February 28, 2012

Midnight Mercato Food Market Comes to Late Night Wednesdays

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!

Midnght Mercato is open from 10:00pm to 3:00am every Friday, Saturday and Wednesday (starting February 29) and Mercato Centrale is open every Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Midnight Mercato is located at the corner of 34th street and 8th avenue beside MC Home Depot in Bonifacio Global City.

For more information, please visit their website www.midnightmercato.com or their Facebook account www.facebook.com/mercatocentrale.  For vendor booth rental or venue rental inquiries, please email admin@mercatocentrale.ph or text 09178401152.

February 27, 2012

Of Arts and Brews: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Opens in Ronac Art Center

Wishing you could have a bit of artistry to go with your daily dose of coffee or tea?

Making a very creative debut at Manila’s newest art and retail hub—Ronac Art Center—is gourmet coffee and tea purveyor, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.

“Again, one of our main goals has always been to make it easier for all Filipinos to have access to the best brews available out there,” explains Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Like in all our other stores, we took very careful consideration before deciding on this new location because we wanted to make sure it will indeed present convenience to all our followers.”

The new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store opened today, February 27, 2012. It is conveniently located in Ronac Art Center’s ground floor and caters to all sorts of coffee and tea aficionados in the Ortigas-Greenhills area. Staying true to the location's avant-garde nature, the store's design debuts a very interesting new look that's unlike any other in the country.

“It’s the perfect partnership,” adds Walden. “For some reason, coffee or tea and art seem very logical. Both exist in the same plane in a way that they both require a great amount of skill and expertise for one to get it right.”

As in all of its locations, the new branch offers The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's® full selection of internationally-acclaimed blends made only from the finest grades of custom roasted Arabica coffee and hand-plucked whole leaf teas sourced only from the most exclusive regions around the world. The store also offers fresh baked goods, sweet treats, and a line of complementary coffee and tea merchandise.

In line with its debut, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® branch in Ronac Art Center is holding a special promotion from February 27 to March 4, 2012. During the said period, customers can come to the store between 4:00 to 6:00 PM and purchase any of their favorite beverages for only P100. 

February 25, 2012


This Sunday, let all us witness how Makati City bursts into a city of colors as the Makati Central Business District transforms into a street party with the Caracol Festival 2012 (Makati's version of Mardi Gras). Discover how the city that makes it happen is raising awareness for the preservation of cultural heritage and conservation of the environment as hundreds of Makati students troop to the streets clad in their colorful nature-inspired costumes in the city's own version of the Mardi Gras.

February 24, 2012

I Choose Philippines

Check this out guys! As PGT Finalist and web sensation El Penumbra gives you a new version of their music video showcasing the finest and the best of what our country can offer us and to foreign through shadow play -- using the song "Piliin mo Ang Pilipinas"

Watch the video below and be AMAZED. 

"PILIIN MO ANG PILIPINAS" is the official theme song of Choose Philippines.
Music by: Allan Dannug
Arranged by: Marvin Querido
Sung by: Angeline Quinto feat. Vince Bueno 

February 21, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday, Nuffnang!

A Happy Happy 5th Birthday Nuffnang! Words can't express the blessing you have been these years and we're glad that we can have the chance to celebrate your birthday on February 27. This will be my first time to attend a fruitful years of yours (if given the chance) and for sure this will be a lot of Fun!  

"Wishing you a more prosperous years to come and keep partying!"


Congressman Manny Pacquiao says NO to mining. When will you?

Sarangani congressman and eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao urges every Filipino to do their ahare and protect the province of Palawan -- the country's last ecological frontier and home to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World--by saying YES to Tourism and Biodiversity and NO to Mining in island ecosystems.

"Pacquiao thus joins more than 5.2 million Filipinos and 640 organizations that are now calling for the conservation and protection of Palawan by supporting more sustainable programs for ecotourism, agriculture, and fisheries."

Join the battle cry and make your voices heard—loud and clear—in support of a national rally to protect our environment. Spread the word and play a key role in the evolution of consciousness of our people by urging more Filipinos to say NO to MINING in Palawan and other fragile island ecosystems.

The signature campaign is the power of good; it’s the power of many. If we all own the battle and act decisively and dynamically, then maybe we can try for 3 million more signatures by the end of the month, before hitting the ten million mark by Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. Help us deliver a strong message to the government and the world: that Filipinos are one in protecting Mother Nature and our own future. Let’s make it happen—play a key role in the consciousness of our people. Our future depends on it…

February 15, 2012

A Curious Thought: What’s Inside a Bad Boy’s Pair of Pants?

What does action star Robin Padilla, former president Joseph Estrada, and cosmetic surgeon-turned-celebrity Hayden Kho have in common with Hollywood stars James Dean, Collin Farrel, and Robert Downey, Jr.?

Unless you’re a brooding man who can make women want to drop everything and land in your brawny arms every time something unfriendly comes their way, most men have all went through devastating heartaches at some point in their lives. We’ve seen it a thousand times—nice guys getting dumped and friend-zoned over stoic, devastatingly gorgeous, distressed men reminiscent of Damon Salvatore and Edward Cullen, who can make even blood sucking look sexy. What is it about bad boys that put sparkle in women’s eyes, glow in their cheeks, and blood rushing into their veins and other lovely parts?

No, this is not another story about vampires who sparkle in the midday sun while wearing outrageously pale faces and pouted lips. This is the truth that young boys long to discover, grown ups laugh about, and our grandpas love to revisit. This is the story of every Adam that will never be written in the history of mankind.

Three-time best-selling author and 30th National Book Awards finalist RJ Ledesma unravels how this and other crazy, perplexing phenomena are taking place, as he launches his fourth book “It Only Hurts When I Pee, RJ Ledesma’s Guide on Bodily Gases, Hair Loss and Pink Parts.” The book, distributed by Anvil Publishing, is a compilation of the ridiculously truthful, self-aware and highly comical chronicles of the less hygienic male species based on curious epic research, thorough investigation and, ahem, first-hand experience.

From the freshly squeezed brain juices of RJ Ledesma, the book and all its 167 pages tackles amusing topics and antics, including classic and epic details in the Pinoy dating and mating scenes, and male entertainment created simply by grimy fingers and a lack of good taste.

Wonder why bad guys often become the object of romance by women who, in RJ’s own word, desire “to increase the country’s current voting population”? Let the entrepreneur, multimedia practitioner, yogi and author of Lies My Yaya Should Have Told Me (2008), I Do or I Die (2009), and Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? (2010) tickle your funny bone and usher you into testosterone land with his newest masterpiece guaranteed to make you pee to your heart’s content.

February 13, 2012

A Valentine's Day Concert in the City That Makes it Happen

“Makati enlivens the city experience this February as it hosts a night of romantic celebration at heart of the Makati central business district.”

 Fall in love with the captivating charm of the city that makes it happen as Makati City stages “Love In The City You Love”—a special Valentine’s concert featuring real-life couple, Nikki Gil and Billy Crawford, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens this February 14, Tuesday. Discover how Makati is making its denizens even more excited with a dynamic roster of new happenings and developments that form part of the “Make It Happen, Make It Makati” campaign. 

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Opens 42nd Store at Two E-Com Center

Specialty coffee and tea purveyor, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, reinforces its claim as the preferred café chain in the country by opening its 42nd store right at the heart of Pasay City.

Located at Two E-com Center in the Mall of Asia Complex, the new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store will be serving customers their full selection of specialty coffee and teas by February 18. “This newest addition to our line of strategically-placed stores will help us fully realize our vision of providing every Filipino with the best available coffee and tea out there,” explains Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Being a new landmark that packs commercial, retail, residential and business areas in one unique structure, having a shop at Two E-com Center will help us reach more people and tap different markets in a way that we have never been able to do before.”

Located in an alternative business and entertainment district amidst a spectacular bay setting, the new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store will serve as a haven for both cult-like followers of the brand, and coffee and tea aficionados of all sorts.

“The Mall of Asia Complex is home to a growing number of young professionals working in technology-based companies and business process outsourcing centers in the area,” adds Chu. “The people that regular the vicinity are part of the growing coffee population in the country that are in constant search for the best blends.”

In line with its debut, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® branch in Two E-Com Center will be holding a special promotion that will run from February 18 to 24, 2012. During the promo period, customers can come to the store from 12:30 to 1:30 in the afternoon and purchase their favorite drink for only P100.

February 10, 2012

Lovin' Summer at Anvaya Cove

Anvaya Cove is inviting us to come and join them to their Open house on the 19th.

“Anvaya” means “family” in the ancient Sanskrit language, a return to meaningful family traditions is at the core of everything at the Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club. Here, we offer families with interactive experiences with nature... in both land and water, all geared towards relaxation, recreation, and reflection.

The Pools of Anvaya will beguile you with its contemporary Asian design, artfully displayed rocks, and strategically positioned lounge chairs. The water fountains, playful jets and sprays in the kiddie pool area will surely bring squeals of delight from the young ones.

Be a food connoisseur and enjoy the sumptuous buffet spread at the Bamboo Café, capped by a drink at the Tower Bar. Treat yourself to an exhilarating seaside massage at the Veda Spa or enjoy a relaxing sunset on a wicker chaise longue in Ilingan Cove’s sunbathing area. With the sea quiet at low tide and the sun descending behind the Zambales mountain range, feel surreal contentment for the beauty that will unfold in front of you.

via: http://www.anvayacove.com/

February 9, 2012

Welcome to the Program: The Bourne Legacy Trailer

Finally! Universal Pictures released the action pack trailer of "The Bourne Legacy". I'm pretty sure that almost of all us already saw the previous Bourne series and I would have to say that it was a bad ass! 

Based from the trailer below, it really looks good but I'm a bit curious of what can this franchise can offer us. Can it give us more of what the previous Bourne series gave us? Let's find out on August 03, 2012! (Same thought about The Amazing Spider Man: The Untold Story). By the way, let's see if we can spot some places here in the Philippines where they took some scenes for the movie, hmmm none for a while...

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office.

The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.

February 2, 2012

Pinoy Teens & Coca-Cola Rally for Happiness

Coke-Bench Fashion Show Builds Up Coca-Cola’s 100th Year Celebration in RP
Last January 28, 2012, hundreds of teens from all over Manila joined forces and rallied at the activity center of TriNoma Mall in Quezon City. The reason? The Pinoy Youth declared their choice to open happiness… in a fashionable way!

The tandem behind this epic youth gathering is no other than the beloved beverage brand that’s celebrating its 100th birthday in the country, Coca-Cola and top clothing line, Bench! The two global pop icons reunited this time, to bring a complete, new line of hip, energizing a co-branded apparel and merchandise collection for the new breed of Filipino teens and teens-at-heart- the Coca-Cola Originals by Bench. 

What better way to officially present this fresh new collection but with a larger-than-life runway party created by teens for teens other known as The Coca-Cola Big Youth Blowout. One of the Coca-Cola Happiness President’s inspired efforts to spread happiness all year round, the event brought together a handful of exciting firsts and surprise treats from beginning to end!

A lot of cheering, dancing, high kicks and drum beats kicked the day off as the quirky duo from the Coca-Cola Music Studio, Myx VJs Chino Lui-Pio and Bianca Roque called together on stage the amazing UE Pep Squad followed by the Philippine All-Stars to electrify the crowd with back-to-back heart-pumping numbers. 
All these exhilarating acts were just a prelude to the day’s most- anticipated attraction: the fabulous parade of the country’s most sought-after ramp and student models as well as celebrities wearing the Coca-Cola Originals by Bench. One by one, the models came out strutting a full collection with designs that took inspiration from iconic Coca-Cola elements we’ve known for decades such as the Spencerian script, the contour bottle and bright red color patterns fused with Bench’s youthful, dynamic vibe that Pinoys all over the country and the world have loved throughout the years. 


This culminated to a power-packed reveal of Coca-Cola’s new league of Happiness Ambassadors in the name of four of the hottest teen idols of today: Enchong Dee, Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo and Joseph Marco who all made an explosive entrance. While the two girls emerged from the center of the stage, their leading men practically “flew” from all the way from an elevated area of the mall and into the stage, leaving fans awestruck and screaming! Together, they performed a finale dance number as all the models work the catwalk to cap the day off on a high. But that’s not all! This final act also witnessed a stunning flash mob dance-off featuring 100 teens from various school and youth organizations nationwide. In no time, the audiences were throwing theirs fists in the air and swaying to the music as a shower of balloons and confetti surges!

(Click Here for the Coke Bench Video Coverage)

“The Coca-Cola Originals by Bench is our generation’s way of making a remarkable statement. Wearing it affirms our choice to join Coca-Cola’s uber exciting 100th year celebration and to continue spreading happiness among others,” says Enchong. 

With a bottle of Coca-Cola in hand, now everyone has the power to show our indestructible spirit through fashion and be happiness ambassadors, ourselves. As how chic star-on-the-rise Julia Montes says: “I want to wear it because it shows that I enjoy life to the fullest and that I’m a happy person. Every piece is just a daily reminder of how resilient and optimistic we are as a nation, just like every bottle of Coke. That’s why I love it.”

But the big youth blowout was not solely just a fashion party for the Pinoy youth. It was also an occasion to give back and make a difference in the lives of our fellowmen. Led by the Coca-Cola happiness ambassadors, the teen guests and other partakers of the day were able to raise and donate funds for ongoing rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of recent calamities that struck the country. 

Tagged as the “first-ever digitalized Coke-Bench fashion show”, all the day’s fun fare was also made available for viewing by the entire nation and the world even, as it was streamed live online via www.coca-cola.com.ph. Top fashion bloggers and other notable personalities also kept buzzing online, further making the launch event the talk of the town. In fact, two lucky bloggers, David Guison and Vern Enciso, also got the chance to walk the runway!

The Coca-Cola Originals is available in Bench stores nationwide staring February 1, 2012. Open happiness and strut your style with an ice-cold Coke in hand to continue enjoying its delicious taste and unique fizz perfected over the last 100 years!

Coca-Cola. Maraming Salamat sa 100 Taon ng Saya! Ituloy ang Happiness. Go to the Coca-Cola Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/cocacola), follow @Coke_PH on Twitter or visit www.coca-cola.com.ph to see highlights of the event and to find out more information. 

Coke Bench Fashion Show Video Coverage

Here's my video coverage at the Big Birthday Blow Out Coke Bench Fashion Show Trinoma Mall (January 28, 2012).

The Philippine All Star

Ambassador of Happiness Enchong Dee

Ambassador of Happiness Joseph Marco, Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo



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Don Garcia Jr is the author of Don Garcia Photography and My Thoughts and the Act blogs. He is a graduate of Information Technology of Saint Mary's University. Currently working as an SEO/SEM and Social Marketing Specialist. A photography hobbyist, a frustrated dancer and singer.


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