Monday, December 28, 2015

3:48 PM

Eastwood City New Year Countdown to 2016: Party From Sunset To Sunrise

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City are welcoming the New Year with a spectacular and star-studded party that will have revelers partying from sunset up until the early hours of 2016.

One of the most highly-anticipated New Year events in the country, this year’s Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016 is taking the festivities to a whole new different level as it lines up dazzling spectacles, spectacular performances from the today’s brightest music stars and the best party music from the hottest Djs in town in what can easily be one of the grandest and longest New Year parties in the Metro.

No less than international singing sensation Dawin will be leading the star-studded musical performances at Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016 on December 31 at the Eastwood Mall Open Park.

Dawin, the American singer behind the smash hit “Dessert”, topbills an equally stellar lineup of performers, which include popular bands Techy Romantics and Imago, and award-wining OPM recording stars such as Kyla, Christian Bautista, singer-songwriter Rico Blanco and world-class Filipina talent, X-Factor Australia 2014 Grand Winner Marlisa Punzalan. 

Hosting the revelry, which starts at 6PM are radio jock Joyce Pring and TV host and news anchor Andrei Felix. 

At 12 midnight, guests can look forward to more glittering spectacles – the grand fireworks display that will follow the Dazzling Star Drop. Now on its fifth year, the Dazzling Star Drop is Eastwood City’s version 

of the world-famous Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square and one of the most-awaited parts of its New Year Countdown. 

Adding more color to these annual traditions is this year’s 10,000 balloon wishes that Eastwood City is giving away for free to revelers. The balloons, which contains a piece of paper where people can write their own wishes for the coming year, will be set free a minute before midnight, creating another must-
see spectacle. 

The revelry continues and picks up a notch at the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016 After Party happening from 11PM to 6AM at the Fuente Circle in Eastwood Citywalk 2. 

All set to rev up and electrify New Year revelers are some of the most recognized names in the party scene including DJs Ron Poe, Travis Monsod, Martin Pulgar, Cam Abecina, Cammy and Jess Miller. Joining them at the after party are hosts MC Victor Pring and MC Ace.  

“The New Year always brings renewed hope and excitement to everyone and this is the reason why we continue to make our annual countdown special and memorable. Through our world-class performances and spectacles that go up until the early hours of 2016, we want everyone to welcome the New Year with 
a smile on their faces and with renewed vigor, enthusiasm and optimism,” said Megaworld Corporation First Vice President and Commercial Division Head Kevin Tan.

Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown is co-presented by the Quezon City Government, Standard Chartered, Smirnoff Mule, RTL-CBS Asia and Ivory Music and Video. Official media partners: Myx and 97.9 Home Radio. 

Party from sunset to sunrise and enjoy spectacular performances and spectacles at the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016! For more information, please call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-9888 or 709-0888, 0917-8380111 or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

Press Release

Sunday, December 27, 2015

3:15 PM

At The Cob Of The Matter: Corn In The Philippines

When you hear the word corn, the vision of eating hot, buttered corn-on-the-cob may come to mind, or fields and fields of corn plants growing along highways. Indeed for Filipinos, corn is the second most important crop after rice. But do you know that only 21% of the total corn in the country is used for consumption, while majority or 64% of corn supply is used to feed livestock to produce meat and poultry?

Unsheathing corn

The corn you typically see roasted and eaten on the cob is the white corn. With smaller but sweeter kernels, white corn is the most important and healthy rice substitute in the country. On the other hand, yellow corn, while edible, is mostly intended for livestock and poultry feeds with its larger and fuller-flavored kernels. Perhaps most importantly, local pork, beef, and poultry for our lechon, burgers, and fried chicken get their richness and tastiness from the animal feeds usually made from corn. Corn makes up 70% of feeds used to produce treats for our carnivorous countrymen.


And in case you didn’t yet know, corn can also be found in thousands of everyday items around us. From the corn starch that holds cakes and pastries together to corn oil, people have found different uses for corn. There are currently more than 4,000 ways to use this popular crop, and people are discovering even more ways to use corn every day.

Planning for tomorrow’s food from the ground up

Corn is thought to have been first grown 7,000 years ago. The traditional way of growing corn is slow and painstaking,but technology is now dramatically changing the way we cultivate and harvest our food. Today, there is a modern approach to help growers raise healthy, high-quality corn crops.  Through modern plant breeding, a way to bring together two specific parent plants to produce a new desirable plant, local farmers now have a better way to grow and bring food to our tables.

As corn takes an important place in Filipino farming and cuisine, Monsanto took a similar approach in helping farmers have better harvests by introducing the first biotech corn in 2003. It developed the biotech corn to be more tolerant to nature’s different challenges, like plant diseases, pests and changing temperatures.  Over the past 30 years, 1,000 plus studies including the World Health Organization, European Food Safety Authority, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have been conducted to prove that there are no health and environmental impact in the use and consumption of biotech crops, including corn. According to the studies, using or consuming biotech corn have no effects on human health, while planting biotech corn maintains ecological balance, posing no threat to other plants and to animals.

Corn plays an important role in making sure we have enough food to eat and have access to fresh produce. So the next time you see unending rows of corn fields along the highway, think about how such a humble crop can make a positive impact to our everyday lives. 

2:54 PM

The Pamaskong Handog for OFWs At SM Malls

The Pamaskong Handog ng Global Pinoy for OFW has simultaneously happened in 46 SM Malls in the Philippines, held last December 19, 2015. I Choose to be part of this event at SM Center Pasig which is so near to me.

Even the rain won't stop us to celebrate the Christmas presentation of Global Pinoy for OFW's.  It was started with the greetings of our Kababayan's abroad in the different location across the country.




It was fun filled afternoon of sharing with OFW's family and their experience while their loved ones are in abroad. Games and raffles were so exciting as well as the performance of the coral who serenade us with their beautiful rendition of Christmas Carols.




I was one of the winners of Php 500 worth of SM Gift Certificate during the Pamaskong Handog Sa Global Pinoy. They even giveaways variety of stuff from their sponsors such as bags from SMDC, Budget Cards from PLTD, and a Php 100 discount coupon at SM Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, and Savemore.



It was such a great experience celebrating one afternoon with Global Pinoy members and celebrating the hard works of our modern heroes this Christmas.

Enjoy your Christmas and be Bless this coming New Year!

Friday, December 11, 2015

9:49 AM

Pinoy Pride Jessica Sanchez Released Her First Ever Christmas EP

Pinoy Pride Jessica Sanchez will be here in Manila on December 12 for a private gig. However, she has a fresh off the grill news that will definitely excite the Pinoy Fans know as BluJaysPH because she recently released her first ever Christmas EP aptly titled "Christmas with Jessica". 

The 6 song EP kicks off with  Santa Baby, Jingle bells and Joy To The World, while showcasing Jessica's powerful vocals on beautiful songs like Silent Night, and Ave Maria.

The former American Idol had been hinting her followers  on Twitter about the EP since last week,  tweeting "Christmas EP & merch coming soon my loves, I seriously cannot wait for y'all to see it ". 

It was Produced by James Daniels and Executive Produced by LA Mic Studios & Wise owl Media Group and the EP will brings together some of the most beloved holiday songs that all families can enjoy.

She will also launched her new merchandise store currently drawing raves among her fashion driven fans this coming 2016. The Powerhouse singer Jessica Sanchez's Christmas EP, Christmas with Jessica is available for download today!  

To download Christmas with Jessica go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessicasanchez and for more on Jessica like us on www.facebook.com/JessicaSanchezOfficial/ and follow @JessicaESanchez.

9:09 AM

My Premium Gin Journey With Ginebra San Miguel

It was such a world class experience when I was invited to join and experience the a wonderful journey with other blogger friends who ride the Party Bus Manila around Makati and BGC.

The night was full of fun, games and great talks as we enjoy the variety of cocktails of three different bars in the Metro. We started at Keg and they serve us the Gin Sour, Gin Sunrise and Tom Collins. I personally love the Gin Sunrise because it has a juice like taste but the kick is at the end part. It hides the real essence of the drink while you enjoy sipping it and eventually realize that it has an alcohol content.




Then we ride at the Party Bus, which is one of the great experience that night as we travel to Red Dot in Legaspi Village in Makati. We tried another three cocktails that they prepared such as Sake Cooler who is in the copper mug and very refreshing and taste like Gulaman for me, the Rosemary which is kinda sweet and smells good really and The Red Dot which is the signature drink of the place. It is similar to Singapore Sling and has a brandy, pineapple juice, lemongrass and a dot of grenadine. Actually, the Red Dot taste good but very strong. Well, I can't finish the whole drink and I admit it.


Lastly we went to Rue Bourbon at the Fort and we have the Scottish Margarita, Blue Alexander, Clear Blue, and Party Bus Cocktail. OMG! I feel like tipsy that night. So I decided not to drink everything. What I did is to try a sip on each of those drink and just enjoy the night talking to other bloggers so that I can still carry myself and go home.  


I never thought that night that it would be that fun. We even had games inside the Black Fleet while driving to our next stop and party, party of course. By the way, all drinks we had has a Premium Gin from Ginebra San Miguel. I never thought that you can make a lot of drink mixes with it. Before I only new it by mixing the gin with other juices but that night. Almost ten drinks that I have tasted has it. Imagine what more can you do with the world class premium gin.


The launch of the Premium Gin Journey with their partnered establishment was truly amazing. It is indeed not just a typical event that let's you drink all you can but a delightful experience of savoring specially hand crafted mixes of Ginebra San Miguel Premium Gin made by Filipino mixologist of each bar we visited. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

8:52 PM

Buon Giorno Caffe & Bistro Is Now Open At Twin Lakes, Tagaytay

Who will not going to love the cool weather and beautiful scenery in Tagaytay? The place has been the city’s top destinations for families looking for a weekend getaway. We're invited to the opening of Buon Giorno! Caffe & Bistro at Twin Lakes, Tagaytay and if you are  looking for an Italian family feast this holiday season just had their Christmas wish granted!

It's a short drive from the city center, along the main highway in Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road. Buon Giorno! was one of the must visit restaurants in Twin Lakes Estates who is becoming a dining paradise  in the area. Where foodies can have a delicious meal while enjoying the fresh air and breathtaking view of Taal Lake.

Now, at Buon Giorno! Caffe & Bistro, a hearty Italian meal can be part of a memorable dining experience at Twin Lakes, whose menu includes a wide selection of pastas, panini, salads, pizzas, risottos, lamb, steaks and other sumptuous Italian entrees.



Meat lovers will be delighted to discover Baby Back Ribs, Braised Lamb Shank, and OssoBuco con Rissotoalla Milanese, a dish from Northern Italy. This veal shank is served with pleasant gremolata (parsley, garlic and lemon rind topping) for a zesty and flavorful finish.




For pasta, the Canneloni Spinaci is a mouth-watering combination of chicken and mortadella ham rolled in pasta and generously smothered in tomato sauce and cheese. For a spicier treat, one can order Pescatore Alla Putanesca, a seafood pasta dish which comes with a peppery tomato sauce.

What Italian feast is complete without pizza? Don’t leave Buon Giorno!without sampling it’s delicious thin crust bricked baked oven pizzas. Aside from the yummy Al Margherita (beautiful for its simplicity and clean flavors), guests can rejoice at the Veggie pizza, which is loaded with zucchini, spinach, roasted bell peppers and eggplant.





The Bistro offers salads like the Green Goddess Salad(mixed lettuce greens with feta cheese and drizzled in a special Green Goddess Dressing) and the Insalata Caprese Salad. For the vegetarians, pasta dishes such as Spinaci e Funghi Ravioli and Eggplant Parmigiana are served.

Diners should definitely leave room for dessert as BuonGiorno!’s Chocolate Supreme Cheesecake combines the best of both worlds – rich and decadent chocolate flavor with the light and creamy tartness of cheesecake. They can also satisfy their sweet tooth either with a Chocolate Espresso Torte, a light Panna Cotta, orthe Coppa de Tiramisu, which is infused with rum and coffee, topped with grated chocolate.




I love personally love their pizza, cream of mushroom soup and the chicken that serve to us. Oh not to mention the Salmon canapes which is surely the best salmon that I have tasted. I notice that all ingredients that they use is so fresh which makes their food really good. For desserts, I super love the pistachio ice cream. 





BuonGiorno! also offers a variety of breakfast meals such as Salpicao (a favorite Filipino breakfast dish), Prime Bangus Belly, US Tapa Loin, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and omelet concoctions.For a light snack, guests can also enjoy their Chicken Panino, Steak Panino, and more.

Whether it’s a weekend getaway with that special someone or a family feast for the holidays, this is the season to come to Twin Lakes in Tagaytay and indulge in delicious Italian dishes from Buon Giorno! Caffe and Bistro.
7:05 PM

The First-ever Real Chef Challenge Of Unilever Food Solutions Philippines

Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines hails its first ever winners of the Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge, a culinary competition that challenges cooks and chefs across the Philippines to test their culinary acumen by revolutionizing dishes with the use of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise. The culinary experts with the most irresistible Salad & Sandwich Combo and the most exquisite tasting Hot Dish win the crown.

After the three month search for the best tasting innovated dishes using Lady's Choice mayonnaise. The real Chef Challenge Grand Finale has set in a grand taste testing event held at Glorietta 3 Activity Center, the top 25 chef finalists prepared and served their dishes before the chef judges and the public to determine the dishes from the Salad & Sandwich Combo and the Hot Dish categories. 


Both categories were judged based on taste and concept, presentation, and how the use of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise elevated the texture and taste of the dishes. Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise is made of real ingredients that help enhance the flavor of dishes, making them richer. Its creamy texture and taste definitely add a distinct flavor that elevates the taste of dishes.

“The top 25 mayo innovations that have made it to the finals prove that with the use of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, there are just so many recipes you can create and the possibilities to food innovations become endless,” 
- Chef Joanne Limoanco-Gendrano, Executive Chef at Unilever Food Solutions.


After the rigid scrutiny of the panel of judges, which included celebrity chef and executive chef of Chef Logro’s Institute of Culinary and Kitchen Services or CLICKS, Chef Pablo “Boy” Logro, owner and kitchen geek of Pino Kitchen Studio and Backyard MNL, Chef Edward Bugia, and UFS Senior Sous Chef, Chef Brando Santos, 25 interesting mayo innovations submitted from across the country have stood out.


Aside from showcasing various recipes that are made interesting with the use of mayonnaise, Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge also became a venue for the chefs and cooks to bring out their amazing talents and expertise in running their food establishments that are often not seen by the diners.



“At Unilever Food Solutions, the maker of Lady’s Choice, Knorr, and Lipton, we believe and support the one true mission of every Filipino chef and cook—to delight their customers with exquisite dishes. As such, we strive to help them develop their craft through the products and services we carry so they can continue to deliver a remarkable dining experience for their costumers. This competition is one of those milestones we’d like to share with them to showcase their amazing talents and creativity.”  
- Colin Butler, Managing Director of UFS Philippines. 

Two winners of Real Chef Challenge brought home P100,000 each and an exclusive TV feature of their establishment and the winning dish. More than this, they also brought home the title of being hailed as the first-ever winners of the Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge.