Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weber Grills are now available at True Value

The art of grilling has always been a far-fetched goal for us Pinoys who love “inihaw” foods.

This 2017, Filipino grillers and self-proclaimed food scientists can now rejoice, as True Value will be the premium dealer for the much awaited household brand for barbecue grills, Weber. The global innovation brand finally re-entered the Philippine market to grace every home with its latest state-of-the-art grilling equipment.

Last June 18, Weber invited Chef Nick Pang, Weber Grill Ambassador, to host a cooking activity at the Alabang Town Center.

Along with volunteers groups, he showed us that Weber grills are made not just for mouthwatering grilled steaks and barbeques. It can also be used to make pizzas and chocolate brownies!

With Weber, anyone can make their own parties at home! The art of grilling takes the Pinoys love for “inihaw” foods a notch higher!

What separates Weber grills from the rest is that it offers simple yet effective grilling solutions and systems that makes a beginner one good griller!

This will definitely cause a stir in our lifestyle and spark a new trend in the Food retail industry. Now head over to True Value and see the newest and latest Weber grills from the US; you’ll surely discover one that fits your home, lifestyle and needs. Various grilling basics ranging from barbecue tools,cookware, and grill accessories to smoking accessories and cleaning paraphernalia are also widely available in True Value stores, so be sure to make a visit and complete all the essentials for the ultimate grilling experience!

Get your Weber now!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Let BG Bridal Gallery assist you in your Wedding Day Countdown

Planning a wedding can simultaneously be the most exciting and the most stressful project any engaged couple will encounter in their lives. Are you worrying about all the things you’ll need to do and when? Purveyors of all things Weddings, BG Bridal Gallery is here to walk you through the process! Check out this guide from the BG Wedding Experts that will help make sure that your big day is everything you dreamed it would be.

12 months before
At this point, it’s time to envision your wedding and come up with a budget – and a planning team. It would be best if you have a wedding consultant to help you keep track of different items. You’ll also need to choose the wedding date and venue but don’t forget check with the officiant and your important guests before finalizing. Now would also be a good time to plan the guest list and try to involve your fiancé and your parents so there won’t be any last minute guests to accommodate.

10 mont
hs before

Now let’s think about the gown. Choose the dress that feels right for you and consider consulting with a professional couturier to recommend a design that will suit your body type. This is also the time to plan your reception - decide what kind of food and entertainment you want. A DJ or a band? A pianist perhaps?You’ll also need to think about the floral décor. Organize, research and book your wedding professionals. Interview the suppliers to ensure you get the the right people to work with for your special day. Lastly, register for gifts and do it with your partner so there would be an even say for the big day.

7 months before

It’s best to book ceremony musicians at this time to secure their schedule. Order bridesmaid dresses in line with your theme and wedding gown. And start planning your honeymoon! Book flights and hotels in advance to get the deals. Lastly send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you’re planning to get married in a provincial destination.

5 months before

Shop for invitations in line with your desired theme and shop for wedding rings! By this time, your formal wear should already be ready and have your passport renewed or get one if necessary. It’s also time to choose your wedding cake. Do your research and book the designer that can create your dream cake.

3 months before

Order your wedding cake now to give the cake designer plenty of time to plan. For the bride, attend your bridal shower. For the groom, time to rent the men’s formalwear. Lastly, hire your wedding day transport. Are you into limousines? Go book one!

2 months before

It’s time to send out your invitations, write your vows and purchase gifts for your parents, to your attendants and to each other. Then book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles, and your make-up artist. It’s best to go for a trial run so you would know what look you’re comfortable with.

1 month before

30 more days to go! You’ll need a marriage license, so better check with the local bureau in the town you’ll wed. Have your final gown fitting and call all the bridesmaids to make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding. If you have any last minute changes with your suppliers, you should be making them no later than at this point.

2 weeks before

Let’s review the final RSVP list and call the guests who hasn’t responded yet. Talk with your photographer and video team to give the must have shots for your wedding. Give your final requests to the DJ or bandleader. Lastly get your last pre-wedding haircut or color if you want to.

1 week before

Get the final headcount and contact the venue and caterer. Meet with all your suppliers and finalize arrangements. Plot the reception seating plan. Give the ceremony and reception manager a schedule of supplier delivery and setup times. Lastly, attend your bachelor/bachelorette party!

3 days before

Have your wedding gown pressed or steamed! For the groom, go for final fitting and ask your best man to make sure all the groomsmen is ready with their outfits. Discuss any last-minute items to your suppliers.

1 day before

Its a day before your wedding! Prepare your payments and give a person to contact to the wedding professionals in case of emergency. Rehearse your ceremony and have the setup of the ceremony site prepared. Give your license to your officiant. And lastly, have the rehearsal dinner.

Wedding Day

Wedding bells areringing! Give your parents and each other the presents you have. Give the best man the role of handling the wedding band and the officiant’s fee envelope so he’ll be the one to give it after the ceremony. Have your maid of honor in charge of the reception. Now get ready to be wed!

Brides-to-be in Metro Manila now have access to stress-free wedding preparations as Bridal Gallery hosts the Bridal Bootcamp in its showroom on June 24, 2017 with sessions from 1:00pmto 4:00pm. Conducted by BG Wedding Experts, topics include Wedding Planning 101, Global Themes & Designs and Choosing your Bridal Gown. Interested brides can sign up through the Facebook Event page or send an email at They can get access to stress-free wedding preparations, wide variety of themes and awesome promos with the BG Bridal Gallery Mobile App, available on IOS and for Android.

If you want your wedding day coordination and planning in good hands, join this month's BG Giveaway: #TheBestOfUs for a chance to have a free full day coordination for free! For more information about the giveaway, click this link.

For more information on BG Bridal Gallery and its latest promos and activities, they can visit the website at and chat with the BG team or find BG Bridal Gallery on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BGBridalGallery.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ger Protection Safeguard with Germshield+ technology

If you think you can protect your family from diseases by using any kind of soap, think again. Wherever you go, bacteria abounds. Many of these bacteria are able to cause malodour, skin infection and diseases such as diarrhea, cough, colds and the like.

Worse, these bacteria are increasingly hardier, dirtier, and can multiply faster than you expect, therefore putting your family members at risk.

Consider these troubling facts about bacteria:

1. The number of bacteria that live in and on us outnumber our own human cells by ten to one.

2. Common cold, flu and stomach viruses can live on the fingertips for hours and can survive on the surfaces of objects for days.

3. 80% of all infections, from the common cold and flu to venereal disease and Ebola fever, are transmitted by people touching one another or touching objects that others have touched.

4. A shopping cart can contain more fecal E. Coli than a supermarket toilet.

5. One study found that in schools, water fountain buttons, pencil sharpeners, keyboards and faucet handles were the most contaminated objects with viruses.

6. Phones have been found to have up to 4200 bacteria from fecal contamination. Safe drinking water should have less than 1 bacteria per 100ml.

7. In an environment as humid as a bathroom, a single bacterial cell can multiply into one billion cells overnight.

8. When someone comes to work sick, about half of the commonly touched surfaces in the office will become infected with the virus by lunchtime.

In light of this disturbing data, it is imperative for all members of the household, especially children, to use the right kind of soap that can kill these germs effectively and prevent their regrowth.

Unfortunately, not all soaps are created equal. Experts have demonstrated that most soaps do not protect their family from modern day germ threats. Protection from germ threats begin with proper handwashing and bathing using an effective antibacterial soap like Safeguard.

Safeguard with Germshield+ technology can fight a broad spectrum of gram positive and gram-negative Moreover, Germshield+ technology inhibits the regrowth of these bacteria and fungi for up to 24 hours, thereby providing optimal protection.

For over 50 years in the Philippines, Safeguard has been recommended by the leading health experts for germ protection for the entire family. Encouraging proper hygiene, frequent handwashing, and the use the Safeguard will make your job as protector of the family easier and more effective.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Chill with Dad on Father’s Day at Tim Hortons®

On June 18, take your dad to a Tim Hortons® in Uptown Mall and UN Mall branch and treat him to his favorite cold blend.

This weekend, spend it with dad and start Father’s Day with his favorite cold brew! Coose from Tim Hortons® Small Iced Capp Supreme blends to treat your dad on Father’s Day based on his personality and his favorite drink, coffee. It will surely put a smile on your dad's face.

Promo Mechanics:

1. Purchase any flavor of Small Iced Capp Supreme (Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla or Mocha), and a Small Frozen Hot Chocolate on June 18, Sunday for a total of P200 only (single receipt purchase).

2. Promo is available in Uptown Mall and UN Mall branches only.

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 or

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 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,, 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 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 to register and submit entries.