Tuesday, April 7, 2015

High Miles For the Children for the benefit of St. Rita Orphanage in Paranaque City

This May 3, 2015, BIG HOUSE EVENTS PRODUCTION in partnership with Explore Philippines, Aktivshow and 1DigiMedia will be having a fun run entitled, HIGH MILES FOR THE CHILDREN. This run is for the benefit of St, Rita Orphanage in Paranaque City.  It will be held at the Filinvest City in Alabang.

Run Categories:5 Kilometers/ 10 Kilometers/ 16 Kilometers* Runners in all Categories will receive a Race Kit and a Finisher Medal.* 16KM Participants will Receive a Race Kit, Finisher Medal and Finisher Shirt.

Fee              Distance                 Gunstart
400              5k                           5:00 AM
500              10k                         4:30 AM
700              16k                         4:00 AM


St. Rita Orphanage is located in Paranaque City. It was originally known as HOME OF CHILDREN, has its beginning when the late Mother Carmen Alba, A.R., Superior general of the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect sisters, conceived the idea of putting up a home for the less fortunate children: the orphans, abandoned and neglected children - that they’d be given their basic need (food, clothing, shelter) as well as proper guidance and sufficient.

Saint Rita Orphanage envisions the total development of the less fortunate/abandoned children that they become God- fearing and responsible members of the Church and the country.The Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters takes care of the children in the orphanage as one of its apostolic works. They continue to respond to the needs of the Church and the country within the limits of its capacity and according to its resources.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Yearbook Features Eskaya

Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa is featured in Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Yearbook for 2015, joining a selected and few luxurious resorts selected all over the world for their opulence and elegance that befits royals.

The resort located in Panglao Island in Bohol is the only Filipino luxury resort featured in the 444-page glossy coffee table book published to mark the 90th anniversary of one Rolls-Royce’s most revered cars – the Phantom.

The book explores the origins of the Phantom, as well as the stories and personalities that go to make it the “best car in world” to this day. It also includes stories about the best luxury hotels, resorts and

hotspots in the world; elegant fashion and fragrances; stylish dwellings and living spaces; essentials for globetrotting; finest jewelries; most sumptuous food and drink.

“Eskaya is a good fit for Roll-Royce. They are both the embodiment of luxury and opulence,” said Richard Lim Jr., Eskaya’s managing director.

Eskaya is in a good company. The book also listed 24 other luxury resorts and hot spots in the world such as Dhara Dhevi Chang Mai in Thailand, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius in Mauritius, Hotel Quinta do Lago in Portugal, The Mulia Resorts & Villas in Indonesia, and Park Hyatt in Maldives.

Lim said Eskaya has been selected to be part of the book because it is very active in the European market, luring a lot of holidaymakers from the continent into its white, powdery shores regularly.

“We are very honored to be associated with Rolls-Royce. Eskaya’s inclusion in the book will help attract more high-end guests – especially the Phantom car enthusiasts worldwide,” said Lim.

Eskaya’s membership in the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH), an organization based in UK, also helped the Bohol-based resort clinch a place in the coffee table book. Eskaya is one of only four luxury hotels from the Philippines that’s a member of SLH, which groups together more than 520 hotels in over 80 countries.

Eskaya sits on a 16-hectare facility in Panglao Island that boasts of private villas and swimming pools amid lush mountains and crystal-clear beaches.

Most of the villas have their own private pool, outdoor showers and whirlpool tubs, and a stunning view of the endless sea and sky, all blue and white all year round, especially during the summer season.

The resort also has an infinity pool, swim-up bar, mini library, and for the sport enthusiasts, facilities for beach volleyball, badminton, water sports and scuba diving. For those who want utmost pampering, its Handuraw Spa offers traditional Filipino and Asian spa treatments.

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club is an international organization of owners and admirers of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars.

The 2015 yearbook is written by Rolls-Royce experts and motoring journalists. 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Photo of the Day | Fortress

Fuerza de Santa Isabel, Taytay Palawan

Fuerza de Santa Isabel
Location: Taytay, Palawan

“You were a stone wall, a fort in high, unreachable trees, an island, my own island, that no boat could reach.”― Deb Caletti, The Story of Us

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Municipality of El Nido, Palawan, Philippines - where every island has its own distinct identity, has more than 50 islands to discover. Enchanting lagoons, few small atolls and beaches spread around Bacuit Bay - mostly occupied by expensive, luxury hotels - so instead of trying to choose one, Trixie and Rome decided to hop an island to another.

Unless you were booked to one of the luxurious El Nido Resorts who are hopping the islands on seaplanes and speedboats, island hopping conjures up images of packing onto steamy, diesel-smelling ferries between El Nido Islands.

Just few minutes from Simizu Island where they had a bountiful lunch, their group arrived at the narrow entrance of the famous El Nido trademark, Big Lagoon. 

There’s a long queue of boats coming in and out the lagoon so they have to wait in awe.

Their group was composed of different nationalities - there are Dutch, Portuguese, and some Koreans. While waiting, Rome can’t help but observe the reaction and tone of voice of the foreign nationals as they express their admiration in their language. “If only I could find translations services to translate what they are saying right now, I’ll be more than delighted”, he said smiling, very proud of his place.

From afar, Rome was still mesmerized by the rugged limestone formations and landscape colored by the magnificent clarity and shades of blue seascape as if he’s new to the place. "Ahhh, my soul has been cleaned, this is really relaxing!", he said to himself.

He chatted with the boatmen to fill the dead air between, "If the tide is not high enough, the tour boat could experience difficulty going into the lagoon. Some tourists were asked to get off their boats, walking on corals and damaging the environment" :-( The boatman explained with a sad tone of voice.

Their boatmen, however, were good in navigating the shallow part, it was a smooth cruising into the Big Lagoon. 

Touring the lagoon is the highlight of tour A. Bring a kayak with you when going to great Big Lagoon, it is highly recommended so you can take a kayak ride, paddle around the lagoon and you'll be moving around in your own time.

The view of karst rocks and blue water as they entered was a natural wonder and absolutely incredible. The amazing beauty of Big Lagoon differs from small lagoon. Small lagoon was intimate while big lagoon has a wide open views.  

As they approached the middle of the lagoon, the color of water changed from turquoise to dark blue. "It is probably deep", said Trixie.

The lagoon is wide and is home to small sharks, sea urchins, stingrays, jelly fish and some less friendlier marine animals so swimming around in the deep water might not be such a good idea. Their boat just go around the place slowly.

Every inch, this place is picturesque where movies and promotional videos are shot. Don't forget to bring your camera and just capture lots of still memories of the most beautiful place you will ever be in your life.

Amazing Rock Formation

Rome and Trixie quickly learned the downside of island hopping; no sooner had they settled in, cam-wh*ring, and appreciating the beautiful gift of nature, then it was time to leave again.... 

Clear Waters of Big Lagoon

Touring the Great Big Lagoon

Next Stop: Secret Lagoon

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Photo of the Day | Shell

He's gone hidden into a little shell like a hermit and make music for a while....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Somersault, Summer Sought.

"I was looking at the possibilities but I missed the target", Rome said to himself while on a holiday break.

Rome has been taking different path, away from his gest to utopia. For almost a year, he stayed at The Cuisineuer, eating, cooking and eating more. Travel opportunities had past and missed. He realized at one point, his cannon was pointing on a different direction.

May this blog post remind him to slowly get back on track, to tell us his tale of adventures to places of ideal perfection.

This is to remind him to somersault 5 summers, 122 places, 548 people and countless experiences.