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Thursday, August 25, 2016

PXC Laban MMA in Naga City this Peñafrancia Festival 2016

PXC Laban MMA Spices up Bicol in Search of the Ultimate Oragon



CLICK HERE for the Penafrancia Festival 2016 Schedule of Events

“ORAGON.” The Urban Dictionary defines it as a “Bicol slang for somebody who is feisty, determined, principled, fighter, unafraid of consequences, and one who stands up for his principles.”

Raymond Doliquez from Sarangani Province
On September 10 at The Tent, Avenue Plaza Hotel in Naga, Camarines Sur, a total of 12 “oragons” will see action in the latest Laban MMA offering. Fresh from its successful staging in Cagayan de Oro, PXC’s developmental league invades Bicol to banner the region’s homegrown mixed martial arts fighters who are expected to live up to the “oragon” moniker by giving their all against equally capable opponents from different parts of the Philippines.






Spearheading the Bicolanos’ battle is CBD MMA gym’s Arlan Faurillo (photo on left) of Naga City, as he goes up against Laban MMA veteran Reymond Doliguez from Sarangani Province and fighting out Submission Sports Philippines. The co-main event is equally as explosive as Legazpi’s Joey Miado of Lions Den MMA clashes with another familiar Laban MMA name in Team Lakay’s Jaybee Ban-eg of Mt. Province.











Two CamSur sons open up hostilities at 7 PM, making his MMA debut is Naga City’s Diego Offemaria from Bicol Athletics-Legazpi Gym, but he will surely have his hands full tackling 22-year-old Danilo Sarmiento Jr. of Naga City and CBD MMA gym who comes in with an impressive 8-0 record. Then it’s the turn of Legazpi City’s Niño Mondejar of Bicol Athletics to grapple with Negros Occidental’s Jessie Salvador of D Elements Real Men Fighters. Taking the next crack is another Legazpi native, Jupiter Lora of Lions Den MMA battling fellow Bicolano, Tabaco City’s Jonathan Noble representing Lipata Fight Club.

Seventeen-year-old Khen Marques of Guerrero/Fighters Den-Naga City looks to add one more victory to his 2-0 amateur record when he takes on also unbeaten Mark Fabriga of Davao City and Safehouse Fighting Academy who’s toting a 4-win streak. Fight #5 features two more Bicolanos, Naga City’s Bryan Ayao of CBD MMA against Tabaco City’s Joven Baclao of Lipata Fight Club. Fight #6 with Jake Baylon from the Guerrero Muay Thai MMA gym against 17-year-old John Lloyd Libuit of Davao City and Safehouse Fighting Academy who comes in with an impressive 4-0 record.

Two very promising amateurs get on the ring next, as Herbert Locre of Daraga Albay and Lions Den MMA matches his 7-1 record with the 8-1 record of GenSan’s Jimboy Panlita representing Submission Sports Philippines. The final appetizer before the main events pits two grizzled warriors in Jason Margallo of Naga City and CBD MMA fighting Cavite’s Crisz Aplicador of Hitman Gym/Biagtan Muay Thai.

MMA fans from the land of the Mayon Volcano and the Bicol Express are surely in for one hot and spicy night, and PXC may very well find the ultimate oragon in this stacked card that could go on to the professional level and bring the region to Philippine MMA prominence.

PXC Laban MMA Bicol is presented by Red Horse Extra Strong, the #1 Beer, “Ito ang tama!” and Sports 5, in cooperation with the City of Naga, Camarines Sur. Sponsors are Beer Below Zero- The COLDEST beer ever, Premiere Condoms, Hayabusa, Coca Cola-Femsa Philippines, Hyundai – New thinking. New Possibilities, Bicol Isarog Transport System, Inc., Smart Communications, KOHL Industries, Squarefoot Graphics and Ads, AGN Solutions, Bunny and Piggy Distributors, Hypertech, SAFE-Stop and Fill Express, Piaggio, Woodstone Kitchen & Bar, New York Bakery-The Original Pugon Pandesal, Red Ribbon, Bigg’s Diner, Kina’Mon Resto Bar & Grill, Peri Happy and DGL Glass & Aluminum Supply.  Official hotel partners are CBD Plaza Hotel, Orange Dormitel, and Lemon Residences. Official Presscon and Weigh in venue Casa Soriano Family Heirloom Cuisine. Official media partner is 106.3 Energy FM while local gym partner is CBD MMA. Ticketing partners are SM Tickets and CBD Plaza Hotel. Matches start at 7 PM, gates open at 5 PM.

For more info and updates visit Laban MMA Facebook page, or follow them on IG: @pxclabanmma.

CLICK HERE for the Penafrancia Festival 2016 Schedule of Events




For more information:
Carmel Carpio / Salve Escalante
Tel.: +63 920 9797257 / +63 917 3324996
E-mail: ccarpio@tpiguam.com
sescalante@tpiguam.com



#Penafrancia2016: Bicolandia Music and Arts Festival


Bicolandia Music & Arts Festival
September 16 2016, Friday, 9PM

@  SM City Naga, Parking Area

CLICK HERE for the Penafrancia Festival 2016 Schedule of Events


Ticket Price: P200 (w/ free Biggs Burger & Smart Sim). Get your tickets any any Bigg's Diner Outlet

Feat. Sud  KissJane (Main Acts)
UNIFY - Acoustic Beatbox ManGroove  / Southern Lights Collective Exit Band / FourKeeps / (Supporting Acts)  

DJs : Perry / Mike Alvarez / Jeff Pamesa / Robert Dino / JD hendrix / Brian Alcantara

Host: Ms. Dominique Lagrimas

Official Hashtags: #BMAF #BiggsPenafrancia #SmartPenafrancia

Presented by: Biggs Diner Smart Communications, Inc. SM Naga, City

Powered by
HH Events Management & Productions
Contact 09159767520 // 09297836623

CLICK HERE for the Penafrancia Festival 2016 Schedule of Events

ABOUT #BMAF2016


Bicolandia Music & Arts Festival (BMAF 2016), the premier activity festival of Naga City during the PENAFRANCIA FESTIVAL. With its multi-regional campaign plan, BMAF is designed to bring visitors from neighboring provinces like ALBAY, Camarines Sur & Norter, Sorsogon, and as far as QUEZON and Manila –effectively providing another dimension to the various tourist attractions of Naga City. The positioning of the marketing campaign for the event is also intended to use and promote the attractions and identity of Naga City to the broad national audience.

BMAF 2016 will see national artists perform live music with local talents in sequences with digital motion arts synchronized to the beat. It will be a production scale that is up to national standards in the likes of which that has never been seen before in Naga City and Cam Sur as a whole. The production will be intricately programmed to maintain its reflection to the culture of the City. It will be something that will identify with Naga and it will be another something that the city can be proud of.

It is an outdoor music festival tied up with the local businesses. There will be tents and booths deployed over the area that will be selling food, drinks, and merchandise all day to make it an ideal place to spend a day for festivities. The lineup of artists is carefully assembled to synchronize with each other and also bring attention and prestige to the event.

Acts/ Artists will be on for the event, the country’s top artists and performers. The event will open its gate as early as 9am until 12midnight on SEPTEMBER 16 2016 at SM CITY NAGA Parking Area, Naga City. 


Facebook Page: Bicolandia Music & Arts Festival

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chan Lim Family and Students' Exquisite Chinese Paintings in Naga City

Naga City - The Chan Lim ® Family of Artists and Students opened its gallery of Chinese Scroll Painting and Oil Painting  last August 20 and will run until September 5 at the event center of SM City Naga as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. 

The Chan Lim Family of Artists has been actively involved in the arts for more than four decades now. The family patriarch, Chan Lim, has dabbled in Western art, specializing in Oil and Watercolor. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are actively engaged with multinational companies. Bound by their passion with the arts, the Chan Lim family of Artists has conducted numerous art classes, workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. They have joined several exhibits locally and internationally. The 3rd generation Chan Lims follows in the footsteps of both the family patriarch and their fathers nurturing their artistic talents. To date, the family has staged thirteen family painting exhibits.

The Chan Lim brothers during the presscon.

Painting is Chan Lim's another way of giving back to the community. Apart from their own professions as owners of prestigious companies and as providers of employment, painting is a nourishing way of giving back to the community. Through painting they are able to help nourish the artistic ability of people. Painting is at the same time therapeutic allowing us to let loose our inhibitions by the use of strokes and ability to combine colors. SM has supported Chan Lim back in 1995 with the first exhibit at SM Megamall and until now by showcasing their work in the different SM Supermalls around the Philippines. Truly, when passion throbs in the heart of this family, sharing it to the community comes next. There are about five Bicolanos by blood in the group sharing their time and effort in teaching Chinese painting.


A demo on how to paint a bamboo and flower was amazingly done by one of the Chan Lim brothers, Felix Chan Lim of Stanford University. I noticed that when he paints, he paints from the picture of a bamboo and flower from his mind. No models or pictures but just pure visualization of a bamboo and flower where it's all natural and free flowing. The creative energy just flows out in every stroke thru his brush and paint. 


Notice the combination of colors? In one brush there are two colors when painted. 






And so after the demo, we indulged ourselves in experiencing Chinese painting. The mopit / brush is a familiar tool for me since I am also an alumna of Saint Joseph School. Back in the days we have never experienced using the water color because we only used the black ink for Chinese characters or words. So to speak, this was an entirely a different experience for me. As a first timer, of course I was nervous. Good thing Ms. Dolly was very patient in teaching me how to paint a bamboo. Shout out to her!

Presenting my very first Chinese painting, nakakahiya haha. 
(This photo was taken by Frances of www.francesandflair.com)
For me, I realized that the key to a Chinese painting is to be free from all anxieties or worries. Just relax and go with the flow of energy. I noticed that, the more I was relaxed, the more that I was able to at least follow the instructions of Ms. Dolly. Practice pa more!

The free workshop was participated by students from St. Joseph, Naga Hope Christian School and other organizations such as Salingoy Art Group.



Presentation from the students of Naga Hope Christian School.

The kids had fun under the supervision of the Chan Lim Family and students. 

The paintings in the gallery are there for us to appreciate, but remember not to touch them so that they may last for more decades to be appreciated by the next generations.

The middle portrait with blue birds was done by my teacher Ms. Dolly. Galing!




The Chan Lim students who were very excited to teach the kids. Happy to meet them too!

The #ChanLim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today, and is sought after in this field. Art classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig city. Their paintings can be found in private collections here and abroad. 

You may email them at chanlim@yahoo.com or view their artworks at www.chanlim.com. Don't forget to visit SM City  Naga, the gallery is open until September 5.

More power to Chan Lim Family and Students and Dios Mabalos for the unique and nourishing activity! May you continue to inspire more people through your passion.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Run for Wellness 7

Naga City - The Run for Wellness of South Star Drug Inc. scheduled on September 11, 2016 4:30 am at the Plaza Quezon, is now on its seventh installment! This year's theme is South Star Drug Run for Wellness: The Viral Challenge. The Viral Challenge is a fun run event where participants need to save their “lives” from viruses that will attempt to steal their lives as they run to finish their chosen course. At the start of the race, participants will be given a belt with 3 flags attached to it representing their health. These flags are what the viruses will try to steal from the participants during the race.  Runners who finish their course the fastest and with “lives” to spare shall win the race.

Registration fee and inclusions:
Php 300 both for 3k and 5k. Includes singlet, bib number and race kit.

Registration Venues:
Naga - Crown Hotel bldg. cor. E. Angeles and P. Burgos St., Naga City
         - 77 Concepcion, Pequeña, Naga City
Daet - Elevated Plaza, Vinzons Ave., Daet
Legaspi - Rizal St., Legaspi City
Iriga - Alfelor St. cor. Rotary Road, Iriga City

For more details, please contact:  Mr. Shamemar O. Bonsol – 0932.876.5560 or at shamemar_bonsol@southstardrug.com.ph




Friday, August 12, 2016

40th Milo Marathon 2016 Naga City Race

40th Milo Marathan 2016 Naga Elimination 
Sunday, August 28, 2016 3:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Philippine Time)
SM City Naga Road

Source: milo.com.ph

3km: PhP150.00
5km: PhP150.00
10km: PhP650.00
21km: PhP750.00

REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Online Registration Closes Two Weeks Before Race Day
21k & 42k participants are required to upload their "FIT TO RUN" medical certificate.
All online registrants must upload a photo of  MILO 300g pack receipt.

For on-site registration please contact Mr. Francis Barja on 0919-3909199 / 0917-6551000

40th Milo Marathon Rules & Regulations – Download Here
40th Milo Marathon Registration Form – Download Here
Singlet Chart HERE

*Image and race details are from milo.com.ph

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Travel to Naga Via SkyBus Premiere




Bicol Isarog Transport Systems Inc. has really stepped up their game ahead of the other bus companies in delivering style and comfort here in the south. The newest bus in addition to the business class buses of Bicol Isarog is the SkyBus Premiere (Peñafrancia Bus) with a "massage seat" available for the first 4 passengers in the first 2 rows of the bus using a 1x1 arrangement.

*Updated March 2017









There are two Skybus Premieres available at the moment, SkyBus 600 and SkyBus 700
First 4 seats (with massage) is P1,800.00 now priced at P2,000 as of March 2017 1x1 seating. Third row onwards are at P1,100.00
Departs for Naga from Araneta Center Bus Terminal (Cubao) at 8:30pm
Departs for Manila from Bicol Central Station (Naga City) at 8:30pm
One stopover at McDo Tiaong

Skybus 700
Now I finally got to try the Premiere Seat which boasts the massage feature during the first week of October. I was in Manila for a paper presentation plus conference for two days and had to go back to Naga the next day for another speaking engagement. I was cramming on my PowerPoint presentation and I booked the P1,800.00 Premiere seat with the idea in mind that I have to work on my presentation. That was my primary reason as to why I forced myself to spend a little more than the usual. Here are my personal favorite features about the Skybus Premiere that might be in contrast to many. For me, it's not just about the massage feature. I'm not willing to pay for the massage, I'm willing to pay for something else. Read on.


First, THE SPACE. A whole lot of it. Gives you the exclusivity of your own personal space since the next one beside you is a bit far from you. Even if you fully recline the chair, you will never disturb the person seated at your back which is actually annoying (somehow) in the 2x1 type of bus. The chair only reclines and adjusts within the hard casing enclosure.


Second, it's AUTOMATIC. Everything is just a push button away. Well, except for the folding table. The massage is just an added bonus for me. Why? Even if you don't turn it on, you'll have a longer and natural massage because of the road condition along the way. The road to Bicol has always been bumpy since childhood. Trust me, it's still the same with that of the regular 2x1 / de luxe bus only that you have a wider space. The massage area is only for your back. I'm pretty sure no one would dare use it for the whole 8 to 9 hour bus trip. I could just imagine the energy it can consume if all 4 seats have the massage on the whole time of the trip. 


It would have been perfect if there's an outlet for gadgets. That's the only one missing in the picture.




Just be careful when the bus is on the move already as it would be difficult to still have your laptop on the folding table. For me, it was more comfortable o have it placed on my lap instead and use the table as a barrier so that it won't topple down. 


This was the purpose of the table for me. If this bus had a personal charging station per seat? This will be for the win! Bun until then, always bring your power banks with you.

The WiFi of the bus is telecom signal-dependent. During that night the WiFi was not actually working, that's why I had to use my own data connection. You could just ask the attendant to reset the router just in case you're unable to connect to their WiFi service. They too serve a bottle of water and a snack, usually a cupcake or brownie.

Top of my list in Bicol Isarog Buses would be the Regular Skybus worth P1,100 (Skybus 100 and 200) or any 2 x 1 seat configuration of the three bus lines and of course the Sleeper Bus S1. The Skybus Premiere would just be on a "depending on the need" basis. But yeah, I'm not paying for the massage, I'm paying for the space and exclusivity.

---End of Review--

A Naga City Deck follower shared his experience regarding the Skybus Premiere around 2 weeks ago. The following are his photos and review about the new bus with permission for posting.


Back rest is clean and no folding tables or cup holders as its beyond your reach due to long legroom space.



Yes, you do have a folding table.

Side view of the special seat, very wide and spacious


Skybus premiere uses "2 class designs". After the toilet you'll see a 2 x 1 arrangement [front view] which is similar to that of Skybus 200. 


Storage, cup holders located at one of the armrest [an airline fleece blanket, bottled water, coffee travel mug will fit nicely]


The good: Excellent leg room [not for my legs but rather if you want to bring reasonable size luggage beside you rather than stow it at the baggage compartment], personal storage, very good width kinda like business class seat on long haul flights, electronic controlled backrest/ leg support swivel, your own personal table.

The bad: No usb/ ac outlet socket, flexible gooseneck lamp attached to the side of your head rest [for reading].

The in between: You can't make use of the leg rest as I felt my feet are "hanging" unless I'm 3 foot eleven. So rather, for all the duration of the journey, both feet are resting on the floor. As for the electronic massager, it does work, but its anyone's preference if they find the need for it.

It's worth the experience...though for the money, privacy, flat bed experience, bigger storage space inside the bus, I'll go for the Sleeper Bus S1.
--End--

Below are the Skybus 100 / 200's interior which are RSL buses which are still under Bicol Isarog TSI. All Skybuses have a stewardess on board to introduce the the bus' features, the driver and other customer service related concerns. And oh, they also serve a simple snack and water for the passengers. 

CLICK HERE for my review of Isarog Line's Sleeper Bus S1. They also have a speed limiter, which beeps if the driver exceeds 80 kph.
Skybus 100


Skybus 100
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