Friday, November 22, 2013

PLDT Fibr Presents Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys will serenade the Filipinos anew at the Mall of Asia Arena this
Monday. This is brought to you by PLDT Fibr,
As I prepare everything for my thesis, I am also putting a new laptop and a fast internet connection to my checklist.

And then I learned about PLDT Home's Fibr. Fibr goes beyond what your regular internet connection can do.

With Fibr, you can browse through multiple websites and still have a smooth surfing as if you only opened one site. The fiber-optic connection of Fibr, which is proven the fastest, makes it possible. Also, you can watch hundreds of movies online through Clickplay and Cignal TV channels too. This video could help you be convinced more.
But of course, graduation comes first, that's why if I get a Fibr connection at my dorm, I will use it mainly for my thesis research. Mathematics is a tough course, so looking for the latest mathematical breakthroughs online will be of great help for me.

But I also found out that Fibr is one of the sponsors for Alicia Key's upcoming "Set the World on Fire" concert on Monday in Pasay. I want to see her live and hear her sing "If I Ain't Got You", my favorite song of hers.

I like "If I Ain't Got You" because it is a smooth song. It has the right RnB blend that's suitable for everyone's ear. That's why I got easily hooked to her hit back when I was in high school.

Alicia Keys will perform this Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. For tickets, call SM Tickets at 470-2222.

This concert is brought to you by Fibr by PLDT Home. For more information, visit its website:

Pasyal Sunday Returns This Sunday

For the third straight month, the Intramuros Pasyal Sunday will take place this
Sunday. Carlos Celdran
The Intramuros Pasyal Sunday returns for a third outing this Sunday from 1:00-9:00 PM at the said Manila City district.

General Luna Street, from Beaterio to Santa Potenciana Streets, will be designated a car-free zone by the Intramuros Adminstration as this will be the site where the pasyal will take place.

The upcoming pasyal will feature charities and non-profit groups at its street bazaar, and they will be donating a hundred percent of their earnings to the relief efforts.

You will also get a chance to catch the famed Sipat Lawin Ensemble, who will finish off its five-day concert series at The Manila Collectible, the NCCA Lobby, and the Heroes Square Building by that day.

Donations for the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda will also be accepted there. The 3rd Intramuros Pasyal Sunday is brought to you by Viva Manila, led by Carlos Celdran.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mercato Centrale Goes to Alabang!

Great news to all the foodies from the South! The Mercato Centrale group, organizer of Metro Manila’s most popular night food markets, is bringing back the Mercato Centrale experience to the South! Join us at EL SUR – the NEWEST Mercato Centrale market that will be open in Alabang Town Center (beside Fully Booked) every Friday & Saturday from 12nn to 12mn starting November 23 (Saturday)!

“After a short break from the South, we are excited to be back in the area!“ enthused Anton Diaz, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale group and the blogger behind the popular food and travel blog in the Philippines “Thanks to all the support from our Southern-based foodie fans who have been clamoring for our return.”

“We look forward to bringing the Mercato Centrale foodie experience to Alabang Town Center, which includes a variety of great-tasting and innovative food choices straight from the homes of the South-based chefs and homemakers, acoustic entertainment and a lively atmosphere,“ said RJ Ledesma, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale group. “We will also have the best-selling vendors from our various Mercato markets sharing their famous dishes in EL SUR!”

“We also want to find the next big food entrepreneur from the South!” added Anton. “The Mercato markets have been the birthplace of many expanding Manila food businesses like Manang’s Chicken, Merry Moo Premium Ice Cream, Spring by Ha-Yuan, Kristina’s Inutak, Chuck’s Grubberie Fish and Chips, and many more. We are happy to note that one of our pioneer Mercato vendors, Mochiko Ice Cream, already has a branch here in Alabang Town Center!”

For interested food vendors who want to join EL SUR, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102, email or visit Limited slots available.

Mercato Centrale group is the organizer of Midnight Mercato in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Cucina Andare (the first food truck market in the country) in Glorietta Park, Makati, Mezza Norte in Ayala’s Trinoma Mall, Quezon City, Cocina Centrale in Ayala’s MarQuee Mall, Pampanga, and Porto Cena in Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall, Subic.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Team Car Porn Dominates MAS 2013

Joey Mead-King came for her husband to lead Team Car Porn in MAS 2013.
Team Car Porn Racing was the big winner of Manila Auto Salon 2013 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

The preparation of the Car Porn Racing team was long and hard but everyone was excited as this was the first time all four RWB-Porsches from the Philippines will be showcased for the country to see. All efforts paid off as RWB Victoria, General, Akira, and Ellise made heads turn and left people in awe. We did not need hot models to draw a crowd. The RWB's gathered their own crowd.

The booth was jampacked on the first day as fans lined up to the meet and greet the RWB legend, Akira Nakai. 100 lucky fans were given a chance to meet him and take home a Nakai signed poster.

Celebrities which included Sam YG, Dianne Medina, and Ramon Bautista were sighted taking pictures and hanging around the RWBs. In absence of sorely missed Car Porn director Ian King, Joey Mead-King showed full support by visiting Victoria and happily posed for everyone. She showed the crowd how to definitely model like you mean it. Our booth has been one of the busiest as limited edition items from Hoonigan and Victoria Court were sold and the last batch of Victoria Court Elite black and Pink cards and merchandise were given to participants who like our Facebook fan page.

The RWBs sure made history as the organizers had to create separate awards to acknowledge them. Victoria, the first RWB made in the Philippines, won Best Body Kit Import and General bagged two major awards, Best Tuner and Best in the Show. This is the first time in history for one car to get both awards. Amazing win for Team Car Porn Racing indeed!

Youtube Sensations Ho, Bustos Spark Blogapalooza Event

Marco "Bogart the Explorer" Ho (R) and Jako De Leon discussed their videos
and how they became viral on Youtube.
Mikey Bustos and Marco Ho, whose viral Youtube videos made them stars, were keynote guests during the 2013 When In Manila Blogapalooza at the new SMX Convention Center inside SM Aura in Taguig City.

Bustos, who became known for teaching the Filipino culture in a funny way, and Ho, more popularly known as Bogart the Explorer, who exposes the kinds of people living in the Philippines, graced the whole-day event that connected online media personalities and business entities.

The two Youtube sensations, together with Bogart the Explorer video producer Jako De Leon, shared how their videos became a hit and empowered the online writers to continue with their work.

Stand-up comedians Tim Tayag, Derf Hebrado, James Caraan, and Marlon Olivan also joined the fun and entertained the bloggers and business owners with their comedic pieces.

Philip Abadicio of Aksyon TV's "It's More Fun with Philip" and the new TV5 show "Philip the Lifestyle Guy" also made a talk how online media and TV can co-exist.

Also sharing their insights were social media expert Jason Cruz and radio DJ's Karen Bordador, Sam Gogna aka Sam YG, Tony Bueno aka Tony Toni, and Eric Virata aka Slick Rick.

Also, bloggers got a chance to meet with business entities through booths where they can interact about the latter's products.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bigger 2LaBS Attended

The Laguna Cultural Center was once again packed for the 2nd Laguna Blog-
ging Summit.
About a thousand people were in attendance as the Laguna Blogging Summit had a second staging at the Laguna Cultural Center in the province's capital town of Sta. Cruz.

The two-day blogging summit proved to be even bigger than the first as no less than motivational speaker Chinkee Tan and SEO expert Ben Francia were among the key speakers.

Also doing a talk again were last year's speakers Pocholo Gonzales and COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez.

Chris Lao, whose ridicule received from getting stuck at the height of heavy rain inspired him to stand up against cyberbullying, shared his current fight against it during the event.

Anakbayan chair Venzie Crisostomo and Wazzup Pilipinas head Ross Del Rosario also shared their tidbits on how social media helped them win the audience in their respective fields.

Gardenia once again gave free snacks to the attendance, while Greenwich took care of the lunch. Gift cheques from Zoomanity, AirAsia, and 2Go were also given away.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gardenia’s Legacy in the Baking Industry

The Gardenia plant in Biñan City
Gardenia s roots go back to Singapore where, in 1978, it began as a humble in-store bakery. Increasing demand led to the opening of Gardenia s first-commercial bakery at Pandan Loop in March 1983. Gardenia has since been the market leader in Singapore and has expanded its operations in Asia to countries such as Malaysia and Thailand with the latest in the Gardenia chain of bakeries here in the Philippines.

It all began in 1997, QAF Limited through Gardenia International Pte. Ltd. established Gardenia Bakeries Philippines Inc. and started construction of its bakery plant in Laguna International Industrial Park (LIIP), Biñan City, Laguna.

Gardenia Philippines started its operations in 1998 with the state-of-the-art bread factory rated as one of the most modern large scale bread manufacturing facility in the country. Its major, highly-automated equipment come from the best bakery equipment suppliers from Germany, Holland, UK, and USA making it the leading manufacturing company in the Philippines.

Over the years, Gardenia has gained wide acceptance and is now considered as the most widely distributed loaf brand, reaching many parts of the country. 

Gardenia Philippines offers a wide array of superior bakery products including white, wheat and health breads, flavored loaves, pandesal and snack items like snack cakes, muffins and toasts. Gardenia breads are known for their good taste, freshness, softness, oven-baked aroma and nutritive value. The popular Classic White Bread is cholesterol free and bromate free, has zero transfat, and is vitamin and mineral fortified, exceeding DOH recommendations. Its product slogan "So can even eat it on its own" best describes the product benefits.

Gardenia, being a consumer-focused and branded food company, is singularly driven in delivering superior consumer value through providing consumers with superior products. The Gardenia trademark means value and is respected all over Asia.

Gardenia has been awarded with International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001: 2000 certifications from 2003 to 2009 and has now upgraded to ISO 9001:2008 in compliance with Quality Management System and certification for product quality excellence. This assures that consumers only get the highest quality products in the market. Moreover, Gardenia is HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certified since 2003 to present—proof of the company’s adherence to the systematic approach in the identification, evaluation, and control of food safety standards. From 2004-2010, Gardenia was accorded Superbrands status by Superbrands Ltd., an independent authority and arbiter on branding. This, on the other hand, re-affirms that Gardenia has met the stringent criteria of market dominance, longevity, goodwill, customer loyalty and overall market acceptance. Another notable award is the Annual National Consumers’ Award (ANCA) as the “Outstanding Bread Manufacturer” for five straight years.

These are some testaments which prove that Gardenia provides only the best products for Filipino consumers.

Gardenia Philippines pioneered a unique distribution system, ensuring that only fresh breads reach consumers every day. Gardenia strictly follows its international policy of keeping only fresh stocks on the store shelves. As soon as products come out of the factory, delivery vans leave the production plant as early as 4 o’clock in the morning to bring the products to specific locations in the country. Replacing unsold breads in store shelves with only freshly baked top-quality products during each day of delivery is a Gardenia practice unmatched in the industry.

Since the start of its operations, Gardenia s distribution had grown rapidly. Gardenia is now considered as the most widely distributed loaf brand in Metro Manila to as far as Isabela, Abra, Cagayan and Ilocos provinces in the North, the Bicol region in the South, and Negros, Samar, Antique, Aklan, Iloilo, and Leyte in the Visayas region. Increasing demand led Gardenia to reach Cebu, Bohol, Butuan City, Iligan City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Davao City in Mindanao. From Gardenia s establishment in 1998, the brand’s success has been starkly evident with its continuous and rapid sales growth.

This combination of superior product quality, advanced bread-making technology and extensive system of distribution reflects the consumer-oriented vision of Gardenia Philippines that brings consumers the highest level of product satisfaction.

The reason behind Gardenia’s success is no secret; it is the people who made Gardenia what it is today and the goal of sustaining Gardenia’s leadership and excellence. Our enthusiasm to serve constitutes the “yeast that raises the dough” and with this, Gardenia will continue to take the lead.

Fibr: Home’s Most Powerful Broadband

If I were to create a character in the Hunger Games saga, I will name him "Speedy". Speedy will be too fast and quick to evade the opponent's weapons and will be that agile too to attack them to win the Hunger Games. Also, I can handle a lot of weapons at a time and use them almost simultaneously.

Speedy will be just like Fibr, PLDT Home's most powerful broadband. It's faster than other broadband networks. Also, because of Fibr, you can seamlessly and simultaneously experience the following:

1. Browsing of multiple websites

2. Stream hundreds blockbuster movies on-demand from Clickplay

3. Watch Cignal Digital TV Channels

PLDT Fibr is now available now in over 800 fiber-powered villages nationwide. Visit or call 101-FIBR (3427) for more details. Here's a creative visualization of how Fibr looks like:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tiago Restaurant: Bringing Progressive Filipino Foods

The South Triangle area is home to the more well-known hangouts in Quezon City. However, inside the place where you can find the likes of Zirkoh, Vizio, and Amici is a place called Tiago. The restaurant serves "progressive Filipino cuisine". You may ask, "What is progressive cuisine?" I and my crew went to check the place out.
As I mentioned above, Tiago brings you Filipino cuisine, but the resto brings it to the next level. According to owner Sigrid Buendia, they intend to deliver a different kind of Filipino dining experience by fusing our favorite dishes with other dishes. That's what she calls "progressive cuisine".
Tiago owner Sigrid Buendia (R) with homie Grace Nicolas
One example of this progressive Filipino cuisine is the chopsuey salad, in which the well-known veggie dish is turned to a dessert or even an appetizer.
Also available at Tiago is the appetizer tilapia rolls--slices of fried tilapia and some rice rolled into mustasa leaves.
If you want more "fishy" jawbreaking, check out Tiago's tinapa rice, where your favorite sinangag is added by tinapa flakes.
If this fried rice is not yet enough for you, you can check out its other rice dishes like the adobo rice.
Also available at Tiago is the ever well-known sisig. It's delicious even if it's not on a sizzling plate.
The last main dish we tried at our visit was the pork humba.
Of course, what's our dining experience without some dessert? Tiago offers leche flan and a different kind of suman--unwrapped!
Aside from the desserts above, Tiago also serves flavors of ice cream different from the commercial ones. Here's the restaurant's ice cream menu (Yes! You can only find these types of ice cream at Tiago.).
Tiago Progressive Filipino Restaurant is located at Scout Fuentebella St. cor. Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City, infront of Bellagio Square. It's open daily from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM except on Mondays. For more inquiries, call (02)4130616.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

2LaBS Pushes Through This November

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit (#2LaBS) will be on November 14 and 15, 2013 from 8am to 5pm with the registration that will start at 7am at the Cultural Center of Laguna inside the Provincial Capitol at the Municipality of Santa Cruz. For this year, the organizers invited different empowered and powerful influencers from the mainstream media and online who they tagged as Social Revolutionists for showing their advocacies without fear, conveying their voices effectively with action, influencing their communities and by being the representatives of social forces.

The organizers are very happy to announce that Governor ER Ejercito is in full support for this historical event. Last year, the event received more than 700 attendees from different schools such as Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), AMA, STI, and UPLB. For this year, students of De La Salle Zobel are coming to #2LaBS to learn more about the importance of Online Marketing, effectiveness of Social Media in todays business, Cybercrime Law, Anti Cyber Bullying, Blogging 101, and why 33% Filipinos are online recently.The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit (#2LaBS) will be on November 14 and 15, 2013 from 8am to 5pm with the registration that will start at 7am at the Cultural Center of Laguna inside the Provincial Capitol at the Municipality of Santa Cruz. For this year, the organizers invited different empowered and powerful influencers from the mainstream media and online who they tagged as Social Revolutionists for showing their advocacies without fear, conveying their voices effectively with action, influencing their communities and by being the representatives of social forces. 

The organizers are very happy to announce that Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito is always in full support for this historical event. Last year, the event received more than 700 attendees from different schools such as Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), AMA, STI and UPLB. For this year, De La Salle Zobel from Alabang, Muntinlupa City are coming to #2LaBS to learn more about the importance of Online Marketing,  effectiveness of Social Media in today's business, Cybercrime Law, Anti-Cyberbullying, Blogging 101 and why 33% Filipinos are online recently.

According to former 2nd District of Laguna board member and current assistant secretary general of Philippine Red Cross Neil Andrew Nocon, "The 1st Laguna Blogging Summit last year contributed to the Laguna influx flow of tourist." This statement from the one in charge last time of the Laguna Tourism Office only proved how effective social media is in giving awareness and hitting the right target market.

For this year, different companies shows support to the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit. Greenwich Pizza made possible for the organizers to meet at their different restaurants/outlets in Metro Manila most especially at Philfirst Building at Makati where Greenwich has a conference room. The event's first social media launch and website launch happened also at Greenwich Pizza Philfirst Building outlet and attended by Philippine Red Cross and Zoomanity Group.

The newly elected 3rd District of Laguna Representative Marisol Aragones shows also her full support to the event.

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit Final Program and Set of Speakers with their respective topics:

1st Day November 14, 2013 Thursday

8:00am-8:15am Philippine National Anthem

8:15am-8:20am Opening Remarks-Dr. Nestor De Vera (President- Laguna Science Polytechnic University) 

8:20am-8:25am Keynote Speaker-Gov. ER Ejercito (Province of Laguna)

8:25am-9:00am  Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Social Media Ethics)

9:00am-10:00am Chinkee Tan (Finding your Passion)

10:00am-11:00am  Eyriche Cortez (Power Tips For Blogging)

11:00am-12:00pm Alvin Cloyd Dakis (Bashers in Your Blog: A Survival Guide)

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch/Raffle

1:00pm-1:30pm Rhodora Espiritu  (EduBlogging)

1:30pm-2:30pm James Jimenez (Social Media in Voters Education)

2:30pm-3:00pm Bert Guevarra  (Environment & Social Media)

3:00pm-3:30pm Snacks /Raffle 

3:30pm-4:30pm Venzie Crisostomo (Advocacy online/offline)

4:30pm-5:00pm Janette Toral  (Bloggers as Digital Influencers)

2nd Day November 15, 2013 Friday

8:00am-8:15am Philippine National Anthem

8:15am-8:20am Opening Remarks-Neil Andrew Nocon (Assistant Secretary General-Philippine National Red Cross) 

8:20am-8:25am Keynote Speaker-Mayor Girlie Ejercito

8:25am -9:00am Dr. Tess Termulo (Health Advocacy)

9:00am-10:00am Atty. Chris Lao (Anti- Cyber Bullying and Cybercrime Law)

10:00am-11:00am Ben Francia (Search Engine Optimization)

11:00am-12:00 pm Art Samaniego (Journalism  in the Age of Social Media)

12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch/Raffle

1:00pm-2:00pm Pocholo De Leon Gonzales (Branding)

2:00pm-3:00pm Lloyd Luna (Blogging Inspirational Life Stories)

3:00pm-3:30pm Raffle and Snacks 

3:30pm-4:00pm John Cueto (Niche)

4:00pm-4:30pm Carlos Celdran (Why I do, What I do)

4:30pm-5:00pm Zero Basura Blog Contest Launch under Earth Day Network Philippines & #2LaBS

Oriang and 100 Miles Cafe in Taguig and Tiago Progressive Cuisine at Quezon City helped the organizers too by providing the venue and food to some of their meetings while Zoomanity Group, Air Asia, and 2GO Travel provided gift certificates to be raffled off for the attendees. 

The organizers would like to thank Pro Friends, Gardenia Bakers Philippines, Elabram Systems, Commission on Election (COMELEC), PATAS, and Philippine Health Bloggers Society (PHBS) for their invaluable support to make the event possible not to mention our media partners such as Kliping Times,, The Tribune Post, Ronda Balita, Royal Cable, Magic Expose,,, Webby Thoughts, and Manila Channel. 

The event hosts are Rod Magaru and Florencio Jusay Jr. 

Organizers; Grace Bondad Nicolas, Dianne Salonga, Mac Vasquez, Pepi De Leon, Ross Del Rosario, Rod Magaru, Florencio Jusay Jr, Katrina Capili, Odessa Escaler, Cindy Nicolas, Mark Acsay, JayL Aquino, John Cueto, Jojo Busayong and Ivan Saldajeno. 

For more information:

Official Website:
Twitter: @labsummit #2LaBS
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