The “Anak Ni Waray vs Anak Ni Biday” Presscon

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Kate Valdez and Barbie Forteza has a gem in their hands. Their show Anak Ni Waray vs Anak Ni Biday have all the ingredients of a very special show. The remake based on a movie in the 60’s, and another one in the 80’s will be a fun, love stricken conflict. Their family will get involved and friendships will be broken.

The series will be flanked by some of PH’s greatest actresses like Snooky Serna, Dina Bonnevie, Jean Saburit, Teresa Loyzaga, Faith Da Silva, Tanya Montenegro, Ms. Celia Rodriguez, including Jay Manalo, Benedict Cua and Migo Adecer. Ginalyn and Katelyn will be battling over Migo’s character. Max Collins, Lovi Poe, Jason Abalos will be their young versions, so it looks pretty special. This is directed by Marc Sicat Dela Cruz. Golden Cañedo also sang the theme song for this, she was well applauded during the presscon. 

Direk says "I didn’t get to watch the old movie but I didn’t do it so it would have less bias, I believed in the creative group, so it has drama, of friendships, of lovers, of Mothers and a lot of comedy. "

Barbie says “We have bonded quite well, we’re friends now because of the time we spend together. Waray is feisty, but all out when her family is involved.”

Kate says “I am so grateful for the chance to work with industry veterans, for GMA to believe in me, I am so thankful! My version is very thrifty, I do it even now.”

Snooky Serna says “During the 80’s, I really felt it had sentimental value for me. Working with Dina, I felt we didn’t leave each other, we just picked up where we left off. Dina is so sweet, I love how she brings snacks unceremoniously. We are not in good terms with our characters.

Dina says “I asked to be Biday, my husband is an Ilocos Congressman and it’s so nice to do this and promote our province. I am excited and hope we have more shoots in Ilocos because we really had fun there. This time even if she is evil, she’s going to be a little nice on some times. It’s funny because we are good friends, it is different but being with her, I remember our Regal days so thank you to GMA for doing this.”

Celia Rodriguez says “I don’t have to tell them what to do, they’re all pros. They go to the set early, ready and know their lines. They ask if they need help and they do good, I’m sure they will be big stars very soon.

Migo adds “I agree, friendship first, love between friends can level up and it is easier to fix rather than doing it with strangers.Cocoy is different, he’s caught in life so he kinda gets to be with different women, because he’s afraid of commitment. I haven’t played a man being fought by two ladies, I take this is similar to Sahaya but the other way around. I feel how she feels now.”

Jay Manalo says “No, I haven’t felt I was being torn by women, I on the other hand did that. I believe in friendships, I would rather lose the love than break them like in this story.”

Teresa Loyzaga says “A contrabida is a contrabida is a contrabida. My name is different now, I guess people will be surprised as this is different from My Special Tatay. I take it as a complement when people react like that, I make an effort because I put myself in the character.”

Faith Da Silva says “I do wish to be lead sometimes but this is a role and I am happy for it. I think I get to portray interesting roles, I want to do Marimar in the future. Maybe that will happen.”

Jean says “For me any role is a good role, it’s how you tackle it, no matter how big or small it is I do it to make the show whole, not taking it in other ways. It’s work and passion.”

Anak Ni Waray vs Anak Ni Biday will show on January 27. This is on GMA’s Primetime slot.


The New HEINZ Asian Sauces

This has been no stranger to my cupboards as they've made each french frie piece extra special with their HEINZ Ketchup. Just a few days ago, the brand launched something new, a whole new line of Asian sauces. They had us at Tong Yang Plus which is a cool hotpot and yakiniku place, though this time they got us tons of bottles of their sauces on the table. We wondered how this would turn out.

I got a few ingredients, my personal favorite was the Cheese Meatballs. I also got Tofu Skin, Chicken Dumplings, Bok Choi, Noodles, Corn, Strips of Beef, Pork with Barbecue Sauce, whilse my friends had the fish, innards and shrimp. I got the Saté broth for the hotpot so it would be a little mild. I then prepared the pot by turning on the table induction cooker. When it boiled, I got the ingredients all in. 
The broth was a little bland so I got the Heinz Golden Mark Oyster Sauce, Heinz Light Soy Sauce and a little Heinz Blended Sesame Oil in it. Tasted a spoonful, and it was already perfect. 

On the side, I prepared two sauces. The Heinz Sweet Chili Sauce and the Heinz Garlic Chili Sauce. I used the first for some of the strips of beef I got in the grill while the other was for the tons of things I got in the hotpot. You usually do get a little tired of things in the grill but since I got it all a little spicy because of the sauces, I had about 4 servings of it in one go. I also had about 3 servings of hotpot and kept coming back for the Cheese Meatballs, ahh, it was heaven!

But really, it was a great idea to have these things used for dishes we're used to. It brightens up the flavor of each dish, making it even special and not just settle with the usual things we have in the kitchen. These noodles were actually prepared by the Chef using Heinz Golden Mark Oyster Sauce, Heinz Premium Light Soy Sauce and the Heinz Blended Sesame Oil.

For fried stuff like this fish, they got it on a batter and put the Heinz Sweet Chili Sauce, and voila! You can have restaurant quality dishes at home.

They also have Heinz Soy Sauce, Premium Oyster Sauce which you can use with noodles, mushroom, veggies, and a little flurry. Those Chinese dishes would be easy because you've got them all figured out with Heinz' new Asian sauces. 

The Heinz Premium Light Soy Sauce, Heinz Soy Sauce, Heinz Blended Sesame Oil, Heinz Premium Oyster Sauce, Heinz Golden Mark Soy Sauce, Heinz Golden Mark Soy Sauce, Heinz Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, and Heinz Garlic Chili Sauce is nothing but a great addition to what you have in your pantry. Everything you've had during breakfast, lunch and dinner would be just better, price wise they're also very competitive. I could even say, they're even better than those popular ones in the Asian section. I am so inlove too with the Garlic Chili Sauce, a bottle didn't last me for 3 days because I loved how spicy my dishes became after a dab of that. 

Now it's your turn, go find them on the shelves of your favorite groceries and try them, trust me on the Garlic Chili Sauce. You've got to try that!


AGSUNTA Releases "FEELS TRIP" Under DNA Music

From doing covers, to making their own music, and now homegrown pop rock band Agsunta is releasing their new EP called "Feels Trip". 

In 2015, they started doing covers after being formed in a local studio. The band's name was actually from the name of their professor back in highschool. Jirah says "We are happy to have been given a chance to start doing our own music. The dream is to someday perform in larger concert venues such as the Philippine Arena and MOA Arena. This started when we met a couple of months ago, endless meetings resulted in different materials. We will have a show at Jesus is Our Hope International Assemblies in Cubao Quezon City on January 25. This is under DNA Music which is a subsidiary of Star Records."

Known for their hugot songs and undoubtedly hurtful lyrics, they're ready to get these previously composed songs which they had in their coffers and new one. A song about hope and failures in life is Bagong Umaga. Alas Dose is about a love reminisced, Kundi Na Ako is about selflessness. Locomotor is about people who fool other people, a fun tune. Highschool hits is about reminscing the life we had in the Generation Y who are now part of the workforce. 

They mentioned they have released a lot of songs in the past and didn't make the cut with the public. They just got noticed they got traction with the covers but after the connection, they wanted to introduce their own now. Til now they consider it a challenge, but feel it is their lucky medium to get in touch with the people's psyche with regards to their songs. 

Make sure you get their EP on streaming mediums, they're all there. This is again, under DNA Music.


Regal’s D’Ninang Has Good Actors and Story

Just got out of the cinemas and watched the movie D’Ninang, so a quick note. It’s actually fun, Gb Sampedro did good directing this flick. He made it easier to digest, a comedy with drama, while everyone is crying on the scene you’ll burst into laughter because the other characters have fun things in mind.

Contrary to stories, this isn’t predictable like the usual slapstick comedies you’re used to. You’ll be surprised, it had family conflicts, the good, the bad and the ugly. Aiai had heart, although funny at times, she delivers to make peeps sad. You’ll be rooting for her, and feel for the family. The pairing of McCoy and Kisses actually works, McCoy even got funny scenes that are effective. Angel Guardian also provides twists, and you’ll learn a lot of lessons. Also, that funny guy with Aiai rocks lol.

D’Ninang shows on theaters on the 22nd. It’s simple, no frills, and is a feel good movie. This is under Regal Entertainment Inc.


Myrtle Sarrosa for NOUVÉ Fragrances

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

This was launched last year and I guess they’re pretty much stepping up their game as they now have a new brand ambassador. 

Myrtle Sarrosa is the new girl for Nouvé. She says “I am very grateful for Nouvé, Miss Kris Aquino told me that the scent is important and being part of Nouvé now means I can smell good every day, differently. It makes me feel good, confident and ups your mood everytime. Only Nouvé keeps me fresh all day! Like now, I am wearing Amber, sometimes I use the Pearl variant. I am starting 2020 with a lot of blessings, I couldn’t disclose my projects in the next few months, but it’s a big one so there’s more to come! I am very happy about the three films with Regal, when this arrived I told myself I’ll help them introduce the brand throughout the country.”

Nicole Pamela Young-Chu VP for Business and International Sales says “Thank you to everyone who took time to come here and welcome Myrtle to Nouvé.”

Philip Young Chairman and CEO says “Your support is indeed overwhelming. Thank you for coming here. We see in Myrtle a dreamer, a simple person from Iloilo and she’s talented, beautiful, very intelligent. This is the image of Nouvé that we want to position.  Aside from the media campaign we are strengthening our distribution. Our food products are already in 40 countries and now we will have the Nouvé line in these countries, we are ready for export. We had a soft launch last year and we studied our market, we now know what to do. We looked for beauty and brains, we saw her following and we agreed it was Myrtle for the brand.

Philip Norman Young VP for Sales and Marketing “We are very happy to have Myrtle as our Ambassador. I use the Garnet scent and Topaz. We have scents named Garnet, Topaz, Turquoise, Aquamarine and Moonstone so we have different scent to use on other days, it’s very refreshing and not too strong, more citrusy and a little musky.”

Noreen Pearl Young-Ong VP for Finance says “We already are talking about a male endorser this coming year, hopefully soon. We are aggressive in media and we are very excited for Nouvé this year.”

Now that they’ve got their Philippine presence already set, they’re going to start distributing nationwide. They are currently available in SM groceries, SM Hypermart, large beauty shops, online in Lazada and in Shopee. All you have to do is try it out, I am currently using the Topaz and Moonstone, they’re pretty good for everyday use. 



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

We all look for variety and yes, the Vikings group is bring a whole lot of it on the table as it just opened a new branch of The ALLEY by VIKINGS at Bonifacio Global City. It stands a few strides away from the Adidas store specifically C1 Upper Ground Floor of Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City. It gets inspiration from different street food lanes from different parts of the globe and yes, it looked so fancy when we were there a few months ago.

From Italian country style yards to Parisian cobblestone streets and American diners, they've pretty much did their homework doing the interiors of this joint. One begins to ask, where do I start?

Hegz is pretty much their drink station. From signature drinks to your usual fancy cocktails and juices, they've got it lined up at the bar and the side entry. Ask the kind gentleman behind the bar on what they could whip up for you because there's a lot to choose from. They also serve the usual drinks in this joint, no one is left behind!

Street Wok has a multitude of stir-fries. Covered in different Asian sauces, you can take your pick on various dishes. I suggest you get the Pad Thai and Shrimp but don't go overboard on the carbs, there are a lot more stalls to go to.

Lost and Pound felt a little or less, a Tex-Mex joint. You wouldn't run out of bar chows and yes, they've got pretty good wings. Go get a bottle of Tabasco so you can pump up the spice when you need to. I had a couple of rounds here. The Chicken Fajitas are not bad either.

I thought I was dreaming when I found that mound of Ilocos Bagnet at the Frituen Batsoy stall. If you like crunchy fried stuff and sisig, take time to have them chopped up, then cooked fresh as you order. You're bound to smell a little porky after but that's alright, it's gonna be worth it!

O'Sean Eleven is a play with words, but dang those baked oysters were gone in seconds. People who were just passing by suddenly stop and pickup stuff from this table because it's seafood heaven. They also have gumbo and seafood boils, all quite amazing to think they won't run out of it. That is the best part.

I ordered here thinking it would take a long time but no, they sear the meat a few minutes and serve it with a side of Asian pasta and a runny egg. I suggest you get the protein more, the soft parts are good, take in moderation of course! Steak a Minute didn't have much fatty slices, but ask away, they're pretty generous.

Buono is much like a carving station. They also have pasta and a couple of pizzas on the other side (New York Pizza). Time your meals well and you could get a hot one when they replenish the pizzas. I sat quite near so I got them fresh each time.