Category: Events

Zero Gravity | R.O.X. National Bouldering Competition

Zero Gravity Poster
Zero Gravity Poster
Zero Gravity Poster

Recreational Outdoor Exchange (R.O.X.) gears up for the third leg of Zero Gravity: National Bouldering Competition this weekend of March 22-23, 2014, at the Amphitheatre, Bonifacio High Street. Poised to be one of the largest gathering of the country’s best climbers nationwide. The competition will be divided into two categories, Novice or beginner’s category and Open or elite category.

For interested participants, you may register at any R.O.X. store – Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Centrio, Bonifacio High Street, Camp John Hay, MarQuee Mall, and The District North Point Mall. Registration is until March 21, 2014.

Calaguas Islands Tops Isla Lipana’s Philippine Gems Top 10

View of Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands
View of Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands
View of Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands

Beginning with an initial list of 175 upcoming and on the rise tourism destinations in the Philippines, the list was shortlisted by the screening committee to 25. To determine the top 10, Philippine Gems opened at least a month’s long public voting. After 80,000 unique votes the top 10 tourism gems were unveiled last Thursday with Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte emerged on the top. Find out the rest of the top 10 after the break.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 41MP Cameraphone Launched in the Philippines

Tne 41mp cameraphone Nokia Lumia 1020
Tne 41mp cameraphone Nokia Lumia 1020
Tne 41mp cameraphone Nokia Lumia 1020

No doubt Nokia has been in the forefront of camera phone hardware. I’ve had their N82 and N8 (which I’m still using) and recently they stunned the world with their groundbreaking Nokia 808 Pureview which had an impressive 41mp cameraphone. Now Nokia is again pushing the boundaries of camera phone technology with their latest Nokia Lumia 1020. During the launch night, they showcased the nifty camera interface of the Pro Camera App that can make camera usability idiot-proof, the impressive mechanical shutter slow speed functions, the low light capability all packaged in the sleek Windows Phone 8. Then the eye-popping Php 35,650 price tag (which comes with a free grip worth Php 4000) was announced.

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Dispatch | Romi Garduce’s Book Launch for Akyat!

Romi Garduce and his book "Akyat!"
Romi Garduce and his book "Akyat!"
Romi Garduce and his book “Akyat!”

It was back in 2006 when I first met Romi Garduce when we did a feature on him after his climb to the 8000-meter high Mt Cho-Oyu. He was already making waves then to the mountaineering community for his announced attempt to climb Mt Everest, which at that time, no Filipino has ever done before. He was simple, unassuming and with the occasional witty remarks. Seven years later, after climbing the world’s 7 Summits including Mt Everest, being part of the TV Show Born to Be Wild and other slew of accomplishments, he still feels the same, unpretentious with some witty remarks here and there. Adding another glory to his cap is the launch of his book “Akyat! A Filipino’s Journey to the Seven Summits” (which means Climb! in English) which tells his story of his journey to the Seven Summits which includes the behind the scenes challenges he had to face.

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Dispatch | The 24th Philippine Travel Mart Kicks Off

Philippine Airlines and Tiger Airways booths
Philippine Airlines and Tiger Airways booths
Philippine Airlines and Tiger Airways booths at the 24th PTM

Today, the Philippine Travel Mart, now on its record breaking 24th year kicks off. The trade show will run until the weekend, Sept 8, 2013 Sunday at the SMX Convention grounds, Mall of Asia. Went there earlier to see the 350 exhibitors and look for great deals. I especially liked connecting with some of the region’s tourism representatives, the hotels and most especially the airlines with their sweet deals. PAL, CEB, ZestAir/AirAsia, SkyJet, Seair and Skyjet are present with their respective booths. They got really good deals on flights not just on future flights but immediate ones as well. Do visit if you like deals on anything travel related.

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Agricultural Photography: Life and Landscape Talk

Discussion on Agricultural Photography at SM Megatrade Hall
Discussion on Agricultural Photography at SM Megatrade Hall
Discussion on Agricultural Photography at SM Megatrade Hall

It was a very interesting afternoon. Most of  my photography work mainly deals with Travel and Lifestyle but there are times it would cross to some agricultural subjects. Majority of Filipinos eat rice and it’s no secret we have a large farming industry here like the area sof Pampanga and Cordilleras. I was glad I was invited to talk about Agricultural Photography on the 9th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition at SM Megatrade Hall 2, at SM Megamall as it made me dig into my photo archives and look for works encompassing the theme and infuse them to my presentation. I knew I had limited time so I try to put in relevant concepts in my 1-hour discussion including the Q&A portion. The forum was a great venue for learning and sharing, I shared about photography, in return I learned a bit more about the agricultural industry.

I also got a chance to do some rounds in the exhibition. It was very interesting as different regions were able to showcase some products from organic food and produce, cultured mushrooms, wild honey and more. Entrance is free and runs from August 8-11, 2013. So today is the last day to check it out!

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