Priscilla: Queen of the Desert Highlights Epic Summer 2014

Priscilla Poster FINAL REV 030814What would you get if you combine two drag queens, a transsexual, a “budget” Barbie camper and a string of immortal karaoke favorites? A nothing short of spectacular musical treat!

As the heat intensifies this season, Resort’s World Manila is inviting us to sweat it out and groove inside Newport Performing Arts Theater as it will be staging a local adaptation of the multi-awarded musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

On board this project are theater thespians Leo Tavarro Valdez (Tick/Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Red Concepcion (Adam/Felicia); Michael Stuart Williams (Miss Understanding); Bituin Escalante, Lani Ligot and Timmy Canlas (The Divas); Pinky Marquez (Shirley) and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Marion), among others.

For the uninitiated, Priscilla follows the story of Mitzi, Bernadette and Felicia and their journey towards a remote Australian desert for a special drag performance.

Along the road, they will experience mishaps, meet strange characters and explore one another, all while singing immortal hits that will surely make the audience sing such as “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, “I Love The Nightlife”, and “I Say A Little Prayer”, among others.

Something to be proud of as well in this production is the all-original lineup of glitzy wardrobe creations that chief costume designer Edgar San Diego made.

If that’s not enought to convince you, Priscilla is under the direction of veteran theater director Jaime Del Mundo (Bluebird of Happiness, The Producers), so expect nothing but above par shows.

Photos from Priscilla media launch:

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is set to premier on May 09, 2014 as part of Resorts World Manila’s Epic Summer 2014.

Epic Summer 2014

EPIC SUMMER 2014 OmnibusIn its now becoming tradition of bringing Filipinos an epic experience during summer, Resorts World Manila has also revealed its lineup of activities for Epic Summer 2014.

If you are a partygoer, May is totally the month for you as superclub Republiq is slated to bring the Ultimate Bikini Party in the country (stay tuned for updates). For alternative rock fans, June will be a special month as Vertical Horizon will be performing live.

Of course, world-class local talents will not be absent from this year’s lineup. Bar 360 will be the stage of the following performances: Nyoy Volante on April 22, Hagibis on May 20 and father-daughter tandem Hajji and Rachel Alejandro on June 17.

For movie aficionados, the world-class Newport Cinemas will be premiering “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ on April 2 with a Spider-Man collectibles and memorabilia exhibit at The Plaza of the Newport Mall.

Speaking of exhibit, Star Wars geeks will surely have a field day on May 4 (hailed as Star Wars Day) with an exhibit of rare collectibles, toys, and more.

Toy talk does not end there. On May 31, TOYCON 2014 will open their campaign with cosplayers, toys for sale, and rare collectibles on display.

You think that’s too much activity? RWM has more in store for you. Check out their website for more updates. Have an epic summer!

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Turning Japanese at Society Lounge’s Jazzy Thursday

society-4-24-14sSociety Lounge treats you to a night filled with Jazz music featuring multi-awarded Japanese Jazz Artist, Aisaku Yokogawa together with Jazzin’ Diva Monet Ganir and the Verve Band on April 24, 2014, 8:00 pm onwards in Society Lounge, GF Atrium Bldg., Makati Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City. For more details, please text 0917-6207750.

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Weekend Lunch as it should be

Buddha-Bar Manila Weekend Lunch Grill PhotoTreat yourself this summer and enjoy world-class gourmet cuisine in a cosmopolitan setting with Buddha-Bar Manila.

If you want to experience an extra special weekend lunch, try Buddha Bar Manila’s new offering: Weekend Lunch Grill.

Feast on fresh seafood and mouthwatering ribs and barbecue all grilled to perfection. The grilled main course comes with a refreshing glass of Buddha-Bar’s signature iced tea. Guests can also sample a wide array of new appetizers, starters, and desserts served in an intimate buffet style.


Buddha-Bar’s Weekend Lunch Grill is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM – 3PM. It is located at located at Picar Place Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries and table reservation, please contact (+63 2) 856-6859, (+63 2) 856-6719, or email at

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Cucina Andare Climbs on Top

Want to take your food market to a higher level? Then, you ought to check out Cucina Andare at its new location!

Makati denizens and foodies from nearby (heck, anyone who wants to experiece the night food market) can now experience great food, music, and art against the grand view of the Makati skyline as Cucina Andare relocates to The Link Car Park’s roofdeck.

We’ve checked out the new foodie and art-lover haven during its launch and here are some interesting food finds:

Or you can always go for the favorites:

All food items are from these amazing Cucina Andare vendors:

But wait, there’s a lot more… Told you this nigh market is more than food, right?

Photos from the opening night of Cucina Andare:

Cucina Andare is part of Mercato Centrale Groups’s growing number of food markets all over the metro. Visit them at their new location, The Link beside Makati Shangri-la and in front of the Landmark Department Store.

For interested vendors from who want to join Cucina Andare, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or email

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Catching up with the Sun

Summer just got more awesome as Watsons Sun Up to Sun Down attracted sun worshippers of all persuasions on April 9, 2014, at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Participants were treated to summer-themed activities packed with energy, entertainment and useful information about sun protection. The guests where led in showing off their flexibility in Sunrise Flow and their dazzling grace in Zumba led by Jill Ngo. They also danced to the beat of African Jam following the lead of freelance dance/fitness class instructor Marlette Besa. Things got even steamier as Vikki Santos, the first and only accredited Hot Hula fitness instructor in the Philippines, got everyone to shake their hips and get their groove on.

What’s more, Watsons has an exclusive promo for cardholders of SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards from March 20 to May 28, 2014. A minimum P500 single-receipt purchase of any participating suncare essential products entitles a member to one electronic raffle entry. There will be five (5) weekly winners of Instax Cameras and six (6) grand winners of trips for two with hotel accommodation to exotic Asian destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Boracay.

Because there’s “Always More” at Watsons, you can enjoy summer round the clock. Have fun at the best travel hot spots across Asia, but always be protected with suncare essentials from Watsons.

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Manila Welcomes Todd English Food Hall

1The city has been abuzzed with the opening of this new dining option for sometime now. And no one can’t blame anyone for the exictement. Imagine having New York’s celebrity chef restaurant, righ at the heart of Manila!

Yes, the Todd English Food Hall is now officially open, just in time for the summer season when everyone’s eager to explore!

To show their support, the movers and shakers of Manila society welcomed Todd English himself and his new restaurant.

Spotted were:

The Food

Named after its New York celebrity chef founder, Todd English Food Hall is a European-inspired specialty food hall that offers nine diverse culinary stations.

These stations are: Pasta Station, Pizza Station, The Grill (carved meat sandwiches, burgers, prime rib), Asian Station, Raw Bar (the best of sea food), Sushi Bar, Salad and Charcutterie section, and finally, the Dessert and Bread Bar.

Don’t be confused. Todd English Food Hall is an ala carte dining restaurant, not the usual buffet with “stations” that we Filipinos are accustomed to.

What you, guests, will do instead is sit down (read: eat at your own pace without the pressure– that we usually impose on ourselves–of frequenting the buffet table to get your money’s worth) and order from any of the stations where your orders are openly prepared for everyone to see.

So if you want to feel like a New Yorker, entering a European-decked restaurant and enjoying authentic international dishes, then Todd English Food Hall is the place for you! Visit them today at the 5th Floor, SM Aura Premier SkyPark.

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Luxury At Its Finest

IMAG6508March became a groundbreaking month as it paved the way for the launch of the über chic Porsche Design and BlackBerry® P’9982, a uniquely designed and expertly crafted device. At the cocktail event hosted by RJ Ledesma, guests were engrossed with getting to know the ultramodern features seen in this innovative smartphone. The P’9982 clearly combined the very best of both BlackBerry and Porsche Design in luxury and state-of-the-art experience.

Get ready for the P’9882
In order to give you the best apps that serve your lifestyle, the P’9882 comes with an exclusive section in BlackBerry® World that contains hand-selected set of media, social, and travel apps. BBM Video with Screen Share also gives you a unique way to quickly share what matters—in a simple swipe, you can instantly share what’s on your screen! The P’9882 is also the only smartphone to come with BlackBerry® Natural Sound technology; together with BBM Voice and Video, you’ll feel like you’re in the same room.

Style Defined
The sleek design of the P’9982 is exquisite and distinguishable–everything a formidable smartphone should be. It’s made from the finest quality stainless steel, which is complemented by a satin finish and a hand-wrapped Italian genuine leather back door. What’s even better is that it’s effortlessly responsive. The BlackBerry® Keyboard learns how you type to provide personalized, next-word suggestions that you can easily flick into your messages. Your P’9982 also comes with a unique BBM Pin that’s unique to P’9982 users, instantly setting you apart amongst other BBM owners.

IMAG6509More Exclusive Offers
To help celebrate loyal customers, Porsche Design is also launching an exclusive VIP Program. No hard-to-follow rules here—simply accumulate purchases worth P100,000 within a year to score the following perks as a Porsche Design VIP: 15% discount on all products, and additional 5% on marked down/sale products; exclusive invites to our events and special sales; exclusive preview of our new seasonal collections; mailers, catalogues, and Bi-annual VIP newsletters sent directly to your residence;    25% off Gift voucher for a one-time purchase on your birthday month, excluding electronics and watches and free alteration services on selected categories

Porsche Design Store is located at G/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City and mid-levels 2/3, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.

Log on to for more updates.

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Catch the Amazing Spider-man 2 for Free at the Newport Cinemas

hqdefaultThe Amazing Spider-man 2 is one of the most awaited films this summer, and you can watch it for free at Resorts World Manila.

Andrew Garfield dons the familiar red and blue webbed suit once more as he returns in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the highly successful 2012 reimagining of the story of Peter Parker. This time, the costumed crime fighter faces a whole slew of villains.

Resorts World Manila will be having a special screening of this movie in partnership with Fox International Channels slated on April 30. Follow @rwmanila on Twitter and Resorts World Manila on Facebook to and watch out for the online promos, which will be announced later this month.

The regular screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also be highlighted by an exhibit of Spiderman figures and collectibles at the Newport Mall.

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Celebrating the Beyond Beautiful Filipina


Thirty years of hair care expertise.

To bring this milestone to life, the much-loved brand recently hosted their anniversary ball, Cream Silk at 30: Celebrating the Beyond Beautiful Filipina amidst the romance and grandeur of the Puerta Real Gardens in Intamuros, Manila.

The star-studded gathering of the brightest names in the fashion and beauty industry honoured 150 Filipina artists, entrepreneurs, mavens and multi-hyphenates whose achievements in life are testaments to the power of the Beyond Beautiful Filipina.

Cream Silk also unveiled six new magazine covers featuring Beyond Beautiful Filipinas Heart Evangelista, Sam Pinto and Toni Gonzaga.

Part of the evening’s highlights was the reveal of one of the country’s most sought after celebrities and Beyond Beautiful Filipina, Anne Curtis, as the newest Cream Silk endorser.

Present at the event were:

A truly inspiring evening, Cream Silk proved once more that with beyond beautiful hair, the Filipina can achieve limitless possibilities!

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It’s a Blissful and Fun-filled Easter for the whole family!

EPIC SUMMER Easter Adventure LREaster is one of the most loved celebrations for many Filipinos, and Resorts World Manila is one of the best places to enjoy it.

The Easter Sunday celebration on April 20 starts off with a High Mass at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at 11AM, and if you’ve never experienced hearing mass here, then now is a great time to do it. The High Mass will be concelebrated by Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak, D.D., and the always engaging Fr. Peter Coching.

After the mass, there are plenty of options for a hearty family lunch. Choose one of Resorts World Manila’s fine restaurants, or head on to Marriott Hotel Manila’s Cru Steakhouse for steaks, foie gras, fresh oysters, seafoods, sushi and pastries, plus a magic show, face painting, and egg hunt for the kids. There are more Easter promos and surprises at Marriott so be sure to check them out.

After lunch, there are more fun activities at the Newport Mall Plaza with the Easter Adventure event for children of Resorts World Manila members. There will be kiddie entertainment with surprise guests, Easter loot bags, popcorn booth, ice cream corner, fun drinks, cotton candy cart and balloon twisting. Easter Adventure starts at 2 PM, and Resorts World Manila members just need a PHP2,500 shopping or dining receipt at the Newport Mall for a chance to get an entrance stub for two kids.

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