The Lolas of Kalyeserye star in their own movie




If you're a fan of Eat Bulaga's Kalyeserye, admit it, aside from the phenomenal AlDub, your afternoon wouldn't be complete without the Lolas. Composed of the "de Explorer" triplets, Lola Nidora, Lola Tinidora, and Lola Tidora instantly became household names in spite of the unbelievably funny names and characters they play on TV.

The roles, which were given to life by Eat Bulaga's JoWaPao - Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros, made a huge impact in Philippine television as they promote good values among the youth. In fact, the Lolas and their segment in Eat Bulaga received several recognition including that of Catholic Social Media Awards' and the Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award, just to name a few. 

The Lolas of Kalyeserye are now finally having the break they truly deserve!

In their daily talk show, "The Lolas' Beautiful Show", Lola Tinidora surprised everyone with the teaser of their upcoming movie. If you have missed that episode, here's the teaser of the their movie:





In the video, the Lolas are in a fighting stance and to the rescue as little Charmaine shouts for help. What is the movie all about? When will it be shown? Will Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza have a special appearance in the movie? Who else will be joining them? There's not much info yet about the movie, but surely, we'll find out more about it very SOON!



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Things to do at Pradera Verde

If you're looking for a weekend getaway destination, Pradera Verde is a place you might want to consider. Approximately just 2 hours away from Manila, Pradera Verde is a perfect attraction whether you are up for some extreme activity or just want to take a break from the busy city life.


Wakeboarding

If extreme sports is your thing, then wakeboarding is definitely a must-try activity at Pradera Verde. Whether it is your first time or you're an expert on wakeboarding, Pradera Verde offers facilities that's just right for your skills.

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The Beginners' lake is just a straight track while the Pros can play around the oval track with all the ramps and obstacles.

Pradera Verde Wakeboard 03

Pradera Verde Wakeboard 04

I wish I could tell you more about the experience but, unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to try it due to my back problems. :(

Wake Park Rates
1 hour - P250
2 hours - P475
4 hours - P595
8 hours - P1,000

* Rate is inclusive of vest, helmet, and slip-on board. 
Non-rider rate: P100 for adults / P50 for kids



Golf

As easy as it may seem, playing the sport is actually difficult. It's not just about hitting the ball. There are so much to consider in every swing - the wind speed, direction, distance, just to name a few. Golf requires force, focus, and a LOT of patience!

Since we're all first timers, we just tried it in the driving range. As I said, the sport requires a lot of patience. The first few minutes got really frustrating. It took me countless swings before I finally got to perfectly hit the ball. As I watch the ball soar high across the field, it felt like I already won the lottery! Achievement unlocked! ;)

Pradera Verde Golf 01

We may have not aced the game, but at least our outfit was on point. Yes? ;)

Pradera Verde Golf 02


Golf Rates

Driving Range - P300/hr/pax

Green Fee:
Weekdays - P1,200 (9 holes) / P2,000 (18 holes)
Weekends - P1,500 (9 holes) / P2,500 (18 holes)

Direct Caddy Fee - P300 (9holes) / P500/pax (18 holes)
Insurance - P50 (9/18 holes)
Golf Cart - P400 (9 holes) / P800 (18 holes)
Good for 2 players

Junior Golfers (18 years below): 50% discount on Green Fee only
Present valid ID

* Golfer with tee time reservation are given priority.
* Five-some are allowed on weekdays only.
*Last tee time - 2pm (18 holes) / 3pm (9 holes)

Biking

Biking has always been one of my hobbies since I was a kid. More than its health benefits, what I love about biking is that it gets me to places at my own pace plus I enjoy the view while on the ride.

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Though there are electric carts on standby, ready to take you to different facilities within the club, Pradera Verde is also offering bike rentals that is free-of-charge to those who want to explore the leisure park themselves.






Swimming

What's a weekend getaway without swimming right? Pradera Verde isn't just about extreme sports. The club also boasts a huge wave pool and beach-type pool that families, especially the kids, will surely enjoy!

Pradera Verde - Pool 01

Pradera Verde - Pool 05

Pradera Verde - Pool 03

Pradera Verde - Pool 02

We were leaving that day so Ruth and I decided to skip siesta and went straight to the pool area after lunch. Too bad though we didn't get to experience the wave because it takes about 45 minutes to warm up the machine and we didn't have that much time left.

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Wave Pool and Beach-Type Pool Rates
Below 3ft - P150
Check-In Guest - P280
Walk-In Guest - P350

* Only proper swimming attire is allowed 

Dining

Located just beside the wake park, Pradera Verde's Viewdeck Restaurant provides a great view of the wakeboarding action while enjoying good food with your friends and family.

Viewdeck Restaurant 01

Viewdeck Restaurant 02

Viewdeck Restaurant 03

Pradera Verde Restaurant

Viewdeck restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious Kapampangan and International cuisines. Here's what we had during our stay:

Clubhouse Sandwich
Clubhouse Sandwich


Kare-kare and Chopsuey
Kare-kare and Chopsuey


Inihaw na Boneless Bangus
Inihaw na Boneless Bangus


Crispy Pata
Crispy Pata


Lumpiang Shanghai
Lumpiang Shanghai


Sayote and Carrots with Quail Eggs
Sayote and Carrots with Quail Eggs





Staycation

During our overnight stay at Pradera Verde, we stayed in their 2 Bedroom Villa. The place is so huge for all six of us! It's got 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a living area and a kitchen and dining area. Though I'm not quite sure if they are charging for corkage fee, the kitchen already has refrigerator to store your food, a microwave to heat your baon, and a water heater for your morning coffee or tea.

Pradera Verde Villa 01

Pradera Verde Villa - Room 04

Pradera Verde Villa - Room 03

Pradera Verde Villa - Room 02

Pradera Verde Villa - Friends 02


Accommodation Rates

Deluxe King (good for 2 persons)

Breakfast - P5,000
Whole day ride - P5,500
Half day ride and Breakfast - P6,000

Deluxe Triple (good for 3 persons)

Breakfast - P5,500
Whole day ride - P6,000
Half day ride and Breakfast - P7,000

2 Bedroom Villa - P13,500
Good for 5 persons with breakfast

3 Bedroom Villa - P17,500
Good for 8 persons with breakfast



Overall, our weekend stay at Pradera Verde is truly a fun and memorable one. There are so many things to do so you won't get bored, plus it's just near the metro so you can enjoy their amenities in no time! The accommodation may be pricey, BUT I think the rates for the activities, especially the food, is really affordable and definitely worth it. 

Here are some more snaps from our weekend getaway:

Pradera Verde Villa - Friends 01

Pradera Verde Villa Kitchen - Friends 02

Pradera Verde Villa Kitchen - Ed & Ruth 01

Pradera Verde Villa Kitchen - Ed & Ruth 02

Pradera Verde Villa Kitchen - Ed & Ruth 03

Pradera Verde Villa 03

Pradera Verde Pathway

Thanks Pradera Verde for hosting us! 'Til next time :)

If you're looking for a weekend getaway destination, Pradera Verde is a place you might want to consider. Approximately just 2 hours awa...

Bea Binene stars in film on climate change - Fading Paradise

In her first-ever self-produced movie, Bea Binene focuses on spreading awareness about climate change. 



Fading Paradise is about a group of millenial Youtubers who went on a special trip to a hidden island in Bicol where Bea and her bestfriend grew up. With fond childhood memories where they enjoyed the breathtaking underwater scenery and secret lagoon, their return to the island brought them an important realization after seeing how the island was ruined by unregulated corporate abuse and greed. 



During the blogcon, Bea shared her love for the environment, which is mainly the reason why she decided to come up with the advocacy indie film. Through this film, the group hopes to raise awareness on the state of our environment, specifically the country's virgin islands.

The movie is rated PG by the MTRCB and iwll be featured in this year's QC International Film Festival (QCinema). The movie will also be shown in QC Museum Mini Theater this October 26 at 3pm.

Fading Paradise stars Bea Binene, Krystal Reyes, Coleen Perez, Kenneth Paul Cruz, Mark Castillo, and Angelo Serna, with the special participation of Ms. Alma Moreno.

For inquiries and information, you may email fadingparadiseindie@gmail.com




The Fading Paradise blogcon was made possible by GMA Artist Center, UniSilver, and Etude House.

In her first-ever self-produced movie, Bea Binene focuses on spreading awareness about climate change.  Fading Paradise is abou...

Catch Thor Ragnarok at SM and have an IMAXimum movie experience

Hilarious. Action-packed. Visual treat. 

These are probably the best words to describe the latest installment of Marvel's Thor series - 
Thor Ragnarok.


We missed Thor in the last Avengers movie and now he's back to stop Ragnarok - the destruction of Asgard and their civilization. Together with Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie, also known as the "Revengers" (pun intended), they faced the powerful and ruthless Hela as she tried to take over Asgard. 

Just days before the release, we had the chance to watch Thor Ragnarok first as SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. hosts an advanced screening of the much-awaited Marvel movie at SM Megamall IMAX.

Thor Ragnarok Advanced Screening at SM Megamall IMAX

With my movie buddy - Marie

Nice to see you Ruth & Rodel!




When it comes to cinemas, we all have our own preferences. In movies I am very much excited to see, I don't really mind spending extra cash just to have the best experience. With Thor Ragnarok, I highly recommend watching it in IMAX. Here's why:

1. Exclusively on IMAX, you'll get to see 26% more action than that of the regular cinema. With select scenes shot with an IMAX camera, I bet you don't want to miss some of the action, don't you?

2. Immerse yourselves in and out of the different universes. With IMAX's digital enhancement process, Asgard and the transporting from one universe to another are truly a visual treat!

3. That epic gladiator scene between Thor and Hulk! Imagine watching it in IMAX's huge, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, curved screen. It's as if you're witnessing the actual battle. 
Thor Ragnarok is set to hit Philippine cinemas on October 25, 2015. For tickets, log on to www.smcinema.com or follow @SM_Cinema on Instagram and /SMCinema on facebook for more details.

P.S.: Wait for the mid and post credits teasers. Comment down below if you get it (because I didn't hehe)

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Thor and Hulk tour SM malls for Thor: Ragnarok Movie

It's just a few days away from Thor Ragnarok's world premiere in cinemas! Who's excited?


But before that, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. and Walt Disney Company will bring the fans closer to the experience as they unveil life-size gladiator figures of the mighty Thor and the Hulk in an interactive exhibit that will be toured around SM malls in the metro.

Get a sneak peek of the upcoming sequel through a series of Iconic displays and immersive activities during the launch in SM Southmall in Las Pinas. Take your endless groufies at the Thor-inspired photo booth; try some of Marvel Studio's apps like Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and Marvel Avengers Academy; shop for Disney merchandise featuring Thor, Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie; and marvel at the life-size figures of Thor and Hulk.




The Thor: Ragnarok exhibit will be at the following SM malls on these dates:
  • SM Southmall - October 7-15
  • SM East Ortigas - October 17-22
  • S' Maison MOA - October 24-31
Catch Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok in IMAX and SM Cinema from October 25. You may get your tickets in advance at www.smcinema.com. For more information on Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, like and follow SM Cinema on Facebook or @SM_Cinema in Instagram. 

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St. Peter Life Plans partners with Breakout Philippines in celebration of the DeathCare Week

Remember that viral story where a little girl was said to be showing up in one of the rooms and that they had to close the place for two months and invite some paranormal experts to have a look on what's happening? 




Last Saturday, me and my friends went to Breakout Philippines and tried to solve the mystery behind the death of this little girl in the Hide and Seek room. The room is filled with puzzles that we need to solve in order to escape the room. There are also clues hidden everywhere that helped us in unfolding the mystery. 

As much as I want to share the whole experience, I don't want to spoil the fun to those who haven't tried the room yet. 



We may have not successfully escaped the room, but we sure did have a lot of fun solving the mystery behind the little girl's death. Here are some tips and lessons learned that you may also find handy when trying out the escape rooms at Breakout Philippines:

  1. Work as a team and listen to each other's ideas. 
  2. Do not overthink! There are some things that you might find as a clue, but didn't actually have to do with solving the puzzles.
  3. Always follow the light (at least for the Hide and Seek Room) - this actually makes solving easier because you are guided to where you should be going and looking for solutions
  4. If you are gifted with some paranormal ability, just keep whatever to yourself. 
  5. It isn't scary at all. If you're hesitant in trying the escape room because you are scared, forget it! Take it from someone who easily gets scared at almost anything. ;)

    And you know what we missed doing? PLAN. In situations like this, planning would have definitely helped us prepare for whatever we're getting ourselves into. 



    Want to try it too? 

    This whole month of October, St. Peter Life Plans partners with Breakout Philippines in celebration of the DeathCare Week.

    Get P100 off on booking fee the following rooms by simply presenting your St. Peter Life Plan employee or sales agent ID, Planholders Identification Card (PHIC) or your signed St. Peter Life Plan Contract:
    • SM North Edsa (Boogeyman and Sleep No More)
    • Greenbelt 5 (Corpse Bride)
    • Katipunan (Clownhouse)
    • Paragon Plaza (Hide and Seek)

    The St. Peter DeathCare Week is a major Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Service Program of St. Peter Chapels that aim to promote awareness on DeathCare planning and preparation. The DeathCare Week is happening on October 27 until November 2, 2017

    Other activities that are in store for everyone to celebrate the DeathCare Week are:
    • PINK CASKET DISPLAY
      If you are brave enough to put your self inside a casket, St. Peter's iconic Pink Casket will be available for photo ops in selected cemeteries nationwide.

    • FREE PINK TRICYCLE RIDES
      St. Peter is offering FREE tricycle rides from October 31 to November 1, 2017 at these select cemeteries nationwide:
      • Bicol Memorial Park (Legaspi)
      • Marilao Catholic Cemetery (Meycauayan)
      • Tuguegarao Public Cemetery (Tuguegarao)
      • Catholic Cemetery (Calamba)
      • Holy Family Cemetery (Calamba)
      • Rizal Memorial Park (Calamba)
      • Holy Garden (Calamba)
      • Everest Hill Memorial Park (Calamba)
      • Laoag Public Cemetery (Laoag)
      • Manila North Cemetery (Mayon)
      • Love Memorial Park (Kawit)
      • El Reposo Cemetery (Tacloban)

    • ST. PETER PINK TENTS
      St. Peter will set up their pink tents in selected cemeteries nationwide to provide assistance to those who will be spending their evenings at the cemeteries from October 31 to November 1, 2017. There are also FREE hand fans and umbrellas that will be given away to those who will be taking a picture at the Pink Casket and avail any of their products during the period.

    • THANKSGIVING MASS
      A Eucharistic Celebration will be held on October 29, 2017 at the Talitha Kum Healing Mass on TV that will be aired at 8am in PTV 4. 

    Remember that viral story where a little girl was said to be showing up in one of the rooms and that they had to close the place for two m...