Thursday, May 2, 2013

HP Write and Read 2 kicks off

Mr. Albert G. Mateo, General Manager for Printing and Personal Systems Group of HP Philippines
Efren Peñaflorida, 2009 Cable News Network (CNN) Hero and Read Ambassador 

Hewlett Packard reaffirms its commitment to make modern technology available for creative school work with the second phase launching of Write and Read program on April 30, 2013 held at Richmond Hotel. Write and Read started as a story writing program launched by Hewlett Packard Philippines last year to spark the creative process in Filipino youth.

With more than 300 entries last year from 74 schools, submissions to the HP Write and Read 2 program is expected to be bigger. This year's program focuses on poetry writing and illustration as "the creative side of children ... leaves a mark in their heart" according to Peñaflorida.
The Kariton Classroom proponent, Efren Peñaflorida, looks forward to his partnership with HP as he "shares the same vision and passion in teaching the younger generation". He further adds, "Education is not just a responsibility of the school. But is a duty of everyone".
25 finalist for the creative writing and another 25 for illustration will be chosen. In cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Efren Peñaflorida, the HP team opens the contest to 1st to 4th year high school students based in the National Capital Region (NCR). Contestant will undergo a two-day master class in poetry writing or illustration. The final contest entry will be a collaborative work between one writer and one illustrator who finished the master class workshop.
  Four schools in Metro Manila will be chosen as venue of the said workshops. Watch out for the succeeding HP press releases. Get more information at

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Celebration of Life at Gerry's Grill

The youngest member of the family had just turned two. What better way to celebrate this occasion than eating with the family together in our favorite restaurant! One of life's greatest pleasure is eating with the family and Aki's birthday celebration meant sharing family meals at Gerry's Grill that foster warmth and love.
A serving of delicious Kare-Kare costs 305 pesos
Dinaldakan is an Ilocano Dish version of Sisig
superb Pork Sizzling Sisig is at 189 pesos
Bangus ala Pobre is 255 pesos per serving
We all love hanging out at Gerry's Grill because of its great food selection. There is always something for both the kids and adults to enjoy biting into. This time we went to their branch at Nuvali, Sta Rosa.

The Nuvali Branch is spacious. It is homey with long tables suited for family gatherings. This birthday occasion gave us an excuse to take time to sit down together and savor a good family meal. When life gets busy, it can be easy to slip into the rut of eating on the run and neglecting to take time to sit down together. Yet this is something we should be striving to avoid.

There are a whole host of benefits that comes with taking the time to eat dinner together, at the table.

 My new favorite dish at Gerry's Grill is Dinakdakan. It consists of crunchy, grilled pig parts and brain. The crispy viand is like sisig with a twist. It is chopped into small pieces then mixed with mayonnaise, onions, salt and pepper to taste. I so love Sisig! And I am always on the look out for other ways to cook it.

Dinakdakan is a great discovery. I feel good discovering another version of sisig. It really made my day.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Del Monte Kitchenomics launches its Red Movement campaign

 Earlier today, Kitchenomics #REDMOVEMENT Culinary Revolution by DEL MONTE commenced. Media and social influencers were invited to attend an intimate cooking demo held at Treston College.
It is amazing to learn that we can actualy reinvent homegrown Filipino dishes using Del Monte Tomato Sauce and come up with 'gourmet viands' that actually tastes even better! Miss Bianca Valerio hosted the event while Del Monte Red Movement Culinary Ambassador, Chef Dino Ferrari concocted his Red Sinigang.
 Kitchenomics RedMovement teaches us to "Go Beyond the Norm". Tomato-based dishes that we have come to love need not be limited to Afritada, Menudo, Caldereta and Spaghetti. We can experiment using Del Monte Tomato Sauce to enrich our everyday dishes. Kitchenomics #RedMovement takes great dishes a notch higher, with the best Tomato Sauce that Del Monte brand offers. Nothing beats a great degustation experience resulting from Del Monte Tomato Sauce.

Join in Del Monte Kitchenomics and learn great tasting, healthy dishes that your family will surely love.  For more updates on the Red Movement, follow Kitchenomics on Twitter and on Facebook.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sun IMessenger offers affordable Text Messaging

Miss Louie Oviedo of Greetings Limited. Inc. invited bloggers to the relaunch of Sun IMessenger. This intimate gathering was held at Cantina Sicillianita last April 25th.

Not many people know that Sun Cellular has long been offering Sun IM (Sun iMessenger) to connect with friends worldwide. That is chatting with your online friends via mobile phone. Yes, Sun iMessenger is a platform that allows you to chat with your Yahoo!, MSN, AOL and ICQ buddies all from your Sun Cellular cellphone. This service is being offered only to all Sun Cellular Subscribers regardless of cellphone unit type whenever and wherever you may be.
Attendees were guided through activation of Sun IMessenger online and enabling Facebook account messages to be forwarded directly to registered suncellular cell phone at no cost at all.

Registering a sun cellular account can be done through or by texting SUNiM to 2746

Online hatting is made easy by texting your friends from your Sun cellphone. Interested? Registering is as easy as texting SUNiM to 2746. You may also opt to go to and enter your friends Sun Cellular number so you can start chatting away.

Sun iMessenger is FREE 24 hours for the first-time registrants. After the free trial, you can buy a subscription for one day for the minimal cost of 20 pesos or pay Php 0.50/reply. If you want to go for unlimited service, choose Php 100.00 for 1 week unlimited or Php300.00 for 1 month unlimited.

Your friends will receive your messages for free. They must use Sun iMessenger to reply. To download the SunIM application, just text UPGRADE and send to 2746. A text message containing instruction on how to download will be sent to your cellphone.

More information are posted on and on Sun iMessenger fanpage.
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