November 30, 2012

Calamity Season Underscores Need for Readiness

The height of the wet season in the country isn’t getting much help from the spate of other natural disasters like earthquakes and a string of typhoons. While such upheavals may be considered normal because of our orientation along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, there’s the even larger context of climate change whose impacts are felt all the way around the world.

Climate change or global warming has become evident in recent years as regions experience extreme climates, from warm seasons hitting record-high temperatures to wet seasons exhibiting massive precipitation. This is precisely the reason why organizations from both the public and private sectors call for extra vigilance.

As an advocate of safety and awareness, Eveready Philippines is taking an active stance in educating the public about being always ready when disaster strikes. “Now that we are at the height of what we can rightfully call ‘typhoon season’, Filipinos are again reminded to ensure that their family is always ready,” says Energizer representative Johanna V. Emata “This, of course, starts with awareness of certain situations and proper knowledge of which equipment and supplies are needed to be ready for any type of calamity.”

Keep up with the latest

The first thing to do at the onset of any calamity is to keep watch over the situation regardless of whether you are located near disaster-prone areas or not. This means keeping constantly updated with breaking news about the progress of the storm and related developments over television or radio.
It also helps to be oriented on PAGASA’s Public Storm Warning Signals (PSWS) as well as their recently released color-coded rainfall advisory, which would help people be ready for any possible situations. While PSWS corresponds to increasing storm intensity from PSWS#1 to PSWS#4, the rainfall advisory tracks the level of rainfall that determines rising water levels.

Code Yellow means heavy rain that will deposit about 7.5 to 15mm of water—a situation that requires constant monitoring of the weather condition because of the possibility of flooding. Code Orange, on the other hand, means intense rain that will deposit about 15 to 30mm of water. This code requires people to be alert for possible evacuation due to threat of floods. Code Red, like any other red-alert status, means danger. With more that 30mm of rainfall, low-lying areas are to expect serious flooding that would require residents to immediately evacuate.

Knowing these facts offer foresight and provide a chance to be always ready for possible disaster. Being ready means having ample time to strategize on which areas to avoid, how to safeguard property, or, at worst, evacuate the premises.

Basic Needs

If you and your family do get caught in a situation that leaves little or no margin for error, it helps to be prepared and armed with the right equipment and supplies. “Faced with an emergency disaster situation, what you have inside your home, or ultimately inside your bag, may spell the difference between life and death,” says Emata. “Being prepared with the right tools will definitely ensure you and your family’s survival.”

Securing the basic necessities of food, shelter, and clothing is of utmost importance. Making sure that the household is secure and waterways are free of debris are essential, as is stocking up on provision like bottled water and food that have a long shelf life.

An emergency kit that includes a multitool knife, First Aid materials, transistor radios, and flashlights should be accessible at all times. Cell phones should be charged in case of power interruption and emergency numbers must be on hand.

Help is on the way

It’s also important to stock up on long-lasting batteries. Aside from powering radios for information and flashlights for navigating through the dark, a good set of batteries powers signaling devices that can spell the difference between getting rescued and being left behind.

Eveready, the country’s leading battery brand, took the initiative to equip emergency response units like the Philippine Red Cross and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council with hands-free Energizer Headlights and Batteries needed to conduct rescue and relief operations.

Through partner organizations GMA Kapuso Foundation and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya, Eveready also provided emergency lights and battery energy to families affected by massive flooding during the recent southwest monsoon (habagat) rains in most of Metro Manila and  large parts of Luzon.

As a brand that has empowered Filipino lives for decades, Eveready reiterates the importance of being vigilant and ready at all times. “Given that our country is very much prone to natural calamities, we should all take time to prepare and invest on the safety of our families and homes,” says Emata. “It is a small price to pay considering the value of the things and the lives that you can save.”

November 24, 2012

I'm in LOVE with Samsung Galaxy Camera

I'm totally skeptical about buying Samsung's smartphones like Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Note 2 etc. because in my head, Samsung is only good at home and entertainment appliances. And to add, I love  my relationship with Sony Ericsson Phones (I currently own a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S) but today, after seeing the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, that skepticism was blown away. 

The new Samsung Galaxy Camera is totally for a person who loves to take pictures a lot (like me!) and share it instantly via a  third party apps. Third party apps like instagram? facebook? flickr? Yes! you read it right, it's also a

 photo credits: engadget and t3

After watching it's video on youtube, I was like! I WANT this! Now! hahahahaha! Check out the video below guys and see for yourself!

November 14, 2012

Chuck's Deli Buffy Challenge

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If you happen to be in Eastwood City, Libis and you're a food adventurer, you might want to visit Chuck's Deli and win their challenge.

It's Chuck's Deli Buffy Challenge, to win, you'll need to finish their famous full 10" slab of The Buffy slabwich in only 5 minutes, if you win, you won't have to pay for it plus a bragging rights t-shirt hahahaha!

November 10, 2012

Famous MOCHI SWEETS Now in Manila!

Banking on Filipino’s sweet tooth and penchant for embracing food from around the world, the wildly popular MOCHI SWEETS has made its way into the local food scene and is sure to create a mochi craze as seen in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

“Mochi” is a well-loved Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice flour pounded into shape. Mochi Sweets has taken this traditional dessert further by creating small balls of luxurious and flavorful cream and wrapping it in chewy mochi skin.  Think dessert dumplings with frozen cream or mousse in the center and a mochi covering made with just the right thickness, moistness and stickiness.

Business partners Jason Yap and Samatha Paz chanced upon Mochi Sweets in their trips to Malaysia and Vietnam and saw the store drawing huge crowds. Both only in their early 20s but with entrepreneurial exposure from their parents, they decided to write to J Sweets in Hong Kong and were soon awarded the official franchise for Mochi Sweets in the Philippines.

Garry Cheng, President of J Sweets was in Manila to grace the unveiling of the first Mochi Sweets store in the SM Mall of Asia. He was very excited for Filipinos to try Mochi Sweets. He says their dessert is superior to other desserts which loosely uses mochi but don’t produce the right texture and experience. Cheng offers a clue on how premium their product and standards are: “We learned from Japan. We had a Japanese chef who creates these delectable concoctions for us and we use only 100% Japanese mochi.”

Just looking at the cute and colourful balls of Mochi Sweets neatly placed in its classic gift box and you understand why it has earned raves abroad. “First impression counts,” says Jason Yap, president of Mochi Sweets Philippines. “Mochi Sweets first tempts you with how it appeals to the eyes. But the real pleasure is the taste and experience once you bite into it. This is because Mochi Sweets is made from the best ingredients. There is meticulous control to ensure consistency of quality. We do not short-change our customers. We aim to satisfy each customer and make them enjoy life’s simple indulgent treats.”

Hence, the real test is resisting the urge to sink your teeth into these decadent sweets. Mochi Sweets comes frozen and you have to wait 10-15 minutes for it to thaw before you can bite into its gummy goodness. But unlike those with ice cream filling, Mochi Sweets is not prone to messy meltdowns as you eat it. It is also a perfect to-go or bring-home treat since it does not melt all the way through and will be thawed and just-ready by the time you meet your family and friends.

Jason Yap further shows how Mochi Sweets will be enjoyed: “We are a gifting society. A box of Mochi Sweets has 6 to 12 pieces and will definitely be a fun gift for sharing during those special moments and celebrations. Customers can pick different colors and flavors of Mochi Sweets based on the personality and preference of the lucky recipient and this makes each box of Mochi Sweets special and personal.”

Mochi Sweets indeed has a wide array of flavors – from the classic favorites to inspired special concoctions. Clear winners for chocolate lovers are the wickedly good Chocolate Mousse, Cream Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Coffee aficionados will find delicious comfort in Caramel Macchiato. Kids and kids-at-heart looking for something wholesome will enjoy the fruity confections: Strawberry Mousse, Mango Yoghurt and Honey Lemon Cream. Those who want something different and exotic can try Sakura (or cherry blossom, which is very popular in Japan), Green Tea and Durian Mousse. Currently, Mochi Sweets offers 17 flavors and will continue to dish out cool and yum variants that will make customers think Mochi Sweets when they crave for desserts and comfort food.

From the first Mochi Sweets kiosk in SM Mall of Asia (beside the Skating Rink), the team of Jason Yap and Samatha Paz will open three more Mochi Sweets stores this quarter. The next two stores will be at Robinsons Galleria and Eastwood Mall. They promise rapid expansion in 2013 with the biggest Mochi Sweets shop already slated at SM Aura which will open at BGC.

Mochi Sweets grand opening at SM Mall of Asia

Photo shows (L-R): Jason Yap, President of Mochi Sweets Philippines together with Garry Cheng, President of J Sweets Hong Kong; Paul Montserrat, SM MOA Building Admin Officer; and Margarita De Leon, Assistant Mall Manager during the launch of Mochi Sweets at SM Mall of Asia

 Jason Yap (left) and Garry Cheng holding a box of Mochi Sweets that are now available in the Philippines

November 9, 2012

Ateneo Invites you to a Weekend Market Social Enterprise: The Blue Market

In celebration of our silver jubilee, the Ateneo de Manila High School Class of 1987, bring you the Blue Market - a weekend fair with a twist on November 17-18, and 24-25, the increasingly popular weekend fair gets a new spin when the Blue Market rises between gates 1 and 2 of the Ateneo de Manila parking lot in front of the Blue Eagle Gym, right along Katipunan Avenue in the heart of Quezon City. 

While it may look like your typical Saturday-Sunday bazaar chock-full of merchants showcasing all sorts of goods, the Blue Market is a far different incarnation of this favorite shopping/dining habit.  Beyond providing a venue for buyers and sellers to come together, it is a vehicle for helping social entrepreneurs and student business initiatives take off with minimal cost, and a ready clientele. 

These student ventures and social enterprises, along with other micro enterprises, are assured of a constant and loyal client base, since the Blue Market is a natural draw for members of the Ateneo community, as well as residents of neighboring villages such as Xavierville, La Vista, and the like.  This gives them instant access to a large group of consumers with tremendous purchasing power, and affords them a unique opportunity to understand, interact and build relationships with a broader spectrum of customers they would otherwise have little chance of tapping. 

For some, an innovative product or a particularly worthy advocacy may find favor with benefactors willing to throw their full support to see such endeavors and ideas to fruition. Aside from this, the Blue Market is also a valuable marketing resource.  It can provide significant exposure to the various social enterprises via its website, and promote their products and services to an infinitely wider audience.

For market-goers, this is a chance for spending time with family, touching base with old friends, forging new partnerships, relaxing, unwinding, and sharing their blessings while making great  new finds and savoring the joys of shopping.  It is a simple yet effective outlet for them to lend their support to young companies and apostolate communities, and in so doing, participate in nation-building and the empowerment of the less fortunate. 

The Blue Market is many things to different people.  It is a unique and solid launch pad for incubating business endeavors.  It is a practical learning lab for budding entrepreneurs.  It is an arena for giving back to the community.  As a fundraising project of the Ateneo High School Batch `87 for the benefit of the Tulong-Dunong Foundation and the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, it is a fun, festive, exciting, and enriching way of answering the timeless Ignatian call towards being men and women for others. 

For booth inquiries, please e-mail or accomplish the application form at

November 8, 2012

Instagram Web Profile Page

Have you noticed it guys? While browsing on your smartphone and busy uploading your pictures on Instagram, there's a notification saying that you can now have your personal Instagram page viewable on PCs and laptops. 

I immediately checked it out to see if how it looks like: 

It really looks pretty cool! Check out the header, it's kinda similar with facebook's timeline, ayt? If you have an iPad, you can also notice the similarity of it on when you use the app InstaPad. 

All in all, this is a good decision from instagram because we can now check out who commented and liked out photos. Although Webstagram came in first.

Check it now guys!

November 1, 2012

Philippine All Stars Zombie Flash Mob

Check this out as the two time World Class Hip Hop Dance Champions, The Philippine All Stars, frightens the busy visitors of  Resorts World Manila with a Zombie Outbreak. The performance was truly world class just in time for Halloween.

Yabang Pinoy Launches PHmade: “It’s Worth Buying For”

Yabang Pinoy intensifies its consumer revolution campaign through the  PHmade movement.

The pioneering Filipino pride movement, through PHmade, yet again  encourages Filipinos to support Filipino ideas, business concepts, products, and services. The campaign aims to educate Filipinos, through videos, print materials and events, on the availability and viability of Filipino brands, and on the positive impact that going local contributes to the economy.

PHmade’s tagline “It’s Worth Buying For” encourages each Filipino to think twice before spending: is it really worth buying for? Yabang Pinoy believes that small things, when done together, can create a big difference. If each Filipino became conscious of where he spends one peso, he will understand how each choice affects himself, fellow Filipinos, and the country. PHmade also aspires to influence Filipino entrepreneurs into supporting local natural and human resources.

Indeed, patronage of locally made goods and services should be a lifestyle. It enables homegrown brands to improve and compete against foreign brands. The local economy also improves as money goes back and forth between consumer and business, employee and employer. And as more entrepreneurs create, develop, and expand their businesses, more job opportunities are generated. PHmade recognizes Filipino ingenuity and the role of each Filipino in nation-building.

PHmade focuses on seven categories: Produce, Home, Footwear, Fashion, Personal and Home Care, Food and Beverage, and Entertainment. The campaign will continue to collaborate with Filipino entrepreneurs and encourage them to continue to improve their products and services and to always aim for Filipino brands to be global brands.

PHmade is a project of Yabang Pinoy, the pioneering Filipino pride movement that started in 2005. As it celebrates its 8th anniversary, the organization includes it among numerous Filipino pride projects, such as the Y.A.B.A.N.G. Camp (Youth Achievers Building A Nation of Greatness Camp), Yabang Pinoy Goes to School, Pinaka-mahabang Todo Patintero, Global Pinoy Bazaar, and many more. In the 8 years that Yabang Pinoy has immersed itself in various nation-building activities, it re-affirms its belief that true progress and  development in our country will start once Filipinos begin living a proudly Filipino lifestyle.

Yabang Pinoy invites every Filipino to be part of the PHmade movement. As early as now, save November 10- 11 2012 for the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar – a showcase of Filipino products made with 100% Filipino Love and Pride.

For more information on Yabang Pinoy, visit or email


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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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