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Thursday, April 27, 2017

'Heart of Bicol' is now Fibr-powered


NAGA CITY, Bicol, April 20, 2017 – The ‘Heart of Bicol’ is now one of the region’s first Fibr-powered cities.

PLDT Home’s nationwide rollout of its industry-leading fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) lines is bringing the country’s most powerful broadband to Bicol, and Naga City is at the heart of this groundbreaking development.

In addition to providing families access to internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps, PLDT Home is also opening its first sales and service center (SSC) in the city. The strategically located and spacious 165-square meter store at Centro Square, Penafrancia Avenue, will allow customers to transact with greater ease and speed and experience first-hand PLDT Home’s products and services. PLDT SSC Naga is the second after Nuvali. 


Customers will also enjoy the unique features and innovative services inside the store such as Infotouch, a self-care kiosk where they can view and print their PLDT bills; a digital menuboard where they can shop for PLDT products; giant interactive screens where they can surf and play using a 32” Telpad; and a cozy lounge with 50” video wall where they can watch Cignal TV channels.

Infotouch self-care kiosk
 As the region’s commercial and cultural center, Naga is one of the Philippines’ fastest-growing cities. The partnership with PLDT Home will further the city’s capabilities and its robust local economy, and empower the digital lifestyles of its residents.

“We look forward to this partnership with the local government of Naga City to help bring the power of Fibr to more homes,” PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. said. “With world-class internet from PLDT Home Fibr, we can help families take advantage of opportunities enabled by digital technology.”

PLDT Home Fibr now empowers Nagueños to experience high-speed equal upload and download speeds, and enjoy diverse and compelling entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners and renowned providers like iflix, Netflix, Fox+, and iWant TV, among others, for as low as P1,899 per month.

Families will also enjoy added peace of mind with home security devices such as the home monitoring system Fam Cam, the cyber security platform Fam Zone and the multi-functional kiddie gadget Smart Watch which parents can use to track and contact their kids. 

Fam Cam

Naga City Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion added, “Strong partnerships are key to the growth of any major city, and we are honored to have PLDT, the Philippines’ telco leader on our side. Naga City is proud to be Fibr-powered.”

Naga City is only the first stop in PLDT Home’s continuous and aggressive expansion in the Bicol region. The country’s digital services leader targets to reach up to 4.4 million homes passed by end of the year, as part of its nationwide FTTH network rollout. PLDT has also deployed hybrid fiber technologies over its existing copper lines which can boost data speed of current subscribers up to 700 Mbps. By end-2018, PLDT envisions that all of its subscribers will be in “smart homes.”


PLDT has invested P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years to roll out the country’s most extensive transmission and distribution network infrastructure which now has 150,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables that transport the growing data traffic of its fixed line and mobile networks.

PLDT Home has also recently declared Toledo City in Cebu and General Santos in Mindanao as ‘Fibr Cities’, signaling strengthened partnerships with local governments and communities to expand its footprint and bring world-class internet to more Filipinos.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Max's Restaurant Chicken All-You-Can


Guys, Check this out! Chicken All-You-Can at Max's Restaurant is back!!! This crazy treat happens at 2PM until 10PM. For only P249, you'll get to enjoy a quarter-sized fried chicken for every serving. You'll get your next chicken after you consume your first piece. Since there's only three Max's Restaurant in Bicol one in SM City Naga and the other two Pacific Mall Legazpi and Ayala Mall's Legazpi, the schedule is on April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12. So calendar these dates now! I'll  SEE YOU GUYS at the SM City Naga branch!


Full Mechanics:
1. Max’s Quarter Chicken will be served with (1) glass of Pepsi products for only P249.
2. Valid for dine-in transactions ONLY at selected Max's restaurants from 2:00pm to 10:00pm.
3. Chicken will be served after each piece has been consumed.
4. One time serving of drinks only.
5. Strictly no sharing and no leftovers.
6. Not valid in conjunction with any other ongoing promos and discounts.
7. Not available for takeout, delivery, bulk order, and functions.
8. Promo Duration:
North & South Luzon – April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12
9. Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 4865 Series of 2017

For list of other stores in the Philippines, CLICK HERE

Monday, April 24, 2017

1st Sulong-Sulong Festival FUN BIKE at DAWN


LGU Bombon in cooperation with Bombon Bikers Club invite you to a Fun Biking event in support to the Advocacy- We Want BIKELANES in the PHILIPPINES / (ADVOCACY 101 : WORLDWIDE DEBATE SOLVED Protected Bike Lanes Now VERSUS Share the Road

LET US SUPPORT THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF SAFETY
Date: May 2, 2017 Tuesday 
Assembly Time: 4:00 AM
Assembly Area: Bombon People's Center

Start: 5:00 AM

One Life is too Valuable. One Death is too Many.

Participants may use:
* Mountain Bike 
* Road Bike
* Folding Bike
* BMX Bike
* Fixie Bike
* Lady Bike

REGISTRATION FEE: Php 50.00
With Simple Breakfast
With Bib/Bike Number
With Certificate of Participation

NO HELMET - NO FUN BIKE
NO BIKELIGHT/BLINKERS-NO FUN BIKE

Registration Center: Sangguniang Bayan Office
Look for: Madel -0920-3476483 / 0956-8601073
Gemma - 0921- 5833837
Organizer VM Eddie - 0917-8688326


Sunday, April 23, 2017

#IAmUrbanBrave


I live in a city with a "probinsya feels". My life has been revolving around my day job and my passion as a blogger. I have recently made it a point to do two things that I love at the same time. My online life as a blogger has contributed so much to my day job being in the academe. It took me quite some time to figure it out and living in this part of the world will mean gadgets and accessories that will fit my lifestyle.Work, leisure, travel, blog, teach and do office work, oh wait I forgot, I am still a member of my family. We all have different roles in our lives and we need the right accessories, gadgets, bags and other things that will make our lives easier and comfortable.

Photo taken during my Urban trip to Taguig this April.
 I see to it that when I purchase products, it should be something that can be useful in my line of work and my passion at the same time. Aside from the functions, it should be durable and long lasting that could withstand unwanted elements. There's always the option to get the affordable ones but quality is at stake. Patience and saving up can go a long way so to speak and it does save the environment too, like avoiding yourself to trash immediately low quality products. So I checked out this store, Urbanize which is a haven of "Supplies for the Urban Adventure" and found so many items that would complement my daily needs and lifestyle in general.

First would be something to deliver a primary need which is to stay hydrated using the Hydrapak Stash collapsible bottle. This is really a space saver when not in use, genius! This is perfect for my weekend getaways!


I bet that if you have a friend or a relative who is a teacher, going to and from work will always look like as if you are bringing school work to your home. Preparing lessons, checking papers etc. is always part of being a teacher. This Sherpani Camden Tote/Crossbody/Backpack (Birch) is really one way to still look fab despite all the things that a teacher needs to bring home. I'm almost a decade old in the academe and never a day passed by that I used a small bag lol.


My third must-have would be this Urbanize flattop backpack. There are days that I transform to a blogger after office hours. This means that I have to bring with me my camera and necessary blogging accessories whenever we have blogging duties in the city alongside my existing office things. Carrying my essentials is like function and fashion at the same time with this backpack.

Let's face it, urban jungles also breed bad elements. Being vigilant and wise are two important characteristics these days especially for professionals. The anti-theft features of this Lewis N. Clark Secura collection utilizes straps with embedded stainless steel cables, has flexible Magnaloft™ fabric panels provide slash protection in critical compartments, with superb Locking hardware and zippers and RFID blocking features for identity theft protection. This is definitely a must-have especially for our hard-earned investments. Exploring the world can definitely be this confident with the Secura collection. 


Working people move to places not only for leisure but for growth. Part of my work also brings me to Metro Manila for training, conferences, conventions and the like. I have always been a backpack person for my travels to the metro and this 27L rugged pack designed for comfort of transport and protection of digital essentials called the Thule Paramount will obviously do the job. A 2-3 days conference in Manila is definitely easy-peasy with this bag.


This is from our last work/leisure trip to the Metro a few weeks ago.
  


I hope the  next time I have this kind of photo, it's an Urbanize product on my back. :)
So there, if you want to check out their line of  brands and Urban Adventure supplies, head on to their Facebook page HERE or website http://www.urbanize.com.ph

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Class / Lessons in Naga 2017


Summer 2017!!! On this page you will see updates about the available summer classes / lessons / workshops in the city ranging sports, music, dance, art, cooking and a lot lot more. For organizers, please feel free to message us on NCD Facebook for us to include your program. Bookmark this page now!

Aquaholic at the Avenue Fitness 
Avenue Plaza Hotel

Toddler, Basic and Advance Swimming Lessons

Batch 1: March 20 - April 1, 2017
Batch 2: April 2 - April 20, 2017
Batch 3: April 24 to May 6, 2017
Batch 4: May 8 - May 20, 2017
Batch 5: May 22 - June 3, 2017

Enroll now! Call 473 9999

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ALT Center in partnership with Sangre de Naga Theater Group present to you 'Children's Theater Workshop.'

For children ages 9-12 years old
Let them experience the full taste of THEATER (from basic acting, script writing, singing and dancing to producing their own stage design and props). A whole month extravaganza with seasoned artists from different theater organizations and specialties.

Don't miss this chance! Brought to you by ALT Center and Sangre de Naga Theater Co. 

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Asiawise Study Center

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Cambridge CDC-Naga Young Learners Homeschool / Tutorial Center
Reading Enhancement Class
CLICK HERE for more details

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Ateneo Basketball Camp
CLICK HERE for more info

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Naga City Montessori
CLICK HERE for more info

Academic Courses, Sports Clinic,  Musical Instruments


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunnies Studios at Soleil, Ayala Malls Legazpi


When the sun is out, I would rather have my eyes protected than using an umbrella, no kidding. Both my mom and sister adore sunglasses and of no doubt that I myself has the same fascination towards this accessory.
Soleil at Ayala Malls Legazpi
The "It girls" have been so famous that these models turned entrepreneurs has offered an affordable and stylish luxury to ladies and gents through the brand Sunnies Studios. Last December 2016, Soleil (located at Ayala Malls Legazpi), the exclusive distributor of Havaianas in South Luzon, also brought Sunnies Studios to Bicolanos. Upon learning about the opening of Sunnies in Bicol, I could not help but become excited as Legazpi is much more closer to Naga than Manila.

For many, sunglasses are an important part of their daily wardrobe. Sunnies Studios is definitely your go-to eyewear source. For as low as P299 you can get to enjoy a variety of design that will suit your face shape and style.


The first time I bought a pair of Sunnies, it was still at Robinsons Manila. I was then out of Bicol for a work-related trip which happens for at least once or the most twice a year. So, Soleil in Ayala Malls Legazpi really saves the day for all the months of waiting just to purchase one from the metro. The first pair that I had was the Lolita (in sepia) that I normally keep inside the car.

The next two pairs that I bought from Soleil Ayala Malls Legazpi just last February was the Corey and Elin both in shades of black. Mom bought Hunter and my sister also bought a green Elin and another pair. Prior to that, when I bought the Lolita, I also got the old rose Pluto for my sis. See how serious we are? lol.
 

Corey
 I normally get colors and shades that can be used for all throughout of the year. BUT, sometimes it just depends on the color of my apparel or just because I'm in a certain mood. 
  
I'm currently in love with The Kiko in Sepia Gradient (modeled by Liza Soberano will make you even want it more) but is currently out of stock online huhu. I was hoping just to get it shipped, wishing that it would be available soon enough. Or, I think I'll just have to wait for updates from Soleil's FB or IG account for Kiko's availability. I hope Soleil can also consider opening at Robinsons Place Naga and bring Sunnies Studios too.

How about you guys, what's your favorite Sunnies? Comment down below and don't forget to share!




Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 #NcDFoodTrip Stops on the way to Albay


Sharing to you my favorite food stops when traveling to Albay. Usually we drop by these stops when driving back to Naga, so it really depends when you get hungry during your trip or just have them as pasalubong.

Bastian Food House 📍Polangui, Albay 📌 Must try: Empanada, they aso have good meals being served. Nice place for a stopover for your long drives. (I can't find my photo na 😞)

Rice Puto and Baduya/Maruya/Sinapot📍 Near the Ligao/Guinobatan Boundary 📌 Must try: Rice Puto (Macapuno Flavor)




Don Juan's Puto / Don Juan's Favorites (Since 1947)📍Guinobatan Proper. An ancestral house-turned restaurant (Landmark is near the bridge/creek). You won't get lost here, once you drive thru the town proper it's just along the highway) 📌 Must try: Puto Bilog, Puto Lanson and other specialties. They also serve Kinalas here and other noodle dishes plus meals. Don't forget to take your photos, the place has a nice facade.








Pinangat and Inolukan 📍Camalig Albay. Don't get confused. Here in Naga and Rinconada area, our Pinangat has a filling (may laman na either shrimp or crab meat particularly ugama), while in Camalig it's the Inolukan. Pinangat in Camalig is purely made of leaves. 📌 Try Let's Pinangat or other stores at the downtown area. At Let's they also sell good Chicharon hehe.





Pure Suka / Coco Vinegar 📍Camalig, Albay
(Apologies, I keep on forgetting the exact barangay of the residences that sells the vinegar, but it's just along the highway, refer to photo)




Thursday, April 6, 2017

7 Fun Things About the Ford EcoSport Titanium (Black Edition)


Naga and CamSur has sure set the bar high when it comes to the number of showrooms of car brands in Bicol. While mostly are in Pili, buyers come from the north to south of Bicol. Full service facilities of the different brands are getting bigger and bigger as they expand in South Luzon. 

I'm a self-confessed car person. One of my bucket-list is to actually drive as many different cars as I can. I know I'm not an expert, but the passion to drive has been there ever since I started driving around 15 years ago. If asked which among my licenses would I want to keep, I would gladly keep my driver's license instead lol. Last April 2016, I blogged about how "Getting a Car in Bicol" has been this easy for us Bicolanos. We visited all the different showrooms here in CamSur and for this post I would be featuring the Ford EcoSport Titanium (Black Edition) variant in Red Mars.

Bacon, Sorsogon
As we all know the government has this revised excise taxes to be applied to automobiles divided into different price brackets in the next few months. So getting to know the right car for you is really important.

I always believe no car is better than the other. We get what we pay for. There might be features available in one car and missing on the other. It's difficult to find the "perfect" car and more or less we end up getting the ones that would justify our transportation needs. If a person learns how to love the strengths and flaws of his/her chosen car, it will always serve its purpose no matter what. I do have my favorites per segment of cars though, but of course, we only get what we need and not what we want.

Ford EcoSport 1.5L Titanium Powershift Black Edition 
Body Type: Crossover (A crossover or crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is a vehicle built on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle)
Transmission: Powershift: 6-Speed Automatic with Select Shift

Now here are the 7 fun things about the Ford EcoSport that would actually be present (some but not all) in the Ambiente and Trend variant too.

1. 200 mm ground clearance. Basically because it's a Crossover type of vehicle. Since I have been driving sedans (Honda City and Ford Fiesta) in the past, I have now appreciated the existence of Crossovers. Though it might cost a little more on your budget, still it's worth it. Less worry on unpaved and rugged roads and perfect for my #ncdtravels.



2. Audio Quality, unique feats and oh the NOISE CANCELLATION. The EcoSport has a standard 6-speaker sound system, it has crisp audio quality with a booming bass that I really like that for me it's a stock that doesn't need any enhancement. Radio, CD, AUX, USB, and Bluetooth functionality for the entertainment system of the EcoSport. As a downside for some perhaps, people are now used to touch screens on their dashboards and the previous models of the EcoSport does not have that. BUT Ford has the SYNC system instead accessible by voice commands. Perfect when making and receiving calls, plus changing and choosing your music is hands free. It's like the Siri version of Microsoft. Touch screens belong to the Everest and Escape line but the next model will now have the touchscreen version already based on the media launch. The EcoSport  has a built-in Digital Signal Processing or DSP. Not only does it optimize the audio levels based on speed, but it can be optmized based on two settings: driver or passenger centric. So if you like your favorite artist singing at the back of your car, just adjust the DSP towards the passengers. The EcoSport has a noise cancellation feat, which is very obvious when you roll up and down the windows. There's also another socket at the rear seat, so your passengers can also charge their gadgets.


For inquiries and quotation:
You may contact Arnel Barquilla
(0917) 579 9669
(0939) 917 6260


The Black Edition has roof rails and cross bars ready for roof racks/carriers just in case you want an additional luggage space for longer travel days.


3. Sunroof / Moonroof (Titanium Variant Only). Don't you just love the daylight especially when there's fresh air in your countryside travels? As a blogger, this feat is definitely one of my favorites. Taking photos and videos at this vantage point is clearly an advantage on my end. 



4. Speed Limit Warning -  The EcoSport has an instantaneous fuel consumption gauge bar located at the top-most portion of the multi-information display. Since I have my dashcam which also has a speed limit warning, the EcoSports own speed limit warning is really a plus point especially for highway drives. Just scroll through the vehicle settings and set the speed limit thereafter. 

5. CompartmentsSSSSS - Fold down the rear sets and you can actually put a 560-liter washing machine inside. The Black Edition will actually make the car look smaller becuase of the black color accents, but the space of the EcoSport inside is not compromised. There are twenty (20) storage spaces that let's you conveniently pack things away. A slide-out drawer under the front seat keeps valuables safely out of sight. Even your sunglasses and umbrella have their own spaces. Learn the art of keeping and the EcoSport is up for that.


6. Keyless entry. It takes a lot of getting used to. Just a piece of advice, always put the keys near you as much as possible, in your pockets or clasp it on your belt. You can either lock the car using the remote or just by a push of the button on any of the three doors (two front doors and back).

7. Daytime Running Led Lights. The EcoSports front is really iconic, the daytime running led lights just gives it the sporty look. The blue lights inside the car is actually refreshing, not the usual orange or red ones.

Other feats: Aside from the distinctive running lights, the rear view mirror has Auto-Dimming feat that is really helpful at night when the car behind you is on high beam. The front wipers are also rain-sensitive, meaning, the harder the pour of the rain, the faster the wiper. You can also turn it off just in case you want to save a little battery of course. . It's one feature that I also appreciate. 


If your not into the Titanium variant, the Trend in Manual Transmission is actually a good option. I would not bother discussing which is better among the AT and MT, again, it will depend on the driver. As for fuel consumption, your DRIVING HABITS is a huge factor to consider. Speeding will always cost you more gas than the usual. The next model of the EcoSport will lose the Exterior Spare Wheel, at the back of my mind it might look like the Ford Escape, but let's see in the next months to come.


Ford EcoSport Led Scuff Plates

There's a new Crossover coming from another carmaker, the Hyundai Creta. I'm quite excited about it since it will be the rival of the EcoSport. Hope to get a hands on the Creta sometime May or June, let's see if we can feature it too.

For inquiries and quotation:
You may contact Arnel Barquilla
(0917) 579 9669
(0939) 917 6260