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Awesome Festivals

MALASIMBO 2015: Why You Should Go to Malasimbo Festival’s 5th year Anniversary! #FOMO

Malasimbo 2014 II. Photo by Terence AngsiocoMalasimbo Music and Arts Festival is an international music arts and festival set amidst the tropical gardens of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. The festival grounds are situated at the foothills of Mt. Malasimbo where the grass-terraced amphitheater overlooks one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

This year for their 5th anniversary, they are bringing in two weekend of festivities: The Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival on March 6-8 and The Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival on March 13-15.

Malasimbo 2015Malasimbo is a top attraction in the Department of Tourism’s campaign, “Visit the Philippines Year 2015.” It is known for its local and international artists, awe-breathtaking landscape, and unique ecological programs. The festival continues to grow into a global phenomenon, with more than 5,000 people from over 30 countries in attendance in 2014.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should take part in Malasimbo’s 5th year…

#5 The Beautiful Malasimbo Venue

Malasimbo AmpitheaterOne of their biggest assets is their Natural Amphitheater below the mystical Mt. Malasimbo.

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I love how we could sit on the grass-terraced amphitheater overlooking the moon and the stars. There are no VIP sections and guests can freely roam around the grounds. You’d also be surprised that the artists themselves mingle and blend in with the crowd.

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Awesome Festivals

5 Reasons not to miss the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta this Weekend!

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaJoin the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival set on February 12 to 15, 2015 at the Philippine Air Force ADAC Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

There will be four full days of flying activities including hot air ballooning, aerobatic exhibitions, skydiving, powered paragliding, aviation formation, search and rescue flight demonstrations, and balloon bursting, among other aviation spectacles—await attendees and participants to the highly anticipated event.

Here are our top 5 favorites for the day one event, in no specific order… 

#1 Hot Air Balloon Flight
IMG_5581-2The Hot Air Balloon Flight is the most anticipated exhibition of the whole fiesta, and you have two chances to see it, one is early in the morning where the balloons fly out, and in the afternoon where they fly back to the airport.

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaWe were lucky enough to ride a hot air balloon with Captain Wolf and his chase crew.

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaWe even had a closer look on the preparations needed before the flight. 

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaThis is where we landed a lahar-covered terrain… 

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon Fiestaa very scenic landing spot, making you feel like you are in another planet.

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaThere we met up with the chase crew with their off-the road vehicle. Driving back to the launch site was a unique experience itself, as we rode through rough terrains.

Check out our hot air balloon ride video with the OAP team and the crew! 

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon Fiesta
Thank you Captain Wolf for the awesome experience. This could be a perfect date for Valentines, if you’re interested the hot air balloon ride it costs USD200/head.

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Manila Life

10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015!

Valentine Weekend is just around the corner, and we have exciting new romantic restaurants that recently opened in Manila.

Our Awesome Planet Most Romantic Restaurant Series:

Here are the Top 10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015:

 

1. NOBU MANILA

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The NOBU Restaurant is a Japanese & Peruvian-inspired restaurant by Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in City of Dreams Manila. It’s the signature restaurant of the Nobu Hotel and the 2nd Celebrity Chef Restaurant to open in the metro.

We had a special date with our foodie friends, Tina and Chef Guy, to check it out. Here’s our experience and some tips to have an awesome experience at Nobu…

NOBU MANILA
Level 1 Tower 3 Nobu Hotel
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 691-2882, 691-2885
Websitehttp://www.cityofdreams.com.ph

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.

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Events, Manila Life

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit BAKERY FAIR 2015 This Weekend!

Bakery Fair 2015

Bakery Fair is Philippine’s biggest trade show in the baking and food service industry celebrated biennially. It also holds as a platform for pioneers and newbies in the industry to develop their brand by upgrading equipment, investing in new technology and learning more about what’s new in the baking and food service industry.

Check out our video, on why people go to Bakery Fair!

Don’t miss the chance to visit the fair this weekend!

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should visit Bakery Fair 2015…

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Performance Arts

Comedy Cartel: Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown Grand Final Winners!

IMG_4249The Comedy Cartel are the pioneers of observational point-of-view stand-up comedy in the Philippines. This year they brought the Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown, a one of a kind yearlong comedy competition that will discover the best of the best local comedians in the Philippines!

If you're tired of the usual gay comedy or just not a huge fan of being made fun of in a comedy act, then Comedy Cartel might just be right for you! We all know how Filipinos love to laugh and we like Comedy Cartel's mix of intelligent humor, Filipino do's and taboos and the green jokes. 

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Mystery Rooms

10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014!

I love Live Escape Game / Mystery Rooms ever since we tried Mystery Manila’s Justice for Manila. It’s very addicting and a great challenging bonding session with your friends and family. Have you tried it?

It’s great to have two competing pioneers BreakOut Philippines by OutBreak Manila vs. Mystery Manila that continuous to elevate this live game genre in Manila. We tried all the Mystery Rooms and we solved most of it except for BreakOut Philippine’s Adarna’s Lair.  My personal favorite is Rebecca’s Room by Mystery Manila.

Here’s our top 10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014:

 

1. ADARNA’S LAIR @BreakOutPH

Breakout Manila - Adarna's Lair-12.jpgADARNA’S LAIR is the hardest Breakout Philippine’s real life escape room game experience. You play as detectives and find a cure for the initial spreading of the Zombie Outbreak in Manila. You only have 45mins until Dr. Adarna arrives or become a zombie bait.

I must admit this was the most challenging room we encountered, but also the most elaborate in terms of production setup and fun in terms of solving the puzzles.

We “almost” solved Adarna’s Lair, and here’s why we failed…

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ADARNA’S LAIR
You are a detective trying to discover more about the virus during the initial spreading of the Zombie Outbreak in Manila. Succeeding rumors of Dr. Adarna being involved with the Outbreak, you investigate his house to look for solid evidence and perhaps a way to stop the infection before it becomes too late.

Upon entering the premises, you get a feeling you are not alone. You start hearing sounds you only hear in nightmares. Can you find the information you need and breakout before you become zombie bait?

Breakout Philippines
Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550
Email[email protected]
Instagram@breakoutph
Twitter@breakoutph
FacebookBreakout Philippines
Websitehttp://breakout.com.ph/

Operating Hours
Friday to Sunday: open to the general public from 10.00am to 11.30pm
Monday to Thursday: only available for private bookings and corporate team buildings.

 

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Mystery Rooms

WORLD OF WIZARDRY: Harry Potter-Inspired Mystery Room @MysteryManila

As featured in 10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014! 

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WORLD OF WIZARDRY is a Harry Potter-inspired mystery room by Mystery Manila where you can play out your wizard fantasies of mixing potions, conjuring spells, and unlocking the secrets of the room.

It’s so much fun, even if you aren’t a Potterhead… 

Mystery Manila Series:

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Events, Manila Life

New Year’s Eve Manila 2015: Awesome Guide to New Year’s Eve Party in Manila!

12/30/15 Update: New Year’s Eve Manila 2016: Awesome Guide to a Dazzling New Year! 

New Year's Eve Party by Marksim Pasko
(Copyright by Marksim Pasko)

New Year’s Eve (NYE) Parties in Manila is getting exciting in 2015.  You can decide to celebrate in a hotel – Sofitel, Solaire, Manila Peninsula or Best Western, or in the malls – Mall of Asia GMA 7 Countdown and Eastwood Quezon City Countdown.  This year, TV5 is joining the NYE celebration with a Happy sa 2015 QC Countdown and the City of Manila with Sulong Manila 2015 Countdown.

Bonifacio Global City will be the center of the club party scene and after parties for New Year’s Eve. Check out VASK’s Glamorous Black and Gold Affair and the after party at VALKYRIE. Hop on to RAVEN, HYVE, VYNE and SKYE or catch the sunrise at the new club PANGAEA at City of Dreams.

Like us, we would escape the party scene in Manila either go to the Philippine Arena’s 2015 Philippine Countdown in the North or to Taal Vista’s New Year’s Eve Bash in the South. 

Here’s the Awesome Guide to New Year’s Eve Party in Manila to welcome 2015:

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Mystery Rooms

OUTBREAK ASSAULT: Most Awesome Zombie Survival Game in Manila! @OutbreakManila

Read More: Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL

Outbreak Assault
OUTBREAK ASSAULT is a Zombie Survival Simulation, where a team of ten players, are geared up and sent on a mission inside a 6-storey abandoned building. Inside, the team will be given a set of tasks to complete while facing hordes of zombies. 

The OAP team were really excited to experience this first of a kind Zombie Survival Simulation.

Here’s a photo essay of this the Outbreak Assault held last October 18. Happy Halloween!

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Mystery Rooms

THE PRISON ROOM: Breakout from the Prison Room in 45 minutes! @BreakoutPH

Read More: Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL

Breakout Manila - Prison Room-8.jpgTHE PRISON ROOM is a Breakout Philippine’s escape room where you are locked up inside a prison cell, and you have to solve clues to escape in 45 minutes. 

Here are some tips on how to breakout from the Prison Room:

PRISON ROOM by Breakout Philippines
Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550
Email[email protected]
Instagram@breakoutph
Twitter@breakoutph
FacebookBreakout Philippines
Websitehttp://breakout.com.ph/

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