Archive for August, 2007

18th Philippine Travel Mart

Don’t spend all your paycheck yet for that great big sale the malls are having this weekend. Save it instead for next weekend’s 18th Philippine Travel Mart to be held on September 7 – 9 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall.

Eric of shares:

So what does a Juan dela Cruz can expect?

Airfares for as low as PHP18.00++, very cheap hotel accommodations in top Philippine resorts like Boracay, Laoag, Subic, Palawan, Cebu and a whole lot more! It’s actually their goal to let each and every Filipino get the chance to have a vacation that is not heavy on the pocket. So mark your calendar. It’s September 7-9, 2007 at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Interesting, eh? You know where I’ll be next Friday!

No U-Turn at C-5; Let’s Go to the 28th MIBF


While everyone (myself included) is going gaga over the 28th Manila International Book Fair this August 29 to September 2, others (myself included) are muttering the same word -though you’d have to replace the last letter with an o– as the adjective with which they would describe MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando after his latest implemented rule.

No more U-turn slots along C-5.

Whether you’re coming from Greenmeadows Avenue or from Santolan, you’re going to have to go all the way to the corner of Ortigas Avenue, under the flyover, to arrive at your C-5 destination (Eastwood City for most) – that is, if the place happens to be on the other side of the road. The result of this, as I’ve observed during the several times I had to go to City Walk last week, can be severe symptoms of road rage – for motorists, public utility vehicle drivers, pedestrians, commuters, call center employees, and (allegedly) Fernando’s own wife. (If you click on the link to this ABS-CBN Interactive story, you’ll enjoy a bit of whimsy about the MMDA Chair noting aloud that the turn is “malayo pala.”)

I am reserving further comment – at least until this and next week. Anyway I’ll be joining the rest of the Manilenyos at the World Trade Center for the book fair, far away from the congestion at C-5. (By the way, the wonderful and groundbreaking digest, Philippine Genre Stories, will be making its third issue available at the Anvil Publishing Booth.)

Happy reading and see you there!

September at the Alcove

Looking for something to do this September? Why not join a workshop, a food tour or a talk at the Alcove?

September 3, 5, 10, 12, and 17, 2007 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Digital 101: Photography and the Computer
A workshop designed for digital camera users who want to learn the basics of photography. Fee for this course is Php 4,000.00, inclusive of handouts, light snacks, computer use, and certificate

September 29 (departure at 6:00 a.m. from the Filipinas Heritage Library)
Food Trip in Bulacan and Pampanga: A food writing and photography workshop

Filipinos love to travel and to eat. Whenever we go on a trip, we consider not only the sites we can visit but also the local delicacies we can sample. With a journal and a camera as travel companions, we hope to document our memories and experiences that are sometimes missed or forgotten. With Food Trip, you will experience a truly rewarding tour of Bulacan and Pampanga as you learn to cherish each memory with your own words and photographs. The best articles and photographs will be featured in Yummy magazine, a Summit Media publication.

Workshop fee is Php4,000 inclusive of workshop guides, food demos, entrance fees, handouts, meals, transportation, FHL notepad, films/digital printing vouchers, use of available props for photo shoots, Yummy magazine, and certificate.

Both workshop will be conducted by Mr. Jay Alonzo.

More after the jump

ART Photo Exhibit at Shangri-La Plaza


Looking to catch a glimpse of France? Of Switzerland? If it sounds romantic, the captured scenery looks even more so.

Images de Suisse et de France: les gens, les paysages, les evenments (Images of Switzerland and France: people, places and events par Raoul ),” a photo exhibit by Raul J. Teehankee, is now open at Level 3 of the EDSA Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong; it will run until August 31. The exhibit was designed by professional photographer and art director Nykko Santos.

I was astounded when I went there last Wednesday. A total of 40 photographs were on display, all of which focused on the festivals, events, mountains, and people of Switzerland, as well as those of her next door neighbor, France.

Kissing Clouds

cloud spotting

I see a man and a woman about to share their first kiss. What do you see? Spotted near Pan Pacific Manila, nearing twilight.

Historical walks and an auction or two

Got nothing to do next Sunday? How about joining a free walking tour?

Youth Trip invites you to join them on a “postal history walking tour” on Sunday, August 19th. The tour starts at Liwasang Bonifacio, making its way through Plaza Isabel, then on to the Postal Museum and Library to see the Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club. Who knows, you might even get to watch a silent auction.

Meeting time is 1pm at Liwasang Bonifacio. For more information, visit the Youth Trip website.

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