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Coastal Pleasures for Adventurous Travellers

Coastal Pleasures for Adventurous Travellers

The Philippines is popular for its beaches and festivals among tourists, but there is more to discover in this country for the adventurous traveller....

Events

Democrats Kick Off US Presidential Campaign in the PH

Democrats Kick Off US Presidential Campaign in the PH

There are millions of Americans living outside the United States. For US citizens living in the Philippines, you may participate, vote and be updated...

Business

Upcoming Procurements for AU’s Aid Program in the PH

Upcoming Procurements for AU’s Aid Program in the PH

Industry Briefing. The Australian Embassy in Manila will hold a briefing to inform interested parties about upcoming Australian Aid Program...

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Philippines and Australia - Insights and Opportunities

 

Anthony Weymouth ‒ Senior Trade Commissioner Philippines. Anthony is responsible for the Philippines and Micronesia. With his team, he aims to help Australian companies capture increased export and investment opportunities, attract productive foreign direct investment into Australia, and promote Australia's education sector. For more information, please visit austrade.gov.au

 

Expatch Calendar Weekly Highlights

Friday, 29 July 2016

AmCham Kapihan (Coffee Mornings)

Time 7:30am - 9:00pm
Venue The Library, Manila Elks Club, 7/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description American Chamber of Commerce of the Phils. invites you to join their coffee morning or "Kapihan". Everyone is welcome! This is a service information group that will give you an update on what’s the latest on the business industry. RSVP: pauline@amchamphilippines.com

American Chamber of Commerce of the Phils., Inc. - The 2016 AmCham Washington Doorknock Report - with speakers Mr. Ebb Hinchliffe (Exec. Director of AmCham PH) and Mr. John Forbes, Senior Adviser, AmCham PH

Time 9:00am - 11:00pm
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Registration starts at 8:30am. | "The Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) represents the growing interests of over 50,000 business executives and over 10,000 business entities in 23 economies of the Asia-Pacific region. Its mission is to improve the competitiveness of US business in the Asia- Pacific region. | APCAC meets annually with Washington decision makers. Each year APCAC’s Chairman leads a delegation to Washington, DC. Meetings are held with influential members of Congress and senior members of the Administration. In addition, during the course of the year, APCAC delegations meet with US dignitaries visiting the Asia-Pacific region to discuss trade and investment issues that affect the competitiveness of American business in the region. | In this meeting, we will hear from AmCham’s Executive Director, Ebb Hinchliffe and Senior Adviser John Forbes the updates of their recent APCAC Doorknock activity in Washington and how it can affect the member-companies of AmCham." | Tariff: | Members ~ Php500 | Non-members ~ Php750 | For details, please contact Mr. Yves Aguilos at yves@amchamphilippines.com or call at (+632) 818-7911 loc. 206. |

American Chamber of Commerce of the Phils., Inc. - Special Testimonial Luncheon in honour of Hon. Jose Cuisia, Jr (Ambassador of the PH to the US) and Hon. Philip S. Goldberg (Ambassador of the US to the PH)

Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue Ballroom 2, Raffles and Fairmont Makati Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description This event is in celebration of the long-standing relationship of the Philippines and the US, further enhanced by the two Ambassadors' dedicated leadership and service. | Tariff: Members ~ Php1400 | Non-members ~ Php1500 | Walk-ins ~ Php1500 | For details, contact Ms. Alyssa Dispo at alyssa@amchamphilippines.com or call (+632) 818-7911 loc. 217. |

British Chamber of Commerce Phils. - Webinar: Exploring the Franchising Sector in the Philippines

Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue Online
Description 9:00am BST | "The Philippine franchising industry has been experiencing tremendous growth in the past five years. Since 2011, the industry's annual growth rate ranges from 20% to 25% with revenues reaching $3 billion to $7 billion. International brands account for one-third of the industry. It is projected that the industry will continue to grow by 20% in 2016. | Join our webinar on 29 July, 9:00am BST and learn about the opportunities in the franchising industry. We have invited Sam Christopher Lim, Director of Special Projects and ASEAN Integration Chair of the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) and Andy Skowronski, Managing Director of A&C Associates, who has been engaged in franchising in the Philippines and in other parts of the globe." | To register, visit this page: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3837333340046319364 | For enquiries and RSVP, please call +632 556 5232 or email uksme@britcham.org.ph. |

AmCham: Kyani Asia Convention 2016! - Turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Develop genuine leadership skills.

Time 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description "Managers may have power over people, but leaders have power with people." - Mark Sanborn | Leadership can mean different things for different people. To some, leadership is defined by what is seen and measured. But a great leader goes beyond the visible and tangible. Leadership is the ability to empower people and inspire them to do better. Leadership is the way a person influences others through his everyday actions. | Elevate your ability to lead and make a positive difference. Gain valuable insights and learn how to identify and transform your leadership potential into characteristics that reflect genuine leadership. | Hear it from Mark Sanborn, the award-winning author of The Fred Factor and motivational speaker. | Reserve your seats now for only Php1000. | Kyani Philippines Office | Tel. No. 422-6700 | Mobile 0917-307-0449 / 0998-357-0438 | Email: cs.ph@kyanicorp.com |

♬ Winds and Jazz - The CCP International Band Festival

Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Various venues: CCP Little Theater, CCP Studio Theater, CCP Silangan Hall, Harbour Square
Description Presented by: Cultural Center of the Philippines | Venues: | Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) | Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater) | CCP Silangan Hall | Harbour Square | Description: | "For the first time, the CCP presents Winds and Jazz; an international music festival that combines the vibrant sounds and harmonies of the symphonic band and the sophisticated rhythms of jazz in a musical treat that is sure to appeal to various listeners and music enthusiasts. | The festival highlights various symphonic bands from around the country and abroad. It also features various styles of the jazz genre, including Asian ethnic fusion, as performed by local and international jazz figures and groups. | Aside from main evening concerts, pocket concerts and sunset concerts (in Harbor Square), what makes this festival more inviting and enjoyable to various audiences are collaborative components that include music workshops and masterclasses, trade shows and Band clinics and exchange. It also features instrument repair sessions." | For artist lists and other details: http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/single-tickets/view-event/?id=07731445 | Ticket Price: P300 & 200 | Festival Pass: P600 | Discounts: | 20% discount for Senior Citizen and PWD | 50% for Students | For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. | For Block Sales, call the Sales and Promotions Division Office at 832-3706. |

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Asian Institute of Management - Open House Day

Time 8:30am - 12:30pm
Venue Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description The best way to get to know the Asian Institute of Management is to come and visit us! Learn about our degree programs and short courses, check out the opportunities (corporate partners, alumni, job prospects, learning network) that are in store for you. Tour our facilities, find out about our campus life, and talk about options for financing your education. Meet some of our extraordinary faculty, staff, and students that are committed to helping you reach your learning goals. | Please register and visit us on 30 July 2016! Please visit: http://aim.edu/openhouse2016 | Program | 8:30-9:00 Registration | 9:00-9:30 Welcome Remarks and Introduction of the Institute, Dr. Jikyeong Kang, President and Dean, AIM | 9:30-12:30 Simultaneous Program Information Sessions, Master Class, Alumni Meet-ups and Campus Tour |

♔ Ayala Museum ~ Free Museum Admission! Inspiration got us started. Passion keeps us going!

Time 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue Ayala Museum, Dela Rosa Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description It will be one great Saturday! Free museum admission at the Ayala Museum from 9am - 6pm. | Following the success in engaging audiences through unique museum experiences in the past two years, Ayala Museum is once again undertaking Inspire Every Day; a free admissions day coupled with a diverse set of pocket events, this time made possible with CNN Philippines Life and Avida. | More details will be posted on Ayala Museum’s official website (www.ayalamuseum.org) and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) leading up to the event. For inquiries, call 759 82 88 local 29 or email hello@ayalamuseum.org. |

Hash House Harries Manila: "Tailgate Party"

Time 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue Nomads sports Field, Nomads Sports Club, Madrid Street, Merville Park Subdivision, Parañaque City, Metro Manila
Description "Come along and join the fun of a Tailgate Party at Nomads. Set up your car, music and BBQ and spend the night under the stars. ☆☆ Bring your tent and stay the night with the kids. ☆ Buy all booze at the Nomads Bar, run your own BBQ grill or take the easy way and order from Manila Club. ☆ | Nomad Sports Club | Off Madrid Street, Merville Park Subdivision | Merville, Parañaque City, Philippines 1700 | Tel: +632 828 3596/ +632 828 9458 | Fax: +632 828 7155 | nomads@nomadsportsclub.com |

★ Democrats Abroad Philippines: Kick Off Hilary Clinton's Campaign for the 2016 US Elections

Time 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar, 2nd 3rd Floors F&B Bldg (next to MC Home Depot) 32nd St. corner Justicia Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description "This weekend, join the Democrats Abroad Philippines as they kick off Hillary Clinton’s Campaign in the Philippines at Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar at 4 pm on Saturday, 30 July 2016. The party will feature a video of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech together with an introduction of her Vice Presidential nominee. | DA Philippines will also assist US citizens to register to vote in the November election during the event. Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar is located at 32nd Street and Justica Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig next to MC Home Depot. | Those attending the Kick Off Party are encouraged to dress up as presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, or wear red, white, and blue or a hat. Prizes will be given for best costume. | The group will discuss how and why Democrats will win in the upcoming election, and why this is critical to sustain support for social security, Medicare, Obama Care, and other Democratic programs such as legislation to guarantee equal pay for equal work. Electing Hillary Clinton will also ensure that future nominees to the US Supreme Court will be true to Democratic values. DA Philippines will collect campaign contributions from US citizens who are interested during the event. | Volunteers will be encouraged to assist in future efforts to help US citizens vote and other DA Philippine activities. | For more information, contact DA Philippines Vice Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan at lisa.pgk@gmail.com or 0917-892- 2989. |

InterNations Manila: Rooftop Party at City Garden Grand Hotel

Time 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue City Garden Grand Hotel Makati, 8008 Makati Ave. corner Kalayaan Ave., Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Entrance fee: | Albatross member ~ Php550 | Basic member ~ Php950 | Not signed up for event ~ Php1000 | Entrance fee includes two welcome drinks and finger food. | The last event in City Garden with a rooftop view over the Makati Skyline was such a success that we had many requests to do an event there again. Here you go! We will meet on the top floor of the hotel located at the heart of Makati. | There will be an acoustic group playing soothing music in a breezy atmosphere to make your evening even more special! | Your entrance fee will grant you 2 drinks and nachos. You can order foods or additional drinks directly to the bar. | See you there! | Antony Thor, InterNations Ambassador Manila

♬ Concert: Selena Gomez - "Revival Tour" Live in Manila 2016

Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description "Global recording artist and one of the biggest stars today, Selena Gonez, is finally coming to Manila and headlines her very first show in the country to be held at the MOA Arena on July 2016. It will be part of her current tour, Revival World Tour in support of her latest album, Revival." | Ticket Prices: | VIP Pit Zone - P12,600 | VIP A - P10,500 | VIP B & Lower Box A - P8,400 | Lower Box B - P6,300 | Lower Box C - P5,250 | Upper Box - P3,675 | General Admission | VIP Pit Zone - Standing section | VIP A to General Admission - Reserved seating section | Tickets goes on-sale starting April 16, 2016 at all SM Tickets outlets and via online at www.smtickets.com. Call 470.2222 for ticket inquiries. |

Sunday, 31 July 2016

♡ Wine Depot - Mid Year Sale - Huge discounts until 31 July! Aviary, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, US | California Winery, Chardonay | E. Guigal, Crozes Haermitage, Rouge, Rhone Valley, France | Klein Constantia, Anwilka, Stellenbosch, South Africa | Petaluma, Piccadilly Valley, Australia ... and more!

Time 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue Wine Depot, 217 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Free delivery within Metro Manila for a minimum purchase of Php2500. | For more details, please visit www.winedepot.com.ph or visit our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram page at @winedepotph. |

♔ Philippine Ballet Theatre performs "The Great Classics" at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Time 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description "Join us in our opening production "The Great Classics" by the Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT). The show features Act 2 of Swan Lake, the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, Diana and Acteon from Esmeralda, Flames of Paris and the Grand Pas de Deux from Paquita. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, will perform on Friday, July 29 and at the Gala on Saturday, July 30, both at 8 pm. Other performances will be on Saturday, July 30 at 3 pm, Sunday, July 31 at 2 pm and at 7 pm." | Guest artists include the “Golden Boy of Ballet,” Joseph Phillips of the Mariinsky Theatre and Jared Tan, homegrown PBT artist now with the Atlanta Ballet. | For ticket inquiries and orders please contact: | PBT office at (02) 632-8848 ; (02) 255-8076; 0995-158-0538; 0997-572-6609 | Email: secretariat@pbt.ph | CCP Box Office at (02) 832-3704 | Ticketworld at (02) 891-9999 | Ticket discounts for students and senior citizens are available! | Schedule: | July 29, 2016 (FRI) | 8:00pm | July 30, 2016 (SAT) | 3:00pm & 8:00pm | July 31, 2016 (SUN) | 2:00pm & 7:00pm |

♬ Winds and Jazz - The CCP International Band Festival

Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Various venues: CCP Little Theater, CCP Studio Theater, CCP Silangan Hall, Harbour Square
Description Presented by: Cultural Center of the Philippines | Venues: | Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) | Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater) | CCP Silangan Hall | Harbour Square | Description: | "For the first time, the CCP presents Winds and Jazz; an international music festival that combines the vibrant sounds and harmonies of the symphonic band and the sophisticated rhythms of jazz in a musical treat that is sure to appeal to various listeners and music enthusiasts. | The festival highlights various symphonic bands from around the country and abroad. It also features various styles of the jazz genre, including Asian ethnic fusion, as performed by local and international jazz figures and groups. | Aside from main evening concerts, pocket concerts and sunset concerts (in Harbor Square), what makes this festival more inviting and enjoyable to various audiences are collaborative components that include music workshops and masterclasses, trade shows and Band clinics and exchange. It also features instrument repair sessions." | For artist lists and other details: http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/single-tickets/view-event/?id=07731445 | Ticket Price: P300 & 200 | Festival Pass: P600 | Discounts: | 20% discount for Senior Citizen and PWD | 50% for Students | For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. | For Block Sales, call the Sales and Promotions Division Office at 832-3706. |

Monday, 1 Aug 2016

♡❀ Happy Garden Cafe ~ Healthy meals, lovely place, fresh flowers!

Time 8:00am - 8:00pm
Venue 56 Jupiter St., Sunshine Place, Brgy. Bel-Air Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Come and visit a lovely place right amidst the busy city life in Makati City. Enjoy a fine healthy meal and guilt-free desserts at Happy Garden Cafe by Bizu Groupe. | For more information, please call 02-261-0115 or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HappyGardenCafe/. | Opens: 8am - 8pm ~ Monday to Saturday | 8am - 3pm ~ Sunday |

♡ Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Time 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue St. Francis Shangri-La Place, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Description Ashtanga yoga lessons at half series every Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening at St. Francis Shangri-La Place's Clubhouse (next to Shangri-La Mall, Ortigas). | Teacher: Jen Ong | For enquiries about rates, private classes, etc., please send her a private message at 0977-813-5061 or Viber: +6596363815 |

Tuesday, 2 Aug 2016

British Chamber of Commerce Philippines ~ Special Business Breakfast ~ "After Brexit: New Start For UK and the Philippines"

Time 8:00am - 10:00am
Venue TBA
Description Limited slots. To register, email events@britcham.org.ph.

The Mind Museum - Science Comes To Life

Time 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue The Mind Museum, J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description The Mind Museum is the first world-class science museum in the Philippines. It is a P1 billion project built purely from private donations. The Mind Museum is a center for the public understanding of science, where science is fun, engaging and accessible to all. | The Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. started planning for the project in 2007. The Mind Museum finally opened its doors to the public on 16 March 2012. | Include science in your day. You can visit The Mind Museum in three hours. Times slots are: Tuesdays - Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Mind Museum inspires curiosity, exploration and understanding. There are no guided tours as nothing is more rewarding than discovering things for yourself in a setting where you are with equally curious minds. There is no one way to begin this. Enjoy exploring on your own at your own pace across the galleries. The dinosaur exhibit at The Mind Museum shows them at their best and at their skinniest (They're all bones now!). Experience it and more than 250 other exhibits, at the science museum for real life. | "The Mind Museum inspires curiosity, exploration and understanding. There are no guided tours as nothing is more rewarding than discovering things for yourself in a setting where you are with equally curious minds. There is no one way to begin this. Enjoy exploring on your own at your own pace across the galleries." | Ticket prices: Php625 - adults | Php475 - child/private school student (up to college) | Php190 - public school student (up to college) | Php190 - teacher (upon presentation of valid school or PRC ID indicating "Professional Teacher") Php750 - all-day pass (without 3-hour limit) Php2,500 - Unlimited Science Pass - year-round, all day admission and much more | For more information, please visit: http://www.themindmuseum.org/.

❀ Photo Exhibit: Cultural Center of the Phils. - "Myth" by Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria

Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery), 4/F CCP Main Theater Bldg., Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Magdalena Jalandoni St., Malate, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description Artists’ Talk : 18 August, Thursday, 4pm | MKP Hall, 4th floor CCP Main Theater Bldg. || “Although composed of an installation of photographs, Myth is not so much about the individual images, as it is about questioning how and why artists Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria have accumulated, kept, and eventually selected the images for the exhibition. The images that shape this exhibition are from a survey of years’ worth of photographs; the pictures varying from ones taken from personal archives, to a few taken while on the sets of films, to a couple of found photographs of strangers from lives long lived and past." | "Jippy Pascua is an artist and a filmmaker. He studied Creative Advertising in Canada and since 2008 has been working on creating films. His short film Excerpts premiered in the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival as part of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition Programme. His works have been exhibited in various venues individually and as part of a collective of artists working mainly with film and photography called Tito & Tita." | "Born in 1991 in the Philippines, Dennese Victoria's images revolve around the themes of truth, memory, and personal history. She studied Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and in 2011 interned at a weekly TV documentary where she then worked and filmed with the team and their other projects until 2014." | Exhibit viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. | For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505 or (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, e-mail ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph. |

 

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Sports Schedule From Howzat ~ Week 4 ~ July 2016

Watching your favourite sports + company of good friends = fun day!   Don’t miss out on the fun. See you at Howzat...

Sports Schedule From Howzat ~ Week 4 ~ July 2016
posted on: Jul 29, 2016 | author:

Let’s “Marvin Gaye” and Get It On with Charlie Puth ~ Live in Manila!

The American singer and songwriter, Charlie Puth, returns to Manila for a major concert. Last year in October, he performed at...

Let’s “Marvin Gaye” and Get It On with Charlie Puth ~ Live in Manila!
posted on: Jul 28, 2016 | author:

Understanding Cataracts

With age comes wisdom, but it frequently comes with cataract too.   Cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of...

Understanding Cataracts
posted on: Jul 27, 2016 | author:

In Tagalog: Dito, Doon

Translation: Dito – (adv.) here Doon – (adv.) there   “Dito” and “doon” are examples of...

In Tagalog: Dito, Doon
posted on: Jul 25, 2016 | author:
US Secretary of State John Kerry Visits the PH

US Secretary of State John Kerry Visits the PH

posted on: Jul 25, 2016 | author:

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Philippines on 26 July 2016. The Secretary will be here for a two-day...

Sports Schedule from Howzat ~ Week 4 ~ July 2016

Sports Schedule from Howzat ~ Week 4 ~ July 2016

posted on: Jul 22, 2016 | author:

♔☆ More sports action will come your way before the end of the month. Watch them LIVE on HD at Howzat Sports...

Kerry Sports Manila Hosts 1st PH Leg of the 2016 Vertical World Circuit

Kerry Sports Manila Hosts 1st PH Leg of the 2016 Vertical World Circuit

posted on: Jul 20, 2016 | author:

Kerry Sports Manila, a first-class sports facility in Shangri-La at the Fort hosts the first Philippine leg of the 2016 Vertical...

Pancit: The Secret To A Long Life?

Pancit: The Secret To A Long Life?

posted on: Jul 19, 2016 | author:

There is a belief that the Venetian merchant and traveller Marco Polo introduced pasta noodles to Italy from China during the...

In Tagalog: Bago, Luma

In Tagalog: Bago, Luma

posted on: Jul 18, 2016 | author:

Translation: Bago – (adjective) new Luma – (adjective) old   Write the author.     Tips: The word...

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