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Free Tickets to Cats the Broadway Musical in Manila

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Photo by Berbera van den Hoek at Flickr.com

Think you can just get it for free? It’s a promo by McDonald’s.

Every order worth at least P400 via mcdelivery.com.ph gives you a chance to win 2 tickets to Cats Musical.

One winner of two tickets worth P 3,500 each and one winner of two tickets worth P5,000 each will be electronically drawn daily!

For the weekly grand draw, a total of 16 tickets worth P7,000 each will be raffled off to 8 lucky winners!

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Promo runs from May 15 – June 7, 2010 only!

Source: Nuffnang

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

There are more “Political Dynasties” in the Philippines than ever!

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After the euphoria of the country’s first automated voting system, now comes the reality – there are more political families who won tandem posts. Is this the start (or return) of feudal-style politics in the Philippines?

Photo from DayLife.com

As of the unofficial tallies and electoral results, in 34 out of 80 provinces, political families won two (or tandem) posts – one as governor and the other in Congress. In 20 cities, the winning mayors had relatives also winning as congressional representative, governor or both.  (Click to see entire list or see below.)

These dynasties also seem to have mastered the art of skirting the three-term limit which was imposed in 1998. The new arrangement allows two or three family members to serve in office at the same time, coming after 12 years of experience lending one elective position to spouses, children or other relatives. Now, they could all sit in office together and still trade places when their terms are up.

Also, oe factor that could have carried families to victory in this year’s election was the practice of members splitting affiliation, to ensure they had a finger in every political pie.

Read more at Vera Files

List from VeraFiles.org

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Vancouverites in BC – You’re Invited!

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Are you living in the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia?
Are you free tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, 2010, 9:30am?
Are you interested in learning more about “Glutathione?”
Are you looking for a better quality in life?
Are you looking for some opportunities in earning more?

If you fit one of these questions – read on!

You're invited by Shirley Tomsic

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Will the Real @PCOSmachine Please Step Forward (Drum-roll)

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Screenshot from Yve's Facebook Photos

TJ Manotoc finally revealed the man behind @PCOSmachine, the Twitter account that provided us with wit and comic relief in the midst of post-electoral jitters during the 2010 Philippine elections where “PCOS” became a new Filipino byword that referred to the automated election machine, besides TIM and Smartmatic.

The 27 year old lists his Twitter description as iPhone/iPad developer, lawyer, applei.ph founder and @PCOSmachine – what a combination!

The @PCOSmachine has 10,745 followers to-date with 195 tweets since inception (that part I still don’t know). His Facebook bio reads rather straightforwardly:

Lawyer- 2010
Congressman – 2016
Senator – 2022
Head of Corporate Legal Counsel- Apple Inc. 2028
Diplomat – 2035
Time-traveler – 2050

Fave music icons include Music includes Tiesto, Chicane, Way Out West, Moony, Sade, Sarah McLachlan, Craig David Official, Hed Kandi, Miguel Migs, Norah Jones, Paul Oakenfold, Puff Daddy, Robert Miles, Quentin Harris.

Oh! He recently celebrated his birthday last May 2. And he’s a BAR Top 10 finisher, too!

What’s his name? Yves Gonzalez a.k.a. DobleZeta.

Your turn at amateur investigative work 🙂

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 12, 2010 at 5:41 am

Monitor All 2010 Philippine National Election Tweets in One Screen

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You can go to TweetGrid and follow the election-related Hashtags #JuanVote #Eleksyon #Halalan #PollWatch #Eleksyon2010 and #Halalan2010.

Click to TweetGrid Now!

Screen capture from TweetGrid

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

Philippine National Elections is Green-and-Go – Here’s How the Ballot Looks Like

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The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) has assured everyone that the national and local elections tomorrow, May 10, 2010, will push through. This is despite all the clamor for a side-by-side manual electoral process, the complaints of missing or burned PCOS machines, missing, misplaced or wrong computerized Flash Cards, and a whole lot of more issues propping up everyday since weeks before tomorrow’s election day.

For everyone inquiring about how the ballot looks like, here’s a graphical copy. Click on the image to expand the view to full-size.

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Sample Ballot

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Buy Ink Get Condo Free! HP’s New Promo

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May 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

Philippine Airlines (PAL) Midnight Madness (again) on May 9

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Taken from PAL's website

Selling and Ticketing Period from 12:01 am to 6:00 am, 09 May 2010. Valid only at www.philippineairlines.comLimited seats only!

Below are the fares INCLUSIVE of surcharges and estimated taxes. Philippine Travel tax, other airport fees and charges are not included.

*For travel between Manila and USA, fares do not include USD56.70 U.S. Government Taxes and Fees including the September 11th Security Fee. 

Note: Fare amounts are subject to change due to conversion rates.

The dates indicated in the “Book this fare” links are suggested travel dates only. You may change based on your preferred travel dates using the left hand search panel. Promo fares are on limited seats only.  These fares may not be available in certain dates.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

From
MANILA
Travel
Dates
Fare
Basis
Base
Fare
in
USD
Est.
Taxes
Total
(Fare+
YQ+
Taxes)
in USD
FIESTA (ECONOMY) CLASS
Minimum/Maximum days:
USA/Canada – 3 days/2 months
Las Vegas 01-30
JUN10
BWEBNITE 858 230* 1,088 Book this fare
Los Angeles Book this fare
San
Francisco
Book this fare
Vancouver 888 1,118 Book this fare
Honolulu XWEBNITE 648 210* 858 Book this fare
MABUHAY (BUSINESS) CLASS
Minimum/Maximum days:
USA/Canada – 3 days/6 months
Las Vegas 16MAY-
30JUN10
IWEBNITE 2,398 230* 2,628 Book this fare
Los Angeles Book this fare
San Francisco Book this fare
Vancouver 2,428 2,658 Book this fare
Honolulu ZWEBNITE 1,498 210* 1,708 Book this fare

Fare Conditions for International flights:

Fiesta (Economy) Class

  • Changes are permitted at a charge of USD200
  • No Show fee applies at USD 75
  • Fare and surcharges are non-refundable
  • No child discount/Infant without seat – 20% of adult fare
  • Mileage Accrual applies

Mabuhay (Business) Class

  • Changes are permitted at a charge of USD100
  • No Show fee applies at USD 75
  • Cancellations/Refund
    Before Departure – permitted at a charge of USD 200
    After Departure – Tickets and surcharges are non-refundable
    Government taxes are refundable subject to Refund Service Fee
  • No child discount for unaccompanied minor
    Accompanied child – 80% of adult fare
    Infant with a seat – 80% of adult fare
    Infant without a seat – 20% of adult fare
  • Mileage Accrual Applies

REGIONAL FLIGHTS

From
MANILA
Travel
Dates
Fare
Basis
Base
Fare
in USD
Est.
Taxes
Total
(Fare+
YQ+
Taxes)
in USD
FIESTA (ECONOMY) CLASS
Brisbane 19MAY-
30JUN10
WEBNITE 300 323.10 623.10 Book this fare
Bangkok 10MAY-
30JUN10
80 103.70 183.70 Book this fare
Hong Kong 85** 65.50 150.60 Book this fare
Jakarta 10MAY-
30JUN10
90 100 190 Book this fare
Fukuoka 01-30
JUN10
350 100 450 Book this fare
Nagoya 116.40 466.40 Book this fare
Saigon 10MAY-
30JUN10
90 88 178 Book this fare
Singapore 15JUN-
15JUL10
90.40 180.40 Book this fare
Minimum/Maximum days:
Australia – 2 days/15 days
Japan – 2days/14 days
Other Asian destinations – 2 days/8 days

MABUHAY (BUSINESS) CLASS

Brisbane 19MAY-
30JUN10
ZWEBNITE 1,498 323.10 1,821.10 Book this fare
Bangkok 10MAY-
30JUN10
438 103.70 541.70 Book this fare
Hong Kong 443** 65.50 508.50 Book this fare
Jakarta 10MAY-
30JUN10
468 100 568 Book this fare
Fukuoka 01-30
JUN10
788 100 888 Book this fare
Nagoya 116.40 904.40 Book this fare
Osaka 118 906 Book this fare
Saigon 10MAY-
30JUN10
468 88 556 Book this fare
Singapore 90.40 558.40 Book this fare

**Inclusive of HKG security surcharge

Fare Conditions for Regional flights:

Fiesta (Economy) class

  • Flight application:
    Manila to Hong Kong – Outbound valid on PR310/312 only / Inbound valid on any PR flight
    Manila to Jakarta – Outbound valid on PR535 only / Inbound valid on any PR flight
    All other destinations – Valid on any PR flight
  • Rebooking/rerouting/reissuance/upgrading/endorsement not permitted
  • Fare and surcharges are non-refundable
  • No child discount/Infant without seat – 10% of adult fare
  • Free Baggage Allowance:
    Manila to Brisbane – 23K
    All other destinations – 15K
  • Mileage Accrual:
    Manila to Brisbane – 100%
    All other destinations – 25%
  • Service Class Award Upgrade not permitted

Mabuhay (Business) Class

  • Flight application:
    Manila to Hong Kong – Outbound valid on PR310/312 only / Inbound valid on any PR flight
    Manila to Jakarta – Outbound valid on PR535 only / Inbound valid on any PR flight
    All other destinations – Valid on any PR flight
  • Rebooking/rerouting/reissuance/upgrading/endorsement not permitted
  • Fare and surcharges are non-refundable
  • No child discount/Infant without seat – 10% of adult fare
  • Free Baggage Allowance: 30K
  • Mileage Accrual Applies

Other Midnight Specials

For tickets purchased during the promo period, get the following discounts from our partners. Presentation of the e-tickets to the participating hotels and establishments is required.

The passenger must be one of the guests availing of the hotel promotions. Partner hotel policies and terms & conditions shall apply.

Partner Establishments Discounts/Freebies
Hotels
Manila
Century Park Hotel Book 2 consecutive nights, get the third night free
Diamond Hotel Book 2 consecutive nights, get the third night free.
Applicable for club room inclusive of club amenities and access to the club lounge for breakfast, snacks and cocktails
Dusit Thani Manila Book 2 consecutive nights, get the third night free.
(3rd night is room only)
Mandarin Hotel Paseo Uno – fantastic buffets to enjoy 15% discount off food;
Club Suite Temptations –  book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free (consecutive days stay)
Pan Pacific 40% discount on Rack rates
20% discount on F & B
Resorts World 25% discount on all F&B outlets at RWM (Passion, Ginzadon, Mercado, Noodle Works) will be extended to all passengers of PAL who will dine at RWM
Sofitel Philippine
Plaza
Book 2 nights and get the 2nd night at 50% off, based on best available rates. 10% discount on F & B and Spa.
Offer valid from May 1-31, 2010
The Peninsula Manila Book 2 consecutive nights, get the third night free.
The Picasso Boutique
Serviced Residences
One night FREE for every 2 nights stay
http://www.swiss-belhotel.com/ Avail of and enjoy special rates and
discounts from among the listed hotel partners
Bacolod
Nature’s Village Resort One free night for every two night stay
Batangas
The Farm Enjoy thirty percent (30%) discount on Published Room Rates
Boracay
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa 50% off Best Available Rate across all room categories for
stays from 1st June until 15th October.

For passengers who travel to Kalibo on BUSINESS CLASS,
booking in a Deluxe room will be automatically upgraded to a Deluxe Seaview subject to space availability. Passengers must confirm hotel booking (036 288 4929 or reservation.slbo@shangri-la.com) within 2 weeks of purchasing PAL ticket to Kalibo.

Cebu
Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa 25% discount from best available rate
valid until July 31, 2010
Laoag
Fort Ilocandia Book 2 consecutive nights (Deluxe Room),
get the third night free.
Palawan
El Nido Resorts 1.Ten percent (10) discount on published rates, except during peak periods
2. Pay for 2-nights, get a third night free (2+1), except during peak periods
Lifestyle
CATS Now and Forever On a strictly limited basis, passengers who purchase one (1) round trip business class ticket to US, Canada, Australia or Japan during the May 9, 2010 Midnight Special are entitled to one (1)  free ‘CATS Now and Forever’ orchestra ticket
Travel Club 15% discount to customers who
will purchase a minimum of P1,000
which will be valid for 6 months.

Click here to know the complete details.

Keep on flying with PAL’s Soaring to 70 celebration!

Source: PAL Website

Manila’s The Ultimate Taste Test Season 4 – Are You Ready?

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Popular Manila food, travel and lifestyle blogger Anton Diaz is now running this seasonal food rave at a much bigger scale – the NBC Tent inside The Fort. It is set on May 14 to accommodate 1,000 guests to be wined and dined by 45 food providers, from 9 providers of starters and appetizers to 13 providers for the main course and ending in 16 supplliers of desserts, mixed with 6 drinks suppliers’ beer, soda, coffee and water.

Poster by OAP at Flickr.com

“It’s a gastronomical entourage of a different kind of binge!” I laughed when I heard that phrase from someone who once went to Anton’s UTT fest. You have to reserve to get invited.

Read more at Our Awesome Planet and fancy going to a chance in a lifetime event. I am 🙂
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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 6, 2010 at 2:49 am