Weekly Updates # 18

It's almost the weekend so here are a few things you can look forward to.


The local travel industry has grown more competitive in securing bookings with the continuous rise in the number of tourist arrivals in the country. Last year, the Department of Tourism posted a record-breaking 7.1 million international tourist arrivals, surpassing the 6.6 million arrivals in 2017 by 7.68 percent despite the six-month closure of Boracay. An influx of this magnitude and the amount of personal information it comes with call for industry players to strengthen cybersecurity measures even more.

The Philippines is an attractive destination not only for tourists but also for hackers. In fact, cybersecurity experts predict that the Philippines will be among this year’s most targeted countries in the ASEAN region for malware designed to avoid detection and possibly be a launch pad for other cyberattacks. ePLDT is thereby urging airlines, cruise lines, car rentals, hotels, and tour operators to be extra cautious when handling their customers’ information.

Make sure to be careful of rogue hotspots. If you're not sure of the place, don't connect.

PowerMac creaTECH Kids Workshop

This summer, nurture your kids’ innate creaTECH talent and discover their potential in art, animation, programming, vlogging, and video production. From May 6 to July 27, premier Apple partner Power Mac Center is holding summer workshops for kids and teens aged 7 to 16 years old. With a variety of courses to choose from, PMC Summer Workshop 2019 is offering a series of digital and non-digital workshops suited to your kids’ passion.

There will be Arts and Crafts, Digital Arts and Animation, Swift Programming, and Technology in Performing Arts.

The workshop rate is at P5,900 per student per course module, inclusive of the use of Apple devices with installed applications, as well as other learning materials required per course. Courses run for two hours each, with morning and afternoon schedules held at TriNoma and Greenbelt 3. At the end of the workshop, participants will be given a course kit with a certificate of participation and a flash drive containing the individual projects they created.

Ben & Ben 

This year, the band is ready to take their journey to the next level with the release of their debut album, Limasawa Street. Derived from "Masawa" which is a Butuanon word for light, the 13-track opus embraces the beauty of finding luminescence in darkness. "We wanted the album to represent a place of light by singing about hopeful perspectives in troubled situations," lead singer and guitarist Paolo Guico shares. It's also the name of a street that holds a special place in one of the members' heart, grounded with a deeply personal story that offers the comforts of life and home.

The album will be available starting May 17, 2019. Get a copy of Limasawa Street on their upcoming tour dates: May 17 at Marquee Mall, May 19 at Harbor Point, June 9 at Centrio Mall, June 15 at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, June 22 at Ayala Malls Legazpi, June 23 at The District Imus, June 29 at Ayala Center Cebu, July 13 at Alabang Town Center, June 20 at Ayala Malls Circuit, June 27 at Ayala Malls Solenad, August 9 at TriNoma and August 17 at Abreeza. Albums will also be available at booths near the concierge from May 10 to 12 at the following Ayala Malls: Abreeza, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Malls Legaspi, MarQuee Mall, Solenad, and Trinoma.

Jollibee YumBurger 

In a market filled with a thousand of burger products, the Yumburger stands out with its langhap-sarap goodness. More than just an iconic product tagline, langhap-sarap alludes to the inimitable experience of unwrapping the Yumburger and being treated to its unique aroma­—a preview of the delicious dining experience ahead.

The full-bodied, mouthwatering aroma that the Yumburger is known for the world over comes from its 100% pure beef patty—seasoned to suit the Pinoy palate and deliver a meaty, savory flavor with every bite. To complement the rich beefiness of the patty, Jollibee added in a special burger dressing that’s equally tangy, sweet, and creamy. Soft burger buns that yield easily with every bite sandwich the patty and the dressing for the complete experience.

Indulge in the only langhap-sarap burger experience from Jollibee! The Yumburger (P35.00*, Solo) is available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions.

National Museum Day via ikotMNL 

International Museum Day is coming up on May 18, and what better way to spend the day than to make a visit to all the different museums Manila has to offer using the LRT.

Art and design lovers can start by visiting the Yuchengco Museum in the beating heart of the business district in Makati, one jeep ride away from the Gil Puyat LRT station. The museum hosts some of the finest contemporary and historical artwork and design exhibitions that enthusiasts will definitely appreciate.

From there, you can get down from the next station at Vito Cruz and visit a few more museums in the area. Drop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Manila for more Filipino art, then head to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Arts to take a look at the latest and cutting-edge in avant-garde and new media. You can also walk through the country’s history in cash at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s Money Museum nearby, then take a wild trip to the nearby Upside Down Museum for a fun time.

Venture further up the LRT-1 line and get off at United Nations Avenue station, where the National Museum Complex is nestled. Marvel at the very best of Filipino art at the National Museum of Fine Arts, where the famous Spoliarium is exhibited among other legendary works by Luna, Rizal, Amorsolo, and other masters. After that, visit the National Museum of Anthropology and Natural History as well as the renovated National Planetarium, then cross over to Intramuros for the newly opened Museo de Intramuros!

The National Museum Complex is also accessible as part of ikotMNL’s eight-hour “Grand Manila Special Day Tour”, which includes cultural trips to Binondo and Malate, and the six-hour “Manila, My Manila!” Tour, which also takes you to historical spots in Intramuros, Binondo, and Quiapo.

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