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October 2023


The grand finale of the legendary Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition marks Enchanted Kingdom’s 28-year anniversary

It was indeed a magical night with Asia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan during the Be Enchanted! Concert, together with dwta and dance group AXIS PH.

The Grand Finale of the Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition took place in Santa Rosa, Laguna on October 28, marking the culmination of Enchanted Kingdom’s anniversary celebrations. Enchanted Kingdom is the first and only world-class amusement park in the Philippines. Asia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan dazzled the crowd as the Be Enchanted! main act! Concert with dance group AXIS PH and dwta.

Enchanted Kingdom boasted local artistry with pyrotechnics and music through the return of the Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition – eight years after its last spectacle – entertaining and dazzling guests for the past four Saturdays of October.

Enchanted Kingdom boasted local artistry with pyrotechnics and music through the return of the Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition – eight years after its last spectacle – entertaining and dazzling guests for the past four Saturdays of October. Photo courtesy of Ed Santos

Eight years after its last event, EK revived the Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition due to high demand. EK worked with Filipino producers of fireworks to highlight their goods and inventiveness. This year, Laguna-based St. Vincent fireworks Services and Trading defeated five rivals, showcasing regional artistic talent with music and fireworks.

“We are immensely grateful for all the support of our guests and loyal park-goers. We were pleased with the turnout and hopefully, our guests were able to create more enchanted stories with their families and loved ones. said Nico R. Mamon, EK’s 28th Anniversary Council Chairman.

Teachers taking a break with a Zumba dancing session during EK’s World Teacher’s Day Celebration.

EK launched its very own Grand Storybook Characters Parade which introduces other main characters weaved in Enchanted Kingdom’s story for the past 28 years.

It can be recalled that as part of their celebration, Enchanted Kingdom conducted various events every Saturday for the whole month of October such as the World Teacher’s Day (October 7), the launch of the Grand Storybook Characters Parade (October 14),  the Eldar’s E-Kreator Event (October 21), and EKMC Weekend Specials for their annual pass members.

Mamon also shared that Enchanted Kingdom has a lot in store for its guests beyond October.

“Enchanted Kingdom is already working its magic in bringing our guests an enhanced retail and dining experience with branded outlets planned for the EK Portico area, located just beside the front gate of the park. We are also preparing an enchanting holiday celebration through our Christmas Tree Lighting this coming November 26,” he added. Mamon also shared that guests should also anticipate new attractions in 2024.

As a final Christmas gift, Enchanted Kingdom revealed that it will open Tuesday through Sunday beginning November 21. By December 17, the theme park will be open every day to continue sharing magic and enchantment, particularly during the holiday season.

Enchanted Kingdom boasted local artistry with pyrotechnics and music through the return of the Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition – eight years after its last spectacle – entertaining and dazzling guests for the past four Saturdays of October. Photo courtesy of Bobby Nocom

Visit and EK’s official social media accounts @ek_philippines on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook and Tiktok, for additional details about upcoming events.

Lifestyle, News

Katkat, the captivating winner of Drag Race PH Season 2, supports the Right to Care Card for Couples Who Are LGBTQI+

(Photo courtesy of: Mayor Joy Belmonte Instagram page)

One of the most well-known drag performers in the nation, Captivating Katkat, is using her victory in the second season of Drag Race Philippines as a platform to advocate for equality.

The drag queen, who is a Quezon City resident herself, shared photos from a courtesy visit with Mayor Joy Belmonte, who recently launched the Right to Care Card in Quezon city. The initiative gives LGBTQIA+ couples a way to participate in crucial medical decisions for their partners and is hailed as a regional civil rights milestone.

696 couples or 1,392 members of the LGBTQIA+ community have registered to acquire their cards since the program’s debut at the Pride PH festival in June. These cards give their partner special power of attorney (SPOA) for medical treatment. As more people demand the same in other cities, the number keeps rising.

The office of the mayor also posted its own set of photos from their meeting. “Boogsh! Maraming salamat, RuPaul’s Drag Race PH Season 2 Winner Captivating Katkat, para sa pagbisita sa Quezon City Hall! Mainit na tinanggap ni Mayor Joy Belmonte si Captivating Katkat sa kanyang tanggapan ngayong umaga para sa isang courtesy call,” posts the official’s account.

The Right to Care Card initiative is a collaboration between the administration of Quezon City and the marketing and advertising firm MullenLowe TREYNA.

Visit for additional details about the Right to Care card. and


Dermorepubliq, the top skincare brand in the Philippines on TikTok Shop, has opened physical locations at SM Fairview and Riverbanks Center Marikina

Dermorepubliq, the top skincare brand on TikTok Shop Philippines, has opened its newest physical locations at SM Fairview and Riverbanks Center Marikina, marking an important turning point for the up-and-coming company in the country’s skincare market.

The brand’s dedication to establishing a multifaceted sales strategy that combines the power of e-commerce with concrete, in-person consumer encounters is underlined by this tactical step. Dermorepubliq seeks to offer a seamless and inclusive shopping experience to a broad clientele by embracing the integration of physical stores into their successful e-commerce platform, boosting accessibility and engagement on all fronts.

The kiosks from Dermorepubliq display their line of important vitamin-infused skincare products that are suitable for men and women between the ages of 18 and 35.

Dermorepubliq offers a diverse range of 16 highly effective skincare products tailored to specific skincare needs. The brand’s core message is that quality doesn’t have to be expensive; all their products are priced at less than 500 pesos, making them accessible to the local market. With formulations designed specifically for the tropical climate and backed by thousands of authentic customer reviews, Dermorepubliq has established itself as a local brand that can rival international brands in terms of quality and effectiveness. This affordability, combined with FDA-approved products prioritizing safety and efficacy, underscores Dermorepubliq’s commitment to customer satisfaction and skincare excellence.

Dermorepubliq was cited as the number one skincare brand by TikTok Shop Philippines during its 9.9 sale after recording a sale of 13,000 units spanning 11,000 orders in that period alone.

Some of Dermorepubliq’s best-selling products include their 5% Niacinamide + HA Serum and Niacinamide Face Bar.

The skincare brand was launched in 2020 by founder Keith Corwin Sta. Barbara after enduring personal struggles with acne. Motivated by the desire to find effective and accessible skincare solutions, Corwin started the brand with only three products: the 10% Niacinamide + HA Serum, the Niacinamide Clarifying Toner, and the Alpha Arbutin + HA Serum.

Since its inception in October 2020 as a sole proprietorship and subsequent incorporation in November 2021, Dermorepubliq has shown exponential growth, marking its presence on platforms like Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok, and opening physical stores at SM Masinag and SM Tanza.

“Our transformative journey, beginning with modest roots and culminating in nationwide acclaim, stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication. The strategic integration of TikTok in our content approach represents a contemporary stride in skincare education, empowering our generation to confidently embrace and celebrate their innate beauty,” affirms Sta. Barbara.

Dermorepubliq aims to captivate its audience on TikTok with a blend of educational, lighthearted, bold, and humorous content. Through engaging videos, the brand seeks to educate users while creating a relatable and fun connection.

Dermorepubliq seeks to inspire young adults to enjoy the natural brightness of their skin with a solid foundation in quality and innovation. A generation looking to reimagine their beauty regimens with products that really deliver is drawn to the brand’s dedication to delicate yet effective skincare products.

The two newest Dermorepubliq locations are at the Riverbanks Center KF-08, Palm Lane, and SM Fairview Lower Ground Level, Parkway. Additionally, their official website at, Shopee at, Lazada at, and TikTok with the handle @dermorepubliq are all places where you can browse and purchase their assortment of skincare products online.

About Dermorepubliq

Dermorepubliq is a local skincare brand founded in 2020 by Keith Corwin. Specializing in custom formulations that prioritize quality and results, Dermorepubliq offers a range of 16 meticulously crafted products enriched with essential vitamins. Designed for men and women aged 18-35, the brand combines affordability and efficacy, empowering young adults to embrace their skin’s natural beauty. With a strong presence on platforms like Shopee, Lazada, TikTok, and physical stores at SM Masinag and SM Tanza, Dermorepubliq has become a leading name in the Philippine skincare industry.

You can find Dermorepubliq’s newest stores at the following locations:

SM Fairview: Lower Ground Level, Parkway

Riverbanks Center: KF-08, Palm Lane

You may also visit their online platforms through the following links:

Gyudon for free? Yoshinoya’s Weeklong Tricks & Treats Are Hauntingly Delicious!

The original and delectable Gyudon has been Yoshinoya’s best-selling dish since opening its doors in Japan’s Beef Bowl capital. A wonderful balance of beefiness and sauciness is delivered by this tempting rice dish, which mixes savory sliced beef seasoned with herbs, sweet white onions, and soft Japanese rice. This Halloween, it’s going to haunt the cravings of many people with its tricks up its sleeve!

Celebrate Halloween the Shibuya Style

On October 29, the world-famous beef bowl known as gyudon will be given away to the first 100 guests who are dressed as Halloween characters! Customers may take advantage of this exciting deal at the Yoshinoya Eastwood shop beginning at 5 PM, where they will also get to see what it’s like to celebrate Halloween in the well-known Shibuya crossing. A bunch of cosplayers will spook it up and provide guests with a visual feast of whimsy and mystery as they parade around in costumes! If you’re an Otaku at heart, join the party by donning your scariest outfit!

I-Scream for FREE

Yoshinoya is the kind of gift—or, better yet, treat—that never runs out. Customers may enjoy a boo-tifully sweet Halloween long weekend thanks to Yoshinoya, which is offering FREE Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream with any purchase of at least P500. The brand-new Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream is the most decadent dessert and the ideal way to round off your dinner!

This promotion is only applicable for dine-in transactions and runs from October 30 to November 5, 2023, between 6 and 8 p.m. It’s worth yelling for this limited-time promotion! Set a reminder in your calendars and come celebrate Halloween with us at Yoshinoya!

Entertainment, Lifestyle

Ready for another exciting event? DISTRICT CAR BOOT SALE SPORTS & CELEBRITY EDITION: Where Stars and Bargains Align!

Beginning on October 27 to 29 the highly anticipated District Car Boot Sale Sports & Celebrity Edition is set to take place and bringing a delightful fusion of sports, showbiz personalities, special finds, and gourmet delights.

For three exciting days, Greenfield Development Corporation (GDC) brings together some of the country’s sports and showbiz personalities, right in the middle of the metro, in a community where you’ll find wide open green spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy-jog around, walk your dogs, stroll with your family, get-together at our outdoor events and our al fresco dining – the Greenfield District!

“This event is proof of our company’s commitment to promote health and wellness. We show our support by featuring some of our local athletes who have given honor and continuously strive to give honor to our country by exceling in their chosen sports and in the process also promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle,” says Atty. Duane A.X. Santos, Executive Vice President.

Greenfield District boasts of a mix of commercial establishments that encourage healthy living with Play Padel which is a sports facility for padel that also comes with pilates classes and a cafe; Gameville that features two (2) FIBA certified basketball courts, a volleyball court, a gym, a sports bar, and a sports shop; and the Climb Central, an indoor rock-climbing gym which is unique to the community. Soon it will have The Studio, a pole dance studio at Zitan, plus some clinics, massage and wellness centers.

At the 3-day event, the District Car Boot Sale offers an array of goods, including vintage finds, clothing, accessories, collectibles, art, and so much more. You can literally stumble upon your next prized possession while having a great time.

Families can enjoy quality time together trying delicious food from 21 different trendy food trucks at the Food Truck Fest, a popular outdoor dining destination in the metro. You’ll find everything from burgers to international dishes, desserts, and drinks to satisfy every palate.

All attendees are encouraged to bring their eco-friendly bags to the event. Greenfield District cares about the environment and wants to reduce its impact. While you shop for deals and enjoy tasty food, join the Greenfield District in remembering to protect our environment.

The District Car Boot Sale Sports & Celebrity Edition is a fun mix of entertainment, shopping, and great food. It’s a chance to meet your favorite stars and support sports. Greenfield District has made it eco-friendly and enjoyable, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Get ready for a memorable family weekend! Mark your calendars, invite your loved ones, and prepare for celebrity meet-ups, great discoveries, and delicious food.

Visit our website at or follow @GreenfieldDistrict on Facebook for more information and @greenfielddistrictretail on IG for the latest updates and announcements.


With Toyota’s October Raffle Promo, Double Your Drive

Given that Toyota is giving away 5 brand-new automobiles in October, getting a new car in addition to the one you already own will provide twice the joy. By purchasing your ideal Toyota this month, you also receive an entry into a lottery for a chance to win a second brand-new vehicle.

Up to October 31, 2023, all customers who purchase any new Toyota car through TMP’s dealer network are eligible to enter the Double Your Drive Raffle Promotion. The mechanics are straightforward: after successfully purchasing any new Toyota vehicle throughout the promotion time, you will be eligible to earn one raffle certificate. You can register for the raffle with the assistance of one of our helpful and dependable Marketing Professionals (MPs).

On November 10, 2023, five lucky winners will be chosen, along with the gifts that go with them. Winners will then be contacted by their Marketing Professionals and will receive one Vios XLE CVT, one Corolla Altis GR-S, one Corolla Altis G, and two Wigo G AT vehicles as raffle prizes. It is encouraged that raffle participants only consider raffle prize announcements from a reputable marketing professional at the Toyota dealership where they transacted. After being notified, winners will have 90 days to pick up their most recent Toyota vehicle. The Toyota dealership where they purchased the vehicle will be where they make their claim.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to increase your drive. To learn more about the Double Your Drive promotion and how you may enjoy mobility twice as much, go to

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Lifestyle, News

Seven years of hassle-free logistics for Ninja Van Philippines for Filipino companies


Ninja Van Philippines, a leading provider of hassle-free delivery solutions and tech-enabled logistics, celebrates its 7th birthday by looking back on a path of growth, innovation, and dedication to being a trustworthy logistics and growth partner for companies of all sizes. Ever since, I have always trusted Ninja Van to deliver my parcels to the right place. It’s not only trustworthy; it’s also convenient and satisfying. They are also hygienic and prioritize the welfare and common good of their customers.

Selfie during our Ninja Van Cabuyao Hub tour of the facility – Cross Belt Sorter System, WSS, and Mail.

Todo Hustle, No Hassle for 7 years

Over the past seven years, Ninja Van Philippines has reached more than 18 million Filipinos with its hassle-free logistics services, achieving 100% coverage of the nation. In order to fulfill its purpose of offering dependable and effective logistics solutions, Ninja Van Philippines’ more than 8,000 employees and workers support everyone from Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) to major international e-commerce platforms and brands.

In order to assist MSMEs in navigating the intricate and constantly shifting networks of suppliers, manufacturing partners, transportation companies, and financial service providers, Ninja Van Philippines has also developed a suite of supply chain management solutions, known as Logistics+. This was done in response to the changing needs of Filipino businesses. This gives MSMEs the freedom to rethink their growth potential and allows SMEs to concentrate on the expansion of their companies.

As part of its 7th anniversary, Ninja Van Philippines showcased its Cabuyao Hub – the Group’s largest automated sorting hub in the region. Beyond full automation, the hub sports fully integrated measurement and sortation services which can automatically weigh and scan parcels – making parcel sorting and tracking more accurate and efficient.

“The capabilities of our Cabuyao Hub highlight our ongoing investments in tech-driven innovations that bring quick deliveries for the shippers who have continued to place their trust in us over the past seven years,” said Ninja Van Philippines Country Head Jose Alvin Perez. “Alongside our pursuit of operational excellence, our hustle continues to provide dedicated shipper support to round out a best-in-class logistics experience for our shipper partners.”

CBY Operations

Fueling the Filipino hustle

Ninja Van Philippines also highlighted programs and services geared to help MSMEs thrive in an increasingly competitive business landscape. These  value-added services aim to supercharge the growth of  e-commerce businesses beyond logistics, and  include:

  • Ninja Rewards – a loyalty programme for shippers to earn points and redeem attractive rewards and exclusive business solutions and services.
  • Ninja Direct – end-to-end procurement solutions with comprehensive supplier management and negotiations, crossborder logistics, and customs clearance
  • Ninja Fulfillment – an all-in-one storage, order, and inventory management solution that enables online sellers and business owners to save on additional operational costs such as manpower and warehousing.

Creating opportunities for MSMEs

The birthday celebration featured a presentation of seven shippers who pushed their way to success with Ninja Van Philippines as a means of saying thank you to loyal shippers throughout the years. During the press conference, these MSME shippers—Monarchy, Calliah Fashion, Sweet Night, Bona Vita, Arctic Hunter, The Diet Coach, Little Retail PH, and Chef Ayb’s Herbal Tea—displayed their histories and wares while highlighting how Ninja Van Philippines assisted in their growth through effective, tech-enabled logistics.

“As we celebrate our 7th anniversary, we reflect on the incredible journey that has brought us to where we are today. Our focus on innovation, reliability, and holistic support has set us apart in the industry –  we are a growth partner committed to the success of our e-commerce sellers, supporting them beyond last mile logistics with a suite of value-added services.  We look forward to many more years of empowering businesses and driving success with them,” says Sabina Lopez-Vergara, Chief Commercial Officer, Ninja Van Philippines.

For more information, visit

Food, Lifestyle

The 5th Reimagine Recycling application period is now open!

Organizers and participants during the 1st year of Reimagine Recycling

Reimagine Recycling, a project by Coca-Cola Philippines and Save Philippine Seas that strives to scale developing circular economy projects, is once more looking to assist trash solutions through project financing and capacity-building opportunities. The project is now in its fifth year. The search this year will concentrate on initiatives that promote circular economies, assist underprivileged communities, and stop garbage from leaking into riverine and marine habitats.

Up to 10 finalists will be chosen from the pool of applicants to attend the Reimagine Recycling Summit in January 2024. They will have the chance to network with previous winners, take part in seminars, and present their ideas in front of a group of specialists and experts during the summit. The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines may provide funds for selected projects to support their execution of up to Php 500,000.00.

“Coca-Cola Philippines is proud to continue working with Save Philippine Seas to promote marine conservation. We recognize the importance of our oceans in life. Through Reimagine Recycling, we are helping support a circular economy for our packaging – including uplifting informal livelihoods, and working to reduce marine pollution in our rivers and oceans,” said Tony del Rosario, President of Coca-Cola Philippines and Vice President for Coca-Cola Franchise Operations in the East Region (Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines).

The program is part of Coca-Cola’s continuous efforts to achieve a World Without Waste through partnerships with organizations. In 2018, The Coca-Cola Company pledged to collect and recycle an equivalent of every bottle and can it sells by 2030; make its packaging recyclable globally by 2025, and use at least 50% recycled materials in its bottles by 2030. The company has also opened a state-of-the-art bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in General Trias, Cavite in 2021.

“At Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, we believe in the power of collective action and the ability to make a difference. That is why we are excited to support the 5th year of Reimagine Recycling! We continue to seek new innovations from groups who share our vision of caring for our communities and supporting our informal waste sector,” said Cecile Alcantara, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines President.

A program participant joining a brainstorming session on waste segregation and collection

“Reimagine Recycling has enabled past winners to make new connections, grow their projects, and support the collection of over 195,000 kilograms of waste. The ingenuity of Filipinos is inspiring,” said Anna Oposa, Executive Director of Save Philippine Seas.

Applications must be submitted by November 20, 2023. For any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Mo Maguyon, Reimagine Recycling Project Manager, at [email protected].


Applicants should have an established and ongoing project that addresses issues in coastal community engagement, improving the welfare of informal waste pickers, gender mainstreaming in waste management, and preventing waste from river and marine ecosystems. The project must be at least six (6) months old by November 2023. The initiative must be a community-based project. Priority will be given to projects that work at the barangay level and collect and recycle hard plastics.

Two to three representatives from each project’s organization, association, or group are required to submit applications. Applicants may be affiliated with academic institutions, civil society organizations, or private businesses (including start-ups and social entrepreneurs).

Examples of initiatives

Supporting informal livelihoods

●        Capacity-building opportunities

●        Implementing models of cooperative organizing and community governance

●        Improving facilities for workers to safely process collections

Developing circular systems

●        Providing access to recycling markets and solutions

●        Improving local infrastructure for waste collection, recovery, recycling and disposal facilities

●        Developing roadmaps and strategies for solid waste management and/or circular economy

Visit for additional details. Applications must be submitted by November 20, 2023 (11:59 PM GMT+8). Please read the FAQs at if you have any questions or concerns, or send an email to [email protected].    


EK’s Magical Tale: Enchanted Kingdom has been dazzling Filipinos for 28 years

Today, October 19, Santa Rosa, Laguna, honors the 28th anniversary of Enchanted Kingdom (EK), the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines, producing and offering amazing experiences and memories that last a lifetime for the Filipinos.

The theme park began with seven elaborately themed zones that were dotted with food stands, shops, kiosks, and other skill games when it first opened to the public in 1995. EK expanded to nine themed zones almost three decades after it first opened, housing more than 30 rides and attractions, 13 entertainment performances, 21 souvenir stores, 11 event facilities, and the AGILA the EKsperience, the country’s first and only flying theater.

More than just a themed amusement park offering thrill and excitement, the theme park also provides educational entertainment (edutainment) to guests of all ages, especially students.  

Magical Beginnings

With the upcoming 28th anniversary celebration, EK Chairman and President Mario O. Mamon shared the humble beginnings of the theme park during the Philippine Tourism Investment Summit 2023.

“Why invest in tourism, specifically a theme or amusement park? Because there were no honest to goodness theme parks in the country at the time that we started planning.  There were none of the scale, magnitude and qualities similar to theme parks like Knotts Berry Farm & Disneyland in California,” Mr. Mamon explained.

“Most especially, we wanted to provide Filipinos the opportunity to obtain the ‘authentic theme park’ experience without necessarily having to travel abroad to do so,” he continued.

A Roller Coaster Ride and TIEZA partnership

But as in any pioneering venture, Enchanted Kingdom faced many internal and external challenges over the years, hence EK’s “roller coaster history”.  

When the construction was implemented from 1992 to 1995, theme or amusement parks were not in the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) of the Board of Investments (BOI) and the government. Mr. Mamon said that the enactment of Republic Act No. 9593, or “The Tourism Act of 2009,” gave EK a ray of hope for their future development plans as “theme parks” were then specifically included as a tourism enterprise.

“The decade after RA 9593’s enactment were our growth years wherein we increased not only our attendance but also our land area with the end in view of transforming the standalone facility into a multi-day, multi experiential ‘integrated attractions destination,’ similar to what other parks were doing all over the world. We decided to put our plans into motion in 2019 by applying for TIEZA accreditation to become both a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) and a Registered Tourism Enterprise (RTE),” Mr. Mamon narrated.

However, after TIEZA granted EK the seal of approval in 2020, the pandemic occurred. Still, EK bravely proceeded with the delivery and installation of their latest ride attraction, working collaboratively with TIEZA, all during the early lockdown phase of the pandemic.

Magic lives forever: Future Plans

As the impact of the pandemic eased by 2022, the tourism sector slowly recovered and regained its vibrancy. In fact, EK was cited by the government of Laguna for generating the highest number of same day visitors in 2022. The recognition was conferred during the provincial government’s celebration of the National Tourism Week 2023 at the Cultural Center of Laguna.

According to Chief Operating Officer Dr. Cynthia R. Mamon, the world class theme park is steadfast in enhancing its products and services to create magical experiences for all its guests. “Enchanted Kingdom is committed to our vision to be the Philippine leader in wholesome family leisure and entertainment. The recognition will serve as an inspiration to EK to always be the best channel of magic to every Filipino. We hope that in continuing to give our best, we are able to contribute to the betterment of our immediate community here in Laguna,” said Dr. Mamon.

Through its upcoming Cultural Village, which will feature rides and attractions centered on Filipino culture and history, Enchanted Kingdom is dedicated to strengthening and fostering Filipino patriotism beyond its 28th anniversary. With branded dining establishments planned for the EK Portico area, which is close to the park’s entrance, EK is also working its magic to give its visitors an upgraded dining experience.

Theme park will open its gates every day of the week beginning December 17 and will continue to offer pure family entertainment, particularly throughout the Christmas season, according to EK’s final announcement.

Visit and EK’s official social media accounts for Facebook and Tiktok, and @ek_philippines for Twitter and Instagram for more details on this celebration and other planned events.

Lifestyle, Travel

Memorable October Experiences in Japan

There is always more to learn on each trip to Japan. Even though Japan has numerous well-known tourist attractions, some visitors prefer to stray from the crowds. Here are some suggestions to look into if it describes you and your visit! Festivals and fandom converge in October to create remarkable experiences ideal for both occasional and devoted guests.

(Mimaru Kyoto Kawaramachi Gojo main entrance)

Mimaru Kyoto Kawaramachi Gojo

Consider staying at the Mimaru Kyoto Kawaramachi Gojo if you ever find yourself in Kyoto! This hotel has newly reopened, and you are cordially invited. It offers good lodging in a variety of entertaining rooms, including one with a Pokemon theme for those seeking a lively experience.

There are family rooms and single rooms, both of which are large and immaculate. While having access to communal spaces, you will also have your own private space. If you plan on staying for more than a few nights, this location is the best spot to stay.

(Pokemon Room)

Mimaru Kyoto Kawaramachi Gojo is located very centrally, close to Kyoto Station, so it would make an excellent home base for you to see other cities during your stay in Japan. You may leave your bags at the hotel’s luggage storage before checking in or after checking out, so you can explore Kyoto hassle-free!

Hita City

Are you a fan of the international sensation Attack on Titan? If that’s the case, then you will love Hita City! It’s the birthplace of Hajime Isayama, the creator of the smash hit anime.

Many spots in Hita City were featured in the story, so any fan will go wild over those locations. The whole city participates in the Attack On Titan fandom! There are bronze statues of the main characters at the foot of the Oyama Dam, and there is also a statue of the character of Levi Ackerman in front of JR Hita Station.

Be sure to visit the Attack on Titan Museum–it features some of Isayama’s drawings and is free to enter. If you have a Japanese phone, you can even play an Attack On Titan game specially designed to be played in Hita City.

The closest hub to Hita City is Fukuoka. Hita City is an 80-minute ride via JR trains. There is also an option to use the highway bus which should take about an hour and a half.


Staying in Tokyo means all sorts of excellent events and activities all year round. This October, tons of unique experiences are open to you!

teamLab Planets

teamLab Planets was just recently named Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction by the World Travel Awards. Do not miss out on this incredible visual feast. It’s so popular that its run has been extended until 2027!

Walk through different halls of wonder. There are rooms full of flowers and enchanted spaces that take on a dream-like quality. Don’t forget to bring your phone because the Instagram stories you can make in this spot will surely be a hit!

teamLab Planets is easily accessible from Shin-Toyosu Station and about 10 minutes on foot from Toyosu Station. It’s also 5 minutes on foot from Shijo-mae Station and Toyosu Market.

Tohaku Chakan

Photo provided by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization)

At the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, you will find the tranquil grounds of the Tohaku Chakan. It’s a slice of Japanese history with cultural shows, authentic Japanese activities, and delicacies inside the museum’s Okyokan, a traditional 270-year-old Japanese house. If you are interested in Japanese culture, this is an excellent place to visit.

The Ueno Park Station is the closest train station if you want to check out the Tohaku Chakan. While you are in the area, there are a few other attractions in Ueno Park like the zoo and the Ueno Royal Museum.

Japan Mobility Show

Do you like motorcycles? Then you must include the Japan Mobility Show (formerly the Tokyo Motor Show) on your list. This event features a wide range of topics, including automobiles, motorsports, and whatever the future of the sector holds. Expect an intriguing roster this year as the autofest returns with a vengeance! The event has been taking place since the 1950s but was put on hold owing to the pandemic. Visit Tokyo Big Sight from October 28–November 5, 2023, to see it. There are various rail options to get to Tokyo Big Sight, but the Yurikamome monorail is the most practical.

This October in Japan, there is something for everyone! Whether you have a passion for Pokemon or Japanese history, you’ll always find something intriguing to learn. Every trip to Japan is unique, and this October there is a fantastic program of cultural events that will make your journey extraordinary.