Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Celebration Is Fun With Ideal Gourmet Pasta And More!


    We Pinoys, like to celebrate alot, we have fiestas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. We are always thankful for so many things that we like to celebrate them!
   And on occasion of our celebrations, we love to have spaghetti, pansit  and salads as our main dish to share.And with the New year fast approaching  Ideal products would be an ideal choice to have for your pasta and salad needs, because of its taste, value and price.

    Choose from their variety of quality products; IDEAL Gourmet Pasta, SUNSHINE Pasta, IDEAL Special Quality Bulk Pasta,AUSTRALIA HARVEST Oatmeal, MORRISON FARMS Popcorn, EASY POP Gourmet Popcorn, EASYCOOK Legumes, IDEAL Desiccated Coconut, SUPER Q Bihon and PalabokAll

      Ideal Macaroni & Spaghetti Factory Inc. is the pioneer and one of the leading pasta brands in the industry. Established in the mid 1940’s, the company started its operation as a small family enterprise engaged in coffee roasting, chocolate production, spices trading and pasta production. Through the years, we have continuously improved and upgraded our production facilities and processes to cater to our customer’s demands. Our commitment to product excellence and our vision to be among the top industry players in the food manufacturing and distribution business, enables us to focus on our core business in pasta manufacturing, while opening up new opportunities in sourcing for value-added products to complement our existing product portfolio.

 And at Genting Star Cruise Resorts World Manila last December, 2013, we have had the chance to taste Chef Ojie Reloj luscious recipes.

Alay at Laya: CONFERENCE ON BONIFACIO AND MABINI

   In 2013 and 2014 the Philippines will commemorate the 150th birth anniversaries of two leaders of its struggle for independence from Spain and the United States: Andres Bonifacio (born 30 November 1863), who founded the revolutionary movement against Spain; and Apolinario Mabini (born 23 July 1864), who led the first cabinet of the Philippine Republic and resisted American imperialism. To honor both men and the movements they engaged in, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines will hold a conference in Manila on 24-25 April 2014.


   The task of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) is to promote the understanding of Philippine history and the appreciation of Filipino heritage through research and publications, commemorations, the installation of historical markers, and the conduct of conferences .

THEMES
The conference offers an opportunity for scholars from the Philippines and abroad to share new knowledge about the Filipino anti-imperialist struggle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a way of commemorating the lives and sacrifices of Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. Papers may cover, but are not limited to, the following themes:

MANIPULATION! – Persuasion, Influence and Sales

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Geohazard Mapping and Environment Summit

International Resource Recovery Movement

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY
In the 1980s, the RRM founders were inspired by the resource recovery concept from Finland's FINKONSULT and the components of the Saemaul Undong model of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

The resource recovery concept is characterized by its originators in Finland as a simple cost-saving methodology for organizations using appropriate technologies that will enable higher prevention of loss and generate greater savings either at the assembly line or in entire resource systems.

Resulting from this were studies submitted to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on modelling the Saemaul Undong in the Philippines and beginning a series of direct actions to promote resource recovery in the Philippines.

In 1990, Jose B. Martinez proposed to the DND to re-activate the Forest Ranger Battalion and requested the RRM founders to put together a study that will be submitted to the head of that agency.

From 1990-1991, the Philippines experienced two great natural disasters:  the Baguio Killer Earthquake in July 16, 1990 and the Mt. Pinatubo eruption nearly one year later in June 15, 1991. In contradiction to a firm position, the RRM founders who partook in preparing the final consolidated damage report expanded the rehabilitation funds several times to allow actual rehabilitation to reach the victims. The trickle down effect in government depletes all funding for local communities due to the unmitigated taking of skim from the top levels down to the municipal and even barangay level. If actual rehabilitation had not reached the reached the real victims, severe deterioration would have visited the affected communities and the resulting further loss would have been staggering.

Relatedly, in 1992, the proponents were briefed about the harmful effects of the accumulation of billions of tons of tephra (ash, lapilli, solid chunks of rock), in the high elevation parts of Zambales, Pangasinan and other provinces in the vicinity of Pinatubo.

The source of the data was a scientist visiting from Germany to study the volcano and with whom the RRM had a brief but productive encounter.  The scientist recommended the seeding of weeds on the tephra-covered elevated areas around Pinatubo. This insight was strongly suggested to Malacañang however it was not acted upon.  A few months after the letter to the Office of the President, flash floods hit Pangasinan.  Around eleven barangays were submerged in water and technically disappeared from the map temporarily.  Lives and property were lost.

Also in the same year, the RRM conducted a survey on the impact of Pinatubo with Bulacan as a Case Study and came out with findings that one to a maximum of three out of ten people in no less than eleven municipalities of Bulacan -- mostly coastal -- excreted minor amounts of blood in their urine.

The RRM also found the potable water in these eleven municipalities, including Malolos, Bulacan (provincial capital), to be highly salinated and to be the cause of the internal affliction of some of the respondents. RRM campaigned for a solution to the saline water intrusion into the aquifers of Bulacan that was causing the high salinity content of the province's potable water.

The Congress of the Philippines was moved to resuscitate an approved and dormant billion-peso fund solely intended for the water system of Bulacan. As a result, the dormant fund of PHP1.5-Billion was reinstated into the budget in favor of Bulacan's potable water systems concern.

In the same year, RRM helped in the campaign began by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) to stop the building of a huge bridge-breakwater from Bataan to Batangas on the premise that the project will kill Manila Bay.  At the time and up to now, the deterioration of Manila Bay still need to be addressed fully but the mothballing of the super bridge-breakwater project stemmed the early demise of the golden sunset bay.

RRM also strongly advocated the stopping of indiscriminate conversion of agricultural land for industrial-commercial-residential usage.  During the Kabisig National Assembly of 1992, Malacañang ordered a moratorium in the land conversion.

In 1995, RRM went into a joint undertaking with the Pangasinan network of non-government organizations led by Mr. Jose Burgos to carry out reforestation projects in the province of Pangasinan. RRM's legal holder, the non-profit Centre di Humanes et Societas, Inc. signed the agreement with the Pangasinan NGO Network and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan for the reforestation of the entire province of Pangasinan's network of forest areas to stop the massive siltation of Lingayen Bay and the degradation of the Agno Riverine System.

At the time, RRM observed that the landscape particularly in Central and Eastern Pangasinan was drastically transformed during the period between the Baguio Earthquake, the Pinatubo eruption, three to four years hence.

The linking up with the NGO network was borne out by the forecast made in 1983 by scientists from DOST research and development, Dr. Ponciano Batugal and company, that Pangasinan will turn into a desert in a span of twenty five years.

In the same year, through his own initiatives, Ambassador Leandro Verceles commissioned RRM to undertake a health audit and monitoring project under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations (UN).


ECONOMIC WELFARE, PUBLIC SAFETY AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

In 1983, RRM prepared the EDCO-ORD PROJECT and submitted the same to then Vice Chief of Staff Fidel Valdez Ramos, an undertaking to convert idle military property into viable business centers for the private sector. The benefits for the sons and daughters of those in the uniformed services was underscored, for the private commercial industrial complexes that will be built will become job havens for these beneficaries, among many other Filipinos or even foreigners who were qualified to work therein. As a result the Light Industrial complex was set up in Fort Bonifacio and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Economic Welfare Service was established. It is now called Morale and Economic Welfare Service.

In 1989, through Gen. Batenga, RRM submitted a project proposal to Pres. Corazon C. Aquino for the establishment of a Philippine satellite information and research agency. This was envisioned to increase Philippine capacity in data com and the use of information about outer space for the Philippines' various requirements. One of the most important uses of data from outer space is about disasters and calamities.

In 1990-1991, RRM earnestly started the advocacy for a full-function geographic information system for disaster and environment protection at the Philippines' Department of National Defense (DND).

In the same year, as a function of its advocacy, the founders of RRM proposed a concept for the Rationalization of the Defense - Armed Forces organization, detailing a large number of suggestions and recommendations on how to maximize the potentials of streamlining of the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Secretary of National Defense, Hon. Fidel Valdez Ramos, through the Undersecretary for Reserve Affairs, Hon. Victor Obillo, passed on to the RRM the determination of the Secretary to make the RRM concept the official position of the DND, RRM responded in the affirmative.

Among these activities was the promotion of Public Warning Systems (PWS) in the country.  In 1992, a total number of nineteen (19) public sector agencies were enjoined to attend the 1992 PWS Seminar conducted by experts from Germany led by Dr. Peter Pfeiffer at Camp General Aguinaldo, Quezon City. This was conducted by the same organizers of the summit in cooperation with German technical assistance.Further, the advocacy for a nationwide Safety agency from Jan 1992 evolved into the Philippine Safety organization under the Department of Transportation and Communications in 1995 that became technically enacted into law as the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) after having passed the Third Reading and all the other requirements of legislation.

The proposed safety agency was patterned after the United States NTSB and Singapore’s Safety Commission. Malacañang’s then acting lady secretary of budget and management, Ms. Emilia Boncodin, returned the law back to Congress stating that she will refuse to comply with the requirements of the law because of the absence of funds for safety in the country.

Former Secretary of Transportation and Communications Vicente C. Rivera stated that while he was at Congress, then Congressman Manuel A. Roxas III and his counterpart in the Senate Senator Franklin D. Drilon were the ones who pushed hard, along with their allies, for making the NTSB bill into law.

Up to this year 2013, as this is being written, the NTSB law has not yet been implemented by Malacanang, although already a considerably huge number of questions have been ventilated about the way billions of pesos were being released outside of the bounds of the Philippine Constitution and public budget rules and regulations.

In the time of former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Jose Marcelo Ejercito (Joseph Estrada), the advocacy for safe air transport, GIS, command-control-communications-computer-information (C4I) went into full swing and RRM worked actively with specialists from the United States and not the least among them, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) while networked with Philippine corporation Rodal Management Corp.

The RRM people succeeded in helping upgrade the CAT Status of the Philippines one rank higher due to the development of the Master Plan Framework for the Development of Air Traffic Systems (ATS) in the Philippines.  Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Harris BankCorp, Inc. (HBCI) under Harris Corp. (Florida) of the United States provided the initial pledges and committed to finance the Philippine group a minimum seed fund of Sixty Million United States Dollars (USD60,000,000) for the development of Philippine air traffic and air communications services.

Today, the entire Philippine aviation administration is privatized and extensively under re-engineering and development.  The transport safety Board was never implemented however an Office of Transport Security modeled after the same structure under the Department of Homeland Security of the United States is in place.

At this time, RRM is undertaking a continuing advocacy in putting together members of the technical and scientific community to undertake GIS development and risk mapping for clusters of nations in Asia, Europe, Africa and other areas. This effort is called the Hazards Mapping and Environment Summit.

Through its allied organizations, RRM is now campaigning for the launching of broad-based construction of new dwellings for victims of calamities in the Philippines such as the November 8-10, 2013 Tropical Cyclone Haiyan, codenamed Yolanda. The resolve of RRM is to undertake, where applicable, the relocation of the victims to much, much safer ground. (Please see HMES Conference Paper at http://www.hazmapping.com/ release dateline - November 29, 2013.)

On December 10, 2013, a conference on the continuance of the un-launched 2010 summit will take place at the Cityland Executive Towers in Makati City, Philippines.

RRM  http://www.resourcerecoverymovement.org/
Tel. +6325058107  Mobile 09212261611
Email: campaigns@centrehumanes.org    resourcerecovery@centrehumanes.org   info@resourcerecoverymovement.org
https://www.facebook.com/hazmappingsummit

Monday, December 23, 2013

Vizio Dance Club, Entertainment Venue, Social Club, And Bar Experience To Open This Dec 28 At Tomas Morato QC!

     It was one night of an experience that got me dancing like there's no tomorrow, to the groove of  bubbly mix music, it just feels light and free, enjoying while it last, the ambiance of it!



   Have Fun, eat listen dance and enjoy your evening. Nothing is obligatory, Everything's possible. Be yourself and anthing can hapen to you., at Vizio Bar!

     On Saturday, December 28, 2013 join us as Vizio bar open its doors to the public!! Vizio bar. Vizio Bar is located in the heart of Tomas Morato where people go for a party. It is a place in Quezon City, Philippines known for bar, night. It aims to equally delight and surprise the senses of taste and smell, and is an integral pillar of the overall Vizio Bar experience .

   VIZIO BAR is a startup disco bar that  offers a variety of talented and exciting performers that will ignite the people's desire for a bar experience. It also aims to provide a unique entertainment to people and a place for socialization. The "MANAGEMENT TEAM" of Vizio is known to be successful in the business field. Aside from the commonality of being a businessman, they are also fond of going to different bars and restaurants. So they decided to manage an establishment where they can always meet and enjoy, a "BAR BUSINESS".

          

 Vizio Bar will specialize in high-energy performances that will make the customers enjoy. They will offer local and international beers, wines and an array of liquors and mixed drinks. It will also provide foods that are uniquely created and derived from Asian cuisines. In addition, the venue will sell nonalcoholic beverages such as soda, juices and bottled water. The initial hours of operation will be from 9:00 pm to 6:00 A.M., Mondays to Sundays.

The bartenders have one, and only one, mission: surprise their guests with unexpected combinations and refresh their spirits. Dance to the latest and greatest hits in House music, Electro, Top 40, Latin Pop, Hip Hop and much more!

Vizio Dance club, entertainment venue, social club and a bar Experience QC’s most visually and musically stunning megaclub and dance the night away!

Vizio bar is the first 3D bar in Quezon City.

Visit here: http://www.viziobar.com.ph
On FB: https://www.facebook.com/VIZIOPHILIPPINES

Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Year New You, How To Really Achieve All Your New Year's Resolution!

Not everyone will become healthy. Not everyone will become wealthy. But that doesn't mean you cannot. DO YOU WANT TO BECOME HEALTHY AND/OR WEALTHY? If you really, really, really want to become one, the best way to learn is to learn from the people who have experienced failing and now reaping success. Learn how to become successful from the following:


Learn about NUTRITION through Mr. Anthony Cadlum Saraza. Learn about MONEY MANAGEMENT through Mr. J. Randell Tiongson. Learn about STOCKS through Mr. Jay G. Penaflor. Learn about ENTREPRENEURSHIP through Mr. Butch Salvador. Learn about REAL ESTATE through Mr. Noli Manuel Alleje. Learn about FRANCHISING through Mr. Rudolf Kotik. Learn about FOREX through Mr. Mark So.

7 POWER SPEAKERS WHO ARE EXPERTS, VETERANS AND PRACTITIONERS IN THE WORLD OF HEALTH AND WEALTH.

Forum fee is P1,000.00 + 12% VAT per attendee. Discounted rate at P800.00 + 12% VAT if you purchase before January 2014. Bank account details shall be sent via PM to interested people. Forum fee is already inclusive of snacks, coffee, lunch, certificate of attendance, chance to win exciting prizes, free photos from our photobooth sponsor (Prezioso Figlio), free body mass indexing/body mass analysis/blood pressure checkup from our wellness sponsor (ShapeUp/SlimDown), etc.

To attend the forum, sponsor or become a media partner, please feel free to contact us at 09175861414 or 6222853 or gvents.greenpinoys@gmail.com. You can also PM Alma Dayrit Roxas, Peter Allan Mariano and myself for this. Seats are very limited for this excellent success forum so book a seat as early as possible!

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/521569707936827/. — with Leyo Neil Partol and Jason Labrador.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mga Anino Ng Kahapon Is Rated "A" by CEB And MTRCB

  This film made me think how schizophrenia, could make or break a person and family depending on how they deal with it. Yes there is cure and hope for a person, having this mental illness.


"Mga Anino ng Kahapon" is among the five entries in the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Section full feature category), showing now Dec. 18-22 at  Gloretta 4 and SM Megamall.

The Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) fount the movie enlightening, adding that its screenplay is "insightful" and "well-researched."

   The CEB also praise the performance of the cast. "Agot Isidro in particular received uniformly rave reviews, not only due to her convincing depiction, but for imparting to the viewer a vicarious schizophrenia. Her partner TJ Trinidad was superb as usual, continuing to gro and mature as an actor. Both essays their roles with quiet power and conviction. "These are among the reasons why it gave the film an "A" rating.

  Meanwhile, the MTRCB lauded the film for its themes about hope and family. " The movie made us realize that we can still see the light despite the darkness of having to deal with a loved one who has mental disorder. Disability is not a punishment rather, there is purpose in it.

 In line with the objectives of raising awareness about schizophrenia, and reducing the stigma associated with it, the producers are inviting groups (high school and college classes, student orgs medical associations, NGO's, advocacy groups etc) to watch this film for FREE.

  Interested parties may contact mobile 091781102117, 0999-84960000 or simple go to their booth, at the lobby of Glorietta 4 and Megamall. The offer for free-scrennings applies to groups of five (5) or more. Rated PG by MTRCB.

Visit here: https://www.facebook.com/aninongkahapon

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SEASON'S SYMPHONIES CONCERTS DEDICATED TO YOLANDA VICTIMS


MAKATI CITY-This holiday season, Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and Ayala Museum present Season's Symphonies: Christmas Concerts for a Cause.

Guests can enjoy a variety of musical performances ranging from chamber music, jazz, and orchestra for five (5) evenings in December starting December 4. Proceeds from the ticket sales will support Laging Handa, AFI’s disaster response and preparedness program for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). Part of the proceeds will support the ongoing relief efforts in affected areas and the rest will be used to fund the construction of disaster-ready classrooms and establishment of sustainable livelihood projects in Negros.

The schedule of performances are as follows: UP Jazz Ensemble: Have A Swingin' Christmas on December 4; Arthur Espiritu and Friends: A Christmas Offering on December 12; Ramoncito Carpio and Nebrija Ramos Guitar Duo on December 17; Manila Symphony Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev on December 19; and UP Guitar Orchestra: A Christmas Gift to the Yolanda Victims on December 21.

All concerts will begin at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby. Tickets are available for Php 500 each, valid ONCE for any of the five concerts. For inquiries and/or reservations, contact Paula Fernandez at (632) 759 82 88 local 31 or email fernandez.pnc@ayalafoundation.org.

A Dialogue on the Disagreement Between Technology & Humanity



Still Human?
An Invitation to the member of this club called Earth
December 21, 2013, 6pm
9096 Malugay St. Brgy San Antonio Makati City

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cinemanila International Film Festival @SM Aura!

























   
       Cinemanila, the festival, traces its roots to the desire of continuing the legacy of Lino Brocka. In 1974, the great filmmaker created “Cinemanila,” an independent production outfit. With immortal classics like Mortal and Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Brocka was able to associate Cinemanila to films that are uniquely Filipino yet able to play to international markets. In turn, Cinemanila the film festival was envisioned to be a nurturing environment for the future of the Filipino film industry. By exposing them to international-caliber films, Cinemanila aimed to rouse the yearning among young and upcoming filmmakers to be more globally competitive and to be optimistic that they too can create world-class films worthy of exhibition abroad.
Visit here: https://www.facebook.com/cinemanila/info

Saturday, December 14, 2013

‘My Little Bossings’ A Movie Whose Time Has Come, Entry For 2013 MIFF!

   What makes me like this film, is its wholesomeness. Throughout these years, Vic "bossing" Sotto, has given us films, that made us laugh and enjoy family bonding. This year, they dont have one but two more bosings (Ryzza Mae Dizon and ames “Bimby” Aquino Yap)  to charm us, so dont miss this year's offering from Bossing Vic tireless effort to bring us entertainment, for our family to enjoy. see you there!

Not every generation produces a child star but this year, we have not just one but two of them who are set to show people that like Christmas, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is all about children even in making the tills sing.

“My Little Bossings” is a movie whose time has come. Ever since the project was bared, the public has been counting months, waiting with bated breath how the precocious Ryzza Mae Dizon will jive with the decorous James “Bimby” Aquino Yap, Both charming and intelligent, but one street smart and the other “socially elite,” it’s an intriguing pairing indeed.  
As shooting progressed and as the two kids warmed up to each other and established rapport on and off screen, it became clear that “My Little Bossings” is more than mere curious case. It’s a casting dynamo bound to shakeup the MMFF and steal thunder from anything that crosses its path. “Nakakatuwa talaga yung dalawang bata. They complement each other so well. You can see that when you watch the movie. Nagtuturuan, nagtatawanan, sabay napapagod, sabay nagugutom. Masaya lang kami sa set. Para lang kaming laging naglalaro,” said “My Little Bossings” lead star and co-producer, Vic Sotto.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Torque Celebrates 5th Year in the Philippines Proudly Pinoy brand revolutionizes the Filipino mobile phone landscape!


With its unwavering commitment to deliver quality and affordable products at par with foreign brands to the local mobile phone market, Filipino brand TORQUE marks its fifth year of operations in the Philippines. Amidst the technological revolution that has taken the mobile communications world by storm, TORQUE is proud to continuously keep pace with the constant quest for new breakthroughs in terms of design and functionality.

TORQUE’s beginnings in the country traces back to 2008, when they first took advantage of the surge of mobile phone usage in the Philippines. Understanding the needs and behavior of consumers, TORQUE has introduced a multitude of options to mobile users that fit their lifestyle and budget. Today, TORQUE is considered to be among the key players in a highly competitive and aggressive mobile phone industry.

“TORQUE has, indeed, gone a long way given the relatively short time of operations,” TORQUE CEO Christopher Uyco said. “In keeping up with the very dynamic mobile phone market in the Philippines, our commitment remains the same: to provide innovative product designs and highly thoughtful specifications based on what the market demands.”

As the first local mobile brand to launch the most affordable mobile phones and tablets with superb features found in foreign brands, TORQUE’s status has improved significantly in the last five years in terms of market demand. Rising from the 10th up to 7th and then up to 5th for the past 3 years. To date, TORQUE’s revenue has increased to 150 percent compared to 2012.

Pinoy ingenuity meets world-class features
For five years, TORQUE has given Filipino users the freedom of choice to select the mobile phones and tablets that fit their lifestyle, at a cost that will give them the best value for their money. “We engineer and design our own phones and tablets through our scaled and talented TORQUE engineering team,” Uyco related. “From the seemingly insignificant details to the essential functions, each product is made with only excellence in mind.”

To celebrate its fifth year, TORQUE has beefed up its product lineup with more innovative smart phones and tablets that caters to literally all types of mobile phone and tablet users.

Given that Filipinos use their gadgets not just for communications but for entertainment, TORQUE is offering mobile handsets that go beyond calling and texting. Now, enjoying videos and music are made more affordable with D1c, D1e, D1i, D5i, DTV5, DTV15 Slim. All products are with dual SIM capability, FM radio, camera with video recorder, multimedia player and expandable memory up to 32GB. DTV15 is even built with mobile TV, which is also available for i20 TV+WiFi and i80 TV+WiFi. Featuring a bigger screen for TV viewing, i20 and i80 are built with large and clear 2.8” and 3.5” screens, respectively, as dual SIM capability, camera with video recorder, and expandable memory up to 8GB. Connectivity is also not a problem with its seamless WiFi capability and Bluetooth/JAVA/GPRS/MMS feature.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Regine Velasquez- Alcasid’s Hulog Ka Ng Langit hits Platinum In Record Time!

    Regine Velasquez proved that she is still the country’s topselling female artist as her latest album Hulog Ka Ng Langit hits platinum mark in record time of two weeks.  Hulog Ka Ng Langit topped various stores’ sales chart for the past two weeks.

Regine was awarded the Platinum Record Award by Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy- Go last Sunday at GMA’s Sunday All Stars. The album has sold more than 15,000 units.

The album, composed of songs that give inspiration to wives and mothers, has the beautifully-penned Hulog Ka Ng Langit as debut single and title track of the album. The song truly embodies what the album is all about – unconditional love between husbands and wives, and mothers to children.

Regine recounts that when work has started for the album, the whole team was leaning towards making a baby album. The songbird, however, felt that love songs that have more general messages to be included in the album.

“The challenge really was to have a special, not-so-typical baby album,” shares Regine. “An album that can be appreciated by everyone – kids, parents, lovers, and family.”

With Regine’s gift of amazing vocals, she has given new life to songs like Hele Ni Inay, Someone’s Waiting For You, Happiness, You, God Gave Me You and Just The Way You Are, a duet with husband Ogie Alcasid. The songs included in the album also feature some of the best arrangers, musicians in the country.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Referral Revolution Workshop for Philippines


Monday, January 6, 2014 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
AIM Conference Center Benavidez St, Makati City

PPP Consulting Pte Ltd - Speaker: Chris Chan
UP YOUR REFERRALS MASTER CLASS
Empowering financial practitioners to achieve personal breakthroughs and professional excellence.
Transforming the financial advisory landscape by touching a life at a time.
Up Your Referrals!
Up Your Client Communication!
Up Your Situational Handling Skills!
Up Your Questioning & Listening Skills!
Up Your Prospecting!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

What every freelancer Journalist at risk needs to know

By Gavite Rees (Dart Centre Europe Director)
The College of Journalism is hosting a day of workshops and talks aimed at sharing BBC and wider industry expertise of working in hostile environments. It is aimed particularly at freelancers, who are increasingly at risk, often without the safety support provided to staff journalists.

Dart Centre Europe - part think tank, part network for reporters who cover trauma - is one of the organisations taking part. Its director Gavin Rees says that taking account of trauma is essential - not only for the well-being of journalists but for the integrity of their journalism:

“TAKAGI IN CONCERT: A Violin Recital” This Dec 10 @CCP

The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents violinist Kazuhiro Takagi on December 10, 2013 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) at 7:30 pm. Assisting pianist is Josue Greg Zuniega.

Billed as “TAKAGI IN CONCERT: A Violin Recital”, the program includes J.S Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005, Karol Szymanowski’s Three Myths for violin and piano, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42, and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Kazuhiro Takagi started violin lessons at the age of six where he studied under Takayoshi Wanami, Yuko Mori, Eduard Wulfson and Eduard Schmieder. He later left for France to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur Musique de Lyon where he graduated with the highest grades in 1994. He furthered his training at Southern Methodist University in 1995 and Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2000 via Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. His major awards include a prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1997), 3rd prize at the Geneva International Music Competition (1998), and the 1st prize as the first violinist of the Eusia String Quartet at the Fischoff National Music Competition in Indiana State, USA (2001). He also obtained the National Arts Festival New Artist Award sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Osaka Cultural Festival Grand Prize (2005) and the Recorded Work Award, Audio Category at the 19th Music Pen Club Japan (2007).


Wealth Creation Summit This Dec.15 @SMX Aura!



Learn from the International Speakers about Personal Finance, Financial Planning, Savings, Investments, Working Online and knowing your personality to become successful in your chosen fields. Featuring DJ Rico Robles from RX 93.1 Monster Radio and Janice Hung for a Mini Concert after the Summit. Network with Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Medias and executives during the event.

Reserve VIP Seats for only P 500 and Gold Seats P 250.00.
Regular P 100.00 - SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Disaster-Proof Your Business: For SMEs, Startups and Freelancers

   Images of looting of department stores, flooded offices, and overturned delivery vans in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda still lingers in the minds of a lot of entrepreneurs.  Are you ready when it is your turn?  It begins with planning.

   Freelancer.ph, along with iAcademy School of Continuing Education, has created a short seminar on how SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs on what experts are claiming an EVENTUAL scenario for all of us especially here in Metro Manila.
This keynote talk aims to give insights on how businesses especially the startups can mitigate losses upon taking more proactive actions in handling disaster risks.
The audience will also be provided a better appreciation of what went wrong and what went right in the recent natural calamity incidents experienced in the country.  Recommended natural disaster risk- handling tips and techniques will be discussed coming from the collective learning experiences.

We will discuss an overview of the objectives and options for SME business continuity options that covers:

- Defining Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Objectives
- Recovery Point Objectives / Recovery Time Objectives
- Typical Solutions (In-house Media, Offsite Tape, Cloud, Replication)
- Evaluating a solution

We will also show how to recover the investments in our assets and equipment if they are damaged.
"Disaster--Proof your Business" is rooted on the principles of risk management in project management as it is implemented in big companies but simplified to become more suitable for small and medium businesses as well as for freelance professionals.

Seminar Fee:
The fee is only 200 pesos.  The 150 pesos goes to our pizza and drinks.  The other 50 pesos will be donated to the Yolanda victims.

How Children Learn 180ºNorth Training Company

What can we do to support our children's education in a globally competitive world?


Find out how 21st century learning works from a successful Silicon Valley school model.
Hear about the cutting edge approach to learning designed to educate future global change makers.
Listen to one of the founders of the SILICON VALLY schools in Menlo Park - the Synapse School.
Find out about the successful curriculum model based on the importance of play and creativity.
Learn from those who are using innovative learning strategies in their work with children and adolescents.
Treston International College
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Visit here: http://www.180degreenorth.com/

WICKED The Broadway Musical!



Watch Out for this Broadway Musical opening on January 22, 2014 @CCP Main Theather

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Trading Hours Live!

MetisEtrade in partnership with Midas Business Academy


MetisEtrade Inc. is a financial services company providing online trading services on Forex, Precious Metals, Oil, and Global Indices - a first of its kind in the Philippines. Backed by a team of dedicated specialists and partnering with financial institutions around the world, MetisEtrade offers the most cost-efficient way to trade in the global capital markets and exchange foreign currencies online.
Midas Business Academy is a foreign exchange trading center that offers comprehensive and flexible forex education packages, specialized in technical analysis. It provides clients with learning materials and trading tools that are practical and easy to understand.

Every Friday: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
9th Floor Marajo Tower 26th Street cor. 4th Ave. Fort Bonifacio Global CityTaguig
Visit here: https://www.facebook.com/MetisEtrade

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE & CONDUCT "Creating A Culture of Positive Employee Discipline"


The 2-day program is a seminar workshop on Policy Development and Implementation, on December 6-7, 2013, (Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm) Participants will learn best practices in managing and monitoring employee conduct and how to communicate positively and legally conduct disciplinary actions that will lead to better performance from your employees.

What You Will Learn:
+ Learn how to establish a culture of Positive Employee Discipline
+ Build an employee discipline system that drives excellent performance
+ Manage employee discipline with confidence and grace
+ Handle the Legal and HR side of Employee Discipline
+ Explore Common Disciplinary Problems and Best Practices to Solve and Avoid Them

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Parokya Ni Edgar’s Bente Launching @Eastwood This Nov 29!

   This November 29 at the Eastwood City Central Plaza, Parokya Ni Edgar will launch their latest release Bente, which celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary as a group. Bente has two editions – 1 DVD/2 CD and 2 CD. The DVD includes 28 music videos of the band plus two documentaries. The 2 CD has a total of 29 tracks (27 of the band’s biggest hits plus 2 brand new tracks).

Bente also includes their newest single Ang Parokya, which talks about the beginnings of the band. It also features Gloc-9 and Frank Magalona. Ang Parokya is the second time that Parokya Ni Edgar, Frank and Gloc-9 collaborated in a song. The music video of the song is also included in the DVD.

For avid fans, two documentaries are included in the DVD– Ang Kuwento ng Parokya and Ang First Gig ng Parokya.

Those who will buy Bente on the launch date will get free T-shirt and a poster, on a first come, first served basis.

Part of the proceeds of Bente will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross – Quezon City Chapter.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

LILET Never Happened

Director Jacco Groen

I met Lilet (13) in a mental hospital in Manila 18 years ago. It was one day after she tried to commit suicide. For me she was a cruel example of a broken mind in a fucked up society. When I asked her why she tried to kill herself she said: “Men are only interested in my body but no one wants to know what’s under the skin. I thought if I’m dead they can have my body, but I don’t have to feel it anymore”. This never left my mind, but when I came back to shoot a documentary, she was gone.When I read in 2008 that due to economic crisis child prostitution was growing, I decided to give Lilet and many other girls a voice.
It took us 6 months to find the perfect girl for the leading role. But because of lack of fundings the shooting period was spread out over a period of 3 years (2009 to 2012). Every year I was able to bring up just enough money for 10 shooting days;  without support of Film foundations or television because it was my first feature.
Jacco Groen directed about 25 documentaries for television. His short film Solina was selected for Berlin Film Festival and won in several festivals.
Plotline
A scrawny young Filippine girl (11) struggles to survive in the streets of Manila. International social worker, Claire, tries to save her, but this hard headed, traumatized girl thinks she can take her life in her own hands. But she has to face up to reality when she runs out of innocent dreams.
The film has a vivid approach to the heavy subject.
 Lilet Never Happened won:
Best youth Film in Kristiansand Norway Best youth film Copenhagen, Denmark. Best Actress for Sandy Talag in Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico Audience Award best film in Auburn Film Festival, Australia. Best Drama Script at AOF Film Festival Best Director in International Film Festival Manhattan NY Best Cast Ensemble at the International Film Festival Manhattan NY
http://www.liletneverhappened.com

synopsis
Lilet, a scrawny female teenager walks down the street in a seedy part of the red-light district of Manila. She lives on the street because her mother was trying to sell her. Suddenly, police patrol cars screech to a halt as cops swoop down and nab the street vagrants, among them Lilet who viciously resist arrest,  cursing, kicking and clawing. In the police station Lilet appears hardened by misery and poverty. She is an angry, bitter young girl. But if she wants to, she can look innocent and angelic.
Dutch social worker and owner of a drop-in center, Claire, notices “Snow White” and wants to help her. Although Lilet doesn´t need her pity, Claire visits lilet´s mother, Rosing an ex-prostitute and stepfather Tonyo, in the slum quarters. Shortly after Lilet is reunited with her parents, the girl is able to escape and visits Claire at the drop-in center. She gets to meet Nonoy (15) who is the oldest male child in the center. They immediately like each other. Lilet tells exaggerated fantasy stories to the other kids, showing them a picture of her father who is a famous actor. Lilet stays in the drop-in center until her mother finds her and takes her away. Claire can´t stop her and Lilet feels betrayed.
Lilet escapes again from her mother and visits a nightclub where Tessie, Lilet´s older sister, is working. Mama Curing, a huge woman who owns the club, does not miss the fact that Lilet is beautiful but under-aged and makes her a busgirl (the girl who collects the glasses). Tessie assures Lilet that their mother cannot touch them here. Lilet easily gets drawn to one of the older girls, Alice, whom the others fondly call “crazy.” Alice is kooky.
Soon “Snow White” is very popular among the customers and soon she is forced to go with a foreigner who is offering a lot of money for her virginity. Lilet stays in touch with Claire and their relation becomes stronger. But when Claire finds out where Lilet is working, she demands the police to raid the nightclub. Some girls manage to escape, among them are Lilet and Alice. Lilet furiously goes to the drop-in center spoiling for a confrontation with Claire. She angrily blames her for destroying the lives of the people working in the nightclub. Claire tries to help Lilet, but Lilet thinks she can handle the world with her wits.
Soon this rebel girl realizes she is running out of innocent dreams…

"The "Selfie"Journey - Connecting and Engaging Online" this December 7!

  Will be giving a talk on the "The "Selfie"Journey - Connecting and Engaging Online" this December 7. Social media is a powerful medium to express yourself online. For marketers, a viable medium to generate awareness and relationships with prospects or customers. For a simple individual who shares interesting ideas, discoveries, insights, knowledge, an opportunity to become a recognized influencer. These acts of stepping up and be known online are often referred as becoming a digital influencer.


   But for a lot of people, taking the step in aspiring to become one brings in a lot of worry - whether they will be accepted or not. In this session, I will share tips in expressing your "selfie", building trust, creating a differentiation, attracting the crowd you like (and vice versa), owning a category, use the "rebel" in you, and defining a framework to sustain.

   I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the event - "We are One: A Seminar for the Benefit of Yolanda Survivors." The fee to be charge is P1,000 which will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross. Details on how to join can be found at http://trainings.ph/weareone

   Being in a roster of inspiration speakers, I decided to take on a different approach for my topic and hope it will benefit those who will attend - as they also help families affected by typhoon Yolanda. See you on December 7! — with Ricky de Vera and 4 others.

AN INVITATION: Kabbalah lecture on NANOTECHNOLOGY




NANOTECHNOLOGY Lecture
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Friday, November 22, 2013

HERITAGE BETWEEN THE COVERS


Museum Volunteer of the Philippines

HERITAGE BETWEEN THE COVERS
a talk by
Elizabeth V. Reyes
Author of the books: Philippine Style and Tropical Living

Date: November 28,2013
Time: 10:00AM
Registration: 9:30AM
MVP Members: 150 /  Guests: 250

Elizabeth V Reyes is a writer and editor who specializes in Filipino arts, culture and design.
She is the author and project manager of glossy illustrated books on the Philippines, many specializing in tropical design and architecture.
Her booklist started off with the groundbreaking Filipino Style (1997). More recently she has produced:
Tropical Living, Tropical Interiors, the Tropical House, 25 Tropical Houses, and Decorating with Flowers.

RSVP: mvpmember@gmail.com
mvpphilippines.hypermart.net

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MoneySense Live - Investing 101

Christmas is just around the corner. And you know what that means -- gastos! By January 1, 2014, you will be making your New Year's Resolutions. And one of those resolutions probably has something to do with money. If December means spending, why not make January all about investing? After all, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make your money grow. But how?


If you haven't invested at all or have just started to invest, why not invest in your own financial education? This way, you avoid making investment mistakes that will cost you money. We believe that an educated investor will be a successful investor. If you make investment decisions based on a solid and sound financial foundation, then you will avoid buying the hottest stock your cousin told you about or fall for the latest pyramid scam. And if you have been socking away your hard-earned money in bank deposits, you will realize you are actually losing money.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

TIÑO, A Philippine Brand Offers Bespoke Suit Tailoring In Manila, Bringing A Piece Of Italian Craftsmanship To The Filipinos

    Bespoke tailoring means to design garments in accordance to the client’s personal specifications and style. Tailored to physical proportions and peculiarities, molded to the body shape and is highly personalized.

At TIÑO, creating a bespoke suit does not only require measurements, it is determined by the client’s desire for unique and exclusivity in style reflected in the process of meticulous entirely hand-stitched garments.

The client’s personality is observed in bespoke tailoring. To heightened individuality, the client’s decision on shape, style and detail are discussed and noted for the master cutter to harmonize the suit with the body.

Napoleon Arienza, TIÑO’s Master Cutter has been into bespoke tailoring for fifty years and has familiarized himself with different body structure and style. The standard of this kind of craftsmanship takes 20 hours or more of handwork for every part of the suit to be fully adaptable to the client’s specifications.

Bespoke Tailoring Process
Time is one of the fundamental elements in bespoke tailoring.  The process would take three to four weeks or longer until the suit is ideal fit to the client.

First Appointment – Measuring and Choosing Fabric
Basic measurements are taken in great detail. Only a master cutter who has years of tailoring experience can determine and assess all peculiarity of the body posture and figuration.


Swatches of high quality fabric are presented to choose from. Specific style, trim and detailing options are discussed with the master cutter for customization and specifications.
Second Appointment – First Fitting, The Canvas Stage
At the first fitting, the master cutter will assess the accuracy of his measurements. By this time the suit is half-made, temporarily stitched together by white threads, this is called the ‘Baste’ suit.

Experience Convenience, Experience Health Cube!


   I still remember seeing a classic film, wherein it's the doctor to goes to the patient. but with the busyness of our doctors nowadays, and the growing number of people to look after to, getting sick could be tedious. But with the opening of Health Cube right at the center of Greenhills shopping center at Promanade, seeing a doctor and getting cured can only be this convenient.

    The opening of Health Cube was graced by Senator Grace Poe, her mother Ms. Susan Roces, and other known personalities, doctors and guests.


We believe that health care should be a pleasant experience for everyone. From the simple act of seeing your doctor, to getting a medical workup, or having your results explained to you.
Our goal is to make you feel like it’s done in the most convenient of manners.
Experience convenience. Experience Health Cube.

Health Cube History
Since 2006, the Health Cube Clinics has provided quality health care to patients looking for the best diagnostic services guided by the finest medical professionals. Conceptualized by over 50 different doctors from various subspecialties, it has been designed to personalize the healthcare experience and provide fast and convenient services with state of the art technology.
Our Vision
Health Cube’s vision is to be the standard of personalized out-patient healthcare
Mission Statement
To provide a pleasant experience for our patients that will enable them to pursue an active role in getting better and feeling better
To establish a foundation for our physicians that will encourage collaboration and advancement of their medical craft
To create an environment for our staff that will develop their skills and enhance personal and professional growth
To build an organization for our stakeholders that is committed to responsible management and sustainable growth
Complete Diagnostic Laboratory
Hematology
Blood Chemistry
Serology
Clinical Microscopy
Tumor Markers
Immunochemistry
Clinical Pathology
Drug Testing

Cardiopulmonary Studies
12-Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG)
24-Hour Ambulatory ECG (Holter)
24-Hour Ambulatory Blood PresTVsure
6-Day Event Monitoring
2D Echocardiogram with Doppler
Treadmill Exercise Stress Test
Stress Echocardiogram
Arterial Wave-Form Analysis
Pulmonary Function Test
Imaging
Comprehensive X-Ray Services
Ultrasound (OB and Abdominal)
Transcranial Doppler Imaging
Carotid Duplex Studies
Arterio-Venous Duplex Studies

Endoscopic Studies
Gastroscopy
Colonoscopy
Rectosigmoidoscopy
Colon Cancer Screening

Electromyography
Complete Electromyography
Nerve Conduction Velocity Studies
Visual Evoked Potentials
Audio Evoked Potentials
Somatosensory Evoked Potentials

Special Procedures
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Studies
Minor Surgeries and Specimen Biopsy
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

Subspecialty Clinics
Diabetic Consult and Screening
Pacemaker Analysis
Clinical Nutrition Programs
Dementia and Memory Screening
Cancer Screening Programs

Dermatology and Laser Clinic
Ophthalmology Clinic

Ambulatory Surgery
General Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Urology
ENT Surgery

Only Experts
All the physicians of Health Cube are medical specialists who have had training in the top institutions of the country.

We firmly believe in finding the right physician for you whose expertise can give you the absolute best medical care.

Results you understand
We worked hard to make understanding your results this easy. In one glance, you can see what needs to be focused on.

Executive checkups you’ll enjoy
Always thought you had to be checked in a
hospital to have a complete executive check up? See how you can have done in half-a-day and use the extra time to catch a movie or go shopping.
Visit here: https://www.facebook.com/healthcube

G|DaysxPhilippines Culminates with #GDayxManila This Nov 23 @Xavier School SJ!

The Google Business Group Community would like to invite you to their Gdayx Philippines event on Saturday November 23, 2013 from 8:00am-5:00pm at the Angelo King Multi-Purpose Center, Xavier School. This event aims to connect, inform and inspire business owners, entrepreneurs and business students on the latest business technologies. This FREE event is supported by Google, SMART and Xavier School.


The Program:
Keynote - Gail Tan, Google Philippines
Google for Entrepreneurs | Communications Tools for Business: GMail, Hangouts, Intro to Google Drive -Herald Uy
Google Drive -Therence John Resabal, Google Student Ambassador
YouTube for Your Business -Trixie Canivel, Google
Podcasting and Blogging -Kring Elenzano, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Producer and Host
Communities and Crises: Disaster Rescue, Relief & Reconstruction through Technology #codePH #rescuePH #readyPH - Aileen Apolo, Google
Crisis Mapping Experience and the Google Crisis Information Page - Fleire Castro, GBG Cebu
Google Places & Mapping for Business -JR Padilla, GDG Dagupan
Blogging for Your Business -Fitz Villafuerte, Business and Finance Blogger
Introduction to Google Analytics -Maro Rimorin, Blogger and Digital Strategist
Google+ for Business -Johnn Mendoza, GBG Cebu
Google for Education -Jerome Locson, Google
The Google Developer Groups and Locally-produced Apps You Can Use -Celine Barrozo and Jomar Tigcal, GDG Philippines
Closing Remarks -Chelle Gray, Google
Kindly register at http://bit.ly/gdayxmanila to confirm your attendance and for headcount.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

By: Bronnie Ware
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Credits:
This article first appeared on inspirationandchai.com via @ Real Farmacy

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2013 World Tour Philippine Screening

UNAMC, Revolve and Oi Attack Productions presents the Philippine Screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Fourteen films featuring different extreme outdoor sports like mountain biking, long board, wingsuit flying, kayaking, rock climbing, extreme rollerskates, alpine mountaineering and expeditions, slack lining and many more.


The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a collection of short films taken from across the globe. This is an annual event organized by the Banff Centre from Banff, Alberta, Canada. After 37 years, the Banff Mountain Film Festival has a proven track record as the world’s largest and one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world. This years’ Film Festival is held in 40 countries, 400 communities and 7 continents, including Antarctica.

Beyond the film screening, other fun and exciting activities will also be featured. The event will culminate with performances of live bands.

Friday, November 15, 2013

World Premiere: SAN ANDRES B: A NEW OPERA IN FILIPINO!


Press  Release:
As the whole nation celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of its National Hero, Andres Bonifacio on November 30, 2013, Tanghalang Pilipino in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and National Historical Commission of the Philippines proudly present a New Filipino Opera in two acts based on the libretto of National Artist for Literature, Virgilio Almario and set to music by leading Asian contemporary composer, Josefino Chino Toledo.


Entitled San Andres B, it is not a historical account based purely on Andres Bonifacio’s life and the events leading to the 1896 Revolution. The opera is about awakenings… a coming of age in our quest for a collective national consciousness. Andres Bonifacio as the embodiment and representation of this Filipino consciousness became the driving force behind this quest to free the nation from all sorts of bondage – colonial rule, abject poverty and ignorance. In this pioneering work, we give importance to his contributions toward nationhood, a process not exclusive to the Philippine Revolution of 1896. It is reimagining Andres Bonifacio as a true hero of equal or even greater stature than Jose Rizal, a daunting task given the cultural conditioning by which we have all been accustomed to.

Nevertheless, this opera will put your senses on overdrive as it was meant to be. Rich musical textures and riveting lines, it is thought-provoking and relentlessly uncompromising. The text and music are complementary, creatively and expertly staged by Director Floy Quintos using simple and symbolic images to drive home the point. It is a lean cast, composed of lead actors, chorus and dancers, all coming together to bring to life this monumental work – a groundbreaking task in Philippine classical music and a true reflection of Andres Bonifacio’s re-imagined identity.
The music encapsulates life itself. Sometimes comical, sometimes harsh, other times comfortable, mostly engaging you personally in whatever capacity. It is the kind of work that you will either love or hate, but one thing is for sure, you will never leave the theater without an opinion, and a strong one at that. The text is written in metaphors – radical, intriguing, constantly challenging one’s sense of love for country. It taunts you to look inwardly and then begin the process of outward transformation.

This opera is not for the weak in spirit. This is for the brave Filipino who is ready to confront the harsh realities of life and stare at the face of danger without fear of getting knocked down. It is uncomfortable at times, emotionally exhausting, mentally draining, forcing us to look at the dark side of our beings, confronting the evils of society and emerging triumphant despite the numerous challenges.
The cast features some of the most outstanding contemporary classical singer in the country, led by Dondi Ong as Andres Bonifacio, and Margarita Roco as Gregoria de Jesus. Completing the main ensemble is Antonio  Ferrer as Emilio Jacinto and Marvin Gayramon as Jose Rizal. The supporting chorus is composed of AUIT chamber ensemble members as well as actors from Tanghalang Pilipino and dancers from Ballet Philippines. Directed by well respected and multi-awarded Filipino playwright Floy Quintos, this production will be unlike no other as it breaks new territory in the realm of contemporary Filipino operas.
Accompanying this stellar cast is GRUPO 20/21, a newly formed modular chamber music ensemble dedicated primarily to the performance of varied 20th and 21st century music of Filipino and Asian music artists and composers. San Andres B is GRUPO 20/21’s initial project.

Libretto: Virgilio Almario
Music: Josefino Chino Toledo
Director: Floy Quintos

PRODUCTION TEAM:
Choreographer: Kris Belle Paclibar – Mamangun
Production Designer: Eric Cruz
Costume Design: James Reyes
Lighting/Technical Design: Jay Aranda
Sound Engineer: Aji Manalo

PLAYDATES: November 29 – December 8, 2013
(Fri) November 29, 7pm ; December 6, 8pm
(Sat) November 30, 3pm and 8pm; December 7, 3pm and 8pm
(Sun) December 1 and 8, 3pm

VENUE:
Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino
Cultural Center of the Philippines

TICKETS:
Regular: Php 800; Student: Php 400
20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s. (Please present valid ID)

For tickets, call TicketWorld at 891-9999, Tanghalang Pilipino at 8321125 local 1620-1621 or contact 0917-750-0107 / 0918-959-3949 for more details.

Catching Fire, The Hunger Games Special Blocked Screening This Nov 21 @The Shang Cinema!

  Great Events Plus Inc. brings you another blockbuster movie of the year, The Hunger Games Catching Fire in Digital 2D, November 21, 2013 at the Shangri-La Cineplex, Cinema 2, 3:20PM.


The movie is reeling in soon and here's your chance to catch it first! Purchase your tickets now! So what are you waiting for? Will you miss this up-and-coming awesome movie? Or will you see it as soon as we will?

There will be a lot freebies in store such as Clover Chips, Free Magazines from Summit Media, Sorciage and HighLife Magazine, and many more, as well as raffle prizes to be given away from sponsors such as Livco Perfumes, Crocodile Park Free tickets, Gatsby products, Beauty products from Glutamax and Ysa Skin Soap etc.

This is open for public. Ticket costs P495. They are giving away up to 20% discount for families and friends in a group of five and up. For ticket reservations, please contact any of the following numbers: 478-9871 / 091572146061 / 09066057155. 

This special screening is brought to you by Great Events Plus Inc. with Media Partners, WheninManila, Wazzup Pilipinas, Kroniklr, BusinessWorld, Herword.com, Highlife; with our Sponsors, Clover Chips, Memo, Regatta, Tyler, The Oriental Hotels and Resorts, Ysa Botanica, Ysa Skincare Clinic, Ginhawa Spa and Dining, Glutamax, Crocodile Park Manila, Summit Media, IEMAS, LivCo Perfumes, Thunderbird Resorts and Hotels, Valda Pastilles, Gatsby and Sorciage by Wacoal.

ITS BACK! THE MERCATO CENTRALE FOOD MARKET SOUTH, THIS NOV 23!

 
     Great news to all the foodies from the South! The Mercato Centrale group, organizer of the Manila’s most popular night food markets, is bringing back the Mercato Centrale experience to the South! Join us at EL SUR – the NEWEST Mercato Centrale market that will be open in Alabang Town Center (beside Fully Booked) every Friday & Saturday from 12nn to 12mn starting November 23 (Saturday)!
    “After a short break from the South, we are excited to be back in the area!“ enthused Anton Diaz, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale group and the blogger behind the popular food and travel blog in the Philippines www.OurAwesomePlanet.com.  “Thanks to all the support from our Southern-based foodie fans who have been clamoring for our return.”

“We look forward to bringing the Mercato Centrale foodie experience to Alabang Town Center, which includes a variety of great-tasting and innovative food choices straight from the homes of the South-based chefs and homemakers, acoustic entertainment and a lively atmosphere“ said RJ Ledesma, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale group. “We will also have the best-selling vendors from our various Mercato markets sharing their famous dishes in EL SUR!”

“We also want to find the next big food entrepreneur from the South!” added Anton.  “The Mercato markets have been the birthplace of many expanding Manila food businesses like Manang’s Chicken, Merry Moo Premium Ice Cream, Spring by Ha-Yuan, Kristina’s Inutak, Chuck’s Grubberie Fish and Chips and many more. We are happy to note that one of our pioneer Mercato vendors, Mochiko Ice Cream, already has a branch here in Alabang Town Center!”

For interested food vendors who want to join EL SUR, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152or (+632) 812-0102, email admin@mercatocentrale.ph or visit www.facebook.com/elsur. Limited slots available.

Mercato Centrale group is the organizer of Midnight Mercato in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Cucina Andare (the first food truck market in the country) in Glorietta Park, Makati, Mezza Norte in Ayala’s Trinoma Mall, Quezon City, Cocina Centrale in Ayala’s MarQuee Mall, Pampanga and Porto Cena in Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall, Subic.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The ‘Greenlight’ is on for the season’s biggest musical event

The country’s best, biggest and most promising bands unite for a cause in Greenlight, Music Festival tomorrow, November 15, Friday at the Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City. The festival starts at 5 p.m.



Greenlight, a project by Greenfield Development Corporation and in cooperation with Orion Entertainment, features performances from Up Dharma Down, Urbandub, Franco, True Faith, She’s Only Sixteen, Jensen Gomez, Runmanila, Never The Strangers, Taken By Cars, Techy Romantics, Mad Hatter Day, Reese Lansingan, Earthmover, Save Me Hollywood, Yolanda Moon, Madhatter Day, Pulso, among others.

The festival also has exciting treats to music fans –moving statues, mechanical bull ride, skate jam, freedom wall and lots of raffle prizes.

Greenlight will also accept donations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The ‘Greenlight’ Is On For The Season's Biggest Music!


The country’s best, biggest and most promising bands unite for a cause in Greenlight, Music Festival tomorrow, November 15, Friday at the Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City. The festival starts at 5 p.m.

Greenlight, a project by Greenfield Development Corporation and in cooperation with Orion Entertainment, features performances from Up Dharma Down, Urbandub, Franco, True Faith, She’s Only Sixteen, Jensen Gomez, Runmanila, Never The Strangers, Taken By Cars, Techy Romantics, Mad Hatter Day, Reese Lansingan, Earthmover, Save Me Hollywood, Yolanda Moon, Madhatter Day, Pulso, among others.

The festival also has exciting treats to music fans –moving statues, mechanical bull ride, skate jam, freedom wall and lots of raffle prizes.

Greenlight will also accept donations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Yapak Mo, Yakap Ko" Concert-For-A-Cause!


Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation presents
"Yapak Mo, Yakap Ko" Concert-For-A-Cause
in cooperation with Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation (TNK) 
and De La Salle College of St. Benilde's Student Council

Featuring:
Up Dharma Down
UNiCA (Porque)
and uprising bands like 
Clover Street
Dagsin
Pathway

With a special opening act by Next Ep! :)

The beneficiary of this benefit concert are the kids catered by TNK living in Smokey Mountain and some street children. 

This benefit concert is sponsored by Nikon, Adarna House and Asia Overseas Transport Inc. 

Media partners: 
Wheninmanila.com, Fashion Hub Philippines, Voice of the Youth Radio, Pinoy Radio Online and Kroniklr Media

Ticket price: Php250- Early bird rate 
Php300- starting November 1, 2013
NO WALK-INS for security purposes.