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December 31, 2013

Christmas Gift from Philips!

If there's one color that I love this 2013, it would be the color orange. I dunno what's with it, but I feel lucky and sexy with it. And luckily speaking, a few days before Christmas, one of the many Christmas surprises/gifts that I received is this Philips Sound Shooter!


A portable speaker that is equipped with maximum sound, Philips Sound Shooter is just perfect for travelers like me who keeps on going from one place to another. With its really cute and handy shape, this speaker is so easy to carry and keep inside one's bag.


It is so easy to use too, since it has a built-in rechargeable battery, charging this gadget can be done through direct connection to electricity or through your laptops. The good thing, its doesn't consume so much power, so it lasts for days.

December 23, 2013

Ayala Malls Made Shopping Worth Spending

In partnership with Look Magazine and Inquirer Lifestyle, Ayala Malls made shopaholics moment meaningful through Joy of Giving - a silent auction that not only encourage shoppers to spend their hard-earned money wisely but also inspire everyone by sharing the real meaning of this forthcoming Yuletide cheers.


With all proceeds going to Bulig Bisaya, an Ayala Land Corporation project, which will aid the families affected by the recent calamities in the Visayas, Joy of Giving invited everyone to join in this unique shopping experience wherein they might get to take home some of this season's fanciest pieces from their favorite local and international brands.


And last Friday, at Trinoma, I witnessed how shopaholics and fashionistas drool over these beautifully displayed clothes, apparels and accessories that speak nothing but glitz and glam. Though we know that this is not the perfect time to display one's extravagance, I personally think that if you do it this way, where you were still able to help our fellows in the Central Philippines, it's okay. Some things are very hard to control - like shopping! ^_^

Art + Technology = Samsung Masterpieces

Samsung spearheaded its newest advocacy that supports arts through a digital art gallery installation. Dubbed as Samsung Supports the Arts, the first project of this new advocacy arm of Samsung took place last December 9 at the Ayala Museum with the "Masterpieces" from out very own artists.


Masterpieces is a digital art gallery that features contributed artworks by established and emerging artists, in digital forms such as graphics, photos and videos, created with the Samsung tablets. Curated by Iola Lenzi, a leading regional contemporary art curator, critic and writer, Samsung' Masterpieces featured 25 masterpieces from artists like Alwin Reamillo, Costantino Zicarelli, Dex Fernandez, Don Salubayba, , Ernest Concepcion, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, , Igan D’ Bayan, Jason Montinola, Jose John Santos III, Josephine Turalba, Mariano Ching  Mark Salvatus, Mideo Cruz, Nikki Luna, Norberto Roldan, Pam Yan-Santos, Pow Martinez, Romeo Lee, Victor Balanon,  Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan.


Samsung Supports the Arts aims to promote the awareness, creation, appreciation and accessibility of digital works of art. Through this program, the brand visualizes a brighter future for the arts scene in the Philippines by supporting the homegrown talent of Filipino artists. 

Vic Sotto, Bimby Aquino and Ryza Mae Dizon on 'My Little Bossings'

You'll know Christmas is coming here in the Philippines when you hear Christmas carols playing on the radios as early as September. When there are Christmas lanterns being sold along the bustling streets of the city and all you see on the TV are the trailers of the movies vying for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).


And this year, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Films, APT Entertainment and Kris Aquino Productions tie up to bring a movie that they consider the "time has come." Featuring two of the countries most sough-after child stars, the precocious Ryzza Mae Dizon and the decorous James “Bimby” Aquino Yap. Both charming and intelligent, but one street smart and the other “socially elite,” is what “My Little Bossings” will share to Filipino families this Holiday Season.


In a Blog Conference, which was held in Anabel's a few days ago, Ryzza Mae Dizon together with the Bossing Vic Sotto and movie writer Bibeth Orteza, bloggers experienced the natural wit that the child wonder has - convincing us why we should see this movie this season.

December 22, 2013

Anlene Total: The Newest Formula for Healthy Bones

Think of drinking milk that contains twice the Calcium versus regular milk and comes with added Glucosamine to help protect not only the bones but the joints as well. Unbelievable, right? Believe it or not, experts in bone nutrition now shares ANLENE TOTAL.


Through the efforts of Fonterra, maker of the leading bone health milk brand in the Philippines,  Anlene Total is enriched with a scientifically formulated complex of essential bone strengthening nutrients and provide twice as much calcium as regular milk.  So, if before Anlene is only known for its Osteoporosis wonders, now, Anlene Total also includes the joints to protect and keep them healthy.


Since not many Filipinos know that joints too, experience daily wear and tear. Anlene Total's unique combination includes Nano-calcium and Glucosamine that helps maintain strong bones and fortifies cartilage in joints, protecting them against damage caused by everyday physical activities.

December 18, 2013

The Promise of Good Life Begins in a Good Family

If there’s one thing I can say about 2013, even before it really ends, 2013 for me is the Year of Moving On. The years 2011 and 2012 were so hard – not just for me, but also the whole family. Losing the head of the family at an untimely manner is something that any family wouldn’t wanna feel. But just like anybody else, we are helpless, we don’t have a choice, we have to let go…


It was diabetes and heart failure that took my father away from us, an illness that just didn't take him, but as well as his mother. It may be running in the family now after we got a confirmation that our mother has it too, so for us, I and my two siblings, we have to battle it out while we are still young.

For diabetes alone, in a study presented by Dr. Joey Miranda, who is the secretary of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology-Philippines, 2010 record shows that there are already 3.4 million Filipinos diagnosed as diabetic, representing a prevalence rate of 7.7 percent. He added that if the trend continues, by 2030 the frequency rate is projected to rise to 8.9 percent or 6.16 million cases – alarming, right?

December 17, 2013

Be Proud: Wear My Philippines Lifestyle

On its 10th year anniversary, My Philippines Lifestyle give thanks its loyal patrons by sharing a one-of-kind video presentation celebrating the brand and company’s milestone. Reminding people of who set the trend when it comes to Original Pinoy Lifestyle, My Philippines Lifestyle 10th year video is geared towards OFWs and their families back home.


Embodying the nationalism through their products that they create, My Philippines Lifestyle represents the true Filipino spirit and culture depicting the movement that they've started 10 years ago. And in line with the celebration of their 10th year, aside from the heartwarming video, they are also launching the My Philippines Premium Collection.


Showing a line that is modern and world class, My Philippines Premium Collection possesses colors that any wearer will be proud. And lucky me, I had some of these premium items delivered at home last weekend. Happy Christmas, indeed!



December 11, 2013

Kenneth Cobonpue Launches First Light

"The lamps are a way for me to merge what I love to do with what I want to do for my fellow Filipinos," said Kenneth Cobonpue. "Especially in light of what has happened to the Philippines, I feel that this is the time for our countrymen to step up and become more engaged in helping other people."


Kenneth Cobonpue with his "First Light"

I had this rare chance a few days ago to be one of the first few people to see the latest piece of the world-renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue. With Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Council behind the project - basically to raise money to help our fellows in Central Philippines who were devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda, local name), "First Light" was launched.


In true holiday spirit, the Habitat Youth Council (HYC)'s Alex Eduque (Founder and Chairperson), Simon Tantoco (Co-President), Jasmin Tan Ho (Co-President), Steffi Del Rosario (Vice-President), Vito Puyat, Seth Hiranand and KC Keppler teammed up with multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer Cobonpue to create a limited edition centerpiece that will benefit underprivileged communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

December 01, 2013

Miracle Art Manila, 4D Art Within Your Reach

Seeing pictures of my friends posing from one frame to another with these magnificent and marvelous art paintings, which are on-display at the 3rd floor of Lucky Chinatown Mall in Manila, simply convinced me to see it and experience it they way that they do. And finally, after months of rearranging my schedule, last week, together with some friends, I finally had my chance to pose with them and get the inspiration from these pieces collectively known as the Miracle Art Manila.


Open to public with corresponding fees (adult - Php300.00, student - Php200.00), Miracle Art Manila display a magnificent collection of 4D images with subjects images from aquatic world, animal world, Jurassic world, cinema world, fly world and even to mission world, which displays famous religion-related paintings in four-dimensional style.



First thing that I liked about this place is it allows visitors to bring their camera - camera phone, digital camera and even SLRs, they let it in for their patrons to appreciate the "miracle" that these paintings bring. The space is huge and it incredibly holds like almost a hundred of pieces classified into different categories.

November 30, 2013

Got Weatherized, Got Converse'd

When I received the invitation for the Converse Weatherized Fashion Contest where I'll be going head to head with the metro's top lifestyle and fashion bloggers, I cannot help but to ask myself, WHY ME? Me strutting this weird style most of the time, me wearing these clothes and apparels that are bordering weirdness and coolness at the same time, and me making some heads turn with mixed facial expression from everyone - I guess there's really something with my style after all to be invited here!


Happened at Converse flagship store in Glorietta 2, Makati City, about 23 most well-known bloggers of the metro (really, I cannot believe I'm one of them) scanned, picked, wore and modeled Converse's latest clothes and apparels, collectively known as the Converse Weatherized Collection.


Led by the brand's Chuck Taylor style, Converse Weatherized Collection is what the brand is sharing this Holiday season.

November 29, 2013

SeaFair 2014: Just Add Water

Seeing the Philippines has been my life-long dream for me, taking a plane, boat, jeepneys and even habal-habal (Visayan' motorcycle ride), everything just excites me. But if you have been with me in one of my travels, you know how I love riding boats. It gives me this freedom feel while enjoying the endless horizon and the bright sun that shines upon us.


But since I'm spending most of my time here in Manila, the only choice that I have is to take one of the yacht cruise offered in Manila Bay. It may not be that alluring as the one in the provinces but with a little twist as adding some more party music, I'm glad that Legworks Events was able to create something worth enjoying and worth trying. 


This and more are expected to entertain people in the upcoming Just Add Water: SeaFair 2014.

November 27, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Pharmaton

One unstoppable night was shared to us by Pharmaton last Friday, November 22, as they hosted the screening of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, at Greenbelt 3 Cinema, Makati City. Attended by a number of winners from their Pharmaton Cinemaxclusive App, everyone had a great time catching the sequel of this eye-opening movie.


Just like Pharmaton, which is packed with multivitamins that combine vitamins and minerals with standardized ginseng extract G115, our Friday night was also packed with exciting treats and prizes that made it more memorable.


Promising a blockbuster night full of unstoppable perks including dinner, delicious desserts and coffee, drinks with friends and a block screening of the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," guests who were invited where asked to gather at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., in Greenbelt 3 at 6:30 p.m. 

November 26, 2013

James Hardie x LIVEvolution x LookHome Philippines

Formalizing its vision of changing the way Filipino homeowners build and live, James Hardie Philippines, the maker of HardieFlex, a name trusted by millions of Filipino homeowners, embarks on a lifetime fulfillment as they educate the Filipino about options to challenge the convention and help them to live without compromising beauty and durability, and safety and comfort through LIVEvolution.


Known as the forefront of discoveries when it comes to construction, James Hardie Philippines presented last November 19 at New World Hotel the newest innovation that James Hardie brings to the market, a flooring substrate that is engineered to stand the test of time.

 "LIVEvolution™" is about better alternatives, it is also about being adaptive to the realities posed by living in the Philippines. For one, the country swings between scorching heat in summer and lashing rains during the wet season (yearly, about 20 typhoons enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility), which raises the need for homes that are built solidly against heat, water and weathering. Through intensive research and development, James Hardie constantly innovates to address these concerns.

November 21, 2013

Erwan, Nicole, Patty and Mike for Makati's Solstice

Presenting four of the country's most sought-after individuals who fit perfectly well to the city that makes it all happen, Erwan Heusaff, Nicole Anderson, Patty Laurel-Filart and Mike Concepcion were presented to media last November 12 as the new faces of Makati City's Solstice.


Unraveling the multi-faceted and fun living experience in Makati City, Solstice exudes the young, dynamic and vibrant ambiance suited to the thriving city that is the country's economic powerhouse. With its dynamic characteristic that embodies a similar passion to its city, Alveo Land's Solstice is situated in Makati's newest lifestyle playground, Circuit Makati.


"As Alveo Land's first foray in Circuit Makati, Solstice will define the modern standards of the district's high-energy lifestyle and strengthens the continuous evolution and heritage of Makati City's world-class landscape," shares Eunice Acejo, Marketing Head of Alveo Land.

November 19, 2013

PBA Season 39 opens with myDSL

Simultaneously broadcasting in SMART Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, New Cebu City Coliseum in Cebu City and  University of the Southeastern Philippines Gym in Davao City, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) opens 2014 Philippine Cup with PLDT myDSL. Shown all over the country via TV5, as the official home network, the 39th Season started last Sunday, November 17.


The opening ceremonies was brought to us by PBA and PLDT who committed to broaden its support to the country's premier cage league as part of its thrust to promote sports excellence through basketball.

Atty. Chito Salud
PBA Commissioner

And last Sunday, opening the show here in SMART Araneta through a laser light show, the Cebu show opened with a Sinulog number while the Davao show was opened with a Kadayawan number. It was not one of the ordinary spectacle we see in a PBA opening, but I enjoyed so much more.

November 15, 2013

Ayala Malls Share Christmas with The Joy of Sharing

Just like what the OPM Christmas song says "Tuloy na Tuloy Pa Rin ang Pasko," despite of the crisis that our country is facing now, nobody can really stop the coming of one of the most wonderful season of the year, Christmas. And with the tragedy behind our back, Ayala Malls want us to celebrate Christmas Day the most meaningful way through The Joy of Sharing.


This Christmas, Ayala Malls are made brighter to give emphasis on Ayala Land’s 25th year and Ayala Center’s 50th year of sharing beauty, bountiful memories love and happiness.


Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us. And with our favorite Ayala Malls sharing twinkling lights and Christmas carols playing on the loop, we can also witness other highlights and happenings all throughout the holiday season. 

November 11, 2013

Converse Get Loud: The Loudes Music Competition of the Year

If you don't have the ears to loud music, well, this is definitely not for you. But if you are up supporting budding OPM artists, give it a try, and who knows, you might enjoy them as I enjoyed it last November 9 at Excess Superclub in Quezon City. This is Converse's "Get Loud!" Rock on!


A song-writing competition and musical showdown, Converse's "Get Loud" presented 5 of the most sought-after bands in the country who are all well-deserve to be the first-ever winner of this prestigious contest.


Gunning for the prestige of being the country's first-ever "Get Loud" champ are Even from North Luzon, Brisom from the National Capital Region, Kissbone from South Luzon, Bethany from Visayas and Jad Montenegro from Mindanao.

November 06, 2013

ZTE's 4 New Smartphones

Being in the fourth place of largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, based on 2012 unit sales, ZTE put the game face on as they bring to the Philippine mobile market their four new smartphones. Catering both first-time smartphone users as well as full-featured smartphone users, these four new gadget aimed not just to be eye-candies but to enhance users’ mobile experience.

 Mr. James Chen, President of ZTE Philippines; Mr. Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE USA
Mr. John Croley, Vice President for Corporate Development Houston Rockets,
and Mr. Jeff Zhou Fang, Managing Director for ZTE South East Asia

Having ZTE Kis II-V795 and ZTE V829  as entry-level smartphones, its been two years for ZTE since they shifted their focus to the smartphone market, covering every price range and feature level. While for the more advanced smartphone features, ZTE shares ZTE V967S and ZTE V969 with their interesting fit to the market. Sleek and chic design matching its optimized battery management for a long-lasting mobile experience, these four phones run on ZTE’s user interface, MiFavor.

November 05, 2013

Upside Down Fun with McDonald's and Coca-Cola 2013 Glasses

By adding Php25.00 to to a purchase of our favorite McDonald’s meal with an ice cold Coca-Cola, McDonald's shares to everyone an upside down fun with their 2013 Glasses Collection.

Available for a limited time only, the 2013 Coca-Cola Glasses, which are inspired by the crimped crown lid of the iconic Coca-Cola Contour Bottle embossed with the Coca-Cola logo, come in six enjoyable colors – Pink, Green, Blue, Aqua, Charcoal and Purple.


If in the previous years, we used to have this slim and sexy shaped glasses, which embodies the curvy bottles of Coca-Cola bottles, this year's glass design is highlighted when consumers turn the glass Upside Down. You may collect one color or a combination of all, and I'm sure that you'll enjoy it classy and sophisticated yet iconic and enjoyable look.

November 04, 2013

Samsung Hall opens at SM Aura

It was one golden night not juts for Samsung Electronic Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) and SM Malls, but also to entertainment lovers all over town as they finally open the doors of the state-of-the-art facility that will inspire more people to be passionate on the things they love do. And as they share to us the wonders of Samsung Hall at the fifth level of SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), guests who graced the event were serenaded by the international band D'Sound.


Set to be the next venue of concerts and launches in the land, Samsung Hall opening was attended by Mr. Steven Tan, Vice President for Operations, SM Aura Premier, Mr. Hans Sy, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Mr. Chung Lyong Lee, President and Managing Director, Samsung Electronics.

Mr. Steven Tan

Mr. Hans Sy and Mr. Chung Lyong Lee

Samsung Hall can seat 1,000 people and can share that wonderful experience along with its good acoustic and pleasing design. 

November 03, 2013

The First-ever NuCinema: NUVALI Outdoor Film Festival

Seated under the bright night sky with twinkling stars and majestic moon over, the cool wind blowing around us while we watch the short films created by aspiring filmmakers from different universities in the country, it was indeed one of the most nice way to be part of something that gonna turn big someday. Congratulations, NUVALI for the successful 1st NuCinema: NUVALI Outdoor Film Festival!


Fifteen short films were listed as finalists for the first-ever outdoor film festival, our night at the NUVALI Field in Laguna last October 26 was inspired and made sweeter and more memorable by two more films shown that night, Jeffrey Jeturian's "Ekstra" and Hannah Espia's "Transit."


Organized in association with the Asia Pacific Film Institute, SkyCable and Ayala Cinemas, the NuCinema: NUVALI Short Film Competition, which aims to uplift, promote, and celebrate the local film industry and help new talents as well to realize their dreams of becoming filmmakers, started the film showing under the moon.

October 28, 2013

Alaska 345 Goes to Escuela de San Lorenzo Ruiz, Paranaque City

It was another fun-filled day not only for the kids, but also for the moms and dads of  Escuela de San Lorenzo Ruiz in Paranaque City when Alaska Nutribuild 345 visited their school to share the wonderful and inspiring story of Miles and Tony.


A year-long campaign of Alaska Nutribuild 345 to influence parents to give their kids a healthy diet suit for them to last all day, the campaign also aims to teach the little, cute kids some valuable traits that could help them to be strong and healthy as the face their day-to-day challenges in school.


I had a fun time capturing those smiles from the kids that couldn't help but to participate in the quadrant games prepared for them by the Alaska team. With the first quadrant allocated to their parents to listen to Alaska Nutribuild 345 resident doctor, Dr. Ma. Kristina V. Fernand, M.D. sharing tip and how-to's to keep their children strong and healthy, the rest of the quadrant were divided into three parts for the children to listen to Alaska teachers sharing growing up information that kids could simply understand.
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