Puerto Galera’s unique marine life merited the intensive survey and exploration made by divers from France and Switzerland who participated in the recent 2nd Objectif Atlantide Underwater Investigation.
Mounted by the Department of Tourism - Dive Philippines in partnership with the French association Objectif Atlantide, two multiple record holder free divers went head-to-head against scuba divers to solve a mystery by exploring the unique marine life of Puerto Galera.
Puerto Galera’s overwhelming biodiversity makes it an ideal spot for divers to discover the country’s unique beauty. Photo by Jerome Kim
“In the Underwater Investigation, the participants followed clues that brought them underwater to take photos of species found around Puerto Galera. This experience teaches them that not only are there a lot of different species here, but also which kind they are,” said Objectif Atlantide founder Daniel Meouchy.
Team Scubaland’s Pauline Thomas and Aurelie Pineau emerged as this year’s winners, successfully defending their title from the competition’s first edition held in Cabilao, Bohol last year. The scuba-diving tandem bested 10 pairs of divers, including five-time world champion and four-time world record holder Arthur Guérin-Boëri and French national record holder Alice Modolo.
Award-winning French freediver Alice Modolo surveys a wreckage in search of species. Photo by Jerome Kim
“Diving in the Philippines is very interesting because there are many species here. Every time we go into the water and come back to check our pictures, we learn a lot. It’s our second time to win the underwater investigation, so we’ll absolutely do it again! We need to keep our title,” shared Thomas.
Karine Cheurfa and Sophie Comminges of Team Esprit de la Plongée from Switzerland bagged the second spot while Hervé Pages and Martine Bonnevay-Aillaud of Team Têtes Bullées finished third.
The Philippines lies at the heart of the so-called Coral Triangle, home to more than three-fourths of the world’s corals, and more than half of the world’s coral reef fish. With 2,248,400 hectares of coral reefs, 500 species of corals and 2,000 species of fish, the country is part of the most fertile part of the triangle.
At the heart of the Coral Triangle and at the skirts of the Verde Island Passage is Puerto Galera and its rich biological treasures, stunning seascapes, and scores of marine species. The island thus makes for a perfect environment to host 2nd Objectif Atlantide Underwater Investigation underwater exploration.
Freediving world champ Arthur Guérin-Boëri poses for a photo before continuing his critter hunt. Photo by Jerome Kim
Supporting the DoT’s efforts to promote sustainability in dive tourism and raise awareness for reef protection and conservation, the participants spent the week to observe, survey, and photograph the “underwater rainforest” of Puerto Galera.
“Puerto Galera is a feast for the most adventurous spirit; with this event, we hope the French diving community has discovered the wonders of the Philippines’ waters. We will take this great opportunity to showcase the unparalleled beauty of our reefs and call to protect the vibrant biodiversity of our waters to the international community,” said DOT Tourism Development Undersecretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr.
The 2nd Objectif Atlantide Underwater Investigation is mounted in partnership with Objectif Atlantide, El Galleon Dive Resort and Asia Divers, and is sponsored by Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards, Pier Uno Dive Resort, Resorts World Manila, and Belmont Hotels and Resorts. The event is also supported by Plongeur.com, Subaqua Magazine, Chercheurs d'eau, PlongeeOnline.com, Plongee Infos, Plongez Magazine, Paradise-Plongee.com.
Now is the time for your kids to enjoy summer with Goldilocks annual Junior Crew Program; a week-long program that invites kids ages 6 to 12 years old to participate in a week of learning where they are exposed to the value of discipline and hard work while being immersed in the Goldilocks family.
With the season of summer in full swing, we often look for engaging activities that our young ones can participate in. Popular activities such as basketball, football, and art classes are a mainstay, while those looking for an engaging learning experience can choose from a selection of On-The-Job (OTJ) programs which are catered to provide real world experience while encouraging our young ones to have fun while simultaneously learning new skills.
With the perfect mix of both learning and fun becoming more appealing to parents. Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop is happy to announce the continuation of their annual Junior Crew Program.
In order to participate in this annual activity, you simply need to proceed to any of the eligible Goldilocks stores listed below and ask the attending manager for a registration form. Eligible Locations include:
Farmers 2 New, Gatchalian Paranaque, Grandmall, Marikina Concepcion, Market! Market!, SM Clark, SM Fairview, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM. Sta Cruz Laguna, Sm Sta Mesa, 11th Avenue, I Mall Canlubang, and SM Dasmarinas
Gift your kids a summer to that they will always remember with Goldilocks’ Junior Crew Program! For more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph
WORLD-CLASS leather brand McJim Classic Leather invites filmmakers— students, amateurs, and professionals—to submit entries to the first-ever Get Reel Mobile Shorts Film Festival 2019, a competition that celebrates the values, aspirations, and vision of the modern Filipino gentleman.
“Get Reel Mobile Shorts Film Festival 2019 aims to inspire filmmakers to create moving, relatable, and distinctly Filipino narratives that will be screened online,” says festival director and award-winning filmmaker Chris Cahilig.
In the past two years, McJim has collaborated with Cahilig in creating memorable, viral, and critically acclaimed short films that won the hearts of millions of netizens across the globe. Three of the short films titled “Pitaka,” “Bag,” and “Sinturon” have competed in over 60 prestigious international film festivals, winning four awards so far, including the Best Digital Ad (Branded) in the 2018 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).
This time, McJim is engaging more filmmakers in the creative process.
Eligible entries will have the chance to win a total of P190,000 worth of cash prizes in eight different categories, including The McJim Prize for the festival’s best short film.
The eight categories are: The McJim Prize for Best Short Film (P50,000); Get Reel Viral Film Award (P25,000); Best Comedy Short Film (P25,000); Best Action, Thriller, or Horror Short Film (P25,000); Best Drama Short Film (P25,000); Best Inspirational Story (P10,000); Best in Cinematography (P10,000); Best Actor (P10,000); and Best Actress (P10,000).
The festival is open to all Filipino filmmakers. All entries must be filmed using a mobile device and recorded, submitted, and edited in not less than 720HD format, although using 1080 HD format is highly recommended. The minimum length must be two (2) minutes and the maximum length must be ten (10) minutes, including opening and closing credits.
Get Reel accepts films of all genres. However, they must use any McJim Classic Leather products (bags, belts, and wallets) as an organic part of the narratives. Submission must be done via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel of judges will determine the finalists and winners through a deliberation. The results are final and irrevocable. No film entry shall be an imitation or plagiarized version of any copyrighted work. Get Reel Mobile Shorts Film Festival and its organizers will not be responsible for any copyright infringement committed by the participants.
The deadline for submission is on June 30. The finalists will be announced on July 15, and the winners will be awarded on August 30.
Participating filmmakers must be willing to have their works posted on various social media accounts of McJim Classic Leather and its agency, Insight 360 Consultancy Services, Inc..
We love coffee. And what's not to love? It keeps us awake and it tastes heavenly. I always drink my coffee in the morning. Turns out the best time to drink coffee might not be first thing in the morning, but an hour after you wake up.
If youre a coffee lover and is always on -the -go now is the time to indulge as Great Taste launches its latest variants to let you enjoy your morning habit anytime, anywhere.
Whether it’s for starting the day right or for quick pick-me-ups in the middle of the day, the new Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema are bound to satisfy the busy and always on-the-go Filipino.
Fans of sweet and aromatic coffee can find themselves enjoying Great Taste White Caramel. It offers the perfect mix of roasted coffee and cream with hints of luscious caramel, blending a sweet linamnam for everyday coffee fix.
For a more flavorful and full-bodied coffee experience, Great Taste White Crema combines the real coffee taste with rich vanilla cream for a creamy linamnam that is reminiscent of everyone’s favorite latte.
These two new variants, and the original Great Taste White coffee mix, come in a fresh and attractive new packaging.
Singer and actress, Janella Salvador, joins Great Taste (White) as its newest ambassador in bringing amazing everyday experiences that start with great coffee. She shares, “I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this big family. It feels good to endorse a product you enjoy and personally, I love Great Taste White Caramel because it is sweet and creamy – just like how I prefer having my cup of coffee!”
A trailblazer in the instant coffee industry, Great Taste continues to brew new experiences for Filipinos – from being the first to introduce white coffee mix, first twin pack size, and first re-sealable pouch, among others.
Tikman ang sarap ng tamang timpla with Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema. These two new exciting variants come in 30g and 50g sachets, for only 6.05 (SRP) and 9.70 (SRP) respectively. Grab these in sari-sari stores, groceries and supermarkets nationwide.
Stay updated on Great Taste’s latest offerings by following Great Taste Coffee on Facebook (@GreatTasteCoffeePH) or visiting Universal Robina Corporation’s website at www.urc.com.ph.
As a mom one of the best things we could give our children is the gift of education.
I remember what my own mom used to say. Money can be stolen, it can run out as quickly if you dont know how to spend it wisely--but education? That is something you can build on and nobody could take that away.
That is why the last thing you want to do especially if you can afford it is to find the best school for your kids. A school that is progressive and utilizes all the advanced learning techniques not just to educate your kid, but get them ready for a bright future.
Eton International School, the newest bastion of Filipino education has opened its classrooms to the future leaders at one of the most scenic and iconic locations in Manila.
Sitting at the heart of Manila and right at the country’s cradle of arts and culture, the Eton International School rises as the first world-class learning institution inside the prestigious grounds of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
What sets ETON apart from other learning institutions are its three pioneering programs—the Center for the Talented and Gifted for the pre-schoolers; Center for Leadership and Performing Arts for grade school and Center for Technology and Innovation for high school.
Eton even has international curriculum linkages that allow our students to easily be accepted abroad.
Eton International School-CCP stands proudly amongst landmark structures—the Folk Arts Theatre in its north, the Coconut Palace on the east and bordered in the south by the Manila Bay, world-renowned for its spectacular sunrise and glorious sunsets.
“ETON is the school of the future where learning happens beyond the four walls of the classrooms. It is a place where kids will feel safe to learn, grow and multiply their talents exponentially,” said Ms. Jacqueline Marzan-Tolentino, Eton International School Directress.
At ETON we nurture the leadership potential in each child. Our mantra is every child is a leader and every child can be a hero waiting to be unleashed. We take time out to know about the child’s strength and weaknesses so that we can match our teaching style to our students’ learning style. This allows the students to learn, faster, better and higher. Eton International family culture allows students to grow and create better relationships in their family and community. It only takes love to break all barriers in the mind, heart and soul. With our multiple local and international programs, each child is given the chance to find his gifts, strengthen their resiliency and build their confidence,” Tolentino adds.
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"Every child is born with Royal Dignity," is the ETON philosophy
“We believe the gifts and calling of each child is irrevocable. A child’s worth is built in. It is our mission to open their mind to possibilities, strengthen their competency and skills and inculcate values that will set them for life,” she adds.
Eton’s motto is Artes (Heart), Scientia (Mind) and Intelligentia(Will or Spirit).
“Every child is nurtured to inspire, to innovate and to lead a life in honor of God and service to humanity. Every Etonian leads with humility, courage and heart,” Tolentino said.
Eton prides itself of its small class size that allows them to focus on the development of each child’s multiple intelligence especially in the crucial foundation years. Tolentino describes this as strengthening their roots to allow the children to be resilient as they grow and bloom and ready to conquer the world.
* LEADERSHIP PROGRAM-Eton provides learning adventures that are life changing. The students are taught to focus on developing their faith in God, self, family and others through self mastery, experiential mastery and life mastery here in the Philippines and abroad.
* LANGUAGE PROGRAM- Eton nurtures the gift not just of one language but three—English, Filipino and Mandarin. The students may also have an elective in French and other languages. – I SPEAK
* EARTH SAVERS PROGRAM - Eton leads the community to take care of the environment through our ECO Savers Program. - I CARE
* ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAM – Eton promotes Philippine arts and culture from visual arts to performing arts through various exhibitions and cultural activities. - I CREATE
* DEVELOPMENTAL AND ACCELERATION PROGRAM – Eton provides multiple ways to Iearnfrom modular program to hands-on learning .- ILEARN
* ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM - Eton believes in teaching financial and wealth program at an early age through our various business start-up cases. IBUILD
* RECREATION AND CELEBRATION PROGRAM – Eton promotes local and international sports and wellness program - I EXPLORE
* STEM PROGRAM- Eton’s Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program has given the Eton students a remarkable edge in this space. “Our global affiliations range from TOFEL to Lego Robotics to International Learning Styles AndMultiple Intelligence. Our program is used in UK, Asia and US,” Tolentino proudly said. – I SOLVE
* HOLISTIC PROGRAM- Eton sets three goals in every school year for students to learn and grow with from subject goals.
These could be in arts, language, geography, history, ICT, language, math, music, PE, Science, society and technology); Personal goals ( enquiry resilience morality communication thoughtfulness cooperation respect and adaptability):& Internationalization goals ( local and international collaboration and cooperation.)
Students are exposed to different opportunities to grow with their counterparts worldwide through internationalcompetition and fieldwork. – I PRAY * INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAM –
Filipinos are in for a sweet treat when Shake Shack makes its debut in Manila at BGC on May 10th, 2019. The country’s first-ever Shack will serve up one-of-a kind menu items for the Manila community, only found in the Philippines.
“As we spent time exploring the unique and eclectic landscape that is Filipino cuisine, we were inspired by the flavors and artisans we met along the way and by the food that they’re passionate about,” said Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati. “From halo halo, lechon, adobo and garlic rice to calamansi and ube in every imaginable form, Manila is serious about its love for great food and ingredients! We’re thrilled to introduce our Manila-exclusive menu that features just a few of the flavors and ingredients we fell in love with, and are humbled to become part of this vibrant community.”
Check out the deets on the Manila-exclusive menu!
The Ube Shake, featuring vanilla frozen custard ice cream blended with ube and hand-spun to order, is a Shack take on the classic flavor found all over the Philippines.
For a local twist on a Shack classic lemonade, the Calamansi Limeade offers the perfect combination of sweet and tart with the beloved calamansi as the star of the show.
The menu will feature three unique concretes (frozen custard ice cream made in-Shack every day, then blended with mix-ins featuring iconic Filipino flavors or local bakers and artisans). Concretes include:
• Uuuube-by baby - Vanilla custard mixed with ube, coconut marshmallow, ube cookie, toasted coconut and crispy pinipig. Topped with leche flan. Oooooh baby baby!
• Shack Attack - Chocolate custard mixed with Bucky’s original brownie, Auro chocolate chunks, Shack fudge sauce, and chocolate sprinkles. A Manila spin on a Shack classic, this concrete proudly features chocolate brownies from Bucky’s, and 55% cacao chocolate from local bean-to-bar Auro chocolate.
• Calamansi Pie Oh My – Vanilla custard mixed with calamansi pie from the local favorite Wildflour Bakery.
In keeping with the company’s mission to Stand for Something Good®, 5% of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete supports Children’s Hour, an organization that supports projects on education, health & nutrition, and child welfare & development for Filipino children in need.
Additionally, Shake Shack has partnered with Hope in a Bottle to offer Shack2O bottled water. 100% of HOPE’s profits go to building public school classrooms.
Finally, to offer treats for those with four feet, Shake Shack has partnered with Whole Pet Kitchen on ShackBurger dog biscuits in both its Bag-O-Bones and Poochini (ShackBurger dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard).
The Manila menu will also feature Shake Shack’s signature items including the ShackBurger, Shack-cago DogTM, classic crinkle-cut fries, craft beer from local Engkanto Brewery and Monkey Eagle, Shack Red and White wine, and frozen custard ice cream.
Shake Shack's fine dining heritage and commitment to community building, hospitality and the sourcing of premium ingredients have helped pioneer a new "fine casual" restaurant category. Fine Casual couples the ease, value and convenience of fast casual with the high standards of excellence grounded in fine dining: thoughtful ingredient sourcing and preparation, hospitality and quality. As a pioneer in this new category, Shake Shack strives to maintain the culinary traditions of the classic American burger stand, while providing guests with a menu of inspired food and drinks, made with carefully sourced and quality ingredients, and always cooked to order.
Building on Shake Shack’s fine dining heritage and commitment to community building, hospitality and sourcing premium ingredients and the SSI Group’s proven track record in bringing forth the most rewarding, curated lifestyle experiences to the evolving Filipino consumer, Shack fans in the country are able to enjoy “fine casual” dining at reasonable price points.
“We’re thrilled to bring the NYC Shake Shack experience to the Filipino community, and are proud of the company’s mission to Stand for Something Good®; our burgers and hot dogs use 100% all-natural beef, free of hormones and antibiotics, non-GMO potato buns, and custard is made from real sugar, no corn syrup, and milk from dairy farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones,” says Anton Huang, SSI Group President. “We’re proud to finally unveil our Manila menu that was created with high standards of excellence: thoughtful ingredient sourcing and preparation, hospitality and quality that will provide a value that is accessible for our Filipino customers.”
Are you ready to shake up Manila? The very first Shake Shack in the Philippines opens last May 10, Central Square in Bonifacio High Street at Bonifacio Global City along Fifth Avenue.
Specialty Food Retailers, Inc. (SFRI) is the exclusive franchise holder of Shake Shack in the Philippines. SFRI is a member of the SSI Group. Follow @shakeshackph and @ssilifeph on Instagram and Facebook for more information.
Who run the world? If you know the answer, shout it out and celebrate girl power with SM Cinema as they bring us two new exclusive women-centered films, Dumplin’ and The Hustle!
Put your high heels on for Dumplin’, a charming and uplifting coming-of-age story. Dumplin' (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest against the prejudices in her small Texan town. The situation escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and the way women in their town think about beauty.
Feel like the badass woman you are with the comedy film, The Hustle. Rebel Wilson plays a low-rent scammer who meets a high-class con artist, played by Anne Hathaway, who teaches her the ways of high-class society living and scheming. Together, they team up to exact revenge to the men who have wronged them in the past.
Catch Dumplin’ and The Hustle starting May 8 only at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will bring global K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK to the Philippines for the first Shopee X BLACKPINK Meet & Greet on June 6. Avid BLACKPINK fans, also known as Blinks, will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to interact with their favorite idols at the event, which will feature exciting draws and giveaways including signed BLACKPINK CDs and Shopee gift certificates.
Shopee users can choose from two tickets, Pink or Black, to get access to the event.
Users can get Pink tickets by purchasing any product from the YG Official Store on Shopee from May 11 to 25 using the special voucher code “SHOPEEXBP”. The first 150 successful buyers will be guaranteed a Pink ticket to the fan meet.
In addition, users can score Black tickets by registering on the official Shopee x BLACKPINK Meet & Greet page in the Shopee app. The top registered users who have an accumulated purchase of at least ₱4,000 on Shopee will receive one Black ticket that comes with an exclusive fan meet pass. To add to the excitement, the top 40 spenders will receive special autographs and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet BLACKPINK live on stage.
Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said “Since unveiling BLACKPINK as our first regional brand ambassador last year, Shopee has received so much love and support from their Asian fans. Hence, we are delighted to be able to bring them to the Philippines and give Shopee users a chance to meet and interact with their favorite artists in person. We look forward to once again connect BLACKPINK with their massive fanbase in the Philippines and the region.”
For more information on how to join the Shopee x BLACKPINK Meet and Greet, visit https://shopee.ph/m/blackpink-meet-greet.
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.
The Goldilocks that we love since childhood celebrates 53 years of giving love and contributing memories to each and everyone.
It is well established that Filipinos have a unique relationship with food, and that food is often used to demonstrate love and affection towards others. If there is one company that has foremost insight on this tendency, it is Goldilocks.
For fifty three years, the country’s number one bakeshop has come to represent simple expressions of love that carry tremendous meaning: A pasalubong (homecoming treat) to the family, a padala (send-out gift) to a loved one far away, or a child’s baon (packed meal) carefully prepared by a mother. Moreover, a noticeable trait among Filipinos is that they seldom attend an occasion or gathering empty handed. Whether they come with a cake, a box of mamon or ensaymada, the underlying basis for this is still rooted in love: by bringing something good that can be shared by many, we show how much we value and treasure the people around us.
As Goldilocks celebrates 53 amazing years of being the country’s number one bakeshop, its fairytale story still evokes delight and sweetness. From a small but exceptional start up way back in 1966, it grew to become a Strong Global Brand through pure determination, ingenuity, and an unwavering passion for quality and customer service.
Beyond this, however, Goldilocks continues to embody everything that is unique, delicious, and delightful about the Filipino people. This is experienced by its customers every time they enter a Goldilocks store or enjoy their favorite Goldilocks product.
Celebrate with Goldilocks! For more promo updates follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph
Modern Filipino families looking for stylish and comfortable homes in Eastern Metro Manila will find these in Amaia Steps Pasig Blanca, a mid-rise residential project in Eusebio Avenue, Barangay San Miguel, Pasig City.
Blanca is the third building of the Amaia Steps Pasig condominium development, which is aimed at providing high-quality homes that are within the means of driven young professionals who are either single or married and starting a family.
Consisting of 256 units across nine floors, Amaia Steps Pasig Blanca offers spacious and well-designed Studio, Deluxe, and Premier units specifically designed to appeal to mobile professionals and families.
Amaia Steps Pasig Blanca is easily accessible from major roads and thoroughfares and is strategically located close to the Ortigas Central Business District and malls like Tiendesitas, SM Supercenter Pasig, and Robinsons Galleria and educational institutions such as Pasig Catholic College, Arellano University, and Rizal Technological University.
Transport stations such as jeepneys will also be readily available to its residents.
Aside from its prime location and proximity to shopping and leisure establishments, Amaia Steps Pasig Blanca also features exclusive amenities that its homeowners can enjoy: a swimming pool, jogging path, multi-purpose hall, basketball court and landscaped gardens.
Soon, a retail complex will open at the ground floor of Blanca building making life a lot easier and enjoyable for the residents. Built with families in mind, Blanca also features a children’s play area.
Homeowners at Amaia Steps Pasig Blanca will likewise be assured of safety and security, with fire detection and alarm systems, and CCTV cameras.
Finally, Amaia Land offers flexible payment schemes for their properties: cash, deferred cash and bank financing.
Amaia continues to serve prospective homeowners with affordable and sustainable developments that aim to elevate the Filipino living experience in a well-secured environment.
For inquiries about Amaia Steps Pasig Blanca and other Amaia properties, check out www.amaialand.com or like www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.