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July 20, 2017

Comforting Japanese Favorites at Ori Japanese House

As the former circuit race track starts to evolve into a lively and colorful community, which soon will be surrounded by towering condominium residences and office facilities, at the heart of it lies a city oasis they call Circuit Lane Mall – one of the newest malls in the metro that provides unique leisure experience filled with shopping and dining destinations.

And last weekend, together with some friends, I had a chance to visit this area located at the boundary of Manila and Makati City. I was honestly surprised to see how fast an old horse race track changed into something homey and comforting. Though, it wasn’t yet 100% functional, I saw that there’s a great line up of restaurants, food joints and coffee shops in the area that will surely entice its guests. And among these is this new go-to place for Japanese food cravings – Ori Japanese House.


Inspired by origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, Ori offers a great selection of delectable and luscious Japanese favorites such as ramen, gyoza, sushi, sashimi, maki, okonomiyaki, bento meals and so much more.

July 19, 2017

Actor Ian Veneracion finds a new love . . . in Ascof Lagundi

At age 42, gentleman actor and reluctant heartthrob Ian Veneracion appears to be a star whose time has come. Although he started acting at the age of 5, Veneracion’s career took a long, circuitous route to leading man status, something he finally achieved when he was cast as a swoon-worthy hero in hit TV soaps. 


Today he seems unstoppable, his career trajectory leading him to a place that much younger and more aggressive actors have yet to reach. 

Ironically, it is from this enviable place that Veneracion now seeks balance even as he appreciates the perks of stardom. He has kept the debonair good looks that make fans - age 18 to 80 - swoon, yes, but the Gen X actor now finds fulfillment in matters that are more constant and stable, and less transitory. 

Casa De Memoria concludes “Age of Exploration” auction

European art complement Asian heirlooms in Casa De Memoria’s biggest auction to date.

Art Installation by Waves 4 Water in collaboration with 
Casa de Memoria for Auction .0007: Age of Exploration

The mood was as light as the soft music that played in the background. Wine glasses in hand, a group of men casually pored over a 19th century Italian cabinet. The ivory inlaid panels contrast beautifully against the ebonized wood, and depicted hunting scenes from its day. Across the room, two young ladies fawned over a pair of Imari jars, whose intricate floral and bird ornaments revealed the craftsmanship of Meiji-era Japan.

Everybody in the crowd seemed to know each other as wine and laughter flowed throughout the evening. If not for the carded art pieces that peppered the space, the showroom along Jupiter St., Makati might have been hosting just another party. But beneath the pleasantries, everybody was in a way actually up against one another. After all, they were in Casa De Memoria - Manila’s premier auction house for international fine and decorative art - and the gathering was a viewing session for lots on offer. 

Rainy Day Cooking with King Sue

Ah, rainy days! Love it or hate it, you can’t stop the rains from pouring. But instead of sulking over cancelled plans, look at the bright side and turn a grim weather into an opportunity to slow down, recharge, and have fun. 


Below is a quick list from King Sue that’ll keep you cozy and entertained while it’s pouring outside. Some activities are also great for bonding and reconnecting with loved ones so read on:

July 18, 2017

Take Care of your Kidneys, Drink Old Orchard Cranberry

Kidneys are two bean-shaped multifunctional powerhouse organs of the urinary system. They expel waste from the body, balance body fluids, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and control the production of red blood cells.


With all those jobs to be done, our kidneys deserve attention and care. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reported that Kidney Failure is the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos and close to an estimate of 30,000-40,000 patients yearly undergo dialysis. Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented early by taking care of our urinary tract. With the aid of Old Orchard’s resident US nutritionist, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO, here are some tips that can help you prevent urinary tract and kidney infections.

July 14, 2017

Technolux at WOFEX 2017

Technolux,  the country’s largest importer and distributor of a complete line of foodservice, small wares, laundry and cleaning equipment for over 40 years, will once again participate in the much-awaited World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, MOA, Pasay City.


Touted as the food and beverage industry’s main source of supply solutions, WOFEX gathers together the major players in the industry including Technolux..

July 12, 2017

Get the Samsung J7 Pro at 0% instalments through Home Credit

When it comes to smartphone photography, lighting is often a big factor, and can make or break a great shot. A scenery that yields a stunning pic during the day can all too often turn into a so-so image once the sun sets.


With Samsung’s “Capture the Night” campaign, this problem is now a thing of the past, with an exciting new model that can take great-looking photos even at low lighting conditions. But there’s more: smartphone photographers are in for a double treat, as they can avail of this model at low monthly payments across 9 months with 0% interest - even without a credit card!

July 10, 2017

Build your best home with Samsung’s Dream Home Deals

Everyone has a vision of their dream home. While each one may have different preferences when it comes to structure and design, the ultimate goal of homemakers is to provide the best care for their loved ones in the most convenient and efficient way possible.


With Samsung’s Dream Home Deals, Filipinos can now have innovative and high-quality appliances to complete or upgrade their households without hurting their pockets. From July 1 to September 30, 2017, customers can enjoy discounts of up to 30% off on Samsung Digital Appliances: refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, and microwave ovens. Installment payment options with zero interest for as long as 12 months are also available.

Jolly Cow as the Official Milk to the 2017 Philippine National Latte Championship

Jolly Cow Fresh Milk, a family favorite from the happy cows of Europe, is the official milk for this year’s Philippine National Latte Championship. Twenty baristas from various coffee shops in Metro Manila recently competed in a friendly Latte Art Throwdown through sudden-death play-off at the Fly Ace Corporate Center last June 3, 2017. The activity was initiated to help raise funds to send the country’s very own delegate, Adrian Bocalan, to the 2017 World Latte Art Championship in Budapest, Hungary on June 13-15, 2017.

Shown in photo (from L-R) Judge from Henry Magalona, Lotus Biscoff Product Assistant Christine Reyes, Judge Desmond Chua, Allegro Beverage Corp. Sales Manager Bernie De Leon, Jolly Cow Fresh Milk Assistant Product Manager Ersanti Regi Santos, World Latte Artist 2016 Champion Michael York Lopez, Allegro Beverage Corp. Christoper Tapang, Judge from Ernie Mesina and 2017 Philippine National Latte Art Champion Adrian Vocalan 

July 04, 2017

Shopee Philippines Celebrates 2 Years of Continued Success

For some, turning 2 spells trouble, but for Shopee Philippines celebrating its 2nd birthday with over 2 million listings, 3 million downloads to date and making it the number 1 shopping app in the country is some to rejoice!


In the past 2 years, Shopee has introduced several programs that revolutionized online shopping for Filipinos, including Free Shipping, Cash On Delivery (COD), and Shopee University, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs set up their online business.

Macy Castillo
Head of Commercial Business for Shopee
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