Friday, May 11, 2018

Enjoy Countless Treats this Mother’s Day at Ortigas Malls

Press Release

Ortigas Malls are big on celebrations, and with Mother’s day just right around the corner, you can expect to have exciting events dedicated especially for the special lady in our lives: our moms.

Glam Mum

For the month of Mom, we’re celebrating across all Ortigas Malls where moms will have the chance to take a well-deserved break by having Glam Mum pamper sessions in any Ortigas mall. Moms who shop on Mother’s Day, May 13, with a minimum spend of P2,000 using their Mastercard credit card will even get a chance to win prizes at our pick-a-prize in Greenhills, Tiendesitas, or Estancia!

Mother’s Day Fair

In addition to that, there will be a Mother’s Day Fair at the Greenhills V-Mall Lobby from May 7 to 15 where all sorts of goods will be available. Make sure to bring and treat your mom to a shopping spree at the shopping mecca of Metro Manila!

Tiendesitas, on the other hand, is also be hosting a special Mother’s Day Weekend Pop-Up at the Level 1 Building B from May 11 to 13. Check out the pop-up stores that will offer specialty goods, food, art, and so much more.

From May 12 to 13, Estancia’s Mother’s Day Mom Squad will have pamper sessions for all the deserving moms, and a bazaar that’s sure to be chock full of gifts as a treat. There will also be an ongoing art exhibit by Irene Ibanez in time for Mother’s Day, which will highlight the love between a mother and a child. Having had 10 years of experience with watercolor, Irene has been creating worlds on canvas by weaving wonderful little stories with a blend of elegance and whimsy. She has since shared these worlds with her daughter Isabela, and together, they are able to strengthen their bond as they grow in their art. This exhibit will also mark Isabela Ibanez’s debut into the local art scene.

Featured as well is Irene’s long-time mentor, Roland Santos, a well-regarded watercolorist who has been painting since his teenage years and is praised today for his expressive series of old houses, flowers, horses, landscapes, and still-life.

To top it all off, there will also be a special performance by Finn Morrison on May 13 at Estancia for all mall-goers to enjoy.

Bring your mom to your favorite Ortigas mall to celebrate with all the exciting events it has in store for them! Give her a well-deserved break, and make sure to spoil her on her day with Ortigas Malls.

     May 13, 2018
- Glam Mum pamper sessions at Greenhills, Tiendesitas, and Estancia.
     May 7-15, 2018
- Mother’s Day Fair at the Greenhills V-Mall Lobby
     May 11-13, 2018
- Mother’s Day Weekend Pop-up at the Level 1 Building B of Tiendesitas
     May 12-13, 2018
- Mother’s Day Mom Squad, with an art exhibit and live performance at Estancia

For more information, check out each of these Ortigas Mall’s social media page:

Friday, May 4, 2018


Press release

Early this month, Moto Tourism Council (MTC) joined in the celebration in La Union – Poro Point’s Sillag Festival 2018 by forming a unity ride that started in Manila and ended with a luncheon treat at the baywalk of Poro Point Freeport Zone. A total of 17 members participated in the unity ride from Manila showing the joy and safety fun of motorcycling trip plus the beauty of the various provinces that they have passed by.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo Teo has approved the formation of the Moto Tourism Council (MTC) that will draft the Moto Tourism campaign plan aimed at boosting motorcycle travel in the country, and eventually generate additional revenues for the tourism sector. A thrust that Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre himself supports, since he is a rider himself. According to him, the MTC is aimed to show not only the beauty of certain parts of the country but the entirely of it. From Luzon to Mindanao, using the Philippine Nautical Highway, motorcycle riders can now enjoy a trip to any point in the country.
The La Union unity trip aims to promote not only the beauty and safety of proper motorcycle riding but also the possibilities of the being developed Freeport Zone. Joining the unity ride were Manuel Jose, Christpher Pedrosa, Chris Franco, Alvin Aggregado, James Selenio, Raffy Escano, Bobbit Tongco, Miggy Tongco, JT Lansangan, Peter Lansangan and Peter Barrientos, to name a few.
Arriving during the second day of the Sillag Festival celebration, La Union was awaken by the number of riders passing by the main road of the province before ending at the Freeport Zone. The weather was so endearing that it was both sunny and windy at that time. Met by the Highway Patrol team and that of the PNP, the site of riders being accompanied was a sight to behold, elevating the curiosity of the people on what is there to see that day at the celebration ground. With bikes and riders, a riding spectacle was created for the people of La Union and that of Poro Point. Participants of the ride were then treated to an all Filipino luncheon spread prepared by the PPMC Poro Point Management Corporation headed by Dir Warly Guerra, Chairman of Investment Committee. Dir Guerra gave the guests a briefing of the investment opportunities in Poro Point Freeport Zone. He also seeked the help of the businessmen to help in promoting PPFZ as investment destination.
Not only did the MTC did the unity ride but they also started the Parade of Lights celebration and took the time to display their various bikes for people to see and take pictures with; something that bike riders, bike enthusiasts and fans took delight that day in the festival.
With this simple exhibition of motorcycling experience, riders can now travel and enjoy in their own pace the trip of doing a point-to-point tour of the country, promoting road and motorcycling safety and the scenic view of the place. No small thanks to the thrust of the Department of Tourism in looking into the various ways that people can truly explore the country.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


 Press release

INSPIRED by the successful turn-out of last year’s Fashioning the Terno mentoring program for regional designers, the CCP and Bench team up once again to undertake a second phase for 2018 entitled TERNOCON, a terno making convention and contest for regional designers culminating with a Fashion and Cultural Showcase at the CCP on November 11, 2018.

TERNOCON aims to encourage the use of the terno as a popular form of formal dress; to connect the knowledge and skills from Fashioning The Terno – Phase 1 to a contemporary application in terno making; and to inspire and motivate regional designers to create ternos that are at par with the construction skills of senior fashion designers.  A total of thirty (30) regional designers were chosen from the 2017 phase 1 participants who come from 17 provinces/local communities nationwide.  Each finalist must design, create and execute one cocktail balintawak terno and one formal terno.  A preparatory workshop is slated from May 8-10, 2018 at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.  The 30 finalists will be mentored by some of the county’s top professional designers to include Inno Sotto, JC Buendia, Cary Santiago, and Len Cabili.

The CCP Cultural Exchange Department (CED) and Bench jointly implemented the 2017 Mentoring Program held in the cities of Vigan, Bacolod and General Santos from July, August and December.  The program was successfully finished by 43 local designers, artists, educators and cultural workers involved in theater, dance, and heritage conservation from 24 provinces/communities nationwide.  Lead facilitator and instructor Gino Gonzales enthused on the stimulating outcome of the regional workshops. “There is a lot of real talent and genuine enthusiasm in the regions, so it’s very encouraging to go the extra mile for the participants.  Our goal is to propagate the use of the terno and give the participants a unique opportunity to shine on a national level.”

The contest proper will be held at the CCP Main Theater stage on November 11, 2018 which will also include a cultural performance by some of the country’s most prominent artists and performing groups.  It will also showcase new couture ternos by three preeminent fashion designers. A select team of experts will judge the entries based on adherence to tradition and competition guidelines; craftsmanship/execution of design; creativity; and wearability/functionality.  The winners will receive cash prizes and citations.

For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1708 and 1709 or email

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Mind Museum Space Adventure Lifts Off

 One of the things that make The Mind Museum unique is the fun in learning science. I first saw one of their touring exhibits from abroad which was Leonardo and recently Dinosaurs which is now being touring another country.

Space is considered the next frontier outside our planet as the pioneer sci-fi show Star Trek narrated in its introduction. Since the dawn of humankind, our ancestors are already drawn to the heavenly bodies. Today, kids and adults alike are still fascinated with what lies beyond our orbit.

The Mind Museum is now introducing their new roving exhibit titled Space Adventure. Not only that I am thrilled to go back but I am also curious what the stuff to do at the Space Adventure is. Tagging along with me for the Space Adventure are my partner and her two siblings.

There is an interesting part for me in this exhibit which is the future of exploration of nearby planets. Mars is the nearest planet to Earth and recently it was discovered that there is still water on the Martian surface. The roving exhibit shows the ideal future of manned exploration of the nearest planet and what kind of living environment we are going to have in another planet. There is an air lock since Mars don’t have breathable air, living quarters, etc. If you have seen the movie, The Martian, it is somehow close to that.

There is also one part of the exhibit that has different weighing scale which will calculate how much you will weigh on other planets of the Solar System The exhibit also have fun activities for kids like art activities and how to launch a homemade rocket.

What makes this roving museum convenient because it can tour anywhere. Not all can go to the Mind Museum since most of the schools are not from the Greater Metropolitan Manila area so it may tour beyond the region.

Go to The Mind Museum website to find out the schedule of the Space Adventure roving museum. You can also tour the regular Mind Museum exhibit along with the Space Adventure. For more updates of The Mind Museum, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Filipino youth join NEC World Children’s Nature Club

Press release

Filipino youth join NEC World Children’s Nature Club

NEC Philippines CFO, Harry Salas, with children, teachers, and volunteers at the NEC World Children’s Nature Club
Manila, Philippines, 18 April 2018 - NEC and the KEEP Foundation hosted an environmental education program called “NEC World Children’s Nature Club” from March 24th to March 26th at TALA Guesthouse, Baguio City. Using Skype, youth participants from Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia were able to interact, exchange views, and share insights with one another.

Held annually since 2008 to study the potential of applying ICT to environmental education, this program is designed to train children’s awareness of the natural environment and create a global perspective.

For their first day, NEC Philippines CFO, Harry Salas, spent time with children, teachers, and volunteers from the Cordillera Green Network (CGN) and shared NEC’s Make-a Difference Day* activities and then went on to explore the nature around Benguet province. The children were greeted by other participants from China in the afternoon via video call. They excitedly exchanged information from their outdoor activities and ended the day with singing.

The next day, Hector Kawalig, CGN Project Coordinator, invited renowned Ifugao natives Gilbert and Billy Gano to teach children basic wood carving, one of the traditions of an indigenous ethnolinguistic group in the Cordilleras – the Ifugao people. The Ganos were the ones who sought and found alternative ways to continue the tradition of wood carving without harming the environment. Throughout the day, the children enjoyed themselves carving stones, driftwood, and fallen trees.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


April 13, 2018


THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Book Development Board present the 9th Philippine International Literary Festival on April 19 to 20, 2018

With the theme "(Author)ities," the festival coincides with Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month), a month-long celebration that aims to promote, develop and preserve the Philippine literary heritage.

This year, London-based Filipino writer Elaine Castillo, who will launch her book "America Is Not In The Heart" during the two-day festival, will grace the event, along with fellow writers Glenn Diaz, Kristine Ong Muslim, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Liza Magtoto, Rody Vera, Genevieve Asenjo, MJ Cagumbay Tumamac, and Clarissa Militante. 

Book designers Karl Castro, Ige Ramos and R. Jordan Santos, along with graphic lit creators Manix Abrera, Mervin Malonzo, Elbert Or, and Carlo Vergara will give insights on numerous opportunities, trends, and challenges in the industry during the event. 

Other sessions will tackle relevant discourses on comics, cross-media projects, literacy and reading programs, fiction writing, self-publishing, among others. 

This year, NBDB partners with various organizations such as Film Development Council of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Department of Education Bureau of Learning Resources and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for various activities including film screenings of local films, workshops on book-to-game adaptation, session on developing books and resources for the blind, and discussion about translation. 

Ateneo de Naga University Press will present 75 new titles. There will also be tabletop game demonstrations based on Filipino folklores and literature. 

Everyone is encouraged to join the translation contest of poems by Angela Manalang-Gloria on April 19. 

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold the awarding ceremony of Bayan/Han 2018, a short film competition featuring local literature. 

All activities are free and open to the public. The talks and sessions will be held in various venues in CCP. Film screening will be held at the Little Theater and Dream Theater, while the book fair will be at the Main Theater Lobby and Little Theater Lobby. 

For more information, email, or call (632) 929-3887 loc. 804.