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Freedom Fridays Experience at Novotel Cubao

Celebrate your freedom and kick off the weekend with Freedom Fridays at The 6th! Enjoy acts from guest performers over beer and cocktail bundles starting from Php 699 net.

participants at the pool area

The pool area is located at the 6th floor of the hotel and also serves as a party venue, gym and place to relax.

Novotel at night

One can visibly the night sky , city-view and skyscrapers not only within Cubao area but in many parts of Metro Manila.

Novotel pool side view from the 12th floor

One cannot resist going and have a good time and party all night long at Novotel– Araneta , Cubao

Photo courtesy of Novotel- Cubao

One can choose to swim, party and have their staycation while enjoying their sumptuous snacks and cocktail drinks.This is every friday and weekends.

Basic necessities like  bible, notepads and cable ready television will delight those who will book a stay at one of the rooms of the hotel.

breakfast buffet is also a treat to with hundreds of breakfast meals ranging from breads, rice , muffin , cereal , noodles among others.

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Cool Treats from Novotel

Cool treats as the summer temperature rise and long hot months arrives, Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City  gives us the coolest and sweetest reasons to beat the smoldering summer heat and visit Novotel Manila Araneta Center on April 16 onward – as Ice N Cream by Novotel, the newest ice cream destination in town will start scooping their fun, creative and most of all delicious ice cream flavors!

Novotel, Araneta Center- Cubao, Quezon City

What is nice with their ice cream is that they uses no stabilizers like gum arabic , gelatin or any form of emulsifier. On the left side was Carmen’s Best ice cream and Novotel own artisanal ice cream chef .

tropical fruits like soursoup /guyabano , calamansi, durian, mangoes, passion fruit ,coconut , avocado, ube are just some of the ice cream flavors

There are a lot of flavors ranging from Philippines tropical fruits such as calamansi with honey to passion fruit and vanilla ice cream with real vanilla essence .

ice cream toppings

There are different kinds of toppings to choose from : chocolate sprinkle, gummy bears, corn flakes, jelly candies, chocnut bars, merange, dried fruits , chocolate crinkles, cookies , marshmallows, raisins  among others.

Ice N Cream Promo 

To jump start the launching season, Ice N Cream by Novotel will generously extend complimentary one (1) scoop of ice cream for every purchase of one (1) scoop of any ice cream flavors (diner pays for the higher priced ice cream flavor) starting Easter Sunday, April 16 to 29.

Media and Bloggers

What’s more, if you are  social media savvy and aspiring “IT” girls and guys, join Novotel iScreamers: search for the Ice N Cream Dream Team, simply follow Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/NovotelManilaAranetaCenter/ and share why should you be part of Novotel iScreamers, take your shot to be part of the lucky five (5) to win generous and exciting prizes such as a year’s supply of ice cream at Ice N Cream by Novotel (two scoops per day until April 2018), one (1) overnight stay in an Executive Suite with breakfast and Premier Lounge access, exclusive pass to product tasting, events and new flavor launches, meet and greet with Bb. Pilipinas Candidates on April 28 during the Ice N Cream grand launching plus much more.

Executive Chef Micheal Schaub

Made from premium local and imported ingredients from Germany and France, gluten-free, less sugar and stabilizer-free, the Ice N Cream by Novotel showcases yummy flavors like Cocoyeah, creamy coconut milk mixed with slivers of young coconut meat; Passionista, pleasantly sweet and tart silky passion fruit goodness; Papa Don Preach (alcoholic), plump, juicy raisins enhanced with a kick of warmth from rum; Oh Honey Honey (sugar-free), local lime zing blended with Tagaytay honey; Yo Berry Yo!, merriment of tartness from Swiss yogurt and mixed berries; Leche De Almond, velvety leche flan crowned with crunchy Almond Florentine; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, rich notes of coffee with real coffee bean crunch; and more luscious flavors. Ice N Cream flavors are reasonably priced from Php100 nett per scoop.

Carmen’s Best Ice Cream

More than the delish ice cream offerings, Ice N Cream by Novotel also features freshly made pastries and baked favorites like Coconut Cheesecake, Chocolate Praline Cake, Mini Mango Passion Cake, Croissant, Danish breads, Double Chocolate Chip cookies, Honey Pistachio cookies and much more.

With Novotel, AccorHotels offers every guest the freedom to fully enjoy their stay.

Korean chef

 Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts provide a multi-service offer for both business and leisure guests, with spacious, modular rooms, 24/7 catering offers with balanced meals, meeting rooms, attentive and proactive staff, kid areas, a multi-purpose lobby and fitness centers. Novotel has over 470 hotels and resorts in 61 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations.

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 95 countries with more than 4,000 hotels and 240,000 employees.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is strategically situated inside Araneta Center and just few steps away from shopping malls, entertainment centers, Araneta Coliseum and business offices. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 990 7888 or email H7090-RE@accor.com. To know more about Novotel Manila Araneta Center, visit www.novotel.com or www.accorhotels.com.

A Tribute Exhibit to Muhammad Ali : One of the Greatest Sports Hero

Ali Mall, Cubao -Quezon City , Philippines

Muhammad Ali  or  ( Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. ) January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016 is one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and the greatest sportsman in this century.

Forever the Greatest : Remembering Muhammad Ali

The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known for his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

collection of photos

Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

promotional photos 

Since the Ali Mall bears the name of the boxing icon, it is only proper that Ali Mall would exert all this effort to pay homage to Muhammad Ali.

contemporary art works 

This exhibit was a celebration of Muhammad Ali life and how the Filipinos remembered his unforgettable “Thrilla in Manila” fight.

art works

 contemporary art work on display

items owned by Pinoy Kollector ( Mr. Edward delos Santos )

Some of the exhibit items were from the personal collection of Pinoy Kollector , a noted collector of memorabilia and other items were also on display including the original souvenir program, boxing tickets, autograph photo, magazines and fight banners.

fight tickets -owned by Pinoy Kollector 

The tickets in 1975 were printed in simple paper and color coded to indicate the sitting arrangement inside the coliseum . These tickets are sometimes collected by collectors as a reminder of the memorable event that took place.

muhammad ali banner 

Special banner were made as part of the promotional campaign of the Ali-Frazier fight

boxing gloves 

Mr. Ronnie Nathanielz (sports columnist )  exhibited some of his memorabilia . One of the most precious memorabilia in the exhibit is Ali’s autographed gloves owned by radio personality Danee Samonte.

backstage pass, staff ID and souvenir program 

This is a priced possession since Ali’s ability to write was hindered by his illness.

scrap book 

There is also a scrap book of the Thrilla in Manila fight and numerous photos of Ali.   An original poster and promotional kit owned by Mrs. Perez was also on exhibit .

exhibition area

The exhibit will run from June 10 up to June 30, 2016. There is no entrance fees.

Website :http://muhammadali.com/

Auto Wars Show in Cubao

Araneta Center – Parking Garage South  , Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

 Nissan Exalta with Hello Kitty customized design

Ragfest Promotions together with Araneta Center in cooperation with  Rivers Vision for head units ,  and different car clubs. There are over 230 car entries from different categories .

The event took place at the Areneta Center -South Entrance Garage Parking, The show started past 4:00PM where individual cars started to arrive .

interiors

The pink Nissan Exalta with Hello Kitty design is owned by Ms. Micha Gla Tanchanco of Malolos , Bulacan . The owner started to customized the car since last year and have cost her around Php 200,000 worth of paint job customization , accessories and its interiors.  In fact this is not the first time that the owner had joined car shows.

For those Hello Kitty fans who wanted to customized their cars can contact her at 0927-7653979

Hyundai Eon Club- Philippines

Hyundai Eon Club- Philippines had over 7,000 members all over the country . They have a monthly eyeball . However their facebook group page is strictly for those who own Hyundai Eon . The group was established in 2012 .

customized car Captain America

There are some people who wanted to make their cars more personalized and customization . Some would put their favorite cartoon characters , anime related theme among others, which would require some MONEY and items. The owner of this car is said to have spent at least Php 50,000 in customization alone.

Team San Diego

Team San Diego specializes in car music accessories

Mr. Antonio L. Pingol

Mr. Antonio L. Pingol ( left side) is a member of Hyundai Eon Club and started his customization works in his car for just 2 months. His favorite character is Marvel (Wade Winston Wilson) is a fictional anti-hero published by Marvel Comics . Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and writer/ artist Mr. Rob Liefeld , the character first appeared in February 1991. (The New Mutants # 98).

He had spent at least Php 15,000 in customization of his car.

Ms. Shirley A. Avellanoza ( far right ) with car model Ms. Ann Tabuzo

Ms. Shirley A. Avellanoza is a car owner of Hyundai , and a big fan of transformer . She started the customization of her car just this year and had spent around Php 50,000 . She is  joining the car show . According to her , there must be at least 10 to 15 Hyundai Eon Club members that usually participates in car show. It was just an exception last saturday , since it rained hard earlier and some of the members decided not to participate  . The club have a regular eyeball at Eaton Centris.

Corolla Club Central  of the Philippines

Judging had already started by the time i have arrived at the venue. Participants of the auto war- car show had submitted their entries and some fees.

Note: I was invited by a car enthusiast to visit the show, but was not able to come due to the heavy downpour sometime mid-afternoon.  I  stayed for about an hour or so and managed to survive the loud and heavy music that accompany the AUTO WAR Show. I was amaze with the passion, time and even money that these people allot to their hobby.  All i can say is that there are beautiful models, LOTS of photographers and exciting prizes at stakes. I left the place past 8:00pm when the judging process had begun .

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

2015 International Gamefowl Festival and World Slasher Cup at the Smart Araneta Center

organizers , sponsors and partners of the event

Green Gate Lobby , Araneta Coliseum , Cubao- Quezon City , Philippines The organizers of the 2015 International Game Fowl Festival and World Slasher Cup,  It is 2-in 1 event . These events will be held under one venue which is at  the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Cubao , Quezon City . It is one of the biggest anticipated event to be hosted in the country . In the Philippines, The game fowl industry is more than 50- Billion peso industry , This was according to the organizers of the exposition and industry experts. They are expecting several industry players like feed companies, suppliers , game fowl breeders and cockfighting enthusiasts to be present at the exposition.

press conference

The 2015 International Game Fowl Festival  original venue was at the SMX Convention Center but the organizers felt that it would be better to find more ideal location . During the 2014 World Cockfighting Festival held at the SMX Convention Center , The organizers received over 8,000 visitors at the exposition site. For the 2015 edition, They are expecting at least close to 10,000 or more attendees. The event will be held from  January 21 up to 23, 2015 World Slasher Cup 2015 is regarded as the “Olympics of Cockfighting”  and undoubtedly the most prestigious cockfighting event in the world ! They are expecting big time foreign cockfighting gurus and trainers to come to the big event . “The continuous holding of the World Slasher Cup is our commitment to the country’s gamefowl industry and the coming in of the International Gamefowl Festival  will complete the equation,” said Atty. Allan Gabor -Araneta Center’s officer in charge. The World Slasher Cup scheduled on January 24 until February 2, 2015,  promises to please all cockfighting enthusiasts especially now that it is being held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the big dome and home of the World Slasher Cup, where Philippine cocking history have been written for more than 50- years since the first slasher cup was held in 1962.

media

Mr. Nick Crisostomo of the Pambansang Federation ng Gamefowl Breeders, Adrian Concepcion of Sabong TV, Wilvin Sy of Cockfights magazine, Mr. Lando Luzong of Sabong Sports Group, Arkhon Antolin of Sabong News, Francis Ong of Thunderbird, Jun Jamandores of Fighting Cock magazine, Gines Enriquez of World Slasher Cup, Atty. Rery Directo of NFGB, Pachie Cruz of Sabong Star Magazine, Havy Bagatsing of Sabong Nation, Dr. Jose Lazaro and Delbert Coligado of Black Rooster Inc. Atty. Alan Gabor of the Araneta Center was also there for a brief statement. What is nice about the World Game Fowl Festival is that exotic and fancy chicken breeders will also have a chance to sell and exhibit their prize winning breeds during the exposition. Mr. Francis Jhames Ong  of Thunderbird said He is giving his all-out support to the double event which is also an advocacy and cause-oriented endeavor as part of the proceeds from the entrance fees  will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross and a medical missions to be conducted  in Mindanao where mostly affected are displaced Muslim and Christian brothers by armed conflicts and disputes. In the 2014 edition of the World Game fowl Exposition and World Slasher Cup,  the  beneficiaries  were the super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Samar and Leyte where almost 28 medical missions are conducted in the  calamity stricken part of the Philippines according to Mr. Lando Luzong of Sabong Sports Group.

Outdoor Food Bazaar opens at Araneta Center

Araneta Center, Cubao , Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the event

Food lovers, gourmets, yuppies and people from all walks of life will enjoy an outdoor food festival that rival some of the best food bazaar  in Metro Manila.

Ms. Ali Forbes

Ms. Ali Forbes is  Binibining Pilipinas 2011 second runner-up . She entertained the people and acted as a program emcee during the food bazaar opening.

crowd enjoying the program

The outdoor food bazaar had a festive atmosphere with live bands, colorful buntings, media practitioners , bloggers, Araneta Center -CEO’s and Binibining Pilipinas title holders and runners-up gracing the event.

Crispy Food Republic

Crispy Food Republic sells a variety of  deep-fried food ranging from chicken, pork and sea foods.

Cibo

Cibo is a Filipino-Italian restaurant which offers great pasta . The 12 year-old restaurant also accepts catering and delivery .

Website: http://www.cibo.ph/

shawarma

Bundaberg

Bundaberg Ginger Beer is market leader in both Australia and New Zealand

 Website: http://www.bundaberg.com/info/export/

different varieties of food on sticks

The food bazaar  is conveniently located within the heart of Araneta Center , With approximately 30 food stalls  featuring food from self-made chefs , home entrepreneurs  and well-known food  brands  selling varieties of food, snacks , beverages , fruit shakes among others .

  Ms. Pia Wurtzbach – Binibining Pilipinas first runner-up and
Ms. Bea Rose -Santiago  Binibining Pilipinas- International  2013

It is a venue for foodies who area always out to discover something new, for office workers who want to unwind after a long week  and everyone in between. The place is also near several business processing companies . The outdoor bazaar was dubbed ” Flavors ” was launched with a festival theme .  The event was hosted by Binibining Pilipinas International 2013 Ms. Bea Rose Santiago and Binibining Pilipinas 2013 1st runner up Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.

Mr. Mark Mabasa

Mr. Mark Mabasa –  X Factor -Philippines alumnus. His funny antics delighted the crowd.

Special guests and performances included Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda, Binibining Pilipinas 2012 1st runner up Mr. Annalie or Ali Forbes, X Factor Philippines alumnus Mark Mabasa, and OPM rock band Urbandub.

Mr. Mark Mabasa together with Ms. Lilibeth Garcia

Ms. Lilibeth Garcia won third place in the recent World Karaoke Festival 2012. She is one of the special guests during the opening of the food bazaar .  The tandem also raffled-off  WOW Premium videoke unit.  What makes this food bazaar unique is the ” live entertainment ” and on the spot raffles which  added more excitement to the participants.

outdoor entertainment

The weekend food bazaar open every Friday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 3:00am beside the SMART- Araneta Coliseum.

Note: I must ” Thank” Mr. Mac Vasquez ,  Ms. Kat Eustaquio and Ms. Tessa G. Mangahas for the warm accommodation 

Please visit the website for more information:

Araneta Center: http://www.aranetacenter.net/2008/flavors2013.php

Araneta Center Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AranetaCenter