May 28, 2013

Schick Razor launches Man of Steel Promo




Superman fans unite! Schick razor has come up with a special edition Superman-marked packs as Man of Steel hits the big screen on June 12.  


Transform yourself with Schick by buying any Man of Steel-marked razor packs to get a chance to win free movie tickets in SM Cinemas this June as 250 buyers of these special packs can get two free tickets each.  Consumers can also get a chance to win exciting limited edition Superman premium items such as speakers , headphones, key chains,  and notebooks. 


To join, visit www.schicktransform.com/manofsteel. Enter your name, home address, phone number, email and the product barcodes indicated on the promo packs to participate in an electronic raffle draw. 


The Schick-Man of Steel promo kits include packs of Exacta 2 regular blue, sensitive green disposable razors, Exacta 2 Kit, Xtreme 3, and Quattro kit and trimmer. 

Prizes will be drawn electronically every week beginning May 20, 2013 until August 31, 2013. All winners will be sent an official notification via registered mail, and their names will be posted on www.schicktransform.com/manofsteel and www.schick.com.ph.

Prizes may be claimed at the offices of AXENT Inc. at 4/F Republic Glass Building, 196 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.  Prizes of provincial winners will be sent via courier.  

 For a clean, well-shaved look and masculine confidence, the Schick-Man of Steel pack is a great skincare toolkit. This new product offering from Schick is a tribute to the upcoming Man of Steel movie, directed by Zack Snyder. Promising to bring a new Superman for a new generation, the movie offers a fresh take on the iconic Super Hero, played in the film by Henry Cavill. 

Schick razors offer a simple and effortless shave making it more of a less hassle-free skin care regimen.  Each shave will leave your skin feeling clean, smooth, comfortable and rejuvenated. 

Fans will get to see the new film in all local cinemas this June 12 2013, while those wanting to get his manly looks and confidence can grab the Schick-Man of Steel pack in supermarkets, health and beauty, convenience stores, and other retail outlets nationwide. Per  DTI-NCR Permit No.1843 Series of 2013. 

About Man of Steel

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder.  Man of Steel is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder.  The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment.  Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are serving as executive producers.  Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, MAN Man of Steel.  The film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX® beginning June 12, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  

A Restaurant Brimming with Stories




With his trademark panache, Ricky Gutierrez launches a book, “Behind the Doors of Chateau 1771,” to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Chateau 1771 last May 18. Available  for only P 650 at 1771 Group of Restaurants' Chateau, Sentro, Cafe, SideBar, and WineBar. 

Ricky Gutierrez chose a risky, creative business in post-Martial Law Manila instead of a safe trading job in the United States. Chateau 1771 was built on the grounds of his old home. He went into the restaurant business cold – not knowing anything about it, relying on his guts and instincts more than anything else.

A life that revolves around food and service is both delicious and challenging. This is the life that Vicky Pacheco chose. From Ecole Les Roches and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland, she managed an upscale Filipino restaurant in California, then headed home and found herself in Chateau 1771.

 “Behind the doors of Chateau 1771” chronicles the restaurant openings, new menus and new kitchens, changing interiors and life lessons the two have racked up over 25 years. It is a road map for others wishing a restaurateur’s creative, unpredictable life.
The book is not just about their story. It opens up the world they created. It holds a roomful of stories as different people recount their experiences working for and with the Chateau 1771 Group.

The kitchen is Vicky’s favourite room, the place where she is most comfortable. The book is a rare look inside a restaurant kitchen. “Much Ado over Valentine’s Day” reveals the demands of a full house on the cooks. There is camaraderie among Chateau’s kitchen brigades even with Vicky’s strict rules in place. Cooks can convey so much with their expressions and body language and still obey the ‘no talking’ rule during service!
Vicky calls her cuisine No Borders – and the book retraces her many journeys to learn about and sample different cuisines. Imagine discovering Europe through Vicky’s eyes and with her palate!   Vicky rides planes, trains and even disreputable vans to reach the unusual, artisanal places in different continents. In Vicky’s hands, classic dishes are transposed into something new and exciting for the modern Filipino palate.

Vicky once wrote to a younger chef, “Take advantage of everything you learn.” A creative person cannot help but be constantly amazed and challenged by what the world has to offer. Chateau’s high standards compel its staff to hone their skills and develop their character. The front of the house demands grace and personality to meet the expectations of the restaurant’s guests. First, constant recruitment, then, rigorous training, go into creating a service staff that is genuinely attentive to Chateau’s guests. This discreet, caring service allows customers to celebrate their milestones and nurture their relationships in a beautiful place.

Ricky is the wizard behind his restaurants’ interiors. Whimsical illustrations and pictures culled from his archives show the evolution of his dining rooms, updated by the wonderful photography of Alan Tuazon. Ricky loves all the details of a restaurant, down to the door knobs and bathrooms. The book follows his meticulous planning and conceptualizing of each space.

Ricky’s passion for food and life and Vicky’s commitment to excellent quality are the book’s compelling themes. It is offered up to the creative spirit in everyone.

May 20, 2013

Back in Boracay for free with the whole family!



As if summer couldn’t get any hotter, here’s a fantastic family treat that will make your temperature really soar – with excitement! 

Banana Boat sunscreen lotion, invites all its users and Facebook fans to join its latest promo that can take them for free to the sunny, sandy beaches of Boracay. 

Ongoing until May 31, 2013 is the Banana Boat Great Outdoor Fun – Boracay, which gives you and your whole family the chance to win an all-expense-paid trip for four to this fab getaway site. 

Joining is so easy. All Facebook fans of Banana Boat Philippines can register for the contest through the Facebook app located at https://www.facebook.com/BananaBoatPhilippines/app_622349147791423

Upload family photos that show how to have a great outdoor fun with a bottle of Banana Boat sunscreen lotion included in the shot. Put out as many photos as you like, and add some witty and creative captions to better your chances of winning. 

Once these photos appear in the Banana Boat Philippines Page timeline, you must share them in your own Facebook wall. 

Invite your friends to vote for any of your photos in the fanpage site. The top five entries will be short-listed and judged by Banana Boat Philippines based on the number of votes, and the winning family will get an all-expense-paid trip for four, inclusive of airfare, hotel accommodations and tour. There will also be four consolation cash prizes of P3,000 each, plus Banana Boat gift packs to all winners. 

So show the world how much fun you can have with Banana Boat, and have the chance to fly for free to Boracay. With Banana Boat sunscreen lotion’s unique AvoTriplex technology, you can have much more fun under the sun as it provides longer lasting and more effective protection against the sun’s harmful rays. 

Banana Boat sunscreen lotions are available in supermarkets, drugstores and health and beauty stores nationwide. For more info, visit http://www.bananaboat.com.ph/BB/ or like its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BananaBoatPhilippines.

May 16, 2013

Fast and Furious Feast



Share a photo of you with your car parked at any landmark of Metro Manila for a chance to win prizes!

The submission deadline is on 22 May 2013. Join Now


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May 14, 2013

Sun iMessenger: Chat with your loved ones via SMS!



Gone are the days when you had to spend a fortune in phone bills or on mobile internet fees to keep in touch with friends and family around the world.  There is now a single service that integrates all the popular web chat platforms and makes it a snap to send messages and chat on any phone model worldwide.

Launched in 2006 and now wildly popular, Sun iMessenger is a breakthrough service that makes it possible to communicate with anyone from anywhere in the world, as long as they’re a Sun mobile subscriber.  To do this, SunIM uses the text messaging feature of a phone, translating mobile chat into text messages seamlessly, and giving regular cellular phone users access to a service that would usually only be available to people with smart phones.

The service also allows you to send messages using your laptop, smart phone, or computer.  It integrates several platforms: Yahoo Messenger, Facebook chat, MSN, AIM, ICQ, and, just recently, Gmail chat, making all your accounts available to you on one sign-in page.   It is, to date, the only platform to do so.

Getting SUNiM service on your phone cannot be simpler.  There’s nothing that you need to download and install, and there are no complicated codes to punch in. All a user has to do is to text SUNiM to 2746 from a phone using a Sun Cellular sim card. After a few minutes, you will receive clear, step-by-step instructions to help you get started.  

SUNiM is also very affordable.  To celebrate the first day of your SUNiM subscription, the first 24 hours will be completely free of charge.  To top it off, if you invite your friends to use Sun iMessenger, you can also get free internet hours.  For regular text replies, Sun iM only charges P 0.50, even less than a regular text message.  But if you’d like to stay connected all day, there’s an option that gives you unlimited access for 24 hours, for only P20!  Other payment options are P100 for seven days and P300 for a month.  There are no hidden charges or extra fees, as users are charged only for messages that they reply to or for the time that they buy.  Because of this, Sun iM is currently the most cost-effective chat mobile service available.

With Sun iM, you don’t have to wait in front of a computer to catch messages, or spend so much to send and receive them.  It’s easy to use, very affordable, and best of all, it allows you to be reached anytime of the day, anywhere you are, through your choice of platform.  It’s the ultimate 

Register at www.sim.ph/weblogin




Login using Facebook for Webchat




www.sim.ph/webchat



For more details, Text SUNIM to 2746 or visit www.sim.ph

May 8, 2013

A Sweet Treat Specially made for Mom





Surprise mom on her special day as Pastry Chef Johann Dreisger offers a limited edition dessert, the Peach Raspberry Cake available until 12 May 2013 for only P800 net at the Pastry Boutique.

Made of light, fluffy peach chiffon cake layered with raspberry mousse and iced with a silky lemon frosting dotted with a hand crafted blush sugar rose, this elegant treat will be the crowning adornment on mom’s special day.


An indulgent spot for delectable pralines, gourmet cakes, freshly baked breads and pastries, visit Pastry Boutique for an impressive array of desserts and more. 

Pastry Boutique is located on the ground floor of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. For more information, please call 247 8666 or 245 1234 ext. 7215.


May 7, 2013

Alaxan FR Galing Mo National Camp




10 Filipino lads uplift communities through basketball

Ten Youth rise from 50 VisMin hopefuls as basketball legends culminate Alaxan FR National Galing Mo! Camp (L-R) 1st Row: L-R Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, and Johnny Abarrientos 2nd Row: Top 10 Winners of Alaxan FR Galing Mo Natonal Camp! L-R John Ballentes, Tyke Bano, Gabriel Dagangon. Dan Audris Lagbas, Carl Soreno, MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, Rhodelle Nagac, Miguel Plata, Michael Kent Salado,  Josuel Macarines


Hard work paid off for a group of young, aspiring cagers from the Visayas and Mindanao after making heads turn during the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp held at the Unilab gymnasium in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

John Ballentes and Tyke Bano of Iloilo; Carl Soreno and Josuel Macarines of Dumaguete; Gabriel Dagangon and Miguel Plata of Davao; and Dan Audris Lagbas, Rhodelle Nagac, Michael Kent Salado, and Rhys Jefferson Flores (MVP) of Cagayan De Oro bested 40 other representatives in the three-day basketball camp through their dazzling display of heart and athleticism.


The young cagers were each awarded a P100,000 infrastructure project for their respective barangays, on top of a P20,000 cash incentive. Their stellar performance got the nod of the camp directors, led by no less than basketball legends Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Benjie Paras, Jojo Lastimosa, Johnny Abarrientos, and Ronnie Magsanoc.


Rhys Jefferson Flores of Cagayan de Oro was named as the Most Valuable Player last Friday during the culminati

A tradition of hard work and dedication

Last year, the same basketball legends inaugurated the Courts of Inspiration, which are volunteer-built basketball courts made by the local volunteers from the partner villages in Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tacloban, and Cebu for the Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Butuan, Davao, and Saranggani for Mindanao. Their aim was to inspire communities to achieve greatness through hard work, after building a basketball court entirely on their own. The legends themselves even left handprints on special concrete markers within the structure, reminding people of what hard work and dedication can bring to a community that works together for a noble cause.

The same hoop icons returned to the partner communities early this year to continue the advocacy—not to build more sports venues, but to see how hard the youth have worked to improve their basketball skills on the Courts of Inspiration. After conducting basketball clinics, the legends handpicked the best players, who then flew to Manila to represent their communities in the national leg of the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp. 

The aim, this time, was to reward those who trained hard in the Courts of Inspiration to perfect their basketball skills.

Giving back to the community

After winning the tight competition, the winners are now set to return the favor to the communities that hand-built their hometown basketball courts.

“My friends and I plan to help promote the game of basketball further by improving the basketball courts back in our province,” said MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, who bared his plan to add roofing and proper lighting to existing playing venues.

“What I learned from this experience is something that I will remember from this day forward: always give your 100% not just to improve your character but, more importantly, to help others make their lives better.”

May 6, 2013

A Sweet Treat for Mom at Cafe 1771



Sugar-free Coffee Pie

From the smooth and velvety to the sweet cakes without the guilt, Café 1771 presents its homespun cake creations that will surely make mom feel special. From the petite cake to a festive cake size portions for the whole family, these cakes are perfect for the family’s celebration table.

If thinking of a dessert that will signify love and admiration, 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.



Evasion

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.


Gianduja Truffle Mousse Cake

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.

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.

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 make mom feel special, give these mini cakes as a surprise, guaranteed to communicate your love. For advance orders, call 631-7340.

May 3, 2013

“Mom and Me” at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila



On 12 May 2013, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila honours every Mom on Mother’s Day with gastronomic delights and a day of fun. Make a fashion statement by co-ordinating your outfit with your Mom for a chance to win luxurious Pevonia beauty products.

At Market Café, enjoy lunch or dinner buffet for only PHP 2,100 net per person inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks. Roll up your sleeves for unlimited servings of the sweet and spicy Singaporean Chili Crab, Roast Duck with Meat Dripping, Salmon in Buttery Brioche Crust, and the earthy goodness of Truffle Mashed Potatoes, to name a few. The freshly baked pastries, cakes and homemade ice cream from the dessert station are guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. While everyone toasts free flowing drinks in the midst of feasting, let the kids surprise Mom with lovingly designed cupcakes just to say how much she is loved.

At Li Li, Chef de Cuisine Andy Chan creates a nine-course set menu for only PHP 2, 500 net per person, featuring authentic Cantonese cuisine with an enhanced selections such as Crispy Skin Suckling Pig with Jelly Fish, Silky Japanese Conpoy Soup with Seafood and Abalone Shell, Wok-Fried Angus Beef Tenderloin with Scallops in XO Chili Sauce and Golden Crisp Deep-Fried Prawn with Shrimp Mousse and Crab Roe. 




Cupcake Corner at Market Cafe

The popular Sunday Yum Cha is ideal to those who enjoy an endless array of delicious dim sums for brunch.  For only PHP 1,950 net per person inclusive of free-flowing iced tea and soft drinks feast on wonderfully prepared dim sums like steamed shrimp dumpling or “Har Gaw”, Steamed Pork Dumplings “Shanghai” Style and Deep-Fried Bicho-Bicho Stuffed with Minced Meat and Wasabi Sauce. Selections include Glutinous Dumpling with Assorted Meat, Baked Imperial Peking Duck, Suckling Pig Sushi, and more.  A dessert buffet of Western desserts such as Chocolate Fudge Cake, Rose Lamingtons and Banana Flambé conclude the meal on a sweet note. 

The Fireplace opens its door for lunch with a carefully crafted “sharing “menu for only PHP 2, 500 net per person, inclusive of free-flowing iced tea.  Featuring favourite grilled dishes that are big in flavour, the menu includes Oysters, Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Tangy Cheese Straws, Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet, Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Chicken Fillet Burger, Tomato Penne Pasta with Scallops among others.  Reserve early as seating is limited.

Make Mom the happiest on her special day, and let her sit back and indulge while you plan the most pleasurable celebration.

To make a booking, please call Room Reservations on +63 2 245 1234 ext. 7512/7513 or    e-mail reservations.mn@hyatt.com.  Alternatively visit www.manila.casino.hyatt.com.  

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Center on +63 2 247 8666 or make your booking online by visiting manila.casino.hyatt.com.  Alternatively, e-mail cath.mn@hyatt.com.

May 2, 2013

Out for a Night Time Run: Energizer Night Race for Safe and Eco-Friendly Lights



Variety is the spice of life, and the same is true for runners, who also like to mix things up in regard to their routine and their training. This need for variation extends all the way to the events and competitions in which runners participate.

To satisfy different quirks and fancies, event organizers have explored a multitude of ways to keep the running community on their toes. This includes running competitions with added obstacles, on off-road tracks and, most recently, holding races at night.

Competitive racing in the dead of night certainly adds a different dimension to the running experience. Being enveloped by darkness requires runners to be more sensitive to the slightest conditions on the road, demanding complete focus and undivided attention. Preparations in the run-up to competition also vary. Training regimen, as well as prep time, tend to differ, too, which only adds to the challenge.

Local runners have already had the pleasure of trying out night races through different competitions already hosted here in the Philippines. This night race craze, however, started in 2011 with one event, the Energizer Night Race.

That race was part of Energizer’s bigger initiative called the “Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World”, a series of nighttime running events held around the world including countries in Africa, Europe, North and South America, and throughout Asia. Over 75,000 participants joined the more than 30 Energizer Night Races held in 20 countries across the globe.

The magnitude of the event’s success, transcended more than mere numbers. This global night race has served as an effective vehicle in raising awareness of the world’s need for safe, clean, and affordable solar lighting. “It’s hard to believe that in this day and age that there are still around 1.3 billion people deprived of electricity and clean lighting,” says Energizer’s Brand Manager, Joan Mendoza. “This event is just one way in which Energizer can bring this issue forth and be addressed for the benefit of less fortunate communities all over the world.” 


Running at night guided only by Energizer LED Headlamps, runners get a sense of how important light is. Usually taken for granted in developed areas, light and clean energy are extremely valuable in off-the-grid communities. They dictate a child’s capacity to learn, an adult’s ability to work, and the community’s maximum functionality. They also help promote personal health and the environment by lessening carbon emissions made by alternative light sources such as candles, kerosene lamps, and firewood.

The need for efficient and eco-friendly lighting has led Energizer to partner with One Million Lights (OML), a nonprofit organization that shares the same goal of providing rural communities around the world with the gift of light. Since 2011, Energizer and OML have donated 23 million hours’ worth of light through Energizer Solar-Powered LED flashlights and lamps to different remote communities in Latin America, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the Philippines.

Energizer’s efforts to put the issue of light and energy in perspective are part of their “That’s Positivenergy™” campaign that serves as the company’s platform to show its commitment to performance and responsibility. This means providing consumers with durable and energy efficient products for everyday needs.

Running has been an effective way of gathering the public’s support for worthy causes, from community health and fitness to environmental advocacies. By immersing runners in the kind of situations individuals in remote, off-the-grid communities go through, the company hopes participants look beyond the event and appreciate and support what it stands for.

To alleviate the lack of energy and light in far-flung communities, Energizer again strengthens its drive by calling out running and fitness enthusiasts to join in the cause by participating in this year’s Energizer Night Race Manila. The race will be held on May 4, 2013 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig with the help of partners GMA Network and Schick.

Registration is on-going until April 30, 2013 at BROOKS SM North EDSA, RUNNR Bonifacio High Street, and Toby’s Sports EDSA Shangri-la, Glorietta, and SM Mall of Asia. For more information about the race, visit www.energizerglobalnightrace.com.

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