Thursday, April 3, 2014

Binibining Pilipinas—bigger and better beyond 50 years

Binibining Pilipinas, the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant, goes even bigger as it ventures beyond 50 years at the 2014 Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Following the back to back victories of Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida, Miss Supranational 2013 Johanna Datul and Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, much anticipation is in the air for the next batch of Binibinis who will represent the Philippines in the world’s stage.

The Candidates after the opening number.
Making this year’s pageant even more exciting is the addition of the new title—Miss Intercontinental. Founded in 1973 and currently run in Panama City by the World Beauty Organization, the pageant has come to be known as ‘the United Nations of glamour and beauty,’ showcasing the world´s most poised, stunning women.

Pageant Host Anne Curtis and Xian Lim.
This is the 5th title under Binibining Pilipinas, in addition to Miss Universe, Miss Supranational, Miss International and Miss Tourism Queen International. Two runners-up shall also be crowned during the pageant.
 The coronation night last March 30 is a star-studded affair with the participation of no less than Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela and Russian Pop Superstar Emin. Gabriela is slated to participate in judging the pageant and will crown the next batch of Binibining Pilipinas queens, while Emin will be performing his hits and serenading the candidates. Local celebrities Xian Lim and Anne Curtis and beauty queens Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj host the event.

But the main stars of the show are the forty candidates who have undertaken rigorous training for the pageant. From over one hundred aspirants in January, the chosen 40 have since undergone training sessions—from pasarela to makeup and styling to personality development. They have also taken part in various sponsors visits, and TV guestings.
Swimsuit Competition.

Beyond beauty

This year’s staging of the Binibining Pilipinas is also made more meaningful, as it displays not only beautiful faces but beautiful, golden hearts. In between their busy training schedules, the candidates supported the Gawad Kalinga’s movement towards environmental and social engineering by painting houses in the GK Escopa Village. Pushing the goal further, the ladies also held educational activities with the children in the community.

Binibining Pilipinas also partnered with the Red Cross. In line with the organization’s mantra of volunteerism, the candidates took part in hands on training on emergency response. The girls led a special motorcade across Marikina City to raise awareness on Fire Prevention Month and call for volunteers for the Philippine Red Cross. The ladies also supported the Philippine Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts for indigents with a special gift giving session during the day.

The special guests for the pageant will also be aligning with the Binibining Pilipinas’ charity efforts. As part of her Philippine itinerary, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela flew to Coron, Palawan to spend time and do outreach work to a depressed community. Emin has also pledged to donate the proceeds from his single, ‘In Another Life’ to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts.
Senorita Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013.

Por Pabor Senorita, Gabriela

Russian Pop Star Emin during the serenade portion.



The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, Cream Silk, PLDT Home, JAG Jeans, AVON, PAGCOR, Titan Watches—the official watch sponsor, PAGCOR, Manhattan Garden City, Pizza Hut, Lactacyd White Intimate, Philippine Airlines, Sofitel—the official residence, Manila Bulletin—the official print partner, David’s Salon, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Gold’s Gym, J.A.C. Motors, Picture City, Dale Carnegie Training Center, Entrepreneur School of Asia, Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation, and Raymond SaldaƱa Photography. 
Emin and Gabriela.


The Winners.





Reigning Queens, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism Cindy Miranda, Bb.Ph-Universe Ariela Arida, Ms.international 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Ms. Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

(Press Release) Fila Philippines and Philippine Volcanoes: All Ready for The Rugby Sports


Fila, one of the largest manufacturing companies worldwide, and proud of its long-standing history dates back to 1911 recently held a presscon for the Philippine Volcanoes


The Philippine National Rugby Union Team, nicknamed the "VOLCANOES," is the country's official representation to the international rugby union. With countless gold to their name, besting prominent countries in international tournaments, the Volcanoes have now become headliners in Philippine sports.

Today, the Volcanoes are the most successful team in the Asian Five Nations Tournament, next to Japan. In the past five years, the Herculean squad has lost only one match, losing to South Korea in Division One in 2011. In 2012, the Volcanoes stormed into the Top 5 with an unbeaten run, besting Chinese-Taipei, Singapore and Sri Lanka in a round-robin series.

This year marks a new for the Philippine Volcanoes as they bring flag to the 2013 Rugby World Cup. Sevens in Moscow, Russia in June. Pride truly burns deep as this athletic feat is a big the country- even deeper for FILA Philippines, who will accompany the Volcanoes to the prestigious competition as their official sponsor.

Fila became popular in the world of sports, particularly Tennis, through the endorsement off legends Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker. Today, FILA is global mega-brand for sportswear, with specialized lines for Running, Basketball, Racquet Sports and Golf.


In the Philippines, FILA opened in 1983, launching with an apparel line and later specializing in footwear under the company name, FILA Philippines. Since then, it has become one of the country's premier footwear brands, under the leadership of visionary couple Butch and Cris Albert, owners of the FILA Philippines. The market frontrunner in Basketball, Badminton Cross-Training, Running, and Sports Casua, the Company is poised to dominate, especially with exciting new innovations such as "Everest by FILA" "TIVA by FILA”: outdoors by FILA" and "Freestyle by FILA."
Energized with originality, boldness, and color and guided by a rich and history. FILA Philippines is charging head-on towards the future.

Let the cheer thunder on and grow even more vociferous as The Philippine Volcanoes heave on to the showground’s of showground’s. Finally in league with the big boys, the Philippines' own are pumped more than ever. And FILA Philippines standing behind in full support will be backing down.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Winners

Out of the 40 candidates, 15 were shortlisted where the top 5 will be coming from.

Top 15 are the following:

11 Laura Lehmann
1 Julian Aurine Flores
22 Bianca Guidotti
3 Joana Angelica Romero
25 MJ Lastimosa
8 Pia Wurtzbach
4 Parul Shah
23 Nichole Manalo
16 Zahara Soriano
35 Yvethe Santiago
14 Emma Tiglao
20 Kenneth Santiago
13 Kris Janson
27 Hannah Sison
19 Mae Liezel Ramos


But the winners are:

2nd-runner up: Bb 27 Hannah Sison


1st runner up: Bb 11 Laura Lehmann




Bb Pilipinas – International: Bb 22 Mary Anne Guidotti



Bb Pilipinas – Tourism: Bb 4 Parul Shah


Bb Pilipinas – Supranational: Bb 35 Yvethe Marie Santiago



Bb Pilipinas – Intercontinental: Bb 13 Kris Janson



Bb Pilipinas - Universe: Bb 25 MJ Lastimosa!!!









Sunday, March 30, 2014

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Special Awards

The following are the candidates who received special awards during the pageant.

Candidate # 13- Kris Tiffany Janson


  1. Best in National Costume 
  2. Miss Photogenic
Candidate #33- Gabriel Erika Tilokani

  1. Best in Talent
Candidate #21- Raquel Kabigting
  1. Miss Friendship
Candidate #35- Yvette Marie Santiago
  1. Binibining Avon 2014
Candidate #39-Ladylyn Riva
 

  1. Manila Bulletin's Readers Choice 2014

Martilyo Gang Attacked SM MOA

Once again, these group attacked one jewelry shop in SM MOA! Gunshot was heard and people rushed to get out around 7.45 in the evening.

Based on initial investigation, suspected members of the Martilyo Gang are said to behind the commotion.

Security guards have prohibited people from going near the perimeter of the mall's main building.


Police have cordoned off the area to prevent people from entering the restaurants inside the mall.



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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fulfilling Your Aspirations

Having goals makes the world go round. Even though you've got to work and take care of your home and family, your aspirations can be driving forces in your life. Nothing will make you feel more on top of the world than accomplishing a long-sought goal.

These techniques can help you find inspiration and bring your dreams to life:

1. Be clear about your aspirations. Write them down. Some might be big and some might be small, but they're all important. Think about all the things you've ever wanted to do. 

* Whether it's building your own house, becoming a District Salesman, parenting your kids the best you can, or learning to speak French, your goals propel you through life. 

* Clarify for yourself what you want to reach for. You can establish any goal you truly want to achieve. 

* Create the interesting life you seek by focusing in on motivating, exhilarating life goals.

2. Consciously work toward your goals each day. Do everything possible to make progress toward achievement of your goals every single day. Your chosen goals are surely important enough for you to reflect on them daily.

* Keep your aspirations at the forefront of your mind. Daydream about them. Ask yourself, "What is one thing I can do today to get closer to my goal?" 

3. Imagine yourself fulfilling your aspirations. Picture in your mind what it will be like when you fulfill a goal. Use positive thinking to build momentum and focus your energy on achieving your goals.

4. Recognize differences among your aspirations. Some goals will take years to accomplish, like completing a college education, obtaining special training or even getting married and having a family. Other goals can be fulfilled quickly, such as taking a bird-watching class or losing 10 pounds. 

* Some aspirations will cost you nothing. Others may take you years of saving before you accomplish them. Avoid letting a long time period make you give up your goal. Divide your long-term goal into smaller goals so that you see and feel forward movement and accomplishment.

* The variability of your life goals contributes to having a fascinating, even adventurous existence. 

* The key to fulfilling an aspiration is keeping your focus and your eyes on the prize. 

5. Consider it progress when you perform any behavior related to your aspirations. There's an old expression that, "Rome wasn't built in a day" and neither are your aspirations fulfilled in 24 hours. 

* For example, let's say your life goal is to travel to Switzerland. Today, you went to the library and checked out a book about traveling in Switzerland. You're making progress. When you read a chapter or two, you're moving still closer toward your goal. 

* Count any behaviors performed that help you eventually realize a goal as taking one more step toward fulfilling your aspirations.

6. Celebrate goals as you achieve them. Because having goals has a great bearing on the life you lead, ensure you take time to celebrate when you achieve an aspiration. No matter how big or small, you accomplished what you set out to do and that fact should be celebrated. Use celebrations to reinforce efforts to move forward in your future quests.

7. Tweak your aspirations. You might begin working toward a goal and then decide it isn't important anymore. It's okay to suspend or even abandon efforts toward an aspiration. For example, at age 20 you thought you wanted to be a doctor. Then you found out you didn't enjoy it. You're still entitled to change your mind!

* By the same token, anytime you like, add to your list a new dream to fulfill. At the age of 60, you might decide you want to learn sign language or travel to Egypt. So, feel free to tweak your aspirations as you desire. 

You'll find life more exciting if you set out to apply these suggestions to reach for your goals. You deserve to fulfill all your aspirations, no matter how big or small. Start today - you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

School is OVER!

Finally! It's school break for my eldest. She's on vacation mode already! 


Aside from the summer taekwondo class she's going to attend, I also make it a point that she reads pocket books at least an hour and a half per day, do some Math worksheets for 30minutes per day. Just to keep her busy and not just purely watching TV the whole day. Plus, there's also bonding time with her little sister. 

She's also into drawing and painting these days.. We still have 60 more days to fill with activities before the new academic school year comes! :)





Now my problem is, what else can we do while she's not in school. Things that she will enjoy and at the same time enhance her skills, aside from those mentioned above. 

Gourmet Filipino Burger at Wham!

When it comes to burger, most people would think about it as a comforting meal and perhaps the safest choice when craving for something fast yet satisfying. However, many will agree that not all burgers are created the same, purveyors can be partial over a tried and tested recipe with American appeal coupled with an awesome classic taste that stands out.
Back in 2000, there weren’t really too many options for something one may call an affordable legendary burger—one is left with a choice of either having a basic burger in a fast food or very expensive hotels for something fancy. This was then the beginning for good friends Tony Yap and Dondi Lazaro to profusely experiment for their own concoction. After several trials, all signs point to build their own burger brand especially when both of their friends and families gave their seal of approval with their unique recipe discovery. 




 Wham Burger, Katipunan

Although the evolution of gourmet burger didn’t happen overnight, there was surely a good market for foodies who have grown weary of the typical offerings and go beyond the usual flavors but still affordable. Now, food lovers in the Philippines have long known that good quality burger is a must-have item in a casual-style restaurant. 

Wham was near an instant hit in its first Quezon City branch for capturing the elements of what an outstanding burger should be: huge, hearty, and tucked with impeccably good beef. Celebrated for its never frozen patty perfection, the secret is also in its grilling equipment—a hybrid of electric and gas with pure charcoal on top. Cooking under the coals not only creates a savory, smoky flavor with an invitingly charred exterior, it rounds out an incomparable juicy texture in it’s strictly one third pound, certified no extender robust beef with 80-20 lean and fat. With its no short cuts, homemade-style formula that’s far from a typical fast food style or too expensive hotel burger, Wham is a bold version that sums up to affordable gourmet quality burger. 

 Bronco Burger

Prides itself for introducing a 100% Filipino burger brand with outstanding product and service, most people perceive that Wham is an international franchise. “The initial simplicity of the food and items inspired from my international travels very much worked. Along the way, we had to adapt to Filipino taste, like adding Spaghetti in the menu because kids loved it and wouldn’t eat anything else. And the major draw about our burger is how we cook our patty. We use the old-fashioned real charcoals”, Tony shares. While its standard speaks for the quality of the ingredients, Wham defied all expectations by introducing something far from a mundane category. 
The colorful, comic-inspired interiors of the outlet is a welcoming surprise to the customers from the very beginning since it lends a fun, awe-inspiring vibe which eventually became the signature feel and look of the stores. Interestingly, one of its flagship item “Kapow” was adopted from a comic scene to denote a sound effect. 

After Dondi and his family relocated to Cabanatuan, Wham officially became a family-owned business of Tony Yap with wife Camille, brother-in-laws Joby and Kiko with sister-in-law Liza. It was the then the beginning of its expansion; currently with four branches including it’s first-ever Katipunan QC, SM North Edsa The Block, Molito Alabang and Mall of Asia.

With no bells and whistles or complicated ingredients such as MSG, Wham Burgers remain on top of mind when questing for an affordable delicious burger with real beef that one can taste. Another factor that gives this classic favorite a breed apart? Side choices such as potato wedges or bite-sized chicken are satisfying and as flavorful as the mains which amps up the burger eating experience.

Visit Wham Burgers at: Katipunan, SM North Edsa (The Block), Molito (Alabang) and Mall of Asia. 

For more information visit www.whamburgers.com. Like Wham! Burger on Facebook, WhamBurgersPH on Twitter, and whamburgersph on Instagram. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

(Press Release) Solaire Resort and Casino "1 in 1": ONE Million FB Fans in ONE year

Solaire Resort and Casino, the fastest growing integrated resort in the country  surpassed 1 Million Facebook “Likes” in one year (facebook.com/solaireresort) a great milestone to mark its 1st year anniversary.


Solaire is the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its own in-house digital marketing team since the property opened in March 2013 and has indicated its strength within a year. Social Media is an essential part of their continuous efforts to innovate and provide impressive and exceptional entertainment to all their clientele. Growing engagement with fans of Solaire has contributed significantly to the business success. Social Media platforms will enhance the marketing plans of Solaire and allows them to interact and update regular patrons on all events, activities, shows and promotions. Solaire engages its valued followers through Facebook and this platform provides them the opportunity to participate and share those special experiences of great memories. This provides an opportunity to connect our most supportive and passionate fans in a quest to find ways to enjoy and “Create their Moments” at Solaire.

This is something we are proud of and wish to express our sincere appreciation to our loyal supporters and 1 Million Facebook fans for their continued support as we celebrate our 1st year in business. We are glad to be able to connect with our guests through Social Media, says Jasper Evangelista, Vice President Brand Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino. Solaire’s Facebook page has inter-active postings daily on the gaming and resort promotions, events, raffle and other activities. Solaire has a strong social media  presence in the Philippines and a rising presence in Asia.

Stay updated with Solaire through Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. 1 Asean Avenue | Entertainment City | Metro Manila | Philippines 

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxurydestination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone. 

Solaire’s Bay Tower (Phase 1) features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.solaireresort.com

For reference and inquiries, please contact:
Director of Communications and Public Relations 
Solaire Resort & Casino 
Telephone Number: + 63 2 883 8783 
Mobile Number: +63 999 886 1698 
E-mail: joywassmer@solaireresort.com