April 30, 2014

OpenSnap is now in the Philippines

Asia’s Premier Dining Guide, OpenRice has launched its brand new mobile App called OpenSnap in the Philippines. OpenSnap is a revolutionary mobile application for iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users where they can find popular restaurant spots through food photos uploaded by friends and families.

OpenSnap is the first and unique food photo app in the Philippines and Asia that allows users to create a personalised food albums and share their dining experience with friends and families wherever and whenever. You can create your own Personal Food Photo Albums and access over 1 Million Restaurants in Asia.

Connected to the OpenRice database, OpenSnap allows users to locate over 1 million restaurants in the Philippines and in Asia, share dining experience, and identify OpenRice members, as well as Facebook friends and Celebrities. It allows Filipinos to enjoy local and worldwide cuisine on their fingertips with the support of advanced i-cloud technology. 

OpenSnap offers a user friendly and convenient approach to creating one’s own food photo albums, photo sharing, hash tag locations, photo filtering and use of stickers in photos. OpenSnap users can also tag their friends in their photo uploads, as well as share the information to their personal social networking platforms, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo.

The major features of OpenSnap include

1. Use food photos to search nearby restaurants - Users can search nearby restaurants by browsing photos uploaded by friends. It helps you to save the time to locate alternate dinning locations while lining up long queue at the designated restaurants.
2. Create and share your personalized restaurant albums - OpenSnap provides users with personalized restaurant albums and easily share their dining experience wherever and whenever! Users could check the restaurant details by clicking the food photos, with more supplementary information for a perfect dining experience.

3. Browse over 1 Million restaurants in Asia - OpenSnap has an advanced search function to reach out dinning photos and restaurant information of other Asian regions such as China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and HongKong.
4. Photos come with a wealth of information – Each food photo provides the user with restaurant address, map, contact details, reviews and comments.

Download it Now! OpenSnap is now available in the AppStore and Google Play.



About OpenRice 

Established in HongKong in 1999, OpenRice has become Asia’s Premier dining guide that has offered users a swift and convenient way to find restaurants that suit their preferences. Restaurant information on the website is constantly updated, which ensures the latest and most comprehensive gourmet news for site visitors.

In 2010, OpenRice began to expand its services to other Asian countries namely, China the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia

OpenRice.com in the Philippines features more than 80,000 dining places around the country which are categorized by cuisine, district, and price range to allow users to quickly and easily find their favorite restaurants. Users can learn more by going through each restaurant’s gourmet reviews and photos, and even bookmark their favorite ones. OpenRice can also be found on popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram for the release of the latest gourmet information and priviledges.

To help visitors search for gourmet information anytime, anywhere, OpenRice has launched a mobile site and smartphone applications for iPhone, Android, Window Phone and Blackberry, resulting in over 2 million downloads. OpenRice pages can be found on popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Weibo for the release of the latest gourmet information and privileges. In fact OpenRice fans on Facebook have soared nearly 190,000. 

Starting in 2010, OpenRice has extended its services to 22 mainland China cities, including: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Macau and more, plus the countries across south-east Asia like Indonesia, Philippines, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.

Allphones Summer Fun Caravan : Allphones and Lenovo Philippines hold the best summer party in Cebu!

Allphones Summer Fun Caravan  and party-goers rocked at the best summer party in Cebu, with Ibiza Beach Club.

The all-night celebration was the first leg of the Allphones Summer Fun Caravan, which kicked off in the Queen City of the South last April 26th. Those who joined the beach party were treated to the coolest music, sumptuous food, as well as exciting giveaways and raffle prizes in the event. 

Those who attended the Allphones bash received their Fun Passports from Allphones outlets in Cebu--Robinsons Cebu; Gaisano Grand Mactan; Insular Square Cebu; Elizabeth Mall; Gaisano Fiesta; Gaisano Minglanilla and Ayala Center Cebu. These Fun Passports were their official pass to join the Ibiza Beach Club summer party.

Allphones Summer Fun for All Kicks-off in Ibiza Beach Club Cebu last April 26, 2014 (L-R) Cris Crisostomo, Open Comm Inc., exclusive distributor of Lenovo Smartphone in the Philippines - Key Accounts Manager, Geoff A. Hester, Allphones Phils. Chief Executive Advisor and Maureen L. Gallant, Allphones Phils, Head of Marketing

Cebu’s hottest DJ’s Louise and Bono played as hosts for the Allphones Summer Fun for All Caravan at the Ibiza Beach Club, Cebu

And while the awesome party at Ibiza Beach Club has now passed into party-goer lore, you can still share in the spirit of fun when you visit Allphones stores, thanks to exclusive, special deals from Allphones and Lenovo. You can now have the most high-tech, advanced smartphones and tablets from Lenovo at huge discounts, or even have them free if you get a postpaid subscription. 

Allphones and Lenovo Philippines gave away more than 50 Lenovo Smartphones and Tablets at the culmination event at the Ibiza Beach Club, Cebu. (L-R) Allan Catli, Allphones Head of Brand, Chris Guarin, Allphones Head of Trade, raffle winner and Maureen L. Gallant, Allphones Head of Marketing.
Seen at the Ibiza Beach Club party were Lenovo’s latest mobile devices like the Lenovo Idea Tab A3000 tablet device and the Lenovo A316 smartphone. Also spotted were the Lenovo K900 and the Lenovo Vibe X smartphone. These were the perfect tools for recording the party’s best moments and sharing them on social networking sites. Allphones stores offer these devices at discounted outright purchase prices.

Cebu-based Allphones stores are offering these Lenovo devices for free along with a postpaid plan. The Lenovo A680 is free at Plan 499 while the Lenovo K900 is yours at Plan 1299. The Lenovo Vibe X comes free with Plan 1799. With these Lenovo gadgets, you can start your own party and share the highlights on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. 

Watch out for the other Allphones events this summer at the other Summer Fun for All Caravan sites in Palawan, Subic, Davao, and Lucena. 

For updates on these events, go to www.allphones.com.ph

WD introduces first portable, Thunderbolt -powered dual-drive

My Passport® Pro, Featuring Bus-Powered, User-Selectable RAID Storage in Capacities 
Up to 4 TB, Delivers High Speed and True Portability for Creative Pros on the Go

Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Passport® Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt™-powered dual-drive solution, providing creative professionals and enthusiasts high performance and capacity in a truly mobile solution. For Mac systems, My Passport Pro has user-selectable RAID functionality to deliver needed performance for the most demanding applications in the field, without the need for power adapters or extra cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2 TB and 4 TB capacities.

“The only Thunderbolt dual-drive solution that’s bus-powered, WD’s My Passport Pro enhances the workflow of mobile creative professionals by providing fast transfers and data protection for the large amounts of digital content they generate outside the studio,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president of branded products and worldwide sales, WD. “From photographers, videographers and musicians to graphic designers and architects, people who depend on portable storage for their livelihood will find My Passport Pro defines a new level of performance, reliability and especially portability.”

“Thunderbolt™ technology makes new approaches possible for high-performance workflows,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “By combining dual storage drives on a portable, bus-powered device, the My Passport Pro from WD is a uniquely powerful storage solution with high capacity for today’s demanding users.”

Directly powered via the integrated Thunderbolt cable — a design unique to WD — performance of My Passport Pro clocks in at speeds up to 233 MB/s, providing super-fast transfer, edit and backup capabilities. 

Another key feature of the dual-drive My Passport Pro is its user-selectable RAID function, which lets users choose data striping (RAID 0) for high performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy, depending on the user’s needs. Superior to both FireWire 800 and USB 3.0, the integrated Thunderbolt technology of My Passport Pro makes video manipulation quick and easy—with the ability to copy a 22 GB high-definition video file in half the time typically required by a USB 3.0 drive working in RAID 0 format. 

Consisting of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure, My Passport Pro is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go. 

Pricing and Availability

My Passport Pro will be available at select retailers and will be distributed by EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. and Iontech, Inc. Pricing for the 2 TB My Passport Pro is PhP 15,990 and the 4 TB model is PhP 21,990.

Football: An Instrument of Transformation

For Fundacion MAPFRE, football isn’t simply a game; But it is an instrument of transformation for the street kids and marginalized sector in this province. 

Kids throwing the balls in the air and are excited to use them in their training

Javier Warleta, president and CEO of MAPFRE Insular Insurance Corporation, said football is just an instrument to attract out of school youth and some street kids to go back to school through the Social Sports School.

“Football is just a hook. Football is just something that attracts the community to enroll in the program that will help them,” said Javier Warleta, president of MAPFRE Insular Insurance Corporation, who came to deliver at least 41 footballs sent by Fundacion Real Madrid. 

But there are a lot of programs, which are the most important, under the project that helps the youth and their families, Warleta added. 

With the support from Fundacion MAPFRE and in collaboration of football giant Fundacion Real Madrid, Ang Nagkahiusang Kabatan-onan Alang sa Kalamboan (ANAKK) Sta.Cruz, is running the Social Sports School, which provides alternative learning systems, formal education and livelihood skills.

Aside from the out of school youth, the Social Sports School also caters its services to the poor and marginalized sectors in towns of Hagonoy, Padada and Digos City, said ANAKK’s executive director Pablo Tanuan. 

Tanuan said they also provide assistance to those who are taking formal education in elementary and high school levels. 
The kids showcasing their soccer skills using the donated footballs.

Among those who benefited the non-formal schooling are Bonifacio Fuentes and Junrey Midagat, both used to be part of a dreaded gang in Digos City. 
Together, they used to go out along with dozens of other teenagers lurking in the dark streets of city. A street gang called “Gods Against War” bonded them together and they often get involved in gang wars.

Fuentes and Midagat are among the 300 kids and youth who are part of the Social Sports Program that started three years ago. 

“The influence of our barkada led us to join the gang. It’s so hard to avoid trouble or riots because the other side, sometimes, are the ones looking for trouble,” admitted Fuentes who is now 20 years old. 

Tanuan said that Fuentes and his squad started showing their interest sometime in 2007 by playing football with some of the teens who are under the program. 

The gang members were coming to Sta. Cruz for tune-up games, he said. 

“But since they were still active in their gang, their presence in the pitch and in our gathering was on and off as well. Nobody handled them as a team,” Tanuan recounted. 

But late last year, he said, they were formally absorbed in the program and the former gang members are taking up non-formal education in under the Alternative Learning School (ALS) of the Department of Education. 

“The kids here don’t just play football, they should either attend formal or non-formal schooling. These two incorporated together,” he pointed out. 

By playing football, Tanuan added, the kids are diverting their ‘energies’ into the game. 

As a game, football is also educational because we also incorporate values formation, he said, adding that coaches also teach them hygiene, health and other literacy components during rests. 

“To be an athlete just secondary. But the primary aim is to be a responsible citizen through our holistic programs. This is the reason why we gave more focus on former gang members, ” Tanuan explained. 

Tanuan said a Spanish friend of his introduced him to Fundacion Real Madrid, the Spanish-based foundation of the well-acclaimed football team, Real Madrid, which provides the soccer training program for the local coaches and student beneficiaries of the program. With support and funding provided by Fundacion MAPFRE, a Spanish non-profit institution that contributes to society wolrd-wide, Anakk started to expand in Digos City, Hagonoy and Padada in Davao del Sur by last year. 

“The are some volunteers who are helping us run our school. We have several football coaches whom we only pay on a per session basis since we cannot afford to pay them regularly,” Tanuan said. 

“In the past, we were on the streets. Now we are on the pitches teaching the children the game as well as sharing our lessons in the past,” Fuentes said.

For Midagat, to be part of the Social Sports School gave him an opportunity to correct his wrongdoings in the past. 

“I realized that I feel safe and secure after leaving the gang,” he said. 

Tanuan said they were able to convince some of the rival gangs to be part of the Social Sports School. “As of now, we already have at least 40 former gang members who are now playing football and studying under ALS.”

He added it was very challenging to convince the gang members to give more focus on the program, especially in the urban area. 

Recently, a livelihood program was also launched for the out of school youth in Digos.

“If we don’t give more attention to these gang members, they will still go back to the streets. Some were not able to continue the program. But at least, we gave them an opportunity to transform,” Tanuan concluded.

Photo shows: MAPFRE Insular Insurance Corporation President and CEO Javier Warleta hands over 41 footballs sent by Fundacion Real Madrid to the kids in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur.

FUNDACION MAPFRE is a non-profit institution created by MAPFRE in 1975, for the purpose of contributing to the welfare of citizens and society in Spain and in over 29 countries throughout the world. Fundacion Real Madrid is the instrument by which Real Madrid is present in society and develops its social and cultural awareness programmes.

ANAKK-Santa Cruz is a non-profit organization promoting the rights of disadvantaged youth.

ONE FC presents boxing world champion Ana Julaton's open workout

ONE Fighting Championship™ welcomed boxing world champion Ana Julaton into Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization today with an open workout in Manila, The Philippines. Julaton demonstrated to the media in attendance her trademark boxing skills that earned her the nickname ‘The Hurricane’, as well as her newly acquired grappling skills.

ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES on May 2, 2014, is set to be the largest mixed martial arts event ever witnessed in the history of the Philippines. Held at the 20,000-capacity Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the event promises a stacked fight card featuring the explosive battle for the ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship title belt in the Main Event

After conquering the boxing world, Ana Julaton will now make her mixed martial arts debut this Friday in a highly anticipated bout against Middle Eastern kickboxing champion, Aya Saeid Saber. Julaton is the first Filipino American boxer to win the Women's WBO Super Bantamweight and IBA Super Bantamweight titles. ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES will mark the first time she competes in the Philippines. She excitedly stated, "Aya Saber is an experienced MMA warrior and champion in kickboxing. I know she will bring her very best on May 2nd. I'm training for my ONE FC homecoming fight in Manila harder than ever before and what gives me strength through my ups and downs are the hearts of my Kababayon all over.”

Millions of MMA fans around the world have also been eagerly anticipating this moment when the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix winner, Masakatsu Ueda, will rise up to challenge the reigning and defending world champion Bibiano Fernandes for the honor of being crowned the ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion.

Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220.

Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visitwww.onefc.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

Photos for the open workout can be found here:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/51561rh4ia4jsln/MOgps9N4Un

Make your summer family picnic memorable with Philips

Enjoy perfect summer memories with lifestyle and domestic appliances from Philips

The laidback, refreshing vibe of summer is perfect for spending time basking outside, eating homemade sandwiches or just plain relaxing under the sun. 

The season, however, won’t be complete without holding a picnic with family and friends whether it be in a popular park or your very own garden.

Spending time with your family is very important here in the Philippines. Summer is definitely one of our favorite seasons because it gives us the chance to bond with our loved ones since the weather is nice.

Summer is a good season to prepare food for your family. All of us lead hectic lifestyles now so we don’t always get the time to cook for our family. And a picnic can’t be really considered a picnic without homemade meals. Fortunately, it is easy for us to prepare food with the help of the right tools.

For this, we suggest you complete your meal preparation with Philips Avance Juicer, Jamie Oliver Food Steamer, and Jamie Oliver Blender.

Whip Quality Picnic Meals Fast

The Philips Avance Juicer is the definition of maximum efficiency and minimum fuss. This juicer can make up to 2.5 liters of juice and can squeeze out even the toughest of ingredients from vegetables and fruits with its powerful 800W motor. It also features an XXL feeding tube that removes the need for pre-cutting and a spout accessory that you can use to pour juice straight to your glass.

For easy cleaning and disposal, all the pulp can be collected from the pulp container while the fruit and vegetable fibers can be easily cleaned from the innovative quick clean sieve.

To be faithful to healthy meals, the Jamie Oliver Food Steamer is a good choice because it keeps all the nutrients in your food. Increase the flavor and aroma of your meals with its flavor booster that infuses food with a delicious aroma of spices and herbs. You can also cook a meal in one go with it, with its 2.5L bain-marie bowl, 9L capacity that can fit a whole chicken, and an egg steaming rack.

The Jamie Oliver Blender is a great kitchen shortcut to prepare anything from smoothies to batters. Cold beverages would always be perfect with its innovative ProBlend 5 technology with optimum blending power that ensures finely blended smooth results. Second or even third servings of drinks wouldn't be a problem with its high quality 2L glass jar with an effective liquid capacity of 1.5 liters.

Look summer fresh and ready

Hosting a picnic is all about fun and comfort so trade-in your usual jeans with comfortable clothing pieces like dresses, skirts, and shorts for the day. While you’re at it, make sure you look ready and fresh with smooth, supple, and healthy-looking skin.

The Satinelle Epilator is the perfect tool for women with its promise of hair free and smooth legs through its efficient epilation system that pulls out hairs from the root. Enjoy smooth and stubble free skin for weeks with its gentle and fast epilation settings and efficiency cap that puts the epilator in an optimal position for efficient hair removal.

For men, the PhilipsStyleShaver is a good tool with its dual-ended beard styler and shaver. It can help you achieve 3 looks for the summer, namely the perfectly styled beard, the 3-day stubble, or the clean-shaven look. It also comes with a 32mm high-performance trimmer, a 15mm wide precision trimmer, and a dual foil shaver that makes hair even from the smallest spaces like the nose and the mouth easy to reach.

Summer is all about looking fresh and polished. You have to look clean from the clothes you are wearing down to smallest of details like your hair and teeth.

Make your outfit look crisp and crease-free with the Steam&Go Handheld Garment Steamer. Ironing has never been easy with its quick crease removal system through its automatic continuous steam delivered through an electric pump. You can say goodbye to using an ironing board with this product which can be safe to use on all fabrics.

Complete your summer look by wearing a bright smile with the help ofSonicareHealthyWhite. Designed for daily use, it comes with a dedicated whitening mode that removes everyday stains and a patented sonic technology that creates a powerful yet gentle dynamic cleaning action that reaches deep between the teeth and along the gum line.

Summer is the perfect time for us to spend with our family. It is the aim of Philips to make every moment of it memorable by making it hassle-free and perfect in every way, even in a smile.

The nominees for the 37th Gawad Urian Awards revealed; Piolo Pascual and Bianca Gonzales will be the host on June 17

The nominees for the 37th Gawad Urian Awards have been announced this morning, April 29, 2014 held at the ELJ Bldg. Abs-Cbn, Quezon City.
In Photo: (L-R) Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, MPP President Grace Javier Alfonso, MPP member Mario Hernando and Cinema One Head Ronald Arguelles

Three members of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino were present during the announcement; President Grace Javier Alfonso, Mario Hernando and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, 

All is set for the night to honor and celebrate cinematic excellence, as the highly-anticipated ceremony for the 37th Gawad Urian fast approaches.

The Gawad Urian, considered the most prestigious film award-giving body in the country, which has shaped cinematic history over the years. This annual ceremony is held in light of a partnership formed between the oldest and most respected film awards institution in the country, the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and Cinema One, the Philippines’ number one cable channel.

This year’s awarding ceremony will be hosted by two of the country’s best local talents in entertainment, Piolo Pascual and Bianca Gonzales, along with Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Butch Francisco.

Piolo and Bianca will be part of an even greater population of artists in the field of filmmaking—the biggest names in Philippine cinema and stars of all generations—who will be gathering in celebration of local cinema at Studio 9 and 10 of the ELJ Building this year to witness the awards convocation.

Tight competition is expected among this year’s nominees. Most nominees are independent films or starred in one.

The 37th Gawad Urian nominations are dominated by Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and Armando Bing Lao’s “Dukit” with ten nominations each. They are followed by “On The Job” and “Porno,” with nine nominations each. “Transit,” on the other hand has eight nominations this year, and both “Riddles of my Homecoming” and “Ekstra” tie for six nominations each. Also part of those raking in a number of nominations are “Badil” and “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti,” with four nominations each.

Here is the full list of nominees for the 37th Gawad Urian awards:

Best Picture:
Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
Riddles of my Homecoming
Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti

Best Actor:
Mark Gil (A Philipino Story)
Joel Torre (OTJ)
Mimi Juarenza (Quick Change)
Sid Lucero (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Ping Medina (Transit)
Jhong Hilario (Badil)
Alex Medina (Babagwa)

Best Actress:
Nora Aunor (Mabuti)
Vilma Santos (Ekstra)
Angeli Bayani (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Cherie Gil (Sonata)
Eugene Domingo (Instant Mommy)
Rustica Carpio (Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?)
Agot Isidro (Mga Anino ng Kahapon)
Vivian Velez (Bendor)
Lorna Tolentino (Burgos)

Best Supporting Actor:
Junjun Quintana (A Philippino Story)
Art Acuna (Kabisera)
John Arcilla (Metro Manila)
Joey Marquez (OTJ)
Yul Servo (Porno)
Carlo Aquino (Porno)
Victor Basa (Lauriana)
Cesar Montano (Alamat ni China Doll)
Archie Alemania (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Bor Ocampo (Dukit)

Best Supporting Actress:
Angel Aquino (Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita)
Angel Aquino (Porno)
Mitch Smith (Angustia)
Ruby Ruiz (Ekstra)
Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Transit)
Raquel Villavicencio (Dukit)

Best Direction:
Erik Matti (OTJ)
Lav Diaz (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Jeffrey Jeturian (Ekstra)
Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes (Sonata)
Arnel Mardoquio (Riddles of My Homecoming)
Hannah Espia (Transit)
Alvin Yapan (Mga Anino ng Kahapon)
Whammy Alcazaren (Islands)
Chito Rono (Badil)
Mes de Guzman (Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti)
Adolf Alix Jr. (Porno)
Bing Lao (Dukit)

Best Screenplay:
Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
Death March
Bing Lao (Dukit)

Best Production Design:
Riddles of my Homecoming

Best Music:
Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
Riddles of My Homecoming

Best Cinematography:
Riddles of My Homecoming
Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Best Editing:
Riddles of My Homecoming
Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Best Sound:
Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti
Death March

This year’s Gawad Urian is also made more meaningful and exciting with the Natatanging Gawad Urian being conferred to film director Mike de Leon.

Stay tuned for the winners’ big proclamation night happening on June 17. 

Catch the 37th Gawad Urian as it airs on Cinema One on the same night at 10:00pm. Encores of the awards show program will be on the weekend of June 21 and June 22.

April 29, 2014

Keep Going, join Week 3 of #WranglerSunChaser Instagram challenge

I came. I saw. I capture.. . . I enjoyed life's journey. Travelling wherever you may go, shot your camera, then, you capture life. 

Taking the #WranglerSunChaser Instagram challenge, I had not just fun but more 
challenging the contest, as it brings out more imagination, adventure and treat life as my happiness and journey.

Some of my Instagram for Week 2 entries are here:
Stay Cool. #memories #throwbackthursdays Enjoying the #bluesea #blueskies #coolness #calmness#mountain #WranglerSunChaser #Philippines #blue
Stay Cool. #blueskies #bluesea #blue is the most universally liked color of all 
Stay Cool - #bluesea #blueskies #beach #surf world-class

Stay cool...i want to go back to the beaches ... The shades of adventure, blue skies and blue seas.#coolness #calmness #blueskies #bluesea #beach


We leave in the morning, and stay out until the last ray of sunlight leaves us. Being a true adventurer is the best fulltime job out there! This week, don’t look back, keep going to the very end and be rewarded with the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen. #WranglerSunchaser #Philippines

Join #WranglerSunChaser Instagram challenge, share and you may win for this week's challenge and receive P8,000 worth of Wrangler cash. Vouchers and THE chance to win the grand prize: A round-trip ticket with accommodation to the country of choice!


Congratulations to the Week 2 winner  super888 for this Instagram for proclaiming himself as king of the mountain. A true conqueror!

Image from: http://instagram.com/p/nR1B-bBedZ/

Vista Residences: The Wil to Invest with Success

While most condominiums market themselves as unique, only a handful offer true and relevant value for would-be investors and residents, with Wil Tower as one among them. Here are the six reasons why Wil Tower makes sense as an investment:

· It has a full-fledged, high-end, four-story mall. While most condominiums offer basic features such as a convenience store and laundromat usually located on the first floor, Wil Tower Mall has a high-gloss four-story commercial podium that occupies a total area of 14,000 square meters of retail heaven. It is the only mall in Quezon City that seamlessly blends within a residential tower. Some of the establishments that have opened are WBR (Wil Bar and Restaurant), Starbucks, Draft, Pho Hoa, My Thai Restaurant, Bench Fix Salon, Bench Body, and the premium Apple products reseller Beyond the Box. More upscale lifestyle brands and dining destinations will soon open as the residential tower nears completion this year.

· It offers a menu of leisure and entertainment options. While Wil Tower Mall is open to the public, an amenities floor caters exclusively for the use of residents. Comprised of a swimming pool, a fully-fitted gym, a spa and a jogging path, these amenities invite residents to take it easy and give in to relaxation. An audio-video room and a game room additionally provide entertainment to residents while a day-care center is on hand for the use and enjoyment of the little ones.

· It features “intelligent building technology.” A computer network manages and operates building features such as the elevators, security cameras, and fire and electrical systems. This assures their safe, efficient and tamper-proof function—something that a sensible homeowner should require.

· It is conceptualized to become a landmark. Wil Tower is designed by the US-based, international architectural firm RTKL, with Arch Haus Asia Consultants as local counterpart. Combining elegance and modernity in one structure, it is a virtual showstopper amid the glitz and glam of the area. The interiors evoke the high-class glamour of the outside, highlighted by the Kenneth Cobonpue chandelier located in the atrium lobby, which sets the tone for Wil Tower as an embodiment of artistic sophistication.

· It is centrally located in one of the most happening places in the City of the Stars. Situated along Eugenio Lopez Dr. in Quezon City, Wil Tower has an enviable location in that it is walking distance to leading broadcast networks ABS-CBN and GMA 7 (and by extension to their live variety shows). It is also mere minutes away from select malls (Trinoma, SM North Edsa and Gateway), hospitals (St. Luke’s Hospital and Capitol Medical Center) and institutions of learning (University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College). Wil Tower is also in close proximity to the well-appointed cafés and fine-dining restaurants of Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato.

· It is backed by one of the most trusted names in the real estate industry. Helming the project is Vista Residences, which has a solid reputation and track record when it comes to building residential towers. Currently, it has a portfolio of projects in Makati City, Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, among others. Previous to Wil Tower, it has built a development in Quezon City called Symphony Towers. Vista Residences is under Vista Land and Lifescapes, considered as the biggest homebuilder in the country. At the end of the day, all you need is a trusted developer which can deliver your dream condo and secure your investment.

For more information, contact 650-0753 or 0999-887-1705 or check out Vista Residences’ website at www.vistaresidences.com.ph.

April 28, 2014

Beach-ready body by summer? Coach Jim Saret tells you how.

The pressure to have a beach-ready body gets more intense by the day, now that summer is officially here! Especially if you’ve indulged in all of your food cravings and have not hit the gym of late, you must be in some kind of a bind. We know all too well that losing weight is never that easy, and getting fit takes months, if not years, to achieve. 

Fortunately, fitness expert Jim Saret, known as Coach Jim in The Biggest Loser (Pinoy Edition Doubles), understands your situation. He is, after all, the guy who created the program called MetaFIT, which speeds up a person’s metabolism and allows him to burn calories throughout the day, not just during a workout.

Fitness expert Jim Saret, known as Coach Jim in The Biggest Loser (Pinoy Edition Doubles), swears by C-Lium Fibre, which helps provide his recommended daily allowance of fiber along with a healthy diet. Aside from the powder form in small sachets, he takes the product in its capsule form because of its convenience. "It’s as easy as ABC," he says.
While there is no turning back now from the consequences of bingeing and just lazing around, kicking yourself over not excercising sooner is not going help you either. The good news is, there is still time! Coach Jim clues you in on what you can do right now so you can showcase your beach-worthy physique with pride.

For starters, Coach Jim wants you to pay attention to your diet. “Most people are not really aware of what to eat and what not to eat,” he says. What should constitute your diet from hereon is lean meat, fruits and vegetables,” he enumerates. “These are ‘fail-proof” types of food.” 

Supplementation is also necessary to achieve good nutrition. “Take Vitamin C to boost the immune system, Vitamin E to slow down aging, Calcium for stronger bones, CoQ10 to boost energy, Creatine for muscle and memory, Omega 3's for the heart, and Glucosamine for your joints,” Coach Jim recommends. 

One of the most important components of nutrition, Coach Jim emphasizes, is dietary fiber. As a student taking up his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Brigham Young University (USA), Coach Jim learned that fiber has a multitude of health benefits that include lowering cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar, maintaining good bowel health, aiding in preventing colon disease, reducing the risks of Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure, and helping achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Personally, Coach Jim is a strong believer in fiber, taking it regularly in order to maintain a healthy, fit stomach, and an ideal body weight. 

Coach Jim supplements the fiber in his diet by taking C-Lium Fibre, manufactured by PascualLab. Prefering to take it fuss-free because of his hectic schedule, Coach Jim favors both the capsule and sachet forms. “At home, all I have to do is mix my C-Lium Fiber sachet in a glass of water and that’s it,” he says. “Easy as ABC, done in less than 20 seconds.” 

Coach Jim suggests that if you want to have a beach-ready body, you have to pay attention to your diet that should include “lean meat, fruits and vegetables.” To achieve good nutrition, Coach Jim recommends vitamin and mineral supplementation, including fiber. For his fiber needs, he relies on C-Lium Fibre, which is a natural source of fiber derived from the Psyllium plant.

Having the energy to move and be active, Coach Jim is able to follow his rigorous physical training, which keeps him in tiptop shape. After all, a beach-ready body is also honed through a committed regimen of physical activity. Watch what you eat, consume fiber, and move your body.  Develop these three habits and you’ll be ready to conquer not just the beach, but the world. 

As a fitness expert and motivator, Coach Jim has devised workout regimens that burn unwanted fat in no time. It is important, he says, that one should have a healthy digestive system, which fiber helps promote. For his fiber needs, he relies on C-Lium Fibre, a natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber derived from the Psyllium plant.

C-Lium is available in capsule and husk formats in leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide 

The newly opened Sun Mall, finding its place under the Sun

SM Prime Opens Retail Podium in Sun Residences
Property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. opened its newest retail podium, Sun Mall in Quezon City within SM Development Corporation’s (SMDC) condominium development, Sun Residences. SMDC is SM Prime’s residential development arm. This is the third retail podium attached to an SMDC residential tower after Jazz Mall in Bel-Air, Makati and Mezza Strip in Quezon City.

Sun Mall spans a gross floor area of 15,000 square meters and offers a variety of commercial and retail stores that can accommodate the basic household needs of its residents. The retail podium is designed to provide every patron with a worthwhile lifestyle experience.

With its line-up of service and retail establishments such as flagship SM Hypermarket, Watsons, and BDO, as well food stores and specialty shops, residents will have a variety of options to choose from to satisfy their needs and provide utmost convenience.

Among the food concepts in Sun Mall are The Happy Bakery, the first inline store of Happy Dizon of the Dizon family behind Dizon Farms. Happy Bakery will serve breads, cakes, soups, salads and sandwiches; Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters of Chef Rolando Laudico is a “fast good” restaurant that serves firebrick oven-roasted traditional Filipino dishes like roast chicken, pork liempo and beef at affordable prices. Gong Cha, the Taiwanese milk tea brand with over 200 branches in Asia is also part of Sun Mall.

“Sun Residences shines brighter with the opening of Sun Mall as this reflects the synergies at work in SM Prime. Through these retail podiums within our residential towers, we aim to provide our residents with access to everything that they will need,” SM Prime Executive Vice President and SM Development Corporation (SMDC) President Jeffrey Lim said.

Launched in 2009, Sun Residences is a two-tower, 43-storey development that offers studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units with prices ranging between PHP1.8 million and PHP4.6 million.

True to SMDC’s promise of providing five-star homes in prime locations, Sun Residences features a list of stellar features and amenities- a hotel-like lobby, a swimming pool, a clubhouse with multi-purpose hall, function rooms, a student’s lounge, children’s play area, barbeque area, and a landscaped garden with gazebos and a jogging path.

Located along España Boulevard corner Mayon Street – Welcome Rotonda, Sun Residences is the ideal abode for university and college students of the educational institutions along the university belt, and for professionals working in and around the area.

For a stress-free living experience, Sun Residences through SMDC Property Management offers a menu of services to address the various needs of its unit owners – front desk for hassle-free package acceptance and delivery processing; housekeeping and services for home improvements; and for investors, leasing services to help them achieve the best return for their investments.

Sun Residences is among 22 condominium brands by SMDC, the residential arm of SM Prime. These brands are Chateau Elysee Residences in Bicutan, Paranaque; Mezza Residences and Mezza II Residences on Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City; Berkeley Residences in Katipunan, Quezon City; Grass Residences and Fern at Grass Residences in Quezon City beside SM North EDSA; Sea Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay; Field Residences in Sucat, Paranaque; Princeton Residences in New Manila, Quezon City; Jazz Residences in Bel-Air, Makati; Light Residences near the BONI-EDSA MRT Station in Mandaluyong; MPlace@South Triangle in Quezon City ; Blue Residences in Katipunan, Quezon City; Shine Residences in Pasig; Green Residences on Taft Avenue in Manila ; Shell Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay; Grace Residences in Taguig; Breeze Residences in Pasay; Trees Residences in Novaliches, Quezon City; Shore Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay and Wind Residences in Tagaytay.


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