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Friday, 10 March 2017


Piolo or Trip to Dubai?


Valentine’s Day may be over but love is still in the air. With Sun Life Financial’s latest promo dubbed “Coffee with Piolo,” Facebook users can go on a virtual coffee date with brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, and even win a trip to Dubai while at it.

To join, users simply log on to Facebook, visit Sun Life’s Facebook page (SunLifePH), and click on the “Coffee with Piolo” app. After entering the required details, the user should click “Submit” to generate a personalized “Coffee with Piolo” video.

“Each ‘Coffee with Piolo’ video bears a message specifically tailored to the user’s financial needs. We’re very excited about this because it allows us to communicate with our clients in a digital manner, without losing the personal touch that is part of the Sun Life brand of service,” said Sun life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa.

After generating the video, the user may share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to qualify for the raffle, where 20 Sun Life Prosperity Cards worth Php 5,000 each and a trip for two to Dubai are up for grabs.

“This is just one example of how Sun Life always strives to be creative in the way it communicates the importance of having money for every stage of their life to ensure financial security. We hope that this will inspire more Filipinos assess their financial goals,” Lopa said. “At the same time, we wish to remind them that this is a journey they need not pursue alone. Sun Life is here to guide them every step of the way.”

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2016, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $903 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sunday, 19 February 2017


Dumaguete Things to Discover

It is the capital of the province of Negros Oriental. Having a total of 131,377 inhabitants as of, it is the most populous city in the province. The city is nicknamed The City of Gentle People.

The City of Dumaguete is accessible from Cebu City. Most of the foreign tourists visited the city is European because of the beautiful beaches, diving sites and dolphin and whales watching in nearby Bais City.

Dumaguete is very well-known in diving activities and whale watching.

(c) TheLoneRider

(c) dumaguetedivers

Scuba Diving site

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Beautiful species you will encounter

(c) Liquid Dumaguete

Accredited Divers in Dumaguete

Liquid Dumaguete - The heart of Liquid dive resort is The Lodge. Our PADI 5* IDC Dive shop, bar and family-style restaurant are all situated here in the middle of the resort overlooking our combined salt and fresh water swimming pool. The upper floor of The Lodge houses our restaurant and chill out area all with stunning views of our beach and surrounding islands.

Bongo Bongo Divers - Bongo Bongo Divers is a unique local home stay. We are placed next to the best dive/snorkel sites in Dauin. Dauin Marine Sanctuaries are one of the most successful in the Philippines. You are guaranteed to encounter sea turtles amongst hundreds of different reef fish & weird critters living off the coasts. The sites are just off the shore and are protected by buoys. These buoys serve as a guideline so that fisherman, fishing boats or any marine vessel can refrain from entering or endangering the marine life inhabiting Dauin’s coast. Diving in the area offers a totally different experience from the rest of the dive spots in the Philippines, with its brown volcanic sand, plus the amazing life of extreme and rare underwater species. These sites can cater any level of certification in diving because of its geographical location.

Scuba Ventures is a PADI certified Diving Shop and facility. This means that next to organizing fun dives we also offer a complete range of PADI scuba diving courses. We can introduce you to the wonderful underwater life with a PADI Discover scuba program but we can also teach you the basics if you are a first-timer. Dive Siquijor, dive Dauin, or dive APO Island with our expert instructors now!

Dumaguete Diving Site

SUMILON ISLANDThe first marine reserve in the Philippines, was once a fantastic dive site. Somehow its protected status became defunct, and it took no time at all for the dynamiteros, the gillnetters and the spearfishers to move in and wipe out years of patient conservation efforts.
LILOANAt this drift dive over a nominally sandy bottom, experienced divers will want to drop down to the sloping reef and investigate the large rocks and bommies that litter the seafloor.
TACOTThis underwater seamount often attracts large pelagics, usually has great visibility (more than 20m) and always has strong currents. The reef is surrounded by a fair selection of fish life (groupers, snappers, puffers, parrotfish, and angelfish, among others), and the corals are healthy and large as a consequence of the nutrient-filled currents.
CALONG CALONGA popular training site and reasonable snorkeling area, this large reef has some fair-sized corals sprouting from it, including table and basket corals and, of course, sea fans
APO ISLANDThe island now has a couple of dive resorts, and dive trips are mounted to Apo from all over the Visayas. Apo is best visited between December and May. Snorkeling is great over most of the fringing reef, which runs around the conically shaped island from 3m to around 25m before dropping off to the seafloor.
THE PIERThis dive is fascinating with the stands of the pier looming around you and covered in colourful soft corals. This dive site is a photographers and macro fanatics dream. As you swim in and around the pier schools of fish swim around you and the soft corals are full of small critters, juvenile clown frog fish, nudibranchs, flat worms, ghost pipefish, seahorses.
Source: Dive Philippines

Highly Recommended place to eat in Dumaguete

1. Gabby's Bistro

When visiting Dumaguete you should not leave the city without visiting Gabby's Bistro. The place is so artsy, nice and clean. A Very Instagram-worthy place. People are very attentive and accomodating. The owner, Gab, was there when we had our dinner we received a very friendly greeting and he was so hospitable. THE MEAL, did not disappoint. The foods are just FANTASTIC. The presentation is very appetizing, huge servings and the foods are just full of flavors. DELICIOUS. - Jay Russel 
You have to go to gabbys if it's your first time in Dumaguete! Comfort food elevated to a whole new level - Samuelle Bawasanta 

2. Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck - they got 4.3 rates from their facebook followers and more than 64k people visited.

3. SOBAN, The Best Korean Restaurant

Great food, great service and great place to relax, price is worth it since they also serve side dishes other than the main dish for free!! Truly the best Korean Restaurant in Dumaguete! A must try for those who love Authentic Korean dish!! - Diane Futalan

4. Tres Bistro is also highly recommended. 
(c) Tres Bistro FB Page

Bar Hopping?
1. Zanzibar Dumaguete
2. Thunder Road Bar & Grill
3. Fun cafe/bar
4. Gie-Gie's Sports Bar

Sunday, 25 December 2016


Bes, 5 Best Kapampangan Signature Dishes

Bes, Anong recipe ba ang hanap mo? Umay ka na ba sa mga luto ni Inay? Here are top 5 Kapampangan Recipe na perfect this holiday season.

Ang Pampanga ay located in Northern area of Luzon. Ang Pampanga ay kilala sa tawag Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Tilapia Capital of the Philippines. 

Map | Photo by Wikipedia
Here we go...

1. Pindang Kalabaw / Tapang Kalabaw
Photo by Promos & Event PH
1 Tbsp salt
½ cup sugar
¼ cups anisado wine
1 tsp Prague powder
1 kilo carabao meat, the kasim part, sliced into ¼ inch thick
water for boiling the meat
cooking oil for frying


How to make tapang kalabaw or carabeef jerky:
Place salt, sugar, anisado wine and prague powder in a bowl and mix well. Put mixture in a salt shaker.
Sprinkle mixture liberally over each piece of meat, making sure to cover both sides.
Place meat slices either in an enameled, stainless steel or glass casserole.
Cover with plastic cling wrap and store in a cool dark place.
Depending on how sour you want the tapa, allow curing for 2 to 3 days or longer.
To cook the cured meat, boil in enough water to cover all the pieces until fork tender.
Drain and throw away the liquid.
Using 2 forks shred the meat to pieces to look like shredded corned beef.
Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the carabeef until crisp.
Serve with fried rice and fried egg. If there is carabao milk available, you can also serve it along your tapsilog (tapa, sinangag and itlog).

2. Sisig
Photo by Trip the Islands

1 1/2 lbs pig ears
2 lbs pork belly
1 medium onion, minced
4 tbsp soy sauce
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 small ginger, minced
2 small green chilis, chopped
½ tsp garlic powder
1 lime
6 tbsp butter
1/2 lbs chicken liver
8 cups water
5 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp salt

Add water into a cooking pot, add salt and pepper, and bring to a boil
Add pig ears and pork belly and simmer for 1 hour
Remove pig ears and pork belly and dry with a paper towel
Grill both sides of pig ears and pork belly until brown
Chop into small pieces
In a separate pan, melt butter, add onions and cook until soft
Add ginger and cook for 3 minutes
Add chicken liver and crush while cooking
Add chopped pig ears and pork belly and cook for 15 minutes
Add soy sauce, chilis, and garlic powder and mix
Add more salt and pepper to taste
Add mayonnaise and mix well

Move to plate and serve

3. Camaru
Photo by BeamAndGo


2tbsps. Oil
½ cup vinegar
1tsp. salt
1 cup sliced tomato
1 onion
¼ k. camaru or rice field cricket

Cooking Instructions:

Individually remove the extremities of the crickets leaving only the head and body.
Heat oil in a pan and sauté the tomato and onion.
Add the vinegar, and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
Add the camaru.
Season with salt.

4. Balo Balo
Photo by mariakristela.blogspot.com


1 kg. shrimps
3 kgs. rice
1 cup rock salt
1/2 cup garlic

1. Wash shrimps very well. Use only live shrimps.
2.Cook rice. When cooked, add live shrimps, salt and garlic.
3. Put in bottles and close. Allow to ferment for 3 days.
4.Saute with garlic, onions and tomatoes.

5. Bringhe
Photo by Yummy-as-can-be

1 chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 piece chorizo Bilbao, sliced
1 head garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, chopped
Chorizo de Bilbao lard
½ cup turmeric juice (about 2 pieces peeled and pounded)
1 cup glutinous rice, washed
1 cup rice, washed
4 cups thin coconut milk
1 bay leaf
1 small can pimientos
2 hard boiled eggs, quartered
patis to taste
banana leaves

How to cook bringhe:
In a large wok, sauté garlic and onions in the lard. Add chicken and brown, add chorizo and ginger juice.
Simmer for a few minutes and add the malagkit and the rice. Pour in the coconut milk.
Season with patis and add the bay leaf. Cook covered with banana leaves.
When rice is cooked, pile into a serving platter and garnish with sliced pimientos and egg.

Thursday, 22 December 2016


Best Hotels to Stay in Manila

Check out our top ten (10) recommendations best hotel to stay in Manila.

Manila Hotel
Contact: +632 527 0011 | +632 527 5348
 Address: One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines, 0913
Photo by Out of Town
Diamond Hotel 
Address: Quintos St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 528 3000
Photo by Diamond Hotel
City of Dreams Manila
Address: Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines
Email: guestservices@cod-manila.com
Solaire Resort & Casino
Address: Aseana Ave, Parañaque, Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 888 8888

Photo by Solaire Resort and Casino
Hotel H2O
Address: Behind the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 238 6100
Photo HotelTravel.com
Maxim Hotel
Address: Newport Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 908 8888
Photo by RWM
Address: 170 Timog Avenue, corner Scout Santiago Street, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 332 1658
Photo by www.travelbook.ph

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Saturday, 17 December 2016


Magalawa Island: Is a lovely place with creamy white sand beaches in the North!

Discover the beauty of Magalawa Island in Zambales. Zambales is a province in the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region in the island of Luzon.

Magalawa is an island barangay off the coast of Northern Zambales that boasts of creamy white sand beaches on both sides extending and meeting at the sandbar. - The Traveling Panda

According to The Traveling Panda here are the things to do during your vacation at Magalawa Island.

1. Camp in the island
2. Sit and play on the sand
3. Walk around the island
4. Jet ski tubing
5. Swim and play in the cold water
6. Search for starfish underneath
7. Eat at the floating cottage
8. Relax and enjoy

(Photo by Shoestring Travelers)

(Photo by thelostkidsph)

If you have plans to visit Magalawa Island, refer to this link.

Top 10 Filipino Noche Buena

In the Philippines, there's no place para sa malungkot na Christmas. Kahit saan may iba't-ibang celebrations, handaan at christmas party. Bakit nga ba sa Pilipinas ang Christmas ay sikat at hahanap hanapin kung ikaw ay isang Pinoy. Mapamayaman o mahirap suot suot ang saya tuwing sasapit ang Pasko sapagkat ito ang panahon ng pagbibigayan at siguradong sama-sama ang buong pamilya.

Ang saya diba?

Here are the top recipes for Noche Buena.

1. Leche Flan
(Photo by Cecile Aquino of English Patis.)

2. Lechon
(Photo from ThePickiestEater.net.)

3. Morcon
(Photo by: Panlasangpinoy.com)

4. Fruit Salad
(Photo by: Del Monte Philippines)

5. Bibingka
(Photo by: Kusina Master Recipes)

6. Embutido
(Photo by: Kawaling Pinoy)

7. Barbecue
(Photo by: Ang Sarap)

8. Spaghetti
(Photo by: Food.com)

9. Queso De Bola
(Photo by: Mercado Libre)

10. Hamonado
(Photo by: Zipmatch)

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