DC Comics and Toys Memorabilia Exhibit At SM North EDSA

The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City – Philippines

We invite everyone to attend the three day World of DC Comics PH event and Visit the collectibles booth and DC Comics memorabilia exhibit this April 17-19 – Discover the exciting world of DC Comics in SM North EDSA THE BLOCK, in Quezon City.

DC SUPERHEROES COSPLAY CONTEST – APRIL 11-12 Join the pocket events leg this April 11-12 in SM City Angono, BF Paranaque, Bicutan, Fairview, Manila, Sta Mesa

Join the World of DC Comics PH pocket events.. and learn more about the upcoming World record event on April 18, 2015 ALL STAR FUN RUN – APRIL 18 Wear the DC superheroes race singlets and Join the All Star Fun Run of World of DC Comics PH this April 18 in SM MOA

WORLD RECORD EVENT – APRIL 18 The Philippines will attempt to gather the largest costumed DC superheroes on April 18 in SM North EDSA-The Block

Join the world record, wear your costume and be counted. DC Comics Superhero World Record PH details: http://dcworldrecord.worldofdcph.com/

for details visit www.worldofdcph.com /

PARUN ng Cowboy Grill – A Fun Run For A Cause

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City-Philippines

L-R Mr. Joey Locsin ( HR Training Officer) , Ms. Abby Zulueta ( Beep) Mr. Joseph Balbino ( President , Pinoy Aspiring Runners ) Father Julio Cuesta ( Director – Cotolengco Filipino ) , Ms. Marianne C. Escobar ( Marketing Manager ) and Ms. Jinky Tolentino ( HR Manager)

Cowboy Grill which is celebrating their 21st founding anniversary , Golden Pizza , Inc which is celebrating their 40th anniversary in partnership with Maynilad, Mizuno, Polar, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Takbo.ph , Pinoy Aspiring Runners is organizing a “PaRun ng Cowboy” – a Cowboy-inspired fun run which aims to help the kids of Cottolengo Filipino Foundation.  The registration had started last March 15, 2015 and the organizers are expecting a larger turn-out of participants as there are several groups which signify their interest in joining the FUN RUN for a CAUSE.

PaRun ng Cowboy Grill poster

Cowboy Grill’s best in-house bands will also come to entertain the participants during the after-party. There will also be on the spot raffle contest and other freebies . On the spot registration will also be accepted and those who wanted to help the cause can reach the organizers .

Event Information

PaRun ng Cowboy
May 17, 2015
CCP Complex
3k/5k/10k

Registration Fees:
10k – P650
5k – P550
3k – P450

Inclusive of singlet, Race Bib, Medal & Cowboy Hat (to be given at the finish line)

Registration Venues:
1.) Mizuno Stores
– Mall of Asia
– Trinoma
– Megamall
– Bonifacio Global City
– Alabang Town Center

2.) Cowboy Grill Branches
– Mabini corner Arquiza St. Ermita Manila , Tel No. 525-1474
– Malate: Remedios cor Madre Ignacia St. Malate Manila, Tel No. 522-0429
– Las Pinas : Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Pinas City (near SM Southmall), Tel No. 801-7644
– Delta-Quezon Ave corner Timog Avenue Quezon City, Tel No. 922-1130

For more information:
Mobile: 09328472853 / 09158425951 / 09276872757
Email: cowboygrill.run@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cowboygrill.ph

Company Profile: Cowboy Grill is operated by Golden Pizza Inc., a corporation duly registered at Securities and Exchange Commission since September 10, 1974. Head office is located at 3rd Floor Tuscan Building, 114 V.A. Rufino St. Legaspi Village, Makati City with postal code of 1229. Established by its Founding chairman, Mr. Leopoldo L. Prieto, who brought the first Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant in the Philippines

Website: http://cowboygrill.ph/

Cottolengco Filipino : http://www.cottolengofilipino.org/

Organization: http://cottolengofilipino.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/COTTOLENGO-FILIPINO-INC/246432648246

Manny Pacquiao Commemorative Stamps to be Issued by PHLPOST

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , 1000 , Manila-Philippines

Manny Pacquiao commemorative souvenir sheet stamp priced at Php 40 each

 Philippine Postal Corporation will be releasing special postage stamps to show support for eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. in what is dubbed as the “Fight of the Century.” Set to be released for Php 10 each, PHLPost will be putting out a total of 500,000 copies of  the Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” postage stamps. 30,000 copies of the souvenir sheet will also be released, priced at Php 40 each. Aside from the Php 40.00 souvenir sheet.

Php 10.00 stamp

There will be First Day Cover which will cost around Php 100 plus 12% VAT and the ordinary Php 10.00 definitive stamp.

Manny Pacquiao block of 4 souvenir sheet issued by PHLPOST in 2008

Pacquiao was already featured in a postage stamp in 2008, ahead of his June bout with David Diaz.  It is rare that Phlpost issues living Filipinos , Aside from current presidents , visiting head of states past issuance included Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran  commemorative stamp which was issued in 1994 when the country hosted the Miss Universe pageant. Miss World 2013 Megan Young is one of the few living Filipinos honored with such issuance. The stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover shall be available at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and  post offices nationwide.  For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

Note: This was the publicity release coming from PHLPOST that the stamps will be available in major post offices nationwide.

8 Exciting Reasons to Visit the 2015 Manila International Auto Show ( MIAS )

World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center , Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City -Philippines

MIAS 2015

The Manila International Auto Show is now on its 11th year , with over 500,000 attendees since it started the annual show . There are almost 200 participating companies from automotive sector , 500 exhibitors and  car collector’s club  and over 400 car displays. The show features rand new cars, hybrid cars , concept car launches from the country’s top automobile brands .

Here are the 8 Exciting Reasons to Visit the MIAS 2015

8. Kid Friendly Place and Safety Play  –  Volkswagen booth in partnership with Department of Transportation and Communication , Safe Kid promotes a safe place to play and how to properly train children  proper street signs , road safety thru playing . These cute kids which were accompanied by their parents were instrumental in early training .

kids ride the miniature volkswagen cars
Every day, more than 500 children lose their lives in traffic crashes globally. Thousands are injured. Please join Safe Kids in supporting #SaveKidsLives, the official worldwide campaign for Global Road Safety Week.

Website: http://www.safekids.org/

7. Cosplay and Car Becomes Alive – Bumblee Bee and Its Car counterpart . Bumblebee is a small, yellow  Autobot  with the altmode of a compact car.

The vehicles used for Bumblebee, Ironhide, Jazz and Ratchet were put on display by General Motors .

6. Vintage Cars most general sense, an old automobile, and in the narrower senses of car enthusiasts and collectors. They remind an era where these car models were made and some of the restored car were on display at the Philippine Trade Training Center . There are several dozens of cars exhibited from early 1900’s to late 1990’s style are on display.

5. Car Test Drive and Road Gear Devices – Another feature of the show is for test the road safety and car endurance . Just do not forget to bring a valid driver’s license and a lot of guts!

SCS Group with President and CEO Mr. Alex B. Sycip

 SCS Group provides the best in vehicle tracking and security solutions. As distributors of Tramigo Philippines, . The trackers are unique in that they provide far more features than any other product on the market, not to mention the user friendly software and no monthly fees.

Website: http://www.scsgroupinc.com/

4. Popemobile , Celebrity Cars on Display

1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 ( Austin Citron Green in colour ) which is popularly used by Mr. BEAN.

The most popular display is the Popemobile used by Pope Francis recent visit January 15 to 19, 2015 . The jeepney inspired- vehicle attracts a lot of photo opportunities among the visitors of the event.

Salamander ( the Salamander can travel both on land and in water )

The name Atoy Llave is the one behind Atoy Bodykits– The company is known for their customization of cars  .  The country had a series of floods and strong typhoons which can caused much devastation.   It stemmed from Llave’s desire to do something really useful for the benefit of his countrymen. That and his wish to put the Philippines on the global automotive map.

He made this in partnership with a new company called H2O Technologies, developing it in particular with the firm’s technical head, Mr. Lamberto Armada.

Subaru Outback

3. Miniature Cars and Die Cast Car on Exhibit

Mr. Rowel Panizares – art director and creative services owned these miniature die cast toys

ghost buster toys and die cast cars

Diecast Car Collectors of the Philippines members proudly exhibited their collection of die-cast cars of different car models and companies. There are over a dozen panels showcasing hundreds of toy car in various scale models.

Mark Lester Q. Bellerde collection

The club is mostly consist of Filipinos who love to collect replica or small model of cars.

Website: http://www.dcph.info/board/portal/

2.) Freebies, Contests and Pretty Ladies

car launching

MAPFRE Insular

MAPFRE Insular gave away interesting notepads, umbrellas , pencils to the visitors .  Just sign-up with your name, contact information and email and have a chance to get these exciting prizes .

Caramundi

Motolite

Motolite is one of the largest battery company in the country. There is on the spot games, photo opportunities, free coffee , eco bag and charger for those visiting their booth. The only catch is to sign-up at their booth , play the games and download the Motolite apps in to your cellphone.

Mr. Jose Gonzales ( Brand Assistant )

Website: http://www.motolite.com/

1.) Bagong Kotse , 1 Month Libre Promo by BPI Family Savings Bank and other Company Promos.

Mr. Juan Miguel A. Santiano ( Senior Brand Manager – BPI Family Saving Bank)

Bank of the Philippine Islands Family Auto loan allow anyone with access to internet and computer easy car ownership as the free 1-month amortization that gives a breather from initial amortization.  ” At the MIAS , BPI Family Auto Loan makes the best happen for you and your family ! Take advantage of our outrageously unique offer that gives you a significant amount for free. along with other treats . Enjoy memorable summer road trips with your family in your new car , made easy with BPI Family Auto Loan ! says Pepe Carlos , VP and Head of BPI Family Auto Loan Division.

Bank of the Philippines Islands

When i went to the BPI booth , there were a lot of inquiries about their Auto loan . The promo is also available at any BPI Family Savings Bank nationwide until April 30, 2015.

Website: http://www.bpiloans.com/

Note: The entrance is Php 80 for senior citizens and Php 100 for the general public and students . The show will run until this sunday April 12, 2015. The show is from 10:00am to 10:00pm

Live Mas and Celebrate Change at Taco Bell

Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City -Philippines

 wide array of food menus to choose from

 Taco Bell has become a destination of Metro Manila’s young and active individuals who hunger for a great dining adventure. The company started their operations since October 18, 2004.  The restaurant is getting a lot of good reviews from its customers and currently expanding its market to cater more people.

Gateway Mall , Cubao

Taco Bell Philippines now has three stores located at the G/F and 3rd Level of Gateway Mall, Food Express of Gateway Mall and 2nd Level Trinoma, Quezon City. More stores are set to be opened in strategic locations in Metro Manila in the years to come.

 wide space

The restaurant outlet brings out a more energetic and rustic feeling  , with its bright colorful lighting , stylish furnishing , wide open spaces not to mention a FREE Wi-Fi internet connection and a Charging station . It is a place to take time -off , chill out and relax.

All new Taco Bell opened the very first Live MÁs store in South East Asia, delighting its loyal customers with their new look and wide array of Mexican dishes.

 churros with chocolate dip

Churros is a fried dough pastry predominantly choux snacks. The snack are popular in Spain, France, Mexico , Latin America, United States and the Philippines .

value meal with rice and dips

The chips is quite addicting and had a distinct taste. It is best serve hot .

fellow bloggers, freelance writers enjoyed the meal

MÁS HEART as Taco Bell goes the extra mile in serving their customers and MÁS VALUE in serving the best quality food at prices that the customers love.

 For Orders and Reservation , Please try to contact or visit the following stores:

Taco Bell Gateway: 911-6400†
Taco Bell Food Express: 911-3130†
Taco Bell Trinoma: 901-3634†

Website: http://www.tacobell.com.ph/index.php

Facebook Page: TacoBellPHL

PAG-ASA 150th Anniversary and Compound Tour

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration ( PAG-ASA ) Quezon City , Philippines

PAG-ASA exhibit area

We were invited by Mr. Resly George Amador  for an open house tour of PAG-ASA and its exhibit. It was scheduled last March 26, 2015 . We met at around 10:00am at the PAG-ASA planetarium. The planetarium is smaller compared to Luneta but it had a seating capacity of between 80 to 100 people at any given time. The Open House and Tour was conducted in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the institution. History : It all started  on January 1, 1865  when Jesuit priest Fr. Francisco Colina set up simple meteorological instruments in an abandoned pigeon house.

Planetarium within PAG-ASA compound

That led to the Observatorio Meteorologica de Manila — designated as the official weather forecasting institution in 1884 through a Spanish royal decree.

PAG-ASA head from 1860’s to the current

On April 28, 1884, King Alfonso XII issued a decree recognized the observatory  as an official institution of the  Spanish colonial government in the Philippines .

Mr. Resly Amador together with teachers of Pasay City Science High School

At the start of the 20th century, meteorological observations were transferred from the Roman Catholic Church to the American colonial government. By act of the Philippine Commission, the Weather Bureau of the Philippine Islands were established under Act No. 131 on May 22, 1901.

outdoor observation area

The government agency was created on December 8, 1972 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 78 reorganizing the Philippine Weather Bureau into PAGASA

Stevenson Screen

The Stevenson screen holds instruments that may include thermometers (ordinary, maximum and minimum ), a  hygrometer , a psychrometer , dewcell , barometer and a thermograph  Stevenson screens may also be known as a cotton region shelter, an instrument shelter, a thermometer shelter, a thermoscreen or a thermometer screen. Its purpose is to provide a standardized environment in which to measure temperature, humidity, dewpoint and atmospheric pressure.

Engineer Marc Francis C. Calpo

Stevenson Screen is a box shape, constructed of wood, in a double-louvered design. It is slightly tilted to avoid the direct rays coming from the sun . The whole screen is painted with several coats of white to reflect sunlight radiation  .  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) agreed standard for the height of the thermometers is between 1.25 m (4 ft 1 in) and 2 m (6 ft 7 in) above the ground.

 poster making contest

weather instruments on display

National Radiation Center

Mr. Arman Griarte

Sometimes, There are people who would steal these items , thinking that they are very valuable objects , Some thinks that those are for magical instruments. Although the instrument is not cheap each instrument is said to cost around Php 69,000 to Php 70,000 each .

Campbell Sun Stokes

It was invented by John Francis Campbell  in 1853 and modified in 1879 by Sir George Gabriel Stokes . The original design by Campbell consisted of a glass sphere set into a wooden bowl with the sun burning a trace on the bowl. Stokes’s refinement was to make the housing out of metal and to have a card holder set behind the sphere.

They are placed in some observatories in different parts of the country.  Hence the name was coined after the two famous inventor – Campbell Sun Stokes.

The glass sphere – typically 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter – is designed to focus the rays from the sun onto a card mounted at the back and is set on a stand. The card is held in place by grooves of which there are three overlapping sets, to allow for the altitude of the sun during different seasons of the year. In the northern hemisphere the winter card is used from 15 October to 29 February, the equinox  card from 1 March to 11 April and 3 September to 14 October. The summer card is therefore used from 12 April to 2 September. Each card is marked as to the hour, with local noon being in the center, and is read in 10ths. In the northern hemisphere , the unit is set in a stand facing south to enable the maximum amount of sun to be recorded. It is important to place the unit in an area where the sun will not be blocked by buildings, trees or flagpoles.

Panahon Television

Panahon.TV is the earliest weather & environment-related news television program airing live at 5:00-5:30AM on People’s Television (PTV). Panahon.TV airs from Mondays to Sundays with hourly express updates from 5:30AM until 8:00PM, also available on live streaming via Ustream.

We manage to get a sneak peek on Panahon Television within the DOST -PAG-ASA compound. We were greeted by Mr. George Vincent Gamayo – Segment Producer of the program.

Note: We would like to ” Thank’ all the people of PAG-ASA and Panahon Television for their warm accommodation.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Panahon.TV/info?tab=page_info

PANAHON.TV: http://www.panahon.tv/

PAG-ASA : http://pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

MAPFRE Insular Inagurated Two of Its Community Offices in Quezon City

Sarmiento Street , Villa Erlinda Homes, Barangay  Novaliches Proper , Novaliches, Quezon City – Philippines

MAPFRE Office at Villa Erlinda Homes, Sarmiento Street, Novaliches, Quezon City

KaKAMPi Microinsurance Program, a collaboration between MAPFRE Insular, German Development Cooperation, Sikap Buhay of the Quezon City local government, and Insular Life. The initiative is an integrated approach to address livelihood development and risk protection needs of the low- income sector . MAPFRE aims to encourage the low-income sector to engage in micro-insurance by opening community offices that are more accessible to the masses.

L-R Mr. Tomas Mayoraldo ( Micro-insurance Director) ,  Ms. Monalisa B. De La Cruz ( Insular Life ) Mr. Alfred Bretana Jr. , Officiating Priest ,  Mr. Javier Warleta (outgoing President and CEO ) , Mr. Tirso Abad ( incoming President and CEO )

The ( KaKAMPi) Kabuhayan at Kinaukasan Alay ng Mapfresa Pinoy ) Microinsurance program is a collaboration of various stakeholders – The Quezon City local government through it Sikap Buhay Entrepreneur and Cooperative Office , the German Development Cooperation ( GIZ) and the Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd.Inc.

Sikap Buhay it is an organization under the office of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista  whose mission is to strengthen and ensure the sustainable growth of Micro and Small Enterprises and Cooperatives within  Quezon City .

The German Development Cooperation ( GIZ) , it is a federally owned enterprise that supports the German government in the field of international development cooperation. For more than 30 years , GIZ had been cooperating with Philippine partners in strengthening the capacity of the people and institutions to improve the lives of Filipinos.

MAPFRE office along Payatas Road ( aka LITEX )

These community offices are a part of MAPFRE Insular’s support of the government’s inclusive development initiatives to provide financial literacy for the low-income sector.

Insular Life -it is one of the partners and the first and largest Filipino life insurer and a leading provider of financial protection and wealth management products and services . It holds the distinction as the only insurer that did not suspend its operations even at the height of the Second World War.

MAPFRE Insular – is a leading non-life company insurance in the Philippines and is part of the MAPFRE Group of Companies , The Number ONE insurer in Spain and leading microinsurance provider in Latin America .

MAFPRE Insular inauguration along Ground Floor 367, Payatas Street ( formerly called Litex Street)

The KaKAMPi Micro-insurance program is an integrated approach aimed at addressing the low income sector’s perennial problems of livelihood stability and risk protection.

One of the highlight of the opening is that MAPFRE Insular company is offering Kakampi Funeral Microinsurance policy for the low and middle income families. For as low as Php 80.00 a month one can avail of burial benefits and assistance whenever inevitable happens.

For more information about the projects and micro-insurance , please visit the links below.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MAPFREInsularInsurance?fref=ts

Website: http://www.mapfre.com.ph