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Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition Launched

Pinoy Bread and Ingredients

I attended the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition press launch on July 19 held at Max’s Restaurant in Quezon City. During the launch, I realized that we do have a vibrant food culture. With 7,107 islands with 81 provinces in 18 regions, the Philippines is as varied as we can get. And this is very much true about food, including bread. Although we’re a rice-eating bunch, bread has been part of our daily lives. From one place to another, you’ll see bakeries selling bread in all shapes and sizes. There’s Pandesal, Monay, and my favorite Pan de Coco. Perfect for snacking, you’ll likely find one anywhere, but they all differ in size, taste and even manner of cooking. Bread is a universal favorite that has countless versions lining panaderia shelves across all corners of the Philippines. I realized that aside from history, socio-cultural practices, cooking methods, and traditions, it’s ...

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Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016: The Consumers’ Choice

Reader's Digest Trusted Brand 2016 Awardees

Once again, Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016 recognized the consumers’ choice. The awarding ceremony held June 30, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Pasig is a testament that in an era of trends and influencers, it’s still evident that Filipino’s choice is still dependent on trust. The products, services, and even personalities awarded have very strong brand recall. Readers Digest commissioned global market research company CATALYST to conduct the survey for the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016. Some 8,000 individuals were selected across 5 of Asia’s key markets such as the Philippines, HongKong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. The survey covers 44 categories of products and services across a wide range of industries. Around 1000 respondents were surveyed in the Philippines.  Fifty percent were subscribers to Reader’s Digest, while the rest were selected to reflect the demographics of the general population. The final ranking in each product category were obtained ...

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Avida Towers Turf BGC is the Philippines’ First Interactive Showroom

Avida Towers Turf BGC

I’ve been to quite a few real estate developer’s showroom, but my recent visit to Avida Land showroom in BGC takes the cake. It’s the Philippines’ first interactive showroom and I really appreciate the experience. I didn’t just have the idea how living in Avida Towers Turf BGC looks like, I also felt like at home when I saw some part of me integrated. The Avida Interactive Showroom is equipped with a touchscreen kiosk where prospective homeowners can log into their Facebook account. Once logged in, the system will access their most recent publicly-posted photos and display them on the digital picture frames located in the model unit of Avida Towers Turf BGC. It gave me an interactive peek into how the home would look and feel like when the unit is mine. It also made the place more homey. “We take and treasure photos of the people and things ...

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Free Trip to Japan at Calbee’s #BESTOPOTATO Events

Jack n Jill Calbee's Free Trip to Japan promo

If you love potato chips and you have your sights set in traveling to Japan, then you should pay attention. Bite into Jack ‘n Jill Calbee’s #BESTOPOTATO events experience and win a free trip to Japan for 4! How? Just visit the Calbee popup stores going around the metro on weekends and buy your snacks. I visited the Jack ‘n Jill Calbee #BESTOPOTATO popup store at Bonifacio High Street on July 2 with my friends and had a blast. As you already know, I love snacking on Calbee’s potato chips, so it’s not hard to convince me to go. But there are other activities to enjoy, making my weekend perfect.Yep, the #BESTOPOTATO events and popup store offers one-of-a-kind experiences with its activity booths. There’s the Virtual Reality Booth that will bring you into an adventure-filled dimension. Have your creative snapshot taken with the Jack ‘n Jill Caibee Trick Art Booth ...

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#MoreThanTheUsual Experience with Granny Goose

Granny Goose #MoreThanTheUsual Experience activities

Granny Goose teams up with awesome establishments to give you a #MoreThanTheUsual experience. It’s definitely not the usual adventure when you’re at Mystery Manila, Sip & Gogh, Ninja Academy and Ballpit Manila. Aside from the awesome experience, you also get to win awesome prizes! Mystery Manila is the first live role-playing, mystery-solving game house in the Philippines. Thrill seekers are challenged to figure out clues that will solve the mystery inside the special Granny Goose “Chained Chamber” Room. Drop by with your friends at the “Chained Chamber” at Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City on July 8; and at Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon City on July 16. Participants must register at the booth by liking and following the Granny Goose Facebook (facebook.com/GrannyGoosePH) or Instagram (instagram.com/GrannyGoosePH) pages. Teams composed of two to six members, will have 20 minutes to solve the mystery and the winners will get special prizes. There will also ...

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JuanTeamPH wins Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016

#JFFJuanTeamPH Wins the Cebu Pacific Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016

After 7 straight days of endless adventures in the Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016, #JFFJuanTeamPH was declared the winner. The team hailing from Bacolod is this year’s Ultimate Backpackers receiving the most awesome prize – a Travel-All-You-Can pass. At the culminating event held at the Plaza of Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila on June 29th, teammates Glenn Layola, Audrey Ramos and John Ray Blance together with their adventure coach TV host and VJ Robi Domingo has the best reaction ever when the announcement was made. It’s a sweet victory that everyone would love to have. Each member is entitled to as many free flights to domestic and international short-haul destinations as they want within one year. They also win gift certificates from Cebu Pacific’s partner brands Tripologie travel store, Merrel shoes, and Boreas travel bags. #JFFJuanTeamPH competed against 4 other university students and traveled to exotic destinations ...

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Complimentary Star City Tickets for Hotel Jen Manila Guests

Hotel Jen Manila Super-STAR Promotion

Hotel Jen is all about being fun and adventurous. The hotel is giving two (2) complimentary ride-all-you-can tickets to Star City to hotel guests. That’s right, book at Hotel Jen Manila from now until July 31, 2016 and avail the Super-STAR promotion. What’s with Star City? If you’re not aware, it’s an amusement park with attractions and rides for all ages. Enter the Snow World to experience real snow and the biggest snow slide in the Philippines. You can also visit the Neverland in Star City’s Peter Pan attraction. Or if you’re into hair-raising adventure, explore “Gabi ng Lagim” where you enter haunted houses and encounter zombies, witches, goblins and other terrifying sights. If you’re looking for thrilling ride like me, you should ride the Star Frisbee. You’ll swung to dizzying heights while the outward facing seats spin around. Or maybe the Star Flyer,  an inverted roller coaster. You’ll know how it feels like ...

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Asia World Hospitality conducts first Certified Hospitality Educator course in the Philippines

Certified Hospitality Educator Attendees

Asia World Hospitality, the official partner of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, had its first-ever Certified Hospitality Educator course in the Philippines. Over 50 faculty members representing De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Lyceum of the Philippines University, University of Santo Tomas, Our Lady of Fatima University, Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA Education, University of Iloilo – PHINMA Education and Woosung University of Korea attended the series of intensive workshops. American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) contributes to develop Hospitality Educators in line with Asian and International Standards. The Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) course was conducted by Fr. Robert Steele, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Auckland. Fr. Steele is currently a program leader and a senior lecturer in AUT University, School of Hospitality and Tourism in Auckland, New Zealand. He has 30-year experience in the field of hospitality. The AHLEI developed the ...

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