Saturday, June 29, 2024

SMDC Good Stays Highlights Investment Opportunities at Lush Residences

June 22, 2024, saw SMDC Good Stays host "Monetize Your Investment with SMDC Good Stays" at Makati City's Lush Residences. The goal of the event was to inform property owners about how to use SMDC's all-inclusive leasing and tenancy management services to maximize rental income.

Travel Boom Fuels Rental Market Growth

The Philippines' position in international travel is expected to increase as a result of the ongoing upgrades at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The goal of this project is to boost NAIA's yearly passenger capacity from 35 million to 62 million. The Philippines is anticipated to become a major hub for trade, tourism, and investment as a result of these developments, raising the value of rental properties. Tourist arrivals are predicted to nearly double by 2028 as a result of major airlines expanding their services and new plans from the Department of Tourism. This emphasizes the value of rental properties in desirable areas, such as those overseen by SMDC Good Stays.

SMDC Good Stays: Simplifying Property Leasing

The official leasing and tenancy management division of SM Development Corporation (SMDC) is called SMDC Good Stays. It provides a wide range of services to ease property owners' rental experience. These services cover finding tenants, preparing contracts, maintenance, daily and long-term leases, and property marketing.

The extensive tenant services offered by SMDC Good Stays are made to guarantee a smooth rental experience for both landlords and tenants. These services include finding and screening tenants, managing leases, providing support to tenants, keeping keys safe, helping with payments, and handling upkeep and repairs. While leasing management takes care of every facet of the lease agreement, tenant sourcing and screening entail extensive background checks to guarantee dependable tenants. Tenant support offers continuous help and quickly attends to tenants' requirements and issues. Unit keys are kept in key safekeeping, which allows tenants easy access while maintaining security. Payment assistance provides support in paying real estate taxes, utilities, insurance, condo fees, and other associated costs on time. Tenant retention and satisfaction are increased when properties are kept in top condition through maintenance and repairs.

Property Guru Mr. Carl Dy

In his presentation, "6 Techniques for Unit Rental Success," Property Guru Carl Dy outlined how property owners can use SMDC Good Stays to take advantage of the growing travel industry. 

"Investors can achieve a hassle-free rental experience and steady passive income with the professional management services offered by SMDC Good Stays." ~Carl Dy, Property Guru

He underlined that SMDC Good Stays keeps the property maintained, draws in dependable tenants, and gets the units ready for occupancy so owners can concentrate on making a profit.

Lush Residences: A Prime Investment Hub

Situated slightly to the north of Makati's central business district, Lush Residences presents a distinctive investment prospect. The condominium creates a peaceful setting in the middle of the urban complex by fusing nature with city living.

Professionals will find it ideal because of its close proximity to Makati, and its green spaces and amenities add to its allure. Lush Residences is a standout investment because of its excellent location and potential for large rental yields.

Lush Residences Amenity Area, Artist’s Impression

Living area furnished by SMDC Good Stays Home Furnishing Program

Bedroom furnished by SMDC Good Stays Home Furnishing Program

Dining Area furnished by SMDC Good Stays Home Furnishing Program

Turnkey Solutions for Investors

The launch of SMDC Good Home, a turnkey solution for investors, was a major component of the occasion. These consist of furnished apartment packages offered in collaboration with SM affiliates like ACE Hardware, Our Home, SM Home, and SM Appliance Center. 

These packages are intended to ensure that apartments are prepared for leasing and to facilitate the tenant's move-in process. Essential furniture and appliances such as air conditioners, beds, couches, dining sets, and refrigerators are included in the packages. These solutions maximize rental value and increase tenant appeal by minimizing the time and effort required to prepare properties for rental by providing fully furnished and move-in ready units.

SMDC Good Stays continues to set the standard for modern living solutions, providing investors with innovative ways to maximize their real estate investments. To learn more about SMDC Good Stays, you may email, call +63 917 552 5943 or +632 8857 0100 loc 0328, follow on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok or visit the SMDC Good Stays website.

Acer Opens Official Store on Shopee, Offering Exclusive Deals and Wide Product Selection

Acer, a leading global technology company, has formally opened its flagship store on Shopee, the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia. Through this partnership, Acer will be able to reach a larger audience of online shoppers, which is a significant milestone.

An extensive selection of Acer products, such as laptops, desktops, monitors, projectors, and accessories, are available at the Acer Official Store on Shopee. Consumers will be able to purchase the newest Acer products, including the incredibly thin Swift laptop series, the potent Predator gaming line, and the creative Aspire all-purpose device series.

Shopee users can take advantage of exclusive deals and promotions from Acer in honor of the store's launch. Consumers can take advantage of free shipping on orders over a specific amount and discounts of up to 10% on a few products. Throughout the year, customers can also anticipate flash sales, package discounts, and other exclusive offers.

Customers can browse the newest products, take advantage of special offers, and make purchases by visiting the Acer Official Store on Shopee at On Shopee, Acer's committed customer service team is also accessible to help with any questions or offer technical support.

With the opening of its official Shopee store, Acer demonstrates its continued dedication to providing customers in the Philippines with state-of-the-art technology and top-notch customer support.

Visit or follow Acer Philippines on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram to stay up to date on the exciting #AcerU2024 Back-to-School campaign.

About Acer 
Founded in 1976, Acer is one of the world's top ICT companies with a presence in more than 160 countries. As Acer evolves with the industry and changing lifestyles, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another, creating ecosystems and opening up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. Acer's 7,700 employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit for more information.

World's Gaming Titans Launch Next-Gen Platform CRETA in Manila; Announces Listing on

Leading game developers from around the globe have gathered in the nation to introduce CRETA, the newest creation of their collaborative genius and a multiverse gaming entertainment platform. On July 8, the CRETA token will go live on the local cryptocurrency exchange

Thomas Vu, Executive Producer of Global Phenomenon League of Legends and Netflix's Emmy-Winning Series Arcane

The announcement was made during a press conference at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The announcement was made by Thomas Vu, executive producer of the hugely popular League of Legends and Netflix's Emmy-winning series Arcane, as well as another huge name in game production, Ray Eiichiro Nakazato, a former vice president at Electronic Arts Japan Studio and senior manager at Microsoft Japan Game Studios. 

“Oftentimes, when you see people build ecosystems, it’s piecemeal. With CRETA, our team has been really thoughtful and strategic about building all the pieces together harmoniously, and I think that connective tissue is really important. It's designed to be ubiquitous in all these different ways, and I suspect that it's going to catch a lot of people off guard. Currently, the team is working on some interesting business models, and the scalability of what we're building is impressive. When you think about it, very few teams have 25 plus years of gaming experience - this just doesn't exist, so the next evolution of existing genres that CRETA is working on is going to be interesting. ~Thomas Vu, Executive Producer of Global Phenomenon League of Legends and Netflix's Emmy-Winning Series Arcane

Aside from Vu, the veteran producers and developers behind CRETA include Kay Youn, CEO of CRETA affiliate CCR and lead developer of the iconic game Fortress; Yoshiki Okamoto, the legendary developer behind Street Fighter 2 and Monster Strike; Joohyung Jang, the game producer behind iconic titles such as Lineage and Aion; and Nakazato, Chief Creative Officer and Head of Japan.

With their combined knowledge, CRETA guarantees to deliver a cutting-edge gaming experience on a decentralized metaverse platform where players and established game developers can offer Web3 games and novel gaming services. Additionally, CRETA incorporates S2E (Share to Earn), a feature that combines standard P2E (Play to Earn) and C2E (Create to Earn) elements with user-hosted video sharing platforms.

Nakazato emphasized the platform's integrated approach during his presentation. Nakazato went on to discuss the advantages of the blockchain technology used by CRETA.

“Within the CRETA ecosystem, any game can use our social media features. For instance, when you press the start button, our social media can pop up within the game. You don't need Discord anymore; it's all in one integrated environment. Another key differentiation for CRETA is its use of the low-cost blockchain, Locus Chain. It’s a very fast and scalable blockchain developed over seven years by our technology engineers who have been making games for 20 years. This ensures the platform is cost-effective and sustainable. There are 3 billion gamers in the world now, but Web3 is very small [in comparison]. So we’re not trying to target Web3 gamers - we are trying to change the entire gaming industry. ~Ray Eiichiro Nakazato, Chief Creative Officer and Head of Japan

Ray Eiichiro Nakazato, Chief Creative Officer and Head of Japan

Additionally, users will be able to participate in the evolution because the platform comes with a proprietary Game Creation Engine that allows them to create and publish their own games as NFTs.

Additionally, Nakazato disclosed the planned launch of the Super Club, a Web 3.0 social media and gaming community platform, which is set to start in late July. 

Nakazato claims that the company's objective is clear.

About Creta
Creta is a pioneering metaverse game platform company headquartered in Dubai, UAE, composed of top-tier global developers, publishers, and blockchain experts. Creta's leadership includes renowned figures such as Ray Nakazato, a game expert and entrepreneur with experience at Microsoft Japan Game Studios and Electronic Arts Japan Studio, Thomas Vu, the visionary game producer of League of Legends, Alexander Harutyunyan, former CEO of European game publisher INNOVA, CCR's Seokho Yoon, the creator of Korea’s beloved game Fortress, Joohyung Jang, the game producer behind iconic titles like Lineage and Aion, and Yoshiki Okamoto, the legendary developer behind Street Fighter 2 and Monster Strike. With strong backing from key industry figures and a bold vision for the future, Creta is poised to become the central platform for the next era of digital entertainment and interactive media.

Global Website:

Thursday, June 27, 2024

July's 2024 CSR Conference and Expo highlights technology and innovation in a new, inclusive future

Artificial intelligence (AI) and other related technologies have become disruptive forces in the modern business landscape. While early adopters stand to gain greatly from these technologies, there is a chance that they will also negatively impact more vulnerable members of society. The much-anticipated 2024 CSR EXPO is being arranged by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) with the goal of uniting CSR practitioners to work together and take advantage of technology and innovation while managing associated risks. The conference will take place this year on July 3 and 4 at the Dusit Thani Manila, and the EXPO will take place in Makati City on July 4 and 5 at the Glorietta Activity Center. 

This year's Expo, with the fitting theme of “Reimagining a New and Inclusive Future,” will bring together leaders, experts, and representatives from various industries to discuss important subjects like how technology can improve ESG reporting and CSR practices to AI's dual roles as a source of disruption and a catalyst for innovation. Additionally, there will be small-group breakout sessions where participants can learn new strategies and insights about how to use AI and other cutting-edge technologies in critical domains like enterprise development, health, the environment, education, disaster resilience, the arts and culture, and financial inclusion. 

The application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting can help mitigate the challenges posed by technology, as demonstrated by this gathering of CSR experts. The industry wants to make sure that these technologies are accessible to all and that they advance real national and societal development for the 51% of Filipinos who live in poverty.

“Corporates should view these innovations as vital opportunities to take part in, if not lead an all-of-nation implementations of CSR and ESG that maximize these innovations’ potential and promise while offsetting and minimizing their potential ill effects. These approaches must work to ensure that the application of technology is aligned with the fundamental principles of CSR and ESG, and, by doing so, made inclusive and contributes to social sustainability and the common good.” ~Shem Jose W. Garcia, LCF Vice-Chair and Executive Director, Vivant Foundation, Inc.

Esteemed speakers across various spheres

The 2024 CSR EXPO will connect an estimated 200 delegates with industry leaders in CSR, technology and innovation, and other areas, and serve as a venue for dynamic discussions and collaboration.

The speaker lineup includes Keynote Speaker, Dr. David R. Hardoon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aboitiz Data Innovation; Forum Speakers Leo de Velez, co-founder of Frontlearners, Inc.; Sherwin Yap, founder of Kaizen Robotics International; and Sherlo Reyes, Director for the Center for Partnership & Development, School of Deaf Education & Applied Studies at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Speakers for the thematic sessions include Ted Monroy, country representative, United Nations Industrial Development Organization; Dr. Alvin Marcelo, Philippine Digital Health Strategy Technical Working Group, Department of Health; Dr. Chelsea Elizabeth Samson, head of Strategy and Communications and head of Public Health and Policy, Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc.; James Elrond B. Lagare, Managing Director, Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc.; Prof. Erika Fille T. Legara, Nolasco A. Mempin, Undersecretary of Administration, Department of Education; Ms. Aprille P. Tijam, Associate Director and Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Ayala Museum; and Engr. Sergio Ramos III, President of PCI Innovations Tech Center, and Esteban Masagca, Executive Director of the People's Disaster Risk Reduction Network.


For the full list of speakers and sessions, please view the Conference Program at 

Recognizing outstanding CSR initiatives

In celebration of National CSR Week, LCF will award noteworthy examples of CSR excellence concurrently with the Expo.

LCF will announce the winners of the 2024 Guild Awards on the evening of July 3 at Dusit Thani Manila. The yearly awards program honors exemplary CSR initiatives undertaken by LCF members.

For the first time, the League will also be awarding the CSR Medal of Recognition to non-members to acknowledge the work and effort they provide in their respective communities. The Medal of Recognition celebrates the interventional activities of non-member corporates. This inaugural program will be held on July 5 at the Glorietta.

Upholding CSR and technology to the public

Meanwhile, the Expo at the Glorietta Activity Center, which will be held from July 4 to 5, will showcase technology-themed CSR initiatives undertaken by LCF members and non-members alike for the general public. 

This year’s exhibitors are Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.; Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.; BPI Foundation, Inc.; Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation, Inc.; Metrobank Foundation, Inc.; Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.; Metro Pacific Investment Foundation, Inc.; Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc.; Vivant Foundation, Inc.; Manila Water Foundation, Inc.; Power 4 All, Inc.; Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.; Energy Development Corporation; BDO Foundation, Inc.; San Miguel Foundation, Inc.; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philippines, Inc.; Ayala Foundation, Inc.; Don Antonio O. Floirendo Sr. Foundation, Inc.; East West Seed Foundation, Inc.; Joy~Nostalg Foundation, Inc.; SM Foundation, Inc.; PCI Innovations Tech Center, Inc.; Frontlearners, Inc.; Rise Against Hunger Philippines; and Animal Empathy Philippines.

The Expo will also serve as a venue for the launch of LIFE, the League of Corporate Foundations’ Initiative for Food Security, Nutrition and Empowerment. LIFE is a  League-wide initiative working to halt stunting, wasting and malnutrition while collaborating with like-minded groups and government agencies.

Established in 1991, LCF is a network of operating and grant-making corporate and family foundations and corporations in the Philippines. The League has continued to be at the forefront of promoting and enhancing CSR practice among its members and the larger business community in the country. Visit the LCF homepage at and the 2024 Conference and Expo microsite at  

The 2024 CSR Conference and Expo is co-organized with Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, Inc., and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. It is also brought to you by Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.; Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.; Manila Water Foundation, Inc.; Metrobank Foundation, Inc.; SM Foundation, Inc., Henry Sy Foundation, Inc., and Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc.; and Vivant Foundation, Inc.

For more information please contact Chris Sanchez, LCF Communications Officer, at 

Monday, June 24, 2024

Lights, Camera, Action! Are You Ready for the TCL #BigScreenMoments Challenge?

Here's your chance to shine at your best, courtesy of TCL Electronics, the #1 Panel TV Brand in the Philippines and ranked second globally in the TV market. Use #BigScreenMoments  to channel your inner actor or actress and recreate your best Filipino film scenes! Do you want to win amazing gifts? Put on your best Kathryn Bernardo performance ever and show us what you can do.

Film enthusiasts and aspiring actors, unite! This is your chance to steal the show and relive your most memorable Kath moments. Participate in the TCL #BigScreenMoments challenge by acting out famous dialogue from her blockbuster films! Show off your acting skills with the kilig from "Hello, Love, Goodbye," the wanderlust from "Barcelona," the touching tale from "The Hows of Us," or the coming-of-age drama from "A Very Good Girl."

Post your acting masterpiece on your very own personal TikTok account, choose a special TikTok filter, tag TCL Electronics account, and include the hashtags: #TCLBigScreenMoments, #ImmersiveXperienceWithTCL.

After posting your video, don't forget to register using the provided link: 

All entries submitted from June 1st to June 30st will be eligible for the TCL draw on July 5th, and will get a chance to win exciting prizes like ten (10) TCL Soundbars S522W and Grand Prize of one (1) 65 inch TCL C655 QLED Pro TV.

Winners will be announced on July 8, 2024, and posted on TCL's official Facebook Page

Lights, camera, action! Immerse yourself in the TCL Universe and unleash your creativity with #BigScreenMoments!

For more updates on the TCL #BigScreenMoments TikTok Promo, log on to

About TCL Philippines:
TCL Electronics (HKG:1070) is a fast-growing consumer electronics company and a leading player in the global TV industry. Founded in 1981, it now operates in over 160 markets globally. TCL specializes in the research, development, and manufacturing of consumer electronics products ranging from TVs, audio, and smart home appliances. Visit the TCL home page at

Union Catholic High School Invites Filipinos to Explore Educational Opportunities in the U.S.

Leading private school in New Jersey, USA, Union Catholic High School (abbreviated Union Catholic) is extending an invitation to Filipino families to learn more about the stimulating extracurricular and academic offerings at their school. Union Catholic representatives were able to give parents (and even non-parents!) in the Philippines a peek of what it's like to be a student at their school through their recent "Beyond Boundaries" roadshow. 

This was further emphasized during the roadshow, which had two "legs"—the first was at U.P. Union Catholic, a reputable institution founded in 1962 and known for "its rigorous academic programs, faith-based values, and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment." The first took place on June 18 at Town Center in Quezon City, and the second on June 19 at The Mind Museum in Taguig City.

“There are many reasons for you to want to come to Union Catholic. We have a wonderful community where all members of our community are respected. We have a diverse student body, dedicated faculty, and dynamic, first-rate facility, but the bottom line is here at Union Catholic, we love one another and want to see each member of our school community succeed.” ~Dr. James Reagan, Assistant Principal of Union Catholic High School, who was part of the three-person delegation behind the roadshow

Why Choose Union Catholic High School?

A demanding academic program at Union Catholic helps students get ready for elite colleges and universities. A dynamic learning environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities is created by highly qualified and committed teachers. 

Staci Gialanella, the parent of students from the Class of 2020 and 2026, affirms the school’s strong academic program: “Union Catholic provides fertile ground to be able to achieve excellence.” 

Filipino families will especially appreciate the school's commitment to:
  • A Strong Values-Based Foundation: Union Catholic integrates important values into its curriculum and daily life, fostering a sense of service, compassion, and respect for others.
  • Diverse Course Offerings: Beyond a core curriculum, Union Catholic offers a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, electives, and specialized programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
  • Vibrant Extracurricular Activities: Students can explore their interests and develop leadership skills through a variety of clubs, organizations, and athletic teams.
  • Supportive Community: Union Catholic fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment where students feel supported by their peers, teachers, and counselors.
Speaking of community, Sabrina Hackett, one of the students from Union Catholic’s Class of 2025, shares why she likes studying there.

“The Union Catholic community is so wonderful and makes every student feel welcome. Even though everyone comes from different places, as we go through our high school experience, our class becomes our family.” ~Sabrina Hackett, one of the students from Union Catholic’s Class of 2025

“The environment, the people, the classes; it just feels like home.” ~Jason Chen, a student from the Class of 2026

Union Catholic alumna Raymond Lestarchick, who graduated in 2019, has only fond memories of his years there, especially of the people. 

“The faculty care about their students and want to see them succeed. The students become so close together under that environment that some become friends for life.” ~Raymond Lestarchick, Union Catholic Alumna Graduated in 2019

Exploring Union Catholic for Filipino Families

Union Catholic is committed to providing a seamless transition for Filipino students. The school offers resources such as:
  • ESL Support: For students who are still developing their English language skills, Union Catholic offers English as a Second Language (ESL) support services.
  • Cultural Clubs and Organizations: Filipino students can connect with their heritage and build friendships through cultural clubs and organizations. 
  • Multilingual Staff: Union Catholic has staff members who are familiar with Filipino culture and can assist families with the admissions process.

Dr. Jennifer Dixon, Director of School Counseling, also discussed their “homestay” program for international students during the "Beyond Boundaries" roadshow. Every student in the program is “matched” with a host family. This makes sure that even when they are separated from their loved ones, they still feel "at home."  

In fact, Elito Tanyag, a religion instructor at Union Catholic who was also present at the roadshow, had hosted a number of foreign students. Being a native of the Philippines, he shared his dream of hosting Filipino students as part of the school's “homestay” program. 

In his capacity as the school's Filipino Club Moderator, he also gave the Filipino parents in attendance peace of mind by assuring them that he ensures the students maintain a connection to their culture while also encouraging independence. 

“It’s like having a Filipino Tito at school.” ~Elito Tanyag, a religion teacher at Union Catholic who was also at the roadshow

A World of Possibilities Awaits

It was evident at the roadshow that Union Catholic High School truly believes in nurturing the potential of every student, no matter where they come from. By choosing Union Catholic, Filipino families are opening a world of possibilities for their children. With a strong academic foundation, a supportive community, and a commitment to cultural diversity, Union Catholic is poised to help students achieve their dreams and truly go beyond boundaries.

Interested families are encouraged to visit their official website and their page for International Admissions. Details about their short-term programs for international students can also be found on their website. They also have a page dedicated to Scholarship Opportunities.

About Union Catholic High School
Union Catholic High School is a co-educational college preparatory school located in New Jersey, USA. Rooted in strong values, the school provides a challenging academic program, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and a supportive community that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

For more information about Union Catholic High School, you may visit their official website. You may also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

For media-related inquiries, contact Tina Rodriguez via or 0917-7707761 (mobile/Viber). 

Sunday, June 23, 2024

San Francisco Bay Area’s Renowned Tiki Mixologist Daniel "Doc" Parks Collaborates with Tanduay Rum

Tanduay Brands International, the makers of the world's #1 rum, has teamed up with renowned tiki cocktail expert Daniel "Doc" Parks, a 2017 San Francisco Chronicle "Bar Star," in an innovative partnership that combines the unique flair of Tiki culture and the rich history of Filipino rum. This collaboration honors the merging of cultures and customs through the publication of a cocktail book that highlights Tanduay Rum's versatility as well as Parks' creative concoctions.

Parks has always been captivated by Polynesian pop culture and its artifacts. His love for tiki culture started when he was a teenager in San Diego.

"I'd find things like barkcloth Hawaiian shirts and vintage exotic records... all kinds of memorabilia from the early days of the Polynesian pop movement in America, Tanduay was really dynamic. It plays well on its own and with other spirits and flavor profiles. So it was really easy to work with their entire line. A tiki bar's magic isn't just about the drinks; it's also about escapism, which is why the atmosphere is so important." ~Daniel "Doc" Parks, a celebrated tiki cocktail specialist and 2017 San Francisco Chronicle “Bar Star”

The alliance between Tanduay, a brand with a century-long history, and the collaboration were initiated in 2016 and have since blossomed into an exciting partnership. The culmination of their partnership, a 2023 national pop-up tour, promoted tiki culture with activities that emphasized Tanduay's rum's blendability with the lively cocktail selections offered by tiki bars.

Tanduay Rum's adaptability is praised by Parks, as it was instrumental in the creation of the cocktail book. demonstrating how simple it is to incorporate Tanduay Rum into both traditional and innovative tiki drinks.

Parks' ingenuity and profound knowledge of tiki culture will be showcased in her soon-to-be cocktail book, which will include a variety of aesthetically pleasing and flavorful recipes. Highlights include the Chee Pono, a savory dish that displays Parks' inventive range of mixology abilities, and the Kape Mahika, a coffee cocktail that goes well with Tanduay.

In addition to cocktails, Parks is a connoisseur of tiki culture and emphasizes the value of ambience, music, and community in establishing a true tiki bar experience. Elucidating on the deeper aspects of tiki culture.

Parks sees tiki culture as having a bright future, and he has big plans for it, including an encore tour and the building of a new bar. In an effort to spread some of this distinctive American cocktail culture to other countries, he is also eager to introduce tiki culture to the Philippines.

Parks is a visionary who connects cultures with his passion of tiki; he is more than just a mixologist or businessman. His partnership with Tanduay serves to both underscore the allure of Filipino rum on a worldwide scale and reinforce his standing as a key player in the tiki culture industry.

Additionally, it should be noted that Filipinos were instrumental in creating the thriving tiki culture in America, especially through their work as bartenders at prominent venues like Don the Beachcomber. Under the direction of icons such as Ray Buhen, Filipino mixologists contributed their mastery in creating tropical concoctions, which were so popular that both celebrities and regular customers took an interest in them. Filipinos remained key players in this exotic culinary and cocktail movement, leaving an enduring impression on American drinking culture, even as tiki bars flourished in the mid-20th century. Buhen himself is said to have inspired the cherished character Yoda and the famous Mos Eisley Cantina in "Star Wars."

Conversely, Tanduay produces its renowned rums in the Philippines using premium sugarcane that is gathered from the island nation's sugarlandia. These crops yield Grade A molasses, which is processed, fermented, and finally distilled to create a clear liquid gold.

The company uses a huge assortment of oak barrels to age its rums, which is an essential step that brings out the flavor and complexity of the finished product. The tropical environment of the Philippines, which is essential in enhancing the qualities of the rums, intensifies this change even more.

Tanduay is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year, an important milestone that highlights the company's dedication to growing internationally. China, the United States, Singapore, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Austria, Poland, Georgia, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Canada, New Zealand, Ukraine, and Taiwan are just a few of the nations that currently enjoy Tanduay's rums, demonstrating the brand's expanding global reach.

Prime Z opens with SWAT in battle gear 'mascots', sans DTI permit?

The sight of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in full battle gear acting as the new company's "model, mascot, or endorser" left attendees and onlookers in a state of shock during the recent soft opening of Prime Z. 

The SWAT squad of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is not often seen, "in all their glory," at a private function unrelated to the community's peace and order initiatives, according to the sources.

The SWAT team's presence at Prime Z Entrepreneurs Inc., a marketing firm, prompted some observers to compare the company's opening to a military exercise. 

They stated that they are unsure if the elite PNP force can now be hired by a private business or event to serve as mascots, security guards, or even as brand ambassadors.

Observers revealed that Prime Z purportedly lacks a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) authorization, a fundamental necessity for its kind of operations, even if company has obtained a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration. They added that the business sold and distributed "high risk food products," which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists as having the potential to easily result in food poisoning.

The observers are asking the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., whether the SWAT activities at the Prime Z event is still part of the PNP mandate.

Friday, June 21, 2024


Who doesn't love FUN and EXCITEMENT? Let Zoomanity Group Theme Parks spell them for you.

At Zoobic Safari, Crocodiles. Snakes. Lizards. Those were just some of the animals you can see in Zoobic Safari. It is one tourist attraction you will find at Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure. Embracing a fifty hectare land, local and foreign guests can expect an astonishing sight of diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their simulated natural habitat. It features a wide range of habitats present in the forest due to the terrain, presence of streams, and fringing grasslands. These represent the major habitats for varied exotic animals featured in Zoobic Safari Adventure Park which is the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines with more than 50 tigers. Don't forget also the usual breed of tigers and lion which is known as Ligers.

Address: Group I, Ilanin Forest Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Ticket rates: Adult – Php 545.00 Kids - Php 445.00


Ever want to give your favorite Tita, Tito or Grandparents a tour in a place full of rich gardens and farm animals? Or you just want to enjoy the weekend with your husband and toddler? Your best destination is the Paradizoo Farm in Mendez in Cavite! See the gardens full of vegetables and floral designs. Have a chance to interact with different interesting farm animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride on a cart drawn by an albino carabao.

Address: Km. 63 Panungyan Mendez, Cavite
Ticket rates: Adult – Php 149.00 Kids - Php 99.00


Exhausted of the city life and you wanted to escape even a day or two? Feel the cold breeze of Tagaytay while enjoying a rush of excitement and a breath-taking view in Residence Inn. It is famous for its Mini Zoo and it’s excellent location overlooking Taal Lake, stuff which will surely be appreciated by all ages. Of course, Tagaytay trip isn't complete without having to try “Bulalo” or “Tawilis" in their restaurant, the Gazebo, which serves those and also the dangerously good “Dynamite” or Chili cheese rolls that will surely complement with the weather. Affordability? Residence Inn is the perfect place to go if you are on a budget and you are looking for a place away from the noisy city. Don't forget to try also the Zipline overlooking Taal volcano.

Address: Km. 65 Barrio Neogan Tagaytay City
Ticket rates: Adult – Php 249.00 Kids – Php 199.00


Let's go to the Visayan region! Zoocolate Thrills is the only Adventure Theme Park in Loboc, Bohol managed by Zoomanity Group. This promising tourist destination in Bohol offers captivating attractions for everyone. A river cruise is provided for those who want to explore the Loboc River. This fun zoo has different animal encounters & enrichment such as ostriches, tigers, and bearcats. They also offer tram ride, horse/buffalo ride and zip/zing ride. Isn't that fun and exciting?

Address: Barangay Gotozon, Loboc, Bohol
Ticket rates: Adult – Php 99.00 Kids – Php 99.00


You want a ZOO-per thrilling experience? Zoocobia is much more than a place to view animals. It is a complete educational and fun experience. Situated in the beautiful, lush, forested foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone, Zoocobia is an ecological experience of impressive proportions.
  • It has a gravity car that is patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore—The Zooc. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves!
  • Birds. Have a close encounter with colorful birds perched on tree branches. You will delight at their bright colors and melodious chirping.
  • The PHILIPPINES PRIDE showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines – they are indeed the country’s pride.
  • Be amazed with their Garden Maze that features various animals topiaries. The thrill is when you go through the labyrinth and the challenge is to find yourself out of it.
  • All roads lead to “The Barn” where many animal-related activities happen. Experience bottle feeding baby farm animal such as goats, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
  • See a unique collection of stuffed real animals that have been preserved by our taxidermist at the Menagerie.

Address: Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City
Ticket rates: Adult – Php 295.00 Kids – Php 295.00

Isn't that fun and exciting? Book now and avail of the 10% when booked online. Click here.
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To all the graduates, grab the chance to experience the Zooperb Blowout! (Zooperb Blowout Poster)
Zoolit Coupons! For only Php 399.00 pesos per booklet, you will receive the following coupons that can be use to all 5 theme parks under Zoomanity Group; 6pcs 50% off for entrance 6pcs Buy 1 take 1 for entrance 2 pcs 50% off for hotel accommodation 1 pc 20% off van rentals 1pc 30% off at Resto 1 free photo and more. Savings worth: more than 10k and to order, please call or text 09166299381.

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