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Enter the Circus at UP Cookout 2016

UP COOKOUT 2016

It’s that time of the year again where UP Cebu opens its doors for everyone with UP COOKOUT!

Now on its 37th season, this year’s UP Cookout will be more than just a simple camp-out of students not only from the University of the Philippines Cebu. It’s a venue open for everyone! The event aims to inspire, properly educate and raise awareness among Filipino netizens on the horrors plaguing social media, and to remind everyone of the importance of online etiquette and credible sources of information through a blissful, festive circus theme.

The overnight festivity with the season title “Youtopia” will start on November 11 6PM and will the next day at 6AM, bringing back the roots of Cookout wherein students and attendees will be cooking their food at the heart of the party. Cebuano talents along with UP Cebu students will be featured in this year’s Cookout in three segments: Bandahan – “Masquerade”, Sayawan – “Feast of Fools”, Kantahan – “Carnival Calls”, and in the main segment Rampahan – “The Prestige”.

Click the individual photos below to enlarge and see the full version of the segment posters!


Joining the event are Cebuano rock bands Dama de Noche, Skankin Brews, Honeydrop, Powerspoonz, and Drop Decay. More Vispop Music Festival icons are joining the circus such as Vispop 1.0 winner Jewel Villaflores and Vispop 4.0 performer Kenneth Corvera. Other notable Cebuano artists like Jerika Teodorico, Kurt Fick, dancer-of-all-seasons Monica Orellano, Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 Yanny Penserga and Miss Cebu 2015 Wynonah Buot will be present as well, as the panel of judges for the iconic Kantahan and Rampahan challenges.

PLUS: CUESHE will also perform at the event for the first time in UP COOKOUT’s history.

It’s truly an event you can’t afford to miss! For just P100, attendees will be treated to an unforgettable experience and witness a night full of various activities – just like a circus.

UP COOKOUT 2016

For further details, please visit the event’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UPCebuCookout).

UP Cookout 2016: Youtopia is presented by UP Cebu Student Council and Paper Plane Productions, in partnership with the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FilScap) and Coca-Cola FEMSA. This event is co-presented by Ayala Center Cebu, Globe Telecommunications, and Robinsons Malls. Third Team Media is proud to be one of UP Cookout 2016’s Official Media Partners.

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The Outlets at Pueblo Verde Goes Mad at Midnight

The Outlets At Pueblo Verde Midnight Madness

Something’s happening at The Outlets At Pueblo Verde and it’s crazy mad!

The first and the only outlet mall in Visayas and Mindanao is having their midnight sale once again!

This year, their Midnight Madness includes a bigger and better Trick or Treat bonanza for kids and their parents and a spooktacular movie fest for FREE right at the heart of The Outlets!

Trick Or Treat At The Outlets At Pueblo Verde

Outdoor Movie Fest At The Outlets At Pueblo Verde

 

In partnership with SM Hypermarket Lapu-Lapu and CignalTV, this year’s Midnight Madness is The Outlets at Pueblo Verde’s biggest midnight sale yet with the hottest deals you can’t afford to miss!

 

 

 

Here at #TheOutlets, there’s no need for any specific number of likes, shares, and comments just to get branded goods for less. Catch the Midnight Madness Sale at The Outlets At Pueblo Verde this October 29th, starting at 6PM and lasting until 1AM. They are strategically located near Tamiya Terminal at MEZ II, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

Unsure about how to get there through public transportation? Check out this unique infographic below!

Map To The Outlets At Pueblo Verde

See you there, friends! Be prepared for a fright-filled #MidnightMadness! ♥

A Golden Decade of Gratitude with Golden Prince Hotel

In the hospitality industry where competition to be the best service provider available is intense, being able to celebrate a golden decade of consistently providing outstanding service fit for royalty calls for a real celebration. In this case, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites has every reason to be grateful.

Being the first and only hotel to provide a truly Cebuano Royalty Experience, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites kicks off their golden decade, aptly-titled Bulawanong Dekada, with a month-long series of enticing activities to honor its first decade!

Earlier this year, Golden Prince Hotel launched Tower 2 in the presence of the hotel’s President and many VIP guests. Since its humble beginnings in 2006 with only 57 rooms, it has grown to accommodate more than a thousand guests in its 159 brand new rooms while continually providing their guests the hotel’s trademark — warm Cebuano hospitality that makes its guests experience the lifestyle of royalty.

This month, this well-known Cebuano hotel marks their milestone anniversary of ten years, celebrating their glorious rise in Cebu’s hospitality industry.

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For their Bulawanong Dekada celebrations, the hotel introduces a variety of celebratory promotions, ranging from special accommodation packages, irresistible deals, and even to enticing competitions that truly showcase the talents of its Cebuano participants.

September kicked off with a Picture This! Photography Contest until September 8th, which was opened to and professional photographers alike. The event served as an opportunity for photographers to exhibit their craft and showcase the beauty of the golden hotel.

On September 9th, Golden Prince Hotel held the Speak Up! Speech Competition to showcase the talents of its participants in delivering eloquent speeches.

Picture This! (Photography Competition) Grand Winner

Picture This! Golden Moment (Photograph of the Year) winner Jan Kirwin Chua showing his winning photograph. Also in the photo is Golden Prince Hotel staff who was featured in this very photograph!

 

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The participants of the Speak Up Speech Competition with the big bosses of Golden Prince Hotel.

On September 16th and 17th, the hotel held a series of workshops in partnership with the Golden Resource Academy for Career Enhancement (GRACE). Touted as the GRACE Communication Series, this two-day affair offered an opportunity for students and professionals alike to improve their communication skills.

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Speaker Mike Grogan in action as he talks about the world-class Filipino on Day 1 of the GRACE Communication Series

 

GRACE Communication Workshops

Dr. Cristie Ann Delfin talks to participants on conquering their fears in public speaking on Day 2 of the GRACE Communication Series

And as if these activities weren’t enough, Golden Prince Hotel goes the extra mile to provide a venue for health & wellness activities, such as the Salamat Dok! Medical Mission, Badminton CompetitionZumba Fitness Party and Miracle Meeting (Healing Ministry) with Pastor Mark Hemans. These activities served as the hotel’s way of giving back to the people who helped them establish a reliable name in the local hospitality industry.

This September 30th, to culminate its tenth anniversary, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites will host a special evening of celebration and memorable performances from an upcoming local sensation, Stephanie and no less than Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corrales.

A bountiful amount of international cuisine will be served to the guests while being serenaded by the legend along with other stars during this memorable Night with Pilita Corrales!

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With all the events slated by the hotel in celebration of 10th Anniversary, it is indeed a Golden Decade worth celebrating with gratitude!

And oh, yes, tickets are still available for A Night with Pilita Corrales. For ticket reservations and inquiries, do call them at 230-1500 or 230-1555. Daghang salamat!

Experience Korea at Cebu City Korea Day 2016

It’s that time of the year again when all eyes are on the Cebu Korean community, most especially because October is known to be the season for all things Korean in the Philippines!

Now on its sixth year of showcasing various aspects of Korean culture and traditions to the Cebuano community, the Cebu Korean Association (Cebu Hanin Hue, Inc.) has joined forces once again with the Cebu City Government and SM City Cebu to bring this yearly treat to fans of Korean culture, food, art, music and more!

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The 6th Cebu City Korea Day will culminate on September 30, 2016 (Friday) 6:00PM onwards at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium. This unique cultural showcase will feature activities that encapsulate the beauty of both the Korean and Cebuano heritage. It will truly be a night to remember for everyone who will come and witness the event!

And as if that’s not enough, CKA has gone out of its way to make Cebuano KPop fans happy by inviting Double Eight, a 5-member Korean Pop boy group with HY Company and managed by M Entertainment in the Philippines, to entertain fans with their performances! They will be performing at the Cebu KPop Star Grand Finals on September 29 and on Cebu City Korean Day on September 30.

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The members of Double Eight. Photo courtesy of Mr. June Young Jung of M Entertainment.

Prior to the main event on September 30th, a series of activities will be held leading up to the grand culmination of the event, as follows:

KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL
September 29 – October 2, 2016
Venue: SM City Cebu Cinema 5

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2016 Korean Film Festival Schedule (from Korean Cultural Center PH)

KOREAN FOOD FESTIVAL
September 29 – October 2, 2016
Venue: SM City Cebu Open Parking (near V-Hire Terminal)

KOREAN CULTURE EXHIBIT
September 29 – October 2, 2016
Venue: SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium Hallway (2nd Floor)

CEBU KPOP STAR GRAND FINALS
September 29, 2016 (6:00PM)
Venue: SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium

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What are you waiting for? Better get your schedule booked for this weekend! With the increasingly growing number of Koreans visiting and residing in Cebu as well as the steadily rising number of Cebuano Hallyu (Korean wave) fans, this four-day festival is sure to draw an even larger crowd this 2016!

So, well, if you want to experience Korea at Cebu City Korea Day this September 30, you can begin by making plans with your chingu (friend) and agreeing to meet at the venue early. Trust me, you’ll thank the heavens you decided to go to the venue early because the crowd is going to be massive. I repeat, massive.

See you at Cebu City Korea Day! 세부시 한국의날에 만나요! ♥

(Third Team Media is Cebu Korean Association, Inc.’s Media Partner for Cebu City Korea Day 2016.)

What You Shouldn’t Miss From #HomeReady AboitizLand Home Fair

Trust us, you won’t regret visiting us at SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium this August 26-28, 2016 because everything you’ll ever need in your search for your dream home will be there for you to see.

In a couple of hours, the biggest Home Fair brought to you by AboitizLand will commence. This home fair is especially geared towards first-time homeowners, startup families and investors looking into making a prime investment that would surely be worth their money.

How about you? Are you #HomeReady?

This is AboitizLand, Inc.’s second home fair event for the #HomeReady event series – a home fair and one-stop shop for families and individuals who desire to make that next big step towards owning a home, getting an upgrade or investing in real estate. Banking on the huge success of their first #HomeReady event in April 2016, they will be hosting the event at the same venue — the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium.

In its second home fair, the AboitizLand team is bringing in several activities that will help you become #HomeReady:

Of course, there will be an exhibit of all AboitizLand developments that cater to varying needs and purchase capacity:  houses and lots for young, start up families or those looking to move to a better home; and lots for those looking to invest in real estate or build a second home.  There are also condominium units for young, modern individuals who wish to live at the heart of the city and closer to both work and play.

The exhibit will include several AboitizLand projects located in Cebu:

But what would an event be if it doesn’t involve the whole family? The team also has several activities aside from the free consultations: live musical performances, Housey mascot meet-and greet, free sweets, and to top it off, amazing deals and discounts!

Watch the video below to see all that’s in store for you this August 26-28! Or better yet, you could give the Marketing Team a call 411-1620 for more information before heading off to #HomeReady. See you there!

Hello Pal: Going Beyond Borders

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Have you ever felt that unexplainable need and craving to learn new languages, to immerse yourself fully in the culture of countries not your own and to interact with locals of these different countries in their own native language?

I have. Countless times. I will admit, however, that the countries closest to my heart are Japan and Korea, because they have been important parts of my life as I was growing up.

My love for Japanese anime as a child spurred on my interest in the Japanese language and culture, and My half-Japanese seat mate in sixth grade further fueled my desire to learn Japanese whenever she would share tidbits about Japan and some useful words or phrases.

However, my learning and improvement in the language was quite limited because I had no proper resources to rely on — this was 2005, after all, where books were the go-to resource and e-books were not as widely circulated as they are today — and I had no one else except my half-Japanese seat mate to practice the language with. It was only when I entered university in 2010 that I was able to practice my Japanese and improve tremendously as I joined a Japanese culture studies organization where I was able to interact with Japanese nationals and practice conversing with them in Japanese.

It was through this experience that I realized that no matter how many vocabulary lists you master, or how many grammar concepts you understand, nothing will ever integrate a new language into your mind as constant usage and practice of the language ever will. This is why language schools today are very particular with making conversation classes or practice time a must  — it is only through putting the language into good use will the speaker’s learnings be reinforced and their knowledge in the language retained.

This is why I am very thankful that I have come across Hello Pal just as I started taking interest in learning Korean seriously. It is by far the most innovative way to learn new languages and have fun meeting new, interesting friends at the same time, too! It has certainly helped people break beyond language barriers and changed the game for people who love learning languages (like me!) and for those who travel often and thus need an easy, quick way to learn the local language of wherever they’re headed.

But what is Hello Pal?

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Hello Pal is a FREE social language learning app where phrase books, vocabulary lists, translation tools and an integrated social network and chatting platform are all seamlessly blended into one very light (only 20MB for Android!) language learning tool. It stays true to the principle of believing that the best way to learn a language is where speaking comes first, learning comes second and encourages its users to “learn and speak on the go.”

There is no need for you to know a single word of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, or any language that you wish to learn. Simply install the app on your device, sign up for an account, and you’ll be on your merry way towards exchanging your first 안녕하세요 (Hello in Korean) with a new friend! Here’s a screen shot of the Sign In/Register screen that you’ll see as soon as you install the app.

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Let’s explore Hello Pal!

As soon as you have registered or logged into your Hello Pal app for the first time, you need to set up your profile and set up a few preferences, including your native language, the language that you want to learn, and other languages that you can also speak. This is for their database of users that will help in filtering and matching you with people who best suit your interests when it comes to learning languages. Here are the settings I’ve chosen for mine.

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Once your profile’s ready and all set, finding new pals and initiating a chat with them is as easy as pie! Make the most out of your Hello Pal experience by filtering the suggested users according to  spoken language, learning language, nationality, current location and age group. This way, Hello Pal helps you connect with the pals you can truly have a language exchange with. It’s like having a social network of pen pals (like in the old days where people fancied snail mail) but with the added convenience of getting swift, immediate replies!

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But wait, that’s not all. Hello Pal also contains a translation app built into the system so you can translate from your native language to your learning language as you go and as you chat with your new-found pal. Pretty convenient. Say hello to efficiently communicating with people all over the world from day one! Hello Pal truly helps users transcend borders and connect despite the language barrier.

In the short time that I’ve been on Hello Pal, I’ve had the privilege to meet several interesting personalities who were very enthusiastic to learn English. And yes, you guessed right — they’re from South Korea, which also gives me an opportunity to practice my Korean when I chat with them! Here’s a sample chat with one very interesting fellow though — he’s Korean but has lived elsewhere for a while and also speaks Japanese! How cool is that? 🙂

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The one single thing that sealed the deal for me with Hello Pal, however, would be the fact that its built-in phrase books are also available as separate apps! These are useful as learning tools that I can access when I’m bored but do not have immediate access to an internet connection, which the phrase books in the main Hello Pal app are dependent on.

Depending on your display preferences for the app, there are Lite and Full Phrasebook — the difference being that the Lite one only show the most important phrases or words, while the Full Phrasebook shows a variety of words with several topics to choose from!

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Overall, Hello Pal is a really enjoyable app to use — one that makes language learning fun and worthwhile while allowing its users to go beyond the limits of their comfort zones to connect with others. Why not join in the fun? Hello Pal is available for Android on Google Play and for iOS on the App Store.

Go on, click that ‘Install’ button, and have fun chatting away!

“Naa koy car” and the Power of Symbols

Adam Atler in  his book “Drunk Tank Pink” said that symbols are magnets for meaning. Symbols inspire reactions much similar to labels and shape how we think, feel, and behave.

 Although not as strong as visual symbols, social symbols like “having a car” can connote a host of whole other meanings.

 Having a car might mean you are person (or you belong to a well-off family) who can afford the costs of having a car – downpayments, monthly amortizations, maintenance, upkeep, repairs. It also means you have or live in a home that actually has a garage.
 In purchasing real estate, homes with carports can mean that the feature adds up to the cost in floor areas of a house. Condominium developments even charge you an amount that could almost equal a new home if you decide to have parking space for your vehicle.

 

 Thus, the merits of having car brings to a person. It’s the symbol of a car that associates you with wealth or being “may kaya”. The symbol is a magnet for meaning and has the power to shape the thoughts, feelings, and behavior towards other people.

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Like other symbols, having a car will lack meaning unless tied to an existing meaningful concept. One concept is that having a car is a ticket for guys to “get girls”. This is especially true here in the Philippines where car is considered a luxury and not a necessity. Thus, the current meme of “naa kay car” which seems to show that girls nowadays will only date guys if they have a car.

 

 How true is that meme nowadays? Does having a car also show a guy’s honesty, intelligence, open-mindedness, humor, thoughtfulness, ambition, understanding, spontaneity, listening skills, respectfulness, consistency, trustworthiness, humbleness, and reliability – all of which are said to be personality traits of perfect boyfriend material?

 

 As the book Drunk Tank Pink mentioned, “symbols and images are so powerful because we perceive them so effortlessly and so rapidly”. It helps us easily process our thoughts and behaviours by priming and preparing us.
  • Have a car? You must be rich!

  • Have a car? You could easily buy me other things!

  • Have a car? You can pick me up from school!

  • Have a car? We can easily have joyrides!

  • Have a car? Sugton na taka!

  • Have a car? Yes, uyab na ta!

Ignore perhaps that fact that the person “nga naay car” (with a car) may be nothing more than just another tenant still living in his parents home, borrowing his parent’s car with the illusion that driving a borrowed car can somehow win him favors and hearts. How’s that for meaning?

 

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This one example along with a whole lot of other social symbols influence us in a way that makes us think that the curated self is nothing but a farce. The self that we project on Snapchat or Facebook is nothing short of a curation of the concepts that show how much we value superficiality.

 

Symbols are definitely forces that shape how we think, feel, and behave. Especially in this digital era with people having the attention span of a goldfish.
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26 Things to do on Facebook this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just one of the best. For some of my friends, and for a lot of people out there, they’d stay online to share on their social media accounts every single moment of their celebration. And why not?! Indulge your social media obsession on this day and maximize what the online world has available for you to take advantage of. Amirite?

And if you don’t mind, I’d share to you what my timeline would be filled with come February 14:

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1. Post the cheesiest messages for my crush. Customize this message to make it suitable for other social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

 

2. I may also try Tasty’s Do-It-Yourself chocolate chip cookies and post my baking progress on Facebook.

 

3. Talk about my loved ones in my statuses like there’s no tomorrow!

 

4. Reply with brilliant and romantic GIFs in Facebook chat.

 

5. Look for the best date spots in town using Facebook pages.

 

6. Head to the best romantic places in town (alone, huhu), check in on Facebook, and leave reviews on the FB pages of the places I’ll visit.

 

7. Follow the Hokage tips that my friend’s friend shared.

 

8. For the first time in my online life, respond to game requests and give them gifts just for today.

 

9. I’ll stop being a Jeje to not turn off my crush.

 

10. And just for today: Stop flooding my friends’ timeline with nonsense.

 

11. Stalk. Stalk. Stalk. I mean investigate crush’s wall.

 

12. Post a V selfie and write about love as caption.

 

13. Share every post in Marcelo Santos III’s page.

 

14. Or Senora Santibañez’s.

 

15. Use appropriate and popular hashtags ‘coz everybody knows making your own is lame.

 

16. Start reviewing my friend’s list and unfriending all people who are in a relationship. Yaz.

 

17. Make a comment on every post I see for no particular reason.

 

18. Type Amen to every post that Jesus asks for a like. And hopefully next Valentine’s I won’t be single anymore. C’mon, Jesus! I mean, please Jesus, please.

 

19. Pass chain messages. I mean, it’s a surefire way to avoid bad luck or bad relationships, right?

 

20. Start reading all text seryes in Facebook. At least now I can feel kilig-moments “for reals” and not only when I have to pee.

 

21. Post every hugot that I know. “Yun lang naman kasi ang alam mo. Perfect ka kasi. Akala ko ba matalino ka? Bakit hindi mo ako matutunang mahalin?” Pahk.

 

22. Or share cat posts. They are just so cute.

 

23. Show some love to my bet! Start campaigning for my presidential candidate and make myself socially-relevant.

 

24. Spam media pages with comments about why my candidate should win.

 

25. Wait a minute, it’s Sunday, so it’s a family day. I’ll spread some love to the #fambam. Love ya mom.

 

 

26. Or maybe, I should just deactivate my Facebook. #ForeverAlone