Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Double Celebration for Baskin Robbins



Baskin-Robbins (BR), the world’s most beloved ice cream brand, marks two significant milestones as it celebrates its first year in the Philippines and simultaneously 70 years since its birth in California in 1945. These major events inspired the launch of the BR 31 Smiles Project – a CSR campaign providing free cleft lip reconstructive surgery to 31 children in partnership with the renowned charitable foundation, Operation Smile.


“This is a very special ce lebration of 2 important anniversaries. We’d like to express our deepest thanks to our loyal customers for supporting the brand throughout its first year in the Philippines,” says Michael Dargani, president IceDream Inc., the company that exclusively operates Baskin Robbins in the Philippines. “In line with our commitment to serving fun and smiles for seven decades, Baskin-Robbins is truly proud to welcome the 31 beneficiaries of our BR 31 Smiles Project” added Dargani.

BR 31 Smiles Project is a campaign intended to bring back the smiles of children with cleft lip and cleft palate through free reconstructive surgery, funded by Baskin-Robbins Philippines. The number 31 is symbolic of the brand’s heritage as it is known for carrying 31 flavors of ice cream at any given time – one for every day of the month. The amount needed for the 31 surgeries was raised through various promotions at the store level as well as at special selling events.


One of the beneficiaries of the cleft lip surgery is Wivina ‘Vina’ Marie Maninang, age 5. Due to her cleft lip condition, Vina was unaccepted by other children in her community and was often bullied. Under the BR 31 Smiles Project, Vina was selected by Operation Smile to undergo free reconstructive surgery at Sta. Ana Hospital. Many have witnessed Vina’s touching story in the You tube video created by Baskin Robbins at the start of their campaign in June this year.

Kitang-kita ko po ang malaking pagbabago sa aking anak na si Vina pagkatapos ng maoperahan sya,” shares Maritess Maninang, Vina’s mom. “Kung dati po na madalas syang umiyak sa akin kapag natutukso ng mga kalaro nya, ngayon po ay mas lumakas ang loob nya na harapin ang mga ito,” she adds.

Vina dreams of becoming a professional dancer someday. And now that she has been given a brand new smile, there is no stopping her from making this dream a reality.


“On behalf of Operation Smile, I would like to thank Baskin-Robbins for this wonderful project. Your ‘BR 31 Smiles Project’ has not only brought back the smiles of 31 children
but also helped their families and restored the enthusiasm and happiness of these wonderful kids,” shares Anne Gonzales, vice chairman of Operation Smile Philippines.

And the happiness doesn’t stop there. Baskin-Robbins has just introduced a delicious new lineup of indulgent Cookie Sundaes, premium Baskin-Robbins ice cream paired with warm, chewy cookies and topped with sundae toppings. Starting October, guests can create indulgent sundaes customized to their liking by choosing from a selection of warm and chewy White Chunk Macadamia, Dark Chocolate Chunk and Double Fudge Cookies to serve with up to two of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors. The Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sundae can be topped with hot fudge, praline caramel sauce, candy pieces, cookie pieces, whipped cream and cherries.

Over the past 70 years, Baskin-Robbins has brought its famous 31 ice cream flavors to the world. While the brand started as a neighborhood ice cream shop in California in 1945, it now has more than 7,500 locations in nearly 50 countries worldwide.

Baskin-Robbins was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts and brothers-in-law who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Over 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from more than 1,200 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests around the world a wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, ice cream sundaes and take-home frozen treats.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins, log on to or check out their Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (baskinrobbinsph) accounts. Or visit Baskin-Robbins shops at the Central Square, Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The convenience of living in the South through Terrazza de Sto Tomas



Ovialand introduces a new philosophy of living “outside the box”

Last Wednesday, we had a chance to go to Sto Tomas Batangas to experience the fast kind of transportation does South Luzon have. From the hassles of Makati City to Sto Tomas , we only spent less than an hour and it is one of the most convenient way to travel from office to home and vice versa having to have a stress free going to an exclusive kind of housing Ovialand had. It’s one of the most affordable yet high end place to live in with the kind of luxurious type of housing matched with its exclusive clubhouse built to make it more special.

There is a tendency in modern society to prefer city living over a more rural way of life. The narrative for this is simple: Cities are where all the happenings are, whether these are developments that shake the country or lifestyle opportunities that keep people in their toes.

Metropolitan life, however, has its fair share of flaws. The chronic traffic, flooded roads, and pollution are proof that the city is now supporting more than its capacity. As these challenges show no sign of letting up, more and more people are asking, “Is there an alternative to city living?”


“It’s all about options,” answers Fatima Olivares-Vital, Business Unit Head of Ovialand Inc. “The government is actively looking for ways to make these citywide problems more bearable and one of the options they are looking at is to decentralize the congestion in Manila by directing growth to other areas.”

The South is a strong contender for this, with Sto. Tomas, Batangas as one of the most promising provinces. Olivares-Vital explains, “The province can definitely keep up with the progress of big cities while still retaining its rural charm.”

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Ready for the modern Filipino

Often, the primary drivers behind the enthusiasm of people to live in big cities are the opportunities available and their proximity to them. According to Olivares-Vital, living in the South also offers these and so much more.

“Sto. Tomas has the infrastructure and the resources to support the demands of the modern Filipino. There are hospitals, schools, and entertainment hubs that are at par with those in the metro.”

Career opportunities are also transforming the once rural town into a competitive job market. The fast moving growth in technoparks which are home to over 300 multinational corporations—including Fortune 500 companies—and the increasing number of large companies relocating to the South set the groundwork for a stable employment environment.

Additionally, Sto. Tomas is steadily gearing up as a promising landscape for entrepreneurs. As progress in the area continues, so is the demand for more providers who can support the widening needs of its population.

Live outside-the-box

Dubbed as the gateway to the Southern Metro, Sto. Tomas offers the best of both worlds. While the city is competitively keeping up with the conveniences of the Metro, it retains a rustic, peaceful charm signature to the Southern brand of living.

Olivares-Vital says, “In Sto. Tomas, the lifestyle starts with the quality of living. Imagine not having to feel nervous every time it rains because of the reliable drainage systems or knowing that you can go home on time to your family because you won’t have to worry about the traffic. This is how you can really enjoy life.”

The activities available within the vicinity also ensure that everyone can find something that will cater to their interest. Beaches, hiking spots, and lifestyle centers are always teeming with activity and are sure to entertain the most outgoing of souls.


Terrazza de Sto. Tomas, a property developed by Ovialand Inc., is a premier development that is set in the heart of these attractions. The 5.8 hectare property aims to provide an exclusive reprieve as well as easy access to the province’s center of activities. The master-planned development is close to industrial parks and companies, schools, churches, and medical institutions.

Olivares-Vital gives one last advice for those looking for a different brand of lifestyle, “You have to look for options. Changing your lifestyle means you have to try and solve the problem using new ways. How we live and how we hope to live should not be different things. Think—and live—outside the box.”


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Vivid Review of the Cannes winner “Taklub” Directed by Brillante Mendoza

This films objective is so clear that amidst all the struggles this part of the region of our country the Philippines  face every year, there’s no other alternative but just to go on with life in its course without any kind of assurance from the corrupt government wishing that some kind of long term solution that may at least lessen major things that may come its way for the latter years. Not to mention the post traumatic stressed that an individual may have be it on the elder or younger ones.
Direk Brillante’s attacked to this problem was so Intelligently motivated  that it does not used any political agenda yet gives more emphasis on the problems the country is facing every rainy season. Thus prompting those big and known nations to help the victims in this kind of situations .

During the interview held at his own Cafe business with his partner Chef Allan Garcia called FILMFEST CAFE, which is one of his first venture to the food and beverage industry making it more relevant to his craft naming it to the closest event he had in his professional life.
An ensemble piece set amidst survivors of a real-life deadly typhoon which devastated vast swathes of the Philippines in November 2013, Taklub offers engaging drama about individuals strugging to mourn lost loved ones and rebuild their normal lives at the same time. Driven by yet another remarkably restrained turn from Philippine cinema grand dame Nora Aunor – here reteaming with Mendoza after her award-winning turn in Thy Womb – Taklub could very well head onwards for a long festival run after its premiere at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
While visible injuries like gashed foreheads and broken legs abound, it’s the psychological scars which hit the hardest. By shunning straightforward melodramatic exposition of all the varied tragic back stories, Mendoza and screenwriter Honeylyn Joy Alipio allow their characters to slowly and gently reveal their anguish and pain.
It’s only through her unused mugs with children’s photos and her partaking in a DNA test that one speculates snack bar proprietor Bebeth (Aunor) of having lost all her children but one (Shine Santos) during the disaster; similarly, it’s through his battle with bureaucrats that we learn of young fisherman Erwin (Aaron Rivera) and his two siblings of having lost their parents. Making up this collective of anguished souls is Larry (Julio Diaz), a tricycle driver coming to terms with the death of her wife through religious zeal, and Renato (Lou Veloso), the pensioner who lost his whole family in the fire at the beginning of the film.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar Opens @ Marikina City

Marikina, Philippines – Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar opens their home starting Sept 19, 2015 in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina City.
Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar’s Grand Launch will be on Sept. 19, Saturday. Many guests are invited to perform on their stage including one of the leading bands in the country, UP Dharma Down. Salliano’s had its soft-opening last July 18 and was warmly patronized by the locals of Marikina City.
Salliano’s houses the exceptionally enormous meatballs, the uniquely cooked Paella and one of their specialty desserts, custaroons.

Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar is a modern and casual dining restaurant located in the heart of Marikina City. It is founded by a group of friends who have known and been with each other since Grade 1.

Over the years, their union as friends, in due course, grown into one big family including their spouses and respective families. Gatherings are but normal and certainly sharing and tasting of each other’s specialty dishes and eventually led to the transformation of their love and passion for food to business. Salliano’s stand for togetherness and celebrations. The idea is to bring back the heart and the familiar in comfort dining, as if one is simply enjoying a hearty meal in your parent’s or a favorite uncle’s backyard.

Salliano’s offers a wide range of gastronomic experience, including the Paella which harken back to those memorable family reunions, the consummately humongous and delicious meatballs that remind of fun birthday celebrations with friends and the all-time favorite gourmet BBQs and Sisig that bring back unforgettable moments with barkadas.

The dishes are full of honesty with only one true goal, and that is to serve a hearty meal while you simply celebrate with those special to you. Truly, Salliano’s is about celebration, family and home.

In line with the grand launch of Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar, we will be raffling 1 table (for 4 pax) to one lucky winner who will qualify if he/she does what is instructed below. You may be able to watch UP Dharma Down’s show this coming Sept. 19!!!
How to score a table for 4 at Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar and watch UP Dharma Down’s performance?
1.       Like Salliano’s Restaurant and Bar’s Facebook Fan Page
2.       Share their facebook fan page and tag 3 of your friends who you want to watch with.
3.       Tweet “I want to watch UP Dharma Down in #SallianosinMarikina #CelebrateSallianos”
Please always use the hashtags #SallianosinMarikina and #CelebrateSallianos
No hashtags=disqualified
More shares, tweets -> More chances of winning.

Here are the prices for the tables:
4 pax - 2,2k with a bottle of Jack Daniels or 1,2k consumable
6 pax - 3,2k with a bottle of Jack Daniels or 1,7k consumable
8 pax - 4k with a botlle of Jack Daniels or 2k consumable
Note: Prices are inclusive of door charge. See ya!

For your table reservations, please call us at 0927-8120917 or visit us at Salliano's Restaurant and Bar.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PhilCare Adopts I.T. to Health Care availment through NFC Technology



Last Friday Sept. 11, 2015, Phil Care had a Masquerade Party on their office for the launching of their new IT Infrastructure allowing their members to benefit from having their health card be checked  via NFC card technology. This was the first attempt in this industry having this kind of technology specially here in the Philippines.


NFC, the radio frequency technology considered by experts worldwide as “the next best thing” in mobile transaction, continues its integration in the Philippines – this time providing much needed upgrade in the way healthcare is delivered to thousands of Filipinos.

This after leading health care provider PhilCare came up and put in operation NFC-capable membership cards designed to make availment of health services from hospitals faster, more efficient, and close to paperless.

PhilCare is the first health care provider in the Philippines to adopt and actually put into use cards with near field communication NFC technologies.

“We are proud to introduce this new technology to the HMO industry. We’ve been looking for the best technology to make medical services smoother and more convenient for our clients and providers and NFC seems to be the perfect fit for this goal,” said Noemi G. Azura, PhilCare’s President and CEO.

The NFC-capable card means to do away with the usual tedious process of availing health services from health maintenance organizations (HMO). With a single tap, hospitals and clinics can now determine coverage and benefits of a member, as well as other details of the member’s account.

Basic consultations and procedures will also be processed faster with just a single tap, since it will no longer require long waiting times just to confirm coverage.  Thanks to this new innovation, members only need to hand over their NFC-enabled health cards to any of the 200 service providers of PhilCare with NFC-capable phones from Samsung.

Making this transaction possible is NFC, a form of wireless, radio-wave technology that allows two objects – a reader device and a storage device – to send and receive information via brief contact.

The NFC technology is used by banks, retail, transport, and service providers worldwide and has been deployed to accommodate wireless payments.

This new technology is the first of its kind in the Philippine health care industry and allows patient information to be updated in real-time, ensuring quick, efficient, and accurate service.

“We are very excited with this technology and in the future we hope to set up a rewards program for members with the NFC cards,” Azura said.

“All these innovations are geared towards providing best-in-class customer service to our members. This is just the start of our foray into NFC technology, which will be part of an ecosystem all intended to bring a new brand of bridging access to health care for our members,” Azura added.

The launch of its new membership cards is only one of the many innovations PhilCare has set up to affirm its position as a pioneer in the health care industry.

In 2013, PhilCare launched its mobile application GO! Mobile, becoming the first HMO provider to bring the service to its members.

PhilCare’s Go! Mobile app is designed as a quick reference guide for members on their coverage and benefits while also giving access to complete lists of PhilCare-affiliated hospitals, clinics, and doctors.

Just last year, the mobile app introduced various updates in addition to being made compatible with iOS devices alongside Android devices. With GO! Mobile, PhilCare members no longer need to call any hotline for provider information since it is made available right at their fingertips.

In addition to its mobile app, PhilCare also recently launched its eCommerce website, becoming the first HMO provider to offer online purchases for its health care packages.


PhilCare is bringing the first NFC-Enabled HMO Card in the Philippines

  • Convinient and Efficient – Be assured of quick, efficient and accurate service with just one tap of your card on the NFC terminal.
  • Easy viewing of membership benefits – Your eligibility status and membership benefits are immediately confirmed,
  • Real Time update of member records – Patient information updated in real time – the first of its kind in the Philippines healthcare industry.
  • Quick approval of letter of Authorization (LOA) request for consultations and selected outpatient procedures.
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With a single tap, hospitals and clinics can now determine coverage and benefits of a member’s account

About PhilCare: Established in 1982, PhilCare is one of the country’s pioneering Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) companies. The company is built on a vision to allow Filipinos enjoy a better quality of life by providing them access to world-class health services. Three decades after it was founded, PhilCare remains a pioneer and a recognized leader in Philippine HMO. Today, PhilCare sets the pace for the industry not only with the reliable in-patient and out-patient health care it provides, but also with the total wellness and healthy living it actively promotes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Show makes waves in the Philippines



After making waves in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Okinawa over the past years, The Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Show, the largest international diving and resort expo in Asia Pacific, has finally reached the Philippine shores. Brought in by the LX Development Group, a premier exhibitions organizer based in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Tourism, the DRT Show will run in the country for the first time on September 11 to 13 at the SM Megatrade Hall, Mandaluyong City.

The DRT Show Philippines is a ‘must visit' diving destination event as it features top-level exhibitors such as leading dive equipment manufacturers, water sport equipment manufacturers, dive resorts, national tourism organizations (NTOs), as well as marine conservation and diving organizations, providing the latest information, happenings and innovations that will appeal to anyone with a passion for the underwater world. The expo will also include travel trade activities such as a by-invitation-only business-to-business (B2B) meetings between foreign buyers and sellers, a Philippine underwater photo exhibit, plus a five-day post familiarization tour for buyers.


The DRT Show’s arrival to the country is much anticipated as it brings together diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists, dive industry stakeholders, international dive media as well as national tourism organization NTOs; which will greatly help heighten global awareness about the Philippines as one of Asia’s best diving destinations.

Across the Asia Pacific, DRT Shows have been met with an overwhelming response and are now considered highly important regional events promoting trading and export business. Each year, LX Development Group organizes 4 diving and resort exhibitions, generating a total of 600 exhibitors from 48 countries, and more than 50,000 registered visitors from 56 countries.


The DRT Show is the only professional dive exhibition in the region supported the by General Administration of Sport of China (HR Resources Development Center), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Okinawa Prefecture Government, Okinawa Convention & Visitor Bureau (OCVB), Japan Recreational Diving Association (JRDA), Japan Wetsuits Manufacturers Association (JWMA), and Japan Scuba Association (JSA).

Don’t miss the chance to take part in this pioneering dive and resort travel event. For more information, please check out the website - or direct queries to Wen Sorioso of DOT Dive-MDG at 459-5200, loc. 520 or e-mail at

BLUSHING BEAUTY by SkinStation: A New and Fun Way to Make You SELFIE-READY

Last Friday, Another concept of Store produced and conceptualized by the owners of Skin Station was being opened at Imus Cavite and was intently being created for the young men and women who wants to maintain and re establish their self identity through this kind of services and products that they offer.
This time the young generation of the Reyes Family are the one who will run the company and will make sure that every needs and details of works will be rightly and meticulously done and performed in the manner the youth would like to do so.

Giving you a fun way to make you selfie-ready is a new concept store, BLUSHING BEAUTY by SkinStation. Their grand launch was graced by GMA7 talent/ actress Ms. Lindsay de Vera and recently renowned 2015 Ms. Teen Earth Philippines Ms. Julieane "Aya" Fernandez. It was held on September 12, 2015 at the also newly launched CityMall in Imus, Cavite. This is the very first Blushing Beauty branch, a fitting follow-up concept to their highly successful chain of SkinStation, now with 25 branches nationwide, and DERMAX Laser Center with 4 branches. IMG_7111

Blushing Beauty by SkinStation is a skin care clinic that offers top-of-the-line yet affordable services powered by state-of-the-art equipment, exclusive and innovative products, and an exciting store that is “Instagrammable” in all areas. Facials, peels, slimming, and laser treatments that are reasonably priced will be available, to be performed by well-trained aestheticians and professional Dermatologists. They offer revolutionary products for whitening, anti-acne, sebum control, colognes and perfumes, and color cosmetics developed for the value-conscious teenagers, young adults, and even those who are young at heart. Blushing Beauty by SkinStation store was professionally designed by Manila’s most sought after Interior Design Firm, Heim Interiors. The store personifies fun, trendy, independent, and young – your ‘BFF’ in skin care!
Excited much? Visit Blushing Beauty by SkinStation today! They are located at the Ground Floor, CityMall, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Anabu, Imus City, Cavite. You may also contact them at 09173396684/ 09424863430. Like, Follow, Share, and Tweet Blushing Beauty now: