Mindanao Times » Marilyn Roque http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.26 Scene City: Thrills of ocean life at S.E.A. Aquarium http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-thrills-of-ocean-life-at-s-e-a-aquarium/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-thrills-of-ocean-life-at-s-e-a-aquarium/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2018 01:58:01 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62624 ]]> After checking in to Rock Star Hotel at Resorts World, Sentosa at almost midnight on Sept. 24, 2018, we rested for the night and set out to our exciting tour around with Mr. Jonathan Yu, Senior Executive for Communications of Resorts World Sentosa.

Our tour included the S.E.A. Aquarium that opened in November 2012. South East Asia Aquarium (S.E.A. Aquarium) at Resorts World Sentosa is one of the world’s largest aquariums home to more than 100,000 marine animals representing 1,000 species. Featuring more than 50 diverse habitats, S.E.A. Aquarium exhibits close to 80 threatened species including the manta ray, Clarion angelfish and a variety of beautiful corals that mirror a pristine aquatic environment. Through interactive programs, up-close animal encounters and immersive learning journeys, S.E.A. Aquarium aims to inspire visitors to protect the world’s oceans.
S.E.A. Aquarium collaborates with local and regional partners in marine conservation projects and is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

S.E.A. Aquarium took visitors like us on an immersive underwater journey on Sept. 25, 2018 to discover the awe-inspiring world of life in the ocean. With habitats spanning 42.8 million liters of water, the aquarium is one of the largest in the world and remains one of the top attractions in Singapore and around the region. By bringing visitors up-close to fascinating sea inhabitants, S.E.A. Aquarium hopes visitors will discover intriguing facts about the animals and their habitats, and gain a deeper understanding of marine life.
The centerpiece of the aquarium is the Open Ocean Habitat, which provides one of the planet’s largest windows to the ocean with a floor-to-ceiling viewing panel measuring 36 meters long and 8.3 meters tall. We were immersed in a magical marine world, marveling at majestic manta rays, goliath groupers, leopard sharks and a wide variety of ocean life through this spectacular vista, as we enjoyed taking videos, photos and selfies.4

S.E.A. Aquarium showcases diverse aquatic life from around the world, including Singapore reefs, the Straits of Karima, Java Sea, Red Sea, Bay of Bengal, Carribean, Californian and even mangrove and freshwater ecosystems.
We came face-to-face with over 150 sharks from close to 20 species, and spotted 40 poisonous and venomous animals, including the tiny brightly colored poison arrow frogs. We also explored one of the world’s largest collections of live coral habitats featuring over 150 species of hard and soft corals.6

Committed to public education, the aquarium is interspersed with interpretive panels, touch screens, touch pools and other hands-on experiences that provide an immersive learning journey.

All these we experienced at Resorts World Sentosa, in Singapore, the tourism-driven country in South East Asia we love to visit again and again with its many wonders and entertainment shows for every season.

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-thrills-of-ocean-life-at-s-e-a-aquarium/feed/ 0
Scene City: Sweeties Dessert online homemade dessert http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-sweeties-dessert-online-homemade-dessert/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-sweeties-dessert-online-homemade-dessert/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2018 03:03:54 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61953 ]]> In the midst of the Kadayawan festivities, we had the chance to meet Kimberly Ramos who loved to bake since she was a little girl.

“Since I was in grade school, I was a food lover already. I love to cook and bake on holidays and special events. I watched and helped my mom and our maids whenever they made their specialties. Through that passion to learn, my mom enrolled me on a kid’s culinary workshop every summer. As I grew up I began to mix and match different kinds of ingredients to do my own recipe.Picture1

Last Aug. 4, 2017, I made my aunt an Almond Mango Float since it was her birthday. Everybody loved it and I decided to try selling online and it turned out it was a hit! So I thought of expanding to cheesecakes, which I really love to eat. I started with blueberry and mango cheesecakes. Again, it was a hit! In time I made four different flavors and sizes of cheesecakes. Next were cupcakes – Red Velvet and Chocolate Cupcakes, luscious cakes -Fruity Cake, Dark Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mousse Drip Cake and Red Velvet Cake.

Most of my desserts are self- taught. I enrolled twice in a one day in a lifestyle workshop to enhance my flower designing and basic cakes. For the basic cakes class, it turned out that I already knew the basics. I was the head of the class, helping my classmates. By then I realized that my skills were not at a beginner level only.
For next year, I plan to do fondant cakes for birthdays, debut and weddings, until I realize my dream to start my own café.”

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-sweeties-dessert-online-homemade-dessert/feed/ 0
Scene City | Hannah Isabelle Trinidad Bancel tries her luck at Miss Philippines USA http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hannah-isabelle-trinidad-bancel-tries-her-luck-at-miss-philippines-usa/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hannah-isabelle-trinidad-bancel-tries-her-luck-at-miss-philippines-usa/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 07:50:15 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60755 ]]> She was having dinner at Max’s Resto in Pasadena, California when she was spotted by the pageant coordinator of Miss Philippines USA. Eighteen year-old Hannah Isabel Trinidad was taking up a course in nursing and felt she had nothing to lose but everything to gain if she tried to join the competition since she was young and eager to learn the basics of being a candidate for the title of Miss Philippines USA.


Born on Sept. 3, 1999 in Quezon City, Philippines, she lived in Davao City with her parents Dennis Jardiel Bancel and her mother Annelyn Trinidad Bancel.
Height: 5’3


Her Elementary Education was at Precious International School, Matina, Davao City, but she left the country and went to High School Education and graduated from Indian River School, Pasadena, California, USA.

Hannah Isabelle stands 5’3” and believes fate plays a big role in her life. She loves ballet and drawing, and her advocacy is that Third World countries should be given access to potable water. During the course of the pageant, performing outreach activities played an important role.

She was number 14 out of 35 contestants and even managed to reach to the Top 4 of the semi-finals.



The finals took place on July 22, 2018, with the voting starting on July 10 with live streaming on YouTube.

Fir Hannah Isabel, it was truly a great experience, though she did not win the competition. This was just a stepping stone to more exciting challenges in the future which was not given to everyone. Being given the opportunity to participate was indeed an unforgettable experience she will cherish forever. Her effort was worth all the beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. Who knows? She might just join another competition that may come her way again. (Photos: Ambo Mesias)

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hannah-isabelle-trinidad-bancel-tries-her-luck-at-miss-philippines-usa/feed/ 0
Scene City | Megaworld unveils first museum venture in Iloilo Business Park http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-megaworld-unveils-first-museum-venture-in-iloilo-business-park/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-megaworld-unveils-first-museum-venture-in-iloilo-business-park/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:50:39 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60841 ]]> As we were doing a media tour of Megaworld’s latest developments in their 72-hectare property in Mandurriao, Iloilo, we stopped by Casa de Emperador at the Iloilo Business Park, which houses ILOMOCA, which stands out as the first contemporary art museum in the Visayas – Mindanao regions.

The global art scene continues to prosper as a movement where Filipinos enjoy a significant following.

Over the years, studies have shown that art and culture are becoming key components in the global trend for urban development. In fact in 2015, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) group of the United Nations—the world’s largest organization for sub-national governments—formally recognized “culture” as the “fourth pillar of sustainable development.” The study revealed that, to inspire positive transformation towards sustainability, our communities need to bridge the cultural divide and people must be inspired to share different perspectives and engage in open dialogue.

Inspired by this insight, Megaworld Corporation furthers its vision of nation building as it opened the doors of the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), the company’s first-ever museum venture at the heart of its bustling township development in Western Visayas, the Iloilo Business Park (IBP). Interestingly, ILOMOCA also happens to be the first art institution in Visayas and Mindanao exclusively dedicated to showcasing the works of mostly Filipino and Ilonggo artists within the realm of modern and contemporary art.

Kevin Tan, senior vice President of Megaworld says “ILOMOCA is a very important milestone for us at Megaworld. It is our first museum development and there is no better place than to have it here in Iloilo Business Park”.

The ILOMOCA is a project initiated by Megaworld through the Megaworld Foundation, with the vision of enriching the Iloilo community and the whole of Western Visayas Region, with a new avenue for cultural and academic convergence. Through ILOMOCA, Megaworld sought to provide Filipinos a modern experience of art in the hopes of encouraging dialogue and understanding across cultures and generations, and to inspire positive transformation in society.

“Art breathes life and personality into cities and Megaworld townships have already evolved to embrace and champion this movement, with street art being very prominent features in Eastwood City, Uptown Bonifacio, McKinley Hill, and Forbes Town,” adds Tan.

“Through this project, we are reinforcing our role in the preservation and promotion of the Ilonggo arts, culture, and history. The ILOMOCA sits right at the heart of this township, which is well-positioned as a center of business, tourism as well as arts and culture in Western Visayas.”

The ILOMOCA Art Director and University of the Philippines-Visayas Vice Chancellor, Martin Genodepa, serves as the curator of the three-story museum, which features close to 3,000 square meters of space, including five exhibit rooms and its own souvenir and merchandise shop.

At the ground floor is The Hulot Exhibit, a commercial space for gallery exhibitions open to local or international artists, where they can feature their works of creative innovation, technique and skill. Right now, it houses The Martin Delgado Statue, a bronze sculpture by Spanish artist Gines Serran Pagan dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of General Martin Delgado—an Ilonggo military leader during the Spanish Revolution and the first governor of Iloilo.

Also at the second level is ILOMOCA’s primary exhibit, The Gallery, which is designed to showcase rotating themes and collections. It currently holds three inaugural exhibits: the first highlighting the excellence of Filipino artists that have influenced the Ilonggo art scene as well as on the national level; another one focusing on Filipino sculpture; and a third exhibit featuring works by international artists that have influenced world art.

We dropped by its own theatre facility called The Box that can serve as venue for film or performance art, theatre productions, art workshops, special exhibits, and other related cultural events. It can accommodate up to 60 people and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio technology.

Guests will find the The Adoracion Valencia Gallery on the third floor, which features art personally curated by one of ILOMOCA’s primary donors, who named the gallery in honor of their matriarch.

“We look at ILOMOCA as a concrete manifestation of our goal to create urban townships that have their own charm and character,” Tan shares. “We want to curate our development in such a way that they seamlessly blend with the local culture and promote tourism.”

Admission to the museum is valued at P100 for regular visitors. Senior citizens, on the other hand, will only be charged P80, while students can get in for a P50 fee. The museum operates Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the Casa de Emperador Building, Festive Walk Parade,Iloilo Business Park.


http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-megaworld-unveils-first-museum-venture-in-iloilo-business-park/feed/ 0
Scene City | Bella Spiel Modeling Academy http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-bella-spiel-modeling-academy-2/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-bella-spiel-modeling-academy-2/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 02:39:26 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60665 ]]> SUMMER Fashion Show, as the event was named, was a dream come true for the 86 aspiring models from Davao and six from Tagum City.

Held at the Abreeza Ayala Mall on May 23, 2018, the event opened with the Bella Angels walking down the ramp wearing colorful chiffon outfits.
Mrs. Baby Payumo of Mindanao Times Sales & Marketing Office was one of the judges for the best in outfit during the recital.
The other aspiring models showed how creative they were with the outfits chosen for the Bohemian and summer attire. It was an amazing experience! (Photo credits : MOkiki Photography)

YASMEEN Bautista aspiring model wearing a Bohemian outfit.

YASMEEN Bautista aspiring model wearing a Bohemian outfit.

Bella Babies - Julia Cassandra Sarate and Kenin Bolivar.

Bella Babies – Julia Cassandra Sarate and Kenin Bolivar.

JULIANNA Masellones wearing summer casual attire.

JULIANNA Masellones wearing summer casual attire.

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-bella-spiel-modeling-academy-2/feed/ 0
Scene City | NCCC Supermarket launches #Roadto40 Campaign http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-nccc-supermarket-launches-roadto40-campaign/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-nccc-supermarket-launches-roadto40-campaign/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2018 07:57:30 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60636 ]]> NCCC Supermarket celebrates its 40th year as a leading retail company in Mindanao and offers lots of surprises for loyal shoppers and patrons. On its Ruby Year, it carries the theme “40 Years of service from the heart.”

On July 5, the company launched Drive to 40 Raffle Promo in partnership with Nestle Philippines, which aims to give out exciting raffle prizes, including a brand new Toyota Hilux tax-free.

Darleen Mae Relacion-Labawan, Area Operations Manager for Central Davao says “Joining is easy. A customer just needs to purchase at least P300         worth of Nestle Products at Choice Mart and P500 at NCCC Supermarket. These Products include Milo, Coffee Mate, Nescafe, Bear Brand and Maggi.

Aside from the brand new pick-up, other prizes will also be given away such as mountain bikes, home appliances, drone cameras, mobile phones, NCCC gift cards and a lot more.

Raffle draw is scheduled on October 29, while sending of entries is until October 15, 2018.

The #Roadto40 campaign of NCCC is a series of events and initiatives that the company plans to implement this year, with a special culmination on December 01, 2018.

For more updates, continue following NCCC Supermarket’s social media pages, facebook, Instagram and twitter: @ncccsupermarkets. (Photos: Ambo Mesias)

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-nccc-supermarket-launches-roadto40-campaign/feed/ 0
Scene City | Cacao City Chocolate Fruit-Pairing http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-cacao-city-chocolate-fruit-pairing/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-cacao-city-chocolate-fruit-pairing/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2018 03:45:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60597 ]]> Davao City, fast becoming the chocolate capital of the country is lucky to have a climate that makes cacao growers happy. There are so many reasons to plant cacao as we see the products displayed at the Davao City Pasalubong Center along Palma Gil St. The shelves are full of various ways to package cacao products from plain tablea to chocolate fondue.

There are spicy chocolate bars, cacao nibs and nuts mixed with chocolate we just wonder how come the chocolates we were buying came from far away Switzerland!

Last July 12, the very versatile IT personality turned cacao farmer/chocolate producer Wit Holganza invited us for a Chocolate Pairing event at her Cacao City Center. Wit showed us how Puto Maya can be enjoyed with a Granola Topping instead of the usual coco honey or ‘latik’. She also gave us samples of canapes of Fita Biscuit topped with Cucumber and Cacao Nibs, Tart shells filled with chocolate concoctions of all sorts. The hot choco drinks we tasted were followed with iced choco. Name it – Wit has it at Cacao City. The grapes, apples and bananas were dipped in delicious chocolate fondue. Fruits really go well with chocolates, too.

Chocolate Granola Canapes

Chocolate Granola Canapes

If Durian has visitors flying to Davao from other cities in the country, we will soon have tourists from all over the world to buy the chocolates produced in Davao City and throughout Mindanao. (Photos: Ambo Mesias)

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-cacao-city-chocolate-fruit-pairing/feed/ 0
Scene City | Anvil Business Club inducts officers in Davao City http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-anvil-business-club-inducts-officers-in-davao-city/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-anvil-business-club-inducts-officers-in-davao-city/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2018 02:21:22 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60534 ]]> DAVAO City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio was the inducting officer for the Association of Young Filipino-Chinese Entrepreneurs (Anvil) held in Davao City on June 20, 2018.

The Anvil Business Club, Inc. is an organization of young Chinese-Filipino businessmen and professionals, ages 21 to 50, and committed to propagate positive values in promoting a healthy economy, progressive society and pursuing excellence in their respective fields of endeavor, for the economic and social progress of the country.
Anvil seeks to broaden the horizon of its members through interaction with all types of people, by touring local and international plants, agricultural estates, factories, retail sites, trade fairs and institutions.
At the core of its corporate heart are also the club’s civic projects. Members try to give back to the community through regular calamity assistance, medical missions, skills and attitude programs, livelihood enhancements, even researches into history and sponsoring scholarships and education projects.
One-hundred officers of Anvil Business Club flew to Davao City for the induction ceremony at the Marco Polo Davao. This is the first time in the organization’s 27 years history for its induction to be held outside Metro Manila. Anvil has 450 members.
Patrick Cua is the president of Anvil Business Club. Wilson Lee Flores, chairman of Anvil Business Club, introduced Mayor Sara Duterte as the keynote speaker.
The 100 entrepreneurs of Anvil believe that Davao City symbolizes the great economic future of the Philippines, and want to encourage more young entrepreneurs to study economic opportunities and invest outside Metro Manila especially in resource-rich Mindanao. (Photos: Joey Sem Dalumpines-PIA XI)

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-anvil-business-club-inducts-officers-in-davao-city/feed/ 0
Scene City | Dusit 2 makes its way to the south http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-dusit2-makes-its-way-to-the-south/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-dusit2-makes-its-way-to-the-south/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:20:59 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60479 ]]> After making our way in a van from the Davao City downtown area and boarding a speedboat at the shoreline of Barangay Pindasan to cross to the luxurious island, Lubi Plantation, we were met with a cool, refreshing welcome drink of buko and cucumber. Chai Abaya from Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation was our gracious guide to the site of dusit2Davao, a 120-room hotel soon to rise in the area that perfectly blends urban living with the finest hotel amenities and will feature exciting all day dining outlets such as the SALA, an interactive multi-street cuisine inspired by a community to bring a fun, vibrant dining experience.3 Over the last 65 years, Dusit has been synonymous to world-class service and gastronomy deeply rooted in the Thai culture. From the authentic dishes of Thailand to the fine cuisine from different parts of the globe, the hotel brand promises Davao-based foodies dining experiences made more enjoyable with the warmth of Thai hospitality. 2 Joining us for the ‘meet-and-greet’ event were Mr. Lim Boon Kwee, chief operating officer of Dusit International based in the company’s Bangkok headquarters; Thomas Pfordte, group director of Food and Beverage, Operations, Dusit International; Christopher Wichlan, general manager, Dusit Thani Residences Davao; Claire del Rosario Bernabe – director of sales & marketing. Dusit2 Davao is just 10-kilometer ride from the Davao International Airport, with accessibility to the SMX Convention Center and malls. (photos by Kenneth Ong & Vanessa Mabini) 6

http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-dusit2-makes-its-way-to-the-south/feed/ 0
Scene City | Red Cross busier in summer http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-red-cross-busier-in-summer/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-red-cross-busier-in-summer/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:15:11 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60437 ]]> IT IS AN agency better known for bloodletting activities and a source of blood for patients in emergency cases. But little is known about other important tasks performed by the Philippine Red Cross-Davao City Chapter.

This past summer, it had its hands full promoting water safety in the city during the summer months. Foremost in such drowning prevention campaign is the annual Learn-to-Swim Program (LTSP) held from April 2 to June 1, 2018, and was further extended to July 6, 2018 on a limited basis only.3

The LTSP is a special activity that teaches basic swimming and self-rescue skills, promotes water safety awareness, and raises funds to support the chapter’s multifarious life-saving activities such as first aid and basic life support training as well as emergency and disaster response. It is the most popular swimming program in the city with over 1,500 persons, mostly children, enrolled in the various swimming courses offered.

The Red Cross LTSP conducted in six swimming pool partner venues – namely, Garden Oases Resort, Forest Hill Resort, The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Bambu Estate, Residencia de Fernando, and Garden by the Bay Resort.

Red Cross also conducted its adult and junior lifeguard training programs during the same period as part of its continuous capacity-building activities. Nine junior and eight adult lifeguards have successfully passed the grueling courses, which ran for more than 100 hours each.4

The training, which was held at Gap Farm in Ma-a and at Bago Beach Resort in Bago Aplaya, emphasizes fitness and lifesaving skills in both pool and surf environment and requires all participants to be proficient in both swimming and equipment rescues. These new Red Cross lifeguards are expected to help promote the Red Cross’ water safety activities in the city.

The training culminated in the annual solidarity swim held last May 27, 2018 across the Pakiputan Strait, which separates Samal Island from Davao mainland. Over 70 Red Cross adult and junior lifeguards swam together to show support to the lifeguard candidates as they faced their final swimming challenge to complete the training.

A lifeguarding course for lifeguards in commercial resorts and similar facilities was also held on May 19-20, 2018 and May 25-27, 2018 at Bago Beach Resort, Bago Aplaya. It successfully graduated 33 out of 35 participants. The rigorous training provides resort lifeguards with the important basic skills to ensure that their patrons are adequately safeguarded and that rescue can be immediately initiated in the event of an in-water emergency or related event in their facility.

And finally, a Lifeguard Skills Challenge, which is the yearly assessment of active Red Cross lifeguards’ fitness and lifesaving skills, was conducted on June 3, 2018 at Bago Beach Resort.

Over 57 adult and junior lifeguards strove to complete the challenge, which included such activities as run-swim-run, lifesaving strokes medley, rescue board paddling and maneuvers, and other equally physically challenging routines. Medals were given to the finishers, who have accomplished a remarkable feat of not only keeping themselves in tip-top shape but in honing and maintaining their lifesaving abilities as well.





http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-red-cross-busier-in-summer/feed/ 0