Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More! stars Vic, Ai-Ai and Aldub

What happens when the country’s comedy giants - the undisputed Philippine box-office king of comedy Vic Sotto and box-office queen Ai-Ai delas Alas, join forces with the newest record-breaking, phenomenal loveteam Aldub in one groundbreaking movie during the holiday season?

No doubt, “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!,” starring Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas and the phenomenal loveteam Aldub of Alden Richards and Maine “Yayadub” Mendoza, is going to make a killing at the box-office and set higher heights in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) History.



Expect waves of high-spirited excitement, heartwarming romance, wholesome fun, and excellent Filipino values, to take the holiday season’s finest film festival by storm. Vic and Ai-Ai spearhead the fun topsy-turvy of characters as they are featured side by side Alden and Maine in the movie written by Jose Javier Reyes and Bibeth Orteza and directed by Jose Javier Reyes.

This early, festival observers are already predicting a surefire box-office reign for “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” which is jointly-offered by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Television Productions, Inc., APT Entertainment, GMA Films and Meda Production. While the country is being swept away by the record-breaking loveteam of Alden Richards and Maine “Yayadub” Mendoza, MMFF is poised to be another territory for conquest by the Aldub phenomenon. This is the duo’s most exciting film debut.

“My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” also features Joey de Leon, the “Eat Bulaga” lolas Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo, and Wally Bayola, and Ryzza Mae Dizon, in special appearances.

Vic Sotto plays the role of Vito who finds himself at odds and in a bitter professional rivalry with Cora, played by Ai-Ai. The two are both in the business of mounting special events and productions and have both made a successful name in the same profession. The conflict happens when their respective wards – Anna (played by Maine) daughter of Vito, gets romantically entangled with Cora’s beloved nephew Dondi (played by Alden). As expected, the “parents” actively reject the budding romantic involvement between the star-crossed lovers and willingly struck an unexpected truce to prevent this romance from happening.

The plot thickens when the unexpected alliance of the Vito and Cora starts blooming into something else. Now, it’s the turn of the youngsters to feel disconcerted with the idea of having their folks enter into a different relationship zone. Now it was the turn of Dondi and Anna to react to the situation. They did not like the idea of his auntie and her father falling in love with each other. Now it was the younger generation vehemently reacting to this new romance.

So where will all this end? What are the possible solutions and resolutions to bring closure and new beginnings to these young, exciting lovers? Catch the excitement, the love, the fun and romance when “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” starts showing on Christmas Day at the MMFF.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cook Magazine hosts 5th Annual Holiday Bash



Cook Magazine celebrated its 5th Annual Holiday Bash at the Houze Manila last November 24, 2015 with the theme 'Disco Fever". 

The newly-opened venue was just perfect for a night of rhythm and spectacle. 
Everyone grooved to the funky and new wave beats as  the disco balls and lights sparkled. The Afro wigs, bell-bottom pants plus other colorful Saturday Night Fever costumes gave the event an extra wow factor.  Guests marvelled reliving the era of polyester funk and disco!



There were lots of food options sponsored by Kitchen Seventy-One, Chef Wix Catering, Lydia's Lechone, Aging's Food Delight and Apag Merangle.


There were sweet treats from Ice Cream House nd Sweettielicious Homemade Goodies as well.   Everyone enjoyed  night full of exciting raffles, food, wine and entertainment.  Congratulations, Cook Magazine!



About Cook Magazine


Now on its 15th year,  Cook Magazine continues to innovate and engage readers by takingthem along in journeys of food discovery.  It added new sections to the magazine such as the 'Our Home & Living", which features crafts, decorating tip and DIY projects. In addition, the "Health &    NOV 2Wellness" section showcases food and beverage, restaurants and destinations that promote wellbeing. 


It launched its Studio Kitchen last year to host a seamless blend in cooking, eating and food photography. This year, Cook Magazine estalished its Cook Club to spice things up for its loyal followers. Members who share their favorite recipes and food adventures get a chance to have its published in Cook Magazine.  And to complete the whole Cook Magazine experience, the Cook Club will take foodies along its food tours and discoveries.




Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sérye serves Filipino Food that Hits the Spot



I live in Metro South and I was glad to discover an interesting haven of classic Filipino dishes. I was invited to dine over at Sérye and I was looking forward to another great find. Sérye has been getting rave reviews, and it is for a good reason.

More than an actually a play on the letters of the family name, R-E-Y-E-S, the name “Sérye“ signifies succession in their bloodline's culinary roots. Sérye endeavors to carry on the family’s famed culinary tradition started by Engracia Cruz Reyes, founder of the Aristocrat restaurant. The Reyes family matriarch's open a store in the 1930s which has been considered as the first Filipino restaurant. Engracia had 11 children, of which one (Teresita Reyes) came to be well-known as "Mama Sita", the household brand for food mixes and condiments we all love.

Our host and owner of Sérye, Alvin Reyes Lim, is a 5th generation foodie honed by generations of cooking and eating traditions. He started out working for his parent's Aristocrat franchise business and later on decided to put up his own in 2003. He patterned Sérye after the French Bistro Cafés he had come to love during his culinary school stint in France. He brought the bistro concept to Manila that offers the same experience but serving local cuisine.

What's New at Sérye

Now after Sérye's towering success, Alvin takes Sérye one notch higher by focusing on food and ambience. Other than a being a good eating joint for Filipino food, Alvin wanted to give Sérye a hip look that is perfect for entertaining, business discussions or simply hanging out. Hence, he commissioned Architect Noel Bernardo to do a modern rendition of an Illustrado's house that gives the place a more modern look yet maintaining the Filipino vibe.
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Great Food without the Shortcuts

Along with other foodies, we got to enjoy the four of the most-loved dishes from the Reyes Family’s treasure trove of recipes. These were Classic Kare-Kare, Boneless Crispy Pata, Binagoongang Lechon Kawali, Bagnet and Pinakbet plus Laing Con Camaron Rebosado.




I missed eating Kare-Kare so when given the chance to go to restaurants where it is served, I always order it. I liked Sérye's take on this traditional dish of oxtail and tripe stew in peanut sauce! They make everything from scratch. The tender meat stew goes well with their inhouse bagoong,which has the right mix of saltiness and sweetness. The crisp vegetables were serve on the side. I love their deconstructed Kare-Kare recipe so much that I almost finished Kare-Kare (P 475) all by myself!

I took fancy on their Boneless Crispy Pata. Deboned, it makes eating Crispy Pata easier and everyone gets a share of the crispy skin. Depending onsize of your group (or appetite), you may order it in small, medium or large servings. It comes with a soy-vinegar dip.

I find that they are particularly strong on meat dishes. The Binagoongang Lechon Kawali including Bagnet and Pinakbet had crispy pork cutlets that are tender and moist. Biting into meat cracklings was heavenly! It gives texture to the said dishes.

The Laing Con Camaron Rebosado was deliciously prepared as well. It had a hint of spiciness that mixes well with the coconut milk. Atop the taro dish were prawn pieces. I superlove that the prawn remains deliciously moist under its crisp batter.

We were also served Pomelo Salad and the Bangus Belly Ala Bistek.

We had Macapuno Pandan Cake, Turon ala Mode and Classic Bibingka to cap off our lunch. I really enjoyed the Macapuno Pandan Cake treat because it had that real pandan flavor including generous amounts of dessicated coconut.






My food adventure at Sérye was phenomenal! I love the food, service and the atmosphere!

So when looking for a restaurant to satisfy your cravings for Filipino fare, pick Sérye. I recommend that you try out Classic Kare-Kare, Boneless Crispy Pata, and Binagoongang Lechon Kawali. You will love the comfort food they serve from the simplier Pinoy dishes to the more complicated ones. Top off with a serving of Macapuno Pandan Cake.

And by the way, do check out their QC Memorial Circle branch if you're headed up north of Manila.


Sérye
Santana Grove
Dr, A Santos Avenue
Sucat, Paranaque City
Phone (02) 825-4691 / 8269317

Serye Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Winner of the Best Pinoy Street Food 2015 announced




Street foods in the Philippines are popular because it falls within anyone's budget and there are actually a variety of fun and delicious fares to choose from.
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Last November 30, ten of the country's most talented street food cooks gathered at SM Sucat Hypermarket for the much-awaited cook-off competition.



The top 10 contenders were group into tandems to compete for the Best Pinoy Street Food 2015 finals. Each of the 5 teams worked their way in preparing for the best pasta dish.

The two best pasta dishes voted in by the majority went on to the final round with Chef Boy Logro. He prepared a dish, have finalists and the judges taste his creation. The Final Four were:

Raymond Sombilon of Mangkuk Ilonggo representing sa SM Hypermarket Sucat
Angelica Bonifacio of Inbisito Eatery representing SM Hypermarket FTI
Erlinda B. Franco of Madam’s Eatery representing SM Hypermarket Cainta
Angelica Libed of Aling Mila’s Food Delivery and Catering representing SM Hypermarket Valenzuela

These 4 finalists then went inside in the Hypermarket to scour for ingredients that they would use to recreate their own version of Chef Boy Logro's cuisine. They were given P 500 to spend on their own versions of Bacon Chicken Roulade.


Each contestant has his own specialties and cooking secrets that got him in this competition stage. Some are veterans in the food business for decades, while others are either entrepreneurs or culinary graduates up to prove their kitchen expertise..

They gave all the techniques, methods and skills they've got to snag the title for a chance to own a food stall at SM Hypermarket rent-free for a year and take home P100,000-peso worth of prizes courtesy of SM Hypermarket's Food Service Center---the home of big packs for restaurant and catering needs.

Although Angelica Libed of Aling Mila’s Food Delivery and Catering emerged victorious in the final round, all contestants were deemed winners in their own right knowing that they gpt what it takes to compete at the grandest stage of Filipino street food.

The grand finals also coincides with the food fair showcasing Best Pinoy Street Food contesttants fares and award-winning recipes from Lola Ebeng's Prito, Sabaw at Kulinarya, owned by 2014 Grand Champion Jones Guevarra,

There were fun games and exciting promotions at the food fair. The event was made possible by sonsors like Bibbo Hotdog, Idol Cheesedog, Sesame Hotdog, CDO Ulam Burger, CDO Sweet Ham, CDO Chicken Franks, Knorr, Del Monte, Joy, P&G, Maggi, PureFoods Crispy Fried Chicken, PureFoods Chicken Breast Nuggets, Unilever Food Solutions and Nestle All-Purpose Cream.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Banila Co. cosmetics brand is now in Manila

Last November 23, 2015, the most multi-awarded cosmetics brand in Korea was launched in a media event at the March Polo Hotel Ortigas. There hasn’t been a brand that can truly stand for Korean makeup until today.

The launch of the “No. 1 base makeup brand” representing Asian beauty was graced by Banila Co. CEO Mr Chang Soo Kim, Chief Makeup Artist Mr. Kangpil Kim, and Managing Directors Cathryn and Jon Lim of All That Blush Trading Inc. The Banila Co. brand is endorsed byKorean actress/TV presenter Song Ji Hyo of the Running Man Variety show fame.


Banila Co. is the most multi awarded Korean cosmetics brand in the field of base makeup. Its products help women achieve the popular Korean “Lit from Within” look. Banila Co.’s primers, foundations, gel eyeliners, CC creams, make up cleansers, and the like have been lauded by the most prestigious beauty arbiters in the industry for its prestige quality, creative packaging, and disruptive innovation. Its Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm for instance, so captivated Korean beauty enthusiasts that they snapped up the product at a staggering rate of 1 cleanser for every 4.8 seconds.

Banila Co.’s Prime Primer, with its silky smooth texture and its potent ability to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, was adjudged by Get It Beauty, a Korean cable program that reviews the best cosmetic products in the market, as the best primer in the industry. The company also boasts as having the first and only water-based CC cream in the market. The It Radiant CC Cream has been the bestselling CC cream in Korea for 3 years running.

From its humble beginnings in 2005, Banila Co. has grown rapidly in Korea and now has become the second best-performing Korean cosmetics brand in China. It now focuses its attention to South East Asia, headlined by concurrent launches in the Philippines and Taiwan. Subsequent launches in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand are earmarked for 2016. Banila Co opened its fist store in Glorieta 4 last November 14. It will soon open its doors Robinson's Place Manila and other prime malls in Metro Manila and key provinces.


ABOUT BANILA CO.

Banila Co. is owned by F and F Co., a publicly listed company engaged in fashion manufacturing and retail. It launched its first grand flagship store in South Korea in 2005 and will start expanding in ASEAN markets in 2015.

For further information, please visit http://global.banilaco.com and follow its Instagram at @banilacoph and Facebook at www.facebook.com/BanilaCoPhilippines.
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