During the height of the pandemic, staying connected through digital means was the order of the day.
Since everyone was self-isolating, social contact with our extended family was primarily done virtually, through phone calls, text messages and DMs on social media.
However, with the loosening of quarantine restrictions and more people moving about, it’s now time to transition to more personal connections and interactions, wouldn’t you say?
Admittedly, technology was my lifeline during the time of strict lockdowns:
Social media kept me abreast of news and updates, not just among my friend groups but also among my extended family scattered across the country and the world
Office messaging apps like Microsoft Teams and video conferencing apps like Zoom allowed me to still do my job and fulfill my work obligations
Video streaming apps like Netflix, Apple TV and HBO GO kept me and my family entertained
However, all of this increased screen time does have some serious downsides:
While I generally enjoyed staying at home (and escaping the stresses of the commute in the city in the process), there were times when I felt easily tired, boxed in within the confines of my home and closed off from the world.
Aside from the raging pandemic, some extreme changes in my workplace while my coworkers and I were isolated from each other made me feel quite stressed and anxious.
Since I’m always online, there was a time when I felt that I had to be always on call and would answer calls or respond to messages after office hours.
Well, I took advantage of the staycation that my family took together with my in-laws at the Airbnb rental Ging by Elaren in Cavite last Christmas.
Here, we all welcomed the opportunities that its distance from the metro and absence of WiFi connection gave us to be able to disconnect from technology.
Going somewhere without constant internet connection may be daunting to some (and definitely a nightmare for those with screen-addicted kiddos!) but there are some advantages to it as well:
It encourages relaxation. Since we are not bombarded by a deluge of notifications and other distractions from our devices, we found it easier to unwind and disconnect from the stresses of our everyday life.
It gave us more time for offline activities. Since we’re not glued to our mobile devices, we more time for other forms of entertainment such as exploring its landscaped grounds, reading books, whipping up our family meals together and even singing karaoke by the bonfire area.
It gave us more opportunities to connect with each other. Spared the option to retreat to our own digital world, we find yourself more inclined to interact with each other: cooking together, playing boardgames, singing karaoke or simply catching up with each other.
Ging at Elaren is a two-storey, four-bedroom home nestled in the quaint town of Alfonso, Cavite, offering us city slickers a chance to get away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of city living while vacationing in style and comfort:
The property is enclosed by a large gate to provide guests with privacy.
A large parking area out front can accommodate up to four cars
Front yard houses a tree house and fire pit
Swimming pool with lounge chairs and barbecue area
Indoor living room with couch and outdoor seating area
Dining area (good for ten people) with L-shaped kitchen for food preparation and cooking
Two air-conditioned downstairs bedrooms: one with single bed and one with queen bed and access to pool area; both rooms with en-suite batrooms
Two air-conditioned upstairs bedrooms: one with two queen beds and en-suite bathroom and one with one queen bed and access to veranda
As we ready ourselves for more work and stress in a world that’s slowly but surely opening up in the aftermath of a global pandemic, it makes sense to find time disconnect – from the near-constant demands of work and life – in order to reconnect – with the ones we love and with ourselves.
Book your stay at Ging by Elaren via Airbnb where it is rated an average of 4.46 stars.
The summer heat will soon beset the metro. With it comes to usual traffic jams and stress of city living. Isn’t it high time the family hies off to somewhere cool and relaxing?
A beach vacation would be just the thing, wouldn’t it? The calming rhythm of the waves on the shore and feel of the sun’s warmth can do wonders in melting the stress away.
Plus, all the exciting activities that bring fun in the sun are new opportunities for family bonding and treasured memories.
So why not go on a family beach vacay at Pico de Loro Cove?
This shoreside haven is the maiden community of Hamilo Coast, a master-planned development carefully integrating residential, resort, leisure, commercial and institutional land uses and communities centered around beach living.
It is a fantastic destination for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some quality time together in nature. The cove offers a range of fun-filled activities that are perfect for all ages. Here are some of the summer activities that families can do at Pico de Loro Cove:
The cove is home to 1.5 kilometers of beautiful white sand beach that is perfect for swimming, building sandcastles, and soaking up the sun. Families can bring some beach toys and spend the day relaxing and enjoying the sea breeze.
Adventures in the Water
Venture out into the waves to experience various activities that take you beyond the shore:
Kayaking: Rent a kayak and paddle around to discover hidden coves, snorkel spots, and rock formations.
Snorkeling: Explore the vibrant marine life that calls Pico de Loro Cove home such as colorful fish, sea turtles, and even some small sharks.
Scuba Diving: Dive deeper into the water to get up close and personal with giant clams, soft corals and clown fishes.
Pico de Loro Cove’s location affords vacationers with opportunities to stretch their legs and explore the wonders of nature.
Hiking: Hike up the trails that lead to some stunning views of the cove and the surrounding mountains.
Bird Watching: Take a stroll along the cove’s nature trail and observe the beautiful birds in their natural habitat.
Hanging out at the Club
The Pico de Loro Country Club offers a range of amenities such as swimming pools, a gym, a bowling and billiards hall, a kid’s play area and a spa. The club also has several restaurants and bars where families can enjoy some delicious food and drinks.
With its abundance of open spaces, gardens, and play areas where families can spend quality time together, Pico de Loro Cove is definitely the place for family time and togetherness.
Daydreaming about your family’s beach vacation at Pico de Loro Cove already? Then book your stay now!
Pico de Loro Cove has several accommodation options, from cozy condominiums to luxurious hotel rooms. Choose the accommodation that best suits your family’s needs and budget.
The use of Pico de Loro Cove’s facilities, such as the use of Pico Beach, country club swimming pool, gym and shuttle service around the vicinity, requires guest fees separate from the cost of accommodations. Guest fees vary from season to season:
Lean (all weekdays of January, February and July to November)
Peak (all weekends of January, February and July to November, all weekdays of March to June and December)
High (all weekends of March to June and December)
Holy Week (April) and Year End (December 26-31)
*Children 4-12 years old. Kids 3 years old and younger are FREE
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, guests should follow the guidelines set by the cove’s management, such as wearing appropriate clothing, bringing sunscreen and insect repellent, and avoiding littering.
Pico de Loro Cove is a fantastic destination for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors and create unforgettable memories together. With its beautiful beach, range of activities, and excellent amenities, it is a summer destination that the whole family can enjoy.
Pico de Loro Cove is located at Hamilo Coast, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas. For more information, visit its website.
If you’ve been scouring celebrity wedding announcements recently, you might have come across a popular wedding venue situated a few minutes’ drive from Tagaytay called the Caleruega Church.
Officially named as the Transfiguration Chapel, it is a beautiful and iconic religious landmark located in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Fancy a visit to this picturesque location? Here are five interesting tidbits of information to take with you:
Caleruega Church got its name from the Spanish town of Caleruega, the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman who founded the Dominican order. It was built in 1994 as a venue for prayer and meditation, a place where people can speak to and for the Creator.
2. Location, location, location
Caleruega Church is situated at the top of a hill in the town of Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas. It occupies an eight-hectare property owned by the Dominicans which also houses other scenic attractions and serene areas for meditation, as well as accommodations for retreat goers.
Its location provides visitors a stunning view of Mount Batulao and nearby areas.
It was designed by Architect Yolanda Reyes and Father Ed Nante, incorporating elements of Spanish, Moorish and Filipino architecture as well as local artistry.
As the church is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, the event is depicted in the stunning stained glass window located above the altar.
Surrounding the church is a beautiful garden filled with a variety of flowering plants and trees. A water fountain is situated on the driveway, commemorating the star that St. Dominic’s mother – Joanna of Aza – saw on her son’s forehead, foretelling of his destiny to spread light to the world through Christian ministry.
The sun and star motif will figure prominently in other elements of the church‘s design such as the windows made with capiz and interiors of the cottages serving as retreat centers.
The design of the church and its surrounding areas evoke a sense of serenity and oneness with nature, in keeping with the church’s goal of bringing its pilgrims close to nature and closer to God.
4. Things to do
While the church compound is mainly a place for prayer and reflection, there are other things to do to occupy your time while at Caleruega:
Attend mass. Public mass is offered every Sunday at 10.30am.
Enjoy the outdoors. Take a stroll around. Calaruega’s picturesque garden filled with a variety of flowering plants and trees.
Take in the scenery. Caleruega provides the perfect vantage point to view Mount Batulao and its surrounding areas.
Attend a spiritual retreat or seminar. For instance, Caleruega is holding a Family Retreat 2023 from April 6 (Maundy Thursday) to 9 (Easter Sunday). To register, call +63 921 2709890 or email email@example.com.
Take pictures. Given such charming and quaint architecture and scenery to be seen in Caleruega, it makes sense to document the experience by taking lots of pictures. Check out the many IG-worthy spots around the compound for your shots.
5. Gearing up
To make the most of your visit to Caleruega, it would be best to bring the following things:
Face mask. While most of quarantine restrictions may have been lifted, wearing of face masks is still required.
Water container and crackers. Walking around the compound will work up a thirst so be sure to hydrate often by drinking water. Nibble on some crackers if you feel hungry.
Cool clothes and comfortable shoes. Be ready for walking around so wearing cool clothes and shoes you can walk around in.
Sunscreen and hat. You will be spending quite a lot of time outdoors so be sure put on some sunscreen and bring something to protect you from the sun such as a hat or umbrella.
Camera, action cam or mobile phone cams to capture the scenery and take your selfies.
With its stunning architecture, picturesque grounds and amazing views of surrounding areas, Caleruega is a worthwhile destination for any traveler. For the religious pilgrim, on the other hand, it serves as a venue to experience solemnity and silence to pray and reflect.
Caleruega Church is located at 4231 Calruega Road, Barangay Caylaway, Nasugbu, Batangas, open daily from 6am to 5.30pm. Visitors are charged an entrance fee of Php30/person and a parking fee of Php40/car.
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Tayo na sa Antipolo At doo'y maligo tayo Sa batis na kung tawagin Ay hi-hi-hinulugang taktak
A tour of Antipolo in the Rizal Province would not be complete without a visit to its most famous tourist attraction, immortalized in the folk song “Tayo na sa Antipolo.”
This landmark is called Hinulugang Taktak, a scenic waterfall located in a national park that covers 3.2 hectares of land. It is considered the second most popular national park, following the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.
Fancy a visit to this celebrated natural wonder? Here are some fun facts to regale your companions with during your trip:
1. What’s in a name?
If you ever wondered how the waterfall got its name, Hinulugang Taktak literally means “where the bell was dropped.” Legend has it that a giant bell was dropped into the waterfall by the townspeople during the Philippine Revolution to prevent it from being taken by the Spanish colonial authorities.
Our ancestors sure knew how to stick it to the colonizers, didn’t they?
2. Protection and rehabilitation
The waterfall was declared a National Park in 1933, making it one of the oldest protected areas in the Philippines.
It used to be a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists (hence the mention in the song). However, due to pollution, the waterfall was closed to the public in 2000 for rehabilitation.
The rehabilitation efforts proved to be successful, and the waterfall was reopened in 2018. Today, visitors can enjoy the newly renovated park, which features a picnic area, walking trails, and viewing decks.
In 2018, Hinulugang Taktak was declared a Ramsar site, which is a wetland area of international importance. The designation recognizes the importance of the waterfall and its surrounding ecosystem for biodiversity conservation.
It is home to at least eleven species of trees and to various wildlife.
The waterfall is also a popular spot for birdwatching. The park is home to several bird species, including the Philippine bulbul, the olive-backed sunbird, and the Philippine pygmy woodpecker.
3. Onscreen appearances
Hinulugang Taktak has been featured in several Filipino movies and television shows, one of which is the 1947 black and white film “Himala ng Birhen sa Antipolo” topbilled Rosa del Rosario and Rogelio dela Rosa.
It has also been featured on various talk shows such as Kris TV and Byahe ni Drew.
4. Closing, rehabilitation and reopening
To stem the degradation of the falls from pollution, it was designated as a national park in September 1990, and it became a protected landscape in November 2000.
As the river itself was deemed unsafe for swimming due to accumulated water pollution, a nearby pool was constructed for swimmers.
An oil spill in 2015 forced the closure of the park for eleven days and the intensification of efforts to rehabilitate it.
After rehabilitation, it reopened on February 13, 2020 with new recreational activities installed which include a spider web platform, canopy walk, rappelling and a wall climbing facility.
5. Get in for free!
That’s right: you and your friends can visit the park for free: there’s no entrance fee and no need for reservation.
The recreational activities are also free to use on a first-come, first-served basis to park visitors fourteen years old and older. Here are a few safety reminders:
No pets allowed
Guests are advised to wear pants or shorts (no dress or skirts) as well as closed shoes (sandals, doll shoes, high-heeled shoes, adjustable crocs and bicycle shoes not allowed)
The following activities are strictly prohibited inside the park:
Cutting, destroying or picking of plants
Any act of vandalism
Hunting of gamebirds and other animals
Littering and smoking
Carrying of firearms and deadly weapons
Drinking alcoholic beverages
Unauthorized selling of any kinds of goods
Any form of gambling
So if you’re in the Antipolo area, don’t miss the opportunity to wonder at nature and the great outdoors as well as immerse yourself in local history and culture at Hinulugang Taktak!
Hinulugang Taktak Nature & Adventure Park is located along Daang Bakal Road, Sitio Taktak, Barangay Dela Paz, Antipolo, Rizal.
The park is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 7am to 4pm.
Check out my previous posts about Antipolo attractions:
Then bring the fam over to ZOORI for a truly enjoyable and magical time!
ZOORI (Zoo @ Residence Inn) is a delightful destination in Tagaytay City which provides visitors with unique and memorable experiences.
A special magic show
One of ZOORI’s chief highlights is a magic show performed by the zoo’s own staff, along with some of the resident animals.
In this highly entertaining skit, a fantastical story from the Granny sends kids Alice and Sebastian off to slumber, dreaming of being whisked away Tagaytay Never-Neverland where Lakan Taal and the White Rabbit regale them with various magic tricks such as making coins disappear, transforming flaming wands into spears and and pulling items out of a seemingly empty bag.
Later tricks incorporate the zoo’s animal’s such as rodents, spiders, reptiles, raptors, monkeys and even a huge St. Bernard in an amazing showcase of talents and exciting animal stunts.
Afterwards, brave volunteers among the audience can get really up close and personal with the featured creatures, ably assisted by the trainers and handlers.
The combination of the engaging magic tricks and the exciting appearances of zoo animals against the breathtaking view of Taal Lake make for a highly diverting experience.
Fun animal encounters
Aside from the magic show, the ZOORI also affords guests various areas where they can view and interact with the creatures which makes the zoo their home.
Zoo Grounds which hosts various wild and farm animals ranging from lions, tigers, monkeys , camels, goats and miniature horses.
The Aviary where they can view different colorful birds in their enclosure plus even feed them with their own hands.
The Serpentarium where they can check out different species of reptiles such as snakes, lizards, iguanas, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures.
The zoo also offers a range of fun and exciting rides that provide a unique way to experience its beautiful natural surroundings, its diverse animal collection and its stunning views of Taal Lake and Volcano.
Zipline: Soar through the air while taking in the awesome sights
Cable Car: experience the stunning views of Taal Lake and Volcano through a slower and more peaceful ride
Horseback Ride: enjoy a leisurely ride around the zoo
Camel Ride: get your picture taken against a dessert backdrop seated on top of a real life camel
King Kong: get lifted up into the air for a bird’s eye view of the zoo
Exploring the zoo will definitely work up an appetite so be sure to drop by the Gazebo Restaurant for tasty Filipino dishes or at Samgyupsalamat for all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue.
Both of these eateries overlook the Taal Lake and Volcano, so diners can enjoy their meals while taking in the awesome scenery.
So if ever you’re in Tagaytay, don’t forget to bring the fam over to ZOORI for a a fun and magical time with animals, great food and awesome views!
ZOORI is operated by the Zoomanity Group, a leading provider of theme parks and attractions in the Philippines, with a focus on sustainable tourism and responsible animal care.
It is located at Km. 65 Barrio Neogan, Tagaytay City, open daily from 8am to 5pm.
Entrance rate for adults is Php249/head while for children within 3 feet- to 4 feet in height is Php199/head. Entrance for children below 3 feet is free.
Fees for additional activities include:
Zip Line or Cable Car: Php150/person
Animal Food Basket: Php20
Bird Thrill Feeding: Php10
Zing Ride for Kids: Php50/person
Horse Back Riding: Php50
Check out my previous posts about Zoomanity Group’s attractions:
Disclosure: Together with fellow media personnel and fellow content creators, I was invited by the Zoomanity Group to tour and experience the attractions at the Zoo @ Residence Inn. The tour was sponsored by the company and was not paid for by the attendees including myself.
Looking for a getaway from the metro’s worsening traffic and rising temperatures? Searching for a place to experience simple pleasures, learning and healthy living?
Look no further than Paradizoo Theme Farm, a 12-hectare theme park located in Mendez, Cavite which offers a combination of paradise and zoo which is uniquely relaxing and entertaining.
Now that quarantine restrictions have been mostly lifted, you can treat yourself and the family to fun, learning and relaxation here.
Here are eight things you can do at Paradizoo Theme Farm:
1. Brush up on your farming know-how.
To help address the growing problem of food security in the country, Paradizoo recently re-unfolded its Power of Three Festival which aims to promote inclusive growth in the fields of floral, vegetable and livestock agriculture. Inviting over 20,000 students, farmers and other members of the public and private sectors to free seminars on flower, vegetable and livestock care, lively discussion on farming, planting, breeding programs, as well as exhibits of various farm produce, it will provide attendees with the inspiration to start a business in agriculture.
You can look forward to these informative and insightful activities facilitated by well-known educators and speakers in the Agriculture sector:
February (Flower Festival Month): Art of Bonsai with Mr. Atish Dipankar Sarter (Feb 11), Flower Arrangement with Ms. Lani Lopez (Feb 18) and Idle Lands into Productive Agri-Ecotourism Farms with Mr. Ace Formaran (Feb 25)
March (Vegetable Festival Month): Successful Entrepreneur – Dragon Fruit with Ms. Eden Gutierrez Suplente (Mar 4), Let’s ONIONIZE the Philippines – Discover the Power of Onion Farming (Mar 11) and Zooper Banana Tissue Culture Technology with Mr. Rodel Anunciado (Mar 25)
April (Livestock / Digital Farming Festival Month): Rabbit Farming with Association of Rabbit Meat Producers (ARaMP) President Mr. Art Veneracion (Apr 8), Introduction to Honeybee Farming with Mr. Albee Marcia and Usapang Kawayan with World Bamboo Ambassador Dulce Punzalan and Digital Farming (Apr 22)
2. Get up close and personal with farm animals.
One of Paradizoo’s main attractions is Farm Frenzy, its animal farm where guests can interact with various domesticated animals from different areas in the country and all over the world such as Dorper sheep, Boer, Kalahari and Saanen dairy goats, Rusa and turkeys from Australia.
You can also participate in feeding and petting some of these critters while learning about their behavior and habits. You can even cuddle and purchase some of the lovable critters there such as rabbits, hamsters and love-birds to keep as pets.
3. Indulge your inner plant parent.
If you feel like you’re a budding plantito or plantita, then Paradizoo’s Plant Me Home area is the perfect place for you. It is the section of the park dedicated to promoting sustainable farming and educating visitors about various plants and herbs, as well as their benefits.
Here, guests can learn about buy plants and seeds as well as learn about new gardening technologies such as hydroponics (growing plants without soil). You can even participate in in tree-planting activities and contribute to the park’s efforts to promote sustainable farming practices and environmental conservation.
At Paradizoo’s Vegetable Garden, on the other hand, you can see a wondrous variety of fresh edible vegetables grown using the best practices in agriculture. You can also learn about sustainable agriculture through gardening workshops and even pick and buy vegetables from the garden to take home with you.
4. Get the buzz on beekeeping.
Paradizoo is home to a Honey Bee Farm where you can learn about the importance of bees and how they contribute to the ecosystem.
Go on a guided tour of the farm where you can observe the bees up close and learn about their behavior and role in the ecosystem. The tour also includes an explanation of the beekeeping process, how honey is produced, and the benefits of honey for human health. You can also taste and buy different types of honey produced on the farm.
5. Wonder at the grace and beauty of butterflies.
At Paradizoo’s Butterfly Garden is is a picturesque and peaceful place to visit, filled with colorful flowers, plants, and, of course, butterflies. Here, you can observe these beautiful critters in action as they fly, feed and flit from flower to flower.
You can also learn about the life cycle of butterflies – from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly – as well as feed the them with nectar or fruits or witness a release of newly emerged butterflies into the garden.
6. Feast on tasty farm-grown food.
The park also houses Paradizoo Cafe, a restaurant which serves a variety of dishes made with locally grown produce and fresh ingredients. The menu features a range of Filipino and international cuisines.
The cafe has both indoor and al fresco seating options, making it an ideal place to relax and enjoy a meal while enjoying the park’s beautiful surroundings. The outdoor seating area is surrounded by greenery, providing visitors with a dining experience in the midst of nature.
The cafe specializes in farm-to-table dishes made with fresh produce grown within the park, ensuring that the ingredients are at their peak freshness and nutritional value. It also espouses sustainable dining practices through the use of eco-friendly packaging and dining utensils.
7. Achieve a state of Zen.
Enter a peaceful and relaxing state of mind by visiting Paradizoo’s Meditation Garden. Here you can find de-stress, recharge, and connect with nature by taking a leisurely walk, practicing yoga, reading a book and reflect and journal while surrounded by a beautifully landscaped scenery.
8. Take a break with a relaxing farm experience stay.
A day may not be enough time to experience all that Paradizoo Theme Farm has to offer. Take advantage of the park’s peaceful and relaxing environment, fresh air and beautiful scenery by booking a stay at its comfy and nature-inspired accommodations so you will have additional time to enjoy the park’s features.
Log Cabin (Php6,999, good for six persons). With free entrance to ZOORI and Paradizoo plus free breakfast for four people.
A-Frame (Php5,990, good for six persons). With free entrance to ZOORI and Paradizoo plus free breakfast for four people.
Tiny House 1 (Php3,990, good for four persons). With free entrance to ZOORI and Paradizoo plus free breakfast for two people.
Tiny House 2 and 3 (Php1,999, good for two people). With free entrance to ZOORI and Paradizoo plus free breakfast for two people.
Extra persons are charged Php700, inclusive of free entrance to ZOORI and Paradizoo, plus free breakfast.
Now that the city life is becoming busier and more stressful, it makes a lot of sense to escape into the beauty of nature in places such as Paradizoo every once in a while.
Paradizoo Theme Farm is operated by the Zoomanity Group, a leading provider of theme parks and attractions in the Philippines, with a focus on sustainable tourism and responsible animal care.
It is located at Km. 63, Panungyan, Mendez, Cavite, open daily from 8am to 5pm.
Entrance rate for adults is Php199/head while for children within 3 feet- to 4 feet in height is Php149/head. Entrance for children below 3 feet is free while senior citizens and PWDs are afforded 20% discount upon presentation of ID.
Additional fees for activities include:
Animal Feeding: Php150/set
Horse Back Ride: Php100/2 rounds
Bees & Butterfly Garden: Php30/head
Fish Spa: Php149/30 mins
Tree Planting: Php100/tree
Check out my previous posts about Zoomanity Group’s attractions:
Disclosure: Together with media personnel and fellow content creators, I was invited by the Zoomanity Group to tour and experience the attractions at the Paradizoo Theme Farm. The tour was sponsored by the company and was not paid for by the attendees including myself.
‘The Music of the Night’ is returning to the place that inspired one of the world’s longest-running and most-loved musicals, The Phantom of the Opera. To celebrate the global phenomenon that will be performed in 15 countries in 2023, including a final bow on Broadway, ‘phans’ will be able to follow in the footsteps of le Fantôme and book a night in the mythical underworld where it all began – the historic Palais Garnier Opera in Paris.
For the first time, one of the most exclusive private viewing areas in the theater, the Box of Honour, has been transformed into a majestic bedroom, where guests will spend an exceptional night, befitting the mysteries and architectural splendor of the Palais Garnier. Guests will also get to ‘haunt’ the halls of the iconic building, including a visit to the real underground lake, home of the Phantom, featured in the famous novel.
The Host of the stay, Véronique Leroux, is the great-granddaughter of French novelist Gaston Leroux who created the world-famous phantom character. “My great-grandfather’s classic story has inspired so many people through the years,” Leroux said. “This is the perfect time to honor him and welcome ‘phans’ to the famous setting of his much-loved novel for a once-in-a-lifetime stay.”
Airbnb’s commitment to heritage
This special night at Palais Garnier is the latest heritage offering from Airbnb following a series of measures and commitments by the platform to revitalize heritage tourism in Europe, including heritage donations to historical home organizations across Europe.
As part of this programme, Airbnb is offering its support to the restoration and enhancement of the Opera’s heritage, including an ongoing project to restore the Palais Garnier boxes. Airbnb’s contribution will also fund the development of the Opera’s streaming platform, bringing together all of the Paris Opera’s audiovisual content to a wide audience, all over the world.
About the stay
Guests will sleep in the largest opera box in the Palais Garnier – the Box of Honour – a room normally reserved for visiting dignitaries. The exquisite chamber has been transformed for an exclusive guest experience that includes:
The best location in the house to take in the architectural beauty of the Palais Garnier and its stage.
A tour of hidden areas in the Palais, rarely seen by the public, including the Opera’s incredible private archives and famous underground lake.
A private ballet initiation with one of the Opera de Paris Ballet dancers.
An exclusive recital performed by the artists of Paris Opera Academy, complete with champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
Dinner in the lavish Foyer de la Danse, a private and historic dancing rehearsal room behind the stage, used by dancers for warming up before a show.
A tour of the private dance studios underneath the eaves of the iconic opera building where guests will enjoy picturesque views of the Paris skyline.
How to book
Phans may request to book the overnight stay on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 from 6:00 PM CET(Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 from 1:00 AM PHT) at airbnb.com/opera. The stay will take place on Sunday, July 16th, 2023. This one-night stay will cost 37 euros (approx. Php 2,154)*, in honor of the Box of Honour’s number. Let the dream begin!
To request to book, the booking guest must have a verified Airbnb profile, a good track record on the platform, and be aged 18+. Maximum occupancy is two persons. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from Paris, France.
The Phantom of the Opera musical Since opening in London in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera has played to over 145 million people in 183 cities in 17 languages The Phantom of the Opera has run for over 36 years in the West End and on Broadway. It is Broadway’s longest-running show and has received over 70 major theater awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier awards. A Global Edition of the soundtrack was released in 2022, featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved soundtrack in full in seven global languages, and a special eight compilation disc.
The Phantom of the Opera will be performed in 15 countries, across 4 continents and in 7 languages in 2023. To book tickets and find out where Phantom is playing near you visit: www.thephantomoftheopera.com.
*Plus taxes and fees. This one-night stay is not a contest.
As we near the most romantic time of the year, it’s important to get ahead and prepare to wow your significant other. Check out the Valentine’s Day specials of Manila Prince Hotel and spend a much-needed quality time with your bae!
Be My Valentine Special Room Promo
Staycation, dinner and wine, anyone? Experience an intimate overnight stay in a Deluxe room and enjoy a buffet dinner date night with your loved one. To sweeten the evening, toast your love to each other with glass of red wine each. It also includes breakfast buffet for only P3,400 nett.
Two-gether at Marcelino Café
Indulge in a delightful dinner buffet at Marcelino Street Café specially crafted for the season of love. For only P950 nett per person, treat yourself and your loved one to a gastronomic feast paired with a glass of red wine that will make your hearts full.
In the Mood for Love
Enjoy the pleasures of a romantic weekend getaway in our Deluxe Room for only P2,023 nett per room per night. Not only will you enjoy a delightful overnight stay but this package also includes breakfast buffet for two persons. This special rate is available from February 10 to 14 only. For inquiries and reservations, for rooms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, for restaurants, please email email@example.com.
For more information on hotel’s offers and updates, please visit www.manilaprince.com or follow Manila Prince Hotel on Facebook and Instagram.
Manila Prince Hotel, a subsidiary of The Manila Hotel, is situated in the heart of Manila’s business district and has close proximity to the city’s historical tourist spots as well as the main transportation hubs. With its 300 well-appointed rooms, 6 function rooms, an elegant lobby with 24-hour reception, a business center, a swimming pool, and gym access, the Manila Prince Hotel offers value for money and stylish comfort. Along with excellent service and luxurious hospitality, the hotel has exciting dining experiences for you and your family at its all-day dining restaurant Marcelino Street Café. The hotel is also connected to the UN Square mall for convenient shopping and dining. These and more, make Manila Prince Hotel a top choice for leisure and business travelers’ choice.
Book your stay at the Manila Prince Hotel via Klook.
Ever wondered which countries top the tables for travel over the Valentine’s Day period? Airbnb today reveals the Philippines as one of Airbnb’s most romantic destinations around the world. The country has one of the highest proportions of couples travelling together for Valentine’s Day, alongside Puerto Rico, Netherlands, Greece and New Zealand.
This Valentine, why not create new memories with your loved ones with a memorable travel getaway? No matter how you celebrate love, there surely is an ideal and easy-on-the-pocket Airbnb Stay for you.
For the solo traveller: Lose — and find — yourself amidst scenic views
Awaken the solo traveller in you with this Moroccan-style tropical island home in Siargao. Enjoy the peaceful calm of watching the sun rise and set from your private rooftop, feel the breeze in your open living space overlooking the ocean, and explore the island’s best restaurants and surfing spots just a few minutes away.
If you’re not much of a planner but still enjoy an activity-filled vacation, Soultribe Beach Cabana offers a spacious beach retreat with island activities for the spontaneous traveler including island hopping, horse riding and even day trips.. Host Tracey also offers surfing lessons, massages and yoga classes — an ideal way to meet new friends and bond over shared passions.
For the couple: Spend alone time with bae in a romantic destination
Have your dream romantic escapade with your love at Casa Malaya, a tropical-inspired villa in El Nido, Palawan adorned with unique antiques and tribal Filipino pieces. Immerse yourselves in this nature-inspired villa that comes with a private pool and spacious sun lounge. Wake up to the soothing sound of hummingbirds at another El Nido villa: Colibris Corner. Featuring two exclusive rooms with beautiful island views, enjoy basking in the Palawan sun and happy hour with live music at the beaches nearby.
For the barkada: Go camping and make new memories with the squad
Celebrate with the friends who have been there through ups and down with a getaway at Peakway Bell Tent in Cebu –a glamping dome that can accommodate up to six guests and, yes, pets too. The dome offers some of nature’s best: mountains, lush greenery and starry night views. This stay comes with an outdoor dining area exclusive to your barkada for barbecue nights.
If you’re in the mood for glamping but somewhere a little closer to the metro, try this Rizal-based camp at Windfarm Nature Escape. Gather your best buddies for a catch-up around the campfire, where you’ll also get your own outdoor kitchen and camping tables and chairs. The stay includes free parking, power outlets and perimeter lights to walk safely at night.
For the family: Escape the city bustle and experience farm life with the family
Book an adventure the entire family will remember for years to come in this mountain farmhouse that promises the right balance of comfort and access to nature. Located in Tanay, Rizal, enjoy the cold breeze as youy awake to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. From hiking, trekking, swimming to visiting dragonfruit and butterfly pea plantations, this place has something for every one in the family.
For families who love the slow life, Alperi Farm is a 2,000 sqm private farmhouse in Amadeo, Cavite perfect for large families. This spacious stay offers a sala, full kitchen, patio, outdoor dining area, three bedrooms, and two toilets and baths, all for your exclusive use. Let the adults enjoy the gym, theatre, and arcade room, whilst the youngsters explore the tree playhouse and outdoor pool.
Create new memories and experiences that last with Airbnb. For every travel and budget preference, there is surely an Airbnb Stay that suits your needs. Head over to www.airbnb.com.ph or download the Airbnb app to book your love month getaway now!
Note: All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.
Details and images provided in a recent press release.
With the lifting of many quarantine restrictions, we now have more opportunities to escape the four walls of our home into the great outdoors.
For many of the metro’s denizens, Manila Ocean Park remains one of the most desired destinations for a fun family or barkada outing. After all, as the country’s first world-class marine theme park and premiere educational entertainment destination, Manila Ocean Park houses exciting and educational attractions that will surely appeal to everyone in the group.
That said, there is definitely a need to organize your visit to Manila Ocean Park to ensure that you get to enjoy all it has to offer.
Here are some tips to help you do so:
Tip #1: Check online for great deals and discounts.
Until February 28, 2023, tickets at MOP’s ticketing counter are priced at just ₱750/person (from the original price of ₱3,300/person), giving the visitors access to the park’s seven exciting attractions:
Oceanarium: home to 14,000 marine creatures across 277 species indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia with a 220-deg curved walkway tunnel with an amazing view of sea creatures swimming overhead
Jellies Dancing Sea Fairies: a breath-taking showcase of jellyfish in their element against a fascinating display of multi-media effects and soothing music
Trails to Antarctica: provides a peek at the merry antics of Humboldt Penguins and a tour of the cheery Christmas Village
All Star Bird Show: MOP’s resident macaws, cucckatoos and raptors display their intelligence and skills through stunts and tricks
Sea Lion Show: MOP’s South American Sea Lions showcase their skills through funny antics and entertaining skits
World of Creepy Crawlies: a peek into the world of scary and icky snakes, frogs, lizards, worms and insects
Super Toy Collection: the largest collection of Superman toys and memorabilia
However, thanks to its Early Deal Online promo, you can get more savings with tickets priced at ₱680/person just by purchasing them online at manilaoceanpark.com/tickets. Thanks to Hotel H2o’s Love Month Exclusive Deals, you can also get two free tickets when you book your stay at the hotel this February.
By the way, kids below two feet in height are free of charge.
Now that’s a lot of savings!
At the Oceanarium
Tip #2: Get updated on the park’s safety guidelines and protocols
While many COVID safety regulations may have been relaxed by now, it doesn’t mean we should let up on our safety practices.
Currently, the safety protocols implemented in Manila Ocean Park are for Alert Level 1. This allows the park to operate at full capacity, provided that guests 18 years old or older are vaccinated (and should present vaccination card and valid ID prior to entry) and while guests below 18 years old may be unvaccinated, they should be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
While inside the park’s premises, guests are advised to practice minimum public health safety standards such as proper wearing of facemasks, maintaining physical distance of at least 1 meter from each other, and regularly washing and/or sanitizing of hands.
Be sure to check the latest IATF-EID guidelines prior to your visit.
At the Jellies Exhibit
Tip #3: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
With so many things to see and do at Manila Ocean Park, you can expect to do a lot of walking so be sure to wear clothes and shoes that are cool and comfortable. Airy shirts and shorts or pants, as well as comfy closed shoes are the order of the day given that these free you up to do a wide variety of activities with ease.
You might also want to bring an extra shirt that you can change into later in the day.
At the Sea Lion Show
Tip#4: Protect yourself from the sun.
Two of Manila Ocean Park’s attractions – the All-Star Bird Show and the Sea Lion Show – are held outdoors.
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing caps or hats, and be sure to apply sunscreen before stepping out.
Note: Open umbrellas during these shows are discouraged as these may be distracting to the animals.
At the All-Star Bird Show
Tip#5: Bring your own water bottle or tumbler.
With all that walking, you can expect to get really thirsty so be sure to rehydrate often.
Personally, I found it best to bring my own water bottle or tumbler in my bag and just refill it with from the water that I bought from the restaurants and establishments in the park. This way, I have something I can readily drink from as I wander through the exhibits.
At Trails to Antarctica
Tip #6: Plan your day.
With the increasing number of visitors to the park, you would need to have a strategy for your visit to maximize your time there. You might want to schedule your visit on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowd.
If you’ve got kids with you who might get tired or irritable during the course of the day, it would be best to plan breaks in between attractions wherein the kiddos can sit down or have a snack and get energized for the next exhibit.
Preserving your memories of your MOP visit is always worthwhile so be sure to get great pictures among the highlights of each attraction. Search through the Manila Ocean Parks social media accounts for Instagrammable spots to get the best shots; just be sure to mind the other people there when you’re snapping your photos!
You can also ask the MOP crew about special encounters that make for cool memories and exciting photos such as the Penguin Feeding, Bird and Sea Lion Encounters, and others. These may entail some fees but the memories (and the conversations arising from the pictures that showcase your experiences) are surely worth it!
At the World of Creepy Crawlies
Tip #7: Mind the safety reminders, especially when interacting with animals.
Manila Ocean Park prides itself on its interactive attractions, exhibits wherein visitors can do far more than just admire the displays from a distance. These usually involves interactions with the park’s animals.
While these creatures are well-trained, it would still be best to carefully listen to and follow any instructions from animal trainers, particularly those that involve your safety and those of the animals’. These include reminders such as:
Avoid tapping the glass walls of the fish tanks and reptile enclosures. Particularly for fish, sound pressure is four times higher under water so incessant tapping can lead to higher stress levels for the poor creatures.
Do not feed the animals. Except for the penguin-feeding, receiving food and treats is part of the animals’ training and is calibrated into their diet plans. Feeding them outside of their routines messes up their training and may even endanger their health.
At the Super Toy Collection
Tip #8: Point out interesting and educational tidbits to the kiddos.
While MOP is for the whole family, it is especially a wondrous experience for the kiddos who have been largely limited to learning from home for the past couple of years.
Supplement their learning by guiding them through the exhibits, reading the descriptions with them or talking with them about their reactions to the park’s attractions.
At the Christmas Village
Tip #9: Check out the dining options within the park.
Your tour around the park will definitely work up an appetite but, don’t you worry because MOP has a lot of dining options available at the park.
One of its newest dining destinations is Hapag, which features an extensive menu of all-time favorite Pinoy dishes such as: Sinigang na Hipon, Sinigang na Baboy, Chicken Inasal, Sizzling Liempo Steak, Pinakbet, Beef Caldereta, Sizzling Prok Sisig, Crispy Pata and Bagoong Rice.
Other gourmet food outlets inside the Manila Ocean Park compound include:
Makan Makan Asian Food Village for Chinese staple food and Singaporean hawker fare.
Garden Cafe for coffee, snacks and desserts
Retro Grill Diner for American staples such as steaks, burgers, tacos and more
White Moon Bar for bar chow and cocktails
At MOP’s newest restaurant, Hapag
Your visit to Manila Ocean Park is sure to be a fun and memorable one. With these tips, I hope you can make the most out of the time you spend there.
Have fun and stay safe!
Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. You may book your tickets via Klook.
Leavenworth is a beautiful small town located in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Known for its Bavarian-style architecture, the town attracts visitors year-round for its charming ambiance, scenic landscapes, and outdoor recreational activities.
It is also a testament to the power of community collaboration and creativity, as what was once a town in decline after its logging industry dwindled became a popular and thriving tourist destination. This came about in the 1960s when a group of local business owners and residents came together to revitalize the town by transforming its buildings to resemble a traditional Bavarian village.
Fancy a visit to this town that looks like it came straight from a fairytale book? Here are some things that you can do there:
Enjoy the Bavarian-style architecture
Leavenworth’s streets are lined with Bavarian-style buildings that look like they were transported from Germany. The buildings are painted with vibrant colors, and the streets are decorated with flowers, making it the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll and snap some pictures.
Drop by “where it’s Christmas all year long”
Kris Kringl, a a year-round Christmas shop stocked full of unforgettable gifts and beautiful home décor that help to impart that yuletide spirit to its visitors, is located right at the heart of Leavenworth. You can through its extensive selections of holiday items, and you can even personalize your purchases.
Visit the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum
This museum is dedicated to nutcrackers and has an impressive collection of over 7,000 nutcrackers from all over the world. It’s a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Try out various headgear and toys
Leavenworth also houses The Hat Shop | Wood Shop which features all sorts of fun and functional hats as well as handcrafted wooden toys. Have fun trying out different hats and checking out the toy merchandise.
Go wine tasting
Leavenworth has several wineries that offer wine tasting. Try some of the region’s best wines and learn about the winemaking process.
Explore the natural beauty
Leavenworth is surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, and rivers. There are several hiking trails, scenic drives, and outdoor activities to enjoy, such as hiking, river rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, and more.
Attend a festival
Leavenworth hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the famous Oktoberfest, Maifest, and Christmas Lighting Festival. The town comes alive with music, food, and drinks, making it a fun and festive atmosphere.
Visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
The farm is home to several reindeer that visitors can feed and pet. It’s a unique and memorable experience that is perfect for families.
Indulge in the local cuisine
Leavenworth has a wide variety of restaurants that serve delicious Bavarian-style cuisine. Try some of the local favorites, such as schnitzel, bratwurst, and strudel. You can also check out popular eateries that have also adopted a Bavarian-style look, in keeping with the rest of the town.
Relax at the hot springs
Leavenworth is located near several natural hot springs that offer a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Take a dip in the hot springs and soak in the beautiful surroundings.
Stay at a cozy lodge
Leavenworth has several lodges and cabins that offer a cozy and comfortable stay. Enjoy the town’s charming ambiance and natural beauty while staying in a warm and inviting accommodation.
The best thing about Leavenworth is that it’s a great destination to visit year-round, and the best time to visit largely depends on your interests and preferences.
Summer (June to August) – to enjoy the warm and sunny weather, with Bavarian-style architecture and vibrant flowers are also on full display
Fall (September to November) – to see the stunning autumn foliage colors and to join in the Oktoberfest activities
Winter (December to February) – to see the town lit up by millions of twinkling lights, creating a winter wonderland atmosphere, in time for the Christmas Lighting Festival, and to enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding
Spring (March to May) – to enjoy the mild weather and the early blooms as well as blossoming trees as you explore the town minus the busy crowds
Leavenworth, Washington is approximately 120 miles east of Seattle, Washington and is accessible by car, bus, or shuttle. Here’s how to get to Leavenworth from Seattle:
By car: Take I-5 North from Seattle and then merge onto US-2 East at Everett. Follow US-2 East for about 90 miles until you reach Leavenworth. The drive takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on traffic and weather conditions.
By bus: Several bus companies offer daily service from Seattle to Leavenworth. The trip takes about 3.5 hours and costs between $25 to $35 per person, depending on the bus company and time of year. Some of the popular bus companies include Greyhound, Northwestern Trailways, and Amtrak Thruway.
By shuttle: Several shuttle services operate between Seattle and Leavenworth. These services offer door-to-door transportation and are a great option if you don’t want to drive or take the bus. Some of the popular shuttle services include Leavenworth Shuttle Express, Quick Shuttle, and Shuttle Express. The cost for shuttle service varies depending on the shuttle company and the number of passengers.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking for adventure, a foodie seeking delicious cuisine, or a culture lover interested in festivals and events, Leavenworth has it all. The town’s rich history and community-driven transformation also make it a fascinating place to explore. With so much to see and do, Leavenworth is truly a destination that will let you step into a storybook world and will leave you with unforgettable memories.
To know more about Leavenworth, Washington, visit its website.
Pictures were taken during a family trip to the US in 2019.
This 2023, there’s definitely no slowing down Filipinos’ revived wanderlust. Whether it’s a well-deserved retreat to your favourite city, exploring a hidden gem you’re visiting for the first time, or rediscovering one of the Philippines’ many beautiful islands — travel is definitely a treat that everyone is looking forward to this year.
As more countries reopen their borders and airlines add more flights to international hotspots, latest data from Airbnb reveals that domestic destinations remain top of mind for Filipinos. If you’re wondering where to travel next, read on for the top trending destinations in the Philippines, paired with the most extraordinary Airbnb Stays hosted by locals ready to provide you with their best tips (and well-kept secrets!) to make the most of your destination.
Immerse in history and natural wonders in the country’s oldest city
#1 on the list is Cebu City, which has undeniably captured the attention of tourists from all over the world. The city has much to offer any type of traveler — from colorful festivals to unique delicacies and vibrant urban landscapes to nature-based adventures. For large families and barkadas planning to visit the south’s Queen city, check out these spacious homes with outdoor pools and amenities such as this mansion aptly titled ‘The Helix’ for its impressive spiral staircase and this modern 7-bedroom luxury villa with an infinity pool, both providing spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains.
Soak up Cebuano culture and offerings in Lapu-Lapu City
Lapu-Lapu City is steeped both in rich cultural heritage, and its pristine white-sand beaches. For an unforgettable trip to the city, why not book Airbnb Stays that are currently trending? Check out this luxurious two-story Ouano Beach House nestled along the coast of Mactan Island with exclusive access to the beach. Another option is this rustic modern villa perfectly located near beaches and nearby islands, which also features an indoor waterfall pool and billiards table.
Live out your island dreams in El Nido, Palawan
Over the years, El Nido has been gradually gathering word of mouth as one of the best beach destinations in the world — thanks to its breathtakingly clear waters teeming with marine life. To fully enjoy this beach lover’s paradise, this newly-built tropical-themed villa offers direct access to Las Cabañas Beach & Maremegmeg Beach and lies a stone’s throw away from the island’s nightlife and restaurants. Another option is this dreamy and romantic designer villa perfect for couples, located just a few minutes from Nacpan Beach and with a private pool to boot.
Go on a digital detox and recharge in Coron, Palawan
Another popular island destination south of Luzon is Coron – home to many of the Philippines’ most unique wreck diving spots. Often considered the quieter and more laidback sibling of El Nido, Coron is definitely worth adding to your bucket list. The island offers multiple stays with amazing views — such as this lovely beachfront room which comes with stunning sunsets and island tours for a hassle-free trip. You can also rent a private bed and breakfast in this island home tucked away in a quiet cove, where you can catch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast by the veranda.
Drive up north and cool off in Baguio’s chilly weather
If you want to take a break from the tropical heat in the metro, drive up north and stay for a week or more in the country’s Summer Capital. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Baguio — from its abundant flora and parks brimming with exciting activities, to local neighborhoods where you can soak up Cordilleran art and enjoy delicious delicacies. For those who can’t bear to leave their furry ones at home, this pet-friendly Muji-style home just a few minutes away from Burnham Park makes for the perfect stay. Those seeking some fresh mountain air can check out this chic, industrial-themed home with large glass walls showing off the lush pine trees aplenty and morning mountain fog.
All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.
Details and images provided in a recent press release.
Whether or not you’ve already watched “Avatar: The Way of Water,” you would be happy to know that you can take this cinematic experience outside the movie theaters as Manila Ocean Park hosts a Virtual Pandoran Ocean showcasing the wonders of the reef until the end of January 2023.
This on-ground and digital activation is part of Disney and Avatar’s global “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” campaign which aims to raise awareness of the challenges facing oceans and marine life. The campaign will support non-profit, The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) work to protect 10 of our oceans’ amazing animals and their habitats, connected to the beauty of Pandora.
Through this unique digital activation, fans in the Philippines can help Disney and Avatar “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” by going to https://avatar.com/keepouroceansamazing/ph to create their very own Avatar-inspired ocean creature. For every creature created in the Virtual Pandoran Ocean now through December 31, 2022, Disney US will give $5 to The Nature Conservancy US, up to USD 1 million, to help the organization achieve its goal of protecting 10% of the ocean by 2030.
“The entire planet depends on the health of our ocean to support and sustain it. The ocean regulates climate, provides livelihoods for billions of people, and is home to more than half of all life on earth,” said Melissa Garvey, Global Director of Ocean Protection at The Nature Conservancy. “We need to do our part to protect it. That’s why we are thrilled to collaborate with Disney and Avatar on this campaign. Our mission is driven by working together with those who believe we can shape a brighter future where people and nature can thrive together. The film’s important message complements our work, and we look forward to working together to protect the 10 species highlighted in this campaign and creating a healthier ocean for all.”
In Avatar: The Way of Water, fans will be introduced to a new oceanic Na’vi clan and an array of diverse aquatic creatures, inspiring audiences to connect with the beauty of our oceans right here on Earth. Oceans cover 70% of the planet, shelter an incredible diversity of life, and provide us with food, jobs and more than half of the oxygen we breathe. Unfortunately, less than 8% of this unique ecosystem is protected. “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” aims to extend Disney’s longstanding conservation legacy to help protect 10 amazing ocean animals and their habitats.
This new initiative will support The Nature Conservancy to protect beluga whales, blue whales, whale sharks, hawksbill sea turtles, manatees, manta rays, parrotfish, staghorn coral, sea lions, and mangroves – coastal habitats that provide important shelter for many marine species. The ocean species that have been selected can be found in waters throughout the world and many of them share qualities with the Pandoran creatures and habitats featured throughout the film. Each animal and plant species is also classified as threatened, vulnerable or endangered. The Nature Conservancy is working alongside indigenous peoples and local communities to develop multi-faceted solutions to the challenges these species face across the globe, to ensure that both people and wildlife thrive.
Disney has a long history of taking action for oceans and supporting the protection of marine life – from our 2030 environmental goals that include efforts to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, source sustainable seafood and invest in the protection of our watersheds, to our funding and expertise for biodiversity protection through Disney Conservation. To date, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $120 million to support nonprofit organizations working around the world to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet. Nearly $20 million of those funds have been provided to programs that benefit marine life, communities, and the oceans we all depend on. This initiative is part of Disney Planet Possible, tangible actions Disney is taking to help create a healthier home for people and wildlife.
“Disney has a rich legacy of conservation and inspiring action to protect nature. We’re proud to celebrate the release of Avatar: The Way of Water by raising global awareness of the critical importance of protecting oceans and marine biodiversity,” said Jennifer Cohen, executive vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company.”
“The Avatar ethos is that we are all connected to each other and our planet, and therefore are responsible for positively impacting the people and world around us,” shared Avatar: The Way of Water producer Jon Landau. “The Keep Our Oceans Amazing campaign is a way for us to invite fans from around the world to join us in creating that impact.”
Global audiences were first introduced to the world of Pandora in the original Avatar and fell in love with the characters, the story and the beautiful rainforests and creatures, which led to it becoming the highest grossing film of all time. As we journey into Avatar: The Way of Water, audiences will be transported to an all-new biome – the reef – and will be introduced to a new oceanic clan and an array of diverse aquatic creatures. This expanding universe underlines just how intentionally Pandora has been designed to be a metaphor for Earth. Audiences will experience the beauty of the sea and the richness of biodiversity in Pandora’s oceans.
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure. The film will have awe inspiring scenes that showcase the vibrant bioluminescence and beauty of Pandora’s aquatic landscape. These scenes will inspire us all to consider the wonders of our own oceanic world.
Manila Ocean Park is the country’s first world-class marine theme park and premiere educational entertainment destination located behind the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. You may book your tickets via Klook.
Seattle, with its breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, and its rich cultural and culinary scene, is a must-visit destination.
Seattle is a city that offers something for everyone, making it a great destination for travelers. The city boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and music venues. Seattle is also known for its natural beauty, with stunning views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The city is also famous for its coffee culture and innovative culinary scene, which offers a range of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. Additionally, Seattle is a hub for technology and innovation, with several major tech companies headquartered in the city. Exploring Seattle is not only a great way to experience all of these highlights, but it’s also an opportunity to immerse oneself in the city’s unique vibe and laid-back Pacific Northwest lifestyle.
While Seattle is known for its high cost of living, it is possible to explore the city on a budget. Here are some tips for exploring Seattle without breaking the bank:
Visit free attractions
Seattle has several free attractions, including the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Central Public Library, and the Frye Art Museum. The Seattle Art Museum also offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month.
Take a stroll around the city
Seattle has many beautiful neighborhoods, such as Capitol Hill, Fremont, and Ballard, that are perfect for exploring on foot. Pike Place Market is also a great place to stroll, people-watch and window-shop.
Go on a hike
Seattle is surrounded by natural beauty, including the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. There are several hiking trails that offer stunning views of the city, such as the Discovery Park Loop Trail and the West Tiger Mountain Trail.
Enjoy the outdoors
Seattle has several parks and green spaces that are perfect for a picnic or a day out with family and friends. Volunteer Park, Gas Works Park, Kerry Park and Green Lake Park are some popular options.
Visit the waterfront
The Seattle Waterfront is a popular destination with several attractions, including the Seattle Aquarium, the Great Wheel, and the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. While some of these attractions can be expensive, simply strolling along the waterfront and enjoying the views is free.
Take advantage of happy hours
Seattle is known for its craft beer and cocktail scene, and many bars and restaurants offer happy hour specials. This is a great way to sample some of Seattle’s culinary offerings without breaking the bank.
Experience its coffee culture
Many coffee shops offer affordable drip coffee, which is often just as delicious as the more expensive artisanal drinks. Look for coffee shops that offer happy hour specials, such as Caffe Vita in Capitol Hill, which offers half-priced drip coffee during certain hours. Some cafes, like Cherry Street Coffee House, even offer free coffee refills. Additionally, many coffee shops offer discounts if you bring your own reusable cup. Visiting the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market is also a must-do for coffee lovers, and while the prices may be a bit higher than other coffee shops, it’s still possible to enjoy an iconic Seattle latte or cappuccino without overspending.
Take a self-guided walking tour of Microsoft’s Redmond Campus
The Microsoft campus is large and sprawling, and it is primarily a working campus and not designed for tourism or public access, but you can still get a good sense of its size and layout by taking a self-guided walking tour. There are several public paths and trails around the campus that offer great views of the buildings and the surrounding area. You can also visit the Microsoft Visitor Center, which has interactive exhibits that showcase Microsoft’s products and history.
Use public transportation
Seattle has an excellent public transportation system, including buses, light rail, and ferries. Using public transportation is an affordable and eco-friendly way to get around the city.
Seattle offers many budget-friendly options for exploring the city. By taking advantage of free attractions, enjoying the outdoors, and using public transportation, frugal travelers can experience the best of Seattle without overspending.
Following the easing of pandemic curbs in Hong Kong, guests and fans from the Philippines can finally hop on a flight to reignite the magic at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Get ready to rediscover familiar rides, relive moments of pure joy with beloved Disney friends, and reconnect with all-new surprises throughout the Happiest Place on Earth. Special tickets and hotel offers are ready to make Pinoy guests’ experiences even more fun-filled, in particular, the “Reignite the Magic” Combo: 1-Day Park Ticket and “Disney Premier Access,” enabling priority access to some of the Park’s most popular attractions.
Tourists can now visit Hong Kong quarantine-free and are allowed to explore attractions and restaurants as soon as they arrive, including Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL). For the latest travel information about Hong Kong, guests may visit here: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html
Brand-new Disney magic awaits!
Be enchanted by the reimagined Castle of Magical Dreams—home to a fully refreshed “Follow Your Dreams” daytime musical stage show and the all-new nighttime spectacular “Momentous.” Watch in awe as it sets the evening ablaze with breathtaking delights that wrap up a truly unforgettable day!
The shining beacon of Hong Kong Disneyland: The Castle of Magical Dreams
In celebration of the resort’s 15th Anniversary, the reimagined centerpiece, named the Castle of Magical Dreams, was launched in 2020. Sparked by those that dare to dream and believe, it shines as a beacon of courage, hope and possibility.
Draw inspiration from 13 stories of Disney princesses and queens, the architectural design embraces each one of their unique characteristics through the interpretation of color, icons, symbols, patterns and cultural features.
Never in Disney history has an existing castle undergone a transformation as grand as this, and guests who have witnessed the change from a distance can now walk through the iconic structure. From meeting their favorite princesses and queens at “The Royal Reception Hall,” with its regally appointed interiors that feature intricately carved details, tapestries, and small bronze statues depicting the beloved heroines who inspired the castle’s design, to visiting “Enchanted Treasures,” the first-ever Castle of Magical Dreams Chow Tai Fook Jewelry store where artisans from the popular jeweler Chow Tai Fook have been appointed as Royal Jeweler for all of the kingdom’s magnificent keepsakes and treasures.
First-of-its-kind live outdoor musical party: “Follow Your Dreams”
The 20-minute live outdoor musical is filled with high-energy music and live singing. A brand-new song debuted in the show, called “Follow Your Dreams,” which is not only infused with the trademark uplifting spirit of a Disney tune, but also reminds guests how fulfilling it is to pursue dreams and to never give up.
Several well-known songs have also been rearranged and produced to give guests a never-before-heard experience, featuring a wide range of music from electronic dance music and K-Pop, to everything in between.
The Most Magical Show on Earth: “Momentous”
Newly launched in June this year, the all-new nighttime spectacular, “Momentous”, has arrived—and it is Hong Kong’s greatest evening experience! This much-anticipated show—filled with magic and light—illuminates the night sky with nearly 20 minutes of music and memorable moments, all wrapped up in one monumental journey.
Through powerful and heart-warming storytelling, “Momentous” will delight your senses with spectacular multimedia elements, including large-scale projection mapping technology, choreographed fountains, illuminated water projection, lasers, theatrical lighting, pyrotechnics and fireworks effects. Unfolding over six chapters, “Momentous” will not only bring the iconic Castle of Magical Dreams to life but also take guests on a wondrous journey through life. This amazing new show reminds us just how precious time is and to cherish every moment with our loved ones.
Meet and greet with Disney Friends once more
Our Disney pals could not be more excited to see all of our wonderful guests again! Everyone from Mickey Mouse, and the Marvel Super Heroes to Duffy and Friends—including their newest pal, the lovable fox LinaBell—have prepared brand-new surprises to celebrate special occasions while creating precious memories along the way.
There is more to capture at “Follow Your Dreams” where Mickey Mouse and an array of Disney characters, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pocahontas, Moana, and Elsa, as well as Miguel from Coco and Nick and Judy from Zootopia. So, savor the magic with Disney Pals through a series of iconic new photo moments.
Exciting product line-up in 2023 at Hong Kong Disneyland
2023 is bound to be a magical and memorable year with a rich line-up of immersive activities and seasonal events at the resort, from celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney to the long-awaited opening of the first-ever Frozen-themed land in the world, World of Frozen, in the second half of 2023. What’s more, a brand-new Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue will be unveiled the same year.
Seize the magic with special offers
To welcome inbound guests, HKDL has prepared an array of attractive offers. Pinoy guests ready to immerse themselves in a magical place should start booking their trip now with the following Offer*: Hong Kong Disneyland “Reignite the Magic” Combo: 1-Day Park Ticket and “Disney Premier Access” available at: KKDay, Klook, Traveloka, Trip.com.
The resort has been operating with its health and safety measures including temperature screening, the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and increased cleaning and sanitization with reference to the latest regulations and guidance from the government and health authorities. Park operations and related arrangements will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis and adjusted as needed to take into account the latest government regulations.
fulfil the “Vaccine Pass” requirement as required by law.;
purchase their tickets in advance and make park visit reservation up to 90 days in advance of their visit, via the Hong Kong Disneyland reservation website;
confirm that they do not have a fever or any respiratory symptoms.
go through temperature screening before entering the Park; and
wear a face mask during their visit, except when consuming food or drink at catering premises or in outdoor areas of the park.
About Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers unforgettable, culturally distinctive Disney experiences for guests of all ages and nationalities. Filled with your favorite Disney stories and characters, Hong Kong Disneyland offers guests the opportunity to explore seven diverse lands that are home to award-winning, unique attractions and entertainment. Complete your adventure with stays at the resort’s luxurious Disney hotels. The magic doesn’t end at our doorstep; as a dedicated member of the local community that cares deeply about societal wellbeing, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort spreads its magic through community service programs that help families in need, boost creativity among children and families, encourage the protection of the environment and inspire healthier living.
Mobile app gives the latest updates & helps plan your visit
The Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app keeps guests informed of all the excitement at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, from operating hours to entertainment schedules. Reserve your park visit and get Disney Standby Pass to meet Disney friends inside the park. Use the GPS-enabled map to find your way around the park or make reservations for park and hotel restaurants, and make every moment count with wait times for each attraction. Magic Access members can also view block-out calendars and membership privileges, designed to make your visit even more magical. . Sign up MyDisney for receiving Hong Kong Disneyland latest news, promotions and offers.
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