Monday, March 31, 2014

Binibining Pilipinas- Bigger and Better beyond 50 Years

Bininbining Pilipinas, the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant, goes even bigger as it ventures beyond 50 years at the 2014 Grand Coronation Night today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Following the back to back victories of Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida, Ms. Supranational 2013 Johanna Datul and Ms. International Bea Rose Santiago, much anticipation is in the air for the next batch of Binibinis who will represent the Philippines in the world stage.
Making this year’s pageant even more exciting is the addition of the new title, Ms. Intercontinental, Founded in 1973 and currently run in Panama City by the World Beauty Organization, the pageant has come to be known as the ‘United Nations of Glamour and Beauty Organization’ , showcasing the worlds most poised, stunning women.
This is the 5th title under Binibining Pilipinas, in addition to Ms. Universe , Ms. Supranatural, Ms. International and Ms. Tourism Queen International. Two runners up shall also be crowned during the pageant .
The pageant has been a star-studded with the participation of no less than Ms. Universe 2013 Gabriella Isler of Venezuela and Russian Pop Superstar Emin. Gabriela is slated to participate in judging his hits and senerading the candidates. Local celebrities Xian Lim and Anne Curtis and beauty queens Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj will also be hosting the event.
But the main stars of the show are the forty candidates who have undertaken rigorous training for the pageant  From over one hundred aspirants in January, the chosen 40 have since undergone training sessions from pasarela to makeup and styling to personality development. They have also taken part in various sponsors visits, and TV guestings.
Beyond beauty
This year’s staging of the Binibining Pilipinas is also made more meaningful, as it displays not only beautiful faces but beautiful, golden hearts. In between their busy training schedules, the candidates supported the Gawad Kalinga’s movement towards environmental and social engineering by painting houses in the GK Escopa Village. Pushing the goal further, the ladies also held educational activities with the children in the community.
Binibining Pilipinas also partnered with the Red Cross. In line with the organization’s mantra of volunteerism, the candidates took part in hands on training on emergency response. The girls led a special motorcade across Marikina City to raise awareness on Fire Prevention Month and call for volunteers for the Philippine Red Cross. The ladies also supported the Philippine Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts for indigents with a special gift giving session during the day.
The special guests for the pageant will also be aligning with the Binibining Pilipinas’ charity efforts. As part of her Philippine itinerary, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela flew to Coron, Palawan to spend time and do outreach work to a depressed community. Emin has also pledged to donate the proceeds from his single, ‘In Another Life’ to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts.
The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, Cream Silk , PLDT Home, JAG Jeans, AVON, PAGCOR, Titan Watches the official watch sponsor, PAGCOR, Manhattan Garden City, Pizza Hut, Lactacyd White Intimate, Philippine Airlines, Sofitel, Phil. Daily Inquirer, Gold’s Gym, J.A.C. Motors, Picture City, Dale Carnegie Training Center, Entrepreneur School of Asia, Charter Ping Insurance Corporation, and Raymond Saldana Photography

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Accelerate Learning with Brain Fitness



Last Saturday March 22, 2014 I come to an event where there is brain fitness available at our country today. The idea and concepts were being brought to us by  Singapore technology where all kinds of problems perceived from our children and relatives can be realized and can have a custom built approach depending on the needs of a child or learner.

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There are couple of activity rooms that are available on meeting the specific trainings and how they should learn be it on their motor skills , logic and having to used our brain in such a way until the time that it has been flexed like the muscles of our body into the shape where the strength and passion of every subject be stretched into its maximum limits.


As Dr. Steven L. Miller, Research Neuropsychologist in California USA says, that “ Brainfit Studio is at the forefront of applyling neuro-scientific principles in personalized brain training. Their programs are implemented according to the best practices for maximum efficiency and impact.”


Here are some of the frequent asked questions that they gathered and collect :

1. Who can benefit from brain fitness training?

Everyone from a young child to an older individual can definitely benefit from brain fitness training. Contrary to what people used to believe, brain plasticity (changeability) is not limited to children, but is possible at any age. With proper brain training protocols, everyone can benefit from brain fitness training, although improvements are more easily achieved in a child because a young brain changes more rapidly with less effort.

2. Can brain fitness training benefit individuals with learning difficulties/ disabilities?

Yes, BrainFit Studio has trained and gather very positive results (backed by published studies) among individuals diagnosed with learning difficulties such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADD or ADHD), auditory processing disorder (APD), dyslexia, language delays, sensory-modulation disorder, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

3. Can brain fitness training benefit students already doing well in school?

Yes, BrainFit Studio has helped trained many average and even gifted students – we have a RESULTS GUARANTEE for our BrainFitness Training. Just as physical fitness training can benefit everyone, from the person with poor fitness levels to the top athlete, everyone can benefit from brain fitness training. An average or even top student can still be challenged to perform at an even more superior mental state.


4. What is BrainFit Studio and where did it originate?

BrainFit Studio is the leading provider of the most up-to-date neuro-scientific-based brain fitness training programs in Asia. It started in Singapore last 2011 and was founded by a team of therapists led by Ms. Cheryl Chia, current Director, who are all passionate about maximizing human potential and transforming lives. It has since expanded across Southeast Asia and has presence in several countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, and the Philippines. BrainFit Studio Philippines opened its doors in 2011. It is spearheaded by a group of individuals who are experts in the fields of education and health care. Currently, BrainFit Studio Philippines has two centers – Greenhills and Binondo- and another center in Makati is opening in April 2014.

5. What is brain fitness and how important is it?

Similar to physical fitness, which is our foundational body skills that influences our performance in sports, brain fitness is our foundational brain skills which influence learning and achievement in school, work and daily life. These brain pillars namely (i) attention (ii) visual (iii) auditory (iv) sensory-motor and (v) socio-emotions ultimately impact how we acquire new knowledge, retain information, apply learning, and perform to excellence.

Recent brain scan research has also shown that brain fitness is closely linked to our IQ and EQ. Intelligence does not reside in any one part of the brain but rather involves a network of interconnections among the critical brain areas namely attention and working memory, language, visual, and body perception. Therefore, when we build brain fitness in these pillars, we are actually strengthening the brain networks that make us more intelligent! Simply put, a fit brain means an intelligent brain.

6. How does brain fitness training work?

We use the SMART protocol for brain fitness training, which is based on neuro-scientific findings.

“S” is for setting appropriate and achievable goals for the individual, as every brain is unique.

“M” is for measurement using a process called CognitiveMap. It involves two hour-long, one-on-one assessment using standardized tests which profile the individual’s brain in the five key areas of visual, auditory, sensory-motor, attention and memory and social-emotional.

“A” is for adaptation, which is to choose the correct brain fitness training program and level, based on the individual’s brain fitness profile. For successful brain fitness training, mental activities must be just right - not be too difficult or too easy for the individual.

“R” is for rewiring through focused practice. Neuro-scientific research tells us frequency and intensity has significant effect on brain fitness training outcomes.  During a typical 50min training session at BrainFit Studio, a student may be engaged in up to 500-1000 repetitions of the cognitive tasks they are working on. Adequate frequency and intensity of training is vital for maximum results.

“T” is for transformation of the brain and the individual as one follows the SMART protocol. Typically, for an average student, we expect visible and enduring improvements in learning and performance after about 20 hours or ten weeks of brain fitness training. We expect our students to be able to learn better – focus longer, think faster and remember more. We conduct re-evaluations on all our students to measure their gains.

We have 5 different programs that address each of the Brain Pillars: Smart Moves for sensory-motor; Smart Vision for visual processing; Smart Listening for auditory processing, Smart Focus for attention and memory; and Smart EQ for socio-emotions.

7. What makes Brainfit programs different from other enhancement or tutorial programs?

BrainFitness is fundamental requirement to a learning brain that will determine how effectively they will acquire, retain, and process knowledge.

Unlike enhancement programs that target on improving a specified skill and on imparting learning strategies (e.g. drawing; reading comprehension; speed reading; etc) or tutorial programs that provide assistance on scholastic subjects to enable learners to keep up with the academic track, our programs work on the foundational skills needed to accelerate the learning process be it in acquiring and mastering academic contents in school or learning a skill (e.g. dancing; swimming; etc). The focus is on developing and enhancing the 5 critical Brain Pillars so that they will have a more efficient, easier, and enjoyable learning experience. Only when the Brain Pillars are strong and efficient can the student benefit optimally from any enhancement or tutorial programs that they will undergo. Our programs also build intelligence by strengthening the critical brain networks which scientists have found responsible for both general intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ).

8. How do I know if my child should take Brainfit programs?

Take the CogMapTM assessment -- a proprietary tool used to measure and analyze the brain fitness level or cognitive skill of a student. we will be able to identify the key opportunity or improvement areas that are needed to be addressed as well as take advantage of the strengths to achieve success and optimum performance.

9. What age should my child take Brainfit programs?

We have a headstart program that are catered for young kids aged 3-6years old called BrainFit Jr. This is an integrated program covering all 5 brain pillars intended to give a headstart as we prime the young Brain. The SMART Programs, focusing on enhancing core brain Pillar areas, are typically for children 4-18 years old.

Visit them in their Website at

Contact them at (632) 668-2719


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  Year after year since the 1990’s, the Philippines participates in the worldwide celebration of Earth Day. The Philippines’ celebration is unique in that it is a coming together of government, civil society, and churches to highlight the country’s environmental health and renew their partnership to work for the common good.
Since 1999, the partnership has evolved into a loose coalition called Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNPI) with a Secretariat that directly coordinates the Network’s members from local government units to non-governmental organizations, from business corporations to churches and academic institutions, and from big organizations to individuals who want to do something for the environment. Through Presidential Proclamations, Earth Day has become a permanent environmental holiday of the country and has become a fixture in the national environmental consciousness.
This time For 2014, the children and Earth Day celebration gives focus to CLIMATE CHANGE. This year is special because this time there will be a run for the children which will not only help them in their physique but also for them to be a lover and in their early days learn and be a part of this kind of advocacy for the mother earth, its   important because we have just experienced the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which almost brought all our brothers and sisters in the Visayas and Northern Palawan down to their knees. More of these super typhoons are expected to come as a result of human-induced climate change.
Aside from the abovementioned, 2014 is also equally important for the Network because it is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It was in 1999 that Mr. Mark Dubois of Earth Day International visited the Philippines and helped form the Earth Day Network Philippines in the house of the late Odette Alcantara, the founding Country Coordinator. Since then, the celebration of Earth Day has become truly a dynamic celebration with a meaningful Main Event held in different areas of the country to highlight that Earth Day is Everyday, Everywhere for Everyone.
This year’s celebration involves the holding of the “PRO-EARTH RUN” to formally launch and highlight the Earth Day 2014 Celebration and to mobilize resources to support the continuing advocacies of EDNPI on climate change and the conservation of the country’s biodiversity resources.
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The Earth Day Network Philippines’ PRO EARTH RUN is presented by Manila Nature’s Link Corporation’s Malungai Life Oil (, a proudly Philippine-made all-natural concentrated vegetable extract noted by the Johns Hopkins University as the world’s first and only product developed from pure Moringa Oliefera seeds and leaves, and the United Parcel Services or UPS. The PRO EARTH RUN is also supported by First Gen, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, Merrell – ProEarthRun’s shoe sponsor, St. Luke’s Medical Center – ProEarthRun’s medical partner, Greenlite Banner – ProEarthRun’s official printing partner, Globe, Holcim, The Body Shop, Coco Dolce, Business Mirror, The Manila Times, Malaya Business Insight, BusinessWorld, Circuit Magazine, 106.7 Energy FM, 107.5 WIN Radio, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, and the BGC.
The culmination of the celebration will be during the Earth Day 2014 Main Event. To be celebrated at the Quezon Memorial Circle, there is where we will be highlighting the network members’ efforts and achievements for the past year. The Main Event is also the occasion wherein the DENR Secretaries have presented the State of the Philippine Environment Address annually. Together with the Main Event is the SANDIWANG: Isang Diwa sa Pagdiriwang ng Kalikasan, an Interfaith Celebration of Earth Day that we intend to be a more artistic and cultural celebration. Also in line is the Earth Day 2014 Advocacy Fair, where individuals can learn more on how they can participate or volunteer in the specific advocacies, programs, and projects of different organizations, national government agencies, and local government units.
For more information, you may contact EDNP Secretariat’s Network Relations Officer, Mr. Ryan Alfred Go, at Telefax: (02) 332-6030; Mobile: 0905-5051111; or Email:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Blogger’s Night: Get Tagged and Socialize

MCKinley Taguig City, Last March 19, 2014  Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions (FAME), Inc. has once again hosted an event for the On line bloggers in which they have been recognized how influential and powerful bloggers are in the sphere of social media nowadays. It was held on the Mega Showroom to feature FAME brands alongside with its other corporate partners and media partners.
Now on its second year, FAME’s Bloggers Night Tagged was attended by renowned bloggers of health, fashion, entertainment , lifestyle, photography and media partners. And it was a night full of fun, prizes and surprises. It was almost a gathering of the recent and the new bloggers that comes the way as this event flourished.
As they say, “Bloggers are the online influencers that drive today’s digital world. “ Most of the times, customers would based their purchasing decision from a review written by a blogger in the internet. So Bloggers who cover the latest news on a certain product, service, brands, are more than just bloggers; they are influential digital online specialists.
With more than a decade in the publishing industry, FAME has gone a long way from having only a doctor’s passion to write to becoming one of the most promising publications in the country today.
Abiding by its mission to promote good health, a healthy lifestyle, sound Christian values, and professional excellence , FAME has become a trusted brand in creating quality publications, having seven titles under its belt.
With its publisher and Editor-in chief Dr. Rafael R. Castillo at the helm, FAME gave its doctor-readers Health and Lifestyle Magazine, serving as the quintessential guide for the modern day doctor.
Two years later, FAME ventured into commercial publication in an eight page newsletter format, is seen to become the leader in medical news as it synthesizes the most recent scientific and healthcare news taken from notable sources in the field of healthcare, medicine, public health administration read by doctors, healthcare professionals  and even legislators.
Bloggers Night capped the night off with exciting giveaways and raffle prizes courtesy of its major sponsors, Megaworld and B-Peptide. Other sponsors include Grabtaxi, Goldilocks, Metronix, Diabetasol, Benecol, Galderma, Restylane, Angel Skin, Potencee, Celium, Oracare, Walter Bread, Enchanted Kingdom, Yakult, KB Soap, Trianon Food Supplement and Diagnostics, and Print Social.
For more details and updates on FAME publications, visit these Facebook fan pages: Health and Lifestyles, Zenhealth, DiabetEase, and TravelPlusMagazine.

Yamaha Technician GP 2014

Last March 19, 2014, we the online bloggers witness professional technicians as they battle it out at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall! Grand winner will take home a trophy, a motorcycle unit and will be our country’s representative for the WTGP Japan.
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Aside from racing, Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc., plans to rev the hearts of many through the first-ever Technician GP Philippines. Bearing the tagline, Making the difference in the Race for Service Excellence, the TGP poses a great challenge to Yamaha Technical Academy technicians to show off what they have learned and become the best in their field. The competition is joined by certified YTA technicians with a minimum level of YTA silver who is a regular employee with at least a year of work experience in Yamaha 3S shops.
The regional TGP last November 2013 was simultaneously done at the Yamaha head office in LIMA Technology Center and Yamaha Cebu sales office, garnering a total of 67 participants. From there, 10 advanced to the national competition. These finalists received a plaque of recognition plus Php 3,000.00 worth of Yamaha apparels and other items.
The birth of exceptional technicians is nearing. This birth aims to bring superior one-on-one customer care. Experience service that continues to rev your hearts, trust only YAMAHA
The pioneer in the motorcycle industry, Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc., continues to create relevant events that uplift the standards of service in the country.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

World Water Day Concert @ Glorietta

Last March 18, 2014 Earth Day Jam Foundation, Inc., presents a concert at Glorietta 2 to make us aware of the importance of water in our everyday living. It was a night of helping us to understand that we need to protect our environment  and natural resources for us to continue to have a good source of water and the life it has on the sea.
The Dragon Boat Leader was there to support and make sure that they are doing their duties as user of the oceans maintaining its cleanliness and respect to nature.
The Band Free Style and True Faith give rendition of songs that makes the afternoon more thrilling and alive. Showing their support to this advocacy too.
Rockstar Singer and Founder of the Earth Day Jam literally rocks the audience and make them dance like crazy and do some renditions of songs that pertains to water.
And Lastly, the Sandwich Band who finishes the event with a great  songs and make the people more interested in the World Water Day event. This is a special project of Earth Day Jam Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Environmental Management Bureau of DENR and Glorietta and with support from Manila Water Foundation and the Dept. of Environmental Services of Makati City. Media partners are Business World, Crossover 105.1 and Radio High 105.9. For more info, call DENR 928-4674 or EDJF 8976991. Check out earthdayjam facebook or email,

One FC’s MMA Fight set on May 2 here in Manila

Last March 19, 2014 was a jam packed open Press Conference of One FC held at  SM Mall of Asia Atrium for One FC's  press conference announcing the "Rise of Heroes" to be scheduled on May 2 in Manila. The main protagonists for the stacked card were in attendance including One FC bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil who will be risking his title against One FC bantamweight grand prix winner Masakatsu Ueda of Japan.


Through an interpreter, Ueda announced his readiness for his shot at the title and said he is training very hard in his pursuit to be hailed as the best fighter in his weight class. Fernandes, on the other hand, stated that the title will stay in his waist and no one can take it away from him.
In a featherweight clash, "Ruthless" Rob Lisita of Australia will face Japanese fighter Yusuke Kawanago in a highly anticipated rematch as the featured under card fight. Lista promised to come forward and 'beat the hell' out of his opponent. "I'm a different fighter from the first time we met and if Kawanago will not run, One of us will be hurt seriously," said Lisita. Kawanago shout back saying that even if the two fighters fought  multiple times, the result will be the same. "I'll walk away the victor in this fight," Kawango exclaimed.
Philippine bet Eugene Toquero will also battle top flyweight Gianni Subba. Toquero said, "I dont have game plan in all of my fights, I will just come forward and beat you up." Subba answered with some advice for Toquero and told him to "stop worrying about his hair, because he will pull it with him from pillar to post". Even One FC's top brass Victor Cui couldn't lay a finger on Toquero's hair when he attempted and was told "Don't dare touch my hair or else,".
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18 March 2014 – Manila, The Philippines: ONE Fighting Championship™ held a blockbuster press conference today at the SM Mall Of Asia Atrium in Manila, The Philippines, in anticipation of the upcoming epic event, ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES. It was attended by over 200 members of the media in Manila.
ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES on May 2, 2014, is set to be the largest mixed martial arts event ever witnessed in the history of the Philippines. Held at the 20,000-capacity Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the event promises a stacked fight card featuring the explosive battle for the ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship title belt in the Main Event.
Millions of MMA fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating this moment when the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix winner, Masakatsu Ueda, will rise up to challenge the reigning and defending world champion Bibiano Fernandes for the honor of being crowned the ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion.
The stacked card also includes a Featherweight clash between the best Australian Featherweight, Rob Lisita, and the former Legend FC Bantamweight Champion, Yusuke Kawanago. It will also feature the young and motivated Filipino hero, Eugene Toquero, who will soak up the passionate support of the screaming Filipino fight fans as he faces one of the top Flyweight prospects in the world, Gianni Subba.
Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES are on sale now at SM Tickets ( Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron at PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box at PHP 640 and General Admission at PHP 220.
Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit and follow on Instagram and Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook at
About One FC
With a 90%+ market share in Asia, One Fighting Championship is Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Organization. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the best Asian mixed martial artist and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an un unprecedented 10 year cable television deal with a coverage that opens 70+ countries across the world

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Binibinis celebrate International Women’s Day

GIRL POWER – Binibining Pilipinas 2014 candidates show off women’s rights signs with Mr. Brian Poe, Head of the Research Team—Office of Senator Grace Poe- Llamanzares
The 40 candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas celebrated International Women’s Day last March 8 at the Gateway Cinema 5 in a film showing of documentary Girl Rising sponsored by SPARK Philippines Inc (Samahan ng Mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran), J. Amado Araneta Foundation, and the Araneta Center.
The movie featured the inspiring stories of nine girls all over the world who were born into unforgiving circumstances but overcame adversity. The event also hosted thought-provoking talks on women empowerment from Ms. Czarina Medina-Guce, Executive Director, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines; Mr. Brian Poe- Llamanzares, Head of the Research Team—Office of Senator Grace Poe- Llamanzares; Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, Founder, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement; and Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, SPARK Philippines Inc. President.
As representatives of the Philippines to the most prestigious pageants worldwide, the Binibinis embody Filipinas’ strength and character and are champions of women empowerment. In an interview, the girls share their thoughts on women’s rights, gender equality and International Women’s Day.
What can women do for society?
“Women can do a lot of things in society, and we are privileged to be living in an age where we can enjoy freedom to pursue things we want to do and achieve. For me, as a Binibini, I can inspire women to become better versions of themselves and we advocate women to be empowered Filipinas.”—Binibini No. 31 Angelique Celine De Leon
What are the biggest issues for women that we should address?
“I read somewhere that the Philippines is a hotbed for human trafficking, and women are the most susceptible to this. There are women who are being exploited and violated and they were not given the choice to say no. So I think we should promote projects to push awareness on human trafficking.”—Binibini No. 5 Hanna Mariz dela Guerra
What are your realizations this Women’s month?
“This day made me realize the importance of gender equality—that women deserve to be treated equally with men and that women are able and capable of reaching their dreams. As a girl who underwent struggles in my life, I keep these thoughts in mind to fuel me to achieve my goals.”—Binibini No. 36 Krystal Alonday
Who are the women you look up to?
“I work with Noraida Abdullah Karim in CFSI (Community and Family Services International) and she is someone I look up to. She is a multi-awarded social worker who specializes in psychosocial care, and she has helped counsel countless women and children who underwent traumatic experiences in war-torn Mindanao. I admire her because of her passion for the advocacy.”—Binibini No. 22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti
What can you say about gender equality in the Philippines?
“We are blessed that the Philippines is ranked number 5 in the world for gender equality based on a survey. But at the same time, there are still problems that need to be addressed like abuse in women. But it’s a good thing that we have programs that cater to the abused and empower women.”—Binibini No. 3 Joanna Angelica Romero
If you were to win Bb Pilipinas, what advocacy would you have for women?
“I want to have an organization that would foster and support sexually abused teenagers. Like a big sister-little sister project that would help the victims. Because of my exposure to so many news stories on rape and abuse, it became something I feel strongly about.”—Binibini No. 28 Carla Jenina Lizardo
As a beauty queen, how would you help promote women’s rights?
“I would advocate gender equality. Everyone should be treated with mutual respect. Your race, your religion, your culture, or where you’re from—these things shouldn’t matter. Women should have the freedom to achieve anything they want in life.”—Binibini No. 4 Parul Shah
What can you say about the women’s day festivities in the Philippines?
“I am happy that there is a day for women to be recognized and it’s also an important day for us to be aware of women’s issues. I think awareness is key to solve a lot of social issues women are facing.”—Binibini No. 1 Julian Aurine Flores
Candidate no. 4 Parul Shah shows off her support for education for women at the Women’s Day celebration of Spark Philippines Inc., J. Amado Araneta Foundation, and Araneta Center
Joanna Angelica Romero, Mary Ainjely Manalo and Julian Aurine Flores stand up for women’s rights and display empowerment signs at the recently concluded Women’s Day Celebration at the Araneta Center

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Vaseline Men kicks off 2014 XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series

After hosting a successful series of off-road action events last year, Vaseline Men, the fastest growing men’s skin care brand in the Philippines once again drives you to get more out of life in the 2014 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series happening on March 15 in Liloan, Cebu.
Dubbed as the world’s premier off-road triathlon event, the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series in the country serves as one of the qualifying events for the World Championship. The Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon features exhilarating triathlon races that will challenge even the most seasoned athletes. Aside from winning exciting cash prizes, qualified elite group of finishers can race with other XTERRA record holders around the globe during the world championship in Maui, Hawaii.
On its third year, Vaseline Men will again bring triathletes to the pristine waters and rough but picturesque terrains of Liloan, Cebu for a more thrilling set of challenges.
The national championship event highlights two race categories, XTERRA Lite and XTERRA Full. The XTERRA Lite involves a 500-meter swim, 15.5-kilometer mountain bike and a 5-kilometer trail run, while the XTERRA Full involves a more grueling challenge with a 1.5-kilometer swim, 35-kilometer mountain bike and a 9.2-kilometer trail run. Registration for the triathlon events is ongoing in the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippines website (
Vaseline Men offers a wide range of skin care products which are perfect for men who engage in physically demanding activities including triathlons as they help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays and wash away dirt, dust and pollution. Included in its range are Facial Washes, Face Moisturizers and Body Lotions. One of its newest products are the Vaseline Men Whitening Anti Acne Face Wash – which fights 7 acne problems for visibly fairer skin. The 7 acne problems that it fights include excess oil, acne, acne marks, clogged pores, blackheads, blemishes and acne causing bacteria. Vaseline Men now also has the new Vaseline Men Whitening SPF 30 Moisturizer perfect for people and young professionals who spend time outdoors so they can stay protected under the sun.
Now, Filipino men can conquer their limits through outdoor activities and still get their skin protected from harsh elements from nature especially the sun with Vaseline Men Whitening Anti Acne Face Wash and SPF 30 Face Moisturizers. Vaseline Men is available in all leading men’s zones in major supermarkets, drugstore and department stores nationwide.
So this year, brace yourself for a challenging yet exciting summer adventure at the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series. To know more, log on to or visit You can also visit R.O.X Bonifacio High Street and R.O.X Cebu to register.
The Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series is also sponsored by ABS- CBN, Air Asia, Aqua Sphere, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, David’s Salon, Devant, Department of Tourism Philippines, Intercare, LBC Solutions, Prudential Guarantee, R.O.X, Salomon, Shotz, Smart, Timex, Titay’s, and The Municipality of Liloan

GARAGE Young Talents turns Five!


GARAGE held the 5th anniversary of its Young Talents roster in SKYE Lounge at W Bldg. BGC Taguig last March 6,2014.  The event was attended by the hottest and most stylish denizens in the metro who bore witness to the naming of this year’s to-watch-out-for list. And to cap the evening’s festivities, attendees were treated to the reunion of the men’s style magazine’s most successful past Young Talents winners.
Besides being an indispensable source for men’s style and grooming, GARAGE is also known to keep abreast with emerging talents in different creative fields spanning fashion, entertainment, design, culture and the arts. It was due to this hotbed of talent that the Young Talents roster of the magazine was created. GARAGE, being a creative force in the fashion industry in itself, nurtures the same spirit in others by turning the spotlight on these individuals whose talents have made an impact in their respective fields. The magazine has been celebrating this creative force for the past five years since its inception. Past winners have included Enchong Dee, Sam Concepcion, Chris Cayzer and more.
The evening began with a fashion show directed by Robby Carmona and sponsored by clothing brand, Folded and Hung. It was then followed by the announcement of this year’s Young Talents list which includes athlete Andre Paras, make-up artist Nikki Duque, stage actor Rafa Siguion Reyna, artist Mano Gonzales, model LA Aguinaldo, designer Lorenz Namalata, muse Janna Tee and writer Margarita Buenaventura.
But the highlight of the GARAGE Young Talents 5th Anniversary celebration was the reunion of the past year’s winners which included Enrique Gil, Alden Richards and Elmo Magalona who are incidentally, also the cover stars of the February 2014 issue of GARAGE.
The theme of the evening was PARADISE SWING and guests were seen in their modern tropical looks reminiscent of 40’s Hawaii, Pearl Harbor and From Here to Eternity. The February issue of GARAGE saw cover stars Enrique Gil, Alden Richards and Elmo Magalona interpreting this theme by donning a special collection featuring a collaboration of brand, Folded and Hung with hot designer, Bang Pineda. The current issue is dubbed as a special magazine because it features not only the current roster of Young Talents but all the past winners as well.
The GARAGE Young Talents 5th Anniversary event is sponsored by Folded and Hung, Blackwater Scents, Skye, Saga Events and official drink sponsor, Hennessy.
The February 2014 issue of GARAGE featuring the current and past roster of Young Talents is currently available in all major bookstores, newsstands, department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores for the regular price of P150. Hurry! Grab a copy today!

GARAGE magazine is the modern guy’s guide to style. It features the latest news and trends in men’s style and grooming and inspires its readers to create their own individual style. GARAGE is known for its experimental approaches in magazine format and printing and is acknowledged for its world-class fashion editorials. GARAGE remains to be the only men’s fashion magazine in the country today.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Binibinis Heat Up Big Dome with Annual Fashion Show


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The 40 Candidates elegantly paraded their National costumes last night, March 6, 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as they rock the runway of the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Fashion Show.

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Audiences hotly anticipated who will follow the fabulous footsteps of Shamcey’s Tsunami Walk, Janine’s Cobra Walk, Ariella’s Ariba Walk, and Johanna’s Salagubang Walk, to sash their way into representing the Philippines in the world’s most prestigious beauty pageants.


It was a fashion extravaganza like no other, with a display of elegance and grace from the 40 Binibining Pilipinas 2014 candidates donning cultural dresses in the National Costume competition. Then the girls showed off their fierce walk and strutted down the big Dome’s catwalk clad in sexy JAG jeans and accessories from the Binibini collection.

The Fashion show was only one of the many exciting activities on the lead up to the Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night on March 30. The ladies will be launching their Swimsuit  Photo Exhibit at the Gateway Cinema Lobby on March 15 and will be holding the much awaited Parade of Beauties around the Araneta Center on March 22. The 40 candidates will also take part in various charitable missions and outreach programs under Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc and its partners.

The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, PLDT Home , Jag Jeans, Megaworld Properties, Manhattan Garden ‘City , Titan watches, Pizza Hut , Sofitel Hotel. David’s Salon, JAC Motors, Picture City, Gold’s Gym, Dale Carnegie Training, Charter Ping An, Entrepreneur School of Asia and Raymond Saldana Photography.