Kaynakman nu Ivatan | Treasures of Ivatan Art Exhibit

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Collage of works from (clockwise) Victoria, Jaypee and Xavier

My passion for Batanes still lingers even if I’m back in Manila. When I received an invite for the opening of the art exhibit “Kaynakman nu Ivatan (Treasures of Ivatan)” I decided to attend since the place is near my area and I’m very much interested on how the artworks look like. The art exhibit is at Galerie Y in SM Megamall. It was a simple opening, nothing fancy and let the art speak for themselves. I got to talk to some of the young and talented members of Yaru nu Artes Ivatan group whose works are displayed, namely Xavier, Jaypee and Javier. They are all based in Batanes but have been in Manila since the first week of April to prepare for this exhibit.

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Salomon X-Trail Run 2014 | On the 6k Road to Trail

32k Trail runners kicks off the event
32k Trail runners kicks off the event

If you’re an experienced road runner, 6k seems like a walk in the park. But 6k on the trail is a lot different than you think. Add in the X-factor from Salomon and you got yourself some heck of a trail run. Last Saturday, I joined this years Salomon X-Trail Run 2014 hoping to explore the nature trails of Hamilo Coast,Pico de Loro . Initially I was planning to run the 12k trail but I had a nasty bump on my shin causing it to have some sort of a stress fracture forcing me to be cautious and safely run the 6k instead by the time it healed.  I had no regret running the 6k trail as it offered a little bit of everything I like about trail running in the mix.

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NudeAudio Bluetooth Speakers in the Philippines

NudeAudio Studio 5 Close Up
NudeAudio Studio 5 Close Up

Stylish. Fashionable. Portable. NudeAudio is a new-generation bluetooth speakers that’s simply chic but doesn’t compromise on audio quality. Digits Trading recently unveiled the availability of these speakers in varying sizes and functions including the black collection. Their first bluetooth speaker designed for home – the Studio 5, also put under the spotlight. I only got to see and inspect the build. Aside from the sleek design and clean lines, so far I’m liking how portable and durable the speakers are. I thought it would definitely be handy for travel. So far here the available models and their prices. Will be reviewing one of the models soon and let you know how they are.

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Merrell Partners with DOT for Getaway to Adventure

Merrell Outdoors Getaway to Adventure
Merrell Outdoors Getaway to Adventure

Merrell, one of the premiere outdoor shoe brands in the country has partnered with Department of Tourism for their campaign “Getaway to Adventure”. In line with their philosophy to encourage people to go outdoors and live a life of adventure, every month starting from the month of April 2014, they will be bringing two adventurers to a getaway a Philippine outdoor destination. Adventure outfit TrailAdventours will be handling the tours as Merrel will fit the winners with a new pair of shoes to go with their escapade.

For details on their Getaway to Adventure campaign follow their facebook page at www.facebook.com/MerrellPhilippines and twitter @Merrell_PH for the announcements of mechanics and monthly getaway destinations.


Gearing up for Salomon X-Trail Run 2014

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Unexplored beach coves, new and scenic mountain trails, and most of all the patented highly challenging running course that Salomon X-Trail Run has been known for. Nope this is not for the spoiled city slicker runners. It’s the place to bring yourself to the next level of running sport and enjoy the dynamics of running on trail. The scenery is just icing on the cake. In this afternoon’s media briefing, the organizers unveiled the new categories and trails for this year’s Salomon X-Trail Run to be held at Hamilo Coast, Pico de Loro this April 12, 2014.

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PinoyTravel | Philippines Mobile and Online Bus Booking System

The PinoyTravel Android App
The PinoyTravel Android App

Now here’s a start-up project I think will add convenience to travel in the Philippines. Despite cheap airfares, buses are still the most utilised transport system in the country. Our bus system is still far behind compared to other countries. Passengers still have to visit and line up to bus stations in order to reserve or buy a ticket. PinoyTravel hopes to change that by offering online and mobile booking to some of the major bus companies in the country.

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Zero Gravity | National Bouldering Competition Leg 3 Winners

Mhiel Pahati, the 1st place winner for the Open Men's division
Mhiel Pahati, the 1st place winner for the Open Men’s division

Last weekend of March 22 and 23, the Bonifacio Global City Amphitheater was the stage to find the toughest and smartest from the Philippine’s climbing and bouldering community. The Zero Gravity: National Bouldering Competition Leg 3 was held with over a hundred participants from different provinces converge. I was able to watch the finals and I never thought a bouldering competition like this can be this exciting to watch. It was interesting how the participants would carefully plan their climb and use their brawn and flexibility to execute them. Below are the results for the Men and Women’s Novice division and the Men and Women’s Open division. Some of the winners from the professional Open division became a part of the Philippine National Team for sports climbing.

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