Amazing Date Ideas this Valentines Day

Amazing Date Ideas This Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is one of the most special events that people are celebrating every year. Couples and lovers usually exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine” on this day. This year’s Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday so there will be people who will 

So this Valentine’s Day, we are giving you a tour of date ideas where you can go this Valentines Day.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

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If you are looking for a festive kind of date, you can try the “Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016” to be held in Clark, Pampanga this February 11-14, 2016. 

The festival is interesting because you can unwind by looking at the eye catching hot air balloons and by witnessing the other breathtaking events like Paragliding Exhibition and the Breitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition. It also gives a romantic vibe when the hot air balloons are lit up at night.


Art in Island 3D Museum

Art in Island

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On the other hand, if you want to experience a super fun date for this Valentine’s Day, you can visit “Art in Island Museum” in Quezon City for you to get cool photographs and selfies with your loved one.




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You can also try “Nuvali” in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for a quiet and luscious outdoor but with fun activities like water taxi ride, biking, walking. When you’re hungry, you can try a picnic or pick from nice restaurants around the area. 


Sky Ranch Tagaytay

Sky Ranch

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Tagaytay City can also be a fun and cold place for your date. You can go to Tagaytay Sky Ranch, Picnic Grove, and Zipline Tagaytay. It’s a mix of amusement, picnic and adventure all in one place. 


Boracay Island


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Boracay has been named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So why not take the most beautiful person you have met to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here you can do snorkelling, sunbathing, swimming, and the romantic beautiful sunset watching.


Cebu Beach

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Cebu is filled with wonderful beaches that you can swim around in. You can try swimming with the whale sharks. You can also try out local food and delicacies like lechon cebu. 



San Juan Batangas

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If you don’t like travelling far, you can go to Batangas. They have nice beaches in San Juan, Nasugbu, Laiya and Tali. You can chill and enjoy the sun with your bae.



Rice Terraces, Baguio

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On the other hand, Baguio has beautiful sceneries like Burnham ParkBaguio CathedralSession RoadCamp John Hay , The Mansion, Wright Park , Mines View Park Baguio Botanical Garden Philippine Military Academy , Kennon Road, Mount Santo Tomas, Lourdes Grotto, and Strawberry Farm


Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

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There are also fun and historical places to visit around Metro Manila like Rizal Park and Intramuros. If you just want to have an  date and dinner with your loved ones you should try Manila Ocean Park and Mall of Asia. 


Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Taal, Batangas)

Taal Batangas

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However, if you are looking for a calm and peaceful date, you can travel to Taal, Batangas and visit Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Taal Cathedral). Tours, adventures, and sight-seeing at Taal Volcano by Pusod, Inc. can also be a date idea for your partner and loved ones.


Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

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You can also try “Manila Bay Sunset Cruise” for you to experience an hour-long romantic cruise that will take you from Manila Bay up to Mall of Asia. 


Written By: Anjanette C. Rebano

Special Gifts for Her Blog Post

Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her


Valentine’s Day is now fast approaching. It is a lovely day where couples exchange gifts and enjoy candle-lit romantic dinner dates.

This Valentine’s Day, why not take a break from the usual boxed chocolates, bouquet of flowers and greeting cards? has listed all the perfect gifts for your girlfriends and wives:

1. Make your girl feel a lot prettier with this SNOE Happy Heels on your dinner date. This will surely fit your girl’s dress and she will definitely love it! SNOE Happy Heels is a 4-inch super comfy wedge with different patterns and prints.

Happy Heels Shoes Tribal

Happy Heels Shoes Tribal

2. Another romantic gift for your girlfriend and wife is of course, a ring. This is an elegant gift to your loved one this Valentine’s Day. This love connector ring is a trendy and sweet, another addition to your girlfriend’s jewelry and accessory collection.

Love Connector Ring

Love Connector Ring

3. Since perfume makes a woman more confident, it is another great idea to give this Valentine’s Day. Get your girl a scent from Shirley May that she will love. A scent that can make you fall in love with her more.Shirley May Beautiful Love

Shirley May Beautiful Love

4. Doing makeup for a woman is very relaxing and it is their way to express themselves. And in makeup, lipstick has the most powerful effect on a woman’s face. And for sure, this Rouge Deluxe lipstick would perfectly suit your girl’s taste.



5. SNOE Belle of the Ball shows the most precious girl in your life that you think she deserves to pamper herself. This packages is composed of Snoe White Milk Scrub Moringa, Turnback Prime, BBFied HD BB Pigment Mix, and Linear Equation Total Line Solution. Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

6. A piece of necklace can show your girl that she is a real keeper. She will definitely treasure a heart-shaped pendant necklace like this:

Double Pendant Cord Necklace 18” - 24” WM Love and Beloved & Heart

Double Pendant Cord Necklace 18” - 24” WM Love and Beloved & Heart

7. Let your lovely girl wear a nice and preppy dress on your dinner date. Give her a lovely dress on Valentine’s Day. Check this out for a lot of choices!



8. This watch will make your girl feel that she’s your top priority. Daniel Klein Premium Ladies Watch has a stainless steel material with Swarovski Stones Figures made in Japan. This is a classy gift idea for your loved one.

Daniel Klein Premium Ladies Wacth DK10531-5

Daniel Klein Premium Ladies Wacth DK10531-5

9. Bags! Ladies love bags. Why don’t give your girl a bag that is made from plant leather. The bags which Jacinto & Lirio offers are very unique and fashionable.



10. If your girl loves coffee, this Manhattan Homemade Artisan Craft Ceramic Mug will suit her perfectly. This is made of a premium quality ceramic and has beautiful and elegant colors.

Manhattan Homemaker Artisan Craft Ceramic Mug with Spoon and Gift Box

Manhattan Homemaker Artisan Craft Ceramic Mug with Spoon and Gift Box


Whatever you get this Valentine’s day for your girl just make sure to make her happy. A happy girl makes a happy life.



Written by: Gladys M. Custodio

4 Things You Can Share This Chinese New Year

4 Things You Can Share This Chinese New Year


Gifts play a major role in the Chinese Culture. These allow the Chinese people to express their respect to elders and to demonstrate their commitment, loyalty and passion in maintaining close relationships with their family, colleagues and friends.

Here are 4 things you can share this Chinese New Year:

Tea is always a great gift whether your friends and colleagues are Chinese or not. Tea helps in having good conversations and offers a calming effect in the body.

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Turmeric has a lot of health benefits that can help boost your immune system.

Kids would surely want to receive gifts this Chinese New Year too! Gund Toys will bring them joy and knowledge since they represent the Philippine endangered species.

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Chinese love to play chess and read books. This may be a 2in1 gift for them! This book entitled, “The Most Valuable Skills in Chess” by Maurice Ashley guides you on an inspirational journey through the world of chess tactics. He brings the pieces to life by examining their fundamental characteristics, and shows how their powers can be put to use to win pieces or give checkmate – the building-blocks upon which all chess skills are based.

Most Valuable Skills in Chess

Most Valuable Skills in Chess

In traditional Chinese medicine, massage is a gentle and effective way to repair one’s body. This Ogawa Massage Chair is a perfect gift for the year of the monkey! This will relax and make anyone feel like a king at the start of the year.

Ogawa Massage Chair

Ogawa Massage Chair

What do you want to shop from this list?

Let us know in the comments what you can share this Chinese New Year.

How to be lucky this Chinese New Year?

How To Be Lucky This Chinese New Year


Kung Hei Fat Choy! This is how we greet each other during Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is China’s most important traditional festival for Chinese Families.

The date for Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, but it always falls within January 21 to February 20. This year’s Chinese New Year is scheduled on the 8th day of February, 2016.


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In the Philippines, Filipino-Chinese communities are celebrating this event so they can attract prosperity, closer family ties, and peace.

Oranges with red envelopes for luck

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In celebrating Chinese New Year, you must remember:

1. Clean your home thoroughly

2. Prepare lucky money in red envelopes then put it on the dining table


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3. Participate in parades and dragon dances that are organized in China Towns.

The Dragon and Lion dancing is also one of the most popular traditions practiced by Chinese people. Teams of four or eight get together to dance down the streets while wearing red costumes of the Lion or Dragon. Both costumes are representative of prestige and good fortune. It is also a tradition for spectators to give the dancers red envelopes with money or some other gift.

4.  Exchange between parents and children of red envelope that contains money. They believe that this tradition will bring luck on their life and career.


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4. Wear Red. It serves as good luck and a way to eradicate evil. According to Chinese legends, evil spirits and monsters are afraid of bright colors such as red.

5.  Wear Lucky Charms. Lucky Charms will attract good luck through out the year.

6. Fill your home with Chinese Decors to throw away bad luck.

Tikoy for Chinese New Year

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5. Serve Tikoy Tikoy is believed to bring in luck because of its sticky texture where luck can stick.

6. Display various food and fruits on the table. Eat and enjoy the celebration and get lucky with all the yummy food on the table.


Let’s all celebrate this fun and lucky event this February 8 and welcome the year of the Fire Monkey. Share us what do you plan to do this Chinese New Year 2016. What makes it cooler than what you did last year?

Written By: Anjanette C. Rebano


Ureka eCommerce Forum National Press Conference


The Ureka eCommerce Forum national press conference was held at 4/F City Club, Alphaland, Makati City last January 19, 2016.

Photo Opportunity of consortium members of UREKA Forum

(L-R) The event was attended by the consortium partner’s top executives: Sheila Lina of Shopinas, Rudy Fulo of Air21, Amor Maclang of GeiserMaclang, Josefino Paloma of AMTI, Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay, Francis Oliva of PLDT, and Genaro Lopez of Unionbank.

Ms. Amor Maclang of GeiserMaclang during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Amor Maclang, Executive Director of Geiser Maclang, greeted the speakers and the media a wonderful afternoon and thanked them for attending the event. She acted as the moderator of the forum and she then introduced the first speaker.

Mr. Genaro Lopez of Unionbank during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Genaro Lopez, Executive Vice President of Unionbank, talked about the massive transformation in the business industry by having brick and mortar stores turn into brick and click because of the internet. The internet paved way to a digital evolution. It also contributed to the Philippine economy by helping businesses particularly SMEs to grow and make profit by adding channels to their businesses.He then encouraged everyone to attend the Ureka eCommerce Forum in Iloilo City.

Ms. Sheila Lina of during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Sheila Lina, President and CEO of Shopinas, talked about the importance of the internet. The internet is available anywhere today. However, most consumers are blind; eCommerce is invisible to them. That is why, shopinas‘ mission is to make Filipino Businesses visible thru eCommerce. She believes that eCommerce would change the business industry. That is why, she and shopinas are entirely committed in educating Filipino entrepreneurs.

Mr. Josefino Paloma of AMTI during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Josefino Paloma, General Manager and Co-founder of AMTI, talked about how their company is trying to solve the country’s problems by helping SMEs. They are educating, informing, enabling, and making Filipino entrepreneurs realize that internet is one of the keys for their success. He believes that they can lower or lessen barriers with e-commerce. Their company also helps the initiative by providing hardware to be used for the Ureka eCommerce Forum.


Robertson Chiang, COO & CTO of Dragonpay, talked about the nature of their business built six years ago. They are a payment gateway used by eCommerce businesses. He believes that helping SMEs could lead to a better future for the country both local and international.

Mr. Francis Oliva of PLDT during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Francis Oliva, Head of Community Partnerships of PLDT and SMART SME Nation, the mentioned that Iloilo is really a good target market and a growing hub. Also he mentions how good joining the Ureka eCommerce Forum is as an investment.

 Mr. Rudy Fulo of Air21 during UREKA Ecommerce Forum

Rudy Fulo, President of Air21, is in charge of the last mile with the three pillars of an online business which is delivery. He mentioned about the added twenty area managers of Air21. He also stated that they go to far places for them to render services to other Filipino workers like fishermen and farmers. Currently, they also have trucks with cool temperature for perishable products.

 Interview of Ms. Sheila Lina with TV 5

After the press conference, everyone in the room particularly are now looking forward to support the Ureka eCommerce Forum Iloilo.

Shopinas with MASIDO-Marikina City

Shopinas Aims to Empower Marikina Entrepreneurs thru eCommerce


Marikina City is known for making and producing high quality shoes. While Shopinas is the Philippine Online Shopping Mall home to products of Filipino ingenuity. With this in mind, we visited Marikina to discuss with their valued local entrepreneurs what their needs are. The discussion was organized by Shopinas in partnership with the Marikina Shoe Industry and Development Office (MASIDO).

Attendees of empowering filipino entrepreneurs thru ecommerce meeting

The MASIDO-Marikina Shoe Manufacturers Meeting was held last January 14, 2016, Thursday at the 4/F New Legislative Bldg. in Sta. Elena, Marikina City. It was attended by local owners and representatives of shoe and bag manufacturers.

Coun. Ariel Cuaresma-Marikina City

The program was started by Coun. Ariel Cuaresma. He brought up the story of the tragedy that their city experienced during Typhoon Pablo. In relation to that, he told the attendees and encouraged them that this is the right time to expand and improve the channels for their products as well as their business and brands using technology.

Coun. Mario De Leon-Marikina CIty

Coun. Mario De Leon brought up the idea of posting online the local products and brands that  shoes and bags manufacturers in Marikina are offering.

Mr. Mark Joseph Panganiban-

Mr. Mark Joseph Panganiban, Head of Business Development of Shopinas talked about how to empower Filipino entrepreneurs thru e-commerce. He shared a quote coming from Bill gates, the founder of Microsoft which is “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of the business.”

MASIDO-Shopinas-Marikina City

He discussed  that Internet plays an important role not only in everyday lives but also in the success of businesses. According to Mr. Panganiban, one of the best marketing channel that they can use for their products and services is the internet or joining in the eCommerce industry because it is more convenient, easy to use, and there are a lot of internet users nationwide.

Inquiries of Attendees for Mr. Mark Joseph Panganiban

After the discussion, inquiries from the attendees were answered by Mr. Mark Joseph Panganiban and Mr. Noel Box, the Officer in Charge of MASIDO. The entrepreneurs were keen on seeing the potential of eCommerce and are enthusiastic about the platform.

We do hope that the entrepreneurs see the need for businesses to have their own online store front with integrated payment and logistics solutions. If you want to harness the power of eCommerce for your business, feel free to register here.

What industries or business do you think should we have next? Feel free to comment below.

*Blog Updated from Typhoon Ondoy to Typhoon Pablo because above mentioned event happened last 2012.

Writer: Kaydeen Oval


Ureka Forum Iloilo

The Ureka Forum heads to Visayas for E-commerce


The Largest E-commerce Circuit in the Philippines is back!

The Ureka Forum will be held at the beautiful city of Iloilo. This year we aim to inspire more entrepreneurs and businessmen from the Visayas region to start promoting their business online.

The UREKA Forum is open to all registered small to medium enterprises (SMEs) coming from different industries—retail, hospitality, manufacturing, arts and crafts, food, services, and many more—who look at e-commerce as a necessary platform to grow and expand their businesses.

What to expect for the Ureka Forum:

  • With the help of shopinas, the Ureka Forum can set up your own online store — All in ONE DAY.  You will also get to here great insights from our speakers about E-commerce.
  •  Helps entrepreneurs to harness the power of e-commerce and technology to become a competitive business advantage for every Filipino entrepreneur.
  • An entrepreneur who decides to be part of the Ureka Forum can look forward to learning about the intricacies of online business from key industry leaders and experts and collaborating with a community of stakeholders who can help elevate their business model in a way that is fitting for a global Philippines.

Take your business online in just one day!

Register now at and get your E-commerce website for free!

Ureka Forum

Ureka Forum

Event Details:

Date: February 20, 2016, Saturday
Venue: Iloilo Convention Center
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Before you get all excited, first here are things you need to prepare before you go to the Ureka Forum this February.

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Got all that? Then see you this February 20, 2016 at the Iloilo Convention Center for the Ureka Forum!

This initiative is proudly spearheaded by one of the largest bank in the country, Unionbank
in partnership with Shopinas, Air21, Panahon TV, Department of Trade and Industry, Dragonpay, PLDT, AMTI and Geiser Maclang.

New Year's Eve

Pinoy New Year’s Eve Must-Haves


New Year’s Eve is just a few hours away!

We at Shopinas made a fun little compilation list of all the must have items and things to do before the year comes to an end.




We Pinoys like the spectacular sights and colors of fireworks in the sky. We can’t stop getting awed by the amazing light shows. It is also a tradition to light up the fireworks and hold them up and take photos.

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Round fruits on the Table for Media Noche

We Pinoys believe that each fruit is a symbol of luck for each month for the next year. So it is crucial for us to complete all different fruits even if they’re really expensive this time of the year.

Polka dotted Shirt 

A nice polka dotted shirt may not look oh-so-fashionable but this is said to be a bringer of of luck for the new year.

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Photo Courtesy of jeff pioquinto, sj


Trumpets or Torotot

A partner to fireworks are trumpets. The kids who are not allowed to light fireworks can share the fun by blowing horns during the New Year.


Jumping when the clock strikes for the New Year

It is a common belief that jumping when the clock strikes for the New Year will make you grow taller.

A resolutions list 

We keep a resolutions list to make sure that we know what our goals and target are for the next year.

A wishlist 

The things we didn’t get this Christmas will make to this list plus additional other things we aim to get the next year.

Did we forget to write other things done? Let us know in the comments.

Tech Gift Guide for the Techies This Holiday Season

Tech Gift Guide this Holiday Season


Christmas is just around the corner! Many are thinking of gift ideas to give their loved ones this season. However, we all know that the most common items on our wishlist are gadgets and electronics.

So to make us drool and crave for more gadgets, technology and electronics, here is a great tech gift guide to give you ideas:


Many are into video games nowadays.Some play video games to relax, relieve stress and to experience a different environment that only gaming could give. One of the best accessories to give these game geeks is a brand new headset for them to enjoy a surround sound experience when playing their favorite games.


Having a hard time playing your favorite apps and games on iPad? Fling’s patent pending design provides auto-centering and force feedback. Once you start gaming with Fling, you’ll never stop. If you have a friend who loves games and wants to have ultimate control on all games that has an on-screen joystick and take his skills to the next level then this Fling joystick for iPad touch screen tablets is for him.


Philips Bluetooth Mono Headset allows you to take calls hands free. This is the best companion for on-the-go employees, professionals and yuppies. 


2.4GHz Wireless Folding Arc Mouse has a wireless USB nano receiver that connects right out of the box with virtually no interference and has up to a 10 meters wireless range and folds for portability. This is a perfect device for on-the-go professionals.


Ipega Bluetooth Classic Gamepad lets you experience handheld gaming with your smartphone. Enjoy button smashing and combo busting moves with your smartphone while you dive into your favorite game.


Techies hate running out of power while on-the-go. This USB Wall charger allows charging of four USB powered devices from one power outlet. This Four Port USB Wall Charger (US Plug) is perfect for home, work, and travel especially when techies need to charge multiple USB powered devices at the same time. 

Written by Gladys Custodio

Travel Gift Guide

Travel Gift Guide this Holiday Season


Many believe that travel is the best medicine to relieve stress in life. It is a great way to escape life’s common routine by enjoying the beauty of the world.

So if you have a family or friend who enjoys travelling, we have a list ready for you to understand what they want for Christmas.

Here are some travel essentials to bring before you head out:

 1. As they say, good shoes take you to good places, so it is perfect for your travel to be equipped with comfortable yet stylish shoes.

Grosby Rider Men Shoes

To view more Grosby products, visit Grosby Online Store.

2. Your journey would not be completed without a nice photo to share on social media. The LG V10 has a 5 MP front camera that is perfect for your selfies and a 16 MP rear camera for picture-perfect moments. It is elegant in style but still handy and easy to use. It’s also equipped with longer battery life of 3,000 mAh battery that is beneficial for travelers out there.


Check out MemoXpress’ LG V10 here.

3. If you are a solo traveller, it is hard to take nice pictures by yourself. The Universal Smartphone Tripod Mount Bracket can be a big help. This Universal Smartphone Tripod Mount Bracket is fitted to all types of mobile devices. It is affordable for people who have limited budget in travelling.

4.  Powerbanks is a must have for all travelers because you have limited source of power during your trip. Yoobao Powerbank from has a 10,000 mAh battery that could charge two devices at the same time. It is perfect for your travel needs.

5. Multi-functional backpack compartments are useful for travelers. As travelers, we bring a lot of equipment, clothes and stuff during our journey. Fast Track 45 from Caribee is a good example of a multi-functional backpack. It is not just a backpack but it also has wheels ready to be pulled just like your usual luggage.

6. If you are a light traveler, you need this 15.6″ City Intellect Backpack. It is also a multi-functional backpack, perfect for storing and organizing stuffs. It has padded back panel with air channel circulation and durable 2-tone polyester material with water resistant finish.

7. TSA approved luggage lock is an essential and useful thing for travelers. TSA locks are known to protect belongings from unnecessary inspections and avoid loss of our important items.

8.  Travelers are fond of listening to music especially during a long trip. ActionFit Sports Neckband Headphones from Philips, is great idea for a comfortable travel companion.

9. Travelers are exposed to harmful sun rays . Sun block is necessary to stay away from tan lines and retain its moisture. With Sunblock Instant Diamond White SPF 45, you would not only prevent your skin from UVA and UVB rays but also naturally whiten your skin because it contains vitamin-rich antioxidant from Singkamas.

10. Thirst is a common problem experienced by travelers. Thermos TM JNI400 Tumbler can store up to 500ml of liquid. This tumbler can keep your drinks cold for up to 18 hours of storage.


Written by Geraldine Rosales Amaca