America’s famous fried chicken, Popeyes, is back in Manila!

Are you familiar with Popeyes? We used to have that here but they’ve closed. I’ve known them for its biscuits and of course fried chicken. But hooray it’s back! Popeyes first branch opens today, May 16, 2019, in ArcoVia City, Pasig!

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Traveling to Tacloban Soon? Here’s a Quick Primer on the City

With the many fare promotions here and there this summer, you probably think you’ve been to almost all the cities in the country. But, have you been to Tacloban City, though? Did you even know it is the regional center of Eastern Visayas? Well, it also has much to offer when it comes to beaches, nature, and food, so you may want to add it to your list. Read on to know more about Tacloban and the many reasons you need to go pack, leave your house now, and see it for yourself!

A little bit of history

Based on the 2015 census, there are 242,089 people living in Tacloban City and making it the most populous city in Eastern Visayas. Historically, it was the capital of the country for a brief period from October 1944 to February 1945. The destruction made to the city by Typhoon Yolanda not so long ago was all over the news, do you remember? 

Good thing, Tacloban has recovered thanks to the naturally strong Filipino spirit and donations from compassionate brothers and sisters all over the world. It’s now back to being one of the most beautiful cities in the Visayas and the whole country.

What you’ll see

Let’s start with some of the historical places the city offers. When in Tacloban, it is mandatory to cross the San Juanico Bridge and enjoy the scenery. Why not go live on Facebook and Instagram while crossing in this long bridge that connects Samar and Leyte? You can also cross with your bike or even more intense, run. There’s a lane for it – another item to add to your list of things to try, indeed.

What to remember

Now, let’s go to that place where General Douglas MacArthur promised “I shall return” and did fulfill it. The original statues built at the park was destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda, yet immediately restored. Amazing to stand where it all exactly happened, right? When you’re in Tacloban specifically at The MacArthur Landing Memorial Park, stand in front of MacArthur’s team and imagine they’re walking towards you. If it doesn’t make you nostalgic, I don’t know what else can.

Other tourist spots you may also enjoy include the San Juanico Park Golf and Country Club for the 18-hole course found in the north and Balyu-an Amphitheater that feature the best shows. As for Calvary Hill, it features really large statues of Jesus Christ and other religious personalities. You may stroll there or see the Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum.

Festivals to watch

Celebrations represent the city. If you want to witness a festival when you visit the city, go and see the Sangyaw Festival – a religious and socio-cultural event in the country. Recently, it was revived in 2008 by the city government of Tacloban, Philippines. Wonder what Sangyaw means? It is “to herald news” in Waray language. 

Here comes the beach

For most people and tourists, no trip is ever complete without going to the beach. Especially because the beaches in the country is far more outstanding than the rest in the world. The foreigners make sure that they’ve swum to as many Philippine beaches as possible. Among your options include San Pablo Beach, Tangkaan Beach, and Bituon Beach if you’re planning to indulge in some vitamin sea soon. 

You may also want to go to the small paradise of Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte. Once knows as the fishermen’s sanctuary in Matalom, it became a tourist destination in 2005. Are you Team 1: beach bum in the powdery white sand, or Team 2: down to snorkel to see the underwater world. Why not both?

Various festival participants from different parts of the country participate in this tribal procession. The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival is a merry-making event lasting a whole month, highlights of which include the Leyte Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals. Also the 17th Pintados Festival Ritual Dance Presentation, as well as the “Pagrayhak” Grand Parade.

So how do you get to Tacloban? From Manila, you can book a flight to Tacloban aka “The Gateway to Eastern Visayas” through the major airlines. Another way is to travel by ferry for approximately 36 hours. You may want to bring a friend with you to keep you sane if choose the latter, though. Enjoy Tacloban City!

Fuel up at Caltex, get cash back with MVP Rewards

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI) has long understood the value of giving more to the motorists who fuel up with them with the various rewards programs that they have rolled out through the years. Now they are giving their customers even more reasons to keep coming back with their latest rewards program in partnership with MVP Rewards and Loyalty Solutions, Inc.

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CBLIC celebrates 54 years of service in March

More than five decades of service has never dampened Country Bankers’ commitment to providing simple and affordable insurance for Filipino families.

When Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation’s (CBLIC) was established on March 28, 1965, founding president Jose E. Desiderio, Sr. began addressing insurance needs in rural areas, catering to small and medium business entrepreneurs, farmers, fishermen, and public school teachers – a market that had been untapped in the ‘60s.

Today, the Desiderio family’s third-generation members continue to uphold this legacy of accessible insurance to low-income Filipinos with Country Bankers Insurance Group senior vice president and general manager Geraldine Desiderio-Garcia at the helm.

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Let the fun begin at Royce Hotel and Casino

This season is a milestone celebration for our dear graduates. And what better way to commemorate it that with a Graduation Blowout #OnlyAtRoyce!

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Royce Hotel and Casino salutes the graduates of 2019 with a FREE Dinner Buffet from March to June 2019. With two (2) regular paying guests, the graduate gets a FREE dinner buffet. This is available every Friday from 6pm to 9pm at the Lounge.

And now that school is over you have more time to bind with your family and friends. The best way to do it is to book a staycation #OnlyAtRoyce. With just one click on Royce Hotel and Casino’s direct online booking,, you are on your way to reconnecting and unwinding with your loved ones. Just set aside a couple of days and start your relaxing, luxurious and fun getaway.

A must when vacationing at Royce Hotel and Casino is to try the hearty and delectable cuisine offered by the world-class restaurants found inside the property.

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The ground floor of the hotel houses four of the best restaurants in the area. The Lounge is home to the most iconic Filipino and Kapampangan dishes that are sure to satisfy your local cravings. But if you want to taste the delicate flavors of the orient, head on to Choi Garden Clark, where a wide array of authentic Chinese dishes, as dimsum, Peking duck and soy chicken, await you. Otherwise delight your taste buds in the distinct flavors and spices of Korea in every meal you will have at Korea.Snow Palace. Perhaps feeling a little romantic? Go to Amare by Chef Chris and savor every bite of Italian cuisine perfection.

Those who are enjoying entertainment and gaming at the casino need not go hungry. After every game, you can relax and have a break at Café Majestic located at the 2nd floor of Royce Casino. If you’re up for some more fun, watch live band performances or get on the dance floor at the Empire Bar and Lounge.

Royce Hotel and Casino gives you and your loved ones a winning vacation filled with fun, food and fantastic entertainment. Book now!

To learn more about Royce Hotel and Casino, visit or like @royceclarkPH on Facebook and Instagram.

Where to Hike: 5 Suggestions for Beginners

More and more people are getting into hiking since 2017. This year, the list of mountains to climb has just gotten longer. There are new places discovered, but only a few are recommended for beginners.

People hike for different reasons. As for you reading this, you may wonder what it is with hiking that people are willing to take indirect heat from the sun. Why do hikers happily burrow their expensive hiking shoes into the mud? If you ask those who frequently do, their answers range from the usual physical fitness to moving on from a relationship that just ended. Hiking just gets more interesting by the minute, right?

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A day of music and play at the Festival of Possibilities 2019

Filinvest City proves that there’s always something fun to do in Metro South as it once again hosts Festival of Possibilities 2019, its very own town-wide fair aimed at bringing residents, workers, and guests closer together at the sprawling Filinvest City Events Grounds on April 26, 2019.

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Dark or White, You Are Beautiful

Meet Bianca and Diane, Sheena and Brigitte, and Joy and Jean. What do they have in common? They are identical twins, one has dark skin while the other has white skin. They made it appear this way because they want you to know that, dark or white, you are beautiful…

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Oishi Snacktacular 2019 is coming to SM Clark, Pampanga!

The most kanyaman event of the year, Oishi Snacktacular 2019, is coming to SM City Clark, Pampanga on April 5-7, 2019!

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You can buy designer bags and luxury items at 70% off through this luxury mobile app

Luxe In is the place to buy authentic designer bags in the Philippines. They have an array of designer and luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Rolex, Gucci, Omega, Pandora and many more. Designer bags, luxury watches, gadgets, and jewelries are now within reach with just a few clicks, thanks to Luxe In’s mobile app.

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