March 27, 2013

Magical Easter Land at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila




Treat the children and the whole family with a passport to a magical adventure.  This Easter, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila will not only keep the magic alive – it is a family celebration complete with glorious elements, including food, games and activities meant to fire up the bliss and excitement.

For only PHP 800 net for both children and adults from 11 am to 3 pm, Le Salon is transforming into a magical enchanted garden where everyone can look forward to meeting candy fairies, wizards and dwarves.  Not only are these characters a surprising delight, the afternoon buffet snacks are pouncing with sweet and savoury choices personally hand-picked by Executive Chef Josef Miklavc and his team. Fruit Magic’s refreshing fruit shakes are also available featuring their most popular concoctions.

With careful eyes and a steady hand, activities such as face painting and meringue egg decoration will surely satisfy everyone’s penchant for arts and crafts.  Plus, the line-up of interactive activities, such as balloon twisting, pin the magic wand, magic hat, eggs in a pot and an exhilarating show by a wizard performing feats of magic and illusion, serve as the ultimate icebreaker and bewitching features of the party.

Of course, it would not be an Easter party without egg hunting, so all children get to “eggs‑plore” for many eggs in the Mystery Egg Hunt, with carefully tucked away incredible prizes, including an overnight stay in a guestroom with breakfast buffet for two at the Market Café.
Since no one is meant to leave the party empty handed, prizes and surprises that await include Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Sqwishland, ShellCore, Faber-Castell Philippines novelties and IFEX notebooks, ABS-CBN publishing’s Working Mom, Spiders, and Cars magazines, plus Worlds of Fun and Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila gift certificates.  For goodies and snacks, Oishi, Chips Delight, Smileys, Egg Bites, Trolli Gummi Candies, Yakult, Selecta Moo chocolate and milk drink, Lucky Me Special, Monde Specials, Nestle Professional, Purefoods Fun Nuggets and Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Magnolia Ice Cream, San Miguel Foods Inc- Great Food Solutions, Clara Ole, Smuckers,  Treetop and Jack N’ Jill Snacks such as Star Pops, Coca-Cola soft drinks, Quake Bars, Star Fruits, Wiggles, Yammy Chocolate Chewy Candy, Cream-O, Magic Creams Junior and Presto bring their most-loved products as a take-home gift.

To kick the Easter party up a notch, families can combine fun and feast by dining at any of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila restaurants and taking advantage of the special rate of PHP 400 net!

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is located at 1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make a booking online by visiting www.manila.casino.hyatt.com.  Alternatively, email cath.mn@hyatt.com.

March 19, 2013

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila Supports Earth Hour



As part of the brand’s signature corporate social responsibility campaign, Thrive, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila proudly participates in Earth Hour’s annual global campaign by turning the lights off for an hour on 23 March from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

As a gesture of support, the hotel is turning off exterior lights and minimising non-essential lighting in all public areas and offices, as well as stopping the escalator for an hour.  To add a touch of charm to this event, a romantic candlelit dinner experience awaits diners in all the outlets, especially at The Fireplace where premium steak and wine is the main draw. Guests can also enjoy Room Service in an evening picnic setting with the family in their own room, as well as being pampered at the candlelit Spa at Club Oasis.  Aside from these activities, all in-house guests are urged to participate by reducing their power usage during this hour.



A limited-edition offer at the Pastry Boutique throughout March allows guests to go the extra mile in saving the earth by purchasing a pair of panda cupcakes for only P400 net, with a P60 donation to the World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour for every pair sold.  Inspired by the World Wildlife Fund mascot, they are made of a chocolate cupcake base with coconut cake and Oreo biscuits, offering a triple treat of luscious goodness.




Dimming the lights on 23 March is not only an exciting tradition at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, it’s also an opportunity to experience the hotel and restaurants in a different light.

For enquiries and reservations, please call the hotel’s food and beverage reservations centre on +63 2 247 8666.  Alternatively, e-mail cath.mn@hyatt.com or make restaurant reservations online by visiting manila.casino.hyatt.com.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a worldwide event organised since 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and held annually towards the end of March, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

March 18, 2013

Decadent Graduation Cakes at Café 1771


Rose Noire

From the smooth and velvety to the sweet cakes without the guilt, Café 1771 presents its homespun cake creations by Pastry Chef Arnold Bautista that will surely make your beloved graduate say that life is sweet. Available in 2-inch round sizes good for 2 persons, this petite cake is perfect for gift or when you want a cake dessert that tastes good as it looks.


If thinking of a dessert that will signify your well-deserved congratulations,   Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise, especially for someone who’s a certified chocolate lover. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.


For something that can make anyone dive right in, Evasion (P270 net) gives this promise: an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese and fresh strawberry in a lightly crispy feullentine at the center. What’s more to love? It’s not too sweet and amazingly creamy.


Evasion

Light, pillowy and comes with a nutty center, the Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) combines the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.


Gianduja Truffle Mousse Cake

And who wouldn’t want the 1771 Group of Restaurants signature dessert, the sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net)? An epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years, the addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outré ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.


Sugar-Free Coffee Pie

A good cake not only serves as a delightful centerpiece—the very presence of it on the table marks a celebration itself. For an extra touch of something dreamy and decadent to welcome another chapter of a hard working graduate, give these mini cakes as a surprise, guaranteed to communicate your love and best wishes! For advance orders, call 631-7340.


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Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442.

Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. Café 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, WB 1771 & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


March 14, 2013

Micronutrient deficiency in PH: When the smallest matters most






More and more Filipino schoolchildren suffer from inadequate nutrition 


By their very name, micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed only in very small amounts, but their impact on our health is huge. 

Micronutrients like iron, zinc, Vitamin A, and many others are responsible for the vital functioning of our body’s systems, from physical growth and vision, to brain vigor and increased immunity. When the body fails to receive the small quantities of micronutrients that it needs, serious health problems can result in a condition widely regarded as micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger”

The nutritional makeup of the Philippines continues to be characterized by the severity of micronutrient deficiency. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute- Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), 70-90 percent of Filipinos lack iron and Vitamin A in their usual diet. 

Two out of ten schoolchildren suffer from iron deficiency anemia, and the incident rises with age. Following closely are those lacking adequate amounts of Vitamin A in their diet.  One out of ten from the same group is Vitamin A deficient. 

The same study also shows that two out of ten children are zinc deficient. Zinc is a trace mineral that plays a role in body metabolism, reproductive health, immune function, and more than 200 important chemical reactions in the body. 

Inadequate intake of these three important micronutrients may lead to several nutritional problems, including stunting, fatigue, poor concentration, lack of focus and other signs of impaired physical and cognitive development. These may be reflected among schoolchildren who suffer from poor mental and physical performance and frequent absenteeism as a result of impaired immunity. It is also important to have plenty of Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity, prevents cardiovascular disease, and contributes to healthy skin, among many other benefits. 

“Making the right food choices is one of the ways to address the problems of micronutrient deficiency,” said Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, Assistant Scientist of FNRI-DOST. “Unfortunately, the inaccessibility of food and money in the majority of Filipino households puts many families at a high risk of getting sick. The good news is there are many products in the market that are affordable and fortified with these micronutrients, and many families are already benefiting from these.”

Experts from FNRI recommend that when there is an inadequate intake of these nutrients, the consumption of foods that are fortified particularly with the three micronutrients primarily lacking in the Filipino diet—Vitamin A, Iron, and Zinc—is  encouraged so as to address nutrient gap. 

In response to this dietary concern, Nestlé Philippines is intensifying its campaign to promote nutritious and affordable sources of important nutrients especially needed by children, such as BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink. It is fortified with tibay resistensya nutrients like Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin C plus Calcium that kids need for proper growth and to perform well in 

March 13, 2013

Get UP and GO Outdoors with Banana Boat



GREAT OUTDOOR FUN WITH BANANA BOAT. Bring your family and friends on March 17 and experience summer fun activities at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. 



For a child, nothing else matters outside of having fun. Sharing laughs with friends, spending the day with the family, it’s all about having good times and lots of it.

There is probably nothing that can make a child more giddy that the thought of a coming summer. For them, the season is about enjoying the outdoors. Be it running through fields and climbing trees, or enjoying a pleasant picnic with family members and barkadas while watching clouds pass by, summer has and always been high time for kids and grownups alike.


Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion knows a thing or two about having fun and knows that deep inside everyone is a child waiting to come out and play. From kids who are about to enjoy the vacation from school,  parents and yuppies looking to relax and unwind, people of all age and sizes expect the season to be nothing less than fun all around.  That is why this sun protection expert is doing whatever it takes to get the young and the young at heart to go outside to enjoy some summer fun.

On March 17, the expanse of the Quezon City Memorial Circle will turn into a huge playground as Banana Boat ushers in the summer season with a bang. The Banana Boat Great Outdoor Fun invites families and friends to head on out and bask in the free-spirited fun of the season.

“Banana Boat will welcome the much anticipated summer season on March 17 and we invite families and barkadas to spend that fun-filled day with us,” says Banana Boat Senior Brand Manager Claire Guevarra. “We promise that there will be plenty of exciting activities and good times in store for the entire family,” Guevarra adds.



GREAT OUTDOOR FAMILY BONDING. A memorable summer awaits your family at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on March 17 with Banana Boat’s Great Outdoor Fun. Families can enjoy various activities such as biking, boat ride, zip line, bumper boat, carousel and a whole lot more. 

The event offers a chance to experience the fun and thrill of the great outdoors. By purchasing a PHP250 activity stub, families or friends of four (4) can try out the different rides and activities within the park. This includes Banana Boat products, Banana Boat premium item, free entrance to the Circle of Fun, and lots of fun and recreation hub within the confines of the QMC.

Kids and adults alike can enjoy Circle of Fun’s amenities including free rides on the carousel and bump cars as well as the Pedal and Paddle, a spot that offers pedaled go-karts that can be used  to go around the park or pedaled boats to go around the lagoon. Guests can also admire a bird’s-eye perspective of the grounds on an exhilarating zip-line ride or simply coast on a relaxing bike ride around the area.

Participants can also join a friendly game of Futkal or “Futbol sa Kalye” (Street Football) or learn something fun and new through the kite-making activity. The gang can then immortalize the experience by getting their group picture taken on a free photo booth with a bonus Banana Boat sunscreen lotion for every picture taken. Participants can also get a chance to take home loads of freebies through the different games on stage and enjoy other fun activities including interactive magic and bubble shows.

To make the day even more worthwhile, Banana Boat couples the day’s activities with learning by offering skin care tips to interested participants. By enlisting a dermatologist to hold a talk, the brand offers parents the know how on keeping their family’s skin healthy whole year round. This presents a fun and friendly way of knowing more about the dos and don’ts of skincare for the benefit of the entire family.

Indeed, there are plenty of things to do within the 26-hectare expanse of the QMC and the only thing that can get in the way of enjoying every inch of it is the intense heat of the sun. But there’s no need to worry because Banana Boat will also be handing out Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotions to keep participants protected from harmful rays.

With their core products of Banana Boat Ultra Protect SPF-50 and Banana Boat Ultra Protect SPF-80, the brand doesn’t only aim to protect, it also offers an invigorating dose of Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin E which takes extra care of the skin. Formulated with its patented AvoTriplex Technology, Banana Boat Sun Screen Lotions makes use of a three-way approach against sunburn using its advanced UVB protection and against long term skin damage with its improved UVA protection which lasts longer than ordinary solutions. 

Their line of sunscreen lotions also includes the Banana Boat Sport SPF-50 and SPF-110, designed for active users because of its non-greasy, sweat and water resistant protection. The Banana Boat Kids SPF-50, on the other hand, ensures a mild and gentle, tear free protection.



Summer is right around the corner and there will definitely be tons of adventures and excitement to go along with it. Whatever the sport or activity you’re into, get ready to bask in the glory of the summer sun because with Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion, we’ve got you covered!

Banana Boat Sunscreen products are available at all Watson’s, health and beauty supermarkets, and drugstores nationwide.

To register and to learn more about the Banana Boat Great Outdoor Fun, please visit our website at www.bananaboat.com.ph or like our Facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/BananaBoatPhilippines.

March 12, 2013

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Exclusive Clip




Here's an exclusive clip of G.I. Joe: Retaliation featuring an action pack clip between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, Enjoy!



March 6, 2013

Banana Boat Great Outdoor Fun





Banana Boat Philippines welcomes the summer of 2013 with BANANA BOAT GREAT OUTDOOR FUN. On March 17, 2013, Quezon City Memorial Circle will be transformed into a “huge playground” for family and friends. The event offers a chance to experience the fun and thrill of the great outdoors. By purchasing a PHP250 activity stub, families or friends of four (4) can try out the different rides and activities within the park. 

Kids and adults alike can enjoy Circle of Fun’s amenities such as the carousel, bump cars, Pedal and Paddle,  Zip Line and biking. 



Visit: Banana Boat Philippines Facebook Page for more information

Participants can also enjoy join a friendly game of Futkal or “Football sa Kalye” or learn something fun and new through the kite-making activity. There will also be a free photo booth and exciting raffle and prizes are up for grabs. 

March 4, 2013

Taking Up the Medicard-Metafit Fitness Boot Camp Challenge






Fit, Fun and Fresh - an evening of work-out that will surely make you sweat and healthy. 
The Medicard-Metafit Fitness Boot Camp trial session was held at Medicard Lifestyle Center last February 16, 2013, in collaboration with APEX-Metafit coaches Jim Saret (Founder), Toni Dimaguila-Saret and Grace Siongco, together with Hazel Chua and Raffy Tan of  Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition and spearheaded by Medicard president Dr. Nicky Montoya and Ms.Kate Cruz-Joaquin, Medicard Marketing Manager.

In the recent briefing event of MediCard-Metafit, the bloggers and some participants were already put to training what they’ll experience heavily at the boot camp which starts on February 25.






The workout techniques and methods - 10 jumping jacks, 10 squats, 10 pushups, 10 lounges per leg for a warm-up stint focuses more on lower body strength with over-all metabolic exercises. This was done the AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) within 4 minutes, pretty much the same as what you’d expect from a crossfit trial.

After the warm-up comes the Enter the 50/10, participants were made to do as many repetitions as they can of a specific exercise within 50 seconds with a 10 seconds rest in between. For a beginner, the second part of the work-out composed of “Burpees”, crab-like lateral movements, High Knees and Plank can be quite tiresome. But as any other Metafit trainings, coaches were there not only to guide the participants physically but they were also very motivational and supportive. 

What the participants experienced that night was just a teaser of what to expect from the boot camp; the rest of the exciting drills and activities are yet to come, at the same venue which is the Medicard Lifestyle Center. 




We all make many compromises in our life. One of the biggest and the most compromised aspect of our lives today involve our own health and fitness. It may be because of the busy schedule and different priorities that we opt to neglect our body and its needs. We are unaware of the effects of these compromises we make, until it strikes us. Living a healthy and fitter life may be difficult but is not impossible. It is just a matter of self-discipline and solid commitment in taking care of your body and motivation. So why not give Metafit a try?

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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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