Watch your Favorite Disney Stars LIVE in Disney On Ice

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You have read about our excitement to watch 2015 Disney on Ice. By now, I am sure you would have known why watching Disney on Ice has become part of our Christmas traditions. Of course, my kids have been rooting for different Disney characters each year. All the rave still go to the Frozen cast, Princesses Elsa and Anna. My boys have all the lines memorized for Kristoff and Olaf!

Kids are ecstatic when they realized that the touring show that enchanted audiences from across the globe is back with yet again another exciting run of Disney On Ice at the Big Dome.

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Starting December 25 until January 3, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will feature magical moments from across the kingdom with a superstar lineup of Disney royalty.

See your favorite Disney characters from The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and for the first time ever – the Academy Award® winning and number one animated film of all time Frozen.

“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

Expect a spectacular production filled with adventurous and comical segments shared by well-loved Disney princesses Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and never-before-seen characters Anna and Elsa!

“We are taking a fresh new spin on how we’re presenting the Disney stories. We are weaving together the four worlds of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel as they each embark on their own epic journey,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

Sing and dance to popular Disney tunes with interactive and playful segments for kids to be led by Disney superstars Mickey and Minnie.

Also join Anna as she fearlessly sets off on an epic journey, together with Kristoff and reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in perpetual winter.

Dazzling costume designs, spectacular set elements, and jaw-dropping stunts are also what make this year’s show even more exhilarating.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

Moreover, lighting plays a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel.

“The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival features an astounding display of creativity and talent, with spellbinding Disney stories we have all come to enjoy and love! Buy your tickets early and visit TicketNet website or call 911-5555 for more details.

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REDEFINING BUFFET: Manila Pavilion’s Palate

rsz_1mbp_pinkSEASONS, Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino’s lifestyle restaurant re-launches a vast wide array of buffet spread welcoming the holiday season. Celebrating its first holiday dinner for Php 999 every Friday and Satruday, Italian Executive Chef Giovanni Sias reintroduces a new take on savoring eat-all-you-can.

“In Italy, everything is prepared and served fresh from the kitchen. Buffets are usually found intimidating and costly with the food laid out waiting to be indulged. With ours, you get a vast array of choices which is plreasant to your eye, made fresh by batches and refilled only when the demand asks for it.” Sias explains.

buffetTruth to Sias roots, Seasons’ is taking buffet into a different level where cooking is elevated to performance art using only the freshest and finest ingredients including micro-greens.

For the month of November, Season’s is taking us to a gastronomic tour of International buffet celebrating every nationality. A great value for money.

“We’ve got staples and a mix of what holidays the other nationalities have. We’re having Vegetable Samosa, Vegetable burgers, Chana Masala, Chicken Tikka; Kasmiri, Pullao and Curry to celebrate India’s Diwali (festival of lights), and some artisan gourmet cheeses, bacon, poutine and maple syrum for Canada’s remebrance day. We’re also having Turkey for the Thanksgiving weekend, and fresh hand-pulled noodles into perfection. We don’t forget the fun in devouring great food.” Sias added.

Enjoy the food festival buffet only at Season’s Lifestyle Restaurant located at the lobby floor of Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino, United Nations ave. Ermita, Manila from 6PM to 10:30PM on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Children under the age of 5 years old are free of charge.

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Excited to Watch Disney on Ice 2015 : Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome

rsz_1mbp_pinkI have written in the past about our family Christmas traditions and by now you would have known that we do yearly family activities that include watching Disney on Ice Christmas with the kids and their cousins. Pretty soon, it is going to be Christmas season, and we are all excited to continue to build lasting memories as we all anticipate the return of an all time Filipino favorite – the annual staging of Disney On Ice at the Big Dome.

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There is much to look forward to in this year’s show. Aside from world-class skaters who make up its talented ensemble, this year’s Disney On Ice will be extra special because with Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival featuring Disney’s Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time Frozen, along with three Disney royal adventures! Last year, the Big Dome was filled with small kids’ voices as they watch Disney characters on ice while singing along with all familiar Disney music from Cinderella, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and of course, their top favorite Tangled!

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It has also been a joy to sit with kids and engage with them while watching, highlighting the values one can get from Disney movies. Just like any other animated movies (including non-animated kids’ movies), this working mom believes and puts a premium on having the right conversations right after each movie experience. This allows me to drive and emphasize the valuable parts of the movie while having an opportunity to correct wrong behaviours observed on movies. It was a joy to encourage my daughter, Sofia to be as exuberant, joyful and optimistic like Cinderella on her saddest day. It was also an encouragement to see Princess Tiana who believed she can be the best she can be by achieving her dreams of owning her own restaurant. It was a display of faith and a display of excellent labor, values that we want our kids to take home.

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“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

D33_Minnie soloMy kids got more excited to know that for the first time on ice, they will see their favorite Disney stars Anna and Elsa, together with hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in a magical winter adventure. My kids learned the importance of family with the tear-jerking scenes from “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” We all know that the true and unconditional love that saved Anna came from Elsa and not from Hans. And of course, who could have missed Olaf dreaming of enjoying summer? Just like Olaf, my kids can continue to believe God for bigger things and dream big, as big as impossible Olaf in summer!

D33_20120907_25934-EditAudiences will also enjoy comical segments with captivating stories of princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle in a new twist of fairytale fun featuring Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast.

“By pulling together moments from classic Disney stories to the newest feature film sensation Frozen and combining them with elements of comedy and music, we developed a truly unique way to re-tell each fairytale,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

D33_20120907_01542-EditExcited to see the dazzling costume designs, spectacular set elements, and jaw-dropping stunts are also what make this year’s show even more exhilarating. Previous shows were a big hit with my kids with a singing Sebastian, Wendy and Peter Pan flying, and the countless Tangled floating lanterns! It gave me chills to hear all the kids singing “I see the Light” when the lanterns came out.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

D33_20120907_00180-Edit-PRMoreover, lighting plays a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel. “The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

Experience Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome from December 25 to January 3 and don’t miss the chance to see your favorite Disney stars LIVE! Buy your tickets via TicketNet online or call 911-5555 for more details.

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An Elementary School in Bulacan only has Five Classrooms

 

rsz_1mbp_pinkAs part of our Christmas traditions, we visited last year an elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving day. Banahaw Elementary School is a public school that has students in grades first through sixth in Norzagaray, Bulacan of Central Luzon (Region III). The school has 5 instructional rooms and 1 non-instructional rooms. Sadfully, none of the rooms has a dependable supply of electricity. With 138 students last year, class size is around 28 students. Lorie Floresca is principal of the school.

banahaw4It was more of a prayerful preparation we did, other than sourcing sponsors and connecting with people who would like to help. Our goal when we visited was to share about who God is and His blessings.

banahaw1It was so encouraging to see kids of all ages, parents and teachers have smiles on their faces when we staged a midget dance. It seemed such a simple dance number but to the eyes of the kids, it felt like they were watching the most beautiful kiddie show there is. We thank God for their positive outlook and great faith in a God who can answer their prayers. Kids from this school, when asked, dream of finishing their studies and helping their respective families.

Getting there was not actually easy. This makes it difficult for any other group to up the Norzagaray mountains and visit this school for any outreach activity. The way up means taking rough roads, be ready to catch all the dust your pores can handle. We armed ourselves with towelettes on our heads and faces as we went up. The climb up was steep, the jeepney had to slow down on some rough road patches or to wait for its turn on single lane rough roads. It is usual to see students in school without slippers, walking or taking horses to and from school.

We bought a Jesus cake and led everyone into prayer and singing the happy birthday song to Jesus. It was not a surprise to hear some of the kids say that it was their first time ever to have tasted a cake. They were all too happy to receive new pair of slippers, fruits, drinks, hygiene kits and toys.

If you have the heart to help Banawe Elementary school students this year, Team Deborah is prayerfully seeking help to prepare slippers, fruits, drinks, hygiene kits, toys, cakes/cupcakes, teachers’ gifts (pictured above) or any other items you would like to donate in time for December 17 visit. May God continue to be Your Rewarder as you seek ways to share your blessings this season.

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Shroff Travel Offers Exclusive Travel Deals to Pinoys (Up to 50% Discount)

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Pinoys can be steps ahead of the travel game and plan for discounted and worth-the-money family trips for the rest of 2015. With ten more holidays on the Philippine calendar, you can now make sure that you do not get stuck at home while watching the news on a holiday.  Listed the remaining Philippine holidays below for everyone’s quick reference.

Sep 24 Thursday Id-ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Common Local holidays
Oct 15 Thursday Amun Jadid Muslim, Common Local holidays
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints’ Day Special Non-working Holiday
Nov 2 Monday All Souls’ Day Observance
Nov 30 Monday Bonifacio Day Regular Holiday
Dec 22 Tuesday December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Special Non-working Holiday
Dec 24 Thursday Maulid un-Nabi Common Local holidays
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day Regular Holiday
Dec 30 Wednesday Rizal Day Regular Holiday
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Special Non-working Holiday

SHROFF TRAVEL can be your family’s official partner in building memorable travel experiences especially those who have great passion for exploration. That’s one of the reasons why they make it easier and affordable for tourists to discover the Philippines and the rest of world by offering these special travel deals. They also offer flight promos and issues ticket on all airlines so booking your tour with them is hassle free.

For more information about Shroff Travel exclusive travel deals, please visit their BOOTH # F1037 & F1042 during the 26th Philippine Travel Mart at SMX Convention Center (SM MoA) on September 4-6, 2015.

Backed with more than  21 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Shroff Travel guarantees its customers with professional services in providing overall solutions to their travel needs. This year, as they participate in PHILTOAs 26th Philippine Travel Mart, they are offering international and domestic exclusive travel deals that will surely make everyone excited to take their next holiday!

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3D 2N – BALI INDONESIA Free & Easy Only – USD 62

3D 2N – KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA with Half Day City Tour – USD 76

3D 2N – BANGKOK, THAILAND with Tour – USD 92

3D 2N – SINGAPORE – USD 145

3D 2N – KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA Free & Easy – USD 124

3D 2N – SEOUL, KOREA with Complimentary City Tour – USD 170

3D 2N – MYANMAR with Tours – USD 196

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4D 3N – TOKYO, JAPAN Free & Easy Only – USD 812

DOMESTIC PACKAGES  3D 2N FREE & EASY for as low as:

Puerto Princesa – Php 1,948

Cebu – Php 1,959

Coron – Php 1,969

Boracay – Php 1,990

Batanes – Php 2,736

Davao – Php 2,754

Bohol – Php 2,756

Ilocos – Php 3,782

El Nido – Php 3,932

 

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