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Thursday, April 30, 2015

SandBar Beach Club is now the hottest daylight destination in Boracay!

The sun is at its peak, the sea is glistening and reflecting the bright blue skies, everyone looks fabulous in their bikinis and boardshorts – Boracay’s energy and marvelous beauty are best captured during daytime indeed! However, almost every place in this island gets a little crowded during the summer season.

Finally, there is a place where you can relax, hang out or even strut your bikini body in style, as Station 1 welcomes the hottest daylight destination for all ages, the SandBar Beach Club Boracay.

Set in the powdery white sand of Boracay is this exclusive chill-out place with 18 cozy beach beds for your ultimate comfort. While you can also relax in your hotel, chances are you’ll miss the fantastic outdoor sceneries of the paradise and all the fun that it has to offer.

At SandBar Beach Club Boracay, comfort doesn’t need to be boring. It combines good food, refreshing drinks, exciting water sports and entertainment into one fantastic place. Join the Saturday Shindig, a daytime beach party every Saturday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. For only PhP3,000 per person, you get unlimited Banana Boat and Fly Fish rides, sumptuous lunch and snacks, and bottomless specialty drinks.

Every Sunday, the club transforms into an ideal place for every family with its theme the Sunday Magic, a children's beach party from 11:00am to 4pm. For PhP3,000 per person, you get unlimited Banana Boat and Fly Fish rides, sumptuous lunch and snacks, bottomless specialty drinks plus a special magic show for the young and the young-at-heart.

Experience priceless daylight fun in the hottest summer destination of the country, and head to SandBar Beach Club Boracay for a weekend of fun, adventure, relaxation, and good food with family and friends.

Have a feast at Gerry's Plus on Mother's Day

Gerry's Plus is a new restaurant concept where classic dishes meet modern Filipino cuisine. Gerry's plus has recently launched its classic dishes with Italian-American favorites at UP Town Center last April 24. The ambiance is modern filipino and has a young vibe to it.  It presents some of the dishes I love from Sweet Chili and Gerrys.   True to its motto “You’d still rather be at Gerry’s”, treat your mom this coming Mother's day, go visit UP Town Center and have some quality time with her at Gerry's Plus.

“Now you don’t have to go to several restaurants when your family and friends have a hard time deciding where to eat. Think of it as a one-stop culinary spot that has everything for everyone – from soups to salads, appetizers, main dishes, drinks and desserts. We have expanded our menu to include new Filipino dishes as well as original Italian-American favorites,” says Gerry Apolinario,

Diners at Gerry’s Plus can look forward to hefty servings of mouth watering Filipino dishes straight out of Gerry’s list of favorites: Beef Kaldereta Bulalo, Spiced Chicken Salsa, Baby Back Ribs and Black Pasta among others. “Our dessert line which includes Lava Cake, Choco Chip Ala Mode and Pannacotta are guaranteed to make you forget your name,” says Gerry.

Gerrys Plus Crispy vegetable pocket
This is the modern version of "fried lumpia",  looks like "sipa"  the vegetable pocket is crunchy and is best to dip with their spicy vinegar. This is my personal favorite.

Stir Fry Chinese Veggies

If youre a vegetarian or a vegan, you will love their Stir Fry Chinese veggies. its fresh, delicious and healthy.

Chicken with Basil
This is what chicken should be. With just the right spices, cooked with sweet chili, and topped with basil. Delicious and appetizing.

Japanese tofu with Minced Chicken

If you are a fan of tofu just like me, treat yourself to this menu, its a good source of protein. The delicious sauce with chicken and soft tofu is tasty and filling. You can eat it on its own, and it smells delicious too. 

Tuna Pasta
If you are on a diet and wanted to try carbonara, this tuna pasta is the creamiest yet healthy pasta that you should try.

Lava Cake

If you have to try on Gerry desserts, you should order their Lava Cake, theirs is the most flavorful bursting with chocolate that I love most. I love it so much, that I finished the whole dessert myself.

Preparations are as important as the meals themselves and the freshest ingredients – quality meats, fish, vegetables and seasonings – are intricately prepared for a personal dining experience, said Gerry who himself does regular rounds of all their restaurants to ensure top quality of their menu items.
Gerry guarantees: “Dining experience at its best – that’s our credo. And that’s what we assure our guests.”

Plus and More 

A trailblazer among fast-casual diners, Gerry’s has been expanding its brands with much success with its diverse offers.

Gerry’s other brand concepts include Aresi which offers Italian-American menu, and Sweet Chili, which serves Thai food.

Aressi and Sweet Chili have both attracted solid following and still continue to pull in more satisfied guests, earning praise for their food’s authentic taste. Aressi is located at the Waterfront Road in Subic; and Sweet Chili is at the third level of Fisher Mall along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.
Gerry’s ‘younger brand Kusina ng Gerry’s, meantime, is a delight to customers who enjoy mix-and-match meals that are not only filling but very affordable.

Slowly building its own customer base is Ramen Sora (Sora means “sky”) which originated in 2003 in Sapporo, considered the culinary capital of Japan that goes by the motto “No Ramen No Life”. Its maiden branch opened in Subic last December beside Aressi.

Ramen Sora had just opened its second branch in Cebu, along AS Fortuna Street, beside the newly-opened Gerry’s branch.

 A most awaited new restaurant is Yakitori Binchotan, which will be launched after Gerry’s Plus, named after a special kind of charcoal called Bincho-Tan used to prepare yakitori (skewered food, usually chicken). Its white charcoal produces high heat and does not emit smoke, so it allows the full flavor of the food to come out.

Yakitori Binchotan is expected to open next month. 

Citi Mastercard marks its 25 Years with "My Unforgettable Story" campaign

Citi Philippines recently celebrates its 25th year anniversary last April 27 at Fairmont Hotel. The show was hosted by Ms. Tessa Prieto Valdez and attended by Citi execs and media.

To mark its 25th year, the  country’s largest foreign bank  reward its loyal clients with the campaign ‘My Unforgettable Story’? Unforgettable Stories with Citi Cards launched in March and running until August 2015, the promotion presents Citi cardholders the chance to create new memories in some of the world’s most breathtaking places –by simply using their Citi credit card.

Bea Tan, who heads Citi’s consumer banking business in the country related: “In designing this promotion, we wanted to break the mold and ensure that our clients are truly engaged from day one.  We wanted to reward our loyal cardholders with delightful and unique experiences, and empower them with making the best choice from a list of impossible to resist selections according to their lifestyle and preferences.”

And ‘My Unforgettable Story’ certainly delivers all that and more.  A total of fifteen lucky cardholders will be chosen in three raffle draws, with five winners to be awarded in each set. The first set of winners can choose one of the Stories of Discovery prizes, including a gourmet food tour in Japan, journey to self-discovery in Bali, scuba diving in Palau, and China or Egypt exploration.

Meanwhile, 2nd raffle draw winners can have a spectacular celebration of love as they can choose one of the Stories of Romance prizes such as a honeymoon in Maldives, island escapade in Thailand and hot air balloon date in Dubai. Winners can also have their dream wedding gown designed by a top couturier, or make their most romantic proposal happen.

Things get more exciting as the third set of winners can revel in one of the Stories of Adventure prizes like a family ski adventure in Korea, US theme park getaway, Mediterranean cruise, African safari and the magical Aurora Borealis experience.

“It’s so easy to win – just use your card for any purchase, regardless of amount, and you will earn raffle entries.  And because we want all our cardholders to have a chance to win, we are awarding raffle entries for nearly every use of a Citi card: from using Citibank Online to charging with Citi PayLite, and even when you apply for a Personal Loan,” explained David Stoughton, Credit Payments Head of Citi Philippines.

To see the complete list of prizes and ways on how to qualify for the promotion, visit

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bantayan Island will be one with the country to support Manny Pacquiao #ForEveryPinoyFighter

In an island recovering from a tragedy, watching Manny Pacquiao fight is a big deal.  But witnessing the  biggest fight of our nation’s hero is not easy for all.  Some people dont have access. Some areas dont even have power.

But on May 3, the day Pacquiao fights for our nation’s glory, it will be different. Bantayan Island will be one with the country and the entire world to support Manny.

Chef JP Anglo sets the right mood for Russell Hobbs Mood Food Cookbook

Certain food affects once mood. For instance, did you know that the food you eat may also enhance the experience for a romantic evening? Or that chocolate you are about to eat contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine that creates a feeling of excitement. Our comfort food makes us happy and better right after consuming it. That bowl of "ramen" which is one of my favorite comfort food calms and stimulate my nerves after a hard day's work.

Russell Hobbs, a UK global leader in small kitchen appliances teams up with Chef JP Anglo, the famous celebrity chef behind "Sarsa Kitchen" by launching Mood Food Cookbook at Top Shelf Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street last April 29. The cookbook sets the mood for the mouthwatering recipes for every kind of emotion and ambience that can easily be done in a compact, modern kitchen. The cookbook also showcases how simple recipes can become gustatory delights that can enhance the mood and the whole dining experience at the comfort of one’s home.

Chef JP Anglo cooked the delicious "lechon kawali" and "panini" using the Russell Hobbs Purifry and Panini Maker.

The Purifry does not require oil to heat, which in-turn reduces the cooking time. You can roast and bake with it,  you can cook meat, fish and vegetables separately.

While our table concocted  the healthiest fruity smoothie that I loved using Russell Hobbs Fruit blender. The Strawberry citrus smoothie has a twist of lemon and orange. It smells and tastes healthy just the way I liked my drink in the morning.

“Ever wondered why some dishes are called comfort food? It plays a crucial role in our lives – it does not only provide sustenance, it can also help in triggering the moods and emotions that we have,” said Chef JP Anglo, the man behind the recipes in the book. “With Mood Food, we will show everyone how easy it is to prepare food that would suit or enhance their moods. And with the help of Russell Hobbs, the dishes are not only a burst of flavors, but also a treat for the eyes.”
Chef JP Anglo gamely signed his book for us after the event. As I flipped around pages, I drooled at the sight of the food being presented. It already set the mood and mode for dining out later.

With the Russell Hobbs’ Mood Food cookbook. Aside from recipes, the cookbook also showcases the various small appliances from Russell Hobbs that elevate cooking and food preparation at home.
“Preparing food can be a daunting task without the proper equipment. With Russell Hobbs’ small kitchen appliances, everyone can be an expert in the kitchen preparing scrumptious dishes in the comfort of their own homes,” said Clarence Cu, president and CEO of TOCOMS, the exclusive distributor of Russell Hobbs in the Philippines. “Our goal is to bring the comforts of a modern, compact kitchen to every household.”

With the Russell Hobbs’ Mood Food cookbook and the line of Russell Hobbs small appliances, eating at home will never be the same. Gone are the days of guilt-laden takeout or having pizza every night, with Russell Hobbs, modern life has never felt more homey.

Russell Hobbs’ exquisite line of small kitchen appliances is now available at all leading appliance and department stores nationwide. For more details and updates, follow Russell Hobbs Philippines at

UNICEF donation portal for Nepal earthquake victims

A UNICEF worker talks with the mother of a young girl, injured in Nepal's recent earthquake, at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu. You can help children and families affected by the Nepal Earthquake. Donate now at or call 758-1000 / 758-1442 today.
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UNICEF is mobilising an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected by the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April. With children accounting for half the country's population, UNICEF fears the disaster, which is reported to have already killed thousands of people, will have a severe impact on children. UNICEF has prepositioned supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies, and is working with government and other partners to meet children’s immediate needs in the areas of water and sanitation, child protection, health and nutrition.

Philam Life launch Health Invest Plus, the company's flagship health product

Unexpected Emergencies Tops List of Concerns  Among Middle Class, Survey Reveals

“Health is wealth” is an old saying, very often used that it sometimes loses its value. However, a survey commissioned by AIA, the leading pan-Asian life insurance group, shows that this saying is very much relevant and aligned with conventional thinking.

According to an AIA Survey on Middle Class Hopes and Aspirations conducted last year by Ipsos in the ASEAN region, 44% of middle-class Filipinos consider being healthy as a top goal in life. The survey revealed health is actually placed over other commonly held aspirations, such as money, business, career, and education. For many of the middle class, health matters more than many other concerns.

Over the course of 500 interviews conducted with a wide age-range of self-identified members of the Filipino middle class aged 25 or above, findings showed that the cost of unexpected emergencies (65%) is the biggest concern for the Philippines’ middle class. Almost half of the respondents (49%) expressed concern regarding the costs of health care.

In light of this revelation regarding the real life hopes and aspirations of Filipinos, Philam Life, an AIA company, has dedicated themselves to helping people become financially prepared against such unexpected health setbacks. They recently launched Health Invest Plus, the company’s flagship health product, to provide security for those who wish to plan ahead for any health eventuality.

“Health Invest Plus provides much needed financial protection when one is afflicted with major critical illnesses, whether they get diagnosed in the earlier stages or far advanced in their infirmity,” noted Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer Jaime Jose Javier Jr. Cancers, heart attacks, and strokes number among the critical illnesses covered by this insurance plan. “This way, Filipinos will be better prepared for unexpected emergencies and the high cost of healthcare,” added Javier.

Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus provides lump-sum benefits when diagnosed with any of 56 covered major critical illnesses and 11 covered early stages of a critical illness– the most among unit-linked plans in the market. Unit-linked products are life insurance and investment plans-in-one where the benefits are linked to the returns of a chosen investment fund.

Once diagnosed with any of such critical illnesses, the plan holder is spared from paying future premium payments. If the plan holder is diagnosed with a covered early stage critical condition, 25 per cent of the Critical Illness coverage will be given in advance.

Unlike most other critical illness plans, Health Invest Plus can be availed even up to those who are already 65 years old. The critical illness coverage will still be in effect until they are 75, an age when most are in retirement and in need of greater medical care. Since Health Invest Plus is a unit-linked plan, premium payments are invested, allowing one to grow a Health fund which can be used for health maintenance or other costs during one’s later years.

The plan also provides cash benefits for accidental injuries or disabilities and loss of life, providing comprehensive coverage for policyholders.

“The survey also revealed ‘peace of mind’ (38 per cent) as one of the top life goals of the Philippines’ middle class. With Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus, customers can experience peace of mind knowing they are financially prepared against health setbacks now and as they grow older, so they can be there for their families,” Javier concluded.

Indeed, when equipped with the safety net that Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus provides, one can rest easy with hopes for a sound body, as well as a sound mind.

To learn more about the AIA Survey on the Middle Class Hopes and Aspirations, please visit To find out more about Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus, call 528-2000 or visit

Klio Food Keepers, Your Best Choice for Food Safety and Freshness

Food storage keepers are essential to one's home, which food containers are best to use depends on its sizes, lids and unique needs. When shopping for a quality food containers, always look for a BPA free plastic and a lid that is tight fitting and spill resistant, with inner and outer seal for superior protection. Sizes and colors also matters, sizes like rectangular, square and round shapes.

With each shape having its own set of benefits and limitations.  Square food storage containers maximize storage space. It is serve to hold more product in a smaller area of space. Which shape you like depends on your storage space and personal preference.

Klio, one of the leading local players in the plastic food storage industry has been around the country since 1999.

They offer a wide variety and full-line product series with customized lid-color options which is easy to open, secured and well sealed to guarantee food freshness. The body design is clear and BPA free, which guarantees quality materials that is good for wet ingredients, dry ingredients, fresh produce, sauces, soups, dips, baon,  and also good for storing candies and chocolates as well. The possibilities are endless with these food keepers.

I was able to use Klio food keepers for our town fiesta and I should say, it does its job of keeping the food safe and secured, my parents were able to transport the food containers without the leaks from our house to theirs.  They are happy with the products that they decided to buy the whole set last week. When shopping for Klio food keepers  dont forget to look for this symbol.

The Klio food keepers are safe for food storage, sealed and secured for maximum freshness, microwave and freezer safe. It is washable, stackable and space saving. It is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly. They are also available in colors of pink, green, blue, white and clear to segregate colors for your loved ones use.

Race For Real at the GT ACADEMY: Live Recruitment Events

The search is ongoing for the gamer who can apply his or her video racing skills to real-life circuit driving.

Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) recently introduced the GT Academy to the country, opening doors to Filipinos wanting to break into the racing profession.

With the GT Academy, any player who can prove their driving skills in the world of video games can compete in a real racetrack. From the time trials in the recruitment stage that will run until June, the 20 fastest gamers will advance to the National Finals in July, where they will shift to real race cars. The top 6 drivers will join Asia’s best at the Race Camp in August at the prestigious Silverstone Racing Circuit in the UK where they will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and of course, driving skills. The emerging winner will join others from the different regions in a series of rigorous training under the Driver Development Program.

 Since its launch in 2008, the 2015 GT Academy season will be the biggest year yet. Gamers from up to 24 countries around the world are expected to join, with GT Academy International and Asia reaching a staggering 2.2 billion potential entrants. Nissan and PlayStation are looking for the finest to progress from virtual racing to the real world of racing for Nissan.

To date, the fastest lap time recorded in the Philippines is 1:02:762 and the slowest in the top 20 is 1:03:671.  So far, 3,005 attempts have been recorded in the live recruitment events which started last April 10 and will run at various venues until June 28.

Last April 24-26, the Nissan GT Academy was at the SM Sky Dome in SM North EDSA. Joining the hopefuls was gorgeous celebrity, Sam Pinto who exuded girl power behind the wheel. Despite being unfamiliar with the video game, she confidently slid into the driver seat of the simulator pod and revved through the virtual track. Sam learned to drive when she was 16 years old and figured that with a little practice, she can clock a decent lap time and compete with the other gamers. “This is the closest I can get to being a race car driver, they told me it’s open to women too, so I thought I’d give it a shot,” Sam explained. “Driving on the simulator was a nice escape from traffic, it was fun to be able to just floor it!” she continued.

For GT Academy updates and Live Event schedules, please visit NPI’s Facebook Page,

The Shift from Gamer to Racer

GT Academy takes skilled Gran Turismo 6 players and turns them into professional racers in five stages.

First Gear: The Recruitment (April - June)

Hopefuls will be narrowed down to the top 20 gamers to be determined by time trials taking place behind the wheel of GT pods during live recruitment events.

Second Gear: National Finals (July)

The National Finals will determine top 6 Filipino players who will go to the next round and go bumper-to-bumper with the best Gran Turismo drivers in Asia.

Third Gear: The Race Camp Week (August)

Players will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and driving skills against Asia's best at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fourth Gear: Driver Development Program

The emerging GT Academy Champion in Asia will join other GT Academy winners in a rigorous training under the wing of professional coaches and racers at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fifth Gear: Graduation
After passing the Driver Development Program, graduates will receive their International C License, allowing them to compete in a prestigious racing event anywhere in the world.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Treat for a Job Well Done at Gumbo!

Your hard-working, efficient and loyal staff/workers deserve a treat!  Show them you appreciate their job well done by treating them to one of the favourite restaurants in the country.  Gumbo New Orleans Restaurant, located at the 2nd level, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia; 2nd level, The Block, SM City North Edsa; 3rd level, Robinsons Place Manila Midtown; 2nd level, Atrium Bldg., SM Megamall; Gateway Mall Araneta Center; and Robinsons Magnolia offers mouth-watering and sumptuous dishes such as Seafood Jambalaya, Fish & Chips, Cajun Fried Chicken, New Orleans’ Delight Pizza, Baked Artichoke, etc.

Moreover on April 30 – May 3, Gumbo honors the labourers with “Combo Magnificovalued at P1,700.00 but you can avail for only P999.00, a huge saving of P701.00! This sumptuous treat includes Chicken and Cheese Melt Fries, Shrimp Aglio Olio and Cajun Fried Chicken, plus a carafe or 1 liter of Coke, guaranteed good for five persons!

 For reservations and inquiries, please call 5560238, 4420106, 5671820 and 6353015.


Celebrate Labor Day by showing that you value your workers.  Give them their much-deserved break at Burgoo American bar and Restaurant as it offers sumptuous and satisfying dishes such as Shrimp and Ribs Platter, Seafood Caesar Salad, Chicken Dianne, supreme pizzas and pastas and luscious desserts, among others.   On Labor Day Weekend, Burgoo highly recommends “Marvelous Combo” for only P999.00.  Valued at P1525.00, you can save P526.00 for these quality dishes composed of Extra Supreme Nachos; Country-Style Fried Chicken with five  servings of rice pilaf and potato wedges or any two side dishes of your choice; and Tomato-Basil Spaghetti with special garlic bread.  This delicious treat also comes with 1 liter of Coca Cola.

Visit Burgoo at Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Powerplant Mall in Rockwell, Podium and Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Gateway Mall in Cubao, The Block at SM City North EDSA, SM City Marikina, Fairview Terraces Mall, The District Ayala Mall in Cavite, SM Southmall in Alabang, and Starmall in Taguig.  For reservations and inquiries, please call 9277396, 8981815, 6875565, 7264663, 9136112, 5560091, 6336256, 4420115, and 4771932.

Value Your Most Important Asset with PhilamLife

Dr. John Solamo, an ophthalmologist with an avid interest in marathons and fitness, was a young man who had every expectation of good health. By living an active lifestyle, that has invested greatly into ensuring his health and well-being through prevention and maintenance.

Unfortunately, a strange, heavy sensation in his chest soon ruined his all carefully laid plans of an active lifestyle. A stress test revealed that three of his major vessels were clogged and that there was barely any blood flowing through the interior of his heart. At the age of 42, Solamo underwent a five-vessel cardiac bypass surgery.

Solamo’s experience is one of many examples that emphasize a worrisome and undeniable fact: health setbacks can happen even to those who are considered to be physically fit. “There’s this wrong idea that you’re invincible when you’re exercising,” Solamo pointed out, as he recalled his struggles four years ago. “Even if you lead a healthy lifestyle, you just can’t be too sure what will happen at any given time,” he added.

Compounding the stress that a major illness brings is the strain it puts on one’s finances. When his heart attack hit him, Solamo had just recently purchased a new home, and had his daughter’s education to think of.

According to critical care specialist Dr. Emily Tan-Aventura, heart disease (which affects 9 out of 10 Filipinos) typically costs patients up to PhP1 million in expenses. Treatment of other critical illnesses like cancer, of which 11 Filipinos are diagnosed every hour, can cost around PhP700,000, or even more. Strokes claim 168 lives daily, racking up to PhP14,400 for each day of treatment and therapy. These are only a few of the costs attached to a clean bill of health.

In the case of Solamo, his foresight and initiative to also financially invest in his health reaped great rewards. He was fortunate enough to have an insurance plan that covered most of his medical bills. Since then, the company that provided this invaluable assistance has developed even better products to address the financial obligations of serious illnesses.

“The key is to provide comprehensive financial protection for critical illnesses such as heart attack, cancer, and stroke beginning at the early stages,” noted Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer Jaime Jose Javier, Jr. “This is precisely what our company’s Health Invest Plus delivers,” he emphasized.

Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus provides lump-sum benefits when diagnosed with any of the 56 covered major critical illnesses. Once diagnosed, the plan holder is spared from paying future premium payments. Moreover, if the plan holder is diagnosed with a covered early stage critical condition, 25 percent of the Critical Illness coverage will be given in advance.

Having 56 types of major critical illnesses and 11 early stage conditions covered makes Health Invest Plus the unit-linked plan with the most number of critical illnesses in the market. “Unit-linked products are life insurance and investment plans-in-one where the benefits are linked to the returns of a chosen investment fund,” Javier explained. “Since Health Invest Plus is a unit-linked plan, premium payments are invested, allowing one to grow a Health fund which can be used for health maintenance or other costs during one’s later years.”

What’s more is that, unlike most other critical illness plans, people up to 65 years old can still avail of a Health Invest Plus, and its critical illness coverage is available until age 75 – when one’s past retirement and in greater need of medical care. The plan also provides cash benefits for accidental injuries or disabilities and loss of life, providing comprehensive coverage for policyholders.

“With Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus, customers can experience peace of mind knowing they are financially prepared against health setbacks now and as they grow older,” Javier said. “Our goal is to make health benefits available to clients so they can enjoy the opportunity to be there for their families as they grow older. In the case of John [Solamo], his decision to have a health policy helped him recover from his seemingly unlikely and unexpected illness. He’s once again enjoying the active lifestyle that he has always pursued, and continues to enjoy life’s moments with his loved ones” he concluded.

To find out more about Philam Life’s Health Invest Plus, contact a Philam Life Financial Advisor or call 528-2000 or visit

Monday, April 27, 2015

Share your selfie with your favorite M&Ms Characters and win prizes!

What is your favorite color of M&Ms? Have you ever segregate them when you eat them or you just pick any color indiscriminately. My favorite M&M color is green for some reason that it makes me happy and perky. Whatever colors you have in mind, M&Ms is now here in the Philippines to spread their vibrant colors this summer.

M&Ms recently launched its Philippine Tour last April 24 at The Atrium, Eastwood Mall with M&Ms PH ambassador Luis Manzano and Mars Chocolate, Southeast Asia Country Director. Henry Azcarraga. 

Mr Know-It-All” Red, cool Blue, optimist Yellow, sexy and confident Green and worrisome Orange – these world-famous M&M’S Characters drove their Filipino fans wild at a meet-the-fans session at The Atrium, Eastwood Mall.

These irresistible M&M’S Characters are here in Manila for a first-hand experience of fun in the Philippines whilst spreading their own brand of spontaneous fun! From now till 31st May 2015, they will be sharing the excitement of our favorite M&M’S® Chocolate and Merchandise, making in-store appearances and introducing exciting activities such as the M&M’S Pose Pinoy Selfie Contest.

“The campaign – “M&M’S Philippines Tour” is a one and a half month campaign to reintroduce the much loved M&M’S Characters who, through in-store appearances and activities, will share the spontaneous fun and excitement of M&M’S Chocolates. We are excited for this tour to be in the Philippines as we Filipinos know the true meaning of the word “Fun”,” said Henry Azcarraga, Mars Chocolate, Southeast Asia Country Director.

Also joining in the fun is local celebrity Luis Manzano who had the opportunity to show the M&M’S Characters the famous sights of Philippines. “I was so excited when I found out that I was going to tour with the M&M’S Characters around the Philippines. During the tour, I made sure that Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and Orange had a true Filipino time! And they made sure I experienced the fun of M&M'S Chocolate, the world's No. 1 Chocolate brand,” said Luis Manzano.


Do you do the Pose Pinoy often? Do you love taking selfies? Would like to win exclusive items from M&M’S characters? Then we have the perfect contest for you! Join the M&M’S Pose Pinoy Contest.

Timeline: Starts now until 31st May 2015


• Spot any M&M’S characters in store, be it a standee or a mascot.
• Do a Pose Pinoy selfie with them. Make sure that it’s you on the photo together with the M&M’S characters.
•  Share your selfie on your social networking accounts with a witty caption and use the hashtag #MMSPH2015.
• The Most creative Pose Pinoy Selfie which follows all mechanics stands a chance to win
• Winners will be judged by Mars Inc team

Visit the M&M’S Philippines on Facebook for more information on the M&M’s Philippines Tour

Attention to all choco-locos! Your chocolate idols are here in Manila to spread more fun in the fun capital of the world! Who are they? They are none other than the M&M’S characters! Let’s get to know our favorite M&M’S characters more in this in-depth personality sketch.

He’s as Bright as His Color

Also known as “Mr. Know-It-All”, Red likes to make decisions for everyone. He’s known to boss around the other M&M’S characters, especially Yellow.
Although arrogant at times, Red saves his friends from tight situations which is why he’s known to be the leader of the gang.
If you spend a day with Red, expect to step out of your comfort zone because he loves to take on challenges. He’ll challenge you to an arm wrestling contest to see who’s stronger between the both of you. He’ll never agree with your opinions but he will stimulate your brain cells in a healthy debate.

He’s Cooler than the Other Side of Your Pillow

Also known as “Mr. Suave”, Blue has a James Dean personality that the ladies love. He is known to be the relaxed and easy going M&M’S character. Cool and talented, Blue enjoys playing his Saxophone during his leisure time.  You can expect a chillaxing day when hanging out with Blue. His ideas of fun are road-tripping and chilling on the hood of his car while listening to Herbie Hancock.

He Gives the Warmest Hugs

Also known as “Mr. Nice Guy”, Yellow is the optimist of the gang. He’s known to be the clingy best friend of Red and he follows Red around.

Although naive at times, Yellow never fails to keep his smile and fun personality in any type of situation.

If you’re having a bad day, Yellow is the M&M’S to call. He’ll surely turn your frown upside down. He’ll make silly faces, tell funny stories, and do crazy stunts just to see you smile. He’ll do anything to cheer you up! Expect to feel positivity and laughter when Yellow is around.

She puts the Fab in Fabulous

Also known as “The Diva”, Green always gets her way with anything by using her beauty and charm. She’s known to be the go-getter of the gang.

Sexy and self-confident, Green knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to get it.

You will enjoy a treat-your-self day with Green. She will take you out shopping, get your hair done and your nails painted too! Expect a total make-over when hanging out with Green because she believes that an M&M’S has to look good to feel good.

He’s Worried

Also known as “Mr. Paranoid”, Orange is quite the worrisome ones. He’s always looking out to avoid anyone who tries to eat him.

Despite his paranoia, Orange carefully analyse situations before he jumps into doing something crazy with his friends.

Hang out indoors with Orange during a rainy day! You can enjoy playing board games, a competitive game of chest or even dominos but expect to take several hours to finish one game because he’ll second guess his every move, every time.

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