Bite into the rich chocolate crisp of the new Cream-O Brownie Crunch

Bite into the rich chocolate crisp of the new Cream-O Brownie Crunch

There’s
a new treat in town created especially for certified Cream-Oholics.
The well-loved Cream-O goodness can now be enjoyed in a uniquely
crispy and exciting chocolate indulgence, the Jack ‘n Jill Cream-O
Brownie Crunch.
This
latest innovation from Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is a
different take on the traditional chocolate brownies. Cream-Oholics
can sink their teeth in rich and crunchy chocolate brownie crisps
that come in two equally delectable variants – Peanut Thins and Choco
Chips.
For
those who have a palate for the delicately sweet, there’s Cream-O
Brownie Crunch Choco Chips, brownie crisps made exciting with
chocolate chips. Cream-O Brownie Crunch Peanut Thins, alternatively,
is perfect for those who want a nutty twist in their brownie crisps.
Cream-O
Brownie Crunch comes in re-sealable packages, great for chocolate
cravings on the go. Seize this sweet snacking experience that will
keep you satisfied with chocolate goodness anywhere, at any time, now
available in leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide.
Cream-Oholics
are in for a treat with Jack ‘n Jill Cream-O Brownie Crunch, the
reinvention of the classic rich chocolate brownie packed to a crisp.
It is available in re-sealable packages to satisfy one’s sweet
cravings on the go.

Smart unveils world’s first pay-with-load service for the App Store and iTunes

Smart unveils world’s first pay-with-load service for the App Store and iTunes

Subscribers of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) can now add to their monthly bill or use load credits to pay for App Store and iTunes purchases, thanks to another world-first service

Smart today announced yet another trailblazing mobile innovation that will provide subscribers the convenience of paying for apps, games, books, magazines, music, and movies on their Apple devices using only their prepaid load or charged on top of their monthly postpaid bill.
Dubbed “Pay-With-Mobile,” the new service eliminates the need for a credit card to get paid content and make in-app purchases through the App Store and iTunes, which has long been a barrier for many Philippine users in maximizing the full potential of their Apple devices.

The service works by giving subscribers the ability to sign up for a Pay-With-Mobile number which they can use exclusively with their iTunes accounts. All app downloads, in-app purchases, and digital content bought using Pay-With-Mobile will be deducted from users’ prepaid load, or charged on top of their monthly postpaid bills.
The service will begin rolling out on February 16, with full availability by February 18.
“Smart understands that not everyone owns a credit card, but that shouldn’t stop people from realizing the full potential of their mobile devices. This is why we have worked hard to bring this groundbreaking service to Filipino users, which we believe will further revolutionize the way they enjoy their favorite lifestyle apps and content on their devices,” said Charles Lim, EVP and Wireless Consumer Division Head at Smart. “This is yet another way that Smart is making mobile Internet fun, fast, and worry-free for all of our subscribers.”
Easy, Convenient and Direct

Using Pay-With-Mobile, all you need is your mobile number to have endless amounts of play with Clash of Clans, have non-stop fun with all the ‘lives’ you can spend on Candy Crush, download Afterlight or purchase all the filters you want on VSCO Cam to make your photos stand out, among many others.
To get started, users only need to register by texting REG to 4949. After texting, they will receive their Pay-With-Mobile number and other pertinent account details. Once ready, users can go to the Apple ID Account Settings page on iTunes or the App Store, select “MasterCard” as their payment option, and enter the number and other details on their corresponding fields.
Once the card number is associated with the account, users can already purchase all the apps, games, movies and music on their phones, as well as make in-app purchases within “freemium” apps. For every successful transaction, subscribers will receive an SMS notification to inform them of the purchase.*
“With more than 1 million apps available in the app store, as well as tons of music and movie content downloadable via iTunes, users will have endless amounts of entertainment wherever they go using their Apple devices,” Lim added.
The Pay-With-Mobile service is just the latest in Smart’s commitment to bring users the best Internet for all their needs, with instant and convenient access to their favorite books, movies, music, apps, and gaming content using their cellphone load or postpaid accounts.
To know more about how to use Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service as well as the various things you can do with it, visitsmart.com.ph/paywithmobile[END]

*A 15% premium will be charged on top of the published App Store and iTunes rates to account for VAT (value-added tax) and foreign exchange rate difference in dollars. Will soon be available to Sun Cellular subscribers.

BM 2.0: The 20th Anniversary Concert

BM 2.0: The 20th Anniversary Concert

Ballet Manila (BM) celebrates its 20th anniversary via BM 2.0 on February 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. and March 1, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at Aliw Theater. 

From left: BM Artistic Director Liza Macuja-Elizalde, Cha Sy and BM Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso

I am excited to watch Ballet Manila 2.0 as it presents a medley of classical favorites and original Filipino ballets plus the world premiere of Bloom, Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s first work for an Asian dance company.
It is not a secret that most of Ballet Manila’s alumni are making waves internationally, thus BM 2.0 also showcases the guest appearance of BM alumna Christine Rocas who is guesting together with Joffrey Ballet colleague Rory Hohenstein. They will perform the Balcony Scene in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet and Christopher Wheeldon’s After The Rain.
Pictures below are taken during the press preview:

BM Artistic Director Liza Macuja-Elizalde
 

Pursuant to Ballet Manila’s mission of bringing ballet to the people through OPM (Original Pilipino Music)/ Pinoy choreography, the artists of BM 2.0 will dance to the tune of Tara Let’s. This colorful piece was originally choreographed by BM principal artist Gerardo Francisco for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

BM principal artist Gerardo Francisco
Ballet Manila 2.0 is presented to you by BM Artistic Director Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso. In cooperation with:
  • Manila Broadcasting Company
  • Aliw Theater 
  • and Star City 
  • ACS Manufacturing Corporation, 
  • BPI Express Credit
  • Island Rose
  • Ralph’s Wines and Spirits
  • First United Travel
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Krispy Kreme
  • The Food Club 
  • and Tokyo Bubble Tea.
BM Artistic Director Liza Macuja-Elizalde and Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso
BM 2.0 caps Ballet Manila’s current season and is a prelude to the company’s special 20th performance season later this year.

For tickets and other inquiries, call Ballet Manila at 525-5967 or 400-0292, e-mail
info@balletmanila.com.ph. or visit www.balletmanila.com.ph; or Ticketworld at 891-9999 or ticketworld.com.ph.

#MYXMusicAwards 2015 Complete List of Nominees

#MYXMusicAwards 2015 Complete List of Nominees


Yes! Your favorite music awards event is back! Here are the nominees for this year’s #MYXMusicAwards!
Favorite K-Pop Video

Come Back Home – 2NE1
Eyes, Nose, Lips – Taeyang
Mr. Mr. – Girls’ Generation
Overdose – EXO
Still You – Donghae & Eunhyuk

Favorite International Video

Dark Horse – Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
Don’t Stop – 5 Seconds of Summer
Drunk In Love – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Steal My Girl – One Direction

Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ

Enchong Dee
Kylie Padilla
Maja Salvador
Toni Gonzaga
Xian Lim

Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video

Dingdong Dantes & Marian Rivera (Tayo Lang Dalawa – Rivermaya)
Ellen Adarna (Ikot – The Oktaves)
James Reid (Mr. Antipatiko – Nadine Lustre)
Janella Salvador (Chinito Problems – Enchong Dee)
Kathryn Bernardo (Simpleng Tulad Mo – Daniel Padilla)

Favorite Media Soundtrack

Do The Moves – Sarah Geronimo, apl.de.ap, Enrique Gil and Elmo Magalona
 Dyosa – Yumi Lacsamana
No Erase – James Reid & Nadine Lustre
Til I Met You – Angeline Quinto
Unlimited and Free – Daniel Padilla

Favorite Remake

How Could An Angel Break My Heart – Charice feat. Alyssa Quijano
Islands In The Stream – Kean & Eunice
Maybe This Time – Sarah Geronimo
Pangarap Na Bituin – Lyca Gairanod
Somebody To Love – Darren Espanto

Favorite Collaboration

+63 – Sponge Cola feat. Yeng Constantino
Dedma – Abra & Julie Anne San Jose
Digmaan – Quest feat. Julianne
Qrush On You – Jay-R, Elmo Magalona and Q-York
Takipsilim – Gloc-9 feat. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Favorite New Artist

Darren Espanto
Kathryn Bernardo
Lyca Gairanod
Maja Salvador
Nadine Lustre

Favorite Urban Video

Abante – Loonie feat. Kat Agarrado (Director: Jasper Salimbangon)
Businessman – Gloc-9 feat. Vinci Montaner (Director: J. Pacena II)
Dedma – Abra & Julie Anne San Jose (Director: Joy Aquino)
Parachute – Jay-R (Director: Cristhian Escolano)
Puyat – Rjay Ty feat. Ron Henley (Director: Ken Yamaguchi)

Favorite Rock Video

Happier This Way – Save Me Hollywood (Director: Mihk Vergara)
Ikot – The Oktaves (Director: Ely Buendia)
Kislap – Kamikazee (Director: Kamikazee)
Out Of Control – Pupil (Director: Erin Pascual)
Unshakable – Slapshock (Director: Paolo Abella)

Favorite Mellow Video

Bahala Na – James Reid & Nadine Lustre (Director: Miggy Tanchanco)
Dito Na Lang – Kyla (Director: Treb Monteras II)
Ikaw – Yeng Constantino (Director: Cristhian Escolano)
Right Where You Belong – Julie Anne San Jose (Director: Louie Ignacio)
Simpleng Tulad Mo – Daniel Padilla (Director: PUP Students)

Favorite Group

Chicosci
Kamikazee
Silent Sanctuary
Slapshock
Sponge Cola

Favorite Male Artist

Abra
Daniel Padilla
Gloc-9
James Reid
Jay-R

Favorite Female Artist

Julie Anne San Jose
Kyla
Sarah Geronimo
Toni Gonzaga
Yeng Constantino

Favorite Artist

Daniel Padilla
Gloc-9
Julie Anne San Jose
Sarah Geronimo
Yeng Constantino

Favorite Song

Dito Na Lang – Kyla
Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako – KZ Tandingan
No Erase – James Reid & Nadine Lustre
Simpleng Tulad Mo – Daniel Padilla
This Love Is Like – Toni Gonzaga

Favorite Music Video

Dedma – Abra & Julie Anne San Jose (Director: Joy Aquino)
Dito Na Lang – Kyla (Director: Treb Monteras II)
Ikaw – Yeng Constantino (Director: Cristhian Escolano)
Takipsilim – Gloc-9 feat. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid (Director: Christopher Santos)
Tayo – Sarah Geronimo (Director: Avid Liongoren)
To vote for your favorite nominees, click here!
Voting period is from February 19, 7PM until March 22, 11:59PM.

I AM HERE TO PROMOTE ALBAY

I AM HERE TO PROMOTE ALBAY

Unlike those who don’t know how to appreciate the Albayanos’ (natives of Albay) hospitality, I am here to promote Albay. 
Naturally I am a bit biased because I grew up in Albay but the natural beauty of the place speaks a lot for itself. And it is not only Mayon Volcano that is majestic in Albay. There are also a lot of fascinating places to see, people to meet, food to taste, souvenirs to buy and things to do in the lovely province of Albay. 

Your visit to Albay will not be complete if you don’t visit some of these exciting places and experience the thrills of the following:


Cagsawa Ruins are remnants of the old Franciscan church built in 1724 but destroyed by the eruption of Mayon Volcano in 1814. The Ruins are located in Barangay Busay in the municipality of Daraga, Albay, just about 3 kilometers from Legazpi Airport.

The baroque church was built in the then small town of Cagsawa. After the 1814 eruption that buried the town of Cagsawa, survivors resettled into the nearby Daraga, which was then a barrio (barangay) of the destroyed town of Cagsawa. Later, Cagsawa was merged with barrio Daraga to form the town of Daraga.

2. Lignon Hill Nature Park in Legaspi City

3. All-Terrrain Vehicle (ATV) rides

Photo courtesy of Cannon Leongson Capiral
4. Mayon observatory/ planetarium
5. Hoyop hoyopan cave
6. Busay falls
7. Kawa kawa hills
8. Sunflower farm
9. Danny’s Spring Resort

BIANCA GONZALEZ IS BACK TO DEFEND HER CROWN IN THE SHELL FUEL SAVE

BIANCA GONZALEZ IS BACK TO DEFEND HER CROWN IN THE SHELL FUEL SAVE

Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driver of the Year Bianca Gonzalez is back to defend her crown in the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge

MANILA, FEBRUARY 2015 – “Being a fuel efficient driver is easy. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary, everyday driver, but through the Shell FuelSave driving challenges, I learned that making a few simple changes to my driving habits and choosing the right fuel make a difference in making your fuel last longer,” said celebrity host and published author Bianca Gonzalez who, after completing several driving challenges last year, is fast-becoming a veteran when it comes to fuel efficiency.


Gonzalez first took on the call of Pilipinas Shell to be a fuel efficient motorist during the Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driving Challenge in January 2014 where she drove from Batangas and through the busy streets of Manila to learn about fuel efficiency from some university students who represented the country in the first ever Shell Eco-marathon Asia to be held in the Philippines. Gonzalez was crowned Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driver of the Year, besting celebrities from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, at the final leg of the Celebrity Driving Challenge held on the opening day of Shell Eco-marathon 2014.


Gonzalez went behind the wheel again in October to challenge everyday Filipino motorists including moms, professional drivers, and media representatives for the Shell FuelSave Good Choice Driving Challenge. The Driving Challenge tested their skills in making good choices on the road to help make their fuel last longer where Gonzalez walked away with a First Runner-up title under her belt.


It seems that nothing could stop Gonzalez in defending her crown as she teams up once again with Pilipinas Shell to take on a different kind of challenge – discovering the extraordinary lengths Filipino motorists go through to save on fuel, and putting them to the test. With Shell Eco-marathon 2015 coming up, Gonzalez enlisted the help of five students from universities forming the Philippine contingent to SEMA 2015 to join her team for the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge on February 11.


Driving the recently-launched models of the All New Honda Jazz, All New Honda City, and All New Honda Brio Amaze, Gonzalez and the students will go head to head against select media personalities on a road trip to Clark, Pampanga. In this Driving Challenge, the participants will go through pit stops that will reveal interesting habits Filipino motorists practice to help them save fuel. The teams will have to distinguish between fuel efficiency fact and fiction to manage their fuel consumption, coupled with teamwork and determination, to outwit each other.


The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge is the lead up to Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 as Shell brings back its largest fuel efficiency educational platform to Manila from February 26 to March 1. This will be the second year that Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be held in the country, and Filipino student teams from the country’s top universities will compete once again against fellow students from countries around Asia and the Middle East to design, build and drive the most energy efficient vehicles of tomorrow.


The Philippine teams made history last year when the De La Salle University’s (DLSU) Eco-Car Team-Electric ranked second place in the UrbanConcept-Battery Electric Category with a consumption of 66.38 km/kWH, while the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) also came in as a top contender when TIP Mileage bested over twelve other teams in the UrbanConcept-Diesel Category by finishing third with a fuel consumption of 47.44 km/L.
As these students bring pride to the country once more, the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge will serve as a platform to present them to the Filipino public.


The winner of the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge will be determined during the culminating program on February 11. At the same time, Shell will also reveal highlights of the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report, a nationwide study conducted in December 2014 that analyses the behavior of 1,000 Filipino motorists aged 18 to 40 to understand the extraordinary lengths drivers are willing to go in order to save fuel and cut their driving costs

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“More than just being any driving competition, the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge is our way of educating Filipino motorists how to become fuel efficient. All it takes are making a few simple changes to the way we drive and using the right fuel,” explains Anthony Lawrence Yam, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail.

“The Driving Challenge allows our participants to experience Shell FuelSave, and the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report shows Filipino motorists what they should and shouldn’t do when it comes to being more fuel efficient.” Yam added.


Ultimately, Shell wants to show everyday drivers that choosing the right fuel does not have to be a tough decision, and that Shell FuelSave is a good choice that they don’t have to think about. All motorists can be more fuel efficient by driving smarter and using the right fuel, such as Shell FuelSave – a regular priced fuel designed to last longer.
To discover top tips on how to make your fuel last longer, visit www.shell.com.ph/fuelsave.

About Shell FuelSave fuels

Shell FuelSave Gasoline and Shell FuelSave Diesel are our regular priced fuels designed to last longer. Currently available in 22 countries, they contain active efficiency ingredients and are designed to improve engine efficiency from the very first tank.


Shell has over 100 years’ experience in creating some of the world’s most advanced fuels. We are also committed to equipping motorists with the skills needed to be more fuel efficient. Learn how a few simple changes to everyday driving habits can help you manage the costs of motoring by going to www.shell.com.ph and participating in Target One Million, a global Shell FuelSave campaign aimed at helping one million drivers around the world learn how they can make their fuel last longer.

Royal Dutch Shell plc

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WARMER GETS YOU FURTHER? NEW STUDY REVEALS NEARLY ALL (96%) FILIPINOS WARM UP THEIR ENGINES BEFORE SETTING OFF

FEBRUARY 2015: A new study released today uncovers the extraordinary lengths Filipinos are willing to go to in order to save fuel and cut their driving costs.

The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report, which analyses the behaviour of 1,000 Filipino drivers aged 18 to 40, reveals that while 92%[1] see being fuel efficient as important, but 75% admit they don’t know how.

What’s even interesting, more than half (53%) of the drivers surveyed say they feel anxious trying to decide how best to save fuel, leading many to believe in a collection of absurd fuel saving myths. The research shows 80% of drivers believe warming up their engine before setting off will make them more fuel efficient, while 57% think filling up at night does the same trick. Shockingly, nearly half (45%) even believe ‘burping’ their cars to release air pockets in the tank will help them save fuel. Unfortunately for the majority of the Philippines’ driving population, none of these fuel efficiency myth help in reducing fuel costs.

Commenting on the findings, Anthony Lawrence Yam, Vice President for Retail of Pilipinas Shell, says: “The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report shows just how important saving fuel has become to motorists, along with the incredible ways they try to be more fuel efficient. Some of the beliefs revealed through the study were actually wasting fuel rather than helping to conserve it.”

To help sort fact from fiction, Shell is out to turn the nation’s myth-followers into fuel efficiency pros – both through using fuels like Shell FuelSave that are scientifically designed to last longer and by demonstrating more effective ways to drive smartly.

Drivers are looking to both scientists and engineers (79%) to help them save fuel and energy in the future, and Shell is calling on the next generation of Philippine science and engineering talent to lead the way. Five students from various universities competing in Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 teamed up with Bianca Gonzalez, crowned the Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driver of the Year in Shell Eco-marathon 2014, and went head to head with select media from the motoring and lifestyle beats to test the nation’s most-believed fuel saving myths and reveal the truth about fuel efficiency with a Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge on February 11. The complete Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report was revealed in conjunction with the culmination of this event after the day’s drive full of pit stop challenges from the city of Manila north bound to Clark, Pampanga.

This test took place before the students compete against more than 150 teams from Asia and the Middle East in the world’s biggest fuel efficiency competition to be held on its second year in the country. Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams to design, build and test ultra-energy efficient vehicles of tomorrow.

Bianca Gonzalez says: “As young Filipino scientists and engineers prepare to compete at Shell Eco-marathon, I want to help Shell inspireall motorists to learn how to drive more fuel efficiently. Is switching off your engine in stationary traffic more effective than keeping it running? Does a warm engine equal a more efficient engine? And can a car really burp? These are the questions that we will be aiming to answer.”

The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report also reveals that the confusion on the road is in stark contrast to what goes on inside the nation’s homes, where Filipinos conserve energy by limiting their electrical use but not their fuel consumption. Indeed, while 88% of people say they frequently turn off the lights to save energy when leaving the house, only 4 in 10 (42%) will frequently remove excess weight from their boot or backseat to make their vehicle lighter and effectively helping drivers to save on fuel.

To learn more about Shell Eco-marathon and discover top tips on how to make your fuel last longer, visit www.shell.com.ph/fuelsave.

About the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report


The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report was commissioned by Shell and conducted by independent research firm Edelman Berland in December 2014. It used an online questionnaire with a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Filipino drivers aged 18 to 40.

About Shell FuelSave


Shell FuelSave Unleaded and Shell FuelSave Diesel are our Regular priced fuels designed to last longer. Currently available in 23 countries, they contain active efficiency ingredients and are designed to improve engine efficiency from the very first tank.

About Shell Eco-marathon Asia


Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be held on the streets of Manila between 26 February and 1 March 2015. Approximately 150 teams from 18 countries, including 33 teams from the Philippines will be taking part.

Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l) and from these humble origins a more organised competition evolved. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. The inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2010 before moving to the Philippines, in 2014.

[1] Source for all statistics in this document unless otherwise indicated: The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report conducted by Edelman Berland, December 2014.

Travel photographers capture Juan of a Kind stories

Travel photographers capture Juan of a Kind stories


I am a passionate travel blogger. I had the most amazing time of my life travelling the world before I was operated on ruptured Brain Aneurysm more than four years ago. I love meeting people be it here in the Philippines or abroad. I always travel like a local. I remember the first time I went to Bohol. I was at the Tagbilaran airport with no itinerary. I went out and chatted with several tricycle drivers and was only charged with the “local fare” and was told to try a famous local restaurant. In General Santos City, I met and was adopted for a night by the assistant municipal treasurer Ate Melins in her house and was even toured to Manny Pacquiao’s restaurant and Jinkee Pacquiao’s boutique. And ate Melins and were treated to a free dinner by Kuya Gary, a restaurant owner in Gen San. We happened to learn during our conversation with his wife that Kuya Gary is the first cousin of the husband of my first cousin. What a small world!  In Palawan, I was adopted for two nights by a co-passenger and his family.  His whole family and I had a blast when I asked them to join me on my island tour. ( They are from Palawan but never had a chance to do an island tour, I am happy that I made them happy in my own little way).  In Tacloban, I was toured by Tita Ludette to the different famous landmarks in Leyte and even had a U-turn in Samar via the world-famous San Juanico Bridge. In Singapore, I entered a restaurant and engaged the owner and the chef in a conversation and I even celebrated New Year’s eve with them. In a Thailand temple, I had a cultural exchange with one of the caretakers. Anyway, this space would not be enough if I summarize all the people whose lives I touched and who touched mine during my travel days. I think that is so cool. Right? I got to meet new amazing people and I think that is the best thing about traveling.

Tales from these chance meetings are what a group of travel photographers and storytellers are chronicling through Juan of a Kind Stories, (www.facebook.com/JuanOfAKindStories). A project of Cebu Pacific Air, this online initiative showcases snippets of people’s lives from different corners of the globe, celebrating travel, connections, differences in culture, and the candid encounters with people one can meet in one’s journeys. From the heartwarming to the humorous, each anecdote captures the aspirations, quirks and passions of people from various backgrounds.

Among the participating storytellers for Juan of a Kind Stories is travel photojournalist Lester Ledesma, who has been writing about and photographing Asia for over 14 years. “I like that Juan of a Kind Stories focuses on people and not the places. Travel is always more fulfilling if you meet somebody along the way,” said Lester. “This project gives our readers the experience of meeting someone from another place.”

Another storyteller, Aaron Articulo traveled to three Southeast Asian countries and 10 provinces in the Philippines the past few months, and met people from all walks of life, gender, race, religion, and social class. He shared, “It has made me realize that at the end of the day, we are all truly equal—we are human beings, with the same desires, same aspirations, and the same dignity.”

Places, people, perspectives
Capturing unique stories through photos and videos, while traveling, is nothing new for Lester and Aaron. But Juan of a Kind Stories remains an exciting and fascinating project for both because of the variety of subjects they meet.

Lester counted Peter Chua of Malaysia among his favorite subjects for Juan of a Kind Stories. “I was peeking into the window of a closed magic shop in Johor when a man—Peter—called out to me from a cafe. It turned out that he owned the store and was a famous magician in the city,” Lester shared.

His new friend regaled him with magic tricks right at the café and even invited him into his shop. “I filmed him performing the first trick he ever learned,” said Lester. “For a famous magician to give you a private show for one – man, that was quite an experience!”

Meanwhile, Aaron said that one of his most inspiring Juan of a Kind Stories was that of Trio, an 11-year-old professional surfer from Bali. “The boy came from a broken family and ran away from home at a young age. He starved for a few days on the streets, until a good Samaritan fed, clothed and adopted him, even though the man had his own children,” he shared.

Aaron added that Trio’s newfound father turned out to be a surf instructor in Kuta Beach. “When Trio was ‘old enough,’ he brought him to the beach and taught him how to surf. In a few months’ time, the boy became a professional surfer, won pro-level surfing competitions, and now teaches at their mini-surf school in Kuta Beach. It’s like Trio found new life at the beach,” Aaron recounted.

Lester and Aaron join other storytellers Ferdz Decena, Hub Pacheco and Jojo Pensica in discovering the wonderful stories of people from around the world. Visit JuanOfAKindStories.com and follow its official Facebook and Instagram pages (@JuanOfAKindStories) for more.

SARAH GERONIMO: Launched as Sansan’s Latest Endorser

SARAH GERONIMO: Launched as Sansan’s Latest Endorser

Sarah Geronimo looks good all the time. And one of her secrets (aside from her blooming love life) is her pleasant disposition. Sarah is the perfect epitome of a naturally beautiful woman. 
“Simple, beautiful, talented everyday that is Sarah Geronimo,” according to Ms. Chi, Sansan’s product manager.

Sarah Geronimo practices what she preaches. Do you agree with me that Sarah looks very refreshing even with minimal makeup? 

Despite being the newest endorser of San San Cosmetics, Sarah believes natural beauty also shines through.

“Minsan tinatago natin ’yung natural beauty natin, parang feeling natin mas magiging maganda tayo pagka kino-conceal natin ’yung totoong features natin,” Sarah said. “Pero with San San, pinapaalala nila na, ‘Believe in your own natural beauty.’”

Sarah added, “You should believe that you’re a beautiful person. It is not only about your skin or your features. You should love yourself as a whole package. It is a process of acceptance. (Dapat paniwalaan mo na magandang tao ka. Hindi lang siya ‘yung dahil sa skin mo, or sa features mo, dapat yung buong pagkatao mo mahalin mo. It is a process of acceptance).”

At the launching event, Sarah said, “I’m so happy to be part of the San San Cosmetics family because I share the same advocacy with them to encourage young women to love their natural beautiful self. It’s beautiful to be simple.” 

#SarahGeronimo advocates that women should embrace their natural beauty by being simple. She further adds that HBC’s San San Cosmetics gives her a healthy, simple, beautiful look every day. 

“On cam, I’m always glammed up. So when I’m on break from work, I go for an all-natural simple look because that’s who I really am. When you’re true to yourself, you become more confident and that confidence makes you beautiful,” quips Sarah G.

#SarahGeronimo #BeautifulEveryday #SanSan #SarahGForSanSan

FISHER FARMS: Kung Hei Less Fat Choi Promo

FISHER FARMS: Kung Hei Less Fat Choi Promo

FISHER FARMS: Kung Hei Less Fat Choi Promo

Omg! Staying at Manila Shangri-La Hotel even for a night is my dream! Thanks to Fisher Farm, my dream is now possible. Why? Because I will be joining Fisher Farms’ #KungHeiLessFatChoi Online Photo Contest.

Fisher Farms Inc., is the manufacturer of my favorite Shark size “Rellenong Bangus.” Whoah! I am salivating now just by thinking about Fisher Farm’s wonderful dish.  I am so in love with Fisher Farms wonderful product line I had it everyday of the week last Christmas season. You ought to try their products too! 

Anyway, for the record girls and guys, Fisher Farms Inc., is a world-class aquaculture food processor that supplies farm-raised seafood to major restaurants and food manufacturers here and abroad.

I wanted to keep this information for myself. But, because I love you dear readers, I am actually be sharing the big secret on how to win my dream staycation. 

Secret Way to win the Fisher Farms overnight stay at the Manila Shangri-La Hotel plus Fisher Farms goodies! 

And tan ta ra ran….the secret is….Just share how you and your loved ones are welcoming the Chinese New Year the healthy way in #KungHeiLessFatChoi Online Photo Contest!

Here’s how to join:
1. Gather your family or friends to form a group. Groups may be composed of:
a) three (3) adults
b) two (2) adults and two (2) children
2. Like the FISHERFARMS Facebook page.
3. Post a photo on the comment section of the contest announcement of how your group will    celebrate the Chinese New Year in a healthier way (e.g., you and your family wearing all red and biking together or having a healthy Chinese New Year meal). Make sure that you tag your family members/friends in the photo. Include the hashtag #KungHeiLessFatChoi, #GourmetBakedRelleno, and #Fisherfarmsph in your comment.
4. ‘Share’ the #KungHeiLessFatChoi contest poster on your personal Facebook Wall.
CRITERIA:
Creativity – 30%
Originality – 30%
Relevance to theme – 40%
PRIZES:
There will be 1 grand prize winner who will take away overnight stay in Makati Shangri-la Hotel plus Fisher Farms products worth P3,000. 1st and 2nd runners up will also bring home P3,000 worth of Fisher Farms products!
Deadline of entries: February 26, 12:00 PM. Winners will be selected on February 27, 2015 by a panel of judges.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
  • Contestants can only submit one entry throughout the promo. Contestants cannot appear in other photos/entries aside from their own official entry.
  • Contestants may only win once. Only the contestants in the photo can avail of the prizes.
  • Fisherfarms employees and relatives up to second degree of consanguinity shall be disqualified from the contest.
  • All winners will be announced on Fisherfarms’s Facebook page on February 27, 2015.
  • Fisherfarms shall also notify the winners within 1-2 days of Feb 27 via direct message on
Facebook. Winners will be asked to provide their complete names, email addresses, and contact numbers.
  • Winners must claim their prizes at the Fisher Farms, Inc. office located at Unit 1610 16/F West Tower Philippine Stock Exchange, Exchange Road, Ortigas, Pasig City.
  • A representative from the winning group may claim the prizes on behalf of the other group members, provided that the representative present at least one (1) valid ID of each member of the winning group. For groups with children, representative must present the child/children’s birth certificate/s.
  • Prizes are non-transferrable and must be claimed within 60 days from the first announcement of winners in Fisherfarms’ Facebook page. Prizes left unclaimed after the said period will be forfeited.
  • Fisherfarms reserves the right to delete, disclaim, and report any improper posts/entries.
Contestants must own the rights to all photos submitted. By posting an entry, contestants
hereby transfer to Fisherfarms all intellectual property and ownership rights to their entry.
  • Fisherfarms shall be held free and harmless against loss and damage from any claim, demands, actions, liabilities and the like that may be brought by any third person against Fisherfarms as a result of or related to the submission of the contestant’s post or entry.
  • All decisions of Fisherfarms are final.
For questions, inquiries or concerns, please email sales@fisherfarms.ph 

Goodluck!

BORACAY: SKYATHON 2015 Beach Run

BORACAY: SKYATHON 2015 Beach Run

Are you looking for something fun to do in Boracay this summer? Get ready for the much awaited SKYathon 2015 Boracay Beach Fun Run. Happening on April 25, 2015! 

Just when you have thought you’ve run enough race, be it for a cause, birthday, anniversary, Halloween, zombie, etc. You and your running buddies had run on roads, pavements, asphalts, trails and rocks but have you already tried running at the Philippines premier destination?   

Don’t worry! This year You can face that challenge! Experience first hand the fun of running in a beautiful environment. Feel the morning breeze on your face and feast your eyes at the magnificent view of Boracay’s beachfront and clear blue waters. Register, then book your airline tickets and hotel accommodation as early as today and face the challenge head on come April 25, 2015. 

Run, walk, skip, jump, and laugh your way to your next adventure at the fine powdery beach sand of Boracay!  Let me remind you, it’s just not any beach, it’s one of the country’s top beach haven! 

Raise your hands if you are fit enough to face the challenge of ‪#‎SKYathon2015‬ Boracay Beach Run.

Race Details

  • Date and Venue

    • April 25, 2015, Epic Beachfront, Station 2, Boracay
  • Race Categories

    • 5K – P600
    • 5K (With Obstacles) – P600
    • 10K – P750
    • 10K (With Obstacles) – P750
      • Inclusive of Tattoo, Singlet, Tri-tag Ipico Card
      • Post Race: Finisher’s Medal Certificate Lootbag
      • Kit Claiming will be at Epic, Boracay on April 24, 2015
  • Registration

  • Assembly/Gun Start

    • Assembly: 5:00 AM
    • GunStart:
      • 10K/ 10K Obstacles – 6:00 AM
      • 5K/ 5K Obstacles – 6:15 AM
  • Race Updates

#Skyathon2015 gets even better with 5K and 10K distances, with and without obstacles. For the obstacles, there will be 2 SURPRISE obstacles for 5K and 3 Surprise obstacles for 10K. This would be a great barkada and family bonding activity on April 25, 2015 happening in Epic Beachfront. It will take you to the full length of Boracay’s shoreline.

The fun doesn’t stop there as there will be an after party the same day and it’s gonna be legend-wait-for-it-dary. The afterparty is dubbed as UPBEAT! The Skyathon Victory Party will have free booze, exciting activities and all night partying featuring top local acts and two of Manila’s top Dj’s. It’s also be gonna be for the cause of the island as part of the proceeds would be for the benefit of the island. The beneficiary for this year’s race is the Philippine Red Cross Malay Chapter, which would also be the safeguard resource for the event.

They’ll also be using tattoos instead of race bibs so you’ll be able to flaunt your beach ready body without being bothered by a bib. 
Register now as the earlier you book the better travel and hotel packages awaits you and your family or barkada.