The Bottle School Run: Runners Could Be Advocates

Last year, a million young school children’s education was disrupted and about 2,800 pre-school classrooms were destroyed due to the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

This year, through the pioneering efforts and innovative solutions of MYSHELTER spearheaded by the country’s noted social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, in partnership with the Department of Education, City of Taguig, Pepsi, Insular Life and Cecon, a one-of-kind run-for-a-cause dubbed as The Bottle School Run will be staged at Bonifacio Global City on June 13. All proceeds of this noteworthy race will be used to replace and rebuild a damaged school in Taguig using a ground-breaking architectural model – school classrooms mainly made of soda PET bottles.

Now, runners of all persuasions are invited to actively take part in a unique racing event to create a community-based, people-empowered solution which starts with building ecologically-sound and architecturally-revolutionary classrooms for children aspiring to pursue a path of literacy and knowledge.

The Bottle School Run is a distinctive race for seasoned and beginner runners, alike, as it provides them an opportunity to become advocate runners who could champion an honest cause, a solution that can change the world. It sets a symbolic backdrop where the chase of each participant runners for individual personal record enables beneficiary children chase their dream of obtaining education.

Registration for The Bottle School Run starts on May 29, Saturday and lasts until June 11, Friday. Registration centers are:

Planet Sports Trinoma (1pm to 8pm)
Planet Sports Alabang (1pm to 8pm)
Planet Sports Glorietta (1pm to 8pm)
Taguig City – Fort Bonifacio Satellite Office, 3rd Flr, Market! Market! (9am to 5pm)

Distance categories are 3k, 5k, and 10k. Registration fees are P200 for 3k, and P300 for 5k and 10k. All participating runners are requested to bring two bottles with a 1.5 or 2 liter size of any soda brand on race day. Gunstart times are 5:30am (10k), 5:45am (5k), and 6:00am (3k).

For further race details, please visit www.bottleschoolproject.org. Inquiries may be directed to thebottleschoolrun@gmail.com or to Liza Fumar, Co-lead, The Bottle School Run, through 0927 284 54 36. Alternatively, interested parties may contact Edward Kho, Race Director, through 0915-9990187.

Have blog, will travel!

Free, unlimited Cebu Pacific travel passes for best travel blogs

Cebu Pacific (CEB), one of Asia’s fastest growing airlines, continues its advocacy of promoting travel as it launches the first ever Wandering Juan Blog Contest. This contest recognizes travel bloggers who share Cebu Pacific’s vision of frequent travels for every one through their informative and inspiring narratives.

The Wandering Juan Blog Contest is open to all Philippine residents who blog about traveling. Blog post nominations can be made for the following categories: Leisure and Relaxation (spa/medical tourism, shopping, entertainment, special events, among others), Culture and Heritage (food, history, landmarks, local festivals, among others), or Adventure and Sports (indoor and outdoor sports, sports events, extreme sports, camping, hiking, wildlife encounters, and more). Blog entries can be nominated just by filling out the nomination form on www.WanderingJuan.com from June 1 to July 31, 2010.

CEB, in cooperation with Mozcom, Inc. and contest partners will reward the best blog entries with unlimited travel passes to any CEB domestic destination from September to October 2010, and a Fun Tours package to Cebu’s top resorts and hotels, inclusive of 3 days, 2 nights accommodations for two. These Fun Tours Packages are for Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa (Leisure and Relaxation category), Marco Polo Plaza Cebu (Culture and Heritage category) and Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa (Adventure and Sports category).

There will also be a special Fun Prints Picturebook Travelers Edition package (where the winner can put together their own travel story book containing photos, captions, plane tickets and other travel memorabilia) for the Best Travel Blog Photography or blogs with the most enticing travel photos.
For the Best Travel with a Cause Blog or posts on traveling with advocacies, the winner will get a Fun Tours Package to Badian Island Resort and Spa, inclusive of 3 days, 2 nights accommodations for two, with meals and one-hour spa treatment.

The awardees’ upcoming adventures on their trips courtesy of Cebu Pacific (CEB) will be featured in the Wandering Juan website.

“Cebu Pacific realizes the impact that online media makes on consumers’ decisions to travel to a particular destination. Blogs are a great tool to educate and encourage people to explore new places. We share that goal so it is something we will keep promoting,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing.

By leveraging on the popularity and reach of the increasingly valuable online medium, CEB hopes to inspire more and more Filipinos to experience the many benefits of travel. Log on to www.wanderingjuan.com for more information on the contest.

The number one domestic airline in the Philippines, CEB has flown over 40 million passengers since 1996. It operates the most extensive network of 33 domestic and 14 international destinations from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao, using the youngest aircraft fleet in the country.

The best of the world in blog. This contest is for bloggers who continue to inspire people to know the world through travelling.


Enjoy great mornings with Jollibee breakfast joys!

There’s nothing like waking up to a hot and deliciously prepared breakfast to start the day great. After all, a hearty breakfast not only fills you with the energy needed to start the morning right, but also brings out a positive vibe and an infectious enthusiasm that carries throughout the rest of the day.

But more often than not, you tend to leave out the most important meal of the day due to the morning rush from home to work. With Jollibee Breakfast Joys, you can have deliciously filling breakfast fare anytime.
Jollibee Breakfast Joys offers a variety of satisfying and mouth-watering breakfast choices ranging from rice meals to pancakes. Those who want a traditional Pinoy rice meal can choose among Longganisa, Beef Tapa, Crispy Bangus, Hotdog, Breakfast Steak and Corned Beef. These favorite breakfast meals come with garlic rice, fried egg, and a choice of coffee, hot chocolate, or a regular cold drink. Meanwhile, those who are looking for an alternative yet equally filling breakfast treat may go for the 2-pc. Pancakes with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy it solo or value meal complete with a regular drink of your choice.

Working up the breakfast appetite on the go won’t be a problem as well with the new Jollibee Sausage & Egg Pandesal, Jollibee’s convenient and delicious new breakfast offering that’s delicious sausage patty and scrambled egg in a soft, warm pandesal. The new Sausage & Egg Pandesal is affordably priced at P35 solo and P45 for the value meal that comes with a regular drink.

With Jollibee’s breakfast offerings, everyone can experience great mornings instantly. So take your fill of the Jollibee Breakfast Joys to bring out a wider smile to your morning greeting, break out to a livelier laughter or complete your daily tasks with more zest!

Drop by your nearest Jollibee store and jumpstart your day with the Jollibee Breakfast Joys, available daily until 11 am for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, or through the 8-7000 Jollibee Express Delivery Service.


Wyeth, Healthway offer free child care services

Committed to helping mothers raise healthy children, Wyeth’s Progress Pre-School Gold now goes beyond providing superior nutritional products by offering superior medical care as well. Working together with Healthway, the joint project aims to provide families increased access to quality maternal and child healthcare services.
Until July 31, mothers who purchase Progress Pre-School Gold will get FREE Alagang Healthway cards. With these, moms and their kids can visit any Healthway clinic to avail of any of the following services and benefits for free: unlimited consult from family medicine physicians, one free pediatric consult, 15% discount on laboratory, diagnostic, dental services and imaging services (except orthodontics and aesthetic services), and 10% discount on vaccines.
To get the card, one must simply present the receipt of purchase of Progress Pre-School Gold at any Healthway clinic. Each card is valid for three months from the date of redemption. The card can be used by the mother as the primary beneficiary and one kid aged four years and above as secondary beneficiary.
With good nutrition and premium medical services made more available, mothers can more easily give their children the essential requirements for good health.

“Wyeth staunchly advocates the need to support good nutrition with health checkups to help moms best take care of their children,” says Ricky Espinosa, Wyeth Group Product Manager. “Through this partnership, we will be able to provide parents and their kids with the gift of healthcare and ensure that children stay healthy as they grow up.”

With Wyeth, the leading provider of quality nutritional products for infants and young children, and Healthway, they bring more than 70 years of health care expertise to Filipino families.


Discovering beach getaways with Cebu Pacific

For those looking for new ways to experience the country’s best beach destinations, it’s time to hunt for unique marine treasures and watery thrills. After all, our rich islands can offer a lot of diving and adventurous spots to every Juan. The trick, as they say, is in knowing where to look.

Thankfully, those going on a refreshing, sun-drenched vacation by the sea won’t have to pay a lot to visit both picture-perfect summer hotspots and exotic seascapes at their breathtaking best.

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the country’s leading domestic airline, offers the lowest year-round fares for its domestic destinations including the country’s most exceptional summer locations like Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, San Jose and (Boracay) Caticlan.

The last frontier

For those who can’t wait to slip into their wetsuits and pick the best place to go underwater, Puerto Princesa in Palawan offers a lot of magnificent dive sites that not too many visitors have had the chance to explore. These include the White Beach and the Red Cliff that is home to the most diverse marine life including manta rays, sharks, dugong, and the rare whaleshark.

San Jose in Mindoro Occidental is also home to Apo Reef, the world’s largest atoll reef, next to the Great Barrier Reef. Sightings of turtles, sharks and colorful fish are plenty in Apo Reef. Those who want to help preserve this marine landmark can also volunteer for the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines’ (WWF) cleanup drives. These efforts seek to minimize the outbreak of Crown of Thorns Starfish destroying the corals in the area.

Boracay revisited

Meanwhile, everyone can’t seem to get enough of Boracay’s world-famous beach with hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to the island year-in and year-out. But aside from its crystal-clear waters and the exhilarating party scene, there’s a lot more to experience in this top beach destination.

Diving enthusiasts can explore the dive spots around Boracay, like the Kamia II wreckage site that offers stunning marine encounters. Crocodile Island also has one of the best coral sites in the island. And for the most intrepid adventurer, there’s always outrigger sailing, kite surfing, and whitewater rafting on the Tibiao River, just two hours away from Boracay.

Hotsprings of Camiguin

While most prefer strolling on the white sandy beaches along the coastline of Camiguin Island near Cagayan de Oro, dipping in the waters of its hot springs is an experience in itself. Camiguin’s sulfur-rich pools and swimming holes are believed to have healing qualities, and can treat tired travelers to the most soothing and rejuvenating dip.

With even more domestic destinations to choose from, every Juan can embark on the most exciting aquatic expedition that’s affordable and worry-free, thanks to Cebu Pacific.

For more information, go to www.cebupacificair.com or call (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888.