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Friday, July 31, 2015

Catch Sitti, Ariel Rivera, and others at CF Bacolod

Sitti proves time and again that she is truly the country’s one and only bossa nova queen. She has successfully reintroduced bossa nova as a new kind of music to a modern era of listening public. She has a new album under MCA. A crowd favorite, Sitti will captivate the audience once more with her relaxing and cool numbers as she returns onstage on August 3 (Casino Filipino Bacolod) and August 14 (Mimosa Satellite).

Catch Ariel Rivera live on August 5 at Casino Filipino Angeles. Ariel is a regular fixture in various drama series where he displays his acting mettle. Music remains his first love.

Mitch Valdez goes live at Casino Filipino Iloilo on August 5. See for yourself why she is one of the most respected and brilliant artists in the industry.

Jam with RnB sensation Duncan Ramos as he unleashes his highly-charged performance on August 5 at Carmona Satellite. His passion for music explains his versatility as an artist.

Michael Pangilinan will take centerstage on August 6 (Parkmall Satellite) and August 7 (Malabon Satellite). Michael is one of the most promising young artists of his generation. He is behind the hit song Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako.

Pretty Young Thing (PYT) will make the audience feel pretty and young as they groove onstage on August 6 at Casino Filipino Malate.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Introducing Marshall Major II Headphones

A Marshall Classic Turned Up to a Whole New Level

Marshall headphones and Marshall amplification proudly introduce Major II, the latest headphones succeeding the original Marshall Major.

An impressive second act, the classic Major kicks up its performance a few notches. Updated sound, looks, durability, and improved ergonomics give way to a whole new level of listening. A rock-solid character that’s built to last, the Major II makes its presence known. Its more advanced sound features include customized drivers, to deliver deeper bass and more extended detailed highs with a redefined mid-range and overall lower distortion. The detachable double-ended coil cord with mic and remote is equipped with an L-plug end, providing improved durability and carrying case. The dual 3.5mm jacks allow you to choose which side you prefer to wear your cable on or plug in and share your music with a friend.

The Major’s classic good looks upgrade to a more rounded construction and extra durable vinyl finish. With its newly constructed hinges and headband design, the Major II fits better than ever. Allowing for increased flexibility and the ear caps to rotate more freely, the Major II adapts to your head shape for increased comfort during those long listening sessions. True to form, the Major II is yet another solid workhorse manufactured in the trademark Marshall way.

Get the best customer experience at

Online shopping for electronic gadgets offers a lot of benefits. One is that they sell gadgets at a discounted price.  When you compare in terms of cost, you get to find and pick a quality product at the lowest price.  Unlike in the malls, internet makes it easy to locate what you want in a matter of minutes. Just hit google, and you'll get to see pictures of the various models available and decide which ones you think fit your lifestyle. The best thing is you'll get to shop at the comfort of your home, without you buying or spending your money on some extra products or eating out at a restaurant. Be sure to check their customer service satisfaction, reviews, and comments first. That way, you know who you are dealing with and could answer details about your purchase. was launched last July 28 at Gandiva Archery Range and Cafe. One Corporate Center, Pasig.  Kristian Salvo , Founder and CEO, ambassadors Lourd de Veyra,  Jun Sabayton and Ramon Bautista graced the launch.

A new e-commerce player in the country shared its plans and aspirations today about being a big player in the market by focusing on one very important aspect – the customer.

“We are very excited to finally share what we’ve been working on this past 9 months,” said Kristian Salvo, Founder and CEO. “With our growing selection of brands & product offerings, compelling and entertaining content, and awesome customer service, is a great destination for your tech needs here in the Philippines.

As an online store, is first and foremost a service business with the primary goal of giving the best customer experience possible. This experience is comprised of three core principles:

1. Product Selection – with true relationships with the brands and/or it’s authorized distributors, customers have peace of mind when browsing through’s curated product offerings.
2. Content – entertaining and educational content to help customers decide on the best products for them and have fun at the same time
3. Customer Service – genuine customer service from pre-sales all the way to after-sales putting the customers needs first

"The easiest way to turn off a customer is when you continuously fall short of their expectations. Yet there seems to be an abundance of businesses here in the Philippines that continue to do so. They all lack one important trait – being customer-centric. We as consumers suffer and tend to settle due to lack of better alternatives," said Salvo. "We would like to give you a better alternative with"

With ambassadors Lourd de Veyra and Jun Sabayton

Browse through their offerings at, check out their blog “Fun Stuff” at, or take a peek at what their customers say about them

Organico Gourmet; New Haven for Organic Food Lovers

I started eating light when I gained weight in the early 2000s,  I avoided pork,  (I eat lean meat only  when I crave, for my protein support), dairies, cakes, concentrated juices and softdrinks. I have never felt healthier until now.  I got sick once in a while for colds but other than that, my BP is still stable for my age and  I take my vitamins everyday.   Thank God for the love of good food and my discipline.

When organic food was introduced in the market,  I went crazy for chia seeds, cayenne pepper, quinoa rice to substitute with red rice, organic almonds, organic coco sugar to mix with my meals. That was how serious I am with my food intake. But since I was too busy to prepare my meals, I started to look  for restaurant that offers organic delicious food cooked the way I want. I was just as lucky as everyone else's when I got an invite for the launch of  Organico Gourmet, last July 18, where good food and wellness come together, its located at #916 Mencias Street, San Juan near Mandaluyong area. It used to be a house and transformed to a restaurant. The interiors of Organico Gourmet are country inspired and designed by Anton BermudoWaw Manlapaz is in charge of creative marketing.

When you walk inside the stylish Organico Gourmet, you can immediately feel better with the interiors and the ambiance and wait till you have a bite of their guilt free indulgence dishes.
Organico Gourmet is the brainchild of Executive Chef Gloria de Vera and the story of how she came up with the idea for it is an interesting, and at the same time, highly personal one. "it was my youngest daughter who inspired me into putting up this place,” relates Chef Gloria. Her daughter, then 12 years old, battled weight problems because of a fondness for food, particularly steak (which she would eat up to three times a week), ice cream and junk food. “That motivated me as a mom and as a chef, kung ano ha any puwede ko gawin to help her,” says Chef Gloria.

So she started experimenting: she researched different diet plans on the Internet and finally ended up putting her daughter on the South Beach diet, which made her lose an initial ten pounds. The weight loss made her realize the value of eating smart and healthy; after that, she started eating more fish and chicken and became a semi—vegetarian, which means her diet included milk, soya and eggs aside from vegetables. In.2 years, she lost 30 pounds. Now, at 16 years old, she weighs a very trim  and healthy 115 pounds.

It all boils down to eating good food and making healthy choices—something that Chef Gloria and her team at Organico Gourmet live by. But a big part of their effort is dedicated to making people realize that healthy food can also be tasty and delicious. “A lot of people think that just because it's healthy and organic, that it can’t be delicious,” says Chef Gloria.


Grilled Prawns with Pasionfruit Butter Sauce
Tinapa Mousse on Mini Pancakes

Organico Gourmet’s menu is divided into ‘breakfast, appetizers, soup, salad, rice bowls, seafood, chicken pork  pasta (fettuccine or spaghetti), pizza, sandwiches and dessert.

Their offerings include the following;

For breakfast Grilled. Bangus Belly, Angus Beef Tapa, and Truffled. Mushroom Omelette; 

For appetizers, Oyster Fritters, Smoked Fish Croquettes and Fried Cauli Florettes; 

For soup, there’s a choice of Minestrone, Three Mushroom Cream Soup and Roasted Pumpkin Soup;

For salads include Mixed Greens with Roasted Sesame Dressing; Mixed Greens with Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette and Goi Ga

Rice bowls, diners can choose from among the Spicy Tofu. Rice Bowl, the Penang Gai in Black Rice and the Chiu Chow Fish in Red Rice

Seafood, Grilled Prawns and Grilled Salmon BBQ,

Chicken. Tamarind and Honey Glazed Chicken and Stuffed Chicken Roulade 

Pork,   Pork n’ Beans and Grilled Pork chops with Apple Chutney

Pasta, Chicken and Kale Ravioli, Kale Pesto, Pasta Bolognese and Marinara

Pizza the selection includes Vegetarian Pizza, Truffled Four Cheese Pizza and Sardines Pizza; 

Sandwiches 0G Burger, Banhmi, Oyster Po ‘Boy, and. Mushroom Burger.

Dessert, Mango Pudding with Chia Seeds, Sweet Potato Smores and Coconut Pannacotta.

The dishes are priced at about P300 and up, but the portions are generous and can be shared.

Organico  Gourmet. also carries cold-press juices made from organic and natural ingredients that are 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruits.

It's the same kind of menu you would find in any other fine dining restaurant, but the difterence is that Organico Gourmet's dishes are made with all-natural ingredients. The food and ingredients are pesticide-tree. hand-grown and non~GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). Even the meat dishes use meat coming from animals that are grass-fed or eat feed not treated with pesticides or anything that could be potentially harmful to one's health.

Organico Gourmet also has a market, or deli where you can buy organically-grown produce and meat, dips and sauces, fresh herbs, green teas in sachets, chips and other snacks and condiments.

“That's why our motto is ‘Deliciously Organic'. We want to show people that organic food can also be delicious, and it's healthy too," explains Chef Gloria.

Organico Gourmet aims to ignite a healthy dining revolution in the country. For reservations, inquiries and meal plan deliveries, call +639l73790888. You can. also check out their Facebook page at @organicogourmet88, their Instagram account (ORGANICO_GOURMET)or email them at

Have a taste of Panlasang Norte at Mercato Centrale

Do you know your food?

In the spirit of taking pride and embracing what is uniquely Filipino, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, a very apt advocacy campaign talks about everyone’s favorite topic—food.

Pilmico is encouraging farmers to embrace backyard farming as a sustainable form of livelihood for locals as it distributes piglets and egg machines to selected beneficiaries with full cycle feed consumption.

The Aboitiz food subsidiary donates piglets and egg machines to different provinces as part of its Mahalin Pagkaing Atin (MPA) advocacy campaign, which promotes sustainable entrepreneurship, homegrown produce, and instills a “pride of product, pride of place” mindset for both the farmers and consumers.

“Pilmico has been true to its corporate social responsibility keeping aligned with the Aboitiz Group’s call to implement projects that encourage community involvement and those that have sustainable impact,” said Pilmico President and CEO Sabin Aboitiz.

In 2014, the flour and feeds manufacturer spent approximately P14 million on its corporate social responsibility initiatives, benefitting more than 6,000 Filipinos nationwide.

As part of the campaign roll-out, Pilmico holds Food and Livelihood Expo to agricultural areas where livestock and poultry production are prevalent and economically important. Data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations showed that more than 80% of hog production is from backyard farms.

During the conduct of Food and Livelihood Expos, the company also conducts seminars on animal husbandry and nutrition, cooking and baking demonstrations and showcases the different flavors of the provinces to advocate local delicacies.

To date, Pilmico has donated a total of 177 egg machines, 192 piglets, and 14 agriposts to assist families residing in areas of tragedy, poverty, and conflict throughout the country. These areas include Bohol, North Cebu, Ormoc, Palo, Carigara, Baybay, and Tacloban in Leyte, Capiz, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Iloilo.

Pilmico is providing its customers with high quality wheat flour and related products since 1962. It also excels in swine production and animal feeds businesses. With its consistent excellence and top-notch products, the company ensures its market competitiveness through increases customer satisfaction.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The New Wave from the 1980s Spandau Ballet is coming to Manila

One of the most successful and influential British bands of the 1980s, Spandau Ballet, will bring their ‘Soulboys of the Western World Live’ Concert to Manila for one night only on 21 September 2015 at Mall of Asia Arena.

All five original band members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman will come together to perform their smash-hit anthems for Philippine audiences for the first time.

Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe which have endured for more than three decades. Spandau Ballet’s hits include True, Gold, Through The Barricades, I’ll Fly For You, Lifeline, Round And Round, Communication, Highly Strung, and Only When You Leave, among many others.

Tickets prices at P6750, 5750, 4750, 3750, 2750. Pre-sale exclusive to VISA cardholders at 10% OFF on August 6 & 7 only. Tickets available to the general public starting August 8, 2015 at all SM tickets outlets and online at

Spandau Ballet’s Soulboys Of The Western World Tour 2015 live in Manila is presented by Ovation Productions in association with Dainty Group Asia.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ensure Gold helps you turn the tide on muscle and bone loss with strength work

I used to weigh 145 lbs in the early 2000s, yes I was overweight for my height of 5'2  if you do the BMI calculation.  I always experienced shortness of breath, my knees hurt each time  I climbed the stairs, and I would hear cracking and popping sounds from my knees. That was the time I consulted a doctor, he told that the Mitochondria in our cells, which are involved with oxygen consumption and muscle building and repair, lose capacity as we age, and our muscles become a little stiffer as we accumulate scar tissue and thickening in our connective tissue. I was in my late 20s during that time.

He asked me to watch my diet, eat protein food to build muscle mass like lean beef, skinless chicken, eggs, tuna, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables. I began exercising like crazy, I ran, I did aerobics and joined the aerobics marathon and from then on my weight dropped from 145 to 116 lbs.  It was hard at first because I had difficulty of breathing but as the years go by and with some discipline, I managed to maintain my weight and watched out my food intake.

I got an invite to the launch of  Ensure Stay Strong Grip Strength Challenge at 360 Fitness Club in SPARTA Sparta Gym Pioneer, Mandaluyong last July 23.  Mr. Edu Manzano, Ensure Gold Abbott Nutrition Ambassador graced the event together with the media and blogger friends who took the circuit training/cross fit.   I wasnt able to experience the cross fit training due to my monthly period but I was glad to have seen Mr. Edu Manzano again.

Who would have thought that  Edu Manzano is now a senior citizen?  He just turned 60 this year.  I have met him last year at a studio in Makati during the press interview, I thought he was in his early 50s then. But good for him, because he is healthy, fit and still good looking and know how to take care of his body.

After the event, I received a sample of Ensure Gold Vanilla flavor from Abbott Nutrition.

Mindful eating,  regular fitness routine and maintaining a positive outlook in life are just some of this year’s practical health trends both for the young and healthy aging population alike.

Edu Manzano, veteran actor, TV personality and businessman, believes that people should gear themselves well into retirement by maintaining a healthy lifestyle even at an early stage. “I maybe in my late 50s, but my body feels a lot younger. I observe a strict,balanced diet, a regular fitness routine and surround myself with a regular dose of green space. These habits help me keep up with the demands of my career and personal life”,says Manzano.

On the other hand, Manzano continued to explain how the loss of strength can be a challenge for aging Filipinos. He explains, “Change is usually difficult, especially when it comes to our bodies as we age. I realize that simple tasks such as lifting objects, walking up the stairs and doing other daily physical activities arenot as easy compared to doing these ten or fifteen years ago.”


It is well-recognized that loss of strength is a reality for mostadults as they age.  Loss of strength may be an indication of a decrease in muscle mass or not getting the right level of nutrition, otherwise known as nutrition gaps.  In the Philippines, strength becomes even more important as one ages.2 In fact, a survey among Filipinos aged 40 and up shows that loss of strength is their top health concern.1In addition to the natural decrease in muscle mass as people get older, several factors such as poor food choices, decreased appetite or difficulty in digesting certain foods contribute to muscle loss.3


Nutritional status has a great impact on muscle health and strength. In a clinical nutrition review, lower absolute hand grip strength values were found in malnourished patients when compared to well-nourished hospitalized patients.4

Among the measurements of voluntary muscle strength,hand grip strength is a validated and feasible bed side method, which makes it a frequently used tool for clinical purpose.4 Hand grip strength signifies the maximum strength resulting from the contraction of several hand muscles which lead to the bending of hand joints.5

Hand grip strength is a recognized marker of nutritional status and an indicator of muscle function. In a physical performance test, adults with nutrition gaps had almost twice lower hand grip strength, took almost twice longer to stand and five times slower to step up and down compared to age-matched norm.6-9

Furthermore, loss of strength may be an indication of nutrition gaps and of muscle mass loss. Not eating the right amount and the right kind of food can result in a decrease in muscle mass and function.4Muscle loss can affect a person’s energy and ability to perform daily activities, such as walking, rising out of a chair, and gripping or lifting objects. 10-11


Abbott is introducing the Ensure Stay Strong Grip Strength Challenge – a free assessment on strength and muscle mass that aims to reach over 200,000 aging adults nationwide.The activity aims to measure the individual’s grip strength and muscle mass levels with free handgrip strength and muscle mass tests.

Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr., Medical Director at Abbott Nutrition Philippines, explains, “The consequences of having nutrition gaps and decreased physical performance due to muscle mass loss in older adults can be debilitating. Being aware of your muscle mass levels and gaps in nutrition can prompt you to take charge of your health by maintaining a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Resistance exercise along with a complete and balanced oral nutrition such as Ensure can help improve strength. Complete and balanced oral nutrition supplements are shown to improve hand grip strength within 8 weeks of intake.”12

The Ensure Stay Strong Grip Strength Challenge will have over 8,700 activation days at select drug stores and leading supermarkets nationwide.

TREALVA: Eco-Centric Living at Midlands West - Weaving Breathable Spaces in Harmony with Nature

Residential property developers are acknowledging the need to integrate eco-centric living in their masterplan, a concept that is emerging a...