Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Celebrating Pinoy pride with Google

Interesting read ...

Press Release: Google reveals most-searched national hero; Filipino Android and Chrome apps

The month of August reminds us to relive our national pride as the nation celebrates the National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika) and the National Heroes’ Day on August 31. Other than the pronounced national heroes, Filipinos are looking up to today’s personalities who carry the national flag, such as Manny Pacquiao, the Philippine Azkals, and the Philippine Dragon Boat team, among others. Nevertheless, Pinoys still look back to their cultural and historical roots by searching for our national heroes in Below are the top five most-searched national heroes in 2010, according to Google:

1. Andres Bonifacio
2. Emilio Aguinaldo
3. Jose Rizal
4. Emilio Jacinto
5. Juan Luna

Pinoy pride can also be seen in the applications that local developers have made available in the global marketplace of Android and Chrome.

Android apps

* Ang Mahiwagang Kamiseta Lite: The first Filipino storybook app, “Ang Mahiwagang Kamiseta” relates the story of Juancho and his magical shirt, which makes him popular to everyone he encounters. The storybook app is based on the storybook of the same title.

* KKB: This Android app helps the Pinoy group in going dutch - which is termed as “KKB” or “kanya-kanyang bayad” in Filipino. The app splits the bill effectively and even adds individuals to groups, adding a personal touch to each bill split.

* Pinoy Radio: Music is embedded in the Filipino culture and this app, Pinoy Radio, can help Pinoys to listen to Filipino AM and FM radio stations from anywhere in the globe.

* True Filipino Theme: Show your nationalism with your Android phone theme by integrating icons designed with the national flag.

* Learn Filipino Free Wordpower: This Android app allows the user to learn Filipino in their own pace, even including the audio version of the words.

Chrome themes/extension

* Rizal theme: Show your appreciation for the national hero with the Rizal theme by Team Manila for Google Chrome.

* Makiling by Arnold Arre: Appreciate Filipino artists by making this art of Mount Makiling by well-known graphic novel artist Arnold Arre as your Google Chrome theme.

* Chikka: The Philippines is the text messaging capital of the world and this Chikka Chrome extension can feed the nation’s love for texting.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Proudly ProMama Fair: An Event for Pregnant Moms

Embrace motherhood even before baby arrives! Catch ProMama's event this coming Saturday and have fun being pampered while learning a lot of great stuff that will help you take care of yourself, and your baby, better.

Press Release:

Pregnancy is a time of great change as moms-to-be prepare themselves to receive the greatest gift of all – a healthy baby. To help expectant women embrace the gift of motherhood, Wyeth’s pregnancy nutritional milk drink ProMama, in cooperation with The Spa, and its other partners have created an exciting all-day event designed to have women looking and feeling their best during their 9-month journey.

To be held at the Glorietta Activity Center on September 3, 2011, this event celebrates motherhood with a variety of fun activities. Pregnant women can get pampered with free massages from The Spa and foot spas from Nail It at the Pro-Beauty Booth, get tips on how to stay healthy at the Pro-Health booth, and stay in style with the latest maternity pieces from Gingersnaps and Anja at the Pro-Fashion Booth.

More interesting facts about pregnant women and their little ones will also be revealed in the afternoon program.

With celebrity host Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, moms-to-be can find out how ProMama provides them with the right nutrition to meet their increased needs during pregnancy. They can also get pregnancy advice through talks from medical and beauty experts, and witness how pregnant women can still strut their stuff at the Proudly Promama Fashion show.

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet other moms, learn new things about pregnancy and bring home great freebies at the Proudly ProMama Fair!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Premium Breed of Exceptional Talents

Highlands Corned Beef is now out in the market. Click here and read why you should head to the nearest supermarket to taste its juicy goodness. On the other hand, see below to read all about Highlands' new endorsers who all shine in their chosen fields.

Press Release:

The New Breed of Actor: Jake Cuenca

Jake is the type of actor who wouldn’t just play a role but would really internalize to become the character he has to portray. “I always challenge myself to be different and not become “me” when I portray a certain role. I want every role I play to be unique and authentic.” Jake explains. His versatility in playing different roles and willingness to learn is what contributed to his success. Jake is always striving to be better and never stops pushing himself to improve his acting skills. He is now reaping the benefits of all his hard work as his career continues to soar into new heights. From cameo roles, he now stars in top rating TV shows and films. Jake Cuenca is truly a new breed of actor as he shows that discipline and passion coupled with hard work really pays off.

The New Breed of Athlete: James Younghusband 

James is the English-Filipino midfielder for the RP National Football team also known as the “Azkals”. It took James a lot of patience and persistence to be where he is now, “There has to be a sense of discipline in becoming an athlete, I undergo rigorous practices and take care of my body.” But despite his rising popularity, James keeps himself grounded. “Football is not just a sport I play but a culture I help spread. And with its popularity, I have to make sure that I am responsible on all my actions on and off the pitch.” What makes James a new breed of athlete is his motivation in football. James plays football not for the fame and glory but his desire to make the sport bigger in the Philippines.

The New Breed of Filmmaker: Paul Soriano

Paul is a perfectionist and very passionate about his work, he makes sure that the heart of his stories is always told well. Paul started his career doing AVPs, music videos and events before heading to the direction of making TV commercials and films. “My style is very visual, with pretty pictures that help tell the story well. The challenge for me always is to keep every project visually entertaining without compromising the message or the story. I take risks, and I learn from it.” Paul is able to achieve his success with patience, determination and giving his best in every project no matter how big or small. Paul is a new breed of filmmaker as he takes things to another level, sets new standards for himself, reaches for the unreachable and makes the impossible possible.

The New Breed of Entrepreneur: Luke Landrigan

Luke is the first Filipino to become a part of the Billabong South East Asia Surf Team and he also represents surfing in the Philippines. Luke’s passion for surfing inspired him to put up his very own surf school in La Union. “I make people experience what Mother Nature has to offer, and I enjoy and deal with it at the same time. What other business out there offers you the same feeling and stoke you get from riding a wave?” Luke believes that his enthusiasm and knowledge in his business is what propelled it to its success. Luke is a new breed of entrepreneur as he is a hands-on boss and he works hard to keep his surfing expertise at a high level by competing and traveling so he can teach only the best to his students.

The New Breed of Dancer: Angelo Cacciatore

The half Italian dancer is equipped with a competitive background in dancing as he studied ballet in a prestigious school for 8 years in Italy. Angelo has an extensive knowledge in ballet dance but his skills are not limited to the genre, as he can perform any type of dance. According to him in order to become a professional dancer, one must be very disciplined, possess a good health and good body. “In everything I do, I put my 100% concentration in it. I always prioritize my responsibilities as a dancer, before and after a performance.” Angelo is a new breed of dancer as he is never selfish in his craft. He doesn’t just dance to show off his skills but to inspire his audience with his performance.

Why these New Breed of Talents Love their Highlands Corned Beef

 “If you love steak like I do, you’ll surely love Highlands Corned Beef.” – James

“It’s exciting to know that it’s the first corned beef out there that’s made with Angus Beef, it really pays to be a breed apart.” – Jake

“I like how Highlands Corned Beef has no artificial flavors, you can tell it’s all natural Angus Beef with the richness of the beef’s taste.” –Luke

“Good beef starts with the breed, and Highlands Corned Beef is definitely a premium breed.” –Angelo

“Highlands Corned Beef is a breed apart from my old corned beef since it’s made with the high-quality Angus Beef.” -Paul

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Pinoy Cartoonist Collection from SOLO Featuring KENKOY

I remember seeing comic strips of Kenkoy when I was little. It's nice to know that classic characters like him don't get forgotten. Check out SOLO's newest collection featuring this memorable cartoon icon.
Press Release:

When Solo launched its first ever Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia featuring Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life last year, it was a show stopper. Many people took a trip down memory lane remembering the witty and playful characters of the comic strip. Young and old remember their Sundays looking for the iconic caricature face of Larry Alcala among his cartoon drawings at the Sunday magazine. It is refreshing to see how Alcala’s Pinoy Cartoons are being celebrated and re-introduced to today’s youth as part of Filipino pop culture.

This creative collection has got us all hooked! Due to insistent demand, SOLO is bringing out another innovation, its 2nd installment of the well-loved Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia series. This time it features no less than the greatest work of the Father of Philippine Cartoons, Tony Velasquez’s KENKOY.

Antonio "Tony" Velasquez, the Father of Philippine Cartoons, created Kenkoy way back in 1929. Long before the era of the movie stars and showbiz celebrities, there already was a Philippine pop icon named Francisco Harabas, more popularly known as Kenkoy. As Tony Velasquez described him, “He is always pusturyoso”. He was a debonair and his trademark fashion sense was Western influenced: decked in suspenders, charol shoes, double breasted suit, baggy pants, a sailor hat, and a slicked back hairstyle. Kenkoy is considered the most influential comic strip in the Philippines and most successful because of the wittiness and humor, as well as his antics, colonial way of thinking, and carabao-english. Kenkoy gained massive following that he was adapted into movies in 1950s-60s and musical act in early 90s.

This year, old meets new as Solo Pinoy Cartoonist Memorablia takes timeless Kenkoy comic strips and mixes them up on trendy silhouettes and fabrics with different treatments such as foil printing, embroidery, embossed printing, flocking, high density printing and washed effect. The collection consists of His and Hers graphic tees, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, men’s long sleeves, shorts and accessories such as stainless necklaces and slingbags, gift sets like watches, vanity sets and lighters and will hit Solo stores in September. Each Memoriabilia Series item will have its own bio-tag of Tony Velasquez as well as its own unique packaging. To view the entire Men's collection, click here and Ladies' collection, click here.

Catch more exciting things happening online for the launch of our Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia collection. Join us in Facebook and Twitter

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SOLO Online Model Search 2011

Be the next face of SOLO, the hip and cool clothing line! Read on to find out more about the model search ...

Press Release:

SOLO is best known for doing cool innovative online launches and the first ever online model search in the country. This year, Solo’s doing it again! To celebrate Father of Philippine Cartoon Tony Velasquez’ Kenkoy, Solo brings you the much anticipated and bigger Online Model Search 2011, now on its third year!

After we successfully launched Jaggy Tallada and Jhonna Flor as 2010’s grand winners and Mehran Khaledi and Phoebe Rutaquio as 2011's grand winners, we are now on search for two new faces of Solo to be officially unveiled in 2012.

Check out for contest details. All participants wearing any apparel from the Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia featuring Kenkoy are to submit their creative photo entries embedded with graphic elements available for download via the website. Early birds submissions get rewarded with special prizes from Solo! Everyone can register to the contest site to submit entries and/or just vote. 

And this year, we’re giving away prizes to lucky voters as well! We will randomly pick 3 voters per month (September to November) to win Solo GCs! Modelsearch starts September 1 and ends November 30. Check out more details about the modelsearch on Solo’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. You may be the next face of Solo!

Monday, August 22, 2011

CSM Proclaims “Ito ang Pinoy!” at the 32nd Manila International Book Fair

Alerting bookworms who are looking for the best deals! Check out CSM's list of titles that will be sold at only 100 bucks this coming MIBF! 

Press Release:

From electing a new president to showcasing unique talents in sports, arts, and other forms of expression, we Filipinos have definite reasons to stand proud and to appreciate our worth as a people.

As this year’s 32nd Manila International Book Fair re-opens a new chapter to local publishers and book enthusiasts, Church Strengthening Ministry also chooses to strengthen the Pinoy spirit as we bring you, “Ito ang Pinoy!” CSM values our Filipino roots as we feature Filipino-authored books, audio books, and videos sold at a very affordable price of P100 each!

With a lineup of materials crafted in the light of God’s Word, CSM seeks to provide a stream of resources for readers to find encouragement and affirmation amidst the storms that batter us.

The 32nd MIBF is happening on September 14-18, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay (beside Mall of Asia). Visit Church Strengthening Ministry at booth numbers 40-42 and get better value for your money.

Meet our local authors like Rex Resurreccion, Ed Lapiz, Eric Maliwat, Joey Umali, and more, and witness the launch of CSM’s newest titles on September 17.

Sale items are limited to 200 copies for each title only. Free entrance passes for the book fair are available at the CSM office at Pascor Drive, Sto. Niño, Parañaque City. Call 851-0521 and 25 for more details.

Pre-ordering will be from September 5 to 9 only via email at Check out CSM’s website at for the pre-ordering guidelines and to see the list of available resources for sale.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ang Bagong Harana Artists' Profiles

Ang Bagong Harana will showcase the best of Filipino composers from different music genres and will feature some of Philippine theater’s celebrated singers this coming Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. This is a musical journey every Filipino must take and which all of us should be proud of.

Please click here to read my personal blog post about this upcoming event and to get more details.

Presenting Ang Bagong Harana's talented singers:

Karla attained her Bachelor of Music Degree, Majoring in Voice from the University of the Philippines’ College of Music, under the tutelage of Prof. Fides Cuyugan-Asensio. She pursued further studies in Opera Interpretations with the Accademia Internazionale delle Arti in Rome, Italy under the supervision of Maestra Doris Andrews.

Charley is currently finishing her Diploma in Creative Performance in Music Arts at the University of the Philippines College of Music in Diliman. She has performed with Dulaang UP and with the UP College of Music Voice, Music Theater Guild opera productions.

A recipient of the Sunico Foundation Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in voice from the University of the Philippine’s College of Music under the tutelage of the Prof. Cecilia O. Valena. She is an alumna of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and was part of the 2010 MADZ European tour. She has performed in various opera productions.

Marian graduated at the University of Santo Tomas in a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education, Voice emphasis under the tutelage of Professor Thea Perez-Prosia. She was a member of CORO TOMASINO, and has performed in several productions and events such as the “Die Fledermaus”, “Sampung mga Daliri” held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines to name a few.

Janine is a 5th year Bachelor of Music Major in Voice from the University of the Philippines College of Music under Professor Cecilia Ongsiako-Valena. Her performances of Julia for Tanghalang Ateneo’s Walang Sugat and Juli in Dulaang UP’s Isang Panaginip na Fili gave her acclaimed reviews.

Al has covered as Roger Davis for Nine Works Theatrical production of “Rent”. He collaborated with Tanghalang Pilipino for “Banaag at Sikat” and “Noli Me Tangere”. And he played the Tenor for Philippine Opera Company's “Master Class”. He has been nominated twice in Aliw Awards for Best New Male Classical Performer and Best Actor in a musicale.

Marvin was a 1st prize NAMCYA winner in the Collegiate Category. He recently won 1st runner up in the NCCA Kundiman Competition. He was also a semi-finalist in the Juenesses Musicales Montreat International Competition Voice 2008. He has extensively toured key cities in Asia, Canada and the USA doing concert tours, festivals and competitions.

Graduated from the U.P. College of Music Majoring in Voice, under the tutelage of the late Professor Elmo Q. Makil. He was part of Singapore Lyric Opera productions of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and “Tales of Hoffmann”. He played the role of Marcello in Philippine Opera Company’s “La Boheme”. He has performed as solo classical artist in various concerts such as, Metlife Korea’s Gala and Awards night held in Brunei Darussalam.

Nazer has performed in local and international stages both as a Kundiman and a Classical artist. He has worked with Bulwagang Gantimpala, Dulaang UP, Opera Guild, Repertory Philippines and UP-PCCA. He is a trainer and adviser of Teatro Lasalliana of the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas where he is also a faculty member for the Communication Arts Department.

JACK SALUD baritenor
Jack has appeared in Repertory Philippines’ various productions such as “Little Women”, “Zorba”, “Man of La Mancha” and Philippine Opera Company’s “The Magic Flute” and “Master Class”. He performed with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra in a solo concert entitled “FEEL HARMONIC” at the Rockwell Center and has also performed with FILHARMONIKA Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga in Rockwell’s “ENCORE:Feel Harmonic II”.

FLOYD TENA baritone
Floyd is a member of the all-male power vocal cross-over trio “Primo” which has performed internationally. He has appeared in Gantimpala Theater’s production of “Noli Me Tangere”, Dulaang UP’s “Isang Panaginip na Fili”. He was part of the USA Tour of Music and Theatre’s “Song of Joseph”.

Jurgen is half-Filipino, half-German. His passion for the arts started at the tender age of five when he was encouraged by his family, teachers, and friends to join various singing competitions. He was also one of the most popular contestants, dubbed as a “heartthrob,” in ABS-CBN’s hit talent show, “Pilipinas Got Talent”, in its first season. He will be an in-coming freshman at the Conservatory of Music of the University of Santo Tomas.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Press Release: A Last Chance To Catch “FAKE” This Week (Aug. 17-21)

Title: Fake
Playwright: Floy Quintos
Direction: Tony Mabesa
Venue: Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY),
Bulwagang Rizal, Faculty Center Bldg.
University Of The Philippines Diliman
August 20, 2011 - 7 P.M.

For Seat Reservations:
c/o : Mr. Toots Tolentino
Mobile Number: 09997057103
Ticket Price: Php 300.00

"FAKE" is the story of Miguel, a man who has been hardened by his cynicism. Unable to overcome a childhood trauma, he studies and exposes the "fakes" of our culture. Along the way, he meets up with Lobo of the Tasaday. And with Sister Emily a visionary who is undergoing a period of self-doubt and depression. A supposed very real encounter with the Virgin herself leaves him cold and ever doubtful.

Why is Miguel so cynical? The play travels in flashback to his youth, when he was the ward of Jose Marco, the antiquarian who supposedly found the Code of Kalantiao, the manuscript of La Loba Negra by Burgos and other historical documents. The young Miguel's belief in Marco is however shattered, when an American researcher, Willam Henry Scott, proves that all these were forgeries.

"FAKE" cleverly blends real and imaginary characters, factual as well as fictional encounters in one thought-provoking piece of theater, directed by Tony Mabesa and starring a cast of fine actors . With "Fake", Quintos asks "Do we really need to believe in something?" and if we do, then "When is a lie better than the truth?"

Acclaimed as “one of Quintos’ most effective plays…”, FAKE delves into the final days in the life of Jose Marco, a man who successfully foisted his forgeries of the Code of Kalantiao and La Loba Negra until the fake works were debunked by renowned historian, Henry Scott.

The play, then, offers a “rewardingly intense and insightful exploration of questions about truth, reality, make-believe and identity that have all-too-human, relatable implications” as Dr. Jaime Laya of the Manila Bulletin puts it. FAKE scrutinizes our need as a people to cling and believe in something bigger than ourselves, something even bigger perhaps than truth.

FAKE has a sterling cast who rendered remarkable performances during Fake’s first run. Dr. Laya lauded that, “The acting of both seasoned thespians and newcomers alike, is excellent.” Furthermore, Amadís Ma. Guerrero of the Inquirer called the performances of the cast a “knockout”.

Acclaimed actor and director Joel Lamangan takes on the lead role of Jose Marco and alternating for the role is the equally talented director, actor, and artist Leo Rialp.

Gerard Pizarras and Bryan Tibayan alternate as Old Miguel, while Ross Pesigan appears as Young Miguel. Paul Holme plays William Henry Scott whereas Ces Quesada and Alya Honasan alternate as Concepcion. Interpreting as Sister Emily is Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, with Olive Nieto who serves as understudy for both the roles of Sister Emily and Concepcion. Jerald Napoles appears as Lobo of Tasaday/Datu Kalantiao, with Jorge Gil Fernandez alternating for the role. Karen Gaerlan performs as La Loba Negra and Richard Cunanan as George.

Comprising the artistic team are: Set/Costume Designer Dante Nico Garcia, Technical Director Ohm David, Lights Designer Meliton Roxas Jr., Stage Manager Raymond Vergara, Assistant Director/Dramaturg Emmanuel Feliciano, Poster/Photo Designer Dino Dimar and Sound Designer Arkel Mendoza.

FAKE will be staged at Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, UP Diliman, from August 17- 21, Wednesdays to Fridays at 7:00 pm, and weekends at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Tickets for August 20 show are available for seat reservation at mobile number: 09997057103 c/o Toots Tolentino.

See you at the Theater!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Jollibee Kids Meal's Speedy and Sassy Toys for August 2011

Press Release:

Meal time and fun always go hand in hand with Jollibee Kids Meals, with its combination of yummy food favorites and the coolest toys and gadgets. This month, go on a fast ride with Speed Racer: The Next Generation or go on a creative coloring spree with a little help from the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.

Everybody knows the awesome story of Speed Racer and his Mach5 and the latest cartoon series, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, which follows the adventures of a teenager named Speed as he takes on different challenges in his quest to be a famous race car driver like the original Speed racer. For aspiring racers, Jollibee Kids Meals offers the Mach 6 Sonic Drift and the Racer X Blazing Shadow. Simply place the toy into the launcher, pull the knob, and watch as the car races off. Collect both toys and re-create the exhilarating races of Speed and X, and go from zero to hero in record time! 

Ever wonder what a tickle or a chatterbox looks like? Roger Hargreaves’s beloved Mr. Men and Little Miss series have been entertaining children all over the world with stories of whimsically drawn characters with names that match their personality. Add these characters’ sassy flair to letters and drawings with Jollibee Kids Meals’ Mr. Men and Little Miss color stackers. Choose from 5 different scented stackable patterns featuring your favorite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters with the Super Stamper. Place the color you want at the top of the stack and start rolling away to create fun artworks! With the Write N’ Highlight you can have an enjoyable time making rainbow letters or highlighting using different colors. Collect both to create colorful works of art!

Take home each toy for free with every purchase of a Jollibee Kids Meal. Choose among the Yumburger Meal (P80), Spaghetti Meal (P88), 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal (P103), or try the newest Jollibee Kids Meal offering – the 4-pc Chicken Nugget Crunchers Meal (P98). August 12 to September 10.



With over 100 million copies sold worldwide, Mr. Men and Little Miss books have become a publishing phenomenon. Truly a property everyone can relate to, the brand has inspired a comprehensive consumer products program with over 280 licensees worldwide. Whether it is through the animated sketch comedy series – The Mr. Men Show—or its award winning Website, Mr. Men and Little Miss gets consumers laughing about the range of personalities we encounter in life.

For more information about Mr. Men, visit and

Monday, August 8, 2011

DOH Health Fiesta Caravan visits BUKIDNON

Press Release: DOH's LBK promotes exclusive breastfeeding for children 6 months & below, and maternal & child health

As the Department of Health (DOH) celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August, Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK) health fiesta caravan makes its sixth stop in Bukidnon; its first in the island of Mindanao, on August 10 & 11.

In support of the DOH’s Agenda of Kalusugan Pangakalahatan or Universal Health Care, LBK is a comprehensive health promotion caravan that aims to inform and educate families in remote communities. It mainly features a bus which has been customized to provide consultation and clinical services for families. The caravan also includes a festive health promotion arena of interactive exhibits, health classes, storytelling sessions, and entertainment shows.

The DOH theme for this month’s celebration is “Isulong ang Breastfeeding: Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo.”

“Breastmilk is the perfect food for newborn infants as it contains the specific nutrients required for growth and development,” said DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona. The DOH recommends six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Mothers are also encouraged to prepare nutritious meals for their families.

“The LBK is a good way of showing Filipinos that they are drivers of their own health,” said Ona. “I invite the residents of Bukidnon to join DOH in this leg of the journey.”

Since the health fiesta caravan was launched in March this year, it has been to five provinces–Tarlac, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Negros Occidental and Bohol–where it was able to generate awareness on health and to promote better health-seeking behaviors among families.

The LBK caravan stops in Kitaotao municipality where it aims to bring critical information on health practices to indigent residents of remote barangays.

After this leg, the health fiesta caravan proceeds to four other sites in Zamboanga del Norte, Compostela Valley, South Cotabato, and Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. 

LBK is made possible by a partnership among the DOH, the LGUs of municipality of Kitaotao and the province of Bukidnon, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and private partners such as the Dona Marta T. Hernandez Foundation of Victory Liner Inc., Melawares, Air21, OMF Literature Inc., Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Broadcasting Company, UNTV, Center for Community Journalism and Development, Philippine Press Institute and the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International, Inc..

For more information please contact Dr. Irma L. Asuncion, Director, National Center for Health Promotion, DOH/743-8438

Sunday, August 7, 2011

UNICEF Celebrates Global Breastfeeding Week

Press Release: UNICEF takes the message beyond health clinics

Manila, 4th August, 2011 - During World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF joins global partners in calling for the benefits of breastfeeding to be broadcast beyond clinics and delivery rooms to the public at large, ensuring that young people both in the developing world and in wealthier countries understand the importance of breastfeeding long before they become parents.

Breastfeeding is directly linked to reducing the death toll of children under five, yet only 36 per cent of infants under six months old in developing countries are exclusively breastfed. In the Philippines, only 34% of mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for 6 months, and the number drops to 2% at one year. One of the factors is the lack of a strong enabling environment that supports breastfeeding mothers.

“With so much at stake, we need to do more to reach women with a simple, powerful message: Breastfeeding can save your baby’s life,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “No other preventive intervention is more cost effective in reducing the number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthdays.”

The powerful benefits of breastfeeding for child survival, growth and development are well known. Scientific evidence has shown that breastfeeding could lead to a 13 per cent reduction in deaths of children under five if infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continued to be breastfed up to two years.

Breastfeeding also plays an important role in preventing stunting (low height for age), a condition that can cause irreversible physical and cognitive damage, and which is viewed as a key indicator reflecting inequities in society. Given its critical importance, UNICEF firmly supports all efforts to accelerate comprehensive action to improve breastfeeding rates globally, in every country and with a particular focus on reaching the most disadvantaged and hard to reach populations.

“Breastfed is best fed, whether the baby is born in Uganda or England, the Philippines or Canada,” said Lake.

Women generally have received information about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding when they go for antenatal care visits, or after they deliver their babies. That is why community health networks should have staff that not only possess updated knowledge and skills to support mothers to start breastfeeding, but also offer guidance and clarification on how to sustain exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and to continue to breastfeed until two years and beyond.

Yet, while breastfeeding rates in the developing world are on the rise in two-thirds of countries with data, millions of infants are not benefiting from this life-saving practice.

In the Philippines, UNICEF is working with the government, the private sector, NGOs, breastfeeding advocates and mothers to create an enabling environment for mothers to breastfeed. Through continuous advocacy, helping peer support networks, reaching out to mothers in communities and workplaces, supporting human milk banks and enforcement of the Milk Code, UNICEF helps promote a breastfeeding culture in the country.

‘It’s clear we need to take breastfeeding awareness to every corner of the country, from cities to rural communities. Not just mothers, but fathers, in-laws, teachers and business leaders all have a role to play in supporting a breastfeeding culture in the Philippines. In doing so, they are giving infants and young children the best possible chances of a healthy, secure start in life’, said Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF Philippines country representative.

UNICEF embraces the idea of using all possible means of communication and encourages others to do the same, using the opportunity of World Breastfeeding Week to trigger action the whole year round. UNICEF Philippines will have a month-long celebration with the Department of Health, the World Health Organization, other government agencies, corporate partners, NGOs and mothers to spread the word about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond.

This year’s celebration emphasizes the role that every member of society, especially fathers, can play to raise awareness about breastfeeding – a natural and nurturing start to life for infants and mothers. It also emphasizes that communication on breastfeeding should take advantage of non-traditional and newer communication tools such as social networking, blogs, mobile phone technology, the arts and flash mobs.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August 2011 Activities at Museo Pambata

FYI parents! Let's continue to help our kids pursue learning outside the school environment. Museo Pambata is a good place to experience new things in interactive and fun ways.

Until August 23
Drop by the exhibit "How Books are Made", which tells us all about the book-making process through the sketches of illustrator Frances Alcaraz. You can also see how these stories turn into ballet shows, with Ballet Manila's "Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang".

August 6
Anino sa Museo, 10 AM
Watch shadows and lights perform your favorite songs and stories with Anino Shadowplay Collective. You can also get a chance to try out shadow puppetry!

August 6 – 20
Guhit ČESko
Take a look at the colorful artworks of talented kids depicting the Czech Republic in an exhibit featuring the entries of the recently concluded art competition, Guhit ČESko : the Czech Republic through my eyes.

August 7
MP Guides Corner, 2 PM
All aboard! Let the museum's guides teach you how to make a boat out of tissue roll tubes and scrap materials!

August 13
Sayaw Manila!, 10 AM
Join the Manila Dance Company in dancing to the beat of modern and contemporary tunes! Let them teach you some of their moves after the performance.

Imperio Animalia, 11 AM
Sipat Lawin Ensemble presents their own spin on George Orwell's Animal Farm through a theater production!

August 20
Ang Bayanihan sa Museo, 10 AM
Dance with the Bayanihan! Enjoy a performance featuring dances from all around the Philippines, and join the dancers afterwards in a learn-to-dance session.

Linggo ng Wika Chorale Fest, 2 PM
Let’s celebrate Linggo ng Wika with music! Witness different children’s choral groups showcase their talents in a Filipino-themed songfest.

August 21
MP Guides Corner, 2 PM
Mold your clay into fun shapes by making clay shapers in a fun arts and crafts activity.

August 27
It’s Your Right to Know Your Rights!, 10 AM
Kids learn more about the rights of a child with the members of MP's Children's Advocacy Program and Ms. Sana Sta. Ana through games and arts and crafts.

August 30
MP Guides Corner, 2 PM
Commemorate Eid’l Fitr by making okir mats with the museum guides.

Note: All activities are subject to change without prior notice. Visit Museo Pambata at Roxas Blvd. Corner South Drive, Manila. Museum hours from Tuesday to Saturday is 8 am to 5 pm and 1 to 5pm during Sundays. Admission fee is 100 pesos for children and adults, with special discounts for group tours. Manila residents with valid IDs are free on Tuesdays and can enjoy 50% off on fees on all other days. For more information, call 523-1797/98 and 536-0595 or email

Friday, August 5, 2011

9Works Theatrical Presents "Sweet Charity All Weekends of August

Get ready to have lots of fun because the cast of Sweet Charity will amaze you with their world-class performances. Book your tickets now! This is a must-watch musical that shouldn't be missed this year!

Edit: Aug 12 - You can now read my full-length review of Sweet Charity over at :)

Press Release:

“Do you wanna have fun? A few laughs ? And a good time?"

Prepare yourselves as the spirit of the 60’s set in a night club in Manhattan will come to life this coming August as 9 Works Theatrical proudly presents Broadway’s most sensational spectacle and critically-acclaimed dance comedy musical “SWEET CHARITY”.

Like vintage champagne, “SWEET CHARITY” shall pop its cork to become one of the bubbliest, frothiest and happiest musical treats Manila will experience.

“SWEET CHARITY” (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse whose name is synonymous to “All That Jazz,” and “Chicago”) is about a taxi dancer’s adventures and misadventures in the ways of love and who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man.

“SWEET CHARITY” was originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse when it premiered on Broadway in 1966. With over 600 performances, the production won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in the same year before opening in London a year later. A 1969 film version starred Shirley MacLaine. A Broadway revival in 2005 featured Christina Applegate.

Giving life to the different characters in “SWEET CHARITY ” that promises a lot of zip, zest and real energy are a mix of the country’s well-seasoned actors and talented young artists in the field of entertainment and dance.

As the lead character, Charity Hope Valentine is a kooky, feisty, punchy and a bubbly dance hall hostess in New York who has been used and dumped by a succession of distinctly uncharitable men, but who hasn’t stopped hoping for a happy ending. With her "loveable childlike" persona, Charity embodies the hopelessly gullible and sentimental woman who will sing and dance with her dancehall posse. Audiences can expect the unexpected as she unleashes her dynamite – legs, frills, lipstick, and a performance that will be full of vitality, pathos and verve.

Playing the role of Charity is Nikki Gil, who was an ingénue eight years ago when she first appeared in a soft drink commercial and rose to fame as she honed her talents in song and dance. As a mainstay host and artist of “ASAP Live” on ABS-CBN, Nikki’s foray into theatre included a lead role as Elle Woods in the local production of the musical “Legally Blonde ” produced in 2010.

Kris Lawrence plays Oscar Lindquist, a claustrophobic, wimpy nervous man who Charity befriends in a stalled elevator. A neurotic tax accountant by profession, hopefully, he shall give Sweet Charity the love she has longed for. From winning a local singing talent search a few years back, Kris has become one of the young breed of soul artists and has recently released his album “Moments of Love.” His regular TV show is on GMA-7’s “Party Pilipinas.” Landing a role in “Sweet Charity” is a dream come true.

Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Nickie, the well-worn dance hostess and Ciara Sotto-Oconer as Helene will play the roles of Sweet Charity’s closest confidantes at the Fandango Ballroom, a seedy dance hall where they're employed as unabashed hostesses.

Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, who is one of the leading ladies of Philippine theatre today has appeared in various productions here and abroad which include Hong Kong Disneyland’s “The Golden Mickeys,” “Cinderella”, and 9 Works Theatrical’s hit show, “The Wedding Singer” as Julia Guglia.

Ciara Sotto-Oconer is one of the country’s top-rated artists. Her recent role as Mimi in the 9 Works production of “ RENT” last February marked her stamp as a stalwart both in acting and dancing.

Sheree Vidal-Bautista plays Carmen, one of Charity’s co-dancers. A TV personality who ventured into the musical theatre scene, her role as Mimi in the recently-concluded rock musical “ RENT ” has proven that indeed, her musical artistry was well-received by the press and audiences alike.

Miguel Faustmann plays Herman, the authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom and Charity's boss. As Philippine theatre’s well-respected ‘man for all seasons,’ Miguel’s roster of roles he has portrayed for over 20 years in Repertory Philippines’ various productions firmly attests his stature as the ‘consummate artist.’

OJ Mariano plays the dual role of Vittorio Vidal, the charming, egotistical and confident Italian film star; and Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck, the enigmatic leader of the Rhythm of Life Church. Originally a singer and concert performer, OJ’s luck came into a streak when he bagged the coveted role as Tom Collins in “RENT” last Febuary 2010. His highly-acclaimed moving performance prompted 9 Works Theatrical to cast him again for the same role in the re-runs of “RENT” last December 2010 and February 2011.

Tasy Garrucha plays Ursala March, the melodramatic actress and Vittorio's girlfriend. She is one of the rising stars of Philippine theater with her star turn as Zafira in Dulaang UP’s Orosman at Zafira as well as being a performer in Resorts World’s KAOS.

Joining the ensemble are a mix and match of seasoned talents as well as up and coming actors in the industry. Notable actresses include Caisa Borromeo who returns to 9 Works Theatrical for this production of Sweet Charity after her critically acclaimed performance in Little Women, singer-actress and Party Pilipinas blocking director Chinie Nepomuceno, and prima dancers Vinia Pamplona and Carmelle Ros as dancehall hostesses opposite Charity, as well as theater veteran Topper Fabregas, Job Bautista who was last seen as Angel in 9 Works Theatrical’s RENT, Francis Matheu, Anthony Tarrosa Ong, Peter Alcedo and Chai Relucio.

The artistic team of “SWEET CHARITY” is led by Director Robbie Guevara, Assistant Director Lorenz Martinez, Joseph Tolentino, Musical Director (Band), Mio Infante, Scenographer; Martin Esteva, Lighting Designer; Mio Infante and Hanna de los Reyes as Costume Designers.

The “SWEET CHARITY” production team is composed of: Santi Santamaria, executive producer; Anna Santamaria, company manager; Toff de Venecia, Marketing & PR Director; Toots Tolentino, PR Consultant; Jonjon Martin, PR Manager; Sunshine Domine, Production Manager; and Aries Alcayaga, Stage Manager.

“SWEET CHARITY” opens on August 5 and will perform all weekends of August at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Please call 557-5860, 586-7105 or 0917-5545560 or email for more info.

“SWEET CHARITY” is presented by 9 Works Theatrical. Major Partners include The Rockwell Club; and Member’s Only Bar and Lounge as Participating Partner.

“SWEET CHARITY” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel.: (212) 541-4684 •

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ballet Philippines’ CANDICE ADEA wins her THIRD INTERNATIONAL AWARD for 2011

I recently attended Ballet Philippine's press con about their 42nd season and was wowed by how Candice Adea danced. She is all grace and fluid movements. Here, a writeup about her receiving another accolade for her talents. Congratulations Candice! You make us proud! :)

Press Release:

Once again, BP Principal Dancer CANDICE ADEA has made the country proud by winning the Bronze Medal (Third Prize) at the 8th Seoul International Dance Competition in Seoul, South Korea. This is Ms. Adea's fourth triumph at an international ballet competition in two years following her silver medal at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition, and 2 special awards at the First Boston International Ballet Competition (the Lead Performer in a Ballet Performance and the Maris Liepa Award for Outstanding Artistry). This is her third international award for the year 2011.

The competition was held from July 13 to 31, 2011 with competitors from all over the world including the United Kingdom, Russia, USA, South Africa, China, Japan and Korea, among others. Ms. Adea was tied in third place with Kyoung Rim Kim (Korea). She was just behind First Prize Melissa Hamilton (UK) and Second Prize Qian Liu (China). Despite the heavy downpour of rain in Seoul, causing the theater to be hit by a mudslide and the competition to be delayed, the competition went on as planned.

Ms. Adea and her partner Jean Marc Cordero, who has been her dance partner in all her successful ventures in competitions, were invited to join the competition after being spotted at the Boston IBC. Cordero made it to the Semi-Finals of the competition, and was her non-competing partner during the final round, where they performed “Diana and Acteon”.

The Seoul IDC aims to discover promising young dancers, provide them the opportunity to gain international experience, support cooperation between dancers participating in each category, and contribute in their improved understanding of the international world. The competition has 3 categories, namely Ballet, Contemporary, and Ethnic. It has steadily gained an international following, with dancers from Russia, China,  and Japan placing top honors in recent years.

Ms. Adea’s next performance will be for Ballet Philippines’ ENCANTADA, the modern dance masterpiece of Agnes Locsin, on August 12-14, 2011 at the CCP Main Theater. For tickets call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or Ballet Philippines at 551-1003.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

IP-Converge to hold Google Enterprise Seminar

FYI to business owners who are wondering how they can benefit from implementing Google Enterprise. Here's a free seminar where you can find out  more about this technology.

Press Release:

IP-Converge, the country’s first and only publicly listed Internet Data Center and Cloud Services Provider, through its partnership with technology giant, Google, will be hosting the second session of its “Everyone’s gone Google” seminar series on August 10, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Over 3 million businesses worldwide have gone Google, and the list keeps on growing. The Google Enterprise suite of products helps to significantly boost users’ productivity while keeping costs at a minimum. Google’s enterprise cloud services range from messaging and collaboration, security and compliance, to geospatial and mapping solutions, and search.

Guest speakers Johan Segergren, Google Enterprise Country Manager for Thailand and the Philippines, and Herns Hermida, IP-Converge Vice President for Emerging Solutions, will discuss the different products and the benefits and advantages they bring to the enterprise.

“We have successfully implemented Google Enterprise to many local enterprises. With the power of Google behind them, not only have they realized significant cost savings, but more importantly - increased productivity. Our very first Google Enterprise customers have been using these incredible products for over a year now, and every one of them has experienced the benefits of zero downtime. In fact, we at IP-Converge can testify to the reliability of these fantastic products, as we’ve been running on Google for the past 3 years,” Hermida adds.

Airphil Express is one of the latest additions to the growing list of companies who have gone Google. According to Jasmin Eusebio, Vice President for New Media, “Google Apps helps me easily access my office emails on the go instead of having to go to the office to download important files. The bigger file size limit also helps me store and share critical email attachments with teammates and partners more conveniently so that business correspondence and decision making are done faster.”

The seminar is for free and shall be held at the Mahogany Room, 4th Floor, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Makati City. Interested parties may register by emailing

IP-Converge is the largest Google Enterprise Partner in the Philippines and has received training for support and deployment services from Google, as well as access to APIs for integrating Google Apps into customers' business operations. For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Enchanted Kingdom Celebritales this August

Visitors of Enchanted Kingdom this August can catch several celebrities during the storytelling session. Time your visit there if you want to see them :)

Press Release:

Enchanted Kingdom reaches out once again to the younglings as it invites a new set of celebrities to be part of the Celebrity Storytelling Program this August.

In Enchanted Kingdom’s Celebrity Storytelling, the country’s most renowned celebrities are invited to bring children of their chosen charity and to share with these underprivileged the magical world of Enchanted Kingdom. The celebrity of the day reads a story to the children as Enchanted Kingdom’s Circle of Artists play the roles of the different characters in the story.

The fresh young stars of GMA-7 – rising star Kylie Padilla, bad boy of the dancefloor Mark Herras, and Binibining Pilipinas 2009 1st runner up Rich Asuncion – will visit the premier theme park in the month of August as Enchanted Kingdom launches yet another legendary era of celebrity storytelling.

With a boosting career in the primetime drama Dwarfina and the GMA hit TV series Tween Hearts, rising star Kylie Padilla is Enchanted Kingdom’s celebrity storyteller on August 13. The sweet and charming 18-year-old is currently on her way to conquering Philippine showbiz as she portrays the lead role in the TV remake Blusang Itim. Kylie also makes special appearances on GMA-7’s Sunday noontime show Party Pilipinas.

Dubbed as the “bad boy of the dancefloor” since his claim to fame, the first Starstruck Ultimate Male Survivor Mark Herras has starred in GMA’s hit TV series Diva and is set to appear in the new film Babaeng Luksa alongside Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Anthony Fernandez. Watch Mark “read for a cause” on August 21, 4pm at Enchanted Kingdom’s Bandstand.

Visiting the park on August 20 is Rich Asuncion, who stars as Frida in the TV series Sisid. This stunning FHM cover girl also made it to Starstruck’s top 14. Enchanted Kingdom is looking forward to having the gorgeous Binibining Pilipinas 2009 1st runner up as one of the EK celebrity storytellers.

Join the fun as the celebrity storytellers of August enchant the hearts and paint genuine smiles on the faces of underprivileged kids, 4pm at the Bandstand only at Enchanted Kingdom!

Log onto for more details.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Museo Pambata’s Children’s Art Competition Awarding Ceremonies and Exhibit

FYI to those who are planning to visit Museo Pambata this month, do check out the kiddie artworks exhibit there.
Press Release:

The Czech Embassy Manila, in cooperation with Museo Pambata, will open an exhibit featuring the artworks of Filipino children age 10-14 in the recently concluded children’s art competition entitled “Guhit ČESko : the Czech Republic through my eyes.”

Featuring entries from within and outside Manila, the exhibit aims to give the Filipino youth a glimpse of beautiful Czech Republic, the heart of Europe. 

The opening and awarding ceremonies will feature Philippine folk songs presented by the Children’s Joy Foundation while a song popularized by Czech hard rock band, Kabat, will be performed by Manila rock bassist, Macky Macaventa.

The opening ceremonies and awarding of winners will be on August 6, 2011 Saturday at 2pm in Museo Pambata. The exhibit will be open to the public until August 20, 2011.

For additional information, visit or contact the Czech Embassy Manila through 811 1155.
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