June 30, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterete

All the presidentialbles I voted in the past didn't win, namely the late Raul Roco, Sen Miriam Defensor and Sen. Dick Gordon.

Despite a lot of relatives voting for Mar Roxas, my husband and I quietly weighed our options, and eventually voted for then Mayor Rodrigo Duterete.

I'm praying that President Rodrigo Duterete and his cabinets to be successful in their duties to bring back the trust and confidence of Filipino citizens to our leaders of the Philippines. 



STELLA Bag

Fact is I'm not a typical woman who goes ga-ga over bags. Most of my bags are given by my husband. Some are given by my sister-in-law Peth, my friends and my brother Jubert. Though not a bag collector, I do appreciate bags that uses recycled and indigenous materials from the Philippines, and are made by Filipinos.  

I first saw Stella Bags at Mela Sison's FB posts and I instantly like 'em. When Mela invited me for a Stella Bags charity sale, I dropped all other appointments to be there and see if Stella bags are truly stylish even without Mela  carrying it. Why did I say that? Well, Mela is a fashion and lifestyle icon ! 


Meeting the designer, Ms. Maristela Fernandez, and learning how she started STELLA Bag was a privilege. STELLA Bag only started last October 2015 but it has gain so much attention from people.

With Ma'am Maristel Fernandez, Designer of STELLA Bag

The intimate charity sale was held at Stella Wood-Fired Bistro, where electable food is served.

 
Will Stella Bag look good on me the way it looks with Mela?  Will it provide my basic requirements before buying a bag?  Yes, Stella Bags fulfilled my "will I buy this bag checklist", namely: 

1.  It is light to carry


2.  Spacious enough for all my bulky stuff


3.  Chic and can be used for all occasions.


4.  It is easy to clean


5.  Sturdy


6.  Can be customized according to your preference and mood (it can be funky, simple, classic, bejewelled or not)


7.   Proudly Philippine-made


8.  The growing demand for STELLA Bag creates jobs for local hand weavers and earn more and sustain their livelihood.




Even Jolina Magdangal and Max of GMA 7 agrees that STELLA bag is a must have for bag-a-holics!


It was great meeting Mela's friends, Joy Meneses and Gemma Batoon!

With Mela, Joy Meneses and Gemma Batoon

Now, to answer the question, "Will Stella Bag look good on me the way it looks with Mela?"







Stella Bag is only available through 0917-8978397 or 0998-8610638 or email at stellabag24@gmail.com.

June 29, 2016

Kuya

Noong unang panahon, bunso ako sa apat na magkakapatid. Si Ate Rose, Ate Sheila, Kuya Bob at ako. Pitong taon akong bunso hanggang nasundan ni Jubert. Limang taon naman naging bunso si Jubert ng masundan ni Liezl. Kaya umabot kami ng kalahating dosena.

Ito nga pala ay mga kwentong kuya, syempre tungkol sa Kuya Bob ko. Naisip kong isulat kasi kaarawan nya ngayon. Pang Maalala mo Kaya Monday ang tema ng post na to.


Napakarami kong larawan noong bata ako na may sungay, may bigote, burado ang mukha at kung anu-ano pa dahil yan kay kuya. Kasi pag nag-aaway kami pinagdidiskitahan nya ang mga pictures ko.

Buti na lang na-save ko ang kaisa-isang picture na ito na wala akong sungay

Noong maliit kami madalas kaming mag-away. Naiinis sya sa akin dahil mas mabilis akong magbasa sa kanya. Naiinis naman ako sa kanya dahil ang galing galing nyang mag drowing, kaya ang ilan sa mga proyekto ko sa paaralan ay sya ang gumawa. Mataas ang naging marka dahil sa maganda ang pagkagawa! Kung ako ang gumuhit, ay patay na!


Noong nagbinata at nagdalaga na kami, natigil na ang mga sungay, buradong muka at iba pa sa aking mga larawan. Ang nangyari naman ay nawawalang bigla ang mga bago kong t-shirt, pati ang LEVI's pants (orig ka hindi gawang Recto!) ko na pinaka iingatan! Likas akong matipid na bata. Pinag-iipunan ko ang mga bibilhin ko. Minsan ko lang din isuot para di maluma kaagad. Kapag susuotin ko na nawawala! Yun pala sinuot na ni Kuya! Hay...

Madami akong ipinagpapasalamat sa aking Kuya. Hindi naman sa pagmamayabang, madaming gustong manligaw sa akin noon, pero dahil likas na matapang si Kuya, natakot at hindi na nagtangka pang manligaw ay may maduduming balak sa akin. May kapit-kapitbahay kami noon, ipinagkalat na boypren ko daw sya. Nagalit si Kuya, kinausap at pinapunta sa bahay namin, pinagharap kami at tinanong kung boyfriend ko nga. E hindi Ayun, ang siste pinahingi ng tawad sa akin ni Kuya si mokong. 

Magaling din syang magluto. Kaya nung kaarawan nya last year, sinubukan kong magluto ng pansit. First time yun, kabado ako kung ano ang kanyang masasabi.




Ipinagpapasalamat ko sa Poong Maykapal na siya ay aking Kuya!



PLDT & Smart at Philippine ICT Leadership Convention 2016

Last June 20 to 21 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom Manila, “SMACS” (Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud and Security) – are reshaping the strategies of enterprises and organizations. Hosted by PLDT Enterprise, the corporate business group of PLDT, the convention was a huge success at it was attended by media, smart and pldt executives, business leaders, and decision makers from the country’s leading enterprises across various industries. The convention provided these business leaders with in-depth information on the future of the digital enterprise and the breakthrough technologies that will prominently figure in their business. The Philippine ICT Leadership Convention will highlight the strategic challenges and opportunities that digital technologies present to Philippine companies. The convention helped enterprises make this shift and usher in a more digitally-empowered Philippines.


“The advent of new digital platforms has introduced disruptive technologies that are changing the way enterprises are interacting with consumers and the digital world. Through the convention, PLDT, along with industry leaders, will provide our insights to serve as a knowledge base for enterprises, enable them to take advantage of these disruptive technologies, and promote growth in their businesses,” said PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT CEO Eric R. Alberto.  


Attendees also participated in breakout workshops focused on specific technology tracks that include Data Center and Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, M2M and Internet of Things, Digital Engagement, Cyber security, and Unified Communications and Collaboration. These topics, designed to provide a holistic approach to the benefits of technology tracks to enterprises, enabled participants to better understand the solutions that are at their disposal, and how these can significantly impact their businesses Aside from presentations by industry leaders and technology experts, the 2-day convention also allowed guests to experience various digital technologies within the enterprise environment through workshops, exhibits, and plenary discussions.


I'm particularly happy with this event because it was presented in association with premier global market intelligence provider IDC, where my brother Jubert works as Country Manager.



June 28, 2016

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie is now in Trinoma Mall

I've never been to Cebu but my friends who've been there talked (and still talks) about Hukad. I couldn't comprehend why they like the place so much.  

Finally, early this day, I had the privilege of being one of the few to try Hukad's menu as Hukad sa Golden Cowrie opens its first Metro Manila branch at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.




By the way Hukad is a Cebuano term which means limitless serving of food or to limitlessly serve food on one’s plate.  

Reasons why I like Hukad:

1.  Diners are given the option to have unlimited rice with their orders
2.  Serving sizes are good for sharing, meaning they have big serving! 
3. They use local ingredients like scallops fresh from Bantayan Island of Northern Cebu and they also have local partners in towns known for their organic production of various ingredients such as Dalaguete (Cebu’s Vegetable Basket). This means income for Filipinos and good business for the Philippine economy.
4.  The restaurant has homey atmosphere (created by interior designer Hannah Lim of HL Designs)
5.  Most importantly, their price range is easy on the wallet. Range per person is about P300-P350.

The Cebu-grown brand promises to provide a real feast experience for Manila crowd. Hukad’s menu of modern Filipino cuisine lists more than a hundred dishes including its best-selling Lechon Cebu. Other big hits are Crispy Pata (which won People’s Choice for Best Crispy Pata in a Sunstar Cebu newspaper survey), Pork Sisig, Lechon Kawali, Grilled Pork Belly, and Chicken Pandan. Among the appetizers, guests frequently go for the Bantayan Baked Scallops, Pancit Guisado, and Calamares. Also popular are the Ngohiong, Adobong Kangkong, Seafood Pancit Habhab, Grilled Tuna Belly, and Sizzling Bangus. For dessert, Budbud Turon and  Halo-Halo are the top options. Equally interesting is their line of vegetarian dishes that features Bloodless Dinuguan made with tofu, and Pako (fiddlehead fern) Salad with Calamari. 

Check out what we had at Hukad Media Launch:

Balut Sisig

Lechon Belly
Unlimited rice

Bloodless Dinuguan

Sinigang Baby Prawns

Escabecheng Tangigue
Baked Bantayan Scallops
Ngohiong

Adobong Talong
Cebu’s Lechon Belly

Crispy Pata
Oxtail Humba
Vegetarian Sisig

Budbud Turon
Ube Halaya Crisp ala Mode

Pineapple Cucumber Agua Freska

About Hukad:

Golden Cowrie traces its origins to 1982 when its pioneer outlet was opened in Lahug. The brand Hukad was developed in 2008 as a handle for the mall-based branches of Golden Cowrie.  

After the initial call for franchisees in 2010, expansion became rapid. To maintain consistency, they adhere to standard recipes. “Each product is produced and supplied by our commissary which follows stringent quality controls. We have monthly store audits to ensure they follow our mandate on food processes,” guarantees Director for Product Development,  Kristine De La Riva-Kokseng. 

Hukad and Golden Cowrie currently have 24 locations across the country. Eight of which are company-owned while 16 are franchised.  The goal is to have 100 stores by 2021. Hukad-Trinoma franchisee Howard Dee is proud to be instrumental in bringing Hukad to Metro Manila. “We eat there when we go to Cebu for vacation. Even my in-laws have been loyal clients.,” he reveals. 

Currently running at the newest outlet is the “Sulit Meals at 149” promo, available from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily. Also being offered are the Feast Bundles, pre-set menus good for four persons that start at P1,399. The Trinoma branch can seat a total of 98 guests and has a function room that can accommodate 24 persons. They may be reached at (0917) 8094324. 

For general information, log on to www.alwaysafeast.ph or find them on Facebook as “hukadgoldencowrie” and on Instagram @alwaysafeast. Franchising inquiries may be directed to (032) 231-2481. 

Hukad Branches:
Cebu : Golden Cowrie in Lahug, SM City Cebu, Robinsons Cybergate, Marina Mall Mactan and Hukad in Ayala Terraces, Parkmall, South Town Centre and SM Seaside.
Other areas of Visayas: Golden Cowrie in Bohol, Hukad in Robinsons Dumaguete, Tacloban, Boracay, SM Iloilo, SM City Bacolod. 
Mindanao: Hukad in Davao Abreeza, Davao SM – Lanang, Davao SM Ecoland, Gensan Veranza, Ozamiz, Robinsons Butuan, Gaisano Mall Tagum, KCC Zamboanga, Prime Arcade Pagadian.