Jollibee and Funko Announces Flocked Jollibee Funko Pop!


The Jollibee Funko Pop! fever is still on after almost a year when they announced the first variant of this cute Philippine fast food icon. This year, they are releasing a limited edition and we've got the latest scoop on where you can get it!

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In case you missed it, Jollibee - Philippines' world-renowned homegrown fast food joint and Funko - an American company that manufactures licensed pop culture collectibles, best known for its licensed vinyl figurines and bobbleheads, announced their partnership last year and released the first common variant of the Jollibee Funko Pop!.

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This was then followed by the Metallic Variant with a limited edition count of 4000 that was released through partner toy retailer Big Boys Toy Store. I was lucky enough to snag an opportunity to buy one for retail price through a promo done by Big Boys Toy Store's social media.

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This year, they are releasing the third variant of the iconic fast food mascot. In a recent announcement by Jollibee through their social media channels, they officially announced the Limited Edition Flocked Jollibee Funko Pop!.

In case you're not familiar with what 'Flocked' is, this figure will have a velvet-like texture - think of Jollibee mascot's felt cloth material. So soft and felt-y!


Funko later announced the same Pop! figure on their official website and revealed that the Funko Pop! figure will be a Funko Funatic Philippines Exclusive and will only be available during the upcoming Toy Con Philippines 2019 happening on June 28-30 at the SMX Convention Center.

This is only the second Funko Funatic Philippines Exclusive Funko item, the Golden Huckleberry Hound Pop Pez figure being the first and was only released to attendees of the 2018 Funko Funatic Christmas Party with a limited edition count of 600 pieces.

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Details on how to buy this limited edition Funko Pop Figure is still not announced but we'll definitely update this post once details are released in the near future. For now, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be updated!

How to Apply for a Philippine Senior Citizen ID


As we grow older, our parents also do and when you're like me who's nearing the big 3-0 then your parents might be nearing their senior citizen age. If that's the case then read after the jump to find out how you can help them obtain this super useful identification card.

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First off, how do you determine if your parents or relative is now eligible for a Senior Citizen  ID? It's actually super easy, just check the the requirements below.

- Must be a Filipino Citizen
- Must be 60 years old and above
- Must be a resident of the city you are applying for at least 6 months

Now, if your parents or relative fits the requirements above then that means it's time for them to get their Senior Citizen ID. As I mentioned, this is a super useful identification card as they can use this to avail certain benefits such as discounts on food, services, groceries, and even free movie entry every week!

Requirements and Documents Needed


Since we're residents of Quezon City, the steps and requirements indicated below are for Quezon City. it doesn't differ that much per city but it's best to check with your local Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) to see if they have additional requirements or steps in applying.

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First thing you'll need to do is help your parents or relatives in gathering the requirements. They are fairly easy, but if they lack ID's, it's best to process those first.

(1) Accomplished application form. For Quezon City, you may download it HERE.
(2) Recent 1" x 1" ID photo, bring 4 or more.
(3) Photocopy of any of the valid ID's below, any combination is good as long as it bears the applicant's name, date of birth & present address. If they have more than 2 ID's, add it so that application process is faster.

Voter's ID (Comelec)
Driver's License
NBI Clearance
Police Clearance
Old Residence Certificate
Postal ID (New PVC type)
Valid Passport

Remember to have multiple CLEAR photocopies in case they need more copies and also bring the originals in case they need to validate some of the identification documents presented. For the application form, it's best to help them by adding the details needed on your computer instead of writing manually, it'll lessen the processing time once you're there in the OSCA office.

Submitting and Getting the ID


Once you've completed the requirements, it's time to go to your local Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs to submit. Remember that the applicant must be present during the application as they need to sign a few documents. 

In Quezon City, contrary to the address you can find online and when you book a ride on Grab, the OSCA is located now in a different location near the Quezon City Hall of Justice building. Here's a quick map of where the office is now located. They said it's  temporary one, so it's best to double check somewhere else before heading there.

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Once you arrived at the OSCA, just tell the staff that your companion is applying for a senior citizen ID. You'll be assisted to the designated table for your Barangay's district, waiting time may depend on how many are in queue in your specific district. Remember that there's no payment needed, so be wary if they ask for payment - only replacement ID requests needs to be paid.

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Once they are up, the person in charge will just get all the requirements, check them and start processing their Senior Citizen ID. They will stick the 1 x 1 ID Photos to the senior citizen booklet, their data book, and on the senior citizen ID. After this, they will give you the booklets for discounts and explain how to use them.

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And you're done. All you have to do now is add the signature and thumb print to the ID and have it laminated. Remember that the issued Senior Citizen ID is permanent and doesn't need to be renewed over a certain period of years.

Again, this guide is just a basic guide and might differ from city to city so it's best to double check with your city's respective Office of the Senior Citizens Affair to clarifications on the requirements and process. Also a quick disclaimer that the process presented here are accurate during the time this article is published and is subject to be changed without notice.

Sumo Niku at The SM North Towers, is it worth it?


In search of everything delicious in the metro, we stumbled upon a new unlimited yakiniku place in the newly opened wing of SM City North EDSA called the North Towers in Quezon City. We gave it a try, so read on and see if it's worth it.

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Located in the second level of the two-level SM North Towers Mall, Sumo Niku offers Unlimited Yakiniku with different options and rates depending on the time of the day. They are under the same company of Yakimix and Buffet101. We visited it on a Sunday night and the wait time is pretty bearable.

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They have a list system for seat reservations, the lady manning the reservations was a little unorganized with her list which needs improvement. We are 18th on the list so we told her we're just going around since there are no seats for those waiting but upon returning at 5-10 minutes, we were told our names had already been called and we had to get listed again. Later on we found out she just calls the name two times with a few seconds interval and if you're not there then tough luck. 

After being seated, we settled down to our table and given the option on what Unlimited option we're going to enjoy. Sumo Niku offers two options, Pork + Chicken and Pork + Beef + Chicken, we opted for the 3 meat choices option which comes with unlimited side dishes and iced tea.  Here's their rates in case you can't see the photo below properly.
Sumo Niku - SM North Towers Mall Rates


Pork + Chicken with unlimited side dishes and iced tea
399php Lunch
449php Dinner

Pork + Beef + Chicken with unlimited side dishes and iced tea
449php Lunch
499php Dinner

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When we visited, their chicken meats are not available (but they are still charging the same for the 3-meat options), as for the side dishes only kimchi, okra, seaweeds, and cucumber are available which sucks a little since half of the side dishes menu are not available.

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We started ordering and saw that we only have a maximum of 2 kinds of meat per order and we need to finish those before we can request for the next set of meats. Service is pretty okay at first, they served the drinks, rice, and side dishes right away. The side dishes taste great, especially the seaweeds and the miso soup.

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When the first order of meats arrived, we were a little disappointed on the serving size. Given that it's unlimited, I think they need to increase the serving size if they are limiting it to two kinds of meat per serving. We ordered the US Premium Beef and the Wagyu Beef, the US Premium beef has around 6 thin beef slices while the wagyu has around 7 small cubes of meat, that's already for the two of us in our table.

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Their grills are equipped with those industrial style smoke catchers attached from the ceiling, so the smoke is bearable and you won't go out smelling like you actually got grilled. We started cooking and the first set of meats we ordered tastes great, especially wagyu cubes that literally as soft as clouds in your mouth.


After finishing our first set of meat, we started ordering the second set and this is where it went a little downhill in terms of service. We're not sure if they are understaffed or this is part of their technique to turn over tables faster but it took a solid 10-15 minutes for the second set of meat to arrive. 

As the dinner rolls on, the wait time became longer and longer even for side dishes and drinks that we sometimes have to reorder again through another staff. Our table's grill keeps turning off too without us knowing why, we'll just notice our meats aren't cooking so we'll call on one of their staff to turn it on again - this kept happening until we finished our dinner.

Sumo Niku is pretty new but I do hope they improve their service fast as the first few months are crucial to newly opened businesses and negative experiences on first-time customers can make a huge impact on their restaurant's longevity. I'll give them a try again in a few months or so to see if they already improved service-wise.

2/F The North Towers Mall - SM City North EDSA Complex
North Avenue, Quezon City
Store Hours: During mall hours

The Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is Back on its 27th Year!


The much-awaited Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is back on its 27th year this October and we got some of the things that you can expect during the Festival, also read on to know how you can win FREE tickets to this once-a-year event!

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Happening on October 27, 2018 at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City, Philippines, the free annual cultivating event continues to celebrate the strengthening bond between the Philippines and South Korea through a day of festivities and a cultural program. This year's Festival theme is Hand in Hand.

The event will be divided into two parts. Part 1 is the Annual Talent Competition Finals where the Filipino participants will have to sing or dance in Korean as the Koreans will have to perform in Filipino and Part 2 which is the main program which showcases performances from both Philippines & Korea through a concert. There will also be a mini-program at the lobby before the event and during intermission, as well as exciting booths that are both a feast for the eye and the stomach AKA Korean Food!

The 27th Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is hosted and organized by the United Korean Community Association (UKCA) together with the National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) respectively and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, Korea Tourism Organization, Philippine Retirement Authority, BDO, and Pera Swipe with the special participation of Arirang Town Philippines.



Get a chance to win tickets to the festival's Part 1 and Part 2 program by joining
Arirang Town Philippines' ticket giveaway which runs until October 21, 2018.
Just visit arirangtownph.com/philkor2018 to join!


Pinoy Marvel Fans Surprised by the Avengers Infinity War Cast


It's been a while and boy I need to catch on tons of stories during the first half of 2018. Let's get back on track and let's kick things off with my personal experience during the Marvel Studio's Infinity War Fan Event in Manila that happened last April. Also, don't forget to check out my Vlog about it at the end of this post.

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Last April, a week before the much-awaited Avengers: Infinity War the biggest Marvel fans in the country was invited to a special event at SM Megamall. No details were given except that we're going to get filmed for a video greeting for the cast of the movie, so before the event, everyone was required to sign a release form.

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SM Megamall was decked out in all things Marvel - complete with cosplayers who went all-out with their Marvel superhero costumes, even the big bad himself Thanos joined the fun.

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The event kicked off with some giveaways from the event sponsors followed by a short program where some of the best-costumed fans were interviewed about their costume to their predictions about the movie.

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Between the program, everyone was given a certain phrase to memorize - WE ARE READY FOR YOU, AVENGERS! while practicing shouting it facing the camera. We were all convinced that it's just a simple video greeting so when it's time to do it for real, we just gave our all. 

To the surprise of everyone, familiar faces lit up the cinema screen! Joe Russo, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Karen Gillan are waving in front of us through the cinema screen. It was a surreal moment until the host Justin Quirino confirmed that is is a live feed all the way from Singapore where they will be doing a red carpet premiere.

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Some lucky fans got the chance to interact with them and ask questions where the trio gave their sincere answers without giving away much about the movie. Benedict who plays Doctor Strange and Karen who plays Nebula also took time to admire the fans who attended in costume. The surprise interaction was short but very memorable and it was ended with a selfie with the whole cinema.  Check it out below - photo courtesy of Globe.

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Enough reading and let's get to the good part, I started producing Vlogs to go with my blog posts as a video is a better way to tell the story.

Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel by clicking HERE.
Sit back and watch what went down during the event!


Thanks for sticking and watch out for more posts soon! - Alex
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