Friday, October 16, 2015

Big Bite! Northern Food Festival at Marquee Mall

The Big Bite! festival officially opened today at the Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. This is much-awaited gastronomical feast in the country as it brings the best of the northern flavors.

Now on its third year, Big Bite! features one hundred concessionaires offering unique items and delicacies from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera Administrative Region in one place.

Merchants from Region I, Region II, Region III and the Cordillera Administrative Region showcases unique, local homegrown food products and food concepts such as coffee, jam, spices, condiments, and native delicacies. It’s a culinary showdown of the most mouth-watering heritage cuisines from Northern Luzon such as the Ilocos empanada, bagnet, pastillas and longganisa. And guests are treated to cooking demos and live entertainment as they take part in the festive atmosphere.

Big Bite's food market highlights three of the best-loved northern flavors in a grand sisig cookout in a “Sisig Festival”, an ode to the quintessential Kapampangan dish. This year features three popular sisig variations from Pangasinan, Ilocos as well as the traditional Kapampangan recipe. Chef Jackie dela Cruz whipped up the Ilocano version called “dinakdakan” while Chef Danilo Maramba cooked the Pangasinan version, replacing pork with bangus, a popular catch from the region. Chef Sau del Rosario prepared the traditional Kapampangan pork sisig.

Guests also get to see their favorite kitchen masters cook up a storm onstage. Pampanga Chef Gene Gonzales and Chef Sau del Rosario together with Lifestyle Network’s Chef Next Door, Chef Jonas Ng were there to share culinary expertise. Big Bite! Northern Food Festival also serves the venue for the three-day cook-off between top culinary schools from Pampanga.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Southern Flavors Bazaar is the best time to shop!

Zonta Club of Alabang is holding a fund-raising weekend festival this October 24-25, 2015 dubbed as Southern Flavors Bazaar at the Cuenca Park (adjacent St. James Church) in Ayala Alabang Village.

Southern Flavors Bazaar is your one-stop stop for unique items and exciting lifestyle options. Check out the bazaar and fill your shopping bags with fashionable items, one-of-a-kind gift ideas for your loved ones this Christmas season.

Snag fab finds from:

Alon Island Essentials
Claire Ganzon
One for the Road
The HeadWare
Kassa, the Art of Table
Maxx Studio Homeware
One for the Road
Renegade Folk
Space Garden
Coco and Tres
Philippa Aceite de Coco

Other than stocking up your holiday shopping carts, Southern Flavors gives you more reasons to hit the Cuenca Park by offering a diverse selection of local and world cuisine, prepared by top chefs! You need not travel far to satisfy your craving for the finer things in life. Southern Flavors brings these in the south for your family to indulge in! Enjoy a wide selection of the finest wines and popular drinks with your gastronomic fares from:

Amalia's Fine Spanish Cuisine
El Chupacabra (Mexican)
Omakase Restaurant
La Cocina De Tita Moning
Kessaku Alabang
Yakitori Express Manila
V Kitchen

This weekend festival is the best destination for the entire family to enjoy. Foodies will delight on treats from:

Bizu Creperie
Bacolod Chicken Inasal
Bocadillos Mexican Food
Cebu's Best Boneless Lechon
Coolman Halo-Halo
Craft Brew
Chicken Bacolod
Don's Original Spanish Churros
Gloria's Goto
Global Grub
Meat District
Nomnomnom Happy Food
Potato Corner
Smoking Joint Grill
Tapa King
Thai Kitchen
Yellow Cab
Zong Chinese Food

Kids and adults alike may get their fill of wholistic, healthy options from artisanal food merchants like:

Elbert's Cheesesteak
Holy Carabao (smoothies)
Jamba Juice Food Truck (freshly squeezed juices)
Liq My Stick (organic popsicles)
Zigla Health Food

Feast on grilled delicacies, organic fare and delicious comfort food while listening to your favorite music played by live bands, acoustic musicians, and Christmas carolers. The list is endless!

Southern Flavors Bazaar has something for every member of the family whether it’s shopping, eating or just having a rollicking good time.

There will be cooking demos and lots of fun activities for the kids and adults to do. Kids can join in the arts and craft activities. There will also be magic shows to entertain them. Husbands and teenagers can view the display of racing and vintage cars or even test drive a Segway as the ladies do their shopping.

The second day is a special, fun treat for the kids. The petting zoo provides a nurturing environment for them to explore and learn. With active play, children discover and learn the world around them.

This activity is presented by Zonta Club of Alabang under the ledership of its president, Atty. Michelle Yu. Southern Flavors is supported by Cignal, Megaworld and Rustan's Supermarket. Proceeds will help fund #ZontaAlabang 's charity events and advocacies directed at improving the plight of marginalized women and children.

For sponsorships, updates and promos, you may inquire at

Standing, L-R: Shyla Valdez, Sheryl Martelino, Annie Tanco, Melrose Martelino, Cindy Covey, DeedaBonz, Jeanette Tuason, Tintin San Juan, Issa Litton
Sitting, L-R: Maymay Lichtenstein, Carmita Francisco, Michelle Martelino Yu, Liezel Sobong, Gigi Poblador, Baby Bunye

About Zonta Club of Alabang

Zonta Club of Alabang (ZCA) is an all women’s club representing District 17. It serves as an operating arm of Zonta International in Asia, comprising clubs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand under its leadership. It aims to improve the lives of indigent women and children.

Zonta Club of Alabang holds Relief Missions, Livelihood activities as well as Feeding Programs. Charitable works include outreach to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, education and screenings.

Zonta International has grown into a worldwide service organization of over 30,000 women executives/professionals in more than 1,200 member clubs in 63 countries all over the world. The organization continues to work for noble causes since it was founded in Buffalo, New York, USA in 1919.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Uke Box Caffé

Are you looking for a a new chill place, for a night of great music over good food and drinks? Well, Uke Box Caffé has it all covered!

Uke Box Caffé is the only ukulele-themed cafe in Metro Manila that offers free workshops. Even without prior musical knowledge, you can get on the groove playing lots of tunes, and it won't be a struggle. You get started by simply signing up for their Sunday workshop, where they teach you to strum, tune, and shape basic chords.

Ukulele is an easy instrument to learn. You can rent one, buy one in-store or bring your own and jam along with your friends. You'll be playing a song in no time! You'll have fun just by learning the basics.

Uke Box Caffé also houses wooden decks filled with soft cushions for a homey, private dining experience. It's like your perfect spot when you just want to unwind, go on a private chat while having a cup of your favorite coffee. It is interesting how they managed to put up those bunk beds given the limited space they had.

Their selfie coffee experience is something you should try out! Select your type of drink and then Uke Box Caffé will serve it with your face printed on your coffee foam!

Non-coffee drinkers may opt for Strawberry Iced Tea, Matcha Green Tea, Strawberry Banana, and Dark Chocolate.

Other than the hot and cold coffee blends, I find that they are particularly strong on sandwiches. My top picks were: Chicken Pocket (P 180), Hawaiian Spam plus the Monte Cristo Sandwich (P 250).

While a bit pricey, everyone loves the Monte Cristo Sandwich. This French Toast is something Uke Box Caffé does really well. I had seconds of this sandwich. I love how its crunchy exterior mixes well with a rich, creamy and custardy interior! Slices of cheese and ham gives the right balance of sweetness in every bite.

For pasta, I recommend the Carbonara. Though the serving size is a bit smaller, it tasted perfect. They know how to do it really well.

Uke Box Caffé's unique setting and food options make it a great place to head out to. I will definitely  bring in my family for the experience. Check it out soon!

Uke Box Caffé
187 Village Center Euloguio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue
Brgy. Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City
Phone (02) 374-7467

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Knowlarity empowers Small and Medium Enterprises via SuperReceptionist

Last October 8, Knowlarity and Vinea Distribution, Inc. (VDI) officiaally launched Super Receptionist, in an intimte gathering at the Discover Primea in Makati City.

The launch of Knowlarity's key product was spearheaded by its Vice President and Head of International Business Strategy, Vikas Kakkar.

Through Super Receptionist technology offered by Knowlarity, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) can capture more prospects and opportunity against traditional telephony capabilities. It is the first of its kind in the Philippines and will particularly help startups.

Knowlarity maximizes the use of cloud telephony by delivering a service that uses the Internet Of Things and connects a virtual number to any physical phone be it a landline, a PABX or your smartphone.

With SuperReceptionist, you get to analyze your calls, knowing where your calls are coming from, who called you, and more. This power would give you the ability to get business leads and project a big company.

Businesses interested in Knowlarity’s SuperReceptionist may contact Vinea Distribution Inc. (VDI) at and they will be connected to a local reseller.

About Knowlarity

Knowlarity is India’s first and the biggest provider of unified communication solutions, and empowers companies with marketing automation and communication tools. Founded in 2009 by IIT Kanpur graduates Gupta and Pallav Pandey, Knowlarity Communications provides business telephony services to companies, particularly in the small and medium enterprise segment

Céleteque launches its DermoCosmetics line

I've been using Céleteque facial wash for a long time. It is the only product line that suits my highly-sensitive, acne-prone skin. Céleteque product line has everything that a woman needs. I love their oil-free. non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic and clinically-proven products. It is for these reasons that Céleteque has become one of my skincare staples.

Céleteque took a notch higher with another pioneering Dermo breakthrough.  With the new Céleteque DermoCosmetics, cosmetics is fused with skincare. The media were invited to a packed afternoon of beauty and pampering as they tried the new make-up line by Céleteque DermoCosmetics last October 9 at The SM Makati concourse.

Sam Oh hosted the event. She was joined in by Atty. Karen Jimeno, triathlete Dr. Ian Banzon, plus trainer and life coach Ning Tadena.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Anti-Aging line provides the must-have bases needed to give that youthful look. It has the Dual CC Matte Powder (P 749.00), the Dark Spot Concealer Stick (P 595.00), and the 24-hr Photoready Foundation (P795.00) that promise to keep your skin young-looking.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Nourishing line products care for the more sensitive parts of our face. It has the Eyebrow Nourishing Serum (P 595.00) as well as the 24-hour Volumizer Mascara (P 645.00) for the eyes. Also part of the line are the Cheek Color Stick (P 645.00), Matte Lip Stick (P 595.00), Blush and Face Contour Kit (P 845.00), that livening up the face with vivid colors while bringing out the skin’s radiant glow.

Céleteque DermoCosmetics is the answer to every woman’s beauty needs! Each one plays up the features while providing hydration and protection from harsh elements. Enjoy long-wearing coverage, illumination, brightening and color while taking care of the skin all throughout the day. Be twice as beautiful, with everyday makeup that cares for your skin.

Check out and for more information.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Healthier Choices when Cooking Your Own Meals At Home

Dining in a restaurant does satisfy our craving for the finer things in life. People go to restaurants when they find it hard to carve out the time to prepare meals at home. It is sometimes even more delicious than cooking your own food at home. But while eating out can be an enjoyable activity and is convenient for most people, it quickly racks up costs and can sometimes be a nutritional pitfall especially when supersized portions of high-calorie meals at restaurants come into play.

Meal portions at restaurants often go out of control. As a consequence of finishing the entire restaurant serving portions, a person overeats. And consuming countless calories when eating high-calorie meals makes dining out unhealthy.

Grabbing take-out food on your way home adversely affects your health. A regular diet of restaurant foods not only expands your waistline, it leads to greater incidences of obesity, high-cholesterol, and heart disease.

If you have children in the home, like I do, opting for healthy food choices is the way to go. Eating at home would mean less consumption of fried foods, unhealthy trans fats and soda. Home cooking gives my child a jumpstart on good nutrition practices that will last her a lifetime.

Reasons why I prefer Home Cooking

I can transform leftovers into healthy, affordable lunches.

Home cooking allows me to control the sodium and sugar in meals I prepare. I get to select foods that lead to good health. Choosing home-cooked meals over fastfood would mean that my family is eating healthier and consuming fewer calories.

I can follow the suggested serving sizes and control the portions I dish out.

I spend less on home-cooked meals and this does away with the budget dents I incur from eating out. By cutting my food budget dramatically, I get to save money for a trip to a favorite destination.

My Lock and Lock Cherry II Enamel Cookware allows me to prepare healthy meals using lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of fresh vegetables. It is my perfect kitchen companion as this lightweight, versatile pot goes quickly from stove top, induction to oven.

Now, I'm #LockedInLove! I get to celebrate friends and family over home-cooked food that is tasty and healthy at a shorter cooking time.

Lock and Lock products are available in leading department stores nationwide. Visit :

MANDALUYONG - 6th Floor EDSA Shangri-La Plaza corner Shaw Boulevard, Manila

MAKATI - 3rd Floor Glorietta 4, Office Drive, Makati

BF HOMES - 114 Aguirre Street., Paranaque City

ALABANG - Upper Ground Floor AlabangTown Center, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa

QUEZON CITY -  Megastate Building, Araneta Avenue, corner Agno Street, QC / 3rd Floor Eastwood Mall, Bagumbayan, QC / 3rd Floor Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, QC

FAIRVIEW -  Ground Level, Fairview Terraces Mall

CEBU - MJ Cuenco, Banilad Town Center

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

A #CherryChristmas with Piolo Pascual

Christmas spirit now bounds in the Philippines and Cherry Mobile is back to fulfill the Christmas wishes of Overseas Filipino Workers to be reunited with their loved ones this season through its #CherryChristmas promo. The latest campaign recognizes our unsung heroes' hard work and sacrifices. And Christmas comes early to OFWs as Cherry Mobile flies the lucky winners home for free this holiday season.

Cherry Mobile's newest brand ambassador, Piolo Pascual, announced the good news during a press briefing held at the New World Hotel last October 9th.

“For our OFWs, the happiest time of the year is also sometimes the loneliest. I saw firsthand while I travel abroad how much Filipinos yearn for their home and families. There really is no place like home. For those who live in the Philippines, we are happy to give and receive gifts, but deep inside, there’s no greater joy than being with family. I’m proud to be part of a brand that supports, connects, and encourages the Filipino family to be together,” shares Piolo Pascual.

The #CherryChristmas promo invites participants to upload a short video of themselves sharing why they would like their loved ones home for Christmas. Entries can be uploaded through the #CherryChristmas app on the official Cherry Mobile Facebook page.

This promotion is open to all Filipino Facebook users who have family members working abroad. Visit and to know more on mechanics of the #CherryChristmas promo.

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