Holiday like an A-lister: Celebrity-owned Airbnb Stays to book this yuletide season

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and everyone’s social calendars are filling up with long-awaited get-togethers, and joyful merrymaking over meals and drinks. For those looking for a unique holiday destination this year, here’s an idea: experience living the life of the rich and the famous by booking their homes for a day.

From picturesque rest houses to a stunning lakefront property in Canada, all owned by top Filipina celebrities — these Airbnb Stays will definitely make you and your guests feel like a VIP for the weekend or however long you wish to stay!

Marjorie Barretto’s River Garden rest house in Calumpit, Bulacan

The Barrettos’ expansive rest house was made available on Airbnb for the first time this October, and mother-and-daughter duo Marjorie and Julia Barretto personally welcomed their first Airbnb guests. For Filipinos who missed the opportunity to book the idyllic resthouse for a refreshing getaway, Marjorie recently announced that the resthouse will remain bookable on Airbnb!

Zsa Zsa Padilla’s Casa Esperanza in Lucban, Quezon

Nestled between swaying coconut trees and emerald rice paddies is Casa Esperanza, the weekend home and passion project of the “Divine Diva”, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla and partner famed architect Conrad Onglao. The estate houses several main areas: the main house with a living, kitchen, and dining area; three casitas with their own luxurious bathrooms; a service area and garage; a greenhouse and the stunning infinity pool that overlooks a pond and fountain with lush foliage all around.

Yassi Pressman’s lakefront property in Ontario, Canada

British-Filipino model, and actress Yassi Pressman wrote in an Instagram post last 2021 that she had built a home in Lake Scugog, Ontario with the intention of opening its doors to travelers on Airbnb. Fast forward, the lakefront property has long since welcomed numerous travelers and many are raving about the luxurious yet tranquil experience it provides. Perfectly positioned facing west capturing all of the sun’s shine throughout the day, the space is equipped with a dock and a boathouse, and boasts an open-concept layout for travelers wanting a retreat outside of the city.

Soon-to-open farm property of journalists Susan, Mark, Atom, Branden, and Alex in Cavite

Television and radio host Susan Enriquez recently shared that her new bed-and-breakfast, Balustre Cerca, will be open to the public very soon. The property is situated within a shared farm lot she jointly owns with fellow news colleagues Mark Salazar, Atom Araullo, Branden Milla, and Alex Baltazar — and this is where the five and their families regularly go to take a breather from life in the metro. The beautiful farm comes with four A-frame air-conditioned cabins, one swimming pool, a pavilion, an outdoor kitchen, and parking.

For Filipinos interested to learn more about becoming an Airbnb Host, you can find useful tips and information at airbnb.com/host. To discover more unique stays for the holidays, visit airbnb.com or download the Airbnb app.

Wanderland set for a big comeback this 2023 with Phoenix included on the 1st wave lineup

After a three-year long wait, Wanderland Music & Arts Festival is officially back on track after announcing their first wave of artists for their highly-anticipated return set on March 4 & 5, 2023.

The Wave 1 lineup consists of 11 acts that span across the globe with different styles, flairs, and influences, so there’s plenty to be excited about.

Let us give you a rundown.

Phoenix makes pivotal return
Right off the bat–Phoenix, a pop-alternative band from France, was announced to headline next year’s season.

Phoenix has been well-loved by Filipino fans, many who have been following them since the early 2000s. The opportunity to catch the band’s electrifying sounds and infectious melodies live is a champion move and is something one simply cannot pass up–again.

Wanderland 2023 will mark Phoenix’s third visit to the country and we can only imagine what a spectacle it will be.

Soulful, swoon-worthy superstars
Fall into a dream-like state with soft, lush, and sentimental tunes from Men I Trust (CA) and Stephen Day (US). With carefully-curated melodies and thoughtfully-written lyrics, both artists lead the pack for music that’s perfect for embracing and romanticizing life.

If there’s something that could get you feeling like you’re on cloud nine, you’ve found your go-to’s.

Applaud to Asian acts
Wanderland also sets the stage for discovery and celebration of Asian music. Hailing from Taiwan are alternative-indie pop rock band, Sunset Rollercoaster, and singer-rapper, Leo Wang and making waves from South Korea are alternative K-Pop band, Balming Tiger and K-HipHop artist, George. They are all set to make their debut in the Philippines next year and we’re pumped to experience the diversity and exciting talent from our friends in the region.
It’s about time we make more noise for Asian music!

Locals with versatile sounds and vocals
No Rome, a homegrown artist now based in London, is known for his collaborations with The 1975, Charli XCX, and dijon, but don’t be fooled—his solo music gets you even more hooked through his mix of shoegaze, R&B, and electronic dream-pop guaranteed to fall into your last song syndrome list.

Blaster, who recently pursued a solo career from the band, IV of Spades, made headlines when he debuted DISKO FOREVER (Japanese Version)—yes, the song is completely sung in Japanese! If this is any indication of what an experimental journey his music holds, then we’re all ears (and dance shoes ready) for what he has prepared for his festival performance.

August Wahh has been establishing her name in the music scene not only locally, but internationally, having been invited to the ASEAN Music Showcase Festival and opening for artists like Daniel Caesar and RAC. If you’re looking to get into the vibe of neo-soul music, August Wahh is your girl.

The Sundown, based in Cebu and champions of Wanderbattle 2020, is finally making their way to Manila to bring their nostalgic anthems and tasteful Cebuano sounds on the Wanderland stage. As their name suggests, should we have them play the sunset slot?

It’s already a packed roster but it’s just the beginning of the greatest comeback of team Wanderland.

Newsletter subscribers can enjoy a limited WANDERMAIL EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT beginning Nov. 24, 10AM – Nov. 30 or until supplies last. To unlock the discount, a code will be sent via email to each subscriber.

Regular Wanderer tickets: PHP 6,500+
Star Wanderer (VIP) tickets: PHP 11,000+

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March 4 & 5, 2023
Filinvest City Events Grounds, Philippines
Official Ticketing Partner, Tickelo
A festival by Karpos Multimedia

Love on Tour: Harry Styles Live in Manila 2023

Award winning pop superstar Harry Styles is coming back to Manila for his Love On Tour – Asia stadium show on March 2023 which will be held at the 50,000+ capacity venue Philippine Arena. This will be Harry’s third appearance in Manila after their massive One Direction show in 2015 and his first solo show at Mall of Asia Arena in May 2018. Harry Styles’ Love On Tour is one of the hottest global concert tours today.
The tour grossed a total of $95 million and sold 719,000 tickets from 42 shows performed in North America from September to November 2021. The tour made another $55 million and sold 638,000 tickets from the 23 shows performed in Europe from June to July 2022.


Live Nation Philippines presents
Love On Tour 2023
HARRY STYLES
Live in Manila
March 14, 2023
Philippine Arena

TICKET PRICES
Early Entry Premium Standing – ₱ 17,750
Premium Seat – ₱ 16,250
Floor Standing – ₱10,750
Lower Box A Premium – ₱9,250
Lower Box A Regular – ₱8,250
Lower Box B Premium – ₱7,000
Lower Box BRegular – ₱6,250
Upper Box A – ₱5,250
Upper Box B Premium – ₱4,000
Upper Box B Regular – ₱2,750

ON-SALE DATES
Live Nation PH Pre-Sale: November 23, 2022 -12nn
General On-sale: November 24, 2022 – 12nn
www.livenation.ph

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Get to know more about joan’s debut album, superglue

Acclaimed alt pop duo joan announce details of their long awaited debut album superglue, out April 19th, 2023 via Photo Finish Records. The twelve-track full length is over three years in the making, following their beloved EPs portra, cloudy, hi and bye, and is an existential journey influenced by the duo’s recent transition into fatherhood. joan explain: “It’s totally wrecked our world and we both have been going through a lot of the same growth that comes alongside being a parent. It’s changed our whole process of writing, and way more than just like having a kid and making every song about them. It’s made us think more about who we are as people, what we want to put into the world and what we want to get out of it, just reflecting on life way more than I think we ever have.

This album as a whole is about the past and the present happening at the same time, it’s about dreams for the future and hoping for a better tomorrow but missing yesterday. It’s by far the best and most meaningful music we’ve ever made, it has something for everyone, and we hope it means something to you too.”

To accompany the news they’ve also shared the record’s second single and video ‘flowers’, the last song joan wrote for the album which became one of their personal favorites. The highly emotive and nostalgic narrative discusses how time is fleeting and how people grow and change, paired with wistful acoustic guitar riffs under cinematic synths and heartfelt melodies. The accompanying video shows captures joan’s riveting performance against bright hues of yellow.

The band share “I remember running around the streets of my best friend’s neighborhood after midnight, skipping around from friend to friends house. I remember rushing to my friend’s house after school to rehearse our new songs in his garage. I remember driving around town after the sun went down just because we could. you make so many memories in those formative years. You never think to yourself, “this won’t last forever”. but then you grow. It happens slow – years go by, seasons change. That’s just life. If you’re lucky, some of those people stick around. but for a lot of us, you’re left asking, “why don’t we talk anymore?”. That’s what this song is to us.”

superglue tracklist

life death & everything between
simple
loner
nervous
backseat driving
coffee shop
don’t wanna be your friend
monsters
hi
feeling like dancing
falling in love
flowers

So Happy It Hurts Tour: Bryan Adams Live in Manila 2023

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bryan Adams announces the Asia leg of his ‘So Happy It Hurts Tour’ with a concert in Manila on March 15, 2023 at the Araneta Coliseum. Presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets go on-sale on Friday, November 25, 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets nationwide.

Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. His classic hits include Summer of 69, Heaven, Straight from the Heart, Cuts Like a Knife, Run To You, Please Forgive Me, All For Love, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, I Finally Found Someone, and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

Adams’ influence extends four decades, over which time he has released 16 studio albums. This year alone, he has released two new studio albums – So Happy It Hurts and Pretty Woman – The Musical. He has also re-recorded some of his classic hits – Classic PT I and II were released digitally with Platoon and are available physically with BMG.

His song writing has garnered him numerous awards and accolades including three Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy award, an American Music Award, ASCAP Film and Television Music Award, and multiple Juno Awards among others. He is a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his charitable concerts as well as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Canada. He is also set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall.


Wilbros Live presents
So Happy It Hurts Tour
BRYAN ADAMS
Live in Manila
March 15, 2023
Araneta Coliseum

TICKET PRICES
VIP (first 10 rows) – Php12,800
VIP – Php8,925
Patron A – Php7,875
Patron B – Php6,825
Lower Box A – Php5,250
Lower Box B – Php4,200
Upper Box – Php2,625
General Admission – Php1,050

ON-SALE DATE:
-November 25, 2022 – 10AM
via TICKETNET outlets and online: http://www.ticketnet.com.ph

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MAMAMOO coming to Manila for their first world tour

For the first time, Korean girl group MAMAMOO will finally be coming to the Philippines as they kick off their first-ever world tour titled “MY CON” with MANILA on Sunday, February 12 at the Araneta Coliseum. Promoted by Wilbros Live.

This year, MAMAMOO released their 12th EP “Mic On” with the chart-topping hit “Illella”, which came one after the release of its seventh anniversary album “I Say Mamamoo: The Best.”

MAMAMOO debuted in 2014 as a quartet with members: Hwasa, Moonbyul, Solar and Wheein. The KPOP superstars are well-known for its consistent chart-toppers including “Um Oh Ah Yeh” (2015), “You’re The Best” (2016), “Décalcomanie” (2016), “Yes I Am” (2017), “Starry Night” (2018), “Egotistic” (2018), “Wind Flower” (2018), “gogobebe” (2019), “HIP” (2019) and “AYA” (2020).

MOO MOOs in the Philippines will finally see the queens perform their greatest hits and more in this much-awaited concert tour. Tickets go on-sale on November 30, 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets nationwide.

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Ace Banzuelo explores grief and romantic disintegration on his new song “Kulang”

2022 has been a stellar year for Filipino singer-songwriter/producer Ace Banzuelo with his emotional single “Muli” breaking through the mainstream pop consciousness two years after it was released—thanks to its relatable lyrics and vibey, electro-ballad sound. After trending significantly on TikTok, the song launched Banzuelo into the spotlight, unmovable at the top of the Spotify Philippines and YouTube Philippines Trending charts for an extended period of time.

Fast forward to November 2022: Banzuelo continues to build on the success of “Muli” with the release of “Kulang,” an unabashedly vulnerable track with trap, R&B, and bedroom pop influences. Decked in retro-futurist synthesizers and laid-back, hip-hop beats, “Kulang” finds the 22-year-old multi-hyphenate aimlessly writhing over heartbreak in his quiet, subdued time, wallowing in loss or lack of personal direction.

According to the Himala artist, “Kulang” examines a stage of grief where you find out that you have been wronged but still try to make things work. He goes on to say, “The story is inspired by a time in my life when I was questioning myself about where I went wrong, and where I lacked. Whatever I’d do, it was just the same thing all over again. You’re aware that you’re in this drama, and you keep coming back to it, but you just want it to stop.”

In true Banzuelo songwriting style, “Kulang” belongs to the crop of tunes that depict heartbreak, grief, and relationship fallout in their most vulnerable state, be it confessional or observational. “I’m here to talk about things most people are afraid to let out,” the young hitmaker adds. “I’m not often sad, it’s just the mood of my music right now, and I think the beat and production style speak for themselves.”

He also recorded, produced, performed, and engineered the entirety of “Kulang,” but what distinguishes it is Banzuelo’s effortless ability to wrap melancholy in incredibly catchy packaging. To make it special, he also adds a rap verse in the middle of the song. “I kind of collaborated with that side of me. Being a hip-hop head myself, I’ve always wanted to experiment with performing songs in a certain way. I’m not a rapper yet, but this is a much-welcomed reprieve from the usual.”

Ace Banzuelo’s “Kulang” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment. Listen to the song here.

Born Pink World Tour: Blackpink Live in Manila 2023

South Korean girl group Blackpink will be returning to Manila as part of their 2023 Born Pink World Tour on March. The group will be performing for scheduled at Philippine Arena in Bulacan on March 25 & 26, 2023 making them as the first KPOP group to headline the 50,000 capacity venue for two nights. Blackpink just released their second studio album Born Pink on September 19, 2022 with singles such as “Pink Venom”, and “Shut Down”.

K-pop legendary female group BLACKPINK, who has smashed World music charts, officially announced sales information for BLACKPINK WORLD TOUR [BORN PINK] ASIA on October 28th. It marks their second world tour following the BLACKPINK WORLD TOUR IN YOUR AREA.

BLACKPINK’s latest release second full album [BORN PINK] debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album sales. The massive project, [BORN PINK] became the very first K-pop female group in history to make a double million seller. Currently, BLACKPINK’s ‘Shut Down’ surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify. The song has also been in Hot 100 and Global 200 Billboard charts for 3 consecutive weeks since its release, showing BLACKPINK’s unmatched influence. Adding on to their phenomenal album release, the group successfully launched the world tour with their 2-show concert in KSPO DOME, Seoul.

Presented by YG Entertainment and promoted by Live Nation, [JISOO, JENNIE, ROSÉ, and LISA] will kick off the largest ASIA tour in the history of female K-pop group tour next year on January 7th and 8th in a row at National Stadium in Bangkok, then more upcoming stops including Hong Kong, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Manila, and Singapore.


Live Nation Philippines presents
Born Pink World Tour
BLACKPINK
Live in Manila
March 25 & March 26, 2023
Philippine Arena

TICKET PRICES
VIP Soundcheck – Php19,450
Floor Standing – Php14,950
Lower Box A Premium – Php13,950
Lower Box A Regular – Php13,600
Lower Box B Premium – Php12,950
Lower Box B Regular – Php11,600
Upper Box A – Php9,000
Upper Box B Premium – Php7,000
Upper Box B Regular – Php6,000
Upper Box B Sides – Php,5000
Upper Box C Premium – Php4,000
Upper Box C Regular – Php3,000

Tickets will be available starting November 20, 2022 (10am Philippine Time) at SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online: www.smtickets.com

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Experience the most dynamic event happenings with Smart Live 

As live events return to the Philippines with a vengeance, Smart, the Philippines’ fastest and best mobile network, is making sure to bring the most dynamic event experiences as it launches ‘Smart Live,’ which gives subscribers first dibs, exclusive access, and perks in the country’s most epic happenings – from concerts, sports events, plus more. 
  
Open to all Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Smart Infinity, Smart Bro, and TNT subscribers, ‘Smart Live’ gives subscribers awesome privileges to power up their experiences, such as early ticket access, eligibility for discounts, raffle promos, express lanes, and exciting on-ground activities. 
  
“On top of delivering the best mobile network to Filipinos, Smart has been going above and beyond when it comes to supporting our subscribers’ lifestyle and passions through exclusive experiences. With ‘Smart Live,’ we’re delighted to bring all these under one program so our customers can make the most of today’s much-anticipated events and make them even more memorable,” said Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual at Smart.  

 For its opening salvo, Smart Live will power three of the biggest concerts in the country this December: The Seventeen World Tour ‘Be the Sun’ at the Philippine Arena on Dec. 17; Ben&Ben Send-Off Concert at the SMDC Festival Grounds on Dec. 18; and Eraserheads’ “Huling El Bimbo” concert at the SMDC Festival Grounds on Dec. 22.


For Seventeen World Tour ‘Be The Sun,’ Smart is set to offer exciting raffles for sought-after tickets. 

On the other hand, for Ben&Ben’s Send-Off concert, subscribers can enjoy access to the “Smart Lane” to breeze past the usually long queues at the entrance. 

While for Eraserheads’ “Huling El Bimbo,” Smart subscribers are entitled to a special 10% discount on concert tickets through a unique promo code. To claim this, simply register at https://smrt.ph/eheadspromocode from Nov. 17 to 22 and wait for your unique promo code via SMS. You can then type your unique code into the ticketing platform before completing your payment from Nov. 26 to 27. 

Apart from these, Smart subscribers can also look forward to watching the live on-court games of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held in the Philippines in 2023. 

With ‘Smart Live’, subscribers can also make the most of their epic live experiences as they share all their best moments with the rest of the world powered by Smart, the first and only Philippine mobile operator to be recognized by Ookla as the Best Mobile Network.

Learn more about ‘Smart Live’ and its line-up of experiences by visiting smart.com.ph/pages/smartlive and following Smart on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

WHY EPIK HIGH’S 2022 MANILA SHOW IS ONE THAT YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS!

Among a lot of things that took off in the middle of the pandemic, one of the biggest interest groups that took the world by storm is the Hallyu Wave – with its amazing visuals and performances polished to perfection. It’s no secret that while the K-Pop and K-Hiphop scene was already here pre-2020, the fandom is now even stronger. While not new to the scene, EPIK HIGH has been leading the charge of the Hallyu Wave as a household name since 2003, inspiring the public with their catchy tunes and lyrics that speak volumes about the inner workings of their minds. Here are a few reasons why they remain so loved by the public after almost 20 years of music.

They’re a refreshing spin to your daily playlist. When we hear about Korean artists, we’re immediately reminded of members in matching outfits, dancing to upbeat dance tracks. But with EPIK HIGH, they make music that’s easy to listen to while also speaking to your soul. Their discography is so dynamic that there’s something for everyone. From upbeat tracks that energize you, to lullabies that help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. Yes, they’ve made lullabies, too; specifically dedicated to cats.

Check out – EPIK HIGH – Lullaby for a Cat

As fans, it’s always interesting to see our faves interact and collaborate with fellow musicians. With EPIK HIGH, not only do they collaborate, they bring out the best in whoever they collaborate with. They not only focus on their own parts, but concentrate on the artist that they’re paired with, fully allowing them to shine. It doesn’t matter how many artists are thrown on a track, the EPIK HIGH magic still works wonders.

Check Out: EPIK HIGH – Born Hater ft. Verbal Jint, Beenzino, Mino, Bobby, and B.I:

With the amount of artists in the scene today, EPIK HIGH has managed to stand out from the crowd for so long. When you ask the general public what makes EPIK HIGH so special, the one thing everyone agrees on is that their live performances are on another level. Following the group’s signature catchphrase “My High is Epik”, when they take the stage, it’s always an amazing time- the group radiates so much energy that anyone watching gets swept into it.

Get a chance to experience epic highs and catch Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz take the Manila stage at the EPIK HIGH is Here Tour live at the New Frontier Theater on November 30, 2022. Show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets are now on sale via www.ticketnet.com.ph and at all Ticketnet Outlets.

About EPIK HIGH

A trailblazing trio formed by Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz, EPIK HIGH debuted in 2003. Their singular blend of hip-hop and sharp lyrics, which openly discuss themes like mental health and social issues, turned them into one of the most pivotal groups in Korean music. Throughout their twenty years together, they released hundreds of anthemic songs, inspired artists like BTS and were the first Korean act to ever play at Coachella in 2016.