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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Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant: Original Chicken Sisig

It's been a long time since my last food post and I am certainly back now with another my-first-try-experience. I have heard many good things about this resto from scrumptious food to its ambiance and customer service. Everybody say, they have the best tasting Inasal and Halo-Halo, and some friends really recommended me to try as well their Chicken Sisig that actually activated my cravings. Sisig seems to be a good kryptonite alternative. Haha! So here it is after the jump.

Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant is the first and only Halal Certified Restaurant in GenSan with best in their famous Inasal and Halo-Halo. Tambilawan is definitely GenSan's talk of the town when it comes to halal foods. Many tourists and locals have been hooked to Tambilawan's interior which is very cozy, relaxing and simply amazing; its more on a Pinoy vibe spot because of the Nipa Hut cottages and wooden tables and chairs.

I ordered the Original Chicken Sisig since that's my sole reason of going there, but I have tried as well their Kinilaw, Bam-I and Buttered Chicken (not buttery and seems not fresh but heated). The Original Chicken Sisig is price at 134php (am not sure yet but will keep you posted once verified) per hotplate serving just like any other Sisig. Maybe I am just expecting too much on this food that's why I ended up being disappointed. It's not really that great but surely not that bad at all. The Chicken Sisig was clearly Inasal leftovers, sweetened and nothing more. Unless, you add some chili pepper to spice it up. I have tasted no magic but just a plain home cooked Sisig. The Original Chicken Sisig looks darn slobbering on the picture but I am just giving it 5.6 rating over 10. Besides, this is just my first visit, am gonna go back soon to give it a try, again.

If you're up for a great family dine out bonding in a Halal Restaurant, Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant is just at J.P. Laurel Street, Dadiangas East, GenSan. Open from 8:30am to 10:30pm and contact 09239053635 to make your reservations and or you have any inquiries.

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SunCity's Neon Rain: Outfit Guide for First Time Ravers!

Are you ready to get wild and have fun with heavy techno beats and hundreds of party people? In less than a month, GenSan is set to paint the town as SunCity Suites organize the most anticipated rave party dubbed as Neon Rain. So make yourself ready for another exciting experience.

Rave Party is without a doubt another feel-great party that each general would most likely need to be part with. Since the event is quick drawing closer, have you checked your wardrobe already to see if you have the right stuff to wear? If not, then I can get you rave–ready in no time. Despite the fact that rave party is a free for all and you can truly wear anything you need, however as I observed, I don’t want you to look weird and awkward like others with crazy outfits.

Before digging in on what to wear, you have first to consider the weather and the venue simply because it’s not appropriate really to wear fur boots and thick leather jacket when in GenSan. Seriously. Hence, make sure that you’re not going to murder yourself by other party goers’ odd look. Hence, dress likewise so you will stay comfortable, which is the most vital thing.

As for what you should wear that is really up to you. But remember, you will be partying in GenSan and this is a paint party. So it shouldn't be anything too nice but not look like crap. So here’s my quick guide that you might consider jotting down.

Trend: Wear something bright, vibrant, cute and colorful. Plain and simple are good options too since you’ll get neon paints thrown on you. 

Female: A less detailed crop top or a white tank top, a loose boyfriend shirt is also a good choice paired with white skinny denim short or soffe short. For the shoes, just settle on cheaper trainers if you don’t want your branded kicks splashed with paints. Take note that you'll be dancing most of the night, so no heels! Wearing a bandana headband is a good addition. Wear some neon hues wristbands, rave glasses and some glow in the dark accessories to spice up your outfit

Male: Guy's always have it easy. White or less detailed shirt is good to go paired with any light shorts. For men who have EL flashing shirt like me, you can wear that one because it’s definitely a head turner. Grab some cheaper sneakers; add some LED shoelaces to give them a light-show boost. Most men are into wearing shutter shades, so don’t forget to own one.

Facebook Page: SunCity Rave Party

A little reminder:

Keep all your stuff like phone, keys, wallet and etcetera tucked in a zippered or fastened pocket. This can be a bummer if you lose something before the night overwhelms you. Double check your outfit before you say that you’re good to go.


Be innovative. Try not to wear your most loved stuff. Leave the heels at home. Move! EDM is probably the easiest music to feel the beat and catch the rhythm. Therefore wear something that you are comfortable with because no one will judge you. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy the party because its time to YOLO, don’t waste it!
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