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December 29, 2015

The 7-Eleven Run 2016

It's that time of year again that we can get excited for RUN 2016!


After the successful Run 800 in 2013, Run 1000 in 2014 and Run 1500 in 2015, 7-Eleven will be holding Run 2016 this coming January 17, 2016

Run 2016 once again will bring a massive and exciting marathon to every one of all ages, featuring the same categories as last year’s race. 7-Eleven is once again partnering with Skyway and Filinvest City as its official event venue.

December 28, 2015

Complete List of Winners of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2015

And just like the previous Metro Manila Film Festival, this year's MMFF Awards Night didn't end with no drama and so-called" scandal. With the disqualification of Honor Thy Father - a masterpiece of Erik Matti, it sure did some add juice to this year's selection and awarding ceremony. I bet that there'll be more news of MMFF 2015 in the coming days, but for now I'd like to share what it was like at the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival.


It was my first time to actually witness an MMFF Awards Night. Though, I'm expecting a glamorous night, with the absence of some of the nominees (and winners) on the night's awarding ceremony, the whole event turned out to be a little boring.

Held at Kia Theater in Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, this year's MMFF is co-presented by HOOQ - a mobile app that serves as a gateway to a world of unlimited entertainment. And without further ado, here are the winners of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015:

December 23, 2015

Lancaster New City: Developing with the Filipino Family

The progressive growth of the 1,400 hectares property of the country’s fast-growing residential developer, Property of Friends, Inc. or Pro-Friends, in Cavite continuously seeks to deliver on its mission of being a trusted developer that creates communities that transform lives. Lancaster New City, Pro-Friends’ flagship project, is a shining example of how it transforms barren land into a thriving, family-friendly city with components that allow residents to Live, Learn, Work, Play and Pray.


Last weekend, together with some friends, I had a wonderful time visiting again one of my dream cities in the south, the Lancaster New City. Pro-Friends contribution to the growing suburban lifestyle in the south, Lancaster New City is happy to share the latest development in its thriving property through a series of shows and spectacles that are just truly heart-warming and family-friendly fit for the upcoming Holiday Season.


For one, Lancaster’s new home units are now packed with pocket-friendly offers and deals that are easy for Filipino families to afford. Aside from their homes, top-of-the-class amenities were also chosen to compliment will with the whole masterplan of this lush and developing property in the south that’s covering the cities of Imus, Kawit and General Trias in Cavite.

December 20, 2015

Catch Metro Manila Film Festival's Students Films via HOOQ!

“Everyone has to start somewhere and for many directors, that happened while they were in school. Young filmmakers from schools like Ateneo de Naga University and DLSU-CSB made it as finalists in this year’s MMFF” said Jane Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager.  “It is very encouraging that their animated films were chosen among hundreds of entries to take part in this festival,” she added. 


For the first time in Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) history, the distinguish organization has signed a groundbreaking deal with HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, to screen a selection of the official entries on the app. 


HOOQ is the exclusive presenter for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival and its New Wave Category, a partnership geared towards promoting quality Philippine entertainment.  

December 16, 2015

A Christmas Experience at the Latest Modern Suburban Community in the South

It seems that every developer in the land is eyeing the south as the next residential/investment capital of Luzon. With already hundreds of developments happening year every year, the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon is definitely the next suburban haven for those who are seeking for dwelling place and good investment without any hassle.


Last weekend, together with some friends, I had a wonderful time setting my foot for the first time on this soon-to-be prime destination in this side of Cavite, the Vermosa. A property being developed by Ayala Land, which is dubbed as the next “Ayala Alabang” due to its luxurious cuts of land and amenities that are sure to give its residents a premier living, Vermosa held its 2-day Holiday Escape where it housed more than a hundred merchants including booths that showcase the most exciting development that will happen around the area and some of the famous celebrity entrepreneurs who added glitz and glam to the whole event.

December 11, 2015

It's the Season of 'Sharing' at Boardwalk

More than just receiving gifts, Christmas is more about sharing. And as the whole world succumbs to this merry-making Season, lifestyle brand Boardwalk, brings social entrepreneurship into the mainstream of fashion through SHARE, a fashion and lifestyle sub-brand with a social development platform.


In pursuit of its vision to help reduce poverty through social entrepreneurship, as it enters its 25th year in the fashion and lifestyle industry, Boardwalk launched last December 3 Share to help men and women from economically-challenged communities to gain a stable source of income.


This program enables consumers with a social conscience to enjoy fashionable items while contributing 25 per cent of what they pay to a business starter program developed by Share Foundation in partnership with Boardwalk Charity Foundation Incorporated. The program is designed to provide training and capital to economically-challenged Filipinos who hope to have a chance to do business.

December 10, 2015

Christmas Celebrations at Discovery Primea

In Makati, Christmas Season is usually ushered by a wonderful switch-on ceremony of the Ayala Avenue Christmas Light Display, and then followed by the majestic and festive Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights and Sound. These are two main events in the city that everyone look forward to once the Christmas countdown begins.


With all the main thoroughfares all lightened up and adorned with Holiday feels, surrounding skyscrapers followed the act by displaying their own magical touch to welcome the heart-warming and joyous Holiday Season.

This year, one more property is joining the bandwagon in sharing cheers and wonderful creations to the guests of this busting city – the Discovery Primea.

Mark Lapid on Representing the Tourism Industry

In a recent interview of Kara David for GMA News and Public Affairs’ show Power House, senator-wannabe Mark Lapid shared that he and wife, Tanya Garcia, is not yet married in church until now, because she won’t accept his proposal - an issue that’s obviously doesn’t hinders his ambition to be an elected senator for the upcoming 2016 Election.


Despite of being a dad to two adorable girls and a husband to a beautiful wife, Mark was once a governor of the Province of Pampanga and recently held a position at Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) where he served as Chief Operating Officer prior to his filling of certificate of candidacy for next year’s national election.


An experience that honed and made him decide to run for next year's election, his service for TIEZA was brought about by the recognition that he received when he was appointed as General Manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) in December 2009. The PTA was given by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) a “Gawad Pampublikong Korporasyon” in testimony of the institution that articulates the values of creativity and excellence through public-private sector partnership.

December 08, 2015

Madonna’s RebelHeart Tour Gears Up The Excitement For Manila Show

In barely three months, Filipino fans of the Queen of Pop will pay homage to their favorite icon at the most-anticipated RebelHeart Tour scheduled February 24 and 25, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena.


Only few tickets left to RebelHeart at the Mall of Asia Arena and exciting perks await all ticket buyers!

To all major credit card holders, here’s your chance to get closer to the Queen of Pop! Ticket buyers for LOWER BOX can now avail of SM Tickets special offer with 0% interest for a 6-month installment plan. This offer is valid only for over-the-counter purchases. For inquiries, please call SM Tickets at (+632) 470-2222 or log on to smtickets.com

Celebrate Christmas at Vermosa Holiday Escape

Christmas is about bringing people together to savor the festive vibe and heartwarming glow of this season of giving. Vermosa, Ayala Land Inc.’s sprawling modern suburban community in Cavite that integrates healthy living with everyday life, holds Vermosa Holiday Escape, a fun-filled holiday bazaar that offers a much needed escape from the stressful shopping experience in the metro.


On December 12 and 13, experience the vibrant holiday cheer with musical treats from some of the country’s most talented musical artists. Providing live entertainment on December 12 are pop-rock best-selling artist Yeng Constantino and acoustic favorite Noel Cabangon while indie-rock band Up Dharma Down will bring the house down on December 13.  

The 70 Wonderful Years of the House That Fried Chicken Built

In celebration of its 70th year anniversary, Max's Restaurant brought its family, friends, and loyal customers back to the place where it all began, the original branch at Scout Tuazon. It was a grand and joyful birthday celebration, through which Max's Restaurant sought to show their appreciation for the years of support customers gave to The House That Fried Chicken Built.

Event hosts Paolo Abrera and Lexi Schulze Berenguer-Testa

Guests were invited to take a walk down memory lane in a nostalgic outdoor display at Ruby Hall's courtyard featuring historic photos of the five original founders, black and white photos of the original branch when it had just opened, and even a photo of the old Greenbelt branch in Makati. Guests admired the display and gleefully exchanged stories of days past, while being serenaded by a quartet playing songs that conjured some of their fondest memories.

Max’s Group Inc. Director Jimmy F. Trota, Max’s Group Inc. Director Cristina Trota-Garcia, Max’s Group Inc. Director and Max’s Restaurant President & CEO Carolyn Trota-Salud, Max’s Group Inc. Director and Chief Marketing Officer Jim T. Fuentebella, Max’s Group Inc. Director & Chief Finance Officer Dave T. Fuentebella, and Max’s Group Inc. President & CEO Robert F. Trota

December 06, 2015

Huawei #HotspotHotties Invade SM Mall of Asia!

Just when I thought Sunday could be that same dreadful day with Monday coming again, Huawei Philippines, made my afternoon, and a hundred of SM Mall of Asia Cyberzone guests, sizzles with the presentation of their latest innovation with their hottest ambassadors.


Imagine Santa Claus only skinnier, showing his well-carved arms as he wears a sleeve less shirt, a charming smile and that "kilig" factor that drives you toward him - yep, that what with had, but instead of just one, we had 10 sexy, handsome men in red and white, who instead of gifts were giving out free WiFi - both to the naughty and nice!


Carrying the latest creations from Huawei - Huawei Flash, Huawei Spark and Huawei Lightning - these #HuaweiHotspotHotties brought colors and some shrills to the excited guests of the mall to share the full advantage of Huawei’s mobile broadband network compatibility. A fast and uninterrupted delivery of internet connectivity on-the-go was made more exciting with these foreign models that are so eye-catching.

December 04, 2015

Christmas Gift Idea: Crayola EZ Draw ‘N Store Activity Center

When I was a child, I always keep on hearing the phrase "The Gift of Education". For a not o well-off family like ours, we took education seriously, that's why this Christmas, for us to turnover the gift of knowledge to our next generation, I decided to give my makulit but sweet and cuddly niece, Elaisha Monique, the Crayola EZ Draw ‘N Store Activity Center.


A child-friendly educational set that is perfect for little boys and girls like her aged 2. Complete with friendly colors and easy to use pieces, Crayola EZ Draw ‘N Store Activity Center is easy to install and fold after use.

The 1st Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build

The launch today of Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build in The Philippines marks International Volunteer Day, a day to celebrate volunteerism. The annual Young Leaders Build is Habitat’s largest youth movement in the Asia-Pacific region. This youth-driven campaign, which originated in The Philippines by the Habitat Youth Council, will take place regionally for the fifth consecutive year focusing on tackling the challenges of poverty housing.


The campaign targets to engage 1 million youth volunteers to repair and build homes, and take part in community development activities, as well as raise Php 200,00 and serve 10,000 Filipino families in need.


The regional movement expects to rally even more youth, including celebrities and corporate participants to volunteer, fund raise and speak out for the need for decent homes as a way out of poverty.
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