Thursday, April 25, 2013

Summer Blitz at The Zen Institute

If you find that the heat of the season is all getting a bit too much, find your escape at The Zen Institute.

This summer, be pampered and experience the best spa treatments only at the country’s reputable medical spa: The Zen Institute

Offering a range of special packages, how about a special promo that saves you like P750,000.00? From the regular 1,000,000.00 worth of services, Zen Institute offers a package that includes 50 threads or 4 PRP or 4 Endo, 12 Oxyfacial, 12 Dermapoint, 1 year UL or Resopatch, 12 facial, 1 year Resolift, 12 Microdermabrasion. On top of this, guests can avail of an overnight stay with breakfast for 2 at Hotel Sofitel and P10,000.00 worth of Dermaheal products. And this summer package is only worth P250,000.00!

Another package comes only at P150,000.00, from its regular price of P750,000.00! This package has service combination of 30 threads or 2 PRP or 2 Endo, 6 Carbon Laser, 6 Dermapoint, 6 months Resolift, 6 facial, 6 months Resopatch, 6 Microdermabrasion, 6 months Ultralipo, 6 Oxyfacial. This is also bundled with a treat for buffet lunch or dinner for 2 at Hotel Sofitel. Plus, Zen gives out P 5,000.00 worth of Dermaheal products.

Check out this special Summer Promo at The Zen Institute, with branches at the Ground Floor, Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (856-2027); 69 Scout Rallos St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City (441-1712; 412-2528), or at the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, Maharlika Highway, Barangay 2, Sto. Tomas, Batangas ((+43) 778-4811).

For more information about The Zen Institute, visit

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Uniqlo's New concept UT Pop-Up T-Shirt Shops via Smart Phone App

UNIQLO opens UT POP-UP ! T-Shirt shops in central locations in major cities worldwide as a new marketing concept and a first in the company’ ten-year history of selling UT’s (Uniqlo T-Shirts).

The innovative approach builds on the traditional pop-up shop concept with large scale pop-up shops in central metropolitan locations offering a limited dedicated product mix,. The initiative aims to broaden UNIQLO’s reach to its customers, to make fashion accessible to everyone and in unique and interesting locators.

As part of the latest initiatives . UT POP-UP! shops offer UT Camera a new smart phone video applications that turns one second personal looped video portraits into an animation. Users can download the UT Camera App to their smartphone (Iphone and Android to follow) to convert their video. The footage can be uploaded to the official UT website ( for those sporting UT apparel, and linked to Facebook, Twitter, and more for all users.

For the first location, UNIQLO host the largest ever UT store in Tokyo Japan last March 28- April 7, UT Pop-UP TYO . The shop is located on the site of recently relocated platforms of Tokyo’s Shibuyperience at otherxa Station, which is one of the world’s largest train stations averaging 2.4 million passengers daily or weekdays.. The former platforms are lined with more than 12,000 UT’s in over 1000 different designs and types over a space totaling 660 sqm UNIQLO plans to issue100 types of new T-Shirts to mark the launch.

AT UT POP-UP Tokyo UNIQLO was also the largest ever video shooting session- with around 1000 participants , this activities offers an opportunity to appear in a UT advertisement. The UT Camera onsite at UT POP-UP ! TYO allows visitors to take part in a shooting that is then projected on a venue wall through projection mapping so that participants appear in a campaigns visual. The campaigns may also be used in future TV advertisements. At UT POP-UP! TYO visitors can also download the UT camera app and share their footage.

IN THE PHILIPPINES, UP POP-UP MLA will be launched ON THE 25th of April at Ayala Triangle Makati City . Filipinos can expect the same UT experience at other UT POP-UP locations Worldwide.. A huge UT signed is set up right at the center of Ayala where various UT designs as well as other culture and arts display. UT camera is also set up and everyone is welcome to pose to a photo that can be seen globally . Those who wants to purchase new UT designs at a huge discount, A UT store is just across Ayala Triangle at the 2nd Flr. of Paseo Center Makati City.

UT POP-UP will last for two days until April 26, 2013.

Treat for my Feet from adidas and Nuffnang Philippines

I received a good news through my inbox today.

I guess my feet will be getting a pair of new sneakers anytime soon. Nuffnang Philippines announced the winners of the second "Running Revolution with adidas Energy Boost" blog contest.

It was one exciting contest where I share my running experience and why the new line of shoes by adidas will boost my upcoming fun runs participation more exciting than the usual.

With the  P2,000 worth of GC’s from adidas, I am now on a lookout for a nice pair of running shoes that I can use to purchase.  I hope more blog contests will be introduced in the near future.

Btw, here is the link to m winning entry:

Again, thank you adidas and Nuffnang PH for this opportunity to blog about one of the leading sports brand in the world today. /a>

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sun Cellular, The Good Choice in Postpaid

Looking for the best mobile phone deal for P999 and below?

The good news is, Sun Cellular is offering The Good Choice in Postpaid to everyone. Here's a run down of what they can offer for a budget price but you'll still be connected with families and friends

For Plan 600, you may choose from the following Profiles and get a FREE Alcatel android phone:

Call & Text Unlimited
Get the following:

Unlimited Calls & Texts*
P250 Consumable** (except International/Domestic Operator-assisted calls)
350 FREE SMS to other networks

Text Unlimited
Get the following: Unlimited Texts*
P450 Consumable** (except International/Domestic Operator-assisted calls)
350 FREE SMS to other networks

Fully Consumable
Get the following: P600 Consumable** (except International/Domestic Operator-assisted calls)
350 FREE SMS to ALL networks

* Local Sun-to-Sun Calls and/or Texts only.
** Consumable may be used for the following: Sun Cellular calls to other networks – including NDD & IDD; Sun - to - Sun MMS and SMS2Email

For Plan 999, you may choose from the following Profiles and get a FREE Alcatel Android phone:

Text Unlimited
Get the following: Unlimited Mobile Internet, Unlimited Texts to Sun and 4 Hours Calls to Sun.

Now, these are really great treats from Sun Cellular and one can really say that indceed it's The Good Choice in Postpaid!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Misis Hanepbuhay Graces Rodeo Festival

Former Las Piñas Congresswoman and Team PNoy senatorial aspirant Misis Cynthia Villar celebrates with the Masbateños on their yearly Rodeo Festival. Riding in a kalesa, Mrs. Villar, who was the guest of honor, paraded around the city with Masbate Gov. Rizalina “Dayan” Lanete.

Masbate City is proud of the Rodeo Masbateño Festival, an annual event that showcases skills in livestock handling. Rodeo games include cattle wrestling, casting, carambola, lassoing, and bull-riding. One of the highlights of this year’s celebration is the first ever bull- riding event in the country for women. Fair and exhibitions, and trade of cattle and horses are also part of the festivity.

The province of Masbate started the festival way back in the summer of 1993. At present, Masbate is considered as the “Cattle Country of the Philippines.”


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lady Solon Leads Manila Bay Clean-up

In consonance with the forthcoming Earth Day celebration, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar led the clean-up drive at Manila Bay in the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat & Eco-Tourism (LPPCHEA), which was recently included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, an intergovernmental treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

“We have to care  and protect our environment. We have to repay Mother Earth for providing us all the necessary materials we need to survive,” stressed Villar.

The clean-up activity at Manila Bay which started 7 am yesterday, Villar said,  is their simple way of saying “thank you,” and “demonstrating our love  to Mother Earth.”

However, she stressed that “caring and loving” our environment should not only be done during the Earth Day celebration.

“Everyday of our lives, we should  all strive to protect Mother Earth,’ said Villar who has earned the moniker “Misis HanepBuhay” for giving jobs to Filipinos.

Villar was joined by students and volunteers from various sectors in last Friday’s clean-up activity, which was followed by a tour along the stretch of LPPCHEA  aboard a banca around 7:30 a.m.

The activity ended with a boodle fight, also led by Villar. The three-term Las Pinas congresswoman said she feels happy with the improvement at the LPPCHEA since there are lesser garbage being collected.

“We can attribute this to our consistent clean-up efforts,” said Villar.

The Villar Foundation, where she sits as Managing Director, together with students and other volunteers,  also conduct weekly cleanups.

“The more partners we work with, the better it will be for the environment,” she said.

The Villar Foundation had earlier inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) represented by radio station DZRH in its Manila Bay Cleanup drive.

“The Villar Foundation and DZRH agree that this is not only a joint cooperative undertaking, but more importantly, it is a major public service activity that would help contribute to the promotion of a livable, healthier and ecological sustainable Manila Bay,” read the MoA.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How LOUD are you?

Loud can be defined in a lot of ways.

Loud as in a very audible sound.  It can also mean as a noise. Or if you'll describe someone as loud, that means that he or she has a strong personality.

Being is loud is, I think, one of the last adjective you can use to describe me.  I am naturally shy but of course I also have a wild side that I keep within me.

Okay, I think that's my cue for some confession time.  Well, ever since I was a child I am fond of dancing and singing.  I always join school programs and other events.  I would usually perform with either my friends or siblings.  But my "career" as an entertainer took a pause when I graduated from college and landed a job.

Well, it's a little unfortunate that I got a job working in an insurance company with most of my office mates older double than my age. For months, I was this shy girl in her table just minding her thing.

Then, my first Christmas party came.  And I did surprised everyone.  This girl whom they only hear speak when being asked for reports suddenly became this woman who sing and dance on stage.  I show them my talent and was loud that day.

Do you also have a similar story to tell.  Be loud to tell the world!  

Villar elated over inclusion of LPPCHEA on Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance

Former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar said she is happy that the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) is included on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

“The inclusion of LPPCHEA on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance is very good news indeed. We should be proud of the recognition, and at the same time, we are encouraged even more to protect it," said Villar.

LPPCHEA is the sixth Philippine site designated as ‘Wetlands of International Importance’, it was included on the list on March 15.

The others on the list are: the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park in Sulu (listed on December 11, 1999); the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary (listed on December 11, 1999); the Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental Mindoro (listed on December 11, 1999); the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu (listed on January 7, 1994); and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan (listed on June 30, 2012).

The Philippines joined the Ramsar Convention in 1994. Signatories to join the Convention agree to "include wetland conservation considerations in their national land-use planning," and commit to implement and promote "the wise use of wetlands in their territory."

The Convention on Wetlands—signed in Ramsar, Iran on 1971— is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

"The international treaty organization has recognized LPPCHEA’s global importance to biodiversity and the need to give it special protection from various threats. LPPCHEA is the so-called 'last bastion' in Metro Manila and faces various threats" said Villar.

Ramcar Convention cited on its website that LPPCHEA “faces threats” such as “ongoing land reclamation projects and mangrove cutting”, and “waste from nearby cities (that) accumulates along the coast”

Despite being  declared as a critical habitat in 2007 by Proclamation No. 1412, there are existing plans to reclaim the area.

Villar is very vocal about her opposition on the planned 635.14-hectare Manila Bay reclamation project that will also affect LPPCHEA. She filed a petition for Writ of Kalikasan on March 16 against the said project, which the Supreme Court granted on April 10 last year. The writ of kalikasan was issued but not a temporary environmental protection order or TEPO—without a TEPO, the contractor can still proceed with the projects.

A series of hearings, which wrapped up only a few weeks ago, was held at the Court of Appeals. Villar herself took the court stand on October 12 as petitioner and witness. Villar’s group is aiming for the issuance of a permanent environmental protection order, so that the reclamation project will be junked altogether.  

“I have repeatedly talked about the catastrophic effects that the proposed Manila Bay reclamation project will bring about—including the damage to the bird sanctuary as well as to the mangrove forest and marine habitat. The worst of which, is that it will cause severe flooding in 37 barangays in Bacoor, 11 in Paranaque and 17 in Las Piñas. Floods with a depth of as much as 5.12 meters or equivalent to a two-storey high building,” cited Villar.

LPPCHEA serves as a sanctuary to migratory bird species from as far as Siberia. According to the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Metro Manila has 150 species of birds, 72 of which are found at LPPCHEA. It is the only bird sanctuary located in an urban setting, thus it is considered as the ‘last bastion’. 

Description of LPPCHEA on the Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance:

Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA):

A coastal wetland in Manila Bay situated within the metropolis of Manila, comprising two interconnected, mangrove-covered islands, shallow lagoons and coastline. A Presidential Proclamation in 2007 designated the site as a ‘Critical Habitat’ for the survival of threatened, restricted-range and congregatory species. At least 5,000 individuals of migratory and resident birds have been recorded at the site, including about 47 migratory species such as the vulnerable Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes). The most important of the resident bird species is the vulnerable Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) which breeds at the site. Records from 2007-2011 show that the site supports at least 1% of the estimated population of Black-Winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) using the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. The site faces threats associated with being located near densely populated areas. Waste from nearby cities accumulates along the coast and heavy metals and other organic contents coming from residential and industrial effluents affectsurrounding areas. Other threats include ongoing land reclamation projects and mangrove cutting. Efforts to ensure the long-term conservation of this site are ongoing.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My Tito Nonong is holding a One-Man Show

Tito Nonong with one of his favorite works, "The Family Tree"
The great Pablo Picasso once said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

If only I was a good painter like my Tito Ninong, I could have created a mural out of the many letters i wrote in my diaries.Well, speaking of Tito Nonong and paintings, he is actually holding an art exhibit next month.

I am sharing to you the event's press release which you might want to share to all art lovers, collectors, students and enthusiast that you know.

The Mamamayang Artistang Taga Antipolo (MATA) is inviting the public to witness the opening of the 4th One-Man Show Art Exhibit featuring the works of one of its member, artist Jose Rizalino S. Villan at Casa Divina in San Isidro, Antipolo City on May 5, 2013 (6:00 pm).  The exhibit will be on display until May 15, 2013.

Villan, a student of the great Ibarra Dela Rosa, the foremost exponent of meticulous impressionism in the Philippines, will showcase his oil and charcoal paintings mostly on rural life and nature. Most of his artworks were inspired by the things he grew up with from the green landscape of Sta. Barbara Iloilo to the busy streets of Quiapo and to his current abode in the ever captivating Antipolo.

He has also invited other members of MATA and artist friends to bring an artwork or two to as a kind gesture of sharing the limelight to the people whom he have worked with for decades.

Villan will make himself available at the art gallery during the 10-day run to personally answer queries from collectors, dealers, buyers and fellow artists.  

For more information about the event, interested parties may call 0923-5834740 or 0927-5854147.  

Villar Receives Honoris Causa from Bataan Peninsula State University

Former Las Piñas Representative and Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar received an Honoris Causa in Doctor in Humanities from the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) during its recent commencement exercise where she was guest of honor and speaker.

In her acceptance speech, Villar said the recognition is ‘extra special’ since it was given by a state university in Bataan, the home province of Senator Manny Villar’s mother, Curita Bamba Villar or Nanay Curing, who hailed from Orani.

BPSU officials led by its President Delfin Magpantay conferred on Villar the honorary degree Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa.

“I am honored and happy to receive the honoris causa from Bataan Peninsula State University and to be invited as their commencement speaker. I always look forward to interacting with the youth and in my own way, give them inspiration and guidance as they start a new phase in their lives,” said Villar.

Villar, in her commencement speech, urged the more than 1,200 graduates of the Bataan Peninsula State University not to be discouraged by the unemployment and underemployment problems in the country but rather consider entrepreneurship as an option to merely seeking employment after graduation.

“There is always the option to go into entrepreneurship—to be an entrepreneur, to employ people instead of getting employed. In fact, I hope, many of you will aim to go the entrepreneurial way,” Villar told the graduates from the main campus of BPSU in Balanga City and branches in the towns of Abucay, Dinalupihan and Orani.

As an active advocate of entrepreneurship, Villar narrated to the graduates the success story of her family’s real estate business, which started as a small gravel and sand company. She cited that capital is not everything in business.

“When (Senator) Manny and I started our business in the 1970s, we only had P10,000. So we had to borrow P70,000 from a bank to buy two second-hand trucks that we used in delivering sand and gravel to construction companies. Then, Manny saw the potential of building small houses. We pursued our dream with hard work and persistence,” she added, citing entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty.

Villar was awarded by Go Negosyo as among the ‘The Women Entrepreneur Icons and Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013’ during the 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last month. As a congresswoman, Villar led the passage of bills that benefited entrepreneurs, among which was the Magna Carta of Micro-Enterprises and Republic Act 9178 or the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) Act.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Join the Running Revolution with adidas Energy Boost

I used to hate running.

Well, not really running but more on what it sometimes implies like dashing to avoid being late for work, cramming to a school exam or rushing to get a gift for an almost forgotten anniversary. Besides, my feet are more accustomed in high heels than sneakers since I embraced the corporate world more than 10 years ago fresh out of college.

It was only recently that I got interested to join fun runs. After numerous attempts and persuasions by my husband, I finally gave in. Actually the very reason why I agree to join him is to just stop him from his redundancies: "Takbo tayo?" "Sama ka sa amin?" "Tara let's run."

Honestly, as much as I wanted to join him in all his runs, I have this fear in me that I might not even last a kilometer simply because I am not the athletic type, I don't watch ball games and stuff and the only sports that I think I can excel at is the game of chess.

But to my surprise, I was able to conquer my first-ever run in just a little over 30 minutes. Woohoo! Okay, it's just 3K. This is of course with the help of the "magical" words of encouragement from you know who.

After that run, I am looking to accomplish the unthinkable and unimaginable: a 5-kilometer run. By my standard it is like a mountain to climb. Now, I just need to prepare for it and a good way to start is to find the right shoes. I want a pair that will boost my cushioning, conditions and comfort.     

Doing some window shopping and surfing online introduced me to different brands and styles of running shoe but nothing came close on how adidas Energy Boost changed running experience forever.

ENERGY BOOST™ by Adidas is the newest innovation from one of the leading sports brands in the world.

It boosts my cushioning. The foundation of the ENERGY BOOST™ innovation is centred on proprietary cushioning material, BOOST™, that allows the runner to feel a continuous energy return. The revolutionary technology allows small energy capsules in the soles to store and unleash energy more efficiently with every stride. 

It boosts my conditions.
Holding its performance in almost any condition the exclusive BOOST™ material has been proven to be three times more temperature-resistant than standard EVA material, thus providing a more consistent and comfortable run. Bernd Wahler, Head of Innovation for adidas, emphasized that Energy Booast almost makes the shoe come to life, and you will feel it from the first moment you put it on

It boosts my comfort. The shoes innovation goes beyond the revolutionary midsole technology. The upper on the ENERGY BOOST™ features adidas Techfit technology, which provides optimal comfort and support to the entire foot while in motion.

Aside from these amazing features, Energy Boost also has a special mid-foot support frame, an extended TORSION® system to minimise roll for more stability, adiwear outsole to reduce wear in key soles areas and an external heel counter to maximise the heel fit and comfort. The adidas ENERGY BOOST™ is miCoach compatible. 

And so I invite everyone to join the running revolution with adidas Energy Boost. Every step, every run with this pair can instantly make anyone a winner. Truly, running has never been the same.