Friday, November 30, 2012

PRO-FRIENDS Unveils First-Ever Condominium Project

For yuppies and young families ...

Press Release:

The Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS), one of the fastest growing real estate developers in the Philippines, has unveiled Ilustrata Residences, its first-ever residential condominium project in Metro Manila.

Located along Santolan Road in Cubao, Quezon City, the residential condominium offers young professionals and start-up families the unique advantage of comfortably and conveniently living in the city while being detached from the metro’s pollution.

The studio-type unit at Ilustrata Residences
is suitable for any young professional today

Strategically built to connect its residents from north to south through EDSA and east to west through Ortigas Avenue, the Ilustrata Residences is accessible to any given route involving main roads, alternative detours and public transportation to go around the city.

Ilustrata Residences is a mid-rise residential condominium with six buildings amidst the affluent lifestyle of Greenhills, the tree-lined avenues of New Manila and the laid-back ambience of the residential enclaves along Mariposa. With these surroundings, the Ilustrata Residences offers its residents their own urban haven in a prestigious address.  Buyers can own units starting at P7,500 per month.

The spacious dining area of the Ilustrata Residences
is perfect for young families

“We are pleased to have our most recent city residential condominium built right in the middle of Metro Manila to cater to discerning individuals and families who are looking for homes that fit their budget, provide them value for their money and are easily accessible to any part of the city,” said PRO-FRIENDS Corporate Communications Director Monica Morales.

Ilustrata Residences is situated at # 39 Boni Serrano Avenue, Bagong Lipunan ng Crame, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information on Ilustrata Residences, visit

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Greyson Chance Launched Trinoma’s “Merry Musical Lights”

Greyson may have left the country but you can still buy his latest album and also have until January 6 to catch Trinoma's Christmas treat to shoppers!

Press Release:

Ayala Malls, home to the best live entertainment, continued its tradition of bringing some of the most remarkable performances of both foreign and local acts in the country as it presented 15 year old American teen pop singer-songwriter and pianist GREYSON CHANCE for a series of concerts and promotions to reveal his latest EP entitled Truth Be Told part 1. He delighted fans with his enthralling voice and amazing talent as he performed at Ayala Malls last November 11, 2012. Some fans, who caught him at Market! Market! Activity Center at 2:30pm and TriNoma Activity Center at 6:30pm, got a chance to meet and greet him after the shows. 

Apart from this exciting event, Greyson also did a special performance to launch TriNoma’s “Merry Musical Lights” as an early Christmas treat to Ayala Malls shoppers! For this show only, fans were given a treat as the play of lights was set to one of the songs from Greyson’s exceptional repertoire.

As the first lights show in TriNoma, “Merry Musical Lights” is set to become a hallmark event this holiday season. Families and friends are sure to delight in this spectacular nightly event with shows scheduled as follows:

·      November 11 – 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
·      November 12 – January 6 (except December 31) – 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
·      December 15-23 – 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Greyson’s highly-anticipated EP, Truth Be Told part 1, under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) contains five tracks namely “You Might Be the One”, “Leila”, “California Sky”, “Take My Heart” and the uplifting new single, “Sunshine & City Lights”, which is the first taste of the new music he has been working on for nearly a year.

GREYSON CHANCE TRUTH BE TOLD PART 1 PHILIPPINE TOUR was presented by Ayala Malls and MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). Official Residence: InterContinental Manila. Media partners: MYX Music Channel (The No. 1 Music Channel in the Philippines), 97.1 Barangay LS FM (Tugstugan Na!), The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld,, Total Girl Magazine, Manila Concert Scene and Philippine Concerts.

GREYSON CHANCE’s brand new EP TRUTH BE TOLD PART 1is available in CDs at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via iTunes or

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MOSSIMO Launches “Mossimo is California Cool!”

Congrats Mossimo Philippines for coming up with a new, and definitely cool, look! :)

Press Release:

As the American apparel company Mossimo captures the key trends this coming 2013 with their latest fashion and cutting-edge innovation—Mossimo Philippines proudly brings you “Mossimo is California Cool!”, a new store format inspired by a whole new look that will give you a whole new shopping experience.

To drive the brand’s objective of giving a more hip, young and urban spirit, it is now launching a new store format with California cool ambiance that reflects a street-style combined with beach lifestyle culture.  Mossimo recently launched their first branch with the new format at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City last November 1.

Magnolia David, Mossimo Philippines’ Marketing Director is delighted that the new look for Mossimo store will cater potentially to more millions of Filipino shoppers as it offers a store design that is synonymous with young, innovative and contemporary.

“As we strive to bring everyday women and men urban fashion without the hefty price tag, we’re also happy to give them the whole look of contrasting mix of old-school and modern all in one store setting,” Ms David commented.

Mossimo’s store design now represents the brand’s beach lifestyle with hand-painted logos and a play on various industrial lettertype giving the store a very relaxed feel in contrast with the clothes and products on display.  To add more compliment to the new look,  Mossimo stores is now also designed with wooden and steel elements giving the whole place an industrial feel without leaving out that laid-back lifestyle image true to the Mossimo DNA.

Ms David said, “Next year, we’re hoping to continue our new format with 55 branches across Metro Manila as well as to our provincial branches”

Mossimo stores operate between 80 to 150 sq m that primarily caters to both men and women with apparels that draw street and urban styles. In the Philippines, Mossimo boasts 55 branches across the country with 20 branches in Metro Manila.

As the new brand creates a store that truly lives up to its name—Mossimo is California Cool-- Mossimo continues to offer a diverse collection of street fashion for men and women, ages 18-40, and fits the 24/7 lifestyle. “Internationally, Mossimo has been proven to be one of the premier urban street labels for both men and women. Mossimo now promises to continue to evolve into new categories while we maintain its beach lifestyle culture,” Ms David explained.

For more info you can also visit our fan page Facebook and Twitter @mossimoPH.



In 1986, Mossimo Gianulli sold his own brand of beach volleyball shorts to retailers along the Southern Californian coast. Mossimo quickly realized the enormous potential for youth fashion.

Drawing influences from the Californian cultural melting pot, Mossimo was able to blend elements of surf, sports, urban and street fashion to build a powerful brand that had a very broad yet credible appeal.

In the Philippines, Mossimo has since proven to be one of the premiere urban, street labels for both men and women. Regarded as one of the original street-wear brands, the Mossimo name is unsurpassed for authenticity and quality. With a stable including men’s and women’s clothing, eye-wear, underwear, bags, body scents and watches. Mossimo is more than just a brand; it’s a lifestyle.

Mossimo has stood the test of time and after 19 years it still offers contemporary styling, authenticity and heritage in a tough market that ruthlessly cycles through brand.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nescafe Philippines Reaches 2 Million Facebook Likes

I wasn't available to cover the fan's day so I'm just sharing with you all the press release instead of an event coverage in my other blog ...

Press Release:

NESCAFÉ Philippines is proud to announce its current position as the country’s top brand page on Facebook. The brand celebrated its success through NESCAFÉ Fan’s Day, a public event that engaged fans to commemorate its online journey of reaching a milestone with 2 million Facebook likes.

November 17 marked a whole-day affair packed with pocket events such as interactive video and photo booths, games, and variety shows to reward fans who have made the success of the brand possible. Merienda was served, with the favorite Pinoy coffee sidekick - the pandesal, and other special NESCAFÉ treats. It was a day dedicated to entertain and bring enjoyment to the people, capturing millions of memories through a one-day-only event. 

To cap the celebration, a NESCAFÉ event was not complete without the appearances of popular local celebrities and top-favorite bands. YouTube sensation and comedienne, Petra Mahalimuyak joined celebrities Frank Magalona, Survivor Philippines castaways Betong and Maey, and sports enthusiast Drew Arellano; while Callalily, 6 Cycle Mind, and Urban-dub set the stage for the after-party concert.

“We receive overwhelming support every day on Facebook. One post may get as many as a thousand likes and shares, and comments may reach up to the same level – we’re blown away. It is heartwarming to see people love and understand your product at almost the same level that you do, and through this event we say, ‘Thank you’,” said Mark Castillo, Consumer Marketing Manager of NESCAFÉ in the Philippines.

The brand page launched on Facebook on July 8, 2009; in December 2011, it reached the 1 million mark, and shortly a year after, on October 23, it held its spot as the no.1 brand page in the Philippines, with 2 million likes.

NESCAFÉ shared that from the time it hit a million fans, it has been adding over a thousand fans every day, and now that they’re at 2 million, fans grew daily by over 3,000 likes. 

NESCAFÉ Philippines has shown that constant engagement and genuine interest in fans’ opinions will not only earn mass respect, but also garner love. Undoubtedly, the brand’s efforts to add local flavor to its Facebook posts have paved the way for this social media success. Understanding what matters such as friends, families, celebrations of life and love are what brought NESCAFE closer to the hearts of Filipinos.

“This event is a testament that fans and brands go hand in hand in ensuring social media success. We listen, we care, we respond. Your fans will know if you are worthy of their attention, more so, their love, and we cannot be any happier that they gave us both,” said Christophe Stern, Business Executive Manager of NESCAFE in the Philippines. 



Launched in 1938, NESCAFE today is one of the world's most popular brands. In the Philippines, NESCAFE offers pure soluble coffees, coffee mixes, healthy coffees, premium coffees, and ready-to-drink coffees. For more information, please visit, like the Facebook fan page and follow @NescafePH on Twitter.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tempura Japanese Grill Cooks Up a Happy Holiday Feast with Party Platters and Packages

Just reading about these made me hungry!!! :p

Press Release:

The holiday feast experience gets spiced up by plentiful Japanese fare as Tempura Japanese Grill beefs up its menu with a delectable variety of food packages for groups of every size. This yuletide season, Tempura Japanese Grill invites families and friends to enjoy a sampling of food favorites with Japanese Party Platters.

Overload on sushi goodness this holiday season with
Tempura Japanese Grill's very own sushi platter
Perfect for get-togethers, party size treats include the Sushi and Sashimi Medley valued at P1250 and P2500 for medium and large; Tempting Appetizer at P1950 and P2500 for medium and large; Crispy Karaage in a Platter for P1500; Ramen in a Platter for P1250; Ebi Tempura Delight for P1500; Crispy Kani and Tempura Combo for P1500; and Chicken Teriyaki and Tonkatsu Surprise for P2500. Japanese Party Platters are good for a minimum of six and a maximum of eight persons.

Tempura Japanese Grill’s Christmas Party Packages, on the other hand, are sure to be a hit among guests in larger scale parties.

Treat the family to a delectable meaty treat with the
Chicken Teriyaki and Tonkatsu Surprise
Guests can enjoy rice meals featuring Gyu Hamburg Curry, Tonkatsu, and Tori Karaage, that come with Iced Tea and a brownie for P125 each; rice meals featuring Spareribs Sansho Yaki, Yakitori, and Buta Shogayaki, that come with Iced Tea and Gyoza for P155 each; and Chicken Roulade, Tori Kawayaki, and Yakitori, that come with Iced Tea and Mixed Tempura for P228.

Finally, fans of grilled food can take pleasure in freshly prepared meat and seafood in delicious and hefty servings with the Yakiniku and Yakitori Platters. Foodies will go crazy over bite-sized Yakiniku meat and the barbecued Yakitori skewers grilled over fiery charcoal.

Keeping healthy and happy this Christmas is easy and affordable
with Tempura Japanese Grill 
Also accepting catering services, bulk orders and reservations, Tempura Japanese Grill puts a uniquely delightful twist to holiday celebrations with loved ones. Indulge in its authentic food offerings today.

Tempura Japanese Grill has 11 branches: Tomas Morato, Alabang Town Center, UN Avenue and Robinsons Midtown in Manila, Convergys Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Banawe in Quezon City, SM Pampanga, SM Cebu, Shopwise Araneta Center, and Trinoma.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Harness the Glow of the Holidays with Clarity

Press Release:

It is that time of the year when nights begin to grow longer while the cold awakens the festive spirit. It is the season of bright lights ushered in by the so-called ber months. And while people are overwhelmed with kindness, it is only natural to let that inner glow break out and shine.

Premium body and facial care provider Clarity Aesthetic Medical & Dental Center presents that chance to not only feel good but look good as well. With its SkinCheQ beauty package, Clarity lets people in on a deal that offers beauty inside and out.

As the Christmas season arrives, gatherings and get-togethers come left and right and it is only fitting that one looks his or her best at every occasion. SkinCheQ offers that unique opportunity with a set of beauty treatments that reflect the festive mood of the season.

Clarity is offering SkinCheQ as a gift for those who are wellness enthusiasts. For only Php 15,000, a client can enjoy a complete pampering, which includes one ReFirme session, two Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments, and three Intense Diamond Peel (IDP) sessions. The package also throws in a free overnight stay for two at any of Clarity’s partner hotel or resort, which results in saving a lot of serious money.

With the ReFirme session, Clarity offers a non-invasive skin treatment that peps up a more youthful, toned, and lifted skin minus the long downtime or recovery. Aside from its skin-tightening benefits, the procedure also helps minimize pores and reduce the chance of getting unsightly breakouts and pimples.

The IPL treatment, on the other hand, offers a convenient way to remove age spots, freckles, broken veins, and large pores – all without the ouch! The IDP session meanwhile gently and effectively exfoliates the skin through steady stream of fine crystals that whisk away dead skin cells leaving a smooth, fresh, and rejuvenated skin.

Done by board-certified doctors and highly qualified aestheticians, Clarity clients are guaranteed value for every penny with quality service while the offering of a short and relaxing getaway simply further sweetens the deal. A SkinCheQ holder can enjoy an overnight relaxation with the free accommodation for two that comes with the beauty package. Clients can choose from any of Clarity’s partner hotels, which include The Bellevue Hotel in Alabang, Hotel H2O, and the Midas Hotel in the heart of the metro; resort destinations like the Club Balai Isabel or The Farm at San Benito in Batangas and the Nurture Spa in Tagaytay are also choices for the free accommodation.

Free Skin Analysis is available for Clarity Shangri-la clients while a mere Php 400 more entitles SkinCheQ holders to an expert consultation with a resident Clarity dermatologist. Available until December 2012 and valid until 2013, the package also enables clients to reach out and share the benefits of the deal by offering the various service certificates and accommodations as gifts to friends, family members or loved ones.

It is easy to get lost in the merriment of the yuletide season. Before jumping headlong into the Christmas rush, make sure things are set straight starting with a rejuvenated body and mind. Spend time and resources wisely by investing in your own. With Clarity Aesthetic Medical & Dental Center’s SkinCheQ, beauty and wellness are just a call or a clinic visit away.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Adventure Time Comes to Life with Bonakid Choco Boost and Cartoon Network Team-Up

Press Release:

Bonakid Choco Boost, a chocolate milk brand by Wyeth, has teamed up with Cartoon Network to bring Adventure Time to life with an amazing tour sure to excite school children around the metro until the middle of August. Adventure Time is one of the TV network’s most popular and engaging programs suited for active grade school children and the young at heart. The partnership seeks to encourage physical and mental engagement among kids in a fun and wholesome way.

The adventure revolves around mystery challenges that test the children’s creativity, imagination, decision making, and agility. Dressed up as Adventure Time’s character Finn, the kids are tasked to save the main character, Jake, who is trapped in a mysterious place called “Ooo”. The land of Ooo is the main setting of Adventure Time where Finn, along with his friends and foes, live. The kids are given six missions to complete, each one filled with exciting missions and challenges guaranteed to stimulate kids’ mental and physical toughness.

Participating kids have been pre-selected to join this highly interactive game, with Bonakid Choco Boost drink as an important component to help them with the bonus mission en route to the finish. This involves shooting balls into holes that represent the correct answers to three given questions about nutrients found in Bonakid Choco Boost: calcium, iron, and zinc. This task alone demonstrates the participants’ mental alertness and good physical coordination, with emphasis on the three nutrients that help support the nutritional growth and development needs of children 7 years and older.

The fun and laughter go beyond the games, with some of the participants animatedly articulating their delight during one leg of the tour. The adventure games raised the kids’ spirits so much that one participant described Bonakid Choco Boost as “life-changing”. There were even some who, obviously stimulated by their enthusiasm after a drink, asked where they can buy the milk and how much it costs.

Packed with energy and nutrients, Bonakid Choco Boost promises to inject life and excitement to play and adventure. This partnership with Cartoon Network is a testimony to that claim, bringing children’s favorite cartoons to life for an energizing and fun activity.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Skin vs. Food: Skin Food Fit for Living

Press Release:

A battle ensues every day. It’s not between countries or between people. It’s not even between neighbors or family. The battle is closer to home as our skins are bombarded with food that not only causes unwanted fat but also unhealthy skin.

The skin protects the body from the world’s dangers. It is the first to face damages that everything around us can do. But when the dangers are inside, the skin will ultimately suffer. It shows from acne and the horrible marks it leaves. An unhealthy lifestyle will inevitably show on our skins.

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Food not only nourishes the body – it keeps it healthy and it provides the necessary tools to make it fit for living. With the constant improvements in the science of food making, food becomes easier to prepare but at an inconsequential price. The nutrients are depleted and the fat and sugar are at an all-time high. That burger you had for lunch could be beginning to show on your skin.

That is why people in our generation suffer most from the constant onslaught of acne. They are more prone because the food that they devour isn’t conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Not only are the food we eat are becoming more cringe-worthy by the minute, our skins suffer the horrible consequences.

Lifestyles are not what they used to be.  Before instant food and extra conservatives, people lived naturally. Foods that they consumed were more likely grown on the farm manually, which contributes to their healthy lifestyles. Food was naturally made. No chemicals were used to grow whatever they consumed.

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It’s no wonder that our grandparents’ black and white and even sepia photos showed clear healthy skins! Imagine your skin being as regal as your grandmother’s when she was your age.

Healthy eating naturally equals clear healthy skins and it will inevitably show. Show the world that healthy eating truly contributes to the equation. Try eating only healthy foods for a week. Drink only water and avoid colored and concentrated drinks. Increase fiber intake and choose “superpower” food like dark chocolate, blueberries, spinach, salmon, and more.

Prove to the world that a healthy lifestyle is the one way to get clear healthy skin. Religiously keep a food diary. Share what you eat. Be creative! Use picture collages and video logs as you rediscover the power of healthy food on making and keeping skin clear and beautiful.

Using the right skin care products like Papulex™, which helps in fighting the three root causes of acne, will definitely keep the skin clear and healthy. Papulex™ is made with three active ingredients (EU-patented ABA technology, Nicotinamide and Zinc PCA) that are clinically proven to address the root causes of acne. It helps you manage acne to keep you confident so that you can be a little more positive every day.

Being careful of what you eat is one of the simplest ways of caring for our skins. The truth of proper skin care is available right at your fingertips. With Papulex™, seek the truth behind proper skin care amidst the cluttered food choices available in the world. Papulex™ leads the way in encouraging people to become Truth Seekers.

Food shows the life we’re living – healthy or not. Food is not our skins’ enemy. It’s the choices we make that matters. Is the food you’re eating fit for living? Prove to the world that you truly are living a healthy lifestyle with your skin. Find out for yourself what’s real and what’s not. Be a Truth Seeker.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Celebrate Gastronomy-To-Go and Dig Into Pop Culture Cuisine With FAST FOOD MANIA

Press Release:

We've grown up with America's favourite treat - fast food.  From beloved childhood memories to classic Americana, the art of quick and delicious fare represents some of life's greatest pleasures and often marks milestone moments. TLC invites fans to dive into the pop culture world of fast food and dig deep into its cuisine - FAST FOOD MANIA features its fanatics and explores all the one-of-a-kind wonders it has to offer.  The immersive tour de food will be led by the intrepid fast food aficionado, Jon Hein ("The Howard Stern Show" and "The Fast Food Show" on Sirius/XM) as he dines and decodes the world's most popular dishes. FAST FOOD MANIA, a ten-part series, premieres every Thursday at 10:00 p.m., beginning November 22 on TLC. Encores every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m.

The travel-packed and finger-licking series will not only look at awesome eats but also offer up essential tips for navigating the ever-winding drive-thrus and ordering secret menu items, as well as delve into never-before-seen test kitchens of some of America's favourite chains.  You think you know all there is to know about the subject, but FAST FOOD MANIA also reveals behind-the-scenes stories and little known facts, including answers to trivia questions such as "Who designed the signature red and white KFC bucket?"  Bet you didn't know it was the owner of another popular fast food restaurant - Dave Thomas of Wendy's -- who once operated one of the largest KFC franchises!

FAST FOOD MANIA celebrates the accomplishments of what were once mom and pop businesses that evolved into great American successes and takes viewers on a nostalgic ride revisiting memorable campaigns, iconic outposts, and tasty menu items - sometimes with a side of fries. FAST FOOD MANIA makes stops at beloved eateries such as Sonic, Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, Taco Bell, and the original hot dog stand by the sea, Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, NY. But it's not just about the legendary brands. Jon also uncovers the up-and-coming chains making their mark, as well as hidden gems like Jet BBQ, a historic firehouse turned true drive-thru restaurant in Wichita, Kansas.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Jude Law is the Wicked Bogeyman Pitch in ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Press Release:

Jude Law is considered one of Britain’s finest actors, with a wealth and variety of film and theater performances to his credit.

Law will star opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” Last year, he reunited with Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr., on “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” reprising his role from the global boxoffice success “Sherlock Holmes”. In his new animation film in DreamWorks Animations he plays evil entity known as Pitch.

“The Guardians represent hope, joy, wonder and dreams,” producer Christina Steinberg notes. “If Pitch is able to take them out, they will literally cease to exist. The attributes they represent would be gone from the world and fear would reign.”

The way Pitch attempts to do that is by corrupting one of the Guardians’ tools. “He has a huge amount resentment for being shoved under the beds for hundreds of years,” says actor Jude Law, who gives voice to Pitch. “He figures out a way to take the Sandman’s dream sand – the positive, pure golden sand that gives everyone happy dreams – and twist it into nightmares (which take the form of amorphous black stallions subject to Pitch’s command), creating fear within children.”

And by design, the manner in which he operates is quite compelling, director Peter Ramsey says.

“We thought a lot about the way fear works in the real world, and the logic behind it.  If you think, ‘I want to go outside, but there are some clouds in the sky and that means it might rain. If it rains, I might get a cold. If I get a cold…’ Pretty soon you’re not going outside and you’re missing all the best stuff in life because you let your fear snowball into something unhealthy. Fear shuts down your world.  So we knew that we wanted a character that was alluring and could falsely convince you that being afraid was the only thing that made sense.”

Steinberg agrees. “These iconic characters needed a worthy opponent. Peter, Bill Joyce, David Lindsay-Abaire and I spent a lot of time talking about our favorite villains in past movies. We all loved the feeling we had watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when we hid behind our bedroom doors, peeking our heads out to watch the Wicked Witch of the West. She was scary, but exciting and charismatic at the same time. We wanted to bring that dynamic to Pitch as well. So, he’s not a terrifying, moustache twirling villain. He has a lot of personality. He’s wicked, funny and smart.”

Lindsay-Abaire adds, “There’s a human side to Pitch, as well.  Like our hero, Jack Frost, Pitch is a lonely soul who simply wants to be believed in.  Unfortunately, he thinks the way to make that happen is through fear and intimidation.”

“When Jude Law’s name came up for the role, everybody’s bells just went off,” Ramsey says. “We listened to his voice in combination with some animated tests and we knew we had the right casting. Pitch moves through shadows. He moves on the edges of what you can see. Jude’s voice has this beautiful quality to it – we call it ‘the velvet touch of Pitch’ – and you just want to listen to it forever even when it’s telling you these terrible things.

“Pitch’s story is pretty compelling,” Ramsey continues. “He’s a guy who’s been on the bottom for a long time and who has now found a way to strike back and take power for himself. Jude has been able to flesh out the nuances of this character’s many layers. It’s a magnificent thing to listen to – the hair literally stands up on the back of your neck.”

“The voice casting was, no pun intended, pitch perfect,” executive producer Guillermo del Toro says. “Jude brings fragility, refinement, intelligence and cunning – a lot of stuff that is beyond the lines – to his character. There’s a sense of isolation and loneliness in Pitch that is all Jude’s doing.”

Rise of The Guardians’ is released and distributed by United Intl. Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Big Apple Express Spa Opens First Branch in the Visayas

I wrote a review about my first experience with Big Apple Express Spa. You can read that here. Congratulations to the company for this expansion!

Press Release:

Ilonggos will now be able to enjoy BIG APPLE EXPRESS SPA’s affordable services  with the recent opening of its newest branch at Robinsons Iloilo.  Its 20th branch is its initial foray into the Visayas Region

Residents of Iloilo and neighboring provinces may now avail of Big Apple Express Spa’s signature MANHATTAN EXPRESS, as well as other full body massages and wellness services.

"Our expansion in the Visayas region widens our customer base, and opens the gateway for brokering business partnerships throughout the country," says Big Apple Express Spa Franchise Director VICTOR FERNANDO.  The company sees a lot of opportunities in the region, and it plans to capitalize on its brand and experience to provide greater value wellness services to more customers. 

Faith Leila Querol, mother of Iloilo franchisee Florence Querol; Karlo Nisce, CEO of Big Apple Express Spa; 
 Charmaine Grace Deatras, Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2012; Roselin Pagunsan, Marketing Director; 
 Florence Querol, franchisee of Big Apple Express Spa Iloilo; 
 and Victor Fernando, Franchise Director of Big Apple Express Spa
In line with the company's expansion, Big Apple Express Spa will also open two more branches in PASEO DE STA. ROSA and in METRO MANILA.  

“The opening of the three branches indicates a growing need for affordable wellness services. And we have a few more Express Spas planned to open in the first quarter of next year, “says Fernando.  With the opening of the Iloilo branch, Big Apple Express Spa is now a wellness chain of 20 branches nationwide. 

Big Apple Express Spa blazed the trail for the express spa segment of the market by offering relaxing, high-quality spa services in a clean and conducive environment with professionally-trained therapists, without the exorbitant cost associated with high-end full-service spas.  It elevated the “neighborhood spa” service concept to an entirely new level of quality and professionalism, highlighted by continuous training, product development, and facilities upkeep and improvement.  

Entrepreneurs who may be interested in acquiring a Big Apple Express Spa franchise may inquire through, or through its franchise hotline at 02.9157608

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bite Into the New Flavors of Jollibee’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Snack Duo

Can't wait to try out these new Jollibee treats because I love sour cream-flavored fries and grape juice! This is a perfect snack for me! :)

Press Release:

Twilight Saga fans of all ages are eagerly anticipating The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the epic finale in the massively successful vampire romance series. To make Twilight Saga fanatics even more excited, Jollibee is now offering the perfect movie time snack, Jollibee’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Snack Duo.

Enjoy this scrumptious snack duo consisting of a large order of Sour Cream Crisscut Fries and regular Purple Grape Float for only P75.  The two tasty treats are available as solo items as well. Get the large Sour Cream Crisscut Fries for only P51, or try the Grape Float, which is available in two sizes: P28 for regular and P39 for giant.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Snack Duo is also a great addition to your favorite Jollibee langhap-sarap value meals. For an additional P21, customers can upgrade their regular fries and Go Crisscut, or swap their regular drinks and Go Float.

Catching everyone’s favorite vampire romance is double the fun with Jollibee’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Snack Duo. This tasty twosome is available for a limited time only, so hurry and get it now at all Jollibee stores nationwide!

Jollibee’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Snack Duo is available for dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru. For delivery, call the Jollibee Express Delivery Service hotline at 8-7000 or log on to

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nurture Versus Nature: Are You Up To The Challenge?

Press Release:

Humans are holistically gifted with a set of genes that is perfect for the life that they are living. But with the ever changing tides of the environment, it is safe to claim that life as we know it is no longer what it used to be.

Our bodies are built to adapt to the constant inimitable changes. Our skins being our bodies’ protection from the world is the most exposed to these changes.

Our genes and our environment play a big role in the changes that our skins undergo. Our parents may have had clear skin when they were our age, but we may not share that same condition especially now in a fast-food and pollution driven environment. Not to mention the effect of our present environment on our skin as we age.

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The challenge is in finding the balance between nurture and nature – genetics and environment – when we consider skin care.

It is not that acne is inheritable. It is in the likelihood that our genes say that our skin especially on our faces is prone to acne occurrence.

Our genes dictate the way our bodies will be the moment we are born. Our genes decide if we are tall or short, black or brown eyed and dark or light skin. As Filipinos, we are of course given the sun-kissed skin that many morenas have today.

With the constant influx of people since the years when our parents were our age, the way we care for our skins have changed. Gone are the days when people no longer have to worry about a zit appearing after a night-out at the local bar or a fun excursion to the farthest corners of the country. Our generation simply cannot afford to be as complacent with skin care with the change in lifestyle.

It seems that this generation enjoys more freedom in their lifestyles. From travel to eating and family to friends, the people of today are more prone to the dangers of society so different from what our parents lived in.

Luckily, modern medicine has made profound advancements in skin care. Many remedies and products have been made as the times passed that can help alleviate the environment’s dire effects on skin.

A person who knows his or her family history and balances it out with knowledge on how to deal with his or her current environment has the advantage of maintaining clear and healthy skin.

Genetics may not always be on our side but we can always control and remedy this by maintaining a healthy environment, living a healthy lifestyle, eating right and, of course, choosing the right skin care products like Papulex™.

Papulex™ is specially formulated to address three root causes of acne: bacterial colonization, inflammation of the affected area and excess sebum or facial oil. It contain three active ingredients (EU-patented ABA technology, Nicotinamide and Zinc PCA) that are clinically proven to address the root causes of acne. It helps you manage acne to keep you confident so that you can be a little more positive every day.

Learn more about your genes. Interview your family members to learn more about their skin history and experience with acne. Your interviews can come in the form of pictures coupled with captions, videos, or a dialogue. Let loose and have fun with it.

Have you been misled by thinking that acne is simply in your genes? Many skin care products may leave you on your own in caring for your skin, which may lead to dire consequences. Papulex™, however, will lead the way by encouraging people to become Truth Seekers. With Papulex™, seek the truth on how to keep your skin clear and healthy despite what your genes dictates.

The challenge of nurture versus nature has been called. The prize is clear healthy skin. Are you up to challenge?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Araneta Center's Nativity Scene Ushers in the True Meaning Of Christmas

Press Release: 

For 20 years now, the Araneta Center has put up the Belen, a traditional Filipino Christmas icon that depicts the birth of Jesus Christ. This life-sized depiction of the Nativity at the Farmers Market, which serves as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, has come to be a yearly local attraction, and Christmas at the Araneta Center is not the same without the Belen.

Following the Giant Christmas Tree lighting last November 9, the Araneta Center continues the tradition of ushering in the holiday season with the annual Belen Lighting ceremony.

This year’s Belen Lighting ceremony was held on November 16 at Farmers Market. Present to witness the solemn ceremony were Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Quezon City 3rd District Congressman Jorge Banal, Barangay Socorro Barangay Chairman Joey de Guzman, Quezon City 3rd District Councilor Pinggoy Lagumbay, and Quezon City Market Department OIC Noel T. Soliven.

The Christmas cheer continues at the Araneta Center after the Belen lighting, so be sure to check out all the holiday sights, sounds, treats, and activities lined up for the whole family from November until January 2013.

Buy all things Christmassy at the Parolan bazaar in Farmers Garden; get your fill of fresh-cooked puto bumbong and bibingka, plus other mouth-watering treats at the Christmas food fair in Quadrant C (Giant Christmas Tree area); and be dazzled with the showcase of brightly-lit electric capiz floats also in Quadrant C. Get great bargains as well during the Araneta Center Pre-Christmas Sale on November 23 to December 2.

Be serenaded by the different chorale groups as they sing your favorite Christmas carols every weekend from November 17 to December 23 during the Chorale Competition; marvel at the fireworks display every Friday and Saturday all throughout the holidays; and get your kids to meet Santa at Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and farmers Plaza every Friday to Sunday from December 1 to 25.

The British are coming to Manila, as well as your favorite Disney Princesses and Heroes, this December! Catch Sir Elton John and Sting as they stage back-to-back concerts at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on December 8 and 9. And on December 25 to January 3, see your favorite Disney princesses Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Tiana, and their equally dashing princes in Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes! Log on to or call (02) 911 5555 for tickets.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Faculty Immersion Program by Local Software Company Hopes to Address Industry-Academe Gap

Press Release:

A study conducted by the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) states that the Philippines needs 10,000 IT professionals in 2013 to meet the demand of software engineers in the country. From 2006-2011, the industry’s annual revenue growth was pegged at 27 percent, a number that can be sustained if our educational institutions can produce thousands of skilled graduates every year.

There are a number of factors however that hinder the country from producing skilled workers. One of the stark realities the Philippine software industry faces is the disconnect between the academe and the private sector.

Calen Legaspi, an executive of local software firm Orange & Bronze Software Labs (O&B), believes that the private sector has a responsibility to the local IT community. “Corporations like ours have a huge stake in developing the skills of the youth. In our case, we devote some of our resources to community programs aimed to enhance and improve the knowledge of our future IT professionals.”

O&B developed a faculty immersion program where select computer science professors attend an IT boot camp for free to learn about Java software development. This 8-week program aims to expose teachers to the inner workings of a software company.

Alquine Taculin, the Chair of the Computer Science Department at the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), is a graduate of O&B’s Faculty Immersion Program. “When I heard about the program, I eagerly applied for it,” said Taculin. “Teaching in MSU-IIT was my first job. I have never worked in any other institution since I graduated from college.”

Legaspi explained that participants are exposed to various developer teams, undergo rigorous code training, do hands-on development work, as well as assimilate themselves into the corporate culture. The program is meant to impact these professors’ effectivity in educating and preparing students on what to expect in the “real world” after graduation.

Alquine Taculin
Taculin immediately saw the benefit of being trained by software professionals in an office setting. “I have learned that what we teach in school is quite the opposite of what is practiced in the industry - it is evident that teachers like me lack first-hand experiences.”

Legaspi said that O&B will continue to work with the academe in a bid to ensure that the level of instruction in our universities is industry-relevant. “The demand for IT knowledge workers is growing, we need to help each other to produce a steady supply of intelligent and skilled staff. This effort aligns with O&B’s vision of making the Philippines a center of tech excellence - if we support the Philippine academe, then we also support more people able to get gainful tech jobs, who will support businesses that will provide more jobs for others.”

Taculin is even more encouraged to pass on his new knowledge to his students in Mindanao. “Even if I had taken advanced studies prior to the immersion program, I knew I had so much to learn. And I did. The program exposed me to the industry best practices, which I will persistently pass on to my students.”

For more information about the program, please email

Thursday, November 15, 2012

STING: BACK TO BASS Ticket Information

Sting fans who have already bought their tickets to his December concert in Manila, please read these important announcement from The Big Dome ...

Press Release:

Wed. October 31st, 2012:
As previously announced, the Sting: Back to Bass concert previously scheduled at the Mall of Asia Arena has been moved to Araneta Coliseum. There is no change to the show date, which remains Sunday, December 9th, 2012.

If you have a ticket to the previous venue, please see exchange instructions below. Refunds, if necessary, are available at point of purchase, as outlined below. For fans interested in purchasing tickets to Sting’s concert at the Araneta Coliseum, those will go on sale beginning October 31st for General Admission and on November 10th for all reserved and VIP seating.

Customers may exchange their tickets in person November 10 through November 20, 2012. In order to receive the exchange, please bring your SMTICKETS ticket to the Ticketnet office at the Araneta Coliseum from 10AM-7PM daily. SMTickets and Ticketnet are working closely together in order to provide similar seat locations. All fans holding an SM Ticket who did not receive or register for a refund are assured a comparable ticket at the new venue.

Section exchange will be as follows:
VIP                   =            VIP (reserved seating)
Patron =            Patron (reserved seating)
Lower Box A =            Lower Box (reserved seating)
Lower Box B =            Upper Box A (reserved seating)
Upper Box =            Upper Box B (reserved seating)
General Admission  =     General Admission (free seating)

Customers with unredeemed vouchers must proceed to MOA Arena Ticket Booth between November 5 - 15 with their voucher, valid government issued ID, credit card (actual card and photocopy of card) used to purchase the MOA Arena/SMTickets tickets to claim their Araneta Coliseum/Ticketnet tickets.
*After November 15, 2012, all unredeemed on-line purchases shall be deemed cancelled and charges reversed.

General Admission – selling will start October 31, 2012
 VIP, Patron, Lower Box, Upper Box A & B – selling will start November 10, 2012.

Fans who do not wish to attend the rescheduled performance may refund their ticket from October 31 to November 8, 2012 only. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND THIS PERIOD.
Those who wish to refund their tickets must proceed to the branch where they bought / redeemed their tickets. Customers must surrender their tickets in order to get refund. NO TICKET, NO REFUND.

Cash Transactions: customer surrenders ticket and is refunded in cash.
Credit Card Transactions: customer surrenders ticket and transaction will be reversed. Please allow 10-14 banking days to reverse the transaction.

Online Transactions:
i)   UNREDEEMED TICKETS (TICKETS BOUGHT ONLINE BUT NOT YET CLAIMED) – Customer may email the TICKET CLAIM VOUCHER to  HYPERLINK "" to request a reversal to their order. Please allow 10-14 banking days to reverse the transaction.
ii)  REDEEMED TICKETS – Customer surrenders ticket and transaction will be reversed.
Please allow 10-14 banking days to reverse the transaction.

The box office at Araneta Coliseum will be open to assist out of town guests who are unable to exchange their ticket during the designated time frame. While no refunds will be available on night of show, tickets may be exchanged with available seating offered on a first come, first served basis.

Ovation Productions and Live Nation Global Touring apologize for any inconvenience to fans as a result of the venue change.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, So Don’t Say Nobody Told You!

This show premieres on Discovery Channel this November ... Important reminder: Do not attempt to try or replicate any of the stunts or experiments on your own!

Press Release:

Curiosity kills no cats, it makes you an internet sensation. A six-part series, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED breaks new grounds as the first ever user-generated science programme and is a fast-paced count down of the crème de la crème of internet heroes. From the cleverest, funniest, most daring, outrageous and just downrightly bizarre, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED scours the worldwide web and the globe to track down the top twenty backyard boffins who take things into their own hands and turn everyday objects into astonishing science. So what does it take to be an internet sensation? YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED features a panel of the world's best science experts to unpack and explain these stunts and experiments. With the help of amazing storytelling graphics, they will explain the what, how and why of the biology, physics, and chemistry that made the experiments possible. The experiments begins Friday, November 16 at 10:00 p.m., with encores on Monday at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday at 9:00 p.m., Thursday at midnight and 2:00 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

On YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, meet backwards talking girls in America, human powered flying machines in Canada, poultry whisperers who can hypnotise chickens, an amazing South Korean popcorn maker that pops all kernels at one go in one mighty explosion, a New Zealander that built a robot rock band, Karachi’s very own Evel Knievel and even fly three times higher than a passenger jet can and witness the magnificent view of space with Edgar the robot from the United Kingdom, and much more. From self-experimenting human guinea pigs, dukes of havoc, nature obsessed thrill-seekers and the danger junkies of epic stunts, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED is the definitive countdown of the most inspiring and astounding ideas and experiments in cyberspace. Get ready, it is time to countdown the world’s most intriguing heroes of the information superhighway on the following episodes of YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

From giant slings from New Zealand to Dutch rolling cars and an English homemade wall of death, catch all the amazing stunts, experiments and innovations created in the backyards of self-made heroes.

Witness an epic wing suit stunt from Norway, an American guy who flips cars, the Russian roof to roof jump, and many more budding scientists who volunteer themselves for many amazing experiments.

Featuring the world’s biggest wave rider, a death-defying high board diver, a poultry whisperer who can hypnotise chickens, and more, these are the fearless who push the limits for the sake of thrills.

From a Lithuanian loop the loop car, Kiwi made jetpacks, record breaking free divers, the world’s longest car jump, and more, these are some of the most epic stunts online!

It’s ultimate compilation of power junkies! Featuring a neighbourhood shaking speaker system, Tesla lightning guitar suit, Japanese human waves in Japan, a very odd singing candle and more!

Mayhem is their middle name. From a German Slingshot genius, to fireworks under ice and more, this is the ultimate list of homemade Dukes of Havoc.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

HP and DepEd Recognize the Metro’s Ten Best Student Writers in the Write&Read Program

I like this advocacy! Congratulations to the winners!

Press Release:

The Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) and technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) recognized ten of the Metro’s most promising young writers at the culminating activity of the Write&Read Program held at the SM City North EDSA Annex.

A collaborative story-writing competition, the Write&Read Program provided opportunities for the youth to hone their writing skills as well as their imagination in making illustrations. Among the top writers included five winners from the Junior Division namely Naomi Therese Legaspi of St. Paul College-Pasig, Geri Angela Paragas of Miriam College, Isabella Dela Cruz of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College, Gillian Sandigan of St. Paul College-Pasig, and Aira Maria Joy Amarante of Special Science Elementary Class-Santiago de Guzman, who entered inspiring stories about achievement and success.

The five winners from the Senior Division, Katrina May Jimenez of Marikina Science High School, Courtney Allison Tirol of Manresa School, Leonor Evangelista of Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science &Technology High School, Pamela Jenna Sabuero of Caloocan City Science High School, and Kimberly Ann Ramos of Quezon City Science High School also created winning compositions that centered on the value of technology in enriching the learning experience of today’s youth.

Themes for the Junior Division short story competition included “Technology makes learning so much fun,” “Young leaders: Going the distance with technology” and “Future dreams with A+ grades.” The Senior Division took a more serious approach, with themes such as “Score cool points in school with technology,” “High fives for high grades: Win in school, win new friends,” and “Tech-savvy whiz: connecting to A+ grades, A+ future.” The ten finalists also joined the On-The-Spot Essay Writing Challenge, the final leg of the year-long Write&Read Program which also included other activities such as writing workshops.

Panelists from DepEd-NCR and HP judged the entries to determine the final rankings. DepEd-NCR’s Assistant Regional Director Dr. Rizalino Rosales, Write&Read Program Ambassador Efren Peñaflorida and HP Philippines Country Manager Albert Mateo handed the students their prizes for exhibiting their writing prowess.

A+ compositions and artwork
The first place awardees, Naomi Therese Legaspi and Katrina May Jimenez, each received PHP 100,000. Second place winners Geri Angela Paragas and Courtney Allison Tirol copped PHP 40,000 each, and the third placers Isabella dela Cruz and Leonor Evangelista were awarded PHP 20,000 each. The first to third placers all received the HP Ink Advantage 5525 e-All-in-One printers.  Special citations were also given to Junior Division finalists Gillian Sandigan and Aira Amarante and Senior Division finalists Pamela Sabuero and Kimberly Ramos, each receiving PHP 10,000 as well as HP Ink Advantage 3515 e-All-in-One printers. To complete the A+ experience, all ten winners also receivedan HP Mininote laptop and an HP Ink Advantage All-in-One printer for their schools.

More than 200 students from grade school and high school all over Metro Manila submitted compositions and illustration masterpieces. Only ten, classified into the Junior and Senior Divisions, made it to the finals.

Molding education through reliable, affordable printing technology
In its aim to improve education for the country’s youth, HP, in partnership with DepEd-NCR, spearheaded the A+ campaign, with the Write&Read Program as its biggest component.

Dr. Luz Almeda, Regional Director of DepEd-NCR lauds the partnership in empowering kids of today: “It is an honor to be working hand-in-hand with HP in this wonderful undertaking for the future of education. With their commitment to providing tools that will help children reach their full potential in academics, families and schools can be assured that technology is there to create a brighter future for the world,” she says.

HP Printing and Personal Systems Country General Manager Albert Mateo shared his insight on the project: “We’re glad to be partners with the Department of Education-NCR in this endeavor. Through the Write&Read program, we have reached a lot of students and encouraged them to develop a habit of writing and reading to enhance their education. We’re proud that HP has helped these children through the use of HP Ink Advantage printers that enhance their potential through affordable and reliable printing.”

HP’s Ink Advantage printers, the company’s products aimed at families and students, make use of the best of today’s technologies that incorporate wireless connectivity and the internet. Students can enhance their learning experience with a suite of ground-breaking features such as ePrint, wireless direct and print apps at a low running cost.

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