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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrate your Magical Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila

Buddha-Bar Manila, a world-class resto-bar-lounge that offers fine dining and entertainment experience, levels up the fun and excitement of the Easter Sunday celebration as it sets its exquisite place for a Magical Easter this April 16, 2017.

“We are glad to invite everyone to come and celebrate with us at Buddha-Bar Manila with our Magical Easter event. We’ve always been doing this to celebrate the Easter Sunday; and this year, we made sure that it’s more magical, different, and spectacular,” said Bernadette Castillo, Sales and Marketing Head of Buddha-Bar Manila.

Buddha-Bar Manila’s Magical Easter features an exciting lineup of activities that promises to make the celebration of the Easter Sunday for families more memorable than ever before.

Among these is the Easter Bunny Trail that kids will surely enjoy. Participants of these activities will receive exciting prizes and giveaways. Magical treats will also be given away for the first 30 reservations.

Aside from these, Buddha-Bar Manila also offers a sumptuous spread of delicious cuisines that will be served at the Easter Lunch Buffet. It opens from 11am to 2pm with free-flowing non-alcoholic drinks.

The Buffet with Magical Play Pass is priced at PhP475 for kids, (ages 10 and below), and PhP950 for Adults.

Part of the Easter festivities is the Search for the Magical Egg (Easter Egg Hunt), which will happen in the Magical Program at 1pm. The program also features magical shows and exciting games. Kids can watch this magical extravaganza if they purchase a Magical Play Pass priced at PhP250 only.

“This event is our way of treating our customers to an event that makes the most of the upcoming Easter Holiday. We encourage them to join us and spend a quality and fun time at Buddha-Bar Manila with their family and friends,” Castillo added.

Since it first opened in 2012, Buddha-Bar Manila has been dedicated to offering different themed events for its customers. It also carries the sophistication and the world-class service offered by the Buddha-Bar International franchise, based in Paris, France. It has also brought the luscious taste of Modern Asian and Western cuisine.

Buddha-Bar Manila is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Ave, Makati City. For inquiries and reservations, please call 8566719, 8566859, or 09989833918.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pop Icon Britney Spears is Live in Manila on June 15!

Breaking News: Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears is coming to Manila on June 15, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena for her first-ever and much-awaited concert in the Philippines.

Iconic pop sensation Britney Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with nearly 150 million records worldwide. In the U.S. alone, she has sold more than 70 million albums, singles and songs, according to Nielsen Music. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Spears became a household name as a teenager when she released her first single “…Baby One More Time,” a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 smash and international hit that broke sales records with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide and is currently 14x Platinum in the U.S.

Her musical career boasts countless awards and accolades, including six Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s Millennium Award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry as well as an American Music Award and the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award. So far, Spears has earned a total of six No.1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 22 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — four of which went to No. 1. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.

Her cutting-edge pop concert Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas” and “Best Bachelorette Show in Las Vegas.” Spears has also been creating fragrances for over ten years, and currently has 21 fragrances available in over 85 countries around the world.

Tickets to Britney Spears – Live in Manila will be on-sale beginning April 5 at 10AM. Book online at or call 470-2222. Presented by Bench and Wilbros Live.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Loisa Andalio appears in her first TVC for Ever Bilena

If you are the one who splurge on high-end make up brands and discover that there is a dupe for a local brand on the beauty market. That is as effective and is pigmented as the one you are using today. Would you consider tapping local brands? I just discovered recently that my Gerard Cosmetics lippie in Berry Smoothie has a dupe in Ever Bilena's Mauvey. Its a combination of brownish pink that finish into muted light pink. It depends on your skin color I guess since Im on NC25-30. Ever Bilena's Mauvey has a matte but not drying feel into it. I will write review about the two lippies later for reference.

I just discovered Mauvey at the recent Ever Bilena's event when Ever Bilena launches PBB Alumna Loisa Andalio as their newest celebrity ambassador on March 21 at Lola Cafe. Young actress and singer Loisa confessed that she do her make up everyday and Ever Bilena's Mauvey and the Cheek and Lip tint is one of her must-haves in her make up kit.

Loisa told that her first local make up is Ever Bilena. She's been using the Cheek and lip tint during her high school days. She added that its pigmented and lasts longer. She swears by it and is one of her to-go to make up everyday, and is affordable.

Young actress and singer Loisa Andalio  who appears in her very first TV commercial for Ever Bilena, believes versatility is key to finding success in showbusiness.  Not surprisingly, this principle can be seen in the new TVC which shows her waking up and imagining her day – as a “cool girl” on the city streets, a fun-loving talented dancer, a high-impact performer, or a sweetly romantic date partner.

In real life, Loisa is all of these and more.

This girl, who constantly reaches out to her 574,000 followers on Twitter and 1.9 million on Instagram, makes it a point to live up to her title as the “Talented Darling of Parañaque” by making sure she looks and gives her best in every performance, whether at the Sunday musical variety show ASAP, on Showtime as one of the members of girl group “Girl Trends,” or her roles in ABS-CBN shows such as Goldie in Wansapanataym and Agatha in My Dear Heart.

The self-confessed beauty enthusiast – who proudly says she does her own make-up on Showtime – shares, “I love being on ASAP and Showtime because I have more freedom to be myself and I express this by playing around with different make-up looks. Thankfully, Ever Bilena helps me create different looks for the various roles that I need to play.”

The PBB alumna’s excitement over being the face of the country’s leading cosmetics brand is not just because it’s her first-ever TVC, but also because a long-time fan of Ever Bilena.

“I have loved Ever Bilena’s Lip and Cheek Tint since I was in high school, before entering showbiz,” Loisa says. “I have had it even when I began doing my own make-up for events and TV shows, up to now. I am really happy to be part of the Ever Bilena family, because I never once thought that all those things would lead me to where I am today!”

And there’s more in store for Loisa: apart from becoming the new Ever Bilena endorser, she is set to celebrate make her solo performing debut on her 18th birthday through Lo18a: A Birthday Concert on April 29 at the Music Museum. She also looks forward to new projects once her Wansapanataym series reaches its conclusion.

With all these opportunities as a singer, dancer and actress coming her way, she only feels blessed that the industry has ultimately been good to her, in spite of the haters and bashers. The talented star promises to work even harder and to continue honing her skills for the benefit of her supporters.

“I want to look my best and give my best performance all the time – as a singer, a dancer, an actress, and even through my posts on social media because it’s the only way to thank and inspire my fans and followers to continue supporting me,” Loisa says.  

To learn more about Ever Bilena and its products, visit Ever Bilena’s website,, and Facebook page,

Mango Tree launches "Flavors of Thailand" with Mango Tree CEO, Chef Pitaya Phanphensophon

Mango Tree CEO, Chef Pitaya Phanphensophon presents the "Flavors of Thailand" from the four regions of Thailand,  with his 5 new dishes at Mango Tree BGC on March 20.

 Mango Tree CEO, Chef Pitaya Phanphensophon 

The highlight dishes are  Kanom-Jeen Nam Ngiaw, a rice noodle creation originating from the ethnic Shan community made with garlic, red curry paste, yellow bean sauce, diced tomatoes, turmeric, fish sauce, spring onion and coriander; slow-cooked with either chicken or pork ribs.

Sai Oua or northern Thai sausage will also be among the offerings. Made from pork mince, the dish is infused with herbs and spices and freshly pounded curry paste creating an ultimate finger-friendly snack served either hot or cold.

Krapaw Bacon is a Mango Tree innovation from central Thailand, taking one of the best loved spicy dishes and turning it into a lighter and healthier snack by removing the boiled rice and eating with lettuce.

Then there’s Moo Ping, pork marinated in sweet soy-based sauce and grilled on charcoal stove, a unique dish that showcases all the signature Thai flavours: sweet, sour and spicy from the north eastern region know for the origins of Som Tam. Chef Pitaya’s recipe reaches beyond the original by using onzen eggs instead of fried hard boiled eggs for a fun, healthy, delicious taste experience.

Flavours of Thailand”, showcasing the five dishes from the four regions of Thailand, will be launched on May 1, providing diners with the opportunity to taste genuine Thai cuisine and introduce to the market dishes that are less well known, but no less exceptional culinary experiences.

“In many ways we have taken one step back as we look forward,” added Mr MacKenzie. “We have rediscovered many of the well known dishes in Thailand and reimagined them through creative design and presentation while remaining true to the original ingredients.”

Thai restaurant operator, cultural ambassador and culinary innovator Mango Tree Worldwide has announced an ambitious programme of expansion on its fifth anniversary that will significantly extend its branded restaurants and cafés in the Philippines by 2020.

The growth in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies will for the first time reach outside of the capital into secondary urban and key tourism destinations as Mango Tree embarks on a round of “discovery” research to plan for the second phase of the group’s development plan in the Philippines.

The growth strategy will also see the re-styling of not only restaurants in Manila but throughout the world as Mango Tree Worldwide Managing Director Trevor MacKenzie used the occasion in the Philippine capital as the launch pad for his announcement that will ultimately cover all 70 outlets in the group.

“Our customers here are among the most sophisticated in Asia,” he said. “Diners in Manila are very discerning not only in their taste for Thai food but in their demands for style in presentation and experience in our restaurants.”
“We will be piloting a range of interior renovations that will infuse a new attitude, focusing on a blend of millennial-driven modern Thai lifestyle with a celebration of originality and creativity that encapsulates our evolving vision of style, simplicity and living history. It is an exciting project and one which will offer a reinvigorated platform for the accelerated growth of the brand.”

Mango Tree Worldwide will also celebrate its anniversary in Manila by working with Ms. Suzanna Pavadee Vicheinrut Yuzon, former Miss Thailand and President of Miss Possibilities Foundation – a non- government, non-profit organization which supports children with special needs. The brand will host a special charity dinner in which the children will entertain guests with a special performance. A donation will be made by Mango Tree and its franchise partners Mother Spice Food Corporation as a part of an ongoing commitment to Miss Possibilities Foundation.

Mango Tree currently operates its flagship Mango Tree Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), plus two Mango Tree Bistros, one in Trinoma, Quezon City and the other in Green Belt 5 in Makati.

Shopback redefines smart online shopping with cashback rewards system

E-commerce has increasingly changed the way people shop for consumer goods. Online stores like Lazada and Zalora in particular are favored in large part by Filipinos due to the huge discounts they offer on top of the added convenience of delivering purchased goods directly in their doorsteps.

Since its launch last year, the Philippine franchise of Southeast Asia's largest and fastest growing online loyalty platform has been making a good thing even better for thousands of online shoppers. Offering rebates they call “cashbacks,” ShopBack ( has been returning up to 30 percent of what consumers pay for a particular item or service. This is on top of any discount the online store is already offering.

Such cashbacks are not only given to shoppers of Lazada and Zalora but also to over 350 other popular online shopping destinations.

“We at ShopBack not only help Filipinos get the best deals and discounts, but we even give cashbacks which is actually giving your cash back,” explains ShopBack Philippines country head Kristina Ay-ay. 

“Here’s how it works. When you shop online at say, Lazada or Zalora through ShopBack, a portion of your purchase is returned to you within 48 hours in your ShopBack account even if your mode of payment is cash on delivery to the store. This translates to extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online.”
Ay-ay said the cashback is made possible through commissions earned by ShopBack from partner merchants with every completed sales transaction. ShopBack then shares a portion of its commission with the shopper.

“Our partner merchants reward us with a commission for referring you to shop on their site. But instead of keeping the commission to ourselves, we are sharing them with our consumers,” Ay-Ay pointed out.

Although ShopBack employs a loyalty scheme similar to other point system rewards programs and credit card rebates, what sets ShopBack apart from the rest is that the cashbacks are immediately credited to registered users.

Once the amount of cashback accumulates to a certain point, it is then deposited to the shopper’s bank, GCash or PayPal account which he or she can either withdraw or use as payment for future purchases.

This sharing system, developed by six enterprising individuals in Singapore, began when ShopBack was founded in 2014. Following the very favorable public reception there, ShopBack was subsequently introduced in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines and will be launching in Thailand within the year.

Now with over 1,300 global and local e-retailers in the Southeast Asian region, ShopBack is now the leading player in its field.

And with almost half a million subscribers within a span of one year, ShopBack is obviously a big hit for Filipino consumers. But Ay-ay is not stopping there as she intends to make ShopBack an even more indispensable shopping portal and further evangelize on the benefits of its cashback system.
ShopBack will soon provide aggregated reviews and head-to-head comparisons in order to provide consumers with more informed decisions when they shop on the site.

“We want every Filipino to be able to save as much as they can when shopping online. That’s ShopBack’s promise,” Ay-ay concluded.

Indeed, smart shopping has never been this rewarding. Visit now.

Groufie’ era begins with the new OPPO F3 Plus

Selfies will never be the same now with the whole gang in the picture!

Mobile technology brand OPPO just launched its flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus—the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate ‘groufies’ in a single shot. The new phone will be out in Philippine stores as well as in India, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia beginning April 1.

 “Since OPPO started the Selfie Revolution in the Philippines with the F1 Series, we’ve gone through incredible growth especially when we became the country’s second bestselling smartphone in 2016,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said. “We are very excited to see the F3 Plus start a new trend in groufies and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert.”

“The F3 Plus was developed for both selfie lovers and photography buffs who want a smartphone that lets them take stunning shots wherever they are, no matter the time of day. Our newest camera phone packs state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, perfect for the urban lifestyle,” Cheng added.

Set to be the ultimate Selfie Expert, the F3 Plus builds upon the technology of the earlier OPPO F1s to deliver outstanding selfie photography. The new smartphone sports a similar 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, as well as an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.4. OPPO F3 Plus_Sample

The difference lies in the additional secondary camera. This 8MP groufie-camera has a wide 120-degree angle—105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view— which allows more people to fit inside the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

Ease of use has been carefully designed into the front camera’s functionality to reflect OPPO’s “user-oriented” philosophy. The built-in Smart Facial Recognition, for instance, notifies users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected. This makes the switch from selfie to groufie effortless while keeping image quality stable.

The new smartphone still comes with the brand’s pioneering image editing software, Beautify 4.0, which offers a range of beautification modes for a flawless look in every selfies and groufies.

Built for professional photography

Significant improvements have also been made for the rear-facing camera. Co-developed by Sony, the 16MP back camera is now powered by a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance—ideal for serious photography.oppo f32

The sensor has been developed using dual-phase autofocus (DUAL PDAF) technology to double the pixel array area, which is composed of photodiodes that determine the camera’s point of focus. This increases focusing speeds by 40 percent even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Together with a large f/1.7 aperture, the sensor enables the rear camera to capture clear and breathtaking photos.

Flawless inside and out

The F3 Plus is engineered with hardware designed to support its powerful front and rear cameras. The phone’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed, while OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0 optimizes performance to lower energy consumption.3. OPPO F3 Plus_Dual Selfie Camera

A built-in 4000mAh battery provides more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. OPPO’s proprietary and industry-leading rapid VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units; even five minutes on the plug is enough for a continuous two-hour call.

Dual SIM users will be glad to know that the F3 Plus includes a double-slot card tray for holding two Nano 4GSIM cards. The second slot can be used for a Micro SD card to expand storage up to 256GB.

Lightning-Fast Touch Access also unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds—the fastest in the market. The same scanning technology allows users to assign fingerprints to quickly launch phone numbers and apps. An Avast-based virus scanner further adds protection to keep phone data secure.

Exquisite craftsmanship for an upscale look 

At the core of every OPPO phone is the brand’s belief in “design excellence.” Casing the F3 Plus is a sleek metal unibody that gives the phone an elegant form either in luxurious Black or opulent Gold. The back shell also comes with an innovative ultra-fine six-string antenna to exude a more upscale appearance. But beyond aesthetics, the body is sculpted for proper hand grip so users can take selfies with comfort.

To match the polished look is the phone’s durability. The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. Pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof.

The F3 Plus in Gold is coming to the Philippines this April 1 with the suggested retail price of P23,990. Pre-orders, along with a free Bluetooth headset and a selfie stick, will be available in all OPPO concept stores and selected dealer stores nationwide as well as at the brand’s official online shop in Lazada from March 24 to 31.

Shoppers can get OPPO’s latest Selfie Expert via Home Credit through a nine-month installment plan at zero percent interest. They can also watch out for Globe’s exclusive offer for OPPO F3 Plus, with date and details to be announced soon.

Epson High-Brightness Projector Wins iF Design Award 2017

Epson’s EB-L25000U high-brightness 3LCD laser projector has been named an iF Design Award 2017 winner by Hanover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH.

Created in 1953, the iF Design Award is recognized around the world as one of the most prestigious awards for innovative industrial product design excellence. Products are evaluated based on a wide range of criteria, including practicability, workmanship, consideration of environmental standards, degree of elaboration and innovation, functionality, usability, safety, aesthetics, and universal design. This year’s winners were selected from more than 5,500 entries from 59 countries by a 58-member jury comprised of experts from around the world.

The bright and powerful EB-L25000U is designed for outdoor signage, exhibition halls, concert halls, and other large venue applications. This projector features a new cooling system and a sealed, smoke-proof optical engine allowing it to be used in harsh staging conditions.Offering the kind of outstanding usability and installation flexibility required by staging professionals, the projector is designed for maximum practicability. It has a bold, rugged build and scratch-resistant surfaces while ease-of-operation is ensured with 360-degree projection flexibility. A built-in handle frame helps to ensure safe and easy transport, installation, and flexibility.

Hiroaki Sakai, general manager of Epson’s Imaging Products Design Department, said, “We are putting a lot of effort into creating designs that merge outstanding usability with stylishness. Critical to this process are the insights we gain by visiting customers in the field. I think the jury panel appreciated that the EB-L25000U has the toughness, safety features, and reliability required by professionals. We are committed to listening to customers and providing uncompromising designs.”

An award ceremony was held in Munich, Germany, on March 10.

Related news release: Epson Reinforces Commitment to High-Brightness Projector Segment with 3LCD Laser Projectors

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Be a Watsons Switcher and Save up to 80% on your purchases

It was about two years ago, when I first started to become a regular at Watsons SM North. That was when I discovered that they have been selling their generics line.  I started to switch my branded glutathione to their generic. (I have been taking glutathione for wellness, not for whitening but I have noticed considerably evened smooth skin as side effect). It has the same efficacy and quality at an amazingly affordable price. I actually saved 80% of what I paid for compared to Japanese Gluta brand that I have been using for 4 years. That's a lot of savings.  Now,  I dont need to go to a different pharmacy for my multivitamins, medicines and antibiotics.

The savings I got I bought toiletries on their Buy One Take One promo.  Then I chanced upon Naturals Watsons Argan Oil Shampoo.

Aside from their Glutathione tablets, their Argan Oil Shampoo is the best and affordable Argan Oil shampoo in the market today. It is paraben free, detangles and made my hair thicker. Plus I love its relaxing floral smell. This helps a lot with my colored treated hair.

Watsons PH recently launched the Switch and Save TVC with its newest Celebrity Mom endorser Kylie Padilla on March 16 at Makati Shangri-la together with Watsons five celebrity endorsers Christian Bautista, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Iya Villana, Lorna Tolentino, and Edu Manzano. Watsons executives, Ms. Karen Fabres Group Marketing Manager Watsons, Ms. Viki Encarnacion Watsons Marketing Director and Krisel Macatangay Watsons Marketing Manager graced the launch.

Kylie Padilla

Tessa Prieto Valdes

Lorna Tolentino

Iya Villania

Edu Manzano

It was an afternoon full of fun with the Watsons Celebrity endorsers as they played Switcher's Feud with the selected bloggers/media while Watsons celebrity ambassador Edu Manzano hosted the game.

Everyone competed to name the most popular responses to survey questions on Watsons products posted on LED display screen.

Five years ago, the country’s economy was going through unstable times. Consumers were faced with tightening budgets, forced to choose where they would spend and where they would cut down. Watsons wanted help. So in 2012, they launched the “Switch & Save” campaign, an educational effort that showed smart shoppers how to save on their personal care essentials in order to afford more of the things they really wanted. All they had to do was shift from the leading brand to the Watsons brand.

Ms. Karen Fabres, Watsons Group Marketing Manager 

Krisel Macatangay Watsons Marketing Manager.

Ms. Viki Encarnacion Watsons Marketing Director

In those first years, the simple idea proved a smashing success. Watsons customers all across the country made the switch, changing out their toothbrushes, tissues, lotions and more for the affordable, high quality Watsons alternative. With such great momentum behind the movement, they decided to expand the campaign to the pharmacy. Launching Watsons Generics in 2014, Watsons was able to bring that same promise of affordable quality to Filipinos everywhere. Improving the state of nation’s healthcare was a huge win.

But even with so many switchers on board, not everyone seemed to be convinced. The notion that “cheaper means lower quality” had some shoppers resisting the change. Yet the Watsons team knew the truth- that with their products’ amazing quality, most people wouldn’t even feel the difference. That’s when a big idea was born- The Switch Test. The team would mount an in-store activity that asked shoppers to compare Watsons to the leading brands. The hitch- they’d have to do it blind. Without being able to see the brands, customers were asked to try out two products and choose the one they would rather buy.

From body scrubs to hair irons, shoppers felt their way through the Watsons selection, and the results were overwhelming.

8 out of 10 shoppers chose the Watsons Label product over the leading branded counterpart, an amazing testament to Watsons quality. But the surprises didn’t end there. When informed of the savings they could get with Watsons Label, the remaining shoppers who at first chose the leading brands were also convinced to make the switch. With results like these, the team knew that they were on to something big. The next challenge was to bring the same experience to more people.

Watsons Karen Fabres, Danilo Chiong, Jared De Guzman, Viki Encarnacion, Aida Lapez with Edu Manzano, Lorna Tolentino, Iya Villania, Kylie Padilla and Christian Bautista

Gathering together Watsons six celebrity endorsers (Christian Bautista, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Iya Villana, Kylie Padilla, Lorna Tolentino, and Edu Manzano), they put them all to the Switch Test. Running the same blind test used in stores, Watsons asked each of the celebs the simple question, “What’s the difference between these two products?” Their verdict- none! Not even our discerning endorsers could tell the difference between Watsons products quality and the leading brands’. There was, however, one big change they all noted. If you switch to Watsons, you can save up to 80%.

With so much more waiting to happen this 2017, Watsons will be kick starting the year through the launch of the new Switch and Save TV commercial. Catch it and see if you can tell the difference between a Watsons brand and your brand, or if you too will be convinced to Switch and Save!

Dragon Edge Group gets Best Place to Work winning streak

Dragon Edge Group (DEG ), the company behind the popular Beach Hut Sunscreen and Cycles Laundry Detergent , once again received the Best Pla...