Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chinese New Year Celebration at Manila Hotel

Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. And the Chinese year 4712 falls on January 31, 2014.
The Manila Hotel welcomed the 2014 Lunar New Year Celebration with a Dragon Dance! The Dragon Dance is anticipated event of the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations as Dragons are believed to bring good luck to to people. There was also the ceremonial painting the lion and dragon's eyes, nose and eyes for peace and prosperity.

In the Year of the Wooden Horse, it is believed that they will empower us to take the reins of financial security and prosperity.

We wer fortunate
Hongkong-based FengShui Master Vittorio Chau led a special blessing ceremony at the lobby to kick off the celebrations
2014 will be  a challenging year for the Philippines according to Master Geomancer Joseph Chau Kam Shing
"The Manila Hotel has been home to many important traditions celebrated by Filipinos, including Chinese New Year. We ensure that our patrons leave our halls with a smile on their faces because of the memories they create and relive whenever they step inside the Hotel," said Manila Hotel Executive Vice President Dr. Enrique Yap, Jr.

"Aside from welcoming the Year of the Wooden Horse with best wishes and hopes for everyone, the Chinese New Year has always been a symbol for new beginnings and of grander visions of things to come. We hope to surpass our guests' expectations this 2014 as we remain faithful to our commitment of world-class service.


The Wish Card Offering will continue Until February 2
Gold and red lanterns adorn the Manila Hotel Grand Lobby creating a feeling of joyous atmosphere



Manila Hotel offers the Imperial Chinese New Year room package for as low as P10,408 per night.
The special Chinese New Year Set Menu offer at Mabuhay Palace (P3,000 pax) runs until February 12, 2014.

Bring your family and friends to this exciting and unique cultural experience which you can only find at Manila Hotel!

Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park 0913 Manila, Philippines
(02)527-0011

Friday, January 31, 2014

Trend Micro's "What’s Your Story" winners

The global leader in content security, Trend Micro Incorporated, held its “What’s Your Story” awarding ceremony last January 29, 2014.

This international video making competition, “What’s Your Story” employs the film and video creativity of the Filipino youth to raise awareness on proper use of the internet and to promote online safety practices. Trend Micro believes in building a safe online environment for all digital citizens and in protecting the youth's reputation online. The competition is part of the initiatives under the Click Right campaign, an advocacy designed to provide useful tools and information to parents, youth, educators, and guardians in managing important concerns such as online etiquette, online security, and protection against child pornography.

For its first year in the Philippines, the “What’s Your Story” contest garnared a total of 72 entries (noted as the most within the Asia Pacific region) for both individual and school categories.



Amabel Mabel Bautista's “Good Online Rep” video bested 43 other entries and was awarded the grand prize for the individual category. Rephael Catap’s entry titled “The Internet in the Modern Days: Benefits, Consequences” came in as close second.

The school category with 28 entries was topbilled by Marie Pellejo's “The Story of My (Online) Life”. “BACKFIRE” by Shaira Jill Sera Jose won runner-up award.

Each grand prize winner took home USD 2,000 while the runners-up won USD 600.

“Pindot” by Julius Cea was recognized as the Audience Choice and received USD 400 after being honored as the fan-favorite entry with the most Facebook votes.

The Philippines’ top 2 entries competed against the winning videos from Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan in the Asia-Pacific regional competition. Marie Pellejo’s inspirational ”The Story of My (Online) Life”—a video about learning to protect her online reputation through life experiences—was recognized as one of the two overall winners and accepted the grand prize of USD 5,000.

“Through this video contest, we are glad to see that the younger generation from all four countries are highly aware of how to protect themselves online,” says Jenny Chang, the Chief Culture Officer of Trend Micro.

For more information on the “What’s Your Story” contest, visit http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ph




Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thermomix is the all-in-one kitchen machine you'll ever need!

Thermomix is regarded as German precision at its best! Developed by over 120 engineers and technical experts, this product of Vorwerk was designed initially to make baby foods in 1960’s.

Thermomix products have 21 patents for its technological design and innovation, winning the prestigious “red dot” award alongside with companies such as Apple Inc., Mercedes-Benz, Bose and BMW to name a few.

Thermomix had gone along way since the time it was first launched in Germany as a food processor. After many years of innovation, it combines the functions of 10 appliances in one unit! Thermomix can chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and even weigh food.

Thermomix is the the only appliances you will need in the kitchen! It saves you time, money and space by having one kitchen appliance to do all your cooking and it makes preparing good-tasting food fun and healthy! It can be your blender, food processor, cake mixer, juicer, bread maker, ice cream/yoghurt/sorbet maker, mincer, steamer, rice cooker, coffee grinder, food miller, purees, whisks, emulsifies, scale and much more.

Thermomix makes one minute fruit sorbets, real ice creams or café latte! You can use the fruits in season and make fresh fruit juices without the mess or create your own healthy sorbet masterpiece.

Thermomix can mill rice into rice flour,mill fresh coffee, grate chocolate, pulverize sugar into icing sugar with ease. It can help you prepare, cook and puree soups all in one bowl. Create fantastic sauces right at your fingertips with Thermomix!

Thermomix makes possible healthy cooking to retain the food’s natural color and nutrients via Thermomix Varoma's gentle steaming.

Here are the specs of the Smallest and Smartest Kitchen equipment:

Motor
• Maintenance-free, Vorwerk reluctance motor, 500W rated power
• Speed continuously adjustable from 100 to 10,200 rpm (Gentle stir 40rpm)
• Special speed setting (alternating mode) for making dough
• Special safety feature: electronic motor protection to prevent overload

Heating system
• 1,000W power consumption
• Protected against overheating

Integrated scales
• Measuring range from 5 to 100g in 5g increments; 100 to 2000g in 10g increments (to max 2kg)

Housing
• High-grade plastic material, food compatible

Mixing bowl
• Stainless steel with heating system and temperature sensor integrated
• Maximum capacity 2 liters

Connected load
• 220V alternating voltage
• Maximum power consumption 1,500W
• 1m retractable cable

Dimensions & Weight (excluding Varoma)
• Height 30cm
• Width 28.5cm
• Depth 28.5cm
• Weight 6.3kg

Included with the unit is a mixing bowl and lid, simmering basket, stirring attachment, measuring cup, spatula and Varoma (steaming bowl), as well as a recipe book. The heating element is incorporated into the bottom of the mixing bowl rather than inside the main unit.   Its lid has provisions for spillages should a mixture boil over while cooking.

Thermomix is exclusively distributed by Modern Innovations Enterprise in the Philippines. Visit www.thermomixphils.com or contact infor@thermomixphils.com for more information about the product.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dell launches powerful Precision M3800 laptop

Dell unveiled its Ultra-Thin 15-inch Workstation in a press launch at the Bonifacio Global City last January 28th.

“As the traditional workplace continues to evolve, our workstation customers are requiring more portable systems, but can’t afford to sacrifice performance for their critical software applications,” according to Christopher Papa, Country Manager of Dell Philippines.

"With the introduction of the Precision M3800and PowerEdge T20 we've not only delivered on customer requests bu set new standards for both mobile workstations and entry-level server."
Measuring just 18mm (approx. 0.70 in) at its thinnest point and weighing merely 4.5 pounds (1.88 kg), the Dell Precision M3800 Workstation is a perfect laptop with uncompromising performance for mobile professionals.
Dell Precision M3800 Workstation comes in a stylish, industrial-grade design with an aluminum frame and a strong, lightweight carbon fiber chassis plus a Corning Gorilla glass display with five-finger multi-touch on all systems. It is available with Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) or genuine Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit) and is loaded with up to 16GB³ of memory and 4th generation Intel Core i7-4702HQ 8 threaded quad-core processor with up to 3.2 GHz clock speeds for seamlessly running professional software applications.

Specs of M3800 are as follows:
• Processor: Intel 4th generation Core i7 4702HQ (Haswell)
• Graphics: Intel 4600 (onboard), NVIDIA Quadro K1100M
• RAM: 16GB 1600 MHz
• Boot drive: 512 GB SSD mini-card
• 2nd drive: 512 GB SSD
• The M3800 is equipped with the NVIDIA Quadro® K1100M GPU with 2GB³ of GDDR5 dedicated memory for a rich visual experience with graphic-intense software applications. Viewing fine detail is easy with the workstation’s vivid 15.6-inch UltraSharp display available in QHD+ (3200 x 1800) or FHD (1920 x 1080).  M3800 can be paired with the high-performance 31.5” UltraSharp 32 monitor with exceptional Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution for a powerful dual-monitor workstation combination.

For customers requiring access to high-speed Ethernet access,  M3800 proves a good buy since it is equipped with a USB to RJ-45 dongle. It is designed with a backlit full-size keyboard, four USB PowerPorts (3 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0), a large gesture-enabled touchpad, HD video webcam and Waves MaxxAudio Pro suite of advanced audio enhancement tools.

The Dell Precision M3800 is a perfect companion for video editors, photographers, 3D animators or CAD designers as it is certified by ISVs including Autodesk, Avid, Sony and Adobe.

Visit http://www.dell.com.ph/ for more information.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kim Atienza advocates generic medicine awareness

Currently battling a rare medical disorder after going through a massive stroke, Matanglawin host Kuya Kim has partnered with the country’s largest drugstore chain, The Generics Pharmacy® to promote equally safe and effective alternative medicine in the Philippines.

He takes an active role in TGP’s latest multi-media campaign featuring the human clinical study conducted by the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI) to prove the safety and efficacy of the TGP Paracetamol, the company’s first private label generic medicine.

“When I had my stroke, I realized just how pitiful our healthcare system is. What’s worse is that if you are not that well off and you suddenly get sick, it will probably cost you a fortune especially with those expensive treatments,” explained Kuya Kim. “You can also add the increasing price of medicines to the list.”

“This has been my motivation to push for affordable yet equally safe and effective alternatives when it comes to medicines. For someone who needs to spend a lot on a daily basis as treatment for my sickness, this includes constant intake of paracetamol for the pain, I am thankful that we have generic medicines that are readily available in the market today,” he added.

Kuya Kim was recently diagnosed with the Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare, auto-immune disorder. This happens when immune system that usually protects us by attacking invading organisms that may harm the body, mistakes the body’s own cells for foreign material and begins to attack them.

Guillain-Barré causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves. As a result, individuals with GBS will experience numbness and tingling in the arms or legs. It can also cause life-threatening complications, in particular if the respiratory muscles are affected or if the autonomic nervous system is involved. If the muscles in the chest are affected, it may interfere with the ability to breathe and require the person to rely on a ventilator. Guillain-Barre syndrome can paralyze the entire body when not treated early.

Kuya Kim's medical battles and testimonies provided truthfulness in The Generics Pharmacy® advocacy towards the use of generic medicines in the country.

Dr. Alvero talks about results of Paracetamol study made by DLSU Health Sciences
TGP Paracetamol is bio-equivalent to the leading and reference paracetamol according to Dr. Grace Rita Alvero.
The TGP Paracetamol is the first clinical and human-trial tested private label generic medicine brand that is proven to be in equal effectiveness to off-patent brands. This was tested via a randomized three-way crossover single dosed bioequivalence study against the leading and innovator paracetamol brands in the market.

With over 1,600 franchised outlets nationwide, TGP is strengthening its pro-health advocacy by getting reputable and well-known personalities like Kuya Kim and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto to support their cause.

The new TGP Paracetamol can be bought at only P1.00 per tablet in all TGP outlets. The company by added this to its wide range of generic medicines like vitamins, maintenance medicines for the heart, diabetes and cholesterol in its commitment of providing the highest quality of healthcare possible at a very affordable prices.

Customers may also avail of Dial-A-Doctor service by simply dialing 732-3333. The doctor on duty gives free medical consultation to customers from Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Selling and Renting Properties made easy with Property24.com

While Renting gives the freedom to move on somewhere else, the decision to rent or to own an apartment is a matter of a choice of lifestyle and preferences. These preferences will include where you will live, what your housing needs are and what you can afford.

Many new comers in a city would choose to rent as a first step to home ownership as they are not familiar enough with the city. A property finder helps you find your ideal rental property. It makes it easier and more convenient way to start living in a new, unfamiliar territory.

Last January 23, 2014, a comprehensive online property search destination has been launched by top buy-and-sell website Sulit.com.ph in partnership with South Africa’s number one property search platform, Property24.com.

The new Property24.com.ph lists properties from leading estate agents around the country, offering potential buyers a wide range of properties for sale and rent. Focused on providing a more intuitive and user-friendly experience, this property portal provides a wealth of useful property market information, tools and tips.

Leveraging off Property24.com’s experience and success in the online property search sphere, and combined with the skills of the motivated and hands-on Sulit.com.ph team, Property24.com.ph is set to take online property searching to new heights.

Property24.com.ph’s search functionality allows house hunters to refine their property search based on criteria including location, physical features, and price range. Using the same criteria, users are also able to set up property alerts, meaning that as soon as a property matching their preferences comes on to the market, they will be notified via email.

Property24.com.ph unburdens you the stress out of renting and home buying process by providing a property short list within your budget complete with photos and property details. Property24.com.ph attempts to match all your requirements. With the availability of suggested options within your preferences, this saves you time and money otherwise spent on viewing unsuitable properties.

“Thanks to Property24, we have a robust and proven platform that works in several markets worldwide. This complements Sulit’s strength to generate leads for sellers, which in turn translates to more sales for brokers,” said Sulit.com.ph co-founder and Managing Director, RJ David.

Contacting a real estate agent or arranging a viewing is also made simple. Potential buyers or renters can either contact the agent directly or request Property24.com.ph to send a message on their behalf to the agent who will then contact them.

Property24.com.ph is also the ideal platform for real estate agents to market their properties, with options to include visual and descriptive detail to attract home potential buyers and renters. Uploading property listings can be done efficiently through the Manager Tool, and these listings are then automatically made available on the web and mobile versions of Property24.com.ph as well as in Sulit.com.ph.

Property24.com.ph’s mobile WAP site is accessible via all WAP enabled mobile phones, conveniently offering consumers the ability to search for property from anywhere. The mobile site also boasts enhanced functionality such as location-based searches, available on GPS-enabled handsets.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Sulit.com.phon this venture, and to provide Filipino real estate agents and home hunters with innovative technology aimed at streamlining the property search process,” said JP Farinha, Property24 Chief Executive Officer.

With these features and service offerings from the new Property24.com.ph, listing a property or finding that dream home is now just a few clicks away.


Kuya Kim gives his hats off to Novuhair

Kim Atienza has discovered yet another effective and all-natural remedy for hair loss. He endorses Nuvohair Topical Scalp Lotion after his careful research on its effectivity.

Novuhair's natural ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, the essential oils of rosemary, lemongrass and peppermint, panax ginseng, and moringaoleifera, among others are combined to work in synergy against hair problems.

Collectively, these ingredients help increase the flow of nutrients to the scalp.  It nourishes it, and helps prevent excessive hair loss problems.  Nuvohair Topical Scalp Lotion remedies these conditions for those suffering or experiencing hair troubles. It has been proven to delay of hair graying while it  maintains the hair’s natural luster.

Kuya Kim believes that caring for one’s scalp is no different from caring for the body.  People should be mindful about what they use to on their heads.
If there is one more thing Kuya Kim gives his hats off to and places his belief in, it is the fact that Novuhair is nature’s answer to hair loss. In his own words: “Novuhair? Bilib ako diyan!”
Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion can be purchased individually or as part of a combo pack that includes a bottle of Novuhair Herbal Shampoo or in a 3-in-1 pack that includes the herbal shampoo and a bottle of Novuhair Herbal Conditioner.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion is available in all Mercury Drug Stores and all leading drug stores nationwide. For updates and promotions, like Novuhair Official Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter at @NovuhairUpdates

You may also contact Novuhair hotlines at 413-6570 or 0922-883-0575

Food Bliss Harina Artisan Bakery Café

Beyond Harina Artisan Bakery Café’s red doors, lies a cozy dining area and its take out area, where a variety of Artisan Baked Goods are showcased.


Fresh artisan bread and goodies are baked daily. The have cookies, breadsticks, Spanish bread, cupcakes, apple cinnamon rolls and other hand-rolled best sellers.

Harina’sBloomin’  Bread (P 320.00)
Crusty pull-apart Italian loaf filled with basil puree and an assortment of melted cheese.   Served with  a dip of balsamic vinegar  & extra-virgin olive oil.


Harina’s Bloomin’ Bread  is a perfectly-baked Italian loaf meant to share. While crusty on the outside, the inside is soft and chewy!

While Harina Artisan Bakery Café is a haven for bread lovers, they now have delightful all-day breakfast menu dishes to tickle your palates!



Chicken Caesar Sandwich (P 220.00)
Grilled Cajun chicken & lettuce in Caesar dressing topped with poached egg, bacon and parmesan cheese on baguette.

Adobo Pulled Pork (P 265.00)
Pulled pork adobo with fried kesongputi, lettuce and  tomatoon baguette.

Waldorf Salad Sandwich (P 220.00)
Flaky pastry with filling of chicken, red and green apples, celery and chopped walnuts in mayonnaise. 
All the sandwiches were flavorful and filling. I love that it comes with a hefty serving of French Fries and salad greens on the side. Among these sandwiches, I prefer that Waldorf Salad Sandwich. The flavors are perfectly combined together! I love the crunch feel while biting into nuts and apple slices.


And if you love pasta like I do, try out Harina Artisan Bakery Café's  hot cooked pasta. It comes in good portions and are reasonably-priced for the budget-conscious.

Creamy Bacon & Asparagus (P 250.00)
Fettucine in a creamy sauce with bacon and asparagus, topped with poached egg. This rich "carbonara" dish is great to serve for company and makes an unusual brunch offering.

Pasta Arabiatta (P 200.00)
It is the perfectly-blended Spaghetti in spicy sauce made from red tomato sauce, roasted garlic and red chili peppers. Arrabiata ranks top five in my favorites at any restaurant and I love the incredible taste of Harina's version.



Strawberry Cheesecake-Stuffed French Toast (P 290.00)
Cheesecake-filled brioche topped with whipped cream & strawberry preserves.

Anything you order from Harina Artisan Bakery Café is sure to be phenomenal meal! You will be presented with some of the best bread I've ever tasted and much more!


Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe
118 Katipunan Avenue Extension, White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 3526721
Open Mondays to Sundays from 6AM to 9PM
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