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Friday, October 24, 2014

BIANCA GONZALES: Placed 2nd at Shell Fuel Save Good Choice Driving Challenge


BIANCA GONZALES: Placed 2nd at Shell Fuel Save Good Choice Driving Challenge

TV host and model Bianca Gonzales (right) and her teammate Rio Umali, a blogger, placed second place at the recently concluded Shell Fuel Save Good Choice Driving Challenge held at Bonifacio Global City. 

iamsuperbianca It was a fun and steady road trip yesterday with my partner @rioumali for the Shell Driving Challenge! And to cap the day off with great news.. we won 2nd place!!!!  It may be hard to believe, but we got 30+ kilometres mileage per 1 liter of FuelSave from Batangas to Taguig! Amazinggggg. Anyone can really make the most of every drop of fuel with the right habits - click the hashtag #ShellFuelSaveGoodChoice to see more tips!


Photo Source: Instagram user iamsuperbianca


Professional FX drivers, TV Host / model, mommy and fashion bloggers, news correspondents and young professionals comprise the 14 participants of the 
#‎ShellFuelSaveGoodChoiceDrivingChallenge‬ who were divided into seven (7) teams. All teams drove a total distance of 240 kilometers in the all new keyless Ford EcoSport 1.5L Titanium from Bonifacio Global City in Taguig to Batangas and back.




In a dinner awarding held at Mango Tree Restaurant at Bonifacio Global City,  all three pairs of women bloggers swept the top three places with Michelle Aventajado, daughter-in-law of rally driver Robert Aventajado and her partner Sarah Irene Tirona taking first place with 61 points, followed by Bianca Gonzales and Rio Umali at 62 points and Jackie Go and Grace de Guzman in third with 68 points. #GirlPower




I believe that Bianca Gonzales had an edge over the other participants because she was named Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driver of the Year when she represented the Philippines and bested three other celebrities from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand during the final leg of the Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driving Challenge in February this year.


Bianca Gonzales was delighted to be a part of the challenge since it showed that everyday drivers can also be fuel efficient.

“I am not a driving enthusiast so I am amazed to know that making simple adjustments to the way I drive – such as driving smoothly, avoiding high speeds and planning my trips carefully can go a long way in increasing my fuel efficiency. 
 Of course, what makes the difference is choosing the right fuel,”  Gonzalez  added.


The event was not a race but a test of efficient driving. The participants were given a total of 4 challenges that tested their fuel efficiency on the road. Two challenges were given on their way to Batangas and another two on their way back to Bonifacio Global City.


Shell Fuel Scientist Mae Ascan, the only Filipino among the over 200 Fuel Scientists in the world made the driving challenge more of a learning experience for the participants when she hold a special mentoring session on smarter driving behaviors and how to make good choices on and off road to help manage life’s daily pressures.

Among the practical tips given by Shell are the following:
  •  using the correct oil and fuel
  •  the importance of regular tune-ups
  •  the right tire pressure at all times
  •  smoothness of driving
  •  using higher gears more often
  •  conserving momentum
  •  avoiding idling, excess weight, and over speeding, all relatively easy to do for motorists.

The Shell FuelSave Good Choice Driving Challenge served as a prelude to the results of the Shell FuelSave Good Choice Report –a nationwide study conducted by Pilipinas Shell to probe deeper into the range of decisions Filipino motorists make, the factors that affect these decisions, and how these impact the other aspect of their lives.

Filipino motorists on the average think of over 30 decisions per day and then spend long minutes on how to approach the decisions that they have decided. Small things like what route to take, what to eat later, when or where to fill up and price or quality of fuel occupy the minds of Filipino drivers. Trivial as it seems but according to the Shell FuelSave Good Choice Report, a nationwide study conducted by the company in helping everyday motorists balance decision making, Filipino motorists lose up to 4 days per month just by pondering what to do next.

“We recognize that our customers are very busy people and are pre-occupied with so many things that they need to do in their daily lives. In fact, 78 percent of Filipino motorists admit to having difficulty in making a decision when there are a lot of choices to choose from. Our mission, then, is to simplify this process by offering quality products that could make their lives a bit easier when they drive out of their homes,” said Anthony Lawrence Yam, Vice President of Retail of Pilipinas Shell.

It is because of these findings that Shell introduced Shell FuelSave, the company’s regular priced fuel that is designed to last longer. According to Yam, it simplifies decision-making by offering a quality product that makes peoples lives easier. Yam added that FuelSave has active efficiency ingredients that gives drivers a good choice that motorists don’t need to think about.


#‎ShellFuelSaveGoodChoiceDrivingChallenge‬ showcases how easy it is for everyday individuals to become advocates of fuel-saving and be rewarded when they practice the Shell FuelSave Tips coupled with the use of Shell FuelSave fuels, which are designed to last longer per tank.


Congratulations to all of the 14 participants!  


Monday, October 20, 2014

NOISE POLLUTION: Violation of Clean Air Act & Article 55


NOISE POLLUTION: Violation of Clean Air Act & Article 55

In the past, whenever my neighbor hold their regular "magdamagan" videoke session, we hardly had enough sleep. I just don't want to sound negative that I don't write nor put this on my FB status before.

Apparently, our neighbor who lives just across us decided to convert their home into a church. They regularly hold processions with unknown people going in and out our subdivision in the past but after their procession they simply dismantle and stop. 


Yesterday morning, maybe not contented with their "boyahan" with the Black Nazarene image that they use during procession they now evolved and hold their vigil, novena prayers and rosary almost every hour with a microphone and loud sound system to boot since yesterday morning until now...NONSTOP! They even closed the road, put several tents and the image in the middle of the road and use it as a road block.

I don't know if I can still refrain myself from telling them that there is a place for worship, a place to sleep and lecture them about noise pollution. 




We have been suffering from the disturbance and inconvenience brought about by the conduct of the religious business of our next door neighbor in a residential area. While it is true that every person has the right to pursue his own religion, passion, business or profession, he may not do so to the extent of disparaging the rights of others.

These activities flout the standard of serenity and tranquility of a village community. I am considering on filing a formal complaint to the proper authorities. The recourse to administrative remedies through our subdivision homeowners board of directors proved to be futile in the past to stop their videoke activities.

I am not a lawyer but I believe that noise pollution Is a violation of the Clean Air Act and Article 55 of the Revised Penal Code (alarm and scandal.)

For now, I'll try to catch some zzzzz.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

BEWARE OF NETWORKING SCAM


BEWARE OF NETWORKING SCAM

Yesterday, I went to a luncheon meeting with somebody who claims to be a pr/ senior marketing manager of a reputable bank. He said he got my contact information from a blogger friend whom I asked several times via private message if he really knows the guy who contacted me, unfortunately he did not answer my querry. 

Not thinking straight, or shall we say I got enticed and excited on what kind of job he'll be offering me, I went to the venue as agreed upon only to find out at the last minute that he moved the meeting to another location. When I arrived at the restaurant where he set the lunch meeting, he offered me the menu so I ordered lunch.  He then asked me to transfer to another table because he has two more friends who are coming. ( Not only once but twice! I find that weird.) On the second table he asked me what's my plan for the next 5 years, etc. and then showed me a presentation on his tab and left me at the table to go to his friends who had just arrived and was sitting at another table. 

After a while he asked me to moved to another table. When we settled down finally to a table by the window, he then showed me a brochure. We were interrupted when his girl friend asked him for the products she ordered.  He then opened his bag and gave her a pen and products so she could ask the guy she was meeting with to sign a contract.  After a while,  he called the waiter's attention, he then instructed him to put his tab to the table of his friends. The waiter came back with my chit and asked for my payment.  Buti na lang may pera ako, paano kung wala? Hugas plato ang peg?

I find it very unethical of him, allegedly a senior marketing manager of a very reputable bank who earn thousands if not million of pesos a year to offer me ( an unemployed Ruptured Brain Aneurysm survivor who should be applying for disability because of her health condition) a lunch invitation where I ended up paying for my overpriced lunch of tapa and overcooked egg with rice in very small portion with no drinks priced at Php240, you could have that very same meal at tapa king for only 88 pesos with drinks. Grrrraaabbeee!

He asked me not to disclose what transpired during the lunch meeting to my bf, husband or whoever. Ano ka hilo?  As a blogger, it is my responsibility to warn my readers of scams concocted by silly individuals. Damn you!  Does your bosses from the Ayala owned bank know that you are using company time to do your networking biz?

Money can be earned without sacrificing your dignity.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CANCER FAIR 2014: Life Despite Cancer


CANCER FAIR 2014: Life Despite Cancer
Cancer Fair 2014: life despite cancer,Philippine Society of Medical Oncology, PSMO, Henry Noble Gymnasium at the Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City on October 12, 2014
Attention: To all cancer patients and survivors plus their family members and caregivers

You are cordially invited to the 5th Cancer Fair: Life Despite Cancer to be held at the Henry Noble Gymnasium at the Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City on October 12, 2014. This is organized by Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO).  

The Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO) is a professional non-profit organization of board certified medical oncologist that aims to enhance the science and ethical and holistic practice of cancer care in the country.

There's still life even if you have cancer.  Since 1969, the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO) has tried to stage a venue for cancer patients and caregivers to have fun. Now on its 5th Fair, PSMO's 2014 Cancer Fair is set to bring more fun to the involved and loved ones on October 12, 2014.  The cancer fair will be showcasing a wide range of companies dealing with food and nutrition, beauty products, wigs, hotels and more. 

The objective of the event is to offer the cancer patients together with their family and friends, a memorable moment together enjoying a day with fun, excitement and bond with other patients, nurses and doctors. A fun-filled day with games, sharing, performances and everything in between.

I've never talked about it, but I lost my dad, aunt and best friend from cancer and it was devastating. Had we known about this fun event, we could have at least let them join in the fun.  So, the least that I can do now is to share this event with you my dear readers, please do your share and let other people ( especially those with cancer and survivors as well as their caregivers) know about this upcoming event too.

The past cancer fairs that were held last 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2009 had several celebrity volunteers who participated in giving fun activities and treats to patients. 

This year, the organizers hope to bring more exciting exhibits, activities and kiosks to help cancer patients simply enjoy a day of fun. Fellows from PSMO and participating oncologists will be present during the event as well as some bloggers. Celebrities like Angel Aquino and Yay Yushkova of Yay Designs will also be present during the cancer fair.  The organizers are happy as more and more celebrities are expressing their commitment to the advocacy event. 

If you want to join in the fun or to have a booth ( For companies who might want to share their blessings) or for other inquiries please contact PSMO Cancer Fair 2014 by visiting www.psmo.org.ph and calling 723-0101 local 5318 or 721-9236 (telefax). You can also send an e-mail to the secretariat at psmo_secretariat@yahoo.com to register and inquire on how you can take part at this momentous event. 

See you there :).


Friday, October 3, 2014

TRANSCOSMOS ASIA PHILIPPINES, INCORPORATED: To Offer 2,000 Jobs


TRANSCOSMOS ASIA PHILIPPINES, INCORPORATED: To Offer 2,000 Jobs

Transcosmos Asia Philippines, Inc. (Transcosmos) was inaugurated on Thursday, October 2, 2014, during a press conference held at its office located at One Corporate Center, Ortigas Complex in Pasig City. 

Japan's number one BPO firm Transcosmos officially announced its 70th overseas location and the fourth in ASEAN, after Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Transcosmos is a Japanese firm that offers the following services:
  •  Information technology business processes outsourcing (IT-BPO) services
  •  English contact center services
  •  as well as development and operation services for smartphone Web sites and applications.  
“Our future aim is to also expand in such areas such as e-commerce one-stop services and analytics services, as we strive to develop services that help increase sales and reduce costs for our client companies " Transcosmos Philippines President Hideki Yamashita said during the press con.

Transcosmos Philippines is aiming for sales of ¥2 billion by fiscal 2018. Yamashita told members of the media that they are also looking for possible expansion in the country outside Metro Manila particularly in the top travel destinations - Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.

During the question and answer portion, I asked Transcosmos Philippines Country Head Hanna Supetran how many employees are they eyeing in the next 4 years, she told me that Transcosmos Philippines is set to offer 2,000 jobs for the Filipino people in the next four years. Cool! Yes! That is a piece of good news for us Filipinos. Domo arigato gozaimasu Transcosmos!

It is one of the coolest BPO events I've ever attended because for the very first time,  I witnessed a Kagami Biraki,(鏡開き), a Japanese traditional opening ceremony which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror."  Present during the event are Transcosmos Country Head Hanna Supetran, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia De Lima who emphasized that Japanese is one of the biggest investors in the country and said that Philippines is the best place to invest in Asia. Also present are Senator Bam Aquino, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship Transcosmos President and COO Masataka Okuda and Transcosmos Executive Vice President Koichi Iwami.


Congratulations and welcome to the Philippines!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

HOW TO COMMUTE FROM SM MEGAMALL TO GREENHILLS SHOPPING CENTER


HOW TO COMMUTE FROM SM MEGAMALL TO GREENHILLS SHOPPING CENTER

I recently discovered how to commute from SM Megamall to Greenhills Shopping Center via the Van Terminal located at the back of SM Megamall A.  It is located at the public parking lot of St. Francis Square just across the back exit of SM Mega A.  Think of National Bookstore, flower shop etc.

Fare is only Php20.00. I find it much more convenient than walking or riding a bus then crossing Edsa.

Have a safe trip! God bless us always!


Monday, September 29, 2014

PLANA'S PANTRY: Intimate Goodness of Home-Cooked Meals


PLANA'S PANTRY: Intimate Goodness of Home-Cooked Meals

Plana's Pantry is a bit of heaven in Mandaluyong City.  This newly-opened quaint restaurant is not easy to miss because it has a big signage outside and is strategically located just right across California Garden Square Condominium along Domingo M. Guevara St. (formerly Libertad St.) in Mandaluyong CityParking could be difficult though because there's a limited number of cars that could park in front of the restaurant. 


The quote "If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff" is from Remy, a determined young rat who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef in the hilarious movie, Ratatouille ( rat-a-too-ee). The handwriting you see on that big signage was done by the owners' 10-year old son. Cute, eh?



For a meat eater like me, there's nothing better than a big pile of pork ribs brushed with BBQ sauce and served piping hot in a homey environment that has bright lights and dainty designs.

A piece of heaven right in your plate!
The home-style, tender, fall-off-the-bone, smokin' hot Hickory Bbq ribs at Plana's Pantry are to die for. You have to personally try it. Six of us devoured this meaty goodness. Next time around, I'll order one all to myself. 

Hugged by smoke, licked by fire, and kissed by sauce, that’s how Plana's pantry does its Hickory bbq! 

For me, this is what a true barbecue is, and this is what 
Plana's Pantry brings to you every time you take a bite of its comfort food.  According to its owners, they only use choice cuts of ribs imported from Australia, marinated in sweet juices and rubbed with different herbs and spices. The secret though is how they cook their meat. Low and slow, using only prime grade charcoal and tender loving care that lend the ribs that great flavor. Plana's Pantry finishes it off with an amazing barbecue sauce to give it the perfect tang every good barbecue should have. Perfectly paired up with a corn side dish and a super delicious lemonade. 




The flavor exploded in my mouth the first time I took a bite. I can really taste the hickory smoke, very tasty, very juicy, solid meaty goodness. The meat falls off the bone, the sweet tangy sauce sticks into the tender meat.  I can say that Plana's Pantry is determined to satisfy its customers’ cravings for traditional home cooked meals fresh from the kitchen. 



Stellar home-made strawberry ice cream! This is really amazing. The taste is intense and delicious while the texture is unbelievable and like nothing I've ever had before. It was creamy and very rich in flavor. Just really good! Kudos to the owners who made the ice cream themselves with a little help from their eldest son.


Even though the restaurant is small, we spread out comfortably.  It was a hot night and the air-con was great.  I love locally-owned businesses that deliver perfect service. The owners are among the most humble and nicest people we've ever meet. 

Rachel said that Planas Pantry only prepares the freshest ingredients with no preservatives, much care is taken in order to make sure that every dish that comes out of its kitchen stimulates your palate and leaves you with a sense of comfort and satisfaction only good food can provide. Rachel further said that their recipes have been in their family for decades, ensuring that their food has been, and is continually being subjected to, the most discerning of tastes: their relatives' and friends'.

So the next time you want to eat out with your whole family, consider Plana's Pantry. Sit back and relax at its comfortable coach as you wait for your food to arrive. Decades of food tradition can’t be wrong. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait a lifetime to taste what Plana's Pantry have been concocting all these years.

We felt very happy with the experience and will surely be back even though it is quite a drive for us.

Terrific service and excellent food. While the restaurant is rather small and cozy, the dishes they serve open up your palate to a world of wonders.



Rating:

Plana's Pantry
50 Domingo M. Guevara St. (formerly Libertad St.) , 
Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City-


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FINE JAPAN: Revealed The Secret To Longevity


FINE JAPAN: Revealed The Secret To Longevity 

Good news to those who want to be forever young! Finally, the secret of longevity and supple skin is now available in the Philippines!

I attended the product launch of Japan’s best-kept longevity secret, HyC150, a product by Fine Japan Co., Ltd., a leading Osaka, Japan nutraceutical company with its Philippine affiliate Fine Nutrition in partnership with its newly appointed Philippines exclusive distributor Bright Ray Enterprise earlier today at Oakwood Premier. 

Mr. Nobutsuna Sasaki, President of FINE Company Japan Ltd., looks like he is only in his early twenties but in reality his real age is 42.  He said his company has more than 800 products in Osaka, Japan. His father started the company 40 years ago and he usually tests the products that his father developed over the years. He shared that when he was 15 years old he started taking collagen.

FINE Premium HyC150 contains the following:
  •  Collagen
  •  Hyaluron
  •  Ubiquinol
  •  Elastin
  •  Biotin
  •  Pearl Coix
  •  Vitamin C
FINE Premium HyC150 is a complete formula for reversing aging, dry, scaly, wrinkled, sagging, age spotted skin by building, youthful, flexible, elastic, radiant, younger-looking firmer skin, and renewing joints, eyes, and connective tissue.

FINE Premium HyC150 combines the ingredients necessary to keep your skin moist and firm, looking younger than ever. These are the essences considered essential for beautifying the body from within.

FINE Premium HyC150 is derived from fish because it has the same basic molecular components. It helps the body replenish its own collagen supply and boosts collagen cell turnover, assisting the body in making younger-looking and firmer skin. With its premium quality and low molecular weight, FINE's collagen peptide ingredient has greater absorption and utilization than other collagen products.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is vital to skin. While collagen gives skin its firmness, it is the HA that nourishes and hydrates the collagen. 50% of the HA in our body resides in the skin. Hyaluronic acid production decreases with age causing a reduction in moisture binding capacity, resulting in dry skin and weak joints.


HA, Collagen and Elastin are vital ingredients in maintaining the skin's layers and structure. HA acts as a space filler between cells, while collagen and elastin fibers act as a constant lubricant. HA is also present in the synovial fluid of joints and eyes, providing vital moisturizing protection and flexibility. HA may help slow signs of aging, wrinkles, fatigue, and diminished eye function. FINE HA with its low molecular weight ensures optimum absorption and utilization by the intestinal tract.

During the question and answer portion Dr. Rodolfo Apostol said that as young as 25 years
old, you can drink FINE Premium HyC150 to maintain a youthful looking skin, after all prevention is better than cure.

I also talked to one of its satisfied customer who looks like she's in her 20's even though she's actually 44 years old. She said that the first time she tried fine hyaluron and collagen, she felt and saw the effect on the third day. Initial effect was her skin become radiant and glowing. 

Another believer testified that when she continued drinking it, the dark spot under her eyes lessened. She's a happy user of the product and intends to try its upscale collagen & hyaluron with Q10, which is awaiting to be available here in the Philippines.

What are you waiting for? Be Beautiful from Inside Out. 

Available at Watson's.

‪#‎FineJapan ‬‪#‎HyC150‬ ‪#‎Collagen‬ ‪#‎LongevitySecret‬ ‪#‎Japan‬ ‪#‎Beauty #AllNatural


DANIEL PADILLA'S ALLEGED AUDIO CLIP


DANIEL PADILLA'S ALLEGED AUDIO CLIP

Daniel Padilla's alleged audio clip while making fun of other celebrities is circulating on YouTube and social media sites.

It was even dubbed as the newest internet scandal simply because the alleged audio involves ABS-CBN’s hottest young actor Daniel Padilla.


Hay, naku ang ibang tao talaga,  gagawin ang lahat makapanira lang ng ibang tao.

Hindi ba pwedeng wala ng controversy para ibenta ang kani kaniyang alaga at career?




                                 
The audio was extracted from a video which was allegedly taken secretly while Daniel and his half-brother RJ Padilla were having a conversation. Thus, the video was dark and has no clear image that will confirm that it was indeed Daniel who was talking in the said conversation. Some netizens, however, identified the voices as Daniel’s and his half-brother RJ’s.



                                 


The voice that resembles Daniel’s talked about how he gets excited whenever he receives a text message from a girl who netizens speculate as Jasmine Curtis-Smith, the Teen King’s co-star in the MMFF movie “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.




JAKE CUENCA: Naked Truth


JAKE CUENCA: Naked Truth
Jake Cuenca bared it all at this year's Naked Truth fashion show. Gays and gals alike enjoyed Jake's naked behind for the last time before he leaves for abroad to study acting in New York.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

IPANEMA Philippines: Launches #ipanemaselfeet Campaign


IPANEMA Philippines: Launches #ipanemaselfeet Campaign
 @jaye.wolf and @nadzlustre on September 21 in Robinsons Place Manila for #IpanemaSelfeet, IPANEMA PHILIPPINES,  Ipanema, North Edsa, Ipanema Annex, ipanemaselfeet, ELRO marketing,  Patxi Elizalde, Cecille Loretizo,  Anton Del Rosario
I am super excited with the ‪#‎IpanemaSelfeet‬ campaign. 

Find your next adventure and create new memories with #IpanemaSelfeet.

Ipanema, the premium Brazilian flip flop brand, takes the Filipinos' love for selfies to the next level with #IpanemaSelfeet. The campaign dares young fashionistas to create their own adventures with Ipanema and capture the memorable moment with a selfeet.

To kick start the #IpanemaSelfeet campaign is a series of mall events called IpanemaSelfeet Sunday in key cities like Manila, Cebu and Davao. If you’re in the mall where the event is happening, just take your Ipanemaselfeet, upload your selfeet  photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #IpanemaSelfeet and present it to the Bambu or Ipanema Store to get discounts.

The Ipanema Selfeet Sunday events will have stations complete with Ipanema flip flops and fun backgrounds worthy of even the most demanding selfie aficionado. Open to the public, the event will also feature the latest collection of Ipanema, celebrity appearances and entertainment, games and a chance to win free Ipanema flip flops, as well as discounts from the Ipanema store.

The Ipanema Selfeet Sunday events will start at Robinsons Ermita in Manila on September 21, Ayala Center in Cebu on October 12 and Abreeza Mall on November 16.

The fun continues online with the #IpanemaSelfeet contest on Facebook and Instagram. Simply upload your Ipanemaselfeet on Instagram or on the Ipanema Philippines Facebook page with the official hashtag, #IpanemaSelfeet and get a chance to win discounts on Ipanema flipflops!

With fashionable designs inspired by the vivid and colorful Brazilian lifestyle and its signature buttery soft sole, Ipanema flip flops are the perfect companion for any adventure -- whether it is to a dream destination or just within the city. No matter where you go, your feet will definitely take you farther in comfort and style.

Ipanema flip-flops and slippers are available at Ipanema stores in SM City Lucena, SM Clark in Pampanga, Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro, Bambu, Shoe Salon, and leading department stores like SM Department Store, Robinsons Department Store, Rustan’s Makati and Landmark.

For more information about #IpanemaSelfeet, visit www.facebook.com/IpanemaPhilippines.



Here's my ‪#‎selfeet‬ moment with ‪#‎Ipanema.  I can't wait for my next travel adventure with my family.  I really wish to create new memories with my new ‪#‎Ipanema‬ ‪‪#‎Brazilianflipflop‬s

I am looking forward to the Ipanema Selfeet Sundays where you stand to win a trip for 2 to Punta Fuego Resort just for creatively posting an #ipanemaselfeet of your adventurous, funky and fun self. 

Guess who's stepping into adventure this Sunday?  James Reid and Nadine Lustre will invade Robinsons Place Manila this September 21, 2014, Sunday with their #ipanemaselfeet!  Everyone is invited to join in the fun!

See you there!   Drop by Robinsons Ermita this Sunday and take an #ipanemaselfeet! Surprises await those who do!

Join @jaye.wolf and @nadzlustre on September 21 in Robinsons Place Manila for #IpanemaSelfeet! 

#ipanemaphilippines #ipanema #jamesreid #nadinelustre #jadine 
#‎IpanemaSelfeet‬ ‪#‎IpanemaLaunch ‬‪#‎IpanemaNewCampaign‬ ‪#‎lovelyfeet‬ ‪#‎loveyourownfeet‬ ‪‪#‎flipflops‬ ‪ ‪#‎TalesofIpanema‬ ‪#‎ipanemaflipflops‬ 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flesh and the vastness of possibilities in Ina Jardiolin’s ‘Stripped’ exhibit


Flesh and the vastness of possibilities in Ina Jardiolin’s ‘Stripped’ exhibit

Over the centuries, many artists, including the great masters, have indulged us with their depictions of the human body. In the modern times, can there be new ways to present the human form? Regina Margarita “Ina” Jardiolin, a promising young visual artist whose works give viewers a glimpse of possible new takes on gender issues in Philippine art, tells us that in fact, there is.
In Stripped: A Solo Exhibit, Ina explores the landscape of the human body, imbuing it with interesting touches of whimsy and fantasy. In each of the 13 pieces, the 25-year old graduate of Painting from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts bravely combines the mundane and ethereal, for a collection that is at once familiar and novel.


Consider, for instance, the painting entitled “Stripped Collection 1” In the foreground, a naked man/woman is shown standing, eyes downcast. In the backdrop, a row of snake plants with flowers, which she chose because a snake can change its sex when necessary. Between the human figure and the plants is a blanket of starry skies
In another (Stripped Collection 2), two human figures seem to be staring right at the viewer, while at the back, just beneath a stream of blue space, there are three butterflies gloriously spread out. That the wings are not identical is an important detail, Ina is quick to explain. The butterflies are gynandromorphs – or organisms literally born half-male and female. Indeed, most of the elements in Ina’s paintings represent the fluid nature and duality of gender and sexuality.
“The juxtaposition of the landscape of outer space is always there as a representation of the vastness of possibilities, and the never ending change that goes on within and beyond us as individuals,” she explains.
More importantly, Ina presents her take on femininity and masculinity. Through her works, rendered meticulously using a bold color palette, she questions the society’s ideals of beauty, sex, and gender roles, while at the same time inviting the viewer to embrace both male and female energies.
 
To this end, Ina shares that she tried to make the figures androgynous, “a balance of both sexes.” True enough, in every painting, it is hard to identify whether her subject is a man or a woman. Where there is long hair, there will be a very angular face; where there is hint of smooth curves, there will be a very muscular torso. It’s as if she wants us to stop guessing, and instead focus on the more relevant questions.
Aside from the framed paintings, Ina also presented paintings rendered on old now rare wooden shoe lasts – an apparent homage to her origins, she being part of the Jardiolin family, thirty years in the shoe industry with shoe brands Confetti, Marikina Shoe Exchange and Natasha. This time, Ina is taking the family name to another realm of visual design using a theme that is close to her heart.
“The roles we play are defined by what is born between our legs: the Feminine and Masculine. To be successful at the feminine must act maternal, reserved, quiet and soft. To be successful at the masculine one must be strong, bold and adventurous, unafraid at pain. But who decided that one's genitals defined one's role in life? Why does it define our personality?”
To see how Ina Jardiolin used her paintbrush and canvas to tackle these questions catch the Stripped: A Solo Exhibit. It will be on display from October 5 to 20, 2014 at Kaida Contemporary Gallery located at 45 Sct. Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IPANEMA PHILIPPINES: Opens Concept Store at SM Annex


IPANEMA PHILIPPINES: Opens Concept Store at SM Annex 

I attended the successful launch of Ipanema Philippines' 4th stand-alone retail concept store located at the ground floor of SM North Edsa Annex last September 17, 2014.

 IPANEMA PHILIPPINES,  Ipanema, North Edsa, Ipanema Annex, ipanemaselfeet, ELRO marketing,  Patxi Elizalde, Cecille Loretizo,  Anton Del Rosario
The store offers the latest collection from Ipanema with fashionable designs inspired by the vivid and colorful Brazilian lifestyle and its signature buttery soft sole.

Did you know that the first ever stand-alone retail concept store of the popular brazilian Flip flops Ipanema brand is in the Philippines?


IPANEMA PHILIPPINES,  Ipanema, North Edsa, Ipanema Annex, ipanemaselfeet, ELRO marketing,  Patxi Elizalde, Cecille Loretizo,  Anton Del Rosario

If you see an Ipanema stand-alone store in other countries you should be proud because that idea came from our country!

IPANEMA PHILIPPINES,  Ipanema, North Edsa, Ipanema Annex, ipanemaselfeet, ELRO marketing,  Patxi Elizalde, Cecille Loretizo,  Anton Del Rosario

Speakers at the event were executives from ELRO marketing, Mr. Patxi Elizalde and Ms. Cecille Loretizo.  Special guest was Mr. Anton Del Rosario. The event was hosted by Gelli Victor.
IPANEMA PHILIPPINES,  Ipanema, North Edsa, Ipanema Annex, ipanemaselfeet, ELRO marketing,  Patxi Elizalde, Cecille Loretizo,  Anton Del Rosario

Ipanema flip flops are the perfect companion -- whether it is to an adventure in a dream destination or just a leisurely stroll within the city. No matter where you go, your feet will definitely take you farther in comfort and style.


Ipanema flip-flops and slippers are available at Ipanema stores in SM City Lucena, SM Clark in Pampanga, Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro, Bambu, Shoe Salon, and leading department stores like SM Department Store, Robinsons Department Store, Rustan’s Makati and Landmark.

For more information about #IpanemaSelfeet, visit www.facebook.com/IpanemaPhilippines.

Congratulations Ipanema Philippines!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

MONEY SENSE: Manulife Helps Investors To Make Sound Judgement


MONEY SENSE: Manulife Helps Investors To Make Sound Judgement
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. 

Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Their international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. They also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$637 billion (US$597 billion) as at June 30, 2014. Our group of companies operates as Manulife in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. 

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com


Philippines investors look far and wide for opportunities, but stay close to home for investment and advice – Manulife Survey

  • Philippines investors favor developed economies over emerging Asia and show least home-market bias of any investors in Asia 
  • Personal networks, bricks and mortar dominate approach to investing 
  • Philippines investors remain most optimistic in Asia
Investors in the Philippines are among Asia's most optimistic and most outward-looking, given their willingness to invest outside the Philippines to gain returns, according to the latest Manulife Investor Sentiment Index* covering the second quarter of 2014.

Philippines investors reach across emerging Asia to mature markets

When asked which region they think is best to invest in, Philippines investors point to developed Asia, Australasia and North America over emerging markets, including emerging Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

Fig. 1 – Philippines investors favour developed and distant markets over China and emerging Asia

Philippines investors seem less affected by home-market bias than any other investors in the survey. Given a selection of single markets, they show most enthusiasm for Canada (76 points) and Japan (73) above the Philippines itself (51), and show least for China (44), which most other Asia investors rank relatively higher.

When it comes to growth, Philippines investors are also most optimistic about Japan and Canada, with 19 percent believing that Japan’s economy will be the fastest growing in the next two years, followed by Canada, China and Australia. This contrasts markedly with the average Asia investor, 27 percent of whom expect China’s economy to grow fastest, followed by much lower expectations for Japan Australia and Canada.



Fig. 2 – Philippines investors’ views of which markets will grow fastest contrasted markedly with investors elsewhere in Asia

"Our research suggests that Philippines investors’ preference for Japan is likely related to Japan’s first quarter GDP growth which came in at 6.7 percent on strong consumer demand ahead of the implementation of a new goods and services tax," said Aira Gaspar, CFA, Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Philippines.

“It's also interesting that Philippines investors seem so keen on Canada. We think there is a sound basis for this given that Canadian equities outperformed their developed market peers in the first quarter."

Philippines investors rely on friendly advice, ‘bricks and mortar’ approach to portfolios

Despite their international outlook, Philippines investors place their faith closer to home when it comes to making investment decisions, with 88 percent relying on or referring to family, friends or colleagues as a source of advice – the highest level in the region and well above the regional average of 58 percent. They are less dependent on industry staff, mass media or online sources of investment advice.

Philippines investors also have a very ‘bricks and mortar’ approach to portfolio composition, with 61 percent saying they own investment property (against the Asian average of 19 percent) and 75 percent owning their own home (against an Asian average of 50 percent). Cash and property together make up the bulk of their portfolios. Conversely, they have much lower ownership of stocks (15 percent versus the Asian average of 48 percent) and mutual funds (6 percent versus 23 percent) – even though their sentiment towards equities is the highest in Asia.

“Philippines investors rely largely on their own networks for their investment decisions" said Ryan Charland, CEO of Manulife Philippines. "While it is comforting to speak with family and friends for investment advice, investors would benefit from consulting investment professionals, who could help them build a sound and diversified portfolio that meets their medium to long-term financial goals.”

Philippines investors are Asia's most optimistic

In addition to their positive views about investing overseas, Philippines investors remain optimistic about investing at home with the sentiment index for domestic investment at 59, the highest in Asia. This optimism was spread across all asset classes in the survey, which all saw increases except cash. Fixed income saw the biggest increase, up 5 points to 50; followed by stocks, up 4 to 45. Mutual funds rose 1 point to 36. Property has taken the lead as the most favored asset class, with home property highest at 75, up 1 in the quarter, while investment property rose by 4 points to 74. Cash was the only asset class to see a decline, down 9 to 73, but still remains high.

”Filipino respondents were generally upbeat, despite weaker-than-expected first quarter 2014 GDP growth and uninspiring corporate earnings for the same period,” confirmed Ms. Gaspar. “We believe sentiment was boosted by a credit rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and an increase in government spending on much-needed infrastructure projects. The country’s resilient private consumption, rising investment cycle, recovering manufacturing industry and favorable consumer and business confidence bode well for economic activity and a positive earnings growth story. However, investors’ sentiment could turn sour if policy reforms aimed at addressing infrastructure deficiencies and fostering inclusive economic growth stall.”

For more findings and related information from the Manulife Investor Sentiment Index in Asia, please visit www.manulife-asia.com.

*About Manulife Investor Sentiment Index in Asia

Manulife’s Investor Sentiment Index in Asia is a quarterly, proprietary survey measuring and tracking investors’ views across eight markets in the region on their attitudes towards key asset classes and related issues. The Index is calculated as a net score (% of “Very good time” and “Good time” minus % of “Bad time” and “Very bad time”) for each asset class. The overall index is calculated as an average of the index figures of asset classes. A positive number means a positive sentiment, zero means a neutral sentiment, and a negative number means negative sentiment.

The Manulife ISI is based on 500 online interviews in each market of Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore; in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines it is conducted face-to-face. Respondents are middle class to affluent investors, aged 25 years and above who are the primary decision maker of financial matters in the household and currently have investment products.

The Manulife ISI is a long-established research series in North America. The Manulife ISI has been measuring investor sentiment in Canada for the past 15 years, and extended this to its John Hancock operation in the U.S. in 2011. Asset classes taken into Manulife ISI Asia calculations are stocks/equities, real estate (primary residence and other investment properties), mutual funds/unit trusts, fixed income investment and cash.

About Manulife Asset Management

Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at June 30, 2014, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were approximately C$300 billion (US$281 billion).

Manulife Asset Management’s public markets units have investment expertise across a broad range of asset classes including public equity and fixed income, and asset allocation strategies. Offices with full investment capabilities are located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, Manulife Asset Management has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA. The public markets units of Manulife Asset Management also provide investment management services to affiliates' retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. John Hancock Asset Management and Declaration Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management.

Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.


Pearl River Café: Authentic Cantonese Cuisine At TriNoma Mall


Pearl River Café: Authentic Cantonese Cuisine At TriNoma Mall
 Pearl River Café Trinoma, BBQ Pork Rice

I used to go with my aunt to Hong Kong to taste different Cantonese cuisine, among others. Imagine the exuberant cost of our trip from plane tickets to bus fare, hotel expenses, the silly travel tax, etc. Oh, the never ending list of expenses goes on and on when you travel abroad. Well, I can now say to you, my dear, that you don't need to worry anymore!  Yes, fellow foodie, you no longer need to fly to Hong Kong or Macau to get your Cantonese food fix. Yehey!


 Pearl River Café Trinoma facade

You can now eat to your hearts content at Pearl River Café, a Cantonese restaurant smack right at the garden area of TriNoma Mall.  It's just beside Cyma restaurant which offers Greek dishes. This authentic Cantonese Restaurant caters to your Chinese food cravings.


 Pearl River Café Trinoma, lights, tables and chairs

Upon entering you'll notice that the place has a mirror on the wall that gives a sense of greater space by reflecting light, thus brightening the room. The reflection of the room also fools the eye (trompe l'oeil) into feeling there is a greater amount of space than in reality.  I think its maximum capacity is at least 30 persons. The tables and chairs have the right height and firmness.

My love for Chinese food has brought me to Binondo and to as far as Hong Kong and mainland China. I literally flew from Manila to Beijing and to Hangzhou then to Shanghai in my search for authentic delicious Chinese cuisine.  Unlike the traditional Chinese restaurant  that I visited in the past, there is no dim sum trolley at Pearl River Café, you have to order dim sum from the menu.
 Pearl River Café Trinoma Hakaw, hakao, Dimsum, DIM SUM, Chinese, Food
Hakao (pronounced as ha-kaw) or steamed shrimp dumpling (Php99.00) is one of my gauge to know the authenticity of the food that a Chinese restaurant offers. I tend to judge Chinese restaurants by how good their hakao is.  And I can say that Pearl River Café passed the test with flying colors. The steamed shrimp dumplings don't just look adorable, they also taste wonderful. The Steamed Shrimp Dumplings were fresh, flavorful and perfectly prepared using the delicate dumpling skins that turn translucent when done. The dumplings were full of real shrimp fillings! I am happy to note that they were not stuffed with the usual extenders. 
 Pearl River Café Trinoma, Chinese Food, Beef Brocolli,

Beef and Broccoli (Php229) were very delicious.
 The Chinese broccoli was really fresh and crispy.  It blended well with the tender beef cuts.
 Pearl River Café Trinoma, Chinese Food, Steamed Spareribs and Taro with Black Bean

Steamed Spareribs and Taro with Black Bean (Php129.00). I took only one bite of this dish and I think it has lot of fats. I think this dish is a bit overprice.  You could order one at one fourth of its price elsewhere.  Please make this a healthy meat meal by using lean meat.


 Pearl River Café Trinoma, Chinese Food, Vegetable, Barbecue Pork, Pork with rice

Barbecue pork with plain rice Php129.00 

BBQ Pork (Cha Siu, or Cha Shao 叉燒) “Cha Siu” literally means "fork burn/roast." It has a lovely color of red and has a sweet fragrance. Traditionally, Cantonese use pork butt when roasting BBQ pork. Pork butt contains a lot of fat that results in moist, succulent meat after many hours of slow cooking with low heat.

The chefs who roast Cha Siu for Chinese restaurants would use a very huge oven. They skewer all seasoned boneless pork strips with long forks and place them in huge covered ovens so that all pork strips can be baked evenly and easily brushed with honey. I was a bit disappointed because Pearl River Café's version has more fat than lean meat.  I hope they do something about it.

   Pearl River Café Trinoma, Chinese Food, Taiwan Jin Xuan Buttermilk Oolong Tea
I capped the Cantonese feast with a cup of a healthy and delicious Taiwan Jin Xuan Buttermilk Oolong Tea ( Php350.00 )Taiwan Jin Xuan Buttermilk Oolong Tea produces a light yellowish/ golden liquid with milky sweet aroma and smooth and sweet lingering taste. It is produced from tea leaves at certain time, temperature, altitude, and soil conditions to get the milky silky texture.
Taiwan Jin Xuan Buttermilk Oolong Tea,  Pearl River Café Trinoma, Chinese Food,  Yummy, Delicious, Mint

It was my first time to try this kind of tea. I so love the experience.  Jin-Xuan milk oolong tea is usually planted at an elevation of 1,000 feet above sea level.  When Jin-Xuan tea leaves are lightly roasted during processing, they have a unique milk flavor which is called nai xiang or milk oolong.  It smells buttery and sweet--candy sweet, not grassy-sweet--and brews to a lovely light golden color.  It has a pleasing, smooth flavor with a buttery aftertaste. There is a slight astringency apparent when first sipped, which mellows into a very nice, full sensation on the back of the tongue.  My rating for this tea: Excellent.

Pearl River Café's Dim Sum menu is extensive and allows diners to check off those small plate dishes (and quantity) he/she desires.
  The dishes were all served freshly prepared, steaming hot and incredibly flavorful. The best thing about ordering dim sum is that each plate averages in cost from Php99 to Php199.  This will allow you the freedom to try many things without the worry of getting stuck with an entrée that you don’t like. Order and then sit back and let your taste buds take you away to another world.


This review is made possible by Open rice.  Thank you for the invitation Stephanie.

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 Pearl River Café Trinoma, Chinese Food, Taiwan Jin Xuan Buttermilk Oolong Tea

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