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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Better Pizza with Papa John's Chicken Carbonara Pizza


I never tried carbonara pizza before, until I made a visit to Papa John's, theirs is the Chicken Carbonara Pizza. This creamy and delicious pizza is made of bacon and grilled chicken. There is a nice twist on the classic, they use white creamy sauce instead of the usual red sauce. Believe me this tasted so much better, blending my three favorite cheese in a pizza is just plain divine. The dough is soft and baked just right complimenting the taste of grilled chicken and white sauce. Chicken carbonara pizza is best to partner with chicken drummettes and wingettes and hot salad.  Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Truly committed on its brand's promise.

Papa John’s brings together two all-time favorites in one amazing pizza as it presents its newest Pizza flavor for this quarter-- The Chicken Carbonara Pizza.
Using only the best ingredients, the Chicken Carbonara Pizza combines Crispy bacon in creamy carbonara sauce with a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Mozarella Cheese, topped with grilled chicken, onion, bacon and mushroom!

How they prepare their pizza, with all the fresh ingredients.

As part of the launch, Papa Johns is offering three group meals big enough for the whole family. Set A includes 1 Family Chicken Carbonara Pizza; 2 Orders of Herbed Parmesan Breadsticks and 4 Regular sodas for P815; Set B: 1 Family Chicken Carbonara Pizza; 4 Orders of Soup and 4 Regular sodas for P831; and Set C: 1 Family Chicken Carbonara Pizza; 2 Orders of Pasta and 4 Regular sodas for just P833!

In a country where Pizzas and Pastas are in great demand, the well-known US Pizza chain ventured to the Philippines . Papa John’s Pizza was launched in Manila in 2011 by President and sole franchisee, Mr. Paul Soo.

Papa John's prides itself for its commitment to quality, and for providing a menu that's prepared with only the finest ingredients. From fresh vegetables to its never frozen, hand-tossed original dough and superior-quality tomato sauce, Papa John takes special care to ensure all of their pizzas are made with zero trans fat.
Total commitment to quality and superior ingredients make for one pure pizza excellence.

Now on its 3rd year, Papa John’s now has 17 outlets in the National Capital region. Below is the list of Papa John’s branches: Robinson’s Galleria; University Mall Taft, Manila; Greenhills, Annapolis; SM Megamall; Brickroad, Sta. Lucia; Tomas Morato; SM Fairview; SM North Edsa; Greenbelt 3; Jupiter Makati; Waltermart, Sucat; Visayas Ave. QC; Ever, Recto; Bluebay Walk, Pasay; Shell Julia Vargas; Dona Soledad, Paranaque and Banawe Quezon, City

Friday, May 30, 2014

Shoppers Get to Experience New Zealand for Three Days

Experience New Zealand at Glorietta with Singapore Airlines

 The New Zealand Embassy, in collaboration with Singapore Airlines and Ayala Malls, recently launched a mall-wide promotion, giving shoppers a chance to experience the beautiful and scenic sights of New Zealand. The promo will run from May 23 to June 22, 2014, leading up to the exciting three-day Experience New Zealand Fair from June 20 to 22 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive. The fair offers mall-goers a taste of the finest food and beverages New Zealand has to offer, as well as the best deals en route to this picturesque destination.

To join the promo, shoppers may simply purchase a Singapore Airlines return air ticket to either Auckland, Christchurch or both, plus a P2,000.00 single and/or accumulated worth of receipts from any Glorietta 1 to 5, The Link and/or 6750 merchants. Raffle tickets may be claimed at the concierge at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive upon presenting the aforementioned requirements. Two lucky winners will stand the chance to win an ‘Experience New Zealand’ tour package for 5 or 6 days to Auckland, New Zealand, inclusive of a Singapore Airlines return ticket from Manila, Cebu, Davao or Kalibo, accommodations and tours. Tickets can be purchased from, SQ Mobile App, Singapore Airlines/SilkAir Ticket and Reservations Offices, and travel agents. Ayala Mall’s AMORE and VIPinoy card holders, as well as Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer members may also double up their chances of winning by simply presenting their membership cards along with the proof of purchase to increase their raffle coupons.

Participating travel agents are also offering tour packages to New Zealand starting from USD 1,197.00 per person, for a minimum of 2 persons travelling together. Shoppers availing of the tour packages are also entitled to join the raffle promo. For more information, you may contact the following agents: RAKSO Air Travel and Tours, Inc at 812-9667 (Makati)/ 353-4809 (Manila) or email at; Travel Specialist Ventures at 928-7487/373-1449/9210580 or email ; Trends Travelmart at 478-5401/478-5654 or email at; Interlink at 524-0016 to 18 or email; Ecozone at (045) 887-0332/332-8961; The Marvels of Travel at 842-7548 or email at; Land and Sky Travel at (032) 254-5434 or email at; I Love Travel at 232-1366/242-7281/340-3034 or email at; Log on Travel at 313-6319/313-6337 or email at; or the Singapore Airlines Tours Desk at 753-5151 to 52 or 756-8899 local 7001/7002 or email, cc

For bookings and more details, visit You may also contact the Glorietta concierge at 752-7272 for more details on the promo

Marshall Phone Case Amplifier Now Available in the Phils.

Protect your phone with cases that capture the classic look and feel of Marshall amplifiers. Black soft-coated case and vinyl wrapping holds your phone in a vice-like grip, protecting it from any obstacles you may encounter on the road.

You can grab your Marshall case at P1,200 available for iPhone5 at Beyond the Box, Digital Hub, and Digital Walker.

Silicone case, perfect fit , snaps on easily, shock absorbent in classic black for a rockstar feel.

Reader's Digest Holds the Annual Trusted Brands Award

In an ever changing world of preferences, and with the ongoing shift in the relationship revolution between companies and their consumers, is there still such a thing a BRAND LOYALTY?

On its 16th year, Reader’s Digest conducts its annual Trusted Brands Survey in recognition of the companies that have consistently maintained excellent products and service to earn them a Platinum or Gold award.

The grand awarding ceremony will be held on Wednesday June 4, 2014, at the CROWNE PLAZA MANILA  Gracing the event will be Readers Digest Asia editor in chief Sue Carney and Readers Digest Group Advertising Director for Asia Pacific, Sheron White as well as the top executives of the winning brands.

The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Survey has a well-established reputation as the premier consumer-based and international measure of brand preference. Each year, it has approached ordinary consumers and asked their opinions on what brands of products and services are important to them.

The survey is carried out on behalf of Reader’s Digest by Ipsos in 7 markets:  Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines. Those surveyed include Reader’s Digest  subscribers as well as randomly selected consumers.

This year’s categories include consumer electronics, finance, household products, personal products, food and beverage, health and personal care, services, motoring, and telecommunications.

Respondents are asked to name their most trusted brand in each of the product categories, then give each brand named a rating on a scale from 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent) on six qualitative criteria: Trustworthiness & Credibility, Quality, Value, Understanding of Customer Needs, Innovative and Social Responsibility. Each brand then receives a score based on the number of times it was named by respondents, multiplied by the average rating of the six qualitative criteria.

Trusted Brand award winners are identified for each of the eight surveyed markets as well as on an Asia-wide level. In order to win an Asia Trusted Brand award, the brand must win a Trusted Brand award in at least 3 of the 7 markets surveyed.

Backed by years of research Readers Digest confidently dissects the features a trusted brand must possess in order to maintain relevance and purpose for Asian consumers. A trusted brand enjoys international appeal, yet at the same time upholds a strong local connection.

Being ranked on the Trusted Brand list is a great achievement, but maintaining this ranking involves a genuine commitment to protect and fulfil the promises made to the consumer. It means ensuring the quality doesn't drop. It means that great taste stays the same. And it definitely means delivering the same value and consumer satisfaction year in and year out, while always remaining open to innovation and reinvention – no easy task!

Are your favorite brands  among the most trusted in the Asia?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow Holds Special Sneak Previews on June 2 & 3


Warner Bros. Pictures' new exhilarating sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow”starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will have special sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, June 2 & 3 in selected theaters across the country.

The Doug Liman-directed action-adventure will be available for previews in cinemas starting at 7PM on the aforementioned dates. Regular ticket prices will apply.

Hailed by U.S. critics as Cruise's “best movie in years,” “Edge of Tomorrow” currently has a 92% fresh rating at the review-consensus site Variety's Justin Chang described the film as “cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller,” while Edward Douglas of praised it as “The best action movie of the summer.”

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic and Charlotte Riley.
Liman directed “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Opening wide across the Philippines on June 5, “Edge of Tomorrow” will be distributed in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation

Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation

The latest foundation innovation from Max Factor contains a hydrated formula that harnesses the texture of whipped cream to deliver a fresh, flawless demi-matte finish that won’t dry out your skin


Many women have previously been left disappointed by other foundations, such as mousses, as they can appear drying as some formulas exclude water.  This could lead to flaking on dry areas and a ‘caked on’ finish. Women want to dull the shine of oily skin but still achieve a fresh-looking, flawless matte finish with a slight radiant glow (demi-matte


A hydrated foundation innovation that contains water and glycerine to reduce the appearance of dry skin on application, delivering a matte result that still looks fresh, soft and perfectly even


Max Factor’s Whipped Crème Foundation is a new foundation innovation featuring a lightweight, hydrated formula that delivers a perfectly flawless, on-trend demi-matte finish.
The super-smooth, hydrated formula is designed to achieve the perfect balance between controlling shine and enhancing the skin’s natural luminosity in one quick, easy application.

The result is a flawless, demi-matte look: a matte look but with a fresh, radiant finish – not shiny, just sophisticated and flawless.

Available in 8 shades
Oil-free, dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin
Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation will be available nationwide from  March 2014
Suggested Retail Price: 895.00

Inanc Balci is the youngest CEO at 28

Inanc Balci, co-founder and CEO of Lazada Philippines

While many of us can only dream of changing the world, Inanc Balci is already doing it. At 26, he co-founded South East Asia’s online retail tiger Lazada and now, at age 28, he sits as the Chief Executive Officer for Lazada Philippines. 

On Being a young CEO

Balci, a Turkish raised in London, attended Purdue University in the U.S. with a double-degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics. Afterwhich, he worked on mergers and acquisitions for an investment bank in London. While working for the investment bank, Balci saw the eminent potential in e-commerce which led him to join Rocket Internet and eventually co-found Lazada in Southeast Asia.

In the Philippines, Balci heads a pool of more than 300 employees, all of which he works very closely with. With an unabashed outlook, agile wit, and a laser-sharp eye for details, Balci perfectly fits the bill to lead a rapidly-growing online company.

Online Shopping in the Philippines

In a country where shopping malls are practically part of the fabric of the society, online shopping is something quite a number of Filipinos are unaccustomed to—there comes the perennial trust issue on using credit cards, the surprise surcharges, and unfortunately, the products not arriving at all. 

The malls in the Philippines, on the otherhand, have creatively articulated themselves to be not just shopping destinations but also as a means of recreation (i.e. be it the cinemas, the gaming zones, the restaurants, or as simple as the airconditioning they offer as a break from the raging tropical weather outdoors)—all of these were the issues that Balci had to dispel—and dispel he and his co-founders did. 

Lazada has made shopping quick, effortless, and risk-free to South East Asia and in the Philippines, this is the same principle that Balci is harping on to the Filipinos. 

How is this so? First, Lazada accommodates all those shoppers without credit cards via its cash-on-delivery payment mode. This is essential given that not everyone has a credit card or is keen on sharing their credit card details to someone—or anyone for that matter. This makes online shopping risk-free for everyone.

Being an archipelago of 7,100 islands, accessibility is always an issue—a significant portion of consumers doesn’t have time or access to visit the malls but with a minimum of PhP 1,000 purchase, Lazada offers free nationwide delivery, to customers anywhere in the Philippines, just log-in, shop, and the products will be delivered at the customer’s doorstep. Lastly, Lazada offers the flexibility of having the customers return the products within 30 days for free—provided that the products are in mint condition.

In a span of two years of being in the Philippines, Balci has steered Lazada to further heights and now with more than 40,000 SKUs, reaching 90-precent of the online population of the Philippines, and ranking as the 4th top Facebook brand in the country with a direct audience close to 2 Million. 

What the dot-com bubble holds for Lazada is still yet to be revealed, but one thing is for certain, Inanc Balci, the 28 year-old co-founder and CEO, is definitely changing the way Filipinos buy.

About Lazada

Lazada ( is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime. 

For more information, please visit For updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect with us via Facebook (

GrabCar : Rides Made Awesome

Taxis offer the convenience of having a car without the hassle and expense of parking and gas, and you can book a taxi with the use of the app available for iOS and Android, it enables users to pledge a tip to the driver to pick them up right where they want, whenever they need a ride. With that in mind comes, GrabTaxi, consumers can now grab an affordable private car without the hassle of ownership and provides the same safety standard.

GrabTaxi, the largest Southeast Asian taxi-booking mobile app, is launching GrabCar on the existing mobile app. GrabCar is a brand new service that provides an authorized on-demand private driver for anyone without the hassle of owning a private car.

This new service provides a new option for passengers and also expands the benefits of GrabTaxi to a new network of drivers. Like GrabTaxi, GrabCar offers private car drivers the opportunity to build on their income by providing them with a much wider user-base and an efficient driver-to-passenger matching.

Anthony Tan said, “What has ensured GrabTaxi’s success in Philippines has been its ability to adapt and evolve to meet our user’s needs. That’s why we are introducing GrabCar; we see that there is an opportunity to fill a gap in the industry without taking away business from our core user-base of taxis. GrabCar will give our passengers that upmarket personalized experience while ensuring a fun and authentic ride.”

Brian Cu, Natasha Bautista and Anthony Tan

GrabCar will complement the public taxi industry by providing an affordable alternative supply to meet this demand. GrabCar will provide passengers the option to select a private car if they require one and a higher chance to make a successful booking during peak hours.

Anthony Tan added,” GrabCar not only gives consumers more options, it will also be positive for taxi drivers in the GrabTaxi network. This will increase the volume of cars available to passengers and build consumer confidence and loyalty in GrabTaxi, eventually leading to more people using the GrabTaxi platform and more rides for taxi drivers.”

The introduction of GrabTaxi into the Philippines has helped repair an inefficient system and develop a safer environment for both passengers and drivers. As a core component of the mobile app, GrabCar holds closely to the pillars of GrabTaxi, which are safety, convenience and speed.

To use GrabCar, users can select the GrabCar option which appears on your GrabTaxi app. This will help narrow down the search to GrabCar vehicles for an affordable chauffeured trip.

The free GrabTaxi app which incorporates the GrabCar function for smartphones and tablets is available from Google Play (Android), App Store (iOS), Windows Phone, and the BlackBerry World app store.

About GrabTaxi
GrabTaxi is a for-profit social start-up with a mission to revolutionize the taxi industry. GrabTaxi started in Kuala Lumpur and now has operations in Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Runners-up in the 2011 Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest, its core product is a taxi-dispatch service with GPS-enhancements, allowing passengers to hail the nearest taxi with extreme ease. Since 2012, tens of thousands of taxi drivers have been using the GrabTaxi mobile application to receive bookings.  Passengers can book taxis on their smartphones and tablets with ease and enjoy a great user experience. As a humble start-up, GrabTaxi believes that business and social value can be achieved in parallel. It hopes to make a difference in Philippines’ public transportation by making it easier, safer and more efficient to book taxis.

Zomato and its latest feature Collections

Zomato, the world’s leading  online and mobile restaurant discovery service, announced the launch of its latest feature called Collections.

Based on user activity and interest, Collections will feature popular restaurants across specific themes and trends. Building
on its exhaustive restaurant content, Collections on Zomato covers everything from daily dinners to Romantic Dining, Late Nighters, Breakfast Places, Pet-Friendly Restaurants, and many more.

Zomato Collections Website Home

Since it began in 2008,  Zomato has been providing in-depth information for over 228,000 restaurants across 12 countries.

Its core content features include menus, photos and geocoded coordinates for restaurants; allowing users to find, rate and review restaurants, as well as engage in social interactions with other foodies.

Zomato currently sees over 16 million monthly visits globally, across its web and mobile platforms, from people searching for places to go out for a meal, get home delivery, catch up at a cafe, or enjoy the local nightlife. The highly targeted platform makes it convenient for restaurateurs to interact with customers who are looking for meal options.

“Having added a social layer to restaurant discovery, we wanted to go a step further and provide information that foodies want, but may not necessarily want to search for. With Collections, we’ve turned popular theme-based searches into bite-sized lists of restaurants that address specific use-cases.

In addition to the search aspect of Zomato,”, said Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato. Collections will enable users to browse restaurants presented in categories based on popular themes in their city. For example, Delhi includes a ‘Legendary’ Collection, which covers famous, unforgettable restaurants in the Indian Capital; London includes ‘Gastropubs’, and Lisbon features ‘Beach Bars’, among other city-specific themes.

Zomato Collections Website

“Collections provides restaurant information condensed into in a visually engaging format across web  and mobile to make restaurant discovery effortless”, added Deepinder. Whether one is looking for business dining options, a perfect spot for a dinner date, or a meal with a live performance, Collections addresses a wide range of use-cases.

Zomato was started in Delhi in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah. The company has since expanded its services to 41 cities across India, UK, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Portugal, and Qatar.

For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014



Fast-growing property portal continues global expansion with Sri Lanka launch

 Leading real estate player Lamudi ( is expanding its presence in Asia, with the
platform launching in Sri Lanka this week.

Lamudi is now available in seven new markets across Asia, the Middle East and
Africa, with launches also announced today for Jordan, the Ivory Coast,
Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Zimbabwe. This brings the number
of countries where the platform is available to 28.

Lamudi is a global property portal operating exclusively in emerging markets.
The company benefits from the resources and local know-how of teams in
each of its countries, with support from global headquarters in Berlin.

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Paul Philipp Hermann, said: “Countries like Sri
Lanka have the perfect trifecta for online property: each has a strong
real estate market, growing rate of internet usage, and a young and
vibrant demographic.

We are expanding our presence in Asia because, quite simply, we could see a
 demand that was not being met. As more people in each of these markets
switch online, they want to have access to the same resources that are
available elsewhere.

Whether its buying a house in Sri Lanka or renting an apartment in Jordan,
Lamudi is helping to meet the growing demand for e-commerce in emerging

Wilhelm Hammes, Managing Director of Lamudi Sri Lanka (
 said: “Now is the perfect time to be entering the Sri Lankan market.
The property sector has seen significant growth since 2009, as
infrastructure has improved and investors have come back. We want to be
there to grow alongside this thriving industry.”

Lamudi is already on track to being the number one real estate marketplace in
the region. Launched just six months ago, the company now offers 340,000
 property listings worldwide across its platforms.

In Asia, Lamudi is already market leader in two countries, Bangladesh and
Myanmar. The company recently announced $7 million USD in investment for
its Asian operations, including funds from the investment arm of
international multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group.

Founded in 2013, Lamudi is now operating in Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon,
Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya,
Mauritius, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania,
Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For further information please contact Global Communications Director Katy Campbell at / 0049 15209058759

About Lamudi

Lamudi was founded in 2013 and is currently available in 28 countries across
Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. The leading real estate
 marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and
easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more
information, please visit

Drew Barrymore on taking chances in "Blended"


In Warner Bros. Pictures' new comedy “Blended,” Drew Barrymore stars as single mother who, after a disastrous blind date with single dad Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again.

But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.

“Blended” marks the third collaboration between stars Sandler and Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.”

“I think Adam and I have always been in sync and really bring out the best in each other,” Barrymore says. “I love working with him. We’re constantly thinking about how to make our characters more personal and genuine and there’s a lot of care that goes into it, but at the same time we can let go and be silly and free together.”

Not surprisingly, their collaboration on “Blended” came about organically, when their hectic work and family schedules finally dovetailed into a lunch date—and, from there, a renewed excitement about working together again. Says Barrymore, “We both felt it was time; let’s get something going. And then, to Adam’s credit, he found us the perfect project—a big, fun comedy with real, touching moments.”

“Blended” not only offered the two stars the chance to recreate their magic on screen but to expand their romantic repertoire as single parents Jim and Lauren, in a scenario that many people can relate to. While struggling to make a living and raise their kids as best they can, looking for love is a more complicated proposition than it once was, involving after-school schedules, babysitters, curfews and tough questions. Priorities have shifted. No longer a matter of just finding that one special person, it’s now about finding that one special person who will also be good for your children. Very often, it’s the dreams and desires of the adults that are the last item on the list.

“Who doesn’t want to laugh and escape into something that is actually about real life, and family, and love, and the day-to-day things we all go through with our marriages and our kids,” asks Barrymore. “It’s very relevant, and there are some heartfelt, meaningful moments in this movie that will definitely touch you, but make you feel good at the same time.”

Setting the scene of Jim and Lauren’s first meeting, Sandler says, “She’s recently divorced, and my character, Jim, is widowed. They were both married a long time and they’re really not ready to date again, but their friends keep telling them they have to move on. So, somehow they get set up on this blind date and it doesn’t go well. They’re nervous. He says all the wrong things and drinks her beer, and then she ends up choking on her soup and that’s pretty much the high point of the evening.”

“They almost start to get into a rhythm several times but it goes awry each time and that’s so true to life,” adds Barrymore. “How many times have we met someone and maybe liked them, and had things in common, but just couldn’t get it right somehow. And you think, ‘Why does it keep going off the rails with this person?’”

Drew Barrymore has been a favorite of film audiences for almost three decades. She is also enjoying success behind the camera as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, which has produced such hits as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Never Been Kissed” and “50 First Dates,” and the actioners “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” In addition to producing the “Charlie’s Angels” features, Barrymore joined Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu to star in both films, which, together, grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide. She is currently executive producing the Esquire Network reality series “Knife Fight,” a dynamic live cooking competition, featuring top chefs and celebrity judges, now in its second season.

Barrymore won a 2010 Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance opposite Jessica Lange in HBO’s “Grey Gardens.”
Opening across the Philippines on June 11, “Blended” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Brave and Fearless go for Veloci

Unveiling Veloci: A Must Watch for the Brave and Fearless

John Spainhour

The Italian-inspired Veloci watch dares you to live your life to every spirited second. You only live once, after all, and nobody knows what happens next. You owe it to yourself to fill your days with adventure, whether it’s defying gravity with skydiving or bungee jumping from thousands of feet in the air, or swimming into the depths of the sea with sharks. Time is golden, especially with Veloci, and it reminds you to have that insatiable thirst for a life well-lived.

Veloci Pulse

In the midst of all these daring adventures, it’s imperative that you do it in style. Veloci stands for the young and the fashionable, the ones who face up to their biggest fears and do it with a daredevil attitude. They’re the ones who don’t forget to look good, no matter if they are hiking up the highest cliffs, or surfing the most treacherous waves — they know that making an effort to look good also means loving yourself.

MYX VJ's Karla Aguas, Chino Lui Pio and Ai dela Cruz

It’s no wonder then, that a number of celebrities from Marc Nelson, Andrea del Rosario, Ornussa Cadness, Sanya Smith, Lifestyle Network’s hosts Walter de Mesa & Karen Pamintuan, Robby Carmona, DJs Mars Miranda, Jay from Kamikaze, Gretchen Fullido, Patty Betita, MYX VJ’s Chino, Karla & Ai, Obama Grill’s Manoy Llige and Gine-bra Team players LA Tenorio, Mac Baracael,were spotted in Boracay recently donning Veloci watches to add a splash of color into their beach outfits. They all share the phi-losophy that Veloci has in that a life lived well is a life with no regrets. “I’ve always dreamed of going skydiving,” Sanya shared, “And also a food tour around the world.” Ornussa agreed that travel was a great way to soak up some culture and adventure and said, “I’m living my adventure right now… Being a DJ allows me to travel and to work close to my best friend.”

Tom Taus

For other celebrities like Tom Taus, Mark Caguiao, and Chef Sharwin Tee, it’s all a mix of taking yourself out of your comfort zone. Tom said that he wanted to expe-rience being on a navy seal mission, while Mark listed parasailing as his greatest ad-venture yet, and that he would love to try skydiving. Chef Sharwin, on the other hand, considered it a gastronomic and professional adventure to cook Filipino food in Mos-cow.

Veloci watches, after all, are the perfect accessories to their ensembles, be it for the office, the night club, the mall, or the beach. Veloci is customizable and is meant to fit in with every aspect of their lives. Veloci comes in five collections, each with its own distinct characteristics, so you can take on your own adventures in style.

The Aeronaute is designed for the daredevils, those who have a need for speed, and believe that there is no challenge that they can’t conquer. The Voyager is for the seafarers, those who love skimming the waters and don’t mind plunging into the deep. They are the ones who sail the world to sate their thirst for wanderlust, and who want to experience every different culture that they come across.

The Cruise, meanwhile, is for those who like to sit back and enjoy the ride, for the spontaneous and the brave. They are the ones to forge on journeys without an itinerary, those who indulge themselves with a cold glass of mojito while sunbathing on a yacht deck and letting life take them where they please.

The Aeronaute, Voyager, and Cruise are characterized by their sophisticated Japanese movements, each with sleek stainless steel cases. Because Veloci is all about spontaneity, these watches also come with interchangeable Nato straps which can be switched in seconds and without tools.
Veloci also has a digital collection comprised of Pulse. Pulse is for the fashiona-ble athlete, the teammate for champions on and off the court who live to compete and win at every game. It is 100 meter water resistant, and deliver function with an alarm and stop watch. Metro, meanwhile, is a new addition to the fashion collection. It is for the nocturnal urbanite, the life of the party and the wingman for any long night out filled with bass and neon lights.

There is no shortage of Veloci watches that cater to your varying styles. So whatever you dream of doing, Veloci is right there with you as you cross off items in your bucket list.

Veloci watches are available in all LTimestudio, Asprey boutiques and SM Department Stores.

Rurouni Kenshin is back on the screen for the Manga fans


Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines will roll-out a back-to-back release platform for the eagerly anticipated sequels of “Rurouni Kenshin.” This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc.

The first sequel, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” will open here on Aug. 20, 2014, to be followed one month after by “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” on Sept. 24, 2014. (The teaser trailer for the two titles can now be viewed at

The release pattern will allow fans to experience the cathartic conclusion to the celebrated saga with little time in between and honors the filmmakers' wishes as to how the sequels should be viewed. The twin features will have the same opening window in Japan.

With the release of the original “Rorouni Kenshin” last year, Japanese cinema entered a new era. A commercial film combining unparalleled speed and overwhelming action in a moving human drama, it was an explosive blockbuster that was met with riotous enthusiasm by the fans.

This was the first motion picture inspired by Kenshin the Wanderer: The Romance of the Meiji Swordsman (Shueisha Jump Comics), the monumental manga comic by Nobuhiro Watsuki that has sold more than 5.8 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.
Directed by Keishi Ōtomo, the film told of fictional events that took place during the early Meiji period in Japan, focusing on a wanderer named Himura Kenshin (Takeru Satoh), formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai. After participating in the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.

The filmmakers faced a serious challenge in meeting the high expectations of the manga fans, a challenge they succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations as the film arrived to a rapturous reception throughout Japan, quickly taking in more than 3 billion yen at the box office. Word-of-mouth spread quickly overseas, and “Rurouni Kenshin” was shown in 31 festivals and received distribution in 64 territories, including the Philippines.

The production team was aware from the start that the “Rurouni Kenshin” story would not be complete without a film version of the “Kyoto Arc,” the highest-rated and best-loved segment that serves as a climax to the manga series. Coincidentally, the resolution and determination with which the main character Kenshin survives through a turbulent age serve as a guidepost to the filmmakers.
And so, in answer to calls from around the world demanding “more Kenshin,” the filmmakers proudly present “Kyoto Inferno” and “The Legend Ends.”

Mash up magic at the wonderful Globe GoSURF launch

Mash-up magic at the wonderful Globe GoSURF launch. X-Factor Philippines finalist Daddy’s Home and beatbox artist DJ Myke (center) display their musical prowess at the launch of GoSURF, Globe Telecom’s newest consumable mobile internet plan that offer megabytes (MB) of data used to browse the Internet. All GoSURF plans are bundled with free access to Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service with over 30 million songs available for users to enjoy.

The musical ensemble showcased a mash-up of songs from different genres sung in acapella and accompanied by beatbox sounds to celebrate music and the innovation behind GoSURF, where customers get more value for their money as they only pay for the data used in surfing their favorite sites. Customers on GoSURF can enjoy free access to Spotify without worries as usage of the app will not consume allocated MBs for every GoSURF data plan.  Register by texting GoSURF to 8888 or dial *143# and choose GoSURF. To know more about GoSurf and Spotify, visit

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Get ready to have "Fun with Philip" on its new home GMA 7

After his two successful shows “It’s More Fun with Philip” and “Philip Lifestyle Guy,” from TV5.  Philip Abadicio is now ready for "Fun with Philip" at his new home GMA 7. Joining him with the show is  Jeffrey Whitney, Lucky Mercado, Madam Venus, Bryan Santos (the fitness coach hunk) and Hilda Ehrenberg or popularly known as Bru-hilda.

The 30 minutes lifestyle show will air every Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 to 3:30pm  starting on June 14, 2014. Everyone is excited for the show each and every one will have their own segment that will surely cater to the "masa".

Philip Abadicio wants to make sure that we all have fun while living our different lifestyles in his latest TV show, “Fun with Philip,” on GMA News TV. Chosen letter senders will experience the food, beauty treatments, fitness regimen, etc. that wull be featured on each episode.  More than this, contests both on-air and online via will give viewers more chances of enjoying the lifestyle features on the show.

He was meant to be a lifestyler. After finishing college in U.P. Diliman, Philip and his pals setup Wild Life, a clothing store catering to cool high school and college kids. They used the heartthrobs and sweethearts of the top schools and this marketing strategy gave them sales beyond their expectations. The lifestyle editor of the Manila Times took notice of Wild Life and invited Philip to be a contributor.

The initial half page that he had to fill up would eventually be extended into 2 pages with various lifestyle news—food, fashion, parties, beautiful people, travel. The job opened doors and several lifestyle experiences for Philip. “My network expanded and I realized I really loved lifestyle news and coverage,” he shares.

Philip also interacted closely with the PR’s and publicity industry. He learned how PR is done effectively and opened RPA & Communicate, a PR agency specializing in lifestyle and society clients. “In the 90s and 2000’s lifestyle was mostly for the affluent, done in English and always featuring high-end products and services,” he relates. Things have changed since then.

In the age of reality TV, lifestyle is no longer just for the rich and those who can afford it. “I’ve always maintained that lifestyle should not just be aspirational but more importantly, it should inspire people to live their lives in style, no matter what circumstance you are in,” he explains.

After 2 seasons each of “It’s More Fun with Philip” and “Philip Lifestyle Guy,” the objective of making sure lifestyle is understood and appreciated by a wider audience has been started. In the latest offering, “Fun with Philip,” the agenda to help and entertain is pushed even further.

“Fun with Philip” is a show made for lifestylers. As they say on the show, “mga Kapusong Lifestylers, we will give you the surprises for you to win the prizes!” A segment called Kwentuhang Kumot, where Philip interviews a celebrity under the sheets as he or she reveals untold secrets, will be there. Philip will also bring the occasional American tourist, Jeffrey Whitney, around the Philippines so he will be obliged to speak Filipino and try the various food, culture and lifestyles.

“The show will be a lot of fun while you learn something new and you can apply it in your lives plus, you just might win prizes too,” Philip says. “Fun with Philip” will not have a formula, so expect the unexpected.

“Fun with Philip” is produced by The Lifestylers Media, directed by Tootoots Leyesa and written by Rod Divinagracia. It will air on GMA News TV every Saturday and Sunday, from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. starting on June 14, 2014.

Throwback Thursday for The New Shakeys Pizza 1954

Shakey’s Tasty Throwback: The New Shakey’s Pizza 1954

It was a throwback thursday afternoon on May 22, 2014 as Shakeys Katipunan launched the new Shakey's Pizza 1954 made with its new gourmet crust, finest toppings and fresh herbs. "The secret´s in the crust. Sure to shake you up from the top right to the crust!

The gourmet pizza was served piping hot, chewy soft and delicious. I finished the first slice up to the last bite with their famous and chilled Lemon Cucumber Cooler, perfect pairing add up with their Chicken and Mojo's. The launch of Shakeys Pizza 1954 was a blast from the past, it tasted like my mother's, as it was hand tossed, with delectable dough and fresh herbs to compliment the finest ingredients and toppings. It has an amazing taste that has built the brand and made Shakey's a name in creating good times and great memories.

Shakeys Marketing and Guest Engagement Director Chez P. Manalaysay (left), with host Tricia Centenera (right), entertains mediia with Shakeys Pizza 1954 trivia.

The launch was well attended by the media and guests. Some of the media who were present was garbed in the 50's ensemble. Two fellow bloggers won the coveted "Best Dressed of the Day". It was an event made special for the Shakey's lovers in mind as everyone enjoyed the Shakeys Pizza 1954 and their favorites.

“This is truly an innovation for Shakey’s since we are the first in the pizza category to offer contemporary gourmet pizza,” says Koi Castillo, Brand Manager for Shakey’s. “We will further develop this new category of Shakey’s pizza and create more iconic products for our Guests.”

With PR/Fashion blogger Kristel Ann Cruz in her cute 50s inspired dress.

Indeed, the special touches to the new Shakey’s Pizza 1954 boast both quality and exceptional flavor combinations. Fresh Rosemary and Basil leaves, juicy morsels of Italian sausage and Angus beef, slices of Pepperoni, 100% Mozzarella cheese, savory red onions, and a sprinkling of Parmesan rest atop a yummy soft gourmet dough crust of another tantalizing Shakey’s original.

A certified standout with its unique crust and hearty mix of the finest ingredients, the new Shakey’s Pizza 1954 retains the classic Shakey’s spirit while staying true to the times.

The new Shakey’s Pizza 1954 (Php. 450) is currently available in all Shakey’s restaurants, nationwide.

In celebration of the #ShakeysPizza1954, Shakey's are giving away one (1) Mini Cooper! To join, order the Pizza 1954 with pitcher or bottomless Coca-Cola product OR the Monster Meal Deal with the Pizza 1954 as pizza variant from May 11 to June 12, 2014 and get a chance to win a Mini Cooper.

The first Shakey's parlor built on April 15, 1954  (Photo taken from Valley Community Newspapers)

The first Shakey’s Pizza Parlor & Ye Public House at 5641 J St. in East Sacramento. The community has not forgotten the many memories that this eatery delivered during its more than 40 years in East Sacramento, CA. For history's sake, this Shakey's site is special, since it was built on April 15, 1954 and became the very first Shakey's parlor. The business was founded by Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson and Ed Plummer.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

City of Dreams to Open in Manila This Year


Casino operator Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation partners with Dreamworks Animation SKG to develop the world’s first DreamWorks-inspired “Edutainment” center at City of Dreams Manila within this year.

“DreamPlay,” an interactive play area that will feature educative and entertainment activities for children. It is being designed by DreamWorks Animation SKG -- the animation studio that created the films Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, where children can interact with animated characters set on a 2,000 to 3,000 square meter high-ceiling indoor park, is now being developed at Bagong Nayong Pilipino of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. in Parañaque City.

Joey Mead King hosted the City of Dreams event

The $1.3-billion City of Dreams Manila is a joint venture of Melco Crown and SM Group's Belle Corp. It will have a casino, high-end restaurants, and three luxury hotels, including a 260-room Crown Towers Hotel and a two-tower, 321-room Nobu Hotel.

City of Dreams is among the four integrated resorts being developed at Bagong Nayong Pilipino of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. in Parañaque City.

Kung Fu Panda; Shrek; and Alex the Lion from Madagascar, join executives  Mr. James Clark, Head of Retail Development and Entertainment for Asia Pacific of DreamWorks Animation

Inspired by the mantra of learning through play, “DreamPlay by DreamWorks” is a revolutionary approach to family entertainment.  Each experience is designed exclusively for City of Dreams Manila by the artistic and creative forces of DreamWorks Animation and iP2 Entertainment to combine the best elements of the DreamWorks library with the hands-on activities of an education inspired play-center to create a truly one-of-a-kind family adventure.

“DreamPlay” represents an exciting blend of integrated live and digital play spaces, featuring DreamWorks’ popular characters and creative storytelling combined with innovative educational play, appealing to children and adults alike.

Guests will immerse themselves in the world of DreamWorks Animation, interacting directly with their favorite characters through revolutionary experiences. Interactive environments, featuring the very latest digital technologies, will enable kids to engage in a wide range of thrilling activities, interacting with beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation’s world-famous franchises including Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon.

Mandaluyong Children’s Choir set the scene with a medley of hit DreamWorks’ songs at the official announcement of “DreamPlay by DreamWorks” at City of Dreams Manila.

Melco Crown Philippines is delighted to be introducing DreamWorks to the Philippines as we
continue our strategy of delivering innovative leisure and entertainment offerings that enhance the leisure destination appeal of Manila,” explained Clarence Chung, Chairman and President, Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation.

“Our collaboration with DreamWorks is a further illustration of our expertise in developing world-class, innovative and ground-breaking entertainment for leisure seekers both in the Philippines and internationally. The ‘DreamPlay’ concept delivers an education experience through spontaneous and sensory play that represents an industry first.”

Paul Kurzawa, Head of Retail Development & Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation said: "We are very excited to work with Mr. Lawrence Ho and Melco Crown Entertainment to build something that we believe is a truly unique way for children to experience, learn and interact with the characters and worlds of DreamWorks Animation.

“As a global entertainment brand, we continue to expand our footprint with immersive, year-round fan experiences and ‘DreamPlay’ provides a distinctive opportunity for visitors in a fun and educational setting.

“Harnessing leading digital technologies, this attraction is going to be unlike anything that currently exists and will undoubtedly become a new type of destination for families, both in the Philippines and across the rapidly growing leisure-destination markets of Asia."

In January 2014, City of Dreams Manila introduced Hollywood-celebrity trendsetting Nobu brand, marking the first Nobu Hotel in Asia. With the addition of the world’s first “DreamPlay by DreamWorks” edutainment center, City of Dreams Manila is a further step in realizing its overall vision to deliver world-class and diverse innovative lifestyle and entertainment offerings, and to support the Philippine government’s strategy to broaden the appeal of the Philippines as a leading leisure destination in Asia.

About City of Dreams Manila
City of Dreams Manila, when it opens in 2014, will mark the formal entry of Melco Crown Entertainment into the fast-growing and dynamic tourism industry in the Philippines. The new integrated casino resort at Entertainment City, Manila Bay, Manila, is being developed and will be operated by Melco Crown Philippines in alliance with SM Group’s Belle Corporation.

The dynamic and innovative resort complex, located on an approximately 6.2-hectare site at the gateway to Entertainment City, will include the ultimate in entertainment, hotel, retail and dining and lifestyle experiences with aggregated gaming space, including VIP and mass-market gaming facilities with up to approximately 365 gaming tables, 1,680 slot machines and 1,680 electronic table games upon opening.

The integrated resort will feature three distinctive entertainment venues, including Manila’s first branded Family Entertainment Center, a live performance central lounge inside the casino and a night club situated at the Fortune Egg, an architecturally-unique dome-like structure, which will be accented with creative exterior lighting design. It is expected to become an iconic landmark of the Manila Bay area.

City of Dreams Manila is destined to deliver an unparalleled entertainment and hospitality experience to the Philippines and will ultimately play a key role in strengthening the depth and diversity of Manila’s leisure, business and tourism offering, enhancing its growing position as one of Asia’s premier leisure destinations. It is being developed to specifically meet the needs of the large, rapidly growing and increasingly diverse audience of leisure and entertainment seekers both in the Philippines and those visiting Manila from across the Asia region and around the world.

About Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation
Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation, with its shares listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: MCP), is a subsidiary of Melco Crown Entertainment (SEHK: 6883; NASDAQ: MPEL). It is currently developing City of Dreams Manila, a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment integrated resort in Manila, which is expected to open in 2014 and have six hotel towers, including the Crown Towers hotel, Nobu Hotel and a hotel managed by the Hyatt Group, numerous specialty restaurants and bars, gaming facilities, a multi-level car park, as well as three separate entertainment venues.. For more information about Melco Crown Philippines, please visit

About Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Melco Crown Entertainment, with its shares listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Hong Kong Stock Exchange”) (SEHK: 6883) and its American depositary shares listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: MPEL), is a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment  resort facilities in Asia. Melco Crown Entertainment currently operates Altira Macau (, a casino hotel located at Taipa, Macau and City of Dreams (, an integrated urban casino resort located in Cotai, Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment’s business also includes the Mocha Clubs (, which comprise the largest non-casino based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau. The Company is also developing the planned Studio City Project, a cinematically-themed integrated entertainment, retail and gaming resort in Cotai, Macau. In the Philippines, Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation’s subsidiary, MCE Leisure (Philippines) Corporation, has been cooperating with SM Group’s Belle Corporation to develop and operate City of Dreams Manila, a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment integrated resort in the Entertainment City complex in Manila. For more information about Melco Crown Entertainment, please visit

Melco Crown Entertainment has strong support from both of its major shareholders, Melco International Development Limited ("Melco") and Crown Resorts Limited ("Crown"). Melco is a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is substantially owned and led by Mr. Lawrence Ho, who is Co-Chairman, an Executive Director and the CEO of Melco Crown Entertainment. Crown is a top-50 company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and led by Executive Chairman Mr. James Packer, who is also Co-Chairman and a Non-executive Director of Melco Crown Entertainment.

About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 28 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.

Legarda Expresses Optimism for Key Issues in President’s 3rd SONA

Highlights from President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos 3rd SONA today, with key issues addressed and attended by leading senators. ...