July 31, 2013

Spreading the Joy of Healthy Living

People are now more conscious of keeping fit and staying within their ideal weight. Anywhere you look, there are gyms, fitness centers, yoga parlors, among countless other establishments, that promote physical movement and active lifestyle. 

Part of staying healthy is, of course, diet. Quick to adapt every diet fad that comes their way—South Beach, Atkin’s and Mediterranean—they won’t mind spending a little bit extra for organic and healthier options.

One food option that they can integrate into their diet is probably something that they have loved while growing up and is readily available on the dining table or the cupboard: Lily’s Peanut Butter.

Yes, the iconic local brand that has delighted the palate of generations of Filipinos can fit into a reportaire of tasty, organic and healthy food sources. Have a listen.
Lily’s Peanut Butter is the only brand in the market that only has two main ingredients: high quality peanuts and sugar wash.

That’s it! No extenders, no preservatives, no artificial flavoring and coloring. This means that one can slather the spread lavishly on bread or use it as an ingredient in a main course (kare-kare, perhaps?) or in sumptuous desserts like peanut butter cookies or home-made ice cream. Widely available in supermarkets nationwide, Lily’s Peanut Butter won’t look out of place in an organic store.
Because of its purity and consistency, one can make the most out of the health benefits of Lily’s Peanut Butter. For one, it’s loaded with protein, one of the major building blocks of food (alongside carbohydrates and fat) which is responsible for the building and repairing of muscles. Two tablespoons of Lily’s Peanut Butter can contain as much as seven grams of protein. That’s good news for gym buffs who need to have a boost of protein after their workout. Vegetarians, who have sworn off protein from animals, can also indulge on Lily’s Peanut Butter without the guilt.

Those who are trying to lose weight can rely on the energy-giving calories of Lily’s Peanut Butter. Aside from protein, it also has deitic fiber that makes one feel less full but still be energized for the day. As a bonus, it even has “trytophan,” a kind of amino acid that encourages the production of the happy hormone serotonin which improves mood and combats depression.
For those taking care of their hearts, Lily’s Peanut Butter is a worthy ally. In the absence of hydrogenated oil (trans fat) that is blamed for clogging arteries, it has monosaturated fat, the kind of fat championed by Mediterranean diet for being heart-friendly. Oleic acid, its main component, is found to lower the risk of heart disease and even Type 2 diabetes.

Students and professional, who need sustained brain power, can count on Lily’s Peanut Butter for its Vitamin B complex. Its niacin component is long known to boost brain function, increase memory power and recently, is shown to reduce risk from developing Alzheimer’s disease. Pregnant women who have supplemented their diet with foliate, another form of Vitamin B, are found to have reduced the neural defect in their newborn to as much as 70 percent. Now, that’s good news for mothers!

With all of these benefits, it’s interesting to know that Lily’s Peanut Butter has even more to offer: P-coumaric and resveratrol that fight certain cancers; manganese that helps in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, the absorption of calcium and the regulation of blood sugar; and even trace amount of copper does the double duty of lowering bad cholesterols while increasing the good ones.

Indeed, Lily’s Peanut Butter packs a punch with its many health benefits that cater to the young and the young-at-heart. The best part is, Lily’s Peanut Butter has maintained rich nutty taste, consistent texture and full-bodied aroma that make being healthy a delight.

For more details on the healthy goodness of Lily’s Peanut Butter, you can visit their website at www.mylilys.com, send an email at newbornfoodp@yahoo.com and follow them in Facebook (lilyspeanutbutter), Instagram (@lilyspeanutbutter) or Twitter (@lilysPBofficial). For inquiries on Food Service, you may also call (02)741-2555 loc. 13.

July 30, 2013

Western Digital® Announces Fiscal Year Revenue of US$15.4 Billion and Non-GAAP Net Income of US$2.1 Billion, or US$8.53 Per Share1

For Fourth Quarter, Revenue of US$3.7 Billion, Non-GAAP Net Income of US$477 Million, or US$1.96 Per Share

MANILA, Philippines — July 29, 2013 — Western Digital® Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of US$15.4 billion and net income of US$1.7 billion, or US$6.75 per share for fiscal year 2013, compared to fiscal 2012 revenue of US$12.5 billion and net income of US$1.6 billion, or US$6.58 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, fiscal 2013 net income was US$2.1 billion or US$8.53 per share, compared to fiscal 2012 net income of US$2.1 billion or US$8.61 per share.1

For its fourth fiscal quarter ended June 28, 2013, the company reported revenue of US$3.7 billion, hard-drive shipments of 59.9 million and net income of US$416 million, or US$1.71 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was US$477 million or US$1.96 per share.2 In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of US$4.8 billion, net income of US$745 million, or US$2.87 per share, and shipped 71.0 million hard drives. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was US$872 million, or US$3.35 per share.3

The company generated US$684 million in cash from operations during the June quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of US$4.3 billion. For fiscal year 2013, the company generated US$3.1 billion in cash from operations and its free cash flow totaled US$2.2 billion.4 During the quarter, the company utilized US$235 million to buy back 4.4 million shares of common stock. On May 15, the company declared a US$0.25 per common share dividend, which was paid on July 15.

“I am pleased with our performance in fiscal year 2013 and the June quarter, reflecting our expanding participation in the storage market, including the cloud and personal storage as we address the ongoing growth in digital data,” said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer of Western Digital. “Our financial results were strong with significant free cash flow generation, we continued to forecast the market accurately and we had outstanding execution by our HGST and WD® subsidiaries.”

As reported in our Form 8-K filed on July 22, 2013, the Court of Appeals of the State of Minnesota reversed the decision of the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, which had vacated a US$630.4 million final arbitration award against the company and ordered a rehearing of certain claims in the arbitration between Western Digital and Seagate Technology, LLC. The financial information reported in this press release does not include any additional accrual for the arbitration award. Western Digital is reviewing the decision of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and will make a determination of whether or not to record an accrual in its results for the quarter ended June 28, 2013, after it completes its review. 

About Western Digital
Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its subsidiaries design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning the company’s market participation and growth of digital data. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statement, including the impact of continued uncertainty and volatility in global economic conditions; supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry; uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; uncertainties related to the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; business conditions and growth in the various hard drive markets; pricing trends and fluctuations in average selling prices; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the company’s recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 3, 2013, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speaks only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

1 Non-GAAP net income for fiscal 2013 consists of GAAP net income of US$1.7 billion plus US$193 million for amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST, US$138 million for employee termination benefits and other charges and a net US$106 million for tax-related matters and other unrelated charges. Non-GAAP earnings per share of US$8.53 for fiscal 2013 is calculated by using the same 246 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share. Non-GAAP net income for fiscal 2012 consists of GAAP net income of US$1.6 billion plus US$214 million of charges and expenses related to the flooding net of recoveries, US$91 million for costs recognized upon the sale of acquired inventory that was written-up to fair value, US$80 million related to restructuring, US$63 million for amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST, US$62 million of acquisition-related expenses, US$7 million of litigation accruals, less US$20 million of tax effects related to the aforementioned items. Non-GAAP earnings per share of US$8.61 for fiscal 2012 is calculated by using the same 245 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share.
2 Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter fiscal 2013 consists of GAAP net income of US$416 million plus US$46 million for amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST and US$15 million for employee termination benefits and other unrelated charges. Non-GAAP earnings per share of US$1.96 for the fourth quarter is calculated by using the same 243 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share.

3 Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter fiscal 2012 consists of GAAP net income of US$745 million plus US$51 million for amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST, US$80 million related to restructuring less a US$4 million tax effect related to the restructuring. Non-GAAP earnings per share of US$3.35 for the fourth quarter is calculated by using the same 260 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share.

4 Free cash flow for fiscal 2013 consists of cash flows from operations of US$3.1 billion less US$952 million of capital expenditures.

Western Digital, WD and the WD logo are registered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. HGST trademarks are intended and authorized for use only in countries and jurisdictions in which HGST has obtained the rights to use, market and advertise the brand. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies.

July 29, 2013

Metro Society and Metro Magazine feature timeless top-listers this August

Number one candidate in the recently held senatorial elections, Grace Poe, and A-list Hollywood on-screen power couple Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev are put in the spotlight as proof of the timelessness of style in Metro Society magazine and Metro magazine this August.
In an issue that is the heart and soul of Metro Society, the Prestige and Luxury issue, the magazine opens with the beautiful newly appointed senator, Grace Poe, who took the number one seat during the senatorial race. Metro Society sits down with her as she prepares herself for one of the greatest roles of her life, following in the footsteps of generations past as the daughter of the late Fernando Poe, Jr., as she aims to make a difference through politics. A woman of strength and character, she stands as testament that one can really have it all.
Metro magazine simultaneously dedicates its issue to how character plays a big role in absolutely anything. This issue of Metro contains ways to define, rediscover, and embrace personal style—regardless of changes in what’s in and what’s out. Quoting legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, “fashions fade, style is eternal”. This personal style is exuded by the power couple that graces the cover of this month’s issue. Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, who lead the pack of stylish personalities on an international scale are shown in a light that inspires the uniqueness of one’s own fashion, aimed at letting readers look and feel their best.

Metro and Metro Society are available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide.
Follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetoMagPH)
and like Metro’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Metro.Magazine).

July 28, 2013

ABS-CBN Publishing Wins at the Asian Publishing Awards

ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. (API) received a total of five Asian Publishing awards in rites recently held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manila.
API won for "Best Feature on Cars" and "Best Feature on Wine Tasting", both for Vaultmagazine; for "Best Feature on Interior Design" for Metro Home magazine and "Best Feature on Asian Fashion" for Metro magazine.  In the book category, Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir was awarded for "Best Insights into Asian Societies."

According to the Asian Publishing Conference Committee, the awards organizers, there were 171 entries from Asia. API joined winners from eight countries, which included three others from the Philippines. 
“We are proud of this achievement, knowing that our locally developed magazines can compete and win against many franchised global brands.  I thank God and the great people I worked with for excelling in their respective categories. I also want to thank the Asian Publishing Conference Committee for the recognition that they’ve given us,” said Ernie Lopez, President of API.

“There has never been a more competitive and transformative period in history of magazine media. Audiences are segmenting rapidly, and there are over 500 magazines sold on a typical bookstore, with many more alternatives on digital storefronts. It is therefore heartening to see Philippine publications and our brands competing in terms of quality at an international level,” added Mark Yambot, Managing Director of API.

This is the second year in a row for Vault magazine to be recognized for editorial excellence.  A high-end men’s lifestyle magazine, Vault magazine also won the “Best New Magazine” and “Best Cover Design” in APA for 2012. “Our fine wines and motoring sections are particularly popular for their depth, detail, insider knowledge and visual attractiveness. We are proud to be cited two years in a row for excellence in lifestyle journalism,” said David Celdran, Editor-in-Chief of Vault.

Shot in Milo Naval’s house in Sorsogon, Metro Home’s winning feature showcased Philippine ingenuity through the tropical and modernist design of the established interior and furniture designer.

Metro’s winning entry was an Iza Calzado photo shoot in Barcelona which showcased creations from top and aspiring Filipino designers. This is also the second win for the magazine whose iPad edition was awarded in 2011 for “Best in Tablet Platform.”

Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir was one of the Philippines' best-selling books of 2012.

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. (API) is a subsidiary of media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. API is the leading provider of Philippine developed magazine brands with 13 homegrown titles such as StarStudio, The Buzz, Working Mom, Food, Chalk, and the Kris Aquino Magazine.  

July 27, 2013

“PAMANA” the first docu-musical on Ninoy and Cory Aquino set to open on August 21

A theatrical revolution, “PAMANA” is the first docu-musical on Ninoy and Cory Aquino.

PETA’s Pamana pays tribute to Benigno and Corazon Aquino.  On August 21, the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation, Inc. (NCAF), in partnership with Indie.go Media, and the Philippine Educational Theater Association, Inc. (PETA), proudly present the gala premiere of PAMANA – an original docu-musical written by Rody Vera and music composed by Ryan Cayabyab and Manoling V. Francisco, S.J. 
NCAF, Indie.go Media and PETA brings the audience back in time as they re-tell the lives of three generations of a Filipino family recalling the EDSA revolution.
PAMANA is about three generations of a Filipino family with differing points of view on the effects of the EDSA revolution.
Malou de Guzman as Lola Azon; Bodjie Pascua as Turo
Leading the cast is Malou de Guzman as Lola Azon; Bodjie Pascua as Turo, Azon’s husband; Jett Pangan as Edgar, son of Lola Azon and Trina’s father; and Kakki Teodoro as Trina, grand daughter of Lola Azon.
Jett Pangan as Edgar
Kakki Teodoro as Trina
The ensemble is composed of Raul Alfonso, Kiki Baento, Raflesia Bravo, Roi Calilong, Buddy Caramat, Joan Co, Karen Gaerlan, Gio Gahol, She Maala, Benedict Manaois, Gie Onida, Norbs Portales, Gino Ramirez, Victor Robinson, Angela Samson, Nica Santiago, Miela Sayo, Ian Segarra, Gold Villar and Yeyin Dela Cruz.
Lending support as chorus is Viva Voce under artistic director Camille Molina. The artistic and creative team of PAMANA is led by Rody Vera (Playwright), Maribel Legarda (Stage Director), Melvin Lee (Associate Stage Director), Jun Reyes (Video Director and Executive Producer), Manoling V. Francisco, S.J. and Ryan Cayabyab (Composers), Vince de Jesus (Musical Director), Batche Tan (Choreograper), Boni Juan (Set Designer), Carlo Pagunaling (Costume Designer), Jonjon Villareal (Lighting Designer and Technical Designer).

Synopsis of PAMANA

Three generations of a family: Lola Azon, her son Edgar, and a granddaughter Trina relate their lives and relationships with each other in the context of the historical developments of the country since Ninoy Aquino died up to the present time.  Lola Azon, 35 years old then, when Ninoy was killed at the tarmac of the airport, is a streetsweeper (Metro Manila Aide), when she experienced her own “epiphany”. She witnesses the hordes of people who marched through the funeral of a man she hardly knew. And through the years of protest rallies and struggle to end a dictatorship, she found hope and strength in the power of a people guided by a higher Power through prayer.

Edgar, however witnesses the fading and the corruption of that pure hope as the years of “democracy” went by. He was witness to the EDSA People Power 2 and how it even went rock bottom when corruption and scandals got worse than what the people clamored against. Edgar becomes disillusioned and heads for Saudi Arabia to seek a more stable life for his daughter and mother. His cynicism about the Philippine condition never changes. He has always become skeptical about how this country could ever redeem itself. After a long separation from his mother and daughter, he comes back with the hope of bringing his family to immigrate to Canada.

Trina was 13 when Cory died. She relates how her father’s cynicism rubbed off on her at first. But upon seeing the funeral, the same “epiphany” came upon her, the way it did to Lola Azon way back in 1983. She was overwhelmed by the huge farewell funeral march given by the Filipino people to a woman who died in silence—serving and loving her countrymen. This struck her. Is her father’s cynicism true at all? Can’t a country rediscover this strong faith in spiritual transformation to recover from national despair and fatigue? 

When finally in the present time, Edgar comes back to tell the “good news” of his decision to bring them all to Canada, Trina refuses. She is undergoing her own journey since Cory’s death and has arrived at certain decisions for her own life as well.  There are so many things that one can do. So much potential, so many possibilities. Rather than go to a country she doesn’t even know or care for, here she can fulfill her dream, a dream that could be shared by her countrymen.

In the face of all their differences, Azon quietly passes away.

Interspersed with our “front story” are the words of Ninoy and Cory, who through their lives have insisted on a life of service and love for their countrymen as the singular manifestation of loving and serving God.  This presentation aims to locate Ninoy and Cory’s commitment to God and the Filipino  in the context of our ordinary lives.

"The germ idea of this play was brainstormed by by Jun Reyes, Maribel Legarda and I in one of a few conversations over coffee and merienda. In the course of our conversations, we realized that a more fitting tribute to our heroes does not need to be a retelling of their lives and achievements per se. The importance of heroes can only be manifest through the numerous lives of people that they have inspired. How their ideas and their historical decisions in life resonate in the daily, mundane lives of ordinary people like Azon, Edgar, and Trina. This is the main compass that guided the main direction of this work. It does not only pay tribute to Ninoy and Cory themselves, for while their lives are exemplary, admirable and inspiring as they are, their greatness can only be complete and total if the power of their legacy touches the lives of millions of their countrymen. 

This is how we remember our heroes. Not just through monuments or declaring official holidays, but more importantly in connecting them in our daily struggles and tribulations. Our collective vicissitudes that define our history as a nation, taken together will be marked by the light they have shown to guide us."

All performances will be held at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Here's the show schedule:

        August 21, 2013          :     7:00 pm

        August 22, 2013          :     8:00 pm

       August 24-25, 2013      :     3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

For further details, call PETA Theater Center at numbers 725-6244 or 09064817333.
Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph 

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and Twitter (@iamninoyiamcory)


Grand i-Shiner Yesha Camile 
A new child wonder is born as Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp 2 concluded and announced four-year-old Yesha Camile, the “Incredible Drama Princess” of Davao, as the Grand i-Shiner, and also the Top i-Shiner for acting.
Aside from a total of P500,000 cash prize, Yesha also received a talent contract from ABS-CBN’s talent management arm, Star Magic and Promil Pre-School, and a year supply of Promil Pre-School products.

Xian Lim, Pinky Amador, Dimples Romana, Carmela Camil (Yesha's Mom), Piolo Pascual, Georcelle Dapat-Sy, Matteo Guidecelli and Yesha Camile
Yesha, who just turned four last June 26, is the youngest among the contestants or the i-Shiners. Asked if she expected to win, the witty kid said, “Yes, I already know that I will win because I really want to be the Grand i-Shiner.”
Top i-Shiner for dancing JM Andres, Grand i-Shiner and Top -i-Shiner for acting Yesha Camile, and Top i-Shiner for singing Nathan Bautista
JM Andres, the “Exceptional Hiphop Dancer” and Nathan Bautista, the “Electrifying Junior Rocker”, both seven years old and from Cavite, meanwhile, were hailed as the Top i-Shiner for dancing and singing respectively, and took home P200,000 each.

This season, the program was divided into three main performing categories – singing, dancing and acting. Each category consists of four i-Shiners mentored by Pinky Amador, Georcelle Dapat-Sy and Piolo Pascual.

During the grand finale, the i-Shiners showed their exceptional talent and full confidence as they shared the stage and performed with their talented mentors.

The 12 finalists underwent more than two months of development program, workshops and trainings and these were aired on ABS-CBN every Saturday morning.

Winners were determined based on text votes (30%) and scores by judges from ABS-CBN and Wyeth Nutrition management (70%).

Already on its second year, Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp, hosted by Dimples Romana, Matteo Guidecelli and Xian Lim, aims to discover the most talented kids in the country with ages 3 to 7 and hone their gifts to excellence with their parents.

Last year, Lukas Enrique Magallano, the “Acoustic Kid of Cebu,” seven years old then, took home the first Grand i-Shiner title.

Top i-Shiner for dancing JM Andres, Grand i-Shiner and Top -i-Shiner for acting Yesha Camile, and Top i-Shiner for singing Nathan Bautista 
Promil Pre-School is a nutritious powdered milk drink for children 4 to 7 years old, which contains Nutrissentials – a unique combination of essential nutrients plus DHA & AA that help optimize a child’s full potential.
Acting i-Shiners Gianna Sombilon, Yesha Camile, Jesse Ongteco, Isiah Pascual with Acting coach Piolo
Matteo and Xian performs in Promil Pre-school i-Shine Talent Camp 2 THE GRAND FINALE stage
Matteo Guidecelli, Dimples Romana, ABS-CBN TV production head Laurenti Dyogi, Xian Lim
Pinky Amador, Piolo Pascual, Georcelle Dapat-Sy
Dancing coach Georcelle Dapat-Sy with G-Force
Singing i-Shiners Krystal Brimner, Nica Mores Mhae Mejos, Nathan Bautista with Singing coach Pinky Amador
For more information, visit www.ishine.abs-cbn.com or like its official Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/promilpreschool.

July 26, 2013

AMICI's Anniversary Promo For All

Celebrate Friendship with Amici's Comfort Italian Faves ! And celebrate Amici's Anniversary ! 

As the ultimate treat to celebrate its Anniversary and celebrate the spirit of friendship, Amici will be having a Pizza Fest on Saturday July 27, 2013. On this day, you can get a special Buy 1 Take 1 offer on Amici  pizzas. For every pizza ordered, you get a free pizza among Amici's top pizza offerings, the Tutta Carne or the Margherita . This promo will be available in all Amici outlets and is available for all dine-in and take-out transactions. (except City Delivery Transactions)

​Truly many exciting activities are happening at Amici as it celebrates good food and good friendships. Experience Amici Restaurants and celebrate friendships through the joint experience of authentic Italian cuisine. 

To learn more about Amici’s menu, offerings and activities,
you may visit their website at www.amici.ph
or like the Amici Philippines Facebook fanpage.

Take The Kids to the Carnival with Working Mom's All About Kids Bazaar

The amusement is at all new heights this August as Working Mom Magazine’s “All About Kids” event ups the standards on shopping for the family with not just a great find-filled bazaar, but a unique, one-of-a-kind indoor carnival-themed shopping destination for both kids and parents to enjoy.

On August 10 at the Rockwell Tent, Working Mom will be putting together a day that’s filled with all sorts of dazzling sights—bringing more than just a shopping experience, but a fun bonding day for the whole family.

Super sales and discounts that go up to 70% off on baby and kiddie essentials, educational toys, apparel, school supplies and books are just waiting to be discovered. Items from Babyland, Banana Peel, Nurture Nook, Baby Mama, Manila Baby Shop, National Bookstore and Rusty Lopez Kids are just some of the treats that are in store for the family

What sets this bazaar apart from all the rest, however, is that there is so much for the kids to have fun with. Being a miniature carnival in itself, jugglers, magicians, and other performers will be around to give the little ones an experience worth remembering. Lulu Nails and Dry bar will be giving free Little Lulu manicures for the kids, and there will also be fun favorite carnival food stands that serve cotton candy, shaved ice and popcorn. Even cartoon favorites Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star will be around to join in on the festivities.

The “All About Kids” bazaar is being brought to you by KOOLFEVER, in cooperation with Baby Company and Jolly Corn, and with the participation of Johnson & Johnson.

Don’t miss out on the “All About Kids” bazaar, organized by Working Mom Magazine. Entrance is easy—just bring along a copy of Working Mom’s August issue, which will also be available for purchase on the spot, to take part in all the great festivities. For more information, visitwww.facebook.com/WorkingMom.Magazine and swing by the “All About Kids” bazaar at the Rockwell Tent on August 10, 2013.

Teen Star Kathryn Bernardo is now brand ambassador for Juicy Cologne

One of the most beautiful teen celebrity Kathryn Bernardo, 17 years old, with a youthful glow, with bright aura and bubbly personality. There's no doubt that Kathryn is the perfect brand ambassador for Juicy Cologne. 
Kathryn Bernardo signed her contract marking the official endorsement held at the ELJ Bldg. Mother Ignacia Quezon City. Juicy Cologne chose Kathryn as their newest brand ambassador that Kathryn embodies Juicy Cologne as a whole.
Kathryn Bernardo is the contract artist of Star Magic and ABS-CBN. She played the main star in the primetime series Princess and I and  24/7 In Love. With her forthcoming reunion project with Daniel Padilla “Got To Believe”will be airing very soon on ABS-CBN Ch. 2.

She recently been awarded as the Yahoo! OMG 2013 Breakthrough Actress and in Yes! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2013.
Kathryn shared us that her favorite among the scents is Icylicious because it's not that strong, just mild and sweet and lasts throughout the day. She said that Juicy Cologne is the perfect scent for her and also for teen and young at heart.  

Juicy Cologne is dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic with fabulous scents: Icylicious, Dreamsicle, Orange Twist, Sprightly Sprinkle, Angel's Bliss and the newly launched fragrances Sugar Frosting and Up, up and Away!
The trendsetter lovely lady also shared how she described her close friends with a Juicy Cologne variant.  As first, she mentioned that her partner in their KathNiel loveteam, “Daniel Padilla is Icylicious.”  For Albie Casiño is Angel’s Bliss, for Khalil Ramos is Sugar Frosting, Enrique Gil is the Up Up and Away and for her best friend Julia Montes is Orange Twist.

Juicy Cologne marketing team said that aside from the billboards and posters of Kathryn there will be an upcoming TV commercial of Kathryn.

Enjoy the wonderful world of the newest brand Ambassador Kathryn and let's get Juicy-fied! 

Juicy Cologne is available in all groceries and department stores nationwide.
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ZIA QUIZON's "A Little Bit of Lovin"

Zia Quizon, singer / songwriter is back in studio recording her long-awaited sophomore album!

Zia gears up to her album via PolyEast Records titled “A Little Bit of Lovin.” PolyEast Records announces that Zia is halfway-through recording her second album and back with her worldly, earthy soul voice with the new single “Pasakalye” written by Jungee Marcelo.

“Pasakalye” have hit the radios last week and will be launched on ASAP this Sunday, July 28, 2013.

“A Little Bit of Lovin” is Zia’s follow-up to her self-titled debut in 2011 with the chart-topping and award-winning songs “Ako Na Lang”, “Dear Lonely” and “Simple Girl”. 

The new CD will be available in stores this July with eight original cuts including Zia’s compositions and two classic revivals.

July 24, 2013

Wonderful Royal Couple with Baby Prince Leaves leaves St. Mary's hospital

Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their new baby prince leaves St. Mary's hospital on Tuesday.
Family takes up residence at Kensington Palace.
It's amazing how Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous leaving the hospital with her new baby boy and actually wore polkadot, in rememberence of her late  Lady Diana  who also wore a polkadot dress when she exited the same hospital holding Prince William.
Kate Middleton looked gorgeous leaving the hospital with her new baby boy. Beautiful, as the same when Lady D when she had that moment. 

She looked simply stunning and wonderful even hours after for the ordeal she went through.
Congratulations and best wishes to the Royal Family !

Photos: AP and Getty Images

"Goin' Bulilit" Star Cha-Cha Cañete Wins at 17th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA)

Child star Cha-Cha Cañete from the hit kiddie gag show “Goin’ Bulilit” took home two medals at the recently concluded 17th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) that took place in Hollywood, California. The competition ran from July 12 to July 21.

Earning much praise and recognition, Cha-Cha’s talent wowed the crowd and judges as she performed in five different categories during the prestigious competition.

Just at the young age of eight, she was awarded silver medals for her performances of “The Climb” and “Climb Every Mountain” in the Pop and Gospel categories, respectively. 

Aside from Cha-Cha’s success at WCOPA, Team Philippines proved to be a fierce competitor, besting representatives from over fifty countries. 

Team Philippines’ Beverly Caimen won the highest recognition of “Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World”, while Aldeza Ianna de la Torre was also proclaimed “Junior Grand Champion of the World”—earning the Philippines a grand slam, winning the highest titles in both divisions. Beverly and Ianna also won as “Grand Champion Vocalists of the World” in their divisions. 

Success for the country doesn’t stop there, as the title of “Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World” went to the Gollayan Sisters, and Reynaldo Gorospe, Jr. won as “Grand Champion Male Model of the World”—taking home the gold as the Philippines’ first ever representative to compete in the Modeling Category. 

Even more—singing sensation Jed Madela, who was the first Filipino to win a grand slam as “Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World” and “Senior Grand Champion Vocalist of the World” in 2005 was inducted this year into WCOPA’s legendary Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Pinoy Dream Academy scholars Chivas Malunda and Laarni Lozada are included in those who brought home medals. 

With all the country’s wins from its top talents, Team Philippines’ National Director, Gerry Mercado, took home a much-deserved award as “3rd Best National Director”. 

A total of 29 members of Team Philippines took home awards in various categories, with 43 Gold, 38 Silver, and 26 Bronze awards. The team also received four Industry Awards. 

The Philippine Team for WCOPA is led by WCOPA International Director Annie Mercado, WCOPA-Philippines National Director Gerry Mercado and the official talent scouts Charie Vega and Lito Napolitano from the Philippines, Royce Pellerin from Japan, and Dr. Molina from Saudi Arabia. 

The 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Awardees

This year 2013 marks the Foundation’s 55th year of honoring the great men and women of Asia. For the past 54 years, RMAF has recognized individuals and organizations that have shown greatness of spirit and contributed transformative solutions to the pressing problems of communities all over Asia.

The Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) today announced that this year three individuals and two organizations from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines will receive Asia’s premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

The Awardees are:

Ernesto Domingo, from the Philippines.  He is being recognized for “his exemplary embrace of the social mission of medical science and his profession, his steadfast leadership in pursuing ‘health for all’ as a shared moral responsibility of all sectors, and his groundbreaking and successful advocacy for neonatal hepatitis vaccination, thereby saving millions of lives in the Philippines.”

Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (Corruption Eradication Commission), from Indonesia.  The organization is being recognized for“its fiercely independent and successful campaign against corruption in Indonesia, combining the uncompromising prosecution of erring powerful officials with farsighted reforms in governance systems and the educative promotion of vigilance, honesty, and active citizenship among all Indonesians.”

Lahpai Seng Raw, from Myanmar.  She is being recognized for “her quietly inspiring and inclusive leadership—in the midst of deep ethnic divides and prolonged armed conflict—to regenerate and empower damaged communities and to strengthen local NGOs in promoting a non-violent culture of participation and dialogue as the foundation for Myanmar’s peaceful future.”

Habiba Sarabi, from Afghanistan.  She is being recognized for “her bold exercise of leadership to build up a functioning provincial government against great odds—intractable political adversities, a harsh and impoverished environment, and pervasive cultural discrimination—serving her people with a hopeful persistence grounded in her abiding commitment to peace and development in Afghanistan”

Shakti Samuha (“Power Group”), from Nepal.  The organization’s founders and members are being recognized for “transforming their lives in service to other human trafficking survivors, their passionate dedication towards rooting out a pernicious social evil in Nepal, and the radiant example they have shown the world in reclaiming the human dignity that is the birthright of all abused women and children everywhere.”

Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honor and is widely regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  It celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine president, and is given every year to individuals or organizations in Asia who manifest the same sense of selfless service that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.

“The Magsaysay awardees of 2013,” says RMAF President Carmencita Abella, “are three remarkable individuals and two amazing organizations, all deeply involved in creating  sustainable solutions to seemingly intransigent social problems in their respective societies, problems which are most damaging to the lives of those trapped in poverty or ignorance.  These problems are manifest in seemingly very diverse and disparate issues--prolonged armed conflict, preventable disease and death, human trafficking and exploitation, corruption with impunity, weak governance and political instability--yet each of this year’s  awardees is showing us that there are ways to build genuine success, one smart and persistent step at a time. Working selflessly in unpretentious yet powerful ways, they are showing us how commitment, competence and collaborative leadership can truly create ripples of change, even from the bottom of the pyramid.

“While their solutions are distinctively their own, there is one thing these Magsaysay laureates share:  a greatness of spirit that infuses their leadership for change.  Working with others, they all single-mindedly apply their skills and energies to their passion for improving the lives of others.  They all refuse to give up, despite daunting adversity and opposition. They are all deeply rooted in hope. We have much to learn from them, and much to celebrate about their greatness of spirit.”
The five 2013 Magsaysay awardees join the community of 296 other Magsaysay laureates who have received Asia’s highest honor to date.

This year’s Magsaysay Award winners will each receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize.  They will be formally conferred the Magsaysay Award during formal Presentation Ceremonies to be held on Saturday, 31 August 2013 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, to which the public is cordially invited. 

Join us as we welcome Asia's new heroes! Congratulations to the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees!

Visit more updates on rmaf.org.ph

Celebrate Friendship with Amici

​Enjoying wonderful world of - Amici! I was invited to have an awesome experience with Amici last July 18 at their place in Venice Piazza Fort Bonifacio Mckinley Hills Taguig City.  Truly many exciting activities are happening at Amici as it celebrates good food and good friendships. Experience Amici Restaurants and celebrate friendships through the joint experience of authentic Italian cuisine. 
Amici  is Italian for "friends," and  it's only right that this restaurant chain is duly named. A visit to Amici will prove that the restaurant is true to its name. Looking around at the restaurant patrons, you'll find tables seating lovers, families, friends--all forging and fostering relationships and friendships over authentic Italian cuisine.

Aside from the profile of its visitors, the authentic Italian fare at Amici hints at the same themes of friendship--warm, comforting, consistent.

Best known for its wood fire-baked pizzas and its al dente Italian pastas, servings come in bigger sizes so food can be shared with friends and family. The taste is superb and satisfying.

The most popular pizzas include the Tutta Carne, an Italian sausage specialty topped with ham and pepperoni; and of course, the Quattro Formaggi which consists of mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and blue cheese.

For pastas, the ultimate best seller is the Spaghetti ai Tesori del Mare, which is a mildly spicy feast of spaghetti tossed in fresh tomatoes, scallops, clams, mussels, and chili oil. Another fave is the Linguine al Prosciutto e Tartuffo, which is a flavorful combination of prosciutto, truffle oil, porcini, and shitake mushrooms. 

Just as friendships evolve and strengthen over time, so does Amici's Italian offerings. Amici continues to innovate and develop new and exciting products to their menu and are launching ten new products to celebrate their Anniversary.
This begins with  Asian Chicken Salad ​(P195), breaded chicken slices, oranges, and carrots mixed over greens and topped with fried wonton strips, served with sesame dressing;
and Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad ​(P195), a blue cheese, candied walnuts, arugula, and grapes combo over greens and served with red wine vinaigrette.

To add exciting flavors to its pizza repertoire, Amici introduces its Truffle Mushroom Pizza​ (P430), a luxe choice with portobello, shitake, and porcini mushrooms, mixed with truffle oil, mozzarella cheese, and topped with Arugula.

Another new addition is the Smoked Salmon Top-Crust Pizza (​P395), an innovative pizza variety with smoked salmon, capers, black olives, tomatoes, béchamel sauce and mozzarella cheese embedded in a crispy pizza crust.

If you want to enjoy your pizzas in a different way, the Prosciutto & Artichoke Cream Pizza Roll ​(P242) is a fresh take on the rich flavors of artichoke cream, cream cheese, prosciutto, and arugula, all tempered with reduced balsamic vinegar.

Or, you may try the Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll (P242), a soon-to-be fave with prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, cream cheese, and arugula served with roasted garlic dip.

For pasta lovers, try the Penne Rosa & Bacon​ (P252), a combo of bacon, pomodoro, and bechamel sauce sautéed with mushrooms, garlic and onions.

Or, try the new  Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti ​(P250), a pasta dish of Spanish chorizo sautéed in garlic and olive oil.

For those who prefer rice meals, the following have been added to Amici's mains:
Chicken Parmigiana ​(P328), a breaded chicken meal in tomato meat sauce, mozzarella cheese, served with rice pilaf and a side of roasted vegetables;

and Pork Marsala​ (P332), a rolled pork specialty filled with ham and cheese, button mushrooms, and cream, all reduced in marsala wine and served with rice pilaf and a side of roasted vegetables.

After having magnificent meals, there is always room for desert especially with Caramia Gelato !!! 

What a wonderful experience here in Amici Restaurant and will keep coming back for good Italian cuisine.

For more about Amici’s menu, offerings and activities, you may visit their website at www.amici.ph 
Amici Philippines Facebook fanpage.

You may visit and call the following Amici Restaurants:

Don Bosco Makati:   8184444
Tomas Morato, Quezon City: 3766458
SM Megamall Atrium, Mandaluyong City: 6361340
Greenhills, San Juan: 7244804
Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City: 4039373
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City: 6216111
Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill: 5551000
UP Ayala Technohub, Quezon City: 7090999


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