[Press Release]: TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program Commends Bloggers on 1stAnniversary Celebration

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TravelBook.ph, the leading online travel agency (OTA) in the Philippines, celebrated the first anniversary of its Affiliate Program last June 24, 2017 at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila in Ortigas Center, Pasig. In addition to celebrating an important milestone, the event was the OTA’s way of thanking its 2,700 blogger affiliates and acknowledging each of their contributions to the success of the said program since it began.

The event, entitled TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program 1st Year Cheer, highlighted and celebrated the many firsts that the Affiliate Program has achieved on its first year.

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Anniversary celebratory toast led by TravelBook.ph’s General Manager Takumi Nakazawa, Business Development Manager Pinky Librada, and Business Development Officers Pia Bernaldo and Toni Reyes

Present during the event is Affiliate 001 Awardee David Bernabe, owner of Crowd Travel and the very first affiliate to sign up for TravelBook.ph’s Affiliate Program. DIY Travel and Tours was also awarded for being the first affiliate to incur a completed booking through their website. The awards and tokens of appreciation for the affiliates were presented by Ms. Pia Bernaldo and Ms. Toni Reyes of the Affiliate Team, along with Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of TravelBook.ph.

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From L-R: Event host Allan Bobis of The Filipino Rambler and Mon Villaverde of Terrific Traveller, the first guest to unlock the surprise point giveaway given to affiliates.

TravelBook.ph also prepared an audio-visual presentation of their first blogger getaway, where 15 lucky bloggers won an all-expenses-paid trip to the lovely island of Caramoan in Camarines Sur. Two of the bloggers who attended the Caramoan getaway, Me-An Clemente of Yogo and Cream and event host Allan Bobis of The Filipino Rambler, received tokens of appreciation from TravelBook.ph and gift certificates from Trampoline Park.

The attendees also looked back on their first affiliate training, which took place last year. Dianne Rosqueta of Curly Dianne was invited on stage to share her experience and how much the affiliate trainings helped her in optimizing the content of her blog. Afterwards, Ms. Pia Bernaldo of the Affiliate Team expressed her gratitude to the attendees and discussed the future plans of the program for the affiliate bloggers.

Also present in the event is Charmaine Belza of The Project Maine and the first affiliate to withdraw commission earned through the program. She was also given a certificate and token of appreciation from GetGo PH and Novellino Wines.

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Lucky affiliates who won prizes from Novellino Wines, GetGo PH, Jam Liner Inc., Fast Cat, Philtranco, Hideo Wakamatsu, Trampoline Park, and Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila

 

During the event, Ms. Pinky Librada, Business Development Manager of TravelBook.ph, discussed the Affiliate Program’s new commission structure, wherein the affiliates can score up to 65% commission rates once accommodations have been booked through their websites.

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TravelBook.ph Affiliate Team with Team Timan, blogger affiliates who won Trampoline Park gift certificates and roundtrip tickets from Jam Liner

All attendees received PHP 2,000 worth of TravelBook points as well as loot bags with freebies from PhotoBook WordwideHideo WakamatsuCeletequeVivo Lumio, and Bo’s Coffee.

Wines from Novellino Wines, backpack and trolley from Hideo Wakamatsu, Trampoline Park gift certificates, roundtrip tickets from Philtranco and Jam Liner Inc., roundtrip business class tickets from FastCat, and an overnight stay with breakfast for two at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg were among the raffle prizes given away to the blogger attendees.

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TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program’s 1st Year Cheer, which was attended by members of the media as well as top travel and lifestyle bloggers, is TravelBook.ph’s last hurrah for the said program’s week-long anniversary celebration.

If you want to be part of TravelBook.ph’s growing community of bloggers and page owners, register as an Affiliate at affiliate.travelbook.ph.

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For more details, please contact:

Maria Lyn Bernaldo

Business Development Officer

MariaLyn.Bernaldo@travelbook.ph

+63 (998) 840-4852

+63 (2) 662-1133

Sharah Pinky Librada

Business Development Manager

SharahPinky.Librada@travelbook.ph

+63 (917) 530-7464

+63 (2) 662-1113

 

About TravelBook.ph

TravelBook.ph is the leadingonline travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,200 affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph.

TravelBook.ph also offers the best / lowest priceswith attractive discounts for hotels and resorts and innovative payment options without credit card – “Pay at Hotel, No credit card needed.”

Travelbook.ph also offers exclusive reward points: Customers also automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00).

Customers can also useTravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app to book accommodations on the go. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Lastly, TravelBook.ph is a proud Philippine-based company with 24/7 support. It has a Filipino call center ready to assist customers anytime. They can be reached through these numbers:

 

Landline: +63 2 662 1111                   Globe: +63 917 850 9029

Sun: +63 925 887 2835                       Smart: +63 998 961 3012

To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph/, Twitter https://twitter.com/travelbookph, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/travelbookph/.

 

We Want Workshops: First Aid for Furkids

Being a Fur parent is sometimes as hard as being a real mother or father to a child. The financial obligation is there, not to mention the effort and emotion you invest on them. Another thing that you need to ask yourself if you are planning to have a pet is, “What to do in times of emergency?” It’s a good thing that We Want Workshops came up with a seminar entitled “First Aid for Furkids” last May 20, 2017 at Ortigas Library.

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We Want Workshops or WWW invited Dr. Marc Joseph Domingo, DVM to host the said event. He started discussing essentials such as putting together a first aid kit for your pets. The furparents who attended were very eager and listened intently right from the start.

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The interesting part was when Dr. Macky classified the table food pets needed to avoid. Questions were thrown here and there such as the safety of “sawdust” or meat shavings or if the dog ingested something unintentionally, what would be the best thing to do. As a fur parent, myself, I understood every inquiry that was thrown and I appreciated the patience of the veterinarian in front of us, answering each questions intricately.

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Rodeo Club Philippines also attended and shared with the attendees the goals of their organization. Not only are they enthusiasts of the sport, they are also a group of veterinarians bound to help and save animals in need. We Want Workshops invited the organization as a sponsor to discuss their cause and also spread awareness that a Veterinarian’s job is not only glitz and glamour but requires a certain dedication.

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Right before the event ended, winners for the Best Pet was awarded. Weeks before the event, We Want Workshops held a photo liking contest wherein pet owners can show off their beloved furkids. Xyrus Ivan Mabini Castillote and R Patrick Reyes won and got a free invite to the event plus a blown-up and framed photo of Chichi and Esper.

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Dr. Noel Manalo also sent a message via SMS expressing his regret of not being able to come. He is also known as the “Vet ng Bayan” as featured by I-Witness, a show on GMA News TV. He was also a sponsor but sadly could not make it because of his prior commitment of going around the Bicol region offering free veterinary care to those living below the poverty line but still is compassionate to their four-legged friends.

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Lunch also was served right after the event and what could be better than seeing people with common interests share a thing or two with each other!

It was a fun and knowledge-filled Saturday morning from We Want Workshops and as everyone bid their goodbyes to one another, each knew that they are a better pet-parent than they were yesterday!

***For events and workshops information, you can visit We Want Workshop’s Facebook Page!

 

 

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo: Onboard Elegance

You have got to face it: no matter how traumatizing the movie Titanic was (imagine having the time of your life and then realizing that that was your last hoorah), you have dreamt of boarding a luxury ocean liner at least once in your lifetime. The sumptuous food, the glorious halls, the fancy cabins…you get to experience all that and it’s just half of the deal! You also get to travel to different parts of the world! Imagine how awe-stricken I was at the foot of Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo. My dream was coming true (well…sort of)!

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Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo made Philippines its home port. In its entire majestic form, the 13-story cruise liner with its wide array of restaurants, offering to take your palette around the globe; it’s wellness centers such as their spa, gym, salon; and even the electrifying sight of its 100-meter waterslide stretching out to one side of the ship, is simply a gateway to the places this pleasing giant can take you. I can only imagine how much time it would take to see all its corners! When we started with the elevator, it literally took me to a movie scene where the lift is giving you a full view of how fascinating the place is.

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The Mediterranean Restaurant is the main site for buffet. The area is spacious and is ideal for enjoying such gastronomic offers. What I like about the hall is the wide windows where you get to enjoy the view of the ocean while dining.

An Asian food trip is not complete without Peking duck and as we chanced by the Blue Lagoon, we saw the display that got us all excited! Another beauty of the Blue Lagoon is that you get to place your order on the tablet situated on your table—no more old-school hand-waving that we are so used on doing.

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The other restaurants in Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo are the Noble House (Chinese), The Taj (Indian) which boasted it’s no pork and lard-free menu, The Samurai Restaurant (Japanese and hello huge bottles of SAKE!), among others. All are equally pleasing to the palette! If you want dessert, they also have an in-house gelateria named Café Gelato right next to the pool. Strategic, right?

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And talking about the pool, all I can say is that it’s really a sight to behold! They named it the Parthenon Pool as it lived to its name of everything Greek.  From the mosaic tiles, the colonnade of columns with capitals, and even the Greek sculptures were everywhere! I personally love the violent rumbling of the Jacuzzi. It was relaxing and maintained its beauty amidst the harsh sunlight. The slide was also thrilling! Imagine rushing through its twist and turns while seeing part of the ocean rushing beneath you!

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There’s also a bar where you can enjoy live music and drinks. I personally appreciated the comfortable seats at the bar and those little tea sets display. It’s Star Cruises’ Superstar Virgo’s way of showcasing the different cultures they welcome. The place and even the drinks is a fusion of both the Eastern and Western world.

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If you are also into shopping, you can purchase different goodies from all over the world. From snacks, chocolates, perfumes, and even plushies, they have it! They also sell memorabilia that will always take you back to the Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo experience.

The Cabins are also beautiful! From the suit to the Inside Cabins, Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo ensures that they cater all walks of life with the same kind of care and glamour and privacy.

Aside from food, the luxury liner also upholds entertainment to the highest regard. Inside the ship is the Lido Theatre where shows such as the 1001 Nights are featured. The show is a marriage between a musical and acrobat show and is as exhilarating as either of the two!

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The bridge of the ship or the place where the ship is commanded is also open to the public. You can see the captain and the crew doing their work. You can also see a variation of trophies given to Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo for every port they visit.

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Of course, the cruise will not be a success no matter how beautiful the facilities are without the hard work of the crew. Comprised of manpower from different parts of the world, they are the men and women behind the success of the cruise. There were a lot of Filipinos working at Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo and it’s so easy to assume that they could not be luckier enough to be part of this delightful journey!

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The grace of Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo is one that is undeniably hard to forget. Not all Filipinos were given the chance before to experience what goes on in a cruise liner. Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo is opening the doors to us with affordable rates that will leave you with memories to last you a lifetime.

**For more information about Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo and the cruises they offer, you can visit their website HERE.

 

BOOST YOUR BUSINESS: BE RETAIL’S NEW ONLINE SENSATION

Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) is a training company that understands the principles of Adult Learning.  Their approach has always been focused on letting their trainees experience what is currently being taught through facilitated hands-on activities. Their newest offer is both relevant and practical in today’s booming e-commerce. Let’s talk about bringing your business in the World Wide Web and making it viral!

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Social Media Marketing is a skill that today’s industry should master. No business is too small provided that they have established a significant social media presence. It is no longer a game of expensive TV ads. Targeting your niche is as easy as clicking the mouse. Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) will guide you through the process. Topics such as White Hat and Black Hat marketing, creating effective Instagram posts, engaging people on Facebook and turning them into patrons, will be discussed. Not only that: since BILCI value experience, the training is also a workshop that encourages you to execute what you have learned real time.

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With just 3 days to go, Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) challenges you to take that leap of faith towards success. For more information, you can contact them through their Facebook Page (hyperlink— http://www.facebook.com/BILCITraining) or you can simply email your inquiries at info@bilci-ph.com. Do not waste time in thinking twice about this opportunity and start making your business an Internet sensation!   

BUSINESS INNOVATORS LEARNING CENTER INC.: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Social Media Marketing is one of the competencies a business entity should be skilled of. Today, it is no longer a game of neither who has the biggest billboard in EDSA nor who has the most high-tech commercial on TV. Making your business a household name is as easy as a click of the mouse. This is the same reason why Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) felt the need to have Social Media Marketing among their rich roster of course offering.

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Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) is a training company that understands the principles of Adult Learning. Their approach has always been focused on letting their trainees experience what is currently being taught through facilitated hands-on activities. This way, the retention of knowledge is stronger and the trainees’ ability to replicate the skill is better. Learning Social Media Marketing requires this kind of approach. It is one thing to know in theory how to make it big online and another to actually be taking the first step toward it.

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The training, which will be held on March 18, 2017, will discuss a wide array of topics which will guide the participants in formulating their success in Social Media Marketing: from relevantly branding their business to the more technical aspects of white hat and black hat marketing. Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) promises that by the end of training, you will understand the concepts of how to make your business a hit in the World Wide Web.

Registration is still ongoing. For more information, Business Innovators Learning Center Inc. (BILCI) can be contacted through their Facebook Page  or you can simply email your inquiries at info@bilci-ph.com. Do not waste time in thinking twice about this opportunity and start making your business viral!

6 Places You Can Still Go to Celebrate Christmas Late

It’s a week after the Holiday Season and I’m pretty sure life has returned to normal for the majority of us. School has already started and offices are again on “business as usual”.

However, there are still some who wishes to extend the Holiday Cheer by whatever means possible– not removing their Christmas decors at home yet, still has “All I Want For Christmas is You” on loop, and craving for the sights and sounds of nostalgic Yuletide.

Fret not! I have here 6 places that you can still go to here in the Philippines to prolong the warmth and festivity:

1. Star City Snow World – Pasay City

In a tropical country such as ours, snow is a wondrous delight! It’s a good thing that Star City houses a Snow World, complete with slides made of ice, ice sculptures, and heavy duty sweaters. Believe it or not, you can access this for 150.oo Php only for unlimited same day entrance!

2.  Ayala Triangle’s Festival of Lights – Ayala, Makati City

Watch as Ayala Garden illuminate the night sky in a display of jovial, dancing lights to the arrangement of acclaimed artists and musicians of the country. The show runs every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM until January 8, 2017. The best thing about this is that it’s absolutely free!

3. Baguio Country Club’s Christmas Village  – Baguio City

One thing that overwhelmed me about this place is that it literally snowed from the sky! If you would like to have that photo catching a “snowflake” without leaving the country, then this place is where you should be. Together with the snow, a musical variety show also happens every 3o minutes. The Baguio Country Club’s Christmas Village is open until January 8, 2017.

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4. Meralco Liwanag Park – Ortigas City

Meralco makes wandering around the world in a night possible with their impressive display of lights and sights at their very own backyard. The Meralco Liwanag Park has replicas of the world’s famous landmarks all lit up, waiting for you to take that glorious Instagram-worthy photo! If you have not yet seen it, you have until January 8, 2017 to visit.

5. Casa Santa – Antipolo

Jolly old Saint Nicolas has been the icon of Christmas for a very long time. A household in Antipolo has taken this liking to a whole new level and turned their humble abode into a museum filled with Santa Claus collectibles. Casa Santa has grabbed the attention of the Philippines when it was featured on numerous shows on television. They are open every Saturdays and Sundays until January 29, 2017.

6. Marikina Grand Carnival – Marikina

The holiday season can also be associated to carnival rides, cotton candy, and booth games. This is what the Marikina Grand Carnival is all about: bringing you back the Perya feels. You can can still ride their Ferris Wheel and Caterpillars until January 15, 2017! Hurry!

 

At this point in time, you now know that you can still have that yuletide joy until almost the end of January! Cheers to you and I sure hope you have that spectacular moment of the season!

-Janni

Starbucks 2017 Planner Unboxing and Review

One of the known, ongoing traditions every holiday is the race to obtain the annual Starbucks Planner. This year, Starbucks Philippines is presenting something different: the planner in full color!

With a total of 18 stickers (that’s 9 holiday drinks + 9 drinks of your choice), you will not only get the planner itself but a pouch, an erasable pen, stickers, and, yes, discount vouchers that promises to give you treats almost every month!

For a closer look at the Starbucks 2017  Planner, do check my video below ^___^:

 

As promised, here are the photos of the vouchers that goes along with the planner. Again, remember, each voucher has a particular month to use it on (I arranged it from top to bottom, left and then right). If you probably noticed, there are only 10 vouchers on the Starbucks Planner 2017–November and December aren’t included. My best bet would be that the 2018 planner will be launched by that time, this year.

 

 

Highlights of the Planner:

  • Discounts! Free stuff! –and that’s throughout the year!
  • Collectors Item: colored, finally.
  • Lots of things that comes along with it (e.g. erasable pen, pouch, stickers, magnetic bookmark).
  • You get to help charities Teach for the Philippines & Philippine Educational Theater Association.

Flip Side:

  • If you are not really a coffee drinker, the vouchers have no use.
  • Paper thickness is not so much compared to last year. Be careful in using heavy-tinted pens as it may blot the next page
  • You have to spend around 2,000 Php to get this planner or a go-big-or-go-home 7,000 Php on a single purchase receipt.

 

The issuing of stickers is only until January 8, 2016 so if you have not yet completed your card,  it’s time to call for backup!

I sure hope I helped you decide whether you are getting the Starbucks Planner 2017! Let me know what you think on the comment section below ^_^