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BLAH BLAH BLOGS: Leap Year Day 2012

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This post is unique because it only happens once in evry four years. It's again Leap Day 2012!
And this day is made more exciting as it also the (supposed to be) last Leap Day of the earth before the 'great reset' on December 21.  As this day happens only once in every four years, I  wanted a blog post dedicated for this day. This is also the first Blah Blah Blog entry for the year 2012.
As we all know one complete revolution around the sun takes 364 1/4 days which made the fourth year complete those quarter days. And with February as the month with the least number of days, it became a standard for calendars as it balances the gap so there won't be delays in the seasons. 
And what makes this day interesting are celebrations made on this day like birthdays, anniversaries, events and all other occasions that won't have a date in the next 3 years. They would be celebrated earlier or on the first day of March. My best buddy actually will end his contract at work and at t…

MUSIC LYF: Zia Quizon - Bloggers' Night and CD Giveaway!

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I had another brief  encounter with the rising  music sensation Zia Quizon at in Metrowalk. I have loved her songs since I got a copy of her CD. Her hit debut single "Ako na lang" have been playing in radio stations and also in Music Channels in the Philippines. I also loved the songs in her self titled album like"Dear Lonely"which had its music video also  out and also making waves in the hit charts today. Coming from a family of celebrities, the daughter of the Divine Diva Zsazsa Padilla and the King of Comedy Doplhy, and the sister of multi-talented  Karylle Tatlonghari. I was able to first hear about her songs in her launch in Teatrino. And since I already had her CD, let me treat fans of Zia Quizon with a CD giveaway after the jump! She has her own style and tone in singing which makes her stand out. With a cool jazzy feel of her voice makes one fall in love with the song and the melody. Other songs in the album includes "Smile", "So Much In Love…

Scotch® Brand sets a new trend—Rabbit style tape dispenser

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Scotch® Brand launches its one of a kind Rabbit Dispenser as the latest addition to their tape dispenser portfolio.
An essential home and office tool, the Scotch® Rabbit Dispenser is designed with a sleek shape, pointed rabbit ears, and comes in four fun colors– pink, white, teal, and black. Its lightweight, stable base and secure blade makes organizing convenient, safe and mess-free. One of the product’s functional features is that it is manageable to refill with the invisible and easy-to-cut Scotch® Magic™ Tape which then helps busy moms, dedicated teachers and students stay organized with style.   
“We see that the youth and young professionals have grown to be more expressive in their creativity and individuality, that is why 3M Philippines always comes up with innovative products that meet both personal and functional needs of our market,” says Haydee Casapao, Stationery and Office Supplies Division Head.  
Each pack of the Rabbit Dispenser contains 1 Scotch® Magic ™ Tape Rabbit Dis…

First Pinoy Junior Masterchef To Grace the PIFBEX

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This March 1 (Thursday), 10 am at the PICC, Kyle Imao, hailed as the first Pinoy Junior Masterchef will be in the midst of major players in the food and beverage industry. The 12-year old champ will do the ribbon cutting for Tradecon as it launches its 5th annual Food and Beverage Expo and HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant and Caterers Expo) which will run until March 4. Over 300 exhibitors will be present at the expo, including both local and international suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers. International exhibitors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and the United States will also showcase their products .For more information, log on to pifbex.com or call 395-5009.

Avida Towers Cebu: Sold Out In Just 18 Months

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Cebu proves itslef to be a robust real estate market for Avida, as shown by buyers’ response to Avida Towers Cebu. Launched only in June 2010, units have been selling at a brisk pace—and now, in less than two years, all of 1,045 units of Avida Towers Cebu are now sold out. 
“More than anything, we see the sell out of Avida Towers Cebu as a testament to the trust and confidence of Cebuanos in the Ayala brand. Ayala Land is an established developer in Cebu and with Avida being part of the Ayala Group, Cebuanos rightly believe that owning an Avida Towers Cebu unit is a sound investment. Beyond the brand strength, we also see that the location, features and amenities offered by Avida Towers Cebu were well appreciated by our buyers. We are glad that our commitment to creating quality homes at affordable prices, which translated to Avida Towers Cebu has been received well and appreciated by the discerning Cebuano market who is keen on getting their money’s worth for every purchase,” said Mr.…

BPI Family Auto Loan partners with Turbo Zone on GMA News TV

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BPI Family Auto Loan revs up 2012 further through a partnership with Turbo Zone, GMA News TV’s premier motoring show which airs every Saturday at 9AM. The partnership aims to enlighten the viewing public through practical information and advice how car ownership is easy with BPI Family Auto Loan
TURBO ZONE is a young, dynamic, fresh take motoring show in the Philippines with a global perspective. The team includes car experts, international caliber production group, technical and marketing consultants all geared up to feed your drive. The show gets even more exciting as it is hosted by TopGear Philippines Editor-in-Chief, Vernon Sarne and the witty TV personality, Ramon Bautista. Turbo Zone is also airing on GMA International specifically in the United States, Canada, Middle East, and Japan.

I Heart Nescafe 3 in 1! WEEK 2 CONTEST

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It was indeed a fun fillled week one with the launch of our contest. Now out of all the entries for the week we have chosen one winner! We will reveal him after the jump!
Now let go back on our discussion on coffee and how it can soothe the nerves and also provide alertness perfect for the whole day. And to start the day right, I recommend you try Nescafe 3 in 1 Brown and Creamy. This variant became a hit with people who loves a kick of milky and creamy goodness. It is also the choice of Kapamilya star and Indie Movie Prince, Coco Martin.
"Yummy!"
That is what he exclaimed on how Nescafe Brown and Creamy tastes and why he got hooked with it. Because we do know that brown sugar has a unique property to make any drink mixed with it makes its a little thicker in taste giving it a milky feel and a better coffee experience.
As coffee grows into a popular drink of all nationalities, the rise of coffee shops and also the need to stay alert yet relaxed these times, coffee comes to the r…

MUSIC LYF: Arnee Hidalgo Stages Thursday Shows in Thunderbird Resort this March

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Thursday nights at Thunderbird Resort in Taytay, Rizal are going to be more entertaining and enchanting with  performances by one of the most distinct and talented Filipino singers Arnee Hidalgo this coming March.
Arnee, who is Thunderbird’s artist of the month for March, is set to have a series of shows at the luxury hotel and resort every Thursday, starting March 1. The sultry singer has been known for her soulful, powerful voice and her almost impeccable performances that captivate her audience through the years.
Musical journey

Arnee started her career as a part of the singing groups Penoy and 14K—both under the tutelage of “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab. She was also a member of the female teenage trio The Vibe in the 90s.
Her career as a solo artist skyrocketed when her smashing hit “Cold Summer Nights” was released in 2003. Her rendition of the Francis Magalona original became very popular in the local music industry that it was hailed by radio stations as Song of the Year.

Midnight Mercato Food Market Come to Late Night Wednesdays

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Are you looking for a place to indulge your late night food cravings on a Wednesday night? Or you can’t wait until the weekend to visit your favorite late night food markets?
Then Midnight Mercato, Metro Manila’s premiere late night weekend food market, will be open on Wednesday nights starting February 29 to answer your foodie call!
Indulge in the Midnight Mercato experience and enjoy an extensive selection of foodie favorites - steamed cheeseburgers, crunchy pork belly, wagyu steak on a sticks, deep dish pizzas, authentic Vigan empanadas, ice-cream filled mochi balls, specialty milk teas, dark lager beer cheesecakes – straight from the kitchens of home-based and specialty chefs, while enjoying live acoustic performances and free wi-fi. Wednesday Midnight Mercato is perfect way to celebrate the middle of the week!

MUSIC LYF: Blush New Single - Dance On

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Since hitting the US music scene in the summer of 2011, international pop sensation BLUSH has been creating billboard history with their monumental rise up the charts.  Just recently BLUSH reached a new milestone as their new high-energy track “Dance On” hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play charts. The unique, talented group of Asian girls now sits atop entries from Rihanna, David Guetta, Kelly Clarkson and other well-established pop artists.  
With this exciting news, “Dance On” has surpassed BLUSH’s widely popular debut single “Undivided” (feat. Snoop Dogg) which reached the #3 spot on the same chart. At that time BLUSH--Victoria, Natsuko, Angeli, Ji Hae and Alisha--became the first Asian artist to hit the Top 3 on a major U.S. chart with a debut single. They now stand alone as the only Asian artists ever to have their first two singles hit Top 10, let alone both hitting Top 3. “Dance On” shot up the Dance/Club Play chart from Top 20 all the way to #1 in one month. Both songs will b…

Quick Blogs: Robots and Caracol Fetsival!

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The day has been a busy one for me with two different events. One is the Robotics competition at the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center at SM Mall of Asia and the Caracol Festival at Ayala Triangle. It was a fun day of engineering (which I love) and art (which I also love). Will post details and the blog post soon. so keep posted!
-fpj jr

I Auditioned For TV MARIA

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Yesterday was the 26th anniversary of the People Power Revolution and also the birthday of my sister who lives in Japan. And this is also the day I went to audition for a TV station. It may not be the like the mainstream television networks, TV Maria is a television pioneer in the Philippines as the first Catholic TV which started in 2006. Though one may think that its all prayers and masses seen all day, TV Maria shows alternative and very value-oriented shows that indeed fit for family viewing. 
I was invited to audition for its upcoming shows involving music, youth and kids. So far everything went well and I hope to make the cut. It would be an honor to be part of the revolutionary project that will have a great impact in not just only entertaining, informing but also FORMING values and relationships that makes us a better nation. I do think its time to have more smart shows to help us think to be better. TV Maria is available in majot cable providers like Global Destiny, Sky Cable …

REEL DEAL: Safehouse REVIEW

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The world indeed is a dangerous place, no one is exempted on what could happen to any of us in natural or man made events. Even with the toughest security can be breached, nowhere is a safe place.



Oscar® winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House.  Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run.  When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him.  Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.


For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town.  A “housekeeper” who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself.  When the first and only occupant he’s had proves to be the most dangerous man he’s ever met, Weston readies for duty.

Avida Brings The Perks of Urban Living Amidst an Eco-friendly Environment in NUVALI

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Many families dream of living in harmony with the natural environment without giving up the conveniences they enjoy in the city. Now, this lifestyle is made possible thanks to Avida Land Corp.’s residential projects in NUVALI—Ayala Land Inc.’s 1,840-hectare eco-city development in Sta. Rosa and Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna that is envisioned to become the Philippines’ newest and most sought-after regional growth center.
Nestled within this vast land are, Ridgeview Estates NUVALI, Avida Settings NUVALI, Avida Village Cerise NUVALI and Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI. These residential developments combine and harmonize the benefits of community living and urban convenience with the freshness and beauty of nature. 
NUVALI is conveniently close to schools, hospitals, commercial establishments, offices—everything that residents would need.  There is also a transport terminal where residents can now commute more conveniently from NUVALI to Makati and vice versa, while shuttle services within NUV…

REEL DEAL: The Lorax SPOTLIGHT

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“What was the Lorax? And why was it there? And why was it lifted
and taken somewhere from the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows? The old Once-ler still lives there. Ask him. He knows.”
—Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”

From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the much anticipated feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a 3D-CG adaptation of the classic tale of a forest guardian who shares the enduring power of hope.  The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for a real Truffula Tree, the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.  To get it he must find the story of the Lorax, the acerbic yet charming character who fights to protect his world.  
Lending their vocal talents to the project are DANNY DEVITO as the iconic title character of the Lorax and ED HELMS as the enigmatic Once-ler.  Also bringing their voices to the adventure are global superstars ZAC EFRON as Ted, the idealistic youth who sea…

FASHIONISTA: It’s a colorful life with Casa Quick & Easy Cellophane

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Your hair is your crowning glory but keeping it healthy and in style could be very expensive and time-consuming. If your schedule or budget doesn’t allow you the pampering of salon color, you may want to try at-home hair-coloring preparations that are really affordable and easy to use.
Casa Cellophane is hair-coloring product that gives hair a fantastic shine and adds a layer of color to your otherwise boring locks. It could be the solution to your mane problem if you want to try something exciting and stylish for your locks without having to go to a salon.
Recently, Casa Cellophane appointed the four charming and stylish young men of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) pop group 1:43 (pronounced as “one forty-three”) namely Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, Kim Nicolas, and Yuki Sakamoto as its endorsers to represent brand’s playful and colorful character.
“I’ve been using Casa Cellophane for a while now and I’ve tried dying my hair red. The red hint of color is just perfect for my skin tone. I…

ASH WEDNESDAY - Stop, Reflect, Pray

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Last February 22 marks the start of the Lenten Season in which Catholics  go to attend mass and also be marked with ash on their foreheads as a sign of repentance. The priest or minister will recite "Repent and believe in the Gospel" while he marks the forehead.
Lent does bring me into a season of reflection and repentance. Indeed everyone has sinned yet its our call to repent in our ways. This does remind us that we are imperfect yet still called to holiness and be the steward of goodness. Though this post may sound religous in tought but its also rooted in the universal mutuality of LOVE.


This Lent, 


STOP


REFLECT


PRAY.







XSTIG: Dell Launches New Laptop - XPS 14z

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Dell unveiled its XPS 14z laptop, one of the thinnest fully featured 14-inch laptops featuring an internal optical drive and discrete graphics option. The latest in a series of thin-and-powerful solutions from Dell that include thin laptops, desktops and accessories, the XPS 14z delivers performance that impresses and design that inspires. Professionals now can power through their day at work and kick back at night to take advantage of the system’s HD screen to watch movies or video. A performance laptop that includes all the powerful features professionals want – and helps them look good in the process – the XPS 14z is available with second-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, an HD WLED display for great entertainment experiences, a slot-load optical drive and NVIDIA graphics option. The XPS 14z is a sleek laptop with a compact design that measures in at less than an inch thin. The unique design also maximizes screen size, delivering a 14-inch screen in a 13-inch form fa…

MUSIC LYF: The Cranberries are back in Manila for “Greatest Hits” concert

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THE CRANBERRIES ARE BACK in Manila for their much-awaited “The Greatest Hits Concert” on April 10th at the Araneta Coliseum. The Irish rock band, one of the world’s biggest rock acts in the 1990s, first staged a concert in the Philippines in 1996. They attained a worldwide fan base after releasing their hit songs, which are now rock and roll classics: “Linger”, “Zombie”, “Ode To My Family”, “Animal Instinct”, “Ridiculous Thoughts”, and a lot more.
Stephanie Uy, President of Karpos Multimedia Inc., the producer of the said concert, shares that they are very excited to bring The Cranberries here in the Philippines.
“The Cranberries are going to tour starting March until July, and we’re very lucky because Philippines is the only country that they’ll visit in Asia. We can’t wait to have them here,” she says.
“So if you love rock and you miss the music of the 90’s, this is an event you shouldn’t pass up,” Uy adds. 
Pinoy band Franco will showcase their own brand of rock and roll as the front a…

REEL DEAL: The Firm on AXN Asia

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The First AXN Original Series - The Firm 
AXN viewers in Asia will be able to enjoy the two-hour premiere of The Firm on February 19 (Sunday) at 9.50PM, on the same day it airs across 126 million households on SPT channels globally in Asia, Latin America, Central Europe, Iberia, Italy, Africa, Russia and the Baltics. 

An AXN original series based on John Grisham’s bestselling novel, the TV reincarnation picks up ten years after the movie of the same name starring Tom Cruise. Hot shot lawyer, Mitch McDeere, brought down a Memphis law firm fronting the Chicago mob. Mitch and his family attempt to reclaim their lives by moving to Washington DC to start their own firm after leaving the Federal Witness Protection Program. However, the past has a way of catching up with them.

MUSIC LYF: Paolo Santos - How Sweet It Is

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After quite some time, PAOLO SANTOS, the King of Acoustic is back! This time, he is doing songs closest to his heart! Paolo Santos is doing his versions of James Taylor’s most popular songs. Songs like Wandering, Sweet Baby James, How Sweet It Is, Don’t Let me Be Lonely Tonight and a lot more. Only One is the album’s carrier single. 
Ask why James Taylor? “He has been the biggest influence in my style. An amazing songwriter. James Taylor’s approach to his music is very simple. But it goes straight to your heart,” the Acoustic King enthused. 
With the release of Paolo Santos’ new album – HOW SWEET IT IS, Paolo Santos still reigns as the Acoustic King of the Philippines. Released under IVORY Music & Video, Paolo has come up with a 14 – track revival of James Taylor’s hits done in his sophisticated acoustic style.  
Things do have changed now that he is now a husband and a father. He mentioned that he does not like to be interviewed much because he was a little uncomfortable. But today,…

MUSIC LYF: The First Philippine Popular Music Festival iis Now Open!

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There are competitions for aspiring singers, dancers, actors, models, bands, chefs, even children wanting to be chefs but what about for songwriters?
With a local music scene widely dominated by imported music, the Filipino songwriter has become a stranger in his own land. 
With this in mind, prominent names from various industries have come together to spearhead the creation of the Philippine Popular Music Festival
PhilPOP is a songwriting competition open to all amateur and professional Filipino composers. By March 1, 2012, interested composers can start submitting their entries online at PhilPOP.com.ph. The deadline of submission is on May 10, 2012. Song entries must be in MP3 format and can be in any popular music genre or a fusion of known genres, in any form or structure. Each entry must not exceed four minutes. Contestants can submit a maximum of two songs, either as a sole composer or as a collaborator. Song lyrics may be in Filipino, English, any Filipino dialect or a combinat…

REEL DEAL: Titanic 3D SPOTLIGHT

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ABOARD WITH THE KING OF THE WORLD AND ROSE IN “TITANIC” 3D


Return to the deep as 20th Century fox brings back “Titanic” in 3D to the big screen on a global theatrical release on April coinciding with its 100th anniversary since sailing.
Opening April 7th in the Phils., the most celebrated film in history is presented to an untapped new generation of audience in 3D format.

James Cameron who pioneered the first and only truly immersive 3D in “Avatar” brings back timeless “Titanic” in its full glory with enhanced, never-before-seen experience re-mastered in digital 3D.  Starring today’s most admired and accomplished actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, “Titanic” first released in 1997 is an epic romance and disaster film.  A fictionalized story of what was then believed to be unsinkable, “Titanic” is the voyage of the most luxurious ship ever built, the RMS Titanic where Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

REEL DEAL: This Means War - Chelsea Handler SPOTLIGHT

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CHELSEA HANDLER: REESE’S BFF IN THE MIDST OF WAR

Currently invading the international mainstream audience and slowly carving her way as a household name is Chelsea Handler who plays the no-holds barred best friend of Reese Witherspoon in “This Means War.”
So far this year’s most enjoyable and hilarious romantic-action comedy to beat, “This Means War” is about two best friends, the best CIA agents use their incredible skills against each other in order to win a woman’s love.   Playing the trio trapped in the riotous fray of friendship and love are Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. 
Injecting an outsider’s view of the trio’s fray is Chelsea Handler whose character Trish is Lauren’s (Witherspoon) best friend.   The inimitable talk show host, comedienne actor and author Handler intimates on her role as herself except that she’s single in real life.  “Trish is basically me, but married,” says Handler.  “Trish is not the best advisor, but Lauren needs her to provide a jolt of energ…

MUSIC LYF: Angeline Quinto Lives Her Dream Concert Tour i

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Star Power pop superstar Angeline Quinto brings the dream to the stage of University of St. La Salle Bacolod City on April 14, 2012 to sing her top tracks, "Patuloy ang Pangarap", "Kunin Mo Na Ang Lahat Sa Akin", "Mahiwaga", "Saan Darating Ang Umaga", "Hanggang" and more. 
From last year's successful concert at The Sky Dome, the first Star Power Grand Champion was the voice behind different drama anthology OST of ABS-CBN's Primetime Drama including "100 Days To Heaven", "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin", "Way Back Home" and more. 
ASAP Live's asset and Star Magic's music princess, Angeline Quinto's "Dream Concert Tour" in Bacolod City will be directed by Dido Camara with musical director Marvin Querido. This once-in-a-lifetime event is produced by ASAP Live, Media Nation and That's N-tertainment. Grab your tickets now at University of St. La Salle, Robinsons Bacolod, ABS-CBN and Sk…

REEL DEAL: The Descendants - Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller SPOTLIGHT

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SHAILENE WOODLEY and AMARA MILLER: RAW YOUNG TALENTS TO WATCH FOR
IN “THE DESCENDANTS”



“The Descendants” showcases breakthrough performances from Shailene Woodley and newcomer Amara Miller as the daughters of this year’s Oscar contender for Best Actor, George Clooney.

In the depths of a crisis following a boating accident of Matt King’s (Clooney) wife, King has to come to terms with the fact that he has been largely inadequate as a father as he attempts to repair his relationship with his two daughters. Lack of parental support and stability have left both girls without direction. Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) is rebellious and has been sent off to boarding school.  10 year-old Scottie, played by first time actress Amara Miller, is precocious and in need of parental supervision.
Woodley plays 17-year old Alexandra, troubled daughter of Matt King (Clooney) who has to help her father come to terms with his wife’s coma – and her secrets.


Woodley is best known to US audiences for her performanc…

I Heart Nescafe 3 in 1! WEEK 1 CONTEST!

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Manual Readers!
I know that the weather is kinda weird today and this might ruin your good mood and the start of your work week this Monday! But don't fret! It's time to relax and loosen a little with Nescafe 3 in 1 which provide instant happiness to your day. And for this week I am giving away a Nescafe 3in1 gift pack of your  choice and a NESCAFE notebook! Does that rock or what?!
Speaking of rockin', one way to perk you up for the week is to come strong. Try Nescafe 3 in 1 Strong and Rich, which has that strong aroma and rich coffee goodness perfect to win over negativity that comes your way today. Even Journey frontman and proud Pinoy Arnel Pineda would recommend this one!
Contest mechanics are so simple that you can also invites friends to join!


All you have to do is comment in the section below how would you profess you love for your favorite Nescafe 3 in 1 Variant starting with the statement "I <3 Nescafe 3 in 1 (name of the variant)...". The criteria is as…

Find Your Career in Star Cinema or Star Records!

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Manual Readers!
You might be interested in working with one of the biggest movie and record company in the Philippines today. ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc., or more popularly known as Star Cinema and Star Records are now opening job openings for the Star Creatives Group. Details are posted on the picture. Just click it to enlarge.  Hope this will help you pave the way for a great career in ABS CBN. Appply now and Good Luck!

SM City Sta Mesa 3 Day Sale!

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I had passed by SM City Sta Mesa today to see what great finds can I discover during the second day of their 3 Day Sale, and as expected it is filled with so many people coming from different places in Manila, Quezon City and San Juan. Even I am from Mandaluyong, it only takes one or two jeep rides to Centerpoint.


Though a regular at this mall, it usually have something new like new stores like Adobo Connection and Dairy Queen, also the mall does turn into a very big bargain place where great buys with discounts of up to 70% off. 


For our first stop, we went to Adobo Connection to grab some late lunch and merrienda. We did try their best selling adobo and desserts like halo halo, leche flan and pandan jelly. This made us all pumed up and ready to face the challenge of the 3 day sale!
After the hearty meal and some Q and A with the owner of Adobo Connection whish made us learn more about their menu especially with their special adobo. And after that we are on our way to shopping, bonding …