Thursday, May 21, 2015

Unilab's 70th: Honors Unsung Heroes

Unilab, the makers of household brands Biogesic, Ceelin, Neozep and Enervon, is celebrating its 70th year in the industry. The Filipino pharmaceutical and healthcare company also marks this milestone with the launch of its corporate campaign, “AlamNamin,” through the digital film found in http://bit.ly/husayatmalasakit

Through this campaign, Unilab wishes to recognizeand give thanks to the unsung heroes of everyday who constantly embody Husay at Malasakit to their loved ones and the communities they serve, without expecting anything in return.  These are members of the family, who work silently and unnoticed to make sure their loved ones get the best of everything. These are the parents, who persevere to give a better life to their children. These are physicians and healthcare professionals, who work patiently to give quality service to their patients. These are drugstore partners, who go to great lengths to make sure that vital medicines reach far-flung places. 

Unilab knows how these unsung heroes embody husay at malasakit to give their best care to people they serve and love. Their expression of these intrinsic Filipino values inspires Unilab to consistently give its best effort in developing products and services that are affordable and accessible to all so that every Filipino is cared for the way he should be.

From research to quality compliance, marketing to distribution, from products to people—everything that Unilab invests in is to ensure each customer’s well-being throughout his health journey. Husay at malasakit is an expression of what Unilab stands for, of who it is at its very core.

From a small corner drugstore, Unilab has grown to become the leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the country. 

Today, many of Unilab’s products continue to be trusted by Filipino families. Some of Unilab's popular over-the-counter brands are Ceelin, Enervon, Biogesic, Alaxan, Solmux, Neozep, Bioflu,Revicon Forte,Dolfenal and Myra E. Some of Unilab's top prescription brands are Vidastat (simvastatin), Lifezar (Losartan K), Combizar (Losartan K + HCTZ), Zegen (Cefuroxime), Levox (Levofloxacin).

For more information on Unilab, please visit http://www.unilab.com.ph

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Do You Have What it Takes to Learn to Read Music?

You probably remember those dreaded aptitude tests in school. You know,
those tests that revealed your abilities to perform certain tasks?

Well, it's time to stop dreaming, and put your desire to learn music to the test.

The desire for music is within you, but do you really have what it takes to learn to read music? Do you know which to buy among the so many musical instruments?  Discover your own musical capabilities below.


Musical Talent or Not - Does it Matter?

You may not be able to read music right now. You most likely cannot pick up a flute, a guitar or a violin and play a beautiful melody. Even so, everyone around you is always saying how musically talented you are.

Perhaps you can memorize musical tunes on key upon hearing them, create an original song in your mind, or maybe even play an instrument or two without really knowing how to read the music. These are all indications of having natural musical talent.

But, do you have the potential to achieve music?

Even if you have none of the musical abilities above, you can still learn to read music.

Where "natural talent" doesn't exist, learned musical skills can still be used to make beautiful music. Your love and desire for learning and achieving music is what will make the difference whether you have natural talent or not.

Think of your present career. If you pursued what you loved, you were able to
achieve the skill through learning, right? If you're a typist, you learned to type.

If you're a nurse, you went to nursing school.. If you're a mechanic, you attended
a technical school to achieve this. To read music, you must learn it as well.

Question #1: Do I love music enough to learn how to read music and play a musical instrument?

Learning to Read Music for Adults

If you missed out on music lessons as a child or simply forgot what you
learned, it's not too late to develop musical skills. Adults can learn to read
music. In truth, a person who has a real desire to learn might achieve more than a child who is being pushed to learn.

Why? As an adult, you already understand the great potential of having this skill. Having a passion for music will drive you to practice often and develop your skills quickly. Only those adults and children who have a desire to continue with music will actually achieve the skill for life!

Question #2: Are you willing to learn music and be dedicated to practice at this stage of your life?

A Goal for Your Music Skills

Another determining factor for learning to read music is your reason for
learning. There should be a goal in mind while developing this skill. Whether
it's to play an instrument in church, at special gatherings or to have a career in
music, you should have a goal in mind.

With a goal, you'll be pushed to learn even when you don't feel like taking a lesson. This is similar to taking college courses.
You attend the classes because you must if you are going to have a successful
career in that field.

Question #3: Do you have a goal or reason for learning to read music?

If you answered "Yes" to all of the above, read the questions below.

Which instrument do I want to play?
If a skilled music teacher is not available, am I willing to teach myself through online training?
When my music lessons begin, can I dedicate at least 15 to 30 minutes per day to practice?

If you answered "Yes" to all these questions, you're ready to pursue music
lessons.

Start developing your musical skills today to discover a life-long
treasure!


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Unveil, the bridal fair 2015.

The Brides, Unveil.
One of the most posh, elegant and successful bridal fair I attended so far, is the Unveil last May 17 at the Edsa Shangri-La Manila. They house the most sophisticated and top designers, stylist, clinic, and wedding photographers in the country today. Truly indeed that wedding industry in the Philippines is booming and will definitely stay.


Getting married is such a precious experience, of course all the couples want it to make it the memorable day of their life, since they are only getting married once in their lifetime. That’s why this Unveil showcases the best from wedding planners, to venue location, cakes, cars, flowers, gowns and styling. But what most influential part for me is the talk of Dr.Vicki Belo, who give emphasize of being beautiful on your big day, it takes preparation as well on how you pamper yourself to look good and be the most at that certain times of your life.  Her Belo Medical Group knows how to make you feel that feeling from removing scars, removing fats, smoothing of skin even surgery if needed.
Dra.Vicki Belo and host Mic Sy Lim of Fashion Pulis.
But the highlight of it all is the Fashion show showcasing the lingerie and underwear from Bench Body, entourage gowns by Michael Leyva, groom’s attire by Bang Pineda, and the Unviel with Veluz Puno-Reyes, along with the live orchestra scoring of The Bernie Pasamba Orchestra.
Lingerie Fashion Show by Bench Body.
Actor Dominic Roque lead Bang Pineda's Groom wear collection.
Bb.Pilipinas titlist Marina Benepayo with designer Michael Leyva.
Tv Host/Actress Nikki Gil with Veluz Puno-Reyes
This year’s Unveil  events stylists are Flower and Events by Teddy Manuel, Events Studio by Gideon Hermosa, Robert Biancaflor & Group Inc, Nikki Chatto King Louis Flower, Inc. D’Flower Fa├žade by Jun Hen, Michael Ruiz Events Styling, Ambiance by Pido and Jo Claravall.

Truly, a memorable fair ever, the best of its kind so far. We will look forward to the next Unveil.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The 9th Philippine Stagers Foundation Theater Festival.

Among this year's competing plays. Death Between The Line, Isla Apat, Love You Like A Lovesong Behbeh and Wanted for hire.
This year’s lineup of short play presented in the annual theater festival of Philippine Stagers Foundation is indeed a remarkable and the most hilarious to watch, as it tackles from romantic comedy to sex, violence and horror. Aside from competing plays, the highlights of the festival features fresh and raw talents from this year’s batch of workshop participants who undergo rigid training from acting, singing, dancing to stage design and even directing play.
Atty. Vince Tanada with the cast of Dilaw o Pula. 
Headed by its founder Atty.Vince Tanada  who declare that their last play entitle “Filipinas 1941” have reach a benchmark of more than 300 shows nationwide for a year not only in Metro Manila, but also in some provinces such as Bicol, Zamboanga and Bacolod. They are now gearing up for the opening of another theater season by July, wherein they are going to present another original Filipino musical “Pope-pular, paano kong pinoy si kiko”, a musical tribute of stagers to Pope Francis who visit Philippines early this year. 
Jury members, Dr.Ricky Abad, Actor Bernardo Bernardo and Comediane/Actor Garry Lim.
This year’s batch of Jury compose of Theater veteran and educator Ricky Abad, award winning Film and theater Actor Bernardo Bernardo, and comedian/Actor Garry Lim.  This batch of Judges Helps scrutinize and motivates Stagers and work shoppers in honing their craft in a given platform. Among our favorites for this year’s competing plays are comedy with advocacy Isla Apat, the troubled for adults only Hari ng Ari, and  romantic comedy  Love me like a love song behbeh,  stagers also revisit their old plays such as Stars, I Didith Show, Dilaw o Pula, Sa Parlor so many more. 
This year's batch of workshoppers in different act.
Winning plays and performances will be announce mid-May after the recital of this year’s work shoppers, wherein winning members of stagers will be acknowledge and given appreciation.

But the biggest announcement during the last day of the festival last May 9,  is the inclusion of Bernardo Bernardo in the coming Pope-pular play of stagers, Tanada on his speech is so delighted that a thespian and great actor like Bernardo is convince to join them in the coming theater season, they are so happy in having Bernardo who popularize the character of Steve Carpio in the defunct comedy sitcom Home Along Da Riles of the late Comedy King Dolphy in ABS-CBN in the late 90’s. 

The festival of Stagers started last April 18 to May 9, 2015, wherein hundreds of students and professionals from different cities and provinces audition to be part of this year’s work shoppers, in which some of them will be chosen to be part of PSF. The workshop is for free in which according to Tanada is a way of thanking all of their supporters through the 14 years and counting of PSF
Stagers Patrick Libao leads the short erotic play "Hari Ng Ari".
This year’s festival also highlighted the one year anniversary of Philippine Stagers Guardian or known as PSG, wherein selected members of Stagers is performing impersonations, singing and dancing. Tanada admit that PSG is such a hit during their first Araneta Coliseum concert November last year. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The 19th National Press Forum and 2015 Philippine Press Institute Annual Membership meeting.

Media and election coverage highlight this year’s Press Forum.

 The incoming national and local election in the Philippines, is the main topic for this year’s National Press forum, held at Diamond Hotel last May 14 to 16, 2015.  Among its resource speakers are Betty Romero, the Deputy Director of Lifeline Foundation, and the administrator of the successful Anti-Epal Facebook page.

Romero discusses how powerful social media now a days, wherein his personal advocacy become the voice of the nation about politicians claiming credits to the projects that they are mandated to do.  Majority of the photos post in their page are now remove after many views, comments and shares in the web happen, and those photos are being contributed only by their followers from all over the country.

Another speaker is Rowena Paraan, the head person of Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo of TV network ABS-CBN.  On her talks she discuss that tru tweets and status post, news was first heard and seen, their aim is to make everyone a journalist using mobile gadgets by tweeting or posting status, or even pictures that can tell a news event that is about to happen or just happen.

Philippine Press Institute is considered the oldest professional media association whose mandate is to defend press freedom and promote ethical standards of Filipino Journalist. It was founded in 1964 and reactivated in 1987. It is also known as the national association of newspapers. Among its rosters of past chairmans who are publishers and editors, are Joaquin Chino Roces of The Manila Times, Eugenio Lopez, Jr of The Manila Chronicle, and others. This year’s chairman is Atty. Jesus Dureza of Mindanao Times.

In this year’s program, new partners such as Oceana Philppines, Plan International, Asian Legal Resource Center and #MediaSeum are introduce, to be working hand-in-hand with PPI throughout the year.

Awards and recognition is also given to newspaper members who excel in many areas such as editorials, lay outs, design and news reporting. Booth for exhibit is also set up for the members to showcase their newspaper covering their Cities and Provinces

PPI can be reach thru their office at Room 206 BF Condominium, Intramuros Manila. Or contact them at Tel Nos. 527-9632/527-4478, or check www.philpressinstitute.com and email at pp1@mozcom.com .



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lancris opens Garnet Tower Showroom.


Landcris Somerset Development Corp, the developer of Lancris Residences in Better Living, Paranaque officially opens its newest showroom thru a blessing ceremony last  May 2, 2015.The Garnet showroom representing the soon to be build  Garnet Tower Showroom  is located in Japan St Corner Dominic Savio St, Brgy. Don Bosco in Paranaque City.

The occasion is attended by Chief Operating Officer Mr. Dennis Lim and Assistant Vice President
Mr. Jigger Cunanan, Ms .Rose Suarez of Human Shelter Realty Corp and Mr. Rex Lomangaya of Driven Marketing Group, Inc are also present during the occasion.

Garnet is the newest condo buildings that soon to be built within the year, it has 138 units usually have 2 to 3 bedroom in a 6 story building, and like other tower of Lancris it will also have Sky garden, a recreation park,  commercial area, club house, swimming pool and others.

Lancris is introducing the feeling of living in a residential condo in a subdivision culture, its design are timeless and location wise is near in Airport, plus a good factor for professionals working in Makati City and Bonifacio Global City.  Some advantages Garnet has are higher ceilings, and spacious hallways.

To see the newly blessed showroom of Garnet Tower, visit Lancris in Paranaque City, log on to www.landcris.com or call their mobile hotline (63)917-801-2677.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bounty Fresh joins Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015



According to Ms. Joan Clarice N. Caccam, Assistant Brand Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), Bounty Fresh Chicken is a brand under the Bounty Fresh Group of Companies (BFGC), a privately owned company operating in the Philippines. BAVI and its sister company, Bounty Fresh Food Inc. supplies live chicken, dressed chicken, and various processed chicken products nationwide. Bounty Fresh Chicken was awarded "Asia's Best" in 2009 Asian Livestock Industry Award in Malaysia and is the most-liked chicken brand in the Philippines. It has over a million likes in one of the leading social media platforms, Facebook. This year the brand has launched its new online campaign, #DiskarteNaMayArte. This campaign aims to celebrate the Bounty Fresh Moms out there who always find creative and resourceful ways to make homemaking extra special for their loved ones.


Bounty Fresh supports Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 because it acknowledges the powerful role of digital media in reaching and interacting with its customers and brand lovers. At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of Online Marketing in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific region with the following points:

• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from East to West and West to East
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and Entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro - multinationals E-commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond

Partial list of speakers are as follows;

•    Constantin Roberts - Managing Director, Zalora Philippines
•    Earl Valencia- Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications
•    Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber Philippines
•    Donald Felbaum- Managing Director, Optel
•    Richard Upton- President, John Robert Powers Asia
•    Donald Lim- Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN
•    Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino
•    Robert Yupangco- President, Yupangco Group of Companies
•    Chinkee Tan- Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach
•    Rebecca Bustamante Mills- CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards
•    Mikel Yaw- CEO, Elabram Systems Group
•    Carlos Celdran- Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide
•    Maria Camille Montejo- CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.
•    Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creative Voices Productions
•    Tanya Llana- Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court
•    James Jimenez- Director, Commission On Elections
•    Lloyd Luna- CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation
•    Jonathan Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association
•    Lewis Hong- Web Consultant, Xyxon Singapore
•    Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine


For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnership and sponsorship, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph


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Saturday, May 9, 2015

RAK OF AEGIS Is returning this June 2015.

The Cast of Rak Of Aegis 2015
The Phenomenal Original Pinoy Musical Rak Of Aegis is returning to stage in PETA Theater this June 2015, the hit crowd favorite and comedy musical featuring the songs of Aegis band had already 135 shows in total last year, and this time they will be like broadway wherein six days in a week is the scheduled shows starting June 17 to August 16, 2015.

Stage Director Maribel Legarda said on a presscon last May 6, 2015, that there will be no major changes, nor script revisions for Rak staging this year, even the set is still the same.  But what exciting for it is the inclusion of the song “Sayang na Sayang” and the new cast that will give flavors for the same old characters in Brgy.Venizia.

But what makes Rak of Aegis such a hit?, Legarda  enumerate the reasons, first it’s the songs of Aegis band that is truly popular, the flood culture theme of the story wherein many Filipinos especially in Metro Manila can relate to it, the comedy that is, the wonderful actors and being an original masterpieces.   

Kapuso star Aicelle Santos , along with 2009 WCOPA Champion Kim Molina will still be doing the lead role Aileen. The new actors for this season of Rak are Actor/singer Lorenz Martinez who will play Aileen’s Father, opposite Lani Ligot, who will plays Mercy, Aileen’s Mother. Singer and member of The Company Sweet Plantado is cast as Mary Jane, and Roi Calilong and Teetin Villanueva are the newest members of ensemble.

Here are the show schedules, from Tuesday to Thursdays at 8pm, while Saturday and Sundays have 3pm and 8pm. That is from June 17 to August 11.  For more information you can contact PETA Theater throught www.petatheater.com, facebookpage Facebook.com/petatheater, Twitter/Instagram @petatheater or email them at petatheater@gmail.com

Leading Lady The Musical, the next big thing in Philippine Theater.



I always wondered why there are some people who admire villains. They would say they can relate to these scoundrels. Relate to their evil aspirations? Are people naturally evil? They would even say, "Ang guwapo guwapo ni Loki!". Really? That dreadful face that does nothing but harm? 

Maybe "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady The Musical" can explain. Created from Carlo Vergara's one-act play, with music and lyrics by Vince de Jesus, Leading Lady the Musical is the first release by Dalanghita Productions. This could be the next big thing in theatre as the skill was evident by the direction of Chris Martinez.
The Fuerza Filipinas.
We follow the story of two sisters, Mely and Viva. Mely, ordinary yet diligent, (Bituin Escalante and Frenchie Dy, alternating) is hired as a maid by a group of English-speaking Pinoy superheroes called Fuerza Filipinas. One of her bosses, the telepathic Leading Man (Markky Stroem and Hans Escktein, alternating) falls for her. And yes, they fall in love with each other. In the midst of their love story, the younger Viva (Kim Molina), always jealous of her sister, is hired by a group of villains called Kayumanggilas to infiltrate the house of Fuerza Filipinas. So good versus evil. The attractive and famous Fuerza Filipinas versus the plain and vindictive Kayumanggilas. Mely versus Viva. Mely and Leading Man versus the world. These conflicts make up entertaining intertwined story. 

Leading Lady the Musical excels in almost every aspect of stage productions.The sounds are great (perhaps they used recording software for beginners).  The plot could be too simple but twists and humor can make your day or days. Special mention to the leader of Kayumanggilas, Senyor Blanco (Nar Cabico), who made the audience literally LOL with his grammar gaffes. Even the Fuerza's robot created some laughs.
The Kayumanggilas.
At first, I thought, why do the Fuerza Filipinas heroes speak English and sound so rich? While the Kayumanggilas are the "common" Pinoys? Then I realized, this is the current state of Philippine society. The elites are good-looking and are deemed heroes, while the ordinary Pinoys are...ordinary and always try too hard to be elites. We relate to villains because we always want to be better. We always want to be those people on top. (Fine, I realized that after a Q&A between the audience and the production after the show.) 

Anybody can be a hero. Even Mely and Viva can be heroes. Anybody can be a hero even without superpowers. Even superheroes fail. And die.
And that Body, Leading Man Marrki Stroem.
Four words. Towel-clad Markki Stroem. Or was that three words? Markki Stroem is just one word, right? Alright, he sings and acts really well. Seriously, he defines the character Leading Man. Bituin Escalante and Kim Molina delivered outstanding performances as expected. And of course, Menchu Lauchenco-Yulo, who played Madre de Dios, the leader of Fuerzas, was divine, especially her abs. The collaboration between the actors from English and Filipino productions is genius. This is one of the best cast ever on stage.

Oh such great music. Every music number can make you smile and/or laugh. You wouldn't care that much about the technicals, as you would enjoy the entire show. Maybe I did notice that part, Viva's transition into a super villain. She just walked off stage leaving her doppelgangers, and she came back with a different costume after a minute. There could have been a better way of doing that.

I can't help but compare this production to the recent musical by the Ballet Philippines which was also about superheroes. Mandhid's story has more depth. But Leading Lady has more entertainment value, better humor and even better choreography.

Verdict: A. Towel-clad Markki Stroem! Was that too loud? I'm kidding. Watch it because you are a cultured Pinoy.
The Cast and Crew of Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading-Lady.
"Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady the Musical" runs until June 7 from Friday to Sunday at 8 pm, with 3 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Venue is at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila, Quezon City. For ticket inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Tickets are at P1500, P1200 and P800.


Text by Aga Posadas, Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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