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UP Pep Squad Victory Party at Comida China de Manila

The UP Pep Squad at Comida China De Manila

Fresh from the victory at the recently concluded 2011 Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the University of the Philippines Varsity Pep Squad was treated to delicious and authentic Chinese dishes. Comida China de Manila threw a victory party recently to celebrate the UP Pep Squad‘s win. UP’s Cheer leading Team won first place in the prestigious Samsung Cheerdance Competition on September 17 in back-to-back fashion, now bringing their title total to 7, just one crown away from the University of Santo Tomas with 8. At the same competition, the UP Pep Squad took home all the other awards to be won: the first crown of the inaugural Samsung Group Stunts Competition and the Samsung Stunner of the Day title, care of “blonde” looker Nezsa Salvador. Still sporting that sensational platinum blonde hair and peppy attitude, the UP Pep Squad arrived 100-strong at the restaurant formerly known as Panciteria San Jacinto in ...

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NBA Legend Clyde Drexler In Manila for NBA Madness

NBA Legend Clyde Drexler is coming to Manila to participate in the NBA Madness Philippines 2011 event. Drexler is a 10-time NBA All-Star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where he was voted in 2004. He visits metro Manila from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 with the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers dance teams. The NBA Madness Philippines is an interactive basketball fan event organized by the National Basketball Association and Solar Entertainment. The event will feature basketball clinics and games, including the Clyde Drexler Challenge, wherein fans can compete against the NBA legend for prizes. Drexler won an NBA championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. He will share his experience to fans and audiences who in turn can participate in various activities including dance clinics and autograph sessions. ...

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Got Fridays! Got Fun at Teatrino!

Thank God it’s Friday! Yes, we all look forward to that day. A day that signals the end of stressful moments at work, in school or in whatever that makes us busy. At least, until Monday comes along. Friday is often celebrated with parties, dining out, night outs, movie dates, shopping and everything that spells fun! Here’s another way to celebrate the end of the weekdays for the entire months of September to November 2011 — Got Fridays @ Teatrino! Freddie Santos, one of the most notable stage directors in the country directed and conceptualized Got Fridays @ Teatrino in collaboration with the Music Museum Group and various artist management companies. Presenting a new breed of local singers in a wide selection of musical genres, audiences will be treated to nearly three hours of great performances while enjoying food and drinks.On queue this September includes Kuh Ledesma’s daughter Isabella with ...

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Zeroed in Different Forms of Art

It was an awesome sensory experience as I witnessed and was immersed on the different forms of art presented at the opening of Zero In: Open Call art festival at the SM Mall of Asia (SM MOA) Atrium last night, September 15th. Along with other guests, including anti-crime advocate Mrs. Teresita Ang See, I learned about the art in different permutations. Museum representatives discussed Zero In: Open Call Zero In is a consortium of Manila’s top private museums coming together to collaborate and bring art into the consciousness of everyone — both foreigners and Filipinos. The Lopez Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy and Museo Pambata has been working together and along with fellow bloggers, I had the chance to sit down and talk to the representatives of each museum prior to the opening of the event. Ateneo Art Gallery Director and Chief Curator Ramon E.S. Lerma shared ...

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Be Ready for the Virtual Workplace

Less than 6 months after I resigned from regular employment to focus on my online business, I got bored. I’m used to being busy working on different tasks. But with a lot of time in my hands, I contemplated on going back to being employed again. Then I got to watch a television show featuring freelance work online. It looks like the virtual workplace has arrived in the Philippines. Prior to resigning in 2009, I learned about oDesk — a platform where contractors and freelancers sign up, interact and eventually enter into a working relationship. I explored the opportunity of landing a writing gig, but it was really challenging. Too challenging that I ended up almost abandoning the system. I am in constant search of opportunities for freelance work. When I had the chance to dedicate time exploring opportunities in this platform, I eventually succeeded. I am in constant search ...

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Gadget Discoveries at the AstroPlus and OrangeMagazineTV Bloggers Blowout

I was fortunate to have been included in the first Bloggers’ Blowout by AstroPlus and OrangeMagazineTV last September 3rd at the Greenbelt 5 in Makati. I signed up for the “tech” niche, although there were slots for “music” and “movies”. I would have wanted to join all categories, but with the limitations, the gadget geek in me ruled over. The event started at 1PM though the portion for tech bloggers was scheduled at 4PM. I was at the Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test but had to leave to be able to attend this interesting event. Interesting because for me, AstroPlus is all about CDs and DVDs, and I’m looking forward to knowing what sort of gadgets they have in store. When I arrived, the store is full of beautiful people from the blogosphere, some of whom I knew but most of them I met for the first time. The session for ...

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Authentic Original Top-Sider Sperry in the Philippines

Sperrys Top Siders

As the month of August ends and September begins, I noticed malls going on sale. I haven’t been shopping lately, and I realized I needed some fix. I was at the Eastwood Mall and I chanced upon a store with a large poster display of a top-sider. You see, I have such a love affair with shoes that I can’t help but check it out — there’s lots of them inside the store and I can’t help but drool. The top-sider shoes are Sperry — an American brand — the original boat shoes, and they’re now in the Philippines via Complex Lifestyle Store. I love top-siders because it’s easy to wear and is perfect for a casual look. I even have a pair in patent cobalt blue, but I didn’t know it was originally created by Paul Sperry in 1935. I’ve seen it in too many different brands that I ...

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Food Critic for a Day – the Ultimate Taste Test

I experienced becoming a chef for a day at the Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts. Last September 3rd, I had the chance to be a food critique at the Ultimate Taste Test by Our Awesome Planet at the Rockwell Tent. A wide selection of food concessionaires were gathered and lined up to showcase their specialties. It was my first time to attend such an event, and I have to say I was overwhelmed not knowing how and where to start. We arrived at past 11am and the venue is already abuzz with people and the media. I was with a fellow blogger – Lakwatsera Mom – and I just followed her cue, moving from one booth to another. Armed with a pen and our “passport” to rate each concessionaire and the food they served. Pastries, finger food, dimsum, drinks, pasta, meats and sausages – they’re all under one ...

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Get Up to Get Up and Help Others Get Up

Get up! You may think I’m asking you to stand up or arise from where you are now. But if we’re on the 80s, you’ll probably assume I’m referring to one’s attire, especially when asked “What’s your get up?”. This phrase takes on another meaning at the GET UP Blogger Launch by Golden ABC, held at the Museum Cafe in Greenbelt 4, Makati last August 25th. In summary, the event encourages us to get up to get up to help others get up. That’s a mouthful. Let me explain. Golden ABC, the Philippine fashion pioneer behind the brands Penshoppe, Oxygen, ForMe, Memo and Regatta, launched a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative dubbed “GET UP.” Corporate social responsibility is one of the company’s values and they have been involved in supporting education, community building, environment and arts & culture through various organizations. Through the GET UP program, the fashion retail brand ...

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NIVEA Philippines Launches NIVEA for Men Multi-Effect 8 Products

Growing in a female-dominated family, I learned to used skin care products at an early age. Astringent was one of those I applied on my face which became frequent in my adolescence in an attempt to eliminate pimples. In those days, all skin care products are marketed for women. It was only recently that we are seeing the growth of products for men. Last week, NIVEA Philippines introduced their line of products with the Multi-Effect 8 benefits to a group of bloggers. I have been using the brand’s facial wash and lotion. I was partial to their whitening variant for that extra SPF protection, plus the hope of regaining the fairness that I possess in my younger days (I wish). Last August 23rd, I joined other bloggers for the NIVEA for Men Multi-Effect 8 Challenge at the 360 Fitness Center in Makati. The event included a glimpse to the gym’s circuit ...

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