Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tourism Western Australia Events Calendar April to June 2016

Sport, Food and Wine, Art and Culture


Northam Motorsport Festival
April 2 to 3
Northam, Australia’s South West
The Northam Motorsport Festival is a free classic car event for all ages. The Vintage Sports Car Club and the Shire of Northam are celebrating the sixteenth annual running of the Northam Motorsport Festival. The main streets of Northam will be transformed into a circuit with classic racing cars competing in regularity time trials. 

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
April 8 to 19
Margaret River, Australia’s South West
The 2016 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will see the top 36 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers in the world descend upon the Margaret River region to surf its world-class waves in April. The event sees thousands of spectators flock to Surfers Point in Prevelly to watch the world's best surfers take on the famous Margaret River Mainbreak and the fearsome Box.

York Motorcycle Festival
April 16 to 18
Northam, Experience Perth
York Motorcycle Festival is held on Avon Terrace, York, which is around a 90 minute drive from Perth. Market and trade stalls will be set up along the street displaying a range of products and services. Entertainment will be scheduled throughout the family-friendly festival and highlights will include freestyle motocross demonstrations, live music, junior moto gymkhana, custom bike displays, raffles and children's activities. Local businesses will be open for the day with plenty of food and drink available to purchase.

Quit Forest Rally
April 22 to 24
Nannup/Busselton, Australia’s South West
Western Australia's round of the Australian Rally Championship attracts Australia's best cars and drivers, including the best classic cars. The rally also incorporates motor bikes, and with more than 200 cars and bikes expected to compete across the weekend the Quit Forest Rally is a motorsport extravaganza you don't want to miss. 

SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon
May 5 to 8
Busselton, Australia’s South West
The popular SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon is a three day festival incorporating the Busselton IronMan 70.3 triathlon which provides a challenging course for competitors. Participants will swim 1.9 kilometres, ride 90.1 kilometres and run 21.1 kilometres. The festival will also hold the SunSmart Kids Triathlon for seven to 15 year olds.

Moondyne Festival
May 1
Toodyay, Experience Perth
Once again the town of Toodyay steps back in time to celebrate the annual Moondyne Festival, bringing infamous Moondyne Joe and his various escapades back to life. The Moondyne Festival is a display of life during the pioneer years from the re-enactment of the 1860 Rifle Regiment to the grace and favour of the enchanting Clydesdale horses. With a variety of stalls, exhibitions, games and rides there is something for everyone at this family fun day.

V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint
May 6 to 8
Perth, Experience Perth
Get your pulse racing with a ticket to the Perth SuperSprint. Support categories, training sessions and qualifying races complete your V8 Supercars package. Don't miss out on seeing your favourite motorsport drivers take to the track again for some fast-paced, fuel-injected action at Barbagallo Raceway. 

Vancouver Street Festival
May 7
Albany, Australia’s South West
The Vancouver Street Festival is a large-scale street festival held in conjunction with the Western Australia Heritage Festival. The event will focus on the historic Vancouver Street in Albany with a program featuring music, markets, heritage tours, visual arts, street entertainment and Great Southern food and wine. 

First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim
May 7
Kununurra, Australia’s North West
The Lake Argyle Swim is a 10km and 20km open water swim which offers solo, duo and teams of four categories. The event takes place in the East Kimberley in the fresh water lake. Lake Argyle is Australia’s second largest manmade lake, holding a staggering 32 million cubic metres of water – more than 20 times the size of Sydney Harbour. Long since recognised as one of the most spectacular places to visit in Australia, the Lake Argyle Swim provides experienced swimmers with an unsurpassed outback adventure. 

TX Civil and Logistics WA PGA Championship
May 12 to 15
Kalgoorlie, Australia’s Golden Outback
The 2016 TX Civil and Logistics WA PGA Championship will be played at Kalgoorlie Golf Club in the Golden Outback town from October 29 to November 1. Being played for a prize purse of AU$120,000, the winner also received Official World Golf Ranking Points and becomes fully exempt on to the PGA 
Tour of Australasia for the remainder of the season, plus a further two years. 

Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
May 13 to 22
East Kimberley, Australia’s North West
Set in the ancient landscape of the Kimberley in WA’s North West, this year’s Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster features an exciting line-up of top Australian culinary, music and entertainment luminaries. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning will perform alongside six-time ARIA nominated Fremantle band San Cisco and country music singer-songwriter Troy Casser Daley, while Masterchef Australia judge and decorated chef and restauranteur George Colombaris will be leading the event’s culinary creations at the Kimberley Kitchen and Durack Homestead Dinner. A festival highlight, the Kimberley Moon Experience concert will be staged under the stars alongside the banks of the Ord River at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre. 

Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest
May 13 to 14
Mount Magnet, Australia’s Golden Outback
The Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest includes Aboriginal rock art workshops, rock collection displays, astro photography viewing and presentations and night sky observing with Aboriginal interpretation. There will also be science shows, an outdoor cinema screening, children’s galactic displays and students’ astro art display. 

Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival
May 26 to 29
Exmouth, Australia’s Coral Coast
The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival is an annual event held in and around the town of Exmouth. The festival celebrates the annual migration of the whale shark, its conservation and the tourism industry it supports. It also provides an opportunity for Exmouth to showcase its talents and raise awareness of its various organisations and sporting clubs.


Denmark Festival of Voice
June 3 to 5
Denmark, Australia’s South West
Celebrating the human voice, the Denmark Festival of Voice features free community concerts and workshops, bringing together local, national and international artists performing a cappella and accompanies by choirs, ensembles and groups.

Jazz by the Bay
June 3 to 5
Dunsborough, Australia’s South West
Jazz by the Bay delivers a smorgasbord of talent - from trad and gypsy, to fusion and syncopated rhythm artists. Free and ticketed community events will be held in the heart of Dunsborough in WA’s Margaret River region. Visitors are urged to book their accommodation in advance so they don’t miss out on this fun and exciting weekend, featuring entertainers fresh from the Perth International Jazz Festival.

Pinjarra Festival
June 4 to 5
Pinjarra, Experience Perth
With an exciting arrangement of activities and live entertainment for both the young and old, you do not want to miss the Pinjarra Festival. An entertaining line-up of live performances, children's entertainment stage and face painting, art exhibitions, amusement rides, food and wine tasting and market stalls, will ensure the festival will be enjoyed by the entire family. 

Mullewa Muster and Rodeo
June 4 
Mullewa, Australia’s Coral Coast
Come and experience the red dust, rodeo action, country music and big skies in the outback at the annual Mullewa Muster and Rodeo. As well as giving away the biggest rodeo prize money in WA, the event will feature an impressive lineup of country music artists including the Wolfe Brothers, Jayne Denham Band, Renegade and Red Ochre..  There will also be bars, burgers, oven pizzas, curries, salads, Asian cuisine and all the sweet things available to visitors.

Leonora Golden Gift
June 4 to 6
Leonora, Australia’s Golden Outback
The small outback town of Leonora will host Australia’s richest 1,600 metre foot race, the ‘Elite Mile’, which attracts local, national and international competitors. A truly unique event held in the WA outback, the Leonora Golden Gift is a weekend filled with fun and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Truffle Kerfuffle 
June 24 to 26
Manjimup, Australia’s South West
The Truffle Kerfuffle is an annual event highlighting regional food and wine. It's a celebration of the range of cultures which brought about the ability to produce the foods grown in the Southern Forests, the range of foods themselves, as well as a focus on the black truffle. WA produces more black truffle than the rest of Australia combined.

Monday, March 21, 2016


When BigBytes 50 was offered last year, they gave subscribers 350MB of open data access + FREE 600 MB iflix, FOX, and Spinnr + 3 days subscription to FOX (via Viewstream). But since there was an increase in demand for data and volume allocation, Smart Prepaid enhanced BigBytes 50 by doubling the current MB allocation from 350MB open access to 700MB open access + 600 MB YouTube, iflix, and other video sites. 

That’s only for P50 folks! Very affordable! 

We use the same service here at the office in Morgan Magazine when we use iFlix or watch Youtube during breaks.

This is good from March 10 to June 10, 2016.
To Register: Just Text BIG50 to 9999

For more details, simply go to to know more about the offer.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Smart offers Samsung Galaxy S7 FREE at Surf Plus Plan 1999

Get a FREE Samsung Gear VR when you pre-order now...

Gearing up for the March 19 launch of Samsung’s latest flagship devices in the Philippines, unrivaled mobile services leader Smart Communications has unveiled the best plans for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, bundled with the biggest data offers and the most awesome perks.

Level up to the Smart Life experience by getting the Samsung Galaxy S7 FREE at Surf Plus Plan 1999 under a 24-month contract. You can also avail of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at Surf Plus Plan 1999 with a one-time cash-out of only P4,800. These introductory offers are available until April 15.

Perfect for the Data savvy

Perfect for data-savvy users, Surf Plus Plan 1999 comes with 9GB data, 150 minutes of calls and 200 texts to all networks, and free access to the app of your choice – every month.

The  new Galaxy phones will also be available via Smart Infinity, Smart’s premium postpaid brand, where members can get two units of the Samsung Galaxy S7 plus a Gear VR under Infinity LTE Consumable Plan 8000. 

Free Gear VR only from Smart

As an exclusive offer, you can get a FREE Gear VR when you pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge from March 4 to 13, 2016. 

You can pre-order at or at the Smart Stores located in SM Megamall, Rockwell, SM North Edsa, SM Rosales, SM Mall of Asia, SM Cebu and SM Davao. Those who pre-ordered can get their handsets as early as March 14.

Future of mobile entertainment

A state-of-the-art virtual reality headset that works with the latest Galaxy devices, the Samsung Gear VR is set to usher in the next frontier in mobile entertainment, instantly transporting users in 3D and CG animated worlds, as well as 180 or 360-degree live action scenes – for an immersive and interactive viewing and gaming. 

No less than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg vouched for the Gear VR experience at Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 Event in Barcelona, Spain last month. “It is by far the best mobile experience… It provides the best hardware, with the best software. VR is going to be the most social platform," said Zuckerberg.

Rich digital experience

“As the country’s leading mobile services provider, Smart has always paved the way for Filipinos to experience the latest mobile innovations. Through our awesome offer, our subscribers will be the first to get hold of the latest Galaxy devices with the Gear VR, and peek into the future of mobile video entertainment,” said Kathy C. 

Carag, Smart Brand Head. 

“This is in line with our thrust to deliver the richest digital experience to subscribers through our full-packed data offers and widest library of mobile content, backed by our nationwidest network,” she added.

Redefining the smartphone

Set to redefine what a smartphone can do, the Samsung Galaxy  S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature enhanced multitasking and camera functions, expandable memory of up to 200GB, larger battery and IP68 water and dust resistant certification – all housed in an elegant body of glass and metal finish.

By slipping the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in front of the Gear VR lens, you can instantly transport yourself right at the center of videos and games with stunning graphics – for a complete out-of-this world 

VR games and videos 

The Gear VR is pre-loaded trailers and videos, with more exciting apps and content available at the Oculus Store. 

You can have loads of fun solving third-person adventure games such as Herobound: Spirit 
Champion and Adventure Time, or unlocking mysteries and exploring pathways with Land’s End. Shooter game fans will also have a blast with Viral, Smash Hit and Eve: Gunjack, which feature an exhilarating game play.

You can also enjoy a virtual private theater set-up while watching your favorite films and series through apps like Oculus Video and Netflix. With the Oculus Social app, you can also join and hang out other Gear VR users from all over the world while watching videos on Vimeo and Twitch.

 Stay updated on Smart’s latest offers by following Smart’s official accounts on Facebook 

(, Twitter (@LiveSmart) and Instagram.

Alden Richards is Cebuana Lhuillier's newest Endorser

Alden Richards, one half of the phenomenal AlDub love team, is now officially the latest Cebuana Lhuillier brand ambassador. The actor, TV host, and singer recently signed a contract with the country’s leading microfinancial solutions provider.

Richards has long been a loyal client of Cebuana Lhuillier, even before the AlDub phenomenon.  According to him and as confirmed by the company’s records, he has been availing of Cebuana Lhuillier’s Pera Padala service since 2011.

“We are more than happy to formally welcome Alden Richards to the Cebuana Lhuillier family. We’ve always believed that the best persons to promote our services are those who have actually availed and experienced the services and products we offer, those who are truly Ka-Cebuanas themselves, and Alden Richards suits the description perfectly,” Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier said.

“I am so happy to be part of the Cebuana Lhuillier family because it is a brand that has positively impacted the lives of many Filipinos including mine and my family’s,” said Alden Richards.

Richards is set to star in Cebuana Lhuillier’s newest TV commercials, which will be released this summer.


Alden Richards shakes hands with Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier as the former becomes the newest brand ambassador of the largest microfinancial solutions institution in the Philippines.

In this photo (from left): Gigi Santiago-Lara, Senior AVP for Alternative Productions of GMA Network, Inc., Michael Sena, Integrated Marketing Communicatinos Group Head of Cebuana Lhuillier, Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier, Alden Richards, Brand Ambassador of Cebuana Lhuillier, Philippe Andre Lhuillier, Vice President of Cebuana Lhuillier Services Corporation, and Simoun Ferrer, AVP and Head of Talent Imaging and Marketing of GMA Network, Inc..