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Hong Kong Disneyland offers wicked fun with Disney Halloween Time 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort presents the most wickedly fun celebration during Disney Halloween Time from September 13 to October 31, 2018. Halloween Town, where Jack Skellington and his mischievous friends…

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort presents the most wickedly fun celebration during Disney Halloween Time from September 13 to October 31, 2018. Halloween Town, where Jack Skellington and his mischievous friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wreaked havoc, will be recreated at the all-new “Journey to Halloween Town” immersive walkthrough experience, challenging brave souls to face down the “Pumpkin King” and his friends.

Disney friends and villains are getting ready for wicked encounters with guests at Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party and Halloween Time Festival Gardens. Duffy’s newest friend, Cookie, will also show off her first Halloween attire and join the party. At night, the park will be hauntingly fun, when Disney villains come out to join Villains Night Out! Chapter 3 and turn the park upside down.

In true Disney Halloween fashion, an extensive range of themed merchandise and food and beverage items will be available, along with spooky Halloween decor and fun-filled recreation activities across the resort’s three themed hotels, ensuring that all Pinoy guests can enjoy a “play, shop, dine, and stay” getaway at HKDL this autumn.

Reliving “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the all-new “Journey to Halloween Town”

“Pumpkin King” Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from the stop-motion classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” will loom large at the Main Gate of the park to herald Disney Halloween Time 2018. Themed decorations will point the way to the brand-new walkthrough experience, “Journey to Halloween Town,” at The Pavilion.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey, filled with iconic music and scenes from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Venture into Dr. Finklestein’s Lab, where Jack Skellington’s friend Sally is desperate for guests’ help. Beware of the evil Oogie Boogie, out to trap guests in his lair. Brave guests are invited to find out if they have what it takes to tackle blood-curdling Halloween Town! And don’t miss the Jack Skellington and Friends Halloween Time Character Greeting.

Disney friends revel in the Halloween spirit all day long

Guests will experience the brighter side of Disney Halloween Time at Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party. Every afternoon, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy will appear atop three giant Jack-o’-lantern whirlies with other Disney friends and a host of parade performers to greet guests and share the joy.

Guests should have their cameras ready to capture immersive Disney character greetings from day to night! Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang will be sporting their brand-new Halloween costumes – with a touch of regal purple – to embrace the spirit of the occasion. Duffy’s new friend, Cookie, will appear in her first Halloween outfit, marking her Halloween debut together with Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou.

At Halloween Time Festival Gardens, Winnie the Pooh and other Disney friends, in their Halloween costumes, will greet guests for photos during the day. Young guests can also learn to make Jack Skellington-themed paper masks and then go trick-or-treating. After dark, the gardens will be taken over by Disney’s infamous baddies for some wicked fun for everyone.

Disney villains and spectacular shows add thrills to dark nights

The park atmosphere turns ominous as the sun goes down, when fearsome Disney villains come out in force to join Villains Night Out! Chapter 3. This year, Maleficent leads the malevolent Ursula, the Evil Queen and Jafar in the procession. They will be joined by Jack Skellington, Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts and Cruella de Vil to cause merry mayhem as they march along Main Street, U.S.A. Do not miss the big finale, as Maleficent ends the show on a fiery high note.

Bringing a celebratory tone to the night time experience, guests can enjoy the vibrant and colorful “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show along Main Street, U.S.A. every evening! This surprise party pays tribute to Mickey Mouse’s major milestones and features his memorable classics, his full-color heyday, and a crazy kaleidoscope of Mickey in modern styles.

We Love Mickey Projection Show.

We Love Mickey Projection Show.

Spoiled for choice with extensive Halloween merchandise and F&B creations

A bumper line-up of close to 100 Halloween themed merchandise items, from apparel to accessories, toys and home décor, will keep guests busy hunting for favorite keepsakes. Limited-edition pins commemorating the 25th anniversary of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are definitely collectibles. The Duffy and Friends’ collection highlights their newest Halloween outfits, exclusive to HKDL. The reversible Tsum Tsum plush toys instantly change Disney friends into Halloween looks. The new HKDL-exclusive Boo collection introduces the fun of playing “peek-a-boo” to uncover a Disney character. Guests can also dress up as a family in the new apparel collection from the Mickey and Friends assortment.

More than 20 new Halloween-themed snacks and drinks will be introduced in the park and hotel restaurants. The Halloween Mickey Ring at Main Street Bakery will be sure to put anyone in the mood for Halloween, as will the new Sesame Egg Puff and Jack Marshmallow Vanilla Cookie, available at Outdoor Vending Carts. The Purple Myst and Green Devil Special Drink adds plenty of fizz to the occasion. At Crystal Lotus in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Jack’s Party dim sum set, featuring Jack’s Shrimp Dumpling, Crispy Pumpkin Scallop Puff and Mummy Vegetable Bun, looks almost too good to be devoured.

Why not take a breather from all the excitement and settle down for a character-themed Halloween set menu at Main Street Corner Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola? For a change of pace, enjoy a parent-child DIY cookie decoration activity while relaxing over a family buffet at Chef Mickey at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.

Enjoy a complete Halloween resort vacation

Halloween fun extends to the resort hotels with a host of Halloween activities for hotel guests to enjoy. Young guests may unleash their creativity by making exclusive Disney handcrafts like tricky Jack door tag, learn to make towel Sally and tricky treaty candy bag. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Explorers Lodge will immerse young guests in challenging themed games.

All hotels will also be delightfully, frightfully decorated. Taking the magic up a notch, guests can enjoy the Halloween Wicked In-Room Overlay for HK$899 from September 13 onwards. The room decoration package includes amenities box, slippers, door sticker, a pumpkin hamper with candies, wicked hats, cookies, a plush toy plus priority admission pass to “Journey to Halloween Town” and Halloween Playtime exclusively for hotel guests for a complete Halloween resort vacation.

Magical experiences fill Hong Kong Disneyland day and night

Seasonal entertainment will continue at the resort for the rest of year as Mickey and friends will share Christmas carols for a heart-warming celebration of “A Disney Christmas” from November to January 1, 2019. Festive fun will be introduced as Christmas tree lighting and romantic snowfalls create magical experiences for guests.

A rich line-up of one-of-a-kind experiences fill the park with magic day and night. The transformation of Hong Kong Disneyland’s castle is fully underway. The brand-new live atmosphere stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” in Adventureland marked the celebration of the first exciting entertainment offering under HKDL’s multi-year expansion spanning from 2018 to 2023. Next year, an all-new attraction: “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!” the second Marvel ride-through experience at the resort – will debut as the park continues to expand its Marvel-themed area.

There is always something new to discover at HKDL, and guests from the Philippines are invited to visit the resort every season to experience Disney magic!

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The Travel Club Trade-In Sale goes to Cebu, Davao

Donate an old luggage and get up to 40% discount on top brands, as The Travel Club presents its highly-anticipated Trade-In Sale for the very first time in Cebu and…

Donate an old luggage and get up to 40% discount on top brands, as The Travel Club presents its highly-anticipated Trade-In Sale for the very first time in Cebu and Davao from October 25-28, 2018.

The four-day event will happen in The Gallery at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu and include the lineup of brands housed at The Travel Club: Delsey, Briggs and Riley, Traveler’s Choice, Victorinox, and World Traveler.

Established in 1992 as a premiere concept store that carries and impressive array of top-of-the-line products, The Travel Club is committed to making travel smooth and hassle-free.

Discount on travel gears

This season, it comes up with the Trade-In Sale as one way to connect with the travelling community.

Throughout the event, customers can donate their pre-loved luggage and bags in exchange for discounts of up to 40 percent on new travel gears.

In Davao, the sale will be held at The Travel Club store in Abreeza Mall.

For travelers with a penchant for adventure, The Travel Club also offers brands such as The North Face, Sea to Summit, Nalgene, and Eagle Creek.

To diversify its product range, the store also began carrying a range of lifestyle bags from brands like JanSport, Herschel, Granite Gear, Hedgren, Sakroots, and Healthy Back Bag. More than just a store, The Travel Club takes pride in providing travelers with insightful tips and helpful advice through store personnel who are adept in the field of travel.

Overseas Filipino workers

Apart from being a great opportunity to shop for new travel items, The Travel Club Trade-In Sale is also a chance for travelers to take part in a good cause. Teaming up with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the pre-loved items that will be turned-over to The Travel Club will be donated to the agency that looks after the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.

To avail of the exclusive discounts during The Travel Club Trade-In Sale, customers simply have to bring in their old luggage or bags such as business cases, laptop cases, messenger bags, shoulder bags, duffle bags, and backpacks.

The discounts will be on a one-to-one basis wherein one donated bag entails only one discount for a bag. Customers who will be bringing in items for trade-in can avail of special discounts on featured collections and items, which will range from 15% to up to 40% discount. However, the discount will be dependent on the item to be purchased and not on the traded-in item.

Discount voucher

Discounts are not valid in conjunction with any other ongoing store promotions and markdowns or on sale items. If a customer is unable to choose any item from the product selections at the venue, the sale number tags may be exchanged at the cashier for a 15% discount voucher valid in all The Travel Club branches nationwide. The voucher may be used until December 21, 2018 and cannot be converted into cash or exchanged for other items.

A one-stop shop for all kinds of travelers with varying needs and preferences, The Travel Club wants to ensure that everyone gets access to the best luggage and accessories to make their travel experiences comfortable and memorable.

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TUMI introduces Women’s Fall Collection 2018

TUMI’s Fall 2018 Women’s collection fuses sophisticated and feminine elements with innovative function and design to create versatile designs for business and everyday use. These new and distinctly modern styles…

TUMI’s Fall 2018 Women’s collection fuses sophisticated and feminine elements with innovative function and design to create versatile designs for business and everyday use. These new and distinctly modern styles combine elegant beauty and sophisticated professionalism, providing a seamless experience for women on the go.

Taking inspiration from the simplicity, functionality and minimalism at the heart of Scandinavian design, the Fall 2018 Women’s collection explores the rich, natural beauty of the region and presents a collection that celebrates intentional, thoughtful design.

This season, Voyageur is relaunching with a new attitude, exciting features and refreshed silhouettes. Versatile and refined, this assortment is ideal for daily commutes, short getaways, or weekend excursions.

TUMI Voyageur Bryce Backpack

Voyageur Bryce Backpack

 

The Fall 2018 assortment takes shape with a mix of bold prints and accents of color, offering streamlined, lightweight designs with sophisticated and feminine details. The collection opens with Maroon and Pink Ombre, along with the core Black, Mink and Navy colorways. Later in the season, the collection will be reenergized with Magenta and a unique, modern Camo Floral pattern.

Voyageur introduces various new backpack styles, building off the success of this best-selling women’s category, including the Carson, Hagen, Dori, Bryce, and Rivas Backpacks. The spacious interiors of these stylish backpacks have a variety of organizational elements, including open and zip pockets and a dedicated padded compartment for tablets or laptops. The exteriors of all backpacks also feature a quick-access phone pocket on the backside of the bag, allowing for easy and secure mobile storage.

Additional new styles include the Ruma Crossbody, Mariel Hip Bag, Tres Leger Carry-On, and Basel Triangle Pouches. New styles provide a clean, modernized look with special details including locking zipper pull for extra security, easy grip rolled top handle, hidden quick-access phone pocket with magnetic bar closure, new dangler with key ring, hidden tracer tag, and water bottle pocket (select styles).

TUMI Voyageur Novelty Hagen Backpack - Black Camo

Voyageur Novelty Hagen Backpack – Black Camo

 

Voyageur Novelty will introduce a subtle Camo Print in both Black and Green, as well as exciting new embellishments throughout the assortment. Playful elements such as chains and studding will be offered in the Whitney Backpack and Troy Crossbody.

The Voyageur Business assortment will gain enhanced, trend-focused styles, including the Sheryl Small Business Tote which will be executed in nylon with a more structured shape. Updates to the Voyageur Leather collection, which highlights best-selling nylon silhouettes and translates them into luxurious leather, will be introduced in Black and an exciting seasonal Brick Red.

In Cebu, TUMI is available at its store in Ayala Center Cebu. (Press Release)

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Top 3 exciting reasons why you shouldn’t miss SM City Consolacion sale

There are three big reasons not to miss SM City’s Consolacion’s 3-day sale. From September 14-16, SM will once again fill stacks with good finds at up to 70 percent…

There are three big reasons not to miss SM City’s Consolacion’s 3-day sale.

From September 14-16, SM will once again fill stacks with good finds at up to 70 percent off in prices. But what is it that makes this sale the biggest north of Cebu?

Here are the top three reasons:

1. Freebies for early birds

It always pays to come early and, in this case, SM City Consolacion will reward early shoppers with freebies that will satisfy morning cravings.

For the three days of sale, the first 100 shoppers to claim their raffle coupons in the redemption booth will each be given a Jollibee Yum burger, a Dunkin’ Donuts donut, and a glass of Greenwich iced tea. In addition to these treats, the first 50 shoppers will also receive World of Fun and Quantum game tokens.

You get more with your shopping as the mall’s establishments will also be giving away freebies and novelty prizes to the first 100 shoppers who can present a single receipt purchase worth 500 pesos. They’ve also gone digital with their QR Code promo “Yes You Scan” where 20 lucky shoppers can win up to 1000 pesos worth of SM GCs.

SM Consolacion Sale

2. Discounts upon discounts for cardholders

SM’s loyal cardholders are always treated like royalty with the exclusive discounts from affiliate stores: Ace Hardware, Miniso, SM Appliance, Surplus, Watsons and The SM Store.

On Friday, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders will enjoy additional 10 percent discount for the whole day. SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders get another exclusive 10 percent off for the first three hours on Saturday.

If they can’t make it on Saturday morning, SM City Consolacion extends the same 10 percent discount to SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders from 5-7 pm.

SM Consolacion

3. A chance to win a brand new Suzuki Celerio

The sweet icing on the cake will be the grand raffle prize, which is a brand new Suzuki Celerio. One lucky shopper gets to bring this fine ride home. To join, you simply present your receipts to the redemption booth. For every P1000 worth of purchases, the shopper gets one raffle coupon.

Those with the SM Mobile App get 2 extra coupons. On Saturday and Sunday, they get double coupons. Raffle draw is on September 16, 10 pm, at the Event Center.

Everyone’s a winner with huge discounts, prizes, and freebies at SM City Consolacion’s 3-Day Sale from September 14 to 16. Mall hours on September 14 and 16, Friday and Sunday, will be from 10 am-10 pm. Mall opens early at 9 am and closes 10 pm on Saturday, September 15.

Block your schedules, write down your shopping list, and be ready for non-stop shopping and entertainment. For details and more updates, please call 2600132 or like the official SM City Consolacion (Official) page on Facebook. (Press Release)

SM Consolacion Sale

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Battle for ‘Supremacy’ in Sykes sportsfest, family day

SYKES Philippines once again gathered its employees not for work but for a fun day with colleagues and families. Thousands of SYKEsers turned up for the celebration in Cebu that…

SYKES Philippines once again gathered its employees not for work but for a fun day with colleagues and families.

Thousands of SYKEsers turned up for the celebration in Cebu that kicked off with a parade filled with the team banners of RYBU Blue Lions, SG&A White Warriors, CSBU Red Transformers, DBBU Pink Panther, MLBU Green Stallions, JNBU Black Immortals, and AMBU Gold Eagles.

The company’s annual Sports Fest and Family Day is aimed at promoting camaraderie, unity, and a healthier lifestyle among its employees.

This year’s SYKES Sportsfest theme is “Supremacy,” which fits with the company ideals to continue to push talents to become the leader in their respective crafts and fields, said Sykes Asia, Inc. Branding and Communications Director Cecile Venancio.

SYKES Philippines sports fest family day

Grand entrance for SYKES Cebu head

SYKES employees and their families packed the University of the Southern Philippines (USP), venue of the Cebu event last May 6, 2018. The Sportsfest and Family Day in Manila was held at the Ynares Sports Arena and happened in a day before the celebration in Cebu.

Organizers prepped a grand entrance for SYKES Cebu Head and Vice President for Area Operations & Shared Services John Sneed.

The SYKES executive arrived aboard a military jeep and was joined by soldiers from Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Cebu.

Immediately after Sneed opened the Sportsfest and Family Day, military officers led participants on an Army Dozen Exercise, which consisted of 12 easy yet helpful exercises that served as a warmup for the day’s activities.

Sykes John Sneed

Grand entrance for SYKES Cebu Head and Vice President for Area Operations & Shared Services John Sneed.

Sykes sportsfest, family day highlights

Here are some highlights of the annual event:

  • Phoebe Joy Elbanbuena was picked as the Ms. SYKES Cebu Sportsfest 2018.
  • Cebu SYKEsers’ skills, speed, and abilities were put to the test with such Boot Camp games as Bypassing Security, Decoding Cryptic Spy Messages, and Obstacle Course Race.
  • Sports competitions included basketball, volleyball, table tennis, billiards, darts and DOTA.

SYKES Philippines family Day

 

Celebrity guests in Manila

It was also a fun day in Manila for SYKEsers as teams vie for the grand award in the first ever headdress competition dubbed “Crowning Glory.”

With participants having only recycled materials, creating an entry was certainly a test of creativity.

Celebrities dropped in on the celebration. Loud cheers greeted Jak Roberto who joined the revelry and delighted the crowd with a song number. In the later part of the event, CCP Bobcats Cheerleading Team and the UST Yellow Jackets Drumline awed the audience with their heart-stopping stunts and more.

Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves with UAAP and ABS-CBN Sports Anchor Martin Javier hosted the event.

SYKES Philippines Family Day

 

Leading BPO company

Sykes kids meantime enjoyed the inflatable area and there was a photo booth for snap and selfie enthusiasts.

Other remarkable events that happened in Manila were the lighting of the torch and the oathtaking by athletes led by Director for Site Operations Red del Rosario.

SYKES is a leading BPO (business process outsourcing) company in the country and among the first to put up a branch outside Manila. To date, it has employed over 15,000 talents and is still growing nationwide.

SYKES Philippines Family Day

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