Saturday, May 23, 2015

Maghihintay Ako Manuel Mystery billboard unfolds as MLQU sets to Regain its Glory

The #MaghihintayAkoManuel mystery billboards that went viral in social media weeks ago has now been revealed and made clear with the unfolding of Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) Grand Alumni Homecoming event at the Edsa Shangri-La, Manila dubbed as "MLQU Regaining its Glory! Sikat ‘pag Quezonian" .

“Maghihintay ako… - Manuel” statement has been the talk of the town with the numerous billboard sightings all over the Metro, SLEX and NLEX. Now, all clues have finally fallen in place to explain the mystery behind Manuel's character and the circumstances surrounding this puzzle.

Manuel is Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU). The mystery billboard was part of MLQU campaign to emphasize its historical significance to the new generation. It heralds the university's many plans to continue its legacy into the future under the new leadership of New San Jose Builders Inc., its new owner. MLQU assures that with the help of the new management, today’s generation of Quezonians would be able to meet and even exceed the glory of the university's past.

“It’s about time that we get back on track and build the culture of excellence and legacy of becoming an outstanding institution,” New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI) co-chairman and MLQU president Dr. Isagani Germar said.

With the acquisition of MLQU, NSJBI is set to go beyond building dream homes by taking on MLQU’s nationalistic vision of providing quality education for the Filipino people. NSJBI will continue MLQU’s tradition of academic excellence and compassion for learning, plus

From the time New San Jose Builders' acquirred MLQU in October 2014, plans for upgrading the university are beginning to take shape. At the top of its priority are reclaiming its role as a breeding ground for nation-builders and producing graduates that would attain 100% passing rate in board and bar exams.

SIKAT ‘Pag Quezonian

In the past, MLQU has produced notable Quezonians who have made an impact in their respective industries. Among these are Rustica Carpio (academician and multi-awarded actress on stage, film, and television) who first appeared in Ishmael Bernal’s Nunal sa Tubig in 1976. She made over 50 other films in her more than 30 years in the industry. For her accomplishments, Dr. Carpio is a recipient of over 50 national and international honors and awards which includes being one of the Ten Outstanding Women of the Philippines in 1968 from Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA Phil.) for her invaluable achievements in the field of performing arts. She was also cited in The World Who’s of Women, Vol. 6, 1982 published in England by the International Biographical Centre.

Another alumnus who made a name for himself is Neil Perez, an officer of the Philippine National Police Aviation and Security Group, he won the title of Mister International Philippines in a pageant held in Seoul, South Korea on February 14.

The list of MLQU outstanding alumni goes on and on. Some of them held high government positions such as Justice Secretary Ricardo C. Puno Sr.(1979-1984), Justice Sedfrey Ordoñez (1987-1990) and Justice Artemio Tuquero (2000-2001) while Justice Ricardo Villarama Jr., Justice Venicio Escolin, Justice Jose Melo, Justice Jose Vitug Justice Ruben Reyes and Justice Isagani A. Cruz went on to become associate justice of the Supreme Court.

MLQU graduates who made notable achievements in government service include Former Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto Romulo; Former Commission on Elections chair Benjamin S. Abalos ; Former Labor Secretary and Senate President Blas F. Ople; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; Department of Trade and Industry undersecretary Lilia de Lima; Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz; Tarlac Governor Jose V. Yap; Former Chairman, PCGG Magtanggol Gunigundo; Former Agrarian Reform Secretary and former Bulacan Governor Obet Pagdanganan; Former Senator Wigberto Tañada Former Senator Wenceslao Lagumbay; and Congressmen Rodolfo Albano Jr., Pangalian Balindog, Fredrick Abueg, Silvestre Bello III, Antonio del Rosario, Samuel Pagdilao and Reynaldo Umali.

Alumni members who have gained fame in the practice of law include Justice Carmelita Manhan, Atty. Benjamin Tabios, Justice Alicia Sempio-Dy, Justice Nicolas Lapena, Atty. Norberto Quisumbing, Justice Manuel Pamaran, Justice Hilarion Aquino, Justice Roberto Abad, Justice Perlita Tirona, Justice Jose Vitug, Judge Jesus F. Guerrero, Justice Renato Dacudao, Atty. Ma. Luisa Dizon-Villarama, Justice Serafin Camillon, Justice Nicolas Lapena Jr,. Justice Luis Victor, Justice Enrico Lanzanas, Justice Ricardo Ilarde, Justice Ricardo Lagman, Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Justice Jose Hernandez, Justice Samuel Martires, Atty, Conrado Vasquez, Atty. Medwin Dizon and Atty Danilo Lopez.

Many MLQU graduates have achieved distinction in their field of expertise and New San Jose Builders, Inc. vows to continue on building the MLQU's legacy of excellence, legacy of greatness, and legacy of an outstanding institution the school is known for. MLQU will strive to produce nationalistic, competent, educated, and upright Quezonians imbued with a spirit of selflessness and commitment to being of service to society. This is why many Quezonians have become sikat in their respective fields.

MLQU Moving Ahead

Under the expertise of NSJBI’s building developments, MLQU will reap the benefits of its state-of-the-art facilities. MLQU's plan to open a Real Estate Management course will further boost the school’s prowess in producing top-caliber graduates.

Future plans comprise establishing MLQU's f presence in Balanga, Bataan, as well as strengthening its Professional School, the School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (SPACE), which would further upgrade the level of education that they provide.

With the involvement of its alumni, the public can expect more changes and improvements in MLQU.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tenya Restaurant opens at SM Megamall

Japanese food lovers can now have a taste of authentic Japanese Tendons at Tenya Restaurant. Tenya is a well-known tempura restaurant with more than 140++ branches all over Japan.
From the time Yoshio Iwashita started the first Tenya his first outlet in Yaesu underground mall near Tokyo Station in 1989, Tenya has grown to be a favorite Japanese restaurant chain for its high quality, crispy tendons at a reasonable price.

What a Tendon is

In Japan, TenDon is a shortened word name for Tempura Donburi (天ぷら丼ぶり) and it simply refers to Japanese tempura rice bowl.

Tempura + Donburi = TENDON

TEMPURA is a Japanese deep-frying technique that adds flavor and texture to the food without competing with its natural flavor. Tenya Japan’s recipe library has over 350 varieties of tempura!

DONBURI is an authentic, steaming Japanese rice bowl topped off with freshly cooked meat, seafood, egg or vegetables.

At Tenya, you can savor top quality, ultra fresh, assortment of tempura on rice with miso soup on the side. The All Star Tendon (P 325) comprised of deep fried and are lightly-battered black tiger prawns, squid, salmon, kani stick, green beans and mushroom tempuras.

All Star Tendon

The perfectly-fried assortment of tempuras were complemented with Japanese rice, miso soup and Tenya Restaurant’s signature Dontare sauce. The sauce's sweet flavor complements the tempura and rice serving.

This rice dish is very filling! I love chomping on ebi tempura and I enjoyed the sweet potato tempura as well.

They have a wide selection of tempura bowl and tempura basket combos to choose from. You just have to pick from their a la carte menu and choose the tempura varieties that suits your taste.
All Star Tempura Basket (P 350)

If you’re after something more substantial than the standard tendon bowl or tempura basket, Tenya allows you to get fancier tempura sets which came with rice, soup and add ons like soba (buckwheat) or udon (thick wheat noodles).

Their “All Star Tempura Soba/Udon set (P 455)” is like your All Star Tendon but comes with noodles imported from Japan! You have choice  between udon or soba that is served hot or cold. For first option, noodles are served with a mildly-flavored hot broth using dashi and soy sauce. And in the latter option, cooled soba/udon is served and dipped in chilled tsukejiru (dipping sauce in a bowl alongside) that is usually strongly-flavored. Sliced long onion leaves are available on the side for garnish.

All Tempura soba or udon sets are priced between P 385 and P 455 depending on what kind of tempura you want. Donburi dishes and tempura sets can be ordered in a takeaway bento box as well.

All Star Tempura Cold Soba
Tenya Restaurant also offers a number of appetizers to make your entire meal come together. These are Potato Salad, Lettuce Salad, Agedashi Tofu, Karaage and Isobe Cheese.
Karaage (Japanese-style Fried Chicken Nuggets)
Isobe Cheese (Tempura-fried Cheddar Cheese wrapped in Roasted Seaweed)

For deseerts, they offer Japanese Cheesecake and fruit-flavored Popsicles.

Get a taste of tendon and tempura perfection at Tenya Restaurant now for a great meal!

Tenya Tempura Tendon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tenya Restaurant
4/F SM Megamall Building A
Phone (02) 837 5036

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Maternal and baby care advice is one click away with Huggies® Expert Panel

There is nothing more extraordinary in a woman's life than having her first baby. Pregnancy, birth, and being a first-time mom really gives the greatest joy! And this excitement for the coming of one's first child is often coupled with the eagerness for information. Infanticipation leads to several body changes and so an expectant mom should learn to take care of herself and her growing baby from the moment she finds out about the pregnancy to the day she gives birth.

Ms. Clara Ramos (Brand Manager, Kimberly-Clark Philippines), Dra. Belen Velasco (Vice-President, Perinatal Association of the Philippines), Dra. Maria Theresa Hilario-Jimenez (President, Perinatal Association of the Philippines), Mr. Ashwini Nagpal (Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark Philippines), Dr. Diosdado Mariano (Member, Perinatal Association of the Philippines), and Ms. Irish Tan Chua (Marketing Manager, Kimberly Clark-Philippines), during the official launch of Expert Panel in the Philippines.

Hence Huggies® Philippines' parent company, Kimberly-Clark Philippines, partnered with the Perinatal Association of the Philippines (PAP) to create an online hub for moms to get direct access to helpful tips and advice on maternal and baby care.

Huggies® Philippines launched its “Expert Panel” today in a media event at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. This is a new online consultation tool to help guide new and experienced moms throughout their motherhood journey.

“Kimberly-Clark Philippines understands the challenges of moms when they search online for any useful data about maternal and baby care. With so much information available and numerous sources claiming themselves as ‘experts’, you can never be too sure of whom you can trust. ‘Expert Panel’ breaks through the clutter and confusion, having been created by the real experts of maternal and baby care,” said Irish Tan Chua, Marketing Manager of Kimberly-Clark Philippines.

According to a recent survey conducted by Kimberly-Clark Philippines, online information is one of the top sources moms use when getting tips about baby care and motherhood. Huggies Philippines recognizes this and created the Expert Panel. The Expert Panel provides moms a new opportunity to learn more about motherhood and how to better raise babies. As a result, moms and babies can feel assured that they are guided every step of the way. With this online consultation platform, moms can easily access credible tips and advice straight from the Perinatal Association of the Philippines (PAP) experts via the official Huggies Philippines website at

The Huggies Expert Panel is ever ready to help answer questions on conception, pregnancy, child birth, baby care, parenting, baby sleep routine or toddler woes. Mothers get expert advice straight from the trusted doctors of the PAP. Expert Panel will also compile all the information shared between active online moms and doctors, store it in the Huggies website, and make it available for free to anyone who wants to access it at any time of the day. This allows fellows moms to learn about key topics that others moms are asking about through keyword search or by clicking on a topic or tag.

When clicking on the ‘Expert Panel’ tab in the Huggies Philippines website, users will be given a list of commonly asked topics to choose from that they can further learn about. Each topic will feature a set of previously answered questions that users can refer to at any time of the day while a text box will be provided for those who would like to ask a new question. Once submitted, the questions will be reviewed and answered by select doctors from PAP and an e-mail notification will be sent to the user if their questions have been answered.

“Through our partnership and the official launch of the Expert Panel, we hope moms will now feel assured knowing that the online information they receive are directly from the experts. Together, PAP and Kimberly-Clark Philippines will remain to be moms’ everyday partners in baby and child care,” ended Dra. Hilario-Jimenez.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Watch International Premiere Tennis League at Mall of Asia Arena on December 6-8, 2015

After a successful 3-day tennis tournament with over 30,000 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena last November 2014, the International Premiere Tennis League (IPTL) will be bringing top-ranked and multi-awarded tennis players to the Philippines for its second season. The second leg of the international tennis event will bring current champions, tennis legends and rising stars like Nadal, Williams, Tsonga, Ivanovic, Monfils, Hantuchova, Berdych, Kyrgios and over 30 other tennis superstars to the country in December 2015.

“The Philippines will be another exciting leg of the IPTL’s tour,” says IPTL’s VP of Operations, Abhishek Ponia. The Philippines had a great record in audience attendance last year, proving that the Philippines is a tennis-enthused country and fitting host for the IPTL. Now bigger and better, the tennis all-stars has added a fifth team to its roster, promising that a wider universe ofworld-renown tennis athletes will arrive in the country to play against the Philippine Mavericks. Also making their way to the Philippines are tennis players: Ivanisevic, Moya, Pliskova, Bopanna, Santoro, Mladenovic, and Nestor.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc.’s Hans Sy, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.’s Edgar Tejerero, Jean-Henri Lluilhier, Kevin Belmonte, and Haresh Hiranand are a few of the VIP names that comprise of the Philippine Mavericks’ co-owners. Confident in their draft of players for the year, team manager Jean-Henri Llhuilhier says “we are proud of have the no. 1 ranked single women’s player, Serena Williams, headlining the Philippine Mavericks this season. We believe that she and her fellow teammates Tsonga, Gasquet, Lisicki, Gajdosova, Huey and team captain Philippoussis will bring home the winning title this year.”Co-owner of team and president of SMLEI,Edgar Tejerero,announces that there will be a strong line-up of activities leading up to the 3-day tennis event. “Bringing in the top tennis players of the world to our shores is a milestone for our country. We want the fans to be part of a yearlong celebration instead of a mere 3-day tournament.” As part of the planned activities, the Manila Polo Club, official club partner of the Philippine Mavericks, will be hosting an invitational tennis cup using the IPTL format of play, and whose winners will be awarded during the 3-day international tournament in MOA Arena by the team.

The International Premiere Tennis League will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena on December 6-8, 2015. Log on to for ticket inquiries.

About the IPTL

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is the first city-based professional league in the world is a team tennis league founded in May 2013 made up of four Asian teams: Dubai, Manila, New Delhi and Singapore. These teams participated in the inaugural season that kicked off in November 2014 with Micromax Indian Aces walking away as the first ever IPTL winners.

The IPTL Player Draft for 2015 was held on 12th April 2015 in Dubai. Over 80 players were part of the pool, of which 37 were added to the franchise teams – Philippines, Singapore, India, the UAE and, the newest addition to the season, Japan. This edition of the league will kick off in Japan from 2nd December and will conclude on 20th December 2015.Modelled after successful sports franchise concepts, the IPTL combines world-class sports and entertainment in a format that keeps both, spectators and TV viewers completely engrossed.

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