Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Speak Out In 2012

Galileo Galilei
Unlike our history’s dark ages, we are living an age where we are more liberated to think for ourselves. Back then, an idea is bad when the general society rejects it. The example of this was the case of Galileo Galilei. He made a discovery that the world we are living is not the center of the universe but the sun which was rejected by the church and was declared a heretic.

In local history, our national hero Jose Rizal was also given an enemy treatment for writing against the Spanish friars. Even the Lord Jesus Christ was executed in humiliation for preaching the Good News. These people were able to voice out their ideas even at the costs of their lives and change the course of history.

Even in our modern 21st Century, there are still people that still living like the dark ages. People like the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. were able to speak out but were assassinated. There are also media personalities in the provinces that get killed because of speaking the truth. The reason for this is that the people responsible are afraid to lose their power that is why they are inflicting fear so no one will follow in their footsteps. These are the forms of bullying just like we encountered in school. The most recent of these bullying was the Maguindanao massacre.

But there are those who even the odds for the cause. Recently, Carlos Celdran voiced his views about the Reproductive Health Bill in front of the church altar which led him to jail. These acts of ideas are only the first step. In the movie Inception, “an idea is the most resilient virus. Once an idea is formed, it sticks.” This is what happened when ideas were formed. Just like what happened to Carlos Celdran and the historical figures I made example, their quests became a crusade.


Just last month, I was able to voice out my stand about the unresolved justice of the Maguindanao massacre. This was a follow up on my post about the massacre. The reason for my concern is that I have friends who were news people and I always meet them during events that I went to. It is also my concern since I also took up Broadcasting Communication. During its second year, I was able to join the activities to commemorate the event at the National Press Club.

Sadly, the internet is also a venue for cyber bullying. Instead of taking advantage of it to speak out, we are more dreadful to even begin. Fear is irrational. If you can speak your mind, it might also spread like a virus. It may also become a crusade. Who knows what possibilities this can accomplished. If the Mayan calendar is really proven true, then we are now on limited time. As a famous quote from Dead Poets’ Society says, Carpe Diem (Latin, Seize the day). Live your life to the fullest. Use this page to speak your mind. Comment below what would you like to say.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Logitech Christmas Special

Logitech recently launched its Christmas Special. Offering a whole new array of choices for your essential peripherals this Christmas holiday. It’s a perfect gift for yourself and your love ones this season.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, Logitech is giving free S150 Digital USB Speaker headset for every purchase of Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 or Wireless Combo MK220, or free Logitech USB headset H390 for every purchase of Logitech Anywhere Mouse M905 or Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. It will also give away Logitech Stereo Z110 for every purchase of Logitech Couch Mouse M515 and Logitech Ultra Flat Keyboard Dark Shine for every purchase of Logitech Wireless Mouse M505. 

Founded 30 years ago, Logitech is a Swiss public company listed. Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices.

This Christmas, the company will only be too happy to assist tech shoppers buy what they want.  Some of the Logitech peripherals up for grabs are:

                                                                                               

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Powered By Light — Even Indoors  


 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 — the company’s first light-powered keyboard. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard powers itself whenever there’s light, even indoors, making battery hassles a thing of the past.
“The keyboard is still the best input device for typing emails and IMs, updating your Facebook™ page or posting responses to your favorite blogs — and the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the next big innovation in keyboard technology,” said Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. “The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard is powered by light but can work in total darkness for up to three months. Plus, with its PVC-free construction and fully recyclable packaging, it’s designed to minimize its footprint.”
Powered by Light — Even Indoors
To give you hassle-free convenience, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard powers itself through its integrated solar panel — no power bricks or charging cables needed.
The included solar power app (available for download at logitech.com/k750/solarapp) makes it easy to get at-a-glance information about battery levels, alerts you when you need more power, and even includes a lux meter to help you get the necessary light.
Logitech’s first solar keyboard can be powered by indoor light and stays charged for at least three months in total darkness. Plus an integrated power-indicator light eliminates surprises.
Only 1/3-Inch Thick
But Logitech did much more than bring solar power to the keyboard.
At only 1/3-inch thick, the sleek Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard looks good. With its rounded edges and thin profile, this stylish, streamlined keyboard is a joy to hold and behold.
Feel-Good Typing
The low-profile keyboard features Logitech Incurve keys™. Using a concave design, Incurve keys support the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys. In addition, the soft, rounded edges make it easy for your fingers to glide from key to key.
Powerful, Reliable Wireless Connection with Logitech Unifying Technology
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 offers Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, keeping you connected with virtually no delays or dropouts, so you get all the benefits of a cord, with the convenience of wireless. Logitech Advanced 2.4 wireless also includes 128-bit AES encryption with the keyboard — one of the highest levels of security available.
Plus, the tiny Logitech® Unifying receiver is small enough to stay in your laptop, so there’s no need to unplug it when you move around. And you can easily add up to six Logitech Unifying and Unifying-ready mice and keyboards — without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.

New Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Make Perfect Space-Saving Pair

Wireless Combo MK220 – a compact keyboard-and-mouse combo with all the right keys, reliable long-range wireless and long battery life.
The Logitech Wireless Combo MK220’s minimalist design makes it a great addition to your home or work computing setup. The devices blend in beautifully with your d├ęcor and require very little space. The keyboard is about 36 percent smaller than standard keyboards but still has all the standard keys. And no extra space between the buttons makes it compact as well as sleek. The simple, software-free setup will have you tweeting, blogging and IMing in no time. You simply plug the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver into a USB port on your computer and immediately get going on all your activities.
Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless technology gives you a long-range connection of up to 10 meters (33 feet) away, depending on environmental and computing conditions. With up to 24 months of battery life for the keyboard and up to five for the mouse – plus auto-sleep – you can virtually forget the hassle of changing batteries. In addition, 128-bit AES keyboard encryption helps keep your information secure.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

WFP supports the Government of the Philippines Response to Sendong-affected communities

Tropical Storm Washi (locally known as “Sendong”) which hit Northern Mindanao over the weekend, caused massive flooding, flashfloods and landslides, resulting in the death of over 1,000 people. Some 285,000 people have been displaced, many of whom are taking refuge with relatives or in makeshift structures. The World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to the Philippine Government’s request for international support and is mobilizing to assist 220,000 of the most vulnerble persons, many of whom have limited access to nutritious food and clean drinking water. Augmenting government’s relief efforts,  WFP assistance, at the initial phase of the response, focuses on providing fortified ready-to-eat foods as well as logistics support to the Philippine government and  humanitarian agencies.


Photo credit: WFP/John Javellana/Philippines
World Food Programme/Philippines’ National Ambassador Against Hunger, KC Concepcion, and WFP Country Director and Representative, Stephen Anderson visitcommunities affected by Tropical Storm Washi in Cagayan de Oro City.  WFP, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development, is distributing fortified ready-to-eat food to highly affected families in evacuation centers.


WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

WFP now provides RSS feeds to help journalists keep up with the latest press releases, videos and photos as they are published on WFP.org. For more details see:http://www.wfp.org/rss

WFP has a dedicated ISDN line in Italy for quality two-way interviews with WFP officials.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

5 GREAT WAYS TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS!

5 GREAT WAYS TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS!

1. Plan your Christmas break wisely. Make sure to spend quality time with     your family and loved ones.

2. It's the season for dates and parties but make sure to eat and drink in moderation.

3. Have enough rest and sleep after all those get-togethers and reunions.

4. Take time to reminisce the year that was. Thank all the people who      have helped you throughout the year.

5. In this joyous merrymaking and endless parties, remember this: THOU SHALL NOT WEIGH MORE THAN THY REFRIGERATOR! Hahaha.

Happy Nativity, everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Everyone be careful when taking taxi cabs these days

A female friend was abducted by 4 men, held hostage for 3 hours, mugged and nearly raped by a taxi with plate number TLY 409 last night coming from Annapolis St., Greenhills. They took her to NIA Road, QC. She fought back and was able to get away. Tell your friends and family to watch out for this cab.

TYL 409 Car Details

P#: tyl409 / E#: 2E-3254892 / C#: EE110-8009918 / MV#: 138000000225318 / Col: Freedom White / Sticker#: 2011122773755 / MVType: Car / TradeName: / Make: Toyota/ Series: COROLLA XL M/T / YRModel: 2001 / MVClass: FOR - HIRE / Org: MARVIN SANTOS.. / OR#: 000201111852482 / CR#: 000000005541645 / BType:sEDAN - 4-DOOR / FRegDate: 09-25-2001 / LRegDate: 09-30-2011 / Fuel: GAS / Route: MARIKINA ANY PT TO LUZON / Franchise#: 96-945 / FEDate: 12-31-2007 / Total Apps: 0 /Total Alarms: 0

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Logitech Christmas Promo

Logitech recently launched its Christmas Special. Offering a whole new array of choices for your essential peripherals this Christmas holiday. It’s a perfect gift for yourself and your love ones this season.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, Logitech is giving free S150 Digital USB Speaker headset for every purchase of Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 or Wireless Combo MK220, or free Logitech USB headset H390 for every purchase of Logitech Anywhere Mouse M905 or Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. It will also give away Logitech Stereo Z110 for every purchase of Logitech Couch Mouse M515 and Logitech Ultra Flat Keyboard Dark Shine for every purchase of Logitech Wireless Mouse M505. 
                       
Founded 30 years ago, Logitech is a Swiss public company listed. Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices.

This Christmas, the company will only be too happy to assist tech shoppers buy what they want.  Some of the Logitech peripherals up for grabs are:

Logitech® Wireless Mouse M325, designed for How You Use the Web

Logitech® Wireless Mouse M325, featuring a precision scroll wheel with up to four times as many ratchets as a standard scroll wheel for smoother scrolling. Based on the contoured shape of the best-selling Logitech® Wireless Mouse M305, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 helps make everything you love to do online even better.

Most standard mice have a scroll wheel with 18 to 24 ratchets. Each ratchet corresponds to about one line of scrolling. When you quickly scroll down a page, skipping from line to line, moving from one ratchet to another, the on-screen motion will appear choppy. 

You can reduce that choppiness by moving in smaller increments. Our precision scroll wheel contains 72 tiny, rugged ratchets. As a result, the ratchets are small enough so the wheel spins smoothly. And you’ll have the precise control you need for websites, spreadsheets, slideshows and other presentations.

A true wheel for the Web, the precision scroll wheel not only makes surfing smoother; when tilted to the right or left, it also moves you backward or forward from one webpage to another.
The Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 also includes Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking, so you can forget about your laptop touchpad. Instead, enjoy precise clicking and pointing while navigating all your favorite websites.

The Wireless Mouse M325 works with Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7, as well as Mac OS® X 10.5 or later and Linux® kernel 2.6.

 

Logitech Couch Mouse M515 Makes Browsing from the Couch Easy

Logitech® Couch Mouse M515, delivering easy navigation from soft surfaces like your couch, bed or a pillow.  The Logitech Couch Mouse M515 features a sealed bottom case that makes gliding on fabric easy and worry free, and a hand-detection sensor so the mouse is only active when you want it to be. 
With its hand-detection sensor, the Logitech Couch Mouse M515 is active only when you’re gripping it — the mouse is only active when you want it to be, and it stays asleep when you don’t.  A sealed bottom — so fabric fuzz won’t collect in the sensor opening — gives you cursor control no matter what surface you’re using your mouse on. And the easy-gliding base makes mousing around on couches (and blankets, cushions, clothing, carpets, even desks) easy.

Also featuring effortless Logitech® Hyper-Fast Scrolling, the M515 mouse lets you coast smoothly through long blogs or social networking feeds. And you can switch to click-to-click mode when you need more control. 

                                                                                               

Logitech Anywhere Mouse M905 Feature Darkfield Laser Tracking

With Logitech® Darkfield Laser Tracking™, you can use your mouse virtually anywhere you want – including clear glass and high-gloss surfaces. This new technology is available the Logitech® Anywhere Mouse M905, giving you the option of a full-size mouse or a more compact, notebook mouse.
Logitech research showed that 40 percent of people have a glass surface in their home. This coupled with the increase in the popularity of laptop computers, means that people are moving around and coming into contact with a multitude of surfaces – like granite and lacquered wood – that challenge the tracking capabilities of standard mice.

To track on glass (that’s at least 4 mm thick), Logitech Darkfield uses dark field microscopy to detect microscopic particles and micro-scratches on these surfaces, rather than tracking the surface itself. Similar to the way in which our eye sees the clear night sky, the mouse’s sensor sees the clean areas of glass as a dark background with bright dots – the dust. Then, the sensor interprets the movement of these dots to track exactly where you’ve moved the mouse.

 

Logitech® Wireless Mouse M505, get more done, more comfortably, in more places


With the Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 you get the just-right combination of form and features to help you get more done, more comfortably, in more places. There’s more battery life so you can stay productive. The laser sensor lets you use it on more surfaces. There’s a more convenient wireless receiver that you can plug and forget – and pair with your other favorite peripherals. And there’s the ergonomically designed shape and soft rubber grip for more comfort.

Logitech® Wireless Mouse M505  gives 15 months of battery life virtually eliminates the hassle of changing batteries, as well as the hassle, expense, and waste that go with it.
The On/Off switch saves power. And a battery-indicator light eliminates surprises. It also has Laser tracking delivers smooth, responsive, precise cursor control on surfaces that cause problems for optical mice, such as polished or wood-grain tables. 

The Logitech® Unifying receiver stays in your notebook. There’s no need to unplug it when you move around, so your keyboard is always connected. Plus, you can easily add a compatible wireless keyboard or number pad, or even another mouse – without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.
Its ergonomically designed shape with soft rubber grip conforms to your hand to be naturally comfortable, yet is small enough to easily take with you.

 It has Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity gives you the reliability of a cord plus cordless convenience and freedom—fast data transmission, virtually no delays or dropouts, and 128-bit AES encryption.


To avail of the promotion, visit selected IT stores in Metro Manila from December 1-31, 2011, per DTI-NCR permit no. 8703 Series of 2011.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DepEd Update And Advisory Regarding Sendong

The Department of Education has ordered the release of P.5 million in the regional office in Northern Mindanao to be used as operating expense in schools being used as evacuation centers as well as in clean up operations.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro also said that families of teachers who died during the catastrophe will be given P10,000 each in financial assistance while teaching and non-teaching employees will be provided with calamity loans through DepEd’s provident fund.

DepEd is mobilizing its engineering and health units in assessing the damage and needs of affected schools in the aftermath of typhoon Sendong which ripped through Northern Mindanao last week.

Luistro who personally led the inspection team of DepEd officials reported that, based on initial assessment, some 28 schools in four schools divisions were affected. Hardest hit by rampaging floodwater spawned by the typhoon were Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan. Also affected were schools in Agusan del Sur, Lanao del Sur.

Reports as of December 20 revealed that damaged classrooms total 167. DepEd engineers and health professionals continue to validate and consolidate damage reports.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PRESS RELEASE : Distribution of teachers Christmas bonus almost complete

The Department of Education (DepEd) reports that the distribution of Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) to public school teachers is proceeding well and expected to be completed by Friday.

“Our finance personnel are working round- the-clock to ensure that teachers have something to take home in time for Christmas,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro. To ensure that teachers get their PEI before Christmas, DepEd already made initial preparations in anticipation of fund transfer from DBM.

As of Monday (December 19), reports from the field indicate that DepEd offices in Regions 1, 2, 7, Central Luzon (Region 3) and the Cordillera Administrative Region have completed payment of the bonus to teachers.

Education officials in Regions 4A, 5, 6, 11, and Caraga expect to complete payments today while public school teachers in Regions 4B, 9, and the National Capital Region (NCR) will receive their incentives by Tuesday (December 20).

Meanwhile other regions (8, 10, 11 and 12) are working hard to pay out the incentives before Friday.

“We are working closely with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to remedy any cause for delay and to make sure problems are swiftly resolved,” Luistro said.

The P10,000 PEI is commonly referred to as the Christmas bonus.

Funds are transferred directly from DBM Regional Offices to DepEd’s implementing units. These are the central, regional, and division offices and some secondary schools that are authorized to manage funds released to them in accordance with DBM and Commission on Audit rules and regulations.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MCA MUSIC ARTISTS HONORED AT 24TH AWIT AWARDS

Sabrina
MCA Music artists took home honors at the recent 24th Awit Awards held at the Music Museum. One of the top honors went to King of Acoustic Pop Nyoy Volante who bagged the Best Performance by a Male Artist for the song “Someday”. The single is included on his album “In You”, his debut album under the multi-national record label.
Asia’s acoustic sweetheart Sabrina was the recipient of the International Achievement Award for achieving Platinum and Gold status in Indonesia and Thailand for her albums “I Love Acoustic”, “I Love Acoustic Too” and “I Love Acoustic 3”. She was also awarded as I-Gateway Mobile Philippines Inc. as the “Most Downloaded Artist for 2010”.
R&B artist Kris Lawrence also walked off with 2 digital awards: EGG's Allhits.ph Most Downloaded Song for 2010 for "Careless Whisper" and the Most Downloaded Artist for 2010. His cover of the Wham! Original is included in his album “Moments of Love.”
The wacky trio of Boys Night Out (Tony Toni, Slick Rick and Sam YG) got the “Best Novelty” award for the song “Shawarma”. The song, produced by Francis Guevarra and sung by Shivaker, is in their self-titled debut album under MCA Music. 
The Awit Awards is a prestigious award-giving body, spearheaded by PARI (The Philippine Association of the Record Industry, Inc.), that gives recognition to Filipino performing artists and people behind the making of Filipino recorded music.

Nyoy Volante

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Get a Caritas Combi Plan and Get a Day Pass at EK

Get a Combi Plan of Caritas and you will get a Day Pass at Enchanted Kingdom. I only have one so whoever gets to close a contract first and pay the initial amount gets it. To know more about Caritas, information and link below.


Excerpt from Combo Plan post:
Caritas Financial Plans, Inc. is known for its mother company, the Caritas Health Shield. For years, Caritas was able to provide assistance in health concerns in various hospitals nationwide. Besides the recognized hospitals, Caritas also has its own hospital.

From Health Shield, Caritas also opened its horizons with Caritas Financial Plans, Inc. Unlike any insurance, Caritas Financial offers non-traditional financial programs that can help you for your needs in the future.






Monday, December 12, 2011

Sykes' Christmas The Mardi Gras way

Mardi Gras is a French festival which begins on Ash Wednesday. It marks the last day of pigging out before start fasting on Holy Week. It also a time where there are colorful parades with costumes and carnivals. It was more popularized when it reach United States especially in the French quarter of New Orleans.

Here in the Philippines, Mardi Gras is not different. We also have colorful parades all through the year, all over the islands. Sykes, the pioneer call center industry in the Philippines, choose the Mardi Gras theme for their Christmas celebration so they will have a festive mood to celebrate Christmas. It is also the best time to reward the Sykes agents for what they worked hard for.

The call center industry is one of the booming businesses here in the country. The work here is no joke. You have to take many inquiries from abroad especially U.S. and most of the time, is very stressful. This is the best time to unwind so the customer service representatives or CSR will have a fresh start for the new year.

The event was also participated and prepared by Sykes employees. The floats and their costumes are all made by the employees. They paraded the grounds with such enthusiasm. There are also booths, gimmicks, raffle, and performance by Urbandub. Each float and parade participants are represented by the branch/office  and prizes were given to the best float and parade presentation.
Urbandub

I was privilege to be invited by Sykes that I can see how much they value their workforce. So if you consider to work in a call center industry, go to Sykes. I can guarantee this because I have friends in the call center industry mostly connected with Sykes.


About SYKES

SYKES is a global leader in providing customer contact management solutions and services and has more than 50 years of combined experience in the industry. With its more than 51,000-strong employees, it services Fortune 1000 companies around the world.

In the Philippines, SYKES is officially recognized as a pioneer in the industry and is consistently ranked among the top call centers in the country. It has over 14,000 employees deployed to the following sites in Metro Manila and Cebu: One San Miguel Avenue Building in Ortigas Center, the Robinson’s Summit Center building and Burgundy Corporate Tower in Makati City, the World Corporate Center building along Shaw Boulevard, the K-Pointe building in Quezon City, the E-Com building and Riverbanks Annex in Marikina City, and the Synergis IT Center in Cebu.  To know more about SYKES, log on to ph.sykes.com

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Torque Generation

As the texting capital of the world, people realize how important mobile phones for everyone so we can get in touch with people. Torque releases the new phones that will be suitable for everyone. Not only that these phones are suitable but also stylish that will fit the lifestyle of the user.

The first basic features available in mostly all of Torque's mobile phones are the dual S.I.M. feature. This is will provide more mobility of the user to maximize the use of two networks. 

The next basic feature is the Qwerty keypad to make it more easier to write a  message to send. If you are not the qwerty type, there are touch screen phones that may suit you.Prices ranges from 1,099 to 3,988 for the qwerty phones and 1,999 to 3,988 for touch phones. Bar phones prices ranges from 899 to 1,988.

Beside the phones, there are also android phones and tablets using Android 2.2(Froyo)and 2.3(Ginger bread) Android units price ranges from 3, 699 to 12,699. These phone are available in the market this month. These are the ideal gifts for the holiday season.Visit any nearest Torque outlet now.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

DepEd: Make Christmas celebration simple and meaningful

The Department of Education announces that Christmas vacation in public schools starts on December 21 and classes resume on January 3, 2012 to give students and teachers time to observe the holiday season.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that schools may hold their Christmas party on December 19 or 20 which is an annual tradition before the long holiday break. Luistro, however, cautioned the schools to refrain from holding a lavish and compulsory holiday celebration.

“I want to reiterate that Christmas parties should be simple and meaningful and if ever there is going to be any form of contribution, it should be voluntary,” Luistro advised.

The education chief said that teachers and school officials must see to it that the guidelines contained in DepEd Order 114, series of 2009 on the holding of simple Christmas celebrations are strictly observed.

“Jesus Christ led a simple life so we can do no less,” added Luistro.

He warned that school officials will be held liable if the department receives complaints and that they may be faced with administrative sanctions if proven guilty of insubordination

Friday, December 9, 2011

MEET AND PIC WITH THE CHIPMUNKS


Scene from Chipwrecked. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
The chipmunks and the chipettes are back with an all-new adventure that takes them back to the forest in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.”  Having gone domesticated, famous, pampered and civilized – the chipmunks are relearning the ways of the wild while Dave Seville (Jason Lee) is on a quest to find them. 

            20th Century Fox gleefully joins the holiday merriment in malls with the chipmunks characters – Alvin, Theodore and Simon.  Currently touring in SM malls, the mascots will next be seen in SM Clark and SM Pampanga (Dec. 11), SM Bacoor (Dec. 14), SM Southmall (Dec. 15), SM Calamba and SM San Pablo (Dec. 16), SM Dasmarinas  & SM Molino (Dec. 17), SM Manila (Dec. 18), SM Muntinlupa and SM Sta. Rosa (Dec. 19), SM Taytay (Dec. 20), SM Fairview (Dec. 21), SM Masinag (Dec. 22), SM Batangas and SM Lipa (Dec. 23).    

            The latest Alvin film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” brings more adventure, music and mayhem as Alvin and the troupe run amok in a luxury cruise liner  that brings them to a deserted island where they survive on their own instincts and tricks.

            “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” opens nationwide (Phils.) on January 8 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

VICTORIA COURT’S THEMATIC SUITES


The thematic rooms/suites are the reason why Victoria Court attracts more guests. Whether it’s for parties or couples, it sparks the interest to make it more memorable and romantic.


According to Ms. Darlyn Halili, Victoria Court’s Business strategist, the thematic rooms are built to give a fantasy theme for couples or the best party venue experience for the groups. Arch. Omar Palero is the mastermind behind the interior design of these thematic rooms. Arch. Palero designs the rooms based on the theme and research. I was able to ask him about the Star Trek theme. He says that the Star Trek theme is a generic Federation Starship bridge set. He said he had to watch Star Trek series to build a concept.
Princess Jasmine Room

The first room I got to see first was The Princess Jasmine Spa Room. The Jasmine Room is named for the Jasmine incense for the room and it has nothing to do with Aladdin but it has a feel of Arabian Nights and it has a mock magic carpet that you can seat on. It has a Jacuzzi, a massage area and a steam bath area. Ideal for a spa party. It can accommodate 15 to 25 people. The Princess Jasmine room costs PhP 12,000.00 for 5 hours.
Whirlpool of the Jasmine room

The next room is one fantasy I want to be in. I told the Victoria’s Court people that I am a Trekkie, a term for Star Trek fan, and a member of a local Star Trek club. This really got my geekiness out. It turns out that Arch. Palero was also in my group mailing list. We were exchanging ideas about the Star Trek theme. What you can see is only a generic bridge set that looks like from the Next Generation timeline. It has the captain’s chair, the bridge controls in front and at the two rear corners and a view screen on the wall which was only projected from the front console. This room makes me feel like I am on a TV studio set or the Star Trek experience at Las Vegas. The captain’s quarter is the bedroom, where Kirk can “’bag’ all the women”. The Enterprise Room can accommodate 15 to 25 people and costs PhP8,000.00 for 5 hours.
The Enterprise Room

The last room I will feature for now is the Oval Room. Patterned after the most powerful office in the world, it gives you that feel like you are touring the White House. The Oval Office can accommodate 15 to 30 people and costs only PhP12,000.00 for 5 hours.
The Oval Office Room

The amenities of these rooms includes air condition, Cable LCD TV, Private whirlpool, Hot and cold shower, Entertainment system, Ipod dock, Free Wi-Fi connection, Buffet set-up, Provision for one private car park but additional parking slots can be arrange during reservations, Freebies and souvenirs.
Whirlpool at the Oval Office room

There are also food packages inclusive of beer available but you can bring food and drinks if you can also pay their corkage fees of PhP2,000.00. Bringing beer is not allowed. As a treat for the holidays, try out their seasonal dishes.

In case of exceeding the capacity of the rooms, there’s a PhP350.00 charge for additional guest/s. If the guests wishes to extend, there’s also a rate in excess of 5 hours of PhP900.00 for 5K-8K rooms and PhP1,400.00 for 12K rooms.

These are just some of the rooms. There are more choices to consider. These rooms are ideal for parties and photo shoots. When I went to see the Oval Office, a magazine publication is starting to prepare a set for photo ops. Book these rooms for the holidays at your nearest Victoria Court branch. Contact Ms. Jhoan Garcia at 0917-5965840 or 671-5246 local 202. Visit victoriacourt.biz to look up your nearest branch. See you at the Court.
Blogger on the bridge