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Valkyrie Nightclub Opens The Palace, Set To Be Biggest Nightlife Destination in Asia

In Norse Mythology, Valkyrie referred to one of the virginal women who searched the battlefields for the souls of dead men fit to become einherjar (ine-hair-ee-are), which were then taken up to Valhalla (the equivalent of heaven) and trained to fight in the battle of Ragnarok (equivalent of apocalypse). The Valkyrie also served wine and food to the einherjar in the great hall.

And so the word was out: the establishment of the colossal Palace at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and the unveiling of its first phase, Valkyrie Nightclub. Valkyrie Nightclub is just the initial stage of the massive complex that is rising in uptown Taguig.1

The brainchild of the people behind Members Only, Prive, Aracama, 71 Gramercy, 12 Monkeys, Draft Republiq, Opus, Aracama, and from the not-so-distant past, Embassy, Encore, Cuisine and Fly2 , for Manila’s party crowd, there is only one place to be seen: Valkyrie at The Palace2 . Celebrity partners include Tim Yap, Raymond Gutierrez, JM Rodriguez and Fabio Ide1 with Kim Yao, Stephen Ku, Neil Arce and Pam Solilapsi.1

SOME of The Palace business partners: GP Reyes and his wife Andi Manzano-Reyes, PamSolilapsi; Tim Yap, Erik Cua; Fabio Ide Image © Philippine Daily Inquirer
SOME of The Palace business partners: GP Reyes and his wife Andi Manzano-Reyes, PamSolilapsi; Tim Yap, Erik Cua; Fabio Ide
Image © Philippine Daily Inquirer

Valkyrie the nightclub has two floors in a cavernous and luxurious space. It has multiple VIP seating areas and six luxury skyboxes.1 Valkyrie can accommodate almost 3,000 people1 and it’s bound to get bigger. The first step for The Palace soon to rise will be two restaurants, a micro brewery, a day club with pool and 12 cabanas, and a high-end lounge and bar on this sprawling space in uptown Bonifacio Global City.1 Is the cover charge consumable? “Yes, but we highly recommend reserving a table,” says GP Reyes1

“I didn’t realize how huge our club is until I decided to do the rounds. I didn’t get to see most of the people I wanted to see. It was such a fun and crazy night. I’m overwhelmed!” said JM Rodriguez, one of the partners.2

“When all the phases have been opened, The Palace will be able to accommodate 10,000 people,” said Tim Yap, another of the partners.2 “We wanted to give Manila a new nightlife home that encompasses everything in terms of scale, a paradise of sorts, from night to day,” he added.2

The Palace, located on 9th Avenue and 36th Street in Bonifacio Global City, will be the biggest nightlife destination in the country with six distinct outlets—Valkyrie Nightclub, Pool Club at The Palace, Revel Room, Brewery, Light Café, and a Japanese lounge and restaurant.1

The second phase, the Pool Club and Light Café, will be launched in February 2015, while the third and final phase, the Revel Room, Brewery and Japanese lounge, will be completed by April 2015.1

The man behind The Palace, Erik Cua started his first club, Temple, when he was only 29 years old. Always coming up with brilliant concepts for what our town is looking for, he conceptualizes nightlife on the fast track.1

“The Palace was envisioned as the biggest nightlife destination in Asia. It is poised to put the Philippines on the worldwide clubbing map with its six truly unique clubbing concepts, the first of which is Valkyrie, the nightclub, which is a bilevel space with luxurious interiors, soaring ceilings, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound system” GP Reyes adds.1

A facade of the newest night club to rise in BGC: Valkyrie Image © Philippine Daily Inquirer
A facade of the newest night club to rise in BGC: Valkyrie
Image © Philippine Daily Inquirer

With a recent grand opening last Dec. 4, Valkyrie has had international acts spin and perform with the likes of Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and Canadian electronic dance music duo Adventure Club. To welcome the New Year, Dirty South will fly in for The Palace New Year’s Eve Ball on Dec. 31.2

Valkyrie at The Palace is at 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City. For table reservations, call 0917-6808888

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References:
1 The Philippine Daily inquirer, ‘Valkyrie, Just One Of The 6 Outlets Rising In The Colossal Palace’. December 12, 2014. Maurice Arcache. http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/179477/valkyrie-just-one-of-6-outlets-rising-in-the-colossal-palace
2 The Philippine Daily Inquirer, ‘Valkyrie at the Palace: It’s ‘it’ for now’. November 23 2014. http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/177838/valkyrie-at-the-palace-its-it-for-now

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30 years and counting

When you turn 30, you’re supposed to act your age. Like what the rest of society is expected from a full grown person who’s supposed to be on their own, most likely married by now and popping babies, left and right.

But I don’t have a husband and I am carefully thinking where I can buy a customized one. Plus, I still have to decide whether I would like to go through the excruciatingly, painful process of child birth. (RANDOM THOUGHT ~ In this day and age of advanced medicine, there must be a way to keep the birth pains down a notch either by a new pill, procedure, conditioning, etc. It’s the 21st century after all, we should have something by now, right?)

Believe me, 30 years was a work in progress. I’m just relieved I even managed to get this far!?

Deep down, I have always been a kid at heart. Case in point, I came up with two very substantial examples: Adventure Time and fast food. 😉

Growing up on Disney movies, it was a no-brainer that I would love cartoons. I’ve sang with my nieces to the tune of Elsa’s Let it Go so many times already it’s sickening. Then there’s my infatuation with Wall-E, how convenient it would be to have a robot for a pet especially one who can do my house chores, and to have Alladin’s Genie as your best friend. Awesome right?

Lately, I’ve been hooked on Adventure Time. When I’m off the computer, I tune in to that show. I’m not plugging the show in any way, but don’t you just find the characters amusing? I am particularly fond of Lumpy Space Princess (LSP), who can be an annoying drama queen, is very self-centered and at times, arrogant but who you can’t help but love thanks to her saving grace of sassiness, sweetness, loyalty, intuitiveness and resourcefulness that, most often than not, gets her out of the most ridiculous situations.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out Lumpy Space Princess here –

[NOTE: Adventure Time is a PG rated cartoon. There are parts of the program that need parental supervision and guidance. Parents, you have been warned.]

And also, this comes as no surprise to most of you, I’m not much of a cook. The irony is that I come from a family that are fantastic cooks! Both my parents (and brother) cook. My grandmother on my father’s side is also a great one. She’s Visaya and all manner of home entertaining, she has down to a tee. While on my mother’s side (all Kapampangan), every single person in that family knows their way around the kitchen. During dinner, I would sometimes think, maybe the “cooking gene” skipped a generation — and guess who the lucky tadpole was?

You maybe good at the computer, but your useless in the kitchen” my mom would sigh.

But I am an appreciative audience. Really. I don’t nitpick on food. I eat whatever’s served. Yup, I’m a good tadpole in that sense. 😉

The idea of food has always had a more practical use for me: it’s only good when I’m hungry.

Don’t tell anyone this, but I can live on fast food alone. Ssssh…Although, I do have my (never ending) goals to eat healthy and live a clean lifestyle.

If it weren’t for my family’s cooking, I’d probably be skin and bones. (So a big thanks to my family for keeping me alive! Yey!)

Despite my work as a journalist for a number of publications, being a content provider and social media specialist for some respected companies while running a modest start-up on the side, I can’t help but think — How did I get so lucky?

Truth be told, I would have to give the appreciation to the individuals who’s confidence in my capabilities and skills, to those whose lives I’ve been able to observe whether in their home, at work, with family or otherwise, have all been a cumulative source of inspiration.

For sharing your life with me, for showing me how it is be kind, how it is to share, to not take oneself too seriously, to constantly place a high premium on competence and integrity while reminding me to keep both feet firmly planted on solid ground. I dedicate this post to you. Thank you.

You have been an inspiration to me and I hope I could be the same with people I come in contact with for the remainder of my days. I hope that by the time I write on my 60th birthday, on this very same website, 30 years from now, I’ll be able to look back and reminisce what a privilege my life has been.

There is this verse that is very close to my heart which I also try to live every single day “He has told you oh man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)

Thank you for being a part of my 30 years. Happy birthday to me.

Old Lady Signing Off,

Paula

My Transformation (err, mutation?) through the years…

Potential hell-raiser right there...
Potential hell-raiser right there…
Serious kid. Nah!
Serious kid. Nah!
I was 5 years old then.
Cheeky 5 year old.
At 5 years old.
At 5 years old.
In gradeschool, I think.
In gradeschool, I think.
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My hair. Bow.
With some of my fabulous looking cousins during Anne's 18th
With some of my fabulous looking cousins during Anne’s 18th
During the 2014 Mining Conference at Sofitel. Working very hard as you can see.
During the 2014 Mining Conference at Sofitel. Working very hard as you can see.
During my trip to check out one of the mine sites in Palawan. Met with one of the tribes people.
During my trip to check out one of the mine sites in Palawan. Met with one of the tribes people.
Grabbing dinner after the 2013 Mining Philippines coverage
Grabbing dinner after the 2013 Mining Philippines coverage
During an art exhibit hosted by Dennis Smith with former first lady, Mrs. Imelda Marcos
During an art exhibit hosted by Dennis Smith with former first lady, Mrs. Imelda Marcos
My interview with Filipino artist BenCab.
My interview with Filipino artist BenCab.
My interview with Renewable Energy Director Mario Marasigan of the Department of Energy.
My interview with Renewable Energy Director Mario Marasigan of the Department of Energy.
My College Graduation.
My College Graduation.
MPAT
My Official Correspondent Picture. Sheesh.

Beautiful in His Eyes – A Happy Panda Shares Her Story

Do you still remember the entry I did on How to Heal a Broken Heart?

Well, guess what? The people I dedicated that entry to are doing well and are on their way to recovery. All through His Grace.

It’s amazing what happened that day. You’ll never really know how He works but He does indeed change lives. He offers the gift of love: A love that is real, full and freeing.

Please make sure to read the full entry from my friend. She has an amazing story to tell: A story of heartbreak, restoration and finally, redemption.

This entry is about her and the many others whose hearts have been broken and have come back, whole and beautiful. You can read her full story here: Darn Beautiful in His Eyes

 

Restoration of Israel

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her.”

Hosea 2:14

Finding Solace on Christmas Day

It’s only a couple of hours before Christmas day, and right now, the house is a complete standstill. Everyone’s in their rooms resting in preparation for tonight’s festivities.

And this is just the opportune time for me to think thoroughly why we are celebrating this occasion. The company of family is heartwarming, parties with friends are good as well, gifts are nice to receive and give. Everything feels good right now. But there are some people I know who will be celebrating alone. Right now, this very instant, alone on Christmas eve.

My friend, this post is for you.You are not alone. You never have been.

Christmas offers many truths, but surely this is one: You are of great worth to God.

Taking these cues, I bring you a prayer and a blessing:

To all who’ve been dismissed or tossed aside;

To all who, made bitter by the cracks in your story, now tremble or seethe at the mention of ”love”;

To every weary-boned parent saddled with regret or loss or despair;

To every child, grown yet still yearning for tenderness and acceptance;

To every one of us who compulsively judge our reflection in the mirror or replay conversations over and over or carry every criticism to a dark, dark place;

To each of us who are ashamed of our fears and our machinations and who hide the fact that in our own sophisticated ways we still have to leave the light on at night.

I pray that you will know, these beautiful days, the profound worth of your soul, the sturdy weight of your being. There is an astounding splendor in you—and I know this because the God of all beauty and power has called you into existence. And God delights in the sheer presence that is you. – Winn Collier

The Lord is closest to the struggling, the empty and especially the broken. Today, rejoice. You are not alone. You don’t have to be. Jesus’ very birth is the reason why those who are in their darkest can find solace and comfort in the fact that He was born to us.

Smile my friend. Our Saviour is born.

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a  manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  - Luke 2
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
– Luke 2

The International Community pledge aid to Filipinos

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USA: : Obama said America “is already providing significant humanitarian assistance and we stand ready to further assist the (Philippines) government’s relief and recovery efforts.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm,” Obama said in a statement.

The U.S. government aid – both military and civilian – began flowing as relief efforts got under way by international organizations and private relief groups.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending supplies, including emergency shelter and hygiene materials, to help 10,000 families. The supplies are expected to arrive early this week, according to a spokeswoman.

USAID also is dispatching 55 metric tons of emergency food to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to five days, the agency said.
90 U.S. Marines and sailors arrived in the Philippines as part of a first wave of promised U.S. military assistance, which included aircraft for search and rescue operations.

EU: EU: European Union Ambassador Guy Ledoux to the Philippines also expressed yesterday his solidarity with the Filipinos and announced humanitarian teams and relief packages were on their way to affected areas.

“The Philippines has been severely tested by nature on several occasions this year. As it confronts yet another natural calamity, I express my solidarity with the Filipino people and my deep sympathy with those who have lost their loved ones or their livelihoods,” Ledoux said in a statement. The European Union Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection said it is deploying four experts to areas near Cebu and Leyte and will also help assess the plight of the victims of the recent earthquake on the island of Bohol.

Australia: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Australian Government will contribute $10 million in aid, which will include $390,500 of emergency supplies previously announced by Ms Bishop on Saturday.
“I have approved a $10 million package of humanitarian assistance. This comprises the urgent deployment of an Australian medical assistance team – at a cost of about $1 million, $3 million to be deployed through Australian non-government organisations, $4 million to the United Nations flash appeal,” she said.
“[We will also contribute] $1 million for additional food items and non-food items, which includes the funding already announced – so tarps, mosquito nets, water containers and the like, and $1 million to the Red Cross to assist in their disaster response efforts.”

Canada: Canada is donating PHP 206M for Yolanda victims

“Canada is deeply concerned by the impact of this catastrophic typhoon,” said Canadian Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie Christian Paradis said in a statement.

New Zealand: New Zealand will give another $2 million to support humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced this afternoon.
The money is in addition to the $150,000 already pledged.
“Typhoon Haiyan has caused significant damage and affected more than 4.4 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines,” Mr McCully said.
“New Zealand will provide $750,000 in dollar for dollar funding to New Zealand non-government organisations that are working with partners on the ground to support the relief and initial recovery effort. We will also set aside a further $1.25 million in funding to be allocated over the coming days as the priority areas for support are identified.”
The $150,000 that New Zealand had already committed would go to the International Federation for Red Cross to support the immediate distribution of relief supplies and conduct needs assessment.
In addition, an official from the New Zealand Aid Programme would be joining the specialist United Nations Disaster Assessment Co-ordination team.

UK: David Cameron has offered £6m in emergency aid to the president of the Philippines to help dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
The Prime Minister called President Benigno Aquino III to pledge the UK’s full support following the deadly storm and to offer the country’s thoughts to the victims.

The Prime Minister said that our thoughts are with all those affected, especially those who have lost loved ones,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
“We have also sent four humanitarian experts to the Philippines to assist three advisers already in the country helping to coordinate the international response.”

Belgium: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) said it was sending 200 tons of aid—medicine, tents, hygiene kits—to arrive mid-week, with a first cargo plane leaving from Dubai on Monday and another from Belgium on Tuesday.
Israel: IsraAID will send a team this week to assist local NGOs and UN agencies in treating hundreds of thousands of people affected by a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines Friday.

Indonesia: Indonesia will offer humanitarian aid to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly landfall, the president’s office said on Sunday. “[The] president is concerned about the natural disaster that happened in the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told the Indonesian newspaper Kompas. “We are working on humanitarian aid which will be processed under the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency] and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

UAE: The UAE has announced support and assistance programmes and projects worth Dh37 million for Philippine typhoon victims on the directive of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.
“The UAE extends its deepest sympathies for the loss of life and property,” the Government said.
“The UAE stands by the people of the Philippines in these tragic circumstances and commends the Government of the Philippines and its emergency workers for making all possible efforts in providing aid and relief to the victims.

Germany: Germany is also providing support. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle pledged 500,000 euros in immediate humanitarian aid for typhoon victims. “Germany wants to help, Germany will help,” he was quoted as saying. German President Joachim Gauck expressed his condolences to his Filipino counterpart Benigno Aquino, saying “It was with extraordinary dismay that I heard of the thousands of deaths and countless injured.”
Nicolas Hefner, spokesperson for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) told DW his agency would be sending a team to Manila to determine where and how the German government can help. The THW provides assistance in areas such as purifying drinking water, cleaning contaminated wells and providing emergency accommodation.

UN: UN leader Ban Ki-moon promised UN humanitarian agencies would “respond rapidly to help people in need”.
The UN children’s fund UNICEF said a cargo plane carrying 60 tonnes of aid including shelters and medicine would arrive in the Philippines Tuesday, to be followed by deliveries of water purification and sanitation equipment.

Vatican: Pope Francis, “deeply saddened” by the disaster, on Sunday urged Catholics to provide “concrete help” and led 60,000 people in prayers for the Philippines. “Sadly, there are many, many victims and the damage is huge,” he said. On Saturday, he had tweeted his sympathy to the Asian nation.
Norway: Norway commits to a contribution of NOK 20 million (PHP 140 million) in immediate humanitarian assistance to the Philippines. The NOK 20 million will be channeled through the UN, the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations which have access to the affected areas.

“I want to express sympathy with the Filipino people who have been hit so hard by this disaster. We follow the humanitarian situation in the Philippines closely and will provide further assistance when we get a better overview of the needs,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in a statement posted on the Norwegian Embassy website.
Sweden: Sweden Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, meanwhile, tweeted that Stockholm will be sending equipment for emergency communications to the Philippines

Japan: Japan, meanwhile, said it is sending a 25-member team, mostly medical personnel, to help following the devastation of typhoon Yolanda.

Singapore: Singaporeans and Filipinos here are rallying to help victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force has sent a team to Tacloban, the worst-hit city, to aid rescue efforts by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.
In a letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Mr Lee offered his condolences and help.
“The Philippines has always demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity. I am confident that your people will pull together and rebuild their lives… Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines during this difficult time,” he wrote.

Switzerland: Switzerland has sent five experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit to the Philippines after a devastating typhoon reportedly killed at least 10,000 people.
The Swiss foreign ministry said the group left on Saturday evening and would work closely with international aid organisations, delivering emergency assistance.

The foreign ministry said three Swiss experts, including doctors, were already in the Philippines. They are liaising closely with the Swiss embassy in Manila and assessing the needs of the people on the ground.

Hungary: A team carrying medical equipment and 15,000 dollars in aid from the Hungarian Reformed Charity will leave for the typhoon-hit Philippines on Monday, the charity told MTI on Sunday.

Denmark: Danmark giver 10 millioner i tyfon-hjælp til Filippinerne. – Det er en meget markant naturkatastrofe, hvor hundredetusinder af mennesker nu er i sorg og i nød, og derfor har vi besluttet at give op til 10 millioner kroner i nødhjælp, siger udviklingsminister Christian Friis Bach (R) til DR Nyheder.
Hjælpen kan blandt andet bestå af mad, vand og telte.
– Pengene vil være til rådighed så snart der ligger en appel fra FN. FN og de filippinske myndigheder er i fuld gang med at få overblik over katastrofen og vurdere behovene. Så udsender de en appel, og der vil vi med det samme byde ind, siger ministeren.
Ireland: The Government has announced €1m in emergency funding towards the relief effort in the Philippines following the widespread destruction and loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said the funding would go towards shelter, food, water and health.

Netherlands: Pledges the Philippine government 2,000,000 Euros

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