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Friday, December 23, 2011



Octo Arts Films presents MY HOUSE HUSBAND:IKAW NA! casts to the bloggers in a grand bloggers conference held at Guily's in Tomas Morato, Q.C. last Saturday December 17, 2011.
Thank you so much Melai for the invitation!
The mood was light. The bloggers certainly love the humor of the whole cast.  We had fun asking questions to the cast members. I had a good laugh with Eugene Domingo's answers. We were laughing all throughout the conference.  I also find Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Ellen Adarna and Roco Nasino very witty.

Q: Ryan would you accept a gay role?

Ryan: Why not? As long as the movie is great.

Q: What makes you trust Direk Joey? 

Ryan: He is a master of middle-class, he has integrity, has 65 films and awards. 

Judy Ann: We're so honored to be working with him. His stories are always real and everyone can relate.

Eugene said "The movie is timely and beautiful".  

She said she'll be riding on the Shake, Rattle and Roll float 'coz they lack artista there.  She asked for Juday ans Ryan's permission. Judy Ann said wala naman siyang magagawa. Ryan said that as long as they're all in it together regardless of the float, what is important is that the people would be there to see them.

Eugene can't stop gushing and praising Juday and Ryan's relationship. 
When asked what their favorite scenes in the movie were..

Ryan: Rod's encounter with the soccer moms
Judy Ann : All my scenes with Eugene. 

They were also asked to give advise to showbiz couples

Ryan: When things gets rough, go back to the reason why you became friends Judy Ann: Honesty is the best policy! It's important too that you can laugh at your mistakes.

Judy Ann : It's important for husbands and wives to respect each other and laugh at their mistakes. That there's nothing wrong with being a househusband as long as he's doing something relevant.  

Would you accept a 3rd party role?
Judy Ann: Yes as long as it's with Richard Gomez. Because idol ko sila Richard and Lucy Torres-Gomez.

A showbiz reporter threw the last question...

What is the difference between a presscon with bloggers and reporters? 

Judy Ann: Mas nakakakaba ang mga bloggers. At nakaka-tense dahil seryoso sila at alam mong gusto nila ng diretsong sagot sa mga tanong!

It's amazing how bloggers were praised by the stars and the reporters.They have a very high regard to bloggers.
The movie tackle the life of a married man and a stay at home dad Rod played by Ryan Agoncillo, a well known TV host, and one of the best ones in his generation. Rod is a man who is a bank manager one day then househusband the next.

“My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” is certainly Ryan’s movie more than any one else as he has the most number of scenes among the cast members. 

But more than that, his delineation of provider turned circumstantial housekeeper will have people laughing, thinking, understanding and, perhaps, more accepting of the fact that there is no one formula or set-up that makes a family work. 

More and more men are now becoming more involved in their children's lives, and because of that many men now have a better understanding of what life is like for their child growing up in the current times. 

Because fathers are immersed in their children's lives, many of the so-called "manly" things men do are pushed aside for their children. 

This allows children, especially male children, to grow up without a misogynistic outlook on life given to them by their fathers. 

These children are more compassionate because they have learned compassion and caring from their father.

These stay at home dads, however, should not be embarrassed about themselves for their roles. The society should be more accepting about the reversal of roles. It is very hard to do household chores and to take care of the children and his wife at the same time.

The house husband know that they are fulfilling their role as primary caregiver. 

Later in life the father will serve as a confidante of the teenager, and later, as the children become young adults and begin raising a family of their own the father will be not only a good grandparent but will be a good adviser as to how children should be raised. 

The plot follows the househusband’s journey toward enlightenment. In the end Rod learns that it is hard to be a housewife and more important, he learns to respect his wife not only as a mother, somebody to take care of the house, but as an individual who is capable of being a professional.

Comedienne Eugene Domingo has been winning awards left and right for five years in a row now. She is one of few actresses, if not the only one in the Philippines entertainment history to have participated in six films produced by eight different Filipino production companies within a year.

In “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!”, she plays Aida, a mistress who happens to be Rod and Mia’s neighbor. With Mia always away, Rod and Aida develop a friendship that even has Mia jealous at one point.

Although Eugene has done so many movies this year, she grabbed the opportunity to be included in the cast of “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” in order to work anew with Ryan, Judy Ann and Direk Joey, and to essay a role that challenges her.

“I’ve never played a mistress before nor best friend to a straight guy. Even in real life, I have lots of girl and gay friends but very few straight guys so I am tackling my role here from a fresh point of view,” Eugene said 

Eugene who’s gusto in working on “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” surely brought out the best in her again.

Guiding the actors in giving their best in “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” is Direk Joey, who, himself, is no stranger to awards. Many of his works have also become modern classics some of which also feature Ryan, Judy Ann and Eugene. He has said in recent interviews that his latest film is important in his career in that he plans to redirect his career should he win Best Director yet again.

 “My Househusband: Ikaw Na” opens on Christmas Day.



Not everyone had the privilege to dine and enter Tagaytay Highlands especially during Christmas!

I feel lucky to have seen the Christmas decors and experienced Christmas inside Tagaytay Highlands.
The place has simple Christmas decorations because they believe that Christmas is not about decors but about people and family's enjoying the season together.

Have a merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas is about peace, love and giving! For God so love the world that he sent his only begotten son to save the world.
Merry Christmas everyone! May God bless us all!

TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS: Vegetarian Restaurant

TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS: Vegetarian Restaurant
This is my dinner at the Vegetarian Restaurant in Tagaytay Highlands. A fresh, organically grown greens is basic for a healthy diet. In this vegetarian restaurant, you have the freedom to prepare your salad with different toppings and dressings. 

Yes, you can turn your salad into a healthy gourmet dish. The Seared Tuna Pomelo Arugula Salad is a wonderful treat that is sure to play with your taste buds with its spice and proteins. While the Swiss Pinoy Kamote Salad is rich in vitamins A, B and C, dietary fiber, potassium and iron, and excellent antioxidant properties present in sweet potatoes. Experts believe that the popular tuber is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world. 

The menu is based on the principles of healthy and organic nutrition, and on the philosophy of LOHAS, or Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability, which is the same guiding concept used for the development of Plantation Hills in Tagaytay Highlands.

Its special formula complies with the Natural, Green and Fresh principle. The vegetables served in the dishes are freshly picked, straight from nearby Flowerside Farm and Plantation Hills in Tagaytay Highlands, both of which use organic composts. Fish, seafood and chicken are used as substitute sources of protein. The healthy fats and oils are well-chosen, as well as the first-class ingredients, condiments and healthy sweeteners. And for zesty beverages, there are healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies to quench your thirst. 

I so love the organically produced fresh fruits and vegetable in this lovely vegetarian restaurant. I don't exactly know our total bill because the family friend of my friend is the one who paid for our dinner because they don't accept cash, check or credit card inside Tagaytay Highlands. Only the owner/ members are allowed to charge purchases inside Tagaytay Highlands. Oh, it is very exclusive indeed, the owner/ member must accompany his/ her visitor/s at all times, so he/ she/ they can eat, lol.
 This is the lamp that guides you to the vegetarian restaurant.
The adorable facade of the vegetarian Restaurant in Tagaytay Highlands.


We had an opportunity to tag along my friend's family to Tagaytay Highlands. It was an exciting trip. I can say that nature is at its best in Tagaytay Highlands.  The view is very beautiful.  The log cabin houses and condominiums are very nice.
THE COUNTRY CLUB AT TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS is a one-stop-shop recreation center. It houses nearly every leisure activity imaginable, both for the young and the young at heart. 
The three-level Sports Center encourages an exciting sporting life with an indoor basketball court, billiards hall, 14-lane disco bowling center and indoor squash courts, among many others.

The Sports Center is open weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and holidays, from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight; and Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


  • There are 96 lockers each for both male and female guests with steam sauna, hydrotherapy, combination Swedish & shiatsu massage, massage chairs, reflexology, and jacuzzis.
  • Two indoor badminton courts with Italian rubber vinyl flooring
  • NBA regulation wood-floored indoor basketball court billiards hall 
  • 14-lane disco bowling center with computerized scoring system and specially-designed neon balls and pins 
  • two indoor squash courts 
  • heated indoor lap pool 
  • indoor table tennis 
  • three outdoor tennis courts with synthetic grass surface 
  • skating rink  
  • go-cart racing 
  • horseback riding ring and a 2.8-km bridle path 
The second floor.
 Indoor swimming pool

Wii interactive
After an exhausting workout, you could have a treat at the Gourmet Avenue which showcases Toscana, offering a wide selection of pizzas and pastas, Chiang Mai, serving Thai’s best sellers and Akasaka, serving oriental Japanese cuisine, among others.
 Oh so romantic!
This view is so romantic. I wish I have a husband. We could walk hand in hand over the bridge there. Ha ha ha!




  • MRT-3 management will continue to implement its no inspection, no entry policy.
  • Gift-wrapped items will also have to opened for inspection.
  • Passengers will also not be allowed to bring in deadly weapons, bulky and long objects, food and drinks, inflated balloons, and flammable materials inside MRT3 premises. 
  • Persons who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs will also be barred from entering the stations. 
  • The management also asked its passengers to remain vigilant to avoid any untoward incidents. 


        No Return, No Exchange
        What is the legal basis of the prohibition on the “No Return, No Exchange” policy of business establishments? 

        Pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 7394, or the Consumer Act of the Philippines, specifically Title III, Chapter 1, Rule 2, Section 7 of Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2, Series of 1993, the words “No Return, No Exchange”, or words to such effect shall not be written into the contract of sale, receipt of sales transaction, in any documents as evidence of sale, or anywhere in the store or business establishment. 

        What is the rationale for this provision?

        The prohibition is aimed to correct the misconception of a lot of consumers today that they do not have the right to return shoddy or defective goods or demand for remedies, in case of defective or imperfect service because of the “No Return, No Exchange” notice in the receipts or anywhere in the business establishments. 

        Why is the presence of a “No Return, No Exchange” notice considered deceptive?

        Such statement is considered deceptive because consumers may return or exchange the goods or avail of other remedies, in case of hidden faults or defects, or any charge the buyer was not aware of the time of purchase. By provision of law, sellers are obligated to honor their implied warranties and grant corresponding remedies to consumers. 

        Can Business establishments still issue official receipts with the “No Return, No Exchange”?

        The Plan has six-month objectives and three-year objectives. Business establishments with unused Official Receipts should erase or blot out the words “No Return, No Exchange” before issuing such receipts and henceforth, such words should no longer be printed in their receipts or anywhere in their business establishments.

        If an item bought from store Y turns out to be more expensive than a similar item in store X, can the customer return the item and ask for a refund?

        No. While consumers have the right to choose and make a canvass of prices, once a sale in done and the product has no defect, one cannot return the goods nor ask for a refund.

        Can a store exercise only a policy of exchange but not refund?

        Consumers are entitled to either an exchange or refund, as long as there is a defect in the quality of goods or imperfection in the service.

        If the defect is due to mishandling on the part of the buyer, can he/she still return the item and demand and exchange or refund? 

        No. The prohibition covers only hidden defects, shoddy goods or imperfect service.

        If after buying a certain item, a customer changes his/her mind and wants to return said item. Can he/she invoke the prohibition on “No Return, No Exchange”? 

        No, the prohibition is not an excuse for the consumer to return the goods because of a change of mind.

        Is there a time limit within which a buyer may return defective products? 

        There is no hard-and-fast rule on the period within which a customer may return the products he purchased. A rule of reason should, however, be observed, taking into consideration the nature of the item purchased and the express / implied warranties mandated by law, i.e. Consumer Act and the New Civil Code of the Philippines. 

        Can a buyer return defective goods without the official receipt?

        The Official Receipt is the best proof of purchase. However, he/she may still demand replacement or refund if he/she can prove that a defective item was bought from a certain store.

        Can a store print in their invoices the statement “Exchange of Merchandise will not be accepted without a valid receipt or other evidence of purchase”? 

        No, because there may be goods exclusively manufactured or sold by a company and there is no need to prove purchase of the item.

        Can a store impose the condition that merchandise can only be exchanged once? 

        No, because merchandise can be exchanged as many times, as long as the consumer chooses the option of replacement.

        Source:DTI Philippines


        Address: 816 Aurora Boulevard corner P. Bernardo St., Cubao 1109 Quezon City
        Tel. No.: (02) 725-1740
        Destination: Laoag in Ilocos Norte Province, Vigan in Ilocos Sur Province, Baguio in Benguet Province

        Address: New York Street, Cubao, Quezon City
        Tel. No.: (02) 741-4146, 731-4180
        Destination: San Fernando City in La Union Province, Vigan in Ilocos Sur Province and Laoag in Ilocos Norte Province

        Address: Laong Laan corner M dela Fuente Street, Sampaloc, Manila
        Tel. No.: (02) 743-8582
        Destination: Vigan in Ilocos Sur Province and Laoag in Ilocos Norte Province

        Address: Gelinos Street 1000 Manila
        Tel. No.: (02) 731-4907
        Destination: Vigan City in Ilocos Sur Province, Laoag City in Ilocos Norte Province

        Address: 819 Oroquieta Street 1000 Manila
        Tel. No.: (02) 734-9836
        Destination: Angeles City in Pampanga Province, Tarlac City in Tarlac Province, Sta. Cruz in Zambales Province, Alaminos City and Bolinao in Pangasinan Province, Baguio in Benguet Province, San Fernando in La Union Province, Vigan in Ilocos Province, Laoag in Ilocos Norte Province

        Address: 1209 Blumentritt Cor. Dapitan St., Sampaloc 1000 Manila
        Tel. No.: (02) 741-0405
        Destination: Manaoag in Pangasinan Province, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur Province


        Manong kutsero brought me to the old house called Villa Angela Heritage House where the local movie “Maruja” was filmed.
        Villa Angela Heritage House personifies the charm of old world Vigan. It is located along Quirino Boulevard.  Gobernadorcillo Agapito B. Florendo had it built in 1870 in a 2,000 square meter property.
        Upon entering the garden of Villa Angela, you will see a wooden carriage, said to have been used by Irene Marcos, daughter of former President Ferdinand Marcos. It was allegedly used to transport her to Sta. Monica Cathedral in Ilocos Norte on her wedding in 1983.
        Villa Angela counts among its visitors Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. This heritage house is said to be where Tom Cruise stayed in 1989 while he was filming Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July. A picture of him with the owner hangs in one of the main rooms.
        Villa Angela’s living room area has huge windows made of capiz or windowglass shells. There visitors can rest in big, old wooden chairs called butaka while imagining listening to the victrola (old phonograph) or giant harp that decorate the living room together with antique oil lamps and jars.

        In the dining room or comedor, visitors will also see many antique dining and kitchen objects like copper pots, porcelain and china ware. There is even a huge old jar that was used to keep food fresh or chilled, much like a refrigerator.

        Effort has been made in each room to keep the ambiance of the old Spanish period. That’s why Villa Angela has been used also for the filming of the movie “Jose Rizal.”
        Villa Angela is opened to the public, as venue for weddings, birthdays, baptismal parties, workshops, meetings and other important gatherings. They specialize in catering traditional Ilocano food to guests and participants.

        They are now also a bed and breakfast hotel. All the rooms are air-conditioned, with private baths and cable television. Breakfast is included in the rates. Guest  may choose to stay in the rooms with verandas and four-poster canopy beds.

        Note: This is not a paid post. The author is a travel blogger and her passion is traveling on a shoe string. The Villa Angela tour is one of her stop during her kalesa tour.

        VIGAN KALESA TOUR:Burnay Factory

        VIGAN KALESA TOUR:Burnay Factory
        My visit to the Burnay Factory in Vigan is one of the best ever experience I had in Vigan.
        The Burnay Factory (earthen jar or pottery) at Barangay Pagburnayan, Vigan City is one of the best keep secrets of Vigan!
        Hundreds of Burnay (earthen jar or pottery) is on display at the grounds of the factory.
        If you find yourself  in Vigan, don't you miss this place.
        Nothing compares in seeing the earthen jars in person. 
        I tried to make an earthen jar to no avail, so I just pose for posterity with thearthen jar made by the son of the owner. It is said that pottery making calms the mind and promotes relaxation so you better try it if you have time.
        It is more fun in the Philippines! Visit and enjoy pottery making at the Burnay Factory in Vigan.


        St. Augustine Church

        After my tour around Padre Burgos house we went to Bantay Bell Tower and St. Augustine Church.

        The St. Augustine Church is the oldest church in Region 1.  It is a beautiful old church with a glorious maroon and white façade.
        This is where the original Panday movies by the late FPJ was shot according to manong kutsero.
        Manong Kutsero (carriage driver) brought me to Bantay the next town after Vigan. There you will find the Bantay Bell Tower. Towering over the town, the Bantay Bell Tower is a sight to behold, standing separately over a hilltop next to the equally beautiful St. Augustine Parish Church.

        The bell tower original structure was built by Augustinian Missionaries in 1591, most likely as a part of the parish church nearby.  It was made of bricks, rocks, and a mixture of seashells and sugar cane. There are hardly any renovations done to the structure, except for the repairs of the stairs inside the tower.

        The bell tower stands on the tallest point in town.  It was used as a watch tower during the Spanish colonial period.  That's the reason why the tower is named “bantay” which in Ilocano means “mountain” and “guard.”

        Climbing up the second level of the belfry is no problem, but going up the third level may take a bit more guts. The wooden stairs are new, but the rickety sound and the tall open windows may trigger a heart attack to the weak. But mind you the views from both levels are absolutely breath-taking.  The bell tower provides a good view of the town and the mountain in the horizon.

        The bell tower is also quite popular because according to manong kutsero because it is the  location of the film- Panday by the late Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ)

        The next time you find yourself in Vigan, ride a kalesa ( horse carriage) and tour the different glorious locations of the province.


        Our next kalesa stop is the nearby Padre Burgos Museum. Entrance fee is ten (Php 10) pesos. The museum is managed by staff from the National Museum. You can either explore the artifacts yourself or have a guide join you free of charge.

        The Burgos Museum is open the entire week except for Mondays and holidays. Museum hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
        Fr. Burgos Museum in Vigan, Ilocos Sur is a two-storey ancestral house of the martyr-priest Padre Jose Burgos. The house was built in 1788 and owned by his grandparents Don Juan Gonzales and Doña Florentina Gascon. Despite the limited funds of the city, the museum has maintained its 19th century interior and its well-preserved kitchen.
        Antique collections and dioramas of local historical events can be found here along with a hall of fame for the Ilocano heroes and achievers.

                                                                  Earthen Jars from yesteryears.       
                           This is their rain gears! The ever reliable salakot and rain coat with gasera.
        Fr. Jose Burgos museum contains his memorabilia along with an excellent collection of archaeological and ethnological finds such as a series of paintings dating back to Basi Revolt and records of the native reactions to colonialism.
        The hot and cold water dispenser of Fr. Jose Burgos' Family

        This is the flat iron during Fr. Jose Burgos time. It was my first time to see a round flat iron like this:-)

        Where to stay?

        There are numerous options for accommodation in Vigan. Prices are very reasonable, typically around P 2500 pesos for a descent accommodations. Cheaper accommodation is available. The Villa Angela Heritage Hotel offers a good antique feel, but there are numerous quality options.

        How to get there?

        By plane via PAL. Upon landing in Laoag City visit Fort Ilocandia and enjoy the swimming pool and amenities they offer. Take a bus or hire a vehicle to take you to Vigan city which is about two (2) hours away.

        By bus from Manila (about 8 hours).

        Partas Transportation Co. Inc., located at #816 Aurora Boulevard, corner Arayat, Cubao, Quezon City. Buses leave Manila every hour.

        Air-conditioned Bus Fare is P600. For more info call 724-98-20/ 725-17-40.

        Other buses

        Tip: Go to San Fernando, La Union first and enjoy the San Juan Surf Beach then get a bus to Vigan which takes 2-3 hours. Ask a local as to where the bus station is located.

        How many days should I stay?

        Overnight if you arrive early is sufficient to see most of the sights.

        Tips and Comments 
        • Bagnet is delicious in Vigan. 
        • Buy at the local market it is cheaper there! 
        • I personally like the design of the shirts at Casa Rica.
        • You could haggle with the kutchero so don't be afraid to make tawad hindi tuwad ha ha ha! Joke!



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