Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cebu Blogger

What is Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons? Here are some FAQS and Answers!

[PRESS RELEASE] Cebu, Philippines— A festive island celebration was held June 24, 2017 at The Clove on the Quay, Cebu Yacht Club, Mactan Island. Joined and supported by the one and only, Cebu Bloggers Society, the featured event ended with a bang!

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Here's an overview video of the amazing Ariya Dragon Boat Team!


Leading power and marine industrial hardware supplier Dynamic Power Weichai, together with Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons, cast off its first official event with the media and special guests from various industries to experience the sport of dragon boating.

The event featured two traditional dragon boat ceremonies:

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Dotting of the eyes
The Dotting of the Eyes, or the Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony, is an ancient Chinese tradition where the eyes of the dragonhead are literally dotted red to awaken the spirit of the dragon. The eye dotting ceremony is performed in countries around the world as a celebration. This heralds the opening of paddling season to call on the dragon spirit to protect the boat and the paddlers.

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
The Blessing of the Dragon Boat
The Blessing of the Dragon Boat christened the brand new 20-seater standard Champion™ boat purchased and generously given to the team by Dynamic Power Weichai, the first of its kind in the province of Cebu.

With this amazing gift, Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons pledges to clean up the Mactan Channel every time we go out to paddle. A small token of thanks from our team to our biggest sponsor; one that we hope will make a big difference for the beautiful island of Cebu,” said Team Manager Enrique Sanchez.

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Combining fun, fitness, team work, and a respect for nature and its elements is what our team is all about. The challenges of moving the sport of dragon boat forward is there, but with help, we can spread the love for this sport,” Sanchez enthusiastically concludes.

After the ceremonies, the festivities continued with an invitation for guests to join the team for a sunset paddle. As the day waned, drumbeaters, fire dancers, fun food stalls like cotton candy, popcorns and ice cream; back-to-back performances from talented lady DJs Jen Weigel and Nish; the Ariya Sling cocktail, a rum-based concoction bespoke for the team, and sumptuous finger foods from The Clove on the Quay set the mood for sunset on to a night of more merriment.

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Members of Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons is the youngest team in Cebu having formed March 2017. Since its inception, the team has joined dragon boat races in Dumaguete and Cebu with consistent podium finishes.

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons
We tried the Ariya Sling Drinks!

Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons


So, if you're wondering what is this sports all about? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and of course, some answers.


Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons


WHAT IS DRAGON BOAT? 
Dragon boating is a competitive water sport that involves a crew of 20 paddlers. We sit in a 2×10 grid and paddle in unison (Standard Boat). A drummer, or caller, is responsible for motivating everyone during the races and helping the boat keep the timing of the strokes. A steer in the back is responsible for piloting the boat.
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE TO JOIN? 
Absolutely not! Some of our best current paddlers came in with no experience. Don’t hesitate to try something new! We believe that technique, strength, and skill can be developed with time.
IS THERE A TRY-OUT PROCESS?
Yes. We are open to new recruits always. Tryouts allow us to gauge your ability to push yourself and stay motivated while motivating others.
DO I NEED TO BE ATHLETIC TO JOIN? 
Even though dragon boat is a very intensive physical sport, we will train you to gain endurance and get in shape. We learn and train together. In addition to training for races, we train for overall fitness and strength.
Ariya Dynamic Power Dragons

HOW MANY HOURS OF PRACTICE ARE THERE PER WEEK? 
Current practice schedule are: Pool training during Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM to build endurance and establish paddling form. Land training is only on Wednesdays, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, for stamina and strength. Seawater practices are Saturday and Sunday, 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM. 
WHERE ARE PRACTICES? 
Seawater practices are at the Cebu Yacht Club, Mactan Island. Pool training is at UC Mambaling. We train on land at the Cebu City Sports Complex (formerly Abellana), at Juana Osmeña Boulevard. Carpool rides are available with the team; just let us know if you need a lift!
WILL WE NEED OUR OWN GEAR FOR PRACTICE? 
We will supply paddles and PFDs (personal floatation devices or life jackets) for you at our seawater and pool practices. You are not required to know how to swim.
what should i wear? 
Wear comfortable clothing that does not hold or absorb moisture. Tighter fighting clothes that does not catch water and drag is best, like dri fit material or rash guard material. Be as light as possible on the boat. Wear flip flops or aquasocks on the boat. Bring a dry set of clothes for after practice.  And water! Water! Water! Never forget to Hydrate.

How do I join ariya dynamic power dragons?
Simply follow us on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AriyaDragonBoatClub; on Twitter @AriyaDragons;
Instagram: @ariyadragonboatclub;

Or, follow our adventure on the blog, AriyaDragonBoat.Wordpress.com.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Make Your Father Happy!

In some other parts of the globe, Father's Day is just another ordinary day to live. But for me it's not! Do you remember Anne Geddes's famous quotes? It says "Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad." Indeed, Father's Day is for special Daddies all around the world but as a son or a daughter, do you know how to make your father happy?

Father's Day 2017
Father's Day 2017


Aside from giving your "Dada" headaches, show them good deeds everyday. Do your household chores, be very good at school, take care of your brothers and sisters but here's a personal recommendation for you - why not surprise your Father with some personalized special stuff? Every year, I always make sure there's special dishes for Father's Day dinner. I won't forget that my Father's favorite is Fruit Salad. So, my mother and I made sure to make it special for him. But this year, I was thinking of giving him something that he cannot forget for the rest of his amazing life.

customized cafetiere for Daddy
customized cafetiere for Daddy
As your father's son or daughter, you should know what are those special things that he keeps for life. How about those Timex wristwatches that he used to hide inside his closet? Do you remember those action or mystery/thriller books he put cleanly in the cabinet? When you were young, you used to mess with those books and Dada gave you that angry-cute stare? Yes! Those kind of things are your father special stuff! So what's the plan? Surprise him with a personalized watch box or maybe give him a customized cafetiere for his morning brewed Starbucks Coffee!

Personalized Watch Box for Dada
Personalized Watch Box for Dada!

In this social media era, Millennials can actually deliver amazingly in just one click. So, give Daddy extraordinary surprise, Gifts Less Ordinary! I assure you, your father will be very much proud of you!



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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Rainy Season Promo at The Spa By Omnia Bellus

Just when I thought rainy days can make someone feel comfortable but don't you know it can also stresses us out? Yes, even webmd agrees to this - Rainy days can really get us down! "Bad weather can indeed have a negative effect on your emotions." But how can one addresses this stress? A good massage at The Spa By Omnia Bellus will cure every bad vibes.

Independence Day Promo at The Spa By Omnia Bellus
Independence Day Promo at The Spa By Omnia Bellus
Tecsia Evans, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco (where it rains 67 days a year, on average), says, “When it gets dark and dreary out, some people definitely have more susceptibility to feeling lonely or down. It’s pretty common to see a change in mood -- such as feeling sadness or lower self-esteem -- when it’s rainy outside.” So how can we change our mood? Let's try an awesome and relaxing massage!

Luckily, The Spa By Omnia Bellus has offered a rainy season promo to all. Enjoy up to 30% discount on the following The Spa by Omnia Bellus Signature Services:
☔️ Whole Body Scrub with Coffee and Milk 
☔️ Whole Body Scrub with Oriental Salt and Sugar 
☔️ Natural Facial Cleansing



 Indulge and maximize your relaxation time to beat the stress this rainy season. Combine it with any of our signature whole body massages ( Pinoy Hilot, Ventosa, Swedish ) and enjoy more savings. Book your reservations now! Contact 0325138016 or 09167671815. I encourage reservations especially on weekends and beyond 7:00 PM. Also, you can send private message to their official Facebook Page, @thespabyomniabellus
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan Celebrates Filipino Food Fest

Watefront Hotels in Cebu celebrate a festival that everybody should join! To give the homage to the native flavors of Cebuano and Filipino cuisines, Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Lahug initiated a food festival called “UNO's Modern Filipino Taste: A Filipino Feast for All Senses”. This Filipino Food Fest will run until August 31, 2017 in all UNO Restaurants.

Filipino Food Fest by Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino
Filipino Food Fest by Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino

CBS Bloggers And Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan General Manager
CBS Bloggers And Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan General Manager

CBS Bloggers And Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan General Manager
CBS Bloggers And Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan General Manager
Waterfront's Filipino Food Festival focuses on homegrown Cebuano flavors and traditional Filipino treats which were given some surprising, but absolutely mouthwatering twists by the celebrated husband-and-wife culinary geniuses, Chefs Roland and Jackie Laudico.

Chefs Roland and Jackie Laudico
Chefs Roland and Jackie Laudico
For “UNO's Modern Filipino Taste: A Filipino Feast for All Senses”, the two inventive chefs updated old-time favorites, popular comfort food, and classic dishes by the subtle addition of new and enticing flavors, and presenting them in ways that catch attention and whet the appetite.

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Lechon Kambing at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Sinampalukang Turkey at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Lechon Baka at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Our fave, Lechon Baboy at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Bacon Bagnet at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Pinaupong Nilasing na Manokat Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Salt Crusted Fish at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan


Says Chef Roland, “Cooking, like any facet of culture and art, keep evolving and transforming in tune with changing lifestyles and the development of technology. The concept behind ‘UNO's Modern Filipino Taste: A Filipino Feast for All Senses’ looks to tradition for inspiration, but extends to the possibilities of the future. The tastes we presented find a delicious common ground between heritage and technology. Thus, the flavors are familiar but surprising.”

Desserts Pie at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Desserts Pie at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

The combination of time-honored flavors and novel twists find interpretation in such delicious selections as Balut Napoleon (layers of balut flavor plus shots of its savory juice), Ngohiong Cones served with a spicy sauce, Sinigang Bites (tamarind-spiced kangkong chips topped with bangus mousse), Palabok Bites, (the goodness of palabok topped with Carcar chicharon), Seafood Paella Negra (made with fresh seafood and squid ink), Paella Valenciana, Spicy Bellychon (oven-roasted pork belly with labuyo chili), Sushi Noy (Filipino maki topped with matambaka flakes), Queso de Bola Cheese Cake and Tsokolate OH with Peanut Butter Mousse.

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Vegetable Salad at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Banana Blossom wth Bacon Salad at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Lady Finger Salad at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Get these appetizers at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Another set of appetizers here! 

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Raw Foodies!!! Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Easily one of the most popular dining spots in Cebu, Waterfront’s UNO offers an all-day buffet featuring a wide array of international and Filipino culinary favorites, making it a must-visit destination and foodie paradise in Cebu and Davao. The restaurant has a casual, leisurely vibe and warm service favored by business and corporate individuals in search of great tasting food and quick service, families that expect a wide variety of food choices and a friendly ambiance, and foodies who simply want excellent flavors that come from fresh ingredients and food done to perfection.


Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Fried Humba at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Balbacua Uno at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Kaldereta Pia at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Adobo Vegetables at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Grilled Pakbet Vegetables at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
Kimchi Pinangat at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan
San Miguel Batterd Fish with Buro at Uno Restaurant of Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cebu Blogger

BPI experiences "Internal Data Processing Error", not a Hack (June 6, 2017)

Bank of the Philippines Islands reported earlier today an "Internal Data processing error" after reports from clients that there are unsolicited withdrawals or deposits to their accounts. Hours later, BPI posted an inconvenience status on their Facebook page.

BPI Advisory
BPI Advisory


Original Message (via BPI Facebook Page)

“Due to an internal data processing error, some clients may have seen their accounts debited twice or credited twice for a past transaction. We are currently correcting the mispostings. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused.”


Edited Post BPI ADVISORY:

Further to our announcement this morning, we have identified an internal system error that caused some transactions occurring between April 27 and May 2 to be double-posted as of June 6.

We have identified the root cause of this error, and are temporarily suspending access to electronic channels to speed up rectification. All BPI branches will open on time this morning and will continue to service your needs.

We anticipate full resolution of this error within today. We wish to reassure our clients that this matter will be resolved expediently and that none of them will lose money from this incident.

For more updates from BPI, follow their Social Media accounts:
Twitter: @talktobpi
Facebook: @bpi
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Introducing Starbucks New Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®

All I thought Summer is over but hey, it's just starting! But worry no more as Starbucks has introduced the latest Frappuccino® flavors that will surely make you fall in love with classic faves. Two indulgent flavors that are directly inspired by some of Starbucks most favorite desserts, Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®. Take a break from hectic days and share a cup of frap with your friends and loveones! And oh, starting today, you can now get the Starbucks featured Cakes, coffee and of course, Starbucks collectible Cards.
Starbucks New Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®
Starbucks New Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®

New Starbucks Frappuccino

The Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® is a rich mixture of Mocha Frappuccino® blended with banana puree which is then layered on top of strawberry whipped cream. This concoction is then finished with regular whipped cream, a drizzle of rich chocolate, and crunchy waffle cone pieces. Meanwhile, coffee aficionados will surely be pleased with the new Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®, handcrafted with Starbucks signature Coffee Frappuccino® poured on top of creamy coffee pudding and then made even more delectable by espresso whipped cream and Turkish ground coffee sprinkles.

Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino
Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino

Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino
Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino


Starbucks Reserve

Coffee connoisseurs who are on a constant search for rare one-lot coffee will undoubtedly enjoy Starbucks Reserve® Rwanda Musasa and Starbucks Reserve® Nicaragua Maracaturra. But for those who are looking for the perfect cold brew experience at home, Starbucks has also released its Cold Brew Pitcher Packs. This is a perfect blend of Latin American and African beans that are roasted to bring out their rich and dense flavor when brewed cold. Its flavor is balanced, smooth, and rich with subtle sweet chocolatey notes. To brew a perfect pitcher, simply steep the pitcher packs in your refrigerator overnight.

Starbucks Reserve Nicaragua Maracaturra
Starbucks Reserve Nicaragua Maracaturra

Starbucks Reserve Rwanda Musasa
Starbucks Reserve Rwanda Musasa


Featured Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake
Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

If you're wondering about what best goes with the two new Frappuccino® flavors or your perfectly brewed cup of coffee, well, Starbucks has that covered too! The new Lime Torte Cake is a symphony of flavors and texture with its sweet and tangy flavor partnered with crunchy and crumbly cake. For those looking for traditional Filipino flavors, the Mango Crunch Cake will surely delight you with smooth and creamy mousse with Philippine mangoes layered with crumbly and buttery graham and crunchy white almond. Chocolate lovers will surely fall for the Chocolate Marshmallow Cake, a moist chocolate layer cake with smooth and creamy chocolate truffle and then frosted with marshmallow icing.


Lime Torte Cake
Lime Torte Cake

Mango Crunch Cake
Mango Crunch Cake

Starbucks Desserts

Starbucks also has two new Greek Yogurt Parfaits that will entice anyone looking for a delectable and healthy treat. The Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfait is made with creamy Greek yogurt layered with a sweet and tart blueberry compote and then topped with crunchy oat granola. Meanwhile, the Mango Greek Yogurt Parfait is made with sweet mango compote and Greek yogurt finished with a sprinkling of crunchy oat granola. Another perfect complement to your coffee is the Whole Wheat Bagel made with linseeds, rye and soy grits, corn semolina, and oats. A more savory option is also available with the Bagel Bites filled with Cream Cheese, the mini herbed bagels are generously stuffed with cream cheese that will surely satisfy you with every bite.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfait
Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfait

Mango Greek Yogurt Parfait
Mango Greek Yogurt Parfait

Starbucks Father's Day Card


Starbucks Father's Day Card
Starbucks Father's Day Card

Starbucks is also introducing three new designs for its Starbucks Cards. The three cards are the Chill Mini Card, Iced Coffee Card, and the Father's Day Card. The Chill Mini Card and the Father's Day Card are available for a minimum activation fee of ₱500. The Father's Day Card also comes with a free greeting card making it the perfect gift for your Dad on his special day. Meanwhile, the Iced Coffee Card is available for a minimum activation fee of ₱1,000.

Starbucks Chill Mini Card
Starbucks Chill Mini Card



Starbucks ICed Coffee Card
Starbucks ICed Coffee Card


Visit the nearest Starbucks store to experience these new treats and log on to http://www.starbucks.ph/ for more information.
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