Thursday, December 22, 2011

Caritas Manila's "Merry Christmas 'Nay"-A Timely Advocacy Film for Everyone

The Advocacy film: Merry Christmas 'Nay will make you shed tears this Christmas.

Caritas Manila, under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila presented their first ever film and Internet advocacy entitled “Merry Christmas ‘Nay” which we were able to watch. The launch was held recently at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium in Guadalupe, Makati.
The 32-minute film stars Ms. Precious Lara Quigaman, Tommy Abuel and newbie Jason Ariel.  Written, directed and executive-produced by Ms. Kaye Jimenez for the benefit of Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership Education Program or YSLEP, the film conveys the message that education is very important and it also says that we should all learn to surrender forces greater than ourselves in order to triumph over any heartbreak and tragedy. This is very timely with the recent devastating natural catastrophe over Cagayan de Oro. Our unfortunate brothers and sisters affected by typhoon Sendong will surely find inspiration in this film.

Caritas Manila's program for out-of-school-youth: YSLEP

Precious Lara Quigaman stars as Miriam who adopted an abandoned newborn baby.

Precious Lara Quigaman in a scene from the film.

The traditional nativity scene or belen.

A heartwarming scene from the film.

I highly recommend the film for all ages and please encourage all Catholics to see this advocacy film. It is very timely and heartwarming. Please log on to and watch the said film online this Christmas. Caritas Manila also accepts donations through their website. Email them at or call them at (+632) 5639298. 

Fr. Benny Tuazon was one of the scholars of Caritas Manila. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Diana Stalder Lucena's 1st Anniversary and Skin Dance Contest

We were invited to attend the Diana Stadler event in SM Lucena.  We were about 7 bloggers who were invited.  Although a service van was provided, it took us 4 hours travelling to Lucena City.  Upon our arrival there, we ate our lunch and had an hour to rest because the show is at 4PM. In line with the celebration of Diana Stalder by Dermaline's SM Lucena branch's first anniversary, they organized a dance group contest dubbed as Skin Dance where contestants will win amazing prizes. They had also launched their newest set of endorsers during the Diana Stalder Lucena event. 

Beauty Loots and skin treatments were given and sold in affordable prices as a way to thank Diana Stalder's loyal clients. Mall-goers and regular Diana Stalder customers lined up to buy their favorite products at lower prices. A huge crowd also gathered at the events center for the ultimate dance showdown.

Three bloggers also acted as judges for the day: Rain De Ocampo of Raincheck, Daryll Dial-Villena of Foodamn and Vance of Purple Plum Fairy. Even if I had not been one of the judges, I knew it was difficult to choose which ones would be the winner because I'd say the participants were all good. Even the crowd had their own favorites.
The author with my grandson at the Lucena Bingo, just across the Diana Stalder shop.

Events host were Diana Stalder's latest endorsers Lucena DJs from Love Radio-Lucena. 

The stage was on fire with acrobatic moves from the participants. 

Screams of support can be heard as dancers are on stage.
Php10,000 went to the Grand prize winner of the Skin Dance contest along with Diana Stalder products while second prize went home with Php8,000 and Php6,000 for the third prize.
First prize winners smile as they accept their prizes. 
There were also a few fashion show where young talented beauties had their turns to ramp on stage in Diana Stalder's colors: refreshing green and white. Gracing the said show was Philippine Idol Mau Marcelo who rendered and belted out two songs.
Philippine Idol Mau Marcelo rendered a song.

While we were there, we also had Lucena's famous Pancit Habhab.
We didn't want to go home without grabbing a bite of Lucena, Quezon's Pancit Habhab and getting pasalubongs before we head back to Manila.
Who could have missed this signage at Lucena?

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