Saturday, February 18, 2017

All Smiles at #SmileMakerAko Photo Exhibit

Smile Train Philippines is holding its #SmileMakerAko photo exhibit at Glorietta 3 Makati that runs up to Sunday. It has partnered woth Ayala Malls to showcase what Smile Train has achieved---how the cleft charity has given more than one million children worldwide new smiles and second chances at life.

This week-long all-smiles photo exhibit also celebrates some of the moments the cleft charity has had with its supporters, referred to as "Smile Makers."

Photographs of local Smile Train celebrity ambassadors Marian Rivera and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach with child beneficiaries are on display at the exhibit. Pediatricians, patient care staff, among other healthcare professionals, are featured as well. One of the notable Smile Makers is Angel, a former Smile Train patient who is now a nurse volunteer.

"We continue to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate in the Philippines, and how Filipinos can help give children with clefts a chance to smile through this #SmileMakerAko exhibit," says Flaviano. "Our goal is to reach out to more Filipinos and encourage more people to join in and be a Smile Maker by showcasing to the public the Smile Makers we have on board."

The Smile Train is an international children's charity which provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in the developing countries to provide 100% free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.

 In the Philippines, it has facilitated over 450,000 life changing cleft repair surgeries across the country and trained 100++ cleft surgeons.

Visit to learn more about Smile Train's sustainable global efforts and how to make a donation.

Follow @SmileTrainPh on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Modern Love Seminar with Dra. Margie Holmes

Do you believe in Forever and in True Love? I do but you just got make it happen! Both parties really have to work at it so that their love lasts forever.

The Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association or MMCAA, invites everyone to a seminar on modern love and relationships with renowned psychologist, author and Miriam alumna, Dra. Margie Holmes.

“Love in the 21st Century #mayForever” will address relationship concerns in these modern and fast-paced times, ending with a lively and interesting Q and A with Dra. Holmes.

Dra. Holmes obtained her degree in Psychology, magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines and her Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.

At present, Dr Holmes teaches at Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila and is a regular columnist at and at Abante. She has written 16 best selling books. Her first book, “Life Love Lust had” 7 reprints and sold 21,000 copies in its first year alone. Her latest book (to date) is the 25th anniversary edition of Life Love Lust, and includes topics like relationships via social media and dating apps like tinder, neuroscientific treatment models for addictions, and many others. Her work has been reviewed in international perodicals such as Newsweek, TIME, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Associated Press, Agence France Press, Asiaweek, Asia Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Don't miss this opportunity to be up close and personal with Dra. Holmes on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10AM to 3PM at the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Registration Fee is P450 for adults and P300 for students with valid ID, inclusive of lunch and snacks.

Please call the MMCAA office at 580-5400 local 1187 or email for more information.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Globe Telecom and Walt Disney launches the Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream Web Series

Inspired by Disney Princess incredible stories, Globe Telecom redefines the landscape of local entertainment by launching the Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream digital reality-series. This is a first-of-its-kind, 12-episode web series produced by Globe Studios in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and Maker Studios.

Out of 600 youngs girls aged 9 to 16 that joined in the series of auditions last year, the top 6 girls who will go on a magical journey were finally chosen.

Hya Leonardo, Sirach Catipay, Liana San Diego, Jaden Narvios, Stephanie Jordan and Alexi Tan will be staying in a house where they will be mentored by Disney legend Lea Salonga, theater actress Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, social educator Efren Penaflorida, veterinarian Dr. Nielsen Donato, animator Tito Romero, chef Jessie Sincioco and YouTuber Charisma Star.

Disney I Dare to Dream quest will start on February 25, 2017 and will focus on the stories of these six young girls in parallel with the stories of the different Disney Princesses. Coming from different backgrounds and having diverse interests, these girls will show their journey of self-discovery, alongside their hosts vblogger Janina Vela and internationally acclaimed artist Lea Salonga.

At the end, only one girl will be chosen for a special trip of a lifetime---to walk down the red carpet at the Tokyo premiere of the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic, Beauty and the Beast.

The last stretch of their Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream journey includes a live concert extravaganza with coach Lea Salonga and a star studded Filipino music talent line up featuring songs from Disney Princess movies on March 22, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The digital web series will be aired on Globe Telecom's YouTube channel and on

The Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream will also be aired on Disney Channel and its mobile apo come May 2017.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Satisfy your Japanese Food Fix at Nanbantei Yakitori

Nanbantei refers to a place where guests can unwind and have something to eat or drink after a long day of work.  “Yakitori” means grilled chicken in Japan.  As the name implies, it is a go-to place for skewers.

Nanbantei-Yakitori is an international chain of yakitori restaurants, with its  flagship  restaurant in Roponggi.  Aside from chicken, it offers an extensive array of grilled beef, pork, seafood and vegetables as well.

Nanbantei uses Binchō-tan or white traditional charcoal. While this charcoal type does not produce any flames nor smoke, the slow-burning binchotan generates high heat and glows like an infared laser.

This is the best grilling spot for me ever! I love to eat skewers but I hate smoke from the grills sticking on my shirt. Their appetizers prepared us for their grilled masterpieces.

The Japanese Crab Salad (Kani Salad) has cucumber and carrots that  were cut into matchstick pieces, while the.lettuce were shredded into bite sized pieces. These were tossed cucumber, carrots, and lettuce in a bowl and drizzled  with mayonnaise and layered with kani sticks on  top.

We started with the seafoods--- Yaki Ika (baby squid), and Ebi Kushi Yaki (skewered shrimps).  You will love this if you are partial to fish and seafood.

These were simple and straightforward,  Though nothing fancy, it was flavorful and satisfying.

Nanbantei Yakitori Bar bestsellers include   Aspara Maki (asparagus wrapped with pork), Pork Garlic Yaki (pork with garlic flavor),  and Beef Yakiniku (thinly sliced beef ).

For Chicken lovers, they have Tebasaki (chicken wings), Nankotsu Yaki (grilled chicken meat and soft bone),  Muru Kai (grilled chicken mussels),  Momoniku (grilled chicken meat with garlic) and Tsukune (chicken meat balls).

From our meat marathon I liked the  Tebasaki and Momo (grilled chicken thigh)plus the  Shiitake Maki (shiitake mushroom wrapped with beef).

The  luxurious sirloin slice of Shiitake Maki is a gentle elastic delicacy that everyone should sample at least once!

The Aspara Maki (asparagus wrapped with pork) is also a must try!

The . mouth-watering yakitori is best enjoyed cocktails, and they serve it there for your drinking ante,

You can have vodka, beer or whiskey to match Nanbantei Yakitori Bar's  grilling, flavors and textures.

You can finish up  with a serving of  Black Sesame Ice cream  coffee jelly or a scoop of avocado ice cream. Simply irresistible!

Our dining experience was excellent!  And I'm excited to come back to try out the rest in the menu with my family.

Get a glimpse of Japan's culinary and  savor Nanbantei's delicious dishes soon!

Nanbantei Yakitori Bar
109 Carlos Palanca Street, Legazpi Village
 Makati City
Phone (02) 805-8428

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Healthy Food at DS Cafe

 Healthy eating advocates often tell us to "eat the rainbow" and rightfully so.

Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables help provide a collection of vitamins and nutrients that our body needs to stay healthy. The fastfood and processed foods that we so commonly eat pales in comparison to the health and beauty benefits we get from eating across a rainbow of foods. It is a big plus on the healthy scale, as it fosters beautiful skin and wellness inside and out.

Now DS Cafe in Gateway Mall - Cubao offers these colourful plates of food that are both appealing and healthy. Diana Stalder Skincare Center have continuously shared their skincare love and expertise ffortwo decades with their customers and this time, it introduces tbe deliciousness of fruits and vegetables to help you jumpstart in this healthy food game.

DS Cafe  is Diana Stalder's venture into the healthy food business.

DS Cafe has got the whole family in mind. They have greens, Waldorf salad, combo sandwiches, vegetable dishes and even protein fuves to help you make better food choices. And eating right is also paired with juicing.

 They also offer freshly juiced fruits and vegetables loaded with an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Whether you are eating sliced or juiced fruits and vegetables and giving your body the much-needed enzymes it needs.

By eating better for your skin, you ensue a glowing, supple skin and you'll feel more satisfied. Eating for Beauty supplies you with the needed skin care nutrients needed to make your skin stay healthy from the inside out.

Eat a handful daily of the colors of the rainbow with clean-eating recipes from DS Cafe!
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