Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cooking Adventure at The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center




I joined in a cooking adventure at The Maya Kitchen with guest Chef Vicky Pacheco of Flatiron 1771 last November 5th. Flatiron is Chateau 1771's newest restaurant at Uptown Place Mall that uses the cast iron griddle in preparing the house specialty called 'Flatiron Brisket 6'. Learning to whip up Flatiron bestsellers from the expert is something I will not pass up on!

Chef Vicky Pacheco is the Executive Chef and COO of 1771 Group of Restaurants. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines and then pursued a Food and Beverage Diploma at the Les Roches, in Bluche-Montana, Switzerland.

Chef Vicky has occupied several positions since she first joined Chateau 1771 as Assistant Restaurant Manager in December 1988 and have hone her culinary expertise. The rest is history.

Chef Vicky shared five Flatiron recipes. These were Flatiron Brisket 6, Chicken Piccata. Manhattan Fish Chowder, Pizzaiola Pasta (a Pizza-Style Pasta), and Pomelo Orzo Salad. The meals were amazingly delicious! Everything tasted so good!

Flatiron Brisket 6

This dish is a delight to the palate! Flatiron Brisket 6 has been slow cooked for 6 hours, hence the reason for the number 6 in its name.

Manhattan Fish Chowder


Manhattan Fish Chowder is a traditional French fish stew that is tomato-based. It is made with fish, potatoes and bacon. It is a healthy soup recipe that is a lighter alternative to creamy soups.

Chicken Piccata


Chicken Piccata is a comforting Italian chicken classic. The chicken breast were pounded, dredged in flour, browned, served with stock made of butter, lemon juice, and capers.

Pomelo Orzo Salad



This fresh salad combines orzo pasta with pomelo, crumbled parmesan cheese, fried spinach, and lettuce, drizzled with grilled lemon vinaigrette.

For more information on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com or e-mailcontactus@themayakitchen.com

Do visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center  at 8th Floor,  Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City.






Saturday, November 5, 2016

Visual Arts Competition is back!

The much-awaited annual visual arts competition for student artists dubbed as "Visual Arts Competition (VAC31)" commences on November 8, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Tanghalang Manuel Conde. VAC31 challenges fine arts students all over the country to interpret the theme "Habang May Buhay, May Pag-asa" in oil or acrylic. Participants are expected to create paintings that depict how Filipinos value life and how Pinoys remain cheerful and hopeful despite the adversities they face everyday.



The launch celebrates the rich creative talent of fine arts students across the country.

Organized by Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the competition is open to student artists, aged 18-24, who are currently enrolled in accredited Philippine tertiary schools with a fine arts program. A VAC 31 roadshow in north and south Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao comes in after its launch.

Each participating fine arts school or department selects a maximum of five official entries to the competition. Direct student entries will not be accepted. Official entries must be delivered to the DPC Main Office, 2322 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City between February 20 and March 3, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The top three winners will have their works featured on the covers of 2017-18 telephone directories of DPC (Yellow Pages) and PLDT (White Pages) in key cities in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The first place winning student will receive P100,000 in cash and the VAC 31 grand prize trophy, aside from securing a P40,000 donation to his/her school’s fine arts program. Cash prizes of P75,000 and P60,000, plus trophies, await the second and third placers, with corresponding donations to their respective schools. In addition, each of the top 30 finalists will receive P10,000.

Entries will be judged on the basis of visual composition (25%), originality (25%), adherence to the theme (25%), overall impact (15%), and suitability as cover (10%). The finalist that garners the most points, based on the judges’ score sheets and the online votes, will be declared the VAC 31 grand prize winner. The entry with the most number of online votes cast on www.visualarts.ph will be declared winner of the People’s Choice Award, which carries a cash prize of P15,000.

In VAC 30, Alfredo Martirez of Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Architecture and Find Arts (PUP-CAFA) won the grand prize with his entry “History of Democracy,” interpreting the theme, “Rekindling People Power.” The second prize was won by John Merick Eupalao of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) in Silang, Cavite, and the third prize went to Artemio Bongawan, Jr. of the University of Mindanao.

A PUP-CAFA student, Arnica Acantilado, also won the grand prize in VAC 22 (2008-2009). Previous editions of the painting competition have been dominated by the Far Eastern University’s Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts with nine grand prize winners and the University of the East College of Fine Arts with three. Alongside PUP with two grand prize trophies so far are: Philippine Women’s University, Technological University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines – Diliman. AUP, Bulacan State University, St. Scholastica’s College, and University of Northern Philippines have each won the grand prize once so far.

For more information, please visit VAC 31’s website, www.visualarts.ph, and its official Facebook page, VISUALARTSPH.



Friday, November 4, 2016

Calling Entries for #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition




Pioneer, one of the top life and non-life insurance companies in the country, is inviting aspiring songwriters and musicians to join the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

Participants can submit their entries at www.moveonlang.ph until November 15, 2016 for a chance to win a cash prize of up to PHP 100,000 plus PHP 100,000 worth of insurance coverage from Pioneer, as well as the opportunity to have their songs recorded and performed by musicians of their choice.

Applicants must be aged 15 to 24 years old and currently enrolled as students in the Philippines to join. Each applicant can submit up to five song entries, with a maximum song length of 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Applicants can also register as a group with up to five members, with one member designated as the official representative.

In line with the theme of moving on, song entries must be inspirational and about bouncing back from life’s challenges.

“We wanted a theme that would exemplify what being a Filipino is all about. We are known all over the world for our resilience, with new stories appearing everyday about Filipinos getting back on their feet after life has dealt them a hard blow. We want this competition to produce songs that can inspire the nation to keep on moving forward despite setbacks and difficulties,” shared Pioneer’s Marketing Head Len Pozon.

Visit www.moveonlang.ph to register and submit entries.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Southern Flavors Bazaar (Food, Wine and Music Festival)



The Zonta Club of Alabang will hold its Southern Flavors Bazaar (Food, Wine and Music Festival) on October 24-25, 2015 at Cuenca Park in Ayala Alabang Village.

Southern Flavors is an event for the entire family to enjoy. It will feature hundreds of concessionaires offering unique, practical and giftable items, together with a backyard BBQ extravaganza. Feast on grilled delicacies, organic fare and delicious comfort food while listening to your favorite music played by live bands and musicians. While the grown-ups shop, the little ones can mosey on over to the arts and craftsarea (featuring do-it-yourself geo bags and adult coloring books), watch a magic show, play in the Funtastikids toddler area, or check out the petting zoo.



Southern Flavors Bazaar corralled some great bargains from Philippa soaps, Headware, Popjunklove, Coco & Tres, One for the Road, Space Garden and lots of other concessionaires, entrepreneurs and online merchants. We have hearty and healthy grub from Holy Carabao, Elbert’s, El Chupacabra, Liq My Stick (organic popsicles) and Bizu Creperie, among other dining options.

So make the most of the weekend with your family by heading over to the Southern Flavors Bazaar for a rip-roaring good time.

Proceeds from the bazaar will help fund #ZontaAlabang 's various projects such as hepatitis B awareness and vaccination, maternal health seminars, Say No to Violence Against Women and Children, and livelihood and advocacy programs that seek to raise the status of women in the community.


Contact zontaalabangbazaar2014@gmail.com for sponsorships, updates and promotions.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Unravel the Natural Beauty of Your Skin with Suncelle

Your skin is one of your greatest assets that shows your true beauty. No amount of jewelry, make-up, or fancy clothes can ever cover up dull, dry, and blotchy skin. This is why it is essential to protect your skin and its natural glow.

Now that it’s summer, the sun is stronger than ever. This requires that you take extra measures to protect your skin from UV rays as too much sun exposure causes skin dehydration, sunburn, and ageing. The perfect match is a moisturizer and a lotion that contains the right UV blockers to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Suncelle Sunblock Facial Moisturizer (SPF 40) and Body Lotion (SPF 30) are made to provide the ultimate protection your skin needs. Its sun protection factor shields the skin from harmful UV sunrays, making it perfect for outdoor pursuits such as swimming and biking, as well asother activities that require you to be out under the sun.

The Facial Moisturizer’s unique non-greasy matte finish formula moreover makes it a perfect make-up primer. It contains collagen and Vitamin E that protect and nourish the skin for a younger looking you!Suncelle is dermatologist-tested and is ideal for all skin types. It also comes in convenient packaging that you can bring anywhere and at all times.

Celebrate your natural beauty by grabbing Suncelle Sunblock Facial Moisturizer and Body Lotion, protecting your skin, and seeing the difference.

Protect your skin. Unravel your beauty. Let your skin glow!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Right 2 Race (R2R) online game promo from MICHELIN returns with Pilot Sport Experience drive prize


The tyre company, MICHELIN brings back Right 2 Race (R2R) online game promo! Winners from selected countries get a chance to join the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Experience (MPSE) in Sepang International F1 Circuit in Malaysia.

To join, participants may log on to www.theright2race.com from May 13 to June 16, 2015 and play the game on the digital version of Sepang International F1 Circuit. The players’ driving skills on different racing lines and braking points will be tested in the game. Three players from the Philippines with the best and fastest lap times win a trip to Sepang, Malaysia and join in the once-in-a-lifetime MICHELIN Pilot Sport Experience on July 18.


The MPSE is a unique and specialized motorsport event organized annually by MICHELIN. Participants get to ride and drive with professional racers on high-performance vehicles such as the Formula 4, Renault Clio Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and the legendary Formula Le Mans.

The first Right2Race was launched successfully last year in Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines. One of the winners from the Philippines – Ivan Isada, emerged as the overall Champion at the 2014 MPSE. As the ultimate winner, Mr. Isada received an exclusive all-expense paid trip to witness the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in Le Mans, France in June 2015.

For more information log on to www.theright2race.com or www.michelin.com.ph .

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LG G4: The most ambitious Smartphone to date


Today, LG Electronics globally unveils the most highly anticipated LG G4 smartphone in six cities including New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Istanbul and Seoul. Approximately 1,000 guests around the world gathered to witness the successor of the LG G3 which excelled in all sales charts and industry recognitions. Among the first users of the LG G4 will be 4,000 lucky customers who will receive the coveted smartphone as part of the company’s largest-ever consumer experience campaign.



Unrivalled design

The LG G4 is available in handcrafted, full grain leather in six beautiful colors. The vegetable tanned leather is not only environmentally friendly but also luxurious, using genuine leather instead of the usual faux material that other smartphones use. Other material options for the G4 rear cover are pure Ceramic White with 3D patterns, artisan-forged Metallic Gray and lustrous Shiny Gold

The comfortable elegance of the LG G4 is a refreshing change from the uniformly flat, full metal designs that have been become standard across the industry. The LG G4’s design is defined by the Slim Arc, which runs along its entire body, highlighted by a display with a subtle curvature. More than just a design accent, Slim Arc offers more durability than a flat smartphone in face-down drops and gives the smartphone a more comfortable and secure feel in the hand.

Superb visual experience

LG designed the 16-megapixel camera in the LG G4 to capture stunning images even under less than ideal lighting conditions. The camera module features an industry-first wide F1.8 aperture lens that allows 80 percent more light to reach the sensor. LG improved low-light performance even further with OIS 2.0, which doubles the performance of the OIS+ by expanding the range of image stabilization from one degree to two degrees on the X- and Y-axis and adding a third axis for the first time.

The advanced camera in the LG G4 is complemented by Color Spectrum Sensor (CSS), the first feature of its kind to find its way into a smartphone. CSS improves color accuracy by precisely reading the RGB values of the ambient light in a scene, as well as the infrared light reflected from objects. And for selfies good enough to frame, LG included an industry-leading eight-megapixel front-facing camera for sharp, detailed portraits and group shots.

Taking a quantum leap in display technology, the LG G4 is the first smartphone to use LG Display’s new 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Display, which offers 20 percent greater color reproduction, 25 percent improvement in brightness and 50 percent greater contrast. This new display is calibrated for DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) standards for color expression, championed by top Hollywood studios.

With the LG G4, the higher quality display doesn’t come at the expense of battery life. The G4 is equipped with a high-capacity 3,000mAh removable battery, a rare feature in today’s high-end smartphones. Combined with the benefits offered by the snappy yet energy-thrifty Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, the LG G4 has no trouble getting through a full day of normal use.

“We are thrilled to globally introduce the outstanding LG G4, letting consumers see and feel optimal greatness in a smartphone,” LG Mobile Philippines Vice President Jay Won said. “From the design to the camera to the display to the user experience, the LG G4 is undoubtedly the most ambitious phone LG has ever created, promising world-class performance and no disappointment.”

The LG G4 will start its global roll-out on April 29 in Korea and will eventually be available on approximately 180 carriers worldwide. Prices and carrier availability will be announced locally in each market.

To learn more about LG’s most ambitious smartphone yet, visit www.lg.com/ph or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram. And for a chance to become one of the first owners of an LG G4 in the Philippines, like LG Mobile Philippines on Facebook and join the LG G4 promo.