July 25, 2012

Foodie Adventures from North to South this Weekend

If you want to indulge in your culinary cravings this weekend, you’re in luck! The Mezza Norte night food market opens in Quezon City on Thursday and the Ulimate Taste Test holds its ninth round in Alabang on Sunday!

From the same organizers of the popular Mercato Centrale food market in Bonifacio Global City, Mezza Norte in UP-AyalaLand Technohub along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City brings together the best in home-cooked foods and pastry and dessert finds that the North has to offer, along with your Mercato Centrale favorite food stands! Mezza Norte opens on Thursday (July 26) and will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 3:00am.

Organized by Anton Diaz, the man behind the popular food and travel blog www.OurAwesomePlanet.com, the Ultimate Taste Test 9.0 is an opportunity to try out and personally critique different specialty foods and new or soon-to-be-launched dishes straight from the kitchens of up and coming and popular food entrepreneurs from all over Metro Manila.

Among the winners of the previous Ultimate Taste Tests are Dulcelin Gourmet specialties, Supreme Brazo, Angus Beef Tapa, Risa Chocolates, Carmen’s Best Artisan Ice Cream and Merry Moo Premium Ice Cream.  The Ultimate Taste Test Version 9.0 will be on Sunday (July 26) starting 6:00pm at the Soderno Night Food Market in Molito Commercial Center, corners of Madrigal and Commerce (in front of Alabang Town Center), Alabang.

If you are interested to enter your food and/or drink product/s in the Ultimate Taste Test, please contact rache@diaz.ph or 09175318949.

July 23, 2012

Noah’s Ark: A Patch of Pet Heaven

Pinoys are natural pet lovers. To date, the Philippines is one of the top 5 countries in the world with the most number of household pets. But gone were the days when pets are merely trusty watchdogs at home. Many owners have come to treat their pets as companions, friends and even as kids of their own.
What used to be just veterinary clinics to give medical attention to our pets, now services are being offered for all sorts of our pet needs. From pet dental clinics, to grooming salons, obedience class for pets and even pet hotels. All are aimed to provide the best care for our beloved animal friends. But one important need for our pet is often overlooked- the need for a decent resting place when they pass on. 

Last February 18, BM Cremation Services Inc. and Zoomanity Group, held a groundbreaking ceremonyfor Noah’s Ark, the very first pet columbaria in the country.The ceremony was held at the 300sqm area at Zoomanity’s Theme Park Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite. Zoomanity President Robert L. Yupangco and Noah’s Ark Founder and President Tetet Zapanta-Huit signed a contract for the joint venture which coincided with the theme park’s celebration of the Animal Festival.

“Noah’s Ark Pet Columbaria is the very first pet columbarium in the Philippines,” says Zapanta-Huit,“This is a haven that provides dignity to our beloved pets and memorializes the families' years of unconditional love and devotion. It will exist to provide a memorial and final resting place for our beloved pets.” Animal advocate and Noah’s Ark PR Executive Karla Kangleon shares she asked Zapanta-Huit to create a crematorium for pets when the latter started BM Cremation Services, a crematorium for humans, three years ago.  “I’ve lost many pets through the years due to illnesses or old age. Each time a beloved pet passes away, I asked myself, ‘Where can I bury my pet?’ I later found out that it was also a frequently asked question by many of my relatives and friends who also had pets,” says Kangleon.Noah’s Ark will be constructed within the Paradizoo Park vicinity. 


The garden themed pet columbaria will consist of 4000 vaults than can each fit ashes of dogs, cats and pocket pets. Owners of larger animals like horses may place their animal’s urns in three to four adjacent vaults.“The client has the option to place an urn in the niche initially and reserve the remaining spot for the pets they have at home. The client may also have the option to purchase a single vault as bonery for a single pet if they don’t want their pets cremated,” adds Zapanta-Huit. 


Kangleon adds, “The privilege of choosing your pet’s burial is something that offers a sense of comfort and peace that pet owners are sure to appreciate. This inspired us to create Noah’s Ark, that way we can provide pet owners with a chance to properly say goodbye to their demised pets. “Not only will you give a decent resting place for your pets, you are also helping other unfortunate animals in the country as Noah’s Ark also advocates animal welfare. With every vault that you buy for your pets, proceeds will be donated to Cara Welfare Philippines and Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  “We want Noah’s Ark to positively affect the state of animal welfare in the country,” adds Zapanat-Huit. 


For most owners, pets are no longer just pets but as loyal family members that we truly care about. The bond between owners and pets can be very strong especially after sharing years of happiness together. Now this special bond can live even as our pets pass on. With the opening of Noah’s Ark soon, our trusty pets can get the love and affection they deserve while with us on earthand even in the life after.

Let Noah’s Ark be your beloved pet’s final resting place on earth as it sails its way to Heaven.  Own a vault now!  

For Inquiries:

Contact Nos. 
Globe (0916) 897-367
Sun (0922) 958-8001 
Smart (0921)694-0328.       

July 15, 2012

A Great Northern Sale Shopping Experience at SM City North Edsa

Whew! It was indeed a great shopping experience at SM City North Edsa. The Great Northern Sale is really offering the great deals ever and I can say because it was like a stampede (exaggeration LOL!), a lot of shoppers from the city went to SM City North Edsa to get the great deals and they weren't disappointed. I myself was pretty much amazed because of the great deals that I saw from denims, t shirts, undergarments, shoes, casual and formal clothing, shool supplies and even gadgets. 

I can tell that I'm not a good buyer (I mean, I don't know what to buy when alone) but from the great deals that I saw tadah! I got myself a 3/4 Baleno T Shirt and a 3 Pairs of Burlington Socks. Php 500 GC courtesy of SM City North Edsa.

Thank you SM City North Edsa!

Guys! Visit SM City North Edsa and experience the great deals! The Great Northern Sale ends tomorrow.

July 14, 2012

SM City North Gift Cert and Gourmet Card

Just got my SM City North Edsa Gift Certificate worth 500 and Gourmet Card for the bloggers Great Northern Sale Challenge..What to buy?

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July 12, 2012

Small-town Locals of Butuan Build “Court of Inspiration”

By the desire to provide their community with its first real basketball court, locals from Barangay Ampayon in Butuan are brought together to build their own “Court of Inspiration” under the Aray Natin, Galing Natin campaign- a collaborative effort between small-town locals and Alaxan FR to construct these symbols of community and turn them into something that moves people to aim for greatness.

                         Alaxan FR Team with Barangay Captain Samuel Allan Amante

“Maganda rin ‘to lalo na sa kabataan, para malayo sila sa mga bisyo” (This is also good for the youth, that they may be steered away from vices) says Bgy. Captain Samuel Allan Amante, who led his people into volunteering. Drug use is currently high among teens in Bgy. Ampayon, and the local government see the project as a means of sending the youth into the right direction.

Barangay Ampayon is just one of the many places that Alaxan FR is eyeing for the construction of Courts of Inspiration. For Visayas, the first basketball court was unveiled recently in Iloilo. Soon to rise are courts in Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tacloban, and Cebu. In Mindanao, construction will begin shortly in the communities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Saranggani.

Through these projects, the campaign aims to give members of communities in different parts of our country pride in having personally built something that doesn’t just hone their skills, but builds their character as well.


“I was impressed at people’s willingness to jump at the opportunity to serve their community at our project in Butuan and I believe I’d witness the same level of enthusiasm in the communities where succeeding Courts of Inspiration are to be built,” says Kristine Martinez, Alaxan FR Product Director.

July 8, 2012

A Great Northern Sale in SM City North Edsa

It's always fun to go to the mall when it's on sale because you can buy stuff that you want in discounted price. Honestly speaking, I always buy clothes when it's on sale! LOL! Well everyone loves to shop when it sale, ayt?! 

This coming July 13-14 and 15, 2012, there will be a A Great Northern Sale in SM City North Edsa. Major Discounts Everywhere You Look! 

Get the most exclusive deals on all brands, stores and dining places. 

UP to 70% off on selected brands!

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July 5, 2012

I'll do it again with you honey :D

Hey Guys! Check this cool video! We all know that it's fun to be in a themed park with the family just like the father-daughter in the video. They were in a Slingshot Ride and check out who is scared the most! hahahaha! And kindly listen to what her father will tell after the first ride - for sure you will be  inspired.D


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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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