8 Fantastic Exhibits at the 2017 Manila International Auto Show

Manila International Auto Show 2017 ( MIAS 2017) opens its  doors to the general public . The opening ceremonies started a bit late past 10:30 am with a ceremonial opening and a modern dance production.

This year’s theme  “Beyond Performance”, MIAS aims to serve as a venue to highlight the various feats automakers have done to further enhance their vehicles to be able to deliver to the driver and passenger that exhilarating experience they so deserve.

MIAS 2017 opening

invited guests of honor

There are several thousands of visitors and participants at the opening , which never failed to amaze first timers. There are something new to see at the exhibition site.  There are nearly 200 participating companies from the automotive sectors, 500 exhibitors and 400 car display units in the show’s 30,000-square meter exhibit area. Last year, the annual affair gathered about 110,000 participants.

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There are hundreds of exhibit booths at the World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) located within Senator Gil Puyat Avenue ( Buendia).

Here are the 8 ( Eight) Fantastic Exhibits at the MIAS 2017

Mr. Lance Mosley -(Managing Director -Ford -Philippines) together with models

8.) Ford Philippines had their Ford Island Conquest program launched a few minutes after the opening ceremony. They are the first car company to host their project. The public had also a chance to test-drive the latest models.

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7.) Subaru launched the 2017 Impreza is the first of upcoming Subarus which will ride on a new architecture platform called the Subaru Global Platform, set to underpin all future Subaru models. Subaru also adds that the new platform focuses on economy, comfort and safety rather than overall performance. The platform also promises to bring “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind“.

Die Cast Collectors Philippines exhibition gallery

6.) DieCast Collectors Philippines (DCPH) members exhibited some of their miniature die cast car collections and limited edition at a gallery of at least half a dozen glass display stand. Their exhibit is located in between World Trade Center and PTTC walkway. Although the collection is not that many compared to the past editions of MIAS.  The collectible die cast cars gallery still attracts considerable number of people.

 They can also join the RC (remote control) drift race event, Tamiya 4WD race event or even do some Driftbox go-karting with friends and family.

.5.) Motolite  Aside from free coffee and freebies items . Motolite had been revolutionizing Filipino lives by having a futuristic theme at their booth.

sales and marketing staffs of Jetti Petroleum

4.) Jetti Petroleum had exciting games in store for the visitors . One can throw 3 pieces of ball and try to shoot them at a traffic light . Lucky ones can win prizes like gas or diesel coupon . Their booth is locates at  East Wing A which is in between WTC and PTTC.

a participant throws ball at the traffic light

3.) Chevrolet exhibit draw some time warp and nostalgia among visitors. Its neon lights, vintage dinner appeal and free coffee.

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There are vintage car photos and friendly staffs would greet each visitor to their exhibit booth.

2.) Police Community Relations Group( PCRG) – Philippine National Police (PNP) booth had their customize tricycle like those in MAD MAX Fury movie.  Friendly police officer will greet and give some handouts .

Volkswagen Fastback 1968

1.) Car Gallery – Aside from several car companies , The entire Philippine Trade Training Center building had a car gallery which features The MIAS Petron Custom Classic Car Competition, aspires to honor some of the country’s finest car restoration and custom car shops.

The Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), on the other hand, stages their annual Driver of the Year gala awards night, which distinguishes the  country’s top drivers in various motor- sport disciplines.

There are also daily activities like talks , car test driving and exciting competition .

MIAS 2017 is open from 10:00am to 10:00pm will run until April 2, 2017 . For those planning to visit, There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 100 for the general public and Php 80 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s .

Cafe Arabelle : Italian and Intercontinental Dishes at the Heart of Solenad

Cafe Arabelle opened its doors to the public in 2015 , Most of the menus are Italian inspired , Intercontinental and Filipinos dishes . The interior is very rustic with live green plants , machuca tiles , wooden tables and chairs in natural colors adds beauty to its rustic old world charm.

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Café Arabelle was named after the daughter of the owners. The proprietor and manager was there to give us a brief on the restaurant’s concept and food.

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The menu board offers American, Italian -inspired , Intercontinental dishes and give them their own twist to make it suitable for the Filipino taste. They were also one of the first restaurant at Solenad to offer buffet promos.  Sitting capacity inside was between 50 to 60 persons with additional 20 more outside .

grilled pancetta 

Grilled Pancetta is simply cured grilled bacon and wrapped in asparagus ( Italian version ). The focus is really on how this happens. This can be done simply with salt, but spices and other seasonings were added to infuse the pancetta with particular flavors. Vegetables such as asparagus , carrots add colors and additional flavor to the dish

buffalo pizza

Buffalo pizza is thin crust with the usual toppings of chopped onions, beefs , sliced red and green bell pepper , ham and cheese. Perfect with tomato ketchup or hot sauce. MUST TRY

ribs with carrots , corn and beans

Arabelle’s Barbecue Marinated Ribs were nicely marinated and the meat is tender. There is also side dish of vegetables of beans, corn kernel bits , sliced carrots and finely chopped parsley and seasonings.  The sauce was tangy and sweet . MUST TRY

 Arabelle’s creamy mushroom pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta had a creamy sauce which is like carbonara . This comes with egg , bacon, mushroom and cheese as toppings.

seafood pasta marinara

 Seafood Pasta Marinara was also good with green mussels ( tahong ) , squid rings ,shrimps and with parmesan cheese toppings . MUST TRY

Arabelle’s special salad with mango dressing

 We would recommend for sharing are the Buffalo Pizza ,Marinated Ribs, Arabelle’s Special  which had a mango dressing that taste similar to a popular ice cream brand in the market .

The restaurant also had a nice selections of Frappes, Juices ,Shakes, Ice Blend and Desserts.

During weekends, they offer buffet brunches at Php499 per head.

Address: Solenand 3, Nuvali , Santa Rosa, Laguna province

Contact : (049) 258 0775

Operational Hours:  11:00AM – 10:00PM everyday 

First Quarter Storm 2017 Sale: by MegaBrands

Megabrands: First Quarter Summer Storm Sale – Good News to Bargain Hunters and Shoppers ! Metro Creative Themes Inc (MCTI) will storm the halls of Megatrade, SM Megamall and hold the Megabrands Summer Storm Sale on March 31April 2, 2017 from 10am-9pm.

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The said activity is the first leg of the four (4) series of the sale events slated in Megatrade Hall this year.

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Reebok, Hush Puppies & Sebago, Levis & Dockers, Caselogic, Philips, Targus and many more.  Customers will also enjoy great finds on great selections of shoes, bags, accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, and personal care just in time for the summer vacation.

RCBC Bankard, the bank partner of MCTI for this event, offers its credit cardholders with 0% interest for up to 12 months.  Special giveaways and freebies will also be given for those who will sign up for the credit card during the event.

The event is free admission to the public and all major credit cards are accepted.

This event is organized by Metro Creative Themes Inc. in partnership with RCBC Bankard: Making Your Life Better!, Sun Cellular and World Vision Philippines.

For more information about the event, call Metro Creative Themes Inc. at 239-3807 or 399-2935.

You may also follow them at their social media sites: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mcteventsmngmnt

 

Team Tanders versus Team Pia at Tree Top Adventure in Baguio

Tree Top Adventure is a great destination for outdoor activities and team building sessions.

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Team Tanders comes from the word ” Matanda ” or Old .  ( term use for older person, elder bloggers, heritage bloggers ) were coined by the members of the team compose of the author , Ms. Cha Sy, Mommy Cheryl Luis , Sir George Nava True , AXL Guinto , Wilmar Nicolas Duldulao , Clint and out team leader Mr. Orlee Pasion . However, not everyone will agree, since Sir Ver Garcia ( seasoned journalists and blogger ) was part of  Team Pia .

This was the first activity that the team did when we arrived at the Tree Top Adventure after  eating our breakfast last March 25 around past 10:30 am .

FB page of Mr. Allan Gokongwei

Team Pia ( Confidently Beautiful and Handsome Dynamic Young Bloggers ) was coined by their team leader and members .  This is like a friendly competition.

visitors must undergo briefing and orientation 

Team Building Challenges 

This is not your typical team building activity which involves rock climbing , running around on trails and shouting out loud . Each Team is given 3 tries .We had to finish each activity with the fastest allotted time period. We have 8 challenges plus 1 cheering competition a total of 9 challenges .

The first challenge was the cheering game.

View Deck

Our second challenge was held at the view deck area – It is called ABC or Alphabet challenge -Standing back to back with the other team members, each must recite the letters of the alphabet in proper sequence at the shortest possible time.  Our team took us about 27 second in our first try , 15 second in our second try and 11 second in our last try.

photo courtesy of Mr. Orlee Pasion

Bar Lift Balance – team effort and proper coordination is required. There are marbles  that are need to be lifted . this is our 3rd challenge.

LOOP LIFT -Using only your index fingers, each team member tries to lower a loop until a certain height, practicing team patience and coordination.

 Team must transfer the loop to the other station without the marbles dropping. We finish the first 4 challenges with less time compared to the other team .

 We went back at the Azalea to eat lunch and return after 1 hour and completed 5 more team challenges.

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 facilitator briefing the group
Gem Drop involved hand , feet and mind coordination.  Using push and pull strategies in the fastest time possible- In this case, using only one hand in holding the rope.  Our group manage to get 26 minutes and 36 seconds . Team Pia got them at 39 minutes and 12 seconds
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Kamikaze airplane see-saw
Team See Saw– This will surely test your balancing , coordination of weights . Our best time was just 9 seconds, while the other team got 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Plank Step– Team members must travel from one station to another without touching the floor using only the planks provided. Team Tanders manage to finish the race by just a hairline time of 6 minutes and 32 seconds while Team Pia manage to clocked in at 6 minutes and 42 seconds.
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pipeline- photo courtesy of  Allan Gokongwei 

Pipeline –  Team members are given pvc pipes which they would use to transfer a ping pong ball from one station to another without letting the ball fall to the ground using only one hand .

treasure map

Treasure Hunt – quick mind thinking and speed. Team members are given pieces of a map that they need to form to see the bigger picture and determine the location of the treasure. Then a word ( Over 10 scrambled eggs ) was the final answer . Team Pia members was able to get the wooden idol just beating Team Tanders by few minutes .

Results

Team Tanders – Won almost all the team challenges except for 3 challenges , Cheering- 74% Team Pia and 73% Team Tanders. Overall – Team Tanders got 854 points followed by Team Pia

This was announced last March 26 at the board room of Azalea Hotel and Residences.

Reflections and Moral Lessons

There were some mix emotions before the winners were announced. Some members of Team Tanders thought it was Team Pia who won the overall team building challenge . We all did our best and just enjoyed the team building activities.

Just as what out team leader Mr. Orlee Pasion said ” STOP, LOOK and LISTEN “. We may have our differences , but as a team settling our differences , combining our talent, communication, intelligence and patience -Makes Wonders.

That makes this team building activities closer. All of us became friends at the end of the journey .

Thru this team building challenge organized by TAGMedia , Tree Top Adventure , Azalea Hotel and Residences and Pinoy Bloggers Baguio Weekend Getaway.

group photo at Azalea Hotel ( courtesy of Mr. Orlee Pasion )

Tree Top Adventure Baguio

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Loakan Road, Baguio City
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New Site for Collectors to Showcase their Collection : Collectors Hive

Collectors from all over the world have a reason to share their valuable collectible items such as stamps, coins, postcards , die cast toys , key chains , anime related stuffs, comics and among others .

 

some of the popular items and collectibles

They can start by simply creating an account at the http://collectorshive.com/  by registering one of your emails and /or the fastest option is by linking your existing Facebook account to Collectorshive . Aside from showcasing their own collection, one can catalog  and share their collections to fellow collectors from around the globe.

One can also buy and sell items at the site.  The site’s theme is Save, Share and Socialized with your collectors community , all for FREE !

Unlike people in other social media sites and platforms, Collector’s Hive aims to build a wholesome community and trusted  collectors with no biases or honest transaction.

Collections allow people to relived their childhoods, to connect themselves to a period in history or to a time , they feel strongly about .

Their collections may help them to ease insecurity and anxiety about loosing a part of themselves or memories of the past era.

We think that this will be a great site not only sharing one’s passion for collecting items, but also meeting new collectors with similar passion.

Another feature of the site is the mobile/android app you can download it at google play store for FREE.

Categories includes bottles, breweriana (brewery name or brand name), collectible and trading cards, comics, currency, electronics, fashion, lamps,pens and writing instruments, petroliana ( gas stations or the petroleum industry), recognition, sewing,souvenir and memorabilia,stamps,tobacciana (anything about cigarettes and tobacco products) ,toys and many more.

How to showcase / Upload your Collection ( Step by Step Procedure) 

1.) ( Showcase Collection ) if you have your own collection like stamps , coins, banknotes , anime related stuffs, toys , postcards , you may try to take photos using camera phones or any camera.

 2.) (Find Your Missing Piece) start to browse the catalog and try to find the categories which fit your personal collection .

3.) (Meet Collectors with Similar or Same Interests) Tru Collectors Hive , one can meet fellow collectors with same or similar interests. Like stamp , coin , collecting clubs.

4.) (Explore or Navigate Collectors Catalog) One can view the items or collectibles .

Collections

We started collecting McDonald’s Happy Meal toys since late 1980’s . Happy Meal Toys back then was single color and few items. Sometimes are are not part of the promotional items – They are bought separately . Unfortunately, All of our Mc Donald Happy Meal toys that we collected were lost over the years and the only ones left in good conditions were bought in the late 1980’s , we have the Garfield car set (4 pieces ) way back in 1988 . Mc Donald’s Happy Meal collectors would have an annual catalog where mint and rare toys are featured .

Collecting other fast food chain promotional toy items soon followed , among the popular ones are Jollibee , Burger King , Wendy’s , KFC and 7/11

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This is a two piece set of Walky Talkies R2 D2 and C-3PO Figure complete with China -made batteries issued by Jollibee Food Corporation for the Philippine market in time for the release of Star Wars Episode 2 movie Attack of the Clones around May 2002 – This set was not a regular item and was bought separately upon purchase of Jollibee value meals . This was initially sold at Php 299 or around $8.00 at that time.

Now, the same items being sold at an Ebay site would cost around $39 Australian dollars. Unfortunately , We only bought 1 set of this item.

Jollibee is also synonymous to Kiddie Meals . Jollibee toys are sometimes more collectible compared to Mc Donalds and other international brands. One reason is that Jollibee Kiddie Meal toys are issued mostly in the Philippines and countries where large Filipino expats lived. We used to meet the marketing head and promotions several years back and the toys are more limited in quantities compared to the international brands.

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Simpson Family – Burger King- Philippines used to issue collectible promotional toys, which is called Burger King Jr. Meal Toys – This 10 piece family set comes with a special promotion with 1 Homer Simpson figure ( chef with burned face)  that was raffled -off to lucky 1,000 customers way back in 2001 – This comes with minimum purchase.

There were a lot of good toy sets that was issued by Burger King and Filipino collectors went crazy over the nice looking toys , plastic were durable but these toys does not come CHEAP . The value meal package were a little more expensive compared to the two other popular restaurant chains. Eventually, Burger King -Philippines discontinued the issuance of the toys and concentrated on promotional items instead .

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MC Donald 4 piece school set – This was issued with the intention of selling the dual functional toy set – One comes with note pad , stamp pad ,  pencil sharpener and this also comes with ruler .

This is one of the most saleable items for the year .

This are just few of the items that i would like to share with my fellow collectors , This set are not that expensive, But this will be forever cherish in our memories .

Searching Catalog– site have categories in which one can neatly arrange their collections. Stamps are popular collectible items and on the bucket list.

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 Results

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Family Holiday Vacation at Azalea -Baguio

Family Holiday Vacation is never complete without a stay at Azalea Hotels and Residences in Baguio . This 4 star service apartment hotel is consistently ranked #1 by travel sites like TripAdvisor and other independent travel and tour operators .

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The 99-room hotel had also a branch at Boracay and is planning to expand to key cities like Mandaluyong in Metro Manila , Iloilo and Davao .

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Location

Azalea Hotel and Residences is located at Leonard Wood Loop, off the busy central district of Baguio City but conveniently close to the city’s must see destination, the narrow uphill street leading to Azalea Residences Baguio is very unassuming of what lies ahead.

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This is just adjacent the Teacher’s Camp and a few minutes away from Burnham Park, Session Road , SM Baguio , Baguio Museum , Mansion , Baguio Cathedral . One can walk or ride a jeep to their favorite destination.

complimentary drinks

Our group arrived past 9:00am on March 25 Saturday and We were greeted by Sir Paul Kristian Fil Darang ( Concierge ) , Ms. Bestudio Makhalim and Mr. Arfourth Samadan. The group also got complimentary ‘welcome ‘ drinks. The we were ushered to the breakfast buffet at the tent area .

Tradisyon ( Pinoy Comfort Food )

The restaurant had a good choices of breakfast menus which composed of local dishes , international menus , pastries , soup ,fresh fruits, dalandan juice, mango juice and unlimited coffee and chocolate .

breakfast buffet

 We stayed at a 2 bed room apartment suite with sofa bed . Mr. Allan, Mr. Orlee Pasion , Sir Ver Garcia , AXL Guinto and the author stayed at room 403 . There is a window and balcony area .

The two bedroom apartment suite can accommodate 4 adults with 2 children or 6 adults – Peak rates is at Php 15,000 ( October to May ) while off peak rates cost Php 13,500 ( June to September ). It is also advisable to pre-book at least 2 week in advance at weekday rates are cheaper compared to weekend. There is also a lot of perks and privileges , when you join the club .

Azalea Vacation Club is a premier vacation ownership that makes having a vacation as simple as a cup of tea on a restful, quiet afternoon. Featuring the best vacation spots on the famed Philippine islands where everything is simply more fun, Azalea Vacation Club offers members a vacation experience that is never boring, always memorable and worth every cent.