Archive for July, 2014

30
Jul
14

Challenge Philippines Triathlon Launches New International Race

After a successful leg last February in Subic Bay and Bataan, Challenge Philippines is expanding its brand footprint with the announcement of a new race set on June 14 next year—Challenge CamSur.

Australian Michael Murphy reaches the finish line in second place, just few moments behind his fellow Aussie Matt Burton who won the first ever Challenge Philippines

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27
Jul
14

Mark Your Calendars: Philippine Holidays For 2015

The official holidays for 2015 have been announced, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014 and it looks like we have nine (9) long weekends for the year!

January

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02 03
New Year Special Holiday
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

February

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Chinese New Year
22 23 24 25* 26 27 28
EDSA Revolution

April

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02 03 04
Maundy Thursday Good Friday Black Saturday
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
Araw ng Kagitingan
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30

May

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02
Labor Day
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31

June

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02 03 04 05 06
07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Independence Day
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30

August

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Ninoy Aquino Day
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
National Heroes Day

November

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
All Saints Day
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
Bonifacio Day

December

SU MO TU WE TH FR SA
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Christmas Eve Christmas
27 28 29 30 31
Rizal Day Last Day of the year

* February 25, 2015, Wednesday is a special holiday normally observed only in schools

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

Here’s the holiday list in bulleted format:

  • January 01, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
  • January 02, 2015, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
  • February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
  • February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday)
  • April 02, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
  • April 03, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
  • April 04, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
  • April 09, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)
  • May 01, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)
  • June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)
  • August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
  • August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)
  • November 01, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
  • November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 24, 2015, Thursday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
  • December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 31, 2015, Thursday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

And there are two (2) more special non-working holidays to be declared at a later date:

That gives us a total of 19 non-working holidays and an extra one for schools. And there’s even an opportunity to add two (2) more if you take the following “orphan” Fridays off:

  • February 20, 2015, Friday – Day after Chinese New Year
  • April 10, 2015, Friday – Day after Araw ng Kagitingan

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Time to look out for airfare discounts and plan your vacations! 😀

21
Jul
14

Gear Review: Nokia Lumia 630

I’ve recently featured the Nokia Lumia 630 as a “fitness phone,” but how does it fare as a smart phone?  Here’s my more detailed review:

Lumia 630 packaging

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14
Jul
14

My 4DX Experience at the Bonifacio High Street Central Square

Watching movies on the big screen is probably the best way to see a movie and with intense competition between cinemas it is difficult for one to stand out.  One way of taking that movie experience a step higher is through “4D” which is “3D” with an extra “1D.”  So what is this additional “D” and how does it improve from 3D?

This way 🙂

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09
Jul
14

Cobra Ironman 70.3 Holds Send-Off Expo for 2014 Triathletes

Manila, Philippines – The biggest and most challenging triathlon race in the country is back this August in its host location, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.  The Cobra Ironman 70.3 is the highly anticipated premiere-sporting event in the Philippines since 2009.  Comprising a strenuous distance of 1.9K swim, 90K bike, and 21K run (totalling 70.3 miles), athletes from all over the word is set to land in the Queen City of South this August 3 to face their toughest test of endurance.

Expo is on July 11-13, 2014

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07
Jul
14

Meet the Nokia Lumia 630: The Fitness Phone

Last Saturday, July 05, 2014 I was introduced to “the fitness phone” Nokia Lumia 630, Bing Health & Fitness, and Windows Phone 8.1 all at the same time, coinciding as well with Bing’s fifth anniversary.  What does a “fitness phone” have over typical smart phones you ask?

Lumia 630

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04
Jul
14

Together, 24/7? The Case of Wearable Fitness Trackers

Unless you do not have any slight care about gadgets, you must have stumbled to at least one of these wearable fitness trackers that flood the market.  After all, just about every manufacturer who can is making these.  But are they really nothing more than niche products, or do they really offer something we have yet realized we need?

One of the recent wearable fitness trackers to arrive in the Philippines: Samsung Gear Fit

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