H. Roque – DOT 10 Focal Person, Leonila S. Arguelles – Kitchen Focal Person, Chef Benzar Aradani , Camille Ambalario – Chef’s Assistant , Nelia B. Lee (Food Sponsor), Agnes Garcia Sue (Food Sponsor – Clarin, Misamis Occidental), Mayor Clive Quino and Mrs. Rina Quino (Food Sponsor -Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon) with other DOT 10 personnel.   

People were won over by the delicious suman from Clarin, Misamis Occidental, the crunchy peanut brittle, the delicate pastel by Vjandep from Camiguin, that grated young corn delicacy called binaki  and chicharon from CDO, the peanut goodness of Cheding’s from Iligan City and the sweet pineapples of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.  Paired off with it were the various coffee goodness of the region.  Not only are delicacies featured but also the Humba de Oro and Ostrich Salpicao; two dishes displayed during the regional lunch last April 8 under the careful hands of Chef Benzar Aradani.

A good number of gastronomic wonders are to be expected and seen at this year’s Madrid Fusion.  Region 10 was all set to give and serve their own tongue-wonder creations and win the hearts of people to come and explore and taste what they have to offer as a region, as a province and as Mindanao.

Linggo, Abril 16, 2017

Chef Kalel Demetrio with a Style

Chef Kalel Demetrio – the man behind the name Liquido Maestro (Liquid Master). Started his journey in restaurant business from being a staff worked his way into being a bartender and now  running Liquido Maestro. The chef with passion of his craft, an innovator of concoctions presenting it in style.

Kalel caters to all age bracket of his customers. Offering a different twist to your regular drink. Making you savour the taste of herbs in the special liquid that quenches your thirst and wanting for more. He serves it with showmanship.

Not only can he create drinks of wonder but also food of delights.  He has collaborated with other restaurants creating flavors that are delicious to the palette. He also now have a restaurant where in he shows his kitchen and bar skills.  Like any other chef’s, he believes in stimulating the senses of people to enjoy the bounty coming from Earth.  Not only are his drinks visually and taste bud-dancingly good but also has texture and scent delight.  He likes to explore the local market of a certain place to know the community and see what unknown goods he can harvest and try in his laboratory.  Part of the long list of bars and 
restaurants wherein his creations are featured are:  Big Bad Wolf, Gorda and Green Pasture.

Chef Demetrio a hardworker but never forgets his love ones and friends. He always make it a point to have time and entertain them. Knowing the virtue of balance with work and celebrating life.


Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 on it's third year in Manila was once more a successful and fulfilling event held in Smx Moa Convention Center. Showcased different foods and drinks from all over the Philippines and Spain.

Part of the Region 10 contingent was the product from Clarin, Misamis Occidental – the various sticky rice cakes or suman ng Clarin.  Nearly all 17 flavors were displayed for tasting and sold in the 3-day event.  ASEC Fredrick Alegre, along with some visitors, was wowed with the number of flavors that Clarin was able to showcase during Madrid Fusion, knowing that this is the first time that the said municipality has joined in this kind of event. 

 The flavors of Clarin’s suman were as follow:
Mango – sticky rice with ripe mango slices, cooked in coconut milk and sugar.
Pinya – sticky rice with ripe pineapple slices, cooked in coconut milk and sugar.
Durian – sticky rice with durian slivers, cooked in coconut milk and sugar.  The durian’s strong scent is not present, making this a delightful way of enjoying the fruit.
Tsokalate – sticky rice with tablea made into a spread, cooked with coconut milk and sugar; making this rich in local flavors.
Tsokolate with Mani – similar to tsokolate with added with peanut flavor coming from processed peanut spread.  Also cooked in coconut milk and sugar.
Moron – a classic suman in the Visayan region.  
Balintawak – created in honor of a place where it was made, this sticky rice goodness is with coconut meat made sweet by cooked coconut milk/oil (latik).
Classic – this is your standard sticky rice, wrapped in leaves and cooked using coconut milk and sugar.
Carrot – with shredded carrots made into a slightly sweet paste, this is mixed into the sticky rice and then wrapped in leaves before being cooked in coconut milk and sugar.
Ube – another root crop common in the area, the purple yam is made into a semi-sweet paste that is mixed with the sticky rice before being wrapped in leaves.  Cooked with coconut milk and sugar.

Miyerkules, Abril 12, 2017


A craving for Japanese dishes will be easily satisfied by a food trip to Yokocho Japanese Foodcourt located at Victory Food Market. It is near Baclaran Church and right besides Berma Shopping Mall. Go straight to the 4th floor  of Victory Food Market where in ten different food stalls offering a variety of Japanese dishes.

Yokocho Japanese Foodcourt is the brainchild of Shingo Jake Akazawa the President of Japan Food Ventures. They offer authentic Japanese cuisines. The head cocinero is Keita Kamimoto with Filipino cocineros.

The Japanese food joint has an extensive menu to satisfy those looking for affordable yet real taste of the Japanese foods.  New eats at this brand new locale after a tiring day of shopping or going to Baclaran church or simply having a gustatory experience.

A sumptuous wide array of their menu  includes freshly made noodles for their ramen, crunchy and juicy vegetables, the best cut flavorful beef and fowl and other ingredients from reliable supplier.

The ambiance of the place is relaxing, clean, simple and very conducive for dining. A parade of the Japanese eats are mouthwatering to the senses and would surely delight the palette.

Yokocho Japanese Foodcourt is perfect for lovers of Japanese flavors since it is affordable and authentic having their head cocinero who is Japanese. So it is Japan in Baclaran Manila!

Huwebes, Abril 6, 2017

2017 Back-to-School New Product Release!

 The Earth-loving-planet-saving twins are in hot pursuit of their mission to help save Planet Earth! This 2017, Coco and his twin sister Kimmy are working hard in helping kids realize the value of saving Planet Earth. NOW, more than ever is the time for kids to realize that our planet needs help. The recent changes in our weather like typhoons are proof enough that we all need to move NOW!
Funtastic International Inc., established in the country almost 17 years ago, is behind the Cool Kids, Baby Bliss, Creadough, Zigo, Latitude, and Fluffy Friends brands. Colorful and lovely characters make up the Cool Kids Brand. These amazing characters have different roles to play in teaching kids how to care for the environment.

Cool Kids has also launched its new line of “FUN-tabulous” School bags and accessories. The new line of affordable, good quality school bags features the different characters of the Cool Kids friends; Royal Princesses, Glam Girlz, Forest Fairies, Viron Transformer, Earth (Geobot), Air (Aerobot) and Water (Aquabot)  robots, and Space rangers to name a few.

Cool Kids has also launched its newest line of baby toys and furniture under the brand Baby Bliss. This exciting line of very safe and cool baby toys is like no other. Its wood look mixed with full color has brought a fresh look to the baby toy industry. Baby Bliss toys are competitively priced and they also offer wonderful learning experiences to our little ones.  Baby Bliss by Cool Kids aims to teach moms to help in environmental care.

Cool Kids has also launched a brand new line of amazing dough toys through Creadough by Cool Kids. This creative line of dough toys brings out the imagination and creativity in children and allows them to use their hands to explore, imagine and create amazing shapes and images.

Another new range of toys to look forward to is Zigo by Cool Kids. The Zigo line of blocks not only brings out the creative juices of our little ones, they actually help prepare children to be future engineers and architects. Every kid at one time or the other has played with blocks to bring out the best of their imagination and creativity. With Zigo competitively priced, parents do not need to spend a lot to provide their children with this wholesome deal of fun and creative building.

For Back to School 2017, Cool Kids has launched a brand new line of fashion bags for our little “fashionistas” and fashion forward buddies who want to follow the footsteps of their older siblings. Made of amazing quality materials, Cool Kids bags is the perfect companion of our children in school.

Funtastic International has also launched for Back to School 2017 its newest line of bags for High School and College kids as well as for adults through Latitude. Latitude is a brand that removes all limits and allows you to express yourself. Made of excellent quality materials, this fashion forward line of bags takes the user to a whole new level of experience given the amazing features of these bags both inside and out.

Funtastic International Inc., in its commitment to preserve the environment, donates part of the proceeds of the sale of its products towards environmental care. For every purchase of any item from the Cool Kids product line, you not only get great product, you also get to help save our planet Earth!

The public will see new Cool Kids collection starting March in the shelves of major department stores nationwide. In the meantime they can already choose from other existing Funtastic products, equally attractive, fun and affordable, that are available nationwide.

Visit the Cool Kids website,, this website will give kids and the kids at heart a chance to learn about Cool Kids and their planet saving advocacy. It will also give the visitor a chance to see first hand the new products of Cool Kids.

For more information they can also log on and to learn more about the company and its products.
Koronadal Launches the First of its kind Motorcycle Festival

The first of its kind Koronadal Motorcycle Festival is set to attract thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts few weeks from now...

More or less 5,000 under - bone small bikes and strong big bike enthusiasts from all parts of the Philippines and other countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to cruise the streets of the City of Koronadal for this year's holding of the 23rd Annual Convention of tge National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines  NFMCP on April 28 - 29, 2017 where Koronadal plays host.

To intensify the call for advocacy for riding safety, the City Government of Koronadal has prepared a week long celebration dubbed as " Koronadal Motorcycle Festival " running from the 22nd to the 30th of April, 2017 at the Rizal Park, City of Koronadal.

The 9 day grand motorcycle extravaganza is jam packed with worthwhile activities such as conferences, symposia on road courtesies and traffic regulations, skills training and other capacity building seminar workshops for thousands of local motorists : motorcycle, tricycle & habal-habal drivers etc. from Koronadal and the whole of SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

Add to this is the official attempt on April 29, 2017 to break the Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Motorcycle,  Most Motorcycle Horns Sounded Simultaneously and Most Engines Started Simultaneously.

Currently India holds the record for the Largest Parade of Motorcycles with 1,700 participants while Yamaha Philippines holds the Most Engines Started Simultaneously with 1,446 partcipants and Most Motorcycle Horns Sounded Simultaneously with 1,425 participants.

Koronadal endeavors to beat the records by committing at least 3,000 motorcycles for the official attempt.

As to peace and order as well as security challenges " The safety and welfare of festival goers is utmost to the success of the festival. Since public safety is our No. 1 priority, our security masterplan  ensured to address all aspects of our security needs for a successful Motorcycle Festival," City Mayor Peter B. Miguel, current President of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines, Inc.,  ( NFMCI, Inc. ) said in one of his interviews with the media. Moreover, during the pre-event planning sessions, augmentation of the strong security system was established through the support of neighboring cities and municipalities to ensure the safety and security of the participants passing by their Area of Responsibility ( AOR ). Mayor Miguel was confident about Koronadal's readiness to host big events owing to the past years' hosting of significant gatherings like the Koronadal International Folklore Festival where 9 countries from around the world filled the streets of the city and made a big desirable twist in the history of Koronadal by capturing the international spotlight.

Further, Mayor Miguel promised endless fun and excitement for the participants to anticipate. " All participants will never regret if they join the Annual Convention. We expect carousing big Bikers from Luzon and Visayas to take routes of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Davao, Cotabato and Dipolog, a chance to marvel at the beauty of Mindanao.
Also, the festival includes Motorcycle Trade Fairs, Motor Shows & Exhibits/ Promotions/ Product Display, Drivers Congress, Safety Riders Seminar, Enduro Challenge, Unity Convergence Ride from different entry point of Region XII to Koronadal Cultural Fashion Show, and many more.  Some Manila based motorcycle manufacturers and distributors will be having static displays of their latest models too " Mayor Miguel said in a media interview.

Themed as " Ride for Culture, Ride for Peace",  the 3 day Convention is also an opportune time for the participants to experience and explore the best of Koronadal, SOCCSKSARGEN region and the island of Mindanao. This year's theme promotes road discipline as the key to road safety for motorcycle drivers. With increasing numbers of Filipinos riding on two wheels especially those so called under - bone small bikes, the convention focused on advocating the call for safety and proper courtesy for a safer and more satisfying motorcycling.

The National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. ( NFMCI,Inc. ) was founded in 1995 and is composed of primarily Filipino motorcyclists with 369 federation members or around 10,000 individual members nationwide. President Rodrigo Duterte, considerd the father of the Davao City - based " Any Sunday Rider " motorcycle club, was also invited to grace the convebtion, Hosting of this motorcycle convention is done round robin from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


Exploring the cultural influences of the country, Madrid Fusion Manila is back in the Philippines for the third time bringing in award - winning and Michelin - starred chefs from across the world. With this year's theme, " Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet," 19 multi - talented chef's showcase culinary innovations snd cutting - edge techniques in creating exquisite cuisines whilst introducing sustsinability in the culinary industry On April 6 - 8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, witness world -:renowned chefs present and explore the future of food and sustainable cuisines in the 21st century.

People with the love for food, the passion for cooking and extremely talented individuals gather in one venue to celebrate another year of gastronomic experience.  The past two years has truly been an incredible journey for the food industry with chefs from different parts of the world come together as they share their knowledge about food. The congress and expo will feature culinary tourism, farm, and agri - tourism models as well as exhibitors involved in sustainable farming and fishing in keeping up with this year's theme. Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 will mainly focus on exploring the transformation of sustainable gastronomy while enhancing the cultural traditions and environmental limits.

Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 is composed of these three components: The International Gastronomy Congress, where award - winning chefs will share their views and techniques in cooking: The International Gastronomy Expo., which will feature the finest food products and gourmet food, ingredients and technologies from Asia and Spain; and launch of Flavors of the Philippines, a month long food festival across the country featuring the finest delicacies from every region.

" Today, food forecasts for 2017 have predicted the Philippines as the place where the next big food trend will start, and many articles have been written worldwide about how the food scene in the Philippines is heating up," said Tourism Director Verna Covar - Buensuceso at Madrid Fusion 2017 at Palacio Municipal de Congresos, Madrid. With Madrid Fusion Manila on its 3rd edition, the Philippines' culinary industry is beginning to expand and grow as it serves to challenge the country's aspiring chefs to bring out the best in their crafts and to make Manila the center of culinary excellence.

Be part of another gastronomical year. Visit us at to learn more about Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 and see the full list of chef presenters.

Martes, Abril 4, 2017

4th Partakan Festival 

Ropali Motorcycles and Honda Philippines Inc., together with other major sponsors Kawasaki Motor Philippines, Inc. Yamaha Motor Philippines snd Suzuki Philippines have joined forces together for the 4th annual Partakan Festival on April 14 - 15, 2017 @ Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

For motorcycle enthusiasts and their families, this partnership promises to bring more thrills and ecitement. Expect the tranquil atmosphere of the famous " Boracay of the North " to captivate participants as they face various challenges in this year's ride and rock fest that celebrates the brotherhood, passion, and freedom of motorists.

One of the many challenging and thrilling activities at the festival is the amazing Ride Moto - Tourism Challenge sponsored by shell where participants can win up to 20,000 cash and other amazing prizes.

Patterned after the Amazing Race TV series, the Amazing Ride aims to promote tourism, camaraderie and family bonding. This competition will featurevteams of 5 members who must complete challenges at different Shell stations. The contest is open to riders, commuters, clubs, family members, backpackers or group of friends.

The Auto/ Moto Speed Challenge is a time - based motorcycle and automobile drag race contest sponsored by Kawasaki that will determine the rider with the fastest time within a certain distance. In the Bail Out Challenge similar to the hit TV series Wipe Out, contestants will be tested for their strength, intelligence and patience.

Yamaha will sponsor the volleyball tournament, off - road gymkhana, and trail ride. There will also be a Battle of Bands concert, Summer ReVibe Hip Hop Dance Showdown, and the Partakan Summer Bod Swimsuit Competition.

Aside from this, participants can attend safety riding seminars, join sand building contests and various water activities. A motorcycle will be raffled off.

Sponsored by Ropali Motorcycles, one of the biggest motorcycle dealers in the country with 128 branches nationwide, Partakan Festival is supported by Suzuki Philippines, Kymco Philippines, Mahindra, Ginebra, Spyder, WRU, Shield Helmets, Tree Top Adventure, Pionner, and Universal Robina.

Media partners are the Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, Health & Fitness, Philippine Locale, and Pilipino Mirror, When In Manila, Health Frontiers and More, Out of Town, PBNet, and Earthling Gorgeous. For more information and to register, visit