Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Solaire

Choose from discounted room packages and dinner set menu.





Mothers know best. But this time, Solaire has thought of the best for the special women in our lives. From the special discounted rates in the ultimate family staycation to the exquisite set menus in our fine dining establishments, we’ve made sure that this will be one unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Bring the entire family this ‘Mother’s Day weekend’ and stay in one of our luxurious suites with discounted rates. Under the Summer Family Getaway packages, our rooms go as low as PhP6,000++ for Deluxe Room Cityview and PhP7,000++ for the Deluxe Room Bayview. The special rates are also available in Grand Deluxe Cityview (PhP8,000++), Grand Deluxe Bayview (PhP9,000++) and 2-Bay Suite (PhP12,000).

Our amazing staycation packages come with an impeccable buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids age 6 years and below. For kids who are 7 to 12 years old, we offer a 50% dining discount. Your stay also includes a free use of the swimming pool and the fitness center. To test your luck, the package comes with PhP500 worth of gaming credits.

If you opt to celebrate mom’s special day with a lavish dinner, we have prepared delectable set menus in Fresh, Yakumi, Finestra, Red Lantern and Strip. Everyone in the family can enjoy our mini pizza creation of the day (Roasted Branzino in potato crust, Versuvio tomatoes, white wine and Gamberoni), Pasta Carbonara in rich and creamy sauce with pancetta bacon, Limon Cello lemon and Chicken Parmigiano at our Italian restaurant Finestra.

For the lovers of Japanese cuisine, meanwhile, we offer a special menu that includes Gyuniku Tataki (Seared beef strip loin with onion dressing and micro herbs), Yakumi Sushi and sashimi sampler, Lobster mini soup, Ebi tempura, Chilean Seabass teriyaki and Steamed Japanese style egg custard with foie gras.

Red Lantern also offers a sumptuous set menu for those who prefer Chinese dishes. The family can feast on Hand rolled Beijing duck, Pumpkin soup with seafood and white fungus, Deep fried crispy shrimps with sweet mayonnaise, Wok fried prime beef black pepper sauce, Steamed sliced fish with Tofu in black bean sauce, the seasons best vegetables with oyster sauce, and Braised noodles with spring onions and ginger sesame oil.

Steak house Strip also offers a Mother’s Day menu consisting of Green Pea sphere and crisp ham; Tomato salad dried olive oil and goat’s cheese; Foie gras crumble mousse with candied fruit and nut; Seared tuna blood orange sponge, watermelon and labuyo chili crust; Pork belly beer braised and tomato relish; Smoked Angus beef and Caramel Sand torch banana.

All of our set menus are priced at PhP1,900 and all come with the Solaire Mother’s Day creation, the Caramel cheesecake with red berries and white chocolate silk. If you want to go all – out however, our buffet outlet Fresh is ready with Lechon (Charcoal grilled suckling pig), Roasted prime rib of ‘Gold Label’ prime beef, Brioche baked whole salmon Coulibiac, seafood delights and a long list of desserts which include tarts, cupcakes, cookies, parfaits, doughnuts, puddings and cakes.

May it be the ultimate staycation or a gastronomic adventure in one of our first-class restaurants, Mother’s Day at Solaire is definitely a great bonding opportunity for the entire family.


For reservations, call 888 8888 or log on to www.solaireresort.com for more details. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mom and Baby Fashion / Baby Nutrition (May 24, 2014)

This summer, Manila Workshops and Medela Moms bring you a half-day workshop aimed at teaching parents to make sure that their kids are healthy and beautiful, inside and out. Also on the agenda is teaching moms to dress fashionably, after all, motherhood can and should be fabulous, too. The Mom and Baby Fashion / Baby Nutrition half day session will be taking place on May 24, 2014, Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Medela House, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City.
Our Speakers
Martina Gomez-Pangilinan is a wife and new mom, and together with her partners, an entrepreneur who has brought Catalogue63.com and Elin.ph to life. Her brand, Elin, is a proudly-Filipino women’s clothing line inspired by the modern woman who wants to look put-together yet stay comfortable while juggling work, caring for their children and other endless obligations. The brand hopes to enable its customers to easily put together complete looks with just a few key pieces, and also focuses on offering women clothes they can wear before, during and after pregnancy. Martina also previously worked as a preschool teacher, and will soon complete her Masters Degree in Child Development and Education at University of Asia and the Pacific. Her experience with women’s fashion and her time working with children makes her the best resource speaker for the Mom and Baby Fashion topic under this workshop.
Dr. Milette P. Romero is a practicing pediatrician who graduated from the UST College of Medicine. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City, and was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program during her Senior Year of Residency Training. She was also named Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics at the East Avenue Medical Center during her final year of training. She presently holds clinics at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and her personal clinic in Makati. Soon, she will be opening another clinic at the Medical Arts Tower in The Medical City, Ortigas. A doting godparent to her sister’s children, she possesses a natural love for children, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the field of Pediatrics. Dr. Romero will be handling the Baby Nutrition stream of this workshop.
Workshop Fee and Details
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Venue: Medela House, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Regular Rate: Php 300
Couple’s Rate: Php 500

To join this workshop, please fill out the registration form below.
The Mom and Baby Fashion / Baby Nutrition Workshop is a part of the 2014 First Time Parents Series of Manila Workshop. This session is co-presented by the Medela Moms. Other sponsors include Mommy Treats, Elin, Baby Mum-mum and MD Moms.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What To Know Before Giving Birth – The Rerun! (May 24, 2014)

Manila WorkShops is bringing back this event to help those first-time parents to learn things that can help them having an easy breezy child-birth. 
A favorite among first-time parents, the What To Know Before Giving Birth Workshop will have another run on May 24, 20149:00 AM – 12:00 NN at the Medela House, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City.
What You Can Learn
  • What to Expect During your OB check-ups and visits
  • Pain Management
  • Pregnancy Nutrition
  • Cord Blood Banking
Our Speakers
Dr. Diana Liu Sarmiento is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She completed her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UP-PGH and proceeded with her fellowship in Trophoblastic Diseases also at the same institution, the UP-PGH. She is a consultant at the Asian Hospital Medical Center. Our speaker is a writer for the Women’s Health and Wellness section of Yahoo! South East Asia. You may visit her website for helpful information pertaining to Women’s health and pregnancy with an online question-and-answer section called Magtanong Kay Doc. Her website is www.filipinamd.com.
Ms. Cecile Bayaga is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian. She is happily married for the 9 years and a mother to their son, Gabby.
To register, please fill out the form below.
What To Know Before Giving Birth – The Rerun is co-presented by Manila Workshops, Medela Moms, Stemcord Philippines, Inc. and Unilab. Sponsors include St. Patrick and Mommy Treats.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chiqui Rodriguez' Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 22 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014. 

The 15 selected paintings from a total of over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism. 

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.


Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title 'Sudden Flight' refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.” 

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.


About the Artist: 


Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante. 

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through chiquirodriguez.com and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 22 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (www.altromondo.ph/artist-profiles/chiqui-rodriguez/).

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

Chiqui Rodriguez 
chiqui@chiquirodriguez.com
http://chiquirodriguez.com

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Binibining Pilipinas—bigger and better beyond 50 years

Binibining Pilipinas, the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant, goes even bigger as it ventures beyond 50 years at the 2014 Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Following the back to back victories of Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida, Miss Supranational 2013 Johanna Datul and Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, much anticipation is in the air for the next batch of Binibinis who will represent the Philippines in the world’s stage.

The Candidates after the opening number.
Making this year’s pageant even more exciting is the addition of the new title—Miss Intercontinental. Founded in 1973 and currently run in Panama City by the World Beauty Organization, the pageant has come to be known as ‘the United Nations of glamour and beauty,’ showcasing the world´s most poised, stunning women.

Pageant Host Anne Curtis and Xian Lim.
This is the 5th title under Binibining Pilipinas, in addition to Miss Universe, Miss Supranational, Miss International and Miss Tourism Queen International. Two runners-up shall also be crowned during the pageant.
 The coronation night last March 30 is a star-studded affair with the participation of no less than Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela and Russian Pop Superstar Emin. Gabriela is slated to participate in judging the pageant and will crown the next batch of Binibining Pilipinas queens, while Emin will be performing his hits and serenading the candidates. Local celebrities Xian Lim and Anne Curtis and beauty queens Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj host the event.

But the main stars of the show are the forty candidates who have undertaken rigorous training for the pageant. From over one hundred aspirants in January, the chosen 40 have since undergone training sessions—from pasarela to makeup and styling to personality development. They have also taken part in various sponsors visits, and TV guestings.
Swimsuit Competition.

Beyond beauty

This year’s staging of the Binibining Pilipinas is also made more meaningful, as it displays not only beautiful faces but beautiful, golden hearts. In between their busy training schedules, the candidates supported the Gawad Kalinga’s movement towards environmental and social engineering by painting houses in the GK Escopa Village. Pushing the goal further, the ladies also held educational activities with the children in the community.

Binibining Pilipinas also partnered with the Red Cross. In line with the organization’s mantra of volunteerism, the candidates took part in hands on training on emergency response. The girls led a special motorcade across Marikina City to raise awareness on Fire Prevention Month and call for volunteers for the Philippine Red Cross. The ladies also supported the Philippine Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts for indigents with a special gift giving session during the day.

The special guests for the pageant will also be aligning with the Binibining Pilipinas’ charity efforts. As part of her Philippine itinerary, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela flew to Coron, Palawan to spend time and do outreach work to a depressed community. Emin has also pledged to donate the proceeds from his single, ‘In Another Life’ to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts.
Senorita Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013.

Por Pabor Senorita, Gabriela

Russian Pop Star Emin during the serenade portion.



The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, Cream Silk, PLDT Home, JAG Jeans, AVON, PAGCOR, Titan Watches—the official watch sponsor, PAGCOR, Manhattan Garden City, Pizza Hut, Lactacyd White Intimate, Philippine Airlines, Sofitel—the official residence, Manila Bulletin—the official print partner, David’s Salon, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Gold’s Gym, J.A.C. Motors, Picture City, Dale Carnegie Training Center, Entrepreneur School of Asia, Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation, and Raymond SaldaƱa Photography. 
Emin and Gabriela.


The Winners.





Reigning Queens, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism Cindy Miranda, Bb.Ph-Universe Ariela Arida, Ms.international 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Ms. Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

(Press Release) Fila Philippines and Philippine Volcanoes: All Ready for The Rugby Sports


Fila, one of the largest manufacturing companies worldwide, and proud of its long-standing history dates back to 1911 recently held a presscon for the Philippine Volcanoes


The Philippine National Rugby Union Team, nicknamed the "VOLCANOES," is the country's official representation to the international rugby union. With countless gold to their name, besting prominent countries in international tournaments, the Volcanoes have now become headliners in Philippine sports.

Today, the Volcanoes are the most successful team in the Asian Five Nations Tournament, next to Japan. In the past five years, the Herculean squad has lost only one match, losing to South Korea in Division One in 2011. In 2012, the Volcanoes stormed into the Top 5 with an unbeaten run, besting Chinese-Taipei, Singapore and Sri Lanka in a round-robin series.

This year marks a new for the Philippine Volcanoes as they bring flag to the 2013 Rugby World Cup. Sevens in Moscow, Russia in June. Pride truly burns deep as this athletic feat is a big the country- even deeper for FILA Philippines, who will accompany the Volcanoes to the prestigious competition as their official sponsor.

Fila became popular in the world of sports, particularly Tennis, through the endorsement off legends Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker. Today, FILA is global mega-brand for sportswear, with specialized lines for Running, Basketball, Racquet Sports and Golf.


In the Philippines, FILA opened in 1983, launching with an apparel line and later specializing in footwear under the company name, FILA Philippines. Since then, it has become one of the country's premier footwear brands, under the leadership of visionary couple Butch and Cris Albert, owners of the FILA Philippines. The market frontrunner in Basketball, Badminton Cross-Training, Running, and Sports Casua, the Company is poised to dominate, especially with exciting new innovations such as "Everest by FILA" "TIVA by FILA”: outdoors by FILA" and "Freestyle by FILA."
Energized with originality, boldness, and color and guided by a rich and history. FILA Philippines is charging head-on towards the future.

Let the cheer thunder on and grow even more vociferous as The Philippine Volcanoes heave on to the showground’s of showground’s. Finally in league with the big boys, the Philippines' own are pumped more than ever. And FILA Philippines standing behind in full support will be backing down.