NESCAFÉ CAFÉ-IN-A-CAN: My Weekend Discoveries Part 2

NESCAFÉ CAFÉ-IN-A-CAN: My Weekend Discoveries Part 2
We all cheered upon learning that our first stop is Lanelle Abueva-Fernando’s café and pottery studio, the Crescent Moon Café.  This little haven is one of Antipolo City’s prides.  It’s the residence of ceramicist/ potter Lanelle Abueva-Fernando,
daughter of National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon V. Abueva. When we alighted from the coaster van, the first thing I noticed was the  surroundings. The place is so heavenly. Crescent Moon Cafe is located within a
big garden with many trees and a Koi pond. And by the way, it is hard to miss the big beautiful Lotus flower at the other side of the pond.
We were then asked to enter Crescent Moon Cafe where Lanelle Abueva was waiting for us. She explained to us how she started everything way back in 1981.  

There you can find contemporary ceramics, beautiful pottery, decorative porcelain and stoneware using rich glazes and vibrant patterns and ceramics. You can even spot some custom-made
candle holders and pots for popular spas and restaurants. There are also hand-painted pieces which you could use as unique dining table centerpieces. Crescent Moon
Café also has an “overruns” section where you can buy Ceramic items for only
Php 200 per kilo. Overruns are rejected items that have some
imperfections and didn’t pass quality control. Remember, pottery-making is an art, not a science. Therefore, minor imperfections may occur on the pottery. Yeah, you can buy these items way cheaper than an average meal.

Within the same compound, there is
a “Studio Pottery” where workers do their art. This workshop is located inside the compound just a few meters from the restaurant. Lanelle Abueva patiently explained to us each step in the process of pottery making. Here, we were able to see the workers in action with our own eyes. We were able to see the different molds and interview some of the workers.

A pottery field trip will never be complete without seeing the potter herself throw some clay into the potter’s wheel!

From the workshop area, Lanelle led us into another area within the property. We all sat down and she then demonstrated to us how she centers her clay and turns it into a cylinder and a bowl afterwards.

A bucket of water and sponge are must-haves in pottery-making. Here, Lanelle taps her clay at low speed
to the center of the wheel head. She makes sure that her clay will not
go out of place as she spins the wheel faster.

Crescent Moon Cafe
Ascencion Road, Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City
Tel.: 658-3866

NESCAFÉ CAFÉ IN-A-CAN: My Weekend Discoveries

NESCAFÉ CAFÉ IN-A-CAN: My Weekend Discoveries

It is a fact and you could not deny it. More and more people are becoming mobile, making their weekends the official time to discover new places and new experiences. My best buddy, Ate Ning, is always on the lookout for seat sales, travel promos and the like. Yes, you can say that she makes new discoveries and fun ways to bring her friends and loved ones together. 

In that connection, I am super thrilled to share to all of you my latest weekend discoveries. Last Saturday, March 23, 2013, I was one of the selected bloggers invited by Nescafe to experience #weekenddiscoveries. 

Our day started at 9 o’ clock in the morning at Mom and Tina’s Bakery and Cafe (along C5 road in Pasig City) where we had a hefty breakfast and a glass of Iced Nescafe Espresso Roast coffee. Worth a special mention is the restaurant’s yummy and spicy Hungarian Sausage. You people ought to try it!

Right after breakfast we were asked to get inside the coaster van without much idea on our destination/s.  Annalyn, Ate Reg, Vincent and I found vacant seats at the rearmost part of the coaster van. While the coaster van was jam-packed that some bloggers had to sit on the jump seats at the center aisle of the vehicle, I was happy to meet and mingle with new friends in the blogging community. We were so excited to discover what Nescafe has in store for us. 


The Hint.  The official invitation states that we should come in chic explorer/ casual resort wear.  Its official invite has symbols/ logos and time.  Plus, a special instruction for us to bring WIFI-enabled handsets and/ or tablets because our weekend discoveries activities will require us to use our personal gadgets. Aside from those hints, we really don’t have any idea where the Nescafe team is taking us. We were busy asking one another where our possible destination/s is/ are. Then our host suddenly asked us to connect to the available wifi connections and asked everyone to tweet with the hash tag #weekenddiscoveries where we think our destination will be. I tweeted Antipolo City and guess what? Yes! I won and got this Nalgene food grade water container! Yehey! Update: It exploded. #Warak #madeinchina?

First Stop. Abueva Pottery 

Lanelle Abueva-Fernando is a potter based in Antipolo City.  She specializes in hand-made functional stoneware ceramics since 1981.  She welcomed us at her Crescent Moon Cafe.

Next Stop. Pinto Art Museum

We had our lunch at Bizu Patisserie inside the Pinto Art Museum where they offered us Nescafé café-in-a-can in different flavors to try out. These are: Iced Latte, Mocha, and Espresso Roast. I immediately raised both my hands when the waiter asked us who wants the Mocha flavor. It turned out Bianca Gonzales, Nescafé café-in-a-can newest endorser, also loves the same flavor.

NESCAFÉ CAFÉ IN-A-CAN is a discovery in itself, making it the ideal companion in making new discoveries wherever you are, whenever you are.

NESCAFÉ CAFÉ-IN-A-CAN comes in three variants.

The Ice cold NESCAFÉ Latte is a cold and delicious coffee treat with its premium and milkier taste of coffee quality. In this tropical heat, Ice cold coffee is a refreshing treat.

NESCAFÉ Espresso Roast gives a cold coffee drink with a more intense flavor which is ideal whenever you need a strong boost during the mornings. My fellow blogger Ana loves this flavor.

NESCAFÉ Mocha is a cold and sweet coffee treat with a hint of chocolate which works best when one does not need that extra caffeine fix.

My favorite among the three flavors is the Iced Mocha. You just have to make sure to take it just before noon so you don’t end up being awake all night. Yes, I still treasure my beauty sleep.

How about you? Which ice cold cafe-coffee flavor do you enjoy?

NESCAFÉ CAFÉ-IN-A-CAN packed in a convenient ready-to-drink format is available at gasoline stations nationwide. Now, you can get that strong boost wherever you are!

Overall, it’s been a bit physically challenging but fantastic weekend.

VIDEO – HE SAID, SHE SAID:The Kris Aquino vs. James Yap, The Saga Continues

VIDEO – HE SAID, SHE SAID:The Kris Aquino vs. James Yap, The Saga Continues

Sizzling hot news from showbiz! 

Who will win the fight for Bimby? Former husband and wife, James Yap and Kris Aquino, grabbed the headlines again the other day. The whole country was shocked when Kris Aquino filed a petition for TPO (Temporary Protection Order) against her ex-partner basketball player James Yap and the latter’s filing a Hold Departure Order against Kris and Bimby. Followed by Kris Aquino’s announcement of quitting showbiz forever.

The feud between Kris Aquino and James Yap really stirred up the Filipino people’s attention. Though this is not a national issue, it seems to me that the whole country is keeping watch about the development of this issue. The Filipinos all over the world are on standby and eager to witness how this story between two lovers turned enemies will end up. 

With their respective statements, emotions and (crocodile?) tears, who between Kris or James is telling the truth? Who got your sympathies between the two of them? Should we believe Kris or James? Nakakaloka day!

HE SAID: James Yap’s Transcript About The Issue and His Firm Decision To Fight For Bimby

“Nasasaktan ako kasi ‘yung anak ko sobrang sama na ng tingin sa akin. As a father, sobrang nasasaktan ako, sinasabihan akong ‘I don’t like you, you’re a liar. Iniisip ko ano bang ginawa ko? Wala naman akong ginawa. Tinanong ko, ‘Sinong natuturo sa ’yo niyan?’ ‘Mama, mama.’ Ang ginagawa ko na lang kapag sinasabihan ako ng masama, sinasabi ko na lang, ‘Bimb tingin ka sa mata ni papa. Love na love ka ni papa,” sabi niya sa nasabing interview.

“Magpapaalam na sana akong umalis. Sabi ko ‘Bimb kiss mo na si Papa kasi aalis na.’ Nandoon si Kris, nandoon ang bata. Sabi ni Bimb ‘I don’t like.’ Ako naman, ‘Bimb kapag hindi mo i-kiss si Papa, iki-kiss ko si Mama.’ Tapos ang reaction ni Kris, ‘Yuck, yuck, yuck.”

“Ako naman, ayaw talaga ako i-kiss ni Bimby so lumapit ako kay Kris, hinawakan ko siya sa braso (sabay sample sa braso niya). Paghawak ko, sabi ko ‘Bimb look o, iki-kiss ko na si Mama mo.’ Tapos biglang si Kris nagsabi na ‘Sinasaktan mo ako, you’re hurting me.’ Parang sinasabi niya kay Bimb ‘Sinaktan ako ng Papa mo.’ Tapos siyempre ‘yung bata akala talaga sinasaktan siya.

“Nag-react ang bata gumitna sa amin tapos hinug siya. Pag-hug niya sabi ‘No no I don’t like you. Ang mukha ni Kris nang-aasar pa. Kaya sabi ko, ‘Ikaw talaga!’ Sinusumbong ko kay Bimb. ‘Bimb look at your mama’s face oh, she’s smiling.’ Tapos pagtingin ni Bimby, galit-galitan na naman siya.

“Never ko siyang sinaktan, never ko siyang ginamitan ng kung ano man. Takot ko lang kasi siyempre alam ko naman kung nasaan sila ngayon, nasa power sila. Hindi naman ako tanga na gagawin ko iyon.

“The next day, tinawagan niya ako. ‘Binabastos mo yata ako’. Sabi ko, ‘Anong binabastos? Hina­wakan ka lang, binibiro ko lang para i-kiss ako ng anak ko tapos binabastos?’ Doon ko na binuhos sa kanya lahat ng hinanakit ko.

“Sabi ko ‘Hindi mo ba alam na tuwing sinasabihan mo si Bimby ng masama about sa akin, sinasabi sa akin ni Bimby? Kapag tinatanong ko sinong nagsasabi, ikaw ang tinuturo. Sa tingin mo ba hindi ako nasasaktan sa ginagawa mo? Tatay ako ng anak mo. Baka nakakalimutan mo, gusto lang kita i-remind.’

“Tapos hindi siya nakapagsa­lita, binabaan ako. Tumawag ako ulit tapos sabi niya sa akin ‘Baka nakalimutan mo, may three years pa ang brother ko.’ Sabi ko, ‘Grabe ka naman ang yabang mo naman. Ang yabang yabang mo naman.

“Wala naman na akong pakialam kay Kris eh. Ang gusto ko lang makasama ang anak ko. Bakit ako sinisiraan sa anak ko? Para ano? Ano bang gusto niya? Tapos ngayon ina-accuse niya ako na rapist ako? Grabe naman iyon. Itong lumalabas ngayon sinasabi ni Kris rapist ako or kung ano man ang nakalagay diyan, walang katotohanan iyan,” mahabang paliwanag ni James sa kanyang interview na umere kagabi sa TV Patrol.

SHE SAID: Kris Aquino’s Transcript About The Issue and her Decision of Giving Up Her Career

“I’m giving up my shows. Hindi ko sinasabi ‘yan just so that I can say na I’m the one making the bigger sacrifice. Tinatalikuran ko ang mundo na kinilala ko na bumuhay sa akin dahil higit doon sa karera ko, mas mahal ko ang anak ko,”

“Paglaki ng anak ko, gusto ko malaman niya na ibinigay ko ang lahat. Dahil noong nabubuhay ang mommy namin, binigay niya ang lahat para sa amin. So ibinibigay ko ang lahat para sa anak ko. It’s not between James (Yap) and me and who is telling the truth. It’s about how much I love my son. Tama naman ang sinabi ng mga tao na kawawa na si Bimby so kailangan gawin ko ito para sa kanya.”

“It was a decision I made on the way here because my heart was breaking seeing how much my son was suffering. Hindi ginusto ni Bimby na maging ganito ang sitwasyon ng buhay niya pero at five years old, I owe him a future.”

“My sisters don’t know that this is what I was going to say. My lawyer doesn’t know that this is what I was going to say. Hihingi na ako ng paumanhin sa mga bosses natin. I asked myself on my way here because ilang beses ko nakausap si Bimb, ilang beses ko siyang tinanong dahil alam ko na malalaman niya itong pagsasalitang ito. Tinanong ko siya, ‘Bimb, is it okay if mama will talk?’”

“It broke my heart because ang sinabi ng anak ko, ‘Mama just say it’s Bimb.’ Sinabi ng anak ko na siya na lang daw. Ganun kalaki ang pagmamahal niya para sa akin so I asked myself, paglaki ko ba siyang harapin at sabihin na lahat kinaya kong isakripisyo para sa kanya?”

“I’m stating this now categorically, I have to make a sacrifice. They don’t deserve this, my family doesn’t deserve this suffering. I don’t want to be selfish for the rest of my life. Humihingi ako ng paumanhin lalong-lalo na sa lahat ng katrabaho ko na nandito ngayon pero sana maunawaan ninyo ako, I have to do what’s best for my son and that means sacrificing this career, sacrificing this job.”

“Inisip ko eh bago ko pa sabihin iyan, may sapat na ba akong naipon para maging komportable kami? Siguro ito na ang sinasabi ng mom ko dati na ‘Sana matuto ka maging simple.’ The only way that I can tell my son when he’s an adult na Bimb ginawa ko ang lahat para sa‘yo,”

“I don’t know. I can’t speak about forever, I can speak about what’s best for my son. Sa ngayon, sa puso ng isang nanay, ito ang idinidikta sa akin na gawin ko ito para sa anak ko,”

BUDDHA-BAR MANILA: Weekends at the Terrace

BUDDHA-BAR MANILA: Weekends at the Terrace

Be enthralled. Be chic. Be mystified.  Be in. Bring your friends to an exciting experience at Buddha-Bar Manila‘s Weekends at the Terrace. It has an ongoing promo – every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 11pm, you can avail of a wide array barbecue items and pastry sweets plus unlimited rum and vodka cocktails at the Buddha-Bar Manila‘s Sky Lounge for only Php1,500+ per head.

 Not only that! You can take home a piece of Buddha-Bar with its various merchandise available for sale.

Buddha-Bar Manila is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, 1227 Makati City.

Please dial 8566719 or 8565738 for inquiries and reservations. 



Bar exams are believed to be the most difficult among licensure
examinations. The release of the results of the Bar examinations is a much
awaited annual event not only by law graduates and students to see whether
their classmates, friends or relatives made it to the list of Bar passers but
also by others to see how certain colleges and universities fare.

I could still vividly recall how thrilled we were when my brother passed the Bar
exams way way back. I was hopping like a Kangaroo as I excitedly rushed to my
brother who was busy playing basketball to tell him about the good news.

No question about it.  The parents and family of the Top 10 Bar Passers
are very very proud of them. Congratulations!

Top Ten Bar Topnotchers:

  1. Ignatius Ingles of Ateneo law school topped the Bar passers with 85.64 percent 
  2. Catherine Beatrice King Kay of Ateneo law school with 84.72 percent
  3. April Carmela Lacson of the University of the Philippines with 84.48 percent
  4. Xavier Jesus Romualdo of Ateneo law school (84.1 percent)
  5. Maria Graciela Base
    of UP and Jose Maria Angel Machuca of Ateneo (83.99 percent),
  6. Patrick
    Henry Salazar of UP (83.71 percent)
  7. Ralph Karlo Barcelona of Aquinas
    University (83.43 percent)
  8. Marvyn Llamas of Ateneo (83.29 percent) 
  9. Carlo Martin Li of Ateneo (83.27 percent) 
  10. Francis Paolo Tiopanco of UP (83.25 percent).  

Click here for complete list of passers.

Trivia: Ingles is the Ateneo Law School salutatorian while King Kay is valedictorian. 

The oath-taking of the successful Bar examinees will be on April 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).



The Supreme Court announced today, March 20, 2013 that 949 out of the 5,343 examinees passed the October 2012 Bar exams. This figure translates to a passing rate of 17.76%, relatively lower compared to previous years’ passing rates. The lowest in 12 years even as the passing grade is lowered from 75 to 70 percent. According to the Supreme Court, only 361 would have made it to the list had they not lowered the passing mark. An original 5,686 were admitted
to take the Bar but only 5,343 completed the four-Sunday examinations.

is the complete list of examinees who passed the 2012 Bar Exams held last
October 2012: 

You can click on the particular letter below  (beginning letter of surname) for easy browsing –

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   Y   Z

1. A JOSE- AGUSTIN, Karren R.2. ABASTILLAS, Lemuel E.3. ABERIN, Ma. Christine A.4. ABES, Royce Nieville P.5. ABRENZOSA, Cleofe L.6. ABUAN, Ruby Ryza G.7. ACEDO, Kristian Josef M.8. ACORDA, Jacqueline H.9. ACOSTA, Lourdes Mae B.10. ACOSTA, JR., Gil A.11. ACUÑA, Jose Fidel R.12. ADAN, Jan Mari D.13. ADAP, Sanawia Y.14. AGANA, III, Carlos Ivan D.15. AGATEP, Pia Augustha G.16. AGBAY-ABILAR, Janice D.17. AGBON, Ma. Cecelia Esperanza B.18. AGOPITAC, Nestle S.19. AGUAVIVA, Ava Marie G.20. AJES-LAURENTE, Lilibeth C.21. ALAMEDA, Abigail T.22. ALAWI, JR., Saipal Z.23. ALBANO, Pia Ursula P.24. ALBANO, Ranvylle O.25. ALBAS, Dominique G.26. ALBINA, Dionel O.27. ALBOTRA, Tet Chea C.28. ALCANTARA, Austin Claude S.29. ALCANTARA, Rickmon Albert P.30. ALCERA, II, Hermie F.31. ALDOVINO, Marian Mae G.32. ALEJANDRE, Pauline F.33. ALFELOR, JR., Avelino G.34. ALI, JR., Lanang T.35. ALIM, Nicolito Jesus M.36. ALIVIA, Mikhail Sherard R.37. ALMARIO, Ann Therese A.38. ALMENDRAL, Chrizellie K.39. ALMIREZ, Hanna Maria Nica M.40. ALOJADO, Carlo Enrico C.41. ALVAREZ, Aila May S.42. ALVAREZ, Maria Margarita D.43. ALVERO, Marierose P.44. AMADOR, Tina Andrea V.45. AMAN, Takahiro Kenjie C.46. AMARO, Ana Mae E.47. AMBROCIO, Ma. Carmencita C.48. AMSAN, Munib M.49. ANDAWI, Melody B.50. ANDRION, Jofre Z.51. ANG, Kathleen Mae O.52. ANG, JR., Rodolfo N.53. ANGELES, Raul V.54. ANTIGUA, Perseus A.55. ANTONIO, Rafael A.56. APALISOK, JR., Simplicio R.57. APARTE, Frances Margaret C.58. APORTADERA, Mario Leonardo Emilio O.59. AQUENDE, Joseph Angelo Wesley M.60. ARANAS, Kim M.61. ARCEO, Irene C.62. ARCEO, Mariam A.63. ARCEÑO, Jackielyn N.64. ARDIENTE, Arnold P.65. ARELLANO, May Kristine D.66. ARIAS, Michelle C.67. ARMENTA, Joshua V.68. ARQUIZA, Arbee A.69. ARQUIZA, Carlo V.70. ARRIBA, Mona Liza P.71. ARRIOLA, Roanne J.72. ARTICONA, Mercedes G.73. ARTICULO, Mark Anthony G.74. ARTUGUE, Arianne C.75. ARUGAY, Manuel Adrian D.76. ASPIRAS, Janice A.77. ASUNCION, Mark Anthony B.78. ASUNTO, Daisy Ray E.79. ATANACIO, John David C.80. AUGUSTO, Davemark P.81. AUSAN, Anniefair A.82. AUSTRIA, Carlo L.83. AUTENCIO, Anthony E.84. AUZA, Jannycer M.85. AVILA, Aldan S.86. AVILA, Rachelle Faye M.87. BABIERA, Jan Christian M.88. BACOLOD, Julse G.89. BAGAIPO, Cesar B.90. BAGATSING, Lea Margarette A.91. BAGUIO, Cindy M.92. BAGULAYA, Jose Duke S.93. BAILAN, Bai Sittie Saida C.94. BAINTO, Neal Vincent M.95. BAJAS, Joey C.96. BAJETA, Jonathan O.97. BAKILAN, Bernard D.98. BALAGA, Jo Ann Y.99. BALANQUIT, Raoul Jann R.100. BALAORO, Grace B.101. BALBA, Zack Hansel A.102. BALDOMERO, Ivan Jeffrey D.103. BALDOVINO, Aldwin Kenneth F.104. BALDOVINO, Alexander O.105. BALDOVINO, Tanya Justine R.106. BALILI, Neil Aaron C.107. BALMES, Irene B.108. BALORO, Joemyl J.109. BALTAZAR, Ana Lyn R.110. BANAYAT-NAS, Hermilia C.111. BANDALAN, Jared Anthony A.112. BANGHE, Hannah Jane T.113. BANZON, Eva Z.114. BAPTISTA, Joe Allan C.115. BARCELONA, Ralph Karlo B.116. BARQUEZ, Ma. Elisa Jonalyn A.117. BARRIOS, Angelo H.118. BASCUGUIN, Maria Jocelyn D.119. BASE, Amerissa DR.120. BASE, Maria Graciela D.121. BAUTISTA, Judy-ann C.122. BAUTISTA, Krystel Jehan M.123. BAUTISTA, Maria Theresa M.124. BAYONA, Phoebe Ann S.125. BEBER, Dindo D.126. BECHAYDA, JR., Jose T.127. BEDURAL, Vladimir F.128. BENIGIAN, II, Mardovic Dodge D.129. BENITEZ, JR., Arcadio DC.130. BERAY-DE AUSEN, Penelope131. BERNARDINO, Ramon Felipe T.132. BERNARDO, Donna Ametyst R.133. BERNARDO, Nicolo F.134. BERNARDO, Pallo Mert S.135. BIADO, Nazariel R.136. BIDAD, Jonelyn H.137. BILANGEL, Judy Ann N.138. BILIRAN, Amabelle S.139. BINARAO, Romael Meng G.140. BIRONDO, Francis Ian U.141. BLANCIA, Andrei Marion B.142. BONDOC, Hector Jerome E.143. BONGHANOY, Al C.144. BONILLA, Diana Lutgarda P.145. BORBON, Mariven B.146. BORDON, Maria Janina Ann C.147. BORJA, Ma. Arlene S.148. BORROMEO, Gabriel Angelo P.149. BOTABARA, Theresa B.150. BRACERO, II, Wivino E.151. BRAGAT, Junrie C.152. BRILLANTES, Roselle Louie P.153. BRION, Eden C.154. BRIONES, Conrado M.155. BRIONES, Gerald V.156. BRONCE, Roentgen F.157. BUAGÑIN, Venice B.158. BUENAVENTURA, Ma. Clarissa Hearty V.159. BUENAVENTURA, Roberto Martin S.160. BULOTANO, Ronnie A.161. BULSECO, Khristine Gail V.162. BUSTOS, Adrian Francis S.163. CABANTING, Gil Matthew B.164. CABANTUD, Racel A.165. CABATINGAN, Justine Mae A.166. CABI, Romina Aina DL.167. CABIEDES, Rodrigo P.168. CABRERA, Fernando Juan A.169. CABRERA, John Patrick T.170. CACHAPERO, JR., Oliver P.171. CADABUNA, Marvin Jay R.172. CADDAWAN-PANCHO, Julaida T.173. CAHAYAG, Rommel L.174. CAIBAN, Lee Ferdinand P.175. CAJUCOM, Oscar Carlo F.176. CALAG, Welan C.177. CALALANG, Mary Bianca O.178. CALAMAY, Cesar Norman Y.179. CALDERINI, Charmaine N.180. CALDERON, Abegail Joan F.181. CALINGASAN, Charlene Mae C.182. CALMA-CHAN, Gabriela E.183. CALUAG, Edmond M.184. CALVAN, Myrtle B.185. CAMACHO, Gianfrancis S.186. CAMACHO, Paolo Francisco B.187. CAMAGANACAN, Emelie D.188. CAMISO, Aldous Benjamin C.189. CAMUA, Mariacarla L.190. CANDELARIA, Marissa L.191. CANTILLAS, Irish Claire M.192. CANTOS, Rj T.193. CAPANAS, Jovalie Claire L.194. CAPELLAN, Marina Victoria M.195. CARANDANG, Ma. Buenafe M.196. CARBONELL, Rhea Joy L.197. CARDIÑO, Gian Carlo S.198. CARDONA, Sarah Jeane P.199. CARILLO, Marc Jay A.200. CARINGAL-DE CASTRO, Maria Yvet B.201. CARLOBOS, Princess Christine C.202. CARPIO, Menachem T.203. CARTAGENA, Philipp King S.204. CASADOR, Angeli Ness P.205. CASALS, Detchie D.206. CASIBANG, JR., Ruben C.207. CASIDSID-PORTENTO, Regina M.208. CASIO, Jo Ann Marie O.209. CASISON-DUNGCA, Maricel C.210. CASTILLO, Beverly F.211. CASTILLO, Dante C.212. CASTILLO, Mark Erwin C.213. CASTRO, Joanne Frances DC.214. CASTRODES, Kristine Joyce A.215. CASUELA, Nathaniel Joseph C.216. CATACUTAN, Richard M.217. CATACUTAN, JR., Felicisimo M.218. CATALAN, Jo-am B.219. CATALUÑA-RENEGADO, Catherine C.220. CATULONG, Zacharias F.221. CAYABAN, Iva Freyritz Erica E.222. CAYCO, Natasha D.223. CAYCO, Victor Carlo Antonio V.224. CAÑARES, Vhincent G.225. CAÑETE, Stephen Roy M.226. CEDEÑO, Jessa Mary Ann C.227. CERIALES, Roni R.228. CHAN, Christian E.229. CHAN, Clifford C.230. CHAN, Jereline H.231. CHAVES, Carla Michelle M.232. CHING, May Ann A.233. CHINTE, Mary Eileen F.234. CHU, Kristine Paula T.235. CHUA, Sacel Anne M.236. CINCO, Abegail Marie C.237. CLAUDIO, Joanne Lucille Germaine Y.238. CLAUDIO, Kristoffer S.239. CLAUDIO, Lesley Anne L.240. CLEDERA, Kim Debra C.241. COMA, Joanne Marie A.242. CONCEPCION, Irene Charmaine C.243. CONCEPCION, Robin Bryan F.244. CONDE, Fiona E.245. CONDE, Maricar A.246. CONVOCAR, Daniel Luis R.247. CORESIS, Ma. Katrina B.248. CORPUZ, Danielle Sigfreid R.249. CORPUZ, Grazielynne C.250. CORRALES, Michael John V.251. CORSAME-FUENTES, Gazzelenne B.252. COVARRUBIAS, Jose Janello A.253. CRISOSTOMO, Jaim Mari M.254. CRUZ, Emmanuel Rey P.255. CRUZ, Gino Carlo M.256. CRUZ, Jennifer Anne Marie D.257. CRUZ, Keneth Joyce S.258. CRUZ, Niño Martin B.259. 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C3 Spread the Love

C3 Spread the Love

C3 stands for Customer Contact Channel. They are located at One Bonifacio
Technology Tower in Taguig City. And they’ve been in the country since. They are committed in giving job-seekers and
employers alike something to think about?

C3 is not just another call center company. It infuses energy into the
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry backed by the experience and
the technical knowhow of a team of leaders headed by Andy Sarakinis,
vice president and country manager. In a recent press conference held
onsite, he shared how C3 came about in the Philippines.

C3 or Customer Contact Channels is a global provider of contact center
services unlike any other in the market today. Services include sales,
service, performance optimization, reputation management and complete
customer interaction management via traditional, web, and emerging
communication channels. C3 positively engages and promotes our clients’
brands with every contact we make with their customers. With a global
team that is thousands of employees strong, the company is headquartered
in Plantation, FL. 

“I was here in the Philippines in 1999 from South
Florida to test the waters. Before, 70% of the call center agents were
females with the remaining 30% males. Now, it’s 60% women and 40% men.
There’s been a shift in the age in today’s BPO agents where the older
ones are increasing in number. In 2000 alone, 95% were below 30 years
old. To date, there’s an increase in those older than 30, with a few in
their 50s joining the industry. Every one of these agents could rise to
the next level after three months like one of our fast-rising employees
April Torrecampo, who thought she had none of the qualities required of a
call center agent, but proved that her latent skill just needed to be
harnessed,” says Sarakinis.

Human Resources director Crystabel Cardenas, who has worked in the BPO
industry with three other BPO firms, added, “A career path with C3 is
equated with opportunities for growth. Globally, about 9 out of 10 C3
employees are promoted from within.

C3 offers above industry benefits to its employees and is constantly
outfitting its human relations policies to fit the needs of its
workforce. Kevin Urrutia, the Vice President of Operations asserts,
“When we talk about pay scales among call centers in the Philippines, C3
is at the 80th percentile – meaning if there are 100 call centers, C3
pays higher than 80 of them.”

“Inexperienced agents, those who have no prior call center experience,
receive P16,000 starting pay. Those with a degree of experience receive
up to P18,000 monthly wage. Plus they receive HMO benefits that they can
share with a family member as long as they remain employed. It could be
for a spouse or child, parent or sibling. Beneficiaries are named and
could be changed at the start of every contract cycle. Lateral transfers
are not done here in Manila yet but in our US branches they do,” she

She also shared why C3 is literally different from the pyramid hierarchy
of most corporate set-ups. “We are employee-centric and follow the
inverted triangle approach wherein the grievance approach is immediate.
This is made possible through regular supervisory visits. Our focus is
on the entry level; mostly for support people and agents,” she enthused.
Crystabel talks from over 13 years of experience in Human Resources
dealing with fast-paced, rapidly-expanding local and multinational
companies, and it is no mean feat that C3 now is counted as one of the
most effective and productive BPOs in the Philippines.

C3 is definitely making an impact in the Philippines’ customer care
industry with its own brand of performance optimization. Performance
optimization, an element of C3 University, is where re-training for a
new field and/or higher position takes place. It is the ‘silver lining,’
as its mentoring process helps employees climb the corporate ladder of
success in their work life.

C3 University is an on-line training tool wherein an employee undergoes
an aptitude test. Meanwhile, the Cadet-ship Program runs at an average
of three months. The term can be extended depending on an applicant’s
performance and evaluation rating. These promotion avenues provide the
means to step up the C3 ladder.

When C3 opened on Nov 1, 2011, it started with 30 people on opening day.
Now, the employee roster has risen to make C3 one of the fastest
growing BPOs to date, as evidenced by an ever-increasing human resource
inventory and a steady vote of confidence from its serviced clientele.

C3 is also strong on the value that charity begins at home. Cardenas
emphasized that “C3’s core values include open communication systems,
accountability and helping the community through our CSR efforts. By
community, we begin with our very own agents. For example, the people
serving our pantry must be related to an employee. And as long as they
have the support and patronage of our staff, they continue serving us
with whatever type of food they make available at the refectory. Also
during the Habagat, a number of agents were trapped in C3 and couldn’t
go home because the floodwater in their respective areas was really
high. So our 11th floor recruitment section was turned into a shelter
for them and their families and C3 contingency funds were used for

C3’s other international locations include Guatemala City, Guatemala and
Panama City, Panama in Central America; Glasgow, Scotland and Sofia,
Bulgaria in Europe; and Dalian, China and Mumbai, India in Asia. Its
U.S. locations are in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas, with
headquarters located in Plantation, near Miami, Florida.

More information can be found at and

The recruitment line: Direct Line 479-7470 / Trunk Line 479-7400. 



Congratulations to Marc Justin Tee for winning Php 500,000 worth of kitchen showcase at the recently concluded Cucina Idol held at the GalaStars Culinary Studio of renowned Chef Sylvia Reynoso Gala in Pasig City.

The 26-year old Justin Tee is UP Diliman graduate. He started tinkering in the kitchen when he was barely six years old.

His mom is his inspiration.

A total of seven finalists
battled it out in the cook off last March 16, 2013. Each finalist cooked
one chicken and one seafood dish that they prepare on site. The
finalists are required to use Melawares, Perfect Dining, Bestware, Urban
Kitchen, Rosseto and Loveramics Products in the plating of their dish.

Prior to selection, the finalists all went through a rigorous screening process after a single receipt purchse of Php 500.0 worth of Melawares, Perfect Dining, Bestware, Urban Kitchen, Rosseto and Loveramics Products.

COFFEE: From Farm to Cup

COFFEE: From Farm to Cup 

Imagine waking up to the smell of coffee and to the sound of songbirds heralding the dawn as the sun stretches its rays across the city.  

Can you imagine life without coffee? The irresistible aroma from a fresh cup of coffee in the morning emanating around the house never fails to bring joy into my life. From the first sip down to the last drop of that sticky warmth of coffee on my lips. Ahh, being alive is indeed beautiful.  
Unknown to many, I am a certified coffee addict. I love coffee and I feel good when I drink a cup of coffee in the morning.  I get my daily morning caffeine boost every day from Nescafé which is every Filipino’s favorite drink since time immemorial. New Nescafé Classic delivers such a rich, flavorful and an irresistible aroma that we love so much. Like you, I enjoyed reading the newspaper and watching my favorite TV program with my morning cup of coffee. 

So you can imagine my happiness when I was chosen by Nescafé ( made by Nestlé) to have a first hand experience to learn the story beyond the cup of every Nescafé coffee.  

Now, I appreciate
my cup of coffee more than ever after our recent visit to the
16-hectare Nestlé Experimental and Development Farm (NEDF) in Barangay
Magdum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. 

NEDF also conducts research and studies on
inter-cropping to help farmers identify which crops, aside from the
coffee shrubs, could yield the most income.
I learned from the slide presentation of JP of Nestlé that next to water, coffee is the second most consumed beverage in
the world. And it ranks second to oil in terms of value as a
world-traded commodity.

Our Davao trip is very educational. It opened my eyes to a whole new perspective. There is so much more to making a cup of coffee than adding hot water. I got to experience coffee literally from farm to cup. 

We got our hands dirty by planting coffee seedlings within the compound of NEDF.

I learned that Nestlé works closely with farmers and coffee farmers cooperatives. It even conducts FREE classroom training to interested individuals, farmers, investors and cooperatives.

Aside from conducting free training, Nestlé supports coffee farmers through its agronomists who visit coffee farms, inspect the coffee growing conditions, give advice to the farmers, conduct research, and propagate coffee seedlings. It also sells the coffee seedlings/ plantlets at cost  Plus, the prices that Nestlé pay to the farmer at its buying stations are based on the world buying price. I can absolutely say that Nescafe (Nestlé) respects people.

Nescafé (Nestlé) has developed the Farm to Cup plan program in order to share information and educate people. When you see the Nescafé label on the coffee jars, you can be assured that the coffee you are buying is completely traceable and of good quality, that Nescafé (Nestlé) paid a fair price for the coffee beans and that you are assured that good farming practices were employed by the coffee farmers. 

A cup of Nescafé coffee comes with so much love and labor.  Nestlé makes sure that each cup of Nescafe is a product of a
quality process that starts from the coffee farming itself. 
Nescafé prefers to buy Robusta beans which are rounder than the other varieties, brownish in color and produce a tartar and bitter-tasting coffee with a higher level of caffeine. Because of these qualities, the Robusta beans are mostly used in the production of instant coffee and as fillers in commercial blends.  
From specialty brews to instant
coffee to the now ubiquitous three-in-one sachets, coffee is easily
everyone’s favorite drink. And with the proliferation of coffee
shops, having a cup of coffee has become a total lifestyle experience.

NEDF not only assures Nestle of a supply of quality green coffee beans
but is also a training venue for coffee farmers.

has nine (9) buying stations nationwide located in key coffee-producing
regions such as 

  • Tagum, Davao del Norte
  • General Santos
  • Cagayan De Oro City
  • Silang, Cavite
  • Tagbina, Surigao del Sur
  • Iloilo City, Iloilo
  • Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
  • Lipa Batangas
  • Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

through the NEDF, is doing its share in helping resurrect the lost
glory that the Philippines used to enjoy as the third largest
coffee-producing nation next to Brazil and Colombia.

UNION: Local appliance maker sets its eyes on the world

UNION: Local appliance maker sets its eyes on the world
The Philippines was once
known as an importing country. But our country is now quickly
establishing a reputation as an exporter of not just agricultural
products and semi-conductors but also electrical home appliances.
order for companies to enter the international market, they need to be
able to make products that are at par with the world’s best. Union Home
Appliances, one of the country’s top electric fans and small appliance
brands, is a good example. Already in the appliances business for more
than 50 years, the company recently participated in the prestigious
Canton Fair, one of China’s largest trade fairs held yearly in Canton
(Guangzhou), China that features a wide array of products and is the
most attended, in order to make a splash in the global market.
at the Canton Fair officially makes Union Home Appliances the first
Filipino company under its category that participated in the esteemed
event in recent history. There, the company showcased its core products,
all made in the Philippines like electric fans, washing machines and
air coolers.
Uy, National Sales Manager of Union Home Appliances, said they decided
to participate in the Canton Fair to be able to gain international
exposure. “We’ve always wanted to take our products global. While most
Filipino and international companies have outsourced their manufacturing
to China, we always believed that our country possesses real advantages
in manufacturing. Being into manufacturing for a long time, we know our
products have a real chance of standing out.”
noted that during the fair, two of their most innovative products stood
out, like the Defender Anti-Mosquito Fan with a built-in heater to ward
off mosquitoes, and the Perfect Timing Stand Fan that automatically
turns on once the air conditioner turns off. “People saw the
innovativeness and the high quality of our products.  We believe they
are not just at par but possibly even better than some of the other
products displayed in the Canton Fair. We would not have joined if we
thought our products could not match up with others.”
fair attendees, according to Uy, were also surprised that there were
products from the Philippines. There were products from Malaysia,
Thailand and India, which had strong government-sponsored
representation, but Uy said Union was there, representing the
Philippines, despite being a privately-funded booth.  He continued that
it was also fun being noticed by fellow Filipinos representing foreign
firms who pass by the booth and gush upon seeing the pictures of actress and TV host Kris Aquino, Union’s brand ambassador.
Uy emphasized that the biggest benefit for Union in joining the Canton
Fair was the change in how the global market perceived the Philippines
in general, and Union in particular. He said that taking the Union brand
and the Philippines as an exporter in the global marketplace is the
first step in their long-term investment. “Businesses from other
countries are now starting to see Union—and consequently the
Philippines—as a real alternative to traditional suppliers like China.”
that they have penetrated the foreign market, Uy said their focus is on
countries with the same tropical climate as the Philippines, such as
those closer to the equator, who tend to have similar lifestyles and
home needs as Filipinos. He mentioned South America as a particular
region of interest with great potential for growth.
of the success of their participation in the Canton Fair, Uy said they
will closely study the possibility of going there again this year and
encourages other Filipino-owned companies, including other home
appliance makers, to attend as well. With the current strength of the
economy, Uy thinks now is the perfect time to take Filipino-made
products to the rest of the world because “we have what it takes to
stand out.”
are 7 billion people in the world. That’s a really big market for home
appliances.  We should think big because going global is a real
possibility. As we like saying in Union: ‘aim for the stars; even if we
don’t get there, we may very well land on the moon,” Uy declares.
Union Home Appliances are available in leading appliance retailers nationwide. For more information, visit their web site,