Friday, June 6, 2014

Vote for your favorites at The Yahoo Celebrity Awards

Press Release

Last June 4th, Yahoo Philippines announced the launch of the Yahoo Celebrity Awards 2014 and unveiled the nominees for this year.

Formerly known as OMG! Awards, Yahoo Celebrity Awards honors Philippines’ movie, music, radio and television celebrities, who are voted into the top ranks by their fans from across the world. It is the most popular awards program in the country as it is uniquely “Powered by You”, as fans have the exclusive power to vote their favorite stars in.

This year’s Celebrity Awards includes ten exciting new additions to the existing classic categories: Celebrity Couple, Celebrity Family, Male and Female Hothletes, Band of the Year, Male and Female ‘Kontrabida’, Emerging Band, Song of the Year and Social Media Star.

Marian Rivera, 2014 Media Magnet and Celebrity of the Year nominee, graced the launch at Amber in Bonifacio Global City along with the other nominees like Janella Salvador (Female Emerging Star nominee), Christian Bautista (Male Performer of the Year nominee), Rocco Nacino (Male Emerging Star nominee), Ritz Azul, Klarisse de Guzman, Kaye Abad, Cager Jeron Teng (Male Hothlete) and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago plus Celebrity Couple nominees, Bea Binene and Jake Vargas. Sam Oh (Female DJ nominee ) hosted the event. Other nominated DJs in the likes of DJ Megan, Mr. Fu, and Nicole Hyala were spotted at the event as well.

‘Yahoo-On-the-Road’ bus makes the Yahoo Celebrity Awards even more special as it goes on tour at various schools in Manila showcasing nominees of the Band of the Year and Emerging Band categories. It engages university-based fans to cast votes for their idols, request performances, meet and jam with up-and-coming Pinoy bands who join the tour. The ‘Yahoo-On-the-Road’ bus is set to introduce its apps like Yahoo Mail, Flickr, Tumblr, WeatherApp and News Digest to the younger audience as well.
Mike Constantino, Country Sales Director related, “The immense popularity of the Yahoo Celebrity Awards makes it an effective platform with a wide reach, for advertisers to engage their audience both online and on-ground. We are happy to partner with the leading brands in their categories to deliver some of the most sought after entertainment content generated through the Celebrity Awards to Yahoo users in Philippines.” 

Yahoo encourages all fans to vote for their favorite celebrities at Voting opens now until July 12, 2014. Users can follow the awards on Twitter at @yahooph #YahooAwards and “Like” the Yahoo Philippines Facebook page. Find more on Yahoo Celebrity.

Watch out as the Yahoo Celebrity Awards rolls out the purple carpet for you on July 18 at Mall of Asia Arena. Grab your free tickets at SM Tickets.

The Yahoo Celebrity Awards is made possible by leading Philippine brands that include McDonald’s, KakaoTalk, PLDT HOME Bro Ultera, JAG Jeans and Emperador Light.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mystic Brew

Last week, I was invited to Mystic Brew Café. The café's new age interiors and ambience suits its name. There are books on the shelves with topics ranging from numerology, spiritualism to paranormal. Tarot cards are on display as well. Not only do their quirky decors border on witchcraft and wizardry following the Harry Potter theme, some items on their menu also come in the same league.
I super like Kamias Shake! This refreshing healthy drink offers a cool combination of sweet and sour taste. The salt that lines the rim of the drink glass it was served in, further kicks off its blended flavors.

Chili Mint Coffee gives something different than your usual caffeine dose. You can order it hot or ice- blended.  It may come on as a little weird concoction but you will be surprised to know that chili and coffee do go well together.

If you want to start off your day with something new, try their Butterscotch Blended Drink soda.  It is one of Mystic Brew’s original drink recipes inspired by the Harry Potter movie.

It is a great place to hang out with friends or to grab a coffee blend and work. At Mystic Brew Café, you can have a hot cup of coffee and a nook for yourself. They have expanded the concept of warmth and comfort in your cup of coffee or tea into a whole menu which comes with a flare of sophistication!
Gayuma is a light French onion soup. The onions were properly caramelized, which brings out the sweetness in them. I find the stock a bit watered-down though.
I am partial to tomato-based dishes and so I like the Monk's Brew. This comforting bowl of soup is loaded with meat and pasta with bread on the side. How I wish that tomato soup comes in thicker though.

Chalupa-cabra is a corn tortilla. This crisp-fried folded tostada makes a satisfying meal with its hefty filling made of romaine lettuce, salsa, cheese and ground beef. It’s an overload on the classic taco!
Meteor balls - are delicious, golden brown croquettes. The mashed potatoes with ground meat filling are rolled in flour and breadcrumbs. I love dipping the meteor balls into the mayo sauce and biting into its crisp coating.
Basilisk Bites- are deep-fried Cheese sticks served with mayo sauce. Though the Mystic Brew wrapper is a lot thicker than the usual spring roll wrapper I am accustomed to, the cheese sticks were fried to a perfect crunchiness. It tastes wonderful!
Italian Garlic Banger Pasta is a good pasta that comes in a nice, good portion. Pasta was done al dente and the amount of garlic was at vampire killing level. The sausages makes it more enjoyable.
Deconstructed carbonara gives you a fix of a hearty, filling comfort food that is ideal to share!

Sausage and Mash with Mystic Glaze is Mystic Glaze’s take on bangers and mash. Tangy and garlicky Vigan longganisa tops the hefty serving of mashed potato.

I love adobo and more so if it is ultra crispy and extra flaky! The Chorizo Rice with Adobo Flakes is my favorite dish at this cafe. The tasty pork meat flakes are crunched up so that it melts in my mouth with every bite! It looks presentable and palatable as Mystic Brew serves the flakes with seared garlic and sunny side up egg on the side in a Moroccan tagine claypot. They encourage diners to play on the sour-salty and garlicky flavors themselves by making vinegar available separately in a Chinese spoon.
Dragon’s Claw is Mystic Brew Café’s version of a cinnamon bread. Puffed in a shape of a giant claw, the crunchy pastry is sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. Thinly sliced green apples and strawberry preserves gives the bread a crunchy, sweet bliss. I love the brittle, finger-lickin’ goodness it offers.
Martabak is fried stuffed pancakes. This two-layer pan-fried bread has a generous spread of warm rich chocolate fillings and sliced peanuts. The pancake is light, fluffy and moist. Served in half portions, this is a super delicious snack to compliment a hot or cold drink.

Go and see what they have to offer. They serve a slew of filling comfort foods for caffeine chasers.

Don't miss out on their promotions! Every Wednesday, bespectacled Mystic Brew Café diners get P 5.00 off their total bill. They have acoustic nights on Fridays for the music lovers and diva wannabes. There are tarot readings and poetry appreciation as well.
And to celebrate their 2nd anniversary month this June 25th, Mystic Brew Cafe is offering unlimited Butter Brew for only P 99.00 according to proprietors Algerome Asuncion and Tristan Jovellana.

Mystic Brew
511 Capitoline Hill Street
BF Resort Village, Las Pinas 1740
(02) 403 5105
Open Wednesday through Mondays from 11AM - 2AM

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nickelodeon Slime Cup

After a successful Slime Cup launch in Singapore last year, Nickelodeon brought the slimiest sports festival for kids ages six years old and above to the Philippines so that families have that opportunity of getting slimed before the summer vacation ends.

Nickelodeon Slime Cup was launched to celebrate athleticism, gaming and Nickelodeon's signature green slime that encourages kids to enjoy bonding with their families while instilling the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline and determination. The slime being a main ingredient to a number of the fun sports-oriented activities, Nickelodeon Slime cup invited kids and their families to play Nickelodeon character themed games of baseball, golf, soccer and more.
My daughter and I joined in the fun at SMX Convention Center in Manila last May 31st, as Nickelodeon's brand of fun activities kept the kids engaged in awesome playtime the whole day.
Awesome prizes, adrenaline-pumping games, thrilling performances and much-awaited special appearances from beloved Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and friends, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles complete the round-up of activities.
Nickelodeon Slime Cup was presented by Toy Kingdom and Co-sponsored by Barbie the Pearl Princess, El Real Spaghetti and Macaroni, Goody Gulp Milk Drink, Jack n' Jill Knots, Lipps Pop Stix, McDonald's Happy Meal, Biogesic for Kids, Purefoods Funstuff Nuggets, Rio, and Skechers Kids.
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