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A Sweet Christmas at Estancia Mall

Ortigas & Company’s award-winning Christmas installation is returning with a brand new theme this November 12 at Estancia to give holiday revelers a pleasant surprise.

In line with the company‘s candy land theme this year, Estancia is putting together another Christmas must-see named Sweet Illusion Chamber Rooms delectable rooms with iight instaiiations that bring to mind the candies and desserts that everybody craves for, especially during the holiday season. These Instagram-worthy and interactive rooms are open during mail hours and will run until January 6, 2019.

The four secret rooms are strategically placed across Capitol Commons-at the mall and the park-with each beholding a fun surprise for those who venture inside.

For those who wish to see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the Tutti Frutti or Rainbow Prism Room awaits at the Capitol Commons Park. And inside Estancia, if you’re in search of a sweet thrill. the Sugar Rush at the Laser Room promises a feeling a rush quicker than a ray of light. And for those who prefer a sweet escape, the Candy Blast at the Shadow LightRoom offers a delightful haven that transports you to a candy dreamland. Lastly, if you’re into tasting the dark side, Special Dark at the Dark LightRoom beckons another captivating exhibit of modern neon displays.

Last year’s Vast Imaginarium was inspired by famous contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms-a four-room art installation that served as a magical journey for the imagination-recently bagged two Silver Stevie Award for Marketing Campaign of the Year Retail and Brand Experience of the Year Consumer for helping cement Estancia’s reputation as a lifestyle space that promotes the arts.

“Ortigas & Company has always valued providing accessible art to the public, through Estancia’s Vast Imaginarium rooms as well as this year’s Ortigas Art Festival; We want to continue this effort for the holidays, so we are bringing back our renowned rooms now called Sweet Illusion Chamber Rooms. Estancia has become Ortigas’ art hub that fosters creativity in the middle of the metro, and what better way to celebrate that than to launch it this season.” says Arch. Renee C. Bacani, VP of Ortigas & Company.

Aside from Sweet Illusions rooms, Estancia also has a |ot in store for shoppers this holiday season. A Keto Workshop will be held from November 30 to December 2 at the ground floor South Wing entrance from 10 am. to 10 pm. True to the spirit of celebrating. the Holiday Feasts with treats, in partnership with Mastercard, will run from November 15 to January 15, 2019 at participating restaurants for families and friends alike. On December 9, a MliS Kids Can! Bazaar will take place at the 2F Bridgeway from 10 am. to A Magic The Gathering Tournament (Day 1) Tekken Tournament will also take place at the 2F Bridgeway from December 15 to 16 at 10 am. to 6 pm.

For the kids and the young at heart. get a chance to Meet and Greet Santa on all Saturdays of December at the 2F Bridgeway from 6 am. to 10 pm and then watch spectacular fireworks show at 7 pm. And family, for churchgoers. a Simbang Gabl will also take place at the 2F Bridgeway from December 15 to 23 at 6 pm.

Visitors can enjoy all these holiday activities while exploring the newly-opened stores in Estancia: Motorino. Brow Lounge. Power Station, Anna Pashmina. Vivere Salon, and Shl

Lin. In addition, new stores will be opening its doors such as Anytime Fitness, Scout’s Honor, Alba, Tim Horton’s. Haruta. among many others.

Make your sweetest Christmas illusions come alive at Estancia.

Review, Vape

Quit Smoking for Good with the Vype ePen

The vaping community has been growing bigger as time goes by. More and more people want to retain the joys and feel of smoking without its harmful chemicals and health drawbacks. Thus, different electronic-cigarette companies are coming up with different designs and features to make vaping a wonderful experience for both beginner and veteran users.

Vype is a British American Tobacco’s e-cigarette brand that strives to bring quality vapor devices to the vaping community. They put pride in their eLiquids as it is composed of high quality ingredients and gives of a consistent vapor quality.


Vype has recently released several vaping devices, each targeting different e-cig markets. One of their recent releases that got much hype is their Vype ePen.

The Vype ePen:

  • Design – Vype’s gift to the pen type, vaping community. This pen style cigarette takes a elliptic cylinder shape and is 15.3cm in length. It is light weight, weighing only 37.1g, and features a rubberized finish all throughout the pen. This is great for those people who dislike the metallic feel other vape pens offer.
  • Battery – The Vype ePen contains a non-removable, 650 mAh battery, which can be recharged using a USB cable. It lasts about 5-6 hours’ worth of vaping, depending on your usage. The battery has two power buttons, providing two voltage settings you can vape on. The button with the single arrow gives off less vapor, while the button with double arrow produces a significant increase in vapor and a much crisper flavor. This two-wattage feature will help beginners get a feel of what vaping is, without shocking them with the amount of vapor an e-cigarette is capable of. After they get used to the vaping, they can then shift to the more powerful setting. Perfect for the vape newbies.
  • Secondary Translite 25x15cm and Shelf Strip 49.8x9.1cmeLiquid – The Vype ePen runs on their self-produced, ePen caps. These caps are cylindrical in shape and holds 1.5ml of e-liquid. These caps come in 0, 6, 12, and 18 mg/ml nicotine content, which is good for vapers who wants a specific amount of nicotine or no nicotine at all. These caps are not refillable, which may lead to people shying away from this product. But to compensate this, Vype made these cartridges non-spill so you can enjoy your ePen anyway you want and you wouldn’t have to worry about spilling your eLiquid. Refills are also available in packs of three which retails for Php 499. These are much pricier compared to other eLiquids, but the price you pay for its flavor and non-spill quality is well worth it.
  • Key Points to Remember – Unlike other metal vape pens, the Vype ePen is made of plastic so you must put in extra care into it, in exchange for a light weight, quality device. If you’re more of a cloud chaser and is looking for a device that produces massive amounts of vapor, the Vype ePen might not be for you, as it is only capable of so much power. However, you can check out other Vype products that might suit your needs. To avoid accidents and damage to your Vype, remember to use your Vype ePen with Vype products only.


Overall, the Vype ePen is a great entry-level vaping device that could get you off smoking cigarettes. It’s easy-to-use nature and non-spill refill caps are a great way to prepare beginners for the world of vaping. It’s also very stylish, considering how straightforward the device is, and very ergonomic.

So, what are you waiting for? Quit smoking and get your very own Vype ePen now at selected 7-11 outlet at Php 1,199 and 3 Vype ePen caps cost Php499.


Tupac Shakur Biopic All Eyez On Me Release Date Announced

The most-anticipated biopic of Tupac Shakur ‘All Eyez On Me’ release date was announced via onthisdateinhiphop instagram post.

All Eyez On Me is set to be released on Tupac Shakur’s 46th birthday.  The announcement was held at Demetrius Shipp Jr. birthday bash. Shipp will be playing as Tupac Shakur on the movie. Dominic Santana confirmed the release date via an Instagram post. Santana will be playing as Suge Knight on the movie.

Get ready it’s coming. And please no whining about the date. It’s Pac’s b day. We’re all anxious for it to come out but people gotta remember it’s a major film and there’s a lot of process to releasing major films. Because it was Tupac a lot of buzz was created word of mouth even while we were filming which usually doesn’t happen until a movie is about to come out. This was no regular movie so you’ve been hearing about it since we started. It’s actually right on par with the timing to release a major film after you wrap shooting. So relax and look for the formal announcement soon and actual promotion to start coming out.#AllEyezOnMe #tupac #movie#instagood #followme – Dominic L. Santana

Tupac Shakur Biopic All Eyez On Me Release Date Announced

(L) Demetrius Shipp Jr (Tupac Shakur) (R) Dominic L. Santana (Suge Knight)

Jamal Woolard will be playing as Biggie Small. The Walking Dead TV series stars Danai Gurira will be playing as Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni and Lauren Cohan will be playing as manager Leila Steinberg.

Tupac Shakur Biopic “All Eyez On Me” directed by Benny Boom.

Watch the trailer of Tupac Shakur Biopic “All Eyez On Me” below:

Don’t forget to comment below your thoughts after knowing the release date of the movie.

Events, Music

Boyce Avenue Coming in February for 5-City PHL Tour

You Tube’s biggest band Boyce Avenue made up of the three Manzano brothers; Alejandro, Daniel, and Fabian, will be going on a Philippine Tour in February 2016 to be mounted by Ovation Productions. The 5-city tour starts in Manila at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on February 16, then at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel on the 18th, moving to Cagayan de Oro’s Limketkai Mall on the 19th, followed by La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod on the 20th, and finally at the University of Baguio gym on February 22nd. The band gained fame from their self-made career in YouTube and are now the network’s biggest band. Views they get per song is in the tens of millions. Their songs are mostly killer covers of well known hits by Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Cold Play, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, and most of pop music’s current big name stars. Not a few people will argue that they even sound better than the original versions.

Boyce Avenue was recently named as Spotify’s No.1 most streamed international artist in the Philippines. They continue to enjoy a large digital fan base in the country and their 2016 Philippine Tour has long been awaited by their multitudes of Filipino fans. Tickets for the Araneta Coliseum concert on February 16 will be available starting November 19. More Tour details to be announced soon by Ovation Productions. For info, call 2-532-8883.


L!FE Yoga at Eight Forbes Town Fuses Party Music with Yoga with International DJ Taz

Party music meets yoga this November as the hottest fitness hub in the Metro, L!FE Yoga Studios, bring renowned international party jock, DJ Taz from Chicago, USA to pump up yogis and fitness enthusiasts with two days of electrifying club music and pure energy.

Known for bringing a different level of energy to parties using a mix of beats and rhythms from different genre and instruments, DJ Taz is set to pump up yoga classes at L!FE Yoga this November 21 to 22.

Yogis and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy unique and music-infused sessions as DJ Taz delivers his signature beats that combines traditional sounds with more current ones, transcending the usual party scenario into a divine and spiritual experience.

On November 21, L!FE Yoga guests can take part in Ecstatic Dance, Yoga Grooves, Kirtan, Devotional Mantras, Beats, Sound Healing, and Ambient Music sessions with the renowned DJ.

And if that’s not enough, at 7PM on the same day, guests can shake the night away at the Conscious Dance Party, a surefire hit for fitness buffs who love to party.

The fun and music-filled sessions continue on November 22, 3PM with the Yoga Music Movement, a workshop for yoga teachers, fitness enthusiasts and DJs alike. During the session, DJ Taz will share essential tips on how to build a yoga or fitness playlist to accompany a workout, as well as how to incorporate music into any practice in order to make it more interesting.

DJ Taz will also share secrets on how yogis and fitness enthusiasts can hone their basic listening skills and intuition needed to seamlessly thread in music into their yoga, and how to mix beats and make smooth transitions—the perfect thing if they want to create their own personal and unique sounds for their practice.

Yogis and interested parties looking to participate in the two sessions with DJ Taz may book for a slot by contacting L!FE Yoga at 09276921199 or 8867500. Limited slots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Founded this year, 2015, L!FE Yoga aims to bring a holistic approach to wellness by combining music, good food, art, and community into the practice of yoga. It aims to offer an escape for people from the bustle of their busy lives, a place where they can focus on themselves, on a balanced mind, body and spirit that can positively impact one’s sense of self and well-being.

Located at the 2F Eight Forbes Town Road, Forbes Town Center, L!FE Yoga offers a wide range and variety of classes, from the traditional Ash-Asana, and Goin Yin, to the likes of Rock n’ Flow, which incorporates modern movement and music. The studio also has options of both heated and non-heated rooms, and classes are taught by very capable teachers.

For more information and reservations, L!FE Yoga Studios, please call 09276921199 or 886-7500 or visit their website at


ICA Batch 1990’s “FLY HIGH: That so Ravens” to deliver 10 local acts in one night!

The Immaculate Conception Academy Batch 1990 proudly presents “FLY HIGH: That so Ravens,” a homecoming concert featuring an incredible mix of all the hottest names in local music today. The event will be on November 14, 2015, Saturday 8:00 pm at ICA Greenhills.

ICA FlyHigh poster

Expect an epic night with performances from OPM icons Gary Valenciano and songwriter Ogie Alcasid to rock superstar Bamboo Manalac; from “Your Face Sounds Familiar” biggest contender Sam Concepcion to charming leading man Enrique Gil and singer/actor Elmo Magalona; from fresh faced Perkins Twins and Kenneth Parsad to EDM hottie Callum David; and TV Patrol’s beautiful Gretchen Fulido.

Hosted by ICA Batch 1990 together with ICA Batches 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 2000, 2005 and 2015, the show is directed by Paolo Valenciano and written by Garlic Garcia. There will also be performances by ICA Dance Troupe, Xavier Dance X, LSDC and many more surprise guests.

Aside from witnessing an outstanding live performances by our very own local acts, every ticket purchase also entitles you a chance to win one (1) year membership to the exclusive Balesin Island Club or round-trip tickets for two (2) to any of these destinations: Australia, Phuket, Hong Kong or Palawan!

Ticket information is available by contacting (02) 721-2687 or (0917) 898-0585.


Pop Rock Royalty Bamboo Manalac released his new album

Pop Rock Royalty Bamboo Manalac released his new album, Bless This Mess at the 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub in Makati City.

His second album, Bless This Mess released by PolyEast Records saying that writing good music should take time and enough space.

Recorded in Grand Street Recording Studio in Brooklyn, New York featuring ten brand new well-crafted compositions, Bless This Mess offers broad selection of songs from emotional “Last Dance” to intriguing song like “Mr Wang” which was inspired by Bamboo’s former neighbor. Also taking subtle risks such as the bluesy but energy-boost kick-off single Firepower, written at the time of his 2011 No water, No Moon but thought it won’t match the tone of the other songs in his first solo album.

Firepower was officially heard on Spotify, iTunes, Deezr, Spinnr, Amazon, Guvera Music as well as local radios all over the country on October 15. PolyEast Records’ YouTube channel also premiered a prelude song “Nothing Like You” which connects to Firepower music video directed by Paolo Valenciano. “In the video, both songs are together because they are meant to be the same thing. If you see the video, you’ll get to interpret how both connect to each other,” Bamboo added.

As the album title “Bless This Mess” signifies more than it seems, he explained, “I’ll let folks figure that out but it’s something I’ve whispered to myself before sessions or gigs in past years”.

“I could be wrong with how long the break was and that’s the challenge of why it took so long. There was just so much swimming in my head and this album is part moving forward as well as just fitting another piece to the puzzle — in regards to how my current sets will sound and look like”.

Bamboo’s “Bless This Mess” CD will be available on October 30 at all records bars nationwide. Digital tracks can also be downloaded on iTunes, Amazon and Guvera Music. You may also listen to the full album on Spotify.

Music, Videos

JoJo Brings Her Heartbreak to the Woods in Say Love Music Video

JoJo finally debuts the music video for her single “Say Love” and it is heartbreaking.

Embraced by gloom and misery, the 24-year-old singer is found walking through different scenic spots as she releases her frustration lyrically. Apparently, her partner can’t seem to tell her the three words she is looking for.

Near the end of the video, JoJo and her man settled their differences but it is unclear if JoJo finally heard what she wanted to hear.

“Say Love” is the second single of JoJo’s latest EP Tringle, which also features “When Love Hurts” and “Save My Soul.”


Erykah Badu Set to Drop Mixtape

After releasing her cover of Drake’s Hotline Bling”, Erykah Badu preps the release of her upcoming mixtape.

According to an interview with Noisey, Ms. Badu was inspired by Drake’s “cute song” and decided to record But You Caint Use My Phone, which is set to drop early september.

Erykah will be hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards. She will also appear in Dallas for a one-woman performance called Live Nudity, which she reveals as “improv” in an interview with Noisey.

“I have a format, kind of, but I haven’t really had time to write a 60-minute show, so we just have to see what happens,” Badu said.