Manila Life

List of Volunteer Organizations (💯Legit) in the Philippines! #GOVolunteer

Performing Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Volunteers

Volunteering is both a selfless give-and-take act because you work for free to contribute to the community but in return, you discover yourself while your love tank is filled by the people you helped.

But these days, you have to be careful about which volunteer groups to join because some exploits the community they work with by making them dependent on volunteers instead of making the community better.

iVolunteer Philippines is the leading organization that connects volunteers to the rightful NGOs and communities for the last 10 years. Every year, they hold a GO! Volunteer Expo to showcase and meet the different volunteer groups. This is a great opportunity also for volunteers to look for where they can offer their skills to the group that would benefit the most.

This year, the GO! Volunteer Expo will happen at Glorietta Activity Center on April 6 & 7, 2019.

This time, iVolunteer Philippines is making it an even bigger event that will celebrate everyday Filipino heroes and the timeless act of giving back. iVolunteer believes that when given the opportunity, Filipinos are always willing to answer the call for help.

Here’s the complete list of Volunteer Communities that you can join:

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#Restaurants

GILARMI Lounge: One of the Best Hotel Lounges in Manila @DiscoveryPrimea

Gilarmi Cocktail Lounge, the lobby lounge of Discovery Primea, is one of the best hotel lounges in Manila.

Usually, hotel lounges are just token spots for guests to hang out in and not really places to come looking for quality. But we were surprised by how good the quality of the comfort food was paired with gin and tonic or cocktails.

Here’s what we love at Gilarmi Lounge.

 

Gilarmi Lounge
Ground Floor, Discovery Primea Hotel
6749 Ayala Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City
Operating Hours: 7 AM to 11 PM daily

Telephone: +63 2 955 8888 / +63 2 988 2988 /
Mobile: +63 917 679 4567
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Discovery Primea
Twitter: @DiscoveryPrimea
Instagram: @discoveryprimea
Websitehttps://www.discoveryprimea.com/the-gilarmi-lounge/

Discovery Primea Series

DISCOVERY PRIMEA Experience: Guide to Lovin’ Every Minute of it!
FLAME Restaurant: The Best of Modern Asian Dining
TAPENADE: The Best of TAPENADE Restaurant
GILARMI: One of the Best Hotel Lounges in Manila

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Performance Arts

Eto na! Musical nAPO! (The Final Extension) Review

(Photo by GA Fallarme)

I almost missed watching this show—Eto na! Musical nAPO!—and I’m glad that we were still able to catch the final extension of the second run (until April 7 only).

It was one of the best original Filipino musicals we watched that really touched us with its inspiring message of pursuing your passion against all odds and fighting for the love of your life.

Here’s what we love about Eto na! Musical nAPO!

 

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!
Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City
Last Shows: April 5 at 8:00pm, April 6 at 2:30pm & 8:00pm, April 7 at 2.30pm

Synopsis
: Set in a university in the 70s, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! tells the coming-of-age of a ragtag of college friends as they gear up to win a songwriting competition. Through it all, they share triumphs, romantic bliss and heartbreak. All of this happens under the iron fist of Martial Law. What keeps them together is their sheer love for music and a friendship that stands the test of time and turmoil.

Official Hashtag: #MusikalnAPO
Facebook: 9WorksTheatrical
Twitter@9WTonline
Instagram: @9WTonline

For tickets, contact +632 586-7105, +63 917 554-5560 or Ticketworld at +632 891-9999.

RESERVED SEATING
Zone A (₱3,690)
Zone B (₱3,075)
Zone C (₱2,665)
Zone D (₱1,845)
Zone E (₱1,537.50)

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#Travel, Japan

NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

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If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you might want to make a side trip to one of Japan’s best kept secrets!

Nagano Prefecture, besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year-old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple and the cute wild snow monkeys!

Here are 10 reasons why Nagano is worth checking out.

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

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#Travel, Japan

Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1,400-Year-Old Temple!

Nagano

The Japanese have long been told to visit Zenkoji Temple at least once in their lifetime. The 1,400-year-old temple is one of Japan’s most important pilgrimage sites since the 7th century and is regarded as a National Treasure.

 

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

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#Travel, Japan

SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!

This is the lake from Kimi no Na wa!

While the lake is fictional in the movie, it is based on Lake Suwa, a body of water in the central region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Lake Suwa, located in the middle of the city, is one of Japan’s most famous lakes. It is known for its hot springs (onsen) and the spectacular Suwa Fireworks Festival where 40,000 fireworks take off, enchanting tourists every summer.

The Suwa area is also known as the “Switzerland of the East”, home to many watchmakers, glassmakers, music box and other precision manufacturers.

Here’s our sample 1-day itinerary of Suwa City.

 

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!
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#Restaurants

LAMPARA Poblacion: What this Modern Filipino Bistro Really Tastes Like (Review)

Lampara Restaurant, in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati, is a Neo-Filipino Bistro by Chèf Rj Ramos (Samar), Chèf Alfonse Sotero (Iloilo) and Chèf Prince Tan (Nueva Ecija). These chef-owners are young graduates of Enderun and the deliciously hip Hey Handsome.

Its name was inspired by fire and the passion of these chefs to push the Filipino dining scene forward in Brgy. Poblacion.

We heard mixed reviews, and some say it’s all hype. We got to try it for ourselves and here’s what we think.

LAMPARA
5883 Enriquez Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +63 917 173-588
Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm,  10:00pm – 2:00 am
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Lampara
Messenger: m.me/lampara.pob
Instagram@lampara.pob

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#Travel, Japan

MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!

Matsumoto is famed as one of Japan’s great sightseeing spots!

It’s Nagano Prefecture’s second largest city, home to the oldest and most beautiful castle in Japan and a gateway to the Japan Alps that’s known for its winter activities and hot springs.

Here are the top 10 activities we recommend to complete your Matsumoto City visit…

NAGANO SERIES:
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!
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#Philippines

Wandererland Fest 2019: Magical 2-Day Experience!

Wanderland

On the celebration of its seventh year, Wanderland continued to exceed our expectations as they gave us another memorable year in the music and arts scene. This year, they made it bigger and better by making it a 2-day festival. Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club on day 1 and The Kooks on day 2, this year’s festival gave us a mix of old and new favorites from the best of foreign as well as local acts.

WANDERLAND
Filinvest City Events Grounds, Alabang
(March 9 & 10, 2019)
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest
Instagram: wanderlandfest

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#Philippines, #Travel, Japan

MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!

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It’s Japan’s oldest castle!

Matsumoto Castle is one of the five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. It’s over 400 years old, making it the oldest castle donjon remaining in the country.  Unlike many palaces in Japan, its original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII. That’s why it was able to keep most of its original wooden donjons and walls intact.

It is nicknamed as the “crow castle” for its contrasting color of black and white. It’s currently my favorite castle in Japan because I find it exceedingly rare to find a Japanese castle so well preserved in its original state.

It’s my second time visiting the famed attraction and here are some tips that I wished I knew on my first visit…

Matsumoto Castle Entrance: 
4-1 Marunochi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano
Saturday (8:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM)
Sunday (8:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM)
Weekdays (8:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM)
Entrance: Adult: 610 YEN
Children: 300 YEN
6 years old or under: Free
Phone: (0263) 32-2902

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