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Tigerair to add Cebu-Cagayan route to network

Tigerair Philippines adds a new route when it launches its direct flights between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro on November 29, 2014.
The airline’s Cebu-Cagayan de Oro service will depart from Cebu at 10:20 am every Tuesday and Saturday and arrive in Cagayan de Oro at 11:10 in the morning. The return flight will depart from Cagayan de Oro at 11:50 am and will land in Cebu at 12:40 in the afternoon.

The new flight will utilize an Airbus A320 aircraft. The lowest year-round fare for Cebu-Cagayan de Oro and vice versa starts at P888.


"Tigerair Philippines, through its network made wider with Cebu Pacific, looks forward to offering additional flight and destination options for its guests,” said Atty. Leilani de Leon, Tigerair Philippines Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs. 

With the new routes, Tigerair Philippines offers over 240 weekly flights to 14 domestic destinations – Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and…

DLP pushed as model for disaster-resilient education

Disasters and emergencies disrupt people’s lives.  Depending on the gravity of the devastation, it would take some time for affected communities to recover.
As efforts from various sectors to make the Philippines more resilient to disasters gain ground, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has positioned an innovative teaching framework to help reduce the disruptive impact of disasters to education.


The Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), which was developed by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido, promotes independent learning in students to improve academic performance particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
“We are taking a multi-pronged approach towards helping the country become more disaster-resilient.  We have been helping high-risk communities prepare for disasters through capacity-building initiatives, and giving affected communities the means to regain their economic footing via alternative livelihood op…

Most child-friendly TV programs in the Philippines

The most child-friendly TV programs in the Philippines were recognized recently by Anak TV after a year-long assessment of television programs. The association of TV networks will also recognize  personalities selected as worthy of emulation by children by inducting them into the Roster of Makabata Stars.

The iconic seal on Philippine television, Anak TV, is bestowed by parents, teachers, NGOs and other sectors of society on television programs which, in their estimate, are wholesome and child-safe. It is a seal not found anywhere else in the world, Anak TV being a movement that flourishes only in the Philippines.
A total of 109 programs were declared family friendly after nine months of tedious and thorough evaluation covering several screening sessions nationwide. Net 25 led the winners by taking home 22 seals. ABS-CBN national and regional stations took home 18 seals; GMA News TV and GMA Network received a total of 19. UNTV received 17, PTV brought home 15 while TV 5 got 2. The rest …

Krispy Kreme Iloilo opens November 30

By Marie Katherine Villalon
With Krispy Kreme doughnuts in a box on hand, I and two fellow writers Louine Hope Conserva of The Daily Guardian and Raymart Escopel of Panay News were stopped by a woman who said, “Where did you get those?”
One of us replied, “It was given to us. Krispy Kreme is opening in Iloilo on November 30. And if you are first in line, you will get one year supply of doughnuts!”

Anyway, it was the start of many inquiries right after we parted ways. Three individuals asked me if Krispy Kreme is already open here. The taxi driver who drove me home was the last guy who asked me about Krispy Kreme. He added that whenever his brother-in-law goes home to Iloilo, that is his ‘pasalubong’.
So I thought, “Wow, Ilonggos are really looking forward to its opening here!”
Krispy Kreme Iloilo Opening Anyway, it is true that the company is going to give one year doughnuts supply to the person who is first in line to purchase a box of dozen doughnuts during their opening at SM City Iloilo…

Better way to dispose old gadgets

A new gadget is cool. But, two years later when a new model arrives or when your gadget gets busted, you suddenly realize that it is no longer cool and you may need to replace it with a new one. What will you do with your old one?

Our electronic gadgets such as phones and tablets, including their batteries and chargers contain toxic wastes. Discovery.com, in its article “Cell Phones Toxic to Humans and Earth,” revealed that a study by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan and ifixit.com has found that cellphones contain at least one of these toxic elements; lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury or cadmium.



Eighty to 85 percent of electrical products end up in landfills or incinerators and they release toxins in the air. Some 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are being disposed a year worldwide, according to Do Something.org. Now, this is harmful to our health. So, instead of throwing it away in the garbage can, you may want to consider handling your gadget over to a recycling compan…

Use trends, opportunities to move up on food business, says entrepreneur

Affirms role of new technologies in helping startups to succeed

Mercato Centrale co-founder and Globe myBusiness brand ambassador RJ Ledesma encouraged aspiring food entrepreneurs to seize emerging trends and opportunities, as well as take advantage of new information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities - all of which have helped his food market expand progressively.



“In coming up with your own food concept, try to capitalize and ‘own’ a current trend, which includes healthy eating, use of Filipino elements in the total food concept, and considering platforms such as night food markets like Mercato as an ideal venue to launch a new food business,” said Ledesma before aspiring food business owners during the "The Food Startup Entrepreneur Weekend" last Oct. 25 inside the Mercato Centrale tent at the Bonifacio Global City. This is in preparation for the launch of “The Next Big Food Entrepreneur (TNBFE).” the year’s biggest search for the next up-and-coming food start…

Indigenous youth share their culture

Katutubo Exchange Philippines advocate the promotion of indigenous culture
More than the thrill of riding high up the clouds and reaching a destination, travel has the transformative power to introduce someone to the life outside the world he lives in, which leaves him with a new perspective and fresh approach in life.

This was how travel opened the eyes of Dr. Edwin Antonio to the rich and often overlooked culture of the Philippines’ Indigenous Peoples.Working for an arts and culture agency, he traveled frequently to different parts of the country and immersed himself in varied communities. He once conducted a photography workshop for the children of an indigenous community and saw how much impact that activity made on them.
“I took a group to take photos of a local festival celebration and observed how they felt like real journalists covering an event. I realized that they just need some exposure to build their confidence and dream of the future,” Antonio said.

This experience led Anton…

Doon Po Sa Amin: promoting love of place

By Marie Katherine Villalon
Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City’s world-class festival held every fourth Sunday of January, has reached greater heights and has wowed many foreign nationals. But, the time has come for it to touch the very grassroots of the province where it was born so  that it can be enjoyed more by the locals.
Ben Jimena, Iloilo City Tourism Development officer, revealed that there will be changes in the celebration of Dinagyang Festival 2015.
First, Dinagyang Festival 2015 will be less noisy. “We have noticed that drumbeats are no longer ‘in’ in the international scene. People leave when it is too loud. So, we will now discourage a very loud Dinagyang performance,” he said.
Second, other festivals will be invited and expensive props will be discouraged. In line with this, a new event will be launched; the Festival Costume Expo. “We have invited 30 major festivals all over the country to bring their costumes. One way of knowing a place’s local culture is to look at what they…

Metro Manila food trip

Metro Manila food trip, anyone?
To say that Filipinos love to eat would be an understatement. Apart from a full meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, merienda—or mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks—is a requisite part of their every day. It is also customary to greet guests with “kumain ka na ba?” (have you eaten?), offering the food they have to friends and acquaintances who visit them at home. 
With 7,107 islands across the archipelago, the Philippines offers a dizzying array of delightful treats that tantalize the taste buds and seduce the senses. Metro Manila alone has a range of establishments running the gamut from classy restaurants to hole-in-the-wall food haunts, each promising an adventure of flavors, textures and taste. 


Flavorfully Filipino Filipino cuisine is as rich and colorful as its history, with influences from neighboring Asian countries, Europe and the US. Well-loved dishes can also get a modern twist by innovative chefs at contemporary restaurants. One such dish is t…