ANGKAS Spearheads Unity Ride in Manila

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Woke up to news that throngs of Angkas riders had a unity ride in Manila this morning so we headed to their press conference in White Plains in Quezon City. It’s a Sunday, pretty early, but I have noticed these guys who were speaking were all passionate, some angry, some are sad, definitely, they have some reasons to be like that now that there is a TRO pointed at their operations to cease and got all their riders, the riding public annoyed because among all the days they chose the busiest one in the year to do it.

Romeo Maglunsod the Chairman of Solid Manila Riders says “We earn and eat our daily meals through work provided for by this ride app and it is the government that is stopping or becoming a hindrance rather than help us. I hope it won’t be until the time where we have to explain to our kids that they will not eat today, I don’t know how to explain this to our kids and I hope you see how we both have benefited from this especially the professional riders.”

Jobert Bolano of MRO “We have been here since the rise of popularity of motorcycles. We have been in contact with riders that service far flung areas that this has been beneficial with, motor taxis are using technological advancements and safety is prioritized. To help mobilize people, motor taxis are screened, documentation, exams, skills assessments, even higher than usual international standards. On top of that, even seminars are being given and not just asking random strangers like what Habal habals do that are not regulated at all by government agencies. We have asked the government, we are not against the system but the system is against us. We have asked the congress already to act upon this model so we an answer to their call of moving people safer in our vehicles. Erring riders are rated and reported by the actual customers, higher level of progress but it always have been overlooked.”

Rod Cruz of Arangkada says “If you are an ordinary rider and you ride Habals who do not have formal training, who did you wrong, and is out of the app entirely, how can you be sure of your safety? How can you be sure of that person? Why does the government close their eyes on illegal habals and not allow safer ones out on the streets? Any form of ride can have accidents, we have been called criminals, yet we only wanted to help ease traffic in Manila.”

Ryan Rillera the President of Taguig Spartans says “What will we do with our customers who only want to get home early? What do we do with riders affected by this all? I have been working here for 2 years, to help people, especially those in a hurry, what will we do with them? We do not want illegal drivers out there to drive them home instead. We do not want them to met an accident and not be liable for anything, we are willing to be regulated, we are willing to undergo whatever the government asks us to do.”

George Royeca the Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs of Angkas days “This is the largest community ride in the country showing how safe, affordable, reliable riding a motorcycle is. We need education and we are not here to be a hindrance to anyone, we are just fighting for the rights of motorcycle riders. We will comply with the government, we will respect them, but I hope they would be sensitive to the call of these people, these families, to support an industry that has helped them, become their livelihood even if the government chooses not to. Yes there are laws that need to be passed, we are lucky to have several of them supporting our cause, we need Senators and Congressmen to have certain provisions or laws passed to the motor taxi would be back in operations and we will appeal to the Supreme Court and hope they will listen to our call. Right now we are continuously training motorcycle riders and we want to further train the whole country of riders even if they are not part of our system. That is our promise to the government and we hope together with agencies, we will have a solution to better help our riders, their families and the riding public. We hope people stop criminalizing motorcycle riding and help us support our riders.”

David Medrana Head of Operations for Angkas adds “Our current projects like the Angkas Buhay will still be implemented soon but we will prioritize what we need to do now since we have to help our riders for that cause. We are really proud of that project too.”

I guess there are still a lot of hurdles in order to make these all legal. Though I don’t ride Angkas because my head is too big for their helmets (big brain eh!), those who do benefit from this need their voices to be heard as well. We hope they become regulated, professionalized and be something of help to ease traffic in Manila, I hope you noticed it bas been hell already especially during the holidays and the brightest thing the government does is remove this transport alternative.

That bothers me. I am hopeful though they have a solution to that because if this is already helping a lot of people, they need to do their homework.

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Hard Fought Battles Seen at Predator League 2019

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The most popular game in the country deserves the most powerful hardware too. Gaming tycoon brand Predator just recently held their Predator League 2019 DOTA II Tournament at the fastest cafe in Manila, Highgrounds in Scout Rallos in Quezon City. The goal is to hold the FINALS GAME and find out the best of the best players in the country.

The semi finals has been held in different areas and now Predator will get teams Alpha Gaming from Visayas, Neon ESports from Metro Manila, TaskUS Titans from Central Luzon and NCGC ESports team from Mindanao to fight in order to get DOTA Supremacy in the hopes to win the huge prize of Php 120,000.

Game settings will be a tournament 5 vs 5 single eliminations in a best of 3 match. They will also be doing Captain’s Mode and connected in the Singapore server location, same gameplay rules as with the tournament version, spectator mode is enabled, sides will be picked by a coin toss. The goal is to destroy the other team’s main building. Easy as that.

Neon ESports

TaskUs Titans

This is Predator’s way of reinforcing the brand presence in the gaming industry. The Predator League is a yearly event held by Acer and is the go to brand for laptops, desktops, monitor, projector that is made to level up the gamer experience with their state of the art products sold across the region, and around the world.

It looks like Team Neon ESports is winning the Finals as they have 30-9 lead as we speak. I think they will also be representing the Philippines in the regional finals in Thailand early next year. Good job on making sure to cripple their economy first before heading on and getting them all defeated. It was a nice game! Congratulations!

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KathNiel Signs with Shawarma Shack

Shawarma Shack and KathNiel with owners Walther Buenavista and Patty Collantes

Shawarma Shack, one of the country’s hippest brand of shawarma snack counters just made KathNiel fans happy again as their idols got signed with them this year.

For those who don’t know, they started with a small shawarma food cart in Divisoria night market who offered the only one with a buy one take one concept which was a hit amongst ordinary Filipinos who wanted quality and value for money products thought about by their President and CEO Walther Uzi Buenavista and their VP Patricia. Their version is Filipino Mediterranean and in just a few years, they now have over 300 stores nationwide who offer this particular concept forever!

They also offer three kinds of sauces, get the more spicy one (a personal favorite).

Ms. Patty says “Since we had Daniel and Kathryn with us, our franchisees have tripled this year and we plan to do even better this 2019 as we are planning major expansions nationwide. We owe this fast growth with KathNiel as our partners.”
Daniel adds “This is the most affordable one and we are so happy to endorse the only buy one take one shawarma brand that is for and by Filipinos.”

To note, their sales have doubled and their franchisees have tripled and the general manager says people have seen the potential in this business. They promise that they will not compromise their quality even though their business model needs the buy one take one concept continued and hopefully available all the time. Once you sign a contract they can set it up in two weeks or less than a month. Price wise they are going to be the choice of the ordinary pinoys. They assure you that they will be clean, safe, and good.

Right now, they have diversified their products and offer Shawarma Wraps, Shawarma Rice, Kebab, Chicken Tikka and Keema. This won’t make the Filipinos tired about their products and they hope people would continue to line up their stores around the country.

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Macoy Mendoza and Kiel Alo for "It Takes Two To Tango"

Friday, December 14, 2018

We headed to Teatrino Promenade and watched the concert of Macoy Mendoza and Kiel Alo, two young men who holds a lot of promise, who wants to share their gift to everyone. Honestly, I only heard about them today and yes, I am also hearing them sing for the first time. I was not expecting much, so I sat at the back and looked forward to hear from these two talented boys.

Macoy Mendoza and Kiel Alo went up on stage and got their  feet wet. Macoy says "I would like to thank everyone who made this possible, I know there were tons of hindrances and we had to be here despite the weather and huge traffic. I am thankful to have a venue to showcase our talent. We are also here to have fun, I hope we get to enjoy this evening of music."

Macoy is much of a fan of slow, melancholic music. Albeit kidding around in between songs, he kills those OPM soundtracks for lunch and snacks. Not flawless, but it takes a hint of raspiness, not common to people of his age. 

In the second segment, Kiel Alo went a little sentimental in front of his Mom whom he refers to as his first FOREVER. I must say, he's a good crooner and he showed this with his covers of classics. He says "I have performed here quite a number of times, even slept and took showers in this place (he kids) but for me, the real measure of a beauty of a song is all in its lyrics."

In the show they were joined by the Teleserye songs queen Faith Cuneta, she showed us a thing or two about how it's done via song covers of Natalie Cole and a duet with Macoy later on in the show. 

They were also supported by the one and only sentimental Jukebox Queen Imelda Papin who dished out several of her hit songs like "Isang Linggong Pagibig" (One Week Romance). She isn't even having a hard time hitting the notes. So beautiful. She says "I am just happy to be here to be one of the guest performers of Macoy, and Kiel, we all have to help new generation of singers so they can more stories, through immortalized songs." She also sang an unrehearsed number, which we all loved! She will have a concert on February 24 at the Araneta Coliseum to mark her 45th year in the business. She also teamed up with the queen, to sing Sometimes When We Touch, unbelievable.

Kiel also sang in between as he vows never to love again. 

Orville the PGT diva also performed 3 of her hit skits, made us laugh towards the end of the concert.

They ended the concert with a promise to never feel and grow old.

Now this might be just a start, but as I said they do hold a lot of promise especially Kiel. Macoy was much of a poster boy, matinee idol type, with range that may or not change with puberty... so I guess they're both going to have bright futures ahead of them. You're going places, and you've got people especially your family behind you. That alone marks success, you both are working hard. It may take some time, but in a few years you'll find your own star, your own time to shine!

Congratulations on the concert! :)

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Jericho Rosales, Jessy Mendiola for “The Girl in the Orange Dress” this MMFF 2018

This is definitely one of the films people look forward to watch because why not, it’s the only one discussing romance this December and ultimately combining two fine actors that have never been paired up, discussing a matter that anyone can relate to; when you fall in love with someone you think is not at your level, but forgot that they too are human just like you.

Here is our interview with the Jesse and Jericho during the shoot of the film:

Jessy Mendiola says “The craziest celebrity thing I did? I chose my heart over my career, but I didn’t regret any part of it. About the hungover story, I remember getting hung over after promising to pay for my friends birthday party. I checked my wallet the day after and the receipt was there. When I called her it was as if she paid for it, that was crazy. You need to watch this because it’s Christmas, it is fun, it is about giving and sharing, you will fall in love with us. If you see what Quantum produces every year, they have got so much promise because all their romantic films have done well. It just makes you feel good, please watch this as it focuses on love.”

Ria Atayde says “I am a huge Jericho Rosales fan and Echo is just amazing. You will also fall in love with the movie in the few hours it will be shown. ”

Jericho Rosales says “Every profession has good and bad things, the steady career, the perks, free stuff, attention, people think they know you, some actors abuse their popularity. Things happen, bash us, make a perception, it’s just a dog eat dog kind of industry and we work long hours without benefiting from the government. I have always pointed out that I didn’t want to be a celebrity, I just want to be an actor. I need to even watch this because Lino is depressing, I need something kilig, something that would get me over friendship issues. You should watch it because it will make you feel normal, smiling, because it really feels good. You need positive chemicals before you plan to watch the other things because this just gives good vibes. We didn’t put so much weight on the dress, it was just stolen, but when you see her from afar, you can identify her like a scandal on his head. Actually, this is about friendship. About running away from limelight, I did want that a few times in the past, but I don’t like the days when I get compared to anyone, affecting my family and my son and this kinda gives you a glimpse of that. It’s like a rock and roll world. It is not the dress, but the girl in the orange dress. I must say my fans, they are not much and they give me advice, they are the thinking, accepting kind of fans.”

Go watch The Girl in the Orange Dress this December 25 and see how you can enjoy someone else’s adventurous relationship, romance and love story. Talk to the person beside you in the cinema but not to be scary, who knows, you might fall in love there too.

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Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC De Vera for One Great Love

Thursday, December 13, 2018

I was expecting an installment of Shake, Rattle and Roll to come from film production Regal Entertainment Inc. but I guess they had different plans this 2018. One Great Love is their official entry for Metro Manila Film Festival this year and it stars Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC De Vera who will play star crossed lovers who wished for an ideal relationship, in a journey that would take them to various depths of love, friendship, breakups and moving on. This is under the direction of Eric Quizon so it is already interesting to see they dynamics of this new pairing.

Kim says “ I am Zyra, who only wanted to find love. There are different kinds and forms of love, but it’s the one that you won’t forget, even time wouldn’t be able to erase it. At first I didn’t want to promote this because of the love scenes, I don’t want to label it that way because it is a movie that doesn’t exist just because of the love scenes. You will see it because it is needed in the story, I was challenged, they took care of me and I was secured, remained to my core that it is just essential. This is rated PG and not R18, I won’t be scolded by my grandma. I was really nervous so I didn’t talk to them, it started with us back to back. Are we ready to fall in love again? That is the question!”

Dennis adds “ Ian is secretly in love with Zyra. It’s when you love less of yourself and more of them. It was fun and exciting to do this because I got to work with her even if we came from different channels. I was a little nervous during the first few days so I really talked to Direk Erik just to shake that off. I had to had help, and also helped Kim so we would be comfortable in both sides. Kim’s kiss is gentle. For those who are confused like we are in the movie, this is a nice place to start. If you get hurt you will get to realize a lot of things, that pain will always be there. You will remember the good and bad things.“

Marlo adds “I play Bryan, the one great love of Miles. Everyday you want to spend time with her, it’s the greatest feeling. This is the first time I am doing this role and we only talk when we are on the scene. They should look out for the sofa scene. She is literally light to work with.”
Miles says “I am the younger sister of Kim in the movie. I always ask myself about it, unless you feel it you wouldn’t consider it to be the greatest one. Actually One Great Love isn’t just because of that, it has deeper meaning. We all went through it at one point, you will relate with the characters and this will bring something for anybody.”

Eric Quizon says “When you say great love, it’s the truest one, the one you spend time the most. The script was by Gina Tagasa and it was just given to me, at first I was asked to change the title but I didn’t want to do it anymore because it was a great script. It was made and given to kim solely. She read this on the plane and agreed. Casting was a different process, the casting was thought about because this is out of Kim’s comfort zone and JC and Dennis had to sync because the managers wanted the opposite role for them but I wanted the other. Originally the kid sister was the sure one, it’s why they ended up giving advise. I did several jobs before this so it was easy because they have initiative. They talk in one corner and very professional, I heard Kim scream every now and then. Zyra went through waiting, hurting, the happiness, realization so you will go out crying and happy at the same time.”

The film also stars Marlo Mortel, NiƱa Dolino, Jenny Arteta, Clara Del Rosario, Fiona Yang, Mich Ligayu and Joric Pecson. They are also introducing Lauren Madelaine Cabugas and also including 80’s-90’s star Maila Gumila.

Go rush to theaters this December 25 as they are part or the Metro Manila Film Festival.

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TENYA Gives Crab and Wagyu Love This Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If you haven't tried eating at Tenya yet, here's three good reasons to do so this season. They have already gone out with their new Tenya Ultimate Crab Tendon and Teishoku set plus Tenya's Holiday Wagyu. I almost fainted hearing that LOL!

You see, they've been serving the best of Japan since they have arrived here in the Philippines donning their specialty, the Tempura. Theirs is a light, very crispy but not oily version and they've kept it with that quality because of technology (their own machine) that cooks the thing fresh, precisely, at the same time.

Now think of that same treatment and get CRAB in the scene with Tenya’s all new Ultimate Crab Tendon and Teishoku set which has got a heaping serving of Japanese rice in a bowl plus tons of tempura pieces made from the freshest crab claws, soft shell crabs, crablets, kani kakiage, to black tiger prawn laced with crab fat aka "aligue" sauce. The tendon is also drizzled with their very own don tare sauce, a thing that Tenya has been very proud of.

They haven't forgotten you meat lovers out there as they've also got their Tenya Holiday Wagyu served with juicy, meaty Wagyu pieces and topped with their original steak sauce and a side of Japanese potato salad for a little fancier meal. Mind you they import some of their ingredients from Japan so quality is not much of a question because they get it fresh from the source regularly.

All you have to do now is head on to Tenya branches at SM Megamall, Market! Market!, BGC Stopover, Paseo de Magallanes, SM Mall of Asia, Aseana City, Festival Mall, SM Southmall and Tiendesitas. Go and give your loved ones a special treat this Christmas and dine in with Crab love the way Tenya does.

This is why you always can assure that #TenyaYourTempura is the best and #TenyaOriginal should always be your go to place for authentic Tempura.

Tenya’s Christmas offers are only available now until January 8, 2019 so go get your taste of the Ultimate Crab Tendon for Php 395, the Teishoku Set for Php 455 and the Holiday Wagyu for only Php 595. You may visit and follow @tenyaph their social media channels because it's all there!

You better try it before they're gone!

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Save Lots using GCash on Lazada's 12-12 Grand Sale

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Do you shop? A lot? Me too!

Well, if you are one of the few who would be still awake later with toothpicks in your eyelids, I've got real good news for you. You can actually save on your shopping spree 

Fashion Items

Since this is the time to get new clothes, shoes and accessories (of course it is), I have a few in my cart already waiting for the clock to strike 12 so I can checkout and have it delived to my doorstep. No need for the fancy shmancy credit cards that cost an arm and a leg in annual fees because all you need is GCash to buy stuff online. You control your spending because you decide how much you put in your card. Transferring funds with just a few clicks and all is done securely, now let's check out what I need to buy first.

I need shoes, shoes and shoes. Then I need more shoes. 

I also want jackets so I can get along with the cold weather of Manila.

I also need black shirts because I can't wear colorful things this year.

Checking Out

When you've got all your items double and triple checked, go ahead and pay for it straight with GCash. As an additonal perk, Gcash users get up to 50% off of their purchases (max PHP 200) if you use code “GCASH1212”.

Check out this video on how!

Now it doesn't stop there, because if you use the code GCASHCONDO on your purchase, you can get the chance to win a brand new spanking condo unit as part of their Christmas Raffle Promo. Now go and head to the Google Play or App Store to download the GCash App today!

I just did to make sure I get the perks when the 12-12 sale starts later!

Easy with GCash!

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Lazada Asks You to Shop with a Heart this Holiday Season

Have you seen the Lazada app lately? If you compare it with your friend’s app, it will be totally different. It’s because of an algorithm that they have implemented to make your shopping experience more personal. They also have exceeded targets compared last year and Filipinos have been embracing online shopping until now. With tons of flash sales, the upcoming 12/12 Grand Year-end Sale, you’ll get tons of deals but more so, a purchase with a heart. They are now asking you to share a part of yourselves with friends, relatives, loved ones so go ahead and shop more to your hearts content.

First up, this guy JM wished for milk and adult diapers. Lazada granted his wish, and got his partner surprise him on stage. The two met in Ayala Triangle while jogging. They got a vacation too in Fuego Hotels in Bataan as a reward of their good deed. This was on Tim Yap’s IG account.

The second person wished on Iza Calzado’s IG account. She’s a differently abled person, pretty young for her age and wished for a camera so she can VLOG and inspire people with disabilities and others too. The third person was a Mom who wished for a wheel chair so her son with cerebral palsy could move around. Tim and Lazada was happy to grant these wishes too. 

Fourth is a mom. She wished something for James, her son who is a kid with non speech autism. She got him a tablet through Lazada, and that made us all happy! Fifth is is Child Haus, a center for kids with Cancer. Their faces lit up to see toys so they could play like regular kids and take their mind off things, it was magical!

On the spot, they also got an employee of Lazada and she was gifted with a brand new watch by the CEO of Lazada himself! It was a nice gold watch!

Lazada also gave us a box, inside it was a letter. In behalf of us, they donated gifts to CRIBS Foundation in Antipolo. 

I lost count at this point. They called in a kid on stage who’s mom was in Abu Dhabi in UAE. They surprised her with something special, it was actually her Mom that was inside the Lazada Mascot lol, it was so nice to see them together. They were also serenaded by The Company. Kid started crying. Awww people were bawling.

Now go get your family, friends, some gifts this Christmas at Lazada. Make sure they feel the love this season and get those 8 million items given to them with a heart! 

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Danish Pop Superstar CHRISTOPHER in Manila

Monday, December 10, 2018

This afternoon was a little adventurous, I got to spend it with people from Warner Music Philippines and met an international artist by the name of Christopher. He’s pretty famous in Denmark and to tell you honestly it was my first time to listen to his tracks yesterday while I was doing a bit of research - that was before I came to his press conference today. When I arrived, they were still doing the sound checks, it was nice to see them all raw sitting on the couches, dressed in wife beaters and just playing around with their own music.

Check out his latest single IRONY

Here is our interview with this young man from Europe. Hold on to your horses.

Now go and download his single on Spotify and other digital stores. I specifically like his song IRONY which he told us is also his current favorite because it grows on him. It’s about social media and how it all made people in a way, miserable on some days, sometimes good. As you heard on the interview it was also mostly his experiences, but I like how he answered that part, that nobody is perfect... but he’s pretty close.

Me too.


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A Stellar GLAD Get Together

When I went to this event a few weeks ago I thought I was going to be alone appreciating the convenience of having GLAD in our household, but little do I know there were lots of housewives, cooks and socialites who live and breathe them in the kitchen to not only cook with them, but store food in an organized and appropriate manner.

The reason I enjoy using GLAD is to keep my food fresh even if I store them in the freezer because often times they get freezer burns, turn into a rock or spoiled fast because they are not in a good place or container, which GLAD has certainly addressed in kitchens around the world.

Go check out our adventures on this day!

To make people really feel the season of giving they went to Mercato Centrale to meet even more people who are also GLAD users plus they brought along celebrities like versatile character actress Dimples Romana. They also gave away FREE rice cakes, Bibingka and Putobungbong plus teach them tons of ways you could use GLAD products for the holidays.

They also taught us a few dishes at Pottery Barn in BGC and told us a few products that they’re using like the new Ovenware which you can take in and out of the oven, then be still presentable on the dinner table, I also use the Aluminum foil on roast so it doesn’t get burned when the cooking starts. The Glad Lock laden Soup and Salad container could also keep the nice broth they made, but it was gone in minutes. They also taught us you could use the Press’n Seal in the fridge so those other stuff you can’t fit in containers would easily be stored, kept without leaks without spending so much for it. It’s a lifesaver!

Thanks to Glad for having us and letting us feel the convenience, keep it all simple, and clean.


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