Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lifestyle Guy and Chef Michelle Adrillana conquers BergHoff Kitchen

Philip Abadicio and Bergoff invited us to the soft launch of Philip, Lifestyle Guy's site for Lifestylers- last December 13 at the Bergoff Kitchen. Flavors on Fire Chef Michelle Adrillana was there to prepare pasta dishes for all the guests.

If you want to see more of Chef Michelle Adrillana's culinary expertise, you may catch her at Eat Your Heart Out this February 16, 2014 at the Rockwell Tent. Eat Your Heart Out is a food and lifestyle event that will feature and reunite new generation chefs, best foodpreneurs, chefpreneurs food connoisseurs, foodies and industries, who yearn for good food and the good life. BergHOFF Philippines is one of the major sponsors of the said event.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Bazaar for a Cause at Treston International College

Treston International College holds a fundraising activity entitled “Christmas Bazaar for a Cause” this December 13 (Friday) and 14 (Saturday) 8 AM – 6 PM. This open-house bazaar that aims to generate funds for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Please do attend Treston International College’s holiday bazaar for your Christmas gift shopping. People who are looking for presents to give to their loved ones and friends will find unique, affordable ones from a wide array of gift and personal items that various merchants have to offer.
Christmas Bazaar for a Cause highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of this culinary school's studentry represented by the different school organizations who will be participating in the bazaar. This culinary school in Bonifacio Global City will be offering free Cooking Demo/Workshops for the duration of the bazaar. So whether you are a food enthusiast or one who simply love watching cooking demonstrations, do visit the booth this weekend and see what this culinary school in Metro Manila has to offer!

By buying products from the featured small businesses at the Christmas Bazaar for a Cause, you meet all of your holiday gift-giving needs and help raise funds for the needy. Support Treston International College’s outreach programs and help reach out to our brothers and sisters affected by Typhoon Yolanda.  

About Treston International College
Treston International College is one of the first schools in the Philippines to specialize in the unique combination of Culinary, Hospitality, IT and Business. It is located at the International School Zone of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Treston International College offers globally responsive and innovative programs under the four different schools, namely: School of Hospitality Management, School of Culinary Management, School of Business and School of Computer Studies.

Aside from the different degree courses, it also offers short courses and certificate programs to managers and other professionals who would like to seek career advancement. Treston’s mission is to provide students with the best opportunities by engaging highly qualified faculty while using the latest methodologies and state-of-the-art facilities of learning that will make them globally-competitive individuals.

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Toast! Solaire Countdown to 2014

No less than the Queen of Pop, Ms Pops Fernandez and the pop ballad singer, Joey Generoso,  team up to lead the midnight countdown this New Year's Eve at the Solaire Resort & Casino.   Dubbed as Toast! Solaire Countdown to 2014,  Solaire’s very first new year countdown is surely going to be one giant house of fun as the first team up between the two pop icons is expected to rock performances!

Remember the songs Hold On, Tell Me, Ang Aking Awitin, So Many Questions and Forevermore that topbilled the airwave charts? No other group in the Philippines was able to match Side A's track record in the '90s in terms of commercial success that the group was referred to as the Philippines' Toto. Joey Generoso was the frontman of the veteran pop rock group Side A before going solo. 

The pop ballad singer had since realized his dream of releasing a solo album entitled “Stand”. According to Joey, his song “Stand” talks about standing up when life is thrown out of balance. Our attitude towards the obstacles we face determines the result and he would like to dedicate this meaningful song to the victims of Yolanda and recent catastrophes that hit our country. 

On the other hand, Pops relays that she is excited with her first concert collaboration with Joey Generoso. There are lots of surprises in the upcoming show that the audiences will be able to relate to as their repertoire would be a trip down memory lane. 

The New Year symbolizes hope and new opportunities for a prosperous beginnings. “When problems come my way, I always look forward to a new day,” she shares. “I go to bed with the thought that tomorrow will be a better day.” New Year Countdown is one of those occasions that everyone all around the globe look forward to. Party non-stop! Catch the fireworks as Solaire celebrates it New Year's Eve countdown on December 31, 2013 with Pops and Joey G.

Toast! Solaire Countdown to 2014 ticket prices are pegged at 10,000 pesos,  6500 pesos and 4500 pesos. Interested parties may get it from ticketworld, ticketnet and Solaire.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hi5 House Party in Manila

Put on your party clothes and dancing shoes as Hi-5 debuts their new cast lineup in Australia with a brand new stage show.
Stevie and Lauren welcome newcomers Dayen Zheng, Ainsley Melcham and Mary Lascaris to the stage in a Dance Party extravaganza.  Hi-5’s favorite friend DJ Chats will be the “party meister” spinning discs and keeping everyone on their toes with a non-stop dance party.

This is Hi-5’s first live “concert style” stage show and after a big shout out to fans of over 100,000 on Facebook to find out their most loved songs, the show will feature Hi-5’s most popular song line up.  
Classic favorites such as LOVE and “Ready or Not” will have audiences signing along and joining in with the new songs like”Dance with the Dinosaurs”  and “Come on In” performed for the very first time on stage.

Hi-5 is one of the top three most successful pre-school television shows in Australia for 10 consecutive years.  The series are classified within the educational requirements for preschool  television by Australian, British and American  Broadcast Authorities.  It is well-known for helping children learn through play, whilst bearing in mind curriculum requirement for early childhood education.  Hi-5 songs are catchy since it recognizes music’s role as a universal language that cuts across ages and denominations.

Join in the latest Hi-5 Live stage show this December 13-15 at the SM Aura’s Samsung Hall.  Tickets are available at all SM Ticket outlets.   Visit  for more information or call 470-2222

Hi-5 House Party is presented by Hi-5 and Wilbros Live, in cooperation with SM Aura Premier, Magnolia Chocolait and Disney Junior.

Dolphy Clean Up Game Application

Quizon family honors the late Comedy King Dolphy with a new game app titles "Dolphy Clean Up".
This downloadable game features Dolphy as protagonist-hero. The iconic funny man has been immortalized in this game app through partnership with iGen Technologies, a US-based software product development and consulting services company with an office in the Philippines.
"Dolphy Clean Up aims to educate people especially children on the importance of trash segregation and proper disposal," according to Eric Quizon

 The Quizons gave life to the concept through Dolphy Aid Para Sa Pinoy Foundation, Inc., which channels thelater actor's advocacies, particularly his care for the environment and safety of the common "tao".  Dolphy Clean Up is referred to as fun and educational by its creators asit heightens awareness on environmental protection.

Kids and game application enthusiasts can enjoy four stages---City Cleaner, Forest Protector, Ocean Hero and Air Guardian, which totals to 36 levels of thrilling, positivity-promoting adventure.  Players can start downloading this free game from the App Store for iPads starting December 15.  A full version of Dolphy Clean Up can be purchased from Google Play for Android mobile devices in early 2014 at the affordable price of $3.99

According to Epy Quizon, "A certain percentage of the download proceeds will be directed to efforts being made to rehabilitate and reconstruct communities in the Visayan region affected by super typhoon Yolanda".

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jessica Sanchez promotes her single “Lead Me Home”

As part of her charity mission, the “American Idol” sensation Jessica Sanchez appeared in a press conference at the Sofitel Hotel to promote her latest single, “Lead Me Home”.
She partners with Starkey Hearing Foundation to help assist indigent Filipinos with hearing loss to acquire hearing aids. Jessica related that being able to give the gift of hearing to deaf people from General Santos City, Lipa City and Batangas City had been such a wonderful experience for her. She made a that she would use her fame to be part of a charity to help the less fortunate when she was just starting out as a singer and she would like to take on such opportunities as her advocacy.

“I would be happy to do anything that I can to give back to my people,” she said. To add, the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda will benefits from proceeds of her recent online concert and sales of “Lead Me Home”.

The soaring ballad “Lead Me Home” is one of the 39 tracks of the all-star compilation album, “Songs for the Philippines”. Part of the album sales will go to the Philippine Red Cross as part of its efforts to helped rehabilitate the survivors of the devastating typhoon.

Jessica was overjoyed learning that her rendition of the Philippine National Anthem at the recent Pacquiao-Rios fight in Macau brought a lot of joy to her fellow Filipinos, including the typhoon survivors in Tacloban City who saw the fight live for free.

“It was crazy actually because Manny asked me to sing it on Twitter from out of nowhere. And I felt so honored. I probably had about two to three days to learn the song. It was hard but I didn’t want to disappoint. But I’m happy that everybody is okay with the way I sang it, and I’m glad I made you guys proud,” she exclaimed.

Although the “American Idol” sensation is slated to fly to the US this Tuesday, December 10, she promised that she will be back before the end of the month to welcome 2014 with a New Year’s show at Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City.

Excited about her upcoming gig, Jessica said she will perform the “upbeat songs” in her debut album, “Me, You and the Music”, released last March by MCA Music. These include “Tonight”, her hit duet with Ne-Yo, “No One Compares” which features Latino-American singer-songwriter Prince Royce, and “Don’t Come Around”, which contains an interpolation of the 1985 rock single of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Don’t Come Around Here No More”.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Acclaimed "IloIlo" film opens in Philippine Cinema

“Ilo Ilo” tells about the inseparable bond between a 10-year-old Singaporean boy and his Filipina nanny while the boy’s parents struggle to weather the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

The Lim family hires domestic help Terry (Angeli Bayani), who hails from the Philippine province of Iloilo to keep an eye on him on their son, Jiale (Koh Jia Ler), a troublemaker at school.

The Singaporean couple is going through a rough patch as husband, Keng Teck Lim (Chen Tian Wen), has loses his sales executive job, but unable to tell anyone about his predicament. His pregnant wife, Hwee Leng (Yeo Yann Yann), still clings on her mentally-draining position in order to augment family income. The film focuses on Auntie Terry's relationship with each member of the family, despite cultural differences and the challenges of the period's financial crisis. Auntie Terry treated Chen like her own child with untiring generosity, and had shown kindness to her employers. Her love and persistence finally paid off when her ward finally changed his ways and became affectionate towards his nanny.

“Ilo Ilo” was inspired by the true story of Singaporean director Anthony Chen and the Filipina nanny who raised him. This film is Singapore's entry for the 68th Academy Awards to be held in March 2014.

Anthony Chen share, "I believe the universal experience of children growing up with maids is one of having a 'surrogate' mother, a friend and a confidant. What is intriguing and never brought to light is the emotional inter-relations created, nurtured, cherished, and yet brutally taken away when circumstances change."

"When I was much younger, my mother hired a Filipino maid to look after the children. Teresa was with us for a long 8 years until I was 12 years old. We called her Auntie Terry. When she left to return home, it was hard to bear, but we got used to her absence and somehow lost contact. The one thing that has stayed with me after all these years is the name of the place she was from, Iloilo, a province in the Philippines. That is how the title of the film came about." according to Chen.

"My experience is probably similar to many other kids in Singapore and in the region, where hardworking parents spend their days at work, leaving the young ones in the hands of a hired stranger. Not many films have been made on the subject of such maids, at least not in Singapore. And for those few ones, what the media portrays is usually of a negative kind – controversies of abuse concerning domestic helpers, where either the victims are the children they care for, or the maids become the victims of employers. What one forgets is that an entire generation of children has grown up in the hands of maids as both parents are working full-time in most families today."
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