Come home to these great movies on SKYcable this December

Cherish the holiday break this Christmas as the whole family is home for the holidays and enjoy SKY’s movie marathon treat with a diverse and fresh selection this December.

Welcome back “Joy” and “Ethan” into your homes as they bring you a story of personal struggle and romance with the phenomenal box-office hit “Hello, Love, Goodbye” on SKY Movies Pay-Per-View available from until January 12 for only P99.

Catch “Dumbo,” one of the childhood classic novels’ live-action reimagining as it premieres on Fox Movies this December 21 at 9:00 P.M. Collin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva green, and Alan Arkin join force in this film adaptation of the story of struggling circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) who engage Holt (Farrell) and his two children to take care of Dumbo. See what obstacles they encounter in the circus and how they manage to bring the circus back to life again.

Another live action revival awaits cartoon lovers this coming Dec.25 at 8:00 P.M. as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” airs on Fox Family. In Paul Tibbitt’s directorial debut, Spongebob helps Mr. Krabbs in finding Burger Bread who stole the top secret recipe of Krabby Patties.

‘90s babies now have the chance to catch “The Brady Bunch Movie” on Paramount on December 31 at 2:15 P.M. Parents Mike (Gary Cole) and Carol (Shelley Long) are having problems as their home is in danger of being taken away by Larry (Michael Mckean), the house’s developer. As soon as their six Brady kids know of the problem, they decide to enter a talent contest to help the family.

Sports fans can learn from “Gold,” a fictionalized retelling of the first Olympic gold win by hockey team, Independent India in 1948, on Zee Sine. In this historical sports drama, which airs Dec.21 at 8:30 P.M.,, check how assistant manager Tapas (Akshay Kumar) was instrumental in bringing India its first Olympic Gold as a free nation.

Also don’t miss Vice Ganda’s “Fantastica” on C1 this December 31 at 9:00 P.M., where he plays a struggling carnival owner thinking of ways to make his family’s business become lively again.

From Hollywood box office films to local films, you can come home to SKYcable for great flicks. Take your pick now and arrange a date with the entire family. Existing SKYcable subscribers can choose to add movie channels to their lineup for as low as P20/month. Sign up at

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Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Four reasons to gather and celebrate at Food Exchange Manila, Novotel Manila Araneta

Yes, the holiday season is definitely upon us. Throughout the metro, families are planning their Christmas merriments and get-togethers.

Why not have your holiday feast with family and friends at the Novotel’s buffet restaurant Food Exchange Manila?

Food Exchange is the hotel’s premiere buffet restaurant, a culinary theater where talented and renowned chefs demonstrate their skills in frenetic activities across six bountiful and interactive cooking stations: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, grill, international favorites and desserts.

You and your near-and-dears will find many to love and enjoy at Food Exchange, especially during the Christmas season, such as:

One: Its Christmas Carnival theme.

Christmas is all about fun and festivities, and nothing embodies those holiday moods better than a Christmas Carnival. Check out the fun decor that will surely get you in a festive mood.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Two: Its Holiday Cooler.

Specifically for the season, a new non-alcoholic (thank heavens!) mocktail was crafted by the hotel’s mixologists. Dubbed the Holiday Cooler, it is a refreshing mix of fruity and candy flavors. For me, it’s a glass of pure holiday joy.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Three: Its Holiday Buffets

Its Noche Buena Feast on December 24, which starts from 6pm to 9pm, includes Novotel’s special lechon cooked with white wine, Cranberry Glazed Ham, Canadian Style Herb Crusted Prime Rib and Herb Stuffed Roasted Turkey for only Php2,588++ per adult. Food Exchange’s Midnight Christmas Buffet, which starts from 11pm to 1am, is available for only Php1,988++ per adult, while Christmas Day Lunch, which starts from 12 noon to 3pm, is available for only Php2,588++ per adult.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Four: It’s gift kiosk.

At a loss as to what to give your loved ones for Christmas? Check out the kiosk near the restaurant’s entrance which offers specially made Christmas goodies and hampers.

Choose from among its sweet treats: Novotel Chocolate Crinkles at Php50/pc, Chocolate Chip Cookies at Php60/pc, Ham Ensaymada at Php90/pc, Cinnamon Roll at Php100/pc, Food for the Gods at Php120/pc, Pannetone at Php200/pc, Banana Chocolate Spice Cake at Php650/loaf and Stollen at Php750/loaf.

You can also opt for a hamper of holiday goodies at Php2,990/box which contains: Candidato Compranillo Red Wine, 160g Manchego Cheese, 100g sliced Jamon Serrano, 100g sliced Noco Jamones Salchichon, Nanay Luisa’s Queso de Bola Spread, 125g Iberian Pork Liver Pate, 150g Knackebrot Crackers, 120g Green Olives with Chili and Novotel Christmas Crinkles.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Novotel’s Food Exchange Manila makes it easier for you to enjoy fun and festivities with family and friends.

And if all those reasons are not enough to get you and your family rushing to Food Exchange Manila, here’s another one: Get up to 50% off the buffet rates when you book your table via Eatigo. Use this link when you register and get rewards points that you can redeem for gift vouchers and restaurant freebies.

Food Exchange Manila is located at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. For reservations, call +63 2 990 7888.

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Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers and press representatives, I was invited to attend the launch of Novotel’s Christmas offerings. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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