July 30, 2013

The Fitter and Healthier Winners of the Nestlé Fitnesse

Onerous work demands, never-ending deadlines, and the hassles of the daily grind weren't enough to beat these five newly awarded winners of the Nestlé Fitnesse 14-Day Summer Challenge because despite of all of those, these five were able to stay healthy and fit , which serves as good role models to everyone.

Beating the odds of the ever toxic corporate life, Angeline Cuabo, Arsena Suco-Hussin, Rodrigo Pablo Vivo, Mark Gil Magday and Rennie Dykam Jr. bested hundreds of employees during the Nestlé Fitnesse 14-Day Summer Challenge showing that it is possible to stay on the road to health and fitness without having to miss a beat at work. 

Laureen Uy, Nestlé Fitnesse brand ambassador and long-time consumer, also joined the fun activity to inspire the challengers to live healthy and fit. She shared that having Nestlé Fitnesse for breakfast and snacks has helped her to stay healthy and fit. With Nestlé Fitnesse as part of her daily diet, since it is made of whole grain, it has lowered his body fat, and at the same time shares a delicious meal time.

July 29, 2013

Organic Farming in the Mountains! (part 2)

The third organic farmer that we got to meet in La Trinidad, Benguet isn't afraid to tell to us that he learned from Mr. Pat Acosta, and with his interest in alternative medicine, he was able to put up a farm that helps cancer patients in the metro - The Garden of Life.

With mostly crops dedicated to help sick people, Garden of Life was established out of an incident. Mr. Felix Tan, owner of The Garden of Life shared to us that this garden started when this piece of land was getting infested by some local squatters. To avoid more conflict, instead of hiring security guards, he studied about organic farming, and then hired some local farmers to cultivate the land and take good care of his crops.

"It was a good decision," he added, because with this organic farm, he gets to plant most of the medicinal plants he needed for his alternative medicine business. And the best thing about it, according to him, "Everything is organic," meaning free of pesticide, animal manure and etc, which is the best help to give to the patients.

July 26, 2013

Organic Farming in the Mountains!

Who says farming is only for the flat lands? We wouldn't be having the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces if there's no farming in the mountains, right? And last weekend, more than "farming" itself, we were delighted to know that some of the farmers in the mountaintops also practice the safest, convenient and planet-friendly farming style, the organic agriculture - a practice that we could also practice in our backyards.

Six hours from Manila, I found myself right in front of Benguet State University in La Trinida, Benguet. This was our home for two night as I, and some other bloggers and representatives from Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute, are invited to be part of their organic farm tour in this part of the country.

If last year we only got to experience one farm, the Costales Nature Farm, which is so wonderful base from its location, the people and the food, this time, since we'll be here in the mountainous province for 4 days, there are four organic farms in our itinerary. Sounds tiring to some, but for me, it sounded so exciting as chasing the clouds on a sunny day in the field.

Benguet State Univeristy houses the Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute in the Cordillera Administrative Region. They have decent rooms and cafeteria that offers not just the best of province, but also the freshest ones that came from their own mini-farm in the backyard.

July 23, 2013

REVIEW: WD My Passport Ultra

With so many things that I do online, keeping my files organized and in one area is soooo fucking hard to do, seriously. And albeit I saved most of them in CDs to make sure that they are in proper condition, I cant help but to doubt their potential as time goes by, so now I'm in a hunt for a portable hard drive. Thankfully, Western Digital (WD) lets me test their latest portable hard drive that not only comes in this small package, but also easy to work on and compatible with my Window-base computers. Friends, meet the WD My Passport Ultra!

Released last May of 2013, this latest portable hard drive of Western Digital combines additional layers of data protection with super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity, a slim, compact design and four color choices to offer mobile consumers the safest and easiest way to protect their digital content while traveling.

And since I have some planned trips during the time that this item was lend to me, I was able to bring it along with me, where I was able to test the four main basic factors that I consider in buying one.

July 22, 2013

New World Makati Hotel Goes Online!

Finally joining the bandwagon of establishments that uses social media to keep "in touch" with their past, present and future clients, one of Makati's finest hotels, New World Makati Hotel, is happy to announce that they can now be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Carrying their official name, New World Makati Hotel on Facebook and @newworldmakatihotel on Twitter and Instagram, the hotel that is currently followed by almost 8,000 people, is proud and excited to share their  latest news, promotions and offerings through these venues that is certainly beneficial to those people who are always on the go.

And to start this amazing way of keeping in touch, New World Makati Hotel recently launches Facebook application geared towards providing more interactive and personal connections with their patrons - In Touch. A Facebook app that lets everyone fast and easy access to the hotel’s front liners, In Touch gives everyone a chance to talk directly to the hotel's top management including New World Makati Hotel’s General Manager Farid Shoucair, Resident Manager Eddy Sarton, Director of Sales and Marketing Jann Delgado, Director of Communications Nini Icban, Director of Rooms Joy Barleta, Director of Food and Beverage Paawan Engineer, and Director of Human Resources and Club Epicure Geuel Auste.

July 17, 2013

The SM Ladies’ Fashion Plus Size Model Search Year 2

To begin with, I'm honestly not aware that SM hosts model search like this, and to see this full-bodied ladies all dolled-up in their most stunning moment, I can't help but to admire them more and despite of not having those bodies that we usually see in magazine covers, they have the confidence, beauty and brain that if we will sum up will equate to one big WOW!

Yesterday, live at Aracama Restaurant in The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City after two months of searching, SM Ladies' Fashion finally crowned this year's winner of the SM Ladies’ Fashion Plus Size Model Search - Barbara Bang!

Empowering and inspiring plus sized Filipinas to look and feel fashionable, The SM Store launched last April its Plus Size Model Search Year 2. Along with a one-year modeling contract with SM Ladies’ Fashion, the winner will also win a trip for two to the exciting South Korea.

July 15, 2013

The Philippine Launch of Line with Matteo Guidicelli and Jessy Mendiola

The rampant occurrence of mobile messaging platform is indeed a good sign for many people all over the globe to stay connected. And with the world's leading mobile messaging platform with 180 million users worldwide finally reaches the shore of the Philippines, LINE is a sure way to be online all the time - specially now that Matteo Guidicelli and Jessy Mendiola are also onLINE!

Last week, as Philippines officially welcomes the South Korean mobile messaging platform at The Peninsula Manila, popular TV couple Matteo Guidicelli and Jessy Mendiola graced the gathering to be formally named as the first Filipino brand ambassadors of  the brand.

LINE, the newest mobile messaging platform craze in town, is a mobile messaging platform that offers free text and voice messaging, voice calling and group chat with up to 100 people, integrated with various interactive elements such as Stickers, Home and Timeline and Official Accounts. Ranked as the number one in the 'free apps' category of app stores in 47 countries, LINE came ashore the Philippines with a brand new TV commercial that features the singing Matteo and Jessy, who both look so sweet and in line with the brand's image and campaign.

July 11, 2013

The Apprentice Asia Meet-Up

Okay, so while everyone is still contemplating on what will happen on the next episode of The Apprentice Asia where two of our "kababayans" are vying for the title, I was lucky enough to meet them last week for a night of sweet talks and revelations that, personally, saddened our hearts...

Last Wednesday at Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew, Greenbelt 3, I was invited by the team of Air Asia Philippines and Tune Hotels to have a sumptuous dinner over some talks with our two "kababayans" Jonathan Allen Yabut and Celina Le Neindre.

I've been watching the show since it started airing, and having met Mr. Tony Fernandes when I visited Kuala Lumpur before, I know that there's a huge prize at stake here aside from being named the first winner of the first-ever The Apprentice Asia. And with that, I know that the tasks that will challenge the contestants will be as exciting as expected.

So, who is Jorgen?

It's been months since we've seen their love story flourished right before our eyes, and if you've been tuned in  to Youtube and Facebook these past few months, I know that these two characters are so familiar to you. Their love story are so close to our hearts that even made us question ourselves, am I Christine? Or am I Jorgen? Well, Jorgen was finally named as Christine find her one true love alongside the brand she trusts - Jergens.

With its ability to influence a wider range of audience, Jergens finally joins the bandwagon in using Youtube as a mode to reach to their audience through the release of their very own Youtube-serye, Who Is Jorgen?

A Youtube movie series that shares a story of two young hearts that started way back in college and continued and flourished their feeling as they meet again in a building where they both work. Featuring upcoming artists Miko Raval as Jorgen and Arianne Bautista as Christine, Who is Jorgen? unfolded through a romantic comedy video series over the course of four months. The series culminated with the final episode that unveiled the brand pulling the strings since the beginning.

July 09, 2013

The Galaxy of Affordable Samsung Smart Phones

Dreaming to have one of those stylish, sleek and convenient smart phones? Well, dream no more, because with the release of these latest gadgets from our trusted brand, Samsung, everyone can enjoy the "Galaxy of Fun" through Galaxy Star, Galaxy Pocket Neo, Samsung Galaxy Young and Samsung Galaxy Fame!

Truly, a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, Samsung Electronics Philippine Corporation recently shared the good news to gadget aficionados as they release four new stylish and sophisticated mobile units at 55 Events Place, Quezon City.

Hosted by Radio Jock Suzy of Magic 89.9, Samsung finally unveiled four of their most affordable and convenient Galaxy Smartphones that are set to let us experience the simplicity and beauty of life brought to us the one and only Samsung.

July 08, 2013

Lee Min Ho: My Everything Global Tour in Manila

It may not be the best KPOP concert I've seen, but with his captivating eyes, killer smile and jaw-dropping charm, Lee Min Ho is definitely one of those Korean stars that can rock SM Mall of Asia Arena and leave everyone dreaming to be called "My Everything".

Last Saturday, thanks to my good friend KumagCow.com, I was able to see one of the most awaited Korean comeback in the Philippines, Lee Min Ho. And with a concert, something new to all of us, all prepped up on his arrival, fans gathered at the MOA Arena for the concert of their favorite Boys Over Flower cast.

"My Everything", his mini album carrier single was the first song that made everyone shrieked. With his usual charisma, everyone fell in love with City Hunter once again as he serenade us with his manly voice. To be honest, it wasn't the Lee Min Ho that I liked, but then again, seeing how versatile he is and how he can manage to keep his charm is something worth seeing.

July 05, 2013

Paulo, Maxene and Kiefer for LG Optimus L Series II

With the astonishing features of the new LG Optimus L Series II, who wouldn't want to have one right? And with Paulo Avelino, Maxene Magalona and Keifer Ravena as the brand's new faces, this series is definitely something that people who are always on-the-go will love and enjoy!

The recently-launched LG Optimus L Series II has proven to be a competent lifestyle partner for an extensive range of individuals. And being the newest addition to the global LG Optimus family, the Optimus L Series II offers a variety of options to tailor-fit the needs of the user in convenient and affordable ways. 

For Paulo Avelino, being this multi-talented and award-winning actor and performer, the LG Optimus L Series II smart phones is just perfect to keep him updated with his daily activities. Its speedy connectivity, which saves him a lot of time as he browses the Internet and multi-task, is one of the best features that he enjoys from this series. And since Paulo also travels a lot the QuickTranslator is a useful application in the Optimus L7 II, which recognizes 44 languages around the world and can translate into 64 languages.

The Samsung-SM Appliance Center Convergence

It is like living in fantasy land, having all of those beautiful and nice Samsung appliances surrounding you - a dream that I wish to have. But I think that dream will come true in a few more days, because I'll be living a life worth loving - a Samsung life that is. Imagine a home where life is as simple as it could possibly be, a home where the family and friends can actually be together and spend quality time with one another without having to worry about the little things, oh, I'm excited for my sister to buy our Samsung appliances here at the Samsung-SM Appliance Center Convergence in Makati City - the S Path!

Samsung, a leader in digital convergence technology, has made this dream home a reality through the launch of their latest campaign that takes their commitment to inspiring the world and creating the future to a new level - the S Path.

Through Samsung’s unyielding passion for excellence, innovations that were previously thought to be decades away from fruition are now available the newest and hippest S path that contains Samsung's greatest, such as the Samsung Smart TVs, Smartphones, Smart Cameras, Bluetooth and NFC enabled speakers, laptops and Wi-Fi capable printers and air conditioners.

July 04, 2013

Jake Cuenca for My View

It was a that purchase for his mom that brought Jake Cuenca the title as the first endorser of the budding appliance name in the Philippines - My View. And during the press conference, which was held at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City, Jake, together with My View's CEO Rajiv Chandirimani share delight as they ink the deal to formally present to the public this great news.

Jake never thought that it would come to this point where he will be the first face of My View, an LED TV brand that is making its way to the Philippine market. With his only one goal then, to give his mom a birthday gift that will last and wouldn't look that cheap, Jake's eyes were stolen my an 40-inch TV of My View that led him to purchasing one.

Unknowingly that the owner was there, talks as to why he chose the brand started and end up to having a deal with them now.

July 03, 2013

The SKYcable HD Experience

Imagine a day strolling around or shopping inside a mall with your family and friends and then BOOM, there's the panoramic and life-like picture quality of SKYcable HD right in front of you taking you to a different dimension you would want to experience at your own home.

Well, that's what our fellows experienced when SKYZone brought this extraordinary home entertainment experience to Eastwood Manila, SM City Cebu and SM City Ecoland Davao last June 14, 15, 16; and 21, 22 and 23 in Cebu, Davao and Manila, respectively.

And through the stunning resolutions brought by SKYcable HD with the high speed broadband internet connection from SKYbroadband, techie individuals and regular mall-goers alike were amazed with the complete home entertainment offerings of SKY, which were made more enjoyable with the various games and activities courtesy of Fox International Channel.

July 02, 2013

Patti Austin Live in Manila and Cebu

The most awaited comeback of the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patti Austin is set to unfold this coming August as they entertain audiences in Manila and Cebu together with 1980's singing sensation Joe Pizzulo former lead singer of Sergio Mendes.

Brought to us by Ovation Productions, the world renowned singer-songwriter and the 1980’s former Sergio Mendes lead vocalist Joe Pizzulo, is set to excite  to Manila and Cebu in August 2013 as they serenade us with this smash hits like “In My Life”, “All Behind Us Now”, and “Say You Love Me.”

Set this August 9 for Manila and August 10 for Cebu, Austin said that she is very excited to come back to the country again and to entertain the Filipino audience. This time around, she will be having Joe Pizzulo as her front act.

July 01, 2013

Palitan on SKYcable PAY-PER-VIEW

From the makers of world-class and awarded indie films, Cinema One Originals and Ato Bautista proudly presents their latest masterpiece, "Palitan" on Skycable PAY-PER-VIEW this July.

It in its continuous effort of sharing the brilliance of the Philippine indie film scene,without leaving the comforts of your home, Skycable, the leading cable TV provider brings an exclusive commercial-free access to Ato Bautista's “Palitan”, featuring Alex Medina and Mara Lopez.

Bundled with the internationally recognized indie film “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay”, "Palitan" shares a story of a boy and girl played by actors Alex Medina and Mara Lopez, who both won best actor and actress respectively in their roles in the film, including veteran actor Mon Confiado.

'Thor' and '50 Shades of Grey' in Victoria Court's New Rooms

Surprisingly, place like Victoria Court is adapting famous characters from the books and movies, and now as they second half of 2013 unfold, they are happy to announce to their patrons their super thematic rooms set to excite every guest who avails them. 

It is said that yearly, the company is faced with great challenge of creating a unique room worth the stay of their discriminating patrons. Their effort to come up with something better and truly unique that the ones they had before was the push for the company to give a magnificent outcome. That's why this year's after a tremendous classification, two rose from the list and will be a part of bigger and better Victoria Court - the "Thor" and "50 Shades of Grey" themed rooms.

The "Thor" themed rooms can be experienced at their Malate branch, which has already created Thor with 2-level room, housing the party area at the first level and the bed and whirlpool area at the second.  Asgard, the planet when Thor came, was the inpiration to this whole new masterpiece at Victoria Court - Malate.

Thirty and Traveling....

It has been my goal since I was a kid to travel to different places in our country, and I said to myself then that I will see the whole Philippines just before I reach the age of 30. And now that I'm 30, and though I haven't been to the whole of the Philippines yet, I must say that I am happy that I am living my dreams reaching far flung places I never thought I'd see... But then again, as I reach this age, I know that certain adjustment has to be done, primarily on my food intake and vitamins.

Swimming with whale sharks, climbing up to the mountains and walking to different beautiful spots, yes, I've done it all this summer, as my personal happiness reaches a different peak, I noticed that my strength is not like when I was just in my younger years. I easily loose breath, on my walks and on my climbs, something that I really thought I'll experience. All along I thought just because I'm gaining weight, but a friend doctor told me that aside from weight, the cause may be due to my system’s poor blood circulation.

Blood Circulation plays a major role in our body's well-being. Since our body is made up of different and several systems implementing various functions, it is very important that these vessels deliver the right amount of blood, oxygen and etcetera to different parts of our body. I tried asking my doctor-friend if there’s anything that I can do to keep this healthy blood circulation, and the first thing that he said to me was to exercise every day.
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