Friday, May 25, 2018

One Million Pesos Up for Grabs for Cebuana Lhuiller's 2018 Search for the Happiest Pinoy

For the past two decades, the Philippines has endured less than 300 calamities, ranking it as the fourth most disaster-prone country in the world. But in spite all of that, we Filipinos proved to be resilient and even ranked as the third Happiest Countries in the World in a survey released by Gallup Poll early this year. The 41st Annual Global End of the Year Survey revealed that Filipinos exude a positive outlook in life in spite of economic uncertainties and financial upheavals. 

The country’s largest microfinancial services company, Cebuana Lhuiller, who always lauded the Filipinos’ state of happiness is once again opening their Search for the Happiest Pinoy. Cebuana Lhuillier first started its search for the Happiest Pinoy back in 2009. And since then, it has become a nationwide campaign that aims to ignite the value of optimism, resilience, and hope in Filipinos amidst the life's many challenges.

During the official launch for the 2018 Search for the Happiest Pinoy held at The Glass Pavilion, Dusit Thani, Mr. Jean Henri Lhuillier, PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies President and CEO said, "Cebuana Lhuillier has always believed that Filipinos are one of the most resilient people in the world. We have always faced life's challenges with optimism, faith, and a can-do attitude and we believe that this should be recognized and encouraged at all times. We have been celebrating this culture of happiness and resilience through the Search for the Happiest Pinoy since 2009."

Dubbed to be the most inclusive in the Search’s 10-year history, this year’s search for the Happiest Pinoy now covers the widest range of categories which includes the following:

Senior Citizens
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
Lingkod Bayan
Manggagawang Pinoy
Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community

Judging will be tighter this year as Mr. Lhuiller expect 500,000 applicants for this year’s campaign. Cebuana Lhuillier and a panel of judges representing the academe, the business community, as well as, past Happiest Pinoy winners will pick a finalist from each category. The new Happiest Pinoy will be selected from the roster of 10 category winners. A total of Php 1,000,000.00 Tax Free is the prize for this year’s winner while each category winners will receive Php 50,000.00 each.

This year’s search requires no third-party nomination. To join the contest, all you have to do is choose one of the 10 categories that best applies to you and answer the application form via SMS by texting your full name, birthdate, and category code to any of these numbers:

Smart/Talk 'N Text - 09209582455
Globe/TM - 09178782453
Sun - 09328428562

You can also apply via online by logging on at www.happiest-pinoy/register.aspx; or in any Cebuana Lhuillier's 2,200 branches nationwide. 

For more information on the Search, visit or follow Happiest Pinoy on Facebook HERE.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Flame’s The Hub Series Features Singapore’s Culinary Ambassador Violet Oon

Flame launches The Hub Series, a collection of culinary experiences, beginning with a special cooking class by Violet Oon on May 27, Sunday. The two-hour class will walk participants through three beloved Singaporean dishes: Pepper Prawns, Lemon Grass Steamed Fish, and Chili Crab.

Chili Crab

Under the helm of Chef Luis Chikiamco, Flame has recently restructured its entire menu to reflect more Asian influences. To celebrate this latest edition of the restaurant’s cuisine, the Hub Series brings the chefs out of the kitchen for intimate and engaging gatherings, from cooking classes and demos, to wine and cocktail pairings.

To start off, Flame has invited Violet Oon, herself an expert on Singapore’s Nyonya cuisine. An icon of Singapore’s gastronomic heritage, Oon owns and runs a group of eponymous restaurants, including the National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery of Singapore.

The Hub Series at Flame featuring Violet Oon is a one-day only affair on May 27, Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Each seat is available at a special price of Php 2,500 net. A 50% non-refundable down payment is required to book a seat. For payment details, reservations and inquiries, please email, or call the Marketing Communications Department at Discovery Primea at 955 8888.

#TravelResponsibly: Pick One Piece of Trash and Save One Life

The Earth is primarily made of water and in its vastness are living things where many get its livelihood. With news that mankind is slowly destroying the ocean, we as #Ecowarriors are reminded to take care of it hence, we celebrate May, every year as Ocean Month to be aware of our responsibility and as proclaimed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR.

In 1995, then-President Fidel V. Ramos signed the Proclamation No. 75 which mandates the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to spearhead the activities of MOO (Month of the Ocean) in collaboration with the different sectors of the society.

Relatively, this year marks its 16th year in our country. The month-long celebration aims to highlight the importance and significance of conservation, protection, and sustainable management of Philippine coastal and marine resources.

As described in the DENR website, this year’s theme, "STAND UP, SAVE OUR REEFS" emphasizes the cause and effect relationship of our actions towards the environment and the ecosystem services and goods that the oceans provide to create a flourishing community.

True to our vision and mission to conserve, preserve, and protect our environment, Eco Hotel Philippines is also launching a campaign called #travelresponsibly.

Under the #travelresponsibly campaign are activities that will persevere our desire to save Mother Earth by traveling responsibly.

This campaign also aims to educate our nation particularly the younger generation, travelers, tourists, that picking one piece of trash can save one life; could be a human being, an animal, or even save the lives of plants and trees. Hence the activity name, "pick one save one."

In a succinct manner, the "pick one save one" campaign is a clean-up drive in our properties in Bohol, Palawan, and Siargao. The #travelresponsibly campaign is also for our local properties in Makati, Tagaytay, and Mataasnakahoy, Batangas through a series of tours with our fellow #ecowarriors.

On June, we will be opening our properties to the public as a “refilling station” for shampoo, conditioner, and bath gels. The said items were made according to our strict compliance: ingredients should be eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.

Having to share all these information, are you willing to join this campaign? Come and support us! After all, we are all under one horizon.

For partnerships, please email us at

Keep up to date by following us on social media: and IG: ecohotelph.

About Eco Hotel Philippines

Eco Hotel Philippines is a company that is passionate about conservation, preservation, and protection of our environment. As a green service hotel, Eco Hotels ensures that Eco-friendly processes are implemented from construction to day-to-day operations. This is aligned with its advocacy of minimizing its impact on the environment while imparting practices of sustainability to their staff and guests.

We aim at implementing eco-tourism principles, the protection of the environment and its eco system, preservation of the natural and cultural heritage; to benefit the immediate community where it stands; by educating and giving employment to the locals and effectively convey the message to our guests that each one can be a part of the same mission to protect their environment.

Tanduay Reaps International Recognitions

Tanduay, the Philippines’ top rhum maker, is capturing palates of the world’s connoisseurs as it recently gathers prestigious international awards.

The major recognitions the brand received for its various products included:  a gold award under the category Gold Rum Premium for Tanduay Rum Gold from the Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018; a double gold medal and best white rum citation for Tanduay Rum Silver from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018; a silver award for the Tanduay Rum Gold also from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018; another gold and silver awards from Tastings of the Chicago-based Beverage Testing Institute also for the Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold; and a Category Winner for Column Still Rum from the World Rum Awards once again for Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold. These award-giving bodies are among the most prestigious spirits competitions in the world and recognized internationally as most influential in the spirits industry.

All these achievements are borne from Tanduay’s commitment to excellence and industry innovations under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Lucio Tan. Only the finest ingredients make it into each bottle of Tanduay rum and there is attention to detail at the manufacturing stages, where stringent quality control is meticulously applied at every step of the production process.

Since the acquisition of the Tanduay brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased the distillery’s production capacity. With an unmatched ageing facility that houses not less than 200,000 barrels of aged reserves, Tanduay continues to produce one of the world’s finest rums.

Through the leadership of Tan’s son and Tanduay president, Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr., the company made a historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the United States to expand its distribution capacity. The company likewise backed up its marketing efforts striking a two-year partnership deal with 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.  

“We are proud to be recognized by the world’s tastemakers and placed at par with international brands. We share these achievements for Tanduay with our Filipino consumers, because it is through their constant support for the brand that we have continued to reach new heights over the past 30 years,” Bong Tan shares. He adds that as Tanduay ensures the excellent quality of its flagship products, it is producing more craft spirits, with the vision to grow the business in the international market, strengthening their claim in the spirits categories all over the world.             

Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill: Serves not only the BEST NACHOS in town but also the most authentic Southwest Menu

Tex-Mex or Southwest foods have been popular in the city for many years now, but sadly only one or two restos can serve authentic ones. But it changed over two years ago when on December 2016, Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill opened its first branch at the Mall of Asia.

Serving a variety of Southwest favorites, Fiery Style has become the perfect place for lunch, dinner or late-night cocktails with friends. It has grown quite popular in the dining scene, not for its bar-scene but because it is a go-to family dining place.

At Fiery’s, you can experience sumptuous meals such as the following best sellers we ordered and ate at their branch over at Resorts World Manila. Special thanks to Mr. Mat Ramillo Tee(Pres/Managing Director of Fiery Style) for guiding us to many of its special dishes.

Eating your Salad is more fun at Fiery’s. Served in a crispy Tortilla basket, you have the option what base your salad can be then mix it with Onions, Peppers, Cucumber then topped with Corn, Avocado and Tomato salad.

Fiery’s serves the BEST NACHOS in town, it’s a given fact. Just look at this video. It does not only look good but delicious as well, with layers upon layers of nachos topped with Nacho cheese sauce, Guacamole, Tomato salsa, Jalapenos, sour cream and your choices of fillings.

Deciding its not really Southwest if we did not order Quesadillas, Tacos and Burritos, we go all out and had them.

My favorite is the Cheesy Quesadillas which is crispy and made cheesier with Mexican cheese. Aside from lettuce, you can have your choice of filling and it comes with Guacamole, Sour cream and Salsa.

Fiery’s Burrito is one delicious, bursting roll of goodness. It is loaded with rice, beans, peppers and sweetcorn, Louisiana style sauce, cheese and Sour Cream.

For Taco-lover, you will enjoy Fiery’s Terrific Taco which you can order either a flour one or the corn tacos. Still, both are crunchier and the Shredded Lettuce, Refried Beans, Mexican cheese, Salsa and Sour Cream makes it very filling.

For the mains, the Galleon of Bones is a must-order one. Placed in a ship-like plate, it is filled with BBQ Ribs, Chicken Wings and meaty Pork Hammers and Beef Ribs and served with Southwest chips or your choice of Fiery rice, coleslaw and Texan-style BBQ sauce. It is very hard to choose what you’ll eat first but seriously all are delicious.

Another popular dish at Fiery is the Lord of the Wings. Artfully hanging in a metal rack, it consists of 24-pcs Wings, 8 of each is flavored with Hot, Hot, Hot Sauce and Jalapeno flavor, the finger-licking goodness of Nacho cheese and Bacon flavor, and the sticky Texan-style BBQ flavor.

Recently, Fiery’s introduced its Mucho Fiesta Shareable p998. I’m telling you, this is a MUST-ORDER dish. We ordered the Grilled Fork- tender Rump Steak and it’s literally gone in 5 minutes! It is tender, flavorful and more than a kilo of yumminess. No wonder it is now the talk of the town.

There is no other words to describe Fiery's version of Crispy Pata topped with Chicken Skin (yes, you've read that right) and the super hot, hot, hot Chicken Bombers. It is simply out-of-this-world delicious!!! Don't forget to order this whenever you visit Fiery's.

I quench my thirst with Strawberry Paloma. Mixed with fresh strawberries and lime with Tequila, it is then shaken to enrich its flavors and taste. I love how the salt-rimmed glasses intensifies its flavor.

For dessert, the Chili chocolate fudge p398 is a sinfully rich chocolate fudge cake served with vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Topped with chocolate sauce and decorated with chili, this is one dessert you shouldn’t miss.

Fiery Style is indeed the perfect place for dining and drinking with a variety of weekly specials & promos. They have fresh fruit margaritas, Paloma, mojitos or a classic cocktail mixed at one of Fiery Style’s inside or outside bar. You can enjoy bottomless Mexican Cocktails starting at P278 available all day, every day!

So, spend a night out with friends at the newest place to hang-out, the Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill - Resorts World Manila. DJ and Acoustic performers are just nearby for entertainment every Thursdays, Friday and Saturday.

Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill with four branches now open located at Mall of Asia, Resorts World Manila, Festival Mall Alabang and Evia Lifestyle Mall with soon to open branches in Forbes Town BGC and Okada Manila.

For more details and reservations, please visit our facebook at: and Instagram @fierystyle.

Special shout-out to Mr. Migs dela Rosa of Mplify PH for taking good care of us during the late lunch.

Monday, May 21, 2018

NCR, North Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Represented in the 2018 Batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars

Eight boys and eight girls were named as Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars from a total of 74 participants during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to become the eleventh batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars.  Headlined by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes, the National Training Camp was held at the Gatorade Hoops Center on May 18, at Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 19and SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 20.

The National Training Camp players were the top performers in Regional Selection Camps in Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan, Metro Manila and Alaska Power Camp, which were led byJr. NBA Coaches Carlos Barroca and Rob Newson, together with Alaska coaches led by PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso. Jr. NBA alumni were in attendance throughout the camp with ThirdyRavena and Ricci Rivero visiting the Gatorade Hoops Center and Kai Sotto and RhayyanAmsali highlighting the participants of the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game in SM Mall of Asia.

The Jr. NBA All-Stars showcased skills on the court and exemplified the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. Values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect.  Prince Ray Alao, 14, of San Beda University; Ethan Rod Alian, 14, of La Salle Greenhills; John Lester Amagan, 14, of St. Robert’s International Academy of Iloilo; Seven Gagate, 14, of Chiang Kai Shek College; Nathan Jan Jundana, 14, of Bacolod Tay Tung; Christian JoiMesias, 14, of Jose Maria College of Davao; Kim Aaron Tamayo, 13, of National University; and RhonKhanielTelles, 13, of St. Anthony de CarmelliAcademy of Cavitetopped the boys division, while Madelyn Flores, 14, of Bukidnon National High School; Gin Kayla Huelar, 13, of St. La Salle University, Bacolod; Aishe Solis, 13, of Corpus Christi School in Cagayan De Oro; Pauline Angelique Valle, 13, of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School; Christine Nichole Venterez, 12, Baguio City National High School; MarielleVingno, 14, of Escuela de Sophia of Caloocan Inc.; Amber Esquivel, 14, and Kyla Marie Mataga, 13, of De La Salle Zobelwere the outstanding performers in the girls’ division.

Pauline Angelique Valle and Prince Ray Alao were named this year’s Jr.NBA Most Valuable Players whileMarielleVingno and Ethan Rod Alian were selected as Alaska Ambassadors.  Hazel Yambot of Baguio and Mark “Tata” Belangel of Bacolodwere chosen asthe Coaches of the Year.  In addition, special awards were handed out to Kayla Marie Mataga and Javier Louis Jugo as Gatorade Hustle awardees,MerylleCuasay and Czarlo Salvador as Panasonic Rising Stars, and Aishe Solis and Kim Aaron Tamayo, Cloudfone Awesome Players of the Game.

“The Jr. NBA program gives us the opportunity to contribute to our goal of getting more kids to play the game of basketball and help them understand how working hard on their craft can open doors and unlock greater opportunities in life,” said Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes. “I came here to inspire you but your passion and eagerness to learn inspire me and I’m so grateful for that,” shared Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein to the campers.

An NBA experience trip in Shanghai, China awaits the All-Stars in October where they will be joined by other Jr. NBA All-Stars from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in training and friendly competitions as they catch the NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks.

Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, continues to promote proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, serving as an effective platform in implementing Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished children in the country.  AXA, Cloudfone, Gatorade, Globe Telecom and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines.

Fans can also follow Jr. NBA at and on Facebook. For all the latest news and updates on the NBA, visit and follow the league onFacebookand TwitterTo learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.comand follow PlayPH at and on Facebook andTwitter.

Make it a TURKS day at SM City San Jose del Monte!

Are you craving for a shawarma today? Satisfy you cravings as the best shawarma in PH is now at SM City San Jose del Monte!

(Turks is located at the Lower Ground Floor of SM City San Jose del Monte, near the mall atrium)

Turks is currently one of the fast-growing franchises in the country. From just a single stall in 2007, and more than 80 branches in Metro Manila, nowthe business has expanded to over 300 outlets nationwide. Who would have thought that Turks will become the undisputed king of kebabs and doners ten years ago? And one of its recent expansion is its opening at SM City San Jose del Monte.

Today, Turks is one of the most successful brands in the Filipino industry and is still aiming to be recognized as people’s favourite pita doner, known for its fresh food products, competitive pricing and of course quality service.

Turks’ menu takes pride in its distinctive recipe of Turkish cuisine adapted to satisfy the Filipino taste. Their food offerings include Beef Doner on Rice, Chicken Doner on Rice, Kebab on Rice, Beef Steak, Chicken Steak, Beef and Kebab Doner Platter, Beef and Chicken Doner Platter, Chicken and Kebab Doner Platter, Beef Wrap, Chicken Wrap, Kebab Wrap, and their Quesadilla is a must try.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the newest addition to the growing food outletsof SM City San Jose del Monte at the lower ground floor, near mall atrium. Shawarma lovers can also visit Turks’ other branch at SM City Marilaoand let’s all Make it a TURKS Day!

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