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Strangely Familiar: The Jonathan Benetiz Paintings and Collage Exhibit.

Palawan’s very own celebrated visual artist Jonathan Benitez recently held a successful solo painting exhibit entitled “Strangely Familiar”, at Art Galileia in Bonifacio Global City at Taguig City that opens September 12, 2015.

31 art pieces were on display that mostly oil on canvass and acrylic with a theme of human relationship to nature. This is the first time that Benitez had a solo exhibit but he is not a newbie anymore in bringing his art to Manila, he had group shows before in UP, Conspiracy Bar and even in House of Congress in the past years. 
Benitez admit that it’s not an easy road for him to mount this solo show especially in Serendra vicinity of BGC, he went into rigorous process before the said gallery approve his first show, he believe that his maturity on his craft is the key that’s why he was given such opportunity.
“Di madali ang solo show, dapat matured na para ma consider ng gallery, 20 years akong nag practice dito sa Palawan, alam ko time will come, kung may tyaga …

Ballet Philippines goes Positive for 30th Season

Ballet Philippines opens its 30th Season with an advocacy in creating awareness about the spread of HIV, they aim to give meaning to life even though you are an HIV carrier, through their dances they illustrate love and education and killing the stigma that the society bestow on this alarming spread of this incurable disease.  The season opens last Sept 12, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with a painting exhibit featuring the artist from Artletics, a group of painters and young visual artist wherein series of artworks with a theme of AIDS and HIV are the topic. The said exhibit is a travelling show nationwide to capture more audiences and of course collectors of paintings. In this Season a new Ballet Master for BP is announce, no other than Mr. Nonoy Froilan.
“Because of stigma, a lot of people don’t want to be tested, we are advocating education, and we are saying that there is life after HIV. This show is dedicated to AIDS/HIV Victims because through our dances we pr…

Food Galore at Mati’s Meat and Bread.

Finding perfect place with good ambiance and food at its best now days is such a hard thing to decide for, but if you are in Alabang and looking for something different in your plate, we highly recommend you the Mati's Meat and Bread in Festival Mall in Muntinlupa City. Mati's Meat and Bread open November of 2014, and since then their different type of menu is now a talk of the town, from their premium USDA angus steaks, to burgers, to pasta and sandwiches, so far they create a style on their own.  The must try is the best seller Bone Marrow, and the unique Balut Aligue.
“Matis were born due to our numerous travels abroad like in California, LA, Vegas even in Vancouver, Canada. We were able to see a lot of concept stores that serve to us an inspiration.” Paul Macaset said, the owner of Mati’s. Mati’s by the way is the real name of his four year old son. Paul told us that it is a very close family business, as a proof most of its menu are all name from real family relatives…

The 26th Philippine Travel Mart.

The biggest and highly awaited Philippine Travel Mart, organized by Philippine Tour Operators Association once again takes place last Sept 4 to 6, 2015 at SMX Convention Hall in Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.  With the theme “The Philippines, the Fun Capital of Asia” also open doors for tours outside of Philippines specifically ASEAN Economic Community due to its integration starting this 2015.

Hundreds of exhibitors from different Tour agencies, Hotels, Resorts, Tourism Product & Services, and Local Government Unit showcase their best in many colorful way and flavors that represent many destinations for all people who loves travelling. 
I must say it is one of the most attended so far and because of airfare promos offered by many participating airlines not only locally but globally.
Regarding the feedback, it’s a tie between Batanes and Coron that majority of visitors wants to visit, obviously the Coron tourist drowning issue didn’t affect its charm and beauty. Coron is a…

#UAROADSHOW with Steph Curry in SM MOA ARENA.

Watching Steph Curry live. By Norman Alexis Laurel
The UA ROADSHOW MANILA was held at the Mall of Asia on September 5.  It was Steph Curry’s second stop in a 5 day Asia roadshow.  It was also part of promoting his new signature shoe, the Curry Two. The event was hosted by Andrei Felix, Gretchen Ho and Bea Fabregas

It started with a shootout among kids who were chose from the audiences.  The kid who won the shootout took whom a clutch fit UA rubber shoes.  it is also a star studded event wherein local celebrity and UA ambassadors are present, such as Basketball aficionado and Teen King Daniel Padilla, JC Devera, Jasmin Curtis and a lot more.


Kevin Plank, the Founder and the CEO of Under Armour was also present at the event.  His wife being a Filipino made him to choose Manila as one of the stops of the roadshow.
And of course the showstopper, Stephen Curry, the 2015 Most Valuable Player and NBA champion had a grand entrance with an entrance song, “The Champ is Here!”.  This was the first ti…

Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. A Special screening during Cinemalaya XI.

One best thing about Cinemalaya Indiependent Film Festival, is they also showcased movies of our past heritage that really worth watching. Like in this year's Cinemalaya XI we are able to watch this classic film by Lamberto Avellana, the much talked and highly acclaimed "Nick Joaquin's A Portrait of The Artist as Filipino".

I am longing to watch this ever since i got here in Manila, because I hear extremely good reviews to the Theater version of this, that many Theater production adapted already in the past years. Well thank you to technology that this movie is restored in high definition with good quality of music as well. And kudos to all the people who behind the idea of making it more visually in this digital era of cinema.
I'll not resort into critiquing or divulging the story nor the plot of this Filipino film,  watching it is really a treasure and an opportunity. Special Thanks to CCP Press office for allowing me to watch this beautiful film, that i consi…

Digital Campus Suite for Philippine schools.

Leaders in Information and Technology as well as Telecom in the Philippines, unite for big collaborations intended for the future, the students of today wherein education is still the best foundation. PLDT through SME Nation along with global IT giant Microsoft offers a package called Digital Campus Suite.
Through a launching last August 26, 2015 at Makati Shangri-La Hotel, we are given an overview on how this campus suite work, wherein educators and students will have access to Microsoft digital curriculum, they can earn certificate from that and the skills in Computer to tablets and to any apps of students is to its high level.  Not only the students will earn certificate, even the school itself will get license. 
This suite includes laptops, tablets and wifi access in the campus for the use of students. Among its interesting learning is the cloud tools and platforms, which is the latest in right now in terms of having your storage on the social media.
The program in the event have …

SM launched partnership with Walt Disney.

The Magical Night that happens in SM MOA Arena. By Krystelle Dacoco.
Contributor
It was a great opportunity to witness as The SM Group officially announced its partnership with the best family entertainment in the world Walt Disney Company to bring the Disney brand in SM stores. The two companies aim to bring Disney at SM’s entertainment property. The extravagant event that was held in SM MOA Arena last Sept 1, 2015,  and was attended by extreme people in the business.  While entering the venue, I was fascinated of what I seen. Tiffany chairs for the guest, luxury sofa for VIP, buffet table for each side of the venue, but what catches my attention is the dessert tables in every corner. Everyone is enjoying the food while the orchestra is playing. The show starts with the opening song from Mandaluyong children’s choir singing “When you wish upon a star” from a Walt Disney movie Pinocchio sung solo by Noel Comias. After the opening song is the introduction of the SM and Walt Disney Company…

BAHAY Buffet by Baga Manila, a food fair away from home.

Last August 29,2015 I attended a Food Stand - Nightlife event organized by Baga Manila at Lake Front in Sucat, Muntinlupa. Ma. Louisen Manuel co-organized a gastronomic community that capitalized the word “Bahay” to mean: Buffet At Home is Always Yummy. BAHAY Buffet is a community of small farms, micro-entrepreneurs, and other food and beverage businesses that aims to deliver a unique, cozy, and intimate food buffet experience to urban diners as what they would experience into the doorsteps of the native home and farms of food connoisseurs.
As I Enter A smile and a pleasant reception awaits me on the entryway. The usher deserves a 10/10 rating for being courteous and attentive, as soon as I step in I was bombarded with attention and greetings in a congenial way and of course I was ardently led to the dining area while I await  for the buffet event to start.
The Food Bahay Buffet offers a wide arrays of delectable BBQ’s with specially formulated dips and sauces to satisfy ones’ palate. O…