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July 20, 2017

The new ambassador of Silka, Yassi Pressman, shares her success story: “Great things come to those who wait”

The Filipino-British beauty, smart and talented actress, Yassi Pressman has been ranked among the country’s most sought-after leading ladies of this generation. In fact, her latest television project lists her as the main character’s lady love, a role that propelled the 22-year-old actress into ultimate stardom. However, many people do not realize that Yassi has been in the showbiz industry for more than a decade, and that her path to success hasn’t always been a walk through the park. 

“Marami akong naging pagsubok sa showbiz. Ilang beses na din akong hindi natanggap sa mga audition, pero tuloy lang ang laban. Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, don’t try to rush things that need time to grow. With hard work, dadating ang para sa iyo sa tamang panahon kasi kapag minamadali, nagkakamali,” says Yassi.  

Now at the peak of her acting career, Yassi spends an average of 8 hours in a shoot and sits in the hair and make-up chair for around 3 hours. With barely enough time to sleep and rest, Yassi is able to maintain a healthy, bright and beautiful skin. 

The secret to her glow? Silka Papaya Soap, the number one beauty soap in the Philippines. 

Packed with papaya enzymes for exfoliation and Vitamin E for moisturizing, Silka Papaya Soap gives Yassi naturally beautiful skin. 

“Yassi’s career demands her to be always at her best and to maintain a healthy, glowing skin. With Silka Papaya Soap, we make sure to take care of Yassi’s skin in an everyday basis. There are no instant solutions because beauty is an everyday regimen. This is paralleled with the success story of Yassi and that’s what makes her an inspiration to all the women who aspire to be like her,” says Jane Co, Silka’s Marketing Manager. 

In the age of everything “instant,” Yassi is truly an example of grace, beauty and diligence. She knows that natural beauty is not rushed and more importantly, success is not something to be achieved overnight. And at the rate Yassi is going, it seems like this go-getter is not stopping anytime soon.

Enjoy Grand Banchetto ! Firefly Roofdeck offers a festive Pinoy style street food buffet

Street food reigns supreme on the afternoon grills throughout the Philippines. Some people enjoy fishballs, "balut", and  "isaw"-  which refers to both pig and chicken intestines, grilled over hot fire!

More interesting now is to eat street food inside a grand place -  classy hotel.

Chef Dennis Peralta, City Garden Grand Hotel’s Executive Chef

City Garden Grand Hotel is bringing a new set of Filipino dishes in a unique dining style concept. Varieties of mouth-watering Filipino street food cuisines will be ready to serve in a Banchetto style dining experience located on top of the Makati City.

Banchetto comes from an Italian word which means “a feast”, nowadays, it is popularly known as a food destination of a street food night market, which became famous because of its unique concept, festive atmosphere and appetizing food selections. Inspired by these kind of concept, City Garden Grand Hotel creates a Banchetto dining experience closer to its guests. 

“Grand Banchetto” featuring Filipino street food dishes at Firefly RoofdeckCity Garden Grand Hotel. 

Instead of experiencing Banchetto in the streets we bring it up, wherein you can have a breath taking view of the Makati City Skyline, while indulging on your favourite Filipino street food cuisines and fulfilling your cravings with charred to perfection hot off the grill and bitten right off the skewers dishes specially prepared by our Executive Chef, Chef Dennis Peralta, and his team.

City Garden Grand Hotel’s Executive Chef, Chef Dennis Peralta, cooking Balut Ala Pobre, one of the dishes available in the Grand Banchetto of Firefly Roofdeck at City Garden Grand Hotel.

Chef Dennis excitingly introduces his idea of a Banchetto dining in the hotel’s roof deck bar and restaurant, the Firefly Roofdeck, featuring Filipino street food cuisines. His idea was inspired by Larsian Barbecue, a food haven and a tourist attraction as well in Cebu City, which has several barbecue stalls sells sumptuous yet affordable grilled dishes.

With a variety of dishes to choose from for only Php 490.00/ NET per person, the Grand Banchetto offers delectable selections of “tuhog-tuhog” and “pika-pika” foods, from the exotic yet satisfyingly good dishes like “Grilled Chicken, Pork, and cow Intestines”, “Balut”, “Grilled Chicken Tail/Butt”, going to the all-time favourites like “Fishballs and Squidballs”, “Siomai”, “Takoyaki”, and etc., we have it all here.

These Filipino street food selections are good to be partnered with our signature cocktails and mocktails at Firefly Roofdeck Bar.

City Garden Grand Hotel welcomes their new Food and Beverage Manager, Mr Johnson Del Valle.

Firefly Roofdeck’s Grand Banchetto opens  starting July 1, 2017, from 6pm up to 12mn. Grab your best friend, your barkada or your family and have a taste of Pinoy street food in a different dining style at the roof deck bar of City Garden Grand Hotel. 

Firefly Roofdeck is located at the 32nd Floor of City Garden Grand Hotel. For inquiries and reservations, please feel free to contact Firefly Roofdeck at (+632) 554-3429.

RCBC reveals “We believe in you” philosophy

Rizal Commercial Bank Corporation (RCBC), one of the leading universal banks in the Philippines, today unveils its new corporate logo and tagline “We believe in you,” which signals the start of a new era of providing excellent and trusted banking services for Filipinos.

“This milestone signals the arrival of a more committed, refreshed and re-energized RCBC, that is ready to meet the demands of the ever-changing Philippine banking industry,” said RCBC President and CEO Gil A. Buenaventura.

“We believe in you” is not just a tagline for RCBC, but a battle cry to show our unwavering support and trust to the indomitable Filipino spirit. At the same time, this new corporate thrust is meant to encourage Filipinos not only to dream, but to pursue their passions and dreams, and turn them into reality – whether it’s traveling to your dream destination, venturing into a new business, or purchasing a new home or car,” Buenaventura stressed.

The simpler, younger and more minimalist logo embodies RCBC’s new mission of being more accessible to younger Filipino depositors, who are looking for better ways to save and grow their money, the RCBC president added. 

Ces Natividad, RCBC Chief Marketing Officer, reveals that the new logo and corporate tagline are the bank’s response to the changing market.

“We wanted to know what products and services today’s depositors actually need, and we strived to understand what makes them believe and trust a particular bank. We realized that today’s depositors need an approachable bank that responds to their needs, and believes in the value of their dreams and aspirations,” Natividad shared.

“RCBC wants Filipinos to know that the bank believes that there is no limit in the things they can achieve if they decide to start building their future early, especially with a strong banking partner, ready to advise them every step of the way. We are providing more emphasis to younger depositors, who need more guidance in managing their money,” Natividad added. 

Estimates from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that 1/3 of the Philippine population are millennials. A 2015 Labor Force Survey, also by the PSA, showed that 47.1 percent of the 42 million labor force belongs to the 15-34 age group. This means that more and younger Filipinos need bank services to manage their finances.

Natividad cited a wide array of RCBC products that allow customers to save and conveniently manage their finances. These include RCBC’s Debit Cards, which depositors can get when they open an RCBC savings or checking account. She also emphasized RCBC’s product portfolio which customers can manage online such as the Unit Investment Trust Funds and iSave, an automatic deduction from existing RCBC accounts, done every payroll, which helps depositors to set aside money for future use.

Natividad also cited the unli 0% option of RCBC Bankard, which gives cardholders the flexibility to manage their expenses.

The bank’s brand refresh comes as RCBC enters its 57th year of excellent business in the Philippines. The bank reached a consolidated net income of P1 billion in the first quarter of 2017. It also showed more strength as assets increased to P526 billion as of March 2017. RCBC’s total number of branches also increased to 489 while ATM terminals increased to more than 1,500 nationwide as of the first quarter of 2017. 

“We are confident that the new brand logo and new corporate tagline, and the re-energized service of the bank, will resonate with more Filipinos. We believe that they can accomplish great things if they put their hearts and mind into it, and RCBC will always be their partner to help them succeed,” Natividad added. 

List of 2018 holidays in the Philippines

MALACAÑANG release of the official list of regular and special non-working days in the country for 2018.

Proclamation 269, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, on July 17, declaring ten regular holidays and eight special non-working days in 2018. 

The long weekends include the four-day Lenten break from March 29 (Maundy Thursday) to April 1 (Easter Sunday). Black Saturday (March 31) has been traditionally declared as special non-working day all throughout the country, in observance of Holy Week. Another long weekends will be during the All Saints' Day (November 1), All Souls' Day (November 2) and Christmas Day (December 25) as Duterte declared November 2 and December 24 as special non-working holidays.

The extra holidays were declared to “strengthen family ties” in commemorating such activities as well as promote domestic tourism.

Proclamation 269 stated that the declaration of national holidays for the observance of Eid'l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be issued after their approximate dates have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar.

The Department of Labor and Employment has been ordered to issue the implementing guidelines for the proclamation of the holidays in the country for 2018.

The proclamation, signed by the President last July 17, takes effect immediately.

List of 2018 holidays in the Philippines

January 1, 2018, Monday – New Year's Day
March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday 
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
April 9, 2018, Monday – Araw ng Kagitingan 
May 1, 2018, Tuesday – Labor Day 
June 12, 2018, Tuesday – Independence Day
August 27, 2018, last Monday of August – National Heroes' Day 
November 30, 2018, Friday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2018, Tuesday – Christmas Day 
December 30, 2018, Sunday – Rizal Day

Special (non-working) days:

February 16, 2018, Friday – Chinese New Year 
February 25, 2018, Sunday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 31, 2018 – Black Saturday 
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Ninoy Aquino Day 
November 1, 2018, Thursday – All Saints' Day 
December 31, 2018, Monday – last day of the year

Additional special (non-working) holidays:

November 2, 2018, Friday 
December 24, 2018, Monday

July 19, 2017

Actor Ian Veneracion finds a new love . . . in Ascof Lagundi

At age 42, gentleman actor and reluctant heartthrob Ian Veneracion appears to be a star whose time has come. Although he started acting at the age of 5, Veneracion’s career took a long, circuitous route to leading man status, something he finally achieved when he was cast as a swoon-worthy hero in hit TV soaps. 

Today he seems unstoppable, his career trajectory leading him to a place that much younger and more aggressive actors have yet to reach. 

Ironically, it is from this enviable place that Veneracion now seeks balance even as he appreciates the perks of stardom. He has kept the debonair good looks that make fans—age 18 to 80—swoon, yes, but the Gen X actor now finds fulfillment in matters that are more constant and stable, and less transitory. 

This probably has much to do with being married to a loving wife and having three wonderful children. Veneracion readily affirms that there is always more to life than the glitz of show business.

At 42, actor Ian Veneracion has become more discerning of his life choices. That is why he places his full trust only in Ascof Forte Menthol Syrup as his cough remedy, as it is made from 100% organically grown Lagundi leaves. 
“Forty is like, you spent the first half of your life trying to learn who you want to be. You did stuff that you wanted to try out. At age 40, ‘yun ‘yung complete na—you know who you are, you know what’s right and wrong, you have your own values. For me, it’s just the start of the flight. When you reach this age, you know exactly where you’re coming from, where you’re at, and where you’re going.”
Veneracion then gently asserts, “Life is my priority, not work.” This gives clarity to his life decisions. Like why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is of tremendous importance to him, and why he always makes sure that he is at his best and healthiest self.

Heartthrob dad Ian Veneracion prefers Ascof Forte Menthol Syrup as his remedy for cough and bronchial asthma because of its “hagod-menthol” soothing effect, which gives quick relief from sore and itchy throat.

With a broader understanding of himself, Ian has come to prioritize his health and wellbeing above anything else and has become more discerning of his life choices. That is why for his cough remedy, Ian places his trust only in Ascof Lagundi, especially now that the rainy season is here and respiratory ailments are very common. 

Ascof Lagundi, the innovative and pioneering cough remedy in the Philippines, is made from 100 percent organically grown Lagundi leaves, making it a natural, safe, and effective relief for cough and bronchial asthma. 

Veneracion says that it is for this reason that he immediately accepted the offer to become Ascof’s newest official endorser. 
 “It’s something that I actually take. When my manager informed me that Ascof wanted to sign me up as its endorser, I said, ‘Perfect! Just last week I had Ascof Lagundi in my bag.’ I definitely believe in the product.” 
The actor likewise shares that he takes Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol even during tapings and shoots, and encourages others like him to choose Ascof as the preferred option over chemical medicines and other similar natural remedies for cough.

“You can trust Ascof Lagundi. It’s a natural remedy that you may take even at the onset of a cough, and when you are just starting to show its early symptoms. Hindi ka matatakot kasi safe siya,” he assures everyone.

Veneracion uses the variant Ascof Forte Menthol Syrup, either sugar-free or regular, because of its ‘hagod-menthol’ soothing effect on the throat. 

“There are other variants both for kids and adults, but my personal favorite is ASCOF Forte Menthol Sugar Free Syrup because it actually gives me instant relief from sore and itchy throat due to cough,” he explains.

Pascual Laboratories, the manufacturer of Ascof Lagundi, has its own lagundi farm in Nueva Ecija that uses a GMP-certified production process to cultivate the traditional herbal plant. Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol is a product of scientific research and clinical studies.

Veneracion considers Ascof Lagundi as his newfound love since it is always there when he needs it most. “Getting enough sleep and eating properly are important to keep your body healthy. Pero kapag tinamaan kayo ng cough, of course you should take Ascof Lagundi.”

For inquiries and more details about Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol Syrup, visit their official Facebook page at or their official website at

Excite your kids with bento box lunches with Fresh Options

One of the biggest challenges every mom faces once the school year rolls in is figuring out what to pack into the kids’ lunchbox or baon.  Although every mother wants to prepare a healthy and hearty baon, the truth of the matter is, their school-aged children hardly touch their vegetables, fruits or healthy dishes when they're away at school.  Picky eaters, in particular, find ways to eat around their baon by choosing only the tidbits they think are tasty enough for them.

So how can make sure that your kids will eat the nutritious meal you packed for them?  Based on one mom’s experience, the answer to this is to make it kid-friendly.  In other words:  eye-catching, engaging and delicious.  This can be achieved by applying the time-honored food preparation technique of the Japanese – the bento box.

Creating a bento meal for kids is easy as long as you have the right ingredients, like Fresh Options Kiddie Goodie line, and a playful mindset.  Bento meal designs need not be complex as long as they’re interesting enough to entice your child to explore and finish each segment of their meal.

Fresh Options’ Kiddie Goodie food line is a perfect complement to bento baons.  These include varieties of hotdogs, patties and breaded products such as chicken nuggets, drumettes, chicken pops and breaded pork patties.  Kiddie Goodie products are easy to cook, easy to handle (when putting inside the bento) and delicious. Available in all Fresh Options stores in Luzon, they are every mom's go-to solution for kid-approved bento baons. 

Try your hand at preparing a bento baon for your kid with these kiddie-approved recipes created by Noobcookery’s bento aficionado Diane Gabriel, which she served and were enjoyed by her two kids.  Use Fresh Options Kiddie Goodie line to make it easier for you (and yummier for the kids) to prepare each lunchbox.  Fresh Options Kiddie Goodie line is available at all Fresh Options stores in Luzon. 

The Animal Farm with Pork Patty

  • Pork Patty
  • White rice
  • Spinach
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Pork Patty
  • Fried pork patty
  • White rice
  • Sautéed spinach, beans, and carrots

Sautéed Vegetable recipe
  • Blanch carrots and beans
  • Wash spinach but leave some of the water 
  • Sauté chopped garlic in olive oil and butter, add spinach leaves
  • Add carrots and beans, season to taste

Nuggets of love with Chicken Nuggets

  • Chicken nuggets
  • Butter or oil
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Leftover white rice
  • Peas
  • Ham bits
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Chicken Nuggets
    • Fried chicken nuggets w/ ketchup dip
    • Fried rice

Fried Rice
  • Heat butter or oil in a pan
  • Chop up Sliced Ham (off cuts from pizza!)
  • Sauté garlic, add an egg and scramble in pan.
  • Add leftover white rice, peas, and ham bits. 
  • Season to taste.

Sail Away with Cheese hotdog

  • Cheese hotdog
  • Cheese sticks
  • Ketchup

Cheese Hotdog wraps
  • Cook hotdogs according to package.
  • Use cheese spread or mayonnaise on tortilla (premade or homemade, recipe below) and then wrap around cheese hotdogs
  • Secure with toothpicks and slice into 2 or 3 pieces.

Homemade Tortillas Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Homemade Tortillas
  • Combine with 1 cup warm water and 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Roll out tortillas
  • Cook on high heat in a dry pan (cast iron or steel) Affiliate Program Commends Bloggers on 1stAnniversary Celebration, the leading online travel agency (OTA) in the Philippines, celebrated the first anniversary of its Affiliate Program last June 24, 2017 at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila in Ortigas Center, Pasig. In addition to celebrating an important milestone, the event was the OTA’s way of thanking its 2,700 blogger affiliates and acknowledging each of their contributions to the success of the said program since it began.

The event, entitled Affiliate Program 1st Year Cheer, highlighted and celebrated the many firsts that the Affiliate Program has achieved on its first year.Anniversary celebratory toast led by’s General Manager Takumi Nakazawa, Business Development Manager Pinky Librada, and Business Development Officers Pia Bernaldo and Toni Reyes

Present during the event is Affiliate 001 Awardee David Bernabe, owner of Crowd Travel and the very first affiliate to sign up for’s Affiliate Program. DIY Travel and Tours was also awarded for being the first affiliate to incur a completed booking through their website. The awards and tokens of appreciation for the affiliates were presented by Ms. Pia Bernaldo and Ms. Toni Reyes of the Affiliate Team, along with Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of L-R: Event host Allan Bobis of The Filipino Rambler and Mon Villaverde of Terrific Traveller, the first guest to unlock the surprise point giveaway given to affiliates. also prepared an audio-visual presentation of their first blogger getaway, where 15 lucky bloggers won an all-expenses-paid trip to the lovely island of Caramoan in Camarines Sur. Two of the bloggers who attended the Caramoan getaway, Me-An Clemente of Yogo and Cream and event host Allan Bobis of The Filipino Rambler, received tokens of appreciation from and gift certificates from Trampoline Park.

The attendees also looked back on their first affiliate training, which took place last year. Dianne Rosqueta of Curly Dianne was invited on stage to share her experience and how much the affiliate trainings helped her in optimizing the content of her blog. Afterwards, Ms. Pia Bernaldo of the Affiliate Team expressed her gratitude to the attendees and discussed the future plans of the program for the affiliate bloggers.

Also present in the event is Charmaine Belza of The Project Maine and the first affiliate to withdraw commission earned through the program. She was also given a certificate and token of appreciation from GetGo PH and Novellino Wines.Lucky affiliates who won prizes from Novellino Wines, GetGo PH, Jam Liner Inc., Fast Cat, Philtranco, Hideo Wakamatsu, Trampoline Park, and Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila

During the event, Ms. Pinky Librada, Business Development Manager of, discussed the Affiliate Program’s new commission structure, wherein the affiliates can score up to 65% commission rates once accommodations have been booked through their Affiliate Team with Team Timan, blogger affiliates who won Trampoline Park gift certificates and roundtrip tickets from Jam Liner

All attendees received PHP 2,000 worth of TravelBook points as well as loot bags with freebies from PhotoBook Wordwide, Hideo Wakamatsu, Celeteque, Vivo Lumio, and Bo’s Coffee.

Wines from Novellino Wines, backpack and trolley from Hideo Wakamatsu, Trampoline Park gift certificates, roundtrip tickets from Philtranco and Jam Liner Inc., roundtrip business class tickets from FastCat, and an overnight stay with breakfast for two at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg were among the raffle prizes given away to the blogger attendees. Affiliate Program’s 1st Year Cheer, which was attended by members of the media as well as top travel and lifestyle bloggers, is’s last hurrah for the said program’s week-long anniversary celebration.

If you want to be part of’s growing community of bloggers and page owners, register as an Affiliate at

July 18, 2017

Christian Bautista To Release Second Single “Huling Harana” This July 28

Having a multitude of accolades under his belt doesn’t stop Christian Bautista from pursuing new ventures. Last June, the City of Manila and Mayor Joseph Estrada presented Asia’s Romantic Balladeer with the “Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan” award for his contribution in the local and international music scene. Christian said in an interview that receiving the award felt “close to home” because the awardees were carefully chosen by “those within the [Manila] community” themselves. Aside from being a critically acclaimed icon in the music industry, the singer is also known for his character, Winston, in GMA-7’s hit television show “My Love From The Star” which airs from Monday to Friday and also stars Jennelyn Mercado and Gil Cuerva.

The renowned hit-maker recently launched his latest single, Kapit, under Universal Records. The track, which Christian describes as one that speaks of “holding on” in the face of a relationship’s trials, is the theme song of GMA-7’s primetime Koreanovela, “Innocent Defendant”. The Korean TV drama is scheduled after “I Heart Davao” and before “Saksi” on the premier television network. The music video for the said song, shot in Solaire Resort and Casino, premiered last month as well. The carrier single served as a sneak peek for Christian’s upcoming album, which the sought-after vocalist reveals is a new phase and a kind of self-rediscovery.

The second single for the much-anticipated album is entitled Huling Harana, which Christian explains is a track that veers away from the typical Broadway vibe. The “hugot”-filled ballad, written by Banda Ni Kleggy’s Rye Sarmiento, is a follow-up to the successful carrier track, Kapit. It will be available digitally this July 28 on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, and Spinnr.

Equipped with exemplary songwriting expertise and years of experience in the industry, Christian Bautista has scheduled his album—which he co-wrote and co-produced himself with the help of Universal Records—for release very soon. He is currently working on new materials for the upcoming record.

Christian Bautista's first single #Kapit on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and Spinnr

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For more details, please visit Universal Records Philippines Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Page: 




Hunt for the best burger in town? Your New Favorite Burger is at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

The hunt for the best burger in town can be an arduous process. The classic comfort food meal has been adapted and transformed in so many ways that it can be difficult to sift through the market to find the one that perfectly satisfies your criteria. With so many elaborate versions of the simple burger-and-fries combination, sometimes it’s good to go back to basics: a patty expertly made from the highest quality beef, fresh crisp vegetables, perfectly toasted yet soft buns, golden-brown fries, and a refreshing drink. 

If this sounds exactly like the burger that you’ve been craving for, then your search ends at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Manila. This July, the renowned steakhouse is launching their Burger Month, where customers can get their famous Wolfgang’s Burger for only P498. Given that the Wolfgang’s Burger is made with half a pound of 28-day dry aged USDA Prime beef and is served with crisp french fries and savory onion rings, this is truly a mouthwatering deal. This burger masterpiece is perfect for dining al fresco or at the bar alongside any of Wolfgang’s signature cocktails. 

The promo lasts from July 15 to August 15, so be sure to head down to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse located in Resorts World Manila to find the best burger in the Metro. Call 5117009 for reservations or visit their Facebook page (Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Ph) for more information

July 17, 2017

Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage: a quick fix real meal for young professionals

Today’s young professionals need not worry about having a real meal that is quick and easy to prepare. The country’s leading poultry brand, Bounty Fresh, launched its newest product, the Saucy ToriKaraage – a quick fix, 100% all-natural chicken meal.

Preparing a real meal is never easy. Just the amount of time and the number of steps involved is more than enough to overwhelm young professionals who have just arrived home from a long day at work.

With great focus on their career growth and passions, today’s young generation do not have the time to wait for meats to thaw, chop vegetables, and find the perfect mix of condiments. Food must be quick and easy to prepare, involving a maximum of three steps.

And that is all it takes to prepare the Saucy ToriKaraage – 7 to 8 minutes of cooking and it’s like having your favorite meal served.

Made with only the freshest chicken and with two flavourful variants to choose from – Teriyaki and Sweet and Sour – the Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage definitely meets the demands of young professionals and their fast-paced lifestyle. It’s an all-natural chicken meal that does not require complex preparations. 

The Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage is now available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

Lamoiyan Corporation helps students beat back to school blues

Re-establishing routines and adapting to school hours are a few things that make going back to school a difficult transition for children. But for many kids, this is just a fraction of what they have to deal with when school season starts.

A medical check-up by the Department of Education Health and Nutrition of over 3 million public school students showed that 436,325 of them had pediculosis (head lice infestation), making it one of the leading health problems of public school students in the country.

Children are teased and bullied for having head lice, which is also a common cause for them to miss school. The stigma associated with having pediculosis can leave lasting damage to children’s psychological well-being and leave them isolated from their peers.

To raise awareness about head lice infestation issues, and to help combat health problems commonly faced by students, Lamoiyan Corporation partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) and donated over 5,000 hygiene product packs to schools in Cebu City.

Kids celebrate being kuto-free

Marketing Director Bing Cavestany, Senior Marketing Associate Jacquiline Pe, and other Lamoiyan representatives were present during the Brigada Eskwela National Kick-off to help distribute packs of Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, Hapee and Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to give back to schools and communities,” said Bing Cavestany, Marketing Director of Lamoiyan. “We believe in taking an active role in promoting health and education, so joining efforts like Brigada Eskwela is an important priority for Lamoiyan and our advocacy.”

As a part of its partnership with DepEd, Lamoiyan will also donate Licealiz and Hapee products to public schools in other regions across the country. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with DepEd and in working hand in hand with them in addressing health problems of school children in the country,” said Cavestany.

Pediculosis is a leading health problem in the country, but it is preventable with the right treatment. Avoid sharing combs, hats, pillows and other head ornaments and pieces of clothing that may lead to lice infestation. Keep your surroundings clean; head lice can live up to three days off the scalp and may attach themselves on upholstery, mattresses, and other pieces of furniture. And regularly check your children and family members for head lice with a suyod.

For more information on head lice prevention and treatment, visit

Go wild stocking up on Ever Bilena products to win great prizes!

P60,000 worth of cosmetics and prizes await at Make-Up Mania!

Buy more and win big as Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics brand, invites you to join Make-Up Mania – a raffle contest open to all Ever Bilena customers and ongoing exclusively at all Watsons Stores nationwide. 

Joining is easy! Simply purchase two items or more from any of the following participating Ever Bilena products: Ever Bilena Matte Two Way Cake, Ever Bilena Liquid Concealer, Ever Bilena Eyebrow Palette Pink and Brown, Ever Bilena Matic Brow and Eyeliner, Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks, Ever Bilena Lip and Cheek Stain in Splash Red, EB Kleopatra Magic Lipstick, Evera Face Powder, Ever Bilena Luxe Lipstick, and EB Blend Me Sponge. Be sure to place all purchases in a single receipt.

Make sure to “like” Ever Bilena’s official Facebook page,, and send them a personal message with a photo of your proof of purchase. Include your name, address, contact number, and Facebook account with the photo. Proof of purchase should be readable and clear. 

Once sent, you will receive a notification from an Ever Bilena representative indicating that your entry is valid. The more entries you submit, the more chances you have of winning. 

One lucky winner will take home a total of P60,000 worth Ever Bilena products, two nights hotel accommodation at Luxent Hotel, and two domestic roundtrip tickets from Air Asia. Two winners will receive P20,000 worth of Ever Bilena products with two buffet dinner at Luxent Hotel and shopping spree from Jewels. Ten winners will win P3,000 worth of Ever Bilena products. 

Entries will only be accepted until July 31, 2017, so start shopping for your favorite Ever Bilena make-up today!

Visit and follow to learn more and win! 

Bangkarera 2017 celebrates the value of sustainable Philippine seas

The coastal city of Dumaguete was the site of the 2nd Pioneer National Bangkarera, as part of Republic Chemical Industries, Inc. (RCI)’s 60th anniversary celebration. From May 12 to May 14, 2017, thousands gathered along the city’s main thoroughfare, Rizal Boulevard, to catch the action as 40 teams of fishing boats made up of 144 entries from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao braved the challenging waters to register impressive times.  

The competition had four categories: the 16HP (Open Category), 7HP (Open Category), 7HP (Angat Sa Dagat Category) and the Paddle Boat (Open Category)

John Spakowski II, RCI Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said that they were “inspired about helping people with the way they do their living and at the same time use our products to protect and preserve the environment”. 

Republic Chemical Industries is the maker of Pioneer Epoxy bonds, paints and sealants. The race celebrates fishing as a dignified source of livelihood as well as display the high quality of Pioneer adhesives--the preferred brand of the fishermen-participants.


As part of the festivities, Pioneer Adhesives Foundation, Inc. (PAFI), led by Executive Director Martina Spakowski, collaborated with the Siliman University Marine Labs to conduct the Reef Fix project in Dumaguete.

The Reef Fix project is part of “Our Earth, Our Responsibility”, PAFI’s environmental campaign that responds to the growing harmful effects of global warming on our environment. During the Reef Fix project in Dumaguete, 10 volunteer divers participated and dove into the sea of Siliman Beach to remove the damaging Drupella and Coralliophilia from the coral reef.

The project has also initiated activities to repair 4,600 corals as part of sustained efforts to protect marine sanctuaries in Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Alaminos and Dumaguete City to improve fish catch. Some 11,200 mangroves were also planted by about 1,815 volunteers.


Teams from the Visayas and the host island of Negros dominated the score boards. Below are the final race results:

16HP (Open Category) 
Champion: Team Pirata of Iligan City (P110,000) 
2nd Place: Team Aranicole of Bulacan (P80,000)
3rd Place: Team Boracay (P50,000)

7HP (Open Category) 
Champion: Team Black Manta of Negros Occidental (P60,000) 
2nd Place: Team Overtime of Cebu (P30,000)
3rd Place: Team Cebu (P20,000)

7HP (Angat Sa Dagat Category) 
Champion: Team Cebu (P60,000)
2nd Place: Team Tamztroopers of Dipolog City (P30,000)
3rd Place: Manful Racing Team of Negros Occidental (P20,000)

Paddle Boat (Open Category)
Champion: Team Tamztroopers of Dipolog City (P30,000)
2nd Place: Poblacion Sibulan Team of Negros Occidental (P15,000) 
3rd Place: Zamboanguita Team of Negros Occidental (P10,000)

About RCI
Over the course of more than half a century, Republic Chemical Industries, Inc. (RCI) has established a reputation for trusted products and initiatives that help and support local communities in the Philippines.

New Excitements in Vertis North Quezon City: Leading Hotel Chain and the First Millennial Mall in the Philippines

Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) brings two essentials to the Quezon City central business district, with newly opened projects—Seda Vertis North and Ayala Malls Vertis North, within its 30-hectare mastreplanned, mixed-use estate, Vertis North.

Two destinations essential to take the quality of life a notch higher in a city that’s already progressive—one that offers seamless hospitality at par with global standards and another that delivers a hip lifestyle experience that can make people feel more alive. 

Executives from the Ayala Land group provided an exclusive sneak peek on this newest estate through the launch of its first phase - Seda Vertis North & Ayala Malls Vertis North during the Estate Media Briefing held on June 21, 2017, at the Quezon 1 ballroom of Seda Hotel, Vertis North.

The developer of sustainable estates envisions Vertis North as turns 45 hectares of vast land in northern Metro Manila into a master planned, mixed-use, and sustainable development that nurtures, inspires, and energizes enterprise. It is a dynamic engine for growth that offers a diverse mix of retail, office, residential, hotel, and entertainment facilities. 

“As an enterprising city, Vertis North will be the home of Seda Vertis North and Ayala Malls Vertis North to fulfill the promise of developing a regional gateway to the north and a growth accelerator for every scale of business, among other things.” Jay Teodoro Head of Vertis North Estate .
Seda Vertis North features a total of 438 guestrooms, ranging from deluxe room, club room, suite and presidential suite. 
Ayala Malls Vertis, which caters to the millennial market, offers a total gross leasable area of 40,249 square meters.
The addition of the hotel and mall in the estate is a welcome complement to the rising residential towers in the area by ALI brands Alveo and Avida. 

“As an enterprising city, Vertis North will be the home of Seda Vertis North and Ayala Malls Vertis North to fulfill the promise of developing a regional gateway to the north and a growth accelerator for every scale of business, among other things.” According to, Jay Teodoro Head of Vertis North Estate.

Seda Vertis North: 
A Seamless Hotel Experience in Quezon City

Taking hospitality to new heights for the northern community, ALI introduces Seda Vertis North, the largest of its homegrown chain of hotels. 

Designed to be the hotel of choice in Quezon City, Seda Vertis North is a 24-story hotel development that features upscale facilities for business, leisure and social events. Combined with warm service following global standards of hospitality, it appeals to discerning foreign and local business and leisure travelers. 

“Seda Vertis North is thoughtfully designed and conceptualized to weave destination, service, and value into an exceptional hospitality experience that complements the district’s active atmosphere,” says Al Legaspi President and CEO of Ayala Hotels and Resorts Corp.

Being at the center of convergence, Seda Vertis North just a few steps away from lifestyle shopping malls such as Ayala Malls Vertis North and TriNoma. 

All of its 438 guestrooms, ranging from deluxe room, club room, premier room, suite, and presidential suite, are designed to provide the utmost hospitality and service guests deserve. Guests traveling for business or leisure can find everything they need to enjoy their stay with in-room amenities that include a 42-inch LED HDTV with cable channelsa complimentary WiFi and internet access, and a mini-bar, among others. 

A wide selection of gastronomic experiences will delight those with a penchant for good food. Among these are Misto, an all-day dining restaurant that offers a medley of international dishes and local favorites, a Chinese restaurant that serves universal favorites as well as signature specialties, and a rooftop bar that features a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. 

Other facilities and services include airport and city transfers, ballroom and meeting rooms, clinic, club lounge, gym, lifestyle manager assistance, parking, spa, swimming pool, valet and more.

Ayala Malls Vertis North introduces country’s first millenial mall

Leisure enhances people’s quality of life. Thus, ALI ensures that the pleasures of recreation and entertainment will make the community of Quezon City feel much more alive with Ayala Malls Vertis North.

“We’re proud to say that the Ayala Malls Vertis North is the first millennial shopping complex. It’s a hip-lifestyle community center designed for the northern community that is free-spirited, wired, and socially active,” explains Rowena Tomeldan Head of Ayala Malls. “It is a place of ultimate leisure and entertainment that fuses advanced technology with art and passion to create a series of exciting innovations.”

Since Ayala Malls Vertis North is positioned to be the trendsetter for modern fashion, food, and fun in Quezon City, new mall and shopping experiences are expected to happen here. These are done by introducing a mix of uniquely conceptualized anchors—Japan Town, Korean Town, and Urban Turf.

Mall-goers can experience the latest cutting-edge technologies such as holograms and augmented realities at the Japan Town, where dining and retail meet interaction and creativity. South Korea’s busy streets was brought to the mall through the Korean Town, an eccentrically-futuristic area that will feature Korean retail and dining concepts. Lastly, the Urban Turf is the home of food parks, start-up concepts, and techie entertainments for the most adventurous and experiential generation. It will be known as the go-to place of millennials. 

The mall is highlighted by retail giants such as H&M and Uniqlo together with an assortment of experiential dining venues all within a gross leasable area of approximately 40,249 sqm.

The Philippines’ largest movie screen with two private skyboxes and two other recliner seat cinemas provide a new level of film viewing experience. All three cinemas are equipped with top-of-the-line Dolby Atmos technology for the best graphics and sound systems.

Culinary experiences can also be more gratifying at the mall’s Green Strip, as it features an exceptionally-designed lush area with water features in between restaurants with alfresco dining and hip-fashion brands. 

Both Seda Vertis North and Ayala Malls Vertis North provide new lifestyle experiences and excitements to the northern community as well as nearby residents, office workers, and travelers. These are all anchored on ALI’s vision of creating innovative developments that endeavor to enhance the quality of life of Filipinos not only at present but well into the future. 


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