Hello, stranger!

Stranger is probably what you can call me now after not hearing from me. It’s been a while since I last blogged – three years and three months to be exact. So many things have happened. A lot changed. And if you were into blogging, you’d agree that YouTube and Instagram killed blogging. A few people convinced me to go back blogging, but it felt like there's nothing for me to go back to. That I no longer feel the need to. 

Well, until today. 

So while I sign up to Linked In and gathered a lot of thoughts re-evaluating my life choices and goals before I turn 33 next week, I decided to write and blog again – share my thoughts, interests, life lessons and see where this goes. 

Hello, stranger! I guess I'm back. 😊

WATCH: Louis Vuitton 2017 Spring-Summer Show—LIVE! #LVSS2017

Hello kids! I know it's been forever since my last update but let this be the welcome party for my blogging mojo as The Manila Urbanite brings you exclusive access and watch LIVE as Louis Vuitton's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière unveils the 2017 Spring-Summer collection in one of Paris' most iconic locations, Place Vendôme.

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Make sure to check back and follow the show on October 5th at 10am (Paris), 4pm (Manila) as The Manila Urbanite streams LIVE from Paris. Join the excitement online by using the hashtags #LVLive and #LVSS2017

REPLAYS will be available a few moment right after the live streaming of the show.

In the Philippines, Louis Vuitton is located at the Ground Floor Greenbelt 4, 1200 Makati City.

Obsession Du Jour: adidas Originals Tubular X 2016 Primeknit Collection

Throw in the chill pills for this season's footwear obsession du jour as adidas Originals Tubular X's latest design featuring the signature Primeknit upper collection is now available.

The newest Tubular X designs are rendered in the signature Primeknit upper and offered in three neutral colorways: Core Black, Midnight Navy, and Sesame.

The build features luxurious Primeknit fabrications in tonal fashion, creating a trio of colorways inspired by the style capitals of Milan, Paris and London.

All three are finished with leather and nubuck overlays in neutral black, sand and navy hues, conferring a sophisticated touch to the eye-catching midtop.

The mid-top runner is characterized for its patterned Primeknit upper that provides a sock-like fit, and features a two-toned, dual-density ridged EVA sole, and matching tonal laces.

Subtle adidas Trefoil branding is embroidered onto the heel counters.

The adidas Originals Tubular X Primeknit collection is now available for purchase through select adidas Originals retailers and online at shop.adidas.com.ph.

#UAAPCDC2015 Most Spot-On and Funniest Tweets

If there's a good day to be on Twitter, it is when UAAP CDC happens.

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines Cheerdance Competition (UAAP CDC) is an annual one-day event (since 1994) between eight different schools including Adamson University (AdU), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University (FEU), ational University (NU), University of the East (UE), University of the Philippines (UP), and University of Santo Tomas (UST).

And today at Mall of Asia Arena, another set of winners were announced.

Source: ABSCBNNewsSport/Twitter

But losing doesn't have to be all bitter and sad. For as long as there's Twitter, we can always turn it around—at least for a few minutes of good laugh before we drag ourselves back to sorrows and pain.

Here are some of the most funniest and spot-ons tweets:

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's #UAAPCDC2015! :)

Summer Fun Feels at NIVEA Slidefest This September 26 & 27

Feel the summer fun all over again this September with the country's biggest slip and slide event as Slidefest Philippines partners up with the most caring sun protection—NIVEA SUN.

On 26th and 27th of September, experience the NIVEA Slidefest at Filinvest City, Alabang—which is definitely bigger than the previous Slidefest events—with the fun-filled 1000-foot slide and the happy-bubble-feels foam slide, bringing in both what the sliders got to enjoy last April and May this year.

“We just cannot wait for the summer of 2016 to bring back our ginormous slides! Summer is definitely not yet over! We are looking forward to another weekend of fun, sun and pure happiness!”, said Slidefest Philippines Project Manager Adrian Benipayo during the press conference held at Crimson Hotel.

Angelo Cruz, Managing Director of Runtertainment Inc.—the group behind Slidefest Philippines—added, “Get ready to meet our 2 new giant inflatables at NIVEA Slidefest. The Inflatable Obstacle Course and A-Maze will definitely bring out the child in you! The best part is, anyone can enjoy them for FREE while waiting for their turn to slide!”

So really, what better way to rediscover the joys of summer while kicking off Christmas season than the thrills of slides and foams?


And oh, did I mention all sliders will get complimentary sunblock from NIVEA SUN? Yup! Talk about getting maximum sun protection to get maximum pure happiness. :)

You can join the fun with these three types of passes:

1) Wave and Family Wave Sliders. Lets you enjoy 2 hours of unlimited slides on your selected two-hour time session. (Php600.00/head)

2) Block Sliders. Wave Sliders. Lets you enjoy 4 hours of unlimited slides on your selected four- hour time session. (Php1,200.00/head)

3) All-Day Sliders. Lets you enjoy the slide for the ENTIRE day. You will be entitled to your very own VIP line and to limited edition merchandise such as a Nivea Slidefest shirt and sunnies. (Php1,600.00/head)

To be part of this super exciting event, you can register online at www.slidefest.com.ph, or you can also make a reservation at support@slidefest.com.ph and pay through bank deposit.

You can also visit the Breakout Philippines reception desk at the Ground Floor of Paragon Plaza, EDSA corner Reliance Street, Mandaluyong City to get your tickets. Register now!

#NeverlandManila2015ZeddTCT: 5 Awesome Things You Missed If You Didn't Make It

You know what they say, you wouldn't know what you missed until you find yourself in a "should-woulda-coulda, drowning-myself-in-sorrow, I-should-have-bought-tickets-and-showed-up" situation.

After a few Instagram video uploads, my phone almost crashed with a lot of messenger pop-ups and SMS' from my friends who didn't made it. Well, I didn't wanna say 'I told you so' but as I predicted, it turned out really well—effin' amazing, actually. I did not have enough energy (and phone battery) to reply to all of it so let me dedicate this post to all of you, my dear friends. But please know that I wrote this with love. LOL

So here's the five things you missed that went down at Neverland Manila presents Zedd True Colors Tour:

1) Talented with a big heart!

Last Saturday, August 8, Manila was given the fourth chance to catch the world-famed Zedd at the Mall of Asia Arena.

During the press conference, the Grammy award-winning phenom mentioned "I hope everybody here knows how much I love the Philippines. I’ve been coming back for a reason. I’ve always been seeing a lot of passion, a lot of support, a lot of love, and a lot of attention to details."

"I will always be coming back as long as people comes to the shows and this is one of the biggest show I've ever played. I’m always excited to be here. When people ask me in interviews where I love to play I will always mention the Philippines because it has a really special place in my heart for sure," he added.
Moments before the show started, Zedd announced online offering 500 additional tickets which could be obtained for free in exchange for contributions to his "Happiness In A Bag Project"—despite the show being sold out.

This has been an ongoing altruistic efforts since 2013 by a man who sets a compassionate precedent for all EDM performers.

2) Music scene's next big thing: Callum David and Haywyre

Keeping the crowd's excitement burning, Australian-born DJ Callum David—one of Manila's hottest DJs did well pumping up groovy beats and floor-filling music opening the show.

Followed by Haywyre—who is tagged as electronic music's newest Boy Wonder. He tweaks tunes on his piano, a creative improvisation, honed the beats ad mixed with progressive-unique compositions. Definitely a breath of fresh air.

"It's easiest to play music on the computer but when I write or do music on the piano or an instrument, it becomes more organic and very natural," Haywyre answered when asked about his music during the press briefing.

3) Everyone went crazy-sky-rocket with Zedd

The Grammy award-winner may have gone back in Manila for the fourth time but that didn't stop him from delivering pumping beats with his famous hits, old and new.

Even if Zedd's music has been repeatedly played countless times at clubs and in every events, it never goes out of style... every beat, drop after drop while the crowd cheered and sung their lungs out inside the arena.

4) You just can't help yourself but sing along!

Oh, did I mention everyone knows the lyrics of Zedd's hits by heart? Here, WATCH!
(Please excuse my shaky hands, I was having fun too you know. LOL)

Yup, it never gets old!

5) Best. Crowd. Ever.

The international DJ and producer has really captured so many hearts in the Philippines, both young and young at heart. And I think Manila, Philippines has captured Zedd's heart too!

As my friend and fellow EDM enthusiast, Jason Tomas would put it, "...after four years of coming back in Manila, Zedd still has it and is really getting ahead of the race and real fast." I couldn't agree more!

To be completely honest, I wasn't one of Zedd's biggest fan...
until #NeverlandManila2015ZeddTCT happened.

Yes, my main man Zedd. You've got one heart here melted, you becoming a piece of me I wish I didn't need, chasing relentlessly... still fight and I don't know why? LOL
Well, you know the lyrics.

But seriously, I hope you come see us again.
With lots of love, The Manila Urbanite and everyone in the Philippines!

Congratulations, Neverland Manila! You guys really know how to throw the best events.
Photos by Art Oca of Art Oca: Nightscapes and Nightlife Photography

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