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Pampering for moms at the Araneta Center
Date Posted: May 10, 2017

Moms get a much-deserved treat this Mother’s Day at the Moms Nailed It event happening this Sunday, May 14, at the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza activity centers.

Supermoms are our own superheroes without the capes, and on this day, nanay’s perpetually busy hands can finally take a break and get some tender loving care. Hand care pros at the event will be offering relaxing hand massages, as well as nail makeovers to soothe moms’ tired hands.

Gateway and Ali Mall guests with a single receipt worth a minimum of P 600.00 pesos, and Farmers Plaza customers with a single receipt worth P 300.00 from any Araneta Center establishment (Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, New Farmers Plaza, Farmers Market, Coliseum Restaurants, Telus Arcade, Shopwise Arcade restaurants, Araneta Center Bus Station & Manhattan Parkway & Parkview Arcade) may enjoy the treat. Registration starts at 10 am.

Guests can learn how to glam up with basic nail art tutorials by expert nail technicians, and apply their skills during the DIY nail art contest in the afternoon. Souvenir kits with nail grooming essentials also await event participants.

This year’s Mother’s Day activity was extra special for five (5) struggling moms. They were treated to a day fit for a queen on May 11, with makeover packages that included hair and makeup, stylish new outfits, and a professional pictorial to remember the day. A special video showing the moms will be screened at the Gateway event on Mother’s Day.

Prizes are still up for grabs for those unable to make it to Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza. Simply follow @thearanetacenter on Instagram, and repost the Moms Nailed It artwork uploaded on their page. Tag nine (9) friends and @thearanetacenter for a chance to win shopping gift certificates from Rustan’s worth P 10,000.00.


Binibining Pilipinas 2017: All hail the new Queens
Date Posted: May 01, 2017

The Binibining Pilipinas 2017 pageant was presented by the Araneta Center and ABS-CBN, with sponsors: PLDT Home Fibr, Cream Silk, Jag Jeans, Manhattan Garden City, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell; Manila Bulletin – the official print partner; Novotel Manila Araneta Center – the official hotel; Philippine Airlines – the official airline; Charter Ping-An Insurance Corporation, David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Power Trac Inc., Dale Carnegie, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Picture City, Jeffrey Rogador, People’s Journal, Women’s Journal, People’s Tonight, Domz Ramos, Raymond Saldana Photography, Jojo Bragais Shoes, and Bruce Casanova.

After an exciting but challenging run to the Finals, the new Binibining Pilipinas Queens have been named during the lavish Coronation Night held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last April 30. Billed on television as “The Game of Crowns,” this year’s pageant has been characterized by a series of upsets, surprise finalists, and strong finishes by top contenders and crowd favorites.

25-year-old Rachel Peters was named Miss Universe Philippines 2017, successor to Maxine Medina. Stunning and articulate, this Camarines Sur stunner also received several Special Awards: Best in Swimsuit among the 40 candidates in their Jeffery Rogador swimwear; Jag Denim Queen 2017; and the Face of Binibini, resulting from an online popularity voting on the Binibining Pilipinas website, Twitter and the free app called Choicely.

Mariel De Leon, daughter of showbiz couple Christopher De Leon and Sandy Andolong, succeeded reigning Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa and was named Binibining Pilipinas International 2017, as well as Miss Cream Silk. She was also named Best in Long Gown.

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden turned over her crown to the amiable Chanel Olive Thomas, who also bagged the Miss Friendship title, as well as Best in National Costume with her intricate Muslim royalty-inspired ensemble, complete with a stunning headdress. Both Eden and Thomas grew up in Australia.

Miss Grand International 2016 First Runner-up Nicole Cordoves crowned her successor Elizabeth Clenci from Cebu, who will represent the country in the MGI pageant this year.

The Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental title went to Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, succeeding last year’s title holder Jennifer Hammond. She was also given the Miss Philippine Airlines special award.

Cadet pilot Nelda Ibe was named Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2017, crowned by Miss Globe 2016 Third Runner-up Nichole Manalo.

Charmaine Elima and Kristel Guelos finished First and Second Runner-up, respectively. Other Special Awards winners were Dane Felisse Marasigan, Miss Talent; and Christagale Borja, Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice.

Now on its 54th year, the Binibining Pilipinas peagent showcased the grace, beauty and elegance of the Filipina. The pageant marked new milestones this year, including online voting for the Face of Binibini; as well as the introduction of the first-ever SMS fan voting system powered by Smart and Voyager, with the winner becoming a shoe-in for the Top 15.


Smart, Voyager power historic Binibining Pilipinas 2017 fan votes

For first time in Binibini’s history, SMS vote winner a shoo-in for Top 15

Filipino fans are set to experience the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 pageant like never before as PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, along with its digital innovations arm Voyager Innovations, power the SMS and digital fan voting of the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 pageant, where the winner of the text votes will automatically be part of the Top 15 finalists–an exciting first in the pageant’s 53-year history.

Fans only need to send BB (ex. BB23) to 2929022 to cast their votes and support their favorite candidates. Votes will be counted from today until 9PM of April 30 during the Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night.

Pageant aficionados can vote for their bets an unlimited number of times during the voting period, and subscribers of all mobile networks* can send in their votes to the SMS gateway powered by Voyager.

“As we’ve seen during the country’s hosting of the 65th Miss Universe last January, pageant competitions have become more digital like never before. We’re glad that the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 will also be putting the power into the hands of millions of Filipino pageant fans by giving them a chance to vote for their bets, powered by the combined digital technologies of Smart and Voyager,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT, Smart, and Voyager.

Aside from voting via SMS, fans also have the chance to pick this year’s Most Photogenic queen by participating in the online voting via the Binibining Pilipinas website (www.bbpilipinas.com/vote).

Thanks to freenet, the free Internet platform of Voyager, Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers will have free access to the voting website without data charges by simply downloading the freenet app on their Android or iOS phones.

Additionally, fans can also follow @realbbpilipinas on Twitter and use the hashtag of their favorite Binibini like this: #Binibini(number) and #BbPilipinas2017. They may also download the CHOICELY app and vote from there.

With a lot of avenues to interact, this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant is proving to be the most digitally powered yet–and with the Philippines being a pageant-crazy and social media-savvy nation, Filipino fans are sure to turn in by the droves and support all their Binibini bets in every way possible.

Fans can tune in to the live telecast of the Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night on April 30 at ABS-CBN.


Official Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates presented to the media

The official Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates presented to the media on March 22 at Novotel Manila-Araneta Center, seen here in their swimsuits at the hotel poolside (Photo by Halley Saludez /Binibining Pilipinas)

The beautiful candidates vying for titles at this year’s Binibining Pilipinas 2017 pageant wowed members of the press and VIP guests during the much-awaited Press Presentation held at the Monet 2 Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center on March 22.

Stunning everyone in their neon swimsuits designed by Jeffrey Rogador, the candidates charmed the illustrious guests with their confidence and stage presence. The ladies also let their personalities show with a brief introduction and a strut on stage.

This year’s exciting roster consists of local pageant winners, degree holders from top schools, honor graduates, artists, sports and fashion enthusiasts, and working professionals who excel in their respective fields. Representing various provinces in the country, the official candidates bested hundreds of aspirants that went through rigorous screenings and interviews in January.

It’s going to be a tough competition this year following the stellar successes of the reigning beauty queens. The historic win of Pia Wurtzbach at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant became a shining moment for our country. The winning streak also continued with Anne Colis bagging the Miss Globe 2015 title; and the following year, Kylie Verzosa winning the Miss International 2016 title.

The pageant fever was further fanned by the impressive showing of Parul Shah, Miss Grand International 2015 3rd Runner-up; Christy McGarry, Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner-up; Rogelie Catacutan, Miss Supranational 2015 semifinalist; Nicole Codroves, Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-up; Nichole Manalo, and Miss Globe 2016 3rd Runner-up.

Traditionally, the media gets to vote for the Miss Photogenic among the roster of Binibining Pilipinas candidates. This year, the pageant opens this to the public and gives them three ways to vote for their favorite beauty. The total votes are then added to the media’s votes to find this year’s Miss Photogenic.

Visit www.bbpilipinas.com/vote and choose your favorite Binibini.

Follow @realbbpilipinas on Twitter and use the hashtag of your favorite Binibini like this: #Binibini(number) and #BbPilipinas2017

Download the CHOICELY app on your smartphone device and search for Binibining Pilipinas. Vote by clicking your favorite Binibini.

With just about a month to compete, the ladies still have a busy schedule ahead. Meet the ladies as they go around the Araneta Center in the Parade of Beauties on April 22. Then, watch them wow audiences as they headline the Binibining Pilipinas Preliminaty Night at the Kia Theatre on April 23, where the girls will highlight their impressive National Costumes.

Finally, the best of the best will shine bright during the Grand Coronation at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, to be telecast LIVE on ABS-CBN.

The Binibining Pilipinas 2016 pageant is presented by The Araneta Center and ABS-CBN, with major sponsors PLDT Home Fibr, JAG Jeans, Manhattan Garden City, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen and Taco Bell. The pageant’s official residence is Novotel Manila-Araneta Center; the official airline, Philippine Airlines; and official print partner, Manila Bulletin. Minor sponsors are: Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation, David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Power Trac, Inc., Dale Carnegie, Picture City, People’s Journal People’s Tonight, Women’s Journal, Jeffrey Rogador, Raymond Saldaña Photography, Bruce Casanova Photography, and Jojo Bragais Shoes.


The 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2017 revealed

The 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2017

After a long and careful deliberation, the officials of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. led by Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta revealed the 40 gorgeous ladies that made the official list of Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates during the final closed-door screening held at the Kia Theatre on Feb 28.

Prior to fine-tuning the lineup, 95 girls were shortlisted to present themselves to the screening committee composed of Binibining Pilipinas board members, executives of broadcast partners ABS-CBN, and the Binibiing Pilipinas 2016 queens. The hopefuls were narrowed down to 55 ladies that were each meticulously interviewed by the committee.

This year’s exciting roster consists of fresh faces, graduates from top schools, sports and fashion enthusiasts, artists, and young professionals who excel in their chosen fields. They represent various provinces in the country, and have stood out among close to a hundred aspirants that went through rigorous screenings in February.

With the Top 40 list validated by the auditing group of Binibining Pilipinas, the 40 Binibini hopefuls were assigned their official number for the pageant during another closed-door session.

The official Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates, with their official social media hashtags, are as follows:

  • #Binibini1 - Dane Felisse Marasigan
  • #Binibini2 – Arienne Louise Calingo
  • #Binibini3 – Maria Gail Devora Tobes
  • #Binibini4 - Jessica Ramirez
  • #Binibini5 - Joselle Mariano
  • #Binibini6 - Ma. Bejieleen Nama
  • #Binibini7 - Jennyline Carla Malpaya
  • #Binibini8 - Leitz Camyll Ang
  • #Binibini9 - Vanessa Saliba
  • #Binibini10 - Jehza Huelar
  • #Binibini11 - Kimberly Pajares
  • #Binibini12 – Angelique Celine De Leon
  • #Binibini13 – Sirene Sutton
  • #Binibini14 – Sarah Jireh Asido
  • #Binibini15 – Mariel De Leon
  • #Binibini16 - Larah Grace Lacap
  • #Binibini17 - Camille Manalo
  • #Binibini18 - Nelda Ibe
  • #Binibini19 - Rachel Peters
  • #Binibini20 - Christagale Borja
  • #BInibini21 - Jamaica Ambal
  • #Binibini22 - Chanel Olive Thomas
  • #Binibini23 - Arah Salientes
  • #Binibini24 – Dindi Joy Pajares
  • #Binibini25 - Clarice Marion Villareal
  • #Binibini26 - Ruffa Nava
  • #Binibini27 - Beatrice Valente
  • #Binibini28 - Juliana Kapeundl
  • #Binibini29 - Karla May Manongsong
  • #Binibini30 - Mae Liezel Ramos
  • #Binibini31 – Katarina Rodriguez
  • #Binibini32 – Charmaine Elima
  • #Binibini33 – Kristi Rose Cequeña
  • #Binibini34 – Gabriela Ortega
  • #Binibini35 – Thoreen Halvosen
  • #Binibini36 –
  • #Binibini37 - Sammie Anne Legaspi
  • #Binibini38 – Ana Patricia Asturias
  • #Binibini39 – Elizabeth Durado Clenci
  • #Binibini40 – Kristel Guelos

These ladies will compete for the coveted Binibining Pilipinas 2017 titles to represent the country in international pageants.

In the past few years, Binibining Pilipinas has produced international title holders like Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and reigning Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza.

Follow their exciting journey in this year’s competition on Binibining Pilipinas, visit www.bbpilipinas.com. Like the Binibining Pilipinas official Facebook page www.facebook.com/realbbpilipinas and follow @bbpilipinasofficial on Instagram.


Big Dome lights blue for autism awareness

Just like the Empire State Building in New York, the CN Tower in Canada, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even Niagara Falls, the Philippines’ iconic entertainment and sports landmark fondly called the Big Dome has been lit up blue for a good cause.

On April 3, the Smart Araneta Coliseum’s main gate was lit blue in line with the global campaign to support World Autism Awareness Day (April 2 in the US), declared by the United Nations. With April being the World Autism Awareness Month, the “Big Dome Lights Blue” project supports the global autism community – a symbolic gesture behind a bigger aim to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism.

“Big Dome Lights Blue” was a joint effort of the Araneta Center, Inc., the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. (JAAF), in partnership with the Philippine Associate for Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, Inc. (PACDLD). Prior to the ceremonial lighting of the Big Dome’s main gate, PACDLD held its first-ever Autism Advocate Awards at the Gateway Gallery on the 5th level of Gateway Tower, in recognition of several medical professionals and parents that have made advances and contributions to Autism Awareness and Advocacy in the Philippines.

A short program followed at the gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PACDLD co-founder Ms. Felicite Jean Gonzales said a few words, and introduced special guest Mr. Rizalio Sanchesz, the Chief of Information, Education and Communications Division of the National Council on Disability Affairs, who also delivered a message of gratitude for the “Big Dome Lights Blue” effort.

Before the Big Dome was bathed in blue lights, a handful of children with autism and other learning disabilities, collectively called Kontra Gapi Plus, performed using Filipino ethnic instruments. Trained in art and performance by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the wonderful kids showed the audience that no disabilities could hamper their leading productive and creative lives. Their joyful performance and demeanor onstage proved an inspiration to all.

“We are proud to support this global awareness movement and the advocacy of acceptance of people living with autism,” noted Ms. Diane Romero, the Executive Director of JAAF, in her speech during the event. “Our founder, Don Amado Araneta, has always envisioned the Center to be a place that welcomes all, and our participation here signifies our commitment to his vision. Today, we light up the main entrance of the Big Dome blue to signify our belief that we can be partners to tireless groups like the PACDLD and the Autism Advocate Awardees in the movement towards acceptance, appreciation and protection of children and individuals living with autism and other learning disabilities.”

“Big Dome Lights Blue” is just one of the CSR activities of the Araneta Group in support of autism awareness. Future plans include activities in partnership with groups like PACDLD in disseminating information on autism, holding art and crafts workshops for kids with autism, and training frontliners in recognizing and giving proper response to people with autism.


Gateway Gallery launches first Philippine history exhibit in augmented reality

(From right) Miss Globe 2016 3rd runner up Nichole Manalo, Miss Grand International 2016 1st runnerup Nicole Cordoves, and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa try the augmented reality feature during Gateway Gallery’s “SiningLakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality” launch on Feb. 22.

Gateway Gallery celebrated the second year of its “SiningSaysay: Philippine History in Art” exhibit by launching a digital feature that utilizes augmented reality (AR) to recount Philippine history and make it more interesting to an increasingly digital-savvy generation.

On February 22, the Gallery launched “SiningLakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality,” a project that marries art and technology to give visitors a more enhanced experience of its long-term collection.

The event was attended by guests of honor like Mrs. Judy Araneta Roxas, president of the J. Amado Araneta Foundation president and vice chairman of the Araneta Center, Inc; Manolo Roxas, grandson of Philippine president Manuel L. Roxas; Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta; esteemed painter Betsy Westendorp; Divina Gracia Pascua, OIC of the Culture and Tourism Affairs Office; Dinky Soliman, former DSWD secretary; as well as BInibini queens Nicole Codroves, Jennifer Hammond, and Nichole Manalo; and 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa.

During the event, guests were able to test the AR feature and were encouraged to go around the Gallery to experience it first-hand. Ten DOT-accredited history teachers from various Quezon City schools served as Gallery Guides.

The “SiningLakbay” project is a product of careful and creative implementation spearheaded by artists, filmmakers, historians, curators, editors, and technology providers.

It aims to be a platform for gallery guests to have a more enriched experience of “SiningSaysay,” a collection of 30 large history paintings that resulted from the collaboration between the University of the Philippines and the Araneta Center. “SiningLakbay” also aims to create awareness of history among the youth by appealing to their interest in digital technology.

To Gallery visitors a more immersive experience, 10 paintings from the collection will “come to life” on their WIFI-enabled digital devices like mobile phones and tablets using the Layar app that can be downloaded for free (on iOS and Android). Users will then be able to scan the selected paintings on their device to watch the video and hear the narration on chapters of Philippine history.

The videos are accurate historical accounts of events depicted in the paintings. Each video lasts roughly three minutes, with the whole tour lasting about 30 minutes total. This launch is just the first phase of an even bigger project of making all 30 paintings in the collection AR-enabled.

This launch is just the first phase of an even bigger project of making all 30 paintings in the collection AR-enabled.

Gateway Gallery opened on November 21, 2014. Its long-term exhibit, “SiningSaysay: Philippine History in Art,” opened to the public on Feb. 18, 2015.

The SiningSaysay artists are: Junyee, Benjie Cabangis, Randy Solon, Bim Bacaltos, Jonal Salvosa, Ding Hidalgo; brothers Simkin and Vincent de Pio with their father Gig de Pio; Janice Young, Aileen Lanuza, Romy Mananquil, Don Artificio, Grace Alfonso, Norman Dreo, Cris Cruz, Romy Carlos, Norly Meimban, Julius Samson, Michael Velasco, Neil Doloricon, Adi Baen-Santos, Ben Infante, Angel Cacnio, Grandier Bella, Dennis Dasco, and the late Abdulmari Asia Imao, National Artist for Visual Arts.

In over two years of operations, the Gallery has grown its art collection to 50 artworks donated by various artists. Attendance has also risen to an average of 200 visitors a day in the same period.

Last year, it received an accreditation from the Department of Tourism.

The Gallery will continue to expand its horizons this year, providing artists a home to hone and showcase their craft, and giving the Filipino public a haven of learning and creativity. Projects lined up for this year include: the Reading Nook, a mini library for all ages, highlighted by story-telling sessions for kids in partnership with Adarna Publishing; and Bravo Weekend, which showcases Filipino culture through music and dance.

With its vision to make arts and culture accessible to ordinary Filipinos, Gateway Gallery will continue programs that introduce arts to young children, holding art workshops for hobbyists, portrait sketching sessions for professional artists, and hosting talks by artists and historians.

Located at the 5th level of the Gateway Tower at the Araneta Center, Gateway Gallery is free to the public and is open Mondays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm. It is supported and managed by the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, the CSR arm of the Araneta Group.


Maxine Medina graces Miss Universe Pop-up store opening

Miss Philippines Universe Maxine Medina signing copies of the Miss Universe Tour Book during the Miss Universe Pop-up Store grand launch in Gateway Mall.

In her first public appearance after competing at this year’s Miss Universe pageant held in the country, Philippine bet Maxine Medina looked flawless as she waved to the fans gathered at Gateway Mall’s activity area for the opening of the pageant’s pop-up store on Friday, Feb. 10.

“Thank you to all my supporters,” Maxine said in a hushed voice as media and fans swarmed the area for a glimpse and photo ops with the reigning Miss Universe Philippines.

For pageant fanatics, the Miss Universe Pop-up Store in Gateway Mall is an added treat as they are able to buy exclusive and official merchandise like Miss Universe travel pillows, teddy bears, hoodies, tank tops, and t-shirts. The most coveted item in the collection is the replica of the Miss Universe crown. Pia Wurtzbach collection like shirts, tote bags, travel pillows, and posters are also available at the store.

During the launch, fans who bought the Miss Universe Tour Book, which featured 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach on the cover in a stunning Michael Cinco red couture gown shot in New York, were able to get their copies signed by Maxine.

The Miss Universe Pop-up Store, which will be open at the Gateway Mall until March 9, was launched via a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Maxine. She was joined by executives of the Araneta Center Inc. (ACI) and partners SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. (SMLEI).


Gateway Gallery marks exhibit’s 2nd anniversary with a digital twist

One of the paintings in the ‘SiningSaysay’ collection, on display at the Gateway Gallery, Araneta Center

History comes to life as Araneta Center’s Gateway Gallery launches ‘SiningLakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality’

Art meets technology as Gateway Gallery celebrates the second year of its “SiningSaysay: Philippine History in Art” exhibit by launching a digital interface that utilizes augmented reality (AR) to recount Philippine history and make it more interesting to an increasingly digital-savvy generation.

On February 22, the Gallery will launch “SiningLakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality” in connection with its long-term exhibit that depicts prehistoric Philippines up to the time of President Benigno Aquino III in 30 large history paintings by the talented artists of the UP College of Fine Arts.

“SiningLakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality” aims to be a platform for gallery guests to have a more enriched experience of “SiningSaysay,” a collaborative project between the University of the Philippines and the Araneta Center. It also aims to create awareness of history among the youth by appealing to their interest in digital technology.

An augmented reality interface will soon turn the ‘SiningSaysay’ collection on display at the Gateway Gallery, Araneta Center into ‘living’ re-telling of Philippine history

By downloading a free app (on iOS and Android), visitors will be able to see 10 select paintings “come to life” on their WIFI-enabled digital device like mobile phones and tablets. Using the app, gallery visitors can point their device to the key paintings to watch the video and hear the narration on chapters of Philippine history. The videos are accurate historical accounts of events depicted in the paintings.

The “SiningLakbay” project is a product of careful and creative implementation among the artists, filmmakers, historians, curators, editors, and technology providers.

Gateway Gallery opened on November 21, 2014. The “SiningSaysay” exhibit celebrates its second year anniversary in the gallery on the 18th of February. The “SiningLakbay” project will be launched in time for the anniversary of the People Power Revolution on February 25, and with key history players and public personalities in attendance.

Located at the 5th level of the Gateway Tower at the Araneta Center, Gateway Gallery is free to the public and is open Mondays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm. It is supported and managed by the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, the CSR arm of the Araneta Group.


2017 World Slasher Cup solo champion Frank Berin, owner of entry Sebastian NEJ EES 2683: Sebastian NEJ’s Frank Berin (left) receives the 2017 World Slasher Cup championship trophy with his handler Jonathan Tabuloc EES 2632: 2017 World Slasher Cup solo champ Frank Berin shows off his trophy with Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Joanna Eden, Binibining Pilipinas 1st runnerup Angelica Alita, and Uniprom, Inc. OIC-COO Irene Jose

Solo champion Frank Berin received the most coveted World Slasher Cup trophy in an awarding ceremony held on Monday, Feb. 6, at the Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Berin’s entry, Sebastian NEJ, tallied 8.5 points to rule over 306 participants at this year’s first edition of the WSC, which ran from January 23 until February 1 at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.

He has been joining WSC since 1995, using the popular entry Mulawin of former Rep. Rudy Albano, with which he won his first ever WSC title in January 1999. He won again in June 2002 with his entry Scepter Mulawin. In recent years, he has been fielding the Sebastian entry with his brother Greg from Australia.

In this year’s WSC, Berin’s Sebastian NEJ entry outlasted the bird fielded by ARC March 10 in the finals witnessed by about 5,000 aficionados.

The second edition of 2017 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby is set from May 22 to 28 at the Big Dome. Berin expressed interesting in joining again to square off with local and foreign participants intent on returning to the fray after this year’s First Edition.

At the awarding, host Pintakasi of Champions also revealed the WSC 2 format in May: 2-cock eliminations on May 22 and 23; 3-cock semi-finals on May 24-25; with a 4-cock pre-finals on May 26-27, and 4-cock grand finals on May 28.

The World Slasher Cup is the premier cockfighting derby in the country and has become the most prestigious in the world.

A participant from Oklahoma said he flew to the country just to compete this year, and marvelled at the Big Dome for being “one of the biggest facilities (for cockfighting) in the world.”

American John Seider, who also flew in just for WSC, noted, “(The World Slasher Cup is) the toughest place to be in.”

A man known to many repeat participants as Stickman, also from the US, agreed. “Your participants here (in WSC) are only the best of the best. If you don’t have good roosters, don’t come to the Slasher,” he declared.

The 2017 World Slasher Cup was supported by Thunderbird, B-Meg, Petron, and Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialists, with Pit Games Media Inc. as media partner.


The recently concluded 2017 World Slasher Cup at the Big Dome

The second edition of 2017 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby sizzles on May 22 to 28 at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Pintakasi of Champions, host of the illustrious derby, made the announcement yesterday in response to queries from local and international participants. Many participants, including the foreigners that joined the just concluded WSC 1, have expressed their intent to join in May and want a longer preparation, the group said.

The World Slasher Cup remains the premier cockfighting derby in the country and has become the most prestigious all over the world. A participant from Oklahoma said he flew to the country just to compete this year, thrilled that the derby is being held in “one of the biggest facilities (for cockfighting) in the world,” he said of the Big Dome.

John Seider, who also flew in from the States, noted of WSC, “It’s the toughest place to be in.”

A guy known to many repeat participants as Stickman, also from the US, agreed. “Your participants here (in WSC) are only the best of the best. If you don’t have good roosters, don’t come to the Slasher,” he declared.

The May event’s format: 2-cock elimininations on May 22 and 23; 3-cock semi-finals on May 24-25, with a 4-cock pre-finals on May 26-27, and 4-cock grand finals on May 28.

Frank Berin, recently hailed solo champion of the WSC 1, has been joining the WSC since 1995 using the popular entry Mulawin of former Rep. Rudy Albano, and recently the Sebastian entry with his brother Greg of Australia. About 5,000 aficionados witnessed the cliffhanging battle where Berin’s NEJ Sebastian entry outlasted the bird fielded by ARC March 10.

Joey Melendres of Australia ( Swerteng Anak, 7.5 points ) lost his championship fight against Marvin Millo's super bulik, but vowed to compete again in May after experiencing a warm welcome from other sabungeros.

''Melendres and all the foreign participants marvelled at how the Filipino cockers improved tremendously, and this is seen in the World Slasher Cup,'' said WSC media partner Manny Berbano.


Frank Berin (center, with trophy) wins 2017 WSC championship with his entry NEJ Sebastian, seen here with his team

Fifteen years after capturing the prestigious World Slasher Cup crown at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum, former gamefowl handler Frank Berin wrested the solo championship anew last Wednesday.

Berin’s entry, NEJ Sebastian, tallied 8.5 points to rule among 306 participants of the WSC 2017 edition.

James Uy of Manila and Paolo Malvar of Tarlac, who posted eight points each last Sunday, bagged runner –up honors.

The World Slasher Cup remains the premier cockfighting derby in the country and has become the most prestigious all over the world. A participant from Oklahoma said he flew to the country just to compete this year, thrilled that the derby is being held in “one of the biggest facilities (for cockfighting) in the world,” he said of the iconic Big Dome.

John Seider, who also flew in from the States, noted of WSC, “It’s the toughest place to be in.” A guy known to many repeat participants only as Stickman, also from the US, agreed. “Your participants here (in WSC) are only the best of the best. If you don’t have good roosters, don’t come to the Slasher,” he declared.

The last two championship fights on Wednesday turned out to be cliffhangers, according to WSC media partner Manny Berbano.

Australia’s Joey Melendres ( Swerteng Anak ) lost the first championsip duel and finished with 7.5 points.

Luck smiled on the NEJ Sebastian entry after outlasting ARC March 10 in the next fight amid the jubilation of 5,000 aficionados.

Day 2 and Day 3 finalists Gov. Tony Kho and Alex Alea, respectively, tallied 7.5 points each and fell one point short of the title.

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


The champions of the 2017 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby will finally be known today, Wednesday, Feb. 1 as the best fighting breeds from all over the world clash in this most prestigious competition. Gamefowl experts and breeders will descend upon the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum for one last shot at the prize and prestige.

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

Attention shifts to four participants with perfect five points going into today's 4 -cock finals, one of whom may actually score nine points.

They are Pol Estrellado of Laguna with partner James Yap of Boracay, Marvin Rillo of Quezon City, Max Benedicto of Ilocos Sur and Amante Capuchino of Bataan.

Those with 4.5 points:Joey Melendres ( Swerteng Anak ), Rep. Kulit Alcala ( Krisha ), Mayor Dennis Panganiban ( Argem Col Mar. 10 ), Estrellado/Yap ( JPY PE Boracay Pirates 1 ) and Frank and Greg Berin ( NEJ Sebastian 1 and 2 ) are also expected to put their champion breeds to the ultimate test.

Last Monday's Day 2 finals had Gov. Tony Kho as top scorer with 7.5 points, while Philip Chiongbian, Leo Nogoy, Aylwyn Sy, Edwin Tose and Gov Ito Ynares posted 7 points.

WSC'S new 9 -cock format is expected to be used again in May for the second edition of the 2017 World Slasher Cup, slated from the 22nd to the 28th. WSC media partner Manny Berbano noted this format has really been a challenge to participants and pushed them to the limit, and has proven exciting for sabong aficionados.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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)



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.



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.



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.



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.