March 16, 2017

Two Exciting Reasons to Visit Guam this April 2017

From sunny beaches and clear, cool waters to historical and cultural sites, not to mention duty-free shopping at bargain prices just to name a few, there’s really a ton of reasons why Guam should be on your list of must-visit paradises here on earth. Now if you’re into underwater diving or marathon too, two big and unforgettable events are happening on Guam this April that will surely make you pack your bags and go.

On April 7, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the deliberate sinking of the German ship SMS Cormoran at Apra Harbor, Guam in 1917 during World War I. Meanwhile, Guam’s annual premier running event, the United Airlines Guam Marathon, will kick off its fifth year with the HåfaAdai Expo and Packet Pick Up event on the same day.


What made the scuttling of this armed merchant raider significant was that it marked the “first shot” in the war between the United States and Imperial Germany in WWI. The ship came to Guam in 1914 as it ran out of coal while avoiding enemies throughout the Pacific. Since the U.S. was not at war then, Guam’s military governor allowed the vessel to stay and its crew to come ashore and befriend the locals, but he refused to provide them the needed coal. In 1917, the U.S. finally entered WWI, and the island’s military governor ordered the Cormoran’s captain, Adalbert Zuckschwerdt, to surrender the ship. Instead of complying, the captain decided to scuttle the ship. When U.S. sailors saw this, they fired a warning shot across the Cormoran’s bow to stop its crew, but to no avail. The ship was sunk, and nine of its crewmembers perished.

For the next 26 years, the Cormoran lay undisturbed in its watery grave. Then on August 27, 1943, during WWII, a U.S. submarine torpedoed Japanese freighter Tokai Maru, which sank and came to rest perpendicular to the Cormoran. This incident gave Guam a unique gift, making it the only place in the world where you can find shipwrecks from two different World Wars lying side by side.

To celebrate the centennial of the Cormoran’s scuttling, a wreath-laying ceremony at sea and at the monument in the U.S. Naval Cemetery in Hagatña where the sailors who perished are buried will be held. Special dive packages are also offered, wherein divers and visitors can participate in dive tours to the historic wreck site. There will also be history lectures at T. Stell Newman Information Center.


The fifth edition of UGM that happens on April 9 from 3 to 11 a.m., is not just about running, but a host of pre- and post-race activities as well that can be enjoyed not just by the participants but also by the public. The HåfaAdai Expo to be held on April 7 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. (and continuing on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) serves as the mandatory participant packet pick up location and is open to the general public. Festivities will include a running clinic by 2000 Sydney Games Olympic gold medalist and UGM ambassador Naoko Takahashi, sponsor booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food and beverage concessions, shopping for official UGM and running merchandise, and other only-on-Guam activities. Additionally, there’s the runners perks program that features a diverse set of shopping incentives and other discounts that all registered runners, visitors, and local residents can enjoy.

At the end of the race, an all-new BBQ Beach Party awaits participants and guests alike, taking place at Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach), with the scenic view of Tumon Bay. Along with a live BBQ station, the party will also feature a live concert performance, beach games and entertainment, the traditional Tumon Bay post-race dip, beachfront photo opportunities, local food and beverage concessions, live cultural entertainment, and more!

The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club.

For more information on the SMS Cormoran centennial commemoration and the 2017 United Airlines Guam marathon, please visit and

To know more about Guam, you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at:, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.

February 11, 2017

Temporary Suspension of Flights to and from Surigao City Airport (SUG:RPMS)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has restricted operations at the Surigao Airport in Surigao City, due to runway damage brought about by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the area 10th of February 2017 at 10pm. Suspension is effective (today,) February 11 until March 10, 2017.

Part of Damaged Runway of Surigao Airport due to Mag 6.7 Earthquake
Photo from Philippine Information Agency CARAGA

In line with this advice, Cebu Pacific flights to and from Surigao will be suspended on February 11, 2017 onwards.

Affected passengers may be accommodated via mounted Cebu-Butuan-Cebu flights or avail of any of the following options, without penalties:

* Rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date;
* Reroute their flights to alternate stations (Cebu or Bacolod) within 30 days from original departure date; or
* Opt for full refund or travel fund.

To specify their preferred option, guests may call the CEB reservation hotlines (+632)702-0888 or (+6332)230-8888, or visit CEB’s ticket offices listed below:
* NAIA Terminal 3 Sales Office – Level 3, Departure Hall, NAIA Terminal 3, Andrews Ave., Pasay City
* NAIA Terminal 4 Express Ticket Office – Old Domestic Road, Pasay City
* KidZania Manila (rebooking transactions only) – Park Triangle, 3245 North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig City
* Robinsons Galleria – West Lane, Level 1, Ortigas Ave. cor. ADB Ave., Quezon City
* Robinsons Place Imus – Level 4, Aguinaldo Highway, Imus, Cavite
* Robinsons Place Manila – Level 1, Adriatico Wing, Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila
* Cebu Airport Ticket Office – Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu Airport Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
* Robinsons Fuente – Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City

Roberto's Valentine's Offering

Discover Delectable Valentine Offerings Just A Couple Of Hours Drive Away From Manila. Chef Charles Miller, renowned American chef, prepares mouthwatering and affordable menu this Valentine’s

As the love month rolls in, many are looking for places to spend time with their special someone, but Metro Manila traffic is proving to be a challenge as it eats out most of the people’s precious time. This year, escape the metro and visit the wonderful sights of the north to sample a delightful local favorite.

RDF Feed, Livestock and Foods Inc. (RDFFLFI), the company behind Fresh Options meat shop, continues to churn out quality and innovative food offerings through Pampanga’s pride, Roberto’s.

Located north of Metro Manila, Roberto’s is a Filipino-American fusion steakhouse that serves not only choice cuts of meat, but the freshest as RDFFLFI employs an efficient food production line where all meat cuts are strategically prepared according to the restaurant’s demands.

For Valentine’s, Roberto’s is collaborating with Chef Charles Miller, a renowned American chef who’s currently the Executive Chef of the Perry’s Steakhouse in Dallas, to develop delightfully delicious Valentine’s menu at an affordable price from February 11 to February 15.

Chef Charles is also concocting signature drinks like the Ultimate Berry Splash, Chocolate Lovers Delight, and Sparkling Sour Apple Champagne.

“Cooking has always been a passion of mine and I always come up with different ways to combine different flavors and textures so that people will enjoy each sumptuous bite. You can say that I am an innovator in the kitchen, but I leave the meat handling innovations to Dr. Robert,” shares Chef Charles.

Roberto’s is located in SM City Clark, SM City Pampanga, Balanga Bataan, Vista Mall Bataan, Guagua Pampanga, Iba Zambales, and soon to open in SM North Edsa. Follow them on Facebook via @Robertoscoffeeandtea or contact 0998.961.6902 for more details.

February 8, 2017

Guam to Spread Love at the 2017 PTAA Travel Tour Expo at SMX

From breathtaking panoramic views to soft white-sand beaches and spectacular sunsets, Guam is a perfect destination for cultivating love and romance.

Whether it’s romantic love, selflove, love for family and friends, love for food and adventure, or love of the world around you, Visit Guam 2017 Year of Love will be a celebration of love by all definitions.

Love Yourself. Visitors can achieve maximum relaxation with luxurious spa treatments or snooze peacefully on the beach in the shade of a palm tree. If getting healthy and fit is the goal, the annual Guam International Marathon and Ko’ko Half Marathon attract thousands of travelers every year. Guam’s got marathon shopping covered as well. And that’s tax-free shopping!

Love Family and Friends. With countless marine sports and loads of other fun activities like waterparks, dinner and magic shows, museums and cultural centers, festivals, fiestas and night markets, there are no shortage of ways for groups to create memories that will be talked about for years.

Love Food and Drink. Chamorro barbecue, red rice and chicken kelaguen are world famous. If that isn’t enough, Guam has restaurants of nearly every cuisine that will surely lease even the most particular palate.

Love History and Culture. Guam has 131 sites across the island that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These sites weave a fascinating tale of the island’s struggles, resilience and victories that date back thousands of years.

Love the Environment. Guam’s stunning landscapes and epic sunsets are legendary. From top to bottom, the island’s mysterious caves and waterfalls, pristine shorelines, and tranquil southern villages offer many opportunities to connect with the great outdoors.

Love Romance. When it comes to romance, Guam is indeed the most romantic destination in the Western Pacific. Every year, hundreds of couples travel to Guam to get married or honeymoon, and Guam has received numerous awards for being the most romantic destination.

Come celebrate and spread Love in Guam this 2017. Visit the Guam booth at the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel Tour Expo from February 10-12, 2017 at the 2nd floor, SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

To know more about Guam, you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at:, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.
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