September 30, 2011

Magic Workshop for Kids

Most parents, including me, enroll their kids in piano, guitar, voice, dance and acting lessons. Here's a new lesson, a magic trick, you may want your kid to learn, “INSPIRE MAGIC” MAGIC WORKSHOP FOR KIDS” with the TRICKMASTER JB DELA CRUZ.

Three days (October 9, 15 and 16, 2011) of fun, magic and learning that comes with a complete set of MAGIC KIT , Workshop Certificates, FREE SNACKS for students for a minimal fee of P5,000.

Not only will a child learn magic, students will also improve skills such as hand and eye coordination, boost their self-esteem and confidence. Plus they'll meet new friends, thus developing social interaction skills

This is open to kids ages 8 to 12 years old. Venue is at the 4th Level FULLYBOOKED High Fort Bonifacio Taguig City. SEATS are LIMITED, so hurry, or inquiries and registration you may call and text 09166840796 and 09209502848 or call 219-0827 or email at

UP Pep Squad at Comida China de Manila

Fresh from their triple victory in the recently held 2011 Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the UP Pep arrived 100-strong at Comida China de Manila, formerly known as Panciteria San Jacinto-Pasig and the metro’s favourite blow-out and celebration place.

Comida China, (owned by the Torres Family who also run Mom and Tina Bakery Cafe and the Red Rickshaw in San Fernando, Pampanga), pulled off all the stops in paying tribute to the back-to-back champs. Comida owners believe “such a significant achievement deserves to be celebrated with a full-course Chinese lauriat”.

Still sporting their sensational platinum blonde hair and peppy attitude, the group was accompanied at the dinner by UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Leilani Gonzalo, former Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Grace Gregorio, head coach Lalaine (Coach Lala) Pereña and assistant coaches NJ Antonio and Pio Niño Opinaldo.

The UP Pep won first place in the prestigious Samsung Cheerdance Competition on September 17 in back-to-back fashion, now bringing their title total to 7, just one crown away from the University of Santo Tomas with 8. At the same competition, the UP Pep Squad took home all the other awards to be won : the first crown of the inaugural Samsung Group Stunts Competition and the Samsung Stunner of the Day title, care of “blonde” looker Nezsa Salvador.

September 28, 2011

Tupperware Party Promo

To celebrate Tupperware's 45th anniversary, Working Mom is inviting 45 women to an exclusive Tupperware party with stacks of prizes and freebies to be given away! To be one of the lucky 45 women, all you have to do is join their promo.

Here's how:

1. Write one good story of how Tupperware makes things easier. Send in your name, complete home address, mobile number and occupation.
2. Send your entry to with the subject, Tupperware promo.

3. Plus, indicate if you have a Tupperware dealer serving you at the moment or have lost contact with her.

Deadline of entries is on October 7, 2011. The 45 women will be informed via email from a Working Mom representative. So send your entries now! The party will be on October 22, 2011.

Clyde Drexler Headlines NBA Madness Phils., 2011

National Basketball Association legend, Clyde Drexler, is in the country to take part in NBA Madness Philippines 2011 which is presented by Petron and jointly organized by NBA and Solar Entertainment.

This is one invite I couldn't resist, meet and greet with Clyde 'the Glide' at Palladium, New World Hotel. This is Drexler's first time to visit the Philippines and he said he was happy to see our country. He added "despite the bad weather, the Filipinos are very warm and friendly". He gamely answered questions thrown by the media. This man has got a good sense of humor.

Orlando Magic Dancers and Portland Trailblazers Dancers performed one of their dance acts. They also answered few questions from the media.

NBA Madness is a free fan event featuring basketball clinics and games, including the Clyde Drexler Challenge, in which fans can compete against the NBA legend for prizes. Drexler will give fans a unique insider perspective as he provides live commentary at viewing parties showing some of the NBA's greatest games.

The event will also feature dance team performances, Asia Miles Dance Clinics, autograph sessions, and a video game corner featuring the newest NBA video game, NBA2K12. Fans can take part in the excitement of NBA Madness Philippines 2011 on October 1at the SM Southmall and October 2 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. In addition to the mall events, the first-ever NBA Madness Team Spirit School Tour will bring Orlando Magic Dancers and Portland Trailblazers Dancers to five schools in Manila to conduct free dance clinics for campus dance teams from September 28 to September 30.

As part of NBA Cares, the NBA and the SM Foundation will also partner to conduct a Read To Achieve read and play session for 100 underprivileged kids from all over Metro Manila on September 29 at the Skydome at SM City North EDSA.

Drexler and the dancers will also make a stop at the Finals of the Coors Light NBA Pop-A-Shot Tour 2011, which takes places on September 29 at the Metrowalk in Pasig City.

September 26, 2011

Curves Lends Support to Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc.

Curves Bonifacio Global City has pledged to lend its support to Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc. in an effort to raise funds to support its programmes specially in helping women battling breast cancer. Curves waives joining fee in partnership with Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc. for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Curves Bonifacio Global City has committed to help raise money for the charity through a series of events and initiatives throughout the month of October. Curves BGC will also promote means of early breast cancer detection and prevention in its clubs such as mammograms, self-breast exams, and regular physical exercise.

The women’s-only fitness centre, located on 2F Serendra, McKinley Parkway will waive the joining fee for new members during 1-31 October in return for a donation to Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc. The money raised on behalf of Sagip Buhay will be used to help indigent women patients of the Philippine General Hospital suffering from breast cancer.

Fe Abrihan, Manager of Curves BGC, said: "Fundraising for breast cancer charities is something which unites the Curves community globally and we're delighted to be able to support Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc.

“With one in eight women at risk of developing breast cancer in her life, Curves and its members cannot afford to ignore such a pertinent health matter,” said Abrihan. We are committed to not only support research through funding, but also to increase awareness by encouraging our new and existing members to be breast aware and to lower their risk through exercise.”

About Curves

Curves is a facility especially designed for women featuring a complete 30-minute cardio and strength-training program that has been proven to be clinically effective with a positive effect on body composition, metabolism, and resting heart rate. Curves appeals to women of all ages who want a fitness routine that differs from typical gyms, struggle with their weight and fitness, find attending traditional gyms very intimidating, or due to cultural beliefs find exercising in a mixed environment impossible. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin are considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to millions of women globally, many of whom are in the gym for the first time.

With thousands of locations worldwide, Curves is the world’s largest fitness franchise. Many clubs now also offer new Curves® Circuit with Zumba Fitness®, the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba® with the proven strength training of Curves for a wildly effective workout. For more information, please visit:

Make Your Child Feel Loved

With our busy lives full of work and other occasions, it can sometimes feel like we need to make grand gestures to let our kids know they're loved. In reality, parents don't need to spend a lot of money. Remember, "it's not the activities, but the energy behind the activities that makes a child feel loved", says Doris Jeanette, a licensed psychologist in Philadelphia.

Often times, making your child feel loved is as simple as paying attention. Kids love it when mom or dad hug them, play with them, walk hand in hand, and even sincerely looking at how they draw or paint makes them feel loved.

The amount of attention and love you give your child will bear fruit in the end. The children will grow up smarter, more confident, kind and cheerful.

It's no wonder why kids love Barney. Barney means play. Kids feel so much love when parents take time to play with them.

September 25, 2011

Raku Hokkaido Ramen House

Nestled comfortably at the ground floor of Le Grand Condominium, 130 Valero Street in SalcedoVillage,Makati City, is an authentic Japanese restaurant called Raku Hokkaido Ramen House. The food served at Raku strives to commit into its meaning, raku” which means “sense of bliss” or “happiness and contentment.”
The owner, Andrew Masigan, studied at Japan’s exclusive Sophia University, famous for educating such greats as Morihiro Hosokawa, Japan’s 79th Prime Minister; the late Hisashi Inoue, award-winning playwright and author; and George Takei of Star Trek fame, to have its patrons leave happy, contented, fulfilled and blissfully sated.

Raku has variations of the four basic ramen flavors: Shoyu (soy-based), Shio (salt), Tonkatsu (pork broth) and, of course, miso. Served with characteristic Japanese minimalism on beautiful pottery imported straight from the inscrutable country, Raku is easily an authority on Japanese noodle preparation. However, it is worthy to note that you will be surprised – the different noodle dishes bring consumers to a unique noodle experience. Executed flawlessly by the owner’s nephew and Executive Chef CK Kalaw, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, Raku’s noodles have a playful and distinct touch while still maintaining the soothing and familiar flavors.The incorporation of miso in the soup gives the broth a fuller, earthier flavor, in addition to certain nutritional values thanks to its high levels of vitamins and minerals.

The GYOZA. There is an underlying light-heartedness to the gyoza, from the fused variations to the more classic types. Take for instance the scallop gyoza, which imports its ingredients straight from Japan. Although the first bite is typical, the true flavors abound once you swallow, releasing memories of woodcuts, mountains and chilly peaceful lake. Raku’s gyoza is just as light-hearted as the ramen. The gyoza festival at Raku brings in cheerful gratification with its innumerable choices all revolving around basic flavors of pork, chicken, shrimp, scallop and salmon.

What's best? Raku is on buy 1 take 1 all food items from 2pm to 6pm and 9pm to 11pm daily. Certain guidelines to be followed: The promo is not applicable for beverages. Not applicable for other discounts and senior citizen discount. For delivery and take out, add P20 per order for microwavable packaging. Vat excluded.

For delivery and take-out, call 553-6632. XO46 Bistro is a member of the Advent Manila Restaurant Group.more

September 24, 2011

One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar is a popular motivational speaker. He is well-known authority on complete and balanced success. Zig Ziglar has spoken on the same stage as Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and Paul Harvey. Now, for the first time ever, Ziglar has gathered his insights on what the Bible says about life. This book is perfect for those who long to create a positive and achievement-oriented outlook on life.

Price: P 325.00

Cover: Paperback
Available: OMF Lit Bookshop

September 23, 2011

One Year Love Language

For those who are dating, married, or engaged, this devotional will help you identify and learn to speak your loved one's language. As you progress through the readings, you will begin building the foundation of any good marriage-- communication, respect, unconditional love, and forgiveness.

Price: P 325.00

Cover: Paperback
Available: OMF Lit Bookshop

Fun Friday Nights at Teatrino

It will be fun, fun, fun Fridays all Friday nights of September all the way to November 2011 at Teatrino, Promenade in Greenhills. Got Fridays @ Teatrino will showcase the latest generation of local singers in a smorgasbord of musical sets, providing nearly three hours of wonderful new sounds and performances from September 2 to November 25, 2011. Directed and conceptualized by Freddie Santos, one of the most notable stage directors in the country, this innovative musical presentation “brings young, up and coming artists who have already been launched or who have had their first CD albums released up to the next level of their musical careers.” The musical project is a collaboration between Music Museum Group Inc. and various artist management houses. It will feature fresh local artists who already have their rabid fan following and second generation musical talents that are “chips off the old block”.

On tap this September are new artists : Grand Star Dreamer Laarni Lozada, pop classical balladeer Markki Stroem,Fil-Italian heartthrob Kevin Cisco, newest band sensation 3AM, teen acoustic pop duo Krissy and Ericka and the Jammistas – outstanding singer-musicians that Viva Records fused into an even more outstanding musical group (composed of Yssa Alvarez, Sabrina, Davey Langit, Noelle Cassandra and Marvin Ong). Then there are the next-gen singing sensations : Nicole and Carlo David, children of jazz great Mon David; Isabella (Kuh Ledesma’s “little girl”), Robin Nievera, son of concert royalty Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez and Jaco Benin, son of Side A’s Joey Benin, who will perform with Markki Stroem. These young artists headline September Fridays from September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Many more are on tap for October and November.


Jaco Benin

Kevin Cisco

Laarni Lozada

Robin Nievera

Got Fridays @ Teatrino isn’t only unique because of its new show concept, it will also tickle the taste buds with a fun menu available only on Fridays at the Teatrino : casual, funky food (pop corn, onion rings, barbecue and such) to munch on with light drinks at very affordable prices.
Tickets to this new Friday night diversion are at P500 each. For ticket reservations, call 7228310 loc. 116 for a great night out with friends, family, barkada and weekend buddies. Got Fridays @ Teatrino will surely satisfy cravings for good music, good food and a novel experience that’s easy on the pocket as well.

September 22, 2011

What Matters Most for Men

What Matters Most for Men tackles fifty of the crucial life issues, such as, making difficult decisions, trusting God for your future, guarding your soul against temptation, sorting out priorities, glorifying God with your work, relating with others and many more. This is a devotional book that addresses crucial life issues and reveals what is important in life.Each book weaves together reflection questions, real life stories, brief-but-hard-hitting Bible studies, life application ideas, and prayer starters that spur the reader towards authentic growth.

Price: P 250.00

Cover: Paperback
Available: OMF Lit Bookshops

Embracing God's Purpose for My Special Child

The author, Malu Ortiz, shares her journey as she learn to embrace God's purpose not just for her Down syndrome daughter Clarissa, but to her and their whole family as well. Malu shares many practical advice and qouted useful resources in each chapter. The book is filled with with testimonies from other parents of special children, on how they embraced, coped and lovingly accepted their special child.

Be inspired by this book, as Francis J. Kong said, "I have given so many parenting seminars all over the country I've
lost count as to how many I've done so far. But one of the best experiences I had was when I gave a talk to the parents of special children. There is just something special with the love the parents have for "their special gift" from God. But this kind of parenting journey is littered with a lot of triumphs and tragedies along the way. Malu's book digs deep into the heart. She articulates her feelings and experiences so well it is a must read for all parents. This book warms the heart."

Price: P 195.00

Cover: Paperback
Available: OMF Lit Bookshops

Juan's Twin Brother...

Having twin kids runs in my family, both in my husband's side and mine. John has twin male cousins. I have twin male nephews via my cousin, Ate Chel.

Just 3 weeks in conception, the doctor told us we were having twins. John and I were elated. It took us 9 years to have a baby. In 2005, I got pregnant (unplanned) with Juan. We were hoping to have twins again, then I will opt for ligation, but then we only have one baby (that's why we called him Juan).

Last summer, while buying donuts at SM Makati, Juan kept tugging on my shirt, saying, "Mom, look at the boy outside, he looks just like me". I didn't mind him at all because Juancho tends to be too 'makulit' at times. When Julia (our ever soft-spoken, well-mannered daughter) came near me and whispered, "Mom, look outside. The boy looks like Juan Juan". I looked outside and saw Juan's twin brother from another mother.

I asked the boy's mother if I could take a photo of them together. When I pointed Juan to the Mom, she gushed and said, "oo nga, parang kambal sila!". Turns out, the boy (forgot his name) is Japanese, born and raised in Japan. Was only in the Philippines to visit his Filipina Mom's family and relatives.

September 21, 2011

Mini but Might: The Bull Runner Mag

I used to run when I was in elementary and high school during sports festivals. That explains my big logs, err...legs. I had to stop in college to concentrate both in school and work. After giving birth to my twins in 2002 I gained a whooping 62 lbs. Then I gave birth again in 2006, which added an additional 10lbs. I thought of running again but the lack of motivation kept me from doing so. Until I came across this mini but might magazine, The Bull Runner, in 2009. TBR features reliable running techniques, arrays of running gears and gadgets that is helpful to newbie and old-time runners alike.

Although I only joined race/run this year, I am confident I gained enough knowledge from reading TBR. It is also great that TBR features popular people's running stories (like my favorite Drew above). It motivates an ordinary mom like me to run farther and better.

(at Mommy Milkshake)

(at Alaska Fun Run)

A little trivia: TBR was created by a mom (yes, like me!). Jaymie started her blog in 2007 to share her passion for running. Since then, has received thousands of hits and bagged two awards at the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

The Bull Runner is a FREE quarterly magazine that you can get from Runnr (Bonifacio High Street), Second Wind Running Store, selected Mizuno outlets, selected Toby's outlets, R.O.X. (Bonifacio High Street), all Starbucks branches, Paul Calvin's Deli, Mizuno Run Clinic, Moro Lorenzo Sports Center, Miguel del Prado.