Saturday, July 20, 2013

6:48 PM

Eastwood City's Rice Festival

Discover something new and healthier ways to enjoy rice at the Eastwood City's Rice Festival Opening Ceremony. It's a fun and informative program to kick off the 3-day festival celebrating the country's staple food. On Friday, July 26, 2013 from 11am-12:30pm.

Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino Deputy Director General (Communications and Partnerships), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)Hazel V. Antonio, NYR Program Director, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
Denise Danielle R. Galvez, Economic Justice programme Officer, Oxfam Kevin L. Tan, First Vice President and Commercial Division Head, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls will there to open the ceremony.

The recent National Nutrition Survey showed an unhealthy Filipino population. Among the other findings, the survey revealed that 7 in every 10 Filipinos do not meet the required energy intake. Our unhealthy status could be traced partly to the lack of diversification in our diet as we also generally restrict energy source to rice; servings also usually comprise more than half of our plate, even if one-fourth is enough.

To stay healthy, nutritionists advise that it is important to eat rice in the better form and in the right amount, and to also include alternative food staples.

Since 2013 was proclaimed the National Year of Rice by the Philippine government, it’s time we get ready to learn how to eat rice in a healthier way at Eastwood’s Rice Festival!

Done in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and PhilRice, Eastwood’s Rice Festival gives you vital information on new and healthier ways to cook, serve and enjoy rice through exhibits, bazaars, cooking demos and more. 

Highlights of the opening program include a Rice Pounding Ceremony, Cultural Performance from Indak Lahi, Talks on “Rice as Life: Different Types of Rice” from IRRI, “Rice SelfSufficiency” from PhilRice and nefits of Brown Rice in Health & Nutrition” from Oxfam and Rice Sampling.

Below is the full schedule of activities at Eastwood City’s Rice Festival;

July 26, Friday:

10:30AM – Media Registration for Opening Program

11:00AM – 12:30NN Eastwood City’s Opening Ceremony

Highlights include:

Rice Pounding Ceremony
Cultural Performance from Indak Lahi
Talks on “Rice as Life: Different Types of Rice” from IRRI, “Rice Self-Sufficiency” from PhilRice and “Benefits of Brown Rice in Health & Nutrition” from Oxfam Rice Sampling

5:00PM to 6:00PM – Cooking Demo from Philrice


July 27, Saturday: 

5:30PM to 6:00 PM – Cultural performance from Indak Lahi

6:00PM to 7:00 PM – Cooking Demo from CCA

July 28, Sunday:

2:00PM to 3:00PM - Cultural Performance from Indak Lahi

3:00PM to 4:00PM – “Benefits of Brown Rice” Symposium from OXFAM

4:00PM to 6:00PM - Cooking Demo from Stephanie Zubiri of Atelier 137

6:00PM to 7:00PM – “Rice as Life” Symposium from IRRI

Check out the Rice Festival Bazaar with products from Dolor’s Kakanin, DEC, PhilRice, Cakes & Bakes, French Baker, Pan De Manila, OxFam, Robinson’s Supermarket, National Book store, CCA, Galileo Enoteca and more, open mall hours from July 26 – 28.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

6:03 PM

Coffee Your Way

Let’s face it – the way you want your coffee can be mighty personal and if it isn’t just so your entire day can head into a tailspin before it’s even nine o’clock in the morning. With a single serve 1 cup on demand coffee maker that I found at bedbathandbeyond.com you can be guaranteed your coffee is exactly as you want it each and every time. There are so few guarantees in life – wouldn’t it be nice to know you could count on your coffee being great? With an on demand coffee maker you are virtually guaranteed a consistently good cup of coffee in one minute or less.


Single serve or on demand coffee makers have revolutionized the way we brew coffee at home and at work because the coffee is brewed by the cup instead of by the pot – this eliminates waste and ensures fresh, hot and flavorful coffee for each person who craves a cup. On demand brewers have no coffee pot or warming plate so you need never again endure a stale, scorched or bitter cup of coffee plus there are no more squabbles over whose turn it is to wash the coffee pot.

With a single serve brewer there’s no need to scoop and measure coffee since the machines use individually sealed pre-measured coffee pods. Enjoy all of your favorite brands like Gloria Jean’s® K-Cup® style coffee in both regular and decaffeinated variations along with a wide array of coffee flavors, roasts 
and blends. With a variety or sampler pack of coffee pods it’s easy to entertain friends and family or have fun trying new flavors on your own. Since each cup is individually brewed it’s easy to switch back and forth between regular and decaffeinated.

Monday, July 15, 2013

6:21 AM

The Goodness of Coconut Water To Your Skin and Health

Many are aware that nature’s perfect nut aids in having a healthy body, but not everyone knows that it is also one of the key beauty secrets to maintaining youthful, supple, and glowing skin. 

The skin is the largest organ in the entire body. This is why being mindful in caring for your skin is vital. It’s an open secret that hydration is the foundation of a healthy skin, and it comes in two common forms: topical moisturizing and hydration as we drink. As we age, the skin loses the ability to retain high levels of water, and the earlier people start to take care of the skin, the more it will be beneficial in the long Packed with vitamins and minerals, coconut water has good hydrating properties. It is known to contain high levels of electrolytes, which come in the form of potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorus. Electrolytes help with the absorption 
and balance of the body’s internal fluids. 

Research has also shown that coconut water contains cytokinins,whichhelp regulate cell growth and division. They aid in minimizing aging, to balance the skin’s PH levels, and keep connective tissues strong and hydrated. 


International Supermodel Charo Ronquillo, Ford Supermodel of the World Philippines 2005 winner, and Tropicana Coco Quench endorser, also swears by this drink as part of her beauty routine. “Apart from having a good physique, glowing skin is important in my industry, so for an easy beauty fix, I hydrate with coconut water. Since I started with this lifestyle, I’ve seen how it has kept my skin glowing and healthy.” 

Achieving glowing and beautiful skin doesn’t happen overnight, as it is an effect of a healthy lifestyle. Hydrate from the inside and it will show on the outside. Tropicana Coco Quench is available in all leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide in 330ml and 1 liter packaging, with up to eight-month shelf life. The better news is that this drink has low calories, and has no cholesterol. 

For more information about the drink, visit Tropicana Coco Quench on Facebook at facebook.com/TropicanaCocoQuench and on Twitter @CocoquenchPH. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

6:20 PM

Creamy Chocolate Fountain Opened for One and All

There is one thing on this planet that almost never fails to put a smile on people’s faces, regardless of age. That which always seems to light up eyes and make any bothers go away. 

It’s none other than Chocolate, especially Cadbury Dairy Milk. It’s the chocolate that’s smooth, creamy and delicious. As much delight that we get from a bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk, imagine a whole fountain-ful of it! 

You don’t have to imagine any further; you can see it for yourself. Ages ago there was the elusive search for the Fountain of Youth. That may not have panned out yet but the search for the smoothest and creamiest chocolate fountain is over. Cadbury Dairy Milk, in its quest to show you just how smooth and creamy it is presents the Creamy Chocolate Fountain, now yours to 
experience at SM Megamall. 


Moments of Pure Joy with Cadbury Dairy Milk. Since its creation more than 115 years ago, Cadbury Dairy Milk has always prided itself for its luxurious, smooth, creamy and delicious taste. Did you know that Cadbury Dairy Milk has British origins? Regardless where it came from though, there is no denying the fact that even for Filipinos; the brand has that unique taste that transforms simple moments into those of pure joy. 


Experience it for yourself! For only P25.00 SRP, you can discover the smooth and creamy taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk at your local convenience store and grocery. First timer? Try the Milk Chocolate flavor in 30g pack for that affordable first taste that will surely be followed by many others! 

Once you’ve had that first brush with the joy that a bite of Cadbury Dairy Milk can bring, it’s now time to discover more. Try the Fruit and Nut flavor for those in search of a more exotic and smooth taste. Quirky? Try the Roast Almond variant. Or feeling a little bit wild, young and free? 

Get the newest smooth and creamy Cashew and Cookie flavor. Perfect for banishing the blues, adding a little joy to your life and just about any occasion. Try Chocettes too for bite-size pieces of pure joy. 

A Chocolate Fountain of Joy.  If you are still craving for the larger than life creaminess of Cadbury Dairy Milk, then head on over to SM Megamall. There, you can see the wondrous and spectacular Creamy Chocolate Fountain by the brand. Open from July 6 to August 5, 2013, you too can experience this one-of-a-kind display. The Creamy Chocolate Fountain is located at the Events Center, Lower Ground Floor of SM Megamall Building A. 

“Cadbury Dairy Milk has been around for a long time in the Philippines,” explains Andrei Soriano, Brand Manager. “In fact, it has adapted to Filipino tastes and price preferences and is easily available wherever and whenever you need it, in thousands of stores nationwide. 

To show everyone just what makes Cadbury Dairy Milk special, we’ve created a large and impressive structure for you. It’s the Creamy Chocolate Fountain that you can experience for yourself to see just how smooth, creamy and delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk is.” 

Watch its towering pipes, oozing with ‘chocolate.’ Notice the smooth and creamy way that Cadbury Dairy Milk can flow. Now imagine that in your mouth! Need a little aural simulation? 

Make the chocolate pipes sing with joy by trying the Fountain for yourself. Not to eat it, but to make sweet music with it. For only a minimum purchase of a Cadbury Dairy Milk 30g bar at P25.00, you can either be a piano whiz or a genius scientist by playing the Creamy Chocolate Fountain. Make it sing, make 
it dance, and more importantly, watch the amazing ‘chocolate’ flow. 

Hurry and experience this one-of-a-kind and large-scale display now. After all, it’s not every day you can see a Creamy Chocolate Fountain. But you can enjoy the smooth, creamy and delicious chocolate that inspired it every day. Enjoy Cadbury Dairy Milk and see your simple moments turn into pure joy. 

To find out what else Cadbury Dairy Milk is up to, like the page www.facebook.com/cadburyph. 

Cadbury Dairy Milk is a product of Mondelez Philippines. For more information about the Company and its 50 years in the country, visit www.mondelezinternational.com/ph.