Saturday, August 30, 2014

Setting Up for a Party

It's a tiring task prepping for a birthday party, or any kind of party specially when you do it your own.

I love to party, but I wanted to do it with my personal touch. I prepare all the foods, decors and everything. But when it comes to huge party preparations, I asked for some help from my relatives and friends.

When the number of guests exceeds 20, it's time for me to do the renting out of tables and chairs. Good thing is that when you rent out, they already provide sets of table cloth for the table. I just hope that they have this kind of cloth, a spandex fitted stretch tablecloth to look more elegant despite the simplicity.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Palawan Governor and Mutya ng Palawan 2014 highlighted 7th Cuyonon Baragatan.


Palawan Governor Jose Pepito Alvarez(middle) with Mutya ng Palawan 2006 Nikka Dedicatoria and reigning Mutya ng Palawan Mariel Dedicatoria.
OVER a hundred Cuyunons attended this year’s Cuyunon Baragatan held last August 23, 2014 at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. This 7th year affair is an annual convention of Cuyunons base in Metro Manila and in overseas as well. 

Palawan Governor Jose Pepito Alvarez serves this year’s keynote speaker. In his speech, Alvarez cited his efforts for the province and his forthcoming projects, he announce that Balabac could be the next Maldives due to its potential to tourism.

To support this claim Alvarez announces that it’s a plan of his administration to put up International Airport in Balabac to boost its tourism potential.  But not only in Balabac that he will build airports, accordingly there is four Airports with international and regional access that is soon to be place in Palawan. This includes the one in Coron, San Vicente, between Taytay and El Nido, and in between Brookes Point and Bataraza.  But Alvarez point out this plan is under his 10 year program for the province in case he will be given a chance to continue his term in the coming years. He also said that majority of the tourist destination in the province will have a good hospital, this will support as well his aim of a three million tourist arrival after 10 years.

At the said convention of Cuyunons largely base in Metro Manila, USA, Canada and Australia, Alvarez also take the opportunity to discuss his up-coming and ongoing projects in the mainland Palawan. This is the 5,570 Kilometer road rehabilitation under auspices from National Government, and a lot of funding for livelihood assistance to augment the 63.8% poverty index of the province. He also discusses the plan to move the Provincial Capitol outside of Puerto Princesa City to two other Municipalities, one in the north and in the south.
Palawan Leaders. Former Congressman Amor Abueg, Gov. JCA, Vice Gov. Dennis Socrates, Board Member Leoncio Ola and Cong. Erick Abueg.

Since it’s a Cuyo affair, Alvarez announce that the well-equipped and efficient hospital is due to its completion probably early next year in Cuyo. The P50million worth project is his project with the counterpart of the national government. He also said that he is planning to make Cuyo a marvelous tourist destination with its historical background and to create parks with manmade lake coming from the natural springs of the island. This programs according to Alvarez is a good reason for the Cuyunons to go back to the island municipality and to the mainland as well. Palawan he said is still a suitable place for retirees after many years of struggling in life.

At the end Alvarez also clarify information claiming that he don’t have any Palawan blood, he said his grandmother is originally from Pawa, Cuyo. It so happen it migrate to Antique where they grow up, but he never announce if it’s from his father or mother side.  
CBO President Grace Ong-Gobing.

The Cuyunon Baragatan (CBO) this year is headed by Grace Ong-Gobing as the President of the organization, usually held every August in Manila before the main Fiesta celebration in Cuyo, it aims to unite Cuyunons wherever they are. This year’s conventions start at three in the afternoon with joyous numbers and guest from different fields. Among this year’s attendees are Palawan 2nd Dis Rep. Erick Abueg with his dad, former Congressman Amor Abueg ,  Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, Board Member Leoncio Ola who serenade the crowd with his Ploning rendition.  Provincial tourism officer Mabelle Buni and Information Officer Gil Acosta also grace the occasion.

This year’s honoree is Mariel Dedicatoria, reigning Mutya ng Palawan who represent Cuyo last Baragatan Festival. Daniel Santos, Dedicatoria’s successor for next year pageant is also introduce to the crowd as early this time to make sure that Cuyo will continue to hold the crown. Special performance from Capitol Choir also highlight the evening with their rendition of Cuyunon songs.  Ernie Delgado also did some guitar performances on stage. Delgado, a Cuyunon base now in the US once became a guitarist of the then famous band Electro Maniacs wayback late 60’s. Cuyonon Organizers close the evening with traditional dances of Cuyo.

Ernie Delgado, former member of "Electro Maniacs" a famous band in the 60's.

Gov. Jose Pepito Alvarez.

Reigning and upcoming beauty queen. Ms.Cuyo/Palawan 2014 Mariel Dedicatoria and 2015 Ms.Cuyo Daniela Santos.

Sa'Yaw , a traditional merry making dance of Cuyo perform by the selected CBO members.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Xperia C3: ProSelfie Smartphone

Sony now introduces a smartphone that is really pro-selfie. 5 MP, wide-angle front camera with LED flash and real-time selfie apps.

Never miss a selfie moment with the Xperia C3. The Xperia C3 is a Quad-core Android phone with a 5 MP front camera with soft LED flash and a 25 mm wide-angle lens, designed specifically for selfies.
Get a friend to make you laugh and use the smile detection feature on your Xperia C3 to capture your genuine fun side. No need to press a button, just smile. Not in a smiley mood? Then just be natural and use the handy camera button on the side of the phone to snap yourself reading a book, sipping a coffee or chatting to a friend.
Fitting all your friends in a group shot can be a challenge – someone always gets cropped out. The Xperia C3, with its ultra wide-angle lens (25mm, 80 degrees) makes taking group pics easy. No need to get an arm extension, just capture that magic moment with all your friends in the shot.
With amazing image quality on its large 5.5” HD display, a wide-angle 5 MP front camera and super lightweight design, the Xperia C3 is the perfect video call Android phone. And because the Xperia C3 camera has it all, the person you’re chatting to will see a clear, great-looking picture of you.
Optimised with Sony TV technologies, the Xperia C3 has an impressive 5.5” HD IPS screen that brings you entertainment with incredible colour and clarity from any angle.
The slim, sleek, lightweight design of the Xperia C3 makes it the perfect companion for a busy day. It may be light, but it boasts a large 5.5” HD display for great viewing from any angle. Choose from black or white – or stand out in a crowd with our new mint colour option.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Solaire Job Caravan 2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Palawan’s Chaolong now available in Quezon City.

A Long time ago, Puerto Princesa City became a sanctuary for Vietnamese people who sail away through seas from their homeland to avoid the unbearable war, some of it landed in the shore land of Palawan to its capital. It became their shelter for many years, and in return they introduce to the Palawenyos their famous cuisine, the French Bread Sandwich and the Chaolong. In early 90’sit became a huge cottage industry in the City that no major intersection you can’t find a Chaolong house.

Chao-long has its two variety, the Pork (Buto-Buto) noodles and Beef Stew that is commercially available.  It is fascinating because of its ingredients that most Filipinos find it uncommon for noodles, like the rice strands noodles, monggo sprouts, carrots, eucalyptos leaves, and its unique soup and seasonings. Chaolong somehow became a staple food for Palawenyo’s and a relief after hard drinking session.

There are attempts in the past to some businessman to bring Chaolong in Manila, but due to its logistics background they never last.

But not anymore this time, Palawenyo IT consultant turn entrepreneur Jay Lowell Payuyo is determine to make Chaolong unanimous in Manila, to make it big in the coming years as such like delicacies of other provinces that make it to other Cities and to another Cities in the country.

Payuyo who ran a 7 year old laundry shop in Quezon City has a dream of becoming a baker, and he made that realization January of this 2014 when he open Bread & Bakers, who offer a numerous kind of bread from pastries to cake of different occasion. Until this April when somebody is looking for a French bread and together with his two brothers they coined an idea of why not offer Chaolong, aside from the said bread. Slowly they just try it in their home wherein they usually do every time they have guest or an occasion to celebrate, and to their surprise it became an instant hit for Palawenyos base in Metro Manila that misses the said noodles. From one branch they have 3 branches as of now, the original in Roosevelt, one in University of Sto.Tomas and in Project 7 in Quezon City.

Jay Lowell Payuyo
Payuyo admit that producing Chaolong in Manila is not easy, he have to find suppliers in the metro that can sustain the operation, it’s a work in progress he said but so far not only the Palawenyos are liking it, even locals of QC are now loving the said rice noodles.

The original formula of Chaolong is maintain in every bowl they serve, however as a resident critique of their product, they try to do some innovations about its taste, with some spices to sustain the authentic style of cooking it. He proudly say that the Chaolong they serve is an MSG free, meaning no Vetsin is added to which some Chaolong in Puerto Princesa is known for.

Bread & Bakers is now the new rendezvous place of Palawenyos  in Manila, aside from Chaolong they were able to reconnect with their roots and meet friends whom they never meet for quite some times. Payuyo welcome that idea and he’s happy also seeing his fellowmen from same island who share the passion he have about this gift from Vietnamese people.


Bread & Baker is open from 6 in the morning up to 10 in the evening.  Exact address is at 282 Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City. Proj 7 branch is at Bansalangin St in Veterans Village, just a walking distance from SM North EDSA.  City. The UST branch is located at Delos Reyes st near Eloisa St Manila. For inquiries you can contact them at Tel. No. 416-9058. 





3 Ways to Maintain a Happy, Long-Lasting Marriage

Wise words from a wise man.


Jeff Bridges has been married to his wife Susan for nearly four decades, all while working in an industry known for its failed marriages: Hollywood.

So it makes sense that Thursday, while doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything, the Academy Award winner was questioned about his secret to marital success. "I read that you've been married to your wife since 1977. To what do you attribute the success of your marriage in an industry notoriously hard on relationships?" the redditor asked.

In response, Bridges revealed three ways to maintain a happy, long-lasting marriage.

1. Loving someone means supporting them.

"This industry is tough on relationships. I've always thought that my wife should have a credit up alongside mine, because I couldn't do what I do without her support. And like the questioner asked, or said, we've been married since 1977, we knew each other for 2 years before that, so she's been able to do all these films with me and we've managed to get through them all together."

2. Little things, like asking how their day was, matter.

"The toughest thing about making movies is being apart from your family. One of the things I try my best to do is call my wife every day, to keep up to speed with what's going on in her life. And tell her what's going on with mine. Often when you're apart from your loved one like that for so long, your connection kind of atrophies unless you keep engaged, even if it's small everyday kind of stuff."

3. Above all else, love each other.

"But another aspect of keeping a marriage together, I think it's important to - you'll think I'm silly - but to love each other, which begs the question: "what is love?" Words that come to mind are openness, understanding, gentleness, kindness, and kind of working on those things, because everyone has a light and a dark side, I think, selfish aspects, and to kind of recognize those in each other and realize that we are going to have our own particular story at any given time, and those stories, they might not be the ultimate truth but they are certainly true for each of us, so to understand that we are each going through our particular version of reality, to respect that, and to nurture being in love, you know? To nurture that."

#WordsOfWisdom #Marriage #HappyLife

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pinnochio, The Children Musical now at Onstage from August 16 to Dec 14, 2014.


THE Well-loved Italian Children classic story of Pinnochio is now making a return in Philippine Theater, brought to you by Repertory Philippines as part of their 22 years of producing musicals for children of all ages.  Play open last August 16 until Dec 14 at Greenbelt Onstage Theater in Makati City.

During the Press launch last Aug 12, Joy Virata, Artistic Director of Repertory and the Director of this year’s Pinnochio said, that nothing has change overall in terms of set, costumes, and even the story. There are only some minor changes with the arrangement in terms of music. They basically preserve this famous children literature written in 1881 by Carlo Collodi with the adaptation and lyrics from Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy of Prince Street Players, LTD.  Repertory first staged Pinnochio in 1996 and in 2004.

The beloved tale of life size puppet created by caring puppet maker Geppetto who long wish to have a son is granted by a blue fairy, but Pinnochio disobey his father and his real life adventure begun.  The set is really an eye pleasing visual, from a neighborhood in Italy, to the land of toys up to the belly of a giant whale.  What more exciting in this year’s presentation is the interaction of Antonio, the narrator to the audience, in teaching some Italian words and sing along with him and with the cast.

This 2014 version have a 6 naïve and innocent Kids alternating the role of Pinnochio, they are Albert Solis, Noel Comia, Daniel Drilon, Guido Gatmaytan, Sofie Wong and Andee Achacoso. While Geppetto are being played by Miguel Faustmann, Oliver Usison and Nic Campos.  Singer Bituin Escalante is also in the cast playing a man as the evil Coachman.

This brilliant musical for kids promises to be a complete theatre experience especially the  values, moral and good behavioral lessons that they impart to its audiences.

Tickets is now available through ticketworld, for booking and reservations you may contact Repertory at 843-3570 and 451-1474, or email shows@repertoryphilippines.com  . You can also check their website at www.repertoryphilippines.com .
The Cast of Pinnochio.


The wonder that only Nilo Cruz could do.



Nilo Cruz
ONE of Philippine showbiz best kept secret is Nilo Cruz, a man behind those glamorous and box office stars before they face camera and its audiences nor TV, Print and even movies. Cruz is a professional commercial make-up artist whose main goal is to make the local celebrities look more beautiful on screen through the magic of his hands and his make-up.

Cruz two decade  career start as a on call or even a stand-by singer in noon time show in ABS-CBN, he is a winner of DZMM Hamon sa Kampeon followed by Sang Linggo nAPO sila ‘Pop-Pinoyan.  After joining singing contest on TV he becomes the regular studio make up arist of then Masayang Tanghali Bayan host Mickey Ferriols.  He was notice here on how clean and fast he can do a make up to a star, and because of this he became an overnight sensation to stars especially for noon time host on TV looking for a good make-up artist.

During our interview, Nilo admit to us that he never had any formal background or study about applying make-up, the undergraduate of AB English in Jose Rizal University used to hang out in different parlor or salon of his friends, and by seriously observing he was able to learn and develop his own techniques, style and creative way of applaying make up, putting eyelashes, and even hair cut too. “ Ang kaibahan ko sa ibang make up artist siguro ako yung mahusay na sa make up at nag-gugupit pa, and siguro grabe lang ang creative  or imaginative mind ko”added Nilo.
With Mommy D. (Dionesia Pacquiao)
Since his stint in noon time show of  ABS-CBN, Nilo a resident of Mandaluyong City become a mainstay in Make-Up Department and later was appointed as the Head of it from Sang Linggo nAPO sila up to Pilipinas Win Na Win. Nilo also start joining different cosmetic and beauty Make up Competition and was able to represent Philippines in an International Competition as well. He did well in those competitions and become one of in demand Make-Up artist of his generation. From TV to pageants, to billboard ads, Magazine cover, Theater play, concert, fashion show, TV Commercials shoot, wedding, debuts and he even venture into movies as prosthetic make-up artist. Among his works in Film are the Kung Fu Diva and Enteng Ng Ina Mo where he won Best Festival Make Up in Metro Manila Film Festival in 2011.
Special make up for Enzo Pineda.

Through his talent and skill he was able to see the world, he venture in coordinating with Celebrities in doing show’s abroad in different states in US, Europe  and even in Middle East as long as there are Filipino Communities.

The following are Cruz regular celebrity client; Ai-Ai Delas-Alas,  Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Gabby Concepcion, Aljur Abrenica, Charice,  Jay-R, Kris Lawrence, Steven Silva, Rodjun Cruz, Melissa Ricks, Maja Salvador, Iya Villania, Bituin Escalante, Isay Alvarez, Robert Xena, Frenchie Dy, Ima Castro and Jasmine Trias during her stint in Manila.
When asked how people describe her works, Nilo just simply quote Kris Aquino’s description of his product, “heavenly perfection”.

Here is the list of Nilo’s achievement in different competition;
·        * Filhair 1990, Fantasy Make Up, 1st Runner Up.
·      *  Asia Pacific Hairdresser & Cosmetology Competition Association 1998, Ladies Hair Cut and Blow Dry Competition, 1st Runner up.
·        * HACCAP 2005, Open Hairstyling Make-Up Competition, 2nd Runner up.
·         *Filhair 2013 Bridal Make-Up Competition, Grand Champion
·       *  Hair Asia 2013,  Best Commercial Make-Up
·        * Hair Asia 2013, Creative Hair Style, 1st Runner up

For inquiries you can contact Nilo through his email address nilo_cruz2001@yahoo.com
Dermcare Ad.

Dermcare Ad during the shoot.