March 31, 2017

Usanimals by USANA

Thursday is normally a no event policy because I'm coding. This particular Thursday is specially important because I needed to be in Laiya Batangas for a shoot for a travel show but I couldn't say no to the invite of Sheila of Dominguez PR to learn about Usanimals, a vitamins for kids.

As a mom, I always make it a point to buy the best for my children. Food and vitamins is particularly important because I want my children to grow talk ang healthy.

I'm happy to have attended this Usanimals by USANA event because it has opened by chinky eyes to the fact that there's a better alternative to the two vitamns that my kids are taking right now.




Some of the reasons why you should try Usanimals are:

1. Free of artificial flavors and sweeteners
2. Provides excellent nutritional support for growing children
3. Includes vitamins B6, B12, folate, and choline for healthy brain function*
4. Includes calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth*
5. Includes iron, thiamin, and B12 for energy*
5. Easy-to-eat chewables stamped with fun animal shapes
6. Supports healthy immune function with vitamins A, C, E, and zinc*
7. Provides one of the best antioxidant complexes available for protection against oxidative stress 
8. Science-based and Pharmaceutical Quality

March 30, 2017

The Pilipinas FJ Summit™ 2017 at Buhayani Festival

Erlier today at Max's Roces was an afternoon of getting to know not just about Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV but more so about the club - its members and their families. This kind of car club is something I'm happy to share because its members are family-oriented. 


 

The event was actually a preview of what to expect on Pilipinas FJ Summit™ 2017, which will be held at Jose Rizal Plaza, across the Calamba City Hall in Calamba, Laguna on April 29-30, 2017. There will be a grand showcase and eyeballf FJ Cruiser owners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Philippine FJ Cruisers Club, Inc. is the organizer of this first  Pilipinas FJ Summit

The Pilipinas FJ Summit™ 2017 Kicks Off the Buhayani Festival to commemorate National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and to celebrate Calamba City's history and heroes, both historic and contemporary. 

The Pilipinas FJ Summit™ 2017 will most definitely be an event for the whole family. It is open to the public and will have something for everyone, even for non-FJ Cruiser owners.

Conquer the Pilipinas FJ Summit™ Off-Road Challenge. This exciting off-road course will test the prowess of the FJ Cruiser and its driver. It is designed by Dennis Javier of Jungle Base Firing Range and 4X4 Center, popular to the 4x4 community for his trails in Tanay, Rizal. He will hold clinics on safe and responsible off-roading. He will also be on hand to give tips and pointers to challengers. The Off-Road Challenge will also be open  to other 4x4 vehicles.

Summit Delegates can feast up close on over a hundred FJ Cruisers that will be displayed on the Summit Day.  “The main attraction of the Summit will be the convergence of as many FJ Cruisers that can be accommodated in the 4-hectare Summit grounds. If the FJ Cruiser is a reflection of the personality or lifestyle of its owner, be prepared to encounter as many permutations of the FJ Cruiser as there will be Summit Delegates,” shares Philippine FJ Cruisers Club President Atty. Numeriano Rodriguez, Jr.

Summit Delegates will have the opportunity to meet and befriend fellow FJ Cruiser owners and enthusiasts from all over the country. It will be a whole day of fun and fellowship that will culminate with a Pilipinas FJ Summit party in the evening. Delegates can exchange and share notes with new FJ friends; ask questions, technical or otherwise, about their FJ Cruiser, their upgrades and modifications, their experiences and about certain brands or parts, plus their off-road adventures.

Delegates can also avail of big Summit discounts from the major suppliers and distributors of the best after-market parts and accessories for your FJ Cruiser. They will be there to make every Delegate’s dreams come true and with big discounts.

Part of the proceeds from the Pilipinas FJ Summit will be donated to the various socio-civic projects of the Philippine FJ Cruisers Club. For more information, please contact 09178636375 or 09176284431, pilipinasfjsummit@gmail.com; Facebook: FJcruisersPH and Instagram: @fjcruisersph. For inquiries about sponsorship or exhibitor booths, you can contact Phil Abad at 09175300818. 

About the Toyota FJ Cruiser: The vehicle is a retro style, mid-size SUV with styling and off road performance reminiscent of the original Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ40). The "FJ" in the Toyota FJ Cruiser's name refers to the chassis specification code of the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. The classic Land Cruiser was produced worldwide from 1960 until 1984.  And like the old FJ40, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has superior off-road capabilities.

The production of the FJ Cruiser has been discontinued in 2014 and only a handful is available in showrooms. If you want one, now is the time to get it. However, excitement and capability live on with adventure-ready Toyota vehicles. In the Philippines, the excitement over these vehicles is very much alive with the upcoming Pilipinas FJ Summit™.

March 29, 2017

Muscular Legs

I appreciate and love my legs very much for it has brought, and still brings me, to many places but  I have to admit it is my least favorite part of the body because it's short and muscular.

I have perfected the pose on how to hide my short and muscular legs during photoshoots. Syempre naman sa picture man lang e mag mukha syang long and lean. May mga pangyayari lang talaga sa buhay na magpapaalala ng katotohanan ng buhay. Last week at Marriot Hotel for Pasay City Tourism and Heritage Expo...

Me: Love, please take my photos. 
Juan: Okay, Mom.
Me: (looking at the photos) Ay, it doesn't look nice. Please make me beautiful.
Juan: Mom, you're beautiful naman, it's just that your legs are too muscular.




Hence, the cropped photos below... 


March 28, 2017

Gondola in Venice Grand Canal Mall

I've been wanting to ride the Gondola in Venice Grand Canal Mall since it opened last year but my family, #Mendiolables do not like traffic and long lines. At last last week I was able to experience a glimpse of Grand Canal in Italy because Jen (my third year high school classmate who flew in from New York) insisted we ride.

Well, it was an experience worth sharing with Jen (also Theela and Juan) because we were all first timers. Aside from that, the tour around this place gave Jen and I a lot of catching up with our lives, both present and the past.


The Gondola ride used to be 500php/person, but they lowered it at P250 from Monday to Thursday, and P350 from Friday to Sunday.

Venice Grand Canal Mall
Cluster B, McKinley Hill Garden Villas, Upper McKinley Rd, Taguig, Metro Manila
Mall Hours: 11AM–11PM
Phone: 0915 848 5447

March 27, 2017

Pasay City Tourism and Heritage Expo 2017

The recently concluded Pasay City Tourism and Heritage Expo 2017 at Marriot Hotel was attended by no less than Mayor Antonino 'Tony' Calixto and Congresswoman Imelda 'Emi'  Calixto-Rubiano. 

A lot of people trooped to the three day event, form March 23 to 24, and witnessed the booming travel industry of the city. It also coincide with IBP Annual Convention, , with an estimated attendance of around 2,000 lawyers from all over the country with no less than Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Pasay City Cong. Imelda Rubiano and City Mayor Antonino Calixto as guests of honor.

This Expo aims to create a network of exhibitors as partners in promoting “Pasay, the Travel City, Your Gateway to the Philippine Islands. Trade fair booths for travel agencies, food and restaurant businesses, hotels, malls and other tourism-related business establishments in Pasay will be featured. It will also highlight a photo exhibit of the nostalgic old Pasay dubbed “Travel in Time” to embrace its unique culture and history.


Pasay City Hall
Address: F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City
Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm

March 26, 2017

Louis Pearl - The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl - The Amazing Bubble Man, made his first ever visit to Manila at RCBC’s Carlos P. Romulo Theater last September 23 - 27, 2015.

I coudn't find the file name where I saved videos and photos of this fun and entertaining show until this morning. Our spirits soared high during and after the event because Louis Pearl didn't just make bubbles, he was actually super funny! The Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. This event deserves a space in this blog, plus the fact that Rafael and Juan got the chance to join him on stage. Proud momma here.



This wondrous 75 minute show combined breath-taking artistry, colourful music, plenty of audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages entranced. The audience connected with what's happening onstage at a pre-verbal place. There's so much joy.


About Louis Pearl:

The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He has performed to more than one million people, including royalty and celebrities, in hundreds of cities around the world. He is also a favourite at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he returns this year for his eighth successive season.

March 25, 2017

Viktoria Couture Formal Wear

It's always as an honor for John and I when invited to a wedding becuase it's a lovely sight seeing two souls become one. 

When attending weddings we usually just buy suit and gowns in malls because we had this one time time incident when John's suit didn't suit him at all. 

About two years ago I met Ysabel Vitangcol. We connected in Facebook. She ran a blog contest where I won a shift dress from Viktoria Couture. I didn't know that the owner and designer of Viktoria Couture is actually Ysabel's mom, Ms. Nancy Vitangcol.

To cut the long story short, what we wore from Jeff and Mel's wedding at Manila Hotel was customized by Viktoria Couture.

Viktoria Couture Formal Wear made us feel extra special and lovely as husband and wife. John felt comfortable with his stylish and perfect fit suit. I actually felt more like a princess with my simple, yet elegant maroon long gown. My daughter, Julia, who's always critical of what I wear, simply said, "Wow, Mom!". 

In case you haven't found the right formal attire for you and your honey, husband or sweetheart, visit Viktoria Couture at and you'll know why we look great at #FinallySiy Wedding.


Viktoria Couture and Designs
623 Quezon Avenue, cor. EDSA
+639178030305; (02) 6646971
www.viktoriacouture.com
viktoria.couture.designs@gmail.com.

March 24, 2017

The Inflatable Island

It is the #Mendiolables and #OccasionsofJoy honor to have been the first among the few to have tried The Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia. This newest attraction is as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side. With inflatables slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings and so much more, this place is a sure hit for the whole family.

Be the first to experience The Inflatable Island, it is opening this April 1, For rates, packages and schedules, check out http://www.theinflatableisland.com. 


0917 835 2665
play@theinflatableisland.com
Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower
Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines

March 23, 2017

Tasty Tucker's Chocolate Cake



TASTY TUCKER
HMR Building, Reliance Corner Pioneer Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
Telephonr no: (02) 6340526

March 22, 2017

SM Little Stars 2017

I just got home from SM The Block for the Press Launch of SM Little Stars 2017 and I'm excited to share the good news to parents with talented sons or daughters.

Get to win over ₱9 Million worth of prizes at SM Little Stars 2017, trips for 2 to U.S. and China, ₱200,000 worth of cash and GCs, College Scholarships and 2 Brand New Chevrolet Sail (1 for each of the grand winners). 


This contest is open to kids 4-7 years old.  AUDITION STARTS ON APRIL 1, 2017 AT PARTICIPATING SM MALLS.



For more details and preliminary screenings schedule, click: https://www.smsupermalls.com/smlittlestars/schedules, ig @smsupermalls.

March 21, 2017

FAT Show at View Park Hotel

Mard Gutirrez told me last year that he wants to collaborate with me for a food and travel show. I said yes of course even if uncertain if it's  going to materialize, out of respect and love for Mard's mom, Mrs. Rose Gutierrez, who happened to be my Grade Six adviser. 

Out of nowhere some two weeks ago, Mard contacted me saying "we're pushing for the project". So we met at Prestige Megamall, along with Angel and Thess. It was an informal meeting. I was with 3 young talents. Angel is in her teens. Thess early 30s and Mard in mid-twenties.

If I will work with them, I'm definitely going to act in charge since I'm the experienced one. For weeks, we just chatted in Messenger. They didn't know when and where to start so  I recommended the closest hotel in the hearts of #Mendiolables. For the first episode, FAT Show at View Park Hotel, hopefully to be shown by the end of March st Pinoy Extreme Channel.

"FATS" isn't the kind of fats you will avoid though. It is a lifestyle show intended for the whole family. FATS means Food, Adventure, Travel Show. It may also mean Fashion, Arts, Talk Show. It also stands for the show tagline "Friends, Atin Tong Show, kaya lika na!"

Though FATS  is not going to be shown in popular tv stations but only in cable tv, Pinoy Extreme, I still went ahead, hoping that FATS will someday be big. Libre ang mangarap, hehehehehe! 




View Park Hotel's 
Contact numbers:  0923-372-3894, 0905-246-8326, (02)584-4090 or 
email: inquire@viewparkteambuilding.com 

March 20, 2017

Jeff Siy and Mel Co Wedding

Jeff Siy and Mel Co are two of the nicest bloggers I know. They're popularly known as Boy Kuripot and Girl Kuripot. They've been together as sweethearts for 13 years! Their love indeed survived the test of time!

I'm elated to have witnessed #FinallySiy, the union of two beautiful souls as husband and wife! Theirs is one of the grandest weddings I have seen with 700 guests,  utilizing four ballrooms for the reception at The Manila Hotel. They also rented another function room for the wedding rites, plus a holding area while guests, families and friends wait for the reception to start.


March 19, 2017

Flavors of Thailand By Mango Tree

It was a privilege to be among the few media to be invited yesterday for the launch of Flavors of Thailand By Mango Tree. The event was attended by Mango Tree Worldwide Managing Director. Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree CEO,  Chef  Pitaya Phanphensophon and Ms. Suzanna Pavadee Vicheinrut Yuzon,  former  Miss  Thailand  and  President of  Miss Possibilities  Foundation ( a  non-­‐ government,  non-­‐profit  organization  which supports children with special  needs).

Mango Tree Worldwide has announced an ambitious programme of expansion on its fifth anniversaryyesterday at Mango Tree BGC Branch.  The brand  will  host a  special  charity  dinner  in  which the children will entertain guests with a special performance. A  donation will be made  by  Mango Tree and its franchise partners Mother Spice Food Corporation as a part of  an ongoing commitment to   Miss Possibilities Foundation.

By 2020, they will will significantly extend their branded restaurants and cafés in the Philippines, including that of re-­‐styling of  not only restaurants in Manila bu throughout the world.
  
The cultural capital of  Thailand,  Chiang Mai and the northern Lanna kingdom are among the inspirations for  five new dishes, each one given a delicious twist by Mango Tree CEO,  Chef  Pitaya Phanphensophon.  The  highlight  dishes  are  led  by  Kanom-­‐Jeen  Nam Ngiaw,  a  rice noodle creation  originating  from  the ethnic Shan community made with garlic, red curry  paste, yellow  bean  sauce,  diced tomatoes, turmeric, fish  sauce, spring onion and coriander; slow-­‐cooked with either chicken or pork ribs. Sai Oua or northern Thai sausage will also be among the offerings. Krapaw Bacon,  Moo Ping.


  
Mango Tree Branches:  Bonifacio Global City, Trinoma, Greenbelt 5.  

March 18, 2017

AGAPE Pastries and Tartines Megamall

AGAPE Pastries and Tartines is a well known restaurant that serves authentic, sumptuous French tartines (open-faced, flavorful sandwiches) and delicious pastries. Its first branch is located in Mira Nila Subdivision, Congressional Avenue Extension, Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Although Agape in QC made a mark in the food industry even in a short span, my family and I do not go there often because it's quite far from where we live. It's great news that Agape is carving its name as a culinary revolution in the heart of Mandaluyong City as they recently opened AGAPE Pastries and Tartines Megamall.

Agape's mouth-wateringly scrumptious dishes are prepared with utmost passion by their internationally-trained chefs, using organic ingredients whenever possible Among Agape's specialties are its variety of tartines.

The yummy smell of breads and pastries, pasta and sandwich when you walk at the bridgeway will make you follow where it's coming from. look for Agago back as often at Agape.

For salad, try their Spicy Prawn and Papaya Salad. For pasta, try Squid Pasta, For dessert, we love Choholate Cake, Lava Tart and Ensaymada.

If you're going on a date (for two people), you will be needing approximately PHP 1000. With P1,000 you can order 2 drinks (I recommend bottomless Peach Iced Tea), A platter of tartines (you can choose 4 different tartines from a selection of 8), and you can share a slice of chocolate cake. Isn't t sweet when couple or sweethearts share a slice of cake?

For a family of 5, check out what we #Mendiolables had...



What makes Agape extra special is knowing that the people behind it have good hearts. The owners do not only do business, they actually help build the lives of their employees and their families.

March 17, 2017

Tita Honey Olarte Doll Collection at FAT Show

Mard Gutirrez told me last year that he wants to collaborate with me for a food and travel show. I said yes of course but never knowing if it's really going to materialize. 

Out of nowhere some two weeks ago, Mard contacted me saying "we're pushing for the project". So we met at Prestige Megamall, along with Angel and Thess. It was an informal meeting. I was with 3 young talents. I'm still not sure whether I belong or not. We started talking, and creative juices just flowed in my mind and mouth, thus in an instant I  coined the title "FATS" This isn't the kind of fats you will avoid though. FATS means Food, Adventure, Travel Show. It was actually my husband who added adventure. FATS may also mean Fashion, Arts, Talk Show. It also stands for the show tagline "Friends, Atin Tong Show, kaya lika na!"

Though FATS  is not going to be shown in popular tv stations but only in cable tv, Pinoy Extreme, I still went ahead, hoping that FATS will someday be big. Libre ang mangarap, hehehehehe!

For our first feature I recommended the doll collection of Tita Honey Olarte because going in Tagaytay is not complete without visiting Olarte Family.







March 16, 2017

Good Job, Lazada!


My husband collects The Game of Thrones Bluray series but he couldn't find Season 6 anywhere. It's sold out from where he usually buys  until he found a seller at Lazada. John asked about my experience in shopping online at Lazada. When told Lazada is A-OK, John immediately ordered this...


But this was what was delivered...


Of course, John wasn't happy especially when he placed it along with the other GOT Blurays.


John filled up the feedback form, then Lazada sent an email because of his concern. He was then tranfered to a customer care for investigation. In less than an hour, John's dilemma was remedied, Laada will refund his money.

Good job, Lazada, you have proven that you are indeed, the number 1 online store in the Philippines!

March 15, 2017

Lazada's 5th Birthday Treats

Just got home from Discovery primea for the media launch of Lazada's 5th Birthday Treats. LAZADA is turning five so be sure to visit them on March 21-23, 2017 to enjoy huge discounts from your favorite brands!

Get a chance to win trip to Taiwan for two from KKDay, when you shop at Lazada on the mentioned dates. Foodie customers get free booky.ph subscriptions worth P1,500 with every minimum purchase. and for every minimum purchase of P1,000, you get P10 discount on Family Marts Twirl.

The Lazada 5th year Anniversary Sale isn’t just a special day for the people behind the group but also for the people who have supported the group all these years; for this celebration is shared to all first-time and long-time followers of the effortless shopping group in the country. One of the brand’s many highlights in the anniversary includes a ton of flash sales of loved and popular products with up to 80% discount on these items. This celebration also includes many deals and products, numerous discounts, and even mini contests that will reward you with more vouchers and prizes from the company.


After successfully launching in the Philippines last 2012, Lazada has showcased all these years why they are the top and leading online shopping site in the country today. The company’s five strong years saw a wide variety of affordable items, exciting deals, fun vouchers, and overall effortless shopping experiences, that it is time once again to thank every person who has supported the online shopping group. The success of LAZADA in providing convenience and assortment of products to their customers will simply go stronger, as the group’s newest year of online shopping supremacy in the Philippines kicks in once again on the company’s fifth year anniversary!

March 14, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

I wasn't expecting much from Walt Disney Pictures' magical animated classic "Beauty and the Beast" except that it is introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic using new 3D imagery. Well, I was wrong because the film captured my attention from start to end, neglecting to heed the call of nature.

The fantastic journey of Belle, captured by stunning new 3D imagery  from Disney, has once again ignited that love for princesses' movies.

Opening this March 16, be sure to watch this movie with the whoke family in IMAX to fully enjoy the beauty of Beauty and the Beast. 


Synopsis: Belle, the bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff -- a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others -- and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast's exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Writers: Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story) 

Casts: Emma Watson. Dan Stevens. Luke Evans. Kevin Kline. Josh Gad. Ewan McGregor. Stanley Tucci. Audra McDonald.

March 13, 2017

Pilipinas FJ Summit™ at Calamba City Hall on April 29-30, 2017

Attention Toyota FJ Cruiser owners, collectors and prospective clients, there will be an upcoming Pilipinas FJ Summit™ at Calamba City Hall on April 29-30, 2017. There will also be a Pilipinas FJ Summit™ Run on April 30.

The Pilipinas FJ Summit™ is organized by the Philippine FJ Cruisers Club, Inc. It heralds the first of a series of Buhayani Festival Events organized by the City Government of Calamba to commemorate our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The Buhayani is Calamba City’s annual festival celebrating its history and heroes, both historic and contemporary. Conquer the Pilipinas FJ Summit™ Challenge. It is a uniquely designed off-road course that was created to test the prowess of the FJ Cruiser and its driver. Feast on 100 or more FJ Cruisers, including yours, that will be displayed on the Summit Day.

Attractions of the Summit includes the convergence of as many FJ, opportunity to meet and befriend fellow FJ Cruiser owners and enthusiasts from all over the country, family bonding, a whole day of fun and fellowship and Pilipinas FJ Summit™ party in the evening.

Avail of big Summit discounts from the major suppliers and distributors of the best after-market parts and accessories for your FJ Cruiser. They will be there to make your dreams come true and with big discounts. 

Pilipinas FJ Summit™ 2017 will be a family event. It is open to the public and will have something for everyone, even for non-FJ Cruiser owners. Part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the various socio-civic projects of the Philippine FJ Cruisers Club. For more information, please contact 09178636375, pilipilipinasfjsummit@gmail.com plus Facebook: FJcruisersPH and Instagram: @fjcruisersph.


About Toyota FJ Cruiser:

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro style, mid-size SUV with styling and off road performance reminiscent of the original Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ40). The "FJ" in the Toyota FJ Cruiser's name refers to the chassis specification code of the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. The classic Land Cruiser was produced worldwide from 1960 until 1984. And like the old FJ40, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has superior off-road capabilities.The production of the FJ Cruiser has been discontinued in 2014 and only a handful is available in showrooms. 

March 12, 2017

Holi Festival

The biggest color festival - Holi Festival, from India was a huge success as it brought Cultural Performances, Bollywood & traditional songs & dances, Live DJ and Drummers, Indian cuisine & trade, Multiple Holi countdowns, Henna, Rangoli and Games.

The event was held at SM By the Bay North Fountain, from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM, and was hosted by Sam YG that made the crowd truly happy. 

Holi celebrates the turn of winter to spring. It is uniquely characterized by the special colored powder that is thrown up in the air (and at each other) to symbolize friendship, unity, and a sense of revelry.

 


March 11, 2017

Subway Sandwich

My love affair with Subway Sandwich is on and off. When they opened their first branch in the Philippines many years back, I eat at Subway Makati branch almost everyday for 5 years.

After giving birth to the twins and eventually resigning from the corporate world, I stayed home most of the time, so Subway dates were set aside.

I'm back again, now almost everyday again with John, as I try to avoid eating rice in preparation for Jeff and Mel's wedding on March 19.



About Subway:

Subway IP Inc., (doing business as Subway) is a privately held American fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches (subs) and salads. It is owned and operated by Doctor's Associates, Inc., doing business as Subway IP, Inc.

March 10, 2017

Filipino Superstitions

I was born at a time when trove of Filipino superstitions are respected and even feared. My Lola Ebeng had her way of explaining why we should follow such mysterious natural phenomena like saying “tabi tabi po” while passing through dark and unfamiliar places, serving chicken during  New Year’s Eve is a big no-no, a woman who likes eating ginger root will bear a child with an extra toe or finger, and a lot more.

Special mention goes "kambal na saging" or twin bananas. Old folks believed that women who likes eating twin bananas will bear twin kids in the future. Though funny because this is baseless, I'm just too happy to see kambal na saging today at the market. It has been so long since I last saw twin bananas.


March 9, 2017

Luis Manzano is the Hottest Century Tuna Endorer

Century Tuna introduced its improved chili corned tuna yesterday at Sarsa in Makati City.  The endorser for this product na "Mas-Pinalaki, Mas-Pina-Hot" is none other than Luis Manzano!


For me Luis Manzano is the hottest Century Tuna Endorer not only because of his look, more so because of his wit, sense of humor and down-to-earth personality. It’s no surprise that he has been tapped as the brand’s newest endorser, with the latest Century Tuna TVC – one that is appropriately fun and humorous, showing him in the middle of a shoot —  airing on television now.

“Consumers of Century Corned Tuna put a premium on value for money and that’s why we’ve introduced this new variant that’s bigger and allows for more servings or sharing per can with a hotter flavor that’s loved by many,” shares Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Food Inc. VP and General Manager. “To introduce this new variant, we’re excited to welcome Luis Manzano as the newest member of the Century Tuna family. His versatility, lively and fun personality makes him an obvious choice for the brand.”

Coming from showbiz royalty, Luis Manzano has managed to successfully carve a name for himself in the entertainment industry, both in the big and small screen. As a versatile actor, he has appeared in a string of box-office hits straddling both comedy and drama. In the television realm where he’s a highly-talented host of top-rating TV game shows, his wit, sense of humor, and instant rapport with contestants and the audience cannot be denied, earning him awards and a legion of loyal fans and followers.

And in case you haven’t noticed, Luis is also a fitness buff, with his buffed bod, chiseled abs, and an over-all robust physique. With all these fun and wholesome attributes and more, Luis is truly a perfect fit for Century Corned Tuna which is now Bigger and Hotter!

Bigger – because it comes with 25 more grams at the same suggested retail price! Hotter – because of its new and improved flavor that’s yummier and spicier! 



And as with all Century Tuna variants, you can be assured of only the best quality tuna that is high in protein, low in fat, and fortified with Omega 3 and DHA. 

So let’s welcome Luis Manzano and the Bigger and Hotter Century Chili Corned Tuna: Mas-Pinalaki, Mas-Pina-Hot!

March 8, 2017

Zojirushi

Zojirushi, the leading Japanese home and kitchen lifestyle brand which has been a partner of many households all over the world, is re-launching in the Philippines.

Designed with a simple yet powerful slogan in mind: Inspirations from Everyday Life, this global Japanese brand known for quality products since 1918, has established itself as a top manufacturer of vacuum bottles and has continued to leverage the latest technologies to create a constant stream of leading-edge products that make life more comfortable and convenient. Although much has changed and lifestyles have become more varied, this brand’s philosophy of “creating a quality of life” continues to be reflected in its products and services.

This year, products that will surely give us a sense of satisfaction and contentment are being launched by Zojirushi such as the Induction Heating Rice Cooker which induces heat directly to the molecular structure of rice resulting into better tasting rice. With its
different pre-set rice settings (including the GABA brown rice option), timer feature and Extended Keep Warm function, convenience and comfort is surely at helm in the kitchen.

The Micro-computerized (Micom) Rice Cookers, which boast of a top and bottom heating element feature, has 5 stages of cooking rice, namely Soaking, Heating, Cooking, Final Touch, and Steaming. It also has different pre-set rice settings (White, Brown, Mixed, Porridge, Sweet, Sushi), a timer feature to easily cook while you’re away and the Extended Keep Warm function.

Then there is Zojirushi’s airpots and handy pots. They are most reliable and efficient with its double walled glass vacuum insulation ensuring heat is preserved. What’s more? It is non-

electric but can preserve heat for up to 24 hours allowing huge savings on electricity. It comes with a safety lock for most models and a 360 swivel for some. 

Taking lunch to work or school is so convenient with Zojirushi’s new line of lunch jars. With its vacuum insulated stainless steel construction, heat is easily preserved keeping your food hot for up to 12 hours. Most models come with bags and chopsticks and has a number of layers for varying consumer needs.

Tumblers are also a favorite among Zojirushi patrons as beverages stay in their preferred temperature for up to 24 hours, hot or cold. They come in a variety of colors and designs that are not only chic but also functional. A special stainless coating has been applied to these tumblers to protect them from corrosion, discoloration, and odor.

Indeed, Zojirushi products are a promise to be inspirations for everyday life and its presence in the Philippine market is such a welcome treat for Filipino consumers.

Zojirushi products are available in most leading department stores nationwide (SM Home, SM Appliance, Abenson, Robinsons Department Store, Rustan’s, The Landmark, Anson’s, and many more) with a showroom at the ground floor of Greenhills  Promenade. For more information, please visit www.zojirushi.com.ph and follow Zojirushi Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.

(Press Release)

March 7, 2017

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

I had difficulty conceiving for years because of endometriosis. I went to 3 doctors before finally going to my husband's uncle, Dr. Roger Mendiola. Being a devout Catholic, Tito Roger reminded us that he is just God's instrument so we should ask the help of God by praying. We went to different churches and one of them is Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.


Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Virgin of Antipolo, is a 17th-century Roman Catholic wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in the Philippines. It is located at Dela Paz St, Antipolo, Rizal. For schedule of Holy Mass, Baptismal, Wedding and blessings of vehicles, you may call them at  (02) 571 7347.

March 6, 2017

Antipolo City Hall

John and I rarely go to Antipolo but it's one of our priorities at the first day of office every January to pay our real property tax.

Last January 3, we made it sure to be at Antipolo City Hall before 7am so we can finish our business before lunch. It turned out they were having problems with the system so the process took longer than usual. The people would have been irritated or got mad if not for the employees who were so kind and respectful to taxpayers.

Being a certified Banyo Queen, I applaud Antipolo City Hall for having a very clean restroom! I particularly like their pink bidet (lol!).


Address: M Santos St, Antipolo, Rizal
Phone:0916 862 6328
Hours: Open today · 8AM–5AM

March 5, 2017

A Dog's Purpose

We were all quiet inside Shang Cinema as we watched "A Dog's Purpose" last night. No one even dared live the seats because the movie was so touching that it made the #Mendiolables, cry.

The movie chronicles a dog's soulful and surprising story of finding the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love, journeying through several lives via reincarnation and how he looks for his purpose through each of his lives.

This is a must see movie for the whole family, specially if you consider dogs not as pets but as member of the family. Just don't forget to bring tissue or you'll be wiping tears using your shirt.




Cast:

Britt Robertson as Hannah
Dennis Quaid as Ethan
Juliet Rylance as Elizabeth
Josh Gad as Dog (voice)
Logan Miller as Todd
Pooch Hall as Al
Luke Kirby as Jim

Director
Lasse Hallström

Writer (based on the novel by)
W. Bruce Cameron

Writer
W. Bruce Cameron
Cathryn Michon
Audrey Wells
Maya Forbes
Wally Wolodarsky