June 24, 2012

Bamboo "Basta''t May Plano Kaya Mo Yan'" with Philam Life

Bamboo performs Hallelujah at the "Basta't May Plano Kaya Mo Yan'" DJs and Blogger Launch in 7th High Bonifacio Global City last June 22, 2012. 

 



In Celebration of Philam Life's 65th Anniversary Empowering the Filipino. Bringing the best of stories on how real people can overcome shortcomings in life and learn how to accomplish them through planning.


To download Basta't Plano Kaya Mo Yan', visit http://www.anongplanomo.com.ph/

For photo coverage, visit Azrael Merryland.

June 22, 2012

Small-town Locals to Build “Courts of Inspiration” around Visayas & Mindanao

Seeing the potential to drive social value, Alaxan FR is harnessing the power of the community through the Aray Natin, Galing Natin campaign—a collaborative effort between small-town locals to construct these symbols of community, and turn them into something that moves people to aim for greatness.


For its initial project, Alaxan FR chose Iloilo. Other Courts of Inspiration are currently in the works in various parts of the country. These are in Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tacloban, and Cebu for Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Butuan, Davao, and General Santos for Mindanao.


Aray Natin, Galing Natinteam and locals of Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo come together for the groundbreaking ceremony.


Driven by the desire to provide their community with its first real basketball court, locals from barangay Tabuc Suba in Jaro District were brought together to build their own “Court of Inspiration” under the campaign.


June 19, 2012

American Standard launches new luxury line of bathroom fixtures

American Standard, one of the leading makers of high-quality bathroom fixtures, launches its latest and most luxurious line of products that promises to make any home the envy of the neighborhood.  The latest line of shower heads, lavatories and water closets highlights the company’s commitment to design quality and innovation that it has long been known for.

THE VENTUNO COLLECTION. One of American Standard’s newest luxury line of bathroom fixtures, designed by award-winning designer, Franco Bertoli.

“These new product lines represent American Standard’s uncompromising belief in the growing sophistication of the market.  These products are here because of extensive product research into what the consumers want and what they need.”  said Noel Tolosa, American Standard marketing manager.
As a trendsetter in the design and innovation sector, American Standard has always ensured that its designs remain relevant to the needs of today’s families and to today’s times.

Conceptualizing for today’s modern dwellings

The company launched the Concept Cube, a line of compact but beautiful and stylish bathroom fixtures.  The Concept Cube seamlessly blends the sleek modern lines with innovative technology, using strong and simple lines for a contemporary look.  A signature soft inner rim that lends architectural style beautifully balances this and is ideal for even small bathrooms so common in today’s condominium housing.  The Concept faucet series, on the other hand, complements the modern, compact and sophisticated styling of the water closets and lavatories.  Made of high-quality chrome, these faucets make even small bathrooms chic and stylish.  The faucet allows better water saving because it provides better control for users and being leak free.

Satis Asteo

It is said that the evolution of the water closet is a reflection of how civilized human living has become.  This philosophy is reflected in the Satis Asteo water closet collection, which features amenities like LED dim lighting, soft music, automatic seat open and flushing, twin nozzle bidet, and air purification system that eliminates bad odors and airborne fungi and bacteria.  The Satis Asteo reflects American Standard’s mantra of innovating on products to meet its customers’ changing lifestyles.

Eurozen




The EuroZen, on the other hand, brings the most innovative and convenient functions to bathroom hygiene in a sleek and compact water closet.  With functions like siphon jet tornado flushing, powerful massage/cleanse function, deodorizer, warm dryer, nozzle with automatic cleaning, anti-bacterial nozzle, seat heater, and lift-off and slow- close seat cover, the EuroZen gives new meaning to luxury, comfort and high-tech to water closets and will make any bathroom a conversation piece.

More vibrant colors mean more fun in the shower

Looking at the company’s new line of shower heads, it is clear that the inspiration came from one thing:  vibrant colors.  The iColor Hand Showers evokes a fantasy world of plastic and bubble.  Through a fascinating and playful concoction of art, science and technology, the iColor Hand Shower is well suited to today’s fun-loving and imaginative homeowner.  The line of products pushes the boundaries of the human imagination—with refreshing results .

Ventuno

The Ventuno collection is designed by award-winning Italian designer, Franco Bertoli. It is an absolute choice for cosmopolitan consumers as it reflects the patterns of today’s urban architecture and elements of modern style.  Designed with the sophisticated urbanite in mind, the Ventuno’s rounded, essentialized forms and geometric edges create sensations of pure harmony in every bathroom.

World-Class and award-winning designers

American Standard has always been setting trends in bathroom fixtures, not just in the aspect of technological innovation but in design as well.  This is made possible by a highly creative team whose members are also into other industries such as automotive, fashion, home and furniture, and luxury items, among others.

Some of the world’s most creative and award-winning industrial designers who design for American Standard are David Chipperfield, Ronen Joseph, Achim Pohl and Tomas Fiegl (Artefakt), Mark Sadler, Khumtong Jansuwan and Franco Bertoli, all of whom have earned awards from prestigious award-giving bodies.

The American Standard’s new line of bathroom fixtures is available in major building materials depots nationwide.

June 16, 2012

Ang Panday sa ToyCon 2012

Check out The 11th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2012 at SM Megamall 5th flr. MegaTrade Hall 1 from June 15-17.


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June 15, 2012

Win a 3N/4D Stay at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island!


Join now and share to your readers! Deadline for submission of entries is on July 15, 2012.

Resident Evil: Retribution Full Trailer


Prepare for a Retribution this September as the wildly successful film franchise adaptation from the most popular video game series that has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide returns in its highly anticipated 5th installment, “Resident Evil: Retribution” in state-of-the art 3D.



Check out the full trailer below and be thrilled as it gives you back the Licker (a big one) and most specially Michelle Rodriguez!


Resident Evil: Retribution stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Kevin Durand, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb and Li Bingbing. Opens September 14.

June 14, 2012

Manny Kampeon pa rin ng Bayan


Sa tuwing papasok si Manny sa boxing ring, hindi siya nakikipaglaban para sa kanyang sarili. Kung tutuusin, hindi na rin siya nakikipaglaban para sa pera. Dahil sa tuwing papasok si Manny sa ring, nakikipaglaban siya para sa bayan.


Para kilalanin ang galing ng bawat mamamayan.

Para parangalan ang bawat Pilipinong walang tigil na sumusuporta sa ating pambansang kamao.

Dahil sa bawat suntok, dala ni Manny ang karangalan ng bawat Pilipino. Sa bawat aray, tinatamo ni Manny ang bawat paghihirap na kailangang daanan patungo sa tagumpay.

Kaya manalo man o matalo, si Manny Pacquiao pa rin ang tunay na kampeon sa aming mga puso. Kasama ng Alaxan FR, sama-sama pa rin ang buong sambayanang Pilipino sa pagkilala sa walang sawang pakikipaglaban ng pinakamagaling na boksingero ng ating henerasyon.

Aray Mo, Pacman, Galing Natin, Pilipinas!

June 8, 2012

Celebrate Independence and Liberate Your Feet with the Havaianas Filipinas 2012 Collection

It’s fresh from the summer season, and it’s the perfect time once again for Havaianas to welcome back its patriotic fashionalism with this year’s Havaianas Filipinas 2012 collection, coming to stores nationwide June 9.

In line with the Havaianas celebration of 50 years of happy fashion, summer, and good memories, the world’s leading flip-flops brand is bringing another reason to inspire Filipino Havaianaticos to celebrate and become stylishly loud and proud with a collection that has become close to their hearts.

Since 2006, Havaianas has honored the Philippines’ rich and colorful culture with its annual Filipinas collection. “Our National Independence Day has significantly inspired the brand to bring pairs that convey stylishly patriotic Havaianas flip-flops," shares Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines. "This year, what we have in store is a bolder and edgier design in three colors: brown, black and blue. 
 
This collection’s style, of course, is aligned with the brand’s much-loved fun and carefree fashion that Filipinos have strongly identified with over the years.” Given that patriotic fashionalism has always been the bright idea behind every Havaianas Filipinas pair, this year’s collection features bold and graphic letters in white and gray, which spell PINAS on its buttery soft soles. Meanwhile, its straps are embellished with rectangular pins thoughtfully created with the Philippine flag’s colors—blue, red, white and yellow.







In keeping with its fun fashion credo, Havaianas Philippines is also spearheading the ”Liberate Your Feet” campaign for the Filipinas collection as a way of going further in sharing national pride. Posters, in three colorful variations, are set up on all All Flip-Flops stores nationwide, along with authorized provincial retailers. By taking an Instagram of the poster from June 6 to 27, a Havaianatico stands a chance to win a Special Havaianas Package. At the promo’s end, 50 winners will be declared (visit www.facebook.com/havaianasphilippines for the complete set of mechanics).


Trendy and exciting, Havaianas Filipinas 2012 limited edition collection is definitely crafted to make every Filipino Havaianatico wear and banner their national pride, in literally, the fun-fashionable way.


Havaianas celebrates its 50th year of sharing summer happiness this 2012. Experience the summer vibe that never goes out style with the world’s favorite rubber flip-flops brand. Take part in the Havaianas story and grab your Havaianas Filipinas 2012 pair now, available in all All Flip-Flops stores nationwide, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Gateway, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Urban Athletic Shangri-La, Urban Athletic Greenbelt, Manila Polo Club, Complex Festival, Complex Alabang Town Center, Complex Eastwood, J&S Surfshop, Celio Mall of Asia, Celio Shangri-La, Celio Greenbelt, Stoked Greenhills, Stoked Trinoma, and ROX. For provincial outlets, visit www.havaianas.com

June 5, 2012

Feel the Retro Swag at the Newest Bar Lounge in Town: Rocket Room

Extend your night out by swinging by the metro’s latest bar lounge brought to you by Raintree Restaurants—Rocket Room. With its vivid and outré interiors elaborately designed by Noel Bernardo, Rocket Room lends the right amount of buzz to every coffee break afternoon or late night out. 


The bar lounge brings thrilling arrays of Rocket Room’s House Made Infusion Jars, specialty spirits infused with fresh fruits and spices, Classically Twisted drinks, which are twisted takes on the classics, as well as an extensive selection of wines, beers and sangrias.


Serving up the best of organically hot and cold Rocket Plates, Raintree Restaurants brings innovation with itsdistinctive variety of food offerings and characteristic sets of interiors.

 


Raintree Restaurants houses bistros within the metro including MoMo Café, Mr. Jones, Museum Café, Chelsea Market & Café, Stella, and Rocket Room. To know more about Rocket Room, visit www.facebook.com/RocketRoom

June 1, 2012

The Bourne Legacy Latest Trailer


Check this out! as The Bourne Legacy's latest trailer has gone online and as I previewed it, it is more of a direct sequel with Jason Bourne's actions from the previous films rather than a reboot. 

There are a lot of cool stunts in the trailer and as we all know, they've been here in the country to shoot scenes and I was amazed of how it looks like. 

Can't wait for August 3! 

Golf Your Way to Father’s Day at Marriott Manila


This June, we share our own fun way to uniquely indulge every great leader of the family—our dads! At Marriott Manila, we ensure that we’re the perfect venue to celebrate his life and love through golf.

Since it’s another event that deserves a grand blow out, food is always the first thing to consider especially for the man who takes time to enjoy family, hobby, and a good meal of course. If thinking where to eat on his special day, it would be great to consider a venue where dad can enjoy a hole-in-one treat from dining, accommodation, plus his love for golf!


Wake up the whole family a little earlier and head to Marriott Café for a taste of our most-talked about Sunday Brunch. Needless to say, there’s just something so endearing about a brunch especially at Marriott Café which has set the bar on the way we brunch—cozy, comforting, and basically has everything to satisfy an ever-fickle taste buds. For only P2, 500 net, the whole family is in to be treated with a spread that is purely gourmet. You cant’ go wrong with executive chef Meik Brammer’s 17 stations, featuring its newest additions such as oyster bar, chilled seafood, salumiere, cheese studio, homemade pasta, yakitori, Chinese, and tandoor. Plus, Cru Steakhouse also incorporates its specialties such as Angus beef rib eye, strip loin steak, grilled fish, squid and veggies--which of course, every meat lover dad should never pass up! If you’re family is a fan of big, tender, and tasty slabs of steaks, you must have heard about our Cru. 

Our well marbled, precious steak slices that are usually saved up for special occasions can now be gorged limitless and enough to suffice the price for this brunch. And who would’ve thought that a martini bar is such as pleasure to enjoy this time of they day? With these well-crafted cocktails and great mixes, it will surely set the stage for dad’s extra special event.  Plus, our chocolate room that spells decadence is brimming with assorted chocolates and rich cake choices is always worth saving up the space for. Whether it’s for the romantic mom and dad or sweet-toothed siblings, this corner is bound to let you experience a taste of heaven.  And if you haven’t tasted just yet our sensational homemade gelato, it’s the best time to savor every flavor,   especially the famous Ferrero! 


What’s amazing with dads is that, they love all sort of action-packed bonding experience, especially if it’s a golf game. That’s why while enjoying brunch, an indoor putting station awaits all families that is guaranteed to bring fun and can make any family closer than ever. Make sure to bring out the best putt for a chance to win Marriott Manila gift certificates such as overnight stay, Java+, Marriott Café buffet, golf lessons, and freebies when dad makes it hole-in-one.

But if your goal is to surprise dad with a most romantic kind of date, book for a Cru Steakhouse dinner. For this occasion, sous chef Redj Casanova takes it up a notch with a special Father’s Day 4-course menu: Crispy soft shell crab salad, cream of chicken veloute, grilled grain fed Australian rib eye or pan roasted salmon fillet, and dark chocolate soufflé with Bailey’s ice cream--all at P4, 000 net.  And since it’s a day to be extra lavish, might as well consider treating him with a wine-by-the-glass which can add a wine tasting dimension to a meal. With its welcoming yet sophisticated fine dining vibe coupled by Cru’s personalized flair of service, dad will surely feel an amazing king of the day experience that he’ll probably talk about for years.

Another hands-down way to reward a hard working head of the family is by taking him at the Quan Spa, where he’s in to experience a whole new way to wholeness and wellness. Featuring Pevonia Detox massage for only P5, 950 net, this two-hour treatment is designed for distressing, detoxifying, and toning while taking away toxins and impurities of the body. This revered treatment for two hours is using Pevonia’s seaweed wrap teeming with nourishing extracts, guaranteed to revive and refresh a tired body.

A grueling first half of the year deserves a much-awaited break, and kicking back with your family sounds heavenly. Why not take them at Marriott Manila and avail of the mid-year bonus room package? For only P9, 888++ per night when staying for two nights, the deluxe room accommodation is also inclusive of buffet breakfast for two—and an extra 3rd night for free plus a double Marriott Rewards points!

Who said that crafting a special event like this would be such a pain? At Marriott Manila, we offer a simple formula for an occasion that is worth remembering while getting out of the traditional.

For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.

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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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