Saturday, June 27, 2015

The must see Authorial Intent.

Character A and B of Itamar Moses' Authorial Intent.
A very unconventional play happens last June 24, 2018 at the Gonzaga Fine Arts Theater inside Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.  it’s the staging of “Authorial Intent “by playwright Itamar Moses, that tell a story of a couple who move in a condominium, and then suddenly they fell out of love or something that became challenge to the struggling couple, and the way they deal, discuss and argue is really beyond horizon.  Plus the wit and comedy of all will make you wonder, it is not easy to catch up but through the performances progress, story is just simple and happy at the end.

What I love most in Authorial Intent is the humor and the greatness of how excellence the actors are, plus the set-up is so complex and the feeling of understanding the two characters is awesome, feels like they take you to New York or first world thing.

Authorial Intent as written by Moses who is based in New York, he also author other full length plays such as Outage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row and others. He is a member of Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition etc. Moses is born in Berkeley, California in USA.


The artistic team for this ADMU production is under the Fine Arts Program, headed by Missy Maramara, the Director and also one of the actresses who play as Character A.  She is currently the MFA-Wielding Instructor of Fine Arts Program and English Department, an active member of Silly People’s Improv Theatre (SPIT).  Aside from Missye there two more great actress alternating for Character A role.

Character B is played by Manuel Jan Molina who by the way is so charming and oozing with potential to be the next big thing in theater world, he is a sophomore Management Engineering student in ADMU who happen to have  acting training from Loyola Marymont University and ABS-CBN Star Magic.  His alternate is Carlo Rivera who also lectures in Ateneo’s English Dept.

Production team includes Miguel Ocampo and Daryll Uy as Assistant Directors, David Mercado as Production Designer, Music Directions by Syd Alcantara and Erwin Comendador, Production Managers Nicholas Ang and Arianne Lim, Reg Aquitania is the Marketing Manager while Paulina Sotto , Arsenio Armas and Ayen Mendoza are the Stage Managers.

Authorial Intent open last June 24, and have schedules June 26, July 2 and 3, 7pm at the Gonzaga Theater inside ADMU campus in Quezon City. Tickets are at P200 and can be reserved through mobile number 0923-317-4852. Or check their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ateneoauthorialintent.


The Cast and Crew of #Authorial Intent 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

John Calub expand success campaign through e-learning and business portal.

Motivational Speakers John Calub and Justin Pinon.
PHILIPPINES Leading motivational speaker, success coach and wealth Guru, John Calub is now going digital and online thru www.successlounge.biz . It’s the first e-Learning portal wherein his teachings on how to create wealth and succeed in business can be viewed anytime and anywhere.

The site mostly contains videos of past trainings conducted directly by Calub, and also his TV program over RH TV. It also features books and articles of some success stories that can inspire us in our daily lives.

Calub during the press launched last June 16, 2015 at the Success Lounge Bar in Quezon City, announced that he did buy many rights for many motivational books that they will be feature by season in the site, where members can view and read it. Aside from Calub himself, he will also upload videos of some known motivational speakers in the country, like Justin Pinon, a known mentalist speaker who also teaches confident in reading minds and body gestures,  that useful to any business transaction.  Other in line is Lloyd Luna, the only known motivational standup comedian and speaker.

Successlounge.biz is an exclusive membership website for all Filipinos worldwide, to access it they need to register as member for a fee of P3,888 per year, and entitled you to browse the page and read anytime, anywhere even at the comfort of your home. There is also upgraded membership that you can choose with additional benefits.

Calub is a former columnist in a national broadsheet; he did an interview with John Canfield, the famous author of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, and from there his life change. And as a payback he normally conducts trainings and seminars to help fellow Filipinos get out of poverty. For past 8 years he travels the country and the world to talk about education in how to be successful.

But this time, if you don’t have time to travel or even money to spend in transportation and hotel as well, all you have to do is log in to Successlounge.biz and watch, read it anytime even in your tablets or mobile phones. Payment for fees is online transaction.

So to start your journey to success, log on to www.successlounge.biz . The website is owned and operated by John Calub Training, Incorporated(JCTI), the Philippines biggest personal development and success coaching company today.

Sharp: Managing Asthma and Allergies


Asthma is such a common disease that you probably know someone who had it as a child or still has it as an adult. You probably even have it. In the Philippines, three out of ten children and one out of ten adults suffer from asthma. Asthma episodes may vary among kids – some outgrow it, while some retain it to adulthood. There are even those whose asthma symptoms become dormant and then reappear later in life. While most parents would think that their children will outgrow their asthma, it is always better not to take chances.

As a mother who have asthmatic kids, I would really want to have products that can help eliminate or lessen the chances of getting attacks specially when it is hot/summer season. 


Modern advances may have made asthma easier to manage, but it is always a good measure to look for better ways to prevent asthma attacks caused by common triggers found in the house such as dust, pollen, dust mites, molds, and pet dander. Don’t let allergy triggers at home be the cause of your child’s (or your own) asthmatic episode. Make sure that the air you and your family breathe at home is clean and safe and free from airborne allergens with the unique Plasmacluster Ion Technology from Sharp.
Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) Technology is a one-of-a-kind air purifying innovation that releases positive and negative ions that effectively deactivate the effects of airborne allergens and other threats by up to 99%, make the air odor-free in a chemical-free method, remove static electricity which makes dust stick and gather, and provide better skin moisture.

Sharp has PCI Air Purifiers with Humidifying Function, which releases high-density Plasmacluster Ions and provides a well-balanced humidity in the air. Its air purifying power is doubled with its triple filters that collect airborne dust and odor particles. This is great for families that commonly experience dry eyes and dry throat, which act up normally when one wakes up. The Sharp PCI Air Purifier with Dehumidifying Function, on the other, provides air purification while also reducing the level of humidity indoors. This is perfect for households that retain too much moisture. Plasmacluster Ion Generators, meanwhile, are also good for use in work stations and industries such as restaurants, hotels, food processing factories and textile factories. Whichever air purifier or ion generator you choose, you will be able to keep airborne allergens at bay – making your indoor space friendly and safe for anyone suffering from asthma. 

All Plasmacluster products are designed to deliver comfort to any room by creating an atmosphere filled with clean and safe air inspired by nature. Plasmacluster Ion Technology is engineered to provide superior Sharp experience, each made with the vision of providing comfort and convenience to each Filipino home. This is a commitment pushed by Sharp through its “Our Brand, Our Pride” philosophy, a pledge to uplift the quality of Filipinos’ lives through outstanding products.

For more about Plasmacluster Ion Technology, and other exceptional products of Sharp (Philippines) Corporation, visit www.sharp.ph or join us on www.facebook.com/SharpPhilippines.



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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jurrasic World, will let you dream and live with the Dinosaurs.

Presented by WhenInManila, PMCM and Resorts World Manila, a private VIP screening of Jurassic World was held at the NewPort Mall on the 10th day of June 2015. The event coincides with the worldwide release of the fourth installment of the film series. Bloggers and members of the press experienced the raging and roaring dinosaurs of Isla Nublar at the Ultra Platinum Cinema known for La-Z Boy seats. Sponsoring the said block screening were The Tannery and OKF with media partners Business Mirror and Light. 

Looking Back On The Park
 Title: Jurassic Park
 Year Of Release: 1993
 Director: Steven Spielberg
 Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor , Dilophosaurus , Brachiosaurus , Triceratops , Gallimimus and Parasaurolophus
Reception: Critically acclaimed
 Box Office: Commercially successful

Title: Jurassic Park: The Lost World
Year Of Release: 1997
Director: Steven Spielberg
Dinosaurs: Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Compsognathus, Velociraptors
Reception: Mixed reviews
Box Office: Commercially successful

Title: Jurassic Park III
Year Of Release: 2001
Director: Joe Johnston
 Dinosaurs: Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus ,Ceratosaurus ,Compsognathus , Corythosaurus. Parasaurolophus , Pteranodon , Spinosaurus ,Stegosaurus ,Triceratops , Tyrannosauru and Velociraptor
Reception: Mixed reviews
 Box Office: Financially successful

 Entering And Experiencing The World
 Jurassic World is a sequel of the Jurassic Park film series and was highly anticipated by moviegoers around the globe, the creative team spent over a decade in production due to multiple script revisions. WOW! Jurassic World, was the second film of the blockbuster series which was not directed by the Academy Award winning director of Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg, where he acted as a producer. Colin Trevorrow, an American screen writer and film director was hired to direct his third film of his entire career. He barely directed and in fact, he will be known because of Jurassic World. Directing a classic and previously successful blockbuster series was a mark that Trevorrow, must maintain or even surpass, and he didn’t fail on that. In the film, there were shots that were very Spielberg like and even repetitive camera angles and shots that we saw from the previous films, like the Isla Nublar, the introduction shot of Jurassic World and the so many close up shots of Indominus Rex sensing and smelling, these were signature shots from the previous films. Or should I say that Spielberg directed those scenes? The idea of having the Indominus Rex not to be shown in full at the early part of the film was a pro, from body, to staring and to the raging face.  Those shots were used to establish the character of this new genetically hybrid creature.

John Schwartzman, the man behind those stunning and spectacular images did a beautiful masterpiece both artistically and technically. He was also the director of photography for The Amazing Spider-Man, The Rock and Seabiscuit, so you can see why?  The music of Jurassic Park was just one of signature scores of the so many films that John Williams did from the past  (Star Wars series, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln). Always remember, whenever Steven Spielberg directs, John Williams has to be in charge of the baton. And even though Michael Giacchino provided the music in this current installment, the score was soothing, moving, mesmerizing, intensifying and surprisingly beautiful.  Giacchino, an American-Italian composer and an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, also gave us scores for Mission: Impossible III, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cloverfield, Ratatouille, Up, Super 8, Cars 2, 50/50, John Carter, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. 

 The movie was deemed to be totally different from the three previous releases, at least that’s what the producer wants to establish. The plot and the manner that it was written, directed and executed on the screen has some sort of identical themes, conflicts, scores, cinematography and camera shots.  The location of the film speaks itself, the jeeps were there, the laboratories were there, men and women of science were there cloning, mutating,  creating hybrids, genetics and evolution.  These things were actually on the previous films. The creative team just gave us an updated and advancement in the field of science and technology about the dinosaurs of the Jurassic World.

 Regardless, this film is a must see for all ages. This movie will let you dream, experience and live in the new theme park of the dinosaurs of Jurassic World

 My Rating: 7/10. (By Kim Sancha, Contributor)

50 Shades of Marketing, a conference with 50 speakers.


Marketing is always a key to success in many ways for many kinds of Company, but this side of industry is vulnerable to changes and should adapt to all the latest trend and strategy.  With all the innovations in the social media, Philippine Marketing Association is inviting all marketers in the country to join them, at the event tagged as 50 Shades of Marketing, happening in Sofitel Hotel on July 8 and 9, 2015.

This year’s Over All Chairman of 50 Shades of Marketing, Donald Lim encourage all Marketing Managers, to let this experience be a tool, be a weapon in organizing your strategy, planning your best counterattack in branding, PR or even in media use. This conference is also the best way to network with all the marketers and grow from each marketing problems and what makes their solutions the great so far.  But it is not only limited to all Marketing Managers, it is open to all individuals who has interest to broaden their horizon in the marketing field.

This summit will have Senator Franciz “Chiz” Escudero as the keynote speaker during the plenary sessions, ABS-CBN CEO Charo Santos will open session on the second day, while the closing plenary will be an ABS-CBN special Aquino & Abunda session with celebrity guests. 

Since the theme is inspired from a bestselling book, they will also present 50 speakers who are experts in their own league of marketing. Their stories, their experience and how they excel is something you can’t find in the web or even in papers, it is best heard when you listen and have interactions with them after.
PMA President Henry Tenedero, IPP of PMA  Yayu Javier, and Mr. Donald Patrick Lim.
Among the speakers are Francis Kong, co-founder of Inspire, Greg Banzon of Century Tuna, Sarah Meier of Metro Magazine, Justin Halim, Head Agencies of Facebook in Southeast Asia, Paolo Mercado of Nestle, Margot Torres of McDonald’s PH, and a lot more.

For more information about the 1st Asian Marketing Leadership Summit or known as 50 Shades of Marketing, pls visit and register at  www.50shadesofmarketing.com.ph or contact Lira Ligero at amls@philippinemarketing.net.ph, phone number 638-7700. 


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Honda, let your beat out thru a new scooter model.


The world’s leading motorcycle manufacturer recently launched their latest model as they take the scooter industry, the new generation BEAT-FI eSP series is introduce to the public last May 30, 2015 during a grand launching at the SM MOA Music Hall.
Honda Philippines Pres. Daiki Mihara

Honda Scooter ambassador Ricki Paolo Rivero and Dj Katsy Lee.( And Skater Demetrio Cuevas not in photo)

The event features a sports competition and dance competition for all emerging schools that show hows the beat flows freely. It also introduces their latest endorsers for this new product that was dubbed as the “Scooter for all”.

This new brand series is a remarkable one on-road performance, its safety and security features is also an innovation of excellence.


It will definitely a good choice for all scooter enthusiasts, its introductory price of P66, 900 for a standard model and P69, 900 for the CBS/ISS variant is affordable indeed. So make not waste of your time, visit a Honda store near you.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Normal Heart, beating in Manila this July 2015.

The Cast of #TheNornalHeartMNL
With the rising cases of AIDS and HIV in the Philippines, it’s still one of the most unheard topic and stories in the news or even in Social Media, but the warnings and all precautionary measures are all broadcasted or should I say in archives.

In this timing, the AAI/ The Necessary Theater is now bringing in Manila the 2011 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a play, the Normal Heart who will have limited show in Carlos P. Romulo Theater starting July 3, 2015. it is written by playwright and activist Larry Kramer, about Ned Weeks, an openly gay founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group, set in 1981 in New York City.

Topnotch Theater Actor Bart Guingona will direct and act as Ned, along with Richard Cunanan, Topper Fabrigas, TV/Movie Actor Tj Trinidad, Roselyn Perez, Red Concepcion, Nor Domingo and Jef Flores.

Gungona on a presscon last June 9, 2015 in Café 1771 in Ortigas Center, said that Normal Heart is about activism, its strength lies on how the play narrates autobiographical way to the point that they want it localize, adopting to the current situation of this diseases in the Philippines, as to way back in New York  in that time wherein majority  don’t want to talk or discuss about it.

“It is a play with a lot of hope, that love is resilient”, Guingona said.
Direk Bart Guingona.
The Normal Heart is named as one of the 100 greatest plays of the 20th Century, by the Royal National Theatre in year 2000. It was first staged in Broadway in 1985, and revived in 2004 in Los Angeles and London. The film adaptation debuted in HBO Premium pay cable channel last May 25, 2014.

The Manila beating of The Normal Heart is made possible by Taal Vista Hotel. Baby Imperial and Coco Anne for the set design, Mark Philipp Espina for projections, and Don Taduran for the graphic design, Mariko Yasuda as the Production Manager, Ronah Rostata as the Stage Manager, and Dodo Lim is the producer.

Here are the schedules, July 3, 2015(Friday) 8pm, July 4 (Saturday) 3pm and 8pm, July 5 (Sunday) 3pm and 8pm, all happening in Carlos Romulo Theater located in RCBC Plaza in Makati City. Ticket prices are P1,500 for Orchestra Center and P1, 000 Orchestra side & loge, while balcony is at P500.

For ticket inquiries please call 2150788 or 09175378313, or contact Ticketworld at 891-9999. Visit the The Necessary Theater on Facebook page and follow @AAITNT on twitter to check out other details of The Normal Heart.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jurassic World @ Resort World.

“WhenInManila.com with PMCM Events Management in partnership with Resorts World is organizing a VIP Private Movie Screening on June 10, 2015 (La-Z Boy seats) Ultra Cinema 1 from 9:00pm onwards. 


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Saturday, June 6, 2015

The 20th Year of French Film Festival in the Philippines.

Happy 20th biday to #FrencehFilmFest201
It was a grand evening of stars, for the opening of annual French Film Festival last June 3, 2015 at  Greenbelt 5 of Ayala Malls in Makati City. Organize by French Embassy in the Philippines, Institut Francais, Alliance Francaise Manille, Film Development Council of the Philippines and Film Cultural Exchange Program who now celebrates 20th year this 2015.
With Senator Loren Legarda.
Before the much awaited opening, a simple and classy party is held at lobby of Greenbelt 5, where stars of the movie “Taklub” , and its film maker is present, like the Superstar of Philippine showbiz, Nora Aunor, international acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, the said movie is the opening film for this year’s film fest.
Filipino Actor Cesar Montano mob  by the media.
Actor Cesar Montano is also present during the event, and Senator Loren Legarda who happen to be the producer of Taklub. Film Maker Kanakan Balintagos, is also present in the affair.

This year’s festival start in June 3 up to June 9, 2015 in Greenbelt 5 Cinemas and for the first time in Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City. Among the films shown this time are Saint Laurent, La Belle et La Bete, Timbuktu, Eden, Diplomatie and other award winning French movies. 

Three day event of ISDA REVOLUTION in Puerto Princesa City.


Direk Dante Nico "Ga" Garcia, Founder of Isda Revolution

THE City of Puerto Princesa is about to experience a total party with immersion of media arts and cultural appreciation, this is for the three day event of  ISDA REVOLUTION, a three day of workshops on making videos, writing songs,  and other social media  content, and of course it includes three nights of parties.  The scheduled event is taking place on July 3, 4 and 5, 2015.

On a press conference last May 22, 2015 at Hotel Centro,  Ploning film maker Dante Nico Garcia, founder of Isda Revolution announce that this ambitious project will cost around P1.8 Million including bringing in artists from Manila to be the facilitator of different workshops they will offer.  But the most significant is the request of Garcia’s group to the City Government, to close for three days the world renowned Puerto Princesa Subterrranean River or known as Underground River.  This is for no reason at all but to highlight their thee day event, however Garcia’s group is ready for any consequences they will face once their request is granted, especially for tourist who book their tour within those days and from the local operating businesses for Underground River.  The said plan is also back up by Ian Bacuel of PPUR Office, who also present during the presscon as support to the said revolution.

The workshops offered are still updating as of this writing, and they are open to other request in case.  Among expected artist that will conduct workshops are Palanca awardee Nicolas Pechay, OPM Singer Dong Abay, and former Miss Saigon Ima Castro.

The three day events will culminate in the following places like Hotel Centro, Casa Nieves, Microtel and in City Coliseum. Garcia also said that they are going to feature some EDM style of party in the the 3 nights of party that they offer.
Direk Ga and Ian Bacuel.
A card to be a member with reloadable benefits is now available with ISDA. You can reach them at facebook www.facebook.com/IsDaRevolutionPhilippines, @isdarevolution on twitter & Instagram or email them at isdarevolutionphilippines@gmail.com

Below are the schedules of activities.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Nigel Barker and ATC Healthcare: Up For Something Beautiful

Beauty is always alluring. A once in a lifetime project with a world renowned fashion photographer captures stunning photos of ATC Healthcare’s ambassador, Carla Abellana, making beauty possible and effortless for everyone. 
ATC Healthcare, your trusted life ally, is the emerging leader in health care products. 

ATC Healthcare is known for creating high quality products that responds to the needs of every Filipino. They have created beauty and anti-aging products that aims to effortlessly bring out beauty in every woman. 






 This “effortless beauty by ATC” campaign seeks to showcase beauty through impressive and artistic photos done by Mr. Nigel Barker. That’s why ATC Healthcare teamed up with Nigel Barker for a location shoot at Solaire Resorts and Casino, held last June 4, 2015. 

Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer known for his eye for creativity in capturing beauty in images. He became a household name after being one of the judges in America’s Next Top Model for 17 cycles, and for working with celebrities and super models around the world, the likes of Coco Rocha, Kate Upton, Taylor Swift, and Tyra Banks, among others. 








He himself exudes beauty, starting off as a much-sought after model, and now as a fashion photographer, for his love for fashion, talent and passion in photography. 










Nigel Barker, the celebrity photographer, and ATC Healthcare, your trusted ally in life, with its beauty and anti-aging products, make effortless beauty attainable for Filipina women.

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ENERGIZER NIGHT RACE MANILA 2015 TO BENEFIT THE CHILDREN OF BANTAY BATA 163

Energizer is set to launch its first open run on June 27, 2015 where over 3,000 runners are expected to light up the streets of Filinvest City in Alabang. This is part of Energizer’s ongoing commitment to share positivenergy with the children of Bantay Bata 163.


According to Claire Guevarra, senior brand manager of Energizer, the company’s partnership with Bantay Bata 163 allowed them to further their thrust in giving back to the community. 

“"It is important to put self-improvement as your daily goal in life, but stretching your arms to further help others is one of the best indicators that we have lived fully. With our partnership with Bantay Bata 163, we were able to realize this, and we will continue to engage ourselves in a partnership that nurtures both the brand and the beneficiaries it embraces." said Guevarra. 

         As an open run, the participants are encouraged to keep going and run as far as they can within the 2 hours given time.  For every 3k loop that the runners will run, P100 will be donated to Bantay Bata 163 as part of its operation and medical treatment funds. With the expected runners, the Energizer Night Race Manila 2015 aims to raise P1,000,000.00 with the help of the participants who will run within the 2 hours given time.

According to Vincent Lizo, Energizer Philippines’ business director, the first open run bears truth that no competition is needed if we want to help improve the lives of children. 

"Being generous is all about benefiting others more than yourself”, Lizo said. “For its part, Energizer, as a company, will recognize every runner of this event as a winner since no medal nor any form of special recognitions are needed to fulfill our responsibilities to the community," added Lizo.

Meanwhile, MJ Tiquia, Energizer brand activations manager, shared that the company will offer a different running experience to its loyal participants. This year’s race kit is priced at 700 pesos covering any distance, which includes a race singlet, race bib, Energizer headlight,  Energizer cap, and Schick Xtreme 3 Razor. It will also provide access to pre and post race activities, which will feature different bands to provide fun and entertainment.  

“"The runners’ time will be monitored through the radio frequency identification (RFID), which tracks every 3k loop a runner makes. Kilometer markers in the race route are available to serve as the runners’ references,"” Tiquia said. “"For this event, runners will have to run as many loops as they can to keep on going for positivenergy."

A battery meter will light up every time a runner finishes a three-kilometer un. This battery meter will compile all the three kilometer runs every runner makes until it reaches a one million target. This will be put on view through an LED-display onstage, and in the start and finish arc.

“"We would like this year’s night race to be the participants’ source of fulfillment since they are able to radiate positivenergy to the people involved," Tiquia said. 

She added, “"Truly, this will not only be a venue of fun and excitement, but more importantly, a source of hope for the children of Bantay Bata 163."

“"We are inviting everyone to come and join us in this event. This is a good venue to bond with families and friends through a healthy activity, and at the same time help in the common cause for the children of Bantay Bata 163," Guevarra concluded.  

Registration includes both online and through official registration sites Reebok Filinvest, Trinoma and Megamall, RUNNR BGC and Royal Sporting House Glorietta.  Online registration and details of event are through Energizer’s official website at www.energizer.com.ph,  www.Facebook.com/EnergizerPH, and race partner www.pepsquadevents.com.


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Crate & Barrel launches Spring Summer collection for Manila branches.


THE Leading American furniture store is now gearing for more exciting offers, more variety of items and probably promos, as they launched their latest summer and spring collection last May 28, 2015 at the third level of SM Aura Premiere, wherein the second branch of Crate & Barrel in the Philippines is located.

Crate & Barrel so far has two branches in Manila, the first one is in SM Megamall, and come July this year they will open a flagship store somewhere in Makati, and on planning stage is the first provincial branch hopefully next year in Cebu City.

Philippines is the second Asian country to have Crate & Barrel store next to Singapore, aside from furniture’s they also have wide selections of home decorations from living room, to kitchen, dining room and to your bedroom.


"The good thing about Crate & Barrel is a mix of all good things, our glass wares are from Europe, glasses from Poland, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Our linen and carpets are from India, our baskets are from the Philippines, and resin shells are from Philippines as well. We have few from China, but our wooden furniture’s are from US only." said by Ram Bucoy II, the Senior Marketing Manager of Crate & Barrel Philippines.

Crate & Barrel don’t manufacture, they don’t design as well, it’s just that they have this highly specialized team based in Chicago USA, who regularly meet and design and create something from their suppliers. 

They also announce that by 2016, a new branch will open in Taiwan and marked it as the third Asian countries that have Crate & Barrel store.

Crate & Barrel opens daily during mall hours in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, located at the fourth level of Mega fashion Hall, and on the 4th level of SM Aura Premiere in Tagauig City. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HIPA set foot in Manila, encourages photographers around the globe.

NOW on its Fifth season, the acclaimed Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is now set and ready to challenge all photographers around the world, for a grand prize of $120, 000.

Just last May 28, 2015 the HIPA organizers are here in Manila, particularly in SM Aura Mall in Taguig City  to promote and inspire Filipino photographers to continue to take photos, and inspired the world with their eye of photography. Not to mention three Filipino photographers are runner up in the last year’s competition.
This year’s category to watch out for is Happiness, Wildlife, Father and Son and General. Entries should have the following subject base on the above mention topic. The submission of entries is already open since March 21 and the deadline or closing is on the midnight of December 31, 2015. The time and date  of closing is based on UAE time.

Filipino photographer Jaime Singlador, and his winning photo, who won 5th Prize for General Category last 2014.
The visit to Philippines of HIPA is celebrated with photo exhibits of last year’s winners, they also conduct some workshops and talks about the importance of getting photos and how precious this to the world.

For more information or some technical questions about the contest, you may check their website at www.hipa.ae, www.facebook.com/HIPA.ae, twitter at @Hipaae or check #HIPAsnap .  You may also send emails to ziad.alsalama@hipa.ae .

Exquisite dining experience at Sky Garden of ACE HOTEL & SUITES.

BESIDES from their famous Water Spa, Ace Hotel & Suites now venture into fine dining experience via the Sky Garden Steak House. The place located at the 8th floor of its building in United St cor Brixton st in Pasig City, is vividly romantic with in house ambiance, it is open from Tuesdays to Sunday from 6pm to 10 pm.
During a food testing event last May 20, 2015, we are so happy to be served the best menu that Sky Garden can offer.  From the delighting Shrimp and Curry with Garlic Bread and Mushroom Antipasto. This first batch of meal is just a starter for an evening of dining with a class along with a soothing music live from the guest performer for the night.
Cream of Pumpkin and Carrot is the soup that I must say complete the evening craving, its creaminess is boundless, its taste longer than you thought as you wait for the main course. This was followed by a healthy and relaxing Mixed Green and Sesame Dressing. Oh I so love this part, going green and getting young.

For the main course, I choose Omaha USD Prime Striploin with Crème Brulee for the dessert.  It’s a good choice of cut for steak and the way they cook it is something unique, you can taste the herbs and spices that will make you ask for more. 

Truly a very heavy meal indeed, but with the good place and good service you will get,  definitely a guaranteed satisfaction. 

Below are the menu and its price of Sky Garden Steak House.
OMAHA USDA Prime Striploin served with mashed potato, corn and vegetables (300g) – P1.650
Australian Pure Black Angus Tenderlion served with vegetables & egg (200g) – P1, 150
St.Helen’s USDA Choice Rib Eye served w/stewed potatoes & buttered vegetables- (300g) – P950
BBQ-Glazed Baby Back Ribs-Full Slab- P650

This menus and more are all adjustable depends what you, they have wide selections also of Chickens, Pan-Grilled US Porklion, Salmon and Prawns.  Prices is also upgradable as well as your choice selections.  A tea is also served after the dessert as part of the meal packages.

For inquiries, table reservations you may call (63)(02)628-1888 or visit www.acehotelsuites.com or follow them at Instagram and facebook @skygardensteakhouse . You may send them email at inquiries@acehotelsuites.com .