Thursday, April 27, 2017

SuperStar Virgo bids bon voyage with a blast this May!

Summer is not yet over and SuperStar Virgo is not ready to say goodbye to the Philippines this May, as will still be in Manila for a whole month, ready to go out with a bang with super exciting promotions exclusive for May departures and amazing offers solely for your family and loved ones! 

End summer with a blast on a majestic ride onboard Superstar Virgo this May!

Cruise through the ever-attractive 6 Day/5 Night cruises departing from Manila, sailing to romantic Laoag, charming Kaohsiung, and the shopping Mecca that is Hong Kong and bring along your lolo or lola and avail of 70% off for Senior Citizens, exclusive for May 3, 8, and 23 departures. Promotion is exclusive for guests counted as 2nd person for 60 years old and above, as low as USD $305!

Experience state-of-the-art amenities, world-class cuisine, and wonderful service aboard Star Cruises’ flagship vessel and get to see it for yourself with two more friends, as the 3-To-Go promo gives you a chance to bring a 3rd person for FREE! For two paying passengers, get the 3rd person for free on departures for May 3, 8, and 13.

All these just to cap off your summer with your loved ones! Not to mention the existing promotion of 30% off running until May 20 on top of these exclusive offers, this is an affordable luxury that you just can’t miss!

You can go to any local travel agency to book these promos and don’t let summer pass without getting an amazing adventure onboard SuperStar Virgo in Manila!

For more inquiries about Star Cruises, call (02) 836 6080 or visit the Star Cruises official website at For media inquiries, you may contact Mr. Lynch Imbat of Star Cruises Marketing at (+639) 17-637-0794 or email him at You may also contact Star Cruises Marketing directly at (+632) 836-6000 loc 6179 or send your email at 

About Star Cruises 
Star Cruises is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality corporation. A pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry, Star Cruises has been operating its fleet since 1993, taking on the bold initiative to grow the region as an international cruise destination with a fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Libra, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces and The Taipan.

Star Cruises' commitment in offering best-in-class services and facilities is reflected in a host of recognitions and accolades received over the years. These include being inducted into the prestigious Travel Trade Gazette's "Travel Hall of Fame" for a ninth year in 2016 in recognition of winning "Best Cruise Operator in the Asia-Pacific" for 10 consecutive years. Star Cruises was also recently voted "Asia's Leading Cruise Line" at the World Travel Awards for a fifth year in a row in 2016.

About Superstar Virgo
The 13-storey SuperStar Virgo is equipped with 935 cabins, including sea-view cabins and balcony suites. Offering a wide variety of dining, shopping and entertainment choices, her facilities embrace Chinese, international and Japanese restaurants, an alfresco bar, foot reflexology salon and spa, gym, steam and sauna rooms, hairdressing salon, two-level theatre, duty-free shops, a 100-metre mega water slide, outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, karaoke room, children's activity centre and more. A calendar of themed entertainment constantly refreshes the onboard fun and excitement, ensuring every voyage is a brand new enjoyable experience.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


 Once again Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific has announced another run of the Cruise Fair, highlighting exclusive promotions for the SuperStar Virgo Manila deployment, as well as the other Asian itineraries of the cruise lines’ fleets and this time the company has partnered with  the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises. 

Starting last April 18 to April 21, 2017 at Robinsons Magnolia Atrium, Star Cruises and Dream Cruises are picking up off on the success of the initial run of the Cruise Fair last March as this event showcases the perfect cruise offers capping off the SuperStar Virgo in Manila deployment as well as new offers perfect for mid-year trips and year-end holiday vacations all exclusive here!

The Cruise Fair’s main promotion highlights its most popular 6-Day/5-Night roundtrip itinerary of SuperStar Virgo to Laoag, Ilocos Norte to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Hong Kong with exclusive offers of a Mother’s Day Special which gives special onboard cruise treats for Moms sailing on May 13! This is inclusive of Eye Society eyewear, Bridge and Galley tours, with an exclusive invite to Captain’s Tea Party.

Another of the cruise' promotions is the May Birthday Cruise Package which offers a free birthday package onboard for cruising May celebrant. This is inclusive with HKD 200 onboard credit, room set up decoration, Complimentary birthday cake, and birthday certificate signed by the Captain. 
Passengers can also enjoy 30% + 10% promotions + Additional OBCR, 30% off running promotion plus additional 10% off promo rate and a 'per cabin' entitlement of HKD 800 for May 3, 4, 8, & 9, HKD 500 for other departures. While senior citizens onboard can have a 70% off discount for departures on April 23 and 28, May 3, 8, and 23.
There's also going to be a free cycling tour onboard so bring your bike and cycle around Kaohsiung for May 18 and 23!

Other promotions are also offered for this Cruise Fair:

-        Genting Dream 5N cruises – ex Hong Kong and ex Singapore for Buy 1, Take 1 at selected departures
-        SuperStar Virgo 3N Farewell cruise – ex Manila on May 28 to 31 2017 at 50% off
-        SuperStar Virgo 7N cruises – ex Shanghai/Osaka/Yokohama on July to Nov 2017
-        SuperStar Gemini 3N or 2N cruises – ex Laem Chabang at 65% off
-        SuperStar Libra 3N cruises – ex Penang at 50% off for Low and Mid seasons
-        Star Pisces Overnight cruise – ex Hong Kong at 30% off all pax

As the calendar shifts to travel season, there is no way to explore and discover what awaits you beyond the shores than the top cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises and Dream Cruises. So let your dreams set sail as the chance to go aboard on a cruise of a lifetime is back once again, as Star Cruises and Dream Cruises bring you the 2nd ever CRUISE FAIR!  

To alll you cruise fans and globetrotters, you can show some love to Star Cruises and Dream Cruises by posting #LoveStarCruises and/or #DreamCruises on your social media accounts! Go ahead and give it a click!

To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booth at Robinsons Magnolia Atrium from April 18 to 21 during mall hours, or visit the Star Cruises official website at

For media inquiries, you may contact Mr. Lynch Imbat of Star Cruises Marketing at (+639) 17-637-0794 or email him at You may also contact Star Cruises Marketing directly at (+632) 836-6000 loc 6179 or send your email at

About Star Cruises
Genting Hong Kong is a leading corporation, principally engaged in the business of cruise and cruise related operations along with leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities.
As a pioneer in the Asian cruise industry, Genting Hong Kong took on the bold initiative to grow the Asia-Pacific as an international cruise destination with the founding of Star Cruises, “The Leading Cruise Line in the Asia Pacific”, in 1993. To further expand its cruise portfolio in the region, Genting Hong Kong launched Dream Cruises, the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line to cater to the high-end market. Recognized as “The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line”, Crystal Cruises extends Genting Hong Kong’s reach in the global up-scale market. In 2016, MV Werften with a collection of three modern yards in the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany was established to build new cruise ships for its three cruise brands.

Initiating the Group’s foray into land-based attractions, Resorts World Manila was the first integrated resort in the Philippines when it opened in 2009. A one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination, Resorts World Manila features world-class entertainment, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options throughout its extensive premises. Genting Hong Kong’s investment in iconic Singapore nightlife brand Zouk – a world-class entertainment institution and trendsetter in Asia’s dance music scene, and perennial top-ten fixture in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs global poll - further diversifies the company’s appeal to a younger and more dynamic clientele.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wilkins Delight colors my world!

Life's just too short to fill it with dullness! That's why I was so excited when the beverage giant, Coca-Cola, launched its new colorful line of drinking water, Wilkins Delight, last April 5, at a private residence in #46 McKinley Road, North Forbes Park, Makati City.
The Coca-Cola company introduced Wilkins Delight as part of the growing family of the Wilkins brand and brings it up to a whole new level as the new drink gives a taste of excitement for young adults and anyone who want more than just water. 
In a media interview during the launch, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President Stephan Czypionka said "Young adults hate boredom. They want their lives to be interesting and colorful.“[They] want to see new places, meet new people and taste new colorful products that are not only healthy and hydrate, but also entertain their taste buds."
 Wilkins Delight was created with pure drinking water from your most trusted water brand, Wilkins, infused with 3 nutritious flavors from real fruits which are Pink Pomelo, Apple and Orange!
It’s a colorful, fruity twist that hydrates your body naturally, while at the same time excites your palette and teases your vision with fun light colors. The hydrating burst of flavors in the new Wilkins Delight will surprise Pinoy millenials to break-free from the monotony by adding color to their routinely lives.
“This is why today we create a new generation of water – a unique fusion of all the natural benefits from your no. 1 trusted water brand Wilkins (Pure) and all the joyful goodness and fun extracted from real fruit– great refreshing taste, amazing colors, and an endless option of interesting flavors from fruits!,” added Czypionka.
Fellow media attendees, Coca-Cola partners and some of our favorite local celebrities and personalities also gathered in the event and experienced a night of breaking free and got to enjoy tons of fun and colorful activities!
Coca-Cola gave out more surprises that night with the reveal of the official TVC for Wilkins Delight along with the brand’s new powerful set of ambassadors – Kapamilya’s talented star Matteo Guidicelli and the Philippines’ very own Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa.
In an interview, Kylie remarked “As someone who's from the beauty pageant industry, I need to take good care of my health and my complexion by drinking safe and pure drinking water. With Wilkins Delight, drinking water gets even more fun as it helps rejuvenate me — keeping my skin healthy. The good thing about Wilkins Delight is that it comes in three exciting fruit flavors!" 
Matteo also shared how important water is in his every day routine. He said "As an actor, singer and triathlete, water is always a must for me to help me stay focused, refreshed and energized. Wilkins has always been my no. 1 go to water for hydration. Now, drinking water doesn’t have to be boring because of Wilkins Delight! With the benefits of safe and pure drinking water of Wilkins (Pure) combined with the infused flavor from real fruits, my daily water routine just got more colorful with Wilkins Delight!” 
Now you can add flavor to your water and add color to your life with the new Wilkins Delight! Available in 425ml pack at the suggested retail price (SRP) of P15 in your leading supermarkets, groceries, and convenience stores; and in 250ml pack for an SRP of P10 in your favorite sari-sari stores nationwide.
#ADDCOLORTOLIFE with Wilkins Delight!

Me and my beautiful niece Sabrina Precilla!

My bfff Angelette Calero brought her lovely nieces Cara Eizmendi, Marianna Racho and Katya Gonzalez, and her handsome nephew Iñaki Eizmendi to the event too!
Wilkins Delight newest ambassadors Kylie Verzosa and Matteo Guidicelli

Coca-Cola Philippines VP for Marketing Stephan Czypionka and the ambassadors during the big reveal!

Hosts Justin Quirino and Cara Eriguel with Team Wilkins Delight (L-R): Wilkins Delight ambassador Kylie Verzosa, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Key Accounts Director Patricia Gamboa, Coca-Cola Philippines President and General Manager Diego Granizo, Coca-Cola Philippines Marketing Manager for Stills and New Categories Teejae Sonza, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing Stephan Czypionka and Wilkins Delight ambassador Matteo Guidicelli
Coca-Cola Philippines Integrated Marketing Communications Manager Macy Magpayo, Starcom AOR Head Federico Piacenzo and Coca-Cola Philippines Integrated Marketing Communication Director Jesus Ferreira
Sparkling Marketing Manager Nina Mahnik, Juice Senior Brand Manager Major Masa, Starcom Integration Director Roki Ferrer, Senior Media & Connections Manager Kris Perez, Ogilvy One Business Unit Director Oz Arcilla and Senior Digital Manager Jason Gervacio and Starcom Digital Director Grace Hong

Wikins Group Brand Manager Criselle Pascual-Villafuerte

Coca-Cola Philippines Public Affairs & Communications Manager Samantha Sanchez and Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Adel Tamano

My fun-loving and ever-fashionable friends Liza Ilarde, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Rajo Laurel, Jo Ann Bitagcol and Rhett Eala

Wilkins Delight squad goals with (L-R) couple Julia Lazareva and Sky Yang, Janina Manipol, Chienna Filomeno and Miles Ng
Brothers of fashion Sean and Connor McCann, It Boy LA Aguinaldo and Miko Raval
Asia's Next Top Model contenders Jodilly Pendre (left) and Alaiza Malinao (2nd to the right) with their fashion forward friends Guggles Reyes, Anja Vanessa Peters and Ara Arida
Couple Chelsea Robato and Christian Busby
Runway models Jessica Yang and Iago Faria
Millennial fashion designers Rik Rasos, RJ Santos and Esme Palaganas

Friday, April 07, 2017

Feel super at Star Cruises' Superstar Virgo

On a sunny day on March 19, I found myself boarding in to another world, inside the Superstar Virgo of the leading cruise line -- Star Cruises!

As the first every international cruise line to homeport in Manila, a huge celebration was in order to welcome the company at the Manila South Harbor.  Music and dancing begun as the Department of Tourism in the Philippines invited our very own Philippine Cultural Dance Performers and the Higantes stilt walkers to the venue, while the mighty world champion team of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation ushered the honored guests from the Philippine government, media and partner agencies inside the ship.

Guests had the pleasure of having first glimpse of the luxury inside the giant vessel and the day even ended with a concert performance from the Philippines' very own very handsome and sexy Jazz singer Markki Stroem! We even danced to his suave rhythm (in our fancy pajamas!)

Like a bird out of its nest, I felt free as I, along with a few beauty queens and friends from the Always Famous group experienced the voyage to the "Jewels of the South China Sea" for the next 5 days and the first stop in our Star Cruises itinerary was the beautiful city of Laoag, then on to Vigan --  where we walked along the rustic streets of Calle Crisologo and saw the enchanting architecture of the San Agustin church. By nightfall, we headed back to the ship where we fashioned ourselves with good ol' fashioned leather jackets, and a 50s rock-star getup for Grease Night at the Genting Palace!

It was so much fun and the thing I knew was waking up to the magnificent sunrise by the sea line of Kaohsiung, Taiwan! I immediately hopped on a bus with the rest of my 'Famous' friends and saw the sacred temple of Fo Guang Shan, Taiwan's famous Love River and the Pier-2 Art Center in the Yancheng district. At dinnertime, we had ourselves all made up with Chinese-inspired clothing, with our neatly styled updos and cheongsams!

By the fourth day, the Superstar Virgo was still at sea while the whole gang and I had a sumo-tastic lunch in the ship's Samurai restaurant! It was one in the afternoon when the ship finally reached the busy Hong Kong harbor and everyone got out to enjoy a fun-filled day of shopping! Some of us had a few photoshoots done too!

On the fifth day, we were sailing back to the Philippines and had the whole day onboard. So we decided not to waste the perfect sunny day by celebrating our cruise vacay with a Lala Land pool party at the Beatship deck! The fun didn't stop there as later on that evening, my dear friend and renowned fashion designer Rhett Eala had the first debut of his Queen collection at the Grand Piazza, thanks to the brilliant collaboration of Star Cruises and industry movers Keren Pascual, director Robby Carmona and of course Rhett's 11 muses -- beauty queens Ana Sideco, Alaiza Malinao, Franchesca Lagua, Nikita Mc Elroy, Jodilly Pendre, Jo Ann Bitagcol, Lou Muñoz, Michelle Panemanglor, Justine Gabionza, Nicole Cordoves and the muse of the hour (who is also the muse for all of Rhett's gowns in this collection) Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina!

By the morning of March 24, Superstar Virgo was already docking back in Manila South Harbor. We were finally home after a week-long adventure across the Asia Pacific. Thank you so much Star Cruises for this unforgettable voyage! Truly #LoveStarCruises!


Me and my bff Angelette Calero

La-la-lovely pool party at the Beat Ship deck!

Zumba time at the Heli-pad area!

The gang and I chillin in Vigan for our first stop!

I just love this picture of the girls all dressed in their cheongsam!

(L-R) Marissa Tambunring, Ana de Ocampo, Angelette Calero, Eds Genuino, Charlene Escaler and yours truly by the Grand Piazza before Rhett's Queen collection debut!

Our fabulous hosts for the night Tweetie de Leon- Gonzalez (top picture) and Rajo Laurel (below)

Star Cruises ambassadors LA Aguinaldo and Kylie Verzosa

The boys Luke Jickain, LA Aguinaldo and director Robbie Carmona

The two fashionable Tessas: Tessa Prieto Valdes and Tessa Alindogan

Ana Sideco

Franchesca Lagua

Alaiza Malinao

Jodilly Pendre

Nikita McElroy

Lou Muñoz

Nicole Cordoves

Justine Gabionza

Jo Ann Bitagcol

Michelle Panemanglor

Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina

Designer Rhett Eala after his successful show!

Rhett and his muses with Marx Topacio (farthest right) and Star Cruises officials Lynch Imbat, Joyce Francisco-Ocampo and Andrea Manzano

Rhett's gowns in full display!