December 27, 2016

How to Make Gelato Business Work For You?

While the word gelato is the Italian translation for ice cream, there’s a big difference between the two and that’s the first thing to keep in mind before opening a gelato business. 

Making this possible for businesses is the Italian company Comprital, a market leader in gelato-making which has introduced innovations to the much-revered Italian tradition. One of only a handful Italian companies to obtain an EU certification for the processing of products containing a high level of dairy and milk by-products, Comprital offers gelaterias and food establishments a full range of top quality ingredients, mixes and supplies for making real Italian gelato. 

#MMFF2016: Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 #ForeverIsNotEnough (Review)

Director Marlon Rivera and Eugene Domingo didn't disappoint their fans after years of waiting for the much-awaited sequel of one of the most successful Indie movies in the country finally hits back the cinema and this time as an official entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 #ForeverIsNotEnough.

Domingo playing an overrated and over demanding Eugene Domingo is back as she "awakens" her showbiz career after years of hiatus and after garnering tons of awards from their previous movie with Kean Cipriano playing Direk Rainier entitled "Walang Wala."

#MMFF2016: Die Beautiful (Review)

Nobody gets the chance to die the way we wed us want it. Nobody gets the chance to die beautiful. But this movie proved us wrong because with the right people surrounding us, a beautiful and fabulous death is possible.

A film by Jun Robles Lana, DGPI, Die Beautiful tells a story of Trisha Echevaria, a transgender woman who was forced to leave his patriarchal family due his sexuality. Played by Paolo Ballesteros, Trisha exemplifies a true-to-life experience of transgender woman here in the Philippines, where most of them compete and earn a living from joining "BeauCon" or local beauty pageants.

December 23, 2016

Thai hospitality chain expands overseas with opening of first hotel in PHL

Traveling with class used to be only for the privileged ones, but not until Thailand-based Hop Inn Hotel was officially launched in the Philippines through its pioneering outlet along Ermita, Manila that offers high quality accommodation for both the business and leisure markets on a tight budget.

According to The Erawan Group PLC President, Ms. Kamonwan Wipulakorn, this island nation serves as their first market abroad since they ventured into the economy category, in addition to the premium global hospitality names they have been building and operating over the last three decades.

Kamonwan Wipulakorn, Director and President, Erawan Group PLC
Youssef El Khomri, VP for Hotel Operations, Erawan Group PLC

“The country has high potential for tourism in the long term,” she said. “We believe that the Philippines will offer the fastest and highest economic growth in the Asean region and through our analysis and market research on the ground, we see very good opportunities to expand in the Philippines.”

HOOQ presents the celebrity premiere of “Seklusyon”

HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, and co-presenter of the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival, concludes 2016 with a special HOOQ HANGOUTS as it holds a celebrity-studded premiere of Erik Matti’s SEKLUSYON days before it’s regular run at theaters throughout the country as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

“We started HOOQ HANGOUTS a few months ago to provide a forum to showcase the vast library of HOOQ, particularly our local content which spans almost five decades. That is why we are ending the year with this HOOQ HANGOUTS featuring an exclusive screening of Seklusyon, produced by Reality Entertainment, which incidentally is also our partner in creating OTJ: The Series,” says Jane Cruz-Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager.

December 22, 2016

Christmas Gift Idea: Beyond the Box's Sphero SPRK+

As we face a future that relies heavily on technology, coding is expected to become just as essential a skill as reading and writing. This is why Beyond the Box, the country’s authority in premium gadgets and accessories, is giving the gift of programming knowledge to everyone this holiday season.

For the month of December, Beyond the Box is offering the Sphero SPRK+ as its Featured Product of the Month. Much like the original Sphero, the Sphero SPRK+ brings loads of fun as you maneuver it around using the official Sphero app. The difference, however, lies in the educational nature of the SPRK+. 

December 16, 2016

NTC breaches 2016 collection target by P 34.5M three weeks before the year ends

With three weeks left in 2016 to collect Administrative Fees, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), an agency under the Department of Information and Communications Technology, has already breached its Php4.835B target for 2016 as its collections have amounted to Php4.870B to-date.  

The Php4.835B target was set by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) composed of the Department of Budget Management (DBM), the Department of Finance (DOF) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

December 15, 2016

Kabisera Makes It to MMFF

KABISERA, the biggest and most powerful family drama of 2016 is coming to theaters nationwide this December 25th for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) with a top-caliber cast headlined by the Grand Dame of Asian Cinema, Nora Aunor. The much-anticipated MMFF comeback of the one and only superstar is joined by award-winning actors Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, Jason Abalos, Victor Neri and Perla Bautista. Also joining the cast are newcomers RJ Agustin, Ronwaldo Martin (brother of Coco Martin), and Alex San Agustin.

Kabisera is a film about a tightly knit family whose lives fall apart after a tragic incident. Mercy, Nora Aunor’s character takes the central seat (Kabisera) to hold her family together. The film will be Nora Aunor’s return to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival where she won the most number of awards in the past 42 years.

Healthier Holidays with Cocoro Sugar

Dreaming of feasting this holiday season the guilt-free way? Cocoro Sugar is a social enterprise that produces natural, healthy and sustainable sugar substitute proudly made by empowered Filipino farmers in Cagayan de Oro and Davao to help those finding a way to lose weight and for diabetics to continue enjoying sweets and indulge responsibly.

Now available in Salcedo Market (on Saturdays), Landmark Makati, Citysuper Trinoma, Robinsons Supermarkets, Unimart, Makati Supermart (Alabang), Earth Kitchen, Pops Candy Store and Duty Free Philippines, Cocoro Natural Sugar has two variants: Cocoro Ivory and Cocoro Dark Caramel.

Cocoro Ivory is the light colored variant of Cocoro Sugar that can be used as substitute for white sugar. It’s perfect for cooking, baking or even as simple as making fruit juices! Cocoro Dark Caramel is an alternative for brown sugar. It’s good for your coffee and tea or when cooking your favorite adobo!

OPPO F1 gets another price drop

Heads up, Christmas shoppers: there’s another Php1,000 off on the OPPO F1 starting on December 9.The discount applies to OPPO’s Php9,990 holiday promo on the F1, further dropping the price to a mere Php8,990.

The OPPO F1 is the first smartphone in the mobile technology brand’s camera-focused F series, which made its debut in the Philippines last February.

December 12, 2016

King Sue Recipes For Beautiful Christmas Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be with family and friends and share good food. Made with love at the hearth of every kitchen  and helping each other cook up a delightful Holiday feast is a lovely tradition. King Sue has some suggestions for that perfect Christmas spread - from ham steaks, burritos, pasta, gratin, and bruschetta, to a host of other recipes - that will not only make this year’s Yuletide celebration  more meaningful:

Glazed Ham Steak

1 kilo King Sue Sweet Ham, cut into 2 inch slices
1 can crushed pineapple
2 Tbsp. brown sugar / muscovado sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. honey
Shallow baking pan
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
Heavy skillet

Cooking Directions:

Open the can of crushed pineapple and pour the contents into a sauce pan. Add the brown sugar, butter and honey to the pan, and stir to combine. Turn the stove on medium and heat the glaze until hot. Take it off the burner and let it cool for about five minutes. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F. Line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil, and place the ham steaks in the baking pan. Pour the pineapple glaze over the steaks. Spread the glaze completely over the steaks. Cover the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil and put it in the oven. Cook the glazed ham steaks 18 to 20 minutes. Take off the aluminum foil covering the ham steaks and let them stand for five minutes. Serve while warm.

The Force is Strong at Beyond the Box this December

Star Wars fans can be one with the Force this holiday season because for the month of December, Beyond the Box is offering a special deal for the Special Edition Battle-Worn BB-8™ with Force Band™.

Experience the power of the Force with the Force Band™, which allows you to control your BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid™ with just a wave of your hand. Enter the Star Wars universe and undergo Jedi training - hone your lightsaber skills, collect digital holocrons in your environment through the Force Awareness App, find hidden supplies from the Resistance, and use your imagination to wield a blaster, lightsaber, or even the Force itself!  The dark side of the Force has much to fear. 

Samsung Wireless Audio 360 Delivers Amazing Sound, All Around

As demand listening preference focusing more on going wireless without sacrificing sound quality, Samsung gets ahead of the game with their Samsung Wireless Audio 360 speakers. This product revolutionizes the way people consume music nowadays. It gives audiophiles a treat of a smooth listening experience and taste-makers a speaker with an avant-garde design - proving that technology and art can come together. 

Playing music at home without hearing it audibly in other parts of the room is now a thing of the past. The Samsung Wireless Audio 360 produces sound evenly in all directions through its patented Ring Radiator technology; which was developed in Samsung’s Audio Lab in California. Whether you’re resting in your bedroom, cooking in the kitchen, or hosting a dinner with family and friends in your balcony, you can enjoy the 360-degree balanced sound wherever you are.

The Kopiko 78 Recharged Team!

As this year’s UAAP men’s basketball season came to a heady climax, Kopiko 78 awarded eight star athletes, handpicked from each of the varsity teams to be included in the first ever Kopiko 78 Recharged Team!

One Kopiko 78 Recharged Player was commended during each game of season 79 for impressive and exceptional hardcourt performances, exemplary playing despite their hectic schedules with school and training. The players from each team who received the most distinctions were awarded the prizes last December 7 at the Araneta Coliseum. Adamson University’s Jerrick Ahanmisi, Ateneo de Manila University’s Antonio Asistio, De La Salle University’s Benoit Mbala, Far Eastern University’s Prince Orizu, National University’s J-Jay Alejandro, University of the East’s Bonbon Batiller, University of the Philippines’ Dave Moralde and University of Santo Tomas’ Louie Vigil each received Php25,000 cash prizes.

#GoSwift this yuletide season with Acer and New Balance

With Christmas, just around the corner, now is the perfect time to find new and exciting ways to celebrate and have  fun. Millennials, known for their fast-paced lifestyle, eagerness to reach their dreams, appetite to develop deep connections with others, and fondness for documenting awesome memories, will surely look forward to the holidays: simbang gabi, Christmas bazaars, family reunions, and barkada parties are just some events they can enjoy! An Acer Swift laptop and a pair of New Balance shoes can surely help make Christmas a wonderful experience!

The holiday season is a time for giving and, therefore, rush Christmas shopping. There are many gift options to see in bazaars, malls, pop-up shops, and markets! Comfy New Balance shoes are great companions when braving the Christmas rush. The tech savvy or those who simply wish to experience hassle-free shopping can use their Acer Swift laptops and opt to buy their presents online, saving them time so they can do more during the Yuletide rush.

Buffalo Wings for Php100 at Brooklyn’s New York Pizza

This Christmas, Brooklyn’s New York Pizza is giving all their diners a treat! Enjoy Buffalo Wings, with 8 mouth-watering pieces per order, for only Php100 when you get any Queens (14 inches) or Brooklyns (18 inches) sized pizzas! What’s more amazing, this promo is valid for dine-in, take out and delivery until December 31, 2016!

Buffalo Wings

Bringing in the flavors of New York Pizza to Manila, the specialties of Brooklyn’s New York Pizza are its famous White Pizza - a combination of three cheeses baked to perfection, La Filipizza – longganiza, tomatoes and salted egg, a marriage of Filipino dish with New York pizza and Pepperoni Pizza – the regular pizza of the New Yorkers, even the Ninja Turtles love it. Order these pizzas in Queens (14 inches) or Brooklyns (18 inches) size and add on P100 for 8 pieces Buffalo Wings and get a delectable holiday feast that you can share in your office potluck or dine-in with your family & friends.

Currently, Brooklyn’s New York Pizza has 7 branches: Alabang Town Center (8509999), BF Homes (7757575), Chino Roces Makati (8969696), Robinson's Place Manila (4050505), Robinson's Place Las Piñas (5533555), Tomas Morato (3767676) and Madison Galleries Alabang Hills (7889935).


La Filipizza

White Pizza

Pizza parties this holiday season within any branch of Brooklyn’s New York Pizza or thru catering is very welcome! 

To get more updates on Brooklyn’s New York Pizza, just go to these social media accounts:
Facebook: Brooklyn’s New York Pizza
Instagram & Twitter: @brooklynsnewyorkpizza
Website: www.brooklyns.ph

Happy Holidays!

December 10, 2016

Happy Life airs on GMA New TV this Sunday

With so many travels, vacations and exploration you’ve made in your life, have you ever think of making more memorable by touching other people’s live? One instance that they will never forget and you won’t forget too because of its impact to your heart, mind and soul?

That’s what this new travel show in GMA News TV have in mind when they brainstormed it and make it possible. Not just “another travel show,” Happy Life brought together the country’s pride in beauty and brains through White Lion Media Productions. Starting this Sunday, December 11, at 9:30 in the morning, get a glimpse on how Happy Life hosts Bea Santiago, MJ Lastimosa, Jamie Herrell, Giulia Zahar, Sophie Rankin and Anthea Murfet take travelling with a style and class into a different and heartwarming way.

December 07, 2016

Johnnie Walker is the Gift to Give this Holiday Season

Johnnie Walker releases its Christmas gift packs as the ultimate gift to give to our modern-day heroes this holiday season.

More than just merry-making and relishing the year that was, Christmas is also a great time to celebrate and recognize our personal heroes. Every household has its own share of extraordinary individuals: from parents who have given so much of themselves to provide for us, to loved ones who encourage us to become our best. There are also mentors whose continuous support and guidance help us chase after our own dreams. 

Whether it’s a present to celebrate an epic achievement or a simple and heartfelt 'thank you' for the encouragement to keep walking towards our goals, the gifts that are cherished the most are the ones that are considered and well thought of - much like a personalized bottle of the world’s favorite Scotch. With a wide range of blends that suits varied palates and personalities, Johnnie Walker becomes the ideal present this holiday season. Having always been an iconic symbol of personal progress, the Johnnie Walker Gift Packs become special gifts that honor the ambitions and journeys of those we consider our modern-day heroes.

Johnnie Walker Red Label Gift Pack
Price: PHP 499 (750mL; free 1 Scotch glass)

December 05, 2016

OPPO's #NationalSelfieDay is on every #SelfieExpert's Holiday Wishlist

Love taking selfies? Your selfie could get you a new smartphone this holiday season. Post your selfies and join the #NationalSelfieDay contest!

December is indeed a season of giving. As a way of extending gratitude, mobile technology brand OPPO is giving away 100 units of F1s to lucky Facebook users who will participate in the National Selfie Day Contest

Now Open: Go Hotels Manila Airport Road

Find convenience and ease-of-access to the bustling Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with the opening of one of the well-established hotel brand in Southeast Asia, Go Hotels.

Roxaco-Vanguard Hotel Corporation (RVHC), in association with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), officially opens its first Go Hotels branch, Manila Airport Road, to cater to a new and growing market of smart travelers.

Situated along Quirino Avenue in close proximity to the airport terminals 1,2,3 and 4. Go Hotels Manila Airport Road is the first of five projects that Roxaco-Vanguard Hotel Corporation. Go Hotels North Edsa - Quezon City, Cubao - Quezon City, Ermita - Manila and Timog - Quezon City will be opening between now and the first quarter of 2017.

December 01, 2016

Daiso Japan's Gift-giving Ideas

This season of gift-giving, put a little more thought on your shopping list and get loved ones something they actually want and would use. Finding the perfect gift for the right person might seem challenging  but wrapping up items that suit their personality is a good rule of thumb. 

How to start? Jot down all the names of the people you’ll give gifts to this Christmas.  Then beside their names, write a word or two that best describe that person. This will be your cheat sheet when buying presents. To save on time hopping from one store to the next, shop at Daiso Japan where they have a wide selection of cute, practical and useful  merchandise at affordable prices  which have been neatly organized in sections for different personality types.

There will always be that kikay friend in the group who adores make-up and takes vanity seriously. A whole bunch of cosmetics, beauty implements and hair accessories offered under Daiso Japan’s Beautyholics display are perfect stocking fillers. There are make-up brushes in different sizes and tips, false eyelashes which can be stored in an eyelash case can also be bought at the store, trendy nail top coats in glossy and matte finish are also available, leather pouches and an assortment of cosmetics – from mascara and blush pots to eye shadow palettes and lipsticks.

Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila Ushers Holidays 2016 with Pinoy POP Christmas Tree

With more than four months of celebrations, truly, Pinoy Christmas is something to really look forward in the year. And highlighting this heartwarming tradition, Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City ushers the Holidays with an all-Pinoy themed decorations that will surely lighten their guests spirit.

Created and designed by Michael Francis Mayores, Golden Phoenix Hotel's Pinoy POP Christmas Tree symbolizes the colorful and warm Manila life that locals, tourists and most specially balik-bayans would surely enjoy.

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