Thursday, 15 February 2018

The year of the Brown Earth Dog is said to be an exhausting yet fun and fulfilling year. You can get off to a great start by celebrating this Lunar New Year with UnionPay!

Travel your way to Taipei. Enjoy the spectacle of lanterns at the annual Taipei City Lantern Festival or at Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival where 100,000 to 200,000 paper lanterns are launched at night to give locals and visitors an unforgettable sight. While you’re there, you can enjoy 50% off of the fixed price of each room type, including two breakfasts at Evergreen Laurel Hotel when you use your UnionPay card.

Shop all you want and get cash backs. In Chinese tradition, red symbolizes energy, happiness and good luck. With UnionPay, you can shop all your red clothing, accessories, home decorations, etc. and get 8.88% cash rebate or as much as P8,880 when you use BDO Gold and Diamond Credit Cards for all local and installment transactions from February 12 to 18. To join, register at bit.ly/2018UPCNYRebate.

Have a cultural and gastronomic adventure at Binondo. Considered as one of the world’s top destinations to celebrate Lunar New Year, Chinatown in Manila along Ongpin Street will welcome you with traditional dances, firecrackers and some tikoy for a treat. To complement the fun, you, your friends and family can spend the holiday and long weekend at the newest luxury hotel Ramada Manila Central. With UnionPay, you can get one room free when you book rooms for three and up to 20% discount on your food and beverages.

Experience nostalgia in the heart of Manila. Adore the scenes and reminisce the feeling of the Old Chinatown depicted on the restaurant walls of Five Spice Asian Bistro where you can enjoy up to 20% discount on Chef John Paul Sentero’s Western and Asian cuisine when you use your UnionPay card.

What’s more, with UnionPay, you can also get lucky and stand a chance to win roundtrip business class tickets for two to selected Asian destinations if you join the “Spend and Win Business Class Tickets Promo” that runs until February 28, 2018.

With a minimum spending of P500, UnionPay cardholders can get one raffle entry. To join, just register at www.unionpayspendandwin.com.ph.

UnionPay has enabled card acceptance in 168 countries and regions. In the Philippines, UnionPay is issued by Bank of China, BDO, Omnipay, Philippine National Bank, and RCBC Bankard. Shop, dine and travel your way with UnionPay.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Christmastime, more than the parties and the presents, is a time to bond and make special memories with the people we love.

Last Dec. 9 at Central Greens, Lancaster New City, Cavite, families and loved ones came together to catch the Open Air Cinema One, which featured blockbuster films “Love You to the Stars and Back” from director Antoinette Jadaone and starring Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia of JoshLia, and Mae Cruz Alviar’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love with KathNiel’s Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tagaytay City, Cavite is widely known as a go-to location for weekend road trips and getaways for both locals and vacationers. The growing market for leisure-oriented developments in the area has paved the way for the opening of the city’s very first mall called Fora Mall, located along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway. Fora Mall is a Filinvest lifemall and part of the Fora Tagaytay mixed-use development.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Stand a chance to fly in style and discover the wonders of Asia with UnionPay’s “Spend and Win Business Class Tickets” promo.

From 24 November 2017 to 28 February 2018, 8 lucky UnionPay Cardholders will each stand to win a pair of Business Class roundtrip tickets from Philippine Airlines (PAL) when they use UnionPay Cards issued in the Philippines for any transaction at domestic or overseas merchants. There is a total of 8 pairs of Business Class round trip tickets to be won!

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

The stage is set for the world’s largest underwater macro photography shootout and it is happening in the Philippines.

Dubbed as the “World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions,” the Anilao Underwater Shootout is back for its fifth year on Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in Mabini, Batangas. Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and co-organized by Philippine Airlines (PAL), the 5thAnilao Underwater Shootout will be participated in by more than 200 underwater photography enthusiasts from all over the world, thus making it one of the biggest in the world. Read more

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ed Vitug, General Manager, The Bayleaf Hotels

On-the-job training (OJT) or internship gives students their first taste of the real world. This is where they apply what they have learned in the classroom to actual work situations.

Unfortunately, many students earn their degrees without fully mastering the skills required for a job.

“OJT aims is to ensure that students are ready to join the industry after they graduate. We in the hotel industry put a high importance on OJT because it saves us time and effort to train, and guarantees us that we are getting the right people for the right job,” says Ed Vitug, The Bayleaf Hotels general manager.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Philippine tourist arrival is growing at a steady rate. The Department of Tourism reports that in May 2017, for the first time this year, visitor arrivals surpassed the 500,000 mark at 532,757, a 19.6% increase compared to May 2016. Visitor arrivals have been recorded from Asia (63.11%), Americas (19.01%), Europe (8.78%) and Australasia (4.75%).

With this bright outlook for tourism and to further bolster the industry, compliance with the recently formulated Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on Tourism Professionals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is necessary.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

In the wonderful world of food, France rules. Not only is this country home to some of the world’s greatest chefs and restaurants, but also to some of the best ingredients one can find at the épicerie, or that little food shop at the corner.  Now, the South can have a little taste of France as L’Épicerie Gourmande opens at River Park, one of the most popular dining clusters in the South, located at Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

L’Épicerie Gourmande combines a full French-style épicerie experience with a French restaurant.


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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Craving for a taste of your favorite Filipino dishes but you’re stuck in the Metro? Worry not for this April, several hotels and restaurants are giving you the chance to savor the Flavors of the Philippines with special dishes that are available for this month.

Flavors of the Philippines 2017 is the third year of the month-long gastronomic celebration of Filipino cuisine mounted by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board.

Check out this list to not miss out on this special culinary experience.

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Friday, 17 April 2015

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines—the National Epidemiology Center under the Department of Health concluded in its recent studies and statistics that the National Capital Region comprises 42% of the total HIV-AIDS infections in the country; the largest part of the infection being in Quezon City.

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