The year might soon be coming to an end but the remaining weeks of 2016 are just as jam-packed as ever, with lots of fun activities, special deals, and feel-good events that have been happening as of this writing. So here we rounded up some of the most exciting things that you definitely have to check out, whether you're in the mood for a cruise trip around Asia and Europe or you're looking forward to finishing your Christmas shopping at the comforts of your home, here's a definitive list of what you should Do, Buy, Go, and Watch now:
A hassle-free vacation made possible by Delta Air Lines and Airbnb. Whether you’re in search of an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, you now have more choices as to where to stay during your trip as Delta Air Lines and Airbnb, one of the world’s largest accommodations providers, team up to give SkyMiles members a chance to earn miles on all Airbnb bookings worldwide when accommodations are reserved via deltaairbnb.com. SkyMiles Member benefits offered exclusively at deltaairbnb.com/ include:
- 1 mile per dollar* spent on qualifying stays
- Up to 1,000 bonus miles and a $25 Airbnb coupon code toward a qualifying first stay for new Airbnb guests
- Up to 25,000 bonus miles for new Airbnb hosts
“We are excited to partner with Delta and offer their travelers the opportunity to earn Delta miles when staying and hosting on Airbnb, while creating memorable moments with friends and family,” said Lex Bayer, Head of Business Development, Airbnb. “SkyMiles members can now enjoy the additional benefits of living like a local with authentic travel experiences on Airbnb in all global destinations that Delta services.”
Check out FamilyMart for payday discounts (their BGC Corporate Center branch is now open!). FamilyMart, the second largest convenience store chain in the world, opens its latest branch in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Entrepreneur, actress, television personality, model, and all-around multi-hyphenate Solenn Heussaff also attended the event to showcase her very own product line of perfumes and creams available exclusively at select FamilyMart branches nationwide. As an extended reward for customers, payday is made even better as FamilyMart gives away a limited-edition mug for FREE with every P100 single receipt purchase on October 28, November 15 and 30, and December 15.
Hop on Dream Cruises' luxury vacations. Dream Cruises, the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line, has now officially launched in the Philippines. “We are delighted to introduce and launch Genting Dream itineraries in the Philippines, featuring exciting and highly-acclaimed Asian destinations as repositioning cruise ports-of-call including India, Singapore, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong,” said Thatcher Brown, President, Dream Cruises. Genting Dream will accommodate a lower berth of 3,400 guests, attended by 2,000 crew members, forming the leading crew-to-guest ratio in Asia-based cruising. Conceived by Chinese pop-artist Jacky Tsai, the hull of Genting Dream is adorned by an art piece entitled “Voyage of a Lover’s Dream” which envisages an ethereal and fantastical journey of love between a mermaid and an astronaut. The artist’s east-meets-west aesthetic and vivid, dream-inspired, creative work, embodying boundless, elements of space and water, has been stunningly translated to the ‘canvas’ of Genting.
Celebrate the magic of the holidays at the Hong Kong WinterFest. Hong Kong, is no doubt, one of the best places to celebrate the holidays in, what with all the festivities happening all all over the city, not to mention the cool weather that really puts you in a festive mood. And this year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board presents the highly-anticipated WinterFest. In the next months, Hong Kong transforms into a winter wonderland filled with exciting holiday happenings. The magic kicks off with “The World of Tim Burton” Exhibition from November 5 to January 23 at ArtisTree. People of all ages will enjoy viewing over 500 creations of world-renowned film director Tim Burton, from drawings to paintings, photographs, puppets, sculptural installations, and moving-images. For more information, log on to www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/best.
Log on to Zalora to get your hands on a very exciting collaboration. Zalora teamed up with four of the country’s brightest designers for the Zalora Fashion Night Out event that showcased the work of Martin Bautista, Stacy Rodriguez, Sassa Jimenez, and Ziggy Savella. Also featured were the season’s holiday collections from Ed Hardy and Mossimo X and the in-house Holiday Collection.
PBB Lucky Season 7 housemate Luis Hontiveros with Chael Anthony, Max Berardi, and Angelo Alberto
Shop for a cause from US-based Filipino graphic artist Bob Cruz. Staying in the hospital can be difficult especially for kids and their families who just want to enjoy the simple things in life. Making a difference for these people can be done in many ways, and Filipino graphic artist Bob Cruz has been silently working with the team at Lollipop Theater Network, a US nonprofit organization that brings movies that are currently in theaters to children who are confined in hospitals due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses, to create a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Lollipop Theater Network searched for artists who would be able to design an exclusive shirt for a cause, and from dozens of works submitted by other artists in the US, it was Cruz's work that impressed them the most. All proceeds will go into helping bring the magic of movies to hospitalized kids in the US. You're also in good company because fans of the shirt include Anne Hathaway, Miranda Cosgrove, Tim Allen, George Lopez, and Mindy Kaling, among many others,
Samsung store officially launches on Lazada. “We see that online shopping is becoming very popular in the country. Convenience plays a huge role in shopping for our Filipino consumers today. Most would prefer to avoid the heavy traffic and crowded stores, so they turn to online shopping where they don’t have to leave their homes or offices. But when it comes to consumer electronics, most still prefer to visit the physical store due to issues of quality and warranty. By having an official store with a partner that we trust, we reassure our valued customers the same quality and warranty an actual store does,” shares Kevin Lee, President, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp.
Mr. Inanc Balci, co-founder and CEO of Lazada with Mr. Kevin Lee, President of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp.
Pieces from the Manila Fashion Festival runway now within your reach. This season's event aimed to bring retail to a new peak by spearheading the “See Now, Buy Now” concept in fashion. In partnership with ZALORA Philippines, every collection became available as pre-ordered purchases as soon as they hit the catwalk. “Manila Fashion Festival is here to highlight the changing landscape of Philippine fashion and hopefully all our fashion talents will be recognized by people outside the country and highlight them locally,” said founder and CEO of Art Personas Ronnie Cruz. Among the designers and brands that participated are Anthony Ramirez, Gabbie Sarenas, and Folden & Hung.
Here are some shoes to match your UAAP school spirit. UAAP Season 79 is proving to be one of the hottest and most intense in the the association’s history, and what better way to show your support than to wear the colors of your alma mater. These latest offerings from Skechers, Saucony Performance, Saucony Originals, Keds, and Merrell will resonate well with whichever college or university you are rooting for. Whether you’re with the De La Salle Green Archers, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, or the UP Fighting Maroons, there is surely one that will fit your feet (and indulge your school pride) well.
#FreeTheJoy with limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Flavors. This merry-making season, Cadbury Dairy Milk heightens your chocolatey experience with its limited edition Christmas flavors namely Black Forest, French Vanilla, and Chocolate Mousse. It’s time to once again #FreeTheJoy by gifting yourself and your loved ones with these hit holiday flavors.
Welcome the holiday season with the GUESS Fall 2016 Collection. American blonde bombshell and model 'it' girl Hailey Baldwin headlines this season campaign, which features a fall women’s collection filled with an extensive selection of sleek, fashion-forward styles rendered in luxe fabrics including buttery suede, delicate lace, and luscious faux leather. Dresses in various permutations, pleated trapeze dresses, textured fit and flare dresses, and super-stylish culottes jumpers, also abound, creating the ultimate fashion girl ensemble when layered with any of the season’s classic staple button-downs. In this collection, As for this season’s color palette, distinctive tones of oxblood and autumn reds intertwined with deep navy blues and browns including camel, cognac and honey stand out.
A one-of-a-kind Fruit and Nut variety. The holidays couldn’t get any better and sweeter with this limited edition Toblerone Fruit and Nut flavor. Made with premium chocolate packed in a unique shape reminiscent of the Swiss Alps, Toblerone Fruit and Nut heightens your dessert and snacking experience with its crunchy almonds and juicy California raisins. The sweetness of the raisins and the texture of the almonds highlight the creamy and silky 100% Swiss-made chocolate. It is definitely an exquisite taste to savor.
Fuel up with Quaker Oats for breakfast. Most people would agree that the age old adage that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” continues to hold true. And with that Quaker still believes that oats, one of nature’s ultimate supergrains, are what this generation’s multi-hyphenate individuals need to fuel up their day. The Philippines Dietary Guidelines recommends that whole grains should form 50% of one's total grain intake a day. Quaker Oats offers various options that are easy to prepare and extremely convenient to help you meet your daily whole grain and fiber needs. To know about their whole range of products, you can visit Quakeroats.ph.
Jaime Chung completes her look with KEDS. Whether it’s a snap of her on the streets, while working, or attending events, this well-dressed Hollywood actress and blogger has always been a style inspiration with her countless effortlessly chic ensembles, and her knack for putting outfits together is undeniable. If you’re looking for a style haven online, her blog (whatthechung.com), is something worth visiting or get your quick style fix by scrolling through her Instagram feed. Just recently, Chung took over the KEDS Instagram account and showcased how KEDS complimented her fun and versatile style.
Feminine and utilitarian style meet in this stylish outfit. Jamie tops her sweater with a utility coat and picks a flowy floral skirt. She opts for classic Keds Champion Originals to pull the look together.
Meet your new dry skin savior, Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy. Continuing its mission of empowering women with sensitive skin issues so that they can face the world without fears and reservations, Physiogel, the expert and authority on skin sensitivity, has come out with a complete range of products that restore moisture to even the driest skin, starting from the first use, the Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy range through the Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion is part of Physiogel’s mission to provide head-to-toe expert solutions for skin sensitivity. With its unique BioMimic Technology formula that mimics the skin’s very own lipids, it restores the skin’s natural barrier to lock in moisture and improve hydration. It also forms a layer of protective barrier on the skin, preventing harmful irritants or allergens from penetrating to make skin less sensitive. Dryness is visibly reduced from the first use, even on the driest skin.
Pancake House brings back menu favorite Hot Roast Chicken. Yes, the hit comfort food Hot Roast Chicken is back on the Pancake House menu. You may opt for the Hot Roast Chicken Ala-Carte, the scrumptious open faced sandwich with slices of that famous tender, roast chicken smothered in rich gravy, with a side of your favorite mashed potatoes and corn and carrots for only P250, or if one isn’t enough, then Double Your Love and indulge in or share two servings of the Hot Roast Chicken with refreshing cold glasses of iced tea for just P398.
Billy Crawford goes on the Ultimate BROcation in Hong Kong. International pop and R&B sensation, singer, dancer, host, and songwriter Billy Crawford will star in The Ultimate BROcation, a new reality TV series created by action entertainment TV channel KIX and Hong Kong Tourism Board. The five-episode show follows the adventures of four male celebrities as they embark on an all-expenses paid ultimate vacation to prove that Hong Kong is indeed the ultimate guy’s playground. “My life and my career have never been conventional, and this show is the next chapter of what has been an incredible adventure. As a person who has always relished traveling, working and performing abroad, and being exposed to different cultures and experiences, I really can’t wait to discover the highlights of Hong Kong, one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan and exhilarating destinations in the world, especially for bros,” Billy shares. The Ultimate BROcation will premiere on December 2016 on KIX.
Billy Crawford with DJ PK, SonaOne, Bjorn Shen, and Philip Ng
Merrell and Miss Earth team up for change. Delegates from around the world have come together for the highly-anticipated Miss Earth 2016 pageant. This year’s theme is centered on climate change and its Rethink, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Respect campaign. Miss Earth features women of beauty and substance who are strong advocates of environmental preservation, making the organization a perfect partner for Merrell, whose essence has always been nature and the outdoors. Through the brand’s Pretty Strong campaign, Merrell empowers women to be driven, passionate, goal-oriented, and movers in their own right. Miss Earth candidates embody this perfectly in their steadfast promotion of a sustainable world.
REP stages grand musical A Little Princess to close successful 2016 season. At the cusp of its 50th anniversary, Repertory Philippines, popularly known as REP, is proudly closing the 2016 season with a grand musical production that will surely touch the hearts of audiences no matter what age. REP presents its year-end musical A Little Princess, from November 18 to December 18 at the OnStage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati. A Little Princess is based on the popular children’s novel written in 1905 by Frances Hodgson Burnett and acclaimed as one of the top fifty best children’s books ever written. The musical adaptation was written by Brian Crawley and set to music by Andrew Lippa. Jillian Ita-as and Maria Gabriela Gil Padilla lead the cast of REP’s A Little Princess as Sara Crewe, a young girl who is sent to boarding school in London by her father, wealthy and renowned adventurer Captain Crewe who is played by REP veteran actor, Noel Rayos. It is directed and choreographed by highly respected theater director Dexter Santos with musical direction by critically acclaimed musical arranger and composer Ejay Yatco. For inquiries, you may call REP at 843.3570, and Ticketworld at 891.999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph. For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph.
ALSO READ: Hot Stuff: Ylona, Karylle, And Heart Transform Into Modern Day Disney Princesses