My Lego Ferrari Collection with Shell

Eversince, I love LEGO.  Maybe because building those miniature worked those imagination that  I can have one.

Even I am aged right now, the LEGO mini figures delighted me.

Maybe this is the reason I support the campaign of Shell when they launched a new promotion  in collaboration with Ferrari and the LEGO Group.

The campaign not only refresh my childhood memories but the collaboration of Shell, Ferrari and Lego that represents the joint passion of invigorating imaginative fun of  playing those toys again.

The new Shell promotion introduces six exclusive LEGO models that are based on some of the most iconic vehicles in Ferrari’s motoring history. This exciting promotion brings together three of the most global brands in the world and celebrates over 60 years of passion for performance between Shell and Ferrari.

Spanning decades of motoring heritage – covering truck, road and track vehicles – the models designed by the LEGO Group illustrate the innovative and passionate nature of the Shell technical partnership with Ferrari.

For every Php 1,500 worth of single or accumulated purchase of Shell V-Power Nitro+ Racing, Gasoline, or Diesel, customers get a chance to collect any of the six LEGO model Ferrari cars or LEGO Minifigures for only Php 140 each, while filling up with Php 1,500 worth of single or accumulated purchase of Shell FuelSave Unleaded or Diesel gives customers a chance to purchase a model for only Php 180.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer Cafe Blooms Opening

Designer Blooms celebrates its 20th anniversary with the launching of their first fresh flower shop cafe called Designer Blooms Cafe.

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Located at Molito Mall near Alabang Town Center graced by family and friends. I was fortunate to be invited to cover the said event last October 27, 2012.

A family owned business headed by sisters, Marie Grace and Issa Garcia-Sicam, the concept of the said cafe marries the beauty of flowers and warmth of comfort food.

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The whole design interior of the place got those light feeling, modern yet well lighted place with the fresh flowers surrounded – a comfy and inviting spot for a coffee or a quick meal.

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We were feast by a wide array sampler of their food.

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                                                                     Organic Tea

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     Potato Chips to munch

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                                           Greek Salad Medley topped with edible flowers 

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                                                                                    Mom’s Potato Salad

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                                                                                            Tomato Arugula

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                                     Bruchetta with Mushroom Salpicao, Tinapa Mousse

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                                                                      Gaspacho Shooters

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                                                      Oen Face Jalapeno Burger Sliders

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                                                                                  Fresh Garden Panini

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                                             Fish Cakes with Garlic Aioli and Mango Salsa

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                                                                                 Corn on the Cob Skewer

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                                                                                  Chicken Bacon Skewer

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                                                                          Ravioli in Flower Pasta

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                                                                                           Panna Cotta

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                                                              White Chocolate Cheese Cake

Overall, I enjoyed my fine dining here at Designer Cafe Blooms – a sublime floral creations with charming atmosphere yet enjoying a gorgeous meal.

 

Designer Cafe Blooms

Address:

Molito Commercial Complex, Ayala Alabang
Contact Nos: (632) 512-0353
Email Address: designerbloomscafe@gmail.com

For more information, visit their Facebook page –  http://www.facebook.com/DesignerBloomsCafe

Feeding Your Appetite with Gumbo Restaurant

For the SM Megamall Food Sale, our preferences to visit were extra-ordinary food to pig-out.  When we were starting to do some look-out, Gumbo is our first choice.

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Gumbo Restaurant is located at Mega Atrium area of SM Megamall at the 2nd floor. This was my first time to dropped by to this area where places of food to eat were a lot of selection.

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Since this is a Food Sale, we made it a point to be early on the said restaurant considering it is also Friday and anticipating the long weekend ahead. There would be many people around who would really avail it.

Gumbo is a sister company of Burgo’s Restaurant serving “New Orlean Food Taste”.   Famous are Jambalaya and Cajun dishes.

Expect a colorful ambiance around even it is small with waiters/waitresses wearing those colorful hair dress and beads to feel those New Orlean Mardi Grass.

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What I will be sharing with you is a some sort of photo essay on the dishes I have tasted with Gumbo.  These food were also highly recommended by their restaurant supervisor and considered to be best-sellers.

While waiting for our food to be served, a FREE appetizer of sliced bread  and olive oil were served to us.

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Banana Bracer and Watermelon Shake were the preferred refreshing beverages for the whole meal.  I enjoyed more the Watermelon Shake, not to sweet and fresh in taste.  Price each is P 155.00.
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Clam Chowder for starter is very thick soup and a bit salty.  The bread served as a bowl can be also eaten as a partner in the soup.  Price is P 145.00.

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Four Season is a bunch of fruit salad like slices of kiwi, orange, grapes and peaches with slices of ham tossed in lettuce topped with vinaigrette.  All fresh and among the dishes, this is what I enjoyed more.   Price is P 425.00.
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Big servings for  Calamares for P 395.00 – chunk slices of squid rings dipped in tartar sauce and has those crispiness in each bite.

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Seafood Jambalaya is a free dish one can avail in the SM Megamall’s Mega Food Sale.  It is like a paella with the mix of all those seafood and spices.  Overall, bit salty for me.

 

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I enjoyed more the taste of Bourbon-Style Baby Back Ribs surrounded by barbeque sauce especially if it goes with mash potato and mixed vegetable.  The servings of mixed vegetable is crunchy and all fresh to my taste buds.   Price is P 595.00.

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Grilled Chicken in breast is too thick for eating.  But the white sauce that comes with it and combination of lemon juice, asparagus and tomato salsa made this dish remarkable in its taste.

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Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience with Gumbo especially the resto staffs were very accommodating with your need.

Next time, would come back to try pizza and pasta combination.

Till then!

Visit: 

Gumbo
Mega Atrium – 2/L Mega Atrium Bldg.
SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City
Website: http://www.gumbo.com.ph
Telephone Nos: (+632) 635-3015, (+632) 635-9571


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Leading Full Charge Summer with Spyder

I have been into cycling for several years already and when it comes to protective gears like helmets and optics, Spyder‘s sports brand is leading in performance and quality I have known for.

Recently, Spyder hosted a week long event at Festival Mall, Alabang campaigning a more exciting, super active and healthier activities this summer entitled  “Spyder – Charge Your Summer 2012″.

The main objective of the program was to orient enthusiasts the value of using additional safety gears like  helmets, shades, eyewear, sports watches and other accessories for a fun-filled, enjoyable yet discipline sports engagement.  One can expect also a sale of Spyder products from March 26 to April 1.

To spice up the event to mall-goers, Spyder designed a resort-like stage to capture the summer ambience and featured series of activities  like hourly raffles, photo-ops on standees/ photowalls and trivia games.

Part of the program were also the introduction of various sports clinics from  – motorcycling, cycling, running and triathlon in partnership with Safety Riders, Philippine Cycling team and among others respectively.

A special event announcing the winners of Spyder-Charge Your Summer Blogging Contest were also awarded. Top blogs were featured on the Team Spyder website receiving a cash price of  P50,000 and free beach vacation for two.

“Spyder-Charge Your Summer 2012” is an event of Spyder Helmets and Optics sponsored by Skechers Go run, No Fear, Gatorade, Sun Cellular, Kawasaki, All Terra Cyclery, and supported by Total Fitness, Multisport, One Sport, Inside Racing, and Weekend Warrior Magazines, takbo.ph, swimbikerun.ph, motorcyclephilippines.com, clickthecity.com, and juice.ph.

Spyder Helmets & Optics is distributed in the Philippines by Roshan Commercial Corporation.

For more information, visit their:
Event Page:  http://www.spyder-chargeyoursummer.com
Website  Address:  http://ww.teamspyder.com/philippines
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/spyderphilippines

 

 

Judy Ann Santos – New Endorser of Eden Cheese

I got to witness the launching of Eden cheese new endorsers’ Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and daughter Yohan.

With the consistent creamy taste and nutritious content of Eden Cheese,  Judy Ann is the right person that can share this to Pinoy moms like her.

Kraft, owner of the brand, says Juday represents an Eden mom taking family as as her top priority.

With Juday’s endorsement, Filipino moms will be encouraged to make their family moments more special with Eden Cheese by sharing the taste the “palaman” they enjoy, but it also helps them meet their nutrition requirement for the day.

Judy Ann is also  very selective when it comes to brands that she endorses. Choosing Eden Cheese is not only supporting nutrient in taste but also being part  of Filipino favorite for many years, trusted by generations of moms.

Until now, Eden’s creamy cheese got those Pinoy taste that she love to share to her kids  but more importantly, she likes the fact that it has Lusog Lakas nutrients, or those important nutrients which you can find in a balanced meal.

That’s why for Juday, Eden is “more malaman than other palaman.”

As Judy Ann says:

“My role as a mom is to make sure my family gets the best of what I can give, which is why I rely on products which I know can make even ordinary days better. With Eden Cheese, just having it in my kitchen assures me that I will always have something to give my kids that can make their meals special and nutritious at a very affordable price.   Eden Cheese helps me fulfill my role as a mom by helping me care for my family, give them the best I can, and make our family moments more special.”

Uratex Tour Experience

In the first place, I do not know why I am here.  It was supposed to be my wife who was invited here. He encouraged me to attend the said Uratex tour and then after that, I will orient her how foams were made through the series of pictures that I captured.

She was not available by that time the tour was set-up and me, representing her just made her felt she also got a tour.

When I realized at the end, yes, my wife is right.  How in the world foams were really made?  I have reach in this age and did not know about it.  So I was really fortunate to be included.

Press Release – History Behind URATEX:

The RGC Group of Companies revolutionized foam making back in 1987 when they set up the first continuous foaming machine in the country called the “Vertifoam” process. This involves computerized metering of materials to form perfectly-shaped foam with lesser scrap that benefited both the market and the environment because of less wastage.

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In 2001, the group further blazed the trail in foam-making when it installed new foaming equipment called “Hennecke.” Tagged as the “Mercedes Benz” of the foam-making industry, this German-manufactured equipment is regarded as the best in the world. On December 2009, the RGC Group invested on another Hennecke machine with the latest technological improvements to serve as back-up to the year 2001 version.

 

First we were oriented by Mr. Dindo, the General Manager who led us also with the plant tour.  We were also given  written materials to guide us but I will just simply it.

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  • Research and Development – responsible for  developing formulation that  will result to customers’ need.  I thought foams were only use for bed.  Their products expanded  from car seats, footwear, garments and electronics.
  • Foaming –  once it is finalized, now the production for foam will be ready controlled by machine’s computer system.  Liquid will turn into cream, then solid foam.

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  • Curing area – long blocks are picked up and transferred to curing area.  It will be started to cool down until it is ready for cutting.

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  • Foam block warehouse – where foams will be stored and from there, the plant’s production department will request for a specific type of block with different sizes as per orders coming from customers.

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  • Production area –foam blocks are cut into the requested size and then “contoured” based on the type of product to be produced, whether a pillow, a mattress, or even a car seat foam.

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Here are the finished products:
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Aside from the foam product, Uratex also got Monoblock’s tables/chairs and Ready-Wrap containers  for storing, organizing, preparing and re-heating food hygenically that offer variety of sizes.
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Is it obvious that after the tour we were all enjoyed the Uratex plant tour.

Truly, the actual knowledge you gain is a lot!  Using those modern high tech state-of-the-art equipment of making a foam is already a worth-while educative escapade!  Thanks Uratex for this experience.

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For more information, visit their showroom: http://www.uratex.com.ph/where-to-buy/#uratexfactoryoutlets

Christian Bautista’s First Class Album

Diamond Asiansation Christian Bautista lauched the release of his highly-anticipated First Class: Outbound Expanded Edition album. The album includes a limited edition coffee table book which also marked his 10th year anniversary in entertainment industry. The album “First Class” includes nine new tracks, five hits from the original Outbound, and new recording of his earlier hits Hands To Heaven and The Way You Look At Me.

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Christian got to teamed up with some of the most promising artists like:

  • Angeline Quinto for In Love With You, originally recorded by Regine Velasquez and Asian superstar Jacky Cheung
  • KC Concepcion for We Could Be In Love, first interpreted by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane
  • Famed band Neocolours reunites to collaborate with Christian on the original Sasabihin
  • Duet with Sam Concepcion for Rescue You, composed by Singapore-based Tat Tong
  • Japanese Pop singer Baby M also has a duet with Christian in the album – In My Arms

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The Album “First Class”  includes track list like:
1. Beautiful To Me
2. In Love With You with Angeline Quinto
3. Love You This Much
4. We Could Be In Love with Kc Concepcion
5. Let Go
6. Rescue You with Sam Concepcion
7. Whole
8. I’m Already King
9. In My Arms with Baby M
10. Sasabihin with Neocolours
11. What Can I Do
12. Faith
13. Unphotographable
14. All That’s Left
15. Love Moves In Mysterious Ways
16. Hands To Heaven featuring Zia Quizon
17. The Way You Look At Me

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DOWNLOAD the full song here: http://www.mymusicstore.com.ph/music/440531/Beautiful-To-Me.html
For more information:

Facebook Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/xianbautista
Twitter: https://twitter.com/xtianbautista

 

De La Salle’s A Fire in the Soul

Last February 16, I was invited to attend a press conference about a musical tribute to 16 La Salle martyrs and several  Filipinos entitled “A Fire in the Soul: A Cantata”. 

This is one of the highlights of the year long centennial celebration of De La Salle University (DLSU) in the Philippines.

This also announces an all-La Salle production which is directed by award-winning director, Peque Gallaga,  a true-green La Sallian from elementary to college.  He said the event is really deserve to be celebrated.  The La Sallian martyrs were the first foreigners who proved that “Filipinos were worth dying for.”

One of the synopsis of the said play, the brothers were warned to leave the whole premises but they opt to stay put and defend the school.   Because of this conviction, 16 brothers and 24 civilians were massacred in the school’s premises on Feb. 12, 1945.

When the war commenced, the American Christian Brothers were replaced by the German Christian Brothers who were based in Singapore.   In turn, they were expelled from Singapore by the British because the United Kingdom was at war with Germany in Europe.   Since Germany was not at war with Japan, this seemed to be a good decision at the time.

However, war turns human beings into monsters and as the Americans made their drive towards Manila, the Japanese vented their frustrations on hapless unarmed citizens. Out of the flames of war, heroes are also forged.

The play “A Fire in the Soul” will honor these memory, their services to humanity and let them remember them forever that can be an echo to the new generation now.

A Fire in the Soul was created by Gabby Fernandez, with a libretto by Vicente Garcia Groyon, and music by Von de Guzman.

The cast includes: Michael de Mesa, Franco Laurel, Al Gatmaitan, Jonel Mojica, Miguel Castro, Floyd Tena, Naomi Sison, Only Torres, Mazer Salcedo, Gary Fabricante and John Gelbert Arceo.

 

The narrators are Jaime Fabregas, Ricky Gallaga, Conchita Castillo, Dado Jose, Tanya Lopez and Louie Zabaljauregi.

Details of the Event:

Schedule and Time:  February 26 (Sunday – Matinee) at 3pm
February 27 (Monday – Gala Night) at 8pm
Venue:  Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium at the 7th Floor of Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU.

Price: Matinee performance on February 26, 2012 (3pm), regular tickets are at P200, while student rates are at P100

Gala show on February 27, 2012 (8pm), orchestra seats are priced at P500 (regular)/ P250 (students) and balcony seats at P250 (regular)/ P200 (students).

For more information:

Facebook Page:   http://facebook.com/DLSU.Manila.100
Telephone No:  DLSU Centennial Office  – (632) 524-4611 local 290
Email Address:  perla.garcia@dlsu.edu.ph