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December 16, 2017

AirAsia celebrates Clark-Caticlan/Boracay inaugural flight

Chase the wonders of the Philippine islands as AirAsia now flying direct to Boracay via Caticlan airport from Clark, Pampanga. 

AirAsia, the airline voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running,  flew its maiden flight today with summer inspired theme held at pre-departure area in Clark International Airport. AirAsia flight Z2 922, with pilot in command Captain Samuel Yu-Asensi arrived at 10:55AM. AirAsia’s iconic red plane was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute upon landing.

“Today marks another milestone for AirAsia operations in Clark airport with the addition of our third domestic route. We are closing the year with Clark-Caticlan route but this early we have already started offering our signature low fares to three more new destinations out of Clark. Clark-Iloilo, Clark-Puerto Princesa and Clark-Tacloban commencing in January, and we are here to give only the best quality service that every traveller from Central and Northern Luzon deserves,”  said Captain Darren Acorda, Philippines AirAsia’s chief pilot for training and standards.
More excitingly, AirAsia is offering promo fares for Clark-Caticlan from as low as P1,566 now available for booking at today until 31 December 2017 valid for travel between 18 December 2017 until 8 January 2018. 

Clark International Airport officials led by CIAC President Alexander Cauguiran, DOT Regional Director Carol Uy, and Mabalacat Mayor Crisostomo Garbo graced the send-off ceremony with Philippines AirAsia chief pilot for training and standards Captain Darren Acorda representing the airline CEO Captain Dexter Comendador. 
“AirAsia believes in Clark. We established our base operations here and launched commercial flights in 2012 with only two planes – and now we have a fleet of 17 jets and we are aiming to expand and grow operations here in the coming years,” Acorda said. 
AirAsia’s Clark-Caticlan operates daily with flights departing Clark at 1:50PM and arriving in Caticlan at 3:05PM.

Starting January 26, 2018, Meanwhile, AirAsia is also set to launch three domestic flights :  

Clark - Puerto Princesa and Clark – Iloilo routes will operate three times a week or every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday while Clark – Tacloban route is every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. 

AirAsia has marked its return to Clark with the launching of flights to Davao and Kalibo from Clark International Airport last March. 

AirAsia launched commercial flights from Clark in 2012 before transferring its hub to Metro Manila following a strategic partnership with a local carrier in 2013. AirAsia has since been operating on a much larger scale from Metro Manila and has expanded its domestic and international network with flights from secondary hubs in Cebu and Kalibo operating a fleet of 17 aircraft from only two planes when it opened in Clark five years ago.

As one of the bloggers from Manila,  joining the celebration and witnessed the  ceremonial ribbon and cake-cutting ceremonies took place this Friday, December 15 at the Clack International Airport.

Discover more wonders of the Philippines, fly from Clark to Caticlan! 

To keep up-to-date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities, visit AirAsia’s official website and social media accounts - Twitter (@AirAsiaPH), Facebook (, Instagram (@AirAsiaPh), and on Viber public chat (@AirAsiaPh).


Drew Arellano Is The Male Makabata Star Awardee At The Anak TV Awards 2017

Drew Arellano is the Male Makabata Star Awardee (Anak TV Seal for AHA! and Anak TV Seal for Biyahe ni Drew) given by the Anak TV Awards 2017. 

Drew is the ultimate Biyahero guide in his show Biyahe ni Drew where he previously received a Best Travel Show Host award from the 31st PMPC Star Awards for Television. In the show, Drew introduces viewers to exciting destinations and provides travel tips and recommendations to them.

Drew also enjoys sharing interesting facts and trivia with his show AHA! “As the viewers gain knowledge from watching the episodes, I also learn a lot from doing my shows. I am grateful and honored to receive this prestigious recognition from Anak TV Awards.”

He adds, “I understand how parents feel now that I am already a father. I want my son Primo to grow up healthy, smart, and well-rounded. I am cautious to what shows he watches on television. These shows must be wholesome, educational, and values-oriented for kids. I am completely aware of my responsibilities to the public as a host.” 

Drew Arellano is a talent of Asian Artists Agency. For inquiries about Asian Artists Agency, please call (02) 855-4765 or (02) 405-4423, email, and visit

December 15, 2017

7-Eleven brings The Force to Pinoys in partnership with Disney

Avid fans in the Philippines and all over the world are all geared up as Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in cinemas!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second installment of the new generation Star Wars Trilogy, following the box office hit, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues the narrative set forth by the films before it. The plot revolves around Rey’s efforts to hone her newly-discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the brewing conflict between The Resistance and The First Order grows as they prepare to face each other.

Aside from the story of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, many fans are eagerly anticipating the last Star Wars film that was completed by the legendary Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia.

To share the excitement of the film, 7-Eleven is working with Walt Disney Philippines to bring three exciting promos for Pinoy Star Wars fans. 

Pick up your lightsabers and join 7-Eleven as it brings you Star Wars: The Last Jedi E-Raffle which will run from November 22, 2017 to January 30, 2018. 

The mechanics are simple and easy to understand. Whether you're supporting The Resistance or from The First Order, you get 1 E-Raffle entry every time you buy P100 worth of products at any 7-Eleven.

For this raffle, 7-Eleven prepared exciting and exclusive prizes, making even the citizens of galaxies far, far away eager to win.  There will be 20​ ​winners​ ​of​​​ ​Star​ ​Wars​ ​Force​ ​Link​ ​BB-8​ ​2-in-1​ ​Mega​ ​Playset, 10​ ​winners​ ​of​ ​BB-8, BB-9,​ ​and​ ​R2D2​ ​set, 10​ ​winners​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Millennium​ ​Falcon​ ​Lego play set, and 10​ ​winners​ ​of a ​​trip​ ​for​ two​ ​to​ ​Hong Kong Disneyland​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Tomorrowland​ ​Takeover​ ​Experience. Also, a helpful tip for the aspiring Jedis or Padawans, you can get an additional E-Raffle entry by simply purchasing booster products such as Big Gulp and Big Bite, which also come with exciting Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise. 

Star Wars Collectors alert! When you buy a 22oz. Gulp Pepsi Max, you can opt to add for a limited-edition Star Wars tumbler for just P89, then you’ll only need P20 pesos to refill your Gulp Pepsi Max. And lastly, if you buy any Big Bite flavor from 7-Eleven, you can also opt to add for a limited-edition Star Wars pouch for only P85. Both promos for Big Gulp and Big Bite run from November 22, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

What are you waiting for? Join now and may the Force be with you. 

For more details regarding these promos, please visit the 7-Eleven Facebook Page or the nearest 7-Eleven store in your area. 

City of Dreams Manila celebrates the season of giving through granting a father's wish

Following a touching father-daughter short video titled “Perfect Moments Made Real” that went viral in October with almost seven million views in Facebook, the luxury integrated resort City of Dreams Manila released another video granting the wish of a father to bond with his family this holiday season, captioned “This was our response to a father who had a simple dream for his family”.

The story of Don Pilapil, an app-based driver and bottling company agent and father of four, was discovered through his comment on City of Dreams’ first viral short video. He expressed a wish to have the time to bring his children to DreamPlay and have the same memorable experiences that his passengers seemed to enjoy when he would drive them to and from the resort. Because Don held two jobs, he got anxious about losing touch with his growing kids because of the little time he spent with them.

City of Dreams Manila’s team reached out to Don to give him the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience and quality time with his family, which included lunch in an elaborate set-up at the Grand Ballroom, play hours at DreamPlay and a staycation at Nobu Hotel Manila. 
“Don’s moving story was something we wanted to share with our audience on Facebook because it resonates with a lot of Filipinos striving for a brighter future for their families. In this season of giving, we take pleasure in making a father’s dream come true to have memorable moments with his family,” stated City of Dreams Manila Property President Geoff Andres.
Barely a week since its posting on November 30, Don’s story on City of Dreams Manila’s official Facebook page has reached over 1.4 million views, garnered more than 40,500 likes and reactions, over 7,600 shares and more than 1,600 comments. Don’s heart-tugging words certainly merit a thumbs-up: “I’ve learned that being a good parent isn’t measured by how much you’ve given. It is felt by caring, by spending time with them. So before they totally leave my side, if there’s something they could bring as they grow, I hope they remember that I have been a good father.”

City of Dreams Manila’s viral video ends with the caption “Make more perfect moments together”, which inspires its viewers to give the gift of time and love for their family this holiday season. 

To view the video, click on the following link:

Project Headshot Clinic X (2017) 10th Year Series for World AIDS Day

If your good friend tells you that he (or she) is HIV positive, what would you do?

Award winning photographer Niccolo Cosme responded with his artist’s soul by creating a themed photo exhibit in support of his friend, Wanggo Gallaga., who had been diagnosed HIV-positive in 2008. Headshot Clinic – Aware featured 80+ photos that showed a distinctive red mark on the faces of the friends and supporters who participated in the first Headshot Clinic exhibit on HIV in 2008. Fast forward to 2017 -- the tenth Headshot Clinic on HIV, featuring 226 photos, with friends who had been there from the start as well as hundreds of other supporters and advocates who had become part of the growing movement for HIV awareness advocacy.

This year, Headshot Clinic X, the tenth of a series, was launched online on the eve of December 1, a day globally recognized as World AIDS Day, with an on-site exhibit at Pineapple Lab in Makati on December 6, 2017. The program for the on-site exhibit featured an interpretative dance whose movements enhanced the reading of Beneath my Skin, a poem written by Wanggo Gallaga. The artists who collaborated for the event include Raflesia Bravo, Zyda Baaya, Jobelle Nunez, Jared Luna, Mara Marasigan, Anthony Falcon and Gabby Padilla with costumes by Leeroy New. Plaques of appreciation were given to 10 individuals who had supported Headshot Clinic in various ways through the years. The support of organizational partners and sponsors such as The Red Whistle, Save The Children, Pineapple Lab, #SafelyPH, Drink Manila, Remy Martin, Davinci Gourmet Philippines and Epson Philippines contributed to the success of the event.

The growth and expansion of Headshot Clinic is evident in the hundreds of people who have participated in this social media campaign, the number organizations that have supported the exhibits, and the depth of commitment of people who have played key roles in ensuring the success of the campaign. After conceptualizing and setting up the first exhibit, Niccolo Cosme intensified his engagement in HIV campaigns, and co-founded The Red Whistle, an organization that seamlessly blends advocacy, photography, and social media. The Red Whistle volunteers and celebrity ambassadors tirelessly work in partnership with local governments, universities, and civil society organizations to conduct HIV education that would lead to an increase in the number of people who get tested and know their HIV status. Knowing your HIV status is central to the prevention of HIV, and early diagnosis saves lives as well as prevents new infections. HIV testing and treatment in the Philippines are free and confidential in government clinics and hospitals across the country.

To facilitate access to HIV testing, the #SafelyPh app was developed, serving as a locator for HIV services. The app is being further enhanced to provide additional services and information on HIV. The development of the #SafelyPh app was supported by Save the Children, which serves as the Principal Recipient of the country’s financial grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Save the Children had supported the activities of The Red Whistle in 2016 and 2017, contributing significantly to the expanding reach of HIV educational campaigns using social media, and an increased uptake of testing services.

The Philippines has one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in the world, and HIV prevention campaigns need to expand faster than the epidemic. Social media has the potential to reach a vast audience, and its potential can be further realized as netizens view, share and comment. The online exhibit of Headshot Clinic X can be viewed at

For videos and a fun approach to HIV education, check out The Red Whistle at

Download the #SafelyPh app for information on testing services.

As Niccolo Cosme had noted, “We can prevent the spread of HIV, one Headshot at a time.”


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