Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and Taal Vista Hotel invites you to savor every moment with our thoughtfully curated dining experiences. As the saying goes, "home is where the heart is," and at Taal Vista Hotel, we bring the warmth of home for your Valentine celebration.



On February 14, 2024, from 12 PM to 3 PM for lunch and 6 PM to 10 PM, indulge in the Valentine's Day Buffet at Veranda. Priced at an inviting Php 1,980 nett per person, this culinary experience promises to be an unforgettable celebration of love.



For those seeking a more enchanted evening, from February 14 to 18, Taza Fresh Table’s outdoor Gazebo offers couples a romantic escape for only Php 9,900 nett. The package includes a special five-course set menu, a bottle of sparkling wine, three long-stemmed roses, and a box of praline chocolates.



An intimate dinner setting also awaits couples inside Taza Fresh Table from February 14 to 18, offering an enchanting experience for only Php 6,990 nett per couple. The package includes a candlelit table setup, a special five-course set menu, two glasses of house wine, one long-stemmed red rose, and a box of praline chocolates.




ALTA Ridge Bar presents "Ridge Romance" on February 14, 2024, for only Php 6,990 nett  per couple. This romantic evening includes a special five-course set menu, two glasses of house wine, one long-stemmed red rose, a box of praline chocolates, and the soothing tunes of a live acoustic band.


Adding a unique touch to the celebration, "Love Notes in the Dome" at Taza Fresh Table offers an exclusive experience throughout the month starting February 1 to 29, from 6 PM to 10 PM, for Php 18,990 nett per couple. The package includes a special five-course set menu in the Himalayan Dome, a bottle of sparkling wine, a bouquet of red roses, a box of praline chocolates, one Tudor The Bear stuffed toy with lace cookies, and a special performance by a violinist.


Celebrate love with Taal Vista Hotel, your home for memorable experiences. Reserve your spot now and make this Valentine's Day truly special. For reservations, email Taal Vista Hotel at foodandbeverage@taalvistahotel.com. You may also reach us at +63 2 7917 8225.





Viva Pit Senyor! Get ready to play awesome as Samsung brings the newest members of the Galaxy A series to Sinulog Festival this January 20, 2024 at The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu.


In this exciting collaboration, Samsung has partnered with ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Karavan to make your Sinulog experience even more awesome with the Grand Awesome Festival. Meet some of the industry's top and rising artists, including #TeamGalaxy Belle Mariano. Attendees can also look forward to special performances and experiences with their favorite Kapamilya celebrities!


Festival-goers and tech enthusiasts alike are invited to visit the Samsung booth and experience firsthand the awesome features of the Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G. The booth will have fun and interactive activities showcasing the features of their latest devices so you can play awesome.


As a special treat, visitors to the Samsung booth during the event will receive exclusive freebies and discounts. This is a unique chance for attendees to get their hands on these new devices and take advantage of exciting promos.


Play Awesome at Sinulog Festival with the Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G


Capture the Sinulog fun to the fullest with the Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G’s improved display! Play back your videos and pictures in high definition with the phones’ Super AMOLED Display, which lets you see your awesome memories clearly even under direct sunlight.

Play all day and never worry about running out of battery as these phones are equipped with 5,000 mAh batteries. They also have a super fast charging capacity so you can get back up and on the road in no time if you have to charge your phone.

Capture all your awesome festival moments with the Galaxy A25 5G's 50MP OIS Main Camera, 8MP Ultra Wide, and 2MP Macro lenses. Also, the Galaxy A15 5G has a 50MP primary camera, 5MP Ultra Wide and 2MP Macro cameras to capture all of the colorful festivities. Both phones have a 13MP front-facing camera for endless selfies with your friends.

The Galaxy A15 5G sells at P10,990 for the 4GB+128GB variant and P14,990 for the 8GB+256GB model. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A25 5G is available for P15,990 for the 6GB+128GB model and P18,990 for the 8GB+256GB variation. The Galaxy A15 LTE is also available for as low as P9,990 for the 4GB+128GB variant and P13,990 for the 8GB+256GB version. You can also get a free 25W travel adapter if you order any of these phones before March 31, 2024.

You can also get them with additional offers like monthly credit card payment with Home Credit for only P915 for up to 12 months at 0% interest and get up to P4,000 off the original price when you trade in your old Galaxy device. You can also add P185 per month to get Samsung Care+ for your new phone. Visit www.samsung.com.ph for more information. 

Also watch out for the next stops for the Grand Awesome Festival at Festive Walk Iloilo during the Dinagyang Festival on January 28 and at Baguio City for Panagbenga Festival. Check out @SamsungPH on Facebook for updates.


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The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines and the Department of Tourism (DOT) are gearing up to present the Philippines’ rich and diverse tourism offerings at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2024 on January 22 to 27 in Vientiane, Laos.


The ATF is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as one tourist destination. With the theme "Quality and Responsible Tourism - Sustaining ASEAN Future," the Philippines is poised to showcase its tourism offerings and highlight its resolute commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism practices.


"The ASEAN Tourism Forum is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to present our distinct tourism offerings to a global audience while also highlighting our efforts to promote sustainable tourism,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles. “We are optimistic that ATF 2024 will be a springboard to significantly drive tourism growth and collaboration within the ASEAN region.”


ATF 2024 will serve as a platform to drive discussions among government bodies and private sector organizations on advancing sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices in the ASEAN region. Alongside these discussions, the forum will also host a three-day Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) from January 24 to 26 to facilitate business-to-business meetings and trade and promotion of ASEAN destination products and services.


At TRAVEX, the Philippine delegation will be represented by 15 local exhibitors from the airline industry, hotels and resorts, tour operators/destination management companies, and convention center. Notable exhibitors in the accommodation sector include the Lihim Resorts, El Nido by Araw Hospitality Inc., Best Western Plus Metro Clark, Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark Mactan Cebu, Tambuli Seaside Resort and Spa, Araneta Hotels Inc. (Novotel Manila Araneta City), AJ Coffee and Bed (Kaulayaw Coffee), and ALI Makati Hotel Property Inc - Raffles and Fairmont Hotel Makati.


Tour operators and destination management companies include Quasar Travel and Tours, Uni Orient Travel Inc., Marsman Drysdale Travel, Inc., Annset Holidays Inc., and CTPH Tour. SMX Convention Center, one of the country’s MICE suppliers, will also join the exhibitors’ lineup, while the airline industry will be represented by the Philippine Airlines.


Moreover, the Philippines will present comprehensive updates on the country's tourism industry during a media briefing session slated on January 24.


In a bid to amplify the Philippines’ presence on the global stage, the TPB and DOT will host a late-night function for international buyers, Philippine private sector sellers, and international media attendees on January 26 where guests will  savor a blend of traditional Philippine and Laos cuisine while enjoying spectacular cultural performances.









Here are all the ways you can play awesome with the Super AMOLED Display and Supercharged Battery of these new devices!


Awesome adventures await with the Galaxy A15 5G and Galaxy A25 5G, Samsung’s most affordable 5G smartphones that can keep up with your awesome lifestyle! From outdoor video streaming to all-day gaming, these phones can satisfy all your needs from a smartphone with their Super AMOLED Displays and enhanced 5,000 mAh batteries that can now support 25W super fast charging.

The Galaxy A15 5G is available for only P10,990 for the 4GB+128GB model and P14,990 for the 8GB+256GB model. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A25 5G costs P15,990 for the 6GB+128GB model and P18,990 for the 8GB+256GB variant, with a complimentary 25W travel adapter if you order before March 31, 2024.

Here’s how the Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G can help you play awesome at a wallet-friendly price.

Enjoy watching anytime, anywhere through the Super AMOLED Display

Whether you’re under the sheets or enjoying the warm sunshine, you can enjoy watching all your favorite shows and see pictures in awesome detail, thanks to the Galaxy A15 and A25 5G’s 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display which can give you improved screen visibility even in direct sunlight with Vision Booster. Both phones also have up to 120Hz refresh rate for that extra smooth experience and display quality.

The Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G can brighten up to 1,000 nits, so you can still enjoy streaming even when outdoors–perfect for your upcoming summer getaways and escapades. For your late-night binge watching or sleepovers, the Eye Comfort Shield reduces harmful blue light so that your eyes are cared for.

Play all day with an improved and supercharged battery

Had to pause your game because of your phone’s low battery level? Forget about that! With the Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G’s 5,000 mAh battery, you can continue your awesome play from day to night! This is also perfect when you're traveling as you won't need to pull out your charger every time to ensure your phone lasts the entire day. 

If ever you’re in need to charge your phone, the more powerful battery now has a 25W super fast charging capacity, so you can power through levels and stay ahead of your game or stay up and running on your trips and whole-day activities.

Live your best life with awesome cameras

If you love to document all your memorable moments, you'd better make it with a phone that can capture it from all angles. You can make every picture cinematic with the Galaxy A25 5 G's 50MP OIS Main Camera, 8MP Ultra Wide, and 2MP Macro lenses. On the other hand, the Galaxy A15 5G has a 50MP primary camera for scenic photographs, 5MP Ultra Wide and 2MP Macro cameras for landscapes and close-ups. Each phone has a 13MP front-facing camera for selfies you'll flaunt on your profile.

Worried about running out of storage and slow performance? The Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G give you more than enough space and speed as MediaTek MT6835 powers the Galaxy A15 and has memory and storage capacities of 4GB / 8GB and 128GB / 256GB. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A25 5G is powered by a strong Exynos 1280 processor and comes with 6GB / 8GB RAM and 128GB / 256GB storage choices, with support for an additional 1TB via a microSD card.

You can also ensure that these phones can join your journey for years, as the new members of the Galaxy A series have up to four generations of OS upgrades and five years of security maintenance. Both the Galaxy A25 5G and Galaxy A15 5G are protected by Certified EAL5+ Samsung Knox Vault, which is designed to keep your sensitive data, such as PINs, passwords, and patterns, in a separate tamper-resistant storage for protection against software and hardware threats such as voltage, glitches, high temperature, and laser, in a separate tamper-resistant storage.

On top of all this, the Galaxy A15 and A25 5G also offer awesome style in hues that match your daily ‘fits – with the Galaxy A15 5G flexing a tidy camera layout and a glossy back cover in Blue Black and Blue colorways. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A25 5G has a sleek profile with unique patterns and a haze finish, available in Blue Black, Blue, and Yellow as an online-exclusive color.

The Galaxy A15 LTE is also available for as low as P9,990 for the 4GB+128GB variant and P13,990 for the 8GB+256GB version. It also has the same Super AMOLED Display and a 5,000 mAh battery that can support 25W Fast Charging. It also has the same OS and security features as the Galaxy A25 5G and A15 5G, and you can avail this phone in two awesome colors; Blue Black and Light Blue.

So are you ready to play awesome this 2024? Claim your most awesome year yet with the new Galaxy A15 and A25 5G with additional offers like monthly credit card payment with Home Credit for only P915 for up to 12 months at 0% interest and get up to P4,000 off the original price when you trade in your old Galaxy device. You can also add P185 per month to get Samsung Care+ for your new phone.  


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In anticipation of Galaxy Unpacked happening on January 18, Samsung is teasing new mobile AI-powered capabilities. To hype excitement, the iconic SM Mall of Asia Globe was lit up to announce an imminent revolutionary mobile experience that will change the way you live, connect, and create with the Galaxy S series.

This is part of Samsung’s celebrations to welcome a new era of Galaxy innovations. Samsung also teamed up with Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” Season 2, now streaming only on Disney+, for an epic takeover of Las Vegas on Sphere’s giant exterior LED display. Featuring Doctor Strange, the Las Vegas skyline lit up to hint at new mobile AI capabilities coming soon to Galaxy users worldwide. Just as Marvel’s renowned character Doctor Strange discovers new portals of endless possibilities, Galaxy AI will enable discovery in a whole new way.

Samsung Electronics will host Unpacked in San Jose, California beginning at 2 am January 18 PH time. Join us as we unveil the latest premium Galaxy innovations, providing an all-new mobile experience powered by AI. The event will be streamed live on Samsung.com, Samsung Newsroom, and Samsung’s YouTube channel.

 

Stay tuned at news.samsung.com/ph for all the upcoming teasers, trailers and news about Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2024. Besides exclusive updates, you may also register now and get up to Php 5,000 e-voucher from Samsung.




Samsung offers a variety of Watch6 bands for different uses which can easily be interchanged with the One Click design.

During the holidays, when the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming, ensuring you get enough sleep becomes even more essential. From staying up late preparing gifts to spending hours in endless celebration, the festive season often brings a mix of excitement and stress, making it easy to neglect proper rest.

Taking care of your sleep is an integral part of your overall health and happiness, ensuring you can fully enjoy the festivities with a rejuvenated mind and body. To help Filipinos achieve healthy sleep, Samsung Philippines with its latest smartwatch Galaxy Watch6, has partnered with Emma Sleep, KonsultaMD, and Mental Health PH to share valuable tips on how to get a good night’s rest during the holiday season. 

During this joyful time of the year, sleep in heavenly peace by following these tips.

#TeamGalaxy enjoying the Emma Diamond Hybrid Mattress. Samsung partnered with Emma Sleep to promote healthy sleep among Filipinos.

  1. Get to know your sleeping patterns

People have different sleeping habits so it would be good to get to know yours so you can find a sleeping pattern that works best for you. Luckily, fitness watches like the  Galaxy Watch6 and Watch6 Classic have functions like enhanced sleep monitoring and a detailed Sleep Score, tracking total sleep time, sleep cycle, and awake time for a comprehensive understanding of sleeping habits. This series also has Sleep Consistency to visualize the regularity of sleep and wake periods, alongside a Sleep Animal Symbol that indicates how you sleep. Additionally, the Sleep Coaching feature provides personalized instructions, advice, and reminders on both the wrist and paired smartphone, aiding users in developing healthy sleep habits.

Dr. Aika Buenavista of KonsultaMD provided helpful insights on sleep health and ways to simulate a perfect sleeping environment.

  1. All must be calm to snooze peacefully

When you are too stressed out going through your daily tasks these holidays, getting a good sleep almost seems impossible. According to Ms. Lovely Ana Aguas of Mental Health PH, listening and responding to your emotions can help you manage them. She shared that two brains reside within us: the skull brain, conveying messages through images and stories, and the body brain, expressing emotions and associated physical sensations.

“Sometimes when we are too stressed, our skull brains just keep on firing messages [that] sometimes we do not understand it anymore. One way to connect better to our needs is by listening to our body”, Ms. Lovely shared. When you feel overstretched with the holiday tasks, simple breathing exercises can help you calm down and recalibrate and find the peace you need before hitting the bed.

Ms. Lovely Ana Aguas of Mental Health PH shares some tips to get in touch with one's emotions and ways to be calm in stressful situations.


  1. Give yourself the gift of health 

Getting the best night’s sleep does not only start when you’re about to hit the bed. A vast majority of it comes from what you do the entire day. Holidays are about celebration, and you might spend these days letting loose, some of which can have a detrimental effect on your health. Dr. Dex Macalintal of KonsultaMD shared how vices can have an impact not just on sleep but on the overall wellbeing.

To get better sleep and maintain a healthy heart during these jolly days, Dr. Dex suggests avoiding vices and adapting a healthy lifestyle, “You have to eat healthy, you have to get active, you stay at your healthy weight, quit smoking, stay away from second-hand smoke, control your blood cholesterol, blood pressure.”

Dr. Dex Macalintal of KonsultaMD imparts his knowledge on heart health and provides tips towards having a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Getting yourself ready for a merry sleep

Fun moments during these holidays make you feel like you don’t want to sleep at all. To help prepare yourself for sleep, Dr. Aika Buenavista, also from Konsulta MD suggests dimming the lights two hours before sleep, as well as putting your phones into sleep mode at the same time. You can also do some light physical activities like yoga three hours before bedtime to help relax your muscles, and follow with a warm shower to decrease your body temperature. She also suggested having a proper water intake and avoiding drinking more than four cups of coffee during the day.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic is available in Black or Silver, while the Galaxy Watch6 has Gold and Graphite Colors.

  1. Simulating the perfect sleeping environment

Of course, going to bed constitutes choosing the ideal bed you’ll spend the night on. You must choose a mattress that is not just comfortable, but is also made to unlock the transformative power of a good night sleep.

The Galaxy Watch6 series creates a serene environment by automatically adjusting connected home electronics, activating Sleep Mode on the watch and phone to mute notifications, dim screens, and utilize the watch's invisible LED infrared sensor for health insights without light distractions. The one-click band feature allows easy transformation into a fabric band for peaceful moments like sleep.

Samsung has also partnered with Emma Sleep which offers the Emma Diamond Hybrid Mattress that features a Diamond Degree® technology to get exceptional cooling for deeper sleep. It  also has dynamic body support, and  7-zone springs that truly elevates sleep into a luxurious experience.

Savor your silent nights with your own Galaxy Watch6! The Galaxy Watch6 40mm comes with a 30% discount when you get the Galaxy S23 Ultra (512GB & 256GB)1. Order yours at https://www.samsung.com/ph/watches/galaxy-watch/galaxy-watch6-40mm-gold-bluetooth-sm-r930nzeaasa/buy/ or any authorized Samsung dealer. 

The Galaxy Watch6 assigns a sleep animal through the Sleep Coaching feature which helps users accomplish a program to achieve better sleep.

To know more about the Galaxy Watch6 series, go to www.samsung.com/galaxy



Are you on the hunt for a reliable yet budget-friendly home security camera? Check out this Security Camera from TP-Link by Ipason. Let me introduce the Tapo C211 Pan/Tilt Home Security Wi-Fi Camera, a gadget that won't break the bank but promises to boost your home security.

Camera

The Tapo C211 sports a 2K resolution and 3 MP camera.

Impressive Range of Motion

One of the standout features of this camera is its range of motion. It can sweep a full 360 degrees horizontally and tilt 114 degrees vertically, ensuring that no corner of your space goes unmonitored.

Two-Way Communication

Need to communicate with someone at home while you're away? The Tapo C211 has a two-way radio feature, fostering a constant connection to what matters most.

Night Vision Capabilities

In low-light conditions, this camera shines with a visual range of up to 30 feet, guaranteeing that you won't miss a single detail even in complete darkness. Day or night, the Tapo C211 keeps you informed.

Intelligent Notifications

Stay in the loop with instant notifications. Whether it's a crying baby or an unexpected visitor, the Tapo C211 detects and sends alerts directly to your phone, keeping you informed in real-time.

Privacy Zone Configuration

Worried about sensitive areas being recorded? The Tapo C211 allows you to set up privacy zones, ensuring it won't capture footage of designated areas.

Dual Smartphone Viewing

For added convenience, you can view the camera feed from two different smartphones simultaneously, allowing two individuals to monitor the surroundings effectively.

Flexible Footage Storage

Choose how you want to store your footage with two options: a MicroSD card with up to 512 GB of storage or the ease of Tapo Care for Cloud Storage.

Voice Control Integration

Take your home security setup to the next level with voice control. The Tapo C211 is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing you to command the camera hands-free.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Tapo C211 Pan/Tilt Home Security Wi-Fi Camera impresses with its affordability and an array of features that make it a worthy contender in the budget-friendly security camera market. Don't compromise on safety—make the smart choice with the Tapo C211.

Where to Get It

Ready to elevate your home security? Check out the Tapo C211 at TP-Link by Ipason, available in their Lazada and Shopee flagship stores.

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