4th Regional Travel Fair pushes for domestic tourism

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Spearheaded by the revitalized Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the 4th Regional Travel Fair in Clark, Pampanga recently concluded with a wide range of activities such as business-to-business sessions, a two-day business-to-consumer exhibit, forums and pre-event tours to further increase nationwide domestic tourist arrivals while promoting sustainable tourism in private-public initiatives and programs. The four-day travel fair highlighted two main events: business-to-consumer exposition attended by hundreds of travel enthusiasts, and participated in by the biggest tour operators and local tourism officers in the country to market their special travel deals and promos; and the business-to-business travel exchange that enabled participating buyers and sellers to network and discuss investment opportunities to generate leads and sales. Present during the opening ceremony were (L-R) DOT Region 10 director Marie Elaine Unchuan, TPB Domestic Department OIC Nerissa Juan, Philippine Airlines Luzon Station area head Christopher Lebumfacil, TPB Corporate Affairs Sector acting deputy chief operating officer Joselito Gregorio, Cebu Pacific sales director Agnes Gupalor, and TPB Domestic Promotions – Sales Division OIC Cesar Villanueva.

Anneyeonghaseyo from Guam!

TWICE to perform live on Guam on December 1st

Guam will host a free K-pop music festival at the world-famous Ypao Beach


Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is proud to announce its partnership with MBC, one of Korea’s top broadcasting networks, to produce and broadcast a music event on Guam featuring five (5) top K-Pop groups including TWICE, Supernova, JBJ95, ELRIS and Mighty Mouth.


The MBC Music K-Pop Concert on Guam will be held at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, better known as Ypao Beach Park, on December 1, 2018 (Saturday, 6PM). The concert is absolutely free and open to the public. It will be broadcasted to millions of viewers across Asia and to millions more globally thru our online platforms.


“We are very pleased to be able to hold the MBC Music K-Pop Concert on Guam, where a beautiful natural environment and an emerald-colored sea are combined. We hope that this concert will be a happy time for many people around the world to come together and enjoy. Please make beautiful memories among family, friends, and lovers on the beautiful island of Guam. Thank you again for making this great opportunity with the unstinted help of Guam Visitors Bureau,” said MBC MUSIC+ Music Center Director and Producer Soo-Hyun Hong.


“We invite our island residents and visitors to attend the biggest free K-Pop music event of the year that will be held at the world-famous Ypao Beach,” said GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight. “K-Pop has taken the world stage by storm with millions of fans traveling to see their favorite artists. We’re very excited to partner with MBC to bring TWICE and other top acts to Guam. This is a great way to celebrate Guam’s Chamorro culture and Håfa Adai spirit during the holiday season while showcasing how music tourism works for the island.”


For more details or to get free tickets to the MBC Music K-Pop Concert on Guam, log on to kpop.visitguam.com.

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About TWICE:


TWICE is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2015 reality show Sixteen. The group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. The group debuted on October 20, 2015, with the extended play (EP) The Story Begins.


Twice rose to fame in 2016 with their single “Cheer Up”: the song charted at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart and became the best-performing single of the year. It also won “Song of the Year” at two major music awards shows—Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their subsequent single “TT”, from their third EP Twicecoaster: Lane 1, claimed the top spot for four consecutive weeks. The EP was the highest-selling K-Pop girl group album of 2016, which sold 350,852 copies by year-end. Within 19 months after debut, Twice has sold over 1.2 million units of their four EPs and special album.


The group officially debuted in Japan on June 28, 2017, under Warner Music Japan with the release of their first compilation album titled #Twice. The album debuted at number two on the Oricon Albums Chart, which sold 136,157 copies within seven days, the highest first week album sales of a K-pop artist in Japan in two years. It was followed by the release of Twice’s first original Japanese maxi single titled “One More Time” in October. With over 250,000 unit sales, Twice became the first Korean girl group that earned Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for both album and CD single in the same year.[12][13] Twice ranked third on Top Artist category of Billboard Japan’s 2017 Year-End Rankings. The music video for TWICE’s Halloween-themed 2016 hit has now reached 400 million views on YouTube, becoming the first K-Pop girl group MV to accomplish the feat.


About MBC:


MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) is one of the leading South Korean television and radio network companies. Established on December 2, 1961, MBC is a Korean terrestrial broadcaster which has a nationwide network of 17 regional stations. Though it operates on advertising, MBC is a public broadcaster, as its largest shareholder is a public organization, The Foundation of Broadcast Culture. Today, it is a multimedia group with one terrestrial TV channel, three radio channels, five cable channels, five satellite channels and four DMB channels.


MBC is headquartered in Digital Media City (DMC), Mapo-gu, Seoul and has the largest broadcast production facilities in Korea including digital production center Dream Center in Ilsan and indoor and outdoor sets in Yongin Daejanggeum Park.


About GVB:


The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), a non-profit membership corporation, is the official tourism agency for the U.S. Territory of Guam. Among its responsibilities, GVB is charged with setting tourism policy and direction; developing and implementing Guam’s tourism strategic and marketing plans; managing programs and activities that enhance and showcase Guam’s people, place and culture in order to deliver an incomparable visitor experience; and coordinating tourism-related research, planning, events and outreach activities. GVB serves as a critical bridge linking government, the tourism industry, visitors and the local community, and aims to contribute successfully to a good quality of life for residents through tourism.


GVB is the first tourism office in the United States to win the President’s “E” Award, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.


About Guam:


Guam is “Where America’s Day Begins.” As the largest and southernmost island in the Marianas, this unincorporated territory of the United States has a rich 4,000-year-old history and culture based on its indigenous Chamorro people. Guam is about 8 miles wide and 32 miles long and located 900 miles north of the equator in the Western Pacific. Commonly referred to as “America in Asia,” Guam is about a three to five hour flight away from Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Its capital city is Hagåtña (formerly Agana).


The 1st ever InstaGuam Fair, held last June 1 to 3 at Bonifacio High Street – Taguig, was a rousing success. Attended by media editors, celebrities, influencers, and regular Juans, the event proved that Guam is ready to be in the forefront of tourism in the Philippines.

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INSTAGUAM was the perfect header to the campaign because it fully encapsulated the initiative’s objective to drive Guam as an ‘instant destination’ through ‘instant share ability on social media’.

The island paradise, albeit small and sparsely populated, boasts a rich culture unparalleled by any other. It’s Chamorro heritage can be seen in traditional performances, clothing, and their cuisine, yet, everything feels familiar and relatable because of the heavy influences brought forth by various cultures and immigrants.


In this day and age, people are so used to having things readily available at all times. In Guam’s case, an instant vacation means it has to be a quick and enjoyable getaway. Only 3 hours away from Manila, Guam is a viable destination for weekend wanderers who wish to unwind for a few days. More so, fun and enjoyment are always guaranteed due to the plethora of activities and tourist destinations on the island.

Mr. Nathan Denight, President & CEO of Guam Visitors Bureau, put it best: “You can sky-dive in the morning, and you can scuba-dive in the afternoon, everything is that close.”


Social media is the perfect vehicle to directly communicate Guam’s winning qualities to the market. From its untouched natural wonders to man-made locations like Two Lover’s Point, Guam is the perfect backdrop to anyone’s Instagram feed.

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These two pillars, combined with great food and Guam’s unique Chamorro hospitality, were front and center during the 3-day Guam extravaganza.

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To commence day 1 of the festivities, a media launch was held to showcase the very best offerings from Guam. Media attendees were treated to authentic Chamorro dishes, such as red rice, Chicken Kelaguen and Tinala Katne, while Jesse & Ruby with the Guam Hafa Adai Show performers took the stage to entertain the crowd with an electrifying presentation of Chamorro song and dance. The event was then opened to the public at 6:00PM.

Event held at BGC

The succeeding days allowed GVB, its co-exhibitor GEDA, and event partners to further promote their products and services to the public. From discounted airline tickets (courtesy of Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and United Airline), to special hotel rates and tour packages, travel opportunities were plenty thanks to sponsors like Pacific Star, PacTours, Vacation Guam, Discover Guam, Phil-Guam USA and Two Lovers Point.

In addition to the activities highlighting the simplicity and vivacity of Guam’s everyday living, audiences were able to participate in different coconut-related games, such as the Coconut Olympics, Tap the Coconut, and Coconut Grinding Contest. More so, Ms Marte Hara-Parr of Discover Guam brought the house down with a spontaneous Chamorro dance class that got everyone grooving, including the event’s security team, much to everyone’s delight.

More about #InstaGUAM here.

The exhibition culminated with an SM raffle giveaway courtesy of Pacific Star Resort and Spa, Kloppenburg Enterprise, Wyndham Garden Guam, and PhilGuam USA Travel and Tours. Raffle winners will be announced in GVB’s social media accounts, so make sure to follow @VisitGuamPH on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Finally, the over-all success of the event was able to establish two things; first, Filipinos are economically capable to travel abroad should they wish to do so, and second, Guam is on its way to becoming the next IT travel destination for Filipinos.

To know more about Guam, you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/visitguamph, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.

Taiwan Excellence connects Filipinos to a smarter world




Exciting brands and fun activities await at the first-ever Taiwan Excellence Day in SMX Aura Convention Center in Taguig on June 15 to 16. The program aims to promote Taiwan as the Asian economic powerhouse’s vibrant image, culture, brands, and industries to enhance awareness and business cooperation with Philippine consumers and partners. Taiwan Excellence’s first event for 2018 also marks the campaign’s 5th year in the country.


Organized by The Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan Excellence Day kicks off with a forum entitled “Smart Technology, Smart Living.” The program gathers key industry players and thought leaders on tech-driven lifestyles. They discuss and promote the use and integration of technology in the everyday lives of Filipinos, addressing the needs and demands of an increasingly digital society.


The brand representatives present ingenious communication and connectivity solutions for households, offices, and businesses. ASUS launches their new ROG notebooks, premium notebook devices, and latest additions to their smartphone line– the Zenfone 5 and Max Pro (M1). Atop Technologies, Inc., highlight their 3G/4G  Internet of Things Gateway to connect and remotely supervise multiple field devices. D-Link brings their latest product line for consumer, Small and medium businesses and Surveillance Business. Lastly, Gigabyte showcases their 300-series chipset & Gaming Series, which includes the Z370, H370, B350 Aorus motherboards for action-packed gaming.

Guests can also look forward to a special dance performance by Billy Crawford and an outstanding mini concert by Yeng Constantino. Hurry as happy hour, raffle draws and exclusive prizes await! For more information, check out taiwanexcellence.ph or facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph/.



About Taiwan Excellence

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All Products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards, based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 102 countries.

Organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA

The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT’s role and position have been adapted regularly to meet the needs of the ever-changing international economic and trade environments. BOFT guides and works with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities, both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for several decades, BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade, and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally.

Implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, quasi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers in strengthening their international competitiveness and in dealing with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 overseas offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

#gerilenmbf: Cars for Toddlers

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are mine.


Well, it’s not actually about cars for toddlers, this post is all about how to make your car more toddler-friendly!

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Cars, as long as its machine is working, will run, but when you got toddlers in tow, some car accessories are more like a necessity and not a luxury, and with a plethora of the latest car accessory options, below are the must-have that’ll make the road trip easier for the parents and enjoyable for the toddlers.

Floor and Dicky Mat. – Eating can keep the toddler occupied during traffic and that means crumbs and spills that could rust the car’s floor. Good thing there’s floor mats – originally designed to protect a vehicle’s floor from dirt, wear, and corrosion; it can keep the car floor’s life longer while making it look clean. It’s easily placed and removed for cleaning and replacement. Dicky Mats on the other hand offers unique solution for keeping the car trunk clean. You can personalized the dicky mat according to your car boot size, you can fit the edges so that dirt won’t pass through.

Seat Covers. – If you have floor mats, it will only follow that you have seat covers as well. Leathers are a good choice especially when sticky juices and sauces spill in between those clumsy tiny fingers as it could be cleaned with just a few swipes of wet wipes and a spray of alcohol.

Sun Film and Window Shade. – Both of these will keep the cars temperature on steady while protecting the car’s interiors and the occupants including the toddlers from the extreme climatic conditions. You can pick colorful shades or cartoon characters for kids’ attention, or not.

Remote-locking security system. – Aside from added security, remote-locking security system can give you convenience when your hands are full of toddler.

Child Safety Lock. – This small switch is typically engage to prevent unauthorized exit from the vehicle. It’s a simple way to keep the toddlers safe and secure despite their constant fidgeting on the door.

Window Lock. – If they can’t opened the door, they’ll make way on the window. The window lock will keep the children on the back seat safe as when the lock is active, only the driver can control all the vehicle’s windows.

EZ Baby Saver. –  Children are dying each year from being left in hot cars, and Andrew Pelham’s Rubber Band invention, the EZ Baby Saver is actually an effective way to save toddlers in hot cars.

Child Seat. –  When properly installed and used,  child safety seat is effective in protecting children during vehicular collisions.


These are the basic car accessories that parents should consider adding to make the vehicle safe and toddler-friendly! What other car accessories do you think parents should add? Comment on the section box below.

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#GerifiedPH: Travel the World with Peace of Mind

The adventurous part of you is constantly curious about what is actually out there – we are actually born to discover, and travelling is the perfect way to feed our curiosity. With wider access to roads, airline fees and travel packages becoming more and more affordable, the wonder to wander is inevitably exciting!

You just have to be doubly sure that sunset at the California beach feels different with the view of Aurora Borealis in Iceland, and that the constant salty breeze of the Caribbean sea is way hotter than the dewy fog of the highlands in Alaska, that Greenland is actually covered with white snow, and for the hopeless romantics, your forever is living in the suburbs of France riding a bicycle waiting for you to run him a little over…

13155461724_8107915efc_b.jpgThe aurora borealis is one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular phenomenons, and Iceland is one of the best places to witness these amazing sights. – icelandnaturally.com

We can actually wonder and the possibilities are adventurously endless! Acquiring the best airfare deal, your calendar is marked and you’re all set to fly to your next #travelgoal destination.


The Checklist

Passport – more than six months before expiration, check

Plane tickets – air bus, seat numbers, time of boarding, departure and arrival, check

Hotel vouchers – codes validated, applied and confirmed, check

Travel Budget – estimated, achieved, check

Pocket Money – more than enough of the budget, converted to foreign currency, check

Itinerary – efficient, check

Gadgets: (cameras, powerbanks, smartphones) – complete cords with extra batteries fully charged, check

OOTD – matched and paired, check

Unfortunately, time and time again, there’s the sane-freaky part of you as well wanting you to just cancel everything and stay in your comfort zone as long as possible. This is especially true every after watching the news.


The Worries

What if, by neglect, you lost your passport?

What if, by stroke of ill-fate, your luggages are stolen?

What if, by any chance, you got involved on an accident abroad?

We can actually wonder and the possibilities are audaciously lethal. Waiting for the bad things to happen is not a good habit…

But that annoying sane-freaky part of you is actually designed to keep you alive; why, these are just some of the unforeseen but very possible inconveniences and unanticipated emergencies that could occur when travelling, hence, in the sense of feeding your curiosity, you have to learn how to compromise – or better yet, keep your sane-freaky part at peace.

How? Simply by adding Malayan Online Travel Master Insurance.


But, I already have a life insurance!

Well, Malayan Insurance is different from life insurances as it offers non-life insurance products like on business, home, properties, vehicles, and for this particular post, travel.

Yes, Malayan Insurance’s Travel Master offers the most comprehensive travel protection available in the country, courtesy of the company’s extensive network of worldwide emergency centres. You can actually check them online just by visiting their official corporate website at www.malayan.com.

But, I’m all set. I can’t hold my travel just to meet with an insurance agent!

With Malayan Travel Master, you won’t have to.

One on one meeting when getting life insurance is best, but for non-life insurance like traveling, meeting up at the branch or with a broker is actually an inconvenience! Simply because the time is very limited since you have to secure your travel dates first before actually purchasing one. Some may even think of adding travel insurance in the last minute! Hence, Malayan Insurance encourages travellers and jet-setters to use their online channels for quick transactions, easy communications and outlined researches.

You can research and buy Malayan Travel Master at http://www.malayan.com/products/packaged/travel-master but of course, you can still consult and ask questions to any Malayan Insurance agent and broker.

Everything is as easy as a click of button! From purchasing a travel insurance to filing a claim! All you have to do is fill-out the form in this link: http://www.malayanonline.com/makeaclaim to make your offline transaction a swift breeze.

But, does it cover all kinds of travel inconveniences?

It won’t be called a Travel Master if it isn’t! Malayan Online Travel Master covers almost everything that you could think of, including the following:

Personal Accident – You travel to distress, so it’s just right to secure your family and friends protection against the misfortunes of accidents during your trip. Travel Master provides indemnity for accidental death, dismemberment, or disablement as well as accidental burial benefit.

“With Travel Master, having an ailment will not be a hindrance to travel.”

Emergency Medical Treatment – Traveling with ailment? Aside from bringing your maintenance medicine, having Travel Master will secure your medical treatment! This also includes falling ill when travelling. The suddenness of the situation could make travellers stunned. Let Travel Master take care of your expenses from being the immediate access to resources for appropriate treatment to covering emergency medical treatment, even to the extent of follow-up care and daily incidental expenses involved in hospital confinement.

Personal Liability – Filipinos are driving on the left side of the road, what if you risk in driving on the left and you accidentally hurt someone or damage a property? Or say, that you’re the bicycle rider who run over the lad? Travel Master will shoulder these risks so you can enjoy starting your getting-to-know stage that’ll, if odds are indeed in your favour, probably lead you to a wedding trip. Just make sure you won’t risk running over, this time!

“No more wasted expenses for cancelled trip with Travel Master.”

Recovery of Travel Expenses – Paid everything to the last penny but had to cut the planned vacation? Fret not, Travel Master has an Emergency Trip Termination feature that will reimburse unused portion of travel and the non-refundable accommodation expenses that have been paid in advance. If the trip has been cancelled within 30 days prior to the scheduled, the Emergency Trip Cancellation feature will reimburse even the non-refundable portion of travel and accommodation expense. In any case, the termination or cancellation of the trip must result from death or life threatening sickness or injury of the insured, or from a member of the immediate family requiring immediate medical attention.

Travel Inconvenience Benefits – Losing important travel documents can make an adventure a disaster. Travel Master offers benefits for loss of documents, baggage. It even covers baggage delay, flight delay due to severe weather, mechanical trouble, strikes, and even skyjacking!

Travel Assistance Benefits – Malayan partner Assist America, a world-class assistance provider gives travellers access to various emergency and medical travel assistance services like

  • Medically supervised repatriation
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Return of mortal remains
  • Care for unattended minors
  • Compassionate leave
  • Hospital admission guarantee
  • Critical care monitoring
  • Prescription assistance
  • Legal and interpreter referrals
  • Emergency medical transmission

With just a phone call away, Assist America will connect you to extensive global network of medical providers, operation centres, and air or ground ambulance service providers.

What’s more there is? Travel Master isn’t just for traveling abroad, as accidents and emergencies can occur anywhere, it also covers travel on ships, trains and cars.

Value Added Features – Gear up and run the extra-mile! On top of all the coverage and benefits mentioned above, Travel Master also provides free insurance coverage for damaged rental cars and medical assistance and treatment services for accidents resulting from sports activities.


People cringe and sometimes, people feels awkward and uncomfortable when talking about inconveniences brought by unanticipated accidents and untimely emergencies especially when on travelling, because who wants accidents to happen, right? Some even believes that thinking about it can actually attract it. Right again, you’re not!

In reality, thinking about the worst-case scenarios and doing something to prevent it can actually save you. In any given circumstances, nothing’s more annoying than a planned vacation ruined just by being neglectful and unprepared. Do you want your sane-freaky part to run in your head, shouting “I knew it!” again and again instead of mentally patting yourself in the back while basking in the sun?

Make your travel worry-free and with peace of mind, by prioritizing Malayan Travel Master on your travel checklist, because working in the concrete jungle for so long, you deserve worry-free adventures!

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A rejuvenating massage in Boracay amid a rainy day

Sun Resorts_A rejuvenating massage_photo (1)Pamper and soothe your tired body, mind and spirit with relaxing massages and other spa treatments at SunSpa

Even with intermittent rain showers, huge waves and cool breeze, Boracay still has many great things to offer during the wet season. Beat the bad weather blues with a rejuvenating massage as Boracay has many spa houses where you can enjoy a soothing massage.

One of the best relaxing massages and spa treatments you can experience in Boracay is at the SunSpa, located at Sun Villa Beachfront, between Stations 1 and 2; and at Sun Villa Hilltop in Station 2.

SunSpa offers a wide array of massages and other beauty services that match your rejuvenating needs – whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple or barkada.

Pamper and soothe your tired body, mind and spirit with relaxing massages and other spa treatments such as SunSpa’s Body Massage, Bentosa (Cupping) Body Massage or Stone Massage. You can also enjoy a revitalizing Sun Treatment for your face and body, or give your tired feet a foot spa.

What’s more, you can also treat yourself with SunSpa’s body scrub or waxing services that will surely energize and give you a smooth, healthy-looking skin.

Not in the mood to go outside your bedroom? Experience a replenishing massage in the comforts of your hotel as SunSpa also offers hotel service, with no extra charge.

All services at the SunSpa are handled by experienced and highly trained therapists for a safe and quality pampering session you can experience in Boracay.

For inquiries and reservations, please call SunSpa Boracay at 63-36-288-5541, 63-36-288-4410, 63-36-288-5915, 63-36-288-1306 or 0998-987-6479.