Park Shin Hye for Bench On Their 30th Year

Friday, July 28, 2017

You have no idea how Bench is planning to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, but you can feel it. For KDrama fans out there who watched Stairway to Heaven, You're Beautiful, The Heirs, Pinocchio, and Doctor Crush last year, it would be the opportune time to set yourselves crazy to a trip in all Bench stores and buy off merchandise because the one and only Park Shin Hye is back! She's the newest International Benchsetter and yesterday we had a glimpse of what to expect when she does her #BenchEveryday concert entitled Flower of Angel later at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Quezon City. She promises REAL fan interaction as selected people will do things with her on stage plus a super cute and romantic singing session with the popular actress.

During the press conference yesterday, she says her fashion style was a little boyish so she loved the pants/jeans and simple shirts that Bench has in their stores. But said she wanted to have a good first impression on this day so she agreed to wear a dress and skirt. 

She also wanted her fans to know what she feels the love despite her being in Korea as a lot of you had been sending her messages online and she does read them. She's also on the way to make another KDrama program come September or October playing a Lawyer this time since she already did a Doctor last year, she wants it different everyday albeit not being too choosy in the roles. She confirms she chooses to do the projects that she finds would just jump to her, when she feels it would make a mark.

Her advise to women, take care of your skin. She doesn't have a set regimen at all and only gives importance to moisturize and putting sunscreen because you can never go wrong with that. If you just saw her in person, you would agree as she's absolutely gorgeous, I couldn't see her pores.

Tonight will be a special night for her fans and the patrons of Bench. Congratulations Sir Ben and everybody who made it possible for her to come to the Philippines. I'm sure there would be a lot of guys who would love to be her Oppa. Make sure you follow me @kumagcow (for more photos of her) and Bench's social media channels for updates about her show later! 


Showcasing Filipino Martial Arts to the World: Hari Osias Banaag

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hearing Filipino Martial Arts be included in major Hollywood films always made me so proud not just as a movie goer but as a Filipino. Sometimes it's sad to see that these arts end up flourishing in other countries other than ours, but more people are actually now seeing value of learning home grown martial arts apt for our built, not rocket science if it seemed at all. Lately Hari Osias Banaag (a Filipino Sikaran Grand Master) has been receiving a lot of attention for championing SIKARAN, a Filipino Martial Art that originated in Baras, Rizal. Learning Karate at an early age, he wasn't keen on pursuing it after learning the ropes for 3 years. He enjoyed roughing it up with his playmates and used hay cushions as his workout arena. This was the time he saw them and his brother make use of their feet and legs to fend off people who had street wise weapons during those years so it got him interested and researched more about SIKARAN as a martial art form. He eventually put up the first school and called it Foremost Sikaran Brotherhood back in 1976. 

He attended the World Martial Arts for Peace event in Washington in 1997 and migrated to the US to introduce the sport abroad. He started training his relatives and friends then got Global Sikaran Foundation DBA established in 1998. Word spread like wildfire about it and got a couple of actors interested to practice like Cynthia Rothrock (my favorite 80's action star), Jerry Fisher, Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Eric Lee among others. The art form has likened some of it's forms to farm animals which made it quite unique compared to other disciplines, as it spreads to other countries like the US, the Philippines, Canada, Australia, Algeria, Korea, Sri Lanka, India, Italy Mexico, Argentina, Burundi and Saudi Arabia. Soon the world. He hopes this would be the start of something big in the Philippines as they are gunning to include it in the curriculum, perhaps soon a national sport. He also wants to make this a way for Filipinos to promote and learn discipline, humility, honor and dignity. If this happens, this would be an even greater country.

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Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano for Gold Seas Tuna

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It was a fun afternoon of food and health as new brand Gold Seas Tuna announced their new endorsers and availability in the Philippine market.  Sourced from the South Pacific, the tuna that Gold Seas can is fished responsibly (tuna and marine life preservation in their system of catching). This is sold by GNP (General Nutrifoods Philippines) in the country and they want consumers to recognize their brand as premium but priced reasonably. They want the next generation to also enjoy this and the flavors of the Gold Seas is the chunkiest tuna that's got a wide array of flavors like Tuna Chunks in Olive Oil, Olive Oil with Chili, Springwater, Tuna Chunks in Herb and Garlic, Lemon and Pepper and Mild Indian Curry. They also have oil and water variants of Yellow Fin Tuna. 

This product is meatier and not as fishy as the ones you see in the market today. I tried to make a Bento Box earlier and got fried tuna pancakes with it. It's perfect for lunch boxes. If you think about it, kids wouldn't even know they're eating veggies and fish because it's too pretty!

Tony Gonzaga and Direk Paul stressed how important it is to breastfeed and eat healthy to stay in shape. Tuna has got a lot of Omega 3 which is so good too in many dishes. This brand did it better when I tasted their tuna straight from the can. Make sure you try it out and compare the next time you cook. I like the lemon and pepper flavor personally.

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Charo Santos and My Diamond

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A dazzling affair with great company happened at the Manila House Private Club as jewelry brand My Diamond announced their newest endorser Ms. Charo Santos. JP Paglinawan their Marketing Manager says "My Diamond has been a success because of people who want the finest, affordable and authentic jewelry in the Philippines. Whether it's your first one or something you would use for weddings, it has been part of the Filipino way of showing affection, make them feel special and that's exactly what we want to convey in every piece of My Diamond jewelry. This is also why we chose an apt ambassador to showcase it's timeless appeal. She's brilliant and successful, she's Ms. Charo Santos. Expensive is relative, it doesn't cost as much as your mobile phones but if you are giving it to someone special how can you keep a price tag on that right?"

Ms. Charo says "A pair of fabulous earrings, rings or necklace is something empowering. Women should be kind to one's self, to make yourself feel good sometimes; and owning one is a good thing. It exhudes elegance and I remember buying one for my Mom a few years ago. We should shine at every stage. We can also make it an heirloom, pass it down to my daughter, in laws or someone special."

She also shared "Take a break, no matter how busy you are you must use simpe lines, look at the context of the event you are going to. Diamond Studs would be fine the whole day. My advice, believe in yourself, work hard and pursue your dreams. Owning jewelry is not just a luxury, it's an investment. I also wish men would love diamonds more, to appreciate it's value because it looks good on them too."

Ms. Charo will be endorsing the brand as a whole with Liza Soberano. If you would like to know more, visit and their branches nationwide!


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Ballet Manila's "Flights of Fantasy"

Early morning and I've got to head down south for this one to see "Flights of Fantasy". It's a series of shows for the 22nd Performance Season of premier dance company Ballet Manila. I've been eagerly waiting for the opportunity to watch their show but didn't get to because of distance (I live in QC) but judging from the lineup I said to myself "this is gonna be worth it" as I know every Ballet Manila production donnes world class standards. I love the art of dance and ballet always has got a soft spot in my heart because I attempted this and failed when I was in primary school. I used what little things I learned from that and applied it to tons of competitions that I had in Manila and in the regionals. Believe me, it helped.

What I like about this production though is that it's an original one. I'm talking about that legendary bird "Ibong Adarna". We love folklore, but as it was told in dance by Gerardo Francisco you would get to be flown into the magical kingdom of Berbanya. Prepare to be astonished as the company whip out their moves, techniques, even flying sequences. You'll be amazed at what the human body can do. If that's not enough, gorgeous west end star Gia Macuja Atchison will also sing as the great "Ibong Adarna". Music will be done by Diwa De Leon while set design and costume will be from Otto Hernandez. This is written by Angela Blardony Ureta. It will be shown on August 26 and September 2 at 6PM and will also show on August 27 and September 3 at 3PM so mark your calendars!

They also will be doing the classical ballet piece "Swan Lake" with music by Peter Tchaikovsky come October to pay homage to their Vaganova Academy style of dance. Premier ballerina Liza Macuja Elizalde and Osias Barroso will re-stage this at the Aliw Theater as well to make sure little girls who watch the show get inspired to do ballet after that.

You'll see Prince Sigfried, Odette, Odile and all the magic in between so this would be a good place to start to take interest in the art. Stage Design will be done by the marvelous Miguel Faustmann so prepare to be at awe. It will be seen October 7 and 14 at 6PM and October 8 and 15 at 3PM, get season tickets if you wish to see it all!

For a fun and endearing holiday season, Ballet Manila will be offering newly choreographed show by Ms. Lisa Macuja- Elizalde with the well loved fairy tale and staging of "Snow White". 

Set design will be taken cared of by Mio Infante and Costumes will be from Michael Miguel. Musical Arrangement will be done by Von De Guzman so this would be something to look forward to (he did local shows Amaya, Temptation Island). They will put a twist to the story and bring it to the 21st century. They'll be doing it on the same venue come November 25 and December 2 at 6PM, and November 26 and December 3 at 3PM. Kids would love this even if it's the queen doing the storytelling. Don't be afraid to watch as it's interesting. This is also their world premier!

They also got us to see a preview of Ballet and Ballads which will be seen next year. They'll do it on February 10 and 17, 2018 at 6PM and February 11 and 18, 2018 at 3PM. They will be featuring Martin Lawrence's Aria with music excerpts from Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fisher Opera and costumes designed by the one and only Jeffrey Rogador (of whom I've covered tons of fashion shows too).

We also had a preview of the interpretation of the song "Taralets" by local band Imago. It was choreographed by Gerardo Francisco which moves lived up to the dynamic and energetic song. It's very Filipino, and who would have thought it would be presented this well! It was just a fitting way to end the press preview, and if I were you I'd book tickets for the season instead of just a single show. Ballet and Ballads will also be featuring Asia's Crooner Christian Bautista and other artists, the songs they are planning to perform will surely be epic!

This is just one wonderous case of how to show the Filipino is world class. If you want to know more about ticket prices and schedules, please visit their official website and their accounts on FB, Twitter and IG. It's also available on TicketWorld outlets via then click on View Details under the part where it says "Season Subscription Program" if you want to see it all. 

This is just one of the many things that Ballet Manila has prepared for the Filipino audience, and we fervently hope this won't be the last. I really was amazed with the short previews so I can't wait to see the whole show on the said dates. 

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