Monday, March 18, 2019

Yamaha kicks off first leg of the 10th Grand Prix

Last March 17, 2019, bikers and race enthusiasts gathered at the first leg of Yamaha Gran Prix 10 held at Robinsons Novaliches, Quezon City.

In the said event, Yamaha Philippines recognized the National Team duo of Masato “The Chairman” Fernando and McKinley Kyle “Wonder Boy” Paz for winning the recently-concluded Asia Road Racing Championship.

As representatives to the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, McKinley Kyle Paz led the charge with a resounding win and claimed the 1st position giving the country its first taste of the victory.

The Philippine contingent also earned the best team award for this race and will do everything to prepare for another grueling round against Asia’s best to keep our flag at the top of the ARRC. The tandem serves as inspiration to riders who are eyeing to be the best racer they can be.

This season kicked off with the annual categories of the YGP 150 Underbone Championship, All-female Category, Dealer Cup Race and Sniper 150 one-make race complemented by 160 Open AT, Club and Fun Races.

The YGP 150 Underbone Season Championship was composed of top riders from From Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao utilizing the Sniper150 fitting the racers who wants to take home the titles. They all had one goal – to race towards the finish line. During Race 1, the battle was between Robert Ryan Espiritu and Garry Caneda. Determined to be on the first spot, Espiritu created a great distance on the last lap leaving Caneda at second place and Niel John Centeno at third. In Race 2, every rider was eyeing to get the title from Espiritu. Niel John Centeno made a great impression in the first lap but Espiritu was not to be denied as he claimed the back to back top finish. The Overall standings for this leg had Espiritu at first, Centeno at second, and Onahon at third.

In the All-female category, through the great speed of Mio Sporty, Justine Bethany Tolentino showed why she is the reigning champion with a repeat victory and outclassing the field in the Luzon leg. Jasmin Jao was impressive and only trailed the leader by a one-second difference after starting from the eighth spot. While last year’s 1st runner up, Erika Ondillo, pushed through the pack with a third-place finish.

The Dealer Cup Race consisted of MotorAce, New Nemar, FMN Industrial, Rhean Marketing, LYR Motorhub, and DES Marketing, all eager to showcase the Yamaha brand beyond their shop. Maximizing the record-breaking Sight115, each rider was ready to bring home the coveted championship and a season’s worth of bragging rights. After 12 laps, Emerson Inguito of MotorAce emerged on top followed by Ephraim Onahon of Rhean Marketing and JR Daguio of LYR Motorhub.

In the Sniper 150 one-make race, the crowd witnessed why this motorcycle is the trusted vessel of Yamaha’s Champion riders. The speed and precision was evident in every corner of the racetrack. This allowed JC Adia to unleash his full potential to win it all. He was swiftly followed by Tommy Topel and Ramon Franco.

The Yamaha Grand Prix is where the racing dreams turn into reality and those aspiring racers will soon be one of the Filipino racing icons. This competition is the perfect avenue to cater your passion for racing. In this 10th season, Yamaha is off to an epic start with dramatic wins and runaway victories.

Follow the leaders as they race to keep their top spots in the next leg slated on May 26 in Mindanao.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Welcpme the Chinese New Year with Fuss-free holidays for the Family

(Left to right: Diving above the Noonu Atoll, ROBY CLUB Childcare, Beach Volleyball at ROBINSON Club Maldives)

Chinese New Year has become another golden week to go on holiday, with 6.5 million Chinese tourists travelling overseas during this time in 2018. 2019’s Year of the Pig is set to be a prime time for families across China and Hong Kong to celebrate with extraordinary overseas trips with loved ones.

With multi-generational travel set to be a strong trend for the Chinese New Year period in 2019, this year ROBINSON unveils inspiring signature intergenerational experiences, throughout Southern East Asia tailored for Chinese New Year travellers.
ROBINSON Club Resorts offer an extensive range of activities to fit every family’s travelling needs, from the young and adventurous to those looking for a more relaxed private trip, all whilst providing beautiful exotic holiday experiences. With all-inclusive or full board food and sport packages available in 23 club resorts all over the world, ROBINSON offers the solution to hassle-free Chinese New Year holidays, with feasts from a variety of cuisines, alongside fun activities for all the family.

Throughout Chinese New Year, guests at ROBINSON Club Noonu are invited to experience a special celebratory New Year’s dinner, serving traditional Chinese cuisine to begin the Year of the Pig with good fortune. A selection of luxury prizes are also available to win throughout the holiday season, by entering the New Year tombola. With prizes including luxury champagne, specialty restaurant vouchers and a beautiful candlelit beach dining experience.

ROBINSON Club Maldives will prepare a scrumptious Chinese-style feast, presented in the main restaurant Das Edel on February 4. Offering traditional dishes such as Crispy Hoisin DuckYangzhou Style Fried Rice with Chicken and Baby Shrimp along with Festive Moon Cakes to finishthe restaurant will adapt the Asian style shared dining, serving all dishes to large tables. With customary Chinese New Year decorations brightening the mood around the restaurant, diners will enjoy fortune cookies and small New Year gifts, followed by an entertaining dance act to end the evening. An additional Asian-style barbeque buffet is available in the main restaurant for guests who prefer something a little more relaxed.

While ringing in the Chinese New Year in Thailand at ROBINSON Club Khao Lak, guests will be treated to a traditional sunset Chinese Lion Dance in the Beach Bamboo, showering good luck and prosperity on guests. Lifting spirits in the lobby, a tasteful Chinese sakura tree will be on display and guests will be encouraged to hang their paper wishes for 2019 on each branch of the tree. All taking place on 5th February, a Chinese-style array of buffet dishes will be served in the main restaurant followed by a pulsating Chinese dance performance at the Main Bar.

Best for Families with Kids – ROBINSON Club Khao Lak (Thailand)
This ultimate family destination spans across 280,000m² of beautiful white, sandy beaches in the South of Thailand - one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists in 2018. With families in mind, the club resort provides all inclusive, highly personalised care for children and teenagers, along with fun facilities and activities. ROBY CLUB Classic offers daily childcare, a children’s playroom and an outdoor play area for ‘minis’ (aged 3-6), ‘maxis’ (aged 7-9) and kids (aged 10-12) to play under the care of professional staff. There is a host of child-friendly facilities including ROBS, the parent-free youth club for young adults and the ‘Babyset package’ with young baby facilities added to your room and childcare included.

With varied sports and games available throughout the resort, most of which are already included in each holiday package, fun is always at the forefront. Guests of all ages can choose from football, beach volleyball, water polo and archery, or water sports such as stand-up paddle-boarding or kayaking.

With Full Board Made by ROBINSON available in the outdoor terrace restaurant, along with three additional gourmet options, this relaxing beachside resort offers the ultimate choice for a family Chinese New Year meal.

Best for Intergenerational Families – ROBINSON Club Noonu (Maldives)
ROBINSON Club Noonu offers a Maldives experience like no other. The perfect island getaway this February, the family-friendly beach resort provides a variety of holiday experiences perfect for relatives of all ages. Family rooms have been carefully designed for the biggest, or smallest of groups. Situated directly on the beach, with outdoor lounge areas and beautiful sea view rooms, the double villas are suitable for up to six adults. Complete with connecting doors and two large bathrooms with a bathtub and outdoor shower, the spacious rooms offer luxury like no other.

Sure to get every family member moving, ROBINSON’s signature ‘Sportstainment’ program combines sports, games and all things fun. Whether guests choose to dive over the impressive Noonu Atoll, play volleyball on the spectacular white sandy beach, or participate in a game of urban golf through the resort, ROBINSON Club Noonu offers something for everyone this Chinese New Year.

Oceania Cruises acquires two new Allura Ships

Oceania Cruises, the upper-premium subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., today announced an order for two new ships from Fincantieri S.p.A. The ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2025.

“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises.
The two 67,000 gross ton Allura-Class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests. This new class of mid-size cruise vessels will retain all the warmth, popular design elements, and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and many new luxury amenities.

“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura-Class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary- and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal returning guests, which will ultimately drive further returns for shareholders.”

“This new successful project for Oceania Cruises is yet another demonstration of our ability to capitalize on product innovation and diversification to meet the needs of every type of customer, a capability that distinguishes us in the world” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “The order we are announcing today, indeed, reiterates not only our first place in the luxury sector, but at the same time it further strengthens an unprecedented leadership in the cruise sector, with a backlog of 55 vessels to be built for most of the brands operating on this market, and deliveries extending all the way to 2027”.

The contract price for each of the two vessels is approximately €575 million per ship. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favorable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals.
About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s six intimate and luxurious ships which carry only 684 or 1,250 guests offer an unrivaled vacation experience featuring the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages. For more information click to visit, contact your travel advisor or call  Singapore 800-616 -7096 / India 0008-0004-01054 / Hong Kong and Rest of Asia +852 2165 6010.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Late father continues to inspire Filipino hard-hitter Jeremy Miado

Fathers play many roles in parenting responsibilities to their children. Some are involved in every aspect of their children’s lives, while others work on only selective facets.
Regardless of which areas a father chooses, this relationship begins the journey towards an inevitable bond between parent and offspring.
Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado, a professional mixed martial artist who hails from the province of Albay in the Philippines, looked up to his father all throughout his life and considered him as his personal hero.
“The most important influence in my childhood was my father. My dad was my hero because he's someone I looked up to every single day,” he shared.
Miado’s father supported him in the early stages of his martial arts journey as he trained boxing at a local training facility in his hometown.
Growing up, his idol was Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, and it was not unusual for him and his friends to mimic boxing’s only eight-division world champion during their free time.
“Manny Pacquiao was my idol. I wanted to be just like him when I was a teenager. He was so amazing during his prime as a boxer,” Miado said.
Although it was just a few buddies playing around back then, Miado’s commitment to boxing took a serious turn at the age of 20 when he had to drop out from his Criminology course at Bicol College to help augment the family income.
“I knew I had to do something to help out, anything,” he recalled. “I could not watch my family go through hardship, so I knew it was up to me to change our situation.”
According to Miado, his father was a bit hesitant about his decision to leave school and become a pugilist.
“I guess it’s normal for parents to be worried because what we do is so physical. But I thank him for respecting my decision to drop out and put my focus on martial arts,” he stated.
“Even though he didn’t agree with me, my father knew that I was doing it for the family.”
Like many other rural areas in the Philippines, poverty is widespread, including one of the communities in Albay where Miado was raised as his own family lived a hand-to-mouth existence.
As his parents barely made enough money to provide for the family, strapping on gloves was his only choice, hoping to emulate how Pacquiao fought his way out of bleak circumstances with his fists.
Miado showed lots of promise, garnering a solid record of 32 wins and two losses as an amateur boxer.
He dedicated time and effort to his training, but replicating what the Filipino boxing icon has accomplished was a monumental task.
With no promoters in the region to take young prospects on a route towards money and success, Miado needed a different angle, leaving home to relocate to Metro Manila.
“When I decided to move to Manila because there were a lot more opportunities, I discovered mixed martial arts. It enticed me to try it and make a career out of it,” he disclosed.
When a college friend introduced Miado to Muay Thai, he quickly fell in love with it, adding “The Art of Eight Limbs” to his repertoire.
As he progressed deeper into martial arts, Miado dabbled into different combat disciplines such as wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
With his passion for martial arts growing as the day goes by, Miado eventually won the commendation of his loving father.
“He understood where I was coming from. He started to notice the values that I learned from martial arts. After seeing the beauty of it, he ended up as my biggest fan,” he revealed.
After mastering different forms of martial arts, Miado made his cage debut in January 2016, winning his first six assignments.
His success on the mixed martial arts stage gained him the attention of ONE Championship.
Under the organization’s banner, “The Jaguar” owns two astonishing knockout victories, including the shocking first-round finish of former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: IRON WILL in March 2018.
This past November, Miado pushed through tremendous adversity to claim the most emotionally-charged win of his young career.
The 26-year-old Filipino striker defeated China’s Peng Xue Wen via second-round stoppage at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, which took place in front of his countrymen at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
While the partisan crowd cheered over his spectacular triumph, Miado closed his eyes, raised his hands in celebration, and dedicated the impressive showing to his father, who passed away merely five days prior to his bout against Peng.
"I drew strength from him for that fight. He supported me in this journey. The only thing that I could do at that moment was to repay his support with a victory,” he stressed.
“I was ready to throw in the towel, but my family and team gave me the motivation and the drive to enter the cage.
“Even though my father is gone, I still have them. My friends and family are now the source of my strength.”
Miado was tenacious from the opening bell and displayed marked improvements after he successfully defended against the Chinese wrestler’s takedown attempts.
He threw all of his punches and kicks with authority, and never showed any signs of losing steam.
The finish came at the 35-second mark of round two. Miado dropped Peng with a right uppercut, and then threw follow-up punches until referee Yuji Shimada stopped the contest. .
Miado takes great pleasure in knowing he served his father's memory well as ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS.
"I knew that if I won, he would be happy,” he expressed. “The moment I won, I knew he was happy from up there. I know he was with me. I know he was watching, so I did my best to win."
Knowing that life will never be a straightforward pathway, Miado remains optimistic and believes that he has to hold onto his persistence more than ever.
“Life can get hard and things can go wrong, but no matter what happens, I’ve got to stay strong for my family,” he stated. “I know deep in my heart that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Feast of the Senses at Bistro Charlemagne Ayala Malls Feliz

Bistro Charlemagne recently opened its second branch at Ayala Malls Feliz along Marcos Highway, Pasig City and we got to try out some of their best selers.

Looking for a tasty roasted chicken or fried chicken? Bistro Charlemagne's Little Asia Crispy Chicken is a choice for those looking for the best chicken in town. Dine in and enjoy their tasty and juicy roasted chicken.

Beef Tenderloin Rolls has a burst of cheese and spice that worked out so good!

Vegetable lumpia is usually a stir-fry ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, salt, pepper, onion, carrots, and green onions that are folded into a paper thin lumpia wrapper and eaten with a peanut sauce or fried like spring rolls.

Bistro Charlemagne takes it to whole new level by arranging on top of each other, alternating the vegetable with crispy-fried lumpia wrapper.

They offer Ox Sisig made from slow-cooked tripe and ox tongue with chopped chili peppers, onions and mayonnaise.  They also have Pork Sisig Fries which have the pork cheeks and ears sisig recipe over French fried for an awesome treat!

And their Shrimp Popper (P 425) was excellent. Shrimps are often breaded and fried. Bistro Charlemagne's recipe, however, gives them a "popper" twist. A light golden coating surrounds her butterflied shrimps.

Do visit them soon for a feast fit for a king!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Mall Of Asia Arena for another exciting evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS featured a series of compelling bouts, punctuated by two unforgettable championship clashes that left fans on the edge of their seats. In the main event, Filipino-American superstar Brandon Vera successfully defended his ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli. In the co-main event, Eduard Folayang of the Philippines defeated Singapore’s Amir Khan via unanimous decision to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship.

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In the main event, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines made quick work of Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, stopping his opponent with a well-placed left hook counter to the jaw that turned the lights out on the Italian. After an aggressive Cerilli stalked Vera across the cage, the Filipino-American took a step back and uncorked the counter that landed right on the button. Cerilli was out before he hit the canvas as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to call a halt to the contest just passed the one minute mark. The victory also earned Vera GoDaddy KO of the Night honors.

Brandon Vera, ONE Heavyweight World Champion, stated: “Manila, all my countrymen, I’ve missed you all. Two years was a long time. I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long, but it looks like I can still do it. I’ve been watching Mauro’s tapes every night. Even as I sleep, I watch him train. I watch him fight. I watch everything he does. I know he swings hard. He did punch me in the mouth and it hurt, and then when he fell down, I was pretty surprised. So I’m glad I got that left hook in and dropped him with it. In the world of martial arts, the Philippines owns five world titles. We can do this. Continue your support. Let’s get all the belts!”

In the co-main event of the evening, the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang secured a thrilling five-round unanimous decision victory over Singapore’s Amir Khan to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. Folayang dominated Khan from start to finish, punishing his younger opponent with a variety of striking combinations featuring spinning heel kicks and sharp elbows. Khan tried his best to counter Folayang’s offense, but appeared a step slower and couldn’t pin down Folayang’s timing. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Folayang.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines overcame a game effort from challenger Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju of Singapore to win by unanimous decision after three rounds. Banario dominated Raju in striking exchanges while also threatening with submissions in the first round. Raju made it a competitive bout in the second frame, but Banario came alive once again in the third and nearly finished the Singaporean with a rear naked choke. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Banario.

In a spirited ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, bantamweights Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand and Alaverdi Ramazanov of Russia put on an absolute show for fans at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ramazanov used his height and length to pose problems for Saemapetch early, but the Thai veteran would start to come on in the second round. Although Ramazanov would try his best to outwork his opponent, Saemapetch proved much too explosive and powerful. After three rounds of action, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Saemapetch to win by unanimous decision.

James Nakashima of the United States authored a solid all-around performance in his ONE Championship debut, dominating Russia’s Raimond Magomedaliev to earn a unanimous decision victory. Nakashima bucked a slow start in the first round after Magomedaliev’s range posed a problem for the former American National Wrestling Champion. Nakashima’s grappling prowess was put on display in the succeeding rounds as he took Magomedaliev down at will and consistently pounded him out. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima.

Japanese kickboxing ace Hiroaki Suzuki was victorious in his ONE Super Series debut, picking up a unanimous decision win over Lithuania’s Deividas Danyla. Danyla controlled the pace in the opening round, but Suzuki connected on a left hook that sent Danyla to the mat to close the first frame. In the second round, Danyla continued to put the paces on Suzuki who appeared to grow stronger as the bout wore on. In the third round, Suzuki turned up the pressure with a stream of thunderous kicks and punch combinations, enough to earn him the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Norwegian Cruise Line Jewel is set to arrive in Sydney after bow and stern renovations

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruising, today announced the completion of the refurbishment of Norwegian Jewel as part of The Norwegian Edge® program, reaffirming the company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across the fleet.

Following a two-week dry dock in Singapore for the company’s most extensive enhancement project in 2018, Norwegian Jewel will debut in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, Dec. 1, showcasing refreshed venues, updated spaces, premiere entertainment and redesigned staterooms. 

Offering seven to 19-day itineraries to some of the region’s most exotic destinations, she’ll spend her winter 2018 and spring 2019 seasons cruising from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, before joining Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy in Alaska for the summer.

“Norwegian Jewel’s complete renovation showcases our dedication to providing guests with quality experiences across the fleet and around the world,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Not only are we revealing updated designs and accommodations throughout the ship, but guests will also enjoy new venues and three incredibly exciting shows, one of which premieres for the first time on Norwegian Jewel.” 

Debuting Entertainment
Norwegian Jewel will feature two new shows – “Rock You Tonight,” and ship exclusive “Velvet,” illustrating the company’s commitment to providing high-caliber entertainment. “Rock You Tonight” showcases a medley of songs from the best bands of the 70s, including Queen, Journey and The Who. The Australian hit musical “Velvet" makes its debut at sea with disco classics, a stellar combination of circus acrobatics, cabaret and burlesque elements, and features the talented Brenda Edwards of “X Factor UK” as the lead, with “The Voice” finalist, Frenchie Davis to follow.  

New and Updated Restaurants, Bars and Lounges
Nearly all dining, bar and lounge offerings on Norwegian Jewel were updated, and two new venues were opened – The Pit Stop and Bliss Ultra Lounge, replacing the Sky High Bar and FYZZ Cabaret Lounge.

Drawing inspiration from the 1950’s, The Pit Stop is an all-American bar retrofitted with vintage license plates, gas station signage and other classic car elements of the era. Bliss Ultra Lounge offers late-night entertainment in a modern and upscale setting, with more intimate seating options now available.

Redesigned Staterooms
All 1,188 staterooms were upgraded with new televisions and USB outlets, as well as new carpet, artwork and furniture. The Haven by Norwegian® received updates to the courtyard, additional cabanas on the sun deck and new finishes, carpets, tiles, drapes, artwork and furniture for all suites and villas. The ship also boasts two new Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites, at nearly 1,200 square feet and featuring large, 567-square-foot balconies, two private jacuzzies and accommodates up to four guests. 

Enhanced Public Spaces and Recreation Areas
As the heart of the ship, the Atrium has been revitalized with an entirely refreshed look centered around a custom-design chandelier and includes updated flooring, refurbished reception and shore excursion desk areas, the addition of relaxed banquette seating and a large TV screen.