Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fila Bids Bem Vindo To A New Era With The 2013 Polo Cup Carnival

Rhythmical excitement is everywhere on the Philippines islands! There have been too many activities, events as well as festivities to enjoy. One may hop from one island to another and voila, the thrill never stops. Parties and sporting events can actually be combined with a little creativity. One example would be the recent FILA Philippines Polo Cup 2013, held at the Manila Polo Club.

Guests celebrities like  “IT” girl” Georgina Wilson , popular eventologist Tim Yap, life-of-the-party/socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Brazilian-Japanese cutie Fabio Ide were some of those who went to the Brazilian Carnival themed event held by FILA Philippines. Not to be outshine were FILA owners Mr,Butch Albert and the gorgeous Ms. Cris Albert. There have been many guests including Talentadong Pinoy Grand Hall of Famer winner, Astroboy. 

The entertainment has been especially prepared to bring the concept to its full.  Guarana is the country’s leading proponent of traditional and authentic Bossa Nova and Samba.  The Escola de Samba de Manila, founded by the same minds behind Guarana, has taken unto itself the task of bringing Brazilian Carnival to the event with their bright, festive colors and infectious, pulsating rhythms.  This is as close as we can get to an authentic Mardi Gras festival without leaving the country!

Why Brazilian Carnival? 

 Merely because when it comes to emotion, color, atmosphere, and sheer over-the-top joyous celebration, there’s nothing that beats the Brazilian method.  This is a perfect welcome for FILA’s bigger direction in 2013, a new era for the brand that features innovation while still taking its cues from a rich and storied past.  FILA is the oldest and wisest of the brands, and throughout its history, it has stayed true to boldness, color, and design.  Fans can look forward to more of this, but taken to a whole new level.  

New brands and new lines equal a new level of excitement for FILA die-hards and those just discovering the marque.  The revamped range includes sport and lifestyle masterpieces for everyone.

FILA Everest – The old adage goes “tough times never last but tough people do,”.  Everest is a no-nonsense brand that believes in dreaming big and doing big.  It is built for those who lead the extreme active lifestyle, who regularly tread on the cutting edge, the nature adventurer; yet it remains comfortable, allowing more freedom of movement without sacrificing durability.  Lightweight but protective, Everest shoes are designed to meet the performance needs of the adventurous.

FILA Outdoors – More than a brand, Outdoors is an answer to a question.  It is a response to one of the deepest and most basic of human needs, the desire to bring back the simple joys and pleasures of childhood.  It is the direct result of the blood that runs through our veins, and the revolutionary return of the Pinoy.  It is what FILA consumers want and need.  

FILA Tiva – The Heart of Tiva is escape, a yearning for love, light, freedom.  It is for the girl who takes the road less traveled.  The Soul of Tiva is the mantra “follow the light.”  It represents a new lifestyle and culture that loves the open sea, freedom, and nature.  It follows alternative sports like surfing, diving and kiteboarding, but with less emphasis on performance and more detail on the soul.

FILA Freestyle – A new hyper brand forged by the classic timelessness of FILA Vintage and the irresistible call of FILA Outdoors.  A brand full of strength and personality, it screams youth at its prime but reflects a respect for the classics.  Freestyle is for the Old Timeless, Livewire, Agro, Emo, Creative fun-seeker.  Freestyle is anything but shy.

FILA believes that sport is an artform, a combination of beauty, luxury, and passion, form and movement.  Sport can be viewed as a painting in a gallery or a ballet in a theatre.  Sport is inspiring and inspired.  As a company founded in Italy, FILA, more than anyone, recognizes the art of sport, the importance of design, and the feel uniquely tied to it.

Fila shops are located at the following branches:

  SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Cebu, Ayala Malls Glorietta, Ayala Malls Trinoma,  Ayala Malls Pavilion, Ayala Malls Market! Market!,  Ayala Malls Cebu, Ayala Malls Marquee Pampanga, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Ermita, Robinsons Cebu, Robinsons Iloilo, Robinsons Bacolod, Robinsons Lipa, Robinsons Metroeast, Robinsons Dumaguete, Robinsons Tacloban, Robinsons General Santos, Robinsons Ilocos Norte, Limketkai Cagayan de Oro, Island City Mall Bohol, Festival Mall Alabang, Ever Commonwealth, Ever Cainta, D’Mall Boracay,  Gaisano Capital Tacloban, Gaisano Capital Ormoc, Gaisano Capital Kalibo,  NCC Mall Davao,  NCC Mall Tagum, LCC Legazpi

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Thursday, February 14, 2013


It doesn’t have the most attractive name for a Chinese restaurant, but Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House probably had the most eye-catching color with blinding bright purple spread out in its entire resto. It is making a statement on its own, and it’s something that you shouldn’t miss. And another interesting facet was the story and inspiration on how businessman Gerry Chua humbly began from the famous ube flavored hopia he had thought of was where his luck started, where he eventually derived Mr. Ube’s name. 

From the family that started Eng Bee Tin (roughly translated as Ever Beauty Precious) in 1912 (famous for their different hopia flavors) Gerry Chua, who’d always been a fire volunteer came up with a restaurant he called Mr. Ube.

Located in the heart of the Filipino-Chinese communities of Ongpin Street in Chinatown, Binondo, Manila. Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House cater to everyone who had a soft spot for Asian fusion and affordable authentic Chinese cuisine. Among Mr. Ube’s specialties are the Go Kong Soup or better known as Soup #5—naturally made hot broth boiled for forty-eight hours using basic rock salt (without MSG). It’s believed to be an aphrodisiac and cure to intestinal problems. It actually tastes good, each spoonful of the broth itself bursts with its flavor, and it’s hard not to have seconds. 

Another favorite is the sweet and sour pork with rice meal—it perfectly combines the sweetness and sourness of the dish with a hint of citrusy tang. The veggies on the dish had been half-cooked making the veggies crisp to taste and in doing so maintains their nutritional value.  For the carnivores, I highly recommend the crunchy and tasty Lechon Macau. Every bits and pieces of the tender pork is complemented with the sweet and sour sauce. The fork tender Chinese Kikiam had hints of Chinese five spices or Ngo Hiong and star anise. It had that sweet salty after taste that you’ll surely love. 

Mr. Ube’s Winter melon Juice is also a refreshing drink—winter melon tea with panocha extracts, another sweet tooth’s dream! For the more healthy ones, you can never go wrong with Mr. Ube’s Soya Milk. 

The Singraporean Laksa and Gokong (Soup number 5) noodles are also great—with fusion of Asian noodles and herbs tweaked a bit to perfectly suit the Filipino palate. Noodles for cooking bihon and a variety of Asian sauces are on shelf so you can try your hand at cooking up a Chinese meal. A must-taste is its signature best selling Zest XO chili sauce—we were able to try it at home and voila! We were able to whip a good Chinese pancit! 

So the next time you come to Ongpin or to E. Rodriguez, give Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House a try. Mr. Ube gives one a feast in Chinese Cuisine that is great in flavor but low in price.
Binondo Branch
707 imperial Sky Garden, Ongpin, Binondo, Manila
Tel. Nos: 241-9999 or 288-8888 loc. 131
E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Quezon City Branch
284 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City
Across St. Luke’s Medical Center
Tel. Nos: 722-4505

We sincerely thank Ms. Jenny Tan, Mr. Gerry Chua and Ms. Ana Liza Bautista of Penser Q for the invite.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Movies, novels, poems, and songs—they all say the same thing: Being in love is a wonderful thing. You get that over-the-top feeling of elation from loving someone and being loved back. You have someone to cuddle with on cold nights, someone to laugh with, hold hands, and share the highs and lows of life with. And that’s just a few of the many perks of being in a relationship. 

Gastronomy is and always has been connected with its sister, art of love. In this age of Instagraming our food and tweeting what you eat, social media will undoubtedly be flooded on Valentine’s Day with subtle boasts of where lovers are dining or what they are cooking or whatever special gift or present they may have gotten from their loved ones.  But we can also express our love for someone else without the hassle of spending much yet still make it extra special.

 If you are whipping up your own V-day date, fret not. You can still create that memorable Valentine day in no time—all you need is a little creativity with a whole lot of heart. Sometimes we need to go back to basics. After all, it is in the simplest of things that we find love.

The perfect Valentine Gift, only for P165!

Why don’t you let your significant other experience Manila bay’s famous sunset? The explosion of red and orange shades contained by the meeting of the sky and the sea is a picture begging to be taken. It really is stunning. Not just figuratively but also in literal sense. For a few minutes, you’ll find yourselves staring at the horizon catching every minute of this poetic transition from day to night. He or she will surely appreciate it. 

Speaking of something poetic, if you have the talent, why not compose him or her a song, or perhaps write a love letter? It may no longer be the trend nowadays but a tangible letter is still what most women want. If you aren’t into writing, a sweet short note will certainly do the trick. Express how much you love him or her. It does not need to be anything grand, as long as it comes straight from the heart and is well meant.

The colorful wall decor from Mister Donut makes the place more inviting.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to bring a delightful snack that he or she will definitely love. Give him or her chocolates. The belief that chocolates are an aphrodisiac may be based on more psychological than chemical reasons. Truth to be told, scientists do recognize two substances that may be encouraging in chocolates: trytophan, a building block of serotonin and a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal, and phenyl ethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine, which is released in the brain when people fall in love.  And with chocolates, I do not mean any ordinary chocolate bars; give him or her a heart-shaped tin can of Mister Donuts’ Belgian Bites. With six pieces of delicious Belgian Bites for only P120—it’ll be enough to satisfy his or her sweet tooth. And to make it more special, purchase the Mister Donuts’ complete Valentine gift set for a very affordable price of P165, which includes the heart-shaped tin can of Belgian Bites with an adorable stuffed bear, and heart shaped balloon to go with it!

Ms. Tina Papera of Mister Donut with loads of hearts for everyone.
The author spending quality time with her grandson enjoys Mister Donut.

Don’t forget to bring in a box of Mister Donuts’ Bavarian Doubles, (it only costs P130 for ten pieces, not bad at P13 a piece!)with three delightful yummy flavor combinations of CLASSIC BAVARIAN and CHOCO FUDGE, COFFEE and CARAMEL, CHOCO and CARAMEL. You’ve probably seen Mister Donuts’ latest TV commercial featuring Michael V (Bitoy) and Little Miss Philippines 2012 Ryzza Mae Dizon. Relish the first time the two of you met as you eat these delectable donuts.
The author in red with blogger Mich Colladilla.

The author with other bloggers during the Mister Donuts Bloggers Night

A whole box of ten Bavarian Doubles is enough to make a girl happy. Romance is served on a box!

I had tasted it myself and I would have to say it is very creative—imagine enjoying both flavors in one donut? I could see creative ways to eat such donuts as lovers. Too bad, I no longer have a husband to share it with. But nevertheless, I could share Mister Donuts Bavarian Doubles and Valentine Belgian Bites gift set with my beloved grandson, Kyle. We both enjoy Mister Donuts, We love eating at Mister Donuts’ stores too because they always seem to have a cheerful atmosphere conducive to family bonding.
Mister Donuts' Belgian Bites, Bavarian Doubles and DoChi on a plate.

And as we all bid goodbye to the dragon and welcome the year of the water snake, in celebration of the Chinese New year, the DoChi makes a comeback to Mister Donuts’ stores. The unusual mini donut, crème-filling, and toasted sesame see combo is sure to make you ask for more. Only P8 per piece, it will bring good luck to everyone who receives and buys them. 

Aaah, such irresistible treats! Feel free to utilize the above mentioned foods and suggestions. Whether as a gourmand or gourmet, a couple or single, remember that romance is served with creativity + a box of Mister Donuts’ Bavarian Doubles or Belgian Bites. To me, as long as you’ve loved another with all your heart and soul, that’s always been enough

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!