Saturday, June 29, 2013

Giordano Monster’s University Fair

Giordano Monster’s University Fair
 Giordano Philippines is inviting you to get a taste of what it’s like to participate in Monsters University’s Freshman Fair when it opens its wrought iron gates.  Experience being in the world’s best scare university, don Mike Wazikowski’s shoes  and attend Giordano’s Monsters University Fair on June 29-30 at the Trinoma Activity Center.  Fun and freebies await you. No tuition fee required!  Entrance is free for all!

Take a stroll around the booth area with friends and family.  Participate in various games and activities that will test your brain, brawn and scare-ability.  Win special prizes and display that Monsters University pride!

At the Giordano Monsters University Fair, several fun-filled games are in store for you.  Test your mental speed with a playtime of 2Fuse at the first gaming station called Screamology.  Combine numbers with similar colored cubes in 60 seconds.

Do you think you are athletic enough to compete at The Field of Screams?  This second gaming station allows sports buffs to size up their fitness and agility with XBOX Kinect Sports.  Find out if you can make it into the varsity team or if you need more training.

If you are into music, then the third gaming station called School of Rawr,is perfect for you.  Amp up the volume and explore your musical prowess with the Guitar Hero.   Compete for the highest score and earn the bragging rights as Monsters University’s primo rock star.

Want a more pensive, subdued setting?  Train your brain with Twinoo at Monster 101, the fair’s fourth gaming booth.  Sit back, and let logic and art come together in this classroom-type station.  Put those thinking caps on and show everybody why it’s cool to be a nerd. 
Conquer the challenges and complete your report card stamps to claim your Monsters University freebie.   Exclusive Giordano Monsters University merchandise like printed tees, hoodies and polo shirts will also be available for purchase during the event.

Come and join us for some monster fun!

Friday, June 28, 2013


Drink, dine, party and drive in style in a brand new Jaguar XF 2014 as Buddha-Bar Manila and DJ Ravin present "Buddha-Bar XV'
Partyphiles have reasons to celebrate in style and win a luxury Jaguar car as well when Buddha-Bar Manila launched the 15th edition of its iconic Buddha-Bar CDs on June 28, 2013. Aptly titled Buddha-Bar XV, the album differs from its past incarnations as this new one pays tribute of sorts to Russia, that most enigmatic and enchanting of countries in Northern Eurasia.
All the CDs in the Buddha-Bar collection were mixed by DJ Ravin, the Mauritius-born DJ who went on to become a big name in the Paris club scene. DJ Ravin played his first sets at Buddha-Bar in 1997, and since then has collaborated with the said famous celebrity haunt for the Buddha-Bar CD collection released by George V Records exclusively for Buddha-Bar, all of which bear DJ Ravin’s trademark fusion style.
Buddha-Bar and DJ Ravin’s latest offering, Buddha-Bar XV features different artists and Russia’s musical flavors, all at once sweet and mesmerizing. Buddha-Bar XV comes in double CDs, the first one leaning towards acoustic with such artists as Steppe, Listening Bliss, YasmineHamdam, and Thor while the second focuses more on electronic music with tunes from artists like Dim Vach and Seanbay, as mixed, of course, by DJ Ravin.
But then again, Manila’s stylish set do not only got the chance to party all night long with DJ Ravin at the June 28 Manila launch of Buddha-Bar XV. Lucky winners brought home an iconic French luxury brand bag, one (1) PRADA and BVLGARI sunnies from Sun Glass Hut and a Boracay Trip for two (2) with air fare and hotel accommodations.
On the same night, Buddha-Bar Manila also launched its “DRINK. DINE. DRIVE” promo. The prize at stake is a brand new Jaguar XF 2014. Every Php 5000 single receipt purchase from July 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014 enables a customer a chance to drive home a brand new Jaguar XF 2014.
True to the luxury vehicle brand’s tagline, "Desired by Many, Exclusive by Choice," the Jaguar XF 2014 is a top-of-the-line acquisition equipped with the new and efficient 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbocharged diesel-S engine. Other than its fuel-efficiency feature, the 2014 Jaguar XF also comes with a Smart Key System with Keyless start, a Dynamic Sports Mode, a high-end security feature such as Pedestrian Contact Sensing and a stunning range of supple leather and contemporary veneers.

The Jaguar XF is a combination of its renowned flair for style and luxury with modern technological innovation and sporting performance.

Part of a Paris-based international franchise, Buddha-Bar Manila is a hotspot that is all the rage nowadays among Manila’s stylish set and party-loving denizens. Proud of its rich lifestyle heritage and formidable celebrity following, Buddha-Bar Manila goes the extra mile as it understands its patrons’ desire to have a good time while enjoying fantastic food and talk with friends and dancing to the music as they party the night away.

That and more transpired as Buddha-Bar Manila played host to Buddha-Bar XV’s album launch with DJ Ravin on June 28. A post party extravaganza dubbed as “Fete de la Musique” follows the launch in partnership with the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise de Manille. It was, needless to say, an event not to be missed.

Buddha-Bar Manila is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. For reservations, call +632 8566859/+632 8566709. You can also reach them at or like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @BuddhaBarMNL

Wednesday, June 19, 2013



Hugh Jackman returns in THE WOLVERINE: the definitive story about the hugely popular adamantium-clawed hero. From director James Mangold, this thrilling, 3D epic adventure is set against a backdrop of intrigue and betrayal in Japan.

At his most vulnerable, Logan/Wolverine travels to Tokyo, reconnects with a mysterious individual from his past and faces a host of deadly enemies.

"THE WOLVERINE" opens July 25 (Thursday) in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox.  Available in 3D and 2D format.


Internationally Renowned Black Canyon Coffee Restaurant Opens 2nd Branch

Internationally Renowned Black Canyon Coffee Restaurant Opens 2nd Branch

Black Canyon Coffee Restaurant (BCC), Thailand’s largest chain of coffee houses, had a successful grand opening of its second branch at Tuscany, Mckinley Hills, Taguig City last June 15, 2013.

The event was graced by Mr. Pravit Chitnarapong, Founder and CEO of Black Canyon Thailand Co., Ltd.
Top traditional media practitioners and popular food bloggers were also on hand to witness the unveiling of yet another great foodspot in Mckinkey Hill, Taguig. Guests enjoyed top main dishes such as the BCC Pad Thai, one of top ten dishes in Thailand and Tom Yum Goong. 

Coffee lovers enjoyed the signature product Black Canyon Iced Coffee which made the restaurant well known.

Other drinks being offered were tea, smoothies, chocolate and fruit juices. Unique fusion dishes like Sesame-crusted fish, Ceasar salad, Chicken with cashew nut were also served.
The soothing entertainment was provided by the three piece band Sentimental Groove. The master of ceremonies was ably handled by Grace Arbues.

The relaxing ambiance and casual but classy interior design of the restaurant caters to a wide range of customers. The mediterranian atmosphere of Tuscany all the more compliments the rustic appeal of the place.

Black Canyon Coffee is of highest quality with the best aroma and taste made from 100% fresh Arabica coffee beans, most of which are grown in the farms of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand.

The restaurant received various awards in Thailand such as:

- 2011/2010/2009  National Thailand Barista Championship
- 2011/ 2009/ 2007/ 2006 Thailand Latte Art Championship
-  2011/ 2010 Thailand TOM YUM Championship
-  2010 First Runner Up – Pasta Thailand Championship
-  2009 World PAD THAI Championship
-  2008 First Runner Up – Green Curry  Thailand  Championship

BCC successfully opened its first branch last year at SM Southmall, Las Pinas. It has more than 200 branches all around Thailand and has 40 international branches in Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China and Laos.

For more details about Black Canyon Coffee Restaurant, visit their website

Friday, June 14, 2013



Canon ImageNation. This campaign started back in 2007 when Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary. This campaign aimed to showcase the Filipinos’ love for images. It is a tribute to the millions and even billions of images captured, stored and shared by Canon users throughout the years.

This year, Canon’s vision of building a community of image-loving Filipinos has taken on greater heights. Canon has recently partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the partnership aims to engage the nation to build a deeper image of the country through capturing its beautiful heritage, picturesque tourist destinations, rich culture and the hospitable Filipino spirit.

“With the launch of the Department of Tourism’s ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign, we’ve already seen a shift in people’s perception here and abroad,” shares Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquineña. “We want to complement that with something that specifically targets Filipinos and to make them excited about their own country, not only the beautiful scenery but also about core Filipino values and culture.”


Canon has been very active in the area of nation-building over the past years. Guided by its corporate philosophy of kyosei which means living and working together for the common good, Canon has launched several banner programs for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects ranging from social welfare development to educational efforts to environmental and cultural conservation and preservation. These programs are part and parcel of Canon’s aim to continuously uplift the community where it serves.

 “With more than seventy years of imaging expertise, we believe that we can be able to immortalize in time all the efforts that we do here in this beautiful country through our expansive input-to-output products and solutions,” said Alan Chng, President & CEO of Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc. “We hope that the photos we capture during these advocacy projects would create awareness, ignite patriotism and the spirit of bayanihan in everyone, and inspire them to join us in improving the Philippines to its full potential.”

Canon has four flagship CSR programs covering initiatives in the areas of humanitarian aid and disaster relief, environment, education and science, arts, and social welfare, namely the Canon Advocacy Team (A Team), Canon GreenNation, Canon Advocacy for Reinforcing Education (CARE) and Print for Smiles programs.

“We would like to be the instrument of positive change in this country and we hope that through our efforts, we have shown our commitment in creating a difference in the community where we serve. We triedto capture the hearts of these programs and show them to the public because we believe that through these moving images, we can show to the whole world that each of us can make a difference,” said Ernalou Del Rosario, Corporate Communications Manager of Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc.

For more information about these advocacies, visit

Thursday, June 13, 2013



         Director Paul Feig reinvigorates the buddy cop genre by pairing Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock and breakout star Melissa McCarthy as law enforcers with wildly different styles in “The Heat.”  
             Set in Boston, the movie follows Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), a rigid FBI agent forced to team up with Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), a brash undercover Boston street cop to track a ruthless drug lord.   Ashburn is a straight-laced, patient, methodical investigator known for her excellence, while Mullins is very short fused and none has ever had a partner or a long time friend.  This wildly dysfunctional duo must try to catch this high-powered criminal without killing one another in the process. 
Director Feig enthused on Bullock’s and McCarthy’s pairing, “I’m excited about doing a female buddy cop comedy because I can only think of a couple that have come along in the last 20 years and I don’t think they were particularly great. To me, though, I’m not looking at it as two women - it’s just two of the funniest people I know. Melissa, who I’ve worked with and is hilarious, and then Sandy who I’ve always been a fan of who is also hilarious. What I like is they have two different senses of humor and two different styles of comedy and the two complement each other.”

In a genre mostly dominated by men, Feig shares that the pairing is an ideal mix.  “Sometimes you come up with these combos in your head and then you put them together and they don’t work at all. But we had a little rehearsal down in Atlanta when Melissa was doing another movie, and the minute they started reading together, I thought, “Okay, this is funny.”Now they’re actuallythe best of friends and onscreen the chemistry between them is great because of this, and they both bring aspects of themselves to each of their characters – they balance each other out great. Sandy’s so funny at playing the uptight nerdy-but-officious person and then Melissa’s character is just all street smarts and brawn and force. I set them loose and then just get to sit behind the monitor and laugh – I’m amazed at what they’re discovering and coming up with,” Feig continues.

Directing the raucous comedy that is “The Heat” has its unwritten rules too according to Feig.  “My criteria for comedy is it has to have an emotional core, first and foremost.  It also has to have believable characters, even if they’re doing big crazy things or they’re big personalities. It’s not necessarily about jokes – it’s the behavioral aspect of it, and the way they’re reacting off each other. Jokes sometimes land like lead because they just sound very written, but a funny reaction to something makes it funnier. With the Internet and YouTube we’re seeing so much real live comedy just in these videos of people with their friends - that is funnier to us than a very overwritten story. So we have our great script, and although we don’t deviate from it too much, we try to do it in a way where the actorsmake it their own and they’re talking like people do to each other in real life,” shares Feig.

“The Heat” opens June 27 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Friday, June 7, 2013


 Mercato Centrale is coming to Pampanga this June
Invites Pampanga and Central Luzon-based food entrepreneurs

The Mercato Centrale Group is bringing the premier food and lifestyle night market experience to the culinary center of the Philippines – Angeles City, Pampanga in Ayala's Marquee Mall! 

“We’re inviting food entrepreneurs from Manila, Pampanga and the surrounding provinces of Central Luzon to join our newest market - Cocina Centrale! It will be a culinary showdown where the best of Pampanga will meet the best of Manila!” said RJ Ledesma, Co-founder of the Mercato Centrale Group.

Mercato’s Cocina Centrale will have its grand launch on June 29, Saturday at the Marquee Park of Ayala's Marquee Mall in Angeles City Pampanga. It will be open every Friday and Saturday starting July 5 from 4pm to 3am.