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All set for World Slasher Cup today

The ‘Olympics of Cockfighting’ opens at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

TEES 1450: Canada’s Richard McCormick and former WSC champ Boy Marzo doing the pitting of the roosters at the 2017 World Slasher Cup at the Versailles Tent in Novotel Manila-Araneta Center with Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Hammon, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Joanna Eden and Binibining Pilipinas First RunnerUp Angelica Alita

Close to 400 of the best cockers and gamefowl breeders in the United States, Canada, Australia the Philippines and other countries will fight it out with their roosters in this year’s World Slasher Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City which starts today, Monday, January 23.

Organized by the Pintakasi of Champions, the 10-day event will also be participated by confirmed cockers and aficionados from Mexico, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan, making it the biggest edition of the competition so far.

Cockfighters from Vietnam and Cambodia and other countries who attended the three-day World Gamefowl Expo at the World Trade Center have expressed their intention to be at the World Slasher Cup.

The foreign contingent that has reportedly confirmed to join the World Slasher Cup include Darrel Mack of Texas, and Hall of Famers Mike Formosa of Hawaii and Ray Alexander of Alabama, the two being prominent fixtures in the event.

Cockfighting enthusiasts from California, Utah, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Washington, Hawaii and Guam were the latest addition from the United States joining the event.

At a press conference on the event at the Novotel Hotel at the Araneta Center in Quezon City, organizers introduced some of the foreign and local participants in the World Slasher Cup. Among the Americans vying in the event are Titing Ariosa and Erik Rosales of California, Tim Fritzgerald of Utah, Butch Cambra of Hawaii, Larry Whitehead of Tennessee, Dr. Bel Almojera of Chicago, Roger Roberts of Georgia, and Matthew Dunne, Cornelio Amby, Lester Chow, Ken Graham and Patrick Dunn of various states in US.

Noted cockers Rene Sonny Penalosa and Joey Melendres will lead the participants from Australia which Richard McCormick will come in from Canada.

World Slasher Cup is touted as the biggest international cockfighting event, known as the Olympics of Cockfighting and, at nearly 60 years at its home, the historic and iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum, is one of the world’s longest running gamefowl spectacle.

The World Slasher Cup 2017 is actually a 9-cock invitational derby featuring the best breeders and cockers and the finest winged warriors.

The competition begins with 2-cock eliminations on January 23 to January 25. Qualifiers will then move on to the 3-cock semi-finals set on January 26 to 29.

Individual entries with a score of 3.5 or 4 points will compete in the 4-cock pre-finals from January 29 to 31. Undefeated entries with a score of 4.5 or 5 points earn the chance to be named this year’s World Slasher Cup champion at the grand finals on February 1.

Last year’s World Slasher Cup II champion Magno Lim will defend his crown against the elite in cockfighting from America, the Philippines and many other countries.

Lim declared to Pit Games Magazine that he is ready for another thrilling event to be champion again.

“No matter what….I enjoy cockfighting,” the defending champion confessed oozing with confidence with his roosters. “I’ve seen the seemingly impossible happen before my eyes. For instance, just when I begin thinking I’m about to lose my fight, something quickly changes and the referee calls it in my favour.”

Earlier, 2016 World Slasher Cup 1 yielded tie champions, namely, the entries from Blueblade Farms AA, and Phoenix II (the team composed of Mario Villamor, Eddie Aparri and Art de Castro).

The 2017 World Slasher Cup I is sponsored by Petron, Thunderbird, and B-Meg with partners like the Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialists and Pit Games Media Inc.

For tickets and more information to 2017 World Slasher Cup, call Ticketnet at 911-5555.


10-day World Slasher Cup starts today, Monday, Jan. 23

Pitting of the cocks at last year's World Slasher Cup 2 press meet

Ten straight days of world class cockfighting begin at the air-conditioned Smart Araneta Coliseum today, Monday, Jan. 23 as the 2017 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby sizzles at 10 a.m. with more than 100 fights.

Supported by Thunderbird, B-Meg, Petron and Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialists, with Pit Games Media Inc as media partner, this year's WSC is once again hosted by Pintakasi of Champions.

Known as the “Olympics of Cockfighting,” this is the most-awaited battle of champion gamefowl breeds, and to be named the WSC champion brings prestige to both the breeders and the winning lines.

Close to 400 local and foreign cockers and breeders tackle their assigned 2-cock elims on Jan. 23, 24 and 25.

Hostilities continue on Jan. 26, 27 and 28 with the 3-cock semifinals.

Participants with 3, 3.5 and 4 points will have their final rounds (4-cock) on Jan. 29, 30 and 31.

The grand finals (4-cock ) on Feb. 1 is reserved for those with 4.5 and 5 points.

The Philippine contingent, led by defending champion Magno Lim of Isabela, will be challenged by entries from United States, Mexico, Kuwait, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Guam, Saipan and Vietnam.


Entries to the 2017 World Slasher Cup I ready to rumble

Gary Tesorero (left) and Jun Durano (representing Magno Lim) of entry MLG 63 with their trophy, flanked by the Binibining Pilipinas queens at last year’s awarding of the 2016 World Slasher Cup II championship

The rueda is almost ready and the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum will once again be rocked by the most intense battles among the top gamefowl breeds from all over the world in the prestigious 2017 World Slasher Cup.Slated from January 23 to February 1, this year’s 9-cock invitational derby is still the most awaited competition among breeders and enthusiasts.

Over 300 entries will vie for the Slasher title in the 9-day global spectacle. Touted as the “Olympics of Cockfighting,” contenders with the finest winged-warriors will come from the US, Kuwait, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

The beauty of this gentleman’s sport is that the odds are never truly set. Though people pick their bets between “meron” or “wala,” the tide can turn in a blink of an eye.

2016’s World Slasher Cup II champ Magno Lim tells Pit Games magazine, “That’s why I enjoy cockfighting... I’ve seen the seemingly impossible happen before my eyes. For instance, just when I begin thinking I’m about to lose my fight, something quickly changes and the referee calls it in my favor.”

The 2-cock eliminations will start on the January 23 for a three-day smackdown until January 25. Qualifiers will then move on to the 3-cock semi-finals set on January 26 to 29. Individual entries with a score of 3.5 or 4 points will compete in the 4-cock pre-finals from January 29 to 31. Undefeated entries with a score of 4.5 or 5 points earn the chance to be named this year’s World Slasher Cup champion at the grand finals on February 1.

Lim’s entry under the banner MLG 63, with his teammate Gary Tesorero, won the pot money and the prestige at the 2016 World Slasher Cup II in May last year.

Earlier, 2016 World Slasher Cup 1 yielded tie champions, namely the entries from Blueblade Farms AA, and Phoenix II (the team composed of Mario Villamor, Ed Aparri and Art de Castro).

For tickets and information in 2017 World Slasher Cup, please visit Ticketnet website and call at 911-5555.


Sweet holiday treats from Dairy Queen

Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Hammond and Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina join a throng of bloggers as the first to sample Dairy Queen’s Christmas Blizzard of the Month offering featuring red and green M&Ms

Christmas comes early with Dairy Queen’s latest holiday offerings that will definitely satisfy your after-party dessert cravings! Your favorite creamy, smooth DQ soft serve gets a splash of Christmas colors with the launch of the Blizzard of the Month: M&M’s Red and Green.

To introduce the new holiday flavors, Dairy Queen held an exclusive event on November 16 at The Oasis - the first and only air-conditioned, open-air floating garden restaurant located in Gateway Mall, Araneta Center.

Everyone was excited to get first dibs on the cool mouthwatering treats! There’s the Double Fudge M&M’s made with signature DQ soft serve, pieces of M&M’s and swirls of cocoa fudge. Get your fruit fix when you order the Strawberry Banana M&M’s made with creamy soft serve and M&M’s, mixed with strawberry coating. Love pistachio ice cream? Then Pistachio M&M’s is a must-try. It is a combination of smooth soft serve and M&M’s, blended with pistachio coating.

All three are available in mini (P59), regular (P79), medium (P99), and large (P119) sizes. The M&M’s Blizzard are served upside down (or it’s free!) in Christmas-themed DQ cups starting November 15, 2016 until January 16, 2017 in all participating DQ stores.

Other DQ favorites are also getting a holiday makeover for the whole month of December! The classic Dilly Bar now comes in a shape of a Christmas Tree with red or green drizzle on top, selling for only P39. Spread some Christmas love with the Santa Reindeer Ice Cream Cake, the same well-loved vanilla flavored ice cream cake with Christmas-themed toppers available for only P749 at participating DQ stores.

For more information and updates, visit www.dairyqueen.com.ph.


Be wowed by the wall walkers of ‘Le Grand Cirque’

Jumping on a trampoline may not be the most exciting thing you can do. Extreme sports, however, has changed what people normally do when they bounce around on trampolines and turned it into an art form. Not only that, what is called the Wall Trampoline continues to take on a new life – in the circus!

“Le Grand Cirque,” Araneta Center’s Christmas offering this December, will let local audiences witness and experience the thrill of seeing gymnasts practically “walk on walls.” Despite the freestyle feel of the Trampoline Wall act, performers have added more tricks to make it more exciting for audiences. In “Le Grand Cirque,” expect to see a jumper rise in the air, fall on his back onto the trampoline below, bounce back up and do a flip before he touches the wall on his way down. Or he may do walking or running motions on the vertical surface, possibly giving Spider-man a run for his money.

It may all look simple, aside from a lot of fun, but gymnasts who do this are hoping wall trampoline becomes an official contest in the X-Games. Such is the demand of this act: The gravity-defying performance consists of a gymnast using the high-rebound capabilities of a performance trampoline to executed perfectly timed flips, twists and other tricks. Part gymnastics and part parkour, a wall walker notes one has to always be aware of where the wall is to do it right.

The Wall Trampoline, headlined by a performer from Ukraine, is one of the exciting acts in “Le Grand Cirque,” coming for the first-time to the Philippines in a series of shows at the Smart Araneta Coliseum from December 25 to January 3, 2017. Enjoyed by thousands with performances in the US, UK and even Canada, Filipino audiences this time will feel the excitement in every breathtaking show. Reasonably priced compared to most Christmas offerings, this is the perfect show for the whole family or the whole barkada.

For more information on “Le Grand Cirque,” visit www.aranetecoliseum.com/LeGrandCirque or Facebook.com/LeGrandCirqueAraneta. Tickets are available at www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555.


Araneta Center Lights up the Christmas Belen at Farmers Market

Following the iconic lighting of the giant Christmas tree earlier this month, the Araneta Center continues the tradition of ushering in the holiday season with the annual Belen Lighting ceremony held on Nov. 11 at the McArthur Drive, near Farmers Market.

The solemn event was attended by Vice Chairman of Araneta Center, Inc. Judy Roxas, Quezon City government officials, and other Araneta Center executives who participated in the ceremonial lighting of the life-size nativity tableau. The traditional Belen lighting started in 1991 and has become a local attraction at the Center during Yuletide season. It serves as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus Christ.

The traditional Belen Lighting began with a ceremonial mass led by Msgr. Alfonso Bugaoan, Jr. Edray Teodoro of the “Voice Kids Philippines” also performed for the audience. EARIST Chorale also sang famous Christmas songs, and an awesome fireworks display ended the evening on a festive note.

The Belen lighting is just the beginning of a slew of events and activities this Christmas. On December 1 until Dec 25, various chorale groups will grace the activity areas of the New Farmers Plaza, Ali Mall, and Gateway to regale crowds with Christmas carols every day starting at 4pm.

Exciting Santa Meet & Greet events will also take place every weekend of December from 3pm to 7pm at Araneta Center malls while Fireworks Displays will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December up to January 3 at 7 pm at the Gateway Food Park.

There is also an ongoing digital promo dubbed “60 Gifts for 60 Days” on Instagram and Twitter where customers can win exciting gifts and prizes.

The Araneta Center is also giving away a brand new Isuzu mu-X to a lucky winner while ten lucky patrons can win an overnight stay at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center by joining the “Feel the Ride” Christmas promo. The promo runs from November 4 until January 15, 2017.

For more updates on its exciting activities and promos this Christmas season, visit Araneta Center’s official website and follow it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Miss Grand International 1st Runner-Up Nicole gets a warm homecoming

After her remarkable performance at the recently concluded Miss Grand International pageant in Las Vegas last month, Miss Grand International 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves was feted by the media and other Binibining Pilipinas winners in a press conference on Nov 10 at Versailles Tent of Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

A confident and elated Nicole greeted the press, thanking them for supporting her while she was abroad, living her dream of representing the country. Nicole said that it was the support of the Filipinos here and abroad that boosted her confidence.

During the pageant’s speech portion, where finalists were asked how they intend to “Stop the War and Violence,” Nicole’s speech focused on how children should not risk their lives for us amid violence and war. She enjoined everyone to build a world that will allow them to dream, grow, and to live.

Nicole said she enjoyed every moment she spent with over 70 beautiful candidates from various countries. “My favorite part would be talking to all the girls there because everyone had their personal advocacies. And for them to share that and share their life experiences that led them to those advocacies, nothing can replace that.“

The title may have gone to Ariska Putri Pertiwi of Indonesia during the pageant night on October 25, but Nicole emerged a winner nonetheless, as the whole experience contributed to her growth as a person. “I would describe my experience as transcending because I really went over and beyond myself. I turned my weaknesses into strength. That’s when I realized you can be anything you want to be as long as you do it on purpose.”

While her Q&A answer elicited jeers from the audience, Nicole had no regrets about it. “At that point it was more than answering a question. It’s something that really reinforced who I am.” She also shared how happy she was to receive good feedback about her walk that night, which she did not expect to become one of her strengths.

For more news on Binibining Pilipinas, visit www.bbpilipinas.com. Like the Binibining Pilipinas official Facebook page www.facebook.com/realbbpilipinas and follow @bbpilipinasofficial on Instagram.


Catch the electrifying performances of ‘Le Grand Cirque’ at the Big Dome this Christmas

The Araneta Center has always brought a lot of firsts to Filipino audiences, and it’s no different this year as it stages the first-ever “Le Grand Cirque” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in December. A show that will keep you on the edge of your seat, “Le Grand Cirque” lets audiences feel the thrill of death-defying stunts and unbelievable acts as in a spectacular show families can enjoy this Yuletide season.

Direct from Las Vegas and touted as the greatest show in town, “Le Grand Cirque” promises to give a high-octane family entertainment with its mesmerizing display of impossible feats of agility and strength. It is a big-scale circus production that features a group of world-class performers and artists that come from Europe, Canada, China and the UK.

Combining comedy and high-risk acrobatics, the dynamic and engaging circus show has enamored audiences all over the world. “Le Grand Cirque” mixes traditional circus acts with modern theatrical techniques to seamlessly convey a narrative or theme. It is packed with thrilling action and humor leaving its viewers, young or old, watching with bated breath.

The amazing show will feature a series of jaw-dropping routines like a Russian swing, where acrobats do impressive high jumps as they are tossed from one large floor-mounted swing to another. Acrobats and contortionists will gracefully perform high in the air and on-stage, thrilling audiences with various acts involving suspended aerial cubes, high bars, and hanging poles. Trapeze artists will also showcase their gymnastic skills with beautifully choreographed aerial stunts. Fire-breathers, hoopers, jugglers, and strongmen will also show off their skills alongside clowns that bounce along the sides of the stage. It is going to be an exciting visual display of talent mixed with an amusing play of lights and music that perfectly set the mood for every act. It also promises an extravaganza of action and spectacular choreography as well as colorful and elaborate costumes.

Sure to capture the thrill and excitement that Christmas brings, “Le Grand Cirque” shows will run from December 25, 2016 to January 2, 2017 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. For more information, visit Ticketnet website at www.ticketnetonline.ph or call its hotline at 911-5555.


Araneta Center signals the start of Christmas with the traditional Giant Tree lighting

Now on its 35h year, this much-awaited event is a joyous mix of live entertainment and annual tradition that reflects true Filipino values

Christmas always evokes feelings of nostalgia, as we recall our unforgettable Christmas celebrations as kids, or reminds us of the warmth of love as we spend time and share gifts with our families and friends. A season of hope and joy, there is nothing more heartfelt and memorable than our Paskong Pinoy.

On November 4, bask in that wonderful feeling of hope and joy as the Araneta Center observes the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree at the Gateway Food Park, beside the Smart Araneta Coliseum – a tradition at the Center for the last 35 years.

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this eventful night with the hottest Kapamilya celebrities like Alex Gonzaga, Loisa Andalio and Iñigo Pascual, along with the talented batch of “Goin’ Bulilit” mainstays Mutya Orquia, Nhickzy Calma, Marco Masa, Izzy Canillo and Xyriel Manabat. Also part of the sparkling lineup of stars are Maris Racal, as well as the famous teens of “Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7” Vivoree Esclito and Marco Gallo.

PLDT will also hold a 15-minute pe-show segment to promote their Christmas deals and promos, and will hold exciting games for the audience. Daryl Ong and Jason Dy of ASAP Soul Sessions will also serenade their fans, together with ASAP Birit queen Jonalyn Viray. Former sexy housemate Dawn Chang will also heat things up with her sexy dance number.

The ceremonial tree lighting will be led by “It’s Showtime” host Vice Ganda, who will be joined by other executives of the Araneta Center. The lovely Binibining Pilipinas 2016 winners, led by Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina, will grace the occasion.

Making the event more meaningful this year, the Araneta Center has invited street children under the He Cares Mission to experience the momentous tree lighting and get a chance to see their favorite stars up close. The kids will partake an early Christmas dinner and receive their early Christmas gifts. Music will also fill the air with performances from the Four Wheel Drive band, and capped off by a grand fireworks display.

Also a highlight of the night is the revelation of what Araneta Center has in store for shoppers and Center visitors this December: The first-ever staging of “Le Grand Cirque” in the country. It was unveiled via high-tech video mapping that projected the image on the side of Gateway Mall. Direct from Las Vegas and touted as the greatest show in town, “Le Grand Cirque” will run from December 25, 2016 until January 3, 2017 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Continuing with the valued tradition of sharing blessings, Araneta Center is giving away a brand new Isuzu mu-X to a lucky patron, while ten lucky patrons can win an overnight stay at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center. The "Feel the Ride" Christmas promo runs from November 4 until January 15, 2017, and shoppers will be eligible to join for a single receipt purchase worth P1000. As a way to express deepest gratitude to its online supporters, the Center’s “60 Gifts for 60 Days” promo is also ongoing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The promo runs every day until December 23.

The Araneta Center Grand Christmas Tree Lighting is made possible by PLDT Home, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, and Jollibee.For more details on its Christmas activities and promos, visit www.aranetacenter.net and follow Araneta Center on Facebook and Twitter.


Pia and Maxine UNICEF allies in fight against HIV & AIDS

Following the iconic lighting of the giant Christmas tree earlier this month, the Araneta Center continues the tradition of ushering in the holiday season with the annual Belen Lighting ceremony held on Nov. 11 at the McArthur Drive, near Farmers Market.

The solemn event was attended by Vice Chairman of Araneta Center, Inc. Judy Roxas, Quezon City government officials, and other Araneta Center executives who participated in the ceremonial lighting of the life-size nativity tableau. The traditional Belen lighting started in 1991 and has become a local attraction at the Center during Yuletide season. It serves as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus Christ.

The traditional Belen Lighting began with a ceremonial mass led by Msgr. Alfonso Bugaoan, Jr. Edray Teodoro of the “Voice Kids Philippines” also performed for the audience. EARIST Chorale also sang famous Christmas songs, and an awesome fireworks display ended the evening on a festive note.

The Belen lighting is just the beginning of a slew of events and activities this Christmas. On December 1 until Dec 25, various chorale groups will grace the activity areas of the New Farmers Plaza, Ali Mall, and Gateway to regale crowds with Christmas carols every day starting at 4pm.

Exciting Santa Meet & Greet events will also take place every weekend of December from 3pm to 7pm at Araneta Center malls while Fireworks Displays will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December up to January 3 at 7 pm at the Gateway Food Park.

There is also an ongoing digital promo dubbed “60 Gifts for 60 Days” on Instagram and Twitter where customers can win exciting gifts and prizes.

The Araneta Center is also giving away a brand new Isuzu mu-X to a lucky winner while ten lucky patrons can win an overnight stay at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center by joining the “Feel the Ride” Christmas promo. The promo runs from November 4 until January 15, 2017.

For more updates on its exciting activities and promos this Christmas season, visit Araneta Center’s official website and follow it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Well Wishes for Kylie, Nicole, and Jennifer before their Journey to the Crown

Three Binibining Pilipinas 2016 queens stunned the Monet 2 Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center afternoon of September 28, 2016. Bb. Pilipinas International Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Hammond, and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves graciously greeted a room full of members of the press, along with their families and friends who were there to give their well wishes to the queens.

The ladies are set to leave for their respective competitions in October – an exciting month for pageants fans. Fans are enjoined to give their all out support for not just one, but three lovely Bb. Pilipinas queens!

Jennifer will represent the Philippines in the Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant on October 16 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Just days after, Nicole will carry another Philippine flag to the Miss Grand International pageant to be held in Las Vegas, U.S.A on October 25. Finally, Kylie will attempt to bring home the crown when she competes in the Miss International beauty pageant on October 27 in Tokyo, Japan.

One of the highlights was the revelation of the designers that worked with the ladies to create their National Costumes for their respective competitions. Jennifer’s gown will be created by Nat Manilag; Nicole’s by Val Taguba; and Kylie’s will be crafted by Francis Libiran.

Kylie, Jennifer, and Nicole received words of encouragement from their fellow Bb. Pilipinas 2016 winners – Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina, Bb. Pilipinas Globe Nichole Manalo, and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Joanna Eden. Also on hand to inspire the queens were Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. co-chairperson Ms. Conchitina Bernardo and board member Betsy Westendorp Brias.

For more News on Binibining Pilipinas visit www.bbpilipinas.com and the BinibiningPilipinas official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/realbbpilipinasand follow @bbpilipinasofficialon Instagram.


Portrait Artists Guild Opens Pigura

The Filipino Portrait Artists’ Guild, Inc. (FPAGI), agroup of portrait artists based in Manila, will be opening their first group show on Aug. 25, Thursday, 5 pm at Gateway Gallery. The 21 artist-members have lined up various figurative paintings that depict the Filipino at work,during leisure, in motion and at rest. The works are indicative of the artists’ level of understanding of the human figure in relation to his or her environment, showing variety of styles, composition and influence.

The Filipino Portrait Artist’s Guild, Inc. is a professional non-profit organization formed in April 2010 to promote the art of portraiture and figurative works. The members are of various ages and come mostly from the esteemed UP College of Fine Arts. Its members are the resident artists of Gateway Gallery where they hold regular portrait sketching every Thursday.

The artists participating in the exhibit are Donat Alvarez, Mardy Aguilar, AdiBaen, Grandier Bella, Cee Cadid, Carlos Castro, Romy Carlos, Rick De Villa, Norman Dreo, Tess Duldulao, Esther Garcia, Horacio Gillego, Sen Lacson, Lea Lim, Nemi Miranda, Lupicinio Ng, Alvin Montano, Noel Pocot, Menchu Sarmiento, Bing Siochi and Myke Velasco.

The opening on Aug. 25 will have Dr. Raul Sunico as the guest of honor. Dr. Sunico is the President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Dean of the UST Conservatory of Music. The exhibit will run until September 8, 2016.


“Cooking Good” highlights Grandparents’ Day at Araneta Center

Do you remember how you always found comfort in your lolo or lola’s homecooked meals? Did you marvel at how they could rock the kitchen like it was nobody’s business and whip up something so good?

This Grandparents’ Day, the Araneta Center cooks up something grand to honor our beloved home-cooking elders. We are giving lolos and lolas an opportunity to showcase their original culinary masterpiece by joining the “Cooking Good with Lolo and Lola” Online Promo. From August 22 to 30, share the recipe and photo of your grandparent’s unique dish on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @TheAranetaCenter and use the hashtag #GrandCookOffAtAraneta.

Ten shortlisted entries based on published criteria will be featured on the official Facebook page of Araneta Center. These top 10 dishes will be put under the spotlight at the Grand Recipe Exhibit at the Farmers Plaza Activity Area from September 9 to 11. The activity will feature the recipes and fun video demonstration of some of the entries.

Owners of the top 5 unique recipes, determined via likes on the Araneta Center Facebook page, will automatically be eligible to join the Grandparents’ Day Grand Cook-Off, with each participating team composed of a grandparent and their grandchild. The exciting kitchen battle will be held on September 11 at Dampa sa Farmers Market.

The cook-off will be followed by a Grandparents’ Day Gratitude Dinner – a way of giving back to the elderly for their love and care. The program will also include performances, games, and gift-giving activities especially prepared for guests from Kanlungan ni Maria (Home for the Elderly).

Bring lolo and lola to the Araneta Center Malls to get fun surprises and treats! Get them excited with some shiny new pots, pans, cutlery, and kitchen appliances at the Grand Kitchen Fair at the Ali Mall Activity Area from September 9 to 11, and the Gateway Activity Area from September 8 to 10. All grandparents are winners when they drop by the Pick-a-Prize booths at Gateway Mall on September 10 and at Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza activity areas on September 11.

On September 11, dine at the Food Express, Food Gallery, Food Plaza or Dampa sa Farmers Market and get a free succulent plant or a free bottle of Real Leaf Iced Tea when you order any meal with a Coca-Cola product. Remember, customers should present a senior citizen ID along with the following: a Php200 single receipt purchase from any Araneta Center establishment / two (2) cinema tickets / one (1) ticket to any September show at the Araneta Coliseum or Kia Theatre / one (1) Novotel keycard to participate in the abovementioned mall promos.

For more information on Araneta Center, log on to www.aranetacenter.net. Like the official Araneta Center Facebook page www.facebook.com/AranetaCenter and follow @thearanetacenter on Instagram.


Quezon City Holiday Sale turns interactive at the Araneta Center

This weekend, the Araneta Center will give you more bang for your buck as it holds the great Quezon City Holiday Sale from Aug. 19 – 21. Cheer up after the gloom of the stormy weather and enjoy much-needed retail therapy with up to 70% discount on selected items at Gateway Mall, Gateway Tower Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza and SM Department Store.

But there’s an even bigger whirlwind of activity this weekend as Araneta Center spices up this markdown madness with its first interactive game. Giving bargain hunters more than hefty price-offs, shoppers can visit the Catch the Stars Interactive Booth at the Gateway Mall activity area from 3pm to 8 pm this Friday to Sunday for a chance to win premium items.

During the Quezon City Holiday Sale weekend, customers with a single-receipt purchase of at least P500 from participating Araneta Center establishments (Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, New Farmers Plaza, Farmers Market, Coliseum Circle restaurants, Shopwise Arcade restaurants, Araneta Center Bus Station & Manhattan Parkway Arcade) can try out the Catch the Stars interactive game that uses high-tech movement sensors. They will be given 30 seconds to catch stars projected onscreen and earn points that correspond to various premium items!

Catch falling stars and enjoy falling retail prices for a grand shopping experience only at the Araneta Center.


Walk the Journey of Hope at Araneta Center

Araneta Center, together with Courageous Light, remembers the purposeful life of the late Caitlin Lucas, also known as Courageous Catie, with a photo exhibit entitled “A Journey of Hope.” The ongoing exhibit will run until September 3, 2016 at the Gateway Mall Activity Center and Gateway Gallery.

Netizens remember Caitie as the courageous three-year-old who battled juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), a rare cancer of the blood affecting infants and toddlers. Before her untimely death, Catie captured the hearts of thousands when her mom started the Facebook page “Courageous Caitie,” the young girl’s story of strength and faith.

The grand launch of the exhibit fell on what would have been Caitie’s 4th birthday on August 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Mall Activity Center.

During the launch, kids were able to participate in fun and creative activities with their families in the crafts area with the Mosaic, Light and Verse Crafts and Painting, and Sand Painting booths. Following those activities with kids, mall goers will also be inspired by photos on display until Friday, August 12 before the exhibit moves to the Gateway Gallery at the 5th Floor of the Gateway Tower just beside the mall.

The Journey of Hope continues with other activities that will bring families closer together. Enjoy bonding sessions with your loved ones during the Parent and Child workshops to be held on August 13, 20, 27 and September 3 at 1 p.m. at the Gateway Gallery. To help a good cause, you may also donate or pledge a donation to Courageous Light.

Courageous Light is a movement headed by Catie’s parents Jayjay and Feliz that aims to help families of children with illnesses.

Jay Jay and Feliz Lucas, with their son Ethan, light candles to celebrate the 4th birth anniversary of their late family member Caitie, known to many as “Courageous Caitie,” at the Gateway Mall on August 6. Caitie was the 3-year old girl who passed away earlier this year after battling a rare form of leukemia. Her story of unwavering courage became viral through social media and touched the hearts of concerned netizens. The celebration coincides with the launch of “A Journey of Hope” – a month-long event filled with fun family activities which include the Courageous Caitie photo exhibit, parenting talks, and kids’ workshops from August 7 to September 3. “A Journey of Hope” is a joint collaboration of the Courageous Light movement and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation.


The Pacman tests his basketball skills against PBA personalities

Boxing champ-turned-senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao makes his appearance at this year’s PBA All-Star Weekend slated from today, Aug. 4, until Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Araneta Center. With various skills challenges and all-star games scheduled at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, this weekend promises exciting activities for basketball fans.

Pacquiao, who is listed as Mahindra’s playing coach, will join PBA Legends Alvin Patrimonio, Ronnie Magsanoc, and Nick Belasco in the Stalwarts team, whose line up also includes current PBA stars Chris Banchero, David Semerad, and LA Revilla, among others. They will go up against Team Greats in the Blitz Game, pitting their wits against Legends Johnny Abarrientos, Noli Locsin, Richard del Rosario and Bong Ravena, along with youngsters Maverick Ahanmisi, Kevin Alas, and Anthony Semerad, to name a few.

It has been months since Pacquiao has played pro basketball, following his stint on court in the Philippine Cup last year.

The Blitz Game is a highlight on All-Star Friday, along with skills challenges like the 3-Point Shoot Out, and the Slam Dunk Competition. The PBA All-Star Weekend will finish on a high with the All-Star Game between the North and South. Led by Coach Yeng Guiao, the North will have Mark Caguioa, Terrence Romeo, Marc Pingris, Calvin Abueva and Japeth Aguilar as its first five; while the South, led by Coach Leo Austria, has James Yap, Scottie Thompson, JuneMar Fajardo, Joe Devance and Asi Taulava.

PBA fans and basketball aficionados can expect encounters with their hard court heroes in various activities with Araneta Center like the meet-and-greet sessions at Farmers Plaza on Thursday, Aug. 4; Ali Mall on Friday, Aug. 5; and at the Food Park outside the Big Dome on Aug. 6. A Basketball Fair will also be held at the same area with performances, autograph signing sessions with the PBA Stars, basketball game booths, and even a chance to do rock-a-oke with their idols. A thrilling pool party at Novotel caps off the entire weekend on Sunday.

Presented by the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the PBA All-Star Weekend happens from Aug 4 to 7 at the Araneta Center. Tickets to the All-Star games and various challenges are still available at Ticketnet. Call 911-5555 or visit ticketnet.com.ph.



The Big Dome to host 2016 PBA All-Star Weekend in August

The much-awaited PBA All-Star Weekend, held annually during the middle of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) season, is set to happen at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in August, after a contract signing between PBA and Uniprom, Inc. was held on July 5 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa and OIC-COO of Uniprom, Inc. Ms Irene Jose inked the agreement, which heralds an exhilarating weekend of festivities for families who will be watching at the Big Dome – the home of PBA.

This year, the PBA has elevated its game by showcasing not just its PBA superstars, but also its players from the PBA D-League, Batang PBA, and the PBA Women’s Tournament. Aside from a basketball clinic for kids, the traditional friendly match between PBA Giants and PBA Stalwarts is sure to amuse the crowd. There will also be exhibitions and special performances by PBA players and coaches culminating in the anticipated All-Star Game, a showdown of the league's star players using various game formats. PBA stars are also expected to participate in a glitzy motorcade around the Araneta Center to meet their fans.

Overall, the All-Star Weekend presents a platform for players to show off their skills in ways that the regular season would not ordinarily allow. This year, the PBA promises to bring its game to greater heights with this year’s All-Star Weekend at the iconic Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Last year’s roster of hardcourt heroes that participated in the PBA All Star Weekend (photo courtesy of PBA)



Uniprom Inc. and PBA inks PBA 2016 All-Star Weekend.

Araneta Center and the Philippine Basketball Association signed an agreement for the PBA 2016 All-Star Weekend happening on August 4-7, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The PBA All-Star is held in the middle of the PBA season and consists of various basketball events such as the game between the Rookies and Sophomores, Three-point shootout, Obstacle Challenges, Slam Dunk contest, and Team Stalwarts vs. Team Greats.

The event will culminate in the All-Star Game. Fans will also get a chance to vote for their favorite players to make up the North and South teams for the All-Star Game on August 7.

Photo shows (L-R) Uniprom Inc. head of sales and marketing Shiela Vitug, Uniprom Inc. OIC-COO Irene Jose, PBA commissioner Andres Narvasa, Jr., and 2016 PBA Season chairman Robert Non.



Superstar Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Manila

Classic pop and ballad enthusiasts are in for a treat as English singer Engelbert Humperdinck revisits Manila on July 10, 2016 for a one-night-only concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Engelbert Humperdinck has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. His voice has been immortalized in timeless tunes loved by many Filipinos and fans worldwide like “(Please) Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Am I That Easy To Forget,” “There Goes My Everything,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” the unforgettable “Quando, Quando, Quando,” and many more.

“My mother’s side of the family had the signing voice so I must have inherited that from her. My father was a man’s man – strong, athletic, charismatic. And I like to do all kind of men things. I love sports, golf, tennis martial arts, soccer, skiing, but at the same time, yes I do appreciate women.”

Humperdinck has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. He has endeared himself to fans with his sense of humor and self- deprecating jokes, and has managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation after appearing on MTV several times.

Engelbert exploded on to the music scene with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and soon became a world icon. He became great friends with Elvis Presley and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single in the charts was “Release Me,” which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. It was No. 1 in 11 countries. The following decades saw Engelbert touring the world to sell-out crowds.

Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke feelings and emotions. For fans, his Manila concert will surely become a memorable night with a legend.

Engelbert Humperdinck Live in Manila tickets are priced at P5830, P4770, P3710, P3180, P2650, and P1590. Ticket are already available on TicketNet; log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555.



CyberPark Tower 2 soon to rise at the Araneta Center

In its continued support of the fast-growing business outsource processing (BPO) industry, the Araneta Group recently led the groundbreaking ceremony for the CyberPark Tower 2 (CPT2) located at the Araneta Center in Quezon City.

Present at the ceremonial groundbreaking Friday were top executives of owner and developer Araneta Center, Inc. (ACI), led by Vice Chairman Judy A. Roxas, along with officers of contractor Megawide Construction Corporation. The Binibining Pilipinas 2016 queens also graced the occasion.

The second PEZA-registered tech-tower to rise within the Araneta Center CyberPark Complex, CPT2 is purposely designed to meet the highly specialized requirements of the offshoring and outsourcing industry with its advanced facilities.

The BPO-primed CPT2 is strategically located at the heart of Quezon City’s central business and commercial district, and provides high-standard solutions to global businesses. Espousing a healthy life-work balance for the local workforce, it will combine retail spaces and dining areas at the ground floor and second floor; and prime office spaces from the 3rd to the 30th floors. It will have three levels of basement parking, 14 elevators, and a roof deck.

(from Left to right)Albert Yu, ASYA Design Head, Antonio Mardo, SVP Operations of Araneta Center, Inc., Nichole Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas Globe, Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines, Judy A. Roxas, Vice Chairman of Araneta Center, Inc., Kylie Verzosa, Binibining Pilipinas International, Jennifer Hammond, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental, Nicole Cordovez, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Mike Cosiquein, CEO and Chairman of Megawide Construction, Julie Castro, VP Architecture and Engineering of Araneta Center, Inc.

Part of the Araneta Center’s massive redevelopment plan, the Araneta Center CyberPark Complex is a P15-billion mega-project of a master-planned district that will ultimately comprise five BPO-primed buildings in an eight-hectare location.

The high-tech CyberPark enjoys multi-modal transport access to public transport options, including the Araneta Center MRT and LRT stations, bus terminals, PUV-shuttle stations and jeepney routes. It is surrounded by leisure, shopping, dining and entertainment options for thousands of BPO professionals.

Part of the Araneta Center’s massive redevelopment plaThe 35-hectare Araneta Center is in the midst of a transformation from its beginnings in the 1960s as a mecca of entertainment and a prime commercial center into a future-forward mixed-use community with corporate, leisure, retail, hospitality, entertainment and residential options. The rise of the CyberPark reinforces the Araneta Center’s position as Quezon City's premier CBD.



Music icon Brian McKnight to serenade fans at Kia Theatre

World-renowned platinum recording artist Brian McKnight returns to Manila for a night of unforgettable music on June 20, 8PM, at the Kia Theatre.

Filipinos easily became fans of the musician thanks to his collection of hits like “Back at One” and “One Last Cry,” to name a few.

The multi-awarded singer-songwriter and producer is currently on a world tour to promote his 13th studio album “Better,” which he considers to be a throwback to the albums he made early in his career.

With 16 albums to date, McKnight returns to his soulful roots on his new record; featuring 12 relatable and touching songs. He worked with Hawaiian vocalist Kimie Miner and rapper Glasses Moses on the new project, which also includes long-time guitarists Chris Loftin and Tyrone Chase.

“I’m taking it back to basics,” Brian explains. “Creating music like we did 20 years ago – completely organic, all real instruments. The truth is, I’m in love and love makes us better, it makes us come alive, and I wanted to convey that through this album in a very relatable, authentic way.”

The title track of his album “Better” has received positive reviews online since it was released on February 26. It includes tracks like “Just Enough,” and “Get U Into My Life,” among others.

McKnight’s musical career began in 1992 when he released his eponymous album, which then featured his highest-charting single “One Last Cry.” His video for “Anytime” was nominated for Best Male Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

Along with 16 Grammy Awards nominations, McKnight has also been the recipient of Soul Train Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. His most notable album, Back At One, sold over 3 Million copies.

His passion to create new sound also allowed him to collaborate with famous artists in the industry, among them Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, P-Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G. This allowed him to constantly evolve and improve as an artist.