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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introducing a New Feature of Exotic Philippines Blog

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Thursday, January 29, 2015
I’ve started the Exotic Philippines blog way back in January 29, 2011 and yes, today it marks the 4th year anniversary of the blog. I felt like that it was just yesterday when I decided to start a blog, to think about what niche I should have, what should I name it, and all.

To celebrate the 4th year anniversary, I want to give you guys something that you’d love to have and will (hopefully) appreciate. Something that hopefully will make you keep coming back to the blog, something some of you usually ask about.

I decided to have a new feature of the blog to celebrate its fourth year, I have lots of ideas going on but one thing was really clear. I’ve been thinking about this for months, finally started it just few weeks ago, and finished it this week – well actually it will never be done since I do get a lot of things to do.

Let me introduce you to the new feature of the blog.

The Exotic Philippines Tours

I do get some private messages, tweets, and DMs asking if I know or recommend any travel agency on places they wish to visit. With that, I decided to create this new blog feature.

Exotic Philippines Tours

The Exotic Philippines Tours is an online directory of tours from different travel agencies around the country. For now, I’ve only got few tours from different but still top tourist destinations in the country. I’m still looking for more travel agencies.

How to Use the Exotic Philippines Tours?

I’ve prepared a video for everyone to watch, it’s actually just a quick tour, and a simple tutorial on how to use the Exotic Philippines Tours. It’s about 11 minutes long video (couldn’t make it shorter since majority of what I talked about is important). So, here you go!


If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to say something about the new feature of the blog please do feel free to leave it as a comment below or just contact me.

To go to the Exotic Philippines tours just click this link or type in tours.exoticphilippines.info

What's Next for Exotic Philippines?

Other than the Exotic Philippines Tours, I have already travel schedules prepared and planned. Surely, I'll be going out again this year traveling the country, and hopefully bring and share you more information about the country.

It also seems there are also some opportunities for the blog and of course, myself. I can't share about it now but the details shared to me is really awesome and would be really great. Still, I'm open for more opportunities and ideas to grow this blog and serve its purpose.

My big thanks to everyone who believed in me, supported me, love and have always loved what I’m doing.

Happy 4th year everyone!

Monday, January 26, 2015

63rd Miss Universe Pageant [LIVE BLOG]

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Monday, January 26, 2015

I tried my best to be on time to give you the best live stream on the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant but it was hard to find one so, I hope it's not that late to give you guys one. I'm just doing this to support our candidate from the Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa.

Anyway, here's one working video link I found for the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant.


Since the live stream is a bit behind (just a few seconds though), let me update you with the results LIVE (as much as I can). Here are the current results that I got. Also, the live stream may not work sometimes (I'm not exactly sure why), but if you really want to watch it just refresh the page. But feel free to be keep updated with the results below (or you may just follow me on twitter).

#MissUniverse Top 15 are:

Colombia
Italy
India
France
USA
Indonesia
Venezuela
Spain
Philippines
Argentina
Jamaica
Ukraine
Brazil
Netherlands
Australia

#MissUniverse Top 10 are:

Jamaica
Colombia
Ukraine
Argentina
Philippines
Spain
Netherlands
Venezuela
Australia
USA

Special Awards

Miss Congeniality: Nigeria
Miss Photogenic: Puerto Rico
Best National Costume: Indonesia

#MissUniverse Top 5 are:

USA
Netherlands
Ukraine
Jamaica
Colombia

#MissUniverse Final Results:

4th Runner Up - Jamaica
3rd Runner Up - Netherlands
2nd Runner Up - Ukraine
1st Runner Up - USA

#MissUniverse Winner is Miss Colombia

(Everything is arranged according to how it is announced)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SILYA – Comfortable Chairs for the Elders

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Saturday, January 17, 2015
SILYA – Comfortable Chairs for the Elders

Last month, I was invited my Summit Circle Cebu Hotel for their holiday specials and one of the guests for that day is Tito Lorete Alcala, a social entrepreneur and the founder of S.I.L.Y.A. He shared with us his advocacy and mission for the past years, and I would like to share it with you guys here in the Exotic Philippines blog.

Not all people (yet) can relate to this, but if you have grandparents or your parents are on that stage of their life where they’re (err… how would I say this?) not that strong anymore, you’ll totally feel the importance of this program.

Like for me example, my Mama will be turning 60 this year (and she’s so excited because she’ll be able to apply and get benefits of the senior citizen) and lately I’ve noticed that she’s getting and feeling a lot of pains and is easily get uncomfortable. I know not just because I’m always with her, but because I’m also her immediate masseuse whenever she’s in that kind of pain.

One of the things I’ve also noticed that she’s starting to prefer to sit down at our plastic chair rather than our comfortable and soft sofa. And I did not realized all this until Summit Circle Cebu Hotel have Mr. Tito Lorete Alcala share the story why SILYA is his mission and advocacy in life now.

SILYA (English: chair) stands for Sa Iyo Lolo at Lola Yantok aming Alay, wherein Mr. Alcala will be donating his rocking chairs in public places that is design for the elders. These rocking chairs will be distributed all over the country, targeting public places such as the airports, terminals, restuarants, bookstores, coffee shops, and hotels – and Summit Circle Cebu Hotel have one!


Yes, Mr. Alcala will be donating these chairs and putting it in public places for public use. And yes, he won’t make money, but for him being able to pay back to his parents, to our elders is more than a ROI (return of investment).

Won’t you agree that our elders deserves these kind of gifts? Take a look at this video which was also shared to us by Mr. Alcala. Go on!


I’ve almost cried, well I was going to but I’m trying to stop my tears. I’ve lost my Dad and I’d wish I have that moment with my Dad.

But anyway, if you feel what I mean and Mr. Alcala’s advocacy, then share it with everyone. I think every malls, and public places should have this chair. Want to help? If you have a business, know someone who has a business why not suggest to have the chair? Or, contact SILYA and find out more about them through their website www.tbpi-artistshop.com

Your small action, can be a great help.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AirAsia Returns Flights from Cebu to Davao and Cagayan de Oro

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 12, 2014 - AirAsia Philippines invited me to come to Mactan Cebu International Airport to witness the inaugural of their flights in Cebu to/from Cagayan de Oro and Davao Philippines, and fly with the SOS Philippines teens who’ll be flying and riding a plane for the very first time to Cagayan de Oro.

With Chanel Imperial and SOS Philippines Kids at the AirAsia Philippines in Cebu Event

There were other 10 kids from street kids from Batang Opon Foundation, andCebu City Task Force on Street Children Foundation who will fly to Davao City, and spend a couple of hours at the People’s Park, and other 10 kids from Tambayan Center for Children’s Right from Davao also went to Cebu.

 I’ve also got the opportunity to meet female Pilot Capt. Gisela Bendong Boniel and the AirAsia Zest Director for Flight Operations Captain Dexter Commendador who said, “We’re extremely excited to celebrate the return of AirAsia flights from Cebu to Davao and Cebu to Cagayan de Oro – and what’s more memorable is that we celebrated our inaugural flights by fulfilling the dreams of 30 kids. Like these kids, AirAsia started with a dream – to make flying affordable to everyone.

It was a fun experience to be with the kids who have ride and tried the plane for the first time. It mostly reminds me how it was like for me back them when I ride the plane for the first time with my parents.

So, I’ve decided to document everything with my Sony Bloggie camera (not an HD camera but it can do the job. Anyway, check out the short video I made.


I’d like to grab this opportunity to give my big thanks to AirAsia Philippines for this opportunity not only for me, but also for the kids – for thinking about them.

With fellow winners of FREE flght to Cagayan de Oro/Davao

 I’ll be flying again with AirAsia soon, since I’ve won a flight ticket from Cebu Philippines to Cagayan de Oro. Wooohoo!

Monday, December 15, 2014

5 Summit Circle Hotel Cebu Holiday Promos to Watch Out For

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Monday, December 15, 2014

December 11, 2014 – I was one of the lucky bloggers in Cebu who was invited to come over to Summit Circle Hotel Cebu to try out one of their holiday promos, which I wish to share with everyone here today.

The Summit Circle Hotel Cebu that is previously known as the Midtown Hotel is strategically located at the heart of Cebu city, just right above the Robinsons. They also have their very own C2 Classic Cuisine (the hotel’s restaurant), a pool, and function rooms. With these hotel amenities, they have the following holiday promos to offer you, which I think you all will be interested with.

Christmas Eve Glitters Buffet

Want to bring someone on Christmas Eve somewhere special to fill up your tummy full, but still within the budget? Summit Circle Hotel Cebu offers you their Christmas Eve (December 24) Glitter Buffet at their C2 Classic Cuisine for only P499 per person. Their buffet starts at 6:00pm and ends at 10:00pm, this is open to all hotel guests and walk-in guests.


If you’re bringing a date, then that’s great! They’ll be giving you a gift certificate of Unli Salad Buffet and Christmas cookie for the kids for a minimum of two (2) persons.

Twinkling Christmas Day Dinner Buffet

If you already have a plan on Christmas eve, no worries, they also have their Twinkling Christmas Day Dinner Buffet.


The price is still the same price of P499/person, but with a different set of menu.
The buffet also starts on the same time, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on December 25, 2014.

Bubbly Dinner Buffet

The third promo from Summit Circle Hotel’s C2 Classic Cuisine is their New Year’s Eve dinner buffet for P599 per person on December 31, 2014.


What’s great when you do celebrate the New Year’s Eve at this hotel is that there might be fireworks on the area, free to watch! It’ll be a great view!

Cebu Boarding Pass Promo

Other than their restaurant’s promo, they also have offers for their hotel rooms.


With their Cebu Boarding Pass Promo, you’ll get a P1,000 for your room. Just present the Cebu pacific Air boarding pass that you got on your way to Cebu Philippines.

Longer Stays Get Better Deals

The promo name says it all. But the promo is until December 31, 2014 but started on October 1, 2014.


For any more inquiries and questions, please feel free to contact Summit Circle Hotel Cebu.

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