National Hog Festival 2024 Slated March 1st

Friday, February 23, 2024

When there's a party in the Philippines, there's nothing better than having the coveted LECHON on the table as it symbolizes wealth and abundance like no other. Filipinos have been so creative in the kitchen, and over the years have whipped up different dishes which are now staples in every home.

This year, the National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. is doing a National Pig Day Celebration.To make things extra special, they are going to attempt a Guinness World Record for the most number of pork dishes to be displayed and be served to attendees and guests afterwards. This is a tall order, but definitely possible. This will happen on March 1st, and this will start off the whole 5 day festival in both Cubao in Quezon City and in Markina Convention Center.

Activities will be done at Novetel Hotel and Gateway Mall (during the first 3 days), then will culminate at the Backyard Congress in Marikina Convention Center in March 4 and 5.

According to Vice Chairman Alfred Ng of the National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. wants to promote the efforts of the local agricultural sector in helping achieve the food security, safety and sovereignty goals of the country. They also want this to also help in boosting the tourism industry as they get to highlight some of the country's best dishes. They also want this to be the venue for both the hog raisers and different institutions to network with some of the largest hotels and restaurants to hopefully source it sustainably and not have imported pork for much of their supplies. Quezon City is certainly the perfect venue for this as the LGU's would also want to ensure that every creative dish made is all hygienic and follows strict protocols from start to end.

Make sure to be there when it happens on March 1-5, first in Novotel then to Marikina City's Marikina Convention Center. See you there! 


World's Thinnest Foldable HONOR Magic V2 5G Now in the Philippines

The world's thinnest foldable phone is now in the Philippines. At the Enderun Tent in Taguig, HONOR Philippines launched the Honor Magic V2 5G, a well designed smartphone with a 5000mAh battery, 23GB RAM + 512 ROM and 3 cameras at 50, 50 and 20 Megapixels. It's also light, has AI Motion Sensing for those nice moving shots. Together with this is the Honor X8b, a stylish photo centric phone with a 102MP main camera. Both are designed well, and available in different colorways.
The Honor Magic V2 is best for users that love the look of sophistication, and would be a conversation starter. This is why they made it this thin.

Denis Santos the Honor PR Supervisor adds "Designed for users that care about style and substance, this Honor X8b has magic capsule, making calls, text and alarms at one spot. It's extra slim, extra light, one of the thinnest but affordable smartphones in the market. It has 108MP main camera, 5MP Wide and 2MP macro camera. The phone also has a 2x portrait camera so you can capture more natural looking portraits, and can be used for longer times because of the Risk Free PWM Dimming. With it, you can use it for work, take sharp shots, watch better with a 93.7% screen to body ratio. It also has lots of storage at 512GB, no need to delete those music files or photos you wanna keep. You can pre order this for Php 12,999 til February 23 so you can get free earbuds til that date."

The HONOR Magic V2 on the other hand was discussed by HONOR Philippines Training Head Jaynard Lamarca through the shots we did during dinner. Brand Marketing Head Joepy Libo-on on the other hand arrived in style by riding a Porsche at the venue for the special edition Honor Magic V2 RSR 5G (Porsche Design). 

The price is Php 79,999 with freebies worth 28k that includes a Harman Kardon Aura Studio 4 and Honor Watch GS3 if you pre order from Feb 21 to March 1.


Success According to Beautéderm CEO Rhea Tan

Sunday, February 18, 2024


It was a fine afternoon to head onto Angeles Pampanga to celebrate with Beautéderm to mark the 1st year of their headquarters. Aside from that, it was also the start of the Lunar Year and Sam Milby's renewal of contract with the beauty brand. It was hosted by Beautéderm CEO Ms. Rhea Tan, and she didn't just want it to be just a party, but a moment to get to know each other. This was amongst her celebrity endorsers, the traditional and online media.

After warmly welcoming us all at her 7 storey building, she let us take refuge at one of the rooms to talk more amongst ourselves and the folks at Beaute Beanery (their house coffee shop). They had a variety of food and drinks in the joint, and it was nice to have them at the first stop. This same place also has their other brands BlancPro, BeauteHaus and A-List Avenue. Then we went to the top floor where we got to meet several of their endorsers like Carlo Aquino, DJ Jhaiho, Ms. Sylvia Sanchez, Alma Concepcion, Sunshine Garcia-Castro, Darla Sauler, Kimson Tan, the very generous Patricia Tumulak, Gillian Vicencio and the good looking Sam Milby. 

 Instead of the usual interviews, they had us play a lot of games so we got to chat and react like we didn't have walls between us. It broke the ice, and got us laughing because things weren't so serious anymore. The mood was fun and festive, and I think that's exactly what Ms. Rei wanted to happen that day. 

Though of course, we were there for work. The fancy building, the posh corners of it had some of us wonder, how was she able to become a very successful entrepreneur after all these years? Ms. Rhea said "I've been asked that question a lot of times, but really, THERE IS NO SECRET. All these things, the things I have, are all because of hard work. This event is just something we just had to do, and the overwhelming love and support you've shown by going here from Manila, that's so sweet, and later I'll be seeing some of you who will be staying. Welcome to the Beautederm Headquarters in Angeles City, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year and the first anniversary of this building. This has been built with strength, courage and love. It's really nice to look back on how we were able to make this all come true. From planning, construction and interior design, this serves as an inspiration that WE CAN ALL DO IT. You should always go for it. But just a small flex, it's so good to feel that you have your own building. Let's celebrate this moment, and the people behind it. Because of them, our consumers, our media friends, our employees, our endorsers, my franchisees, you made it all happen and I hope you value that. The year of the Wood Dragon symbolizes strength, success, and social impact. Do the things you love with strength, and make an impact. This is how Beautéderm works, we boost consumer confidence, and we give back to the community. We will continue to do that! We are celebrating 15 Beautéful Years this 2024. My heart is so full, I love you all! May success be with us always!"

Aside from Beautéderm, they serve food, drinks and premium coffee with Beauté Beanery. If you want procedures done, BeautéHaus can take care of you. If you want authentic high end brands or products, they have the A-List Avenue for that on the third floor. You may visit them today at Angeles City, Pampanga. Beautéderm is also vying for the Beauty Cosmetic Brand of the Year in the 5th VP Awards. If you're up to it, you may vote for them starting this March 5th - April 5. All their products are available in Lazada, Shopee and TikTok, so go get them if you need  some self skin care.

I hope in some way, you feel inspired after hearing her story. She used to just watch TV's from her neighbor's house, and also operated her business from her home, just look at where she is now!


JOLLIBEE Releases "30 Dates" and "To Love Again" on Valentines Day

Friday, February 16, 2024

You've probably seen the new Jollibee short films that have been released this Valentines day. I've watched it ahead of the pack as our best friend Jollibee gave us a screening a few days ago. These two films were directed by Paolo Villaluna who's got several films under his belt plus a few commercials which he has been part of prior to making this film. 

Guess what? They were there during the premiere! OMG!


Paolo is a fan of the previous Jollibee commercials and he (and his team of + Jollibee creatives)wanted a different take this year, so instead of actors, he wanted real people who had real stories to tell us what LOVE is. The first is called "30 Dates" and the second one is called "To Love Again". 

In 30 Dates, it stars 2 friends who wanted to make each other happy. The girl was having her birthday, so the guy figured what was keeping her happy... it was a Jollibee meal. So he sought to have her come to a Jollibee meal for 30 days. They dined in, took take outs, used the drive thru, and when it ended, the lady figured OMG, "I liked him already". They were just friends at first, but they developed something good over the month they've gotten to know each other. They now have a kid and more days to enjoy Jollibee again.

The second one called "To Love Again" was about a woman who married early, got a child, and got separated. After that experience, she thought she would never love a man again. During that time, a police man in training saw her and took interest in her. He really had to do the legwork and prove to her, and her family, plus a lot of naysayers that HE loves her... and her kid. He had to prove this by being consistent, and by really going out of his way to make sure that he would show how much he loves her... and her son too. Make sure to prepare a LOT of tissues because yes, this will make you cry.



 Here are the two videos, please enjoy!

So, how did you feel after watching that? :)