Friday, May 24, 2013

Katy Musicale “The Remake”




For the second time Katy who have been a true to life story of Ms. Katy De Guzman one of the most prominent especially in  the   music industry in the late 1930’s , was a leading Filipino singer who specialized in jazz vocals and torch songs in a performing career that lasted eight decades. Hailed as "The Queen of Filipino Jazz] and as "The Queen of Bodabil", she was, by the age of 18, the highest paid entertainer in the Philippines] De la Cruz also appeared in films and received a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award in 1953.


Ms. Isay Alvarez  was too eager to help in anyway she can,  got its glory and was long been awaited by the followers of the Theatrical especially here in the Philippines and due to it’s success, in their first the musical, which  is  set to do a re-run on July 25 – August 4 this time at the Meralco Theater.

The cast of KATY was exclusively presented to selected press and media last May 22, Wednesday at the Mabuhay Restop Travel café in Rizal Park. Isay Alvarez, Dulce, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Epy Quizon, Aicelle Santos, Tricia Amper-Jimenez graced the press-con and shared about what the audience can expect to this presentation. Tirso Cruz III is also part of KATY(not in the press-con)


At the press con Isay shared that there’s a lot of changes in terms of the beginning part and also at the way she changes her costumes. One of the things she was very thankful is having Tirso Cruz in the cast who really showed amazing performance during the last run.


It has not been shown to many of his TV and movie shows but Tirso did great in terms of singing onstage.

The lead stars were also proud about having Aicelle Santos who is now picking up success in the theater industry. She was shortlisted as one of the top seven finalists for the 2014 West End revival of “Miss Saigon”. Her performance in KATY is definitely a must see as well.
And of course credits to Mitch Valdes and Celeste Legaspi, who played Katy and Olivia in the musical’s original runs. As Isay recalls their performance she becomes more inspired to play the major role.


The play was written by Jose Javier Reyes, produced by Spotlight Artists Center, which originally staged in the ‘80s, chronicles the inspiring story of legendary jazz chanteuse Katy dela Cruz, who rose from the ranks to become one of the most illustrious, internationally-acclaimed and highest-paid performers of her time.

The original musical was with Celeste Legazpi and Mitch Valdez, under the captivating original compositions of ‘maestro’ Ryan Cayabyab.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dining with Classy Filipino inspired & Adopting new concepts on Dishes



What name can we ever think of good Filipino  food and dishes ever served in every tables of our home tendered with the love of the Queen at home other than “ MESA “. A very classic and new way of doing some family bonding and just wanting to relax after any church meetings , weekend family affairs or weekdays daily grinds of life. This time We the Wazzup Pilipinas Bkiggers goes to Robinson Magnolia MESA near the Corridors of the Mall.



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Baked Scallops with Garlic  Butter, Tinapa Roll with Spicy vinegar dip , Crispchon: one way wrapped in pandan crepe with wansuy and leeks served with 3 sauces - Rikki's choice, Mayo Garlic, Spicy Pork Liver,   second way is sautteed in chili and garlic,   Soup - Sinigang salmon head,  Main Course - Prawns sauteed with salted egg,  Baby Squid in Olive oil and Garlic and. Pinatayong Manok,  Crispy Bonesless Tilapia served with Four sauces: Honey Bagoong, Sweet Chili Sauce, Spicy vinegar, Special soy Vinaigarette sauce, . Suahe in the rocks, .Crispy Boneless Tapa,  Laing Two Way : Dry and with Gata, . Special Rice : Tinapa Rice, Bagoong Rice
Dessert: Turon with Langka ice cream and Crispy leche plan. And this are just only most of the favorite dishes but there are a lot of choices you may have wanted to order from.




As I wander around I see a lot of a unique furnishings that you can compare to a home a grandeur one , very local in style yet so elegant and more of a modern Filipino home should be.



Thanks for the graced and  warmth welcome of Mr. Alex Zuzon , Operations Director of all MESA  branches. He has been there for almost 2 years and has been working in the US 3 years ago managing Resto’s and Hotels and would just want to give his spare time to his Homeland  working for its benefit. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Phil Vocanoes Erupts against United Arab Emirates



It was a beautiful Saturday evening of May 18, 2013,  when Philippine Volcanoes faced United Arab Emirates on Rugby at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at Malate Manila. Fila is one of the Major Sponsor of the Philippine Volcanoes and has been a part of their victorious and outraging wins over the UAE.



The First Half of the event has been a tremendous lead for Philippine volcanoes and they would not want to give their opponent a chance to tie up but they just keep on doing their best to score and imminently win over them




On the Second Half UAE tried their utmost best but still due to the hard work and dedication of  Philippine volcanoes the team  has been consistently scoring and doing the same attacks and moves especially when they are on defensive  mode.  Until their opponent realize that they are overruled  by half with our team the FILAPINAS team which is the PHILIPPINE VOLCANOES. 19, 8




The Night was really for the Philippine Volcanoes and that such effort that they give together with everyday excercises and playoffs which they assume and hope that this time will make them a real winner especially in the coming Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia next month and be held as the overall Champion for this year.


We’re assembled as the Tri media group , together with the traditional , newspaper and Online media  together with the players of course can’t just express the feeling of excitement and glory when the game ended and we rejoice with the players and  congratulates them in their conquest over the UAE.



For more pictures on the said event please click this link,

Saturday, May 18, 2013

SM Aura Premier “Grand Launch ”


SM Aura Premier : Grand Launch

SM Aura Premier is the first SM Supermall in Taguig, 13th in Metro Manila and 47th SM Prime mall in the Philippines. It is SM Prime's latest high-end lifestyle destination project. SM Aura Premier is located along McKinley Parkway and C5 Road cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The shopping center is situated near its rival mall Market! Market!, owned by Ayala Malls, a real estate subsidiary of Ayala Land, and affiliate of Ayala Corporation.

SM Aura Premier is a new upscale mall and state-of-the-art civic center with office and retail space, built by SM Prime in partnership with the City of Taguig. It was designed by Arquitectonica of Miami and mall interiors by Edge Design of Australia. It has a total floor area of 249,861 square meters for the mall and office building. It has 3 basement levels of parking with 1,771 parking slots. It aims to be one of the first civic centers in the country to be certified Gold under the US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The SM Aura name is derived from the two elements Gold (which has the chemical symbol Au) and Radium (Ra). According to SM Prime putting them together defines “luxury and elegance that emanates from within.”

SM Aura Premier held its grand opening on May 17, 2013 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. There were a lot of people who all made their first glimpse of the mall, photo ops at the first-time to see sights and attractions, as well as done some great shopping. A media launch was held also last May 16.


SM Aura Premier is envisioned as a landmark in the Taguig CBD, the flourishing “micro-city” where multinational and local corporations, as well as embassies, consulates, and cultural offices maintain their Philippine headquarters.
High-end residential buildings, international and innovative schools, technologically advanced medical centers, and other attractions has transformed the area into an ethnically diverse yet welcoming community.
Sex in the City main star, Sarah Jessica Parker, was flown in as the new face and brand ambassador of SM for her legendary status as a fashion icon and arrived in a Jaguar to cut the ribbon for the new luxe SM Deparment Store in SM Aura. Parker, 48, is best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO hit comedy-drama series “Sex and the City,” a Manhattan newspaper columnist, and is credited for having singlehandedly made the designer shoe label Manolo Blahnik into a household name. Sarah Jessica Parker seems the apt choice to headline the SM Store brand


The Sky Park is located on the 5th Level with its al fresco dining stands amid landscaped garden and water features. The Samsung Hall will be a dome shaped 1000 seat event hall set against a lush garden. The SM Aura chapel seats 250 people and is dedicated to San Pedro Calungsod.

The anchor tenants are SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, Foodcourt, two regular Cinemas, two Director’s Clubs and an IMAX Theater which is smaller than the IMAX at the SM Mall of Asia. Incidentally, May 17 was also the Grand launch of the SM Cinema as it treated media people to watch a movie for the first time at SM Cinema IMAX.


IMAX Theatres are specifically designed to deliver the world's most immersive movie experience. It has ultra-modern setting with the most advance digital theatre system. IMAX (an abbreviation for Image Maximum) is a motion picture film format and a set of cinema projection standards created by the Canadian company IMAX Corporation. IMAX has the capacity to record and display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film systems.


In the Star Trek: Into Darkness movie, we saw Captain Kirk leading a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. The IMAX cinema where viewers wore 3D spectacles.

Many global brands will have their first stores in the country at SM Aura. Among these are Suiteblanco, Stefanel, Minelli, TM Lewin and Petit Bateau for contemporary fashion; as well as Paul Boulangerie, NBA Café and the Todd English Food Hall for dining.

NBA Café is also making its first entry into the Philippines and is a restaurant to watch out for. SM Aura will also have Trattoria Chef Chris by the famed Chef Chris Locher of C! Italian Dining and My Kitchen at the Paco Park Hotel, as well as favorite foodie haunts like Lugang Café and Yabu.


For more details like them on their Facebook at ,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

IRRI LOS BANOS, “A haven for the birds in the skies”



"Most farmers may not be as happy, though, to see thriving bird communities flocking to their fields because they are widely regarded as pests. “They are seen in association with rice and they’re presumed to eat rice, but that assumption may not always be correct,” local bird enthusiast Paul Bourdin explains. The diet of the lesser coucal, bee-eater, swallows, pacific skylarks, and pied bushchat consists almost entirely of insects, he explained. To help people better understand that not all birds are pests, Feathers in the fields: The birds of IRRI will includedescriptions provided by Mr. Bourdin about each species on display at the exhibit, including their scientific, English, and Filipino names; diet; and habits."


Scientists, writers and photographers combine their efforts and skills to present the IRRI Bird Exhibit featuring the birds found at their rice fields.
Perhaps using sophisticated cameras that can zoom in to the birds from afar as not to disturb their natural way of living, the photographs were able to capture real-life movements of birds at the rice fields.
The research farm at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines may look like nothing more than a verdant sea of rice plants. But, through the eyes of bird enthusiasts and the lens of bird photographers, it is a habitat for many spectacular bird species.

One couldn't really imagine that there are as many birds not to mention the locals but as I see those photos exhibited there are many that are foreigners and does goes here whenever their temperature becomes cold in their countries And that is  one the attributes and beauty of our country being a tropical counttry having many fruits , trees and  several  flying species.


We owe a great deal to the efforts of IRRI for taking on this project for everyone to marvel.
As per email invitation coming from the IRRI staff, Charizabel "Chill" Fortunado-Sapiandante:
"We are particularly proud of this exhibit, not only because of the many wonderful photographs but also because of the way it spotlights the extraordinary bird life of the IRRI farm and the surrounding Los Baños environment. We believe it's important the wider community understands the very positive connection between rice farming and the environment."

IRRI article entitled A Human Eye-View of Birds,

"In Feathers in the fields: The birds of IRRI, bird photographers Tirso Paris, Jr. and Segfredo Serrano exhibit a bevy of bird species (see centerfold) they have captured via their cameras over the years, representing a portion of their portfolios of what Dr. Paris described as their “addiction.”
“Bird photography is a passion,” Dr. Paris said. “You need to be a little bit crazy to go into it. It takes a lot of money, time, and patience to capture beautiful images of birds. But it is very addictive.”
Bird photography also requires special skills that go beyond being very efficient with a camera, according to Dr. Serrano.
“You need to be a good bird watcher and know the habits and forms of birds so that you can easily identify the species on the run,” he said. “And, you have to have a genuine affection for your subject. If you don’t have a genuine affection for our avian friends as part of our environment and their role in our environment, it will be very difficult to have the required patience to document your subject.”


It was indeed a remarkable experience to be able to visit Los Banos, Laguna again and to attend a  prestigious exhibit that means a lot to the clearer understanding of why these birds wants to stay  and will want stay in this place whether its local or foreign being at the rice fields their staple food and not to mentions the fruits and trees on the sides, Ironically so different on a human species because most of us do not learn to be contented such as the birds in the sky.

We knew that some of them, if not many, are almost endangered species, that we have to also  to take care of and  keep their species alive and will still exists for the future generation and most of all to continue to appreciate their simplicity and beauty as one of God’s creation.

This exhibit will run from May to Sept 2013 at the IRRI Riceworld Museum. Exhibit opened last May 3. 2013

For more previews of the exhibit, you may find the following links of interest:

A human-eye view of birds

Birds of IRRI

For more pictures on the event pls. click this link,

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Crocs Run, Sailor, Run FB Mechanics

Crocs Run, Sailor, Run Mechanics

Visit and click on the Run, Sailor, Run tab, or visit


Wait for the page to load. Remember, all good things come to those who wait!



Check out Laureen as she asks you to put on those Crocs, stretch, and pick a character.



Follow instructions! Use arrow key down to duck, and arrow key up to jump.



Now run, sailor, run! Collect as many coins as you can. Duck or jump over obstacles or you might lose coins!

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You can do better. Remember, the top scorer gets a trip to Singapore! And those within the top 50 get cool discounts too!


Don’t forget to share on Facebook to get your friends to join! The more friends join, the higher your score gets!


Register for a chance to win the raffle. And don’t forget to choose the style you like best!