Friday, December 19, 2014

Share the Feast, Not the Fat this Holiday Season

Share the Feast, Not the Fat this Holiday Season
Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. Decorations are already up by September,marking the start of the season in the Philippines. Parties and reunions are everywhere every week leading up to Christmas Day and are usually extended till New Year’s Eve. And parties only mean one thing: Good food.

Everyone looks forward to this time of the year when we can splurge on a leg of ham or a jamon de bola if budgets are tight. Lechon makes an appearance in bigger families, since it is considered de rigueur for parties. 

With all these holiday delicacies, it is a real challenge to keep track of the calories you consume and stay on that diet you’ve been trying so hard to follow all year. You convince yourself that this is just a once-in-a-year event and a slice of that tasty ham or a bite of that crispy, succulent lechon skin won’t do any harm. 

Before you know it, you'll realized you’ve had too much and all that’s left is the taste of guilt plus those extra pounds.

This holiday season, Fisher Farms Inc., a world-class aquaculture food processor and the largest supplier of farm-raised milkfish in the country, lets you indulge without the guilt with its Gourmet Baked RellenongBangus. Created by celebrity chef and food expert Reggie Aspiras, this delicious creation is a healthy alternative to the fatty dishes often served during the Noche Buena.

The whole bangus is stuffed with a savory filling of fish, sweet potato, bangus belly, shrimp and other premium and special ingredients that give a holiday twist to this traditional dish. 

Juicy and flavorful but not cloying like its fried counterparts, the Gourmet Baked RellenongBangus makes any celebration merry and healthy. 

Unlike the traditional rellenongbangus, this is baked and not fried, which cuts down considerably on the fat content without sacrificing flavor. The relleno comes in three generous sizes to suit the Filipino family: 800-grams, 1.1 kilos, and 1.3 kilos. With bangus this big, you can definitely share the feast but not the fat.

As the country’s leading aquaculture processor and exporter, Fisher Farms grows its milkfish in the pristine seawaters of Pangasinan in fish cages, resulting to sweeter, more flavorful, firmer and cleaner fish. Only high-protein feeds are given to farmed fish to produce high-quality fish meat. Fisher Farms’ Gourmet Baked RellenongBangus is available in select supermarkets in Metro Manila and in select provinces around the country.

For more details about Fisher Farms, visit fisherfarms.ph. Visit its Facebook (fisherfarmsinc), Twitter(@fisherfarmsph) and Instagram (@fisherfarmsph) for updates.

When the biological clock ticks

When the biological clock ticks
A lot of single women wants to get hitched before the age of 25 because they like to have children before they reach the age of 40.  If there’s one thing to consider when trying to conceive, it is that a woman’s biological clock is ticking. 


A woman is born with a finite number of eggs that are released monthly during a woman’s menstrual cycle. 

The body is also instinctive enough to release those good quality eggs first - so those are when you are young, first beginning your menstrual cycle in your teens into your 20's. 

With that being said, most younger women do not have difficulty getting pregnant. 

Older women, on the other hand, may experience some difficulty when trying to conceive as her good eggs have been released month after month for nearly 20 years, by the time she reaches 35! 

According to www.pregnancytips.org, your odds of getting pregnant when you’re in your twenties are different when you’re in your forties. 

However, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for older women to get pregnant. Though their chance of conceiving may decrease, women in their forties can still conceive, often with the help of fertility drugs and supplements like ConceiveEasy. As long as a woman is ovulating, she can get pregnant.
So, don't lose hope.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FISHER FARMS' GOURMET BAKED RELLENONG BANGUS



Share the Feast, Not the Fat this Holiday Season
 


 

Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. Decorations are already up by September,marking the start of the season in the Philippines. Parties and reunions are everywhere every week leading up to Christmas Day and are usually extended till New Year’s Eve. And parties only mean one thing: Good food. 
Everyone looks forward to this time of the year when we can splurge on a leg of ham or a jamon de bola if budgets are tight. Lechon makes an appearance in bigger families, since it is considered de rigueur for parties. With all these holiday delicacies, it is a real challenge to keep track of the calories you consume and stay on that diet you’ve been trying so hard to follow all year. You convince yourself that this is just a once-in-a-year event and a slice of that tasty ham or a bite of that crispy, succulent lechon skin won’t do any harm. Before you know it, you realize you’ve had too much and all that’s left is the taste of guilt plus those extra pounds. 
This holiday season, Fisher Farms Inc., a world-class aquaculture food processor and the largest supplier of farm-raised milkfish in the country, lets you indulge without the guilt with its Gourmet Baked RellenongBangus. Created by celebrity chef and food expert Reggie Aspiras, this delicious creation is a healthy alternative to the fatty dishes often served during the Noche Buena. 

The whole bangus is stuffed with a savory filling of fish, sweet potato, bangus belly, shrimp and other premium and special ingredients that give a holiday twist to this traditional dish. Juicy and flavorful but not cloying like its fried counterparts, the Gourmet Baked RellenongBangus makes any celebration merry and healthy. Unlike the traditional rellenongbangus, this is baked and not fried, which cuts down considerably on the fat content without sacrificing flavor. The relleno comes in three generous sizes to suit the Filipino family: 800-grams, 1.1 kilos, and 1.3 kilos. With bangus this big, you can definitely share the feast but not the fat. 
As the country’s leading aquaculture processor and exporter, Fisher Farms grows its milkfish in the pristine seawaters of Pangasinan in fish cages, resulting to sweeter, more flavorful, firmer and cleaner fish. Only high-protein feeds are given to farmed fish to produce high-quality fish meat. Fisher Farms’ Gourmet Baked Rellenong Bangus is available in select supermarkets in Metro Manila and in select provinces around the country.
For more details about Fisher Farms, visit fisherfarms.ph. Visit its Facebook (fisherfarmsinc), Twitter(@fisherfarmsph) and Instagram (@fisherfarmsph) for updates.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE RISING STARS @ SM CLARK PAMPANGA


 

RISINGSTARS’ CENTRAL LUZON LIVE COMPETITION ROUND

With OGIE ALCASID and VENUS RAJ

 

RISINGSTARS PHILIPPINES, THE COUNTRY’S NEWEST AND BIGGEST TALENT COMPETITION, IS GOING ALL AROUND THE PHILIPPINES TO REACH OUT THE ENTIRE NATION IN SEARCHING FOR NEW RISING STARS.

RisingStars Philippines and Kapatid Network TV5, have joined forces to launch a new singing and reality TV talent search that would embark on a nationwide search for the best-of-the-best singing talents all over the Philippines to represent their home city or province. 

RisingStars held auditions in Central Luzon (Dagupan, Lingayan-Pangasinan and Pampanga) in November and December this year to look for the cities’ very talented singers. The best contestants were given a chance to appear for a live interview and live singing performance in front of the Panel of Judges. Based on the interviews and live auditions, the number of contestants was narrowed down to 7 in each area by the Judges.

 

These fourteen (14) singers – 7 from Pampanga and 7 from Dagupan, Lingayan-Pangasinan - will have their chance to prove their talents live, on-stage on

Wednesday, the 17th of December at 3pm in SM CITY CLARK Pampanga

Host: VENUS RAJ

 Special Guest: OGIE ALCASID

 

 The mall show live final competition will be composed of two rounds: the first round is the “I can sing it better – Challenge Round” and the second round is the “Solo and Final Round”. The same set of judge will be present and of course the supporters – family members, friends - of the contestants.

One day before the live finals, the top 14 contestants will be divided into seven (7) groups to which two contestants will be paired to sing the same song. So on the “I can sing it better – Challenge Round” of the live finals, two contestants will battle head-to-head on-stage to prove that they can really sing the song better than the other. Even though the contestants are singing in pairs, they are judged individually on their performance based on a set of criteria of judging.

 

At the end of the “I can sing it better – Challenge Round”, only the top 5 will advance to the Solo and Final Round. In the second round, each contestant will perform the song of their choice. The top 2 winners of this live competition will get an all-expense paid trip to Manila for the much-coveted opportunity to be part of the nationwide competition and be seen on primetime TV during the live sing-offs and telecast of the RisingStars Singing Contest to be aired starting February 2015 on the Kapatid Network TV5.

 

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BACKGROUND:

RISINGSTARS PHILIPPINES, THE COUNTRY’S NEWEST AND BIGGEST TALENT COMPETITION IS GOING ALL AROUND THE PHILIPPINES TO REACH OUT THE ENTIRE NATION IN SEARCHING FOR NEW RISING STARS.

RisingStars Philippines is a televised singing talent competition that will air nationwide on the TV5 network during evening primetime starting February 2015. To select TV show contestants, a series of Regional Contests are to be held in different provinces and cities to find the best-of-the-best talents to represent their home city or province. 

The competition has been launched at the beginning of October in Dumaguete and this year the RisingStars team has already visited Palawan, General Santos, Davao, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and the cities of Central Luzon as Dagupan, Lingayan-Pangasinan and Pampanga.   

Contestants (amateur and professional singers, 13 years old and above) may audition by recording their entries online - using a laptop, PC, or android phones - or at the RisingStars Recording Booth, which is akin a modern recording studio facility.   The Recording Booth is available in the most frequented visited Malls during the audition period.  And simultaneously, there’s going to be a RisingStars singing station in selected schools and barangays where interested participants can also come & audition.

RisingStars has made the audition process easy and hassle free by avoiding long lines and hours of travel through the availability of the RisingStars Mobile Application for Android phones.  Yes, one can record and submit their entry using their mobile smartphone by downloading the RisingStars mobile karaoke app for free from Google playstore.  Another convenient way to join is by logging on to the RisingStars website at www.risingstars.ph to record and submit an entry through the use of desktop or laptop computers. 

For more contest details and updates, see posters, print ads, and log-on to the RisingStars website, or follow social media updates via Facebook /risingstars.ph or Twitter @RisingStarsasia.  RisingStars Singing Contest on TV is a production of RisingStars Philippine in cooperation with TV5. 

For more info contact:  Stephanie Cudal, PR & Marketing Manager, RisingStars Philippines, Inc.

Globe #: (0906) 4142796, SMART #: (0928) 2772709, Talk N Text #: (0946) 8494217

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

‘My Big Bossing’: Vic Sotto’s MMFF starrer is three times bigger this year

‘My Big Bossing’: Vic Sotto’s MMFF starrer is three times bigger this year

“My Big Bossing,” Vic Sotto’s entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is expected to create another blockbuster film franchise as the movie brings with it an all-star cast ensemble, three high-calibre directors and excellent production and visual spectacle to complete a trilogy of stories in one neat package of a movie this year.

Easily the festival’s biggest and most daunting competition in the box-office arena, “My Big Bossing” enlists superstars Vic Sotto and Ryzza Mae Dizon, along with Ms. Marian Rivera and Nikki Gil in the cast. Three of the country’s biggest directors helm three different stories within the movie - Tony Y. Reyes, Marlon N. Rivera and Bb. Joyce Bernal.

The movie is the biggest-budget entry in the MMFF race, and boasts of the collaboration of three of the country’s biggest film production outfits: Octoarts Films, M-Zet TV Production and APT Entertainment. 


“My Big Bossing” consists of three episodes of fantasy and wonder, each with its own storyline. It features a star-studded cast led by the indomitable Bossing Vic Sotto, MMFF’s all-time box-office king and wonder child superstar Ryzza Mae Dizon in all three episodes.

Episode 1 entitled “Sirena” is directed by Tony Y. Reyes, and features the talents of Wally Bayola, Manilyn Reynes, and Pauleen Luna.

Episode 2 billed “Taktak,” directed by Marlon N. Rivera, is led Marian Rivera and Jose Manalo in the cast.

Episode 3 called “Prinsesa” is directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, and puts Ryzza Mae Dizon in the spotlight alongside rising child star Alonzo Muhlach, the son of former child star Niño Muhlach, who will play the role of Alonzo’s dad in the movie as well.

“My Big Bossing’ is bigger and grander in scope this year because we are presenting three different stories in one film and each story was filmed independently of each other given that three different directors helmed each episode. No expense was spared in the overall production – costumes, design, special effects - particularly in the fantastical final episode. We just want to give the audience satisfying entertainment value. We want them to enjoy this film as much as we enjoyed creating this for them,” says OctoArts big boss Orly Ilacad.

“My Big Bossing” will be in theaters starting Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You’re Not You: A Moving Drama

Oscar-winner Hillary Swank stars in movie about ALS

The ALS ice bucket challenge has recently taken social media by storm. Hollywood celebrities, local stars, and even ordinary people literally pitched in to support and fund research on the condition that is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Their social media videos may seem amusing, but there is a deeper reason why they subjected themselves to that bucket of ice-cold water.

This viral campaign started because not much is known about ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As with its most famous patient, American baseball player Lou Gehrig, people who are diagnosed with this condition degenerate as movement are slowly affected until the later stages that result in total paralysis. People who were otherwise healthy in their younger years start to lose control over the use of their muscles, and soon are unable to speak, walk, and feed themselves.  
In the movie You’re Not You, Oscar Award winner Hillary Swank takes on the role of an ALS patient named Kate, a suave, successful classical pianist. She and her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) are crushed when they find out about her condition, and he goes around looking for someone to take care of Kate as the condition progresses.

Bec (Emily Rossum) is a brash college student and would-be singer who can barely keep her own life together. At first, Evan is hesitant to get her, but Kate sees something special in the younger girl. When Bec takes on the job, they go on adventures of self-discovery and help each other find their own strengths through their weaknesses.

You're Not You explores how two strangers can bring out the best in each other even in the midst of trials and tribulations.  This movie also gives face to the much-talked about ALS and will help people understand the condition better.

The movie is distributed and released in the Philippines by Octoarts Films International and will be shown in theaters starting November 26, 2014.  




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PETER DINKLAGE: THREAT AT ITS WORST IN “X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST”

Director Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise, and blends the original cast with the First Class crew for an audacious, time travelling adventure in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (3D) that will open in Philippine cinemas on May 21 nationwide.
For years, the X-Men have faced many threats from within and without their ranks, but in “Days of Future Past,” they’re dealing with one of the worst. The films have a history of mankind misunderstanding mutants, but in the upcoming film, scientist Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage) begins to rally the world against our heroes, and creates the monstrous, massive Sentinel robots to help tackle what he perceives as the mutant problem.
With Bryan Singer back at the helm, the movie continues his approach of grounded, understandable villains, whose issues come from a place of fear and arrogance. To portray Trask, he turned to respected actor Peter Dinklage, who has found fame on the worldwide hit TV’s “Game of Thrones” playing Tyrion Lannister, a man for whom life is an endless series of shades of grey. Singer figured Dinklage was the man to bring Trask – a well-known character from the comic books – to life on screen, and developed a nuanced role for him.  Dinklage’s other notable movies include “The Station Agent,”  “Death at a Funeral,” “Elf” and lent his vocal talent in the hit animation franchise films “Ice Age” as the voice of Gruff and “Chronicles of Narnia” as the voice of Trumpkin.
“Days Of Future Past” not only represent the first time that the “classic” X-Men actors including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page and more have shared the marquee with the First Class characters introduced in 2011, but the return of Singer to the franchise he helped launch. He’s back behind the camera for the adaptation of one of the best-loved X-Men stories, which found our heroes fighting for survival in a dark future where the hulking, robotic Sentinels created by Bolivar Trask have been slowly wiping them out. In a desperate final gambit, the mutants look to time travel to help their younger selves stop this awful timeline from coming to pass. And, thanks to his innate healing abilities, Wolverine (Jackman) is the one chosen to endure the strain of travelling back in time.
Based on Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin’s “Days Of Future Past” storyline from the “Uncanny X-Men” comic title, scribe Simon Kinberg adapted it into the movie which allows him and Singer to draw on their shared love of time travel films. Once Kinberg and Singer seized on the Future Past plot as a jumping-off point, the possibilities were endless. “Bryan and I spent months revising the script together,” Kinberg recalls.
The X-Men throng needs to be all ready for this time, they are facing their toughest challenge yet.  “Game Of Thrones” fan favourite Peter Dinklage was hired to play a very different version of Bolivar Trask, a genius who views mutants as a mortal threat to mankind and decides to create the menacing, technologically advanced Sentinel robots to fight them. Singer chose Dinklage for several reasons. “I was very familiar with him and I'm a fan of his. He first and foremost, carries the screen, and there's not a second that you take him for granted.”
Kinberg admits that Trask’s creations were another big driving force behind the choice of storyline. “Once we all committed to “Days Of Future Past,” we knew the Sentinels would be a part of it, and Trask would be central to the story,” he says. “Bryan has done a lot of things to make the Sentinels feel loyal to the books but also distinct from all the things that are ripped off the Sentinels, like all the other robot movies that have come in the last 15 years or so, so they look and feel different. And Bryan spent a lot of time working on them to make them feel period specific but also cool and what a kid would fantasize about.”

“X-Men:  Days Of Future Past” (3D) is the biggest X-Men film ever attempted, and indeed the biggest Fox has made since “Avatar.” 

“THE OTHER WOMAN” & WIFE: BESTIES FOR LIFE

Cheating – relationships’ most unwanted factor the world over has never been been this poignantly real and funny in the upcoming movie “The Other Woman” starred in by Hollywood’s haute women – Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.
Carly Whitten (Diaz) is a tough-as-nails New York lawyer with a strict set of rules when it comes to men and relationships. When she meets Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), she lets her guard down and begins to fall for him. A spontaneous, surprise visit to King’s Connecticut home goes awry when Carly discovers that Mark has a wife, Kate (Mann). A devoted super-housewife, Kate is shocked that Mark has been cheating on her, and Carly is furious to learn that Mark is a married man. But instead of directing their outrage toward one another, Carly and Kate slowly begin to bond over their joint enemy, and, with help from Amber (Upton), a third woman caught up in Mark’s lies, they conspire to give him what he deserves. As their strategies become more ingenious, their bond grows stronger.
Diaz was immediately attracted to the story and its fresh look at how women relate to one another in the face of unusual circumstances: “I thought it was such an interesting concept.  When Carly realizes that Mark is married, she doesn’t want to have anything to do with him or the wife.  But here’s this other woman, Kate, who is asking for her help, and there’s no way she cannot help her.”
“I just thought that is a beautiful thing,” Diaz continues.  “It’s about friendship and about women. What I also loved about the script is that it wasn’t man-bashing and it wasn’t about revenge. It’sabout a journey that these women take with one another to learn about themselves.  The three women’s lives are so different that their paths would have never crossed under normal circumstances. And because they have this thing in common, they come together and become a team.  What they do to Mark is more to reveal who he is rather than to be vengeful on him.  I thought all of those things were unique and a lot of fun to bring to life.”
Leslie Mann, who portrays suburban über-homemaker Kate, has, says producer Julie Yorn, “this archetypal suburban wife thing with just a little pathos under the surface that could come undone.  We always thought there was an unexpected quality to this tightly wound character, and Leslie really made that come alive.”
Mann describes Kate as “living in a bubble. She’s learned one way of doing things, and it’s all about serving her husband and making him happy.  I think she’s lost herself in that process.  So when Kate finds out he’s cheating, her whole world falls apart until she finds these women who help her grow and rebuild herself.” 
Writer Melissa Stack notes the important differences between Mann’s Kate and Diaz’ Carly:  “Kate is Carly’s opposite; she’s an outer softy and an inner hard ass.  It’s that journey where both Kate and Carly are getting in touch with the inner part of themselves that has maybe been a little bit swept to the side.” 
It can never be predicted if two actors will have good chemistry on or off screen, but the Diaz-Mann dynamic worked from the start. The two actresses found a groove and were able to improvise and make each other laugh from the first day of filming. 
Mann explains their synergy by comparing it to music: “There are certain people who have an ear for comedy. It’s like a song and a rhythm, so when you’re doing comedy, if the other person isn’t hearing the same thing as you are, it just lays there and dies. Cameron hears the same thing as I do.  We can pick up where the other one lets off and it’s like a good give-and-take.  And Kate Upton has that, too.  She knows how to play things and she’s super-smart.”
For the role of Amber, the third woman deceived by Mark, Yorn considered a number of actresses, but in securing Kate Upton, the producer ended up where she started.  Yorn explains: “Initially, we used Kate as the loose prototype of the character, never thinking we were actually going to get her.  But she came in and she was just so disarming.  The key to that role was that you have to hate her when you first see her, at least a little bit, and then love her when you get to know her.  She fits the bill so well for both of those situations.” 

Stack marveled at the similarities between the character Amber and Kate Upton the person.  “Kate is such a bombshell but she’s very sweet,” says the screenwriter.“Kate has this lightness and a kind way about her that is perfect for Amber. That was always who we all hoped Amber would be.”

Upton enjoyed her first major acting role under the tutelage of Diaz and Mann.  “I am so lucky to have one of my first movies to be with Leslie and Cameron,” she says.  “They’re so inspiring.”

“The Other Woman” is a very funny and authentic film examining the value of female camaraderie that will open on May 7 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Solane secures Filipino homes with innovative safety cap and seal

Top LPG company intensifies safety campaign with the launch of a new security feature in its tank.

True to its commitment to continuously innovate and create safer homes for Filipinos, the country’s top provider of cooking gas Solane launched its new gas-tight Solane safety cap & seal in one, an innovative tamper-proof feature for auto/shut off (A/S) valves that has guarantee of quality and secures your home against gas leaks and potential fires.

Innovating for consumer safety and convenience

A first-of-its-kind in the LPG industry, the safety cap, with serial number as proof of authenticity, completely plugs the gas to prevent leaks before installing the tank with a hose. Storing a Solane LPG tank with safety caps also keeps it protected from becoming a possible source of ignition.

“The new safety cap and seal exemplify Solane’s commitment to innovation and safety. It is a service that we are committed to provide to our customers to ensure their safety and protection while using LPG at home or at work. It is our priority to aim to minimize or totally eliminate incidents that harm people, or put our customers, neighbors or facilities at risk,” said Ramon Del Rosario, Solane’s Chief Operations Officer.

The new Solane safety cap and seal is made from high-grade plastic that’s plugged and sealed - you may re-use the Solane safety cap by plugging and locking it in the LPG valve, especially when you are storing your LPG tank. It is tamper proof and has visible markings to help ensure customers they are getting authentic Solane LPG. Each safety cap and seal features embossed Solane and flame girl logos and has a unique serial number to protect Solane customers from illegal LPG refillers. 
Rip-off the tab from the safety cap and then log on to Facebook. Go to Solane’s page (www.facebook.com/Solane.PH) and click on Apps to use the Solane Authenticity Checker. Enter the serial number to verify if the tank came from a licensed Solane dealer.

Increasing Awareness on Public Safety

Furthermore, in observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Solane has intensified its safety campaign in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Under the partnership, Solane will hold a series of training programs with BFP personnel, local government units, including selected communities and barangays around the country. The extensive talks will further enhance the expertise of these groups in managing LPG related explosion, fire and, even emergency response to these incidents.

To ensure you’re getting authentic Solane LPG with the innovative safety cap and seal, you may order Solane LPG for your household needs by going online at www.solane.com.ph, calling 887-5555 for home delivery within Metro Manila or sending SMS to its nationwide textline 0918-8875555.  Getting a refill for your LPG tanks at home has never been this safe and convenient. Every Solane LPG delivery to your home guarantees a 7-point Safety Check of your LPG system by our well-trained Solane LPG riders, which is a service exclusive only to Solane LPG users. For the LPG that’s strict sa quality, safety, and service, order na sa Hatid-Bahay Online!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sulit.com.ph is now OLX.ph

New name represents a stronger invitation to people everywhere to join the online selling movement and become one of the next 1,000,000 Filipinos who sell their personal items they are no longer using on OLX. 
Sulit.com.ph, the Philippines’ leading buy-and-sell website, is now OLX.ph. The rebranding is set to inspire and encourage Filipinos to improve their lives by selling personal items they are no longer using and turning these to cash. The new name also emphasizes a stronger focus on making it faster and easier for ordinary Filipinos to sell their things online, connect with others to meet up, and complete transactions. 
“The name change represents our commitment to change how Filipinos perceive online selling. That selling stuff you no longer use is simple and can actually help you earn additional cash,” says OLX Philippines Managing Director RJ David who is running the rebranded site together with Arianne David – the same founders who propelled Sulit to online supremacy. 
Aside from providing a more convenient platform, OLX will also focus on growing its C2C business by encouraging every Pinoy to sell their unused items. David observes that “Filipinos do not have much of a tradition of selling 2nd hand items so that most households end up with a clutter of items that are no longer used. If sold, these can turn into real value, which people can use to buy new things.”

David explains that with OLX, Filipinos now have a quicker and more convenient way of selling their stuff.  And posting of ads remains free! Whether it be through the OLX app or the web, all they have to do is just click and post. Within seconds, you can already list an item for sale. Within minutes, your item will appear on OLX, possibly hear from interested buyers within hours, and within days, meet up with buyers who can trade your stuff for cash. “In no time at all, you’ll have simplified and improved your life by selling on OLX on a regular basis,” he adds.

On OLX, there are buyers for almost anything you have to sell – that guitar you no longer strum, your baby sister’s stroller tucked away in the bodega, or that kiddie bike that you and your siblings have outgrown. Millions of users from all over the world have already sold their items on OLX and now, you can too.

Previous Sulit members do not need to create a new user account or repost active ads since these will not be affected by the brand change. Everything that users came to love about Sulit – free posting of ads, wide variety of items for sale, and thousands of sellers to choose from – will all be reflected on OLX.

The website may bear their new brand name and colors but their commitment to make online selling easy for Filipinos remains the same. Some of the key improvements to expect include the simplified ad process, upgraded Android app which will soon become available on iOS, and the current expansion of their Customer Support to assist their users even at night and on weekends.

As expected, the rebranding will not affect the company’s local management team. Team OLX Philippines will still be managed by RJ and Arianne David, along with the same Sulit team that has been of service since Sulit’s launch in 2006.

With the new brand identity, OLX aspires to reach the next 1M Pinoy online sellers and David is positive they can achieve that in the near future. “Millions have already sold their items on OLX and Filipinos can easily do the same.”

And with this positive news, OLX Philippines also launches its “YESSS YAMAN!” movement – a campaign that enjoins the public to make online selling a conscious habit, and one that gives them extra earning opportunities while decluttering their homes from unused items.

Now, it’s time for every Pinoy to check their homes for items that are no longer being used because on OLX.ph, everything sells. 

Sell them, earn money, and say YESSS YAMAN! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

UNO MAGAZINE COVERGIRL DAWN JIMENEZ

UNO Magazine puts Dawn Jimenez on the cover
Here at UNO, we know men. We really do. And we know that if you have someone as hot and delectable as Dawn Jimenez waiting for you at home or in the office, you'd be hard-pressed to leave either place, right? 


Or, because you know where to find her, you'd try to catch her again in her break-out role during THE climactic scene in On The Job, a movie about prisoners exiting prison to become hired hit men for corrupt government officials. Dawn surprised everyone as she took everything off for her wild love scene with Gerald Anderson, whose character didn't get any action for several months. Everything. She didn't even leave the cover on. 


Her willingness to be daring however paid off, as Dawn scored her first cover for UNO and an upcoming role in the ABS-CBN afternoon teleserye Moon of Desire. 


For UNO's 92 issue, she gets down, dirty and simply delicious for her cover shoot. Donning the teensiest red and black lace lingerie, Dawn nibbles ever so gently or sometimes fiercely on a luscious piece of chocolate in the photos. 


She reveals her thoughts on nabbing the role in OTJ and her excitement at being in a new afternoon teleserye with JC De Vera, Meg Imperial and Ellen Adarna. 


She wasn't afraid to get all wet and lathered in chocolate for this UNO cover either. Dawn, with a sweet smile that could melt the hardest heart or chocolate, is actually a lover of zombie movies, even the low-budget ones, a fact that will surely get many a guy's attention. 


Well, if the first few pages of Dawn's body in chocolate, with chocolate, on chocolate still didn't get your heart pumping (you must be cold-blooded then), perhaps the last spread will get a rise out of you.


Dawn. Chocolate spread ever so messily all over her body. And finger-licking. That should be enough right?


Well, this 92nd UNO issue also has some other articles that will get you excited and blood flowing to other parts of your body.


Like the Places to Dayo For, a food feature that takes you to different kinds of hole-in-the-wall restos from North, South to Central Metro Manila. If you are still hungry after this feature, you can go back for some more Dawn.


Or you can impress your girl with your vast knowledge of wines, especially if all you've been drinking all your life is beer. Your wine expertise is sure to get your girl excited and more...fluid.


And we didn't forget to include a feature in this issue for that other part of you that also does some thinking...your brain. Atom Araullo, the big shot broadcast journalist gets intimate and shares about his rise to fame and how this alpha male manages it all: work, fame, and love.


So go ahead, feel free to grab UNO's 92 issue. Everyone deserves a bite of chocolate-y happiness.


UNO magazine is available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands nationwide.

Monday, February 17, 2014

THE BOOK THIEF


THAT UNADULTERATED KISS RUDY WANTS IN “THE BOOK THIEF”
                Meet Rudy (played by the charming Nico Liersche) in the very endearing “The Book Thief,” every mom’s ideal kind of friend to her very precious daughter.  
 
                The story and its characters sprang from the imagination of author Markus Zusak whose novel The Book Thief was published in his native Australia in 2005 and throughout the rest of the world in 2006.  The book has sold eight million copies worldwide, held a place on The New York Times best-seller list for almost seven years and has been translated into over 30 languages.  Additionally, it has won over a dozen literary awards, held the number-one position at Amazon.com, and appeared on numerous best-of-the-year lists.
                Zusak’sbook and director Brian Percival’s (“DowntonAbbey”) film adaptation tell the story of Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), who is sent to live with foster parents, the kind-hearted Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) and his prickly wife Rosa (Emily Watson).  Reeling from the tragic death of her younger brother, Liesel is sent immediately to her new “parents” and struggles to fit in – at home and at school, where her classmates taunt her as “dummkopf” due to her inability to read.
                With the single-minded obsession of a budding scholar, Liesel is determined to change that.  And she gets help. Her empathetic “Papa,” Hans (played by Geoffrey Rush) works day and night with Liesel as she pores over her first tome, “The Gravedigger’s Handbook,” which she walked off with following her brother’s funeral – an impulsive act of thievery that will have profound consequences for the young heroine.
                Liesel’s love for reading and her growing appreciation for her new family are heightened when she befriends a new guest in the Hubermann’s home – a Jewish refugee named Max (Ben Schnetzer), who shares her passion for books and encourages Liesel to expand her powers of observation, even as he hides from the Nazis in a dark and dank basement.   Equally transformative is her burgeoning friendship with a young neighbor, Rudy who teases Liesel about her book thievery even as he finds himself falling in love with her.
                Rudy is a major transformative figure in Liesel’s journey with her exponentially growing love of books and the power beyond words.  Liesel and Rudy become fast friends and do everything together, including stealing (“borrowing,” Liesel insists) books.  In fact, it is Rudy who nicknames Liesel, “The Book Thief.” 
                While Liesel’s passion is books, Rudy dreams of being a champion racer.  His idol is African-American Olympic hero Jesse Owens, who achieved international fame by winning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  Rudy even goes so far as to cover himself with black paint (which he stole from Hans’ work cart), in honor of his idol – a choice that’s none too popular with a town being consumed with the doctrine of Aryan supremacy.
                Young German actor Nico Liersch describes Rudy as, “always happy, nice to everyone, and never sad,” and that description fits also the actor who plays him.  Sophie and Nico became close friends during production – though Sophie would squeal with laughter through almost every take while shooting scenes where Rudy tries to kiss Liesel – much to the crew’s amusement.
                Nico Liersch began his acting career in TV commercials.  Roles in German television followed and, in 2012, he made his feature film debut in “Kokowääh2,” appearing with Til Schweiger, who also directed, and Schweiger’s daughter Emma Tiger Schweiger.  It was Germany's biggest movie that year at the box office. Liersch lives with his parents and sister in Munich where he attends secondary school.  He enjoys playing handball and tennis, and snowboarding.  He loves music and is learning to play the drums.   
                Relive young love, first love in “The Book Thief” when it opens February 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

BAUCH LABORATORIES UNVEILS THE BEAUTIFYING POWER OF NATURE

           
Bauch Phils. Laboratories Corporation strengthens its commitment in the Philippine pharmaceutical industry with the launch of its flagship product, Blooming G, a nutraceutical and organic supplement developed to deliver a host of wellness and beautifying benefits for today’s active women.  

Blooming-G taps the wonders of Borage oil, a type of essential fatty acid that contains high amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), also known as omega-6. Borage or starflower has a high stem with oval shaped leafs pointed upwards, and small bright blue or pink flowers with five triangular petals, arranged in the shape of a star. Its extraordinary oil, which comes from its seeds, contains a significant amount of omega-6 fatty acids that promotes overall body wellness. 

But how does GLA or omega-6 really bring out the healthy glow from within? Basically, it plays a significant role in the development of skin cells. For the body to naturally produce this substance, first it must have linoleic acid (LA), an essential fatty acid that our body is unable to make.  However, we can get plenty of linoleic acid in our daily diet since it is commonly found in various vegetable oils.  

Once linoleic acid is ingested, it is acted upon by an enzyme called Delta-6- Desaturase (D6D) which converts LA into GLA. This is how we normally get our daily fix of GLA. Consequently, a lack of this substance leads to dry, unhealthy skin. This is where Blooming-G comes in. It targets to retain adequate moisture levels and also protects skin cells from damage.  

Alongside these crucial effects on the skin, are other health benefits of omega-6 in combination with omega-3 fatty acids, such as brain development, strong bone structure, and active metabolism. With these benefits, Blooming-G truly goes beyond the concept of superficial beauty by focusing on overall vitality.  

A living proof of Blooming-G’s total effect is brand endorser, Sunshine Cruz, who lives up to her name by constantly showing such outstanding radiance. A mother of three who works in the demanding world of show business, Sunshine has successfully maintained the physical assets that initially elevated her to stardom: long, vibrant locks, slender figure, flawless skin, sculpted cheeks, Julia Roberts smile, and notably flawless skin. Her secret? Knowing how to manage stress. “Stress causes unhealthy lifestyle, and it will make you age fast. So I really need something to help me maintain that natural glow, like Blooming-G”, she adds.                
          
On the other hand, Florinda San Antonio, founder of Bauch Laboratories, underlines the effects of Blooming-G, not only on physical wellness, but on a holistic approach as she explains, “Blooming-G is developed to help today’s women live happier, more meaningful lives through its health and beauty benefits. When a woman feels good about herself, she gains the confidence to do more and standout. That is our goal; to improve the quality of life through products that are trustworthy”.  

A company that was established in 2005, under ANFLO Group of Companies, Bauch Laboratories is primarily engaged in manufacturing ethical, consumer, and nutraceutical products. Along with the corporate goals of providing the best quality products and maintaining a family-oriented organization, is Bauch’s enthusiasm towards environmental preservation.  

With this in mind, it is no longer surprising how the company was able to utilize natural substances instead of using chemicals that will further harm the ecosystem, thus the birth of Blooming-G. 

There may be a lot of supplements that aim to revitalize the mind and body, but there are only a few of them that dare to keep it organic. This is indeed the season to bloom, and Bauch helps today’s active women achieve that healthy glow through the beautifying power of nature.  

About Bauch

“IN BAUCH, WE DON’T JUST IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PRODUCTS; WE IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE” 

Bauch Laboratories Corporation intends to build and prosper their business and its society through sustainability and satisfying the customers beyond their expectations through customer-driven standards and solutions, as well as establishing collaborative relationship with suppliers.

To know more about the company, visit http://bauchlab.com/