May 30, 2012

Drum Tao’s Art of Drum Live in Manila

Be captivated by an evening of rhythm, beats, melody and extraordinary precision  that comes only from Japan's world-renowned Japan martial arts and drum-playing extraordinaires, Drum Tao, from July 12 -22 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

After playing to audiences of more than 5 million, in 400 cities in 17 countries that include Switzerland, Denmark, Israel, USA, Australia, Spain, Belgium, UK and Germany, critically-acclaimed Drum Tao, will perform live in Manila for 10 shows only. Hurry and get your tickets at Ticketworld . There is an early bird discount of 15% until June 8, 2012.

Scheduled shows are as follows:
July 12 (8pm), July 13 8pm, July 14 (3pm & 8pm), July 15 (4pm), July 19 (8pm), July 20 (8pm),

July 21 (3pm, 8pm), July 22 (4pm). Cebu show: September 1 Waterfront Hotel  (3pm, 8pm)

(Click HERE to know more)


Established in 1993, Drum Tao is world class entertainment at the highest level that continues to create an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of nostalgia.  Enthralling and mesmerising their audiences world-wide, the Japanese drum’s intense and powerful beat underpins a musical message that penetrates deep into the hearts of audiences.  It is an innovative contemporary Japanese production that has thrilled audiences with this ground-breaking presentation and one-of-a-kind show.

The two-hour extravaganza features super human efforts by the 16-strong highly disciplined crew of Japanese Taiko drummers, who spend eight months of the year touring the world, giving it their all in the 500 shows they perform a year.

Each Wadaiko Drum used in the  performance weighs a massive 400kg with a 1.7metre circumference. The performers then switch to creating complex rhythms on smaller drums, complemented by the delicacy of bamboo flutes and a horizontal harp. Drum Tao will transport its audience to an unforgettable artistic universe with their breath-taking and stunning performances.

While their skillful drumming is exhilarating, Drum Tao also leap around the stage performing intricate choreography with their split-second timing, dressed in flowing red and black robes.
The end result is mind-blowing martial arts married with mesmerising music, coupled with the musicians’ physical fitness, dynamism and extraordinary synchronicity, make them human rarities.

The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated power and spectacle of their performance perfectly blends the ancient traditions of the Taiko Drumming and martial arts mastery with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Japanese excellence.

May 28, 2012

Huling Hirit sa Tag-init

Madami-dami kaming nalibot at napuntahang malalayo at magagandang lugar nitong araw ng tag-init. Naglambing ang ikalawa kong nanay (stepmom) na ipag-swimming naman sila. Dahil medyo mahirap ng i-byahe ang Tatay namin, ipinagpasya ko na sa Grotto Vista na lamang sila dalhin. Malapit lang kasi ang lugar sa bahay ng panganay kong Ate. Malapit din sa Novaliches, kung saan ang dalawa ko pang kapatid na babae ay nakatira.  Dito na lang para kako makapunta ang lahat.

Maaga kaming mag-asawa doon para magpa-book ng rooms for an overnight stay. Ang kaso, sa parking pa lang, ay sus, punong-puno! Aatras na sana kami, mukha kasing wala ng lugar na maliliguan pa. Hindi ko na muna pinababa ng kotse ang asawa ko, mga anak at pamangkin. Binisita ko muna ang loob ng resort. May kalumaan, pero malaki naman. May ilang pa rin namang lamesa na paglalagakan ng mga gamit at pagkain. Kaya, sige, dito na nga.

Simple man ang lugar at punong-puno ng taong humahabol din ng huling hirit sa tag-init, walang katumbas na saya ang dulot ng pagsasama-sama naming pamilya. Mas masaya pa sana kung nakadating ang Ate Rose, Ate Sheila at bunsong si Ching.

May 27, 2012

Stuff Cake

This stuff cake I did for  Grace To Be Born
Gift giving shouldn't be boring. Whenever I stand as Sponsor for Baptismal or attending first birthdays of my inaanaks, I'd prepare Stuff cake. Others call it diaper cake or nappy cake. I like to call it stuff cake because I don't just put diaper but also other stuff in it. It takes time and practice to do one. Well, having lots of inaanaks (100++) made me better in making one, two, three...

Step by step instructions on how to make your own Stuff Cake:

1. Prepare your materials: Rubber bands, double adhesive tape, cake board, and your chosen gift like baby shampoo, stuffed toys, powder, etc.

2. Roll each diaper tightly and secure it by using rubber band. 
3. In the middle, place your chosen core. I used 2 cans of milk for this project. 
4. Start by doing the first or bottom layer by circling around the core using the rolled up diapers. 
5. To hold each ring together, I use ribbons or big rubber band to secure everything.
6. For the top later, repeat the steps from the bottom layer using less rolled up diapers
7. For aesthetic purposes, I used baby shirts and towels to cover the body. Then added baby shoes and baby feeding bottles and pacifiers on the top.

 Stuff Cake I did  last May 19, for my newest inaanak Zoe
Tip: Start small. I practiced using face towels, then moved to hand towels until I got the hang of it.
This hand towel cupcakes sells at Php 60.00. Making your own  will cut the price in half or less.

1 layer stuff cake. The cover is a dress, inside stuff include baby powder, shampoo, diapers, wash cloth and undies.
This one is one of my earlier works.  See the body of the cake? It's uneven and unpolished. With practice, time and effort I got better at making it.

As I've mentioned above, gift giving shouldn't be boring. Instead of the usual, wrap it in a box, present gifts in a basket.
Chocolates given to my kids' teacher last Valentine's Day. Instead of giving it  as is , I bought heart shaped canisters and placed the chocolates inside. That way, the hardworking teachers can re-use the canisters.

May 26, 2012

Puzzle Mansion Bed and Breakfast Media Launch

 A must visit tourist destination and bed and breakfast was launched to the media yesterday at the hills of Tagaytay City. Cutting the ribbon is the owner Gino Orda and his mom, puzzle hobbyist - Ms. Georgina Gil Lacuna. The launch is highlighted by the unveiling of Wear Charlie floral collection by young designer Jessica Gallegos.

Spread more than one hectare property, the place has a 400 square meter function room that can accommodate 400 guests, a spa, an infinity pool, a 24-hour cafe, cable and wi-fi connections. 

The infinity pool, set against a scenic backdrop of pineapple farm,
grass and colorful flowers.

One of the well-appointed rooms, with first class furnishings and
The lounge area
All rooms are named after flowers: Lilac, Cosmos, Marigold, Gardenia,
Passion Flower, Water Lily, Tulip, Sunflower, Sampaguita and Zinnia.

This bed and breakfast is aptly named The Puzzle Mansion because it houses over 300 (and still growing by the day) rare and popular jigsaw puzzle collected all over the world by the owner and collector Ms. Georgina Gil Lacuna. 
The Puzzle Room where over 300 jigsaw puzzles collection are well-placed 
The huge puzzle collections is already a shoo-in for Guinness Book of World Records.  Currently, Tita Gina (as she is fondly called by family and friends) is working on a 32,000-pieces puzzle, the largest-size jigsaw puzzle worldwide.  She'd soon be registering for  Guinness to beat the current title holder from Brazil who has 238 jigsaw puzzle collection.

I humbly asked Tita Gina for this photo before her name is put on Guinness Book of World Records.
Pretty flowers abound at Puzzle Mansion
Puzzle Mansion Bed and Breakfast is now open for occupancy, located in Cuadra St., Bgy. Asisan, Tagaytay City. Tel: +63 905 2250229 or email them at  

View more photos HERE

May 24, 2012

Back to Bataan

Bataan will always be a place dear to me because my father was born in Abucay, Bataan. When I was in elementary and high school we used to frequent the place to visit relatives. We stopped visiting when Mama passed away.

A few months back, a travel television show featured a visually appealing tourist destination called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. While watching, I knew in my heart it was time to go back to my father's birthplace. I told my husband about it and immediately planned an itinerary in my mind.

Last Monday, we hit the road at 5am to pick up Nora and her kids in Balintawak.  With few stop overs, we reached Bataan Tourist Center at 6:30am to get brochures or ask informations about all of Bataan's must visit places. Unfortunately, the center opens at 9am. 

With the help of Mr. Gilbert Fabrez of Patrol 117 we were able to get directions on how to get to Mt. Samat and Pawikan Center.

In two days, we were able to visit the following tourist spots:
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Mt. Samat - Dambana ng Kagitingan
Dunsulan Falls
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Pawikan Conservation Center
Breakfast at Cafe Marivent
Lunch at Dulang

May 18, 2012

The Pillars of Wealth Creation According to Rowena Cuyco-Suarez

Yesterday's intimate lunch with Financial Planner and television host Rowena Cuyco-Suarez at Chef's Quarter is one of the best I had for I learned more about the best way to save and invest for my children's future and for retirement.

Ms. Suarez said that only five percent of Filipinos have planned for retirement, “that’s because many of them believe that their kids will take care of them when they grow old. But this is a cycle we have to break. Because by the time you do retire, your kids will have their expenses to think of.” Saving for the far-off future is probably a stretch for many Filipinos, and Suarez argues for a change in mindset.  “Savings and investments are independent of each other. These two create wealth that covers the things that you will need. From the day you were born to the time after you join your creator; you will need money. It’s not being morbid or materialistic. It's just being practical.” she added.

She also debunks the myth that only millionaires can invest. It all starts by setting aside 20 percent of one’s income, which could mean a modest amount of 4,000 monthly. This amount may not earn a  lot of interest in the bank but managed properly in the right financial institution, a regular Php 4,000-a-month savings can accumulate enough wealth to create a payload of Php 4 million in one or two decades. “In every investment, you have to have a goal,” Suarez says. “We ask about goals, dreams, and aspirations. We also update ourselves in what’s happening to our client’s life. Like if he’s sending a new kid to college or got a new job, how will that development affect his finances?”  

6 Pillars of Wealth Creation:

1. Income replacement. This is the insurance to cover the family’s welfare should the main breadwinner pass away. Suarez gives an example of one form of financial planning. “If the family spends Php 500,000 a year, to survive the loss of their breadwinner, they’d have to multiply this annual income by, say, 10 years. Their protection amount”- or the monies that would serve them in good stead at the death of a parent-“would be Php 5 million.”

2.  Health protection.  This is the available income for the inevitable sickness or hospitalization .Suarez says that current research shows 48 percent of Filipino families contending with the illness of a loved one will take the out-of-pocket expenses from their daily budget. Neither do they have a substitute for the lost (or temporarily disabled) generator of revenue. She advises, “If you have protection for health, you will get the money you need for hospitalization and medical expenses from a fund that you have set aside for that. The money for your monthly expenses will not get touched at all.”

3. Education funding. Setting aside funds for the kind of education that will help children develop a bright future. 

4. Retirement, which marks its time after the last child has graduated from college. 

5. Long term care or post-retirement life of their senior citizen.

6. Savings and investment. 

Suarez added that having an entrepreneurial mindset is another pillar of wealth creation. Start with a small amount, but make the effort to start at all, Suarez urges. The key to cultivating the pillars of life are “discipline and commitment. Forget the jackpot mentality of enjoying all the money you have right now. What happens when all of it is gone?” 

Protect yourself and have a more secure future by following Rowena Cuyco-Suarez's "Six Pillars of Wealth Creation". For more information, visit and watch her at "Just Ask Ro" on Channel 8 of Destiny Cable every Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 

May 17, 2012

D' AMburger Gastropub Grand Opening

D' AMburger is a pet project of young and talented Filipino entrepreneurs Allan Chung and Chef Jellone Umali. They started selling their distinctive burgers for foodies on weekend night market Banchetto on Emerald Avenue in Ortigas.

The duo has now ventured business with executive Roslyne Barretto-Dimalibot and Bles Santos, thus the birth of D' AMburger Gastropub.  Aside from exceptionally big and delicious burgers, they also offer healthy comfort food and gourmet food.  Imported beers and cocktail drinks are also available at a very friendly price.

The Grand Opening was spearheaded by the owners themselves and their families and friends. The ribbon-cutting was facilitated by Cindy Hyacinth Lotuaco-Ejercito (wife of Mayor JV Ejercito) and  San Juan Vice Mayor Francisco Javier Zamora.

Filipinos may now enjoy great tasting and really big burgers seven days a week by visiting D' AMburger Gastropub at Greenhills Towncenter, #2 Granada St., Bgy Valencia, Quezon City. 

If coming with a big group, I suggest you call them at 654-1395 to reserve a seat.

May 15, 2012

Patient with the Patient

Yesterday was my scheduled quarterly TSH blood extraction (for my thyroid condition) at Makati Medical Center . It was one of those rare days when I don't feel like smiling and talking to anybody.  I was not in my best mood, as it was very hot outside, I have my monthly period and did not  sleep well the night before. 

I felt so grumpy. The Medical Technologist assigned to extract the blood came in smiling, and said, "Ms. Josephine Mendiola, wait lang po, Ma'am". I stood up (already in my pagtataray moment) wanting to ask him if he's mad, but I held on and kept quiet not even nodding at him. Well, only my late mother called me Josephine - that's when she was mad.  

As I was directed to sit, this Medical  Technologist continued to display a pleasant disposition despite my crankiness. He was very courteous and explained thoroughly everything I asked him. Kahanga-hanga ka, ROSTAN VALDEZ for being very patient with the patient!  

I went home in a better mood, this guy infected me with his sunny disposition.


May 13, 2012

BAMBU Store - Fort

BAMBU, the home of the famous Brazilian footwear brands, Ipanema, Grendha and Rider, has branches in Glorietta, TriNoma, Marquee Mall, Abreeza and Harbor Point. I have been in Bambu Trinoma twice but it is in Glorietta where I buy my pairs. The rest of Bambu store, I have yet to explore.

I'm very happy that last May 8, 2012, BAMBU Store at B-3 Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City officially opened. I find the Fort a very relaxing place to shop, dine and plainly kill time.

The opening was spearheaded by Mr. Patxi Elizalde, owner and president of BAMBU Ventures, Inc.,

Gracing its first day of operation are Kapamilya hunk Enchong Dee, PMAP President, Phoemela Baranda and Model Ornussa Cadness (not in photo). 

Visit BAMBU @ Bonifacio High Street, B3 from May 8 - June 9, 2012 and buy a pair of Ipanema flip Flops to avail of their Spoil You, Spoil You Some More promo. 

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Medicard's 25th Year Anniversary

It has been exactly 9 years this month when I resigned  from Medicard and decided to be a producer (producing babies), a director ( directing orders at home) and a manager (managing the kids and family life as a whole).

I've worked for many companies in the past but it was with Medicard where I stayed the longest - almost 5 years. I started out as Human Resources Assistant, handling Recruitment, promoted as Training Officer and then transferred in Marketing as Marketing Services Officer. My goal was to stay with the company until I can walk no more. In short, til retirement age. But as always, fate  has its own way of  placing a man or  a woman where he or she can function best. Like I mentioned above, I'm destined to be a producer, director and manager.

I go at Medicard's office once a year to visit my friends and bring my inaanaks (Godchildren) gifts. It's always nice to catch up on people I've grown to love but I can't stay long.  Well, they're busy working.

Last December, my friend and kumpare, Eric, informed me of Medicard's upcoming 25th Year Anniversary inviting former employees, I immediately blocked May 11, 2012 schedule. I didn't accept any events for this day. It will be the best time to see my Medicard Family.

It was indeed a night to remember as I met all the wonderful people I've worked with in the past. It took me running here and there to get photos of them all. I guess, I miss some of them.  As the saying goes, time runs fast when having fun.

The event was joyfully hosted by Marissa Sanchez. Performances by Sabado Boys, Ki-ki Girls, Wendy, Ms. Rose and other employees of Medicard. The company gave away cash prizes worth a million. I'm happy that my friend and kumpare, Omar, won fifty thousand pesos from the raffle.

Medicard is a leading health maintenance organization (HMO), specializing in health care service that covers preventive and outpatient care.

May 10, 2012

Music Museum Scholars 2012

The 2012 MusiKabataan scholars of the Music Museum Group at the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab put on a great performance of Broadway classics and OPM shows at their Graduiation Recital held at The Teatrino at Promenade, Greenhills recently.

Seven new scholars -- Miah Isabelle Canton, Francis Marie Clemente, Darlene Louise Ordanza, Jessa Mari Ranque, Genesis Bryan Reyes, Ana Gabriela Vasquez and Maria Danica Velasco –performed songs from The Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame, The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as kundimans and OPM songs.

Musikabataan Advance scholars -- Banjo Gonzales, Rafael Gutierrez and Enzo Mendoza – wowed the audience with their tour de force numbers from Jesus Christ Superstar and amazed them with their adventurous excursions into musical sounds, personal compositions and theatrical performances.

The seven Musikabataan Primary scholars were the cream of the crop selected from a group of 100 teens aged 13 to 17 who auditioned in May 2011, while the three Musikabataan Advance scholars were the most talented of the 2010-2011 batch who were given the opportunity to pursue further training in musical performance, movement, note reading and musical composition.

The recital is the final stage of an intensive ten-month, three-level course training in music and performance under the tutelage of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, his wife Emy and the staff of TMSRC.
Music Museum Group Incorporated Vice President Rosie Mendoza said the Music Museum is very satisfied with how the pool of talents discovered at the start of each year blossom into seasoned performers during their recitals. “We sincerely hope that the little push that we gave them through this program will also help them achieve their dreams of becoming the next generation of talents of our music industry,” she said.

The Music Museum’s music scholarship program was launched in 2008 during MMG’s 20th anniversary as MMG’s way of giving back to the music and entertainment industry.
“These music scholars have learned and developed liberating ideas to achieve their dreams and become better performers. I am proud of them. There is a future in Philippine entertainment because of them,” said Ryan Cayabyab.