Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 40th MMFF 2014 Awards night

A night for Bonifacio , English Only Please and Kubot .
The Cast, producers and Crew of Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.
PHILIPPINE International Convention Center is full of stars last Dec 27, 2014, where the 40th year of Metro Manila Film Festival awards night is held. It is the night for the movie Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo of Robin Padilla because they bagged eight awards, while the movie English Only, Please got six awards.

Here are our photos during the program mostly off cam and during the program proper.
And the winners are... Ryza Mae Dizon with Alonzo Muhlach, Manila Mayor Joseph Erap Estrada, Robin Padilla, Best Supporing Actress Lotlot DeLeon, Best Actress Jennylyn Mercado and Best Director Dan Villegas.
Your presentors,,,  Antonette Taus, Arci Munoz, Richard Yap, Jennylyn Mercado and Carla Avellana. Arci Munoz with Mon Confiado, Antonette, Richard and Lotlot.
Lotlot, Jennylyn and Carla.
Binoi and Vina of Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.
Father and Son, Rommel and Daniel Padilla.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and Mayor Erap of Manila.
Direk Chito Rono and Coco Martin of Feng Shui 2.
ER Ejercito, Robin and Pagsanjan Mayor Maite Ejercito.
Congrats to Palawenyo Producer Edgar Mangahas(Middle), MJM Productions for the award of EOP.
Here are the complete list of winners:
New Wave Student Short Film Special Jury Prize: Kalaw
Best New Wave Film: Magkakabaung
New Wave Best Supporting Actor: Kristopher King, Maratabat (Pride and Honor)
New Wave Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Sevilla, M. Mother's Maiden Name
Best New Wave Film Director: Jason Paul Laxamana, Magkakabaung
New Wave Best Actress: Zsa Zsa Padilla, M. Mother's Maiden Name
New Wave Best Actor: Allen Dizon, Magkakabaung
New Wave Special Jury Prize: M. Mother's Maiden Name
New Wave Best Picture: Jason Paul Laxamana, Magkakabaung
Best Float Award: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Youth Choice Award: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Child Performer: Ryzza Mae Dizon, My Big Bossing
Best Festival Sound Engineering: Wild Sound, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Musical Score: Von de Guzman, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Original Theme Song: Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Makeup: Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
Best Visual Effects: Mothership Inc., for Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
Production Design: Ericsson Navarro, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
Best Editing: Marya Ignacio, English Only, Please
Best Cinematography: Carlo Mendoza, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Celebrity face of the night, sponsored by Erase: Nadine Lustre
FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence: Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Original Story: English Only, Please
Best Screenplay: English Only, Please
Best Director: Dan Villegas, English Only, Please
Best Supporting Actor: Joey Marquez, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
Best Supporting Actress: Lotlot de Leon, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
MFFF Highest Commemorative Award: Joseph Estrada
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
3rd Best Picture: Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
2nd Best Picture: English Only, Please
Best Picture: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Actor: Derek Ramsay, English Only, Please
Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado, English Only, Please
Song Number from Vina Morales, Robert Xena and Isay Alvarez.

Your host for tonight, Edu Manzano and Kris Aquino.
Special thanks to Sir Ymmanuel and his group for inviting me to cover the event.
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Street food with fusion @ Street Chef.

Situated at the heart of sprawling Mandaluyong City, is Street Chef, a more than year old restaurant that give venues for food expert without formal training or background in Culinary, however they maintain the quality and the taste it require.

One of its owner told us that July 2013 when they began operating this 80 to 100 seating capacity resto bar, with an advocacy of promoting cooks that didn’t undergo school for cooking, but the talent  and skills in food preparation is enormous and beyond, and from that, Street Chef enrolled them to TESDA to formalize their careers.

From the usual street foods of Pinoy, Street Chef draw their specialty out of it and present it with distinctly unique look and taste, yes we are talking about the Balut, Betamax, Isaw and chicken feet (Adidas) serve in a platter with unique sauce and some ala-gourmet drama.

Like the Sizzling Balut, the fusion rely on the sauce that create a way for you not to think that its Balut that was serve, it’s one of Street Chef most ordered, since it has a unique and must try for everyone like foreigners who want try local delicacy.
Beef with Mushroom is another good try, rich in taste but creamy in nature.
Tochong Bangus is highly recommended, its crispiness with tomato blend is so good, I was inform that Tocho is a local product in Mandaluyong, and they recreate that ala-five star hotel serving.


Other Street Chef specialties are Nilagpang, Pinaupong Manok, Adobong Pusit, Dinuguan sa kawali, Adobo sa Puti and the sizzling plates of variety street foods.
For Dessert,  Leche De Mango is a winner to remove all the after taste, with real mango join by Leche Flan and creams, perfect to end great dinner.

The venue itself is a work in progress, it’s a perfect hideaway for some group or couple who want to ease the tension of the day, with some artworks signage on its walls, and it still looks private with some plants covering some spaces.
If there is food there is drinks, and one of its runaway winner is their house tea, a special blended ice tea with secret formula. And since it’s a bar, cocktails is on the list as well, Gabriela is a must for long hard nights fun, it’s a Vodka, rhum and others to cool the evening conversation.  They also serve Pink Street Champagne and highly chilled beers.
Gabriela for cheers.
Street Chef is open daily from 5 in the afternoon till 3 in the morning, they also accept reservation for special occasions, and for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday a Disc jockey dominates their air, while Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday is for acoustic session.

They also accept food delivery under City Delivery Tel Nos. 2121212. Street chef is located at 880 San Rafael Corner Martinez Street,Plainview, Mandaluyong City.

Street Chef Menu as of December 2014.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Beauty: The best gift you can give your friends this Holiday Season


Youth and beauty – these are two things that your friends (and yourself) might put on your must-have list at any given time.  To always look young and energetic, dazzling everyone with your attractiveness and a winning spirit that shows your can-do attitude.  To always have that adrenaline flowing through your veins, confident that you can move and act in the pace you want.

While you can’t turn back the hands of time, there’s a better way to give yourself, friends, and loved ones these two desirable, yet priceless gifts this holiday season. Experience the pleasure of tapping on a new source of power that can delay the aging process and usher in a new phase of rejuvenation, both physical and mental.  The good news is, the gift of youth and beauty can be yours in one lovely gift – the new Premium HyC 150!

This powdered collagen drink manufactured by FINE Japan Co. Ltd. Is now distributed in the Philippines and easily accessible to anyone who wants to feel young, move young and look young.  This new product has been called the new fountain of youth because it contains the optimal combination of effective anti-aging nutrients, plus more in one sachet. Mix with your beverage of choice or just add plain water and its semi-sweet flavor makes it even more enticing to drink during breakfast, snack time, or an after dinner refresher. 

The Premium HyC 150 makes rejuvenation possible through its two main nutrients:  collagen and hyaluron.  Collagen slows down the aging process and prevents dryness of skin, wrinkles, and age pores.  It also counters the effects that excessive sun exposure, pollution, and bad weather can do to our skin.  Meanwhile, hyaluron gives you moisture to lubricate joints and tissues allowing you to stay active.

More than the potent combination of collagen and hyaluron, Premium HyC 150 also contains a good dose of Pearl Coix Extract that brightens skin, making you look fairer.  Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it also helps eliminate freckles, heal tumors, and remove inflammation from the body.  Complementing this is Vitamin C, which makes your skin healthy, spot- and blemish-free.  Make it a habit to take Premium HyC 150 daily – then see and feel the difference in just a few days. 

Youth and beauty in one sachet.  It’s a convenient gift you can give your friends this Christmas – and see its lovely effects last longer than the season.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Solaire formally open two resto at Sky Tower.



Solaire, Philippine’s leading Resort , Hotel and Casino is now one step higher over its competitor, as they formally open two of their world class restaurants situated at the newly open Solaire Sky Tower. Last Dec 17, 2014 we are one of the lucky bloggers who were invited to witness the opening of Oasis Garden, and the Waterside Resto Bar.

Oasis ambiance is so refreshing and private, situated at the middle of the Atrium of the Sky Tower with a-la bird nest design that will try to hide you from anything. With a backdraft of flower gardens and waterfalls, Oasis offers a wide array of pastries, from Filipino loves merienda such as Turon, to egg benedict that will make you crave for more.
Pastries galore.

It’s a good place to do a chit-chat and reminisce an afternoon gathering while having your great teas. In fairness, the Oasis wide array of Tea selection is highly recommendable that even waiters know what you should have and not after lunch or even dinner. A piano is also set up with occasional singers that will entertain guests.


Waterside Restobar is perfect example for those looking for ultimate culinary experience, the menu is ranging from Latin American to Mediterranean cuisine and I should say the finest so far. It houses the best Paella Valenciana in the country that I’ve taste so far.

What’s good thing about Waterside is, the earthly design of its interiors that match with Kenneth Cobonpue signature furnitures, with a glass window that offers a panoramic view of Manila bay sunset.
Solaire's Food and Beverage Director Patricia Ghamami with Waterside Chef's, and Vj/Host Kim Jones.

During the formal opening, Vj Kim Jones host the program while celebrations of dance and music is presented, from a ballet performances to Rondalla playing, to Flamenco and Samba numbers.

For more information you can check Solaire’s site http://solaireresort.com/, phone number is +63.2.888.8888, and address is 1 Asean Avenue Entertainment City, Paranaque City 1701 Manila, Philippines
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