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Discover Bomberg in Manila

(From left) Bomberg CEO Giancarlo Mantuano, Anish Bhatt, Hauteur Inc.’s Bernadette Quirante and Joannah Bulanadi.

As a newcomer to the world of watches, Swiss watchmaking brand Bomberg has big ambitions. The watch brand sends out a clear message that it is different with its provocative, bold and unconventional style statement.

Swiss-made, strong and different, the two-year-old watch brand has made a big name in the industry with its excellent wristwatch collections that have become symbols of every young, free-spirited and modern-day person in the city.

Bomberg offers a wide range of designs. It has distinctive features such as the crown and buttons placed at 12 o’clock, dual usage wrist or pocket and skull and crossbones chain.

This year, Bomberg presents two watch releases in the Philippines — the newly launched BOLT-68 and the model 1968. The timeless and well-known 1968 collection exudes a beautiful rendition of an atypical sporty watch with its bull head-12 o’clock and two large chronograph counters. On the other hand, the BOLT-68 offers a dark object of desire that can be a wrist or a pocket watch.

Bomberg chairman Rick De La Croix shared, “Creativity is the ability to think outside the box.” The most anticipated creation of BOLT-68 collection allows the watch lovers of Bomberg to turn an exclusive timepiece to a disruptive pocket watch for a more dynamic and flexible usage.

(Bomberg is available at the following Washington branches: Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 1, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Glorietta 4, SM North EDSA, Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Place Manila and Bomberg’s first stand-alone boutique at Robinson’s Magnolia.)

Preserving culture & the environment

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), led by its chief operating officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III, encouraged TPB employees to participate in a series of corporate social responsibility projects lined up to help preserve the country’s environment and cultural heritage.

The campaign kicked off in Boracay in time for the country’s busiest tourist season. In cooperation with the Boracay Foundation Inc., TPB employees conducted a series of beach cleanups in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.  Boracay plays host to concerts, sports events and other major summer activities. Most of the time, these events leave the famed island’s shores heavily littered.

The group also planted acropora coral fragments in response to the destruction of coral reefs in Boracay due to pollution and the influx of tourist vessels, as well as natural stresses like strong currents and waves. Through this restoration project, Boracay’s corals can continue to be one of the island’s attractions and home of marine creatures.

Mangroves play an important role in protecting the coastlines from erosion, while also serving as spawning ground for fish and other sea organisms. The group also helped plant mangroves along Lugutan Beach on the other side of the island.

Also lined up for the group are visits to Camiguin and Bohol — areas that were devastated by natural calamities. In 2013, Camiguin and Tacloban were both hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda while Bohol was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. These disasters also led to the destruction of many cherished historical and cultural sites in the Philippines, including the Church of Our Lady of Light in Loon, Bohol; the Children’s Park; and the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban.

Enerio said, “These activities show TPB’s commitment not only to promoting our many tourist destinations, but also helping preserve our country’s cultural heritage and rebuilding communities whose residents depend on tourism.”

Cebu brightens up with color

A burst of vibrant colors greeted the Queen City of the South during the Cebu leg of the fun Color Manila Run, a friendly, non-competitive run and color festival.

More than 2,000 Cebuanos, including tourists, eagerly braved the shower of water and dyes to give their early morning run a colorful twist.

The beautiful seaside view of South Road Properties served as the backdrop as runners get color-bombed with the happiest rainbow colors at different designated stations.

Aside from the standard dri-fit shirts, race bibs and bags, all participants were also given colorful sunglasses.

The race was divided into 10K, 6K and 3K running categories but there were no clocks, checkered flags or victory lanes. The participants ran at their own pace and those who completed the race each received a specially designed finisher’s medal.

Capping the race was an eclectic party where the participants were showered with more colors as the event climaxed into a beautiful, colorful festival.

Supported by the Tourism Promotions Board, this one-of-a-kind run captures the fun spirit of the Filipinos. Aside from Manila and Cebu, Color Manila Run will also be held in Bacolod, Davao and Dagupan.


(For more events and festivities happening in the Philippines this year, visit www.visitph2015.com.)

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