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Bonifacio High Street: Where Things are Sophisticated and Top-Notch Classy

Bonifacio High Street: Where Things are Sophisticated and Top-Notch Classy

For sophisticated and top-notch classy people (or for those who want the company of folks who are), Bonifacio High Street affords one of the best...


ECCP Networking Socials – 2 Aug. 2017

ECCP Networking Socials – 2 Aug. 2017

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) presents the ECCP Networking Socials: A get-together of members on 2 August 2017, 6-8pm...


CSR seen adding value to business, PHL society

CSR seen adding value to business, PHL society

SOME call it capitalism with a heart. Cynics say, however, that corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a capitalist’s cheap marketing...

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Apl de Ap of The Black Eyed Peas ~ It's More Fun in the Philippines!


The Tourism Promotions Board with world renowned artist and Philippine Tourism Ambassador to bring you the best that our country has to offer. Watch the video to find out why #itsmorefuninthephilippines! #visitphilippinesagain2017






Expatch Calendar Weekly Highlights

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

☆ AmCham: President Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address: An Assessment

Time 9:00am - 11:00am
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is an annual address by the President of the Philippines to a joint session of the Congress of the Philippines. It serves as a means to inform the nation about its present economic, political, and social condition. In this meeting, the Legislative committee will have an in-depth assessment of the SONA happening on July 24, 2017." | This event is free of charge! Refreshments will be served. | Sponsored by: FedEx | For more information, please contact Mr. Yves Aguilos at or 818 7911 loc. 216. |

☆ AmCham: Fuel Marking, Smuggling and Efforts of the Government - with guest speakers from SGS Phils., Chevron Phils., and Department of Energy

Time 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Guest Speakers: | Ms. Rosario Cajucom-Bradbury - CEO and Managing Director, SGS Philippines | Mr. Brian Bailey - Oil Gas and Chemicals Division Manager, SGS Philippines | Mr. Peter Morris - General Manager, Chevron Philippines | Mr. Leonido Pulido - Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy | Tariff: | P500 (Member and Non-member) | Should you have queries please contact Ms. Bea Baldonado at You may also reach her at (02) 818-7911 Loc. 203. |

☆♡ CDP Wine Wednesday - A Night In Spain - Free flowing Spanish wines CDP small bites for PhP1500 net

Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue CDP Global Table (CDP Al Fresco), 148B Level R1, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Lopez Drive, Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Ay, caramba! It's CDP Wine Wednesday once again so andale, andale! See you tonight at CDP Global Table at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center.♡ | ☆

Thursday, 27 July 2017

☆ ECCP Training: Project Management Using MS Project 2007/2010/2013

Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue EITSE Training Hub, 19/F AxaLife Center, Tindalo St., Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Learning Investment: Php 11,000 + 12% VAT | Seminar fees include coffee breaks, lunches, seminar materials, and certificate of attendance. This training program can also be run in-house. | Course objectives: | At the end of the course, participants should be able to: Understand the basics of Project Management Apply Tasks, Resources, Duration and Constraints in Creating Projects Understand and Apply PERT-CPM Methodologies for Projects Understand the Value and Significance of the Critical Path Method (CPM) Generate Various MS Project Reports Incorporate Multiple Projects into a Super-Project Apply in an actual situation, the learned principles of Project Management For confirmations and more information, please contact Ms. Jasmin Runez of ECCP at 845 1324 or email | ☆

☆ Birthday Dessert Madness at Churreria La Lola

Time 11:00am - 8:30pm
Venue Churreria La Lola, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description #BirthdaysAtLaLola | Visit any of our stores on your birthday and receive a special treat* from Lola! | Terms and Conditions: | 1. Celebrants must present any valid ID with birthdate. | 2 Get FREE Clasico Jr. when you spend minimum PhP120 single receipt of any churro product. | 3. Valid 3 days before and 3 days after the celebrant's birthday. | 4. Valid in all La Lola branches. | Promo period is from April 2017 - April 2018. |

❀ Unlimited Dim Sum at Jasmine Restaurant, New World Makati Hotel

Time 11:30am - 10:30pm
Venue Jasmine Restaurant, New World Hotel Makati, Metro Manila
Description "Enjoy a selection of freshly cooked dim sum with soup, congee, yeung chow fried rice and desserts made by expert dim sum Chef Wong Sing To at Jasmine for PHP988 per person, available daily. Located at the second level of New World Makati Hotel, Jasmine is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers diners four private dining rooms for special occasions and functions." | Enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch with expertly cooked dim sum. | Terms and Conditions: | Price includes service charge. The offer is available for lunch only. | For reservations, call +63 2 811 6888 ext. 3338 and ask for Ms. Toni Lou Manalo. |

Friday, 28 July 2017

❀ FilipinaZ 2017 - Jewelry, Art, Fashion Rockwell

Time 11:00am - 8:30pm
Venue 8 Rockwell, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "Support our cause by taking home one of these trendy hand-painted bags made by the women from our Kababihan Livelihood project. Be an advocate for women empowerment when you #ShopFilipinaZ at 8 Rockwell this July 28-30." | Fashionistas, art collectors, and jewelry enthusiasts are invited to FilipinaZ, a fundraising exhibit "created by women, for women." Brilliant takes on high fashion that complements the modern Filipina aesthetic." | For enquiries: 0905 524 4353 |

♡ Green Fridays at Greenbelt Makati

Time 11:00am - 12:00pm
Venue Greenbelt Mall, Legazpi Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Ayala Malls Green Fridays Promo Mechanics: | 1. Promo period is from May 26 to December 31, 2017. | 2. The promo is open to all shoppers of Greenbelt. | 3. To be entitled to join the Green Fridays promo, shopper must present and have the following: | a. Single or accumulated purchase receipt worth P1,500 in any merchant store inside Greenbelt. | b. Ayala Malls ecobag | 4. By joining the promo, shopper will get a chance to win any of the following treats: | a. Cinema tickets (admit 2) | b. Movie Snackbar treats worth P150 | c. One (1) day parking pass | d. Other merchant premium items | 5. Shopper/s must present their receipt/s every Friday, at the Greenology booth, Greenbelt 5 within the promo period of May 26 to December 31, 2017. | 6. Shopper/s may only join the promo at the mall where the purchase/s was/were made. Cross redemption across different Ayala Malls will not be allowed. | 7. Receipts from department stores and/or supermarkets are not included in the promo. | 8. Only one (1) receipt per shopper will be honored. | 9. Ayala Malls reserves the right to validate the receipts. Receipts that are defaced, crumpled, tampered or receipts lesser than ¾ of its actual size will not be honored. | 10. All employees of the Ayala Malls group, their merchants, maintenance, security agencies, employees of the merchants, their subsidiaries, its advertising and promotional agencies and their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity are disqualified from joining the promo. |

☆ AmCham: The Borrowing Plan of the National Government - with guest speaker, Ms. Rosalia V. De Leon, Treasurer of the Philippines Bureau of the Treasury

Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue AmCham Hall, 2/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "The National Government borrows money from local and foreign creditors to be able to finance the country’s budget deficit as well as pay the country’s maturing debt. One of the main jobs of the Bureau is to fund and support vital programs for the country. With the current administration focus on massive infrastructure and investment in human capital development, it is crucial to know the borrowing plan of the national government. Learn more about this on July 28, 2017 with the National Treasurer herself, Ms. Rosalia de Leon." | Tariff: | P500 (Member and Non-member) | About the Speaker: | Rosalia V. De Leon, Treasurer of the Philippines - Bureau of the Treasury | Ms. Rosalia V. De Leon is reappointed as Treasurer of the Philippines. She directs the formulation of policies on borrowing, investment and capital market development and handles the formulation of adequate operations guidelines for fiscal and financial policies. | Prior to her designation, Ms. De Leon served as the Alternate Executive Director (For the constituency of Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago) at the World Bank Group, Washington D.C. USA. She also assumed key positions in the Department of Finance, including Undersecretary for International Finance Group from July 2007 to November 2012, Finance Secretary’s Chief of Staff from July 2005 to June 2010 and Director for International Finance Group from September 1995 to August 1998. She served as Advisor to the Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank from August 1998 to August 2004. As the Undersecretary for the International Finance Group, she task managed several landmark transactions including the issuance of Global Peso Notes as well as several Liability Management Exercises to reduce funding costs, extend maturity profiles and re-denominate foreign exchange liabilities to local currency. In 2012, her team launched the Onshore Dollar Bonds to take advantage of foreign exchange liquidity in the domestic market. Ms. De Leon has represented the Department of Finance in many international fund mobilization activities for public sector entities and formulated borrowing strategies and appropriate credit enhancements to access least cost financing options. As the National Treasurer in 2013, Ms. De Leon also led the implementation of the Treasury Single Account as part of the Public Financial Management reforms initiated by the government. The TSA made it easier to manage the cash holdings of the National Government thereby improving the efficiency of Treasury operations. | Ms. De Leon earned her Master of Arts in Development Economics from Williams College Massachusetts. | Should you have queries please contact Ms. KV Rojas at You may also reach her at (02) 818-7911 Loc. 217. |

Saturday, 29 July 2017

☆ Culinary Course: 2017 Global Taste of Korea

Time 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue Lyceum of the Philippines Culinary Institute - Bay Leaf Hotel
Description Prepare your cooking pans and unique Korean food recipes because the application for the 2017 Global Taste of Korea is now open! Submit your application forms and other requirements on or before July 16, 2017 at For more information contact us at (02) 555-1711 or email Application forms and complete competition guidelines are available at

☆ Maker Camp: mBot Robotics at The Mind Museum

Time 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue The Mind Museum, J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description Learn robotics and programming while having fun! Join us for another maker camp session on all Saturdays of July starting July 8. | Workshop Fee: | Early Bird Rate: Php 4000 for all sessions (until July 1 only) | Regular Rate: Php 5200 for all sessions | Php 1300 per session || July 8: World Cup Challenge | July 15: Exit the Labyrinth Challenge | July 22: Conquer the Dance Floor Challenge | July 29: Mbot Battle Challenge | Mbot kits will provided for use during the session. | Open to ages 8 - 14 only. | LIMITED SLOTS! For inquiries and to register, email |

☆ Philippine-Italian Association at 5.5 decades of cultural exchanges

Time 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Venue The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Philippine-Italian Association is one of the longest-standing cultural exchange partnerships and will celebrate its 55th year birthday! Join PIA for the anniversary on 29th of July. | Enjoy a night of gourmet Italian food and wine! Serata gastronomica, tutta da gustare, con cibo e vini italiani! Tickets: Php 2,500 per person | Dear Members and Friends, | Mark your calendars, an important event is coming soon! | On July 29, we will be celebrating a most significant and important milestone, the 55th anniversary of the founding of PIA!!! To honor the occasion in the most joyful way, we are organizing an important get-together to celebrate our many successes and to give thanks for the many blessings in the last 5 ½ decades. A toast too to the next 55 years – may it be even more vibrant and exciting! | The party will take place on July 29, 2017, at The Manila Peninsula Hotel, in Makati, at 18:30. A very special menu of carefully chosen Italian food has been organized for your gastronomic pleasure. Ladies and gents, we ask you to come in your most comfortable casual-chic attire. | A special RAFFLE will complete the evening with prizes to tickle your fancy, including a round trip ticket to Italy (courtesy of Etihad), a 2N3D - sojourn in Palawan (sponsored by Astoria), plus gift certificates from Premier Group and the most well known Italian restaurants in the Metro. | The cost of the dinner will be P2,500 per person including one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be available for P500 each. | So please, dearest Members and Friends, do make it a red-letter day and join us in celebration. RSVP by calling our Secretary, Marissa Ronquillo, at Tel. No. (02) 815-1310. | Fondest wishes, | Tillie Pelagallo, VPO | For more information, please visit: Ref.:

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Triathlon Challenge By A Volcano

Last week, we talked about the heroic adventures for August at the Ibalong Festival. This is a yearly month-long festival that...

Triathlon Challenge By A Volcano
posted on: Jul 26, 2017 | author:

Flying A Drone In The Philippines As A Beginner

A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle, often with a camera, that can take photos and record videos while flying. It is one of the...

Flying A Drone In The Philippines As A Beginner
posted on: Jul 25, 2017 | author:

American tourists place PHL as 4th top favored destination

THE Philippines ranks fourth among the favored destinations of tourists from the US.   This was revealed by Tourism...

American tourists place PHL as 4th top favored destination
posted on: Jul 24, 2017 | author:

Sports Schedule from Howzat ~ Week 4 ~ July 2017

Enjoy ice-cold beer while you watch your favourite sports LIVE on HD at Howzat Sports Bar. Cheer for your team and meet other...

Sports Schedule from Howzat ~ Week 4 ~ July 2017
posted on: Jul 20, 2017 | author:
Ibalong Festival 2017 and More Heroic Adventures

Ibalong Festival 2017 and More Heroic Adventures

posted on: Jul 19, 2017 | author:

August is a great time to visit Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol Region for their upcoming Ibalong Festival 2017! This is a...

Why Are Filipinos So Joyful?

Why Are Filipinos So Joyful?

posted on: Jul 19, 2017 | author:

I would dare to say the Philippines have the highest number of smiles per square kilometer in the world. I could challenge any...

The 55th Anniversary of the Philippine-Italian Association

The 55th Anniversary of the Philippine-Italian Association

posted on: Jul 18, 2017 | author:

Celebrating 55 Years of Cultural Exchange Between Italy and the Philippines   The Philippine-Italian Association (PIA)...

Here Comes The Rain Again…

Here Comes The Rain Again…

posted on: Jul 18, 2017 | author:

Late June marks the beginning of the rainy season, which lasts until November. The Philippines sees weather cooler but more humid...

In Tagalog: kidlat, kulog, ulan, bagyo

In Tagalog: kidlat, kulog, ulan, bagyo

posted on: Jul 17, 2017 | author:

Words related with the weather: kidlat – lightning kulog – thunder ulan – rain bagyo –...

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