My Pre-Debut Shoot of my Daughter

Part of planning the upcoming debut of my daughter was her photo shoot.

Who would be a reputable photographer near our place can take this family momentous event of my daughter?

My daughter asked me that she liked me to be her photographer.  Thanks for that reminder.

Am I really license enough to take those pre-debut shots for my daughter? Yes, I am a hobbyist and this would be my first time to shoot this kind of angles for her.

I might give it a try and the way to experiment it is to my family.

I have directed some of her posts and picked beautiful spots in Nurture Spa Tagaytay as our venue.

These are some my shots and let me know what you think if I am capable enough to be the photographer of my daughter.



My Pre-Debut Shoot with my Daughter by Ruel Umali of


My Pre-Debut Shoot with my Daughter by Ruel Umali of

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.









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.



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.


  • 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.





  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.






Here are the finished products:




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.


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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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.

Christian Bautista First Class Album-1

Christian Bautista First Class Album-2

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

Christian Bautista First Class Album-3

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

Christian Bautista First Class Album-5

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My Return to Intramuros

Going back to Intramuros is visiting also a home. I have spent my high school and college days here in Intramuros way back when I was studying in Letran.

When I found out to my wife that she will have have a tour in Intramuros, I am interested to revisit it again and reminiscence the glimpse on what happen 20 years after I was been.

We took our historical tour by riding in a tranvia – some sort of a streetcar during a pre-war era.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines


Our first stop was Fort Santiago –  oldest Hispanic stone fortress in the country where they still relive the Kalesa riding around which even the drivers are in uniforms.  Fort Santiago is also transformed into park with greenery along the area amidst its historic ruins.

We got a tourist guide – Mr. Jeff Velasco of Mabuhay Guides,which explained more each places that let me appreciate the history of Intramuros.


Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Enter the site which believe to be the fort of Rajah Soliman and was continued to modernized by other governors as their line of defenses.   Inside was the Rizal Shrine and Baluarte de Santa Barbara which was reconstructed to give tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal where he was detained during his trial.  This served also a gathering of Rizal’s collection from his books, furniture and even dresses he used.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Infront Fort Santiago is the famous Manila Cathedral which was said to be rebuild eight times – from earthquake, typhoons and war just to rise again and again its structure.  It is officially named Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.


Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Palacio del Gobernador which said to be state residence of the Governor General of the Philippines and office of the Supreme Court.  It also housed shelter to civilians during World War 2.  It was reconstructed last 1976 for government offices.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines


San  Agustin Church is the oldest church in the Philippines which was declared by UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines


After our whole day escapade with Intramuros, it is glad to know that our government has the effort to preserve the Walled City and still revive its illustrious structure.  It is really nice to come back and return to relive historical value in this present generation.


Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

This is a Travel Write-up entry to the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012 organized by IntramurosManila.Asia.

IBC 2012 is fully supported by the Intramuros Administration, Barbara’s Restaurant, Celdran Tours, Mabuhay Guides, Pilgrimage Pilipinas, Castillan Tours, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc., DigiEntrepreneur, DigitalFilipino, Third Team Media, Payless Pancit Shanghai, Ruthilicious, Ruthilicious Fanpage and


Why is it More Fun in the Philippines

This is my photography sharing why I am honed to take my hobby to the next level – that is capturing everywhere the beauty of Philippines.   I just took pictures.  But then I realized there were always a beauty behind it especially  places around the Philippines.  People do not realized how wonderful our country is.  This is my way on supporting how we can love our own country for just sharing the wondrous places our family been.

Yes, its really more fun in the Philippines!
It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

It's More Fun in the Philippines

This is a pre-qualifying entry to the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012 by IntramurosManila.Asia. This campaign is fully supported by the Intramuros AdministrationBarbara’s RestaurantCeldran Tours, Mabuhay Guides, Pilgrimage Pilipinas, Castillan Tours, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.Payless Pancit Shanghai, Ruthilicious and Ruthilicious @ FB.