Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Bigger Blogapalooza 2014.

This year’s Blogapalooza I must  say is the biggest and a star studied so far, it is well attended by more than 700 bloggers in the country. Different businesses from small scale to biggest brand in all aspect are featured this time not only from their booth but up to the main stage forum.  Like last year it is still held in SMX Convention Hall of SM Aura in Taguig City last Oct 11, 2014.

We were early this time in order to catch up with other bloggers and to do some interview as well for some interesting business.  Among participating product that caught our curiosity is Gaming Library who is selling game cards that we really find interesting and can very useful for any party or events.

Another one that we find useful is the BrainFit, another upcoming learning center for kids that uses innovative technique in enhancing your kid’s potential and developing their brain as well. 

Of course we enjoy the food samples, from the pasta of Chef’s Noodle to Yellow Taxi’s Pizza, and definitely NIU by Vikings who showcase to us their new high end fine dining resto on the same mall.  And we also love the portion of Krispy Kreme where we design our own doughnuts.

But the attraction on that day is the guest celebrities, among them are real life lovers Divine Lee and Victor Basa that endorses Flawless Derm Clinic. Maxine Magalona is also present in the event as well as Youtube sensation Bogart the explorer.  Other stars that spotted at the event include Bobby Yan, the famous tambalan of FM Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper, and Michelle Guimabao.

Not to forget we collect a lot of freebies, goodies and Gift Certificates from this year’s sponsors, many of it require us to post first some photos taken at their booth and hash tag the name of their company or campaign, some require us to dance, guess some riddle and even play games like the ones you will see in open field fair. Our Instagram, facebook and twitter on that day are all flooded with different promos and campaigns.

Blogapaloooza is a brainchild of Vince Golangco of When In Manila.com together with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.com, it aims to bring business to bloggers as the latest platform of advertising and marketing any kind of products.

Looking forward again next year for another exciting, grandest and much bigger Blogapalooza.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Balintagos present a new film about young Cadets during Martial law times in the Philippines.

INTERNATIONALLY Acclaimed Filipino film maker Auraeus Solito who now standby the name of Kanakan Balintagos has an incoming film set in the 80’s entitled Esprit De Corps. This is Balintagos combeck to Cinema One Original Film Festival after her first entry last 2012 for the movie Baybayin (The Palawan Script), this year’s festival is scheduled on November 9 to 18, 2014.

Balintagos giving direction to his actor on the set of Esprit De Corps
Esprit De Corps is a tale of young cadets during a hell week in military training before the fall of Marcos dictatorship. It is based on the first play written by Balintagos. The said film is kinda personal to him since he did witness and experience Martial rule.  It stars new comers Sandino Martin as Private Abel Sarmineto,  JC Santos as Major Mac Favila, Lharby Policarpio as Private Cain Fujioka,  Garry Lim as the Commandant,  Abner Delina. Jr as Private Gines Villamayor, and  VJ Mendoza as Private “Bisoy”

Regular showing of Esprit De Corps in Manila starts November 10 in selected theaters  such as Fairview Terraces, Greenhills Atmos theater, Glorietta 4 and Trinoma.

Solito is a true blooded Palaw’an  and his ancestors belong to hierarchy of shamans of Southern Palawan. He is the film maker behind award winning films like Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo, Busong, Tuli, Boy and Pisay. 
The Cast of Esprit De Corps.

Lights, Camera, Action.

Here is the trailer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The world of Poker at Solaire.

SOLAIRE Resort and Casino introduce to us last Oct 9 the world of playing Poker during the #World Poker Tour Blogger’s Night.  This is in preparation for the Casino’s hosting of #WPT starting this Oct 16 up to 28, 2014. Wherein Top Pro’s and A-List celebrities from around the globe are expected to sit and try their luck to this famous card game of this generation.

During the event, Ron Regis a Professional Poker Coach brief us some technics and easy way to win in poker, he also discusses how he embrace this kind of sport from a hobby to a career now, he emphasize that it takes talent or skills in order to excel on this game.  But the most remarkable talk that night is coming from Mark Aventajado whose credentials are way up and consider  as the father of Poker Tournament  in the Philippines, he stress that the best about poker is the competitiveness and of course the fun and excitement that you will get.
Mike Aventajado
Vic De Guzman.
Another speaker that evening is Vic De Guzman, a top pros Poker player in the country whose winning records either here and in abroad is unparalleled, he point out that Filipinos are the most creative players in playing poker, and he declare it’s the ultimate sports that Filipinos should embrace because this is the only sports that no height or weight is required.

After all those talks, our group is divided into three and given a table at the poker room of Solaire.  Each dealings of cards is a learning yet thrilling experience, the coaching from the professional players really helps and made me understand that it is really a sport and not a sort of gambling thing that will burn all your hard earn money in a snap of your fingers.  A discipline and a right attitude with of course the good guidance and the right style of playing with creativity is a sure formula to conquer the world of Poker.

Unfortunately I have to leave early and leave my winning chips to my assign group after the third round. But the memories of playing Poker in Solaire I must say is extraordinary and a chance of a lifetime. We’ll never know when these will happen again.

Ron Regis
#WPT at Solaire for the main event have a massive exciting prizes, it’s not too late to win a seat for this almost two week Poker’s Jamboree, all you have to do is visit this link  http://solaireresort.com/play/solaire-poker-room/ 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

#MrsFieldsMoments: We Missed Mrs. Fields!

Way back when we were in Manila, I once brought home a Mrs. Fields cookies to my daughter. She loved it instantly! We munch over the cookies while watching her favorite Dora CD.

When doing the grocery last weekend, we came across the chiller and the kids saw this ice cream, of course Mrs. Fields flavored it is! Chewy Fudge cookie it is!

AS soon as we got home, little girl started eating her share of the ice cream!

Look how much she love it! With all her smile.
I can never blame her for loving Mrs. Fields, it's really delicious.

Having said it all, Mrs. Fields cookies are really one of the best product I've known, taste-wise. When we have a pack of it, my girls have the biggest smiles on their face, they really love the soft, chewy and delicious cookie. The fambam is really having a great family time, watching movie and munching on the favorite cookie we all love!

Being situated in a place that have limited resources for this product, we just settled for the ice cream version of Mrs. Fields' cookies! Though we make it a point that whenever a relative comes to Palawan (from Manila), we ordered at least a box or two of Mrs. Fields cookies! :) 

I also heard a news about Mrs. Fields, that they had this partnership with USO and have this campaign about bringing families together. 

They also have this contest that says: "Share #MrsFieldsMoments & Win! Show us your cookie moment, win the trip of a lifetime!" --You guys, better check this out! 

Too many people don’t fully understand the real challenges – big and small – that our troops and their families face, but the USO (United Service Organizations) does. From the front porch to the front lines, there are countless everyday moments that our troops and their families sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country and many of us unknowingly take these everyday moments in our lives for granted.  Whether its family dinners and date nights, children’s births and bedtime stories, or after school snack times that our troops and their families miss, the USO wants to help give these moments back.
The USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign was created to rally Americans to help the USO provide simple, everyday moments that mean so much to our troops and their families.  The challenges of military life do not end when deployment does. For this reason, USO is committed to helping our troops and their families throughout their service – making every moment count – whether they are deployed or returning home.
With Mrs. Fields Moments, we’re encouraging all families — military and otherwise — to make the most of every moment and dedicate every Sunday night to creating more memories. With our family conversation starters and collection of Sunday Snacktivities, we’re hoping you’ll take this one night to slow down, grab a box of Mrs. Fields cookies and truly savor your Sunday with the family.
Cookies for a Cause
We’re putting our money where our mouth is — literally. As a proud supporter of the United Services Organization (USO), Mrs. Fields is donating 35,000 cookies for use in USO2GO kits, which are provided to troops stationed in the most remote and restricted locations. Deployments can mean missed moments large and small, and this is just one more way we’re helping troops and their families savor more moments that matter.

Since its inception in 2008, the USO has shipped more than 1,350 USO2GO kits to places such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan and Djibouti. These deliveries weigh more than 1,000 pounds each and contain personal care items, sports equipment, electronics and more items that provide a sense of home for deployed troops. - http://www.mrsfieldsmoments.com/uso/

About Mrs. Fields Famous Brands
The Company is a well-established franchisor in the premium snack food industry, featuring Mrs. Fields® and TCBY® as its core brands. Through its franchisees' retail stores; it is one of the largest retailers of freshly baked, on-premises specialty cookies and brownies in the world and the largest retailer of soft-serve frozen yogurt with live active cultures. Its franchise systems operate through a network of more than 950 franchised and licensed locations throughout the United States and in 23 foreign countries. In addition, it operates an internet and catalog gifting business, a branded retail business and has entered into licensing arrangements that leverage awareness of its core brands among its retail customer base. The Company is currently relocating their headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah to Broomfield, Colorado.

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

About Interbake Foods
Headquartered in Richmond, VA Interbake Foods LLC is a baked goods manufacturer with over 110 years of business experience. Interbake Foods is the North American cookie and cracker Division of Weston Foods.  This includes Interbake Foods in the USA and Colonial Cookies Limited in Canada.  Weston Foods' mission is to be recognized by its customers as providing the best bakery solutions in North America and Interbake is privileged to serve the marketplace with our award-winning products and services.  Interbake Foods consists of three distinct business segments: Retail Private Brands, Contract Manufacturing and Girl Scout cookies through our ABC Bakers Division.