Saturday, November 30, 2013

El Sur Food Market for the Discerning Taste

Christmas festivities is just around the corner and if you are looking for the latest in food offerings, then El Sur is for you!

El Sur has more than 15 food booths featuring new items and some of time Mercato favorites like Rice Pots

Juana Bowl's Pork Tenderloin for 100 pesos per order is definitely a good buy. Meat lovers would find its barbequed pork so tender, delectable and grilled to perfection.

Check out EL SUR, at the Alabang Town Center from 4pm to 1am and every Saturday and Sunday onwards for new food choices to tickle your palettes!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Newest Cyberzone opens at SM City BF Parañaque

Cyberzone is the biggest chain of IT retail stores in the Philippines. Thisultimate technology and lifestyle center of the SM Supermalls opened its latest addition to the Cyberzone roster at the third floor of the newly opened SM City BF Parañaque mall last November 29, 2013.
A short program was held to celebrate SM City BF Parañaque Cyberzone's opening.  Guests and invited bloggers participated in game activities 
OtterBox offers a wide array of protective cases for your SmartPhones and Tablets.  Do check out OtterBox's Cleary Protected line and you will be amazed that it comes with a Lifetime Warranty!         Their screen protectors are by far the strongest with its 100% dry application and anti-air bubble technology.
Add cThe Power Mac Center at SM City BF Parañaque also marks the company’s second concept store after the one at Power Plant Mallaption
Capdase offers top quality gears and accessories for your IT gadgets.  Capdase is well-known to make really nice protective cases for devices.
The Power Mac Center at SM City BF Parañaque is the company’s second concept store next to its flagship store at Power Plant Mall
If you are looking for Quad-Core SmartPhones, they have it all at Allphones
SM City BF Parañaque Cyberzone makes it easy for you to find gaming consoles, mobile phones, electronic gadgets, internet peripherals in just one venue. Learn about the latest in technology by visiting the third level soon!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Microsoft Philippines unveils Windows Glass House

Yesterday, Microsoft Philippines launched its Windows Glass House, a life-size installation that illustrates how Microsoft technology can empower Filipino families and transform their everyday living. Designed by sisters Ivy and Cynthia Almario from the premier interior design firm Atelier Almario, Windows Glass House incorporates different Windows 8.1 devices and apps that provides personalized computing experience befitting the way people live.
In the Glass House, there is a Windows app and device designed for each member of the family such as Halo (for gaming), Click the City (for lifestyle and entertainment guide), Bing Health & Fitness app (for fitness, nutritional, health and wellness needs), Bing Food (for recipes and cooking tips), Bing Travel (for travel planning), ABS-CBN (for news and information), and MERALCO (for utility management) among many others.
The Glass House showcased the newest Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Lenovo MIXX2 and Acer W4. The new Asus T100, otherwise known as the ‘Transformer Book,’ also took center change as the device that is both a tablet and a netbook. Other new devices such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 were also displayed to complement the Glass House.

The Almario sister tandem was commission to bring Window Glass House to life as Microsoft believes that the Almario sisters are capable of taking up the challenge of converging aesthetics and functionality and integrating technology with their design philosophy.

“We are proud to take on the challenge of being able to incorporate technology with aesthetics through Microsoft’s Glass House and to see how devices, apps, and other technologies transform the interior space,” said Ivy Almario. “We are glad that Microsoft has given us the opportunity to explore endless possibilities with technology especially with Windows devices.”

“Glass House reflects our philosophy that technology greatly affects the way people live,” said Cynthia Almario. “This says so much about how Filipino consumers can use technology such as the exciting Windows 8.1 apps and devices to accomplish things in a more fun and more productive way.”

Actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith graced the Glass House event and she enjoyed her tour of the House.

“Technology plays a big role in my life and in the things that I love. I use devices and apps all the time both for work and play, allowing me to shift from the role of an actress to a student,” said Jasmine Curtis – Smith. “Seeing the Glass House has allowed me to further understand the impact that technology plays in everyday living. With Windows 8.1, and its array of apps, there is something that fits my passion and that of my family and friends.”

To know more about Windows 8.1 apps and devices, visit or like them on Facebook at

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gerry’s Grill opens Eastwood City Walk 2

Since it first opened in February 1997,  Gerry’s Grill remains to be a well-loved place to dine in among the Filipinos as it offers a menu packed with scrumptious food ranging from Grilled Seafood, Filipino and Asian favorites and tastefully prepared beermates to fit any occasion.

Crispy Pata, Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Calamares), Pork Sisig, Beef Kare-Kare, Beef Kaldereta, Nilagang Bulalo, and Inihaw na Manok (Grilled Chicken) are among its best sellers. Though the original concept of the business was putting up a place where people could unwind with a drink or two, Gerry's Grill founder Gerry Apolinario envisioned his restaurant catering to families as they liked the wide array of foodbeing served on tops of Gerry's Grill clean and fun tropical motiff.

Now, Gerry's Grill opened its 57th branch at Eastwood City Walk 2 to be able to serve its high quality but reasonably-priced food among Eastwood customers.

I was among those invited to its newest expansion last November 25th. The occasion started with the Eastwood branch blessing followed by a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

Guests were treated to partake of sumptouos buffet as random games and activities well held throughout the night.

Gerry's Grill Pork Barbecue sticks remains to be a top favorite
I am glad to be invited as Gerry’s Grill continues to expand its restaurant network here and abroad. Maka-Pinoy! Maka-Gerry's!
Congratulations to Mr. Gerry Apolinario, chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director of Prime Pacific Grill, Inc. (PPGI), operator of Gerry’s Grill.

Monday, November 25, 2013

DELL rolls out Best Digital Experience with Inspiron 7000 Series laptops

Last November 14, Dell rolled out its updated Inspiron portfolio in a grand launch at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati. In the event were Jay Ranola (Dell Channel Acct Manager), Mon de los Reyes (Microsoft), Marvin Gamalinda (Dell Brand Manager), Charlz Adano (Dell Marketing Manager), Don Navarro (Dell Channel Account Manager), Wowie Wong (Intel), Mon Pablo (Dell Retail Account Manager) and the media. The latest Inspiron laptops and the Inspiron 23 all-in-one desktop, as well as three new Dell touch monitors were among the best Inspiron line-up showcased by PC Maker DELL.

 “Consumers today are looking for PCs that are not only dependable and easy to use, but are packed with all of the features they want in a thin, upscale design,” said Christopher S. Papa, country manager, Dell Philippines “We think this is our best Inspiron line-up ever, and we’re really proud of the tremendous value that we can provide to our customers.”

Inspiron 7000 Series offers the thinnest, strongest, and best Inspiron experience ever. The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops provide powerful performance in thin, upscale designs. It features diamond-cut beveled edges, the 7000 Series’ forged aluminum design turns heads and feels reassuringly strong. All Inspiron 7000 Series laptops come withoptional 10-finger, capacitive touch display with edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for durability.
Inspiron 7000 Series laptops provide the best Inspiron experience ever with a unique combination of upscale materials, thin, sleek design and great performance

• Inspiron 11 3000 Series laptop is the smart and affordable ultraportable choice with exceptional battery life and lightweight design
Inspiron 23 is one of the thinnest 23-inch all-in-ones in the world, saves valuable desktop space with a gorgeous, razor-thin design Dell recently announced its updated Inspiron portfolio with a range of new laptops and an all-in-one PC that will be on everyone’s wish list. Inspiron 23 all-in-one features a full articulating stand and 10-finger capacitive touch display. These new additions to the portfolio significantly raise the bar on stylish personal computing, continuing the Inspiron tradition of delivering technology that is accessible and easy to use.

The Inspiron 14and 15can both be outfitted with optional Full HD, vibrant 300-nittouch displays featuring 97% more pixels than HD and 160-degree viewing angles, twice as much as regular HD. The Inspiron 7000 Series features backlit keyboards as standard to make it easy when the lights are low, and is maximized for efficiency withIntel4th generation (Haswell) Core i5 and i7 options, as well as SSD optionsavailable later this year (Inspiron 15) to speed up boot times and application loading. Ideal for on-the-go types with up to 8 hours and 52 minutes of battery life , theInspiron 14 slips easily into a sleeve or bag with its ultra-thin 0.6-inch (15.3mm) design, which is 27% thinner than its predecessor, theInspiron 14z.

The Inspiron 15 is the perfect blend of portability and performance, measuring under an inch thin (0.9 inches) with a large 15.6-inch screen and up to 7 hours, 24 minutes of battery life . In keeping with Dell’s commitment to sustainability, the Dell Inspiron 7000 Series is the first to use wheat straw as part of its packaging. This is the left over part of the wheat plant after harvesting that is often burned by farmers. By using wheat straw in its packaging, Dell is helping customers reduce their carbon footprint, and helping adjacent industries grow, while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

Inspiron 11 3137 Bonsai, Manila Bulletin Inspiron 11 3137 Bonsai Inspiron 11 3000 Series: Ultraportable design, convenience of touch and familiarity of a keyboard Whether you’re toting a backpack across campus or travelling cross-country, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series is a reliable, ultraportable choice for those who are on the go all day.

The Inspiron 11 features an 11.6-inch, 10-finger capacitive touch display with noise-cancelling, dual-array microphones to make web chats amazingly clear – even in public spaces.At 0.83 inches (21.2mm) thin, a starting weight of just over 3 pounds (3.15 lbs.) and with up to 8 hours, 20 minutes of battery life , the Inspiron 11 is perfect for both entertainment and productivity on-the-move. To maximize the versatility and performance of Inspiron laptops like the Inspiron 11 3000 or Inspiron 7000 Series, Dell has a range of recommended essential accessories. Protect your investment with a case or backpack and take along a wireless mouse for easy navigation. Inspiron 2350 is one of the world’s thinnest 23-inch All-in-One PC. Priced at P69,990, it is a steal with its feature-packed all-in-one with a gorgeous, razor-thin design.

With a Full HD, 10-finger capacitive touch display, the Inspiron 23 has an articulating stand for an intuitive interaction with Windows 8. Consumers can tilt the display, angle it closer for an easy touch experience, or even lay it flat. Perfect for a home office or living room, theInspiron 23 provides a powerful and enjoyable all-round experience while fitting nicely into the home décor with an attractive, slim design.

The New Dell Touch Monitors 20, 23, and 27, connect to Inspiron laptops with the touch experience. With it, users enjoy an intuitive interaction with content onscreen by tapping, sliding, swiping, turning, pinching and stretching with their fingers. The monitors has extensive range of connector ports such as MHL, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA and USB, while 1600 x 900 HD resolution on the 20-inch model, and Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution on the 23-inch and 27-inch models for superb visual experience. A convenient, flexible stand enables customers to adjust these monitors to suit their viewing needs.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series is priced at P24,990. Inspiron 14 and 15 from the 7000 series sells at P48,990 and P58,990 respectively. However, the Inspiron 23 all-in-one PC starts at P69,990.

Sounding off AOM (Acute Otitis Media)

You’ll be surprise to know that some children having difficulty in learning might actually be suffering from hearing problems. Some of the common causes of hearing loss are accumulated earwax, intake of certain medications,excessive noise exposure, old age and ear infection or in some rare occurences Otitis Media.

Acute Otitis Media (Latin) is caused by inflammation of the middle ear. It is also referred to as middle ear infection. It occurs in the area between the tympanic membrane and the inner ear, including a duct known as the eustachian tube. It is one of the two categories of ear inflammation that underlies what is commonly called an earache, the other being otitis externa.

The onset of AOM complications necessitates medical and surgical interventions that result in substantial economic burden for the family. If left untreated, this painful disease can lead to hearing loss, or in some cases serious complications like facial nerve paralysis, meningitis and a brain abscess which makes it necessary for primary care physicians to properly diagnose and treat AOM.

Three out of 4 children worldwide will suffer from Otitis Media before they reach the age of 3. AOM is the leading cause of ailments amongst Filipino children as it ranks as the 8th leading cause of ailments leading to hearing loss, delayed speech and other sequelae such as impaired mental development that affects the child’s development, academic performance, social interaction and general health.

Although alarming, deafness or hearing impairment is potentially preventable. Protection against AOM (Acute Otitis Media) can be achieved through vaccination thanks to the help of technology and medical research. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has developed a vaccine against AOM and hence prevent needless suffering and developmental delays among the kids. Pediatric infectious disease experts of the Philippines like Dr. Lulu Bravo of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination and Dr. Sally Gatchalian, who is also the Medical Director for Vaccines of GlaxoSmithKline Philippines lauds GSK for its commitment in fighting child Accute Otitis Media and for continuously researching ways to prevent the disease.

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week this year, a Medical Mission in Bgy. Dona Imelda, Quezon City was held last November 20, 2013 to empower the deaf community and help raise awareness on hearing impairment. This collaborative effort of Better Hearing Philippines, St. Lukes Medical Center, UST McAudio Department in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline Philippines was participated in by parents, educators, service providers, hearing and hearing-disable individuals. Deaf Awareness Week pays tribute to countless individuals who endeavor to have access to education to enable them to become productive members of their community despite their hearing impairments.

Part of the advocacy in promoting preventive and treatment measures means addressing the hearing problem. “Protecting children through breastfeeding, adequate nutrition,frequent hand washing, avoidance of tobacco smoke and vaccination can go a long way towards ensuring that your child hears the worlds through clear ears,” said Pediatric Otorhinolaryngologist, Dr. Gretchen Navarro-Locsin.
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