Category: Events

Singles Speed Dating Event in Manila Philippines from My 20 First Dates



A valentine speed dating event in Manila Philippines

Speed dating is the dating craze that is fast, fun and safe. It’s a great way to meet and date lots of single professionals in one night. Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of 20 First Dates, lasting 5 minutes each.

This event particular event is for the Filipino-Chinese community for ladies aged 25 above and gentlemen 28 years old above. It will be held in Bistro Napa located in 2nd floor Il Terrazzo in Tomas Morato, QC. Ticket is PHP 900/head includes dinner, drinks, and 20 dates! Dinner is served at 7 PM.

My 20 First Dates does not only serve the Filipino-Chinese community. It is a niche that the organizer is tapping into, for other interested participants, you can still sign up because we cater to all different age groups and communities.

To get more information, everything is in our website, (my-two-zero-first-dates-dot-com)


Singles Speed Dating Event in Manila Philippines from My 20 First Dates

February afFAIR Bazaar in the U.P. Diliman Campus



February 19, 2011, Saturday 9am to 5pm,

at the Bahay ng Alumni,

U.P. Diliman Campus, Diliman QC.

A FEBRUARY afFAIR is a Bazaar + Latagan event,

and features 200 + sellers offering brand new as well as vintage, used, and secondhand items. You’ll find books, clothes, collectibles, gift items, school & office supplies, décor, appliances, baked goods, and so much more!

Free entrance for everybody, and parking is not a problem.

Pets are welcome, too!

The organizers would like to acknowledge


for their participation in the event.

See you at S.T.E.P. U.P.: A FEBRUARY afFAIR!

For those who wish to join the event as a seller,

simply email or text or call 0922.835.5974 and ask for the guidelines.


2011 New Year Countdown with Solenn Heussaff, Arnel Pineda and more!



I just wanted to thank Coca-Cola Zero, Eastwood City, Nuffnang Philippines, Leo Burnett and our friends for throwing a wonderful New Year party at Eastwood City!

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We got to hang out with all around superstar Solenn Heussaff, who’s got the looks, the brains, the talents and a great personality to go with all that!

Anyway you can find out more about Solenn Heussaff and her new role as the ambassadress for Coke Zero here –


Aside from super celebrity Solenn Heussaff, it was also great to hear Arnel Pineda and the Side A Band jam til the New Year countdown! 2011 definitely came in the right way here at Eastwood city in the Philippines!

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Anyway, I just wanted to greet everyone a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! May this new year bring you lots of love, fun and adventures! Have a happy and sexy 2011 guys!

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2011 New Year Countdown Party in Eastwood QC Philippines with Solenn Heussaff, Arnel Pineda, Hannah Villasis, Vince Golangco and more!

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Happy 2011!

Solenn Heusaff is New Coke Zero Ambassador: Wild at Heart, Fit in Body

So excited to share this news bit with everyone. I was able to get a sneak peak of who the new ambassador is for Coke Zero!

It’s extra exciting to find out how very talented  and beautiful their new ambassador is. I mean really, she’s not just another pretty face! She’s also one who has built quite a reputation thanks to her skills and talents.

This stunning and beautiful lady I’m talking about is already and accomplished assistant designer to one of the country’s giant fashion retailers. Moreover, she’s also a professional make-up artist, commercial model and singer. And just when you think you’ve got her all figured out, she surprises you once more with yet another passion – healthy lifestyle with boxing.

Furthermore, she’s clinched a record deal with MCA Universal andhas also signed with Regal Films. So looks like we’ll be seeing a lot from her this coming 2011.

The lady I’m talking about, who’s the new ambassador for Coke Zero, is the beautiful Solenn Heusaff!

Solenn Heusaff is one woman not afraid to pursue her passions and maintain an active and fit lifestyle. Much like Coke Zero does for you!

Anyway, it was extra cool for me as I just recently saw Solenn Heusaff as she was hanging out with top blogger Hannah Villasis of

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Watch out for more of Solenn Heusaff and Coke Zero in Chanell V’s New Year’s Eve Party! I’ll be there to check it out and celebrate the coming of 2011 with them! It’ll be on Dec 31, 2010, 9pm at Eastwood City Libis.

Start the new year with a wild heart and a fit body with Coke Zero!

***Anyway, check out our update from the 2011 New Year Countdown with Solenn Heussaff here –

Oh and just some extra trivia… and this is really sexy…. Solenn has a mantra tattooed on her rib written in French. “If I fall, I will rise again.”

Solenn’s star holds every promise of shining even brighter in 2011, and she has expressed her desire to stay wild and fit in the coming year with Coke Zero.  This is her resolution for 2011, and she invites everyone to join her in declaring they will be wild about their passions and stay fit in the coming year.

The great taste and zero sugar of Coke Zero can help you make the best resolution for 2011.  Be the best version of yourself and explore every passion that makes your heart sing with Coke Zero in 2011.  It’s the official drink of Solenn Heusaff and those just as wild about life as she is.

***Anyway, check out our update from the 2011 New Year Countdown with Solenn Heussaff here –

Solenn Heusaff is New Coke Zero Ambassador: Wild at Heart, Fit in Body

Manila Sound Project in Concert at the CCP

Manila Sound Project

Wednesday, December 29 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Aliw Theater (beside Star City)
Sotto Street, CCP Complex
Pasay City, Philippines


Relive the best years of your lives.

Be part of an evening of 70s and 80s OPM hits featuring the pioneers Rene Garcia and Maso Diez of Hotdog, Male Rigor of VST and Co., and Sonny Parsons of Hagibis.

A perfect way to end 2010. Bring your family, friends, and balikbayan relatives and friends…and let’s dance the night away.

A Grand Blast From The Past.

Tickets are now available at SM Tickets (Cinema Areas) in all SM Malls and at TICKETWORLD.

VIP Center — 1,800.00
PATRON Center — 1,500.00
PATRON Side (Lower) — 1,200.00
PATRON Side (Upper) — 500.00

Buy your Manila Sound Project tickets now !!!

Norad Santa Tracker: Where is Santa Claus on Google Earth Right Now?

Xmas time is here and we all know this as the day we celebrate the birth of our awesome buddy…. Santa Claus!!! Right? That’s what we celebrate Xmas for right?

Anyway, the important thing is that you all need to know where the Jolly Old St. Nick is at all times. “Where is Santa Claus right now?” is the common question many are asking.

Well, thanks to modern technology, we can now know where Santa Clause is right now!

Welcome the Norad Santa Tracker to know where is Santa Claus at any moment! Tracking Santa on Google Earth has never been so easy!

If you want to see where Santa Claus is right now, just check the Norad Santa Tracker 2010 official site!

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Norad Santa Tracker: Where is Santa Claus on Google Earth Right Now?

Picture Perfect Christmas Contest! Prizes Worth Over P130,000.00!!!

PIXEL PRO, one of the leading distributors of cameras and photography accessories, in partnership with SM Megamall, will be having a photo contest and exhibit with the title: PICTURE PERFECT CHRISTMAS.


The contest will be having a Christmas theme with 3 sub categories in it: (1) Christmas in the Streets, which shows how poverty doesn’t stop some Filipinos from celebrating Christmas; (2) Urban Metro Holiday, which shows how the city looks like during this holiday season; and (3) Filipino Family in the Yuletide Season, which shows how the Filipino Family celebrates Christmas.

The submission of entries begins December 13, 2010 until December 27, 2010. Judges will be coming from different photography organizations and also representatives from the sponsors. The winning entries would then be exhibited on January 06, 2011 until January 12, 2011 at the 4th Floor Exhibit Area just outside the SM Megamall Cyberzone area.

For more details regarding the complete mechanics, qualifications, criteria for judging and schedule, visit

This event is in partnership with SM Megamall; in cooperation with Olympus, Canon, Sandisk, Benro, Pacsafe; and in media partnership with, TekTok TV, and Mellow 94.7.


Pixel Pro Picture Perfect Christmas Contest! Prizes Worth Over P130,000.00!!!

Art and Passion at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Passionfest


My favorite city in the Philippines is helping you guys discover how special it really is!

BGC is already one of my favorite places to hang out at. It’s safe, clean, fun and now, filled with awesome artworks and lights to make the holidays more festive.

Come to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) this holiday season for their “Passionfest Holidays” and truly see what this emerging community is all about!

I want to thank the BGC team for showing me around their side of town. You too can experience this free guided tour! It’s the BGC Fun Tour!



The BGC Fun Tour lets YOU experience the season through Bonifacio Global City’s art pieces and holiday installations with onboard entertainment by The Spit (Silly People’s Improv Theater) Group.


You’ll get some fun on board entertainment while also learning a little bit about Bonifacio Global City and the art around BGC.


SPIT is sort of like that TV show called “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” where you have these impromptu comedians who make skits, songs and jokes on the spot based on their interaction and suggestions of the crows. So anything goes and every performance is definitely one of a kind!

All you have to do is get your FREE tickets from the Bonifacio High Street Concierge or be at Bonifacio High Street 30 minutes before the departure of the bus, at B8, near Coffee Bean on Dec 18-19, every hour from 6pm-9pm.


Here’s some of the cool sites I got to see on the BGC Fun Tour:

All the trellises in Bonifacio High Street are adorned with colorful LED lights that flickers to the tune of Christmas carols. Add a sentence here which lets the reader know what you thought of the lights or how it made you feel.


The theme of the Christmas installations around the BGC is “Parol,” which is an ornamental star-like lantern popular in Philippine culture. They were traditionally made out of native materials and used by farmers to light their way as they went to the night masses (simbang gabi) which is another tradition in the Philippines for the Christmas season.

There are many different “Parols” scattered around the city. The installations featured not the usual parols but a more contemporary and artsy rendition.



BGC’s 60-foot Christmas Tree at the corner of 26th St. and 5th Ave. Along with the other artistic renditions of the “Parol.”




Along the corner of 32nd Street and 5th Avenue stands a very majestic piece that illuminates the busy street corner. It’s multi colored lighting and cascading water again reminds you that the artistic talents of Filipinos are definitely world class! The three pillars of this piece, said to represent the three major island groups of the Philippines, can really inspire viewers to feel the possibilities that we too can achieve.


Anyway, to find out more about the cool events happening this Holiday Season at BGC, check out this flyer with info on the BGC events.


· The BGC Fun Tour – Experience the season through the city’s art pieces and holiday installations with onboard entertainment from SPIT.

· The Symphony BGC – A musical fusion led by the Manila Symphony Orchestra, with Robert Sena and DJ Siverfilter.

· Walkway: The Gift of Christmas – Christmas art installations which will make families congregate and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas starting Dec 15

· The Gumball Challenge – a fair to raise awareness on microfinance and social entrepreneurship.

· Anticipated Simbang Gabi

· And more!



Art and Passion at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Passionfest

Christmas Donation Drive: Haven for the Elderly

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Christmas is the time for giving.

Though many of us often get overwhelmed with happiness from all the gifts we receive, we must remember that giving is what this season should really be for.

Sharing your blessings with those less fortunate could be the best Christmas gift you could give yourself. Goodness has a way of coming back to you ten fold.

This Christmans, is helping out ActivAsia Inc., a Media and Channel Activation agency to give some help to those who need it the most. This year, for our annual Christmas Outreach Project: “Masayang Pasko nila Lola’t Lolo”, we have tied up with Haven for the Elderly formerly known as Golden Acres so that gift and cash donations can be solicited on their behalf.

You too can become a big part of this project and make Christmas a truly merry one for all the Lolo’s and the Lola’s who have been abandoned at the Haven for the Elderly.

Donation boxes will be placed in front of major toll plazas, toll booths and in the Skyway Customer service centers along the South Luzon Expressway to collect donations from Skyway motorists such as clothes, medicines, soap, sleeping mats, cleaning materials and other items for the residents of Haven for the Elderly.

A Giant Christmas Tree lighting event along the Sucat Southbound Exhibit Area was held to kick-off the donation drive last November 29. During the turnover of the donations, we will be holding a simple Christmas Get-Together on December 15, 2010 with the residents at the Haven for the Elderly home in Quezon City.

We encourage donations (old clothes, sleeping mats, blankets, soaps, etc.) for “Haven for the Elderly” from readers/followers of starting November 29 to December 13, 2010. Donation drop boxes can be found at the following tollbooths, toll plazas and customer service centers:

  • Nichols A and B toll plaza
  • C5 toll plaza and customer service center
  • Bicutan toll plaza
  • Sucat Northbound and Southbound Exits
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Donations can also be dropped off at ActivAsia’s office located in 291 St. Joseph Street, Oranbo Drive, Pasig city.

For more details and for the complete wish list of the lolo’s and the lola’s at the Haven for the Elderly you can check out their Facebook page at

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Christmas Donation Drive: Haven for the Elderly

  • ActivAsia in cooperation with
    • Skyway
    • CMMTC
    • TRB
    • DOTC
    • DPWH
    • DSWD
  • Sponsored by
    • Nestle Koko Krunch
    • Nescafe Decaf
    • DOLE Philippines
  • With the participation of
    • The Philippine Star

Calvin Klein Philippines Eyewear Collection Weekend Sale

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A selling activity to be held in three (3) days during select payday weekends in eight (8) optical shops.

– Up to 70% off items, sunglasses and optical frames

– GWP for regular-priced item purchase (choose from any limited edition: CK Ballpen, CK Notebook or a Calvin Klein Leather Photo Envelope)

– they will also get one additional free optical frame for every regular CK or Calvin Klein optical frame

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December 8-19, 2010


The Optical Shop, 2/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

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About Calvin Klein

The brand is known as much for its pioneering marketing and advertising campaigns as its minimalist fashions: Brooke and her jeans, Kate and her Obsession, Mark and his tightie-whities. The brand relentlessly expanded and established lucrative licensing deals for jeans, underwear, fragrance, home products, and eyewear.

About CK

The younger sibling to the Calvin Klein Collection, CK was conceived by Calvin Klein in the early nineties as a way to reach his younger audience and connect with the success of Calvin Klein Jeans. Currently under the direction of Kevin Carrigan, the hugely successful mass-market line infuses an urban edge into the brand’s minimalist credo.

About CK and Calvin Klein Eyewear

The name Calvin Klein stands for great designs, latest styles and a very high degree of quality. Its sunglass frames and lenses are extremely lightweight, made from extremely high quality materials and are distinctive, thanks to the range of colors and sizes that they are available in. Besides great looks, Calvin Klein sunglasses offer protection to the eyes. Its lenses provide 100% UV protection and help, not only to look great, but also feel great on hot summer and sunny days.

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Calvin Klein Philippines Eyewear Collection Weekend Sale

Best Cartoon Pics for Facebook: Carton Characters Invade Profile Pictures Online

Does your friend Dan look a lot like that Road Runner Cartoon? Maybe your aunt Shelby is starting to look a tad bit like Richie Rich? Is your buddy Paul looking like the Smurfs? Are over 50% of your friends starting to look like cartoon characters?

If you’re wondering about the whole “cartoon pictures for facebook profile” thing that’s going on right now, then fear not. You have not teleported into an inter-dimentional portal where cartoon characters rule the world. Instead, the cartoon character pictures are merely a symbol of people’s advocacy against violence towards kids.

The whole cartoon character profile picture thing started when this little note started making its rounds on Facebook:

“Change your facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until monday (Dec.6) there should be no human faces on FB, but an invasion of memories. THIS IS A CAMPAIGN TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDRENing its rounds on Facebook”

Cool as this cause may seem, it was later discovered that there is no official event, organization or committee that is managing this. Instead, reports even say that it may have initially started as a joke or even a dare just to get someone to change their profile picture to that of a cartoon character.

Either way, there isn’t really much harm done, other than a cartoonish looking portrait on your profile.

It was too hard for me to pick just one cartoon, so here’s my top 5 picks for Best Cartoon Pics for Facebook.

*Not on here, but would be if I wasn’t so sleepy at freakin’ 2:06am…. would be the Ghostbusters, He-Man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

5. Daria – Ultimate 90s Cartoon!

If I had to sum up the 90s into three words… it would be: “Like totally dude.”

On the other hand, if I had to sum up the 90s into one word, it would be “DARIA”

Daria Morgendorffer is a smart & cynical girl who goes through teenage life as an proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic teens and condescending adults. This MTV series had a great run with many episodes often referencing current events in pop culture.

The people of Lawndale just don’t get Daria Morgendorffer. She’s cool with that. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she’s just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Popularity, friends, activities… whatever. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm. Daria is the spin-off of MTV’s most sucessful cartoon, Beavis and Butt-Head.

Like…. totally dude.

4. Spiderman and His Amazing Friends and those other old school Marvel Cartoons

I don’t know about you…. but I first had a geekgasm after discovering Spiderman had amazing friends. Of course, this awesomeness of a show was aptly named: “Spiderman and his Amazing Friends” as creativity was not discovered until the mid 90s.

Other than Spiderman, Iceman and Firestar, there were also the other 60s Marvel cartoons like the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, The Submariner and more! They all showed right after class and I remember rushing home to see them! Ahhhh, the memories… CLANG BAM POW!


3. Thunder Cats and their Hoes

Thunder…. Thunder…. THUNDER CATS…. HOOOOOOOO!!!

Let’s face it… this cartoon just had waaay too many adult related imageries that still haunts our minds. From Lion-O’s sword getting a boner every time he sees the other characters in their dominatrix outfits to Cheetara’s very revealing outfit; this was definitely one of my favorites! Oh and my sword got long and hard too whenever I saw Cheetara….


2. G.I. Joe

Knowing is half the battle and watching the G.I. Joes usually took up half the time I was supposed to spend studying. This racist cartoon, where all Asians knew karate and all black dudes rhymed when they spoke, was one amazing misrepresentation of wars and the military. But hella fun to watch! YO JOE!


The man had his own G.I. Joe character, and the cartoon version's arms had to be toned down from from their original size in order to fit on the TV screen.

He'll fight for freedom wherever there's trouble! G.I

1. ORIGINAL Transformers Cartoon Profile Pic

Let’s face it, those robots that turned into cars were the coolest thins ever! And no, I’m not talking about the GoBots…. I’m talking about the Autobots and Decepticons! Also, though Megan Fox really gave us our money’s worth, nothing beats the original Transformers! ROLL OUT!

Anyway, sorry but let me change my title from: Best Cartoon Pics for Facebook: Carton Characters Invade Profile Pictures Online to just:


Meg Magazine Next Cover Girl Face Search at Amber Ultra Lounge Fort


Just wanted to thank our friends from Mega Publishing, Meg Magazine and Events 100 for a great event at Amber Ultra Lounge in the Fort. They invited us to introduce 40 of the cutest girls in town.

Of those 40 ladies, Meg Magazine was going to select the Next Cover Girl! This was the next step as they were going to announce who of those ladies made it to the top 10.



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Manila, Philippines – December 3, 2010 – The search for the next IT girl is almost over, as The Next Cover Girl: MEG Face Search 8th Edition presented it’s final ten last December 3, 2010. Hundreds of contestants battled it out in a beauty face off and Meg magazine picked only the most gorgeous girls for the final round.


The search for MEG Magazine’s next cover girl started with go-sees in school events and bars, targeting girls with fierce attitudes and looks to match. After the initial search, the contestants were narrowed down to the 40 best and most beautiful. Out of the 40 contestants chosen, experts from MEG Magazine, including editor in chief Peewee Reyes, fashion and beauty photographer Sara Black and freelance make up artist Pia Reyes weeded out the wannabes and chose the crème de le crème of the contestants based on their beauty, style, photo appeal, personality and communication skills.


The final ten were revealed in Amber Ultra Lounge at Fort Bonifacio. The lucky finalists are Bea Lozano, Christia Asistio, Danna Bernardino, Debra Victa, Madge Reyes, Margo Midwinter, Maya Cabanuag, Monique Dimanlig, Phoebe Rutaquio and Yumi Arima. After the reveal, the top ten will be styled and photographed in fabulous fashion by the MEG team. Their photos will be uploaded on where online readers can vote for their favorite finalist from December 3 until December 31.


The next cover girl will be partnered with a popular male artist on Meg’s March 2011 issue.

Meg Face Search Top 10 : Bea Lozano, Christia Asistio, Danna Bernardino, Debra Victa, Madge Reyes, Margo Midwinter, Maya Cabauang, Monique Dimanlig, Phoebe Ann Rutaquio, and Yumi Arima! Congratulations!!!!

Keep up with The Next Cover Girl: MEG Face Search 8th Edition on and watch out for the fabulous cover girl next year in MEG magazine!


Meg Magazine Next Face Search and the Top 10 finalists: Bea Lozano, Christia Asistio, Danna Bernardino, Debra Victa, MadgeReyes, Margo Midwinter, Maya Cabauang, Monique Dimanlig, Phoebe Ann Rutaquio, and Yumi Arima.

MEG Magazine is a prestige publication of Mega Publishing Group. For more information, please visit

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Meg Face Search Top 10 Profiles

bea lozanoBea Lozano, 18

College Sophomore

hobbies/interests: fixing my closet, hanging out with my friends, watching dvds,shopping, studying statistics!

christia asistioChristia Asistio, 21

Hobbies & interests: blogging/ video blogging, reading almost anything, playing the drums, trying to sing or dance or act in front of the mirror, writing, playing the piano, horse-riding, cooking and hanging out with my parents


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College Senior
Age: 21

Hobbies/Interests: volleyball, jogging, singing, modeling, drawing, and writing

debra victaDebra Victa, 19

College Senior

Hobbies/Interests: making films, taking photographs, being in front of the camera, putting on make-up/learning how to put on make-up, being on stage, planning events, cooking and baking

madge reyesMadge Reyes, 19

College Sophomore

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: professional dance (ballet, modern, contemporary), fashion, photography, travel, food, music, architecture

margo midwinterMargo Midwinter, 19

Law Student

Hobbies/Interests: Modeling/Singing/Acting

maya cabauangMaya Cabauang, 23

College Graduate

Hobbies/Interests: figure skating, soccer, hanging out with friends, broadway musicals

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Age 23

Hobbies and Interest: cosplay, writing novels, listening to music, watching movies, reading fiction novels, browsing the web, shopping for make up

phoebe rutaquioPhoebe Ann R. Rutaquio, 20

College Graduate

Hobbies/Interests: modeling, film making

yumi arimaYumi Arima, 18
College Sophomore
Hobbies and interests: cooking, baking, reading, swimming, badminton, fashion, traveling, playing with dogs, meeting new people and hanging out with friends.


Bea Lozano, Christia Asistio, Danna Bernardino, Debra Victa, MadgeReyes, Margo Midwinter, Maya Cabauang, Monique Dimanlig, Phoebe Ann Rutaquio, and Yumi Arima

Meg Magazine Next Cover Girl Face Search at Amber Ultra Lounge Fort

“I Like” SM Cyberzone and Why YOU Should Too

I just wanted to thank SM Cyberzone for the cool event.

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They invited me to witness the official launch of their “I Like” SM Cyberzone Promo Launch where they plan to give out lots of cool prizes.

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Cyberzone is considered to be the largest chain of IT retail stores in the Philippines. Aside from holding the biggest gaming and Cosplay events the country has ever seen, Cyberzone is known for its notable product mix and quality. From the latest computers or gaming consoles, to the hottest cellular phones, we have it all. Visiting your nearest Cyberzone is a true shopping experience unlike any other. With over 600 tenants spread across the nation, everything you need in IT may be found here. This is your one stop IT destination. SM Cyberzone… It’s all here!

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December 3 marked the official launch of the “I Like” promo, a tie up project between SM Cyberzone and Facebook. This weekly promo encourages Pinoy Techies to get on the Cyberzone fan page and post their themed photo entries that changes every week. Weekly winners will receive prizes courtesy of the largest chain of IT retail stores in the Philippines – SM Cyberzone.

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The official launch took place at the SM Manila Cyberzone Activity Center at the lower ground floor. SM shoppers got a chance to write down their thoughts for all to see on the Freedom Wall and flash their biggest smiles at the Photo Wall. Plus, the audience got ot experience excititng games and premium raffle prizes; while bloggers got a chance to take home 2 myphone cellphones and a brand new MSI laptop.

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The program was hosted by the cute and quirky duo of JC Cuadrado and Karen Bordador with exciting performances by Young JV! At the end of the program, the “I Like” promo was officially launched by SM Cyberzone’s very own Patrick Pacla and Jay Aranas.

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Like it? Want to win cool prizes? Then, When In Manila, look for SM Cyberzone on Facebook and join to win one of their weekly promos and prizes now!

MyHome Magazine Celebrates 10 Years of Beautiful Filipino Homes

Just wanted to say congratulations to MyHome Magazine for celebrating their 10th year anniversary. To commemorate this very awesome milestone, MyHome invited their friend to have a little intimate gathering where they also gave away some cool prizes including vacation packages, gift certificates, household items, furniture and more!


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(L-R) Marilyn De Mesa, editorial asst., Aislinn Ann Kee, Graphic Artist, Jie Pambid, ed. in chief, Therese Dehesa, writer & Michelle Manuel, Stylist for My Home

(L-R) Marilyn De Mesa, editorial asst., Aislinn Ann Kee, Graphic Artist, Jie Pambid, ed. in chief, Therese Dehesa, writer & Michelle Manuel, Stylist for My Home

They played one game where you had to put a little post-it type tag on the furniture in a room they had set up. If you tagged a piece of furniture that was one of the giveaways, then your name was entered into a bowl with all the other names that tagged that furniture with a chance to win it. Some furniture pieces included a fridge, washer and dryer and a flat screen TV, amongst others.




Thanks so much for the invite!



myHome magazine celebrates 10 years of creating beautiful homes for every Filipino

MyHome magazine celebrated its 10th year anniversary with the October 2010 issue that featured the best of the best in creating a beautiful home for every Filipino.

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For the anniversary issue, my Home featured six dwellings: one in a boutique townhouse community, a residential option that draws inspiration from the beauty and majesty of song, a family home that combines timeless simplicity with signature elements, a southern sanctuary that started with memorable conversations that resulted in a contemporary masterpiece, a tropical treasure in the heart of the city and a charming whimsical home in the province.

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To celebrate a decade of style, myHome magazine held an anniversary party at the top floor of Discovery Suites especially for their readers. Guests, media personalities, and advertisers walked through the pages of the magazine as the top floor of Discovery Suites was designed with home inspirations taken from different issues of the magazine.



And the celebration didn’t end there as myHome gave plaques of appreciation to their Top 10 advertisers and contributors. Without the endless support of Belle Corporation, CYA Industries Incorporated, Ace Hardware, Boysen, Focus Global Inc., Ajinomoto, Landco, SM Development Corporation, Calligaris and Panasonic, myHome wouldn’t be as successful as it is today.

(L-R) Jie Pambid, Ed.- in Chief of My Home,  William Ong, one of the top 10 contributors       , Ms. Sari Yap, Pres. & CEO of Mega Publishinggroup &  CK dela Cruz, Group Publisher

(L-R) Jie Pambid, Ed.- in Chief of My Home,  William Ong, one of the top 10 contributors       , Ms. Sari Yap, Pres. & CEO of Mega Publishinggroup &  CK dela Cruz, Group Publisher

myHome also paid tribute to William Ong, photographer, Ardel Claveria, writer and stylist, Errol Orellana, illustrator, Lloyd Llaga, writer, Nicky Sering, photographer, Cara Marcelo, writer, Aldric Dalumpines, writer, Pam Maningas, stylist, Joseph Sawit, photographer and Maricar dela Rama, stylist who continuously create beautiful home inspirations each and every issue.


But it’s not only the advertisers and the contributors who made myHome magazine the best selling home and design magazine in the country today. myHome also showed their undying gratitude to its readers and supporters by raffling out selected decorative items and appliances from the room vignette that the myHome team designed exclusively for that night.

It was indeed a night of celebration as myHome continues to share helpful design tips and tricks in creating and maintaining homes in the years to come.


Vince Golangco of (DJ Vince G of Mellow 94.7) and Hannah Villasis of

My Home is a prestige publication of Mega Publishing Group.

MyHome Magazine Celebrates 10 Years of Beautiful Filipino Homes

Vince Golangco for Project Headshot Clinic by Niccolo Cosme for World Aids Day

It’s a brilliant concept that is quickly taking the Facebook profile pictures by storm!

Billboards can help spread the word and in today’s new digital age, your profile pictures can be seen just as many times as the top billboards out there along EDSA or New York Times Square. So why not use this knowledge and the internet to help put up an online billboard to help.

I want to thank master photographer Niccolo Cosme for spreading awareness through his lens.

Project Headshot Clinic: Saving humanity through profile pictures.

Radio DJ / Blogger – Vince Golangco for Project Headshot Clinic

Project Headshot Clinic – ACT

The Project Headshot Clinic for 3 years has given a different look at to profile pictures online, it became serving as online billboards on online social networking sites and everyone in it, who participated in Project Headshot Clinic became an instant endorser of the product being advertised, or the cause that was being advocated for whatever that is being advertised, commercial or a particular advocacy.

For over the past three years, the Headshot Clinc team has partnered with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in fighting and responding to the challenge of HIV/AIDS.

The first awareness campaign of headshot clinic and UNAIDS in 2008 was called “AWARE”, followed by in 2008, and then “MOVE” in 2009 a follow up of the first one which aimed to move people from awareness to readiness to respond and act on this specific issue. This year’s, “ACT”, a clear call to action, where voluntary HIV screening and counseling was provided on given shooting dates by Take The Test and ASP (AIDS Society Philippines).

All headshots will be released online and should be used as primary profile pic on all the participant’s social network sites on December 1, 2010 which happens to be is the global celebration of WORLD AIDS DAY.

To do my part in helping spread AWARENESS, here’s a little more info about HIV / AIDS.


AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome:

  • Acquired means you can get infected with it;
  • Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body’s system that fights diseases.
  • Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease.

AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make “antibodies,” special molecules to fight HIV.

A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV infection. People who have the HIV antibodies are called “HIV-Positive.”

Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but don’t get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually don’t cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. These are called “opportunistic infections.”


You don’t actually “get” AIDS. You might get infected with HIV, and later you might develop AIDS. You can get infected with HIV from anyone who’s infected, even if they don’t look sick and even if they haven’t tested HIV-positive yet. The blood, vaginal fluid, semen, and breast milk of people infected with HIV has enough of the virus in it to infect other people. Most people get the HIV virus by:

  • having sex with an infected person
  • sharing a needle (shooting drugs) with someone who’s infected
  • being born when their mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of an infected woman

Getting a transfusion of infected blood used to be a way people got AIDS, but now the blood supply is screened very carefully and the risk is extremely low.

There are no documented cases of HIV being transmitted by tears or saliva, but it is possible to be infected with HIV through oral sex or in rare cases through deep kissing, especially if you have open sores in your mouth or bleeding gums.

For more information, check out or

Also, in the Philippines, you can check out the site for more information on sexual health, reproductive health and much more.

For more information about the Project Headshot, Check out Niccolo Cosme’s site here –

Manilas Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010

MBKRS Awards 2010 Winners Crowned

The judges have spoken and the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010 winners have just been announced at the grand awarding ceremony held at Enderun Colleges’ Culinary Center last November 24, 2010.

Chef J Gamboa accepts the award for Best Japanese RestaurantBobby Lim accepts the award for Best Bistro

Chad Davis, Cyrille Soenen, Javier Infante, J GamboaChef Cyrille Soenen of Cicou accepting the award for Best Hotel Restaurant-Fine DiningChef Robby Goco accepts the award for Best Specialty CuisineChefs Sunshine and Rob Pengson accept the award for Best Emerging Talent

Here is a complete list: Best Italian Restaurant L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano; Best French Restaurant La Regalade French Bistro; Best Spanish Restaurant Cirkulo; Best Japanese Restaurant Tsukiji; Best Chinese Restaurant Peking Garden; Best Continental Cuisine Antonio’s; Best Thai Restaurant AzuThai; Best Filipino Restaurant Café Juanita; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Ziggurat Cuisine; Best Korean Restaurant Korean Garden; Best Indian Restaurant Kashmir; Best Central European Restaurant Mickey’s Delicatessen; Best Specialty Cuisine Cyma Greek Taverna; Best Steakhouse Mamou; Best Bistro Apartment 1B Gourmet Comfort Food; Best Restaurant-Bar The Establishment; Best Enoteca Galileo Enoteca; Best Fusion Cuisine Kai; Best Wine ListMasseto Wine Bar and Restaurant; Best Burger Joint Brother’s Burger (Bonifacio High Street); Best Dessert, Ice Cream and Cake Shop Bizu Patisserie; Best Newcomer The Goose Station; Best Hotel Restaurant – International Buffet Circles (Makati Shangri-La); Best Hotel Restaurant – Fine Dining Cicou (Hotel Céleste); Best Hotel Restaurant – Specialty Cuisine Inagiku (Makati Shangri-La); Best Hotel Bar Martinis (Mandarin Oriental); Best Emerging Talent Sunshine and Rob Pengson; Best Chef Antonio Escalante; Lifetime Achievement Award winnerMargarita Fores; People’s Choice Award winner People’s Palace.

Citibank's Alma Gruenberg and Bea Teh-Tan granting the award to Bizu for Best Dessert, Ice Cream and Cake ShopCitibank's Mattel Luna, Alma Gruenberg and Lynden CatapangColin Mackay of People's Palace accepting the People's Choice AwardDr Efren Vasquez accepts the award for Best Filipino Restaurant

The MBKRS Awards 2010 are presented by Citibank, who recently launched their Citi Dining Privileges program, in association with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, including San Miguel Premium All-Malt, Super Dry, and Cerveza Negra. Leading accounting firm SGV&Co. witnessed the announcement of the winners at the awarding ceremony, which are the results of the online ballot voted on by the panel of more than 100 judges distinguished in the restaurant industry and other related fields, and compiled using the survey tool QuestionPro.

Edna Diaz and Tim YapElian Habayeb and Ines CabarrusFerdi Salvador, Tina Pamintuan wins Best Italian Restaurant, Gianna KesslerGail Gonzalez, Koby Parcell, Lexi Schulze-Testa, Johnny Revilla, Jay Labrador

It was a night filled with excitement and anticipation. Enderun’s Etoile Bar and Atrium were packed to the brim with restaurateurs, chefs, hoteliers, foodies and fans. There was food everywhere! Lavish spreads prepared by restaurants such as Mana-ish, Sugi, Alba’s, Cyma, Mesa, Ninyo’s, Sala, Zong, Chocolate Fire, Le Bistro Vert, Magyar Hungarian Restaurant, and Discovery Suites were laid out for guests to enjoy, along with great wines supplied byFuture Trade International, Brumms Quality Wines, Best World Beverages and Fly Ace Corporation, and coffee by Malonggo Coffee. Free flowing lifestyle brews, which are expertly designed to accompany food, were provided by San Miguel Brewery.

Indra Singh of Kashmir and Lara ParpanInes Cabarrus and Mari de TerryJack TuasonJavier Berenguer Testa of Martinis accepting the award for Best Hotel Bar

The evening was hosted by authors and organizers Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb, who were joined on stage by presenters including F.A.S.H. on Lifestyle Network co-host Ferdi Salvador, foodie Gianna Kessler, WAVE 89.1 FM DJ Wendell Garcia, Phil Lux Manager Stephanie Kienle, food writer Marco Rodriguez, Olive Magazine Editor-In-Chief Stephanie Zubiri, San Miguel’s Erik Riola and Elaine Ninoza, Citibank’s Bea Teh-Tan and Alma Gruenberg, Zong’s Joshua Tiu and Women’s Health EIC Lara Parpan, Our Awesome Planet food blogger Anton Diaz, Cook Magazine EIC Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Chocolate Fire’s Koby Parcell, and megastar and Spoon on Net 25 host Janice de Belen.

Jessica Tan-Gan, Katrina Padilla, Alexandra RochaKitchie Diaz of The Establishment accepts the award for Best Restaurant BarLexi Schulze-Testa and Chocolate Fire's Koby ParcellLuis de Terry, Anton Diaz, Nino Laus

And what a crowd! The list of names read like a celebrity list of who’s who in the Manila restaurant industry: C’Italian’sChris Locher, Aubergine’s Norbert Gandler, Cicou’s Cyrille Soenen, Discovery’s David Pardo de Ayala, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chefs Sunshine and Rob Pengson, Chef Jessie Sincioco, Cyma’s Chef Robby Goco,L’Entrecote’s Chef Martin Kaspar, Chef Nino Laus, LU’s Luis de Terry, L’Incontro’s Tina Pamintuan, Caffe Caruso’s Dario Giardini, Bellini’s Roberto Bellini, Café Juanita’s Dr. Efren Vasquez, J and Malu Gamboa, Mari de Terry, Chef Adrian Cuenca, 4th Street Kitchen’s Michelle Pantoja with the dashing Santi Picornell, Colin Mackay, and Margarita Fores. From the hotel scene there included Mandarin Oriental’s F&B Director Chico Angeles and Manager Javier Berenguer-Testa with his lovely wife Lexi Schulze Testa, Sofitel General ManagerGoran Aleks, and Discovery General Manager Bobby Horrigan.

Marc de la Cruz, Tricia Tensuan, Ana Galang, Sau del RosarioMarilyn and Jess CabarrusMark Whittington and Kirja ParcellMichi Zepeda of Masseto accepting the award for Best Wine List

Other attendees from the foodie world included F&B World’s Nana Ozaeta, The Wine Steward’s Jay Labrador, actorJohnny Revilla, Living Well on QTV’s Ayee Domingo, Lifestyle Asia’s Cheryl Tiu and Lifestyle Asia Travel’sPierra Labrador, Dine Asia EIC Mary Anne Miely. The list goes on! Other guests included the lovely misses Sasha Haman, Alexandra Rocha and Jessica Tan-Gan, Enjoy Philippines’ Alfie Sy, Vanessa Fernando, Net One’sRaymond Rufino, 99.5 RT’s Ana Gonzalez, Tim Yap, Karen Grupp-Elizalde, UNO Magazine’s RJ Ledesmawith his charming wife Vanessa, Stram Events’ Tetta Tirona, Philippine Star’s Audrey Carpio and even the fabulous thespian Ms Cherie Gil!

Michi Zepeda, Elian Habayeb, Gail Gonzalez, Chad SoteloMurray Hertz, Peter Jentes and Ruth HungNancy Reyes-Lumen and Janice de BelenRJ and Vanessa Ledesma, Anton Diaz

Also seen were technology sponsor Optimind’s Wendy Ang, Kashmir’s Indra and Sirjan Singh, Mana-ish’s Philip Mazloum and Chef Majd Francis, L’Opera’s Abba Napa, and Apartment 1B’s Bobby Lim.  Also there were Citibank Country Manager Sanjiv Vohra, along with Citi’s Cecille Fonacier, Arlene Magtira, Mattel Luna, and Lynden Catapang, SGV&Co partners Rossana Fajardo, Vivian Cruz-Ruiz, Teresita Baes, Aldrin Cerrado, Sr. ManagerJuliet Bautista along with top regional execs from Ernst & Young Tokyo and Malaysia, and Enderun Colleges foundersJavier Infante, John Suits, and Jack Tuason, who gave the welcome remarks.

Rob and Sunshine Pengson with Janice de BelenSanti Picornell, Michelle Pantoja, Gianna Kessler, Sasha Haman, Oliver MenendezStephanie Kienle, Ines Cabarrus, Marco Rodriguez, Ferdi Salvador, Stephanie ZubiriStephanie Zubiri, Chris Gonzalez and Stephanie Kienle

TV sponsors covering the event include the Lifestyle Network, Channel V, Net 25, Studio 23, the Asian Food Channel, Living Well on QTV, and Cityscape on ANC.  Radio sponsors include Dream 106.7 FM, Mellow 94.7 FM, 101.1 Yes FM, 96.3 FM Easy Rock, Jam 88.3 FM, and Internet radio station  Magazine sponsors include Appetite, Lifestyle Asia, Rogue, Sense & Style, Uno, Women’s Health, Expat Travel & Lifestyle, Monday, 24/7 Nocturnal Navigator, Dine Asia, Circuit, Cook, F&B World, andEntrepreneur.  Newspaper sponsors include Manila Standard Today, Manila Bulletin, Business Insight,Daily Tribune, and Expat Newspaper.  Top food and lifestyle blogs supporting the MBKRS Awards 2010 include,,,, One Big Bite,,, and  Other sponsors include B+C Design, SATB, and Enjoy Philippines.

Chef Jessie Sinsioco and Elian HabayebJanice de BelenNorbert Gandler, Chris LocherNyco Maca

Visit for more information on winners, nominees, judges, and sponsors of the MBKRS Awards 2010, and pick up a copy of the bestselling coffee-table book that inspired it all Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets, available at all major bookstores or by contacting 897-0087.

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*For more information contact Ines Cabarrus at 0917-816-0413 or

Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010

3D Newspaper in the Philippines: The Manila Bulletin

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It’s official! The 3D newspapers are here to stay from the Manila Bulletin!

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What’s really cool about this is that we also found out that the Manila Bulletin is definitely open to learning about the new digital marketplace and they’re trying to integrate themselves with the new times. Even better, is that we all found out that the Manila Bulletin knows how to throw one hell of a bloggers event!

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What Manila Bulletin did right, and many other companies have done wrong, is that they created an actual event that was so much fun, it’s actually worth blogging about. Instead of just giving the online publishers a press release that they would copy and paste, Manila Bulletin went the extra mile and gave everyone a fun filled experience!

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First was the venue. The had their event at a nice and cozy suite at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences along Leviste Street in Makati. It was the perfect size for the small, intimate gathering exclusive to bloggers.

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Secondly, the night was well organized, there was enough food, drinks and lots of friendly people to talk to.

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Third, the music was great! They invited Joshi Haas and Adam Arnold the new band called “The Gentlemen” who played nice acoustic sounds with both original songs and covers of famous other hits. Coincidentally, “The Gentlemen” are also top models which really scored more points with the girls…

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Finally, you can’t deny that cool prizes make an event awesomer times 100! And Manila Bulletin brought with them a plethora of cool prizes! They gave away designer eyewear from RayBan, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Burberry, Bvlgari along with top tech gadgets like the TWO iPod Shuffles, TWO iPod Nanos, TWO iPod Touches and an  iPad! Again, note that it was a very small and intimate crowd so lots of chances for everyone to win!

Here’s a pic of the guy that won the iPad!

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The Newspaper of the Future


You Have Never Seen Us Like This Before

On September 24, 2010 the country woke up and got a dose of good news accompanied by photos in vivid, three-dimensional colors, the first 3D newspaper in the Philippines. Along with the historical newspaper came 3D glasses which allowed readers to see their favorite newspaper with a new set of eyes.

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From that day on the Manila Bulletin, the nation’s leading newspaper, has fully embraced the advancing media technology; setting the bar in meeting the needs of the future generation.

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Take the Manila Bulletin Wherever You Go

Following up its ground-breaking foray into 3D the Manila Bulletin introduces an iPad application that allows readers to access the newspaper using their favorite Apple gadget. Also, anyone with an internet connection can access the e-paper at

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The First in the Philippines

Being the first to go 3D and rolling out an iPad application, the Manila Bulletin truly is a pioneering newspaper which has the courage and foresight to try new things for its readers.

The Manila Bulletin is looking forward to reinventing itself in view of the changing demands of present and emerging readers. But it never forgets the strength of its heritage of accurate, truthful, unbiased, and timely news.

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The Manila Bulletin, started in black in white in 1900 and went full color in mid-90s, has vowed to continue to innovate and adopt to the changing world of technology to serve the nation better to be truly the exponent of the Philippine progress.

For more information, visit or

Download the iPad application here:

Thanks to our friends from Nuffnang Philippines (, Thinline Advertising ( and from the Manila Bulletin ( for this cool event!

Also thank you to all the cool bloggers who were there. Thanks to Elisa Aquino of for the cool black and white photo at the beginning and also to Cheryl Golangco for the pictures from

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MiLi Opt Event at the Podium

Together with The A.Shop, style and function take centerstage this coming weekend as MiLi Mobile Power Solutions and OPT Lifestyle Cases get together to showcase their entire product line-up. From November 26 – 29, 2010 (Friday to Monday), customers will get to experience the convenience and practicality of owning a portable external charger for their mobile devices, as well as discover a brand of casings that are meant to protect their much-loved Apple devices in designs that are chic and trendy.

The MiLi and OPT booth will be an interactive display, located in front of The A.Shop on the 2ndfloor of The Podium. This will showcase not only the functional relevance of the products, but also the high-quality workmanship that went into each item. Product trials will be conducted at the booth and interested buyers can purchase their own MiLi and OPT items inside The A.Shop. In conjunction with the pre-Christmas sale for The Podium, all items will be on a special discount just for these 4 days.

For more information on MiLi Mobile Power Solutions, please visit

To know about OPT Lifestyle Cases, check out

Pilipinas Kay Ganda: Philippines New Brand from the Department of Tourism and DoT Sec. Bertie Lim’s Speech

So there’s a lot of talk about the new branding for the Philippines, as unveiled last night at an event hosted by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DoT).

They gave invited guests and members of the media a first look at the new campaign under the new slogan of “Pilipinas Kay Ganda.”

There are mixed opinions about the new direction for our tourism and the branding we hope to package our country as. Unfortunately, most of the comments and opinions I’ve read have been on the negative side.

One of the main comments I’ve been seeing is that our slogan is in the native Filipino language, and thus, may not be as appealing to foreigners. I however am not so sure about that criticism as this may actually peak the curiosity of outsiders as to what the slogan “Kay Ganda” really means.

All I know is that we won’t know for certain whether or not this new idea is good or bad until we look back at this a few years from now. For now, I suggest we hope for the best and support them the best way we can. Hopefully, we can trust these government officials to be doing what they believe is the best thing for the tourism industry.

For more info and for a detailed explanation of the reasoning behind this new Philippines Branding campaign and logo, check out the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bertie Lim’s full speech below:


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen… Good evening.

Thank you for joining us tonight as we give you a preview of the new Philippines brand that will be the centerpiece of our tourism promotional programs and advertising campaigns in the years to come.

It is the result of intensive market research and a rigorous branding process done by one of the large agencies in the country.  And I think it is a compelling brand, both in form and substance. But I must quickly add that it is not complete, in the sense that we have yet to develop the campaigns. Nor is it final. We still have to do market testing and FGDs to refine the brand. At best, it is a work in progress.

We believe that a country brand is so important that before we commit ourselves to the production and placement of expensive TV commercials, we would like to share with you, the industry stakeholders, the emerging brand. It is in keeping up with the President’s philosophy of public-private partnership. Your inputs will help in strengthening the brand even more.

In many cases, a rebranding exercise by a nation is met with stiff resistance.  In 2007, when Singapore first toyed with the idea of rebranding, an article in the Singapore Business Times openly criticized the government for even considering it.

The article declared, “The latest effort by the government to craft and communicate an all-encompassing message to the world about what Singapore is all about, what makes it unique and great, etc … is likely to fail.” It went on to argue that Singapore has firmly established itself as the premiere business destination. Why repackage Singapore to mean something else? Why fix it when it ain’t broke?

Similarly, some people are questioning the wisdom of our own rebranding. Why not just build on the brand equity of Wow Philippines? With our limited budget, can we really successfully launch and sustain a new brand? I will address those questions later.

Meanwhile, Singapore launched its new brand early this year. And already, they have achieved their arrival target for the year as early as October. We can only conclude that Singapore has successfully repositioned itself from a business destination to one where you can work and play. Of course, the brand launch was timed with the opening of a theme park and casinos.

There’s an important lesson here.

Simon Anholt, foremost authority on Nation Branding, tells us that positioning a country’s brand is about highlighting the attributes that differentiate it from other nations. But the points of difference must be relevant, distinctive, and believable.

Without a doubt, Singapore’s old brand was relevant to its primary market –the business traveler. It was believable. The business and communications infrastructure were in place. And it was distinctive. Singapore was one of the few, if not the only one, who can claim to be the business hub in the region.

When they expanded their market to include the leisure traveler, they needed to project a new Singapore. The idea of a “work and play” destination was certainly relevant to this new market. The casinos and theme park made it believable. And once again, Singapore can lay claim to that distinctive brand.

Of course, a brand must also have attractive visuals and a catchy slogan. And Singapore’s new brand has that too.

As we reveal our own brand tonight, I am confident that you will find the visuals charming and the slogan catchy. But the more important questions are: Is it relevant? Is it distinctive? And is it believable?

In the last four months, we have received many brand suggestions from well-intentioned people.  Each proponent is passionately convinced that it is the brand that will bring in the tourists in flocks. Using the three brand positioning questions to test the suggested brand will give us an idea of how the brand will fare.

Let me give you just two examples.

One brand suggestion is “Latin Asia”, highlighting our unique Hispanic heritage brought about by over 400 years of Spanish rule. It certainly is distinctive. We are the only one in the region who can claim it, offering a unique experience in our rich culture and character as a people. It conjures images of Spanish architectures combined with song, dance, and romance. It is believable. It reflects both in our looks and in our way of life. But is it relevant? Is it compelling enough to make tourists prefer us over our neighbors as a leisure destination? Maybe. Maybe not.

Another suggestion is to highlight our peace-loving nature as a people, which we really are, deep inside. The idea is to counter the negative image resulting from the August 23 incident. It is definitely relevant, especially since we are addressing a current concern. It is distinctive. I don’t know of any country in the region claiming to be “peaceful” or “peace-loving”.  But is it believable?

I think it will take a lot of effort and money to convince travelers, especially when they frequently see in the news stories of crime and violence. Besides, it can easily be parodied. I can almost imagine the CNN headline the next time a similar incident like August 23 happens: “Philippines: A Place Where You Can Rest in Peace.”

The brand you are about to see is relevant, distinctive and believable. It extols our innermost beauty, and not just of our destinations, but also of our people and everything else that we do. It is something that we can distinctively claim, and every foreigner who has visited our shores will attest to it. It is also relevant and appealing to a market constantly searching for a more beautiful place and experience.

But when we present it to others, we receive mixed reactions, eliciting either excitement or disbelief – not so much with the message, but with the means we chose to convey the message. It is a radical departure from what our neighbors are doing, and to the faint of heart, a bit risky.

Simon Anholt, in his article “From Nation Branding to Competitive Identity” rightfully observed that many tourism campaigns are so similar that it leads to commoditization. When our neighbors are claiming to be amazing, incredible, charming, inspiring, and truly Asia – what can we really say that will make us more than just another Asian destination?

We need to be more daring in expressing our brand, if we are to rise above the clutter.

When presented in the right context, we often end up making our audience full-pledged supporters of the new brand. This was the case when we presented it to some of you. This was even more so when we presented to the President. He even gave his own inputs in terms of colors and other visual elements, which are now part of the brand you will see tonight.

Going back to the questions – “Why not just build on the Wow Philippines brand?” and “Can we afford to launch and sustain a new brand?”

The answer is quite simple. At a time when every nation, big or small, is either creating a new brand or repackaging their current ones, would you rather rehash an 8-year old brand? Besides, a new brand always generates a buzz that translates to more media mileage for the same promotional budget.

Even more importantly, this is a good opportunity for us to express in a fresh manner the hope and optimism that the Aquino administration represents.

Finally, let me just say that a brand, by itself – no matter how solid the concept is, no matter how stunning the visuals are and how compelling the slogan is, no matter how big the budget is – cannot guarantee success.

In 1997, Prime Minister Tony Blair endorsed a new brand for the UK – “Cool Britannia”. The new brand repositioned Britain as a modern, forward-thinking nation and a world leader in creativity and innovation; a sharp contrast to the snooty and anchored-in-past-glory image of the old brand, “Rule Britannia”.

It made sense. It was distinctive and caught the essence of everything young and trendy about modern Britain. From BritArt to BritPop, from fashion to business, it sought to encapsulate the national creative spirit of the times. It was also relevant to the changing mood of its traditional markets.

Four years later, the brand was declared dead. There was so much debate about it that in the end, there was no critical mass of support for the new brand from among its leaders and citizenry. If it was not believed by its own people, how can you expect people from other nations to believe in it?

In the end, it is the faith and trust in the brand of the various stakeholders that can make or break a brand.

Some of you came tonight with your own brand idea in mind. I can tell you with conviction that if you cannot convince 50 other people in this room who brought along their own brand ideas, that yours is the best brand, it has absolutely no chance of succeeding.

That’s why I’d like to invite all of you to join hands and rally behind the brand we are about to reveal. Together, let’s make the brand not only believable, but also real.

After all, no one can argue that our motherland is beautiful. And it’s the only one we have.

Thank you and good evening.

Below is picture of Dot Secretary Bertie Lim along with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay and DoT Undersecretary Vicente Romano III sharing a toast after the unveiling of the new branding direction for Philippine Tourism

Pictures of Pretty Young Thing (PYT) at the Pilipinas Kay Ganda DoT event.

New Branding for the Philippines from the Department of Tourism: DoT Sec. Bertie Lim’s Full Speech

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Walk Write This Way with Writer’s Block Philippines and Carlos Celdran

Writer’s Block Philippines is once again holding a one of a kind travel writing workshop with Carlos Celdran.

A group founded by freelance writers Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Nina Terol-Zialcita, Writer’s Block Philippines believes in conducting writing workshops that are both experiential and inspiring.

“Combining something we are passionate about–like food and travelling–with writing has been our formula from the start. It’s proven to be something that participants look for and look forward to,” says Ana Santos, who writes about sexual health rights and women in armed conflict.

Take a walk around the famed city of Intramuros and listen to Manila tourist guide extraordinaire Carlos Celdran regale us with his own kind of history lesson / tour that is also a one-man theatrical performance.

Workshop participants will start the morning with the Carlos Celdran “If these walls could talk” walking tour of Intramuros and then be given free time to write about their experience.

Later, these writing pieces will be discussed with Writer’s Block Founders and a guest speaker from Travelife Magazine who will share what really makes a good travel piece and provide an editorial perspective on what editors look for.

“I see travel as a learning experience–whether it is a local or foreign destination. Traveling is a nice opportunity to learn about the things beyond the four walls of the classroom. For me, the best way to document each travel experience is to write about it. Walk Write This Way 2.0 will help aspiring travel writers become more effective in their craft, as the founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will share tips that every writer will find useful.”, says Nikka Sarthou, a lifestyle and travel journalist.

Writer’s Block Philippines also dispels the myth that travelling entails a lot of time and money. “Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries await us just in our own backyards,” says Nina Terol – Zialcita, who writes about themes on “changemaking” and culture and the arts. “Those of us who live in Manila tend to take it for granted because all we see is the traffic, the pollution, and the stressors that accompany our daily grind. But if we peel all those layers and look closely, we will discover that we live in a vibrant and culturally diverse locale where there are also many stories to be uncovered and shared.”

As Writer’s Block Philippines is a firm believer in freelance writing as a career, various writing opportunities in travel writing will also be discussed. We hope that at the end of the workshop, the participants will have learned the basics of what they will need to combine their passion for writing and travelling and earn from it!

Log onto or message 0927.850.8280 for more information.

Writer’s Block Philippines believes that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, a form of expression and a discipline. Writing itself is only one aspect of “writing”; a culmination of other processes that make it easier for you to write your piece. Through its workshops, Writer’s Block will bring all these different processes together and teach you how to be an effective writer.

E-Dance & Philippine Allstars “fUsEd” Performance: Modern Dance & Hip Hop

You are invited to watch

E-Dance Theatre Performing Arts Lab Inc.



Collaboration by Gerald Mercado, Lora Benedicto and Jakob Rodriguez with Kyxz Mendiola, Vince Mendoza and Matt Padilla of Philippine ALLSTARS

Friday, 12 Novemeber 2010
Tanghalang Pasigueno, Pasig City

Matinee show at 3pm
Gala show at 7pm

For ticket reservations and inquiries, please contact:
Camille Castro- +639275574737

Two cultures. One platform.

In a world of chaos, there is a simple language that binds us all: movement. That is why E-Dance Theatre decided to take hiphop off the streets and merge it with modern/ contemporary dance to tell a story.

fUSEd is a gamble on the single similarity between two different dance forms that are not normally associated with each other: the need to differentiate, the search for a unique expression. Hiphop is a product of communities looking for an identity in the streets where they felt free to express themselves, modern dance is a break-away from the rigidities of classical ballet. Despite the varying techniques, E-dance bravely took the challenge to weave these two dance forms together in an effort to create a new dimension in performing arts.

fUSEd charms the audience through the creative portrayal of daily life. The nameless characters tell the story of you and me, the person right next to you on the train, the one you passed on the street on your way to work, the one you might bump into on your lunch break, fellow travelers going in, out, and along this chaotic world.

Born in 2002, E-Dance Theatre is a group of young independent artists seeking alternative spaces to enhance their technique and experiment with different forms of performing arts. Inspired by the growth of multi-media and interactive technology, and the contemporary dance tradition, E-dance engages in collaborative experiments with other artists from different fields, exploring the different approaches to creating dance.

fUSEd is E-Dance’s most recent experiment, made possible with the special participation of Philippine All Stars. Showing on November 12, 2010, at Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City. For more info, please contact Katrina @ 09178228601

I’m giving out a bunch of tickets for this fUSED dance event!!!!

I’ll give out some on air, on Mellow 94.7 this weekend, so tune in! Also, you can win some on Facebook and on Twitter.



  • Facebook

1. Post a comment on saying why you want tickets

2. Tag @When In Manila and @The G-Spot with DJ Vince G

3. Tag @Friends who might also want to go

4. Have this link on your comment –

  • Twitter

1. Copy and paste the statement below:

FREE tickets to “fUSED” HipHop & Modern Dance. Copy/Paste ths tweet & follow @VinceGolangco. Pick winner Nov10 – will pick FIVE winners from Facebook and THREE from Twitter to each get a pair of Matinee (3pm) tickets to this wonderful performance “fUSED” on November 12.

(Total of 10 tickets on Facebook and 6 on Twitter)

The Fine Print:

*MUST follow all the Golden Rules to qualify

**Tickets claimed at the door on the day of the event

***Winners to be announced Nov 10

E-Dance & Philippine Allstars “fUsEd” Performance: Modern Dance & Hip Hop