How To Throw The Perfect Boodle Fight

From sending invites to making sure you have food and drinks enough for everyone, planning a party can be quite an arduous task, no matter how much you enjoy having people over. And although having one ‘pot luck’ style is a good hack, your guests would much rather prefer that you, as the host, took care of everything. 

The ‘boodle fight’ is a great way to check at least one of your party preparations off your list—setting the tables—because a boodle fight only requires a single long table and a lot of food.

Few know that we have the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to thank for the concept, as the boodle fight originated from the military’s practice of members of the army, regardless of rank, gathering around a long table and eating food spread over banana leaves with their bare hands.

A typical boodle fight layout. Photo from

As primal as it sounds (‘boodle’ fight is military jargon for ‘attack the food’ after all), a boodle fight need not be so messy. Just follow these tips to make your boodle fight the talk of your barkada:

1. Have a theme.
Few things are more fun than themed parties, and your boodle fight’s can be reflected in the decorations, activities and, of course, the food! Prepare a lei for each guest, and serve kalua pork for a Hawaiian luau; spice up your guests’ evening with a Mexican fiesta, complete with tacos, enchiladas and margaritas; or go organic and serve only vegetarian delicacies!

2. Come in costume.
Have your guests come as opposing characters, and prepare for a real fight! Heroes and villains, nerds and jocks, #TeamArianna and #TeamTaylor—the possibilities are endless! At the end of the night, award the guest with the best costume and prepare a consequence for that one friend who was just too lazy to dress up (oh come on, we all have one).

3. Create food stations.
Encourage guests to move around and mingle by creating food stations—meat in one area, seafood in another, and desserts at the end. You also have the option of creating several stations of the same mix of food items, so guests don’t crowd the table. Print cute labels and directional signage for your stations so your guests don’t get lost in all the food!

4. Have an accessible wash area.
Since you’ll be eating with your hands (as much as possible), your guests will appreciate a wash area complete with hand soap, lotion, and the works. Surprise them with a masseuse giving free hand massages to make it more special! 

5. Have food delivered.
Save time and have food delivered instead! With foodpanda, you can order food online from over 1,000 restaurants of different cuisines (Like Greenwich, Andoks, Omakase, Cibo, Pepper Lunch etc) and have them conveniently delivered to your doorstep via or the foodpanda app. 

So gather your friends, order food, and have the best boodle fight! That’s one match you won’t mind having with one another. 
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MISTERS 2015 in Dahican: The White Beach Pageant

Mati City Davao Oriental - the beach Capital of the Davao Region will be staging the White Beach Pageant of Misters 2015.

30 official candidates from all over the Philippines and the Filipino communities abroad will all come to Mati, on the 4th day of September for a grandiose beach wear competition, plus the after party show, featuring Manila’s finest DJ’s!

Catch this year's hottest event in town. See you there!
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SMART Opens registration for Philippine Clash 2015

Clash of Clan (COC) fans all over the Philippines may now gear up for their ultimate battle as wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the mobile subsidiary of PLDT, has finally opened the nationwide online registration for the Philippine Clash 2015.

The country’s biggest COC tournament, Philippine Clash 2015 covers five key regions and offers over P2 million worth of prizes – the largest prize pool ever offered in a local gaming competition. The competition builds on the success of Clash of Summer, the country’s first ever stand-alone COC tournament held in Taguig City last May, also supported by Smart.

After sending netizens abuzz with our big announcement last week, Smart is thrilled to officially open the registration for Philippine Clash 2015, and kick off the nationwide search for the country’s top COC team,” said Mellissa Limcaoco, head of Smart’s Innovation and Product Development Group.

This is the perfect venue for COC gamers and fans to meet face to face and learn strategies from each other in a friendly but definitely tough competition, and we are doing this in line with our efforts to support the many passion points of Filipinos, including mobile gaming.”

To make all this possible, Smart has teamed up with no less than the country’s biggest names in eSports, including the Philippine eSports Organization, Inquirer eSports, SM Cyberzone, and the Philippine Clash of Clans Battleground – the biggest online community of COC players in the country.

Royal Rumble Format

To join the competition, a clan must have five members, with each member maintaining a Town Hall Level 9 Village. Interested clans may sign up at here.

Registered clans that passed the verification will first compete in Qualifying Legs in Metro Manila (Aug. 2 at SM Light Residences); Southern Luzon (Aug. 8 at SM Lipa); Visayas (Aug. 23 at SM City Cebu); Mindanao (Sept. 5 at SM Lanang Premier Davao); and Northern Luzon (Sept. 18 at SM Baguio). 

The competition will follow a Royal Rumble format, which means all clans will play at the same time without rankings or groupings. The top two clans with the most number of trophies gained after six hours of battling it out will automatically advance to the Philippine Clash 2015 Grand Finals set on Sept. 26 at SM Mall of Asia. 

Cash Prizes and Gadgets 

The Philippine Clash 2015 Grand Champion will take home a grand prize of P500,000 in cash. On top of this, each member of the winning team shall receive a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and Smart Bro Pocket WiFi. 

Exciting prizes also await all the remaining finalists, with the Second and Third placers taking home P300,000 and P200,000 in cash, respectively, plus Smart Bro Pocket Wi-Fi units for all their members.

Aside from the competition, fans can look forward to the COC Cosplay competition, which offers P5,000 worth of SM gift certificates to the winner in each Qualifier Leg and a whopping P70,000 cash prize to the winner in the 

Grand Finals – also the biggest prize awarded in a local Cosplay contest.

Supercell, Chief Pat, Galadon

Each leg of the Philippine Clash 2015 will also feature tutorials by COC experts, meet-and-greet sessions with the country’s top clans, as well as games and raffle of gaming gadgets.

To excite the fans even more, representatives of Supercell – the Finland-based game developer of COC – as well as popular COC YouTube personalities Chief Pat and Galadon, who have drawn a huge following around the world for dishing out tips and strategies, are flying in to grace the Grand Finals.

Entertainment Everywhere

The top mobile game in the country today, COC is one the many mobile games which Smart Prepaid subscribers may enjoy anytime, anywhere using the Entertainment Bundle, a feature-packed offer which provides 300MB worth of access to mobile games, YouTube videos and other online apps; 30 minutes of calls to Smart and Talk ‘N Text; and 150 texts to all networks – all valid for three days for just P50.

As the country’s leading mobile network, Smart has also introduced Direct Carrier Billing on Google Play, allowing Filipino COC players nationwide to buy gems conveniently using their prepaid load or charge their purchases to their postpaid account.

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Could the Rise of the Gambling Industry in the Philippines Give Birth to Majestic Casino Resorts?

When the Philippines opened its doors to multi-billion-dollar investments from casino developers, it ushered in a new age for the Filipino entertainment industry. Following the establishment of the City of Dreams, the country’s most lavish integrated casino, it seems there is no stopping the casino industry from flourishing in the country. Plans to establish two similar casinos resort in Cebu have already been discussed, and soon, these Vegas-style casinos might be more common.

Many have been averse to the development of casinos in the country, but the fact remains that Filipinos have always been drawn to gambling. From betting on boxing matches and horse races to playing poker and other card games for cash at different events or even playing bingo at the local mall, some form of gambling is almost always present. In fact, reports indicate that Filipino seniors are among the most active in Indian casinos in the USA. But up until Resorts World Manila and the City of Dreams were established, the casino industry has been largely dominated by PAGCOR. Could these developments be ushering in a shift in how Filipinos view gambling?

Last year, when General Santos City joined forces with Casino Filipino’s Bingo Shower of Millions, they did so in an effort to raise funds for its tourism and livelihood projects, and for the most part, casino games and raffles had been used by PAGCOR for similar projects. There is, however, no denying that a growing gambling industry could do wonders for the Philippine economy. As the gambling industry in nearby Macau continues to decline, Asian gamblers and high-rollers are looking for a new place to gamble. Singapore is well on its way to becoming a gambling destination, but the market is still new, and there’s time for the Philippines to catch up.

Casino resorts, just as Intercasino writes, “usually have a festive and pretty active atmosphere,” making them the perfect destination for those who come to the country in search of fun, as well as a great complement to the myriad of different activities that can already be experienced when visiting the country. These casino resorts also serve to bring new experiences to Filipinos, as they often have Michelin-starred restaurants and great live entertainment options such as concerts.
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SUITES 88: A Virtual Tour to GenSan's Newest Hotel

Locals should nothing to worry now on thinking of where to best spend a perfect staycation, either with friends, family or just going solo. Plus, with all the inclusions of fantabulous amenities, darn! I'm pretty sure you would rather stay here for a lifetime. Welcome to GenSan's newest suites' hotel and Venue 88 Resto & Resort's latest offering, the Suites 88.

Suites 88 is the city's latest offering not just to locals, but most importantly to travelers, backpackers and tourists. A budget friendly place that gives you more than what you really paid for. It has a very simple yet classy facade that will surely amaze you. Suites 88 has a wide parking space, more than enough to cater all the hotel's guests. It has 28 rooms designed to give you a relaxing stay. Not to mention, Suites 88 has facilities for our PWD (Person With Disabilities) brothers and sisters.

(2nd Floor Garden Lounge)
Apart from guest rooms, the place has a very stunning interior by the great, Paulo Cabalatungan. From the lobby to its mesmerizing garden lounge at the hotel's 2nd floor. Suites 88 also has 2 luxurious suites rooms fit for your most important guests with a vanity dresser, dining area, kitchenette, balcony and bathtub.

(Suite A - Vanity dresser area)
(Suites A - Bed room)
Room Rates:
  • Standard Single: 988php (rate is applicable to standard rooms for single occupancy)
  • Standard Double: 1,488php
  • Deluxe: 2,488php
  • Superior: 1,488php
  • Suites: 3,988php
(Standard Room)
(Deluxe Room)
Suites 88 guests can enjoy the following facilities:
  • A full-service restaurant, Ghabriel's Cafe
  • Swimming pools area that has three pavilions for your parties and gatherings
  • 24-hour front desk service with business center
  • Banquet Sales Desk at the lobby
  • Generator, 24-hour security, CCTV, electronically-opened guestrooms
  • 14 Standard rooms, 4 Deluxe rooms, 8 Superior rooms
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 Dome functions rooms that can cater to as many as 500 persons
(Ghabriel's Cafe)
Let Suites 88 be your hotel of choice in General Santos City. For the comfort and service you deserve. For more information and room reservation, please see details below:

Location: Venue 88, Mabuhay Road, San Isidro, GenSan.
Contacts: (083) 553 - 9988 or 0998 565 7388

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