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The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday launched three new Indonesia-built Diesel Hydraulic Locomotives (DHL) that would serve its metro commuter line from the Tutuban Station in Manila to Los Baรฑos in Laguna.

The trains, manufactured by PT Industri Kereta Api (PT-INKA), have 15-passenger coaches, doubling the line's daily passenger capacity to 140,000 from the previous 48,000 to 60,000.

During the inaugural run of the trains, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, PNR General Manager Junn Magno, other government officials, and guest officials from the Republic of Indonesia Embassy in Manila and PT INKA rode a train from the PNR Dela Rosa Station to PNR Tutuban Station for a test run.
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PNR Assistant General Manager Ces Lauta said the new DHLs are considered as high-capacity trains with a maximum passenger capacity of 1,330 and have a water wading capacity of 18 inches.

“The DHLs also includes a maximum design speed of 120 kph and with high clearance for flood tracks. Its main engine has 2200 horsepower (1700KW), and it is equipped with Power Management System for fuel optimization. It also has a monitoring system with diagnostic and recorder function," Lauta said.

The new passenger coaches consist of a five-car formation, with the middle coach having a conductor’s room that controls door operation, CCTV monitoring, light switches, and a public announcement system.


The trains are equipped with a 36,000 kcal/hour air conditioning unit in each coach — suitable for tropical countries like the Philippines.

The new trains also have two driver cabins each — one at both ends — and are equipped with 7,000 kcal/h cooling capacity at each cabin.
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It also features interior access to the engine room of the train, a first for the PNR fleet.

Tugade, during the inauguration, assured the passengers of safe, convenient, and comfortable travels, and commended the PNR for the development of the rail service.


“For you to have an improved rail movement, you must have the facility and the rails. You must have the trains and the coaches, and you must have the people. The three are being done by Junn Magno and the PNR,” Tugade said.

On Tuesday, the Light Rail Transit Line 1 also unveiled the first set of 4th generation trains meant for its Cavite Extention project.

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PNR launches Manila-Laguna trip of Indonesia-built trains

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The first batch of fourth-generation train cars from Spain and Mexico to be used for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension Project arrived in the country on Tuesday, bringing the rail project closer to completion.

In a Facebook post, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the first batch, made up of eight train cars, was the first of a total of 120 train cars for the project.

During the arrival ceremony, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the project began 19 years ago but had “zero percent” of its right-of-way (ROW) certified as “free and clear” by an independent consultant in 2016 despite the ROW acquisition receiving its budget from Congress in 2007.
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“Under the Duterte administration, we pushed and pushed hard. That is why today, we see the steps of the whole realization of this project – partial operability within this year, by accepting the trains and the cars,” Tugade said.

The project is a partnership among the DOTr, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Light Rail Transit Authority, the Light Rail Manila Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocariles (CAF), and CMX Consortium.

In the same event, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa pledged to work closely with the Philippine government, citing the December 14 commitment made by Japanese Prime Minister Suga to support President Rodrigo Duterte's “Build, Build, Build” program.


"The strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines has proven that this pandemic is not a stumbling block that could stop us from reaching our destination. Japan is with the Philippines all the way and this unswerving support is very evident in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program," Koshikawa said in a speech.
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He said the fourth-generation train set manufactured by CAF is powered by select Japanese products and technology.

"(I) feel particularly upbeat about this Japan-Philippines-Spain trilateral cooperation. Our project contractor, Mitsubishi Corp., is working double time for the rehabilitation of LRT-1, and CAF’s rolling stock will surely be a vital component," Koshikawa said. "The arrival of the new light rail vehicles for Metro Manila’s LRT Line-1 signals a major uplift to its operations."


Once the project is completed, the LRT-1 will connect Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite, reducing travel time from one hour and 10 minutes to 25 minutes.

As of December 31, the project was 51.61-percent complete, with recent construction works, such as bored piling, pier/portal column works, and Manila International Airport station foundation works.


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DOTr showcased LRT-1 4th gen trains

This is the first Jordan Store not only in the Philippines but the whole Southeast Asia!

NBA and basketball fans were buzzed when they heard about the rumor in October that a Jordan Store opening in Manila.

It was announced on November 28 that the first-ever Jordan Store in Manila officially opened on Thursday, December 3. Entering the store will require an advanced booking.
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The Jordan brand, as its name suggests, is wholly inspired by the legacy of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The store is decked out end-to-end in artworks, design fixtures, and memorabilia that commemorate the beloved sport.

"This store will help take the future of basketball culture to the next level by inspiring our new generation, through the legacy of Jordan," says Jino Ferrer, Nike Philippines' country marketing manager in a statement.

There will also be designs from eight globally acclaimed artists, which will be used to customize laces, dubraes, aglets and tees.
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To complete the ball-centric space, the Jordan Store’s rooftop features a basketball court decked out in a mural inspired by the game. Designed by New York-based artist Kimou Meyer, the red, white, and black painting depicts an abstract interpretation of two figures playing a one-on-one game.

Jordan Manila

Address: Block 18 Lot 4, 26th Street, South High Street, Bonifacio Global City, bTaguig City, Metro Manila, 1635, PH
Store Hours: 10:00AM - 10:00PM
Contact No.: 0917 803 5898

All photos are courtesy of Jordan Manila.

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The Philippines’ first ever “float-in” cinema is finally open to moviegoers!

The McKinley Hill Float-In Cinema is located at Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig City. Moviegoers can enjoy a nice film while aboard a gondola at the mall’s very own man-made canal, with the movie projected on a 12 meter x 7 meter giant screen. 

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The concept is similar to a drive-in cinema where there's a big screen and you watch from your own personal space. In this setting, you're onboard a gondola that's floating on the mall's manmade canal.

To enjoy the film, guests are encouraged to bring a 3.5 mm standard jack earphone. 

Social distancing is still observed to ensure the safety of all moviegoers. Each gondola can accommodate a maximum of two people. 

ALSO READ: Venice Grand Canal showcases their floating Christmas tree in Taguig City

Each ticket costs Php 500 per head or Php 1,000 per gondola, inclusive of snacks, bottled water, and personal kit.
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HOW TO BOOK A TICKET

As of writing, the only way to get a movie pass is thru www.megaworldcinemas.com

HOW TO GET TO VENICE GRAND CANAL MALL


Venice Grand Canal Mall

Address: Garden Villas, 1630 Upper McKinley Road McKinley Hill, Cluster B, Taguig, 1630 Metro Manila
Facebook: Venice Grand Canal Mall
Instagram: @venicegrandcanal

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McKinley Hill opens the first 'float-in' cinema in the Philippines

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This human-sized gingerbread house is everything you need to kick off Christmas in the Philippines.

THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE PH

Experience holiday season at The Gingerbread House everyday, as they are now open, Monday to Sunday!
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WHAT TO EXPECT

The facade of the Gingerbread House is filled with candy ornaments and pastries. It also has various  Christmas displays that are perfect for picture-taking.  It also operates a milk tea shop and a restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch.

Hansel and Gretel would approve this magical Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite.

ENTRANCE

Entrance fee costs P100 for adults and P80 for seniors and PWDs. Kids two feet and below are free of charge. Don't forget to bring and wear your face mask and face shield upon entry.


EVENTS AND SCHEDULE


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HOW TO GET TO THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Via Public Transport

FIRST OPTION
  • ๐Ÿญ Take any bus route to Nasugbu or Balayan Batangas ( San Augustine, DLTB, BSC, ErJohn or Selerosa Express)
  • ๐Ÿญ Get off at Splendido or Brgy. Upli Arch.
  • ๐Ÿญ Take a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the gingerbread House.
SECOND OPTION
  • ๐ŸญTake a bus going to Indang Proper.
  • ๐ŸญGet off at Indang Terminal and ride a jeepney going to Alfonso Cavite Town Proper.
  • ๐ŸญRide a tricycle going to The Gingerbread House

Via Private Vehicle

  • ๐Ÿญ Follow thru Sky Ranch Tagaytay route. Then hit the road going towards Nasugbu Batangas.
  • ๐ŸญWatch out for Splendido and Royale Tagaytay. There’s an arch for Brgy. Upli then enter the arch and follow The Gingerbread House directional signages.

The Gingerbread House

Address: Brgy. Palumlum, Alfonso, Cavite
Business Hours: 8:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday to Sunday
Contact Number: 0917 630 3124

Photos courtesy of The Gingerbread House PH

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This huge Gingerbread House in the Philippines is found in Alfonso, Cavite

Let's go around the world without the need of passport or visa!

Many of us (including myself) dreamt of traveling not only in our beautiful country, the Philippines, but across the globe. Who doesn't want to have the leisure of exploring different places and get unforgettable experience from each country you visit in? Yes, we want that yet our pockets won't agree to it most of the time.

Traveling without money is almost impossible. But thanks to this kind of resort, we can at least get a piece of popular attractions around the world.

Torres Farm and Resort is a private resort located at Naic, Cavite opened in 2016 by Mr. Eric Baylosis & Mrs. Anna Baylosis. The resort used to be a basketball court that turns into a place that the owners want to share with every guest.
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AROUND THE WOLRD TOUR

Here are the list of mini version of tourist attractions in countries in the world:
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Eiffel Tower, Paris France๐Ÿ—ผ
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
  •  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Statue of Liberty, New York City ๐Ÿ—ฝ
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Garden of Morning Calm, South Korea ๐ŸŒธ
  •  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Bethesda Fountain, New York City⛲
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Santorini, Greece ๐Ÿ’™
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Disneyland Castle, Hong Kong๐Ÿฐ
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Merlion Park, Singapore ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿป‍♂️
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Mayon Vulcano, Albay, Philippines๐ŸŒ‹
  •  ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Moai Statues, Easter Island, Chile
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Windmill of Amsterdam
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Taj Mahal, India๐Ÿ•Œ
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Pantheon of Rome๐Ÿ›️
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Leaning tower of Pisa, Italy
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japanese Garden/Villa, Japan ⛩️
  •  ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Sydney Opera House, Australia
  •  ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom

TIPS AND REMINDERS

  • ✔️ Ready your cameras for selfies
  • ✔️ Bring water to hydrate yourself for long walks inside the resort
  • ✔️ Bring your swimming attire if you choose to dip in to the pool

ENTRANCE FEE AND PHOTOSHOOT RATES



NEW NORMAL POLICIES

  • Only 21 to 60 years old are ALLOWED to enter the resort
  • Wear your Face Mask and Face Shield all the time
  • Observe Proper Social Distancing
  • Always Wash your Hands
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HOW TO GET TO TORRES FARM AND RESORT

From DASMARINAS CAVITE, or anywhere else in South:
  1. Ride a van (UV Express) or Bus bound to Trece Martires City, (Php. 20.00 to Php. 90.00-fare)
  2. Take a walk going to Naic jeepney terminal near/along SM City Trece Martires.
  3. Then take a ride for only (Php. 22.00) going to Torres Farm and Resort-Sabang, Naic (near Sabang Barangay Hall).

From MANILA
  1. Ride a Bus or UV Express going to Naic Cavite (Bayan Terminal)
  2. Then ride a tricycle going to Torres Farm and Resort.

Torres Farm and Resort

Address: Brgy. Sabang, Naic Cavite (near Sabang Barangay Hall)
Hours Open: 8am - 5pm daily

DISCLAIMER: cover photo courtesy of Joanna Baylosis


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Finally, after 10 months!

Jollibee announced on Friday that they are bringing back the classic Champ after phasing it out back in January.

I was one of the big fan of this burger for years and I was deeply affected by their announcement start of 2020. Champ, Jolly Spaghetti and French Fries are my most ordered food from Jollibee. That's why it really saddened me when they said they have phased out the burger way back January.
But, hell yeah, it seems to turn my day 360 degrees the time I've heard the news!

“We’re very happy to bring back a product that has received so much clamor from its loyal fans. The return of the Jollibee Champ is a result of the passionate clamor for everyone’s favorite langhap-sarap BIG burger made even better with two new variants to satisfy more cravings for different flavors,” says Jollibee AVP.
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Aside from the big comeback, Jollibee also introduced two new variants of the beloved burger: the Amazing Aloha Champ and the Bacon Champ.

Another great news is that Jollibee is also bringing back Ultimate Burger Steak!

Jollibee Marketing team said they were met with "an overwhelming response to its phase out last January" so they made the decision to return it to its menu.


The Champ will be available in over 300 stores starting October 30. The classic Champ is available solo starting at P150, while the Bacon Champ and Amazing Aloha Champ are at P185 and P199, respectively. The Ultimate Burger Steak meal prices start at P150.
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This road will benefit many not only travelers but the locals of Quezon Province and nearby places. 

The Department of Public Works and Highways is about to fully complete its multi-year road widening project along Lucban-Majayjay Road in the municipality of Lucban, Quezon Province.

LOCALS BENEFIT FROM WIDENED LUCBAN-MAJAYJAY ROAD IN QUEZON PROVINCE 

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said the road improvement project which was implemented since 2016 is now on its fiftth and final segment with only remaining works at a 260-meter section in Barangay Ayuti.
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“At present, motorists are reaping the benefits of a widened 3.32-kilometer portion of Lucban-Majayjay Road in Barangays Igang, Samil, and Ayuti,” said Secretary Villar.


With the completion of the entire project, locals and visitors alike will further enjoy an uninterrupted wide road passing through scenic rice fields.

It will further support the increasing influx of tourist arrivals in the Municipality of Lucban, Quezon and its adjacent towns and cities.

Lucban, Quezon tourism spots include Kamay ni Jesus Healing Church, Majayjay Falls, Mt. Banahaw, and Pahiyas Museum Art Center among others.
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According to Senior Undersecretary for Luzon Operations Rafael C. Yabut, the 4.935 kilometers Lucban-Majayjay Road is one of the national highways that directly connects the provinces of Quezon and Laguna.

DPWH Quezon 1st District Engineering Office allocated a total of P149.75 Million for the Widening of Lucban-Majayjay Road in Lucban town, composed of P27.75 Million in 2016, P65 Million in 2017, P25 Million in 2018, P20 Million in 2019, and P12 Million in 2020.

Source: DPWH

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Motorists have been given more time to have radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers installed on their vehicles after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) pushed the start of the mandatory cashless transaction in all toll expressways from November 2 to December 1.

“Sa ngayon, pwede pang magbayad ng cash but after that, patatabihin sila paglagpas ng toll at i-install-an sila ng RFID (For now, they can still pay the toll using cash but after that, they will be asked to park on the side of the road and have an RFID installed on their vehicle),” DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said in a message on Wednesday.

The extension is to prevent the long queues currently experienced at toll roads “in the rush to get RFID stickers,” Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive Director Abraham Sales said in a media bulletin.
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Sales, however, noted that the deadline would no longer be extended beyond December 1.

“Secretary (Arthur) Tugade allowed the extension in order to give motorists, especially infrequent toll road users, more time to comply with the department order,” he said.

Motorists who enter toll expressways with no RFID by December 1 and beyond “will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket,” the TRB said.

DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor asked motorists to make use of the extended deadline and have RFIDs installed on their vehicles as early as they can.

“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, saka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID. Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us use the extension wisely,” Pastor said.

Earlier, the TRB assured that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. and the San Miguel Corp. – the two operators and maintenance providers of the country’s toll expressways – are equipped and ready to implement mandatory cashless transactions and have extended the installation of RFID stickers beyond November 2.

The DOTr earlier issued Department Order 2020-012, directing the implementation of cashless toll collections at all expressways and major toll roads to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 in road transportation.
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What happens if motorists try to enter toll gates without RFID on Dec 1?

Motorists who fail to install a radio-frequency identification (RFID) sticker in their vehicles before entering an expressway or a toll road would be issued citations and fined after the December 1 deadline for mandatory cashless transactions in toll roads.

In a message to reporters Wednesday, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is looking at issuing citations to these drivers based on Republic Act No. 4136 and DOTr Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01.

Disobedient drivers, she said, can be issued a ticket for “disregarding traffic signs,” a violation under JAO No. 2014-01 with a PHP1,000 fine.

“Since may nakalagay na RFID-only lane pero pumasok pa rin ‘yung sasakyan (Since there’s a sign saying ‘RFID-only’ lane but the vehicle still tried to enter),” Libiran said.

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She said an obstruction violation, with a corresponding PHP1,000 fine, can also be issued to a driver who attempts to enter a toll road since they will get stuck behind a toll barrier and obstruct the flow of traffic.

The DOTr said the deadline for the measure would no longer be extended.

Via PNA

Mandatory cashless toll payments moved to Dec. 1