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Things To Know About Climbing the Mayon Volcano

Things To Know About Climbing the Mayon Volcano

The Mayon Volcano’s first climbers were two Scotsmen named Paton and Stewart in 1858. Since then, many mountain climbing enthusiasts around the...

Events

Here’s Why Great Britain is Great! ♔

Here’s Why Great Britain is Great! ♔

♔ Come down to Bonifacio High Street on 24-26 February 2017 and experience a weekend of everything British! Enjoy live performances of British...

Business

Manila first in region to regulate virtual money

Manila first in region to regulate virtual money

The monetary authorities have put in place a set of rules governing the trade or exchange of so-called virtual coins, making the Philippines the...

Video of the Week


Look who's coming back to the Philippines this year.

 

Last year in July, the first History Channel Convention was held in Manila and it was a blast! It was the biggest entertainment convention of the year. TV celebrities of History Channel were fascinated with the excitement and serious fandom here in Manila, and for that, they want to come back here for another grand history event this year.

 

Last year's coverage by Expatch: Manila Makes History: The First History Con Manila
☆ Credits: Giorgio Tsoukalos of “Ancient Aliens" ☆ Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz of “Storage Wars” ☆ Ian Matthews and Damon Runyan of “Gangland Undercover” ☆ Justin Mott of “Photo Face Off” ☆
☆ Simon Yin of “Hidden Cities Extreme” ☆

 


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Expatch Calendar Weekly Highlights


Monday, 20 February 2017

❀ A Night of Love at City Garden Grand Hotel

Time 2:00pm - 11:59pm
Venue City Garden Grand Hotel Makati, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Stay from Jan. 1 - March 31, 2017 and enjoy the Valentine's promo. | Luxe and Wellness ~ Discover a Grand relaxing stay in our well-appointed rooms wiht breathtaking view of the city skyline, breakfast buffet, and massage treatment for two. Rate starts at PhP4766+. For more information, visit www.citygardengrandhotel.com. |

☠☆ Monday Madness at Handlebar Manila!

Time 5:00pm - 12:00am
Venue Handlebar Manila, 31 Polaris St., Bel-air Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Monday Madness at Handlebar Manila is all about enjoying local beers and local spirits/mixes for only PhP55! (from 5pm - 12mn, no premium) | For more information: http://handlebar.com.ph/index.htm

★♡ F1 Hotel: Love Bites!

Time 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd Street, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description Spend a memorable Valentine celebration filled with lots of love and music from our featured musical artist. Add Php200 to cap off your night with an unlimited serving of wine. | http://f1hotelmanila.com/wow.php |

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

ECCP: Service Aces: Serve Better and Win A Customer Service Workshop

Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue EITSC Training Hub, 19F Philippine AxaLife Center, Sen Gil Puyat cor Tindalo St., Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Tariff: Php 11,000 - ECCP Members | Php 11,500 - Non Members | Course Description: “Business is very much like tennis. Those who don’t serve well end up losing.” It’s a dog eat dog world out there with various companies going after the same customers. Eventually and over time, products and services will increasingly be similar. This “me too” mentality among organizations highlight the need to set one’s self apart via a reliable and fail-safe method: Better Customer Service. | Given changing customer expectations, doing a good job is no longer good enough to separate one from the pack. The prize will go to those who create new frontiers. The edge is customer service superiority; service that DELIGHTS while ensuring that the basics are consistently delivered. | But this doesn't happen by accident. It requires knowledge, commitment, and effort; a willingness to accept that the customer is the most important person in any organization. We should establish ourselves and our companies as reliable; both internally and externally. We then project that image to our customers, our competitors, our communities, and to the public at large. | For confirmations and more information, contact Ms. Jasmin Runez, at +63 845 1324 or email jrunez@eccp.com. |

AmCham: The National Broadband Plan and the Cybersecurity Plan of DICT, guest speakers Engr. Denis F. Villorente (Undersecretary for Dev. and Innovation) and Mr. Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. (Undersecretary for Special Concerns), Dept. of Information and Communications Technology

Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "In line with the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 2016, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is currently developing the National Broadband Plan (NBP) which shall serve as guide in accelerating the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies to increase internet speed. NBP shall also address key supply-side and demand-side challenges in telecommunications and ICT by setting and implementing specific policy, regulatory and infostructural interventions." | This event is free of charge. |

ECCP: Women's Networking Night

Time 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Regus Center, Unit 9B, Netpark Building, 5th Avenue, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description Tariff: Php 500 for ECCP Members | Php 800 for Non-members | The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and its Women in Business Committee (WBC) will be holding its first WBC Networking Night this year on 21 February, 6:00 PM at the Regus Centre, Unit 9B, Net Park Building. Do not miss the chance to expand your network and meet other high-powered women from a wide variety of industries. To register for this event, for sponsorship inquiries, or for more information, please contact Ms. Dorcas Banzuelo via dorcas.banzuelo@eccp.com or +632 845 1324. | To register and for more information: http://www.eccp.com/events/?id=330 |

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

AmCham: Amendments to the Public Service Act - with guest speaker Atty. Grace Gamez, Technical Adviser, Infrastructure Policy Group, Foundation for Economic Freedom

Time 9:00am - 11:00pm
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Learn how the amendments to an 80-year old law will improve competition, allow more foreign investment, and gradually result in improved quality and lowered cost of services to the benefit of all consumers. Join this month's Legislative Committee meeting. | This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. | For more information, contact Mr. Yves Aguilos at yves@amchamphilippines.com or (02) 818-7911 loc. 216. |

City of Dream Manila's Noodle 8 - Usher in prosperity with special Chinese and Korean New Year dishes

Time 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Ave., Entertainment City, Roxas Blvd., Parañaque, Metro Manila
Description Special Chinese and Korean dishes that attract prosperity and good luck are the main dishes feature at Noodle 8 from 1 Jan. - 28 Feb. 2017. ❊ For reservations, call 800-8080. For more information, please visit: https://cityofdreamsmanila.com/promos/noodl8-lunar

✽ Wine Depot: Castello Banfi Wine Dinner

Time 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Finestra, Solaire Resort and Casino, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque, Metro Manila
Description Dinner Menu ✽ Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio 2015 ✽ Sous Vide Cooked Octopus ✽ Carpaccio Heirloom Tomatoes and Olives, Salsa Cruda ✽ Others: | Banfi Belnero Sangiovese 2012 ✽ Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino Sangiovese 2011 ✽ Banfi Brunello Di Montacino Poggio Alle Mura 2011 ✽ Banfi Brunello De Montalcino Poggio All'Oro 2014 ✽ Grappa Di Banfi ✽ | Ticket price: PhP3900 per person for Toast Club Member | PhP4900 per person for Non-Member | For reservations, contact Toast Club: Mobile: 0917-700-8407 | Email: winedepot@winedirect.com.ph | Visit Wine Depot for your reservation: | 217 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City, Metro Manila |

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Charity Work: Time For Others - Visits Kanlungan Sa Er-Ma Ministry, Malate, Manila

Time 8:30am - 12:00pm
Venue meeting place: Union Church of Manila, Rada St. corner Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Hi there TFOers, | Trusting that you are enjoying a restful, relaxing weekend. We have another TFO visit coming up! This Thursday, Time For Others will visit the Kanlungan Sa Er-Ma Ministry. | Details of our trip, as follows: | Place: Kanlungan Sa Er-Ma Ministry, Benitez St. Malate, Manila | Date/Time: Thursday, 23 February 2017 | Devotion/Assembly @ UCM Fellowship Hall: 8:00am. | The vans leave promptly: 8:30am. | Time frame for our activity: 9:00 – 11:00am. | Depending on road traffic conditions, we expect to return to Makati: 12:00nn. | Profile: Kanlungan Sa Er-Ma Ministry is a Christ-centered child-caring agency serving children in need of special protection in the Ermita and Malate areas. For more information, please visit their website: https://kanlungansaermitamanila.wordpress.com/ | Activity: Currently, there are 13 wards at Kanlungan’s Benitez residence, ages ranging from 4-14 years old, but the DSWD will be bringing in new kids anytime soon. TFO volunteers will share a Bible story, interact with a game and a simple art craft. Transport is provided by UCM, for up to 22 passengers, based on the vans' capacity. If you opt to bring your own vehicle and driver, the extra transport assistance is much appreciated. To sign up, please visit the M&B Table at the UCM Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 19. You may also contact us at UCM- 8126062 or at the TFO Mobile- 09495542694. Thanks. God bless you! |

ECCP: Joint Membership Luncheon Meeting with DENR Sec. Regina Lopez

Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue Makati Shangri-La Manila, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Given the important role of the DENR, we have invited DENR Secretary Gina Lopez to address the ECCP membership to outline her agenda and priorities with special focus on the following: | ~ The DENR’s position on clean and green energy and how this factors into the department’s plans moving forward. | ~ The department’s role in facilitating the ease of obtaining environmental clearances for investors | ~ Waste-to-energy and addressing the issue of landfills and dumpsites | ~ The state of our water resources and the need for the creation of a ‘Department of Water’ Policy of Duterte Administration to promote inclusive growth with environmentally and socially sustainable mining |

AmCham: US Tax Reform - with speakers Mr. Dave Macklin (Senior Manager, US Tax Desk) and Mr. Joe Kledis (Partner, US Tax Desk)

Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description The speakers will discuss the need for tax reform, the political environment that may allow for US Tax reform, and specific proposals in regard to US Tax reform. Tariff: Php500 (Member and non-member) | For more information, please contact Mr. Migs Calaguian at (02) 818-7911 loc. 203 or migs@amchamphilippines.com. |

Friday, 24 February 2017

ECCP: Working Across Cultures

Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue Holiday Inn and Suites Makati, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "Thrown by cultural differences? Unsure how to bridge the cultural divide? Having difficulty communicating in a global environment, especially at a distance? | With international mergers, acquisitions and globalization changing how companies operate, the ability to work effectively across cultures has become a critical skill in business today. | This program will give you the tools and techniques to better understand other cultures and take differences into account. You will gain insight into why others behave the way they do. Figure out why messages that are clear to you may seem vague and unfocused to others. And discover how to communicate effectively, especially at a distance. | By helping you to "decode" other cultures, you will begin to accept cultural differences and increase your effectiveness. | Tariff: PhP 13,500 | (includes coffee breaks, lunches, seminar materials and certificate of attendance) |

♔ Great British Festival

Time 11:00am - 6:30pm
Venue Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description We’re bringing British markets to the Philippines! British markets are one of the most sought after attractions in the UK. Enjoy one of a kind entertainment, sumptuous gastronomic delights, street artists, art workshops, car displays, and the very best of British fashion only at the #GreatBritishFestival from 24-26 February at Bonifacio High Street. | And like any other British market, freebies won’t disappoint! We’re not only giving away a free taste, we’re giving you a chance to win 6 roundtrip tickets to the UK via Etihad Airways. | Celebrate the vibrancy and vitality of UK culture only at the #GreatBritishFestival! Note: Time varies depending on the day. Visit their Facebook page for the programme. | #FoodisGREAT | Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic journey of the UK with classic British food and drinks from Marks and Spencer, Twinings Philippiness, Whyte and Mackay Whisky, Union Jack Tavern, Tesco, Waitrose, Diageo Philippines, McVite's Digestives, R&B Distillers, Shakeaway Philippines and Yummy Organics at the #GreatBritishFestival. | Note: Time varies depending on the day. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/ukinthephilippines/ for the program.

AmCham: Texan BBQ Networking Night - Part II

Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue Poolside, New World Makati Hotel, Esperanza Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Tariff: | Member ~ PhP1500 | Non-Member ~ PhP1800 | Walk-ins ~ PhP2000 | Co-presented by: New World Makati Hotel | Registration starts at 5:30PM. | For enquiries, please contact Ms. Trixia Bravo at trixia@amchamphilippines.com or call (02) 818-7911 loc. 213. |

♫♬ Broadway Musical: Wicked in Manila!

Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City, Metro Manila
Description Broadway’s biggest blockbuster is flying back to Manila! Don’t miss what The New York Times declared “the defining musical of the decade”. | Set in a spectacular and colourful fantasy world of wizards, witches, magic and spells, Wicked tells the story of an unlikely but profound friendship between a popular blonde girl called Glinda and a misunderstood, green-skinned girl named Elphaba. Filled with wonder and enchantments, this magical stage musical follows their extraordinary journey from sorcery students to becoming the iconic Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. | Schedule: ~ Feb. 2 - March 12, 2017 | Fridays: 2pm | Saturdays - Sundays : 2PM and 8PM | For tickets, please visit https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/ . |

 

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Money Review: Banking in the Philippines

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Money Review: Banking in the Philippines
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British envoy bats for advancement in Philippine education

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad recently revealed that the United Kingdom is convincing local legislators,...

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Special Health Bulletin: Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in China

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Special Health Bulletin: Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in China
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In Tagalog: A Review of Useful Phrases When Meeting People

There are a few basic Tagalog phrases that one should learn since they are useful while travelling around the Philippines....

In Tagalog: A Review of Useful Phrases When Meeting People
posted on: Feb 20, 2017 | author:
Backyard Barbeque Party with Australian Ambassador, H.E. Amanda Gorely

Backyard Barbeque Party with Australian Ambassador, H.E. Amanda Gorely

posted on: Feb 17, 2017 | author:

This year, Australia Day celebration in the Philippines brought one important event that was organised by the Australian Embassy...

Sports Schedule from Howzat ~ Week 3 ~ February 2017

Sports Schedule from Howzat ~ Week 3 ~ February 2017

posted on: Feb 16, 2017 | author:

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PH Government Procedures and Forms

PH Government Procedures and Forms

posted on: Feb 15, 2017 | author:

Living in a new country often requires one to know many government procedures about this new home country. To help you become...

Asia’s inflation surge fueled by currency rout that’s fading

Asia’s inflation surge fueled by currency rout that’s fading

posted on: Feb 15, 2017 | author:

The past week’s surprising pickup in Asia-Pacific inflation gauges may be fleeting.   The New Zealand dollar jumped to a...

Pili Nut: A Superfood Loved by Vegans Worldwide

Pili Nut: A Superfood Loved by Vegans Worldwide

posted on: Feb 14, 2017 | author:

Get to know a superfood that grows locally in the Philippines — the pili nut. If you’re a meat-lover who wonders...

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