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:

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Talking about Real Estate Investments with Prof. Eric Soriano III



Last September 12, 2015, PHINMA Properties hosted a special investor’s night titled Real Estate in Perspective. Held during a dinner gala at The Bellevue Manila Hotel in Mandaluyong, Alabang, the event was headlined by the widely renowned real estate expert, Professor Enrique Soriano III. Prof. Soriano gave guests his much sought-after professional investment advice, as well as educational insights on the merits of investing in real estate amid the growing Philippine economy.

Prof. Soriano is a known personality in Philippine real estate, with his 28 years of exemplary experience in various property consultancies and the academe making him one of the most often-cited real estate experts by Philippine news and government agencies. His professional experience is highly regarded by prospective investors, and his talk highlighted how PHINMA Properties condominiums live up to his standard for a good investment.

As a company committed to integrity, PHINMA Properties prides itself in being able to serve clients above and beyond selling condominiums. More than just providing quality-assured and affordable homes, it also hosts investment education events in order to assist clients in making sound and objective investment decisions.

Photo caption: From L-R: Rogelio M. Garcia (Asst. Dir. for Sales), Enrique M. Moran (Asst. Marketing Manager), Stephen B. Sabularse (VP Finance and Administration), Raphael B. Felix (VP Urban Housing Division), Willie J. Uy (President and CEO), Prof. Enrique Soriano III, and Arthur A. Tuason (Dir. for Sales and Marketing),

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dermax Launched its 4th Clinic & Store at Terraces Fairview with Bb Pilipinas Semifinalist Julian Flores one of the Brand Ambassador



Last Tuesday , September 8,2015 , Dermax launched their 4th store at Terraces Fairview Quezon City with the Bb Pilipinas brand Ambassador Ms.Bb Pilipinas Semifinalist Ms. Julian Flores.


Since she got involved with Bb. Pilipinas, she says that she needs to maintain her physical aspect specially the skin where it will be a reflection of what kind of personality you have. Julian accepted to be one of the Ambassador of Dermax for that logical reason. But as she observed and have tried the services rendered to her by  Dermax and  Skinstation  which is by the way is Sister Company, She sees how her skin improves and have maintain its youthful touch and smoothness. That’s why she can never had another kind of company open to be endorsed with  beside Dermax.



Julian Flores with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ramos


On the Left Ms. Abi Garcia Head Mktg. PR, Staff and Bb Pilipinas Semi Finalist Ms.Julian Flores  of Dermax at Terraces Fairview

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Samsung Digital Cooking Experience with Chef Earnest Gala


IMG_6876 Last Friday, I have had another chance to experience the 6th Samsung Digital Experience with Chef Earnest Gala who seem to have wisely and magnificently engineered the taste of every kind of cooking a specific dish through Samsung’s Digital Multi Cooker.

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This time Chef Earnest dwells on Italian dish the  Linguine Pasta with Crab Fat which is so good and the Chicken Tomato with Mozerella.


For me the amazing part is the Chicken because for a total of  12 minutes the chicken was being cooked well and It was one of the most amazing part for a microwave size of Multicooker can do specially with Samsungs brand.

For a Single or Married Guy this kind of cooking will be one of the wisest option considering  the work load that you may have for the day. Its just almost preparing a Fast Food menu but with this a very hearty kind of meal that you may ever have had in this fast paced world we live in.

2GO Travel, MMPI Launch New Travel Show, Tr!pinas on GMA News TV



“Loving the islands, feeling the fun; these are the islands of our dreams… Philippines…”

So says the chorus of the theme song to the latest travel show to hit Philippine television, tr!pinas.

The show is the brainchild of 2GO Travel Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Tagud and Marnie Manicad, Executive Producer and Director of Marnie Manicad Productions International (MMPI).

Mr. Tagud says “The idea came about when we wanted to feature different destinations in the Philippines, especially little-known locations easily overshadowed by Boracay, Palawan, and Cebu. It came up in a conversation with Director Marnie Manicad, and now, we’re finally launching tr!pinas.”

Ms. Manicad on the other hand says, “This show is a synergy of our strengths and expertise. Stephen being an expert on the travel industry, and myself on TV production.”

tr!pinas, a weekly travel show, will premier on September 5, Saturday, at 11am on GMA News TV. As the name suggests, each episode features a trip around the Philippines, with a specific focus on overlooked but equally beautiful locations, such as Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, the setting of the pilot episode.

Joining Stephen on his adventures is Solenn Heussaff, the multi-faceted artist, model, fashion designer, and painter.

IMG_2284 Both Stephen and Solenn, who are music lovers themselves, sang the theme song for tr!pinas.

Solenn says, “This was an opportunity not just to travel around the Philippines, but to show Filipinos and the rest of the world how much more beautiful this country is – it’s really the island of our dreams. And to sing the theme song alongside my co-host? What a treat!”

The show is brought to life by 2GO Travel in partnership with MMPI.

2GO Travel is the country’s largest and premier land/sea travel providers in the Philippines. Seamlessly bridging people whenever, wherever, 2GO Travel was born out of established brands such as Negros Navigation, Superferry, Cebu Ferries, and Supercat. Leveraging on the 2GO Group network, 2GO Travel offers corporate and leisure travel, package tours, and special events, as well as maritime and hotel and food services training. With tr!pinas, it aims to redefine travel by showcasing the hidden gems in the Philippines.


On the other hand, MMPI is a Philippine-based production company with internationally released productions, among them, the Emmy-nominated series “INSIDE” by the National Geographic Channel (NGC). It is the team behind the globally released Inside: MalacaƱang, a full-length documentary on the Philippine presidential palace, its “secrets,” the presidential food taster/tester, and the very secretive Presidential Security Group. In 2013, MMPI produced Asian Innovations: Knoxout, a 15-minute documentary as part of the NGC series “InnovAsians.” In the same year, MMPI, in partnership with GMA Films and Portfolio Films International, released the film Dance of the Steel Bars, which starred Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin, and GMA Network’s primetime king Dingdong Dantes. It featured the lives of Cebu’s dancing inmates.

MMPI’s current shows on GMA News TV’s Saturday morning block are: Turbo Zone (, the leading motoring show in the Philippines; Home Base (; the no. 1 property, development, home, architecture, design and lifestyle show in the country, and Weddings TV (, the first wedding magazine TV show, showcasing the best in the weddings industry.

For more information, like trip!nas and 2GO Travel on Facebook, and follow @tripinastv and @2go_travel on Twitter and Instagram.