Month: October 2013

Makati After Dark and #BangonVisayas

On October 31, Halloween night, hordes of the undead will rise and party with the living as J.R. Usi Presents, MAKATI AFTER DARK: RUN & SURVIVE HALLOWFEST, the grandest and most exciting Halloween party of the year.

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With 3,000 zombies in a “FANTASY RUN” designed and directed to feel like a movie set, the run promises to give participants the most thrilling experience right at the heart of Makati’s financial business district.

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Coinciding with the FANTASY RUN is an ALL-NIGHT STREET FESTIVAL adjacent to the race course featuring several TOP LOCAL BANDS, DJ’s, CAR SHOW, GTMACCON PINOY KOMIKS and COSPLAYERS CONVENTION, MERCATO CENTRALE FOOD FEST, and several other side pocket events to keep you up ‘til sunrise!
 
The Halloween Fest has already received the endorsement of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay as well as the Makati Tourism Office. “MAKATI AFTER DARK is an event that can greatly help promote Makati as a top events destination that will attract more local and foreign visitors to the city.”

Beyond the festivities, however, the underlying advocacy of Makati After Dark is to gather funds for the displaced families affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol and Cebu. “We’ve all seen the damage and how the calamity has affected its residents, especially the children that is why we will be donating part of the proceeds in the relief efforts, we hope this would greatly help them recover and return to their normal lives,” J.R. Usi, the promoter, explained.

Headlining the bands that will be performing at MAKATI AFTER DARK are CALLALILY, SANDWICH, 6CYCLEMIND, CHICOSCI, GRACENOTE, MOONSTAR 88, and several other surprise guests—each one promising to perform their biggest hits and newest songs. In addition, a separate DJ setup will also be in place for those who’d rather dance the night away with other celebrity guests expected to make an appearance and join in the festivities.

Foodies are also in for a treat as MERCATO CENTRALE will be holding one of its biggest Food Bazaars at the venue. A special CAR SHOW that will showcase some of the most pimped out rides, exotic cars and numerous high-end custom cars.

Kicking off the festivities will be GTMACCON 3 Pre-Event where Pinoy Komiks artists and Pinoy Komiks Cosplayers can meet and interact with their fans.

Other side events include Zombie Movie Marathons, street performers such magicians, stilt-walkers, mimes, fire breathers, dancers, exciting LAN Games and many more.

Visit www.makatiafterdark.com for more information and sign up either as part of the Human Survivors or be among Zombie Horde.

Registration Fee of Php1,000 includes souvenir event shirt, race bib, life belt, swag bag with Halloween treats, event wrist tag, and access to Hallow Fest event grounds. Registration centers are located at TOBYS ARENA GLORIETTA 2, TOBYS ARENA SM MOA, TOBYS SPORTS SHANGRI-LA MALL, and RUNNR TRINOMA. For non-runners entrance to the Festival Grounds, concerts and Hallow Fest is only P500. Tickets are now available at Ticketworld Outlets and at the venue.

Like Facebook.com/makatiafterdark. Follow them on Twitter @makatiafterdark and share your photos on Instagram: makatiafterdark and use the hashtag #makatiafterdark

Let us all help Visayas with relief ops, and doing just about anything we can to help.

Aboitiz Group mobilizes business units to help out Visayas

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The Aboitiz Group, through its corporate social development arm Aboitiz Foundation,  has pooled  its manpower and monetary resources to help get Visayas back on its feet.

The 100 year old company traces its roots in the Visayas and continues to have several businesses in the region such as AboitizLand, Inc., construction firm Metaphil, CitySavings Bank, Pilmico Foods Corp., shipbuilder Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Inc., and Visayan Electric Company (VECO).

 “The Aboitiz Group is fully committed in seeing the Visayas rise from this calamity.  This is after all home to us and majority of our team members hail from the Visayas. It is where our roots and our heart lies,” said Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.

The conglomerate has dispatched teams to attend to the needs of thousands of evacuees and has established a command post in Tubigon , with Mater Dei College. Relief goods will be distributed to four major focus areas around Loon, Maribojoc, Tubigon, and Carmen, where the epicenter of the earthquake was located.

The Foundation has earmarked an initial Php 2 million, which includes a Php 1 million donation from actress Sharon Cuneta, for the mobilization of the relief operations in Bohol.

AboitizLand, CitySavings, and Pilmico. are pooling donations and sending volunteers to support the relief operations. The foundation is also closely coordinating with various local government units, the Philippine Navy, and the Philippine National Police.

Meanwhile, in Cebu, VECO has expanded efforts to speedily restore power in affected areas. Team members also volunteered to set up an auxiliary call center to handle emergency calls round the clock.

“Our priority is always the continuity of service to the customers,” said VECO Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Lacson.

How you can help:

Please send cash donations to the Aboitiz Foundation through the following:

Or visit www.aboitizfoundation.org and click the “Donate” button.

For other concerns, you may contact the following Aboitiz Foundation representatives:

  • Danny Cerence (Coordination) – 09176308172
  • Rowena Astillo (Donations) – 09176304484

For updates on the relief operations, visit the Aboitiz Foundation’s Facebook page. (Facebook.com/AboitizFoundation) or follow on @AboitizFDN on Twitter. Show your support by using #BangonVisayas in your social media posts.

Captivate: Party with a Cause

CAPTIVATE. GET READY TO SURRENDER on October 23, 2013!

You guys know I am always up for a good cause, so when a friend from the UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority- Manila approached me to participate in their annual sem-ender party, I immediately said yes. Proceeds to the party will go to Tahanan Sta. Luisa, which I personally support and have been to, a non-government org that aims to rehabilitate prostituted adolescent street children. Deets after the read more break.

Being an ambassador for responsible partying, the organizers asked me to think of a slogan. “Rethink your drink”, was what I came up with. I wanted it to be short and memorable, so there. As I always say, never drink more than what you can handle, you want to make memories, not forget them and have a throbbing headache the day after.

Tickets are sold for only 300 pesos (FREE DRINKS!)
Approach any Sigma Alpha Nuan or contact 0917 805 88 63 to order tickets.

This event is OPEN TO ALL ! So come over and party with me, let’s dance the night away!

Again, thank you UP ∑AN, for having me as one of your ambassadors!

Visit their Facebook page, if you want to know more. 🙂

photos by Gerard del Mundo, taken at Green Lights Studio.

Sheer Knit Pullover: Peaches On Top

Floral Puffy Skirt: Poisonberry

Ribbon Belt: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Slingback Heels: Mango

Dance Revolution

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To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. – Agnes de Mille

I haven’t performed in a while, on a stage I mean. It’s been more than a year, as I recall, the last time I felt a spotlight on my face, and the rush. The high I get when I finally get the groove. I admit, I am not the best dancer, but when I learn a routine, I commit.

I miss dancing, hopefully this year, I get back to it.

The photo above was actually taken by my college friend, Tim Duenas, for my college’s dance organization (UP Pharmakinetics Dance Society). The shoot showcased our individual styles as dancers, where our individual photos will be used as promotion to our upcoming dance concert.

I had a hard time thinking of my peg for the shoot, as I had said before, I haven’t been dancing in while. (Yes, I don’t think Zumba counts as performing) Being a chronic Google-r of everything, I went online and searched for dance pegs, I even logged onto my idle Pinterest account just to look for more artsy shots of dance/movement photography, to get some inspiration. Coincidentally, while browsing, I suddenly get a ping from my email, notifying me of a new adidas campaign, featuring Asian girls dancing. By this time, I got a hefty number of photos as inspiration already, so I decided to check out my email inbox. Lo and behold, I see Karylle (currently in ABS CBN’s noontime variety show Showtime) as one of the ambassadors for the campaign.

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adidas proudly introduces its first Southeast Asia campaign for women, all in for #mygirls. The initiative is driven by a refreshed cross-category brand direction which centers on the key insight that girls in Southeast Asia rely on their peers and communities as a source of strength and play an instrumental role in inspiring each other to go all in, whatever their pursuits.

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Created by women for women, #mygirls is about providing inspiration, support and motivation through the sharing of real stories of real women through multiple touch points, to encourage Southeast Asia girls to go all in for their sporting passions.

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adidas teamed up with local ambassadors from across the region – Fay Hokulani (representing Malaysia and Singapore), Karylle (Philippines), Si Phitsinee Tanwiboon (Thailand), Maria Selena Nurcahya (Indonesia) and Nguyen Thi Kim Dung (Vietnam) – bringing them together on one social platform to connect and share their experiences, sporting passions and personal motivations to spur each other and other girls on in their individual pursuits.

#mygirls for Southeast Asia kicks off with the release of the Fall/Winter FW13 women’s training collection.

The first phase of the #mygirls campaign themed around the girls’ love for dance highlighted the shared passion of dance between girls in Southeast Asia who rely on their peers and communities as a source of strength and play an instrumental role in inspiring each other to go all in.

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Decked out in bold and playful colours, the behind- the-scenes photo shoot presented the upbeat, unique and energetic nature of the women. The stylish yet comfortable Techfit, CIimalite and Yoga apparel, coupled with the sporty adiPURE and Climacool footwear brought out the sassy and exuberant dancer in the girls.

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Themed around girls’ passion for running, #mygirls continues with phase two, the brand direction refreshed to focus on one key insight – girls in Southeast Asia rely on their peers and communities as a source of strength and play an instrumental role in inspiring each other to go all in, whatever their pursuits.

adidas will be debuting the FW13 CrazyCool Women’s footwear collection through the #mygirls campaign. Being insanely flexible and incredibly breathable, CrazyCool comes with all-around 360-degree ventilation, a super-articulated and flexible tooling and high flex midsole to create a dynamic look and fit for the next generation of runners who value maximum flexibility, breathability and comfort. It also features the COOLEVER mesh, a lining with a clover-shaped yam, to manage heat and sweat reducing discomfort to increase performance. CRAZYCOOL is available in adidas Sports Performance stores on October 1, 2013 at PHP 5495.

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For more information on the #mygirls campaign, please visit our Facebook Page

Customers will also be able to get their hands on the Women’s Collection at shop.adidas.com.ph, serving as an online storefront for a wide range of adidas products including exclusive specialty items.

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About adidas

adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world.  Brand adidas is part of the adidas Group, a corporation that includes brands such as Reebok, TaylorMade and Rockport.
 
About the adidas Group

The adidas Group is one of the global leaders within the sporting goods industry, offering a broad range of products around the core brands adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the Group has more than 46,000 employees and generated sales of € 13.3 billion in 2011.

Natasha PH: A Delightful Surprise

I honestly don’t have high expectations from direct selling brands. I have always thought of them as too mainstream, so I never really gave them any notice, unless it was a friend who was sales talking me about buying a new product.

Natasha, one such direct-selling company, actually surprised me. I never knew they had so much options for lingerie, as well as for cosmetics. I always thought they only carried the basics. It then struck me that this was the secret to the company’s success. I mean, how do you stay strong in a country heavily occupied by numerous retail labs, by constantly adding something new, of course!

Sometime last week, I got the chance to preview a few of the products from Natasha Shape and Natasha Beauty. These products, haven’t been released yet, so I was glad I got first dibs.

The media launch was held at Romulo Cafe, one of my best picks for Filipino comfort food. The cafe has a great ambience, decor, and let’s not forget, really good food. I especially cannot get over how yummy their crispy pata is!

Natasha shape.

As I said before, I was really surprised with the different bright colors, prints and textures they presented to us with the lingerie. I loved the floral and aztec printed ones the most. Got to take home those pieces too. Teehee.

Anyway, Natasha shape consists of a complete line of Ladies’ Bra and Panties, Bras for Plus Size (Natasha Curves), Teens, and Beginners. For the November-December 2013 Collection, it boasts of rich colors fot for the holidays, as well as some tribal, baroque print inspirations. For the new year, they will launch the Premium collection, starting off with 2 bra and panty sets in luxurious lace and gorgeous and sexy silhouettes. The January February 2014 collection will also feature oriental-inspired prints and beautiful classics.

Natasha Beauty: Beauty Inside and Out

This holiday season, Natasha Beauty puts the spotlight on duos, palettes, and the new White Solutions line.

Duos:

  • Eye Duo: it is a Lash Mascara on one end, and a Liquid eyeliner on another. Not only does it give you incredible, full lashes, but also lines your lids in utmost care in full color release without smudging. I actually have this, and will do a proper review on this next time.
  • Mascara Duo: comprised of Nutrilash Mascara and Lash Primer which gives your lashes excellent definition, making them longer and fuller.
  • lipstick Duo: a lipstick on one end and and lipgloss on the other, it renews the freshness of your lips moisturizes it to deliver a wet youthful look with medium coverage. I used this the other day and it smelled divine. Kept my puckers moisturized throughout the day too.

Palettes:

  • Tempting Pout Precious Lips Lip Palette. The palette comes with 6 shades, to create a shiny, wet finish in soft and creamy textures
  • Eyeshadow Palette
  • Lip Expressions: Not exactly a palette, but it was so adorable I just had to mention it here.

The White Solutions line will be released around November, I got the BB cream, the first product from the line that they’ll launch.

Here’s a photo of the loot I got from the event, I swear I’ll review them all after I’m done with my exams. Do bear with me for the moment, yeah?

I now leave you with a photo of none other than, me! Harhar. Shoutout to Kim Nieves for taking my photos!

Do check out Natasha’s latest collections online at their official website, or see a Natasha dealer near you.

Flatter Me

Stomach in! Teehee. This is actually my first time to wear a midriff top, and since I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea of exposing my whole abdominal area, I decided to do my midriff debut with an adorable high waist skirt. The look gives an illusion that my top isn’t cropped, but when you squint your eyes a little you’ll see a bit of my waist peeking out.

I wore this out to the Valor Chocolate Launch. I make it to point to wear outfits that are appropriate to every event that I go to. In this case, I just really wanted to wear the midriff crop top out. The event came in as an excuse to wear something pretty. Teehee. It turned out to be a great decision because a lot of people complimented me on my look that day. Even the bloggers whom I just met.

After the launch, I wore this same outfit to BDJ Box’s Beauty Soiree for Shiseido, and again I got a lot of compliments from Shiseido’s makeup guru Carmel Villongco, as well as from the other workshop goers. So yeah, I can say that this is one of my fool proof girly outfits that can please a lot of people, not that that was my goal, mind you. But the flattery was definitely a plus.

Anyway back to my outfit. Again, I did not want to expose my bulging tummy, so when I searched my closet for bottom, I was definitely looking for highwaisted ones. I haven’t worn the skirt out yet, and decided it worked well with the black crop top. For my shoes, I bought these nude Payless wedges in Shangri-La Plaza right before I went to the Valor event, because I thought the pair suited my outfit better than the slingbacks I had on. Talk about impulse buying! It was a good thing it was on sale for 825 pesos from 1650 pesos, so that kind of eased the guilt I was feeling for shopping on the spot.

Lastly, I went with my trusty box sling. This tiny thing holds a lot of my things, surprisingly.

I’m into minimal accessories lately, not much into piling on jewelry anymore, so I figured I’d just wear a statement necklace to add a little more punch to my look.

To keep my look elegant, I wore my mom’s Gucci watch, which is older than me, btw.

Don’t forget to hype this on Lookbook.nu


Angel Drapes Cover Up: Flattering Tops

Racerfront Crop Top: Fab2Find (Instagram)

Tutu Skirt: Sabrina

Criss Cross Wedges: Payless

Box Bag: Wednesday

Watch: Gucci

What do you think, do you love this look as much as I do?

Behind the Pleasure: Valor Chocolates

Over 130 years of passion for chocolate and a voyage of over 12,000 miles to select three of the best cacaos in the world… that is the secret hiding behind the boundless pleasure experienced upon tasting a piece of Valor Chocolates.

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A few weeks ago, Valor Chocolates, an international brand homegrown in Villajoyosa Spain, formally launched its arrival in Philippine shores. The brand is present in more than 50 countries, now including our country. I’ve personally tried their chocolates, and I can honestly say that their claims of using raw materials of the best quality, is true. Every bite takes you to a whole different level of pleasure, the smoothness of the dark chocolate, the solid consistency of the bars, the crisp almonds and wafers in between, oh I could go on and flatter this brand. Aside from the bars, I also tried their delightful bonbons, the fillings were surprisingly good, and the truffles were just perfect.

Don’t believe me? Valor is actually the leading Spanish brand in the chocolate industry, producing over 13 million tons of sweets each year. That’s a lot of chocolate. Go ahead and try one 🙂

Valor Chocolates’ history is defined by a passion for a single product: the best chocolate.

Behind this passion, we find a family of master chocolatiers who set up factory in 1881 led by Valeriano López Lloret, founder of the brand. He gave a name and personality to what has become the leading Spanish company in the chocolate industry and whose prestige has extended far beyond its borders.

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Since its beginnings, five generations of the López family have been at the helm of Valor Chocolates and have managed to transform the brand into an international benchmark.

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Currently, the brand continues to manufacture its entire “From Bean to Bar” range from its production plant in Villajoyosa, Spain. With over 235,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities, this factory produces 13 million tons of sweets each year. Bars and chocolate bonbons are exported to more than 50 countries, thanks to Valor Chocolates’ internationalization policy. This includes a major subsidiary in the United States, Valor Chocolates USA, Inc., that has been in existence for over a decade and is responsible for distributing its products throughout the Americas.

A long voyage of over 12,000 miles. This is the distance traveled by the Valor Chocolates experts in order to select their cacao beans from three of the world’s finest sources: Ghana, Ecuador and Panama. All of this to achieve the authentic Adult pleasure that each ounce of Valor Chocolates produces, because, as they affirm in their new campaign slogan: “Our quality is measurable, the pleasure boundless”.

The pleasure that lies in each bite of Valor Chocolates is achieved, in part, by its commitment to innovation, one of the company’s fundamental pillars. Innovation that unites with tradition to amaze the most discerning palates.

This year the brand has presented its new range of sugar-free bars, which are now sweetened with stevia, a natural sweetener derived from a plant originating in South America that is 15 times sweeter than sugar.

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The sugar-free bars come in a broad range that is ideal for chocolate lovers who are watching their figures or need to control their sugar intake. They retain all the flavor and pleasure of the brand’s chocolate—without the sugar. They also come in an unbelievable array of sugar-free offerings: Dark; 70% Dark; Dark with Whole Marcona Almonds; Dark with Whole Hazelnuts; Dark with Chocolate Mousse Truffle; Milk Chocolate; Milk Chocolate with Whole Marcona Almonds; Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts; Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Truffle Filling. They’re all amazing!

Another significant innovation is the brand’s exclusive Philippine launch of Valor Hazelnut Spread that comes in regular and sugar free variants. It is made with 13% hazelnuts and its sugar free variant is a delectable treat to diabetics or on a diet.

I now leave you guys with Valor Chocolates’ Corporate Video, which spans production, raw materials, etc.

Once you’ve tried their chocolates, don’t forget to let me know, yeah?